Friday, February 16, 2018

Ahnentafel #437 - Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson

Born: ca. 1740 Upper Dublin Township, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania
Died: Aug. 1823 Shelby County, Kentucky

Buried: Possibly in Hunters Lane Cemetery, Shelby County, Kentucky.  Her son Charles is buried there. 

Married: ca. 1761 Captain Charles Hinkle in Pennsylvania


1778 - family living in Rowan County, North Carolina, Charles Hinkle on Capt. Lopp's tax roll. 

1790 - Possibly living with her son Casper in Rowan County, North Carolina.  His household consisted of 2 males under 16, 2 males over 16 and four females

Monday, February 12, 2018

Research Log - 400 Years Ago

7 - Francis Bacon becomes English lord chancellor
19 - Christabel Brushett & John Gallop married in St. Mary's Church, Bridport, Dorset, England
19 - Thomas Tilden baptized at St. Mildred's Church, Tenterden, Kent, England, son of Nathaniel 7 Lydia (Huckstep) Tilden

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ahnentafel #436 - Charles Hinkle

Captain Charles Anthony Hinkle

Born: 1741 Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: ca. 1790 Rowan County, North Carolina

Buried: Unknown, possibly at nearby Bethany Church Cemetery where Philip Fox is buried or on his farm.  If you are in the area, it's worth a visit. 

Married: ca. 1761 Elizabeth Johnson in Pennsylvania

Occupation: teamster bringing goods from Pennsylvania to North Carolina with his brothers:
wagoning between North Carolina and Pennsylvania seems to have been the main business of Anthony 3rd, his sons Wendel and Nathan and his brothers Charles, Peter, Henry, Benjamin and Michael.  All of whom were located in Rowan County and on Abbott's Creek except Benjamin and Michael who bought land on Dutchman Creek.  In both the records of the Moravians and the Pennsylvania Archives there are references to the Hinkle Wagons carrying supplies and letters, and during the Revolutionary War they carried Army supplies also.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Research Log - 300 Years Ago

4 - Jedidiah Lathrop born in Norwich, Connecticut son of Israel & Mary (Fellows) Lathrop
7 - General Israel Putnam born  
9 - France declares war on Spain 
12 - Rowland Powell md. Mary Tilden in Connecticut
21 - William Beasley will written in Essex County, Virginia
7 - Josiah Rockwell born son of Josiah & Rebecca (Loomis) Rockwell

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Ahnentafel #435 - Susan Fox

Susan Fox baptized Susanna Fux 

Born: July 25, 1755 Germantown, Philadelphia, PA
Baptized: August 19 1755, St. Michael's Lutheran Church, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA;
Died: ca. 1818 Jefferson Co., KY

Buried: Old Flat Rock Cemetery, Shelby County, Kentucky, latitude: 38.28365, longitude: -85.46021

Married: ca. 1782 John Grove in either Pennsylvania or Rowan County, NC. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Historical Fashion

Something for fun . . . fashion. I'm sure our peasant ancestors were not decked out like the upper classes. 


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Ahnentafel #434 - John Grove

John Grove

Born: after 1751 York (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania
Died: Dec. 11, 1843 Monroe County, Missouri

Buried: Unknown

  1. ca. 1782 Susan Fox in either Pennsylvania or North Carolina
  2. Aug. 17, 1819 Margaret Ann (--?--) Newkirk in Jefferson County, Kentucky
Occupation: tanner, farmer

John Grove's namesake grandson, Dr. John Grove Speer wrote the following about his grandfather:
Both of my grand-fathers were in the Continental army and fought the British until the war closed and Independence was gained - when peace and joy reigned in the hearts of all, the lovers of freedom and liberty in the thirteen States of the Union.  This was obtained through a great sacrifice of life and treasure. History tells of hundreds whose lives were freely offered a sacrifice for the freedom we now enjoy. 
O! what a legacy is left us, and may we ever remember that vigilance on our part is necessary, that like those heroes, we may leave unimpaired to our children the same precious blessings of liberty, freedom of speech and conscience, peaceful, pursuit after happiness and other blessings of our kind and merciful Father. Therefore, let us continually give thanks to Him for his loving kindness and tender mercies to the children of men and pray for Him to bless us all along our journey through this world, and finally ransom us from the grave and give us a home on high. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Research Log - 200 Years Ago

1 - Frankenstein published
15 - Esther Marsh died Scotch Plains, New Jersey age 72
26 - Amelia Speer born daughter of John & Mary Barbary (Grove) Speer
19 - Esther (Marsh) Clark probate
2 - Harriet (Rice) Powell born
15 - Andrew Jackson invades Florida during the Seminole War
18 - U.S. Congress approves first pensions for government service

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ahnentafel #433 - Margaret Cloyd

Margaret Cloyd

Born: ca. 1760 Virginia or North Carolina
Died: between 1812 and 1820 Oldham County, Kentucky

Buried: probably in the Speer family graveyard behind her son's home, Floydsburg, Kentucky

Married: ca. 1784 John Speer probably in North Carolina

Her grandson Dr. John Grove Speer wrote the following about Margaret Cloyd:
Grand-mother Speer's maiden name was Margaret Cloyd; where born I do not know. She had a brother named Solomon Cloyd, who came from Virginia in early times and settled in the then Green County, Ky, on Little Pitman creek, where he died, leaving a family of six children (four sons and two daughters), of whom I shall say something later. Gen. Joseph McDowell, of Revolutionary war fame, was her uncle, whose life and service in freedom's cause is made  honorable mention of in our country's history of that struggle. (See Irving's Life of Washington.)  

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Research Log - 100 Years Ago

2 - Alison Bryan md. Magdalena Erkman in Bearden, Arkansas
8 - President Woodrow Wilson reveals his Fourteen Point plan to Congress & Mississippi is first state to ratify the 18th amendment to establish prohibition
14 - Bernice Wheeler, born & died, daughter of Lonnie & Anna (Erkman) Wheeler
20 - Juanita (Freeman) Oliver born Grand Tower, IL
27 - First Tarzan movie premiers in New York City
3 - Mary Ellen (Hardin) Crane Rhodes died in Iowa age 75
8 - Stars & Stripes military newspaper debuts

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ahnentafel #432 - John Speer

John Speer

Born: ca. 1765 in Virginia
Died: Nov. - Dec. 1811 Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina

Buried: probably in a Morganton Cemetery, no marker

Married: ca. 1784 Margaret Cloyd probably in North Carolina

Religion: probably Presbyterian

Occupation: John was a tailor and at one time ran a tavern. If his father was Michael Speer of Speer's Ferry he most likely helped run the ferry as a youngster. 

John's grandson Dr. John Grove Speer wrote of him:
Both of my grand-fathers were in the Continental army and fought the British until the war closed and Independence was gained - when peace and joy reigned in the hearts of all, the lovers of freedom and liberty in the thirteen States of the Union.  This was obtained through a great sacrifice of life and treasure.  History tells of hundreds whose lives were freely offered a sacrifice for the freedom we now enjoy. 
O! what a legacy is left us, and may we ever remember that vigilance on our part is necessary, that like those heroes, we may leave unimpaired to our children the same precious blessings of liberty, freedom of speech and conscience, peaceful, pursuit after happiness and other blessings of our kind and merciful Father.  Therefore, let us continually give thanks to Him for his loving kindness and tender mercies to the children of men and pray for Him to bless us all along our journey through this world, and finally ransom us from the grave and give us a home on high.  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Notebook - General Stuff No. 1

Case, Stephen. "On the Trail of Treason: Peggy Shippen's Amazing Story," American Ancestors, Fall 2012.
Was she the most dangerous young woman in American history?  Peggy Shippen born in 1760 was the granddaughter of a Philadelphia mayor and belonged to one of the city's first families. At their fancy home, just around the corner from Independence Hall, her parents entertained George Washington as a dinner guest.  At eighteen, Peggy Shippen married a crippled, war-hero widower twice her age. Together they embarked on a plot to destroy the American revolution . . . Peggy was Mrs. Benedict Arnold.
Documents made available in the 1920s proved conclusively that Peggy had been an active conspirator with her husband from the very start.
In 1776, at age sixteen, Peggy was a beguiling, charming star of the Philadelphia scene. When she was seventeen, the British invaded and occupied the city. Peggy developed a friendship with a particularly handsome and charming twenty-six-year-old British officer, John Andre.
When the British left Philadelphia, Benedict Arnold was appointed military commander of the city. Arnold's successful exploits at military engagements at Fort Ticonderoga, Quebec, Valcour Island and Saratoga place him, in my opinion, alongside Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman and George S. Patton, Jr., as one of the most effective field commanders in American military history. Some might compare his tactical achievements with those of Robert E. Lee and Stonewell Jackson.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Ahnentafel #429 - Martha (--?--)

Martha (--?--)
Born: ca. 1755
Died: after 1820 in Kentucky

Buried: Unknown

Married: 1) John Durall ca. 1769 probably in North Carolina
2) John Keath, Dec. 10, 1820 in Muhlenberg Co., Kentucky


1786 - John Durall on tax list in Capt. Whitehead's District

  • 1 male 21-60
  • 2 males -21 or 60 +2
  • 2 females
  • 0 blacks
  • listed b/t Frederick Bearfield & Samuel Turner; Other surnames on page: Taylor, Killigens, Whitfield, Parker, Jones, Dobson, Sullivan, Sollis, Outlaw, Swinson, Westbrook, Hines, Pipkin, Alberson, Brock, Stroud, Dun, Wilkins . . . Martha could be from any of these families or not.  Several of these families moved on to Kentucky. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Photos & Documents

All a genealogist ever wants for Christmas! Thanks to Robbin (Downey) Russell for these photos and documents.  
Zelphia (Lathrop) Shelton

Sisters who married brothers, Zelphia & Ruby (Lathrop) Shelton

Friday, December 22, 2017

Ahnentafel #428 - John Durall

John Durall

Born: ca. 1750
Died: 1808 Muhlenberg County, Kentucky

Buried: Unknown

Married: ca. 1770 Martha (--?--)


1784 - ordered that John Dural in Capt. Whitehead's Company exempted from militia duty in Duplin County, North Carolina.  If this is the same person, he must have been injured  or disabled in some way that made service impossible.  The other possibility is that the record refers to his father or an older relative who was exempted for age. The Militia Act of 1715 established the service for all freemen between the ages of 16 and 60.  Another factor is that John Durall was later assigned road duty which seems more difficult to me than being part of the militia.

1784 - Oct. 9 - Onslow County, NC - This indenture made this ninth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & eighty four between John Durall of Onslow County & province of No. Carolina of the one part & Thomas Pitts Senior of Onslow County and aforesaid province.
Witnesseth that the sd. John Durall doth for and in consideration of the sum of Forty Pounds to me in hand paid the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge by the said Thos. Pitt his heirs Excrs, administrators and assigns for ever one tract or parcel of land lying and being in the sd county of Onslow containing one hundred and twenty five acres be the same more or less on the south side of the southwest of New River beginning at a stake in the patent line where it crosses Martha Rhodes branch and thence running with the sd. Branch the various courses to the -- ---- Line thence North along the pattent line to John Butlers line and thence along Butlers line east to the corner of the pattent and from thence to the first station of the deed to have & to  hold the sd. tract or parcel of land with all the appertanances there unto belonging all orchards, gardens, houses & all things there unto belonging revertion & revertion hereto & all other things thereunto belonging to the same & I the sd. John Durell do bind myself my heirs Excr and Admrs firmly that I will warrant & for ever defend the right 7 title of the above tract or parcel of Land to the sd. Thos. Pitt heirs or assigns Excrs & Admrs forever and be free and clear of all incumbrances. 
John Durell {seal}

Monday, December 18, 2017

Notebook - England, Canada, Ireland & Scotland No. 2

Allison, K.J. A History of the County of York, East Riding, Vol. II, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1974.
Map of the Wapentake of Dickering includes towns/parishes Lowthorpe, 
In 1086 the East Riding was the only part of Yorkshire which was divided into hundreds. The transformation of hundreds into wapentakes had already been completed in the other two ridings and was in various stages of completion in the rest of the Danelaw. The change took place in the East Riding during the next 80 years and by the 1160s the 18 Domesday hundreds had been formed into 6 wapentakes. Dickering wapentake, first mentioned in 1166, was broadly coextensive with the three Domesday hundreds of Hunthou, Turbar and Burton.
Burton hundred took its name from its principal township of Burton Agnes. It contained in 1086 the remainder of the townships, mostly in the centre and west, which make up Dickering wapentake. These were Binnington, Boythorpe, Burton Agnes, Butterwick, Carnaby, Caythorpe, Ganton, Gransmoor, Haisthorpe, Harpham, Kilham, Langtoft, Lowthorpe, Octon, Potter Brompton, Rudston, Ruston Parva, Swaythorpe, Thornholme, Thorpe, Thwing and Willerby, together with 'Fornetorp' later depopulated. 
The hundreds of Hunthou, Turbar, and Burton were probably grouped around the large manors of Bridlington, Hunmanby and Burton Agnes respectively. . . . Burton Agnes had 3 berewicks and soke in 5 townships in Burton. 
The wapentake remained in the hands of the Crown until at least the mid 17th century. In 1552 and 1567 the office of wapentake bailiff, traceable from c. 1220 was granted for life to successive holders, the second of whom was rewarded out of the issues of this and other wapentakes.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ahnentafel #427 - Susanna Doggett

Susanna Doggett

Born: ca. 1740
Died: before 1822

Buried: Unknown

Married: ca. 1760 Charles Morgan


1779 - Aug. 26 - Charles Morgan and Susanna his wife of Fauquier Co., Virginia conveyed to Michael Keppel of "Shennando" for 1,100 pounds current money 430 acres granted to William Morgan, father of said Charles.  Recorded in Shenandoah Co., Deed Book C, p. 190.

1791 - Apr. 9 - Susanna is mentioned in her father's will: 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Research Log: Fitch Sermon re: Anne Mason, Part II

The conclusion of Rev. James Fitch's sermon honoring Anne (Peck) Mason.  

The Second Particular follows, what our duty is in observing these observable things; The Lord calls us to mark and behold:

Quest. What is the making and beholding?

Ans. It's an affectionate Attention of the minde, It's as when the eye affects the heart, and the heart being affected keeps the eye looking upon the Object, you have the like expression in another place, used by Jobs friends to Job Job 33:31, Mark well. Oh Job, and hearken to me, hold thy peace and I will speak, Oh mark well the life and latter end of the upright! Oh hearken to what the Lord improves to the Prophet, when he would prepare him for the Visions of the Ordinances of his House, Ezek 44.5 The Lord said, Son of Man, mark well, and behold with thine Eyes, & hear are with thine Ears all that I say to thee, concerning the Ordinances of mine House, and mark well the entring into it; But in my Text the Lord Saith, Mark the perfect and behold the upright, it's as if the Lord had said, as I wou'd have you mark well and behold mine Ordinances, so I do require you

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ahnentafel #426 - Charles Morgan

Charles Morgan

Born: ca. 1740 Prince William Co., Virginia
Died: 1822 Muhlenberg Co., Kentucky

Buried: Unknown

Married: Susanna Doggett in Virginia before 1766

Occupation: land agent, farmer, ran a grist mill with his sons at old Millport, near the mouth of Isaac's Creek, Muhlenberg Co., Kentucky.

Following the close of the Revolutionary War, many of the officers and soldiers received military land grants in the wilderness of Virginia west of the Cumberland Mountains. A great area was reserved for this purpose. The boundary line ran roughly from the headwaters of Green River eastward to the Cumberland Mountains thence southward with said mountains to the Tennessee line, thence westward with said line to the Tennessee River, thence up the Ohio River to the Green River, thence up said river to the beginning.  Prior to 1792, the ear that Kentucky was admitted as a state, all grants of land had been made by Virginia. There were three classes of grants (1) settlement preemption (2) military and (3) Virginia Land Office treasury warrants. Any person could buy a Land Office treasury warrant covering a specified number of acres of unreserved and vacant land west of the Cumberland Mountains. However, it was necessary for the holder of such a warrant to survey and plainly mark the boundary of the survey, then file his claim with a branch Land Office, where it must remain on record for six months before issuance of the deed.   It was in this field that Charles Morgan built his reputation as a noted land agent of Kentucky. He established his business shortly after the close of the War in what later became Clark County, Kentucky. He employed numerous agents and operated from this location until about 1801, when he moved westward, settled in Muhlenberg County and continued his land business with his eldest son, Willis Morgan.  The Virginia Land Grant records in the Kentucky Land Office show that he surveyed millions of acres for his clients and surveyed and purchased in his own name over 100,000 acres covered by some twenty grants from 1783 to 1789 in Jefferson, Fayette, Bourbon and Mason Counties.  In a series of books entitled Fayette Entries are recorded some seventy-nine deed granted in his name, plus many joint ownership grants. In addition to surveying and tradining in land, Willis Morgan established a trading post, grist mill and shipping post on Pond River, named Millport, about 1805.  Flatboats were built, loaded with produce and floated down Pond River and on to the market of New Orleans.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Research Log - Fitch Sermon re: Anne Mason

Anne (Peck) Mason was born 1618 in Hingham, Norfolk, England, the daughter of the Rev. Robert & Anne (Lawrence) Peck.  She immigrated to Massachusetts with her family at age 19 arriving in 1638.  The next  year she married Major John Mason and moved to Windsor, Connecticut.  Two years later her parents went back to England during the Long Parliament and the English Civil War.  Anne & John Mason had seven children.  Anne (Peck) Mason died in Norwich, Connecticut in 1672 and this is the sermon her son-in-law the Rev. James Fitch wrote in her honor.

The End of the Perfect and Upright,
Demonstrated and usefully Improved in a
Preached upon the Occasion of the Death and Decease of that
Piously Affected and truly Religious Matron,
Mrs. Anne Mason
Sometime Wife to Major Mason, who not long
After finished his Course, and is now at rest.