Friday, February 3, 2023

52 Ancestors - Week 466: #743 Deborah Church (1677-1752) of Hingham, Massachusetts, Little Compton, Rhode Island, and Lebanon, Connecticut

Deborah Church (1677-1752)  is #743 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #742 Samuel Gray (1682-1712)  in 1699 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter, #371 Lydia Gray (1707-????) , who married #370 Joseph Ladd (1701-1748), in 1731
*  their daughter #185 Elizabeth "Betsy" Ladd (1735-1814), married #184 Benedict Oatley (1732-1821) in 1755.
*  their son # 92 Joseph Oatley (1756-1815), married #95 Mary Hazard (1765-1857) in 1781.
*  their son #46 Jonathan Oatley (1790-1872), married #47 Amy Champlin (1798-1865) in 1813.
*  their daughter #23 Amy Frances Oatley (1826-1864), married #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married 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) who 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:                     Deborah Church[1–4]
*  Alternate Name:     Deborah Grey[5-6,9]
*  Alternate Name:     Deborah Throope[7]
*  Alternate Name:     Deborah Church Gray Throope[8]

*  Sex:                         Female

*  Father:                    Joseph Church 1638-1711
*  Mother:                  Mary Tucker 1640-1710

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

*  Birth:                      12 March 1676/7, Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States[1–3]

*  Distribution:           12 March 1710/1 (age 34), father's will proved ; Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[5]
*  Distribution:           2 April 1712 (age 36), husband's will proved; Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[6]

*  Death:                      8 June 1752 (age 76), Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States[7–8]
*  Burial:                      after 8 June 1752 (after age 76), Old Cemetery, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States[8]

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

*  Spouse 1:                 Samuel Gray 1681-1712
*  Marriage 1:              13 July 1699 (about age 22), Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1–2]

*  Child 1:                    Samuel Gray 1700-1764
*  Child 2:                    John Gray 1701-1702
*  Child 3:                    Dorothy Gray 1704-1740
*  Child 4:                    Joseph Gray 1706-1706
*  Child 5:                    Lydia Gray 1707-    
*  Child 6:                    Simeon Gray 1709-1742
*  Child 7:                    Ignatius Gray 1711-1712

*  Spouse 2:                 Daniel Throope 1670-1737
*  Marriage 2:              21 January 1713 (age 36), Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island, United States[1-2,9]

*  Child 8:                   William Throope 1714-1714
*  Child 9:                   Daniel Throope 1715-1771
*  Child 10:                 Joseph Throope 1717-1799

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

Deborah Church was born 12 March 1676/7 in Hingham, Massachusetts, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Tucker) Church[1-3].  The Church family moved to Little Compton, Rhode Island in about 1680.

She married (1) Samuel Gray (1682-1712), son of Edward and Dorothy (Lettice) Gray, on 13 July 1699 in Little Compton, Rhode Island[1-2,4].  The Samuel Gray family resided in Musquosh Hollow in Little Compton.  Samuel and Deborah had seven children, all recorded in the Little Compton town records:

*  Samuel Gray (1700-1764), married 1721 Hannah Kent (1702-1769).
*  John Gray (1701-1702).
*  Dorothy Gray (1704-1740), married (1) Samuel Throop (1700-1726); (2) 1729 Ebenezer Hyde (1702-1742).
*  Joseph Gray (1706-1706).
*  Lydia Gray (1707-????), married 1731 Joseph Ladd (1701-1748).
*  Simeon Gray (1709-1742), married 1731 Ann Hide (1713-1773).
*  Ignatius Gray (1711-1712).

Deborah's father, Joseph Church of Little Compton Esq., wrote a will dated 15 February 1710/11 and proved on 12 March 1710/11 in Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Court[5].  His daughter, Deborah Gray, was bequeathed:
"I give and bequeath to my Daughter Deborah Grey the wife of Samuel Grey one whole share to them & their heires and assignes as aforesd."
Samuel Gray died on 23 March 1712 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.  He wrote his will on 20 March 1712 which was proved in Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Court on 2 April 1712.  His wife, Deborah Gray and his brother Thomas Grey were joint Executors.  He bequeathed to his wife Deborah:
"Imp-s.  I give and bequeath unto Deborah Grey my Dearly Beloved wife the Improvem-t of my whole Estate both Real and personall for her own and her Childrens maintenance so long as she haves my name or Remaines my widowand do allso Constitute make & ordain Her and my beloved brother Thomas Grey Joynt Executors of this my last will & Testament. Item my will is y-t if my wife after my decease do see cause to Marry again that then she shall have one hundred pounds Currant money of this Province payd to her out of my Estate and shall quit her Right, tithe, interest & ronrom (?) to & with any of the rest of my Estate.
Ten months after Samuel Gray's death, Deborah Gray married (2) Daniel Throope (1670-1737) in Little Compton on 21 January 1713, as his third wife[1-2,9].  He was the son of  William and Mary (Chapman) Throope.  Daniel Throop and Deborah (Church) Gray had three children:

*  William Throope (1714-1714)
*  Daniel Throope  (1715-1771), married 1737 Susanna Carey (1717-1754).
*  Joseph Throope (1717-1799), married 1740 Deborah Buell (1718-1811).

Daniel Throope died on 3 December 1737 in Lebanon, Connecticut.

Deborah (Church) (Gray) Throope died 8 June 1752 in Lebanon, Connecticut[7-8].  She was buried in Old Cemetery in Lebanon[8].  The inscription on her stone says:
"In memory of Deborah Throope, consort of Mr. Dan Throope, who lived a sober and virtuous life and died in hope of eternal life through Christ, June the 8th, 1752, in the 70th year of her age."
5.  SOURCES

1. Robert S. Wakefield (compiler), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 18: Family of Richard Warren (3 Parts) (Boston, Mass.: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999), Part 1, page 103, Deborah Church family sketch.

2. Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, Little Compton Families ( Little Compton, R.I.: Little Compton Historical Society, 1967), page 294, #6 Samuel Gray (1682-1712) family sketch.

3. "Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com), "Hingham > Births, Marriages, and Deaths," page 39, image 2419 of 3625, Deborah Church birth entry, 12 March 1676/7.

4. "New England Marriages to 1700," online database with digital images, AmericanAncestors.org (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008), page 651, Samuel Gray and Deborah Church marriage entry, 13 July 1699.

5. "Probate Records, 1687-1916; Index, 1687-1926," Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate Court Records, on 199 FHL US/CAN Microfilm rolls; original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass., Volume 3, Pages 21-23, probate records of Joseph Church of Little Compton, 1711, on FHL Microfilm 0,461,882.

6. Bristol County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Bristol County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1686-1880, American Ancestors (https://www.americanancestors.org), Case 11298 (6 images), estate papers of Samuel Gray of Little Compton, 1712.

7. Robert S. Wakefield (compiler), Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 18: Family of Richard Warren (3 Parts)Part 1, page 103, Deborah (Church) (Gray) Throop death entry, 8 June 1752.

8. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (http://www.findagrave.com), Old Cemetery, Lebanon, Conn., Deborah Church Gray Throope memorial #46181013.

9. Benjamin Franklin Wilbour, Little Compton Families, page 294, Daniel Throop and Deborah Grey marriage entry, 21 January 1713.

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NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post 
 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog in 2014.  I have extended this theme in 2023 to 520 Ancestors in 520 Weeks.

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Findmypast Friday: Delve Into Rich Northumberland Records

I received this information from Findmypast today:

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Delve into rich Northumberland records this Findmypast Friday  

Northumberland Baptisms 

There are over 13,000 new additions to this collection from six parishes across the county, spanning the years 1571-1847. While you’ll typically find both parents’ names and dates, you may also uncover the father’s occupation, residences, and even if the child is the firstborn, and so on.  

Northumberland Marriages 

 384 records have been added to this set, covering 1769-1771. Detail you’ll find may include the spouses’ names and ages, residences, witnesses and father’s names. 


Northumberland Burials 

 There are 86 new records to this collection, all for the Catholic church of Haggerston, Our Lady and St Cuthbert. You'll normally find a name, burial date, residence, and sometimes next of kin, useful for ensuring you have the right ancestor. 

Northumberland & Durham Memorial Inscriptions 

 Lastly, 5,300 memorial inscriptions have been added to this set, covering seven burial grounds across both counties. You may find an ancestor’s name, burial and birth year, along with some additional notes or the inscription.  

Newspapers 

 A further 156,854 pages have been added to the newspaper archive this week, with a duo of new titles from London.

New titles: 

  • Comet for Hornsey, Crouch End and Highgate, 1889
  • Wandsworth Borough News, 1914 

Updated titles: 

  • Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 1770, 1792
  • Bath Journal, 1762
  • Birmingham Daily Post, 1901, 1912
  • Birmingham Mail, 1918 
  • Coleshill Chronicle, 1982 
  • Coventry Evening Telegraph, 1980 
  • Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter, 1956
  • Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough, 1881
  • Esher News and Mail, 1970-1971, 1974, 1999 
  • Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 1997 
  • Hull Daily Mail, 1987 
  • Kensington News and West London Times, 1911 
  • Lincolnshire Echo, 1952, 1954-1955, 1965-1966, 1987
  • Liverpool Daily Post, 1916 
  • Liverpool Daily Post (Welsh Edition), 1962, 1965
  • Newcastle Daily Chronicle, 1923 
  • Newcastle Evening Chronicle, 1938 
  • Nottingham Evening Post, 1967 
  • Nottingham Guardian, 1909 
  • Staffordshire Newsletter, 1987 
  • Sunbury & Shepperton Herald, 1994 
  • Sunday Sun (Newcastle), 1993, 1995 
  • Surrey Advertiser, 1904-1908, 1910, 1921, 1924-1926, 1928, 1930, 1934-1938, 1946, 1948-1949, 1951, 1953-1954, 1956-1958, 1962, 1965-1966, 1968-1973
  • Winsford Chronicle, 1991 
  • Wokingham Times, 1997  

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Rabbit Holes With Randy - Telling Family Stories in Storyworth

This week's Rabbit Hole is the ongoing task to write life and family stories about myself and my family. My daughter gave me a subscription to Storyworth for Christmas, and I have been writing stories in it ever since.  The goal is to publish a book with my life stories for my children and grandchildren, and maybe even great-grandchildren, to read.  Stories can be written from a list of questions in Storyworth, by request of my daughters, or of my own choosing.

The basic book costs $99 for up to 480 pages with a color cover and black and white inside pages.  Photos can be added to each story.  There are additional costs for color inside pages.  Additional copies of a book can be made for an added cost.  

So far, I have written 16 stories - some that my daughters suggested and some that I've written, mostly based on some of my blog posts.  To date, the 16 stories I've written in 39 days produced 105 pages, so I have about 60 stories to go before I hit the 480 page limit.

1)  Here is my home page for Storyworth:

2)  Here is a list of my daughters' suggested questions (Storyworth puts these at the top of the question list):

3)  Some of the questions generated by StoryWorth are shown below:

The list is pretty long!

4)  Here is a list of my stories to date (two screens):


I can change the order of my stories by dragging and dropping them on the list above.

5)  Here is my first story:


Note that I can "Edit Title," "Edit Story" or "Delete Story" anytime before printing the book.

6)  When I click on "Edit Story" I can type into the editing space and/or add a photo.


The editing tools are pretty primitive - the font type an size or fixed, there is no bolding, italicizing, changing fonts, using colored fonts, etc.

7)  So this is one of my Rabbit Holes for the year.  I may move the Life Stories of my parents and grandparents into another StoryWorth book at some time so that I can add more memories and isolate the biographies into a separate book.  

I love this concept because I can write what and when I want to, and the end result is a printed book that will pass on at least some of my stories and memories.  I already know that my stories are too long!!

I'm trying to do at least two stories a week but sometimes life intervenes.  I had to buy more carrots this week!

How are you passing on your life stories and memories?  Tell me in Comments!

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Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1676/7 Birth of Deborah Church in Hingham, Massachusetts

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

The treasure today is the 1676/7 birth record of  Deborah Church in Hingham, Massachusetts Bay Colony: 

The birth record is on the right-hand page 3rd record from the bottom:


The transcription of this birth record is:

"Deborah Church the Daughter of Joseph Church and of 
Mary his wife was born on the 12 day of March 1676/7."

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," indexed database and digital images, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 February 2023), "Hingham > Births, Marriages, and Deaths," page 39, image 2419 of 3625, Deborah Church birth entry, 12 March 1676/7, daughter of Joseph and Mary Church.

This record is probably an Original Source, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the birth of  a and Deborah Church to Joseph and Mary Church.  

Deborah Church (1677-1752) as the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Tucker) Church.  She married, firstly,  Samuel Gray (1681-1712), the son of Edward and Dorothy (Lettice) Gray, on 13 July 1699 in Little Compton, Rhode Island.  They had 7 children.  Deborah (Church) Gray married, secondly, Daniel Throope (1670-1737) on 21 January 1713 in Little Compton.  They had three children.

Samuel and Deborah (Church) Gray are my 7th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their daughter Lydia Gray (1707-????), who married in 1731 to Joseph Ladd (1702-1748).

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Genealogy Education Bytes - Week of 26 January to 1 February 2023

Welcome to Genealogy Education Bytes, posted on Wednesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history education  items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  Upcoming Conferences and Institutes



*  Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) 2023 Conference - 26-29 April 2023Virtual and In-Person (Sandusky, Ohio)




2 ) Upcoming Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):







*  Family Tree Webinars - Friday, 3 February, 11 a.m.:  Gradual Emancipation and Enslavement in the North by Ari Wilkins.

*  Family Tree Webinars - Wednesday, 8 February, 11 a.m.:  Hints & Tips for solving Irish cases of Unknown Parentage by Maurice Gleeson.

3)  Recent Podcasts/Radio Shows:





4)  Recent YouTube and Facebook Videos:

*  Aimee Cross -- Genealogy Hints: How to fix an incorrect Ancestry record

*  Ancestry:  Viola Davis’s Family History is a Testament to Survival and Hope | Finding Your Roots | Ancestry®

*  BYU Family History Library:  "Linkpendium" with Rayanne Melick (22 Jan 2023)
*  BYU Family History Library:  All About Puzzilla org. - Julie Wilcox (22 Jan 2023)
*  BYU Family History Library:  Findmypast Part 1 - Vivien Brown (26 Jan 2023)




*  FamilySearch:  


*  Storied_Social:  9 short videos


5)   Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy Education Bytes - 19 to 25 January 2023?

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Grandsons Lucas and Logan in January 2008 -- Post 753 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

 I can't help it, I can't do a wordless post! This is one of my favorite photographs:


In January 2008, after Christmas, we took Lori and her two boys to the San Diego Zoo and the train ride in Balboa Park.  Logan (almost age 2) wore his Oshkosh and Spider Man outfit, and Lucas (age 4+) wore his astronaut outfit from Christmas time.  They had great fun petting animals in the Children's Zoo and riding the train.

This is all part of our family history!  

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Note:  The photo is on the website - click the URL below.  Feedly isn't showing my images now.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Genealogy News Bytes - Week of 25-31 January 2023

Welcome to Genealogy News Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon for the past week, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news  items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    


1)  News Articles:












2)  New or Updated Record Collections:






3)  Did you miss the last post in this series - see Genealogy News Bytes - 18 to 24 January 2023.

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