Friday, June 1, 2018

William POOLE, late 1700s, Maryland to Illinois, 3rd great-grandfather LEWIS-RICE lines

Continuing in fits and starts in the year-long challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow to write about #52ancestors in 52 weeks, here is my post on my children's father's lines, an end-line person, William POOLE. William is the 3rd great-grandfather of my ex-husband and his brother, 4th great-grandfather to our children, 5th, to our grand-children.
Image on the right is All Saints Church, Calvert, MD, with cemetery. I would love to go wandering through this cemetery! Remember to click on the various links [bolded, underlined words] below for additional information.

He was born in Calvert county, Maryland, in about 1765.  He "moved to Louisville Kentucky, building as is authentically stated, the first cabin on that site, in company with Samuel Shew. Mr. Pool removed to Bowling Green, where he and Mr. Cleardy were the original patentees.  He had a family of ten children, seven born in Maryland, the rest in Kentucky. He soon after came to Gallatin County, IL, where he died."  (This detail from the 1883 History of White County [Illinois]).

His marriage to Nancy BOWLS/Bowles on 29 Apr 1798 was in Bardstown, Nelson, KY. Click on link to see more about Bardstown.

For some unknown reason - perhaps Nancy was underage and therefore this 1798  marriage was not considered valid - in the same Nelson County Kentucky, a marriage bond was found dated 28 April 1800 [very clearly written] for the sum of £50:  

"...the condition of the obligation is such that if there should be no legal cause to obstruct a marriage shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound William Poole and Nancy Bowls daughter of James Bowls -- for which a License has issued then the above obligation to be void else to remain..."  Signatures: Wm Poole [signature], and Ignatius Bowls [his mark]. 

Confusing to me. And there is no clarity of the relationship of Ignatius to Nancy [brother, grandfather, uncle?] Any ideas, readers? 

In the 1800 Census, there is a listing for Wm Poole in All Saints Parish, [Sunderland] Calvert, MD.  By the 1810 Census, he and his family are seen living in Louisville, Jefferson, KY.  And by 1820, the family is in Prairie, White, IL. Oh to have all-name census records! 

William and Nancy are stated to have had 10 children as noted earlier, although I have only found 7 so far, seen on a FindAGrave memorial for Swan Cemetery, Gallatin, IL:
   1.  John A., b. 1802; m. Sarah Ann Eubanks
   2.  Joseph, b. 1805
   3.  Thomas B., b. 15 Jan 1806; m. Hannah Collard
   4.  Mary, b. possibly 1808
   5.  Permelia, b. 1812
   6.  Priscilla [ancestor], b. 30 Nov 1815, Green co. KY, d. 6 Sep 1857 Norris, White, IL; m. on 16 Aug 1830 in White Co., IL to Thomas Milligan VINEYARD; 10 children
   7.  James, b. 1820

William POOLE died in 1825 in Gallatin County, IL, and a Memorial may be seen on FindAGrave, Swan Cemetery, Gallatin IL.  Memorial ID# 64871354.

I have not found further information on his wife, Nancy BOWLES Poole, who apparently died 1847 in Gallatin County IL. Likely she lived with one of her children, although I have not been successful in finding proof.  

William's parents still  need to be researched - there is one instance suggesting his father's  name was John, but this is not yet proven. 
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Weekly #52Ancestors post: Dr. Louis DeBarth KUHN, 1829-1908

I am participating in the year-long #52Ancestors weekly challenge from genealogist Amy J. Crow, and here is this week's offering: my mother's grandfather, Dr. Louis DeBarth KUHN. 

Louis Kuhn's middle name, DeBarth, was chosen from a highly respected Roman Catholic priest in the early days of the Conewago Chapel, PA. A quote from Preachers, Reverends and Ministers of Lancaster co. Pennsylvania (1821-1830) says, "Father DeBarth was no Jesuit, but lived among them for many years." 

The immigrant Catholic KUHN family arrived from Wurttemburg [now Germany], settling in Pennsylvania in approximately 1735-40, my 4th great-grandparents Johan KUHN & Anna Barbara ADAMS, with their 4 children:
   1.  Heinrich [Henry],
   2.  Johan [John] George [ancestor], 
   3.  Eva Mary, and
   4 . Jost [Joseph].
All four married within a few years of arrival in Pennsylvania, settling first in Goshenhoppen, then around Macungie, Salisbury, and Conewago. Our line follows the 2nd son, John George  KUHN and his wife, Catherine RIFFEL.

Louis' parents were Joseph Jacobus KUHN & Jane Rebecca McCABE, who married Nov 5, 1826 in Conewago, PA. Louis, born October 22, 1829 and baptised November 8th in East Berlin, Adams, PA, was the 2nd of their 9 children, the 2nd of 6 boys. Note that on some censuses his first name is spelled Lewis, clearly the way it was pronounced. Here is his [Latinized] baptism record, Conewago PA:

For his medical degree, first Louis received his Pharmacy degree in 1851, as listed in the book, First Century of the Philadelphia, pg 465:
He then received his Medical degree 1854, and is found listed in the Matriculants of the University of Pennsylvania, Medical Class, Session 1851-52, p.20.

He entered the Marine Service of the United States and in 1854 sailed around Cape Horn to California, ending in Port Townsend, Washington. Interestingly he worked with the expedition which located the boundary line with British Columbia. He became well acquainted with a number of the army officers on board, including Ulysses S. Grant. In 1856, he wrote a letter [unknown receiver] published in the Monday June 6, 1856 edition of The Republican Compiler, which extracted a number of paragraphs, totalling over a column and a third. He detailed the scenery, his interactions with the native Indians, and the small towns in the area. Remember that Port Townsend was officially settled only in 1851 - these are early days!  

Dr. Louis KUHN is seen in the 1860 Census in Port Townsend, single, aged 30, M.D., with real estate of $3000, and personal estate value of $4000. 

His future wife, Amelia PETTYGROVE, is a few blocks away, aged 16, living with her family and attending school.  

Dr. Louis KUHN & Amelia "Millie" PETTYGROVE were married January 17, 1864, in Port Townsend, Jefferson, Washington Territory.  Amelia was born in 1844 in the Oregon Territory, one of the very first settlers' babies. The Oregon Territory was split into two territories, with the southern part becoming the state of Oregon in 1859.

Louis & Amelia had the following ten children, the first two born in Port Townsend, the youngest born in Brooklyn NY, the remaining were born in Reading, Berks, PA, near where his parents and several siblings lived.
   1. Dr. Joseph Francis, b.1864 WA, died at father's home 12 Sep 1898, 
            Brooklyn NY
   2. Louis B., b.1866 WA; apparently died before 1880, Reading PA.

The family moved to Pennsylvania in approximately 1867
   3. Mary Jane "Jennie", b. Sept 1868, PA, d. apparently bef 1908, Brooklyn NY
   4. Ellenora "Nellie", b. Nov 1874 PA, d. Apr 1941, Dunton L.I., NY; m. 1897 
            to Dr. Robert Fitzherbert Joseph Hussey, 4 children
   5. Charles Edward [ancestor], b.10 Jun 1876 PA, d.16 Dec 1945 
            Seattle WA; m. 11 Jun 1910 Roselle NJ to Marguerite Josephine 
            "Daisy" TERWILLIGER; 7 children
   6. Letitia Cecelia, b.10 Sep 1878 PA, d. after Jun 1880 PA
   7. George Wilfred, b.1 Nov 1880 PA, d. 24 Mar 1961 Brooklyn NY; m. after 
             1918 to Marguerite Bergen, no children
   8. Edward McCabe, b.1882 PA, d. 9 Oct 1889 Brooklyn NY
   9. Jane A., b. bef 1885 PA, d. 2 Jul 1939 Brooklyn NY

The family moved to Brooklyn NY in 1885, where their last child was born:
 10. Marguerite Louise, b. Feb 1886 Brooklyn NY, d. 25 Mar 1964 Brooklyn NY

He established a medical practice in Brooklyn after they moved to New York. He was a staff member of St Mary's Hospital, Brooklyn, a Roman Catholic hospital. This hospital was owned by St. Vincents Catholic Medical Centers of New York; it closed recently in 2005.

Louis' wife, Amelia, died January 18, 1888. In the early 1900s, he began selling off some of his properties in the Port Townsend WA area, asking his younger brother, Joseph A. Kuhn, a lawyer there to assist him.

He wrote out his will the year after Amelia died, on October 8, 1889, in Brooklyn, NY. In the 1900 Census, he was living at 471 Willoughby Ave in Brooklyn, [owned home], widowed,with his daughter, Jennie, aged 31, single, George, aged 19, single, and Marguerite, aged 14, at school.  Note, in 1910 Census, Jenny is listed as the 'Head' of the family, with George, Marguerite, and Charles, together, still living at 471 Willoughby Ave in Brooklyn. See building from Google Maps, above right. 

Louis DeBarth KUHN died May 7th, 1908, at his home, 471 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn NY. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn NY. His will from 1889 is very simple, leaving any property to be leased/sold and the value to be shared equally between his living family. The first half of his will is above on the right. And on the next page, his signature, made with a different pen, below:

His younger brother, John Randolph Kuhn, a lawyer, was the Executor of his Will. He stated that Louis' real estate in New York did not exceed the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars, and his real estate in the State of Washington, valued also below the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars. 

All his heirs, his adult children, living at the time, were Jennie, Charles, Nellie, George, and Marguerite. His Will was admitted to Probate August 19, 1908. The original will/probate documents have been copied; photocopies are in my files.

I plan to transcribe the newspaper article which is taken from a letter he wrote, and also to transcribe his will, and put those in a separate tab of this blog [see tabs above]. Look for those in a few weeks.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

This week's post, #52ancestors: Martha McGUINES/MAGINNIS, Ireland

I've missed a few weeks in the weekly challenge from genealogist Amy J. Crow, but here is this week's offering: Martha McGuiness [var. Maginnis/Magenis], from Emyvale, County Monaghan, Ire. Emyvale was originally known as Scarnageeragh [Scairbh na gCaorach]. It is clearly in the north of County Monaghan, as can be seen in the map image. In the 1911 Census of Ireland, there were only 81 households listed.

I know very little about Martha, my son-in-law's 2nd great-grandmother on his father's side. This post will summarize the little I know, and perhaps eventually, someone will recognize her and contact me with more information!

My first information about Martha McGUINESS and her husband Patrick DONAGHY was seeing them listed as parents on their 5th child's marriage record in Glasgow, Scotland, Martha Jane DONAGHY, the great-grandmother of my son-in-law. Scotland? A thin thread, until I read all the details about parents, confirming names:

This week, I found her listed as the mother of Martha Jane DONAGHY, on the baptism image on FindMyPast.ie database, Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms - image below. It's a dark challenging image, names are in Latin, her surname is not quite the same spelling, but I'm certain this is the correct family:

Martha McGUINESS was born approximately 1845-1849 in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan, Ire. I have no information on her parents or siblings. She married Patrick DONAGHY [var. Donaghey, Donaghee/oe], in 1864 in Co. Monaghan, Ireland.  I am unable to find the actual date or an image of their marriage record.

The 1911 Ireland Census states Martha had 10 children [7 living in 1911], but I have only found 9 so far. Martha and Patrick had the following children as seen on FindMyPast.ie. See image on right. Note that Glaslough is a small village a few miles east of Emyvale in the same parish:
   1.  Catherine, bap. 19 Jul 1865, Glaslough, Monaghan.
   2.  Mary, bap. 2 May 1868, Glaslough, Monaghan
   3.  Ann, bap. 21 Jun 1870, Glaslough, Monaghan
   4.  James, bap. 7 Jan 1873, _____, Monaghan
   5.  Martha Jane [ancestor], bap. 7 Dec 1874, Emyvale, Monaghan, d. 11 May 1968, Staffordshire, Eng; m. James PERRY Aug 2, 1898, Glasgow Scotland; 5 children
   6.  Bridget, bap. 15 Apr 1877, ____, Monaghan
   7.  John, bap. 17 Aug 1879, ____, Monaghan
   8.  Susan, approx. 1883, Emyvale, Monaghan
   9.  Thomas, approx. 1886, Emyvale, Monaghan

The youngest two birth dates are calculated from censuses.  Also, it seems as if there is a likely baby in 1881 who died, which is my assumption for the gap in births, adding the total children born to 10.

At some point before 1897, their daughter Martha Jane moved to Glasgow, likely for employment purposes. It is not clear if she came with her parents or any siblings, as I have yet to find the family in the Scottish censuses of 1891, 1901, 1911.

Instead, I find Patrick and Martha living in Emyvale, Monaghan with one of their youngest children:  on the 1901 Census [Susan], and 1911 Census [Thomas].

The next record I find for Martha is a death event of June 1915 in County Monaghan, Ireland. She would have been approximately 67 years of age. This death date is not proven as I have yet to find a image/document, only an index with very limited details.

I have had limited success in finding documents linking Martha to her husband and children, and extremely limited success re Martha's birth and death. Ages on Census records have been clues to follow.  A big question is why Martha Jane, her namesake daughter, was living and married in Glasgow Scotland in the late 1890s.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This week's #52ancestors: Anderson WALTERS 1794-1863

This week's post, in the year-long challenge by genealogist Amy J. Crow, is in the LEWIS-RICE line: Anderson WALTERS, the second great-grandfather to my children's father, their third great-grandfather.

Anderson WALTERS was born 10 May 1794 in Pittsylvania county, Virginia, the eldest child of parents, Archibald "Archer" WALTERS and Edyth "Edy" SLAYTON. According to death records, his father Archer lived to 100 years of age.

In 1815 in Sumner county, Tennessee, Anderson married Elizabeth JOYNER, the eldest child of Whitehead JOYNER and Lucy TAYLOR. The families lived close by, and I was able to find that Elizabeth's younger sister Lucy Walters married Thomas Joyner in about 1830. The young Walters family moved to Tennessee soon after they married.

All their children were apparently born in Sumner county, Tennessee, although I have seen a few Ancestry trees stating Montgomery county as their birthplace. I have not yet researched all the children's details. The family moved to White county in the south east corner of Illinois in the mid 1830s. Note that Illinois achieved statehood in 1818.

Children of Anderson & Elizabeth:
   1.  Martha, b. abt 1818 [possibly in Virginia]; m. James Herald
   2.  Louisa/Lucy, b. 5 Feb 1820, d. IL; m. abt 1839 in TN, Isaac Jones Bruce; 10 children
   3.  William, b. 25 Dec 1825, d. 21 Dec 1904, IL; m. 1841 in IL to Margaret A. DeLap; 3 children
   4.  Elizabeth, b. 1828
   5.  Albert, b. 16 Sep 1834; m. 28 Nov 1860 in IL to Margaret Riley; 6 children
   6.  Margaret [ancestor], b. 1836, d. 1918 in IL; m. 13 Dec 1855 in IL to Phillip Wesley VINEYARD; 10 children.
   7.  Mary Ann "Polly", b. 1837, d. after 1900 in IL; m. Benjamin F. Morris; 13 children.

Anderson WALTERS served in the 7th Regiment of Virginia Militia, in the War of 1812. I also found that his brother Asa served in the 5th Regiment, and his brother Archibald served in the 4th Regiment.

By 1840, the Walters family were living in White county, IL, on 200 acres in Township 6 S Range 8E.  The 1850 Census taken October 18th, 1850, shows that Elizabeth JOYNER's brother Thomas and his family were farming next to them. Most of the Walter's children had married by this time, and living at home were only Albert and Margaret. Two young Yates boys also were listed as living with them on this census. On the previous Illinois census, there were seen several Yates families nearby them, and I wonder if there is a possible family connection with the surname Yates.

Illinois took a State Census in 1855, and Anderson is listed in the section labelled Township 6 S Range 8E.

On 26 Oct 1852, Elizabeth died, aged 57 years of age.  Two years later, Anderson married Mrs. Christena Shaw on 16 Sep 1854, in Hamilton County IL. This county is directly west of White county. There were no children of this second marriage. In the 1860 Census for Township 6 S Range 8E, only Anderson and Christena are listed together. He states his real estate holdings as worth $1600, with personal value of $725.

Anderson WALTERS died aged 68 years, on 30 Apr 1863, and was buried on private property in White County Illinois. Apparently the stones of Anderson and wife [Elizabeth?] can be seen from the road, County road #025E, just north of County road #500N.

His probate list showed a distribution, after payment of all claims, to widow and heirs, with funds distributed to them.  Likely land and other items would already have been passed on and distributed.

I love probates and wills: Here we see a number of Anderson WALTERS' children listed, with the daughters' married surnames as well. The Executors were daughter Margaret's husband, Phillip Wesley VINEYARD and Anderson WALTERS 2nd son, Albert Walters.

Because of the way the listing is shown, with equal specific amounts to each child, with one-third to his second wife, I am assuming that there was no will at the time of his death. I will certainly go looking again, to be more certain.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

This week's #52Ancestors/52Weeks: Huldah B. SMITH, 1783-1831, New York

For this week's post, I've chosen Huldah B. SMITH, the 3rd great-grandmother of my ex-husband's lines, 4th for our children, 5th great-grandmother for our grandchildren.

Huldah SMITH was born 15 August 1783, in Addison Vermont, of unknown parents. This information was found in several online family trees, as well as on headstones in Olin Cemetery, Canton NY.
As is common with women ancestors, Huldah left very little trace during her rather short life. The marriage card for Vermont marriages lists the bride, groom, date and place, plus the Justice of the Peace, Henry Smith. That makes me wonder if Huldah is a relative of the JP. More clues to use in researching her family in Vermont.


On December 25th, 1806, Huldah married [Deacon] Joseph Mitchell OLIN, son of Caleb OLIN & Freelove MITCHELL. The couple moved shortly afterwards to Canton, St Lawrence county in New York state, where all their 9 children were born. Apparently Joseph was very active in the Canton First Baptist church [see on right], and I would assume his wife would have a supporting role. Many women were quite active in Church events and activities, but not likely to be mentioned by name back in the early 1800s.

Huldah and Joseph had the following children, all born in Canton NY - note the surnames showing marriages to brothers/sisters or cousins:
   1.  Joseph Mitchell [jr.], b. 6 Oct, 1807, d. 11 Oct 1855, bur. Olin Cemetery, Canton NY; m. Jan 1, 1832 to Mary Barrett, 1813-1883
   2.  Mary, ancestor, b. 20 Jan 1809, d. 18 Aug 1872 Norris IL; m. Dec 25,
            1825 to Calvin HEALY, 1807-1881; 7 known children
   3.  George Smith, b. 11 Apr 1811, d. 22 Jun 1906; m. Jan 1, 1833 to Fanny
             M. Barrett, 1815-1893
   4.  Charlotte, b. 18 Jan 1815, d. 22 Oct 1844 Morley, NY; m. Aug 14, 1837
             to Charles E. Barrett, 1811-1892
   5.  Asa W., b. 1 Jan 1818, d. 16 Jan 1865; m. Feb 6, 1838 to Harriet Hila Day,
             1817-1842
   6.  James M., b. 1 Oct 1820; m. Oct 10, 1848 in Hopkinton, NY to Elizabeth
             Abbott
   7.  Elmina, b. 20 May 1822, d. 16 Dec 1887 Minneapolis MN; m. Dec 8, 1840
             to Martin Smith, 1813-1872 Wisconsin
   8.  Sarah, b. 25 Jul 1824, d. Wisconsin; m. Nov 17, 1844 to Edward R. Smith
             1819-1874 Wisconsin
   9.  Daniel Alpheus, b. 3 Jun 1826; m. Jul 5, 1850 in Madrid NY to Sarah S.
             Sweet, 1829-1851 Wisconsin.

As the Territories opened up for land, a number of the younger OLIN married children moved to Illinois and Wisconsin, as seen above. They would have had family moving and settling with them, as the Smiths and Barretts were related. There are several unusual names in this family, such as #7 Elmina, and #9 Daniel Alpheus. I still need to do more research on name patterns in the OLIN family, and I do so wish I could research the SMITH family as well!

Another oddity is that all the boys appear to have middle names, but none of the girls do. Middle names were not particularly common until a bit later in the 1800s.

Huldah died fairly young, aged 48, on Feb 7, 1831, and her headstone slab can still be seen in the OLIN Cemetery in Canton, NY. Next to her slab is a small obelisk marking Joseph's burial place. I have  not seen any records indicating what caused her death.

Joseph married soon after Huldah's death, to Hebsibah "Seba" B. Andrews, [1817-1868]. Again, I have not researched thoroughly for her parents or other family members. Censuses show her born in Vermont, which is where the OLIN family lived.

Hebsibah and Joseph had at least two children:
  10.  Huldah, b. abt 1834 [common to name after deceased]
  11.  Edwin, b. abt 1835

The OLIN/SMITH ancestral couple descend down to early New England immigrant families HEALY [bef 1640] and RICE [1632] families by the 1900s.

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If these are your ancestors, I am happy to share what little I have on these ancestors. And if there are errors, please do let me know, via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues in my family trees.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

This week's #52Ancestors/52Weeks: Hans Jacob ADAMS b. c1665

I have missed a few weeks of genealogist Amy J Crow's year long challenge to write about an ancestor each week, but I'm determined to blog more often. This week, I am writing on Hans Jacob ADAMS, my possible 6th great-grandfather (7th for my children, 8th for my grandchildren)

He is not yet proven in my tree, but I am placing some information about him here, in the hopes that others may have had better results. I would like to remove him if he is not the correct ADAMS father.

Hans Jacob ADAMS is estimated to be born about 1665, aparently in Schlaitdorf, Wuerttemberg region in what is now south-west Germany. The tip of the red marker on the map above is on Schlaitdorf. Approximately 27km south of  Stuttgart, Schlaitdorf is a very small town on the Neckar River. Below the map is the small write-up on Schlaitdorf in the Meyers Gazetteer - a wonderful online resource.

Currently the population is approximately 2,000, but would likely be smaller in the early-mid 1700s, when he and his small family emigrated from Wuerttemberg to Pennsylvania.

I have very little information on the ADAMS family who came from Wurttemberg to Pennsylvania. Several online trees state his wife was Margaret Schäffer - however a marriage record in Wurttemberg only has a Hans Jacob Adams marrying Margaret Schäffer in 1715. Clearly, that date is incompatible with the details of an Anna Barbara ADAMS b. abt 1698 Schlaitdorf, Germany, who was possibly the one who married our immigrant John [Johan] KUHN. At this point, Anna Barbara ____ is a fairly hard brick wall, at least until I find more likely documents and stories. No confirmed parents or siblings.

An important point about the ADAMS family is that for Anna Barbara to marry John [Johan] KUHN, she and her parents would be highly likely to be in the Roman Catholic faith. All of their children, grandchildren, and all down the descendants, the KUHN family are Catholic. In fact, John KUHN, a carpenter, opened his home to Rev. Father  Theodore Schneider, the founder of the Goshenhoppen Mission,until he had his own home. John is said to have built - with others of course - the first Chapel at Goshenhoppen [above]. It would be very unusual for a Catholic to marry a Protestant in the early 1700s in Wurttemberg.

Children of Anna Barbara [possibly ADAMS] and John KUHN, all b. in Wurttemberg:
  1.  Henry/Heinrich, b. abt 1718, d. Aug 22, 1765 Salisbury PA; m. before 1741 Anna Margaret Schmidt in Macungie, PA; 10 children.
  2.  John George [ancestor], b. abt 1720, d. Jan 1760 Conewago PA; m. Nov 27, 1744 to Catherine RIFFEL in Macungie, PA; 5 children; [Catherine's 2nd husband and had 3 additional children w. him]
  3.  Eva Mary, b. abt 1722, d. abt 1756; m. Apr 24, 1743 to Philip Schmidt in "John Kuhn's house" Macungie PA; 6 chidlren
  4.  Joseph/Jost, b. abt 1724, d. 1782 Macungie PA; apparently married with one son, also named John b. abt 1747, no further info found to date.

As you see, I have an extremely limited amount of data about Anna Barbara [possibly ADAMS]. I have seen a note on family files and online trees, that perhaps her name is Ickerode [variant spellings]. Dig, dig, dig.

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If these are your ancestors, I am happy to share what little I have on these ancestors. And if there are errors, please do let me know, via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues in my family trees.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Valentine" - #52ancestors - Valentine Joseph Todt 1853-1922

This week's theme for the 52Ancestors/52Weeks challenge from Amy Johnson Crow, is "Valentine." My ancestors have no weddings on Feb 14th, very very few names of Valentine, no Valentine's Day momentoes! But here's my offering for Valentine's Day. 

My 4th cousin twice removed Anastasia Gabrielle Kuhn, born Apr 27, 1854 in East Berlin, Adams, Pennsylvania, married Valentine Joseph Todt on May 1st, 1881, at the Conewago Chapel of the Basilica, Adams, Pennsylvania.

Valentine is only related to me as the husband of my 4th cousin 2x removed! But I will take this opportunity to post on a non-direct ancestor. He was apparently known by his nickname "Felty."

Joseph and Frederica Todt, Valentine's parents, were both born in Germany, and likely immigrated as a married couple. That is only a possibility of course. I have not found other children of this couple in my searches.

Valentine first married Anastasia G. Kuhn and had six children with her, b. in Mt Pleasant Township, Adams, Pennsylvania:
      1. Valentine, b. 1882 aka "William", m. Anna S. Kuhn
      2.  Francis aka "Frank" Gregory, b. 15 Feb 1886, d. 4 Dec 1955 Hanover PA;
              m. 25 Feb 1919 to Mary Jane Eck in Hanover, PA.
      3.  Ellen Gabriel, b. 29 Jun 1888; m. 13 Feb 1912 to Edward L. Weaver in
              Littlestown, PA
      4.  Helen Catherine, b. 10 Aug 1890
      5.  Alverta Elizabeth, TWIN, b. 27 Aug 1893
      6.  George Sylvester, TWIN, b. 27 Aug 1893, d. 8 Jul 1960, Hanover PA

Unfortunately Anastasia died several weeks after the twins' birth [George & Alverta]. Hopefully Valentine had help from family and friends, as the children were still quite small. He was a farmer, and clearly help would have been needed.

On 5 May 1896, Valentine married for a second time, to Susanna Gaul, at the Conewago Chapel of the Basilica, Adams, PA.  Susanna's parents, Jacob and Helena Gaul, were also born in Germany. She was born 18 Jun 1861 in Pennsylvania.

The couple had 3 more children: Irene, Lillian, and John Todt.  I do not have their exact birthdates unfortunately. More research to do at a later time.

Valentine died 14 Jun 1922 in Union Township, Adams, PA, and was buried in the cemetery at the Conewago Chapel of the Basilica, Adams, PA. Eight years later, his second wife, Susanna, died 26 Jan 1930, and was buried by her husband. The gravestone shows their two names, dates of birth and death.

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If any of these are ancestors of yours, I would be happy to hear from you with your comments or corrected information. I am also very happy to share any details I might have that are not shown on this post. Contact information is found at the very bottom of this blog.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"Favourite Name" - #52ancestors: Zerubbabel JEROME

This week, in the year-long #52ancestors challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, has the prompt: Favourite Name.  

Mine is Zerubbabel JEROME.


This is indeed my all-time favourite first name in our ancestors. I also listed a few more which are appealing for various reasons, but this one is the winner.


Can you picture a darling little boy in the arms of his mother, with father looking on happily, and they smile and say, "Let's call him Zerubbabel!"  


Of course, that is not how they named him - such a very unusual name. No, they would have opened their Bible and poked a finger at a page, then looked at the nearest male name. Apparently Zerubbabel is listed only three or four times in the Bible, and  translates to Seed of Babylon. 

I immediately wonder how he was called to come in for supper when he was playing outside, and what did his best friends call him... 

I know little about him as yet. He was born 3 Apr 1715 in Windham, Connecticut, married two sisters in Meriden, Connecticut, lived for a time in Bristol, CT, and died in October 1783 in Farmington, Connecticut, aged 68.  


Zerubbabel was the third child of the seven known children, second son, of Timothy JEROME & Abagail RICH, who married in 1709 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. All seven children married and had children, the start of a large pool of descendants to this day. By the way, Timothy JEROME is Winston Churchill's wife's great-great-great-grandfather [Jennie Jerome]. 


Zerubbabel married two sisters, daughters of Henry COOK. His first wife was Sarah Cook, and in 1737, she died in childbirth, her baby girl, Mary, also died.  

The following year, August 30, 1738, he married Sarah's sister, Phebe, in Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut. I can hear Judy G. Russell's voice in my head - "Did you check the laws to see if this marriage was approved/allowed by law-? There could be records!" Sigh, I haven't but I will. Honest! Any day now.


Zerubbabel and Phebe had 11 children, several of whom died youngish [females in their 20s], as well as a namesake Zerubbabel who died as an infant. A subsequent son, the 10th child, was named Zerubbabel also, and lived into his 60s. I have written about Zerubbabel previously - search the site for other posts, using the Search this Blog box below my photo, on the right. 

My line comes from their youngest daughter, Ruth JEROME, who married into the GRAVES family in Harwinton, Connecticut.


A few other interesting first names:
  • Achsa Beebe - I believe this is a girl, born in Naugatuck, CT
  • Agnes Gosling - 1500s England; this one tickles my fancy, as Agnes means "lamb of God" and Gosling - well really, "little goose."
  • Barzilla Beebe - those Beebe's! born in the 1700s, early 1800s 
  • Cliofus Veach - late 1800s, in Illinois [RICE line]
  • Concurrence Meigs - mid-1600s, Massachusetts
  • Egbert Noyes Foster - mid-1850s, Oregon - AKA "Norman" 
  • Eusebius Jacobus Owings - early 1800s, PA
  • Gamaliel Reynolds - early 1700s, CT; and Gamaliel Veach, 1800s Illinois
  • Increase - several, in mid-1600s to 1700s, MA & CT. Since a pregnant woman was said to be 'increasing', this seems an odd name to give a baby girl... 
  • Jabez Healy - meaning "sorrowful" - for a boy, late 1700s in MA. Hmmm. 
  • Legoria Kuhn - I have no idea here: perhaps a Spanish name
  • Macedon Ault Rudisill - a mouthful, born in late 1800s, PA
  • Resolved White [Mayflower] - born 1614 Eng; brother born on ship 1620, Peregrine.
  • Taliaferro Craig - eventually spelled as pronounced: Tolliver, born 1700s in Virginia
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If any of these are ancestors of yours, I would be happy to hear from you with your comments or corrected information. I am also very happy to share any details I might have that are not shown on this post. Contact information is found at the very bottom of this blog.


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Sunday, January 28, 2018

"IN THE CENSUS," for #52ancestors challenge: 3 Generations of GILLESPIEs

Here we are on Week 5 of the year-long challenge of writing weekly 52ancestors/52weeks by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow.  This week the prompt is "In the Census."
Here is an 1881 England Census return which gave me 3 generations of my father's family: names, ages, birthplaces, residence address. The "do" on the right column is ditto for place of birth being Ireland for every member of this 3-generation family. This area of Walney [Walney Island] in Barrow in Furness, in north-east England, had many who were born in Ireland, now working in the shipbuilding industry or supportive industries.

However, I thought this was NOT my ancestor family when I first found it. In fact I scanned past it as the names didn't seem to match the tiny bit I thought I knew about my father's GILLESPIE family from England. This particular census of the neighbourhood ward of Walney [Island] in Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, showed the Gillespie family all born in Ireland. Well, that couldn't possibly be true - I "knew" that the Gillespies all came from England. I kept looking in England and found a few other possibilities but still, they were not particularly likely, I believed.

I took my list of  5 possibles and looked for them in the following Census, 1891. I eliminated 3 of the possibles because of the children's names - wrong group of names, wrong ages. That left me with only two possibilities.
Ohhh, and then the 1901 Census [above] in Barrow showed a Wm John married to Harriet with daughter Elsie. I knew my Aunt Elsie was the eldest of the Gillespie children. My family - very likely.

And the 1911 Census cinched it. There were all the correct names for my aunts/uncles, in the correct order. This 1911 Census in Barrow in Furness showed their birthplaces also - huge clues for me to use to research further for my Grandma's family in England. I was able to find my Grandpa's father and mother in the 1911 Census, with their birthplaces in Ireland as well.

The confusion about my grandfather's name, William John. I'd always known his name as Jack, and I assumed that was a nickname for his correct first name being John. My mistake. He was going by his second name, which became a nickname, Jack. Don't know why I didn't twig to this shift in names when I first saw the 1881 Census. It was early in my genealogy searches, and clearly I was not as attuned to variants in names at that time.

In addition - this 1911 Census was written in my Grandpa's handwriting - isn't it beautiful? I've since found his signature on my Dad's birth registration as well, confirming this is indeed his handwriting.

Treasure - one finds treasure in the Census. There are so many possible clues to use for further research. The church district listed on the Censuses, place of birth for all in the household, ages, how long married, number of living children, occupations, residence at time of Census, signatures, and more.

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If any of these are ancestors of yours, I would be happy to hear from you with your comments or corrected information. I am also very happy to share any details I might have that are not shown on this post. Contact information is found at the very bottom of this blog.

Blogger has a glitch which is stopping me from replying to your comments, but please do know that I appreciate your comments very much. You make my day! Thanks so much for stopping by to read my family blog.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

#52ancestors challenge: SNOWFALL, 1950s

This week's topic was "Invite to Dinner" and it didn't lead to a good photo in my albums, so I decided to remind us all that Vancouver DOES occasionally have a big SNOWFALL! Many winters we have virtually no snow, others we have a week or three of snow, not deep, not lasting. And then, since the temperature runs +2/-2 from freezing, there are the rare icy wet snows which leave every intersection and alley crossing a skating rink...

Here is the west-facing view from the porch of our home on Matapan Crescent in Vancouver, probably in early-mid January. There's a roughly shovelled pathway, and we've shovelled the sidewalk out front of the house as well.

Of course as kids, we made snowmen, flung ourselves down to make snow angels, threw snowballs, and also tunnelled through the big mounds of snow! And I bet we pulled anything we could slide on [cardboard boxes, e.g.) to the hill on the other side of those two houses - they backed onto the hill and park.

The little label on this photo shows it was from my personal Photo Album. One year my Mom made 3 different photo albums, a unique one for each of us. There were some family photos which were copied and put in each album, but most photographs were unique about us. A very wonderful Christmas gift.

There's no date on this photo, nor identifying info on the people standing on the sidewalk. Probably Dad, and I'm not sure who the woman would be. Mom would have been the one taking the photo, I think. Probably someone in the family will know.


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

"LONGEVITY," for #52ancestors challenge:

This year I am participating in Amy Johnson Crow's genealogy challenge, "52 Weeks/52 Ancestors," which I also followed for two years 2014 & 2015.

We have relatively long-lived ancestors showing in our lines: my father's parents lived to mid-late 80s, my mother's mother/grandmother/great-grandmother lived in their 90s and 100s. I have every expectation of living to 100!

My longest-lived direct ancestor who lived over 100 is my 2nd great-grandmother, Harriet "Hattie" Philena ORMSBEE.  Here's a 1924 photo of her at 97 years of age, during a visit my grandmother took with her 5 children including my 2 year old mother, from Vancouver BC Canada to Englewood, New Jersey. She is the shortest in the photo, second from left.

My grandmother wrote on the back, identifying each person and their relation to her. I love how this photo shows relationships here. My 2 year old mother is playing with her mother's jewellery, and Madee and GreatGrandma Graves were clearly talking about something while waiting for the photo to be taken. I suspect Madee's husband, my great-grandfather, was taking the photograph.

From left to right:
"Madee" Clara Augusta "Gussie" GRAVES
      b. 5 Nov 1857 Jordan NY, d. 30 Oct 1955 Englewood NJ

"GreatGrandma Graves" Harriet "Hattie" Philena ORMSBEE
      b. 28 May 1827 Manlius NY, d. 20 Aug 1929, Englewood NJ

"Mary" [my mother] 2 years old in this photo

"Mother" - my Grandmother known as GrandPete,
      b. 19 May 1880 Syracuse NY, d. 23 Oct 1973 Burnaby BC Canada

I have a number of long-lived persons in their 90s as well, even back in the 1700s with baptism dates with birthdates as well. Of course, there are also a number of women who died young, likely in childbirth, as well as men who died before 50, perhaps in accidents or due to illnesses.

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If any of these are ancestors of yours, I would be happy to hear from you with your comments or corrected information. I am also very happy to share any details I might have that are not shown on this post. Contact information calewis at telus dot net is found at the very bottom of this blog.

Blooger has a glitch which is stopping me from replying to your comments, but please do know that I appreciate your comments very much. You make my day! Thanks so much for stopping by to read my family blog. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

"FAVOURITE PHOTO," #52ancestors challenge:

For Amy Johnson Crow's year-long challenge: "52 Weeks, 52 Ancestors," here is the 2nd week with prompt, "Favourite Photo." I have too many favourite photos to find it easy to choose one.

There's the 1917 photo of my Gillespie Grandparents and their five children including my 10 year old Dad.

There's also the 1899 tintype photo of my Gillespie Grandparents - their engagement photo.

Or, the 1924 photo of 4 generations in the Terwilliger line with my 2 year old Mom.

Plus the photo of my baby brother with Mom, my big sister and me, on the stoop. And... Too many.

I decided to use the photo of 4 generations with my first baby, me, my Mom, and her mother, sitting on the porch of our house. Summer 1968, and my grandmother is 88 in this photo. She died in late 1973.

Welcome!

Family, friends, and others - I hope you enjoy these pages about our ancestors and their lives. Genealogy has become somewhat of an obsession, more than a hobby, and definitely a wonderful mystery to dig into and discover. Enjoy my writing, and contact me at celia.winky at gmail dot com if you have anything to add to the stories. ... Celia Lewis