Sunday, April 30, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins - John Tong

John Tong was the son of James J. and Ann (Bond) Tong and the grandson of John and Sarah (Chastain) Bond, so was a 1st cousin of John Howard Bond, my great-grandfather which makes John Tong my 1st cousin 3 times removed.

John was the only son in the family, having 3 sisters: Sarah, Rachel and Rebecca. He was born 5 Feb 1846, probably in Marion County, Iowa, since they were there in 1850. Some researchers show the Tongs coming to Oregon on the Nelson Davis wagon train in 1853 with many of Ann's family. However, I believe the Tongs came a year earlier in 1852 because: on his Donation Land Claim application James stated they had arrived in Oregon Sep 1852 and settled their claim 30 Sep 1852; the family is not on the 1853 Umatilla listing; and in his 1853 journal George Bond (Ann's brother) wrote on 22 Sep "to Fosters a Cros a deep creek to James Tongs." So the Tongs were already settled when the Nelson Davis train arrived.

The 1850 census showed the James Tong family next door to the Solomon Bond family, both in Marion County Iowa. John was listed as John N, age 5. By 1860 the family had settled in Clackamas County Oregon in Rock Creek Precinct and John was age 14. The name Tong is sometimes difficult to research because the handwritten capital T is misread as an L, so it is indexed incorrectly. But in the BLM General Land Office records of the James and Ann Tong Donation Land Claim, their name is misread as Toug so required a little more work to find. His claim appears to be near what is now (2017) the unincorporated community of Clackamas.

It was near the end of 1868, 10 Dec, when John married Nancy Ann Heater in Marion County Oregon. But they were living in Marshfield precinct Clackamas County in 1870 next to his sister Sarah who was married to George Wise. It must have been soon that John settled his homestead because he received the patent 11 Nov 1875. His father James received a patent for a homestead the same day and his land joined John's on the north, 160 acres each. It seems likely that James had sold his Donation Land Claim and filed for the homestead to be next to his son. They are on the same page in the 1880 census for Clackamas County, still in Marshfield precinct. John's sister, Rachel Emma who was married to Jacob Scott, was also living there.

By the 1880 census John and Nancy had 4 children: Stephen, Nettie, Earl and Mary. They had 3 more children in the next 10 years: Fletcher, Marion and Rachel. The 1900 census shows the family living in Damascus precinct of Clackamas County, but this is probably the same location as before. It was between the 1880 and 1900 census when John's mother died in 1884, then John's father was committed to the Hawthorne Asylum in July of 1887. James died there in that October.

Sometime after 1900 John's family moved to Portland, Multnomah County Oregon, where his wife Nancy died 31 Jan 1909 and was buried in Multnomah Park Cemetery. John had 4 of his children still living at home in the 1910 census and his daughter Mary and her husband Edwin Plasket were living with him in 1920. John died 6 May 1922 in the Oregon City Hospital and was buried next to Nancy. His obituary states that John was survived by all 7 of his children.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins - Mary (Davis) Miles

Mary Davis was a 1st cousin 3 times removed, who was born in Lane County Oregon, not far from where I live now. She was nearer the current town of Creswell, while I live in Cottage Grove. Her birth took place on 11 Jun 1858. She was the 5th child of Isaac S. and Rebecca (Bond) Davis. Her parents and the 3 older children had crossed the plains from Iowa to Oregon over the Oregon Trail in 1853. Her parents had settled their Donation Lane Claim of 320 acres in October 1854 west of present day Creswell.

Mary was included in the 1860 census at age 3 with her parents, 4 older siblings and 1 younger sister. It was December of 1860 when her youngest brother was born. It was also when an inventory of her father's property was taken because he had been declared insane and her uncle Nelson Davis, her father's brother, was appointed guardian. According to some family stories, Isaac had been kicked in the head by a horse and this caused his difficulty. The land had to be sold to settle the estate.

Laura, Mary's sister, died in 1867 and another sister Martha was married about 1868, so there were 5 children in Rebecca's household in 1870. They lived in Springfield township, Lane County Oregon, between Rebecca's sister Elizabeth and her husband Nelson Davis with their 10 children and Martha and her husband William Alkire and their baby girl. Mary had many cousins nearby, many of whom were near her age. These were Mary's double cousins, since their mothers were sisters and their fathers were brothers.

But after Mary's Aunt Elizabeth died in 1872, the family moved to Whitman County Washington Territory. In 1880, only 22 year old Mary and her 19 year old younger brother Isaac were still at home living with their mother in the village of Farmington in Whitman County. Her sister Sarah with her husband Thomas Harris and their 2 children lived next door. Mary's brother James had moved to Nez Perce County Idaho Territory by 1880 and it was there that Mary married William L. Miles the next year, 24 Nov 1881.

However, by 1900 Mary and William are back in Whitman County Washington in Farmington District where William was working as a carpenter. By this time they had 4 sons and 1 daughter in their household. Also living with them was Mary's widowed 75 year old mother, Rebecca (Bond) Davis. It is probable that Rebecca died later that year. A number of family researchers list William's death as 1905 in Idaho. It makes sense because Mary was listed as a widow in the 1910 census when she was living in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County, Idaho with her son Roy and 2 boarders as she was keeping a boarding house. She is found living alone in Coeur d'Alene in the 1920 and 1930 censuses. Her older sister Martha also lived there.

Some family researchers list her death date as 1955. I haven't yet found documents to support that, but have not found any other date either.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins - James E. Monroe

James Edward Monroe was the son of one of my favorite "aunts," Rebecca (O'Neal) Monroe. She was the youngest sister of Commodore Perry O'Neal and lived with his family for awhile in Iowa and then settled near him when they moved to Oregon.

I am uncertain how many children were in the Monroe family, especially due to the loss of the 1890 census. But from the surviving censuses and various obituaries, there were at least 12 children. James was number 6 of that list, so he would definitely qualify as a middle child.

James was born in May 1873 after the family had arrived in Lane County Oregon He was almost 25 years old when he married Delphia Gillis on 27 Apr 1898 in Lane County. It was less than 6 months later when James' father died. Within 2 years, James and Delphia had moved north and appeared on the 1900 census in Colfax, Whitman County Washington. By then they had a 9 month old daughter, Gladys. Also living in their household of his 10 year old niece, Myrtle Marketta.

Trying to follow James after this has been a puzzle to me. In 1918 he registered for the World War I Draft from Portland, Multnomah County Oregon. He was unemployed and gave his nearest relative as Margaret R Monroe, living in a hotel in Tacoma, Washington. This could be his mother since her name was Rebecca Margaret. In 1920 James is living in a boarding house with a wife named Birdie. He was employed as a truck driver for a coal company. His sister Birdie and her husband John Pinard are living in the same boarding house and he also was a truck driver for a coal company. James and Birdie are in a 1921 city directory for Tacoma with his occupation as laborer. James died on 9 Jun 1923 in Portland Oregon. His obituary does not list among his survivors a wife, but does list a daughter, Gladys Costa, as well as his mother and 10 brothers and sisters. I can't find where he was buried.

What happened to Delphia and Gladys? I found Gladys in the 1910 census living in Spokane Washington with her Gillis grandparents. From her father's obituary, she apparently married someone named Costa. There is a Delphia Hayes, wife of Albert, who died 13 Apr 1931 in Spokane Washington, who has the correct parents. It looks like I need to continue researching this family.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins - Jesse O. Bunyard

Jesse O'Neal Bunyard was a son of James and Eliza J (O'Neal) Bunyard, my 1st cousin 3 times removed. Technically he is only a 1/2 cousin since his mother was a half-sister of my 2nd great-grandfather, Commodore Perry O'Neal.

Jesse was born in Mercer County, Missouri on 2 Oct 1843. He was child number 6 out of 8 children. The family came to Oregon around 1854, first stopping in Lane County and then going to Jackson County where James and Eliza settled a donation land claim near the current town of Ashland.

Jesse seemed to follow the tradition in my family of not remaining in one place. A biography was published about him in the 1902 Illustrated History of Baker, Grant, Malheur and Harney Counties. This was due to the fact that by that time he was living in Harney County Oregon. Since for most of these local histories from that time period the individual named provided most of the information, so it may be fairly accurate about his travels. Although that would depend on his memory.

Whatever, I'm going to mostly use his version here. I do know that he was listed with his father's household in Jackson County on the 1860 census. The history notes that his mother died in 1863. When Jesse was about 23 years old in 1866 he moved north to the Walla Walla Washington area where he apparently worked with cattle for a year and then worked at freighting. Soon he had transferred to mining and by 1868 was in Eldorado acting a foreman on the rock work of the Eldorado ditch. He went back to Lane County where his two oldest sisters lived and it was there in 1870 he married Sarah Emma Duncan. In 1874 he went back to Jackson County where his father was, but by 1876 he had moved again to Silver Lake valley. The history has some kind of date error, so I'm unsure when Jesse and family moved to the Harney County area. However it is probably correct that it was June 1901 when he purchased a 160 acre place 7 miles northeast of Harney. Jesse and Sarah were parents of 6 children. Jesse died 25 Oct 1922 and was buried at Ft. Harney Cemetery. His wife Sarah died in 1927 and is buried next to Jesse.

I find it interesting the conclusion written in the local history: He has worthily filled his position as frontiersman and real pioneer and builder of this county and is highly esteemed by his fellows.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins - John S. Elliott

John S Elliott was a 1st cousin of my great-grandmother, Mary Ann (O'Neal) Bond, which makes him my 1st cousin 3 times removed.

John was the son of Robert M and Sophronia (O'Neal) Elliott, born in Nov 1864 according to the Canadian 1911 Census. He was born in Indiana, probably Bartholomew County. His mother Sophronia was a younger sister of Commodore Perry O'Neal. (I wrote about him 14 Apr 2017) I believe John's parents were married in 1860 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. The 1870 census from there shows 4 children in the family with John being the 2nd oldest at age 6.

By 1880 the family has moved farther west to Neosho County, Kansas and have added one more son. John is shown as age 16 an his occupation is works on farm. The family was still there in the 1885 Kansas state census and John was now listed as age 20. Sometime within the next 15 years some of the family moved to Oregon since John's parents and two of his brothers, Thompson and George, are on the 1900 census in Lane County, Coyote Precinct, which was a few miles west of Commodore Perry's land. John and his brother Archie (Archibald) were listed in the Blue River Precinct of Lane County, living in neighboring households of men, working as quartz (probably gold) miners. Blue River District was one of the Cascade Mining Areas most active from about 1898 to 1915.

The 1905 Lane County census showed Robert and Sophronia still in Coyote Precinct with the 35 year old son Archibald, a day laborer for mining. Thompson was in the South Eugene precinct and his occupation was miner. I haven't found either John or George for that census. John's father Robert received the patent for a homestead in Lane County in 1906, which would have been in the Coyote Precinct.

It was the next year, 1907, when the family moved to Alberta, Canada. But it was there that Robert died in Mar 1911, so John traveled from Yeoford, Alberta, Canada in Nov 1911 back to Lane County, Oregon to take care of estate matters for the property in Lane County. A resident of Lane County, A. E. Wheeler, was appointed administrator of the estate. The probate papers listed the heirs as: Sophronia age 66, Thompson 49, John 47 and Archibald 41.

Both Archibald and John S had received Western Land Grants in Alberta, probably 160 acres each as they are listed as quarter sections. Both John and Thompson have been found on the 1911 Census of Canada. The 1911 Alberta Gazetteer and Directory shows 5 Elliotts in Yeoford: Archie, John, John Jr, S.E. and Thompson. Only the John was not a farmer, as he was listed as an engineer. I don't know which John was Sophronia's son, but I suspect it was the farmer. The same 5 are in the 1914 Directory, but now all are farmers. The 1916 Canadian Census in Alberta showed an Elliott household with 72 year old Sophronia as the head and 3 sons: Tom, John and Archibald. It appears that the 3 sons had become Canadian citizens in 1912, but Sophronia was still an alien, an American. I have not yet been able to discover their death information.

I enjoyed finding John and his brothers since I don't believe I have any other miners among my relatives.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins - Rebecca (Davis) Powers

One of my 1st cousins, 3 times removed, Rebecca was another one of the early Oregon cousins who was born in Iowa, before the family came West on the Oregon Trail. Rebecca was the oldest child of Nelson and Elizabeth (Bond) Davis, born 28 Aug 1847 in Mahaska County, Iowa. Her 6th birthday was on the trail, just 6 days after her 1st cousin, Amanda Bond. (I wrote about Amanda on 21 Apr 2017.)

Rebecca's Uncle George Bond wrote the following in his journal of the trip for 28 Aug: "traveled down the umatila camped 5 miles the other side of the Agency." I always liked August 28th on their journey because a man at the Umatilla Agency wrote down who passed by each day and my family shows up on August 28th. Rebecca wasn't named, but was counted as her family was listed as "Davis, N., w, 2s, 2d." Of course she was one of the 2 daughters. I wonder if Rebecca was proud that her father was the Captain of the wagon train.

Her parents settled their claim 20 Oct 1853, just 4 days after Elizabeth's brother George settled his. They were both in Lane County, Oregon Territory, Nelson's being about 10 miles east of George. Nelson's claim was in what is now Springfield, Oregon. It would be interesting to know if Rebecca and Amanda got to play together very often.

By 1860, the family had added 3 more children plus Rebecca's widowed Davis grandmother and Nelson's 3 youngest siblings, who were only a few years older than Rebecca. This made a total of 13 in the household, I hope they had a large house. Marriages began happening in this extended family. Rebecca's 16 year old Aunt Sarah was married in Dec 1860, Aunt Minerva was married in Jan 1862 at age 15 and Rebecca herself at age 16 was married 3 Jun 1864 to William Luther Powers.

On the 1870 census, Rebecca and William were enumerated in the Springfield township of Lane County with 2 small children: Benjamin age 4 and Annie age 2. William was listed as a farmer with real estate valued at $2500 and personal property of $1775.

It was 2 years later when Rebecca's mother died. Then her father and many of the family moved north to Washington Territory to newly formed Whitman County near Colfax. Sometime before 1874 Rebecca and William also moved to Whitman County. They were in the 1880 census in Farmington District, now with 4 children, both John age 6 and Albert age 3 being born in Washington Territory. William's occupation was shown as general merchandise. The family was still in Whitman County in the 1889 Washington Territorial Census and William now was raising stock.

However, Rebecca and William did not stay in one place. In 1900, along with their 18 year old son Guy, were in Bernardo Township, San Diego County, California, with William engaged in farming. But they returned to Oregon and in 1910 were in Lake County in Silver Lake Precinct still farming. It is probable that it was Rebecca's husband William who received a patent for a homestead in Lake County in 1913.

Rebecca died in Tillamook County Oregon, at the home of a son on 18 Nov 1913, at age 66. I believe that definitely Rebecca can be included as one of my "moving" relatives.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ancestor Birthday - April 24th - Lydia Reynolds 1716

It was 301 years ago when my 5th great-grandmother, Lydia Reynolds, was born, 24 Apr 1716 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. It was probably in Chichester Township, which was in the part of Chester County which became Delaware County in 1789. Her father, Francis Reynolds, was listed in the township in both 1715 and 1722. Francis had married her mother, Elizabeth Acton, in 1712at the Quaker Salem Monthly Meeting in New Jersey. Chichester Township was located along the Delaware River adjoining Delaware and across the river from New Jersey. Lydia had 1 older sister, 1 younger sister and 5 younger brothers.

The family were Quakers and Lydia stayed within the faith when she married Joseph Townsend Jun of East Bradford Township at the meeting house in Chichester as recorded at Concord Monthly Meeting. It was the 17th day of the 3rd month in 1739, which would translate to 17 May 1739.

She and Joseph had four children: Francis, Benjamin (my 4th great-grandfather). Esther and Joseph, before her husband Joseph died at age 34 in Dec 1749. Their 5th child, Elizabeth, was born in 1750. I find it interesting that Lydia and Joseph's children all seem to be named for family members:
Francis -- Lydia's father, Francis Reynolds
Benjamin -- Lydia's grandfather, Benjamin Acton
Esther -- Joseph's grandmother, Esther ( ) Wooderson
Joseph -- Joseph's father and himself, Joseph Townsend
Elizabeth -- Lydia's mother, Elizabeth (Acton) Reynolds

A portion of the will of Lydia's husband, Joseph Townsend, 1749
Joseph provided for Lydia generously in his will. Here I am quoting from a portion of it as best as I can transcribe that old handwriting. (See above.) "I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lydia all the household goods that are now in Being which Shee brought me at Marriage and all the furniture that belongs to the room Over the Dwelling house Two pots and the warming pan and half a Duzon of platters and one Duzon of pewter plates half a Duzon of porringers one pewter _____the tea kettle and pewter cup and two silver tea spoons.....the full sum of Six pound a year and every year during her widowhood...."

Her father, Francis Reynolds, died in 1760 and Lydia was named as an heir in his will also. It was 8 May 1761 when Lydia married her 2nd husband, widower Joseph Talbot, who had 10 children by his first wife. It was just the next year on 8 Jul 1762 that Lydia's oldest son Francis married Joseph Talbot's 6th child, Rachel. So Lydia was Rachel's step-mother and mother-in-law at the same time.

I have not yet found the date for Lydia's death. But it is reasonable to believe that she had died before Joseph Talbot married for a 3rd time 21 Aug 1776.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins - Sarah (Bond) Coffenberry

She probably was my first relative to be born in Oregon Territory. Sarah Bond was the third daughter of James and Laura (Jewett) Bond. Her two older sisters were born in Iowa before the family traveled to Oregon in 1847. Her father came as a missionary licentiate and settled on the Oregon coast in Clatsop County. Sadly, 3 months before Sarah was born, 29 May 1849, her father was accidentally shot and killed, so she never knew her father.

With frontier conditions, her mother remarried on 13 Aug 1850 to Carlos Shane and Sarah was enumerated as S. Shane, age 2, on the 1850 census which was actually taken in Mar 1851. Before 1859 Laura and Carlos were divorced and on 4 Jul 1859 Laura married Ferdinand Ferrell. Twelve days later Sarah's oldest sister, Minerva, married John McMullen. However the 1860 census is a little confusing. The 2 younger Bond girls were listed in the 1860 census in June in Marion County in the household of their aunt Susan and her husband Harmon Davis, along with the girls grandparents, John and Sarah (Chastain) Bond. Many of the family was listed with initials and Sarah was S.S. Bond, age 11. But in July in Clatsop County, the Ferdinand Ferrell household included Ferdinand and Laura, Laura's six children, 3 Bonds and 3 Shanes, all listed as Ferrell. The ages for Sarah and her sister Caroline were reversed. Minerva's husband, John McMullen was shown living next door.

It was 2 years later in June 1862 when Sarah's sister Caroline married Wm. Lovett. I have been unable to find more information about her. Then it was almost 5 years later when Sarah was married to Nathan L. Coffenberry on her 18th birthday, 29 May 1867, at the home of her sister Minerva McMullen. Nathan was a Civil War veteran, as he had served 11 months as a private in the 1st Oregon Infantry.

The 1870 census showed Sarah and Nathan in Astoria with children: Sarah age 2 and George age 5/12. Sarah's mother Laura was also in Astoria with her husband Ferdinand, 5 Ferrell children, 3 Shane children (all half-siblings to Sarah) and Laura's father, John Jewett. Sarah's sister Minerva was still in Astoria with her husband and 5 children ages 10 to 3. So it looks like Sarah's children would have had other children who were relatives to play with.

However, before 1880, the Coffenberrys moved to the Willamette Valley and were on the 1880 census in the lower Molalla precinct in Clackamas County Oregon. Nathan was listed in the 1890 Union Veterans Census with the post office as Hubbard Oregon. By 1900 Nathan and Sarah's children have left home and they are listed as a couple on the 1900 and 1910 censuses for Hubbard. In 1920 their daughter Lillian and her husband Robert France were living with them. Nathan died 3 Jan 1925. Then on the 1930 census in Hubbard, Lillian was the head of household, listed as Lily Smith a 61 year old widow, and her mother Sarah now age 80 was living with her. Sarah lived 9 more years before her death in Feb 1939. Her obituary claimed that she was "believed to be the oldest native-born Oregonian."

Friday, April 21, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins - Amanda (Bond) Harlow

Amanda was my 1st cousin 3 times removed. She was the daughter of one of my favorite "Uncles," George Bond and his wife, Elizabeth (Stillwell) Bond, who was George's 1st cousin as her mother was a Bond.

Amanda was born 22 Aug 1847 in Iowa. She would have celebrated her sixth birthday while the family was traveling the Oregon Trail. Because her father kept a journal on the trip we can know that on 22 Aug 1853 the family "traveled across Grand Round valy over the mountains camped on a branch to the left of the Road." In another month they would be in the Willamette Valley. I can wonder how this trip would seem to a 5 1/2 year old girl. Then her Aunt Hannah had a baby just a few days after Amanda's birthday and then while crossing the mountains her Aunt Hannah died.

Her father settled his claim quickly, less than a month after arriving in the Willamette Valley. They lived near the Willamette River across from Skinner's Butte in Eugene City, Lane County Oregon.

Amanda was a PK--preacher's kid. Her father had been a Baptist minister while they lived in Iowa and he continued preaching after they arrived in Oregon. He was chosen as the minister for the Baptist church in Eugene in 1858 and served there for almost 10 years. The Harlow family were active in the Baptist church and it was 14 Dec 1873 when Amanda Bond and Anderson Harlow were married. A local history relates that Anderson built a lovely home for her in 1874 and the house was still standing a few miles north of Eugene over a hundred years later.

By the 1880 census, Amanda and Anderson had 3 children in their household: Minnie age 5, Frank age 3 and 12 year old Emma Stillwell, listed as adopted. I could not find an official record of an adoption, but did discover that Emma was Amanda's 1st cousin, the daughter of Stephen Stillwell, the brother of Amanda's mother. Emma's parents had both died so was living with her cousin. Emma was married to Isaac Holman in 1891 at Amanda and Anderson's home. When Amanda's mother died in 1895 after a stroke, it was reported that she died at the home of her son-in-law Anderson Harlow, which of course meant it was Amanda's home also.

When the 1900 census was taken, Amanda, Anderson and their daughter Minnie were in the household next to Frank and his wife. In 1902, when Amanda's younger brother Joseph died of cancer, the obituary states that he died at the home of his brother-in-law, Anderson Harlow. Then in 1910 the Harlow household consisted of Anderson, Amanda, their unmarried daughter Minnie, Anderson's widowed 94 year old mother and a 22 year old farm laborer, George Young, who was born in New Zealand. Amanda died at the family home 10 Feb 1914 and was buried at the Gillespie Cemetery.

It appears to me that Amanda showed the virtue of hospitality, sharing her home with others. Her orphaned 1st cousin was living with them in 1880 and was probably there until her marriage in 1891. Her mother died at her home. Her brother who had cancer died at their home and by 1910 her aged mother-in-law was living with them.

Early Oregon Cousins - Irene (Bond) Clingman

Pine Grove Cemetery, near Halsey, Oregon

Yesterday (20 Apr 2017)  I wrote about Emma Bond and the death of her mother, Hannah (Hayes) Bond. Today my subject is Emma's half-sister, who is also my 1st cousin 3 times removed.

Emma's father, William Bond, who was a widower after his wife died in 1853 on the Oregon Trail, is shown on the census of 1860 with his 3 sons living in Linn County Oregon. Two years later, 11 Sep 1862, William married a widow, Talitha (Belknap) Starr, in neighboring Benton County. Talitha had 8 children from her first marriage. It was after William's only daughter Emma had died that William and Talitha had a daughter, Irene Grace Bond, born 2 Aug 1864. Sadly it was less than a year later, 1 May 1865, when William died.

I was glad to learn that Irene did grow to adulthood. Irene's mother Talitha married a third time to another widower, Washington Waltz, so Irene at age 6 was in that household in 1870 in Benton County Oregon with her mother, step-father, 4 Starr half-siblings and 3 Waltz step-siblings. By 1880 the family has moved to Spokane County, Washington Territory. Irene is listed as 15 and there is 1 Starr half-brother and 1 Waltz step-brother living in the household. Another Waltz step-brother is living next door.

It was in Spokane County 20 Apr 1882, a few months before her 18th birthday that Irene married Horace Clingman, a farmer who was about 10 years older than her. Irene and Horace had no biological children, but they did adopt a baby girl, Lillian Irene Clingman. Lillian was born in July 1899 and was in their household in the 1900 census. The family continued to live in Spokane County and appeared on both the 1910 and 1920 census.

On the 1930 census they had moved to Linn County Oregon. It was there that Horace died in 1936 and was buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery west of Halsey. A newspaper clipping from 1939 told of the Bond Reunion that year and Irene was named as one of those attending from Halsey. Before the 1940 census, Irene moved to Salem, Marion County Oregon. Around 1945 she moved to the Methodist Home there where she died 16 Oct 1955. She was buried at the Pine Grove Cemetery where Horace had been buried.

Although I don't remember meeting her, I do remember hearing the Clingman name when I was living in the Halsey area. If you were reading my blog a few months ago, on 23 Jan 2017, I posted about my father having Lillian Clingman as his 8th grade teacher in 1921-22. At the end of last December, I noted that Irene had submitted 2 recipes to the same WCTU cookbook as my mother and my grandmother. Sometimes relatives pop up where you least expect them.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins - Emma Bond

Over the years I have felt sorrow for my double 1st cousin 3 times removed, Emma Bond. Emma was born 25 Aug 1853 in the Blue Mountains while the family was on the Oregon Trail traveling from Iowa to Oregon. Her father, William Bond, was my 2nd great-grandfather Solomon Bond's brother and her mother, Hannah (Hayes) Bond, was my 2nd great-grandmother Huldah's sister. That's why she is a double cousin, related on both the Bond side and the Hayes side.

However, it was not the circumstances of her birth that caused my sorrow, but the fact that less than a month later, her mother died on 15 Sep 1853 as the family was traveling the Barlow Road to cross the Cascade Mountains to enter the Willamette Valley of Oregon. It is believed that it was somewhere on Mt. Hood that Hannah died and was buried.

Emma's father had 3 boys ages 3 to 8 years old to care for, so the family story is that Emma's grandparents, Seth and Lydia (Jewett) Hayes cared for her. Probably Emma's aunts and uncles from both sides of the family helped with her care until the families were settled on their Donation Land Claims. The Hayes family lived next to each other in Linn County, Oregon Territory. I showed the locations on my post of 24 Feb 2017.

It is fun to speculate that as Emma was growing up she could play with her first cousin, Celia Hayes, the daughter of Seth Whipple and Polly (Stillwell) Hayes. Celia was born 22 Sep 1854 after the family was in Linn County. She would have been a little over a year younger than Emma. But there is more sorrow for me when I realize that Celia died when just 8 1/2 years old 13 May 1863. It could be that Emma died very near the same time since she was said to be 9 years old when she died. Consider Grandma Hayes. By this time she was a widow and two of her granddaughters died while still children and Emma had been living with her. Life in pioneer times could be hard, especially for the women and children.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins

Looking at my ancestor birthday calendar, I see there is only one birthday in the remaining 11 days this month. So I will be posting something else during the other 10 days. My plan is to write about my cousins who lived in Oregon prior to 1900. Today I will give a listing of those I plan to write about.

These are 1st cousins to my great-grandparents, John H and Mary A (O'Neal) Bond. Here is the proposed schedule.

Apr 20 -- Emma Bond, daughter of William and Hannah (Hayes) Bond

Apr 21 -- Irene (Bond) Clingman, daughter of William and Talitha (Starr) Bond

Apr 22 -- Amanda (Bond) Harlow, daughter of George and Elizabeth (Stillwell) Bond

Apr 23 -- Sarah (Bond) Coffinberry, daughter of James and Laura (Jewett) Bond

Apr 24 -- Ancestor Birthday -- Lydia Reynolds

Apr 25 -- Rebecca (Davis) Powers, daughter of Nelson and Elizabeth (Bond) Davis

Apr 26 -- John S. Elliott, son of Robert and Sophronia (O'Neal) Elliott

Apr 27 -- Jesse O Bunyard, son of James and Eliza J (O'Neal) Bunyard

Apr 28 -- James Monroe, son of Alexander and Rebecca (O'Neal) Monroe

Apr 29 -- Mary (Davis) Miles, daughter of Isaac and Rebecca (Bond) Davis

Apr 30 -- John Tong, son of James and Ann (Bond) Tong


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ancestor Birthday - April 17th - John Howard Bond 1855-1919

John H. and Mary (O'Neal) Bond at Halsey home abt 1910

John Howard Bond, my great-grandfather, was born 17 Apr 1855 in Linn County Oregon. He was the first child of Solomon and Huldah (Hayes) Bond to be born in Oregon. They had arrived in the fall of 1853 after traveling the Oregon Trail from Iowa, bringing the 4 older children with them. John had 4 younger brothers and a sister born in Oregon after him, so he was about the middle. His parents' land claim was adjacent to a number of his mother's family. When they first settled it was said to be in Burlington Precinct. By 1860 it was Pine Precinct, in 1870 Peoria Precinct and in 1880 after the railroad had come through it was Halsey Precinct.

But John was not living there in 1880. In 1876 he married Mary Ann O'Neal, who lived about 4 miles west of Creswell, in Lane County. I wrote about her father, Commodore Perry O'Neal, and his land a few days ago, 14 & 15 Apr 2017. So in the 1880 census John and Mary Ann were living in Lane County with their 2 oldest daughters, Margaret and Ivy. It was 2 years later, in 1882, when John made his application for a homestead about 2 miles northwest of Mary's parents. He proved up on it by 1889 and then sold it in 1893 and moved to north central Oregon to Lone Rock in Gilliam County. By now John and Mary Ann had 5 children. The oldest girls married in Gilliam County.

By 1905, both of John's parents had died. He sold his property in Gilliam County and moved back to the Halsey area with the 3 unmarried children: Perry, Roy and Florence. It was about 1915, after Florence was married, that John and Mary and their 2 sons made their last big move. They purchased a prune ranch near Glide, in Douglas County Oregon. It was there that Mary died in 1918 and about 9 months later John died 20 Mar 1919. They were both buried at the Oak Creek Cemetery, between Glide and Roseburg.

So John was born and died in Oregon, although he lived in 4 different counties there in his lifetime. So I am the 4th generation to be born in Oregon, and I enjoy that distinction.

You can read a few more details on my website:

Posted 18 Apr 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ancestor Birthday - April 17th - John Beals 1717-1796

It was just 300 years ago today that John Beals, my 6th great-grandfather, was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania to John and Sarah (Bowater) Beals. His birth was recorded at the New Garden Monthly Meeting there as his parents, as well as his grandparents, were Quakers. Because 1717 was before the calendar change in 1752 and Quakers used numbers for months his birth is recorded as the 2nd month. Since March was the 1st month then, naturally the 2nd month is April.

As John had numerous descendants there are many writings out there about him. Because his father was named John as well as his grandfather, it is important to be careful about which John is being referred to. It does help that his grandmother was Mary and his mother was Sarah and he married Margaret Hunt. It is probable that John married Margaret at the Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Frederick County, Virginia about 1738. It is regrettable that the minutes there were lost due to a fire, so we can't be sure of the date.

We do know that the New Garden Monthly Meeting in Rowan County (now Guilford County) North Carolina recorded that John was received by certificate there 27 May 1758 from the Hopewell Meeting in Virginia which was dated 14 Apr 1758. Between 1760 and 1769 their 5 children were married there, including my 5th great-grandmother Hannah Beals who married William Hoggatt.

Some writers state that John and Margaret lived with their daughter Hannah in the southern part of Guilford County, near Polecat Creek. I wonder if they came to help her after her husband died in 1771 and she had small children. This was in the area for Center Monthly Meeting. The records from that meeting show that John died on his birthday, 17 Apr 1796, in his 80th year, and he was buried at New Garden. I guess that on your 79th birthday, you are beginning your 80th year. His wife Margaret also died in 1796 and was buried at New Garden.

If John and Margaret were living with Hannah, they would have known their grandchildren quite well, which would include my 4th great-grandfather Stephen Hoggatt. They would have been alive when Stephen was married in 1786 and were still living when my 3rd great-grandfather, their great-grandson, Isaac Hoggatt was born in 1791. Isaac would have been 5 years old when they died, so I hope they had a chance to play with him and the other children in the family.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Greetings From the Past

More Postcards from the Past from the Lester Albertson Collection

The Oregon Land of Commodore Perry O'Neal

Yesterday, 14 Apr 2017, I wrote about Commodore Perry O'Neal, my 2nd great-grandfather. Today I am writing about his land. He bought his first land in Oregon 26 Oct 1870. He purchased 168.89 acres more or less for $500 from W. L. and Hester E. Bryant. It was (1) the northwest 1/4 of the southeast 1/4, (2) the north 1/2 of the southwest 1/4 and (3) Lot No. 3, all in Section 18, Township 19 South, Range 3 West and (4) Lot No. 4 in Section 13, Township 19 South, Range 4 West. This land was all located in Lane County Oregon. 

Mr. Bryant had entered a Homestead which included (1) 40 acres, (2) 84.38 acres and (4) 25.24 acres, for a total of 149.62 acres. Before the Bryants owned (3) 19.27 acres, it had been purchased from the federal government as a cash sale entry by James Moore. So the 149.62 acres plus 19.27 acres equals the total purchased by my ancestor. For most of the land he purchased, he was the second owner after the U.S. government.

Then about a dozen years later, in the spring of 1883, Commodore Perry made a homestead entry himself on land adjoining that which he had purchased. It was described as south 1/2 of the southeast 1/4 = 80 acres and south 1/2 of the southwest 1/4 = 84.53 acres for a total of 164.53 acres all in Section 18, Township 19 South, Range 3 West. Here he was the first owner after the government.

But what happened to his land when C. P. died in July 1919. Less than 2 months before his death, he had deeded the entire tract, 333.42 acres, to his 3 sons: John J, Edward C and George E. His one daughter had predeceased him in 1918. Apparently these 3 unmarried men lived there and farmed it. Then less than 3 years later, 27 Feb 1922, the oldest son, John J. O'Neal died without a will. So his share of the land would go to all of his heirs: his 2 brothers and the 5 children of his deceased sister.

In June of 1924 George married a neighbor girl, Cora Sutton. It was in 1935 when both of the brothers died, Edward in April and George in July. Deeds from 1937 and 1938 indicate that the property was divided and a Metzger map from about 1940 shows the western portion belonged to Cora O'Neal, George's widow, and the eastern side to Roy Bond, which probably included all of Mary (O'Neal) Bond's children. By the time the 1954 Metzger map was published, none of the O'Neal or Bond clan owned any of this property.

A current map on-line from Lane County tax assessor's office shows that a portion of C.P.'s land has now been subdivided into Spencer View Estates. I wonder what Commodore Perry would have thought of that.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ancestor Birthday - April 14th - Commodore Perry O'Neal 1835 - 1919

The O'Neal Family  
One of my 2nd great-grandfathers was named Commodore Perry O'Neal. As a child, I remember that my mother listed one of her great-grandfathers as Perry O'Neal. It was after I started researching in the 1980s that I realized his full name was Commodore Perry. It is my belief that he was named for the hero in the War of 1812. He did have brothers named George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. It seemed to be a common practice to name children for famous people in the time period he was born, 1835. He generally used the name Perry or his initials, C.P. rather than his full name.

Perry was born 14 Apr 1835 in Franklin County, Indiana, the son of Thomas and Sarah (Lollar) O'Neal. Both of his parents had been married previously, so there were 4 half-siblings in his family as well as the 13 full siblings. Six of his siblings were younger than him. He was about 12 years old when his father died in 1847. Sometime before 1850 the family had moved a little farther west to Bartholomew County, Indiana, where they were enumerated in the census. His mother Sarah was the head of the household and by now there were 7 children still in the household. It was 4 years later when Sarah died in 1854, so now Perry was about 19 years old. By 1858 he was living in Davis County, Iowa, because it was 25 Feb 1858 when he married Margaret Jane England. His brother George had moved there earlier. Perry and Margaret's first child was born there, my great-grandmother, Mary Ann O'Neal. On the 1860 census, he was shown as Perry Oneal, with his wife Margaret, his daughter Mary A, and his 14 year old sister, Rebecca.

The family left Iowa in 1865, traveling with some of Margaret's family to California. Perry registered to vote in 1867, listing his residence as Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. He was listed on the 1870 census there as Perry Oneal with his wife Margt J, his daughter Mary A, a son John J. and a 20 year old Chinese servant, Chang.

That fall the family moved to Oregon and Perry purchased for $500 168.89 acres about 4 miles west of the present town of Creswell. Creswell was not established until after the railroad came through that area in 1872. Perry and Margaret had 2 more sons after they had come to Oregon: Edward Chancy born in 1871 and George Elva born in 1873. In 1876 their daughter Mary Ann married John Howard Bond and she moved out of their household. But sometime before 1880 Margaret's father, William L. England came to stay with them because he was listed on the 1880 census as father-in-law. Now Perry was listed as C.P. Oniel with Margaret and the 3 boys also in the household.

It was three years later, in 1883, that Perry filed for about 160 acres of homestead land adjoining his other property. In his final papers in1890 he noted that the land was hilly and good for grazing and farming. It was in May of 1897 that Perry's wife Margaret died. She was buried in the Creswell Pioneer Cemetery. C.P. lived as a widower for over 20 years with his 3 sons who were unmarried at that time. He deeded his land, now over 300 acres, to them a few months before his death 12 Jul 1919. He was buried in the Creswell Cemetery next to his wife.

You can read about him on my website:

Tomorrow I will try to give some more information about Commodore Perry's land in Oregon.

Posted 14 Apr 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

World War I -- Cousins in Canada

My grandfather Albertson's sister, Lenah (Albertson) Slaight, moved to Canada with her family about 1902. So their involvement in World War I came through a different county than her brother in the United States. Because she was the oldest child, her sons were old enough to serve in the War. Both sons were in the Canadian Army. This is a photo of their oldest son, George Raymond Slaight, who was born in Kansas in Nov 1893. Ancestry has some Canadian records on their website and it shows that he was drafted under the Military Service Act of 1917. He had a medical examination at Red Deer Alberta, which was not too far from their home at Harmattan. The exam was done 22 Nov 1917 and he was classified as A.2. His draft paper was dated 23 Jan 1918 with the location at Calgary, Alberta. He was described as 24 years old, 5 ft 7½ ins, ruddy complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

The family moved back to the United States after the war ended and Raymond, as he was usually called, died in Iowa in 1938. His obituary stated that he had "served overseas in the Canadian army until he was wounded Oct 17, 1918." It also noted that at his burial there were "military honors."

Raymond's brother, Henry Wesley Slaight, was born 3 years after him in Nov 1896. A record for him is also found in the database on His record shows his medical exam was at Calgary in May of 1918. He was also classified as A.2 and was 21 years old, 5 ft 7½ ins, medium complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. His draft paper was dated 6 Nov 1918, which was less than a month after Raymond was wounded. After the War, Wesley, as he was called, also moved back to the United States and lived in Iowa until his death in 1969. His obituary showed that he had served in the Canadian army during World War I.

I am proud of the service given by my relatives in the "Great War."

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

World War I -- Ernest Albertson and Marvin Smalley

Two of my grand uncles served in World War I. They were the brothers of my Albertson grandparents, Oran and Lucie (Smalley) Albertson.

In 1915 they were both living in Washington Township, Sherman County, Kansas. In fact they are listed on the same page of the state census schedule. Both Ernest and Marvin had been listed as farmers for their occupation. But someone has crossed that out and added A.L. which I believe would mean agricultural laborer. Ernest was listed as age 21 and Marvin was 19, so by 1917 they were the ages preferred by the Army.

From his tombstone, we can see that Ernest was in Co H, 353 Infantry. Checking that online I found that a book written about the Kansas 353rd Infantry Regiment was available in the "Kansas Collection." Ancestry has a database of that regiment based on the book, so I entered Uncle Ernest's name and there he was. It showed that he was in Company H and his address was Goodland Kansas and he was on page 292. So I checked the book on page 292 and Ancestry was correct, he is listed on that page.

My memories of Uncle Ernest was of someone who was an invalid. I was told that he had problems due to his service in World War I. I remember that he spent some time in the Veterans Hospital in Vancouver Washington. Before his death he moved to Louisiana and his obituary states that he died in the Veterans Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Uncle Marvin's gravestone shows that he was in the 145 Field Artillery. In his obituary it is stated that he "served in France with the US Army's Sunburst division." Again I checked online and discovered that this division, 145, was called the Sunburst or Sunshine Division.

A book published in 1968 of History of the 145th Field Artillery of World War I is also available online on the website.

It is interesting to see family members who served in the military.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

World War I -- Ruel Bond

Ruel Bond was my second cousin twice removed. He was a grandson of my 2nd great-granduncle, George Bond, one of the first pastors of the Baptist Church in Eugene, Oregon.

This newspaper article of 21 Sep 1918, from the Corvallis Gazette-Times, states that Ruel was killed in action in France, 18 Jul 1918. He had at first just been reported missing in action and there was hope that he had been taken prisoner. But a telegram in September confirmed that he had been killed.

The reporter noted that as far as he knew, Ruel was the first young man from Corvallis to die in the War in France.

Another mention of Ruel in the Corvallis newspaper states that a memorial service would be held for him at the First Baptist Church in Corvallis on Sunday, 1 Dec 1918.

His name has been included in the gravestone for his parents in the Riverside Cemetery in Albany, Oregon. But records show that he was buried in France in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery.

Monday, April 10, 2017

100 Days

Today, 10 Apr 2017, is the 100th blog post I have done in 2017. Now only 265 more to meet my goal of one post every day throughout the year of 2017.

Thinking about the number 100, I realized that all of my direct line ancestors were born more than 100 years ago. My father was born 110 years ago and my mother 105, and of course all of their parents and grandparents were born before that. One of my great-grandfathers was probably born over 200 years ago as his birthdate is estimated to be 1815.

One hundred also makes me remember that it was 100 years ago this month that the United States entered "the Great War" now known as World War I. For the next few days I want to remember some of my relatives who served and at least one who died during that conflict.

Headline from 6 Apr 1917

Sunday, April 9, 2017

When Cousin Nellie and Elbert Were Married in 1908

One of my cousins, a granddaughter of Elbert and Nellie (Bond) Isom, recently shared this lovely wedding photo.  I already had copied the marriage certificate from the State Archives. It is so good to have the images together.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Children of Elisha and Catherine Shipman

Yesterday, 7 Apr 2017, I wrote about Elisha Shipman. Today I want to give my conclusions about who his children were.

Using the information from the 1837 letter writer from Ashtabula County Ohio, one of Elisha's children was Joseph Lester Shipman. Joseph's birthdate has been given as 25 Jan 1808. So he should have been in Elisha's household for the 1820 census. However Elisha is found in Lyme, New London County, Connecticut with 1 male age 26-44, 1 female age 26-44 and 3 females under 10. The adults fit, but Joseph is not there. I still believe Joseph is a son and could be living with some relative or working for someone.

What about the 3 females under 10? I believe we can identify them, even though their ages are a little bit off: Mehitable, born about 1809/10, Philena born 1811 and Zeriah born about 1814.

Mehitable was married to Alexander Wright. By 1850 Elisha and Catherine are living with them in Leroy District, Lake County, Ohio. Mehitable and Alexander were still there in the 1860 census, but by 1870 Alexander is in Chikaming, Berrien County Michigan and Mehitable is on the mortality schedule there with a death date of Aug 1869. It is interesting that Joseph's son Joshua Rodney Shipman was in Chikaming on the 1860 census, but had moved to Mercer County Illinois by 1865.

Philena was married to George Chase and in 1850 they were living next door to Joseph Lester Shipman and his family in Cherry Valley Township, Ashtabula County, Ohio. Philena and George were in Berrien County Michigan in 1860 and in 1870. By 1880 Philena is living with her son James in Mercer County Illinois.

Zeriah was married to George Mather. She seems to be the one child who remained in Connecticut. George is listed in the 1840 census in Lyme, New London County, Connecticut with a female in the household the right age to the Zeriah. They are still there in 1850 and are in Old Lyme (formed from Lyme) in 1860 when Elisha and Catherine are living with them. They are in Old Lyme in the 1870 census and Zeriah (listed as Lotta) was living with her son in East Lyme in the 1880 census.

The family seemed to move around, but there are some common places: Lyme, New London County, Connecticut; Ashtabula County, Ohio; Lake County, Ohio; Berrien County, Michigan; and Mercer County, Illinois.   

Friday, April 7, 2017

Ancestor Birthday - April 6th - Elisha Shipman 1788 - 1863

Here is another one of my 4th great-grandfathers, Elisha Shipman. I have already posted about his son, Joseph L. Shipman, on 25 Jan 2017 and his mother, Margery Avery, on 11 Jan 2017. Now it is Elisha's turn. Of course Elisha didn't get to have his turn on his birthday because April 6th was one of those two ancestor days and Elisha came in second.

When I was first starting to research the Shipman family, an Ohio cousin provided copies from a family history book, The Shipman Family in America, published in 1962 by the Shipman Historical Society. This book included my family: my father Lester Albertson, grandmother Lucie Smalley Albertson, great-grandmother Rosa Ella Shipman Smalley, 2nd great-grandfather Joshua Rodney Shipman, 3rd great-grandfather Joseph Lester Shipman, and it included a 4th great-grandfather, Elijah Shipman, the son of Abner and Margery (Avery) Shipman. It stated that Elijah, born 22 Apr 1785, had "Served from Connecticut in the Revolutionary War, Moved from Connecticut to Ashtabula County, Ohio, and Married Catherine________." Since the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, I should have been more cautious about this information. I had found Joseph Lester Shipman in Ashtabula County, but I couldn't find a record of Elijah being there. I only found 3 Shipmans from the early days: Amos, Elisha and Nathaniel. Then my cousin, Beverly Frain, again came to my rescue. A Connecticut researcher had found a letter written from Ashtabula County in 1837 where the writer noted "Mary Cary is married to Josep Shipman Elisha Shipman son." Now I could research the correct brother. I should have known. I have taught enough Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes to realize that people are always getting those two Old Testament prophets, Elijah and Elisha, confused.

Elisha did marry someone named Catherine, as she is there with him on both the 1850 census in Lake County, Ohio, and again on 1860 census in New London County, Connecticut. They went against the norm and moved west from Connecticut to Ohio and then went back to Connecticut. It is believed that Catherine died in Connecticut in 1860. I looked for the record and still haven't found it, but I did find the record for Elisha when he died in East Lyme, Connecticut, 8 Mar 1863.

Tomorrow I will try to give my conclusions about Elisha's children.

Posted 7 Apr 2017

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ancestor Birthday - April 6th - Stephen Hockett 1767 - 1839

Stephen is another one of my 4th great-grandfathers. I wrote about his wife, Margaret Thornburg on 10 Jan 2017. They were Quakers and movers.

Stephen was the son of William and Hannah (Beals) Hoggatt, born 6 Apr 1767 in North Carolina. Some of the records declare that he was born in Chatham County. However that county was not formed until 1770/71. From the location of his father's land, I believe it is more probable that Stephen was born in Rowan County, in the section that became Guilford County in 1770/71. In North Carolina the family tended to use the Hoggatt name, with various spellings. After Stephen and his family went to Ohio they began to use the Hockett name quite frequently (again with a variety of spellings). Then when they went to Indiana Stephen entered and purchased government land in Randolph County and used the spelling Hocket.

I just realized that when Stephen's father died in late 1771, Stephen would have been less than 5 years old. He had 2 older brothers and a younger sister who lived to adulthood. His youngest brother died only a few months after William. Stephen's mother did not remarry until after 1800, so I wonder how the family coped during those 30 years. Stephen married Margaret 8 Mar 1786, about a month before his 19th birthday. His next older brother Joseph had married Margaret's sister Ann 2 years before at age 19. Their oldest brother William did not marry until age 28, so maybe he was acting as the head of the family.

If you read my post of 17 Jan 2017 about Isaac Hockett, the son of Stephen who was my ancestor, you would know that 3 of Stephen's children married 3 Frazier siblings. So that makes it possible for me to have some double cousins. On Ancestry DNA there is a DNA circle for Stephen with 51 people and 13 matches to me. Four of the matches are also descendants of Isaac and my 2nd great-grandfather Francis. Of the remaining 9, there are 5 who are my double cousins, both Hockett and Frazier.

Stephen lived to be age 72 as he died 26 Jun 1839 in Salem Township, Henry County, Iowa. It is uncertain which cemetery has his grave, as it is unmarked.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Following Family on the Census -- England

Today I will conclude this series of the items from my census posters of 2012. This set shows that sometimes families can become far apart in location during the years. My 3rd great-grandfather William England and his brothers illustrate this using their census records.

So you can learn that in 1850 they were in:
  • Marion County Illinois
  • Davis County Iowa
  • Callaway County Missouri
  • Montgomery County Missouri
By 1860 they were in:
  • Cooke County Texas
  • Hunter County Kansas
  • Callaway County Missouri
  • Montgomery County Missouri
  • Davis County Iowa
Then in 1870, after the Civil War they were found in:
  • Grayson County Texas
  • Jackson County Kansas
  • Lake County California
  • Montgomery County Missouri

So in three censuses the six brothers were in 1 county in Illinois, 1 county in Iowa, 2 counties in Missouri, 2 counties in Texas, 2 counties in Kansas and 1 county in California for a total of 9 different counties.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Following Family on the Census -- Smalley

Yesterday I began showing some photos taken of posters I made in 2012 about families in the census records. I began with my Albertson grandparents. Today I want to share some items about my Smalley great-grandparents who lived in Kansas most of their married lives. Because Kansas has a number of state censuses I showed them. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Following Family on the Census -- Albertson

Five years ago, 2012, the 1940 census was released to the public. Because of that the Cottage Grove Genealogical Society used their once a year display time at the city public library to make a display about the census. I provided three posters about different family lines and want to share some photos from those.

Today I will begin with looking at my Albertson grandparents on the census from 1910 (they were married in 1906) through 1940.

In 1910 they were in Kansas and they moved to Oregon in 1911 and remained there.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Principles for Doing Census Research

by Joanne Skelton

Copy all available census

Heed the probability of errors

Inspect the original

Compare the various years

Keep boundary changes in mind

Envision spelling possibilities

Notice the neighbors