Monday, February 27, 2017

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

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.

Lewis Twining, son of Elijah, was born in Barnstable, Massachusetts April 11, 1777. He married Jeanette Smith, daughter of Deacon Smith, in Tolland, Massachusetts on April 25, 1800. Their first five children were born in Tolland.

Early in his marriage Lewis sold the property his father gave him in the north part of Tolland for $6000, and in 1815 moved to Granville, Ohio where their youngest child was born. Lewis invested in land and water privileges, which at his death was all lost through an avaricious creditor. The dam was afterward swept away and the land covered with gravel and dirt, so it was never after cultivated.

He was a large supporter of the Presbyterian church.


Lewis Twining Sr b. 4/11/1777
                           d. 7/18/1821
                           m. 4/25/1800 to Jeanette Smith
                                                   daughter of Deacon Smith
                                                        b. 1/4/1780
                                                        d. 11/6/1827


Almira b. 11/12/1803 d. 12/20/1883 m. 3/31/1826  to Rev. Samuel Rose
Lewis Jr b. 8/14/1805 d. 7/4/1821
Merrick S b. 7/13/1807 d. UNK m. to Corintha Clark
Lauriston b. 11/9/1809 d. 2/20/1841 m. 3/20/1831 to Mary Robinson
Edward Wolcott b. 10/5/1814 d. 5/21/1897 m. (1) 2/3/1840 to Adelia Weed (2) 9/28/1849 to Priscilla B Ashby
Darius N b. 2/11/1818 d. 5/1/1820 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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©1980-82 Elizabeth Twining Potwin Thomas - private collection

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