Saturday, April 30, 2011

Civil War Saturday - vonAllmen

(This post was inspired by the meme started here)

My third-great-grandfather, Christian vonAllman, and his family came to the US from Switzerland around 1844.  By the time the war broke out he was close to fifty and his only sons were small children.  He did have at least one brother who also immigrated to the US, Jakob.  Jakob vonAllmen had two sons who served for the Union:

  • Jacob/Jakob vonAllmen and John vonAllmen, 1834 - 1919 and 1840 - 1913.  Both enlisted on 1 December 1861 in Company I, 63rd Illinois Infantry.  They mustered out on 13 July 1865.
Since Olney, Illinois is a small town and the vonAllman name is a pretty rare one I have to include one more soldier:
  • John vonAllmen.  Enlisted in Company G, 136th Illinois Infantry on 13 May 1864 and mustered out on 22 October 1864.  I have no idea how he is related, but I'm pretty confident that he is in some way connected to my family.
Units covered:

Pension files:
Both John and Jacob filed for and received pensions (filed in Illinois and Missouri)

I don't have copies of either pensions files as yet.

Friday, April 29, 2011

California Pioneer and Immigrant Files

When I saw that Ancestry had added the database California Pioneer and Immigrant Files, 1790-1950 I started frothing at the mouth.  Unfortunately many of my ancestors and their descendants apparently didn't bother to fill out the cards (then again, the Central Valley on the whole doesn't seem to be as well represented as Bay Area pioneers).

But my fourth great-grandfather, Isaac Thomas Mott (Essie's father), had a file:
Name in full: Isaac Thomas Mott
Place of birth: New York
Date of birth: Sept. 3, 1800
Parent{Father: Jacob Mott
Parent{Mother (maiden name in full): Mary Green Smith
Married or unmarried: Married
If married, to whom: Mary Joanna Rose (called Smith, her mother resuming maiden name.)
Date of marriage: 1828
Place: New York City
Date of arrival in California: to remain, Oct., 1852, but had made several previous visits.
Overland or by steamer: Steamer from his home in Mazatlan, Mex.
If by steamer, give name: The "Isthmus"
States lived in before coming to California: New York
Places of residence in State: Benicia, San Francisco
Profession or occupation: in youth, sea captain, later (183- to 1852) senior partner in mercantile firm of Mott, Talbot and Co., Mazatlan, Mex.
Public offices held: --
Politics: --
Where educated: New York
Principal events in history of State: --
Place and date of death: San Francisco, Mar. or Apr. 1860
Signature: Camilla Liès Kenyon (granddaughter)
Miscellaneous Notes.
Had sailed as captain for Howland and Aspinwall.  About 1840 settled in Mazatlan, Mex., as senior partner in firm of Mott, Talbot and Co., importers of silks, etc., from China, which were then shipped to the interior.  About 1850 became owner of an interest in Johnson's Ranch, near Marysville.  Removed to California for permanent residence in 1852.

Interestingly, Camilla Liès Kenyon also filed out "Pioneer and Immigrant File" cards for her father, Eugene Henri Camille Liès (secondly, Essie's husband, and firstly the husband of Emma Holly - Essie's first cousin).

Also included is Alexis Waldemar vonSchmidt, the husband of Frances Everallyn Mott (Essie and my third great-grandmother, Mary Gertrude Smith Mott's sister).

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

One Lovely Blog Award

Much to my surprise, I got an award!  And to my further surprise, I've gotten it several times over! I have been remiss in not recognizing the nice people who gave it to me earlier: first is *GeorgiaTim of My Georgia Roots, Frances of Fantastic Electrisoil, Tammy of Genealogy Simple and Fun, Deb Ruth of Adventures in Genealogy and Lenore of The Empire Called and I Answered.  I'm a fan of all these excellent blogs and have them all in my GoogleReader.  I highly encourage visiting their blogs and following them or adding them to your reader if you haven't already.  Many thank yous to all of them!

I know the rules say to pass the award on, but it looks like most people already have it. If you are a genealogy blogger who hasn't gotten it yet, then consider yourself awarded.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Civil War Saturday - Hudson

(This post was inspired by the meme started at Nolichucky Roots)

My third great-grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Hudson Wellons, has an interesting family when it comes to their participation in the Civil War.  Sarah, like her husband John Chapple Wellons, was from Southeastern Kentucky.  Both the Wellons and Hudson families had been slave-holders before the war but had reportedly freed them long before the war (indeed, I can't find any record of them owning slaves after the 1830s).  Although you'd think they would have favored the Confederacy, the Hudsons fought for the Union.  Beginning with Sarah's brother:
  • Jeremiah Vardeman Hudson, b. 1827 - d. 1879.  He enlisted in Company I of the 13th Kentucky Cavalry in Columbia, Kentucky on September 1, 1863 and was a blacksmith.  He mustered in on December 21 and mustered out January 10, 1865. 
Sarah also had nephews in the war:
  • Patrick Henry Hudson, b. 1840 - d. 1911.  He enlisted in Company A of the 12th Kentucky Infantry in Somerset, Kentucky on October 18, 1861 and transferred to Company E a month later.  He was promoted from the ranks on 23 March 1862 and again on 9 January 1863.  He also served for a time on detachment with the 23rd Army Corps (additional information here).  He was discharged at the end of his term, on October 18, 1864 as a Sergeant. 
  • William A. Hudson, b. 1842 - d. 1930.  He enlisted in the same unit as his brother above, Patrick and mustered out on December 13, 1863 at Louisville, Kentucky before mustering in again on January 1, 1864 as a Veteran Volunteer.  He was promoted to Full Corporal on November 1, 1864 and mustered out on July 11, 1865 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  
  • Berry Daniel Hudson, b. 1838 - d. 1862.  Berry enlisted in Company C, 3rd Kentucky Infantry on August 7, 1861 at Camp Dick Robinson and mustered in there on October 8.  He died at Columbia, Kentucky on January 11, 1862.
  • James W. C. Hudson, b. 1845 - d. bet. 1880 - 1890.  James enlisted in Company E, 12th Kentucky Infantry (same as his cousins above) on January 1, 1864 at Louisville and mustered out on July 11, 1865 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  I'm related to James through each of his parents.  His father, James Hudson, was Sarah's brother and James' mother, Elender Wellons, was the sister of Sarah's husband and my great-great-great-grandfather, John Chapple Wellons.
Units Covered:
Company C, 3rd Kentucky Infantry (further information here)
Company E, 12th Kentucky Infantry

Pension Files:
Jeremiah Vardeman Hudson filed for and received a pension (filed in Kentucky)
Patrick Henry Hudson filed for and received a pension (filed in Texas)
William A. Hudson filed for and received a pension (filed in Indiana as an invalid; widow filed in Illinois)
James W. C. Hudson filed for an received a pension (filed in Kentucky)

I don't have copies of any of the pension files though I'd love to one day get them, especially for Sarah's brother, Jeremiah Vardeman Hudson.

Regimental Letters, Diaries, etc.:
None found.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Civil War Saturday - Wellons

(This was inspired by the meme started at Nolichucky Roots)

My great-great-grandfather, George Washington Wellons (b. 1849) tried to enlist along with his brother, Samuel (b. 1851) but were caught for being underage and sent away.  However, several of their brothers did enlist and serve for the Union:

  • William Montgomery Wellons, b. 1833 - d. 1922.  He enlisted in 1861 in Company G, 10th Iowa Infantry.  He was wounded at Corinth, MS thirteen months later and discharged on October 4, 1862.  He re-enlisted in Company C, 34th Iowa Infantry in January of 1865 and was discharged in Houston, TX on August 15, 1865.  More information on William (including a picture) can be found here.
  • John Chapple Wellons, Jr., b. 1839 - d. 1893.  He enlisted on August 29, 1861 in Company I, 8th Indiana Cavalry and mustered out on 20 July 1865 in Indianapolis, IN.  One thing of note is that his unit was given furlough in April of 1864, during which time John went home and married Sarah Elizabeth Barnhizer.  A roster of his regiment can be found here.
  • Daniel Hudson Wellons, b. 1844.  Enlisted in Company B of the 34th Iowa Infantry (the same regiment as his brother, William, above) on 11 August 1862 and mustered out in Houston, TX on 15 August 1865.
  • Henry J. Wellons, b. 1847.  Enlisted in Company A of the 48th Iowa Infantry on 9 May 1864 and mustered out on 21 October 1864 at Rock Island, IL.  His regiment was responsible for guarding Confederate POWs at the Rock Island Prison Barracks.
In addition to my great-great-grandfather's brothers, several other Wellons relatives participated in the war.  John Chapple Wellons (George Washington Wellons' father) had several nephews in the war.  His sister Nancy had married William Fry and were in Morgan County, Indiana at the time and they had several sons who appear to have fought in the war, though I'll hold off posting information about them until I have more proof.  John's sister Elender also had sons who fought in the war, I'll be including them when I write about the Hudsons because Elender was married to the brother of Sarah Elizabeth Hudson, my great-great-great-grandmother and the wife of John (Elender's brother).  John's brother, Henry J. Wellons (married Pamella Sayers) had a son who fought in the war:
  • Henry J. Wellons, b. ca. 1840.  He enlisted on 16 September 1861 in Company G of the 27th Indiana Infantry.  He died from wounds at Frederick, MD on 27 December 1862.
Regiments Covered:
Company C, 34th Iowa Infantry
Company A, 48th Iowa Infantry

Pension Records: 
William Montgomery Wellons filed for and received a pension.
John Chapple Wellons, Jr. filed for and received a pension (filed in Indiana)
Daniel Hudson Wellons filed for and received a pension. 
I do not have copies of any of the pension files... yet.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Mason Family and The Civil War

(This post was written for Bill West's Civil War Genealogy Blog Challenge)

One thing about the Civil War that has remained with me since I first learned about it in elementary school was that it pitted relative against relative and divided many families.  For myself, that was the most powerful aspect of the war.  It was also an aspect of the war I had a hard time truly believing until I came across it in my own family tree.

Samuel Mason and Nancy Moore were married in Wayne Co., Kentucky in 1806.  For anyone wondering, Wayne Co. is near the Tennessee border, which is where Nancy is believed to be from.  Samuel and Nancy remained in Wayne Co. for ten years before packing up and moving to Indiana with their four sons.  They soon had three more sons and two daughters, the youngest of which, Priscilla, was my 3rd great-grandmother. The family remained in Lawrence Co., Indiana where Samuel died in 1850.

In the 1830s and '40s, several of Samuel and Nancy's sons went south to Texas and settled in Smith Co. where they raised large families.  In the meantime, Priscilla, who had stayed in Indiana, married Andrew Webb in 1842 and they quickly had three sons (they'd have ten children in all).

When the war broke out, Priscilla's oldest two sons (John and Samuel) enlisted in the Union, Company D of the 16th Indiana Infantry on August 17, 1862.  On September 22 of 1864, the third son (William) enlisted in Company A of the 9th Indiana Infantry.  Only one of three would survive the war.  John, the oldest, died only a few months after enlisting, in April of 1863.  Priscilla died a month later (when her youngest child, my great-great-grandmother, was a year old).  Around this same time, son Samuel was discharged at Arkansas Post due to wounds.  He re-enlisted in Company H of the 13th Indiana Cavalry exactly one year after the death of his brother, John.  Samuel was killed at Murfreesboro in December of 1864.  William, the only brother to live to see the end of the war, mustered out in June of 1865.

While Priscilla's sons were serving the Union, a few of her brothers in Texas were fighting for the Confederacy.  Her brothers David and Martin enlisted in 1863 in Company F of the 2nd Texas State Troops (Martin had previously served in Company E of the 14th Texas Infantry in 1862).  Since names often repeated in the family, I'm having trouble figuring out whether any of her other brothers served for Texas or if it was her nephews.  In any case, Priscilla had many relatives serving on both sides.  I wonder if she knew and what she thought of the fact that she had close family members on each side.  I heard once that she died due to grief over the death of her son a month before, I can only imagine the additional anguish she must have felt knowing she also had brothers and nephews on the opposing side.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Essie

Charlotte Estrella "Essie" Mott Lies

I thought it was about time I put a face to the memoirist.  
I have no idea when this picture was taken but I think she looks about fifty, so I'm guessing around 1885.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Scottish Naming Traditions

I was inspired by the Family History Expos Weekly Tip to look at Scottish naming traditions and see if my believed Scottish lines followed the pattern.  I was especially curious about my Allen line because they are such a mystery:

Joseph Allen and his wife Elizabeth Clemens/Clements were the first in the family to come to the US.  I don't know who Joseph's parents were but Elizabeth's were James Clemens/Clements and Mary.  Joseph and Elizabeth had the following known children:

James Allen, b. 1850   
(1st born son is usually named after the father's father.  It is possible that was Joseph's father's name as well, but I do know it was Elizabeth's.  Usually the 2nd born son is named for the maternal grandfather)
Joseph T. Allen, b. ca. 1852
(The 3rd born son is usually named after the father, not the 2nd. But, there are exceptions to every rule, and if Joseph's father was also named James it would make sense)
Mary Allen, b. 1855
(The 1st born daughter is usually named after the mother's mother and since Elizabeth's mother's name was Mary this fits)
Robert Allen, b. 1857
(After the grandparents and father were covered, the next son is usually named after the father's oldest brother.  Since I don't know anything about Joseph's family, I don't know if this is true or not)
Catherine Allen, b. 1860
(The 2nd daughter is named after the father's mother.  Since I don't know anything about Joseph's family, again, I don't know if this is true or not)
Elizabeth Allen, b. 1865
(The 3rd daughter is named after the mother and this follows that pattern)
John Grant Allen, b. 1869 (my great-great-grandfather)
(The 5th son is either named after another brother of the father or the mother's oldest brother.  Elizabeth only had one brother and his name was indeed, John.  The Grant is for U.S. Grant who was also from Ohio and became President a few months before John was born)

This was just done for fun and I don't put a whole lot of stock into naming patterns (obviously I'm not going to list Joseph's mother as Catherine based on the above).  I do think that some possible leads can be mined from it, however, and will take some of the names into account while trying to find Joseph's parents and siblings.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

SNGF: 1940 Census

This week's SNGF, courtesy of Genea-Musings:
"...Which of your ancestral family members will be in the 1940 census?  Consider not just your ancestors, but also their siblings.  

Where did your ancestral family members live in 1940 on Census Day?  Have you found all of the addresses in city directories or telephone books?  Please list the ones you know the addresses of, and the ones you need to find addresses for..."

This will be the first census where all four of my grandparents are alive.  All of their siblings (who survived past infancy) should also be enumerated in this census.  As for my great-grandparents:

Joseph James Allen and Daisy Mae Croad: Both were alive and should be present in the census.  I especially want to know what, if any, veteran information is included on James, whose WWI service is something I want to learn more about.  I am also curious as to where they were living at the time of the census.  City directories from around the time place them in Jackson, Jackson, Michigan but they were supposed to be living on a farm in Isabella Co. around this time (according to my father).  This will be the last census Joseph is enumerated in as he passed away in the late 1940s.

Giuseppe Lapiccirella and (Maria) Nicoletta Riccia:  Both were living at the time and should be enumerated at their home on Oak St. in Warren, Trumbull, Ohio.  I'm interested in what the census says about their citizenship status.  Perhaps of even more interest to me will be the entry for Giuseppe's brother, Nicola, who should be listed as a veteran and whose citizenship status is equally mysterious.

Elmer John Shinn and Gladys Viola Healey:  Again, both should be present and accounted for in the census.  They were living on their ranch in San Joaquin Co., California at the time.  Their rural residence should be an interesting challenge to locate...  This will be Elmer's last appearance in the census as he died a couple years afterward.

Gideon Gottlieb Berger and Georgiana Wellons:  They were living on Flume St. in Chico, Butte, California at the time as Gideon was pastor of Trinity Methodist Church there.  

As for great-great-grandparents:

John Grant Allen and Marion Wood:  I am more curious about these two in the 1940 census than just about anyone else.  Will they be enumerated together?  In Manistee?  Or Jackson?  Will they be enumerated separately, with Marion at the family home on Vine St. in Manistee and John on Scott St. in Jackson?  John moved to Jackson to work as a guard at the prison there, while Marion stayed in Manistee.  I also wonder if there were more personal reasons for his moving to the other side of the state...  

Luckily, most of the above have appeared in city directories around 1940 so I'm thinking it won't be too difficult to locate them in the 1940 census.  Between now and the release date of the census, I'll be concentrating on finding the relatives of my ancestors around 1940 so that they will hopefully be as easy to find.

If you're interested in more information on the census, including the types of questions that were asked, see here.