Friday, March 31, 2017

Field Notes: Challenges ~ To Do or Not To Do?


Challenges.

Love them?

Hate them?

In our genealogy/family history world there seem to be quite a number of challenges, and I'm not speaking of those challenging ancestors either, no I'm talking about the daily, weekly, monthly, challenges that seem to be constantly on my radar. There's the Family History Writing challenge, the 52 Ancestors challenge, the A to Z blogging challenge, the Do-Over, Fearless Females, oh the list goes on and maddeningly on!

I jumped in with both feet this year. I was going to do them all!

The Fates would have it differently ......

First, on Day 3 of the FH Writing Challenge I had emergency detached retina surgery. Had to do the whole face down 24/7 thing (on a massage table - so not fun!) and when I surfaced I could not even use my 'good' eye for almost a week. No reading, no writing, even watching the television was too much of a strain.

Scrap that challenge.

I've since learned to function moderately well with one eye (12 weeks in an eye patch is a whole other level of challenge!) I can type, read, walk - no driving (no depth perception!) Perfect opportunity to hunker down in the Cave and pound out some genealogy!

I went into the Fearless Females challenge with my hopes high. Plan in place, I set aside my normal blogging schedule for the month to focus on the challenge. Well, wait. I set aside SOME of my normal blogging schedule, replacing part of it with the Fearless Females. Should be easy, right?

Bwahahaha!

Not so fast. As the month dragged on it got increasingly hard to produce. Quite the 'challenge'! And guess what I discovered? I don't like challenges! I'm very much a creature of routine, new things often throw me off course for a while. I have a good, solid blog and research plan that's doable - even when life throws a little something my way.  It took two years of fits and starts to get to this settled point, and here I went driving the whole thing off course.

My steady plan went out the window as I struggled to meet this (self enforced) challenge and my well organized schedule was/is shot to H-E-double-hockeysticks.

I hope I learned my lesson.

Do I feel like I failed? Maybe a little. I'm not one to say I'm going to do something and then back out - a rule I've inflicted upon myself that really only hurts me, as I force myself to do something I no longer find desirable.

So, starting today I have made a (new) promise to myself. No more challenges. Writing challenges anyway, or maybe I should say organized writing challenges. I'm still up for a challenge or two of my own creation (um, hello! Brick wall anyone?) But for me, the challenge I levied upon myself when I committed to my research and blog is more than an adequate test and will happily occupy me for some time to come.

On my own terms.



Onward ..............



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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Video Of The Week: Proving Parentage


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, 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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©1880 John Fraser - Scotland

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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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©1980-82 Elizabeth Twining Potwin Thomas - private collection




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!


ANTON CZACHOROWSKY 1835 ~ 1908
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. 


GENEALOGY

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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Friday, March 24, 2017

Fearless Females 2017 :: Week 3



Social Butterfly:
What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group.

Yes! Yes and yes! Let's talk about my grandmother. The Queen of Genealogy! She was heavily involved with the So Cal Gen Society back in her day, she was also Regent of her DAR chapter. My mom was our Girl Scout leader for a time and participated in our grade schools as Room Mother at various times. Does that count?

Special Talent:
Shining star: Did you have a female ancestor who had a special talent? Artist, singer, actress, athlete, seamstress, or other? Describe.

As I shared last week, my great grandmother apparently liked to paint. I am fortunate enough to possess a painting done by her. Were there others? I don't know. Mine is not signed, but it is pretty good I can't imagine it was a one-and-done.

Surprising Fact:
Have you discovered a surprising fact about one of your female ancestors? What was it and how did you learn it? How did you feel when you found out?

My 2nd great grandmother gave me quite the surprise. My 2nd great grandfather was not her first husband. She was divorced with a 6 year old son when she met and married my 2nd great grandfather. My great grandfather had a half-brother! I was shocked and surprised - and I really, really want to know more. The ex husband went on to remarry and have another family too. I was working a 'puzzle' - the 1860 census listed the newly married couple (my 2nd great grandparents) along with their first born son, plus a 10 year old boy and a 16 year old girl! I pounced on the girl first, the surname was the same as my 2nd great grandmother, who was a mystery as far as parents go - I thought she might be a lead. Nope. Then I tried the boy with a completely different surname. Jackpot! It was several years ago so I don't remember the details, but let's just say it involved a very deep rabbit hole ....

Brick Wall:
Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.

One?? One! Bwahaha! I have far too many, so many that I recently started a new series on my blog just for these Brick Wall women. Crowd sourcing! But, to answer the prompt, sideways research. FAN research. Go big, cast the net wide because sometimes that great-aunt of the second-cousin of the brother-in-law just might have the answer .....

Leading Lady Life:
If a famous director wanted to make a movie about one of your female ancestors who would it be? What actress would you cast in the role and why?

Easy. My great grandmother Bessie Twining Potwin. And her early married life when she and her husband left Des Moines for the frontier of Oklakoma. The couple lived there for three years before her husband came to his senses and returned to 'civilized' life. She told her daughter once that she swept the yard to keep the dirt flat - there was no grass! Also easy. Merle Streep - she has a strong family resemblance already and I could just picture her in the role.

Similarities:
Do you share any physical resemblance or personality trait with one of your female ancestors? Who? What is it?

Oh Geez! When I look in the mirror my mother looks back. I also resemble my maternal grandmother and her mother as well. Personality-wise I'd say I share their spirit of adventure and certainly my grandmother's obsession with genealogy!



..........until next week..........



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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Video Of The Week: Thinking About Becoming a Professional Genealogist?

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, March 22, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Generation Four | Ann Fraser and James D Winton

the 1880 John Fraser Family Tree

39. Ann Fraser (John - 11, William - 3, Duncan - 1) born December 20th 1837



married December 5th 1859 at West Mill



James D Winton born November 22nd 1829



children of this union:


i. Agnes Allan Winton b. November 23rd 1862 d. July 11th 1867

ii. James Winton b. October 14th 1864

iii. John Fraser Winton b. November 29th 1866

iv. Ann Winton b. July 3rd 1867

v. George Arthur Winton b. June 22nd 1868

vi. Margaret Drummond Winton b. UNK d. February 24th 1870


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, March 21, 2017

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


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

Catherine Houston (Sarah, James William) was born  about 1801 in Middletown, Orange Co, New York to parents Sarah Faulkner and Thomas Houston.

Catherine married David Corwin December 21st 1820 in Middletown, Orange Co, New York. David was the son of Daniel Corwin and Anna Hulse.

The couple had the following children:

  • Daniel  Corwin b. 19 Jun 1825 d. 1862 Iowa m. Mary Land
  • Sarah Ann Corwin b. 9 Apr 1827 d. 5 Jun 1890 m. Gabriel Smith Corwin
  • Emeline Corwin b. 2 Mar 1829 d. 26 Jun 1903 m. Oliver Lewis
  • Mary Corwin b. 26 Aug 1833 d. UNK m. John Davis Wilcox
  • Abigail Corwin b. 9 Feb 1837 d. 1852
  • Thomas H Corwin b. 1841 d. UNK 
photo courtesy Find A Grave


Catherine, David and the two youngest children were in Rockland Co, New York in 1850. David died May 23rd, 1857. Catherine's death is unknown. Their son Daniel was said to have died in Eddyville, IA. I found a listing on Find A Grave for a "D W Corwin" in Eddyville, IA - and with him a "David Corwin" (of Orange Co, New York) could this be David? And why is he buried in Iowa? And what happened to Catherine?

So many unanswered questions.





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Monday, March 20, 2017

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


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.

Jesse Louis Twining, son of E W Twining, a Presbyterian minister, and his second wife Priscilla B Ashby. He spent the early years of childhood in many Iowa towns (the father was a pioneer minister who came to Iowa in 1840).

Jesse studied medicine and practical anatomy at Chicago's Northwestern University. He was in Chicago at the time of the historical Chicago Fire. Jesse's internship was Mercy Hospital, Chicago IL.

His bride (Flora Dell Rowley) met him while she was shopping for draperies in Brooks, Iowa with her father, Rev. Rossiter Clark Rowley.

Jesse was a railroad surgeon at Creston, IA before his marriage.

He was married in 1876 in the home of the bride. His father Rev E W Twining as well as the father of the bride officiated at the wedding.

Jesse was a pharmacist at the drug store in Corning, IA. Later he traveled for Arbuckle Coffee (which became Yuban). He was a loving, kind, friendly person. He adored his wife and children (there were four), his grandchildren and great grandchildren. (He died in 1933) He was a wonderful man and a good story teller. He had many fascinating experiences, had a fine sense of humor; a tease.

At one home, when a child near old Fort Des Moines, the regular army was billeted. As a young man he practiced medicine; so much illness and could not bear to see little children suffer; he ended and operated a drug store, he was the pharmacist.

He and wife lived in Corning for fifty years.

Jesse was past master of the Masonic Lodge; he was a Knight Templar and a Shriner. He belonged to the Blue Lodge and Eureka Chapter No. 77 in Corning, the Bethany Commendery at Creston, IA and Kaaba Temple of the Shriner at Davenport, IA.

Jesse L Twining was the doctor for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad before he went into the drug (apothacary) business. His half-brother Ed continued in medical practice. In the store one of the products was 'JESS' Tea.

Grandpa Twining had an interesting 'sample room' that his grandchildren enjoyed getting into. This was in the old homestead, called the 'little room'. ~ETPT

Mr and Mrs Jesse Twining spent their last seven years with their daughter, Carrie Elizabeth and her husband Irving A Potwin. Mrs Twining died December 13th 1932. Jesse and Flora Dell were married in 1876. They were a devoted couple fifty-six years. He pined for her and was very lonely after her death. He rejoined her the following year in life eternal.



GENEALOGY

 Jesse Louis Twining b. 8/5/1850
                                   d. 4/7/1933
                                   m. 10/25/1876 to Flora Dell Rowley
                                       daughter of R C Rowley and Rhoda Ann Vredenburg
                                                                   b. 11/12/1857
                                                                    d. 12/13/1932

children: (all born Corning, IA)

Carrie Elizabeth b. 3/29/1881 d. 10/19/1969 m. 1/3/1899 to Irving A Potwin
Anna Jeanette b. 8/21/1883 d. 1918 m. 11/16/1912 to E Earl Williams
Jessie Lois b. 8/22/1885 d. 1/23/1977 m. 10/19/1910 to Jacob Earl Hydeman
Merrick Carlyle b. 6/26/1888 d. 5/27/1970 m. 7/21/1914 to Edna Mae Peterson



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


 ***editor's note: this is a transcript of research completed in 1982 based on information available at that time. I have not yet researched this family further, but suspect there is more information/clarification available to us today. I will follow up at a future date with fresh data. ***



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Sunday, March 19, 2017

the Sunday Soapbox | DNA and 'Discoveries' ~ Who Is Bob's Mother?


Well, I'm no DNA expert. Far from it. But I do understand the basics. I've started the sometimes boring process of educating myself with seminars, webinars and reading material. I have a love/hate relationship with DNA. I love what it can add to my genealogical research, but I also hate the sometimes difficult reality that some matches may not ever be solved, in my lifetime anyway.

Then there's this other problem.

Maybe you've noticed it too.

The Ancestor Discoveries on Ancestry.

I don't pay much attention to them, but there they are every time I log in to my AncestryDNA page.

Maybe I'm ignorant. I'm not too proud to admit there's a lot I don't have working knowledge about.

But I ponder on this:

There is one particular "ancestor" that keeps showing up as a possible relation. She has been added to myriad family trees without much more documentation than someone else's tree. She has been added to a group of trees with whom I know I share a common, proved, ancestor. She has been declared the mother of this particular ancestor.

Problem is, there is no proof.

None.

Zip.

It's pure speculation.

So, like unsourced Public Trees, we (or I anyway) now have this issue of 'DNA' 'related' ancestors. And I'm thinking, I could put Bozo the Clown in my tree as this guy's (we'll call him Bob) mother. If everyone else who was a proved relation to Bob does the same thing well, I'd bet that Bozo would show up as an Ancestry Discovery!

I have red hair and I do have an odd fondness for clowns, but I'm certain Bozo and I are not related.

I'm okay with not knowing who Bob's mother is. The records most likely exist somewhere - we're talking 1800 Maryland - I will continue to pursue the truth and ignore the unproved.

But not everyone will.

How big of a problem will this become?

Am I way off base here, or is this a genuine concern?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!


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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Fearless Females 2017 :: Week 2


This week's prompts were very difficult for me for some reason.

Document Narrative:
Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

 I do not possess any of these types of documents for my female ancestors. My 3rd Great Grandmother, Elizabeth Chalmers, was married in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 25th 1832, and gave birth to her first child in Manhattan, New York on January 4th 1833. I do not know when the newlyweds left Scotland, but I do know Elizabeth was most certainly pregnant during the voyage across the ocean. Arriving in a strange new land with little time to set up a household before giving birth. Was she alone? Did she have neighbor women to help with the delivery? What courage this must have taken!

Religion:
What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

Many of my female ancestors were minister's wives. Those women traveled from place to place, children in tow, as their husbands rode the circuit in pioneer America. Others were of the Quaker faith and played a larger part in their church. I know several of the ministers wives were involved in organizing local churches along with their husbands. And one Quaker ancestor was a land owner in her own right. I haven't pursued that yet.

Tragic Death:
Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

No tragic deaths! I was surprised. Most all of the women out lived the men, some by decades. I come from a hardy stock of females. My namesake lived to be 101. The one exception would be my paternal grandmother, who died when my father was 15. I really don't know much other than my father used to say she was 'sickly'. My father was an only child so this must have been a lonely time, but like so many men, he never really spoke of it.

Occupation or Career:
Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.

Both my maternal grandmother and my mother worked. My grandmother was forced into it, her marriage was rocky and she needed to take care of herself and her children. She went to stenographer's school, which makes me laugh, she was a horrible typist! She was a House Mother when her youngest son and daughter went to college. Later she took on a role as a travel companion/live-in house manager for an elderly man in Bel-Air CA! She got to travel the world during that time.

My mother went back to school when I was about 12. First to nursing school, later she went on to get her Masters in Social Work and eventually became the head of the Social Work Dept at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn IL.

Courage:
Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.

I'd pick my great grandmother Carrie Twining Potwin, when she accompanied her husband, newborn daughter in tow, to the frontier of the Oklahoma Territory on one of his money-making schemes. Men!

Newsworthy:
Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?

IF anyone had been paying attention I think my 2nd great grandmother should have made the news. Twice divorced, a child from a previous marriage, getting married in different counties ..... or different states! I would love to know the real story there.

Six Word Tribute:
Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.

Twenty presidents, three wars, long life.

Ladies Who Lunch:
If you could have lunch with any female family member (living or dead) or any famous female who would it be and why? Where would you go? What would you eat?

My grandmother, I think. We'd have wine and talk about genealogy! She's the one who started this, after all.



........until next week..........

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Field Notes: Is That Joseph or Joesph Langrill?


The whole thing started Sunday. I received an email from FamilySearch, a notification titled "Weekly FamilySearch changes for people you are watching". I opened it immediately. It looked wrong. I went to FamilySearch to see just what had been done.

Oh oh.

Can of worms.

The person I was watching was (I thought) my 5th great grandfather, Joseph Rowley; or Joseph L Rowley, or even sometimes Joseph Langrill Rowley. But the wife that FamilySearch had listed for him was wrong. The family they had listed for him was wrong.

This was not a case of someone 'fixing' a family without any knowledge (for a change) No, this was a case of sources being added to support the family unit. It made sense. The sources were correct. Shoot.

That means the problem was me.

Or rather, my grandmother AND the 10 people who used this man to join the DAR.

Yes, Joseph was a patriot. My grandmother's supplemental patriot. One I really hadn't investigated since it had been approved by the DAR. Oh, I would have gotten around to it eventually - but he wasn't a high priority.

Until now.

I am a tenacious researcher. I see a problem and I must fix it. Dog with a bone kind of thing. Funny in a way, not so much to those outside the inner sanctum. (aka husband). I can easily look (and act) like Gary Bussey after untold hours in the Cave. Babbling about stuff and nonsense to the unenlightened. (aka: see above)

So I dug in.

First stop the DAR website. I can't share the actual images, but I can tell you that there are 2 patriots named Joseph Rowley. (DAR Disclaimer: The databases contain DAR proprietary information which should under no circumstances be redistributed to others; assembled or collected for purposes other than DAR membership or for citation in genealogical scholarship; or reproduced, published or posted in any form whatsoever.) One, my grandmother's patriot, Joseph Rowley #A099328; the other? Joseph Langrill Rowley #A210894. You can look for yourself here. If you look at the descendants list for each application you will begin to see the same confusion that I had.

Hoo boy.

Seems somebody's got some 'splainin' to do.

And, to make it MORE confusing (because, why not?) Both men we born in Colchester, CT! One in 1750 the other in 1752. They were listed as dying in different states, in different years and the service records were completely different, they were certainly different men, and it's highly unlikely they were brothers. Cousins?

There is only one DAR application associated with Joseph Langrill Rowley. This application shows his wife to be the same as the FamilySearch entry that started this whole thing.

The other Joseph has 10 applications associated with him, including my grandmother's. Some show his name as Joseph, some show Joseph L while others show Joseph Langrill. The SAR applications are even more confusing - let's just not go there ....

What to do?

Put aside all previous research! Start over. Start with what I know.

1) Joseph Rowley (A099328) b. 1752 Colchester CT d. 12/23/1835 Victor, NY m. (1) Sibbel Fox (2) Hannah Loveland; Service: Mass. Rank: Private, Pension #: SR9051V

2) Joseph Langrill Rowley (A210894) b. 4/16/1750 Colchester, CT d. 10/1849 Fayette Twp, OH m. Mary Welch; Service: Conn. Rank: Staff Officer, Pension #: S7408

Edith Rowley's Notes
in Pension File 7408
I started two research trees on Ancestry with the above information. I was able to put together Joseph #2's life pretty quickly. There were lots of good records on him, including his complete 35 page pension file (#7408)! And one very interesting document (on page 27) that perhaps started the confusion. Dated 1903, a letter from a  Miss Edith Rowley requesting information for her DAR application. Her letter gave the name, birth/death dates and service history (correctly) of  Joseph #1 - but the Pension Office sent her the service records of  Joseph #2 - or at least filed her letter with the wrong Joseph Rowley! Poor Edith! Was she as confused as I was? (Who knew our boy had a middle name - well, he does now!)

Since I had found Joseph #2's pension so easily* - and read the entire thing through, of course -(*Ancestry actually gave it to me as a hint) I searched within the "U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900" database for Joseph #1.

Jackpot!

Excerpt From Pension File 9051
There it was in all of it's 52 tattered, dog-eared, glorious pages! THIS was the file Edith was looking for. THIS file explained everything. Well, started to anyway. This file listed both wives, birth dates, death dates, children's names - every place Joseph had lived his entire life! Entire life! I read those 52 pages three times, I'll read them again ... (and yes, they are safely downloaded to my computer - and my back-up) Seems there was quite a stink over widow's rights, the second wife was trying to get death benefits, lots of court stuff but what a great read!!

Back to the DAR records for a minute. There was a second son listed on two of the applications, eight of the records used my 4th great grandfather, but two used his brother. This brother was not listed in the pension records, but not all the grown children were. I added him to the new tree and man did things explode!

Sideways research is my new best friend. Collateral research has solved more 'brick walls' for me in the last few years than I can count on one hand. (they are, after all 'brick walls')

Turns out this guy, Jireh Rowley, was an early pioneer of Will County Illinois and much was written about him. Through him I was able to discover his father Joseph #1's parents, found Joseph's birth record (it was actually 1753) and, ultimately linked the whole thing together.

Joseph and Joseph Langrill were second cousins!

As I began to put the trees together, the farther back I was able to get the more familiar the names were getting. Turns out Joseph and Joseph Langrill shared a great grandfather. Their grandfathers were brothers. I had most of it right, but a two generation chunk was diverted. Like a detour. I think I blame the Pension Office for giving the wrong records to Edith back in 1903.

But it's all good now.

And I'm still related to Edward Fuller* - x2 now!

AND, when I got my Ancestry tree corrected - my DNA hints started to make sense for this line.

Happy dance in the Cave!

(Personal disclaimer: this is the Cliff Notes version - it took a while longer, with many fits and starts, to get it sorted! Still a work in progress - I've got a date with the American Ancestors database in the very near future!)


Grandma's Patriot Pin - Oh oh, wrong guy!

Rowley GENEALOGY

*Edward Fuller is Joseph #1's 4th great grandfather through his grandfather's line ... AND his 3rd great grandfather through his grandmother's line. Much has been written about the descendants of Edward Fuller. 



1) Moses Rowley Jr (1634 - 1735)  - - - - -  Mary (1650 - 1713)

among the children, two sons:

     ► 2a) John Rowley Sr (1690 - 1762) m. Deborah Fuller - they had:

               3a) John Rowley Jr (1727 - ?) m. Rebecca Hurd (Brainard) - they had:

                    *4a) Joseph Rowley - Patriot A099328
                        b. 6/15/1753 Colchester CT d. 12/23/1835 Victor, NY
                        m. 5/29/1773 Sibbel Fox (b. 1749 d. 5/8/1784)
                        m. 2/9/1785 Hannah Loveland (b. ?  d. 12/25/1847)


    ► 2b) Moses Rowley III (1679 - 1735) m. Martha Porter - they had:
       
               3b) Daniel Rowley (1719 - ?) m. Bethial Langrill - they had:

                    4b) Joseph Langrill Rowley - Patriot A210894
                      b. 4/16/1750 Colchester, CT d. 10/1849 Fayette Twp, OH
                      m. UNK (b. ? d. 1788/98)
                      m. Mary Welch (b. 4/8/1766 - d. ?)


So. There it is. Two Joseph Rowleys, two Patriots. The two men turned out to be second cousins. Mystery solved.


Now to figure out where these Patriots are buried.....


Research is never "done"!! 



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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Video Of The Week: Everything you need to know about Irish family history records


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, March 15, 2017

Frasers Of Fife: Generation Four | James Fraser and Mary Buckley

38. James Fraser (John - 11, William - 3, Duncan - 1) born July 13th 1836


married May 6th 1879


Mary Buckley born October 25th 1852 Essex, England


children of this union:


i. John Duncan Buckley Fraser b. March 24th 1880

ii. Thomas Brown Lovat Fraser b. October 14th 1881


Neither James' nor Mary's deaths are recorded


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, March 14, 2017

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


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

Gabriel Houston (Sarah, James, William) was born May 25th 1798 in Middletown, Orange Co, New York. He was the third child and first son born to Sarah Faulkner and Thomas Houston.

Gabriel married Susan Ann Owen January 25th 1821 in Goshen, Orange Co, New York. Susan was the daughter of Isaac H Owen And Abigail Wisner.

Shortly after their marriage Gabriel and Susan Ann removed to Sussex Co, New Jersey where Gabriel was a businessman and farmer. The family resided on the Owen Homestead.

The couple had the following children: (all born Sussex Co, New Jersey)

  • Sarah Ann Houston b. 30 Jun 1822 d. 8 Jun 1858 m. Festus Hathaway Vail
  • Abigail Jane Houston b. 2 Apr 1824 d. 11 Jun 1891
  • Isaac Owen Houston b. 7 Feb 1826 d. 9 Feb 1826
  • Thomas E Houston b. 5 Oct 1827 d. 17 Jun 1862 m. Araminta Fleet
  • Erminda Houston b. 1 Apr 1830 d. 1 May 1833
  • Gabriel Wisner Houston b. 28 Mar 1832 d. 24 Feb 1911
  • Henry Owen Houston b. 10 May 1834 d. 5 Aug 1894 m. Harriet Hindes
  • Elizabeth W Houston b. 3 Apr 1836 d. 26 Jan 1840
  • James Nelson Houston b. 22 Apr 1838 d. 1921
  • Elizabeth Houston b. 1839 d. UNK
  • Susan Houston b. 8 Jan 1841 d. 19 Jan 1841
  • Susan Amelia Houston b. 28 Aug 1842 d. UNK m. Thomas Pickens
  • Philip L Houston b. 13 Jun 1844 d. 24 Dec 1872
  • Mary Ophelia Houston b. 24 Apr 1848 d. 1938

Gabriel Houston died January 22nd 1864 in Sussex Co, New Jersey. His wife Susan Ann Owen Houston died on December 15th 1878 also in Sussex Co, New Jersey. There is a large family burial plot in Warwick Cemetery, Orange Co, New York where their names appear on a large monument. The monument lists many of the children presumed buried there as well, however some of the children it has been discovered, are recorded on the monument but buried elsewhere.




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Monday, March 13, 2017

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


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.

This week I'll will share with you some pages from an account book of Edward Wolcott Twining. I don't know what ever became of the book - my grandmother had transcribed this - as follows:

1840 - - - - 8 lb. cheese - - - - .50
Sept. - - - - 3 "    butter - - - - .25
Oct.  - - - - 2 "     "        - - - - .16

1846
Sept.        2 1/2 lb. candles     .25
Oct.         15 lb. salt               .15
 "             34 lb. flour             .51
Nov.        51 lb.   flour           .76
"              1 bu. corn              .18 3/4

Sept.       1 bu. potatos               .18 3/4
Nov.       2 fowls                        .12 1/2
 "            9 1/2 lb. buckwheat    .15
Dec.       19 lb. flour                  .28 1/2
 "            18 1/4 lb. beef            .54 3/4
Mch.      5 lb. venison               .30
 "            1 bu. potatos               .25
 "            4 lb. coffee                 .50
Nov.       1 load wood               .50

Received on table expenses up to second quarterly meeting - $8.14 1/2
 "    "        in produce to second meeting                               -  $4.86 1/2

 "  "         in cash                                                                        $1.75
 "  "          " missionary money                                                  $30.00


Almira - infant (of E.W.T. & A. Twining) deceased (born 28th Oct 1842)
Oct 21 1843 - 9th hour - nine o'clock morny - aged 11 mo. 24 da.   

Birth of children:
Adaline Tennet was born Sept. 12 A.D. 1840
          (died March 13, 1848 at five o'clock morning)
Almira Twining was born October 28, A.D. 1842
           (died Oct. 21, 1843 nine o'clock morning)
Edward Thomas Twining was born August 5, A.D. 1844
Josepth Fenimore Twining was born Sept. 27, 1846
           (dec. Dec. 23 A.D. 1847 - 25 min before 9 o'clock)
             infant of E.W. & A. Twining

Lauriston Twining was born June 10, A.D. 1848
Jesse Lewis was born August 8, A.D. 1850

  1853                 For General Expenses
Oct 17              1 washboard        .35
                         1 basket               .30
"    20              repairing boiler     .30
                         for oats                .50
"    29               steel pens             .05
Nov. 12            boots                  3.00
Dec. 14            brush & comb     .75
                         snuffers              .15
"      17              muslin              3.10
                   pants for Edward   1.30
                      boys clothes        2.00
Jan. 14       teapot, bucket etc.  1.25
Mch.            coat for Edward   1.00
"     29     clothing for family  17.00
July 12  ~to Washington          1.50

1853          ACCOUNT BOOK
Oct.             flour             1.25
                    butter            .60
                   fresh pork      .35
                    sugar            1.15
                  wood             1.50
          potato & cabbage  1.60
                molasses            .35
                 candles             .15
                1 fowl                .10
                    beef               .50
Nov.          eggs                 .20
               tea & candles     .35
               for bread            .30
               milk & butter     .50
                 beef  7 lb.         .42
             matches & bread  .40
                flour                  .40
                 rice                  .16
                tallow               .75
             sweet potatos    1.00

note:
  (received note of various citizens and noted payments on) 

             expenses for collection note

Horse took to pasture May the 19th


~~~~~ end of notations ~~~~~


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




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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Brick Wall Ancestor | #1 Sarah Kniffin Vredenburgh


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 book shelf ...... 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 #1 Sarah Kniffin Vredenburgh

Sarah Kniffin
(or Sniffen, Niffin, etc) was born in Westchester County, New York in July of 1792. This we know from the date on her headstone. She died September 16th 1870, aged 78y 1m 28d. That would put her birth about July 19th or 20th 1792. IF the numbers and dates are correct. Who supplied the information for the gravestone?

As to her maiden name? Well, my grandmother recorded it as 'Niffin' saying her family was from Holland. In the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (see Hackaliah Vredenburgh) it is reported that her maiden name was 'Kniffin'.

Sarah married Hackaliah Vredenburgh (another brick wall and winner of best ancestor name) from Westchester County, New York sometime around 1810/11. Her first child was born Novemeber 16th 1812 in New York.

Scouring the census records for 1800/1810 in Westchester County NY brings little result. Searching for 'Kniffin' and it's variations returns 20 likely candidates with females in the household of the appropriate age. Well shoot. The returns for 'Vredenburgh' are slightly better - 9 households with males in the appropriate age range. None of the couple's children bear names similar to any of the men on the census.

An odd mention in The New York Genealogical And Biographical Record vol 37, issue 1, pg 6, pub date 1906, in an article titled: Vital Records Of Christ's Church At Rye, Westchester County, New York shows widow Sniffen's 9 children were being baptized. The whole thing is very coincidental. The entry says this Sarah was an adult, but look at the date! July 22, 1792. This particular entry has puzzled me for some time.




Sarah Kniffin Vredenburgh was a preacher's wife, and as such was called upon to travel. After her second child was born the young family uprooted and headed for the wilderness of the Indiana Territory where Hackaliah was assigned as an itinerant Methodist minister. From one memoir written of that time: "Most of Bro. Vredenburg’s itinerant life was spent in the Valley of the Wabash. From its mouth almost to its source he preached, organizing new societies and circuits, carrying the Gospel messages to the scattering settlements, and enduring all the exposures and privations of pioneer life. In one of his charges no house could be had to shelter his wife and children while he traveled his circuit of three or four hundred miles round. Rather than leave his work, he took possession of a deserted log stable, and fitting it up with his own hands made that the parsonage for the year. At other times he was compelled on his rest days to cultivate a small piece of ground to supply his family with food, the pittance received from the people being barely sufficient to furnish them with clothing." Wow.

In all Sarah would give birth to 3 daughters and 5 sons. In the wilderness. In a log stable. Dang.

The children were:

  • Mary b. 1812 New York
  • Caleb b. 1815 New York
  • Rhoda Ann b. 1818 Indiana
  • Samuel Hamilton b. 1829 Indiana
  • Lucy Jane b. 1823 Indiana
  • Jesse D b. 1832 Indiana
  • John C b. 1835 Indiana
  • Unnamed Male b. UNK

Between 1850 and 1860 Sarah and Hackaliah removed to Danville, Illinois. Hackaliah died in 1869, Sarah followed a year later. The couple's final resting place is the Spring Hill Cemetery in Danville. 

Happily (maybe) I am a direct female descendant of Sarah. Which means my mtDNA is her mtDNA. I took the test in January. My haplogroup is U2e1d. Which means Sarah's haplogroup is U2e1d. Which means maybe, just maybe, we can start to chink away at this wall .....
 

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



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