Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: Ella and Milton’s Date, Middletown, NY

No, not wordless! 

Middletown Daily Times-Press, Saturday, July 27, 1918, page 2

In Their Country's Service
   Milton E. Ludlum, of the Times-Press composing room force, has been accepted for service with the Emergency Fleet Corporation.  He has reported for duty at Boston, Mass., where Charles E. Greening, an operator on the Times-Press, is now stationed.

Ella Mae Wilson and Milton Gardner Ludlum

Ella Wilson and Milton Gardner Ludlum

Great Aunt Ella Wilson married Milton Ludlum June 1920. This photo must have been taken when they were dating. Milton died a young man in 1925. Aunt Ella would marry a second time to Ray Simpson fifteen years later.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Meet Darius Peck and Hannah Warner from Norwich, CT

I began my blog Dec. 3, 2013 writing about 3rd Great Grandfather Bester B. Peck. Today I’d like to introduce Bester’s Grandfather and my 5th Great Grandfather Darius Peck.

5th Great Grandfather was born March 14, 1749/50 in Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut.[1] He was the third child born to Jonathan Peck and Bethia Bingham. Darius’ family settled in Franklin, a section of Norwich originally known as West Farms. The Peck’s were members of the Congregational Church in Franklin and the Norwich First Congregational Church.

Darius wed Hannah Warner Nov. 5, 1772 at the Congregational Church in Scotland, Connecticut.[2] Scotland is a town in Windham Co., Connecticut. 5th Great Grandmother Hannah was born in Windham Nov. 23, 1751 to Dr. Timothy Warner and Irena Ripley.[3] Hannah and Darius' marriage was recorded in both Windham and Norwich town records:

Vital Records of Norwich 1659-1848
Extract from page 498

Jan. 30, 1774 Darius and Hannah promised to follow the beliefs of the Norwich First Congregation Church.[4]

They became the parents of seven children. My ancestor, Bradford, was born Nov. 5, 1773[5] followed by Darius in 1775[6], John in 1778[7] and Joseph in 1782.[8] Bethia and Henry were baptized 1788.[9] Warner was born Sept. 10, 1789.[10] Six days after his birth Great Grandmother died.[11]

Darius remarried four years later to Mary Frances on Dec. 14, 1793 in Franklin.[12] Anna, Elisha and Lucy joined the Peck siblings in 1794, 1796 and 1799.[13]

April 13, 1804 Great Grandfather passed.[14] Darius rests beside Hannah in the Franklin Congregational Church Plains Cemetery.

To view posts published about 3rd Great Grandfather Bester B. Peck, click on his tab at the top of this page. Click here for more information about 4th Great Grandfather Bradford B. Peck.

Line of Ancestry
5th Great Grandfather Darius Peck and wife Hannah Warner
4th Great Grandfather Bradford Peck and wife Lydia Barstow
3rd Great Grandfather Bester B. Peck and wife Mary A. Case
2nd Great Grandmother Mary M. Peck and husband Walter S. Wilson
Great Grandfather Jerome W. Wilson and wife Grace Lee Clark
Grandmother Viola L. Wilson and husband Frank L. Doty
My Mother

[1] Vital Records of Norwich 1659-1848, pub. Hartford; Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut; 1913, p. 234
[2] Ibid, p. 498
[3] Connecticut Town Birth Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection). Connecticut Town Birth Records, database online. Windham Vital Records, p. 364
[4] Norwich First Congregational Church 1699-1917, Connecticut State Library; CT Church Records Abstracts; p. 277
[5] Vital Records of Norwich 1659-1848, pub. Hartford; Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut; 1913, p. 498
[6] Ibid
[7] Ibid, p. 499
[8] Ibid
[9] Norwich First Congregational Church 1699-1917, Connecticut State Library; CT Church Record Abstracts, p. 277
[10] Barbour Collection, Franklin, CT Vital Records, p. 75
[11] Ibid, p. 74
[12] Ibid, p. 73
[13] Ibid, pgs. 73 & 74
[14] Ibid, p. 73

Thursday, July 16, 2015

TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY Spitler Family Saga, Augusta Co., VA, Part 5, Jacob’s Place

Join me today for a look inside 3rd Great Grandfather Jacob Spitler’s place. Raised in Augusta County, Virginia he would become a lifelong resident.

Jacob married two times. His first wife was my 3rd Great Grandmother Margaret Dunlap. Grandfather’s second wife was Jane F. (Roberts) Acord.

Almost a year after Jacob’s death on Sept. 7, 1864, his administrator, Alexander B. Lightnor, presented an inventory of his personal estate to the Augusta County Court. George Shuey, Alexander McComb and J. B. Trimble prepared an appraisal.

You’ll see from the images below Grandfather owned a colt, a 10 – 12 year old blind mare and a 14 year old sorel horse. He had many tools; I’m assuming these were farm utensils.

Miss Spitler claimed a corner cupboard. This was most likely Jacob’s youngest daughter, Susan Margaret Spitler. Jacob’s widow, Jane F. Spitler, wanted a bedstead and bedding. Daughter Susan Margaret called dibs on an old bureau and a cow. A stepson, George Echard, claimed 19 sheep, a red cow, a pale red cow, and one white faced cow. (George was the son of Jane F. Roberts and her 1st husband, Andrew B. Acord.)

It was customary for the widow to receive her dower. But if she wanted anything else, she had to buy it. That’s just what Jane F. Spitler did. She bought a copper kettle for $20.00, a spotted cow for $45.00, 19 sheep for $109.25, and a $100.00 sorel horse along with household items.

Grandfather’s personal property sold at a public auction Sept. 20, 1865. The sale bill is a genealogical gem. You have the item, purchaser’s name and selling price. Friends, family and neighbors joined the bidding that raised $923.45.

Here’s the inventory and bill sale. Take a good look. You never know; you might find an ancestor.

Jacob Spitler's Inventory, Augusta Co., VA WB 40 page 216

Jacob Spitler’s Inventory
Augusta Co., VA Will Book 40, page 216

Jacob Spitler's Inventory and Sale Bill, Augusta Co., VA WB 40 page 217

Jacob Spitler’s Inventory and Sale Bill
Augusta Co., VA Will Book 40, page 217

Jacob Spitler's Sale Bill, Augusta Co., VA WB 40, page 218

 Jacob Spitler’s Sale Bill
Augusta Co., VA Will Book 40, page 218

Jacob Spitler's Sale Bill, Augusta Co., VA, WB 40, page 219

Jacob Spitler’s Sale Bill
Augusta Co., VA Will Book 40, page 219

You might like to see earlier ‘Spitler Family Saga’ posts. Just click on each title.


My ancestry:
3rd Great Grandfather Jacob Spitler and wife Margaret Dunlap
2nd Great Grandmother Eliza Jane Spitler and husband William Wilson Joseph
Great Grandfather Daniel Franklin Joseph and wife Flora Belle McFall
Grandfather James McFall Joseph and wife Lucy Leora Clemmer
My Father

Saturday, July 4, 2015

SIBLING SATURDAY, How We Are Getting Along on this Wide World

Jane Kimber and her husband Moses Seely wrote to her sister Sarah Kimber and spouse William Mackney in Owego, Tioga Co., NY in today’s letter. Although Jane addresses her letter to her ‘dear brother and sister’ Jane’s writings were meant solely for Sarah.

The Sisters by Currier & Ives

‘The Sisters’
Published by Currier & Ives c. 1845
Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection

Jane is catching Sarah up with the Orange County, NY family news. Their parents (Keziah and Benjamin Kimber) were well. Another Kimber sister, Abigail, would spend 2 weeks with Caleb. I’m certain this must have been Caleb Jones, the husband of their sister Susan. Susan passed in 1847 leaving Caleb with 4 children. I bet they needed Abigail to care for the Jones children.

You’ll hear about a Sabbath school celebration, the weather, little Isabel who’s quick on her feet, Phebe’s sparking, and Jane’s supper that night.

Then Jane got around to the news about sister Charity (Kimber) Clark—my 3rd Great Grandmother. Kimber sister Julie Ann and husband Erastus Elston visited with Grandmother. It wasn’t good news. Charity was upset because her folks hadn’t been to see her. She told Julie Ann she “felt sometimes as if she could not live and then to think she had no friends to come and see her”. That was only the beginning of her trouble which started with my 3rd Great Grandfather William P. Clark and their oldest child, James. Jane writes “William and James has been cutting up grate dido   they took them up once they settled it and paid ten dollars a peace”. I don’t know what cutting up grate dido means. I hope it was merely a moment of bad judgement. It cost the family $20. Grandmother had her hands full with eleven children and lonesome when William and James got themselves in some kind of fix.

Jane closes her letter wishing to see Sarah.

Transcription Letter 3:

August the 21 (no year, prob. 1852) 2 o clock

Dear Brother and Sister

I now take the pleasure of writing a few lines
to you to let you know how we are getting  along
on  this  wide  world    we are all very well at
present and I hope that these  few lines will
find  you all the same    I received your letter
the 17th and I was glad to get it   I tell you for
it done almost like talking with you   l want to
see you O how bad   O I have got a string as
long as from here to Owego to tell you the whole
but l will have to wait until I see you   Father
and Mother is well as can be expected   Abigail
has gone  to Calebs to stay two weeks   I have
not seen her since I got the letter but I will
keep it until I do   she was some better the
last time I saw her than she was when you went
away    she is going to Newburg while she in gone
   Caleb is going with her   We have been over
there and to Erastus Elstons since you left here
   we had a very good visit at both places  I
have been to Orange to meeting on Saturday and
on Sunday it was our communion season  I
enjoyed myself well   Mrs. Geimsley wanted us to
go home with them and stay all night   she asked
about you and said she wanted to see you and Mr.
Grimley said that he knew me by you for I looked
so much like you    we have had very warm wether
here not only warm but hot for one week   but we
have had almost a week of rainy wether since
that  they are going to have a sabbath school
celebration the 3 day or September in the woods
by old johnney howells near the school house
there  is six schools going to meet there and
they are  going to have the brass band from Port
   I think it will be worth seeing and l think
that I shall be around about that time    they
talk of holding a meeting on for a week    well
Sarah I hold my own yet    Only I have had the
Erysipelas in  my hands    it made me feel not
very good for a day or two but they are better
now   Isabel is well   she talks most everything
and runs till it hard to get on track of her
ofter   phebe is well   she is a spining now
they spark as much as ever and sometimes a
little more for he has to stay downstairs with
her every night   I think that looks rather
green but I think keep cool   they think they
are some pumkins   I should say rather small
ones   now Sarah I will tell you what is the
reason   I have not writin you before   I did not
know where to direct it till I could  send home
to know   now I will keep it   O shaw   why cant
I run over and see you once in a while   if I
lived as near you as you do to me I would come
and see you every now and then   I was glad to
hear that you was so much better than you were
here  and that you had got to be a walker   I
wish you and William would take a walk out  here
some day   now Sis   I must eat a peach and then
I must go and see about the grub for it is most
five o clock   I will tell you what I am goinq
to get   I am going to have short cake and
cucumbers and some berries  some peaches  and
some apples and tea   well Sarah it is tuesday
afternoon and I have got my baking done and have
just taken my pen in hand to resume my letter
again   I have not seen Chartey yet, but  Erastus
and  Juliann has been there and they said that
she was grieving herself most to death about her
folks not coming to see her   she said that she
felt sometimes as if she could not live and then
to think that she had no friends to come and see
her   she almost felt crazy   but O Sarah, you
dont know the trouble that she has now   William
and James has been cutting up grate dido   they
took them [up or pu] once but settled it and paid
ten dollars a peace   I wont wright any more
about it   now for Moses is a going to wright
William all about it and put inside of his   it
wiil be the particulars I suppose   Sarah I
told Abigail what you told me to tell her about
the papers that you took and she said it was
just like you   Mary was here a Sunday a little
while   she was well and she said that I must
tell you that she sent all of her love to you
but a little that she saved for some one else
I will tell you more about it the next letter I
wright   I dont know that I have got much more
to tell you   I cant think what to wright but if
I could see you I could talk   I tell you you
must not make fun of my wrighting for it is
awful but you know its me   O Sarah I wish you
could be here a few days and then back again
you must wright to me as often as you can and I
will do the same   William Moses wants you to
wright as soon as that trial comes of   it is a
getting late and I must close my letter for this
time but I remain your Sister untill Death. So
good bye Brother and Sister till we meet
wright to me as soon as you can

Moses and Jane E. Seely to William T. and Sarah
B. Mackney

[The Mackneys were in Owego at this time.]

[Susan Isabel was born 10 July 1851 in Orange

My Ancestry
4th Great Grandparents Benjamin Kimber and Keziah Bennett
3rd Great Grandmother Charity Kimber and husband William P. Clark
2nd Great Grandfather Jeremiah B. Clark and wife Harriet Ogden
Great Grandmother Grace Lee Clark and husband Jerome W. Wilson
Grandmother Viola L. Wilson and husband Frank Leroy Doty
My Mother

NOTE: Edna Raymond, a past Town of Minisink historian, gave me typed transcripts of the letters exchanged between the Kimber sisters and their parents. This is letter 3 of 31.

Let me tell you what I can recall about the provenance of the Kimber letters. It was many years ago when I visited Edna and learned of the letters. Edna has since passed away. I believe Edna told me a couple from Illinois visited the Minisink Town Hall and brought the original Kimber letters. The Kimber descendant allowed Edna to photocopy the letters in his/her presence. Edna worked quickly. In those days copy machines were slow and the quality left much to be desired. Edna spent many hours studying and transcribing the letters as the ‘old time’ handwriting and spelling was especially difficult to read.

I can’t say how the Illinois couple came by the letters. The Mackney’s and Congleton’s moved to Illinois so it’s possible the Illinois couple were from either branch of the family tree. Winfred Drake Riddall added comments to the letters. She was a Moses Seely and Jane Kimber descendant from Buffalo, New York.