Saturday, September 8, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 2 to 8 September 2018

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

As of 8 September 2018, there were 2,366 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

The deleted. added or updated collections are (as Marshall provided them):

--- Collections Added   ---

United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1894-1954 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2185932); 194,371 indexed records with 194,371 record images, ADDED 5 Sep 2018

Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2632078); 39,406 indexed records with 39,406 record images, ADDED 7 Sep 2018

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Santa Fe, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1975 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1974196); 954,574 indexed records with 424,329 record images (was 841,173 records with 424,329 images), Updated 5 Sep 2018

Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2138511); 209,958 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 209,832 records with 372,768 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1582573); 1,183,397 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 1,014,379 records with 5,100,470 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Catholic Church Records, 1714-1977      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2177296); 447,832 indexed records with 166,596 record images (was 440,002 records with 166,596 images), Updated 4 Sep 2018

England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers, 1797-2004       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1482833); 599,862 indexed records with 45,387 record images (was 566,249 records with 45,387 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Church Records, 1539-1793      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2363045); 598,656 indexed records with 95,073 record images (was 141,872 records with 95,073 images), Updated 5 Sep 2018

France, SaĆ“ne-et-Loire, Censuses, 1836  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2721038); 545,714 indexed records with 10,183 record images (was 382,683 records with 7,365 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

Illinois, County Naturalization Records, 1800-1998      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989159); 827,515 indexed records with 144,834 record images (was 201,071 records with 144,834 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

Massachusetts, Revolutionary War, Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2548057); 605,095 indexed records with 641,406 record images (was 605,085 records with 641,406 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

Mexico, Sinaloa, Civil Registration, 1861-1929  (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2290241); 170,443 indexed records with 1,406,854 record images (was 0 records with 1,406,854 images), Updated 4 Sep 2018

Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1923472); 1,171,340 indexed records with 93,629 record images (was 135,820 records with 93,629 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

Montana, Lake County Records, 1857-2010 (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1986787); 35,202 indexed records with 101,948 record images (was 35,202 records with 101,948 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2020117); 1,000,245 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 917,408 records with 6,635,049 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

New Jersey, Bride Index, 1930-1938      (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2842740); 238,623 indexed records with 3,168 record images (was 238,623 records with 3,168 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

North Dakota, County Marriages, 1872-1958       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2550852); 143,417 indexed records with 93,526 record images (was 143,417 records with 93,526 images), Updated 4 Sep 2018

Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950       (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1589502); 2,255,061 indexed records with 1,789,677 record images (was 2,255,061 records with 1,789,677 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

South Africa, Transvaal, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1869-1958        (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2520237); 1,003,720 indexed records with 1,516,203 record images (was 204,047 records with 1,516,203 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935     (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956); 2,280,161 indexed records with 2,209,283 record images (was 2,278,908 records with 2,209,283 images), Updated 7 Sep 2018

Wisconsin State Census, 1885    (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1443713); 407,138 indexed records with 10,186 record images (was 407,138 records with 10,186 images), Updated 6 Sep 2018



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In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

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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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What Crazy Thing Did You Do?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!), provided by Jacquie Schattner:


1)  
What was the craziest thing you did to get some genealogical information? 

2)  Write about your "crazy thing" in your own blog, a comment to this post, or on Facebook.  Please leave a comment on this post with a link to your response.

Here's mine:

My brother and I attended my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary weekend in Leominster, Massachusetts back in September 1990.  I had been doing genealogy for only two years, but had made great progress.  We had planned to stay with cousins in Salem, New Hampshire for several days after the event before we flew home.  We did, and had a wonderful time.

On the spur of the moment, we decided to drive down to Putnam, Connecticut where our grandmother, Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962) had been born and raised to look for the Richmond farm and for the graves of her parents, Thomas and Julia (White) Richmond, and their parents too.  The aunts told me that they were buried in the Grove Street Cemetery in Putnam right near the freeway.  I had not planned this, but it seemed like a good thing to try to do.  

We left the cousin's house in Salem, N.H. and drove down to Putnam, and found the cemetery and got a room at the Holiday Inn next to the cemetery.  We had dinner, then went back to the room and got out the local telephone book and I called the first Richmond in Putnam in the book.  Bingo!  She was the elderly widow of a Richmond descendant, and she said I needed to talk to Helen, the wife of Thomas Russell Richmond and gave me the telephone number, and that Helen's husband was deaf but he knew all about the Richmond family.  

I quickly called the number and talked to Helen, and after she checked with Russell, we agreed to meet him in the hotel parking lot the next morning, and he would show us around the cemetery with all of the Richmond graves.

Russell showed up on time the next morning looking very dapper, and showed us around the cemetery, talking all the time as we drove through; we got out and checked out the stones taking pictures, and he was able to lipread our questions and comments.  After he had gauged our interest, he asked if we wanted to go by the Richmond farm and see it too.  Of course, we said YES!  The farm recently had been sold, so we couldn't go in, but we saw the outside and the barn - it had been a dairy farm for over a century, but was now known as the "Good Earth" farm (get it, "riche monde" on Richmond Road (yes, named after the family)) growing organic vegetables.  I took some photos too.

Russell asked if we would like a bite to eat and to see some of the family photographs, and of course we said YES!  They had built a prefab log cabin house on land next to the original farm which was beautiful inside and out.  Helen made a simple lunch of sandwiches and lemonade and cookies, and we enjoyed meeting and getting to know her.  Russell brought out some framed portraits and loose photographs, and described each of them to us.  I asked if we could go down to a store with a copy machine and get photocopies of the photos, and he said sure.  So we picked out the ones we wanted to copy, and he drove us down to the drug store and we made the copies.  I wrote captions and descriptions on the back of the copies.   This was exciting!  

In the afternoon, we said our thank yous and goodbyes, and drove back to our cousin's home in Salem and told them all about our visit to the Richmond farm and showed them the pictures.  Over the next year or two, I shared many of the photographs in my yearly "Seaver-Richmond Family Newsletter" with all of my cousins and family.  And, of course, I have shared them on this blog.  

Here is a post with the prize photograph of the James Richmond family of Putnam, CT:  

Family Photographs - Post 3: James Richman Family, 1885


Thomas Russell Richmond (1904-2003) is my second cousin once removed, with the common ancestors of James and Hannah (Rich) Richmond of Hilperton, Wiltshire and Putnam, Connecticut.  

In hindsight, just now, I realize that I did not ask him if he recalled his uncle, Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) and aunt (Juliet (White) Richmond (1848-1913), and knew any stories about them.  Oh well!  

This wasn't that crazy, I guess.  It's what genealogists are supposed to do, but it was unplanned and could have turned out badly for us.  It turned out memorable and great fun.

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Surname Saturday - SMITH (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 #2151 who is Mary SMITH (1632-1708). [Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this SMITH 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)

66.  Nathan Gates (1767-1830)
67.  Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855)

134.  Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785)
135.  Abigail Peirce (1750-1775)

268.  Jeremiah Knowlton (1713-1752)
269.  Sarah Allen (1717-1796)

536.  Nathaniel Knowlton (1683-1760)
537.  Mary Bennett (1685-1717)


1074.  Henry Bennett (1664-1739)
1075.  Frances Burr (1669-1708)


2150.  John Burr, born about 1630 in England; died 22 April 1673 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married 1663 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.
2151.  Mary Smith, born about 1632 in Shropham, Norfolk, England; died 12 January 1708 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Burr and Mary Smith are:
*  Jonathan Burr (1665-????)
*  Elizabeth Burr (1665-????)
Frances Burr (1669-1708), married 1685 Henry Bennett (1664-1739).
*  Jeremiah Burr (1670-????)
*  Abigail Burr (1672-????)

4302.  Richard Smith, born about 1600 in Shropham, Norfolk, England; died 28 July 1666 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He married before 1628 in England.
4303.  Joanna LNU, born about 1605 in England.

Children of Richard Smith and Joanna are:
*  Elizabeth Smith (1628-1711), married (1) 1647 Edward Gilman (1617-1653); (2) 1654 Samuel dudley (1608-1684).
*  Richard Smith (1630-1714), married 1659 Hannah Cheney (1642-1722).
Mary Smith (1632-1708), married (1) 1648 Phillip Call; (2) 1663 John Burr (1630-1673); (3) 1685 Henry Bennett (1626-1707).


Information about this Smith family was obtained from:

*  Abraham Hammatt, 
The Hammatt Papers, Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, Massachusetts 1633-1700 (Baltimore, MD :  Genealogical Pub. Co., 1980), page 333.

*  Sybil Noyes, Charles T. Libby, Walter G. Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1988), pages 53, 646-647.

I have done no original research for this person.


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Friday, September 7, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 7 September 2018


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

1)  News Articles:


Genetic Genealogy Ireland Conference, Dublin, 2018


MyHeritage Partners with British Retailer WHSmith to Distribute DNA Kits

*  Dutch Genealogy News for August 2018

*  
Book Notice: "Dueling Dragons, The Struggle For Ireland, 1849-1875" by Marjorie Harshaw Robie

*  Springville centenarian marks birthday with hundreds of direct descendants

2)  New or Updated Record Databases:

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 7 September 2018

*  New Records on FamilySearch: August 2018

*  Top Quebec genealogy resource, PRDH, almost doubles in size

*  Provincial Archives of New Brunswick digitizes death certificates for 1967

3)  Genealogy Education:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar


*  ISBGFH announces fall line-up of free genealogy webinars

*  Free Family History Classes and Webinars for September 2018

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 12 September 5 p.m. PDT:  Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles, by Julie Goucher

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research, by Thomas MacEntee

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate, by Geoff Rasmussen

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Social Reasons for Migration, by Mary Hill

*  African Roots Podcast:  Episode #429 September 4, 2018

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Family Roots Conference Class Selection Guide

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How to Evaluate a Find A Grave Memorial - Research Over My Shoulder Episode 9

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube: Record Availability - Research Over Caleb's Shoulder

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube: Write Compelling Family History - Tips from Family History Fanatics

*  Ancestry YouTube:  September 2018 Edition | What's New at Ancestry | Ancestry

*  23andMe YouTube:  What Are Haplogroups?

*  23andMe YouTube:  My DNA Relatives and Me

*  23andMe YouTube:  Seeing Our Ancestry through DNA

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  English Research: How Can the 1939 Register Help You? by Kathryn Grant

*  Jennifer Holik YouTube:  Are you open to what your family & military research show you?

*  Kenneth R. Marks YouTube:  6 Ways for Genealogists to Focus

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  What Did You Do Over Summer?

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, September 7,  2018


*  FREE ACCESS at Findmypast This Weekend!

5)  DNA Success Stories:

*   Co-workers discover they are actually father and son

*  DNA Genealogy tests: Five things I learned in my search for my roots

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 4 September 2018?

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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 7 September 2018

I received this information from Findmypast today:


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday


There are more than 158,000 new records and newspaper articles available to search and explore this Findmypast Friday, including:


Did your Scottish ancestor sign a temperance pledge between 1886 and 1908? These temperance pledges were introduced by the United Presbyterian Church and originally called the Band of Hope Register. The index contains over 900 names and records, birth years, addresses and includes the names and ages of numerous children who signed the pledge.

The original records are housed at the National Records of Scotland and have been transcribed by the Scottish Genealogy Society in Edinburgh. The society published the transcriptions as Edinburgh, Broughton Place United Presbyterian Church - Band of Hope Register, 1886-1908. According to the society, the objective of the Band of Hope Register 'was to teach children the importance and principles of sobriety and teetotalism'.


Discover your Scottish ancestors from Ladykirk in Berkshire. This early census recorded the names of the heads of the household in Ladykirk in 1811 as well as information pertaining to their family and other members of their household.

The index has been transcribed by the Scottish Genealogy Society. The original list came from the Kirk Session Records for Ladykirk.


Explore your Scottish ancestry with the 1790 census of the parish of St Cuthbert's in Edinburgh. The index has been transcribed by the Scottish Genealogy Society and contains over 100 entries. The original list came from the Kirk Session Records for Ladykirk.

This early Scottish census listed the names of each of the head of the household and within each family unit the number of parents, children, lodgers, and servants. Then each category was separated into male and female.


Discover your Scottish ancestry with this list of inhabitants of the Burgh of Perth in 1766. The inhabitants list was taken by the magistrates on 19 March 1766 and the following days.

This early census recorded the names of the heads of the household and then noted certain facts about the others in the house; such as age, occupation or religion.


Discover our Scottish ancestors live in the Shetland Islands? Search this list of over 5,000 inhabitants of the parish of Tingwall.

This early census will reveal a combination of your ancestor's age, residence and the number of other people residing in their household.


This week we have added 148,176 new pages to The Archive. We have added pages to the Irish Independent, as well as to the Liverpool Echo.

We have also added a long run of new pages to the Sligo Champion, spanning the years 1942 to 2006. The Sligo Champion was founded in 1836 by four times mayor of Sligo Edward Howard Verdon, and it is still in publication today.

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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.

Copyright (c) 2018, Randall J. Seaver

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52 Ancestors - Week 242: #367 Rachel (--?--) Pray (1685-1755) of Providence County, Rhode Island

Rachel (--?--) Pray (about 1685 - before 1755) is #367 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #366  Richard Pray (1683-1755in about 1723 in Providence County, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #183 Sarah Pray (1734-1820) who married #182 Nathaniel Horton (1730-1819)  in about 1755.
*   their daughter #91 Phebe Horton (1772 - after 1820) who married #90 Simon Wade (1767-1857)  in 1790.
*  their daughter #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850) , who married #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                  Rachel --?-- [1]
*  Alternate Name:  Rachel Pray [2]    

*  Sex:                     Female  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                  about 1685, Rhode Island, United States    

*  Misc.:                18 April 1741 (about age 56), admitted to town of Scituate from Smithfield;                                          Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[2]    

*  Death:               before March 1755 (before about age 70), not mentioned in husband's will;                                           Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[3]  

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

*  Spouse 1:                Rachel  (1685-1755)    
*  Marriage 1:             about 1723 (before about age 42), probably Rhode Island, United States[1,4]    

*  Child 1:                  Rachel Pray (1725-    )    
*  Child 2:                  Mary Pray (1728-1800)    
*  Child 3:                  Sarah Pray (1734-1820)  

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

The birth date, birth place, and parentage of Rachel (--?--) Pray are not known.  She was probably
born about 1685 in Rhode Island.

Rachel married Richard Pray of Providence in about 1723, probably in Providence[1,4].  They had
three known children, but no birth records are available for them (dates are estimated based on
children marriage dates and spouse's birth dates):

*  Rachel Pray, born in about 1725 in Providence, married William Hines (1715-????) in about 1750.
*  Mary Pray, born in about 1728 in Providence, died about 1800 in Providence, married 21
September 1748 in Providence to Ezekiel Hopkins (1727-1762).
*  Sarah Pray, born in about 1734 in Providence, died after 20 September 1820 in Foster, R.I.,
married about 1753 in Scituate, R.I. to Nathaniel Horton (1730-1819).

The children of Richard and Rachel (--?--) Pray are listed in the book Genealogical Dictionary of
Rhode Island by John Osborne Austin and George Andrews Moriarty[1].

The Richard Pray family resided in what is now Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Rachel Pray and her children were admitted to the town of Scituate, Rhode Island on 18 April 1741. 
The town council record reads[2]:

"Att a Town Council held in Scituate in the County of Providence holden the 18th day of April Anno
Domi 1741 Present
Jedidiah Harris / Samuel Cooper
Jeremiah Angell / Henry Whitmore
Thomas Realph / Benjamin Comeau (?)

"Where as Rachel Pray and her Children are Lately Removed unto this Town and have procured a
Certificate from the Town Council of Smithfield from whence they Removed in the following words
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"Att a Town Council held in in Smithfield September the 19th 1740 - Where as Rachel Pray, the
wife of Richard Pray of Smithfield, Informed the Council that She hath a mind to Remove her Self
and Children into the town of Situate Wherefore it is voted by this Present Council that of the sd
Rachel Pray Should Remove her self and Children into the Town of Situate and Should become
Chargable to sd Town of Situate: that this Town will Receive them again as Inhabitants of this
town again.

"A true Copy as appears of    ]               Daniel Jenckes Council clerk
Record Examined                 ]

"Whereupon it is Voted that the sd Rachel Pray and her Children be admited to dwell in this Town
untill further orders from this Council."

It is not known if Richard Pray accompanied his wife and children from Smithfield to Scituate at the
time of the admission to Scituate.  Perhaps they separated for a period of time. However, he was
"of Scituate" when he wrote his will on 15 March 1755[3].  

The date and place of Rachel (--?--) Pray's death and burial are not known.  Evidently, it is after she
moved with her children to Scituate in 1741 and before Richard Pray wrote his will, since she is not
mentioned in his will[3].
 
5)  SOURCES


1. John Osborne Austin; George Andrews Moriarty, The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island; comprising three generations of settlers who came before 1690, with many families carried to the fourth generation (Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Pub. Co., 1969), unmarked page, Richard Pray sketch.

2. "Probate and Civil Records, 1731-1886 (Scituate, Rhode Island)," on 6 FHL US/CAN microfilm reels, citing manuscript records at town hall, Scituate, Rhode Island, Volumes 1-3 (1731-1799), Volume 1, Page 71, Rachel Pray admission to town, accessed on FHL Microfilm US/CAN 0,941,155.

3. "Probate and Civil Records, 1731-1886 (Scituate, Rhode Island)", Volumes 1-3 (1731-1799), Volume 1, Pages 250-252, Richard Pray estate papers, on FHL Microfilm US/CAN 0,941,155.

4. John Osborne Austin, One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families of Rhode Island (Salem, Mass. : Rhode Island Historical Society, 1893), Richard Pray sketch.

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NOTE:  In 2014, 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 2018 to 260 Ancestors in 260 Weeks.

Copyright (c) 2018, Randall J. Seaver

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Seavers in the News - Edward C. Seaver Shot Down Twice in World War II and Survived

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, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the Burlington [Vt.] Free Press newspaper dated 23 January 1945:


The transcription of the first obituary is:

"Twice 'Missing', Seaver Writes Parents He's Safe
Special to the Free Press

"RANDOLPH, Jan. 22. -- Lieut. Edward C. Seaver, twice reported missing, is safe at his base in Italy after a harrowing experience, according to a latter from him received today by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Seaver.  The letter was written Jan. 9.  He also said he had been made a first lieutenant.

"Lieut. Seaver was reported missing in action Oct. 13, 1944, and was reported safe Nov. 7, 1944.  Dec. 2, 1944, he was again reported missing in action over Yugoslavia.

"Lieut. Seaver, 21, is a bombardier of the 15th air force Liberator Bomber group.  He received his instruction at Santa Ana, Calif., and was awarded his wings in Carlsbad, N.M., last April."

The source citation for this article is:

"Twice 'Missing', Seaver Writes Parents He's Safe,The Burlington [Vt.] Free Press newspaper, dated 23 January 1945, page 14, column 2, Edward C. Seaver article; digital image,   Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com :  accessed 6 September 2018).

Edward C. Seaver (1922-1983) was born 26 October 1922 in Randolph, Vermont to Hugh Leland and Ethel Pearl (Rye) Seaver.  He married 1 September 1946 to Helen Virginia Scott in East Poultney, Vermont.  He died in September 1983.  I have information that they had three children.

I sincerely hope that Edward talked about his escapades during World War II serving in the Army air Corps in Europe with his children.  

Edward C. Seaver is my 9th cousin once removed.  

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