Putnam/ Dougherty family genealogy


Mom , Madeleine & I , sometimes Barbara & David too would attend Easter Sunday church at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Visalia California. Madeleine and I often had matching outfits, hand-me-downs from our uncle’s step daughters.

Easter 1955

Mom might make “Hot Cross Buns”, a nod to her mother and that families British heritage. Grandma Dougherty was not Irish but very British , she had been a great baker more then a cook. Unfortunately I have none of her recipes.
After we got home from church we were then allowed to have our egg hunt. Meanwhile mom would be getting the food together for the family Easter Sunday dinner. Sometimes we would go to Aunt Babe’s.

Barb, Dad Madeleine, Grampy, Ada, David, Mom

She would have a big table set up in the back yard and it would be filled with the traditional fare, ham, potato salads,  fresh peas and carrots. I do not remember it ever raining on Easter back then. Today it is raining and I made the Hot Cross Buns.

 

Hope you are making Easter Memories today.

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How do you find the stories about your family?
Sometimes it is a notation in a church record, on the census page, in a newspaper account, a note in a will, or a written history of the town or county they lived in. This week’s prompt is Misfortune. Was it misfortune or just life on the frontier? This week’s story comes from the History of two different communities that were the home for one of my ancestors.

Salem, Massachusetts
The Putnam line has been the famous and the infamous. With the early tales of Salem and Danvers,Massachusetts the Putnam’s of 1690’s have been well documented for their part in the Salem Witch hysteria. In 1695 Ann(e) Putnam wife of Thomas and mother to Ann(e) (one of the accusers) gave birth to Seth who was my 6x great grandfather. In May of 1699 when Seth was only 4 years old his father Thomas died and only 14 days later his mother Ann(e) died. Seth was one of 12 children born to Thomas and Ann(e) (Carr) Putnam. His sister Ann(e) was 20 and brother Thomas was 19 when their parents died. Such a misfortune.

For Seth it must have been difficult growing up never knowing your parents and with the knowledge that your sister and mother played such a major role in the witch hysteria. So who raised Seth? There is a record that notes who the guardians were for the other minor children but not Seth or his younger sister. The probate and guardianship papers on Ancestry for Thomas Putnam are a mess. There are many other Putnam’s intermixed with what is supposedly Thomas’ file. The hand writing to my modern eye is atrocious. So they are no help to me, maybe someone else could sort them out and transcribe them (Madeleine?). When Seth’s sister Ann(e) (who never married) died in 1716 she does mention her brothers by name and Seth is listed in her will.  http://www.writeopinions.com/ann-putnam-jr  “When her parents died in 1699, (Ann) Putnam was left to raise her nine siblings aged 7 months to 16 years.”  When Ann(e) died Seth would have been 21 years old. And probably had been on his own for some time.

Seth Putnam's places of residence.

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Billerica, Massachusetts.

In 1718 Seth married Ruth Whipple in Salem. Seth is reported in the History of Billerica, Massachusetts, A Genealogical Register to have bought a house-lot and 60 acres in 1719 from Samuel Walker (part of the “Church farm”) in Billerica for £200. His name appears several times in the Billerica town records in 1733.  The  Genealogical Register includes the location of the property and that he had lived there 25 years “and then became a grantee of No. 4” of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the early name for Charlestown, later of New Hampshire.

No. 4 (Charlestown).

From the History of Charlestown, New Hampshire, The Old No. 4 , Seth’s sons Ebenezer and Seth Jr. were at No. 4 in 1746 when Seth Jr. (part of the militia) was the first of the settlers killed by Indians. Another misfortune. In the Evening the women were to go out to milk the cows, Major Josiah Willard and several soldiers accompanied them. As they approached the stables a party of eight Native Americans fired upon them. Seth fell and the Major and the other soldiers returned fire striking two of the raiders who where quickly dragged off by the rest of their party.

The fort at No. 4
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The remainder of the family including daughter Ruth and sons Thomas and Timothy (my 5x great grandfather) came out to Charlestown about 1750. From the time that the Massachusetts Bay Colony settled No4 until after the Treaty ending the French and Indian War (1754-1763) this outpost was in constant danger. The French and the Native Americans coming down from Canada to raid and fight the settlers and British soldiers, were passing right by this settlement along the Connecticut River. The Fort at No.4 was established about 1745 and Massachusetts provided military protection (by a petition from the citizens to Massachusetts Governor), but life on this frontier was dangerous. Seth’s daughter Ruth married Peter Labaree who was captured by the Indians and managed to escape. Other families had members who were also taken at various times and some were given to the French, who might try to ransom them, or to other Natives Americans who kept them as replacements for their own lost family members. In 1775 a smallpox epidemic swept through the colonies, Seth died that year at age 80, whether or not it was from smallpox I have not been able to determine.

Use History’s of Places.

Title Page History of Charlestown New Hampshire

I really enjoy reading these history’s of the communities were the families lived. It is great that so many of them are now on line. They are not exactly “politically correct” but they do give a look at these early settlements and the families that pioneered them. If you haven’t before or if it’s been awhile, google the town you’re interested in learning more about and see whats out there. You can also use Family Search catalogue file for places and see what they have available.

Excel and Genealogy

Jefferson County Genealogical Society held a workshop this weekend presented by Mary Kircher Roddy   Exel-lence in Genealogy.  I had noticed quite a few webinars lately were being presented on this subject and thought, “I know Excel, maybe this is something I should be looking into.” The class had a wide range of family historians from beginners to professionals along with a wide range of individuals familiar with Excel. Once we were through some of the basics of Excel in the remaining two hours Mary was able to show us lots of ways to use Excel for genealogy.

One of the cleaver things she showed us was how to insert the search results from Ancestry, Family Search and others into our spread sheet. Once we had done that we could sort the information by any of the fields.

So putting this into practice I was interested in finding all the Irish immigrants in Pike County Pennsylvania in the 1850. William L. Dougherty my 2x great grandfather had come from Ireland sometime prior to 1842. Understanding that rarely did an individual come by themselves to some arbitrary location, my sister and I had thought to investigate the others in the area to see if we could discover who William was, exactly when he arrived and perchance what became of him.

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So I did a search of Ancestry’s 1850 Census of those born in Ireland living in Pike County, Pennsylvania. This is just a fraction of the individuals that I was able to import to an excel spread sheet. From this I can start researching and making notes on this data sheet about the individuals: when they came, who they came with,  where they came from, and where they where in later census.

The second tip I am putting into practice is the tracking of records. Currently I have a Document Log for each individual.

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But if I combine those logs in a Spread sheet by families I might be able to see more patterns or holes.

I like to use colors to designate families. Blue my fathers fathers line and Red my mothers fathers line. It was a system that the original family research binders I bought utilized and I have stayed with it.

 

 

 

 

So now I can use colors to designate other patterns. This may help in finding those family members that went missing. I can already see that I might try looking at Port Jarves for Solomon in 1880.

i’ve used other programs such as Clooz but have spent time typing in data that I never got beyond the imput. What tools are you using to help handle data?

Were the Britsh more likely to leave aWill? 

It seems my British families were into providing Wills. The first Will I discovered on-line was a British Will from 1819 Cheshire England for Robert Heap (4x maternal great grandfather), that I was researching back in 1996. A couple of weeks ago I came across the probate of the Will for Alice Booth (3x maternal great grandmother). So in answer to this weeks prompt from Amy Johnson Crow “Where there is a Will”, I plan on sharing my latest find.

I enjoyed transcribing Alice’s Will. Transcribing gave me an opportunity to really absorb the content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I already knew quite a bit about Alice Booth. She was Alice Robinson born 6 December 1806 and baptized 21 December 1806  in Padiham, Lancashire England to Nancy and Henry Robinson (a Weaver). The granddaughter of Margaret Robinson and an unknown grandfather.

Alice married Joseph Booth a Calico Printer on 10 October 1825 in Padiham. Lancashire, England. In 1827 Alice gave birth to their first child, a son, Henry.  He died the following year, prior to his first birthday. They went on to have 5 more children prior to their leaving England for the United States in Sept of 1842. The manifest for the sailing of the “Garrick” out of Liverpool England shows:

Josh Booth 29, Alice  27, Mary Anne 11, Josh 9, Walter 8, and Nancy 2.

In further searches we find that Serevetus who had been born in 1831 died prior to the 1841 UK census.

In the United States Joseph and Alice had three more children, Issac in 1843 believed to have been born in PA, Alice in 1845 thought to have been born in MA and Sarah in 1846 born in New Jersey. They lived at least 22 years on Staten Island, Richmond County, New York, where Alice died 28 April 1882.

I Alice Booth of the Town of Castleton County of Richmond and State of New York do make publish pronounce and declare this instrument as and forward my last Will and Testament hereby expressly revoking any and all former Wills by me made.

First, I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as practicable.

Second I authorize empower and direct that a majority of the Executrixes and Executors of this Will shall whenever they shall deem it  meet for the interest of my estate so to do sell all my property real and personal at public or private sale and good and sufficient deeds and conveyances in the law to execute and deliver to the purchaser or purchasers of such real estate , And until the same is sold I give and devise to my said Executrixes and Executors in trust for the uses and purposes specified in the next clause hereof. Third I order and direct that the rents profits and income of my property until the same shall be applied first to keeping the buildings insured and in repair and paying taxes – and second to paying the interest and principal of the mortgage on my real estate as far as practicable, And if after the payments a fore said there shall be sufficient income therefore their Said Executrixes and Executors shall use the same in the erection of a monument to my deceased son Isaac over his grave not to cost however to exceed the sum of Three Hundred Dollars. And in case there shall not be sufficient income for the payments a fore said and the erection of such monument, then I order and direct that when my real estate shall be sold such monument shall be erected and paid for out of the proceeds of such sale before any distribution of such proceeds shall be made. Fourth The proceeds of the sale of my real and personal property and also all of my property after paying my debts and funeral expenses and erecting such monument. I give devise and bequest in equal shares to my children who shall survive me and to the children of such of my children as have heretofore died – or as may prior to my decease die, the children of deceased children of mine taking the share only which their parent would have taken if living. Lastly I nominate and appoint my daughters Mary Ann Bamber Nancy Gee and Alice Taylor Executrixes and my son Joseph Booth and my son in law James Gee Executors

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of this my last Will and Testament.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of January 1880.

Alice Booth (LS.)

The highlighted contents are the facts gleamed from this record. Upon further study more family clues are given in the following probate record.

Satisfactory proof having been made of the due services of the citation heretofore issued in this matter requiring the proper persons to appear on the eleventh day of July 1882 and attend the probate of the last Will and Testament of Alice Booth late of the County of Richmond deceased and Mess De Groot Rawson and Stafford Attorneys for the Executrixes and Executors named in said Will having appeared in support of the proof of the same and John J. Kenney Esq. heretofore appointed special guardian for Isaac Butterworth and George Booth minors two of the heirs  and next of kin of said deceased,……..

So we see that the adult children of Alice are listed as executors of her estate along with her son in-law James Gee who she must have held in high regard. Isaac had died prior to 1880 when Alice wrote the above Will. Could he have died in the American Civil war? He would have been about 18 at the start so there is a very high probability that he was in the Army. That is a research for another time. What about her son Walton/Walter Booth. I have that he did not die until 1893. Why is he left out of the Will? Now Isaac Butterworth would have been Sarah Booth’s son and suggest that Sarah was no longer living in 1882. She is not named as an executor in 1880 so she was either estranged from the family or had died previous to the writing of the Will. George Booth, who was George Booth? Did Isaac leave a son? Joseph jr had a son George but he would have been an adult (22 years old) in 1882. Did Walton/Walter have a son?

Wills and their accompanying documents can contain clues to help solve a mystery or cause more questions to arise. If you have any observations or insights please do not hesitate to make a comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Langley

 

So this past weeks prompt for Amy Johnson Crows challenge for 52 Ancestors  in 52 weeks was Valentine. I was  not inspired so I am skipping on to next week prompt. We have instead Heirloom. It was a challenge to pick one heirloom that I had not written about previously. There are so many family treasures I enjoy having incorporated into our home. Here is one that holds special interest to me. It’s an item that my third cousin shared with my sister and I. A collection of writings done by my 4x great maternal grandmother, Jane Langley Jones.

I was first made aware of Jane Langley by my grandmother, the great “story” teller, for she told a story about the “Three Langley Beauties”, and Jane was one of the three. So I decided to finally delve into Jane’s writings and make a transcription. In transcribing I have found that I am able to work out almost all the words written. Today was one of those rare snowy Sundays in the Pacific Northwest and a perfect time to get started. The hand writing could be atrocious or maybe it is only due to the fact that I hardly ever get to read something hand written in the 1830’s. There are also many pages that are too faint to read. The collection contains 48 pages.

Jane was born in England about 1814. One of 4 daughters (not three) born to Edward and Mary (Jones) Langley of Coleshill, Warwickshire England. How my cousin Bob A. came by these papers I do not know. What they are, are an assortment of poems, recipes and letters written by Jane. One item has a date of  October 14th 1832 which would have been when Jane was about 18 years of age. The titles on some of her pages include:

To H-

Lemon Wine

Love Forgets

Good Bye

Ginger Wine

God save our Gracious King

My Mother

I give my heart to Thee for Thine

Affection

The Dead Twins

Reminecsence

The Child of Earth

Home

The Exiles Return

JTo the Forget Me Not

The Broken Promise

I can only speculate about the reason for these musings by Jane. Considering her age and the time period I believe she had been introduced to society and was quite the social young woman. The writings paint a picture of a young woman experiencing the drama of young love and the hardships of families.

The poem ” God Save our Gracious King” references King William who came to the throne in 1830 and reigned until his death in 1837.

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God save our Gracious King

William our Noble King

God Save the King

Send him Victorious

Happy and glorious

Long to Reign over us

God save the King


O Lord our God wise

Scatter his enemies

And make them fall

Confound their Politicts

Frustrate their R….cish tricks

On him our hopes we fix

God save us all


Thy cherish gifts in store

On William Reign to po…

Long may he …..

May he defend our laws

And even give us cause

To sing with heart and voice
God Save the King


Shield him thou good and great

And to our Queen and state

New Blessing  Bring

Great Brittons th… and long

May the expecting thronge

For them re…..d the song

God save the King

I am speculating that Jane wrote this around the time of King William IV’s coronation. History notes that he was much beloved by the people.

Any help on those words I couldn’t workout?

Congratulations mmelo for winning last weeks drawing. Your surprise  gift is going out Monday.

 

 

Was Nimrod Holmes a nimrod?

This week #52 Ancestors prompted us with “favorite name”. This past week I was working on the Holmes line. That’s part of my paternal line and as you may already know if you have been following my blog that is the side that truly had very colorful people. While I love the colorful it may be where some of those questionable genes came from. This name I found while working on the Holmes line plays right into that.
Nimrod Holmes was born to Peter Holmes and Elizabeth Redman 08 March 1819 (wow almost 200 years ago) in Ohio. Probably Muskingum county. Nimrod was my 3x great grandmother’s (Susannah Holmes Francis) brother. Yes I do collateral relatives because I learned that when I’m “killing off” the relatives it may help establish further proof on the family line.

I came across the name and was commenting to my husband about the unusual name of Nimrod, and being the wordsmith that he is, he told me about the name. He said we use, “don’t be such a nimrod”, but it also means skilled hunter. Okay and how do you know all this I asked,  he shrugged his shoulders and turned to “google” to verify. And they did.

nim·rod

[ˈnimräd]

NOUN

nimrods (plural noun)
  1. literary
    a skillful hunter.
  2. N. AMER.
    informal
    an inept person.

On further investigation we learned Nimrod was in the Bible. I did not remember that. The online Webster dictionary defines

Nimrod: a descendant of Ham represented in Genesis as a mighty hunter and a king of Shinar;

My conclusion is that Peter and Elizabeth were using the bible as the source for baby names. Now that we know where the name comes from the question begs to be asked was Nimrod Holmes a nimrod?

1810 US Federal Census Fauquier Co., VA (Click on image to enlarge)

 

Born in Ohio after Peter and Elizabeth Holmes had moved out from Fauquier county Virginia some time after their son Joseph had been born in 1813. One of 13 children, Nimrod is somewhere in the middle. I have not yet established all birthdays or the birth order of the children. There is a 6 year gap between Joseph and Nimrod. Part of that could be accounted for while Peter was involved in the 1812 War.

 

 

1840 US Census Hopewell, Muskingum, Ohio

Nimrod first appears in the 1840 US census in Hopewell Muskingum county Ohio after his marriage that same year to Frances Ann Mauk  on 19 May in Muskingum County.

Through the US census we find Frances and Nimrod having 6 children, George W. born 1841, William H. born 1843, Melissa born about 1851,  Nimrod P. born about 1856, Fenrick born about 1857 and Martha born about 1863. Now I am thinking that Nimrod P. and Fenrick may be the same person. Fenrick  Nimrod is named as one of his children in Nimrod’s last will and testament found on Ancestry.com. But there is no Nimrod P. listed. And I do not see them in the same census together.

Nimrod was no slouch. In his will he leaves quite a bit of property to his wife Frances and the various children and one grand child.

1st. I give and devise to my beloved wife Frances Holmes in lieu of her dower the farm on which we now reside situated in Washington Township, Union Co., O. containing about 60 acres…………. Also my farm containing 160 acres situated in Washington County Kansas on which Fenrick N. Ho(l)mes now resides…… Also all of my real estate in Hilliard, Franklin County, Ohio. At the death of my said wife the real estate afore said I give and devise as follows.

2. I give and devise to my son William H. Holmes eighty acres on the east side of the said farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Washington Co, Kansas

3. I give and devise to my son Fenwick N. Holmes eighty acres on the west side of said farm in Washington Co. Kansas.

4. I give and devise to my daughters Melissa Leion and Martha Romack the said farm on which I now live in Washington Township Union Co, O, to be divided equally by running a line East and West. I desire that daughter Melissa Lion shall have the South half of said farm and my daughter Martha Romack shall have the North half during their natural lives, and at their death to go to their legal heirs.

5. I give and devise to my grandson W.H. Holmes one lot of land situated in the City of Columbus

6. I give and bequeath to Mary Super the west lot of my three town lots in Hilliard Station.

7. I desire that a monument costing four hundred dollars be erected at the graves of myself and wife the expense of which shall be borne by my four legal heirs equally, before they get possession of the land here by devised.

I desire that no appraisement and no sale of my personal property be made. ………………………….

So the answer is that Nimrod S. Holmes was no nimrod. I still have a few genealogical questions on Nimrods family to sort out but I just love reading these old wills. And now we all are asking “who is Mary Super?”

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Easy Rice Pudding~

Mom’s Recipe
What do you do with leftover white rice besides eat with milk and sugar the next morning for breakfast? My mom would make Rice Pudding which I just loved. This is a great recipe and one that I use often. So when I saw this weeks prompt “invite to dinner” I decided if company were coming for dinner I would make mom’s Rice Pudding.

Here’s the recipe I had mom write out for me about 50 years ago.    

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked rice

1 cup of sugar

3 eggs

3 cups of milk

1 tsp. vanilla

dash of salt

I use whatever rice is left over sometimes it’s as little as 3/4 of a cup or even up to three cups .

I always use mom’s soufflé dish for this recipe. It is just the right size.

If you cook the rice first be sure to let it cool before adding the other  ingredients. I mix everything right in the dish I use to bake the pudding.

Mix the sugar with the rice.

Pour in the milk. Beat the eggs well, then add, stirring til the rice is well distributed and not clumpy. Add the vanilla and salt. Stir well.

I like to grate fresh nutmeg on top.

 

Place the dish in a hot oven in a water bath

 

 

 

 

 

  

Bake at 350 degrees until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Allow to cool before serving. Fixing “Rice Pudding” always brings back memories of mom.  I hope you try this recipe and let me know what you thought.

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