Friday, September 18, 2015

postheadericon Old Photos

Over the last number of years I have scanned most of the really old photos I have.  I was the end of a long line on my father's side when my grandmother died, then my father so really old photos from his side were the start of my collection.  Then when we cleaned out my parents' house after they moved to Sr. apartments, all photos found around, here and there were collected into a bin or two and brought home with me.  My 3 kids and 2 grandchildren are way too busy to go over old photos with me.  I digi-scrapped some but I think spotlighting them here might be the best way to preserve what I know, suspect, or guess about some of those photos.  I will try to do oldest first.

Memorial Stone of George Aldrich, one of my 8th great-grandfathers, located in Mendon, Mass.

"In Memory of
Circa 1603 GEORGE ALDRICH 1683
one of
Mendon's founding fathers
Settled Mendon 7th month 1663
Dedicated by the
National Aldrich Association

St. Dunstan's Anglican Church in Cranbrook, England.  

January 12, 1591, Archbishop Whitgift appointed William Eddye to succeed as Vicar of St. Dunstan Church at Cranbrook.  He is my 7th great-grandfather born in England 1562 and died there, also, in 1616.

This is a photo taken in 2009 or so of the Newman Scarlett house, recorded to have been built by Newman in the 1700's on Maple St. in Tewksbury. It was just demolished in 2009.
 There is a book (ISBN B0006R3G) Newman Scarlett of Tewksbury, Massachusetts and his Descendants
 page 901
 Scarlett, Newman, Tewksbury.Sergeant, in a Tewksbury co. of militia commanded by Lieut. Thomas Clark, Col. Green's regt., which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 2 days.
 He would have been one of the famous "Minute Men". He served again later in the war.

 If you look at the vital records for Tewksbury Massachusetts under Births you will find under the FROST family a baptism record for a Newmen (spelled that way) adopted by Edmund Frost (jr).  This is the nearest to a birth record anyone has been able to find in spite of many professional genealogists of his line searching in the US and in England, where he claimed to have been born.

This headstone in a cemetery in Indiana is Newman's grandson, also named Newman, but called "New".  He is my 3rd great-grandfather.

This is Newman Scarlett (3) my 3rd great grandfather.  The writing on the back is that of my great grandfather, Horace Greeley Scarlett, Jr, originally named Almon but renamed after his father died.

Monday, November 3, 2014

postheadericon A Break-Through from Sweden

There are many genealogy groups on Facebook.  I first joined one dedicated to  There was a lot of negative and downright mean posts so I left that for Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.  When I asked a question there about my German heritage I was directed to the German Genealogy page.  Since I had questions about my Swedish heritage I joined Swedish Genealogy, also.  There were people in that group that were actually Sweden natives living there now.  I asked about a few of the words on this document:

The actual place of birth is "Born October 3, 1848 in Pershytte village, Hedemora parish, Stora Kopparberg County" (today Dalarna county).

That long first word before "Carl Andersson" (Hammunsegaresoneu) means "son of a man that owns his own small farm".  Who could have guessed THAT one!

I had included this photo in the post assuming that one of those boys was my great-grandfather.:

I received THIS comment that the photo of the two boys had to be taken after 1893 (Carl left in 1870) so probably his brothers.  Also the photo studio on the back was established in 1893.  Then he saw "1910" somewhere on the card so THAT was when it was taken.

One of the members did a little research and found one of the brothers stayed in Sweden, had 5 sons and 1 daughter, and lived in Hedemora during the time between 1893 and 1900.

I have NO idea what to enter as Charles/Carl's father's name.  I settled for Hammunsegaresoneu, the word for Man Who Owns His Own Small Farm...I can change it if more information becomes available.

Facial Recognition supports that these are Charles and his bride, Mary Ann.

I have their State of Michigan Return of Marriage.  That just states Charles was born in Hedemora, Sweden, and Mary Ann was born in Hereford, England.

 I guess I should join the British Genealogy page on Facebook.  At least there won't be translation problems, I hope.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

postheadericon Return to Gen-Sanity

With the disappointing and confusing results of my DNA test, I lost enthusiasm for genealogy for a while.  When I looked back at the results a few weeks ago I found it entirely different.  Now it says:

Europe 100%

  • Great Britain 41%
  • Europe West 38%
  • Scandinavia 8%
  • Europe East 8%
    Trace Regions 5%
  • Italy/Greece 2%
  • Ireland 2%
  • Finland/Northwest Russia < 1%

Now THAT"s better!

Comparing two unknown photos with other known photos I was able to determine that these two former mystery people were my great-grandparents, Mary Ann Powell (from England) and Carl Andersson (from Sweden).

 Carl emigrated first to England, then, 6 years later, to the US through Canada.  Mary Ann emigrated to the US through Canada at the same time and they immediately came to Adrian, Michigan and were married.  I have their "return of marriage" papers.

Carl (now changed to Charles Anderson) was 26 and Mary Ann, 22.  I believe the photos above were taken around the time of their marriage.  The date of wedding was given as November 12, 1874.

I also have Carl/Charles' papers applying, through his church to emigrate from Sweden.  It has a date that I can read as 1848 3/10 which must have been his birth date and matches with the age at the time of his marriage.  I still need to find a translator for this "old" Swedish language.

All-in-all, I was pretty happy with my findings.  Now I also just found a British census from when Mary Ann was 9 and in England.  The parents names match information I was given by my grandmother.  It gives Mary Ann's birth place and place of residence at age 9 as Bristol, England, not Hereford, as I had been told.  We had a book about Hereford that had passed down from my grandfather.  It was just word of mouth that she was born in Hereford.  Now I know better.

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Shortly after Christmas I sent in my sample for the Ancestry DNA testing.  The results appeared on the Ancestry Website for me to view.  Interesting!!!

I am SURE of several lines back to England, my great-grandmother on my father's side; my Benjamin line on my mother's grandfather's side, my GGGGG Gandfather on my father's mother's side, And several more.  Probably 5 proven lines for aunts and uncles in the DAR and SAR are accepted by the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution.

HOWEVER, my DNA map shows NO links to any of the countries lumped together as Great Briton.  Now what?

The percentages for Scandinavia and Eastern Europe are spot-on.  The 71% Central Europe is a mystery, also.  Central Europe encompasses modern day Poland, Ukraine and as far South as Greece. It seems that the ancestors that came from England may have emigrated from Central Europe.  Lots of research ahead of me.

Along with the DNA results came a list of others who have had their DNA analyzed by Ancestry and who match at a 4th cousin or better level.  I have 17 people so far to contact.  As new matches come in I will be notified.  Some have their trees available, some will make their trees available upon request, and some haven't really started their trees yet.

There is also a list with each available tree of surnames in both trees which makes it easier to see where you are linked.  So far I have only found commonality with one of the 17, but I have only viewed 3 or so trees.

I have to say, that the results site is easy to navigate and has a lot of features.  I am still exploring.
Monday, September 10, 2012

postheadericon The Reverend William Eddye-7th Great-Grandfather

Family History Month is OFFICIALLY over at The Digital Scrapbook Place, but the interest was so high that the forums, a chat or two, and challenges will continue.  YAY!

The forum for those involved in the planning has evolved into a sharing gen-adventures email list.  There are some professionals sharing searching techniques with some who are just starting their own searches.  "Start with what you know." has been the advice passed on again and again in forums and chats.

I finally pulled out a "book" written in the 1960s by my mother's first cousin on their Hodges line.  I glanced through it before and grabbed a few dates and names but I have come so much farther since then.  The cousin was a professional history textbook writer for the state of Michigan so he was meticulous in his research and footnotes.  That made it easy on me.  The last half of the folder of papers was pertinent pages from another book written by a different ancestor, "The Benjamin Family in America" .  When the cousin xeroxed his manuscript for my mother, the title page and cover page were not included so I don't really know the name of his book OR the publication date.  I am guessing it is "For the Descendants of Alice Benjamin and Abraham Hodges" or something like that.  I also do not know if copies were submitted to any libraries or to the Gen Center in Salt Lake City.  Their similar books are indexed according to the last name anyway, so I know where and how to search for it.  Now if I could just see my way clear to return to that library some day.

St. Dunstan Church in Canterbury, England
I became fascinated with the reference to the Reverend William Eddye who was the Vicar of St. Dunstan Church in Canterbury, England in the late 1500s.  His daughter, Abagail, and some of her siblings made the voyage to America within a few years of his death.  The Vicar is my 7th great-grandfather.

When I searched for his name on the Internet, there were a lot of writings by others descended from his line.  Some great research has been done and wonderful tidbits are out there, like his last will and testament.  One excellent writing is here.    He lived in Elizabethan time, the time of Shakespeare so wording of the will is exotic to us today.  I assume that his daughter, Abagail Eddye, my 6th great-grandmother, and her siblings took their inheritance and bought land in "The New World" for whatever reason.  I am now searching for more information on the children of The Rev. Eddye and, hopefully, a description of their voyage to America.  They are described as among American's first Puritan stock.

Parsonage of St. Dunstan Church in Canterbury, England
There is also an inventory of the Reverend's estate which describes the inside of his house in detail.  Now I have a great desire to travel to Canterbury to see, not only the church, but see if I can find the Parsonage, if it is still standing.

I also wonder if there is a sketch or painting of the Reverend tucked away somewhere in the church store rooms.  So far nothing has surfaced on the Internet, but I am still looking.

My own descent from The Reverand William Eddye is:
 1. William Eddye (1568-1616) married Mary Munn Fosten (1568-1611)
 2. (daughter) Abigail Eddye (1601-1687) married John Benjamin (1598-1645) Immigrated to America aboard the ship Lyon in 1632. Settled in Mass...Puritans, Patriots 
 3. (son) Joseph Benjamin (1633-1699) married Sarah Clarke (1639-17??)
 4. (son) Joseph Benjamin (1673-1738) married Elizabeth Cooke (?-?
 5. (son) Joseph Benjamin (1699-1803) married Deborah Clark (1710-?)
 6. (son) Elija Benjamin (1725-1752) married Hannah Taft (1747-1802
 7. (son) Elias Benjamin (1750-1863) married Rhoda Paddock (1785-1858)
 8. (son)Edmund Benjamin (1806-1887) married Dyantha Bayne (1816-1878)
 9. (daughter) Alice Jane Benjamin (1851-1909) married Abraham Hodges (1837-1923)
10. (daughter) Laura Hodges (1873-1931) married Louis Oehring (1873-1932)
11. (daughter) Eunice Fay Oehring (1911-2004) married Clifford Scarlett Anderson (1907-1995) 
12.  (daughter) me
Sunday, August 12, 2012

postheadericon It is Family History Month

Well, it is at The Digital Scrapbook Place.  For some reason the long time family history chats have been attended less and less.  Not so the chats based on Family History this month.  It is amazing how much knowledge is out there.  I feel as if there was no way to share it with so many.  How to start, what to do with your information, how to organize your pages, where to go to find more.  Sometimes it is hard to remember who is supposed to be leading the chats as everyone has so much to share.

Right now the Family History Chats are on Tuesdays at 8 PM EST and Thursdays at 10 PM EST.  Somehow, the other chats all week long end up centering on Family History, too. 

There is an awesome tutorial on "Restoring and Tinting a Badly Faded Photo for Advanced Photoshop Users" by Carole Harden.  I printed that out immediately and set to work.  Here are two of my results.

  Another topic has been what to do if you don't have photos.  Here are a couple of my solutions.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

postheadericon My First Cemetery Search

A Memorial Arch among the family plots
In 1963, on our sort-of-honeymoon, we visited my new husband's family in Savannah, Georgia.  I had never been further South than Ohio so the live oaks, Spanish moss, wrought iron balconies, fountains and square parks were just fascinating in spite of the August heat.

I made sure my children, who I ended up raising on my own, always knew they had a large family in Savannah.  Recently, I started looking for genealogy information about that part of the family and learned that many branches of that family go way back to before the revolution, coming from a place called "Io", apparently an area of Switzerland.  The elderly grandmother I met in 1963 was a Bourguin, and they, too, dated back to original Georgia settlers with hefty land grants.  I also learned the Bashlors were buried in Bonaventure Cemetery, the gorgeous old burial ground featured in the 1993 movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

The overhanging Live Oaks with Spanish Moss form a cathedral ceiling.
There are others, but I will search for those next time.

My children's great-grandparents, James and Mary (Maimie)

James Roberson Bashlor  b. Feb 7, 1858    d. Sept23, 1919
Mary Bourquin Bashlor,    b. Jan 22, 1871   d. Mar 5, 1969

James Roberson Bashlor    b. May 5, 1902   d. May 20, 1976      Dweese Gupton Bashlor  b. Nov 20, 1903  d. Nov 22, 1993    
 I am not sure of the relationship of this couple to my children.

Ralph Burns Bashlor, Apr 26, 1907 - Nov 18, 1916

Lynda Suzanne, Daughter of Nell and Bobby Bashlor, Oct 31, 1948 to Nov 2, 1948
Franklin King, son of Ruth G Krystal King, June 15, 1929 - June 15, 1948

Frank Sloat Bashlor Aug 31, 1890  to  Dec 12, 1922
I have no idea at this time how these people are related, but as soon as I can start their family tree, and start searching for clues I will have this put together.