Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Making Progress on My Auble Cousins -- Post 4:

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)

In this post, I will discuss the major challenge that I found with the heirs of Elizabeth Auble named in her 1893 will.

1)  Elizabeth Auble identified her nephew, William H. Auble, son of her brother, William Auble, as one of her heirs.   

The only information I had about William Auble before finding the will of Elizabeth was a newspaper article published in 1899 in the Sussex [N.J.] Register newspaper.  The article was highlighting articles from about 55 years before.  The highlighted article said:

"From "The Register" for 10 September 1844:

"William Auble, a native of Sussex, and a brother to David Auble, stabbed to death during a quarrel in Philadelphia, by two brothers, who sang obscene songs as Auble was returning from a party with ladies. Auble had a loaded pistol, but did not use it. The deceased and the men who sent him to an untimely grave were intimate acquaintances, and but for improper use of strong drink the trouble never would have occurred."

Source citation:

Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), page 54, citing original data from The Register, 1897-1899.

David Auble was identified as a brother to William Auble in this article, David Auble was named as a brother to Elizabeth Auble in her will, and Elizabeth Auble was named as a sister to David Auble in David's obituary.  The relationships are defined consistently.

No problem right?  One logical conclusion might be "So William Auble and an unknown woman must have had a son William H. Auble before he died in 1844."

2)  Then I found a guardianship record for William H. Auble in 1862 in the Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Orphan's Court records:


The transcription of this document is:

"The petition of William Henry Auble by himself and his father William Auble of
Abington Township in said County:
                           Was presented setting forth:
                                                      That the said William Henry Auble is a
minor son above the age of fourteen years of the said William Auble & Tamson Auble.
The said Tamson having deceased leaving an Estate of which the said William Henry
Auble is entitled to a share or interest in and has no person legally authorized to
take charge of said interest or to see after the same.
             And therefore praying the Court to permit him to make choice of
some suitable person as Guardian to take charge of his said Estate.
                                Whereupon May 20'th 1862 J Elwood Conly was chosen and
by the Court appointed Guardian agreeably to the prayer of the petitioner."

The source citation for this document is:

Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993, indexed records and digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 May 2016), Montgomery County > Orphans Court Dockets, Vol 13-15,1857-1866, Volume 14, page 149 (image 534 of 1066), William Henry Auble petition for guardianship.

This Guardianship document states clearly that William Henry Auble is age 14 in 1862, and is the son of William and Tamson Auble, and that Tamson has died.  Is this the same William H. Auble named in Elizabeth's will, son of William Auble.  I think it is.

3)  Then I found an 1860 census record for the William Auble household in Abington, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania:


The extracted information is:

In the 1860 United States Census, the William Auble household resided in Abington, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  The household included:

*  William Auble - age 51, male, a farmer, $10,000 in real property, $1,000 in personal property, born Pennsylvania
*  Harriet Auble - age 40, female, born Pennsylvania
*  Henry W. Auble - age 12, male, born Pennsylvania

The source citation for this record is:

1860 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Abington, page 48, dwelling #361, family #354, William Auble household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 1143.

4)  And then I found an 1850 U.S. Census record for the William Auble family:


The extracted information from this record is:

In the 1850 United States Census, the William Auble household resided in Philadelphia South Mulberry Ward, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  The household included:

*  William Auble - age 40, male, a tavern keeper, born New Jersey
*  Mary Auble - age 30, female, born Pennsylvania
*  William Auble - age 2, male, born Pennsylvania
*  Edward Keyser - age 38, male, bar keeper, born Pennsylvania
*  Elizabeth O'Brien - age 25, female, domestic, born Ireland

The source citation for this record is:

1850 United States Federal Census, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Philadelphia South Mulberry Ward, page 235A, dwelling #253, family #300, William Auble household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, Roll 815.

5)  In the 1870 U.S. Census, William Auble and his family are residing in Camden, Camden County, New Jersey:



The extracted information is:

In the 1870 United States Census, the William Auble household resided in Camden Middle Ward, Camden County, New Jersey.  The household included:

*  William Auble - age 62, male, white, $1000 in personal property, born New Jersey
*  Harriet Auble - age 47, female, white, $1000 in personal property, born Pennsylvania
*  William H. Auble - age 21, male, white, a conveyancer, $10,000 in real property, born Pennsylvania, married in March of last year
*  Eleanor T. Auble - age 21, female, white, born Pennsylvania, married in March of last year
*  Elizabeth McCuen - age 24, female, white, domestic servant, born Ireland

The source citation for this record is:

1870 United States Federal Census, Population Schedule, Camden County, New Jersey, Camden Middle Ward, page 378A, dwelling # 498, family #560, William Auble household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing Nationaol Archives Microfilm Publication M593, Roll 856.

There are census records for William H. Auble for 1880, 1900, and 1910.  There are no further census records for William Auble.

Notice that William Auble had #10,000 in real property in the 1860 U.S. Census, but William H. Auble has $10,000 in real property in the 1870 U.S. Census?  My hypothesis is that this is the inheritance from William Auble's wife Tamson named in the guardianship record.

6)  There is a wealth of conflicting information in these records.  The wives of William Auble seem to be:

*  Mary A. from the 1850 U.S. Census.
*  Harriet from the 1860 and 1870 U.S. Census.
*  Tamson from the 1862 Guardianship record.

My hypothesis is that Tamson was the first wife of William Auble, the mother of William H. Auble, and is probably the woman named Mary A. in the 1850 U.S. Census.  She died before 1860, leaving real estate to her son, William H. Auble (which William listed in the 1860 U.S. census).  After Tamson/Mary died, William Auble married Harriet before 1860.

7)  There are no death records available online for William Auble (before 1880?), Harriet Auble (before 1880?) or Tamson/Mary Auble (before 1860).  There are no probate records for any of them, at least in the Ancestry.com probate index for Pennsylvania (I have looked for but not found records in Philadelphia and Montgomery Counties).

8)  From the three available census records, it appears that William Auble, the father of William H. Auble, was born between 1807 and 1810.

But is this the William Auble who was the brother of David Auble and Elizabeth Auble, supposedly killed in a fight in 1844?  It is apparent to me that William H. Auble of Philadelphia and Camden is the nephew of Elizabeth Auble as stated in the will.  That makes, I think, William Auble, the father of William H. Auble in the 1850, 1860 and 1870 census records, and the Guardianship record, the brother of Elizabeth.

But what about the death notice in the newspaper?  My hypothesis is that the article was about the brother of David and Elizabeth Auble, but that he survived the attack.  There may have been a subsequent article in the Philadelphia newspapers and/or the Newton, N.J. newspaper, about it, but the issues have not been digitized, or at least I haven't found them on Ancestry, GenealogyBank, NewspaperARCHIVE, or Chronicling America.

9)  I don't have answers to this puzzle yet.  My hypothesis is that the William Auble of the newspaper article and of the guardianship and the census records and the will of Elizabeth Auble is one person.  There are no others of the same name (William/Wm, Auble, Able, Aubel, Abel, etc.) or the same birth years (born 1807-1810) in the records or family trees on Ancestry.com.  The FamilySearch profile for William Auble is from my research with the death article.

What do my readers think?  What other resources should I consult for this problem?

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Tuesday's Tip -- MyHeritage Book Collection Searches Are FREE

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Search the 447,000 plus volumes in MyHeritage's Book Collection for FREE - no subscription required.

1)  I watched the Mike Mansfield webinar "Brand New: Book Matching Technology at MyHeritage" over the weekend on Family Tree Webinars (www.familytreewebinars.com):


I highly recommend watching this webinar - it is FREE to watch - to see how to use the Book Matching technology and the background technology that makes it work.

2)  There are over 447,000 books in the "Compilation of Published Sources" collection, with over 91 million pages.  

In the webinar, Mike Mansfield said that this collection is FREE to search and find published records - the user does not need a subscription to MyHeritage.  

I decided to try it without logging into my MyHeritage account.  Here is the "Research" screen (two slides):


To get to the book collection, click on the link on the right for "Books & Publications (https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-8020/books-publications).  That opens the search screen for the specific collection:


3)  I put the name of Jonathan Oatley in the search fields for the name, and clicked on "Search" and received 306 matches:


If I had clicked on the "Exact Search" box, I would have received 42 matches.

4)  From the screen above, I clicked on the first match, and saw:


The search terms are highlighted on the page image above.  I can manipulate the image, even go full screen, and can save the page image to my computer.

Further down, the source information is provided and an OCR transcription is provided for the text:


5)  This is a fantastic online genealogy library - over 447,000 books with genealogy and family history content.  It is not EVERY genealogy book ever published, but it is a significant portion of the out-of-copyright books available at libraries all over the world and online at other book websites like Internet Archive and Google Books.  There are more genealogy and family history books here than are in the Family History Library catalog.

6)  Try it - it's FREE - you may find books and records that help you resolve a genealogical problem, or add to your knowledge of your ancestral families.  

7)  If you have a MyHeritage family tree, and a data account, then the Record Matching technology on MyHeritage will provide you with Record Matches from this book collection for persons in your family tree. I have found that it's easier to search for specific people using the search form than trying to find a Book Match for a specific person.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Mining Ancestry.com Hints by Specific Record Collection - Updated

I've written about searching Ancestry.com databases by specific record collection for persons in my Ancestry Member Tree previously in:

*  
 Mining Ancestry.com Records for Persons in Your Ancestry Member Tree (posted 29 January 2013)

*  Finding Record Hints for Persons in a Specific Database on Ancestry.com (posted 15 October 2014) 
*  More on Finding Record Hints for a Specific Database on Ancestry.com (posted 17 October 2014).
*  Demonstrating Adding Ancestry.com Hints in a Specific Database to my RootsMagic Database (posted 30 October 2014)
*  Tuesday's Tip - Search Ancestry.com Hints by Record Collection (posted 27 January 2015)

About three weeks ago, this process to find the Hints for persons in my Ancestry Member Tree in a specific database stopped working.  I think it was when Ancestry.com changed the look and feel of their Hinting system.  Several Genea-Musings readers contacted me by email and on Facebook, and asked me if something had changed and if I had a solution for our problem.  I did not at the time, although I tried.

1)  Yesterday, my colleague and geneablogger Russ Worthington emailed me with a fix which he worked out somehow.  

Whereas the previous method was to use:

http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/treenumb/hints?src=hw&hf=record&hs=last&hdbid=dbas as a URL,

where "treenumb" is your Ancestry Member Tree number, and "dbas" is the Ancestry database number.

Now, the new method is to use:

http://hints.ancestry.com/tree/treenumb/hints?hf=record&hs=last&hdbid=dbas as a URL,

where "treenumb" is your Ancestry Member Tree number, and "dbas" is the Ancestry database number.

Using my Ancestry Member Tree number (treenumb=71134866) and the database number (dbas=6061) for the 1920 U.S. Census, the URL for my Ancestry Member Tree Hints for the 1920 U.S. Census is:

http://hints.ancestry.com/tree/71134866/hints?hf=record&hs=last&hdbid=6061

Note that that URL will not work for anyone but me because my Ancestry Member Tree is usable only by me.

The result is shown below:



I have six pages (about 120 Hints) remaining for persons in my Ancestry Member Tree (I had about 1,200 when I started on them a year ago).  However, the number of Hints for this database don't show up in the list on the left side of the screen - the "Records" count is for my entire database, not just this one specific database.

2)  See Tuesday's Tip - Search Ancestry.com Hints by Record Collection for specific directions on how to find your Ancestry Member Tree number and the Ancestry.com database number.

I listed a number of database numbers for specific Ancestry.com databases in an earlier post.  My list is:

*  1940 U.S. Census:  dbid=2442
*  1930 U.S. Census:  dbid=6224
*  1920 U.S. Census:  dbid=6061
*  1910 U.S. Census:  dbid=7884
*  1900 U.S. Census:  dbid=7602
*  1880 U.S. Census:  dbid=6742
*  1870 U.S. Census:  dbid=7163
*  1860 U.S. Census:  dbid=7667
*  1850 U.S. Census:  dbid=8054

*  Social Security Death Index:  dbid=3693
*  California Birth Index, 1905-1995:  dbid=5247
*  California Marriage Index, 1960-1985:  dbid=1144
*  California Death Index, 1940-1997:  dbid=5180
*  Texas Birth Index, 1902-1997: dbid=8781
*  Texas Death Certificates, 1903-1982:  dbid=2272
*  Pennsylvania Death Certificates, 1906-1963:  dbid=5164
*  Pennsylvania and New Jersey Church and Town Records, 1708-1985:  dbid=2451
*  Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988:  dbid=2495
*  U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935: dbid=2189

*  U.S. Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current:  dbid=60525
*  U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989:  dbid=2469
*  U.S. School Yearbooks, 1880-2012: dbid=1265
*  New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957:  dbid=7488
*  U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925: dbid=1174
*  U.S. World War I, Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918: dbid=6482
*  U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:  dbid=1002
*  U.s. World War II Army Enlistments, 1938-1946: dbid =8939
*  U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949: dbid=1143

*  1911 England Census:  dbid=2352
*  1901 England Census:  dbid=7814
*  1891 England Census: dbid=6598
*  1881 England Census: dbid=7572
*  1871 England Census: dbid=7619
*  1861 England Census: dbid=8767
*  1851 England Census: dbid=8860
*  1841 England Census: dbid=8978

*  1921 Canada Census:  dbid=8991
*  1911 Canada Census:  dbid=8947
*  1901 Canada Census:  dbid=8826
*  1891 Canada Census:  dbid=1274
*  1881 Canada Census:  dbid=1577
*  1871 Canada Census:  dbid=1578
*  1861 Canada Census:  dbid=1570
*  1851 Canada Census:  dbid=1061


3)  When I use the list of Hints by Specific Database, I either Accept the Hint or Ignore the Hint so that it disappears from the list.  That way, I only have Hints that I haven't seen in the specific database to look at.  

I try to do 20 or 40 Hints each week in a specific database.  I can do about 20 in an hour - reviewing the Hint, deciding if I need to add the content and the source citation to my RootsMagic database, and then doing it.  

I was almost finished with the 1920 U.S. Census when this problem occurred.  I have already completed 1940 Census, 1930 Census, World War I Draft Registrations, Pennsylvania Death Certificates, and several more.  However, Ancestry keeps adding more Hints to persons in my Ancestry Member Tree (I have 42,922 persons in my AMT, but Hints for only 7,920 persons - they add Hints to several persons every day, it seems), so I'm never done. 

4)  How hard would it be for Ancestry.com to create a link on each searchable database that says:

"Search this database for persons in your Ancestry Member Tree."  Perhaps like this for the 1920 census:


Such a button and link should be easy to configure and program by the coders at Ancestry.com, and it would make doing research in a specific database much easier for many researchers.

5)  Kudos and thank you to Russ Worthington for figuring out the magic URL that unlocks the Hints for a specific database.  Now I can go back to work.

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Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 24 to 30 April 2016

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

As of 1 May 2016, there were 2,094 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):


The added or updated collections are:


*  New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998; 340,065 indexed records with record images, Updated 29 Apr 2016

*  New Zealand, Auckland, Waikumete Cemetery Records, 1886-1948; 27,054 indexed records with record images, Updated 29 Apr 2016

*  Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915; 1,537,430 indexed records with record images, Updated 29 Apr 2016

*  Kansas County Marriages, 1855-1911; 392,355 indexed records with record images, Updated 29 Apr 2016

*  New Brunswick, Saint John, Saint John, Burial Permits, 1889-1919; Browse Images only, no index, ADDED 28 Apr 2016

*  Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915; 4,175,664 indexed records without record images, Updated 28 Apr 2016

*  Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910; 1,324,801 indexed records without record images, Updated 28 Apr 2016

*  Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915; 2,739,146 indexed records with record images, Updated 28 Apr 2016

*  Massachusetts Births, 1841-1915; 3,817,626 indexed records with record images, Updated 28 Apr 2016

*  Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910; 949,293 indexed records without record images, Updated 28 Apr 2016

*  Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885-1930; 31,747 indexed records without record images, Updated 28 Apr 2016

*  Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818-1936; 49,926 indexed records without record images, Updated 28 Apr 2016

*  Kansas Marriages, 1840-1935; 87,932 indexed records without record images, Updated 28 Apr 2016

*  Arkansas Ex-Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1939; 172,347 indexed records with record images, Updated 28 Apr 2016

*  Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869; Browse Images only, no index, ADDED 27 Apr 2016

*  Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001; 2,055,089 indexed records with record images, Updated 27 Apr 2016

*  Georgia Deaths, 1928-1940; 461,802 indexed records with record images, Updated 26 Apr 2016

*  United States Marriages, 1733-1990; 4,908 indexed records without record images, Updated 26 Apr 2016

*  BillionGraves Index; 17,788,589 indexed records with record images, Updated 26 Apr 2016

*  Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918; 163,712 indexed records with record images, Updated 25 Apr 2016

*  Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940; 1,030,574 indexed records with record images, Updated 25 Apr 2016

*  Michigan Church Marriages, 1865-1931; 817 indexed records without record images, ADDED 25 Apr 2016

*  California, Northern U.S. District Court Naturalization Index, 1852-1989; 581,446 indexed records with record images, Updated 25 Apr 2016

The asterisk used by FamilySearch is for "Recently added or updated."  I am particularly interested in new collections, for the obvious reasons.  FamilySearch does provide a listing of which collections are new or updated several days after my post.
 
My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED or UPDATED, in addition to which collections were removed.  My thanks to Marshall for helping me out here! 

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 318: 1771 Will of Timothy Hamant (1699-1774)

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 1771 will of Timothy Hamant (1699-1774) of Medfield, Massachusetts:



The transcription of this will is (transcribed line-by-line]"

[page 70, left-hand page of first image]

In the Name of God Amen.
the eighth day of May, in the eleventh year of the Reign
of King George the third, and in the year of our Lord
One thousand Seven hundred & seventy one.  I Timothy
Hammant of Medfield in the County of Suffolk, and
Province of the Massachusetts Bay, in new England,
yeoman, being advanced in age, and having of late had
repeated & very striking admonitions of my Mortality,
but yet being of sound, disposing Mind & Memory, blessed
be God, do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament,
that is to say, in the first & chief place, I commend my
Spirit in to the hands of God who gave it, looking for the
Mercy of God through Jesus Christ, unto Eternal
Life.  I commit my body to the Earth, to be decently
buried according to the discretion of my Executors here-
after named, in hopes of the Resurrection of the just.
And as to such worldly Estate, as God hath been pleased
to endow me with, I give, bequeath & dispose of the 
same, in manner & form following, that is to say:

Imprimis, it is my Will & pleasure, that all my just
Debts & funeral Expenses, be paid with all

[page 71, right-hand page of the first image]

convenient speed after my decease.  Item  I give
& bequeath unto my beloved Wife Hephzibah Hammant
the Improvement of the one third part of my Real
Estate during her natural life, the one third part of
such Money as may remain after my Debts & funeral
Charges shall be paid, if any there should be; as also the
one third part of such Debts as may be due to me at my
decease, and the whole of the within door Moveables
to be at her entire use & dispose forever; as also the
Improvement of the one third part of all my Buildings
during her natural Life, & the one third part of my
Stock, to be at her dispose forever.  Item, I give &
bequeath unto my beloved Grandchildren, the Children
of my dear Son Seth Hammant late of Sturbridge
deceased, Viz't  Himdell, Simeon, Zillah and Joel Ham-
mant, the other Moeity of the thirty seventh Lot, in the
second Divisions of Lands in Sturbridge, the one Moiety
of which was given by Deed to my said son Seth, in his
lifetime, the same to be equally divided between my said
grandchildren, to be to them, their Heirs & Assigns forever.

Item, I give & bequeath to my beloved Son Timothy
Hammant the Sum of five Shillings lawful Money,
to be paid by my Son Francis Hammant, soon after
my decease over and above what I have heretofore
given him, whether by Deed or otherwise.  Item,
I give & bequeath unto my beloved son Francis
Hammant, his Heirs & Assigns forever, all my Estate
situate in Medfield, whether real, or personal, whether
Lands, goods, Chattels Moneys, Notes Bonds, dues, or
Demands whatsoever, not already demised, he paying
my just Debts & funeral Charges, & such Annuitys
& Legacies, as shall be hereafter named.  Item,
I give & bequeath unto my beloved daughter Mehitable
Hammant, an Annuity of Three Pounds four shillings
lawful Money, to be paid her yearly by my son Francis
Hammant aforesaid, during her remaining single,
and in case of her Marriage, I give & bequeath unto
my said Daughter, the sum of Fifty three Pounds, six

[page 72, left-hand page of the second image]

shillings & eight pence, to be paid her by my said Son
Francis aforesaid, and in case of her being reduced to
any Circumstances of Necessity, by sickness, or otherwise,
such a part, or the whole of the aforesaid Sum of fifty
three pounds six shillings & 8'd as my Executors hereafter
named shall think proper, and in case of the payment
of the whole, or any part of the Capital, the Annuity
to cease, or be diminished in proportion, and in case
the whole, or any part of the said sum of £53 : 6 : 8
should remain unpaid at the decease of my s'd Daughter
my Will & pleasure is, that the same be equally
divided among my surviving Children.

Item, I give & bequeath unto my beloved Daughters, Patience
Smith, Basmuth Walker, & Dinah Chenery, to each and
every of them, or their Heirs, the Sum of Twenty Pounds
lawfull Money, the one half to be paid at my decease,
& the other at the decease of my Wife, by my Son Francis 
aforesaid.  And I do hereby constitute & appoint my Sons
Timothy & Francis Hammant, Executors of this my last
Will & Testament, declaring this & no other to be such.

In Witness whereof, I have hereto set my Hand and Seal
the day & year aforesaid.

Sig'd, sealed, publ'd, & decl'd by him the s'd }  Timothy Hamant
Timothy Hammant, to be his last Will           }    and a Seal
& Testam't in presence of us                          }
Ezra Clark, Noah Clark, Elias Clark.

Suffolk SS:  The aforewritten Will being presented for
Probate by the Executors therein named, Ezra Clark,
Noah Clark, & Elias Clark, made Oath that they saw
Timothy Hamant, Subscriber to this Instrument
sign & seal, & heard him publish & declare it to be his last
Will & Testament, & that when he so did, he was of sound
disposing Mind & Memory, according to these Deponents
best discerning & that they set to their Hands as Witnesses
thereof, in the said Testator's presence.
Boston Aug't 19'th 1774.  F. Hutchinson  Jud. Probate
                              Exam'd Jno. Cotton  Reg'r.

The source citation for this Will is:

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing Suffolk County [Mass.] Probate Records, 1636-1899, "Probate Records, Vol. 74-75, 1774-1776," Volume 74, pages 70-72, Timothy Hammant will written 8 May 1771, proved 19 August 1774.

Timothy Hamant had 9 children by his wife, Hepzibah (Clark) Hamant, but only five were alive when he wrote this will in 1771.  His son Seth died in February 1771.  He named his wife, Hephzibeth, all of Seth's living children, and his five living children - Mehitable, Patience, Timothy, Basmath, Dinah and Francis -  as heirs.  He made a special point to provide for his eldest child, Mehitable, who never married and died in 1814, outliving all of her siblings; she may have been disabled.  

Timothy and Hepzibah (Clark) Hamant are my 6th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their daughter, Patience (Hamant) Smith (1735-1780), who married Moses Smith (1732-1806) in 1762.

I found this will be searching the Ancestry.com index of the Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 database.  This will is the Suffolk County Probate Court clerk's transcription, and not the original will, which should be in Probate Packet 15673 in Suffolk County Probate Court files.  I have not browsed the Ancestry collection yet to see if I can find the balance of the probate packet file.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of 24 to 30 April 2016

The following databases were added or updated on Ancestry.com during the period from 24 to 30 April 2016:


The databases added or updated include:


*  Wisconsin, Wills and Probate Records, 1800-1987; indexed records with record images, Updated 5/1/2016

*  1870 United States Federal Census; indexed records with record images, Updated  5/1/2016

*  Buchanan County, Missouri Marriages, 1839-1855; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Spain, Select Baptisms, 1502-1940; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Hamburg, Germany, Selected Deaths, 1874-1950; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Vesoul, France, Marriage Index, 1595-1700; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Virginia, Soldiers of 1776; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Pennsylvania, Women in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Massachusetts, Name Changes, 1780-1892; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Hamburg, Germany, Selected Marriages, 1874-1920; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Plymouth, Massachusetts, Epitaphs from Burial Hill, 1678-1891; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Maryland, Wills and Probate Records, 1604-1998; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Pennsylvania, Volunteers in the War of 1812; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  LDS Biographical Encyclopedia; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Virginia, Apprentice Index, 1640-1800; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  U.S., Women of the Century, 1882; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Worcester, Massachusetts, Burial Index, 1727-1859; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Colorado, Wills and Probate Records, 1875-1974; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  U.S., Citizenship Affidavits of US-born Seamen at Select Ports, 1792-1869; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Herkimer County, New York Soldiers, 1916-1918; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Polk County, Arkansas, Marriage Index, 1906-1910; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Utah Pioneers and Prominent Men; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Vermont Men, 1894; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  America's Successful Men; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  New York Military in the Revolution; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Hamburg, Germany, Selected Births, 1874-1901; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Western Australia, Railway Records, 1879-1986; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Pennsylvania, Biographical Sketches, 1868; indexed records without record images, Updated 4/30/2016

*  Arizona, Prison Records, 1875-1929; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/29/2016

*  Web: Chester County, Pennsylvania, Death Index, 1841-1957; indexed records without record images, ADDED 4/29/2016

*  Eastern Prussian Provinces, Germany [Poland], Selected Civil Vitals, 1874-1945; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/29/2016

*  Texas, Potter County, Probate Index, 1901-2013; indexed records without record images, ADDED 4/29/2016

*  Bremen, Germany, Military Lists, 1712-1914; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/29/2016

*  Web: Chester County, Pennsylvania, Poor House Admissions Index, 1800-1910; indexed records without record images, ADDED 4/29/2016

*  Tamaulipas, Mexico, Civil Registration Marriages, 1860-1950; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/28/2016

*  Tamaulipas, Mexico, Civil Registration Deaths, 1860-1987; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/28/2016

*  Coahuila, Mexico, Civil Registration Deaths, 1861-1987; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/28/2016

*  Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/28/2016

*  Coahuila, Mexico, Civil Registration Births, 1861-1930; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/28/2016

*  Coahuila, Mexico, Civil Registration Marriages, 1861-1950; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/28/2016

*  Yucatan, Mexico, Civil Registration Marriages, 1861-1950; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/28/2016

*  Nevada, Death Records, 1911-1965; indexed records with record images, ADDED 4/26/2016

*  Oconee County, Georgia, Probate Court Birth Certificates, 1875-1915; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/25/2016

*  Oconee County, Georgia, Probate Death Certificates, 1927-2010; indexed records with record images, Updated 4/25/2016

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. 
 

By my count above there were 6 NEW databases ADDED this past week, per the list above. There are now 32,582 databases available as of 1 May, up 1 from last week.  Did they delete five databases this past week?  If so, I wonder which ones.



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