Making a connection, using the Find-A-Grave website

December 31, 2015

As I posted earlier in the week, I mentioned going to Monocacy and the Worthington House there. I met several “cousins” there as we were able to tour the building.

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What we didn’t know for sure, is HOW WE are related. I knew how I was related to the owners of the house, be not sure how they were related.

I had taken a book with me, that I created in 1999,  for the opening of a Walking Trail at the Worthington House. During lunch, I shared that book with the cousins, Joe Worthington and his two daughters.

Joe found his ancestor in my book, very good news, but I had not searched down further on that line, because I was focusing at the time to Judge Glenn Howard Worthington.

He mentioned Lavinia a number of times and there was a cousin connection to the owners of the Worthington House. Hmmm.

My approach, in this case, is to try to prove him, Joe, wrong. So, I took what I had and did some research to do just that. As it happens most of the time, I am able to prove him correct, but I have information to start looking for the documentation to prove him right.“A Cousin”, “Lavinia”, “Dr Charles Nicholas Worthington”, and the owners of the Worthington House at the time of the Civil War.

In my database, I had a shaky leaf hint for John Thomas Worthington, the owner to the 1900 Federal Census. Right time, right place.

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1900 U.S. census, population schedule, Maryland, Frederick County, Urbana; Supervisory District 4, Enumeration District 15;Sheet 12 B (penciled); dwelling 318, family number 30; line 79-82; Lavinia Worthington household; Roll: 622; Page: 12B;  FHL microfilm: 1240622; NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 622; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 December 2015).

There is the Lavinia and cousin John T Worthington, and his wife Mary R. Worthington. There is the cousin connection between Lavinia and John, but WHO is Lavinia.

I entered Lavinia into my database, as I normally would, with an unknown birth surname, as the census stated that she was a widow, and other information from the census record and a shaky leaf hint showed up for her.

It was to a Find-A-Grave Memorial (#16417102), confirming where she was buried and that was in the same cemetery where Dr Charles Nicholas Worthington was buried. The inscription in the transcription from the stone, and it is readable, “wife of Dr. Charles N Worthington”. Not completely happy there, I went to HIS memorial (#16416989).

This memorial confirmed what I have in my database, as to his parents, and his first wife. So, I have the right person, and now his 2nd wife.

Not only did it confirm what I had, but also backed up why Lavinia was listed as a Widow, as Charles died in 1898. Joe, is a descendant of Charles’ first wife. I only had one of his children, but the Find-A-Grave memorial listed their 5 children, only one of which was a male. So, I am one generation closer to making the connection to Joe and his family.


A Visit to Monocacy, Home of Judge Glenn Howard Worthington

December 28, 2015

A while ago, I made this blog post

Planned Weekend Trip – Day 1

I talked about Monocacy. Well, tomorrow, December 29, 2015, (weather pending) I will visit The Monocacy Battlefield with some “cousins” I have not met in person. We will be able to visit the inside of the Worthington House.

In 1999, I was also in the house, but that was before the National Park Service made a lot of progress on the restoration of the house. They were in the progress of making it stable for the restoration.

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I took this picture in 1999. A couple of years ago, I revisited it.

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Looking at my notes, 101 years ago, December 29, 1914, there was some tragic news that impacted Glenn Howard Worthington and his wife, Julia Alvey Worthington. A telegram was received by the Worthingtons letting them know that Mr and Mrs Harry C Alvey and their three children were burning “yesterday” about 4 o’clock in their house in Winter Haven, Florida. Mr Alvey was the brother of Julia Worthington.

Glenn Howard Worthington was my 5th Cousin, 2 times removed.

I am looking forward to another visit to this historic home and meeting some new cousins as we are able to see the progress on the inside of the house. But, will remember who lived in the home that we visit.

We are grateful to the National Park Service for the work that has been done to this historic home and for allowing us to visit.

 


QUERY: Sarah Worthington b: 1741

December 26, 2015

Good Morning! I have a Worthington ancestor who is a mystery. She is known as Sarah Worthington. She was supposedly born 1741 in Connecticut. She was the wife of Cornelius Drake (1741-1818). Sarah Worthington Drake died in Christian County Kentucky. The Drake family line is well researched and fleshed out but no one seems to know anything about Sarah Worthington. Any info you may have would be much appreciated. I really enjoyed your site!

Thanks,

Keith


Look what I received in the mail

December 22, 2015

Snail Mail ??? Yes indeed.

The long awaited mail came today. Well, long awaited for me, after all it’s not been a week.

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My DNA match cousin, Juana, sent me a package today. It was one of those DAH moments. For years, I have been looking for Letters from and/or to my grandfather. As many of us do, at those with brick walls, I was looking in the wrong place. It’s been said that I don’t have any brick walls, but my response has been, and now confirmed, I was looking in the wrong place.

The content of that envelop has been catalogued and I have a plan.

  • 2 Announcements
  • 3 Essays
  • 3 Newspaper Clippings
  • 2 Telegrams
  • 1 Poem
  • 4 Report Cards
  • 27 Letters, 25 of which were written by my grandfather

The DAH moment came when I realized I was not looking to people who he had written letters TO. I know there are another set of letters with my Texas cousins, but I’ll take these Colorado Cousins for now..

The time period if from 1903 to 1940 from my grandfather, with a couple of later letters following his death.

My plan is to digitize these copies, transcribe and archive them. I know they aren’t the original letters but the black and white copies are what I have. They, for the most part, with a quick glance are readable. It will certainly give me a better idea as to who he was. Yes, I knew him as I was 13 when he died, but I do remember him. I know now say for sure, what I have always thought, HE wrote letters.

My “new” cousin says she has more and I am working on a plan to visit her in the very near future.

Sorry, I have some transcribing to do.


DNA Update

December 13, 2015

I haven’t blogged about my DNA testing for a while, so I thought I would share what happened on Friday.

I created an Online Tree at Ancestry.com that was linked to my recent DNA test there. It is an AncestryDNA autosomal test. There is a lot of information about Autosomal Testing at Ancestry.com DNA.

Here is my Ethnicity estimate chart

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It was a little surprising when I first looked at the results, but thinking about it, this is taking ALL of my DNA, not just the Y-DNA that I may have talked about before.

A couple of days ago, I was reviewing my results and saw that I had a New 2nd cousin.

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Now, I know the first “2nd Cousin”. He is really my 2nd cousin once removed. We have chatted about the results a number of times. But this new one was of interest.

I opened up my genealogy database and THERE SHE WAS !!! I immediately sent her a private, (DNA) Message from the website, letting her know who I was and that I know how we are related. The three of us share a common, Great Grandfather (for me), and Grandfather for the gentleman at the top of the list. Two brothers and now a Sister connection. My new cousin and I are in the same generation, while the first person is a generation before us. We are, however, not that far apart in age.

Friday, of last week, I got a reply to my “hi how are you” message, asking me to call her. What a long morning waiting for me to make that call. It was like 6 am for me, and I knew where she lived, so I wasn’t going to call at Oh Dark Thirty.

What a phone call this was. We shared the excitement of talking to another about OUR RESEARCH. You don’t always get to talk to family where the other person is interested in the details of our research.

The long and the short of this conversation is that she has Letters from our common Great Grandfather and his wife, along with letters from MY Grandfather. I knew he had letters, but somewhere along the line his letters have been lost. Not only letters but pictures AND she is willing to share them with me.

She told me that she had already shared, over the years, letters that she has with the brother of the gentleman also on the DNA list. A lot of the data that I have collected was from my Texas (and Arizona) cousins. So the Texas, Colorado, and New Jersey (formerly Pennsylvania) cousins have re-connected, with DNA to prove it.

I see a “road trip” in the near future. Can’t wait for mail from her. To be able to, finally, be able to read my grandfathers letters, with the bonus to see Samuel Worthington and Sarah Catherine Reeve’s letters. I do hope she throws in a couple of pictures.

Can’t wait to get them and to be able to share them with my Aunt, who has her 96th birthday in a couple of days.


The Flip-Pal mobile scanner is at its lowest price ever. Have Santa order one today!

December 12, 2015

Dear Santa:
Why I want a Flip-Pal® mobile scanner for Christmas
I’ve been good all year, really I have.  I’ve really, really wanted a Flip-Pal mobile scanner and here is what I’ll use it for:

  • Preserving our family photos before disaster strikes so they are protected against harm and I have a digital image to rely on in case I need it.
  • Creating a variety of gifts using scanned photos. Stuff like calendars, photo books, tote bags and even ceramic tiles (yes,  I can picture Grandma on my kitchen back-splash!).
  • Writing about uncle John’s service in the military and scanning his medals and Army patches. I can never say “thank you” enough, but a book about him is a good start.
  • Starting an index project for my genealogy society by scanning documents and then getting a group together to build a searchable database. Then we can share it with other genealogists.

I know I’ll get a lot of use out of it so, pretty please, make my Christmas wish come true?

Flip-Pal mobile scanner sale $139.99. We’ve not seen the Flip-Pal mobile scanner at this price before.  Add the carrying case and make sure your order totals $149.00 or more to qualify for FREE SHIPPING.  Click here to save.  Sale ends December 22nd.

There is more… a fun way to share family photos by adding voice to them.

Check out the new StoryScans™ talking photos feature. For the first time, you can easily transform your images into endearing stories.  Click here to learn how you can add this new capability to your existing Flip-Pal mobile scanner or add the feature to your next purchase!

I have several Blog posts on how I use Flip-Pal

https://worthy2be.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/flip-pal-at-rootstech-2012/

https://worthy2be.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/flip-pal-mobile-scanner-sketch/


What does Indenture really mean?

September 7, 2015

Over the past several days, I have been talking about Capt. John Worthington (1650-1701) and have used the term Indentured Servant a number of times.

I went to the Maryland State Archives website and did a search for Indentured Servant. Knowing that I might find some results with either one of those two words, as I didn’t put them in quotes.

I found a result that had “John Worthington” and “indenture” in it. Reading the article, that was already transcribed AND the Image a click away, it had some information that fit with other information I already had. BUT, I couldn’t understand what it was really saying. I know it was a Legal Document and that it had something to do with a Land Record.

So, what do I do, I send an email to +Judy G. Russell, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist, to get some clarification on what I was looking at.

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Stepping back a minute, I had done research on that Indentured Servant topic before and found a Wikipedia Article on the topic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indentured_servant

Oh, I am looking for a record like the one on the WikiPedia webpage for Capt. John.

That web page is what was in my mind when I read this article from the Archives and tried to share my question with The Legal Genealogist. I was expecting the usual “it depends” answer. Not this time.

Ahhh. No, the word had other meanings, and in particular:

In old conveyancing, if a deed was made by more parties than one, it was usual to make as many copies of it as there were parties, and each was cut or indented (either in acute angles, like the teeth of a saw, or in a waving line) at the top or side, to tally or correspond with the others, and the deed so made was called an “indenture.” Anciently, both parts were written on the same piece of parchment, with some word or letters written between them through which the parchment was cut, but afterwards, the word or letters being omitted, indenting came into use, the idea of which was that the genuineness of each part might be proved by its fitting into the angles cut in the other. But at length even this was discontinued, and at present the term serves only to give name to the species of deed executed by two or more parties…

Henry Campbell Black, A Dictionary of Law (St. Paul, Minn. : West, 1891), 614, “indent.”

The article that I found, isn’t what I was looking for, but I have added a few new names to my Capt. John FAN club (Friends or Family, And, Neighbors). One of the names I had seen before, the other two I hadn’t. One in England the other in Maryland.

AND it puts Capt. John still in England in 1676 or 1677, about where I expected to find him there, “of Manchester in the County of Lancaster in the Kingdome of England” and the property “neere” Ashton.

Lesson Learned: I need to keep remembering to put the terms that I might find in a document into historical context and don’t forget the Law at the time and place.

I just find it very interesting that a 17 year old lad, would be part of a Land Transaction.

My sincere thanks to Judy G. Russell for her awesome responses to my questions. And she was so kind to allow my to share this with you. Thank you!!!

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Manchester is where it is reported that he lived, Ashton-under-Lyne (current name) is where the property was, and Failsworth is where there is another reference to Capt. John and other Worthington’s. A whole book has been about that Worthington family.


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