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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.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Is He a Black Sheep Too?

The Drummer Boy
Over a week has passed since I wrote “Wintonbury NO Bloomfield, Connecticut,” where I discussed my "Brick Wall." I compiled a list of places to contact and books to read, but it didn’t get me a step closer to finding out who John Adams’ parents were.


The day after my blog posted, I received an email from the historian at the Wintonbury Historical Society, he has seen my blog. I had every intention to contact the Society, but he was quicker. He said, "You apparently took the correct steps in searching in Windsor for folks before 1835 when Wintonbury was a church parish made up of folks from sections of WINdsor, FarmingTON, and SimsBURY. The folks therein successfully petitioned the state legislature at that time (1835) to incorporates as a TOWN and such request was granted. Folks you are seeking before that time are in the town records of the Mother town, mostly Windsor."


I inquired about a book I wanted to see, From Wintonbury to Bloomfield and fortunately he had it, looked up a few names for me, but nothing clicked. Nice of him and it saved me a step and some time.


He also gave me the link to Connecticut State Library holdings. Of the 16 hits for Wintonbury, there was only one I was really interested in, it was a manuscript of 11 documents, [Certificates of transfer from Wintonbury Parish.] Quickly, I dashed of an email to the Reference Librarian for information. Within hours, I had a response from the librarian and I indicated I would prefer the documents scanned in JPEG, rather than PDF or hard copy. To this, she replied, “We just started providing this service so it is a little clunky at this point!” Well, I understood the language, but thought it funny that they were just beginning this service. They don’t use credit cards yet, and she said they would send me an invoice. The images were readable, but not useful to me, so I’m only out $8.50 for 22 copies.


I saw a total of 14 books, either in person at the New England Historic and Genealogical Society’s Library (NEHGS) or online by using the Family History Books (Advance Search) at the www.FamilySearch.org site. My key words were Wintonbury + Adams.


I had mentioned the condition of the Old Wintonbury Cemetery in my earlier post, but I see I was just there at the wrong time. While looking at sites with Wintonbury information, I came across Grave Addition, maintained by Beth, who lives in Ohio and is on the Association For Gravestone Studies (on the Board of Trustees). I went through her Wintonbury site but didn't see anything for Adams or his in-laws, Drake or Smith. What a great web site she has, why not check it out, see her different locations and read about her. She wrote, "The Old Wintonbury Cemetery was established in 1736, and it was in use until 1933. The cemetery is full of old gravestones. There are many old red sandstone monuments with beautiful carvings and interesting epitaphs. Most of the gravestones are in excellent condition. The cemetery is very well maintained." Obviously, I went the day before the grass was to be cut!


What are my next steps? At this point, I'll probably move on to another ancestor, after looking at records in Windsor, as suggested by the historian. My recent research was using online sources, going to a library and the field trip to the town 100 miles from me. Years ago, I did a more detailed search, looking at possible wills and going to the Connecticut State Library to look at the Barbour slips in person.


Note: Four different people, three from different lines and generations have all heard that this John Adams “was a descendant of a 'blacksheep' branch of President John's family." Since he doesn’t want to be found, I believe he was too.

A couple once again

In September 2010, I posted the above tombstone photo of Peter Rosenberger, buried in Krans Cemetery, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada. His wife was mentioned, however I didn't have her photo. When it was taken in 1999 (before digital cameras) I ran out of film. Fortunately, a friend with ties to that area made a recent trip, and I asked if he would take a photo of his wife's stone, as I recall seeing them together. Thank you David Ellis for taking these four photos.
Hannah Bockus
Born: Abt. 29 May 1752
Died: 19 Apr 1821
Peter and Hannah finally shown together.
  Photos by David Ellis, (above is Peter Rosenberger, below is the cemetery from the street).
Krans Cemetery.
St. Armand W. (Philipsburg), Quebec, Canada

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Westovers and More -- Surname Saturday

The number of Westovers in my tree hovers around 920. I can't say I know where they all lived or what their lines were. My Westover line started in England, moved to Connecticut, then Massachusetts, where my ancestor was both a Revolutionary War patriot and then became a Loyalist and moved to Canada.


When reader Darlene wrote recently about her line who lived in Westover, Pennsylvania, I did a quick check of my file and discovered I had only a few from her line. When she sent a listing of at least 160 Westovers buried in the Westover Baptist Church Cemetery (in Chest Twp., Clearfield County, Pennsylvania), I knew this was going to become a nice project of mine.
Tobias and Catherine Westover
(Photo belongs to Darlene Philips)
Tobias was my 4th cousin 4 times removed.

Register report begins with my third cousin 5 times removed.


Generation No. 1


1.Jonathan Webster WESTOVER (Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born 28 JAN 1809 in Murray, Blair Co., Pennsylvania, and died 3 OCT 1893 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. He was buried in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. He married Mary KETNER. She was born 26 JUL 1809 in Pennsylvania, and died 29 JUL 1873 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. She was buried in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
Children of Jonathan Webster WESTOVER and Mary KETNER were:
+2  i.Enos WESTOVER was born 18 DEC 1829 in Pennsylvania, and died 26 FEB 1919 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
3  ii.John M. WESTOVER was born 30 AUG 1831 in Pennsylvania.
+4  iii.Sarah Elizabeth WESTOVER was born 6 JAN 1834, and died 1926.
5  iv.Joseph WESTOVER was born ABT 1835 in Pennsylvania.
6  v.Mary WESTOVER was born ABT 1836 in Pennsylvania.
+7  vi.Tobias WESTOVER was born 16 JUL 1838 in Pennsylvania, and died 12 OCT 1917.
+8  vii.Naomi Catherine WESTOVER was born 16 SEP 1841 in Pennsylvania, and died 12 MAR 1912.
9  viii.Ellis WESTOVER was born ABT 1843 in Pennsylvania.
10  ix.James WESTOVER was born ABT 1846 in Pennsylvania.
11  x.William WESTOVER was born 3 MAR 1848 in Pennsylvania.
12  xi.Jonathan W. WESTOVER was born 3 MAR 1848, and died JUL 1866.
13  xii.Samuel Miles WESTOVER was born 15 AUG 1850.



Generation No. 2


2.Enos WESTOVER (Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born 18 DEC 1829 in Pennsylvania, and died 26 FEB 1919 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. He married Mary Adeline STEPHENS 26 FEB 1852, daughter of Calvin STEPHENS and Zeruviah COLEMAN. She was born 3 SEP 1833 in Pennsylvania, and died 22 APR 1916 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. She was buried in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
Children of Enos WESTOVER and Mary Adeline STEPHENS were:
+14  i.Jonathan H. WESTOVER was born 23 JUN 1853 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania, and died 23 JUL 1923 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
15  ii.Mary Elizabeth WESTOVER was born 12 MAR 1855 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania, and died 19 JAN 1863.
16  iii.Carrie Allen WESTOVER was born 8 JUN 1866 in Pennsylvania. She married David HOCKENBERRY.

4.Sarah Elizabeth WESTOVER (Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born 6 JAN 1834, and died 1926. She married Daniel FRY.
Child of Sarah Elizabeth WESTOVER and Daniel FRY was:
17  i.Mary Jane FRY. She married Raymond Vinton DUNBAR.

7.Tobias WESTOVER (Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born 16 JUL 1838 in Pennsylvania, and died 12 OCT 1917. He married Catherine W. FULTON. She was born OCT 1845 in Pennsylvania, and died 19 DEC 1907.
Children of Tobias WESTOVER and Catherine W. FULTON were:
18  i.Mary WESTOVER was born ABT 1863 in Pennsylvania.
19  ii.James WESTOVER was born ABT 1865 in Pennsylvania.
20  iii.Enos WESTOVER was born ABT 1867 in Pennsylvania.
+21  iv.Elizabeth Jane WESTOVER was born ABT 1869 in Pennsylvania.
22  v.J.D. WESTOVER was born ABT 1871 in Pennsylvania.
+23  vi.Sheridan WESTOVER was born 6 MAY 1875 in Pennsylvania.
24  vii.Joseph WESTOVER was born ABT 1878 in Pennsylvania.

8.Naomi Catherine WESTOVER (Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born 16 SEP 1841 in Pennsylvania, and died 12 MAR 1912. She married Wilhelm F. SYBERT. He was born 27 DEC 1833 in Bavaria, Germany, and died 1 MAY 1910 in Westover, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. He was buried in Westover Baptist Cemetery, Westover, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
Children of Naomi Catherine WESTOVER and Wilhelm F. SYBERT were:
+25  i.Jane SYBERT.
26  ii.Jonathan SYBERT was born ABT 1860 in Pennsylvania.
27  iii.Lizzie SYBERT was born ABT 1862 in Pennsylvania.
28  iv.Phebe A. SYBERT was born ABT 1864 in Pennsylvania.
29  v.Letitia E. SYBERT was born ABT 1867 in Pennsylvania.
30  vi.Mary C. SYBERT was born ABT 1869 in Pennsylvania.



Generation No. 3


14.Jonathan H. WESTOVER (Enos WESTOVER8, Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born 23 JUN 1853 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania, and died 23 JUL 1923 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. He married Lydia Ann BARTO 7 JUN 1874. She was born 14 DEC 1856 in Pennsylvania.
Children of Jonathan H. WESTOVER and Lydia Ann BARTO were:
+31  i.Howard Frederick WESTOVER was born 30 DEC 1874 in Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania, and died 7 SEP 1965.
+32  ii.Ruel Clark WESTOVER was born 23 DEC 1876 in Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania, and died 17 MAY 1966 in Coalport, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
33  iii.Ellen Rachel WESTOVER was born 2 MAR 1881 in Westover, Chest Twp., Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania, and died 15 OCT 1980 in Spangler, Cambria Co., Pennsylvania. She married William Henry BYERS 19 JUN 1901 in Westover, Chest Twp., Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
34  iv.Ora Jane WESTOVER was born 6 MAY 1883 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania, and died 4 DEC 1974. She married Millard Heber MCCULLEY 8 JUL 1908.
35  v.Alonzo McClure WESTOVER was born 10 JUN 1888, and died 22 AUG 1903.
36  vi.Mary Adeline WESTOVER was born 19 AUG 1891 in Westover, Chest Twp, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
37  vii.Bessie Caroline WESTOVER was born 21 MAR 1896 in Chest Twp., Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
38  viii.Myrtle Rebecca WESTOVER was born 13 AUG 1901 in Pennsylvania.

21.Elizabeth Jane WESTOVER (Tobias WESTOVER8, Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born ABT 1869 in Pennsylvania. She married William Benjamin Franklin PENNINGTON 14 APR 1895 in Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. He was born 4 MAR 1867, and died 9 AUG 1894. She married David Beauregard KITCHENS.
Child of Elizabeth Jane WESTOVER and William Benjamin Franklin PENNINGTON was:
+39  i.Gerda PENNINGTON.

23.Sheridan WESTOVER (Tobias WESTOVER8, Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born 6 MAY 1875 in Pennsylvania. He married Cora M. KITCHEN 19 APR 1903 in Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. She was born ABT 1881 in Pennsylvania.
Children of Sheridan WESTOVER and Cora M. KITCHEN were:
+40  i.Norman M. WESTOVER was born 10 NOV 1900 in Pennsylvania, and died AUG 1970 in LaJose, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
41  ii.George Fred WESTOVER was born ABT 1905 in Pennsylvania.

25.Jane SYBERT (Naomi Catherine WESTOVER8, Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1).
Child of Jane SYBERT was:
+42  i.George W. Tellement SYBERT.



Generation No. 4


31.Howard Frederick WESTOVER (Jonathan H. WESTOVER9, Enos WESTOVER8, Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born 30 DEC 1874 in Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania, and died 7 SEP 1965. He was buried in Mt. Zion Luth. Cemetery, Henderson Twp., Pennsylvania. He married 23 NOV 1899 in Mahaffey, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
Children of Howard Frederick WESTOVER and w\o Howard Frederick WESTOVER were:
43  i.Harvey Clark WESTOVER was born 15 DEC 1900.
44  ii.Jennie Mae WESTOVER was born 27 DEC 1901.
+45  iii.Paul Alonzo WESTOVER was born 29 APR 1904.
46  iv.Della Marie WESTOVER was born 9 DEC 1905.
47  v.Maud Ethel WESTOVER was born 29 JAN 1907.
48  vi.Fannie Ellen WESTOVER was born 9 MAR 1911 in Stone Creek Ridge, Huntington, Pennsylvania.
49  vii.Alton WESTOVER.

32.Ruel Clark WESTOVER (Jonathan H. WESTOVER9, Enos WESTOVER8, Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born 23 DEC 1876 in Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania, and died 17 MAY 1966 in Coalport, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. He married 9 MAR 1904 in Coalport, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
Children of Ruel Clark WESTOVER and w\o Ruel Clark WESTOVER were:
50  i.William Howard WESTOVER was born 12 FEB 1905.
51  ii.Pearl Elizabeth WESTOVER was born 2 NOV 1908.
52  iii.George Isaac WESTOVER was born 2 SEP 1913 in Coalport, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania.
53  iv.Ralph Harris WESTOVER was born 18 OCT 1917.

39.Gerda PENNINGTON (Elizabeth Jane WESTOVER9, Tobias WESTOVER8, Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1). She married Roy FISHEL.
Child of Gerda PENNINGTON and Roy FISHEL was:
54  i.Dorothy FISHEL died 2009. She married Edwin PHILLIPS.

40.Norman M. WESTOVER (Sheridan WESTOVER9, Tobias WESTOVER8, Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1) was born 10 NOV 1900 in Pennsylvania, and died AUG 1970 in LaJose, Clearfield Co., Pennsylvania. He married Nora. She was born ABT 1899 in Pennsylvania.
Children of Norman M. WESTOVER and Nora I. w\o Norman M. WESTOVER were:
55  i.Norma E. WESTOVER was born ABT 1924 in Pennsylvania.
56  ii.Ned E. WESTOVER was born ABT 1926 in Pennsylvania.
57  iii.Norris McKinley WESTOVER was born 1930 in Westover, Pennsylvania, and died 25 MAR 2008 in Winchester, Virginia.

42.George W. Tellement SYBERT (Jane SYBERT9, Naomi Catherine WESTOVER8, Jonathan Webster WESTOVER7, Oliver WESTOVER6, Oliver WESTOVER5, Nathaniel WESTOVER4, JONAH WESTOVER3, JONAS WESTOVER2, GABRIEL WESTOVER1).
Child of George W. Tellement SYBERT was:
58  i.Ruth Sarany SYBERT.
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Clearfield County Pennsylvania 
Cemeteries
http://www.pa-roots.com/clearfield/cemeteries/index.html

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wintonbury NO Bloomfield, Connecticut

A "Brick Wall" of 15 years is long enough, and I felt it was time for me to try and knock it down. Why it is so difficult to solve? I am not just looking for a John Adams, I am looking for his town also, a town no longer in existence. Last year, I was able to get one generation back, and, thanks to my cousin, found the above John buried in Elba, Genesee Co., New York. Now, who were his parents?

From the beginning. all of four years ago, I discovered that my ancestor, John Adams married Hannah Smith in Wintonbury, Connecticut. How did I know? It was from a deposition in his Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty Land Application Files, Revolutionary War Pension Records.  Series: M804  Roll: 12.  File: W23415 (Waltham, MA, viewed Aug. 12, 2008), "He married August 15, 1790 in the Parish of Wintonbury, Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, Hannah Smith, who was born in January, 1771."

I had learned that even though Wintonbury wasn't on the map, Bloomfield, Connecticut was. Before I contact the historical society, I decided to take a ride to the town one quiet hot Sunday. That morning everything was closed, and I enjoyed the quiet and abundant parking spaces for my frequent stops for photo taking.

My ancestors were in this town during 1796. John Adams didn't move to Genesee Co., New York until 1812.

After seeing the parcel of land with the three buildings belonging to the Historical Society, we drove to the center of Bloomfield, since Wintonbury changed it's name to Bloomfield in 1835.

There was more to see, so on to the town green and then locate the Old Wintonbury Cemetery, which I felt would provide a wealth of information...I was ready to go cemetery hunting, locating all the Adams' and Smith's I could find.

Although I haven't solved my Brick Wall as to who John Adams' parents were, I am learning a lot about the town. These photos show you better than I could ever explain. In the next post, I'll list all the sources I've found online, what information I could use and what I plan on doing to continue my research.

The booklet, Images of America Bloomfield, by the Wintonbury Historical Society shows some images of the town and provides history.
Bloomfield Village Green.

 Old Wintonbury Cemetery, below.
My plans for tombstone searching fell apart once I saw the tall grass and the condition of the cemetery. And, with the high temperature and humidity, I didn't mind spending time there. Maybe another time.


What did it say?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Higley of Connecticut -- Surname Saturday

The early Higley or Higly line is from Connecticut. My direct lines are bolded in green. Please write if you would like more information or sources. 



Generation No. 1



1.JONATHAN HIGLEY was born ABT 1620, and died 1664. He married KATHERINE BREWSTER 3 JAN 1647 in Frimley, Surrey, England, daughter of JOHN BREWSTER. She was born ABT 1622, and died 1664.
Child of JONATHAN HIGLEY and KATHERINE BREWSTER was:
+2  i.JOHN HIGLEY was born 22 JUL 1649 in of Frimley, Surrey, England, and died 25 AUG 1714 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.



Generation No. 2



2.JOHN HIGLEY (JONATHAN HIGLEY1) was born 22 JUL 1649 in of Frimley, Surrey, England, and died 25 AUG 1714 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He was buried in Simsbury/Hop Meadow Cemetery, Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married HANNAH DRAKE 9 NOV 1671 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, daughter of JOHN DRAKE and HANNAH MOORE. She was born 8 AUG 1653 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 4 AUG 1694 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married SARAH STRONG 1695 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, daughter of RETURN STRONG and SARAH WARHAM. She was born 14 MAR 1666 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, and died 27 MAY 1739 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
Children of JOHN HIGLEY and HANNAH DRAKE were:
3  i.John HIGLEY was born 10 AUG 1673 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1 DEC 1741 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
4  ii.Jonathan HIGLEY was born 16 FEB 1675 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died MAY 1716 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married Ann BARBER 4 DEC 1701 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
5  iii.Elizabeth HIGLEY was born 13 MAR 1677 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 9 DEC 1744 in Westfield, Hampden Co., Massachusettsssachusetts. She married Nathaniel BANCROFT Between 1706 and 1710.
6  iv.Hannah HIGLEY was born 13 MAR 1677 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 17 MAR 1677 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
7  v.Katherine HIGLEY was born 7 AUG 1679 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 7 MAR 1740 in Hebron, Tolland Co., Connecticut. She married James NOBLE 24 FEB 1704.
8  vi.Brewster HIGLEY was born 1680 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 5 NOV 1760 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married Esther HOLCOMB 17 FEB 1708 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
9  vii.Joseph HIGLEY was born 1685 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 3 MAY 1715 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
10  viii.Samuel HIGLEY was born 1687 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died MAY 1737 in Lost at sea. He married Abigail BEMAN 19 SEP 1719 in Westfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts.
+11  ix.MINDWELL HIGLEY was born 1 MAY 1692 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1 SEP 1769 in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut.

Children of JOHN HIGLEY and SARAH STRONG were:
12  i.Sarah HIGLEY was born 1697 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She married Jonathan LOOMIS 24 DEC 1723 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
13  ii.Nathaniel HIGLEY was born 12 NOV 1699 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died SEP 1773 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
+14  iii.JOSHUA HIGLEY was born 8 SEP 1701 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 31 MAY 1751 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
15  iv.Abigail HIGLEY was born 4 NOV 1703 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died BEF JUL 1742 in Goshen, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. She married Peter THORPE BEF 1724.
16  v.Susannah HIGLEY was born 1705, and died AFT 1748. She married Elisha BLACKMAN 2 JAN 1724.
17  vi.Isaac HIGLEY was born 20 JUL 1707 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died ABT 1758 in Torrington, Litchfield Co., Connecticut. He married Sarah PORTER 13 FEB 1735 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married Sarah LOOMIS 24 FEB 1757.



Generation No. 3



11.MINDWELL HIGLEY (JOHN HIGLEY2, JONATHAN HIGLEY1) was born 1 MAY 1692 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1 SEP 1769 in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut. She was buried in Trumbull Cemetery, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut. She married NATHANIEL FITCH 17 SEP 1729 in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut, son of JAMES FITCH and PRISCILLA MASON. He was born OCT 1679 in Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut, and died 14 MAY 1759 in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut. He was buried in Trumbull Cemetery (Ancient Grave Yard), Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut. She married Jonathan HUTCHINSON 2 SEP 1714. He died 10 SEP 1717. She married James TISDALE 2 FEB 1727 in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut. He died 2 MAY 1727 in Lebanon, New London, Connecticut.
Children of MINDWELL HIGLEY and NATHANIEL FITCH were:
18  i.Jabez FITCH was born 4 OCT 1730 in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut, and died 14 NOV 1736 in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut.
+19  ii.EZEKIEL FITCH was born 11 MAR 1732 in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut, and died 22 NOV 1811 in Coxsackie, Greene Co., New York.
+20  iii.Isaac FITCH was born 10 MAY 1734 in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut, and died 23 SEP 1791 in Lebanon, New London Co., Connecticut.

Child of MINDWELL HIGLEY and Jonathan HUTCHINSON was:
21  i.Hannah HUTCHINSON was born 23 MAY 1715, and died 26 MAY 1725.

14.JOSHUA HIGLEY (JOHN HIGLEY2, JONATHAN HIGLEY1) was born 8 SEP 1701 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 31 MAY 1751 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married DINAH GILLETT 31 DEC 1724 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, daughter of NATHAN GILLETT and REBECCA OWEN. She was born 18 OCT 1696 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 31 MAY 1751 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
Children of JOSHUA HIGLEY and DINAH GILLETT were:
22  i.Josiah HIGLEY was born 6 NOV 1725 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
23  ii.Rebecca HIGLEY was born 22 MAY 1727 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1771 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
+24  iii.SUSANNAH HIGLEY was born 6 MAY 1730 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died in Cooperstown, Otsego Co., New York.
+25  iv.Dinah HIGLEY was born 1 JAN 1732 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
26  v.Nathan HIGLEY was born 1 AUG 1736 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 4 MAR 1816 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married Anna BARRETT. She was born 17 DEC 1733, and died 13 JUL 1813.
27  vi.Elijah HIGLEY was born 21 AUG 1740 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died in Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont. He married Anne HALLADAY 24 FEB 1763 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

John Higley at Simsbury Cemetery -- Tombstone Tuesday

 CAPt.
JOHN HIGLY
died august
25, 1714
aged 66 yers.
John Higley was my 8th great-grandfather.
Buried Section B, row 29

Simsbury Cemetery, Simsbury, Connecticut
(looking up the hill and down the hill)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Free Genealogy Sites -- Follow Friday

Often, I come across great genealogy sites and don't know where to keep the links, usually, I just store them in a miscellaneous file, where they get forgotten or just hard to locate when I need them. Recently, I've discovered some really good, free blogs or free pages, and decided to make it easy on myself by posting here. These aren't just for me, but for others to see and use as well. Only the areas where I have ancestors will be posted, and I intend to leave comments about them.


From the Weekly Genealogist, New England Historic Genealogical Society's free newsletter of July 11, 2012, two very useful sites:


Genealogy Book Links  http://genealogybooklinks.com/*
Wisconsin County Histories  
http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/wch/**


Vital Records of Simsbury, CT  Cemetery Records***


A History of Rochester and Monroe county, New York, Volume 2 by William Farley Peck (google book)
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*Mollie Lynch of Clarkston, Michigan: 
As a retired librarian, I needed a hobby and wanted to assist people doing genealogical research so I started genealogybooklinks.com. I began locating and providing links to freely available digital books, focusing on American biographies, genealogies, and history books. Today there are over 30,000 links from more than 35 sources (only the top sources are listed on the site). The current focus is on surnames, directories, vital records, and identifying smaller sites with local area-specific books." What a great site!


**Dee Grimsrud, a retired Wisconsin Historical Society archivist from Madison, Wisconsin: 
"The Wisconsin Historical Society has numerous county histories scanned, searchable, and free." My 3rd great-grandfather, Maj. George Anderson died in Madison, Wisconsin.


***"This record has been compiled using the following resources: Simsbury Cemetery Gravestone Inscriptions, Simsbury, CT. 1688-2000 compiled by Joyce Cahill (names and dates only, these are not the exact transcriptions." I used this site quite a bit prior to my visit to this cemetery. I have 151 names who have lived in Simsbury.


****My 2nd great-grandfather, William Frederick Poole was married in Rochester, New York.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Simsbury Historical Society -- Simsbury, Connecticut

"The Simsbury Historical Society occupies a beautiful and convenient two-acre site located in the center of Simsbury. They own 16 historic and modern buildings and structures."

 Samuel Higley (above) was my 7th great-granduncle.
Over the past two years, I've taken a lot of Historical Society photos. Sometimes I couldn't remember if I had, because I also do a series on Libraries with genealogy collections. Below, is a running list of all the societies with appropriate links. (The list will be applied to each new Historical Society photo I post.)

CONNECTICUT
Simsbury, Connecticut


MAINE