Saturday, July 19, 2014

Good News and Bad News

I have just discovered Iowa Old Press on the web, which seems to be a counterpart to Old Fulton NY Post Cards,  an online archive of old newspapers, mainly from New York State.  I am still trying to find out where Mary Lucinda Winchell, the wife of Rev. Ira N. Pardee, died.  It would be nice if I could document her life further, as well as her sister Georgiana Winchell, who moved west with her sister and her family.  Georgiana was known as Georgie and she married Robert Steele 11 December 1878 in Webster County, Iowa.  The bad news is there was a couple with about the same names living in the same area of Plymouth County, Iowa, Robert and Anna Steele.  Maybe that's why Georgiana changed her name.  I imagine as I puruse the files at Iowa Old Press I'll be able to sort out the news stories on the two different families.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Familysearch Tip

I just had a document in Familysearch show up in a different way.  I searched for James Gatten's marriage in the usual way just by clicking on "Search" at the top.  The transcribed record came up but not the image.  I went to "Genealogies" (which shows up on the menu under "Search" if you let the cursor hover over the word) just to see what was there.  I entered James' name and marriage date into the pedigree screen.  Instead of links for family genealogies, I received three links for the marriage, and one including a copy of the original record!  I will have to try this with other people.

Mohican Woman

The poem that inspired the name of this blog, and the only poem I ever wrote.

Mohican Woman 

No one told me I was Indian
But I heard the ancestors faintly call.
Christianity, sorority, Judaism, atheism, New Age,
Psychology, sociology,
Scottish clan, German gem├╝tlichkeit,
I answered them all.
No one was there.
Yet I heard them
From the river Muhheconnetuk,
Papskenee's Island, Monemin's Island,
Scotak, Skatekook, Kaunameek, Wachachkeek,
Gokameko, Housatunnuk, Wnahtukook,
Stockbridge Mission, Guilder Hollow,
My roots follow.
Nameless places, faceless names,
Nameless faces looking back at me.

Debra Winchell
December 1996

A Crack in the Gatton Brick Wall?

I am wondering if there is a crack in the Gatton brick wall.  You may recall I've been trying to research my great-great-grandfather Albert Galatine Gatton. A break came February 2013 after Familysearch added new records.  I found a marriage record for Galatine Gatton and Hannah Wickoff for 15 March 1838 in Muskingum County, Ohio.  That's quite a distance from Auglaize County.

Galatine also seemed to have a close relationship with Isaac Gatton.  Both men enlisted in the Union Army on the same day in the same place.  There was an Isaac Gatton who married Amanda Spurgeon 1842 in Muskingum County.  He was the son of James Gatton and Rosannah Canner.  I found a little information on the web about the family.  There is a brother listed for Isaac named Galen Gatton.  James had a brother named Galentine.  Galen could be a shortened version of that name.  I wonder what the chances are that Galen Gatton and Galatine Gatton are the same man.  I will have to research Isaac and Amanda, and James' family to see if I can find more information.

I've just discovered that Familysearch has a lot of online information for Muskingum County.  That should keep me busy for a while.

Friday, July 4, 2014

My July Fourth

People can search U.S. census records free on Ancestry, so I'm doing that this weekend.  I'm trying to fill the holes in my cousin's family.  I can only access certain census records on Familysearch.  I'm using Genedocs' census summary sheet, mostly because it's pretty.  I did start a similar spreadsheet a while ago, but didn't follow up on it.  

I'm also trying to follow up on some of my own research: Andrew Brasie in Hillsdale, Columbia Co., NY, and Cornelius Brasie living in Berkshire Co., MA.  It's not much fun when records for the town were burned.  I saw that there is a Sons of the American Revolution application for Andrew Brasie.  I'll have to go to the library and look it up.  It may have some helpful information.  There are also tax assessments listed.  I don't know if those will be helpful.

This search also reminds me that Andrew was probably originally named Andreas, and later the name was anglicized to Andrew.  Always I keep in mind that his surname Brasie has been spelled many different ways.  I have not tried to keep track of all the variations.  Maybe I should.

I read the History of Hillsdale, Columbia County, N.Y. by John Francis Collin I found on the Internet Archive. Unfortunately the people mentioned in the book are those who either served politically or owned businesses.

I have to say my research has definitely been enhanced after I heard a radio broadcast of On The Media by WAMC featuring the Internet Archive.  WAMC has made my research doubly enjoyable today by airing a special by American Roots and the Capitol Steps.  

Let me not forgot my ancestors who served this country in the name of democracy.

 Ancestors Who Served

Seven Years’ War
  1. Hezekiah Winchell Sr.
  2. Zephaniah Wix

American Revolution
  1. Isaac Beman
  2. Berryman Brown
  3. Richard Brown
  4. Samuel Brown
  5. Frederick Buckalew
  6. Noah Hayden
  7. William Hayden
  8. Edward Houchins
  9. Christopher Peavler
  10. Cornelius Vanderveer
  11. Richard Wells
  12. Sampson Wickersham
  13. Nathaniel Wilson
  14. Eliakim Winchell
  15. Hezekiah Winchell Sr.
  16. Zephaniah Wix, imprisoned by the British, died on the way home.

Civil War
  1. Adam William Baker, imprisoned in Andersonville
  2. Albert Galantine Gatton, died in service
  3. William Gragg
  4. Jesse Hise, Indiana Calvary
  5. John L. Winchell

World War II
Avery Kenneth Winchell

Monday, June 2, 2014

Van Gilder Burial Ground

Many times the only trace that a person once existed is the tombstone in the cemetery and the cemetery the only place people can go to try to connect with them physically.  When North America was less densely populated, families often had their own small burial grounds near where they lived.  In the diagram below taken from Early Burial Grounds in Egremont, Massachusetts, the numeral 7 in the lower left corner represents where the burial ground of the Native American and German Van Gilder family once lay.  According to Henry C. Warner in the April 1901 issue of the Berkshire Hills magazine, it was located 40 rods east of the “present Bradford residence,” near the present Jug End Reserve. 

There is no record of who was placed to rest in the Van Gilder burial ground.  Van Gilders were certainly buried there and most likely those with other surnames who married family members, Karners and Winchells for sure. 

The burial ground no longer exists.  It is noted as being in existence after 1817, with gravestones and mounds.  Mary L Fratalone and Diane Fratalone report in Early Burial Grounds in Egremont, Massachusetts that in 1954 at least a portion of the burial ground was dug up and used for road fill, even though a skeleton and many scattered bones were found.  One wonders how it was possible that a person, company or government thought it was acceptable to dig up a family burial ground and use its contents for road fill where it could be ground up into particles. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Intriguing Photo

I am intrigued by this photo.  My great-grandfather Henry F. Winchell Sr. is the last man on the right.  The man holding the square is Theodore Parrish.  Rupert J. Logan is holding the staff-like item.  They are the only known people in this photo. However, Henry's father and brothers Daniel and Robert were carpenters.  So were his uncles Isaac Strong, Uriah Surriner, and Asahel Warner as well as his cousin Nathaniel Warner and Uriah's brother John Surriner.  It's quite likely that at least one of them, if not all of them, is on this crew, but I don't know.  This is the only known surviving piece of documentation for the construction of Searles Castle.  My paternal grandfather burned all the family photos he had while in a depression.