Monday, September 1, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #32 Mary Edwards

Mary Edwards

Mary Edwards was born in 1615 in Postslade, Sussex, England, as the first child of John Edwards and Elizabeth Whitfield. She had six siblings, namely: Martha, Francis E, Jane, Elizebeth, John, and Rice. She died on 07 Dec 1693 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. When she was 21, she married Francis Brown,son of Francis Brown and Elizabeth Brewster, in 1636 in England. When she was 53, she married William Payne,son of William Payne and Anna North, in 1668 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.

Mary Edwards arrived in Came to Boston in 1637 (Came on the "Hector"). She arrived in New Haven, Connecticut in 1639.

Francis Brown and Mary Edwards had the following children:

1.  Lydia Brown was born on 29 Jan 1636 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. She died in 1719 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. She married Henry Bristol on 29 Jan 1656 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.
2.  Samuel Brown was born on 07 Aug 1645 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. He died on 06 Nov 1691 in Wallingford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. He married Mercy Tuttle on 02 May 1667 in New Haven, New Haven, CT.
3.  Eleazer Brown was born on 10 Oct 1642 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. He died on 23 Oct 1714 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (Age: 72). He married Sarah Bulkeley in 1663 in New Haven, CT.
4.  John Brown was born on 07 Apr 1640 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. He died on 06 Nov 1690 in Newark, Essex, New Jersey, United States.
5.  Ebenezer Brown was born on 21 Jun 1646 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. He died on 03 Mar 1739 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (Age: 92). He married Hannah Vincent on 28 Mar 1667 in New Haven, New Haven, CT.
6.  Francis BROWN was born in 1630 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. He died in 1686 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States.
 7.  Rebecca Brown was born in 1627 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States. She died in 1655 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, United States.

William Payne and Mary Edwards had the following children:

      1.  John  was born in 1649 in New Haven, CT. He died on 04 Jun 1729 in New Haven, CT.
      2   Elizabeth Payne was born on 06 Mar 1648 in Milford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.             She died on 19 Sep 1718 in Dedham, Norfolk, MA (Age: 70). She married Thomas Sanford on 11 Oct 1666 in United States. She married Obadiah Allen on 21 Oct 1669 in United States.
Haven, CT.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #31 Stella M Van Dorn

Stella M Van Doren

Stella M Van Doren was born about 1873 in Tamaqua, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania as the first child of Theodore Van Doren and Rachael M. Lindner. She had nine siblings, namely: Miles Calvin, Emma, Eliza, Olive B, Adolph Benjamin, Abigail, Louisa, Mary Melinde, and John. She died in camden,nj. When she was 20, she married John Grossmick,son of Frederick Grossmick and Maria Sophia Klehm, on 27 Sep 1893 in Camden,Camden County, New Jersey, German Evang .Luth. Trinity Church.
Stella M Van Doren lived in Tamaqua, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States in 1880 (Age: 7; Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head of House: Daughter). She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1897. She lived in Camden Ward 11, Camden, New Jersey in 1900. She lived in Camden Ward 11, Camden, New Jersey in 1910 (Age: 39; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife). She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1911. She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1912. She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1913. She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1914. She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1915. She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1916. She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1917. She lived in Camden Ward 11, Camden, New Jersey in 1920 (Age: 43; Marital Status: Married; Relation to Head of House: Wife). She lived in Camden Ward 11, Camden, New Jersey in 1920 (1032 N. 25th St.). She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1923. She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1926. She lived in Camden, New Jersey, USA in 1928 (Listed as Widow of John, 1032 N. 25th Street, Cramer Hill section of Camden, New Jersey.). She lived in Camden, Camden, New Jersey in 1930 (Age: 56; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Head). She lived in 25th Street, Camden, Camden, New Jersey in 1930 (Widowed, lives next door to Erickson's).

John Grossmick and Stella M Van Doren had the following children:

Florence May Grossmick was born in Dec 1897 in Stockton, Camden, New Jersey. She died in Camden NJ. She married William James Deerr on 23 Jul 1917 in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland.
Clara May Grossmick was born on 06 Apr 1894 in N.Cramer Hill, Camden Twsp, New Jersey. She married Arthur Hummell on 23 Aug 1915 in Elkton, Cecil County, Maryland.
Lester John Grossmick was born on 25 Apr 1896 in Camden, New Jersey, USA,. He died in May 1964 in Camden, Camden, New Jersey, United States.
Troy Grossmick was born in Dec 1897 in New Jersey.

Monday, August 25, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #30 Margaret Snedeker

Margaret Ann Snedeker


Margaret Ann Snedeker was born on 15 Jul 1856 in Middlesex, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States as the first child of Richard Snedeker and Mary Smith. She had eight siblings, namely: James, Isaac, John, Violette Lettie, Aaron, Ella May, Charles S Olden, and Kenneth.

Margaret Ann Snedeker lived in Kingwood, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States in 1860. She lived in Kingwood, Hunterdon, New Jersey, United States in 1860. She lived in South Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States in 1870. She lived in South Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States in 1870. She lived in South Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States in 1880. She lived in South Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States in 1880 (1880 United States Federal Cenus). She lived in North Brunswick, Middlesex, New Jersey in 1900. She lived in Milltown Borough, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA in 1900.

Edward Deer and Margaret Ann Snedeker had the following children:

William Deerr was born on 07 Sep 1879 in NJ. He died on 14 Oct 1950 in Camden City, Camden County, New Jersey. He married Maggy May Thompson on 31 Jan 1894 in M.E. Church, Milltown, New Jersey.
Mary Deer was born about 1877 in New Jersey, USA.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #29 Jessie Mae Bristol

Jessie Mae Bristol


My great grandfather’s older sister, Jessie Mae Bristol, was born October 8, 1871 in (probably Avon) New York. Her parents were Charles Brown Bristol and Adrianna Mary Miller. Besides my great grandfather, William Augustus Bristol, there was also a younger
sister, Mary Norton Bristol. The 1875 New York State Census and the 1880 Federal Census lists her as living with her parents in Lima, New York. In 1882 her father was living in Grafton, Dakota Territory. It is not known if the family was with him at the time but on November 22, 1886 her mother died in Grafton so more than likely the children were living there too. His father continued to live in Grafton until September, 1890 when they moved to Great Falls, Montana. Life for the children was probably not ideal as Grafton would have been the wild west at that time and Charles owned a gambling house. For me it conjures up images of the TV series “Deadwood”. In Great Falls Charles ran a boarding house. Then on February 10, 1892 Charles died. The obituary in the paper reported that William and Jessie were with their father at the time of his death but Mary was in Florida (whether living or visiting it’s not known). After this it appeared that she went to live with her aunt, Sarah Bristol Goodrich. On November 17, 1896 she married William VanZandt Sackett. The marriage took place in Lima, NY with the Episcopal minister, Rev. A.K. Bates officiating. Miss Charlotte M. Howard of Fairport, NY ,was the bridesmaid. Mr. Frank Kellogg of Avon, NY was  bestman. HefFlowergirl was Miss Ruby VanZandt of Avon, NY. The bride
given away by her aunt, Mrs. Goodrich. Miss Frances J. Parker, pianist. After the wedding the couple made an extended trip West and then moved to Rochester. (from newspaper clipping of wedding announcement). She lived in Olean, New York for a number of years before moving to Elmira, New York. It was reported that she met her husband at the train depot each day and that they walked home through the park together before the evening meal. The date of her death is not known because records report a number of people named Jessie Sacket with differing dates. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #28 Harry Freely Mackin

Harry Freely Mackin

My grandmother was a girl with a family of all brothers. Harry was the youngest. He was born October 29, 1877 in Philadelphia, PA. He joined the Army. In January of 1900 he was in Co. H of the 5th Army Infantry in the Philippines. Then in June they went to Guantanamo, Cuba. After his two year enlistment was up he returned to the States and was living with his sister at 1209 Locust Ave. in Camden, NJ. On September 21, 1905 he married Mae Elizabeth Missimer. The 1910 Census lists him as living at 1825 Fillmore St., Camden, NJ. He was an iron worker on bridges. In 1912 he lived at 1725 S. 6th St., Camden, NJ. In 1913 when he registered for the WWI draft he resided at 560 Ferry Ave., Camden, NJ. The document stated he was and engineer and was 5’10” tall. In 1920 he lived at 1755 S. 6th St., in Camden and was a portable engineer. He continued to live in Camden throughout his life. His occupation changed over time. In 1930 he was a marine engineer. In 1931 he was a port engineer and later a construction engineer. He died on August 26, 1953 while living at 2525 Morgan Village, Camden, NJ. Paperwork lists his burial site as Beverly Cemetery but there is conflicting information that he was buried at the Veterans Cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii according to the Find a Grave website.
Sources
1.       National Cemetery Administration, U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006), www.ancestry.com, Database online.
2.       The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) for the State of New Jersey; State Headquarters: New Jersey; Microfilm Series: M1986
3.       Database online. Year: 1880; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1169; Family History Film: 1255169; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 071; Image: 0044.
4.       Year: 1900; Census Place: Guantanamo, Cuba, Military and Naval Forces; Roll: T623_1838; Page: ; Enumeration District: 114; FHL microfilm: 1241838.
5.       Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.Original data - Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Was), Ancestry.com, Database online. Year: 1910; Census Place: Camden Ward 8, Camden, New Jersey; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: ; Image:.
6.       Database online. Year: 1920; Census Place: Camden Ward 8, Camden, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1023; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 52; Image: .
7.       Ancestry.com, 1930 United States Federal Census (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626,), Ancestry.com, Database online. Year: 1930; Census Place: Camden, Camden, New Jersey; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: ; Image:.
8.       Year: 1940; Census Place: Camden, Camden, New Jersey; Roll: T627_2396; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 22-128
9.       Ancestry.com, U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.Original data - Register of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M233, 81 rolls); Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917, Rec), Ancestry.com, Record for Harry F Mackin. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=USArmyEnlistments&h=996954&indiv=try.
10.   Ancestry.com, U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005), Ancestry.com, Registration State: New Jersey; Registration County: Camden; Roll: 1711989; Draft Board: 3. Record for Harry F Mackin. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=WW1draft&h=32717524&indiv=try.

11.   Ancestry.com, Web: Hawaii, Find A Grave Index, 1779-2012 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012), Ancestry.com, Record for Harry F Mackin. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=WebSearch-3898&h=151298&indiv=try.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #27 Earl Moore

Earl Moore

My dad, Earl Mackin Moore was born on November 24, 1913 at home, 1209 Locust St., Camden, NJ to Charles Shoemaker Moore and Margaretta Virginia Mackin Moore. He was their seventh and last child. Although all six of his brothers’ and sisters’ births were registered the doctor forgot to register his. Fortunately his oldest sister was twenty-one and present for his birth. When WWII came around she swore a document to record his birth. He was baptized on February 14, 1914. He was a healthy child. Several of his siblings were not and a brother and sister died as infants. In 1919 his father died. Then in 1921 his mother and then his oldest brother died. His sister was unmarried at the time and unable to care for my father and his youngest sister. It was decided that they would go to the Pennsylvania Masonic Children’s Home in Elizabethtown to live. Unlike many orphanages in the 1920s this was a good place to live. The facilities were new and beautiful. The food was grown right on the grounds. There were sports and music. Education was in the Elizabethtown schools. When they reached high school they could choose
to continue in the public schools or go to the Patton Trade School. Patton was where my dad chose although he only remained one year. At sixteen he left the home and went to live with his sister Caroline in Gloucester City, NJ.
The 1940 census lists him as a laborer in a paper factory. When war broke out he was working in the New York Ship Yard, Camden, NJ. He applied for a commission in the Navy, was accepted but he had already received a draft notice for the Army. The Army refused to release him to the Navy. He entered the Army on May 8, 1942. He was assigned to the 1263d Combat Engineers and rose to First SGT of B Company.  He and his men accomplished such jobs and tearing down part of the Maginot line and repairing the autobahn so troops could move up. His men called him “Daddy” Moore since he was older and looked after the men. Reading an autograph book he had his men really seemed to like and admire
him. Stories my dad spoke of were more of the lighter moments in war. He was never a hunter but shot a deer and the company enjoyed venison for dinner that night. Another story was how he slept on top or a ¾ ton truck but nearly floated away in a heavy rain. Another story was crossing the Elbe to meet the Russians. He always said
“Oh, those Russian women!” They also came across a several concentration camps that had only been recently liberated.  Dad never spoke of this except to say that it was terrible things that the Nazis had done and that he could swear to the truth of those camps. After my mom died I found pictures of a concentration camp that had been hidden away. He also saw one of Hitler’s residences. He was discharged on January 29, 1946 and returned to Gloucester City.
He met my mom, Millicent who was a waitress after the war. They were married on November 16, 1948, the same month and day that his parents had been married on. Around that same time he became a patrolman on the Gloucester City Police Department. A few years later I was born. During those first years they lived in many houses that renting as apartments.  Actually it was at least seven different residences in eight years. My brother was born during those years. Then in 1956 they bought their first and only house. He was promoted first to Sergeant and then to Chief of Police about 1960.
He loved sports and “adopted” Gloucester City High School as his own. He rarely missed a football or basketball game whether home or away. That is some of my best memories since I usually went with him. He also was security for school dances and the proms. He also became very involved in Little
League baseball. He coached the Lions team for years, was LL president and later District 14 Administrator. Most nights during the season we would all pile in the car after dark to check on the field, turn off sprinklers or just make sure all was quiet. Then we would drive on to Shorty’s newsstand in Fairview to get the late evening paper. A real plus for the field was when the Philadelphia Phillies moved to Veterans’ Stadium they gave lights from old Connie Mack Stadium to the Little League. All they had to do was go over and retrieve them.  He remained active with District 14 LL right up to his death.

He was a terrific dad. He loved us so much and did things with us all the time. He wasn’t a very good disciplinarian. He never hit us and when he would holler at us he would say he was sorry afterwards. I was so lucky to have such loving parents who were people I could be proud of. 

Sourced history:
Earl Mackin Moore
Earl was the last of seven children born to Margaretta and Charles Moore. He was born at 1209 Locust St., Camden, Camden County, NJ on 26 November 1913. (Source 4,6,7) He was their seventh and last child. Although all six of his brothers’ and sisters’ births were registered the doctor forgot to register his. Fortunately his oldest sister was twenty-one and present for his birth. When WWII came around she swore a document to record his birth. He was baptized on February 14, 1914. He was a healthy child. Several of his siblings were not and a sister Marie and a brother Franklin died as babies. His brother Charles was not a well young man. Tuberculosis would eventually claim Charles at 22-yrs-old. Tragedy would strike on 16 April 1919 when Earl’s father died of pneumonia. Although this was a few months after the 1918 influenza it is possible that is what he died from. Less than two years later his mother would die of cancer followed by his brother Charles in the same month. Although his sister Caroline was twenty-one years older than Earl, as a single woman she would have barely been able to fend for herself let alone for Earl and his sister Margaretta. At first they thought Earl would go to Girard College (a school for orphan boys) but they decide that both 6-yrs-old Earl and 9-yrs-old Margaretta would go to the Pennsylvania Masonic Home for Children in Elizabethtown, PA. Margaretta only stayed a few years but Earl remained until he was 16-yrs-old and then left to live with his sister Caroline. He attended Elizabethtown elementary school and then two years at  Patton Trade School before he left. The orphanage was directed by a retired army officer who ruled like the children were army recruits. Except for that the orphanage was a good place funded by the Masons. The facilities had nice buildings with only a couple of children to a room, music rooms, indoor basketball court and more. Earl was mischievous including skinny dipping in a pond. That activity would cause the home to construct an in ground pool. Years later Earl and family would go to the annual picnic in early summer and the home day in the fall. (Source 10, 14)
After leaving the children’s home he went to live with his sister, Caroline and her husband, Ed Ludlam. (Source 2) Earl would attend some classes at the county vocational school. He worked at semi-skilled jobs, a paper factory, lumber yard and then the New York Shipyard in South Camden. He worked there for three years as a chipper and caulker. (Source 11) He applied to the Navy for a commission and was accepted but was drafted for the Army in the meantime. The Army wouldn’t release him so it was the Army for him. (Source 14)
After basic training at Camp Dix, Earl went to Camp McCoy, Wisconsin to train for the engineers. A number of the solders came from southern states like Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas. Some were not able to read or write. One member couldn’t speak or understand English. He had 14 children and went AWOL never to return. Earl became known as “Daddy” Moore. In an autograph book his men had signed his men really seemed to like and admire him. At Camp McCoy he was president of the NCO club. He had his picture taken with a WAC and put in the camp paper, The Real McCoy. Ironically there was a real McCoy in the company, Morris McCoy. The Red Cross director at Camp McCoy was a Hatfield from the feuding other side. Coincidentally Earl’s daughter Arlene was in Air Force tech school with a Hatfield from that clan. After training they went to Camp Shanks in NY for boarding ships to England on 10 October 1944. The journey took ten days aboard the Excelsior. This was part of a convoy. They arrived in South Hampton on 10 November 1944. They were billeted in Yeovil. As 1SGT of Company B, 1263rd Engineer Combat Battalion he supervised the construction of bridges and roads and laying mine fields. In December they went to Wallingford to practice putting up and taking down Baily Bridges on the Thames. They set records for putting up the Baileys. Later they went to Syon Abbey for more bridge building training in freezing January weather. His company also deconstructed part of the Siegfried Line. They arrived in LeHavre on 26 February after a rough crossing of the Channel on LSTs. According to Donald Stone a member of the 1263rd their battalion was assigned to the British Second Armor Division and went through Holland and into Germany crossing the Rhine River near Wesel. The 1263rd was to keep the supply route for the British open as they moved across northern Europe. After crossing they were on the edge of the Ruhr Pocket where 300,000 German troops were making a stand. Allied troops surrounded this pocket. Hitler declared this area a fortress and ordered his troops there was to be no surrender.  While some of the men dug deep foxholes because of machine gun fire and shelling in the area, Earl slept on top of a ¾ ton truck until heavy rains started to wash the truck away. Two of the men were captured by the Germans. German General Moedel defied Hitler and let his men surrender or go home. So the two missing men from Co. B came back with German prisoners. 1263rd had changes of attachment many times as they went across northern Germany. They also moved every day or two as they repaired roads and bridges. Several times they were strafed by the Luftwaffe. Near Bielefeld Earl supervised his company repairing the largest single assignment the battalion tackled. A bridge had been knocked out and it took 12 days of moving thousands of tons of rock to put the four lane highway back in action allowing the Ninth army to move forward. On April 20th the Battalion was transferred to XIII Corp and moved to the Elbe River. There they found some of the fiercest fighting they would encounter. German troops with Panzers roamed the woods. Several times they were surrounded but made it out with no casualties. Supplies were scarce and so some deer were shot for food. Earl was never a hunter but this is the only time Earl ever hunted and shot a deer. The Battalion worked under the barrage of the German 88s as they readied bridge access for XIII Airborne Corp who would move at the Elbe. Here the British stopped on the west side of the Elbe and allowed the Russians the east side. The battalion was able to exchange greetings with the Russians as some of them spoke some English. Earl mentioned that there were women soldiers in the Russian troops and would always say “Oh, those Russian women!”. This occurred on May 9, VE Day. The celebration was not too wild since they were in a rural area. They were the northern most allied troops in Europe at the end of the war. One of the wonders they observed were the large number of German soldiers fleeing westward away from the Russians. After this the Battalion went back westward across Germany to Cologne. In two weeks-time they gathered over three and a half million board feet of lumber to send to France to be used by troops in the American occupation area. They moved up the Rhine through Koblenz and Mainz. Here they repaired roads. On July 14 they moved to Etterzhausen. Then they moved south of Munich to repair and maintain roads and bridges there. While in this area they saw a USO show with Bob Hope and Gerry Colona. They also went through several concentration camps. Dad never spoke of this except to say that it was terrible things that the Nazis had done and that he could swear to the truth of those camps. After my mom died I found pictures of a concentration camp that had been hidden away. One of those was Gardelegen where over one thousand people were put in a straw filled barn and burned alive. These were Polish and Russian prisoners. One Russian soldier identified his brother by his dog tag but the others could not be recognized. They then saw Ludwigslust, a camp had just been liberated with the women’s bodies buried just the day before. The men’s bodies were still there. Some of them were thought to be dead but a blink of the eyes still showed life. Unfortunately most of those still alive were beyond help. The bodies were brought to the town center where a chaplain gave the funeral service. The town's people were forced to attend and each person had to dig a grave, lift a body from the blanket, wrap it in a clean sheet and bury it. Earl brought home pictures of those camps. He also saw one of Hitler’s residences which I believe was the Eagles Nest. After spending time in Europe as part of the occupation and waiting to see if they would be sent to the Pacific, Earl finally had enough points to go home. He left England on 3 January 1946 and arrived back in the US on 26 January 1946, He made the trip across the Atlantic in a ship that started to crack part way across. The Coast Guard sent out several small boats that would not have been able to rescue the large number of  on the ship if it did go down. They pulled in to Newfoundland and then traveled possibly by train to Fort Monmouth, NJ. There he was discharged 29 January 1946. (Source 8, 9, 12, 13,14)
Sometime in the next two years Earl met Millicent “Midge” Wiedrich. They were married on November 16, 1948, the same month and day that his parents had been married on. Earl was thirty-five and Midge twenty. This is also about the time he became a temporary police officer. Earl would become a permanent officer in the next year or two. Two years later Arlene was born. During those first years they lived in many houses that were divided and rented as apartments.  Actually it was at least seven different residences in eight years. Terry was born five years after Arlene. Then in 1956 they bought their first and only house. He was promoted first to Sergeant and then to Chief of Police about 1960. (Source 14)
His first partner was Bud Lane. Bud would suffer a fatal heart attack as they patrolled the city. Steve Farrell would later become his partner. He would serve until 1975. He then went to work at Holt in the South Camden Shipyard. He would receive and inspect vehicles that Holt was shipping to the Middle East. (Source 14)
He loved sports and “adopted” Gloucester City High School as his own. He rarely missed a football or basketball game whether home or away. He also was security for school dances and the proms. He also became very involved in Little League baseball. He coached the Lions team for years, was LL president and later District 14 Administrator. Most nights during the season he would pile the family in the car after dark to check on the field, turn off sprinklers or just make sure all was quiet. Then he would drive on to Shorty’s newsstand in Fairview to get the late evening paper. A real plus for the field was when the Philadelphia Phillies moved to Veterans’ Stadium they gave lights from old Connie Mack Stadium to the Little League. All they had to do was go over and retrieve them.  He remained active with District 14 LL right up to his death.
In July of 1985 he went into the hospital for test as he was feeling like he had gall problems even though he had it removed a decade or so before. It turned out he had liver cancer and was given just two years to live. But things progressed quickly and he died in just ten days on 13 July 1985. He is buried in Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, NJ. (Source 14)

Source 1: Year: 1920; Census Place: Camden Ward 13, Camden, New Jersey; Roll: T625_1022; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 92; Image: 1054
Source 2: Year: 1930; Census Place: Gloucester City, Camden, New Jersey; Roll: 1323; Page: 8B; Enumeration District:0117; Image: 766.0; FHL microfilm: 2341058
Source 3: Year: 1940; Census Place: Gloucester City, Camden, New Jersey; Roll: T627_2321; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 4-51
Source 4: Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Collection Name: Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records; Reel: 10
Source 5: National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
Source 6: Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Source 7: Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.
Source 8: Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society Oral History Project Interview with Donald Stone Conducted on December 3, 2009, by Kenneth Durr http://3197d6d14b5f19f2f440-5e13d29c4c016cf96cbbfd197c579b45.r81.cf1.rackcdn.com/collection/oral-histories/20091203_Stone_DonaldT.pdf
Source 9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jb9TqTBbGGA Interview with Everett Harry McCarty, 16 Jan 2016 by the New York State Military Museum
Source 10: Alumni list from the Masonic Homes.
Source 11: Army Separation Record
Source 12: RG-16.12.103, Calumet, history of 1263rd engineer combat battalion
Source 13: WD AGO Form 53-55

Source 14: Arlene Baker (daughter), July 2016

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #26 Mary Hayes Mackin

Mary E. Hayes


            Mary Hayes was my great grandmother but she couldn’t be more distant to me than if we no relation to each other. Her parents, Patrick and Annabell Hayes were Irish immigrants and I haven’t discovered very much about them. She may not have even been Mary since there were times she used the name Bridget, her supposed sister’s name. She was born on June 29, 1853 in Philadelphia although there’s no birth certificate since neither Philadelphia nor Pennsylvania recorded births at that time. She was born on June 29, 1853. She married Charles A. McMechen on Oct. 18, 1870 in Philadelphia. As recorded in the Philadelphia City Archives in the 1870 volume on p. 143, they were married by George Moore of S. 4th St. The records are not very clear but it appears to have been a Methodist ceremony. They used the surname Mackin.
            Their children were: Charles Mackin, born about 1870, William, born about 1872, Margaretta Virginia, born Aug. 10, 1874, Thomas H., born about 1875, and Harry Freely, born Oct. 29, 1877.
            Something about her character made her family disassociate with her. Whether that was before or after her husband’s death is unknown. . She must have done something so bad that they never spoke to her or allowed her grandchildren access to her after that. After his death in 1913, she applied for his military pension from his Civil War service.

            While living at 921 Somerset St. in Gloucester City, NJ she must have made friends with the Etherington family. Bill Etherington, of Etherington’s Funeral Home, told to Midge Moore that he thought she was his relative since she was associated with his family. While living at this address she fell in her bedroom and broke her hip. This condition eventually led to her death of endocarditic on Nov. 21, 1930. O.A. Saunders of 1700 Broadway, Camden, NJ, signed her death certificate. Her son, Thomas Mackin of 122 Crown Pt. Rd. in Westville, NJ supplied personal information for her death certificate. She was buried beside her husband in Greenwood Knights of Pithius Cemetery on Arrott St., in Phila., PA.

Monday, August 4, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #25 Mary Sarah Sperry

Mary Sarah (Sperry) Peck


My 8th great grandmother, Mary Sarah Sperry Peck was born on 14 March 1649 or 1650 in New Haven, CT. She was the daughter of Richard and Dennise (Goodyear) Sperry. She married Benjamin Peck on 29 March 1670 in New Haven.  She joined the New Haven First Church in August 1687. Her father’s will dated 8 April 1693 said this: “…now I give unto ye sd Benjamin Peck & Mary his wife and their heirs two acres of meadow bounded upon my son, Richards & my son Nath’lls Meadow South." She died sometime in 1730 or later and was buried in Center Church on the Green Churchyard, New Haven, CT. Their children were Benjamin, Mary, Joseph, Ebenezer, Esther, John, Desire, Lydia, Mehitable and Dinah.
References:
1.       Edmund West, comp., Family Data Collection - Individual Records (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Birth year: 1650; Birth city: New Haven; Birth state: CT.
2.       U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.), Ancestry.com, Source number: 216.000; Source type: Electronic Database; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code: LCD.
3.       Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Source number: ; Source type: ; Number of Pages: ; Submitter Code:. Record for Mary Sperry.

4.       Find A Grave Memorial #38556702, Created by: Nareen, et al, Record added: 20 June 2009. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #24 Adopted "Uncles"

Adopted "Uncles"

Everyone probably has someone they called aunt or uncle who isn't actually a relative. There have been many of them in my life. A few of them were associated with my maternal grandparents.
“Uncle” Harold had an unusual and sad life. Harold’s family had a farm in Western New York State. One day while his father was working in the fields his mother had a mental breakdown. She sliced Harold’s hands, feet and stomach. She then put his younger brother in a trunk and lastly killed herself. Harold’s father saved him but his injuries left him a little slow witted. His brother died before he was found. The father remarried and when another child came along Harold’s stepmother lived up to the wicked stepmother character found in children’s literature. My grandparents were kind to him and when they moved to NJ and then to Florida, Harold followed them. We grandchildren were in awe of him due to his immense size. Unfortunately Harold must have inherited his mother’s mental problem because he spent a number of times in Florida’s mental institution. I never remember him being unkind or anything but gentle.
“Uncle” Jim was another unusual character. He had been in a high wire act in the circus. He had a fall and his legs were pushed up into his pelvis so he was left with an odd walk. My grandparents had met him when they lived in a trailer camp in Florida that had quite a few circus people living there. “Uncle” Jim was down on his luck up in his 80s and my grandparents took him into the family when they bought a nineteenth century Florida house. With very high ceilings the staircase was huge. They were so big that there was a small room under the stairs in the foyer. That was Jim’s room. Whenever I see the movie with Harry Potter in his little room under the stairs of his uncle’s house I think of “Uncle” Jim. Another unusual fact about Jim, he used to put a rolled up pair of socks in his pants in hopes of attracting the ladies.
While we may not be able to pick our relatives we sometimes wish we had some say in who gets to be an adopted relative.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #23 John Grossmick

John Grossmick

John was born on 22 July 1870 in Stockton Twp., Camden Co.,  New Jersey to Frederick and Maria Grossmick.  The 1880 census still lists their residence in Stockton. Gopsill's Philadelphia City Directory showed John and his brother Henry running a wine business in Philadelphia. They reportedly ran a bar on John or Johnson St. in Philadelphia, PA. On 27 Sept 1893 John married Stella M Van Doren in Camden, NJ. In 1900 they lived on Main St. in Cramer Hill, Camden City, Camden Co., NJ. At this time John was a day laborer. They had several children by this time, Lester, Clara, and Florence.  In 1910 he was an oil wagon driver for the Electric Light Oil Co. and they lived at 924 N. 26th St., in Camden. There had been a fire at the oil company on 1 May 1901. John was seriously burned about the head, face and hands and was taken to Cooper Hospital when he tried to stop the progress of the fire. They had moved to 1032 N. 25th St. by 1930. At this time he was a laborer in the ship yard. John died on 15 Mar 1926 in Cooper Hospital, Camden. He was buried in New Camden Cemetery.



Monday, June 16, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #22 Peter Praa, Jr.

Peter Praa, Jr.

My husband’s 9th great grandfather was Peter (Pieter) Praa. He was born in Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands around 1655. He was Christened in the Wallon church in Leiden on 17 March 1658. His parents had immigrated to Holland from France and from there to America in 1659. The family settled in Bushwick (Brooklyn). He was known as Captain Peter Praa since he was in Col. Stephen Courtland’s militia regiment.
Peter owned a large tract of land in Bushwick. He married Maria Hay on 15 May between the years 1682-4 in Flatbush, NY. Maria came from a wealthy family. Her father owned large tracts of land in Bushwick and Manhattan. Peter and Maria led the life of the wealthy and had 7 children. A census in 1738 lists the couple as living in Bushwick with a large tract of land and nine slaves.
He died on 5 Sept 1740 in Bushwick. The following is his will:
In the name of God, Amen. I, PETER PRAA, of Bushwick, in Kings County, "being in pretty good health."
I leave to my wife Maria, the use of all my estate while she remains my widow, "for her better support and maintainance."
I leave to my two grand-sons, Peter Praa Van Zandt and Johanes Van Zandt, my 2 dwelling houses and ground on (???) street, in the north ward of New York.
I leave to my daughter, Elizabeth Meseroll, all that tract of land and meadow which I purchased of Dirck Volkertse, adjoining the land I now live on, upon the west side, and east by the land of John Meseroll, and to run north, as the fence stands, and on the south, east, and west by ditches to the river.
After my wife's decease, then to my children.
I leave to my daughter Annettie, wife of Daniel Bodee, a piece of land and meadow on the east side of Maspeth Kill or creek, commonly called Dominie's Hook (except the little island in the piece, which I will that my old negro Jacob shall have so long as he lives to maintain himself). 
I give to my daughter, Christiana Provoost, the dwelling house and ground she now lives in; Also two houses and ground I now have by lease from Mr. John Harperdinck, for life, and then to her children.
Of the rest of my estate I leave 1/4 to my two grand-sons, 1/4 to my
daughter, Elizabeth Meseroll, 1/4 to my daughter, Anattie Bodee, and 1/4 to Christiana Provoost.
I make my two grand-sons, and John Colier and Isaac Bergen and Johanes
Albertse, executors. 
Dated August 6, 1739. Witnesses, John Vanderspiegel, Abraham Lodge, 
Bartholomew Cornell. Proved, September 5, 1740.

Sources
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
New Jersey, Abstract of Wills, 1670-1817
Family Data Collection – Deaths- Ancestry.com
Millennium File - Ancestry.com
Public Member Trees - Ancestry.com


Sunday, June 15, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #21 Margaret Elizabeth Ditman

Margaret Elizabeth Ditman Wiedrich

My second great grandmother, Margaret Elizabeth Ditman is one of those ancestors that remains something of a mystery. She was born on 11 Dec 1827. One mystery is where. Whether it was France or Prussia or Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany is not clear. More than likely it was not France. Census records show her birthplace as Germany, Prussia and Hessen-Darmstadt. Her parents are unknown. Also unknown is whether she came to America alone or with her parents.
She married Henry Wiedrich, also an immigrant but from Alsace. The date was 21 Sept. 1852. They lived in Elba, Genesee Co., NY until sometime after 1870. The 1880 census has them living in Pembroke, NY as does the 1900 census. At the time of her death on 11 Jun 1907 she was living in Indian Falls, Genesee Co., NY which was probably the home of her daughter. She was buried in the Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba, Genesee Co., NY.

The only other facts known are that she had a connection to the Methodist-Episcopal Church. Also according the census she was not able to read or write English but could speak it. Whether or not she could read or write her native language is not known. She may have been called Elizabets. Such a few small things are known about her to us today.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #20 John Wiedrich

John Wiedrich

I have a picture of my great grandparents John H. and Sarah Wiedrich on the wall in my living room. I
John and Sarah Wiedrich
love that picture because they look like such a cute couple and full of mischievous fun. I was fortunate that I knew Sarah since she lived to be 100-yrs-old, but John died before I was born.
He was born 14 Sept 1857 in Stafford, Genesee Co., NY to Henry and Margaret Elizabeth (Ditman) Wiedrich. HIs parents were born in Alsace and Prussia making him a first generation American. By 1860 the family lived in Elba where he attended school. By 1875 he had moved to Pembroke and back to Elba by the 1880 census.
On 8 Mar 1896 he married Sarah Angeline (Corsett) Walworth, a widow who had a farm in Pembroke. In 1910 they left the farm and went to live in Batavia, NY. There he worked as a fireman and woodworker for the Wiand Plow farm implement factory. At times he served as a constable and inspector of elections.
During the difficult 1930s depression years he would often cut firewood with his son Edward, my grandfather. I often heard the story of how my grandfather would often tell him to stop wearing a baggy old sweater when they cut but he wouldn’t listen. Then one day when they were out in the woods his sweater caught in the chain saw and it cut his arm almost entirely off. My grandfather used a belt to make a tourniquet to stop the bleeding and get him to the hospital. The arm couldn’t be saved. After that he was very resourceful strapping whatever tool he needed to use to his arm stump and completing the task.

He died on 2 Jun 1942 and was buried in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba, NY. He and Sarah had seven children, Edward, Lydia, Helen, Chester, Bertha, James and John. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #19 Ernestine Wiedrich - More than a Cookie

Ernestine Wiedrich – More Than a Cookie

Ernestine Wiedrich was a women who would have been one of those pioneer women who settled the West if she had been born in the 1800s. But Aunt Ernie was a woman of the twentieth century. She was born June 30, 1910 in New York City to Emma (Krieger) and John Schramm who were German immigrants. At 4-yrs-old her family moved to Elba, Genesee County, NY and then to then to Batavia, Genesee County a few years later. Around 1927 she married Chester (Chuck) Wiedrich. Later they moved to Oakfield, NY. Life would not
Chuck and Ernestine
be easy. They had six children, three boys and three girls. My great grandmother, Sarah, loved to go to her daughter-in-law's house because she had such a good time. Aunt Ernie was fun to be around and was a good cook. On my family’s yearly vacation we would be sure to visit and spend the night. Their house was a humble dwelling and quite different than our house in the city. They had running water in the kitchen but the bathroom was an outhouse in the back yard. At night there was a Murphy pot under the bed. I was just 13 when she passed away in 1964 but she is still with us in the form of her cookies. Her sour cream cookies and soft molasses cookies were delicious. I still use her recipes. My children would never try the sour cream cookies. You know how kids are – just hearing the word sour cream turned them off. So I started to call them Aunt Ernie cookies. Now even though they are grown and have their own families they still ask when I’m making Aunt Ernie’s cookies again. I wish they could have known her as more than a cookie.
Ernestine and Sarah

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #18 Samuel Norton - Early Goshen, CT Resident

Samuel Norton


Samuel Norton was the oldest child of Samuel and Dinah Birdseye. He was born on March 6, 1718 (although some sources list the year as between 1712 and 1719) in Durham, Connecticut. Durham was first settled in 1699 and had one of the first (1733) public libraries in America. His father was one of the original proprietors of this town. In 1737 he was living in Litchfield, Connecticut.  On November 27, 1740 he married Mary (Molly) Lucas. The wedding took place in either Goshen or Middletown, Connecticut. After the marriage they lived on East Street in Goshen, Connecticut and had nine children. Goshen was a small town just beginning to be a real settlement. The Congregational Church was formed the year Samuel and Mary were married.  Different sources list him living at various times in his life in Goshen, Litchfield and Torrington, Connecticut. He died on September 19, 1801 at the age of 83 and was buried in the East Street Cemetery. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #17 Adrianna Bristol

Adrianna Bristol

Adrianna Mary Miller was born about 1852 in New York. The 1860 Federal Census lists an Adrianna Miller of the same age living in Flushing, Queens, New York. This may or may not be the same Adrianna. It is known that on January 25, 1871 she married Charles Brown Bristol in Lima, Livingston County, New York. State and Federal Censuses list her and Charles living in Lima in 1875 and 1880. Their daughter Jessie was born on October 8, 1871. William was born on September 29, 1873 and Mary on August 13, 1880.  For whatever the reason, Charles uprooted the family and moved to Grafton in the Dakota Territory in 1882. There he operated a gambling house. She died in Grafton on November 2, 1886. Her body was sent back to Honeoye Falls, New York for burial.


Sources
1860 & 1880 Federal Census
1875 NY State Census
Ancestry Family Data Collection

Bristol Family Bible

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #16 Charles Brown Bristol - Montana Pioneer

Charles Brown Bristol
1848-1892

Charles Brown Bristol was born in Lima, NY on 22 March 1848 to William and Salome Bristol. He attended school at least to the year 1860 as reported in the census. He married Adrianna Mary Miller on 25 January 1871 and who predeceased him. They had three children, William Augustus born 29 Sept 1873, Mary born about 1872 and Jessie born 8 Oct 1871.6  When the Lima, NY Fire Department was formed, he was an original member. The 1870 and 1880 census lists his occupation as painter. It was also reported that he was a race horse owner while living in Lima. He migrated to the Dakota Territory in 1882 where he was the proprietor of the Commercial House in Grafton. The 1885 Dakota Territory Census lists him as a saloonkeeper. He migrated to Great Falls, Montana from Grafton, N. Dakota in 1890. He formed a partnership with M.J. Place and started the Bristol Hotel located at 111 Second Street S.1 The Bristol Hotel occupied the rooms on the first floor facing Second Avenue and the entire second floor. There were 36 rooms and was run on the European plan. It had baths, modern conveniences and steam heat and opened about 15 June 1890. Smith and Henderson operated a restaurant and beer parlor in the remainder of the first floor. These two businesses comprised the Gibson and Renner block. 2 This block would later be known as the Bristol block. This block is one of the oldest business blocks in the city.3 His son, William and older daughter, Jesse resided with him. His younger daughter lived in Florida. He died suddenly on 10 February 1892 at the Bristol Hotel after a few days illness from erysipelas.4 He was a member of the A.O.U.W. (Ancient Order of the United 5
Workmen) and this group conducted his funeral at the Masonic Hall and at the gravesite. A long string of carriages followed the body to the Old Highland Cemetery in Great Falls. Pallbearers were J.C. Farber, J.C. Johnson, Wm. Dwyer, Jasper Tullock, Joe Keogh and John Anderson.




6 Bristol Genealogy. Compiled by Warren Edwin Bristol, The Bristol Family Assoc., 1967.
1 The Great Falls Daily Tribune, 11 February 1892.
2 The Great Falls Daily Leader, 26 April 1890.
3 The Great Falls Daily Tribune, 12 February 1910.
4 The Great Falls Daily Tribune, 11 February 1892
5 The Great Falls Daily Tribune, 12 February 1892

Monday, April 21, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Thomas Moore #15

Thomas Moore

Tom Moore was born April 17, 1902 in Camden, New Jersey. He was one of seven children born to
Charles and Margaretta Moore. He was always a little slow possibly from a childhood illness. His father died when he was 17-yrs-old followed by the death of his oldest brother and mother the next year. At this time he was working as a teamster for a livery stable.  When he was older he married a woman much older than himself. I remember them visiting our home and bringing alone her little Chihuahua dog. I don’t remember her name. He had a great number of jobs during his life, only staying at each job for one or two years. He worked on the state highway department and Delaware Twp. (Cherry Hill) highway department. He also worked as a hospital attendant at New Lisbon, West Jersey, Lakeland, and the Bridgeton Mental hospital. I remember being kind of intimidated by his missing finger. He was bitten by a resident at one of those mental hospitals and after it became infected had it amputated. He also had a number of other jobs doing things like farm worker, truck driver, hotel employee and more.  A few years before he died he came to live with my family. My mom described him as childlike. She had to tell him to take a bath, put his dirty clothes in the hamper and more. He really liked my brother but pretty much ignored me. One time he brought presents home from the seashore for my brother and me. Mine was a sailor hat with the name Irene stitched on it. The only problem was despite the fact we lived in the same house for a few years – my name is Arlene. A few months before he died he married again and moved out of our house. The wife and her children were strange. One of her son’s used to bay at the moon when it was full. The marriage ended with the death of my Uncle Tom after he had a mysterious fall. That was January 14, 1961. He was buried next to his mother and father in New Camden Cemetery, Camden, NJ.

Friday, April 18, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #14 Yvonne Wiedrich

Yvonne Bristol Wiedrich
Yvonne was the oldest of four daughters and probably the most talented. She was born on January 27, 1922 to Edward and Hazel (Bristol) Wiedrich. From a young age she had a zany personality that meant a lot of fun times. She was a natural musician being able to pick up almost any instrument and play by ear. While in Batavia High School she was in the school orchestra and usually played the violin. The
only problem was she loved to improvise while they played and this led to her being put out of the orchestra. She would rather play “fiddle” music than the kind of music the orchestra played. Sometimes she played the accordion. 
As an adult she rarely played which was a shame to waste her talent.
The family grew up during tough economic times. After her graduation the family moved to Gloucester City, NJ and lived in a truck converted into a sort of mobile home. This was during the WWII years. Her father went to sea as a merchant sailor during this time. Yvonne kept the family going with her wages from her waitress job at Mom Blessing’s Restaurant in West Collingswood Heights, NJ. It was during these years that her daughter was born.
In 1945 she moved to Tampa, Florida with her parents and youngest sister. She continued her career as a waitress and eventually became a manager in several high end restaurants including the Sweden House in Tampa. Family dinners could become quite fancy with vegetables cut like flowers and steaks done just right. Auntie Bone (as she was known to her nieces and nephews) would do crazy things like stand on her head to entertain the children.

Yvonne was someone who you would say definitely love life and lived it to the fullest. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #13 Sherman Grant Corsett

Sherman Grant Corsett

Sherman Grant Corsett was born to Edward Corsett and Matilda Norton Corsett. His birthdate was either May or 1866 or 1867 in Genesee County, New York. His names may be a nod toward the heroes of the Union Civil War generals although a Sherman Corsett is listed in an earlier Michigan census, the birthplace of his mother. In 1870 Grant was living with his parents and younger sister, Sarah in Alabama, Genesee County, New York. By 1875 the family had moved to Stafford in New York. In the 1880 Federal Census the family was living in Pembroke and Grant was 13-yrs-old and working as a farm laborer. He continued to work as a farmer laborer in Pembroke over the years as listed in the federal and state censuses through 1925. Sometime after this date he moved to Batavia and was living with his sister, Sarah. In late winter 1938 he had been in poor health. He decided to commit suicide in the Tonawanda Creek. The creek flowed just across the street from his residence at 1 Pearl St., Batavia. The Tonawanda was a section of the Erie Canal. Grant jumped into the creek and drowned. The cold weather prevented police from recovering his body for several days. He was buried in the North Pembroke Cemetery alongside his parents. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #12 Abel Bristol-Revolutionary War Soldier

Abel Bristol – Revolutionary War Soldier
By the start of the War for Independence Abel’s family had lived in America for over one hundred years. He was a third generation American and was born in June of 1749 in New Haven, Connecticut Colony. He married Mary Norton on 24 January 1775 in Hawinton, Litchfield, Connecticut. Mary was from Goshen, Connecticut. In 1775 the couple moved to Hawinton which is where the couple first resided. In 1776 they moved to Albany, New York where he received a land bounty reward for service in the Revolution. He served as a private in the Seventeenth Regiment.  Both he and his brother Aaron lost their guns in the retreat at York Island.  In 1778 they had moved to Ontario County, NY. By the end of the war they moved to Lima, Livingston County, NY. 
After the war he continued serving America by being in the NY Militia rising to the rank of Captain. Abel  Bristol was elected "Supervisor" at the first town meeting of Lima held in the "Brick School House" on 4 Apr 1809.
Mary and Abel had four children: Lois (5 Dec 1775-29 Apr 1832), Miles (21 Sep 1778-24 Feb 1808), Abel (1783-10 Sep 1850), and Norton (6 Aug 1786-22 Jan 1837). Abel died 11 May 1827 and was buried in Lima, NY.

Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection)
Bristol Genealogy
New York in the Revolution as Colony and State
History of Livingston County New York
1810 United States Federal Census

http://www.bellavistaranch.net/genealogy/bristol.html#AB2

Monday, March 31, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #11 Millicent Wiedrich

Millicent Wiedrich –Growing Up in Batavia

She was born Millicent Arlene Wiedrich in Batavia, NY on May 15, 1928. From a young age she was called Midge. Many people say they grew up poor but in fact most just didn’t have that they would have liked or as much as the neighbors. My mom grew up poor although there were others who had even less than her family had. Her dad had various jobs like ice man, farmer, wood gatherer, junk man, plow
Ed Wiedrich delivering ice.
factory worker. Her mom had her leg amputated up to the hip as a teen but could still help with the family finances by selling handiwork like crochet items and operating her own doll hospital where she repaired beautiful china dolls. While she was still in primary school the family moved to a small family farm on the Creek Road just outside of Batavia. She often recounted happy stories about roller skating in the attic, playing games and more. One thing she didn’t enjoy was going to the creek at the back of the farm to swim. She was severely afraid of the water even though her three sisters loved to swim. Summers they would go to the Coby
Coby Farm
farm to “camp out”. She described it as fun but I’m sure her dad was helping with the harvest when he wasn’t working at his regular job and her mom was working cooking and canning for everyone. The foods they ate much of the year were things canned during the summer and fall. My grandfather would also go to the factory that produced dried beans after work hours and sweep the floor. He would bring home the sweepings and the children would play a “game” of picking out any bean from the refuse to supplement the family food. They ate a lot of beans and it was a good thing mom liked them. In fact it was one of her favorite foods throughout her life. She went to a one room school. She and her girlfriend, Arlene Cook were the only two students in
Creek Rd School, Batavia, NY 1935
her grade. She often took a potato to school and put it on the potbelly stove to bake for lunch. A special treat was when Arlene’s mom brought a pot of spaghetti for all the children to share. Some of the children were very poor and had only black bread and lard sandwiches to eat. The teacher not only had to teach but made sure there was firewood and made a fire in the stove in the morning. Once when my mom was playing baseball and was running the bases her teacher started to run after her and was slapping her on the head. It turns out the teacher had been burning caterpillar nests in the trees and a spark fell on my mom’s head starting her hair on fire. The teacher was only trying to put the flames. Things took a turn for the worse late in the 30s and they lost the family farm.