Monday, October 26, 2015

Rachel Keeler Osborn Morehouse

Rachel Keeler was born October 4, 1706 in Norwalk, Connecticut to Joseph and Elizabeth Whitney Keeler.  My seventh great-grandmother was their oldest child.

Rachel married David Osborn about 1726 and together they had seven children.  After David died in 1749/50, Rachel married Lemuel Morehouse on June 6, 1750 in Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Apparently Rachel died before April 7, 1768 because she is not mentioned in the will Lemuel signed on that date.

Children of David Osborn and Rachel Keeler Osborn:
  1. Richard Osborn, b. August 4, 1727, Ridgefield, Connecticut
  2. David Osborn, b. September 25, 1729, Ridgefield, Connecticut; d. 1807, Danbury, Connecticut; m. Hannah Mead, Abiah Wilson
  3. Elizabeth Osborn, b. September 1, 1731, Ridgefield, Connecticut; m. Adams Whitlock
  4. James Osborn, b. September 17, 1733, Ridgefield, Connecticut; d. March 28, 1811, Brookfield, Connecticut; m. Elizabeth Mead
  5. Aaron Osborn, b. September 29, 1735, Ridgefield, Connecticut; d. June 13, 1810, Ridgefield, Connecticut; m. Hannah Morehouse
  6. Moses Osborn, b. December 23, 1737, Ridgefield, Connecticut; d. October 31, 1821, Danbury, Connecticut; m. Sarah White, Elvira Wilson
  7. Lot Osborn, b. April 23, 1744, Ridgefield, Connecticut; d. April 5, 1821; m. Thankful Doolittle, Phebe Martin

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October birthdays

My direct line ancestors who have a birthday in October are :
  • Rachel Keeler, born October 4, 1706, my 7th great-grandmother
  • Rachel Rumsey, born October 6, 1671, my 8th great-grandmother
  • Samuel Trowbridge, born October 7, 1670, my 8th great-grandfather
  • John Taylor, born October 10, 1667, my 8th great-grandfather
  • James Olmstead, born October 15, 1708, my 8th great-grandfather
  • Hezekiah Gilbert, born October 16, 1735, my 6th great-grandfather
  • Rachel Squires, born October 21, 1811, my 4th great-grandmother
  • Rebecca Gilbert, born October 22, 1764, my 5th great-grandmother
  • Rebecca Galbreath, born October 23, 1841, my great-grandmother
  • Gershom Lockwood, born October 23, 1748, my 6th great-grandfather
  • Samuel Middlebrook, born October 24, 1822, my 3rd great-grandfather
  • William Ambrose, born October 24, 1806, my 3rd great-grandfather

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Henry Ambrose (1762 - 1833) and Susannah Walker Ambrose (1768 - 1843)

Henry Ambrose, my fourth great-grandfather, the eldest son of Frederick and Margaret Ambrose, was born June 20, 1762 in Fulton County, Pennsylvania.  He married Susannah Walker probably about 1789 based on the birth date of their oldest child.  They had eleven children including my third great-grandfather, William Ambrose.  Of their eleven children, four of them married siblings who were the children of John Peter and Anna Maria "Mary" (Mathews) Bitner.  Another four married members of the Welshonse family.

Henry was a farmer who owned land on Coal Pit Run in Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania totaling about 40 acres.  This farm had belonged to his father. He was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Henry died January 27, 1833 in Ligonier.  Susannah died ten years later on November 22, 1843 at the age of 75 years, 10 months, 14 days according to her gravestone. They are buried in Old Ligonier Cemetery, Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania.

Susannah Walker Ambrose

Henry Ambrose

Sunday, October 18, 2015

John Peter Bitner (1776 - 1852) and Anna Maria Mathews (1783 - 1850)

John Peter Bitner was born December 26, 1776 in Brothersvalley Township in present day Somerset County, Pennsylvania to Phillip Bitner and Juliana Philippina.  Their eldest son, he was baptized on October 15, 1777 in the Berlin Union Lutheran Reformed Church.  It appears that he was a life long Lutheran as he appears on the records of St. James Lutheran Church in Ligonier as a communicant in 1851, shortly before he died.

My fourth great-grandfather married Anna Maria Mathews, born September 11, 1783 to Johann George Mathews and Maria Barbara Ambrose, probably in 1801 or 1802.  Their first child, Sarah Bitner, was born in May, 1803.

Anna Maria Bitner died in 1850, predeceasing her husband who died in April 1852 in Donegal Township.

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