Friday, August 27, 2010

A Busy Genealogy Month

My posts have been pretty scant lately, but fear not, genealogy still consumes much of my life.  In fact, this has been, by far, the busiest genealogy month I've ever had. 

I haven't found any new ancestors, in fact, I've done hardly any research.  But I feel like I've accomplished much that I wanted to this month.

1)  Made new contacts.  I contacted and was contacted by several relatives, one of whom is interested in joining the DAR as well and is willing to eventually (I'm not even going to try tackling it until 2011) collaborate with me on our application under this shared patriot. 

2) Got tons of "genealogical accessories."  By accessories, I mean the things that aren't vital but are terribly fun like pictures of ancestors, fun tidbits about them and obscure records you never thought would pan out.  The pictures alone made this month memorable (in a good way) for me.

3)  Got my Mayflower Society worksheets.  I sent in my preliminary review form on the 4th of July and things have been moving so quickly ever since then.  If you had asked on July 4th if I thought I'd be at this stage by the end of August, I probably would have laughed in your face.  Now, I'm thinking that I should (*knock wood*) be done with my application by Halloween, if not sooner.  I need 11 birth, death and marriage certificates to complete my application.  I ordered five and they are currently being process and when my mother goes to visit family next week she'll, hopefully be able to collect another four.  Of the two remaining, I am waiting on a relative for a copy but if he can't find it soon I can go ahead and order it easily enough.  The other will be a bit more challenging.  I've already put in my order for it, of sorts, because it will be at least mid-October before I'll get it.

4) Cleaned up my trees!  I've sourced and re-evaluated many ancestors.  The main target of this are my 17th Century ancestors.  I added most of them in a hurry a very long time ago (with minimal sourcing) when I was first starting in genealogy.  I then promptly forgot about them and have concentrated on more recent ancestors in the subsequent years.  I credit the work I've had to do for the Mayflower Society application as the spark I needed to get me to tackle them.

5) Increased my genealogy library.  I've never been a big fan of genealogy books.  I find my questions are usually too specific to be covered in books which are generally very broad, even if they are on a concentrated subject.  I have, however, been turning to publications more and more for inspiration and as a means to jump start my research.  I haven't ordered too many books, but I have filled out my wish list pretty well and did purchase the main book I had been wanting for a very long time.  Next month, I will be purchasing another genealogy book that I have been pining after for a long time.  My hope is to get a new book on my list once every two or three months, as long as it is in keeping with my "genea-budget."

6)  Worked on my grandmother's family.  Of all the branches in my family tree that gets the most neglect, it would be my paternal grandmother's.  The language barrier is the main thing (I don't speak much Italian) that has kept me from researching her family.  But this is an entire quarter of my family tree that I have hardly touched in my 10+ years of researching my family tree and that is unacceptable.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

19th Amendment and My Family Tree

I have no suffragists in my family tree, that I know of that is.  But I do seem to have quite a few ancestors who appear on the voter rolls soon after the passage of the 19th Amendment.  I am proud of them because even if they didn't have a hand in the passage of the amendment, they clearly supported it and exercised their civic duty as soon as they were able.  So in honor of the 90th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment:

(California granted women's suffrage in 1911 and some individual counties granted it even before then.  California ratified the 19th Amendment on Nov 1, 1919, the 18th state to do so)

Ancestors first appearing on the 1920 California Voter Rolls:
"Miss Gladys Healey of 1508 Alameda ave., stenographer"  My great-grandmother, Gladys would have been twenty-one at the time and was living in Alameda, Alameda, CA

"Mrs. Engeline C. (Petersen/Pedersen) Nielsen, 1508 Alameda ave., housewife"  My great-great-great-grandmother, she would have been fifty-five and was living in Alameda, Alameda, CA

"Mrs. Emma (Tock) Shinn, farmer, R D 2, Bx 74, Lodi"  My great-great-grandmother, she would have been sixty-one and was living closest to the town of Woodbridge, San Joaquin, CA

Ancestors first appearing on the 1918 California Voter Rolls:
"Mrs. Mary G. (Mott) Healey, 12 Henry st., Housewife"  My great-great-great-grandmother, she would have been sixty-six and was living in San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Ancestors first appearing on the 1916 California Voter Rolls:
"Miss Georgia Wellons, school teacher, Edgewood (Siskiyou Co.)"  My great-grandmother, she would have been twenty-six at the time.

Ancestors first appearing on the 1912 California Voter Rolls:
"Susana Berger, 744 E. Twentieth st., fem, housewife"  My great-great-grandmother, she would have been sixty-three at the time and was living in Oakland, Alameda, CA

Ancestors first appearing on the 1910 California Voter Rolls:
"Mary Anna (Webb) Wellons, housewife, Yreka (Siskiyou Co.)."  My great-great-grandmother, she would have been forty-eight.

I only wish I had voter rolls from other states, especially Michigan (which was the 2nd state to ratify the amendment - yay Michigan!) so that this list would be more thorough.  Next FHC trip, I'll try and order some films!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Surname Saturday: My Howland Lines

In keeping with my theme of the last two weeks of posting my line of descent from different Mayflower passengers, I'm ending it on John Howland.  I descend from John two ways with a possible third also out there.  I also descend from John's brothers, Arthur and Henry.

Through John Howland, Jr.:
1. John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley
2. John Howland and Mary Lee
3. Lydia Howland and Jeremiah Thomas
4. Bethiah Thomas and Jacob Chipman
5. Lucretia Chipman and George Ring
6. Lucy Ring and Jonathan Scott

Through Hope Howland:
1. John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley
2. Hope Howland and John Chipman
3. Samuel Chipman and Sarah Cobb
4. Jacob Chipman and Bethiah Thomas

Lucy Ring is also my connection to William Brewster and Stephen Hopkins.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

SNGF: Place List

This week's SNGF, courtesy of Randy, is:

"1) Do a Place Line. We're all familiar with Timelines - date, location, event, etc. I want you to create a Place Line for your life, or for the life of one of your parents or grandparents - your choice! In that Place Line, tell us the location (address if possible), inclusive dates (if possible), and events. Consider topics like residence, schools, churches, employment, etc.

2) Tell us about it in a blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook."

I decided to go with my great-grandfather, Gideon Gottlieb Berger, because I have quite a bit of documentation for the different stages of his life.

Wabash Co., Indiana - 11 Oct 1885 - circa 1888.  Lived there from birth to about age three.
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California - 1888 - circa 1890.  Lived there from about age three to age five.
821 Magnolia, Oakland, Alameda, CA - circa 1890 - 1891.  Lived there until death his father in Dec. 1891.
1260 E. 10th Street, Oakland, Alameda, CA - circa 1891 - circa 1906.
1128 Eden Park, Fruitvale, Alameda, CA - circa 1906 - circa 1908.
1212 E. 22nd, Oakland, Alameda, CA - circa 1908 - circa 1910.  
388 20th Street, Oakland, Alameda, CA - circa 1910 - circa 1912.
San Jose, Santa Clara, CA - circa 1912. 
Boston, Suffolk, MA - circa 1912- circa 1914. 
536 E. 21st Street, Oakland, Alameda, CA - prob. 1914 - 1918
Quincy, Plumas, CA - circa 1919
Sisson, Siskiyou, CA - 1919 - Oct 1920
620 North Street, Woodland, Yolo, CA - Oct 1920 - 1926
411 A Street, Petaluma, Sonoma, CA - 1926 - 1935
329 Salem Street, Chico, Butte, CA - 1935 - circa 1942
516 Virginia, Vallejo, Solano, CA - circa 1942 - 1948
1045 W. Vine, Stockton, San Joaquin, CA - 1948 - circa 1952
[address withheld to protect privacy of relatives], Lodi, San Joaquin, CA - circa 1952 - 1965.

Wabash Co., Indiana.  His father's church until 1888
620 S. Olive, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA - 1888 - circa 1890.  His father's church, German Evangelical Association and Church
1013 Clay, Oakland, Alameda, CA - 1890 - aft. 1891.  His father's church, German Evangelical Association

Gideon's first job was as a paper boy in Oakland in the mid-1890s with his brother, Jesse.  After school, he went into insurance (I believe he sold it) but abandoned it after only about a year to become a minister like his father had been.  Unlike his father who preached in German and belonged to a fringe group of the Methodist church, Gideon preached in English and was an ordained chaplain in the Methodist church and "circuit rider."

After Gideon became a minister around 1913, he and his family lived at or near the churches he was rector of in its parsonages (see residences above).  His last parish was at Grace Church in Stockton and I believe he continued to go there after his retirement around 1952.  He oversaw the building or expansion of every church he was in charge of, including Methodist churches in Mt. Shasta, Gazelle, Edgewood, Woodland, Petaluma, Chico, Vallejo and Stockton.

Garfield Grammar School, Oakland, Alameda, CA.  1896 - 1897 (prob. more years as well)
University of California (Berkeley), circa 1906 - 1910.
College of the Pacific, graduated in 1912.
Boston University School of Theology, bet. 1914 - 1918.

I have pictures of some of the residences, churches and parsonages where the family lived and GoogleMaps has helped fill in the rest.

Surname Saturday: My Hopkins Line

Last week, I posted my Brewster line.  In keeping with that theme, here is my line from fellow Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins:

1 Stephen Hopkins/Elizabeth Fisher
2 Deborah Hopkins/Andrew Ring
3 Eleazer Ring/ Mary Shaw
4 Samuel Ring/Ruth Silvester Cooke

The rest of the line is the same as my Brewster line.  Since both lines intersect at such an early point it should (*knock wood*) be very easy to add this Stephen Hopkins line as a supplemental once (*knock wood*) I am a member of the Mayflower Society.

(NOTE: Descendants of Stephen Hopkins also qualify for the Jamestowne Society though I have never really looked into the membership requirements for that organization)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: Essie's Step-Daughter

(I was originally going to post more of Essie's memoir, but spent yesterday absorbed in researching Essie's step-daughter/cousin instead)

In Essie's memoir she mentions many relatives, including her cousin Emma Martha Holly.  Emma and Essie's mother were sisters and they were also connected through Essie's father (Isaac Thomas Mott) as his mother and Emma grandmother were sisters.  So Emma and Essie were both first cousins and second cousins!  Essie also talks about her meeting a kind young Frenchman named Eugene Lies as a young girl while staying with the Hollys.  Essie and Eugene would marry years later after their paths crossed again on the other side of the country.  This was not Eugene's first marriage however, as Essie tells of his and Emma's courtship, marriage and her death very soon after in her memoir.

Emma and Eugene had a daughter, Emma Marie Louise Lies right before the senior Emma's death.  Eugene, obviously grief-stricken, left his infant daughter in the care of the Hollys and went on to spend the next few years before his second marriage on the high seas.  Of all the Hollys, the late Emma's brother Augustus was particularly attached to the little Emma and ended up raising her even after her father's re-marriage. 

Emma married Edward Roche who was many years her senior and they had a daughter, Louise around 1869 in New York.  Edward died about ten years later:

NEW YORK HERALD, 12 Feb 1879


"A cable dispatch was received in this city on Monday night announcing the death of Edward Roche, the senior member of the firm of Roche Brothers, importers of sugar and West India produce, at No. 115 South street.  The deceased was born in Ireland in 1813, and was consequently in the sixty-sixth year of his age at the time of his death.  About forty years ago he started in business on his own account, and afterward became one of the founding members of the firm of Roche Brothers & Coffey.  On the death of John Roche, in 1873, the deceased became senior partner in the firm, and continued as such until his death.  He was for a long time a member of the Produce Exchange, but severed his connection with that institution a few years since.  He has been in feeble health for a long time past, and two months ago he started for St. Croix to spend the winter, in hopes that his health would be improved by the climate of that place.  The cable dispatch announces that his death occurred at St. Croix on February 9.  His remains will be embalmed and returned to this country without delay, when they will be taken to his late residence, No. 33 Remsen street, Brooklyn."
Louise married Walter Channing Burbank who gave the following report to his alma mater, Harvard, in 1897 (this is an excerpt, the full article can be read here):
"I was married in New York, Oct. 23, 1890, to Louise V. Roche, daughter of Edward and Emma L. Roche, and in November following we sailed for Europe. We spent the winter in Nice and Monte Carlo, and the spring in Paris and London, returning in June of that year.  Our son, Channing Roche Burbank, was born Sept. 6, 1891, at our summer home in the White Mountains, Shelburne, N.H."
Emma Marie Louise Lies Roche died on 15 Sept. 1933:

(from The New York Times)

"Mrs. Edward Roche.

Widow of a Shipping Merchant in the West Indian Trade
"Mrs. Emma L. Roche, widow of Edward Roche, a shipping merchant in the West Indies trade, died on Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walker Channing Burbank, 825 Fifth Avenue, at the age of 83.
Mrs. Roche was born in Hammond Street, as that part of Eleventh Street west of Seventh Avenue was then known.  She was a daughter of Eugene Lies, a son of Admiral Lies of the French Navy, and Emma Louise Holly Lies.  Her maternal grandmother was a daughter of Supreme Court Justice William Coggshall [edit: was actually William Lucius Rose] Rose, of New York, and her grandfather, William Holly, was a member of the family credited with founding Stamford, Conn., about 1640."
Emma's daughter, Louise, died on December 28 1938.  On an interesting aside, in 1915, Louise was hit by Harry Payne Whitney's car.  Louise and Walter apparently separated and there was some legal action against one another though I have been unable to learn more (I believe Louise sued him on behalf of her mother, Emma Lies Roche).  Louise's son, Channing Roche Burbank died in 1964.

Although Emma Holly, and her daughter are minor mentions in Essie's memoir, they were certainly important parts of Essie's life both because of Eugene, and Essie's own connection to them.  I know from reading that Eugene and Essie wanted to re-claim little Emma and raise her but her uncle, Augustus refused.  It is interesting to wonder what little Emma's life would have been like if she had come to California to be with her father and step-mother/cousin.  I also wonder whether Eugene and Essie were sad not to be able to raise little Emma who was a daughter, step-child, cousin and namesake of a beloved relative to them.  Although they were clearly never close, I like to think they had a warm regard for one another (I think Essie's loving recollections of little Emma's mother in her memoir make it likely).

Over at cousin Heather's excellent blog Nutfield Genealogy, she has been writing extensively about her recent trip to Hawaii and all of the wonderful genealogical treasures she found there.  One of those treasures was a letter written to Heather's relative, John Dominis, by Isaac Thomas Mott, Essie's father.  The letter is a very fun read concerning thwarted young love and parental interference - or duty, depending on how you look at it!  Thank you Heather for transcribing and sharing the letter!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Surname Saturday: My Brewster Line

I'm currently in the process of joining the Mayflower Society.  I have four options when it comes to pursuing membership (1 Stephen Hopkins, 1 William Brewster and 2 John Howland lines) and for a few reasons I went with William Brewster.  Since I'm in the midst of the application process I thought I'd go ahead and post my line:

1 Elder William Brewster
2 Jonathan Brewster and Lucretia Oldham
3 Mary Brewster and John Turner
4 Ruth (Turner) Prence and Israel Silvester
5 Ruth (Silvester) Cooke and Samuel Ring
6 George Ring and Lucretia Chipman
7 Lucy Ring and Jonathan Scott
8 John Scott and Ruth Hilton
9 Mary Lee Scott and Ebenezer Haley
10 Comfort Haley/Heal(e)y and Mary Gertrude Smith Mott
11 Lauren Everett Healey and Katherine Nielsen
12 Gladys Viola Healey and Elmer John Shinn
13 My grandparents
14 My parents
15 Moi

The first six lines (marked in red) have been documented by the Society so I won't have to worry about them on my application.  A distant cousin of mine joined the Society through this line and generations 7-9 (in blue) are ones we share and I am hoping I won't have to document either (though I have a feeling I will).

Friday, August 6, 2010

Follow Friday: CGSL Look-Ups

Monday night I finally took advantage of The California Genealogical Society and Library's look-up service and ordered some records.  I used their Search and Order Form to find any ancestors that might be listed in the library's indexed resources.  When I had found some I went to the Index Codes page to see what the meaning of the citations next to their names were. 

Since I am a member of the Society I was pleasantly surprised to get a 25% discount (and their rates are already pretty low) when I was finally ready to submit my order.  And the best part?  Thursday morning the records I ordered arrived in the mail.  My jaw dropped because that has to be, by far, the fastest I've ever gotten any records. 

One thing I really want to point out is that many times when I order a record, the copy that gets mailed to me is less than top quality.  But this was not so in the case of my CGSL order.  I know it is a little thing, but I was very impressed with the clarity of the copies they sent me.

The ordering process was easy, the prices pretty painless and the turn around speed lightning fast.  If you have not ordered a look-up from the CGSL before, you need to.  My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.

NOTE: I was in no way approached or instructed by the California Genealogical Society and Library to write this post nor was I paid in any way by the Society for writing this post.  I have a membership to the Society which I paid for out of pocket and that is the extent of my affiliation with the Society.  Likewise, I paid for the look-ups I ordered out of pocket the same as anyone else.