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.

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

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