Fearless Females Blog Post: March 8 – Favorite Female Ancestor – Prompts for Women’s History Month

March 8, 2010

I want to point out a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month which starts today, 1 March 2010.

* March 8 — Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

Actually I have two.

Ann C. Whitall, the Heroine of Read Bank, the Battle of Gloucester

and

From Tennessee to California in 1849. Letters of the Reeve Family of Medford, New Jersey.

In light of the most recent “Who Do You Think You Are” episode, with Sarah Jessica Parker, and her Gold Rush Story, I’ll put a short quote from one of these letters.

Sacrament City, California
December 30th 1849

(Letter written by Rebecca Reeve and addressed to her cousin, Mary W. Ely, Medford Burlington County, New Jersey.

<snip>

Dear Cousin

With what feeling of happiness could I adress a letter to thee now, my first from this pleasant City, this City grown up as if by magic, this the end of our long and tedious journey. This our resting place and I expect future home, . If we could number three, but Ah my Cousin, brother R and myself only lived to reach the end of our journey. I have to nerve myself to look back and relate to thee the horrible death of our dear brother Clayton. I wish the task were not mine. I seem to almost feel the terrible arrows of the savage Indians pierceing me as they pierced our deat brother. He was indeed killed by them, killed by some of the most fierce and Savage tribe in North America. The Clamath Indians, of Clamath lake, Oregon. over at their hunting and fishing grounds upon Pit river, upper Californina, where the emigration passed.

<end snip>

These letters were published in The Journal of the Rutgers University Library, Volune XI, Number 2, June 1948.


Saturday Night Fun – Who’s Number 21?

February 24, 2009

Blogger Randy Seaver, at Genea-Musing challenged Genealogy Bloggers with this:

Hey, it’s Saturday Night, let’s have some fun figuring out who is Number 21 in your ancestry from your memory or your genealogy database.

A little late for Saturday night, I am posting my Number 21. The individual with the #21 will be one of our eight second-great-grandmothers.  Randy further challenged us to name our eight second-great-grandmothers.

I am up for the challenge:
#17 – Elizabeth Willits – 1820 – 1904
wife of Henry Wilson Worthington

#19 – Hannah Lucinda Garland – 1835 – (unknown)
wife of Job Whitall Reeve

#21 – Edith Sharpless (see below)

#23 – Eliza Pancoast Worrall – 1815 – 1876
wife of Daniel James

#25 – Elizabeth Mercer Darlington – 1823 – 1881
wife of Marshall Strode

#27 – Sarah Jane Dicks – 1840 – (unknown)
wife of Abraham Palmer Worrell

#29 – Sarah McAllister (dates unknown)
wife of Philip Johnston

#31 – Rachel Carroll – 1828 – 1903
wife of William F. Allen

Edith Sharpless, daughter of Jesse and Ann (Harvey) Sharpless, was born 1 mo. 15, 1815 and died in Thornbury Twp. on 2 mo. 21, 1900. In Westtown Twp. on 12 mo. 3, 1835 she married Joseph R. Cheyney, son of Curtis and Ann (Reed) Cheyney. He was born in Thornbury Twp., Delaware Co., Pa on 9 mo. 6, 1808 and died there 10 mo. 27, 1878. Mr Cheyney farmed the homestead of his father in Thornbury.

ISSUE SURNAMED CHEYNEY:

Jesse Sharpless married Ellen Roberts Moore.
Edwin born 9 mo. 4, 1841 and died 12 mo. 23, 1855.
Kersey born 7 mo. 22, 1844 and died 8 mo. 21, 1856.
Wilmer married Ellen Harrison James.


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