Thursday, May 25, 2017

Video Of The Week: Organizing and Preserving Your Family Papers

We watch a lot of videos in the Cave. Webinars, instructional videos, continuing education videos, you name it! If it helps with our genealogical pursuit we are all over it!

Each week we thought we'd share one we've enjoyed.

Hope you enjoy it too!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Generation Four | Alexander Johnstone and Mary Marcer

1880 John Fraser Family Tree
48. Alexander Johnstone (Isabella - 17, Alexander - 5, Duncan - 1) born July 29th 1822

married April 5th 1842 at Liverpool

Mary Marcer born September 5th 1819

children of this union:

i. Robert Johnstone b. August 1844 m. Ellen ??dson

ii. Issabell Johnstone b. September 23rd 1846 m. J Chand

iii. Alexander Johnstone b. November 7th 1848 m. Ruth Johnsen

iv. Mary Johnstone b. December 22nd 1850 m. William Kane

v. William Johnstone b. February 13th 1853 d. in infancy

vi. Thomas Johnstone b. March 30th 1854

vii. Janet Johnstone b. May 11th 1857 d. in infancy

viii. Harriet Johnstone b. March 19th 1859

ix. Margaret Ann Johnstone b. December 10th 1861

x. Alexis Lavinia Johnstone b. January 10th 1866

note: Generation Four was (mostly) still living when the Original Tree was created.

~ all information provided here has been taken directly from the John Fraser family tree compiled in 1880 and as such is the only source for these writings - the objective being to record his work for further study and documentation ~ 

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©1880 John Fraser - Scotland

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Letty Crawford {Gen 3}

It started, as good quests always do, with a family tale.

Letty Crawford (Mary, Samuel, William) was born in Crawford, Orange Co, New York on  December 14th 1803 to parents Mary Faulkner and William Crawford.

Letty married James I Crawford (relation unknown) about 1825 in Orange Co, New York.

The couple had at least eight children:

  • Helen Crawford b. 20 Jan 1826 d. 27 Sep 1892 never married
  • Adaline Crawford b. 15 Dec 1829 d. 12 Feb 1836
  • Esther Crawford b. about 1834 d. UNK
  • Ann Crawford b. about 1835 d. UNK
  • Francis Crawford b. 7 Mar 1838 d. 24 May 1887 m. Catherine E Bookstaver no issue
  • Caroline Crawford b. 18 Mar 1840 d. 7 May 1853
  • Adaline Crawford b. 13 Mar 1845 d. 22 Feb 1899 m. Benjamin G Benedict
  • James Crawford b. 16 Oct 1847 d. 14 Sep 1869

Letty Crawford died January 14th 1880 in Orange Co, New York. Her husband James Crawford died November 27th 1864 in Orange Co, New York. The couple is buried in the Crawford Cemetery along with four of their children. 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Notes From My Grandmother | Rowley Lineage and Genealogy, Part 5

Somehow, much of my grandmother's hand written and (badly) typed notes and research wound up in my possession. Traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles and back to Chicago again. It sat, in the dark of my mother's closet, until my dad passed and my mom decided to begin her great purge. Knowing I had picked up the torch, the next generation to pursue the Greatest Hobby on Earth, the papers came to live with me. Unsure for many years on just what to do with them, I have decided to bring them out and share them with you - transcribed, of course - no one can read my grandmother's handwriting! But in her own words; mistakes, rambling sentences, and all. I think she will be pleased her work and her writing are once again out in the light.

Rowley Family Story con't ....
More on Rev. R C Rowley ~ anniversaries, birthdays, news 


Rev R C Rowley and Rhoda A Vredenburg were married in Greencastle Indiana on the 29th day of September, 1840 by Bishop Amos, and their 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated in a quiet way at their home in Brooks, Iowa, on Monday, the 29th by a few of their relatives. Those present were C J Vredenburg of Atlantic, brother of mother Rowley; Mrs John Goodall, of Birmingham, Iowa, sister of father Rowley; M M Rowley, wife and family of New Windsor, Ill; Mr and Mrs J L Twining, of Corning, and Mrs Anna Wilcox and son. The absent ones substantially represented were: a brother, Rev L T Rowley, of Danville, Iowa; Frank Rowley, of New Virginia, Iowa, and Ross and Harry Rowley, of Omaha, grandsons; and Mrs Jesse and Mac Strope, of Des Moines, granddaughter.

~1890 newspaper clipping


Rev R C Rowley of Brooks, Ia is the oldest Iowa man in attendance upon the general assembly, being now in his eighty-eighth year. Dr Rowley is not a commissioner, but attends all the sessions and is deeply interested in them. He came from Brooks unaccompanied, and despite his age, gets around with remarkable agility, being hale and hearty and as clear brained as though he was a half century younger. He was born in 1818, ordained in the Methodist church when but twenty years of age and became a Presbyterian in 1862. He organized the Brooks Presbyterian church in 1877, and was pastor of it until four or five years ago.

~1906 newspaper clipping



There was much rejoicing in the home of Mr and Mrs J L Twining from the fact that Father Rowley and Mother Twining have passed another milestone in their lives. Birthdays, and the same day! Mrs E W Twining was 94 and Rev Rowley was 93 - July 18, 1911. The lady is the mother of Jesse Twining and the gentleman, the father of his wife. The two 'brithday folk' have been members of the Twining household for years and are greatly loved and honored. Beloved by all, family and friends, they are as happy an elderly couple as Corning affords. They have had remarkable health and Dr Rowley makes his daily journey 'uptown' always with a smile and a handshake for everybody. Mrs Twining is active within the household. Their minds are clear; Father has an unusual memory, it is wonderful to hear him recall the past and present events with ease and accuracy. He always has a fund of information on any subject. All Corning and the surrounding countryside are joyfully interested in the anniversaries of these old beloved and honored citizens.

~Corning IA, 18 July 1911 newspaper clipping


In response to expression of regard on his ninety-third birthday

"I assure you that such voluntary expressions of esteem are more precious than silver and gold. It makes one feel that he has not lived and labored in vain. It revives in memory the pleasant associations and fellowship of the past. About seventy-five years have been spent in the ministry. They have been years of toil and exposure in the wilderness of Indiana and on the bleak prairies of Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. But they have been years of pleasure and great enjoyment. The Lord, whom I have tried to serve, has been with me, and although I have made many mistakes, thru life and His grace I am what I am.

And now, as I approach the evening of life, the future looks as bright as the promises of Our Heavenly Father. I should like to take each of you by the hand and tell you how much I prize these tokens of friendship. May the God of All Grace be with each one of you and keep you by His power unto everlasting life."

~~~~~0~0~0~0~0~~~~~ be continued ..........

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©1950-82 Elizabeth Twining Potwin Thomas - private collection

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Brick Wall Ancestor | #5 Stephen Colfer

We all have them! Those stubborn ancestors that refuse to come out of hiding. No matter how much coaxing we do! Well, I think it's time to bring them out of the shadows - put their redacted story out there - another piece of the puzzle could be lurking just around the (cyber) corner, in someone's basement, or closet, or sitting in a box on a bookshelf ...... You never, ever know where that loose chink will manifest, the one that allows you to push out one brick, then the next. Food for thought. So without further ado....

Brick Wall Ancestor | #5 Stephen Colfer

Maybe not so much a Brick Wall as a Missing Person, this one will be short and sweet. Stephen seemed to appear briefly as a grown man and then disappear. His name doesn't help - at least it's not John Smith - but an Irishman named Stephen Colfer? A dime a dozen!

What I know:

Stephen Colfer was born about 1840 in Wexford County, Ireland. His parents were John Colfer* and Margaret Walsh. 

Stephen married Catherine (aka Mary, aka Jane) O'Brien on August 10th 1859 in Ontario County, Ontario, Canada. 

See below for expanded view

Groom - Residence - Birth Place - Father - Mother - Bride - Bride Residence

Birth Place - Father - Mother - Residence - Marriage Date
The couple had four children born in Canada, then about 1868 the family immigrated to Evanston, IL where their last two children were born.

Stephen shows up on only ONE census - 1870. Evanston City Directories did not begin until 1880 - so no help there!

In 1876 Stephen's wife left him and the children and moved to Chicago. They never divorced. Catherine (aka Mary, aka Jane) married again, a man named William Walking. When Catherine returned to Evanston in 1878 to try to get her children, Stephen discovered what had happened and filed charges against his estranged wife.

Story About Stephen Colfer and Wife

I have not discovered the outcome of the Criminal Court case yet. That might hold some clues.

Stephen was in Evanston as late as 1878 when he filed the warrants, but he is not on the 1880 census.

Most of the children were on the 1880 census, the girls working as domestic servants, the boys were boarders working labor jobs. So, not living with either their father or their mother. They were mostly all under the age of 15.  

Catherine (aka Mary, aka Jane) went on to have three more children with her 'husband' William Walking. I have not found a divorce record for her and Stephen.

Stephen Colfer, it seems, disappeared into the night, never to be seen again.

So many questions! Did he go back to Canada? Ireland? Get remarried and have a second family? Die? When did he even immigrate to Canada? As a child? Adult? With family? Alone?

There is a Stephen Colfer who is registered to vote in Chicago in 1890. The record states that this Stephen had only been in Illinois 10 years, 'our' Stephen would have been in Illinois 20 years by this time. Still, something to look into further, perhaps.  


Stephen Colfer b. abt 1840 Wexford County, Ireland d. UNK
                 m. 10 Aug 1859 Catherine (aka Mary, aka Jane) O'Brien Ontario, Canada

  • Genevieve "Jennie" Colfer b. 9 Nov 1862 Canada d. 21 Jul 1948 Chicago IL m. James Bixler
  • John Colfer b. abt 1863 Canada d. aft 1910
  • Ellen "Nellie" Colfer b. Jan 1865 Canada d. 15 Sep 1940 Chicago IL m. John McCabe
  • Thomas Colfer b. Jan 1868 Canada d. 24 Oct 1943 Chicago IL m. Mary Ann Nally
  • James Colfer b. 1869 Evanston IL d. 24 Mar 1934 Chicago IL
  • Mary Colfer b. abt 1872 Evanston IL d. aft 1930 m. William Raftree 

*John Colfer, Stephen's father, is found on several Irish records available on Ancestry and Findmypast. I believe I found him on Griffith's Valuation and in some Parish records for Wexford County. Irish research is new to me, I may learn more as I dig deeper. 

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