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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, April 30, 2013

Clark of Lowell, Massachusetts -- Tombstone Tuesday


Andrew J. Clark
1823  --  1875

Elizabeth S. Clark
1826  --  1901

George W. Clark
1846  --  1846
Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, Massachusetts

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Brick Walls of My Readers on Surname Saturday

Permission given to use clip art by Bio Organics

Over the years, I have received hundreds of requests for help, I would say half of them I am able to help, which brings quite a bit of satisfaction. However, the others, if after my suggestions don't pan out, the person is usually left with a brick wall. This past week, I received two such requests and suddenly thought, why not post their letters. I have my own Brick Walls on a blog post, why not post theirs. I'll either use their entire letter or parts of it with pertinent information. If anybody has information on these unknown people, please write me and I will put you in touch with the appropriate person.

In addition, if anybody wants to write a piece on their brickwall, please do. Just send them to me, and I'll post here. This will be like a query board. Let's see what happens.

#1 "Hello Barbara,
It is me again. I had contacted you concerning the Lowrey / Grinnell Families and your help was so wonderful. I have followed your blogs ever since and find them so interesting. Again, thank you for all of your work!

Well, in reading the last few weeks, I noticed your connection to Momence, Illinois and the Hess family of the region. I've hit a stone wall with my great-great-great grandfather Andrew G. Hess who lived in  Iroquois County Illinois (near Momence). He was supposedly born in 1830 in Pennsylvania although I found in the 1860 Census his birthplace was listed "unknown". He was a drayman and married Sarah Sapp (born 1836 in Illinois, the daughter of Asa and Allie (Thomas) Sapp. Her nickname was Sallie.) The couple had children Ally (1854), Phebe (1856), LAVINA SEREPTA -my line (1859), twins Calvin and Benjamin (1866), Samuel (1868) and Andrew E. (1871). Andrew was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery when he died in Watseka, Illinois July 13, 1884( Find-a-Grave) but no mention of Sallie's burial there. 

I was just wondering if in your years vast research, if you ever came across mention of him, his parents or his family? Hess is a very popular name since a whole German part of the  country seems to have used this but the geographical location of the family and the early date of living in the same area may be coincidental  or they may actually tie in somewhere to the Scramlin - Hess Family that you have researched.

Thanks again for all your efforts!

Sincerely,
Bill"

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#2 "Hi Barbara,
I have started researching my Westover genealogy. My father was Orville Francis Westover (1915-1992). My grandfather was Thomas Francis Westover (born in NY in April 1885 or 1887). My great-grandfather was Stephen Westover. According to the 1900 Census, he was living in Oneonta, Ostego, NY. He was born in Canada in October 1857. He had been married to Josephine Shortsleeve Westover (nickname "Rina"?) for 22 years. Josephine was born in May 1861 in New York. Their children are Thomas, May, Della, Harry, Arthur, Roy, and Reva.There is one other child that I don't know the name of. Both Thomas and Stephen were boilermakers for the railroad and the family moved frequently.

I am wondering if this Stephen Westover might be the Stephen that is on your family tree (born 1859 in Canada, son of Orange Westover). Do you have any suggestions on how to figure out if these are the same people?

Thanks for your help!
Nancy Westover S."

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Do You Know?


How long does it take FindAGrave to add a million grave records into their site?

By my calculation it is now taking just a little over 3 weeks. I base this on my visual viewing of their site, since I am on it almost every day. The weeks between December 7 and January 1 took a little bit longer to reach the million mark, due to holiday activities. I say by August 15th they will hit the 100,000,000 mark. What do you think? (I now think June 5th.)

In November, I wrote, Have You Looked Lately? a short piece about FindAGrave. For each new figure, I updated my blog to reflect the stats.

** While I was working with FindAGrave today, December 7, 2012, the total went to 91 million  grave records.

** The total is now 92 million grave records as of January 1, 2013!

** The total is now 93 million grave records as of January 22, 2013!

** The total is now 94 million grave records as of February 13, 2013!

** The total is now 95 million grave records as of March 4, 2013!

** The total is now 96 million grave records as of March 24, 2013!

** The total is now 97 million grave records as of April 11, 2013!

** The total is now 98 million grave records as of April 26, 2013!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Want to go to a Family Reunion?

At this time of year, many people are planning on attending a family reunion or having their own family gathering, large or small. What if you are a rather new genealogist and would like to see if there is a family association for your favorite ancestor or surname? You could do a few things

1. Ask some of your contacts who share the same surname

2. Do a Google search

3. Check on Facebook to see if there is a group with your surname.

4. Contact a local Historical Society or Library in the area of your ancestor to see if they know about upcoming reunions, and if they don't know, ask if they will give you the name of their favorite most helpful genealogist's name.

5. See if the name appears in the Directory of Family Associations, as shown below. I noticed it is sold at Amazon, but you might be able to get it at your local library, like I did. The second photo is an example of a page. If you are interested, it's worth checking this book out.

And, if you do go to a reunion, don't forget to bring your business cards, they could be handmade or professionally printed, using your own photos. See mine HERE.



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Charnley of Lowell, Massachusetts -- Tombstone Tuesday





Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, Massachusetts

Thomas Charnley
1781  --  1866
Sally Charnley
1789  --  1871
Matthew Charnley
1814  --  1843
Sarah Charnley
1828  --  1896
George O. Wickers
1826  --  1909
Margaret C. Wickers
1830  --  1923

James Charnley
1817  --  1896
Marinda F. Charnley
1822  --  1857
Matthew Charnley
1848  --  1855
George F. Charnley
1850  --  1855
John C. V. Halven
1829  --  1849

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Prentice of Cambridge, Massachusetts -- Surname Saturday

Old Burying Ground, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA
The Prentice line is another old Massachusetts line of mine. The emigrant ancestor, Henry Prentice was my 8th great-grandfather. As usual, my direct lines are in All Caps and in green. If you would like sources, please contact me.


Old Burying Ground (see my post with additional photos)
Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Click on link to see cemetery stones of Henry's child, my direct line, Solomon and his wife.


Generation No. 1

1.HENRY PRENTICE died 9 JUN 1654 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He married JOANE AFT 13 MAY 1643 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. She died AFT 1662. He married Elizabeth. She died 13 MAY 1643 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
Children of HENRY PRENTICE and JOANE were:

+2  i.Mary PRENTICE was born 25 NOV 1644 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, and died 20 SEP 1699 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
+3  ii.SOLOMON PRENTICE was born 23 SEP 1646 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 24 JUL 1719 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
4  iii.Abiah PRENTICE was born 22 MAY 1648 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died BEF DEC 1713.
5  iv.Sarah PRENTICE was born ABT 1649. She married John WOODWARD.
6  v.Samuel PRENTICE was born 3 AUG 1650 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died AFT 31 DEC 1713.
+7  vi.Henry PRENTICE was born ABT 1651 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died AFT 31 DEC 1713.



Generation No. 2

2.Mary PRENTICE (HENRY PRENTICE1) was born 25 NOV 1644 in Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, and died 20 SEP 1699 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. She married Nathaniel HANCOCK 8 MAR 1664 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, son of Nathaniel HANCOCK and Joan. He was born 18 DEC 1639 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 12 APR 1719.
Children of Mary PRENTICE and Nathaniel HANCOCK were:

8  i.Nathaniel HANCOCK was born 28 FEB 1665, and died 20 JUL 1665.
9  ii.Mary HANCOCK was born BEF 13 MAY 1666.
10  iii.Sarah HANCOCK was born 23 AUG 1667.
11  iv.Nathaniel HANCOCK was born 27 OCT 1668.
12  v.Abigail HANCOCK was born 20 DEC 1669.
13  vi.John HANCOCK was born 1671, and died 5 DEC 1752.
14  vii.Ann HANCOCK was born 1672, and died 1672.
15  viii.Abigail HANCOCK was born 1672, and died 1672.
16  ix.Samuel HANCOCK was born 2 JAN 1674.
17  x.Abigail HANCOCK was born 23 AUG 1675.
18  xi.Elizabeth HANCOCK was born 26 AUG 1677.
19  xii.Ebenezer HANCOCK was born 10 MAR 1681.
20  xiii.Joseph HANCOCK was born 28 APR 1683.


3.SOLOMON PRENTICE (HENRY PRENTICE1) was born 23 SEP 1646 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 24 JUL 1719 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He was buried in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He married HEPHZIBAH DUNTON BEF 1678 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. She was born ABT 1653, and died 15 JAN 1742 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. She was buried in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth BEF 1674 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
Children of SOLOMON PRENTICE and HEPHZIBAH DUNTON were:

+21  i.Solomon PRENTICE was born 1673 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 25 JUL 1758 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
+22  ii.Thomas PRENTICE was born 9 JUN 1674 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 7 DEC 1709 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
+23  iii.MARY PRENTICE was born 4 JAN 1679 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 28 JAN 1742 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
24  iv.Stephen PRENTICE was born 1 JUN 1681 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died AFT 19 MAR 1761. He married Faith FROST 8 JUL 1708 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of James FROST and Hannah w\o James FROST. She died 23 JAN 1741. He married Lydia PRENTICE 10 NOV 1743.
25  v.Elizabeth PRENTICE was born 20 JUL 1684 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 14 MAY 1727.
26  vi.Nathaniel PRENTICE was born 20 JUL 1684 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 18 SEP 1688 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
+27  vii.Nathaniel PRENTICE was born 18 OCT 1689 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 24 OCT 1723 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
28  viii.Henry PRENTICE was born ABT 1693 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 18 DEC 1778 in Holliston, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth RAND 18 SEP 1718, daughter of William RAND. She was born in of Charlestown, Massachusetts, and died 13 MAR 1749. He married Elizabeth HALEY 8 NOV 1749. She was born in of Boston, and died 7 APR 1775.
29  ix.Samuel PRENTICE was born 12 JUN 1698 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.

Child of SOLOMON PRENTICE and Elizabeth was:

+21  i.Solomon PRENTICE was born 1673 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 25 JUL 1758 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.


7.Henry PRENTICE (HENRY PRENTICE1) was born ABT 1651 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died AFT 31 DEC 1713. He married Mary GOVE 2 APR 1682 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of John GROVE.
Children of Henry PRENTICE and Mary GOVE were:

30  i.John PRENTICE was born 6 MAR 1683.
31  ii.Mary PRENTICE was born 11 JAN 1685, and died 2 MAY 1685.
32  iii.Mary PRENTICE was born 4 JAN 1686, and died 11 MAR 1686 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
33  iv.Hannah PRENTICE was born 19 JAN 1687, and died 3 JUN 1687 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
34  v.Jonathan PRENTICE was born 4 APR 1688, and died 1 MAY 1688 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
35  vi.Sarah PRENTICE was born 6 APR 1689, and died 31 MAY 1689.
36  vii.Tabitha PRENTICE was born BEF 18 AUG 1697.
37  viii.Nathaniel PRENTICE was born BEF 11 DEC 1698.
38  ix.Jacob PRENTICE was born 18 AUG 1700, and died 28 FEB 1701.
39  x.Susanna PRENTICE was born 29 MAR 1703.



Generation No. 3

21.Solomon PRENTICE (SOLOMON PRENTICE2, HENRY PRENTICE1) was born 1673 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 25 JUL 1758 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He married Lydia.
Children of Solomon PRENTICE and Lydia were:

40  i.Ruth PRENTICE was born 31 OCT 1700 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died AFT 1760.
41  ii.Lydia PRENTICE was born 8 MAR 1702 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died AFT 1758. She married John COOPER 6 APR 1721. She married Thomas KIDDER 8 APR 1725. He died AFT 1758.
42  iii.Solomon PRENTICE was born 11 MAY 1705 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
43  iv.Samuel PRENTICE was born 5 MAY 1707 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
44  v.Joanna PRENTICE was born 5 FEB 1710 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 25 NOV 1772 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. She married Samuel COOK 31 MAR 1726.
45  vi.Ebenezer PRENTICE was born 27 MAY 1712 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
46  vii.Sarah PRENTICE was born 11 MAR 1715 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died AFT 1758. She married Jonathan COOPER 25 OCT 1732. He died AFT 1758.


22.Thomas PRENTICE (SOLOMON PRENTICE2, HENRY PRENTICE1) was born 9 JUN 1674 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 7 DEC 1709 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He was buried in Old Burying Ground. Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He married Maria RUSSELL 23 DEC 1696. She died 1 MAY 1701. He married Mary BATSON 6 NOV 1701. She was born in of Boston, and died 2 MAR 1760 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
Children of Thomas PRENTICE and Maria RUSSELL were:

47  i.Thomas PRENTICE was born BEF 21 NOV 1697, and died young.
48  ii.Mary PRENTICE was born BEF 2 APR 1699.

Children of Thomas PRENTICE and Mary BATSON were:

49  i.Elizabeth PRENTICE was born 22 AUG 1700.
50  ii.Thomas PRENTICE was born 9 NOV 1702.
51  iii.John PRENTICE was born 3 NOV 1703.
52  iv.Henry PRENTICE was born 25 NOV 1706.
53  v.William PRENTICE was born 24 JUL 1708.
+54  vi.Hepzibah PRENTICE was born 29 OCT 1709.


23.MARY PRENTICE (SOLOMON PRENTICE2, HENRY PRENTICE1) was born 4 JAN 1679 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 28 JAN 1742 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. She was buried in Old Burying Ground. Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. She married BENJAMIN BALCH 4 JAN 1712 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, son of FREEBORN BALCH and MIRIAM MOULTON. He was born 17 APR 1688 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 28 JAN 1741.
Children of MARY PRENTICE and BENJAMIN BALCH were:

+55  i.THOMAS BALCH was born 17 OCT 1711 in Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, and died 8 JAN 1774 in Dedham, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.
56  ii.Mary BALCH was born 14 JUN 1714 in Charlestown, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts, and died 29 APR 1782 in New Ipswich, New Hampshire. She married Isaac BROWN 19 APR 1738 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.


27.Nathaniel PRENTICE (SOLOMON PRENTICE2, HENRY PRENTICE1) was born 18 OCT 1689 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, and died 24 OCT 1723 in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. He married Hannah WYETH ABT 1712.
Children of Nathaniel PRENTICE and Hannah WYETH were:

57  i.Jonas PRENTICE was born 25 APR 1713.
58  ii.Nathaniel PRENTICE was born MAY 1715.
59  iii.Hannah PRENTICE was born 16 DEC 1716.
60  iv.Tabitha PRENTICE was born 30 AUG 1718.
61  v.Solomon PRENTICE was born 31 JAN 1721.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Growing up in Lexington, Massachusetts


When I began my 4th fourth grade at the Adams School in Lexington, Massachusetts, I knew nothing of my new town's history.  My parents moved there from two previous towns in Connecticut, and from my first fourth grade in California.  I consider Lexington to be my favorite town of all the places I've lived.

Many of us have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, as well as ancestors who were born in Lexington. I've several who fought in the War and were born there, and even my "brick wall" person, John Adams was in Lexington at the time of the war.

During several of my school years, our local history played an important part in our learning. My early classes took field trips down the street to see and learn about what happened. My Girl Scout troop planted flowering bulbs in the fall at some of the historic homes, and the church we attended was the tall one at the Lexington green.

Every April 19th, my Girl Scout troop marched in the Lexington Patriot's Day parade, there were two parades, I marched in the one at 7 AM! Of course, being much younger, I didn't mind, but sometimes it was cold. My mother was ecstatic about one 2 PM parade, when Sen. John F. Kennedy marched. I remember her pointing him out, but I thought, "who is he?" Both the 7 AM and 2 PM parades marched just two blocks from my house, and it was a very big deal. Many years after we moved, my mother always went back on that date to see it and visit with old friends. She even did that on the day she died, on her return trip home from Lexington. And whenever I returned for visits from Virginia, I always visited Lexington. Even now, I take this 30 minute trip frequently.

For eight years, I was in the Lexington school system, until my 11th grade, then we moved again. During my 8th grade, our class got to rename our junior high school, as there was another junior high being built. It had to have a patriotic name. I can't remember what I wrote about and why I chose the name, but the two winners were Diamond and Muzzy, so there were new names for each of the schools.  Many years later, Muzzy Jr. High became condos. Always changing, but then, nothing looks changed. It is a beautiful town, see photos below.

The town, April 11, 2010.

Lexington Green

Cary Memorial Library

Afternoon parade, ca. 1960. I saw JFK march in one of these parades. 

Years after we moved, I had to show a boyfriend where I lived!

The house, photo taken three years ago.

Post was originally posted April 18, 2010.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Soldiers, the Runners and the Tourists


April is a busy month in Lexington and Boston. Instead of writing about the reasons, I'll show you in photos.
The famous swan boats begin operating in Boston.
State capitol gets visited a lot.
Boston Marathon Finish Line. Lots of runners, lots of tourists.
I was there last year and  saw a relative finish the race.
About 27,000 runners signed up to run the race on April 18, 2011.

Lexington photos taken two weeks ago, during a rehearsal for the "Battle of Lexington."
Lots of tourists show up for this too.


Originally posted 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Found after 7 Years and 100 Years (Continued)

The experienced genealogists know from my previous post, Found after 7 Years and 100 Years that there was much more research to be done regarding finding information on John Scramlin, the adopted boy. Since that post, I spent much of one afternoon trying to track down where I could get help explaining the legal notice which appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper Feb. 9, 1978. I was led on a wild goose chase, 4 helpful people tried to connect me with the right person at the First Judicial District Court. At last, I had Jill, since she was the one who could help me. Within minutes, she found the record, his probate. Yes, the probate! After giving her the information and asking a few meek questions as I held my breath, were, can I get a copy? Yes. How much are the pages? Each page was .25. The next day I called, and I was told she had printed the 32 pages and it came to $11.55 (she was certain I wanted them). I had to get a money order, and send a self-addressed stamped envelope. All easy, the worst part was the waiting for the record. I love doing business in New Mexico.

I called my cousin and shared this with her. My imagination went wild. Why would a state ward have a 32 pg. probate. Jill, the employee told me she thought if John, the adopted son, was in her family she would want the papers. So naturally, I thought he must have murdered his father, not his natural, nor his adoptive, but his step-father. Of course, that is why he was in the hospital. Finally, when my envelope arrived, I couldn't even open it, it was so tight, picture 32 pages in a #10 envelope, taped on 3 sides, and with a large stamp saying postage due, I owed $1.66.

After going through the nicely typed pages, I discovered a few interesting things. The state of New Mexico wanted to be reimbursed for John's care for 40 years, because he had an estate of $12,981. He was hospitalized from 1934 to 1974...40 years, and it took three years to get to probate. There were no known heirs. (He had a living sister and quite a few nephews and nieces.) John died August 11, 1974, there was no will, personal property valued at $1,751 and real property valued at $6,000. I learned where John's property (2 lots) on Candelario Street was, and looked up the site on Google Earth. The month following his death, his home was rented for two years at $25 per month. John's two lots were sold for $12,100 to Albert Gonzales and John Tena of Santa Fe.

Upon further investigation, I found discovered his step-father, William G. Hockman, was the father of three sons, Marvin Hockman, Edward Hockman and Albert Hockman. His adopted son, John Scramlin was the same age as Edward. There are things I don't know, like where did John receive his money to buy the lots, did his step-father die and leave him some money? But one thing I do know, is, he didn't kill his step-father.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Margaret Thatcher, February 26, 1981 -- Wordless Wednesday

 


I attended this ceremony, and every attendee received a copy of this program. I was lucky to have gone to two other welcoming ceremonies at the White House.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Found after 7 Years and 100 Years

Did you ever have the desire to help a friend find somebody? How about trying to locate a young child who was adopted? That is what I did, and my quest began in February, 2006 when I responded to a query from Linda, she was looking for her great-uncle, John Scramlin, born on March 2, 1904 in Michigan, the youngest of eight living children. When his father died in 1908 (in a sawmill accident), young John was adopted by Charles and Susan Shoemaker, and John then became George Shoemaker and the new family moved to New Mexico. Not long after, Charles died, and Susan remarried a Mr. Hockman. This is pretty easy to follow, and it is basically what my friend and 6th cousin told me 7 years ago. In her initial letter to me, she said, "For 90 years our family has wondered about and prayed for John/George. We could like to know if he was happy, did he marry, did he have a family and where is he buried?"

Over the seven years, I tried to find George Shoemaker or George Hockman, and even George Scramlin in the 1940 census. Linda and I stayed in contact, even though there wasn't anything new to give to her. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I rediscovered newspaper collections online. My blog post explains several sites HERE.

One of the first searches I did was for all the above names, then I threw in his original name of John Scramlin. Wow, a legal notice appeared From the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper Feb. 9, 1978. That indicated to me he had gone back to his original name, and was still living in New Mexico. Through Ancestry, I found him in the 1930 and 1932 city directories for Santa Fe. Three new sources within 1/2 hour! I've never done research for New Mexico, so went to the San Miguel County site, and what a page that is...the top 3 tabs provided everything I needed...where John died, the date and his listing in the 1940 census! Why couldn't I find him in the 1940, well his name is spelled incorrectly, instead of Scramlin, it was Scromlin, now 34, single, and living in a state hospital.

I mailed the information to Linda, and even called her to discuss the next step. In her email to me, she wrote, "Miracles of Miracles!  This time it came through. THANKS!!!!!! Our family has looked for him for over one hundred years. At least now we know, even though it appears he had a pretty difficult life. He must have had some functioning skills because he had been a laborer and janitor at the hospital.  I hope he was content there.  Thank you so much for all your work.  We've been wanting to know what happened to him for over a century.  I’m very disappointed, not for me, but for him.  We had hoped better for him."

But, I wanted to know more....so, stay tuned for the next post.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ray of Salem, Massachusetts -- Surname Saturday

The Ray line is another old Massachusetts line of mine. The emigrant ancestor, John Putnam was my 10th great-grandfather. As usual, my direct lines are in All Caps and in green. If you would like sources, please contact me.



Generation No. 1

1.DANIEL RAY was born ABT 1597 in Suffolk, England and died ABT 24 JUN 1662 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married BETHIAH  BET 1627 AND 1637 in Plymouth / Salem, Massachusetts. She was born ABT 1606 in Suffolk, England, and died in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
Children of DANIEL RAY and BETHIAH were:
+2  i.JOSHUA RAY was born ABT 1628 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died ABT 1701 in Salem Village, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
3  ii.Bethia RAY was born ABT 1625 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 6 DEC 1688 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married Thomas LOTHROP BET 1637 AND 1662 in Prob. Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He died 18 SEP 1675 in Battle of Bloody Brook, near Deerfield, Massachusetts. She married Joseph GRAFTON ABT MAY 1676 in Prob. Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He died 1683 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married William GOODHUE 26 JUL 1682 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He died AFT 31 JUL 1694.



Generation No. 2

2.JOSHUA RAY (DANIEL RAY1) was born ABT 1628 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died ABT 1701 in Salem Village, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married SARAH WATERS 26 FEB 1652 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, daughter of RICHARD WATERS and JOYCE \ REJOICE PLASSE. She was born ABT 1630 in England, and died 19 MAY 1700 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
Children of JOSHUA RAY and SARAH WATERS were:
4  i.Daniel RAY was born 30 MAR 1654 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 5 MAR 1716 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Hepzibah PEABODY 10 APR 1678 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Mary TOMPKINS FEB 1709 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
+5  ii.REBECKAH RAY was born 4 SEP 1656 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 11 FEB 1740 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
6  iii.Sarah RAY was born 10 NOV 1658 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died BET 1658 AND 1661.
7  iv.Elizabeth RAY was born 3 JAN 1660 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
+8  v.Sarah RAY was born 4 JUN 1661 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died in of Salem Co., New Jersey.
9  vi.Bethiah RAY was born 3 JAN 1663 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married Joseph GOULD 12 MAY 1685 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, son of Thomas GOULD and Elizabeth w\o Thomas GOULD. He was born 15 JAN 1662 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married Joseph HUTCHINSON 19 OCT 1710 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, son of Joseph HUTCHINSON and Bethia GEDNEY. He died MAY 1751.
10  vii.Joshua RAY was born 6 AUG 1664 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 1710 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth LEACH OCT 1684 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
11  viii.Samuel RAY was born BET MAY 1665 AND AUG 1665 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 1717 in Prob. Salem Village, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Mary BET 1685 AND 1688 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
12  ix.John RAY was born 23 MAY 1666 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 1732 in Danvers, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Ruth ABT 1690 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She died 11 SEP 1722 in Beverly, Essex Co., Massachusetts. He married Mary HOLTON 3 OCT 1723 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
13  x.Hannah\Sarah RAY was born 1 AUG 1668 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.



Generation No. 3

5.REBECKAH RAY (JOSHUA RAY2, DANIEL RAY1) was born 4 SEP 1656 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 11 FEB 1740 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married JOSEPH BALLARD 15 NOV 1692 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts, son of WILLIAM BALLARD and GRACE BERWICK. He was born ABT 1645 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 29 SEP 1722 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts. She married Samuel STEVENS 17 DEC 1672 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, son of William STEVENS and Elizabeth BIDFIELD. He was born 18 NOV 1652 in Newbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 18 SEP 1675 in Battle of Bloody Brook, near Deerfield, Massachusetts. She married Simon HORNE 28 FEB 1676 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, son of John HORNE and Frances GREEN. He was born ABT 28 OCT 1649 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died BEF NOV 1692.
Children of REBECKAH RAY and JOSEPH BALLARD were:
14  i.Benjamin BALLARD died 21 FEB 1703 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
15  ii.Joseph BALLARD died 29 AUG 1703 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
16  iii.Samuel BALLARD died 13 SEP 1718 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
17  iv.Sarah BALLARD was born 31 AUG 1693 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 3 JAN 1716 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
18  v.Jeremiah BALLARD was born 29 MAR 1697 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died BEF 8 SEP 1761. He married Mary DANE 29 DEC 1721 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
+19  vi.JOSIAH BALLARD was born 22 JUN 1699 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died 26 DEC 1780 in Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts.

8.Sarah RAY (JOSHUA RAY2, DANIEL RAY1) was born 4 JUN 1661 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, and died in of Salem Co., New Jersey. She married Thomas HAINES 15 DEC 1676 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, son of William HAINES and Sarah INGERSOLL. He died in of Salem Co., New Jersey.
Child of Sarah RAY and Thomas HAINES was:
20  i.Daniel HAYNES died 30 JUN 1689 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.