Monday, July 20, 2020

#52Ancestors: Hannah BROOKS, 1726-1759, Connecticut

Another in the year-long challenge, #52Ancestors by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow. I am a little behind, but every post is another post!  Here I am writing about  my 5th great-grandmother on my maternal TERWILLIGER line:  Hannah BROOKS, born in Wallingford CT

Hannah was the eldest child of Stephen BROOKS & Hannah BARNES, and was born April 5, 1726 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut. Siblings were Stephen jr (1728), Jerusha (1731),  Martha (1735), Thomas (1738), Lois (1740, and Abraham (1743).  The first BROOKS immigrant seems to have been Henry BROOKS, who married in 1676 in Wallingford. Hannah would be the 4th Brooks generation in Connecticut.

Hannah's first husband was John Clark, (1727-1749), whom she married Sep 9, 1747 in Waterbury Connecticut. Their child was John Clark jr, born May 11, 1748; her husband John died Oct 1, 1749 scarcely 5 months later. 

On May 1st, 1751, Hannah married Cornelius GRAVES (1724-1812), in Waterbury. Cornelius was a farmer, owning a "considerable amount of land at New Cambridge," paying taxes 1749-1776. For information and genealogy details of the GRAVES line, The Graves Family Association online shows the first immigrant John GRAVES (abt 1605-after 1650), #166 in the numerous Graves lines listed on this site.  

Hannah and Cornelius had 4 sons:
    1.  Stephen Wells [ancestor], b. Feb 2, 1752, East Plymouth, CT, d. Jun 6, 1828 Harwinton CT; m. Dec 8 1778 in Harwinton CT to Ruth JEROME; 7 children.
   2.  Benjamin, b. Mar 12, 1754 New Hartford CT d. Nov 29 1836 Perrysville NY; m. Aug 15, 1776 in Durham CT to Eunice [Jerusha] Hale; 3 children known.
   3.  Cornelius jr, b. Mar 1756 in New Hartford CT, d. Oct 7 1781 in the Revolutionary War. 
   4.  Jacob, b. Sep 1, 1758, New Hartford CT, d. 26 Nov 1758. 

I'm uncertain why their eldest child was the only one to be given a second name, Wells. It keeps niggling at me to do more research on this issue. 

As you can see, Hannah's 4th son died Nov 26, 1758, scarcely 3 months old.  At aged 33 years, Hannah died the week before Jacob, on Nov 14, 1759, in Waterbury CT.  She is apparently buried in Green Hill Cemetery, in Bristol, Hartford, CT.

Cornelius married for a second time on Aug 13, 1761, to Phebe Prindle (1733-1821), and had one more son, also named Jacob, b. Jul 12, 1762, likely born in New Cambridge CT. 

As is sometimes the case, there is little information on the women in this time period.  Their birth, their parents, marriage, and death: with possible dates/places. I found a few more details this time through several websites [including Amazon, AmericanAncestors, FindMyPast, FamilySearch], but of course there are other sources I also need to dig deeper in - archives, town clerks, and more. 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

#52Ancestors: Thomas PICKTON, 1791-1853, Cheshire England

Continuing the #52Ancestors year-long challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, here is Thomas PICKTON in the PERRY line, a 4th great-grandfather to my son-in-law, 5th to his children. 

It is rather challenging finding details of Thomas' life in and around Weaverham Parish in Cheshire in the west of England. I have a possible christening, a marriage, a death. I'm comfortably sure of his spouse, and their names on the 6 children's christenings.  But there are very sparse details of his and his family's daily lives, interests, social network, and so on. 

Thomas was born about 1791 in Cuddington, a hamlet which had about 200 inhabitants in 1800. In searching the Parish Register for the region, I have only found his children's baptisms, and his marriage. No Picktons before that time - although I did find one William Pickton in early-mid 1600s in Whitegate a few miles away with a small family. For Thomas and his family, census records of 1841 and 1851 provided additional information of birth county, estimated age.

Thomas, a farmer, married Mary SAVAGE, daughter of George SAVAGE & Hannah LEE [not yet verified], on August 6th, 1811, in the village of Frodsham, in her parish church, St Laurence Church.   

They had 7 children that I have been able to find in the Parish Registers for Weaverham, which covers Cuddington. Not all life details have been found as yet for each child. 
All were born in Cuddington:
    1.  Mary, bap 30 May 1813; m. abt 1839 to William Podmore, 1 dau known
    2.  John, est 1816
    3.  Elizabeth, bap 12 Jul 1818; m. Jun 15, 1854 to James Gaskins [widower]
    4.  Hannah/Ann [ancestor], bap Feb 11, 1821, d. Nov 27, 1889,;
              m. Dec 239 Dec 1841 to George BOSTOCK sr.; 8 children
    5.  Thomas [jr], bap Jun 8, 1823
    6.  Sarah, bap Feb 12, 1826
    7.  Ellen, bap Feb 14, 1830; m. Mar 6, 1855 to Jesse Moss; 3 daughters

I managed to find a note that there was a two-storey grammar schoolhouse* in Weaverham, which may mean their children attended. Perhaps they all were able to do basic reading, writing, and arithmetic perhaps along with a few other topics such as history. I noticed that the 7th child, Ellen, signed her name at her marriage in 1855, while her mother had only made her mark at her marriage in 1811. (*Some Aspects of Education in Cheshire in the Eighteenth Century, by Derek Robson, pp134-135.) 

 Thomas died Aug 12, 1853 and his death was registered in Northwich, Cheshire.  His wife Mary, died a few years later, in 1859, registered in Northwich. It is possible that they were living with one of their children in Northwich, with either/both of their sons taking over the farm at this time. More research to do.  

PICKTON is not a common name at all in this parish in the 1700s and early 1800s, and rare or absent in nearby parishes. It is possible that Thomas moved to this parish as a young man, perhaps for work on a farm, and stayed. So many possibilities. So little actually known.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

#52Ancestors: James BEEBE ~1641-1728

Continuing the #52Ancestors year-long challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, here is another very early immigrant to Connecticut, James BEEBE. James and his wife, Mary BOLTWOOD, are my 8th great-grandparents on my mother's line, 9th to my children, and 10th to my grandchildren. 

James was apparently born in Broughton, Northampton, in about 1641. Although I have been able to find the baptisms of all his siblings, I have not found James' baptism. 

His parents were John BEEBE & Rebecca LADD, and James was the youngest of the 8 children.  In May of 1650, on the voyage from England to Connecticut, both his father and mother died. Two of his siblings were aged 20 and 22, and apparently took on the responsibility of raising their siblings. By March of 1651, the Beebe family appear to have joined with the Rev. Blinman, and settled in New London, CT. Several appear to have moved to Hadley, MA. after a time.

 "A Monograph of the Descent of the Family of BEEBE, from the earliest known immigrant -- John, of Broughton, England, 1650" compiled by Clarence Beebe, of New York., John BEEBE's will, and other histories and registers, provided most of the information I have on James BEEBE.  On page 15 of the Monograph mentioned, it is stated that he was apprenticed to Thomas Stanley until he was 25 years old, i.e., in 1666. I was unable to find documents detailing the skills he was to be learning during that apprenticeship.

A year after his apprenticeship ended, on 24 Oct 1667, James married Mary BOLTWOOD, daughter of Robert BOLTWOOD and Mary GERNOR, in Hadley, Hampshire, MA.  Mary had been born in Massachusetts in 1646; she was the eldest of the five known Boltwood children. 

James and Mary had the following children, all born in Hadley MA:
   1.  Mary, b. 1668, .
   2.  James jr., b. 1669, d. 1670, Hadley
   3.  Rebecca, bap. 9 Dec 1670
   4.  Samuel [ancestor], bap 26 Jun 1672, d. 1731 Litchfield CT; m. 1698 in Wethersfield CT to Hannah ORCUTT; 8 children 

His wife, Mary, died on 19 Aug 1676 in Hadley, Hampshire, MA, leaving James with 4 children under 8 years old.  On 19 Dec 1679, James married for a second time, to Sarah Benydicke [Benedict] in Norwalk, Connecticut; no further children from this marriage.  I have no information on Sarah and her parents, whether she was a widow at the time, nor when she died. However two Benedict men were 2 of the earliest settlers of Danbury, and she is likely related to them.

I have just found a bit of history of the first settlers in Danbury, 8 men and their families, including James BEEBE. Click on this LINK to read more about this early history.  

In Danbury, James held a number of positions: "Commissioner in 1691, a Lieutenant in 1696, a Justice of the Peace for many years from 1698, a Deputy to the General Assembly in 1710, and Captain of the Train Band, from 1716." [from the Monograph mentioned above]  All those details seem to indicate he was well thought of, and respected in the community.

James died 22 Apr 1728, 87 years of age, in Danbury, Fairfield county, CT, and is buried in Danbury, but the cemetery is not known. A gravestone was mentioned in a centennial sermon in Danbury, but it is not visible. 

I am still researching this BEEBE immigrant from England, and hopefully I will find more information about his occupation and other social-political events that may have influenced the family.  

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

#52Ancestors: Edward AIKEN, Sr., 1661-1747, New Hampshire

Continuing the #52Ancestors year-long challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, here is my ex-husband's 5th great-grandfather, Edward AIKEN, Sr., 6th great-grandfather to our children, 7th to the grandchildren. Note that Edward's great-grandson Robert AIKEN married Martha PURDY, the granddaughter of the original United Empire Loyalist, Gilbert PURDY. Hopefully, you're drawing out a family tree with all this information-!  This is the coat of arms of the Londonderry County council, from Wikipedia, above.

Edward AIKEN, Sr., born approximately 1661 in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, was the original immigrant to New Hampshire, before 1723. He married Barbara EDWARDS, in estimated 1689/90. I have not found records of their marriage, nor any information of their parents as yet. 

He brought his wife and 4 sons over, and was one of the original proprietors listed in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Much of the information of this family was gathered from Probate records as well as a book, The History of Londonderry, by Rev. Edward L. Palmer, published in 1851, a book written primarily by his father. There are some errors, and as the Aiken sons kept using the very same names over and over again in each generation, the errors are not surprising. 

The following children of Edward and Barbara are listed in several compilations; note their birth dates are estimates, as is their birth order; all born in N.Ireland:
    1.  William, b. 1691, d. 16 Oct 1745 Londonderry NH;  m. 23 Dec 1725 to
              Janet Wilson, 6 children

    2.  James, b. 1693, d. 1 May 1753 Londonderry NH; m. 26 Oct 1725 to
             Jean Cochrane

    3.  Nathaniel, [ancestor], b. 14 May 1696, d. 17 Jul 1782 Londonderry NH;
              m. 1 Dec 1725 to Margaret COCHRANE; 8 known children

    4.  Edward Jr., b. 1698; more research needed. he is often conflated with
              his father.

    5.  Eleanor [possible], b. est 1700; not researched.

Did you notice the spate of marriages in Oct-Dec 1725?  And the two Cochrane sisters marrying two Aiken brothers? 

The family remained in Londonderry New Hampshire, marrying with many descendants.  Edward's wife Barbara died 3 Aug 1744 in Londonderry NH, aged 79, and is buried next to her husband.

Edward died 3 years later 15 Nov 1747, aged 86 years, in Londonderry NH. He is buried next to his wife Barbara, in Forest Hill Cemetery, East Londonderry [FindAGrave, Memorial ID #18085552]:
Inscription,
  HERE  LIES  BURIED /  THE  BODY  OF  MR  /  EDWARD AIKEN /  
  WHO  DEPARTED   /  THIS  LIFE  NOVR  / 15  1747  IN  THE  / 
   86th  YEAR  OF  /  HIS  AGE

The term "Mr." is a notation of a 'gentleman'.  I have not found a will for Edward AIKEN, Sr., and I would be thrilled to find more information about his life in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.  The Presbyterian Scots in Northern Ireland were very challenged by having to abide to the "official church" - the Church of Ireland [Anglican].  The original group of settlers in this area came with their pastor, Rev. James MacGregor, around 1717. 

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

#52Ancestors: William JEFFS (est.1675-1732/33), Warwick, England

Continuing the #52Ancestors year-long challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, here is my son-in-law's 8th great-grandfather, 9th for his and my daughter's children, William JEFFS (birth est 1675-?) from Warwick, Warwickshire, England. I'm referring to him as William-2, as there are several Williams in this family.  

Apparently the surname JEFFS comes from the time of the [1066] Norman-French, Geoffroi, later spelled Jeff. The final 's' is shortened from the old patronymic 'son', i.e., Jeffson became Jeffs.  

Warwick is a medieval town, on the River Avon, and the St Mary's Church the JEFFS family attended has a 174ft high tower, seen in the photo here. Information can be found on several sites by googling the church. The image here was uploaded to Wikipedia by the photographer, Matthew Field [matthewfield.com].

From digging through page after page of several different versions of early Parish Registers in Warwick [St Mary's Church], I've managed to find a few details. The first item is that I can only find one family named JEFFS [or variant] in the Parish. That's good news for research, in that Jeffs individuals found are likely to be William's family - children or parents, possibly siblings. No siblings of William-2 found after an exhaustive review of several hundred pages and two different registers!  

I believe I've found William-2's father, also named William-1 [of course!], who was buried 14 Feb 1728/29. I never found a "Widow Jeffs" buried, however. Still, it shows he was living near or with his son William. As mentioned before, I've estimated William-2's birth year to be approximately 1675.  And I'm assuming he was born in Warwick region. 

William-2 married Mary [unknown surname] in approximately 1700 in St Mary's Church, Warwick, although I have yet to find the marriage in the register. I'll keep on looking in the other nearby churches in case they married in Mary's original church. 

William-2 and Mary had the following nine children, all christened at St Mary's Church:
    1.  Sarah [ancestor], bap 21 Jun 1702, d. 23 Nov 1755; m. 13 May 1727 to
            Richard PARSONS; 3 known children

    2.  William-3, bap 26 Mar 1704; m. est 1725 to Mary ___; 1 known child
    3.  Thomas, bap 20 Oct 1706; m. unknown; 1 known child 
    4.  Mary, bap 20 Mar 1707/08; m. unknown; 1 known child
    5.  Elisabeth, bap 6 Jan 1710/11
    6.  Anne, bap 2 Apr 1714
    7.  Alice [Alce], bap 2 Sep 1716
    8.  John, bap 20 Nov 1718; m. est 1745 to Elizabeth who was buried
             26 Jul 1750; their son Samuel also died in same month.

    9.  Richard, bap 24 Nov 1721

It is clear I need to continue searching for more details of the JEFFS children, and also for additional historical information of the region. For example, in the Burial section, one month I saw there were 23 burials, where normally there are 2-8 burials per month. Epidemics? Harsh winters? Inadequate resources in the family for food and heat? 

Four years after his father died, William-2 was buried, 16 Feb 1732/33., aged approximately 58 or thereabouts. I have no idea of the cause of his death, nor if his wife were still living. So far, I have not found a will, but that is not unusual for this time period. 

As usual when researching 'ordinary folk' in the early 1700s there are limited resources to check. To date I've found no court cases, no wills,  nor any additional church records. I can check the Hearth Tax rolls from 1662-1672 to see if there are any JEFFS men in Warwick or very close by. And also check the Victoria County books for Warwickshire to see if any JEFFS men are mentioned at all, as well as to check the region for trades, challenges, and more.  

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

#52Ancestors: Anna Barbara ADAMS 1698-1753

Continuing the #52Ancestors  challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, here is my 5th great-grandmother on my maternal KUHN line, Anna Barbara ADAMS, abt 1698-1753.  The photo here is of the village of Neckartailfingen, a drawing done in 1683, from the forest log of Andreas Kieser. It is believed the ADAMS and KUHN families may have lived here. 

Anna Barbara ADAMS and her husband, John KUHN, plus their 4 living adult children, emigrated to Pennsylvania between 1730-1742. They had been said to be living in the Wuerttemberg region - now the southwest portion of Germany. I haven't been able to definitively pinpoint where she was born, nor her husband's birthplace. The Kuhns have "always" been of the Catholic faith, so I still have a few more options for research.  

John KUHN was a carpenter, and was responsible for the erection of the first Catholic church in Goshenhoppen in the early 1740s for the region's first Catholic priest: Father Theodore Schneider, signature on the right [1741].  

In several different KUHN trees, and also on one questionable document, it appears that she may have been born in Schlaitdorf, close to the Neckar River. As the Kuhn family likely came with others from the same region, I have been researching as many of the early immigrant in-laws and neighbours as possible, in their region of Pennsylvania. Challenging. So far, nothing definite has been found, but several crumbs, perhaps! 

Anna Barbara's parents were apparently Hans Jacob ADAMS and Margareta SCHAFER. As it is said her daughter was born in/near Schlaitdorf, it is likely her parents lived here and may have been born here as well. Another in-law states the family lived in Neckartailfingen, a smaller village within a kilometer from Schlaitdorf, on the Neckar River.  

Her mother Margareta died on 26 Jan 1753, on apparently the same day/year as Anna Barbara's death, in Berks county, Pennsylvania. This may indicate a serious illness going through the community, or, may be an error in transcription. I have not found the church register information for this time period.  

Children of Anna Barbara ADAMS and John KUHN, all born in Wuerttemberg region: 

    1.  Henry, b. abt 1718, d. 22 Aug 1765 Salisbury, Northampton, PA; m.
         bef 1741 to Anna Margaret Schmidt [1720-1773]; 10 known children.

    2.  John George, [ancestor],  b. abt 1720, d. 1762 in PA, aged only 42;
          m. 27 Nov 1744 in father's home, Macungie PA, to Catherine RIFFEL
          [1725-1799]; 5 known children

    3.  Eva Mary, b. abt 1722, d. abt 1756 aged 34, after 6th child, Macungie PA;
         m. 24 Apr 1743 in father's home, Macungie PA to Philip Schmidt;
         6 known children

    4.  Joseph, abt 1724, d. 1782, aged 58 Macungie PA; m. to unknown person;
         1 son

Re other ADAMS or SCHAFER/SHAEFER individuals or families in the region:
There is one other Adams at the same time in the community: a Simon Adams marrying Catharine Eck/Egg on 13 Feb 1776, but I would have expected an Adams or Schafer individual to be witnesses.  One Catharine Schafer [dau of Henry Shaefer] married Solomon Grett 10 Nov 1816; no witnesses listed. No other Schafer individuals show up in church records of this time and place.

Note that Burials for the old Goshenhoppen Church [Bally, Berks, PA] begin in 1765, marriages from 1741, baptisms. also from 1741.  These details are from compilations produced and published by Barbara Brady O'Keefe, Miami FL, in 1982 [copyrighted]. Not all baptisms would be of babies, it must be noted, so I cannot make assumptions about a baptism following shortly after a birth.

I need to keep digging into the compilations of the Goshenhoppen church to see if I can find more clues to follow. Plus search for the Catholic church records on FamilySearch and online. And wouldn't it be lovely to find a family Bible-? of any of the Kuhn, Adams, or Schafer families.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

#52Ancestors: Joseph PURDY, 1653-1709, Grandfather of UEL

Continuing the #52Ancestors  challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, here is Joseph PURDY, who is the grandfather of my children's United Empire Loyalist [UEL], Gilbert PURDY [1721-1778]. 

I know very little about Joseph, having only recently begun to attempt to take the PURDY line back a little further in time.  

From what I have found to date, Joseph born 1653, was the third son of Francis PURDY and Mary BRUNDAGE, settlers from England, possibly from Suffolk England, arriving before 1644.  All of the  five known children were born in Fairfield county, Connecticut. Francis died unexpectedly 4 Oct 1658 when Joseph was only 5 years old. His widow, Mary, married very shortly thereafter to John Hoyt; no further children known. 
Joseph apparently moved to the region of Rye New York in 1677, selling several pieces of his Fairfield Connecticut property in 1678. Rye was a patented township in about 1686. The map shows Rye abuts the Connecticut border with New York. 

Joseph PURDY married in 1680 to Elizabeth OGDEN, in Rye New York. Elizabeth's parents may be John OGDEN & Judith BUDD, but this has yet to be confirmed. Note there are conflicting lists of children for Joseph and Elizabeth with no agreed-on order of birth. 

The following group of 11 children, not all with birth dates, nor listed in valid birth order [most birthdates are estimates only], were apparently all born in Rye, Westchester, NY:
  • Elizabeth, b. est 1681
  • Samuel, b. est 1682
  • Joseph jr, b. 1683, d. 15 Jun 1777 White Plains, Westchester NY
  • John, b. est 1685
  • David, ancestor, b. 1687, d. Oct 1766, Ulster Co., NY; m. est 1719 to _____ RUTTENBERG in Newburgh NY; only one son known [ancestor, Gilbert PURDY, sr.
  • Jude [girl], b. est 1689
  • Jonathan, b. 1693, d. 1772
  • Mary, est 1695
  • Francis, b. 1697, d. 1760
  • Daniel, b. est 1699
  • Phebe, b. est 1701, d. 1761
The names of all his sons and his four daughters are mentioned in his will, which was very helpful, confirming they are all his children. Likely they are all Elizabeth's as well. Joseph's will is dated 15 Oct 1703 in Rye; he died approximately 20 Oct 1709, and the Probate was proved in 26 Oct 1710.  I have just noticed there are no witnesses listed at the end of the abstracted will. Unusual. The Will abstract may be found on either sites: Ancestry or AmericanAncestors,  part of "Early Wills of Westchester."

Joseph died in 1709 in Rye, Westchester, New York, aged about 56 years old. It is believed he is buried in the small PURDY BURYING GROUND in Rye, along with his wife and several children. His wife, Elizabeth, died in 1742; she does not seem to have remarried, which is surprising as many of their children were under age and would have needed guardians. Clearly more digging is required to see if there are court records re guardianship.

As is usual with researching early ancestors, I am left with a number of confusing or conflicting information to be researched. Those children - I would like to find confirmed spouses and residences for them. Also, I need to find Elizabeth's will. Guardianship records [court records] need to be searched for. And I need to search more documents clarifying whether Elizabeth married for a second time. 

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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, February 16, 2020

52Ancestors: Joshua HORTON [sr] 1643-1729, 2nd generation

Continuing the   #52Ancestors  challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, here is the senior Joshua HORTON, born 1643 in Southold, Suffolk, [Long Island], New York.  Southold was founded in 1640 by Puritans from New Haven Connecticut colony, directly across the Long Island Sound. 

Joshua is my 8th great-grandfather, 9th to my children, 10th to grandchildren. 

Joshua is the 3rd of 7 children of Barnabas HORTON and his second wife, Mary LANGTON. Barnabas married first to Anne Smith in Leicestershire, England, about 1623, and they had 3 children; she died shortly after their 3rd child in 1628. 

Joshua HORTON was born in 1643 in Southold, on Long Island, New York.  Approximately 1665, he married Mary Tuttle/TUTHILL who had been born approximately 1647.  Her parents are suggested to have been John & Joan Tuttle, but this has not yet been proven.  Several online trees suggest they were Henry and Bridget Tuttle, but there are significant differences in children's names making this couple not proven. 

Children of Joshua and Mary, all born in the town of Southold, all birthdates are only approximate: 
    1.  Elizabeth, b. 1665
    2.  Joshua [jr] [ancestor],  b. 1669, d. 1744 Elizabethtown NJ; m.
            Elizabeth GROVER, about 1690; 8 known children  

    3.  Joseph, b. 1671  
    4.  Sarah, b. 1673
    5.  Bethia, b. 1679
    6.  Ephraim, b. 1686
    7.  Mary, b. 1687
    8.  Zerviah  [or Zeruiah], [female] b. 1689

Note the approximate 6 year gap between the 5th and 6th children, perhaps due to one [or more] unknown child's death.  

I have a long list of further suggested research, mainly at the NEHGS site, American Ancestors, for wills, probates, land records, taxes, and additional church records. I have no marriages nor death records for the children other than my direct ancestor. Hopefully by next year I may have found more and relevant records!  

This family descends by marriage through my BUELL line, and then to the TERWILLIGER LINE. 
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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

52Ancestors: Renald FERNALD & Joanna WARBURTON, early US settlers

Continuing the #52Ancestors [52 weeks] challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, here are my 8th great-grandparents on my maternal line. In the 1730s they marry with the PETTYGROVEs, then in the 1860s to the KUHNs, then down to my mother.  

The likeliest baptism record I've found in England to date is of Renald FERNALD bap. 6 Jul 1605 in Bristol England. More research is needed here. There are several other variants of Renald Fernald born around this time in Holborn/London, but I also noted burial records for those men before 1625. 

He was an early settler in New Hampshire, living for some time on Peirce Island - called Doctor's Island. He was a Chirurgeon [physician], although later, in the few years before he died, he was a court recorder of wills/probates.  

In approximately 1630 he married Joanna WARBURTON, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The first Anglican church of record was erected in 1638 which begs the question of who married them. A visiting ship captain? A leader in Portsmouth designated as a justice of the peace? Also, to date I have not found information on either of their parents - more on my to-do list!  

Renald and Joanna had 7 known children, dates are estimates, all born in Portsmouth. Note the Spinney sisters marrying the two younger Fernald brothers:
   1.  Thomas, b. abt 1632, d. in Maine; m. abt 1650 to Temperance Washington
   2.  Elizabeth, b. abt 1634
   3.  Mary, b. abt 1637
   4.  Sarah, b. abt 1640; m. abt 1660 to Allen Lyde
   5.  John [ancestor], b. 27 Sep 1642, d. after 1708 Maine; m. 1669 to
           Mary Norman SPINNEY; 6 children

   6.  Samuel, b. abt 1644;  m. Dec 1698 to Hannah Spinney
   7.  William, b. 5 Mar 1644/45, d. 5 Jul 1728 Kittery Maine; m. 16 Nov 1671
            to Elizabeth Langdon


Found on Internet Archives, The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623-1660, by Charles Henry Pope, 1908, p66, this excerpt provides some details: 
 FERNALD:    Reginald, or Renald, chirurgion, physician, Portsmouth, before 1642; his son Thomas had a deed of land from Richard Vines, steward general of Gorges [Sir Ferdinando Gorges], 3 May, 1645.  He was one of the commissioners for trial of minor cases in 1649.  He signed - “Renald Fernald” - the petition of Portsmouth people for full rights, 20 Oct. 1651. [Mass.Arch. 112,38,]  Clerk of courts in 1654.  He deposed in 1659 as to occurrences 17 years before.

His widow Joanna made will, 23 April 1660; it was brought into court 28 June, by Elias Stileman and Anthony Ellens, with inventory attested by Elizabeth Fernald.  She beq. to daus, Sarah, Elizabeth and Mary, sons Samuel, John, William and Thomas; to John all the surgery books that were his father’s. Thomas, shipwright, with wife Temperance, sold land in Kittery 4 March, 1689, to his bro. William, shipwright.  Elizabeth sold land near Hinckson’s Pool, 29 Oct. 1660.

And also on Internet Archives, Old Kittery and Her Families, by Everett S. Stackpole, p375, this brief description adds a few additional details, and confirms the children of Renald and Joanna: 
FERNALD
     Renald (also called Reginald) Fernald came to Portsmouth in 1631 as the surgeon of Capt. John Mason's Company.  It is a tradition that he was a surgeon in the English Navy, resigning his post to come to America.  He was Clerk of Court, Recorder of Deeds, Commissioner, and Surveyor, and was Town Clerk at the time of his death.  He lived on "Doctor's" now Peirces Island, where he died between 17 May and 7 Oct 1656, and is said to have been buried at Point of Graves cemetery in Portsmouth.  His wife's name was Joanna, who died in 1660.
Children: 

   1.  Thomas b. about 1633; m. Temperance [Washington]; d. before 25 Aug 1697
   2.  Elizabeth b. abt 1634; unmarried
   3.  Mary b. about 1637; m. John Partridge 11 Dec 1660; d. 16 Aug 1722; 8 children
   4.  Sarah b. about 1640; m. [1] Allen Lyde 3 Dec 1661, [2] Richard Water___
   5.  John b. abt 1642; m. Mary Spinney
   6.  Samuel b. abt 1644; m. Hannah Spinney
   7.  William b. 3 Mar 1646; m. Elizabeth Langdon 16 Nov 1671.

Still to discover/research about Renald FERNALD and Joanna WARBURTON:
     - Parents of both in England
     - Ships Passenger lists [bef. 1633]
     - Church Records
     - Guardianship records for the younger children after Renald died

It is definitely challenging researching in early 1600s, but sometimes one can find a complete Parish Registration book [bap, marr., burials], or notes about someone emigrating to New England. One never knows! 

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Monday, January 27, 2020

52Ancestors: Richard PARSONS 1704-1767, Warwickshire England

Continuing the #52Ancestors [52 weeks] challenge by genealogist Amy Johnson Crow, here is the 7th great-grandfather of my son-in-law, Richard PARSONS of Warwickshire England. 

Luckily for this particular challenge, images of the parish registers of baptisms and marriages for St. Mary's Church of England, in Warwick Warwickshire, are available on FindMyPast, some also on Ancestry. See image on right: [2006-02-10 M.Field:St. Mary's church in Warwick UK the tower as viewed from the top of Warwick Castle, taken and uploaded by Matthew Field http://www.mattfield .com]

Parts of this very large church are approximately 1,000 years old, with old gravestones on one side of the church grounds. 

Richard was the third of 4 children found to date of Robert PARSONS and Susanna [unknown].He was baptised November 25, 1704 - baptism register snippet is on the left. He had an older brother, Robert, an older sister Mary, and a younger brother Samuel. There may be other siblings, but they have not been found clearly in baptisms. Several possible siblings include perhaps a Thomas and a Samuel, who both show up having children baptised in the same church, around the same decade/s.  Richard's father, Robert also seems to have two or three possible siblings living in Warwick, a Thomas and a Samuel, which common names seem to indicate a relationship to be researched if possible.

On May 13th, 1727, Richard married Sarah JEFFS, daughter of William JEFFS & Mary [unknown] at St. Mary's church. Sarah was the eldest daughter, with sisters Alice and Ann, and brothers, William, Thomas, and Richard.  This is a little difficult to read, but hopefully clear enough.  It is a poor copy and I need to do more work to clarify it - this was taken from Ancestry, but I have a copy from FindMyPast, which is the same image.
Only 2 children are found on baptism registers for Richard and Sarah:
   1.  Thomas, [ancestor] bap 2 Jun 1728, d. possibly before 12 Feb 1786; m. Mary [unknown], approx 1752, in Oxhill, a tiny village about 14 miles south of Warwick; only 1 child known [ancestor].
  2.  Mary, bap 9 May 1730; no further information found to date. 

Below is a snippet of Thomas Parsons in the church register:


It is possible that Richard's wife Sarah died within a few years after Mary was born in 1730, which would explain why I cannot find any further children. However, I need to dig further in burial records to be sure. I found that he church burial register has more info about the costs of : the burials, opening the ground, passing [the coffin] through the church, etc., than clearly writing down the names and dates of the deceased!  I've put this on my to-do list.

I have no information about Richard's occupation nor his father's.  Living in the city of Warwick, population about 96,000 in 1700, this family likely were involved either in trade of some sort, or farm work. I had hoped to find a will with some details that would indicate his occupation [work tools, land].  Perhaps the Hearth Taxes would give details.  More items on the to-do list.
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52Ancestor: William A GHOLSON 1705-1795, Virginia

Today my focus is in my ex-husband's maternal RICE line, William A[nthony] GHOLSON.  William is the 6th great-grandfather of my children and their Lewis first-cousins. The Gholson surname seems to have morphed from Goldstone, and the spellings are varied: Golston, Gholston Gulston, etc.

Gholson and Allied Families, written/published in 1950 by Virginia Baker Mitchell before her untimely death, and edited by Margaret Ann Scruggs, has a wealth of details and collected possibilities in regard to the relationships between the Gholson/Gulston families who moved to Virginia. I have it as an e-book on my computer. Here is a snippet from one page - someone wrote all over this, which I find both annoying and yet, very interesting!


William's parents were known to be Anthony GHOLSON Sr. and wife Jane. Both Anthony and Jane appear to have lived in Virginia all their life, from the late 1600s. I have not yet found detailed histories or documents of their parents or other past ancestors, except from this book, plus a will and several land records. However, it is widely thought that they may have been related to the original Gholson settlers from England to the Virginia region, several generations earlier. There are many spellings for Gholson, although Gholston is the more common variant in this family line in Spotsylvania county.

William, the eldest child of Anthony GHOLSON/Gholston, was born approximately 1705 in the region of what is now Spotsylvania County, in Virginia. At that time, Virginia was known as the Colony of Virginia and statehood was declared in 1788.  He was the eldest of five known children.

About 1728 or so, William married Susanna COLLINS, one of the daughters of Capt. Joseph COLLINS and Susanna LEWIS. Currently I know very little details about William, although he was a farmer and land-owner, owning several large plots of land. His name has been found in the Virginia Land Record Deed Books, regarding a number of records of buying and selling land.

William is not mentioned in any way in regard to the Revolutionary War, although he may have supported the militia. His relatively advanced age would have limited his ability to join the militias in active campaigns.

Known children of William and Susanna, born in Spotsylvania County, VA:
    1.  [Sgt.] William Gholson, b. abt 1728
    2.  John Lewis Gholson, b. 1730
    3.  Anthony GHOLSON jr [ancestor], b. 1733, d. abt 1815 Steubenville, KY;
              m. abt 1759 to Elizabeth [unknown surname]; 12 children
    4   Frederick Gholson, b. abt 1735
    5.  James Gholson, b. abt 1743
 
The birth order of William and Susanna's children is not necessarily correct, but is assumed by other records, marriages, etc. There is a single girl sometimes attached on online trees to William and Susanna, named Philadelphia, b. abt 1754, but this has not been confirmed as far as I have been able to find online.

Tax records show that in 1782/3 William was permitted to conduct an ordinary [pub].  In addition, in  Order Book 6 of Orange County between 1747-1760, there are a number of records of his numerous slaves.  Note his property was around the boundary line for Orange County and Spotsylvania County. He held a great deal of land, with a number of records of buying and selling land. However there has not been found a probate or will, to date.

Searching through Virginia Road Record Books [for road maintenance mainly], I have not found William mentioned, only a John Gholson - and there is more than one John in each generation of the Gholson children.

In 1786, William's wife Susanna died.  Apparently, shortly after, William took a second wife, Jane/Joan Perry, who  outlived William.  In approximately 1795 before 1800, William died. I have not found a will or probate as yet for either William, Susanna, or Joan.

Although William, Susanna, and Joan were most likely buried in either Orange County or Spotsylvania County, no gravesite/cemetery has been found as yet for any of them.

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I would love to find more details about William GHOLSON, and if you have any information and/or sources on this early Virginia family, I would be very happy to learn more!  My blog is not allowing me to reply directly to your comments, but aside from commenting, you could email me using the email address at the very bottom of the line of blogs [several blogs below today's blog post].

Thank you so much for reading today's blog post in the #52Ancestors challenge.

52 Ancestors: Favourite Photos [2]: BEGINNINGS 1968, 4-generations

Summer 1968, my first baby Lewis, 5 days old, stopping off from hospital on the way home to see my mother [on the left], and her mother aka GrandPete, holding daughter Pia.   


Summer 1924, another 4 generation photo: the little girl [2 yrs old] in her
mother's arms [aka GrandPete] is my mother! GrandPete's mother is on the left,
 and her mother is turned talking with her. Love this photo!


Love these photos showing women at different ages, clothing styles, and more.  

If you are a relative of these people, feel free to contact me through the email at the very bottom of the posts here, and I'm happy to send a copy to you.  

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