Sunday, April 23, 2017

Memento Mori: James Robert Strait 1949 - 2017

Cousin Jimmy* is the little guy being held up by his half-sister Nancy Lee Peterson (1937-1974), while I'm standing next to Jimmy's half-brother Charles Frederick "Freddie" Peterson, Jr. (1940-2008) in this photo taken sometime in 1950.

[Photo taken on the front lawn of the Currey grandparents' house on 69th Street from my personal collection.]

Jimmy lived across the street and was my most constant playmate until his family moved to Arkansas in 1961 and we lost touch completely. Last year I traced his residence to Virginia and passed the information on to a cousin who had hoped to make contact. This morning I decided to see if there was anything more to learn about him and found this:
James “Jim” Robert Strait, 67, USN, Ret., died suddenly at Lake of the Woods, April 16, 2017. Survivors include a son, two daughters and five grandchildren. 
I shared this sad news with Dad's nephew and his son today.

May you rest in peace Jimmy.

*He was the youngest child of Dad's sister Marguerite and her second husband Roy Strait.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday Night Free Webinar: Rick Sayre presents "The Genealogy in Government Documents"

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA presents the webinar "The Genealogy in Government Documents":
An often under used resource, evidence of kinship abounds in publication such as the Serial Set, American State Papers, and the Territorial Papers. We explore these publications and discover efficient ways to access them. 
This webinar is hosted and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
If you, like me, have limited experience or exposure to these kinds of documents, you'll really want to watch this one!

Originally recorded April 18, 2017.  Runs 1 hour 29 minutes. Free for non-subscribers through April 25, 2017.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

From the Probate Files: Peter Worden - Yarmouth, Massachusetts - 1638/39

One of my maternal 11X great grandfathers, Peter Worden disappears from available records between 1629 when he lent eight shillings to the Borough of Preston in Lancashire, England, and 1638 when he made his will in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, on February 9, 1638/39, later described as the first "English" to die in that location.

 A month later this will was probated and was the first will written in Plymouth's court records. Here's what that record looks like, written in the handwriting of the day.

["Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 Oct 2014), Wills 1633-1686 vol 1-4 > image 43 of 616;
citing State Archives, Boston.]

However legible the original record may have been, in the late 19th century Barnstable County hired Mary R. Lovell and G.A. Hinchley to transcribe them.

[Wills, Inventories, Etc, 1637 to 1685, County of Barnstable; Probate Place: Plymouth, Massachusetts. Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Massachusetts County, District and Probate Courts.]

And here's what they produced.

[Wills, Inventories, Etc, 1637 to 1685, County of Barnstable; Probate Place: Plymouth, Massachusetts. Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Massachusetts County, District and Probate Courts.]

Here's my transcription of the original document. Comparing it with the 1893 version I think Miss Mary R. normalized some of the spelling--which I can understand as it's all to easy to do. Also she and other transcriptions tend to add punctuation which is missing in the 17th century original.

     The last will and Testament of Peter Worden of
     Yarmouth ye elder deceased proved at ye generall
     Court held at Plymouth the fift day of March in ye xiiiith
     year of ye Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord Charles King of
     England ca 1638 by ye oathes of Mr Nicholas Sympkins
     Hugh Tillie & Giles Hopkins, as followith, viz 
Be it knowne unto all men to whome this doth or
may concerne That I Peter Worden of Yarmouth in New
England in Plymouth, Hatter being very sicke in this yeare
of Our Lord 1638 and on ye viiith day of February do make
my last will to testify unto all that I Peter Worden doe
give and bequeath unto Peter Worden, my only sonne &
sonne & heir and in the presense of Nicholas Sympkins
Hugh Tillie & Giles Hopkins I do make him my whole Executor
to whom I doe give all my lands Leases tenaments with
goods movable and unmovable in ye Towne of Clayton in
ye County of Lankester likewise I doe give unto
Peter my sonn all my goods which I have at this present
in New England My will is my sonn is to give John
Lewis one Nete Goate also my will is my sonn is to give
my Grandchild such money as is due for the keeping of
Goates and Calves until this day and that my sonn is
with the money to buy a Kid or dispose it otherwise
for his use also one bed or bolster three blankets also
my sonn is to have ye tuition of my grandchild untill
he be at ye age of one and twenty yeares of age also
my will is he shall fynd him with meate drinke and
clouthes and at ye three last yeares of the xxith years
also to have forty shillings the yeare after & above
for to add to his stock with the sow pigg when the sowe piggs
In witness we present set out hande
                                                            Nicholas Sympkins
Peter {his/seal} Worden                           Hugh Tillie H mark
                                                            Giles Hopkins $$
Mr Nicholas Sympkins Hugh Tillie and Giles Hopkins
weer all deposed (in open Court) to this will ye fift day of'
March 1638. xiiiith Caroli We[?] See Court order P-194

On what turned out to be his deathbed, Peter Worden left all his property in both New and Old England to his only son Peter, directing the younger Peter to take care of his grandson John Lewis whose mother was Peter's oldest child Elizabeth Worden. Young John was named after his London-born father John Lewis, a married preacher with some scandalous habits. (You can read more about him here.) This will seems to be the only reference to John who would have been about 14 at the time of his grandfather's death. Nothing further is know about him.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday Night Free Family Tree Webinar: "Neighborhood Reconstruction: Effective Use of Land Records" presented by Mary Hill, AG

Mary Hill, AG, presents "Neighborhood Reconstruction: Effective Use of Land Records"
Use USGS topographic maps, tract maps, plat maps, surveys, deeds, census records, and tax lists to reconstruct the neighborhood where your ancestor lived. Plat your ancestor’s land records and discover what unexpected clues might be discovered in the process. 

Awww, yeah, baby!  Part of why I'm cleaning up my master locations list on Legacy is because I need to be able to see all the people who lived in a particular area, and making my locations conform to one standard will provide better reports.  Once I see where people are I can take my analysis of individuals and families to the next level, and this webinar fits right into that plan.

Recorded April 19, 2017.  Runs 1 hour 56 minutes, and is free to non-subscribers through April 26, 2017.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

School Days: Anna Webb Graduates from School in Winnetoon - 1910

These two photographs are to be found on the website of the Winnetoon HIstorical Society in Knox County, Nebraska. My maternal grandmother Anna Webb is the young woman standing on the left.

[Winnetoon Historical Society: Days Gone By]

The text in this picture of the schoolhouse that my grandmother attended explains why the above portrait is captioned 1910 Winnetoon's First 10th Grade since the school only had ten grades.

[Winnetoon Historical Society: School]

And here's what the local Norfolk Weekly News-Journal had to say about the commencement exercises.

[10 Jun 1910, Page 2 - The Norfolk Weekly News-Journal at]

The historical society has a lot of information about Winnetoon's past here.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cleaning Up My Master Locations List on Legacy

Look at all the ways I have Painesville displaying in my records!  These need to be standardized for a more efficient database.

I want to have a database of information that sorts into reports that I can use to take my genealogy to the next level, like analyzing all the people who lived in a certain place.  I see now that I have to make sure that the locations list is all cleaned up for this to work.

This is tiresome work, particularly because I want to make sure my Ancestry tree is standardized.  We are continuously working through Ancestry to do research and I want my future gedcoms I download from that service to be very clean.

Oh well, c'est la guerre!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Is for Mothers: Anna Delilah Webb (1891 - 1973)

There's never been any doubt that my maternal grandmother married Harry Allen Slater on September 15, 1916, in Boulder Colorado. After all we had their marriage certificate and a newspaper clipping about the event from her local Knox County, Nebraska, newspaper.

[Courtesy of Olive Slater-Kennedy]

[Courtesy of Olive Slater-Kennedy]

So this morning when I opened our tree and saw this hint for Harry A. Slater I decided to check it out.

This database links to a FamilySearch image which we'd already added to my grandparents' profiles but hadn't put in a post yet.


We haven't found a wedding photograph of the couple although there may be one lurking in the Slater family archive.

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