Sunday, November 27, 2022

Margaret C. WALTERS - 1837-1918, Tennessee to Illinois

 Another RICE ancestor in our LEWIS-RICE family, here is Margaret C. WALTERS, 5th daughter and youngest child of Anderson WALTERS & Elizabeth JOYNER

Margaret's 6 siblings were all born in Sumner County, Tennessee, but shortly after 1837 the family migrated westward and settled in  the southeast portion of Illinois, to White County. The Township for this region is Indian Creek.

On December 1855, Margaret C WALTERS married Phillip Wesley VINEYARD [1834-1874] in Carmi, White, Illinois, the county seat of White County. See photo of the Courthouse on the right (public domain).

Children of Margaret C WALTERS & Phillip Wesley VINEYARD:  
   1. Florence, b 15 Nov 1857 Saline co. IL, d 1931 Saline co. IL); m 16 Jul 1882 to Samuel Madison Orr, 4 children
   2.  Priscilla, b 1859 White co. IL, d. Dec 1879 Indian Creek, White IL; m. 15 Feb 1876 to Thomas Shelby Millspaugh, 2 girls
   3.  William Anderson, b 20 Nov 1860 White co. IL, d. 31 May 1940 Los Angeles CA; m 13 Dec 1883 to Arabel Hill; 6 children
   4.  Martha Jane [ancestor], b 2 Aug 1864 White co IL, d. 19 Mar 1954 Los Angeles CA; m. 1887 to Henry Luther RICE; 8 children
   5.  Lucy Lanah [?Leanah?], b 14 Jan 1867 White co IL, d. 4 Mar 1921 Saline co. IL; m. 21 Feb 1886 to Robert James Sneed, 6 children
   6.  Thomas Milligan, b 24 Jun 1869 White co IL, d 26 Jul 1941 Greenway Clay AK; m. 22 Nov 1891 to Rhoda B. Pettigrew, 2 girls
   7.  Rebecca E., b 1871 White co IL; no further information found on Rebecca

Margaret's husband Phyllis W. VINEYARD died unexpectedly, aged 40, on 6 Feb 1874 in Indian Creek, White county, IL, leaving her with 7 children, aged 17 to 3 yrs of age. His estate took some time to settle, with debt claims to settle, Margaret's dower portion to settle, and the land and property to sell. His probate papers detail these issues, and may easily be found on FamilySearch.org.  Note that Phillip's father died scarcely 2 years earlier. 

Several years later, in 1878, Margaret married for a second time to a widower with a number of children, Francis Marion Berry. Two boys were delivered of this second marriage:
   8. Lewis Perdue, b 1878 Indian Creek, White, IL
   9. Garfield H., b 1880, Indian Creek, White, IL, d. 16 Oct 1919

Margaret's second husband, Francis, died in 1914, aged 80 yrs.  Margaret moved to be with one of her children - her daughters were living with their families in Salina County. She  died 12 Feb 1918 in Buelah Heights, Salina co., IL. She was aged 81 years old. She is buried with her second husband in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, in McLeansboro, Hamilton county, IL.  

Margaret C WALTERS is the great-grandmother to brothers Jack & Bill Lewis, the 2nd-great-grandmother to their children, and 3rd-great-grandmother to the following generation. I have not been able to find any photos of Margaret. As she died in 1918, I might assume there are photos somewhere in the extended family. Hopefully we will find several eventually.  

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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 and I will get back to you either by email or in the Comments. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues or add additional information in these family trees.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

REMEMBRANCE : Lest We Forget... LEWIS, BUNN, GILLESPIE

 This is a repeat of an earlier post.


"WWI Roll Call" with basic details of the three relatives who died in "The Great War" 1914-1918. Two relatives (great-uncles) are on my GILLESPIE-BUNN side, the other on the LEWIS-RICE line. The photo on the right is #1 below, George Armstrong Gillespie, aged 28.


1.  George Armstrong GILLESPIE, b. 1886, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England, d. 8 Aug 1916, France.  
The 4th and last child of George GILLESPIE & Catherine ARMSTRONG, a bachelor, he was living with his unmarried older sister, Mary, and his parents, at 44 Earle Street, Barrow, at the time he entered military service in 1914. His older two brothers, including Jack Gillespie, were living in Canada at this time.  
George A. Gillespie died August 8, 1916, aged 30; his identifying number is R/3245, attached to the 11th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps.  He is buried in Hebuterne Communal Cemetery, France.  His headstone carving, as requested by his parents, is the following:
THE WICKED  /  CEASE FROM TROUBLING /
      AND THE WEARY  /  ARE AT REST  


2.  Thomas BUNN,  b. 12 Dec 1886, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England, d. 8 Oct 1917, Belgium.  
Thomas was the 4th child (of 9) of George BUNN & Sarah Elizabeth WHITEHOUSE, the brother of my grandfather Jack Gillespie's wife, Harriett BUNN .Thomas lived for a short time in Canada, following his older brother George Bunn who had immigrated in 1910.  He is a bit of a mystery and there is a story that he married or lived common-law with a woman while living in the Maritimes in Canada.  However, when war was declared, he returned to Barrow and enlisted there.  He joined the Royal Army Medical Corp, 23rd Field Ambulance, (the 7th Division). He was killed in action on 8 Oct 1917, in Belgium, and is buried in Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. His name may be seen on Panel 160. (The link shows the cemetery ringed by Panels filled with approximately 35,000 names of casualties...)  

3.  Arthur Aiken LEWIS, b. 16 Apr 1887, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, d. 8 May 1917, Vimy Ridge, France.
Arthur was the eldest of 8 children of Isaac Charles LEWIS & Alma Jane AIKEN. Arthur worked as a Surveyor, on Vancouver Island,as seen on 1911 Census.  His CEF - Canadian Expeditionary Force - papers show he enlisted 26 Oct 1915, service number #61710, 22nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry.  There is some confusion re his death date, as the Vimy Memorial certificate provides date of death as 15/09/1916 (Sept. 15, 1916); but the official notification of his death is May 8, 1917, "in the trenches south of Acheville" which is by Vimy Ridge.  The confusion has not been reconciled at this point.  The Canadian Vimy Memorial is a remarkable construction, sitting on the Ridge itself. You can read of its design, construction, and more by clicking on this link.  


So many young men were killed in World War I.  

Lest We Forget...   
   

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Elisha RICE, 1679-1761, Sudbury Massachusetts

Another RICE ancestor in our LEWIS-RICE family:  Elisha RICE, Jack & Bill's 5th-great-grandfather, 6th- to their children, and 7th- to their children. Elisha was the grandson of the first RICE immigrant to Massachusetts: Deacon Edmund RICE and his wife, Tamsin FROST who arrived in 1632. Much information on the RICE family is found on the Edmund RICE (1632) Family Association, and I have written on a number of their ancestors to date. Search on the surname in the search box to the right for more RICE family. 

Elisha RICE was born on 4 December 1679 at Sudbury, New Haven, Massachusetts, although another source states 11 December at Marlborough. His parents were Thomas RICE & Mary KING - about whom I have previously written - here is one post example. He was the 12th and last child of his parents. His father died Nov 16, 1681 when he was almost 3 years old; his mother did not remarry, and I'm assuming that there were others in the family nearby available to assist in his upbringing.  Image on right from Flickr, CC Elizabeth B. Thomsen. 

On February 10th, 1707/8 at Concord MA, he married Elizabeth WHEELER, the daughter of Obadiah WHEELER & Elizabeth WHITE. The latter was the granddaughter of Mayflower settler, Resolved WHITE, who came to Plymouth in 1620 with his parents William WHITE & Susanna JACKSON. So here we find the link for Mayflower descendency through this family. 

The couple lived in Sudbury until about 1719, when Elisha was a "proprietor" of Worcester, where he had 30 acres of land granted to him the previous year. I have not found the deed record/s for this land. He moved back to Sudbury after that year apparently. Elisha and Elizabeth had 7 known children:
    1.  Eliakim, b 27 Feb 1709, Sudbury, d after 1763; m. 14 May 1730 in Weston
             MA to Mehitabel Livermore; 5 children [1 died young].
    2.  Elisha [jr], b 27 May 1711, Sudbury; never married; apparently cared
             for sister Julia at times.
    3.  Elizabeth, b 3 Nov 1713, Sudbury, d 29 Mar 1799, Leicester MA; m
             28 Nov 1735 in Sudbury to Jonas Livermore; 8 known children.
    4.  Julia, b 20 Mar 1716, Sudbury, d after 1766, never married; apparently
              had severe mental illness, and her brother Elisha apparently cared
              for her at times.
    5.  Silas, b 28 Apr 1719, Worcester MA, d 24 Mar 1800 Northborough MA;
               m[1]Copia Broughton 10 Mar 1744/5; m[2] Lois Pollard 20 Sep 1770;
               m[3]Mehitable Goodnow 8 Dec 1784.  8 children from [1]marriage, 1
               child from [2]. 
    6.   Elija, ancestor, b 5 Mar 1721 Sudbury or Worcester, d Mar 1818 Holden
               MA; m 23 Nov 1748 Shrewsbury, MA to Huldah KEYES; 9 children
    7.  Zebulon, b 5 Jun 1725 Sudbury or Worcester, d 26 Dec 1799 Boylston,
               MA; no marriage information.

Note that with the Mayflower descendency books providing genealogical information going 5 or more generations down from the original settlers, much of the information about Elisha & Elizabeth's children is taken from the William White bk, Vol.1.  

Elizabeth died in 1727 in Sudbury, 2 years after her last child Zebulon. Elisha did not marry again. His siblings lived near him, and his three eldest children were likely able to help as needed.  

Elisha died before 19 October 1761 at Sudbury MA, intestate.  The estate was appraised on 19 Oct 1761, with the oldest son Eliakim as the Administrator. John Rice, Thos Damon and Phinobus Brintnall were the witnesses to the Bond document as well as the Inventory, which latter was completed Jan 18, 1762. I believe John is Eliakim's grand-uncle, but this has not been verified as yet. The Probate records mentioned were found on NEHGS [AmericanAncestors.org].

There are surprisingly few records that I have found to date on Elisha, other than birth, marriage, a few comments of his land in Worcester, residence in Sudbury, and his Probate records. No deeds, tax rolls, or other such paperwork on him. It is clear he farmed, as his Probate Inventory lists Land valued at over £226, with 1 horse, 4 cows, 1 heifer, 2 calves, plus 420 bushels of oats, 22 bushels and a half of Rye, 30 bushels of Indian corn. He also had a plough share and cotter and other farming equipment. 

I noted that on his inventory he is called "Cap'n Elisha Rice," so he clearly had a military role at one point. To date I have not found the details of his military activities. There had certainly been several wars between the local Indians and early settlers, and perhaps he was part of the local militia, called on when needed. 

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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 and I will get back to you either by email or in the Comments. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues or add additional information in these family trees.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022

Samuel TREAT 1714-1798 in Milford, Connecticut

Samuel TREAT is my 5th great-grandfather up in my mother's Terwilliger line, 6th to my children, 7th to their children. Samuel is the great-grandson of the original immigrant to the New England colony, Richard TREAT, bef 1584-1670, who immigrated from Pitminster, England, about 1637, ending up in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut. Richard came with his wife Alice GAYLARD and the majority of their children. For more information, use the search box to the right, to read about those two, and/or others listed below.

Born 13 Aug 1714 in Milford CT, Samuel was the 4th child (3rd son) of Capt. Joseph TREAT & Elizabeth MERWIN, his second wife. His mother died a few months after her 5th child in 1716. There would have been several older children and older step-siblings able to help raise the young children, I'm sure. I do not have a record of any third marriage of his father. 

He would have been living in Milford with his parents shortly after Milford CT was purchased and begun to settle mainly with other New Haven settlers, after 1646. Very early settlers in this area although not the original first group. First group of settlers were Puritans, and their meeting house [church] was made very plain - as note the image to the right, from a booklet Historical Sketches of the Town of Milford [on Internet Archive].  
Samuel TREAT married Beulah JENNINGS on 26 Oct 1743, in likely Milford CT. She was the 3rd of 4 daughters of Michael JENNINGS & Elizabeth JACKSON. They had 8 children, all born in Milford CT, one of whom died young: 

    1.  Beulah, b 15 Jan 1744, d 30 Mar 1844 in Watertown, Litchfield CT;
             apparently did not marry.
    2.  Mary, b 29 Oct 1744, m 1762 to Joel Titus; no further research
    3.  Elnathan Peet, b 18 Jun 1749, d Aug 1749
    4.  Elnathan Peet, b 1 Sep 1751; no further information
    5.  Samuel Peet [ancestor], b 29 Sep 1754, d 5 Jul 1837 Russia, Herkimer,
           NY; m 29 Sep 1780 to Sarah THOMPSON, in Milford, New Haven, CT;
           5 daughters
    6.  Elizabeth, b abt 1756; no further information
    7.  Abijah, b 15 Dec 1761, d. 5 Jan 1799; m. 12 Jul 1780, likely Milford CT
             to Mary Margaret Sperry; no further research
    8.  Hepzibah, b 1763, d unknown; m est 1785 to [unknown] Warner; no further
             research

As you can see there is a lot of possible research to undertake, although this period of time is not awash in high quality documents, as well as finding frequent same names in same generations!  

The 1790 Census for Milford township in CT shows the household of Samuel consisting of 1 male over 16, and 3 females. Unfortunately the enumerator copied his findings so that surnames were alphabetical, so it is not possible to see who is living next or close to him. 

It is believed that Samuel died about 1798 in Washington, Litchfield, CT. I have  no further information on him as yet. It is stated on several trees that Samuel was a veteran of the Revolutionary War during 1775-1783. He would have been in his late 50s to 60s at this point, and it would be somewhat unlikely. There were many many Samuel Treat men in Connecticut, and I believe the Rev. War veteran is one of other Samuel Treat men. 

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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 and I will get back to you either by email or in the Comments. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues or add additional information in these family trees.

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Monday, January 31, 2022

Ruth JEROME, 1760-1824, CT USA

My 4th great-grandmother on my maternal line, Ruth JEROME, is the youngest daughter [the 11th child] of my favourite-named ancestor, Zerubbabel JEROME - and his wife Phebe COOK. Interestingly, Zerubbabel married her younger sister Sarah first. Unfortunately Sarah died in childbirth of her first child who also died, a daughter named Mary. 

I do wonder how those marriages were talked about in the family. Probably the families were close, I have found several siblings to Sarah and Phebe Cook; their father married several times, with 1-4 children from each wife. More research would be helpful in understanding the social context. Certainly the region was still opening up to settlers.

Back to Ruth JEROME: She was born 14 Jun 1760, in Harwinton, Litchfield, CT, surrounded by her many siblings. And on 8 Dec 1778 in Harwinton, CT, she married Stephen Wells GRAVES [sr], b 2 Feb 1752 in East Plymouth, Litchfield CT. Take note of that 1778 date - the "Revolutionary War" had been ongoing for 2 years by this time. Both the Jerome and Graves families, as well as some of their farming neighbours, were apparently not actively pro-revolution. Stephen had furnished a substitute soldier after first being drafted into service. But he and up to 30 of his neighbours were harassed regularly by "Patriot" vigilantes   - the Sons of Liberty - attempting to hogtie the men and force them into fighting the British. The Graves' home was particularly targeted by the Sons of Liberty as it was known to be a rendezvous for the local Loyalists. 

Interestingly, a 32 page history of the region provides anecdotes of how the neighbouring women would blow conch shells to warn the working men to high-tail it to the Tory Den [see photo] and other hiding places when the Patriots came calling on horseback to their farms. Unfortunately that small history is no longer shown on any of the Harwinton sites, nor on Internet Archive.  

I have two short articles which you can request from me - see email address at bottom of page - with this historical information.  One was from the NEHGS March 2015:  "The Connecticut Tory Den - Safe Haven for the Royalist Sympathizers."  The second source would be "The Tories of Chippeny Hill, Connecticut," by E.LeRoy Pond. In addition, there is a history of Harwinton House, compiled by Roger Plaskett, Harwinton Town Historian, 2006.  Stephen GRAVES built this house after the war, 1795. It was moved from Harwinton to New Canaan, where it still stands.

Ruth JEROME and Stephen GRAVES in lived in Harwinton CT, where their 7 children were born - note the two first little girls dying on the same day:
   1.  Nancy, b 7 Nov 1779, d. 20 Aug 1783
   2.  Ruth, b 1 Mar 1781, d. 20 Aug 1783 
   3.  Cornelius [ancestor], b 15 Feb 1783, d. 27 Sep 1828 Auburn, Cayuga,
           NY; m. Anna TREAT est. 1803 in Harwinton; 8 known children,  2 died
           young.
   4.  Major Nelson, [Major is his name], b. 29 Dec 1784, d. 4 Aug 1861 Jordan,
          Onondaga, NY; m. 3 Apr 1806 in Litchfield CT to Abigail Lankton; 10
           known children, of whom 4 died young.
   5.  Stephen Wells jr, b 5 Aug 1791, d. 3 Aug 1854 in Dover, MI; m. 15 Nov
           1811 to Rhoda Clark, in Burlington CT; 3 known children
   6.  Nancy, b. 23 Jun 1793, d. 11 Dec 1873 in Cambridge IL; m. 15 Feb 1815
           in Jordan NY to Miles Welton; 10 children, 9 of whom lived to adulthood.
   7.  Ruth, b. 20 Jul 1795, d. 15 Apr 1886 in Plymouth Hollow [Thomaston],
           Litchfield CT; m. 26 Mar 1817 to Marvin Blakeslee from Plymouth Hollow;
           no children researched as yet.

As you can see, 18 year old Ruth married, moved to Stephen's farm during the early years of the Revolutionary War, and suffered her first two children dying on the same day - likely from a contagious disease - while caring for her 3rd child, a son, who was only 6 months old. During the Revolutionary War, she and her husband were fighting off the Sons of Liberty who stole and destroyed her conch shell at gunpoint, as she was trying to keep her husband safe. She also brought food for the men hiding, leaving it a ways from the cave so as not to lead the Patriots to the loyalist men. Fascinating challenging times.

Several of her children moved away with their spouses to Michigan, Illinois, and further in New York. 

Ruth died 28 Aug 1824, in possibly Harwinton, CT, and has a tall slab gravestone next to her husband's in Terryville, Litchfield, CT.  Her gravestone is inscribed with a short sentence: "The memory of the just is blessed"  She was 64 years old, her original 5 living children were married, and with eventually over 28 grandchildren. Note Terryville is just under 8 miles from Harwinton. See FindaGrave for image of both Ruth and Stephen's gravestones. 

Stephen lived a few years past her death, and died 6 Jun 1828, in Terryville, aged 76 years. He is buried beside her, with his own tall slab gravestone as well. Terryville is a town within the town of Plymouth CT.

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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 and I will get back to you either by email or in the Comments. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues in these family trees.

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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Mary OLIN 1809-1872, Canton NY to Norris ILL

After a rather long hiatus from blogging, here is Mary OLIN, born in NY state, married, had 7 children, and died in Norris city in Illinois. Mary is in the RICE line of my children's father's mother, and is their 3rd great-grandmother. I was caught by her surname, thinking it seemed a Scandinavian surname perhaps. The earliest OLIN ancestor I've found in the New England states is John OLIN born about 1675, who at about 14 left his ship at harbour in Rhode Island. He later married Susannah SPENCER, a daughter of one of the original Spencer brother immigrants. Some information came from a useful book titled:

"A Complete Record of the JOHN OLIN FAMILY, the first of that name who came to America in the year A.D. 1678. Containing an account of their settlement and genealogy up to the present time -- 1893. By C.C. OLIN, Historian."

Mary was the second child of Joseph Mitchell OLIN and his first wife, Huldah SMITH [d. 1831]. Joseph and Huldah had been living and married Dec 25, 1806 in Addison Vermont, but moved to Canton New York state shortly after, where their first child, Joseph, was born in 1807. All 11 children appear to have been born in Canton NY. 

In about 1828, Canton NY, Mary OLIN aged about 19 years, married 27 year old farmer, Calvin HEALY, [b.1801], another person whose family had moved from Vermont to northern New York in very early 1800s. Calvin's parents were Jabez HEALY and Grace BAILY

Children of Mary OLIN & Calvin HEALY, all born White County, ILL: 
   1.  Arlette M, b 9 Mar 1830 Potsdam NY, d 5 Jan 1890 White Co ILL;
           m. Henry C Rice 30 Jan 1850 White Co ILL; 4 children
   2.  Charlotte Lovina [ancestor] b 18 Mar 1835 OH; m. Joel RICE jr. [bro
           Henry above] 19 Aug 1854 White Co ILL; 5 children known survived.
   3.  George Calvin, b 10 Mar 1836 poss. OH, d. 10 Apr 1887 Iron, White, ILL;
            m. Mary Bryant est 1861; 7 known children
   4.  James Harvey, b 15 Aug 1840 White Co ILL, d 14 Jul 1920 Norris, ILL;
           m. Frances "Fanny" A Veach 26 Dec 1867 White Co ILL; 12 children
   5.  Jerusha Ann "Jenny", b 1844 White Co ILL, d. 3 Feb 1889; m Newton
            Bryant [bro to Mary B above] est 1860; 9 children
   6.  Joseph "Joe" Mitchell, b 26 Nov 1846 White Co ILL, d 7 Nov 1912
            Saline Co, ILL;  m 1867 to Mary R Steele; 6 children
   7.  Henry Gilbert aka Gilbert, b 4 Mar 1849 White Co ILL, d 13 Mar 1881
            Pope Co., ILL; m 1870 to Sarah Ann Crank; 6 children
   8.  Francis E, b 5 Nov 1852, White Co ILL, d 3 Aug 1890 White Co ILL;
           m 1 Mar 1874 ILL to Sarah A Bryant; 9 children.

All eight children were born in White County ILL, likely settling in Norris City - actually a small village, currently under 1400 persons. I have no church details for this family; there are three existing churches at present. 

Mary OLIN died18 Aug 1872 aged 63 years in Norris, White Co., Ill, before her husband, Calvin. She is buried in the Rice Cemetery, in White Co., Ill.  She and Calvin had 8 living children, and in total, 58 grandchildren. However, as is usual, I have no particular personal information about Mary. Hopefully I might find more about her with more specific future research, eg., church records, newspapers, societies, and so on. 

Calvin HEALY, Mary's husband, died aged 80 years, 2 Mar 1881, in Sacramento, White Co., Ill, possibly living with one of his children or grandchildren. He is also buried in the Rice Cemetery, in White Co., Ill, his details on the other side of Mary's stone.

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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 and I will get back to you either by email or in the Comments. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues in these family trees.

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Thursday, November 11, 2021

REMEMBRANCE - the 11th hour, the 11th day, the 11th month

 This is a repeat of an earlier post.


"WWI Roll Call" with basic details of the three relatives who died in "The Great War" 1914-1918. Two relatives (great-uncles) are on my GILLESPIE-BUNN side, the other on the LEWIS-RICE line. The photo on the right is #1 below, George Armstrong Gillespie, aged 28.


1.  George Armstrong GILLESPIE, b. 1886, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England, d. 8 Aug 1916, France.  
The 4th and last child of George GILLESPIE & Catherine ARMSTRONG, a bachelor, he was living with his unmarried older sister, Mary, and his parents, at 44 Earle Street, Barrow, at the time he entered military service in 1914. His older two brothers, including Jack Gillespie, were living in Canada at this time.  
George A. Gillespie died August 8, 1916, aged 30; his identifying number is R/3245, attached to the 11th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps.  He is buried in Hebuterne Communal Cemetery, France.  His headstone carving, as requested by his parents, is the following:
THE WICKED  /  CEASE FROM TROUBLING /
      AND THE WEARY  /  ARE AT REST  


2.  Thomas BUNN,  b. 12 Dec 1886, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England, d. 8 Oct 1917, Belgium.  
Thomas was the 4th child (of 9) of George BUNN & Sarah Elizabeth WHITEHOUSE, the brother of my grandfather Jack Gillespie's wife, Harriett BUNN .Thomas lived for a short time in Canada, following his older brother George Bunn who had immigrated in 1910.  He is a bit of a mystery and there is a story that he married or lived common-law with a woman while living in the Maritimes in Canada.  However, when war was declared, he returned to Barrow and enlisted there.  He joined the Royal Army Medical Corp, 23rd Field Ambulance, (the 7th Division). He was killed in action on 8 Oct 1917, in Belgium, and is buried in Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. His name may be seen on Panel 160. (The link shows the cemetery ringed by Panels filled with approximately 35,000 names of casualties...)  

3.  Arthur Aiken LEWIS, b. 16 Apr 1887, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, d. 8 May 1917, Vimy Ridge, France.
Arthur was the eldest of 8 children of Isaac Charles LEWIS & Alma Jane AIKEN. Arthur worked as a Surveyor, on Vancouver Island,as seen on 1911 Census.  His CEF - Canadian Expeditionary Force - papers show he enlisted 26 Oct 1915, service number #61710, 22nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry.  There is some confusion re his death date, as the Vimy Memorial certificate provides date of death as 15/09/1916 (Sept. 15, 1916); but the official notification of his death is May 8, 1917, "in the trenches south of Acheville" which is by Vimy Ridge.  The confusion has not been reconciled at this point.  The Canadian Vimy Memorial is a remarkable construction, sitting on the Ridge itself. You can read of its design, construction, and more by clicking on this link.  


So many young men were killed in World War I.  

Lest We Forget...   
   

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Wordless Wednesday: Cousins

 

It's so difficult for me to keep this absolutely wordless!  

Photo taken in 1946 on steps at 2033 Victoria Street, in cold weather.  

I'm in bottom right holding out an apple to whoever is taking the photo, little cousin Wendy watching me, and above, Leita watching the photo-taker, and Derek [Wendy's brother] who looks as if he's saying something!  

Wish we'd taken more photos like this... 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

#52Ancestors: Jacob Jansen Van ETTEN 1632-1693, Netherlands to New Amsterdam

 Another post in the year-long challenge, #52Ancestors by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. Although I am behind, every post is another post! Today I am sharing information on a very early New Amsterdam settler, Jacob Jansen Van ETTEN.  His surname Jansen indicates his father's first name was Jan/John. Because there were many Jacob Jansen persons, Van Etten was added, and shows he came originally from the small town of Etten, southeast of Amsterdam. Above is a map of Etten in the Netherlands. His surname is written a number of ways, sometimes as one word. My standardized surname spelling is Van ETTEN. Jacob is my 8th great-grandfather, 9th to my children, and 10th to my grandchildren.

Jacob's parents might possibly be Johannes Marinessen & Wilhelmina Hoannes from Etten - this has not yet been verified. I have no further information on Jacob's family of origin.

Jacob Van ETTEN, b. 1632, came over to New Amsterdam about 1659 under a 6 year contract, with another man, Aert Pietersen Tack. Aert was about 6 years older than Jacob, and quickly married a very young girl, Annetje ADRIANSE, (b. 29 Aug 1645), on Aug 14, 1660. They had 2 children: Cornelius Aertszen abt 1661, and Grietje abt 1663. After Grietje was born, Aert abandoned his wife and children and returned to the Netherlands, where he was known to have immediately married again, and  to have several children with this second 'wife.' Because this was known information to the authorities, Annetje was allowed to divorce him immediately. 

On Oct 21, 1664, there is a record in Kingston Records [in New York Albany Deeds] of a request from Jacob Jansen Van Etten, Aert PietersenTack's "head farmhand to be paid out from Aert Pietersen Tack's estate," per a bill he sent in earlier. Several months later, on Feb 3, 1665, he again requests that his wages from working the farm be taken out of Aert's estate.  

What a very challenging time. Remember that the British took over the small Dutch colony, New Amsterdam and the other small towns along the Hudson River, in 1664. I'm wondering when Jacob was paid what was owed to him.   

And then what happened? Yes, you've probably guessed: Jacob, Aert's work partner, married Annetje, 11 Jan 1665, taking on her two small children, Cornelius & Grietje. Tanslation of the marriage record in the Old Dutch Church Register [found in the NY Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol.30, p52]:
"1665, 11 Jan.  Jacob Jansen, young man of Etten in Brabant [Netherlands] and Annetje Arians of Amsterdam, deserted wife of Aaert Pietersen Tack, both  residing here [in Wiltwyck now Kingston]. First publication of Banns, 28 Dec 1664, second 4 Jan, third 11 Jan 1665."

Children of Jacob & Annetje follow, with only limited research on the children: 
   1.   Jan Van Etten, bap Jan 3, 1666; m. abt 1690 to Jannetje Roosa, dau of Capt Arie Roosa; second, June 22, 1731 to Cornelia Van Aaken, widow of Jan Chammers; 10 children 
   2.   Sytie Jacobsz Van ETTEN (ancestor), bap 1668, Kingston, New York; m. 1685 in Kingston, NY to Jan EVERTSEN [var. Evertz] whose surname changed shortly afterwards to TERWILLIGER; 12 children
   3.   Adriaen, bap Mar 25, 1669; m. Catharine Crom
   4.   Pieter, b.est 1672; m. Eva de Hooges
   5.   Petronella, b abt 1675; m. Aldert Roos
   6.   Heiltie, bap Apr 21 1679; m. William Van Vredenburg
   7.   Emanuel, bap Dec 29, 1681; m. Antje de Hooges   
   8.   Tietie, bap Feb 24, 1684; m. Evert Roosa
   9.   Jacobus, bap May 2, 1686; m. Rebekka Roosa
  10.  Gessje, bap Dec 25, 1688; m. Jacob Decker

I was able to find a few documents about Jacob Jansen Van ETTEN. He signed the 1676 petition to Governor Andros for his assistance in procuring for them a minister at Esopus [early name for area which became Kingston NY] - particularly wanting a minister who could preach both in English and Dutch.  In addition, his name is found on a roll of the names and surnames of those who took the oath of allegiance, 1st day of September, 1689.  

However I have yet to find a death record or a gravestone/cemetery listing. I have seen a date of 1693 for his death, in Hurley, New York, about 8 or 9 miles away [abt 14km], but I haven't found a verifying document or historical note. So his death is unverified, but possible. No will or probate as well. More research to do.

Annetje ADRIANSE went to live with one of their children, and died in 1717, in Rhinebeck, Dutchess, New York. Rhinebeck is on the east side of the Hudson River, so quite close to Hurley, New York, where the children were born and raised. Again, I have yet to find a will/probate, a gravestone or, a death registration for her.

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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 and I will get back to you either by email or in the Comments. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues in these family trees.

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

#52Ancestors: John HUDSON 1736-1789, Pennsylvania

Another post in the year-long challenge, #52Ancestors by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. Although I am  behind, every post is another post! Today I am sharing information on John  HUDSON, my 4th greatgrandfather on our KUHN lines, 5th greatgrandfather to our children, and 6th greatgrandfather to our grandchildren. There is very little information to be found about John HUDSON/HUTSON, partly as there are a number of Hudson/Hutson men all with same names, generation after generation. However, here is what I've found to date:

John HUDSON was the eldest son the six children of Nicholas HUDSON & Jean/Jane BOWEN, both of whom appear to have emigrated from Wales in the early 1730s. They came to Lancaster County, PA, with John's grandfather George & stepmother Margaret and their adult children.

John's birthdate is estimated 1735/36 in Churchtown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. [Photo is of 1830s building] No register has been found to date to verify this information. 

On 20 June 1768, John HUDSON married Mary MORGAN [b. 20 Jun 1748], the 4th child of Col. Jacob MORGAN & Rachel PIERSOL. Note that Col. Jacob MORGAN [Sr.] is a well-known Revolutionary War Patriot for whom Morgantown is named.

John and Mary had 7 known children said to have been born in Lancaster county - but note that Morgantown/Caernarvon in Berks county was on the county border with Lancaster County.
 
   1.   Rachel M., b.19 Mar 1769, d. 20 Apr 1849 Pottsville PA; m. 25 Aug 1794
         in  Exeter PA to Morgan A. Lewis [1771-1843]; 9 known children

   2.   Jacob B., b. abt 1772, d. 1823 PA; m. 1798 PA to Elizabeth Porter [-1823];
         no research on children as yet. 

   3.   Nicholas, b. abt 1773, d. 29 Sep 1861 Berks Co. PA; m. 25 Sep 1793
         in PA to Elizabeth McAnnully; no research on children as yet.

   4.   Rebecca [ancestor], b. 16 Mar 1777 Morgantown PA, d. 10 Feb 1844
         Berks Co. PA; m. 17 Jul 1797 Morgantown PA to Edward McCABE
        [1760s Ireland-1814 PA]; 3 known children

   5.   Jonathan [jr.], b. 30 Mar 1781, d. 1820 PA; m. est 1805 to Sarah Williams;
         no further research as yet.

   6.   Sarah, b. 6 Sep 1783; no further research as yet

   7.   George, b. 16 Nov 1785; m. 11 Sep 1808 Reading, Berks PA to
         Anna Williams; no further research as yet.  But note that Jonathan
         married a Williams in same period, likely  sisters. 

John apparently was in Capt. [later Col.] Jacob Morgan's company during the period from March 1777-1780.  

He died unexpectedly, intestate, before 13 May 1789, aged 54 years. His wife Mary was Administer of his account, and she signed a £500 bond to detail a full inventory on 13 May 1789, along with "Jacob Morgan Esquire and Aaron Rattice," who were signatories with her. The inventory [not including his property] signed off on 5 Jun 1789, came to £65 8s 11p. I can find no records of land ownership, but he did have a small farm. There should also be guardians registered for the children, the majority being underage, although I have not found these as yet.

I have not been able to find a cemetery where he might be buried, but it is likely in Caernarvon/Morgantown. 

Mary died only 6 years later, aged 47, in 1795, in Caernarvon, Pennsylvania. Again, I have not found a cemetery burial as yet.  I note that she would have seen only her first child married. No further documents found to date regarding the likely guardians appointed for the younger children.  

John - occasionally listed as Jonathan - does not seem to have left many clues to his life, his interests, nor to how he died so young.  More research is planned, but to date, these are the major points. 

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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 and I will get back to you either by email or in the Comments. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues in these family trees.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

#52Ancestors: Isaac HUNT 1675-1717, Massachusetts

Another post in the year-long challenge, #52Ancestors by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. I am way behind, but every post is another post! Today I am sharing information on Isaac HUNT, my children's 7th great-grandfather [joining with their father's RICE line]. 

There were three Isaac HUNT father-sons in a direct genealogical line in Massachusetts from the early 1640s to 1699. It is always challenging trying to hunt for specific men when the families use the same name for their sons, sons name their sons the same name, and on it goes. To be certain I had the correct man, I labelled them in my software program as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, attached as a "suffix" to their name! The first two married a Mary as well, just to make it a touch more challenging! This post is focused on the middle one, Isaac HUNT 2nd, who apparently married Mary WILLARD.  

I say "apparently" married Mary WILLARD, as the marriage took place in Braintree MA - a fair distance away from Concord MA where he was born, and from Sudbury MA where he and his family lived and later, died. How many Isaac HUNT men could there be marrying a Mary, in these early Massachusetts settlements? For now, I'm accepting the line, which is detailed in several related genealogies, but obviously more research is required. Records of Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records online from NEHGS [AmericanAncestors.com] site, Probate/Administration records naming children and other relatives [NEHGS site], and Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1750 were particularly helpful in this early research project. 

Isaac 2nd HUNT was the 2nd son, and second Isaac son [first Isaac died within a year], of Isaac 1st HUNT & Mary STONE, who married in Concord, May 14, 1667. 

Other children were Hannah, Samuel, and Ebenezer. His father died unexpectedly in Oct 12 1680, aged about 33, when all the children were quite young. His mother married within a few years. 

Isaac 2nd HUNT was a farmer, amassing a large amount of land in Middlesex county.  He married Mary WILLARD, April 26, 1698. They had 9 known children, not all thoroughly  researched nor verified as yet; all born Middlesex county, MA: 
    1.  Isaac 3rd, [ancestor], b. 25 Feb 1699, d. 22 Aug 1781; m. 28 Dec 1721
             Martha GOODENOW, in Essex, MA; 9 known children.
    2.  Thomas, b. 20 Aug 1701, d. 5 Sep 1727, aged 26
    3.  Mary, b. est 1704, d. 16 May 1769
    4.  Ebenezer, b. est 1707, d. 20 Jan 1774
    5.  Samuel, b. 11 Jan 1709
    6.  John, b. 12 Feb 1712, d. 14 Feb 1778
    7.  Simon, b. 20 Apr 1715
    8.  Henry, b. 10 Mar 1716
    9.  Abidah, b. 31 Jul 1717, d. 12 Sep 1789

On Dec 5, 1717, Isaac 2nd HUNT died intestate, meaning no will. Isaac 3rd as the eldest son received a double share of the final reckoning of the estate. The inventory and administration is full of details with notes for the widow's dowry, administration costs, children's guardianship/welfare, and more. It took several years to organize the division of the estate - over £1477 value - and it was formally wrapped up March 27, 1724. 

By the time the estate was settled, Mary WILLARD Hunt had married a second time, to Ebenezer Leland [sr.], on Aug 29, 1721 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA. Two of her HUNT children married a Leland relative also. 

It is clear I have a great deal more research to do in this family. I have set out research questions and likely sources where I might find some documented details, in addition to identifying which online sites might be useful. 

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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 and I will get back to you either by email or in the Comments. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues in these family trees.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

#52Ancestors "Great" - 7 of our many-Great-grandparents

Another post in the year-long challenge, #52Ancestors by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. I am way behind, but every post is another post! Today I am a few weeks late, but am sharing on the theme "GREAT" deciding to look up the earliest ancestors I could document.  Most of these ancestors are my 6th to 9th greatgrandparents.  Almost all of my family names have at least an estimated birthdate based on whatever document I was able to find - a marriage record, a birth record of their child, etc. Some dates were from transcriptions done by local societies or individuals. But for some, the original Parish Registers were online, and wonderfully readable, and the lines were followed step by step. Here are a few of the baptized ones I found, from 1566 up. I've included one of the snippets I took from my downloaded register pages.

BENT, Robert b. 29 Sep 1566 Weyhill, Hampshire, England; m. Annis GOSLING 13 Oct 1589, Weyhill, Hampshire.

BERRINGTON, Agnis [Annis], bap 10 Oct 1568 Datchet, Buckingham, Eng; father's name Thoms. BERRINGTON; m. Robert TINKER 14 Feb 1591 New Windsor, Berkshire, Eng

CLARKE, Thomas bap 7 Mar 1568 Banham, Norfolk, Eng;, father's name Rowland CLARKE; m. Mary CANNE abt 1600, Banham, Norfolk, Eng.  

TROWBRIDGE, John, bap 25 Mar 1570 Taunton Somerset Eng; father's name Thomas TROWBRIDGE; m. 31 Jul 1597 Agnes PROWSE in Tiverton, Somerset Eng.

PROWSE/PROUSE, Agnes, bap 14 Apr 1576 Tiverton Devon Eng; father's name John PROWSE; m. John TROWBRIDGE as above.

SEARLE, Robert, bap 12 May 1576 Honiton Devon Eng; bap with no further info; d. between 20 Mar 1644 and 15 Jan 1646 [Will, Probate]

TREAT, Richard, bap 28 Aug 1584 Pitminster Somerset Eng; father's name Robert TROTT; m. Alice GAYLARD [var.] 27 Apr 1615 Pitminster, Somerset Eng.  Note the TREAT family in the USA were known as TROTT [or variants] in England.

One of my favourite activities is to dig through a Parish Register, page by page by page, trying to read those very early ones from 1500s to early 1700s. Some early registers are very clearly written, neat, tidy, adequate ink on the pen; others are a scribbling splotchy mess. Occasionally the writing was clearly meant to be ornamental for the priest's satisfaction! Amazing variations.

The 1500s Banham Norfolk England Parish Register was a total delight to read. Scanning the pages, I was able to read a significant number of the words and names. Very satisfying. 

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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 and I will get back to you either by email or in the Comments. I appreciate the opportunity to correct any issues in these family trees.

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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