Re-Read what you have

October 4, 2013

I have made a family connection that came as a surprise. Some of you know that DearMYRTLE and I are cousins. That came about by some computer screen sharing during a couple of presentations. The new cousin, Crista Cowan, The Barefoot Genealogist was giving a presentation on livestream/ancestry, and like Myrt saw a name, location, and timeframe that I knew.

Now, this IS a challenge. Related to someone at Ancestry?

What a golden opportunity to try to demonstrate how I use a connection, through an Ancestry Member Tree (AMT), to collaborate. I live within 2 hours of the “common place”. It was a Quaker Meeting, had hoped with an attached Burial Ground, so I started to see if we had a connection. I certainly knew the Surname that got my attention, found it very quickly in my genealogy database. We shared our links to our AMTs, sure enough, not just one surname but several.

I have blogged about this in another Blog, if you are interested:

FTM2014 – Ancestry Member Tree Connection – Part 1

FTM2014 – Ancestry Member Tree Connection – Part 2

FTM2014 – Ancestry Member Tree Connection – Part 3

But, I haven’t looked at that branch for a very long time. I better get to work and clean it up, as I have been doing. So, I thought I would share a lesson, already learned in the past, GO BACK AND LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE, and I have.

I started with about 300 Family Group Sheets from my Dad’s first cousins. I worked with them over 10 years ago. So, I had all of those Family Group Sheets entered into my database.

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So, I am taking this time to Scan these Family Group Sheets, putting the Citations into the correct Source Template for this type of document. Then I go back and check that all of the facts / events on these sheets are properly cited. Although done 10 – 12 years go, I hadn’t done too bad of a job.

So, why blog about that ?

Because I also read the notes that I already had in my database. It came from this page of that Family Group Sheet.

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I am sure you can’t read that, but this is what it said, that got my attention and the reason for this blog post.

“Sixty or seventy years ago [that would be ca 1800], some of the farmers of Little Egg Harbor, who had not farms for all of their sons, sent the farmless over to Philadelphia to lean the brick layers trade, and especially this was the case among the Willits; and this is the cause of so many of them being residents of that city. Those who were sober and industrious amassed clever fortunes, but those who embarked in the craft of dissipation, went down to the grave in utter destruction, “unhonored and un____”!

“Among the youngsters of Little Egg Harbor who were apprenticed to the brick layer’s trade, was Allan, son of Thomas Ridgeway, 3rd, Eben, John, and James, sons of Thomas Willits, Sr. Jeremiah [18], son of Jeremiah Willits, Sr., [36] and Archelan R., son of Timothy Pharo, Jr., also Job, Nathan and Edmond, sons of Nathan Bartlett, 2nd.”

That little, re-read note, with 10 years of learning under the belt, NOW I have a Hint about why this family left Little Egg Harbor and moved closer to Philadelphia. The family did have a large farm, and I need to go back to Little Egg Harbor to find the farm, but the mentioned children headed to Philadelphia to learn a trade. Sounds like a reasonable reason to relocate.

That last name, Nathan Bartlett, may be connected to The Barefoot Genealogist family.

Lesson Learned: Re-Read what you already have. You may have learned something between the time you entered it, or last looked at it. May have given you new eyes to see what you want to find.


Facebook and Blogs

February 7, 2012

As you might know, I just returned from Salt Lake City, UT and Roots Tech 2012. Lots of topics, talks, chatting, looking a techie stuff and lots of other things, including talking to other Genea-Bloggers.

We heard a lot about Social Networking in many formats.

About an hour ago, My friend Midge Frazel, of Granite In My Blood, simply posted, on FaceBook “Quaker Family: Small Breakthrough”. Since I read and follow her blogs, I had to look, especially with my Quaker Roots.

Her “small breakthrough” had a link to the Quaker “Monthly Meeting” in Adrian, Michigan. I know that place. I opened my family file, went to Adrain in my file to verify who had an event there.

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Elizabeth Willits married Samuel Leeds in Adrain. Elizabeth is my 2nd Great Grandmother.

Midge continued to say to do a Google Search in Google Books, as that is how she found more information. She posted a link http://www.michmarkers.com/startup.asp?startpage=L1844.htm

The Google Search found this article:

Friends’ review: a religious, literary and miscellaneous journal, Volume 31 and on page 825 was this article.

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Samuel Leeds was her second marriage. She had previously married Henry Wilson Worthington.

Lesson Learned: The value of Social Media.


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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