Putnam/ Dougherty family genealogy

Working on my 3rd generation report for the ICAPGen Level 1 study group I almost fell down that proverbial rabbit hole. Edward Langley is my 4 times great grandfather born about 1763, most likely in Over Whitacre,Warwickshire, England. His wife was Mary Jones, and his youngest child was Jane Langley, who married a George Jones. George and Jane Jones named their eldest daughter Ada. You could say I am partial to this particular ancestor because I am the last in a line of five Ada’s.

Returning to my subject, Edward and Mary Langley had 7 children (see above). Their first son Thomas died as a child. Thomas was probably named for Edward’s father. Their second son they named Edward. Edward was baptized 5 July 1795 at the parish church in Coleshill about three and a quarter miles from Over Whitacre where his father had been babtized.

Baptism 5 July 1795 Edward Langley

In order to find out as much as possible about Edward Langley senior I looked for other records of his children hoping for a mention of their father. I knew about his daughters Jane and Elizabeth from early searches. I had also found his daughter Mary’s marriage to James Farden.. Usually the boys are fairly easy to follow and the girls get lost when they marry, but this time the girls were all easy to locate.. Once I found Jane’s birth, I discovered the parish records were a treasure. Every four or five pages there was another child of Edward Langley and is wife Mary being baptized. Remember this was well before the first full census in the U.K. in 1841. Their first child Thomas was baptized in 1792. Edward was baptized in 1795 and then I discovered Thomas was buried in 1797 at 5 years of age. Next came Myra in 1799, then Elizabeth in 1801. Mary came along in 1805 and John in 1808. John then is recorded in the parish registry having died at one and a half years in 1810. The final child, Jane ( my direct ancestor) being baptized in 1811.
Edward senior died in 1834, seven years before the UK census in 1841.The will attached to the probate records for Edward Langley only named his wife “my dear wife Mary” and his “daughter Mira Langley”. He refers to “all his children still living”, but failed to provide names.
In that 1841 census for Coleshill, Mary Langley is head of household of independent means. Also at home with Mary is her daughter Myra Langley, Sarah Plumbridge, and Ada Jones. Edward junior would have been about 47 years old so he should be out on his own.

A little background information, in October of 2015 I had made a connection with Dave H. a descendant of Elizabeth Langley Plumbridge. He had generously shared photos of his side of the family along with a photo of the family stone or monument (as the British say) in Coleshill St. Peter & St. Paul churchyard in Warwickshire, England. He had transcribed the stone and I had put the information away. Recently I was doing an extensive search on Edward Langley and had forgotten about Dave’s information.

Rabbit hole directly ahead.
On Find a Grave In Coleshill St. Peter & St. Paul churchyard, Warwickshire, England was an entry for Edward Langley (senior).

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This shows Edward’s son Edward died in 1882 (rabbit hole). Once I started investigating this Edward I found him on the probate calendar were his wife is listed as Malvina. I looked up their marriage and noted this Edward’s father was shown to be Joseph Langley. Probably not ours. Still not remembering Dave’s emails I located on Find My Past the transcriptions index an records for Coleshill St. Peter & St. Paul churchyard available for a small fee from Birmingham Midlands Society for Genealogy, I went ahead and ordered and found the error.

It looks like they could not read the monument inscription so went to the parish registry and found an Edward Langley who was buried in 1882. This is probably the information that was used for the Find a Grave listing. This Edward who died in 1882 at 48 years of age would have been born in about 1834 the same year the father died at 71. This Edward seniors wife Mary was about 69 years old. Definitely not our Edward junior. Unfortunately since our Edward Langley (junior) burial is not found in the church records in Coleshill, he most likely is not buried there. I will need to research a little more. He may be the one I discovered who was buried in London. Fortunately for me I have a great photo of the Monument in Coleshill church yard taken by Dave and most of it is legible. I can confirm that Dave’s transcription is accurate.

So even though this was a rabbit hole, I was able to correct the Find Your Grave information. Hopefully this will help others avoid that rabbit hole.

Locality Research –

After 35 years of doing family research I am considering turning Pro. I started my Putnam  Sisters  blog back in February 2014, when I was unable to access my rootsweb free website. I have covered a great deal of my family stories, and recently I started looking for a new challenge. It was time for me to stop my day job and I thought maybe becoming a professional genealogist was what I would like to do in my next phase. So I started learning what I needed to do in order to become an accredited or a certified genealogist.   The following are areas that I need to develop proficiency in:

  • Writing a well defined objective.
  • Compiling a well documented initial timeline while analyzing all known facts and previously held documents.
  • Creating a Locality research guide
  • Writing a research plan that addresses the objective and keeps on target.
  • Recording searches on a detailed Research Log.
  • Creating well constructed Source Citations for all sources used in the research process including where nothing was found.
  • Writing a Research Report that shows exhaustive research and results that address the stated objective that is easy for anyone to follow.
  • Forming Conclusions that the research supports in answer to the objective.

I read Research like a Pro¹then joined their Facebook group. I used my question;“Who were the parents of Sarah (Coe) Hall, wife of Samuel Hall of Ashton Under lyne, Lancashire England, married 2 January 1820 to Joseph Booth?, to write my first research plan, locality research, and research report as demonstrated with Research like a Pro.
Now I need to hone my skills.

I have enjoyed learning about locations where family members lived, not only here in the United States but around the world. I have made contact with shirttail relatives around the globe.  My sister and I have traveled to places we would never have visited if family ties had not drawn us. Next September we are planning a trip to the  Kornmeyers’ home settlement in the Konstanz district of Baden. We were to have gone last September but the COVID epidemic has us rescheduling for this year.

Locality Research Guide

A locality research guide will put, in one place, all the tools and resources on a particular locality where the ancestral subject to be researched lived. If you read a previous post of mine 6 things I learned you will see that I noted learning how to do anything and I do mean anything on YouTube. That also holds true for apps, “There is an app for that.”  A online tool called Zotero is one of those tools. Zotero will create a library for all those sources you gather for a particular locality search. It could be very useful in the overall process of compiling information not only on localities but also research logging and documentation. If you are not so much of a computer geek you could use an Excel spreadsheet in a very similar manner.

There are research guides and cheat sheets for most states and for other countries that you can buy from $4.00 to over $50.00. Some of these may be fine as a reference. I understand, if you really are interested in learning about a locality where you ancestors lived for generations it may be best accomplished by actually putting together your own “Locality Research Guide”. 

Locality Research guide for England

I need to compile a Locality Research guide for England.  The best place to start is with the Family search wiki. Family search wiki is found by:

  • accessing  familysearch.org 
  • clicking on the Search drop down menu
  • then click on Research wiki.

There you will see a world map and the explanation that FamilySearch Research Wiki is a Genealogy Resource Guide with 94,056 articles. Each article is an area.

For England “

  • clicking on the map where it says Europe a drop down menu will appears for all the European countries,
  • choice England.
  • If you are interested in all of England click on the first item in the new drop down menu for England
  • if you wanted a specific county in England such as  Warwick, scroll down the menu to Warwickshire. Take a look around. On the far right are a list of the records for the area.
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If you scroll down the page you will find a map of England where you can click on a county of interest, and it will take you to that counties wiki page.
My sister was asking about one of our Warwick relatives that was a milliner. So under Record Types click on Occupations. that will take you to another article. Scroll down to find the list of Occupations. Here I clicked on Milliners.

“Millinery is concerned with making caps, bonnets, scarves, cloaks and all ladies’ outer clothing except dresses. Milliners were overwhelmingly female and came from a very wide range of societal levels, including ‘daughters of clergymen, military and naval officers, surgeons, farmers and tradesmen of all descriptions’ (Thompson and Yeo).

A girl would first be apprenticed probably in her local town, then either work as an assistant (either living in or as a day-worker), or if she wanted to eventually establish her own business she would go to London as an improver, there to learn the latest fashionable skills. She could work her way up to third-, second- then first-hand with increasing responsibilities in a large millinery house, and usually lodged and boarded in.

Lower class millinery houses abound as well, as do wardrobe shops where secondhand clothes were mended or remade for resale. Hurley (The Book of Trades or Library of the Useful Arts. Vol I. Wiltshire Family History Society, 1991) describes the intricacies of the trade, Mayhew has a section on the life and conditions of milliners (Thompson and Yeo) and Clabburn (Shawls. Shire Publications, 2002) has a specialist publication on shawls.”


Now that you have a feel for the Family Search Wiki. you should consider saving the hyperlink to your area of interest. Maybe you are searching New York State, Erie county. you will need to save the link so when you start researching you can immediately go and find where you will find the type of records you will need to access in order to obtain the answers to you research question.

There are suggested topics that should be addresses in a well developed research guide.

  • Background information
    • Quick facts
    • Timeline or major events
    • Online research guides
    • Genealogical Societies and publications
    • Geography and maps
    • History
    • Law and government
    • Libraries and Archives
    • Records loss
    • Local history
    • Migration Routes
    • Reference books
  • Record Collections
    • General Collections
    • Apprentice records
    • Cemetery Records
    • Census Records and substitutes
    • Church records
    • Court records
    • Ethnic records
    • Family bibles and compiled genealogies
    • Immigration and naturalization
    • Land records
    • Legislative records
    • Manor house records
    • Military records
    • Newspapers & directories
    • Probate records
    • Vital record
    • Tax records
  • New terms

The final item is a list I have started for new words I have learned. In a British will and probate I came across two words I was completely unfamiliar with, messuage and curtilage. These two terms may be used strictly in England but becoming familiar with them should make it easier for me to read old English documents in the future. Making a note of them on my locality guide will reinforce the terms and their spelling in my mind. It will also give me a place to refer back to if I forget exactly what they mean.

Getting started with Zotero I have started files for several areas of interest. I had often used bookmarks and my internet browser. For me I found it cumbersome and I failed to use them. On Zotero I can start organizing them into topics under the collections. Right now I only have the major collections. I see that I need to bring Tameside, Lancaster under England.

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I know there are other-ways out there to put together a Locality Research Guide. Please let me know what you do and how it is working for you.

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1 Elder, Diana Research Like a Pro a genealogist’s guide, Family Locket Books, Highland, Utah

They said, “keep a Journal during this unprecedented “period.” I did not.
They said, “learn to play an instrument or learn another language”. I did not. They suggested, “Don’t spent all day on your devices.” I did.
Well not all my time but a good chunk.

Since 2014 I have worked remotely from my home office for one major client, recently I’ve only put in about 20 hours a week. 99% of my work is on the computer. My social groups were important because it got me out of the house. Then along comes the pandemic and now with the physical distancing recommendations and working from home, when I needed to meet with clients I call a Zoom Meeting. My social groups were not meeting in person they were meeting on Zoom. My Zumba class had to start meeting virtual. So now I’m exercising on Zoom. If I need to meet with committee members I called a Zoom Meeting. More professional providers were making presentations on Zoom or hosting webinars. Lunch and Learn meetings were now on Zoom.

Every morning I check my emails for projects that need to be worked on. When I had an opportunity to work on genealogy I was online, checking out websites and thinking about better ways of solving my family puzzles and staying organized.
So what have I learned during this pandemic so far.

Number 6Dogs need social time too..

My dog missed playing with other dogs. We had gone to the dog parks at least once a week. All the dog parks were closed until just recently. Over the weekend we went for a drive and our dog got more excited than usual when we got near the dog park. When we pulled in to park the car he was so excited to see the other dog he could hardly stand it.

Number 5 – Hosting a Zoom Meeting

How to host a Zoom1 meeting. When the “ lockdown” came Zoom was the #1 platform for hosting meetings online. Some others included: Join.me, Go to Meeting, Skype, and Adobe Connect. There are also means of doing a telephone conference calls for a large number of people. The Zoom platform really took off and quickly adjusted to the volume and issues that manifested in the first weeks of the stay at home recommendations. The ability to interact, see your client and share your screen virtually was the minimum initial requirements. There are now even more Platforms that will met your virtual connecting needs.

Number 4Facebook Groups

The local genealogy society’s resources center has been closed and have cancelled the monthly meeting and presentations. The end of May they started a private Facebook2 group to help members stay connected. Genealogy Facebook groups are a great resource for getting help, sharing knowledge, posting upcoming events, and other items of interest to genealogist. I followed several, but had not posted on any. Depending on the Facebook group, members in the group can answer questions or do look ups for other members. There are groups for geographical areas, DNA, Genealogical societies, RAOGK (random acts of genealogical kindness) genealogy tips and techniques, genealogy bloggers, and many more. If you are on Facebook at all you may enjoy joining one of these groups. You might choose a genealogy group from an area where your ancestors lived.

Number 3You Tube

There is a YouTube3 for everything. If you haven’t discovered this, the site has a diy Video on everything. They are probably at least a half a dozen different people who have posted a “how to” on just about anything imaginable. Need to learn how to use that Zoom platform? Check it out on YouTube. I wanted to start a garden during the coronavirus lockdown, I checked it out on YouTube and found some helpful tips on YouTube.

Number 2 – Research like a Pro

Started reading “ Research like a Pro”4 by Diana Elder and Nicole Dryer. A mother / daughter genealogy team. I went ahead and joined their Facebook group. Working through the tasks in “ Research like a Pro“, I learned how to write a source citation following their simplified outline.
1. Who (created the source)?

2. What (is the name of the source)?

3. When (was source created)

4. Where (citation location within source)

5. Where (is the location of the source)?

6. When ( source was accessed)?

7. Whom (accessed source)?

Number 1 – What it takes to become a Certified/Accredited genealogist.

I was enjoying “research like a pro” so much I was considering becoming certified. I discovered while researching the process online that you can become either a certified genealogist (CG) through the BCG (Board of Certified Genealogist)_or an accredited genealogist (AG) through ICAP Gen or both.
Their process is very similar. The main difference between a certified genealogist and an accredited genealogist is the certification process tests the methodology and the accredited process you choose the region (area) that you want to specialize in i.e. mid atlantic states, southern states, or Ireland.

Certified Genealogist

So what does it take to become a Certified Genealogist.. There are six categories that are to be included in portfolio you submit for judging. The Portfolio is limited to 150 pages.

  1. Genealogists Code – signed and included in portfolio.
  2. Development Activities- Description of genealogy courses, institutes and other activities that have prepared you for Certification.
  3. Document work
    1. Transcription
    2. Abstract
    3. Research question
    4. Analysis of Data
    5. Outline research plan
  4. Research Report
    1. Utilize wide range of sources
    2. Include authorization for Research from client ( may be Pro bono)
    3. Include permission to be submitted in portfolio for certification
    4. Report as submitted to Client.
    5. Include Documents
  5. Case Study
  6. Kinship Determination Project
    1. 3 couples in successive generations

Accredited Genealogist

The Accredited Genealogist is required to pass 3 levels of testing with a score of 90% or greater ea..

  • Level 1
    • Read guide of IcapGen requirements and guidelines for their accreditation process
    • Review “Regional Resources” for chosen region.
    • Take the Accreditation Readiness Assessment online.
    • A 4 generation project self-assessment online
    • Payment of level 1 fees and Contact information form
    • Submission of four-generation project
  • Level 2
    • Score of 90% or greater
    • 2 part test sections with each section allotted 2 hours ( at a testing location on facility computer.
      • Document Interpretation from your selected region.
      • General knowledge of your region
  • Level 3
    • written exam “Final Project”. Time alloted is 2 hours.
    • Oral review upon completion of Level 2 and Written Exam of Level 3 with a score of 90% or better. Time allotted 2 hours.


Both paths to certification or accreditation taken take well over a year. Both processes are well outlined on their respective platforms. You may visit BCG or ICAPGEN website pages to learn more. Which path you take of if you end up pursuing both is a decision each individual will need to determine. For me I need to do a lot more learning from the professionals before jumping into either pool.

1 Zoom.com



4Research Like a Pro a Genealogist’s Guide by Diana Elder, AG with Nicole Dyer, published by Family Locket Books an imprint of Family Locket Genealogist LLc, Highland, Utah (purchased May 2020) their website is: Family Locket.com





Sarah Coe twin?

Small moments of joy come after spending 3 hours looking at Parish records one page at a time, online, when you finally find “That’s the One” and the only Sarah Coe in the last 233 pages of barely comprehensive writing. With pages so faded you think you will go blind, until you realize that changing the brightness and contrast really does help. There it is December 22 1799 christening record shows a Sarah Coe and Mary Coe daughters of John of Dukinfield, gardener and his wife Nancy. Also it lists a birth date, Sarah is listed as Nov. 16 … while Mary is listed as Nov 26 … No year. Are they twins born 10 days apart? Or were they born a year apart (see below)? What would you make of this?

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This was the begining of my searching into, “Who were Sarah Coe’s parents?” Sarah is my 3x great grandmother on my maternal line. She Married Samuel Hall in Stockport, Cheshire, England.

From the parish registry (see image to the right) Samuel Hall a widower of this Parish. (Profession) Iron Moulder and Sarah Coe of this Parish were

married by Banns on the 2 Day of January 1820 by E. Harwell Curate. A takeaway from this is that we see the actual signature of Samuel (Samel) and note that Sarah couldn’t sign her name. Couples were married either by Banns or License. Banns is where the intention of marriages is announced at the parish church three Sundays in advance of the actual marriage date, otherwise they have to apply to the bishop for a special license to be married.

This is the document that started me asking the question, “Who were the parents of Sarah Coe?” In order to do a comprehensive search I needed to understand the timeline of the local parishes jurisdictions during this time period.

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Stockport is a market town in Cheshire, England while Ashton Under Lyne is a market town in Lancashire. They are approximately 6 miles apart. Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire is just across the river from Cheshire. Historically while Ashton Under Lyne is in Lancashire they had been under the Court of the Bishop of Chester, and today many of the small townships such as Dukinfield and Staleybridge, in Cheshire, are part of what is called Tameside and the Ashton Under Lyne Civil Registration District since 1837 (see map below).

Parish jurisdictions 1851 https://www.familysearch.org/mapp/ Click image to enlarge.

Here is a simplified timeline for the Parish churches in the Area where Samuel Hall and Sarah Coe lived. For more detailed information visit: https://www.familysearch.org/mapp/#lists

StockportSt. May’s1584
Ashton UnderLyneSt.Michael1594
St. Peters1824
DukinfieldSt. Michael1594

So to search, the parish where Samuel and Sarah were married, for Sarah’s Christening, I looked at Family Search for the church records In Stockport somewhere between 1795 to 1805. For some reason there are no records from 1682 to 1812. So I started looking at the Ashton Under Lyne Records for my estimated time frame. Upon finding this entry of a Sarah Coe, I decided to continue looking. At first I was trying to determine if this Sarah Coe dies before reaching maturity. But since the Coe name was so infrequently found I just noted any other Coe’s in this film and put together the family of John and Nancy (Minshall) Coe of Dukinfield and their five daughters. John is consistently referred to as a gardener and in the 1841 UK census he is listed as living at Gardener House (see 1841 census below). In the 1851 census he is living with his daughter Judith’s Family. In the 1861 census he is gone and Judith has her sister Hannah living with her.

I then I began looking for the death of John Coe. I found him in Ashton Under Lyne burial records for St. Michaels. “Burial 22 May 1853 John Coe 97 of Ashton” (Note, not necessarily Ashton Under Lyne). Estimated birth year would be 1756. So I have now ordered the Civil Registration of Death and will see what other information I might be able to glean.

In the meantime I have the records of the other children of John Coe.

Continuing with the Parish registry Ashton Under Lyne film # 4006799. ” Born Oct. 10 Baptised Nov. 21 Coe Judith D(daughter) of John & Nancy (of) Dukinfield Gardener” is listed in 1803. “Born July 18 baptised Aug 25 Coe James S(son) of John & Hannah (of) Dukinfield Gardener” in 1805. ” Born Feby 26 baptised April 2 Coe Priscilla D of John & Nancy (of) Dukinfield, Gardener” listed in 1809. A few months later a Mary Coe is listed for a John and Sarah (of the)Town, Spinner. “March 14 Coe Charles S of John (of) Dukinfield 9 years” is buried in 1810 . Not sure if this is John and Nancy Coe’s son or John and Sarah’s son.

Moving on to the next Parish registry Ashton Under Lyne film # 4050285. “Born Apr’12 Baptised May 24 Coe Hannah D of John & Nancy (of) Dukinfield Gardener” in 1812. “834 Nancy wife of John Coe (Abode) Dukinfield (Buried) Mar 1 (age) 47 yrs” listing in 1815.

As we know from earlier, Sarah Coe married Samuel Hall in 1820 and 2 (two) years later 1822 Judith Coe marries a John Price. Now look at the marriage record for john Price and Judith Coe. …….. Whoa, “In the Presence of Samel Hall” (see below).

I take this as proof that Judith Coe and Samuel Hall’s wife Sarah Coe are related and most likely sisters. Therefore the Sarah Coe found in the Ashton Under Lyne Parish records is the Sarah Coe married to Samuel Hall . And I further feel confident that John Coe and Nancy Minshall are the parents of my 3x great grandmother Sarah.

The Shipp Family Line

This week I’m opening the Shipp binder. It has been quite some time since I’ve done anything with this family. When I start a new binder I usually grab a one inch view binder in white. I can print out the family name on a sheet and then make one for the spine also. If the pages are like the military record pages that are 8 1/2 x 14. I have ordered on-line special ledger size binders and sheet protectors . Until I did this I was finding that I was unable to keep these oversized pages from getting dog eared and worn. It was certainly, for me, a worthwhile investment.

Caroline ‘Clementine’ Jane Shipp

George Washington Francis married Caroline Clementine’ Shipp This line is on my fathers side (paternal) and my sister Madeleine is doing the research for the Paternal side. Madeleine has the Shipps back almost 300 years from Clementine to William Shipp born 1572 in Suffolk, England and his wife Margaret Balls.After quizing her on this information she said that this was primarily done very early on in our research and the Information was taken from The Shipp family Genealogy, compiled by Ralph D. Shipp.

As you may know these books are done to the best ability of the author and need to be verified. Hence started my quest into the Shipp line.

Caroline, my 2x great grandmother’s parents were George F, Shipp and Elizabeth Vaughn. I could have started this book with Caroline’s father but I like to be able to see the connection so I started with Caroline and file all her documentation here up until she marries. Then you will find a sheet that says ” See FRANCIS binder for further information on Caroline ‘Clementine’ Jane SHIPP”. She and George Washington Francis were married 2 September 1860 in Visalia, California. She had been born in Louisiana in February 1848 . In the 1850 US census the family is in Jackson county Louisiana. Caroline (3 years old) has an older brother William (5) a younger sister Salina (2) and brother Thomas (4 months). 10 years later the 1860 US Census shows the family in Visalia, California. The family includes: George Shipp, farmer; his wife Elizabeth, Clementine (13), Celina (11), Thomas (9), Catherine (7), Inez (5), Mary (4), Elizabeth (1). Wow all those girls and Thomas. Now what happened to William? Why did they leave Louisiana? From this 1860 US Federal Census we note that the last four children were born in California starting in 1853. Therefore the move to California took place sometime between 1850 and 1853. would that have been an overland trip? Was it on this trip that William died? Was Elizabeth pregnant during this trip? I try to picture what this would have been like for Elizabeth with three or 4 children under the age of 10 making this trek across the country. Thomas would have been a toddler and probably always in his mothers arms. Did Caroline get her nickname of Clementine on this trip. There are no family diarys or stories that I am aware of. I wonder if some of the family might know the story.

George F. Shipp

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Cambria San Luis Obispo Cemetery
from Findagrave.com not indexed thought to possibly be George F. Shipp

George F. Shipp is listed as being born in Mississippi about 1819. His father is Coleman Shipp and Jane W. Ford, who were married in Madison County Alabama 16 September 1813. George F. Shipp died in San Luis Obispo County California sometime after the 1880 US Census.

I was able to prove to myself that Coleman Shipp was truly George F. Shipp’s father with a 1842 probate, that lists George by name as Coleman and Jane W. Shipp’s son. The other children are not listed by name so I went in search of identifying as many as possible since he died prior to the 1850 US Census that list all individuals in the house on the night of the census.

One of the Executors was a Thomas Shipp. In reviewing the deeds of Holmes County Mississippi from the creation of Holmes county in 1833 up to 1860 I found two Thomas Shipp’s. One was actually Thomas C. Shipp. in checking with Ancestry and Family Search I found Thomas C. Shipp often shown as Thomas Coleman Shipp. And miss identified as Coleman Shipp. Thomas C. Shipp’s wife is listed in most of his personal deeds as Mary Ann. While Thomas Shipp’s wife is listed as Mariah. So what is the relationship of Coleman and Thomas Coleman Shipp.

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Again I have been distracted from the organizational task to the challenge of answering the question, ” who were his/her parents?” An on it goes.

Lets Get Organized!

Getting Organized, again!

Last year I was working on reviewing and updating each family line that I have in a binder. I was calling it 12 Family Lines 12 Months. I had completed through the Marsh family line. That was actually 14 Families and I had started back in 2018. Since then I was sidetracked, You know when that bright shiny object catches your attention and draws you away from your goal. That bright shiny object has been DNA.

Each Family Line has its own Binder

Some of you have used my forms previously. Today I updated my Forms page . You might take a look and if you find them helpful please leave a comment.

With this Stay Home, Stay Healthy mandate, it’s time to get back on track. I am not starting where I left off because I want to save the Putnam line for last, since it is a very large file.

Here is the layout to each binder

  • Index
  • pedigree chart of individual family line ( from software program i.e. Family Tree Maker, Roots Magic, Legacy, etc.)
  • Individual Tab
  • Individual family group sheet (again from software program)
  • Individual Timeline (again from software program)
  • Ancestor Document Log

The new Fan chart from My Heritage has two different views this one is the color mode. I really like this view. I can use it for a quick reference. I added the numbers to show how many ancestors in each generation. The only thing I do not like about the color chart is that I think the red should be for the Dougherty Line,the Red-orange the Ferguson’s the orange the Heaps and the Booths would be the yellow. The arrow is pointing to Alice Robinson the first individual that starts the Robinson Family Line.

Robinson Family

Alice Robinson along with her husband Joseph L. Booth were original immigrants to the United States in 1842 from Padham, Lancashire England. Alice was 34 when they immigrated leaving anyone left in her family behind. Both of Alice’s parents had died. Her father Henry Robinson was buried 24 March 1836 age 75, while her mother Nancy Robinson had died 25 January 1834 at 67 years of age. Henry was born about 1762 and baptized 13 April 1762 in Padham, Lancashire. He was listed as son of Margaret Robinson with no father identified. We will never know his father except possibly through DNA but I’m not going there.

In researching Margaret Robinson in Padham I found in the Parish registry Margaret daughter of John Robinson and his wife Alice. This Margaret is baptized 21 February 1739. That could be Henry’s mother. An interesting side note is that the parish registry went from March 26 1739 to March 25 1740. I had originally attributed Margaret’s birth year as 1739 and then recently I noticed that April was noted as 1740 so I thought that I had missed the change in year to 1740 when comparing the Bishops records to the Parish records. No, England and the American colonies were still using the the old calendar that had the new year as March 25th right up until 1752.

So if this is our Margaret in 1739.

Also in Padham we have John Robinson marrying an Alice Wilkinson in 1737.

If John and Alice married in 1737 the latest we would expect John to be born is 1719. Searching the same Parish book going backward from the marriage record I skipped the John that was baptized in 1723 as being to young and did not find another John being baptized until 1704. Unfortunately they had stopped listing the mothers name in about 1720 so John son of William Robinson was baptized on 6 January 1704 would make him 33 when he marries Alice. So maybe it was the other John that had been baptised in 1723 but as a young child and not an Infant.

I did go on to find a marriage that could be the parents of the John Robinson that was born in 1704. William Robinson and Margaret Wadington. Married Feb. 27th

In conclusion I have another family to sort out.

Forestburgh New York is a small area in Sullivan County where my great grandmother Margaret Helen Ferguson grew up. I had been researching the Ferguson’s for years and the censuses I had looked at for Forestburg were the 1855 New York State census and the 1860 US Federal Census. So when Madeleine and I went back to Pennsylvania last summer we drove up to Milford to do research.

I wanted to take the time to drive another 24 miles up NY42 to see Forestburg. So on our last day in Milford we took that drive. It was quite a pleasant drive. Once past Port Jarvis there were few buildings and very little traffic.

The first thing we spotted was the Forestburgh Town Hall. It was actually built much later (1895). By that time, as far as I know, they had all left the area. Driving on further I was pleasantly surprised that there were still quite a number of houses and buildings

Several historical markers through this sleepy little burg. The catholic church shown above was built in 1900. Forestburgh school district 1 was established in 1837 according to the sign and averaged 70 students it closed in 1952.

Margaret Helen Ferguson, her sister Maryetta and brothers David, Charles and Edwin were all born in Forestburgh, New York from 1850 to 1860. So the older ones probably attended the school that stood on this site.
it was really great to drive around this area to and try to visualize what it may have been like during this Civil War era when my great grandmother was growing up with her sister and three little brothers.
In the 1865 New York state census the family is living in Deerpark on June 8th 1865, which is South of Forestburgh just outside of Port Jarvis in Orange County New York. That census was taken in June of 1865. Margaret Helen’s father (Joseph Ferguson) who was in the civil war wasn’t mustered out until November 29 1865. According to his service record he had been at Steamboat Wharf June 30 1865. Did the family move to Deerpark to be closer to family? I need to search the rest of the 1865 state census to see what family member may also be living there.

I looked up Steamboat Wharf Connecticut and discovered its about 180 miles almost due East of Deerpark. So it is conceivable that Joseph was able to visit during the Summer before having to report to Steamboat Wharf for duty before being Mustered out.

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Day 31 or is it 38

2020 will go down in history as the year of the Pandemic. Instead of where were you when the twin towers went down the question will be “what did you do during the 2020 Pandemic?”
In 2014 I started working from home. I was employed by a Structural Engineer in California and my husband retired  and he and I decided we would move to Washington state. My boss offered to have me continue working remotely . By 2020 I was pretty comfortable in my position. I had all the tools needed to work from home. My large office had a plotter, printer, PC, laptop, and large screen monitor. So when everyone else was complaining about staying home it felt no different, well except for the lack of opportunities to get out of the house,
No meetings, no trips to the library, no trips to the dog parks, no evenings out or ferry rides to Seattle.

The lack of opportunities to get out affected my daily attitude. Instead of getting up and getting ready for work like I was going to an outside office, which I had been doing for 6 years, I started taking showers every other day and sometimes I did not shower for two days. I would forget to comb my hair or even brush my teeth. After getting my normal job work done I would laze around for a while. My hobbies were neglected. I read lots of fluff books. I would check my emails and facebook more often Ughhh………..
What was happening? With all this time to get so much done why isn’t my office spotless, my to-do list should have everything marked DONE.
So here is the plan it is day 31 or is it day 38. In case you had not noticed I am.big on lists. Here’s my daily list:

  • Get up, Shower, Comb hair, brush teeth,go to work (the trip to work about 20 steps from the kitchen counter). DONE!
  • Check work emails, do any outstanding jobs and return to client/boss. DONE!
  • Clean office DONE!
  • Finish one or two items on the To-Do list DONE!
  • Check work emails, do any outstanding jobs and return to client/boss. DONE!
  • Work on Blog

So here I am, working on my Blog.

The other morning I was looking at my emails and one site that I follow “Hound on the Hunt”  had a word search puzzle ,and for the heck of it I printed it out and circled each of the words as I located them in the puzzle. I looked at the time stamp and saw it had only been in my email box for about an hour so I thought what the heck I’ll just send this in. And low and behold that afternoon I got an email that I was a winner. WOW, my lucky day!

I get lots of emails everyday for different genealogy sites that I follow.  Ellen Thompson-Jennings is a genealogy hound and  her blog is Hound on the Hunt. She is Canadian and has a lot to offer every week. I always open her emails. There are others that I don’t always open. 

Rowland Pennsylvania

Bethel Lutheran church in Rowland PA was originally the Methodist-Episcopal Church until 1923. This is the little white church on Church Street that overlooks the Lackawaxen and the Delaware and Hudson Coal Canal Towpath. Across the street from this church is the stone house that the William Westfall family was reported to have owned.

The day that Madeleine and I stopped by was in June of 2019. The organist was practicing and invited us to look around. He told us a little about the church and the neighborhood. He directed us to the Rowland Cemetery that is situated further along the street back in the woods. It was not the same cemetery we had visited on our earlier trip to this picturesque area in 1994. According to the Pike county list of Cemeteries there is the “Rowland Cemetery” and “The Old Graveyard near Rowland on River Bank opposite the Church.” I believe the one we had previously visited was “The Old Graveyard”.

This is where previously we had found Vina (Milvina) Chamberlain’s Funeral Home marker (see photo). According to the obituary for Jane E. Chamberlain this is also where she was buried.

I was a little disappointed not to revisit “The Old Graveyard near Rowlands”. It must be completely overgrown now. It seems I never take enough pictures. I guess I still need to make one more trip back to the area just to get those photo’s of the rural areas that supported the Westfalls for several generations. They are not the farms I am familiar with, such as the open  wide expanses of the plains and valleys, but more rolling hills and lovely green expanses of woods along a narrow river or canal. Were they more like truck farms, or were they actually farming the timber? The Westfalls were listed as farmers but they also payed taxes on a sawmill on their property as shown in the 1840 tax assessment records

John Westfall Tax 1844 Lackawaxwn PA

Jane’s brother William Westfall, who’s home was pointed out to us, was not only a state assemblyman he was a Justice of the Peace and county Treasurer.Some of the records that Madeleine extracted from the records office included Williams signed oath of office along with bonds. Click on image to enlarge.


Next I will be covering our drive up to Forestburg in Sullivan County New York. Where the Fergusons lived prior to and during the Civil War. It was from there that Margaret Helen and John Lyle met and married . But that is another story.


This summers genealogy research trip included a trip into Washington D.C. for research at the National Archives.

Madeleine had made arrangements to meet with a researcher for help in finding the War of 1812 records for Benjamin Clough our 3x great grandfather. Benjamin Clough had not shown up in the pension files but it was known that he had served so we did the obligatory trek to do a little research in this countries greatest repository, the National Archives.

What an awesome experience. The building itself is impressive. Situated on the Capital Mall a short walk from our hotel. A monumental building amongst many.  The main doors are massive and are no longer how you enter.  Still I made my sister hike up those front steps to do another photo op. In order to be handicap accessible the entry is at the side, and not quite as impressive. Still if you are a genealogist you should try to make the trip at least once.

Once we were processed through to do research Madeleine quickly requested the file we were hoping to view. We were allowed to view only one file at a time and were not allowed to sit down together and share.

While they had many rules in place , I was amazed that papers almost 200 years old were available to look at  without  the required white glove  treatment. The file for Capt. Benjamin  J.  Clough contained 13 original sheets of paper  along  with  two original envelopes.

War of 1812

A conflict between the United States and Britain from June 1812 to February 1815. The conflict was an inconvenience for Britain who was heavily involved fighting the Napoleonic wars with France. The British embargoes on French shipping affected America economically and was further exacerbated by the many incidents where the British Navy pressed Americans merchant sailors into the Royal Navy. Furthermore Britain supported Indian raids on Americans migrating into the frontier. The Conflict was ended by the signing on December 24 1814 of the Treaty of Ghent. News of the treaty did not reach the states until February 1815.

  • June 18, 1812 Declaration of War signed by President James Madison
  • 1813  early death and disability pensions for disabled veterans and veterans’ widows and their children.
  • December 24, 1814 Treaty of Ghent signed.
  • 1816 Additional provisions for widows, orphans and disabled veterans. Allows guardians to turn over bounty and land warrants in exchange for half pay pension for five years.
  • 1850 Bounty Land Act for 9 month service 160 acres, 4 months 80 acres, and 1 month 40 acres.
  • 1855 Bounty Land Act for 14 days service 160 acres. Those who already received less could file for the balance up to 160 acres.
  • 1871 Service pension for minimum 60 days service and an honorable discharge. Veterans Widows married before February 17, 1815.
  • 1878 Service pension served minimum 14 days or in any battle, received an honorable discharge. Veteran widows married to pensioner prior to his death.

Captain Benjamin J. Clough applied for his first Land Bounty in October 1850. The following is that initial request that I have transcribed here. There are a few words I was unable to decipher and those are indicated as, ……. .  It is a great story of his time during this conflict. (Click on images to enlarge)

State of New York

County of Erie SS: On this 24 day of October 1850. Personally appeared before me, the undersigned, a Justice of the Peace, duly authorized by law to administer matters, within and for the county & state above named, Benjamin J. Clough aged 65, a resident of Hamburg in the county & state aforesaid ; who, being duly sworn according to law, declares, he is the identical “Benjamin J. Clough”, who was a Lieutenant & afterwards a Captain of the 48 Regt. of the NY State Militia, in the war with Great Britain declared by the United States on the 18th day of June 1812.

That in September of 1812 there being a vacancy in the captaincy of his said company – this deponent, as commandant thereof, received an order from Lt. Col Wm. Warren commandant of his said regt. to call out his company to form a guard having its headquarters at “Eighteen Mile Creek” to guard the coast at that point on the Frontier. That under that call about twenty or twenty five of his company volunteers, with whom, under his command, at that point he served for three months, when he was permitted to disband his men: he, this deponent was not discharged, but was directed by his commanding officer, to hold himself as a minute man.

After the Lake was frozen over in the winter of 1812.13 He received orders from Col Warren to raise a guard to guard the coast at and where the mouth of 18 mile creek which he did as before by calling upon his men to volunteer and actually served under the last …… order & in command of that guard for the space of two months when he was reinforced by Capt. Johnson & his company of the same regiment, who then, having a Captain’s .command …., took the command, and this deponent continued in active service in the …. …,

… … him, for the term of two months service, making 4 months service under the last …….. call. Soon after which he was again ordered by Col. Warren to raise a company of volunteers to guard the ……. at Buffalo and Mack Rock, which he did and actually served. in command of his said company for one month where he received orders to, & did, disband his men: but immediately afterwords received an order from Col. Warren to raise a company to go to Fort George in Canada which he did. He went with his company under command of Maj. C. Chapin & Genl. P.B. Porter to Fort George, in which detachment he served about one month, at the end of which time he marched his company home to Hamburg & disbanded them.

Again he volunteered with & in command of his company under General Harrison proclamation, crossed the river at Mack Rock, marched to Fort George to join the standard of that General, when, about one month after starting from home, Genl. Harrison, informed the volunteers that his purpose of taking Burlington Heights must be abandoned on account of orders, which had received from Head Quarters, to repair to Sackett Harbor, when he verbally discharged the said volunteers, but recommended them to go on under Genl. McClure as there would soon be a Pay Master along, when they could get their pay. Whereupon this deponent with his company continued under command of Genl. McClure & marched toward Burlington Heights, & when they had reached 20 Mile Creek, they were ordered to retreat, & they crossed the river to Fort Niagara where they were commanded by Genl. McClure to deposit their arms at that Fort which they did & returned home.

Immediately after which and about the last of November 1813 he again volunteered with his company to guard the lines at Mack Rock, which he did and continues to serve at that place until Buffalo was burned Dec. 31, 1813-14 – after which he was at home, chiefly, until the latter part of July 1814, when, again under an order from Col Warren he volunteered with his company to go to Fort Erie to join Genl. Brower, which he did, and continued to serve under that engagement in the said war until the 27th day of September 1814 where he was directed to discharge his men.

And he further declares, that from the time he was first called out in September 1812 until the fall of 1814 he was never discharged but after the occasions, on which he was called out as aforesaid, had ceased to require the aid of his force, he was told that he could let his men disperse with the understanding that he should and would hold himself in readiness at a moment’s warning which he did. He was not at home during all of that period more than two or three months, which was chiefly during the winter after the burning of Buffalo.  He may have made some mistakes in the order of some of the events above mentioned, but the leading facts are there and he believes the dates to be so. During all the said service, this deponent had actual command of his company though only a few: by commission; until the 2nd day of March 1814 where he received a commission from his Excellency D.D. Tompkins Gov. as Captain of said company, in the 48th regt. …….., which is herewith ………….

He makes this declaration for the purpose of procuring the bounty land to which he may be entitled, under the act granting bounty land to a certain officers & …….. rights have been engaged in the service of the United States … ………… 28, 1830                                         Benj am J. Clough

……… to & subscribed before me, the day and year above written. …. I hereby certify, that I believe the said Benjamin J. Clough to be the identical man who served as aforesaid, and that he is of the age above stated.                 C.T. Shattuck, Justice of the Peace of Erie Co N.Y.

Albert S. Baker is hereby appointed my agent and attorney, to whom I wish all correspondence to be addressed.           Benj am J. Clough

This deposition was sent in response to the Bounty Land Act of 1850 whereupon Benjamin received 40 acres. Benjamin recounts at least 11 months total as noted in the margins of this deposition therefore he could have received the full 160 acres at that time. But alas the government conclusion is stated in the document here dated January 24 1851.

It appears from documents in this Office that Benjamin H. Clough Captain Company of New York Militia entered service on the 25th of July 1814 and served till the 25th of September 1814 and from 20th of September 1814 to the 23 of November 1814. No other service has been found in this office..



That totals about 4 months.  What he received was for 1 month service. It appears they figured he was short 2 days for 4 months actual recorded service. Benjamin later made application and was awarded in 1856 the remaining 120 acre bounty he was entitled to.

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