Monday, July 28, 2014

Family Tree Magazine Highlights Best 101 Genealogy Websites for 2014

Family Tree Magazine has been highlighting their "Best Genealogy Websites" lists for 15 years now.

The list for 2014 is out - see

There are links to each category:
Each category has a list of websites selected by the Family Tree Magazine staff.  for instance, here is the top of the Best Big Genealogy Websites page:

The websites listed in each category are listed alphabetically.  A paragraph describing the website is provided.

This is an excellent reference list for researchers.  Of course, it only pertains to online resources, and not on repository resources.

Now I'm wondering what sites, besides Genea-Musings, were left off the list.  What do you think should be on the list that isn't on the list?

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Creating a "Problem List" in RootsMagic 6

I've added quite a few records to my RootsMagic database in the past year, and I know that I make typographic errors when I type - they're unavoidable.  I don't know what my error rate is, but it's probably in the 1 to 5% range.  If I make 1,000 entries, that means I may have 10 to 50 errors, or perhaps even more.  Database data entry may be even more error-prone, with dates and unfamiliar place names.

I decided that I should make a "Problem Report" for my RootsMagic database in its current form.

In RootsMagic 6, you can create a "Problem List" from the Tools > Problem Search > Problem List menu:

That opens up the "Problem Search" window where the user can select the problems to look for.

As you can see, I chose:

*  Individuals without sex entered
*  Birth before parent's marriage
*  Birth before parent's birth
*  Birth after mother's death
*  Age at death should be less than 110 years
*  Mother's age should be between 14 and 50.

I clicked the "OK" and the "Problem List" was quickly generated:

I decided to "Save" the list as a PDF file so that I could have it open while I tried to fix all of my errors.

For those six problem types, there were 9 pages - about 350 potential "problems."  With over 42,600 persons and about 130,000 events, "only" 350 problems comes out to be about 0.8% per person.

I corrected quite a few - especially those that were obvious (no sex given, obvious year errors, etc.).  I did more research for all of the Mother under age 14 and over age 50 problems, and corrected what I could feel confident in (many of my dates are "about year" dates).

I didn't do much for most of the "Parents married after person's birth" problems - I checked those that were over age 53 or so.  In some cases, for instance, a child born after a mother's death, a little research showed that a husband had a second wife, who I added to the database.

This was a productive two hours - I wish I had done it a month ago when I uploaded as new Ancestry Member Tree.  Oh well - next time!  We'll see if anyone can find the obvious mistakes in my database!

I know that I didn't catch them all - but I fixed quite a few of the really obvious erroneous mistakes.  As always, my genealogy database is a work in progress!

Have you checked for problems in your genealogy software database or online family tree?  You might want to - just to see if you have some of these types of problems in your family tree.

If you use another genealogy database program (e.g., Legacy Family Tree, Family Tree Maker, Reunion, Family Historian, GRAMPS, etc.), can your program do this type of report?  If so, please show us the process in your own blog posts.

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CVGS Program on Wednesday, July 30th - Donna Bradley on Native-American Genealogy

The next Chula Vista Genealogical Society program meeting:

from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library (365 F Street) Auditorium

Donna Bradley: “How Do I Prove My American Indian Genealogy?”

How do you find evidence and prove that your ancestor is a Native-American?  The presentation will discuss how to find records of Native-Americans in the census, in books, in government documents, as well as on the Indian Rolls. 

Donna Bradley is an author, historian, genealogist and Native-American.  She has been a professional genealogist for over 25 years and is a member in good standing with the APG (Association of Professional Genealogists).  Donna has written many articles, given many lectures and taught genealogy throughout Southern California.  Although she specializes in Native-American ancestry, she is very proficient in American and various international bloodlines.  

Donna is an Honored Member of “The Worldwide Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs” as a business owner, author and professional genealogist. 

 Her first book, Native Americans of San Diego County, was published in 2009 and she is currently working on another book which she hopes to have published in 2014.  She resides in the mountains of Southern California with her husband, having retired from over 30 years as a medical administrator, and parenting 29 foster children as well as her own daughters.

The doors to the Auditorium will be open at 12 noon, the meeting will start with a short business meeting at about 12:15 p.m., and the presentation should start after 12:30 p.m.  There will be snacks and drinks available before and after the meeting provided by CVGS members.  This meeting is free for all attendees.

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Amanuensis Monday - Post 228: 1868 Deed of Land in Taylor County, Iowa from Devier J. Smith to Ranslow Smith

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

The subject today is an 1868 deed in the Taylor County, Iowa deed books for Devier J. Smith selling land to Ranslow Smith:

The transcription of this deed is (handwritten text in italics, form fields underlined):

01                                            RECORD OF DEEDS

02                                   Devier J. Smith to Ranslow Smith

03 Know all Men by these Presents:
04 That   we Devier J. Smith and Abbie Smith his   
05      wife     
06 of the county of    Taylor   and State of    Iowa    , in consideration of the
07 sum of    Five Hundred      Dollars
08 in hand paid by     Ranslow Smith     
09                                of Taylor    County   , and State of
10     Iowa     do hereby Sell and convey unto the said   Ranslow Smith upon    
11   conditions hereinafter Stated     
12 the following described premises, situated in the County of    Taylor   and State of Iowa, to wit:
13 The undivided half of the South west quarter of Section
14 Twenty three in Township Sixty Eight north of Range
15 Thirty four west, upon the following conditions, to wit,
16 during the natural life of the said Ranslow Smith and
17 after the death of Ranslow Smith then the said premises
18 as above described, Shall revert back to the said Devier
19 J. Smith as his heirs provided Said Ranslow Smith leaves
20 no widow or heirs then the said Devier Smith or his heirs
21 is to pay said widow Five Hundred dollars for them in
22 trust in said premises.
23 and   we    hereby covenant with the said    Ranslow Smith    
25                                    that    we     hold said premises by good & perfect title, that   we   
26 have good right and authority to Sell and Convey the same; that they are free and clear of all liens and incum-
27 brances whatsoever, and   we   covenant to Warrant and Defend the said premises against lawful claims of
28 all persons whomsoever; and the said   Abbie Smith    hereby relinquishes
29 her right of dower in and to the above described premises.

30 Signed this    2nd    day of      March  A D    186 8.

32 {cts                          cts }                                  Devier J. Smith
33 {50  Revenue Stamp  50 }                                 Abbie A Smith     

34 STATE OF IOWA     }  SS
36                                        On this   2nd    day of    March    186 8, before me
37                      Clerk of the District Court                   
38 within and for said County, personally came    Devier Smith & Abbie Smith    
39    his wife                      
40 personally to me known to be the identical person s whose name s   are   affixed to the above instrument as grantor
41 and acknowledged the same to be   their   voluntary act and deed.

42 {  Clerks    }   In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed my official
43 {   Seal      }   Seal at   Bedford   on the date last above written.
44                                                                              L J Smith   
45                                                                               Clerk         

46 I certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of
47 the original Deed as filed for Record on the 2nd day of March
48 A D 1868.                                             Daniel Underwood

The source citation for this Deed is:

Taylor County, Iowa, "Taylor County, Iowa, deed records, 1855-1953; index, 1855-1902", "Deed Records (Land) v. M-N 1869-1872 v. O (to p. 311) 1872-1873," Volume M, page 80 (stamped), Deed of Devier J. Smith to Ranslow Smith, 1868; accessed 4 February 2014 on FHL US/CAN microfilm 1,535,634.

This deed is between my second great-grandparents, Devier J. and Abbie A. (Vaux) Smith and Devier's father, Ranslow Smith.  Devier purchased the southwest quarter of Section 23 on 10 December 1867 from Tobias and Robert Denny.  Ranslow and his wife sold it back to Devier on 16 September 1869 for $500.  This may have been a way to put capital in the hands of Devier for a period of time, perhaps to start a business or buy livestock.  Devier owned the other half of the southwest quarter of Section 23 at the time.  

I created a table of all of the Ranslow Smith and Devier J. Smith deeds in Taylor county, Iowa - it is in Organizing the Taylor County, Iowa Land Deeds of Ranslow Smith and Devier J. Smith (posted 22 July 2014).  However, it is not in a date order, it was in my photograph order.  I have since put it into date order and will be methodically going through from early date to late date as I post these deed transcriptions.  This way, I can figure out which piece of land was owned at what period of time by which person.  

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Best of the Genea-Blogs - 20 to 26 July 2014

Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

*  FREE Genealogy Books -- Read the Fine Print and Don't Get Duped! by Thomas MacEntee on the Geneabloggers blog.  Thomas stopped just in time...and found it really free on Google Books.

*  Using Old Maps by Wayne Shepheard on the Discover Genealogy blog.  Wayne shares al ist of websites with historical maps of the British Isles.

*  5th Unlock the Past Cruise -- The Pre-Cruise Days and -- The First Couple of Days by Alona Tester on the LoneTester HQ blog.  Alona shares her travel, sightseeing and cruise experience.

*  Genealogy Tips from the "Who Do You Think You Are? Premiere with Cynthia Nixon by Diane Haddad on the Genealogy Insider blog.  Diane provides a summary of useful research tips from the first episode.

*  Survey Results Indicate Genealogists Join Societies for Camaraderie and Survey Results: The Comments Provide Additional Insight by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.  Gail published her results of her survey about genealogical societies.

*  The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, 2014 by Diane McLean Boumenot on the One Rhode Island Family blog.  Diane summarized her GRIP experiences.

*  Where's Harry?The Missing Link and In the Service of Our Country by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry blog.  Jacqi is still seeking what happened to Harry Sullivan...and is it the right Harry?  I love serial blog posts like this one.

*  Helen, Part VII:  Another Strukel by Michael Lacopo on the Hoosier Daddy? blog.  Michael describes the later life of his grandmother, Helen.

*  Column: One Tree by Yvette Hoitink on the Dutch Genealogy blog.  Yvette muses about the FamilySearch Family Tree.

*  A Baker's Dozen of Favorite Genealogy Websites by Lorine McGinnis Schulze on the Olive Tree Genealogy Bog.   Lorine categorized them in Everything, American, Canadian and International lists.

*  GRIP 2014: Leading With DNA by Harold Henderson on the Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog.  Harold summarizes the DNA course at GRIP.

These genea-bloggers wrote weekly pick posts and news summary posts this week:

*  Whaddya Miss? Tuesday, July 22, 2014; Wednesday, July 23, 2014; Thursday, July 24, 2014; Saturday, July 26, 2014 by Tami Osmer Glatz on the WikiChicks blog.

*  Friday Finds - 07/25/14 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Blog.

*  Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for July 25, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  This Week's Creme de la Creme by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

*  Saturday Serendipity (July 26, 2014) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 1540 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun- Play Ahnentafel Roulette

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!): 

1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born?  Divide this number by 80 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ah
nentafel" - 
your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) NOTE:  If you do not have a person's name for your "roulette number" then "spin" the wheel again - pick a great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!  Or pick an ancestor!

Here's mine:

1)  One of my great-grandfathers was Henry Austin Carringer, born in 1853.  Dividing 1853 by 80 gives me a "Roulette" number of 23 (rounded off).  

2)  Number 23 in my "Ancestor Name List" (i.e., Pedigree Chart) is Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864), who married Henry White (1824-1885) in 1844 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.

3)  Three facts about Amy Frances Oatley:

*  Amy was born in 1826 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island to Jonathan Oatley and Amy Champlin.  She had 13 siblings.

*  Amy died on 12 November 1864 in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, at age 36.

*  Amy had six children with Henry White - Ellen Frances White (1845-1916), Julia E. White (1848-1913), Emily Elizabeth White (1849-1939), Henry J. White (1853-1919), female White (1858-1858), and Frederick J. White (1860-????).

4)  I did!

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Surname Saturday - WILSON (England > colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  

I am starting the 8th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #1025 who is Hannah WILSON (1647-1722) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through two generations in this WILSON family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

64. Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816)
65. Martha Whitney (1764-1832)

128.  Norman Seaver (1734-1787)
129.  Sarah Read (1736-1809)

256. Robert Seaver (1702-1752)

257.  Eunice Rayment (1707-1772)

512.  Joseph Seaver (1672-1754)

513.  Mary Read (1680-????)

1024.  Shubael Seaver, born 31 January 1640 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 18 January 1730 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 2048. Robert Seaver and 2049. Elizabeth Ballard.  He married  07 February 1668 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.
1025.  Hannah Wilson, born before 02 May 1647 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; died 13 February 1722 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  

Children of Shubael Seaver and Hannah Wilson are:
*  Robert Seaver (1670-????)
*  Joseph Seaver (1672-1754), married 1700 Mary Read (1680-????)
*  Hannah Seaver (1674-????), married 1724 Patrick Gregory.
*  Abigail Seaver (1677-????), married 1705 Edmund Cole (1675-????).
*  Shubael Seaver (1679-1757), married 1704 Abigail Twelves (1677-????).
*  Thankful Seaver (1684-????), married 1705 Richard Mowear (1680-1766).

2050.  Nathaniel Wilson, born before 02 August 1621 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England; died 17 September 1692 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4100. Isaac Wilson and 4101. Susan Holgate.  He married 02 April 1645 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.
2051.  Hannah Craft, born about 1628 in England; died 17 August 1692 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 4052. Griffin Craft and 4053. Alice.

Children of Nathaniel Wilson and Hannah Craft are:
*  child Wilson (1646-1646)
*  Hannah Wilson (1647-1722), married 1668 Shubael Seaver (1640-1730)
*  Susanna Wilson (1650-1725), married 1673 Thomas Gill (1649-1725).
*  Nathaniel Wilson (1653-1721), married (1) 1680 Hannah Jackson (1660-1690); (2) 1693 Elizabeth Osland (1668-1715).
*  Joseph Wilson (1656-1710), married 1685 Deliverance Jackson (1657-1716).
*  Benjamin Wilson (1656-1706), married 1677 Sarah (1658-1689).
*  Isaac Wilson (1658-1720), married 1685 Susanna Andrews (1659-????).
*  Mary Wilson (1661-1729), married 1682 Thomas Oliver (1660-1715).
*  Abigail Wilson (1663-1746), married 1687 Edward Jackson (1652-1727).
*  Samuel Wilson (1666-????), married 1696 Experience Trowbridge (1675-1705).

References with information about this Nathaniel Wilson family include:

Clarence Almon Torrey, "The English Ancestry of Nathaniel Wilson," The American Genealogist, Volume 17 (1947), pages 227-230.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

WikiChicks "Spotlight" Interview ... Randy

Eowyn Langhoff and Tami Osmer Mize recently started the WikiChicks blog and have started doing an interview "Spotlight" series.  Last week the interviewee was DearMYRTLE (Pat Richley-Erickson) - see

This week, the interviewee was yours truly.  The WikiChicks sent a series of questions which I tried to answer in my usual prolix style - see

Gena Philibert-Ortega is the author of the piece, and is on the WikiChicks staff.

Most people know that the WikiChicks - Eowyn and Tami - work for WikiTree.  I took their picture at RootsTech 2014 in front of the WikiTree exhibit (you can see why I named them WikiChicks!):

My thanks to Eowyn and Tami for asking me to interview and for publishing the interview, and to Gena for writing it up. But where did the Genea-gasm graphic come from?

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A Nice Surprise - "David" Smith and Abigail "Vanse" Wisconsin Marriage Record

While adding Life Sketches and Stories to some of my ancestor's profiles in the FamilySearch Family Tree last night, I was pleasantly surprised to see a Record Hint for the profile of my 2nd-great-grandmother, Abigail (Vaux) Smith (1844-1931).  It was another "Forrest Gump Principle of Genealogy Research" moment!

The Record Hint was for the marriage record of "David" Smith and Abigail "Vanse" on 4 April 1861 in Rolling Prairie, Dodge County, Wisconsin.  Here is the record summary in the Wisconsin Marriages, 1836-1930 collection on FamilySearch:

Is this my Abigail Vaux and Devier J. Smith?  The parents first names are correct, the Smith last names are correct, the birthplace of "David" Smith is correct, the date and place are correct.  How do I know?  I have a family Bible record that provides the marriage date and place, and another record that provides the parent's last names.  It's my folks, but with some wrong names!

"David" is really Devier, and "Vanse" is really Vaux.  The handwriting on the record may be difficult to read!

I wondered where this record came from.  There is a GS Film number 1275941 provided, which is in the set of microfilms of the "Dodge County (Wis.) Registration of Marriages (1842-1907) and Marriage Index (1845-1907 --, 1842-1907" collection:

For some reason, I have never looked at that set of microfilms before!  I'm sure it's on the list of records for Dodge County, Wisconsin in the Family History Library Catalog.

Now I wonder what the entry looks like.  It must have all of that indexed information in a format of some sort.  Is it just in columns, or is it on a handwritten form?  If it's a form, why wasn't the form imaged from the microfilm for this record collection?  I guess I'll have to find the record image to find out.

FamilySearch provides a source citation for this record summary:

"Wisconsin, Marriages, 1836-1930," index,  FamilySearch   ( : accessed 24 Jul 2014), David Smith and Abigail Vanse, 04 Apr 1861; citing reference p00195; FHL microfilm 1275941.

I crafted my own source citation for the record in RootsMagic using the "Digital Archives" source template:

"Wisconsin, Marriages, 1836-1930," FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 July 2014), record extraction, David Smith and Abigail Vanse marriage, 04 Apr 1861; citing page 195 on FHL microfilm US/CAN 1,275,941.

I have no clue how FamilySearch decided that this record pertained to the marriage of my second great-grandparents.  A search for "Abigail Vaux" (not exact spelling) in this collection does not provide a match.  Adding a marriage place and a marriage year does not provide the match.  A search for "Devier Smith" with a place and year does not provide a match.

A search for the father's name, "Ranslow Smith," in the collection easily brings up the match.

The lessons learned here is:

*  Double-check the Family History Library Catalog for records in the states, counties and towns of interest.

*  Search specific record collections by parent's names or children's names, in addition to principal's names, to find records.

*  Pay attention to the "Record Hints" in the FamilySearch Family Tree!

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 30: #37 Hannah (Sawtell) Hildreth (1789-1857)

Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" in her blog post Challenge: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  Here is my ancestor biography for week #30:

Hannah (Sawtell) Hildreth (1789-1857) is #37 on my Ahnentafel List, and is my 3rd great-grandmother. She married #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) in 1810.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899)who married #19, Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.

*  their daughter, #9 Harriet Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son, #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.* their son, #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                 Hannah Sawtell [1–3]    
*  Sex:                    Female   
*  Father:                Josiah Sawtell (1768-1847)   
*  Mother:              Hannah Smith (1768-1827)   

*  Alt. Name:          Hannah Sartell [5]    
*  Alt. Name:          Hannah Hildreth [3, 6–7]    
*  Alt. Name:          Hannah Sawtelle [9]   

2)  TIMELINE (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                 6 November 1789, Brookline, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States [4-5]   
*  Census:              1 June 1850 (age 60), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States [6]
*  Census:              1 June 1855 (age 65), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States [7]  *  Death:               13 January 1857 (age 67), of paralysis; Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States  [3]
*  Burial:               after 13 January 1857 (after age 67), New Cemetery, Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States [8]
3)  SPOUSES AND CHILDREN (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   
*  Spouse 1:           Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857)   
*  Marriage:           21 October 1810 (age 20), Townsend, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States [1–2, 9]   

*  Child 1:              Aaron Hildreth (1811-1884)   
*  Child 1:              Clarissa Hildreth (1814-1819)   
*  Child 1:              James Hildreth (1817-1892)   
*  Child 1:              Clarissa Hildreth (1820-1852)   
*  Child 1:              Elizabeth Hildreth (1822-1910)   
*  Child 1:              Milo Hildreth (1824-1893)   
*  Child 1:              Moses Hildreth (1828-1893)   
*  Child 1:              Edward Hildreth (1831-1899)   
*  Child 1:              Harriet Augusta Hildreth (1835-1850)   
4)  NOTES  (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

 The birth record for Hannah Sawtell in the Brookline, New Hampshire town records reads:[5]

"Hannah Sartell daughter of Josiah Sartell and his wife Hannah born November 6th 1789."

The Townsend town record provides the marriage intention for Zachariah Hildreth and Hannah Sawtell as:[2]

"1810 Sept. 5th rec'd of Mr. Zachriah Hildreth Jr. and Miss Hannah Sartell of this Town, with their intention of Marriage"

The Townsend town record also provides the marriage record for Zachariah Hildreth and Hannah Sawtell as:[2]

"Return of Marriages of Rev'd David Palmer and as follows:

October 21 [1810] Zachariah Hildreth Jnr to Hannah Sartell"

A list of the family of Zachariah Hildreth and Hannah Sawtell was found in a Bible owned by the Northborough Historical Society.  The "Milo Hildreth Family Bible Records"  shows the following:[9]

Zachariah Hildreth married Hannah Sawtelle  Oct-21-1810

Zachariah Hildreth born April 10th-1783     died Jan 22d 1857  Agd 73-9-12
Hannah Sawtelle         Nov 6-1789               "  Jan 13th 1857  " 67-2-7

The list of children includes:

*  Aaron Hildreth        March 11th 1811   died June 11th 1884  Agd 73-3
*  Clarissa Hildreth     Aug 18th 1814       "  Sept 16th 1819   Agd 5-0-29
*  James Hildreth        May 3d 1817         "  April 13th 1892   - 74-11-10
*  Clarissa Hildreth     Jan 24th 1820       "  July 24th 1852  agd 32-6-0
*  Elizabeth Hildreth    April 26 1822
*  Milo Hildreth         Aug 17th 1824
*  Moses Hildreth        Dec 27th 1828
*  Edward Hildreth       April 30th 1831
*  Harriet Augusta Hildreth  July 25th 1835  " July 7th 1850  Agd 14-4-1

In the 1850 US Census, the Zachariah Hildreth family resided in Townsend, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.[6]  The family included:

*  Zachariah Hildreth, age 61, male, a farmer, $1000 in real property, born MA
*  Hannah Hildreth, age 57, female, born NH
*  Harriet A. Hildreth, age 14, female, born MA, attended school.

In the 1855 Massachusetts State Census, the Zechariah Hildreth household resided in Townsend, Middlesex County (indexed as Lechariah Hildreth), and included:[7]

*  Zechariah Hildreth - age 72, male, white, a farmer, born in Massachusetts
*  Hannah Hildreth - age 65, female, born Massachusetts
*  Elisabeth Wilder - age 33, female, born Massachusetts
*  Nancy Wilder - age 10, female, born Massachusetts

The death record for Hannah (Sawtell) Hildreth states that she was married, age 67, and a paralytic when she died on 13 January 1857 in Townsend, Mass.  She was born in Brookline NH, the daughter of Josiah and Hannah Sawtell.[3] 

The Townsend Vital Records book contains a burial record of Zachariah Hildreth in New Cemetery.[8]  The record says for the family group:

Hildreth, Clarissa, d. Zachariah & Hannah, Sept. 16, 1820,a. 5y. 29d.
Hildreth, Harriet A., July 7, 1850, a. 14y. 11m., 12d.
Hildreth, Hannah, w. Zachariah, Jan. 13, 1857, a. 67y.
Hildreth, Zachariah, Jan. 22, 1857, a. 73y.

There were no probate records for Hannah (Sawtell) Hildreth in the Middlesex County Probate Court records.


1. Townsend, Massachusetts, Certificate of Marriage, Zachariah Hildreth and Hannah Sawtell, 21 October 1810; Town Clerk's Office, Townsend, Mass. (certificate dated 12 January 1995).

2. Henry C. Hallowell (editor), Vital Records of Townsend, Massachusetts (Boston, Mass. :  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1992), page 62, Zachariah Hildreth and Hannah Sartell marriage entry.

3. "Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1915," indexed database and digital images,  New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors (, Deaths: Volume 112, Page 173, Townsend, 1857; Hannah Hildreth death entry.

4. Edward E. Parker, History of Brookline, Formerly Raby, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (Brookline, N.H. : Town of Brookline, N.H., 1914).

5. "New Hampshire Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1636-1947," digital images, FamilySearch ( accessed 12 November 2012), Hillsborough County, Brookline Town, "Town Records, 1769-1833," Page 526 (stamped), Hannah Sartell birth entry, 6 November 1789 (daughter of Josiah and Hannah Sartell); citing New Hampshire Town Clerk Records.

6. 1850 United States Federal Census, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, population schedule; Townsend town, Page 312, Zachariah Hildreth household, online database, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 796.

7. "Massachusetts State Census, 1855,"  indexed database and digital image,  (, Middlesex County, Townsend, image 16 of 31, dwelling #1, family #1, Zachariah Hildreth household.

8. Henry C. Hallowell (editor), Vital Records of Townsend, Massachusetts (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1992), page 355, New Cemetery, Townsend, Mass., Hannah Hildreth burial entry.

9. Richard C. Fipphen, "Bible Records - Northborough Historical Society," The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 35, No. 2 (July 1985), page 157, Zachariah Hildreth and Hannah Sawtelle entry.


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