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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Who Is Your MRUA? My Search For Andrew Daly



Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings has issued another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge: Who is your MRUA - your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? Have you looked at your research files recently for this unknown person? What offline or online sources might you search to help you identify your MRUA?

My is number 14 on my Pedigree Chart His name is Andrew Daly and he is the father of my grandmother.

This is my super brick wall. My grandmother Grace was born in July of 1892 in Minnesota, but her mother never married her father. My great grandmother did marry in December of 1893, to a wonderful man who raised my grandmother as his own.

I was never really told much about my grandmother's birth father while growing up.They did tell me his name. We were led to believe that he was a no good scoundrel who took off for Chicago. I wish my grandmother would have talked about him, but she was of another generation. That is all we got, he was no good and went to Chicago.

It was not until my mother and uncle were getting older that they finally pulled out a picture of him some time in 2000.

My darling uncle even whispered "Our little mama was illegitimate."At least we have a name and a picture.

This is my great grandfather. His name is Andrew Daly . I really doubt he went to Chicago.

I tried to get my grandmother's birth certificate but no luck as there is none available to the public.

I have searched the census in the area where I think he may have lived and may have found him. I believe he lived and died in La Crosse Wisconsin/ Winona Minnesota area. I even found a cemetery in the area with a grave with the same name as his.

But until I find some one with the same photo on the Internet I will really never know that I have found him.

All I have is this photo of a handsome young man. His name is Andrew and he is one of my grandfathers.

He probably was a good man for some reason they never married. He probably married , had children and died.

I do know he saw my grandma Grace at least once. My great grandma's brother had died in an accident in 1911. Andrew came to the funeral. I am told my great grandma said " Andrew this is our Grace"

How I wish my grandma Grace had talked about him and anything else she may have known about him and his family. She never did and this one photo is all I have of him.

One day I will search further on this Andrew Daly and see if I can find links on http://www.ancestry.com/ of his kin. From there maybe I can find a picture and either confirm it is him or I have hit another brick wall.
Go to http://www.geneamusings.com/2009/11/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-who-is.html to read about others brick walls. Thanks for stopping by and have a great night.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Time Line # 2 Getting To Know Great +2 Grandmother Harriet Carpenter Anderson


Great Grandmother + 2 Harriet was married to a total of three husbands. My great great grandfather Levi was number two.

1811 Harriet is born in Rome, Oneida New York to Harmon and Phoebe Carpenter. It is believed but not proven that her mother was a Chrisman. She is their youngest child.

1820 census has her enumerated under Harmon . Living in the property next door is Jacob Anderson. Some believe this is her future in law.

1830 Harriet marries Daniel Chrisman ( may be a first cousin) at the age of 19. Harriet' sister Betsy will marry Daniel's brother Abram Chrisman.

1831 Harriet and Daniel's first child David Chauncey is born 24 Jun 1831

1833 Harriet and Daniel's second child Monica is born 25 May 1833

1836 Daniel Chrisman dies. Harriet's father adopts Harriet's son David Chauncey. He is there after referred to as David C Carpenter 2nd (to distinguish him from Harmon's son also named David)

1837 Harriet marries Levi Anderson

1838, Their first child my grandmother Betsey was born September 16

1839 Abram was born October 9

1840 the census, Rome Township, Oneida County, New York has 6 people in household which is probably Levi, Harriet, Betsey , Abram and Harriet's two children from first marriage, Monica and David Chrisman. Listed as 1 male under 5, 1 male 10 to 15, 1 male 20 to 30, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5 to 10, 1 female 20 to 30.

1840 their third child Phoebe is born

1846 William the fourth child is born.

1848 George is born , probably died in infancy since no record is found of him in 1850.

1850 their sixth child Fairfax was born.

1850 census, Rome , Oneida county, New York, has Levi ( 40) listed as a farmer and living on his father in law Harmon's land. Living with him Harriet (36), Abraham ( 13) Betsey (11), Phebe ( 9 ) William (5) and Fairfax (1)In 1850 Harriet's two older children David and Monica Chrisman move in with their grandparents Harmon and Phebe Carpenter, Harriet's parents.

1856 My Great Great Grandmother Betsey marries Dwight Henry Day.

1857 Harmon writes his will and leaves Betsey $10.00 to be paid by her son David Carpenter ( name changed from Chrisman to Carpenter. It is believed Harmon and Phebe adopted him.In Harmon's will he names Betsey as Betsey "Carpenter " rather than Anderson .Harmon also leaves David 2 parcels of land the one Harmon was living on and the one being know as Levi Anderson place, now occupied by Harriet.Where is Levi, did he and Harriet separate or divorce. We do not know yet.

1858 Supposedly Levi dies. I have not found any death record yet. This information is listed in the Biography: history of Wabasha county, Minnesota for William H Anderson. From the history it says about William .. " His father dying when he was 12 years old, leaving a large family, young William went to work when he was 14 and contributed his earnings toward the family support.
1858 Sept 12 Harriet and Levi's son Abram Jackson marries Angeline Dennison and shortly later relocate to Zumbro, Minnesota and purchase land.

1861 June 10th Harmon Carpenter, Betsey 's father dies

1862 Harriet relocates to Wabasha County Minnesota to be near children.

1870 Harriet is found in Mazeppa Wabasha Minnesota with three of her children. Fairfax 21, Welcome 19 and Phebe 25. The value of her real estate is $1200 and personal estate is $600
1872 Harriet marries Charles Noel Cocagne in Wabasha Minnesota at age 60. Charles had been married before and had 7 children with first wife. His first wife died 1870 or 1871.

1880 Harriet and Charles are farming in Zumbro Minnesota. Next door lives son William and daughter in law Marietta.

1885 In the 1885 Minnesota Territorial and state census it shows that Charles and Harriet are living in Zumbro Minnesota. Farming nearby are sons Abe and Bill along with their wives and and 6 grand children. Clark, Mott, Blanche, Finn, Jesse Anderson and Elmer Harrison ( daughter Monica's son) . Also in Zumbro were Harriet's other son William and Fairfax Anderson along with their wives and 7 grandchildren.

1895 Harriet and Charles are living in Zumbro. Charles still identifies himself as a farmer. Living next door is Harriet's son Welcome Wallace and his wife Ellen and 5 grandchildren. Welcome, Edith, Hattie, Blossom, and Lilly. source 1895 Mn territorial and state census)

1899 Harriet's oldest son David Carpenter dies in Rome New York. ( In 1927 David's son George will be murdered in a dispute with neighbors.)

1900 Harriet's husband Charles and her son Fairfax die ( source 1900 census lists Harriet as a widow.)

1903 Harriet's daughter Monica Anderson Harrison dies

1905 Harriet (96) is living with daughter and son in law Dwight and Betsey (64) Anderson. They are living in Hammond in the organized township of Zumbro on June 14 1905. Nearby are sons Abraham (66) and wife Melvina and 6 grandchildren. ( Ironically another grandchild of Harriet's will be murdered in the future. In 1929 Betsey and Dwight's son George will be murdered while doing his job on the docks in Duluth Minnesota)

1905 Harriet Carpenter Chrisman Anderson Cocagne dies of old age at the age of 96 on the 5th of December . She is buried in Zumbro, Wabasha county, Minnesota in the Pleasant Prairie Cemetery. Harriet lived almost 100 years and survived three husbands and five children.