Saturday, October 21, 2017

Wayne County, KY John Adair's Estate


The name John Adair is a common one. One John Adair was Governor of Kentucky 1820-1824. My ancestors were John Adair Sr who died in Knox County, Tennessee in 1827 and his son John Adair Jr who died in Wayne County, Kentucky in 1843.

In March of 2015 I wrote a post for the Slave Name Roll Project in which I included a part of John Adair Jr's Will. I have since found the entire Will online at both Family Search and Ancestry.  He names his "friend" Isaac Burnett as his Executor. I'm looking for the connection between John Adair's family and Isaac Burnett, his name appears in several documents relating to my ancestors. Witnesses were Mark Foster and John Hurt. The appraisers of the estate were Giles M Loyd, Isaac Cooper and Washington Young Sr., no known connection there but all bear looking into. The maiden name of John Adair's wife Mary is unknown and these names might be a clue.




"I, John Adair of the County of Wayne and State of Kentucky do hereby make my last Will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, I desire that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid, after the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses I give
my daughter Polly Parmley my negro girl named Milley and her three children Julie Ann, William and Franklin & the clothing, beds & bedclothing that belongs to my house and a flax wheel.I also give my son John Adair my negro woman Hannah and half the price of my land.And the balance of my money ? and chattles I give and bequeath to Robert Parmley's children, to be equally divided among them.And lastly I do hereby constitute & appoint my friend Isaac Burnett executor of this my last Will and testament hereby revoking all other or former Wills or testaments by me here before made.In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my Seal this 6th day of October in the year One thousand eight hundred & forty two.Signed, Sealed & published & declared to be the last Will & Testament of the above named John Adair in presence of us   
Mark Foster John ^his mark^ Adair *Seal 
 John Hurt"


Also searching deep through the caverns of the Family Search catalog, I found the Inventory Appraisal of his Estate and the Sale Bill of the property sold.  In the Sale Bill, some of the names that are related to John are: Garner Parmley (his son-in-law), Polly Parmley (his daughter) and John Bell (his grandson). I used a "D" in place of what looks like "Dr" in the original handwritten list, I'm not sure but I believe it's meant to indicate that the person named bought the item listed. I've transcribed all 9 pages below as well as I could read it, here's page one just as an example.


Family Search, Appraisals, Inventories 1839-1853 Vol B

Starting mid-page 342:
"Inventory and appraisment
of the estate of
John Adair dec'd

Was at the January term of the Wayne County Court, 1844, filed for and ordered to be recorded and is in words and figures following viz -

Wayne County ?
 A true and just inventory and appraisment of all the personal estate of John Adair deceased which was produced to us by Isaac Burnett his Executor
1 Negro woman named Milley about 25 years old .....  400.00
1 Negro girl named Julia Ann 7 years old .....  250.00
1 Negro boy 5 years old named William .....  250.00
1 Negro boy 3 years old named Franklin..... 175.00
1 Negro woman named Hannah about 45 years old .....  200.00
1 Negro man named Andy about 60 years old .....  125.00
1 Bay mare   ..... 25.00
1 Bay horse  .....   10.00
Amount brot down   ...... $1435.00

342*  Amount brot forward .....   $1435.00
1 Bay horse mare  .....  21.00
1 Bay mare waggon  .... 30.00
1 yoke of oxen  .....  14.00
2 young steers  .....  8.00
6 cows & 2 calves & 2 heifers  .....  40.00
3 head of hogs shoats  .....  18.00
3 sheep and 1 bell  .....   2.00
1 Log chane  .....   4.00
3 Pair of harness & singletree and some old chains  .....  1.25
2 Bells  .........  .41 1/2
1 Cutting knife & 1 inch chisel  .....  1.00
1 foot ads & howell  .....  1.25
2 shovel plows  .....  1.25
1 Brand axe  .....  1.50
1 Rat trap  .....  .12 1/2
1 Brand chisel & 1 drawing knife and one old hand saw  .....  1.25
1 singletree & chains & rod and tang plow  .....  1.00
2 old axes & 1 three grater auger  .....  1.25
1 hose 1 grubing hoe  .....  .75
1 Raw hide  .....  1.00
1 Pair of hand irons & 1 wedge  .....  1.25
1 Tub 1 pail 2 piggins ......  1.12 1/2
2 skilets  .....  .50
1 Pot rack 1 shovel  .....  1.37 1/2
1 Pot  .....   1.50
1 Tub 3 old pails 1 old churn  .....  .50
2 ovens 2 lids 1 kitel .....  2.00
1 mare saddle ...... 5.00
1 womans saddle  .........  8.00
1 Gun  .............. 4.00
1 Kittle  .....  2.00
1 Clock  ..... 8.00
2 Chest 1 table  .....  5.50
4 Chairs 1 soap stand ...... 1.00
2 jugs 2 jars 2 crocks ..... 2.00
1 Lot of cupboard furniture  .....  3.00
1 Bar of Iron  .....  .75
2 tin trunks 1 pocket book  ..... 1.50
3 Beds and furniture  .....  25.00
2 Pair of sheep shears  ...... 1.00
1 Pair of Hyllands & Hung Plow one rod and 1 half inch auger  ..... 2.00
Amount brot down
*Should be 343


344  Amount brot over
Cash on hand  .....32.61

Notes and accounts towit,
One note on Isaac Burnett calling for one thousand dollars due the 1 day of March 1844...1000.00
One note Robert Parmley calling for one hundred and thirty five dollars due 23 of Sept 1844 ... 135.00
One on Garner Parmley calling for eighty five dollars due the 19 of February 1838  ...... 85.00
One on John S. Bell for forty five dollars due 1838  .....  45.00
One Note on Garner Parmley for fifty five dollars due 24 of December 1837, with credit on it for twenty seven dollars paid 15th October
One Note on Garner Parmley for one hundred dollars due the 16th day of March 1833  ..... 100.00
One Note on Hiram Gregory for thirty two dollars 19 cents due 16 of Juen 1839  ....  32.19
One Note on James Sandusky calling for twenty three dollars due 9th of March 1840  .....  **
One smoothing iron ........  .62
One lot of Corn judged to be 24 barrels ......  16.00
1 flax wheel 1 chec reel 1 sifter 1 bread tray  .....  3.00

I do certify that the foregoing inventory contains all the personal estate of John Adair dec'd which hath come to my hands at this time on Beaver Creek.
Isaac Burnett

We do certify that the foregoing appraisment was truly and justly made of the personal property of John Adair deceased which was produced to us by his Executor to the best of our judgement all of which we respectfully report to the Wayne County Court.
Given under our hands this the 8th day of December 1843.
Giles W. Loyd
Isaac Cooper
Washington Young Sr
**Amount not listed in the column


345  Wayne County Ky
A true and just inventory and appraisment of all personal estate John Adair deceased which was produced to us by Isaac Burnett his Executor
One Clock five dollars  .....  5.00
2 Stills and ivories 18 tubs 1 dollars  ..... 16.00
1 brill syths 2 bells one ax 75 cts  .....  .75
2 Sythes Cradles one dollar  .....  1.00
6 Tubs at one dollar 37 1/2 cts  .....  1.37 1/2
1 Lot of plonder at  .....   .75
2 Plows and ot of plonder  .....  2.00
1 Steel trap one dollar  .....  1.00
1 Loom one dollar & fifty Cents  .....  1.50
2 Wheels 1 tub 1 bellow  .....  1.50
1 Cupboard six dollars  .....  6.00
3 Books at fifty cents  ....  .50
1 Sheep at fifty cents  .....  .50
12 Hogs at twelve $ fifty cents  .....  12.50
...................... $50.37 1/2

I do certify that the foregoing inventory contains all the personal estate of John Adair deceased which hath come to my hands at this time on the Little South fork.
Isaac Burnett

We do certify that the foregoing appraisment was truly and justly made of the personal property of John Adair deceased which was produced to us by his executor to the best of our judgement all of which we respectfully report to the Wayne County Court.
Given under our hands this the 16 day of December 1849.
Isaac Cooper
Washington Young Sr
Washington Young Jr


346 Sale Bill of the estate of
John Adair dec'd
Was at the January term of the Wayne County Court 1844 filed and ordered to be recorded and is as follows

1st Garner Parmley D for a lot of hogs ..... 18.50
John W Higginbottham D. for a waggon ...... 25.00
C S Higgenbottham one lock chain  .....  4.00
Isaac Cooper D for Sheep .....  1.00
Garner Parmley D for a yoke of oxen .....  10.00
John Parmley D for two steers  .....  8.50
William Heriford D for one cow  .....   4.75
Isaac Cooper D for two cows .....  7.25
T J Cooper D for 2 cows 1 calf  .....  6.18 3/4
Washington Young D for 1 cow 2 heifers  .....  5.68 3/4
T J Cooper D for one bay mare  ......  15.00
C S Higgenbottham D for one bay mare  ......  10.25
Garner Parmley D for one horse  .......  2.00
Garner Parmley D for oxen   .....  1.25
Jacob M Cooper D  - - - -  .....  1.50
Isaac Cooper D for one hand saw  ...... .12 1/2
Washington Young D for a lot of tools  .....  2.31 1/4
Garner Parmley D for a lot of tools  ......  1.77
Garner Parmley D for a pair of Shylands  ......  .50
Wm A Wright D for one pot and skillet   .....  1.38
Wm A. Wright D for one lot of plunder  ...... 1.00
John Morrow D for one lot of plunder   .....  1.40
John Bell D for a braid axe and auger  ...... 1.70
Washington Young D for a lot of plunder  ......  1.10
William Carter D for 1 kittle and iron  .....  2.12 1/2
William Bell D for a mans saddle  ......  2.62 1/2
Thomas Baker D for one saddle  .......  4.00
John Parmley D one gun  ....... 3.31 1/4
William A Wright D for a lot of plunder  ...... .81
Garner Parmley D for a lot of cover  ......  10.00
Washington Young D for 1 pocket Book  .....  .18 3/4
John Morrow D for 1 lot of plunder  .....  1.70
2nd James Parmley D for one block  ..... 3.50
John Parmley D for one still worn & eight tubs .....  5.25
Robert Parmley D for one still & nine tubs  .....  2.00
Washington Parmley D for one lot of tools .....  1.06 1/4
Edward Young D for one sythe cradle .....  .50
Washington Parmley D for one sythe cradle  .....  .37 1/2
Jonathan Burnett D for 6 tubs  .....  1.00
Jacob Sandusky D for one lot of tubs  ..... 1.18 3/4


347 Amount brot forward

James Parmley D for one plow  ......  1.00
Washington Young Jr D for one plow  ..... 1.00
Washington Young Jr D for one steel trap  ...... 1.06 1/4
Isaac Burnett for one cupboard  ...... 6.00
James Parmley D for 2 wheels & one bellows  .....  2.50
Jonathan Burnett d --one cupboard--  ..... ***
James Parmley D
Jonathan Burnett D for one ? four dollars ..... 4.00
William Crabtree d for one sheep  .....  .56 1/4
Jeremiah Burnett d for three books  ......  .37 1/2
Isaac Burnett D for 12 head of hogs  ......  12.50
3rd
A list of the remainder of property sold on Beaver Creek, at the last sale
[Transcription by Laura Mattingly, Old Trunk in the Attic]
William Sear D for one clock  .....  4.00
Garner Parmley D for 2 trunks  .....  .87 1/2
Garner Parmley for chest  .....  .62 1/2
Garner Parmley D for 5 chairs  ......  .86 1/4
Polly Parmley D 1 reel 1 wheel  .......  .18 3/4
William Sarr D 1 set of plates & forks 3  .....  1.06 1/4
William Sarr D 1 dish 3 glasses  ...... .62 1/2
William Sarr D for 1 lot of ware  ...... .50
William Sarr D for 1 pitcher  ...... .50
Garner Parmley D for 1 table  ...... .50
Galeon Socker D for 1 chest  .....  2.63 1/2
William Herriford D 1 pocket compass  ..... .10

Settlement with the --Executor--^ Administrator of the estate of
John Adair Dec'd
Was at the          term of the Wayne County Court 184__  Ordered to be recorded and is in these words and figures towit.
Upon the application of Isaac Burnett and Robert Parmley administrators of the estate of John Adair dec'd (who were both present) the undersigned two of the commissioners appointed by the Wayne County Court to state and settle the accounts of executors, administrators and guardians, within the County of Wayne, did on Thursday the 8th day of
*** Looks like 6.00 was erased


348   January 1846 meet at the Clerk's office in Monticello, for the purpose of stating, and settling the accounts of said administrators, and it appearing from the Sheriff's return upon the summons filed herein against the heirs, distributors and Guardians that the same had not been served. It is therefore agreed between said Commissioners, and said Administrators that an alias summons issue against said hears and Guardians returnable to the 24th day of January 1846 and that all further action herein on the part of said commissioners be suspended until the said 24th day of January 1846 and then to agreeable at the above renamed place for the purpose of making said settlement.
W Simpson Court

And whereas afterwars towit, on the 24th day of January 1846 said commissioners and said Administrators assembled for the purpose above named (the alias summons issued herein having been regularly served according to law and proceeded to the discharge of their duties and report as follows viz.
1st said Commissioners upon an examination of this sale bill of the personal property returned and recorded, of the estate of the said John Adair dec'd bearing date the     day of      18     a certified copy of which is herewith filed as an exhibit in this settlement that said administrators are chargeable to this sum of 212.77 1/4

Said Commissioners upon an examination of the Inventory and appraisment list returned and recorded in the County, a certified copy of which is herewith filed as an exhibit in this settlement, that said Administrators are chargeable to the further sum for cash on hand 32.61
To One Note on Isaac Burnett due the first day of March 1844 for   ..............  1000.00
" One do on same due 16th day of Dec 1843
   per additional Inventory of Notes (B)  ..............................................................  19.06 1/4
" One do Robert Parmley due 23rd Sept 1844  ..................................................  135.00
" One do on do Due 3rd Dec 1843
   per additional Inventory of Notes C   ................................................................. 40.00
      Amount brot down  ...................................................................................  $1439.44 1/2


349  Amount brot forward  $1439.44 1/2
One Note on Robert Parmley Inventory of Notes D  .....  2.00
   due 15 Dec 1843
T  One do on Garner Parmley due 19th Feby 1835  ..... 85.00
     Interest on same list 13th July 1844
T  On do on same due 24th Dec 1831 for $55
     with a credit of $27 pd 15th Oct bal & interest  .....  49.14
T One note on Garner Parmley due the 16th March
     1833 on which was brought in the Wayne 
      Circuit Court by Said Admrs and on
      which Judgment was rendered at the
     April Term 1844 for $100 Subject to a
     Credit of $50 paid 16th March 1833
     balance principal of $50
     Interest on same 34
          Balance   .....  84.00
T  One do on John S Bell due 1838  .....  45.00
T  One do on Hiram Gregory due 16th June 1839
     $32.19 with a credit of $10 pd 17 August 1844
     balance including interest   .....  33.94
T  One Note on James Sandusky due 9th March 1840  .....  23.00
     Interest collected on same   .....  3.00
T  One Cupboard on Inventory not sold  .....  6.00
T  12 head hogs  .....  12.50

          Amt of delinq (?)  ........  $1815.63 1/2

Said Commissioners now find and allow said administrators the following Credits per vouchers and receipts to us produced & numbered and herewith filed viz - 
By Note on John S Bell due 1838 which was discharged by the obligor. by a Plea of infancy as per Certificate, of Giles W. Loyd JP. before whom the Cause was tried  .....  45.00
By Fee bill pd M. P. Buster Ds  .....  .84
"  "  "  pd Wm Harder J.P.  .....  .37 1/2
"  "  "  "  G W Loyd J.P.  .....  1.12 1/2
"  "  "  "  Shff W C  .....  1.67
"  "  "  "  do  do  ....  .80
Amt Paid G W Loyd for Coffin  .....  4.00
"  "  Thos Baker, Crying property  .....  1.50
"  "  do  do  Serving notices  .....  4.00
Fee bill pd C. I. Higginbottham J. P.  ....  1.00
Paid Washington Younger appraiser  .....  4.50
"  Isaac Cooper  same  .....  4.50
"  G W Loyd     same  .....  1.50
Amt of Credits brot down  .......... $70.81


350 Amount of Credits brot over    $70.81
Paid Washington Young Jr appraiser  .....  1.00
"  Harry Chrisman witness  .....   .50
"  Wm Redman ac  ......   .37 1/2
"  Miles Gregory SWC  .....  1.75
"  Wm P Gooding work on graves  .....   20.00
"  Joseph Beck fee bill  .....   .25
"  Amount pd F. P. Stone atty at law
     $25 pr receipt filed, Adm. however
     only instilled to a Credit of $20 as
     $5 was taxes in bill of costs & collected  .....  20.00
By a Judgment and costs in favor of Hiram Gregory in the office of W. P. Harder  ..... 5.49
" Taxes pd Shff for 1841  .....  5.99
" Clerks fee bill 1844  .....  2.75
"  do  "   "   1844  .....  4.62
"  do  "   "   1843  .....  3.81
"  do   "   "   1845  .....  3.90
"  do   "   "   1846  .....  4.50
Amount pd Comms for making this Settlement three days Service  .....  9.00
Said Commissioners find from an examination of an article of settlement between the heirs of John Adair dec'd bearing date 25th April 1844 a copy of which is herewith filed that the Costs of a Inst brought in the Wayne Circuit Court by the Guardian and heirs of Robert Adair dec'd to set aside the Will of John Adair dec'd, and which pursuant to said agreement was dismissed at the April term 1844, were to be paid out of the estate of the said John Adair dec'd. We therefore allow said administrators an account filed by Thomas Baker Guardian for Robert Adair's heirs pd S Beard and Jacob B Calling for advising and bringing and prosecuting the above named Inst.  .....   80.00
By Account due Isaac Burnett for Keeping and     
     feeding hogs .....  6.00
     Shffs fee bill 1844  .....  9.92
Said Commissioners allowments said Adms for their services and trouble in administering on and winding up Collecting and disbursing said estate the sum of eight per Anton (?)  .....  $815.63
     Amount of Credit brot down  .....  $316.61

351  Amount of Credit brot forward  ....  $316.61

and four percent on the $1000.00 owed by Isaac Burnett to said estate as compensation for disbursing said $1000  ......  $40.00
        ............................$356.61

Amount of Debit brot down  .....  $1815.63 1/2
Amount of Credit deducted  .....   $356.61
Leaving in Adms hands the sum of   .....  $1459.02 1/2
Fourteen hundred and 59 dollars & two cents
Given under our hands this 27th day of January 1846.
Wm Simpson
M Phillips    Coms"



My Relationship to:

John Adair: Fifth Great Grandfather
    The lineage:
  1. My Fifth Great Grandfather: John Adair Jr
  2. My Fourth Great Grandmother: Mary "Polly" Adair Bell
  3. My Third Great Great Grandfather: John Silas Bell
  4. My Great Great Grandmother: Martha Bell
  5. My Great Grandpa: Cicero Bell
  6. My Grandpa
  7. My Mom
  8. Me

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Christopher Boone's Will


Christopher Boone's Will found at Family Search

In the name of God the Lord AmenI Christopher Boon make this my last will and testament - I wish my daughter Margaret the wife of William Boon, and my daughter Susan each to have a hundred dollars set apart for them above an equal division of the rest. I then make an equal division of my estate with all of my children, except my son William's children who have got as mutch as I intend giving them.  June the 13th 1865Christopher BoonWitnessesHenry SutherlandWm Sutherland
At a County Court held for Nelson County on the 13th day of May 1873, this paper writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of Christopher Boon, deceased was produced in open Court and duly proven by the oath of Henry Sutherland a subscribing witness thereunto who also proved the signature of William Sutherland the other subscribing witness to said writing who signed the same in the presence of and at the request of said Testator, and all being in the presence of each other & etc. whereupon said will was ordered to be recorded.Att J D Elliott ClkNelson County Court

Christopher Boone
Born in 1792 in Prince George's County, Maryland, the son of Walter Boone & Mildred Edelen, Christopher Boone died maybe just before May 13, 1873 in Nelson County, Kentucky.  He farmed in Nelson county for over 40 years.

He was married to Ann Rhodes on October 2, 1824 in Nelson County.  He was survived by four daughters,  Mary Louise Wimsett, Mary Loucretia Fowler, Margaret Boone and Susannah Elizabeth Boone and two sons, Henry M., and Robert I.  He was preceded in death his eldest son, William Ignatius in 1864.

See also my previous post on my husband's "Boone Ancestors". 





My Husband's Relationship to:

Christopher Boone: Second Great Grandfather
    The lineage:
  1. My husband's Great Great Grandfather Christopher Boone
  2. My husband's Great Grandfather Robert I Boone
  3. My husband's Grandmother Mary Frances Charlotte Boone
  4. My husband's Father Joseph Hamilton Mattingly
  5. My husband

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Peek in the Windows of David Bell's Home


David Bell died in 1818, and here 199 years later is a listing of his personal belongings for all to see on the internet.  Both Family Search and Ancestry have these digital images of "Appraisals & Inventories" from the 1800's for Wayne County, Kentucky.  David died at 24 years old with a wife and four small children. I posted his Will earlier this year. Fortunately for his wife Polly, he wrote in his will that she was to have all his estate. 

Three men signed this Valuation, dated December 18, 1818. Only one of those three men also signed the statement below in 1828 - ten years later. I read somewhere that the first person listed who appraised the estate was the person the deceased owed the most money to, as he would benefit the most from the items being sold at the highest price. David's estate, though, was not sold. The second appraiser would likely be someone related to the widow to represent her interests. The third appraiser was someone with no interest in the estate but knowledge of the value of things. I don't think that's the case here, the name David Dunkin/Duncan comes last on the valuation and first on the statement. I'm interested in the name Isaac Burnett because of some other documents I have with that name on them. I'm looking for the maiden name of Polly Bell's mother, and I'm wondering if there's a connection there.

From this valuation list, I get a total of $402.19, a difference of $99.86 from the total in the statement with no explanation for that. There isn't much family information here, but it is interesting. The handwriting is a little hard to read and I'm not familiar with some of the terms, so I may have some transcription errors (it looks like "fan heat" to me, but after the "Great Coat and Leggings" "Fur Hat" makes more sense). I don't know what the marks mean at the beginning of the lines that start under "one small pot", or why it mentions shillings when the dollar was the currency at that time. And there is no mention of the 100 acres of land David Bell bought in 1815 in Wayne County. So, for what it's worth, here it is.


Kentucky Probate Records, Appraisals, Inventories 1816-1838 Vol A. at Familysearch.org

A valuation of the Estate of David Bell dec'd
Value made the 18th December 1818 by the undersigned
One Sorrel Mare & Colt appraised to ..................................50.00 current money
One Young Sorrel horse appraised to ..................................50.00
One Sorrel horse appraised to .............................................60.00
Value of cattle twelve head of cattle .....................................78.00
One Saw, drawing knife, auger & Chisel value ......................4.00
One Shovel plow, axe shoe & Iron wedge .............................5.75
One log chain four dollars ......................................................4.00
One pr drawing chains ..........................................................2.00
One Shovel plow & collar .......................................................3.12
One little wheel  ......................................................................2.50
One Check Reel .........................................................................75
One Big wheel .........................................................................1.25
One Man Saddle appraised to ...............................................15.00
1 Great Coat & leggings ........................................................10.50
1 Fur Hat appraised to  ............................................................3.00
1 Bed of furniture   .................................................................24.00
1 Bed Bed appraised to ..........................................................11.25
Dresser furniture   .....................................................................7.75
One small pot  ...........................................................................2.00
(?) some bed clothing thirty one shilings  .................................5.16 2/3
(?) 1 chest  ................................................................................2.00
(?) five chairs ten shillings   ......................................................1.66 2/3
(?) Geese & ducks thirty three shillings  ...................................5.50
1 cow & steer   .........................................................................11.00
Beef hide   .................................................................................2.00
(?) 13 hogs   ............................................................................21.00
(?) 14 hogs   ............................................................................19.00

Isaac Burnet
John Kogan
David Dunkin
Appraisers appointed by Court



Kentucky Probate Records, Appraisals, Inventories 1816-1838 Vol A. at Familysearch.org

"Kentucky Wayne County Sct
The undersigned having been appointed by an order of the Wayne County Court, made at their last August term Commissioners to settle with the Executor of the Estate of David Bell decd. have discharged the duty assigned us & make the following report, to wit, we find that the Estate of the said decedent in the hands of John Adair and Robert Parmley, his Executors after deducting the amount paid by Sd Executors of Moneys & property due and Owing from Sd Estate is worth the Sum of $502.05. Give under our hands this 22nd Sept 1828.
David Duncan
Joseph Hurt
Moses Sallee"




My Relationship to:

David Bell: Fourth Great Grandfather
    The lineage:
  1. My Fourth Great Grandfather David Bell
  2. My Third Great Grandfather John Silas Bell
  3. My Great Great Grandmother Martha Bell
  4. My Great Grandpa Cicero Bell
  5. My Grandpa
  6. My Mom
  7. Me

Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday's Faces from the Past - Photographer Soderberg




Here's another unidentified photo from the Old Trunk in the Attic. This Cabinet card measures about 6" x 8" with about a 1" mat on each side. The photographer mark on the bottom is "Soderberg, Sutton, Nebr."  Pater Soderberg was a photographer in his 50's living in Sutton in 1910. His wife Anna and son Clyde were enumerated with him. By 1920, he and Anna moved to Pasadena, California. 

As for who the bridal couple is, I don't have any clues. They may have lived in Clay, Hamilton or York county Nebraska. If you recognize them, please leave a comment or send me an email.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Menke Farm Sale August 15, 1944



For 65 years, this farm near Clatonia was in the Menke family.  My Second Great Grandparents, Henry & Eliza Menke, bought this farm in the spring of 1879. Henry died in 1915, and in his will (written in 1913) eleven of his children were given an equal share. Eliza lived on this farm until past her 90th birthday, and owned it until her death at 102. Six months after her death when the farm was sold, only six of Henry & Eliza's children were still living.

According to the 1885 Agriculture census, Henry grew mostly corn with some oats, wheat and a little rye and some potatoes. He raised chickens, hogs and a few cattle. In her obituary, it says that Eliza was the first in this part of the country to have a mechanical chick incubator and brooder and she was one of the first to operate a sorghum mill. She grew big flower and vegetable gardens and developed new species of fruits from seeds. All on this farm. 

Their youngest son, my Great Grandfather Albert operated the farm for his mother for many years. I suspect it may have been the depression which led him to find other employment. In 1940 he was working in a rock quarry as part of the Works Progress Administration projects. My Grandpa, my Dad, my brother and also now my nephew have all followed in Henry Menke's footsteps and made their living on their own farms. Six generations of Menkes have been farming in Nebraska since 1879.




Friday, August 4, 2017

Newspaper Clippings - Cozad, Nebraska, June, 1896




The Meridian Star, Friday, June 19, 1896

Shirt Waists regardless of cost at Fine's.
Fifty cents pays for the STAR one year.
Try a sack of Fancy patent at Dunning's.
Big 4 cent Calico fast color at Brown and Davies.
Fred Phelps will repair your harness and make as good as new.
If you want the best flour on earth use M G Cozad Roller Mill Co.
Buy stockings cheap; ladies fast black seamless, at 10c per pair. Brown & Davies.
W. J. Neuens reports that he has sold three Buckeye binders and 5000 pounds of twine this week.
Were one desirous of having warm weather that of the past week would be sufficient to accommodate all.
Fine is selling everybody for cash. That's why goods are so cheap in Cozad. Competitors learn to meet the prices.
Percy Donaldson and Earl Swift, left on the 10:14 train Tuesday morning for their home after several months visit with relatives at this place.
See A. E. McCrystal for Hail Insurance. He can place your risk in a good reliable company and give you time until fall to pay your premium.
Elder Gibson and wife and Mrs. Link Southworth of Roten took in the south side the latter part of last week. They were laying in a supply of wild fruit.
On June 12th the home of Mr. and Mrs. McCance was gladdened by the arrival of a little girl. May the future of the little Miss be as bright as the noonday sun.
Beging Monday June 22, we will close our store at 7:30 p. m., except Wednesday and Saturday nights. Please make your purchases early in the evening as we will positively do no business after the hour named. Allen Bros.


Work gloves, shirts and overalls cheap at Fine's.
B. W. Gaskill was down from Roten Wednesday.
Thornton The Jeweler keeps all kinds of Spectacles.
Make your horses laugh with a pair of sweat pads from F. P.
Joe Cramer moved his family into the old Thurber property on north Depot street last week.
James Ware and wife attended a meeting of the Degree of Honor at Lexington Tuesday night.
Charlie Foster spent Sunday last with his parents in Roten Valley. Charley reports crops as looking fine in that nick of the woods.
Brown & Davies have a change in their ad this week, which they kindly invite our readers to read carefully, as they will do just as they advertise.
Quite a number of our citizens hied themselves to the hills south of town during the past ten days in quest of wild fruit, which grow in abundance in that region.
G. W. Fine comes befre the readers this week with a change of ad. It will be found at the top of this page, Read it and learn what he is offering to the public.
We received a communication from Grant Precinct, Custer county, this week, but for want of space we were compelled to omit. Hereafter we will have space to accommodate all.
The Childrens day exercises of the Presbyterian Sunday school which was to have been given last Sunday morning has been postponed to next Sunday evening. Everybody cordialy invited.
For the best summer drinks go to Burgess' Restaurant - he has them ice cold at all times and a full line such as lemonade, soda, pop, gingerale, cherry bounce, raspberry Julip, and soda water. He has his soda fountain in good working order and gives out the best and purest soda water that is to be had anywhere.



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My DAR Line to Patriot Stephen Bliss



In 2015 I joined the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) by proving my paternal Grandpa's line of descent from the Revolutionary War Patriot Asa Corbin. This past year, I sent in a "supplemental" application to prove the line of descent for my paternal Grandma. Each line of descent I prove enables other descendants of the same Patriot to more easily join the DAR because the amount of documentation they need is cut down. Anyone joining the DAR has to provide proof of their connections, such as copies of birth, marriage and death records, for each generation until they can connect to someone in a line already proven. They have to go all the way back to the Patriot if no one else has done that. 

My paternal Grandma is a direct descendant of the Patriot Stephen Bliss. I was able to connect to other DAR members who included his son Gideon Bliss in their line of descent, so I needed to provide documentation for my connections all the way to Gideon Bliss - that was 7 generations. My supplemental application was approved in May, so now any female descendant of Stephen Bliss who has in her blood line my Grandma or any of her siblings, her Mother or her siblings, and so on, can join DAR and less documentation would be required.

My direct ancestors are listed below in bold type, each of their children would potentially be a direct line for someone else. Starting with my Great Grandmother, Cora (Gaisford) Mann, this is the basic info I have for the line to Stephen Bliss:

Cora Gaisford, (1882-1971) Cora married Clarence L. Mann on July 5, 1899 in Fairbury, Nebraska. They raised their family in southeast Nebraska. Their children:
     Leila (1900-1997) married Charlie Roy Wierman
     Florence (1902-1983) married Pearle T Nickeson 
     Esther (1903-2000) married Roe K Hudson
     Lester (1906-1982) married Lydia Krebs
     Orra (1907-1992) married Charlene Vance 
     Clare (1909-2004) married Rulo Rathbun, other marriages with no children
     Faye (1911-1977) married Frank Carpenter
     Vivian (1913-2002) married Earl Bartlett
     Blanche (1915-2006) married Lyman Bartlett
     Bethel (1917-2014) married Elmer Krebs
     Dean (1920-2003) married Doris Kollekowski
     Doris (Living) married Kenneth Menke - my Grandparents
     Keith (1922-1923) 
     Letty (Living) married Bob Phelps


Henrietta Smith (1848-1932) born in Norwich, Connecticut. She married Charles Gaisford in Worcester, Massachusetts on May 23, 1867. They had 11 children: 
     Charles (1868-1947) married Nancy Erhard
     Mary Ann "Maime" (1870-1959) never married
     Anna (1871-1943) married Henry Fielder 
     Emma (1874-1939) married Rufus Thompson, other marriage with no children
     Carrie (1876-1899) married Sherman E White
     Ella (1880-1881) 
     Cora (1882-1971) above
     Nellie (1883-1919) never married
     William (1885-1953) married Ethel Middleton
     Gertrude (1888-1966) married Harlen Weaver 
     Gladys (1890-1986) married Frank Amos


Mary Abigail Bliss (1829-1866) was married to John Potter Smith in Norwich, Connecticut in 1847 and they moved to Worcester, Massachusetts soon after. They had 5 children, Mary's death happened with the last one: 
     Henrietta, above
     Anna (1854-1929) married Myron Barrows
     Minnie (1859-1859)
     Carried (1861-1889) married William A Brown
     Charles (1866-by 1870)


Austin Bliss (1786-1871) married Abigail Bumstead in Monson, Massachusetts. They moved to Connecticut about 1822. Their 12 children were:
     Edward (1818-1871) 
     Sylvester (1820-1867)
     Austin (1821-?)
     Alvin (1824-?)
     Horace Harrison (1826-?)
     Sanford Joseph (1827-1873)
     Mary Abigail, above
     Harriet Eliza (1831-1875)
     Julia Maria (1833-1835)
     William Henry (1835-1902)
     Julia M (1838-1871) married Henry Kirkland 
     Sarah Elizabeth (1842-?)


Gideon Bliss (1766-1847) married Mary Woodworth in Massachusetts where they raised these children:
     Roswell (1791-1869)
     Mary (1792-1866)
     Betsey (1792-1795)
     Chloe (1794-1797)
     Austin, above
     Gideon (1798-1828)
     Sylvester (1800-?0
     Betsey (1802-1881)
     James B (1804-1843)
     Willard (1806-?)
     Catherine (1809-1880)
     Lewis Tirrell (1811-?)
     Henry Harrison (1813-1897) married Lucy Maria Sawyer


Stephen Bliss (1732-1806) was a Private from Longmeadow, Hampshire county, Massachusetts. He served under Captains Pinneas Stebbins and Joseph Browning; and Colonels Nathan Sparhawk, Seth Murray and John Bliss. He was married to Katherine Burt in 1756 and he died in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. They had at least six children:
     Catherine (1757-1838)
     Mercy (1759-1776)
     Stephen (1761-1850)
     Susannah (1764-?)
     Gideon, above
     Chloe (1769-1776) 


If you're interested in joining the DAR, I suggest you contact your local chapter, or visit the website DAR.org. If you have questions about anyone listed here, just drop me a note and I may have more information.