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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Surname Saturday: Etta Emily Bourrett

Etta Emily Bourrett was born to William Lewis Bourrett and Martha Patience Benton, born on 16 jun 1883 in Union, McCook, South Dakota, USA. She died 29 Apr 1957 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA.

She was the wife of my 2nd Great Uncle Ralph Cavit Robertson son of Alexander Cowen Robertson and Elizabeth Jane Cavit He was born as a twin on 9 May 1880 in Iowa City IA and died 5 Feb 1951 in Sioux City, IA.

Etta as a baby with her Mother Martha Patience Benton-Bourrett

I was able to have several conversations with uncle Clarence over the years between 1963, when I went by train to Sioux City, and about 1982, when I took a road trip there with my family, from Oklahoma, where we lived. Ralph and all his kids were musically inclined: Elsie sang, Viola played the piano in church, Ralph played the violin, Charlie played the piano, and Clarence played the banjo or the guitar, as the occasion required. Charlie, or 'Chick', had a beautiful flowing piano style, even when he played ragtime. Grandpa Ralph learned to play the fiddle as the result of a terrible accident. When he was about ten years old, he fell into a pit as he was running - it was a burn pit, in which trash was burned regularly, and he burned the soles of his feet so badly that he was kept in bed for several months hoping his feet would heal, and regrow the skin on the bottom. Clarence told me that the skin on the bottom of his father's feet was always transparent as glass. After some weeks, someone took pity on the boy and put a fiddle in bed with him to play with. By the time he was healed, he could play it. Although he was a plasterer and concrete worker by trade, his lifetime profession was fiddler. Told to Gwen Kubberness by Ken Robertson.

Ralph Robertson with his fiddle 1945

They had possibly five children:

1. William E Richardson b. abt 1889 in SD is list on the census as a son maybe misspelled last name not sure but worth more research.

2. Charles Arthur Robertson b. 29 Apr 1901 Sioux City, IA d. 1 Dec 1977 Sioux City, IA.
Mamie Ellen Fouts
Married Mamie Ellen Fouts she was the daughter of Dallas Bert Fouts and Eva M Knapp. Born 21 Sep 1905 in South Dakota died 10 Feb 1997 in Sioux City IA. They has 2 children Kenneth Arthur and Gale M Robertson. Mamie married a 2nd time after Charles death to a Hjalmar O Borgen they had no children.

Charles Arthur Robertson

3. Elsie Emily Robertson born 8 Aug 1903 in Sioux City, IA. Died 28 Feb 1999 in Spokane WA. She married Herman Emmett Rider on 15 Jan 1921 Woodbury County IA. They had three children.
Bonnie J, Wayne A. and Emmett Ernest Rider.

Elsie Emily Robertson & Herman Emmett Rider

4. Clarence Robertson born 4 Apr 1908 in Lawton IA and died 9 Dec 1993 in Sioux City, IA. He married Eleanor Martha Sterling who was born 19 Oct 1908 in River, NE and died 4 Jan 1986 in Sioux City IA. They had a son. Paul Allen Robertson born 12 May 1931 and died 26 Sep 2002.

Paul Allen Robertson
5. Viola Martha Robertson born 1914, died 1986

If any other family members can help fill in the blanks or missing links I would greatly appreciate the help.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Anna Elisabetha Kissinger

Anna Elisabetha Kissinger was born on 20 Dec 1738 in Rheinland, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation. She died 28 Apr 1794 in Rheinland, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation.

She married Johann Philipp Held date unknown at this time. He was born in 1730 in 

Rheinland, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation and died 1 Oct 1783 in Rheinland, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation. Anna was his 2nd wife. His first wife was Anna Christina Best they had 1 child Johann Ernst Held.

Anna & Johann had 9 children

1. Anna b. 1 Sep 1754 in Rheinland, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation
2. Catharina Gertrud Held b. 9 Mar 176 in Rheinland, She died 12 Apr 1772 in Rheinland
3. Maria Elisabetha Held b. 27 Jul 1763 also in Rheinland
4. Johann Philipp Held b. 7 an 1765 in Rheinland died 22 May 1769 in Rheinland
5. Johannes Held b. 8 Feb 1768 in Rheinland
6. Anna Margaretha Held b. 25 Jul 1771 in Rheinland d. 19 Dec 1777 in Rheinland
7. Johan Georg Held b. 16 Nov 1773 Rheinland, d. 3 Apr 1776 Rheinland
8. Anna Christina Held b. 22 Jun 1776 in Rheinland d. 18 Nov 1840 in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
9. Maria Eva Held b. 25 Jun 1779 in Rheinland, d. 12 Jun 1766 in Rheinland 

Holy Roman Empire
. The Holy Roman Empire (Latin: Sacrum Imperium Romanum, German: Heiliges Römisches Reich) was a multi-ethnic complex of territories in central Europe that developed during the Early Middle Ages and continued until its dissolution in 1806.

Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. The Holy Roman Empire (HRE; German: Heiliges Römisches Reich (HRR), Latin: Imperium Romanum Sacrum (IRS), Italian: Sacro Romano Impero (SRI)) was a German empire that existed from 962 to 1806 in Central Europe. It was ruled by the Holy Roman Emperor.

Holy Roman Empire of German Nation was very large

Some history.

Although her line ends with her so far in my research, Johann Philipp Held's line date back to his grandfather Johann Balthazar Held 1679-1759.

My first ancestor in this line to come to America was John Ernst Held b. 12 Jul 1776 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Holy Roman Empire of German Nation and died 1844 in Mequon, Washington, Wisconsin.

I have found when doing genealogy you really need to study the history of the countries your ancestor came from. It helps to know when they had wars and famine. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Harriet Susan Champe

Harriet Susan Champe was born Jan 1852 in Nicholas County, W.V. To Charles Lewis Champe &  Cynthia Bell.

Her father was a farmer and in 1850 his property was valued at $600 which was a large sum in those days. The U.S. dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 2.06% per year between 1850 and 2017. $600 in the year 1850 is worth $17,994.24 in 2017.

She married 2 Mar 1895  in Nicholas County, W.V.
To   Albert H Propst   he was born Jun 1845   and died in 1920 in    McKendree, Fayette,  W.V.

Harriet died   27 Apr 1922 in Jenky Fayette, W.V. and is buried   in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church  Cemetery   in Mount Lookout, W.V. 

I haven't found very much information other than census records. There aren't even any grave photos except for Harriet's mother. Which is posted below.

Photo Added by: SAC on Find-A-grave
Most of the family are buried in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery in Mount Lookout, Nicholas, West Virginia.

Harriet Susan Champe is related to me by wife of 2nd cousin 4x removed.

The strange thing about this line is the Propst, Bennett, Stickler, Legg and a few more are also in other parts of my genealogy.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mary (Maria) Rockweiler

Mary  (Maria) Rockweiler was born in Baden, West Germany to Hillard and Franziska Hafner Rockweiler. She immigrated to America with her parents at the age of four. They settled in Cazenovia, Wisconsin. She met and married Athanas Jehle there on February 6, 1866. Three weeks after their wedding they moved to Iowa, settling in Lone Tree. She had lived here the rest of her life. She is the mother of seven children who all survive her. They are Annie Schaapveld of Lone Tree; Catherine Sievers of Humboldt, Kansas; Julia Schaapveld of Hooker, Oklahoma; Frank, Leo, Michael, and Ben Jehle all of Lone Tree. She is also mourned by 24 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; two sisters Catherine Eckart of Subiaco, Arkansas and Anna Deitelhoff; and two brothers Frank Rockweiler of Cazenovia, Wisconsin and John Rockweiler of Cazenovia, Wisconsin. 

Mary Rockweiler Jehle

 Photo by Phyllis Hazen/Stoneseeker

Lone Tree Cemetery
Lone Tree
Johnson County
Iowa, USA
Plot: North Section, Row 19

Athanas Jehle

Mary Rockweiler & Athanas Jehle
Had the following children:
1. Anna b. 11 Nov 1866 d. 4 May 1946 married William m Schaapveld
2. Julia b. 1868 in Johnson Co. Ia died 1951 married Bernardus Schaapveld
3. Catherine b. 1871 d. 1940
4. Frank b 28 Nov 1873 in Lone Tree, Johnson, Iowa d. 13 May 1962 in Lone Tree, IA He was a farm hand.
5. Leo b. 1 Apr 1876 in Lone Tree, IA, d. 7 Feb 1952 in West Liberty, IA. He was a farmer. He was married to Christian Meyer.
6. Michael b. 3 Sep 1878 Lee Tree, Ia d. 11 Sep 1956 in Iowa City, IA He was a farm laborer
7. Bernardt Otto b. 23 Jul 1883 in Lone Tree IA d. 28 Aug 1947. He owned a Pool Hall.

She loved to read and loved flowers. Her home was adorn with flowers no matter the season.

For you Mary

Monday, April 24, 2017

Hannah Odessa Shelford

Hannah Odessa Shelford was born to Levi Little Shelford & Ellen Catherine Black on 15 Dec 1883 in California. She died 24 Apr 1952 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, CA.

She married Charles Fielding Jackson date unknown

They had 2 children:

Elenore Odessa Jackson b. 1912 d. 2005
Levi Charles Jackson b. 1915 CA

Interesting story about Hannah's grandfather John Shelford going to California during the "Gold Rush" is attached below.

From Cloverdale Then and Now: Being a History of Cloverdale, California, Its Environs, and Families, 1982, page 176:

"John Shelford III came to America from England in 1837 at the age of 16 and married Susan Smith in 1843. He followed the shoemaking trade in New York until spring 1885 when he sailed with his wife and four children around Cape Horn. They landed in San Francisco on July 25.

After seeking gold at Downieville and running a mercantile business and hotel at Woolsey Flat, Nevada County, he came to Sonoma County in 1859. He first settled in Petaluma before moving to Cloverdale in 1863 and purchasing part of the Rancho Casalamayomi. The children born in New York were Peter Laundrus, Silas Ruff, Levi Little and Erastus Matheson. Martha Letia and Cornelia Ann were born in Cloverdale. Upon John's death in 1877 his sons inherited his property, and Erastus and Levi continued farming their acreage."
Mined gold here 1890s Downieville, CA

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Susan Campbell Who Were You?

Susan Campbell was born to Rev. Archibald Campbell & Mary Gragg on 1 Oct 1791 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

She married Jacob Smith on 17 Dec 187 in Greenbrier County, WV 

According to family historian Aubrey O. Smith, Jacob, and first wife Suzanna "lived on Muddy Creek (near Alderson, Greenbrier/Monroe counties, W.Va.) until about 1818, when they moved to the north of Laurel Creek at the present location of Quinnimont (Fayette County, W.Va.) Jacob built a two story log house where the present C&O depot now stands, he being the first white settler in that vicinity…" (Smith-Riffe Collection, DVD 5, Sh-St, Page 455. Undated, typewritten text.)

Susan & Jacob had 12 children

1. Campbell Smith. Born 25 Dec 1808. 
2. William T. Smith. Born 28 Dec 1809. 
3. John Smith. Born 01 Mar 1811. 
4. Polly Smith Plumley. Born 26 July 1813. 
5. Virginia Jane Smith Holton. Born March 1815. 
6. Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith Cooper. Born 15 Aug 1816. 
7. Washington Smith. Born 19 Apr 1817 
8. Ruth Smith Kincaid. Born 22 Sep 1818. 
9. Canada Smith. Born 14 Jan 1820. 
10. Lewis Smith. Born 30 May 1821. 
11. Joseph Smith. Born 25 Oct 1822.
12. Nancy Smith. Born 25 Apr 1824. 

Suzanna Campbell Smith died giving birth to her 12th child in 1824. 

There is a difference of opinion on her first name. On 25 Aug 1917, J.M. Kirk of Sandstone, Summers County, W.Va., wrote a letter to Ervin D. Smith, grandson of Suzanna and Jacob. He referred to "Suzanna, who married Jacob Smith." (Smith-Riffe Collection, DVD 5, Sh-St, Page 493-494.) In 1936, grandson Charles Wesley Smith, the son of Washington Smith, said her name was Elizabeth. ("My Father, Washington Smith of Virginia and Missouri" by Charles Wesley Smith, 1936. A copy of the family history was shared by Steve Cooper.) Aubrey O. Smith called her Susan. 

Jacob remarried in 1825 and had 13 additional children with second wife Jane Kincaid. A Kincaid history lists Jane's full name as Hulda Jane Kincaid, daughter of Samuel Kincaid and Huldah Osborne, born in 1806. ("Kincaid-Claypool Descendants: Mountain Tom Kincaid's Second Family" by William Harold Kincaid, Kincaid Publishing, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1991, Page 14.) Children of Jane and Jacob:

13. Samuel Smith Sr. Born 17 Dec 1825.
14. George Washington Smith Sr. Born 12 Dec 1826. 
15. Susan Smith Martin. Born 11 June 1828. 
16. Harmon Smith. Born 03 Nov 1829.
17. Andrew Smith. Born 03 Apr 1831. 
18. Hulda Smith Berry. Born 17 July 1832. 
19. Thomas Smith. Born 12 Feb 1834. 
20. Ann "Annie" Smith Plumley. Born 28 Nov 1836.
21. Charles Smith. Born 05 Sep 1838. 
22. James Smith. Born 07 Jan 1840. 
23. Davis J. Smith. Born 14 Mar 1841. 
24. Jacob Smith Jr. Born 03 Jan 1843. 
25. Clarkson Smith. Born 13 Sep 1845.

After Jane's death in 1858, Jacob married Judah Clayborn. There were no children from his third marriage. Jacob Sr. died in 1874.

Suzanna, two of her children, and Jane were buried in the same family cemetery. I can only offer the following descriptions regarding their final resting place:

In 1936, Charles Wesley Smith, grandson of Jacob and Suzanna, wrote: "She was buried on the farm on a ‘bench' several yards above the tiny bottom field; her grave is lost but is thought to have been beneath a small Quinnimont residence." ("My Father, Washington Smith of Virginia and Missouri.")

In 1975, Aubrey O. Smith, great grandson of Jacob and Jane, wrote: "They then lived at present Quinnimont about 16 miles east of Beckley, she (Susan) being buried on an eminence immediately above and about two hundred yards from their home." (Smith-Riffe Collection, DVD 5, Sh-St, Page 412-413, letter from Aubrey O. Smith to Mrs. Wm. R. Wetzell of Escondido, CA., 08 Nov 1975.)

Jane Kincaid-Smith had "died at Fitzpatrick, near MacArthur in 1857 and was buried at Quinnimont in Smith Cemetery alongside Jacob's first wife, Susan and two of their children," according to a 1974 news article. Jacob, who died in 1874, was originally buried "on a knoll overlooking his farm at Fitzpatrick." ("Remains Of War Of 1812 Veteran Placed in VFW Cemetery in City.")

Jacob was "buried on an eminence back of his home perhaps due to the extremely bad weather and bad roads, if any, to the family plot at Quinnimont and on the other hand due to the fact that this was the near the home base of his (current) wife's people may have been an influencing element." (Letter from Aubrey O. Smith to Mrs. Wm. R. Wetzell, 08 Nov 1975.)

Charles Wesley Smith describes Jacob's gravesite: "…in 1853, Jacob bought 700 acres on Piney and Fat Creeks, not far from Beckley. Did he live on it? I know not. He sold it two years later and bought the same Piney Creek the 150 acres ‘Round Bottom' farm, where he lived until his death in 1874 at the age of 86. His grave is on this farm on a densely wooded mountain spur, a lone grave almost hidden in thick undergrowth. It is several hundred feet above the bottom land he farmed at the verge of which was the home site. With Cousin Jackson (Smith, son of James), sister, daughter, and grandson I climbed to that leaf-enclosed grave, July 7, 1931." ("My Father, Washington Smith of Virginia and Missouri.")

Regarding the reburial of Jacob's remains, Aubrey wrote: "On 26 Oct. 1974 I moved his remains to the American Legion plot in Beckley, the US Government furnishing a tombstone as he was a soldier in the war of 1812. His original place of burial was isolated and had completely grown over with trees and brush. I hope you approve." (Letter from Aubrey O. Smith to Mrs. Wm. R. Wetzell, 08 Nov 1975). 

Below are 2 newspaper articles from 

Beckley Post-Herald (Beckley, West Virginia)

On Jacob Smith

In Memory Of Doris Hamann Birthday on this Day

Doris Hamann was born 28 Sep 1871 in Clinton County Iowa.
She died 23 Apr 1961. She married Detlef Friederich Wohlert in 1896 in Schleswig, Crawford, Iowa, USA.

Morgan Cemetery 
Crawford County
Iowa, USA 

He was born Dec 1859 in Germany and came to America in 1874 when he was just 15 years old. He came alone. On the ship USS Thuringia. He was a railway worker.

 USS Thuringia

They had four children:

Louise Harris Wohlert b. 21 Jun 1897
Carl William Wohlert b. 11 Oct 1900, d. 11 Dec 1985
Fritz Wohlert b. 1902, d. 26 Mar 1935
Lena Harrietta Wohlert b. 28 Aug 1905, d. 27 Feb 1983

Carl William Wohlert was married to Gladys Myrtle Couch 1 Jun 1940 in LeMars, Plymouth, Iowa. This is our family line.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Clarence Parker Custer Died 123 Years Ago Today

Clarence Parker Custer was born to Ezekiel Fulton Custer & Clara Mahala Pettit on  2 Apr 1870 in Clinton, Allegheny, Pennsylvania

How is he related to me?
My father-in-law to my 2nd cousin 3x removed

He married Martha Elizabeth Springer on 04 Apr 1901 in Clinton, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. She was born on 09 Nov 1879 in Allegheny County, PA and died 9 MAy 1928. She was 85 years old.

He passed on 22 Apr 1959 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA and is buried at Clinton, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He was 89 years old. (He died 123 yrs ago today). 

They had 6 children:

Nellie Viola b. 13 Dec 1901 d. 15 Feb 1972
Charles LeRoy b. 02 Oct 1903 d. 09 Oct 1983
Theodore Clair b.10 Jul 1905 d. 20 Aug 1971
Clarence Robert b. 08 Apr 1908 d. 08 Apr 1908
Clara Elizabeth b. 06 Mar 1911 d. Unknown
Martha Emily b. 26 Aug 1912 d. 05 Oct 1912 1 mo old

Unfortunately I could not find any photo's for this family except for Clarence's parents below.

Clara Mahala Pettit

Ezekiel Fulton Custer

Ezekiel Fulton Custer

Clarence P Custer was a farm laborer in 1910 at age 39 in Findley, PA. This means he was working on someone else's farm. 

I have no found any connections to the famous George Custer from Ft. Lincoln, ND

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Amy Irene Smith: My Aunt Lou's Family

This line comes from my Aunt Lou McMasters- Robertson side.

Amy Irene Smith was born to Nathaniel Smith and Ruth Stillman on 28 an 1874 in Wisconsin. She died 3 Apr 1939 in Sioux Falls SD. On 2 ul 1893 in Winfred, SD she married Edward F Wilkins son of Solomon Hildreth Wilkins and Esther LaPlant.

Edward was a carpenter.

Here is a written copy of her obituary

Trent Invalid Woman
Dies Sunday, April 30

Mrs. Edward F. Wilkins, 65, for years a resident of Trent died at her home in Sioux Falls on Sunday, April 30, after being an invalid for several years.

Amy Arlene Smith was born January 28 1874, in Rock County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Smith. She grew to womanhood in Wisconsin and then came to South Dakota where she was married on July 2, 1893, at Winfred, to Edward Wilkins. For many years the couple lived at Trent where Mr. Wilkins was a carpenter but came to Sioux Falls; one brother Fred Smith, lived there since that time.

Mrs. Wilkins was a member of the Methodist Church.

Last Rites were held on Wednesday of last week from the Miller Funeral Chapel in Sioux Falls, followed by a service in the Trent church and burial took place at Trent.

Survivors include her husband, four daughter, Mrs. Ole Anderson and Mrs. Wm., McMaster, Sioux Falls; Mrs. Lloyd Tennant, Gettysburg, S.D., Opal Williver, Cooley Pass, Wash.; one son, Roy Paul Wilkins, Sioux Falls; one brother, Fred Smith, Madison, S.D. ; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Dell Rapids Tribune May 11, 1939

(Note: They have her middle name as Arlene instead of Irene)

Amy Irene Smith Obit

Nathaniel H Smith served with Company E, 33rd Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War. He enlisted 16 Aug 1862 and was discharged on 16 Apr 1863 due to a disability.

Nathaniel Smith's mother was Lydia A Bacon
Here's a written copy of her obituary.

"The Janesville Daily Gazette", Janesville, Wisconsin, Saturday, Dec. 16, 1893, p 8. 

Mrs. Lydia S. Smith, of Lima, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Abigail Truman, Friday at 1:30 o'clock aged 93 years. She was the oldest sister of State Senator Bacon who died a few weeks ago. Funeral services Sunday at the United Brethren church at 2:30 o'clock. Mrs. Smith was an aunt of Mrs. George Warren of this city.

Lydia A Bacon was born in 1802 in Massachusetts, the daughter of Rebecca and Ebenezer. She married Nathaniel Smith on June 27, 1828, in Sandwich, Massachusetts. They had three children during their marriage. She died in 1893 in Rock, Wisconsin, at the impressive age of 91, and was buried there.

There maybe more children.

March 11, 1888 began as a spring day with rain along the Eastern seaboard, but in a short time temperatures plummeted, three to five feet of snow fell, and gale-force winds up to 80 mph created 20- to 30-foot snowdrifts from New Jersey to Vermont, isolating nearly every city. Telegraph, telephone, and electrical lines went down, stranded passenger trains littered railroad tracks, and people remained trapped in their homes or businesses without access to food or heat. More than 400 people died, including U.S. Senator Roscoe Conkling of New York, who died of exposure when he lost his way home. In addition to the snow and freezing temperatures, citizens had to contend with fires that burned out of control and the floods that came when the snow melted. In the wake of “The Great White Hurricane,” Boston and New York City officials resolved to bury their cables and wires and run trains underground to prevent future disasters.

The 1888 blizzard caught people by surprise. Unlike many winter “Nor’easters,” no cold front preceded the snow during this storm. The wind, cold, and precipitation all came at once. . Credit: NOAA/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

 Deep snowdrifts from constant high winds often went as high as a second-story window. In upstate New York one drift measured more than 50 feet high. March 13, 1888, New Hampshire. Credit: Keene Public Library and the Historical Society of Cheshire County/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

New York City alone hired 18,000 workers to help remove the deep snow that made most roads impassable. For many, because of the deep drifts, even getting out the door was difficult. March 1888, New York City. Credit: Buyenlarge/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Nathaniel Smith was born in 1802 in Barnstable, Massachusetts. He married Lydia A Bacon on June 27, 1828, in Sandwich, Massachusetts. They had three children during their marriage. He died in 1889 in Rock, Wisconsin, having lived a long life of 87 years, and was buried there.

Still Researching and hopefully will be able to find Lydia's brother who was a Senator.

This is for you Auntie Lou

John Niemand

John Niemand was born to Johannes Niemand and Elizabeth Barbara Margaret Keller on 15 Apr 1761 in Haycock, Bucks, PA. He was Baptised at Tohockon Reformed Church in Bedminster, Bucks PA on 14 Jun 1761.

Between 1783-1784 he married Julianna Emig dau of Johann Heinrich and Anna Catherine Nichols (Her photo below)

 Anna Catherine Nichols

John & Julianna had several children I found 5 in a book on Google books called 

Emig, Emich, Amick, Emmick by  David J. Emmick

Sarah b. 7 Sep 1784
Johannes b. 22 May 1787
Samuel b. 24 May 1789
Catharina b. 1794
Gideon b 1797 (I found no proof of him being a child of there's yet)

Other family trees list several other children but I have found no proof in church records or other documents as of yet.

This Keller Church in Bucks PA where the Keller's Niemand & Emig Families all attended

I will revise this as I find more information.

Frank Benjamin Jackson

Frank Benjamin Jackson was born Mar 1855 in PA. He died 20 Apr 1916 in Dubuque, IA

On the 19th of Dec 1894, he married a Widow with 2 daughters. He was 4 years old and she was 35.

This photo is Elizabeth Edith Whiting with her daughters Blanche & Juanita Herbst from her first marriage.

Elizabeth Edith Whiting my 1st cousin 3x removed. Her first husband died 1891.

Elizabeth was born Oct 1860 in North Fork, Delaware, Iowa she died 5 of Apr 1942 in Rockford, Winnebago, IL

Frank and Elizabeth had one child a son.

Clifford Whiting Jackson b. 12 Mar 1896 in Dubuque, IA and died after 1942 in Illinois.

Not much is known about Frank His family moved most likely after her was born from Pennsylvania to Iowa.

His father Ralph started out from England as a blacksmith. Do not know as of yet the date but he became a farmer in Iowa and worked his way up to be a horse doctor (Veterinarian).
His wife Isabella and him had 8 children and as they all grew by the 1900 census there was a son that was a Veterinarian and 2 were store clerks and 3 teachers in the family.  

At some point Frank & Elizabeth moved to Bertha OR according to the 1900 census but they didn't stay there long because in another 1900 census I found them in MN with him working for the Railroad and they have 2 children Clifford and another child a female with initials C.D. Jackson, I am assuming he dies in Minnesota because there's no other reference to him after that. I am also assuming Frank might have died because of an accident of some sort.
Then in a 1900 census, they were back in Dubuque, IA and he was farming on rented land. 

1920 Census they are still in Dubuque, IA and then Elizabeth must have moved after Franks deaths.Her son Clifford is working as an insurance clerk she is 52 by now.  
1930 census lists Elizabeth as 65 years old and still with son Clifford age 33 and both are widows and they are living in Illinois.

1940 census Elizabeth is 80 years old and living with Clifford age 40 still single.
Elizabeth died in Rockford IL but was buried in Dubuque, IA

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mary Elvira Briggs Died 170 Years Ago

Mary Elvira Briggs was born to Ephraim Allen Briggs &
Sally Townsend on 9 May 1808 in Orange, Franklin County, Massachusetts.  She was the oldest of 11 children.

She married William Field son of Solomon Field Jr. & Ruth Porter born in 1805 in New York. He died in 1870 in Concord NY, Where they married. 

Mary died 19 of April 1847, 170 years ago at age 38.

They had 11 children:

Marvin W Field b. 22 Feb 1828 in Concord, NY d. 25 Mar 1886 in Concord NY

Mary Lovina Field b. 18 Aug 1829 in NY d. 18 Apr 1922

Charles Field b. 1832 in NY

Emily Field b. 8 Jun 1833 Erie, NY d. 7 Aug 1910 Pleasanton, KS

Perry Field b 1836 in NY

Sarah Field b. 1839 in NY

Helen Field b. 1852 in NY

Ida Field b. 1856 in NY

Sally Field no information

Burial:Spaulding Cemetery (West Concord- Town of Concord) ConcordErie County New York, USA 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Surname Saturday- My McClurken's

John McClurken was born about 1774 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland

Here's a little history on where he was born

The town is built on land given to the Adair family by King Charles I in 1626, on the basis that the town holds two annual fairs and a free Saturday market in perpetuity. As of 2016, the Saturday market still runs.
Ballymena is the hometown of notable actor Liam Neeson, who was awarded "Freedom of the Borough" in 2013. It is a popular shopping hub within Northern Ireland and is home to Ballymena United F.C.
Ballymena incorporates an area of 632 square kilometers (244 square miles) and is home to large villages such as Galgorm, Ahoghill, and Broughshane.
The town used to host Ireland's largest one-day agricultural show at the Ballymena Showgrounds. The town center has many historic buildings. The Town Hall was built in 1924 on the site of the old Market House and was refurbished in 2007 at a cost of roughly £20 million.

I could not find records of him coming to America All that is known is he died somewhere in South Carolina. I would assume he came with his children. His oldest son came abt 1772 to Charlestown SC on the Ship Lord Dunluce.

His wife is unknown also at this time. 
He had 9 children.

1) Thomas McClurken born 1756 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland, died 22 Mar 1845 in Oakdale, Washington, IL He is buried in the Oakdale Cemetery.

inscription on the gravestone: "Mark the perfect, bold the upright, for the end of that work is peace."

Elizabeth Smith was born on February 10, 1767, in Antrim, Ireland. She died on September 2, 1852, in Oakdale, Illinois.

Her parents were John Smith (1730 - 1784) and Agnes Faris (1745 - 1838). Elizabeth and her parents were Scotch-Irish. Her siblings included:

·      David (May 13, 1771 - December 29, 1841)
·      James (1776 - 1826)
·      John (1778 - February 7, 1807)
·      Agnes Donnelly (1782 - April 8, 1848)
·      Rebecca Wilson (July 22, 1784 - September 27, 1864)

Elizabeth accompanied her parents, and brother David, on a voyage from County Antrim, Ireland to Charleston, South Carolina in 1772. For an explanation, see Covenanters. Elizabeth came to either the Hopewell or the Pennsylvania. See surnames at  Surname Summary of those who came with Rev Martin and details at Names of Passengers from Ireland.

Elizabeth Smith married Thomas McClurken on September 4, 1790, in Chester, South Carolina.

Elizabeth and Thomas were Covenanters. They had six children while living in South Carolina:

·      John (May 4, 1792 - July 12, 1874)
·      Archibald (November 11, 1794 - April 7, 1853)
·      Nancy (December 25, 1797 - November 9, 1857)
·      James (January 5, 1801 - October 8, 1875)
·      Thomas (March 31, 1805 - January 10, 1867)
·      David (June 22, 1811 - March 18, 1880)

Elizabeth and Thomas show up in the 1790 Census of Chester County, South Carolina, along with three males under 16 years of age, three females, and one slave. It is presumed that the others were not their children but may have been related.

Elizabeth and Thomas show up in the 1800 Census of Chester County, South Carolina. Living with them were John, Archibald and another male child (under 10), another male (15 - 25), Nancy (under 10) and 4 slaves.

Elizabeth and Thomas show up in the 1810 Census of Chester County, South Carolina. Living with them were John (16 - 25), Archibald (10 - 15), James and Thomas (0 - 9), Nancy (10 - 15), and two other free persons.

Elizabeth and Thomas show up in the 1820 Census of Chester Township of Chester County, South Carolina. Living with them were James (16 - 25), Thomas (10 - 15), David (0 - 9), and Nancy (16 - 25).

Elizabeth and Thomas show up in the 1830 Census of Chester County, South Carolina. Living with them were Thomas (20 - 29), David (15 - 19),  and Nancy and one other female (20 - 29).

About 1830, some of Elizabeth’s children (James and Thomas, Jr.) moved with their families to Washington County, Illinois. For an explanation of the circumstances associated with the move, see Covenanters. On September 7, 1833, Thomas sold his 250-acre plantation on Rocky Creek in South Carolina. In December, he and the balance of his family members left for Washington County Illinois. Thomas and Elizabeth purchased 80 acres in Section 15 in 1834 and 40 acres in 1836.

Pages 55 & 56 of the Narratives of Randolph County are a transcript of a letter written in 1896 by Rev. J. J. McClurkin, a grandson of Elizabeth. In it, he describes:

·      How Elizabeth was well indoctrinated in the principles of the Covenanter Church and, no doubt, helped Thomas to see the evil of slavery and to join the Covenanter Church.
·      The four slaves that were set free by Thomas (between 1800 and 1810) as a result of his conversion to the Covenanter faith.
·      The trip from South Carolina that commenced in December 1833. This was a six-week trip, on which Thomas, Elizabeth, and daughter, Nancy, traveled in a one horse carriage. Other family members were in a wagon with four horses.

Elizabeth and Thomas were Charter Members of the Oakdale Reformed Presbyterian Church that was formed in 1834. It is likely that they participated in the Underground Railroad, along with other members of the congregation, because of their disdain for slavery.

Elizabeth is mentioned in “History of Oakdale Township” (see references) on page 33 as an RP Church Charter Member.

Elizabeth and Thomas show up in the 1840 Census of Washington County, Illinois. Living with them were David, Nancy and one other male (20 - 29).

Thomas died on March 22, 1845 at the age of 97. He is buried in Oakdale Cemetery (Old Section, Row 5, Grave 32), near Oakdale, Illinois.

Elizabeth then applied for and received a widow’s pension of $34.11 per year until her death. Copies of the payment registers are available below. In addition, at least 40 pages of Thomas’ pension file are related to the widow’s pension for Elizabeth.

Elizabeth shows up in the 1850 Census of Washington County, Illinois. She was living with her son, David, and her daughter, Nancy.

When James McClurken died on October 8, 1875, he had the following assets:
·        $378.35 in Goods, Chattels and Personal Property
·      $1935.95 in loans to five individuals
·      $2060.00 for five real estate parcels totaling 187 acres

After expenses, Sarah McClurken, his widow, received:
·       $378.35  for the value of the personal property
·       $377.40  for the “widow’s award” in two installments
·       $395.41  as a one-third portion of the balance

Each of his eight surviving children received a one-eighth portion of the remaining two-thirds of the balance:
·        $98.85  to Elizabeth (McClurken) McKelvey
·        $98.85  to Nancy (McClurken) Owens
·        $98.85  to John R. McClurken
·        $98.85  to David W. McClurken
·        $98.85  to Sarah (McClurken) Walker
·        $98.85  to James H. McClurken, Jr.
·        $98.85  to Andrew T. McClurken
·        $98.85  to Clara (McClurken) Kemps

In addition, it appears that two parcels, valued at $250, became part of the estate in settlement of the James and Mary Managing debt.
The disposition of all of the real estate was not addressed in the probate records.

Oakdale Reformed Presbyterian Church 1894

An early description, of the Oakdale Reformed Presbyterian Church, was written by the Rev. D. G. Thompson, in 1879, and was published in “History of Washington County, Illinois,” on page 42.

The History of the Oakdale Reformed Presbyterian Church includes three versions that were published, in various RP Church Newsletters:

·      The 50th Anniversary of the (Elkhorn) congregation, in 1884, was recorded in “Our Banner” Volume 11, on pages 402 & 403.
·      The 100th Anniversary of the congregation, in 1934, was recorded in “The Covenanter Witness” Volume 13, on page 256.
·      The 125th Anniversary of the congregation, in 1959, was recorded in “The Covenanter Witness” Volume 64, on pages 405 & 406.

The Covenanter Soldiers’ Record of Oakdale, Ill. includes a listing of fifty veterans of the Civil War who, at one time or another, had been connected with the congregation. This was published in the “Christian Nation” Volume 50, page 324, in 1909.

The “History of Oakdale Township” includes an updated combination of the 125th Anniversary and the Covenanter Soldier’s Record. It is on pages 29 through 35

Their son James McClurken 1801-1875


This book began as Jean Stephenson's effort to validate the family tradition that her great-great-grandparents emigrated from Belfast to South Carolina under the leadership of Covenanter Presbyterian minister William Martin in 1772. The author was not only able to authenticate the crux of the story, but, in the process, to place nearly 500 Scotch-Irish families in South Carolina on the eve of the Revolutionary War.
The impetus for the colonization was the combination of exorbitant land rents in Northern Ireland, sometimes provoking violent resistance, and the offer of free land and inexpensive tools and provisions tendered by the colonial government of South Carolina. For instance, each Scottish Covenanter was entitled to 100 acres for himself and 50 acres for his spouse, and an additional 50 acres for each child brought to South Carolina. Faced with this crisis and opportunity, Reverend Martin persuaded his parishioners that they had nothing to lose by leaving Ulster, and before long he was in charge of a small fleet of vessels bound for South Carolina. This story is recounted by Ms. Stephenson from the records of the South Carolina Council Journal and tax lists, passenger lists, church histories, and other sources housed at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
Genealogists will want to pore over the land evidences assembled by the author from entries found in the Council Journal, namely, authorizations, survey abstracts, wills, deeds and other records which demonstrate where each family settled, or was entitled to settle. The families, which are grouped under the vessel they traveled in, are identified by the name of the household head, names of spouse and children, number of acres surveyed, county, location of the nearest body of water and the names of abutting neighbor, and the source of the information. For the reader's convenience, there is not only an index of the persons found in the list of survey entries and a separate subject index, but also a table of spelling variants. A work of exacting scholarship, Scotch-Irish Migration to South Carolina, 1772 is a crucial source on settlement of the Palmetto State on the eve of the American Revolution.

I am compiling more records so I will continue more blogs with each one of their children and their families.

I would like to mention Roger Kemps who did an outstanding job compling information on our McClurken line. Many thanks.