Putnam/ Dougherty family genealogy

This is March and month three in my 12 Months- 12 Family Lines. So this month I will be working on my Clough Family line.

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The Clough’s became apart of my family when my great grandfather Joseph Fletcher Putnam married Ida May Clough. My sister has done this paternal line research but I still have a binder that needs to be reviewed. So I may need to call on her with any questions that I have. We have both written in this blog, how the Clough research has been a challenge, my sister has been quite diligent in pursuing this line. Ida May’s father Orson was the son of Benjamin and Lydia (Amsdale) Clough who are found in the 1850 census in Hamburg, Erie County, New York. Determining who Benjamin’s father was has been a daunting task. One that we have not nailed down.

Ida May had a brother William O. Clough and a sister Evelyn Clough, plus four half sisters, Hilda, Libby, Amy and Grace, a step brother William Herbert, and step sisters Kate and Nelly Herbert from her father, Orson Clough’s second marriage to Sarah J. Herbert. Ida May’s mother (Julia Marsh) also remarried (Ira Blossom) and they had three girls: Emma, Anna, and Lottie Blossom and one boy, Charles Blossom. All these divorces and remarriages occurred in the second half of the 1800’s in California. You would have thought it wouldn’t be until a more current time that we get this kind of blended family. Does this pattern run in families? If we could get back further would we see these patterns repeated? Or is this pattern occurring due to the nature of the time and rural area?

I had not originally  included any information on Ida’s half siblings but when looking for more information on Orson and Julia, following the half siblings may shed some light.

I have done a story on Uncle Billy Clough (born 23 Nov. 1851) who was believed to have died in 1920 when he failed to return to Three Rivers from the Mineral King area below Mt. Whitney, CA, where he spent summers working a mining claim and doing odd jobs for the power company, It was his job to close the dam gates before leaving for the winter. In the fall of 1920 the gates didn’t get closed and Billy was never found. Several years later remains were found on the Franklin Lake trail and it was presumed that he had been attacked by a cougar on the way to close the gate.

Evelyn Clough (click on image to enlarge)

Now Ida May’s sister Evelyn Clough appears to have also been a very interesting woman. Evelyn was born October 1860 in California soon after her mother married Ira Blossom. Evelyn was also known as Eva and after 4 known marriages, Evelyn was found as Eva Clough in the 1920 and 1930 Census and was listed in her step-fathers 1924 obituary as Eva Clough. Evelyn first married G. W. Cahoon who was 22 years older then Evelyn and a Dairyman in the Three Rivers area. Their first child David was born about 1879.

1880 US census

George was born January of 1880 and Cahoon in 1882. By the 1900 census David is no longer with his mother.  From the 1900 census Eva has listed that she gave birth to 9 children and that 8 are still living. In this 1900 US census Evelyn (Eva) is no longer with G.W. Cahoon,  she has been married for less then a year to John Menteer and has George Cahoon and Cahoon Cahoon (yes, Cahoon Cahoon!) along with Pansy, Zinnia, Rose, Violet and Forest Busby listed as John Menteer’s step children. That is seven children at home so the other living child could be David or another Cahoon or a Busby.

 

1900 US census

1910 US Census

I have not found a death record for GW Cahoon (did they divorce?) nor have I found a marriage record for Daniel Busby and Evelyn (or Eva), but it also appears that Daniel may not yet have died but he may now (in the 1900 census) be in Kansas and remarried. Need to look for divorce records.

By 1910 Evelyn is no longer with John Menteer but is shown as Evelin Long a widow  with, Zinnia, Rose, Violet, and Forest. In 1920 Evelyn is 59 and it is just her and her 23 year old son, Forest. Evelyn is shown as a truck farmer. In the 1930 US census Eva (age 70) is living with her daughter Pansy.

Evelyn Clough Cahoon, Busby, Menteer, Long died before 1940. Still looking for a death record for her other trees on ancestry.com list her date of death as may 1938. Any Cahoon’s or Busby’s out there with sources for Evelyn, I would love to hear from you. I know my sister has been in touch with a third cousin 1x removed some time ago, possibly she has added more information to this generation of Clough’s.

There are still the Orson and Sarah Clough children to follow up on as well as Orson’s siblings families, so I will try to complete the Clough family next time.

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Well last night I closed the book on the Booth Line just as the hands on the clock reached midnight. It is not unusual that I stay up late working on genealogy, after all it is what I do after my real jobs are done.

The Booth’s start for my family when Ada Jane Booth married my great grandfather Charles R. Heap. and we have traced them through their lives on Staten Island, New York back to when Joseph L. Booth marries Alice Robinson in Padiham¹, Lancashire England. Last week you may recall that I was frustrated and trying to work through an error on my family line. I have established with certainty the children of Joseph and Alice (Robinson) Booth in last weeks post. Fanny who I thought was the 10th child was listed as a sister to Sarah. In the 1880 Census :

1880 US Census Castleton, Richmond, New York

1880 US Census Castleton, Richmond, New York .  Click on image to enlarge.

Every one was living next door to each other. It was Nancy Booth that was married to  James Gee.  Alice Booth (Shown on previous page) was married to a Matthew Taylor and her mother Alice Booth  (line #3, above) was living with them, Joseph L. Booth had died in 1870. While next door is Fanny Meese sister to Sarah Taylor and both Fanny and her sister turned out to have the maiden name of Gee.  Then Next Door to Fanny is the Edward Bamber family who is Mary A. (Booth)  and William Bamber’s son. Then Next door to him are his parents William and Mary A. Bamber who have in their household their married daughter Mary (Bamber) White  her husband and their children. Meanwhile Sarah Booth was married to a Butterworth and living in New Jersey. To make things even worse a few blocks away is Joseph Booth (the son of Joseph and Alice) and his family.

Back in the day when I did this initial research I may have been tired or who knows why but I just thought everyone was related and they may well be, but not as Booth’s. So now that I have that straightened out and I’m sure it is all very clear to you too. I will go on.

So what needs to be done on the Booth family line.

  1. Find who Joseph L. Booth’s parent are.
  2. Death records needed for:
    1. Mary A. (Booth) Bamber
    2. Walton/Walter Booth
    3. Alice (Booth) Taylor
    4. Sarah (Booth) Butterworth
  3. What happened to Walton between 1842 and when he supposedly died in 1893. And where did I get that death date?
  4. I need to develop my cousin contact list for this line, for those who are still around. A few I knew and whom I had the great opportunity to meet in the 1990’s are no longer living.

If you have any information on the Booth Family of Padiham in Lancashire, England I would love to hear from you.

Later this week I will be starting my review of the Clough Family Line, so please join me.

¹In the area of Padiham today “coal is extensively worked, and there are stone quarries. The cotton trade is largely carried on, and there are large co-operative stores.” http://ukga.org/england/Lancashire/towns/Padiham.html

12-family-linesWeek two on the Booth family line. I started with the children of Joseph and Ada Booth and am continuing with the previous generation in this family line. Joseph who was my 2x great grandfather on my maternal line was born in England on 14 November 1838, the fifth child of Joseph L. Booth and Alice (Robinson). The other Children born to Joseph and Alice were:

  • Henry born 20 February 1827 in Padham, Lancashire, England. He died 11 months later on 17 January 1828
  • Mary A.  born 11 Jan 1829. Immigrated with her family in Sept. 1842. Married William Bamber about 1852. Died prior to Sept 1897¹. West Mew Brighton, Staten Island, New York
  • Servetus  born 29 March 1831, died in England prior to the 1841 census.
  • Walton (Walter) born 1 April 1833, Immigrated with his family in Sept. 1842. Died 12 April 1893 West New Brighton, Staten Island, New York
  • Nancy born Sept 1840 in England. Immigrated with her family in Sept. 1842. 1st marriage to Henry Bell about 1860². 2nd marriage to James Gee about 1867. Nancy died 9 July 1903 in Rhode Island.
  • Isaac born 1843 possibly in Pennsylvania.
  • Alice born 1845 possibly in Massachusetts married Matthew Taylor about 1871
  • Sarah

I started this blog last week and I am now on week three of the Booth Family line and I am very frustrated. I had gotten to Sarah Booth who was born in either 1842 0r 1844 in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Sarah married Thomas M. Butterworth . And I thought there was one more daughter born in 1847. But I was unable to verify this and started rechecking all of the US census’ for the Joseph and Alice Booth family in Castleton (Port Richmond), Richmond County, New York. That is where my frustration comes in. My Family Tree maker program is so screwed up with the Ancestry media files that I would love to burn it but I do not want to start over. I pull up the census for 1880, supposedly attached to Alice Booth and it is a census for Mt Sterling Ohio. Obviously Alice never got further west then Pennsylvania or New Jersey. The media info attached to that file clearly says Richmond county New York but it is not. I would estimate that 90% of all my files are like this. So now I shall write another letter to both Ancestry and Family Tree Maker to see if there is an easier solution then unlinking each one as I discover them and trying to reattach the correct file. For 1880 I have 63 different media files. In 1880 in Richmond County I am following the Booth, Heap, and Dougherty lines plus the married daughters of those three lines.

So as I have said previously the challenge has been to stay on the line I’m working with, but other fun things come up. Like my 3rd cousin in Australia has made a new connection on our Heap line and shared all that exciting information with me. Then another Volga German researcher ( my husbands maternal line) contacted me and I wanted to share information there about the upcoming 250th Anniversary of the Volga German settlers establishments of many of the colonies  in the Saratov region on the Southern Volga River. 23 and  me (the DNA testing company) said I have 63 new relations identified. That was exciting! Where do they all come from?

The Booth line is a major line and I need to clean up this binder and organize what needs to be done to document and provide source information of each member in as many generations as I can before my deadline of March 1st.

I will try to wrap up the Booth’s in my next blog and hope you will stick with me. Let me know what your frustrations are in your research files.


¹Petition for Estate Executor was filed with the County in Sept.  1897

²1860 US census shows Henry Bell and Sarah Bell living with William and Mary Ann (Booth) Bamber . Just 2 doors down Roe Street in Port Richmond from Joseph and Ada J. Booth and within blocks of their parents Joseph and Alice Booth.

 

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Welcome to my blog. This month I am looking at my maternal family line for the Booth Family.

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This is the second month of working on my challenge of one family line per month. The challenge is really in trying to stay on the current family line and not wander off on other tangent lines.
Last month I had read another bloggers post about Staten Island newspapers being digitized and available online. I took a quick detour and checked it out. This week I took a closer look because the Booth family can be found on Staten Island starting around 1850.

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Above you can see the search criteria I used. I did a general search for “Booth” . Then I selected the time period I was particularly interested in viewing. Then I selected the County “Richmond” . In choosing the county I could not select an individual paper or a city.nys-newspapers-screen-shot

The above screen shot shows a selection of the return hits. 1 out of 4 is for the word booth (ie telephone booth) found in various articles. Another frequent hit was for General Booth of the Salvation Army and his daughter and son-in-law. If you are looking for an item related to a specific known date do not forget to look at all pages for that date (first page shown here). If you have family on Staten Island you might want to visit this site. In reading the newspaper clippings I could see just how social the community was and how involved the family was in the social life of the community.

Ada Jane Booth was my mother’s, mother’s, mother. She was born 9 October 1867 in Castleton, Richmond Co. New York to Ada Jane Jones and Joseph Booth. Ada was the fourth of  8 children born to Ada and Joseph Booth.

George M. was the eldest child born in 1859 in New York and died at age 26. The following is from a newspaper clipping found at genealogybank.com.

BOOTH – In Brooklyn, on Saturday, December 25 (1886), George M,, eldest child of Joseph and Ada Booth, in the 26th year of his age.

Funeral on Tuesday, December 28 at one o”clock, from his residence, 18 Water st., West Brighton. S.I.

the follow up was in the Richmond County Advance, January 1, 1887 (from the above illustrated site).

BOOTH. – At Brooklyn, L. I., on Christmas day, George M, Booth, aged 26 years, eldest child of Joseph and Ada Booth, of Roe Street, West New Brighton. The funeral services were held  on Tuesday afternoon in Trinity M.E. Church, Rev. S.P. Hammond officiating.

Richmond Lodge No. 88 I.O.O.F., J. H. Carson, Noble Grand , attended the funeral in a  b__ly,  and preformed the service of the order at the grave in Fountain’s Cemetery.

Does any one know what the abbreviation L.I. refers to?

I do not know what happened to George, that he died so young. We know he had married Abby King on the 18 November 1884. Were they visiting her family for Christmas? Had he been ill? Was there an accident? We will need to send for Georges death certificate.

Walter L. Booth was born in 1862 New York and died in 1959. His wife was Anna Denker and they had one child Walter.

William R. Booth was born 29 August 1865  and died 24 April 1886. He married Mary Alma Corbett and they had two boys Arthur C. and Walter.

Isaac S. Booth was born in 1870  and died in 1949. He was a Fireman for the Wyandotte Hook & Ladder Co. He was married to Wilhelmina Simpson and they had 4 children, Helen S., Harriett W.¹, Wilhelmina, and Isaac Jr.

Harriett W.  was born in 1872 and was married twice. Her first husband’s last name was Armstrong (1910 US Census shows Hattie at home on Staten Island and she is listed as divorced). Her second husband was Eugene Parker whom she married  on 9 Sept 1910. They had no children. Hattie died 27 April 1923.

The next child born to Joseph and Ada Booth was Charles L. in 1875. He married Elsie Maass and they had three children, Elsie, Joseph, and Edna M.. Charles died 14 May 1926.

Emma L was the last of the eight to be born on 26 February 1890. She married Joseph A. Sullivan. and they had one daughter Ada M. We were fortunate to visit with Ada at her home in Kennett Square, PA. She was the same age as our Mother.

That completes a recap of the generation that started our connection to the Booth Line. I will be continuing back to the next generation with Joseph Booth and his siblings in my next blog.

If you have stories to add or any comments please do so in the comment section below. I  also would love to hear from my Booth cousins.

 

¹Harriett my grandmothers cousin lived in Virginia Beach where we visited her in the 1990’s.

 

 

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My challenge for this month was to review the Batson Family Line.
Last week I outlined the process I plan to use as I continue this year’s challenge to review one Family Line each month. At the start of each month I will pull off the shelf the next surname binder. So even though I might not have completed reviewing the files for the Batson Family on the first of the month I’m moving on.
The goal is to get my files in order and to outline what tasks are yet needed on each line.
Carrie or Caroline Batson is where the Batson Family begins, Carrie had three sisters and six brothers. Emma, the eldest, was born about 1846 and Edgar E., the youngest, was born in 1894. Alfred the oldest boy was born about 1847 which means he was of age to have served during the Civil War.  There are several possibilities for him in the civil war, but none are obviously him. I do not have Alfred in the 1870 US Federal Census. But I have found a county marriage record for him and other US Federal Census records. In 1880 Alfred is married and living in Clark Co., Illinois, and working as a potter. I am certain this is John R.’s son and Carrie’s brother. John R. Batson was a lifelong potter and William L., Alfred’s bother, is shown also working as a potter in the 1870 census, while still living at home. In the 1900 US Census Alfred was then living in Sullivan Co. Indiana, but is now listed as a coal miner. Curious as to  what happened. I have discovered that in the 1890 a huge influx of immigrants into this country were coming from areas renown for their pottery, and it wasn’t until around 1910 that the tariff on imported pottery was lifted causing an impact on this country’s pottery industry.

Trying to put some facts and substance to the other siblings  will take more research. I’ve only been able to find the deaths of 8 of the 10 children of John R. and Sarah J. (Dick) Batson.

I have been able to document John Batson fairly extensively. Now his parents are noted as William Batson and Catherine Aldrage. William born about 1799 is also shown as a potter in the 1850 US Census. We have only 4 children born to William.  John, our 2x great grandfather born about 1823 in Virginia (later noted as W. Virginia), William born about 1827 in Va, also listed as a potter in the 1850 US Census, Charles born about 1833 in Ohio and Mary born about 1835 in Ohio. I have found a marriage record in Ohio of William Batson to Catherine Aldrage on 29 August 1840, Therefore Catherine is more than likely not John nor Williams mother also probably not Charles or Mary’s either. Another task, who is John’s mother?

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In the 1850 Census we see William and Catherine with a Charles 17 also a potter and Mary 16.

1850 US Federal Census Muskingum County, Ohio

1850 US Federal Census Muskingum County, Ohio

William and Catherine leave Ohio and move out to Leavenworth County, Kansas where the are enumerated in the 1860 US Federal Census in Easton.

1860 US Federal Census pg.1 William Batson

1860 US Federal Census
pg.1 William Batson

1860 US Federal Census pg. 2 William Batson

1860 US Federal Census
pg. 2 William Batson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see Catherine is mislabeled as Elizabeth (possibly a middle name) and there is an Elizabeth Aldridge. Questions to be answered: Is Aldridge, Catherine’s maiden name or from an earlier marriage? What relationship is there to Elizabeth Aldridge?

Elizabeth is 30 in this census making her birth about 1830, That was prior to when Catherine married William Batson. So if she is a daughter of Catherine why isn’t she in the 1850 census.

1870 US Federal census SpringDale Leavenworth County, Kansas

1870 US Federal census SpringDale Leavenworth County, Kansas

In the 1870 US Federal Census Elizabeth Aldridge is now listed as either 25 or 35 not aging as the rest of us. She and Catherine are both shown as unable to write. I did find in the Bethel Cemetery, Springdale, Leavenworth County, Kansas, William Batson and Catherine Batson are buried there, also there is an Elizabeth Aldridge, it gives her date of birth on the stone as 10 Feb. 1823 and her death date as 20 Feb. 1893.

According to the photos on find a grave, William Batson death is listed as 7 April 1872  and Catherine death was 5 months earlier on 16 October 1871.

We need to find the death record in Kansas for William to find who his birth parents were. Also the Death certificate for Catherine may solve the question is Aldrage or Aldridge her maiden name. Of course if you have any information on this family line I would love to hear from you.

Next weeks it is the Booth Family line.

If you have enjoyed this weeks blog please leave a comment below.

 

 

 

 

12-family-linesA new year a new challenge. I am working through 12 Family lines this year and January is being dedicated to the Batson Family line. Last week I began reviewing this family line that began when Caroline (Carrie) Batson married my paternal great grandfather Gilmore Francis. I reviewed what records I have for Carrie as detailed in last weeks blog and entered them into my “Clooz” program. “Clooz” is a record keeping software by Ancestral Systems that I use.

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This is a screen shot of a census report that shows the records I have input to “Clooz”.

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The above is another shot of a Census report for the Batson Surname. Click on the image to enlarge and you can see the individuals and the years that I have them recorded in a census. The last number under personal file # is the file number I have assigned that document. The only significance is the letter B which is the first letter of the last name.

I had none of the Batson documents recorded in “Clooz”, so this is an area that definitely needs work. The other area that need lots of work is the linked documents from the Ancestry.com website to my Family Tree Maker program on my computer. When things work correctly I should be able to go to my FTM program and pull up the profile of Carrie Batson and see the documents that are attached to her under Media. From there I should be able to click on the document thumbnail and the file should open.

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I have noticed over the past several years that many of these links are broken. Considering how large the media file for this tree is, it has always been daunting to think about fixing all these links.

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I do not understand how this happened, but if you look here, you see the 1860 United States Federal Census 16.jpg~1860 United States Federal Census 27.jpg. I was looking for the one that had Carrie Batson’s parents listed. Ancestry says it is attached to John R. Batson in this media file. It was not shown on his media page. And while I find 5  different ones that were from Hopewell, Muskingum Co. Ohio, the one for John R. Batson’s family was not there, and I looked at all 33 different .jpg’s.

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Now you see in the above image were I have identified the 1860  census that contains the John Batson family.

As I go through each family line these are two of the tasks I will need to do for every individual. Then I need to review and update the binder for that family. Included in my binder are:

  • Pedigree Chart
  • Individuals tab
  • Family group sheet
  • Individual’s time line
  • document log
  • photos
  • Documents

Copy of birth record

copy of marriage record/s

copy of each census found

copy of deeds

Copy of death record.

  •  Map of area showing property owners during individuals time frame
  • Photo of internment
  • Other documents
  • Research Log
  • Next individual’s tab
  • Family group sheet
  • etc.

Too often I have been lazy in keeping my research log. Any hints on how to improve on this?

Another record I would like to develop is a log for contacts I have made on each family line. I could call it a “contact log” and place behind the pedigree chart. I would include the contact information and the relationship along with a log of their correspondence. Has any one else developed something similar?

Thanks for visiting my site.

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So last week I asked for suggestions on a new challenge for this blog this year. Thanks to those who responded with suggestions. I did look  into the alphabet challenge and several others that are out there. This is what I came up with. 12 family lines in 12 months. Each month I will take one family line and look at my research on that line. I will strategize, collate, update files and basically clean up my files on that line and find what I need to further research. During that month I will write about my progress on that family line. At the end of the month I will put that family line aside and move on to the next line. So by the end of the year I should have reviewed all the information I have on 12 lines in my genealogy. This is something I could potentially continue for over two years. Currently I have 26 lines identified.

Right now I have two boxes of genealogy “stuff” under my desk that needs to be sorted and filed. I’m debating on where to start. Do I start with my surname and work backwards or do I go alphabetically? When I did 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks I did not have an order. Now when I want to see who I have covered I have to look at my list. I have my binders in order on the shelf. So if I take them in alphabetical order maybe I won’t become confused.

All that to get to #1 – The Batson Line

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Well this is a Paternal line. If you recall my sister, Madeleine, is working on and has done the herculean effort on our father’s side of the family,  but that does’t mean I have no records or can not delve into the unanswered questions. I hope she will chime in if she sees something gone astray or has more information to share on those lines.

Caroline or Carrie Batson is where we pickup this line. She was my paternal great grandmother. Her parents were John R. Batson and Sarah Dick. John’s parents were William Batson and Catherine Aldrage.

Caroline Batson 1888

Caroline Batson 1888

Caroline Batson b. 17 January 1866 in Mt Sterling, Muskingum Co., Ohio¹

m. 30 March 1888, to Gilmore Francis, in Zanesville, Muskingum Co,. Ohio²

1870 US Census Hopewell, Muskingum, Ohio

1880 US Census Hopewell, Muskingum, Ohio

Daughter, Etta Jane, born to Carrie and Gilmore 26 June 1889

Daughter, Grace, born to Carrie and Gilmore 05 April 1891

1900 US Census Tulare Co., California

1910 US Census Orasi Township, Tulare Co., California

1920 US Census Visalia, Tulare Co., California

1934 California Voter Registration, Rt. R Box 356, Visalia, Tulare Co.

d. 12 August 1937¹

My next post will continue the Batson Line.

¹ Source: State of California, Department of Public health, Vital Statistics, Standard Certificate of Death N0, 294, Local Registered No. 48, Certified copy from Tulare County.
² Source: Certified Copy of Marriage Record, The State of Ohio Muskingum County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division, copy from record No. 10-401 Filed and Recorded March 30 1888.

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