Saturday, December 5, 2009

SNGF- Dear Genea-Santa: Just One Small Hint...

For Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, we are to write a letter to Genea-Santa asking for one gift for Christmas, and telling Genea-Santa what good genea-boys we have been.

Dear Genea-Santa,

I've been a pretty good genea-boy this year. With my writing (blogs, FORUM column, CVGS newsletter editor), speaking (five local societies, some twice, and two libraries) and teaching (three OASIS courses, eight hours total), I've helped educate San Diego area genealogists on all levels. Leading the CVGS Research Group, and occasionally the Computer Group, has enabled me to provide some expertise to society colleagues. My research has sputtered and surged as I found leads to identify the parents of Devier J. Lamphier alias Smith (1839-1894), and I tried to help Mark uncover the Putman/Martin/Rolfe mysteries.

My one gift request for Christmas is a solid clue as to the parents of Devier J. Lamphier (1839-1894), born in Jefferson County NY to either a Lamphier couple or to a single Lamphier young lady. Devier was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith before they migrated to Dodge County, Wisconsin in about 1843. Please, please, please, could you please just help me uncover his parents names? Hopefully, I can take it from there, and will mention your name prominently when I write the article about this family..

Thank you, Genea-Santa. As always, the cold beer, rosy red apple and beautiful Christmas tree sugar cookies will be waiting on the fireplace mantel for you on Christmas Eve, and I'll be all snugged in with my Angel Linda snoozing away dreaming of Lamphiers appearing on my family tree!

Always -- Randy.


Colleen said...

Woohoo! I actually got one done on SATURDAY!

Suemax said...

Randy, you probably already know this, however, there are only two "Lamph* families on the 1840 census (Ancestry) in Jefferson, New York, that have a son under the age of 5.

One is Jeremiah Lamphear, page 19, Wilna, Jefferson, New York.
1840 census:
1 male under 5
1 male 20-30 (Jeremiah)
1 female 15-20
1 female 20-30
The other is a J Lampher, page 33, Watertown, Jefferson, New York. (It’s possible that the “J” is an “I”.)
1840 census:
1 male under 5
1 male 15-20
2 males 30-40
1 male 50-60
1 female under 5
2 females 5-10
1 female 15-20
1 female 30-40

1840 census for Ranslow Smith in Henderson, Jefferson, New York
1850 census in Burnett, Dodge, Wisconsin
1 male under 5 (1850 census: ????)
1 male 15-20 (1850 census: ????)
1 male 30-40 (1850 census: Renslow, age 44)
1 female 20-30 (1850 census: Henriette Dickenson, age 21)
1 female 30-40 (1850 census: Mary Smith, age 45)
Those in the 1850 census that are not covered in the 1840 census:
Mary I Smith, age 12 (would have been 2 years old in 1840-Is she adopted also?)
Devier Smith, age 11 (in a Lamphier family)

So did the Ranslow Smith family lose their son and adopt Devier?
If the Lamphier family also moved to Dodge County, Wisconsin then there is a Lamphere family there in 1850 that were born in New York. They have a 27 year old daughter names Isora. Is it possible that Isora is the daughter of Isaac Lamphere? Isora would have been 17 in 1840 which fits into the census above. And, Isaac the “I” instead of a “J”?
Just another set of eyes, Randy!