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 - ?

Saturday, November 1, 2014

William Pinchbeck (1852 - 1933)

William Pinchbeck, my great-grandfather, was born on Friday, May 14, 1852 in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire, England.  He was the eighth child (of twelve) of Isaac and Martha (Smith) Pinchbeck.  At the age of nine William was living on Fen Bank in Wainfleet All Saints.  By 1871, at age 19, he lived as a boarder in Batley, Yorkshire where he was a laborer in an iron works.  By the time he married my great-grandmother, Harriet Shirt, on February 12, 1876 he was living in Soothill, Yorkshire.

William and Harriet were married in Healey Lane End Chapel in Batley, Yorkshire according to the rites and ceremonies of the Primitive Methodists after a certificate was issued by the Minister, James Keightley.  In 1881, according to the England census, they were living on Oaks Road in Soothill with their children Thomas, William Jr., and Martha.  William was a colliery cart man at that time.

In June of 1888 William immigrated to the United States arriving in Castle Garden, New York on June 25 in the ship Alaska.  His son Thomas came with him.  Harriet followed him in September of 1888.  She arrived on September 29 with their other six children at the time -- William Jr, Martha, Abraham, Isaac, John, and Harriet.

I have not found where the family lived when they first arrived in the United States, but in 1892 William purchased two parcels of land from Elizabeth Purdy in Lewisboro, Westchester County, New York.  William was a farmer in 1895 in South Salem, New York when his youngest child, Robert Smith Pinchbeck, was born.

When Harriet died in 1896 William had ten children ages 19 to about 1 year old.  He was married again in 1897 to Mary Ann.  I haven't yet confirmed her last name, but she was born in England in 1851 and immigrated in 1897, according to the 1900 US census.  The family was living in Lewisboro in 1900 where William was a farmer.

William declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States on January 25, 1901 and was naturalized on February 27, 1903 at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, New York.

William and Mary Ann had moved to Glen Road in Redding, Connecticut by 1910 and they lived there in 1920.  In 1910 his daughter, Elizabeth, son, Robert, and Harriet's niece, Eva Kemp Gill with her husband and two children, were living with them.

In 1928 William and Mary Ann lived in Armonk, New York.  That year they traveled to England arriving from New York in Liverpool on September 24th on the ship Baltic of the Whit Dominion Line.  According to his passport, their intended address was Carlingham Road, Batley, Yorkshire.  They returned to New York aboard the ship Adriatic of the White Star Line arriving on November 19, 1928.

Passport photo
William and Mary Ann Pinchbeck

William died on May 21, 1933 at the age of 81 in Armonk.  He was buried in South Salem Cemetery in South Salem, New York.

Children of William and Harriet (Shirt) Pinchbeck:
Thomas      1877 - 1925
William Jr. 1878 - 1954
Martha       1880 - 1937
Abraham    1882 - 1917
Isaac           1884 - ?
John           1887 -  ?
Harriet        1888 - 1976
Elizabeth     1890 - 1953
Ada             1892 - 1987
Robert         1895 - 1949

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Massing of the Colors in Wethersfield, Connecticut

This past Sunday, September 28, I attended the 49th Annual Massing of the Colors of the Hereditary and Patriotic Societies of Connecticut at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield.  As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, both represented at this ceremony, it was my pleasure to attend.

Wethersfield could not have been more 
beautiful on a warm afternoon in late September.    

Before the ceremony I walked around the town and visited the cemetery and the Broad Street green.  I had not realized that there was a memorial plaque to my 12th great-grandmother, Alice (Tiler) Sherwood in the cemetery.        
It is located in the cemetery directly behind the church near the building.

The Ancient Burying Ground

On Broad Street Green I found the memorial monument
for my 12th great-grandfather, Nathaniel Foote, a settler of 
Wethersfield in 1634.  The granite monument is on the site
of the original home lot.  It reads…    

                                                  Nathaniel Foote
                                                   The Settler
                                                    Born in England 1593
                                                  Died in Wethersfield 1644
                                                  Erected By The
                                                  Foote Family Association
                                                  of America
                                                 On the Original Home Lot
                                                 September 7, 1908

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Happy Anniversary

Wedding day, September 9, 1950

Sixty-four years ago today, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, my parents, William Pinchbeck and Wanda Hanlin were married at Ridgeview Congregational Church in White Plains, New York.  

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Daniel Belden and Elizabeth Foote

Recently I visited Deerfield, Massachusetts to learn more about my tenth great-grandparents, Daniel and Elizabeth (Foote) Belden.  While there I toured the Memorial Hall Museum maintained by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

It contains this memorial to Daniel Belden

In a raid on Deerfield on September 16, 1696 Elizabeth was killed along with several of their children.  Daniel was taken captive with his son Nathaniel and daughter Esther and taken to Canada.  In June 1698 they were released and left Canada for Albany.  After spending three weeks in Albany they went down the Hudson to New York, from there to Stamford, Connecticut and then to family in Norwalk before eventually returning to Deerfield.

Daniel married again on February 17, 1699 to Hepzibah Buell Wells.  On February 29, 1704 she was captured and killed during the French and Indian Raid on Deerfield.  

A memorial to Hepzibah Wells Belden and her daughter, Mary Wells.

After losing two wives, Daniel was married again; this time to Sarah Hawks.  


Daniel died August 14, 1731 and is buried in the Old Burying Ground on Albany Road in historic Deerfield.

His daughter, Mary, moved to Norwalk where other Belden family members lived, including her uncle, John Belden, after her mother died and her father was captured in 1696.  She married James Trowbridge on April 19, 1698 several months before her father was released from captivity.  My ninth great-grandmother went on to live a life in Wilton Parish as a Deacon's wife that was very different from her parents' life.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Anthony Beers

My immigrant ancestor in my Beers line is Anthony Beers.  My ninth great-grandfather was born in Gravesend, Kent, England about 1611.  He immigrated to Massachusetts Bay around 1644.  By 1646 he was living in Watertown, Massachusetts with his first wife, Elizabeth. He was a member of the Watertown Train Band in 1652 and applied to be designated "free" in Massachusetts in 1657.  His youngest son, Barnabus, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  Eventually Anthony moved to Fairfield, Connecticut where he married Mary Adams, widow of Edward Adams, after 1671.  Anthony died about 1679 when he drowned at sea.  An inventory was taken May 14, 1679 by George Squire and Thomas Wilson.

Children of Anthony Beers and Elizabeth (probably Firmin):

Samuel, born at Watertown, 1647; died young
Ephraim, born at Watertown, 1648 -- my eighth great-grandfather who married Mary Gardner
John, born at Watertown, 1651/2
Esther, born at Watertown, 1654
Samuel, born at Watertown, May 1657; died September 1657
Barnabas, born at Roxbury, 1658

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Richard Olmstead (1612 - 1687)

Richard Olmstead is the immigrant ancestor in my Olmstead line.  He was born in 1612 in Fairsted, Essex, England and was baptized on February 20th of that year.  In 1632 he sailed from London to Boston with his uncle, James Olmstead, his brother and sister, and members of his uncle's family on the ship Lyon.  Richard settled in Cambridge and in 1636 moved to Hartford as one of its first settlers and original proprietors. He is listed on the Founders Monument located in the Ancient Burying Ground adjacent to Center Church in Hartford.
While in Hartford he served as Constable and fence-viewer.  He served in the military in the Pequot War in 1637.

Richard Olmstead was one of the signers of the agreement for planting Norwalk in June of 1650.  He was a settler of Norwalk, Connecticut and in 1651 owned home lot XV.  He continued his military service in Norwalk as Sergeant, Lieutenant, and, finally, Captain of the Norwalk Train Band.  He was muster master for Fairfield County in November 1673 and served as a Commissioner for Norwalk from 1678 to 1685.  He died early in 1687 in Norwalk.

I am descended from my eleventh great-grandfather through his son James.  Recently I received my membership certificate from The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century as a descendant of Richard Olmstead.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Marie Warenbuer Ferree

One of my stops during my Pennsylvania road trip was the town of Paradise in Lancaster County where I found Carpenters Cemetery.

My seventh great-grandmother, Marie Warenbuer Ferree, a founder of the Huguenot Colony in Pequea Valley in 1712 is buried there.

Marie and her husband, Daniel Ferree, had six children -- Daniel, Catherine, Mary, John, Phillip, and Jane.  I am descended through her daughter Mary who married Thomas Faulkner in 1715.

Some views from the present day cemetery.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A road trip

I am getting ready to leave for a week-long road trip to Pennsylvania to do some genealogy research.  Actually, some doesn't really suggest the potential for exciting breakthroughs in researching my mother's side of my family.  Including, most recently, a discovery of French Huguenot ancestors who were a founding family in a little town called Paradise.

Two years ago when I made a similar trip I visited cemeteries, libraries, courthouses, historical societies, and even found two cousins.  Here's to another successful week of discovery!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Anson Beers

It is interesting when someone in your family tree shows up in two places.  Anson Beers is one of those people; he is my 4th great-grandfather -- twice.  I am descended through his son, Edwin, born to Anson's first wife and I am descended from his daughter, Abigail, born to Anson's second wife.

Anson Beers was born June 2, 1800 in Weston, Fairfield County, Connecticut.  He was the son of Joseph Beers and Betty Morehouse.  Anson was a farmer who lived in Weston his entire life.  He first married Mary Ann Weeks before 1825 based on the age of his oldest child, Edwin, my 3rd great-grandfather.  Mary Ann died February 1, 1835 probably in childbirth.  Anson was left with six children under the age of ten.  He re-married shortly after in 1836 based on the age of his oldest child with second wife, Rachel Squire.  Rachel and Anson went on to have three more children, including Abigail born in 1840.  Anson died April 4, 1850 in Weston and is buried in Coley Cemetery as are Mary Ann and Rachel.

When the US census was taken in October of 1850 Rachel was living in Weston with her four children and her stepson Frederick.  Anson's two oldest children from his first marriage were married themselves by then.  His younger daughters, Jennette and Theresa were living in Brooklyn, New York.  Margaret, his youngest daughter with Mary Ann, died in infancy.

By 1860 Rachel was living with her daughter, Abigail, and son-in-law William Williams.  By 1870 Rachel was living with her son, William, and his family in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Rachel died August 1, 1872 at the age of 60.

Children of Anson Beers and Mary Ann Weeks:

i.    Edwin Beers, b. May 23, 1825, Weston, CT, d. September 25, 1891, Weston, m. June 13, 1848 in Weston Abigail Mead
ii.    Mary P. Beers, b. 1827, Weston, CT, d. May 23, 1909, Weston, m. March 12, 1849 in Weston Orrin Lockwood
iii.   Jennette Beers, b. 1829, Weston, CT, m. John Brown
iv.   Theresa Beers, b. September 1832, Weston, CT, d. April 7, 1919, Norwalk, CT, m. April 28, 1852 William J. Waldron
v.    Frederick Beers, b. Mar 26, 1834, Weston, CT, d. April 17, 1913,  Wessington Springs, South Dakota, m. March 16, 1856 in Weston Sarah Josephine Brotherton
vi.   Margaret Beers, b. February 1, 1835, Weston, CT, d. in infancy

Children of Anson Beers and Rachel Squire:

i.    James Merwin Beers, b. April 12, 1837, Weston, CT, d. May 2, 1915, Norwalk, CT, m. September 4, 1859 in Redding, CT Mary Jane Squire
ii.   Abigail Jane Beers, b. June 27, 1840, Weston, CT, d. August 10, 1921, Weston, CT, m. December 31, 1856 in Weston William Williams
iii.  William Platt Beers, b. November 11, 1843, Weston, CT, d. July 5, 1911, Norwalk, CT, m. February 5, 1867 in Weston Cornelia A. Brown
iv.  Samuel B. Beers, b. August 4, 1846, Weston, CT, d. September 23, 1855, Weston, CT

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Eugene Lafayette Beers and Maud Artemesia Williams

Eugene Beers and Maud (Williams) Beers are my great-grandparents on my father's side.

Eugene Lafayette Beers was born on August 11, 1876 in Weston, Fairfield, Connecticut to Edwin Lafayette Beers and Georgianna (Partrick) Beers.  In the Weston section of the August 2, 1895 issue of the Ridgefield Press he is found in a local notice,  "Eugene Beers, of Redding, visited his father, E. L. Beers, on Sunday."  On that same day Maud Williams' aunt, Emma (Williams) Lester, died suddenly in the evening after spending the day with her mother in Weston.

The Beers and Williams families already were connected before Eugene and Maud were married on December 25, 1897 in Weston by an ordained elder of the Congregational Church.  Maud's grandmother and Eugene's grandfather were half-siblings; their father was Anson Beers.  If I have done the calculation correctly,  Maud and Eugene were second cousins.

After they were married in 1897 Eugene and Maud lived in Weston where they rented a home.  In the 1900 census Eugene is listed as working as a moulder in an iron factory.  Maud's brother and grandmother were living with them and their daughter Elsie Maud (my grandmother) had been born.

By 1910 Eugene and Maud had 3 daughters, Elsie, Gertrude and Blanche, and a son, Ernest living with them in Weston.  Maud's brother was married and living with his wife in Weston.  Maud's grandmother is not listed as living with Maud in 1910 but I have not found her in any other households so perhaps she was still living with Maud and Eugene.

In the 1917 State of Connecticut Military Census Eugene, then 40 years old, reported that he had "muscular rheumatism", now known as fibromyalgia.  He was working as a farmer.  In his 1918 World War I draft registration card he indicates that he has blue eyes, brown hair, and is 5' 6" tall.  By then he was working at New Rochelle Coal and Lumber Company in New Rochelle, New York.

In 1920, according to the census, Eugene and Maud were still renting a home in Weston where they lived with their daughters, Gertrude and Blanche, and their three sons, Ernest, Clarence, and Earle.  Maud's grandmother is once again listed as living with them.  Eugene was working for a sawmill.

In 1930 the family was living in a rented home on Valley Forge Road in Weston.  Maud's sister, Eva, and her husband were neighbors.  Maud's grandmother had passed away in 1921.  The remaining children at home were Blanche, Eleanor, Clarence, and Earle. Eugene was a carpenter doing odd jobs.

By 1935, Eugene and Maud were living in a house that they owned in Cross River, Westchester, New York, probably on Mark Mead Road.  In 1940 Eugene was working as a laborer on a farm.  Their children Blanche, Earle, and Eleanor lived with them.  Earle was working as a gas station attendant.

Eugene died October 21, 1944.  Maud died about ten years later on February 1, 1954.  They are buried in Norfield Cemetery in Weston (also known as Coley Cemetery).

Children of Eugene Lafayette Beers and Maud Artemesia Williams:

   i.  Elsie Maude Beers, b. 1 Dec 1898, Weston,  d. 17 June 1968, Mount Kisco,
         Westchester, NY;  m. 5 May 1917 at Weston, Robert Smith Pinchbeck,
         son of William and Harriet (Shirt) Pinchbeck
  ii.  Gertrude Ethel Beers, b. 31 Aug 1902, Weston, d. Sep 1975, White Plains,
         Westchester, NY
 iii.  Blanche Bella Beers, b. 10 Jul 1905, Weston, d. 15 Sep 1987, Mount Vernon,
          Westchester, NY
iiii.  Ernest Frank Eugene Beers, b. 15 Mar 1908, Weston, d. ca. 1930, White Plains,
 iv.  Clarence Raymond Beers, b. 18 Oct 1911, Weston, d. 11 Nov. 1987
  v.  Earle Marvin Beers, b. 27 Sep 1917, Weston, d. 17 Aug 1982, Florida
 vi.  Lucy Eleanor Beers, b. 7 Oct. 1922, Weston

Monday, July 7, 2014

Frank Williams and Belle Middlebrook

Frank E. Williams and Belle “Minnie” Middlebrook are my great-great-grandparents on my father’s side.

Frank Williams (son of William Williams and Abigail Jane “Abby” Beers) was born at Weston, Fairfield County, Connecticut on November 6, 1858.  Frank died August 7, 1910 according to family records.   Belle Middlebrook, also known as Minnie, was born November 13, 1858 in Wilton to Samuel Middlebrook and Artemesia Olmstead.  She died December 5, 1887 in Weston at the age of 29. Her record of death lists her cause of death as pulmonary tuberculosis.

Frank and Belle were married February 7, 1877 at Wilton by Minister Sylvester Smith according to Wilton town records. In 1880 they were living in the village of Valley Forge in the town of Weston with their daughter Maud.  Frank was working as a moulder in a foundry.  

When Belle died in 1887 her children were young -- 8, 4, and 2.  Maud, her oldest child (and my grandmother) married in 1897, and in the 1900 U.S. Census Clifford, Belle’s youngest child, was living in his sister’s home with his grandmother, Abigail Beers Williams.  I haven’t found records of where the three children lived in the first years after their mother died.  Were they with their father at first?  And why wasn't Clifford living with his father in 1900?  Those darn missing 1890 census records!  Perhaps they would shed some light if they were available.  I have not been able to find records of Frank after Belle’s death except for an unverified date of death.

Children of Frank Williams and Belle Middlebrook:

i.              Maud Artemesia Williams, b. 21 Jan 1879, Weston, Fairfield, CT, d. 1 Feb 1954, Mount Kisco, Westchester, NY, m. 25 Dec 1897 Eugene Lafayette Beers  
ii.            Eva Williams, b. ca 1883,  d. 9 Dec 1965, Weston, m. Clinton Bradley Hull
iii.          Clifford M. Williams, b. 3 Oct 1885, d. 25 Aug. 1923, Connecticut, m. ca 1909 Lottie J. 

The family record section of my grandmother's Bible recording the marriage of Frank E. Williams and Minnie B. Middlebrook

Sunday, June 22, 2014

William Williams and Abigail Jane Beers

William Williams and Abigail Jane Beers are my third great-grandparents.

William Williams (son of Zadok Williams and Polly Bennett) was born at Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut in January 1835/6.  His death record indicates he was 60 years 6 months which would make his date of birth January 21, 1835.  In the family record section of a Bible in possession of my grandmother and appearing to belong to my great-great-grandfather, Frank Williams, William's date of birth was January 25, 1836.  William died July 21, 1895 at Weston, Fairfield County, Connecticut.  He married December 31, 1856 at Weston Abigail Jane Beers, daughter of Anson Beers and his second wife, Rachel Squires.  Abigail Beers (known as Abby) was born June 27, 1840 at Weston as calculated from her death record.  She died August 10, 1921 at Weston at age 81 years, 1 month, 14 days.  The family record section of the Williams family Bible lists her date of birth as June 25th, 1840.

William was a miller and had moved to Weston by 1860 according to the 1860 U.S. Census, although since he married Abigail in 1856 it is probable that he had moved to Weston either before or when they married.  William served in the Civil War, enlisting on August 28, 1862 in Company E, Connecticut, 17th Infantry Regiment.  He was discharged for disability on January 17, 1863.  He also has a record of service in Company K, 6th Regiment, Artillery, New York Volunteers.

By 1870 William and Abby were living in Norwalk, Connecticut.  By 1880 they are found in the U.S. Census in Weston.

William died in 1895.  His death record states his cause of death was paralysis; duration 10 months.  He is buried in Coley Cemetery (also known as Norfield Cemetery) in Weston.

Abby Beers Williams was born and raised in Weston.  After William died she went to live with her granddaughter, Maud (Williams) Beers and Maud's husband Eugene.  Abby appears in the 1900 census living with Maud, Eugene, and their daughter Elsie (my grandmother) who was two at the time.  Abby was still living with Maud and her family in Weston in 1920.  Abby's cause of death in 1921 was listed as fracture of femur, exhaustion.  I am still trying to locate where she is buried.

Children of William Williams and Abigail Beers:

     i.  Frank E. Williams, b. 6 Nov 1858 Weston, d. 7 Aug 1910; m. 7 Feb 1877 at Wilton Belle Middlebrook, daughter of Samuel Middlebrook and Artemesia Olmstead

    ii.  Emma J. Williams, b. 29 Jan 1861 probably Weston, d. 28 Jul 1895; m. Lester Bennett

The family record section of my grandmother's Bible

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Polly Bennett and Zadok Williams

Polly Bennett and Zadok Williams are my fourth great-grandparents.  They had three sons -- Sylvester, William, and Hawley.  I have found records of two of their sons - Sylvester and William - serving in the Civil War.  The family lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut in the 1800s where Zadok was a farmer.  The details of Zadok’s life require more research.  I have not found the exact date of his birth or his death, and I don’t know the names of his parents.  It does appear that he died before Polly because in the 1850 US census she and Hawley were living in Wilton in the household of Samuel Middlebrook.  Polly does not appear in any census records with Zadok from 1850 on.

Happily, there is more information about Polly including her ancestry that includes the Bennett, Osborn, Morehouse, Keeler, and Whitney families in Ridgefield.  Polly was born in 1804 in Ridgefield, to Josiah and Rachel (Osborn) Bennett.  She was about 29 when Sylvester was born in 1833.  Son, William, was born January 21, 1835 and son, Hawley was born in 1844.  By 1870 she was living with her son, William and his wife, Abigail (Beers) in Weston.  The last record I have found her in is the 1880 census where at 76, marital status “widow”, she was still living with William and Abigail. 

It must have been a difficult life for Polly.  It seems her husband died when their sons were still young and two of those sons went on to serve in the Civil War.  I'm still trying to locate her date of death and where she was buried.  

I am descended from Polly and Zadok through their son William.


   Coley Cemetery
William Williams

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father's Day - 2014

William Irving Pinchbeck
A photo from 1956 of my father and me.
Remembering you, Dad, on Father's Day.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wilton Congregational Church

Two of my direct-line ancestors were deacons of the Congregational Church in Wilton, Connecticut.  James Trowbridge, my 9th great-grandfather, was ordained in 1726.  James Olmstead, my 8th great-grandfather, was ordained in 1767.  I am reviewing the list of members in the Manual of the Congregational Church, Wilton, Connecticut. 1726 - 1904 to find other ancestors who were members of the church during that time.

On Sunday, June 8, 2014, I became a member of the same church.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Flag Day - 2014

Flag Day is this Saturday, June 14.  This posting is a few days early, but today I visited the Fraunces Tavern Museum in New York City.  One of the current exhibitions is a display of more than forty flags from their collection.  A Flash of Color: Early American Flags and Standards shows how the design of the American flag developed.  You can read more about the museum and the exhibit here.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Richard Platt (1603 - 1684)

My 11th great-grandfather, Richard Platt, was baptized on May 6 1604 in Ware, Hertfordshire, England.  He was a son of George and Mary Platt.  Like his father, Richard was a tailor.

Richard sailed from London to Boston, arriving in June 1637, with a group from Hertfordshire headed by Reverend Peter Prudden.  Richard's wife, Mary (Wood), and his four children at the time, Mary, John, Isaac, and Sarah, accompanied him.  By 1638 he owned several acres of land on the south side of Chapel Street near College Street in New Haven where his property adjoined that of Peter Prudden. Under the leadership of Rev. Prudden a group of 66 men formed a church society that settled in Milford.  Richard Platt was part of that group, and he was one of Milford's first settlers in 1639.  He is honored as a founder at the Memorial Bridge in Milford.

By 1641 Richard owned house lot #38 that included four acres, one rod of land.  That lot is located on the corner of present day Cherry and West Main Streets.  Richard was chosen a deacon of the first Milford Church in 1669.

Richard and Mary had another four children after settling in Milford -- Epenetus, Hannah (my tenth great-grandmother), Josiah, and Joseph.  Richard was buried in 1684 in Milford.  He signed a will on August 4, 1683, and his estate was inventoried February 13, 1684/5.  His burial place is not known.

Today I took a drive to Milford to see the Memorial Bridge over the Wepawaug River, built in 1889, that has the memorial stone honoring Richard and Mary Platt.  I also saw the location of his house lot.

A view looking south from the Memorial Bridge.

George Hare Ford, Historical Sketches of the Town of Milford Connecticut, New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Moorehouse & Taylor Co., 1914
Donald Lines Jacobus, History and Genealogy of the Families of Old Fairfield, Volume I, New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co., 1930
Charles Platt Jr, Platt Genealogy in America from the Arrival of Richard Platt in New Haven, Connecticut in 1638, New Hope, PA, 1963
George Lewis Platt, The Platt Lineage, A Genealogical Research and Record, New York: Thomas Whittaker, 1891

Friday, May 23, 2014

William Irving Pinchbeck (1924 - 1995)

On this beautiful day in May my father, William I. Pinchbeck, would have celebrated his 90th birthday.
Thinking of you today, Dad.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's Day

In honor of my mother and grandmother on Mother's Day 2014.

Left to right
My mother, Wanda Hanlin Pinchbeck, my grandmother, Mary Ferry Hanlin, 
and my aunt, Stella Hanlin Ament (circa 1950)

My mother had three children and my grandmother had six children.  
My aunt did not have children, but I have fond memories of Stella 
from when I was a little girl.

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Abraham Ferry (1792 - 1874)

Abraham Ferry was born on April 8, 1792 in Pennsylvania, probably in Westmoreland County, to Henry and Margaret (Thomas) Ferry.  He was a farmer and lived in Westmoreland County his entire life.

He served in the War of 1812 as a Private in Captain William Reynolds’ Company, Riflemen, Pennsylvania Militia.  He enlisted November 22, 1814 and was discharged December 4, 1814.

Abraham married Martha Wolf on August 14, 1821.  Together they had six children – John, my great-great-grandfather Henry, Margaret, Abraham David, Matilda, and Elizabeth.  The 1860 census lists him in Cook Township living with his wife and his daughter Margaret.  His son Abraham and daughter Matilda were living on an adjacent farm.  Margaret, Abraham David, and Matilda never married and are buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery with a tombstone inscribed with their names.

I have found records of Abraham as a communicant at St. James Lutheran Church in Ligonier in 1870 and in 1872.

My great-great-great-grandfather died on September 11, 1874.  He was buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cook, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.  

Easter Past

Easter 1956
My mother and I on Easter day.
Dad must have taken the photo.
I love the car!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Siblings Day

National Siblings Day was April 10, so I'm a little late with this posting.  But in honor of the day I'd like to share a photo of my grandmother and grandfather with her siblings.

In this undated photo my grandmother, Mary Ferry Hanlin, is standing in the top row, the third woman from the left.  Her husband, Harrison Hanlin, is the third man from the left in the top row.  Based on comparisons to other identified photos I know that the second woman from the left in the top row is Mary's sister Blanche.  Standing on the other side of Mary is her sister Elmeda. 

 Mary Ferry Hanlin had four sisters, Blanche, Elmeda, Mae and Nettie, and four brothers, Lawrence, Ambrose, Charles and John.

Any cousins out there who can identify the other people in the photo?  I'd love to hear from you.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Florida State Genealogical Society Conference

This past Friday I attended the Florida State Genealogical Society in Gainesville.  Although the conference was three days I was only able to attend on the first day.  Am I glad I did!  In just one day I attended three lectures covering topics that included court house research, how to conduct interviews for family research, and legal issues related to genealogy.  The evening's panel discussion on technologies that can be used by genealogists proved very helpful.

It's not always easy to find the time to attend a conference, but I was reminded once again how valuable  investing in a little training and re-tooling can be.

Thanks FSGS!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Frederick Ambrose (1738 - 1821)

In 1777 during the American Revolution Frederick Ambrose served as First Lieutenant in Captain Henry Rhoads' Third Company in the Pennsylvania First Battalion commanded by Colonel William Parker.  Frederick was an early settler of Brothersvalley where in 1773 he owned 200 acres of land, 8 acres cleared, according to Pennsylvania Tax and Exoneration Records.

He and his wife Margaret (Maria Margaretha) had three sons -- John, George, my great-great-great-great-grandfather Henry, and a daughter, Mary.

By 1798 Frederick and Margaret were living in Donegal, Westmoreland County where Pennsylvania Direct Tax lists show that he owned 1 house 18'x22', 1 cabin 20'x25', 1 smokehouse 18'x20', 1 barn 30'x60', and 1 barn 18'x30'.

Frederick died July 29, 1821 at the age of 83.  His wife, Margaret, pre-deceased him in 1809.  My fifth great-grandparents are buried in Brant Cemetery in Ligonier.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Henry Ferry (1827 - 1912)

Henry Ferry was born August 15, 1827 in Pennsylvania (probably in Donegal, Westmoreland County) to Abraham and Martha (Wolf) Ferry.  He is found in the 1850 census living with his parents and his five siblings in Donegal.  By 1860 he had married Margaret J. Hines and was a farmer in Cook, Pennsylvania.  Based on the age of his oldest child, William H. Ferry, my great-grandfather, Henry and Margaret were married between 1850 and 1854.  Together they had 7 children.

Henry is listed as registered for the Civil War draft in July, 1863.  I have not found a record that he served in the Civil War, but that needs further research.

By 1870 Henry and Margaret had moved to Ligonier, Pennsylvania.  He is listed as a communicant at St. James Lutheran Church in Ligonier on October 8, 1871.  He lived in Ligonier for the remainder of his life, as did Margaret.  Margaret died January 24, 1884.

In 1889 Henry remarried.  There is a marriage license application form listing Maria L. Smith and Henry Ferry dated October 7, 1889.  In the 1900 census Henry and Maria are listed as living in Ligonier.  Henry’s occupation was shoe maker.  At the age of 82 Henry was still listed as a cobbler in the 1910 census.

My great-great-grandfather, Henry Ferry, died July 29, 1912 in Ligonier.  He is buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cook, Pennsylvania next to his first wife, Margaret.