Saturday, October 29, 2011

Our GG grandparents Pie Chart

From Deb Ruth's blog "Adventurers in Genealogy" and Randy Seavers of Gena-Musing's Saturday Night genealogy fun, I decided to learn how to make a pie chart. My daughter did this one, but now I know how to make one. I decided to do what Deb did and make a chart that covered my children's 3 times great grandparents, even then, most were born in Indiana. Our families came very early to Montgomery, Putnam, and Jennings Co., Indiana., Joe had 11 born in Indiana, I had 6. I had 6 from Kentucky and he had 2, which all came about 1900 to Indiana. I had 2 from Ohio, and he had 3, I had one GG that was born in Vermont, who never made it to Indiana, he went to Missouri, and died in Missouri, but his widow came to Indiana. His family is all my New England families that came from England to Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. I may try making another chart of 4th or 5th grandparents to show where they were before they came to Indiana.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mom’s autosomal DNA results

My mom’s haplogroup is U2e1a, 100% European; the U2 group is some of Europe’s earliest inhabitants. My mom’s mitochondrial line is Rivers/ Simms/Johnson/Huston/ unknown. We thought the unknown ancestor was Native American, but it appears James Huston was married to someone who had European roots in her mitochondrial lineage. It could be that James Huston’s mother was the Native American, right now, I do not know.
I got mom’s autosomal DNA done at 23andme. Her genotype for eye color is AG, which says likely brown {56% brown, 37% green, 7% blue}, she does have brown eyes, however her genotype for hair color is CT, which is substantially higher odds of having red hair, marker rs1805007. Her hair is dark brown, but she has red haired children, grandchildren, and grandparents. I would recommend 23andme, as I have found it all very interesting, she has also matched up with her Long , Haynes, Phipps, Powers, Frisby, and Day cousins on her paternal side on their website. She has not matched up yet with anyone on her maternal side, but everyone hasn't answered back yet, her closest match was a possible 2nd to 4th cousin and they have not responded back to e-mail that was sent. Update: they answered back, it is a Haynes/Phipps cousin.
Update: 7/18/14, She now has matches with her maternal side; Freeman, Hobson, Huston, Sullivan, Short, Campbell and Settle.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

99 Genealogy Things Meme

I saw this on Marian's Roots & Rambles, and thought it would be fun to do. It originally came from Becky at the Kinexxions blog.
The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (color optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
1.Belong to a genealogical society.
2.Researched records onsite at a court house.
3.Transcribed records.
4.Uploaded tombstone pictures to Find-A-Grave.
5.Documented ancestors for four generations (self, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents).
6.Joined Facebook.
7.Helped to clean up a run-down cemetery.
8.Joined the Genea-Bloggers Group on Facebook.
9.Attended a genealogy conference.
10.Lectured at a genealogy conference.
11.Spoke on a genealogy topic at a local genealogy society.
12.Been the editor of a genealogy society newsletter.
13.Contributed to a genealogy society publication.
14.Served on the board or as an officer of a genealogy society.
15.Got lost on the way to a cemetery.
16.Talked to dead ancestors.
17.Researched outside the state in which I live.
18.Knocked on the door of an ancestral home and visited with the current occupants.
19.Cold called a distant relative.
20.Posted messages on a surname message board.
21.Uploaded a gedcom file to the internet.
22.Googled my name.
23.Performed a random act of genealogical kindness.
24.Researched a non-related family, just for the fun of it.
25.Have been paid to do genealogical research.
26.Earn a living (majority of income) from genealogical research.
27.Wrote a letter (or email) to a previously unknown relative.
28.Contributed to one of the genealogy carnivals.
29.Responded to messages on a message board or forum.
30.Was injured while on a genealogy excursion.
31.Participated in a genealogy meme.
32.Created family history gift items (calendars, cookbooks, etc.).
33.Performed a record lookup for someone else.
34.Went on a genealogy seminar cruise.
35.Am convinced that a relative must have arrived here from outer space.
36.Found a disturbing family secret. {more than 1!}
37.Told others about a disturbing family secret.
38.Combined genealogy with crafts (family picture quilt, scrapbooking).
39.Think genealogy is a passion not a hobby.
40.Assisted finding next of kin for a deceased person (Unclaimed Persons).
41.Taught someone else how to find their roots.
42.Lost valuable genealogy data due to a computer crash or hard drive failure.
43.Been overwhelmed by available genealogy technology.
44. Know a cousin of the 4th degree or higher.
45.Disproved a family myth through research. {not yet, waiting to see what mtdna says about Native American roots}.
46.Got a family member to let you copy photos.
47.Used a digital camera to “copy” photos or records.
48.Translated a record from a foreign language.
49.Found an immigrant ancestor’s passenger arrival record. I have seen list on ancestry.
50.Looked at census records on microfilm, not on the computer.{never but have looked in books in local library}
51.Used microfiche.
52.Visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
53.Visited more than one LDS Family History Center.
54.Visited a church or place of worship of one of your ancestors.
55.Taught a class in genealogy.
56.Traced ancestors back to the 18th Century.
57.Traced ancestors back to the 17th Century.
58.Traced ancestors back to the 16th Century.
59.Can name all of your great-great-grandparents.
60.Found an ancestor’s Social Security application. I ordered them.
61.Know how to determine a soundex code without the help of a computer.
62.Used Steve Morse’s One-Step searches.
63.Own a copy of Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
64.Helped someone find an ancestor using records you had never used for your own research.
65.Visited the main National Archives building in Washington, DC.
66.Visited the Library of Congress.
67.Have an ancestor who came over on the Mayflower. yes, but from my GG who changed his name and was a bigamist, hard to prove.
68.Have an ancestor who fought in the Civil War. I have 6.
69.Taken a photograph of an ancestor’s tombstone.
70.Became a member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.
71.Can read a church record in Latin.
72.Have an ancestor who changed their name. yes, the bigamist, the family secret.
73.Joined a Rootsweb mailing list.
74.Created a family website.
75.Have more than one "genealogy" blog.
76.Was overwhelmed by the amount of family information received from someone.
77.Have broken through at least one brick wall
78.Visited the DAR Library in Washington D.C.
79.Borrowed a microfilm from the Family History Library through a local Family History Center.
80.Have done indexing for Family Search Indexing or another genealogy project.
81.Visited the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
82.Had an amazing serendipitous find of the "Psychic Roots" variety.
83.Have an ancestor who was a Patriot in the American Revolutionary War. I have 21.
84.Have an ancestor who was a Loyalist in the American Revolutionary War.
85.Have both Patriot & Loyalist ancestors.
86.Have used Border Crossing records to locate an ancestor.
87.Use maps in my genealogy research.
88.Have a convict ancestor who was transported from the UK.
89.Found a bigamist amongst the ancestors. yes, the family secret, changed his name, his ancestors came on Mayflower, can't prove.
90.Visited the National Archives in Kew.
91.Visited St. Catherine's House in London to find family records.
92.Found a cousin in Australia (or other foreign country).
93.Consistently cite my sources. well, getting better.
94.Visited a foreign country (i.e. one I don't live in) in search of ancestors.
95.Can locate any document in my research files within a few minutes. I wish!
96.Have an ancestor who was married four times (or more).He was married 3 times and had 18 children.
97.Made a rubbing of an ancestors gravestone.
98.Organized a family reunion.
99.Published a family history book (on one of my families). Made notebooks for family.
100.Learned of the death of a fairly close relative through research.
101.Have done the genealogy happy dance.
102.Sustained an injury doing the genealogy happy dance.
103.Offended a family member with my research. yes, my grandma, she knew the family secret.
104.Reunited someone with precious family photos or artifacts.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Summary of my 16 GG Grandparents for my 23 and me 3rd cousins:


  1. Hiram Nathaniel Davis- born Feb.15,1825 in Jennings Co., IN., died June 14, 1898, Ladoga, Montgomery Co., Indiana. Had 10 children with Mary Ann Crutchfield; Charles Richard Davis, William Jefferson Davis, Mary Elizabeth Davis Grubb Talton, Hezekiah Davis, Eliza Ann "Annie" Davis Tener, Maggie {died age 2}, James Kemper Sherman Davis, George Washington Davis, Clara Ellen Davis Mount, and John Martin Davis. Hiram served in the Civil War, Union, Co. F Indiana infantry. He injured his shoulder at Vicksburg.
  1. Mary Ann Crutchfield – born Sept. 10, 1831 in Russellville, Putnam Co., IN., died  Jan. 26, 1904, Ladoga, Montgomery Co., Indiana
  1. Seneca Wilcox – born April 1, 1808, Orwell, Addison Co., Vermont, died March 19, 1878 Dawn, Livingston Co., Missouri. Seneca had 4 children with his first wife, Sarah Harrison; Rosanna Wilcox, Mary Susan Wilcox and Sarah Elizabeth "Betty" Wilcox, none of them ever married, and Lorenzo D. Wilcox.  Seneca had 3 daughters with Nancy Christison; Lavina "Vina" Wilcox Bloom, Luevicia "Lou" Wilcox Hanna Hamilton Davis, Elizabeth Catherine "Kate " Wilcox Gibson Runion. Nancy moved to Indiana after Seneca's death and married Samuel Wyatt, the girls all lived in Indiana, Lou in Ladoga, IN., Vina in Huntington Co., IN. and Kate in Hendricks Co., IN., Lavina had 7 children, Lou had 7 children and Kate had 9 children. 
  1. Nancy Christison – born Feb. 10, 1832, Casey Co., Kentucky, died Oct. 3, 1908, Ladoga, Montgomery Co., Indiana. Nancy was married first to Adam Haynes, don't know if she had any children with him. 
  1. James Henry Day – born Feb. 20, 1850, Marion Co., IN., died Jan. 20, 1910, Noblesville, Hamilton Co., Indiana. James had 9 children, 3 with his first wife, Sarah McCoy; Elizabeth Day, Flora Belle Day Toole, Henry L. Day, Sarah died not too long after birth of Henry. James married Nancy Ellen Steen second. He had 6 with Nancy; Maggie Lawton, Andrew Harrison Day, James Ernest Day, Cora Leona Day, infant that died young, and 1 unknown. 
  1. Nancy Ellen Steen – born Feb. 4, 1864, Indiana, died Nov. 23, 1938 Zionsville, Boone Co., Indiana. Married Ed Mundy after death of James Henry Day.
  1. David Henry Chaney {changed name, not legally, to John Henry Morris}- born March 22, 1849 Greene Co., Ohio, died Feb. 8, 1928, Anderson, Madison Co., Indiana. David had 7 children from his marriage to Lucy Janes; Ida Chaney Warnock, Minnie Chaney Straley, Bertha Chaney Vannorsdall Crow Adsit {she died age 100}, Anna Mary Chaney Resler, Emma Chaney Griffith, David Chaney {died before age 21}, and Gertie Chaney Flax. He never divorced Lucy,  he moved to Indiana and went by John Henry Morris, he had 6 children with Elizabeth Kinnaman; Grover Morris, Ervin Morris, Nellie Morris Lewis, Goldie Morris Day Silvers, Henry Morris, and Leroy Morris. 
  1. Elizabeth Della Kinnaman – born July 3, 1865, Ross Co., Ohio, died March 23, 1947, Marion, Grant Co., Indiana 

  1. Joseph Henry Long- born March 22, 1862, Clintwood, Wise Co., VA., died May 18, 1942, Ladoga, Montgomery Co., Indiana. He had 10 children with Lucy Conkright; Samuel Long, Wilburn Long, Alice Long Kirby, Harry Long, Lillian Long Gifford, Mary Long Moore, Peggy Long Hall, Isham Long, Harvey Long and Dorothy Long Weir. Lucy died a few days after giving birth to Dorothy. Joseph married widow, Bettie Smith Kirby, they had a short marriage, that ended in divorce, he then married widow, Alice Flowers Showalter Greenway Sperry. He was married to her for 18 years. He didn't have any children with Bettie or Alice.
  1. Lucy Conkright – born July 18, 1866, Montgomery Co., KY., died March 11, 1907, Ladoga, Montgomery Co., Indiana 
  1. James Powers- born May 3, 1851 Morgan Co., KY., died March 17, 1922, Ladoga, Montgomery Co., Indiana. He had 7 children with Emily Frisby; Sarah Elizabeth Powers Stull, Samuel Turner Powers, Alvin Powers, Lou Ella Powers Long, Merttie Powers Long, Franklin Howard Powers and Beatrice Powers Trump.
  1. Emily Jane Frisby – born Dec. 24, 1856, Bath Co., KY., died Feb. 22, 1944, Ladoga, Montgomery Co., Indiana 
  1. Joseph Butler Rivers – born May 22, 1848, Green Co., KY., died  Dec. 17, 1920, Montgomery Co., Indiana. He had 7 children with Emily Sullivan; Livonia Rivers{died as infant}, Henry W. Rivers, Minnie Grace Rivers Suitors, Joseph Hardin Rivers, Mary Elizabeth Rivers Smith, Robert Stallard Rivers, and Nannie Lutitia Rivers Keller.
  2. Emily Hardin Sullivan – born Jan. 18, 1847, Green Co., KY., died June 9, 1914, Montgomery Co., Indiana 
  1. George Washington Simms – born Sept. 12, 1842 Tippecanoe Co., IN., died Aug. 28, 1916, Montgomery Co., Indiana. He had 9 children with Jane Johnson; Idella Simms {died young}, Sherman Simms, Labon Simms, Frank Simms, Emma Simms {died young}, Etta Mae Simms Rivers, Homer Simms, Cleveland M. Simms {died at 2 from spinal meningitis}, and Otis Simms {died young}. George served in Union army in civil war, 20th battery Indiana, his records state at age 20 he was 6 feet tall, brown hair, grey eyes, he was stationed at Bridgeport, Alabama, he lost his hearing in the war. He filled out a form for the army in 1900 stating he had 9 children, but only 7 living and listed them and marked the ones that were deceased. He died on his 50th wedding anniversary and Jane's 74th  Birthday from a heart attack, while in town transacting business with W.A. Swank, loan officer. His wife and family were planning a surprise anniversary party, and his death was a big shock to them all, even though he was being treated for heart problems.
  1. Phebe Jane Johnson – born Aug. 28, 1842 Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., IN., died June 8, 1918, Alamo, Montgomery Co., Indiana. Jane had a child before her marriage to George Simms. Mary Arlene Johnson Taylor. Mary's death record says her father was Abner Johnson. I know Jane's maiden was also Johnson as she states in George's pension records she has went my name Jane Johnson since a child, and she is listed in all her Johnson siblings obituaries, so I don't know if she was ever married to Abner Johnson.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Our American Revolutionary War Patriots

For July 4th I wanted to put up a list of our Revolutionary War Patriots. My kids have a total of  42 that I know about. Most of mine had ancestry in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Holland.  My husband's had ancestry in Germany and Switzerland {Maternal} and Scotland, Ireland, and England {Paternal}. 
Our  American Revolutionary Patriots: 21 total,
 My Maternal side:
  1. Edward Parker – Booneborough, KY., was living at Boonesbourough when he signed up. Pension Papers, SAR, Bible Records, Will, lived in Eastern Kentucky after the War, Bath, Madison, Montgomery. 
  2. William Long - Lieutenant, Rockingham Co., Virginia
  3. Robert Hill -  Captain, Stokes Co., North Carolina, SAR
  4. George Reeves - Lieutenant, Montgomery Co., Virginia, first singed up under Capt. John Cox,  SAR, pension records, Will. 
  5. Richard Burton - Virginia
  6. Herculuis Conkright – North Carolina, moved there from Tarrytown, New York, his great grandparents came from Holland to New Amsterdam.
  7. Robert Garrett - Prince William Co.,Virginia, DAR, pension records,  states in pension records he signed up as private in spring of 1777 under Capt. Harrison and Colonel was Major Ramsey for 4 months, then for 9 months was under Capt. Helms and Colonel George Rodgers Clarke, was in Col. Clarke's expedition to the Illinois Country and states he captured a British Governor in the territory of Illinois.
  8. James Prunty -  Henry Co.,Virginia, was born in Ireland. 
  9. Joshua Short - Pittsylvania Co.,Virginia,  Battles of Brandywine and Germantown, was at Valley Forge in winter of 1777/78 with General Washington, moved to Green Co., KY. after the war, in his later years moved to Menard Co., IL. where some of his children had moved. On Aug. 20, 1836 he had his will drawn up by Abraham Lincoln. He died a few years later. SAR, DAR, Revolutionary pension records, will.
  10. Joseph Farris - Pittsylvania Co., Virginia , grandparents born Scotland.
  11. Jonathan Payne - Bedford Co., Pennsylvania
  12. Presley Simms/Symmes -  Stafford Co.,Virginia, was stationed on the Potomac and marched for 50-60 miles up and down the river to guard the coast and shipping {from his pension records}, DAR, SAR.
  13. Richard Simms-  too old  to serve, but furnished 200 pounds beef to Virginia Militia.
Lt. George Reeves, George Reeves Cemetery, Grayson Co., VA.
Photo courtesy of DR Sheppard/
Joshua Short, Old Concord Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard Co., Illinois
courtesy Lee Hillard/
Presley George Simms, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery,  Montgomery Co., IN.

My Paternal:
  1. Nicholas Crutchfield - Goochland Co.,Virginia, Battle of Yorktown.
  2. John Owen - Montgomery Co.,Maryland, Battle of Germantown under General Washington, was at Valley Forge in winter of 1777/78 under General Washington. Grandparents came from Wales to Maryland, he moved to Clark Co., KY. after the war with his 2 brothers. SAR, DAR, pension records, will.
  3. Francis Tillman Cullom - Montgomery Co.,Maryland
  4. Abel Wilcox - Killingworth, Middlesex Co.,Connecticut, served at the East Haven Alarm on July 7, 1779. His GG grandparents came from England to New England on the Planter in 1635, most all of his ancestors from England to New England in the 1630's, DAR
  5. Rev. Josiah Stevens - Connecticut, Battle of Bennington, Aug. 6, 1777, at Fort Ticonderoga. Was a Congregational Minister at Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire after the War. His great grandparents and all of his 2x great grandparents came from England to New England. DAR, SAR
  6. William Horney -5th Maryland Regiment, Capt. William Riley, DAR, SAR
  7. Daniel Murley -Augusta Co., Virginia, his father was born in Ireland.
  8. Perez Chipman- furnished supplies to the North Carolina Militia which he received land grant for. His great and 2x great grandparents came over on the Mayflower, SAR, DAR.
William Horney, Bellbrook Cemetery, Bellbrook, Green Co., Ohio
Photo courtesy of Michael Harrison/

Joe’s American Revolutionary Patriots: 21 total,
1.Peter Ginther - Lancaster Co.,Pennsylvania, parents born Germany, Moravian Religion
2.Felix Fenner - Northampton Co.,Pennsylvania, Capt. Jacob Claters, his grandparents born in Switzerland.
3.Christopher Demuth - Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, grandparents born in Czech Republic, Moravian Religion, ancestor of Barbara Pierce Bush and George W. Bush
4. John Frederick Romig - Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, parents born Heidelberg, Germany, Moravian Religion.
5. Isaac Borroway -  Lancaster Co.,Pennsylvania, 3rd co., 7th battalion, Capt. Thomas Robinson, Moravian Religion.
6. Samuel VanHook - Washington Co., VA., 1777-1780, Battle of King's Mountain.
7. Thomas Higgason- Hanover Co.,Virginia, at age 16, served as minute man in 1776, served 2 or 3 times at Willamsburg as substitute for others, states he served about 14 months, also states that he thought it was Patrick Henry's brother in law who was in charge of the Minute Man. Received Pension March 1831.
8.Adam Linn- Pennsylvania, parents born Ireland.
9. James Skiles - Lancaster Co.,Pennsylvania
10. William Herron- Cumberland Co., PA., Capt. Alex Peebles, co. 4
11. John Coombs- Bedford Co., PA., 1st battalion, Beford Co., PA. Militia

Memorial in Honor of Tuscarawas  Co., Ohio soldiers of the Revolution., Christopher Demuth, Peter Ginther and Christopher's brother, Gottlieb Demuth.

Peter Ginther, Gnadenhutten Cemetery, Gnadenhutten, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio
Isaac Borroway, Gnadenhutten Cemetery, Gnadenhutten, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio

Christopher Demuth, Gnadenhutten Cemetery, Gnadenhutten, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio

  1. George Proctor - Albemarle Co.,Virginia, served on the James River, not a proven ancestor yet.
  2. John Lawrence - Dutchess Co., New York, was born in Connecticut, was Minister of First Baptist Church in Pawling, New York, before, during and after war, moved to Virginia and had a Baptist Church there.
  3. David Carson - New Jersey, father born Ireland, grandparents born Scotland.
  4. Ebenezer Fairchild - North Carolina, Battle of King's Mountain
  5. Richard Crooks - Washington Co., PA., parents born Scotland.
  6. John Craig – Captain in  New Jersey, grandparents born Scotland.
  7. Zebulon Baird – Monmouth Co., New Jersey, parents born Scotland.
  8. John McCloud - Virginia
  9. John Lewellen - Pennsylvania
  10. David Brenneman- Lancaster Co., PA., grandparents born Switzerland and Germany, Mennonite.
John Craig, Jacksonburg Cemetery Evangelical Unit, Jacksonburg, Butler Co., Ohio
Photo courtesy D.L. DeChant/

Friday, May 20, 2011

Our Roots Run Deep in Montgomery County, Indiana

My husband and I both grew up in Montgomery Co., Indiana, and when I started my family research I went to the Montgomery county library in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Montgomery became a county in 1823 and my husband’s ancestors where there when it was still a wilderness from both sides of his family. David and Jemima Masterson Craig were first from his father’s line. They came in 1822 {189 years ago} from Butler County, Ohio. Their daughter, Sarah Craig Jackson’s obituary says there were only 3 houses when they came. The next two families were from his mom’s side in 1824 and 1825, James and Elizabeth Linn Chesterson and James’s widowed mother, Charity Powers Chesterson, and Elizabeth’s widowed father, James H. Linn, from Butler Co., Ohio and James’s sisters, Abigail and her husband, Paul Burk, Elizabeth, Hannah and Sarah. An article on James grandson, John Chesterson, says John was living on the old homestead of 120 acres that his grandfather bought when Montgomery County was a wilderness. James Chesterson bought 80 acres on April 20, 1826 and 120 acres on September 1, 1826. James and Elizabeth Chesterson, James H. Linn, and Charity Powers Chesterson all buried in the old Finley Chapel Cemetery.  Next were Richard and Jane Beard Breaks in 1824. They came from Wayne Co., Indiana, but before that Jane’s family was from North Carolina and Richard had come from England. Articles on Richard talk about the wilderness he came to and how he protected his house from the Indians. There was a Breaks School in Montgomery County and there is a Breaks Cemetery. His first wife, Jane Beard Breaks died at the age of 33, leaving him with 6 children to care for, he married two more times and had a total of eleven children. Richard had lots of land but gave most of it to his children when they married. Next were Ebenezer and Nancy Chambers Jackson from his father’s side that also came from Wayne Co., Indiana and before that Ashe Co., North Carolina. Ebenezer bought 160 acres on April 10, 1824 and died 3 months later on July 12, 1825 at the age of 39, leaving a widow and 7 children ranging in age from 16 years to a 4 months old baby, the next day his 11 year old daughter died. His widow, Nancy, remained a widow, and died Dec. 25, 1859 at the age of 71.About 1828 my husband’s parental side, Andrew and Sarah Crooks Shanklin came from Bath Co., KY., they were Presbyterians in Bath, and they joined the Center Presbyterian Church in Crawfordsville where Andrew became an Elder and he along with other members financed Wabash College. His daughter, Sarah, married James Chambers Jackson who had come with his parents in 1823 when he was about 14. Then in 1830 my husband had 2 more families that came from his paternal side, and my first ancestors came, husband’s was John and Polly Jacobs Coleman and George and Martha Talbot Stump.  George and Martha came from Campbell Co., Kentucky and John and Polly came from Hamilton Co., Ohio. Not sure exactly when my first one came, it was Andrew Johnson and Matilda Huston, my maternal line. I do not know where they were living before 1830. Their marriage is recorded in Book #1 in Montgomery County on February 28, 1830. Andrew Johnson was from the South and was cousin to ex-president, Andrew Johnson. Matilda was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio in 1812. She was 18 and Andrew was 43 when they married. They lived the rest of their life out in Montgomery Co., IN., renting land and working on farms. They had 8 children. Matilda tells how poor they were when she applied for pension when her oldest son was killed in the battle of Chickamauga in the Civil War. My next ancestor was Presley Simms {spelled Symmes when he first came}. He lived in the same neighborhood as Andrew Johnson in 1830. He came from Orange Co., IN. but before that was in Ky. for a few years and before that he had lived, and was a Revolutionary War solider in Stafford Co., VA., he applied for pension in 1833 in Montgomery Co., IN. and his name is on the Monument in front of the Crawfordsville court house. Nathan Harvey Hobson also came about 1830 from Orange Co., IN., his wife had died and he married his second wife in Orange Co., IN., before that he had been a Quaker in Chatham Co., North Carolina. His daughter, Elizabeth Hobson married Presley Simms’s son, Burrell Simms, on Nov. 26, 1841 in Montgomery. Nathan also lived in same neighborhood as Presley Simms and Andrew Johnson. My husband then had 7 families come from 1831-1834 all on his maternal side; Ezekiel and Julia Everett from Pennsylvania, William and Sarah Higgason from Kentucky, and before that Virginia, George and Mary Byrd from Warren Co., Ohio. George was on 1832 tax list in Warren Co., Ohio and was on the 1840 census in Montgomery Co., Indiana. George died in 1841 and is buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in Union Twp., Montgomery Co., IN., his son; Ephraim married Elliann Chesterson on Oct. 12, 1843. Elliann had come with her parents in 1825, as a baby, her parents James and Elizabeth Linn Chesterson being one of the earliest settlers in Montgomery Co., IN., James Hopper, widow, his wife Harriett Buress had died in Wayne Co., Indiana, and Archelous and Jemima Whaley VanHook from Harrison Co., KY., and their married children, one daughter, Peninah who was married to Jehu Chadwick.
In the 1840’s the Lewellen’s came on my husband’s parental side from Preble Co., Ohio, Thomas and Mary Crane Lewellen, and George and Mary Snyder Grimes from Clinton Co., IN. on his maternal side. Finally in 1860’s my GG grandparents, Hiram and Mary Crutchfield Davis came from Boone Co., IN., Hiram’s parents, Charles Michael and Sarah Ann Davis were from Jennings Co., IN. when it was a wilderness in 1820 and had married there in 1822. Mary’s parents, Richard and Keziah Owen Crutchfield, had come from Clark Co., KY. to Putnam Co., IN. when it was  but a wilderness, her father buying land there in 1826 when she was 5 years old.  My husband had Curtis and Charlotte Bennett Lewis from parental side that came in 1860’s from Butler Co., Ohio and in 1880 my husband’s GG grandparents, William and Mary Fenner Fry from maternal side that came from Tuscarawas Co., Ohio. The rest came in 1900, his Great grandfather, Elmer Proctor, came from Rockcastle Co., KY. alone, and in 1901 married Nannie Lewis whose great grandparents had come in 1860’s, and his great grandfather, Meritt McCloud at age of 17, came with his parents, Joshua and Mary Catherine Morphew McCloud from Putnam Co., IN., and married Laura Alice Lewellen’s whose grandparents had come in 1840’s, and 3 of my great grandparents came as teen-agers, in 1900, from the Appalachian area of Kentucky. Joseph Rivers came with his parents, Joseph and Emily Sullivan Rivers from Taylor Co. {area that was Green Co.} Kentucky. Joseph Rivers married Etta Mae Simms whose great grandparents {Presley and Nancy Simms} had come in the 1830’s. Wilburn Long Sr. came with his parents, Joseph Henry and Lucy Conkright Long from Montgomery Co., KY., and in 1906 he married Merttie Lee Powers who had come in 1900 as a teen-ager with her parents, James and Emily Frisby Powers from Montgomery Co., KY., but her childhood had been in Menifee Co., KY.
That's a total of 32 surnames our children are related to in Montgomery Co., IN., needless to say, my daughter will not date anyone from Montgomery County, for fear they are related to one of these 32 surnames.

 My husband’s Surnames for Montgomery Co., IN.;
Parental: Jackson, McCloud, Proctor, Lewis, Craig, Lewellen, Coleman, Stump, Shanklin
Maternal: Fry, Everett, Chadwick, Hopper, Simms, Grimes, Byrd, Linn, Chesterson, Breaks, Beard, Higgason, VanHook

My Surnames:
Parental: Davis, Crutchfield {Mary’s siblings and her mother}
Maternal: Long, Rivers, Simms, Johnson, Huston, Hobson, Powers, Conkright {Lucy Conkright Long's brothers}

Sunday, April 24, 2011

52 weeks of genealogy- Pets- week 17

I have always had dogs; as far back as I can remember. My first dog was a Beagle; she was given to me by my grandpa Long. I don’t remember what became of her. My second dog was picked out from a litter of puppies that my cousin’s dog had. He lived for a few years and got loose one day and was hit by a truck and died. We had a few more dogs while I lived at home. When I got married, and we moved into our first house with our newborn daughter, we got a dog from some friends, he was part Afghan and maybe Lab, he didn’t have the long hair like the Afghan, but he was so gentle, like a Lab, he let our baby crawl over him and pull his ears. We named him Dog, because we couldn’t come up with a name. He got too big, and we ended up giving him to my sister who lived in the country. My mom then gave my oldest daughter a kitten, only one we ever had, but he was a good cat, very beautiful, independent, and fluffy. My daughter had him from the age of 7 until about 18.We got a puppy in 1992.  She was a big part of my 4 children’s lives, along with the Cat. She was a Lab, German Shepherd, Rottweiler mix. We got her from neighbors, when she was about 6 weeks old, and we had her until her death from cancer at age 12, in 2004. She was a good, gentle, somewhat shy dog, we had many tears when she passed away. She even lived long enough for my first grandchild to know her for a few years. Before her death, my husband got a black lab mix from a friend at work, the mother was a full lab, and he did not know what the father was, the grandparents had been show dogs, she acts very much like the gentle Lab.  We got her in December of 2003, 8 weeks old; she is almost 8 years old, and shares her life with our other dog, a red dog that my daughter got from a shelter as a young pup in 2005. We don’t know what his breed is, maybe some Lab and Vizsla.. He was dumped on the side of the road with his two brothers, and we found him a few weeks later in the shelter. We had a cancer scare just recently with our black Lab, she got a lump removed that was cancerous, but the vet said  they got it all, her hair is still growing back from the operation. I’m sure I will always have dogs, they are such good company and bring so much love into your life, I can not imagine a life without dogs.

My first Dog

Daughter with Dog.

Our 1 and only Cat.

Our Lab/Rot/Shepherd Mix as a baby

Again, Baby

Cat and older Lab/Rot/Shepherd Mix

Black lab mix as a baby and older Lab/Rot/Shepherd Mix

Older Lab/Rot/Shepherd mix

older Black Lab mix

Baby red mix dog

red dog

Best buds

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Brick Wall- James Huston and wife

Time to write about my brick walls, most of them are 3x-5x great grandparents but I have one that is only my 2 x great grandmother and I already wrote about her, here:
 Nancy Ellen Steen Day Mundy

My 4 x great grandparents, James Huston and his wife are a brick wall. Their daughter, Matilda Huston, age 18, married Andrew Johnston, age 47 in Montgomery Co., Indiana on Feb 28, 1830 {Book #1, pg 75} by William Clarke, Ordained Elder.  I can not find any records of James and his wife being in Montgomery Co., IN., why was Matilda there in 1830? Matilda’s death record {Book #1, pg 220, Montgomery Co., IN.} states her father was James Huston and mother unknown, the informant’s name is not given. She died from Gangrene. The death record of Matilda’s oldest son, Kirson Johnson, was answered by Kirson’s son, John.  John states that his grandmother was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio. I know from census that she was born about 1812 in Ohio.
From the book “Early Ohio Tax Records by Esther Weygandt Powell”, I found a James Huston in 1816 in Pickaway Co., Ohio and I found a James and Samuel in 1811 in Preble Co., Ohio living near each other. My mom was told by her mother that they were related to “the” Samuel Huston, but not sure how. The other story in this family is that their grandma’s great grandma {which would be James Huston’s wife} was Native American and was married to an Irish man {Huston surname is Scottish, but maybe he was Scots-Irish}. I can find out if the Native American story is true by my Mom doing mtDNA, as it is her mother’s maternal line.
Matilda says on the 1880 census {last one before her death in 1885} that her mother was born in Virginia, and just a dash for where father was born.
I found a James H. Huston in Hamilton Co., Ohio on the 1820 census, he had 1 female under 10 {Matilda was about 8 in 1820}.
No Huston’s on 1830 Montgomery Co., IN. census, however a Samuel Huston shows up on the 1840 and 1850 and according to birth of his children he was in Indiana 1829-1830. He was married in Montgomery County, Ohio to Nancy Keys. He bought land in Montgomery Co., IN. in 1834, 76.81 acres and it says he is from Montgomery Co., IN., on 1850 he has Phebe, born 1828 Ohio and Joseph, born 1831 in Indiana, Samuel was 72, born 1778 in PA., from the 1840 census he had more children, and one was Nancy who married Teezly Brazilla Taylor in 1842. Somehow, I think Matilda ties to this family. She named her children: George Teezly, Nancy, Phebe, Samuel, Andrew, Matilda, Kirson, Labon, Alexander and Emily, she did not use the name James for any of her children. Samuel Huston’s father was Alexander Huston according to on-line trees, he was born and died in Montgomery Co., Ohio.
Update 7/18/14: Mom has an autosomal DNA match with a son and his mother that goes back to Alexander Huston Sr. and Mary Ann Johnson of Bedford Co., PA. and Montgomery Co., Ohio. Alexander died in 1814 in Montgomery Co., Ohio and his widow remarried. The children took their stepfather to court and court records name all of Alexander's children, his grandchildren and even some great grandchildren. It appears that his son, Alexander Jr., died before him. All of Alexander Huston Jr.'s nine children are listed, one was named James, however, he is not Matilda's father, he married a Nancy Cline.  This Huston family has been traced back to an Scots/Irish family that was originally House-son. Two brothers named Abnor and Albert came to America. Albert came first to Jamestown and choose the spelling Houston, Abnor came to Jamestown and choose Huston as his spelling. Abnor had a son named John Huston that went to PA., it is believed that John Huston was probably the grandfather or great grandfather of Alexander Huston Sr., John Huston had 4 sons, but their names are unknown at this time.

Phebe Jane Johnson Simms, 1866, daughter to Matilda Huston Johnson.

Phebe Jane Johnson Simms, 1910 at a Johnson Reunion.

Phebe Jane and husband, George Simms in middle, about 1903

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Civil War Week

Direct Ancestors:

1.Thomas Powers – Union, Co. E., KY 24th as Sergeant on Dec 31, 1861. Was in Battle of Shiloh, and siege of Corinth, was killed in Nashville, TN. Buried at Madison, Davidson Co., TN. At the Nashville National Cemetery. He left a widow with 7 children to raise, the youngest was only 1. She applied for pension and received it, she never re-married and raised the children on her own in eastern Kentucky, maybe got some help from her mother in law, Leah Powers.
2. Wilburn D. Long- Union, 45th Ky. vol. commanded by Alf Killen. He
says in his denied pension he was shot with a musket ball that broke his bone and the 1880 census says gun shot wound, but he was denied pension, as they said he wasn't on the rolls. His Uncle Joel D. Long, and his wife's uncle, William Henley testified. His younger brothers, Joel and Henry were killed at the battle on Little Mud Creek, Floyd Co., KY., Wilburn’s mother, Elizabeth, filed for pension on her young son, Joel, and she was denied, they said he was a deserter.
3. William Henry Kinnaman-  Enlisted in the Cilvil War on Sept. 14, 1861, 33rd Inf. , Reg. Co. H, Ohio. He was 20 years old. He was discharged because of disability at Bacon Creek, Louisville, KY. on Feb. 1, 1862. His pension states he had deafness in both ears, however he had that since young, but got worst after his service.
4. Hiram Nathaniel Davis – Union, Co. F., 54th IN. inf., injured shoulder at Seige of Vicksburg. He enlisted on Oct. 22,1862 in Company F, 54 Indiana Volunteers , as a private, commanded by Caption Nuff. He was discharged on Dec 8,1863. He was injured near Black River in Mississippi. He was out foraging and he fell off of a wagon , striking on his left shoulder, throwing it out of place, which so disabled him that he was unfit for service the rest of his term. This was on his pension form. the person who told this says he was there and witnessed it. I can not read his name as it is sloppy writing but it looks like John Chapman. Hiram  says  that near a place called Vicksburg in Mississippi on the seventh of Aug, 1863 while out with a foraging party he fell while getting off a wagon load of corn and the hind wheel of the wagon ran over his hips, straighten them apart and badly injuring him, at same time he contracted diarrhea. He received hospital treatment in a convalescent camp somewhere in Georgia, I can't read the writing of where in Georgia. A third witness, James Ballard says he was Hiram's bunkmate, and that he fell off wagon striking his left shoulder, and that he remained with the company but was in the convalescent care until his time expired. Said he had seen Hiram a few times since and he still complained of his shoulder pain.  Hiram applied for pension on Nov 6,1875. Mary applied for his pension on June 21,1889.  Hiram has a cross to his honor at Ladoga Cemetery and is also named on the Civil war Memorial in the entrance to the Ladoga, Montgomery Co.,IN.  Cemetery.

 5. George Washington SimmsUnion, 20th Battery, Indiana, light Artillery, fought in Siege of Atlanta and Battle of Jonesboro, suffered with hearing problems after the war.
6. Daniel Horney - Confederate,  his sons were all signed up with the Union,  but according to Records of the War department, prisoners of war at Point Lookout, Maryland, Daniel Horney was captured at Petersburg, VA., April, 1865 and died in prison May 1, 1865. He was 75 years old. His tombstone marks his service in War of 1812.

1.       Andrew Johnson- Union, 20th Battery, light artillery, Indiana, brother to my GG grandma, Jane Johnson Simms, Andrew was killed in Battle of Chickamauga. Buried in National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN.
2.       John L. Christison- Confederate, Co. G, Missouri- killed- youngest brother to my GG grandma, Nancy Christison Wilcox.
3.       William Henry Kinnaman’s 4 brothers from Ohio, John, Jeremiah, George and Albert, John died in hospital in Huntsville, Alabama and is buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery, Jeremiah was with Union, Co. E, 149th Ohio inf., he died in rebel prison in Danville, VA. and is buried at Danville National Cemetery, George was in Union, Co. E., 149th Ohio inf., and the youngest, Albert was in Co. C, 81st inf., Ohio, Union. Joseph and Susan had 5 sons fighting in this war { all Union} and the two oldest boys lost their life.
4.       Nehemiah Davis, Union, 2nd Battery, light artillery, Indiana, brother to Hiram Davis, my GG grandpa. I have his pension papers but not on here so from memory, he suffered heat stroke, which caused him to faint and have heart problems.
5. Robert Marion Rivers and James Madison Rivers, brothers to my G G grandpa , Joseph Butler Rivers, who was too young to serve. This from a Rivers cousin, James Rivers : 
Brothers of my great grandfather are two of many of my ancestors who served during the US Civil War. Being from Kentucky, a divided border state, it is understandable that Robert Marion Rivers enlisted in the Confederate Army in Oceola, Missouri, on August 1, 1862, in Company K of Jackman's Regiment, Missouri Infantry and his brother, James Madison Rivers, enlisted in Union Army September 12, 1861 at Camp Dick, Company D. James Madison died of typhoid fever on Nov 28, 1862, in Columbia, Tennessee, having never married. Robert Marion died of pneumonia in a Little Rock, Arkansas military hospital on February 12, 1863. He left a widow with an infant son whom Robert never saw; Caroline took Marshall down the Mississippi and settled in the vicinity of Paris, Texas where his many descendants live today

6. Anna Horney Chaney was my 3rd great grandmother. Her father, Daniel Horney,  a veteran of the war of 1812, at the age of 74, joined the Confederate Army and is on a list of  prisoners at Point Lookout, MD., says he was captured April 1865 at Petersburg and that he died May 1865 in prison. This seems strange to me that he would join the Confederates at the age of 74, and all his sons were serving in the Union. Paris Horney  was second Lt. in the Co. C, 110th, Ohio infantry, Union,  he died in Charleston Race Course  Rebel prison in  Columbia, South Carolina on Nov. 7, 1864. William J. Horney was in Union 168th Ohio infantry, NG, 1st Lt. and John Horney was in Union, 120th Ohio, Co. G. , he was at Vicksburg. One other brother may have served from Illinois. This family was really hurting from the war, if it is true about Daniel fighting with the Confederates and dying in a Union prison, and his son dying in a Confederate prison.

Joe's Ancestors:
1. Milton D. Hopper- Union, Co. K, 40th IN. Vol., Sergeant served 3 years, died at Indianapolis, IN. of Typhoid Fever, left a widow with 6 children, she applied for pension and received it, she never re-married. the youngest child was 2.
2. James Martin Chadwick- Union, New York 2nd Calvary. He lived in Indiana but wanted to join the calvary in New York, he was only 19 and we have a picture of him. He was at Cedar Mountain, Bull Run, Battle of Gettysburg, Appomattox and surrender of Lee. His obituary tells about his service in the war.
3. William T. FryWilliam was enlisted in Union, Company D, 11th,Ohio in 1861, for about 4 months, his father died and he returned to Ohio and taught school that winter. He then re-enlisted in Co. H, 18th, Ohio,for 3 years. He was in battle of Stone River, Hoover's Gap, and Chickamauga. In this last battle he was captured and put in prison.
He spent 18 months in Libby prison at Richmond, VA and in Anderson prision in Georgia.His family says he would never talk about the horrors of the war. Two of his brothers, David Peter and Benjamin Franklin {after
whom William named one of his sons}lost their young lives to the war. 

Joe's Relatives:
1.Milton D. Hopper, above #1, was married to Nancy Higgason, 3 of her brothers were in the Union, William Thomas Higgason was in the 40th Indiana, Co. K. inf., same as Milton, he was a sergeant and was in Shiloh, Stone’s River, Siege of Corinth, Rocky faced Ridge, Siege of Atlanta, Jonesboro, Battle of Nashville. Beverly R. Higgason, her younger brother joined the Illinois 50th, Co. B., he was in Siege of Corinth, and in Chickamauga, Francis Marion Higgason joined the 83rd Illinois, Co. C, Inf., as a rifleman, one month later he was shot by a sniper and broke both bones in his wrist, his injury was so severe his left arm was amputated below the elbow. The Higgason's father, William Higgason, came to Indiana in the 1830's, it has been said it was because he didn't agree with the family owning slaves. His grandfather, John Higgason and great grandfather, Thomas Christmas owned large plantations and owned many slaves in Hanover Co., VA., they willed their slaves to their children and grandchildren, I believe William's father was also a slave owner, and his grandmother, Caty Christmas Higgason, had slaves willed to her from her father.
2.William and John J. Proctor, brothers to Joe’s ancestor, David Proctor, served a few months as Home Guards in Rockcastle  and Lincoln Co., KY.,they lived in  Rockcastle Co., Kentucky, David  was only 17 so he didn’t sign up.

James Martin Chadwick, 2nd New York Calvary

Hiram Nathaniel Davis, Ladoga, IN. Cemetery, in honor of ones who served.

Andrew Johnson, National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN.

George Washington Simms, about 1866

Thomas Powers, Nashville National Cemetery, TN.

George Washington Simms

William Fry

William Fry, School Teacher, 1910

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fearless Females- Day 31

March 31 — Pick one female ancestor and write a mini-profile (500 words or less).

I pick my great grandmother, Lovisa Wilcox Hanna Hamilton Davis. She was born in Dawn, Livingston Co., Missouri on July 25, 1861 to Seneca and Nancy Christison Wilcox.  Her father passed away in 1878 when she was 17. About 1881 she married David Hanna, in 1882 she had a baby girl, Nancy Hanna, David died before the baby was born. Her mother wanted to move to Indiana, so about 1883 they all moved to Indiana. In Indiana she married James Hamilton and had another baby girl, Mary Hamilton in 1885, not sure what happened to James Hamilton, but she then married my great grandpa, James Davis in 1887. She had 5 children with James {Richard, Rolley, Roscoe, Rutherford and Sylvia}. In 1913 her daughter, Mary Hamilton Davis, age 28, the mother of 3 little children, passed away. In 1917, her daughter, Nancy Hanna, age 34, passed away, the papers said from using too much headache powder. Then in 1918 three of Lovisa’s boys had to go to WW #1.  Rolley and Roscoe were in France. James and Lovisa got word Roscoe was missing in action, later they received word that he was killed in the Meuse- Argonne offensive, he was only 22 years old, and the family took it hard. She sure did witness a lot of young lives dying, they say a parent shouldn’t have to bury their children, and she had to bury 3 in a 6 year time span. She died in 1927 in Grant Co., Indiana, age 64, of heart disease.