Saturday, July 10, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Elementary School Memories

 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):

1)  What elementary school memories do you have?  Share some of them - pick a year, or discuss the whole experience.  Was this one of the best times in your life?  Or not?

2)  Tell us about your elementary school memories and the highlights of that time of your life - in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook.  Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your blog post on this post.

Here's mine:

I was in fifth grade at Brooklyn Elementary School in San Diego (located on 30th Street between Ash and A Streets) in 1953-4.  My teacher was Mr. de la Torre.  I don't recall many of the names of my classmates - I do recall Steve and Gordon were my two best friends.  

During that school year, I had my only "fight" with another boy after an argument.  I hit him in the arm and he ran off.  Usually, I was the one who ran off when confronted by a bully.

I served on the School Safety Patrol as a Sergeant, meaning I got to hold the crossing stick and blow the whistle for the other patrol boys to stop the traffic.  Officer Tazelaar (one of my parents' friends) was the San Diego police officer in charge of our safety patrol.  At the end of the year, I was promoted to Supply Sergeant, second in command of the patrol to my friend Steve, who was named Lieutenant. 

I recall that I was on the school 10" softball team that played other schools every week during the spring - this was the only organized team I ever played on.  I never could hit because of my eyes, and I usually played right field because I was left-handed.  I bunted a lot and tried to hit to left field.  But I got to play.

I rode my bike to and from school every day - eight blocks down 30th Street.  It was harder coming home because of the hill between Date and Elm Streets.  This was also the year that Gordon and I started the paper route for the twice-weekly San Diego Independent newspaper (35 cents a month).  

Steve and I, and several others, were really into trading baseball cards, and baseball in general.  We followed the box scores, and especially the Cleveland Indians since the San Diego Padres were their Triple-A farm team.  My favorite player was Rocky Colavito, and Steve's was Herb Score, both of whom had played for the Padres.  I rode my bike all over San Diego to find cards that I didn't have, and extras of those I already had, to trade with the other guys.  We were always chewing the pink bubble gum slab too.  

1954 was the year that the San Diego Padres minor league team won their first Pacific Coast League pennant.  My brother and I rooted for them, and we took the Number 2 bus down 30th Street and Broadway to Lane Field  (foot of Broadway in downtown San Diego) on many weekend nights to watch them play.  When we didn't go to the game, we listened to it on the radio with broadcaster Al Schuss.  His home run call was "And there it goes!"  

We also played baseball games and touch or flag football games down at Grape Street Park on weekends.  In football, I was usually the quarterback and made up the plays.  We roamed the trails in the canyons near the park, created small forts, played Cowboys and Indians, and tried to steal golf balls from the fairways of the golf course.  

My family took their first real vacation in 1954 - my dad, mom and brother Stan (age 7).  We drove from San Diego to Bass Lake in central California, north of Fresno and south of Yosemite Natinal Park.  We rented a cabin for a week right on the lake, and swam and rowed a boat and fished almost every day.  One day we drove into Yosemite and saw many waterfalls, the big lodge, the giant Sequoia trees, and were awestruck by it all.  

I've always thought that 1954 and fifth grade was about the best year of my life.  


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 3 to 9 July 2021

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

As of 9 July 2021, there are 2,996 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 2 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added   ---

*  New York, Yonkers, Birth and Death Registration and Indexes, 1875-1916  (; 115,291 indexed records with 115,291 record images, ADDED 01-Jul-2021
*  Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017        (; 154 indexed records with 154 record images, ADDED 09-Jul-2021

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (; 265,537 indexed records with 2,242 record images (was 264,452 records with 2,235 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 503,442 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 491,643 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
Hungary Civil Registration, 1895-1980   (; 1,581,925 indexed records with 5,864,285 record images (was 1,569,575 records with 5,864,285 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021
Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 134,290 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 107,407 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 522,559 indexed records with 222,565 record images (was 514,606 records with 219,549 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021

United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955       (; 243,606 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 234,047 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 06-Jul-2021
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 1,782,430 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 1,662,843 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 2,536,723 indexed records with 171,832 record images (was 2,450,315 records with 165,948 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800-1945  (; 60,158 indexed records with 1,272 record images (was 58,981 records with 1,272 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (; 2,513,565 indexed records with 320,286 record images (was 2,490,470 records with 317,167 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2021

Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 192,039 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 178,605 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 1,028,595 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 1,006,527 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 214,737 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 213,590 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2021
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955  (; 817,530 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 755,264 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 06-Jul-2021
Tuvalu, Vital Records, 1866-1979        (; 8,420 indexed records with 1,428 record images (was 7,191 records with 1,293 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021

England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837       (; 8,950 indexed records with 8,937 record images (was 8,942 records with 8,929 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 72,900 indexed records with 14,254 record images (was 72,789 records with 14,143 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799  (; 18,632 indexed records with 18,621 record images (was 14,855 records with 14,846 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
Vanuatu, Vital Records, 1900-2001       (; 295 indexed records with 295 record images (was 3 records with 3 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 686,051 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 681,129 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 16,452 indexed records with 51,152 record images (was 16,442 records with 49,617 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
Kiribati, Vital Records, 1890-1991      (; 10,659 indexed records with 3,324 record images (was 9,757 records with 1,276 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 134,416 indexed records with 49,578 record images (was 134,364 records with 49,562 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 6,504,044 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 6,278,274 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2021
Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015    (; 2,249,961 indexed records with 373,775 record images (was 1,823,745 records with 373,775 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021

Panama, Catholic Church Records, 1707-1973      (; 869,049 indexed records with 240,799 record images (was 704,087 records with 240,799 images), UPDATED 06-Jul-2021
Honduras, Catholic Church Records, 1633-1978    (; 1,520,091 indexed records with 425,330 record images (was 1,520,059 records with 425,330 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 1,775,655 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 1,775,655 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (285,019 records), no images (was 282,191 records with 0 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 144,427 indexed records with 16,660 record images (was 140,130 records with 16,279 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 392,114 indexed records with 379,458 record images (was 384,174 records with 371,687 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 6,712,962 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 6,561,880 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 05-Jul-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977   (; 3,057,094 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 3,052,064 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2021
Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954        (; 2,330,518 indexed records with 3,087,354 record images (was 2,330,518 records with 3,087,354 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 30,047,337 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,337 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021

Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577-1995   (; 5,821,946 indexed records with 1,899,876 record images (was 5,405,868 records with 1,899,876 images), UPDATED 06-Jul-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,219,121 indexed records with 1,970,450 record images (was 7,218,684 records with 1,903,470 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Catholic Church Records, 1703-1964  (; 230,726 indexed records with 199,328 record images (was 230,726 records with 199,328 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 466,472 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 465,581 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
New Zealand, Archives New Zealand, Probate Records, 1843-1998   (; 475,157 indexed records with 5,946,421 record images (was 475,157 records with 5,946,421 images), UPDATED 08-Jul-2021

South Carolina, Charleston District, Bill of sales of Negro slaves, 1774-1872   (; 248,339 indexed records with 7,061 record images (was 247,184 records with 6,704 images), UPDATED 06-Jul-2021
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records, 1600-2000 (; 42,790,269 indexed records with 42,790,269 record images (was 42,197,700 records with 42,197,700 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021
England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 151,721 indexed records with 15,820 record images (was 148,060 records with 15,411 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856-1988        (; Browse 40,337 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 40,337 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
England, Surrey Marriages Bonds and Licenses, 1536-1992 (; 7,000 indexed records with 6,477 record images (was 3,296 records with 2,805 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015        (; 240,299 indexed records with 19,611 record images (was 230,890 records with 18,693 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021
England, Lancashire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1647-1996    (; 306,619 indexed records with 24,470 record images (was 274,649 records with 19,668 images), UPDATED 07-Jul-2021
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Records, 1840-1972   (; 3,063,349 indexed records with 2,216,270 record images (was 3,062,881 records with 2,216,270 images), UPDATED 09-Jul-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016     (; 299,092 indexed records with 127,878 record images (was 295,763 records with 127,096 images), last updated 02-Jul-2021
United States, Missouri, Recruitment Lists of Volunteers for the United States Colored Troops, 1863-1865        (; 17,932 indexed records with 5,787 record images (was 17,932 records with 307 images), last updated 24-Aug-2020
Peru, Pasco, Civil Registration, 1931-1996      (; 74,031 indexed records with 73,864 record images (was 74,016 records with 73,849 images), last updated 02-Jul-2021
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,978 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,601,722 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019

--- Collections with images removed ---

Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 147,384 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,673 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020
England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 912,811 indexed records with 95,119 record images (was 912,811 records with 109,223 images), last updated 25-May-2021
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 284,059 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 301,518 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
South Africa, Civil Marriage Records, 1840-1973 (; 2,699,406 indexed records with 2,692,829 record images (was 2,699,406 records with 2,692,830 images), last updated 18-Mar-2021

--- Collections with new records ---

Argentina, Capital Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1737-1977  (; 814,712 indexed records with 998,148 record images (was 813,990 records with 998,148 images), last updated 02-Jul-2021

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,383 records), no images (was 875,610,396 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
California Birth Index, 1905-1995       (; Index only (24,589,466 records), no images (was 24,589,467 records with 0 images), last updated 01-Mar-2012


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamilySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

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.

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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Friday, July 9, 2021

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 3 to 9 July 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  3 to 9 July 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

Glamorganshire, Wales, Electoral Registers, 1832-1978; indexed records with record images, ADDED 7/8/2021

Adams County, Colorado, U.S., Marriage License Index, 1960-2010; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/8/2021

Paris, France, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1792-1902; indexed records without record images, ADDED 7/8/2021

Isle of Wight County, Virginia, U.S., Birth Records, 1867-1896; indexed records without record images, Updated 7/7/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 2 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,017 collections available as of 9 July, an increase of  3 from last week.   


Disclosure: I have a complimentary all-access subscription from, for which I am thankful. has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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Findmypast Friday: New British Army Lists and Caribbean Family Records

I received this from Findmypast this morning:


Explore brand new British Army lists and Caribbean family records this Findmypast Friday

Immerse yourself in family history research this weekend with thousands of new records to explore. Here's a rundown of what's new on Findmypast.

British Army Embarkation Lists, 1871-1889

This detailed collection documents British Army soldiers who were drafted to India in the late 19th century.

There are over 100,000 transcripts in this collection taken from original embarkation returns held in the British Library’s India Office Collection. They can reveal your army ancestors' names, ages, service numbers, ranks, regiments, the date they left for India and the ship they travelled on.

St Kitts & Nevis Baptisms 1716-1881

Delve into thousands of new baptism records from the Caribbean islands of St Kitts & Nevis.

An old map of St Kitts (St Christopher) & Nevis, circa. 1775.

Spanning from 1716-1881, the records reveal essential family tree information including names, parents’ names and addresses.


It’s a bumper week of releases with 13 new papers and updates to six others. Brand new additions include:
Findmypast have also published pages from additional years in the following newspapers:

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 389: #610 Edmund Rice (1663-1726) of Marlborough, Massachusetts

 Edmund Rice (1663-1726)  is #610 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married #611 Ruth Parker (1672-before 1720) in 1692 in Marlborough, Middlesex County,  Massachusetts Bay Colony.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #305 Dinah Rice (1693-1725), who married #304 Nathan Brigham (1693-1784) in 1717.
*  their son #152 Moses Brigham (1723-1769), who married #153 Mehitable Grout (1726-1795) in 1749.
*  their son, #76 Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802), who married #77 Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) in 1779.
*  their son #38 Lambert Brigham (1794-1834), who married #39 Sophia Buck (1797-1882) in 1817.
*  their daughter #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923), who married #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920) who married  #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) 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:                        Edmund Rice[1-4]

* Sex:                           Male

* Father:                      Samuel Rice (1634-1684)
* Mother:                    Elizabeth King (1635-1667)
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Birth:                      1663, Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]

*  Death:                     before 12 September 1726 (before about age 63), will proved; Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[1,4]

*  Probate:                 12 September 1726 (about age 63), will proved; Westborough, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States[4]
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1:               Ruth Parker (1672-before 1720)
*  Marriage 1:           15 November 1692 (about age 29), Marlborough, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1–2]

*  Child 1:                Dinah Rice (1693-1725)
*  Child 2:                Silas or Tannhahorens Jacques Rice (1695-1779)
*  Child 3:                Timothy or Jacques Oserokohton Chief Rice (1697-1777)
*  Child 4:                Nahor Rice (1699-1704)
*  Child 5:                Huldah Rice (1701-1741)
*  Child 6:                Moses Rice (1703-1704)
*  Child 7:                Seth Rice (1705-1796)
*  Child 8:                Thankful Rice (1707-1779)
*  Child 9:                Eleazer Rice (1709-1767)
*  Child 10:              Ruth Rice (1712-1786)
*  Child 11:              Ebenezer Rice (1714-1714)
*  Child 12:              Anna Rice (1715-1802)

*  Spouse 2.             Hannah Brewer (1672-1766)
*  Marriage 2:          23 June 1720 (about age 57), Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[3]
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):  

Edmund Rice (1663-1726) was born in about 1663 in Marlborough, Massachusetts Bay Colony, the second son and 4th child of Samuel and Elizabeth (King) Rice of Marlborough[1].

Edmund Rice married Ruth Parker (1672-before 1720) on 15 November 1692 in Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony[1-2].  She was the daughter of John and Sarah (--?--) Parker of Roxbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony.  They had 12 children, all born and recorded in Marlborough vital records.

*  Dinah Rice (1693-1725), married 1717 Nathan Brigham (1693-1784).
*  Silas Rice (1695-1779), married 1715 Marie Tsionnakwannen Tsaikohawi (1699-1779).
*  Timothy Rice (1697-1777), married Catherine Osennehawe (1701-1750).
*  Nahor Rice (1699-1704).
*  Huldah Rice (1701-1741), married 1720 Samuel Wheelock (1696-1756).
*  Moses Rice (1703-1704).
*  Seth Rice (1705-1796), married 1727 Dorothy Robinson (1709-1801).
*  Thankful Rice (1707-1779), married 1726 Josiah Rice (1700-1792).
*  Eleazer Rice (1709-1767), married (1) 1731 Persis Newton (1713-1746); (2) 1747 Mehitabel Stone (1719-1812).
*  Ruth Rice (1712-1786), married 1738 Elisha Ward (1712-1756).
*  Ebenezer Rice (1714-1714).
*  Anna Rice (1715-1802), married 1741 Solomon Rice (1713-1802).

Edmund Rice of Westborough married, secondly, Hannah Brewer (1672-1766) of Sudbury on 23 June 1720 at Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony[3]. They had no children.

During Queen Anne's War, three of Edmund Rice's children were captured in an Iroquois Indian raid on 8 August 1704 in Marlborough.  His 5 year old son, Nahor, was killed. Two other children, Silas aged 9 years old and Timothy almost 7 years old were taken to Quebec with other captives.  Silas married an Indian wife; by 1900 he had 1350 living descendants, and died in Canada in 1779 having lost his ability to speak his mother tongue.  Timothy married an Indian wife, and became a chief of the Caughnawagas tribe.  He visited Westborough, Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1740 and died in Canada in 1777.

Edmund Rice resided after 1692 at Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in the part that was set off in 1717 as Westborough.  He was one of the original members of the church in 1724 at Westborough[1]

Edmond Rice died after 10 August 1726 and before 12 September 1726 in Westborough[1,4]. There is no death record or burial record for Edmund or Ruth (Parker) Rice.

He wrote his will on 10 August 1726, and it was proved in Middlesex County Probate Court on 12 September 1726 in Case File 18697[4]. The will mentioned wife Hannah, sons Seth ("the eldest now with me"), Eleazer; and daughters Dinah Brigham, Huldah Wheelock, Thankful Rice, Ruth Rice, and Anna Rice. Beloved brother Joshua Rice and trusted friend Caleb Rice were named the Executors. The probate file includes an inventory and executor's account.  


1. Andrew Henshaw Ward, The Genealogical History of The Rice Family:  Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice (Boston, C. Benjamin Richardson, 1858), page 35, Edmund Rice family sketch.

2. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008),  page 1265, Edmund Rice and Ruth Parker marriage entry, 15 November 1692.

3. Vital Records of Sudbury, Massachusetts to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903), Volume 1, page 258, Edmund Rice and Hannah Brewer marriage entry, 23 June 1720.

4. Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Case File 18697 Edmund Rice of Westborough, 1726; "Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( accessed 2 January 2021).


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 2021 for an eighth year to 416 Ancestors in 416 Weeks. The list of 52 Ancestors biographies from my great-grandparents to the 7th great-grandparents (in work) is in

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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Seavers in the News - Mrs. Carlton Seaver Dies in 1954 in Pomona, California

 It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly 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 Los Angeles [Calif.] Times newspaper dated 5 January 1954:

The transcription of the article is:

"Mrs. Seaver, Widow of Bank Founder, Dies

"Mrs. Carlton Seaver, widow of the founder of the First National Bank of Pomona, died Sunday at her home in that city at the age of 5.

"Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at Todd's Memorial Chapel, Pomona, with the Rev. Raymond A. Waser of Pilgrim Congregational Church officiating.  Interment will be in the family plot in Pomona Cemetery.

"Came From New York

"Mrs. Seaver came to Pomona with her husband from New York in 1884, and was active in the city's social, cultural and charitable undertakings.

"Survivors include five children, seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, all of Los Angeles.  The children are Frank R. Seaver, oilman and one of the framers of the county charter; Byron D. Seaver, Mrs. Roy Thomas, Miss Marguerite and Miss Manila Seaver."

The source citation is:

"Mrs. Seaver, Widow of Bank Founder, Dies,The Los Angeles [Calif] Times newspaper, Tuesday, 5 January 1954, page 27, column 7, Mrs. Carlton Seaver obituary;   ( : accessed 8 July 2021).

This obituary provides no given name or maiden surname, no birth date and place, an age, an implied death date and place, the names of her children, a residence, and several associations.

Mary Estella (Samuels) Seaver (1858-1954) was born 14 February 1858 in New York, and died 3 January 1954 in Pomona, California.  She married Carlton Seaver (1847-1927) on 7 January 1879 in Traer, Tama County, Iowa.  They had six children:

*  Georgia Gladys Seaver (1882-1976), married 1907 Roy Ellsworth Thomas (1881-1952).
*  Franklin Roger Seaver (1884-1964), married 1916 Blanche Ebert (1891-1994).
*  Byron Dick Seaver (1885-1954), married 1921 Mary Louise Schmidt (1890-1974)
*  Homer Carlton Seaver (1889-1941).
*  Marguerite Estella Seaver (1892-1987)
*  Granite Manila Seaver (1897-1978).

I am a 3rd cousin five times removed to Carlton Seaver  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 7th great-grandfather Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) of Framingham, Massachusetts.

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person's obituary doesn't even name them! I am glad that I can honor Mary Estella (Samuels) Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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