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Saturday, January 7, 2012

SURNAME SATURDAY McCormick FAMILY From Virginia State 1716

SURNAME SATURDAY McCormick FAMILY From Virginia 1716

Saturday and time to take a look at one of my surnames. If by chance you find we are related I hope to hear from you.
Tonight I am looking at the McCormick family.

This line is on my father's side the Zion side.
1. Grace Zion

2. Arthur Zion b April 30 1920 d Sept 15 2008
3. Muriel Day b Feb 23 1922 Minnesota d Feb 28 1998 Minnesota

4. Perry Zion b Dec 12 1886 Kendal Kansas d Dec 21 1958 Winlock Washington
5. Alta L Hall b June 26 1892 Evansville Wisconsin d Feb 21 1944 Winlock Washington

8. Jonathan Adam Zion b Sept 29 1861 Decatuer Iowa d April 07 1927 Craig Colorado
9. Rachel Millsap b April 19 1862 Mount Ayr, Ringgold county Iowa d May 13 1945 Spanaway Pierce county, Washington
16. John Henderson Zion b 28 Nov 1831 Rush, Indiana d 22 April 1920 Foster Missouri
17. Mary Cassell 19 Oct 1834 d 20 Nov 1919 Iowa
32. McCormic Zion b 22 Jan 1795 North Fork River  Holston Washington, Virginia d 26 Dec 1836 Decatur Iowa 
33. Mary Gobble b 4th April 1796 North Fork, Holston River, Virgiania d 20 Nov 1835 Rush Indiana
64. John W Zion Sr b 1765 North Fork Holston River Virgina d before 1850 Cane Creek, Lee, Virgina
65. Lucy McCormick b 1722 Bedford, Virginia d 1854 Cane Creek, Lee, Virginia
130. William McCormick Jr b 1745 Hanover Virginia d 1775 Bedford Virginia
131. Agnes Adams b after 1740 Hanover Virginia d abt 1775
260. William McCormick b abt 1716 Fredrickville Goochland Virginia  d 1753 Louisa County, Virginia . Will is is said to have been recorded in Louisa County, Virginia in 1753. Children named in the will are reported as David, William, Thomas, John, Micajah and Charles and daughters Mary, Nancy, Sarah, and Elizabeth. Further research needs to be done to get a copy of this will.
261. Rebecca b abt 1722 Hanover Co Virginia
I have found at ancestry that there was a William McCormick who served in Captain Richard Taylor's 1st Virginia Regiment commanded by Col JamesHendricks, Esq. William McCormick is enlisted from April 1778 and received $6 2/3. He is also on Richard Taylor's company roll in September 1777. This would not be my McCormick since he had passed away. Could be a relative of his though.
My William McCormick # 130 died in 1775. His will was signed 31 July 1775. The will mentions his wife Agnes and his children John, David, William, Lucy, Jesse and Nancy. Since he makes no specific bequests to any of his children and since he names his wife along with William Adams as his sole executors, it may be that his children were quite young at least under legal age at the time of his death.
His will was executed 23 October 1775.
William Adams is listed as one the executors. " I William McCormick late of Buckingham now of Bedford County; and the Virginia tithables for Buckingham County, Virginia
Source Bedford Co Will book #1 p 239.
Further research needs to be done here to get a copy of the will by either finding a copy on the Internet or I will have it get a copy if I can visit Virginia.
More time will be spent on finding information on this family. Thanks for stopping by.. your friend in family research... Grace

Friday, January 6, 2012


On this day my 4th great grandmother Lucy HILDRETH was born in 1787 to William Hildreth 1736 - 1810 and Jo Anna Chalker 1748 - 1834.
Lucy is one of my grandmothers on my father's mothers side. She was born in Glastonbury, Hartford,Connecticut in 1787 and died in Mount Vernon, Knox, Ohio on 20th of February in 1853.
Lucy was married to Ebenezer Coleman. Ebenzer and Lucy had at least eight children Elisha, Chester , John , Hiram, James and Erastus and Elic Chalker being my ancestor.

So on this day I am thinking about grandma Lucy, wondering what she looked like, what she was like and what life was for her.

this picture is of my 3rd great grandparents  Alexander "Elic" and Catherine Coleman
thanks for stopping by..your friend in family research. Grace

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I just posted about my goals for this year. One is to work on some of my brick walls starting out with my mother's mother's side of the family.
Here is a great tin type photo of my great grandmother on the right side, her sister Bridget and brother William. They are part of my Gallagher / Gallaher family line. On the back of photo my mother has identified the persons in the photo pointing out grandma Katherine is in the dark clothes. I have added (R) on back for future generations.
This is a great old picture, not only showing my ancestors but the clothing of the time. This would of been taken in Wisconsin in the LaCrosse county area.
All I have for this family is the census reports I find on line, a few pictures that was passed down and the hope for more information.
I will share this picture on ancestry for other family members to find in the hopes of starting communications with them.
If you find that you are related to me through the Patrick Gallagher Joanne Riordan Gallagher line I would love to hear from you.
Till later your friend in sharing family research Grace

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Three days into the year and I have been thinking of my goals for this year with family research. What would I like to accomplish this year.

Goal 1 Get my family note books in order with any papers laying around filed. I like to use notebooks rather than files. That way when some one visits I can just pull out to share with them what I have found.
I am separating my family notebooks into four colors for each main Surname.
Red is be my mother's fathers side
Yellow is my mother's mothers side
Blue is my father's father's side
Green is my father's mothers side
I will be starting with each note book having a family group sheet in chronologal order youngest to oldest, with a divider tab labeled Direct Line parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc.
Collateral lines will be in chronological order in the same note book with a divider line labeled collateral to file papers on my direct ancestors siblings.
As the notebooks grow I will need to add note books. My father's side alread has 2 or 3 notebooks but they do need organizing. My mother's mother will be very small needing only one note book to start.
This is what I plan to do this week getting what I have already done in the correct order and filing any papers laying around as time allows.

All of my family papers are placed in mylar page protectors so will need to stock up on more of these and some more divider pages will be on the to buy list.

Goal 2 will be to get my family tree program updated with all the information I have found on ancestry.

Goal 3 to begin collecting death certificates of my ancestors that I do not have. Hopefully this will give me some information I may not have as of yet.

Goal 4 is to find tombstones of my family members that I have not found of yet that are posted on the internet.

Goal 5 is to work on some brick walls. I have a lot of information on all lines except my mother's mothers side. There is one brick wall after another. The only way I can solve one brick wall is with DNA and finding just the right person to get the DNA from. Another brick wall is to work on my family that came from Ireland. Finding the right ship, were there any other family members that came with them from Ireland and going from there. Both my great great grandparents came with their family members and then met and married after arriving into the United States.

Each of these goals will be divided into steps and worked on over the next few months. Hopefully will have a lot of this done by Spring so I can do some traveling and do some research. I would love to find some of my distant relatives and meet for coffee and just get to know them. Especially those that come from one of my brick wall lines.

Will share with you as I accomplish these first goals. Have you set any goals for yourself as of yet? If not this may be just the time to start. Grace


In 1898 on this day my great great grandfather Patrick Gallagher passed away in LaCrosse Wisconsin. Patrick was born in Ireland about 1838 and arrived in the United States some time in 1850. He was married to Joanne Riordan and had four children Mary, Bridget, Kathreen and William. He and Joanne settled in Wisconsin where they raised their family by being a farmer. I know very little about him and Joanna but do know they were Catholic.
Would be interesting to find a book to read about what it was like to live at this time and being an immigrant from Ireland.
I hope to make a trip this spring or summer to LaCrosse Wisconsin and see if I can get a death certificate for both Joanna and Patrick, find their gravestones and any other information I may find on them.

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Week 1 – Blogs: Blogging is a great way for genealogists to share information with family members, potential cousins and each other. For which blog are you most thankful? Is it one of the earliest blogs you read, or a current one? What is special about the blog and why should others read it?
This challenge runs from Sunday, January 1, 2012 through Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Okay we are at week 1 of the next 52 weeks. I can not pick just one genealogy blog .
One of my favorite blogs is Marian's Roots. Fun reading on a regular basis.
Of course I have to add Randy Seaver's blog. I usually read him at least once a week and back track for the week to catch up.

I look forward to not only working on my family research this year and sharing it with you but finding time to find some new and interesting blogs to read.

Thanks for stopping by for Week 1 of the 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy .. Grace


Did you every notice how many of your ancestors die on the first of the month. Truth is they either did die then or they died that month and it is just recorded on the first of the month.
Here is some of my ancestors that died on the 1st of January.

Lucy McCormick in 1854 . She was married to John W Zion Sr .Others at ancestry have John dying the same year but looking at the 1850 census she is living with son William and his family. So John has passed away some time before census was taken.
One of my goals this year is to find out more about John and Lucy
also on January 1st in Dublin Ireland James McGuire was born in 1734.
So for today's date this is what happened or maybe did not happen in my family tree.

Happy New Year to all of you and thanks for stopping by.. Grace


Here is a wonderful vintage New Year's post card in my collection. Young child sitting on a horseshoe swing.
Telling us Good Luck and a Happy New Year postmarked Dec 30 1911. One hundred years old. How great is that.