Gershom Bartlett & His Contribution to Material Culture of 18th Century New England

I came across a fascinating and well put together article by Hans Dupold of the Bolton, Connecticut Historical Society. My ancestor Gershom Bartlett was a gravestone carver with a unique style that have enamored colonial historians for 30 years. As the author points out, Gershom Bartlett was only one part of a larger and very dynamic artisan community in Bolton. He also includes the Bolton Vital Records which record Gershom’s siblings births and the birth of his children. Gershom settled in Vermont and I have a copy of his probate record. I am wondering how the record will reflect the life he had and provide any major life/genealogical clues.

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more sources:

http://connecticuthistory.org/the-art-of-life-and-death-in-colonial-bolton/

http://www.columbia-history.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/The-Stone-Carvers-Art-in-the-Old-Yard_3.pdf

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Foragers of The American Frontier

Check out some interesting ancestral biographies I put together.

Foragers of the American Frontier

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Land Records in Norwich, Vermont

Jake Fletcher:

ELISHA FREEMAN, son of Sylvanus and Mary (Dunham) Freeman, born 10 Aug 1747 in Mansfield, Tolland, Connecticut. Let rem. to Norwich, Vermont and later Westville, New York. Married 2 Nov 1775 in Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire LUCY BARTLETT, daughter of Gershom Bartlett and Margaret Darte. Appears in the 1790 Census in Norwich. An Elisha Freeman is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Westville, New AE 92 years, died 8 Mar 1838. These land records from Norwich, Vermont are primary sources that can reconstruct the movements of one’s ancestor and reveal a great deal of genealogical clues. Elisha is significant because of his Revolutionary War Connection and has not yet been used by anyone.

DAVID FREEMAN, son of Elisha and Lucy (Bartlett) Freeman, born 09 Dec 1793 in Norwich, Windsor, Vermont. He removed to Westville, Franklin, New York

—————– DEEDS INVOLVING ELISHA FREEMAN ————————–

DATE: 23 MAY 1769

GRANTOR: SILVANUS FREEMAN OF MANSFIELD, WINDHAM, CONNECITICUT

GRANTEE: ELISHA FREEMAN OF SAID MANSFIELD

“QUITCLAIM UNTO SAID ELISHA FREEMAN ALL MY RIGHT, TITLE, AND INTEREST WHICH I HAVE MIGHT, COULD OR OUGHT TO HAVE INTO OR UPON THE WHOLE OR ANY PART OF THE FORTY-FIFTH RIGHT OF LAND LYING AND BEING IN THE TOWNSHIP OF HANOVER IN THE PROVINCE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE”

WITNESSES: AARON AND ABIGAIL HOVEY

DATE [7 APR 1772]

GRANTOR: ELISHA FREEMAN OF HANOVER, GRAFTON CO., NEW HAMPSHIRE

GRANTEE: JOHN SALTER ESQ. OF MANSFIELD, WINDHAM, CONNECTICUT

COST: ONE HUNDRED POUNDS

“CREDITION TO MY FATHER SILVANUS FREEMAN OF SAID MANSFIELD A LIT OF WHOM IS DRAWN OF EVEN DATE HEREWITH EACH PERSON AFIIXED TO HIS NAME THE ONE SIGNED BY JOHN SALTER, THE OTHER BY SAMUEL GRAY, IN BEHALF OF SAID CREDITION OF THE SAID SILVANUS FREEMAN”

“i DO GIVE UNTO JOHN SALTER AND THE OTHER CREDITORS OF MY SAID FATHER AS MENTIONED IN SAID LISTS, ONE WHOLE SHARE IN THE TOWNSHIP OF HANOVER AFORESAID THAT WAS THE ORIGINAL RIGHT OF SAID SILVANUS INCLUDING ALL THE DIVISIONS ALREADY LAID OUT OR TO BE LAID OUT EXCEPTING THE FIRST HUNDRED ACRE LOT, WHICH ELISHA HAS BEEN LABOURING ON.

Date [14 MAY 1776]

GRANTOR: GERSHOM BARTLETT OF NORWICH, GLOUCESTER, NEW YORK (TRADESMAN)

GRANTEE: ELISHA FREEMAN OF HANOVER, GRAFTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE (YEOMAN)

COST: FORTY POUNDS

DESCRIPTION OF LAND: “CERTAIN PIECE OF LAND LYING IN NORWICH BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS, BEGINNING _ THEN RUNNING NORTHEAST ON JOHN BARNAPS HUNDRED ACRE LOT ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT DEGREES_NE CORNER BOUND OF SAID BARNAPS LOT THEN THANCE SAME _ LOT TO THE RIVER CALLED POMPANOOSOCK THEN RUNNING DOWN RIVER

DATE [25 APRIL 1777]

GRANTORS: ELISHA FREEMAN OF NORWICH, GLOUCESTER, NEW YORK (VERMONT)

NATHAN AND ELIZABETH (FREEMAN) KELCHER OF WOODSTOCK, CUMBERLAND, NEW YORK (VERMONT)

NATHANIEL AND SARAH (FREEMAN) HEWES OF HANOVER, GRAFTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE

MOODY AND KEZIA FREEMAN OF HANOVER, GRAFTON, NEW HAMPSHIRE

JAKE AND TEMPERANCE (FREEMAN) BENNETT OF MANSFIELD, WINDHAM, CONNECTICUT

ELEAZER AND MARY (FREEMAN) SLAFTER OF MANSFIELD, WINDHAM, CONNECTICUT

GRANTEE: SILVANUS FREEMAN (JR.)

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Atlas of Norwich, Windsor County, Vermont (BEERS & CO, 1876). Online

DATE [15 APRIL 1802]

GRANTOR: ABIJAH WHEELER OF NORWICH, WINDSOR, VERMONT

GRANTEE: ELISHA FREEMAN OF NORWICH, WINDSOR, VERMONT

COST: 168 DOLLARS AND 63 CENTS DUE 15 OCT 1803

DESCRIPTION OF LAND: 156 ACRES AND 44 RODS BEGINNING AT NW CORNER OF SAMUEL WATERMAN’S LOT

*WITNESSES INCLUDE GERSHOM BARTLETT, ELIOT BARTLETT, JARIUS BARTLETT

DATE [4 MAY 1803]

GRANTOR: ELISHA FREEMAN (STRATFORD, ORANGE, VERMONT)

GRANTEE: ABIJAH WHEELER

SUM: 675 DOLLARS (QUITCLAIM)

DESCRIPTION: 156 ACRES AND 44 RODS BEGINNING AT NW CORNER OF SAMUEL WATERMAN’S LOT

WITNESSES: JOHN MILLER, JAMES WHITE

Originally posted on Jake Fletcher's Genealogy Project:

Last weekend, my dad and I drove up to Norwich, Vermont to look at some land records I had found in the index which i ordered from the Family History Library. It was a beautiful day and was a 2 hour drive up to the town hall in Norwich, VT. I already had the page numbers, so I just went into the vault to look at the land records. Overall, there were no major breakthroughs and everything in terms of land transactions back in that period were pretty standard. However, every record helps and it better shows the Freeman connection to the Waterman/Bartlett families that I am related to.

The first record I found was the one I was most excited about. It was a deed from Gershom Bartlett to Elisha Freeman. Gershom Bartlett is most likely Elisha’s father-in-law, but I need proof! The land transaction was made March 4…

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The Case of Ellen M O’Neill

Jake Fletcher:

Research from NEHGS Genealogist Chris Child:

Dear Jake –

In researching a family of one my friends I came across your blog post – http://fletcherfamilytree.wordpress.com/2009/04/18/the-case-of-ellen-m-oneill/ – regarding Ellen M. O’Neill. You write about the Ellen M. O’Neill born at Blackstone 1 Dec. 1852 illegitimately to George Henry Southwick.

I can fill in some more details. Sally Ann O’Neil at Blackstone 3 March 1863 to James W. Rhodes. They moved to Bristol, Rhode Island and from there to Killingly, Connecticut where they were enumerated in the 1880 census. By this point, “Ellen M. O’Neill” is now listed as Ella M. Rhodes and as a daughter of James (her step-father). Ella married William Elisha Davison (1858-1929) and died in Putnam, Connecticut on 2 July 1933. I am friends with a number of Ella’s great-great-grandchildren who still live in the Putnam, CT area where I grew up.

Ella’s mother Sally, was the daughter of Tully “James” O’Neill and Eleanor Reed Taft of Uxbridge and Blackstone. Tully was born in Ireland around 1800 and probably died in Blackstone in 1873. He is listed as Tully on the births of his children but as James on the state and federal censuses.

Hope this helps with your O’Neill

Research.

Chris Child
Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press
New England Historic Genealogical Society

Originally posted on Jake Fletcher's Genealogy Project:

According to the letter written by my second great-grandmother, Jane Barre, Owen O’Neill and Ellen Russell had a child named Ellen O’Neill in New york in 1852. When I found the O’Neill family in the1870 and 1880 Census, Ellen M O’Neill was listed there as being born 1852 (and respectively 1855) in Massachusetts in these two censuses.

I decided to check this out in the NEHGS database for Massachusetts Vital Records and I got a very interesting result:

ellen-m-oneill-birth-record

The Record States: Ellen M O’Neill born 1 Dec 1852 in Blackstone (Millville), illegitimately born to George H Southwick, a scythe polisher, and Sally A O’Neill born in Uxbridge

I showed my case to David Lambert at NEHGS, because there is a good chance this could be my relative. It’s interesting nonetheless. He suggested I try the 1855 State Census for Blackstone. I found the family in Blackstone.

The record states:

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Exploring Germanic Roots: Catherine Wilhelmina Hammers of Versmold, Westphalia, Prussia

Special thanks to Renata Fromme di Battista who emailed me back in 2010 and sent me a vast amount of information concerning the Pralle/Fromme roots that I have from my great-grandmother Caroline (Pralle) Fleischhauer. Familysearch.org provided information concerning the parish of origin and christening records with their record collection of Germany. No immediate finds in the passenger lists, so far it seems I will need to be open-minded when searching the surname of immigrants. For example, William H Pralle my second great-grandfather can be found arriving on the ship SAALE in New York on 17 Jun 1887 recorded as “Wilh Praell”. Confirmation that the individuals are the same comes from the age at arrival, 16 years old, and the date of arrival given on his naturalization.

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(Wilh Praell, age 16, last row)

Source: New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Arrival Date 18 Jun 1887, New York, New York. Microfilm Roll M237, 1820-1897, Roll 508, Line 1 List Number 742.

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Catherine Wilhelmina1 Hammers was born 25 Aug 1831, baptized 04 Sep 1831 at the Evangelical Church in Versmold, Westphalia, Prussia to Heinrich Christian Hammer and Margarethe Agnese Laugemann.[1] Catherine married Friedrich Wilhelm Fromme 04 Aug 1861 in Versmold.[2] She died 01 Oct 1915 in the Borough of Brooklyn, Kings, New York. (Source: New York State, Department of Health, Death Record no. 18693, 1 Oct 1915, copy from Renata di Battista)

Children of Friedrich Wilhelm and Catherine (Hammers) Fromme (all christened at the Evangelical Church in Versmold, Westphalia.:

  1. +i. Heinrich Friedrich Fromme, born 23 October 1861; christened 3 November 1861

2 ii. Franz Heinrich Fromme, christened 9 July 1865.

3 +iii. Friedrich Wilhelm “Charles” Fromme, christened 6 December 1868.

4 + iv. Catherine Wilhelmine Fromme, born 31 Aug 1872;[3] christened 15 Sep 1872.[4]

  1. Heinrch Friedrich2 (Friedrich Wilhelm2 ) was born 23 October 1861; christened 3 November 1861 in Versmold, Westphalia, Prussia. He immigrated to the United States circa 1884, most likely arriving in the port of New York. He found marriage in Johanne Kopf[5] and in 1889 they married. Johanne Kopf’s origins are unknown, her listing in the 1900 US Census has her stating she was born Feb 1866, immigrated to the United States in 1886 and she had 5 children.[6] Frederick became a naturalized citizen 19 Oct 1892 and took oath at Kings County Court, New York.[7] As a family, the Frommes settled in the Borough of Brooklyn. In the 1900 US Federal Census, the family lives on 69 Ralph Ave.[8] By 1920, the Frederick and Johanne removed to 5 Melville Place in Queens.[9] Frederick most likely came from an agricultural background but had to divert occupations in his struggle to survive in New York City. His first evidence of occupation is found in the 1890 City Directory for the Borough of Brookyln listing Fred and his younger brother Charles. At 990 Jefferson Ave, Fred Fromme is listed to be selling milk.[10] In 1900, he had listed his occupation as “ice man & coal” and comparatively in 1920 he had been working as an entreprenuer in the industry of selling milk.[11],[12]
  2. Friedrich Wilhelm2 “Charles” Fromme (Friedrich Wilhelm was born circa Nov 1868, christened 6 Dec 1868 at the Evangelical Church in Versmold. It is unknown whether he immigrated over with his older brother Fred. He became a naturalized citizen 14 Oct 1891 and took oath at he City Court in the Borough of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.[13] In his oath, he stated he was residing at 976 Jefferson Ave, Brooklyn.[14] Charles may have owned 990 Jefferson Ave bought was probably used for the family business of selling dairy provisions like milk and butter.[15] Under Charles he is also referenced to 58 Ralph Ave in Brooklyn.[16]
  3. Catherine Wilhelmine2 Fromme (Friedrich Wilhelm1) was born born 31 Aug 1872;[17] christened 15 Sep 1872 at the Evangelical Church in Versmold, Westphalia, Germany.[18] 16 October 1895 in Brookyln, Kings, New York, daughter of William (Wilhelm) Fromme & Catherine Wilhemina Hammers.[19],[20] William H1 Pralle was born probably 29 Dec 1870 or Apr 1871 in Bad Nenndorf, Germany.[21]

The early years of William and Catherine Wilhelmine’s life in Germany remains unknown. [research local history] Based on his stateside occupation as a butcher and deli clerk, it may have been a passed down family skill [research foodways of Germany]. He immigrated to the United States just barely upon reaching adulthood in 1887, which suggest the disparity of German peoples in the late 19th century [historical context]. His first known address is the United States is found in his marriage certificate, where he is listing as residing on 275 Reid Ave in Brooklyn. By Aug 1899, when he took his oath of citizenship he had moved to 201 Chauncy St. He found a family in the following years and his stability must have been considerable since William’s mother-in-law Catherine Wilhemine (Hammers) Fromme lived with their family until her death in 1915. William and Minnie had the desire to travel back to Germany based upon their Passport Application filed in 1925. That summer they sailed from New York to Germany, sailing back from the port of Bremen on the S.S. Republic to New York in October. The passport application provides a different birth date; William Pralle testifying he was born 29 December 1870 in Germany to father Christian Pralle, who was at the time deceased. The recollection of William’s personal history was not entirely accurate, he testified that he was married to Minnie Pralle on 16 December 1895, who was born 31 August 1872 in Germany. The marriage date is three months off from the actual record. He reportedly emigrated from Bremen around 18 June 1886 and was naturalized on 2 August 1899. In 1925 was living in Woodhaven, Long Island, New York at the corner of 97th Ave and 82nd Street.[22] We know of two known cousins that lived in Germany, Anna and Louise Pralle. There discovery is present in a record of detained aliens dated 2 June 1926 who called their cousin William Pralle.[23]

Children of William Pralle and Mimie Fromme are:

5       i.                Mimie L Pralle born Aug 1896 in New York.

+       6                   i.     Caroline Marie3Pralle, born 09 Jan 1901 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York; died Oct 1983 in Westbury, Nassau, New York.

[1] “Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen 1558-1898,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N5ZC-Z9H : accessed 11 Nov 2014), Catharine Wilhelmine Hammer, 04 Sep 1831; citing ; FHL microfilm 1052429.

[2] “Deutschland, Heiraten 1558-1929,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JH7D-H91 : accessed 11 Nov 2014), Friedrich Wilhelm Fromme and Cathrine Wilhelmine Hammer, 04 Aug 1861; citing Evangelisch, Versmold, Westfalen, Prussia; FHL microfilm 473603.

[3] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, 25 Feb 1925, certificate no. 517582, (Online database. Ancestry.com).

[4] “Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen 1558-1898,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NDF2-4SC : accessed 11 Nov 2014), Cathrine Wilhelmine Hammer in entry for Cathrine Wilhelmine Fromme, 15 Sep 1872; citing ; FHL microfilm 473603

[5] Renatta Di Battista, Correspondence with Author 2010.

[6] 1900 US Federal Census, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Ward 25, Enumeration District 452, page 5, house 458. Household of Frederick Fromme.

[7] Index to Naturalization of Fred Fromme, County Court, Kings County, New York Vol 236, Record 248, 19 Oct 1892.

[8] 1900 US Federal Census, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Ward 25, Enumeration District 452, page 5, house 458. Household of Frederick Fromme.

[9] 1920 US Federal Census, Queens, New York, ED 453, Household 81. Househod of Frederick Fromme.

[10] 1890 City Directory, Borough of Brooklyn.

[11] 1900 US Federal Census, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, Ward 25, Enumeration District 452, page 5, house 458. Household of Frederick Fromme.

[12] 1920 US Federal Census, Queens, New York, ED 453, Household 81. Househod of Frederick Fromme.

[13] Index to Naturalization of Fred Fromme, County Court, Kings County, New York Vol 236, Record 248, 19 Oct 1892.

[14] Index to Naturalization of Charles Fromme, City Court, Borough of Brooklyn, (vol and record not listed)

[15] 1890 City Directory, Borough of Brooklyn.

[16] 1890 City Directory, Borough of Brooklyn.

[17] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, 25 Feb 1925, certificate no. 517582, (Online database. Ancestry.com).

[18] “Deutschland, Geburten und Taufen 1558-1898,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NDF2-4SC : accessed 11 Nov 2014), Cathrine Wilhelmine Hammer in entry for Cathrine Wilhelmine Fromme, 15 Sep 1872; citing ; FHL microfilm 473603

[19] Certificate of Marriage, Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Certificate No. 4946. Marriage of William Pralle to Minnie Fromme.

[21] Certificate of Marriage, Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Certificate No. 4946. Marriage of William Pralle to Minnie Fromme.

[22] U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925, 25 Feb 1925, certificate no. 517582, (Online database. Ancestry.com).

[23] Record of Detained Aliens, 2 June 1926, SS Muenchen MGL Line, (Online database. Ancestry.com)

First Four Generations of my Family Tree

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Wallace Ephraim Freeman (ca 1857 – 28 Mar 1927)

Wallace Ephrim9 Freeman (Daniel Azro8, David7, Elisha6, Sylvanus5, Edmund4, Edmund3, Edmund2, Edmund1) was born 09 Mar 1857 in Wisconsin, and died 28 Mar 1927 in Hanford, Kings County, California. He married Elizabeth Marie “Lizzie” Williams 05 Feb 1890 in Spokane Falls, Spokane County, Washington, parents unknown although the mother’s maiden name was probably Daugenbach. Elizabeth married 2nd ( ) Thomas. She was born 12 Feb 1872 in Illinois5, and died 27 Jan 1951 in Madera, Madera County, California.

Wallace’s generation would be the first of my Freeman ancestors to grow up outside of New England. Wallace spent his childhood years in Portage County and Waupaca County, Washington.[1] Grieved by the death of there mother, by 1878, he and his family had moved to Victor Township, Osborne County, Kansas where he purchased land.[2] Wallace owned land separate from his fathers while in the Victor Township, but is living next door to him in the 1880 US Federal Census.[3] By 1890, he had moved to Washington State where he married Elizabeth Marie Williams in Spokane Falls.[4] The couple settled near Wallace’s father again, in Harrington, Lincoln County, Washington where they appeared in the 1892 Lincoln County Census, Wallace’s occupation is listed as a stockman.[5] Family rumors had implanted the idea Wallace and “Lizzie” had divorced. Far from a rumor, I was able to obtain a copy of their divorce record from the Lincoln County, Washington superior court. Lizzie filed for divorce 9 Feb 1909 in Lincoln County, Superior Court. Based on the testimony of Lizzie, we are provided with some major genealogical clues. Lizzie begin the divorce proceedings in December of 1908. It first of all identifies Lizzie Freeman as living in Lincoln County, Washington in that time period. The town would most likely be Davenport or Harrington based on the address of her attorney, Martin & Wilson of Davenport, Lincoln County, Washington. Wallace Freeman received his summons in Fresno County, California where he resided. Lizzie begins her testimony on page 6 of the record, stating that in 1898, Wallace had “without any right or reason”, took their three children left the plaintiff (Lizzie) in the province of British Columbia and failed to provide financial support.”[6] Wallace refused to show up and by default, the court granted her divorce. The record identifies the couple as having three children and the court ordered that the defendant had a right to the three children since no arrangements had been made.[7] Wallace according to his California state death certificate recorded 31 Mar 1927 that he lived in Lake Laton, Fresno County, California for 22 years, placing his move there around 1905.[8] If Wallace had left Lizzie in Washington state in around 1898, then there is a gap in Wallace’s whereabouts.[9] According to voter registrations, Wallace is recorded as a resident of Laton in 1906 and 1908.[10],[11] In the 1910 US Census he had removed Lenmoore, Kings County, California, which suggests he maybe lived intermittently in Lenmoore and Laton between 1905 and his death in 1927.[12] Another discrepancy in the death certificate of Wallace E Freeman is he is described as having been “widowed”, however we know Elizabeth remarried a man with the surname of Thomas, and lived until 1951.[13]

[1] Ancestry.com, 1870 United States Federal Census, Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003. Dayton, Waupaca County Wisconsin, Roll M593_1744, Page 17, Image 34, Family No. 25, Household of Azrow D Freeman.

[2] Wallace E Freeman, U.S. General Land Office, Kansas land office, land in SE S29 T9 R14, certificate no. 8057, recorded 27 March 1878.

[3] Ancestry.com, 1880 United States Federal Census, Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000, Victor, Osborne County, Kansas, Roll T9_392, Family History Film No. 1254932, Page 319_4000, Enumeration District 214, Image 0356, Family No. 185, Household of Wallace E. Freeman.

[4] Marriage Certificate of Wallace E. Freeman and Marie Elizabeth Willaims, 5 February 1890, Spokane Falls, Spokane County, Washington, Copy in Possession of Author.

[5] Marge Womach and Kim Barcewski, Transcription of 1892 Lincoln County, Washington Census, (Census Records of Lincoln County, online database, wagenweb.org).

[6] Superior Court of Lincoln County, Washington. Divorce Record; Lizzie Freeman v. Wallace E Freeman” (9 Feb 1909, Record No. 4997), pp 6.

[7] Superior Court of Lincoln County, Washington. Divorce Record; Lizzie Freeman v. Wallace E Freeman” (9 Feb 1909, Record No. 4997), pp 11.

[8] Death certificate of Wallace E Freeman, no. 1583, (dated 31 March 1927, died 28 March 1927), California State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, privately held in Fletcher Family Archives.

[9] Superior Court of Lincoln County, Washington. Divorce Record; Lizzie Freeman v. Wallace E Freeman” (9 Feb 1909, Record No. 4997), pp 6.

[10] “California, Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VTXR-NLJ : accessed 10 Nov 2014), Wallace E Freeman, 25 Sep 1906; citing Voter Registration, Lake Laton, Fresno, California, United States, county clerk offices California; FHL microfilm 1955198.

[11] “California, Great Registers, 1866-1910,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VTXR-K9Q : accessed 10 Nov 2014), Wallace E Freeman, 17 Sep 1908; citing Voter Registration, Laton, Fresno, California, United States, county clerk offices, California; FHL microfilm 1955258.

[12] Ancestry.com, 1910 United States Federal Census, Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Lenmoore, Kings County, California, Roll T624_79, Page 7A, Enumeration District 180, Image 127, Family No.142, Household of Wallace E Freeman.

[13] “California, Death Index, 1940-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VG5Y-G3R : accessed 10 Nov 2014), Elizabeth Thomas, 27 Jan 1951; Department of Public Health Services, Sacramento. Her identity was confirmed when I contacted her great-grandson Neal Freeman.

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New Biographical Sketches Available Under Pages

Two Biographical Sketches of Edmund Freeman’s Descendants are uploaded to the blog based on some exciting new research the past couple months.

Enjoy and share the knowledge!

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Plimoth Plantation, New Beginnings

At 3 am last night I wondered myself after the end of a long rush of research in the middle of the night, whether my ancestors had led me here to the old colony so I could discover something of their past. About 4 months ago, I was offered an internship position at Plimoth Plantation. My boss is head of Research and Curator of Original Collections. Since then my internship has been a frenzy of tasks ranging from object loans, accessions, condition reports (museum work) to research in genealogy/local history, as well as preparing original exhibits of 17th century ceramics. But this rather cosmopolitan exposure to historian work has opened my eyes. I’ve been bit by the research bug.

 

Getting into Family History, I had an inkling i was related to pilgrims and have since wanted to join GSMD. I am working on the proof for two lines, one direct to RICHARD WAREEN and one to WILLIAM BREWSTER. To start, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations. From there proof has to be given in a record as contemporary event as possible. Assembling the lineage reports while dusting off cobwebs of five years or so in terms of memory was not the best idea. A great primer for the art of genealogical research is Drake’s You Ought To Write That Down.

In time, I will revisit more Cape Cod Genealogy but for now I need to review what I have done. This involves indexing every source. This has proven to be a good exercise, it allows you to review the types of sources available, how they offer proof, and their reliability.

 

My goal is to be able to analyze large sets of primary documents to bring together a comprehensive historical understanding. Deeds from Norwich, Vermont that I collected some years ago (see post) have sat on my shelf, unread and untapped for their wealth of genealogical information. Why is this the case? Because at that time in life I did not understand patience. The answers or even clues to the answer are not a click away all the time, as in the case of ancestry.com, which I use extensively, but we have to be mindful of human nature and how it effects the order of record keeping (Drake’s book explains this well). So I’m going to take it step by step, the past week has been overwhelming with how many lineages need work and how many new clues I have found, so in the near future I will post transcription of deeds regarding ELISHA FREEMAN (b. 1747 – d. 1838) and DAVID FREEMAN (b. 1793-d. 1881).

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Divorce Record of my Great, Great Grandparents!

A while ago I contacted the clerk of Lincoln county, Washington to see if they had a divorce (or dissolution of marriage) record in their archives of my second great grandparents, Wallace and Lizzie (Williams) freeman. They had been a brick wall in my research for a long time, my dad knew they got divorced and said according to his mother Lizzie ran off with a priest. Well this file sheds a lot of light and brings a little closure on this family drama.

The case took place in the Washington State Superior Court in Lincoln County. My 2nd great-grandmother was the one who filed for divorce in 1908. According to the record, they were married 5 Feb 1889, a year earlier then the marriage record I had. Lizzie alleged that eleven years ago, which would have made that 1897, Wallace “without any right or reason for so doing, deserted and abandoned the above named plaintiff, and ever since said time has failed to live with the plaintiff or provided her with the necessaries of life, though amply able to do so”. Lizzie had stayed in Lincoln County, Washington ever since. In the Findings, it said that she was abandoned in British Columbia, Canada, so either they lived there or were on holiday?

Wallace and the kids left for Fresno County, California. He actually failed to appear in court! But they found that
Wallace was entitled to the kids and the divorce was determined legal on 13 April 1909.

In the midst of the Divorce Hearing, there is a record of an affidavit, affirming  a man named James S. Williams delivered the summons to Wallace himself. It strikes me though that Lizzie’s maiden name was Williams, so perhaps there is a connection?

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