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Sunday, January 4, 2015

52 Ancestors - Fresh Start

Immigrating to America is the biggest fresh start I am aware of for my Ormiston ancestors. Originating from the area of  Carnwath in South Lanarkshire. They came from Scotland aboard the Brig Prince Kutusoff, here is the passenger list, and landed in Philadelphia on May 12, 1828. On www.familysearch.org, I found images of the index cards for David age 28, Jane age 28, James age 4 years 6 months, John age 1 year 1 month, and Wm Ormiston age 2 years 4 months. Source: http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/sct/LKS/Carnwath/  I wasn't able to find an image of the ship for that time period. If you find one, post a link in the comments. 

They didn't stay long and moved on to Washington County, Ohio.  They had many more fresh starts as the Ormiston descendents moved from Ohio into Missouri following the Civil War.  Later, at the turn of the 20th century, they moved on into Kansas and some into Colorado. 


A New Year 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

2014 started off well and I was committed to doing the blog challenge.  Somewhere along the way, just as with most New Year's Resolutions I make, well, I got side tracked.  The new challenge lists themes for each weekly post along with hints for what to write.  I am going to try this and see how it goes for me.

I hope my followers have a wonderful 2015!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

More Arms Confusion Abounds

I discovered two books published by members of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vital Records of Deerfield, Massachusetts to 1850 and Vital Records of Conway, Massachusetts to 1850. The first published by Thomas W. Baldwin in 1920 and the second in 1943. The Conway book has a † note next to the marriage of Thomas Arms and Hannah Boyden that states "Marriages marked with a † are recorded in the "Town Copy," pages 391-392, under the caption, "A Record of Marriages supposed to have been performed by Rev. John Emerson at the dates indicated in the margin." The marginal dates are the same as the first dates of corresponding intentions which appear as follows: "June 29th 1792 Marriage is intended . . . 20th July 1792 the above has been Published". The marriage is recorded "Thomas Jr. of Deerfield and Hannah Boyden of C, Oct. 3[sic, int. ent. Oct. 3 and pub. Oct. 18], I795†." in the book on page 121.  I have also found an entry for Mehitabel Arms' birth on 22 October 1786 and the parents are listed as Thomas and Hannah. I also found an index entry that states Thomas Jr. is the son of Thomas and Polly Coolidge.  If you look back at one of my previous posts, Find-A-Grave has a memorial that has Polly as the first wife of the Thomas who married Hannah Boyden.
I found images on familysearch.org:
"Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1627-2001," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-31531-4313-48?cc=2061550&wc=MX1D-XM9:353350001,353367901,353367902 : accessed 12 Oct 2014), Franklin > Deerfield > Births, marriages, deaths 1675-1844 vol 1.





The interesting thing about this book, is the index. 


Notice the column heading above the first set of numbers. Noted as O.B. in the left column and Old Book in the right column. This book is a transcription of the old book. Sigh.

I just hope the clerk who copied the books was careful to double and triple check her work. The images I found back up what is in the books I found. I still have a mystery to solve.



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Arms are up, well, maybe not.

My previous post is a perfect example of not checking all possible sources before coming to a conclusion on the evidence.  A cousin sent me some links to online books written about the Arms and Alvord families. They all read pretty much the same and most likely came from the same source.

To prove the accuracy of any research requires some leg work.  First of all, how are the graves laid out in the cemetery?  Those buried next to one another could be a clue to their relationship. Finding a map of the cemetery plots would be most desirable.  Then there is the ever re-use of given names. For the Arms family, William and Thomas are repeated through the generations. These families were from Massachusetts and much research has been done on those who lived in the counties of this state. I ordered a roll of microfilm that has arrived at the local FHC that I will be viewing this next week, it is only open on Wednesday evening. 

The Arms were a side trip on my route to prove the line from myself back to Paul Hazelton. I will be exploring the Arms line more in the near future.

Thank you to my cousin for disagreeing with my conclusion and pointing me in another direction.

Stay tuned for more!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Up In Arms

One would believe that a unique name would make searching for information easier in the genealogical realm. I am quickly discovering that is not so.  In my search for proof of the parentage of one Mehitable Arms, I am coming up empty.  I have the research of two other genealogists that list her as the daughter of Thomas Arms and Polly Coolidge.  Searching on familysearch.org  I found two possibilities for Thomas Arms.

1.
Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915, index, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FZ98-DFH : accessed 27 Sep 2014), Thomas Arms, 03 Aug 1759; citing DEERFIELD,FRANKLIN,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 186146.
Name: Thomas Arms
Gender: Male
Christening Date:
Christening Place:
Birth Date: 03 Aug 1759
Birthplace: DEERFIELD,FRANKLIN,MASSACHUSETTS
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: C50172-2
System Origin: Massachusetts-ODM
GS Film number: 186146
Reference ID:

AND

2.
"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VQXL-XFM : accessed 28 Sep 2014), Thomas Arms, 22 Jun 1729; citing DEERFIELD,FRANKLIN,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0873741 IT 3.
Name: Thomas Arms
Gender: Male
Christening Date:
Christening Place:
Birth Date: 22 Jun 1729
Birthplace: DEERFIELD,FRANKLIN,MASSACHUSETTS
Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:
Father's Name: William Arms
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name: Rebeckah
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C50172-1
System Origin: Massachusetts-ODM
GS Film number: 0873741 IT 3
Reference ID:

Since I don't have any vital statistics on the Thomas Arms I am looking for, I am exploring all possibilities and then ruling out as I go.  I pasted this into an Excel spreadsheet, side by side.  That is the easiest way for me to do comparisons.  I then found the marriage records for the parents mentioned in the two results above.

1.
"Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FHT2-5HS : accessed 28 Sep 2014), Thomas Arms and Lydia Alvord, 12 Jul 1753; citing reference Vol. 1 Pg. 304; FHL microfilm 186146.
Name: Thomas Arms
Birth Date:
Birthplace:
Age:
Spouse's Name: Lydia Alvord
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 12 Jul 1753
Event Place: Sunderland, Franklin, Massachusetts
Father's Name:
Mother's Name:
Spouse's Father's Name:
Spouse's Mother's Name:
Race:
Marital Status: Unknown
Previous Wife's Name:
Spouse's Race:
Spouse's Marital Status: Unknown
Spouse's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M50052-8
System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy
GS Film number: 186146
Reference ID: Vol. 1 Pg. 304

AND

2.
"Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FC4H-H97 : accessed 28 Sep 2014), William Arms and Rebekah Nash, 28 Oct 1720; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 0873741 IT 3.
Name: William Arms
Birth Date:
Birthplace:
Age:
Spouse's Name: Rebekah Nash
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 28 Oct 1720
Event Place: Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts
Father's Name:
Mother's Name:
Spouse's Father's Name:
Spouse's Mother's Name:
Race:
Marital Status: Unknown
Previous Wife's Name:
Spouse's Race:
Spouse's Marital Status: Unknown
Spouse's Previous Husband's Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M50052-8
System Origin: Massachusetts-EASy
GS Film number: 186146
Reference ID: Vol. 1 Pg. 244

These I also pasted into my spreadsheet next to one another.  Another check for a marriage record for Thomas Arms revealed a record of his marriage to Polly Coolidge.

Massachusetts, Marriages, 1695-1910, index, (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FCMJ-6WG : accessed 27 Sep 2014),  MM9.1.1/FCMJ-6WL:, Thomas Arms and Lydia Alvord,12 Feb 1785; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 873740.
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:

I went to Google.com and searched for "Thomas Arms Polly Coolidge Franklin Massachusetts" and found another source for a marriage record for them.  Polly was from Coleraine, Massachusetts.

Thomas (Arms), jr., of Deerfield [s. Thomas. P. R. 14.], and Polly Coolidge of C., int. Feb. 12, 1785.
http://dunhamwilcox.net/ma/colrain_ma_marrs.htm
PART I 
COLRAIN MARRIAGES TO THE END OF THE YEAR 1849 
Extracted From 
Vital Records of Colrain, Massachusetts 
To the End of the Year 1849 
Salem, Mass., 1934 (no copyright statement) 
[transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]


I tried to find a digital copy of this book without success.  I would like to know the meaning behind the abbreviations in the entry.

Many years ago I corresponded with someone regarding the Rice connections to the Hazeltons.  Paul Hazelton married Mary Rice. Mehitable Arms married Royal Harvey Hazelton. Online I found the following:
Thomas Arms married Polly Coolidge.1 Thomas Arms was baptized on 6 August 1758 at Deerfield, MA.2 He was born on 3 August 1759 at Deerfield, MA, (sic).
Child of Thomas Arms and Polly Coolidge
Mehitabel Arms+
Citations
1 [S1351] Hupfer.
2 [S1114] Thomas W. Baldwin, Deerfield, MA, Vital Records.
© Copyright 2002, 2011 by the Edmund Rice (1638) Association                                [S1114] Baldwin, Thomas W.. Vital records of Deerfield, Massachusetts, to the year 1850. Boston, MA: Wright & Potter, 1920.  

http://www.george-king.com/Planter/p5.htm#i256767

Notice the two different birthdates and the corresponding sources.  I went back to familysearch.org and found this record:




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:
Citing this Record:
"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VQXL-XF3 : accessed 28 Sep 2014), Thomas Arms, 03 Aug 1759; citing , ; FHL microfilm 0873741 IT 3.
I don't know about you, but I find it hard to believe it is possible to christen a child who has yet to be conceived.  But you can clearly see where the two cited sources on http://www.george-king.com/Planter/p5.htm#i256767 found their information.  The question remains, which year is correct. 

An additional search on Find-A-Grave I found the following:


Birth:  unknown
Death:  Sep. 12, 1756
Deerfield
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA
Thomas was the son of William Arms.
INSCRIPTION: Thomas son of Mr & Mrs William Arms died September 12, 1756 aged ?? 
Burial:
Old Deerfield Burying Ground
Deerfield
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: Geo Clinton
Record added: Oct 04, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21948755
Thomas Arms who married Lydia Alvord had a son, Thomas Arms, in 1759 and Thomas Arms, son of William Arms and Rebekah Nash, died in 1756. My conclusion is that they are not the same person.  Below is the Find-A-Grave memorial for Thomas Arms who died in 1808.

Birth:  1730
Death:  Aug. 17, 1808
On July 12, 1753, Thomas Arms married Lydia Alvord in Sunderland, Franklin County, MA. 
Family links:
 Spouse:
  Lydia Alvord Arms (1736 - 1802)*
 Children:
  Eliphaz Arms (1754 - 1826)*
  Thomas Arms (1759 - 1832)*
  Lucy Arms (1774 - 1836)*
 *Calculated relationship
Inscription:
Thomas Arms
Died
Aug. 17, 1808
AE 78 yrs.
 Burial:
Sugarloaf Street Cemetery
South Deerfield
Franklin County
Massachusetts, USA
Created by: acpflute
Record added: Jul 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93549255

I was still looking for Thomas Arms who married Polly Coolidge.  Find-A-Grave had a memorial, but I didn't believe it to be the same man.

Birth:  Aug. 3, 1759, Deerfield,Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
Death:  Jun. 2, 1832, Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts, USA
Thomas Arms was the son of Thomas and Lydia Alvord Arms.
Head of family 
Family links:
 Parents:
  Thomas Arms (1730 - 1808)
  Lydia Alvord Arms (1736 - 1802)
 Spouse:
  Hannah Boyden Arms (1774 - 1861)* Spouse #2
 Sibling:
  Eliphaz Arms (1754 - 1826)*
  Thomas Arms (1759 - 1832)
*Calculated relationship
Inscription:
Thomas Arms
Died
June 2, 1832
AE 73 yrs.
Burial:
Sugarloaf Street Cemetery ,
South Deerfield, Franklin County,
 Massachusetts, USA
Created by: acpflute
Record added: Jul 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93549176

This is my Thomas Arms, but who is Hannah Boyden??  One of the search results took me to an Arms family genealogy website where I found this:


ID: I1363
Name: Thomas ARMS Jr. 1
Sex: M
Birth: 3 AUG 1759
Death: 2 JUN 1832
Change Date: 18 JAN 2003

Father: Thomas ARMS b: 1729
Mother: Lydia ALVORD

Marriage: 1. Polly COOLIDGE b: 7 FEB 1765 in Weston, Massachusetts

Child: Mehitable ARMS b: 22 OCT 1786 in Deerfield,Franklin,Ma

Marriage: 2. Hannah BOYDEN
Married: OCT 1795

Sources:
Text: "A Genealogical Record of THE ARMS FAMILY in this Country" byEdward W. Arms. 1877.

I was able to find a digital copy of this book.https://archive.org/details/genealogicalreco00byuarms and under the heading, "Third Generation" is found this entry "9 Thomas, born 1729, married Lydia Alvord, South Deerfield" on page seven.  Then on page nine is this entry "16 Thomas Jr., born Aug 3, 1759, died June 2, 1832, married Polly Coolidge, died June 1794, married Hannah Boyden, Oct, 1795."  Finally on page 16 I find the entry for Mehitable Arms!
9 Children of Thomas, Jr., son of Thomas. Deerfield.
Mehitabel, born Oct. 22, 1786.
Polly, born Feb. 9, 1789.
Senv, born Oct. 22, 1791.
Dexter, born Oct. 29, 1797.
Harriet, born Sept. 3, 1799, married Aaron Dickinson.
Fidelia, born Nov. 26, 1801, married Squire Palmer, April 23, 1830.
Wealthy, born June 23, 1804, married Solomon Adkins.
John Boyden, b. June 15, 1806, m. Hannah Childs April 17, 1836.
Josiah Coolridge, born Sept. 23, 1808, married _________Bryant.
Thomas Alvord, born March 11, 1812.
Julia Alma, born Oct. 11, 1814, married Albert Clapp.

This book also says that Thomas Arms b. 1729 who married Lydia Alvord is the son of William 2nd and Rebekah Nash.  It states that William is "buried between his father and son in the old Deerfield burying ground."  The author does not cite his sources and the two Thomas Arms are buried in two different cemeteries. The book also doesn't state which son he is buried next to. 

Heartbreaking when someone's research is flawed and the author doesn't include a citation of sources.  As usual, another mystery to unravel.  I guess that's why I love genealogy!   


Friday, September 5, 2014

Royal Hazleton in Indiana?

I accessed a uncharted resource at www.familysearch.org.  Uncharted, for me anyway.  I usually Google for books but a post on another blog alerted readers to the digital books that can be accessed through FamilySearch.  I previously wrote about Royal's son Alpheus and the conflicting information regarding his birth location.  Some sources listed it as Iowa and others as Indiana. Searching on FamilySearch for Royal Hazelton, I found four books of interest.  One was "A Standard History of White County, Indiana." I later discovered a transcription on the White County, Indiana GenWeb Project Resources page.  The book was published in 1915.  In it is a paragraph that states:
Page 215 ROYAL HAZELTON, FIRST PERMANENT SETTLER
The first settlers in what is now Prairie Township do not appear in
its list of land owners. Royal Hazleton is credited with being the leader
of the procession of permanent residents in that section, and some claim
that Joseph H. Thompson, of Big Creek Township, must yield the honor
to him as the pioneer of the entire county. Mr. Hazelton settled upon
the southeast quarter of section 22, about a mile southeast of the present
site of Brookston, in the early part in 1829, and there erected a round log
shanty, with a roof of clapboards and a floor of puncheons, 16 by 14
feet in dimensions. He was elected a justice of the peace before White
County was organized, the returns for which are still on file at Delphi,
the county seat of Carroll County. Mr. Hazelton's name appears in the
list of voters who cast their ballots at the second election held after
White County was organized, in August, 1835; also as the second schoolteacher
in the township. Which is all that is of record regarding the
first housekeeper and permanent settler in Prairie Township.
It is said that about the time of Hazelton's coming, one John Ault
built a pole cabin in the northern part of the township, lived with his
family therein for about three months, and moved thence to Big Creek
Township.
"Brookston, Indiana Centennial 1853-1953" was another in the list of search results. The authors reiterated what was published in the earlier history of the county. 

The 1820 US Federal Census Index:
Name: Royal Hazeltine
Event Place: Rockingham, Windham, Vermont
Page Number: 286
Affiliate Publication Number: M33
Affiliate Film Number: 128
GS Film number: 0281249
Digital Folder Number: 004433259
Image Number: 00161
Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1820," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHLP-WQK : accessed 06 Sep 2014), Royal Hazeltine, Rockingham, Windham, Vermont; citing "1820 United States Federal Census," <i>Ancestry.com</i>; p. 286, NARA microfilm publication M33, roll 128, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 0281249.
Shows that Royal is still in Vermont.  So sometime between 1820 and 1829 they headed west. I would love to find a record of them joining a wagon train. Using Google maps, the modern route would have taken Royal through New York along the Great Lakes skimming the upper NW corner of Pennsylvania and traveling through Ohio. Going to Tippecanoe county would take your through Fort Wayne, IN.  That might be a good place to do some research.  Nine years and 926 miles allows for a lot of events along the journey.

The 1830 US Federal Census index:
Name: Rgal Hazelton
Event Place: Not Stated, Tippecanoe, Indiana
Page Number: 106
Affiliate Publication Number: M19
Affiliate Film Number: 31
GS Film number: 0007720
Digital Folder Number: 004410756
Image Number: 00214
Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1830," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHPB-CQ3 : accessed 06 Sep 2014), Rgal Hazelton, Not Stated, Tippecanoe, Indiana; citing "1830 United States Federal Census," <i>Ancestry.com</i>; p. 106, NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 31, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 0007720.
This was prior to  the establishment of White County and Tippecanoe county lies on the south side of White county.  A transcription of this census shows males: 211101 and females 2011001. He is also transcribed as Regal instead of Royal.  I checked the Land Patents and didn't see an entry for Royal in Indiana.  His widow filed for a Land Patent in Iowa after his death based on Royal's 1812 war service.

White county was established in 1834 from Carroll county. I didn't find much in the Carroll county GenWeb pages. Royal's daughter, Sally, married John Luce in White County, Indiana in October 1834.  This is the only marriage record I could find for any of Royal's children. His son Alpheus was born in 1824 possibly in Tippecanoe county. 

By 1840, Royal and sons, Royal Harvey and Thomas, are in Greene County, Missouri. 
Name: Royal Hazleton
Event Place: Not Stated, Greene, Missouri
Page Number: 285
Affiliate Publication Number: M704
Affiliate Film Number: 223
GS Film number: 0014855
Digital Folder Number: 004409679
Image Number: 01283
Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1840," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHTF-X7G : accessed 06 Sep 2014), Royal Hazleton, Not Stated, Greene, Missouri; citing "1840 United States Federal Census," <i>Ancestry.com</i>; p. 285, NARA microfilm publication M704, roll 223, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 0014855.
Alpheus is thought to have married around 1844.  I have looked in the marriage books for Greene County, Missouri on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives and did not find an entry for his marriage. It could be they married in a neighboring county.  More research will be done in the next few days as I take a day to do research.  


Friday, August 29, 2014

John Brittain Probate

On my recent trip to the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, I found an entry in the probate index for John Brittain.
Brittian, John 007135 Dec'd YR1843 00001308 0A14A/A347 *D8 A-11,B/9 112
The year is correct so I was sure this was who I was looking for.  The Probate Case File number is 1308.  I checked the Green County book of microfilm for that number and found it in film number C7894.  I downloaded the images to my flash drive and uploaded them to my laptop when I returned home.

The case is that of the Guardianship of John William Brittain, minor, son of the late Ophelia Brittain.
The date on this document is August 1928!
Not what I expected to find so obviously the index has an error in it.  



 The guardian is James Peck who has moved to Tulsa County, Oklahoma.  The judge is threatening to revoke the guardianship since Mr. Peck is no longer living in Missouri and has not filed an annual settlement.

I did a quick search on FamilySearch and found this family in the 1920 census.  John W. Brittain is 9 years old so this would indicate that Ophelia died shortly after?  The first entry in the probate case file states that John William Brittain is less than 14 years old which would make it 1924.  The guardianship is dated Aug 1928.  And the final settlement is 1929.  I didn't download all of the receipts in this file.
Here is the entry for the 1920 census:
Name: Ophelia Brittain
Titles and Terms: Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1920
Event Place: Springfield Ward 4, Greene, Missouri, United States
District: 35
Gender: Female
Age: 50
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Can Read: Yes
Can Write: Yes
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Wife
Own or Rent: Birth Year (Estimated): 1870
Birthplace: Missouri
Immigration Year: Father's Birthplace: Missouri
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Sheet Number and Letter: 5A
Household ID: 121
Line Number: 49
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T625
GS Film number: 1820915
Digital Folder Number: 004312402
Image Number: 00647

Household         Role             Gender Age Birthplace
William J Brittain Head         M 56 Missouri
Ophelia Brittain         Wife                 F 50 Missouri
Hugh F Brittain         Son                 M 19 Missouri
Anna Brittian         Daughter         F 15 Missouri
Bessie Brittian         Daughter         F 12 Missouri
John W Brittian         Son                 M 9 Missouri


Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1920," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M842-6Q5 : accessed 30 Aug 2014), Ophelia Brittain in household of William J Brittain, Springfield Ward 4, Greene, Missouri, United States; citing sheet 5A, family 121, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1820915.

Neither Ophelia nor William are in the 1930 census. In 1940, John W is using the name William and is married and living in Springfield, Greene County, MO.  He is also listed in the SSDI.


The photo below was posted on FindAGrave in 2005.

Name: John W Brittain
Name (Original): BRITTAIN JOHN W
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 28 Apr 1945
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Event Place: Ft Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
Residence Place: Race: White
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1910
Birthplace: MISSOURI
Education Level: 2 years of high school
Civilian Occupation: Skilled painters, construction and maintenance
Marital Status: Married
Military Rank: Private
Army Branch: No branch assignment
Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Reference: Civil Life
Serial Number: 37768644
Affiliate Publication Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
Box Film Number: 12616.27


Citing this Record:
"United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," index, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KMFR-D7S : accessed 30 Aug 2014), John W Brittain, enlisted 28 Apr 1945, Ft Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, <i>The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD)</i> (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).
I am guessing there is a connection between the two John Britains.

I received a copy of a page with the heading "Greene County, Missouri Probate Records: Wills, Minutes, Bonds, Letters of Administration 1833-1871 compiled by Marsha Hoffman Rising." The information on this typed page states it is transcribed from Minute Book A 1843-1848.  John Britain had five sons who were bound out following his death: George W., Lafayette, Thomas J., James M. and Hugh.  Royal Hazelton was appointed administrator of the estate.   All of the sons were bound out until the age of 21.  George W to Royal Hazelton, Lafayette to Thomas Hazelton, Thomas J. and James M. to Henry Small, and Hugh to Isaac Redfearn.  Hugh was ordered to be bound to Thomas Hazelton five months later and in 1846 Thomas J. was released from his bond to Royal Hazelton.

I don't know of a connection between these families other than the men being of good esteem in Greene county.  I need to figure out why a 1928 Guardianship is in an 1843 Probate Case file.

This is one mystery that needs to be solved!