Thursday, February 26, 2015

Edwin Lafayette Beers (1850 - 1919)

Edwin Lafayette Beers, my great-great-grandfather, was born on February 19, 1850 in Weston, Connecticut to Edwin and Abigail (Mead) Beers.  In 1870 he lived with Gershom and Samantha Hill and worked as a laborer in Redding, Connecticut.

Edwin married my great-great-grandmother, Georgianna Partrick, about 1873 based on the age of their oldest child, Edwin.  They are listed as living together in Weston in the 1880 census with their son Eugene.  They eventually had one more son, Ernest, in 1882.  It appears that they divorced sometime between 1882 and 1890.  Ernest was born in 1882, and in the 1900 census Edwin is listed as having been married to Ella (Crofut) Beers for 6 years while Georgianna is listed as having been married to Horace Banks for 10 years.  Edwin had another son with Ella, Clarence Oscar Beers.

Edwin was a farmer and lived in Weston most of his life.  When he died at the age of 69, he and Ella were living at 6 Hanford Place in Norwalk, Connecticut.  He died from a cerebral hemorrhage on July 29, 1919 at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut.  He was buried at Norfield Cemetery (now known as Coley Cemetery) in Weston.

Children of Edwin Lafayette Beers and Georgianna Partrick:


  • Edwin Beers, born ca 1874; living with his grandparents, Edwin and Abigail Beers, in 1880.
  • Eugene Lafayette Beers, born 11 August 1876, Weston, Connecticut; married Maud Artemesia Williams, 25 December 1897, Weston, Connecticut; died 21 October 1944, Cross River, New York
  • Ernest E. Beers, born 1882, Weston, Connecticut; died from typhoid fever on 23 November 1899 in Redding, Connecticut.


Children of Edwin Lafayette Beers and Ella Nichols Crofut:


  • Clarence Oscar Beers, born 27 Jan 1897, Norwalk, Connecticut; married Bessie, before 1930; died 14 August 1957, Norwalk, Connecticut


Monday, February 16, 2015

William Pinchbeck and Mary Ann Lightowler

In an earlier post I wrote about my great-grandfather, William Pinchbeck.  After my great-grandmother, Harriet, died William married again.  I knew his second wife's first name was Mary Ann but did not know her last name nor when they were married.

Just yesterday I received the marriage record from New York State that gave me the needed information.  Mary Ann's name on the marriage record is Marian Lightowler.  William and Mary Ann were married May 12, 1898 in Mount Vernon, New York by Reverend George Clarke Peck.  Reverend Peck was the pastor of the First M.E. Church in Mount Vernon.



According to the marriage record, Mary Ann (Marian) was living in Mount Vernon at the time while William was living in South Salem, New York.  I still have not established how they knew one another.    More research to be done!  Stay tuned.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Civil War Service

In June, 2014 I wrote a posting about Polly Bennett and Zadok Williams, my fourth great-grandparents.    In it I mentioned that they had two sons, Sylvester and William, who served in the Civil War.   Just today, I discovered that all three of their sons, Sylvester, William and Hawley, had served.

While researching in the wonderful genealogy department of the Indian River County Library in Vero Beach, Florida I found the book Record of service of Connecticut men in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion compiled by authority of the General Assembly, under direction of the Adjutants-General, Stephen R. Smith… (et al.)  It was in this book that I found details of the military service of my third great-grandfather, William Williams, and his two brothers, Sylvester and Hawley.

Private William Williams, a resident of Weston, Connecticut, enlisted in the 17th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Company E on August 6, 1862, mustered in on August 28, 1862, and had a disability discharge on January 1, 1863.

Private Sylvester Williams, a resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut, enlisted in the 17th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry, Company G on August 12, 1862 and mustered in on August 28, 1862. He was wounded and captured May 2, 1863 in Chancellorsville, Virginia then paroled May 15, 1863.  He mustered out July 19, 1865.

Private Hawley Williams, a resident of Ridgefield, Connecticut, enlisted in the 8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry on September 14, 1861 and mustered in on September 23, 1861. His entry states he re-enlisted as a veteran on December 24, 1863, was captured May 16, 1864 in Fort Darling, Virginia and then paroled in August.

I wanted to give proper credit to these three brothers for their military service.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Margaret Griffith Hanlin (1804 - 1884)

My great-great-grandmother, Margaret Griffith, was born in 1804, probably in St. Clair, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.  She was the daughter of Thomas Griffith and Rebecca Jane Blackburn.

Based on the age of their oldest child, it seems that Margaret married James Hanlin around 1822.  Margaret and James were living in Jenner, Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1840 according to the US census.  James died there in 1842.

In 1850, Margaret was still living in Jenner with her sons, John, Jesse, James, Joseph and Levi, and her daughters, Rebecca and Eliza.  There is a Mary A. Hanlin, age 3/12, listed with the family on the census.  I have not identified how that person is related to Margaret.  Margaret owned real estate valued at $4,000.  Her sons, John and Jesse, were farmers.

In 1880, Margaret was living in Jenner with her unmarried son, Joseph.  They lived near Margaret's other son, Levi who is my great-grandfather.  Margaret died in 1884.  When her estate was probated in 1885 her oldest son, John, renounced his right to act as administrator of her estate and appointed James Stufft.  James was Margaret's grandson, son of Rebecca Hanlin Stufft and Jacob Stufft.

Monday, January 19, 2015

James Hanlin (1798 - 1842)

My great-great-grandfather, James Hanlin, was born December 24, 1798 based on the calculation of his birthdate from the information on his gravestone.  He was (probably) born in Somerset County, Pennsylvania to Alexander Hanlin who emigrated from Ireland.  I have not found his mother's name.

James married Margaret Griffith, daughter of Thomas Griffith and Rebecca Jane Blackburn, around 1822 based on the age of his oldest child, John.  James and Margaret had ten children.  Their youngest, Levi, was my great-grandfather. In 1840 they were living in Jenner, Somerset County, Pennsylvania where James died on May 15, 1842 at the age of 43.  Margaret survived him and died in 1884.  James' estate record names his children John Hanlin, Mary Ann Reed, Rebecca Stufft, Eliza Boyles, Jesse Hanlin, James Hanlin, Joseph Hanlin and Levi Hanlin.


James is buried in the Jenner Township Baptist Church Cemetery.

Children of James and Margaret (Griffith) Hanlin:

John Hanlin                   1823 - 1901
Mary Ann Hanlin     ca 1824 - 1903
Rebecca Hanlin            1825  -   ??
Elizabeth Hanlin           1829  -   ??
Jesse Hanlin             ca 1830  - 1893
William Hanlin             1832 - 1834
Abner Hanlin                1834 - 1839
James Hanlin                1837 - 1898
Joseph Hanlin               1839 - 1885
Levi Hanlin                   1841 - 1913

Monday, January 12, 2015

Joseph Monroe (1757 - 1824)

Joseph Monroe was born in 1757 in Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut.  He was the son of William Monroe and Eunice Dean.  He married Rebecca _____.  I am descended from their daughter, Sarah, who was born circa 1793 and married Charles Ohara Middlebrook.

My fifth great-grandfather, Joseph, served as a Private in the Revolutionary War in the 7th Regiment, Connecticut Line under Captain Lemuel Cliff and Colonel Herman Swift.

Joseph died on March 24, 1824 at the age of 67 in Ridgefield.  He was buried there on March 26, 1824.



Monday, December 1, 2014

Isaac Pinchbeck and Martha Smith

Isaac Pinchbeck, my great-great-grandfather, was born about 1814 in West Ashby, Lincolnshire, England.  He was the youngest of the thirteen children of William and Ann (Marsdon) Pinchbeck.  Isaac was baptized on April 16, 1820 in Thornton Le Fen, Lincolnshire.

He married Martha Smith on May 16, 1837 in West Keal, Lincolnshire.  Martha was the daughter of John and Ann Smith.  She was born in West Keal about 1817 and christened December 23, 1817.

Based on census records it appears that Isaac was a farmer throughout his adult life.  Isaac and Martha were living in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire according to the 1841, 1851, and 1861 censuses.  In 1871 they are found in the census living on Harrison Lane in Thorpe St. Peter, Lincolnshire.

Isaac and Martha had twelve children -- my great-grandfather, William being the eighth of the twelve.  William and his brother, John Smith Pinchbeck, emigrated to the United States in the 1880s.  I have not found evidence that any of the other siblings emigrated.

Isaac died on March 30, 1872 in Thorpe and was buried on April 2, 1872.  His will was proved on June 7, 1872 with his sons William and Jacob serving as executors.  His effects were under £300.

In the 1881 census Martha is found living with her brother John and his family back in West Keal.  Martha died in December of 1889 in Thorpe St. Peter where she was buried on December 23.

Children of Isaac and Martha (Smith) Pinchbeck:
Ann         1838 - ?
Isaac        1840 - 1886
Amy        1842 - 1901
Alice        1844 - ?
Jacob       1846 -  ?
Mary        ca 1849/50
Martha     ca 1851
William   1852 - 1933
Abraham 1854 - ?
John        1856 - 1941
Emily      1858 - ?
Sarah       1861 - ?