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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Maxson Line

I come across a new line while I was researching my Becker line. What a great find.

The Maxson name traces back to the records of First Church of Boston. There, an English blacksmith named Richard Magson is recorded in 1634 as the servant of one James Everill. Subsequent records identify Richard by the Maxson name. Richard is believed to be the progenitor of all (or nearly so) the Maxsons of European descent in the USA today. The name Maxon - without the "s" - is a spelling variation that is also widely associated with Richard.

Richard signed the Portsmouth Compact in 1639, becoming a founder of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Maxson family members dedicated a new stone commemorating Richard’s presence at the new colony. A ceremony at Founder's Brook Park in Portsmouth was held with Richard’s descendants and representatives of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, May 24, 2009.


Plaque at Founder's Brook Park in Portsmouth
Immigrant Richard, in Boston, MA in 1634; origin of surname? from an internet posting by Duane Boggs 31 Oct 2011: Richard "Magson," servant of James Everill, was admitted as a member of the Puritan Church in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1634. ( Fifteen years later in 1649 when a second church was founded, the original became known as "First Church.") By 1638, Richard had migrated to Aquidneck Island, which became part of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, where he appeared in a record as Richard "Maggsen." In later records, and in later generations in the United States, the surname has generally been spelled Maxson or Maxon. What was the origin of this surname?

Most, if not all, of the English patronymic surnames that are formed with the suffix "-son" originated between about 1100 and 1500 in the northern parts of England, where the Danelaw had been influential prior to the Norman Conquest. Danes are a part of the larger Nordic culture that includes modern day Norway and Sweden. Borrowing from Latin, and perhaps influenced by Charlemagne ("Carolus Magnus"), Swedes borrowed the name "Magnus." Thus there were kings named "Magnus" in Sweden by the 1300s.

A nickname for Magnus, even today, is "Magge." Consider the character Magnus "Magge" Lundin, in Steig Larson’s novel "The Girl Who Played with Fire." Or consider Magnus "Magge" Rosen, a member of the Swedish death metal band, "Asphyxiation."

In Yorkshire, England, at a Court held at Rastrick on 18 Oct 1315, one Robert, son of Magge, was fined for failing to attend a recent tourney. Apparently Robert, Magge’s son, was AWOL. And from "Magge’s son" we get the slurred and simplified "Maggeson" and eventually pronounced simply "Magson." There are numerous baptismal records extracted from various parishes and published in the International Genealogical Index of Latter Day Saints database ( of families in England with the surname Magson as early as 1570 to 1660.

I believe that Richard Maxson of Rhode Island had ancestors from the area of Yorkshire, or possibly Lincolnshire, where the Danelaw applied centuries ago, and that his surname evolved from "Magge’s son." As the reasoning of this theory seems historically plausible, I am endorsing it as the origin of the surname MAXSON in this country.

Richard Maxson’s connection with Anne Hutchinson, "the Dissenter" 

(a person who dissents, as from an established church, political party, or majority opinion.  an English Protestant who dissents from the Church of England. Origin of dissenter.)

Richard Maxson (1) is believed to have emigrated from England in 1634 on the ship "GRIFFIN." He travelled with his "good wife" Rebecca and their young son Richard (2). The first record of him in America is that of "a blacksmith servant of James Everill by the name of Richard Magson" joining the Puritan Church in Boston that year. Many of the emigrants from England were "Puritans" seeking religious asylum from the Church of England. Among those who came over with Richard and his family were William and Anne Hutchinson ("The Dissenter") and her eleven children. "Bible study classes that she hosted for women earned her a following that later included men, notably the Colony’s then Governor Henry Vane. Up to eighty people a week were visiting her home to hear her interpretations and views of religious matters. As a follower of Cotton, she espoused a "covenant of grace" rather than a "covenant of works." But she aroused controversy with her criticism of other ministers and her interpretations of Christian doctrine, including her emphasis on personal revelation over classical church rites. In 1637 John Winthrop replaced Vane as governor and put Anne Hutchinson on trial for heresy. He charged her with the Bible’s commandment to "honor thy father and mother," arguing that Anne had undermined the fathers of the church with her preaching. Although Hutchinson ably defended herself in court, she was banished from the colony as being unfit for society." She and her family left the Massachusetts Bay Colony with other followers, including Richard Maxson and his family, and were encouraged by Roger Williams to settle in what was then called "Aquidneck" by the local natives, the island on which Portsmouth (Pocasset), RI is now located. It was here that Richard’s second son, John (2) was born in 1638, giving him the distinction of being the first "white person" born on Aquidneck.

On 7 February 1639, Richard Maxson, while a blacksmith at Portsmouth, was accused of "oppression by way of his trade" (profiteering) and promised "amendment and satisfaction." It was also here that on 30 April 1639 Richard Maxson(1) was one of fourteen men who signed their names, with fifteen others who signed their marks, to the following : " We whose names are underwritten do acknowledge legal subjects of His Majesty, King Charles, and in his name do bind ourselves into civil body politick unto his laws, according to matters of justice." These twenty-nine men were of the settlement which was later called "Aquidneck." (RI Records, Vol I, p.70). Among those signing the "Portsmouth Compact" were Anne Hutchinson’s husband, William. On 6 March 1640, 36 acres were recorded to "Richard Maxson of Aquidneck." Then in 1642 Anne Hutchinson’s husband died. With growing threats that the Massachusetts Bay Colony was going to take over Rhode Island, she decided to move her family up Long Island Sound to what is now known as Throggs Neck, in the Bronx area of NYC. (In 1642 it was yet a Dutch colony, "New Netherland." Today it is the site of Fort Schuyler, The NY Maritime College, and the Throgs Neck Bridge to Long Island.)

"We whose names are underwritten, do acknowledge ourselves the legal subjects of his Majesty, King Charles, and in his name, do hereby bind ourselves into a civil body politics unto his laws, according to matters of justice."

In 1642 Richard Maxson sold his property to a William Roulston, and before he received payment for it, left with his family, along with Anne Hutchinson and her eleven children, for Throggs Neck, to become known as Maxson’s Point, where they built several homes and traded with a local Lenape tribe. However, tensions became very high following a massacre of Wappinger villages by the Dutch, which led to a series of rampages known as "Kieft’s War", or the Wappinger War. It was in August of 1643 that 1500 natives attacked the The New Netherlands settlements of about 250 settlers. The Maxson settlement was attacked by the Lenape natives and most everyone was massacred. The story is that the natives asked the settlers to have their dogs restrained so that they felt safe to come and trade. When the "faithful sentinels" were constrained, the natives attacked. Anne Hutchinson and all of her eleven children were killed, save one daughter who was later returned to her family in Boston. Richard and his family made it to a boat and escaped onto the sound. However, when Richard and his thirteen year old son went ashore later to seek provisions and see who survived, they too were killed by the natives. Rebecca, her son John (age 5), and her daughter Rebecca (age 3) along with a few others sailed east down the sound to find sanctuary. They did not land until they arrived at Aquidneck. In 1644 Rebecca received money from William Roulston for the property he had purchased from her husband in 1642.

Squaw Sachem sells her lands to Gov. John Winthrop

In 1661, John Maxson (2), now age 23, joined with a company at Newport for purchasing and settling a tract of land called by the Narragansetts "Ascomicutt," over 20,000 acres which now comprises the towns of Westerly, Hopkinton, Richmond and Charlestown, RI. John was recorded as one of twenty-four "free inhabitants" ( "freeman") at Westerly on 18 May 1669. He served as Deputy to the General Assembly for Westerly in 1670 ,1686, 1690 and 1705. He was appointed "overseer of the poor" in 1687. The colony at Westerly had connected itself as a branch of the Newport Seventh Day Baptist Church, of which William Hiscox was pastor.

John Maxson was married to Mary Mosher and had four children; John, Joseph, Dorothy and Jonathan. In 1708 the Westerly branch was made a separate church. On 20 September of that year, John Maxson (2), now age 70, was ordained to the office of First Elder (pastor) of the congregation "in and about Westerle," now called the First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church of Ashaway, RI. His son John (3) would follow him as pastor of that same church in 1719. And his younger brother Joseph (4) would "take the lead of Hopkinton Church on 26 June 1739," according to Clarke’s "History of the Seventh Day Baptists" in 1811. The senior John Maxson (2) would die on 17 December 1720, a year after his son took the lead at the church. John Senior was buried near the Pawcatuck River, in view of the place where he preached. Later his remains were moved to the Minister’s Circle, atop the knoll, where the first "meeting House" had been erected. There are markers for four Maxsons in that circle. In this cemetery lie the remains of many of the old families of Westerly, including Maxsons, Stillmans, Babcocks, Burdicks, Clarkes, Coons and even Greenes (my family surname), who were integrated with the descendants of Richard and Rebecca Maxson. This was the early lineage of William Ellery Maxson.

A grandson of Elder John Maxson Sr., was Pastor of the Mother 
Church at Newport, organized in 1671, and the first church of this parish was at one time shared with other Baptists. During the Revolution, in which his sons were in the Continental Army, his church was closed and he preached from house to house. It is related that when the British opened the door to take possession, the officer saw the Table of Commandments, which the members had so earnestly endeavored to follow above the high old pulpit, and he thereupon reverently closed the door and locked it, thus saving it from desecration. The Church is now owned by the Newport Historical Society and is preserved as a monument of antiquity, and there are the records and memorials from which this was taken."

During the religious revival, colonists revived their mission to proselytize to both Native Americans and enslaved African Americans. About 1736, Georgia. Credit: Hulton Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

When the First Great Awakening spread throughout New England and Georgia during the mid-1700s, Rev John Maxson was living in Rhode Island.

My Becker Line

Henry Joseph Becker Is my 1st cousin 2x removed.

Henry Joseph Becker was born 22 Jan 1871 in Missouri, died in 27 Jun 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri. He married Caroline Anna Schmidt who was born 25 Jan 1876 in Chicago, Illinois, died 18 Aug 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri.

There children:

1) Blanche C Becker born Aug 1894, Missouri, died 5 Dec 1987 in St. Louis, Missouri. She married Fred L Fink. There children: Frederick & William.

2) Henry E Becker born 1900, died 7 May 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri.

3) Helen M Becker born 1905

4) Isabella Maria Becker born 29 May 1908, Missouri, died Feb 1994, Missouri, Married Alfred Nicholas Allgeyer born 17 Jul 1904, Missouri, died Nov 1981, Missouri


Isabella on her Wedding day
Alfred Nicholas Allgeyer

Isabella Maria Becker & Alfred Nicholas Allegeyer
Wedding day

5) Bernadine Ann Becker born 19 Sep 1912 in St. Louis, Missouri, died 1 Nov 1984 Ballwin, Missouri. Married 22 May 1934 in St. Louis, Missouri, to John Julius Blume born 20 Dec 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri, died 7 Sep 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri. They Had five children unknown at this time.
I find genealogy the most adventurous journey I have ever been on. I had most of this information but thanks to unselfish people on I also have wonderful photos to go with my cherished treasure, My Family History.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Relative is Prisoner in Stillwater Prison, Minnesota

Robert Cecil Warren was born to Dessie Anna Robertson and Dana Wyman Warren on 23 Apr 1895 in Iowa. Died 4 Dec 1955 in San Francisco, CA.

I was on Google trying to find information on my  first cousin x2 removed, when I came a cross a website: Saint Paul Police Historical Society-Benedict G. Fischer, St. Paul Police Patrolman.

The article starts out with a robbery spree 3 men started in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, where a policeman ends up shot. Robert Cecil Warren being one of the robbers was caught almost immediately. He was unarmed.

Here's the link for the full story:

Robert Cecil Warren was in the Prison Band and Orchestra 3 years after being incarcerated. He asked if he could purchase an instrument but was denied. He made another request, asking for $50 on this time his request was approved.
The crime spree started 6 Aug 1917 and Robert entered Stillwater Prison on 24 Oct 1917.
He applied for parole many times but was paroled on 29 May 1923 after serving 5 1/2 years. It is said that he was married and had a child, sending letters and money home often.
During the time he was incarcerated, the state paid Warren's wife $10 per month in support of herself and child. This was the standard amount for a women and one child, and it was in addition to Warren's wages of $8 to $9 per month.
What enlightened me to research Robert was his father Dana Wyman Warren, He walked out on hs family. In 1911 his wife brought suit against Clara E Graham for alienating husbands affections and was awarded $2,000.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mappy Monday

Levin, Dommin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommon, Germany

This is where my Kubberness line is from. My grandpa Kub use to tell everyone he learned to walk on water, which happens to be true. He was only a year old when they set sail for America in 1888 on the ship "Trave".

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for all the beautiful, strong, enduring women in my family. This Thursday I would like to start with my Great-Grandmother Cora Alice Amick-Couch. She was married to James Baird Couch who was killed ina shotgun accident. His son Earl age nine at the time and James were out hunting some animal that was killing chickens or livestock. Jame went over a fence and Earl handed him the loaded shotgun it must of got stuck or something and it went off, instantly killing James. I couldn't imagaine how Earl at age nine must of felt. Cora had to sell 160 acre farm in Elgin, NE to move her and the children to Sioux City, Iowa where her sister Rachel, whom they called "Blossom" lived.

Cora must have been a tough brave women in January 1909 to pack up and take her kids that far. Carrie Phyillis being the oldest at age 12, then Earl James age 10, Raymond Jacob age 8, Dorothy (my grandmother) age 6, Gladys Mae age 5, Goldie Mae age 2 and Jewell Bernice in Cora's belly at the time born in May 1909.

Cora found a small house close to Blossom and set up housekeeping. She immeditally starting washing clothes for anybody she could but mostly for single working men. She raised all seven children with a washboard, and stove heated irons. As the children grew they would pitch in, doing whatever they could to make a few pennies.

Carrie Phyillis died at age 28 from her appendix. Raymond died at age 28 from a bad heart he had all his life.
What a remarkable women! Some family members that knew her said she was always mean and crabby. Well If I had to bury my husband and was left with six kids and one in the belly I would be too. Plus she lost two of her children at young ages.
Cora If I could of met you, I would give you a big hug and say "You are a remarkable lady!"

Next time I will tell you of another women I am thankful for Ruth Gwendola Converse-Kubberness.

Research Tips

Documenting our immigrant ancestor's

I will start with my Kubberness line:

Johann Frederick Theordor Kubbernus and his wife and children came to America in 1888 on the ship the "Trave"

George Edgar Robertson

George Edgar Robertson was my grandfather on my mother's side. He was born 17 Jan 1894 in Sioux City, Iowa and Died 20 feb 1962 in livermore, CA. He married my grandmother Dorothy Couch on 13 Jan 1921 in Sioux City, IA. They had 6 children.
Edgar Raymond (Ray) Robertson born 18 dec 1921 Sioux City, IA
Dorothy Lillian (Dot) Robertson born 9 Jun 1923 Sioux City, IA.
Jewell Mary (Dolly) Robertson born 26 feb 1925 Sioux City, IA
George Edgar Robertson born 30 Jun 1927 Sioux City, IA
John James Robertson born 21 Mar 1933 Sioux Falls, SD died 25 Jun 2007 Sacramento, CA
Ruth Genievieve Robertson born 2 May 1935 Sioux Falls, SD

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Helping Hand

I love to help my friends with their family tree and see there reactions at the things I find. I decided to post what I have researched on three different lines I have been working on. So once a week I will be posting A Helping Hand. I will choose a line and post it hoping to help others and get some feedback in return.
Here's my first post.

Deserae Leingang Frohlich is a good friend of mine that works with me, she wanted to find out about her Native American Roots. Here's where the journey started.

Her grandparents on her maternal side:

John G Leingang born 9 March 1939 in Fort Yates, ND to George Ardell Leingang and Agnes Lipp.
he died at age 73 in Mandan, ND on 16 Aug 2012 and buried in North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, in Mandan, ND.
He was educated  in Solen/Fort Yates area. He served in the United States Army. He was a farmer and rancher, also a bartender at Ralph's Bar.
He married Alma Elizabeth LaFromboise in 1966 in Fort Yates ND

I wont post there children because most are still living.
Alma Elizabeth LaFrombroise born 24 Nov 1941, died 24 Nov 1974 North Dakota, her parents were Edward Antoine LaFromboise and Regina. He was born in 1897 in South Dakota. So far this is all information I have on her parents.
Edward Antoine LaFromboise's parents were Frank Wankicum LaFromboise born 6 Jun 1869 in Sisseton, Roberts, South Dakota, died in 1941 in Fort yates, North Dakota and married in 1892 in North Dakota to Sallie Mary Bain born 20 Aug 1875 in South Dakota.
Sallie Mary Bain parents were William Bain and Margaret (Maggie) Holyface and Maggie's dad was Chief Sleepy Eyes
That's all the information I have so far on Bain/Sleepy Eye lines
Frank Wankicum LaFromboise's parents were Joseph Narcisse LaFromboise born Dec 1928 in Turtle Mountains, North Dakota, died 1905 in the Turtle Mountains, North Dakota, he married Josephine Josette Catara (Parents Madesle Catara & Jsephine Baurassa) She was born about 1820.
Joseph Narcisse LaFromboise parents were Joseph LeBlanc LaFromboise born about 1800 in Canada, died about 1879, married Marie Cecil Dumont.
Joseph LeBlanc LaFromboise Father was Andre Joseph Claudeu LaFromboise.
John G Leingang's parents were George Ardell Leingang born 2 Aug 1914in Morton County, North Dakota, died 7 Sep 2006 Bismarck, North Dakota. He married 3 Aug 1938 Solen, North Dakota to Agnes Lipp born 26 Feb 1919 in Strasburg, North Dakota, died 3 jun 2010 Mandan, North Dakota
Her parents were Lorenz Lipp and Elizabet Voller.
I will add her line another day.
George Ardell Leingang's parents were Anton G Leingang born 2 Nov 1884 in St Anthony, North Dakota, died 13 Dec 1950 Burleigh county, North Dakota, he married 21 Oct 1907 in Morton County, North Dakota. To Margaret Bullinger born 2 Dec 1888 in Russia, died 18 Oct 1949 in Morton County, North Dakota
Anton G Leingang's parents were George Leingang born 6 Sep 1862Felsenberg, Bereson, Ukraine, died 16 Jul 1956 in Morthon County, North Dakota. He married Brigretta Walbaum.
Appolonia was his second wife as far I can tell by researching but haven't any solid source's yet.
If anyone has anything to share with these lines please feel free to contact me I would be happy to share information on any of the lines I post. Until next time happy hunting.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mother and Daughter Work at JcPenny

Dorothy Couch Robertson worked at J.C. Penny's as a salesperson and a bookkeeper in the 1950's, she worked there for 5 years.
Her daughter Ruth Robertson Kubberness worked there for 3 years as salesperson and dressed the mannequins and decorated the windows. How fun to work with your mom.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

My Cavit Line

Paragraphs from Ellen Burnett Cavitt Book

By 1725 we find that the first son of Moses Cavet had made the break and arrived in America. This was Alexander Cavet. Born in 1705, Alexander, at 20, is spoken of as a Covenanter. It is supposed that his entire family was of the same mind. John and Sheridan followed Alex and arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736, John moving later to Augusta County, Virginia where he died. The father of these three men (with his four younger sons) came to America having moved from Scotland to Ireland in 1738 and to America in 1750.
At that time, Patrick (spelled Patric) was 15 years old. It was this son of Moses 1st who lived to be 100 years old, fought in the Revolution with his sons, Andrew, James and John. His brother, Moses, killed at Kings Mountain 10-17-1780, was accompanied in the latter days of the siege by a fifteen-year-old son, Richard, who many years later when living in Madison County, Alabama, was granted a pension for his Revolutionary fighting which, according to his account, lasted for about 10 years, through two enlistment’s, as was customary with citizens who were not professional soldiers.
Patric's brothers, Richard and Michael, may also have been soldiers in the American Revolution but it is difficult to make definite the identity of persons with five of the same name in one family connection. At one time, there were five Moses Cavets and five Richard Cavets during the 1735 to 1800 period.
Alexander Cavet, son of Moses 1st and brother of Patric, was killed when his family was massacred in 1793. It is possible that he too saw service in the war for freedom from England, though there are no records by which we have substantiated this idea. One Alex Cavet is spoken of in Pennsylvania but it is known that Alexander Cavet lived eight or ten miles N-W of Knox City (Knoxville) Tennessee, at Cavitt Springs in Cavet Fort, at least during 1793.
So we can see that these men who were willing to banish themselves from their own country for religious freedom would also be the ones willing to do their part of the fighting for freedom from any tyrannies. The records give at least six Cavets (Cavitts) as Revolutionary soldiers.
In 1729 when the synod adopted the Westminster Confession and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, they provided for slight variations in doctrine in order "not to strive to force a Scottish, an Irish, an English, or a Welsh type of Presbyterianism" upon the whole of the new country.
Presbyterians took a prominent part in the Revolutionary War which was often spoken of by the British as the "Presbyterian Rebellion." John Witherspoon, president of Princeton College, and Moderator of the first General Assembly was the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Two Presbyterian groups separated from the established Church of Scotland were called the Covenanters who organized the Reformed Presbytery, 1743, and the Seceders who organized the Associate Presbytery. Both the groups sent ministers to America. In 1753 the Associate Presbytery of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was organized. It was to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the Cavitts first came. In 1773, the Reformed Presbytery (Covenanters) of America was constituted. In 1782, these two very similar groups united as the Associate Reform Church. Their motto was, "The Truth of God -- Forbearance in Love". Their belief was and is that Jesus Christ as the only Head of the Church has given it the ministry and ordinances of God and that He expects His Church to bear witness in all of life, making known His love to all people, believing that the responsibility for fulfilling this mission rests equally on the minister and the laity.
Ruth Watson Morris, DAR Nat. No. 157392
Ruth E. Watson applied for membership in DAR by right of lineal descent in the following line from Patrick Cavitt, who was born in Ireland 1735, married in Pennsylvania, and died 1835 and who served in the War of Revolution. Was on tax list in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 1779-1782.
County, Illinois.
I (Ruth E. Watson) was born in Scotland Township, McDonough County, Illinois. I am daughter of Hugh Watson, born March 26, 1851, died ____, and his first legal and lawful wife, Jennie Blazer, born November 3, 1854, married March 25, 1882.
The said Jennie Blazer was the daughter of Davied Blazer, born 1825, died 1874, and his first and lawful wife, Nancy Ann Cavitt, born 1831, married 1853.
The said Nancy Ann Cavitt was the daughter of James Cavitt, born 1790, died 1853, and his second legal and lawful wife, Jean Crooks, born 1800, died 1886.
The said James Cavitt was the son of Patrick Cavitt, born 1735, died 1835, and his second and lawful wife, Mary Porter, born ___, died 1835.
And he, Patrick Cavitt, is ancestor who assisted in establishing American Independence while acting in capacity of private soldier. Patrick Cavitt was a private in the Revolutionary Army under James Poe in the Cumberland Militia Third Co., commanded by Col. Alex Brown. Date of enlistment 1782.
Volume No. 6, Pennsylvania Archives, Fifth Series, Pages No. 576.
Revolutionary ancestor was married at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mappy Monday

My great grandfather William Frederick Kubberness settled in Picatonica, IL


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thankful Thursday

I am Thankful for my lovely mother Ruth Robertson-Kubberness.
Today is her 78th Birthday!!! Amazing.

She is the best mom ever, she has taught me to love myself and to be giving and caring and to put God in my heart and life. She has given me an amazing childhood.

I grew up seeing amazing places and having amazing journeys. I will never forget how giving and loving this beautiful women is both inside and out. She is a pillar of her community in Peru, IL being employed at the Red Cross and a member of Grace United Methodist Church, election judge, and on the campaign trial for Gary Dohl. She was a Sweet Adeline and a foster mom. She is "Patches" The Clown and graduated from Clown College. She knows sign language. 

She raise three children almost entirely by herself as my dad was traveling around the country working. I am in AWE of her each and everyday.

Momma your my rock and my grace I love you.

Ruth and great-grandson Christopher Cook
Ruth as Patches
My Amazing Mom

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wedensday Child

 St Elizabeth Cemetery, Lefor North Dakota

I couldn't imagine the loss of one child let alone two. Lefor was attacked not just once but twice by small pox. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Travel Tuesday

My X-Husband Brian Rowley and I went to Madison, WI to trace his Frederick line and we got some death certificates and land records. What a journey we had. Here are some photo's of our trip.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Tuesaday Tip

Document, document, document,

The importance of documentation is very important.

I will start with my Kubberness line:

Johann Frederick Theodor Kubbernus his wife Johanna Wilhemina Hamp and their children came to America on the ship the "Trave"

Their children:
Bertha Caroline Maria
Augusta Sophia Louise
Wihelmina Christina Dorothea
Freda Johanna Caroline Sophia
Carl Frederick Martin Heinrich
Wilhelm John
Frederick William
They boarded the ship on Sep 1888 and arrived in New York on Sep 21, 1888. They left Lavin, Mecklenburg, Germany for Bremen/Southampton Germany then to England and on to New York.
They settled in Pecatonic, Illinois, my grandfather Frederick William settled in Arlington, South Dakota.
Document where your family came from and how they got to America and their trip here. The voyage and arrival, who was waiting for them if anyone.
Use maps and atlas to locate your ancestor's journey and emigration patterns, the towns they lived in. You can also look up railroad maps it was a major impact on families during their time. The Rand McNally Map Store is a great place to start. 

This is tool is great for creating and maintaining your family health history. They have printable reports, includes medical pedigree charts, genogram, and lots more.  You can check out this article at familytreemagazine at this link.

Census Sunday

Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, Virginia 1880 Census

John B Knick was born in 1827 in Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, VA and died 1898 in same place. He married Nancy Rhoads Phillips, she was born 1832 in Augusta County, VA and died 1914 in Kerrs Creek, Rockbridge, VA. Their children were Missouri, John  Alex, Samuel, Sarah and Fannie