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.


Letter addressed to Cousin Russ

March 18, 2015

Backing up a couple of days ago, but in the order in which I read this stack of letters, I finally opened this envelope.

 

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It may be difficult to read, but it is addressed to “Cousin Russ”.

Two things about that, 1) If you are on Google+, I am sometimes called that, but 2) that is how some of these letters are addressed, that is to “Cousin ….” Mary, Jody and family, to me, have always been known as our Texas Cousins.

Jody, Mary, and Frances do live in Texas, but the other brother, Will, lives in Arizona. Texas Cousins, none the less.

In the letter / note, Mary said “After Jody’s mother Bernice died in September 1966, I became Aunt Polly’s penpal in her place”, that important, as the letter from Anna to Mary and Jody talked about their Aunt Polly, my Grandmother may not be able to write any more letters and that Anna, my Aunt Anna, would write as she could.

My start in genealogy, now for me Family Research, started from my Texas Cousins, for which I am most grateful. Mary mentioned “There are also 2 letters from Anna and one from Eleanor. I just couldn’t bear to thrown them away.” Thank you Mary.

Now to have time to start to read the letters from Aunt Polly to Mary and Jody


Letter #2–Aunt Anna to Jody and Mary

March 16, 2015

Slowly working my way through these unexpected letters from our “Texas Cousins”. The first letter was dated 30 September 1972, where my Aunt Eleanor told of the accident that involved one of my cousins. The very next letter, in order, was dated 12 August 1970, new year earlier, from her sister Anna to Jody and Mary.

She tell of the happy arrival home, from Turkey, of the same Kenny and his wife Edie. The “U-Haul” was involved, as with the first letter, but this time it was Ken and Edie packing and moving to Omaha.

Other news including the story about Eleanor’s daughter Bernice’s wedding of 31 July 1970, and the role Anna’s children would play in that wedding.

This picture was taken in Ocean City, New Jersey, of Anna and Eleanor, so the sisters were close even back then.

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The major part of the letter was about their mother, my Grandmother. When Anna and her husband returned to West Chester, they had a phone call from their brother Bob, letting Anna know that Mother hadn’t been feeling well and “the Dr. ordered her to the hospital”. The saddest part was “Mother’s eyes are so dim so, I doubt if she will be able to write much more – if at all”.

I am sure that the rest of the letters will be the letters that my Grandmother had been sending to Jody and Mary, and Anna was letting them know that there probably wouldn’t be many more.

My Grandmother would die 3 month’s later.

She closes the letter telling the Texas Cousins that Ken and Edie had found a trailer to live in, very close to the Air Force base and that Ken has a job lined up at a Honda Shop. That job would cost him his life in 1972.


Letter #1–Aunt Eleanor to Jody & Mary

March 14, 2015

The letter was dated 30 September 1972. That date won’t make sense  today, but it may tomorrow. I have transcribed the letter from my genealogy database and a “letter notebook” that I have created.

This letter announced to our Texas Cousins, that my cousin Kenny had been killed in an accident a couple of weeks earlier. 24 years old, was just discharged from 4 years in the Air Force, not in the letter was that he was killed in an motor cycle accident as he worked at a Honda repair shop.

Kenneth Robert Highley (05 January 1948 – 13 August 1972) was Married to Edie and they had little Kenny born the year before.  In the letter “It was so sudden, so very, very sad” it a confirmation for me, that helped confirm WHY my cousin was buried where he was buried, in the plot of Edie’s parents.

It told of how Anna and her husband, Bob, would go out to Omaha to bring their belongings, in a “U-Haul” back to New Holland, PA. Anna, being Eleanor’s younger sister. Edie and the baby had to return to Omaha and Eleanor’s daughter, Bernice and her husband would fly out to drive Edie and Kenny back to Pennsylvania. You see, that Bernice’s husband Don and Edie were brother and sister.

Aunt Eleanor mentions her other daughter, Valerie as being “8 years old & just bubbles over with enthusiasm for everything she does.”

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All transcribed, page protected, and in a netbook with the images, with citations, the transcription, and I added a transcription with notes about who the players are in the letter.


Letters in the Mail

March 14, 2015

What a day this has been.

While waiting for DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Law Study Group Hangout On Air today, I went out to pick up the mail. In the mail was an unexpected envelope from one of my “Texas Cousins”. In reality, my Dad’s Texas Cousins. I had no idea what was in side, but it looked like it might have letters in it.

Jody, his siblings and I have shared our research over the years. They have shared far more than I, but share non-the-less.

I am glad I was sitting down to open the envelope. Right on top was a card addressed “Cousin Russ”. I will guess that Mary, Jody’s wife, did not know that is the name I am known as on Google+. That way of addressing the Pennsylvania and the Texas cousins was the way it has always been, or at least as long as I can remember.

Over time, I will probably share some detail of the content of the envelop. What I can say now, is the first two letters that I actually read.

The first letter was from my Aunt (95 years young) to Jody and Mary, dated 26 September, 1972. The second was from her Sister, Anna, also to Jody and Mary, dated 12 August 1970. The fact that they were presented to me in this order, has an interesting twist. The content of both, I will share very soon. Not quite ready to do that right now. But, I will. Now it is time to really try to preserve what I have and be in a position to share these letters with “the family” later on (but soon).

First thing, after I had to replace my All-In-One Printer, was to scan these two letters. Next step is to trans-scribe them using Genscriber. Haven’t used it for a while, but it make the whole process very easy. I have the Image that was scanned (JPG) in one window and a place to type in another window. I will re-scan to a TIFF file, and save the typed version to a Word Document. Genscriber creates an RTF file, which can be saved as a .DOC or .DOCX file.

My file naming practice is to file any document as Surname_GivenName_Middlename and a description. In this case, I will use YYYY_Month_Day followed by a dash and a number, depending on the number of pages and scans.

In my other Blog, I talked about How to put a Citation on an Image. Why not use that method, so I did. I put a image of the front and back of this first letter and on the edge I put my citation that is in my Family Tree Maker program for this letter. This page is not for reading, but to be facing front, in a notebook, with THE letter behind it, in an archival sleeve.

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The 2nd sleeve, I put the transcription of the letter facing front, but on the back, I included the same text but added the Date and how I received this letter, and facts about the people named in the letter.

The next sleeve, which will be in a notebook, will be scanned images of the letter.

This is the process that I am going to use to preserve these letters. Once they are preserved, then they will be added to my genealogy database.

Can’t wait to get through these 20+ letters, mostly from my grandmother to these same Texas Cousin’s.

Stayed tuned.


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