Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Where Were Your Ancestors 150 Years Ago?

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


For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:


1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 16 May 1865 - 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 1865.

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 1865.

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)my 2nd great-grandfather, resided in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut with his 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), my 3rd great-grandfather, resided in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut.  I think that I have located his 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 think that I have identified where they resided.

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 3rd 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 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 41 ancestors living on 16 May 1865, 150 years ago, including:

*  6 Great-grandparents
*  15 2nd great-grandparents
*  17 3rd great-grandparents
*  2 4th great-grandparents

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5 comments:

Janet Iles said...

I took up the challenge and wrote about my ancestors.
http://researchergal.blogspot.ca/2015/05/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-where-were.html

Lois Willis said...

I also took up this challenge.
http://loiswillis.com/?p=4248

Janice Sellers said...

This was more difficult for me to figure out than I had anticipated.

http://ancestraldiscoveries.blogspot.com/2015/05/randy-seavers-saturday-night-genealogy.html

venarbol said...

I also took up the challenge, but in french and about my italian ancestors ;-)
http://www.venarbol.net/archives/9897

ellen2321 said...

I would like to suggest a future SNGF using this website! It claims to tell you your 'today' name. It tells you for every decade back to 1890 what name was the same rank as yours the year you were born! It is funny to put in all kinds of family members.

http://time.com/3856405/baby-name-popularity/