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Unknown Soldiers: DNA technology makes it possible for their remains to be identified.

Unknown Soldiers: DNA technology makes it possible for their remains to be identified.

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Unknown soldiers can be identified!

More than 83,000 US service members lost since the start of WWII are still missing, according to a representative of the Department of Defence. Several lie in forgotten graves on the battlefield and below memorials offering no clue to their identities.

New techniques in DNA technology may mean we have seen the last burial of an unknown soldier. In offices and laboratories across the country and archaeological sites scattered across continents, groups of investigators and scientists comb the remains of the past for lost defenders.

In the US, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and also the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), based in Arlington, Virginia keep case files on each missing sailor, soldier, Marine and airman.

Researchers at JPAC and DPMO establish possible sites of remains. A team of archaelogists visited North Korea in 2004 and located skeletal remains of thirty individuals tossed haphazardly into a mass grave close to Chosin Reservoir. They shipped the bones to JPAC in Honolulu, where the bones were used to find gender, age, ancestry, and distinguishing marks. The process can take anywhere from two weeks to one year, depending on the existing backlog. Frustratingly, the original sample may not be enough and in that case, they must restart from the beginning.

For the remains whose DNA is successfully processed, the researchers will try and match them with DNA samples taken from thousands of possible family members.

Two of my great uncles, Private Joseph Philias Albert Emery and Private Joseph Turmaine, were reported missing in action in WWI and I would be thrilled to have their remains recovered.


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Transcription: Obituary for Harvey S. Jaques (1834 – 1912).

Transcription: Obituary for Harvey S. Jaques (1834 – 1912).

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The following is my transcription of the obituary for Harvey S. Jaques (1834 – 1912).

 

Harvey S. Jaques

 

Harvey S. Jaques.
Harvey S. Jaques.
Harvey S. Jaques obituary and photo of his home.
Harvey S. Jaques obituary and photo of his home. (Click on image for full size view.)

Harvey S. Jaques was born Sept. 5, 1834, near Millville, Butler County, Ohio, here he spent his early childhood. He was the oldest of 12 children of Richard and Mary Jaques. Four brothers, John Louis, Daniel, and James and one sister Mrs. Ella Long survive him. His ancestors came from New Jersey.

At the age of 13 his family settled near Sharptown, Franklin County. Here he grew to man- hood and became one of the sturdy citizens of his community. He had the pleasure of sitting at the feet of Prof. Chase at Mt. Carmel and Brookville College. The inspirations and ideals of this man became a part of his life. He learned to believe in the curse of ignorance, in the efficacy of schools in the joy of serving others, in the beauty in home, in daily life and out of doors, in laughter, in love in faith, in all ideals and distant hopes that lure us on; that every hour of every day he received a just reward for all he was and all he did, in the present and its opportunities, in the future and its promises, and in the divine, joy of living.

For several years he taught school in Franklin County. Many of his students have become staunch citizens of the county. These will attest to the seriousness earnestness, uprightness, and his demand for orderly conduct. He chose for his life companion Martha Stout, the daughter of Ira and Eliza Stout. To them were born eight children. the two oldest John and Jenny died in infancy. His wife and the remaining children, Lyde, Bert, Rose, Edna, Lenore, Fred and ten grandchildren mourn his loss. In his home life he was a devoted, conscientious and ideal husband and father. His family’s welfare was his.

For forty-five years he conducted the store at Whitcomb. As a business man he was the symbol of honesty and fair dealings with all men. He lived the principle embodied in the Golden Rule. His life practically ended in the store for there the beginning of his final illness took place.

About forty years ago he united with the M E Church of Whitcomb. As a member of this church his services are well known.

As a citizen and neighbor he was respected and honored. A type of citizen that the community needs but cannot hope to retain. On May 17, 1912, after a short illness, his life ended at the age of 77 years, 8 months and 12 days. He could truly have said with Paul:- “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the father; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge, shall give me at that day, and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

CARD OF THANKS.

We desire to thank our neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness rendered and expressions of sympathy uttered in our recent bereavement

Mrs. H. S. Jaques and family.


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Transcription: David D. Shelby, “Men and Women in America”

Transcription: David D. Shelby, “Men and Women in America”

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Following is my transcription of the biography of David D. Shelby from “Men and Women in America.”

SHELBY, David D.:

United States circuit judge; born in Madison County, Ala., Oct. 24, 1847 ; son of Dr. David and Mary (Boulding) Shelby. He studied law in Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., was admitted to the bar in 1870, and practised at Huntsville, Ala., until appointed by President McKinley, March 2, 1899, judge of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Fifth Judicial Circuit, in which office he is still serving. Judge Shelby was formerly active in politics as a Republican leader, was a member of the Alabama Senate, 1882-18834, and was the Republican nominee for chief justice of Alabama in 1886. He married in Huntsville, Ala., in 1872, Annie Davis. Address: Huntsville, Ala.

Men and women of America.
1910.

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Transcription: Coon family reunion article; “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.

Transcription: Coon family reunion article; “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.

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Article regarding the Coon family reunion in “The Newark Advocate” of August 21, 1937.

 

Coon Reunion.

Coon; Reunion Article; The Newark Advocate; August 21, 1937
Coon; Reunion Article; The Newark Advocate; August 21, 1937

The 12th annual Coon reunion was held in ”Roadside park” Utica, Sunday, with 38 relatives and friends present. During the business meeting, in charge of the president, Fred Cullison, the following officers were elected for the coming year: President. Clive Davis, Utica; vice president. Cary Coon, Hanover; secretary-treasurer, Paulme Barcus, Mt. Vernon. . Following the picnic dinner, a short program was given. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. John Coon. Mrs. Sara Devoll, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cullison. Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Roberts and daughters Betty, Marie and Lois. Mr. and Mrs. John Holland of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Logan Baker, Mr. and Mrs. Clive Davis and children, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stradley and children, Garland Moreland. Cary Barcus. Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Clark. Mr. and Mrs Finley Holton. Mr. and Mrs. William Hunter and sons, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Francis and children, Vernon Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Marmie and children. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Marmie. Ralph Daugherty; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Devoll. and John Speers, Cambridge: Mr. and Mrs. Guy Smith. Raymond Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Ora Holton and children. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Marmie and children. Mr. and Mrs. Cary Coon: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Day and son. Mt Vernon; Harold and Edna Hupp. Margaret Keyser. Cambridge: Mr. and Mrs. Ray Barcus and daughters. Mt. Vernon: Gale and Albert Earley. Utica. The meeting next year will be held in the same place.

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Transcription: The Bec or Beke lineage.

Transcription: The Bec or Beke lineage.

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The following is my transcription of the Bec or Beke lineage including the Barons Beke of Eresby, as recorded in “A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire.”

 

Beke, Henry; A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire
Beke, Henry; A Genealogical History of the Dormant, Abeyant, Forfeited, and Extinct Peerages of the British Empire

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BEC OR BEKE — BARONS BEKE OF ERESCY.

By Writ of Summons, dated 23 Jun, 1295.

LINEAGE

Walter Bec, Lord of Eresby, co. Lincoln, m. Agnes, dau. And heiress of Hugh, the son of Pinco, and had issue,

I.    Hugh, who d.s.p. In his return from the Holy Land.
II.    Henry, being a person of weak understanding, his two next brothers shared with him the inheritance.
III.    Walter, | participators, with their brother Henry, in their father’s lands.
IV.    John,  |     “            “    “    “        “    “    “    “        “
Nicholas, inherited the church patronage of his father.

The eldest surviving son,
Henry Beke, inherited Eresby and other manors. He m, Hawse or Alice de Multon, sister of Thomas de Multon, and was s. By his son,
Walter Beke, Lord of Eresby, who m. Eva, niece of Walter de Grey, archbishop of York, and had issue,

I.    John, his successor in the lordship of Eresby.
II.    Thomas, bishop of St. David’s, d. 14 April, 1293.
III.    Anthony, the celebrated bishop of Durham, and patriarch of Jerusalem. “This Anthony,” says Dugdale, “was signed with the cross in the 54th Henry III, in order to his going to the Holy Land with Prince Edward; and on the 3rd of Edward I, being then a clerk, was made constable of the Tower of London. Moreover, in anno 1283, being present at the translation of St. William, archbishop of York, and at the whole charge of that great solemnity (the king, queen, and many of the nobility being also there), he was then consecrated bishop of Durham, by William Wickwane, archbishop of York, in the church of St. Peter, within that city. After which, anno 1.94 (22nd Edward I), the king discerning his great losses in Gascoigne, he was sent to Rodolph, king of Almaine, to make a league with him; and the same year, upon the arrival of the cardinals to treat of peace between King Edward and the King of France, he readily answered their proposals in the French tongue. Furthermore, in anno 1296, King Edward entered Scotland with a powerful army; he brought thither to him no less than 500 horse and 1,000 foot, besides a multitude of Welsh and Irish. After which, the same year, being sent ambassador into that realm, he was solemnly met by the king and nobles; and after much dispute, brought them to such an accord that they totally submitted themselves to the pleasure of King Edward. Also, upon that rebellion, which again broke out there the next year following (at which time they used great cruelties to the English), he was again sent thither to inquire the truth, and, to advertise the king thereof. And in the 26th of Edward I was again sent into Scotland, with certain forces, at which time he assaulted the castle of Dulton, and took it. And lastly, in 33rd of Edward I, being with the Earl of Lincoln and some other bishops, sent to Rome, to present divers vessels of pure gold from King Edward to the Pope, his holiness taking especial notice of his courtly behaviour and magnanimity of spirit, advanced him to the title of ‘Patriarch of Jerusalem.’”
“Amongst other works of this great prelate,” continues Dugdale, “he founded the collegiate churches of Chester and Langcester, as also the collegiate chappel at Bishops-Auckland, all in the county palatine of Durham. Moreover, it is reported that no man in all the realm, except the king, did equal him for habit, behaviour, and military pomp, and that he was more versed in state affairs than in ecclesiastical duties; ever assisting the king most powerfully in his wars; having sometimes in Scotland 26 standard-bearers, and of his ordinary retinue 140 knights; so that he was thought to be rather a temporal prince than a priest or bishop; and lastly, that he d 3 March, 1310, and was buried above the high altar in his cathedral of Durham.” This prelate was the first bishop that presumed to lie in the church, on account of the interment of the holy St. Cuthbert, and so superstitious were they in those days that they dared not bring in the remains at the doors, but broke a hole in the wall, to convey them in at the end of the church, which breech is said to be still visible.
I.    Margaret, m. To Galfridus de Thorpe.
II. Another dau., a nun
The eldest son,

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B E L

John Beke, s his father in the feudal lordship of Eresby, and was summoned to parliament as Baron Beke of Eresby, on 23 June, 20 September, and 2 November, 1295, and 26 August, 1296, having previously (4th of Edward, 1275 6) had license to make a castle of his manor-house at Eresby; his lordship m. ——, and had issue,

I.    Walter, who must have d.s.p. And vita patris, before the gift of Eresby to Robert Willoughby.
I.    Alice, m. To Sir William de Willoughby, Knt., and had issue,
Robert Willoughby, who inherited, at the decease of his grand uncle, Anthony Beke, bishop of Durham, the great possessions of that eminent prelate, and was summoned to parliament, temp. Edward II, as Lord Willoughby de Eresby. (See that dignity in Burke’s Peerage and Baronetage)
II.    Margaret, m. To Sir Richard de Harcourt, Knt., ancestor of the Harcourts, Earls of Harcourt.
III.    Mary, d. Unm.

Lord Beke gave Eresby to his grandson, Robert Willoughby, and d. 1303-4, when the Barony fell into abeyance between his two daus. And co-hers, the Ladies Willoughby and Harcourt, and so continues amongst their descendants.
Arms. — Gules, a cross moline, arg.

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Transcription: German Pioneers of the Ship Mortonhouse

Transcription: German Pioneers of the Ship Mortonhouse

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Transcription of a passenger list of German pioneers of the ship Mortonhouse, including Ulrich Croll.

German pioneers of the ship Mortonhouse
German pioneers of the ship Mortonhouse

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Mortonhouse 1729

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Sworn Before the Governour in Council, 19th August 1729. Cleared from Deal in Great Britain. James Coultas.

Rt Charles

“At the Courthouse of Philadelphia, August 19th, 1729, … A List was presented of the Names of Seventy five Palatines, who with their families, making in all about One hundred & Eighty persons, were imported here in the Ship Mortonhouse, James Coults, Mr., from Rotterdam, but last from Deal, as by Clearance thence dated 21st of June last.” From Minutes of the Provincial Council, printed in Colonial Records, Vol. III, p. 367.

[List 9 B] Palatines imported in the ship Mortonhouse, Jas Coultas, Mr, from Rotterdam, but last from Deal p. Clearance thence, dated 21st June 1729. Subscribed this Declaration 19th Augt. 1729.

Carl Ernst Musselbach                         Jakob Crebil
Georg Threhr [Dreher]                        Henrich Schlengeluf
Johan Philip Ranck                              Henrich Gunter
Hans Műller                                           Hans Uldric (H) Vry
Kunradt Wőrntz                                    Christ (O) Vry
Casper (X) Dorest                                 Jacob (O) Bowman
Dielman Kolb                                         Johan Nicolas Prietschler
Hans Michel Frőlich                             Johannes Műller
Michael Borst                                         Jacob (O) Obere
Johannes Hoock                                    David Montandon
Roedolp (X) Moor                                 Peter Weger
Hans Jacob (O) Roodlys                      Valentine (/) Ficus
Uldric (X) Root                                      Adam Orth
Nicolaas (O) Peffell                               Hanns Michel Heider
Heinrich Dubs                                       Johannes Reis
Mr. (X) Meli [?]                                     Johann Stephen Rumer
Henrich Blim                                         Gőrg Adam Wedel
Hans Ullrich Hűber                              Ulrich (/) Croll
Christ (B) Baown                                   Adolph Schombach
Christ (C) Kroll                                      Conrad (O) Kilner
Hendk. (H) Werner                               Johannes (/) Binkler
Gerhard Műller                                      Michel Weber
Andres Mys                                             Rudolff Walder

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Transcription: Obituary for General George Cadwalader

Transcription: Obituary for General George Cadwalader

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Following is the transcription of the obituary for General George Cadwalader, published in the Bucks County Gazette on Thursday, February, 6, 1879.

 

Obituary; General George Cadwalader
Obituary for General George Cadwalader

General George Cadwalader died in Philadelphia, on Monday afternoon, in the seventy-third year of his age, from an attack resembling apoplexy, with which he was seized on Sunday night. He was a brother of Judge Cadwalader, who died on Sunday week, and was the last of the five sons of General Thomas Cadwalader. The deceased was born in Philadelphia, in 1806, engaged in mercantile business, and filled the position of President of the Mutual Insurance Company for a third of a century. He served gallantly in the Mexican War as well as in the Slaveholders’ Rebellion, and distinguished himself in both positions. His record is one of the best which he can safely leave behind as a grand inheritance to his family and friends.

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Transcriptions: Researched ‘puzzle pieces’, a family story makes: William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

Transcriptions: Researched ‘puzzle pieces’, a family story makes: William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

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Following are my transcriptions of numerous newspaper clippings regarding William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia.

 

WILLIAM ARCHER SR. (grandfather)

 

William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia October 29, 1767
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

October 29, 1767 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia, pg. 4)

STRAYED or STOLEN from Bermuda Hundred the last of January, a light bay horse about five years old, 4 feet nine or 10 inches high, a few white ??? on his forehead, and branded on the rear buttock WK in a piece. Whoever delivers the said horse to me living in Amelia County, shall have 20 shillings reward.

William Archer

 

Archer, William; March 21, 1806
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

March 21, 1806 (Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, pg. 1)

FOR SALE,

A TRACT OF LAND, in the county of Amelia, containing 800 acres, within one mile of the Court House, about forty from Manchester, and the same from Petersburg. There is a most excellent ?and for a Tavern on this land. A credit of one, two and three years, will be given for the greater part of the purchase money. The subscriber also offers for sale, about twenty negroes, consisting of men, women and children. A credit of twelve months will be given; and could they be sold in families, I would allow a credit of two years.

WILLIAM ARCHER.

Powhatan, March 14

 

WILLIAM ARCHER (Grandson)

 

Archer, William; September 2, 1806
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

September 2, 1806 (Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, pg. 1)

SCOTTVILLE JOCKEY CLUB.

The races will commence at this place, on Thursday the 18th of September, free for any horse, mare or gelding — weights as usual.

1st Day. — Three mile heats, for the amount of the subscription, after deducting contingent charges — say, about one hundred pounds.

2nd Day. — The proprietors purse, two mile heats — half the amount of the first day.

3rd Day. — An handy cap purse — two mile heats, for an elegant gig.

WILLIAM ARCHER, Sec’ry to the Club.

Powhatan, Court House, August 29. (ep9w.)

 

Archer, William; April 12
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

April 12, 1808 (Virginia Gazette and General Advertiser, Richmond, Virginia, Vol. XXL, Issue 1554, Pg. 1)

Cash Sales.

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TO BE SOLD for ready money, at the front door of the Eagle Tavern, on Tuesday the 10th day of May next, by virtue of a deed of trust executed to the subscribers by David Ross, Esq. on the 28th day of November, in the year 1804, and recorded in the General Court, for the purposes therein mentioned.

One certain tract of Land in the county of Chesterfield, containing by estimation 645 acres, be the ssame more or less, commonly called Chester-Hill, together with the Lands appertaining thereto, as a moiety of a certain tract of Land adjoining, called Auburn Chase, in the whole 645 acres, being the same land conveyed by Ben. Mosby to the said David Ross by deed, bearing date the day of . The necessary conveyances will be made to the purchaser or purchasers on the paymen of the purchase money.

E. W. ROOTES, | Trus-

WILSON ALLEN, | tees.

Richmond, April 8th, 1808.

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PURSUANT to an Act of Assembly authorizing the Sale of the Glebe Land of Southam Parish, Powhatan County.

The undersigned Commissioner will offer for sale for Cash, the aforesaid Glebe Tract, on the premises, on Saturday the 28th day of May next. — The money arising from the sale, will, agreeably to the said act, be put to Interest, which Interest is to be paid annually to the Rev. John H. Saunders, the present incumbent.

DABNEY M. WHARTON,

EDWARD JOHNSON,

WILLIAM BENTLEY,

,WILLIAM HICKMAN,

SAML. H. SAUNDERS,

WILLIAM ARCHER, and

WILLIAM POPE,

Comm’rs.

April 7th, 1808. 6 wks.

 

Archer, William; August 23, 1811, Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger, (Norfolk, VA), Page 3.pdf 2014-04-02 10-21-22
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

August 23, 1811 (Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger, Norfolk, Virginia, Pg. 3)

At a Chancery District Court held in Williamsburg; the 16th day of July, 1811.

William Arthurs, Plaintiff, against

Thomas Archer, Lucy Archer, William Archer, John Archer, Susan Archer, and Sally Archer, heirs of Abraham Archer, deceased, the said Susan and Sally Archer being infants by Thomas Archer their guardian, assigned to defend them,

Defendants.

The bill in this cause having by an order entered therein on the twenty-fifth day of April last, been taken for confessed, as to the defendants Thomas, Lucy, William and John Archer, and the said defendants having been served with a copy of the said order, and failing to appear and answer the said bill, and the cause coming on by consent to be heard as to the defendants Susan and Sarah Archer on the bill, their answer, and the exhibits, the court on consideration thereof, doth adjudge, order, and decree, that Corbin Griffin, Thomas Griffin, and Francis Page, or any two of them, after giving four weeks previous notice of the time and place of sale, in one of the Norfolk newspapers and at the door of the Court-House in the town of York, do make sale of the houses and lots in the bill mentioned, lying in the town of York, at public auction, for ready money, and out of the proceeds of the sale after discharging the expenses thereof, pay unto the plaintiff the sum of seventy-one pounds with interest thereon, to be computed after the rate of six per centum per annum, from the eleventh day of October, 1804, till paid, and his costs by him expended in the prosecution of this suit, and divide the surplus thereof, if any, into six equal parts, and pay unto each of the defendants one sixth part thereof, and report their proceedings to the court in order to a final decree.

A copy,

EDMUND CHRISTIAN, c. c.

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In obedience to the foregoing decree, we shall, on Monday, the 16th day of September next, before the Swan Tavern in the Town of York, proceed to sell to the highest bidder, the property mentioned in the decree foregoing, and on the terms mentioned in said decree. This property is worthy the attention of a person wanting a family residence, the improvements on the lots are a two story frame Dwelling House, ?0 by 25 feet, a Kitchen and Dairy, with a garden enclosed and front year ; the situation is elevated and dry, lying on the banks of York river, pleasant and healthy in summer ; there are no buildings contiguous to this tenement which can either render its situation confined or the houses liable to fire ; on, this lot it is believed that a valuable spring of water may be opened near the building.

Signed Corbin Griffin,

Thomas Griffin,

Francis Page.

York Town, August 23, 1811. 4w

 

Archer, William; November 1, 1811, Virginia Patriot, (Richmond, VA), Page 1.pdf
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

November 1 and 29, 1811 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia; Pg. 1 and Pg. 4)

VIRGINIA

At a Superior Court of Chancery, holden at the capitol, in the city of Richmond, the 2nd day of Sept. 1811.

Mathew Mosby, Martha F. Mosby, Thomas Jones, and Elizabeth his wife, late Elizabeth Mosby, which said Mathew, Martha F. and Elizabeth are children of the late Elizabeth Mosby, who was formerly Elizabeth Archer, – – – – – – Plt’s.

AGAINST

John Brander, administrator of Mary Archer, deceased; William Archer, and Blackman Mosby, – – – – – – Def’ts.

The defendant Blackman Mosby not having entered his appearance and given security according to the Act of Assembly and the rules of this court, and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court, that he is not an inhabitant of this country : On motion of the plaintiffs by their counsel, It is ordered, That the said defendant do appear here on the first day of the next term and answer the bill of the plaintiffs ; and that a copy of this order be forthwith inserted in some newspaper published in the city of Richmond for two months successively, and posted at the front door of the capitol in the said city. A copy — Teste,

wgt W.d: W. HENING, c. c.

 

Archer, William; January 11, 1812, Enquirer, (Richmond, VA), Page 4.pdf 2014-04-02 10-23-49January 11, 1812 (Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, Pg. 4)

By virtue of a Deed of Trust executed to me by Sherley Eggleston, of the county of Amelia, for the purpose of securing a debt therein r???ed to be due to William Archer of Powhatan, will be sold for cash, at Amelia courthouse, on Saturday, the 11th of January, two negroes, called Katy and Isbell, the property of the said Eggleston.

W. S. ARCHER.

Dec. 21. ???

 

Archer, William; May 4, 1814, Virginia Patriot, (Richmond, VA),.pdf
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

May 4, 1814 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia)

Members elected to serve in the next Legislature of Virginia.

Warwick — William Garrow, John Jones

Powhatan — William Archer, William Crump

Cumberland — John Hatcher, German Baker

Prince Edward — Wm. Booker, Wm. Lindsey

Norfolk Borough — Miles King, Jr.

_________ County — C. B. Poindexter, M. Cooke

King & Queen — Humphrey Walker, W. R. Roane

Essex — Laurence Muse, Musco Garnett

Dinwiddie — John Pegram, John Watkins

Greensville — Thomas Spencer, J. M. Jeffries

Mecklenburg — John C. Goode, Arm. Burwell

Lunenburg — Robert Chappell, S. Niblett

Sussex — William Parham, Nathaniel Cargill

Culpeper — Zeph. Turner, John S. Barbour

Fauquier — Thomas Marshall, Thonton Buckner

Prince William — Red Foster, James E. North

Charles City — John Tyler, Benjamin Harrison

Pittsylvania — Rawleigh White, William Walton

Amherst — David S. Garland, Hill Garter

Campbell — Jesse Burton, Wm. J. Lewis

Henry — Robert Hairston, Robert Allen

Goochland — J. W. Bates, John Underwood

York — Robert G. Scott, Robert Pescud

 

Archer, William; October 29, 1814, Virginia Patriot, (Richmond, VA), Page 4.pdf
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

October 29, 1814 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia, Pg. 4)

A petition was presented and read of William and Henry Heth, praying to be paid the sums of money at which two slaves (viz. one named Cyrus Archer, the property of the said Archer, and one named Dick, the property of the said Heath) were valued by the court of Chesterfield county, which sentenced them to death for the crime of burglary ; it appearing that the said slaves have broken jail, and escaped from custody, and have not sice been re-taken ; in consequence whereof the Auditor has refused to give the petitioners, respectively, warrants on the treasury :

Ordered, that the said petion be referred to the Committee of Claims ; that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same with their opinion thereupon, to the House.

 

Archer, William; November 9, 1814, Virginia Patriot, (Richmond, VA), Page 4.pdf 2014-04-02 10-54-02
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

November 9, 1814 (Virginia Patriot, Richmond, Virginia, Pg. 4)

It appears also to your committee, from the petition and evidence of William Archer and Harry Heth, that two negro men, their slaves, were condemned to be hanged by the county court of Chesterfield on the charge of burglary ; that they were each valued at four hundred dollars ; that before the day of execution they broke jail & have never been heard of since ; and that they made application in due form to the Auditor for their values, which was refused by him, in consequence of their not being actually executed :

2. Resolved, therefore as the opinion of this committee, that the petition of William Archer and Harry Heth, praying compensation for the value of the aforesaid slaves, and interest thereon from the time of the sentence of the court for their execution, is reasonable.

 

Archer, William; March 6, 1816, Virginia Argus, (Richmond, VA), Volume I, Issue 99, Page 4.pdf Archer, William; March 6, 1816, Virginia Argus, (Richmond, VA), Volume I, Issue 99, Page 4.pdf
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

March 6, 1816 (Virginia Argus, Richmond, Virginia, Vol. I, Pg. 4)

NOTICE.

THE SUBSCRIBERS,

UNDER THE FIRM OF

A R C H E R S & A N D E R S O N ,

Will hereafter carry on the

COAL BUSINESS

(VERY EXTENSIVELY.)

Lately conducted by Wm. & Branch Archer, alone

Our OFFICE will be kept on D. Street, near the Bason.

WILLIAM ARCHER,

BRANCH T. ARCHER,

HENRY ANDERSON.

Feb. 3. — 6t.

 

Archer, William; April 24, 1816
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

April 24, 1816 (American Beacon, Norfolk, Virginia, Vol. II, Issue 65, Pg. 3)

STATE ELECTIONS

DELEGATES

Powhatan — William Archer, Collin Clarke.*

Fairfax — ______ Thompson.* ______ Peake.*

Essex — Henry Lattaine, Robert Garnett.*

* New Members.

 

Archer, William; J. P. Cocke; July 5, 1822, Enquirer, (Richmond, VA), Volume XIX, Issue 17, Page 4.pdf 2014-04-02 10-22-14
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

July 5, 1822 (Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, Vol. XIX, Issue 17, Pg. 4)

In Amelia County Court, May 23, 1822.

WILLIAM A. BAIRD and Avarilla his wife, formerly Avarilla Stringer, one of the children and distributees of Daniel Stringer, dec., Complainants,

Against

James P. Cocke, sheriff of Amelia county, and as such adm’or of Daniel Stringer, elec. James Stringer, William Striner, Daniel Stringer, Armistead Stringer, John Stringer, Polly Stringer, Rebecca Stringer, William Smith and Betsy his wife, formerly Betsy Stringer, which said James, William, Daniel, Armistead, John, Polly, Rebecca and Betsy are children and distributees of Daniel Stringer, deceased, Defendants.

The defendants William Stringer, Daniel Stringer and Armistead Stringer, not having entered their appearance and given securitGy according to the act of Assembly, and rules of this court, and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court, that they are not inhabitants of this commonwealth : On the motion of the complainants by William S. Archer, Esq. their counsel, It is ordered, That the said defendants do appear here on the fourth Thursday in August next, and order be forthwith inserted in someone of the newspapers printed in Richmond or Petersburg for two months successively, and that another copy be posted at the front door of the Courthouse on two successive court days.

Copy — Teste J. T. LEIGH, Clk.

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Archer, William; October 11, 1822, Enquirer, (Richmond, VA), Volume XIX, Issue 45, Page 3.pdf 2014-04-02 10-42-28
William Archer of Powhatan, Virginia

October 11, 1822 (Enquirer, Richmond, Virginia, Vol. XIX, Issue 45, Pg. 3)

Departed this life on Sunday the 7th of Oct. at his residence in Powhatan county, WILLIAM ARCHER, Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Regiment of Cavalry, in the 42d year of his age.

He was the eldest son of Major Peter F. Archer, and grandson of Colonel Wm. Archer of Amelia county. William Archer had ??????? represented the county of Powhatan for the last 1? years and his popularity in that county was so well established that he never lost an election. A kind master, a fond husband, an affectionate parent, and a steadfast friend : he ?????? to a quick and strong sense of injustice a geneality of temper and a limitless courage that would have ???? honor to the ??????????? of chivalry.

The tears of the poor for their benefactor, and the solemn and sad recollections of his acquaintance on the loss of their friend, are the best ??????????? on his ????????. He is gone : and ?? he had any of the failings of humanity they were ?? ??????????? so allied to the good qualities of his nature that in him they seemed to s?? ??? and ????? his ??? ?????? as appropriate virtues.

????? ?? ?? ?????: The man who sketches this frail memorial of his worth, has known him long and well, and owes him much : ?? ??? the ????? principle ????? cease ?? ?????, ??? memory shall fail to recollect amidst the long ????? of his future life, the gentle ???????????? manners and devoted friendship of William Archer.

?? ?????????? in Essex county on Saturday the ???? of September Miss REBECCA TAYLOR BEVERLEY, second daughter of Mr. Robert Beverley of that place.

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All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 

 


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Everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne as an ancestor.

Everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne as an ancestor.

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Sometimes I get asked if I’m related to the great physicist Ernest Rutherford. His discoveries about the atomic nucleus gave birth to physics in the 20th century.

Everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne as an ancestor.
Everyone of European descent can claim Charlemagne as an ancestor.

He is the father of nuclear physics, with labs and atoms named after him.
I’m not related to him. I can reveal however that I am a direct descendent of someone of similar greatness: Charlemagne, Carolingian King of the Franks, Holy Roman Emperor, the great European conciliator. Quelle surprise!
But we are all special, which means none of us are. If you’re vaguely of European extraction, you are also the fruits of Charlemagne’s prodigious loins. A fecund ruler, he sired at least 18 children by motley wives and concubines, including Charles the Younger, Pippin the Hunchback, Drogo of Metz, Hruodrud, Ruodhaid, and not forgetting Hugh…

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Source: So you’re related to Charlemagne? You and every other living European…


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Getting the most from Library and Archives Canada databases.

Getting the most from Library and Archives Canada databases.

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The wealth of information on the Library and Archives Canada website has become more easily searchable over the years as more and more indexing has occurred.

 

Albert Joseph Philias Emery died March 1, 1916 at Vimy Ridge.
My great uncle, Pte Joseph Philias Albert Emery was MIA (believed killed) during advance preparations for the advance on Vimy Ridge.

As one who is very familiar with and has used this site for years, I have found it to be so extensive that I make sure to bookmark any pages I would like to examine further so I can find them again later.

At one time, it was almost impossible to find them again otherwise.

The site has since added  an “Ancestors Search” to enable searching several of the site’s databases in one step, in addition to more targeted searches of specific databases.

Some things to remember when searching large sites and databases are:

  • Remember to use wild cards and the soundex features in your searches as transcription errors are very common due to the quality of the archived documents, handwriting, etc.
  • Middle names or nicknames may have been used routinely, especially since children were frequently named after parents or other family members and this was the best way to differentiate between individuals.
  • Language barriers and miscommunication sometimes resulted in surnames and given names being anglicized or simplified.
  • Those recording data and/or completing documentation frequently resorted to phonetic spelling because they were much less educated.
  • After widowhood, separation, divorce and sometimes even during marriage, a woman could sometimes be listed by her maiden name.
  • It was not uncommon for individuals to not know their own birth date, immigration date, etc. leaving gaps in data or in the worst cases, providing erroneous information.

This link is one of numerous included in my “Favorite Research Links” in the lower sidebar – along with several others from the Library and Archives Canada site that I have also listed below for your information.

Library and Archives Canada

  • Ancestors Search
  • Books of Remembrance
  • Databases
  • Canada’s Digital Collections
  • Genealogy Index
  • War and Military

If you have Canadian ancestors, it’s well worth your while to check out this site.


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Indecipherable inscriptions on centuries old tombstones revealed using 3D technology.

Indecipherable inscriptions on centuries old tombstones revealed using 3D technology.

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Stuart, Erin and Alan Melanson in graveyard.
Erin and Stuart sit through an enthralling tale told by fellow ‘Melanson’ cousin, Alan Melanson.

This new technology is so very exciting to me. I’ve found that the information that proves to be most valuable from tombstones is that found on those from before 1850.

After 1850, most of the information is available in accessible records. Although there are records prior to 1850, the information on them is minimal at best. The earlier US censuses are the best example because the censuses prior only provide the full name of the head of the family and age ranges of spouses, children and others. This leaves a wide margin for error that is much narrower in later censuses that reveal names, ages, birth years, immigration data, occupations and relationships to the head of the household.

In a previous post, I described the fun my family and I had ‘tombstone hunting’ in Nova Scotia. We made a point of stopping at as many graveyards as possible and taking photos and transcriptions of the tombstones that had related surnames. The most memorable graveyard we visited was that of the well known “Graveyard Tour” at Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. Our tour guide was a fellow Melanson family member and his knack of weaving entertaining and enthralling stories was evident as he led us through the maze of tombstones, recounting the most scandalous and mysterious tales. Several of these tombstones from the 1600s and 1700s were unreadable and this new 3D technology seems to be the answer to discovering and recording many of the actual transcriptions.

Grant Aylesworth, a Mount Allison anthropology professor, and the Government of New Brunswick’s archaeological services division are now reading the inscriptions on those illegible grave markers from the 1700s, using this new 3D software technology. The software derives the inscriptions from digital images of these tombstones. The innovative technology is freely available and is easy to learn and implement, although attempts are being made to streamline the process to encourage others to explore these old tombstones and recover as many inscriptions as possible.


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Transcription: A List of Children at the State House in Philadelphia; June 19, 1761

Transcription: A List of Children at the State House in Philadelphia; June 19, 1761

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A List of Children at the State House in Philadelphia; June 19, 1761

 

By AUTHORITY.

A LIST of CHILDREN now at the State-Houfe, in Philadelphia, who in the Courfe of the War, were taken Captives from feveral Parts of this Province by the Indians, and have been lately releafed by His Excellency General  A M H E R S T, and fent to this Government, in order to their being delivered up to their Parents, or other Relations, who are hereby d?????? forthwith to come and receive them.

Advertisement re children taken hostage by Indians
Advertisement re children taken hostage by Indians.

NICHOLAS SILVIAS, of Plow-Park.

JOHN MAN, of Marsh-Creek.

FREDERICK PAYER, of Low-Bergen.

ISAAC TOOPLE, taken near Prefque Ifle.

ANNE COON, and MARY WILLIAMS, taken on the Delaware.

Philadelphia, June 19, 1761.

from the Pennsylvania Gazette.

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Transcription: Wogaman, Burkett and Holdery – Burkhart — Burckhardt — Burket — Burkett

Transcription: Wogaman, Burkett and Holdery – Burkhart — Burckhardt — Burket — Burkett

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Transcription: Wogaman, Burkett and Holdery – Burkhart — Burckhardt — Burket — Burkett

 

WOGAMAN, BURKETT, HOLDERY

Author:     Ezra McFall Kuhns
Publisher:     [Dayton, Ohio? : s.n., 1948]
Series:      Genealogy & local history, G7296.

BURKHART — BURCKHARDT — BURKET — BURKETT
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Burket Family Bio
Burket Family Bio – Wogaman, Burkett, Holdery

It has been said that Emanuel Burkhart whose home was in one of the Swiss Cantons, probably Berne, had two sons who came to America, sometime between 1742 and 1754. One of these is said to have been Jonathan and the other Christian. Rupp’s records no persons by either of these names, until the arrival on November 22, 1752, on the ship St. Michael, of Johann Burckhard, and on September 24, 1753, the arrival on the ship Neptune, of Johannes Burkhart. There is listed, however, the arrival on the ship Rosanna, on September 26, 1743, of Heinrich Burckhart. This person so nearly fits in with the known facts of the case, as to lead to the belief that this Henry, to use the English equivalent of his first name, was the progenitor of the family under discussion, in America. There is not much support to the traditional name of Jonathan, and it could easily be the case, in any event, that like thousands of others, there was the first name “Johan”, by which he might have been known, but omitted from the registration. It is stated that the immigrant’s wife died at sea, and that the father died four years after arrival. There were four children, Salome, probably the eldest, born August 14, 1734, Jehu, Nathaniel, and probably another boy said to have been named Christian. Salome, according to well authenticated statements, was seven years of age upon arrival, and this fact, as well as her marriage in 1759, she being then of marriageable age, seems to be controlling in fixing the approximate time of the arrival in America, that is at about the time of the arrival of Henry as above stated. Jehu married Madalene (Motlene) Croll or Kroll, who was the daughter of Ulric Croll, of Elizabeth township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, who came to America on August 19, 1729, aged 27 years, on the ship Mortonhouse. The brothers moved to Frederick county, Maryland, residing and working there at their trade, as well as farming, from about 1768 to 1775, after which Jehu and family moved to Reedy creek on the Yadkin, Rowan county, North Carolina. About 1809, Jehu moved to Montgomery county, Ohio, and became the owner of a 112-acre tract located on Salem pike, a few miles north of the city of Dayton, opposite the Brethren church at Ft. McKinley, Jehu died in 1823, and his wife a few years before. He was the first Bishop or Elder of the church of the Brethren (Dunkard) in this vicinity, and assisted in the organization of the Lower Stillwater church of that denomination (still flourishing at Ft. McKinley) and out of which church sprung the church at “Happy Corners”. Despite his connection with one of the peace loving sects, Jehu seems to have served in the North Carolina troops in the Revolution, was paid a fairly large sum presumably for military services. Again, in a muster roll of Capt. Andrew Long’s company of Col. Samuel Miles’ rifle regiment of Pennsylvania troops, taken on June 4, 1776, appears the name of “Jehu Burket”. This company came from western Bucks county, and there is authority for the statement that Jehu’s wife’s people were, or had been, formerly residents of that region. It could easily be possible that Jehu had returned to Pennsylvania before finally settling in North Carolina, and enrolled for a short time only as the records of that company would indicate, after which he returned to Maryland or North Carolina. From the extreme infrequency of the name Jehu, and the singular fact of it being attached in this case to the last name “Burket”, it appears to the writer as more than a coin

BURKHART — BURCKHARDT — BURKET — BURKETT
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Wogaman, Burkett, Holdery

cidence. This conclusion might be further justified from the fact of the somewhat roving disposition of the person in question, who in the course of this life, removed three or four different times, and to distant points. Jehu and Motlene had nine children, Henry being the fourth. He, Henry, was born on May 13, 1771, in Maryland. On December 25, 1793, Henry married Elizabeth Rinker, in North Carolina, who was born on June 22, 1772, and who died on February 9, 1836. About 1815 or 1816 this family came to Montgomery county, where Henry’s father had already located. Henry acquired 400 or more acres of land on the so-called Stringtown pike, in Madison township, about a mile or so north of the village of Trotwood, and about the same distance west of the settlement on the Salem pike formerly known as Taylorsburg. He died in September 1817, leaving a will which was probated in due course. Henry and Elizabeth had the following children, all born in North Carolina: Mary (sometimes called Mollie) born October 27, 1794; John, born December 27, 1795; George, born November 23, 1797; Elizabeth, born September 7, 1801; Isaac, born February 3, 1803; Charles, born March 13, 1805; Amelia, born December 8, 1807; Anne, born December 8, 1809; Martin, born October 5, 1811; and Barbara, born April 20, 1815.

As previously stated in this narrative, Mary the first child of Henry and Elizabeth, married John Wogaman the second, on August 18, 1818, and their child was George, who married Catherine Hilderbrick on June 15, 1843. She was born on July 17, 1824, the daughter of David Mary Hilderbrick, and Mary was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Holtry.

In connection with what has been said as to Jehu Burket, it should be mentioned that the material is based somewhat on a History of the Burgner family, published in 1892. This narrates an interview, in 1889, with a granddaughter of Salome Burket. This granddaughter well remembered Salome the sister of Jehu. She had married a Burgner, and after her husband’s death lived in Maryland near Frederick. Also, a pamphlet on the Burket family, prepared by Mr. John M. Burkett, of Washington, D. C., has been useful and most essential in establishing some of the important facts of the story of this family. It should also be mentioned that the family migrated in large numbers to Indiana in the early part of the nineteenth century, and many members have achieved prominence both in civil and professional walks of life, including farming and other lines of business.

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It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.

 


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The Knowles Collection: Jewish genealogy database reaches 1 million entry milestone.

The Knowles Collection: Jewish genealogy database reaches 1 million entry milestone.

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The Knowles Collection, the Jewish genealogy database linking generations of Jewish families, has recently reached over 1 million entries.

 

Since it’s inception, this free searchable database at familysearch.org has been growing steadily at an average rate of about 10,000 individuals each month, including Jewish individuals from over 80 nations.

Jewish alter in a synagogue.
Jewish alter in a synagogue.

Genealogy researchers are free to compare their Jewish ancestry with the six different searchable databases in the Knowles collection.

Some of those databases include names and information on Jewish individuals from:

  • British Isles (208,349)
  • Europe (380,637)
  • South Pacific (21,518)
  • South America and the Caribbean (21, 351)
  • North America (489,000).
  • Africa and the Orient (37,618)

These records provide both given names and surnames, dates, places, source citations, notes and links to ancestors.

The most effective and informative searches result from knowing the person’s name, date of birth, and places of residence.

Due to the mobility of the Jewish population in the past, it’s wise to cheque several of the databases to locate your ancestors.

Full instruction on how to effectively find and search these databases are available here.


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Remains of Blanch Mortimer, daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer found.

Remains of Blanch Mortimer, daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer found.

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I was surprised to read today that the remains of Blanch Mortimer, the daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer have been found.

 

I was shocked to read today that the remains of Blanch Mortimer, the daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer.
The effigy on the tomb of Blanch Mortimer, the daughter of Sir Roger Mortimer.

In a previous post, I described our genealogical relationship to Sir Roger Mortimer, outlining the most infamous aspects of his life, including his hanging at Tyburn Tree for treason.

Blanch Mortimer, who died in 1347, was entombed at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Much Markle and her remains were uncovered in October of 2014.

Admittedly, this news has actually been out for a while, but it is new to me, and I’m excited to read anything about our family’s ancestors.

The find was made during work to restore the church. It was decided to keep the find quiet to enable tests to be conducted and to make her secure once again.

Blanche Mortimer; Tomb
The tomb in which the remains of Blanch Mortimer lie.

According to Reverend Howard Mayell, vicar of the parish, there wasn’t much left in the coffin, so it’s impossible to be absolutely certain the remains are those of Blanch, but it is believed they are hers.

Blanch’s tomb is topped with an effigy. Although it was not originally clear what was lying beneath, upon further exploration and removal of the stone panels from the front of the memorial, they discovered it was a lead coffin.

It is extremely unusual to find a coffin within a tomb. Usually, the tomb itself is empty and the body is buried beneath.

The remains were subjected to an endoscopic examination to preclude opening the coffin, adhering to archaeological practice and the policy of the Church of England that remains should be disturbed as little as possible.

Sources:

  1. BBC News; Hereford and Worcester; “Blanch Mortimer: ‘Remains’ of medieval traitor’s daughter found,” http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-25932288.
  2. Wikipedia.org; http://www.wikipedia.org

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Transcription: Biography of Jehu Burkett and Family

Transcription: Biography of Jehu Burkett and Family

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The following is a transcription of a biography of Jehu Burkett and his family, taken from the publication, “BURKHART — BURCKHARDT — BURKET — BURKETT.”

Burket Family Bio
Burket Family Bio – Wogaman, Burkett, Holdery; Page 1

 

Wogaman, Burkett, Holdery 2
Burket Family Bio – Wogaman, Burkett, Holdery; Page 2

lt has been said that Emanuel Burkhart whose home was in one of the Swiss Cantons, probably Berne, had two sons who came to America, sometime between 1742 and 1754. One of these is said to have been Jonathan and the other Christian. Rupp’s records no persons by either of these names, until the arrival on November 22, 1752, on the ship St. Michael, of Johann Burckhard, and on September 24, 1753, the arrival on the ship Neptune, of Johannes Burkhart. There is listed, however, the arrival on the ship Rosanna, on September 26, 1745, of Heinrich Burckhart. This person so nearly fits in with the known facts of the case, as to lead to the belief that this Henry, to use the English equivalent of his first name, was the progenitor of the family under discussion, in America. There is not much support to the traditional name of Jonathan, and it could easily be the case, in any event, that like thousands of others, there was the first name “Johan”, by which he might have been known, but omitted from the registration. It is stated that the immigrant’s wife died at sea, and that the father died four years after arrival. There were four children, Salome, probably the eldest, born August 14, 1734, Jehu, Nathaniel, and probably another boy said to have been named Christian. Salome, according to well authenticated statements, was seven years of age upon arrival, and this fact, as well as her marriage in 1759, she being then of marriageable age, seems to be controlling in fixing the approximate time of the arrival in America, that is at about the time of the arrival of Henry as above stated. Jehu married Madalene (Motlene) Croll or Kroll, who was the daughter of Ulric Croll, of Elizabeth township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, who came to America on August 19, 1729, aged 27 years, on the ship Mortonhouse. The brothers moved to Frederick county, Maryland, residing and working there at their trade, as well as farming, from about 1768 to 1775, after which Jehu and family moved to Reedy creek on the Yadkin, Rowan county, North Carolina. About 1809, Jehu moved to Montgomery county, Ohio, and became the owner of a 112-acre tract located on Salem pike, a few miles north of the city of Dayton, opposite the Brethren church at Ft. McKinley. ]ehu died in 1823, and his wife a few years before. He was the first Bishop or Elder of the church of the Brethren (Dunkard) in this vicinity, and assisted in the organization of the Lower Stillwater church of that denomination (still flourishing at Ft. McKinley) and out of which church sprung the church at “Happy Corners.” Despite his connection with one of the peace loving sects,.Jehu seems to have served in the North Carolina troops in the Revolution, as there is an entry in the Army accounts “of that state which would indicate that he was paid a fairly large sum presumably for military services. Again, in a muster roll of Capt. Andrew Long’s company of Col. Samuel Miles’ rifle regiment of Pennsylvania troops, taken on June 4, 1776, appears the name of “Jehu Burket”. This company came from western Bucks county, and there is authority for the statement that Jehu’s wife’s people were, or had been, formerly residents of that region. It could easily be possible that Jehu had returned to Pennsylvania before finally settling in North Carolina, and enrolled for a short time only as the records of that company would indicate, after which he returned to Maryland or North Carolina. From the extreme infrequency of the name Jehu, and the singular fact of it being attached in this case to the last name “Burket”, it appears to the writer as more than a coincidence. This conclusion might be further justified from the fact of the somewhat roving disposition of the person in question, who in the course of his life, removed three or four different times, and to distant points. Jehu and Motlene had nine children, Henry being the fourth. He, Henry, was born on May 13, 1771, in Maryland. On December 25, 1793, Henry married Elizabeth Rinker, in North Carolina,“ who was born on June 22, 1772, and who died on February 9, 1836. About 1815 or 1816 this family came to Montgomery county, where Henry’s father had already located. Henry acquired 400 or more acres of land on the so-called Stringtown pike, in Madison township, about a mile or so north of the village of Trotwood, and about the same distance west of the settlement on the Salem pike formerly known as Taylorsburg. He died in September 1817, leaving a will which was probated in due course. Henry and Elizabeth had the following children, all born in North Carolina: Mary (sometimes called Mollie) born October 27,1794; John, born December 27, 1795; George, born November 23, 1797; Elizabeth, born September 7, 1801; Isaac, born February 3, 1803; Charles, born March 13,1805; Amelia, born December 8, 1807; Anne, born December 8, 1809; Martin, born October 5, 1811; and Barbara, born April 20, 1815.

As previously stated in this narrative, Mary the first child of Henry and Elizabeth, married John Wogaman the second, on August 18, 1818, and their child was George, who married Catherine Hilderbrick on June 15, 1843. She was born on July 17, 1824, the daughter of David and Mary Hilderbrick, and Mary was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Holtry.

In connection with what has been said as to Jehu Burket, it should be mentioned that the material is based somewhat on a History of the Burgner family, published in 1892. This narrates an interview, in 1889, with a granddaughter of Salome Burket. This granddaughter well remembered Salome the sister of Jehu. She had married a Burgner, and after her husband’s death lived in Maryland near Frederick. Also, a pamphlet on the Burket family, prepared by Mr. John M. Burkett of Washington, D. C., has been useful and most essential in establishing some of the important facts of the story of this family. lt should also be mentioned that the family migrated in large numbers to Indiana in the early part of the nineteenth century, and many members have achieved prominence both in civil and professional walks of life, including farming and other lines of business.

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I’m related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna?

I’m related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna?

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What a shock to find out that I and the rest of my family are related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna!

I was reviewing old genealogy articles to find story and post ideas and hit the jackpot with this one. In an article by CanWest News Service’s Randy Boswell from March of 2010, he recounts the relationship between Madonna and Ellen Degeneres.

View of the entrance to La Rochelle harbour in 1628.
La Rochelle harbour circa 1628.

Mr. Boswell states that they are eleventh cousins, descending from the same 10th great-grandfather, Martin Aucoin, from La Rochelle, France. It is unclear whether he ever immigrated to Acadia, but his two daughters Michelle and Jeanne were both living in Port Royal after 1641.

Relationship Chart - Christine Blythe to Martin Aucoin
I find out that I and the rest of my family are related to Ellen Degeneres and Madonna!

As you can see in the relationship chart below showing my descent from the same original ancestor, my branch descends through his daughter Michelle, who married Michel Boudrot in Port Royal in 1641.

In a later generation, my 6th great-grandfather, Charles Mellanson married Anne Bourg in 1701. Anne being the great-granddaughter of the original Martin Aucoin, all subsequent descendants of Charles Mellanson were also direct descendants of Martin Aucoin.

Finding family connections with noted people from history is one thing, but nothing beats the fun of finding connections to living celebrities, personalities, politicians, royalty, etc. Another connection I recently wrote about was that of my husband to Barack Obama, both being directly descended from Ulrich Stehle, who was 6th great-grandfather to Mark and 7th great-grandfather to Barack Obama.

Biography of Martin Aucoin and his daughters Michelle and Jeanne.

Martin Aucoin was born before 1619 in La Rochelle, France and married firstly, Barbe Minguet and secondly, Marie Salle (daughter of Denys Salle and Françoise Arnaud) after 1630. Martin and Barbe Minguet had the following children:

Michelle “Michele” Aucoin was born about 1621 in France and married Michel Boudrot (born about 1600 in France) in 1641 at Port Royal. Michel had immigrated to Acadia from France before 1639. The 1671 Acadian census is listed as a farmer in Port Royal, owning 20 cattle, 12 sheep, 8 arpents of land. In 1678, again at Port Royal, he owned 12 acres, 10 cattle, 3 guns. In 1686, Michel was a Lt. General of the Jurisdiction of Port Royal  and is shown in the census of that year owning 3 guns, 20 arpents, 16 cattle, 17 sheep, 6 hogs. According to the 1693 Acadian census, she was a widow living in Port Royal and owned 20 cattle, 18 sheep, 12 hogs, 25 arpents, and 1 gun. She died on December 17, 1706 at the age of 85 and was buried on 18 Dec 1706 in St-Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal. Michelle Aucoin and Michel Boudrot had the following children:

  1. Françoise Boudrot, born about 1642 in Port Royal, married Etienne Robichaud about 1663 and died in 1714 at the age of 72.
  2. Jeanne Boudrot was born about 1650 in Port Royal and married Bonaventure “Venture” Terriau (son of Jean Terriau and Perrine Rau) about 1666. She died on May 8, 1710 at the age of 60 in Port Royal and was buried the next day in St-Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal.
  3. Charles Boudrot was born about 1649 in Port Royal and married Renée Bourg (daughter of Antoine Bourg and Antoinette Landry) about 1672. He later married Marie Corporon about 1686. Charles died after 1714 at the age of 65 in Pisiquit.
  4. Marguerite Boudrot is my 7th great-grandmother and was born about 1648 in Port Royal. She married firstly, Jean Babineau, who was born about 1652 in Acadia. Secondly, she married François Bourg (my 7th great-grandfather)  about 1665. Marguerite died in 1718 as records show her burial on November 9, 1718 in St-Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal.
  5. Marie Boudrot was born about 1650 in Port Royal and lived in Beaubassin, Acadia between 1693 and 1700. Marie married Michel Poirier (son of Jean Poirier and Jeanne Chebrat) about 1673 in Port Royal.
  6. Jean “Jehan” Boudrot was born about 1655 in Port Royal and married Marguerite Bourgeois (daughter of Jacques Bourgeois and Jeanne Trahan) about 1676. He died on November 30, 1679 at the age of 24 in Port Royal.
  7. Abraham Boudrot was born about 1656 in Port Royal. In about 1685 in Port Royal, he married Cécile (Anne) Melanson (daughter of Charles Mellanson and Marie Dugas). He died in 1700 or 1701 at the age of 44 in Port Royal.
  8. Michel Boudrot was born about 1659 in Port Royal. He married Marie-Madeleine Cormier (daughter of Thomas Cormier and Marie-Madeleine Girouard) about 1690 and he died on February 13, 1714 at the age of 55, also in Port Royal.
  9. Olivier Boudrot was born about 1661 in Port Royal. About 1686, he married Isabelle Petitpas.
  10. Claude Boudrot was born about 1663 in Port Royal. He married Anne-Marie Thibodeau (daughter of Pierre Thibodeau and Jeanne Terriau) about 1682 in Port Royal and died on March 7, 1740 at the age of 77 in Grand Pré.

Jeanne Aucoin was born November 23, 1630 in La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, France and was baptized on November 26, 1630 in Ste-Marguerite Parish, La Rochelle, France. She married François “la varanne, le pere” Girouard about 1616 in France and immigrated with him to Acadian sometime before 1671. She appears first in the census of 1671 with her husband, who is shown to be a farmer in Port Royal, owning 16 cattle, 6 sheep and 8 arpents of land; in 1678 he owned 16 acres and 18 cattle; and in 1686 he owned 1 gun, 5 arpents of land, 13 cattle, 16 sheep and 8 hogs. In the 1693 census, Jeanne was a widow living in Port Royal and she owned 20 cattle, 40 sheep, 10 hogs, 20 arpents of land and 2 guns. The 1700 Acadian census shows Jeanne owning 15 cattle, 34 sheep, 20 arpents of land and 2 guns She died April 16,  1718 at the age of 87 and was buried April 18, 1718 in St-Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal. Jeanne Aucoin and François Girouard had six children:

  1. Marie Girouard, born about 1651 in Port Royal.
  2. Marie-Madeleine Girouard was born about 1653 in Port Royal and married Thomas François Cormier, son of Robert Cormier and Marie Peraud.
  3. Germain Girouard was born about 1656 in Port Royal. He married Marie Bourgeois (daughter of Jacques Bourgeois and Jeanne Trahan) on June 9, 1680 in Beaubassin and he died March 7, 1741 at the age of 90 in Beaubassin.
  4. Jacques Girouard was born about 1658 in Port Royal.
  5. Charlotte “Anne” Girouard, born about 1660 in Port Royal, married Julien “dit La Montagne” Lord sometime before 1678. She died before 1712 at the age of 52.
  6. Anne Girouard was born about 1671 in Port Royal.

Sources:

  1. 1671 Acadian Census, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.). Annotation.
  2. 1678 Acadian Census, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.). Annotation.
  3. 1686 Acadian Census, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.). Annotation.
  4. 1693 Acadian Census, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.). Annotation.
  5. 1698 Acadian Census, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.). Annotation.
  6. 1700 Acadian Census, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.). Annotation.
  7. 1701 Acadian Census, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.). Annotation.
  8. 1752 Acadian Census, (N.p.: n.p., n.d.). Annotation.
  9. Michael B. Melanson, “Melanson – Melancon: Genealogy of an Acadian and Cajun Family”, (Dracut, Massachusetts: Lanesville Publishing, 2004).
  10. “Origins of the Pioneers of Acadia”, Stephen A. White online (http://www.acadian-home.org/frames.html).
  11. H. George Friedman Jr., “Aucoin Genealogy,” database, H. George Friedman, Jr., Aucoin Genealogy (http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/homes/friedman/genealogy/Aucoin.htm) .
  12. Stephen A. White, (http://www.cs.uiuc.edu/homes/friedman/genealogy/Aucoin.htm) (Université de Moncton: Centre d’Études Acadiennes, 1999).
  13. Donald J. Hébert, “Southwest Louisiana Records” (N.p.: Hébert Publications, n.d.).
  14. Donald J. Hébert, “Acadian Families in Exile – 1785” (N.p.: Hébert Publications, n.d.).
  15. “Baptiste Was Said to Have a Wife in Every Port”, Clarence-J. d’Entremont online (http://www.museeacadien.ca/english/archives/articles/11.htm).
  16. “Marriage Records of St-Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal, Acadia,” database, Nova Scotia Archives (http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/acadian).
  17. “Baptism Records of St-Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal, Acadia,” database, Nova Scotia Archives (http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/acadian).
  18. “Burial Records of St-Jean-Baptiste, Port Royal, Acadia,” database, Nova Scotia Archives (http://www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/acadian).
  19. “Dictionary of Canadian Biography,” database, (http://www.biographi.ca/index-e.html?PHPSESSID=2s8g2h8iihpptgqhu0fltdmb63).
  20. “The Seizure of ‘The Pembroke’ by the Acadians”, Clarence-J. d’Entremont online (http://www.museeacadien.ca/english/archives/articles/56.htm).
  21. “She Presided Over Councils of War Against her Kindred”, Clarence-J. d’Entremont online (http://www.museeacadien.ca/english/archives/articles/12.htm).
  22. “Baptiste, The Rascal”, Clarence-J. d’Entremont online (http://www.museeacadien.ca/english/archives/articles/10.htm).

 


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Transcription: Obituary for Ruth Halbman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Transcription: Obituary for Ruth Halbman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Obituary for Ruth Halbman

Ruth Halbman ObituaryRuth Halbman

BEAVER DAM – Ruth Halbman,  91, a resident of Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam, died on Tuesday, July 30, 1996, at the manor.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Murray Community Funeral Home in Beaver Dam with the Rev. David Peters officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the funeral home Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

The former Ruth Keefer was born March 3, 1905 in Beaver Dam, daughter of George and Eleanor (Jacobs) Keefer. She married Lloyd Halbman in Beaver Dam on June 30, 1946. He preceded her in death.

Halbman had lived in Beaver  Dam all of her life. She had been employed at Weyenberg Shoe Company in Beaver Dam for 35 years and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a sister, Erlyne Eisenbarth of Beaver Dam; two nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

She was further preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Herbert.

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Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

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My children’s ancestry branches backward into history, through Welsh Quakers immigrants in Pennsylvania, to Welsh royalty and then to British royalty, including Prince William. It was surprising to learn Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

 

Prince William's mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?
Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

The result of these connections is that my husband and children are distantly related (20th cousins 4 times removed from Princes William and Harry, the sons of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the grandsons of the current Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II.

It is interesting to note that, not only are the young royals connected through German, Spanish, French and numerous other lineages, but DNA tests conducted by BritainsDNA have proven Indian ancestry through their mother Princess Diana.

Although its is believed that Eliza Kewar, their fifth great grandmother was Armenian,  DNA shows a direct maternal Indian descent. Eliza was housekeeper to and in a relationship with Theodore Forbes. Forbes was from Scotland and worked for the East India Company in Surat, India.

The mitochondrial DNA, which is passed on through the women only, descended through Eliza and Theodore’s daughter Katherine and her female descendants to Frances Roche, who married Earl Spencer and had a daughter, Lady Diana Spencer – William and Harry’s mother.

photo credit: Steve Rhodes via photopin cc


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Transcription: Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

Transcription: Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

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The following is a transcription of a plaque recognizing Gabriel Steely as a Revolutionary Soldier.

 

Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely
Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER

GABRIEL STEELY

Born Aug. 19, 1763 – Died May 2,  1830

Wife: Mary [Stewart] Steely

Parents of

John Steely, Dr. Meek Steely and Isabella Duncan, of Kingston, Ohio, George Steely and  Sarah Shelby of Covington, Indiana, Reuben Steely and Eliza B. Ray of West Point, Indiana.

Remains removed from farm, about 4 mi. north west, to this place December 2nd 1914, by his great grandson, H.M. Steely of Danville, Illinois.

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4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today.

4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today.

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There’s reason to believe you could find a major treasure horde.  After all, there are quite a few still out there just waiting to be unearthed!  Here are just 4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today as long as you have a metal detector.

For most metal detectorists, the thrill of the hunt is the driving force behind their metal detecting.   You never know when that signal goes off what you’ll unearth. 

stories of hidden treasures
4 stories of hidden treasures and hordes you can still look for today.

The Treasure of Little Bighorn

During the Battle of Little Bighorn in June 1876 in eastern Montana, a steamboat called the Far West was leased by the government and sent up the Bighorn river to resupply General Custer and his men.

It is said that while Captain Grant Marsh had anchored the ship at the confluence of the Bighorn and Little Bighorn rivers to wait for soldiers to come and unload the supplies, two freighters from Bismark, North Dakota stopped and asked him for help.  They requested that the Far West take on the $800,000 in gold they were carrying because they had just narrowly averted capture by Native Americans several times and were worried if they didn’t hide the gold somewhere it would be stolen.  Although the Captain didn’t want to take on the gold, he did.  Then, he continued to wait for Custer’s soldiers to come and unload the supplies.

As he waited, captain Marsh became nervous about having so much gold on board so he headed upriver to a safer anchorage.  He then took the gold ashore and buried it.

He then returned to the confluence of the two rivers to see if he’d be able to rendezvous with the soldiers.  Unfortunately, instead he received word of Custer’s defeat and was asked to transport the wounded to safety.  With this, the gold was forgotten until the Captain contacted the freighting company several years later.  He even led them to the place he had remembered burying the gold but, the landscape had changed during the time he’d been away and, that $800,000 in gold hasn’t ever been recovered.

Yamashita’s Gold

During WWII Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita and his men stole a great deal of gold and other riches from the countries they invaded.

It is also said that even top officials including the Emperor himself participated in looting during the war.

As the story goes, all of the treasure these high ranking Japanese officials found was stored in Singapore, then relocated to some caves in the Philippines.  The goal was to then transport the treasure from the Philippines to Japan after the war was over, but that was never accomplished.

Some of the treasure is said to have stayed in the Philippines while other portions of it were lost at sea when the merchant ships it was being smuggled in were sunk by Allied forces.  Although many scholars say Yamashita’s treasure is a myth, others believe and they’ve been on the hunt ever since.

Forrest Fenn’s Treasure

Forrest Fenn is a writer and art collector in his late 80’s who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Back in the 1980’s Fenn was diagnosed with cancer.  He was lucky though, and he beat it.

When he recovered, he was inspired to hide somewhere between $3 – 5 million of his personal treasures including gold, jewels, and priceless artifacts somewhere “north of Santa Fe” and “above 5,000 ft”.

He then wrote his memoir “The Thrill of the Chase” and in it included a poem he wrote that will lead readers to his buried treasure – if they can decode it.

Since then he’s also published another book titled “Too Far to Walk” that includes a map of the area where the treasure is hidden but doesn’t give away the exact location.

So far, no one has found it, but maybe you can be the lucky treasure hunter.

Civil War Treasure in Virginia

Stories of treasures buried during the Civil War abound.  One of the more plausible involves a Confederate Commander named John Singleton Mosby.

In the spring of 1863 Commander Mosby had just finished raiding a Union camp and had over 40 prisoners, one of whom was a Union officer.

The officer had a bag that he had been using to store priceless family heirlooms and artifacts, along with some gold and silver pieces he’d stolen from Virginia families.

Commander Mosby took this bag, estimated to be worth over $350,000, and began heading south with the prisoners back toward Confederate territory in Culpeper, Virginia.

Around New Baltimore, Virginia though, a scout spotted a group of Union soldiers.  To avoid them the scout led the group through the woods.

It is at this point that Commander Mosby became nervous about the heirlooms returning to Union hands so, he and Sergeant James Ames buried them between two trees.  He then marked the two trees with an “X” and they rejoined the group which successfully returned to Confederate territory.

After some time, Commander Mosby asked Ames to return to the site with six of his best men to recover the treasure.

While there, the men were all captured and subsequently hung.

Mosby never returned to claim the treasure though he did speak about it to friends and family on his death bed, saying he wished he could have recovered the treasure so he could return the heirlooms to the families they belonged to.

As you can see with these four stories alone, there’s enough treasure out there for everyone!  

So, grab a professional deep seeking metal detector and head out treasure hunting.

As always, be sure to check the local and national laws before you get started. When metal detecting on private property always obtain written permission from the land owner. You never know what you might dig up – maybe you’ll even find one of these treasures!

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About the author

Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.

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Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

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There’s nothing like the feeling of solving a mystery like the one about the biological family of my husband’s grandmother Louise Reynolds. Born in October of 1911, she was given up for adoption.

A wonderful couple, William Dennis Matthews and his wife Claudia adopted her and a little boy, William Dennis Matthews, Jr.

 

The Matthews family: adopted Louise Froemling, biological granddaughter of prominent Busse and Froemling families.
The Matthews family: William, William Jr., Louise and Claudia.

She grew up never knowing about her biological family. After her death, however, papers and artifacts were discovered in an old suitcase and among them were notes written in Louise’s own hand about her research into her biological family, which turned out to include the prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

No one knew she was even interested, much less pursued it. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise, though.

Louise's Notes
Louise’s notes.

She used this information to order a copy of her birth registration below.

Froemling, Louise Ruth - Birth Record
Froemling, Louise Ruth – Birth Record

This small clip of paper consists of the notes taken by Louise while researching her birth.

I located the actual family quite a while ago through censuses and other documents.

Since then, I managed to expand on that information to include the fact that, based on her biological mother being recorded as Emma Mary Froemling.

Born 29 December 1884 in Illinois, Emma’s parents (Louise’s biological grandparents) were August and Johanna (Busse) Froemling.

August was born 17 Aug 1855 to Henry and Caroline Froemling.

Johanna was born 2 Aug 1855 in Elk Grove, Cook County, Illinois, and her parents were Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.

Busse, Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.
Tombstone of Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.
Busse, Christian; Obituary w photo.
Obituary of Christian Busse from The Chicago Daily Herald of 26 Mar 1909.

I have placed images of the tombstones for August and Johanna (Busse) Froemling and Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.

August died 20 Jan 1919 in Cook County, Illinois and Johanna died 19 Feb 1940 at Elk Grove.

Christian Busse died 24 Mar 1909 in Elk Grove and Fredericka died in 8 Sep 1911, also in Elk Grove, Illinois.

Considering that almost everything of importance in this family took place in Elk Grove, it’s a great example of how large a world it was for small farming families such as the Busse’s and Froemlings – and how hard it was for them to travel or move very far from home.

Busse, Friedrich and Johanna.
Johanna and Johann Hermann Friedrich Busse, c. 1876.

While researching newspaper articles for another family related to my husband, Mark, I happened upon a treasure trove of articles about all of these members of his family.

Busse, Johann and Hanna - Tombstone.
Tombstone of Johann and Hannah Busse.
Froemling, August and Johanna - Tombstone
Tombstone of August and Johanna Froemling.

I have included the most enlightening of them here.

As I actually clipped over two dozen, it seemed appropriate to whittle those down to just the most important and informative clippings.

The clips range from business ads to wedding announcements, death notices, obituaries, gossip column entries and newspaper articles.

What I have learned about this family from these newspaper clippings is that they were considered to be of good German stock, having settled in and pioneered the area of Elk Grove, Cook County, Illinois.

Busse; Car Delivery
Description of William Busse and his son delivering a new car to a customer as printed in The Daily Herald of Chicago of 23 Apr 1915.

An interesting fact about the Busse and Froemling families is they were well entrenched in transportation sales of one sort or another.

Busse; Elk Grove Draft Horse Co.
Elk Grove Draft Horse Co. ad from The Daily Herald (Chicago, Illinois), of 23 Feb 1906.

Their business interests spanning the fading of the horse as transportation and the inception of the automobile – as indicated in these two advertisements.

Christian was a Republican and served his community in numerous capacities including on the State Board of Equalization, Supervisor of Elk Grove.

The patriarch of the family, Johann Friedrich Busse and his wife Johanna (Hanna), immigrated with Christian and two of Christian’s brothers and two sisters, one brother having previously immigrated on his own.

Froemling, Oltrogge Wedding
Busse-Oltrogge as described in the 27 Dec 1918 article of the Chicago Daily Herald.

Christian was a Republican who served his community in numerous capacities including on the State Board of Equalization, Supervisor of Elk Grove.

Busse, Froemling Wedding; 1905 1 - Small Clip
Busse, Froemling Wedding; 1905 1 – Small Clip

His son August was the grandfather of my husband’s Grandma Louise Reynolds as mentioned above.

There is frequent mention of some of August’s children in numerous of the dozens of clippings I’ve saved.

Tidbits of information include illnesses, school news, work history, social activities, etc.

The most prominent of these occasions, of course, were the weddings.

The Oltrogge – Froemling wedding was the marriage of August’s daughter Selma and John Oltrogge.

Busse, Albert and Schaeffer, Emma; Marriage Announcement
Marriage of Martha Froemling and Albert E. Busse, taken from The Daily Herald (Chicago, Illinois) 6 Oct 1915.

County Commissioner William Busse was the son of Christian’s brother Louis, and led a very distinguished career and professional life.

Besides his high profile life and career, he ran a highly contested (and some say crooked) race for Mayor of Chicago.

I will write later this week about this race and the no holds barred lawsuit it led to.

Here are two wedding announcements published by William Busse.

One is the announcement of the marriage of his son Albert E. Busse to Emma Schaeffer.

The second is concerning the marriage of his daughter Martha to Albert Frederick Froemling, the son of August Froemling.

It appears they liked to keep it in the family.

Froemling, Harvey; Death from AppendicitisIn 1916, August Froemling’s grandson, son of Albert Frederick and Martha, died of appendicitis.

Sadly, August Froemling passed on 20 Jan 1919 and this is his obituary from The Daily Herald of Chicago.

It is not clear what the reasons are, but soon after, his 31 acre farm was put up for auction, scheduled to sell 10 Jul 1920.

Froemling, August; Obituary; August 1919
Obituary of August Froemling from the Daily Herald of Chicago of 31 Jan 1919.
Froemling; Farm Auction
Article from the Daily Herald of Chicago, announcing the auction of the farm of August Froemling after his death. The sale took place 9 Jul 1920.

There is no evidence of financial troubles in the newspaper accounts I’ve collected. Therefore, I can only assume the sale was to abide by his will and was to be divided among his immediate family.

I’d love to find his will to either prove or disprove my assumption.

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You may also be interested in checking out these related posts:

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The images above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Transcription: Society at Richmond, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

Transcription: Society at Richmond, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

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Although this article from the Washington Post Society Column of March 28, 1915 does not mention any individuals I am researching, it is on a newspaper page copy that does. I am posting the transcription of this and numerous other articles from this page as it is a wealth of names and information of society at Richmond, Virginia.

 

Washington Post Society Column of March 28, 1915
Washington Post Society Column of March 28, 1915

The following is a transcription from a very poor quality copy of the Washington Post of March 28, 1915. Every effort has been made to accurately decipher the text, but where this was not possible the text has been represented below by [???an ?. ?????], as an example. In many instances, it’s impossible to even decipher the quantity of letters and/or numerals and/or punctuation. The number of ‘?’ is not a literal representation of the number of characters missing, but a general representation of the size of each segment of text that is visible yet indecipherable.

The original image of the entire page can be accessed by clicking on this image.

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Transcription, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

SOCIETY AT RICHMOND

Prominent Women Form Club to Study Horticulture

GAYETY IN SPITE OF LENT

Many Little Parties Enliven the Season. Miss Anita I. Cussen to Wed Dr. A. A. Marsteller — Plans for the Richmond Blues’ Bazaar — Society Enjoys Reading by English Poet Alfred Noyes.
Special in The Washington Post.

Richmond, Va., March 27. — A club was organized this week by a number of society women, which promsies many interesting gatherings this spring. It is in the Garden Club. Mrs. Malvern C. Patterson is president; Mrs. William R. Massie, first vice president; Mrs. John Skelton Williams, second vice president; Mrs. Oliver J. Sands, secretary, and Mrs. Hugh Taylor, treasurer. The first meeting of the new organization took place on Tuesday, and was addressed by Miss Jane B (or R.) Haines, of Washington. The next meeting is to be held within two weeks in the home of Mrs. George Ben Johnston. The aim of this organization is to promote agriculture and horticulture. All members are owners of country estates or suburban places. The charter members are: Mrs. W. A. Witherspoon, Mrs. St. George Anderson, Mrs. Robert H. Talley, Mrs. N. D. Sills, Mrs. John W. [??????], Mrs. William H. Habliston, Mrs. Benedict T. Johnson, Mrs. Frank Rivers, Mrs. Edgar Taylor, Mrs. Frank [R]obson, Mrs. [D.] R. Midy[ette], Mrs. Alice [??????] Beresford, Mrs. T. S. Wheelwright, Mrs. Thomas Jeffress, Mrs. A. [?] Patterson, Mrs. R. [or B.] R. [or B.] Morgan, Mrs. William Robins, Miss Sallie Archer Anderson, Mrs. Thomas C. Gordon, Miss Carrie C. [?????], Mrs. J. Scott Parrish, Miss Mary Williams, Mrs. Frank Tow[?], Mrs. Coleman Wortnam, Mrs. Gordon Wallace, Mrs J. Stewart Bryan and Mrs. Jonathan Bryan.

Mrs. William Graham Gwatkin has posted invitations for the marriage of her niece Miss Anna Irene Cussen, to Dr. A. A. Marsteller, the ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April [?], at [?? ?? ??? ????] in Mrs. Gwatkin’s home. This is to be one of the most [???????? ?? ??? ?????] weddings.

[?? ??? ?? ???? ??? ????] parties are being [???????? ????] of the most attractive homes [?????? ????? ????] Wednesday evening in the [?????????? ????], given by a number of [??ing] people. The members [????? ??] and Mrs. Lewis G. Larus, Mrs. and Mrs. John [?????], Mr. and Mrs. Charles [?.] Barnesdale, Dr. and Mrs. [?????] Morgan, Mrs. and Mrs. J. Hampd[??] [??????????], Miss Martha Robinson, Miss May Moore, John P. Lea, E. [?.] Syd[???], and William [?am].

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Morgan and their son Samuel [?.] Morgan, Jr. returned home this week after a two months’ stay [?? ????? ????] and Mrs. George Ben [???????] and Miss [????] R. Roy Jonston have a [????????] to town after  a [????? ?? ??????] Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. William H. White and Miss [E????? ???? White returned yesterday from Atlantic City, where they [??? ?? ? ????? ?????].

Mrs. Theodore [?.} [W???wag], of Philadelphis is the [?????] of Mrs. E. [?.] Hotchk[???] [???] is being much entertained.

[???? ???? ????? ??????] and Mrs. Brown are among the [????] arrivals in San Francisco, where they will attend the exposition and witness the polo tournament. Mrs. Brown is a daughter of Sen. [???????] Lee.
Mrs. [????? ????], Walter and Mrs. Rob[?????] [????? ??? ??] Washington.

One of the most fashionable events of the [?? ??????] was the reading given last night in the Jefferson auditorium of [??? ???? ????], the English [????] among [?? ??????????] present [???] evening [???]. Mrs. John Stewart [B????], Mrs. [????] [??] Anderson, Mrs. [????? ??????], Mrs. Thomas Blakney [?????], Mrs. [?? ??? ??????, ??], Mrs. [??????? ?? ??????], Mrs. William Raffin [???], Mrs. T[???? ?. ?????], Mrs. J. [?????? ??????], Mrs. John A. Coke, Mrs. George [?????????], Mrs. Frank Duke, Mrs. William [?. ??????], Mrs. Roy M. Jones, Mrs. Thomas [????] Johnston, Mrs. J. [?????????], Mrs. J. Arthur Lefroy, Mrs. [?.] T. [?.] Myers, Mrs. J. [?.] Metcalf, Mrs. [?. ??????????] Pinckney, Mrs [??????? ???????], Mrs. George [???? ????], Mrs. Wallace R. Thomas, Mrs. E. B. [????????], Mrs. Barton Wise, and Mrs. Wallace H. Wh[???].
Mrs. T[????] B[????] of Alexandria, who has been visiting her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. [??????? ?.] Mason, in this city, has returned to her home.

Mrs. William Russell and Mrs. L. R. MacVeigh are guests of Mrs. Charles [?.] Senff, in Washington.

Mrs. James William Hall, of San Francisco has arrived to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. [?. ?] [??]son.

[???? ??????? ?? ??????] of the big [??????? ?? ?? ????? ??????], which is [?? ?????? ??? ???] Wednesday evening. [???? ?? ? ? ? ??? ? ???]chins and Mrs. [?  ????? ??????? ??].

[?????] of the second [???? ????] will be a [???? ??? ????? ? ?????] of L. R. [?????] [??  ? ?] of girls, dressed as [??????? ???? ????? ??????, which will be [????? ?? ?? ??? ???]enty, and [????? ?? ????? ?] will be Misses Emily Royall, Harriet Guan, Jennie May Boice, Elizabeth Taylor, Camilla Wellford, Anne Royall, Je[???] Scott, Elsie Parrish and Julia Cone.

Mrs. Ramage, of Oil City, Pa., is visiting her daughter, Mrs. H. Logan Golsan. Mrs. and Mrs. Garnett Tabb have returned after spending several weekin in Pinehurst, N. C. Mrs. James R. V. Daniel has returned after spending three months in Philadelphia. Mr. and Mrs. Horace Buchanan, who have been spending the winter in Richmond, will open their home on James River next week. Mrs. Bradley S. Johnson is visiting Mrs. John P. Poe in Baltimore. Miss Ellen Ball has returned to her home at Westhampton after spending two months in New York. Mrs. Archer Hobson, of Alabama, is visiting Mr. Hobson’s mother here. Mrs. Merritt Crenshaw and Miss Virginia Crenshaw have returned home after spending two months in Florida. Mrs. Douglas Searson has been visiting Mrs. Walter Christian prior to her departure for Europe to join her aunt, Frau von Suelow, in Germany. William Stuart, of the University of Virginia, has recently spent several days at the executive mansion with his uncle, Gov. Stuart.


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