Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Andrew Jackson's Inauguration: What the Newspapers Said


The buildup to the Trump's inauguration is most impressive.  Will it be over the top, low key, or will some protesters create havoc?

I've heard a few news outlets mention the upcoming festivities compared to Andrew Jackson's raucous first inauguration, which followed a vicious election between Jackson and incumbent John Quincy Adams.  I looked through my usual newspaper databases hoping to find some coverage of the event in an "above the fold" placement, but newspapers weren't set up like that back then.  What I did find was that some things never change in American politics.

It's like it was ripped from the headlines today.  I laughed out loud. "The federal party..." New Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) March 9, 1829, page 2, col 2; digital image, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com/doc/newspapers/image/v2:103709D225B248A8@GB3NEWS-103F18B63448A846@2389156-103F18B688CDC50D@1 : 17 Jan 2017).




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Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Is for Mothers: Timney P. Watts (1805 - 1863) - Probate Records, Part 13, Where Was I?

Sidetracked by the discovery of more Phillips heirs (male and female) in a deposition, it's been over a month since I've continued the story told in the probate records for Timney P. Watts Warren Phillips, a paternal third great grandmother who died in Alabama in 1863.

Since the file for Timney's estate contains a jumble of papers that are not in chronological order I decided to see what other records are available. The probate minutes seemed like a good place to start. Fortunately there's an index which should make it easier.

[Minutes Vol 9 1861-1864. Ancestry.com. Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Alabama County, District and Probate Courts.]

Looking through the pages referenced in the above extract, some of the entries listed above deal with matters I've already covered like the naming of her stepson Thomas H. Phillips as administrator, the inventory taken of her estate and the sale of her slaves and perishable property. The entry regarding Commission's report and the depositions we looked at earlier is to be found on pages 500-501.


John Phillips                                          Regular Term
   Sell Land                                            November 9th 1863

This day having been appointed more than Forty
days Since by the Judge of this Court for the hearing
of the petition or application, now comes the said
J D Phillips & T H Phillips and moves the Court for an
order of Sale in accordance with Said petition of the 
following described lands situated in Macon County
to wit the South half of the North West quarter of Sect
-ion Eighteen (18) Township Fifteen (15) Range twen
-ty four (24) and Eighty acres of the West half of the
South half of the Said Section Eighteen (18) being
the Dower Interest of Timney Phillips, upon the
ground that the Same Cannot be equitably divi
-ded without a sale of the Same and Sampson Lanier
who was heretofore appointed Guardian ad litem
to protect the Interest of The minor heirs of Said Estate,
comes into Court and Cxxxtying said application

[Minutes Vol 9 1861-1864. Ancestry.com. Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Alabama County, District and Probate Courts.]

and it appearing that notice of the time and place
Set for the hearing of the Said petition has been given
to all parties in interest in pursuance of Law, and
as directed by the order of this Court made & entered
in the premises on the 12th day of October 1863, and
it now being proved to the Satisfaction of the Court by
the testimony of A Lockwood & William H Stanton
witness in this behalf & whose testimony has been
taken upon direct & Cross interrogatories by deposi
-tions as in chancery cases & filed of record in this pro
-ceeding, that the Said Land Cannot be equitably
divided among all the parties in Interest, & that
it would be to the Interest of all Said parties to Sell
the Same for the purpose of division & partition,
It is therefore ordered, adjudged & decreed that
the Said application be granted, and that
Said Real Estate in the petition be described,
be Sold for the purpose of partition & division am
-ong the parties interested therein & to effect Such
Sale and division, It is ordered that John L
Carmichael, W H Stanton, W G Crawford, A
M Bryde and M Peters who are deemed by
the Court Suitable persons, be appointed Comm
-issioners to Sell Said real estate, and partition
to the parties interest their respective amounts
arising from Said Sale, after after having ad
-vertised Said real Estate for at least thirty days
notice of the time place & terms of Sale, toge
-ther with a description of Said land in the South
South Western Baptist a newspaper published in
Said County, in front of the Court House door
for Cash, It is further ordered that Said Com
-missioners be directed to make a return to this Court
in writing and under Oath of their proceedings in
this behalf within Sixty days after Said Sale,
It is further ordered that Said Commissioners
do retain the proceeds of Said Sale until Said Sale
Shall be confirmed, & until further order of 
Court,

Although it may look as if there should be more of the order above, that's all they wrote. The next entry signals the beginning of a later court date and a different probate case.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Drive: Trip to Oregon 1954 - June 7th

Here's Mother's entry for the first day of our trip to Oregon. (Note: Mother's spelling was never her strongest point, not was it Dad's either.)


And Kodachrome slides we can connect to the events of the day.

[Dad's caption: Margurite, Dad, Freddy, Mother Poncheti Min
Pat Jimmy
Start on Trip 1954]

Back row, left to right: Dad's youngest sister Marguerite Helen Currey (1913-1999), his father Delbert Artimus Currey (1869-1954), Marguerite's son by her first husband, Freddy (Charles Frederick Peterson, Jr. 1940-2008), Dad's mother Ethel Viola Plank (1882-1961), neighbor Bernard Ponchetti (1907-1994), and Mother Bernice Evangeline Grenfell (1902-1979). I'm standing next to Marguerite younger son Jimmy** who lived across the street and was my constant playfellow.

Our first night was spent at Doheny State Beach (98 miles away). It's likely the photo below was taken while Mother was napping as Dad always most of the pictures.

[Dad's caption: Pat Dohney State Park 1954]


*Mother hated being called Min though Dad never let that stop him. And all those people were close neighbors--notice how far away she placed herself from her in-laws with a empty space and Mr. Ponchetti as insulation.
**As far as I can tell Jimmy is the only other person in this photo who's still alive so I'm not sharing any personal information about him.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Irish Genealogy Webinar: "Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry" presented by Brian Donovan



I don't appear to have any recent Irish ancestors, but most other researchers I know do.


Brian Donovan, the Global Head of Irish Collections at findmypast.com, presents "Using Findmypast to Unlock Your Irish Ancestry:"

There are over 100 million unique Irish genealogical records at findmypast.com, by far the largest collection anywhere online. But using them well is the subject of this talk. Brian will talk through the many collections available online, focusing on those records which are most valuable for Irish research.
Originally recorded on August 24, 2016 (1 hour 51 minutes) 





Note: Researcher John Grenham has a Foundations of Irish Genealogy (6 part series) at Legacy Family Tree Webinars (for subscribers).


Some past posts that Pat has done already on Irish genealogy:
Fantastic Find: Catholic Parish Registers at the National Library of Ireland
Fantastic Find: Irish Genealogical Research Society's Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes






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Friday, January 13, 2017

From the Probate files: Jeremiah Warren Part 16, Account Current, May 24, 1837

This time John Graybill and Jesse G. Butts, the executors of my fourth great uncle Jeremiah Warren's estate in Hancock County, Georgia. filed a report covering two years.

["Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93G-8KWM?cc=1999178&wc=9SYB-7M3%3A267654601%2C267802801 : 20 May 2014), Hancock > image 371 of 376;
county probate courthouses, Georgia.]


Account of the hire of the negroes belonging to the Estate 
of Jeremiah Warren dec'd. for the year 1836 and 1837, to wit,
1836    Hal                                                            Wm. Warren              120.00
            Meredith                                                    Robt. Warren            120.00
            Anderson                                                   Ingram Bass              120.00
            Dave                                                          Jas. Wilcoxen            120.00
            Edmund                                                     Jesse G. Butts            120.00
            Jack (11 months)                                       John Graybill             115.00
            Abram Amy & 3 children                         Dav'd Amos               150.00
            Lucy                                                          Wm. Warren                35.00
            Lethe                                                         Mary Warren               50.00
            Old man Tom victuals & clothes              Wm Warren
            " small girl             do                               Graybill & Butts _________950.00
1837    Hal                                                            Wm. Warren              175.00
            Meredith                                                           do                       175.00
            Anderson                                                   Robert Petigrew       175.00
            Dave                                                          Robert Warren           175.00
            Edmund                                                     Jas. Wilcoxen            175.00
            Jack                                                           John Graybill             175.00
            Abram                                                       Jesse M. Warren         120.00
            Amy & 2 child'n (1died)                           Robert Warren              87.50
            Lucy                                                          Wm. Warren                 35.00
            Lethe & child                                                    do                         50.00
            Old Tom     victuals & clothes                          do                          -- --
            a small girl             do                               Graybill & Butts _________1342.00

From this account we learn that one of Amy's children died sometime during the period covered and that Lethe had a child. Old (crazy) Tom was still hanging on. The best explanation I can think of for the "small girl" being maintained by John Graybill and Jesse G. Butts is that one of the enslaved women (either Mary or Pat) living on the plantation Jeremiah set aside for the seven persons he hoped to have legally freed had a baby and this was the means of accounting for it. I'm hoping we'll find out more in subsequent probate records.

As to the people hiring the slaves belonging to the estate, most are familiar names but there are several new ones: Ingram Bass and Robert Petigrew. These two men, both born about 1812, were also residents of Hancock County.

                                                    
["Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G93G-8KWM?cc=1999178&wc=9SYB-7M3%3A267654601%2C267802801 : 20 May 2014), Hancock > image 371 of 376;
county probate courthouses, Georgia.]


Georgia Hancock County.
     John Graybill & Jesse G. Butts Ex'rs. of &c. of Jeremiah
Warren dec'd.being duly sworn say that the above acc't.
hiring of negroes is just & true.
     Sworn to & subscribed before                               John Graybill
     me this 24th day May 1837.                                  Jesse G. Butts           
     Henry Rogers C.C.O.          

John Graybill & Jesse G. Butts Ex'rs. of &c.
1836      In acct. with the Estate of Jere'h Warren dec'd.                 Dr
May 2   To balance due Estate pr. acc't. rend'd.                            4950.55
Jan'y 1    " cash rec'd. F. Scotts note $348  In't. $145.42-1/2         493.62-1/2
1837
May 24   " R. Wilcoxen note $271.81  In't. $29.50                        301.31
               " cash rec'd. Wm. Choice's note 8.76  In't. 280                 11.56
               " Hire of negroes for 1836                                950.00
               "    do   "     do       "   1837                             1342.50  2292.50
                                                                                                    $8049.54-1/2
                                                 Cr
               By cash paid Dr William S. Lightfoot                    #1       13.50
                "     "       "    Tax 1834, 1835 & 1836                   2&3     11.06
                " amt of Macon money found in the house of }
                  dec'd & charged in our first acc't. current      }             260.00
               " commiis. on receipts above $3098.99-1/2  2-1/2 pr'cent  77.47
1837       "      do     " payment  "     $24.56     "   "   "          .61        78.08
May 24   " Balance due estate                                                     7686.90-1/2
                                                                                                    $8049.54-1/2                                          Georgia Hancock County.
     John Graybill & Jesse G. Butts Ex'rs. of &c. of Jeremiah
Warren dec'd.being duly sworn say that the above account
current is just & true.
Sworn to & subscribed before                               John Graybill
me this 24th day May 1837.                                  Jesse G. Butts           
Henry Rogers C.C.O.                                                                      





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Thursday, January 12, 2017

DNA: Does It Always Prove A Case?

Murder victim Janet Walsh with her husband Scott Walsh, from the 48 Hours website.


I'm constantly analyzing my DNA matches to help determine possible ancestors.  Does my cousin match prove a particular ancestor, or is a much more muddied piece of evidence, possibly indicating a more complicated or convoluted relation?  More often than not, it is the latter.

Like in genealogy, DNA can be used as a powerful tool in true crime cases.  It does not always definitively answer a criminal or genealogical question, though.  It may prove some kind of relation, but it may or may not prove the particular point you think it might at first glance.

Did the presence of DNA of one man at a woman's death scene prove that he killed, when there was another man's DNA mixed in?  What other details can explain evidence?

In the 48 Hours special, "Janet's Secret," the methodical analysis of suspects and the use of DNA helped tease out the answer to a puzzling 1979 murder of a young divorcee.



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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fantastic Find: Irish Genealogical Research Society's Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes

Via the New England Historic Genealogical Society's Weekly Genealogist link to an article in the Irish Post we learn that the online databases maintained by the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) now contain over a quarter of a million names.

[Record relating to James Carey, born in 1844. (c) Society of Genealogists]


Access to the full database is restricted to IGRS members but here's what's available to the general public:
However, as an initial aid, a restricted but free Surname-Only Search of the database can be made by non-members. A search will tell you how many entries in the database match your search criteria. It will not provide all the details of those matched records.  We recommend you read the Introduction to the Index by Rosalind McCutcheon.  When searching the Surname-Only index, please allow for vagaries of spelling; try searching just using the first 3 letters of the name. Look also at alternatives, such as: Nolan/Nowlan, Reilly/Riely/Riley, Crowley/Croly. A good guide for alternative spellings can be found at www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/.*
Here'a a full list of the IGRS collections freely available on their website.




*This website qualifies as a fantastic find all by itself! For example this is what happened when I entered the surname Trainer (my friend Bonnie's mother's name) in Irish Ancestors.


In case you haven't seen it, here's a link to an earlier Fantastic Find: The National Library of Ireland's online collection of Catholic parish registers recording baptisms and marriage.


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