Thursday, June 18, 2020

52 Ancestors 2020 – 23 – Wedding – Ida Louise (Falk) Gutknecht



If you are keeping track of the numbers, you may have noticed that week 22 is missing. If so, you are correct. I have skipped that week and gone on to week 23.

I did not find anyone on the aunts and uncles birthday calendar for week 23 that fit the theme “wedding” that I wanted to write about, so I picked someone from the “wedding pictures” section of the images on my website.

Charles and Ida Louise (Falk) Gutknecht
Courtesy of Richard Stewart

I have always felt sad about what I had learned about Ida Louise Falk, one of my grandaunts, a sister to my grandfather Julius Falk, the daughter of Ludwig and Anna Louise (Boehm) Falk.

Ida Louise was born 12 Apr 1871 in Pulaski Township, Iowa County, Wisconsin, near the village of Avoca. Her parents were immigrants from Prussia who arrived in the United States about 15 years earlier. They had brought her 3 half-siblings and 2 full siblings on their ocean voyage. Six more older siblings were born in Wisconsin and she had 3 younger brothers, including my grandfather.

Ida's marriage to Charles Gutknecht was 30 Aug 1888, when she would have been 17 years old. From the 1900 census, it appears that Charles would have been 28 as he was born in Mar 1860 in Germany and came to the United States as a 2 year old. As my grandfather would have been 7 years old at the time of their wedding, I wonder if he attended the wedding.

Ida and Charles had 2 daughters, Ella born about 1890 and Emma about 1892. Then the reason for my sadness was the diphtheria epidemic which struck that area in April 1894. Ida, now 23, died as well as both daughters.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

52 Ancestors 2020 – 21 – Tombstone– Elizabeth (Jewett) Haseltine


Tombstone of Elizabeth (Jewett) Haseltine
Courtesy of Jack Parker, Find A Grave

Elizabeth (Jewett) Haseltine was my 8th great-grandaunt, a older sister to my 8th great-grandfather, Joseph Jewett. They were children of Maximilian and Ann Jewett who came to Rowley in 1639, after immigrating from England the year before. Rowley is now located in Essex County, Massachusetts. Elizabeth was born there 22 May 1650.

Elizabeth's mother died in 1667, while Elizabeth was still a teenager. The 2 oldest siblings were already married and her next sister Mary was married to David Haseltine the next year, 1668. It would be reasonable to believe that Elizabeth now had the responsibility to help care for her 5 younger siblings including Joseph. Her father remarried in 1671 to Ellen, the widow of John Boynton, so this may have lessened Elizabeth's duties around their home.

In the next year, 1672, a part of Rowley was incorporated as the town of Bradford. It was in Bradford where Elizabeth was married, at age 30, on 21 Jul 1680 to her brother-in-law Robert Haseltine, the younger brother of Mary's husband David. Robert was born in 1657, so was somewhat younger than Elizabeth.

Elizabeth and Robert had 4 children within the next 10 years, all born in Bradford: Hannah, Elizabeth, Maximilian and Dawson. They all lived to adulthood and were married. From the dates recorded it appears that Elizabeth could have attended the marriages of her two daughters in 1700 and 1706.

Elizabeth's death occurred 22 Nov 1708 and she was buried at the “Ancient Burying Ground” in Bradford. Since this happened over 300 years ago, I found it interesting that her tombstone has been photographed and it is shown on the Find A Grave website.
The inscription on her grave marker reads: “Here Lyes y Body of ElizaBeth Haseltine Who Died November y 22 1708 Aged 59 years.”

Saturday, June 13, 2020

52 Ancestors 2020 – 20 – Travel – Elizabeth (Frazier) Emry


Thinking about the topic Travel, many of my ancestors and relatives tended to move fairly frequently. Of the 7 aunts and uncles on the birthday calendar for this week Elizabeth (Frazier) Emry showed a fair amount of traveling since she was born in one state, was married in another and then died in yet another state. So she was the chosen one.

Elizabeth & Travis Emry
Courtesy of Stan Galloway

Elizabeth was my 3rd great-grandaunt, the sister of my 3rd great-grandmother, Sarah (Frazier) Hockett. Elizabeth was the child of Francis Frazier and Elizabeth Stanley, born 15 May 1795 in Randolph County, North Carolina. I have already written about her youngest brother, Francis Henry Frazier, and posted it 15 Mar 2020 on my blog. He was born after 1800 so does not appear on the 1800 census. But it is probable that Elizabeth was one of the females under 10 in the household of Francis Frazer in neighboring Guilford County, North Carolina.

It was in 1810 that the Frazier family moved to Highland County, Ohio. Ohio does not have a 1810 census available so we can't verify this by the census. But the Quaker Fairfield Monthly Meeting recorded that the Fraziers were received from the Center Monthly Meeting in North Carolina. It was in December of 1812 when the Clear Creek Monthly Meeting in Clinton County, Ohio, was set off from Fairfield Meeting.
Elizabeth with her mother and sisters Ann & Susannah were received on certificate at New Garden Monthly Meeting in Wayne County, Indiana on 22 Mar 1817 from Clear Creek Monthly Meeting.

Not only did Elizabeth travel to different places, her name traveled also. Naturally her name changed from Frazier to Adcock when she married Travis Adcock 27 Aug 1818, at New Garden Meeting House. Travis had been married previously. He had married 7 Dec 1814 to Susannah Moorman, who died in childbirth 22 Jul 1816. It was 21 Sep 1816 when Travis was received on request at the New Garden Monthly Meeting. His land was in Randolph County near the border with Wayne County. He and Elizabeth were listed on the 1820 census in Wayne Township, Randolph County, with their oldest child, Susannah. The patent on 160 acres was granted in June 1821, after their next child James was born in February. Travis and Elizabeth were charter members of the Cherry Grove Monthly Meeting in Randolph County, which had been set off from New Garden in 1821.

Before the 1830 census 4 more children were born, Rachel, Sarah, Gideon and Archelaus. Since the census shows only a total of 5 children it is likely that Gideon, who was born in 1826, had died before the time of the census. There were 3 more children born in the early 1830s, Thomas, David and Rebecca. Then the 1834-35 session of the Indiana Legislature made a change in Elizabeth's name. The Cherry Grove minutes 8 Aug 1835 noted “the name of Travis Adcock & Elizabeth his wife & their children Susanna, James, Rachel, Sarah, Archeleus, Thomas Frazier, David & Rebecca all residence[sic] of Randolph County be and they are hereby changed and the said Travis and Elizabeth shall be known by the name of Travis and Elizabeth Emery and their said children.” It was a little less than 3 years later when Travis requested a transfer of membership for his family to Vermillion Monthly Meeting in Illinois. This was actually the method used by the group of Quakers who were moving from Indiana to Iowa Territory. So it was the Travis Emery family, later changed to Emry, who were charter members of Salem Monthly Meeting in Henry County, the first Quaker Monthly Meeting west of the Mississippi River. The land patent issued to Travis Emry for 243.26 acres of land in Henry County was dated 1 Dec 1841. The map shows it was located about half way between Mt. Pleasant and Salem.

The year before Iowa became a state in 1846, Elizabeth and her family traveled again, transferring from Salem Monthly Meeting to Pleasant Plain Monthly Meeting in Jefferson County, Iowa. Travis received land patents in Jefferson County: 40 acres in 1847, 80 acres and 40 acres in 1848, for a total of 160 acres.

Elizabeth's traveling days seem to be over after she arrived in Jefferson County. She can be found on the 1850 census at age 55 in Penn township with her husband (indexed by Ancestry.com as Fravais Emery) and the 4 younger children. Her son James was living next door with his family, so she would have been able to visit those 4 grandchildren quite frequently. By 1860 she and Travis are “empty-nesters” but their youngest son David and his family are next door. Elizabeth was widowed 31 Jan 1866 when Travis died and was buried at the Walnut Creek Friends Cemetery in Penn Township there in Jefferson County. In 1870, at age 75, she was living with her son David and his wife and 8 children. It was the next year when Elizabeth died on 23 Jul 1871 and was buried in the same cemetery as her husband.

I have enjoyed following the travels of Elizabeth and her family from North Carolina to Ohio, then Indiana and finally to Iowa, with her name as Frazier, then Adcock and ending as Emry




Wednesday, May 13, 2020

52 Ancestors 2020 – 19 – Service – Gideon Hockett



I found Gideon Hockett in the database at Ancestry.com: U.S., Register of Civil, Military, and Naval Service, 1863-1959. Since this included the word “Service” and his birthday was during this week, I decided that he would fit in this category.

His Civil Service took place in Sherman County, Kansas, as postmaster for LaBlanche. This 1897 map found on the Library of Congress website indicates where LaBlanche was located.

Gideon was my great-granduncle, an older brother of my great-grandmother, Mary Magdalene (Hockett) Albertson. Gideon was the son of Francis and Rebecca (Hartley) Hockett.

His parents moved from Randolph County, Indiana, in 1838 to Salem area in Henry County, Iowa Territory. It was there that Gideon was born on 6 May 1841. So he was a little boy when Iowa attained statehood in 1846, It was a few years later when the family moved to the neighboring county, Lee County, Iowa, and Gideon was included with them in the 1850 census as a 9 year old boy who had attended school within that year. I have searched, but been unable to find their family in the 1860 census, but he is on the 1856 Iowa State census, indexed by Ancestry as Gedicon Hocket, age 15.

It was in 1863 when Gideon moved with his family to Hardin County, Iowa. He and Mary Harris were married  in Hardin County and by the 1870 census the family was living in Liberty Township, Marshall County, Iowa, with their 4 children: Virgil, Mary, Gideon and Francis. Again Ancestry was creative in their indexing as he was listed as Gedeon. But on the 1880 census the family had moved back to Grant Township in Hardin County and by now there are 5 more children: James, Dorah, Tula, Julia and Anna, making a total of 9. The 1880 census included an agricultural schedule and Gideon was listed as owner of 80 acres tilled ground, 14 acres of permanent meadows or pasture and 41 acres unimproved ground. Some of his crops that year included 10 tons of hay, 800 bushels of Indian corn, 400 bushels oats, 275 bushels of wheat, 40 bushels of Irish potatoes and 150 gallons of molasses made from sorghum. He had 2 horses, 3 milch cows, 3 calves, 3 swine and 10 poultry plus a 1 acre apple orchard.

Gidson Hockett” was enumerated on the 1885 Iowa state census, still in Grant Township in Hardin County. There is 1 more child, Charles, so it makes a total of 10 children in their family. Their oldest child and the 3 youngest were born in Hardin County and the others born in Marshall County. This census shows his location as Township 86, Range 21, Section 1, the Southwest ¼.

But the family chose to move again and Gideon and family went to Sherman County Kansas where he settled a homestead claim of 160 acres. His patent was issued on 20 Jul 1892 for the southeast ¼ of section 7, Township 10 South, Range 41 West.  This was about a mile west of his brother-in-law, my great-grandfather, Nathan E. Albertson.
Using the Library of Congress website for historic newspapers, I could read about Gideon in the Goodland Republic. Goodland was the county seat for Sherman County. Most of the items about Gideon were in the LaBlanche section. If you look for LaBlanche on a modern road map, you will be disappointed because it is no longer shown. There was a post office there from 1886 to 1901. It was in this last part of its existence that Gideon had his “civil service.” He was appointed in February of 1901 and the post office was discontinued in September of the same year so he served a little over 6 months. A newspaper article of 15 Mar 1901 gives the following information:
It is understood that Gideon Hockett will be postmaster at LaBlache. In that case the postoffice will be located about six miles southwest of the present location, the present postmaster, Charles Olson, having sold the building and claim to Jake Horton, who will occupy the same as soon as vacated.”

I was able to find a copy of a 1887 atlas on the David Rumsey Map Collection which showed LaBlanche. It was in the northwest ¼ of the northwest ¼ of Section 35, Township 9 South, Range 41 West. Mapping it against Gideon's homestead you can see that they were about 6 miles apart.

I really enjoyed the notice in the newspaper on 11 Aug 1905 where they reported that Gideon was in Goodland with a wagon load of turnips, onions and other garden produce.

I was sad to read the obituary for Gideon's wife in May 1916. It stated that for 8 years she had been a patient, helpless invalid. But it also said that she had been carefully attended by her faithful husband. This is the kind of service we can admire. Gideon lived another 8 years and died 16 July 1924 at the county farm. Both Mary and Gideon were buried at Kanorado Cemetery in Sherman County.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

52 Ancestors 2020 – 18 – Where There's a Will– Mary “Polly” (Bond) Lemaster



I started to write about Mary for the past two weeks' themes, but decided I wanted to do Aunt Hannah and Uncle Charles instead. I discovered that Mary did make a will so I could write about her for this topic, even if her birthday was in the wrong week.



Mary, who often used the common nickname “Polly”, was my 3rd great-grandaunt. She was the daughter of Solomon and Anna (Allen) Bond and a younger sister of my 3rd great-grandfather, John Bond.

Mary was born 17 Apr 1802 in Kentucky. This was most likely Henry County, because her father Solomon (of Shelby County) purchased land in Henry County in 1801.

I suspect that she was the 16 to 25 year old female in Solomon's household in the 1820 census because her marriage to Wesley Lemaster in Henry County, Kentucky, did not take place until 27 Oct 1820. Then she would be the 20 to 29 year old in the household of Wesley Lemasters on the 1830 census in Henry County.

I have not yet located them on the 1840 census, but they were still in Henry County in 1850. Wesley was a 58 year old farmer and Mary was 48 and the real estate value was $10,000. The slave schedule showed they owned 4 slaves, 3 males: age 65, 37, 26 and 1 female age 32. It was 17 Mar 1858 when Wesley died and Mary became a widow.

Sometime before the 1860 census, her brother William with his wife Elizabeth and daughters Nancy and Mary moved into her household. This census showed that William had real estate valued at $5000 while Mary had $4800 plus personal property of $7000. This personal property would be most likely the 3 slaves shown on the slave schedule. They may be a family as there was a male age 50, a female age 42 and another female age 1. Both Mary and William showed their occupation as farmer and the household also included a 22 year old laborer born in Holland.

When Mary/Polly died, she was buried at Hendronsville Cemetery located on Lake Jericho Road, Pendleton, Henry County, Kentucky. Find A Grave lists Mary's death as 12 Mar 1879, but she is listed on the 1880 Mortality Schedule in the Jericho Mag. District as Pollie Lemaster, a widow, dying in Mar from consumption. However her will was proved at the April term in 1879. This indicates that the 1879 date is probably correct.

But since the theme is about wills and I stated she had a will, lets look at that.
Mary, using the name Polly Lamaster, wrote her will in June of 1876, 3 years before her death. Since she had no children, I was interested to see who she would designate as her heirs. The first person she listed was “Margaret Estes of color, who has lived with me for more than forty years.” Margaret was to receive the house and 4 ½ acres of land in Jericho where Polly lived and the furniture for her life. Polly specified that it was to be “free from the control of her husband or any other person.” Then Polly also made a bequest to Margaret of $300. After Margaret died, the house and land, or their proceeds, were to go to Margaret's two grandchildren: Margaret Belle Reed and James W Reed. Polly also specified that Margaret Belle would get the “high bedstead, one feather bed, four pillows, one bolster and a sufficiency of other bedclothes to furnish the bed and keep her warm.” James was to get the other large Bedstead and items to keep him warm.
Then Polly made a bequest to Lewis Estes, Margaret's husband, of $100 and all the remaining furniture after Margaret died. Also he could stay in the house if he so desired.

Then Polly made more bequests. She left Wesly Tanner the family Bible and $500. She didn't forget her family who had lived with her in 1860, although her brother William had died the previous year. She left money to William's widow and daughters Mary and Nancy and then the balance of her estate was to be divided between the four daughters, her nieces, Elizabeth Turner, Sarah Bain [sic], Nancy Graham and Mary Bond.

But that wasn't the end of Polly's will making, as she did a codicil the next year in June 1876. She had to revoke the bequest to Wesly Tanner since he had died in the meantime. She gave the family Bible to Mary Bond and more money. She also raised the amount of money to go to “Margaret Estes of color” to $500.

All of this raised the question in my mind, who was Margaret Estes? If she had lived with Mary/Polly for 40 years she must be one of those enumerated on the slave schedule. There was 1 female in 1850, age 32, and a female in 1860, age 42. Then the Civil War and emancipation happened. I haven't been able to locate Mary/Polly in 1870, but I did find Margaret. She was listed as Margaret Estes age 53 with Lewis and an 11 year old daughter Anna, living in Jericho, Henry County, Kentucky. She was listed as Margaret Reed, age 62, on the 1880 census in Jericho with Luis Estes and apparently her grandchildren Elizabeth age 5 and James age 4 and Jacob Reed age 25, a widower.
Margaret's occupation was servant, so I hope that she had benefited from the bequest in Mary/Polly's will.


Friday, May 1, 2020

52 Ancestors 2020 – 17 – Land – Charles Bond



Charles Bond did own land. His obituary in 1912 noted that he was living on the “old home place owned by his father a mile northeast of Halsey.” It was the same farm where he had been born in 1860. This photo taken about 1909, shared with me by my cousin Robert Bond, shows Charles' home.




Charles was the executor for his mother's will when she died in 1903. The inventory of her estate noted that she had 160 acres as her half of their Donation Land Claim, but they excluded 2 acres on the east side previously sold and also “18 acres where the buildings stand on said premises heretofore sold to C. S. Bond.”

Charles Seth Bond, my great-granduncle, was born on 23 April 1860 in Linn County, Oregon, the son of Solomon and Huldah (Hayes) Bond, my 2nd great-grandparents. I wrote about his older sister Susan 3 weeks ago and explained that where the family lived was called Pine Precinct on the 1860 census and Peoria Precinct on the 1870 census. Charles just made it onto the 1860 census being marked as age 2/12, but was age 10 for the next census. The town of Halsey was formed after the Oregon and California Railroad was built on the western edge of the Bond property in 1871. I can think that Charles, at age 11, would have enjoyed watching the building of the railroad. When the 1880 census was taken Charles was 20 years old, single, and his occupation was farmer.

It was four years later, 21 Sep 1884, when Charles changed his marital status as he married Minnie Gourley. I find it interesting that about 10 years later, Minnie's sister Ada married Charles' nephew, Edwin Cummings. Can you imagine their children trying to figure out their relationship? For Minnie and Charles did have 2 children. Bessie was born in 1886 and Lela in 1894. So their family was enumerated on the 1900 census, living with Charles' mother Huldah. His father had died in 1899. Also in the household in 1900 was Minnie's younger brother George.

This family photo, also shared by Robert Bond, was probably taken about 1904.

The family was enumerated on the 1910 census, Bessie and Lela were now 23 and 16. The household again contained other relatives, this time Clarice Gourley, a niece, and Charles' widowed oldest sister, Lydia (Bond) Clark. This is the last time I find them all together as Charles died in 1912 and Minnie in 1913.

It was 23 Sep 1912 when Charles died. His cause of death is rather confusing. A family history stated that he was killed by a normally friendly bull in the pasture on his farm. His death certificate showed the cause of death as apoplexy. An obituary in an Albany newspaper stated that “his death was due to the rupture of a blood vessel produced from over-exertion while working on his farm.” A Eugene newspaper gave the following account: “Chas. Bond....died yesterday as the result of an injury sustained while working in his hog pen. While holding one of the porkers his left arm and hand were severely wrenched and a physician was called. Mr. Bond's injuries were not thought serious at first.….but a few minutes later he expired. It is supposed that a blood vessel was ruptured or else the shock may have caused heart failure.” For whatever reason, Charles died and was buried in the Halsey Pioneer Cemetery.

Although he died in 1912, he was listed in a 1913 Linn County, Oregon, directory on the tax list. It showed he owned property at Halsey valued at $5505. So again I say Charles did own land.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

52 Ancestors 2020 – 16 – Air – Hannah (Albertson) Nixon


I must admit that this theme of Air had me baffled. So I chose an aunt “out of thin air.”

My 6th great-grandaunt was Hannah (Albertson) Nixon. I had very minimal information about her on my website, her name, date and place of birth and her parents' names. She was born the 15th day of the 2nd month in 1719, which was before the calendar change so would be the 15th of April. She was born in far northeastern North Carolina in the area that became Perquimans County, to Quaker parents, Nathaniel and Abigail (Nicholson) Albertson.

Since I had not entered a death date for her, I decided to check her father's will from December 1751 to see if she was living at that time. Her father did name her in the will as Hannah Albertson, so she was apparently unmarried at that time, even though she would have been 32 years old.


I enjoyed working on transcribing her father's will. It appears that 6 of the 8 children born to Nathaniel and Abigail were still living when he made his will, 3 sons and 3 daughters. Hannah was named more than once. She was to have the use of the “non Dwelling House” as long as she remained unmarried. Then she was to share with her brother Joshua a Negrow Girl named Rose and “her Increase” to be equally Divided between them. However if Hannah had no children her half was to go to her brother. Hannah had one more Item in the will: one third part of all his sheep, one Feather bed & furniture and one Chest. Nathaniel stated in his will that he was very sick and he was right because it was at the January Court in 1752 when his will was probated.

It was on March 10th of the next year, 1753, that Hannah and John Nixon were married. John was about 10 years older than Hannah and he had been married 4 times previously. Each one of those women had died within a few years after their last child was born. Thus Hannah became stepmother for at least 5 children, from age 20 down to 2: Elizabeth, Miriam, Zachariah, John Junior and Ezra. Then Hannah had 5 children of her own with John: Mary, Lydia, Abigail, Frederick and Dorothy. But in this case, it was John who died a few years after the last child was born as he died 18 Jan 1762.

Again I found myself transcribing a will from the 1700s, this time for John Nixon, Hannah's husband. John did name Hannah in his will. He gave his son Ezra one half of the Plantation where he lived and then stated “my will & Intent is that my welbeloved wife Hannah Nixon shall have the use & benefit of sd part During her natural life or pleasure to reside thereon in this life.” John noted that this half of his property was adjoining his brother Phineas Nixon. After he makes more specific bequests to some of his children he concluded that his well beloved wife Hannah Nixon was to have all the rest of his personal estate and was to be one of the executors of his will.

Because Hannah had been willed one half a Negrow girl by her father, this caused her a problem at her Quaker church in the mid-1770s. North Carolina law prohibited freeing slaves, but the North Carolina Quaker Yearly Meeting had declared in 1775 that friends were prohibited from buying and selling Negroes. Apparently Joshua and Hannah did sell their “Negrow.” Both Joshua and Hannah are mentioned in the Quaker meeting minutes in 1777 regarding this transgression. Joshua was disowned, but the women's minutes from Pasquotank show the following about Hannah. “it appeared to them that it was hardly in her power to get her half of the negro back again & that she appeared to be very sorry for what she had done.” Therefore Hannah did remain within her Quaker congregation. The 1790 census for Perquimans County, North Carolina, does include an entry for Hannah Nixon. The household contained 3 females and 2 slaves.

Hannah's death was reported in the Quaker records, 16 Feb 1793. This means that she lived as a widow for 31 years and died at age 73, 2 months short of her 74th birthday. It also means I had another will to transcribe. It was dated 29th of 1st month 1793 (29 Jan 1793). She named 3 heirs: daughters Abigail Nixon and Dorothy Nixon and grand-daughter Sarah Robinson. From the Quaker records her son Frederick had been disowned for some activity during the Revolutionary War. Her daughter Lydia had died in 1767 and her daughter Mary, who had married Rowland Robinson, died in May 1774, about a month after Sarah was born. So the 3 named, seem to be all of her female heirs at that time.

For someone I picked out of thin air, there were a number of very interesting items I discovered while researching “Aunt Hannah,” so I'm glad I picked her.