Saturday, December 15, 2018

Added or Updated Record Collections at - Week of 9 to 15 December 2018

I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at   FamilySearch   ( every week.

As of 15 December 2018, there were 2,411 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

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

--- Collections Added   ---

North Carolina, Historical Records Survey, Cemetery Inscription Card Index      (; 178,288 indexed records with 178,288 record images, ADDED 12 Dec 2018

Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016     (; 72,568 indexed records with 72,568 record images, ADDED 10 Dec 2018

Germany, Saxony-Anhalt, Halberstadt, Civil Registration, 1874-1982      (; 79,160 indexed records with 79,160 record images, ADDED 12 Dec 2018

--- Collections Updated ---

Peru, Lima, Civil Registration, 1874-1996       (; 5,055,522 indexed records with 3,505,112 record images (was 4,449,987 records with 3,505,112 images), Updated 11 Dec 2018

West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999 (; 2,224,230 indexed records with 2,408,098 record images (was 2,224,130 records with 2,407,998 images), Updated 11 Dec 2018

Ohio, Licking County, Hartford Township Records, 1881-1962      (; 927 indexed records with 989 record images (was 0 records with 989 images), Updated 11 Dec 2018

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 34,168,489 indexed records with 46,885,712 record images (was 34,168,489 records with 46,885,712 images), Updated 13 Dec 2018

Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2017    (; 3,216,751 indexed records with 12,555,984 record images (was 3,018,040 records with 12,555,984 images), Updated 13 Dec 2018

Russia, Samara Church Books 1748-1934   (; 1,951,604 indexed records with 1,909,956 record images (was 1,951,604 records with 1,909,956 images), Updated 14 Dec 2018

Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 1,675,795 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 1,675,795 records with 2,591,542 images), Updated 14 Dec 2018

French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; Index only (40,882 records), no images (was 38,149 records with 0 images), Updated 11 Dec 2018

Germany, Schleswig-Holstein, Kreis Steinburg, Civil Registration, 1874-1983     (; 203,978 indexed records with 192,128 record images (was 191,613 records with 192,128 images), Updated 12 Dec 2018

Ireland Census, 1911    (; 4,385,217 indexed records with 4,385,217 record images (was 4,385,217 records with 4,385,217 images), Updated 10 Dec 2018

South Africa, Transvaal, Civil Marriages, 1870-1930     (; 253,566 indexed records with 253,519 record images (was 241,500 records with 241,453 images), Updated 14 Dec 2018

--- Collections with records removed ---

Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1812-1965     (; Index only (10,633 records), no images (was 10,634 records with 0 images),  21 Nov 2013


In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to 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 - Make a Surname Christmas Tree

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.  

Back in 2013, Leslie Ann had a post on her Ancestors Live Here blog last year titled Wordless Wednesday -- Surname Christmas Tree which I thought was a great idea for an SNGF challenge on a Surname Saturday.  We did it in 2014 last - see here!  Are you game?

1)  Read Leslie Ann's post, and figure out how you could make something similar to hers, or to mine below, or even something different.  

2)  Make your Surname Christmas Tree using your ancestral surnames - there's no limit on the number of surnames - and decorate your tree as you wish.  

3)  Show us your Surname Christmas Tree and tell us how you made it in a blog post of your own, in a Facebook post.  Please leave a comment here so we can all see your creation.

Here's mine:

Here's how I did it:

*  I used my word processor to add the surnames in an approximate tree shape.
*  I colored the surnames green for the tree and brown for the trunk.
*  I went to Google Images and looked for tree ornaments to decorate my tree, saved them, and inserted them into the word processing page.  
*  I saved the word processing page as a PDF file.
*  I opened the PDF file, reduced the magnification, and used the Windows Snipping Tool to create a JPG image.
*  I added the JPG image as above.

It did take me over an hour to create...I have over 10 generations of ancestral surnames on the tree above.  I hope I didn't spell any names wrong!

I showed you mine, now please show me yours!  


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Surname Saturday -- BOYLSTON (England to colonial Massachusetts)

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 #2211 who is Elizabeth BOYLSTON (1640-1665). [Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through two generations in this BOYLSTON 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)

34.  Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840)
35.  Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869)

68.  Aaron Smith (1768-1841)
69.  Mercy Plimpton (1772-1850)

138.  Amos Plimpton (1735-1808)
139.  Mary Guild (1735-1800)

276.  John Plimpton (1708-1756)
277.  Abigail fisher (1711-1785)

552.  John Plimpton (1680-1730)
553.  Susanna Draper (1688-1`769)

1104.  John Plimpton (1649-1704)
1105.  Elizabeth Fisher (1659-1694)

2210.  John Fisher, born before 26 January 1634 in Redenhall, Norfolk, England; died 03 July 1668 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4420. Joshua Fisher and 4421. Elizabeth LNU.  He married 06 April 1658 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
2211.  Elizabeth Boylston, born 21 September 1640 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died 04 May 1665 in Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Fisher and Elizabeth Boylston are:
Elizabeth Fisher (1659-1694), married 1678 John Plimpton (1649-1704)
*  John Fisher (1661-1755), married (1) 1683 Mary Metcalf (1652-????); (2) 1731 Sarah Harding (1680-1766).
*  Thomas Fisher (1663-1663).
*  Esther Fisher (1665-1666).

4422.  Thomas Boylston, born before 12 February 1615 in Backchurch, London, England; died before 04 October 1653 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 8844. Edward Boylston and 8845. Anne Bastian.  He married before 1640 in probably Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.
4423.  Sarah LNU, born about 1617 in England; died 14 September 1704 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of Thomas Boylston and Sarah are:
Elizabeth Boylston (1630-1665), married 1658 John Fisher (1634-1668).
*  Sarah Boylston (1642-1711), married 1664 Thomas Smith (1634-1689).
*  Thomas Boylston (1645-1695), married 1665 Mary Gardner (1648-1722).

The "best" information about Thomas Boylston is in:

*  Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), Volume I, A-F, "Thomas Boylston" sketch, page 371.

I have done no original research on this family line.


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Friday, December 14, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 14 December 2018

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

1)  News Articles:

RootsTech 2019 Announces FREE Live Stream Presentation Schedule

*  RootsTech 2019 Announces Keynote Speaker: Emmy Award-Winning Actress Patricia Heaton

*  Introducing the Findmypast App

*  Meet San Clemente's Famous DNA Detective [CeCe Moore)

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday, 14 December 2018

 Friday Finds 14 Dec 2018

 FamilySearch New and Updated Collections - December 1-15, 2018

*  Discover Your Dutch Ancestors & More in New Online Genealogy Records

*  Fold3 WWII U.S. Draft Registration Card Collection Expanded

3)  Genealogy Education Opportunities:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 18 December, 11 a.m.:  Proving Identity and Kinship Using the GPS: Finding a Freedman's Family, by Nancy A. Peters

*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar - Wednesday, 19 December, 6 p.m. PST:   Dr. Jan Joyce: Solving One Name & Many Locations with a Location & Timeline Tool

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  101 Ways to Design a Genealogy Chart, by Janet Hovorka

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Citation for Beginners, by Shellee Morehead

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  That's New to Me: Unfamiliar Websites for Your Genealogy, by Gena Philibert-Ortega

*  The Genealogy Gems Podcast: Genealogy Gems Podcast Episode 224

*  23andMe YouTube:  23 Minutes With Anne, LIVE! Research Edition

*  Ancestry YouTube:  David Hopes His Ancestry Reveals Italian Roots | My Family Secrets Revealed | Ancestry

*  Ancestry YouTube: Caroline's Family Ancestry Reveals More Than Expected | My Family Secrets Revealed | Ancestry

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How to merge individuals on FamilySearch Family Tree

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Merry DNA Christmas - Family History Fanatics Live

*  American Ancestors YouTube:  Using Maps in Your Family History Research

*  Family History Ron YouTube:  Q&A December 6 2018

*  The In-Depth Genealogist YouTube:  Mandy Moore Goes from Australia to Ireland

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, December 14,  2018

*  RootsTech 2019 Holiday Special – Save $100!

*  Free e-Book to Help You Become a Master Newspaper Researcher

5)  DNA Success Stories

*  The gift of family revealed

*  Sharing your DNA with “greatness.”

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 11 December 2018?


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RootsTech 2019 Announces FREE Live Stream Presentation Schedule

I received this information from RootsTech 2018 SLC today:


RootsTech 2019 Free Live Stream Schedule

Unable to attend RootsTech 2019 in Salt Lake City this year? Don’t worry! Many of the sights and learnings from the conference will be streamed live on our home page! Join us starting Wednesday, February 27, at 9:30 a.m. MST to hear from popular speakers such as Diahan Southard, Kenyatta Berry, Crista Cowan, and Blaine Bettinger. General sessions featuring keynote speakers will also be streamed. Join the conversation happening on social media using #NotAtRootsTech. 

View the free streaming schedule below or HERE.

WEDNESDAY, 27 February (MST times)

*  9:30 a.m. -- What’s New at FamilySearch? 
Ron Tanner of FamilySearch International reviews the latest features and capabilities released on FamilySearch, their value, and why the changes were made. See the future of FamilySearch.

*  11:00 a.m. -- Hear Them Sing! Social History and Family Narrative 
Join Rebecca Whitman Koford as she discusses how the addition of social history enhances family narratives and clarifies the songs of our ancestors. She will discuss how to contextualize ancestors’ lives with social history research and use it to inspire others to want to know more about those who have passed.

*  1:30 p.m. -- Uncovering Family Stories with British and Irish Historic Newspapers (Sponsored by Findmypast) 
Myko Clelland discusses the numerous digitized collection of millions of pages of local and national historic newspapers, covering 300 years of history from every county in Britain and Ireland. Get the full scoop with the Findmypast vast collection, and discover how to make the most of the stories contained within this huge resource.

*  3:00 p.m. -- Connecting Your DNA Matches 
Diahan Southard takes you through your DNA match list and explains the Shared Matches tool. Learn how to create and employ a number of tools to boost your confidence in your genetic genealogy skills.

*  4:30 p.m. -- Wednesday General Session and Opening Event 
Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, will be the featured keynote speaker and will explore the connections that come through genealogy. Entertainment will be provided by the world-renowned a cappella group The Edge Effect.

THURSDAY, 28 February  (MST times)

*  8:00 a.m. -- Making the Leap—Becoming a Professional Genealogist (Power Hour) 
In this power hour session, Luana Darby, Valerie Elkins, and Anne Teerlink explore how to make a successful transition from hobbyist to a career as a professional. Learn about the importance of diversifying your talents, and discover the ways to earn income as a genealogist.

*  9:30 a.m. -- Finally! German Church Records and How to Use Them on FamilySearch 
Join Trish Melander, and explore the German Church records that are now being published on FamilySearch. These are records rich in centuries of history and contain baptisms, marriages, burials, and even confirmations.

*  11:00 a.m. -- Thursday General Session: Patricia Heaton 
Nobody knows family quite like Emmy award-winning actress Patricia Heaton. Known for her humorous roles as a typical American housewife in big hit television series’ like Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle, Patricia has won many prestigious awards and the hearts of television viewers worldwide. Don’t miss this opportunity to watch one of the most recognized actresses in the world tell her story in person—a story that perfectly illustrates what it looks like to follow your heart, exercise faith, and persist until you achieve great success.

*  1:30 p.m. -- What You Don’t Know about Ancestry (Sponsored by Ancestry) 
Join Crista Cowan, and preview Ancestry’s cool new tools that are geared to improve and accelerate your family history research.

*  3:00 p.m. -- “Jumping the Broom,” Oil, Inheritance, and African American Marriage in the South 
Kenyatta Berry will cover the tradition of jumping the broom, the informal marriage ceremony for the enslaved. Kenyatta will also share the story of her paternal ancestors in Arkansas and East Texas, and she will detail how she used primary and secondary sources to discover her ancestor’s connection to the oil industry in Arkansas and Texas.

*  4:30 p.m. -- Perilous Assumptions: Revisiting Those First Finds 
Despite the best of intentions, many family history researchers make incorrect assumptions about records that don’t quite fit. Kris Rzepczynski will explore false assumptions, revisiting those mistakes, and the family history discoveries that may await.

FRIDAY, 1 March  (MST times)

*  8:00 a.m. -- Your Personal Story (Power Hour) 
Join Amy Johnson Crow, Scott Fisher, and Curt Witcher, and discover the ways to record and preserve your individual story for future generations.

*  9:30 a.m. -- Essential Considerations for DNA Evidence 
Blaine Bettinger will explain how to use DNA evidence correctly and correlated with documentary evidence. In this session he will examine some of the considerations, limitations, and pitfalls we should consider when using DNA evidence.

*  11:00 a.m. -- Friday General Session: Saroo Brierley 
Perhaps no one knows the joy that comes from connecting with family better than Saroo Brierley. Saroo will share his remarkable story of how he used technology to reconnect with the land of his childhood and rediscover his family.

*  1:30 p.m. -- Getting the Most Out of Billions of Records on MyHeritage SuperSearch (Sponsored by MyHeritage) 
One of the best ways to maximize MyHeritage is to host your tree at MyHeritage, where the systems will automatically help you find new records, fill gaps in your existing tree, and provide matches that can help you efficiently discover new ancestors and family members. In this session, Mike Mansfield will help you learn how to move your tree from online tree systems to MyHeritage and how MyHeritage works with your tree to find new and additional information that you can easily evaluate and add to your tree.

*  3:00 p.m. -- Discover Your Japanese Ancestors 
Join Valerie Elkins, and learn how to find your Japanese ancestors in Japan. Discover how to obtain your family’s vital records from Japan and climb your family tree. Japanese are wonderful record-keepers, but accessing those records can be challenging without knowing how to proceed.

*  4:30 p.m. -- The Research Road Map: Your Path to Success 
Amy Johnson Crow explains why having a research plan is more than making a to-do list. See how having a good plan is essential to making progress in your research and making it less frustrating.

SATURDAY, 2 March  (MST times)

*  8:00 a.m. -- Trace the Story of Immigrant Ancestors in 3 Steps (Power Hour) 
Susan Miller, D. Joshua Taylor, and Frederick Wertz explore 3 key steps to unlocking the story of your immigrant ancestors with the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

*  9:30 a.m. -- Examining Your DNA Matches with DNA Painter 
DNA Painter is a website that can help interpret and demystify your autosomal DNA results. Using practical examples, Jonny Perl will demonstrate how DNA Painter can be used for a variety of activities including chromosome mapping and relationship prediction for unknown DNA matches.

*  11:00 a.m. -- Saturday General Session: Jake Shimabukuro 
World renowned ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro will be the keynote speaker. Get ready to hear Jake’s inspiring story, and listen to the one-of-a-kind ukulele musician play the instrument like you’ve never heard it before.

*  1:30 p.m. -- Leading with Science at 23andMe (Sponsored by 23andMe) 
In this session, Sarah Lashkey will walk through how research works at 23andMe and how you can contribute to scientific discoveries.

*  3:00 p.m. -- The Silent Language of the Stones: Reading Gravestones through Symbols and Carvings 
Symbols and icons have been used on tombstones for centuries, but it was not until the mid-1800s that this secret language on the stones became popular. Joy Neighbors will explore these symbols and statues that tell stories of the deceased, including family relationships, religious affiliations, military service, occupations, and society memberships.


Disclosure:  I am a RootsTech 2019 Ambassador, and receive a complimentary registration for the conference in return for publicizing and reporting on the conference.  

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New Records Available To Search this Findmypast Friday, 14 December 2018

I received this information from Findmypast today:


Over 2 Million Portsmouth Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday
Leading UK family history website Findmypast has today published over 2.4 million new records in partnership with the Portsmouth History Centre.
The records are full of fascinating details of Portsmouth life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitants of the UK’s only island city for the very first time. Fully searchable transcripts of each original document are also included, enabling anyone to go online and search for their Portsmouth ancestors by name, location and date.

Hampshire, Portsmouth, Portsea Island Rate Books

Search through over a million pages of poor rate books from as early as 1700 through to 1921. The books recorded the amount of rates paid at each property, ownership of the property, and its location in the parishes of Portsea and Portsmouth. Discover the history of your ancestral home, today. With each record you will find a transcript of the vital facts and an image of the original rate poor.
Poor rate books were records of the amount of rates paid and by whom. Rates were levied annually and collected from both property owners and occupiers. The money was used for local poor relief. The Poor Law Act of 1598 made the parish responsible for the poor. The original records are held at the Portsmouth History Centre.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Hospital Records

Search for your ancestors in this fascinating collection of assorted hospital records and medical journals from St James Hospital between 1878 and 1918. At that time, the hospital was known as the Portsmouth Lunatic Asylum. Each result will give you a transcript of the vital facts and an image of the original hospital document. Images may provide you with even more information about your ancestor's life, condition and treatment.
The Portsmouth Hospital Records have been digitised by Findmypast from the collection held by the Portsmouth History Centre. The collection includes a range of documents from the years St James Hospital operated as the city's lunatic asylum including civil registers, deaths, indexes to admissions and discharges, maintenance ledgers, patient notes, registers of discharge and transfers.
Patient notes recorded the individual's progress from their condition when they first entered the hospital and how or if the person improved. You will find notes such as, 'delusions of grandeur', 'excited', 'clean', or one patient was recorded as claiming she was the 'Queen of Brighton'.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Police Staff Records, 1908-1924

Discover your English police heritage in this collection of police records from Portsmouth. The collection has been digitised by Findmypast from the records held at the Portsmouth History Centre. The Portsmouth Police Service was formed in January 1836. The city had its own police force from 1836 until 1967. The city's fire brigade was also a branch of the police force when it was first formed.
With every results you will find an image of the original document and a transcript of the vital facts. The transcripts may include a combination of the officer's age, birth year and birth place as well as their trade or calling, years of service and dates of appointment and discharge. Images may contain a variety of additional details including physical descriptions, photographic portraits, service histories and reasons for discharge/retirement.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Quarter Sessions Browse

Explore thousands of criminal records from these court Quarter Sessions, discover if your Portsmouth ancestors had been caught up in a criminal activity. Findmypast's browse search allows you to search each Session register from beginning to end. As well as the accused's age, aliases and home parish, the records will provide you with a wide variety of details relating to their offence, trail and sentencing.
The courts of quarter sessions were held over a number of days in rotation at different locations at four set times each year. They dealt with serious non-capital crimes, and formed the middle tier of the court system. Quarter sessions were presided over by unpaid magistrates, also known as justices of the peace, appointed by the Lord Chancellor. At each session, two juries would be elected. The Grand Jury's job was to hear the evidence against the accused and to decide whether the case should go to trial. If they sent it forward it was the turn of the Trial or Petty Jury who would decide guilt.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Burials

Was your ancestor buried in Portsmouth, Hampshire? Discover your ancestor's burial entry in over 129,000 additional Portsmouth parish records to uncover the location of their final resting place. The new additions cover Portsea, Highland Road and Kingston cemeteries between the years 1831 and 1902.
Results will provide you with transcripts and images of the original register entry. Transcripts will reveal a combination of the deceased's birth year, death year, age at death, burial date, burial location, denomination, occupation, residence and relatives names. Image may provide additional details such as the name of the minister who performed the ceremony.

England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932

Over 64,000 additional images covering the Parliamentary Borough of Portsmouth have been added to the collection. You can search the records by personal name, polling district, county and constituency, as well as by keyword search to discover the history of your family home in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Electoral Registers are lists created annually of people who are eligible to vote and include their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. Until 1918, the right to vote was closely linked to property ownership. The details in the registers may vary slightly, but in most you will find a combination of your ancestor's address, qualification to vote and occasionally a description of the residence, their occupation and age.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Trade Directories 1863-1927

Explore more than 30,000 pages of Portsmouth trade directories. Trade directories are an excellent resource for anyone researching their family history and want to understand more about their ancestor's life. They provide insights into local business owners, trades people, civil servants, church leaders, school teachers and much more.
Each record includes an original image of the trade directory that will list your ancestor's company name, occupation and address.

British & Irish Newspaper Update

This week we have added 106,638 new pages to the Archive. We have updated six of our recently added titles, with updates to five of our Irish titles, including additions from the 1970s to the Belfast Telegraph. This week's updates include:
·        Belfast Telegraph - 1973-1978
·        Kerryman - 1991
·        Wexford People - 1997
·        The Bioscope - 1919-1920, 1922, 1924
·        Irish Independent - 2001
·        Evening Herald (Dublin) - 1999-2000


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 256: #381 Anna (Barber) Kenyon (1717-after 1800) of Rhode Island and Connecticut

Anna (Barber) Kenyon (1717-after 1800) is #381 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandmother, who married #380 Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800)  in 1740 in Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son #190 John Kenyon (1741-1831), who married #191 Ann Kenyon (1746-1824) in 1764.
*  their daughter #95 Nancy Kenyon (1765-1833) who married  #94 Joseph Champlin (1757-1850)  in 1785.
*  their daughter #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865), who married #46 Jonathan Oatley (1791-1872) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864), who married  #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) 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)


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

*  Name:                      Anna Barber[1–3]    
*  Alternate Name:      Ann Barber[4]  
*  Alternate Name:      Ann Kinyon[5]    

*  Sex:                         Female    

*  Father:                    Moses Barber (1652-1733)    
*  Mother:                  Susanna West (1666-1756)  

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

* Birth:                      8 October 1717, South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1–3]    

*  Distribution:        17 December 1733 (age 16), father's will proved; South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[4]    
*  Distribution:         4 April 1756 (age 38), mother's will proved; Charlestown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[5]    

*  Death:                  after 9 May 1800 (after about age 83), Sterling, Windham, Connecticut, United States[2]    

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

*  Spouse 1:                Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800)    
*  Marriage 1:             7 April 1740 (age 30), North Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[2]    

*  Child 1:                  Giles Kenyon (1740-    )    
*  Child 2:                  Sylvester Kenyon (1741-1838)    
*  Child 3:                  John Kenyon (1742-1831)    
*  Child 4:                  Abigail Kenyon (1744-1814)    
*  Child 5:                  Paul Kenyon (1746-    )    
*  Child 6:                  Moses Kenyon (1750-1824)  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Anna Barber was born 8 October 1717 in Kingstown, Rhode Island, the 14th and last child of Moses and Susannah (West/Wast) Barber[1-3].  

Anna's father, Moses Barber died in 1733 and his will was proved 17 December 1733[4].  He bequeathed to his "youngest daughter" Ann:

"Item  I Give to my Youngest Daughter Ann Barber one Good feather Bead well Fixed and Twenty pounds In money to be paid to her when she Comes to the Age of Eighteen Years."

Anna Barber married Sylvester Kenyon on 7 April 1740 in North Kingstown, Rhode Island[2].  Sylvester was the son of John and Elizabeth (Remington) Kenyon of North Kingstown.  Sylvester and Anna (Barber) Kenyon had six children born between 1740 and 1750, all were probably born in South Kingstown, Charlestown, or Richmond, Rhode Island[2].  There are no birth records for the children.  They were:

*  Giles Kenyon (about 1740 - ????), married 1760 to Priscilla Briggs (1741-????). 
*  Sylvester Kenyon (1741-1839), married 1760 to Sarah Kenyon (1742-????).
*  John Kenyon (1742-1831), married 1764 Ann Kenyon (1742-1824).
*  Abigail Kenyon (1744-1814), married 1773 James Woodmansee (1752-1814)
*  Paul Kenyon (1746-????)
*  Moses Kenyon (1750-1824), married 1788 Mary Champlin (1769-1857)

The Sylvester Kenyon family may have moved from South Kingstown to Richmond sometime after 1740, but the first record is in March 1748 when Sylvester was named guardian of his nephew Christopher Kenyon, the illegitimate son of his sister, Abigail Kenyon.  

Anna's mother, Susanna (West) Barber died in 1756 and her will was proved on 4 April 1756[5].  She bequeathed to "Anna Kinyon:"

"Item  I Give and Bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Anne Kinyon My Great Bible Whose name is written in Said Bible and to be Delliverd to her by my Executor Before my Other Estate to my Children hereafter Named."


"Item  I Give and bequeath to my beloved Daughters (viz.) Dinah Wilcocks & the heirs of Lyda Mory and to Susannah Perry widow to Martha Parker to Ruth Bently Marey Teft and Ann Kinyon all the Remainder of my Estate to bee Equally Devided between them them to them and theire Heirs for Ever."

The personal estate of Susannah Barber totaled 1351 pounds, 10 shillings 0 pence, so Anna's share was about 193 pounds.

After 1777, Sylvester, his wife Anna and several of his children moved from Richmond, Rhode Island to Voluntown, Connecticut and acquired substantial land holdings in and around the Oneco district (now Sterling, Connecticut).  

Sylvester Kenyon died 9 May 1800 in Voluntown, Connecticut.  The Mayflower Families Soule book says:

"He [Sylvester] died intestate, and son Moses administered the estate in which the widow Anna shared."

A search was made for Sylvester's administration in Voluntown and Sterling, Connecticut records, but the record had not yet been found.

No death record or burial record for Anna (Barber) Kenyon has been found in the Richmond, Rhode Island, Voluntown, Connecticut or Sterling, Connecticut records, or on Find A Grave, although Sylvester is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.  It is likely that Anna is buried with him.

1. Anne Borden Harding (editor), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations : Volume 3: George Soule  (Plymouth, MA : General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1980), page 28, Susannah West/Wast sketch.

2. Anne Borden Harding (editor),  Mayflower families Through Five Generations : Volume 3: George Soule, page 93, Anna Barber sketch.

3. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, (, Volume 5, "Washington County Births, Marriages, Deaths," page 38 (image 158 of 523), Anna Barber birth entry.

4. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943" (South Kingston, R.I.), Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, pages 238-245, Moses Barber estate papers, on FHL Microfilm 0.931,833.

5. Charlestown (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Charlestown [RI] Probate and Town Council Records, 1738-1916." Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, pages 292-295, Susanna Barber estate papers, on FHL Microfilm 2,319,104.


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.

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