Saturday, September 7, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Where Were They 150 Years Ago?

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 



Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 September 1863 - 150 years ago.

2)  List your ancestors, their family members, their birth and death years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

Here's mine:

The ancestors living in 1863 would be most of my great-grandparents, many of my great-great-grandparents, and perhaps some 4th great-grandparents.  Here is a Pedigree chart back to the great-greats:


1.  Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) and Lucretia Smith (1828-1884), my 2nd great-grandparents,  resided in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts with their four children: Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922, my great-grandfather), Benjamin, Elizabeth and Ellen.  I don't know exactly where they lived.

2.  Abigail (Gates) (Seaver) Seaver (1797-1867), my 3rd great-grandmother, and Isaac's mother, resided with her 2nd husband, Isaac Seaver, in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.  I don't know exactly where they lived.

3.  Elizabeth Horton (Dill) Smith (1791-1869), my 3rd great-grandmother, and Lucretia Smith's mother, resided in Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.  I don't have a picture of the house, but have located the property.

4.  Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) and Sophia Newton (1834-1923), my 2nd great-grandparents) resided in Northborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts with their daughter, Hattie Hildreth (1857-1920, my great-grandmother).  I don't know exactly where they lived.

5.  Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882), my 3rd great-grandmother, and Sophia  Newton's mother, resided in Westborough, Worcester County, Massachusetts with her third husband, Jonathan Stone (1795-1868).  I don't know where they lived in 1863.

6.  James Richman (1821-1912) and Hannah Rich (1824-1911), my 2nd great-grandparents, resided in Rhode Island or eastern Connecticut in 1863 with their children Thomas Richmond (1848-1917, my great-grandfather), James, Louisa, Elizabeth, Emma and Hannah.  I don't know where they lived in 1863.

7.  John Richman (1788-1867), my 3rd great grandfather, father of James Richman, resided in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England.  I don't know exactly where he lived.

8.  John Rich (1792-1868), my 3rd great-grandfather, father of Hannah Rich), resided in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England.   I don't know exactly where he lived.

9.  Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) and Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864), my 2nd great-grandparents, resided in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut with their children Ellen, Julia White (1848-1913, my great-grandmother), Emily, Henry and Frederick.  I think that I have located their residence.

10.  Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872) and Amy Champlin (1798-1865), my 3rd great-grandparents, parents of Amy Oatley,  resided in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.  I think that I have located their residence.

11.  David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) and Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901), my 2nd great-grandparents, resided in Columbus City, Louisa County, Iowa with their children, Harvey Edgar, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946, my great-grandfather) and Effie.  I don't know exactly where they lived.

12.  Henry Carringer (1800-1879), my 3rd great-grandfather, resided in Columbus City, Louisa County, Iowa, probably with his children Mary, Louisa and Harvey.  I believe that I have located his farm land.

13.  Devier J. Smith (1839-1894) and Abbie Vaux (1844-1931), my 2nd great-grandparents, resided in Rolling Prairie, Dodge County, Wisconsin with their daughter, Della (1862-1944, my great-grandmother).  I don't know exactly where they lived.

14.  Ranslow Smith (1805-1873) and Mary Bell (1805-1865), my 3rd great-grandparents, and parents of Devier J. Smith, resided in Rolling Prairie, Dodge County, Wisconsin.  I know exactly where they lived and have a photograph of the Inn they ran dating from 1930.

15.  Samuel Vaux (1814-1880) and Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1883), my 2nd great-grandparents, resided in Burnett, Dodge County, Wisconsin, with their children James, Elizabeth and Amos.  I know where their land was.

16.  Amos Underhill (1772-1865), my 3rd great-grandfather, resided in Aurora, Erie County, New York.  I know where his land was.

17.  David Auble (1817-1894) and Sarah Knapp (1818-????), my 2nd great-grandparents, resided in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey with their children William, Frances, Charles Auble (1849-1916, my great-grandfather), Katherine, Anna and Cora.  I don't know where they lived exactly.

18.  Sarah (Cutter) Knapp (1785-1878), my 3rd great-grandmother, and mother of Sarah Knapp, resided in New Barbados, Bergen County, New Jersey with her son, Manning Knapp.  I don't know where they lived exactly.

19.  James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) and Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874), my 2nd great-grandparents,  and parents of Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952, my great-grandmother) resided in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada, with their daughter Sarah.  I don't know where they lived exactly.

20.  Abraham James Kemp (1795-1881) and perhaps Sarah Fletcher (1802-????), my 3rd great-grandparents, and parents of James Abraham Kemp, probably resided in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada.  I don't know exactly where they lived.  

21.  Alexander Sovereign (1814-1907) and Elizabeth Putman (1820-1895), my 3rd great-grandparents, and parents of Mary Jane Sovereen, resided in Norfolk county, Ontario, Canada.  I have located their land.

22.  Frederick Sovereign (1786-1875) and Mary Jane Hutchinson (1792-1868), my 4th great-grandparents, resided in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada.  I don't know where their land was.

So, I think that I have 43 ancestors living on 1 September 1863, 150 years ago, including:

*  6 Great-grandparents
*  18 2nd great-grandparents
*  17 3rd great-grandparents
*  2 4th great-grandparents

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5 comments:

Jason W. Crews said...

Thank you Randy, I have enjoyed this one! Here is my response: GenealogySphere.com: Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Where Were They 150 Years Ago?

Lisa Gorrell said...

Randy,
That was tedious to list everyone but I found lots of places where I have brick walls that I need to work on. Also a great way to get those names out there for cousin bait!

Lisa Gorrell said...

Whoops. Forgot the link!
http://tinyurl.com/n784r3g

Alex Daw said...

Ouf...it just about killed me but here it is...http://familytreefrog.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/150-years-ago.html

Bill West said...

Mine's at http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com/2013/09/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-where-were.html

I ended up with 6 3x great grandparents & 6 2x great grandparents all on my Dad's side of the family. My Mom's family were all in Ireland, Scotland & Germany except for one set of 3x great grandparents that I can't find info for the 1860's. Most of my great grandparents weren't born until after 1863.