Saturday, March 18, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Are/Were You A Wild and Crazy Genealogist?

Hey genea-folks, 

it's Saturday Night again, 

 time for more Genealogy Fun!


Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) What is the most wild, crazy, off-the-wall, or really stupid thing you have done in pursuit of your ancestral families and their family history?

2) Tell us about it in your own blog post, a comment to this post, or a comment or status on Facebook.

Here's mine:

I'm a pretty methodical person. I don't do dangerous or criminal things on a whim (well, um, there were times when I was younger and drank more than I should have). I am also a fairly shy person - I don't like striking up conversations or meeting people I don't know, although that was worse when I was younger.

I started doing genealogy research in 1988, and had found quite a bit of information about my Seaver and Richmond lines in New England, although I couldn't figure out where the Richmonds came from in England. My brother and I traveled to Massachusetts in August 1990 to attend our uncle's 50th wedding anniversary, and I was able to talk to a number of the aunts, uncles and cousins about the Richmond family down in the Putnam, Connecticut area.

We had a free day, so my brother and I took off from Salem New Hampshire for Putnam (only 84 miles!), and stopped at a motel in Putnam. We had dinner, noticed a graveyard right next to the motel, and decided to cold call the Richmond people in the phone book. We hit gold on the second call - second cousins of ours with some family information. Russell was deaf, so we talked to his wife, and arranged for Russell to meet us at the Grove Street Cemetery right next to the motel. He came at the appointed hour, and showed us the graves in the cemetery. 

We hoped that he would take us out to their home and show some of the family treasures with us. He did, and we had a splendid time talking about the Richmond family line, looking at family photos, and seeing the family farm next door to their log cabin home. They remembered being visited in the 1930s by their Seaver cousins from Leominster, Massachusetts.  We gathered some of the papers and photos up and went down to a local drugstore to copy them. Here is a digital image of a xerox copy of one of the family photographs (I wonder who has it now?):

This is the James Richman/Richmond (1821-1912) family in about 1885, also showing Hannah (Rich) Richmond (1824-1911) and 8 of their 9 children.  

Linda and I stopped by to see Russell and Helen several times in the 1990s, and both died since then.

I'm sure that many of my readers have been more adventurous and outgoing than I have been in my genealogical pursuits!


Copyright (c) 2023, Randall J. Seaver

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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 11 to 17 March 2023

  I am keeping track of the new and updated historical record collections at FamilySearch ( every week.

As of 17 March 2023, there are 3,190 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Updated ---

Alaska, Village Census Rolls, 1919-1972 (; 10,315 indexed records with 999 record images (was 9,471 records with 721 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 158,376 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 154,407 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 86,575 indexed records with 86,325 record images (was 84,476 records with 84,243 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 440,903 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 439,625 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 131,576 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 130,438 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Argentina, San Juan, Catholic Church Records, 1655-1975 (; 212,294 indexed records with 83,087 record images (was 209,425 records with 83,087 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911   (; 469,040 indexed records with 206,316 record images (was 454,582 records with 206,316 images), UPDATED 14-Mar-2023
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 803,808 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 775,345 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 37,652 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 37,052 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912   (; 568,253 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 533,139 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Brazil, Cemetery Records, 1850-2021     (; 954,745 indexed records with 150,972 record images (was 954,707 records with 150,972 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 834,737 indexed records with 348,584 record images (was 832,704 records with 347,817 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,790,713 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,774,742 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (; 38,147 indexed records with 14,184 record images (was 37,740 records with 13,999 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,649,714 indexed records with 840,729 record images (was 1,648,013 records with 839,926 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,722,111 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,713,501 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 643,808 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 642,514 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,523,291 indexed records with 941,688 record images (was 7,515,552 records with 940,420 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 25,987,056 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 25,956,417 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Connecticut, County Coroner's Records, 1883-1934        (; 380 indexed records with 197 record images (was 61 records with 34 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 4,166,128 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,163,213 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,156,492 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,155,815 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,984,829 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,984,782 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 12-Mar-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,270,295 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,269,079 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 6,066,106 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,060,879 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023

England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 482,696 indexed records with 31,215 record images (was 478,907 records with 31,118 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971        (; 31,865 indexed records with 19,149 record images (was 31,761 records with 19,097 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 74,356 indexed records with 152,948 record images (was 73,283 records with 118,607 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930       (; 2,328 indexed records with 2,195 record images (was 2,094 records with 1,961 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 1,048,267 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,048,078 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Guatemala, El Progreso, Civil Registration, 1877-1994   (; 247,466 indexed records with 103,502 record images (was 247,176 records with 103,502 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017        (; 31,771 indexed records with 6,635 record images (was 29,196 records with 5,134 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Haiti, Civil Registration, 1794-2012    (; 20,925,837 indexed records with 31,609 record images (was 20,925,837 records with 31,609 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Honduras, Civil Registration, 1841-1968 (; 538,401 indexed records with 337,976 record images (was 538,397 records with 337,976 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1968      (; Index only (1,764,023 records), no images (was 1,764,023 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023

Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019    (; 5,270,929 indexed records with 1,259,299 record images (was 5,269,832 records with 1,259,299 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 17,482 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 16,868 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 22,711 indexed records with 7,628 record images (was 22,057 records with 7,384 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941      (; 4,054 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 4,040 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 14-Mar-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930      (; 302 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 112 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900    (; 15,190 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 13,708 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2023
Massachusetts, Boston Tax Records, 1822-1918    (; 28,651,537 indexed records with 586,834 record images (was 28,649,342 records with 586,834 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Mexico, Michoacán, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1996   (; 5,763,364 indexed records with 5,283,986 record images (was 5,763,328 records with 5,283,986 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 8,388,889 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,370,791 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970   (; 3,026,566 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,026,527 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 14-Mar-2023

Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000        (; 3,258,220 indexed records with 1,371,091 record images (was 3,258,179 records with 1,371,091 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995     (; 343,502 indexed records with 577,690 record images (was 305,126 records with 577,690 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Civil Registration, 1811-1950       (; 1,944,442 indexed records with 6,635,049 record images (was 1,941,948 records with 6,635,049 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (516,601 records), no images (was 515,444 records with 0 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2023
Ohio, Military Discharge Records, 1834-2004     (; 4,772 indexed records with 707 record images (was 2,897 records with 327 images), UPDATED 14-Mar-2023

Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953    (; 12,266 indexed records with 23,892 record images (was 11,587 records with 23,211 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,823,838 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,814,709 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Portugal, Faro, Civil Registration, 1880-1920   (; 20,692 indexed records with 11,880 record images (was 19,600 records with 9,625 images), UPDATED 13-Mar-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 1,077,041 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,076,714 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,339,207 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,337,360 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 274,181 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 273,156 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913        (; 87,144 indexed records with 954,651 record images (was 56,837 records with 954,651 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Spain, Diocese of Lugo, Catholic Parish Records, 1550-1966      (; 223,781 indexed records with 96,520 record images (was 223,257 records with 96,520 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860    (; 95,612 indexed records with 721,027 record images (was 83,834 records with 721,027 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (; 4,539,443 indexed records with 4,476,649 record images (was 4,543,233 records with 4,476,649 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023

Texas, Hardin County, Deed Records, 1840-1920   (; 19,997 indexed records with 18,195 record images (was 14,222 records with 5,349 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970       (; 255,536 indexed records with 44,685 record images (was 229,264 records with 36,445 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023
Ukraine, Western Ukraine Catholic Church Book Duplicates, 1600-1937     (; 309,611 indexed records with 942,391 record images (was 309,183 records with 942,391 images), UPDATED 14-Mar-2023
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955       (; 3,699,480 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 2,873,273 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 10-Mar-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (622,689 records), no images (was 616,106 records with 0 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 978,631 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 978,324 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 16-Mar-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 52,410 indexed records with 27,627 record images (was 51,590 records with 27,445 images), UPDATED 17-Mar-2023
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 248,565 indexed records with 247,034 record images (was 220,990 records with 219,550 images), UPDATED 15-Mar-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

France, Dordogne, Church and Civil Registration, 1540-1896      (; 7,866,340 indexed records with 3,099,653 record images (was 7,866,340 records with 3,097,791 images), last updated 07-Jun-2021
Germany, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1500-1971   (; 76,138,093 indexed records with 13,294,271 record images (was 76,138,093 records with 13,215,591 images), last updated 16-Aug-2022
Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 304,043 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 294,923 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Hawaii, Collector of Customs, Ships' Passenger Manifests, 1843-1900     (; 527,525 indexed records with 224,840 record images (was 527,525 records with 216,821 images), last updated 06-Nov-2020
United States, Enlisted and Officer Muster Rolls and Rosters, 1916-1939 (; 98,322,874 indexed records with 3,383,386 record images (was 98,322,874 records with 3,382,852 images), last updated 08-Jun-2022

--- Collections with images removed ---

Australia, South Australia, School Admission Registers, 1873-1985       (; 420,897 indexed records with 10,703 record images (was 420,897 records with 10,759 images), last updated 31-Jan-2022
Brazil, São Paulo, Civil Registration, 1925-1995        (; 20,824,559 indexed records with 21,090,476 record images (was 20,824,559 records with 21,090,509 images), last updated 03-Nov-2022
California, passenger and crew lists at various ports, 1907-1956        (; 301,018 indexed records with 284,151 record images (was 301,018 records with 286,772 images), last updated 12-Apr-2021
England Death Records, 1998-2015        (; 3,293,163 indexed records with 3,293,163 record images (was 3,293,164 records with 3,293,164 images), last updated 16-Apr-2020
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,237,336 indexed records with 1,863,309 record images (was 7,237,336 records with 1,969,976 images), last updated 30-May-2022

South Africa, Johannesburg, Cemetery Records, 1840-2019 (; 1,996,255 indexed records with 165,717 record images (was 1,996,255 records with 193,541 images), last updated 05-Feb-2023
United States, California, San Francisco, Records of Chinese Laborers Returning to the US, 1882-1888    (; 45,435 indexed records with 2,202 record images (was 45,435 records with 5,370 images), last updated 23-Apr-2021
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,932,344 indexed records with 5,610,932 record images (was 6,932,344 records with 5,611,122 images), last updated 29-Nov-2022
Uruguay, Passenger Lists, 1888-1980     (; 3,641,119 indexed records with 144,163 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 153,717 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with new records ---

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,258,024 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,257,996 records with 592,191 images), last updated 10-Mar-2023

--- Collections with records removed ---

New York, New York City Marriage Licenses Index, 1950-1995      (; Index only (3,124,583 records), no images (was 3,124,584 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Jun-2017
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997    (; Index only (17,102,134 records), no images (was 17,102,135 records with 0 images), last updated 17-Feb-2012
United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,137 records), no images (was 875,610,139 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED, and to alphabetize the entries in each category.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here!

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, March 17, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 11 to 17 March 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from  11 to 17 March 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Canada, Find a Grave™ Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/16/2023 [9,537,884 records]

U.S., Find a Grave™ Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/16/2023 [172,0182,463 records]

UK and Ireland, Find a Grave™ Index, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/16/2023 [16,712,544 records]

Westminster, London, England, Poor Law Registers, 1561-1900; indexed records without record images, ADDED 3/16/2023

Sweden, Find a Grave™ Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/16/2023

Norway, Find a Grave™ Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/16/2023

Mexico, Find a Grave™ Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/16/2023 [61,502 records]

Germany, Find a Grave™ Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/16/2023 [2,398,513 records]

Italy, Find a Grave™ Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/16/2023

Brazil, Find a Grave™ Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/16/2023

Global, Find a Grave™ Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 3/16/2023 [14,005,716 records]

Australia, Applications to Enlist in the AIF, 1915-1918; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/15/2023

U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947; indexed records with record images, Updated 3/15/2023 [54,144,553 records]

* Tyne and Wear, England, Non-Conformist Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1710-1960; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/15/2023

Ireland, Apothecary Records, 1736-1920; indexed records with record images, ADDED 3/13/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 4 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,289 collections available as of 17 March, an increase of 4 from last week. 


Disclosure: I receive 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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52 Ancestors - Week 472: #749 Elizabeth (Tefft) Carpenter (a1683-b1750) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and South Kingstown, Rhode Island

 Elizabeth Tefft (a1683-b1750) is #749 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandmother, who married #748 Solomon Carpenter (1677-1750) in about 1702 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

I am descended through:

*  their son #374 Daniel Carpenter (1712-1763), married #375 Renewed Smith (1717-after 1763), in 1733.
*  their daughter #187 Elizabeth Carpenter (1741-????), married #186 Stephen Hazard (1730-1804), in 1760.
*  their daughter #93 Mary Hazard (1765-1857), married # 92 Joseph Oatley (1756-1815) 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), married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962), 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:                    Elizabeth Tefft[1–3]
*  Alternate Name:    Elizabeth Carpenter[4-5]

*  Sex:                       Female

*  Father:                  Samuel Tefft (1644-1725)
*  Mother:                 Elizabeth Jenckes 1658-1740

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

*  Birth:              about 1683, South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[3]

*  Distribution:   20 December 1725 (about age 42), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[4]

*  Distribution:   12 May 1740 (about age 57), mother's will proved; South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[5]

*  Death:             before 30 May 1750 (before about age 67), husband's will written; South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[6]

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

*  Spouse 1:             Solomon Carpenter (1677-1750)
*  Marriage 1:          about 1702 (about age 19), South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States[1–3]

*  Child 1:               Elizabeth Carpenter 1703-    
*  Child 2:               Solomon Carpenter 1706-1743
*  Child 3:               Joseph Carpenter 1708-    
*  Child 4:               Daniel Carpenter 1712-1763
*  Child 5:               Samuel Carpenter 1714-    
*  Child 6:               Sarah Carpenter 1716-    

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

Elizabeth Tefft was born in about 1683 in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, the daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Jenckes) Tefft[1-3].

She married Solomon Carpenter (1677-1750) in about 1702 in South Kingstown; he was the son of Samuel and Sarah (Redway) Carpenter[1-3].  They had six children, all born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

*  Elizabeth Carpenter (1703-????), married 1722 James Braman (1679-1741).
*  Solomon Carpenter (1706-1743), married 1732 Deborah Reynolds (1708-1778).
*  Joseph Carpenter (1708-????).
*  Daniel Carpenter (1712-1763), married 1733 Renewed Smith (1717-after 1763).
*  Samuel Carpenter (1714-????).
*  Sarah Carpenter (1716-????), married 1730 William Cahoon (1701-????).

Elizabeth's father, Samuel Tefft, died after 16 March 1725 (when he made his will) and before December 20, 1725 when the probate of the will is mentioned in the South Kingstown Probate Records[4].  In his will he bequeathed to his daughter Elizabeth Carpenter:
"Item I Give to my Welbeloved Daughters (Viz) Elizabeth Carpenter Esther Mumford and Mary Newton Each of Them Twenty pounds Apiece to be paid to them by my said son John Tefft within one year Next after my Decease."
Elizabeth's mother, Elizabeth (Jenckes) Tefft of South Kingstown, died testate, having written a will dated 4 July 1739, which was proved on 12 May 1740[5].  The will reads (transcribed by Randy Seaver from the clerk's copy on South Kingstown (RI) Probate and Town Council Records, Volume 3, Pages 136-139, accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,931,833).  In her will she bequeathed to her daughter Elizabeth Carpenter:
"Item To my Daughter Elizabeth Carpenter I give one Sixth part [of the rest and residue of my estate]."
Elizabeth (Tefft) Carpenter died before her husband wrote his will on 30 April 1750, since she is not mentioned in Solomon's will[6].


1. Eugene Cole Zubrinsky, "Carpenter Sketches: Links to Sketches And Articles Representing the Most Current and Reliable Scholarship Concerning Early Generations of the Carpenter Families of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island and Their Ancestors," online articles, Carpenter Sketches (revised 22 January 2022, accessed 8 March 2023), "Samuel Carpenter (William2-1) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts," family sketch.

2. Amos B. Carpenter, A Genealogical History of the Rehoboth Branch of the Carpenter Family in America (Amherst, Mass. : Press of Carpenter & Morehouse, 1898), page 81 (Solomon Carpenter sketch) and page 141 (Daniel Carpenter sketch).

3. Carl Boyer 3rd, Ancestral Lines, Third Edition (Santa Clarita, California, 1998), pages 617-619, Samuel Tefft family sketch.

4. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943,"  (South Kingston, R.I.), on 8 microfilm reels (Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah), Volume 2, pages 22-39 (accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,931,833), Samuel Tefft probate records, 1725.

5. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943", Volume 3, Pages 136-139 (accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,931,933), Elizabeth Tefft probate records, 1740.

6. South Kingston (R.I.) Town Clerk, "Town Council Records, 1704-1943",  Volume 4, Pages 318-320, Solomon Carpenter will, 1750 (accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,931,834).


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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Census Whacking (Again) On St. Patrick's Day


Here's an oldie but a goodie from 17 March 2007 on Genea-Musings (with updates and additions over the years):  I browsed through the 1920 U.S. Census on  looking for funny or strange names to help celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Irish names. There is a rich selection:

* Patrick Ireland resided in Matagorda County TX (born in Texas - who knew?)

* St. Lester Patrick resided in Hillsborough County NH (born in Canada)

* Patrick Patrick resided in Macon County AL (born AL)

* Patrick Fitz Patrick resided in Queens County NY (born in Ireland)

* Paddy Green resided in Lucas County OH (born Ireland)

* Green Kelley resided in Hudson County NJ (born Ireland)

*  Kelly Banshey resided in Beardstown, Illinois.

*  Banshe Jedinak resided in Trinidad, Colorado.

* There are 64 males named Patrick Green born in Ireland.

* Daniel Boy resided in Cuyahoga County OH (born in Russia)

* Daniel Erin Ireland resided in Wyandotte County KS (born in KS)

* Patrick Luck resided in Kings County NY (born in Ireland)

*  Erin Ireland resided in Logan County, CO (born in Nebraska)

* There are 87 females named Rose Ireland - but only one was born in Ireland.

*  There are 1,889 persons with the surname Clover, but only 6 were born in Ireland.

*  There are 222 persons with the surname Shamrock, and 6 with the first name of Shamrock, but none were born in Ireland.

*  There are 9 Kate Irelands in the census, but none were born in Ireland

*  There are 91 persons with surname Ireland that were born in Ireland.

*  There are 606 persons with the surname Limerick, but only 5 were born in Ireland.

*  There are 5,372 with the surname Cork, but only 39 were born in Ireland.

*  There are 102 persons with the surname Fairy, but only 2 were born in Ireland.

*  There are 3,861 persons with surname Irish, but only 22 were born in Ireland.

*  There are 26,144 persons with the first name starting with "Kat" and 41,434 starting with "Cat" born in Ireland

*  There are 22,043 persons with the surname Shannon, but only 880 were born in Ireland.

*  There are 52,560 persons with the first name starting with "Pat" and 49 starting with "Pad" born in Ireland

*  There are 1,059,917 persons in the 1920 census that were born in Ireland.

*  There are 3,888,940 persons whose father was born in Ireland.

*  There are 3,799,355 persons whose mother was born in Ireland.

*  There are 3,078,127 persons whose mother and father were born in Ireland.

*  I have exactly 1 known ancestor who were born in Ireland after 1600.  

There were no people in the 1920 census with the surname of Leprechaun or Banshee.  Not being Irish, or having much known Irish ancestry, or much experience researching in Ireland - I don't know all of the legends and songs that might provide more names to search.  What other names should I look for next year? 


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