Putnam/ Dougherty family genealogy

Civil WarflagsThe election of 1860 was apparently a very contentious election. Abraham Lincoln was sworn into office in January of 1861 and South Carolina immediately seceded from the union and six other states quickly follow. Oct of 1862 at 20 years of age we found that John Lyle Dougherty joined the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry. By July of 1863 John is riding from the battle at Gettysburg to Hagerstown where he is wounded by a possible sniper. The mini ball that struck John lodged in his left leg.  John Lyle’s younger brother Clark Dougherty joins the Confederate army, when and where we have not yet established. Another ancestor on my mothers side, Joseph A. Ferguson, was mustered in to the 1st New York Mounted Rifles in August of 1862. Now looking at the time period for the Civil War there are several other potential Civil War Soldiers.

In the Putnam Line we have Joseph Putnam who was born in 1823,  he would have been 38 at the onset of the war but he was already living in California and appears to have stayed out of the war. But the war affected every family and Joseph’s wife’s cousins and uncle were all involved, Mary Ann Fletcher’s uncle Lucian M. Fletcher volunteered and gave his age as 44 when he enlisted.

1850 US Census Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts

1850 US Census Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts

Yet in the 1850 US Census shown above (click on images to enlarge)  Lucian is listed as 45 years of age, making him closer to 56 in 1861 when he volunteered. A year later he died in New Orleans from Typhus.

30th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry from Ancestry.com

30th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry from Ancestry.com

Three of Lucian’s sons Joel M. Fletcher, Steven W. Fletcher and Thomas M. Fletcher went in to the Union army.

US Civil War Registrations 1863-1865

US Civil War Registrations 1863-1865

This is a great source because it lists their Military Regiments. Joel and Thomas were both in 39th Massachusetts while Steven was in the 22nd.

Joel died in 1864. While one record states cause of death :Typhoid Fever a newspaper clipping attributes his death to being wounded at Petersburg (in the leg).

US Registers of Deaths of Volunteers 1861-1865 from Ancestry.com

US Registers of Deaths of Volunteers 1861-1865
from Ancestry.com

Newspaper Clipping Boston Daily Advertiser Joel M. Fletcher from genealogy bank.com

Newspaper Clipping
Boston Daily Advertiser
Joel M. Fletcher from genealogy bank.com

 

Margaret J. Welsh was married to Lucian M. Fletcher. Massachusetts shows support was given to Margaret for her son and her husband.

Massuchusetts atown Records Payment in aid of Families of Volunteers Town of Medford from Ancestry.com

Massachusetts town Records
Payment in aid of Families of Volunteers
Town of Medford
from Ancestry.com

So far the best I can ascertain is that the three boys enlisted about  the time their father died in 1862 and while both Joel and Thomas were at Petersburg Joel dies while in the Hospital possibly not from his wound but from the fever. Thomas also is listed as having been wounded during his course of service, still researching when and how. Stevens military service may have been as short as 3 months possibly sent home after his father dies. And He and Thomas go on to marry and have families. Now those are probably another two stories.

 

Julia Marsh

Julia Marsh

Recently I was contacted by a DNA match on GEDMATCH. It was pretty exciting because once we figured out the relationship it solved a big hole that my sister had been working on for a couple of years. That is one of the great things about using the Internet in your genealogy research.  When you stop lurking and reach out, the connections can be awesome.

So what we were looking at was a possible fourth cousin match. As I went through D. Crooks family tree surname index I saw the name Cressey. Hummmm, sort of unusual, I have a possible Crissy on mine. So I looked at the Cressey and found on her tree that a Hannah Cressey was married to an Augustus Marsh. Whoa! Julia (Marsh) Clough Blossom’s death certificate has her father listed as “? Marsh” and her Mother as “? Crissy”. Madeleine had been working on this family line the last time we were in Salt Lake City, and had become quite frustrated with the Marsh line. One other descendant we know had the Marsh name coming from Maraschelleaux.  Madeleine had also been in contact with another research from the Three Rivers, California area where Julia had lived most of her later years. She had lots of information on Julia and Ira Blossom’s (Julia’s second Husband) children. We knew a lot about Julia and her husband Ira Blossom since their arrival in the Three Rivers area but could find no history for them prior, other than the 1850 US census for Hamburg, Erie County, New York, where Julia Marsh is in the Benjamin Clough household.

So what is the evidence that my Julia Marsh actually matches up with the Julia that was shown as a daughter to Hannah and Augustus Marsh on my Gedmatch contacts family tree?

  • The informant for Julia death certificate was “xxxxxxxxxxC. Buttman”,  Mrs. C. Buttman was Emma Blossom one of Julia’s daughter and whom Julia was living with at 2447 Mission Street, San Francisco, California, at the time of her death .
Julia Marsh Clough Blossom California death certificaate

Julia Marsh Clough Blossom California death certificaate

  • The 1850 US Census shows Julia’s place of birth as “VT” (Vermont)
1850 US Census Erie New York

1850 US Census Erie New York

 

  • The 1880 US Census shows both parents  of Julia born in “VT” (Vermont)
1880 US Census Mineral King, Tulare, California

1880 US Census
Mineral King, Tulare, California

So while some census’ list Julia’s place of birth as New York, others show it as Vermont. D. Crooks  indicated that Hannah (Cressey) moved to New York soon after the birth in Vermont of her daughter Julia.

Both Hannah Cressey and Augustus Marsh were born in Vermont.

Julia Marsh’s death certificate shows her date of birth simply as Sept 1835 and her place of birth New York City. But it also list the place of birth for both her parents as New York. It also says that Julia had lived in California for 60 years. Taking all this as a second hand account or even a possible third hand account. If Julia died in 1922 at the age of 87, that would mean that she arrived in California in 1862. Yet we have her marriage to Ira Blossom in California in 1860. so maybe she had been in the state since 1860 and not for 60 years or maybe it was an estimate.

In the 1880 Census Ira Blosson’s place of birth is Illinois while her parents are shown as both being from Vermont. And Julia’s place of birth is shown as New York and both her parents are listed as being born in Vermont. Both Ira and Julia are shown as 47 years of age in this census which was taken in June of 1880 is in keeping with Julia’s birth date in Sept  of 1832 so she would not be 48 until three months later. Three years different from the Death Certificate.

In the 1910 US Census Julia and Ira Blossom are still on their property in Three Rivers. Here Julia is 74 years of age and indicated she has been married for 50 years, She also indicates here that she was born in Vermont as well as both of her parents.

1910 US Census Lemon Cove , South fork of the Kaweah Road, California

1910 US Census
Lemon Cove , South fork of the Kaweah Road, California

The 1900 US Census does not list Ira and Julia Blossom in Kaweah Township and on-line I could not find a enumeration for the area known as Three Rivers or Lemon Cove. But we know they are more than likely there because Ira Blosson is listed in the Voter registration for 1896 with a Three Rivers Post Office address. Going back to the 1870 US Census they are found in Farmersville with no new information.

1860 US Census Scotsburg, Fresno County, California

1860 US Census Scotsburg, Fresno County, California

In the 1860 Census the only thing we can glean from this is that they were in California by July of 1860 and appear married.

We have in the 1850 US Census Julia Marsh in the household with her soon to be first husband, Orson Clough, and his family, in Hamburg Erie Co. New York. Julia is listed as 18  in August of 1850. Again that places her birth in 1831 or 1832.

Now looking at the information on Hannah and Augustus March from D. Crooks. Hannah was born in 1782 and would have been about 49 to 53 when Julia was born. Kind of late in life for Hannah but she had 10 children according to D. Crooks records. The date on D. Crooks tree for Julia is 2 Sept. 1831. Sept also listed as the month that Julia was born on her death certificate.

So while the evidence is not conclusive neither my sister nor I have found any other possibilities and the biggest piece of evidence was that I found no other names in D. Crooks family tree that match names in my family tree, and we are shown as third to fourth cousin match on Gedmatch.

Krebbles or Grebbles

Krebbles or Grebbles

Last month when we went to the workshops on Volga Germans I tried a “krebbles” sample that Sandra Stalter, a Canadian, brought to share during the session of traditional cuisine from the area that families still make. I had also asked my mother-in-law for some family recipes. She sent a few pages from a cookbook that had some of the recipes like her mother cooked for the family. This also included several Grebble recipes that were all similar to the Krebble recipe.

Recipes celebrating Volga German heritage in 1976

Recipes celebrating Volga German heritage in 1976

recipes from Cookbook

1 cup heavy sweet or sour cream at room temp. ( I used sour cream)

4 eggs at room temp.

3 cups of flour

2 Tbsp Sugar

2tsp Baking powder

1/2 tsp soda, if sour cream is used (which I used)

Canola oil

Since the recipe that my mother-in law marked, included 1/2 tsp allspice, I included some for a little more flavor.

Sift together flour sugar, salt, baking powder, and soda if using sour cream.

 There was no amount in this recipe for salt but from the Grebble recipes it calls for a pinch of salt so that was what I used.

Separate eggs. Beat whites in a bowl .

With same beaters whip the cream slightly.

With the same beater, combine egg yokes and sugar until lemon colored.

Since I had already used the 2 Tbsp of sugar when I sifted the dry ingredients I used another tbsp. of sugar with the egg yokes.

Gently combine yokes, whites, and cream.

Combine flour mixture and cream mixture. First with fork then with hands. The dough will be soft.

Put on flour board and work in 1/2 cup more flour.

I worked this in by dusting the pastry cloth with flour and then kneading the dough to work the flour in evenly.

Put aside in a covered bowl for 2 hours.

After 2 hours it was really late so I covered the bowl with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator over night. The next day I took it out and let it come to room temperature.

On a flour surface, roll out dough to 1/4″ thick. cut into 3″X5″ rectangles. and cut two slits in ea. strip.

By trial and error I ended up cutting the slits at an angle.

Lay pieces on a floured surface

Heat 2″ of canola oil in heavy pot. Temperature is sufficient when small piece of dough browns in 1 min.

I tested the temperature of the oil and found it to be about 350ºF.

Gently lift each Krebble, pull dough through slits and place in hot oil. Several can go in the pot at a time. Brown each side then dry on paper towel.

I pulled a corner of the dough through each slot. and then using a strainer spoon gently slid it into the hot oil. I allowed each to cook about  30 seconds on each side or until golden brown then turned them over.

Serve with icing sugar.

I dusted with powdered sugar but think they would be better rolled in the powdered sugar.

This recipe is from Sandra Stelter.

The final product looks beautiful. They really puffed up in the cooking oil and I might have needed to add more oil for the last one or two. They were not real sweet and that is why I think I would like them rolled in the sugar. The overnight refrigerating did not appear to effect the final product. They look a lot like a free form doughnut. While they took a while to make they have very simple ingredients and were not complicated. If you try making let me know what you think.

 

Attending a genealogy workshop can

  • reignite your research.
  • provide you with more contacts of individuals with similar interest.
  • introduce you to new resources.
  • expose you to new methods of researching.

Have you heard of TL:DR? This is what may happen when confronted with a long dissertation to read in your family history research. It is TOO LONG therefore DIDN’T READ.

Attending a workshop on a specific group in your family line can give you a more personal connection and some specifics you may have missed due to TL:DR.

  • you may find a new friend and/or a new to you cousin.

This past week my husband and I spent three days in Leavenworth Washington attending workshops on “The Volga Germans”, presented by Concordia University Center for Volga German Studies (CVGS).

Leavenworth Washington

Leavenworth Washington

Leavenworth is situated on the eastern side of the Cascade mountains on US Hwy 2. It was a very appropriate setting for our German Heritage workshops since the picturesque town is styled like a Bavarian village.

This year is the 250th anniversary of the beginning  trek of many immigrating Germans to the Volga River area in Russia. CVGS is puting on 9 events around the country as a celebration for this auspicious anniversary. They have four  more coming up between June and the end of October. For more information visit their website at http://cvgs.cu-portland.edu/index.cfm.  I suggest if you have any Volga Germans in your family tree you should try to attend one of these upcoming events. This particular workshops gave

  •  an overview of the History of why our ancestors may have made the decision to accept “Catharine the Great’s” invitation to immigrate to Russia in the 1760’s.
  • What the geography of the region tells us.
  • A sampling of the food that our ancestors traditionally made.
  • The Volga Germans of  South America.
  • the 1941 Deportation.

I had read several books on the Volga Germans and done some research on my own in libraries and online in addition to asking my mother-in law questions. I was very interested in the history and the family connections to this remote region in southwestern USSR even though the connection is my husbands maternal grandparents. It was to me very interesting, yet I was not seeing the interest and enthusiasm when I shared what I learned with my husband Roy.

Last year I did  blogs on Johann Christoph Bender  and Nicholas Schneider. These were Roy’s original immigrants to the Volga River region. I was able to trace the lines through the 1857, 1834 and 1764-67 census’ for the Kratzke colony. These census provided some great information but unfortunately few maiden names. So I had gone to the workshops hoping to discover a means of determining the maiden names in these lines.

At this conference I not only learned  a great deal more from an expert on the Volga Germans, but my husband, who is not a genealogist and has limited interest, was an enthusiastic and captivated participant.  The whipped cream on this dessert was that we met several distant cousins. Now the cherry on top was the main speaker Dr. Brent Mai.

Dr. Mai sat down with us and shared his family research where it tied into my husbands line. He had some of those maiden names that I was looking for and footnotes indicating an 1897 census as a source. That census was after our Benders had left Russia but not all of the family left for America. Another reminder that there is more to be found in an area even once your family has moved on.

I had the family lines back six generations and Dr. Mai has two lines back 14 generations. Not a Schneider or a Bender but I now have more clues  and lots more to work on in this very interesting branch that has developed into a huge segment of the Bender family tree.

 

 

 

 

 

A Putnam family recipe

What is your favorite family recipe? For me it was what my family called Spanish Steak. I can just smell it frying. Spanish Steak cooking

Now mind you we have absolutely no Spanish blood but still my father’s mother made what the family called Spanish Steak. Where this recipe came from I can only speculate. We lived in California and my father’s family had come during the gold rush and his mothers side had mostly been there for several generations also. Maybe it was from the early Spanish Californians or the later immigrants from the Azors that were the family’s neighbor.  My fathers mother was known to me simply as Gay. Now Gay was not a sophisticated woman. She was a ranchers wife and what we would have called tough as nails. She loved her flowers and belonged to the Visalia garden club. Like most women of her generation she spent lots of time in the kitchen and while she was not a fancy cook she got most of the basics correct. Her kitchen was not large, but it had a large round oak table at one end. The stove was to the right by the back door and the sink and drain board was directly accross from the table while the refrigerator was to the left next to the opening into the living room. Gay was a short woman I do not think she was much over five feet tall. She always wore a dress and most often she had a large bib style apron on over her dress. If we were having Spanish steak we would more then likely also have asparagus and roasted potatoes.Spanish Steak

Putnam Family Spanish Steak

1 lb. beef Round Steak  1/2″ thick

1 egg beaten

2 tablespoons of water

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste

salt and peper

Cut meat into 2 serving -size pieces. Place meat between  2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound lightly with meat mallet until well tenderized, remove plastic wrap.

In a shallow dish combine egg and water.  In another shallow pan combine flour, cayenne and salt and pepper. dip meat into flour mixture then egg mixture and then again into flour mixture.

In a cast iron skillet cook meat in hot oil over medium heat until brown, turning once.

 

 

Easter Memories

Easter 1955

Easter 1955

My sister Madeleine and I are closer in age to each other then we are to our other sister and brother. When we were quite young about 3 & 4, people would often ask if we were twins. We did not usually dress alike, except  I remember on most Easter Sundays we would wear the latest “hand-me-downs” from our step-cousins Irene and Joanie. They were what I would have called “matchy – matchy”.  For the longest time I did think that Irene and Joanie were twins because their clothes always seamed to match. Gosh those hats are awful. I remember those skirts were a corduroy and so were those hats. The net petticoat was part of the outfit so I guess we had to show them off also. Quite the look back then. Easter morning meant going to St. Paul’s church in Visalia before coming home for our egg hunt either at home or over at Aunt Babe’s. Easter Dinner at Aunt Babe’s was a table set up in her back yard.  I was looking for that iconic photo we have where we are all around the table, even Grandpa Francis our great grand father was there in the background. I do not think the lawn had been cut which of course was better for hiding the eggs.

31 Days to Better Genealogy by Amy Johnson Crow is a posting of daily suggestions with “tips, tricks and resources for discovering more” in researching your family history. On day 21 Amy suggestes exploring Genealogy Societies. I had checked out Genealogy Societies at different times when I lived in other areas. So I was not unaware of the resources often found through the local societies, but I am new to the Pacific Northwest and decided that I need to explore what was going on in my new locale, so I took her up on her suggestion. I immediately found several workshops that I could attend within a couple of hours drive and a society that meets on Saturday, very close by. Since I still try to work 5 days a week that was an important factor. So I joined the Jefferson County Genealogical Society and registered for those workshops that were of interest. The first one was in Chehalis,  Researching Your Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestors by the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern Ireland, presented through the Lewis County Genealogical Society.  I came away with lots to do and yet not really too inspired for a blog posting.

Todays workshop was on writing, specifically Writing Family Stories by Wendy Call.

Okay I have been posting my family stories for about 2 years, and I am just now looking at this? Maybe if someone wrote my story it would be that Ada always jumped in feet first then went to work to figure it out.

Writers always seem to say they are writing for themselves but that’s not realistic, otherwise why make your writing public. My goal for todays workshop was to learn how to connect to the reader with the story.  I found that Wendy Call was an engaging instructor who gave us some tools to use and then  an opportunity to write through several interesting exercises. I would definitely recommend her workshop to others.

One of the writing exercise from todays workshop was that we had to list on individual index cards 6 things we were curious about today and six things that we were curious about as a small child. We randomly picked one from each pile. We then had to write how they connected, using free writing or stream of consciousness.  In other words, start writing and do not stop until time is called.

Question: Am I related to the Founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth?

Question: Why couldn’t I have a kitten?

It seemed that every summer my sister and I went to Davis and stayed with my grandparents. There were a lot, and I mean A LOT, of feral cats there. It was a large chicken ranch. There was one large brooder house and at least 4 large hen houses, a huge two story barn, the pump house, with an apartment attached, and a pole barn that was used as a garage. Grandpa allowed the cats to remain to keep the mice population in check. While staying with my grandparents the first thing Madeleine and I did was to go out to the barn and find the new litter of kittens that Grandma was sure were there just waiting for us to discover. Maybe this was a ploy to keep us occupied and entertained on our first afternoon at the ranch. I always loved the kittens and wanted one at home too. But Mom always told me that Dad didn’t like cats (odd since after us kids all left home Dad got himself a cat).

Now one of the other ways to entertain us was Grandma would tell us stories. Some of those stories were about who we were related to. Over the years I heard various names but one that especially resonated with me was that we were related to the founder of the Salvation Army. It seems that my grandmother’s mother was a Booth and William Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army. While staying with our grandparents there would often be a trip to the Salvation Army Thrift Shop in Woodland where Grandma would glean treasures. Grandma would put on her white gloves and hat to go into town. She would say how she was patronizing the Salvation Army because she was related to the original founder. Her treasures where crystal dishes, real Silverware, and real woolen sweaters.

Now this is a rather incomplete story but you might see where I was going with this. That both of these things that I was and am curious about stem from the great memories I have of my time with my grandparents during those idyllic summer days.

 

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