Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Megan Smolenyak on the 2008 TMG Cruise -- Post 371 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I'm posting old (and sometimes new) family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here is one of the most precious (to me) images from my Seaver/Carringer family collection:



I'm sorry this is fuzzy...but it's one of my favorite photographs!  I finally got to meet Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak on The Master Genealogist Cruise in October 2008, sailing from New York to Puerto Rico.

Megan made a presentation on Annie Moore on 28 October 2008 in the "alternative" theater - the night club bar (whatever it was called).  It was a terrible place to have a genealogy presentation because it was so spread out, the tables were round, and the screen was small.  Megan did an outstanding job.


While I was having fun at Megan's talk, my wife Linda was having fun in the pool in the sunshine:


That's her in the water with her arms spread out, probably talking to someone sitting on the edge of the pool.  

Being a genealogist on a Caribbean cruise is such a hardship...

This was on the Master Genealogist Cruise from New York City to San Juan, Puerto Rico, with stops in St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Thomas (Virgin Islands) and San Juan.  We did tours in all of the places.  You can read more detail about each day in my blog posts  for the week -   see  http://www.geneamusings.com/2008_10_26_archive.html.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More Ancestry.com Record Hints for my Ancestry Member Tree

I wrote Ancestry Green Leaf Hints Keep Sprouting in my Ancestry Member Tree on 15 December 2014.   On that date, my Hints List said there were:

*  All Hints:  39,479
*  People with Hints:  6,629
*  Records:  29,735
*  Photos:  2,980
*  Stories:  531
*  Member Trees:  6,233

The Hints list today is:


Today I have (with the change in parentheses):

*  All Hints:  41,812 (+ 2,323)
*  People with Hints:  7,805 (+1,176)
*  Records:  31,205 (+ 1,870)
*  Photos:  3,320 (+340)
*  Stories:  530 (-1)
*  Member Trees:  6,757 (+ 524)

I have not been lazy about adding or ignoring these Hints to my database.  I'm just behind!  I keep daily records of my Record Hints so that I can determine how many Ancestry adds, on average, each day.  

Since 15 December 2014, I have accepted or ignored 1,844 Hints.  I also caused the Hints system to add 1,418 Hints by expanding the scope of my Ancestry Member Tree.  

Ancestry added 3,314 Record Hints during the 225 days since 15 December 2014.  That's an average of 14.7 Hints added per day.  But they didn't add Hints every day,.  There were some days when no Hints were added, and some days when the number of Hints was reduced for some reason (perhaps a database was removed from the Hint count?).  There were some days when a high number of Hints were added, such as 27 June 2015 when 431 Hints were added; on 8 June 2015, 658 Hints were added; on 21 April 2015, 265 Hints were added.  Take away those three "big Hint" days, and the average number comes down to 8.8 Hints added per day.

I need to work harder on accepting and rejecting Hints.  I have 31,205 Hints to go.  As I go through them, I judge if I should add the information to my RootsMagic database or not.  If it is a Hint based on an actual record (vital, census, military, church, cemetery, etc.) then I add the event, content and source to my RootsMagic database.  If it is an index that I don't want to use (e.g., the Millennial File), or that doesn't have an actual record (e.g., a Find A Grave entry without a burial place), then I just ignore the Hint.

Obviously, I have to accept or reject about 100 Hints a day just to keep up with the seemingly automatic addition of Hints.  Even if I use information from only 20% of the Hints offered (which is about what my average is, I think), that takes an hour or so to add the information to the RootsMagic database.  

I added this Ancestry Member Tree in July 2014, so after one year the Ancestry Hint system has found Hints for at least 7,800 persons in my tree, and probably more since when I accept or reject all of the Hints for a person, the number of persons should reduce by one.  

I love the Hints that Ancestry.com offers!  It reduces the search process.  I find it easier to use the Hints added than to search for each person in my database.  Of course, a Search might find more records, since the Ancestry.com Hints sample only the top 10% (by record count) of the databases available.  That's over 3,300 databases though!

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Crestleaf.com’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds -- July 2015: James Vaux Death Notice in British Newspapers

I am participating in the Crestleaf.com "12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds" contest - see the blog post Crestleaf.com’s 12 Months of Fascinating Family Finds Challenge for details.


My most fascinating family find for June 2015 was:  Finding the death notice, and a residence in 1831, for my 4th great-grandfather, James Vaux (1787-1839) in the British Newspapers collection on Findmypast.com.

There were two newspaper articles for the death of James Vaux on 23 July 1839; one of them was from the Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser newspaper, dated 31 July 1839:


The death notice says:  "On the 23rd instant, at South Petherton, of a paralytic seizure, Mr. James Vaux, aged 52, who has left a wife and eight children in America."

That provided the death date, death location, a cause of death, and information about his family.  

Another result from the search of this collection was the auction of land on which James Vaux resided in South Petherton, Somerset in the Sherborne Mercury newspaper, dated 2 January 1832, mentions James Vaux:


The transcription of this record is:

"TO BE SOLD, IN FEE, BY AUCTION,
By Mr. CHAFFEY, at the Crown Inn, in South Pe-
therton, in the county of Somerset, on TUESDAY, the
10th day of JANUARY next, at five o'clock in the af-
ternoon, on the conditions to be then produced.
THE following valuable PREMISES, in
Lots, viz. ---
1. -- A Dwelling House, Garden, and Outhouses, situ-
ate at South Petherton.
2. -- An Orchard, called Kealand Orchard, also situate
at South Petherton, and containing by estimation 4 acres
(more or less).
N.B.  The above-mentioned Lots are in the occupation
of Mr. Samuel Vaux.
3. -- A Close of Arable, called Holefaxen, containing
by estimation 6 acres (more or less), situate at South
Petherton aforesaid, and now in the occupation of Mr.
James Vaux.
The Occupiers will shew their respective Lots and the
further particulars applications may be made to Mr.
NICHOLETTS, Attorney at Law, South Petherton.
Dated 13th December 1831."

This article indicates that Samuel and James Vaux were residing ("occupation of") on this land and the land was to be sold for some reason (as part of an estate settlement, perhaps bankruptcy of the owner, or to sell the land for profit).  James Vaux migrated to America on 1 May 1832 aboard the ship Cosmo out of Bristol.


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Tuesday's Tip: Fold3.com has War of 1812 Pension Files Through M Surnames for FREE

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  The War of 1812 Pension Files are being digitized and put online at Fold3.com, and they are FREE to Use

A user needs a guest account on Fold3.com in order to access the War of 1812 Pension Files.  Not every Pension File has been digitized yet, but they have them for the A to M surnames for most states.  These are the actual pension file records, not just an index.

The process to find them is fairly simple:

1)  On the Fold3.com home page, click on the "War of 1812" category link on the left-hand side of the screen, and the list of Publications for the War of 1812 category will open:


There are quite a few FREE collections in the War of 1812 category!

2)  I chose the "War of 1812 Pension Files" and the list of states opened, and I chose Massachusetts.  The list of surname letters for Massachusetts appeared and I chose "B."  That opened the list of surnames beginning with B:


3)  I chose the "Buck" surname, and the list of pension files for Buck appeared - there were two, Elisha Buck and Isaac Buck:

 I chose the "Isaac Buck" file, and the thumbnail images appeared for this file:


4) I clicked on the first image, and saw the first image of the file for Isaac Buck:



I can use the left and right arrows to navigate to the previous or next images.  I can save the images to my hard drive.

From this file, I was able to obtain the marriage date and place for the marriage of Isaac Buck and Percy Stevens (I didn't know Percy's maiden name, either), the birth and death dates of Isaac, and more.  This file has 26 images.

5)  These War of 1812 pension files are being digitized and put online for free access through donations to the War of 1812 Pension Digitization Project - see /http://preservethepensions.org/.  There are about 360,000 images already digitized, but that is only 50% of the task.  If you donate $20, that will digitize about 40 pages, but Ancestry.com will match your donation and digitize 40 more pages.

If you have War of 1812 soldiers in your ancestry, this is an excellent opportunity to find their pension file if it exists, and to glean information about the soldier, his family, and his service.

I know of only one War of 1812 soldier in my ancestry - Amos Underhill in New York, so I have to wait until they get through the U surnames.  I have found the Pension File for Isaac Lanfear of Jefferson County, New York, and have reviewed it, but did not see any information about my Devier J. Lamphear Smith in it.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

CVGS Program on Wednesday, 29 July 2015: "The History of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition"

WEDNESDAY, July 29th GENERAL MEETING

from 12:30 p.m. To 2:30 p.m.

At Bonita-Sunnyside Library (4375 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA) in the Community Room

Program Speaker: Gabe Selak on 

“The History of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition”

     Gabe Selak is the Public Programs Manager for the San Diego History Center (
http://www.sandiegohistory.org/).  Hailing from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Gabe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education-Social Sciences with a concentration in History from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  



     Gabe has nearly 20 years of museum education experience.  Previous to moving to San Diego, Gabe worked at two world renown historical museums: Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum dedicated to telling the story of the English colonists known familiarly as the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indigenous Peoples whose land they settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts; and Historic New England, formerly known as the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities or SPNEA, headquartered in Boston.  

     Upon arriving in San Diego, Gabe was initially a monorail driver at the San Diego Zoo’s (then Wild Animal Park ) today’s Safari Park, before moving on to the Coronado Historical Association’s Coronado Museum of History and Art.  Today, Gabe continues his love of history and passion for teaching at the San Diego History Center in Balboa Park, where he produces a number of public programs.  In addition, he manages the interpretation program at the Center’s  historic museums including the Junipero Serra Museum and San Diego History Center in Balboa Park.

This is a FREE local history program of the Chula Vista Genealogical Society.  There will be a short business meeting before the speaker program.  All are welcome.  There will be snacks and drinks provided by the Society before and after the program. 


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New or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - July 19-25, 2015

I'm trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list).  

As of 25 July 2015, there were 2,019 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):



The new or updated collections are:


* France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Censuses, 1872 and 1886; 247,943 indexed records with record images, last added or updated 23 Jul 2015

* Utah, Obituaries from Utah Newspapers, 1850-2005; 117,822 indexed records with record images, last added or updated 23 Jul 2015

* Philippines, Civil Registration (Local), 1888-1984; 11,684 indexed records with record images, last added or updated 22 Jul 2015

* Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998; 342,315 indexed records with record images, last added or updated 22 Jul 2015

* Mexico Baptisms, 1560-1950; 35,347,694 indexed records without images, last added or updated 22 Jul 2015

* Mexico Deaths, 1680-1940; 297,279 indexed records without images, last added or updated 21 Jul 2015

* Mexico Marriages, 1570-1950; 6,041,090 indexed records without images, last added or updated 21 Jul 2015

* Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947; 2,050,112 indexed records with record images, last added or updated 21 Jul 2015

* Japan Passenger Lists, 1893-1941; 94,842 indexed records without images, last added or updated 21 Jul 2015

* Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950; 2,310,900 indexed records with record images, last added or updated 21 Jul 2015

* Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957; 1,412,065 indexed records without images, last added or updated 21 Jul 2015

* Denmark Deeds and Mortgages, 1572-1928; Browse Images only, no indexed records, last added or updated 20 Jul 2015

* Jamaica, Civil Registration, 1880-1999; 3,778,173 indexed records with record images, last added or updated 20 Jul 2015

*  Zimbabwe, Death notices, 1904-1976; 291,391 indexed records with record images, last added or updated 20 Jul 2015

Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell which collections are brand new and which ones are updated.  The asterisk they use is for "Recently added or updated."  I am particularly interested in new collections, for the obvious reasons.

In order to select a specific collection, go to 
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.

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Amanuensis Monday - Post 278: 1811 Division of Lands of William Sever (1729-1809) of Kingston, Mass.

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 the 1811 division of the Real Estate of William Sever (1729-1809) of Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts:





The transcription of this division of Real Estate is:

[image 1812]

To the Hon. Joshua Thomas Esqr Judge of Probate within & for the County of Plymouth
pursuant to your Warrant to us directed, we the Subscribers have taken a view of the
following pieces or parcels of Real Estate whereof the Hon. William Sever late of Kingston
in said County Esqr deceased died seized in his Mansion house with the Lands ad-
joining and Buildings thereon – the Dwelling house improved by the Widow
Nancy Sever with the Land adjoining, and the Stores & other Buildings thereon -
a House=Lot about one third of an Acre lying in a triangular form & adjoin-
the southerly side of the road leading from said Mansion house to Kingston Meet-
ing house; a large Tract of upland & Salt Marsh lying between Jones River and
the Lands belonging to the Heirs of Isaac Brewster deceased in the north easterly side
of the County road containing Seventy two acres more or less all under Improve-
ment; A Tract of improved Land on the South westerly side of the County road
and adjoining the same lying directly opposite to the last mentioned Tract of seventy two
acres containing sixteen acres more or less; a Tract of pasture Land at the
lowest point of Rocky Nook on the westerly side of John Watson's land containing
twenty four acres more or less; about one acre and a quarter of Salt Marsh
at rocky nook adjoining Jones River, & lying westerly of Pasture Land belonging
to the Heirs of Isaac Brewster deceased; and a Woodlot containing twenty acres
of Land lying about half a Mile north westerly from Kingston Meeting house
& is he same Land the said William Sever Esqr purchased of Sarah Chipman
& William Ripley; all lying & being in said Kingston; and after taking
into consideration the quantity & quality of the several Lots, their respective
Situations, the Buildings, Fences & orchards attached to the same with whatever
use we conceived would increase or diminish their relative value We have
according to our best Judgment made an equal Division thereof & have
assigned & set off to James Sever Esqr one Moiety thereof & the other Moiety to
the Heirs of John Sever deceased in Manner following, viz:

To James Sever Esqr the aforesaid Mansion house and all that part of
the Lands adjoining that lie westerly of a dividing Line, beginning at a stake
easterly of said Mansion house by the road two feet eastward of a poplar Tree and
fourteen rods & two Links Eastward of the south east corner of the School house lot
and from said Stake running North eight degrees west through an apple Tree
to a Stake by the fence in the Line of Land belonging to the Heirs of James
Drew deceased including all the Buildings and privileges & appurtenances
to said Land belonging.

Also thirty six acres and an half of the aforesaid seventy two acre Tract
on the westerly & southwesterly side of the following dividing Line be the
same more or less; beginning at a Stake & Stones by the County road
standing twenty four rods westerly from the south west corner of the Land
belonging to the Heirs of Isaac Brewster deceased, and from said Stake

[image 1813]

running north thirty five degrees east about seventy nine rods
to a Stake & Stones thence north thirty eight degrees west forty seven
rods and an half to a stake by a Stone wall, thence north thirty one
degrees west forty Eight rods & seventeen Links to a large
White oak tree marked on two sides near the Salt Meadow & continuing
the same course through the Tree, thence from the north westerly side
of said Tree north forty six degrees east about nine rods & twenty one
Links to a stake by the side of a small rock & about four or five feet from
the north westerly side of a large Rock near the Salt Meadow thence across
the Salt Meadow north twenty eight degrees and an half west about twenty
two rods to a Stake by the river – including the Barn standing on said
Land and all the privileges & appurtenances to the same belonging;
also that part of rocky nook pasture Land aforesaid that lies westerly
of the following dividing Line viz beginning at a Stake & Stones near the
south easterly corner ^thereof^ in the Line of the Land belonging to the Heirs of Isaac
Brewster deceased & one rod from the Line of Watson's pasture thence
north seven degrees &an half west by a Lot ^of three rods of land^ left undivided for a common
passage way; two rods to a Stake & Stones ^thence south seventy eight degrees east three quarters of a rod to Stake & Stones^ thence north thirteen degrees
west fourteen rods & seven Links to a Stake & Stones thence north about
twenty four degrees west about twenty two rods & an half across the
watering place to a Stake & Stones on the Highland thence north forty
six degrees west forty six rods & seven Links over the easterly part
of a Rock to a Stake and Stones near the same by the Edge of the Bank
near highwater mark thence north seventy eight degrees west to
Jones River, containing twelve acres & fifty nine rods of Land more
or less, together with the privileges & appurtenances to the same
belonging.

Also the ^whole of the aforesaid^ piece of Salt Meadow at Rocky Nook lying between
the pasture Land of the heirs of Isaac Brewster deceased and Jones
River containing one acre & a quarter more or less with the
privileges & appurtenances to the same belonging.

All which we assign & set off to the said James Sever Esqr
his Heirs & assigns to have & to hold the same in severally forever as his
full share of the several Pieces of Real Estate by us
viewed as aforesaid.

[image 1814]

To the Heirs of John Sever deceased a Lot of Land containing one
acre more or less lying opposite to the aforesaid Mansion house, bounded
southerly by the Land of Elisha Stetson & easterly northerly &
westerly by road or Highways with the Dwelling house occupied by the
Widow Nancy Sever the Stores & all other Buildings thereon standing
belonging to the ^Estate of the^ said William Sever Esqr deceased with the privileges &
appurtenances to the same belonging.

Also a piece of Land adjoining the Lot on which the Mansion house of the Hon. Williasm Sever deceased stands &
Also that ^part^ of the Mansion house Lot or Lands adjoining that lies
lying easterly of the following dividing Line ^viz^ beginning at a Stake by the
road eastward of the Mansion house, two feet eastward of a poplar
tree & fourteen rods & two Links eastward of the southeast corner of the
School house lot & from said Stakes running north eight degrees west
through an apple tree to a Stake by the fence in the Line of the Land
belonging to the Heirs of James Drew deceased, with the privileges & appurte-
nances to the same belonging, containing one acre more or less.

Also the trinagular piece of Land or House lot lying on the
southerly side of the road leading from said Mansion house to Kingston
Meerting house containing about one third part of an acre ^more or less^ with
the privileges & appurtenances to the same belonging.

Also a woodlot containing twenty acres more or less lying about
half a mile north westerly from Kingston Meeting house & is
the same Land the said William Sever Esqr purchased of Sarah
Chipman & William Ripley with the privileges belonging to the same.

Also that part of the Seventy two acre Lot aforesaid lying easterly
of the following dividing Line beginning at a Stake by the County road
twenty four rods westerly from the south west corner of Land belonging
to the Heirs of Isaac Brewster deceased & from said Stake running north
thirty five degrees east about seventy nine rods to a Stake & Stones, thence
north thirty eight degrees west forty seven Rods & an half to a Stake by
a stone wall, thence north thirty one degrees west about forty eight rods
& seventeen Links to a large white oak tree marked on two sides near the
Salt meadow & continuing the same Course through the Tree & from the north
westerly side of said Tree north forty six degrees East about nine rods and
twenty one Links to a Stake by the side of a small Rock about four or five
feet from the north westerly side of a large rock near the Salt Meadow, thence
across the Salt Meadow north twenty eight degrees ^and an half^ west about twenty two rods to
a Stake by the River containing thirty five acres & an half ^more or less^ with its privileges
& appurtenances.

[image 1815]

Also the Tract of improved Land aforesaid lying on the south westerly
side of the County road & opposite to the said seventy two acre Lot &
contains sixteen acres of Land more or less with its privileges & appurtenances
& is bounded as follows – beginning at Col Thomas north west corner by
the County road thence by said Thomas land South thirty six degrees west
sixty two rods to Evensons Land & to the fences that separates said improved
Land from woodland thence in the Line of said fence north thirty seven
degrees & an half west fourteen rods thence still in the Line of said fence
north thirty nine degrees west forty eight rods & seven Links to the Lane
leading to the Woodland thence northerly by said Lane & easterly & northerly
by the Land of Elisha Washburn Constant Sampson & the Heirs of Nicholas
Davis junr deceased to the aforesaid County road Thence by said road ^easterly^ thirty
nine rods & seven teen & an half twenty Links to the Bounds first mentioned.

Also that part of the aforesaid twenty four acres of pasture Land lying
at rocky nook that lies eastward of the following dividing Line beginning
at a Stake & Stones in the Line of Watson's pasture two rods northerly from
the land of Isaac Brewster's Heirs thence running north seventy eight degrees
west three quarters of one rod to a Stake ^& Stones^ which also is the second ^third^ bound in
the dividing Line of the western share having two rods three rods of common
Land to be improved by each ^the owners of each share^ as a passage way to their respective Lots;
thence from said the Stake & Stones forming said second bound ^of the eastern & third bound of the western share^ running north
thirteen degrees west fourteen rods & seven Links to a Stake & Stones thence
north about twenty four degrees West across the watering place twenty two
rods & an half to a Stake & Stones on the Highland thence north forty six
degrees West forty six rods & Seven Links over the easterly part of a rock
to a Stake & Stones near the same by the Edge of the Bank near highwater mark
thence north twenty eight degrees west to Jones River, containing
eleven acres & Twenty rods of Land be the same more or less with the
privileges & appurtenances to the same belonging. All which we
assign to set off to the ^said^ Heirs of John Sever deceased their Heirs & assigns
to have & to hold the same in severalty forever as their full share in
the several pieces & parcels of Real Estate by us viewed as aforesaid.

N.B. Liberty is hereby reserved to the Heirs of John Sever deceased to pass & repass over the
Lands assigned to James Sever Esqr for the purpose of carrying of one half of the manuse
now collected thereon.

Kingston May 11th 1811 Geo. Partridge
Jed^h Holmes
Beza Hayward

Plymouth Ss July 30th 1811 The foregoing Division of the Estate of the Hom William Sever deceased
having been sworn by Geo. Partridge, Jed^h Holmes & Beza Hayward Esquires above named & the same
having been duly examined ?????????????????????????????????????? the same is hereby ratified & confirmed
Joshua Thomas JProb

The source citation for this record is:

Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Probate estate files, Case No. 17735-17853: Case File 17842, images 1812-1815 of 2015, division of land of William Sever of Kingston, 1811; in "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Estate Files, 1686-1915," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 14 July 2015); citing Probate Court, Supreme Judicial Court, Boston, Mass.

William Sever died 15 June 1809 in Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, having written a will in 1802.  His second wife, Mercy (Foster) (Russell) Sever, died 9 February 1810 in Kingston.  The 1802 will of William Sever bequeathed money to the heirs of his three deceased children, and left the remainder of his estate to his two sons, James and John, who were living in 1802.  John Sever died 7 November 1803 in Kingston, leaving his wife Nancy (Russell) Sever (1767-1848) and six children.

The subscribers of the document above divided the six tracts of land essentially equally - several parcels went half to James and half to the Heirs of John, with the dividing line listed in detail.  James received the Mansion house on the North side of the road leading to the Kingston meeting house, and John's heirs received the land, and dwelling house, on the south side of the road, where Nancy, the widow of John, resided.  One of the tracts divided was the Mansion house lot - the dividing line was two feet east of the Mansion house.

My hope was that this description of the Real Estate of William Sever would define how he obtained the Mansion house, or at least identify the neighbors to the Mansion house land.  One neighbor, the heirs of James Drew was to the north of the Mansion house. 

 I still don't know for sure how or when William Sever acquired the land where the Mansion house stands.  It could have been from his father, Nicholas Sever, who was listed as a neighbor in an earlier land record, but I have not found a deed or probate record to confirm that.  It may be that William Sever built the Mansion house on land owned by Nicholas Sever, and that he received it when Nicholas died in 1764 without a specific accounting, since William was the sole heir and executor of the estate of Nicholas Sever.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of July 19 to 25, 2015

The following databases were added or updated on Ancestry.com during the period from 18 July to 25 July 2015:



The databases added or updated include

*  U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; indexed records with no images, ADDED 7/22/2015

*  Oregon, Biographical and Other Index Card File, 1700s-1900s; indexed records with images, UPDATED 7/21/2015

*  Victoria, Australia, Selected Trial Brief and Correspondence Registers and Other Images, 1837-1993; indexed records with images, ADDED 7/21/2015

*  Canada, Selected School Yearbooks, 1908-2010;  indexed records with images, ADDED 7/20/2015

*  U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885; indexed records with images, UPDATED 7/17/2015

*  Pennsylvania, Coal Employment Records, 1900-1954; indexed records with images, ADDED 7/16/2015

 Web: Northern Ireland, Will Calendar Index, 1858-1943;  indexed records with no images, ADDED 7/16/2015

*  U.S. Navy Cruise Books, 1918-2009; indexed records with images, UPDATED 7/13/2015

*  Agana, Guam, U.S., Passenger and Crew Lists of Arriving Vessels and Airplanes, 1948-1963; indexed records with images, UPDATED 7/13/2015

The recently added and updated page on Ancestry.com is at http://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections.

The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at  http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx. 
 

There were 5 NEW databases ADDED this past week. There are now 32,701 databases available as of 25 July, up 3 from last week. 

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