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.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Rebecca Galbreath Hanlin (1841 - 1911)

My great-grandmother, Rebecca Galbreath was born October 23, 1841 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; most likely in Ligonier.  She was the daughter of Robert and Martha Galbreath.  Up through the 1870 census, she can be found living in Ligonier with her parents and siblings.  In 1870, she was a school teacher.

Rebecca Galbreath married Levi Hanlin about 1872.  Their children were Zeruah Hanlin Speicher (husband William Speicher), died 1928, buried at Maple Spring Church Cemetery, Conemaugh, Pennsylvania;  Robert Hanlin (wife Emma Horner), died 1954, buried at Mount Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Jenner, Pennsylvania; Hulda Hanlin, died 1925, buried at Ligonier Valley Cemetery, Ligonier, Pennsylvania; my grandfather Harrison H. Hanlin, died 1962, buried at Ligonier Valley Cemetery; and Margaret Hanlin Custer Baldwin (husbands Peter Custer and Francis Baldwin), died 1944, buried at United Church of Christ (Reformed) Cemetery, Jennerstown, Pennsylvania.

After her marriage, Rebecca moved to Jenner, Somerset County, Pennsylvania where her husband grew up.  She lived there until her death, November 16, 1911, from pulmonary tuberculosis.  She was buried on November 18, 1911 at Mount Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Jenner.

"Gone but not forgotten"

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sarah Karns Ferry (1860 - 1919)

Sarah Karns was born on August 7, 1860 to Henry Karns and Matilda (Ambrose) Karns.  My great grandmother was baptized in the St. James Lutheran Church in Ligonier, Pennsylvania on September 30, 1860.  She was confirmed in the same church.  Sarah was the third of four siblings.  Her older brother, William, born in 1854, had died by the time Sarah was married in 1877.  Her older sister, Christina Lucinda, was born in 1855 and by 1877 had married Adam Mitchell.  Her younger brother, Ambrose, was born in 1868.

Sarah married William Ferry in 1877 at the age of 17.  Together they had nine children, including my grandmother, Mary Myrtle Ferry.  Their other children were Lawrence Henry, Ambrose Milton, Matilda "Nettie", Margaret "Mae", Elmeda Martha, Charles Abraham, John Cleveland, and Blanche Alberta.

According to her obituary, Sarah died Tuesday, February 11, 1919 at 4:30 in the morning.  She was interred at Ligonier Valley Cemetery on February 13, 1919.