Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Projects in the Summer of 2017

FOCUS – the word for today! With several projects started – it is a difficult task. I am working on several items:
1) I am writing an article about John Chapman of New Marlborough, Berkshire, Massachusetts. After several years of research, I recently learned John’s second wife’s maiden name. This new information, and much more needs to be incorporated into the article.
As part of this project, I joined the Chapman Family Association They have an ongoing Y-DNA Chapman Project. Y-DNA is the male lineage - father to father to father, etc. I can’t help with contributing my DNA so I am trying to bring some of the male children of John Chapman “down” to find living male descendants who would be willing to help. This has proven difficult as although John appears to have had five sons who lived to adulthood, of his thirteen children from two wives, only two of the sons can be followed with any certainty. Another two sons, John and Jonathan, disappear after about 1817 and there is not much information on his youngest son, Ira. I know he had at least one daughter, Ellen, but can’t be sure of sons, at this point. That leaves Ashbel (whose mother is John’s first wife, Rachel) and Asher (his mother is the second wife, Dorcas). Ashbel spent a few years in New York and then settled in Ohio. He had 13 children, including seven sons. I am working on his descendants and have identified a possible nine males currently living. Asher and his wife also eventually resettled in Ohio and they had nine children, with five sons. I will add more information to my website on their descendants (not living), as I find it. Eventually, I will try to get in touch with these male descendants and see if they are willing to contribute some spit!  This will help to prove John is connected to the Chapmans in the Sharon, Litchfield, Connecticut area, where I am certain he was born. That would make his ancestor, William Chapman (1633-1699). William was born in England and came to the colonies as a young man. He married Sarah (unk) and had seven children, all born in New London, Connecticut. My John Chapman is not, as of now, in the Chapman Family Association list of ancestors. I will be adding a tree in the near future.
2) I was recently contacted by a Hazelton 4th cousin through my website and blog. He is descended from Nancy ‘Jane’ Hazelton, Brooks Bowman’s sister. Brooks is one of my great-great-grandfathers. Jane had one daughter out of wedlock in 1850. Lelia Luella Hazelton, was born on February 24, 1850, married Oscar Ware and had eight children (one son). I wrote about Lelia in a blog post titled: Peter and Sarah/Salley (Pierce) Hazelton, on Sept 12, 2015. Parts II and III on Oct. 5th and Oct. 11th, were a continuation of the descendants of Peter and Salley. This cousin had his Y-DNA done through the same company I used. He is in the process of comparing our matches. I was looking at my matches again recently and found a woman from CA listed as a good match. She is a descendant of Pierce R. Hazelton, the second of Peter and Sarah’s children and brother to my ancestor, Brooks. With DNA and the family information shared with others – maybe someday we can find out not only Sarah Pierce’s parentage, but Lelia’s biological father.
3) The next of many projects I want to complete, is the Lineage Societies I am “collecting.” I have written about some of these in past posts, but the latest project is through the National Society Colonial Dames XVII (17th) Century, which I have been a member of for several years. Through this society I can acquire Coats of Arms (CoAs) connected to various family names. If an ancestor was a “gateway” ancestor – the first in the colonies during the 1600’s – there is a good chance there is probably a Coat of Arms attached to that family name. This is the case with the FitzRandolphs.  Garth Beckington, my mother’s father, was the son of Mark Beckington and Anna FitzRandolph. She was descended from Edward FitzRandolph and his wife, Elizabeth Blossom. Edward was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England. Elizabeth’s family was from England, but her parents, Thomas and Ann (Heilson) Blossom, were in Leyden in The Netherlands when their five children were born. Edward and Elizabeth were married in Scituate, Massachusetts in 1637. Their 12 children were born while they were in Barnstable, Massachusetts (Cape Cod area), and both Edward and Elizabeth died in Piscataway, New Jersey. The FitzRandolphs and the Blossoms have CoAs for their families and I have the certificates. I have pictures of the Crests from a book and could get prints of them, if I wanted. The FitzRandolphs go back to Charlemagne, the King of the Franks and Holy Roman Emperor! I have the paperwork for that CoAs done. They are also descended from William the Conqueror, all sorts of Lords, Counts and even Louis, The Pious, Emperor of The West, and Louthair I, King of Italy, Emperor of the Romans!  Don’t you love these titles? Maybe a grandchild’s name someday?  I could get CoAs for them all, but I just want to do one – 39 generations back to Charlemagne. He was born in 742 in Germany and died in 813/14 in Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen). His third wife (my ancestor) was Hildegarde of Swabia of Gerold I, Count of Vinzgau (don’t ask!!). Why wouldn’t you want to be able to say they are your great (39x) grandfather and grandmother. Now I want to tackle the Society of Descendants of Lady Godiva.
LATE BREAKING NEWS: I just heard that my fifth and sixth supplementals for NSDAR were approved: Benjamin Wilson and Robert Clarkson, both of NJ. These are both from the FitzRandolph branch of the family.
4) This isn’t “last but not least” for item #4, since it is equally important and probably more “time sensitive.” We are planning a trip to Scotland next June. Bruce’s father, Stanley, was born there, although his parents had already immigrated to America. He still has family in the Glasgow area we are hoping to meet them. This will be our opportunity to do some continuing research to take the Buchanans back beyond the early 1800s, to help with the Y-DNA Buchanan Project that Bruce is involved in. Of course, my McDougalls are from Scotland as well and we want to make sure we visit those areas as well.
These projects alone should keep me busy for many months – if ONLY I would work on them!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Lineage Societies – Part II

    The last time I wrote about this topic, I had been accepted by NS DAR (National Society of Daughters of Revolutionary War), USD 1812 NS Daughters of War of 1812), and NS Colonial Dames XVII Century. I am now a member of DCH (Daughters of Code of Honor), NSDAC (NS Daughters of American Colonists), ADEAW (Association of Daughters of Early American Witches). The NSDAC website says – “NSDAC members are descendants of a man or woman who rendered patriotic or civil service to the American Colonies prior to 4 July 1776.”  One of my Revolutionary War Soldiers – Robert FitzRandolph is the great-grandson of Edward FitzRandolph, who was born in England and died in Piscataway, Middlesex County, NJ. He was married to Elizabeth Blossom. Edward “In 1636, built the thirty-eighth house in Scituate, Massachusetts” which qualified me for NSDAC.
   Then I became a member of the NS NEW (National Society of New England Women), through another Edward FitzRandolph (love these FitzRandolphs). This Edward is the father of my DAR soldier, Robert mentioned above. Edward was born in Barnstable, Barnstable County, (Cape Cod area), MA – one of many ancestors “born in New England before 1789 or in Nassau or Suffolk Counties, Long Island, New York before 1700.”
   The latest Society I applied for was really the easiest for me – Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (DUVCW). It helped that I only had to go back four generations to my great-great-grandfather, instead of my 8th great-grandfather, Edward FitzRandolph mentioned above. I submitted for William Wallace Court, my great-great grandfather. William (1842-1925) was born in Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York, but the family spent most of their lives in nearby Oswego County. William served in the 147th Regiment, 1st Infantry, Co. K, as a Sgt. He served for almost three years and in many of the major battles. He missed Gettysburg and Robert E. Lee’s famous surrender at Appomattox in Virginia with the rest of his unit because of illness. William received a pension later in his life from what we would probably call rheumatoid arthritis aggregated by living in the cold/wet conditions on the battlefields. He eventually went blind and had dementia and spent his last years in Pontiac State Hospital. Ironically, his son, William Wallace, Jr. (1873-1929) spent most of his adult life at Pontiac State Hospital. We will probably never know what his diagnosis was as records from most of the State Mental Hospitals have been “destroyed.”  William, Sr. married Esther Mary Corcoran (1846-1919) in Canada. They spent their lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and had eight children, six survived to adulthood.
   At the same time, I submitted for my great-grandfather, John A. McDougall (1843-1920), Sgt., E Co., 17th Regiment Infantry for Michigan (Ypsilanti). John only served about five months when he was shot in the shoulder – apparently he could never raise that arm above his shoulder after that. He got a pension, and it was continued by his widow, Delphine Fowler (1851-1941) until her death. John and Delphine had 11 children, 10 living to adulthood.
   There are other Lineage Societies that I am interested in joining – mostly, just to say I can. But this does all take time – and money.  Maybe next month…..
   The only supplementals I am interested in are DAR. I am slowly trying to wade through the process of re-proving my great-grandmother’s (Mary Ella Hazelton Childs) DAR supplementals. Because it has been many years and the standards have really tightened up, it is a slow process. Roswell Lane (NY) was approved two years ago. I currently have two more awaiting approval and am in the process of submitting another – keep you posted.
   Now, if only I could join the Royal Bastards….

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Garth Beckington and Roy Rogers

     Roy Rogers was born Leonard Franklin Slye on November 5, 1911 in Cincinnati, Ohio. After an early life of moving around the surrounding area, his parents settled back near Cincinnati in 1918 and his father, Andy, found a job in a shoe factory in Portsmouth. Roy joined his father at the shoe factory after he quit high school. Eventually tiring of their factory jobs, the family followed Roy’s sister, Mary, to California by the spring of 1930.

     Now, you may wonder, WHY am I writing about Roy Rogers? Family lore, of course. Several cousins remember that my grandfather, Garth Beckington, hauled Trigger, Roy’s famous horse, to rodeos. Or, maybe it was just “horses.”  This was supposed to have occurred around 1940. My grandparents lived on a dairy farm near Ann Arbor, Michigan in Washtenaw County.

     In the late 30s and early 40s, Roy was doing a lot of traveling with his horse or horses to rodeos and shows across the United States. In one year alone, he performed in all but four of the States. He was extremely popular and Trigger was a main attraction. Trigger could perform more than 50 tricks. It should be noted that there was more than one Trigger. There was a Trigger, Jr. and a Little Trigger and others. They were so similar in looks that you had to be an expert to tell them apart. By 1952, Trigger was transported in a specially built tractor-trailer-van worth about $25,000. That would be about $240,000 in 2015 dollars. Some experts argue that the original Trigger did not travel and perform at these rodeos.

     “Roy Rogers: A biography, Radio History, Television Career Chronicle, Discography, Filmography, Comicography, Merchandising and Advertising History, Collectibles Description, Bibliography and Index” by Robert W. Phillips, 1995, is a book that tells you everything you could ever want to know about Roy Rogers and his life and career. I didn’t read every word but I especially enjoyed the information about his family. He had two marriages before Dale Evans (some suggest a third). Dale had three previous marriages. She had a son, Thomas Fox, when she was about 18 that not many people knew about. With Dale’s son and Roy’s biological son and adopted daughter from an earlier marriage, and other children they adopted together, they had a full house. Roy and Dale lost children through the years from various causes, so they suffered a lot of tragedy along the way as well as great success. Roy Rogers died on July 6, 1998.

     But, did my grandfather haul horses for Roy Rogers? 

     I talked to a young lady at the Rodeo Association in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She said until the 1890s most of the horses and other livestock were transported by railroad to shows and rodeos. Rodeos grew out of the Wild West Shows that were popular at the time. Eventually, the shows and performers contracted with large local ranchers/farmers in the areas they were performing for both the use of livestock and transportation to move the equipment and livestock. Roy Rogers was what they called a “contract performer.” In other words, he signed contracts to perform and had to show up. He probably used local livestock and transportation whenever possible. I suppose my grandfather might have been called upon to take horses from one rodeo to another in Michigan, since they were about 40 miles from Detroit and not far from Lansing or Toledo, Ohio. My grandfather was not a large farmer, so from that standpoint it is hard to believe he was involved. Maybe he helped someone else out at the last minute. Maybe he provided something like hay for the horses.

     We will probably never know exactly what services, if any, Garth provided.

     This is one of those family stories which will most certainly live on in some of his grandchildren’s memories, but never have confirmation.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lindberg, Olsson and Nilsson from Sweden

     Barbara Lindberg Buchanan, was born on March 11, 1922, and died April 10, 2013. She was my husband Bruce’s mother. Her parents were Roy Frithjof Lindberg and Madelyn Dorothy Green. Roy’s parents were: Karl Johannes (Carl Johan) Lindberg and Emma Christine Olsson. Carl and Emma were born in Sweden, came to the U.S., met and married in Worcester, Massachusetts. They lived in the Worcester area the rest of their lives. They had four children, the first two girls (Elsa Emilia and Edith Elvira) died at five months and ten months, respectively. They then had two sons, Arthur Harold (1895-1977) and Roy Frithjof (1898-1985). Both Arthur and Roy married and had children. Arthur and Esther Barlow had a daughter. Roy and Madelyn had a daughter, Barbara, and a son, Roy F., Jr (1928-1986).

                             Karl and Emma Olsson Lindberg
      We were told that Emma Olsson Lindberg, Barbara’s grandmother, came to America to visit an aunt but have not been able to confirm this story. Emma was born to Margareta Nilsson and probably Olof Johannes Olsson. I say ‘probably’ because she was born two or six years (there are two different marriage dates for them) before they married. But some family members say Olof is her father. She did go by the Olsson name despite being brought up by grandparents, Per Nilsson and Lucia Andersdotter, Margareta’s parents. It appears that since she was illegitimate, she was the outcast as a child. This may have contributed to her coming to the United States, alone, at the age of 16.
      Emma had two brothers and a sister (or half-siblings): Per Joseph (1884-1977), Albert Johannes (1891-1972), and Ester Maria (1889-1973). They remained in Sweden. Emma did go back to visit one time with her son, Arthur, who was about four years old. She felt she wasn’t treated very nicely and never went back. In later years, when Barbara and her husband, Stanley Buchanan, went to Sweden and visited with descendants of Emma’s and Karl’s families, family members commented that Emma’s mother, Margareta, talked kindly and often of her.
     Bruce had his DNA (autosomal) done through a couple of years ago and recently we contacted a woman from Sweden (named Nilsson) whose husband is a match. We have been in touch and are trying to figure out exactly where the connection is. So, I have opened up the Lindberg/Olsson/Nilsson binder again and am going through the information that has been gathered through the years – mostly by Barbara, before and after her trip to Sweden. Arthur’s daughter visited Sweden a couple of times and I have letters with her comments. The relative in Sweden they connected with during their visits, was a man named Per-Olof Thomasson. He is the grandson of Emma’s sister, Ester. Another cousin, Ingeborg Maria Margareta Olsson, married to Bengt Lindby, was also helpful. Ingeborg was the daughter of Emma’s brother, Albert. I have pictures of some of these people and of the old gravestones at the local church cemetery. They were excited to meet relatives from the United States, invited them into their homes and answered their many questions. Barbara corresponded with them for several years after her visit.
     Karl Lindberg, from the Varmland area of Sweden, had two sisters. Sabina was a ‘deaf-mute’ and stayed in Sweden. His sister, Gerda, (1883-1961) however, arrived in Massachusetts before 1909, possibly as early as 1892. She met and married another Swede, John E. (or A.) Anderson. Their first son, John E. Anderson, was born in March of 1910. They lived in Worcester and had five children: John E., Agnes C.L., Ruth M., Karl H. and George E.
     It is interesting that, when asked one time, Arthur didn’t remember anything about this aunt and sister to his father Karl, or her children (his first cousins). Bruce doesn’t remember ever hearing about other family in that area. So, of course, I started researching. I found the above mentioned children. I have tried following them to the current generation. I have some possibilities and may try and get in touch to see if they had any knowledge of relatives (Barbara’s family) in the Worcester area. It would be interesting to know what research if any they had done in Sweden and if they know more about the family of their mother, Gerda, than we do. Karl and Gerda’s parents were Olaf Lindberg and Anna Danielson. Karl, Sabina and Gerda were all born in the Varmland area, but we don’t know any more about the parents or their families.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Peter and Salley Hazelton - Part III

     The information on the last five children of Peter and Sarah "Salley" (Pierce) Hazelton is short. They either died young and/or unmarried or (thankfully) didn't have as many children.
3)  Aaron Carter Hazelton - Aaron was named after his uncle, Captain Aaron Carter, married to his father's sister, Eliza.  Aaron was born in New York on 14 May 1823 and died of pneumonia in Dixon, Solano, California on 10 March 1906.  A description of him says he was "5'6" complexion fair; eyes gray; hair gray."  This would probably have been an average height for that time.  Aaron never married.  He left a small amount of money to a woman by the name of Harriet 'Hattie' (Miller) Olmstead. She was the daughter of James and Eliza Miller. Hattie was born in 1869 in CA. Aaron was a lodger in the Miller home in 1870 and lists his occupation at that time as a miller. He owned a Mill for 15 years.  By the 1900 census, he called himself a "capitalist."  He helped to establish the Antioch Bank in California. In his final will, not only did he leave money to Hattie, but to three nieces: Mary Ella (Hazelton) Childs, Frances A. (Hazelton) Burke  and Ida (Thompson) Kidney. His estate was valued at $29,000 at the time. In today's money, it would be approximately $700,000.  (Thank  you to 'cousin' Shirley Bogart Harper for all her research on this family).
4) Peter Clark "Clark" Hazelton was born on 14 June 1825 and probably died after 1850 in Marshall, Calhoun County, MI. There is a Clark Hazelton listed on the 1850 US Federal Census with a John Kimble family in Marshall. He was listed as a laborer. It is hard to believe that this person is not our Clark  although others indicate he died in 1845. There is no other information on him. If  he died in the Marshall area, one assumes he is in the same cemetery as his father - Oakridge Cemetery. There are no markers for either the them and their actual burial site is unknown.
5) Mary Ann Hazelton - another mystery is where Mary Ann died, where she is buried and how  she died.  She was born in NY on 30 March 1827. She is listed in the 1850 census with her mother and siblings. That is the last record we have for her. Some of the notes I have state she died in White River, MI around 1857. There are two White Rivers in Michigan:
- White River (Lower Michigan), in Muskegon and Oceana Counties (probably White River Township in White Hall, Muskegon Co.) and
- White River (Upper Michigan), in Huron County. 
 6) Brooks Bowman Hazelton - born 10 May 1829, died in Michigan on 10 December 1899. This is my great-great-grandfather.
       The last child of Peter and Salley:
7) Jeannette A. Hazelton was born on 10 May 1834. She married as his second wife, William Landon Thompson, in 1853.  They had two children: Ida Thompson, born in October 1856, in Edgar, Edgar County, Illinois,  married James D. Kidney in 1881. James died in 1912.  They had no children. Ida died in 1916 in Detroit.  A son, Kit (some say a middle name of Carson) Thompson was born in 1857 also in Edgar. There is no further information on him. There was a note that says he "went west and was married, had a daughter but that the daughter died before Kit did." William had been married before and had two daughters. We don't know how Jeannette and William met, but Jeannette and the children did end up in the Battle Creek area by 1870, without William.
     This ends my update of Peter and Salley and their children. Now to tackle Salley's parentage.