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Friday, June 13, 2014

Life Happens

It has been six weeks since my last post.  Why?  We bought a house and moved.  It's always a new adventure to move into a new-to-me home.  This one was built before 1960 so there are no grounded plugins anywhere.  Using three-prong adapter for the time being.


Anyway, I have had a MyFamily website since they created them many years ago.  I liked this way of sharing my research with family members.  Ancestry.com has decided to "retire" this product so I requested a download of all of my photos that were shared over the years.  I sent an email to the members of the site I set up to let them know if they want any of the photos that were shared, to log in and get them download ASAP.  I have downloaded the photos and renamed them since the zipped folder just had numbers, nothing posted was included in the download.  This is disappointing and the iCalendar won't open with Outlook either. I don't know what platform they used to create it. The site goes dark in September. Needless to say, I am disappointed.  


I don't like the idea of a publicly shared family tree.  It's not that I own my ancestors, it's that I want to protect the integrity of my research and don't anyone copying content.  


Now that things are finally settling down, I will be back posting on my blog soon!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

52 Ancestors: #15 Eunice wife of Joel Higley

After posting #14 Joely Higley, I received an email from a distant cousin.  I had never put much thought into filling in Eunice's pedigree, I had done a preliminary search but the results weren't helpful. I really didn't have enough information to work with.  What I had been given stated that she was a Haskins and was born 14 January 1746 in Simsbury, Hartford County, CT.  I am still waiting on another Higley researcher to respond to my most recent email asking for the source of the Haskins information.  This new found cousin quoted from the book:

THE PHELPS FAMILY OF AMERICA, AND THEIR ENGLISH ANCESTORS, WITH COPIES OF WILLS, DEEDS, LETTERS, AND OTHER INTERESTING PAPERS, COATS OF ARMS AND VALUABLE RECORDS.
COMPILED BY JUDGE OLIVER SEYMOUR PHELPS, Of Portland, Oregon, and ANDREW T. SERVIN. Of Lenox, Mass. In Two Volumes.—VOL. II. published by Eagle Publishing Company, of pittsfield, mass. 1899. 

On page 1295 in Volume II it states: 218. IX. Eunice, b. Simsbury, Ct., about 1750, m. Joel
Higley. Settled in Ohio.

This Eunice is the daughter of Jonathan Phelps and Martha Loomis.  

In 2009, I received a 33 page report on the Higley family which states that Eunice Haskins b. 14 January 1746 is the daughter of Alexander Haskins and Thankful Evans.   

On FamilySearch.org I searched for Thankful Evans and received the following result:

Name: Thankfull Evins
Gender: Female
Christening Date:
Christening Place:
Birth Date: 31 Mar 1712
Birthplace: WINDSOR TWP,HARTFORD,CONNETICUT
Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:
Father's Name: Samuel Evins
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: 7450325
System Origin: Connecticut-ODM
GS Film number: unknown
Reference ID:

"Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906," index, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F77N-B85 : accessed 27 Apr 2014), Thankfull Evins, 31 Mar 1712; citing ; FHL microfilm unknown.
In my searches for books on HeritageQuest for Higley or Phelps,  all agree that Higley and Phelps families came from Windsor to Simsbury.  The above would seem to be a possible match for Thankful Evans who married Alexander Haskins.
When I search for Alexander Haskins, I only get results for Alexander Hoskins.  There are two such men, father and son, presumably.  One born in 1705 and one in 1739.  There is a Eunice Hoskins born 14 Sept 1734 in Windsor, CT to Alexander Hoskins and his wife Mindwell.  This Alexander, born in 1739, died in 1773 at age 33.  A search for Mindwell with no surname comes up empty. A possibility would be to search for a will for Alexander in 1773.

The Higley family did move to Ohio in 1803 and both the Higley book and the Phelps book agree on this point.  A theory is that Eunice was really a Phelps and since her mother remarried to Zebulon Hoskins after Jonathan's death in 1757, she either went by the name Hoskins or her descendants incorrectly identified her by the name Hoskins.  Larkin's History of Meigs County, Ohio is the first source I found for information on my Higley line.  Eunice in this book is noted as Haskins.  

Simsbury Historical Society's website states they are creating an archives database that will be linked online. I am eagerly awaiting its debut. Otherwise, I need to visit them in Simsbury, CT to look through their archives.  

Here is the list of records I would like to find:

1. The will of Jonathan Phelps. Page 1294 states: His will, dated 28 Sept., 1737, probated at Hartford, mentions his wife Martha, sons Jonathan and Austin, three daughters, Martha Barber, Eunice and Margaret Phelps.  Another books states the year was 1757 not 1737. From page 1324:  "214. Martha Phelps, b. Westfield, Mass, 29 Aug, 1735, removing soon with her father to Simsbury, Ct., m. 6 July, 1755, Daniel Barber, b. Simsbury, 1732, where he settled, and d. is April, 1779, and where his wife d. 15 Dec, 1821, in her 87th year. He was a farmer."  This would make the 1757 date more probable.

2. The will of Alexander Hoskins who died in 1773.  Perhaps it names his daughter Eunice as an heir. I found a Hoskins genealogy that names an Alexander born 1706  but doesn't give any further information on him. 

3. A marriage record to Joel Higley.  His first child, Rachel, was born about 1762. 



Sunday, April 13, 2014

52 Ancestors: #14 Joel Higley

Joel Higley 
1739 - 1825

Joel Higley, an American Revolutionary Soldier, was born in Hartford County, CT.  

HIGLEY, JOEL
Service: CONNECTICUT
Rank: CIVIL SERVICE
Service Description:  INSPECTOR OF PROVISIONS

Joel married Eunice Haskins who was also born in Hartford County.  They resided in this place until they moved west to Meigs County, Ohio.  This where I first learned that I had Higley ancestors.  My aunt had shared family group sheets with me back in the mid 1980s and when the Internet became available to the general public, I started searching for more information.  The www.usgenweb.org project was one of my first and favorite places to find information that had been transcribed by volunteers and placed online at no charge, that FREE to everyone.  When I began this search I had only a name, Sophia Stearns Williams.  She married the Reverend James Gibson Mitchell in Meigs County, Ohio.  When I searched for the Williams surname, up popped the name Electa Williams.  A bell rang loud and clear, since Sophia and James Mitchell had a daughter named Electa who married William Cushing Hoag, my 2nd great grandfather.  The link to Electa Williams took me to Rootsweb's World Connect Family Tree project.  The source for the information is listed as Larkin's Pioneer History of Meigs County.  I found the digital image of the book on Archive.org, one of my favorite places to find information.  All the pieces started coming together!  Since my first discovery I have since found enough evidence to prove Joel Higley was my ancestor and add him as a patriot to my NSDAR membership.   Archive had several digital books on Granby, CT.  I plan to do more research on Joel to learn who his parents were and when they came to America.

Love the hunt!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

52 Ancestors: #13 David Manuel Logan

David Manuel Logan

1773 - 1855

I have two family histories written about David Manuel Logan.  One is written by David M. Logan in 1971, Okmulgee, Oklahoma titled A Branch of the Logan Family Tree.  The introductions states, in part, "This is named "A Branch of the Logan Family Tree" because it records only a branch of the Logan family tree.  It gives, insofar as could be obtained, a list of the descendants of David Manuel Logan.  He lived in middle Tennessee shortly after the Revolutionary War.  His second child was named Tarlton Logan.  Mrs. Ora Ellen (Logan) Doyle has published "Our Logan History, 1803 - 1966," which tabulates all of Tarlton Logan's descendants.  Therefore, they are omitted from this book."  The author states "All of it has been given to Mrs. Jay Frazier, Box 184F Route 4, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma" I hope she will preserve it and make it available for a revision in later years."  This author was a very forward thinking man, genealogy research is a continuous journey. 

David Manuel Logan married Mary Hodges who died in Farmington, Tennessee in 1850.  This is in Marshall county.  Most of my searches for more information on her, came up empty.  Searching on Marshall county page, which is up for adoption, I found a list of cemeteries in Farmington.

Bethbirei Cemetery
Farmington
Cathey Cemetery
Farmington
Chapman Cemetery
Farmington
Clay Hill Cemetery
Farmington
Daniels Cemetery
Farmington
Elliott Cemetery
Farmington
Fisher Cemetery
Farmington
Hopper Cemetery
Farmington
Jones Cemetery
Farmington
King Cemetery
Farmington
Laws Cemetery
Farmington
Long Cemetery
Farmington
McQuiddy Cemetery
Farmington
Mount Lebanon Cemetery
Farmington
Powell Cemetery
Farmington
Smyrna Cemetery
Farmington
Thomas Cemetery
Farmington
Wilhoite Cemetery
Farmington
This information gives me a starting point on locating her grave in Farmington, neither of the books give the location.  

David Manuel Logan went to Mississippi, where he died between 1833 and 1838, taking with him his slaves, numbering 25 according to to David M. Logan.  David Manuel Logan's son, Tarleton, settled his father's estate prior to the Civil War.  Tarleton was living in Greene County, Missouri at the time and didn't want to take the slaves to Missouri.  He gave them each $5 and their freedom.  The author states the location could be Holly Springs, Marshall County, Mississippi.   I haven't been able to prove this.

I don't know why he went to Mississippi and left her in Tennessee.  There are a lot of unanswered questions about the life of David Manuel Logan.  

Saturday, March 22, 2014

52 Ancestors: #12 Harriet Matilda Hayes

Harriet Matilda Hayes

1818 - 1884

Harriett Matilda Hayes was my third great grandmother and the daughter of Edmund Hayes and Sarah Whitacre.   Born in Columbiana County, Ohio on the 21st of October in 1818.  Her mother came from a Quaker family who migrated to Ohio from Loudoun County, Virginia.  Edmund was not of their faith so Sarah was disowned for marrying outside the faith.  Harriett was the eighth of ten children born to Edmund and Sarah.  She married Hiram B Louthan in Columbiana County, Ohio.  The entry in the marriage book states, 
H. Louthan & H. Hayes was married February 27, 1834 Hiram Louthan and Harriett Hayes by me, Thomas Whitacre, E. C. C.
Returned 10 April 1834 recorded by Clk. 
 Very little is known about the man she married, my third great grandfather.  Hiram and Harriett had five children, Oliver Perry, James Fife, John Cope, Sarah Jane and Margaret M between 1834 and 1844.  Sarah died about 1845 and apparently so did Hiram.  Burial place unknown.  Harriett's parents  moved to Washington County, Ohio  and Harriet is in Washington County and married to William Ormiston at the time of the 1850 census.  Their marriage took place there on the 13th of March in 1847. William was born in Scotland on the 25th day of June in 1824 to David Ormiston and Jane Bell.  The marriage record for Harriett and William Ormiston states,
William Ormiston to Harriet Louthan This is to certify that on the thirteenth day of March A. D. 1847 I joined in marriage Mr. William Ormiston and Harriet Louthan both of Barlow by virtue of a license for that purpose.  H N Ford Jp   Rec'd and recorded April 17 1847 Attest S M Evert Clerk
Try as I might, a death date and burial location for Hiram is no where to be found in either Columbiana County or Washington County.

Harriet and William Ormiston had eight children between 1848 and 1863.  I don't have a lot of information on these children in my database even though I have regular contact with one of their descendants.

Harriet's son, John Cope Louthan, married Anna Jane Haddow.  Anna Jane was the daughter of Robert Haddow and Janet Ormiston.  Robert and Janet were both born in Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1796 and 1799, respectively.  Janet's brother, David Ormiston. is the father of William Ormiston who married Harriet Louthan.  Confused yet?  So, I am genetically related to the Ormistons.  

Harriet's sons and husband, William, fought for Ohio in the Civil War.  I wrote to NARA and purchase copies of the pension files along with the pension file of their brother-in-law, Alexander Ellis.  I highly recommend purchasing these files for your ancestors.  They are a wealth of information.  John Cope participated in battles from Maryland to Georgia.  

Following the Civil War, John and Oliver Louthan  and Harriet and William Ormiston, moved their families to Linn County, Missouri.  Here is where Oliver remained along with his descendants.  I have yet to make contact with any of his living descendants, sadly.  John and his wife Anna, had seven children, only the first three survived to adult age, Samuel, Edwin and Robert.  Anna died in Linn County in 1881 and is buried in the cemetery at Purdin.  Harriet died there as well in 1884 and is buried in the same cemetery.  After Harriet died, William  married a woman named Adaline in 1886.  They moved to New Sharon, Mahaska County, IA where they are enumerated in the 1900 census.  William's occupation or source of income is listed as Pension. He too fought in the Civil War.  I do not have his pension file.  According to the 1895 Iowa State Census, William fought in Co. D., 148th Ohio Infantry rank of private.  Adaline was born in Ohio about 1833.  I checked for a marriage in Missouri or Iowa and came up empty.  I need to check the online family tree to see if there is more information available on William and Adaline.

John Cope Louthan remarried to Mary Ann Elizabeth Hale and they moved to Barber County, Kansas taking with them John's sons; Sam, Ed and Bert.  John and Mary Ann had ten children born in Kansas and Oklahoma. His brother, James was already living there with his family. Sister Margaret and Alexander Ellis were also living in Kansas, just north of Barber County in Stafford County.  I think these children stayed in touch throughout their lives, however, John's children did not stay in contact with any of their Louthan cousins.    Some of Harriet and William's children migrated to Seward County, Kansas and others stayed in Missouri.  

Harriet's descendants are as numerous as the stars in the sky!  I have been invited to the Ormiston reunion many times but have never made it.  Perhaps 2014 will be that year!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

52 Ancestors: #11 Royal Hary Hazelton

Royal Harvey Hazelton

1786 - 1851
Royal Harvey Hazelton was born in Vermont on the 1st of March in 1786.  He married Mehitable Arms about 1808.  This is where my search begins for more information on Royal and a possible American Revolution soldier for his father.  I read a post on Facebook about Mocavo being free to search.  I had signed up for this site a long time ago, but didn't find anything useful at that time.  This time I entered Hazelton and keyword New York.  Why New York?  Royal and Mehitable's first child Asenath was born in Madison County, New York in 1808.  As I noted in my post on Mehitable, my only source of information on this line is Lois Hupfer's book.  I was amazed to find a county history mentioning Royal H Hazelton from New York. It is a history of the Williamette Valley in Oregon!


 It is interesting to note that this Royal H. Hazelton is the third to be named Royal  in this family.  I don't have a son named C. C. in my database.  What I do show is Royal Harvey Hazelton b. 5 Nov 1819 in Tippecanoe, IN and died 5 Sept 1886 in Lane County, OR.  I only have one child identified, Royal Harvey Hazelton b abt. 1873.  

More questions and few answers!  This was the only hit I found searching on Mocavo.  

Going to FamilySearch.org I checked the 1850 Census for Royal Hazelton.  I found him and his wife Martha living in Polk Township, Greene County, Missouri.  The family is enumerated as:
658/658 Royal H Hazelton age 30 a Farmer born in IN, Martha age 25 born in Ten, Thomas age 9, Jane age 7, Amanda age 6, Marion age 5, Samuel age 3 and Harvey R age 10/12 all born in Missouri.  
I don't see any child name C. C. in this family.  I have Martha's maiden name as Boren.   I checked the 1860 - 1870 censuses for Oregon, since I didn't get any hits in Missouri.  

In 1860, here is the family where I expected them to be, Coast Fork Precinct, Lane County, Oregon.

R H Hazleton M 39 Indiana Wagon Maker Master
Martha A Hazleton F 38 Tennessee House Wife
Thomas P Hazleton M 19 Missouri Wagon Maker
Mary J Hazleton F 18 Missouri
Amanda Hazleton F 16 Missouri
Marion Hazleton M 14 Missouri
Hamson Hazleton M 10 Missouri
John W Hazleton M 8 Missouri
Wm Hazleton M 6 Oregon
James A Hazleton M 4 Oregon
Christophr C Hazleton M 1 Oregon
Almer Kuris M 20 Illinois Laborer
Robert Catha M 28 Missouri Wagon Maker Master

Now I know the full name of the C. C. in the biographical sketch above.  Sometimes, the author of the sketches writes in a manner that is very confusing.  
Interestingly, in 1870 R H Hazelton is in Cottage Grove, Coast Fork Precinct, Lane County, Oregon where I expected him to be, however, now he is stating he was born in New York. 
87/87 Hazelton, R H age 50 M W Farmer (real estate)$2500/$715,born in NY
No one is living with him.

The 1880 census proved very interesting, the family unit is back together, in the same location.  Perhaps Martha and the children were away visiting at the time of the 1870 census.

Self   Royal H Hazleton M 60 Indiana, United States
Wife Martha A Hazleton F 41 Iowa, United States
Stepson Hale Boren M 14 Oregon, United States
Stepdaughter Emma Boren F 12 Oregon, United States
Other Charles Webber M 51 Germany
Son Royal Hazleton M 7 Oregon, United States
Other Harrison Hazleton M 29 Missouri, United States

Two stepchildren?  Something smells fishy here.  I take a look at the actual image and find that the indexer combined two households into one.   Here is how it actually looks:

297/292 Hazelton, Royal H. age 60 Farmer Indiana New York Mass.
              Martha A Wife age 41 born in Iowa
              Royal Son age 7 born in Missouri
298/293 Boren, Hale Stepson age 14 
              Emma Stepdaughter age 12
              Hazelton, Harrison age 29 Single Wagon Maker Missouri Indiana Iowa
              Webber, Charles age 51 Physician Germany Germany Germany
My conclusion is that Harrison is the stepfather(?) to Hale and Emma Boren.  You cannot trust an index to reveal the facts!

So back to the second Royal Harvey Hazelton.  A Royal Hazelton was a Sergeant in the 129th Regiment (Farnham's) New York Militia in the War of 1812, index card on Fold3.com.  I wondered if he receive any land as a result of his service.  Checking www.glorecords.blm.gov reveals that Alpheus Hazelton did receive a patent on land just west of Republic, Greene County, Missouri in 1852.  Alpheus was Royal Harvey Hazelton's youngest brother, born 25 April 1799.  As far as I can find, Royal Hazelton did not receive any script from the War of 1812.    Royal's father was Paul Hazelton/Hazeltine who served in the American Revolution from Vermont.  This is a line that I would have to work to prove as no other person has joined NSDAR under Paul through his son, Royal.

Still going to be working on this line for a long while!














Sunday, March 9, 2014

52 Ancestors: #10 Mehitable Arms

Mehitable  Arms

1786 - 1851

I am intrigued by her unusual name, Mehitable.  She was born in Franklin County, Massachusetts on the 22nd of October in 1786.  All I have for her parents are their names, Thomas Arms and Polly Coolidge.
It is quite likely that Thomas fought in the American Revolution.  I went to my favorite free place to search for family records and the first hit on my search was a birth and christening record from Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts:
Name:Thomas Arms
Gender:Male
Christening Date:06 Aug 1758
Christening Place:DEERFIELD,FRANKLIN,MASSACHUSETTS
Birth Date:03 Aug 1759
Birthplace:
Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:
Father's Name:Thomas Arms
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name:Lydia
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number:C50172-1
System Origin:Massachusetts-ODM
GS Film number:0873741 IT 3
Reference ID:
Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VQXL-XF3 : accessed 09 Mar 2014), Thomas Arms, 03 Aug 1759.

This is a good likely match for the man I am looking for, I need to see if their is a marriage record for this Thomas Arms. When I click on the Massachusetts marriages link I find something interesting...here is a marriage for Thomas Arms son of Thomas Arms and Polly Coolidge. 

Name:Thomas Arms
Birth Date:
Birthplace:
Age:
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date:12 Feb 1785
Event Place:Montague, Franklin, Massachusetts
Father's Name:Thomas
Mother's Name:Polly Coolidge
Spouse's Father's Name:
Spouse's Mother's Name:
Race:
Marital Status:
Previous Wife's Name:
Spouse's Race:
Spouse's Marital Status:
Spouse's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number:M50178-1
System Origin:Massachusetts-EASy
GS Film number:873740
Reference ID:

Citing this Record

"Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FCMJ-6WG : accessed 09 Mar 2014), Thomas Arms and , 12 Feb 1785.
 The marriage date is 12 Feb 1785 in Montague, Franklin, Massachusetts.  Since Mehitable was born in  October of 1786, I would say that Polly Coolidge was more likely her grandmother, not her mother.  My source for my information was a book written by another genealogist.  I need to double check that I added the correct information to my PAF file.

The name of the book I purchased is The Rhea and Van Natta Families and Their Ancestors,  compiled by Lois Canaday Hupfer published in 1997. The Arms family is found on page 123 it states in the opening paragraph, "Thomas Arms, Jr was born August 3, 1759, Deerfield, Massachusetts son of Thomas and Lydia (Alvord) Arms."  This is pretty close to the record above, of course their is an obvious error in the record above as you cannot be christened before you are born.  According to her book Thomas Arms Jr married Polly Coolidge on the 12th of February in 1785.  Hmmmm.  Might need to do some more checking on this one!

From the same book the author states that Mehitable Arms was the fifth generation of her family to live in Deerfield, Massachusetts.  Polly Arms died in June of 1794 in Deerfield.  Thomas Jr. married  Hannah Boyden on the 25th of October in 1795 in Sunderland, Massachusetts.

I downloaded the digital version of  History of Western Massachusetts the counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire, by Josiah Gilbert Holland. No Arms families were included in this book.  I have conducted quite a bit of research in this area of Massachusetts on my Graves family that originated there.   Now I need to take a closer look at this Arms family.

Mehitable married in New York to Royal Harvey Hazeltine/Haseltine who was  born in Vermont on the 1st of March in 1786..   They had a family of 10 children between 1808 and 1830.  The first three were born in NY and the remaining children were born in Indiana. Eventually this family ended up in Green County, Missouri.    Death dates are unknown to me for Royal and Mehitable, I have only a note of 1851 for both of them.   

As you can see, genealogy is never finished.  If I hadn't signed on for this 52 Ancestors challenge, this line of research would probably never be verified.