Tuesday, October 27, 2015

52 ANCESTORS, 52 THEMES, No.42: Priscilla POOL(E), 1815-1857

This year's challenge by Amy Crow is another weekly blog based on Themes. Last week's theme was "Colourful" - but I decided to do an early Canadian settler, Arthur Gifford CAMPION.  This week, the theme is "Proud", and again, I'm not certain there is a particular person that comes to mind.  Many of our ancestors struggled to succeed, and I admire them very much.  I will write about another early settler, Priscilla POOLE, in my ex-husband's family line, his 2nd great-grandmother.

Priscilla POOLE was born 30 Nov 1815 in Green county, Kentucky, daughter of William POOLE and Nancy BOWLS.  Apparently her parents married 29 Apr 1798 in Bardstown, Nelson county, Kentucky, as per marriage register.  Click on the video link for Bardstown under "History Tourism".

Clearly the family moved at some point, ending up in southern Illinois, in White county. Priscilla married Thomas Milligan VINEYARD on 16 Aug 1830 in White County.  My math is pretty good, and I calculate Priscilla was 14 years and 9 mos. old... and Thomas, who was born 12 Apr 1811 in Tennessee, was 19 years old, plus a few months.  Wow - so young!  Thomas by the way, was the youngest of 7 children, all born in Tennessee, although the records indicate his parents were born in Virginia. His family moved and settled in Illinois.  West: these families moved almost directly west.

Priscilla POOLE & Thomas M. VINEYARD had the following 10 children, b. in White county, Illinois, not all researched re spouses/families:
    1.  Rebecca Leannah, b. 1832, d. 1903; m. John Hill approx 1849; 10 children
    2.  Phillip Wesley [direct ancestor], b. abt 1834, d. 6 Feb 1874; m. 13 Dec 1855 to Margaret C. WALTERS; 10 children; in 1878, Margaret m. 2nd time to Francis Marion Berry, and had 3 more children.
    3.  Margaret Priscilla, b. 20 Jan 1836, d. 29 Jan 1910; m. abt 1856 to Lewis Jackson Oliver; 8 children
    4.  "Alex" William Alexander, b. 18 Jan 1838, d. 1912; m. 14 Nov 1861 to Patsy C. Garrison; 3 boys
    5.  Mary Jane, b. 10 Feb 1841, d. 5 Aug 1913
    6.  Sarah Ann, b. 19 Nov 1842, d. 14 Sep 1927 (Houston TX)
    7.  Martha Ellen, b. 10 Mar 1845, d. 3 Oct 1931 (Muskogee OK)
    8.  Amanda, b. abt 1847, d. bef 1860
    9.  John F., b. 3 Dec 1849, d. 5 Sep 1894
  10.  Jesse E., b. 23 Mar 1857, d. 26 Aug 1901 (Mayberry IL); m. abt 1879 to Florence Stafford; 6 children

Notice the large gap between #9 and #10 boys where at least one, perhaps two, children might have been born. I have a list of places to look, people to look for, on my research sheet on the Vineyard-Poole families.

Priscilla died 5 months after Jesse's birth, on 10 Sep 1857, aged 41 years.  She is buried by her husband, in Union Cemetery, Norris City, White County, Illinois.

Four months after Priscilla's death, on 30 Jan 1858, newly-widowed Thomas married Samantha J. Garrett, and had 4 more children with her. Samantha died 21 Oct 1867, 7 months after her 4th child. And three months after Samantha died, twice-widowed Thomas married for a third time, to widow, Martha J. Thompson, on 19 Jan 1868 in Gallatin County IL. Four years later, Thomas suddenly died 16 Jun 1872, aged 61 years, apparently while visiting his physician.

Priscilla. Married at 14. Had 10 children with her young farmer husband. Died aged 41.

If you know anything about Priscilla POOLE and her family, particularly her Poole family members, I would be so pleased for more details. Contact me at my address at the bottom of the page, or in the Comments section.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

52 ANCESTORS, 52 THEMES, No. 41: Arthur Gifford CAMPION

This year's challenge by Amy Crow is another weekly blog based on Themes. Last week's theme was OCTOBER birthdays/anniversaries, and this week is "Colourful".  Not sure what to do about that theme.  I don't seem to have truly colourful characters in my ancestors on either side. Sigh. So instead, I'll do another ancestor, this time in my children's father's lines.  I know extremely little about this particular person, and perhaps this blog post will help me clarify where to look next.

Arthur Gifford CAMPION.  Now there's an interesting name.  I'm sure you all are thinking he'd be easy to search, right?  Nope.  No records in any parish records in England, found to date.  In fact his birth place is listed as Bristol England only on his death record, filled out/informed by the Doctor - or at least I assume it was filled out by the Doctor - but there is another hand writing in the words, and crossing out "Cork County, Ireland".  Which is correct?  Who knew to correct this?

And on the same Death registration form (which holds six death registrations) is one for his youngest son, Edward.  A fisherman, Edward drowned three months or so before his father.

Back to the bits I think I know:

Arthur Gifford CAMPION seems to have been born around 1805, in either Ireland or in England.  Censuses [of Upper Canada, Canada West, Ontario] show him born in England, and religion as Church of England, while his wife is listed as born in Ireland (R.Catholic), as are the eldest few children.

Because of the consistency of the birthplaces of the children, as listed on Censuses, it seems clear that the family moved to Canada in approximately 1843-1844.  They then had five more children, born in what is now Ontario, in the area of Bath or Ernestown, in Lennox & Addington county.

Arthur is listed as either a Farmer or a Labourer on the Canadian censuses.  The boys were listed as Farmer (working in farm) when they were old enough to work instead of go to school. As they grew older, several boys list their occupation as fisherman, one as a blacksmith.

Arthur's parents are unknown.  He married Ellen (sometimes written as Eliza) _____, about 1832, apparently in Ireland.  He filled out Ellen's death registration, and lists her birthplace as County Cork. Her headstone also states so, likely by his wishes.  One of his children's death registration also states the birthplace as County Cork.  So we might conjecture Arthur and Ellen lived in County Cork for a few years after their marriage.

New information:  on the "Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative marriag eMarriage Licence Bonds indexes 1623-1866 Image", is the following transcribed index listing (alphabetical):
Campion,  Arthur Gifford  and  Ellen McCarthy   1840.  Diocese at Cloyne

The Diocese at Cloyne is in County Cork.  This information raises more questions. Why were they taking out a marriage licence bond in 1840, if they were already married? and had five children by this time:  William, Elizabeth, Charles, Arthur, and Richard.

Or should I assume that Arthur was married previously and the first 4 or 5 children are from this first wife; the remainder of the children with his 2nd wife, Ellen McCarthy?  More research needs to be done to clarify this important question.

Children of Arthur and Ellen (possibly only the children born in Upper Canada):
  1. William, b. 1834, Ireland; m. abt 1867 to Agnes M. (unknown); 6 children
            (all daughters.)
  2.  Elizabeth [direct ancestor], b. abt 1835 Ireland, d. 10 Aug 1899 Brandon
            MB; m. abt 1853 to Charles Lewis; 8 children
  3.  Charles, b. 1837, Ireland, d. 25 Aug 1873 of "gravel" [urinary problem,
            kidneys?]; m. Mary Jane (unknown) who died before him 12 Jul 1871
            of Consumption (TB);  4 children, all who died of TB as well.
  4.  Arthur jr., b. 1839, Ireland, d. 3 Feb 1917, Bath ON; m.?
  5.  Richard, b. 1840, Ireland;
  6.  Helen, b. 1844, Upper Canada;
  7.  Jerry, b. 1845, Upper Canada;
  8.  Mary, b. 1848, Upper Canada;
  9.  Susan, b. 1851, Upper Canada;
 10. Edward, b. 1853, Upper Canada, d. 3 Aug 1876, Bath ON; drowned.

Arthur and Ellen and their children are found on the Canadian Censuses, and also are found in the 1871 Lovell's Canadian Dominion Directory, in Bath Ontario.

I would like to find Arthur's birth date and birth place, possibly in England.  And then, it would be wonderful if I could find a marriage record for Arthur & Ellen in Ireland, likely in County Cook, but also possibly in Dublin.  As Ellen is always listed as following the church: "R.Catholic", she likely would be found married in the church... Or, because Arthur and the children are always listed as following the Church of England (Anglican Church in Canada), possibly they had a ceremony in a C of E church? I need to research the possibility.

With Ellen's maiden name, we might learn more about her and her family as well.  And of course, I'd love to learn more about Arthur and his family of origin.  There are many questions about Arthur and his wife.  In the Bath area around Ernestown up to Collins Bay along the waterfront, there are other Campion families, but I'm not certain that they are related, and have no idea how to prove them related.

Ellen appears to be several years younger, on all of the Censuses.  Arthur is the informer on her own death registration, (reg. Dec 15, 1875), death on 21 Apr 1875, with his signature shown as well.  Ellen died of an acute heart disease, aged 64.  Again, Arthur notes she was born in County Cork, but no maiden name is listed.

I have a To-Do list of more places to search in Ireland as well as England, for more details of Arthur, and of Ellen.  I have tried to search the marriage records of their children with no particular luck. And it is challenging to find some of the adult children in Ontario, as their names are quite common, even with Campion as a surname.  Sometimes it is mis-spelled as Champion, or Campeon.

If you know anything about Arthur CAMPION and his family, including Ellen McCARTHY, I would be so pleased for more details. Contact me at my address at the bottom of the page, or in the Comments section.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

52 ANCESTORS, 52 THEMES, No. 40, October birthdays: NINE Direct Ancestors

This year's challenge by Amy Crow is another weekly blog based on Themes. Last week's theme was Unusual, and this week is "OCTOBER birthdays/anniversaries".  Counting them all, I have NINE direct ancestors with birth dates in October, including a married couple. They are listed with birthplace, spouse and marriage date, plus number of known children.

1 Oct 1665:  Judith STEVENS, b. Windsor CT, m. Samuel BUEL(L) 1686; 11 children

2 Oct 1687:  Abigail RICH, b. Wenham MA, m. Timothy JEROME 1709; 7 children including my favourite-named son, Zerubbabel.

4 Oct 1770:  Jane [Jennetje] KOEN, b. New Scotland NY, m. Simon TERWILLIGER 1788; 4 children

4 Oct 1803:  Joseph Jacobus KUHN, b. Conewago PA, m. Jane Rebecca McCABE 1826; 9 children

5 Oct 1924:  Mary Marguerite KUHN [my mother!], b. Vancouver BC, m. John GILLESPIE 1941; 3 children

12 Oct 1812:  Francis William [F.W.] PETTYGROVE, b. Calais ME, m. Sophia RULAND 1842; 7 children

22 Oct 1829:  Louis DeBarth KUHN, b. East Berlin PA, m. Amelia PETTYGROVE 1864; 10 children; Amelia is the eldest daughter of FW PETTYGROVE above.

25 Oct 1803:  Jane Rebecca McCABE, b. Downington PA, m. Joseph Jacobus KUHN 1826; 9 children

28 Oct 1716:  Jannetje van VALKENBURGH, b. Schenectady NY, m. Simeon LARROWAY [LeRoy] 1733;  4 children

 Are any of these people your ancestors as well?  If you have any information or details to share, or to correct the details above, I would be very happy to hear from you.  Contact me via email below [bottom of page], or in the Comments section.

The photo up above is in Vancouver BC Canada, facing north - you can see the darker blue tone of the mountains across the harbour. Taken in Falaise Park south of the Grandview Highway by my brother Jake, this is the neighbourhood we grew up in. The Park wasn't quite so tidy and organized back then, with a boggy bottom and a ravine to play in.  

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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