Saturday, June 24, 2017

Book Of The Week: A History of Adams County, Ohio

A History of Adams County, Ohio: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Including Character Sketches of the Prominent Persons Identified with the First Century of the Country's Growth ...
Nelson Wiley Evans, Emmons B. Stivers
E B. Stivers, 1900 - Adams County (Ohio) - 950 pages

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Video Of The Week: Understanding the Census of England and Wales

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, June 21, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Generation Four | Charlotte Fraser and James Irvine

52. Charlotte Fraser (Duncan - 18, Alexander - 5, Duncan - 1) born July 13th 1825

married November 30th 1849

James Irvine birth not documented
flax dresser

children of this union:

i. John Irvine b. 6/30/1850 d. in infancy

ii. Janet Irvine (twin) b. 11/2/1853 d. in infancy

iii. Helen Irvine (twin) b. 11/2/1853 d. in infancy

iv. Charlotte Irvine b. 6/21/1855

v. Duncan Irvine b. 2/11/1859

vi. John Irvine b. 8/27/1861

vii. Jame Irvine b. 9/12/1865

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, June 20, 2017

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Robert Nelson Faulkner {Gen 3}

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

Robert Nelson Faulkner (Robert, Samuel, William) was born in Ontario Co, New York, January 20th 1822 to parents Robert Faulkner and his wife Sally Ann.

Robert 'Nelson' married (1) Julia Ann King (b. 1831 d. 1890) on September 26th 1847 in Wabash Co, Indiana. He married (2) Mary J Johnson (b. UNK d. UNK) on October 22nd 1891 in Indiana.

Children born to Robert 'Nelson' and Julia Faulkner include:
  • Barbara Ann Faulkner b. 8 Mar 1849 d. 16 Oct 1918 m. Jeremiah R Hoagland
  • John Wesley Faulkner b. 7 Sep 1850 d. 27 Dec 1936 m. Alice Victoria Norris
  • Rachel Faulkner b. abt 1854 d. bef 1890 m. John O Kegg
  • Isaac Newton Faulkner b. 1856 d. 9 Feb 1912
  • Louisa Faulkner b. 23 Jun 1857 d. 17 Jan 1940 m. William J Klingel
  • Hannah M Faulkner b.  25 Nov 1863 d. 9 Dec 1919 m. William W Munson

Robert 'Nelson' was a farmer who sometimes went by 'Robert', sometimes by 'R N' and most often by 'Nelson'. He was hard to find in the US census schedules due to the fact that the enumerators really butchered his surname! He may have fought in the Civil War - his brother did - but I have not discovered anything conclusive yet.

Robert Nelson Faulkner died July 4th 1892 and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Pierceton Twp, Kosciusko County IN. Julia Ann King Faulkner died June 1st 1890 and is buried with her husband. To date no further information has been found on wife #2, whom Robert married just 8 months prior to his death.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Notes From My Grandmother | Ashby Lineage and Genealogy, Part 2

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.

Grandma didn't write a story about the Ashbys. At least not one that I found in my collection. She incorporated some of her research in other family lines and just left typed bios and snippets in her "Ashby" envelope. I will share the contents over the next few weeks - and add the genealogy as I have come to know it.

Ashby Family misc, con't ........

Mary Ashby was the eldest of the seven Ashby children born to Jesse Ashby and his wife Elizabeth Hays Wilson. Her obituary reads as follows:

Mary Ashby First School Teacher in Washington, Very Early Settler, Dies.

In the death of Mary Ashby, better known to all the old settlers of Washington as "Aunt Polly", Washington loses one of its most highly esteemed citizens and one whose name will ever be associated with the early education of this city as well as the making of the commonwealth of Iowa. She was the first teacher that ever presided over a school room in Washington, and that was sixty years ago, when only a few settlers had squatted on the prairie here and there over a territory now known as the beautiful city of Washington. Washington's first school and Washington's first school teacher are now no more. 

Her death occurs at a memorable time in the history of our city schools - -in a year when the "old school" is being replaced by the new. The last old school building has been torn down, and after this year Washington young people will go to buildings entirely new or comparatively so. The first school in which "Aunt Polly" taught was a log cabin, located in southwest Washington, on the lot just north of the Seceder church. There her pupils sat in front of a fireplace, on benches hewn out of logs, and wrote with goose-quill pens ans used indigo for ink.

The deceased died last evening at 7:15 o'clock at the home of her sister, Mrs E W  Dicken, on south Iowa Street. She has always made her home with this sister. She had enjoyed very good health until about a year ago when she fell and broke her hip. Since that time she has been helpless.

She often attended old settlers meetings and there it was everyone deemed it a privilege to give her homage and praise, for she had just claims on old citizenship. She was reticent, however, in speaking of her own deeds, yet was appreciative of every good favor in word or works.

She was born in Allegheny Co, Maryland, the 18th day of July, 1812, and was therefore 87 years of age.

When two years of age she moved with her parents to Preston Co, West Virginia, and when sixteen years of age to Perry Co, Ohio. In the year 1839 the family came to Iowa, being among the very first settlers. They resided on what in known as the old Enoch Winter farm for a number of years.

She was a faithful Christian and was loved by all who knew her. She has been a member of the Methodist church ever since she was sixteen years of age.

The brothers and sister who are living are: Mrs E W Dicken and J A Y Ashby, of this city; E W H Ashby of Pilotsburg; and Mrs P B Twining of Corning.

The funeral will take place from the family residence on south Iowa street tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock. The services will be conducted by Rev Thorn. Interment City cemetery.

.......... to be continued ..........

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