Samuel Worthington on this day122 Years ago

May 22, 2012

Well, yesterday.

Dear MYRTLE found a Civil War Pension Record for Samuel Worthington, my Great-Grandfather. (1843-1897).

Worthington_Samuel-CWPensionCard

This is a card created when he file this Invalid Application on May 21, 1889. The application number is 705.908, Certificate 699.194. I hope to actually see the documents that this is referring to next week.

“Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934″, digital image, The National Archives (www.ancestry.com), accessed: 22 May 2012; citing  General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls. index for Samuel Worthington.


Follow Up on the Favor

May 21, 2012

This is a follow up to Returning a Favor

I was curious about information in the 1850 Census Record for Lewis Terry. Who was Ansel Terry (52)? I could guess that he was the father of Lewis, but I can’t work on guessing, need proof.

I found him in the 1880 Census as the father of the head of household, David N Terry. Could this be a brother of Lewis?

One hint for me, so far, is that this household didn’t move around much. At least from 1850 to 1800, so far. So, I took a leap to my next research space, Find-A-Grave, and did a search for Anesl (not a common first name, for me at least).

Ansel Terry, born Aug 10, 1797, died Jan 3, 1884 would work. The 1850 and 1880 birth dates are within reason. I found him buried at the McClary Cemetery, Coffey, Daviess County, Missouri. I found that Ansel was married to Elizabeth Foster Terry (1798-1845). That helped confirm, for me, as to Why Ansel was with Lewis in 1850 and Widowed as seen in the 1880 census.

Listed on this website, were Children Enos A Terry (1819 – 1897), Thomas F Terry (1821 – 1845) and David Nelson Terry (1825 – 1908). This is the household that Ansel was in, in the 1880 Census. The birth dates between the first two sons, has enough room for our Lewis to fit in, so we are still, in my mind, within reasonable parameters. There is also room for other children for Ansel and Elizabeth.

Looking at Elizabeth Foster Terry, another Child is Added, Robert Jackson Terry (1832 – 1897). That might be the SAME Robert J Terry we saw in the 43rd MIssouri. What I didn’t see on his memorial, was mention of he being in the Civil War.

Notes from Elizabeth’s memorial “Elizabeth Foster(May 25,1798-Feb.22,1845), married Ansel Terry on Aug.30,1815 in Hamilton Co.,OH. They had 6 children; some in Hamilton Co.,OH, some in Franklin”

This confirms that Ansel was born in Ohio, which the Census has indicated. And 6 Children. I have Enos, Thomas, David, Robert Jackson, and Lewis L Terry. Missing one.

Returning to the Cemetery Listing, there was Sgt Lewis L Terry and his wife Cynthia.

The notes for Sgt Lewis L Terry say “Note: Co. F, 43rd Missouri Infantry. Information courtesy: McClary Cemetery, Washington Twp., Daviess Co., Missouri, By S. Terry, 2006” and “Lewis 1st married Cynthia Hall on Dec.1,1836 in Dacatur Co.,IN. Married 2nd to America J.Kelly in 1885.” and “Lewis Louis Terry b,October 02, 1818 Hamilton,

Butler Co; Ohio [S/O Ansel Terry & Elizabeth Foster.]d.January 03, 1884 Davies Co, Missouri”

This helps confirm his two marriages and puts America J Terry into the picture as his 2nd wife. The dates are consistent with previously posted information.

Looking at  Cynthia (yet another spelling) memorial page I found “Note: W/o Lewis L. Terry. Information courtesy: McClary Cemetery, Washington Twp., Daviess Co., Missouri, By S. Terry, 2009”. Oh, and Dear MYRTLE has posted a memorial on this page.

The above memorials were:

Created by: One from many
Record added: Feb 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24775886 for Cynthia Terry

Find A Grave Memorial# 24775897 for Sgt Lewis L Terry

Find A Grave Memorial# 24775921 for Ansel Terry

So Cuz, Dear MYRTLE, a few more bread crumbs to help put this family together. Dates, places, and some consistent information may help.


Returning a Favor

May 21, 2012

I was in a virtual meeting, last night, in 2nd Life, where cousin Dear MYRTLE was explained her dilemma in a couple of Civil War Records. She blogged about it here:

Why aren’t these Civil War pension index cards the same?

She is looking for “Lewis (Louis?) Terry, who served in Company F, 43rd Missouri Infantry.

Dear MYRTLE provided the images and citations for those images, and it was apparent that there was conflicting information. The first, obvious one, was the Spouse Name.

From her blog post:

Lewis L. Terry, soldier, America J. Terry, widow. SOURCE: National Archives and Records Administration. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls. The image is found here at Ancestry.com.

Further down she posted:

Louis L. Terry pension card index. National Archives and Records Administration. Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T288, 546 rolls. The image is found here at Ancestry.com. From the NARA website we find the following description “The pension applications to which this index applies relate chiefly to Army, Navy, and Marine Corps service performed between 1861 and 1916. Most of the records relate to Civil War service; some relate to earlier service by Civil War veterans; others relate to service in the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion, and the Regular Establishment.”

Lewis L Terry (America J Terry, widow) and Louis L Terry.

And a 3rd entry

Louis L. Terry, soldier, and unnamed widow, but when compared to the first example above, note the same date of soldier’s filing June 30, 1887. The application and certificate numbers for the widow are the same as in the first example. SOURCE: National Archives and Records Administration. Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900. This is the card group microfilmed by the Veterans Administration in the 1940s, arranged by state, then unit in which the service was rendered (cavalry, artillery or infantry) and then alpha by veteran’s name, archived by NARA in record group 15, microfilm T289, not T288 as listed in the first two examples. Actual image is found here at Fold3.

Louis L Terry, and an Unnamed widow.

Two Record Groups (T288 and T289). Louis L, Lewis L, unnamed spouse, and America J, a ‘new name’ for Myrt.

During the discussion in 2nd Life, we chatted a bit about how to resolve which Lewis / Louis is which, and who was the spouse. OR were there more than one Lewis/Louis Terry, servicing the the 43rd Missouri. That appeared to be the common piece of information relating to this “mystery”. But it also reinforced the notion that Don’t stop searching when you find ONE record. Look for more documentation.

Here note on this first Blog post was:

As you can see, DearREADERS, I cannot jump to conclusions based on an index card. I’ll need to review each file for other identifying information that may indicate a match to my Lewis L. Terry before making the determination that he did serve in this unit during the Civil War.

Having spent a little time searching for my Great-Grandfather, Samuel Worthington and his venture in the Civil War, I thought that I would use what I learned and apply it to this mystery.

The two pieces of information, as a starting point, was his Name and the 43rd Missouri. The Unit may shed some light about, and it might answer the question, were there two L. L. Terry’s in the 43rd.

I went to Ancestry.com and American Civil War Soldiers collection

This database is a compilation of military records (including state rosters, pension records, and regimental histories) of individual soldiers who served in the United States Civil War.

I entered L Terry and the keyword 43rd Missouri and that he was from Missouri.

The return of hints was 71 people with the surname of Terry. 23 were Confederate and 3 were not from Missouri. Reviewing the remaining names, the following names were in the 43rd Missouri, Company F.

  • David Terry, Enlisted as a Private
  • David Terry, Enlisted as a Private
  • Lewis Terry, Enlisted as a Sergeant
  • Robert Terry, Enlisted as a Sergeant

Name of Regiment: 43rd Infantry Regiment Missouri
Muster Date: 30 Jun 1865
Organization Date: 1 Sep 1864
Regiment Type: Infantry
Regiment State: Missouri

The American Civil War Regiment listing is here

There were 11 Enlisted killed or Mortally Wounded, 53 Died of Disease of Accident.

There is a list of Soldiers in this unit and a summary of the unit’s One Year history in the Civil War.

Regimental History
Forty-third Infantry
MISSOURI
(1-YEAR)

Forty-third Infantry. — Col., Chester Harding, Jr.; Lieut.-Col., John Pinger; Maj., B. K. Davis.

The regiment was mustered in on Sept. 22, 1864, and was on duty in the state during its entire term of service. Six companies were in the battle of Glasgow, Oct. 15, 1864, and in the spring of 1865 the whole regiment was assigned to the District of Central Missouri, where it was actively engaged in the warfare with guerrillas until it was mustered out at Benton barracks, St. Louis, June 30, 1865.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 4, p. 270

Battles Fought
Fought on 15 Oct 1864.
Fought on 21 Feb 1865.

In the list of soldiers, here is the list of Terry’s.

myrt-terry_lewis

So, what good is this. There isn’t too much detail linking this information back to Louis, Lewis. Also, this list does not include Lewis L Terry (the L) as the previous records show. But, what might the Census have to say. For me at least, the question about Enlisting as a Private vs a Sergeant may have some meaning here.

The 1850 Census shows a Lewis Terry, aged 32, Born in Ohio, in District 25, Daviess County, Missouri. Wife listed is “Lynthia”, Children Elizabeth, Ruth, Levisia, John, Isabel, a Robert J, and an elder Ansel Terry (52).

Lynthia, may actually be Cynthia. But the son Robert J, may be a clue here.

Looking at ages, from what is in this census, would have Lewis at 47 and Robert at 32. hmmm … not ‘boys’, more experienced, Private vs Sergeant, may be a hint here.

Looking at the Search Screen, on the right side is information that might be helpful to review:

myrt-terry_hints

Links that may be other clues;

Looking at the 1860 Census, we have Lewis W, Cynthia, Levenia, John, Isabella, Louisa, Martha, and Terry. Ages and Names appear to be consistent. Robert J. is gone.

To the 1870 Census, Lewis W is now Lewis L, Cynthia is not Sintha, Isabel, Louisa, Martha, Nancy, and Jacob are in the household. Still in Daviess County, Missouri, and Lewis was still born about 1818 in Ohio (that has been consistent).

There is a 1876 State Census Record, for a Louis S Terry, but it barely readable.

Let’s push our luck for the 1880 Federal Census; Lewis L Terry is there, still born about 1818 in Ohio. Key to note that he is a Widower, with one daughter, Nannie. Looking at the ages, Nannie might be Nancy.

Going down the list of hint’s the Civil War Pension Index; General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, lead me back to the image that Dear MYRTL had, which showed America J Terry. The clue here, maybe the date of the filing July 21, 1890. This might indicate that Lewis L Terry, re-married between 1880 and 1890, and died in that same time period.

Next on the hint list was the U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865, listing. What is interesting about this listing, is that his Rank IN was Private, and the Rank Out was Sergeant.

More conflicting, or inconsistent reporting of information provided from venders to Ancestry.com.

For me, this, once again, is that you must continue to look for different records and put the pieces together until I have a complete picture. But, it also requires that the conflicting information be reviewed. I don’t toss the conflicting information, but remember it to prove or disprove the data we find.

As Dear MYRTLE suggested, she is going to have to pull the files. We are reminded, or at Least I am, that NOT EVERYTHING is Online.

Now to look at what Fold3.com might have to offer this mystery. But that will be another Blog post.


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy – Life Experiences

February 8, 2012

From Genea-Bloggers:

Week 5 – Life Experiences: Sometimes the challenges in life provide the best learning experiences. Can you find an example of this in your own family tree? Which brick wall ancestor are you most thankful for, and how did that person shape your family history experience?

This challenge runs from Sunday, January 29, 2012 through Saturday, February 3, 2012.

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

52-Weeks-Abundant

Sorry for running late on this, but it’s been a long, busy couple of days. Am finally catching up.

Being a RootsTech 2012, in Salt Lake City, was a real boost for me. The best part of the trip was to be able to spend time with Genea-Bloggers. I didn’t try to keep count as to how many of the 90+ Genea-Bloggers who were there that I met, but I think I met most of them. What an awesome group.

I have never been a writer, so this blogging “stuff” is out of my league. However, there are a couple of folks in my family tree who were writers, perhaps not by trade, but did a lot of writing.

My Great-Grandfather, Samuel Worthington, was one of them. I have copies of letters that he wrote “home” during the Civil War. Apparently, he also was a writer for his unit in the Civil War and was published in Ohio.

The second writer, was McHenry Howard. A little distant relative, but his writings provided a lot of detail for the 2nd Maryland Regiment (CSA), again for the Civil War. His writings gave detailed information on that regiment that put in perspective what a soldier’s life was like during that conflict.

But the real hero, for me, was my grandfather’s brother, Josiah Wistar Worthington, Col. V.C., U.S.A. His stories and letters are now in book format Hell and Beyond, a Diary of War and Captivity, Compiled and Edited by Frances Worthington Lipe.

This book is full of Uncle Wistar’s letters “home” telling his story of his captivity during the 2nd World War. He had been captured twice, and the poems, in the letters, helped communicate his experience without those letters being destroyed because of the content of them.

These three writers, brought home, their experience of their war to those their families. My experience of “war” was sent home in the form of audio tapes that I had sent home while I was in Vietnam. One of these days, I’ll have to get them put into digital format.


Watch what you Wish For

December 24, 2011

Today we celebrated Christmas with my daughter, her husband, and three of the cutest “grandpups” “this side of the Mississippi”. OK, this side of the Delaware.

Some time ago, and I don’t even remember doing this, I put a book on one of those “Wish List” websites. I can’t tell you when I last visited it, but I did. Anyway, I got two books, one of which was on my wish list.
“Doctors In Blue”. The subtitle was ‘The Medical History of the Union Army in the Civil War”.

Why on earth a “medical book”? Oh yeah, Civil War. If you have been following that blog, you might note that I now have some interest in the Civil War. Medical? Don’t think so.

Oh, but what about the Sanitarium I had been looking for, where my Grandfather worked. Maybe that’s it.

I my have had question marks on my forehead or something, because Carrie said “you had it on your wish list”.

But her next question got my attention. “Are we related to the Author”? WHO? was my answer. George WORTHINGTON Adams. My next answer “no clue”.

As I have gotten into the habit of carrying my iPad2, I fired it up with the Ancestry AP and brought up my tree. Nope, not here.

But her question took me to Google search, and entered his name. Found what I was looking for. Who he was and what he did. A couple of hits down the list what what looked to be the beginning of a Family Tree. Hmmmm… Do YOU have your Tree Online? was the first thing that came to mine. Sure enough, I figured he would have been, probably one generation before I found the Worthington surname, which I did. Follow that back to Charles Worthington b: 1701.

THAT’s OUR Charles Worthington, was my reply.

Carrie and Patrick were on their way to see Patrick’s Uncle Ralph. Now Uncle Ralph and I have some things in common. One of which is that we were both in Vietnam about the same time, have been known to visit cemeteries. He captures some great stuff with pencil and paper, I try with a camera (with or with out film).

One of his Christmas presents was the same book that I got, and another Worthington (related) book that I had probably given to Carrie, but it was also about the Civil War.

As Carrie has also done some family history research, she asked my “and how are WE related” to “them”. The Them was the author of the TWO books.

Carrie had joined us in the opening of the Worthington Trail, at the Monocacy Battlefield, just south of Frederick, Maryland. One of the farms, where this battle took place, was a Worthington Farm. I have posted about there here before. One of the people that lived in that house, as the time of the Civil War Battle wrote a book about his experience. Fighting for Time; The Battle that Saved Washington, by Judge Glenn Howard Worthington.

Having my genealogy online I gave here our ancestry back to the common ancestor for Judge Worthington.

Capt. John Worthington (1650-1701)
John Worthington 1689-1763
John Worthington 1728-1790
James Worthington1772-1854
John H Worthington 1793-1858
John Thomas Worthington 1826-1905
(Judge) Glenn Howard Worthington 1858-1934
(author Fighting for Time)

That’s one book.

The Doctors in Blue looks like this.

Capt. John Worthington (1650-1701)
Charles Worthington 1701-1774
Samuel Worthington 1746-1821
James Worthington 1779-1813
Thomas Worthington 1801-1888
George Balford Worthington 1846-1895
Minna Worthington 1870-1949
George Worthington Adams 1905-1981
(author Doctors in Blue)

John and Charles were brothers. John the oldest, Charles the youngest.

But, where are WE?

Capt. John Worthington (1650-1701)
Charles Worthington 1701-1774

John Worthington 1733 -1803
Samuel Worthington 1785-1853
Henry Wilson Worthington 1815-1866
Samuel Worthington 1843-1897
Henry Russell Worthington 1887 – 1953
Henry Russell Worthington Jr 1916-2006

We also are descendants of Charles Worthington (1701-1774)

Uncle Ralph will be impressed??? (don’t think so) But wait, Carrie, Patrick and Uncle Ralph are going to the town where another of my ancestors lived, the Whitall House.

One more genealogy report.

Samuel Worthington (1843-1897) was married to:

Sarah Catherine Reeve 1849-1894
Job Whitall Reeve 1800-1861
Hannah Whitall 1775-1832
Job Whitall 1743-1798
James Whitall 1717-1808 Ann Cooper 1716-1797
(Owners of Whitall house during revolutionary war)

Uncle Ralph’s wife keeps reminding me that my ancestors are everywhere. Yup, even in her own neighborhood.

Guess I better be more careful for what I wish for. Another branch to research. That makes three. Two going back to the Civil War. That’s two in two weeks. Guess I know what I will be doing in 2012.

Uncle Ralph, Enjoy your new books.


Inferential Genealogy–Genealogy Software

November 14, 2011

As you may have guessed by now, most of what I have been doing is inputting all of this collected information into a Genealogy software package. There are many choices, but I have been using the Family Tree Maker program for a number of years. I have shared a couple of outputs from that program for this project, and here is a link to another feature I used.

Civil War Map

What was demonstrated in that Blog, was how I created a Map of the various battles that the 2nd Infantry Regiment, Maryland fought in.

2012-Place-Person-Map

Each of the squares is a battle location. In the database is details on each of the battles, but this gives me an idea of how far they traveled.


Inferential Genealogy–Another Record set

November 13, 2011

I just posted the results of looking at another Record Set (Exhausted Research) for this project. This time, it was on the military unit the David Ridgely Howard Served in.

Instead of duplicating the blog, here is a link to the blog post.

Military History in FTM2012

I ended the post with this:

The point of this, for me, was to have a view in the Ancestry Member Tree, and in FTM2012, an overview of this Civil War Regiment. When reviewing my Civil War hero, and his dates,  I have a good idea what battles he fought in.

He enlist on August 21, 1862, but into the 1st Regiment Maryland, so would have been in the initial organization of the 2nd Regiment. He was wounded on July 3, 1963 at the Battle of Culp’s Hill. This would have put him at the battle of Centreville and Winchester, Virginia and the first day’s battle in Gettysburg for this unit on July 2.

He missed the Battle at Martinsburg, but returned to the battle at Cold Harbor, Virginia.

He was wounded on the 2nd date’s battle at Weldon Railroad, Virginia and would be out of the rest of the war, as he lost his leg in Weldon Railroad battle.


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