Town Historians

This past month I have had a wonderful and successful research experience. While researching using NEHGS’s website, I came upon a probate record for a Chase ancestor, Isaac Chase, which listed all of his living children and 3 grandchildren. Low and behold  a daughter and 2 of the grandchildren were Pembleton’s on my maternal side. The daughter was Lucy, my 4th g grandfathers second wife who my cousin (now deceased) and I had been hunting for years. Who were her parents? Was she born in MA or CT. We had census records, her pension from my g grandfather, who her first husband was, then the research went cold. Who was she? She raised the 2 grandchildren after the death of their parents, why were they named in her fathers will? I proceeded to research feverishly and add Lucy’s family to my tree. They were all in Otsego County New York, and had been since 1805. Isaac was born in Windham Co. CT. His father Benjamin was born, not far from me, in Swansea, MA. but settled in Windham Co. CT. This branch of the Chases were Quakers.

Then of course I hit a brick wall…… I found the e-mail address of the town of Hartwick’s historian and e-mailed her. She wrote back to me that she did not have much on the Pembleton’s but did have lots of stuff on the Chase’s and connected families. This wonderful lady, Carol Goodrich,  sent me 2 huge packets of records and such on this family, I in return sent her a huge packet on my Pembleton’s. Included in her packets were all of the cemeteries in Otsego County along with a huge map of the cemeteries, it covers half of my kitchen table, included was a separate list of all of the Rev War veterans, when and where some of them were born, when they died and which cemetery they were buried in. Hartwick was called Chase back in the day and there still is a section in Hartwick called Chaseville.

Then I turned to Lucy’s mother, Jerusha (Bennett) Chase, her birth date and death date were listed in the records but on researching her, she was not Jerusha Bennett, but Jerusha Flint, born in Reading, MA. Where the Bennett name came from no one knows, but the error was on the county website and in find-a-grave. Jerusha and Isaac are buried in the same cemetery where my Pembleton’s are. Needing more confirmation, I went to rootsweb, found a researcher on the Flint family and e-mailed him, we have been in constant contact since as well as Carol Goodrich. Peter Flint. Peter sent me an e-read book on the Flint family,  which I treasure. Again, using americanancestors, I was able to verify the information. Peter also had information on the Chase family.

I discovered, with the help of these great people, the maiden name of my great grand Uncle’s wife. We knew she was Sarah, but not her maiden name, She was Sarah Chase, daughter of Isaac and sister to Lucy. Sarah was married to Jabez (called Jabish) Pembleton, namesake of my 4th g grandfather. Sarah and Jabish both died in April 1829 leaving behind 2 infants, one only a year old. Isaac’s will dated 31 Jan 1845 and probated 5 May 1846 can be found on familysearch.org. What a wealth of information I have found there, including the probate of Lucy’s first husband Abihu Mack. He died intestate, Lucy was named Executrix, Isaac Chase administrator. Jabish died intestate and Administrators of his estate were Jabez Pembleton and Isaac Chase. By the way, Lucy married Jabez 20 December 1829. Jabez died 10 Sep 1841. Lucy died 26 Apr 1878, it took Lucy 20 years to receive his pension.

What has this research cost me? $2.79 postage for the packet I mailed to Carol.

In Memory of Jim Mclellan

Jim McLellan                          

Our member Jim passed away last Wednesday Nov 13, 2014 surrounded by his loving wife and family, Jim was CEO of his family owned “The Tour Connection” he believed that “if you dream it, we will make it happen” .  

There will be a memorial service at Holy Family Church in Duxbury, November 24, 2014.  The church is on Tremont St. RT 3A in Duxbury.

 

Researching Italian Ancestors

One of our Club members Peter Barbella has done a lot of Italian Research, and recently  had the good fortune of traveling to Italy to do research. You might like to follow his blog about the trip. http://peteandgay.blogspot.com/

I have twisted his arm and sometime in 2015 he will come to our meeting and give a lecture on researching Italian Genealogy.

He also has a website which when you are on our home page if you scroll down you will find a link to his website. It is a terrific website. Peter has written a book which can be purchased on amazon.com.

The House on Davis Street

This story will be a bit embellished and meant to be humorous.

Every Christmas when I was a child our family gathered at the house on Davis Street. It was the home of my Aunt Win and Uncle Jim Cafferty. The Underwoods, Coverts, Nagels, Folmsbees and their offspring. Uncle Jim with his cigar and shouts of “come in, come in” and Aunt Lizzie greeting us kids with hugs and kisses, how we loved and adored her.  My sister and I carrying  our new Christmas dolls, she always had the one dressed in pink, mine was dressed in blue (I always wanted the pink one).  This house was a noisy and happy place with the big Christmas tree with it’s large lights, the kind usually used for outdoors, and beautiful ornaments.

The dining room had an upright piano which us kids gathered ’round and sang Christmas Carols as loudly as we could. A huge buffet covered with all kinds of food and goodies with real china, no paper plates, no dishwasher either. Card tables were soon set up and the adults, the woman included, would start playing pinochle, poker or canasta. The games were not quiet as the men all seemed to slap down their cards loudly. Us children learned all of these games and monopoly on the dining room table.

My cousin Jim Jr. would disappear upstairs somewhere and bring down this dreaded “thing” the “fox fur” a thing woman wore around their shoulders. He would chase us girls around the house with that fox, us screaming and squealing the whole time until either Auntie Win and Aunt Lizzie would make him stop. One of the boys would always get a nose bleed, they would be put in a chair upside down with their head hanging off and a washcloth with ice on their nose and Auntie Win in a high pitched panic until Uncle Jim would say “now Winifred”. But no one ever bled to death.

I remember Aunt Maude with her beautiful white hair, Aunt Helen who was very elegant and had a grand piano in her home and was an excellent pianist, My only living grandparent, my grandpa, with his white hair and a curl on the top of his head from his forehead back. My own children as babies wore that curl, boys and girls. Aunt Laurel and Uncle Harry who had a wired haired terrier name Percy and Uncle Harry’s Mercury convertible.

The night would end at what hour I don’t recall, sometimes we would be carried out to the car in our sleep and as we got older we had to walk ourselves half asleep and surely asleep by the time we got home. Yes, I remember well that house on Davis Street and the happy Christmas’s we spent there with our large family.

Veterans Day Tower of London Poppy Moat

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Tell me Bout The Good Old Days

We inherit from our ancestors gifts so often taken for granted.  Each of us contains within us this inheritance of soul. We are links between the ages containing past and present expectations, sacred memories and future promises.  by Edward Sellner

A few Hints on Researching Your Ancestors

Put a date of birth even if it is a guess, you can type in abt. say your g grandfather was b 1840, his mother may have been married at age 20, so she may have been b abt 1820. His father may be abt the same age or a yr or 2 older.  Also,  at least put in a state (abbreviations ok eg: MA). You will most likely get more hints and you may hit the jackpot.

Read those images in census records you may discover your g grandmothers maiden name because her widowed mother or an unmarried sister/brother is living with her. I found 4 generations  in a census living together under one roof. NY State census 1855,1865 etc not only has the people, but what county or state they were born in, what their house was built from (log, wood stone etc) and how much it was worth, if they owned the land and how long they had lived in that town, what they did for a living. In the back of those census it lists them and how much land they owned, the value, what they grew, how many horses, cows, sheep or chickens they owned, & how much was harvested.

Cemeteries, all States have their own genealogy sites, most of which have cemetery listings. Find-a-grave is a good source and free, you will have to sign in with a password. If you type in just the last name, pick country, state and counties pop up automatically in USA. Every person with that last name will come up. If a woman’s maiden name is listed her married name will be listed first (say you are looking for Jones, and an aunt’s first name was Rachel b 1842, you may find White, Rachel Jones b 1842 d 1915.). Oh ! they had a child who died at 4 yrs10 mnths. 3 days that you didn’t know about.  While your researching how about adding your own ancestors if you have that information? Be sure to connect married folks and their children.

When using Ancestry, you can use “wild cards” when searching, the * and ? for first and last names, at least 3 letters must be used, eg: Johnson John* or *son,  or Jo*n. You cannot use these if you are using soundex.

Stumped by some information about your grandfather? Most towns have Historians call them on the phone or e-mail them, some will charge,  others will go out of their way and be happy to help free of charge. Do you have information that they don’t have? Pay it forward and give it to them.

Deborah Read Forgotten Founding Mother

Between Wikipedia and Wiki Tree I found this extraordinary lady.

Deborah Read b 14 Feb 1708 Philadelphia, daughter of John Read and Sarah White. Proposed to in 1724 by Benjamin Franklin, her mother refused to let them marry, citing his pending trip to England and his financial instability. As it turned out he became stranded there by Sir William Keith’s failure to follow through with support.  In 1725 Deborah married John Rogers, who soo after their marriage, using their marriage to further his schemes, spending Deborah’s dowry and incurring huge debts he disappeared (rumored to have gone to the West Indies). Because of this Deborah was not free to marry. About 1830 she and Benjamin entered into a common-law marriage. They had a son Francis Folger 1732-1736, he died of smallpox at age 4, a daughter Sarah 1743-1808. They also raised his illegitimate son William -1730-1813.

Deborah did not travel with her husband because of her fear of a sea voyage. She operated their Print Shop and General Store doing so quite successfully. Plus she ran their home and raised their children. She was a loyal wife to Benjamin and many letters passed between them. Even when she was ill he did not return home, in Dec 1774 she passed away from a stroke. She and Benjamin had been together for 43 years. They are buried side by side in Philadelphia.

new wrinkle, researchers will ADD to the cemetery database

Most burial societies guard their proprietary data strictly. This allows them to charge $ 30 + per hour for genealogical research or access to their records. Here is a new wrinkle (wave of the future ?) where at least one cemetery is inviting family members and possibly others to ADD input into the cemetery database. Seems like sort of like a Facebook of the deceased?

Adelaide Hunter Hoodless

Adelaide Hunter was born on a farm in St. George, Ontario Canada 27 Feb 1857 to David Hunter and Jane Hamilton. The youngest of 13 children, her father died a few months after her birth. Known as a fine speaker, teacher and Educational Reformer. She was the 2nd president of the YWCA in Toronto.

She attended “Ladies College”, while there she met John Hoodless, whom she married they settled in Hamilton, Ontario in a fine house with servants and reared 4 children.  Personal tragedy struck the family when her beloved infant son John Harold “Jack” at 14 moths old died of “summer complaint” cause from contaminated milk. Thus her public life began. She wanted to ensure that woman had the knowledge to prevent deaths like that of her son Jack. Now concerned about families living in isolated surroundings with little or no access to medical care she taught classes in domestic science (home Economics).

She met Lady Aberdeen and worked with her to found the National Council of Women of Canada, the Victorian Order of Nurses and the National Association of the YWCA. Adelaide wrote a book called ” Little Red Book” a textbook stressing the importance of Hygiene, Cleanliness and Frugality. She died 26 Feb 1910 while on a speaking engagement in Toronto, Canada.

You can read more about Adelaide Hunter Hoodless at Wikipedia and elsewhere on the internet. Her Homestead is a National Historical Site in Canada.

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