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


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.