Sunday, December 10, 2017

First Day of i4GG 2017

Shot of the i4GG (Institute for Genetic Genealogy) from where I sat before the keynote speech by CeCe Moore.

Time got away from me tonight, but I will post a summary of some of the great stuff I learned at the conference today.  While I have spent most of my time on correcting locations on my own tree this year, it looks like a lot of new tools have come up.

Also, I didn't realize that AncestryDNA sold 1.5 DNA kits this Black Friday/Cyber Monday.  WOW.  A few years ago that was the size of the whole AncestyDNA database.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Family Friday: Perego/Newhard

The couple in these photos are my 1st cousin 3X removed Ida M. Perego (1867-1959) and her husband Marcus James Newhard (1865-1950) who were married in Jones County, Iowa, on January 26, 1885.*

[From the public tree of Dmacness]

[From the public tree of Dmacness]

Here's how Ida is related to me:


*The infant in the first photo is their son DeVere Eugene Newhard (1885-1929)

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pearl Harbor Day: Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor Ray Chavez, 105 Years Old

I want to thank Ray Chavez (world's oldest Pearl Harbor survivor at 105) and everyone else who has served on this Pearl Harbor Day. 

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Answer to a Recent Comment, with Photo

Beloved Commenter Bonnie had a question about the vehicle in last Sunday's post titled The Old Dodge Made into a Truck:
Are you sure it was not made that way? I've seen other photos from this period and I believe you could order this from the factory, or perhaps a secondary shop who did the conversion.
I'm sure it wasn't in this case because of the caption to this picture (another double exposure) on the same page of the photo album.

[From my personal collection]

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

i4GG has Sold Out! But You Will Still Be Able to Purchase the Videos of the Conference in January

Sold out.

I'll be attending the 2017 Genetic Genealogy Conference here in San Diego this upcoming Saturday and Sunday.  If you don't have tickets you will still be able to purchase a compilation of videos of the conference sometime in January, a feature they have made available the past few years.

More info here.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday Is for Mothers: Bernice E. Grenfell - 1922

Remember double exposures?

[From my personal collection]

Someone forgot to advance the film after taking a photo.

This was taken about three months before her marriage to Harold Currey.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday Drive: The Old Dodge Made into a Truck

Because there's no caption to this photo I'm not certain of the date but from other pictures on the same and neighboring pages, I would guess it was taken in the late 1920s or early 1930s.*

[From my personal collection]

Capitol Electric was a well-established firm whose name often appeared in the San Diego Union's lists of permits granted by the city.

[Title: San Diego, California, City Directory, 1934. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.]

And for some of their better-known clients, Capitol Electric would often buy space in the newspaper to offer congratulations, as on this page announcing the opening of new banquet and dining rooms at the U.S. Grant Hotel in 1927.

[San Diego Union; Saturday, November 12, 1927 San Diego, California. Page:   6. Source:]

This magazine ad from 1931 for Mazda Lamps which Capitol Electric was also selling was found on Pinterest.

[From pin by Vintage Electronics]

*I believe it would have been before 1933 when lack of work in his trade forced Harold to work in a plating shop on India Street.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Fantastic Find: Oklahoma School Records Available at FamilySearch

Elvin Worden, my 2nd 3xs removed cousin on my mom's side, went to school in Arnett, Ellis County, Oklahoma, in 1934.

Elvin's record in context of the entire record.  He is one of two of E. B. Worden (Earl Byron Worden)'s kids. Elvin's sister Verna is also listed.  This information is consistent with other records I have already found on them.  "Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 February 2017), Ellis > School census, District 1-113, 1931-1934 > image 3245 of 3312; Woodward county records indexed by Northwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society; citing various county offices, various Oklahoma school district offices and Cimarron Heritage Center, Boise City.

In the past I found Oklahoma records online to be quite scarce, but the state's been catching up.  Ancestry recently released an Oklahoma Marriage record set, and now I stumbled up on Oklahoma school records, which provide birth dates and some relationship leads.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

From the Probate Files: William Coale - Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1678/9

If William Coale's estate was as substantial as it appears from the bequests in his will, the tobacco which he was to receive as noted in the Quaker Mens Meeting of 1676 doesn't appear to have been an act of charity.

I William Coale of ye County of Ann Arundell in the
Province of Maryland being sick and weake of Boddy
but of Sound and Perfect memory calling to mind [ye]
ffrailety & Mortality of all man kinde doe make
Ordaine Constitute and Appointe this my Last will
& testament in Manner & forme following & I give &
Bequeath my Soule unto god that gave it my Body
unto ye Earth from whence it was taken to be buried
at ye discretion of my Executrix hereafter to be 
named. Imprimio I give and Bequeath unto my [Sonne]
William Coale Borne of ye Boddy of Hester my
wife all my Land Knowne by ye name of Great
Bonnerstum Seituated Lyeng & being in west Ri[ver]
In ye county of Ann Arundell According unto the
meates & Boundes contained in ye land Pattint
ye same Bearing date the 16 day of ffebruary 16[59]
unto him & his heirs forever with one ffeather B[ed]
Curtaines & vallued of ye price of Seven poundes w[ith]
two pairs oof Sheetes one man servant A new hand {for]
terme he shall have to serve this to be delivered
next shiping after my decease with two Cowes {&]
two Breeding Sowes
(2 O doe give & Bequeath unto my Second Sonne W[m]
Coale Begotten of Ye Boddy of Hannah my Second
wife One Hundred Acres of Land part of ye Sd Land
Knowne by ye name of Hickrey Hills being ye lower pat
theirof next unto Potexson River unto him & his heires
for Ever with one ffeather Beed & Curtaines and 
Valleined of ye Price of seven poundes & two pairs of
Sheetes together with ye Sume of four thousand 
poundes of tobacco when he attains unto age of one 
& twenty with one man Servant two Cowes with  
Calve or Calves by theire sides two breeding Sowes: and
ffoure thousand poundes of Tobacco when he attains
ye age of two & twenty
3 I give & Bequeath unto my Sonne Samuell Lawfully
Begotten of ye Boddy of my wife Elizabeth Eight
thousand poundes of tobacco to be paid unto him
when he shall Attaine to ye age of one & twenty together
with two men servants one of them my Negro Knowne
by ye name of Jack if he Shall then be alive & in case of
his mortality one Abell man Servant a new hand for
ye terme he shall have to serve, Alsoe two hundred
Acres of Land Part of Portland Mann: next unto
Potucson River & soe downward unto him & his

Heires Lawfully Begotten of his Boddy & for w[ant]
of such heires to come Descend unto Phillip my
Sonne & his heires Lawfully Begotten of his boddy
& if my Sonnes should dye without Issue my Will
is ye ye Said Land descend unto ye next heire maile
of ye Coales & for want of such heire Maile to go[e]
unto ye next heire femaile
4) I doe give & Bequeath unto my Sonne Phillip
Bournn of ye Boddy of my wife Elizabeth three
hundred Acres of Land ye Resedew of Portland
Mann. after ye decease of Elizabeth my wife
unto him & his heires lawfully begotten of his
Body & for want of such heires to come and c[?]
descend unto my Sonne Samuell & his heires [?]
lawfully begotten as aforesaid & In case they
shall both dye without Issue then ye said Land [?]
fall & go unto ye next heire male of ye Coales and
for want of such heire hale to descend unto ye n[ext]
heires female & theire heires for Ever  I doe al[soe]
will unto my Somme Phillip two men Servants one of
them my Negro Knowne by Ye name of Roger if [he]
Shall then be Alive & if not then one New hand & in
his Toome for ye terme he shall have to serve together
with two Cowes with Calfe or Calfesby theire sides &
two Breeding Sowes a ffeather Bedd & curtaines of
furniture of ye value of Seven poundes & two pr: of sheetes
& Eight thousand poundes of Tobacco
5) I doe give unto my daughter Elizabeth Eighteen
thousand poundes of Tobacco ye one helfe within
one year after she att ye age of fifteen together with
one ffeather Bedd Curtaines & Vallens of ye Price
of seven poundes & two pr of sheetes
Lastly  I doe constitute Ordaine & Appointe my ???
and well beloved wife ElizabethCoale my Sole &
whole Exe'x. of this my last will & testam: giving unto
my said Exe'x: my now Dwelling plantacon and three
hundred Acres of Land Adjoyning unto her owne
Proper use to her for during her naturall life & after
ye Exspiation theirof to descend unto my Sonne c
Phillip According and ??m this my Last will before
Expressed I doe also give & Bequeathunto my
Said Loving Wife & Ex'x: after my Just debts are

[Will books; Author: Maryland. Prerogative Court; Probate Place: Maryland. Notes: Wills, vol 4-10, 1670, 1676-1679, 1682-1700. Maryland, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1777 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Maryland County, District and Probate Courts.]

Paide & satisfyed & those my Legacies delivered
all ye Reaining of my Said Estate whither in
goods or Merchandize Tobaccoe goode or Moneys in
England unto her owne proper use [?] behoofe In
Confirmacon wheireof I have sette my hand & Seale
this twenty Six day of Octob: one thousand Six
hundred seventy Eight
Signed Sealed & delivered in 
the presence of ??                          WM Cole (Sealed]
Samuell Lane
Thomas ffrancis
And on ye Backside of ye Said will was written
Febry ye 6:78
Came Maj'r Samuell Lane of An Arundell County &
at ye house of ye Said Samuell Lane did then & th[ere?]
make oath & he ye Said Samuell saw ye testa[tor]
within menconed Instrument to be his Last will &
Testam: & that he was of a sound disposinge m[ind]
when he saw signed published & delivered &
further ye said Maj'r Lane as Physician to ye
Testat'r doth upon his oath further declare
said Testat'r not Long after ye publishing of [ye]
Instrument was not capable of making another &
doth veryly believe that neither did or could make
another sworne before me  Thomas Taylor
Febr'y 24|78 then came Thomas ffrancis one of ye evidences
to ye within menconed testamt: before me at my
dwelling house & made Oath to ye same and the
above menconed Maj'r Lane verbatim Jurat Cor????
                            Thomas Taylor

As you can see from the will, William Coale's two surviving oldest sons were both named William*.My direct ancestor is the second one, the child of Hannah, whose first husband's surname was Galloway** but whose maiden name is unknown.

It seems likely that this William Coale was born in England and came to Maryland in the 1640 or 50s, although there are some believe that he was born in Virginia. You can read about the various claims here and decide for yourself.

*It isn't uncommon to find the same given name used by different wives of a man.
**The Galloways were a well-known family in the area.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Limited Time Free Legacy Family Tree Webinar: "Understanding Alabama" presented by Rorey Cathcart

Modern day image taken from Google Earth.

My 5th great grandfather Henry Avery Esq (1753-1836) appeared on a list of letters in Huntsville, Alabama Territory in 1819.  He lived in Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina in 1810, so something happened after that date to spur him to move westward.  I have not yet worked out the specifics of why and when.  From Ancestry's U.S. Colonial Census Reconstruction Records, 1660-1820 database--this info is listed as coming from Territorial Papers of the US; Volume Number: Vol 18; Page Number: 517; Family Number: 2.

I have some direct ancestors who lived in Alabama between 1810 and 1869 (when the last of them moved out) so I was excited when I read about this webinar, "Understanding Alabama" presented by Rorey Cathcart:
Alabama presents the budding genealogist with both unique challenges and unique opportunities. Explore the records and repositories you'll need to consider. Learn Alabama's place in classic southern migratory patterns, and the reasons for it. Discover opportunities for African American research not found in other southern states.

Runs 1 hour 26 minutes
Free for non-subscribers through December 6, 2017

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Working on Wednesday: William Coale in Maryland, 1676

This extract is from the Minutes of a Mens Meeting at the Third Haven Friends Meeting House* in Talbot County, Maryland. I've transcribed the final sentence which contains the only mention of this maternal 8th great grandfather.**

[ U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA. Original data: Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Men's Minutes, 1676-1746; Collection: Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: MR-Ph 607]

The Meeting Ordered that William Coale Should have Two (or possibly Five) hogshead
of tobacco.

[Old Third Haven Meeting House. Credit: Photograph by James Rosenthal, HABS]

[Detail from A New Map of New England New York New Iarsey Pensilvania Maryland and Virginia, 1685.
Source: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection.]

I don't know why my ancestor was given tobacco which served as currency at the time*** but looking at several other meeting notes, I found other grants made from "our Stock".

*You can read what the Society of Architectural Historians have to say about this building here.
**William Coale is the father of William Coale Junior whose marriage to Elizabeth Sparrow is covered here.
***Was the tobacco a gift, a loan, a reward or payment?

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

i4GG (Internation Genetic Genealogy) Conference is in 10 Days!

More info here

They've finally updated the list of the speakers this year--it's quite a line up:
CeCe Moore
Blaine Bettinger Ph.D., J.D.
Kitty Cooper
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Carol Isbister Rolnick
Angie Bush, MS (AncestryProGenealogists)
Lara Diamond
Michelle Trostler
Kathleen Fernandes, Ph.D.
Katherine Borges (ISOGG)
Rob Warthen (DNAGedcom)
Leah Larkin, Ph.D.
Oron Navon (MyHeritage)
Jim Brewster (FTDNA)
Ben Wilson, Ph.D. (AncestryDNA)
Hilary Vance (23andMe)
Katie Welka (LivingDNA)

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Monday, November 27, 2017

An Alta Mae Slater Who Isn't my Mother

 In search of a topic for today's post I came across this woman who definitely isn't my mother although her (married) name is the same.

From Social Security records we learn that her maiden surname was Laux and she was born in California in 1892. She was married to Ivan Ernest Slater by the 1920 U.S. Census* and the couple had an infant daughter named Leota Fay.

According to California records Ivan died in 1942 so Alta's injury would have been a serious economic blow to her.

[Santa Cruz Sentinel 19 Nov 1946. Source:]

[Santa Cruz Sentinel 20 April 1947. Source]

So far I haven't been able to determine whether Alta collected any damages from the Amayas however 16 years later I found another mention of her...

[Santa Cruz Sentinel 31 Oct 1962. Source]

*And possibly as early as 1917-18 because Ivan stated he was married on the World War I draft form, although he didn't give his wife's name.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sunday Drive: Shipwreck, 1927 - Descanso Point, Baja California

The caption to these two undated photos from the Currey family album, written in barely legible white ink on black paper, turned out to be somewhat accurate, although the name of the freighter was misspelled: "Cincunius on the rocks 50 miles from home* in Mexico[.]"

[From the Currey family album in my personal collection]

Since a search for the ship by name wasn't successful, the next thing was to establish the date of the photos. Fortunately the snapshots weren't glued on the page and when carefully extracted I found this on the back:

[From my personal collection]

Examining the photos it was clear that the freighter's grounding was recent as all the rigging was still in place--in fact, close inspection showed that there was a barge alongside it.

So next I turned to the newspapers and found this in the Albuquerque Journal for September 26, 1927:


[Baja California. Secretaria de Agricultura y Fomento : Direccion de Estadios Geograficos y Climatologicos ... Mexico. 2a. Edicion, 1922
Source: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection]

The San Diego Union had more about the Circinus.

[Thursday, September 29, 1927   Paper: San Diego Union (San Diego, California)   Page: 5  
© This entire service and/or content portions thereof are copyrighted by NewsBank and/or its content providers

The Circinus eventually was towed to San Francisco, after a stop in San Pedro where the damage was assessed and bids taken for repairs, which turned out to be more expensive than first thought. Her captain had his license suspended for a while.

[Monday, October 24, 1927   Paper: Evening Tribune (San Diego, California)   Page: 7  
© This entire service and/or content portions thereof are copyrighted by NewsBank and/or its content providers

When her repairs were completed, the Circinus resumed service and, after a sale and name change (SS Vermar) several years later, ended up as the Russian steam ship Karaganda. Built in 1919, she was scrapped in 1967.

You can read her history here.

*Since San Diego wasn't her home port I assume the reference was made to the Currey home in Encanto.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

My Observation While Standardizing US Locations: "Wherever there’s a Newton, there’s a Jasper"

A number of my Hibbs relations ended up here from Tennessee/Indiana. Newton is the county seat of Jasper County, Iowa (here shaded in pink).  Image from Google Maps.

I didn't grow up with the Newton/Jasper thing out here in San Diego, but I have noticed that when counties and townships were being named throughout the United States in the 1800s the Newton/Jasper occurrence in place names was surprisingly common:

Newton Counties (from Ancestry's location box search)

Jasper Counties (from Ancestry's location box search)

My Turners and Hendersons were here in Newton and Jasper County, Georgia in the earlier 1800s.  Closeup from FamilySearch Wiki on Georgia.

Back in 1958, Lou Ann Everett tried to figure out the origin:
Sometimes they were associated as counties, sometimes as county and county seat; often a town or county of Marion was nearby. Maps showed more than sixty Newtons and Jaspers in all, half of them juxtaposed in an almost conjugal relationship. They were about as much a part of the American scene as Lincoln Avenue, Washington Street, and Courthouse Square," she wrote. "But why?
"My own investigation of state histories reveals that they commemorate heroes of an incident that may never have happened, that they are linked together because of a dialogue that never was spoken."
In fact, one of the duo may not have even existed.

This quote, and the rest of Ariel Cooley's 2016 article "Across country Jasper, Newton paired together because of American Revolution story" is here.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Day - San Diego, 1928

Looking through the old photo albums this is the only Thanksgiving picture I found--and it doesn't feature a turkey. Dad (Currey) was taking the opportunity to get some work done on his rowboat somewhere along San Diego Bay.

[From my personal collection]

When I was growing up, Thanksgiving wasn't a big family dinner kind of day for us--I don't remember there ever being a gathering of all the Curreys for any occasion.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Celebrations: Thanksgiving Day

[Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Best wishes for a good Thanksgiving." The New York Public Library Digital Collections.]

The New York Public Library's digital collections are a great resource. This year I deliberately chose a postcard (mailed in 1908) which doesn't feature a turkey but there are plenty available, including this one which seems to show a young girl fleeing from the turkey; another where several children chase after a running bird; and one with a smiling boy grasps the turkey's neck while they sit near an axe. Most commonly though, the image is of  a fully fledged tom in all his glory although one or two depict happy turkey families before the fatal day.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gone for Soldiers? Richard Richardson, Senior & Richard Richardson, Junior

While in search of more information about my Tomlinson upline I came across this paragraph about my 6X great grandfather Richard Richardson and one of his sons, also named Richard.* It appeared in a 1912 reference book (which has been reprinted several times) and, although I can find evidence for Junior's support of the American Revolution, so far I haven't been able to locate anything about my ancestor's expulsion from by the Quakers because of an involvement in the earlier war.

[ Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016. Original data: Mackenzie, George Norbury, and Nelson Osgood Rhoades, editors. Colonial Families of the United States of America: in Which is Given the History, Genealogy and Armorial Bearings of Colonial Families Who Settled in the American Colonies From the Time of the Settlement of  Jamestown, 13th May, 1607, to the Battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775. 7 volumes. 1912. Reprinted, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1966, 1995.]

I'm going to see what I can discover about this and report back in a later post.

*Richard, Junior, seems to have undertaken the administration of his father's 1761 will after the named executors refused to act in that capacity.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Limited Time Free Webinar: Malissa Ruffner presents "Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required"

A few years ago I discovered Prologue Magazine, which showcases how records at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) can be used.  You can peruse selected article titles to get an idea of what kinds of topics can be addressed with these records.  I highly recommend periodically checking out what they are covering as it can be very inspirational for new research directions in your genealogy.  I've only been to the nearby NARA branch once (back when it was in Laguna Niguel, it is now in Riverside, California) and have not yet begun to tap into this enormous resource.

Earlier today Malissa Ruffner presented "Research in Federal Records: Some Assembly Required":
Federal records offer genealogical gold with both direct references to our ancestors and rich contextual background information. But it can be daunting to explore record groups that are not readily available online. The wide array of tools includes paper finding aids, preliminary inventories, online indexes, web guides, and published articles, as well as the National Archives Catalog. Malissa will offer a framework and several case studies that highlight the integration of multiple research tools.

Runs 1 hour 28 minutes.  Free to non-subscribers through November 28, 2017
Part of the BCG (Board for Certification of Genealogists) Webinar Series at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

William Coale Junior and Elizabeth Sparrow Get Married in 1689

Last week I posted the 1730 marriage record for a pair of maternal 6X great grandparents, Margaret Coale and Richard Richardson. Now I'm going back another generation to Margaret's parents William Cole Junior and Elizabeth Sparrow.

[U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994. Original Data: Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Marriage 1682-1824; Collection: Baltimore Yearly Meeting Minutes; Call Number: RG2/B/S361 3.3]

Wheras William Cole Jun of Ann arundell
County in the province of Maryland Planter
And Eliz'a Sparrow of the Clifts in Calvert County
in the Said Province haveing Declared their Intent-
=ions of marriage two Sundry times at Sev'll meetings
of the people of God called Quakers at West River
in the County of ann arund'll afs"d w'ch was approved
on by the Said Meetings
Now these are to Certifie all people whom it may
Concern that for the full accomplishing of ye Intention
afs"d this Thirtieth day of ye fifth Month commonly
called July in the Year one thousand Six hundred Eighty
and Nine in an assembly of the people of God afs'd at
their Meeting place at the house of Richard Johns at
Clifts afs"d The Sd Wm Coale did stand up & takeing
the Sd Eliz'a Sparrow by the hand did Declare viz t
Frds in the presence of God & before this Congregation I take
Eliz'a Sparrow to be my wife and do promise to be a
Loving & faithfull husband unto her during both our Lives
And the Sd Eliz'a Sparrow did Declare viz t Frds
In the presence of God and before this Congregation I do
take Wm Coale to be my husband and do promise to be
unto him a Loving and faithfull Wife during both our
Lives  - - - And We who were present at ye Said
Meeting have hereunto Sett our hands as Wittnesses
the day and Year abovesaid
Rich'd Johns            Christ'n Harris            William Coale
Solom Sparrow        John Pardo                  Elizabeth Sparrow
Wm Coale                Rich'd Gibes                & now Coale
Rich'd Galloway       John Talbott                _______________
Edw'd Talbott           Frn's Hutchins
Wm Richardson       Marg't Richardson       Eliz'a Johns
Phil Coale                Eliz'a Hutchins             Eliz'a Coale
Tho's Sparrow         Wm Holyday
Abra Johns               Wm Chew
Sam'll Coale             Hanah Everest
Sam'll Constable      John Cutting
George Royston       Tho's Everest
John Austin              Wm Edmondson                          
Hoa's Bilingsly         Mary Webb
Rob't Johnson           Marg't Kidd 
Rob't Harper            Eliz'a Mears
                                 Hesther Pardo
                                 Tho's S___________

Here;s a reminder of how I'm related to this couple:


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday Drive: Automobile Parade - Manhattan, New York, 1899

If you follow this link you'll be able to watch a short Thomas Edison produced film from 1899, the content of which is summarized by the Library of Congress this way:
This may be the first annual automobile parade, held on November 4, 1899 in downtown Manhattan. At least ten different makes and models are seen, including electric and steam powered machines. Only three years earlier, in 1896, Henry Ford, Charles Brady King, Alexander Winton and Ransom Eli Olds had each introduced their gasoline cars. In 1900, the first National Auto Show was held at Madison Square Garden and the favorites were the electrics and the steamers. In 1901, new oil fields in Texas made gasoline affordable. That same year, mass production techniques were introduced into car manufacturing. These two factors would prove to be key developments in the rapid growth of the American automobile industry.
[Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C.]

The horse in the third image above certainly wasn't happy to find himself in that crowd.

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Planning to Plan: What to do Before Going to the Courthouse, Family History Center, or other Ancestral Location

The courthouse in Washington County, Iowa.  I hope a future visit here will help me gain a better understanding of my Taylor ancestors, but I'd better plan well so the trip is worth it!  By Farragutful (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

I'm putting this together for my own use, but I figured others could use these free tips as well:

Planning and Implementing a Research Trip (Video: Presenter: Tim Bingaman, AG) at FamilySearch:
Don’t be surprised on your next research trip. Learn how to prepare and what to take and do on your next trip.

U.S. Courthouse Research (Video: Presenter: Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG) at FamilySearch:
Courthouses are places where you can find answers to genealogical problems. They are a rich source of written records created as a result of the laws, the time period, and personal activities of your ancestors. The steps delineated throughout this course will assist you to be more effective as you visit courthouses in your search for genealogical information.∗∗∗Note: To view this video please use Internet Explorer or Firefox as your web browser.

And a two-part blog post from Linda Stufflebean ("12 Tips: Preparing for the Family History Library and Rootstech 2018.  There is an emphasis on Rootstech in Salt Lake City but really these are great tips any time you venture out of your house into a family history library:
Part 1
Part 2

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Friday, November 17, 2017

From the Probate Files: Richard Richardson - Frederick County, Maryland, 1761

As promised in Monday's post about my maternal ancestor Milcah Richardson, here is the 1761 Will of her father Richard Richardson, a Quaker. Although he bequeathed enslaved people to each of his children, shortly after his death the Society of Friends universally banned the ownership of slaves and expelled anyone who didn't conform so that transfer wouldn't have taken place.  

In the Name of God Amen Richard Richardson of Frederick County,
& Province of Maryland Farmer being Sick of Body but of but of Sound and disposing mind and
memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die do make and Ordain this ^to be my
last Will and Testament in manner and form following, recomending my Soul to God.
hoping through the Mercy to Obtain ^eternal Salvation ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
First that my body be decently buried at ye descretion of my Executors hereafter Named~~ that all my Just Debts be honestly paid_ _ _ _ _ _______________________________
3.l.y I will and Ordain that all my Lands and xxxx Appurtenances thereunto
belonging Except what is hereafter Excepted to be sold at a Convenient time after my
Decease to ye highest Bidder my Executors first giving Notice by Advertisements in ye
Pennsylvania and Maryland Gazettes of ye time of Sales to be by them Appointed & I 
hereby Impowers them, my Executors to Convey and make over by Proper Deeds to such
Bidder or Bidders & put him or them into Immediate Possession of ye Said Lands after
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _______________________________________

ye Receipt of ye Money & to ^Give discharge ye purchaser or purchasers for such Lands so purchased as Afsd. and I will that ye moneys arising from such Sale shall be divided amongst my
Children hereafter named in manner and form following, First that Twenty pounds amount
Money shall be deducted out of ye Money Arising from ye Sales of ye Land Afsd. which sum of 
Twenty pounds I give and bequeath to my Loving daughter Sophia Mathews, her heirs and
assigns & ye remaining sum to be Equally divided amongst my five Sons Viz. Samuel
Richard Thomas John & William Richardson to them their Heirs and Assigns. & it is my Will
and desire that if any of my Sons ^aforesaid Should die before such Sale can be made as Afsd. sons not to Receive their proportions arising from such Sale or before ye Attain ye Age of Twenty One
years, then and ^in Such case my Will and Desire is that ye Money shall be Equally divided amongst ye Surviving brothers and as two of my Sons are young it is my Will and desire that their
Proportions Arising from ye Sales of ye Lands Afsd. be put out to Interest upon good and
Sufficient Security such Interest is to be applied to ye Maintenance of Afsd. Two young Sons
till they arrive at ye Age of Twenty One years ~~~ I will and Ordain that my Executors sell with all Convenient Speed after my decease
that part or Parcel of Land which my which my [sic] Son in Law Edward Mathews now lives on
commonly Computed to be one Hundred acres of Land Called part of Sofiah and formerly
purchased by me from Henry Claqett and thereby Invest my Executors with such power to Convey
the same & I will that ye money arising from ye Sale of ye afsd. being one Hundred acres
of Land be immediately applied to discharge of my debts As to ye Remaining part of my
Estate with which I am now Possessed I give and bequeath in manner and form following Viz
I give and bequeath to my Son Samuel his heirs and assigns a Negro Boy Called Elluk ____
to my Son Richard and his heirs and Assigns a Negro Boy Called Watt Burr Tom To my Son Thomas
his heirs and Assigns a Negro Boy Called Boo To my Son William his heirs and Assigns a
Negro Boy Called Nat. I give to my Son John his heirs and Assigns a Negro Boy Called Sam_____
To my Daughter Milcah her heirs and Assigns a Negro Woman Called Sall a black Walnutt
Cupboard and all my China and Silver pint Cup & a Cotten Counterpin*  _________________
To my Daughter Lucretia her heirs and Assigns a little Negro Girl Called Phebe a set of Silver
                               and Thain??? and three Large Silver Spoons.  
Teaspoons Tongs ^To my Daughter Sophiah Mathews her heirs and Assigns a Negro Girl named Jenny and if she dies without heirs of her Body Lawfully begotten then I give ye Said Negro Girl
to my Daughter Lucretia her heirs and Assigns, I give to my daughter Margaret Peddycourt
her heirs and Assigns a Negro Girl Named Esther nd if she dies without heirs of her Body
Lawfully begotten then I give ye Said Negor Girl to my xxxx Son William his heirs and Assigns
I also give my daughter Margaret Peddycourt as many Feathers as will make a Bed
Boulster and two Pillows, three Ewes & one Sow and Pigs __  ____ _____________
And I Will that all ye remaining part of my Estate after my Just Debts are paid___
shall be Equally divided amongst my Six youngest Children Viz Richard Thomas
Milcah John William and Lucretia. Lastly I Appoint and Constitute my Loving 

[ Maryland, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1777 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Maryland County, District and Probate Courts.]

Cousins Samuel Richardson and Richard Thomas of Frederick County whole and
Sole Executors & I Trustees of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and
making Void all former Wills by me made In Testimony whereof I have
hereunto Set my hand & Seal. this Seventh day of January in ye year of Our Lord
1761 _______
Signed Sealed and published to ^be his Last Will and } Richard Richardson [Seal}
Testament in y3 presence of -----------------------------  }
John Darnall              }  On ye 7th Day February 1761 the Above Appointed
Henry Darnall Junr.   }  Samuel Richardson & Richard Thomas of Frederick
Edward Tansey          }   County came before me ye Subscriber and declared that
they and Each of them Do Renounce ye Executorship aforesaid and they will not
take upon themselves ye Burthen of ye Execution of this Testamant In Witness
whereof they have hereunto Set their hands respectively, In my presence
The above Renunciation taken ye Said  }  Saml Richardson
Day and year by Danl Dulany                }   Rich Thomas
                 Commissary Genl.                }      -------------
May 7th 1761 then 
Came Mr. Henry Darnall Junr & Edward Tansey two
of ye Subscribing Witnesses to ye within Will of Mr. Richard Richardson Deceased
and made Oath on ye Holy evangells of Almighty God that they and each of them saw
ye said Testator Richard Richard Richardson sign and Seal ye foregoing Will &
Codicil and also heard him publish ^pronounce & declare ye same to be his last Will and Testament 
and that at ye time of his so doing, he was to ye best of these Deponents' apprehension
and belief of a sound and disposing mind and memory & that the Subscribed
their ^respective Names as Witnesses to ye Said Will & Codicil in the presence of said Testator
and at his Request and that they also say John Darnall ye other Subscribing Witness
to the within Will Sign hi Name and Witness thereto in ye presence of ye said Testator
and also at his Request  

Although his "Loving Cousins" declined to act as executors, Richard Richardson's estate was probated and his son and namesake Richard placed this advertisement in (at least) the Maryland Gazette the following year:

[Date: Thursday, February 25, 1762   Paper: Maryland Gazette (Annapolis, Maryland)   Issue: 877   Page: 4 . This entire product and/or portions thereof are copyrighted by NewsBank and/or the American Antiquarian Society. 2004.Source:]

*A coverlet.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Limited Time Free Webinar: "Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence" by Jill Morelli

A few years ago I extracted information from my 3rd great grandfather Henry Hill Freeman (1815-1887)'s federal non-population agricultural census in 1880 (he was in Johnson County, Texas):

130 acres of land improved, including fallow and grass in rotation (whether pasture or meadow)
40 acres of woodland and forest
$4000, of farm, including land, fences, and buildings
$200 of farming implements and machinery
$600 of live stock
$40 fences, cost of building and repairing in 1879
$??? (in the hundreds, could be 200-600), cost of fertilizers purchased in 1879
$400 amount paid for wages for farm labor during 1879, including value of board
?? (28?) weeks hired labor in 1879 upon farm (and dairy), excluding housework (only hired whites)
$1700, estimated value of all farm productions (sold, consumed, or on hand) for 1879)
2 acres grass lands 1879, mown
2 tons hay harvested in 1879
2 horses of all ages on hand June 1, 1880
4 mules and asses, all ages, on hand June 1, 1880
4 milch cows on hand June 1, 1880
16 other cattle on hand June 1, 1880
4 calves dropped, 1879
6 cattle sold living, all ages, 1879
1 cattle died, strayed, and stolen, and not recovered, 1879
175 lbs butter made on the farm in 1879
20 sheep on hand June 1, 1880
15 lambs dropped 1879
2 sheep died of disease 1879
20 sheep clipped, spring 1880, shorn and to be shorn
80 lbs wool
55 swine on hand June 1, 1880
60 barnyard poultry on hand June 1, 1880, exclusive of spring hatching
70 other poultry on hand June 1, 1880, exclusive of spring hatching
700 eggs produced in 1879
30 acres Indian corn, 1879
800 bushels, crop, Indian corn, 1879
6 acres oats, 1879
300 bushels, crop, oats, 1879
40(?) acres wheat, 1879
416 bushels, crop, wheat 1879
4 acres potatoes (sweet), 1879
25 bushels, crop, potatoes (sweet), 1879 

This is obviously an amazing treasure trove of information on our 19th century farming ancestors in the United States!  If you have these kinds of ancestors, too, you won't want to miss Jill Morelli's webinar "Using Non-Population Schedules for Context and Evidence":
We are familiar with the decennial censuses, but the non-population schedules can also provide evidence and context for your family history. Using basic analytical skills and correlating tools, we will investigate five different records sets which shed light on many aspects of our ancestors lives and enrich our stories of them.

Runs 1 hour 39 minutes.  Free for non-subscribers through November 17, 2017.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Richard Richardson & Margaret Coale Get Married in 1730

As a result of the realization that enough attention hasn't been paid to my ancestors from the Mid-Atlantic states, I've been looking into my maternal Tomlinson upline in Maryland which includes my 5X great grandfather Jesse Tomlinson's wife Milcah Richardson. And I found the Quaker marriage record from West River* for Milcah's parents Richard Richardson and Margaret Coale.

                            Whereas Richard Richardson
Son of W"m Richardson and Marg"tt his Wife, 
and Marg"tt Coale Daughter of W"m Coale and Eliz"a his
Wife, Deceased, both of Ann arundel County in
the Province Afs"d Having publickly declared
their Intentions of Marriage with each other
in two Several monthly Meatings of the people
called Quakers which after Just deliberation
thereon no Impedement being found to their
Said Intentions they were approved of by the
Said Meatings and Left to their liberty to
Appoint Convenient time and place for the
Consumation thereof ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Now these are therefore to Certifie whome it
may Concern, that on the twenty sixth day of
the third month Commonly Called May, Anno
one thousand Seven hundred and thirty____
Appeared the Afore Said Richd Richardson and
Marg"tt Coale, at the publick Meating house of
the people Called Quakers at West River in the
County afs"d and in a free and open Assembly
of the Said people and others there meet together
did take Each other in Marriage mutually and
Solemnly, promising in the presence of God
and the Afsd Assembly true and faithful fidelity
Each to other as Husband and Wife till Death
Should Seperate, and as a further Confirmation
thereof they the Said Rich"d and Marg"tt She
according to the Custome of marriage assuming
the Name of her Husband have hereunto
Subscribed their names and wee who were
present at the above Said Solemnization
as Wittnesses thereto the day and
year above Said

[ U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Swarthmore, Quaker Meeting Records. Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.North Carolina Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hege Friends Historical Library, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina.Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes. Earlham College Friends Collection & College Archives, Richmond, Indiana.Haverford, Quaker Meeting Records. Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.]

Ann Thomas                                   Natn Rigbie                               
Margaret Thomas                           Casandra Rigbie                      Rich Richardson[?]
Elizabeth Galloway                        Gerrard Hopkins                     Wm Richardson
Anna Thomas                                 Margaret Hopkins                   Margaret Richardson
Eliza Richardson                            Solomon Sparrow                    Richard Galloway
Mary Galloway                              Sarah Coale                              Joseph Richardson Junr  
Samuel Galloway                           Rebecca Richardson                Thomas Richardson
Ann Galloway                                Henery Child                           Sarah Galloway
Samuel Smith                                 Elizabeth Galloway Junr         William Coale
Philip Hopkins                               Elizabeth Wooden                    Daniel Richardson
Joseph Yates                                  Hannah Foard                           Richard Galloway Junr
J Richardson Junr                          Mary Richardson                      Joseph Richardson
John Coulston                               Mary Thomas                            Joseph Hill
Sophia Galloway                          Allridge Frankling                     Sarah Hill
James Elderton                             Peter Galloway                         Nathan Richardson
                                                      Joseph Cowman                       W"m Richardson

Richard Richardson's parents' marriage record from 1689 also survives and I'll be sharing it next time.

*Here's a 19th century description of location of the West River Meeting House:

[The early Friends (or Quakers) in Maryland (1862) by Norris, J. Saurin (John Saurin), 1813-1882
Source: The Internet Archive]

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