Monday, September 28, 2015

Sarah Monroe Middlebrook (1793 - 1837)

Sarah "Sally" Monroe, my fourth great-grandmother, was born about 1793 to Joseph and Rebecca Gilbert Monroe.  She married Charles Ohara Middlebrook in 1820 at Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut at the age of 27.  Before she married Charles Middlebrook she had a daughter, Jane, who is named in Charles' will as "Jane Monroe, a daughter of my wife Sally".  I have not found a marriage for Sally prior to her marriage to Charles.

Sarah joined the Wilton Congregational Church in Wilton, Connecticut in 1836 according to church records.  On July 8, 1837 she signed a will in which she named her daughter Jane, married to James H. Smith, sons Samuel, Charles, James Munroe, and daughters Mary Hoyt and Sarah.  The will was proved August 26, 1837.  Sarah died August 22, 1837 at the age of 44 and is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Wilton. Click here to see a photo of her gravestone in her FindAGrave memorial page.

The children of Charles Ohara Middlebrook and Sarah Monroe are:
  1. Mary Hoyt Middlebrook, b. 8 Sep 1921, Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut; d. 12 Dec 1905, Palmyra, Wayne, New York; m. Henry S. Flower, 1841.
  2. Samuel Middlebrook, b. 24 Oct 1822, Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut; d. 10 Mar 1908, Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut; m. Artemesia Olmstead.
  3. Charles Middlebrook, b. 18 Jun 1824, Connecticut; d. 13 Jan 1888, Brooklyn, Kings, New York; m. Ellen Murphy, 10 May 1871.
  4. James Monroe Middlebrook, b. 22 Jan 1826, Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut; d. 20 Jun 1866, Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut; m. Emily Olmstead, 1 Jan 1856.
  5. Sarah Middlebrook, b. 28 Feb 1830, Wilton, Fairfield, Connecticut; d. 15 Oct 1899, Palmyra, Wayne, New York; m. Orsamus T. Sexton.
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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Rachel Squires Beers (1811 - 1872)

Rachel Squires, my fourth great-grandmother, was born in Connecticut on October 21, 1811 to Samuel and Abigail (Platt) Squires.  Around 1836 she married Anson Beers.  She was stepping into a busy household as Anson had five children, ages 10 and under, from his first marriage to Mary Ann Weeks who died in 1835.

Rachel and Anson went on to have four more children of their own before Anson died in 1850, just four years after their youngest was born.  By 1860, Rachel was living in the household of her daughter Abigail with Abigail's husband, William Williams, and son, Frank.  By 1870, Rachel was living with her son, William, William's wife, Cornelia, and son, Arthur.

Rachel died on August 1, 1872 at the age of 60.  She was buried at Coley Cemetery in Weston, Connecticut.

Children of Anson Beers and Abigail Squires:

  1. James Merwin Beers, b. 12 Apr 1837, Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut; d. 2 May 1915, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut; m. Mary Jane Squires, 4 Sep 1859, Redding, Fairfield, Connecticut.
  2. Abigail Jane Beers, b. 27 Jun 1840, Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut; d. 10 Aug 1921, Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut; m. William Williams, 31 Dec 1856, Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut.
  3. William Platt Beers, b. 11 Nov 1843, Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut; d. 5 Jul 1911, Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut; m. Cornelia Brown, 5 Feb 1867, Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut.
  4. Samuel B. Beers, b. 4 Aug 1846; d. 23 Sep 1855, Connecticut.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

September birthdays

My direct line ancestors who have a birthday in September include:

  • Thomas Griffith, born September 1, 1767, my third great-grandfather
  • Catharine Leibensperger, born September 1, 1751, my fourth great-grandmother
  • Philip Henry Harman, September 6, 1769, my fourth great-grandfather
  • Jesse Morehouse, born September 7, 1750, my sixth great-grandfather
  • Josiah Bennett, born September 8, 1768, my fifth great-grandfather
  • Samuel Middlebrook, born September 11, 1743, my fifth great-grandfather
  • Anna Maria Mathews, born September 11, 1783, my fourth great-grandmother
  • Polly Bennett, born September 12, 1804, my fourth great-grandfather
  • Silas Partrick, born September 20, 1799, my fourth great-grandfather
  • Aaron Osborn, born September 29, 1735, my sixth great-grandfather

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mary Ann (Weeks) Beers (1794 - 1835)

Mary Ann Weeks, my fourth great-grandmother, was born in 1794 as calculated by her cemetery inscription.  According to her son's (Edwin) death certificate, she was born in Southport, Connecticut.  Mary Ann was the daughter of Wright and Mary (Perry) Weeks.  She was baptized February 7, 1796 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Around 1823 she married Anson Beers based on the birth date of their oldest child, Edwin.  They lived in Weston, Connecticut until her death on February 1, 1835, perhaps during childbirth.  She is buried in Coley Cemetery in Weston according to Hale Cemetery Inscriptions but I have not been able to find her tombstone.

After her death Anson remarried and had four more children with Rachel Squires.

I am descended from Anson and Mary Ann through their son Edwin as well as from Anson and Rachel through their daughter Abigail.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Clarissa Bates Partrick (1799 - 1860)

Clarissa Bates, my fourth great-grandmother, was born January 11, 1799 in Connecticut.  I have calculated her date of birth from cemetery records.  I believe that her parents were Nathan and Ruth (Taylor) Bates.  In 1850 Nathan Bates was living with Clarissa's son, Burr, and Burr's family in Danbury, Connecticut.  I have not yet located probate records for Nathan that might specifically name Clarissa and link the two.  Nor have I found a record of her birth.  If any cousins out there have some information to definitively connect Clarissa to Nathan and Ruth Bates (or disprove my supposition), I would appreciate you sharing with me.

Clarissa married Silas Partrick when she was about 20 years old based on the date of birth of their oldest child, Burr.  She and Silas had three sons - Burr, John, and Edwin.

She died April 26, 1860 in Wilton, Connecticut.  She is buried at Zion's Hill Cemetery in Wilton next to Silas.

Clarissa Bates Partrick
Zion's Hill Cemetery
Wilton, Connecticut

Monday, August 17, 2015

Silas Partrick (1799 - 1880)

Silas Partrick, my fourth great-grandfather, was born September 20, 1799 in Connecticut to Halsey Partrick and Phebe Lockwood Partrick.  I have calculated his birth date from the information about his date of death and age as listed in the Birth, Marriage, Death Index 1867 - 1880 for the Town of Wilton, Connecticut.  Silas married Clarissa Bates around 1820 based on the date of birth of their oldest child.

Silas worked as a shoemaker and was a resident of Wilton, Connecticut.  After Clarissa died in 1860, Silas, his son Burr, and Burr's family lived together in Wilton.

Silas died October 20, 1880 from dropsy and heart disease according to Wilton town records.  He is buried in Zion's Hill Cemetery next to Clarissa.  Silas died intestate according to (Norwalk) Connecticut probate records.  Aaron M. Reed was appointed administrator of Silas' estate on November 24, 1880.

Zion's Hill Cemetery
Wilton, Connecticut

Children of Silas and Clarissa (Bates) Partrick:
  1. Burr Partrick, born April 1820, Wilton, Connecticut; married 1842, Eliza Ann Jennings; died 1904, Wilton, Connecticut
  2. John Partrick, born 1822, Wilton, Connecticut; married July 3, 1843, Eleanor C. Whitehead;  died February 21, 1860, Wilton, Connecticut
  3. Edwin Partrick, born 1838, prob. Wilton, Connecticut

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Christina (Kuhns) Karns (1791 - 1884)

Christina Kuhns, my third great-grandmother, was born May 26, 1791 in Pennsylvania to Henry and Catharine (Leibensperger) Kuhns.  I am using this birthdate based on the information on her tombstone which is "Died Mar. 26, 1884, aged 92 yrs. & 10 mos."

She appears in the 1850 United States census with her husband, Henry Karns, in Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.  When Henry died in 1873 he left to Christina the use and control of the tract of land on which they lived, the goods of the house, two cows, and the liberty to take stove coal off of the "end of the place where Henry Karns now lives".  By 1880 Christina was living in Unity, Pennsylvania with her daughter, Mattie, who also was a widow at that point in time.

It seems that Christina was a Lutheran as she is found in the records of St James Lutheran Church in Ligonier as a communicant in 1874.

Christina Kuhns Karns died March 26, 1884 and was buried in Karns Cemetery in Ligonier.

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