Sunday, January 21, 2018

Rerouting... John Potter Smith's Path

When I wrote the post Henrietta Smith, Daughter of, -- of course -- John and Mary Smith I had every reason to believe the parents of John Potter Smith were Aza Smith and Mehitable POTTER. That was the name given as John's mother on his death certificate. 

But, I have never been able to find a marriage record for Aza Smith and Mehitable POTTER. I have, however, found one for Azor C Smith and Mehitable WATROUS or WATERS. From the database US Newspaper Extractions, the marriage took place on Feb. 15, 1821 in Lebanon, Connecticut. From the Barbour Collection, Lebanon Volume, the date is March 15, 1821. John was born in 1825. What if the informant for that death certificate only assumed POTTER was her maiden name based on John's middle name?  Should I go down this path?

Now I don't believe all of Ancestry's hints, but there was one for Azor C Smith that led me to a death record for an Azor C Smith, who died in Worcester, Massachusetts at age 56 in 1854. His parents were POTTER & Harriet Smith. John Potter Smith had moved to Worcester by 1850. Could I be on the right road?

Potter Smith died in 1824 in Norwich. His Will is available on Ancestry. Mentioned in the widow's portion of the inventory is "A C Smith". The relationship is not explained from what I've been able to read of the documents. Is it just a coincidence? 

I have stalled out, unable to find anything on Mehitable Watrous or Waters. Women are always much more difficult. I'm looking at a William Waters in Lisbon, but have not found anything yet that connects him to Azor or Mehitable Smith.  I'm not sure where to turn, but after a break I will travel down this path again. 

My Relationship to:

John Potter Smith: Third Great Grandfather
    The lineage:
  1. My Third Great Grandfather: John Potter Smith
  2. My Great Great Grandmother: Henrietta Smith
  3. My Great Grandpa: Cora Gaisford
  4. My Grandma
  5. My Dad
  6. Me

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Newspaper Clippings - Canton, Illinois 1854

Here are more of the clippings I copied from microfilm of the Canton Weekly Register. This is my third post with these, two other posts are from 1852 and 1853. I want something to come of the time I spent searching for my ancestors, so I hope these will be of help to someone.

January 26, 1854
In this place, on the morning of the 10th inst., Dr. JAMES R. WALTER, after an illness of seven days, aged 57 years.
Dr. WALTER was a native of Virginia; was educated and entered upon his profession in the State of Ohio, from whence he emigrated to this place about seventeen years ago. As a physician, he was kind, attentive and successful, and won the confidence and affection of many. He was an active and useful member of the Congregational Church in this place. He had a deep sense of his own entire unworthiness in the sight of God, and of the fullness of the atonement and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ. For the last few months his mind seemed unusually awakened to the importance of mere perfect consecration to the work which his Heavenly Father had given him to do. By his recent labors, several neighborhood prayer meetings have been established, in one of which he was permitted to witness the presence of God in his converting grace. At times, in his sickness, he had clear views of the presence and love of Christ, and though suffering severly from pain, he uttered no complaint; but relying on the good promises of God, he committed himself and his all to Him who is able to save. He leaves a companion, three sons and an only daughter, to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate husband and father. But their grief is assuaged by his peaceful end, and his confident hope of a glorious immortality.

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(January 26, 1854 again)
On the 4th inst., at the residence of Mr. Orville Jones, MISS MARIA SHOWERS, aged 21 years.
She embraced religion and united with the Baptist Church, in this place, in November, 1851. Her life, from the time of her conversion, was a faithful illustration of Christian consistency and faithfulness, and indicated her undying attachment to the Savior.  
Her disease was consumption, accompanied with unusual suffering, all of which she bore with Christian submission. During her confinement to the house, which lasted eight months, she often siged for the house of God and the worship of the Sanctuary; and for weeks before her death, such was her faith, that she often expressed a desire to depart and be with Christ. She sleeps in Jesus. May all be made meet for such a slumber.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones are worthy of great respect for their sympathy and kindness to the deceased during her illness and at her demise.
In connection with the foregoing notice, we desire to return our sincere thanks to the members of the Baptist Church, for their kindness in aiding us to assist one who was without relatives to protect her.

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February 16, 1854
In this place, on the morning of the 29th ult., Mr. DAVID C. JONES, aged 42 years.
Mr. Jones was a native of the State of New York, from whence he emigrated to Canton many years ago. He was kinds, meek and faithful in all his relations as citizen and neighbor, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was a member of the Congregational Church; a firm believer; a consistent and uniform Christian; always in his place as a teacher in the Sabbath school, and for the last ten years as a leader in the choir. Though meek and unassuming, he shrunk not from any duty, but with a willing mind and cheerful heart met the responsibilities that rested on him. In his death the church and community have sustained a loss which they deeply feel, and his vacant place among us, not easily filled, will long speak his worth. His last ?ments were peaceful, happy and triumphant, feeling that when absent from the body he would be present with the Lord. He leaves a companion and three small children to mourn their loss, who in their deep affliction have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends.

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March 9, 1854
In Canton, on the 22d of February, JOHN HENRY II., eldest son of Sands N. and Julia Ann Breed, aged 12 years, 8 months and 21 days.
The deceased was remarkable for his love of truth and often expressed surprise and grief whenever he witnessed deception in others. He was a most dutiful and affectionate son. From early childhood he loved the Sabbath school, and oftentime the writer witnessed with pleasure the ??? with which he seemed to hang upon the lips of his father. His mind was early susceptible to religious impressions. During the great revival in the Baptist Church, in the fall and winter of 1850, he became convinced of his lost condition as a sinner - was seen among the anxious, weeping over his sins. Soon after he expressed a hope in Christ. During the revival last spring he again manifested a deep interest upon the subject of religion; and more recently, in the series of meeting held in the same church, he expressed a greater satisfaction in regard to his confidence in God. He was an extreme sufferer in his last illness, all which he bore with unusual patience, and expressed his entire willingness to die, and that he had no fears in meeting the king of terrors. In his death his parents have sustained an irreparable loss. May God's grace sustain them in the Christian hope which they and their lovely boy cherished.

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June 22, 1854
On the 25th inst., by Rev. A. Fisher, Mr. JACOB E. MAXWELL, and Miss LYDIA G. LOPER, all of Fulton county.
On Friday, June 17th inst., of typhoid fever, at his residence, about five miles northwest of Canton, NARUM GALE, Esq., in the 66th year of his age.
Mr. Gale was an old and much respected citizen in our community, whom to know was to respect and esteem for his many qualities of head and heart; being an honorable, patriotic and high-minded gentleman, an indulgent parent, a kind friend and good neighbor. We heartily sympathize with his afflicted family and friends. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 Year in Review - Accentuate the Positive

I was thinking about doing a "year in review" post when I discovered that Jill Ball, author of the GeniAus blog, has an annual year-end challenge she calls "Accentuate the Positive". This is my first year to take part in this. She has 20 sentence starters, but I will finish just a few of them. For all of Jill's prompts see her post Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2017.

An illusive ancestor I found was... Potter Smith, father of Azor C Smith of Connecticut. According to the death certificate of John Potter Smith, his parents were Azor C Smith and Mehitable "Potter". An Ancestry hint showed a marriage record of Azor C Smith to Mehitable "Watrous". Further searching led me to a death record for Azor C Smith, whose father was named "Potter" Smith. I haven't confirmed this yet, but I believe the informant for the death certificate may have just assumed John's middle name came from his mother's maiden name.

A great newspaper article I found was... Years ago a fellow researcher gave me a date of December 24, 1879 for the death of Lebbeus Simmons, but could not tell me the source of that date. In nearly 20 years, I have never found the source. This year I posted a message in the Facebook group for the Fulton County, Illinois History & Genealogical Society for some help. The President of that society (and local DAR chapter Registrar) did some research for me and found the newspaper article announcing Lebbeus' death which happened on December 24, 1879. 

A geneajournal I took was... a one day stop in the little town of Peotone, Illinois spending some time in the library and a cemetery. Wasn't able to find a marriage date I had hoped to, but narrowed the date down to within a few weeks.

An important record I found was... Two women's death records that I consider very important 1) because records for women in the mid 1800's are very hard to find and 2) they both are in my direct line for the Patriot Libbeus Simmons. I've worked on this line for many years and these two documents were well worth the money I spent on getting them from a Civil War pension and Genealogybank. 

A newly found family member shared... photos of my Great Grandmother's sister, Laura Kyle and her family. I had a photo of people who I assumed were Laura and her family. I searched Ancestry and found a photo of Laura & Joseph Kyle and contacted the man who posted it. He helped me identify the people in a few photos and even had a copy of one of the photos I had which was labeled with the names.

A geneasurprise I received was... a photograph of my Great Grandparents Cicero & Allie Bell about the time of their marriage. A first cousin once removed sent it to me in the mail. It's an awesome photo!

My 2017 blog post that I was particularly proud of was... Two Different Frank Roscoe's  I was able to find several records to differentiate the two men.

A new piece of technology I mastered was... scanning slide film. I've had a scanner a long time, but had never figured out how to scan slides. Now I've added 900 digital photos to my collection.

I joined... several #genchat sessions this past year. They are informative, helpful and a lot of fun!

A DNA discovery I made was... not a discovery yet, but I might be on the right track about Isaac Burnett being somehow related to John Adair's wife Mary.  I'm working on finding her maiden name and with some of my matches having Isaac Burnett in their trees, I hope to discover the relationship.

I taught a genimate how to... well, I can't say for sure but I've tried to include some helpful things in the newsletter I edit for my local genealogical society. No one has told me they've learned anything, but there's a chance.

I am excited for 2018 for... the chance to get to the Midwest Genealogical Center in Independence, Missouri. I've wanted to go for a while and don't have set plans yet, but will try to get there.

Another positive I would like to share is...the volunteer services I've spent time doing like editing the newsletter and doing some transcription for articles in the Nebraska State Genealogical Society publications. Also a couple of blog posts for the Slave Name Roll Project.

My focus in 2018 will be on getting the last few needed documents for my fourth (and final) DAR supplemental. With this last one, all four of my Grandparents will be proven descendants of Revolutionary War Patriots - provided the one I sent in this year will be approved (supplementals take about a year to process). 

Nebraska sunset, August, 1961

Friday, December 22, 2017

Carrie Boggs & John Rickard Marriage License & Certificate

Marriage record obtained from the Nebraska State Historical Society

"State of Nebraska, 
County of Gage.    The State of Nebraska to any Person Legally Authorized to 
Solemnize Marriages, Greeting:
You are hereby authorized to join in the holy bonds of matrimony, and to celebrate within said County the rites and ceremonies of marriage between 

Mr. John S. Rickard
Miss Carrie E. Boggs

The father's name of the said John S. Rickard 
is David Rickard and the 
maiden name of his mother was Catherine Harmon and 
the father's name of the said  Carrie E.  Boggs 
is John Boggs and the maiden name
of her mother was Mary Knapp

The said John S. Rickard  resides in the
County of  Gage and State of  Nebraska; is aged 33 years, 
was born in Pennsylvania and is a white person. 

The said Carrie E. Boggs resides in the
County of  Gage and State of Nebraska; is aged 16 years,
was born in Ohio and is a white person.

And these presents shall be your good and sufficient warrant, and you are required to return this license to me within three months after the celebration of such marriage, with a certificate of the same appended thereto, signed by you, under a penalty of five hundred dollars, or imprisonment not exceeding one year. 

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of the County Court of said County of Gage, this 22nd day of December
A. D. 1892

W. S. Banner 
County Judge


State of Nebraska
Gage County
Be it Remembered, That at Beatrice in said County of Gage, on the 22nd 
day of December, A. D. 1892, Mr. John S. Rickard 
and Miss Carrie E. Boggs named in the foregoing license, were legally
united by me in the presence of F. E. Banner 
residing in the County of Gage and State of Nebraska, and
Robert Kyd residing in the County of 
Gage and State of Nebraska.
Witness my hand this 22nd day of December A. D. 1892

W. S. Banner [NAME]
County Judge [TITLE]"

My Relationship to:

Carrie E. Boggs: First Cousin 3 times removed
    The lineage:
  1. My Third Great Grandfather Heinrich Knapp
  2. My Second Great Grandmother Eliza Knapp Menke, sister of Mary Knapp Boggs
  3. My Great Grandfather Charles Albert Menke first cousin of Caroline E Boggs Rickard
  4. My Grandpa
  5. My Dad
  6. Me

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday's Faces from the Past - G G Bruckert Photographer

G G Bruckert of Harvard, Nebraska took this photograph. Gustave & Emma Bruckert lived in Harvard in 1900 and by 1910 had moved to Thayer County.

I don't know who this couple is. To my knowledge, they are not related to me. I'm hoping someone who sees this will recognize them. They are likely from southern Hamilton or northern Clay Counties in Nebraska. It's another unidentified photograph from a collection that once belonged to my Great Grandma Sadie McGrath or her sister Alice Negley. 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Newspaper Clippings - Canton, Illinois, 1853

Several of my ancestors died in Fulton County, Illinois in the 1850's, '60's and '70's. Any record of their deaths has been very hard to come by. Earlier this year, I got the Canton Weekly Register on microfilm through inter-library loan to search for their names in death or other notices in the newspaper. Luck was not with me for anything on my family, but I snatched some random clippings with genealogy info to share so that my time spent might help someone else. Here are some from 1853.

Canton Weekly Register, March 5, 1853 
Died, in this place, on Wednesday, March 2d, ASA LEE DAVISON, M. D., aged 59 years and 3 months. 
Dr. DAVISON was born in Rensselaer county, New Yor in 1793. Before removing to this State he resided a number of years in Allegheny county, New York, where he filled several important offices. He afterwards resided in Ashland county, Ohio. He removed to Tazewell county, in this State, in 1833, and to Canton in 1840. He has been connected with this paper as one of the proprietors and senior editor for about two years. 
The deceased enjoyed a well earned reputation as a skillful physician and a faithful and able editor. We mourn the departure of a valuable citizen, a kind and affectionate husband and father. He whose skill has relieved the sufferings and prolonged the lives of many others, has himself fallen, in full strength, before the inexorable destroyer, which neither human skill nor anxious friends could arrest. 
By the sudden death of one so healthy and well known by us all, we are made to feel that we stand in the gate way of eternity, and that the Supreme Being who hold the keys, will soon pass us from this stage of life to the world of spirits. 
Died, on Wednesday, Feb. 23d, GEORGE THOMAS, only son of Joshua and Maria Wheeler, aged on year and twenty days. 
On the 20th December, at Winchester, Iowa, MRS. CATHERINE BAUMAN, aged 90 years and 8 months.

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Canton Weekly Register, March 12, 1853 
"The silken tie, that binds two willing hearts." 
Married, on Wednesday, the 9th inst. by Rev. S. G. Miner, Mr. E. C. Emmons and Miss Z. A. BIDAMON, all of Canton. 
We wish this couple more joy than would lead a forty horse team.

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Canton Weekly Register, March 19, 1853 
DIED, in Vermont, Fulton Co., Ill., March 7th HARRIET NEWEL, daughter of J. W. and J. A. Ward, late of the vicinity of Canton, in her fifteenth year, from taking cold after having the Measles. She lingered for several weeks, when she was taken down very violently, and after suffering 12 days, she calmly fell asleep in the arms of her Saviour, leaving her friends the best possible assurances that their loss was her eternal gain.
Calm on the bosom of thy God,
Dear spirit, rest thee now;
E'en while with ours thy footsteps trod,
His seal was on thy brow.
Dust, to its narrow home beneath,
Soul, to its rest on high,
They that have seen thy look in death,
No more should fear to die.

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For my previous post with Newspaper Clippings - Canton, Illinois, 1852, click the link.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Walter Boone's Will

"In the name of God Amen,I, Walter Boone of Nelson County, Ky, being in a State of debility, But perfect in mind and memory do constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in the following manner to wit: 1st my will in the first place, that all my debts be faithfully paid of such property as my beloved wife Elizabeth Boone sees proper to dispose of for the same. 
  2nd I will and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Boone all my land on which I lived and do? proposed of, also my negro man Harry, my house hold and kitchen furniture, and all my stock of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs, and farming utensils to be hers during her life to dispose as she pleases. 
And 3: It is my will that after the death of my beloved wife wife Elizabeth Boone, that my land and all that I have Willed to her, to belong to my son Henry Boone and his heirs to dispose of as he pleases. 
4th It is my will that my son Henry Boone to stay on the place and manage for his mother, So long as they can agree, and if they cannot agree, She can then do any thing that may but suit her Conserning the same. 
5th I will and bequeath to my ten older children each of them one dollar, viz Charles Boone's heirs, John Boone, Christopher Boone, Joseph Boone, Mary Peake's heirs and Henry Carcers? the above named sum of one dollar to be their and their heirs. 
In testimony whereof, I have to set my hand and seale this 16th day of January, one thousand eight hundred & forty seven.  Walter ^his mark^ Boone  {seal}   
Geo. Clark  
Joseph ^his mark^ Clayton  
Pius Hagan 

At a County Court begun and held for Nelson County At the Courthouse in Bardstown on the 12th day of April 1847This last will and testament of Walter Boone dec'd was Executed in Court proven by the Oath of Geo. Clark, a Subscribing witness thereto who also made oath that Joseph Clayton & Pius Hagan the other subscribing witnesses thereto Signed their names, to said will in his presence of and <----> Testator at his request, whereupon the said will is ordered to record.Attest Nath'l Wickliffe Olh"

Walter Boone was born in Prince George's County, Maryland before 1760. He and his wife, Mildred Edelin, were the parents of more than ten children, according to his Will. The only children named are: Charles, John, Christopher, Mary, Joseph and Henry. There may be an Inventory of his Estate to be found at Family Search, but I'm not finding the time to look for that. It will have to wait.

My Husband's Relationship to:

Walter Boone: Third Great Grandfather
    The lineage:
  1. My husband's Third Great Grandfather Walter Boone
  2. My husband's Great Great Grandfather Christopher Boone
  3. My husband's Great Grandfather Robert I Boone
  4. My husband's Grandmother Charlotte Boone
  5. My husband's Father
  6. My husband