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My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Looking Back

This month I want to thank three individuals who awarded me the Ancestor Approved Award, and in doing so, I have chosen something they have written from their "What They Learned."

From Jo of Images Past, wrote:  "Enlightened to find that my grandparents were not married by my grandad’s father, who was a Minister – it turns out that they ran away to Gretna Green to get married, probably due to the fact that my granny was pregnant.  Oops-a-daisy!" (I loved this because, as a genealogist, you should know about Gretna Green.)


From Michelle Roos Goodrum of The Turning of Generations, wrote:  "There are so many ancestors in my tree who were farmers. They contributed to the settlement of our great country by moving west and making a living off the land." (I'm a bit envious, because I didn't have anybody move west, at least until much later.)

From Cynthia Shenette of Heritage Zen, wrote:  "I am humbled by the circumstances that lead my great-grandmother Lucie Touchette to marry my great-grandfather Francois Chenette. Why would a young woman of 20 agree to become the fourth wife of a man 34 years her senior and already the father of 16 children? I don't know, but I want to find out. Was it a love match? I suspect not. Someone had to to take care of all those kids..."  (I want to know too.)


This is the first month I haven't taken a photo of a historical society, but as soon as winter is over and the travels begin, I will continue to post them.


Many bloggers will be writing their reviews of "Who Do You Think You Are?" which begins this coming Friday evening. I hope many non-bloggers will also watch this interesting series. Vanessa Williams will be featured, and I'm looking forward in hearing about her ancestors. Professional genealogist, Kathleen Brandt of A3Genealogy will be on the show with Tim McGraw, and I am anxious in seeing her. Kathleen you are a star now.


Don't forget, you have less than a week to listen to Tom MacEntee's lecture on "Google For Genealogists," a FREE webinar on LegacyFamilyTree. This is available to all, I saw it once, and need to watch again, it is that good. Regarding the lecture, there is a short introduction first, and don't forget to print out Tom's four-page handout.


I'm taking a little break from this blog. I am working on four new ones, each covering a surname of mine: Poole, Scrambling, Ten Eyck and Westover, the titles and the first posts are done! In the meantime, if you are hating your winter, you might enjoy some flower and nature photos at my Flower Blog.

Frances and the Flu

Cynthia Shenette of Heritage Zen wrote a 3-part post about the 1918 flu and at the end of the last part, I commented, "and just today I discovered a family member died of the flu." It is this person I decided to do a Sentimental Sunday post about. For many years, I always knew the year my grandaunt died, but I didn't have the date, location or cause of death. Cynthia has incorporated a lot of the flu history into her multi-post, so I won't repeat it here.


Imagine my surprise when at long last, I located death information for Frances, just a week ago.


From the Chicago Daily Tribune. Oct 11, 1918 - Miss Frances Poole, Red Cross, from Evanston was buried yesterday in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington D.C. Miss Poole daughter of Mrs Charles Clarence Poole, 1123 Maple Avenue, Evanston died Tuesday at Camp Ontario, Oswego, NY of pneumonia following Influenza.


From the Chicago Daily Tribune. Oct. 27, 1918, Pg. 15 was the following Death Notice:
"Poole - Memorial services will be held for Frances Poole, army nurse, daughter of Mrs. C. Clarence Poole, sister of Lieut. Charles H. Poole, A. E. F.; and Dorothy Poole, at St. Luke's Episcopal church, Hinman and Lee Sts., Evanston, Ill., at 4:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27th."


Suddenly, this 32 year old became alive, instead of just a name with death date of 1918. I found out she was a nurse. What a brave young woman to travel from the Chicago area to New York state to help the sick. She came from a rather wealthy family, was single and probably had all the wants and needs of her day. Her father, a patent attorney had died four years earlier. She still had 3 siblings, although the paper only named two. She was among the first to die in New York of the influenza.  Frances Poole died October 8, 1918. All those deaths, and my Frances was the one most important to me. I am saddened by how it happened, but I am so proud of her, a young angel trying to help the sick, trying to make a difference. I wish I knew more about her, but what I know, I won't ever forget.


From two official records  records about the The Great Pandemic of 1918-1919 in the United States:
"First Official Report of Influenza: The Public Health Service did not require states to report influenza before September 27th. New York first reported the presence of influenza on September 27th, but the disease was undoubtedly present in the state before that date.
On October 11th, the PHS said that 'Epidemics have been reported from Maybrook town (Orange County), Montgomery (Orange County), North Tonawanda, and Oswego. School and theaters had not been closed.' By October 18th, state officials admitted that influenza was prevalent throughout the state.
Although state authorities were too overwhelmed by the pandemic to keep accurate records, they did attempt to record deaths. By late October, New York City, Albany, Buffalo, Schenectady and Syracuse reported elevated death rates. During the week of November 1st, the PHS reported a total of 12,357 deaths in New York City. For the previous six weeks a total of 30,736 deaths were reported. The actual number of influenza-related deaths during this period was probably much higher."
"In October of 1918, Congress approved a $1 million budget for the U. S. Public Health Service to recruit 1000 medical doctors and over 700 registered nurses. Nurses were scarce, as their proximity to and interaction with the disease increased the risk of death." Frances may have been one of the nurses who answered this call."
"The flu afflicted over 25 percent of the U.S. population. In one year, the average life expectancy in the United States dropped by 12 years."
Frances and her parents buried at
Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

BALCH of Massachusetts -- Surname Saturday

The Balch line is another very old family from Massachusetts. If you have this line and wish to share information, please write. My direct lines are in green.

Descendants of JOHN BALCH

Generation No. 1

1.  JOHN BALCH was born Abt. 1605, and died May 15, 1648 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts (Bass River).  He married (1) ANNIS / AGNES PATCH in Salem / Cape Ann, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She died Bef. November 24, 1657.  He married (2) MARGART / MARGERY LOVETT? Bef. 1628 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts
     
Children of JOHN BALCH and MARGART/ LOVETT? were:
2.                i.    BENJAMIN BALCH, b. 1629, Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. April 10, 1706.
                  ii.    JOHN BALCH, b. 1631, Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. June 16, 1662; m. MARY CONANT.
                 iii.    FREEBORN BALCH, b. 1634, Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. August 19, 1657, (Prob.) England.
  
Generation No. 2

2.  BENJAMIN BALCH (JOHN) was born 1629 in Sagamoreship of Naumkeag, Salem, Massachusetts, and died April 10, 1706.  He married (1) SARAH GARDNER Abt. 1650 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of THOMAS GARDNER and (__). She was born 1631 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died April 05, 1686 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  He married (2) ABIGAIL (MAVERICK) CLARKE February 05, 1688/89.  She was born 1637, and died January 01, 1689/90.  He married (3) GRACE MALLETT March 15, 1691/92 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts
     
Children of BENJAMIN BALCH and SARAH GARDNER were:
                   i.    SAMUEL BALCH, b. May 1651, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. October 14, 1723, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (1) MARTHA BUTMAN; m. (2) MARTHA NEWMARCH, October 27, 1675, Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
3.               ii.    BENJAMIN BALCH, b. 1653, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. 1698, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 iii.    JOHN BALCH, b. 1654, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. November 19, 1738, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. HANNAH VEREN.
                 iv.    JOSEPH BALCH, b. 1658, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. September 16, 1675, Deerfield, Franklin Co., Massachusetts   (Battle of Bloody Brook).
4.               v.    FREEBORN BALCH, b. August 09, 1660, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. June 12, 1729, Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 vi.    SARAH BALCH, b. 1661, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. Bef. 1717; m. (1) MR. GARDINER; m. (2) JAMES PATCH, December 24, 1680, Beverly / Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                vii.    ABIGAIL BALCH, b. 1663, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. April 30, 1706; m. CORNELIUS LARKUM, February 08, 1680/81, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
5.            viii.    RUTH BALCH, b. 1665, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 ix.    MARY BALCH, b. Abt. April 10, 1670, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. March 12, 1736/37; m. NATHANIEL STONE, March 26, 1689, Beverly / Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                  x.    JONATHAN BALCH, b. Abt. April 10, 1670, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 xi.    DAVID BALCH, b. Abt. July 09, 1671, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. April 07, 1690, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
  
Generation No. 3

3.  BENJAMIN BALCH (BENJAMIN, JOHN) was born 1653 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 1698 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  He married ELIZABETH WOODBURY October 11, 1674 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts
     
Child of BENJAMIN BALCH and ELIZABETH WOODBURY was:
                   i.    ANNA BALCH, d. August 23, 1726, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (1) EDWARD RICH; d. March 23, 1694/95, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (2) NATHANIEL WALLIS; b. Abt. 1670; d. Bet. March 07, 1749/50 - April 01, 1762, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.


4.  FREEBORN BALCH (BENJAMIN, JOHN) was born August 09, 1660 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died June 12, 1729 in Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  He married (1) MIRIAM MOULTON Aft. November 13, 1682 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of ROBERT MOULTON and ABIGAIL GOAD.  She was born January 1658/59 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 1688.  He married (2) MALLIS (__) February 20, 1688/89 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.    He married (3) ELIZABETH FAIRFIELD April 30, 1690 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of WALTER FAIRFIELD and SARAH SKIPPERWAY.  She was born August 09, 1666, and died January 31, 1736/37.
     
Children of FREEBORN BALCH and MIRIAM MOULTON were:
                   i.    MERRIAM BALCH, b. August 02, 1683, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. July 24, 1743, Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (1) RICHARD FOWLER, February 22, 1704/05, Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (2) EZIKIEL DAY, Abt. November 1719, Wenham, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                  ii.    FREEBORN BALCH, b. November 25, 1685, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. March 1770, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. (1) SUSANNA WOLISTON, June 19, 1712, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts; d. Bef. March 04, 1736/37; m. (2) MARY HUBBARD, March 04, 1736/37, Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 iii.    BENJAMIN BALCH, b. April 17, 1688, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. January 28, 1740/41; m. MARY PRENTICE, January 04, 1711/12, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; b. January 04, 1678/79, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; d. January 28, 1741/42, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.


5.  RUTH BALCH (BENJAMIN, JOHN) was born 1665 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.  She married JOSEPH DRINKER Bef. 1684 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts
     
Children of RUTH BALCH and JOSEPH DRINKER were:
                   i.    JOSEPH DRINKER, b. July 29, 1684, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                  ii.    PHILIP DRINKER, b. January 12, 1685/86, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
                 iii.    JOHN DRINKER, b. September 15, 1688, Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Almira was Adopted

Almira Richardson, my 3rd great-grandmother was adopted, between her birth in 1798 and marriage in 1820. Although I don't know anything about her family, there is a marriage record stating Almira was the adopted daughter of JOHN BRYAN. Fortunately, I found quite a bit about her adopted family from a church record, and that is presented below. I'm hoping to find more information to solve this brick wall, for instance; who her parents were, what happened to them and did Almira have siblings. Perhaps somebody from the RICHARDSON or the BRYAN family will provide a clue. 


Almira Richardson Adopted Daughter of JOHN BRYAN
  
Generation No. 1

1.  JOHN BRYAN  (RICHARD) was born February 23, 1754 in Orange (Milford), New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died December 11, 1840 in Orange (Milford), New Haven Co., Connecticut.  He married (1) MABEL / MARY CLARK, daughter of JOHN CLARK and MABEL LINES.  She was born October 08, 1754 in Orange (Milford), New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died March 17, 1815 in Orange (Milford), New Haven Co., Connecticut.  He married (2) MOLLY CLARK January 11, 1816 in Orange (Milford), New Haven Co., Connecticut, daughter of JOHN CLARK and MABEL LINES.  She was born November 09, 1757 in Orange (Milford), New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died February 05, 1844 in New Haven Co., Connecticut.
     
Children of JOHN BRYAN and MABEL CLARK are:
                   i.    ELIJAH BRYAN, b. February 09, 1780, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. Aft. 1860; m. SARAH (TREAT) PECK; b. February 14, 1778, Connecticut.
                  ii.    JOHN BRYAN, b. June 04, 1781, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. April 18, 1824, Orange (No. Milford), New Haven Co., Connecticut; m. HANNAH FOWLER, March 27, 1805, Orange (Milford), New Haven Co., Connecticut; b. December 28, 1779, Milford, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. February 20, 1851, Orange (No. Milford), New Haven Co., Connecticut.
                 iii.    MARY BRYAN, b. April 12, 1785, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. January 11, 1811; m. JOSEPH STONE.
2.              iv.    RICHARD BRYAN, b. November 01, 1788, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. September 08, 1858.
3.               v.    ALMIRA RICHARDSON, b. Abt. 1798, Orange, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. April 22, 1861, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.

Generation No. 2

2.  RICHARD BRYAN (JOHN, RICHARD) was born November 01, 1788 in New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died September 08, 1858.  He married MARY TREAT September 08, 1813, daughter of SAMUEL TREAT and SARAH NETTLETON.  She was born June 05, 1780.
     
Children of RICHARD BRYAN and MARY TREAT were:
                   i.    MERRITT TREAT BRYAN, b. June 23, 1814.
                  ii.    MARY STONE BRYAN, b. April 28, 1817; m. SAMUEL PECK.
                 iii.    JOHN BRYAN, b. March 20, 1822; m. GRACE A. PLUMB.
                 iv.    GEORGE HART BRYAN, b. October 20, 1825.
                  v.    WILLIAM BRYAN, m. CLARISSA TREAT, May 05, 1824; b. October 10, 1800.


3.  ALMIRA RICHARDSON (JOHN BRYAN, RICHARD) was born Abt. 1798 in Orange, New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died April 22, 1861 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.  She married AARON KILBORN April 09, 1820 in No. Milford, New Haven Co., Connecticut, son of JONATHAN KILBORN and ELIZABETH FARNHAM.  He was born September 03, 1798 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, and died August 29, 1876 in Orange, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
     
Children of ALMIRA RICHARDSON and AARON KILBORN were:
4.                i.    AARON RICHARDSON KILBORN, b. July 09, 1821, Hamden, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. February 05, 1861, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
5.               ii.    MEHITABLE ELIZABETH KILBORN, b. October 22, 1822, Whitneyville, Connecticut; d. Aft. 1880.
                 iii.    ALMIRA PHINETTA KILBORN, b. June 01, 1824, Hamden, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. August 21, 1905, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut; m. JOSEPH L. HOTCHKISS, May 05, 1844, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut; b. March 1816, Connecticut; d. March 26, 1904, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
6.              iv.    ESTHER FARNHAM KILBORN, b. June 24, 1828, Hamden, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. December 23, 1899, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
                  v.    MARY LOUISA KILBORN, b. November 21, 1829; d. September 06, 1832, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
7.              vi.    GEORGE FRANKLIN KILBORN, b. October 30, 1832, Hamden, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. December 16, 1910, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
                vii.    BENJAMIN "BENNY" HART KILBORN, b. April 25, 1837, Connecticut; d. Abt. February 29, 1908, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut; m. GEORGIANA BARNES, May 03, 1858, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut; b. March 1836, Connecticut; d. Abt. October 18, 1909, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.

Generation No. 3

4.  AARON RICHARDSON KILBORN (ALMIRA RICHARDSON, JOHN BRYAN, RICHARD) was born July 09, 1821 in Hamden, New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died February 05, 1861 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.  He married ELIZABETH M. SMITH October 14, 1844 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut, daughter of BETSEY SMITH.  She was born Abt. 1823 in Connecticut, and died Aft. 1880.
     
Children of AARON KILBORN and ELIZABETH SMITH were:
                   i.    CHARLES HENRY KILBORN, b. June 09, 1846, Connecticut.
8.               ii.    EDWIN BEERS KILBORN, b. October 16, 1848, Connecticut; d. 1922.
                 iii.    EUGENE SMITH KILBORN, b. August 14, 1856, Connecticut.
9.              iv.    CLARENCE WAITE KILBORN, b. August 14, 1856, Connecticut; d. 1940.


5.  MEHITABLE ELIZABETH KILBORN (ALMIRA RICHARDSON, JOHN BRYAN, RICHARD) was born October 22, 1822 in Whitneyville, Connecticut, and died Aft. 1880.  She married WILLIAM WELLES WAITE June 02, 1844 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.  He was born Abt. 1815 in Connecticut, and died Aft. 1880.
     
Children of MEHITABLE KILBORN and WILLIAM WAITE were:
10.              i.    RICHARD WELLS WAITE, b. June 17, 1845, Connecticut; d. Aft. 1900.
                  ii.    MARY ELIZABETH WAITE, b. August 14, 1847, Connecticut; d. December 30, 1854, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
                 iii.    GEORGE THOMAS WAITE, b. September 20, 1850, Connecticut; d. August 09, 1851.
                 iv.    GEORGE WASHINGTON WAITE, b. November 09, 1852, Connecticut.
                  v.    ESTHER FLORENCE WAITE, b. September 21, 1854, Connecticut; d. May 25, 1869, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.


6.  ESTHER FARNHAM KILBORN (ALMIRA RICHARDSON, JOHN BRYAN, RICHARD) was born June 24, 1828 in Hamden, New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died December 23, 1899 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.  She married JOHN HENRY JOHNSON June 01, 1846 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.  He was born 1824, and died July 19, 1853 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
     
Children of ESTHER KILBORN and JOHN JOHNSON were:
                   i.    JOHN SUMMERFIELD JOHNSON, b. May 20, 1849.
11.             ii.    PHINETTA "NETTIE" ELIZABETH JOHNSON, b. April 23, 1852, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.


7.  GEORGE FRANKLIN KILBORN (ALMIRA RICHARDSON, JOHN BRYAN, RICHARD) was born October 30, 1832 in Hamden, New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died December 16, 1910 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.  He married SOPHIA POLLY DAVIS August 31, 1851 in Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut, daughter of ALVIN DAVIS and JULIA WRIGHT.  She was born January 11, 1831 in Guilford, New Haven Co., Connecticut, and died May 03, 1928 in New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
     
Children of GEORGE KILBORN and SOPHIA DAVIS were:
12.              i.    GEORGE AARON KILBORN, b. February 26, 1853, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. Aft. 1930.
13.             ii.    SOPHIA (LETTIE/LAYETTE S.) ELIZABETH KILBORN, b. April 21, 1855, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut; d. Aft. 1930.
14.            iii.    WILLIAM W. KILBORN, b. February 1858, Illinois; d. Aft. 1910.
15.            iv.    MIRA (ALMIRA) JULIA KILBORN, b. October 07, 1861, Carbondale, Jackson Co., Illinois; d. September 01, 1929, No. Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.
16.             v.    CHARLES W. KILBORN, b. August 1863, Connecticut; d. Abt. September 06, 1912, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut.