Thursday, March 21, 2019

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1714 Birth Record of Abigail Worthen in Amesbury, Mass.

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - a chance to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1714 birth record of Abigail Worthen in the Amesbury, Massachusetts vital record book:

The Abigail Worthen birth record is the fourth one on the page:

The transcription of this record is:


"[WORTHEN] Abigaill, d. Ezeakiel and Abigaill, May 24, 1724"

The source citation for this record is:

Town of Amesbury, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, Mass. : Topsfield Historical Society, 1913), Births, page 262, Abigaill Worthen entry.

This is a Derivative Source record, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the birth date, birth place, and parents names.  The original source was probably a handwritten Amesbury town record that is no longer available.  

Abigail Worthen (1714-????) was the daughter of Ezekiel Worthen (1672-1755) and Abigail Carter (1686-1752).  She is probably the Abigail "Warren" who married Joseph Colby (1707-1768) in 1704 in Amesbury.   

There is a dispute about Abigail's maiden name - is it Warren or Worthen (as some researchers think.  One of my sources is a published book in the FHL that is on microfilm only.  I probably have pages from the book in my genea-cave.).  I have used Worthen in my research.  Ezekiel Worthen's 1752 will is not helpful - it only mentions Abigail by her first name.  I have found no Abigail "Warren" persons in the Amesbury and Salisbury, Mass. area with a birth in the 1700-1720 time frame; there are several others born in other Massachusetts counties.  One Ancestry Member Tree has Abigail as the daughter of Jacob Warren, born and died in Plainfield, Connecticut.  This is still an open issue.

Joseph Colby and Abigail Worthen are my 6th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their daughter Hannah Colby (1745-????), who married John Underhill (1745-1816).

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register - Volume 173, Winter 2019

I am a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and now receive The Record publication via email.  When I get an email from them, I download the journal in PDF format to my hard drive and read it, looking for articles that may include my ancestral families.

The current issue is for Winter 2019:


Here is the Table of Contents for this issue:

Volume 173 Whole Number 689 Winter 2019
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register®
The Journal of American Genealogy

3 Editorial

5 The English Origin and Separatist Background of Mayflower Passenger Elizabeth (Barker) Winslow, by Sue Allan, Caleb Johnson, and Simon Neal

18 The Will of Mayflower Passenger Elizabeth (Barker) Winslow, by Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs

26 Rebecca’s Siblings: The Overlooked Children of Secretary Edward1 and Rachel (Perne) Rawson, by Alwin E. Schmidt, Jr.

37 “Jedidah” Skidmore, by Barry E. Hinman

39 The New London Beckwiths in the Records of the East (or Second) Congregational Society of Lyme, Connecticut: The John2  Beckwith Family Revisited, by R. Bruce Diebold

52 Edward Bishop (ca. 1618–1697) of Salem and Beverly, Massachusetts, by Nancy R. Stevens

66 English Origin of Leslie Bradfield of Wethersfield and Branford, Connecticut, by Patricia Law Hatcher

82 The Search for “Mr.” Overton: The Ancestry of Rev. Valentine Overton and His Connections to New England Immigrants Rev. Peter Bulkeley, Elizabeth (St. John) Whiting, Martha (Bulkeley) Mellowes, Olive (Welby), Farwell, Rev. Thomas James, Daniel Clark, Rev. Josias Clark, Isabel (Overton) Huit, Elizabeth (Bulkeley) (Whittingham) Hough, William Quarles, and Joanna (Quarles) Smith, by Clifford L. Stott (concluded from 172:331)

92 Reviews of Books

The only connection I found to my ancestry is the Overton article - Olive (Welby) Farwell is my 9th great-grandmother.

I hoped that I would be related to Elizabeth Barker, but I did not see a known ancestor in that article.

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Disclosure:  I am a paid subscriber to the New England historic Genealogical Society, and have been since about 1992.  I have not received any financial considerations from the Society to my knowledge.

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Randy and His First Girl Friend (?) -- Post 557 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Several months ago, I discovered an envelope of small photographs saved when my mother died in 2002 - it was hiding in plain sight in the Genea-Cave! 

Included in the photo cache was this oldie-but-goodie - a photo of toddler Randy with a girl friend on the back steps:


I was probably 2 or 3 years old in this photo, and the little girl is 2 or younger, I think.  I don't know who she is - but may have been a little girl from a family in the neighborhood.  She has a nice bonnet, though!

The setting is probably the back porch of my grandparents house at 2130 Fern Street in San Diego.  The back porch faced west and had the afternoon sun.  There is a playpen in the background - my guess is that was used to keep me busy while my grandmother gardened.  It may be winter time since I have a double-breasted coat buttoned up, and long pants and shoes, in the photo.  My grandfather or grandmother may have taken the picture in late 1945 or early 1946.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Guest Post: If You Don't Look at the Original Record, You're Missing Out!

This guest post is by my SDGS colleague, Marshall Clow:

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You've heard it before - always read the actual record. You never know what might be there.
Do you always do this? I don't; al though I do try to at least glance at all of them.

I am becoming convinced that you should ALWAYS do so, and this record was a large part of the reason.

Sarah Illingworth is (probably) my wife's 5th great-grandmother. She was born in 1777, in Yorkshire, England.

I found her baptism record on Ancestry; the summary that Ancestry provided looked like this:


It has a birth date, a baptism date (and place), and a father's name and a mother's married name.

That's pretty nice - three people and two generations from one record.

Too bad it has the mother's married name, but you can't have everything - right?

Let's look at the actual entry.


The register book is broken down into columns, with headings.

Heading: Infant's Christian Name and Seniority
Entry: Sarah / Second Daughter

Marshall says: *Second*? I didn't know there was another (older) daughter. Now I need to research her.

Heading: Infant's Surname
Entry: Illingworth

Heading: Father's name, Profession, and Abode
Entry: Nathaniel Illingworth of Moorside, son of William Illingworth of Thos Illingworth Husbandman, by Mary his wife at Moorside in the Parish of Addingham.

Marshall says: father, paternal grandfather, paternal grandmother, paternal great-grandfather, occupations and where they lived.

Heading: Mother's name, and Descent
Entry: Sarah Daughter of William Hardisty of Westend in the Parish of Fewston Farmer, by Sarah D of Jonathan Walker of Sedgwich in Northergate, Farmer

Marshall says: mother, maternal grandfather, maternal grandmother, and maternal great-grandfather, occupations and where they lived.

Marshall also says: "Sarah D of Jonathan Walker" means "Sarah daughter of Jonathan Walker"

Heading: Born
Entry: On Friday the 11th of April 1777

Heading: Baptised
Entry: On Sunday the 18th of May, 1777

That's just A BIT more than what was in Ancestry's records.

Let's enumerate all the people mentioned here, and their relationships.

**** Thomas Illingworth
*** William Illingworth and Mary (no maiden name)
** Nathaniel Illingworth
* Sarah's older sister
* Sarah Illingworth
** Sarah Hardisty
*** William Hardisty and Sarah Walker
**** Jonathan Walker

That's 10 people across four generations.

*  A 5th great-grandmother, a 5th great-aunt (Sarah and her sister)
*  Two 6th great-grandparents.
*  FOUR 7th great-grandparents
*  TWO 8th great-grandparents.

Not too shabby for one record.

BTW, in the same church, two years later, was the baptism of "Thomas Illingworth, second son" - so there are (at least) two boys here as well!

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Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1766 Marriage of George Ruth and Anna Maria Benss in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

This week's Tuesday Treasure is the 1766 marriage record of Gorg Ruth and Anna Maria Benss in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania church records:

The Ruth-Benss marriage record is the second from the bottom on the page:

The transcription of this entry is:

"RUTH -- Gorg, s. of Peter Ruth, and Anna Maria, d. of Weyrich Benss; Jan. 21, 1766."
The source citation for this marriage record is:

"Pennsylvania Compiled Marriage Records, 1700-1821," digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 March 2019), Lancaster > Rev. John Waldschmidt, 1752-1786, page 249, Gorg Ruth and Anna Maria Benss marriage entry.

This is a Derivative Source record, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of their names, marriage date and marriage place.  The names of the two fathers is Secondary Information.  I will attempt to find an Original Source record in the Lancaster church records.

George Ruth (1740-1812) is the son of Johann Peter Ruth (1704-1771) and his second wife, Eva Catherina Meyer (1715-1793).  Anna Maria Benss (1751-1796) is the daughter of Johann Weyrich Bentz (1705-1782) and Anna Maria Barbara Schlauch (1711-1796).  George and Anna Maria (Benss) Ruth had at least five children between 1770 and 1779.

George and Anna Maria (Benss) Ruth are my 5th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their first child Catharina Ruth (1770-1813) who married Philip Jacob Konig (1764-1829) in York, Pennsylvania in about 1788.


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Monday, March 18, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 18 March 2019


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

1)  News Articles:


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Loyola University to Create a Database of Loyalist Americans’ Claims

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

Friday Finds 15 March 2019





*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 19 March, 5 p.m. PST:  The Five-story Fall: Correlating Indirect and Direct Evidence to Extend the Pedigree, by Debra S. Mieszala

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 20 March, 11 a.m. PST:  One African-American family's story of Migration from the South: A Boarding House in Detroit, by J. Mark Lowe

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #54: What is and isn't a Genealogical Source?


*  African Roots Podcast:  Episode #439 Looking at New Publications

*  Research Like a Pro Podcast:  RLP 36: Church Records Part 2


5)  Genealogy Education - Video:


*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  Mondays with Myrt - 18 Mar 2019



*  Sharn White YouTube:  Interviewing Tim Crowley from OurCards.





7)  DNA Success Stories

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Switch at birth revealed 75 years later



8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 15 March 2019?

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Monday Genea-Pourri - 18 March 2019

Here is a summary of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group on Wednesday, with 13 in attendance.  I reviewed the RootsTech video and syllabus sites, several excellent blog posts about RootsTech presentations, and sending in my FOREVER box.  Then I explained the new Ancestry ThruLines and MyHeritage Theory of Family Relativity features in some detail.  Lastly, I described how I add information to FamilySearch Family Tree profiles and how I made the 7-generation fan chart.  The attendees shared their progress in the last month or two. 

2)  While reviewing the FamilySearch Family Tree changes in the weekly email, I noted that my 4th great-grandmother Catherina Ruth's profile had been changed and a father added.  I clicked on the profile, went to the father looking for information about him, and noted that there was a link to the father's will on Ancestry.  I followed the link, found the will, and there was Catherine's name and listed as "wife of Jacob Konig."  BINGO!  I downloaded the will.  Through Family Tree links, and Ancestry Hints, I have added George Ruth's parents and grandparents, plus a wealth of source material for the families.  

3)  Found and transcribed the 1812 will of George Ruth (1740-1812) of Berks County, Pennsylvania for Amanuensis Monday.

4)  Wrote and posted a biography of 6th great-grandfather #442 Joseph Colby (1707-1768) of Amesbury, Massachusetts and Chester, New Hampshire  for my 52 Ancestors post on Friday.  


5)  Watched one Family Tree Webinar - 
Suggested Relationship Paths: An Inside Look at the Theory of Family Relativity™, by Ran Snir.

6)  Participated in today's Mondays With Myrt.  Today's webinar discussed new books (Genealogy Standards, 2nd edition; Tracing Their Steps - A Memoir; Family Tree Toolkit; and the Research Like a Pro Guidebook); Google+ goes away on 2 April; the SSDI and acquiring the application from Judy's blog; the new Discord.gg message boards (Russ started an FTMUser server); the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS); my George Ruth will find; and Reunion and RootsMagic software features.


7)  Worked some more on the new Ancestry ThruLines feature for connecting with about 120 of my AncestryDNA matches.  Added about 20 "DNA Match" Facts and Notes for cousins with Thru Lines in RootsMagic.


7) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 29,862 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.  Updated and cleaned up the Family Tree profiles for six ancestors, including life sketches, sources and notes.

8)  I continue to use Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 52,942 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 102,736 source citations.   I TreeShared three times during the last week (about 430 profiles), and resolved about 470 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 104,562 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.

9) Wrote 20 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were press releases.  The most popular post last week was 
AncestryDNA ThruLines Feature Is Imperfect - An Example - UPDATED with over 1,595 views.  

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Amanuensis Monday - 1812 Will of George Ruth (1740-1812) of Cumru Township, Pennsylvania

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1812 will of  George Ruth of Cumru Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania: 

[George Ruth estate, image 2 of 4]

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The transcription of this will is:

[George Ruth estate, image 2 of 4]

In the Name of God Amen.  I George Ruth of Cumru

Township in the County of Berks and State of Penns-
ylvania yeoman being sick in Body but of sound
Mind and Perfect under standing thanks be given to
God for the same and Calling to mind the mortality of
My Body Knowing that is is appointed for all men once to
die I do make and ordain this my Last Will and testam-
ent that is to say, Principally and first of all I recom-
mend my soul into the Hands of God that gave it and
My Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian like
Manner.  It is my Will and I do hereby Order that all my
just Debts and Funeral Charges be Honestly Paid and adgusted.

I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Barbara one
thousand Pounds of Good and Lawful Money of Pennsyva^nia
one year after My decease.  It further My Will that My Wife
Shall have as much of my Husel good and Kidchen for??????
as Much as My said Wife ones of it and twoo Cowes and
one Mare Black mare and it is My Will that My Wife
Barbara shall have the use of Half of my Personal Esta-
t is ?????? my ?????? ??? ??????? ???????. ??? ?? ?????
Son George Ruth all my Real Estate that is to say
three thracts of Land Boundet and Described as follow
joining Land of Henry Ruth Peter Ruth Sebastian
Miller and ulrich Hauver Containing one Hundred and forthy
Eight Ecers be the same More or Less the other thract bounded
John Hay George Ru?man ^and Georg Kr??k^ John Harman and Henry
Ruth Containing one Hundred Twenty five Acres be
the same More or Less the other thract is Wood Land joining
Land Jacob Ludwig and ulrich Hareder Containing fifty seven
Ecers be the same more or less all together Three hundred
and Thirty Ecers be the same more or less With all the
A ????? ?????? ?? ?? ???? ?? ???????? ?? ???? ????? ???? ???
for What it is ??????? give the above ????? land to My
beloved abovementioned Son George Ruth for Ever It is
further My wish and bequeath Unto My beloved daughter
Elisabeth the interest of one thousand Pounds yearley and
and Every during Her Natural Life and after My daugh-
ter Elisabeth Her deat the one thousand Pound Where my
daughter Elisabeth tranes the interest during her Natural

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Life After her deat it shall be devided Among her
Hairs Sheere and Sheere alike It is further My Will and I
Aqueath unto My beloved Grand son Peter a Son of My daugh-
ter Elisabeth the sum of four Hundred Pounds good and Law-
ful Money  It is further My will that My beloved daughter
Catherina a Wife of Jacob Konig Shall Have one thousand
Pounds ???? My Real Estate good and Lawful Money
?????????????????????????????????????????????????????
?????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Pounds Where is before ????????? one year after My
decease and Unto My daughter Elisabeth one
thousand Pound twoo years after My deceaset Not
the Principle but the Interest yearley and Every year
turing Her Natural ^Life^ and after Her deceased the ???? ?????
ant Pount or Principle Must be paid to the said Elisa-
beth Her Hairs directley After Her death and unto My Grand
Son Peter a son of my daughter Elisabeth the sum
???? ?????? the sum of four Hundred Pounds three
years after My deceased.  My Grand ???? ????? ????? ???? ????? ???
or his Executors thel he the said Peter shall ?????? ??? ???
of twenty one years He shall tran the Prenceble and
My beloved daughter Catharina shall trans
one thousand Pounds in Manner as follows that
is to say the first three Hundred and thirty three Pounds
Six shillings and eight Pence four years after My decease
and so Every year that she had of the said thousand Pounds
an fully paid it is further My Will and I Ordain Nomina-
te and appoint my Trusty frainds and Brothern Law
?????????????????????????????????????????????????????
?????????????????????????????????????????????????????
????????????????????????????????????????????William
Addams of Heidelberg Township in Berks County
and Henry Ruth of Cumru township in Berks County to
be Executors for My daughter Elisabeth and four My Hole
Estate Executors of this My Last Will and Testament.

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And to See the same justly and Honestly fulfilled
According to the true intent and meaning thereof and
I Hereby make null and void all others Wills and Testamants 
by me Heretofore made Either in words or Writing
Retafying and Allowing this and Now other to be
my Last Will and Testament I Witness whereof
???????????????????????????????????????????
???????????????????????????????????????????

Signed sealed Pronounced and       }
Declared by the said George Ruth  }        Georg Ruth   {seal}
As his Last Will and Testament      }
in the Presence of us                       }
John Miller
W^m Bell

Registers Office Reading Berks County May 11^th 1813
????????????????????????????????????? John Miller and
W^m Bell Witness to the foregoing Writing Who after they
were duly Sworn according to Law, did declare and say
that they were present and did see and hear George Ruth
the testator Sign, Seal, publish, pronounce and declare
the said Writing as and for his Last Will and Testament
and that at the time of the Doing he the said Testator
was of sound Mind Memory and Understanding to the
best of their Knowledge and as they verily believe.  And
further that the Names John Miller and W^m Bell were
of their own Handwriting thereto subscribed in the
presents of each other and in the presents and at the
Request of the Testator.
                                                          Ja?? Shneider  Reg^r

The presence of the tape obscuring several lines of the handwriting on all three pages severely hampers understanding of the details of the legacies.In addition, the spelling ability of the person writing this will for George Ruth doesn't help.  

The source citation for this estate file is:

"Pennsylvania Wills and Probate Records, 1683-1993," indexed records and digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 March 2019), Berks > "Probate Estate Files, Rothermel, Sophia - Seibert, George, 1800-1850," images 807-810 of 2401, George Ruth will, proved 11 May 1813.

In his will (the date of writing is obscured by the tape on the pages), George Ruth names his wife (Barbara), his son George Ruth (born about 1775), his daughter Elisabeth (born about 1779) and her son Peter, and his daughter Catherina (born about 1770), wife of Jacob Konig.  


George Ruth (1740-1812) is the son of Johann Peter and Eva Catherina (Meyer) Ruth of Berks County, who migrated from Germany in the 1730s to Pennsylvania.  .  George married (1) Anna Maria Dorothea Bentz before 1740 in Pennsylvania, and (2) Barbara Krum before 1812.  

The mention of daughter Catherina, wife of Jacob Konig, is of paramount importance to me, because Philip Jacob and Catherina (Ruth) Konig are my 4th great-grandparents.  They married before 1789, probably  in York County, Pennsylvania. 

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NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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