Sunday, April 30, 2017

Animal Encounters: Deer! (1951)

While Mother was bravely feeding the doe, I wasn't willing to extend a hand toward her fawn (even though it clearly didn't have feathers and wasn't about to fly up and peck at me as Billy Bones had done).

[Feeding deer at Grand Canyon - May, 1951. From my personal collection]

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Sunday Drive: Agua Caliente, 1950

Dad always wanted us to face into the sun for his photos--even my hat wasn't enough to keep 3-year-old me from squinting.

[From my personal collection]

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Free Saturday Night Webinar from Family Tree Webinars: "Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps" by Rick Sayre

Great webinars continue apace over at Legacy Family Tree.

Rick Sayre presented "Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps" on April 26, 2017:
Land ownership maps in the United States are generally focused on the county level. Produced largely in the nineteenth-century in single sheet or atlas format, they were sold by subscription and also developed to commemorate events such as the centennial of the American Revolution. Though advances in printing such as lithography increased availability, maps were still expensive. Consequently, they likely will be found in more affluent areas. Property owners can also be found on military maps and other government published maps. Land ownership and residence can often be determined by correlating city directories with fire insurance maps.

1 hour 46 minutes. Free to non-subscribers through May 3, 2017.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

From the Probate Files: Thomas Mathews - Northampton, North Carolina, 1770

In an earlier post we saw that Martha Stapp's husband Thomas Matthews received one shilling in her father's Joshua's 1759 will and noted that her only other mention in surviving records is in Thomas's will which presented in the Northampton County court in March of 1770.

I haven't found a birth date for this maternal sixth great grandfather, but since their first child was born about 1739 it's likely to have been in or before 1720, so he must have been in his 40s when he put his mark on his will on April 20, 1761. At that time his three sons (James, Claiborne* and Lawrence) were under age so he left everything to Martha as long as she didn't remarry. If she died or took a second husband all his property was to go to his oldest son, if he died then to my ancestor, and finally in case both his older sons were dead, to his youngest son Lawrence.

["North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), Northampton > image 103 of 273;
county courthouses, North Carolina.]

                                      Thomas Matthews Will
In the name of God amen, I Thomas Matthews of the County of North
ampton, being in a low State of Health, but of sound & perfect sense
& memory, Do hereby this my last Will & Testament, revoking 
all former wills by me heretofore made.
Impremis I give my Soul to almighty God, its Creator, hoping thru the mediation
                of my Saviour Jesus Christ to Receive full & ardent Redemption 
                all my sins, my body I Desire to be decently interred at the Discre
                tion of my Execr hereafter appointed.
Item         I give & bequeath unto my loving wife Martha Mathews,
                while she Continues sole & my widow, all my Estate but in Case
                my wife shall die or marry, I give my land unto my son James
                Matthews ^his heirs & assigns. In case my son James Mathews^
                should die under age, I give my Land to my son Chil
                borne Mathews, & his heirs forever. In case my Son Chilborne
               should die under age, I give my land to my son Lawrence Mat
               thews & his heirs forever.
I Constitute & appoint my wife Martha Matthews ^to be^ , Exer of this my last
                will & testament, & I desire all my just debts to be paid by my Exer, In
                witness thereof I have set my hand & seal this 20th day of April 1761.
                Signed Sealed & Delivered           Thomas [his | mark] Matthews & seal
                as his last will & testament in presence of
                Teste Thos Short,  George Raglund.                 

Even though Thomas lived another nine years after drawing up this will, he apparently saw no need to make another and this was the one recorded in 1770.

["North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 May 2014), Northampton > image 104 of 273;
county courthouses, North Carolina.]

Northampton County ?? March Ct 1770.
This will of Thomas Matthews deceased was proved by the 
Oath of Thomas Short Esq. and ordered to be Certified &
                                                Teste Willis Jones Cct.

Northampton County has extensive probate records but somehow Thomas Matthews' original will doesn't seem to have survived nor is there any further probate records that I could find.

*Claiborne is my direct ancestor. His great great granddaughter is Sarah M. Matthews, the wife of George W. Slater.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Steve Took Marc to Work Today (Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2017)

Steve and Marc on our front porch, just back from Mesa College today.

They got to walk around almost the whole campus (which has changed a lot since I last worked there in 2002), but I forgot to ask Steve to take pictures while there.

Marc's favorite picture of this set.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fantastic Find: John Grenham - Irish Roots

Mr. Grenham's website is a great resource for those of you researching your Irish ancestors. Check out his blog Irish Roots. For instance, his most recent post (dated 24 April 2017) is titled "We have grave concerns..." and it's chock full of links to an impressive number of sources for Irish cemetery records.

The post begins:
I was once told by an American psychotherapist that the Irish have serious problems with bereavement. Apparently we find it very hard to let go. Maybe that’s the reason we have such a thing about graveyards. Because we certainly do have a thing about graveyards.
[City cemetery, Belfast, Ireland, October 1918. American National Red Cross Collection in the 
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.]

You can read a short biography of John Grenham at Legacy Family Tree's website but, sadly, you've a month late to hear his webinar "Why are Irish records so weird?" for free.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Little Motivation for Tuesday: "What's New in Legacy Family Tree 9" by Geoff Rasmussen

My goodness this cleaning up of my Legacy database is taking forever, but it will pay off in the end.

It's funny because Legacy 9 was released just one week after I purchased the Legacy 8 software, which was thankfully not a problem ($8 to upgrade).

Geoff Rasmussen presented a quick overview of new features in Legacy 9 with "What's New in Legacy Family Tree 9"on April 18, 2017.
In this quick video, you will be introduced to the new features in the recently-released Legacy Family Tree 9 software.
Runtime: 6 minutes.

I think this webinar will be free indefinitely, although it is really only useful to people who already have the software.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday Is for Mothers: Martha Stapp (About 1715 - After 1770?)

Martha's father Joshua Stapp (or Stepp) didn't mention her by name when he signed his will in Northampton County, North Carolina, on November 2, 1759, but he did leave one shilling to her husband Thomas Mathews. His other son-in-law also received one shilling, with all the rest of his estate going to his son Joshua Jr. No provision was made in case the younger Joshua died without legal heirs.*

[A compleat map of North-Carolina from an actual survey; John Collet & J. Bayly. Published in London by Samuel Hooper, 1770.
Source: Library of Congress, Washington D.C.]

[Detail of above, showing general location of Northampton County south of the Virginia border..]

["North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970," images, FamilySearch ( cc=1867501&wc=32L6-3T5%3A169791301%2C170254301 : 21 May 2014), Northampton > image 78 of 273;
county courthouses, North Carolina.]

Martha and Thomas's first child was born in about 1839 so presumably they were married sometime before then. My direct ancestor, Claiborne Mathews, was their second child.


As is to be expected, given the times, the only mention we have for this maternal 6th great grandmother are in the wills of her men-folk. Here is how Thomas referred to her in his will dated April 20, 1761, wherein he left his property to her (during her widowhood) and also named her his executor.

[North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970, Family Search]

This will was presented for probate in 1770 in Northampton County and I'll take a closer look at it on Friday. Unfortunately none of the other probate records from this time period seem to exist.

There's no indication in the surviving records of Martha's date of death.

*Joshua Sr. died in 1765 and his son acted as his executor.

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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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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday Drive: Anaheim, California - 1948

I've been sorting through the hundreds of color slides taken by the parents who raised me and there's still a lot to share. In honor of the Easter basket they gave me in 1951, I decided to post more photos of these two vehicles belonging to the Neals. You can see the 1948 Plymouth "Woodie" station wagon here and Jimmy's work truck, possibly a 1935 Dodge, here.

The Neals owned a motel in Anaheim and they were enlarging it in 1948 when Dad and Jimmy were working together on a project which you can read about here

[From my personal collection]

I love the billboard ad for Acme Beer and there's a wonderfully informative history of the brewery here.

[From my personal collection]

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Celebrations: Easter Sunday - 1951 (Again & Again)

Here's four-year old me with my Easter basket on my trusty tricycle in the backyard in Encanto; the blooming tree behind me is an avocado.

[Making its 3rd annual appearance, this photo is from my personal collection]

The Easter basket was a present from Jessie and Jimmy Neal.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

My Father's Estimated Maternal and Paternal Haplogroups from 23andMe

My father's maternal and paternal haplogroups, according to 23andme.  They seem to be right in line with what I know of his maternal and paternal lines.

The maternal haplogroup is H1, the earliest known ancestor on Dad's maternal line being Ragnhild Olsdotter b 1726 in Sauda, Rogaland, Norway.

According to Wikipedia, this maternal haplogroup is found in approximately 41% of native Europeans, and for subclade H1:
Projected spatial frequency distribution of haplogroup H1
H1 encompasses an important fraction of Western European mtDNA lineages, reaching its local peak among contemporary Basques (27.8%). It also occurs at high frequencies elsewhere in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as in the Maghreb. The haplogroup frequency is above 10% in many other parts of Europe (France, Sardinia, parts of the British Isles, Alps, large portions of Eastern Europe), and above 5% in nearly all the continent.[1] Its subclade H1b is most common in eastern Europe and NW Siberia.[18]
So far, the highest frequency of H1 has been found among the Tuareg inhabiting the Fezzan region in Libya (61%).[19][20] The basal H1* haplogroup is found among the Tuareg inhabiting the Gossi area in Mali (4.76%).[21]
Ancient Guanche (Bimbapes) individuals excavated in Punta Azul, El Hierro, Canary Islands were all found to belong to the H1 maternal subclade. These locally born individuals were dated to the 10th century and carried the H1-16260 haplotype, which is exclusive to the Canary Islands and Algeria.[22]

The paternal haplogroup is R-L48, the earliest known ancestor on this line being Solomon Hartley b 1775 in "Pittsborough", Pennsylvania (of possible Dutch, German, or Polish ancestry).

According to a discussion on the FTDNA message board, R-L48 is largely from the Netherlands area, and also Poland, which is exactly where I'm hovering at concerning Solomon Hartley's general ethnicity anyway!

Family Tree DNA assigns my father the paternal haplogroup R-M269 instead of R-L48.  I'm not sure why the difference?  Haplogroup R-M269 is the most common European Y- chromosomal lineage, according to FTDNA.

I think this is a changing landscape, so these designations can possibly change somewhat as time goes on.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

From the Probate Files: George W. Slater - Greenwood County, Kansas - 1895-1899

George W. Slater, my maternal great great grandfather, died on October 10, 1899, at the age of 67. He's buried in The Twin Grove Cemetery in Severy, Kansas.

[Courtesy of Olive Slater-Kennedy]

His name appears in Greenwood County probate records but not because of a will. At some point late in his life George W. was considered insane and his case file number is 961.

[ Kansas, Wills and Probate Records, 1803-1987 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Kansas, County, District and Probate Courts.]

What were the circumstances that led to this situation? When did the hearing take place? It should all be in his file. But there's a problem...

[ Kansas, Wills and Probate Records.]

Searching through Ancestry's records, I discovered that somehow 961 doesn't appear. There's a 960, followed by 961a (a man by the name of Thomas Kirby. And the next section of files begins with 962. There's no sign of George W.'s records but they would have dated sometime between 1895 and his death in 1899.

[ Kansas, Wills and Probate Records.]

But where probate records aren't available, there's always the press. From the pages of the Eureka Herald and Greenwood County Republican it appears that my ancestor suffered several periods of insanity, first in 1896 and then just before his death in 1899.

[29 May 1896, Page 3 - The Eureka Herald and Greenwood County Republican at]

[22 Sep 1899, Page 3 - The Eureka Herald and Greenwood County Republican at]

Looking through the files of other Greenwood County residents judged insane, it's too bad that George W.'s is missing because there could have been valuable information about his condition in his file.

Here are some examples of the kind of documents that can be found in the files of others (with the names/dates removed).

[ Kansas, Wills and Probate Records.]

I was glad to hear that Greenwood officialdom didn't believe this poor man's neighbors were witches. After being examined by a doctor he was judged insane and sent to Osawatomie State Hospital.

[ Kansas, Wills and Probate Records.]

[Source: Miami County Historical Museum]

It's impossible to know what my ancestor's symptoms were without his file; he could have been suffering from some form of dementia. From the newspaper report we know he was adjudged insane on September 19, 1899, and died less than a month later.

[13 Oct 1899, Page 3 - The Eureka Herald and Greenwood County Republican at]

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Finally, a List of My Mother's X-Chromosome Possible Donors

Female inheritance fan chart from Blaine Bettinger's post "Unlocking the Genealogical Secrets of the X Chromosome"

In my ongoing quest to utilize those x-chromosome matches, I used Genome Mate Pro today to generate a list of all the possible donors of those x's (on my mom's side).

I am going to clean this up and put the list in the Christine's Ancestors tab for future reference.

Ancestor X-Chromosome List (for Pat Hartley)
ALCOTT, William b. 1690
ALLCOTT, Elizabeth b. 1720
Allyn, Sarah b. 1642
Anna, _____ b. 1643
AVERY, Caroline Carrie" Celestine b. 1871
AVERY, John Warren b. 1835
BALDWIN, Aaron b. 1746
BALDWIN, Olive b. 1778
BEAKS, Martha
BIDDLE, Benjamin Robert B R" b. 1808
BIDDLE, Matilda Puggie" b. 1846
BIXLER, Emanuel b. 1778
BIXLER, Leah b. 1813
Brewer? or Davis? speculative, Sarah b. 1770
BRIGHAM, Anne b. 1606
BRILLHART, Elizabeth b. 1750
BRILLHART, Peter b. 1726
BUDD, _____ b. 1750
BUDD?, Phoebe b. 1775
CAPELL, Mary Polly" Ann b. 1782
CAPELL, Sterling b. 1751
CONYERS, Sarah Patterson b. 1731
COOKE, Lydia b. 1685
COOPER, Moses b. 1710
COOPER, Ruth b. 1744
DARLING, David b. 1805
DARLING, Mercy Ann Anna" b. 1835
DEVONISH, Bernard b. 1638
DEVONISH, Martha b. 1668
DONAGHE or Marsh, Susannah Presbrey or Presbury? b. 1760
DONAGHE, Henry??
DuHart, Jane
EVANS, Elijah b. 1786
EVANS, Maria b. 1814
FIELD, Hannah b. 1642
FIELD, John b. 1616
GASKILL, Caleb b. 1775
GASKILL, Catharine b. 1804
GATES ?, Hannah b. 1688
GATES, Daniel b. 1707
GATES, Dorothy Dolly" b. 1742
GATES, Joseph b. 1776
GATES, Mary Polly b. 1805
Geer, George b. 1621
GEER, Margaret b. 1669
GROVE or Groves, Frederick b. 1812
GROVE, Delilah Lila" b. 1845
HAMPTON, Sarah b. 1761
HAMPTON, Thomas b. 1728
Hans MEYER, John b. 1684
HEALD, Mercy b. 1711
HEALD, Oliver b. 1686
HEROD, Barnabas b. 1804
HEROD, Celestine Letitia b. 1836
HILLIARD, John b. 1668
HILLIARD, Mary b. 1690
HOLT Sr, David b. 1767
HOLT, Rutha Ruthey" b. 1791
INMAN, John b. 1648
INMAN, Sarah b. 1680
Keller, George b. 1700
KELLER, Maria Barbara b. 1735
LEONARD Capt, Samuel b. 1712
LEONARD, Hannah M b. 1813
LEONARD, Isaac b. 1780
LEONARD, Mehitable b. 1747
MATHEWSON, Daniel b. 1683
MATHEWSON, Mary b. 1710
MEYER, Mary b. 1726
MOSBY, Margaret Elizabeth? b. 1665
Mrs ALLCOTT, Anne b. 1696
Mrs BIXLER, Elisabeth b. 1781
Mrs CAPELL, Patty b. 1751
Mrs COOPER, Hannah b. 1715
Mrs FIELD, Ruth b. 1622
Mrs HOLT, Rutha?? b. 1770
Mrs John Thornton, _____
Mrs ROBERTS, Elizabeth b. 1595
Mrs Taylor, Betsey or Elizabeth b. 1805
Mrs WHITMAN, Mary b. 1630
PHILLIPS, Mercy b. 1771
PORTER, Letta Estella Mom" b. 1901
PORTER, Tracy Darrow b. 1863
Powers?, Hannah
Presbrey?, _____
RARIEGH, Marie b. 1704
RHEADE, Hannah
ROBERTS, Jenet b. 1622
ROBERTS, John b. 1585
ROBERTS, Old Mother b. 1542
ROSSELL, Hope b. 1745
ROSSELL, James b. 1727
RUDOLPH, Maria Margaretha b. 1684
RUDOLPH, Martin b. 1635
SCHERER, Jacob b. 1729
SCHERER, Maria Barbara b. 1753
SHAFFER, Justina b. 1774
SHEFFER, John Philip b. 1745
SIMON, Anna Catharine b. 1725
SIMON, Johann Nicholas b. 1677
SLATER, Alta Mae b. 1917
SLATER, Harry Allen b. 1888
SOTWELL, Jane b. 1575
STANTON II, John b. 1665
STANTON, Lydia b. 1712
STARKWEATHER, John b. 1646
STARKWEATHER, Mary b. 1689
STERLING?, Ann b. 1707
TAYLOR, Elizabeth Betsey b. 1835
TAYLOR, Job b. 1800
THOMPSON Rev, William b. 1612
THOMPSON, Hannah b. 1645
THORNTON, James b. 1760
THORNTON, Mary b. 1793
TOMLINSON, George Marion b. 1839
TOMLINSON, Rufina Fina" Ellen b. 1863
WADE, James Andrew? b. 1665
WADE, Margaret b. 1694
WARREN, Tracy Stuart
WEBB, Anna Annie" Delilah b. 1891
WEBB, Jesse Jess" David b. 1860
Wells, Absalom b. 1763
WELLS, Susanna Susan" b. 1800
WHITE ????, William b. 1759
WHITE, Jemima b. 1785
WHITMAN Sr, Valentine b. 1627
WHITMAN, Mary b. 1652
WILLIAMS or WATSON, Mary? Polly b. 1774
WORDEN, Elnora Nora" May b. 1867
WORDEN, Willet Orlando Dick" b. 1843
WRIGHT ????, Jemima b. 1762

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gone for Soldiers: Isaac Leonard (About 1790 - 1862), Soldier

Isaac Leonard served as a private during the War of 1812, but so far I haven't explored what he did. As you can see from the list below there were two Isaac Leonards in New York and this is an attempt to sort out which one is my ancestor.
[New York, Index of Awards On Claims of the Soldiers of the War of 1812 [database on-line].]

Fold3 has 4 service records for an Isaac Leonard in New York State, each one for a different regiment.



Since there's no indication that "my" Isaac Leonard was a musician and the payroll record for the musical Isaac (below) states that he was a deserter which makes it unlikely that any later claim of his for reimbursement would be successful so I think we can discount the fourth record.

The next Isaac Leonard is listed as "In service at N.Y. City" which doesn't seem likely for someone who probably resided some distance away from N.Y.C.

This Isaac Leonard served in Captain Asel Power's company commanded by Lt. Col. Calvin Britain. 

[ New York, War of 1812 Payroll Abstracts for New York State Militia, 1812-1815 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 2013. Original data: War of 1812 abstracts of payrolls for New York State militia ("payroll cards"), 1812–1814. Series B0810 (23.5 cu. ft.). New York (State). Adjutant General’s Office. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.]

Researching these two officers let me to this publication by the State of New York in which we learn that they were located in Jefferson County. Until now the earliest known date for my ancestor was an 1816 land purchase that described him as a resident of Hounsfield in Jefferson County.

The following extract is from the 1812 section.

[Documents of the Senate of the State of New York, Volume 10. New York (State). Legislature. Senate - E. Croswell, 1902
Government publications. Source: Google Books.]

Now that I know what regiment he served in, next time I'll see what we can find out about his experiences in the War of 1812.

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