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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

James Lee Purdy

James enlisted 12 Aug 1861 for 3 years in Co. F, 46th Regiment , PA. Volunteer Infantry under Capt. Ben W. Morgan. Fought at Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Atlantic Campaign, Peach Tree Creek, Dallas and Punkin Vine Creek.

He was born on 28 Sep 1836 in Frndlday, PA.
After his marriage to Elizabeth Burns on 11 Feb 1869, he moved to a farm 1 mile west of Clinton, adjoining his father's farm. They had 5 children.

He was affiliated with the Clinton United Presbyterian Church and was for many years an elder.

He was described as having dark hair and gray eyes. His hearing was impaired by exposure to the noise of cannon fire.

There children were:

1) Thomas Burns Purdy born 1 Dec 1869 in Clinton, PA. died 25 Oct 1849 in Imperial, PA. He married Nellie Viola Custer on 16 Oct 1922 in New Cumberland, WV. They had 4 children. He married a 2nd time to Elizabeth I. last name unknown at this time. No children.

2) William Walter Purdy born 21 Jun 1871 in Clinton, PA. Died 15 Nov 1957 in Clinton, PA. He married Martha Eleanor McBride on 14 Feb 1907. They had 7 children.

3) Joseph L Purdy was born 2 Dec 1871 in PA 
4) Hattie Purdy was born 16 Apr 1875 in PA. Died 9 Dec 1917.
5) Mary Alice Purdy was born 9 Nov 1877 in PA. Died on 23 Mar 1937.

James Lee Purdy's wife Elizabeth Burns was born 25 Jul 1842 in Hanover, PA. and Died on 13 Oct 1927 in Findley, PA.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Captain Matthew Fuller

Capt. Mattew Fuller was the son of Edward Fuller of the Mayflower. Some genealogist's mostly amateurs get this line all messed up. They want a fast track to connect their tree to the Mayflower.

This is my 2nd X-husband's line.
Brian Robert Rowley

 Moses Rowley married Elizabeth Fuller 2 Apr 1652 in Barnstable,MA Her father was Capt. Mattew Fuller.

Now that's settled let's move on to Mattew.

His uncle Dr. Samuel Fuller who was on the Mayflower, paid for Matthew's education in England and that's most likely why he came to the Colony at a later date.

Capt Matthew Fuller
Birth: Oct., 1605, England
Death: 1678
Barnstable, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA

Born, say 1605 to Edward Fuller of Redenhall, Norfolk, England. Married Frances (perhaps Iyde) about 1625 in England. 
Their child: Elizabeth (Fuller) Rowley.
His death date is not of record, but his will was written on July 25, 1678, and the inventory of his estate was made on Aug. 22, 1678.

Source: Anderson:Great Migration Study Project

He was a Militia Captain not a sea Captain. And apart of "The Pocasset Campaign" of King Philip's war.

Captain Edward Fullers first muster
"First Muster" (Massachusetts Military History)

There's a wonderfully written account of events at the following website.

The Indians and townspeople were at odds, to say the least, and War broke out.

Capt. Matthew Fuller's Family

He married Hannah Frances Iyde Aug 1678 and they had the following children.

Elizabeth b. 1627 in Plymouth, MA and died 7 Mar 1713 she was married to Moses Rowley born abt Mar 1629 in Scitaute, Plymouth, MA and died bef 15 Jun 1705 in East Hadden Middlesex, CT

His information I have found so far is as follows:

Moses Rowley was born about 1629, probably in England, to English immigrant, and early Planter, Henry Rowley. Henry and his wife Sarah, with three young children, including Moses, emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1632, sailing from England on the ship, "Charles." Moses Rowley I's mother was Henry's first wife, Sarah Palmer, daughter of William Palmer of Duxbury, as Moses is mentioned in his grandfather, William Palmer's, Will, in 1637. Grandfather Palmer left Moses, by then a young man, a cow out of his estate. After working for two years as a Planter at Plymouth Colony, Henry and Sarah moved their family to Scituate in 1634, where they were neighbors to Reverend John Lothrop, and joined his Congregation there. Henry and Sarah's family moved to Barnstable with Reverend Lothrop and other Scituate neighbors in 1638. Moses Rowley I married on 22 April 1652, in Barnstable, to Elizabeth Fuller, the daughter of Captain Matthew Fuller, and granddaughter of Edward Fuller, one of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Moses I and Elizabeth Fuller Rowley had eleven children, all born in Barnstable: 1- Mary Rowley, b. 1653, m. John Weeks; 2- Moses Rowley II, b. 1654, m. (1) Mary (Fletcher); (2) Mary Crippen (daughter of Thomas Crippen and Frances Bray); 3- unnamed daughter, b. about 1656, d. 1682; 4- Shubael Rowley, b. 1660, m. Catherine Crippen (sister of Mary Crippen, above); 5- Mehetable Rowley, b. 1660 (twin to Shubael, above), m. John Fuller (son of Samuel Fuller and Jane Lathrop); 6- Sarah Rowley, b. 1662; 7- Nathan Rowley, b. about 1664, m. Mercy Hatch (b. 1667, daughter of Jonathan and Sarah Rowley Hatch); 8- Aaron Rowley, b. 1666, m. Mary Weeks; 9- Elizabeth Rowley, b. about 1667, m. William Lucas; 10- John Rowley, b. 1667; 11- Matthew Rowley, b. about 1669. In 1657, Moses Rowley I took the Freeman's Oath at Barnstable, Massachusetts. In 1670, Moses Rowley I was included on Barnstable's list of Freemen and Voters. On 3 June 1673, and again on 3 June 1679, Moses Rowley I was named as a member of "The Grand Enquest" which was a special jury of Freemen of the Colony. On 23 July 1677, Moses Rowley I was assigned a Lot by Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, when lands in the vicinity of Woods Holl were divided into sixty acres upland to a share, with meadows. Two years later, in 1679, Moses Rowley I obtained land in Falmouth, "between Hog Island Harbor on the bay, and Five-mile river on the east." In 1685, Moses Rowley I bought land in East Falmouth. On 2 March 1685, while acting in his duties as an assistant to the Town Constable, Moses Rowley I received a wound to the head, by Christopher Gifford, who was later fined by the General Court. On 24 June 1690, Moses Rowley I decided to move to Barnstable, and took the Oath of a Freeman at the General Court held at Barnstable. A year later, Moses Rowley I moved to an area originally known as "Quamquisset" Harbor, and "took lands and settled here" "one mile north of Woods Holl on Buzzards Bay." From 1692-1735, Moses Rowley I served in the General Court as "third deputy from Falmouth to the colonial legislature." On 3 May 1692, Moses Rowley I bought 60 acres of land from Jonathan Gilbert. At the age of about 75, Moses Rowley I wrote a Will, filed on 16 August 1704, in Hartford, Connecticut. Moses Rowley I died on 8 March 1705, in East Haddam Connecticut. In the Will of Moses Rowley I, he states [original spelling included]: “The Last will and Testament of Moses Rowley Sen’r of east Haddam in the county of Hartford in Colleny of Connecticut in new Ingland Wittneseth.” “In the name of god. Amen. Whereas I Moses Rowlee being weak of body but through gods good hand upon me at this present writing in perfect memory and understanding doe make and ordain this as my last will and testament.” “Imprimus: I doe give and bequeath my soul unto god in the name, meritts and mediation of the lord Jesus Christ in whose Righteousness I hope to be accepted with the father.” “And my body to Christian burial as my executors shall see meet hoping for a glorious Resurrection at the last and great day.” “As for the portion of this worlds goods that god [hath] given and continued to me my will is that my Just Depts being paid the Remainder to be disposed of as followeth: as for the Rest of my children I have done what hath been with me and now I have not expectation of being any more capable to help myself wherefore I doe give and bequeath my land unto my sonn Moses Rowlee [II] that is to say my half of the lott I now live upon (the other half I have given all Ready to my son Matthew [Rowley]) to be equally devided between my sons Moses and Matthew. I also give unto my son Moses that twenty five pound right that I formerly gave to Matthew, which my son Matthew hath lovingly Relinquished again to me.” “I give and bequeath to my daughter Mehitabell [Rowley] fuller all my moveables both flock and household stuff whether without door or within.” “I give and bequeath half my young mare unto my son Matthew. My will further is and it is upon the account of not only what my sons Moses Rowlee and John Fuller hath done for me and been kind to me but especially their willingness to take the care of me and my wife during our natural lives and I doe expect that care and kindness of them that is meet and needfull both to myself and my wife and I therefore have done what I have done to oblidge them what I cane and doe Repose my trust next under god upon these my two sons Moses Rowlee and John Fuller for what I shall and for what my wife shall stand in need of between this and the grave.” “and I doe further give to my son Moses Rowlee my meadow lot and further be it known that my son Moses is to pay my just debts and moreover my will is that all the above legacies given to my children is to them and their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever, furthermore I doe nominate, appoint and ordain my loving sons Moses Rowlee and John Fuller executors of this my last will & testament as witness my hand & seale, Hadam 16 of August, 1704 Moses Rowlee Sen'r [Rowley] signed sealled his X mark {Seal.} in the presence John Chapman Mathew Rowlee [Rowley] his M mark. Mary Creepen. [Crippen] her M mark At a court at Hartford, held March 8, 1705-6, this will [of Moses2 Rowley] was proved by the oaths of John Chapman and Thomas Fuller of Haddam that they saw said Moses Rowley the testator sign & seal & Mathew Rowley John Chapman & Mary Crippen, witnesses, set their hands, etc.”

Capt Matthew Fuller's other children:
Anna b. 1637 in Barnstable, MA d. 30 Dec 1691 Barnstable, MA
Samuel  b. 1637 Barnstable, MA d. 25 Mar 1676 Rehoboth, MA
Mary b. in England d. Barnstable

This is just the tip of the ice berg and I will do several blogs on this family.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

How Did Your Ancestor's Vote???

The issue of voting rights in the United States, specifically the enfranchisement and disenfranchisement of different groups, has been contested throughout United States history. Eligibility to vote in the United States is established both through the federal constitution and by state law.

With that said, How do you think your ancestors might have voted? Were the majority of them Republican or Democrat? 

Douglas W. Jones Illustrated Voting

An illustration depicting free men voting for the first time 
Source: Britannica

Some of our ancestor's had to fight for their freedom to vote.

I was raised by a Democratic Father and a Republican Mother. Can you imgaine what it was like on Election Days at my house? Plus both my parents are Election Judges. 

I take my responsibility to vote and have a voice in my country's freedom, very seriously. I am a Republican but that doesn't mean I always vote for those Republicans running.

A Louisiana resident pays his poll tax in 1947 

I hope that someday all Americans will vote and understand how important it is to vote. 
We all have a voice and we need to stand up and use it. 

It does count

Our forefathers fought for us to have these rights, it's up to us to use them. Stand up and be heard. 

Eligibility to vote in the United States is established both through the federal Consitution and by state law. Several constitutional amendments (the 15th, 19th, and 26th specifically) require that voting rights cannot be abridged on account of race, color, previous condition of servitude, sex, or age for those above 18; the constitution as originally written did not establish any such rights during 1787–1870. In the absence of a specific federal law or constitutional provision, each state is given considerable discretion to establish qualifications for suffrage and candidacy within its own respective jurisdiction; in addition, states and lower level jurisdictions establish election systems, such as at-large or single-member district  elections for county councils or school boards.

  • "Race, color, or previous condition of servitude" (15th Amendment, 1870)
  • "On account of sex" (19th Amendment, 1920)
  • "By reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax" for federal elections (24th Amendment, 1964)[nb 1]
  • "Who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of age" (26th Amendment, 1971)

This gave all Americans the right to vote.

See you at the polls Vote!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Nellie Viola Custer

Miss Nellie Viola Custer was born 13 Dec 1901 in Clinton, PA
on 16 Oct 1922 in New Cumberland WV she married Thomas Burns Purdy who was born 1 Dec 1869 in Clinton, PA

They had four children: all girls

Elsie Odell
Edna Blanche
Fannie Mae
Mable Phyllis

Nellie died on 15 Feb 1972 in Monaca, PA
Thomas Burns Purdy died in 1949

They both had other spouses He had one that died before they were married and she married after his death.

Thomas Burns Purdy and first wife she might have died in childbirth, but I have not confirmed this as of yet. 

Nellie's parents were 
Clarence P Custer born 2 Apr 1870 in Clinton, PA, died 22 Apr 1959 in PA
Martha E Spruger born 9 Nov 1879 in PA,
died 9 May 1928 in PA.
They were married on 4 Apr 1901 in Clinton, PA
They had 6 children

I have not found any connection between my Custer line and Gen George Armstrong Custer.

But I shall continue to dig.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Friend Of A Friend SGRO Line

Ralph Sgro came to America in 1901 from his beloved and beautiful Country San Vito, Bari Puglia, Italy where he was born on 19 Sep 1890 Father is unknown at this time and the only information we have on his mother is her name Elenora Maria Ciraco. 

Ralph started singing in the choir at church and became  a well known Opera singer. 

San Vito, Italy

The route he took to America
In 1950 he made a trip back home and sailed on the SS Conte Biancamano

Dining room on SS Conte Biancamano

Passenger list 1950 SS Conte

Departing from America heading to Italy 1950 on the 

He flew to Italy this time

I believe he went back to Italy these two times for the death of his parents. I of course, can not prove this theory at this time and I can not seem to find any records.

He flew on TWA

He was devoted to his church and he traveled frequently to sing in Opera, plays, shows.

Ralph died Aug 1970 possible in New York City. He was 79 years old.

If anyone has more information please post a comment or contact me.
Thank you ever so much.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

They Were Pioneer Women Part One

By the year 1869 when the first transcontinental railroad was finished, over 350,000 pioneers had taken the Oregon Trail to start a new life. Many of these were women and most were accompanied by children. From the very first wagon train on, women would see and experience hardship like none they had ever imagined. They would also find out how strong a women could truly be. Husbands often made the decision to start life over in the west without ever asking whether the wives thought this was a good decision or how it might affect them. Some wives did have say though, and in a few instances, women not only influenced their husbands to go, but a few traveled westward by themselves.

Before heading west, many women often spent their day doing nothing more than visiting, needlework, and the occasional gardening of flowers. They had married men who were established as businessmen in the towns they then lived in. They never dreamed these same men, entrepreneurs at heart, would listen to tales of gold and prosperous green land west, and decide to pack up their families and head out themselves. Others were not from as wealthy families; their men were laborers, and already working the land, they themselves working alongside them. Neither type was in most instances prepared for the hardships that lay ahead.
The lady who took her husband's hand and followed him into the unsettled West was quite brave and courageous. Although she may have supported her husband in the move she was often terrified for his and her family's lives. Life in the West was not extravagant and, oftentimes, lonely. A pioneer lady spent her days working hard on the prairie, making a fine home to raise good children which spoke to the great legacy she left behind. All of her devotion was to God and family. However isolated she was, she did find socialization with other women at quilting parties and at church.
Women had many children to help with chores on the trail. Most of her children, especially the girls, were illiterate. It wasn't until the middle 1800's that school became an option for her children. Her children learned skills and hands on training on the prairie. The Bible was the authority taught in the family. That obligation was shared by both parents. Some men left the spiritual education up to their wives. Unfortunately, some pioneer women could not read. Her most important knowledge was the skills of running a large household, sewing, crocheting, mending, darning, cooking and raising small children.

Fashion, of course, was different than in the city. Gone were the pioneer lady's days of silk dresses and bustles. Those she left behind in the city. Now, her dresses were made from cotton and shortened a bit in length due to all the dirt and mud. However, she did spruce up for parties by adding ruffles to her dresses. Any fabric left over, no matter how small, she collected for a later time to make quilts with other pioneer ladies.

Before a family could head west, first the wagon must be packed. This task fell normally to the woman of the house. A list would be prepared, household items that they would no longer need or deemed unable to be carried along, would be sold off first, to help pay for the trip. This would be the first of many heartbreaking hardships. Most women would soon realize that personal possessions did not mean as much though, as the more basic supplies soon came to mean life itself. Once this was done, the wagon would be packed. Clothing and furniture were packed, but food was the main item to be gathered. This would have included mainly staples, such as beans, coffee, flour, salt, a cow to be milked, and dried meat. As they traveled, many families would run low on food, and it was common to slaughter and eat the oxen they had brought along to start their new life over once they arrived at their destination.

Furniture that was originally packed from the items not sold, such as a favorite rocker or chest, would often be discarded along the way, as they would come to rivers that needed to be forded. The extra weight could not be risked, and an item a woman had packed and thought necessary was soon piled along the trail as nothing more than trash.

In addition to the hardships of the trail, the pioneer women, imbued with modesty, often had to endure a humiliating lack of privacy. Between campsites, they sometimes used their long skirts to shield a companion from inquiring male eyes. In camps, they sometimes turned to flimsy canvas latrines. At the occasional watering holes, available to men as well as women, they had to wash the rags that had served as sanitary napkins.

As wagon-trains rolled westward through the desert landscape, the women often had to ration their use of the limited water, knowing it first had to answer the thirst of the pioneers and their livestock. Then, should there be a spare tubful, a woman might make it serve multiple purposes—washing dishes, washing clothes and bathing children in the same water.

With the poor sanitation and the punishing environment taking an inevitable toll on the health of the pioneers, the women became the principal caregivers, treating the sick, setting broken bones, amputating limbs, delivering babies.

In the end, pioneer women would leave more than discarded furniture along the trail as they traveled west. Many buried not only one child, but also several. A child could fall out of a wagon and quickly be run over before anyone could even react. Husbands killed during accidents were also not that exceptional. Pioneer women themselves also perished. Typhoid and cholera traveled quickly through many wagon trains, killing at random. Indian skirmishes did occur, but not as many as one might think. Most Indian skirmishes were with the settlers who had reached their destinations. Babies were born in the roughest conditions. Many died and the women would not only have the heartbreak of the infants death, but also of having to leave behind the body in a place that they                                                     knew they would never again see.

Pioneer women were not always ‘women’. Girls learned to grow up fast, and if not, were forced to. Marriage as young as 14 and 15 was very common. Once a family had reached their destination, hired hands that had accompanied these families west often married into the family. The idea of a familiar face for a neighbor in a strange land was often enough for a father to give permission for his daughters to marry, even at such a young age. Mothers also would welcome their daughters as neighbors over some stranger.

Once they did reach their destination, the work was far from over. A house would need to be built, and as many arrived in the late summer or fall, that meant that this work often would be done in the cold of winter. Women quickly learned to wield an ax right alongside their husbands. At the first sign of spring, a garden would need to be planted. This was hard work and the women often did much of this themselves. After trees were cleared and stumps removed, the ground would need to be worked up. This often entailed heavy work behind an ox or mule. After the planting was done, water would need to be supplied. This was besides water for cooking, cleaning, and washing that they were already hauling each day. Pioneer women also had to deal with rodents, marauding animals, including bear and coyotes, and lions. Indians were also a concern, and some did fall to their deaths by the Indians' hand. Where were the men when all this was being done? Working the fields or mining were the two most usual occupations. They had their hands full and their remaining work, which there was plenty of, fell to the women and the oldest children if there were any. These women battled mosquitoes, bugs, sand, heat, and farm pests. Primarily wives and mothers, raised and nursed children, cooked daily meals with what was available, canned local fruits and vegetables, made jellies, pickles, and cat sup, washed the laundry outdoors on a rub board and ironed with heavy cast irons heated on an open campfire.

The women did all the laundry, sewing and mending

Women did chores including feeding the animals and churning butter
cooking, cleaning, taking care of the children

Women helped their menfolk in fields too

I am doing this in two parts. This first part is to give you some history on what a pioneer women's life looked liked. The second part will include my ancestor's who were pioneer women.

They Were Soldiers, They Are Kin

As I have plugged away at my Family History I have found many hero's. But none that could ever fill a soldier's boot.
I have a very strong love and devotion to my country, these United States of America. I know it's in my blood as it was in their blood. I would like to honor all my ancestor's who fought in the many war's through out the generations of our beloved land. 

 My ancestors have fought in every war our Country has seen.
My 4th Great Grandfather Jacob Amick was a soldier in this war

Glen Robert Amick was a Pvt in WWI  my first cousin x2 removed

Harley David Amick entered WWII on 05 Sep 1942 my first cousin x2 removed.

Calvin Bliss my 5th Great Grandfather was in 2 wars the Revolutionary War  & The War of 1812

Orsamas M Palmiter my Uncle of wife of my 4th great Uncle Civil War

Richard Peterson was in WWI Aviation Section Signal Corp.
He is a nephew of a husband of a niece of husband of first cousin 3x removed

William Small was Enlisted in Co. D 7th Reg MN Vol in the Civil War
He is related to me by husband of sister-in-law of first cousin 3x removed

He was the Husband of my 5th great Aunt

Wyant Vanderpool He was the 2nd great grandfather of husband stepdaughter of 2nd cousin 3x removed

Harold Arthur Littlefield WWII

Harvey Nuten Propst WWI husband of my 2nd great Aunt

My first cousin 2x removed

These are only a few brave ancestors who stopped their lives for years to go fight with the understanding they may never return home or see their loved ones again. 
That's a scary ordeal.

Because they gave their lives for me
I will say The Pledge of Allegiance to our FLAG, I will treat it with respect and I will shake hands with every man that wears a uniform serving our Country and thank them. 

Joseph Arthur Lile Spanish American War he was 21

John Porter Couch 2nd Great Uncle Serviced in WWI

James Baird Couch my 2nd Great Grandfather Civil War

Baxter McKnight

Capt. William Wheeler Woodworth