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Friday, November 5, 2010

Was Great Great Great Grandpa Coleman Counted Twice In The 1860 Census?

Just this week I was on http://www.ancestry.com/ and searching for information on my Coleman line. My great great great grandfather Alexander ( Elic ) Coleman was born 10 January 1805 in Connecticut, traveled west and ended up in Nebraska where he passed away on 01 September 1873

I found him in the 1860 Iowa census on 21st of July listed as Alexander. Living with him is his wife Kate and 9 children.

I was on the hunt for Alexander in the 1870 census and could not find him. At this time I decided to add his nick name of "Elic' at http://www.ancestry.com/ and a leaf came up with a hint.

I though Yea it is the 1870 census, but no it was another 1860 census for Elic Coleman. First thought was no way but went and looked at it. It was from the area in Nebraska where he had lived but I did not recognize any names of the people in the house he was living There was another Coleman listed in the home . I left that census and keep searching for him in 1870 with still no luck.

I then decided to go back to the 1860 Nebraska census and look again to the name of a Coleman man living in this house with Elic and it was William which was one of Elic's son's name.

I looked at the others living in the area and they are all names that I recognized.

This census was taken 17th August 1860. It seems that Alexander / Elic was in Iowa when that census was taken then left and traveled to Nebraska with his son William to visit family and friends and get land to settle with his family.

So while being counted twice in the 1860 census can be confusing, I did find when he went to Nebraska to settle, bringing the rest of his family at a later time.

The Nebraska state census taken in 1877 I have found Alexander's son John Henry and his family.
Checking the 1880 census I found Catherine as head of house and living with her is daughter Jane and a Hester Paul. Hester was unknown to me but by looking at the relationship I found that she was the younger sister of the head of house and that she was widowed. I now have a sibling of Catherine that I did not know of. A new relative to search in the future.
The census's are great tools. They can tell us where our family lived and who were their neighbors.
The hunt continues another day..
Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A Vintage Postcard of Princeton Minnesota adds mysteries to my family research

I started this post on my vintage postcard blog and after turning around found out that it was written to my Appleton Esler so decided it fit in my family blog also and even more.

Great vintage postcards are not only fun to look at but can be great additions to our genealogy family histories.

Today's posting is of an old card of Princeton Minnesota and the street scene of Eastern Ave. The post mark is hard to read, but with magnifying glass it looks like could be 1909 . At the bottom left of the post card is written copyrighted 1909. So that makes this postcard 101 years old.

The street scene has many businesses including Williams Paint on a sign on first building on the left. On the right side in the middle of the block is a sign for a bakery and restaurant plus other signs that I can not make out. I did a http://www.google.com/ search on Sherwin Williams and found they started in 1866 so this is an old sign advertising their paint

There are residents on the left and one person walking on the right hand side. Most interesting is in the middle of the postcard are two wires in the sky and something is hanging from one. My thought is that it is a person crossing the street on the wire some how.

This post card is addressed to Appleton Esler of Mora Minnesota who was my grandma's step father .
What is written in pencil is hard to understand.
Dear Appleton
? cant possibly meet ? this week and I am not able to do my work now
Please don't send her ? a few days yet as I cant get any one to help me.
signed by maybe Jane? ( who is this )

This post card is a mystery to me. I do not know a lot about my great grandpa Appleton as of now. He married my great grandmother Katherine in 1893 in LaCrosse Wisconsin. He raised my grandmother Grace as his.

I do know he was married once or twice before and brought 2 children to the marriage. He and Katherine had 2 children together so they were a true Brady Bunch of the early 1900's. They moved to Mora Minnesota and lived and died there.

So the mystery is who is this postcard from and what is the meaning of the message and why was it necessary to send to Appleton. This is on my future researches at http://www.ancestry.com/ in the future. I want to learn more about Appleton and who his relatives were.

If you have not thought of adding vintage postcards to your family history books you may want to think about that. This post card was passed down to me from my mother.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday Margaret Maston Loder at Shaffer Cemetery

Today for Tombstone Tuesday I am highlighting my

Margaret Maston Loder

born 2 March 1811 and died 23 Nov 1884

Margaret is buried in Sheffer Pioneer Cemetery in Nebraska

Margaret was married to William Loder

Margaret is not directly related to me . She is the mother in law of my 2nd Great Grand Uncle

Elic Chalker Coleman Jr who married Nancy Jane Loder

Sheffer Cemetery is a small cemetery in Nebraska with tombstones of mainly Colemans, Loders

and Shaffer's. It is one of those cemeteries that is on my wish list to visit some day.

Thanks for stopping by for Tombstone Tuesday.. Grace
I received a friendly reminder that I should source this picture which is very accurate. I found this photo on www.ancestry.com and Susan Peterson was kind enough to take it and post it.
She is also related to Margaret so some how Susan and I are related. Will be contacting her to find out how. Thanks again Susan

Monday, November 1, 2010

Amanuensis Monday Post 03 Hartford Memorial Includes My Robert Day

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog) started his own Monday blog theme many months ago called Amanuensis Monday.

What does "amanuensis" mean?John offers this definition:"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

I have been working on my ancestor Robert Day born about 1604 In Ipswich, Co, Suffolk, England and died 04 September 1648 at Hartford, Connecticut. Robert first married Mary last name not known in England. Robert and Mary emigrated from Ipswich, England to Boston in April 1634 aboard the ship Elizabeth. Mary died in 1634 in Cambidge Massachusetts at the age of 29. Robert remarried Editha Stibbins in 1635. They had four children Thomas, Sarah, Mary and John. I am a descendant of John. Robert Day is my 8th Great Grandfather.

A picture of this memorial will be added to my family notebook on Robert Day for future generations to see.

For today's posting I am sharing a memorial in Hartford Connecuit in memory of the courageous Adventures who traveled with Thomas Hooker

The memorial is as is
In memory of the courageous
who inspired and directed by
Thomas Hooker journeyed through the
wilderness from the Newtown ( Cambridge )
in the Massachusetts Bay to
Suckiauc ( Hartford) October 1635
Mathew Allyn William Lewis
John Barnard Mathew Marvin
William Butler James Olmsted
Clement Chaplin William Pantry
Nicholas Clarke Thomas Scott
Robert Day Thomas Stanley
Edward Elmer Timothy Stanley
Nathaniel Ely Edward Stebbins
Richard Goodman John Steele
William Goodman John Stone
Stephen Hart John Talcott
William Krusly Richard Webb
William Westwood

From the Society of the Descendants
of the founders of Hartford
to the people of Hartford
October 15 1935

This was found on http://www.ancestry.com/. I am searching the sites of Hartford Connecuit memorials to find exactly where this plaque came be found. http://hartford.omaxfield.com/monuments.html has many different memorials pictured.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace