Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Generation Four | David Fraser and Mary Kydd Findlay

the 1880 John Fraser Family Tree
40. David Fraser (John - 11, William - 3, Duncan - 1) born September 5th 1841 in Arbroath.

Emigrated to Australia October 1858

married September 11th 1868 at Melbourne

Mary Kydd Findlay born July 5th 1852 in Arbroath

children of this union: (all born Australia)

i. John Findlay Fraser b. October 22nd 1869

ii. Norman Brown Fraser b. August 16th 1871

iii. Albert Alexander Fraser b. January 26th 1873

iv. Annie Littlejohn Fraser b. August 18th 1874

v. Douglas Fraser b. May 8th 1878

vi. Jessie Elizabeth Fraser b. April 5th 1880

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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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Franklin Houston {Gen 3}

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

Franklin Houston (Sarah, James, William) was born in 1809 in Middletown, Orange Co, New York to parents Sarah Faulkner and Thomas Houston.

Franklin married Caroline L'Hommedieu January 13th 1842 in Middletown, Orange Co, New York. Caroline was the daughter of Braddock L'Hommedieu and his wife Lois Vail.

The couple had the following children:

  • Carrie L'Hommedieu Houston b. Aug 1843 d. UNK m. J Spencer McWilliams
  • Alonzo Houston b. 1845 d. UNK
  • Braddock L'Hommedieu Houston b. Jul 1851 d. 17 Jun 1929 m. Jennie L Ryerson

Franklin and Caroline spent their entire married life in Wallkill, Orange Co, New York. Franklin died in 1881, Caroline died in 1882. They are both buried in the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg, Orange Co, New York.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Notes From My Grandmother | Twining Lineage and Genealogy, Part Eleven

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!

The Twining Papers
The Twinings held a special fascination for my Grandmother. Her middle name was Twining. Her mother was a Twining. She drank Twining's tea, as did the rest of our family. I'm unclear as to the link between our family and the Twining's Tea Company, however. Our Twining ancestor came to the 'New World' c.1640 and has been recorded in the small book Genealogy of the Twining family : descendants of William Twining, Sr, who came from Wales or England.

Of all the research I inherited, the Twining collection is by far the most expansive. My grandmother wrote 'stories' and typed up other little sketches on them. I will present them to you here, as written by her.

Twining Story, cont.

Assorted Obituaries

Edward W Twining - Corning, May 21st 1897

At the extreme age of 84 died at his home at Corning, Iowa May 24,1897, at 5 pm. Edward W Twining was born in Tolland Mass Oct 5 1814, and in 1815 came to Granville Ohio, where he lived until the age of 12 years. He was the 5th child of the family, one daughter and 5 sons. After the schooling of his boyhood he pursued a course of study at the Ohio University, and subsequently at the theological course at Lane Seminary during Lyman Beecher's connection with that institution. On the 3rd day of February 1840, he was united in marriage to Adeline Weed, and about that time commenced his ministerial career which spanned 40 years. For several years his service was given to the Presbyterian Church.
There were born to them in Ohio 5 children, 3 of whom died, another, L Twining,who died in our city about two years past, and the only one left is the Dr E T Twining, of Sheldon, Iowa.
In the spring of 1847 he came to Muscatine, Iowa, where he engaged in teaching school. At the conclusion of his term of school he became a supply on the Richmond Circuit, thus commencing his career as a Methodist itinerant. During this year two notable events happened; the death of his wife at Washington Iowa, Jan 3rd 1848, and his ordination as deacon at the hands of Bishop Morris, which took place at the session at the Iowa conference in Aug.
One year elapsed in which he continued pastor of Richmond circuit, and then on Aug 28th 1849, he married Priscilla B Ashby.
In the year of 1849 he was sent to Washington Iowa where he served for one year.
Here on the 5th of Aug was born a son, Jesse L who now resides at Corning Iowa.
He was ordained elder by Bishop Hamiline in Aug 1850. The list of appointments continues as follows: 1850-52, Marion and Cedar Rapids; 1852-53 Tipton; 1853-54 Iowa City;1854-56 Des Moines; 1856 supernumerary; 1857-61 presiding elder of Muscatine district; 1861-63 Lexington circuit; 1863-65 Muscatine circuit. He then took a superannuated relation, located, and in 1876 came to Corning, Iowa where he lived up to the time of his death.
It will  be seen from his character of his appointments that his talents and devotion as a preacher more than ordinary. Could his unwritten life be unfolded there would appear many deeds of self sacrifice, many triumphs of faith which cause him to be held in higher esteem, and gave him a place in the hearts of the people whom he has served. He was wide awake to the great interests of the church and was always ready to shout on the victory. He became intimately associated with the location and foundry of Cornell College at Mount Vernon and personally secured the first notable teacher of that institution.
In recent years he kept himself in touch with the great missionary movements of the church and was often heard to exclaim after reading of some great triumph like the establishing of a new mission or the founding of Protestantism in Rome, "what hath God wrought?"
During the years of his location here he has ever been a warm friend of the pastor, without jealousy, rendering such assistance as was in his power. Having suffered from a partial paralysis some years ago he has been in quite feeble health, but up to the last week of his life has been able to be about the house and occasionally on the streets. He passed through the infirmities of age with a patience which knew no complaint and gave the clearest evidence that though his sun was setting was not obscured with clouds.

Jan 3, 1848

Adeline, wife of Rev. E W Twining, was born in Wayne Co, Ohio. Her father's house was a preaching place in early times, where she received an early religious education. Professing religion in 1836, she joined the Presbyterian church of which her father, Bartholomew Weed, was a member. May 1841 she was united in marriage to Edward W Twining and they continued as members of that church until 1842 when both joined M E church. Some three or four years since they came to Iowa and brother Twining, some time after, was employed in the itinerary.
They continued to prosecute the duties, and bear the toil peculiar to their work together, till a few weeks since, when sister Twining was called from labor to rest. Sister Twining was just such a companion as an itinerant needs in a new country, prudent, economical, kind, affectionate and religious. She has won her way to the affection of the friends generally and her praise is in the several charges where they have traveled.
But in the prime of life, being about thirty one years of age and having a couple of small children that especially needed her care, a mysterious Providence has taken her and no doubt His name should be blessed. What He does we know not now but we shall know hereafter. This is the way on earth, especially in the itinerary of a new country. We leave our home to return in a few days.
Rev Twining was away from home at the time of his wife's death and did not know of illness until she was 'cold in death'. But the intelligence comes, our beloved ones are gone and the family circle, with all it's ties, suddenly broken up. May we so live that "in glory we'll link it again".

J L Twining 4 -13 -33

Mr Twining was the son of a Presbyterian minister and a graduate of Northwestern University medical college. His wife died four months ago. Mr Twining who had made his home in Corning, Ia for forty years, was a past master of the Masonic Lodge at Corning. He was also a Knight Templer and a Shriner.
Jesse Louis Twining was born August 4, 1850 at Washington, Iowa and passed away at the home of his daughter in Des Moines, April 7, 1933 at the age of 82 years, 8 months, and 2 days. He was a son of a pioneer Methodist minister who came to Iowa in 1840. Mr Twining's early life was  spent in several Iowa towns. For a couple of years his home was neat the site of the old Fort Des Moines. He united with the church at an early age and was educated in the Washington, Iowa schools, Iowa Wesleyan, and Northwestern Medical School in Chicago.
Mr Twining was married October 25, 1876 to Flora Dell Rowley who preceded him in death just four months ago. To this union four children were born. These are Mrs I A Potwin of Des Moines, with whom the father and mother have made their home for the past seven years; Mrs E E Williams, deceased; Mrs J E Hydeman of Piqua, Ohio and one son, M C Twining of Ottumwa, Iowa. Besides the three children who survive Mr Twining there are 9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Mr Twining practiced medicine and surgery for several years, settling in Corning, Iowa in 1874, where he owned and operated a drug store. Thirty years of his later life were spent as a travelling salesman. Mr and Mrs Twining were residents of Corning for over 50 years and Mr Twining was a member of the Masonic order for more that 57 years. He belonged to the Blue Lodge and Eureka Chapter No 77 at Corning, the Bethany Commandery at Creston and the Kaaba Temple of the Shrine at Davenport.

Mrs Potwin Dead at 88

Mrs Carrie Elizabeth Potwin, 88, an early organizer of the Camp Fire Girls in Des Moines, died Wednesday night at the Americana Nursing Center, 300 Laurel St, of complications from a stroke she suffered several months ago. Mrs Potwin, a native of Corniing, Became associated with the Camp Fire Girls in 1917, four years after its founding here, and was the first chairman of the Camp Fire Leaders Association and the second president of the Greater Des Moines Council of Camp Fire Girls.
She was the first Des Moines representative on the National Camp Fire Girls Board and served as chairman of Region VII Council.
Mrs Potwin, a Des Moines resident 50 years, was a member of the Des Moines Women's Club and a charter member of Plymouth Congregational Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs Albert H Adams of Des Moines and Mrs Robert Thomas of Pacific Palisades Calif.; a sister, Mrs Earl Hydeman of Piqua, Ohio; a brother, Merrick Twining of Des Moines; eight grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren [one great great grandson]
Services are pending at Dunn's Funeral Home on Grand Avenue, Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery.

(October 1969)

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Czachorowskys | From Prussia to Chicago: Anton Czachorowsky

The Czachorowskys are a conundrum. They seem to simply 'appear' in Chicago around 1868. Claiming to be from Prussia I have yet to determine their actual origins. Or their point of entry into the United States. Or why they chose Chicago. As I set out to research one family I discovered others. Curiosity getting the best of me, this turned into the study of five Czachorowsky families living in Chicago c. 1870.  It is my hope with this series to make some discoveries to either link these families together, or prove they are not related. This is a real-time research project, I have not worked on this cluster before. I plan to share my discoveries and my frustrations in hopes that more eyes on the evidence will result in some sound conclusions. Join me as I explore these families, maybe we'll make some discoveries together!

his life and times

Anton first appears on a ship's list departing Hamburg, Germany.  He was emigrating with his young family to America. The family consisted of Anton and his wife Maria, son Franz who was 7 1/2, daughter Paulina, aged 3, daughter Maria aged 2, and baby son Bernhard, just 3 months old! Also traveling with them were Anton's sister Paulina and an older woman named Anna Jenczynske* (maybe - really hard to read).

The trip took a month.

They departed Hamburg on August 6th 1868 aboard the Shakespeare, a large sailing vessel. They were most likely traveling in steerage, the level between the belly of the ship (cargo) and the crew/passenger quarters level. It would have been an awful journey. Worse with tiny children I would imagine. (You can read about traveling in steerage here.)

One more very important piece of information was found on this document. Can you see it? It's their residence prior to departure!!! Thanks to the German Genealogy group on Facebook I was able to decipher it. Neu Szwederowo, Prussia! We finally have a hometown for Anton! 

Anton and Family Departing Germany

The ship Shakespeare
Oil painting, by J. & F. Tudgay, 1864.
Focke-Museum, Bremen

They traveled aboard a sailing ship named the Shakespeare - I can't even imagine. The image to the right is of a painting of that very ship. It hangs in a museum in Bremen.

Below is a cut-away of life inside one of these large sailing ships. Let's just say is wasn't a Disney cruise!

the Steerage - where most immigrants traveled

Prussia c 1878
Here is a map of Prussia from Anton's time, and below is one of today. You can see when Anton and his family left Europe they resided in the center of what was then West Prussia. The boundaries changed often as the result of war. What made the family leave their home and travel to America, specifically Chicago, we most likely will never know. (You can read more about the kingdom of Prussia here.)

Modern Day

As you can see, their home today sits smack dab in the center of Poland. Perhaps further research into Catholic church records in Poland might uncover additional information. If those records still exist.

Here is the intake list. Their arrival into the port of New York 34 days later. September 9th 1868.

Anton and Family Arriving in New York
The next time we see Anton is in the Chicago City Directory for the year 1870. Anton would have to have been in Chicago in 1869 to make the 1870 edition of the printed directory. Travel from New York to Chicago by train would have been possible in 1869, but would it have been too costly for this family of 8? Water travel was also common, and quite likely, the Erie canal to the Great Lakes offered affordable westward travel.

At any rate, by 1870 Anton and family were tucked into their new American home on south Morgan in Chicago. Anton began his house-moving business and the family settled in.

Less than two years in their new country the family witnessed a devastating tragedy, the Great Chicago Fire, which started not far from their doorstep and raged for several days. What panic must have this caused? Did they know people affected by the fire? We're they able to help, or did they just watch in fear and uncertainty? Fortunately they were spared and life went on.

Anton Naturalization
In 1872 Anton and Mary had their first American-born child. A daughter named Mary.

In 1873 Anton petitioned the court for citizenship.

Anton and Mary would have at least 3 more children in the decade between 1870 and 1880. And they would bury a few, too.

Little Maria who came on the ship from Prussia died sometime before 1880, and more likely before daughter Mary was born in 1872. There was a daughter named Elizabeth who died in 1876, age unspecified, but she was not on the passenger list so I presume she was born in Chicago. The couple buried a daughter named Julia in 1881, she was 5 years old. And in 1887 their oldest daughter Paulina died. She was 22 years old.

Sometime around 1880 the family moved from S. Morgan to Maxwell St.

Weddings were celebrated on three occasions. Oldest son Frank was married in 1888, followed by second son Bernhard who married in 1892, and finally daughter Mary wed in 1893.

Anton consistently can be found in the City Directories, although he eluded the census takers his entire life. Not one time did he show up on a Federal census! By trade Anton was a house-mover, his sons Bernhard and Anton joining the family business when they became of age.

Anton buried his wife on July 16th 1896. She was just 59 years old.

Nine years later Anton sadly buried another one of his children. His son Anton who died January 17th 1905.

Anton followed shortly thereafter. He left this earth March 12th 1908. He was 73 years old.

Anton is buried in St Boniface Cemetery in Chicago with his wife, his children and his mother-in-law*, the graves are all unmarked except for Paulina.

*After further study I have concluded that the older woman traveling with them from Prussia must certainly have been Maria's mother. She is buried in the family plot in St Boniface. 


Anton Czachorowsky b. Jan 1835 Prussia
                                    d. 12 Mar 1908 Chicago
                                   m. abt 1860 Maria Jenczynske
                         (name variations found including Glowinsky,Glowginsky 
                                and Klawinski - a mystery for another day!)

children include:

  • Franz 'Frank'  b. May 1860 West Prussia d. 15 Apr 1928 Chicago                                                                        m. 7 Feb 1888 to Rosa Redeker
  • Paulina b. abt 1865 West Prussia d. 5 Jul 1887 Chicago
  • Maria b. abt 1866 West Prussia d. abt 1871 Chicago
  • Bernhard 'Bernard' b. 11 Sep 1867 West Prussia d. 22 Oct 1926 Chicago                                                                    m. 18 May 1892 to Margaret Oerter
  • Mary b. 8 Feb 1872 Chicago d. 3 May 1935 Chicago                                                                                                 m. 6 Sep 1893 to Peter Wagner
  • Julia b. 6 Jul 1876 Chicago d. 9 Aug 1881 Chicago
  • Anton F b. 5 Jan 1878 Chicago d. 17 Jan 1905 Chicago
  • Elizabeth b. UNK d. 28 Jun 1876 Chicago

until next time .............

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Of The Week: History of Chicago, 1871 - 1885

History of Chicago: From the fire of 1871 until 1885

Alfred Theodore Andreas
A. T. Andreas, 1886 - Chicago (Ill.)

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