Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Alexander Fraser: Master Baker (52 Ancestors #29)

Born in Middle Mill, Markinch, Scotland, December 8th 1807 to tenant farmer/master miller William Fraser (1767-1838) and his wife Agnes Bane (1769-1835).

Alexander Fraser was the fifth son, and eighth child born into a family of ten children. Raised in a millhouse in the shadows of Balgonie Castle in Fife, Scotland.

Alexander's father William, himself a son of a miller, was born in Craighouse mill, as was his grandfather Duncan Fraser (1725-1795).

By the time Alexander came along his parents had already lost two children, a son and a daughter.

map of Balgonie Castle/Mill area
The mill that his father ran was situated along the River Leven that was lined with mills of various sorts stretching out like fingers from the Castle.

middle mill cottages
Life as a working class family may have been hard. Any type of labor and toil as a way of living is surely hard. Working for the Royal family and whatever Earl was in charge of the land at the time. Although there was the opportunity for school, with both parochial and parish schools situated in Markinch, the best one could hope for was to apprentice and become a mill overseer one day. Eventually retiring in a worker's cottage, always a tenant.

Alexander apprenticed under his father in the trade of miller and was, according to his great grandson, a baker in the town of Edinburgh. Whether this is true or not I have yet to discover.

On March 25, 1832 Alexander Fraser wed Elizabeth Chalmers in Edinburgh. The couple emigrated to New York City later that same year. The journey would have taken at least two weeks. Elizabeth may have been pregnant at the time.

I've often wondered why Alexander and Elizabeth came to America. I like to imagine it was because they were young and had grand plans of a bigger and better life than the generations that came before them. Staying in Scotland would most certainly have limited Alexander. Perhaps becoming the next tenant farmer/mill man at one of the many mills in the shadows of Balgonie Castle. (Note: all of Alexander's siblings stayed in Scotland and are buried in the same churchyard as their ancestors)

<strong>FALLING STARS:</strong> An engraving of the 1833 night that Adventist pioneer and eyewitness Joseph Harvey Waggoner commissioned for the 1889 "Bible Readings for the Home Circle."
 a 19th century woodcut with an impression of
the spectacular Nov 13, 1833 Leonid storm.
Courtesy Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
In January 1833, their first child, a daughter named Agnes, was born. Alexander was listed in the NY City directory as a baker living at 147 Orange (rear) in what is now Manhattan. Later that year the young family experienced one of the most curious and perhaps frightening natural occurrences; know as 'The Night The Stars Fell', the Leonid meteor shower occurred pre-dawn November 12th and could be seen across the globe.

"On the night of November 12-13, 1833, a tempest of falling stars broke over the Earth... The sky was scored in every direction with shining tracks and illuminated with majestic fireballs. At Boston, the frequency of meteors was estimated to be about half that of flakes of snow in an average snowstorm. Their numbers... were quite beyond counting; but as it waned, a reckoning was attempted, from which it was computed, on the basis of that much-diminished rate, that 240,000 must have been visible during the nine hours they continued to fall." - Agnes Clerkes, Victorian Astronomy Writer

On the evening of December 16, 1835 the Fraser family witnessed the first of what would be three Great Fires in their lifetime. Very near where Alexander had his bakery a massive fire broke out in a warehouse. It quickly spread, thanks to gale-force winds, and ultimately destoyed 13 acres in the downtown business district encompassing 17 city blocks. I do not know if Alexander was directly effected, but I'm certain the family had a front row seat to the frightening event.

As the city rebuilt another disaster was looming. And Alexander was at the epicenter. May 10th 1837, known now as the Panic of 1837, began with New York banking institutions and resulted in the shortage of  currency, sending the US into a depression that would last until the mid 1840's.

But life rolled on, Alexander continued to bake and in 1838 the family welcomed their second child, a daughter named Janet (named after Elizabeth's twin sister) to the family. William, third child and first son, was born in 1840, the newly planted American family was growing.

By the early 1840's Alexander had expanded his business. He was now the proprietor of a Fancy Goods shop on Pearl Street near Hanover Sq. Scottish tenacity, perhaps, that brought him through despite the apparent hardness of the times.

A third daughter, Elisabeth, arrived in 1844. Alexander and family were now residing on Varick Place, between Bleecker and West Houston.
Fraser's business (red star and black arrow)
to right of burned area

Summer of 1845. July 19. 2:30 am. Saturday. A small fire started on the third floor of a whale oil shop blocks from Fraser's Fancy Goods Shop. By 3 am the City Hall alarm bell was sounding, likely arousing Alexander from much needed sleep. Ten hours later the blaze had been doused, leaving behind death and destruction. Alexander narrowly escaped tragedy once again. 345 buildings were destroyed, 26 people lost their lives.

The family welcomed their final child, a son named James Chalmers, in 1849.

Alexander continued to run his shop, the children grew and prospered. On May 1st, 1855 Alexander and Elizabeth's first born, Agnes, was married to a young Scottish immigrant, James Irons. For reasons unknown James and Agnes Irons decided to remove to a frontier city called Chicago shortly after the wedding. For more reasons unknown, Alexander, Elizabeth and the rest of the family decided to go as well. (Perhaps the desire to escape such a flammable city?)

Alexander quickly established a new bakery in his new city. Partnering with Mark Forsyth, the Fraser and Forsyth Bakery operated at 87 Market St. The city directory of 1856 lists the business as being established one year. The family home was on Blue Island Avenue.

Alexander and family still had one more dance with fire on their card.

red dot = origin / darkened area = fire spread
October 8th, 1871. Mrs O'Leary's Cow. Well, not really, but that's how the story goes. And once again Alexander and family are scant blocks from the conflagration, and most probably the business, this time around, went up in flames.

Alexander was 63 at the time and did not rebuild. He is found in the City Directories through 1876 as residing on Blue Island Ave, no longer listed with an occupation.

By 1878 Alexander is living with his widowed daughter Agnes in her sizable family home on West Adams.

Alexander Fraser died May 2nd 1883 at the age of 75. His wife Elizabeth followed six years later. The couple is buried in the large Irons family plot in Graceland Cemetery, along with numerous descendants, my father being one.

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From the pastoral landscape of Scotland, to the rough and tumble city of New York, and finally to Chicago, the city on the prairie; Alexander Fraser experienced a life none of his ancestors or siblings could imagine. He came to America with a dream in his heart and fulfilled it, the proud owner of his own business, working for himself, owning his own home, and firmly establishing his legacy on American soil.


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Susan Agnes Booth {Gen 4}



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


Susan Agnes Booth (Harriet Houston, Sarah, James, William) was born in  Orange Co, New York November 12th 1828, to parents Harriet Houston and John Barker Booth.

Susan Agnes married Lawrence Millar M.D.(1827-1901) in 1854 in Jackson Co, Iowa.

The couple had at least three children: all born Bellevue, Jackson Co, Iowa

  • Mary Ann Millar b. Aug 1856 d. 9 Apr 1936 m. Richard Slattery no issue
  • Harriet H Millar b. 25 Dec 1858 d. 27 Jul 1925 m. Phillip C Henry
  • Hellen McKinzie Millar b. 1869 d. 1924 m. Harry Marshall McKee

Dr Millar in Service
Dr Millar
photo Courtesy Ancestry.com
Susan Booth came to Iowa from Orange Co, New York as an adult, sometime between 1850 and 1854. She met and married Dr Millar in Iowa. Dr Lawrence Millar was a prominent physician and surgeon in Bellevue, Iowa. Dr Millar served as an assistant surgeon in the 5th Iowa Cavalry during the Civil War.

Susan Agnes Booth Millar died June 10th 1880 in Bellevue, Iowa at the age of 51. She is buried in the First Presbyterian Cemetery in Bellevue, IA . Dr Lawrence Millar died August 27th 1901 and is buried along side his wife.  



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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Book Of The Week: Ravenel Records: A History and Genealogy of the Huguenot Family of Ravenel


Ravenel Records
A History and Genealogy of the Huguenot Family of Ravenel, of South Carolina
with Some Incidental Account of the Parish of St. Johns Berkeley, 
which was Their Principal Location.

Henry Edmund Ravenel
Franklin printing and publishing Company, 1898 - Berkeley County (S.C.) - 279 pages




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Friday, December 8, 2017

Tools For The Dig: State Focused Research | Indiana


State Focused Research | Indiana


Some of my favorite research sites are slightly off-radar by today's definition.

First I'd like to talk about Genealogy Trails. From their homepage: "Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers. We are all about adding data for you to use in researching your family lines!!! We know that what you're looking for is data -- and we have LOTS of it right here.
Our hosts work continuously to bring you fresh, interesting and NEW data (well.... as new as hundred year old data can be!!!)" Pretty much everything you need to know to begin your Indiana research is contained within the pages of  Indiana Genealogy Trails. This is a thorough, well thought out site - and they are always looking for volunteers!

Companion Yahoo! Group: Genealogy Trails/Midwestern States

Next up, RAOGK. Another volunteer site. A treasure trove of links, well organized and easy to understand. From this site you can request look-ups from a team of Indiana volunteers. Or add you name to the volunteer list if Indiana is your home-base.

INGenWeb is an oldie but a goody! Volunteer based also, this database was founded in 1996! From their home page: "INGenWeb isn’t an ordinary genealogy website. Ordinary websites are those where text and sometimes pretty pictures are present, but trying to get in touch with a real person to help you with your research… impossible. The strength of INGenWeb is its many volunteers, some of whom have spent over a decade assisting others with their Indiana research. Using our county page visit the Indiana county your ancestors lived in and first try and find any information the county may freely provide on their pages (most have some sort of search built in). If the particular fact isn’t available online, then reach out to the county coordinator (cc) and they will try and assist you as best they can. Most county coordinators have their email address available on their website, though some will use contact forms."

Linkpendium is another all around resource hub. So What is Linkpendium, Anyway? "Linkpendium is a 10,000,000+ resource directory to everything on the Web about families worldwide and genealogically-relevant information about U.S. states and counties. We cover both free and subscription sites, with a strong emphasis upon free resources provided by libraries, other government agencies, genealogical and historical societies, and individuals. We are particularly proud of our unique indexes to online biographies."

Cyndi's List Indiana page.


FamilySearch:
Indiana State Wiki
Indiana State Catalog
Indiana Online Genealogy Records


State societies and archives include:
Indiana Genealogical Society
Indiana Historical Society
Digital State Archives/Indiana
IN.Gov/Archives

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

A comprehensive list of newspapers can be found at The Ancestor Hunt's Indiana page.


For social context look at LOC Indiana CollectionIndiana State Library Digital Collections and DigitalIndy.


As I discover more resources I'll update this post. Do you have any Indiana favorites that I've missed? Please share!


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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Video Of The Week: Using DPLA for Genealogy and Family History


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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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Sarah Jane Booth {Gen 4}



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


Sarah Jane Booth (Harriet Houston, Sarah, James, William) was born in  Orange Co, New York March 19th 1823, to parents Harriet Houston and John Barker Booth.

Sarah Jane married William Tell Wynkoop (1817-1870) February 28th 1850 at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen, Orange Co, New York.

Sarah Jane and William had at least seven children: all born Bellevue, Jackson Co, Iowa

  • Isabella Houston Wynkoop b. 30 Sep 1851 d. 2 Aug 1914 m. Hiram W Ray
  • Benjamin Wynkoop b. 7 Aug 1853 d. 23 Dec 1910 m. Elinor Strobridge
  • Ella Mary Wynkoop b. 7 Feb 1856 d. 23 Jul 1897 m. Frederick Fuller no issue
  • Myra Delia Wynkoop b. 26 Aug 1858 d. 21 Jan 1913 never married
  • Edwin V Wynkoop b. 2 Dec 1860 d. 16 Aug 1936 m. Olive Harrington
  • Catherine Wynkoop b. 6 Oct 1863 d. 12 Sep 1864
  • William Trott Wynkoop b12 Sep 1865 d. UNK

The newlyweds removed to Iowa shortly after their marriage, appearing on the 1850 US Census dated September 10th 1850, in Bellevue, Iowa. In 1857 Wm Tell purchased 80 acres of government land in Jackson Co, Iowa. William Tell Wynkoop was a merchant by trade.

Sarah Jane Booth Wynkoop's death is unknown. She last appears on the 1885 Iowa State Census. William Tell Wynkoop died tragically January 30th 1870 when he was thrown from a sleigh. He is buried in the First Presbyterian Cemetery in Bellevue, Jackson Co, Iowa.


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Brick Wall Ancestor | #8 Jesse Thomas Sr


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 | # 8 Jesse Thomas Sr

Jesse Thomas seems to magically appear in Chester Co, PA in 1810, prior to that time he is a complete mystery. What I do "know" is information gleaned from other researchers, none of it is sourced. The rumor floating around is that Jesse was born in 1786 in Chester Co, PA to unknown parents. He married, supposedly in 1808 in Fallowfield Meeting Hall, Chester Co, PA; Rebecah Hampton, Daughter of Jonathan Hampton and Elizabeth Phillips. The Hampton relationship has been substantiated through numerous DNA matches with other Hampton descendants.

Jesse appears on the 1810 US Census in New London, Chester Co, PA with three household residents; a male aged 16 thru 25, a female aged 16 thru 25 and a female aged under 10.

In March 1820 Jesse and Rebecah request removal from their Fallowfield Monthly Meeting in Chester Co, PA to join the Stillwater Monthly Meeting in Washington Co, OH. Did they actually live in Ohio at the time of the request?

I did find a Jesse Thomas on the 1840 US Census in Washington Co, OH, the household includes one male aged 50 thru 59, two males 10 thru 14, one female 50 thru 59, two females 20 thru 29 and two females 15 thru 19.

According to Quaker records Jesse died February 20th 1842 at Plymouth, Washington Co, OH. Aged 55.

End of story.

That's one HUGE brick wall!


GENEALOGY

Jesse Thomas  b. say 1786 d. 20 Feb 1842 m. say 1808 Rebecah Hampton, daughter of Jonathan Hampton and Elizabeth Phillips, b. 12 May 1790 d.  20 Dec 1850

children:

  • Elizabeth Thomas b. 1 Jan 1810 PA d. UNK
  • Sarah Thomas b. 17 Apr 1811 PA d.  UNK
  • Mary Ann Thomas b. 7 Mar 1813 PA  d. UNK m. Walter Stanley
  • Joseph Thomas b. 5 Dec 1814 PA d. UNK m. Mary G Parker 
  • Debora Thomas b. 27 Mar 1817 PA d. UNK m. Josiah Walton
  • Philena Thomas b. 9 Oct 1819 PA d. 22 Jan 1894 m. Seth Williams
  • Joanna Thomas b. 23 Jan 1822 OH d. UNK 
  • Jonathan H Thomas b. 25 Mar 1824 OH d. UNK m. Hannah E Henry
  • Eli Thomas b. 19 May 1826 OH d. 18 Nov 1855 m. Adeline McConnell
  • Jesse Thomas Jr b. 28 Jul 1828 OH d. 19 Sep 1907 m. Joanna Bell Stanley
  • David Thomas b. 26 Jun 1831 OH d. 11 Apr 1832


There were 30 'Thomas' heads of household in Chester County PA on the 1800 census, nine with a male child between the age of 10 and 15. Family tradition says the Thomas family was of Welsh origin. Was Jesse born in PA or did he immigrate as a child or young adult? Was Jesse's family Quaker? Or did Jesse join the faith upon his marriage to Rebecah? 

As is typical, more questions than answers. 

And the answers are out there ...... somewhere.


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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Book Of The Week: A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America



A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America
With Records of a Number of Allied Families

Marcus Bainbridge Buford
1903 - 409 pages





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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Video Of The Week: The Timeline Grid: An Easy Way to Track, Organize, and Use Your Research...

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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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Nelson Bush Sr {Gen 4}



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


Nelson Bush Sr (Sarah, Wm Bull, James, William) was born in Newfield, Thompkins Co, New York August 20th 1826, to parents Sarah Faulkner and Wm T Bush Jr.

Nelson married (1) Margaret DeReamer (1828-1879) about 1850. He married (2) Harriet "Hattie" Crawford (1852-1932) sometime in 1882.


Nelson and Margaret had at least one child:

  • William Elliot Bush b. 1851 d. 1935 m. Frances Cox no issue


Nelson and Hattie had at least four children:

  • Charles Wynans Bush b. 1883 d. 1897  
  • Minnie Bush b. 1886 d. 1969 m. George Henry Briggs
  • Nelson Bush Jr b. 1888 d. 1971 m. Edith Beach
  • Magdalena H Bush b. 1895 d. 1977 m. (1) Nelson San Soucie (2) Warren G Teeter


Nelson Bush Sr was a farmer in Tompkins Co, New York. He died November 20th 1909 and is buried in the Newfield Village Cemetery in Newfield, Tompkins Co, New York. Margaret DeReamer Bush died July 11th 1879 and is buried next to her husband Nelson. Hattie Crawford Bush died September 28th 1932 in Newfield, Tompkins Co, New York, burial location is unknown.



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Monday, November 27, 2017

Brick Wall Ancestor | #7 David M Whitford


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 | # 7 David M Whitford


David M Whitford is my 3rd great grandfather. He hid from me for quite some time. He's still being reclusive so maybe by writing about him I can draw him out. It took me quite a bit of sleuthing to glean the information that I have. I will save you the play-by-play, just know it was difficult and confusing to piece together as much as I have thus far. Also know that without doing extensive collateral research and looking in places impossible to logic I never would have found him.

David M Whitford was born about 1803 most likely in Vermont, although I have found nothing other than a census notation to prove this. He may be of Irish descent. He was found in Medina Co, Ohio by 1828 when he married Betsey Lease.

Courtesy FamilySearch

The couple's first four children were born in Medina Co, Ohio, where David was a prominent lawyer.

In 1837 David bought 80 acres of government land in Hillsdale Co, Michigan and removed with his family to settle new territory. He brought with him a substantial sum of money to help until he could get himself established in the new state.


Courtesy BLM/GLO










Their next seven children were all born in Michigan.

In 1849 the family, or some of it, was residing in Niles, Berrien Co, MI. David (incorrectly noted as E.M) and Elizabeth (Betsey) are witnesses to their daughter Jane's wedding.

Courtesy FamilySearch
Things took a very bad turn for the family around 1850 when Betsey and two of the daughters were living in a poor house in Ottawa, LaSalle Co, Illinois while David and two sons were living with the family of Nathan Lease (Betsey's brother) in Richland Co, Illinois, over 200 miles away.

The thirteenth and final child of the couple was born in Alton, Illinois in 1852.

This was where the trail ended for quite some time. I wasn't even sure I had the right family, as broken as it was, in 1850.

Then one day, for some unknown reason, by some unknown hand, I was guided to a sketch in a history book. My mind was literally blown. (This is where collateral research pays off BIG TIME) The sketch was on Dr H K Whitford, David and Betsey's first born child. What blew me away ....... the book was on Kane Co, Illinois history. I live in Kane Co. Not only that, Dr Whitford was a very prominent man in a certain city named Elgin, in Kane Co, IL. Guess where I live? Yes, yes indeed. All this time and quite literally just down the street, lay some of the answers I was seeking.


Courtesy Internet Archive
The sketch explained the documents I was finding and helped put some of the puzzle together. Visiting the local library, my local library, just down the street from where I have lived for the last 32 years, I dove into the microfilm and did a newspaper search. From the obituary of the youngest son I learned that David and Betsey had come to Elgin shortly after 1852!

And that's where the trail stops cold. Again.

David and Betsey are not seen on any census after 1850.

The questions remain: who are David M Whitford's parents, when did David Whitford die, and where is he buried?



GENEALOGY

David M Whitford b. about 1803 Vermont d. UNK
                   m. 28 Feb 1828 Medina Co, OH, Elizabeth "Betsey" Lease

children:

  • Dr Henry K Whitford b. 9 Feb 1829 OH d. 15 Feb 1912 IL m. (1) Mary Stevens (2) Susan K Daggett
  • Mary Whitford b. 1831 OH d. UNK
  • James H Whitford b. 27 Jan 1831 OH d. 29 Apr 1895 MN m. Maria C Luddy
  • Jane M Whitford b. abt 1835 OH d. 29 Feb 1888 MN m. (1) Daniel Nichols (2) Harrison Faulkner
  • Leonard C Whitford b. 7 Nov 1837 MI d. 26 May 1909 WA m. (1) Mary Jane Williams (2) Florence A Ledger
  • Jerome B Whitford b. abt 1839 MI d. Feb 1894 IL m. (1) Lucinda Phoenix (2) Ella Camon (3) Jane Ann Reynolds
  • Child 1 Whitford b. abt 1841 MI d. UNK
  • Sarah Whitford b. 14 Dec 1843 MI d. 12 Apr 1910 WA m. Richard Truax
  • Child 2 Whitford b. abt 1845 MI d. UNK
  • Rhoda L Whitford b. 7 Nov 1846 MI d. 9 Nov 1909 MN m. Josiah Brooks
  • Child 3 Whitford b. abt 1848 MI d. UNK
  • Child 4 Whitford b. abt 1850 IL d. UNK
  • Daniel H Whitford b. 1 Apr 1852 IL d. 17 May 1911 IL m. Ellen Catherine Gregory

The entire family disappears in 1860, some reemerge in 1870 on the federal census. There are a number of bad trees (what? no!) on Ancestrydotcom that supply a middle name and parents for David; the sources, of course, are other Family Trees.

So, there you have it. David M Whitford born about 1803 in Vermont, of Irish descent, a lawyer in Ohio, a land owner in Michigan, fell on hard times during the Panic of 1837, last reported to be living in Elgin, IL about 1855.

Too bad we can't put him on a milk carton!


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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Book Of The Week: Genealogy of the Loveland Family in the United States of America from 1635 to 1892



Genealogy of the Loveland Family in the United States of America from 1635 to 1892: Containing the Descendants of Thomas Loveland of Wethersfield, Now Glastonbury, Conn., 
Also English Notes, and Information Biographical, Historical and Traditional of the Various Families, Including Their Alliances and Descendants in the Female Line So Far as Ascertained, Volume 3

John Bigelow Loveland, George Loveland
publisher not identified, 1895



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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Video Of The Week: Reveal Your Unique Story through DNA, Family History & Video

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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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | James Faulkner {Gen 4}


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


James Faulkner (Matthew, Wm Bull, James, William) was born in  Orange Co, New York about 1816, to parents Matthew Faulkner and Isabelle "Sibi" Robinson.

James married (1) Margaret Greer (1814-1851) date UNK. He married (2) Rebecca Jane Tucker (1826-1910) date UNK.


James and Margaret had at least two children:
  • Almeda Faulkner b. 1848 d. 1898 m. John Bodine
  • George Faulkner b. 1850 d. 1937 m. (1) Mary Gordon (2) May LNU

James and Rebecca Jane had at least four children:
  • James Harrison Faulkner b. 1855 d. 1940 m. Mary M Grey
  • Charles William Faulkner b. 1858 d. 1948 m. Lena R Briggs
  • William Henry Faulkner b. 1860 d. 1925 b. Ida C Kniffin
  • Franklin H Faulkner b. 1864 d. 1887 never married

James Faulkner was a farmer near Middletown, New York. "According to family tradition, a family feud arose because one of the brothers married a Catholic, so all but James went south." From the Bull/Wells Book.

James Faulkner died November 27th 1886 and is buried in the Scotchtown Cemetery in Orange Co, New York. Margaret Greer Faulkner died May 1st 1851 and is buried in the Old Congregational Cemetery in Orange Co, New York. Rebecca Jane Tucker died July 30th 1910 and is buried with her husband in the Scotchtown Cemetery.


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Of The Week: Genealogy of the Kemper Family in the United States



Genealogy of the Kemper Family in the United States: 
Descendants of John Kemper of Virginia; 
with a Short Historical Sketch of His Family and of the German Reformed Colony at Germanna and Germantown, Va

Willis M. Kemper, Harry Linn Wright
G.K. Hazlett & Company, Printers, 1899 - Germanna (Va.) - 248 pages


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Video Of The Week: Jumpstart Your Family History in Ten Steps - James Tanner

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, November 15, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Epilogue

John Fraser 1880 Family Tree
The project of recording the names on the family tree found behind the furnace in my father's house took a little over a year and a half. My goal of recording everything exactly as it was written is complete. The next leg of the journey will be to verify the information and grow the tree to modern day as much as possible. This may be a journey of years.

It was not without irony that I completed my last post on November 8th, the anniversary of my father's birth. More irony, he is now buried with many of his kin on our little branch of this tree.

This journey has brought two new cousins into my life. Each possessing his own copy of the Tree. I hope that as I press forward and research into the present day more cousins will come forward.

Thanks to everyone who played along, read my posts, encouraged me to continue.

I am very excited to get to the actual work of research and I suspect there will be much to discover. Hope old John Fraser will be pleased with the growth of his tree!


From humble beginnings the Frasers of Fife spread across the globe! Now comes the fun part! Stay tuned .....


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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


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


James Faulkner Boak (Achsah, Wm Bull, James, William) was born in Scotchtown, Orange Co, New York March 8th 1817, to parents Achsah Faulkner and Jame Boak.

James married Martha Coleman Vail (1824-1878) February 10th 1847 in Orange Co, New York. 

The couple had at least four children: all born Middletown, Orange Co, New York

  • James Edwin Boak b. 21 Nov 1848 d. 1906 m. Katherine Mills no issue
  • Abram Vail Boak b. 20 Oct 1849 d. Feb 1917 m. Frances Mary Brewster
  • Henry Eugene Boak b. 24 Dec 1852 d. 7 Aug 1875 
  • Harriet Augusta Boak b. 18 May 1857 d. 18 Feb 1878 


Jame Faulkner Boak lived his entire life in and around Wallkill, Orange Co, New York. He died April 5th 1889, burial location currently unknown. His wife Martha Coleman Vail Boak died May 9th 1878, burial location currently unknown. 



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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Book Of The Week: A Genealogy of Several Branches of the Whittemore Family



A Genealogy of Several Branches of the Whittemore Family: 
Including the Original Whittemore Family of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England: and a Brief Lineage of Other Branches

Bernard Bemis Whittemore
F.P. Whittemore, Printer, 1890 - 106 pages


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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Video Of The Week: Answers Hiding in Plain Sight: Using What You Know to Discover What You ...

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, November 8, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Generation Five | Janet Fraser Mackie and Arthur Morrison

71 Janet Fraser Mackie (Alexander Mackie - 55, Margaret - 19, Alexander - 5, Duncan - 1) born 1859



married June 28th 1877



Arthur Morrison birth not recorded



children of this union:

i. Arthur Morrison b. 9/30/1878

ii. Maggie Morrison b. 5/8/1880



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

~fini~

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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


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


Martha Boak (Achsah, Wm Bull, James, William) was born in Scotchtown, Orange Co, New York, August 14th 1810, to parents Achsah Faulkner and Jame Boak.

Martha married John Hall Youngblood (1805-1871) about 1842 most likely in Orange Co, New York.

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

  • Mary C Youngblood b. abt 1842 d. 22 Jul 1873 never married
  • Arminda E Youngblood b. 4 Sep 1845 d. 20 Apr 1913 m. John B Mould no issue
  • Jacob B Youngblood b. abt 1848 d. 16 Apr 1898 twin of James - never married
  • James B Youngblood b. abt 1848 d. 23 Mar 1870 twin of Jacob - never married


Martha Boak Youngblood lived her entire life in and around Wallkill, Orange Co, New York. She died December 23rd 1877 and is buried in the Brick Church Cemetery in Montgomery, Orange Co, New York. Her husband John H Youngblood died January 22nd 1871 and is buried alongside his wife and all four of their children.


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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Book Of The Week: A Genealogy of the Southworths (Southards) Descendants of Constant Southworth


A Genealogy of the Southworths (Southards) Descendants of Constant Southworth: 
With a Sketch of the Family in England

Samuel Gilbert Webber
Fort Hill Press, 1905 - Families of royal descent - 487 pages



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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Video Of The Week: The Findmypast Search Masterclass



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, November 1, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Generation Five | Margaret Mackie and Alexander Carmichael

70 Margaret Mackie (Alexander Mackie - 55, Margaret - 19, Alexander - 5, Duncan - 1) born October 9th 1855



married March 1st 1878



Alexander Carmichael birth not recorded



children of this union:

i. Thomas Carmichael b. 12/25/1879

ii. Allison Carmichael b. 5/2/1881

iii. Maggie Carmichael died in infancy




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 31, 2017

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


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


Robert Boak (Achsah, Wm Bull, James, William) was born in Scotchtown, Orange Co, New York December 9th 1806, to parents Achsah Faulkner and Jame Boak.

Robert married Mary C Youngblood (1808-1880) about 1841 in Orange Co, New York.

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

  • Jacob Y Boak b. 2 Jun 1842 d. 5 Aug 1875 never married
  • John 'J B' Boak b. 3 Dec 1844 d. 6 Dec 1864  never married
  • Robert N Boak b. 11 Apr 1848 d. 11 Mar 1916 m. Zella Hayden no issue


Robert Boak spent his entire life in and around Wallkill, Orange Co, New York. He died May 20th 1881 and is buried in the family plot in Circleville Cemetery, just outside Wallkill in Orange Co, New York. His wife Mary Youngblood Boak died February 20th 1880 and is buried with her husband and their three sons.


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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Book Of The Week: History of Cass County, Michigan



History of Cass County, Michigan

Unigraphic, Incorporated, 1882 - 
Cass County (Mich.) - 
432 pages


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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Video Of The Week: Family Tree Reason Statements Made Easy - Kathryn Grant

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 25, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Generation Five | Duncan Irvine and Janet LNU


69 Duncan Irvine (Charlotte - 52, Duncan - 18, Alexander - 5, Duncan - 1) born February 11th 1859


married


Janet LNU birth not recorded



children of this union:

i. George Irvine b. 1887

ii. Barbara Irvine b. 1889

iii. Charlotte Irvine b. 1891


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 24, 2017

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



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


Mary Boak (Achsah, Wm Bull, James, William) was born in Scotchtown, Orange Co, New York October 17th 1801, to parents Achsah Faulkner and Jame Boak.

Mary married John Everett Bruster (1798-1874) about 1823 in Orange Co, New York.

The couple had at least 6 children: all born Wallkill, Orange Co, New York 

  • Caroline Elizabeth Bruster b. 30 Apr 1824 d. 5 Oct 1826
  • James Bruster b. 17 Aug 1825 d. UNK m. Eleanor Walker Johnson
  • Angeline Bruster b. 1 Feb 1828 d. UNK m. Eli Horton Young
  • Mary Emily Bruster b. 21 Jun 1833 d. UNK m. Nathan C Vail no issue
  • Lewis Bruster b. Dec 1836 d. UNK m. Liza Wylie no issue
  • Robert Boak Bruster b. Dec 1839 d. 1 Apr 1843

Mary Boak Bruster lived her entire life around Scotchtown/Wallkill, Orange Co, New York. She died March 6th 1870 and is buried in the Scotchtown Cemetery in Scotchtown, Orange Co, New York. Her husband John died March 1st 1874 and is buried alongside his wife. Their young children are buired beside them.


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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Book Of The Week: The History of Ulster County, New York



The History of Ulster County, New York

Alphonso Trumpbour Clearwater
W. J. Van Deusen, 1907 - 
Ulster County (N.Y.) - 
712 pages



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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Video Of The Week: Sourcing Information Not on Ancestry.com


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


married



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!

Onward.

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