Saturday, June 17, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Most Vivid Memory of Your Father

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans:

It's Saturday Night again -
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

It's Father's Day in the USA on Sunday, so let's talk about our fathers.

2)  What is your most vivid memory of your father?

3)  Write your own blog post, or leave a comment on this post, or write something on Facebook.

Here's mine:

My father, Frederick Walton Seaver, Jr. (1911-1983), was very competitive.  He loved all sports, whether team sports or individual sports.  In high school in Leominster, Massachusetts, he played baseball, football and basketball.  He was injured in his first year at Dartmouth College - I think it was a sprained knee playing football.  In baseball, he was a catcher.  

He played duckpin bowling as a young man in New England.  When he came to San Diego in 1940, he soon joined a tenpin bowling league and became quite proficient, averaging about 195 a game (300 is perfect) in the 1950 to 1970 time frame in San Diego leagues.  He bowled in San Diego City and California State Bowling tournaments.  The San Diego Union newspaper had weekly bowling articles in the 1950 to 1970 time frame, and he is mentioned often  in them.

My father was always a Boston Red Sox fan.  I don't know if he ever went to a game in Boston.  I am sure he listened to many games on the radio as a young man.  When he came to San Diego, he listened to the minor league Padres games until we got a major league team in 1969. Padres games were always on the radio, and occasionally on television on the Game of the Week.  I don't recall ever going to a baseball game with him.  

The San Diego Chargers started playing AFL football in 1961, and were pretty good.  We all watched the Sunday games on television, read the newspaper stories, and rooted on our home town team.  My parents had season tickets at San Diego Stadium in the 1970s.  

At home, he built a brick area in the back yard for three growing and active boys, with a basketball net, and a ping-pong table.  The brickyard wasn't very big (maybe 20 feet by 20 feet?) and was surrounded by a two story house, a wall, a garden fence, and another garden area.  We also played whiffle ball in this small area.  

I think the most fun, and aggravating, time he had was coaching baseball.  The Mike Morrow Little League started in 1957 when my brother Stan was 10 years old.  My dad was the manager for the 10-12 year-olds for three years, then moved on to Pony League when Stan was 13-14, and Colt League when he was 15-16.  When my brother Scott was 8 in 1964, the Little League, Pony League and Colt League cycle repeated.  My father spent hours at the fields in northeastern Balboa Park, dragging the field, working on the pitching mounds, cleaning up the dugouts, etc.  He loved the strategy of the game, and encouraged bunting and stealing bases.  This was a twice-a-week activity for April through June for all of us - my mother rooted for the team and worked in the snack bar, I kept score and coached, and brother Stan and brother Scott played.  


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 10 to 16 June 2023

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

As of 16 June 2023, there are 3,236 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 3 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

-- Collections Added   ---

*  Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013      (; Index only (90 records), no images, ADDED 15-Jun-2023

*  Iowa, Birth Records, 1921-1942  (; 743,126 indexed records with 741,019 record images, ADDED 13-Jun-2023

*  Iowa, Marriage Records, 1941-1951       (; 55,295 indexed records with 249,088 record images, ADDED 13-Jun-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Antigua and Barbuda, Civil Registration, 1856-1979      (; 96,273 indexed records with 13,032 record images (was 22,184 records with 2,894 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Argentina, Catamarca, Catholic Church Records, 1724-1971        (; 194,162 indexed records with 102,718 record images (was 191,529 records with 102,718 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Argentina, Corrientes, Catholic Church Records, 1734-1977       (; 453,715 indexed records with 207,943 record images (was 452,614 records with 207,943 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Argentina, Jujuy, Catholic Church Records, 1662-1975    (; 159,118 indexed records with 69,981 record images (was 157,701 records with 69,981 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
Australia, Victoria, Wills, Probate and Administration Files, 1841-1926 (; 151,183 indexed records with 3,998,555 record images (was 136,925 records with 3,998,555 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023

Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 883,920 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 849,133 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1914 (; 47,656 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 46,626 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996      (; 9,275,099 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,270,450 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 850,419 indexed records with 355,252 record images (was 849,349 records with 354,716 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996   (; 2,922,226 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 2,913,683 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023

Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995     (; 58,369 indexed records with 20,107 record images (was 57,148 records with 19,676 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006        (; 1,673,596 indexed records with 854,656 record images (was 1,671,810 records with 853,571 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012   (; 6,878,381 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,864,587 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 666,903 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 665,384 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
British Virgin Islands, Anglican Church Records, 1862-1934      (; 1,560 indexed records with 216 record images (was 1,458 records with 207 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2023

California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994   (; 6,497,670 indexed records with 2,841,076 record images (was 6,497,639 records with 2,841,076 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2023
Cape Verde, Catholic Church Records, 1787-1957  (; 333,940 indexed records with 105,781 record images (was 318,241 records with 105,781 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015       (; 7,740,717 indexed records with 970,268 record images (was 7,727,259 records with 968,445 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 26,395,718 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,382,816 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Costa Rica, Catholic Church Records, 1595-1992  (; 4,186,141 indexed records with 962,203 record images (was 4,183,029 records with 962,203 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023

Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975       (; 6,179,739 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,178,758 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994        (; 2,986,113 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,985,968 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975  (; 2,278,641 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,278,438 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011     (; 6,148,729 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,147,978 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Ecuador, Cemetery Records, 1862-2019    (; 991,725 indexed records with 366,418 record images (was 988,597 records with 367,447 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023

El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 2,270,969 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 2,269,389 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
England, Cumberland Parish Registers, 1538-1990 (; 523,886 indexed records with 32,110 record images (was 523,601 records with 32,105 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 6,049,961 indexed records with 352,482 record images (was 6,021,345 records with 354,427 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Find A Grave Index      (; 231,052,111 indexed records with 231,052,111 record images (was 229,530,958 records with 229,530,958 images), UPDATED 14-Jun-2023
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 938,145 indexed records with 15,816 record images (was 932,138 records with 11,302 images), UPDATED 14-Jun-2023

Florida, Funeral Home Records, 1887-1971        (; 35,785 indexed records with 21,141 record images (was 35,311 records with 20,900 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 75,659 indexed records with 166,248 record images (was 74,356 records with 124,894 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2023
Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930       (; 19,846 indexed records with 19,581 record images (was 17,128 records with 16,887 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Guatemala, Alta Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 1,053,279 indexed records with 17,770 record images (was 1,053,125 records with 17,770 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
Guatemala, Baja Verapaz, Civil Registration, 1877-1994  (; 319,301 indexed records with 24,503 record images (was 319,109 records with 24,503 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023

Iowa, Death Records, 1904-1951  (; 1,729,743 indexed records with 475,273 record images (was 1,426,585 records with 475,273 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2023
Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939  (; 1,019,744 indexed records with 1,921,140 record images (was 540,796 records with 1,921,140 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2023
Italy, Cuneo, Alba, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1941   (; Browse 373,052 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 373,052 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2023
Italy, Ravenna, Ravenna, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1866-1929      (; 25,027 indexed records with 1,759,182 record images (was 24,176 records with 1,759,182 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942       (; 35,101 indexed records with 11,967 record images (was 34,904 records with 11,887 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023

Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930      (; 13,021 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 12,107 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880       (; 618,236 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 591,856 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
Martinique, Church Records, 1662-1847   (; 10,773 indexed records with 1,841 record images (was 7,347 records with 1,201 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977      (; 8,585,214 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,570,182 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Nicaragua Civil Registration, 1809-2013 (; 2,569,038 indexed records with 2,591,542 record images (was 2,569,035 records with 2,591,542 images), UPDATED 14-Jun-2023

Nicaragua, Catholic Church Records, 1740-1960   (; 826,819 indexed records with 86,119 record images (was 826,814 records with 86,119 images), UPDATED 10-Jun-2023
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (528,627 records), no images (was 525,454 records with 0 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953    (; 70,165 indexed records with 97,315 record images (was 69,535 records with 96,685 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965   (; 683,155 indexed records with 681,050 record images (was 401,379 records with 371,716 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020      (; 226,304 indexed records with 49,522 record images (was 123,474 records with 27,277 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023

Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 21,038,256 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 21,025,411 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911   (; 1,081,720 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,081,427 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,352,435 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,351,730 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885      (; 284,784 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 284,157 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Slovakia Church and Synagogue Books, 1592-1935  (; 21,925,615 indexed records with 1,615,473 record images (was 21,925,615 records with 1,615,473 images), UPDATED 13-Jun-2023

South Africa, Netherdutch Reformed Church Registers (Pretoria Archive), 1838-1991       (; 1,892,639 indexed records with 140,942 record images (was 1,892,566 records with 140,942 images), UPDATED 14-Jun-2023
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 1,188,524 indexed records with 67,917 record images (was 1,187,588 records with 52,974 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965       (; 2,112,861 indexed records with 538,510 record images (was 2,112,849 records with 538,510 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955       (; 6,230,944 indexed records with 942,374 record images (was 3,699,480 records with 942,374 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023
United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940 (; 6,031,195 indexed records with 327,310 record images (was 6,031,182 records with 303,572 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023

Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (726,282 records), no images (was 715,760 records with 0 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,017,784 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,011,520 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020   (; 72,068 indexed records with 33,279 record images (was 69,294 records with 32,774 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896  (; 1,854,507 indexed records with 39,808 record images (was 1,780,011 records with 37,780 images), UPDATED 16-Jun-2023
Zimbabwe, Voter Registration, 1938-1973 (; 306,337 indexed records with 304,739 record images (was 281,769 records with 259,495 images), UPDATED 15-Jun-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

Germany, Rhineland, Diocese of Trier, Catholic Church Records, 1704-1957        (; 2,967,130 indexed records with 300,053 record images (was 2,967,130 records with 295,188 images), last updated 03-Nov-2020
Massachusetts, Church Records, 1630-1943        (; 9,337 indexed records with 472 record images (was 9,337 records with 431 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021
New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1938     (; 2,942,326 indexed records with 155,215 record images (was 2,942,326 records with 155,195 images), last updated 22-Jul-2021
South Africa, Pietermaritzburg Estate Files 1846-1950   (; 441,574 indexed records with 316,616 record images (was 441,574 records with 316,146 images), last updated 05-Aug-2020

--- Collections with images removed ---

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 106,539 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 114,977 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,237,336 indexed records with 1,972,689 record images (was 7,237,336 records with 1,973,983 images), last updated 30-May-2022
United States, New York, Index to Passengers Arriving at New York City, compiled 1944-1948      (; 1,129,668 indexed records with 1,112,544 record images (was 1,129,668 records with 1,112,549 images), last updated 18-Mar-2020
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,932,344 indexed records with 5,610,894 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 155,365 record images (was 3,641,119 records with 157,673 images), last updated 19-Nov-2020

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,129 records), no images (was 875,610,130 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, June 16, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 10 to 16 June 2023

 The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 10 to 16 June 2023: 

The Updated and ADDED collections include:

Web: Northern Ireland, Freeholders Records; indexed records without record images, ADDED    6/15/2023

Australia and New Zealand, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

U.S., Find a Grave® Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

Sweden, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

Norway, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

Mexico, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

Germany, Find a Grave® Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

Italy, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

UK and Ireland, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/15/2023

Brazil, Find a Grave® Index, 1800s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

Global, Find a Grave® Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

Eure, France, Censuses, 1891-1911; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/15/2023

Northern Ireland, Valuation Revision Books, 1864-1933; indexed records with record images, ADDED 6/15/2023

U.S., Freedmen's Bureau Records, 1865-1878; indexed records with record images, Updated 6/15/2023

UK and Ireland, Find a Grave® Index, 1300s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

Canada, Find a Grave® Index, 1600s-Current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/15/2023

Canada,™ Obituary Index, 1800s-current; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/14/2023

Oklahoma and Indian Territory, U.S., Indian Photos, 1850-1930; indexed records without record images, Updated 6/12/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 3 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,305 collections available as of 16 June, an INCREASE of 3 from last week.


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Findmypast Friday: Browse All Things Bedfordshire

  I received this information from Findmypast today:


Browse all things Bedfordshire this Findmypast Friday 

Bedfordshire Baptisms 

 This all-new collection includes 40,143 baptism records for the eastern English county of Bedfordshire, spanning the years 1466 to 2011. With these transcripts, you might uncover an ancestor’s name, birthdate, baptism date and place, residence, parents’ names, father’s occupation, and even additional notes.  

Bedfordshire Marriages 

 Also new to Findmypast this week are 49,147 marriage records, covering the years 1568 to 1989, to help you continue the life story of your Bedfordshire ancestors. Expect to find each spouse’s name, age, occupation, as well as the parish they married in and the date of the ceremony, plus the fathers’ names.  

Bedfordshire Burials 

 Bring the stories of your Bedfordshire ancestors to a close with 44,492 burial records, spanning the years 1329 to 1999. You might discover their name, birth year, age at death, burial date, and place of burial.



Nine new titles, updates to a further 18, and a total of 164,005 new pages make up this week’s newspaper release, taking the total number in this ever-growing collection to over 68 million pages.  

 New titles 

  • Eltham & District Times, 1905-1916 
  • Hampshire Post and Southsea Observer, 1874-1896, 1898-1909, 1911-1913
  • Malton Gazette, 1856, 1858-1859, 1861-1866, 1875, 1877, 1885, 1888-1889
  • Malton Messenger, 1855, 1862, 1864, 1877, 1880-1887, 1889-1892, 1894
  • Morning Leader, 1892-1905, 1907 
  • Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette, 1869-1879, 1896-1897, 1900   
  • Southampton Observer and Hampshire News, 1897, 1901-1906
  • Stalybridge Reporter, 1874-1890, 1899, 1911, 1913
  • Tunbridge Wells Weekly Express, 1863-1869, 1871, 1877, 1889

Updated titles 

  • Bedfordshire Mercury, 1889, 1896 
  • Belfast Telegraph, 1900 
  • Berkshire Chronicle, 1911-1912, 1914-1916 
  • Blackburn Standard, 1883 
  • Bury Times, 1872 
  • Dublin Evening Telegraph, 1904 
  • Durham County Advertiser, 1914 
  • Edinburgh Evening Courant, 1750 
  • Hereford Times, 1891 
  • London Evening Standard, 1897 
  • Montgomeryshire Express, 1870 
  • Roscommon Messenger, 1922 
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, 1947 
  • Streatham News, 1891-1903, 1905-1908, 1925-1930, 1938-1961
  • Ulster Gazette, 1885 
  • Waterford Standard, 1926 
  • Weekly Freeman’s Journal, 1845-1849, 1897 
  • Wellington Journal, 1897 


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52 Ancestors - Week 484: #106 Isaac Lanfear (1777-1851) of Hillsdale and Lorraine, New York

Isaac Lanfear (1777-1851) is #106 on my Ahnentafel List, my 4th great-grandfather, who married #107 Rosina Lown (1781-1881) in 1809 in Claverack, Columbia County, New York.

I am descended through:

* their daughter, #53 One of the children of Isaac and Rosanna (Laun) Lanfear, who had a child by an unknown person, which was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith.
*  their son, #26 Devier James Lamphier Smith (1839-1894), married Abbie Vaux (1844-1931) in Dodge County, Wisconsin in 1861.
*  their daughter, #13, Abbie Ardell "Della" (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944), who married  #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946) in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), who married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in 1918.

* their daughter, #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) in 1942.
*  their son, #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


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

*  Name:                        Isaac Lanfear[1–5]
*  Alternate Name:         Isack Lamphier[6]
*  Alternate Name:         Isaac Lanfier[7]
*  Alternate Name:         Isaac Lamfire[8]

*  Sex:                            Male

*  Father:                        Latham Lanphere (1752-1810)
*  Mother:                      Anna Wilbur (1744-1813)

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

*  Birth:                           ca 1777, Hillsdale, Columbia, New York, United States[1]
*  Baptism:                      1781 (about age 4), Reformed Dutch Church Called Christs Church, Ghent, Columbia, New York, United States[6]

*  Military:                      9 September 1812 (about age 35), volunteered for War of 1812 at Sacket's Harbor; Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, United States[1]
*  Military:                      25 August 1814 (about age 37), honorably discharged ; Sackets Harbor, Jefferson, New York, United States[1]

*  Census:                        1 June 1820 (about age 43), Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, United States[7]
*  Census:                        1 June 1830 (about age 53), Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, United States[8]
*  Census:                        1 June 1840 (about age 63), Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, United States[2]
*  Census:                        1 June 1850 (about age 73), Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, United States[3]

*  Death:                          3 May 1851 (about age 74), Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, United States[1,4–5]
*  Burial:                          after 3 May 1851 (after about age 74), Lorraine Rural Cemetery, Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, United States[5]

*  Administration:            6 September 1853 (about age 76) letters of administration filed; Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, United States[4]

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

*  Spouse 1:                       Rosina Lown 1781-1881
*  Marriage 1:                    10 October 1809 (about age 32), Claverack, Columbia, New York, United States[1]

*  Child 1:                          Anna Lanfear 1807-1898
*  Child 2:                          Elizabeth Lanfear 1809-1900
*  Child 3:                          Susan B. Lanfear 1812-1849
*  Child 4:                          Latham Lanfear 1814-1878
*  Child 5:                          Nancy C. Lanfear 1816-1898
*  Child 6:                          Polly Lanfear 1817-1908
*  Child 7:                          Eleanor Lanfear 1818-1902
*  Child 8:                          Malinda Lanfear 1823-1905
*  Child 9:                          John Lanfear 1824-1893
*  Child 10:                        Sarah Lanfear 1828-    

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

Isaac Lanfear's last name was spelled as Lamphier, Lanphere, Lamfear, Lanfear, Lamfire, etc.) in various records during his life.  

He was born in about 1777 in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York[1], and was baptized in the Dutch Reformed Church known as Christ's Church in Ghent, New York[2].  In the baptism record, his parents were named as Latham Lamphier and Anna Egleston (perhaps nee Wilbur?).  

Isaac Lanfear married Rosannah Lown (or Laun, Lowen, etc.) (1781-1881), the daughter of Georg Lown and Susanna Schumacher) on 10 October 1809 in Claverack, Columbia County, New York[1].  They had ten children, all probably born in Lorraine, Jefferson County, New York:

*  Anna Lanfear (1807-1898), married before 1831 William Shelmadine (1806-1861).
*  Elizabeth Lanfear (1809-1900), married before 1837 Chester Clark Rose (1812-1900).
*  Susan B. Lanfear (1812-1849), married circa 1844 Orlando Kellogg (1807-1872).
*  Latham Lanfear (1814-1878), married circa 1859 Nancy A. Middleton (1835-1888).
*  Nancy C. Lanfear (1816-1898), married 1834 Walter Risley Brown (1815-1891).
*  Polly Lanfear (1817-1908), married (1) 1846 Nelson Muzzy (1806-1865); (2) 1870 Francis Cornwell (1818-1887).
*  Eleanor Lanfear (1818-1902), married circa 1843 Lester Loveland (1815-1888).
*  Malinda Lanfear (1823-1905).
*  John Lanfear (1824-1893), married before 1850 Rhoda Mariah Parsons (1827-1888).
*  Sarah Lanfear (1828-????). 

Isaac Lanfear served in the War of 1812, volunteering at Lorraine on 9  September 1812 and was honorably discharged on 25 August 1814 at Sackets Harbor, New York.  Isaac's wife, Rosannah Lanfear applied for a Widow's pension in 1871 and was granted a pension and 160 acres of Bounty land in 1879[1].  There is more information about Isaac's service from the Pension file (201 pages!) transcribed below.

In the 1820 United States Census, the Isaac Lanfier household was enumerated in Lorraine, Jefferson County, New York[7].  The household included:
*  Name of head of household:  Isaac Lanfier
*  Males under age ten:  one
*  Males aged 26-45:  one
*  Females under age 10:  four
*  Females aged 10 to 16:  one
*  Females aged 26-45:  one
In the 1830 United States Census, the Isaac Lamfire household was enumerated in Lorraine, Jefferson County, New York[8].  The household included:
*  Name of head of household:  Isaac Lamfire
*  Males aged 5 to 10:  one
*  Males aged 15 to 20:  one
*  Males aged 50 to 60:  one
*  Females aged under 5:  one
*  Females aged 5 to 10:  one
*  Females aged 10 to 15:  two
*  Females aged 15 to 20:  two
*  Females aged 40 to 50:  one
*  Total:  10
In the 1840 United States census, the Isaac Lanfear household was enumerated in Lorraine, Jefferson county, New York[2].  The household included:
*  Name of head of family:  Isaac Lanfear
*  Males aged 15-20:   one
*  Males aged 20-30:  one
*  Males aged 50-60:  one
*  Females aged 10-15:  one
*  Females aged 15-20:  one
*  Females aged 20-30:  one
*  Females aged 50-60:  one
*  Total:  7
The Isaac Lanfear family was enumerated in Lorraine, Jefferson county, New York in the 1850 United States Census[3]. The person in the household included:
*  Isaac Lanfear -  age 73, male, a farmer, has $2000 in real property.
*  Rosanna Lanfear - age 65, female.
*  Latham Lanfear - age 36, male, a farmer.
*  Melinda Lanfear - age 27, female.
Isaac Lanfear died on 3 May 1851 in Lorraine, Jefferson County, New York[1].  He is buried in Lorraine Rural Cemetery with his wife[5].  The inscription on his gravestone says:
"Isaac Lanfear
May 3 1851
Aged 74 years"
Isaac Lanfear died intestate and the administration of the estate was granted to his son, Latham Lanfear on 6 September 1853[4].  The probate records include the following:
Surrogates Court / County of Jefferson  In the matter of the application for Letters of Administration on the Estate of Isaac Lanfear late of Lorraine in the County of Jefferson, deceased

To James R.A. Perkins Esqr Surrogate of Jefferson County

The petition of Latham Lanfear of the Town of Lorraine in the County of Jefferson respectfully sheweth that he is the eldest son & an heir at law of Isaac Lanfear late of said town deceased; that said Isaac Lanfear died in said Town a natural death in or about the 3d day of May 1851 - & died intestate as your petitioner verily believes; that your petitioner has made diligent search & enquiry for a will of said deceased & has not found any or obtained any information that he left or ever made one; that your petitioner has to the best of his ability estimated & ascertained the value of the personal property of which the said deceased died possessed and that the same does not exceed in value the sum of three hundred dollars.

That said deceased left him surviving kindred & children entitled to his estate whose names and places of residence are as follows, to wit: Rosana Lanfear of Lorraine widow of the deceased. Your petitioner & John Lanfear sons of the deceased, both of Lorraine aforesaid.  Anna Shelmedine, wife of William Shelmedine of Lorraine. Malinda Lanfear & Sarah Lanfear of Lorraine. Eleanor Loveland wife of Lester Loveland of Rodman in the County of Jefferson. Betsey Rose wife of Chester C. Rose of the town of Brownsville in said County; & Polly Muzzy wife of Nelson Muzzy of Sandy Creek in the County of Oswego. & also Susan Kellogg wife of Orlando Kellogg of Lorraine all daughters of deceased & all now living except said Susan Kellogg who is now deceased & left her surviving two children, to wit, Harvey Orlando Kellogg & Isaac Orlando Kellog, now living with their father Orlando Kellogg in Lorraine & grandchildren of the deceased & both infants under fourteen years of age & of about six or seven years old & have not to the knowledge or belief of your petitioner any general guardian; that the above named children of said deceased who are now living are all & each over twenty one years of age....and are the only surviving children of said deceased & the above named grandchildren & children now surviving with said widow are the only persons entitled to share in the personal & real estate of said deceased & now living.

That said deceased & intestate at immediately previous to this time of his death was an inhabitant of said County of Jefferson & had property therein; that your petitioner is of full age & that said Rosana Lanfear widow of said deceased has renounced her right & claim to letters of Administration upon the estate of said deceased which renunciation is hereunto annexed in writing signed by her & the execution thereof duly proves that said John Lanfear who is equally with your petitioner en-titled to Letters of Administration upon said estate has also renounced & waived all right thereto as appears in his written renunciation thereof signed by him & duly proven also hereto annexed; that your petitioner is informed & believes that the Surrogate of said County of Jefferson has sole & exclusive power to grant letters of Administration of the goods, chattels &credits of said intestate.

Wherefore he prays that in pursuance of the Statute in such case made & provided and your petitioner will ever pray &c
Dated September 6th 1853
/s/ Latham Lanfear
Rosannah Lanfear applied under the Act of 1871 for a Pension based on Isaac's military service in the War of 1812, but it was denied.  She reapplied in 1876, and received the pension and bounty land warrant for 160 acres in 1878.  This pension file contains 201 pages. 

The Bounty Land and Widow's Brief (pages 179-180) transcription is:

State of New York       }  SS:
County of   Jefferson  }

On this  Twenty fourth day of April, A.D. one thousand eight hundred and Seventy Eight, personally appeared before me, Erwin F Ramsdell, the same being a member of a court of record within and for the county and State aforesaid,  Rosannah Lanfear aged  94  years, a resident of  Lorraine  , in the State of  New York  , who,
being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the widow of  Isaac Lanfear deceased, who was the identical  Isaac Lanfear  , who served under the name of Isaac Lanfear  as a  Private  in the company commanded by Captains Gould Wilcox and Goodell, the  55th regiment of Militia, commanded by Clark Allen  , in the war of  1812;  that her said husband   Volunteered at Lorraine aforesaid on or about the  Ninth day of September  , A.D. 1812  , for the term of  the war   and continued in actual service in said war for the term of  sixty six days  , and whose services terminated, by reason of
honorable discharge at Sackets Harbor  , on or about the 25th dau of August , A.D.  1814 .  She further states that the following is a full description of her said husband at the time of enlistment, viz:  Occupation farmer age 35 years hight 5 feet 6 nches Complection light Blk hair & blue eyes & was born at Hillsdale, N.Y. She further states that she was married to the said  Isaac Lanfear , at the city (or town) of Claverack , in the county of Columbia , and in the State of New York , on the  Tenth  day of October, A.D.  1809 by one  David Wager, who was a  Justice of the Peace; and that her name before said marriage was  Rosannah Lown ; and she further states that  deponent has not remarried since the death
of her said husband. and that her said husband  Isaac Lanfear , died at Lorraine , in the State of  New York, on the  Third day of May , A.D. 1851; and she further declares that the following have been the places of residence for herself and her said husband since the date of his discharge from the Army, viz:  Lorraine County of Jefferson and State of New York.
She makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty land (or the additional bounty land) to which she may be entitled under the act approved March 3, 1855; and she further declares that she has heretofore made  an application for  a pension under the act of February 14'th 1871 which application was dated about March 08'th 1876 which pension No. is 11,838. 


Case No. 333149, Act of   March 3'd 1855,  Warrant No.  114282
Rosannah Lanfear      , widow of
                                                    , Examiner
Approved   July 15,  1878
                   Charles H. Sawyer, Reviewer.

1. "War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Files," digital image, ( : accessed 27 May 2019), W.O. Pension No. 11,838, Rosannah Lanfear, widow of Isaac Lanfear, 201 pages; citing NARA RG15-1812PB-Bx2071.

2. "1840 United States Federal Census," population schedule, Jefferson County, New York, Lorraine town, page 4 (image 11 of 24), Isaac Lanfear household; indexed record with record image, (; original record on NARA Microfilm publication M-704.

3. "1850 United States Federal Census," population schedule, Jefferson County, New York, Lorraine, Page 358 (stamped), Lines 4-7, Isaac Lanfear household, online database with record image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M432.

4. New York Surrogate's Court (Jefferson County), Estate papers 1905-1945, Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), 278 microfilm reels); original records in Jefferson County Courthouse, Watertown, New York;, (accessed  21 July 2009), Isaac Lanfear Estate Papers, Case File L-67 (accessed on FHL US/CAN Film 0,527,037, Box L,  60-104, 1805-1900).

5. Find A Grave, indexed database and digital image,  (, Lorraine Rural Cemetery, Lorraine, N.Y., Isaac Lanfear memorial #79895790.

6. "New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962," indexed database, FamilySearch (, Isack Lamphier baptism, 1781, son of Latham Lamphier and Anna Egleston.

7. "1820 United States Federal Census," Population Schedule, Jefferson County, New York, Lorraine town, page 2 (image 2 of 4), line 2, Isaac Lanfier household, indexed record with record image, (; original record on NARA Microfilm Publication M33.

8. "1830 United States Federal Census," Population Schedule, Jefferson County, New York, Lorraine town, Page 155 (penned) (image 15 of 22), Line 8, Isaac Lamfire household, indexed record with record image, (; original record on NARA Microfilm Publication M19.


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 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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