Monday, April 13, 2015

Eleanor Whitehead (1825 - 1880)

Eleanor Whitehead, my third-great-grandmother, was born about 1825 in Redding, Connecticut to Beach and Sally (Jennings) Whitehead.  She married John Partrick in Redding on July 3, 1843.  John and Eleanor were living in Redding in 1850 according to the 1850 US census but had moved to Wilton by the time John died in 1860.

When her husband died Eleanor was left with seven children, four girls and three boys, who ranged in age from two to sixteen.  In 1870, Eleanor was living in Danbury, Connecticut with two of her children, Lucinda (Fanny) and Charles.  Fanny was working at a hat factory.  Eleanor's son William was working as a farm hand in Redding and her daughter Georgianna was working as a domestic in Redding.  I haven't located her other three children, Mary, James and Sarah, in the census after 1860.

Eleanor Whitehead Partrick died in January, 1880 of consumption in Redding, Connecticut.  I continue to look for where she and her husband are buried.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

John Partrick (1822 - 1860)

John Partrick, my great-great-great-grandfather was born about 1822 in Wilton, Connecticut to Silas and Clarissa (Bates) Partrick. He was married to Eleanor Whitehead on July 3, 1843 in Redding, Connecticut by James Batterson, Deacon, Methodist Episcopal Church.

John is listed as a shoemaker in the 1850 US census, living in Redding with his wife, Elanor (sic), and his children, Jane E., William, and James A.   When he died in Wilton, Connecticut in 1860 at the age of 38 he left Eleanor with seven children, ages 2 through 16.  Their daughter, Georgianna is my great-great-grandmother.

Children of John Partrick and Eleanor Whitehead:


  • Mary (Jane) Partrick, b. ca 1843 Connecticut
  • William K. Partrick, b. February 1847, Connecticut
  • James Alonzo Partrick, b. ca 1849, Connecticut
  • Lucinda (Fanny) Partrick, b. ca 1851
  • Charles Partrick, b. ca 1854, Connecticut
  • Georgianna (Anna) Partrick, b. February 1857, Wilton, Connecticut; m. (1) Edwin Lafayette Beers, m. (2) 1890, Horace O. Banks; d. 1927
  • Sarah P. Partrick, b. ca 1858, Connecticut


Monday, March 30, 2015

William Pinchbeck

William Pinchbeck, my great-great-great-grandfather was baptized in Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England on July 15, 1759.  He was the son of John Pinchbeck and Elizabeth Townsend.  He married Ann Marsdon on March 3, 1789 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire.  Together they had thirteen children. William was a farmer who was living in Wainfleet All Saints by 1824.  He died November 12, 1836 in Wainfleet where he was buried.  In 1841, after William's death, Ann was living with her son Isaac and his family in Wainfleet.  Ann died in November 1845 at the age of 74.

Children of William and Ann Marsdon Pinchbeck:
  • Mary Pinchbeck, baptized November 22, 1789
  • Ann Pinchbeck, baptized March 21, 1791
  • Elizabeth Pinchbeck, baptized November 18, 1792
  • William Pinchbeck, baptized September 14, 1794
  • John Pinchbeck, baptized July 16, 1796; married Martha Hutton, November 4, 1828 at Toynton St. Peter, Lincolnshire
  • Francis Pinchbeck, baptized June 24, 1798; married Ann Morton; died July 1878 at Spilsby, Lincolnshire
  • Robert Pinchbeck, baptized April 6, 1800 at Scothern, Lincolnshire; married Jane Anne Anderson, November 25, 1822 at Boston, Lincolnshire; died 1855
  • Margaret Pinchbeck, born May 23, 1802; married Mason Dickson, May 17, 1825 at Midville, Lincolnshire
  • Thomas Pinchbeck, baptized May 20, 1804; married Sarah Steer, August 11, 1833 at Friskney, Lincolnshire; died December 29, 1885 at Friskney, Lincolnshire
  • David Pinchbeck, baptized May 18, 1806 at Scothern, Lincolnshire; married Maria Cheales, November 14, 1825 at Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire; married Hannah Burrill, April 1852 at Spilsby, Lincolnshire; died April 1894 at Louth, Lincolnshire
  • Sarah Pinchbeck, baptized March 28, 1808; married Williams Maidens, May 15, 1830; died October 1886 at Spilsby, Lincolnshire
  • Abraham Pinchbeck, baptized April 16, 1820; married Ann Taylor, December 1, 1831; married Mary Ann Howsham, December 6, 1835; died January 1892 at Horncastle, Lincolnshire
  • Isaac Pinchbeck, born 1814 at West Ashby, Lincolnshire; married Martha Smith, May 16, 1837 at West Keal, Lincolnshire; died March 30, 1872 at Thorpe, Lincolnshire

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Georgianna (Partrick) Beers Banks (1858 - 1927)

My second great-grandmother, Georgianna Partrick, was born on February 28, 1858 in Redding, Connecticut to John and Eleanor (Whitehead) Partrick.  Her father died when she was two years old.  She was living with her mother and 6 siblings in Wilton in June of 1860.  When she was twelve she was living in the household of Daniel and Sarah Sanford as a domestic.  It would appear that the families knew one another because the Sanfords were living next to the Partricks in 1850.

Georgianna married my second great-grandfather, Edwin Lafayette Beers, around 1873, based on the age of their oldest child.  She would have been around 15 years old which is quite young.  I have not found a marriage record for them with an exact date.  In 1880 they were living in Weston, Connecticut and had a second son, Eugene Lafayette who was born in 1876.  However, their oldest son, Edwin, was living with his grandparents -- Edwin and Abigail Beers.  Sometime between 1882 and 1890 Edwin and Georgianna divorced.  Edwin going on to marry Ella Nichols Crofut in 1894, and Georgianna marrying Horace O. Banks in 1890.

By 1900 Georgianna and Horace were living in Redding, Connecticut and had three children of their own.  In 1910 they were living on Ridgebury Road in Ridgefield, Connecticut with their youngest child, Jesse.  By 1920, Georgianna was living on the road running from Ridgebury to Danbury Road in Ridgefield.  Horace, a Civil War veteran, spent about 6 1/2 months in 1920 living in a national home for disabled veterans in Kennebec, Maine. When Georgianna died July 20, 1927 she was living in the Ridgebury section of Ridgefield.  She is buried in Ridgefield although I have not yet located the exact cemetery.

Children of Georgianna Partrick and Edwin Lafayette Beers:

  • 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 Georgianna Partrick and Horace O. Banks:

  • Eva May Banks, born January, 1891, Connecticut; married Theodore Reynolds, 1913; died February 1968, Pinellas, Florida.
  • Clifford Banks, born December 23, 1892, Danbury, Connecticut; married Alice B. Slocum; died 1948.
  • Jesse Banks, born July, 1896, Connecticut.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Edwin Beers and Abigail Mead Beers

Edwin Beers, my third great-grandfather, was born May 23, 1825 in Weston, Fairfield County, Connecticut to Anson Beers and Mary Ann Weeks. He married Abigail Mead (born to Joshua and Matilda Mead on February 14, 1828 in Weston) on June 13, 1848.  They were married in Weston by Reverend Lewis Pennell, Minister of the Gospel.  In the Town marriage index the date of their marriage is reported as June 12, 1848.  However, the Birth Marriage Death 1848-1867 book in the Weston Town Hall lists their marriage date as June 13.  Their marriage record calls the marriage his second, her first.  I have not found another wife for Edwin.

Edwin was listed as a shoemaker at the time of his marriage and a boot maker in 1860.  By 1870 he was listed in the census as a farmer in Weston.  Edwin was a long time member of the Congregational Church according to his obituary.  He gradually lost his sight during the last ten years of his life and was almost totally blind during his last two years according to his obituary.

Edwin and Abigail both died in Weston in 1891 about three weeks apart.  Edwin died September 25 and Abigail died October 16.  Abigail's gravestone reads October 15, 1891, but her death record reads October 16, 1891.  They are buried at Coley Cemetery in Weston.

Children of Edwin and Abigail (Mead) Beers:

  • Antoinette Beers, born 1849, Weston; married Ambrose Lockwood, November 18, 1865, Weston.
  • Edwin Lafayette Beers, born February 19, 1850, Weston; married Georgianna Partrick, ca 1873; married Ella Nichols Crofut, April 19, 1894, Norwalk, Connecticut; died July 29, 1919, Norwalk.
  • Agnes Irene Beers, born February 3, 1854, Weston; married Charles O. Middlebrook, November 10, 1872, Weston; died May 8, 1926, Norwalk.
  • Caroline Beers, born May 3, 1856, Weston; married Samuel Flower Middlebrook (brother of Charles), May 26, 1877; died November 10, 1895, Wilton, Connecticut.
  • Clarence O. Beers, born August 23, 1860; died January 22, 1892, Weston.
  • Helen Beers, born 1863, Weston.
  • Alva Beers, born 1869.



Edwin Beers
Abigail Mead Beers

Monday, March 2, 2015

Henry Karns (1831 - 1896)

Henry Karns, my great-great-grandfather, was born February 22, 1831 in Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania to Henry and Christina (Kuhns) Karns.  He was a farmer in Ligonier, Pennsylvania for most of his adult life.  He was a Lutheran who had his children baptized in the Saint James Lutheran Church in Ligonier where he served as a deacon.

Henry married Matilda Ann Ambrose on October 21, 1852.  According to his obituary in the Ligonier Echo, he died "after a lingering illness of stomach trouble" on July 11, 1896.  His will was filed and probated on July 16, 1896.  His son, Ambrose M. Karns, was executor.  Witnesses were Harrison H. Galbreath, my great-great-uncle, and Harry B. Albright.

He is buried in Ligonier Valley Cemetery.

Children of Henry Karns and Matilda Ann (Ambrose) Karns:

  • William Henry Karns, born February 19, 1854; died December 15, 1876.
  • Christina Lucinda Karns, born September 18, 1855, Ligonier, Pennsylvania; married Adam Mitchell, 1876, Anthony Nicely, 1910; died April 11, 1935, Ligonier, Pennsylvania.
  • Sarah Karns, born August 7, 1860, Ligonier, Pennsylvania; married William H. Ferry, September 20, 1877, Ligonier; died February 11, 1919.
  • Ambrose Miller Karns, born November 13, 1868, Ligonier, Pennsylvania; married Annetta Noel, February 21, 1888, died August 2, 1932, Vernon, Pennsylvania.

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