Saturday, May 7, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Favorite Photo of Your Mother

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)  This is Mother's Day weekend, so please go through the photographs you have of your mother and share one of your favorite photograph of her.  Just one.  Oh, tell us why it's one of your favorites, and tell us something about your mother, too.

2)  Share your photograph and story in your own blog post, in a comment on this post, or on social media (e.g., Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, etc.).

Here's mine:

This is a two-generation picture of the tow most important females in my childhood.  The photo was taken in about 1929, and shows my mother, Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), as a 10-year old girl with her mother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer (1899-1977). 

My mother was an only child, and the family resided in San Diego on Fern Street.  As a 10-year old, my mother had her whole life ahead of her, just like my granddaughters have theirs ahead of them.  She excelled in school and had many friends.  In the coming years, she would attend San Diego High School, then go on to San Diego State College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Art, and finding work as a junior high school art and English teacher in 1940.  

She met Frederick W. Seaver in 1941, and they were married in July 1942.  They lived in Chula Vista, and both worked at Rohr Aircraft in the early years of World War II.  Pretty soon, their eldest son Randy was born, Fred went into the Navy, and soon after he returned in early 1946 another son, Stanley, was born.  They moved to 2119 30th Street, and lived there until 1978.  The third son, Scott, was born in 1955.  The boys attended Brooklyn Elementary School, and she worked in the PTA for many years.  She also became a Little League mom, in addition to being chief cook, nurse, laundress, seamstress, shopper, and the greatest mother.  

Always a calming influence in a family with four boisterous males, she spent her free time doing art projects, reading books, watching TV, and helping her elderly parents.  She was the quintessential 1950's mom.

Life happens - and we don't know what's in store for us.  My mother succeeded in raising three sons, having a happy home life, and serving her family and colleagues well.

This is one of my favorite photographs of my mother because it shows her as an innocent child with her own mother. 

Please tell me about your special mother and show us a picture!


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Surname Saturday - BRIGGS (England to colonial New England)

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

I am in the 8th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #1417, who is Sarah BRIGGS (1637-1689) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through two generations of this BRIGGS 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)

10.  Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)
11.  Julia E. White (1848-1913)

22.  Henry Arnold White (1824-1885)
23.  Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864)

44.  Jonathan White (1805-1850)
45.  Miranda Wade (1804-1850)

88.  Humphrey White (1758-1814)
89.  Sibel Kirby (1764-1848).

176.  Jonathan White (1732-1804)
177.  Abigail Wing (1736-1806)

354.  Benjamin Wing (1698-1776)
355.  Content tucker (1695-1738)

708.  Matthew Wing (1674-1724)
709.  Elizabeth Mott (1659-1723)

1416.  Stephen Wing, born about 1621 in Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands; died 24 April 1710 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 2832. John Wing and 2833. Deborah Bachiler.  He married 07 January 1655 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.
1417.  Sarah Briggs, born about 1637 in probably England; died 26 March 1689 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  

Children of Stephen Wing and Sarah Briggs are:
*  Stephen Wing (1656-1676).
*  Sarah Wing (1659-1720), married 1680 Robert Gifford (1660-1730).
*  John Wing (1661-1728), married (1) 1685 Mary Perry (1659-1714); (2) 1693 Miriam Deane (1632-1703); (3) 1715 Mary Bannister (1660-1720).
*  Abigail Wing (1664-1700).
*  Elisha Wing (1669-1757), married 1689 Mehitable Butler (1670-1731).
*  Ebenezer Wing (1671-1738), married 1699 Elizabeth Backhouse (1677-1758)
*  Matthew Wing (1674-1724), married 1694 Elizabeth Mott (1659-1723).

2834.  John Briggs, born about 1610 in England; died before 01 June 1641 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1638 in probably Massachusetts, United States.
2835.  Katherine, born about 1615 in England.

Children of John Briggs and Katherine are:
*  Sarah Briggs (1637-1689), married 1655 Stephen Wing (1621-1710).
*  Samuel Briggs (1640-1714), married 1664 Elizabeth Ellis (1643-1681).

Information about this Briggs family was obtained from:

*  Edna Anne Hannibal and Claude W. Barlow, John Briggs of Sandwich, Massachusetts and His Descendants (Palo Alto, Calif. : Hannibal, 1962).


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Friday, May 6, 2016

Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 6: Solving the William Auble Challenge

Previous posts in this series include:

*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 1: Finding Elizabeth's Will (25 April 2016).
*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 2: Transcription of Elizabeth Auble's Will (28 April 2016)

*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins - Post 3: Identifying Elizabeth Auble's Heirs (29 April 2016)

*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 4: The William Auble Challenges (3 May 2016)
*  Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 5: The Sophia Auble Challenges Part 1 (5 May 2016)

In this series of posts, I am discussing the challenges that I found with the heirs of Elizabeth Auble named in her 1893 will.

In Post 4, I noted that I had found a newspaper article that described the death of William Auble in 1844 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  That article was from a Sussex County, New Jersey published in the 1890s, highlighting articles for the same date in 1844.  

I thought it was strange that I couldn't find articles from 1844 from Philadelphia when GenealogyBank has several newspapers from that time frame.  When I searched for William Auble and specified Philadelphia and 1844, I received no matches.  So I searched for last name of Auble, plus Philadelphia and 1844, and there were 69 matches.  Many were for this unfortunate incident - but the victim was a Samuel Auble!  

Here is the first article from the Philadelphia Inquirer about the incident:

The transcription of this article, dated 11 September 1844, is:

Stabbing Case -- A young man named Samuel
Auble, was stabbed early yesterday morning,
while in the vicinity of Broad street and Tur-
ner's Lane.  Two brothers named William and
Edward Ryninger, were taken before Alderman
Rees, on the charge of committing the deed.  It
appears that Auble formed one of a party which
had been to the Lamb Tavern, and the Ryning-
ers were with another party, with females in
company.  The Messrs. R. took offence at some
songs by Auble, when a scuffle took place.  Au-
ble ran across the road, saying, "I'm wounded."
William Ryninger was seen to strike a blow; and
after Auble ran across the road, Edward Ryninger
was seen to follow him.  Both brothers were
committed for a further hearing on Friday next."

Another article from 13 September 1844 in the Philadelphia North American newspaper:

The transcription of this article is:

"CORONER'S INQUEST. -- The Coroner  held an
inquest yesterday, upon the body of Samuel
H. Auble, aged 21 years, who was stabbed 
in Broad street, near Turner's Lane, on Tues-
day morning.  The wound was four inches
long and two deep, and terminated in mortifi-
cation from which death resulted.  Verdict of
the jury -- That the said deceased S.H. Auble,
came to his death by a wound inflicted on
him on the 10th inst. with a sharp instrument
in the hands of William Ryninger."

An article from the 16 December 1844 issue of the Philadelphia North American discussed the outcome of the case:

The transcription of this article is:

"SENTENCE OF RYNINGER -- In the Court of
Oyer and Terminer on Saturday, sentence
was passed by Judge King upon William 
Ryninger, convicted of manslaughter in kill-
ing Samuel H. Auble.  The prisoner was
adjudged to undergo an imprisonment of
three years in solitary confinement and at hard
labor in the Eastern Penitentiary.  His Honor
Judge King, prefaced the sentence with some
very appropriate and feeling remarks, in which
the unfortunate occurrence that lad to the death
of Auble, was attributed mainly to the bad
spirit of rivalry which existed among a por-
tion of the Fire Department."

Based on these articles, including a criminal court verdict, it is apparent that the victim was Samuel H. Auble, aged 21, who died on or about 12 September 1844 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after being attacked on the street.

The question I have now is: Was this Samuel H. Auble a brother of my second great-grandfather, David Auble, as noted in the New Jersey newspaper article?  The New Jersey newspaper got the name wrong, but did they get the relationship right?  I don't know and have found no other records of the existence of this Samuel H. Auble.

Finding these records, and solving this challenge, removes the evidence conflict I had on William Auble - how could he have died in 1844 and have had a son born in 1848 named as a nephew in Elizabeth Auble's will in 1893.

There is a lesson learned here - Expand your search in records when you cannot find what you expect to find.  In this case, I searched with the wrong given name, then succeeded with no given name.


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