Thursday, September 21, 2017

Seavers in the News - Did Joshua Seaver Lead a Double Life?

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a semi-regular feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Boston [Mass.] Herald newspaper dated Sunday, 13 March 1920:





The transcription of this article is:

MRS. SEAVER DENIES HUSBAND LED DUAL LIFE

Report of Drowning with "Wife" Is Mistake, Says Widow

SHE NEVER HEARD OF ROSE CROCKER

While Mrs. Joshua Seaver of Hyde street, Newton Highlands, is awaiting confirmation of the report of the alleged dual life of her husband and his death by drowning with the young woman who is said to have been posing as his wife at Miami, Fla., she is maintaining her trust in her husband and says the report "must be a terrible mistake."  She is trying to buoy herself up for the sake of her children, but her facial expression discloses that she is suffering great mental anguish.

She has sent two telegrams to Mrs. Caroline F. Bean, a sister of Seaver, who is now at the southern resort, asking for confirmation of the reports, but up to midnight last night she had received no response.

Wrote to Wife Wednesday

The dispatches concerning Seaver were sent from Miami on Thursday night.  He wrote to his wife on Wednesday, and she received the letter yesterday morning.  He said he was recovering from his attack of sciatic rheumatism and was feeling improved.  Mrs. Seaver declined to make further disclosures of the contents of the letter.

Mrs. Charles F. Hanson of 16 Copeland street, Roxbury, an aunt of Rose D. Crocker, who was drowned with Seaver, refuses to discuss the case.  The undertaking firm of J.S. Waterman & Son has been engaged to arrange the shipment of Miss Crocker's body back to Boston.

Seaver, who was a gum and dextrine manufacturer in Boston, went South about a month ago for his health.  He is said to have registered at the Greentree Inn, Miami, with Miss Crocker as man and wife.  The couple are said to have occupied the same room and were generally believed to be man and wife.  Mrs. Bean went to Miami and registered at the same hostelry.  She did not know that her brother was living there with a woman not his wife.

A Heral reporter called at the Seaver home yesterday afternoon.  Mrs. Seaver was talking on the telephone at the time, and her son, Junior Seaver, was entertaining a boy chum in the parlor.  The youngsters were playing with mechanical toys.

Mrs. Seaver's eyes filled with tears as the subject was broached.  She gazes blankly for a few seconds and then said: "It's awful - a terrible mistake.  It is not true.  My husband was a good man.  When his sister arrives home with the body everything will be cleared up.  These awful reports are not true."

Mrs. Seaver said that Mrs. Bean is a "very estimable woman and if any such condition as has been reported existed she would not have stood for it one minute.  She would have come right back home."

Never Heard of Miss Crocker

Mrs. Seaver was asked if she ever knew or heard of the Crocker woman.  She said: "I never have heard of any Crocker woman and I know my husband could not have been to her what they say he was."  

Miss Crocker is said to be about 22 years old.  She is said to have been a dressmaker.  There are conflicting stories concerning her.  Mrs. Hanson told reporters that Miss Crocker was not related to her and that the girl was a dressmaker.  Mrs. Hanson added that Miss Crocker "just seemed here."  Neighbors, however, say that Mrs. Hanson is an aunt of the young woman and they assert Miss Crocker did not work.  It has been stated that she came from Hermon, Me.

Mary Estella (Bean) Seaver, wife of Jushua Seaver, was formerly a resident of Worcester.  They were married there on June 14, 1899.  At the time of the marriage Seaver was 29 years old and gave his business as that of an importer of chemicals.  Miss Bean (now Mrs. Seaver) was 22 and was a schoolteacher.

The source citation for this article is:

"MRS. SEAVER DENIES HUSBAND LED DUAL LIFE," article, Boston [Mass.] Herald, Sunday, 13 March 1920, page 1, Joshua Seaver article; GenealogyBank  (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 21 September 2017), Newspaper Archives.

There are three other articles on GenealogyBank about this incident and death in the Boston Herald - an earlier story about Rosa Crocker's identity, a death notice for Joshua Seaver, and a death notice for Rosa Crocker.  

There also are newspaper articles from Miami about this incident and I may try to find them and post them in the next episode of Seavers in the News.

Joshua Seaver (1869-1920) was the third and last child of George Francis Seaver (1838-1891) and Charlotte Caroline Simpson (1841-1908), who married in 1862 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  Their daughter, Caroline F. (Seaver) Bean (1864-????), married John Bean (1844-1915) in 1899 in Boston.  

There are many loose ends in this story.  For instance, Mary Estelle (Bean) Seaver is the daughter of John Bean and Mary W. Hubbard (who died in 1898);  John Bean married secondly to Caroline F. Seaver, Joshua's sister, in 1899.  So Caroline F. (Seaver) Bean was the step-mother of Mary Estella (Bean) Seaver, Joshua's wife.  

This may be a case of the newspaper getting it wrong, but there appear to be no articles in the Boston Herald explaining it all after March 1920.  There seem to be no obituaries for Joshua Seaver in the Boston Herald.  

Life situations can change in a minute, and that seems to be the case here.  Joshua goes off on a fling with a young lady to cure his rheumatism, and his sister (who is the step-mother of his wife) goes too.  Then the reputed lovers drown, and the wife's world turns completely around.  

Remember the TV show The Naked City?  There are over 8,000 personal stories in the Seaver city...this has been the end of one of them.  Every person in our ancestral families have lived day by day for thousands of days.  After over 18,400 days of life, Joshua's ended on the beach, his family shattered, his reputation besmirched, his company left in the lurch.


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FamilySearch Partners with Social Media App Famicity

I received this information from FamilySearch today:

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FamilySearch Partners with Social Media App Famicity

Salt Lake City, Utah (21 September 2017),  FamilySearch announced France-based Famicity.com as its newest partner. Famicity is a free and fun social media app (IOS and Android) and website that offers family members a private social network based on a family tree to collaboratively tell and preserve their family story and capture the stories of children as family life happens and evolves.  New users just need to go to Famicity.com to get started for free. (Find and share this news announcement easily online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.)

Famicity is an intuitive, app-based tool. It is simple to use, and encourages more communication between family members. Stories, photos, and videos are easily added and conveniently time stamped. It also allows users to give other family members permission to add to a story.

Today, families are spread out geographically and lean heavily on technology like social media to communicate and share family moments. Websites like Facebook aim to bring families closer together; however, these websites can be overwhelming and lack family focus with all the content being posted by a growing subscription of friends. Famicity is private and allows invited family members to focus on sharing and preserving family-focused content.

Created from the beginning as a social media platform, “Famicity understands the needs of FamilySearch.org users and that's why we've reinvented social media for each and every member of a family to bond, grow, and celebrate their lives privately and securely,” said Famicity co-founder Guillaume Languereau. “Famicity members can already create their family tree on their own. This partnership makes it even easier for FamilySearch members to sign up with their account and automatically upload their family tree into Famicity to start an online family reunion in private.”

Personal control of one’s story is important to Famicity. No account holder has access to anyone else’s information, and the user can block others if the need arises.

Famicity offers easy-to-use features:

  • Home—shared family news and photo albums
  • Story—personal space for stories and albums
  • Tree—a family tree in which relatives collaborate
  • Inbox—an option for family-focused communications
  • My Family—shareable lists and contact information for family members
  • “Famicity is an ad free, user friendly, and safe family social media product for sharing family moments, emotions, and memories,” said FamilySearch’s partner marketing manager, Courtney Connolly.

Connolly explained that for current FamilySearch users, Famicity can read and automatically upload relevant data from their FamilySearch Family Tree. Plans are underway for a future Famicity release that will allow users to sync information between a user’s Famicity and FamilySearch Accounts.

To get started, users need to create a free account at Famicity.com. For FamilySearch accountholders, there will be instructions how to upload their FamilySearch information to their new Famicity account.

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About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,921 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About Famicity

Famicity is a social network platform that allows you to share cherished family memories simply and privately, with all your relatives. It’s a living record of your family at your fingertips, without compromising your family's privacy and confidentiality, and families everywhere are eager to fund it. With Famicity you can write, share, organize and preserve the legacy of your extended family.

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1730 Marriage Record of Henry Smith and Ruth Barbur in Medfield, Mass. - - Post 383 of Treasure Chest Thursday

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the  1730 marriage record of Henry Smith and Ruth Barbur in Medfield, Massachusetts:

The Smith-Barbur marriage record:


The transcription of this record is:

"[BARBUR] Ruth and Henry Smith, Sept. 1, 1730*"

NOTE:  The asterisk (*) indicates that intentions were not recorded in the town records book.

The source citation for this record is:

Vital Records of Medfield, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Marriages, page 174, Ruth Barbur and Henry Smith entry.

Henry Smith (1680-1743) married Ruth Barbur (1696-1761) on 1 September 1730 as his third wife.  They had three children together between 1730 and 1740 in Medfield. Moses Smith (1732-1804), who married Patience Hamant in 1761 in Medfield.  

Henry and Ruth (Barbur) Smith are my 6th great-grandparents.  I am descended from their second child, Moses Smith (1732-1806), who married Patience Hamant (1735-1780) in 1762 in Medfield.  


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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RootsMagic/Ancestry TreeShare Issue - Media Item Names - UPDATED!

I have been using the TreeShare feature in RootsMagic 7 since it was released in late June 2017.

At that time, I uploaded a new Ancestry Member Tree to Ancestry from my RootsMagic database, but I did not upload the Media I had attached to persons in my RootsMagic database because I knew it would take a long time to upload and I wanted to get started.  In hindsight, that was a mistake.

I have been using TreeShare almost every day to make the Ancestry Member Tree identical to my RootsMagic database.  I only transfer data from RootsMagic to Ancestry for reasons explained in My Best Practices for RootsMagic TreeShare and Ancestry WebHints.

While TreeSharing daily, I have been adding the Media in my RootsMagic database one person at a time, but only for the Person's name.  I have not been adding Media for an Event because Ancestry doesn't link the event and Media together in an Ancestry Member Tree for some reason.

After two plus months of use, I discovered a problem - let me show you:

1)  Here is the Media Album page for Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in my RootsMagic database:


Note that there are Media Item Captions for each Media item.  They are, typically:

"Thomas Richmond + Juliet White Marriage Record - 1868 - Killingly, Conn."

2)  When I looked at the profile for Thomas Richmond in my new Ancestry Member Tree, which I added using TreeShare for the person, I see that ALL of the Media items have the Media item caption of "Media."  Every freaking one of them:


For every person I have TreeShared that has a Media item.  Dozens of persons.  Hundreds of Media items.

3)  I went into Ancestry and looked at my three year old Ancestry Member Tree for Thomas Richmond and saw:


This tree, uploaded via a GEDCOM file in 2014, has Media item captions identical to the captions in my RootsMagic database.

4)  My conclusion is that the Media item captions are not transferred to Ancestry in a TreeShare operation.  I don't know if I had selected to upload Media items when I did the initial TreeShare would have resulted in Media item captions.

What I do know is that it does not upload Media item captions when I TreeShare a person for whom I have added a Media item with a caption.  They all come out with the caption of "Media."

That is frustrating, and should be corrected.  I should not have to edit all of the Media item captions on my Ancestry Member Tree in order to fix this.

I don't know which company dropped this ball, but I hope that they fix it soon.  I will probably upload a new tree with all of the Media if and when they do.

I wonder if Family Tree Maker Media captions also are uploaded as "Media".

UPDATED 10 p.m.:  RootsMagic released Version 7.5.4 today which includes the fix for this issue.  I don't know if they were working on it before I posted this or not.  I don't think that the media item captions will be changed for the items already in the Ancestry Member Tree.  That's OK for this tree of mine.  If I was going to save my AMT forever, I would upload a new Ancestry Member Tree to contain the captions.  

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Book Release: "His Other Life" by Melanie McCabe

I received this information today from the University of New Orleans Press:

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His Other Life tells the true story behind Tennessee Williams’ characters

When Melanie McCabe’s father died in 1973, she learned a startling truth about his life before he settled into a quiet suburban existence. Terrence McCabe had been married before; his first wife, Hazel, was Tennessee Williams’ childhood sweetheart; and Williams wrote characters based on both of them, and their marriage, into his plays.

As an adult, Melanie set off to discover the real story behind her father’s former life, enlisting help from librarians, amateur genealogists, and Tennessee Williams’ own writings to fill in the blanks. At the center of the investigation is the perplexing death of Hazel, who died at age 38 while living in Mexico City. Was it suicide? Was it an accident? And who was the unknown man with her when she died?

Part memoir, part love story, part gripping mystery, His Other Life is moving for what it reveals about the tragedies of falling in love, getting married, and trying to create a life.

His Other Life will have its official launch event at the Arlington [Virginia] Central Library on the evening of October 5th. Melanie McCabe will read for her book, and local bookstore One More Page Books will be on hand to sell copies.

Melanie McCabe is a high school teacher in Arlington, Virginia. Her most recent book of poems, What The Neighbors Know, was published by FutureCycle Press in 2014. Her first book of poetry, History of the Body, was published by David Robert Books in 2012.

Title: His Other Life 
Subtitle: Searching for My Father, His First Wife, and Tennessee Williams
Author: Melanie McCabe

ISBN: 978-1-60801-134-6
Imprint: UNO Press
Pub Date: October 2017
Trim: 6x9
Pages: 250
Price: $19.95

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This book looks intriguing.  I found an article by the author about some of the background - see HIS OTHER LIFE: Searching for My Father, His First Wife and Tennessee Williams.


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Lions at the Safari Park -- Post 482 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

In November 2013, we had the grandgirls, Lauren (age 8) and Audrey (age 5), down for a weekend again, and we went to the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park east of Escondido.  We only go there in the fall, winter and spring because of the heat.  The lions are one of the big hits with the girls and grandpa too (Kitties!):

1)  Here is the lion window at the lion exhibit:




2)  And closer still, right up at the window, with the lion just two feet away, totally ignoring the humans watching in awe:


I love the cats!  Lions, tigers, cheetahs, panthers, servals, bobcats, pumas, lynx, down to the house cats.

That's it from the Safari Park in 2013.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Genealogy News Bytes - 19 September 2017


Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last three days include:

1)  News Bytes:


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New York City Department of Health Proposes Adoption of 125 Years for Birth Records 50 Years for Death Records Embargoes

*  Levar Burton's RootsTech 2017 Keynote Speech is Now Online

*  RootsTech 2018 Now Open for Registration

2)  Record Databases:

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Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 10 to 16 September 2017

*  Added or Updated Ancestry.com Databases - Week of 10 to 16 September 2017

3)  Genealogy Education:

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar, Wednesday, 20 September:  "WolframAlpha for Genealogists" by Thomas MacEntee

*  Niche Academy Webinar, Thursday, 21 September 2017, 11 a.m. PDT:  Thinking Outside the Collection Box: How to Serve Genealogists Now by Nicole Wedemeyer Miller


*  
THAGS/FHF "Back 2 Research" eConference is Saturday, 23 September

*  Track Down Your WWI Military Ancestors with Free Multi-Session Webinar (23 September 2017)

*  FREE DNA WEBINAR! Reveal Your Unique Story through DNA and Family History (23 September 2017, 8 a.m. PDT)


*  BCG Offers Six Free Lectures (Live or by Webinar) on 6 October 2017


*  Genealogy Connection Podcast:  #030 - Michelle Chubenko, Researcher



*  DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:  Mondays With Myrt - 18 Sept 2017

*  DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel:  Norwegian Genealogy Study Group 1

*  NextGenGenealogy Network YouTube Channel:  Faces of NextGen Live - Deborah Sweeney

*  Ancestral Findings YouTube Channel:  AF-144: Finding Probate Records


*  BYU Family History Library YouTube Channel:  Digging Deep into Death Records - James Tanner

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube Channel:  Why am I only genetically related to 120 ancestors?

*  GenealogyMagazine YouTube Channel:  Episode 3: Diaries and Journals

4)  Genealogy Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Tuesday, September 19,  2017


5)  Neat Stuff:

*  4 Fabulous Ways to Use the Library of Congress for Genealogy

*  10 Steps For Starting Your Family History

*  Viking Invasions of Eastern Europe, 820-941 A.D.

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 15 September 2017?


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RootsTech 2018 Now Open for Registration

I received this information from FamilySearch today:

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RootsTech 2018 Now Open for Registration

SALT LAKE CITY (19 September 2017)--FamilySearch International has announced that registration to RootsTech 2018 is now open. RootsTech is a popular 4-day annual family history and technology conference where individuals and families are inspired to discover, preserve, and share their family roots, heritage, and stories. The conference will be held February 28 to March 3, 2018, at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, go to RootsTech.org. (Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

In 2017 the growing event attracted more than 26,000 attendees in-person from all 50 U.S. states and more than 35 countries. Family Discovery Day, a free 1-day event held on Saturday as part of the conference, is also open for registration.

RootsTech 2018 will offer attendees a full lineup of inspiring and well-known keynote speakers; over 300 informative sessions, including hands-on computer labs taught by industry professionals and leaders; interactive activities and helpful exhibitors in the expo hall; and entertaining evening events. All are designed to inspire and empower personal family discoveries.

INNOVATION SHOWCASE

RootsTech 2018 officially begins on Wednesday, February 28, with class sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. The all-new general session begins at 4:30 p.m. Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, will be the keynote speaker. Following Rockwood's address will be the all-new Innovation Showcase. The Innovation Showcase will feature the best new technology in the industry from around the globe. RootsTech is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Innovation Showcase from the public. The public can nominate its favorite family history related app, product, or service by using #RootsTechInnovation on Facebook or Twitter, or visit the Innovation Showcase page at rootstech.org. The submission deadline is October 15, 2017.

The showcase also offers attendees the opportunity to interact and connect with industry influencers, executives, and investors. Online viewers will also be able to vote for their favorite product or service during the live showcase event on Wednesday. (See RootsTech 2018 Grows to 4 Days, Introduces New Innovation Showcase.)

FAMILY DISCOVERY DAY

Registration for Family Discovery Day is also now open. The event takes place on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and is designed for families and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This free and fun 1-day event includes inspiring messages from Church leaders; engaging classes for families, youth, and young single adults; and evening entertainment to inspire and help families and members discover, preserve, and share their family connections. Family Discovery Day attendees will also have access to all the interactive activities and exhibitors found in the RootsTech Expo Hall. Event details, including speakers and classes, will be made available soon at RootsTech.org. Registration is required.

PRICES

Early bird discount pricing is available for a limited time on 4-day passes at just $169 (a $100 discount). Single-day RootsTech passes are also available for $99. A 4-day Getting Started pass is only $69. All passes include access to the popular Expo Hall and morning keynote sessions.

RELATED

Watch archived sessions of RootsTech 2017

About RootsTech

RootsTech, hosted by FamilySearch, is a global conference celebrating families across generations, where people of all ages are inspired to discover and share their memories and connections. This annual event has become the largest of its kind in the world, attracting tens of thousands of participants worldwide.

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Treasure Chest Tuesday - 1938 Death Record for Nicholas Brocke (1853-1938)

This week's Tuesday treasure is the 1938 death certificate record for Nicholas Brocke found in the "Idaho Death Records, 1890-1966" collection on Ancestry:

Extracted information from the death certificate includes:

*  Place of Death:  City of Lewiston, County of Nez Perce
*  Full Name:  Nicholas Brocke

*  Residence:  1503 9th Avenue*  Sex:  Male
*  Color or Race:  White
*  Marital Condition:  widowed
*  Name of Spouse:  not obtainable
*  Date of Birth:  
*  Age:  84 years, 11 months, 14 days
*  Occupation:  retired
*  Birthplace:  not known, Maryland
*  Father's Name:  not obtainable
*  Father's birthplace:  not known
*  Mother's name:  not obtainable
*  Mother's birthplace:  not known
*  Informant:  Mrs. Caroline Wilcox, Lewiston, Idaho
*  Burial, Cremation or Removal:  Julieetta, Idaho 12/17/1938
*  Undertaker:  Vasser-Rawls Mortuary, Lewiston, Idaho
*  Date of Death:  12-14-1938
*  Principal Cause of Death:  Angina pectoris
*  Secondary Cause of Death:  arteriosclerosis
*  Attending Physician:  O.C. Carssow M.D., Lewistion, Idaho.

The source citation for this record is:
State of Idaho, Certificate of Death, State File No. 111900, Nicholas Brocke, 14 December 1938; "Idaho Death Records, 1890-1966," digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 August 2017); citing Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Vital Statistics.

John Nicholas Brocke (1853-1938) was the son of John Peter and Christina (Webber) Brocke, and was born in Michigan.  He married Anna Grieser (1859-1936) in 1877 in Cedar County, Nebraska. They had 8 children between 1878 and 1894, including Amelia Anna Brocke (1884-1975) who married Severt Oliver Leland (1878-1940) in 1904.  


John Nicholas and Anna (Grieser) Brocke are my wife Linda's great-grandparents. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Updating My AncestryDNA Status and Statistics

I last reported on my AncestryDNA results in Updating my AncestryDNA Status (posted 23 March 2017).  At that time, I had:

*  The same ethnicity estimates as before
*  175 Shared Ancestor Hints
*  391 4th cousins or closer
*  10 DNA Circles
*  8 New Ancestor Discoveries


Today, when I checked my AncestryDNA results, I found that I have:

*  The same ethnicity estimates as before
*  238 Shared Ancestor Hints
*  577 4th cousins or closer
*  488 pages of matches (over 24,350 matches of 6 cM or more)
*  15 DNA Circles
*  9 New Ancestor Discoveries


So I have 238 Shared Ancestors with other DNA testers, out of the 24,350+ matches on AncestryDNA.  That's slightly less than 1% of my matches have an identified Shared Ancestor with me.  With 577 4th Cousins or closer, that means that 339 more either don't have an attached tree or a tree with enough ancestors to get back to a common 3rd great-grandfather.




In the past six months, I have:

*  Made a note on each Shared Match (except for the ones with a private tree or those without a tree), and several other cousins that are not Shared Matches.  My notes are along the lines of:

"24.7 cM in 2 segments - 3rd cousin 1x removed, common ancestors are 3rd great-grandparents John Rich and Rebecca Hill"

*  Added to my spreadsheet for the Shared Matches entries including the above note information.

*  Clicked on the "Shared Matches" button on the Shared Matches screen to see which other testers match me and the person who is my Shared Match.  

The 15 DNA Circles are for:


*  John Rich (1798-1863, my third great-grandfather) - 12 members, 4 groups, I match all 11 other members
*  Rebecca Hill (1790-1862, my third great-grandmother) - 12 members, 4 groups, I match all 11 other members
*  James Richman (1821-1912, my second great-grandmother) - 10 members, 3 groups, I match all 9 other members
*  Hannah Rich (1824-1911, my second great-grandmother) - 10 members, 3 groups, I match all 9 other members
*  Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828, my 4th great-grandfather) - 4 members, 3 groups. I match only 1 other member
*  Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793, my 4th great-grandmother) - 4 members, 3 groups, I match only 1 other member
*  Aaron Smith (`1765-1841, my 4th great-grandfather) - 4 members, 4 groups, I match only 1  other member
*  James Abram Kemp (1831-1902, my 2nd great-grandfather) - 4 members, 3 groups, I match only 1 other member

*  Mary Jame Sovereen (1840-1874, my 2nd great-grandmother) - 4 members, 3 groups, I match only 1 other member
*  Zachariah Hildreth (1793-1857, my 3rd great-grandfather) - 6 members, 4 groups, I match only 1 other member
*  Hannah Sawtell (1768-1857, my 3rd great-grandmother) - 7 members, 4 groups, I match only 1 other member

*  Maria Magdalena Hoax (1768-1850, my 4th great-grandmother) - 5 members, 3 groups, I match all 4 other members
*  Joseph Champlin (1758-1850, my 4th great-grandfather) - 3 members, 3 groups, I match 1 other member
*  Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872, my 3rd great-grandfather) - 13 members, 4 groups, I match 10 of the other members
*  Amy Champlin (1798-1864, my 3rd great-grandmother) - 13 members, 4 groups, I match 10 of the other members

I now have nine New Ancestor Discoveries for:

*  Alonzo Howland Cook (1855-1933) of Utah, I match 6 of 18 members in his DNA Circle
*  Mary Elizabeth Thomley (1866-1910), of Alabama,  I match 3 of 9 members in her DNA Circle
*  Milton Arthur Hartley (1854-1932), of Alabama, I match 3 of 9 members in his DNA Circle
*  John Gabriel Deal (1833-1908), of Ohio, I match 4 of 14 members in his DNA Circle
*  Almeda Gregory (1833-1910), of Ohio, I match 4 of 14 members in her DNA Circle
*  Margaret Van Petten (1805-1873), of New York, I match 4 of 13 members in his DNA Circle.

*  Alfred Newton Bills (1815-1898), of West Virginia, I match 4 of 16 members in his DNA Circle
*  Margaret Tate (1825-1876) of West Virginia, I match 4 of 15 members in her DNA Circle
*  Jonathan Robbin Pettit (1799-1874) of New York, I match 4 of 13 members in his DNA Circle

However, I do not have these persons in my pedigree chart.  They may be descended from some of my known ancestors, but the connections seem to be 3 to 8 generations back from them.  These New Ancestor discoveries are not useful to me at all.


The great advantage that AncestryDNA has over the other autosomal DNA testing sites is that many of the testers have an Ancestry Member Tree with enough entries that a common ancestor can be found, and therefore a relationship can be determined.  

However, the majority of the latest new matches have not attached their DNA to an Ancestry Member Tree.  

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Amanuensis Monday - Probate Records for Estate of John Garnsey (1648-1722) of Rehoboth, Mass. - Part 1

This week's documents for Amanuensis Monday are from the Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Court records for John Garnsey (1648-1722) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts (presented in date order):

a)  Probate Packet (image 18 of 22):




The transcription of this document is:

To Nathaniel Pain Esq Judg of probate of Wills
and Granting Administration within the County of Bristol

Sir These may inform your Honour that whereas my Late Husband
John Garnsey is dead Intestate and the Law makes mention that admini-
stration may be Granted to me as being his Widdow but Sir I have Consi-
dered my own Inability and the trouble that will attend that
business therefore I am Willing to Leave that affair to some of my husbands
Children desiring that administration may be Granted to some of them.
As Witness my hand this 5th day of April 1722
Signed in the presence of us
Joseph Barney                                                          her
Francis + Wilson                                          Sarah   S  Garnsey
                                                                                mark

b)  Probate Packet (image 16 of 22):



The transcription of this document is:

To Nathaniel Pain Esq Judg of probate of wils
and Granting Administration within the County of Bristol

Sir these may certifie your Honored that whereas my father John Garnsy
Late of Rehoboth is dead Intestate and my Mother in Law who is the widow
is wishing to free herself of the trouble of administration, the Law
directs that I may have it as being the Eldest son.  My place dwelling
is so far different that Renders me unfit for that service and therefore I
shall decline it and pray that Administration may be granted unto my
two brothers James Bowen and Seth Garnsey.

Witness my hand the sixth day of April 1722   Henry Garnsy

c)  Probate Packet (image 8 of 22, on form):

The transcription of this document is:

Know all men by these presents, That We
Seth Garnsey James Bowen of Rehoboth in y^e County of
Bristol Administrators to y^e Estate of Jno Garnsey late of Rehoboth
deceased Intestate & Elisha Bisby John Horton of sd Rehoboth
In sd County
within His Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, are
holden and firmly bound  and obliged unto Nath^ll Paine Esq^r
Judge of the Probate of Wills and Granting Administrations within the
County of Bristol in the full sum of Three hundred Pounds,
Currant Money in New England; To be paid unto the said Nathaniell
Paine his Successors in the said Office of Assigns: To the true 
Payment whereof, We do bind ourselves and each of us, our, and each of our
Heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and severally for the whole and
in the whole, firmly by these Presents.  Sealed with our Seals.  Dated
y^e Sixteenth Day of Aprill Anno Domini One Thousand Seven
hund Twenty twoo – Annoque Regni Regis GEORGII Octavoe.

The Condition of the Present Obligation is such That if the above bounden
Seth Garnsey James Bowen Administrators to y^e Estate of their Father
John Garnsey Late of Rehoboth deceased Intestate.

Do make or cause to be made, a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels,
Rights and Credits of the said Deceased, which have or shall come to the hands, possession or know-
ledge of them the said Seth Garnsey James Bowen or into the hands and possession of
any other person or persons for them: And the same so made, do exhibit or cause to be exhibited
into the Registry of the Court of Probate for the aforesaid County of Bristol at or before the
tenth Day of July next ensuing.  And the same Goods, Chattels, Rights and
Credits, and all other the Goods, Chattels, Rights and Credits of the said Deceased, at the time of his
Death, which at any time after shall come to the hands or possession of the said Seth Garnsey
James Bowen or into the hands and possession of any other person or persons for them do well
and truly Administer according to Law.  And further do make, or cause to be made a just and true
Accompt of their said Administration upon Oath, at or before the Sixteenth Day of April
which will be in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand sevend hundred Twenty three.
 And all the rest & residue of the said Goods, Chattels, rights & Credits which shall be found remaining
upon the said Administrators Accompt (the same being first examined & allowed of by the Judge or
Judges for the time being, of Probate of Wills and granting Administrations within the County of
Bristoll aforesaid) shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons respectively as the said
Judge or Judges by his or their Decree or Sentance pursuant to Law shall limit & appoint.  And if it
shall hereafter appear, That any last Will and Testament was made by the said Deceased: And the Executor or Executors therein named do exhibit the same into the Court of Probate for the said County
of Bristoll making request to have it allowed and approved accordingly.  If the said Seth
Garnsey & James Bowen within bounden being thereunto required, so render and deliver
the said Letters of Administration (Approbation of such Testament being first had and made) into the said court;: Then the before Written Obligation to be Void and of none Effect, or else to abide and
remain in full Force and Virtue.

Sealed and Delivered                                                      Seth Garnsey                   {seal}
in Presence of                                                                  James Bowen                  {seal}
Simon Bus??                                                                   Elisha Bisbe                    {seal}

Stephen Paine                                                                 John Horton                     {seal}

The source citation for this probate estate packet is:

Bristol County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Bristol County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1690-1881, Estate File 10414 (22 images), John Garnsey of Rehoboth, 1722; digital images, American Ancestors (http://www.AmericanAncestors.org); citing original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass.

John Garnsey (1648-1722) resided in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts when he died on 31 March 1722.  He married three times - with his first wife Elizabeth (1652-1714) he had 13 children; with his second wife, Judith Ormsbee (1673-1715) he had one child; with his third wife, Sarah (Miller) Titus (1655-1742) he had no children.

John Garnsey died intestate - leaving no will to probate, so the Probate Court went through the administration process of appointing an administrator, the administrators took an inventory, submitted an account, and distributed the estate to the heirs at law.  There are 22 images in the probate packet for John Garnsey of Rehoboth on the American Ancestors website.  Note that I will present the records in chronological order, from the earliest date to the latest.

*  In the first record above, the widow Sarah renounced being administratrix of the estate of her late husband on 5 April 1722.

*  In the second record above, the eldest living son, Henry Garnsey (1679-1759) renounced being administrator on 6 April 1722, since he lived too far away.  He resided in Medway in Norfolk county.

*  In the third record, Seth Garnsey (the youngest son of John by his first wife) and James Bowen (the husband of John's daughter Elizabeth Garnsey) accept the Administrator appointment and make bond, along with Elisha Bisby and John Horton, on 16 April 1722.  They agree to administer the estate, make an inventory and provide a true account for their administration by 16 April 1723.

There will be several more posts for this intestate estate in Bristol county, Massachusetts.

John and Elizabeth (--?--) Garnsey are my 8th great-grandparents, through their eldest child, Mehitable Garnsey (1673-1742) who married John Horton (1672-1752) in about 1689, and resided in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

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NOTE:  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."

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