Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Great Grandma McGrath's birthday




I share my birthday, March 3rd, with my Great Grandma Sadie McGrath.  We never shared a cake though, she passed away four years before I was born.

Sadie Ellen Negley was born 135 years ago on March 3, 1880 in Decatur County, Iowa.  Her parents were Josiah Foster Negley and Sarah Mariah Matilda Lee.  They moved from Iowa to Eldorado, Nebraska about 1887.  This photograph was taken on her wedding day, October 8, 1908 with her sister, Alice Negley.  Sadie married Arthur McGrath in York, Nebraska.   

On the 28th of September, 1958, Sadie died.  I was told she sat down after doing the dishes and had a stroke.  She was survived by her 4 children and 8 grandchildren, she didn't live long enough to know any of her great-grandchildren.  She died just 10 days short of her 50th wedding anniversary.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Slave Name Roll Project - Will of John Adair, 1843


This is my contribution to the Slave Name Roll Project created by Schalene Dagutis which you can read about at Tangled Roots and Trees.  The idea being to make accessible the names of slaves and their owners so that they may be found by their descendants through search engines on the internet.  



This image of the will of John Adair, of Wayne County, Kentucky is available through familysearch.org, but the next two pages are missing.  Years ago, I received a transcription of this Will. 

Wayne Co. Will Book A, pg 81-82

Written 6 OCT 1842, proved NOV Court 1843

I John Adair of the county of Wayne and State of Kentucky do hereby make my last will and testament... 


I give my daughter Polly Parmley my negro girl Milley and her three children Julia Ann, William and Franklin, and the clothing, beds and bedclothing that belongs to my house and a flax wheel.


I also give my son John Adair, my negro woman Hannah and half the price of my land. 


In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 6th day of October in the year One thousand eight hundred and forty two.  Signed sealed and published and declared to be the last will and testament of the above named John Adair in the presence of us Mark Foster, John Hurt.



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Surname Saturday - Spalding


My husband's maternal Grandparents were both Spaldings.  Mark Thomas "Marky Tunk" Spalding and Cora Lou Spalding were second cousins (possibly half second cousins).   Both were a great grandchild of Richard Augustine Spalding, but they may have had different great grandmothers.
  
A short summary of Mark Spalding's direct line of ancestry as I have it is:


"Joe Tunk" Spalding
"Joe Tunk" Spalding  Born March 14, 1858, died January 6, 1945 at age 86.  He lived in Calvary, Marion County, Kentucky his entire life.  On November 7, 1879, he was married to Harriett Elizabeth "Betty" Thomas.  Betty was the daughter of Mark Thomas and Eliza Abell.  She died giving birth to their ninth child on November 26, 1896, son Leroy also died.  Mark was 10 years old.  Joe Tunk and Betty Spalding are buried in the Holy Name of Mary Cemetery in Calvary.  Joe Tunk's father was...


William Thomas "Bill Tunk" Spalding  Born October 18, 1818 in Calvary, Kentucky, he died at age 62 on March 6, 1881.  He was first married to Amanda Jarboe in 1839, then by 1850 he married Louisa Abell.  Louisa was the mother of "Joe Tunk", her parents were Joseph Abell II and Martha Mills.  William was the son of Richard A. Spalding and Henrietta Thompson.


Cora Lou Spalding's direct line of ancestors:

John Hudson "Hutt" Spalding
John Hudson "Hutt" Spalding  Born April 24, 1852, in Calvary, he died February 24, 1915 at age 62.  He was married to Mary Susan Isabelle "Belle" Luckett, date unknown.  She was the daughter of Lewis Austin Luckett and Mary Jane Abell.   "Hutt" Spalding was the son of...


John Austin Spalding  Born May 27, 1826, died May 26, 1913, his lifetime of 86 years spent in Marion County, Kentucky.  He married Ann Melvina Simms on his birthday in 1851.  Ann was the daughter of John Simms II and Mary Elizabeth Wathen.  John Austin was the son of Richard A. Spalding and it is not clear who his mother was.



Richard Augustine Spalding  Born April 16, 1777 in St. Mary's County, Maryland, died September 7, 1850 and is buried in Old Holy Name of Mary Cemetery in Calvary.  Richard had three wives, Henrietta Hamilton, Henrietta Thompson and Mary Charlton Adams, and he fathered at least 16 children.  Henrietta Thompson was the mother of William Thomas "Tunk" Spalding and may also have been John Austin's mother.  Richard was the son of... 


Benedict Joseph Spalding II  Born December 1746 in what was known as Maryland, British America at that time.  He died August 1, 1815 in Kentucky at 68 years old.  In 1770, he was married to Alethaire Abell, daughter of Samuel Abell III and Eleanor O'Bryan. Benedict's father was...


Benedict Joseph Spalding  Born 1720, died in 1768 at only 48 years old.  He lived in Maryland his whole life.  In 1746 he was married to Elizabeth Mattingly, daughter of Thomas Mattingly and Ruth Cole who were also my husband's fourth great grandparents on his father's side.  Benedict Joseph Spalding was the son of...


William Spalding  Born about 1678 in Maryland, died January 9, 1741 at age 63, also in Maryland.  He was married about 1705 to Ann Jenkins.   Her parents were Thomas Jenkins and Ann Spalding.  William's father was...


Thomas Spalding  Born about 1640 in Wisset, Suffolk, England.  He died 1713 at age 73.  Thomas arrived in the Providence of Maryland at age 17 in 1657 as an indentured servant of John and Ann Shircliffe.   He later patented 3 tracts of land - Spalding's Addition, St Giles and William's Hermitage.  He was married to Catherine Hall about 1673.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Newspaper Clipping - Grand Island, Nebraska, 1923


The Grand Island Daily Independent covered (and still covers) news from several small towns in the area, even those outside of Hall County.   Here is some news from Chapman in Merrick County and Giltner in Hamilton county, published on November 30, 1923.  



County in Brief

CHAPMAN
Mr. and Mrs. E. Turney and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Solt, of Central City, spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Roney in Grand Island.
Mrs. Hazel Brumbaugh left Monday for Home, Kans., to spend Thanksgiving with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Jerome moved their household belongings to Central City Thursday.  The house vacated by them was immediately occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Crone.
An old fashioned spelling contest was held at the Baptist church on Tuesday evening.  The main event was the contest between the high school pupils.  The winners in this contest were Sylvia Mashek, for the girls, and Edward Ury for the boys.  On the final spelling between these two participants Sylvia Mashek carried off high honors.  After the completion of the high school contest a number of patrons of the community participated in an old fashioned spell-down.  Mrs. George Mashek carried off high honors in this.  These contests are not only entertaining, but are 
also very instructive and it is hoped that there may be many more during the present school year.
Sumner Raser left Thursday for Atlantic, Ia., and returned Sunday.  His wife, who has been visiting a few weeks with relatives there returned with him.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rice, of Maxwell spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Rice.
Mrs. W. H. Free and Cecille, of Central City, were Chapman callers Monday.
Those attending the football game in Lincoln, Saturday, between Nebraska and Syracuse were Elza Ury, A. J. Frimann, Fred Stratmann, Ed Klingenberg and Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Janzen.
Mr. and Mrs. Carey, of Kearney, are spending a few days visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Ray Marlow.
Mr. and Mrs. Cole and family spent Sunday with relatives in Grand Island.
Mrs. Vernon Rice's Sunday school class was entertained last Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claus Franzenberg.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Grosch and family spent Sunday in Grand Island.
Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Samuelson were calling on friends in Chapman Thursday and Friday.
Henry Chamberlin is numbered among the sick, at present.
Mrs. F. W. Mader, of Grand Island, spent a few days visiting her daughter, Mrs. Vernon Rice.
A school program will be given by the pupils in Dorothy Ford's and Buelah Crain's rooms, on Thursday evening December 6th, in the Masonic hall.


GILTNER
A. L. Dawson left Monday for California to visit his mother who resides in Pasadena also his son, Percy, who is in Los Angeles, also a sister and a brother.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Jackett and mother Mrs. Mary Jackett spent Sunday in Sutton.
Hank Benson is suffering with a badly cut hand caused by coming in contact with a circular buzz saw. 
Mrs. Newhalfen and daughter, Minnie of Grand Island, visited with Mrs. Chas. Fry recently.
Wm. Luby has returned from Hy-



annis and Scottsbluff and expects to spend the winter here.
A. Goetsch and daughter, Anna of Grand Island, visited recently at the John Wunderlich home.
Grace Ludy and Julia Kingston came home from Schuyler Wednesday where they visited several days at the E. M. Luby home.
Joe Heginbart passed away Friday at his home in California, death coming after an illness of several months, due to heart trouble.  Requiem mass was said at the local Catholic church at nine o'clock Monday morning.  Interment was made in California.
Merle Le Baron is in school again after his recent severe illness.
Mrs. Lena Barrick, of Aurora, visited at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Hilliard and family, last week.
Mrs. Florence Torgerson entertained the Primary room at a birthday party in honor of Miss Nellie's seventh anniversary, Monday afternoon from 2:30 to 5 o'clock.  A very enjoyable time was had at games and other amusements, a dainty lunch was served.
Mrs. Mabel Grunkemeir and daughter spent Sunday with Mrs. Abbie Ummel who is home from Scottsbluff for a few weeks' stay.
The ladies of the Christian church held a chicken dinner in the church basement last Saturday evening.  A large crowd attended.
Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Sutter, of Hastings, visited here last week.  Mrs. Sutter was formerly Mrs. Alice Casler, of Giltner.
Mrs. Bert Chapman has returned from Alma where she has been visiting with her sister for the past several weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Saulters, of Grand Island, visited with their daughters, Mesdames Geo. Bell and O. Shaw, last week.
Mrs. Mattie Ley is in Grand Island, helping care for the new grandchild at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Will Goodman.
Miss Erma Lansden from Kansas is visiting relatives in this vicinity.
Chas. Fry, Henry, Jack and Raymond Wanek, Tom Luby and Dr. Swanson were among those from here who attended the football game in Lincoln, Saturday.
Earl Conway sustained a fracture of the left arm recently while playing at school.  In some manner he fell when running.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Benson are visiting with her mother, Mrs. Rawlings.
A reception was tendered Mrs. Y. W. Williams at the Christian church Monday evening.  Mrs. Williams is an untiring worker and teacher of the intermediate class.  A short program was given and refreshments were served.
On last Wednesday night the Royal Neighbors entertained her at the lodge hall.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams moved to Aurora last week.
S. E. Pitts has been appointed a member of the village board and has accepted the appointment to fill the vacancy made by George Hillard.
Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Torgerson, now of Aurora, went to California last week to spend the winter with their sons, Gilman and Clarence.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Great Grandma Mann's birthday





My Great Grandma, Cora Mann, was born 133 years ago today (February 4, 1882) in Jefferson County, Nebraska.  She died July 4, 1971 at the age of 89.  

Her father was Charles Gaisford who had come from England as a young man.  Her mother was Henrietta Smith who had family ties back to colonial days in this country. 

Cora Mabel Gaisford married Clarence Mann in Fairbury, Nebraska, on July 5, 1899.  She had 14 children, her 13th child died at 3 months old.  She had 39 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren at her death.

I have only a vague memory of Great Grandma.  She was in a wheelchair after losing first one leg, then the other to diabetes in her last few years.  I was probably 8 years old the last time I saw her.  There was an article in the Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star in 1968, that quoted her as saying "I can call off the name and age of every grandchild, also the [birth] month - but I sometimes miss the exact date."



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Mettenbrink-Petzoldt


Grand Island Daily Independent, February 11, 1924


"Mettenbrink-Petzoldt: - At St. Paul's Lutheran church on West 7th street, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, occurred the marriage of Miss Ella Mettenbrink, of Grand Island, and Henry Petzoldt, of Chapman.  Rev. G. H. Michemann performing the impressive ring ceremony in the presence of over one hundred relatives and intimate friends of the couple.  Miss Emma Mettenbrink, sister of the bride and Paul Petzoldt, brother of the groom were the attendants.  
An elaborate wedding dinner was served at six o'clock at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Ilse Mettenbrink, five miles north of this city, to a large number of guests.
Mr. and Mrs. Petzoldt will be at home to their friends on a farm two and one-half miles southeast of Worms, Neb."


Monday, January 19, 2015

Evidence of the Existence of Ruth Smith Simmons Webb


In the past 20 years, I've worked to find all the information that I can for my 3rd Great Grandmother Ruth Smith Simmons Webb.  I have no birth record, no marriage record (for her marriage to my 3rd Great Grandfather Lebius Simmons) and no death record.   My evidence of the existence of Ruth consists of...


1)  1850 Mercer County, Pennsylvania census
I found this while searching for my Great Great Grandmother Rachel (as I wrote about here.)   Ruth is the 30-year-old mother of four children.  Later I learned that the Cook family listed just before Lebius Simmons is related to Ruth, the mother Mary Cook is her sister.

#986/1000 Lebius Simons, 25, M, Carpenter, born PA 
Ruth Simons, 30, F, born PA   
Rachel Simons, 8, F, born PA, attended school   
Rosilla Simons, 6, F, born PA, attended school   
Loisa Simons, 4, F, born PA, attended school   
Wm Simons, 1, M, born PA





2)  1854 Marriage record from Ritchie County, Virginia
Thanks to a fellow researcher I found this record.  Peggy Johnson contacted me after seeing a post about that family above that I had put on the Mercer County, Pennsylvania GENWEB site.  She was researching the family of Jonathan and Rachel (Simmons) Smith and thought we might have a connection.  Peggy told me about this marriage record which was online.  
1/11 Cyrus R. Webb, farmer, age 25, b. Harrison Co., VA, son of James and Bridgett Webb; m. Ruth Simmons, widow, age 28, b. Mercer Co., PA, dau. of Jonathan Smith; 1 July 1854, by Thomas Stinchcomb. 




3)  1860 Fulton County, Illinois census
I'm listing my evidence here in chronological order, but I had found this census record before I knew about the marriage record from 1854.  This census listing had me wondering when I first found it, but the marriage record seems to confirm it's the same Ruth.  Something had happened to Lebius.  Mary Simmons listed here is Rosilla in 1850, Loisa is missing and another daughter was born since 1850.  Levi Smith is Ruth's brother.  

#813/892 Syrus Webb, 30, M, Farmer, Personal Estate 100, born Virginia   
Ruth Webb, 32, F, born Maine   
Uriah Webb, 5, M, born Virginia   
Jesse Webb, 2, M, born Illinois   
Mary Simmons, 16, F, born Pennsylvania, attended school   
William Simmons, 10, M, born Pennsylvania, attended school   
Ruth Simmons, 8, F, born Pennsylvania, attended school   
Levi Smith, 19, M, Farm hand, born Pennsylvania
   
4)  1866 Will of Jonathan Smith, dated April 18th with a codicil dated February 9th, 1867
Peggy had told me that Ruth was apparently deceased by the date of this Will as her inheritance goes to her "heirs".  I ordered a copy of it from the County Clerk in Davis County, Iowa.  A kind woman from the local genealogy society made the copies for me, but I was a little disappointed by the fact that my copy of this page was cut off at the bottom just as you see here.  I would love to know what the line that got cut off says.

And there is yet due in legacy
To John Smith's Heirs $5.00"
" Ruth Webb's Heirs  5.00




In my last post, I transcribed a page of the Petition for Guardianship of Cyrus Webb's children.   There is no evidence of Ruth in this petition because she is never mentioned.  Four children are listed, Milburn U (I believe Uriah from the 1860 census), Jesse, Sarah and Franklin.  Ruth had two more children since 1860, making a total of 9 children.  Her Simmons children are not mentioned in this petition.  In 1864, her son William Simmons was 15 and his sister Ruth was only 12.  They were orphaned sometime between 1864 and 1866, and young Ruth married at age 16 in 1868.   

One final piece of evidence:
5)  1932 Daughter Ruth Simmons Pettit's death record
Ruth Pettit, the young Ruth Simmons in the 1860 census, is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, Colorado.  
PETTIT, RUTH SIMMONS, 18 MAR 1852, WV, 1 DEC 1932, H-WILLIAM, P-LIBBIONS SIMMONS and MARIA SMITH 




In 1850 Ruth was 30 years old born in Pennsylvania, in 1854 she was 28, then in 1860 she was 32 years old born in Maine.  Where do I start looking for a birth record?  Mercer County has no birth or death records before 1893.  

Her first marriage to Lebius Simmons would be the marriage record I need, as together they are my 3rd Great Grandparents.  Most likely they were married in Pennsylvania.  The Mercer County Genealogical Society did not have their marriage record.  

Ruth's death most likely occurred in Fulton County, Illinois and I have tried every possible source I've run across to find her death date and/or burial place with no success.

This Simmons line is one that would connect me to a Revolutionary War Patriot named Libbeus Simmons, but there is very little documentation I can find to satisfy the DAR.  This evidence of the existence of Ruth may not be enough.