Saturday, April 21, 2018

Book Of The Week: New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial



New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial:
A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4

William Richard Cutter

Lewis historical publishing Company, 1914 - New England - 2149 pages




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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Harriet Crawford {Gen 4}


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


Harriet Crawford (James Crawford, Mary, Samuel, William) was born in Orange Co, New York in 1830, to parents James H Crawford and Catherine W Bull.

Harriet married William McKeag (1825-1909) about 1854 most likely in Orange Co, New York, but possibly in New York City.

The couple had at least nine children:
  • William Crawford McKeag b. 15 Apr 1855 d. 11 Nov 1891 never married
  • James Harvey McKeag b. 5 Feb 1857 d. 28 Feb 1938 never married
  • Harriet McKeag b. 22 Apr 1859 d. 16 Jan 1919 never married
  • Mary Estelle McKeag b. 18 Dec 1861 d. Aug 1928 never married
  • Arthur McKeag b. 4 Jan 1863 d. UNK 
  • Charles McKeag b. 21 Oct 1864 d. 22 Aug 1931 never married
  • David Prescott McKeag b. 26 Jun 1866 d. Feb 1867 in infancy
  • Catherine McKeag b. 26 Apr 1868 d. Jan 1949 never married
  • Alice McKeag b. Oct 1871 d. 23 Sep 1931 never married


William was a lawyer in New York City. All the children were born in Brooklyn, New York and baptized at the Manhattan Church, in Brooklyn, NY.

Harriet Crawford McKeag died in early May 1875 at the age of 45. She left behind at least seven children ranging in age from 20 years to 5 years. Harriet is buried at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Manhattan.

William McKeag never remarried. All of the couple's children remained at home throughout their adult life and interestingly, not one of them married. I do not know what happened to son Arthur, it's possible he died in infancy.

William McKeag died December 1st 1909 and is buried in the Green-Wood Cemetery with Harriet and all of their children.


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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Book Of The Week: Genealogical and Family History of Western New York


Genealogical and Family History of 
Western New York:
A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Building of a Nation, Volume 3

William Richard Cutter

Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912 - New York (State)



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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Video Of The Week: Breaking down Brick Walls using Triangulation (Maurice Gleeson)

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, April 10, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Mary E Crawford {Gen 4}


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


Mary E Crawford (James Crawford, Mary, Samuel, William) was born in Orange Co, New York between 1821 and 1825, to parents James H Crawford and Catherine W Bull.

Mary married Cornelius Decker (1821-1862) about 1845 most likely in Orange Co, New York.

The couple had at least three children:

  • William Crawford Decker b. 1848 d. UNK
  • James H Decker b. UNK d. Mar 1847
  • Laura Augusta Decker b. UNK d. Jun 1851

This is one confusing family group! There were at least two Cornelius Deckers of the same age living in the same town at the same time, both with sons named William. One married Mary E, one married Jane E. At any rate, Cornelius Decker, son of Cornelius Decker, married Mary E Crawford, daughter of James and Catherine Bull Crawford. Two of the children, James and Laura, died in infancy and never appeared on a census.

Mary E Crawford Decker died December 28th 1851, several months after the death of her infant daughter. She was 27 years old. Mary was first buried in the Decker family plot on the Decker family farm, later she was moved to the Riverside Cemetery in Montgomery, Orange Co, New York.

Cornelius Decker married second, Mary Bull, and had two more children with her before his death on December 9th 1862. Cornelius was 41 years old. He was first buried in the Decker family plot, then moved to Riverside Cemetery.


There seems to be quite a bit of conflicting information out there regarding this family. Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact me.


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Video Of The Week: What's in that Pile? Organization for the Disorganized Genealogist - Jam...

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, April 3, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Bertha M Wells {Gen 4}


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


Bertha M Wells (Catherine Jane, Joseph, James, William) was born in Pennsylvania in May 1864, to parents Catherine Jane Faulkner and John W Wells.

Bertha married John F Wheeler (1858-1939) in 1886, most likely in Pennsylvania.

The couple had at least three children:

  • Catherine Wheeler b. 12 Nov 1893 d. 1968 never married
  • Paul Wheeler b. 18 May 1896 d. 2 Apr 1954 never married 
  • Malcolm Wells Wheeler b. 7 Apr 1904 d. 1990 m. Beatrice Pearce

John Wheeler was a banker in Carbondale, PA. Bertha was a housewife. 

John Wheeler died April 2nd 1939 and is buried in the Canaan Corners Cemetery in Wayne Co, PA. 

Bertha M Wells Wheeler died February 18th 1949 and is buried alongside her husband. 



Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact me.


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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Book Of The Week: History of Louisa County, Iowa, from Its Earliest Settlement to 1912



History of Louisa County, Iowa, from Its Earliest Settlement to 1912
Volume 1

Arthur Springer

S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912 - Louisa County (Iowa)



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Thursday, March 29, 2018

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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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Charles Anderson Faulkner {Gen 4}


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


Charles Anderson Faulkner (James Bull, Joseph, James, William) was born in Carbondale, Lackawanna Co, PA, July 26th 1864, to parents James Bull Faulkner and Susan Murdock.

Charles married Beatrice Frances Silverstone (1874-UNK) in 1896, most likely in Tolland Co, CT.


Charles and Beatrice had at least one child:

  • Lionel Everett Faulkner b. 2 Aug 1901 d. 12 Feb 1971 m. (1) Mary Adele Raleigh (2) Emily Berry Eagan (3) Mary Grace Rice

Charles was a telegraph operator for the railroad. His job may have taken him to Connecticut where he met his wife. 

Charles Anderson Faulkner died December 31st 1932 and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery in Lackawanna Co, PA with his parents. He was 68 years old.

The death of Beatrice F Silverstone Faulkner is unknown. She is last found on the 1940 US Census living in Tolland Co, CT with her grandson Duane.



Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact me.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Elizabeth Priscilla Faulkner {Gen 4}


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


Elizabeth Priscilla Faulkner (James Bull, Joseph, James, William) was born in Carbondale, Lackawanna Co, PA, March 10th 1854, to parents James Bull Faulkner and Susan Murdock.

Elizabeth married William Henry Moyles (1855-UNK) in May 1871 in Carbondale, Lackawanna Co, PA.

Elizabeth and William had at least six children:

  • Frances L Moyles b. 10 Apr 1872 d. 11 May 1938 m. Patrick J Powderly
  • Anna Bell Moyles b. 4 Oct 1873 d. 1951 m. George MacLeod
  • Elizabeth P Moyles b. 6 Aug 1876 d. 10 Dec 1942 m. Frederick Watt
  • Richard Moyles b. 21 Nov 1877 d. UNK never married
  • Gertrude Grace Moyles b. 1879 d. 10 Jun 1886
  • Charles F Moyles b. 19 Feb 1882 d. UNK

Another mystery family. William Henry Moyles was born in England. The couple met and married in Carbondale, PA. William was a brakeman for the railroad. 

Elizabeth P Faulkner Moyles died March 10th 1892. She was 38 years old. It was her birthday. Elizabeth is buried with her parents in the Maplewood Cemetery in Lackawanna Co, Pennsylvania.

It is unknown when William died; his whereabouts are unknown after 1880.


Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact me.


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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Book Of The Week: An Illustrated History of Monroe County, Iowa


An Illustrated History of 
Monroe County, Iowa: 
A Complete Civil, Political, and Military History of the County, from Its Earliest Period of Organization Down to 1896. Includin Sketches of Pioneer Life, Anecdotes, Biography, and Long-drawn Reminiscences Spun Out by the "oldest Inhabitant."

Frank Hickenlooper

F. Hickenlopper, 1896 - Monroe Co., Iowa - 354 pages




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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Video Of The Week: Genealogy Research Tools: Pre-1800 British 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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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Book Of The Week: A Topical History of Cedar County, Iowa, Volume 1


A Topical History of Cedar County, Iowa, 
Volume 1

Clarence Ray Aurner
S. J. Clarke, 1910 - Cedar County (Iowa)




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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Video Of The Week: PRONI - A Digital Landscape: Exploring Historical Map Applications

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 14, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Harriet Walsh {Gen 4}


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


Harriet Walsh (Mary Ann, Joseph, James, William) was born in Orange Co, New York, in August 1832, to parents Mary Ann Faulkner and Hiram Walsh (Welch).

Harriet married John A Galloway (1829-1907) about 1852, most likely in Orange Co, New York.

Harriet and John had three children: (according to the 1900 U S Census)

  • William Augustus Galloway b. May 1853 d. 30 Apr 1909 m. Ada M LNU
  • Bartlett R Galloway b. abt 1856 d. 12 Mar 1905 never married
  • FNU Galloway b. UNK d. bef 1900


Not much is know of this family. Nothing is known of Harriet, unfortunately. John was a dairy farmer in Richmond Co, New York. He enlisted in the Union Army in 1862, was listed as "deserted but caught" and mustered out in 1865.

John Galloway died December 24th 1907 in Richmond Co, New York. He is buried in the Moravain Cemetery on Staten Island. He was 78 years old.

Harriet Walsh Galloway died January 4th 1908. She is buried with her husband in the Moravain Cemetery. She was 75 years old.

Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact me.


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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Book Of The Week: History of Jefferson County, Iowa


History of Jefferson County, Iowa: A Record of Settlement, Organization, Progress and Achievement

Charles J. Fulton

S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914 - Jefferson County (Iowa)


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Friday, March 9, 2018

Tools For The Dig: State Focused Research | Ohio



State Focused Research | Ohio

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 Ohio research is contained within the pages of  Ohio Genealogy Trails. This is a thorough, well thought out site - and they are always looking for volunteers!

Companion Yahoo! Group: Genealogy Trails/MidwesternStates

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 Ohio volunteers. Or add you name to the volunteer list if Ohio is your home-base.

OHGenWeb is an oldie but a goody! Volunteer based also, this database was founded in 1996! From their home page: "OHGenWeb 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 OHGenWeb is its many volunteers, some of whom have spent over a decade assisting others with their Ohio research. Using our county page visit the Ohio 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 Ohio page.

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

State societies and archives include:
Ohio Genealogical Society
Ohio History Center
Digital State Archives/Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio is home to the Western Reserve Historical Society Research Library

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

For social context look at LOC Ohio Collection and the DPLA Ohio Hub.


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


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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Video Of The Week: Genealogy Methodology: Who Are These People on This Census

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, March 6, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Sarah Ann Faulkner {Gen 4}


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


Sarah Ann Faulkner (Thomas E, Joseph, James, William) was born in Orange Co, New York, about 1829, to parents Thomas E Faulkner and Susan Van Voorhis (Voorhees).

Sarah married (1) Isaac McCord (1819-1866) about 1850 most likely in Orange Co, New York. Sarah married (2) Charles Manson (1828-UNK) November 18th 1875 in Manhattan, New York.


Sarah and Isaac had at least five children:

  • Susan Adelia McCord b. Jan 1852 d. 3 Apr 1852
  • William N McCord b. abt 1853 d. UNK
  • James I McCord b. abt 1855 d. UNK m. Susan F Brinkerhoff
  • John McCord b. abt 1861 d. UNK
  • George McCord b. abt 1864 d. UNK


Not much is known about Sarah Ann Faulkner or Isaac McCord. The records are few and far between, and some are confusing. Isaac McCord was a tavern and hotel owner in Montgomery, Orange Co, New York. Isaac died December 3rd 1866 at the age of 47. He is buried in the Goodwill Presbyterian Church cemetery.

It appears that Sarah remained a widow for some time, however there is one curious entry in the Presbyterian Church records of Hamptonburgh, Orange Co, New York. On January 22nd 1867 a Sarah A McCord married a Henry McCarter. I can find no further information on this and (of course) the image of that record is the only one in the record set that is not viewable! (Record found on Ancestry.com with paid subscription)

In 1870 it appears that Sarah McCord was living in New York City with her sons James and John, and her mother Susan.

On November 18th 1875 Sarah A McCord married Charles Manson in Manhattan, New York. The record indexes on Family Search indicate that this is our Sarah as they list parent's names of both the bride and groom.

Sarah and Charles are (first and) last found on the 1880 US Census living in New York City with sons John and George McCord.

Sarah Faulkner McCord Manson died February 25th 1907. She was listed as a widow. The death index says she is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Manhattan, New York.

Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact me.


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Monday, March 5, 2018

Brick Wall Ancestor | #9 Martha McBride {Genealogy}


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 | #9 Martha McBride genealogy


GENERATION ONE

1. Archibald MacBride b. say 1710 possibly Ireland
                                  d. before 1761 Ulster Co, New York
                                  m. Jane or Jean LNU
                                          b. say 1710 possibly Ireland
                                          d. April 1797 Ulster Co, New York


GENERATION TWO  childen: (known)

2. i. James McBride b. 12 Feb 1746 Ulster Co, NY
                              d. 19 Jul 1798 Orange Co, NY
                              m. (1) Martha Hill
                                            b. 3 Nov 1754 Orange Co, NY
                                            d. 3 Jun 1790 Ulster Co, NY
                              m. (2) Sarah Eager
                                            b. 21 Mar 1768 Orange Co, NY
                                            d. 10 Oct 1836 Orange Co, NY

3. ii. Archibald McBride Jr b. say 1748 Ulster Co, NY
                                         d. before 1800 Ulster Co, NY
                                         m. Jane Newkirk
                                                     b. say 1750 Ulster Co, NY
                                                     d. UNK

4. iii. Female McBride b. say 1752 Ulster Co, NY
                                 d. UNK
                                 m. William Douglas
                                           b. say 1750
                                           d. UNK

5. iv. Mary McBride b. say 1755 Ulster Co, NY
                               d. before 1795 Ulster Co, NY
                               m. Francis Burns 
                                        b. say 1750
                                        d. UNK


GENERATION THREE  partial, for the sake of identifying Martha's parents

children of 2. i. James McBride and (1) Martha Hill

6. i. Archybald I McBride b. say 1779 Orange Co, NY
                                       d. UNK
                                       m. Susan Faulkner 
                                         (cousin of James Faulkner, husband of Martha McBride)

    ii. Male McBride b. say 1782 Orange Co, NY
                             d. about 1793

    iii. Female McBride b. say 1785 Orange Co, NY
                                 d. about  1795

7. iv. William McBride b. say 1787 Orange Co, NY
                                  d. UNK
                                  m. Mary LNU

children of 2. i. James McBride and (2) Sarah Eager

    i. Jane McBride b. 8 Mar 1794 Orange Co, NY
                            d. 1 Mar 1860 Orange Co, NY

8. ii. John McBride b. 6 Aug 1797 Orange Co, NY
                             d. 20 Feb 1873 Orange Co, NY
                             m. Elizabeth Hulse


children of 3. ii. Archibald McBride Jr and Jane Newkirk

9. i. John McBride  b. say 1770 Ulster Co, NY
                             d. UNK
                             m. UNK                           

    ii. Male McBride b. say 1775 Orange Co, NY
                             d. UNK

10. iii. Jane McBride b. 17 Jun 1776 Orange Co, NY
                               d. after 1860 Orange Co, NY
                               m. Isaac Slaughter

11. iv. James McBride b. say 1779 Orange Co, NY
                                d. UNK
                                m. Catherine Clark

    v. Agnes McBride b. say 1781 Orange Co, NY
                              d. UNK

12. vi. Patrick McBride b. say 1785 Orange Co, NY (DNA match on this line*)
                                   d. 1836 Orange Co, NY
                                   m. Nancy Pitts

*12. vii. Martha McBride b. say 1789 Orange Co, NY
                                     d. 25 Dec 1845 Jackson Co, MI
                                     m. James Faulkner
                                       (cousin of Susan Faulkner, wife of  6. i.)

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Read part one and part two for the details of this genealogy



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Saturday, March 3, 2018

Book Of The Week: History of De Kalb County, Illinois


History of De Kalb County, Illinois
Henry Lamson Boies

O.P. Bassett, printer, 1868 - De Kalb County (Ill.) - 530 pages




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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Video Of The Week: Chinese American Genealogy

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, February 27, 2018

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


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


Nelson Townsend Houston Sr (Nelson Houston, Sarah, James, William) was born in Cornwall, Orange Co, New York, August 3rd 1849, to parents Nelson Houston and Sarah Townsend.

Nelson married (1) Katherine A Hines (1852-UNK) February 23rd 1871 in Washington DC. Nelson married (2) Mary Teresa Bowers (1870-UNK)  May 10th 1900 in Manhattan, New York.

Nelson and Katherine had at least two children: born San Francisco, CA

  • Nelson Townsend Houston Jr b. 6 Sep 1875 d. 1944 never married
  • Christine R Houston b. 25 Jul 1877 d. 31 May 1948 m. Walter D Braddock


Another difficult family group. Nelson was a Lieutenant in the US Navy. A lifer. He enlisted on July 28th 1865 and had served in the Spanish-American War, seeing combat in Mariel, Cuba 5 July 1898. Born in Cornwall, New York, married in Washington DC, Nelson and his new wife Katherine headed to California and settled near San Francisco. He was listed as Lt USN on the 1880 census.

It is unclear where Nelson and family resided between 1880 and 1900. By 1900 Nelson was back in New York City, marrying for the second time on May 10th 1900. Daughter Christine is also in NYC at this time, marrying on Staten Island November 19th 1900.

There are no further records to be found (at this time) for Katherine Hines Houston. Were Nelson and Katherine divorced? Did Katherine die? If so, where?

I do not know if Nelson and his second wife Mary had any children. She was 21 years his junior, it is quite possible the couple had children together. That said, Nelson's will lists only Mary as the heir to his estate. No mention of children. By either wife.

Nelson Townsend Houston Sr died March 11th 1913 and is buried in the Friends Cemetery in Cornwall, Orange Co, New York. The FAG memorial has his death date incorrect, however the tombstone is correct.

No further information has been found on the whereabouts of Mary Teresa Bowers Houston.


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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Book Of The Week: History of the Presbyterian Church in the State of Illinois


History of the Presbyterian Church 
in the State of Illinois

Augustus Theodore Norton

W.S. Bryan, 1879 - Illinois - 735 pages



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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Video Of The Week: Introduction to Slovenian Research - Milan Pohontsch

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, February 20, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Mary Townsend Houston {Gen 4}


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


Mary Townsend Houston (Nelson Houston, Sarah, James, William) was born in Cornwall, Orange Co, New York, July 19th 1842, to parents Nelson Houston and Sarah Townsend.

Mary married (1) Robert Clifton Steele (1836-1865) on September 6th 1860, at the Presbyterian Church of Cornwall, Cornwall, Orange Co, New York. Mary married (2) Walter Case Anthony (1842-1930) on December 2nd 1868, in Newburgh, Orange Co, New York. 


Mary and Robert had, at least, the following children: born Cornwall, Orange Co, NY

  • Josephine Clifton Steele b. 3 Jul 1861 d. 12 Jan 1934 m. John M Adams no issue
  • Sarah Townsend Steele b. 16 Jan 1864 d. 13 Apr 1951 m. Dr John Taylor Howell Sr 

Mary and Walter had at least one child: born Newburgh, Orange Co, NY

  • Theodore Van Wyck Anthony b. 9 Jan 1875 d. 19 Jul 1954 m. Alys E Sykes no issue

Robert C Steele emigrated from England shortly before marrying Mary. Not much is known about Robert, why he emigrated or what his profession was. Robert died in his 30th year on March 19th 1865 leaving Mary, a very young widow, with two small children to care for. Mary buried her husband in the Friends Cemetery in Cornwall, Orange Co, New York.

Mary returned to her father's home until December 1868 when she married Walter C Anthony. Walter was a lawyer practicing in Newburgh, Orange Co, New York.  

Mary Townsend Houston Steele Anthony died November 12th 1923 at the age of 81. Her burial location is unknown.

Walter C Anthony died September 26th 1930 at the age of 88. Walter's burial location is also unknown. 


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Monday, February 19, 2018

Zadok Willis Thomas: Pioneer Capitalist (52 Ancestors #31)

Inherently ambitious, perhaps rebellious, Z W Thomas was born into a family with deep Quaker roots. Named Zadoc Willis, he was the second son born to parents Jesse Thomas Jr and Joanna B Stanley. Tradition ran deep and the Quaker faith stretched back generations on both sides of this family.

Born May 18th 1856 in Goshen, OH. Zadoc had one older brother, Benjamin Franklin but would eventually be joined by two younger sisters, Elma Luella and Mary Eldora.

Seeking opportunity, the family headed west to the frontier land of Iowa between 1864 and 1869. Settling in Mahaska County, Zadoc's father Jesse ran a fine hotel in Oskaloosa. According to the 1870 US Census he appeared to be one of the wealthiest men in town at the time. Zadoc must have learned his business skills at the heels of his father.

Z W (as he was known) left Oskaloosa for Monroe, IA to pursue teaching. Driven by a deeper ambition, Z W attended the University of Iowa Law School, graduating with a law degree in 1884. It might well have been where he met his future wife, Laura Busby; herself a college educated school teacher, living in Brooklyn, IA .

At any rate, Z W Thomas married Laura Busby, certainly his equal in many ways, in Brooklyn, IA on October 1st 1885.  The couple was married by a minister, I am unclear on the faith, but it appears that Z W had broken with his Quaker upbringing. Z W and Allie (as she was now called) made their home in Fort Dodge, IA, where Z W was partner in the law firm Bennett & Thomas.


Their first child, a son named Dana, was born the following August.

Land Agent - 1892
Shoe Company - 1895
Between 1886 and 1902 Z W build a fine, solid reputation for himself. He became a principal in many prominent business dealings around Fort Dodge. He was purchasing real estate and businesses, operating farms, mining for coal, drilling for oil (yes!) He owned a stone quarry, was experimenting with growing alfalfa, practicing law; let's just say, a very busy man!  He found time to father two more children, son Lauren, born in 1891 and daughter Edith, born in 1898.

By 1902 Z W was partnered with his brother-in-law in the law firm of Thomas & Busby.

Creamery - 1900
Bolivia - 1900
For a number of years he had been purchasing all the local dairy farms with the intention of creating one large dairy farm for the region. He succeeded with the Oakdale Dairy Farm servicing Fort Dodge and the surrounding area.

Then he began to set his sights outside of Iowa.

In July of 1900, Z W and a group of capitalists got together to investigate mining for gold in Bolivia. It appears they sent a junket to the region to explore their possibilties. I do not know what came of it, however.

Texas Oil - 1901
Louisiana Oil - 1902
Z W Thomas then partnered with a man named F S Hoyt out of Louisiana. The pair drilled for oil in both Louisiana and Texas. Again, I don't know the outcome but I suspect it was successful.

There are many accounts of Z W Thomas traveling around the country, I wonder if he was home much during this time?

Cow Attack - 1902

Stone Quarry - 1902
In December of 1902 poor Z W learned a hard lesson! One should never wear a fur coat around a cow (who knew?)

He did manage to make it home upon occasion, however. The couple's last child, a son, was born in 1904. Later that year Z W, along with partner F S Hoyt undertook a monumental project. The dredging of the New Iberia Canal in Louisiana. The project that began in 1904 was almost not completed several times due to natural and man-made obstacles. Success won out, however and in 1911 the project came to fruition.
Louisiana Canal - 1904
Alfalfa - 1912

Back home Z W set his determination on raising the newest crop, alfalfa, and in 1912 was quite successful.

Life by all appearances was grand for the family of Z W Thomas in the early 20th century. Z W had established quite a name and reputation for himself; and had his hand in many successful ventures in Fort Dodge and the surrounding area.
Louisiana Canal - 1911

His life was not exempt from sadness and hardships, however. Amid all his amassing of wealth and reputation, Z W buried his 7 year old son Dana in 1898, his mother in 1904 and his father in 1907. His little sister Luella died in 1913.

It seemed Z W had managed to keep a wide berth between himself and the financial crisis of the early 20th century. Never showing any outward sign of struggle or hardship during a time when people were loosing money and confidence in the U S banking system.

Obituary - 1914
Death - 1914
Nevertheless, his luck ran out on a June day in 1914. While returning from overseeing one of his properties, Z W was struck by an automobile and thrown from the buggy he was riding in. He landed on his head. Outwardly able to resume his duties, Z W continued home where, while hoeing his home garden, fell dead of a cracked skull.

Z W Thomas was 58 years old.

It would be another year before his estate was settled.

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Z W Thomas is buried in the large Thomas Family plot in Oakland Cemetery in Fort Dodge, IA.


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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Book Of The Week: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Henderson County


Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Henderson County

Newton Bateman, Paul Selby, Josiah Seymour Currey, 
James W. Gordon, Charles Josiah Scofield

Brookhaven Press, 1911 - History - 1437 pages



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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Video Of The Week: Finding Your Ancestor in American Fraternal Organization 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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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Carrie L'Hommedieux Houston {Gen 4}



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


Carrie L'Hommedieux Houston (Franklin Houston, Sarah, James, William) was born in Orange Co, New York, August 1843, to parents Franklin Houston and Caroline L'Hommedieux.

Carrie married the widower James Spencer McWilliams (1839-1895) sometime between 1871 and 1875, most likely in Orange Co, New York.

The couple had at least two children:

  • Anna Isabel McWilliams b. 17 Nov 1876 d. Jan 1968 m. Samuel L Hemmingway
  • Laura May McWilliams b. 18 Apr 1880 d. Feb 1965 m. Samuel J Stickney

James Spencer was a cattle farmer in Orange Co, New York. His first wife, Susan B Coleman, died in October of 1870. He had lost two children prior to her death and was raising his son William on his own. Carrie married James when she was in her 30's, late for a woman at that time. The couple had two daughters together. 

James S McWilliams died December 25 1895, his place of burial is not known. 

Carrie L H Houston McWilliams lived at least another 30 years. The last census she is found on is the 1925 New York State census. She is still in her home on Wickham Av in Middletown, NY. Her daughter Laura and family are residing with her. She does not appear on the 1930 US census. 

Carrie's exact date of death and place of burial is unknown.



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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Book Of The Week: History of Fulton County, Illinois


History of Fulton County, Illinois

C.C. Chapman & Company, 1879 - Fulton County (Ill.) - 1082 pages




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Friday, February 9, 2018

Tools For The Dig: State Focused Research | Missouri



State Focused Research | Missouri


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 Missouri research is contained within the pages of  Missouri Genealogy Trails. This is a thorough, well thought out site - and they are always looking for volunteers!

Companion Yahoo! Group: Genealogy Trails/MidwesternStates

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 Missouri volunteers. Or add you name to the volunteer list if Missouri is your home-base.

MOGenWeb is an oldie but a goody! Volunteer based also, this database was founded in 1996! From their home page: "MOGenWeb 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 MOGenWeb is its many volunteers, some of whom have spent over a decade assisting others with their Missouri research. Using our county page visit the Missouri 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 Missouri page.

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

State societies and archives include:
Missouri State Genealogical Association
The State Historical Society of Missouri
Digital State Archives/Missouri

Missouri Secretary of State offers:
Missouri State Archives
Local Records Inventory Database

Missouri is home to the Midwest Genealogy Center

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

For social context look at LOC Missouri Collection, DPLA Missouri Hub and State of Missouri Digital Collections.


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


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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Video Of The Week: Family Tree Cleanup Case Study 1: Untangling Wesley Jackson's Family

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, February 6, 2018

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


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


Mary Corwin (Catherine Houston, Sarah, James, William) was born in Middletown, Orange Co, New York, August 26th 1833, to parents Catherine Houston and David Corwin.

Mary married John Davis Wilcox (abt 1820-UNK) about 1852, perhaps in Rockland Co, New York.


The couple had at least two children:

  • William H Wilcox b. 9 May 1853 d. 1907 m. Mildred Jennie Johnston
  • Henry Houston Wilcox b. abt 1859 d. UNK

Not much is known about this family. The original information was taken from the Bull/Wells Genealogy book. Further research turned up very little additional information. John and Mary are found on the 1860 US Census living in New York City with two more boys, Nelson A Wilcox and John W Wilcox. The boys are too old to be sons of Mary, perhaps John Wilcox was a widower when Mary married him? There is also a 26 year old man named Henry Houston living in the household.

This is the only census the family appears on. I found John in the NY City Directories up to 1864, then he was gone.

The death date and burial location are unknown for both Mary Corwin Wilcox and her husband John D Wilcox.

Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact me.


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