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Transcription: Will of Richard Jaques

The following is my own transcription of the 1652 will of Richard Jaques.

 

I wish to thank Glynn at Norfolk Tours  for his time and effort in filling in nearly all of the many blanks in my original transcription of this will.

Will of Richard Jaques.
Will of Richard Jaques.

Will of Richard Jaques

Memorandum that in the month of Januarye in the yeare of our Lord God according to the Computation of the church of England one thousand six hundred fiftye and twoe and on or upon the sixth day of the same month Richard Jaques late whilest he lived of Crittleton in the Countye of Wilts Clearke deceased being of perfect mind an memorye and having a serious purpose and desire to settle and dispose of his Estate did by word of mouth utter and declare his last will and testament nuncupative in theis or the like words in effect following that is to say hee gave and bequeathed all his Estate whatsoever unto Grace his wife saving and excepting ten pounds which hee gave unto his Apprentice and ten pounds more to the poore of the parish of Crittleton aforesayd And whereas hee had an Estate for yeare in two leases his mynd and will was that all the tyme and tenure unexpired at the Death of Grace his sayd Wyfe should remaine and ????? and hee gave and bequeathed this same unto the two sonns of Mr. Reynds (Reynes) And further being moved by Mr. M??e to give something to and amongst his kindred answered shee might doe it if shee would meaning thereby that he left the same to the discretion of his sayd wife At all and singular which premises me the sd Richard Jaques was of sound memorye and understanding and uttered and spake theis or the like words in effect in the presence and hearing of the wittnesses, whose names are here subscribed. The marke of Mary Mill, Elizabeth White the marke of Mary Ward.
The two and twentieth day of May in the yeare of our Lord 1653. issued out a commission to Grace Jaques the Relict and principal legatarye named in the sd will to administer the goods chattels and debts of the sd deceased according to the ????? and effect of his will there being no Executor named herein shee being first ???????? by virtue of a special Commission well and truly to administer the same.

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Originally posted 2016-07-19 09:37:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Genealogy Transcription: New England Marriages Prior to 1700; Kni – Kno.

 

Following is my transcription of “New England Marriages Prior to 1700″ for surnames starting with ‘K’ from Knight to Knowles, and all varied surnames of spouses.

 

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NEW ENGLAND MARRIAGES PRIOR TO 1700

 

Knight - U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700

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KNIGHT, Joseph (1673-) & Martha (GIBSON) LILLEY, w Reuben; 4 Apr 1699; Woburn
KNIGHT, Lawrence (-1728) & Elizabeth INGERSOLL, m/2 John BATTEN 1729; 2 Nov 1696; Salem
KNIGHT, Macklin?/Mautlyn?/Matting? & Dorothy _?_; b 1643; Boston
KNIGHT, Michael & Mary BULLARD; 20 Oct 1657; Woburn
KNIGHT, Nathan & Mary [WESTBROOK]; b Mar 1693/4; Portsmouth/Scarboro
KNIGHT, Philip (-1668) & Margery __?__, ?m/2 Thomas BATEMAN, m/3 Nathaniel BALL 1670/1; b 1647; Charlestown/Topsfield
KNIGHT, Philip & Margaret [WILKINS]; b 1669; Topsfield
KNITE, Philip (1669-1696) & Rebecca [TOWNE] (1668-); b 20 Aug 1693; Topsfield
KNIGHT, Richard (1602-1683) & Agnes [COFFLEY?] (-1679); b 1632; Newbury
KNIGHT, Richard & 1/wf __?_; Hampton, NH
KNIGHT, Richard & Dinah ? ; b 15 May 1642; Boston Y
KNIGHT, Richard (-1680) & 2/wf? [Sarah ROGERS] (-1685+); b 16 Jan 1648(9?), b 1647?, 1648+/- Newport, RI
KNIGHT, Richard & Joanna __?__ (not Ann CROMWELL, w Thomas, m/3 John JOYLIFFE/JOLIFFE, see Robert KNIGHT); b 1652?; Boston
KNIGHT, Richard & Julian __?__; b 1664; Boston
KNIGHT, Richard & Hannah (TOWNSEND) HULL [ALLEN], w Thomas, w Hope, m/4 Richard WAY 1687; b 1680; Boston/Dover, NH?
KNIGHT, Richard & Remember GRAFFTON/GRAFTON; 10 Apr 1685; Marblehead/Boston
KNIGHT, Richard & Sarah [KEMBALL] (-1727, New London); b 1689; Charlestown
KNIGHT, Richard & __?__; b 1690; RI
KNIGHT, Richard (1666-) & Elizabeth [JAQUES] (1669-); b 1697; Newbury
KNIGHT, Robert (1585, 1590-1676) (ae 86 in 1671?) & _?__; b 1631, ca 1620?; York, ME
KNIGHT, Robert (ae 51 in 1666) & 1/wf b 1640; Boston/Salem/Marblehead/Manchester
KNIGHT, Robert (-1655) & 2/wf Ann CROMWELL, w Thomas, m/3 John JOYLIFFE 1656/7; b 1652; Boston
KNIGHT, Robert (1667—1739+) & 1/wf Abigail WILLSON/WILSON; 3 Feb 1686; Ipswich/Manchester
KNIGHT, Roger (1596-1673) & [Anne] __?__; b 1636, b 13 Jul 1633; ?Portsrnouth, NH
KNIGHT, Samuel (1649-) & Amy [CARLE]; ca 1670, bef 27 Jul 1676; Kittery, ME
KNIGHT, Samuel (-by 1715) & Sarah ( __?__ ) HOW, w Abraham; 16 Oct 1685; Roxbury
KNIGHT, Samuel (1675-1721) & Rachel CHASE, m/2 S. MUNKLEY; 19 Jul 1700; Tisbury/Charlestown/Sudbury
KNIGHT, Walter & Elizabeth __?__ (-1634?); b 1610?
KNIGHT, Walter (1587-) & ?2/wf [?Ruth GRAY]; b I642, b 1620?, 1635?; Salem
KNIGHT, William (-1655/6) & 1/wf [?Emma POTTER]; b 1638, b 1635?; Salem/Lynn
KNIGHT, William (-1655/6) & 2/wf Elizabeth (?LEE) BALLARD/BULLARD], W William, m/3 Allen BREAD; aft 1639; Salem
KNIGHT, _ ?__ & Sarah __?__ (1665-1727): New London
KNIGHT, __?__ & Sarah __?__; Boston
KNIGHT, Walter & __?__; b 1651; Braveboat Harbor
KNOTT, Andrew & Susanna __?__; b 1689; Boston
KNOTT, George (-1648) & Martha ? _ (-1673/4); b 1630?, b 1634; Sandwich
KNOTT, Richard (-1684) & Hannah (DEVEREUX) [GREENFIELD], w Peter, m/ 3 Joseph SOUTH by 1689; ca 1674?, aft 1672, ca 1672; Marblehead
KNOWER/KNOWES, George (1617, 1697?-1675) & Elizabeth __? _; b 1650; Charlestown
KNOWER, Jonathan & Sarah [WINSLOW]; b 1685, b 1680; Malden/Charlestown
KNOWLES, Alexander (-1663) & __?__; b 1634?; Fairfield, CT
KNOWLES, Edward (1671-1740) & 1/wf Ann RIDLEY; 27 Feb 1699/1700; Eastham
KNOWLES, Eleazer (?1645-1731) & Mary _ ? _ (-1732); ca 1681?, b 1683; Woodbury, CT
KNOLLYS, Rev. Hanser (1598-1691, in Eng) & Anne? …ENEY (-1671, in 63rd y); Dover, NH/Eng
KNOWLES, Henry (?1609-1670) & _ ? _ [POTTER] (-1670+); b 1645; Warwick, Rl
KNOWLES, Henry & __?__
KNOLLES, John (-1685) & Elizabeth (WILLIS?/BILLS?], w Ephraim DAVIS?; b 1641; Watertown/Eng
KNOWLES, John (-1705) & Jemima ASTEN/AUSTIN (1641-]; 10 Jul 1660; Hampton, NH

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Originally posted 2016-03-29 08:58:38. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Transcription: Baptism records of 1855 taken from the Drouin Collection, 1670-1946.

 

The following is my transcription of Baptism records of 1855 taken from the Drouin Collection for  Arichat, Île du cap-Breton-N. Écosse (paroisse de l’Assomption).

 

Those baptised are François Hilarion Forest, Alexandre Albert Hureau, Charles Edouard Fougère, Sara Jeanne Girroir, Philomène Hureau, William Thomas Forgeron, Henriette Elizabeth Landry.

 


1855

B. 139

François Hilarion Forrest

Le vingt-deux Novembre mil huit cens cinquante cinq, nous prètre soussigné avons baptisé François Hilarion né, le dix-neuf du mème mois, du légitime mariage de Lairé Forrest et de Marcelline Samson de cette paroisse. Le parrain a été Jean Beauséjour et la marrain Françoise Paon.

H. Girroir, Ptre
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B. 140

Alexandre Albert Hureau

Le vingt-six Novembre mil huit cens cinquante cinq, nous prètre soussigné avons baptisé Alexandre Albert né la veille, du légitime mariage de Jean Hureau et de Amilie Briand de cette paroisse. Le parrain a été Alfred Briand et la marrain Adelaide Hureau.

H. Girroir, Ptre


B. 142

Sara Jeanne Girroir

Le vingt six Novembre mil huit cens cinquante cinq, nou prètre soussigné avons baptisé Sara Jeanne née avant veille, du légitime mariage de Abraham Girroir et de Susanne Forrest de cette paroisse. Le parrain a été Alex. Forrest et la marraine Sabina Angélique Forrest.

H. Girroir, Ptre

++ voir B. 145.


B. 143

Henriette Elizabeth Landry

Le vingt huit Novemb re mil huit dens cinquante cinq nous prètre soussigné avons baptizé Henriette Elizabeth fille legitime de Abraham Landry et Julie Boudrault. Le parrain a été ???oi Landry, la marrain Mare Leblanc.

H. McDonald, Ptre


Le ?eu?e neuf Novembre mil huit cent cinquante cinq nous prètre soussigné, avons baptizé ubn enfant James né l’avant villle de legitime mariage de Michael ?????? et Mary Doyle.


B. 144

William Thomas Forgeron

Le he?t?? Novembre mil huit cens cinqante cinq nous prètre soussigné, avons baptizé William Thomas né lávant veille, du legitime mariage de Élisée Fourgon et Victoire Landry. Le parrain a été Guillaume Henry la maraine Adelle Leblanc.

H. McDonald Ptre


B. 145

Philomène Hureau

Le vingt six novembre mil huit cens vinquante cinq, nous prètre soussigné avons baptisé Philomène née, le veille, du légitime mariage de Aimé Hureau et de Mathilde Boudrault. Le árrain a été Policarpe Boudrault et la marraine Victoire Hureau.

H. Girroir, Ptre

Transcription of baptism records of 1855 taken from the Drouin Collection.

The following is the translated text (exactly as provided) via Google Translate.

 

1855

B. 139

François Hilarion Forrest

On the twenty-second of November, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, we, the undersigned, baptized François Hilarion, born on the nineteenth of the same month, of the legitimate marriage of Lair6 Forrest and Marcelline Samson of this parish. The godfather was Jean Beauséjour and the married Françoise Paon.

H. Girroir, Ptre


B. 140

Alexandre Albert Hureau

On the twenty-sixth of November, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, we, the undersigned, baptized Alexandre Albert, born the day before, of the legitimate marriage of Jean Hureau and Amilie Briand of this parish. The godfather was Alfred Briand and marraine Adelaide Hureau.

H. Girroir, Ptre


B. 142

Sara Jeanne Girror

On the twenty sixth of November, one thousand eight hundred and fifty five, we, the undersigned, baptized Sara Jeanne born before the eve of the legitimate marriage of Abraham Girroir and Susanne Forrest of this parish. The godfather was Alex. Forrest and the godmother Sabina Angélique Forrest.

H. Girroir, Ptre

++ see B. 145.


B. 143

Henriette Elizabeth Landry

On the twenty-eighth day of November, one thousand eight in fifty-five, we, the undersigned, baptized Henriette Elizabeth, the legitimate daughter of Abraham Landry and Julie Boudrault. The godfather was ??? oi Landry, the married Mare Leblanc.

H. McDonald, Ptre


The nine eighth November one thousand eight hundred and fifty five we prerequisite undersigned, baptized ubn child James born the villain of legitimate marriage of Michael ?????? And Mary Doyle.


B. 144

William Thomas Forgeron

The he ?? November one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five, under the undersigned, baptized William Thomas born before the eve of the legitimate marriage of Elisee Fourgon and Victoire Landry. The godfather was Guillaume Henry Adelle Leblanc.

H. McDonald Ptre


B. 145

Philomène Hureau

On the twenty-sixth of November, eight hundred and fifty cents, we, the undersigned, baptized Philomene, born the day before, of the legitimate marriage of Aime Hureau and Mathilde Boudrault. The árrain was Policarpe Boudrault and the godmother Victoire Hureau.

H. Girroir, Ptre

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Originally posted 2017-05-06 13:19:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The ancestor quest: humor, poems and prose for Genealogists.

I have gathered and transcribed several items of humor, poems and prose for Genealogists that have touched me in some way. The ones I have selected and printed below are my favorites of the hundreds that can be found – and the ones that hit home the most.

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Dear Ancestor

 

Your tombstone stands among the rest;
Neglected and alone
The name and date are chiseled out
On polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
So many years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
And come to visit you.

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 Genealogy – where you confuse the dead and irritate the living.

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Murphy’s Law for Genealogists

 

The public ceremony in which your distinguished ancestor participated and at which the platform collapsed under him turned out to be a hanging.

When at last after much hard work you have solved the mystery you have been working on for two years, your aunt says, “I could have told you that.”

You grandmother’s maiden name that you have searched for four years was on a letter in a box in the attic all the time.

You never asked your father about his family when he was alive because you weren’t interested in genealogy then.

The will you need is in the safe on board the Titanic.

Copies of old newspapers have holes occurring only on the surnames.

John, son of Thomas, the immigrant whom your relatives claim as the family progenitor, died on board ship at
age 10.

Your gr. grandfather’s newspaper obituary states that he died leaving no issue of record.

The keeper of the vital records you need has just been insulted by an another genealogist.

The relative who had all the family photographs gave them all to her daughter who has no interest in genealogy and no inclination to share.

The only record you find for your gr. grandfather is that his property was sold at a sheriff’s sale for insolvency.

The one document that would supply the missing link in your dead-end line has been lost due to fire, flood or war.

The town clerk to whom you wrote for the information sends you a long handwritten letter which is totally illegible.

The spelling for your European ancestor’s name bears no relationship to its current spelling or pronunciation.

None of the pictures in your recently deceased grandmother’s photo album have names written on them.

No one in your family tree ever did anything noteworthy, owned property, was sued or was named in wills.

You learn that your great aunt’s executor just sold her life’s collection of family genealogical materials to a flea market dealer “somewhere in New York City.”

Ink fades and paper deteriorates at a rate inversely proportional to the value of the data recorded.

The 37 volume, sixteen thousand page history of your county of origin isn’t indexed.

You finally find your gr. grandparent’s wedding records and discover that the brides’ father was named John Smith.

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Whoever said “Seek and ye shall find” was not a genealogist.

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Strangers in the Box

 

Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I’ve often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, and serene.

I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories,
Are lost among my socks.

I wonder what their lives were like,
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I’ll never know their ways.

If only someone had taken time,
To tell, who, what, where, and when,
These faces of my heritage,
Would come to life again.

Could this become the fate,
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories,
Someday to be passed away?

Take time to save your stories,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours,
Could be strangers in the box.

Originally posted 2016-04-26 10:17:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Transcription: The last Will and Testament of Hannah Stone

 

Last Will and Testament of Hannah Stone

 

Hannah

 

Stone

 

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This is the last Will and testament of me Hannah Stone of Weymouth and Melcombe Regis in the County of Dorset ???? woman made this twenty fourth day of  April one thousand eight hundred and thirty four ffirst I direct my just debts ffuneral and testamentary expenses to be paid by my Executrix hereafter married And all the Rest Residue and Remainders of my household goods ffurniture linen cows cattle and all other my personal estate and effects what nature or kind ????? I give and do bequeath unto my daughter Ann Corney wife of William Corney of Weymouth aforesaid Sailmaker to and for her own use and benefit and I hereby appoint my said daughter sole Executrix of this my will and lastly I hereby revoke all wills codicils and other testamentary dispositions made by me at any time or times heretofore and do publish and declare this to be my last will and testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written The Mark and Seal of Hannah Stone ?? signed seales published and declared by the said Hannah Stone the Executrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto Fred Chas. Sleggatt S??  Weymouth Thos. Corrall
Proved at London 15th October 1835 before the judge by the oath… (remainder missing)

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Originally posted 2015-12-03 17:09:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A Swedish History: Gummeson and Nelson

My husband and children’s swedish history includes Gummeson and Nelson ancestors for the most part. Our children’s great grandfather through their grandmother (their father’s mother) was August Gummeson.

Born July 30, 1887 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA, August was one of nine children of David Gummeson from Sandsjo, Socken Kranebergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden and his wife Kristine Christina “Christina” Nelson from Urshult, Socken Kransbergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden.

David GummesonDavid Gummeson, born February 8, 1843, was the son of Gudmund Gumme Svensson of Vackelsang, Sweden and his wife Anna Olafsdotter, of Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden. Gudmund, in turn, was the son of Sven Hankansson and Elin Petersdotter, both from Sweden as far as we can tell.

He married Kristine “Christina” Nelson, born February 17, 1857, who was the daughter and second oldest of eight children of Peter Gustaf Nilsson of Linneryd, Sweden and Johanna “Hanna Johansdotter” of Urshalt, Sweden. Peter Gustaf Nilsson was the son and eldest of the ten children of Soldat Nils Piquet of Linneryd, Sweden and his wife Marta “Martha” Andersdotter of Hevmantorp, Sweden.

Christine Gummeson
Christine Gummeson

Although we have no documentary evidence to support this, we believe Soldat Nils Piquet was the son of Sven Peterson and Christina Nilsdotter, both of Sweden.

Following the centuries old naming convention of Sweden, the sons of the first two generations above took on the first names of their fathers, followed by the suffix ‘son’ added at the end. Gudmund Gumme Svensson (‘Svens’son), was the son of Sven Hankansson, and therefore, it can be assumed that the father of Sven Hankansson’s first name was Hankan, although we have no documentary evidence of such as yet. David Gummeson (‘Gumme’son), likewise took on his father Gumme’s first name with ‘son’ added at the end.

We have no photos or documents regarding Gudmund Gumme Svensson and Anna Olafsdotter. The Gummeson paper trail starts with David Gummeson and Christina Nelson.

CHRISTINA NELSON’S ANCESTRY

Sven Peterson’s birth date is unknown. Christine Nilsdotter was born in 1768 in Rolsme, Linneryd, Sweden and they were married sometime before 1794. Sven and Christine’s son was Soldat Nils Piquet, who was born April 8, 1794 in Linneryd, Sweden and died December 6, 1869, at the age of 75, in Gronadel, Sweden. So far, I have been unable to locate documentation proving he was the son of Sven Peterson and Christine Nilsdotter, or whether Soldat Nils Piquet had any siblings.

Farm House of Nils Svensson Peket (Picquet) in Sweden

Soldat Nils Piquet married Marta “Martha” Andersdotter in 1822. Martha was born on June 9, 1800 in Hevmantorp, Sweden and died June 8, 1889 at the age of 88. Soldat and Martha had ten children, all of whom were born in Sweden, and with whom they immigrated to the USA on October 22, 1870. They were:

  1. Peter Gustaf Nilsson Piquet, born October 30, 1823 in Linneryd, Sweden and died in about 1890 at the age of 67, in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. He may also have been known as Nels Peter Nelson, who   immigrated to the USA July 2, 1871.
  2. Eva Piquet was born on September 23, 1825.
  3. Johan Nilsson Piquet was born on August 16, 1827 in Linneryd, Sweden.
  4. Johanna Piquet was born on September 3, 1829 in Linneryd, Sweden and she died in 1860 at the age of 31.
  5. Daniel Piquet was born on Octboer 17, 1831 in Linneryd, Sweden.
  6. Anders Piquet Nilsson was born on October 24, 1833 in Linderyd and he died on May 13, 1921 at the age of 87 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA.
  7. Karl Piquet was born on November 2, 1835.
  8. Samuel Piquet was born on May 24, 1838.
  9. Carolina Piquet was born on December 2, 1840.
  10. Ingrid Kristina Piquet was born on December 25,1842.

Peter Gustaf Nilsson Piquet married Johanna Hanna Johansdotter, who was born on February 10, 1828 in Urshalt, Sweden. She died in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Peter and Hanna had eight children:

  1. Caroline Nelson was born on October 7, 1854 in Sweden.
  2. Kristine Christina Nelson (also known as Christina) was born February 17, 1857 in Urshult, Socken Kransbergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden and died June 29, 1931 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA.
  3. Eva Catharina Nelson was born on September 29, 1859 in Urshult, Socken Kransbergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden. She was also known as Eva Catharina Petersdotter Nelson and she died in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA.
  4. Nils Johan Nelson was born on September 29, 1861.
  5. Sven August Nelson was born on October 3, 1863.
  6. Emilie Nelson was born on June 30, 1866.
  7. Gustaf Adolf Nelson was born on February 12, 1871.
  8. Emma Sophia Nelson was born on November 9, 1876 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. She died of Typhoid fever on June 6, 1907 at the age of 30 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Emma had married Peter Lundquist and lived nearby. One of their children was named Pearl. Pearl was the youngest child of four, and when her mother died in 1906, at the age of 31, Peter Lundquist moved with his three oldest children to care for nieces and nephews who had also been orphaned, leaving Pearl (7 months old) in the care of Christina, who soon married her second husband Charles Hasselquist. The following obituary for Pearl was published in the County Ledger Press on January 14, 1999:

Pearl Lundquist, age 92, passed away Jan 2 at the Golden Age Manor in Amery. She was born Nov 2, 1906 in Amery to Peter amd Emma (Nelson) Lundquist. In June 1907, Pearl’s mother Emma passed away from Typhoid Fever. Pearl was only 7 years old. Pearl’s father and three older sisters left for Portland Oregon in August to take care of his neices and nephews who had (also) been orphaned with the oldest child being 12. Pearl was left with her aunt, Mrs. Christina Gummeson, who lived on what is now the Marlin Bottolfson farm. She was a widow with 9 children of her own. She (Pearl) attended the Shilo School for the first grade. When she was 8, she moved to the farm north of Shilo where Christina married Charles Hasselquist. She then attended the Goose Lake School and later attended High School in Amery, where she stayed with another aunt. Rev. Ardren at First Lutheran in Amery, confirmed her in the Swedish language. When she live near Balsam Lutheran as a child, she walked 3 1/2 miles to Sunday School and Luther League. She was active at Balsam Lutheran teaching Sunday School as well as being the substitute organist for services. During WWII, Pearl worked in New Richmond packing K Rations. For 43 years she worked at Paradise Lodge in Balsam Lake. She was preceded in death by three sisters. Interment was in the Balsam Lutheran Cemetery with Williamson funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Her funeral was on Wednesday, Jan 6 at 1 p.m. at Balsam Lutheran Church, rural Amery, with the Rev. Ed Rasmussen officiating.

DAVID GUMMESON’S ANCESTRY

Sven Hankansson was born on April 15, 1767 and he married Elin Petersdotter, who was born September 27, 1778. Sven and Elin had seven children.

  1. Gudmund Gumme Svensson was born July 10, 1796 in Vackelsang, Sweden and died 1861 in Sodra Sandsjo, Veramala Narragard, Sweden.
  2. Catherina Svensdottter was born on November 5, 1793.
  3. Magnus Svensson was born on January 22, 1795. He died just under six months of age on July 2, 1795.
  4. Magnus Svensson was born on February 17, 1798. He died on April 27, 1804 at the age of 6.
  5. Annica Svensson was born on August 11, 1799 and died on August 17, 1903 at the age of 104.
  6. Johannes Svensson was born on September 14, 1801.
  7. Ingrid Svensdotter was born on August 7, 1803. She died at just five days old on August 12, 1803.
Gummeson House in Sweden
Gummeson house in Sweden.

Gudmund Gumme Svensson was born on July 10, 1796 in Vackelsang, Sweden. He died in 1861 at the age of 65 in Sodra Sandsjo, Veramala Narragard, Sweden. Gudmund married Anna Olafsdotter on February 23, 1825 in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden. Anna was born on December 21, 1801 in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden and she died November 9, 1845 at 43 years of age in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden. Gudmund and Anna had six children.

Ingrid Gummesdotter
Ingrid Gummesdotter
  1. Johannes Gummeson was born on April 7, 1826 and died in infancy not too long after in 1826 in Sodra Sandsjo, Sweden.
  2. Elin Kaisa Gummesdoter was born on June 7, 1827 and later died in Sweden.
  3. Ingrid Catharine Gummeson was born on September 16, 1829 in Sondra Sandsja, Sweden. She died in 1907 at the age of 78 in USA. She was also known as “Ingrid and/or Katherina” Gummesdotter.
  4. Marie Gummesdotter was born January 28, 1841 and died soon after in her infancy.
  5. David Gummeson, born February 8,1843 in Sandsjo, Socken Kranebergs, Lan Smoland, Sweden, died September 20, 1899 at the age of 56 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA, was buried in Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, USA.
  6. Infant Gummeson was born on November 9, 1845 and died at 62 in 1907.

DAVID GUMMESON AND CHRISTINA NELSON

The Gummeson family.
David and Christine Gummeson and Family (c. 1893) – back l-r: Gustav Herman Gummeson, Johanna Matilda (Tillie) Gummeson, Ernest Wilhelm Gummeson – middle l-r: David Gummeson (Axel Frederik Gummeson on David’s lap), Frank Elmer Gummeson, Kristine Christina Gummeson (Esther Christine Gummeson on her lap) – front l-r: August Leonard Gummeson, Hilda Caroline Gummeson.

David Gummeson (also spelled Gummesson) was registered as a farm boy living with his sister Elin Gummesdotter and her husband Hakan Svensson at Kroksjoboda Norrgard in Tingsas, Sweden. David’s sister Ingrid Gummesdotter was married to Charles (Carl) Lindstrom. When David was 2 years old, his mother Anna Olafsdotter died on November 9, 1845. His father Gudmund Gumme Svensson died in 1861. On Sep 20 1899, David Gummeson died in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA, age 56. He was buried in Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery, Balsam lake.

Johanna Matilda Gummeson
Johanna Matilda Gummeson

Christina Nelson lived at Savsjodal near Savsjomala at Hunshult in Urshult. She immigrated to the USA at age 17, subsequently marrying David on December 9, 1876 at age 19, when he was 33. David is shown with his family in the 1880 Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin census as a Farmer. Records show Christina’s postal address of General Delivery, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, USA on December 10, 1917. Christina died June 29, 1931 at 74 on the farm near Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin.  David and Christina had nine children:

  1. Johanna Matilda “Tillie” Gummeson, born November 13, 1877 and died on July 6 or 9, 1948 at age 70.
  2. Ernest Wilhelm Gummeson, born March 27, 1881 and died December 13, 1941 at 60. Ernest worked in the woods in Minnesota for a few winters and also worked on railroad construction for one summer.In the early 1900’s, he homesteaded in North Dakota, about 20 miles southwest of Estevan, Saskatchewan. Ernest was in Cabri in 1912 working for a railroad contractor, hauling water from Miry Creek to the camp east of Shackleton.He was no doubt encouraged to come to Cabri by his brothers who had established themselves there earlier.Ernest was one of the few settlers to ship in carloads of settlers’ effects including horses, cows, machinery, furniture, etc. Those who had arrived before the railroad
    Ernest Gummeson
    Ernest Wilhelm Gummeson

    was built had to haul their belongings from Swift Current or from Gull Lake. In 1913 they homesteaded on the W 1/2 7-19-18. In 1917, he purchased the Southeast of 13-19-19 from Wesley (Mac) McLean. Most of the homestead was broken with horses and a one furrow sulky plow, but the SE of 13 was broken with a large Twin City tractor and a large breaking plow which was owned by brothers Elmer and Herman Gummeson. His first crop in 1914 was a complete failure due to drought. In 1915 there was an extremely good crop, but in 1916, he was completely hailed out.

    Gustav Herman Gummeson
    Gustav Herman Gummeson

    In 1926, the farm was enlarged with the purchase of the Hudson Bay SW 1/4 8-19-18, and in this year Ernest, together with his brothers Axel and August, purchased a Model P Case Combine. In 1927 Ernest sold his share and bought an IHC No. 8 Combine. Ernest and Esther had three children, Walter, Berenice and Mildred. Ernest served on the Cabri School Board and on the  Cabri United Church Board. He died in 1941, at which time Walter took over the farm.

  3. Gustav Herman Gummeson was born July 24 1879 in Balsam Lake, Polk, Wisconsin, USA and died February 14 1935 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
  4. Frank Elmer Gummeson was born on March 22, 1883 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. He died on January 11, 1941 at the age of 57 in
    Frank Elmer Gummeson
    Frank Elmer Gummeson

    Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is believed that Elmer also attended school at Shilo. This was confirmed by Cecil. Elmer’s first residence in Cabri was a small wooden structure. He was a member of the Cabri and District Lions Club Board of Directors as Lion Tamer, starting January 29, 1959.

  5. August Leonard Gummeson was born July 30, 1887. He immigrated to Cabri, Saskatchewan from North Dakota with several of his brothers and sisters and their families to farm on homestead properties. August, together with his brothers Axel and Ernest, purchased a Model P Case Combine. This combine had no grain tank, the grain being elevated into a wagon box which was pulled alongside. The tractors at that time did not have enough traction to pull the combine up some of the hills on his farm, so he pulled it with 12 horses. In 1927 Ernest sold his share to buy an IHC No. 8 Combine. August married Bertha Hanson and they
    August Gummeson
    August Leonard Gummeson.

    lived on August’s homestead, which was only a quarter of a mile south of Cabri. Later they moved into town. On November 23, 1930, August and his wife Bertha celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary and their son Merrill’s first birthday. Nels Peterson (a relative) called him the Ninth Wonder of the World, as he had arrived on their 9th Anniversary. Following an illness that some believed to be Typhus, which he contracted from a contaminated well in Saskatchewan, they relocated to    LaGrande, Oregon, USA from Cabri, Saskatchewan after 1922, along with their foster son Cecil, only to return after about a year. They again relocated to  Chilliwack in August of 1936. One can only assume this was again as a result of his health issues. August was a member of the Hospital Complex Construction Committee for Chilliwack Hospital from April 1950 to after 1956. August died on July 2, 1956 at the age of 68 in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

  6. Hilda Gummeson
    Hilda Caroline Gummeson

    Hilda Caroline Gummeson was born on June 7, 1889 in Polk County, Wisconsin. She married John MacPherson and they lived in Arcata, California, USA, where she died on June 30, 1979 at the age of 90.

  7. Esther Christine Gummeson was born on September 1, 1893 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Esther married Alex Stewart in Cabri Sask., (or possibly  Wisconsin) March 20 , 1918 and they had 8 children. She died on November 2, 1963 at the age of 70 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  8. Axel Gummeson
    Axel Gummeson

    Axel Gummeson, born July 15, 1891 in Balsam Lake, Polk, Wisconsin, USA and died November 6, 1962 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. Axel Fredrik Gummeson was born on July 15, 1891 in Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Axel and his wife Ella, along with their son Kenneth, age 10 weeks, left Amery, Wisconsin, USA by train and arrived in Cabri, Saskatchewan on April 21, 1917. They took up residence at the August Gummeson farm on the south edge of town. Several brothers and a sister of Axel had come to Cabri prior to this time. They had four children, Kenneth, Mazel, Axel Stanley who died in infancy, and Helen.In 1928 Axel bought the NE, NW, and SE of 8-19-18 and the NE of 5-19-18 W 3rd. Axel was an avid curler and hunter, an active member of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and a founding member of the Cabri Cooperative Association. In 1945, Axel and Ella retired and moved to New Westminster, British Columbia where Axel died November 6, 1962 at 71 after a lengthy illness.

  9. Luther Emanuel Gummeson was born June 22, 1895 in Amery, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA. Before enlisting for military service on December 10, 1917, he was a Lutheran and a farmer in Vancouver, BC. In June 1918 he was in France. His regimental number was 4080081, he was a Pvt L.E. 7th Battalion of the Canadian (B.E. F.) British Expeditionary Force. He  was 6′ 1 1/8″ in height, with 40″ chest at full expansion, fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair on December 10, 1917.
    Luther Gummeson
    Luther Emanuel Gummeson

    A description of his physicalmarks at the time of Attestation was “two scars left arm at insertion of deltoid. Scar little finger right hand, one left great toe, one upper lip right.” He died on October 22, 1934 at the age of 39 in Beruryn, Alberta, Canada of unknown causes. Rumour had it that his early death was attributed to being gassed during WWI. Before his death, Luther was living in the Peace River area.

Sources:

  1. August Gummeson tombstone, Cabri Cemetery, Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada .
  2. 1880 US Census; Gummeson, David; Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin.
  3. ‘Iowa’ Ship’s Roster, 1871; Gummeson, David.
  4. 1910 US Census; Gummeson, Christina; Balsam Lake, Polk County, Wisconsin.
  5. Luther Emanuel Gummeson File (Attestation Papers), Archives Canada.
  6. Frank Elmer Gummeson tombstone, Cabri Cemetery, Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada; Through the Years: History of Cabri and District – Johnson Family; Page 618 (Cabri History Book Committee).
  7. 1910 US Census; Gummeson, Ernest; Gang Creek Township, Williams? County, North Dakota.
  8. Ernest W. Gummeson tombstone, Cabri Cemetery, Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  9. Informal interviews with various Gummeson family members.
  10. Through the Years: History of Cabri and District – Farm Equipment Operation, Page 24; Chautauqua, Page 39; Hunting, Page 51; Sod Breaking, Page 62; Councillors, Page 70; Dance, Page 75; Credit Union, Page 95; Hospital Board, Page 106-107; Lions Club, Page 113; Orange Lodge, Page 117; Cabri Band Auxiliary, Page 119;   Frank, Page 244-247; Axel and Cecil Gummeson, Page 447-449.

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Originally posted 2017-05-16 12:15:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

My favorite and most used US genealogy research links.

 

The following is my extensive list of my favorite and most used US genealogy research links. Although the vast majority of these are free, there are a few paid sites included that I do subscribe to – simply because I find them invaluable.

 

Originally posted 2016-06-23 15:39:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Creating and safeguarding a digital library of genealogy records and images.

 

The first consideration when starting to research your genealogy is creating and safeguarding a digital library of genealogy records and images.

 

Creating and safeguarding a digital library of genealogy records.
The importance of creating and safeguarding a digital library of genealogy records.

I have been a computer user from the day of the old single-use word processors. Therefore, I tend to digitize everything into my own digital library of valuables from family photos, tax documents, bills, bank records, correspondence – and of course, genealogy records, genealogy databases and data.

I’m not a novice. I’m well aware of the pitfalls of relying on a digital library, but I’m as guilty as the next person for procrastination and rationalization.

When it comes to doing the tasks necessary to ensure my genealogy records are secure and permanent, I tend to think, “It’s OK, I’ll do it later.”

There are, however, some very serious pitfalls of putting these things off.

Some of the compelling reasons for digitizing records include:

  • Immediacy of sending genealogy records digitally over the internet.
  • Ease of organization, storage, searching and reproduction.
  • Ability to share family genealogy records between yourself and others.
  • Retain genealogy records in condition at the time of scanning to safeguard against the inevitable ravages of time on physical documents, etc.
  • More and more genealogy records are “born-digital”, never having been in physical form at all.

The digital backup we are used to is not sufficient to safeguard and archive records. The process required includes:

  • Storing with background, technical and descriptive information.
  • Storing records in several locations.
  • Archiving for a very lengthy period of time.
  • Saving genealogy data at a very high resolution.
  • Periodically backing up stored genealogy records to new media to prevent loss of data.
  • Converting file formats and media to new ones to avoid obsolescence.
  • Ensuring access to the digital genealogy records collection.

For my own digital archive storage, I am using a 1 terabyte hard drive and save all important genealogy documents and photos to it. If my sum total of research at this point wasn’t as large as it is, I would use the ‘cloud’ as a backup. But there are limits to the quantity of data it will hold.

All of my original genealogy files and data are on my computer.

I also transfer the files periodically to a new backup using the newest technology and format.

I don’t believe in using CDs, DVDs or even flash drives for permanent storage at all as I’ve had too many fail.

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Originally posted 2017-01-21 11:25:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Forensic Genealogy: Dead men do tell tales.

 

I tend to use a combination of the more general genealogy research techniques as well as some of those considered to be forensic genealogy.

 

I didn’t even realize I used these techniques or that there was actually a name for them until I read the following article.

 

forensic genealogy
In forensic genealogy – dead men do tell tales.

While the Bermuda Triangle is the end of a journey, the Forensic Genealogy Research Triangle represents the beginning of an ancestral research journey.

History, Geography, and DNA create the perfect equilateral triangle of forensic research. If you must supply documentation for a legal case that requires source citations or written reports, you are now entering the world of forensic genealogy.

When I set out to research this article, I was a tad surprised to see forensic genealogy described as a “modern” approach to family research, as though it were invented yesterday. The practice has been around for quite some time. Only recently has it gotten a sexy name and the respect and appreciation it deserves.

I have heard forensic genealogy described as “the study of kinship and identity as it pertains to the law.”

That’s a good definition, but I prefer professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak’s description – “reverse genealogy” – because in many forensic cases, you begin with the deceased and you look for the living, compared to conventional genealogy, which usually starts with the living and looks for the deceased. (Ms. Smolenyak is the author of Trace Your Roots with DNA.)

A lot of forensic research is figured out by available documentation with science and technology mixed in. The three most important sources of this area of study are:

  1. Photo analysis
  2. Database mining
  3. DNA analysis

 

Research Formula

 

Forensic techniques + conventional research = forensic genealogy

 

In other words, forensic genealogy takes the facts discovered by conventional genealogy and weaves them together to give you an entire picture. It is a relatively modern approach to family research for the legal profession and law enforcement. I’ve heard it referred to as “CSI Meets Roots.”

One of the most common uses for forensic genealogy is to locate missing heirs to estates. This is not a new practice. In fact, Laurie Thompson, a highly respected former Regent of a New York City Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter, provided genealogy research to the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, in addition to finding next of kin, for more than 40 years. She didn’t have the luxury of online databases; she did it the hardcopy way. The answer to a case may be found in a city directory or in hospital or cemetery records. So “high-tech” is not necessary in forensic genealogy, but it sure does help. Where the high-technology comes in handy is with the DNA testing; but in the end, the science must be supported by the analyses of photos and documents.

A short list of areas that are served by forensic genealogy includes:

  • Probate and estate cases
  • Guardianship cases (next of kin)
  • Civil pension, Social Security, or veteran benefits
  • Land issues

 

Experts in the Field

 

Colleen Fitzpatrick

 

Fitpatrick is described as a “real-life CSI detective who has helped crack the most compelling mysteries of our time.” Currently, she is a consulting genealogist for the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL).

Boasting a PhD in nuclear physics, as well as an MS in physics from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Colleen Fitzpatrick founded her own high-tech optics company (Rice Systems) in her garage. She subsequently contracted with NASA, the US Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation, as well as other civil and government agencies.

Fitzpatrick is the author of several best-selling books on genealogy, including Forensic Genealogy, which is considered “The Reference” for the entire profession. Dick Eastman, renowned genealogist and host of his own website Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, highly recommends her book. Other books by Fitzpatrick include DNA and Genealogy (2005) and Dead Horse Investigation: Forensic Photo Analysis for Everyone, among others.

 

Dee Dee King

 

An expert in the field of forensic genealogy, Dee Dee King serves on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG); a professional business league. The Council’s website offers valuable research resources, including links to probate codes, bar associations, state rules of evidence, genealogist/attorney relationships, and more. The Council also offers classes, and those who pass the course receive a Forensic Genealogy Institute Certificate of Completion.

Forensic genealogy in short is research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. It’s mining for research gold, using creative resources outside the realm of conventional genealogy research. It is applying scientific processes to traditional research to arrive at an answer. It is the dead speaking from the grave… “where are you?” Do you hear dead people speaking? If you do, forensic genealogy may be for you.

 

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Originally posted 2016-12-04 07:02:07. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Transcription: Crandall Family burial site memorial marker.

 

The following is my transcription of the Crandall Family burial site memorial marker of Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts. The graveyard is located at Pound Road, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island.

 

Reverend John Crandall was the 8th great grandfather to my children through his first wife.

 

Featured image: Crandall Family Burial Ground, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island.

CRANDALL FAMILY

Ancestral Burial Site

 

Crandall Burial Site
Crandall Burial Site memorial marker.

Elder John Crandall 1st Wife Died 1669
1647 Hannah Gaylord 2nd Wife 1678

1753 John Crandall after 1819
Rev. War Veteran
1755 Anna Gradner Wife

Tombstone of Reverend John Crandall
Tombstone of Reverend John Crandall.

Esther Lewis Crandall Lydia Saunders Crandall

1738 Lewis Crandall 1830 John G. Crandall
1790 Hannah Crandall Lizzie Primus
1793 Joshua Crandall

FROM “WESTERLY AND ITS WITNESSES”
erected by the
CRANDALL FAMILY ASSOCIATION
30 May 1994

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Tombstone:

ELDER JOHN CRANDALL

c.1609 – 1676

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Originally posted 2016-12-09 13:35:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Transcription: Obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer

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obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer.
Obituary for Leonard Scott Keefer.

SCOTT KEEFER PASSES AWAY.

Scott Keefer died at his home in this city last Saturday morning about nine o’clock, aged 73 years, 3 months and 12 days.

While his health had been failing gradually for the last two or three years, it was not until about New Year, when he had a severe attack of la grippe, that it was felt there was any cause for worry. He did not seem to recover from the effects of this attack, and about ten days prior to his death he took a serious turn for the worse, and continued in a critical condition until death occurred Saturday morning from heart failure.

Mr. Keefer had been a resident of Dell Rapids for nearly thirty years, having been a grain buyer until he retired a few years ago. He was born in Paynesville, Ohio, December 6th, 1812. When he was eight years old he moved with his parents to Wisconsin, where he resided until about 33 years ago, when he came to Egan, Dakota, to take charge of a grain elevator. While a resident of Egan he was a member of the Masonic fraternity and also an active member of the Methodist church, of which he was treasurer and a leader.

After leaving Egan he was located at Flandreau for a time and then came to Dell Rapids, where he has since resided.

He was a veteran of the civil war, having enlisted as a member of Co. H. First Minnesota Heavy Artillery, at St. Paul, February 8th, 1865, and served in Tennessee until the close of the war, being discharged Sept. 27, 1865. He was an active member of the G.A.R.

He had been married twice, the last time to Miss Anna Qualseth, in 1892, who with four sons and one daughter survive him. There are also a son and a daughter of his first marriage, W. S. Keefer, of Rozellville, Wis., and Mrs. Cora Gaske, of Beaver Dam, Wis., both of whom, and the latter accompanied by her husband, are here to attend the funeral.

The children here are Leonard, Harry, Dewey, Annie May and Geddy.

Mr. Keefer was widely known and was universally esteemed for his kindly ways and disposition, his public spirit and good citizenship.

The funeral was held Wednesday, at the home at 1:30, and at the M. E. church at 2 o’clock, Rev Black conducting the service, which was largely attended.

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We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who so kindly assisted us in the sickness and death of our dear husband and father; for the beautiful floral offerings and to the old soldiers and choir and to Rb. Black, of the Methodist church, for his words of cheer and comfort.

Mrs. L. F. Keefer and Children.

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Originally posted 2016-08-19 20:44:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Transcription: 1564 will of Thomas Blyth of Louth, Lincolnshire.

The following is  my transcription of the 1564 will of Thomas Blyth of Louth, Lincolnshire, England.

In the name of God Amen.

The xxvijth Daye of ffebruary in the year of our Lord God a thousand five hundreth sixtie and four I Thomas Blyth of Louth ??????? draper ???? in boddie and parfecte in remembrance doth ordaine and maketh my laste will and testamente in manner and form following. First I bequeath my soule to God almightie my only creator and ?????? and my boddie to be buried in the Church or Churchyarde ?????? ?? shall please God to call me to I give and bequeath to the pore people of sssssss sssss shilings and ?????? pence. ???? give to ye poore people of Thorneton three shillinge and ?????? pence.

Item I give to the poore people of O??ersby five shillinge. Then I give to the reper????? of the Cathedrill Churche in Lincolne si? pence.

Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth my wife fortie pounds with than half parte of my household and my new cupboard in the ????? parlor only ??????.

Item I give and bequeath to Edward John William and Jonathan, my sonnes to ???? out of them twentie pounts. And if it please God that any of my sonnes decease before they be of the age of xxj yeres, than my will is that the parte or parts of them for deceased shalbe evenly divided amongest the bretheren that livest.

Item my will and my ??? is that Edward Blyte my sone shalbe kept three yeres at Lo?oth or some other good scoole of my ????, and if his ?????? think it be apte to take l???ing, than my will is that he shall goe to Cambridge for ??? yeres his twentie poundes will disthan?e ??ym.

Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth and Grace my daughters either of them twentie poundes, and if either of them dye before they be married, then my will is that her parte that is dis????ed be equally divided betwixt Edward Blyth and John my sonnes, and the daughter that lyveth. And if they both dye, than my will is that my foure sonnes aforesaide shall have it ????? ??????? them.

Item I bequeath to Catheren my daughter fortie pounds and my will is that George South shall have the order of her, to before as he shall ??????? mete for her proffitt.

Item I doe require my brothers George South, Patrick Blyte and Will Blyth to be helpers and aff??????? to myne Executor in all his needes and ?????? and for these payments I doe give ????? ????? of them one olde ??yere.

Item I doe require and ????????? ? ????? ??????? to be the supervisor of this my last will and for yis payment I doe give hym fortie shillings.

Item I give and bequeath to my younge master William after fortie shillings and I ???? ?????? requiring hym to be good in???? my ?????????? children the residue of all my goodes my debts payed and funerall expense deducted I give and bequeath to Thomas Blyth my oldest sonne, ??????? ?????? the sole Executor of this my last will and testament provided alwayes that if uppon the ???? of my goods my debts beinge payede and my funerall expense deducted, that it shall appe?? that myne Executors ?????? shall not amounte to the ??ere valu of fortie poundes then my will is ???? ??????? my daughter shall abate of her legacie before written to the valu of f????? poundes and every childe to abbate for morhe of theire portons at the saide ?????ing ? ????? my ???? ?????? ?onth shall declare equally by theire dis????ons. ?oe that my full meaning is that my Executors parte shalbe fortie poundes. And my will and mynde further is that my saide Executor shall not declare noe will uppon my goods that were myne during three yeres ???? ????ing this present daye except he be married.

And then if it shall soe come to passe that myne E????? shall disease within the saide three yeres, then my will is that ??????? my saide wife, yf the ?? ???ing shalbe the sole Eecutrix sholde have had ??? ?? ha?? lyved, the saide three yeres ???? whereas I am indebted ?oute the children of my late brother Thomas ??????? in certaine somes of monney my mynde and will is that forte poundes thereof shalbe payed on to the handes of the saide George South ymmediatly after my disease, uppon ? dis??????? and the rest to be payed within three yeres, if they per????? any ?????????? in my saide Executor and yf my saide Supervisor and my brother So??the think my saide Executor to ?????? in  his fulfillment, then they be theire dis??????? to ta?? ????? as my saide brother ?????????? children maye be affirmed uppon theire ???? ymmediatly. In Witnes hereof onto this, my last will and testamente I have subscribed my name with my ????? hande in the presense of Thomas Otleye, Davide Johnson, Lawrence Troydall, and Willm Baylye, and Christofer Willinson ????? George So??the provided always, that yf it shall fort??? either that my wife shall marry, or my sonne Thomas to marrie, or that they cannot ????? that then and ymmediatly after ????? marriage or disagreemente that my wife shall have my lease of my farme in ???saye for the terme of ten yeres that ?? ???????? ????????? hath promised me in the same.

Probatum (continues in Latin… unable to read or translate)

Transcription of the 1564 will of Thomas Blyth of Louth, Lincolnshire, England.
Transcription of the 1564 will of Thomas Blyth of Louth, Lincolnshire.

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As you can see by the strings of question marks above, I had trouble transcribing several words. If you know any of the missing words or phrase, please do comment with them and I’ll update the transcription.

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Irish Genetic Homeland Finder: Ancestry by DNA, place names, surnames.

The Irish Genetic Homeland Finder website is taking advantage of Ireland being the one country that preceded all others in using paternal surnames, by using the surnames as well as DNA and geographical place names in pinpointing direct male ancestry for approximately 1,000 years.
Irish Genetic Homeland Finder: Ancestry by DNA
Irish Genetic Homeland Finder traces Irish Ancestry using DNA, place names, and surnames.

This is an interactive site available to anyone who may be curious about their Irish surname, or those interested in more detailed research into Irish surnames that appear in their family tree.

Registration for this site is free and the first six queries are free, although there are fees applied on a pay as you go basis for additional queries.

All that is necessary is to input your surname(s) of interest to find locations where farmers with that surname cluster, in addition to place names and castles associated with the surname(s). Once the search button is pressed, it is possible to zoom within the interactive map to find known areas of concentrations of the names.

This works particularly well in Ireland because original farming families of a particular surname can still be found farming the lands of their ancestors. Those farmers also used their name in naming places they lived and castles they built, owned and passed on through their families.

If there is more than one Irish surname in one’s ancestry, it is possible to input all surnames and find locations where the highest concentration of each surname can be compared and finding likely places where both surnames coexisted.

Searches can be saved to avoid ever having to pay for the same search twice.

When examined in conjunction with an ancestral DNA test, it is possible to achieve a much more detailed and precise result. The DNA test can help to reveal surnames of ancestors and neighbors up to about 1,000 years ago.

I don’t have much Irish ancestry, but I’m sure this site could be hugely valuable to those whose Irish ancestry is more significant.

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Transcription – Civil War letters of Pte. David Coon now completed.

I’m very happy to say I have finally completed the transcription of the 100+ pages of letters from Pte. David Coon to his family during his time of service and his capture and imprisonment by Confederate forces in Libby Prison and then Salsbury Prison, where he died late in 1864.

I do apologize for taking so long, but it was a great deal of work and had to be done when I could find time amid my responsibilities updating and maintaining my four blogs and my daily responsibilities as a wife and mother of two young adults.

I have divided the transcription into individual website pages containing 10 pages of letters each. The pages can be easily scrolled through using the page navigation links at the bottom of each web page.

This is a treasured artifact of our family. We do not hold the original letters, but we do have an original typed transcription of the letters completed in 1913 (interestingly enough, 100 years old as of this year) by David’s son Dr. John W. Coon.

My Signature

Who’ulda Thought Headstone Hunting Could Be Such Fun?

Although my husband and children all enjoy hunting moose, headstone hunting is about as far as I’ll go.
headstone hunting at Melanson Community Hall
Melanson Community Hall in the town of Melanson. My mother’s maiden name is Melanson.

About six years ago, we decided to take our one and only big family vacation – a three week driving trip from central Ontario to Acadian territories in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Although this was a planned vacation, it was an opportunity as well to teach the kids something of their Acadian heritage and see the area in which my mother, her family and ancestors lived for generations.

Melanson Mountain Sign, across from the Melanson Community Hall while headstone hunting.
Melanson Mountain Sign, across from the Melanson Community Hall.

We did a lot of sightseeing in places like Moncton to see the tidal bore of the Bay of Fundy, and the Hopewell Rocks where I got a wonderful picture of Erin and Stuart against the rocks at high tide. I’ve since had several people accuse me of having ‘photoshopped’ the photo, but that’s not the case at all.

Other sites along our journey were:

  • Fort Edward and Fort Beausejour, where several of our ancestors were imprisoned during the Acadian Expulsion;
Grand Pré Chapel while headstone hunting.
Grand Pré Chapel.
  • Grand Pré, the site of the meeting in which Acadian men were informed of their imminent expulsion;
  • Melanson village and mountain, the site of the settlement of one original Melanson brother and pioneer, Pierre Melanson and his descendants;
  • Melanson Settlement, the historic site where our ancestor Charles, the other pioneer brother, settled;
  • Fort Anne, where we had the experience of a lifetime, experiencing the highly entertaining ‘Graveyard Tour‘ hosted by Alan Melanson, a distant cousin; our unexpected discovery of an original ‘aboiteau’ from the Melanson Settlement site, a hollowed wooden log with a hinged valve at one end which was used to drain the water from the fields (it had been in storage at North Hills Museum and she took us to see it when she heard me talking about it); and a visit to Ste. Anne University, where the students and staff were very knowledgeable and amazingly helpful, finding a great deal of documentation for my research.
The mysterious aboiteau used by the Acadians found on our headstone hunting trip.
The mysterious aboiteau used by the Acadians to control the water on the marshes where they homesteaded and farmed.

Our most unexpected discovery was at a tiny, charming Catholic church in Argyle, near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

When driving through we spotted a graveyard with hundreds of headstones right along side the road, noticing right away that there were some very old headstones in the mix. At my request, Mark stopped the car and we got out to have a look.

Ste. Anne Catholic Church in Argyle, Nova Scotia - headstone hunting trip.
Ste. Anne Catholic Church and graveyard in Argyle, Nova Scotia – where we spent one Sunday morning headstone hunting.

Our plan was that Mark would have the camera, I would have my notebook to write hard-to-read transcriptions, and Erin and Stuart would be the scouts, running ahead, raising their hands and shouting to let us know they’d found a ‘Melanson’ or ‘Fougere’ headstone.

Now this was a really quiet, cool, damp day and we were just waiting for the rain that appeared to be imminent, but that didn’t deter us. We made short work of the task, and went through the vast graveyard in great speed.

It wasn’t long after starting though, that I noticed the cars driving by slowing right down to check us out and see what we were doing. Some actually came to a dead stop in the middle of the road. Upon reflection, I realized how odd we all must have looked – especially the kids, running from headstone to headstone, raising their hands and shouting. Did they think we were playing some kind of game?

As silly as we must have looked, it was a great deal of fun and it’s a trip we all talk of to this day. We’d all love to do it again.

King Richard III’s genome to be sequenced by scientists.

Previous posts I’ve written described our fascination with King Richard III and the search for his grave, which ended successfully when his skeleton was unearthed in a Leicester parking lot in England.

Richard III, King of England

Now scientists have announced they will be sequencing Richard III’s DNA, which is of great interest to us and numerous other descendants of Richard III and his family.

He is an ancestor of Mark’s family and has been the subject of some research on my part. The resulting posts were:

Richard III's grave in Leicester parking lot.I’ve been toying with the idea of getting Mark’s and my DNA, and now that DNA profiles are more prevalent, it’s looking more and more like it would be a worthwhile endeavor.

Tombstone plaque for Richard III.Research can only be so accurate. Every family and generation has experienced their scandals and secrets that were never documented, and which may have affected the recorded ancestries, such as a child born from an illicit affair that was never disclosed. Even more questionable are the undocumented connections.

DNA might be helpful in solving some mysteries in more recent generations of branches of my family, as it is the one and only way we might have to prove blood connections to family and ancestors, either confirming or refuting the documentary evidence. It would be wonderful to have some of my questions answered and suspicions and theories confirmed.

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Transcription: US, WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 – John Croll Macpherson for John Croll MacPherson

This is my transcription of the US, WWI Draft Registration Card for John Croll Macpherson.

REGISTRATION CARD

US WWI Draft Registration Card for John MacPherson
US WWI Draft Registration Card for John MacPherson

SERIAL NUMBER: 1658

ORDER NUMBER: A782

CELL 1

John Crowl Macpherson     (First Name, Middle Name, Last Name)

CELL 2

PERMANENT HOME ADDRESS

1230 E. Flanders, Portland, Multnomah, Oregon     (No., Street or R.F.D. No., City or town, County, State)

CELL 3

Age in Years     32

CELL 4

Date of Birth     April 7, 1886     (Month, Day, Year)

_______________________________

RACE

CELL 5        White     X

CELL 6        Negro

CELL 7       Oriental

                    Indian

CELL 8       Citizen

CELL 9       Noncitizen

U.S. CITIZEN

CELL 10     Native Born

CELL 11     Naturalized

CELL 12     Citizen by Father’s Naturalization Before Registrant’s Majority

ALIEN    

CELL 13      Declarant     X

CELL 14      Non-declarant

CELL 15      If not a citizen of the U.S. of what nation are you a citizen or subject?     Scotland

PRESENT OCCUPATION

CELL 16      Mgr. Bakery

EMPLOYER’S NAME

CELL 17      Meier & Frank Co.

PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT OR BUSINESS

CELL 18      Sth (?) Morrison Portland Multnomah Or.     (No., Street or R.F.D. No., City or town, County, State)

NEAREST RELATIVE

NAME

CELL 19      Hilda Macpherson

ADDRESS

CELL 20      1230 E. Flanders Multnomah Or.     (No., Street or R.F.D. No., City or town, County, State)

I AFFIRM THAT I HAVE VERIFIED ABOVE ANSWERS AND THAT THEY ARE TRUE.

P.M.G.O.

Form No. 1 (Red)

John Croll MacPherson

(Registrant ?????????????????????)         (OVER)

REGISTRAR’S REPORT

36-1-16 “C”

DESCRIPTION OF REGISTRANT

HEIGHT

CELL 21      Tall

CELL 22      Medium     X

CELL 23      Short

BUILD

CELL 24      Slender

CELL 25      Medium

CELL 26      Stout

COLOR OF EYES

CELL 27      Brown

COLOR OF HAIR

CELL 28      Brown

CELL 29      Has person lost arm, leg, hand, eye, or is he obviously physically disqualified? (Specify.)     No.

CELL 30     

I certify that my answers are true; that the person registered has read or has had read to him his own answers; that I have witnessed his signature or mark, and that all of his answers of which I have knowledge are true, except as follows:

_____________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________

Mrs. William W. Porter

(Signature of Registrar)

Date of Registration     Sept. 12, 1918.

STAMP:

      |      LOCAL BOARD

      |     DIV. NO. 7

      |     COURT HOUSE

      |     PORTLAND, OREG.

(The stamp of the Local Board having jurisdiction of the area in which the registrant has his permanent home shall be placed in this box.)

??-????     (OVER)

___________________

The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 

Transcription: Whitcomb burials of Lancaster, Massachusetts, prior to 1850.

Whitcomb Burials
Whitcomb Burials

Transcription of the Whitcomb burials of Lancaster, Massachusetts, prior to  1850.

THE

BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH

REGISTER,

CHURCH RECORDS AND EPITAPHS

OF

LANCASTER, MASSACHUSETTS

1643-1850

EDITED BY
HENRY S. NOURSE, A. M.
______

LANCASTER:
1890

EPITAPHS IN LANCASTER BURIAL GROUNDS OF
DATE PRIOR TO 1850.
____________

Whitcomb BurialsTHE OLD BURIAL FIELD.

The founders of the town, and their descendants during the 17th century at least, buried their dead without formal services—foll0wing the custom of the Puritans in England-—and perhaps a plot of ground for the family graves was sometimes selected within the home lot or orchard. Early in the present century ancient graves were visible near the sites of both the Roper and the Prescott garrisons. But in the infancy of the Nashaway Plantation, land adjoining the meeting-house site was set apart for common use as a “burying place.” The practice of marking graves by incribed headstones probably did not begin until after the resettlement, one apparent exception being that of Mrs. Dorothy Prescott, who died in I674. The oldest date now to be found is that over the grave of the first ]ohn Houghton—I684. For half a century all memorial stones were but fragments of slate riven from some ledge, or rough granite slabs, upon which unskilled hands rudely incised name and date,—the latter being often upon a foot-stone or on the back of the head-stone. Many of the older inscriptions are illegible to most eyes. In his History of Lancaster, Reverend A. P. Marvin has given a plan of this ancient burial place, upon which the marked graves are located and numbered, and has added literal copies of the epitaphs. In the following carefully revised list of inscriptions the same numbering is adopted. Their arrangement is indicated by division lines. Numbers omitted are of stones not lettered, or of misplaced foot-stones found to belong with other numbers.

Whitcomb Burials of Lancaster, Massachusettts
Whitcomb Burials of Lancaster, Massachusettts

410

LANCASTER RECORDS.

HERE LIES BURIED I Ye BODY OF MR | JEREMIAH WILSON| WHO DEPARTED | THIS LIFE | MARCH Ye 22d | A D 1743 | IN Ye 77th YEAR | OF HIS AGE
HERE LIES | THE BODY OF | JOSIAH WHE | TCOMB SEN. D | ECEASED IN H | IS 80 YEAR | JW DYED | MARCH THE | 21 1718
Here Lyes Buried | ye Body of Mr | DAVID WHETCOMB \ Who Died April | 11th 1730 in ye 62d | Year of His Age
Here lied Buried | ye Body of Mrs. Mary | Whetcomb Wife to | Mr. David Whetcomb, | Who Died Janury | 5th, 1733-4 in ye 67th | Year of Her Age.
Here Lyes Buried | ye Body of Mr. HEZEKIAH WHETCOMB | Who Died May 6th. | 1732 in ye 31st Year | of His Age

Of the 4 Whetcomb gravestones legible prior to 1850 only the stone of Josiah Whetcomb remains in 2013.

___________________

The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 

Here’s how to find unindexed records on Ancestry.com .

unindexed recordsNews Flash! Unindexed records are available on Ancestry.com and they can be searched if you know how.

I certainly didn’t realize that Ancestry.com indexing does not include all records until I read a post by Crista Cowan on the <a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2013/07/25/browsing-records-on-ancestry-com-video/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ancestry+%28Ancestry.com +blog%29&utm_content=Netvibes” target=”_blank”>Ancestry.com blog.

For this reason, it can pay to view an entire record set for additional information. She includes a video tutorial for browsing full collections on Ancestry. This is a great way to find elusive information that could help get through those brick walls.

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Chris Hadfield and Benedict Cumberbatch are cousins?

To coincide with the return of Commander Chris Hadfield from the international space station, Ancestry.ca has announced that he is 6th cousin to british actor Benedict Cumberbatch who is starring as the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness.

Chris Hadfield’s role being based in reality, Benedict Cumberbatch’s based in fantasy, they both explore the frontier of space.

I loved Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes in the recent series and as much as I’m indifferent to all space epics, I might just watch Star Trek Into Darkness, solely because he’s in it.

It’s a small world, uh-h-h, universe?

What happened to civility and cooperation in genealogy research?

The vast majority of my interactions with regard to my own genealogical research and that of fellow genealogists has been friendly, cooperative and extremely helpful. Infrequently, however, I have been in a position to wonder what is happening to the culture of civility and cooperation in genealogy research?
argument
Debate and controversy are good. Rudeness and harassment are not.

Although there have been small incidents that could be termed problematic, there were two situations which could be characterized as ongoing harassment.

I have been actively researching 4-8 hours per day for almost twenty years and have amassed a database of about 122,000 individuals.

Of these, about 20% are without sources and notes and could be considered speculative at best. Now here it is important to note that I have thousands of sources and images that are not yet attached to individuals. This is because I choose to make good use of my Ancestry.com subscription dollar and save the sources I find to an ‘unattached’ folder on my computer while entering the basic identifying information into my database.

When my subscription expires, I then take several months to attach the sources found to the individuals in the database. The result is that a number of the seemingly ‘unsourced’ individuals do have sources that have simply not been entered as yet.

I have been criticized for unsourced individuals being included in my database, but I do explain (and have a written policy on the site explaining) that I include unsourced information as the sources may simply have not been entered, or they are used as ‘clues’ to further research. Although there have been instances where the information – or at least part of it – was erroneous, the vast majority of these proved to be valid. All information in my database should be evaluated solely on the quality of the sources. If there are no sources, one can assume it is speculative and choose to not use it.

However, it is important to note that my online database has not been updated in months and I don’t intend to update it in future. This is because of issues with the software using identifying numbers which change with each and every update, causing numerous broken links and seriously affecting the performance of the site. If anyone knows of a genealogy website publishing system that allows for access to sources, images, etc. and uses the name and not ID numbers, please do let me know.

If you find a line you’re researching in my database online, feel free to contact me to inquire if I have any unentered sources, images or other information. I will gladly foward them and/or a gedcom of that particular branch.

I do, however, intend to transcribe sources on Empty Nest Genealogy, and these will include sources that are not actually entered into the online database, thereby making them available anyway. This will be a slow process, but I am working on it.

Now, back to these incidents.

Incident #1

The first of these occurred about a year ago when a woman named ‘Barbara’ emailed me about my efforts researching the family of James Harmond Reynolds, which includes extensive Hubbell and Keller lines. To illustrate our connection, the mother of my husband’s father and older brother remarried after a divorce to Harmond James Reynolds, whose mother was Elizabeth Keller (see chart).

What's happening to civility and cooperation in genealogy research?
Chart illustrating my family’s connection to the Hubbell / Keller lineage. (Click on the image to see it in full size.)

She berated me for using any Hubbell data as, according to her, we are not connected to the Hubbell lineage. Following is the copied and pasted email string to illustrate.

…I am contacting you, as you appear to be the link for the Blythe Family Tree on “Our Famiy History”  and you have the data of “The Descendants of Nehemiah Hubble and Lucretia Welton” included.  As I am the keeper of this information and this work is copyright protected, I am curious as to why you have included it.  There are only 12 “BLYTH” names in the book so if this means you are connected to one of them I would be interested in having your information.

What is very stressful, is that for whatever reason, be it a computer glitch or input, you have a number of inaccurate pieces of data and these inaccurate bits are not reflected in the book.

My request is simply that you remove the links to “The Descendants of Nehemiah Hubble and Lucretia Welton” or at least only show your direct relationship back to it.  As an organization we have worked very hard, for many years, getting the family data as correct as possible and again, very distressing to see it used in this way with so much incorrect data portrayed as though it comes from us…

Barbara

…I am sorry you feel this way. My father-in-law, Marshall Blythe is the step-son to James Reynolds and half-brother to William and Helen Reynolds, who are related to the Kellers and Hubbles. You can see the connection in the database.

Just because I have cited your publication does not mean it was used as the source for all of the data and sometimes where the data of more than one source conflicts, I have to choose what appears to be the most accurate data. You will see that there are several sources cited for each individual and/or fact – and not just yours. Are you positive the information you have is actually the correct information? Also, citing a publication as a source is not an infringement of copyright.

I would, however, like to know what information is incorrect and I will work to correct it. Unfortunately, in the exchange of genealogy information, mistakes do happen and I apologize for any that may exist in this data.

Without specific information about errors you have found, I will have to rework the data to try and find the errors you speak of. This could take a quite a while…

Christine

I can appreciate you entering the lineage back from your father-in-law relating to the Keller’s and Hubble’s but since you aren’t doing the actual research for the entire HUBBLE descendants of Rawdon – and I am – and I was the person who did the work for the publication of The Descendants of Nehemiah Hubble & Lucretia Welton AND published a corrections booklet to the book in 2005 AND have maintained updating the Corrections – yes, I suspect I am more certain of the facts of the family than you.No, you are correct that citing a publication as a source is not an infringement of copyright, however, we hobby genealogists also need to encourage a level of ethics in our use of material produced by others. I stand by the fact that your Marshall (Reynolds) Blythe is not blood related to the whole of the HUBBELL/HUBBLE/HUBBEL/HUBEL/HUBLE clan going back to Rock, England and therefore you should allow that research to be posted by those that do the research for that line.  That research is being done by the U.S. Hubbell Family Association and they also are always actively updating their information and that said, even I do not try to duplicate their work beyond entering the name only of the direct line back to Richard HUBBALL…

Barbara

I do understand Barbara’s concern over any errors in another researcher’s data, but I object completely to the idea that because one individual started to research a line first, they own that lineage.

I finally stopped responding and was relieved she had ceased emailing me, thinking the whole thing was over. Then I read a post on Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter regarding ‘discouragement of newbie genealogy researchers’ and commented about my own position on including unsourced information. Unfortunately, this newsletter site has been redesigned and no longer goes back that far in its archives, so I can’t quote from it directly.

The same day, there was a reply from Barbara repeating her opinion about ownership and rights to genealogy research, and making a direct slam to me without naming me (and I paraphrase): “a database of 115,000 individuals does not a genealogist make.” Now, I know this was the same woman because she had previously referred to my database of 115,000 being impossible to accumulate.

Incident #2

Gravestone of Evan Dhu Shelby
Tombstone of Evan Dhu Shelby.

The second incident occurred much more recently in response to a post on this site regarding Evan Isaac Shelby, in which much was recounted about his ancestor Evan (Dhu) Shelby, the pioneering immigrant from Wales to Pennsylvania. There has been a lot of controversy over whether the nickname ‘Dhu’ was ever used as it is only recorded as being associated with this individual in anecdotal evidence of the period. However, a later ancestor was also known as Evan Dhu Shelby, as is clearly stated on his tombstone (see right).

A gentleman commented on the post,

THERE IS NO EVAN DHU SHELBY, only Evan Shelby

Back around 1903 someone made application to the DAR and picked up the ‘dhu’ and used it in their application(s).

The use of Dhu first appeared in an early book by Armstrong in which he provides no basis for the use. I suspect he picked it up by mistake from a poem by Alexander McLachlan “In memory of Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel, 1629 -1719″. This is a poem that pays tribute to a Scotsman who went by “Evan Dhu” http://www.scotland.com/forums/poets-corner/22981-death-evan-dhu.html

Later Janet Schonert wrote a book “Chasin Shelbys” and continued using “dhu” as a middle name in error.

ALL of the researchers who have made the pilgrimage to St. Carron’s church in Wales and have looked at the ACTUAL baptismal records of Evan Shelby(see below) have confirmed that Evan had NO middle name, further, other than the DAR, which has no basis for the use of dhu, Alexander’s mistake, and Schonert who has perpetuated it, no other researcher or author has found any evidence to support its’ use.

The two premier Shelby authorities, Cass Knight Shelby, and Johnnie Mulinax Johnson, along with Shelby document historian Judith Trolinger have debunked the use of Dhu.

Over the years I have tried to educate as many Shelby researchers with the facts, but once the cow is out of the barn….

For you serious Shelby researchers here’s a partial list of Shelby research sources: (and yes, I’ve included those that use “dhu” ….sigh)

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1. Notable Southern Families, Armstrong, Zella, 1918, 273pgs. http://archive.org/details/notablesouthern00frengoog

2. A Report on the First Three Generations of the Shelby Family in the United States of America – by Shelby, Cass K.”, 1927, 26pgs. http://www.ancestralbooks.com/Shelby.html

3. Sketches of the Shelby, McDowell, Deaderick, Anderson families, Moon, Anna Mary, 1933, 150pgs. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89066319427;view=1u

4. The Shelby family: ancestry and descendants of John Shelby and his son David Shelby ; pioneers of Tennessee, Galloway, Howard S. 1964, 352pgs

5. Chasin’ Shelby’s [sic] : a basic outline of the descendants of Jonathon, Jacob, Rees Shelby, Schonert, Janet D, 1971, 109pgs

6. Our ancestors and kinsmen: the Shelbys, Polks, McLartys, Perkersons, Tarpleys, and Camps, Camp Max W. , 1976, 128pgs

7. Our Shelbys, Johnson, Johnnie Mullinax, 1991, 209pgs

8. Rees and Mary Shelby: ancestors & descendants, Johnson, Johnnie Mullinax, 1994, 510pgs. (This book is THE Gold Standard, most exhaustive and best researched for Phillip Selby/Shelby’s line)

Now, I don’t have any issue with the above comments as they are succinct, illustrating his reasons for believing the name Dhu is inaccurate, but I responded with my reasons for choosing to leave the nickname Dhu in the database while explaining the controversy surrounding the name in the notes.

My response included:

Anything entered in my database that is not supported by a source is described as such. Where ‘family stories’ are unsubstantiated, they are identified as such. I clearly identify all my sources and unfortunately, if I have a document source, it takes precedence over word of mouth evidence that is anything but first party…

Only to receive a response back from him:

“I would love to see any documentary source that contradicts the information I’ve already sourced. The information I have that is not sourced and disagrees with the information you’ve provided will be changed.”

How can I prove a negative ?

There IS no document that supports/proves that Evan had “Dhu” as a middle name.

On the other hand, Evan’s ACTUAL baptismal/christening documents at St. Caron’s church, transcribed in Judy Trolinger’s notes that I provided are indeed PROOF of his real name. (See posst by Jef SHELBY at Genforum and Ancestry as he too has inspected the ACTUAL documents from the 1700′s).

Still believing that the absense of a name on a birth certificate is not definitive proof that it was not used, I responded again:

I have only ever referred to ‘Dhu’ in brackets or quotes in my database as a nickname, which he most likely would have come by at a later age. I do use this as it is mentioned in documentary sources I have found, which include Sons of the American Revolution applications and biographical documents, among others.

I then believed this debate to be concluded until I came upon this thread of comments to a post I made on the rootsweb.com site, in which I directed readers to the data, images and sources I had made available.

The first comment was from a different person and he states:

…”Evan Shelby DID NOT HAVE A MIDDLE NAME OF DHU!. A very early researcher threw that one in- It simply means ‘black’ in Galic (sic)”…

The gentleman who had responded to the post on my genealogy blog then responded:

…I have tried repeatedly to help this researcher/historian repeal her use of “dhu”…. …I have posted what I believe to be exhaustive and logical support as to why Evan did not have Dhu as a middle name at https://www.emptynestgenealogy.com/evan-dhu-isaac-shelby-of-tr… for those reading this post…

The response to him from the first commenter was:

“Dhu” (?) =s DUH!!!

Then there was a response back to him:

Really ? I thought its’ use was DHUmb

At this point, I was seeing ‘red’ and posted the following response:

I’m so disappointed in how rude some (very few mind you) researchers are. This gentleman has refused to accept the fact that I have a difference of opinion on this matter.

I have every right to disagree with Judy Trolinger, as much as her research has been helpful to me and numerous others (and with him) because there is at least one written account of the use the name ‘Dhu’ and since it’s documented as having been used by a later Evan Shelby (I have an image of it on a tombstone), it’s not inconceivable that it was used with this earlier Evan and carried on through the family. This would be considered a ‘nickname’ and would not be documented on a birth record, which is this researcher’s rationale for my being wrong. I may very well be wrong, but since there is some anectodal evidence of its use, I prefer to keep it until proven otherwise. If he would bother to check further, he would find the image of the tombstone documenting the nickname ‘Dhu’ in my database.

There is nothing ‘DHU’mb about my conclusions. As long as I make it clear why I make them in my research, which I do on the main website and his entry in the database site at https://www.emptynestgenealogy.com/blythegenealogygetperson.php?personID=I2634&….

Now, I do apologize that this post has been so long-winded, but I wanted to depict accurately what happened in both these incidents.

As far as I’m concerned, there is no room in genealogy for kingdomship, lack of civility, and harassment as a result of differing points of view.

I am so thankful that the vast majority of genealogy researchers I’ve dealt with have been pleasant, helpful and led to some relationships with other researchers through my blog and database site.

Please do let me know if you find any erroneous information in my database, but please do include a source or a link to a source as support for me to change my information. I appreciate any help I can get.

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Newfoundland and Labrador are the gems of Canada.

Melanson Village Community Hall
Melanson Village Community Hall

Mark is scared to death.

As we get closer to retirement, I’ve been focusing on possible places we could retire to. Unfortunately, unless something drastic changes, it isn’t likely we’ll be able to afford to stay in British Columbia, where the average home price in our area is $375,000.

This is not what Mark wants to hear. His family has lived in Chilliwack, British Columbia since the 1930’s after his grandmother sold the family farm on the Saskatchewan prairie.

I always thought like Mark. Having spent most of my life in British Columbia among the mountains, I never could foresee living elsewhere – until 2005 when we traveled to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to research my mother’s Melanson, Acadian family history.

New Brunswick was pretty in its own way and it was great seeing it as we drove through, but there was something primal tugging at me in Nova Scotia. Each of the Acadian sites we visited tugged at me more and more.

Melanson Mountain Sign
Melanson Mountain directional sign.

I had this strange feeling of ‘welcome home’, which was bolstered by the odd coincidences we experienced, the people we met and the places we discovered. One of the weird coincidences was my being disappointed in how little there was in my family’s pioneer ‘Melanson Settlement’ site.

All my life I’d heard my mother talk about the dike systems devised by the Acadians to drain the land on the ocean front and create some of the most fertile farmland anywhere. We were never able to find an example of the aboiteau (dike valves) that were used – not at Grand Pré museum, nor at the Melanson Settlement site or anywhere else. Yet, that very day, on our way after seeing the Melanson Settlement and being very disappointed, we happened upon a non-descript little house with a sign out front, “North Hills Museum.” We decided to stop and check it out. It seemed like the usual home refurbished to look as it had centuries before with period furnishings, art, utensils, dishware, etc. We did, however, strike up a conversation with the woman working there and upon mentioning our disappointment in the Melanson Settlement and not being able to find an aboiteau, she said, “We have an aboiteau stored here, ready to be archived and put on display.” I couldn’t believe it and my mind raced as she led us to a back barn being used as a storage shed – and there was the aboiteau. From one angle it looked like  a log, but looking up from the open end, the valve could be seen and it was easy to imagine it in operation. This and other odd coincidences such as the graveyard tour at Fort Anne being led by Alan Melanson, another direct Melanson descendant, led to my feeling like we were expected and welcomed.

Since this trip to Nova Scotia and my resulting love of the area, I’ve been checking out properties there and have seen some amazing, waterfront acreages with heritage homes for $100,000 or less. This would be ideal for our retirement budget. Every time I show Mark one of these, I can see the panic in his eyes.

Over the last few years, I’ve been noticing the wonderfully charming, quaint commercials being produced by Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism. Each time, I feel so sorry that we never ventured that far while visiting the east coast on our genealogical quest. There’s something about the charm and hominess of these ads that invokes the same kind of ‘Welcome Home’ feeling and I mentioned to Mark that it might be smart to consider retiring there as well. The bonus there is that the rugged waterfront, high cliffs and jagged rocks are somewhat reminiscent of our Rocky Mountains in British Columbia. Again, I immediately saw panic in Mark’s eyes.

After this experience, I truly believe there is an innate tie between us and the homeland of our ancestors. I’d never seen Nova Scotia before and have no explanation for the deep draw and connection I experienced.

I still wonder at the ads produced by Newfoundland and Labrador tourism and have placed the videos of my favorites below.

Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Videos

Iceberg Alley

Secret Place

Most Easterly Point

Gros Morne

Conversation

Vikings

Architecture

Place Names

The Edge

Richard 3rd’s facial reconstruction illustrates show family traits can span generations.

A while ago, I watched with great interest the progress of the effort to positively identify the remains found in a Leicester parking lot as those of Richard III, as described in a past post.
News was later released that a Richard 3rd’s facial reconstruction was done from his skull and a photo was published on News Leicester next to that of his 17th generation nephew, Michael Ibsen.

Marsh Blythe: Richard 3rd's facial reconstruction illustrates show family traits can span generations.

Portrait of Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky.

I hope it’s not just me, but I can see a familial resemblance and wonder if the likeness of Michael Ibsen had any bearing on the artist’s rendering, or if it was indeed solely based on the skull. If it is only based on Richard III’s skull, the resemblance is quite striking.

In an earlier post, I posted images of, and described the remarkable resemblance between my father-in-law (see right) and Isaac Shelby, nephew of my father-in-law’s seventh great grandfather (see above left), Governor of Kentucky and hero of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

I only wish I could one day compare these images with images of the original Shelby family immigrant, Evan (Dhu) Isaac Shelby (direct ancestor to both).

In another instance I had conducted research into a family friend’s background with the story surrounding the mysterious ‘aunt’ of another ancestor in mind. This aunt had always intrigued the family as they never knew much about her.

My research led me to the story of a young, single girl working as a domestic in the home of a wealthy business man, and soon becoming pregnant and bearing an illegitimate child. This girl turned out to be the mysterious aunt, only the ancestor, although believing she was an aunt, never learned she was actually her mother.

I wondered if this ‘aunt’ had become pregnant by her employer as there were no other males of an age to be candidates in the household. I managed to locate photos of a second generation descendant and his son who still owned and operated the family business. Upon comparison, I could see a definite likeness, although not quite as marked as in the two examples above. This likeness strengthened my belief that my conjecture was correct.

Without documentary proof of any kind and with no possibility of DNA testing, this is the best I can do.

It’s truly amazing to me how similar and consistent family traits can remain over the generations.

Transcription: US WWII Draft Registration Card for Albert Rascher

Transcription: US WWII Draft Registration Card for Albert Rascher.

Albert Rascher WWII Draft Card
Albert Rascher WWII Draft Card

REGISTRATION CARD — (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897)

Line 1
SERIAL NUMBER: U827
NAME: Albert Rascher
ORDER NUMBER:

Line 2
PLACE OF RESIDENCE: R.F.D. No. 1 – Arlington Heights Cook Illinois
(The place of residence given on the line above will determine local board jurisdiction; line 2 of registration certificate will be identical)

Line 3
MAILING ADDRESS: Same
(Mailing address if other than line 2. If same, insert word same)

Line 4
TELEPHONE: None

Line 5
AGE IN YEARS: 47; DATE OF BIRTH: August – 14 – 1894

Line 6
PLACE OF BIRTH: Palatine Illinois

Line 7
NAME AND ADDRESS OF PERSON WHO WILL ALWAYS KNOW YOUR ADDRESS: Mrs. Meta Rascher, Same

Line 8
EMPLOYER’S NAME AND ADDRESS: Roselle Country Club

Line 9
PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT OR BUSINESS: Roselle – Illinois  Cook
(Number and street or R. F. D. number) (Town) (State)

I AFFIRM THAT I HAVE VERIFIED ABOVE ANSWERS AND THAT THEY ARE TRUE.

D. S. S. FORM 1 16-21630-2    Albert Rascher
(Revised 4-1-42)      (over)        (Registrant’s Signature)

___________________

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