Thursday, October 19, 2017

Video Of The Week: Sourcing Information Not on

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, October 18, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Generation Five | Alexander Johnstone and Ruth Johnsen

68 Alexander Johnstone (Alexander Johnstone - 48, Isabella - 17, Alexander - 5, Duncan - 1) born November 7th 1848


Ruth Johnsen birth not recorded

children of this union:

i. Alexander Johnstone b. 1869

ii. Granville Johnstone b. 1871 d. 1872

note: Generation Five 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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | John Boak {Gen 4}

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

John Boak (Achsah, Wm Bull, James, William) was born in Scotchtown, Orange Co, New York November 22nd 1799, to parents Achsah Faulkner and Jame Boak.

John married Maria Clark (b. 1800 d. 1855) about 1824 in Orange Co, New York.

The couple had at least 4 children: all born Wallkill, Orange Co, New York

  • Mary Ann Boak b. 28 Jun 1825 d. 26 Jan 1869 m. Norman Randall Norton
  • Jame Clark Boak b. 7 Oct 1828 d. 13 Sep 1898 m. Emily Barton
  • William F Boak b. 27 Aug 1832 d. UNK
  • Hannah Eliza Boak b. 10 Sep 1836 d. 14 Jan 1837

John died October 31st 1836 in Wallkill, Orange Co, New York. He is buried in the Scotchtown Cemetery in Orange Co, New York. Maria remarried sometime before 1843, a widower named James Davis of Elmira, New York. The couple resided in Elmira where Maria had another child, a daughter Josephine P Davis. Maria Clark Boak Davis died November 4th 1855; her place of burial is unknown.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

UPDATE: Anna Merriman Busby: Who's Your Daddy? (52 Ancestors #8.1)

UPDATE: This was originally posted Thursday, February 26, 2015. Anna Merriman Busby: Who's Your Daddy? (52 Ancestors #8)  Good news!! I found her daddy! And I can answer a few more questions!

It began with a comment, left on the original post. I had not looked at this family in quite some time and got to thinking - maybe it was time to re-look. It's always a good idea to re-look, especially when something is a bit of a brick wall, you just never know what might turn up.

I decided to reexamine Micajah Merriman, the man most attributed to being Anna's father. In the past the scant information just did not line up. I noticed a War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index on Ancestry that I had not seen before. Light Bulb Moment! I knew that Fold3 had Pension Applications, and more importantly Widow's Applications digitized.  Something that wasn't available in 2015 when I first wrote the post. Two seconds later I had that bit of historical magnificence pulled up on my computer in the Cave. All 45 glorious page of it! If you subscribe to Fold3 (and you should!) take a gander at it for yourself here.

What I learned, Anna was born July 22nd 1807 to Micajah Merriman and Sophia Snyder. She was their first born child. Micajah and Sophia were married May 22nd 1806 in Maryland. The family removed to Ohio in the winter of 1815. Anna would have been 7 years old, so she came as a child.

I learned that Micajah's father was Nicholas who was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and his mother was Deborah.

And I found his signature!

The old Family Tree just sprouted a new shoot!

Always an exciting moment when a hunch get substantiated!


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Book Of The Week: History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois

History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois: "centennial Record"

John Carroll Power
Edwin A. Wilson & Company, 1876 - 
History - 797 pages

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