Saturday, December 23, 2017

My Dear Genea-Santa Letter for 2017

I forgot to include a Dear Genea-Santa in my Saturday Night Genealogy Fun series this year, but I want to share it anyway.  

(Photo courtesy of footnoteMaven)

Dear Genea-Santa,

I tried so hard to be a good genea-boy this year. I worked hard speaking all over Southern California and teaching at OASIS, serving my local societies, editing and writing my society newsletter and over 1000 blog posts, participating in some Hangouts On Air, attending two genealogy conferences and several all-day seminars, watching webinars, and helping several friends and colleagues with their research. In addition, I have added more names, facts, media and (especially) source citations to my database.  

Thank you for last year's gifts - a 2017 calendar with the grandkids photos; that was great ... and you answered my request for FamilySearch and Findmypast records, and RootsMagic now TreeShares with Ancestry, but you didn't bring me some of the other things I asked for.   Was I a bad genea-boy, or maybe you thought I had enough, or you were out of the other things.  I'll ask for them again!

I  still BELIEVE!!!!! Come on, Santa, all I want for Christmas in 2017 are:

*  A genea-robot that can work 24 hours a day on writing my blog posts and getting my genea-piles organized - that is so boring and there is so much to do ... but a robot would not have to sleep or eat, drive Miss Linda or spend time with her (I promise!).  Maybe I could even train it to write quality Find A Grave and census source citations.  Or search Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast, FamilySearch and AmericanAncestors for new ancestral records.

*  A subscription would be appreciated!

*  That Ancestry reduces their many indexing mistakes, provides all of their source citations to Evidence Explained standards, includes ALL source citations in their AMT indexing rules, and indexes trees at least once a month.

*  That FamilySearch makes adding record and source information to Family Tree person profiles easier, and fixes the Family Tree problems with duplicate individuals in the years before 1750.  

*  That the desktop genealogy software programs will synchronize with the online family trees at Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage and Findmypast without losing any information.

*  That AncestryDNA provides a chromosome browser so we can triangulate matches better, and that more matches have a fully leafed Ancestry Member Tree.

*  A solid lead on the ancestry of:  William Knapp (1775-1856), John Richman (1788-1867), Thomas J. Newton (ca 1800-ca 1840), Devier James Lamphear Smith (1839-1894), Martin Carringer (1758-1835),  and Hannah Smith (1768-1827) would be welcome too!  

*  Good health and happiness for my family and all of my genealogy friends and their families.

Thank you, Genea-Santa, for listening to my pleas. I will leave a nice personal meat-lovers pizza in the freezer for you (you can heat it in the kitchen microwave), a rosy red apple and some delicious chocolate chip cookies on the fireplace hearth, and some eggnog (in the refrigerator) for you on Christmas Eve just in case you need fortification. You can get a yummy Dove chocolate ice cream bar out of the freezer if you'd like. Nothing's too good for Genea-Santa - mi casa es su casa!  


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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun-- My Santa Claus Memories

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 
 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Come on, everybody, join in and accept the mission and execute it with precision. 

1)  Answer these questions:

a) Did you ever send a letter to Santa Claus?
b) Did you ever visit Santa and "make a list?"
c) Do you still believe in Santa Claus?
d) When did you find out "the truth" about Santa Claus?

2)  Tell us your answers in a blog post of your own, in a Facebook post or Google+ post.  Be sure to leave a comment on this post with a link to your answers.

Here's mine:

a) Did you ever send a letter to Santa Claus?

I don't think I ever did send a letter.

b) Did you ever visit Santa and "make a list?"

We visited Santa Claus every year down at the Marston's Department Store in downtown San Diego where my grandfather worked for 55 years. I think we "made a list" sometimes, especially as we got older and the wanted gifts became more complex. My recollection of visiting Santa is one of awe - this really big fat person in a red suit with a long white beard, who flies around the world in a sleigh pulled by reindeer,who goes down chimneys to leave gifts for children, all in one night - I knew the story and didn't question it for a long time (being a pretty smart kid, I guess).

c) Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

They say that in the first part of your life, you BELIEVE IN Santa Claus. In the second part of your life, you DON'T BELIEVE IN in Santa Claus. In the third part of your life, you ARE Santa Claus, and in the last part of your life, you LOOK LIKE Santa Claus. In my case, I have all four of these attributes ... still.

The magic of Santa Claus in a child's eyes is priceless. Everybody eventually FIGURES OUT that SC is a figment of imagination - why do we fool our children like that? I love giving gifts to my wife, children and grandchildren. I've had a beard for 38 years, been practicing my "ho-ho-ho's" forever, but am working on reducing the belly. I still believe ... irrational, isn't it? I love going to the shopping center, and sitting on a bench near Santa's little hut and watching the little ones go up and talk to Santa. He waved at me on the escalator the other day - he knew! I've thought about being a "store Santa," but doubt if I ever will.

d) When did you find out "the truth" about Santa Claus?

We lived on the second story of a two-story house at 2119 30th Street in San Diego from the time I was 4 until I left home in 1968 at age 24. The house did not have a fireplace, so my brother Stan and I could never figure out how Santa Claus could bring the presents under the tree. Did he come in the window? Did dad leave a key or leave the door unlocked?

My maternal grandparents, Lyle and Emily Carringer (“Gram and Gramps”), built a beautiful home on Point Loma in 1951, and Christmas Eves were spent there for many years – and it had a fireplace! Our stockings were hung there in hopes that Saint Nick would fill them to the brim. Before bedtime, my grandmother would lead us in Christmas carols while we lay in bed – it was a wonderful way to fall asleep, and is one of my most cherished memories of her (my eyes tear up every time I think of this!).

Santa was always good to us, probably because, in retrospect, we were usually good boys – mischievous but not criminal, loud but not abusive, whirlwinds but not destructive. We usually received toys that were all the rage of the day, plus the usual boring clothes, and fruit, candy and small toys in our stockings. The most memorable gifts were the "good" toys, of course. BB guns and Davy Crockett coonskin caps in 1954, Flexible Flyers (sleds on wheels) and a baby brother in 1955, bicycles in 1956.

Of course, Santa Claus isn’t mysterious forever. The Point Loma house had a two car garage that my grandparents had filled with generations of stuff – it was a wonderful place to hide, explore and search. We found the bicycles in the garage before Christmas in 1956, but didn’t tell anybody else. Sure enough, on Christmas morning they appeared by the fireplace and Christmas tree marked “from Santa Claus.” Aha! So, now we knew, but being rather smart astronauts we didn’t tell the folks – why kill the golden goose?


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Surname Saturday -- FLINT (England to colonial New England)

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

I am working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to   Ancestor #2061 who is Margaret FLINT (1642-1705). 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this FLINT 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)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

64. Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816)
65. Martha Whitney (1764-1832)

128.  Norman Seaver (1734-1787)
129.  Sarah Read (1736-1809)

256. Robert Seaver (1702-1752)

257.  Eunice Rayment (1707-1772)

514.  Samuel Rayment (1679-1723)
515.  Eunice Norman (1686-1743)

1030.  John Norman (1660-1709)
1031.  Sarah Maverick (1658-1723)

2060.  Richard Norman, born about 1623 in Charminster, Dorset, England; died before 11 August 1683 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4120. Richard Norman and 4121. Florence LNU.  He married 28 March 1660 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.
2061.  Margaret Flint, born about 1642 in probably Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died before 03 September 1705 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Richard Norman and Margaret Flint are:
John Norman (1660-1709), married 1683 Sarah Maverick (1658-1723)
*  Elizabeth Norman (1663-1716), married (1) 1685 Aholiab Diamond (1658-1688); (2) 1688 William Hines (1657-1728).
*  Joseph Norman (1665-1691), married 1689 Mary Collins (1670-????).
*  Benjamin Norman (1670-????).
*  Jonathan Norman (1672-1713).

4122.  William Flint, born about 1603 in England; died 02 April 1673 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1636 in England.
4123.  FNU LNU, born about 1607 in England; died before 1644 in probably Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of William Flint and FNU LNU are:
*  Alice Flint (1636-1713), married (1) 1654 Henry Bullock (1627-1656); (2) 1657 John Pickering (1637-1694).
*  Edward Flint (1638-1711), married 1659 Elizabeth Hart (1635-????).
*  Elizabeth Flint (1641-????), married 1655 John Woodis (1634-????).
Margaret Flint (1642-1705), married (1) 1660 Richard Norman (1623-1684); (2) 1685 Robert Goodwin (1623-????).  

Information about the Flint family was obtained from:

*  Edward F. Flint Jr and Gwendolyn S. Flint, Flint Family History of the Adventuresome Seven (Baltimore, Md. : Gateway Press, 1984).


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Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Names in the Records

Here's an oldie but a goodie for my devoted readers --

I was devastated when, several years ago, Dan Lynch posted 
about Christmas characters on his web site,, which has disappeared. I had worked on most of those names for two weeks and was waiting for the "season" to post them.

So, here are the rest of my "character" findings (originally posted in 2006) with some recent additions:

1) Ebenezer Scroggs (1850, Harrison County OH) is as close to Ebenezer Scrooge as I can get.

2) Robert Crachet (1880, Scott County AR). Another Robert Crachet flew into New York City from Paris on Air France on 2 August 1956 - maybe to perform in a play on Broadway?

3) Three Grinch brothers (Charles, John and Lenwards) came into New York City on 6 September 1875 aboard the vessel "Egypt." There is no word if they came to steal Christmas. Obviously, if they did, they failed.

4) There is a Jasper Magi and Baldermo Magi (1930, Fairfield County CT) but no Melchior; there are Gaspar Wiseman (1930, Queens County NY) and Melvin Wiseman (1930, Muskegon County MI), but no Balthasar or Melchior similar.

5) There are 18 Harold Angel persons in the 1930 census. No Hark Angel, however.

6) Sila Knight (1870, Randolph County, AL) is the closest to Silent Night I could find. Lots of Silas Knight people.

7) There are 3 Noel Noel persons in the 1930 census.

8) Angel Angel (1930, Maricopa County AZ) is one of the repeating angels.

9) There are two Merry Christmas girls in the 1930 census (there are lots of Mary Christmas females too).

10) Holly Bush (1930, Roanoke County VA) sticks out.

11) Christ Tree (1930, LaPorte County IN) probably extended his branches.

12) Jessie Manger (1930, Polk County IA) - parents were not Joseph and Mary

13)  Felix Navidad is in the 1930 Mexican census (thanks, Chris)

14) Joy Noelle lived in Blairsville, GA in 2000 (thanks, Chris)

15) Then there are Santa's reindeer: Were they:
* Cupid Wiseman
* Melvin Dancer
* Hugo Blitzen
* Chris Donder
* Rudolf Dasher
* Dasher Berry
* Prancer Saner
* Vixen Locke
* Theodore Comet

Just wondering!!

16) You know, if Bah Morgan (1900, Stephenson IL) had married Cecil Humbug (1900, Delaware County PA) we would have had more Humbugs than we would know what to do with.

16) I'm wondering if Alvin Monk (1930, Schoharie County NY), Simon Monk (1930, Lonoke AR) and Theodore Monk (1930, Cotton County OK) really got together in 1958 to sing The Chipmunk Song. Maybe they weren't a figment of Ross Bagdasarian's imagination!

OK, I'm done! I hope you enjoyed this little prance down Santa Claus Lane.

What other Christmas related names are there? C'mon, lay them on me.


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Genealogy News Bytes - 22 December 2017

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

1)  News Articles:

*  What’s New: FamilySearch Places

*  The mystery of the baby in the box

2)  Record Databases:

*  New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 22 December 2017

*  New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of December 21, 2017

*  More Sussex Records added to TheGenealogist

*  Buffalo NY Death Index 1852-1944 is now Online

3)  Genealogy Education:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 27 December, 11 a.m.:  Problems and Pitfalls of a Reasonably Shallow Search, by Elissa Scalise Powell

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  The Law and the Reasonably Exhaustive (Re)Search, by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Palmetto Pride - South Carolina for Genealogists, by Rorey Cathcart

*  Archived Family Tree "Member Friday" Webinar: Funeral Homes and Family History: They're Dying to Meet You! by Dan Earl

*  Genealogy Connection Podcast:  #034 - Henrietta Martinez Christmas, New Mexican researcher, writer, and speaker

*  Cousin Russ YouTube Channel:  Observation when doing a Web Merge on an SSDI Record

*  Findmypast YouTube Channel:  Getting Started with Hints - Findmypast UK

*  Findmypast YouTube Channel:  How to Use Your Findmypast Family Tree

* YouTube Channel:  Genealogy Research Tools: Top Tips for Using

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube Channel:  Adding Drama to Your Family History Writing Projects

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, December 22,  2017

5)  Fun Stuff:

*  Season 4 of Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

*  The Mystery of Maine’s Viking Penny

*  8 Odd Items People Have Used to Decorate Christmas Trees

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 19 December 2017?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 22 December 2017

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are over 2.6 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Explore more than 50,000 death and burial records covering parishes in the Diocese of Manchester, pertaining mainly to those from the historic county of Lancashire. Transcripts and, where available, images of the original registers are provided. You can discover event dates and locations for your ancestor's death or burial in these records. Transcripts will include all or some of the following details: name, sex, age, birth year, year, date, place and town. Images may reveal additional details.

Explore more 913,000 transcripts of banns and marriage records from the Diocese of Manchester to discover event dates and places related to your ancestor's banns or marriage. Records will also reveal the name of your ancestor's father as well as corresponding details for their spouse. As with our new collection of Greater Manchester Burial records, these records mainly cover parishes in the historic county of Lancashire.

Explore more than 65 volumes of fascinating publications covering a wide variety of genealogy related subjects including heraldry, palaeography, geography and more. The details gleaned from these titles can significantly expand your knowledge and understanding of British research. These volumes are incredibly useful beyond searching for an ancestor's name. They will provide the contextual information you need to create full profiles of your ancestors and the lives they led. The subject matter varies greatly in this large collection of assorted publications and you may find that your ancestor's name was recorded for a variety of reasons.

Discover your English ancestry by searching more than 13,000 monumental inscriptions from the English county of Northamptonshire. Inscriptions can include your ancestor's death date, burial place and can reveal the names of other family members. The transcripts in this collection were created by the experts at the Northamptonshire Family History Society from monumental inscriptions found at 17 cemeteries, churchyards, and other burial sites across the county. The collection spans the years 1422 to 2015.

Billion Graves Cemetery Index

Find out where your ancestors were buried with over 1.1 million new additions to our collections of Billion Graves Cemetery Index records. With over 12 million headstone records, Billion Graves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records available online.

This latest update includes:

·         Over 941,000 new additions to the United States Billion Graves Cemetery Index

·         Over 84,000 new additions to the Australia Graves Cemetery Index

·         Over 65,000 new additions to the England Billion Graves Cemetery Index

·         Over 41,000 new additions to the Canada Billion Graves Cemetery Index

·         Over 37,000 new additions to the Scotland Billion Graves Cemetery Index

·         Over 12,000 new additions to the New Zealand Billion Graves Cemetery Index

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Findmypast's partnership with BillionGraves aims to provide free access to all the cemetery records held on Each entry includes a transcript providing a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details. The amount of information listed may vary, but most transcripts will also include a combination of the deceased's name, birth date, death date, and cemetery, city, county and image link.

In our latest update to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), we've added more images to Allen County Lines, found exclusively on Findmypast. Included in this update, images have been added for volumes 1 through 35, which span the years from 1977 to 2010. Allen County Lines is a quarterly publication put out by the Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana. Discover genealogical resources and learn what projects the society has been involved in over the years. You may come across such useful information as cemetery inscriptions, such as those included in volume 3 issue 2, which include, in part, names and birth and death dates.


Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador.  This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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52 Ancestors - Week 206: #285 Hannah (Atwood) Horton (1686-1771) of Eastham, Massachusetts

Hannah (Atwood) Horton (1686-1771)  is #285 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #284 Samuel Horton (1686-1778) in 1714 in Eastham, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #142  Nathaniel Horton (1721-1771) who married #143 Eunice Snow (1722-1816)  in 1742.
*  their daughter, #71 Hannah Horton (1761-1797) who married #70 Thomas Dill (1755-1836), in 1782. 
*  their daughter, #35 Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869), who married  #34 Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840) in 1826.
*  their daughter #17 Lucretia Townsend Smith (1828-1884)who married  #16 Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)  in 1851.
*  their son #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) who married #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Name:                       Hannah Atwood[1–5]    

*  Sex:                           Female    

*  Father:                      Stephen Atwood (1653-1722)    
*  Mother:                    Apphia Bangs (1651-1722)  
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                         about 1686, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States    
*  Distribution:             12 July 1722 (about age 36), will of father proved; Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[5]    
*  Death:                       before February 1771 (before about age 85), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:                   Samuel Horton (1686-1778)  
*  Marriage 1:               28 January 1713/4 (age 27), Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States[1–4]    

*  Child 1:                    John Horton (1715-    )    
*  Child 2:                    Hannah Horton (1717-    )    
*  Child 3:                    Nathaniel Horton (1720-1771)    
*  Child 4:                    Susanna Horton (1723-    )    
*  Child 5:                    Abigail Horton (1725-1765)    
*  Child 6:                    Elizabeth Horton (1727-1760)    
*  Child 7:                    Samuel Horton (1729-1799)    
*  Child 8:                    James Horton (1730-    )    

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

Hannah Atwood was born in about 1686 in Eastham, Massachusetts, the 6th child (of 7) of Stephen Atwood and Apphia Bangs.  There are no known records for her birth or baptism.

Hannah married Samuel Horton on 28 January 1713/4 in Eastham, Massachusetts[1-4].  They had eight children between 1715 and 1731, all recorded in the Eastham town records.

Hannah's father, Stephen Atwood, wrote a will on 20 May 1715, which was proved on 12 July 1722[5].  In the will, Hannah is to receive a portion of the moveable estate, and is referred to as Hannah Atwood.

Hannah died in Eastham, probably before February 1771, when her husband married Thankful (Snow) Mayo.

There is no known burial record for Hannah (Atwood) Horton.  
1. Margaret Horton Weiler, "Descendants of John Horton (Haughton) of Eastham," Bulletin of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society (Harwich, Mass. : Brooks Free Library), Vol. XI, No. 3 (September 1983), pages 57-64., page 58, Samuel Horton sketch.

2. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, (, Barnstable County, Orleans > Orleans and Eastham Records,  page 339 (image 178 of 185), Samuel Horton and Hannah Atwood marriage entry, 1714.

3. Col. Leonard H. Smith, Jr. and Norma H. Smith, Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans (Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Publishing Company, 1993), page 18, Samuel Horton and Hannah Atwood marriage entry.

4. The Mayflower Descendant (Boston, Mass. : General Society of Mayflower Descendants), Volume 5, "Eastham and Orleans Vital Records," page 195, Samuel Horton and Hannah Atwood marriage entry.

5. "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, (, Barnstable County, "Probate Records, Vol. 4-5, 1721-1741," Volume 4, pages 67-68, Stephen Atwood probate papers.


NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2017 to 208 Ancestors in 208 Weeks.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Blog Caroling - "Angels We Have Heard On High"

Our dear footnoteMaven is warming up the Choir of Genea-Angels again this year for a sing-along of Christmas Carols. We are supposed to claim our favorite Christmas Carol. The collection of songs from genea-bloggers should lift all of our spirits as we shop until we drop.  

My favorite is still "Angels we Have Heard On High" - maybe because of the Latin in it? Or because I can sing it in J-sharp and no one notices because of the joy it brings everyone else? Most likely because Linda collects angels and is referred to as Angel Linda by friends. The rumor that the first angel she collected was me is untrue.



Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high,
Singing sweetly through the night,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why these songs of happy cheer?
What great brightness did you see?
What glad tiding did you hear?
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem and see Him
whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the new-born King.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

See him in a manger laid
Whom the angels praise above;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While we raise our hearts in love.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Gloria in excelsis Deo.


Musicologists have decided that this anonymous French tune was probably created around the eighteenth century. Some legends place its origin as as early as the second century.

Traditional French Carol

Words: Tra­di­tion­al French car­ol (Les Anges dans nos Cam­pagnes).Trans­lat­ed from French to Eng­lish by James Chad­wick (1813-1882); ap­peared in Crown of Jesus, 1862.

Music: “Gloria (Barnes),” French carol melody; ar­ranged by Ed­ward S. Barnes.

Recorded/Performed: Andy Williams - 1970

Also recorded by: Tennessee Ernie Ford; Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Tommy Greer; Clancey Brothers; Scarlet Rivera; Eric Rigler; Madeline McNeil; Sandi Patty; Nat King Cole; Lorie Line; Connie Brown; Scott Miller; Vienna Boys Choir; Percy Faith; Collin Raye; Frankie Gavin; Texas Boys Choir; Mel Weston; Donny Osmond.


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Seavers in the News - Rev. W.R. Seaver Returns Home to St. Joseph, Missouri

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 Muskegon [Mich.] Chronicle newspaper dated Saturday, 12 November 1881

The transcription of the article is:

"A Happy Greeting

"The return of Rev. W.R. Seaver, after some weeks absence from the city, was made by his people the occasion of a great veritable 'surprise party,' at his residence, 1,201 Sylvanie street.  They gave him a cordial welcome home, not only filling the house with self invited guests, but bringing with them a most generous supply of refreshments for the evening, and leaving behind them many 'basketfuls' for future use.  The evening at the pastor's house was one of much enjoyment to all, and will long be remembered as one of the pleasantest incidents of a minister's life.

"Mr. Seaver was accompanied home by Miss Myra B. Easton, daughter of R.P. Easton, a prominent lumberman of Muskegon, Mich., who will spend the winter visiting her former pastor and also his children in Kansas.

On Sunday Mr. Seaver will resume services in his pulpit, which during his absence has been most acceptably filled by his son, Rev. Chas. H. Seaver, of Russell, Kansas. -- St. Joseph [Mo.] Gazette."

The source citation for this article is:

"A Happy Greeting," article, Muskegon [Mich.] Chronicle, Saturday, 12 November 1881, page 2, columns 4-5, W.R. Seaver article;   GenealogyBank  ( : accessed 21 December 2017), Newspaper Archives collection.

Although this is a Muskegon newspaper, the article was copied from the St. Joseph [Mo.] Gazette newspaper, and the events refer to St. Joseph and not to Muskegon.  

Reverend William Rufus Seaver (1822-1898) married Mehitable Homer (1822-1908) in 1842 in Brimfield, Massachusetts, and they had five children, four of whom married and had children.  The eldest child was Reverend Charles Heman Seaver (1843-1919), who married Hannah Maria Colby (1847-1922) in 1867 in Clinton, Michigan, and they had three children.  

Rev. W.R. Seaver was a Congregational minister, and had served a pastorate in Muskegon from 1872 to 1879, and had been in St. Joseph for two years.  He soon left St. Joseph and moved to a church in Traverse City, Michigan.  

Rev. Charles H. Seaver was also a minister and had been serving in Russell, Kansas for several years at the time of this article.  By 1900, he and his family were residing in Harrison, Michigan. 

Myra B. Easton was a former parishioner of William R. Seaver, was likely in the age range of William R. Seaver's children, and visited them in St. Joseph and Kansas.  

William Rufus Seaver is my first cousin 5 times removed, with the common ancestor being my 5th great-grandparents, Norman Seaver (1734-1787) and Sarah Read (1736-1809).  Charles Heman Seaver is my 2nd cousin 4 times removed.  


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