Saturday, November 11, 2023

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- A Photo of You With a Grandparent

 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!):

1)   Do you have a photograph of yourself with one or more of your grandparents?  How about your great-grandparents?  Show us what you have, and tell us your grandparents names.

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

Here's mine:

1)  I have many photographs of myself with my maternal grandparents, Lyle Lawrence and Emily (Auble) Carringer.  Here is one of my favorites:

This is Linda and Randy's wedding on 21 March 1970.  This photograph has Linda's maternal grandmother in it also -- Edna (McKnew) Schaffner was 85 years old.  My grandmother, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer was 70 years old, and my grandfather, Lyle Lawrence Carringer, was 78 years old.  I think that this is the only wedding of their grandchildren that they attended.  I wonder what they are thinking in this photograph?  Perhaps my grandmother was thinking "I changed his diaper for years, and look at him now!"  I loved them dearly.

2)  I have only one photograph of me with my paternal grandparents.  My grandfather, Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) died before I was born.  My maternal grandmother, alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962) came to San Diego in 1958 for a visit with our family, along with my father's sister Evelyn, her husband Walter Wood, and their granddaughter Diana Soule.  This is one of the only photographs I have that shows me with my grandmother:

My grandmother is the second from the right, and I am next to her in the red collared shirt.  My only real memory of her is that she spoke with a classical New England accent.

3)  The only photograph of me with a great-grandparent is this one - I took a screen shot from one of the Carringer home movies of my first birthday in October 1944 and captured this photograph of me with my great-grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946):

This is the only photograph I have of my great-grandfather smiling and laughing.  He was age 90 in this photograph.  I wish my movie had his voice also - I would love to know what he's saying and/or thinking!  Do you think he had any idea that 79 years later that I would be showing this photograph to hundreds of people on my blog? 


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Added and Updated FamilySearch Record Collections - Week of 4 to 10 November 2023

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

As of 10 November 2023, there are 3,248 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Added ---

*  Zimbabwe, Diocese of Mutare, Catholic Church Records, 1898-2022 (; 36 indexed records with 447 record images, ADDED 10-Nov-2023

--- Collections Updated ---

Argentina, Chaco, Civil Registration, 1889-1946 (; 101,117 indexed records with 100,758 record images (was 99,373 records with 99,018 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Argentina, Córdoba, Censuses, 1778-1874 (; 505,984 indexed records with 12,537 record images (was 271,202 records with 5,472 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Catholic Church Records, 1764-1983 (; 670,335 indexed records with 235,772 record images (was 669,379 records with 235,772 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Argentina, Entre Ríos, Civil Registration, 1860-1965 (; 759,400 indexed records with 548,539 record images (was 758,856 records with 548,139 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Argentina, Neuquén, Catholic Church Records, 1883-1977 (; 33,597 indexed records with 11,873 record images (was 32,789 records with 11,873 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023

Argentina, Salta, Catholic Church Records, 1634-1972 (; 397,377 indexed records with 144,293 record images (was 397,256 records with 144,293 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Belgium, Brabant, Civil Registration, 1582-1950 (; 70,778 indexed records with 6,411,594 record images (was 69,599 records with 6,411,594 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Belgium, Namur, Civil Registration, 1800-1912 (; 663,614 indexed records with 372,768 record images (was 660,792 records with 372,768 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 (; 9,368,149 indexed records with 1,649,601 record images (was 9,365,748 records with 1,649,601 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Brazil, Alagoas, Church Records, 1802-2016 (; 1,194,027 indexed records with 177,632 record images (was 1,191,326 records with 176,685 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023

Brazil, Mato Grosso, Civil Registration, 1845-2013 (; Index only (817 records), no images (was 811 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949 (; 889,045 indexed records with 370,186 record images (was 887,827 records with 369,651 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996 (; 3,103,235 indexed records with 1,689,031 record images (was 3,099,100 records with 1,689,031 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Brazil, Pará, Civil Registration, 1815-1995 (; 189,233 indexed records with 57,955 record images (was 182,097 records with 56,099 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006 (; 1,718,399 indexed records with 873,789 record images (was 1,717,990 records with 876,394 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Civil Registration, 1829-2012 (; 6,905,345 indexed records with 5,100,470 record images (was 6,904,997 records with 5,100,470 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999 (; 753,962 indexed records with 1,037,638 record images (was 753,623 records with 1,037,638 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Brazil, Sergipe, Catholic Church Records, 1785-1994 (; 1,249,503 indexed records with 273,847 record images (was 1,244,939 records with 273,847 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1633-2015 (; 8,098,409 indexed records with 1,022,051 record images (was 8,084,868 records with 1,020,474 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018 (; 26,369,423 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 26,355,885 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023

Colombia, Civil Registration, 1553-2021 (; 798,280 indexed records with 852,807 record images (was 798,234 records with 852,756 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Colombia, Costa, Church Records, 1778-2018 (; 104,815 indexed records with 42,757 record images (was 104,601 records with 42,726 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Costa Rica, Civil Registration, 1823-1975 (; 6,194,768 indexed records with 404,718 record images (was 6,194,738 records with 404,718 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023
Croatia, Church Books, 1516-1994 (; 2,993,483 indexed records with 1,421,761 record images (was 2,993,384 records with 1,421,761 images), UPDATED 04-Nov-2023
Czech Republic, Church Books, 1552-1981 (; 11,686,273 indexed records with 4,668,489 record images (was 11,685,937 records with 4,668,489 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1975 (; 2,279,416 indexed records with 238,265 record images (was 2,277,201 records with 238,265 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Ecuador, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2011 (; 6,149,780 indexed records with 1,454,787 record images (was 6,149,764 records with 1,454,787 images), UPDATED 07-Nov-2023
Find A Grave Index (; 236,515,367 indexed records with 236,515,367 record images (was 236,381,424 records with 236,381,424 images), UPDATED 08-Nov-2023
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915 (; 960,870 indexed records with 16,118 record images (was 953,621 records with 11,888 images), UPDATED 07-Nov-2023
France, Haute-Garonne, Toulouse, Church Records, 1539-1793 (; 606,035 indexed records with 95,073 record images (was 604,783 records with 95,073 images), UPDATED 07-Nov-2023

Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Wuppertal, Civil Registration, 1810-1930 (; 75,403 indexed records with 74,082 record images (was 72,927 records with 71,703 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Gibraltar, Church Records, 1697-1991 (; 40,239 indexed records with 4,059 record images (was 27,589 records with 3,205 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Guadeloupe, Civil Registration Records, 1792-1872 (; 591 indexed records with 160 record images (was 454 records with 125 images), UPDATED 05-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Chimaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 819,135 indexed records with 3,075 record images (was 819,132 records with 3,075 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Chiquimula, Civil Registration, 1877-2008 (; 448,756 indexed records with 351,288 record images (was 448,572 records with 351,120 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023

Guatemala, Guatemala, Civil Registration, 1877-2006 (; 4,578,071 indexed records with 1,486 record images (was 4,573,989 records with 1,486 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 996,256 indexed records with 17,993 record images (was 995,745 records with 17,993 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Izabal, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 418,941 indexed records with 9,848 record images (was 418,541 records with 9,848 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Quetzaltenango, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 1,252,635 indexed records with 41,022 record images (was 1,252,317 records with 41,022 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, Civil Registration, 1877-1994 (; 356,519 indexed records with 63 record images (was 356,518 records with 63 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023

Haiti, Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince, Catholic Church Records, 1866-2017 (; 70,160 indexed records with 8,652 record images (was 68,754 records with 9,980 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Iceland Church Census, 1744-1965 (; 1,855,372 indexed records with 48,363 record images (was 1,853,825 records with 40,891 images), UPDATED 08-Nov-2023
India, Catholic Church Records, 1751-2014 (; 650,187 indexed records with 57,315 record images (was 650,141 records with 57,269 images), UPDATED 06-Nov-2023
Iowa, Birth and Stillbirth Records, 1921-1947 (; 753,691 indexed records with 779,797 record images (was 743,126 records with 741,019 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900 (; 4,706,571 indexed records with 170,516 record images (was 4,624,059 records with 167,699 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023

Italy, Sassari, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1803-1942 (; 50,306 indexed records with 17,395 record images (was 49,991 records with 17,218 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Italy, Treviso, Treviso, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1941 (; 7,035 indexed records with 427,232 record images (was 6,821 records with 427,232 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Italy, Venezia, Venezia, Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1871-1930 (; 28,197 indexed records with 628,744 record images (was 27,048 records with 628,744 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Luxembourg Census Records, 1843-1900 (; 2,714,937 indexed records with 1,115,931 record images (was 1,257,824 records with 1,115,931 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Martinique, Civil Registration Records, 1809-1874 (; 255 indexed records with 69 record images (was 206 records with 56 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023

Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1925 (; 11,743,537 indexed records with 742,594 record images (was 11,742,315 records with 742,594 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Mexico, Puebla, Catholic Church Records, 1545-1977 (; 8,952,315 indexed records with 6,124,553 record images (was 8,937,413 records with 6,124,553 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Mexico, Querétaro, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1970 (; 3,032,938 indexed records with 1,380,077 record images (was 3,032,760 records with 1,380,077 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
North Dakota, Cemetery Records, 1877-1999 (; 546,360 indexed records with 7,572 record images (was 546,360 records with 7,572 images), UPDATED 08-Nov-2023
Norway, Oslo, Census, 1912 (; 41,218 indexed records with 6,577 record images (was 41,203 records with 7,370 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023

Ohio, Stillbirths, 1918-1953 (; 117,933 indexed records with 117,799 record images (was 116,729 records with 116,595 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Oregon, Marion County, Silverton Obituaries, 1893-1912 (; 165,620 indexed records with 5,963 record images (was 161,923 records with 5,856 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Paraguay, Civil Registration, 1842-2012 (; 1,937 indexed records with 2,163 record images (was 1,692 records with 1,691 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965 (; 992,557 indexed records with 794,558 record images (was 986,794 records with 903,324 images), UPDATED 09-Nov-2023
Peru, Arequipa, Catholic Church Records, 1660-2020 (; 420,340 indexed records with 64,433 record images (was 420,291 records with 72,935 images), UPDATED 08-Nov-2023

Peru, Cajamarca, Civil Registration, 1938-1996 (; 31,978 indexed records with 34,017 record images (was 31,978 records with 34,017 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992 (; 20,923,143 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 20,909,975 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Portugal, Setúbal, Catholic Church Records, 1555-1911 (; 1,087,185 indexed records with 829,309 record images (was 1,086,835 records with 829,309 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Puerto Rico, Catholic Church Records, 1645-1969 (; 3,308,010 indexed records with 191,547 record images (was 3,307,155 records with 191,547 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Russia, Lutheran Church Book Duplicates, 1833-1885 (; 346,688 indexed records with 128,317 record images (was 344,018 records with 128,317 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023

Russia, Tver Church Books, 1722-1918 (; 14,898,420 indexed records with 3,278,129 record images (was 4,644,689 records with 3,278,129 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Russia, Tver Confession Lists, 1728-1913 (; 482,849 indexed records with 954,651 record images (was 457,892 records with 954,651 images), UPDATED 08-Nov-2023
South Africa, Western Cape, Deceased Estate Files, 1951-1958 (; 407,221 indexed records with 342,447 record images (was 392,731 records with 342,271 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Spain, Madrid, Municipal Census Records, 1910-1920 (; 1,876,135 indexed records with 466,011 record images (was 1,876,135 records with 464,718 images), UPDATED 08-Nov-2023
Sri Lanka, Civil Registration, 1768-1990 (; 4,544,100 indexed records with 4,454,973 record images (was 3,971,186 records with 3,889,988 images), UPDATED 07-Nov-2023

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970 (; 458,994 indexed records with 53,469 record images (was 428,905 records with 58,516 images), UPDATED 07-Nov-2023
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930 (; Index only (1,060,468 records), no images (was 1,053,013 records with 0 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003 (; 1,070,465 indexed records with 586,312 record images (was 1,069,300 records with 586,312 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Venezuela, Archdiocese of Caracas, Catholic Church Records, 1638-2020 (; 169,633 indexed records with 64,326 record images (was 165,833 records with 63,728 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023
Virginia, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Birth Records, 1853-1896 (; 1,930,386 indexed records with 41,994 record images (was 1,925,436 records with 41,851 images), UPDATED 10-Nov-2023

Virginia, Vital Records, 1715-1901 (; 1,711,973 indexed records with 91,534 record images (was 1,711,973 records with 90,580 images), UPDATED 03-Nov-2023

--- Collections with new images ---

New York, Church Records, 1660-1954 (; 127,105 indexed records with 6,354 record images (was 127,105 records with 5,181 images), last updated 07-Apr-2021

--- Collections with images removed ---

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 1,108,130 indexed records with 113,339 record images (was 1,108,130 records with 113,341 images), last updated 29-Sep-2021
Peru, Diocese of Huaraz, Catholic Church Records, 1641-2016 (; 1,070,811 indexed records with 257,232 record images (was 1,070,811 records with 257,294 images), last updated 03-May-2023

--- Collections with records removed ---

United States Public Records, 1970-2009 (; Index only (875,610,096 records), no images (was 875,610,101 records with 0 images), last updated 19-Aug-2020
Washington Marriage Index, 1969-2014 (; Index only (1,994,527 records), no images (was 1,994,529 records with 0 images), last updated 25-Aug-2017


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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Veterans Day 2023 - Honoring My Heroes

  On Veterans Day, we honor those who have served our country and have given their lives so that we can remain free. 

My ancestors who have served in the military since the Revolutionary War include:


1. World War II 

Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983, my father) served in the United States Navy aboard the USS 
Halford. The picture is from 1944.

He and my mother are buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, on Point Loma overlooking the city and the Pacific Ocean.


2. World War I 

Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976, my maternal grandfather) served in the United States Marines in San Diego. The picture is from 1917. 

Lyle Lawrence Carringer and his wife, Emily Kemp (Auble) Carringer are inurned at Cypress View Mausoleum in San Diego.


3. Civil War 

*  Isaac Seaver (1823-1901, my great-great-grandfather) of Leominster MA, a blacksmith, served in the Union Army (Civil War Pension File).  

Isaac Seaver and his wife Lucretia Townsend (Smith) Seaver are interred in Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster, Massachusetts.


4. War of 1812 

* Isaac Lanfear (1777-1851) of Lorraine NY served in the NY Militia. (War of 1812 Pension File)
Amos Underhill (1772-1865) of Aurora NY served in the NY Militia.
*  Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) of Westminster MA served in the Massachusetts Militia.


5. Revolutionary War

Martin Carringer (1758-1835) of Mercer County PA (RevWar Pension File)
Philip Row (1752-1817) of Hunterdon County NJ (RevWar Pension File)
Peter Putman (1760-1835) of NJ and Yates County NY (RevWar Pension File)
Stephen Feather (17??-1804) of NJ and Westmoreland County PA
Rudolf Spengler (1738-1811) of York County PA
* Philip Jacob King (1738-1792) of York County PA
* Burgess Metcalf (1741-1816) of Grafton County, NH

*  Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802) of Worcester County, MA
Isaac Buck (1757-1846) of Worcester County, MA (RevWar Pension File)
* Thomas Dill (1755-1830) of Eastham MA (RevWar Pension File)
Joseph Champlin (1758-1850) of South Kingstown RI (RevWar Pension File)
Norman Seaver (1734-1787) of Westminster MA
* Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) of Westminster MA
* Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) of Westford MA
Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1828) of Townsend MA
Amos Plimpton (1735-1808) of Medfield MA
David Kirby (1740-1832) of Westport MA
Joseph Oatley (1756-1815) of South Kingstown RI.


I don't believe that any of these men lost their lives during their service in the military.

I thank God for these men, the families that nurtured them, the wives that supported them, and the children who learned from them about the importance of service to their country.


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Friday, November 10, 2023

Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 4 to 10 November 2023

  The following genealogy record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections on during the period from 4 to 10 November 2023: 

The ADDED and Updated collections include:

Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine, Jewish Holocaust Memorials from Several Communities, 1941-1945; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/08/2023

Fort Worth, Texas, U.S., Episcopal Church Records, 1851-1981; indexed records with record images, ADDED 11/08/2023

UK, Officers' Birth Certificates, Wills and Personal Papers, 1755-1908; indexed records with record images, ADDED 11/08/2023

UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Admission Books, Registers and Papers, 1702-1980; indexed records with record images, ADDED 11/08/2023

Belfast, Northern Ireland, The Belfast Newsletter (Birth, Marriage and Death Notices), 1738-1925; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/08/2023

Oklahoma and Indian Territory, U.S., Indian Censuses and Rolls, 1851-1959; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/08/2023

Hungary, Index of Jewish Citizens in the Census, 1869; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/08/2023

Wisconsin, U.S., Marriage Records, 1820-2004; indexed records with record images, Updated 11/08/2023

Minsk and Mogilev, Belarus, Jewish Marriage Records, 1857-1891, 1921; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/08/2023

Russia, Duma Voter Lists, 1906-1907; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/08/2023

JewishGen Yizkor Book Necrology Database; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/08/2023

JewishGen Belarus Databases Name Index; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/08/2023

Kansas, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/06/2023

Washington, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/06/2023

Virginia, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/06/2023

Wyoming, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/06/2023

Arkansas, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/06/2023

* Netherlands, Population Registers Index, 1720-1944; indexed records without record images, Updated 11/06/2023

Wisconsin, U.S.,™ Stories and Events Index, 1800's-current; indexed records without record images, ADDED 11/06/2023


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 9 NEW record collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,368 collections available as of 10 November, an INCREASE of 9 from last week.  


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52 Ancestors - Week 503: #1004 Jonathan Lewis (1688-1765) of Huntington and Richmond, New York

Jonathan Lewis (1688-1765) is  #1004 on my Ahnentafel List, my 7th great-grandfather, who married  #1005 Abigail (--?--) Scudder (1688-b1753)  in about 1710, probably in Huntington, New York.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #502 Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786) who married #503 Marie LaTourette (1734-1791) in 1756.
*  their daughter, #251 Catherine Lewis (1759-1846) who married  #250 William Hutchinson (1745-1826) in 1784.
*  their daughter, #125 Mary Jane Hutchison (1792-1868), who married #124 Frederick Sovereign (1786-1875) in 1810.
*  their son, #62 Alexander Sovereen (1814-1907) who married #63 Elizabeth Putman (1818-1895) in 1840.
*  their daughter, #31 Mary Jane Sovereen (1840-1874), married  #30 James Abraham Kemp (1831-1902) in 1861.
*  their daughter #15 Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952)  married  #14 Charles Auble (1849-1916) in 1898.
*  their daughter #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) who married #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976) 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:                         Jonathan Lewis[1–2.4-6]
*  Alternate Name:         Jonathan Luice[3]

*  Sex:                             Male

*  Father:                        Jonathan Lewis (1658-1708)
*  Mother:                       Jemima Whitehead (1655-1694)

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

*  Birth:                          1 May 1688, Huntington, Suffolk, New York, United States[1-3]

*  Will:                            7 May 1764 (age 76), will written; Richmond, New York, United States[6]

*  Death:                         before 23 February 1765 (before age 76), public sale scheduled; Richmond, New York, United States[6]
*  Probate:                       9 March 1765 (age 76), will proved; Richmond, New York, United States[6]

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

*  Spouse 1:                     Abigail  (--?--) Scudder (1688-1753)
*  Marriage 1:                  about 1710 (about age 22), Suffolk, New York, United States[2]

*  Child 1:                       Phebe Lewis 1712-1780
*  Child 1:                       Jonathan Lewis 1715-1786
*  Child 1:                       Elizabeth Lewis 1716-1785
*  Child 1:                       Hannah Lewis 1718-1788
*  Child 1:                       Bathsheba Lewis 1718-1764
*  Child 1:                       Mary Lewis 1720-    
*  Child 1:                       Sarah Lewis 1722-1762

*  Spouse 2:                    Anne (Edwards) (Wheeler) Kelsey (1682-1756)
*  Marriage 2:                 3 November 1753 (age 65), Huntington, Suffolk, New York, United States[1–2]

*  Spouse 3:                    Abigail (--?--) Pintard  (1696-1764)
*  Marriage 3:                 28 August 1756 (age 68), Monmouth, New Jersey, United States[1-2,4-5]


Jonathan Lewis was born 1 May 1688 in Huntington, New York Colony, the son of Jonathan and Jemima (Whitehead) Lewis of Huntington[1-3]

He married (1) in about 1710, probably in Huntington, to Abigail (--?--) Scudder (c1688-b1710), the widow of Jonathan Scudder (1683-1708)[2].  They had seven children, all born in Huntington:

*  Phebe Lewis (1712-1780).
*  Jonathan Lewis (1715-1786), married (1) 1735 Elizabeth Corey (1716-1753); (2) 1753 Anne (Edwards) (1725-1756); (3) 1756 Marie La Tourrette (1734-1791).
*  Elizabeth Lewis (1716-1785), married Jacques La Tourette (1731-b1785).
*  Hannah Lewis (c1718-c1788), married 1739 Benjamin Britton (1713-1769).
*  Bathsheba Lewis (1718-1764), married 1746 David Mercereau (1710-1786).
*  Mary Lewis (1720-????).
*  Sarah Lewis (1722-1762), married c1738 John Scobee (1720-1788).

Abigail died before 1753, when Jonathan married (2) on 3 November 1753 in Huntington to Anne (Edwards) (Wheeler) Kelsey (1682-1756), the widow of Thomas Wheeler (1679-1728) and Daniel Kelsey (1682-1752)[1-2].  Jonathan and Anne had no children together.  Anne died before August 1756.

Jonathan married (3) Abigail (--?--) Pintard (1696-1764) of Monmouth, New Jersey, the widow of Anthony Pintard (1693-1755)[4-5].  Jonathan and Abigail had no children together.  

Jonathan Lewis wrote his will on 7 May 1764[6].  The transcribed will is:
In the Name of God Amen, the seventh day of May one thousand seven hundred and Sixty four. I Jonathan Lewis of the County of Richmond and Colony of New York being sick and weak in Body but having my ussial Understanding and Memory thanks be given to God therefor and knowing the Mortality of my Body do make this my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following. 

Imprimis I will and direct that all my just Debts and funeral Charges be paid and satisfyed for the payment of which I subject my whole Estate.

Item I give and order to my beloved Wife Abigail a decent Maintenance out of my Estate in such manner as my Executors shall think reasonable and according to their discretion and likewise the Bed and furniture belonging to it that we lie on, which maintenance and Legasies to be instead and in Lieu of her Right of her Dower, and not other ways. 

Item I give and bequeath to my two unmarried Daughters Phebe and Mary all the remaining part of my Beding to be eaqually shared and divided between them. 

Item my Will is and I do order that all my Lands Meadows and Real estate which I have in this County of Richmond shall be sold in some convenient time after my Decease at the discretion of my Executors give and Granting unto my Executors full power and Authority to give and Execute a title for the same and half of the money arising by such Sale of my Lands as aforesaid I give to my Son Jonathan Lewis his heirs and Assigns. 

Item I order and direct that all the residue of my moveable Estate shall be sold and the money arising from the Sale thereof together with the other half of the money to arise from the Sale of my Lands aft paying my just Debts and funeral Charges, I give and dispose of in the following manner. 

Item to my Daughter Phebe the Sum of forty pounds to my Daughter Mary Forty pounds to my Daughter Hannah the wife of Benjamin Britton ten pounds to my Daughter Elizabeth the wife of James Latourette the Sum of twenty five pounds and to my two Grandaughters Sarah and Ann Mersereau Children of my Daughter Bathsheba Deceased to each of them the Sum of Thirty pounds and if either of them them my said Grandaughters should Die under Age and without Issue then her part or Share shall go to the Survivor of them and all the remaining part I give and dispose thereof in the following manner and form to wit one fifth part thereof I give and bequeath to the Children of my Daughter Sarah Deceas'd who was the Wife of John Scoby, to each of her Children and the Survivors of them and Eaqual share of the said fifth part One other fifth part I give to my Daughter Phebe one other fifth part I give to my Daughter Mary One other fifth part I give to my Daughter Elizabeth the remaining fifth part part shall be put out at Intrest by my Executors and the Intrest arising therefrom shall be Yearly paid to my Daughter Hannah during the Life of her Husband the aforesaid Benjamin Britten in such manner as my Executors shall think most to her advantage and in case she should Die before her Husband the aforesaid Benjamin Britten then I will the aforesaid fifth part Last mentioned to be equally ????? and Divided amongst all her Children Share and Share alike but if she my said Daughter Hannah should survive her husband then and immediately after his Death she shall receive her portion or fifth part as aforesaid and be at her own dispose. 

Item my will is that my Executors shall keep as much of my Estate in their hands out of the last mentioned part given to my Daughters and Children of my daughter Sarah disposed of in five eaqual parts as above said as will be sufficient to ???? ???? ???? thereof a sufficient Maintenance for my wife as above said during her ???? ????. 

I hereby Nominate Constitute and Appoint my true and trusty friend Joseph Bedell Esqr. Benjamin Seaman and Silas Bedell all of this County of Richmond this my Last Will and Testament hereby disanuling and disalowing all other and former Wills made by me Ratifying allowing and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and testament. Jonathan L (his mark) Lewis (SS) 

Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Jonathan Lewis to be his Last Will and Testament the words (of which) in the first page and the words (other half of the) and word (fifth) on the second page were interlined before the Sealing and Delivery hereof. Paul Micheau John Micheau Anthony Stoatttenburough, Richmond county. 
Jonathan Lewis died before 23 February 1765, when a public sale was scheduled[6]

The will of Jonathan Lewis was proved in Richmond County Surrogates Court. on 9 March 1765.  The Court record says[6]:
Be it Remembred that on the ninth day of March one thousan seven hundred and Sixty five personally came and appeared before my Benjamin Seaman Surrogate of the said County John Micheau and Paul Micheau of the same County Yeoman and being duly Sworn on their Oaths declared that they and each of them did see Jonathan Lewis sign and Seal the within ^written^ Instrument purporting to be the Will of the said Jonathan Lewis bearing date the Seventh day of May one thousand seven hundred and Sixty four And heard him publish and Declare the same as ^and for^ his last Will and Testament that at the time thereof he the said Jonathan Lewis was of Sound disposing Mind and Memory to the best of the Knowledge and belief of them the deponants and that their Names subscribed to the sd Will are of their respective ^proper^ hands Writing which they subscribed as Witnesses to the said Will in the Testators presence and that they saw Anthony Stottenborough the other Witness sign his Name as Witness thereto in the Testators presence.                                                                                   Benjamin Seaman Surrogate

Cadwallader Colden Esquire his Majestys Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of New York and the Territories depending thereon in America.To all to whom these Presents shall Come or may Concern Greeting. Know Ye that at Richmond County on the Ninth Day of March last before Benjamin Seaman Esquire and at the City of New York on the Day of the Date hereof before Edward Smith thereunto delegated and appointed the Last Will and Testament of Jonathan Lewis Deceased (a Copy whereof is hereunto Annexed) was proved and is now approved and allowed of my me.  The said Deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his Death Goods Chattels and Credits within this Province by means whereof the proving and registring the said Will and the Granting Administration of all and Singular the said Goods Chattels and Credits and also the Auditing allowing and final discharging the Account thereof doth belong unto me. And that Administration of all and Singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased and any way Concerning his Will is granted unto Joseph Bedell and Silas Bedell ^and Benjamin Seaman^ Two of the Executors in the said Will named being first duly Sworn well and faithfully to Administer the same and to make and Exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the said Goods Chattels and Credits and also to render a???? and true Account thereof when thereunto required.

In Testimony whereof I have ?????? the Prerogative Seal of the Province of New York to be hereunto Affixed at the City of New York the Twenty second Day of April One thousand seven hundred and sixty five.                                                                                     Geo. Banyar D Secry
A newspaper article in the New York Gazette newspaper dated 18 March 1765, Issue 328, Page 3, describes the public sale of the estate of Jonathan Lewis: 
"To be Sold, at Publick Vendue, on the Premises on Thursday, the 28th of March next, to begin at Ten of the Clock in the Forenoon;
"The Farm or Plantation, which belonged to Jonathan Lewis, late of Staten Island, in the Province of New-York, deceased, containing upwards of two hundred acres, whereon is a good House, Barn, and Orchard, of five hundred bearing Apple Trees, with a variety of other Fruit Trees, a sufficient Quantity of Fresh (or English) and Salt Meadow, to keep a good Stock of Cattle, all adjoining; well-timbered and watered, a constant Brook running through the Land, and a very good Landing, where Boats of ten Cords Burthen, or upwards, frequently load for New-York Market. It is conveniently situated, lying at the Fresh-Kill, on the main Road from the Narrows to the Blazing Stars Ferry. -- There will be sold at the same Time and Place, the Stock of Cattle, Horses, Sheep, and Hoggs, farming Utensils, and Household Goods. Likewise, two Negroe Men, one of them understands House-Work, was bred in Town, and both used to farming Business.

"February 23d, 1765
Joseph Bedell, Silas Bedell, Benj. Seaman, Executors."

1. Herbert Furman Seversmith, Colonial families of Long Island, New York and Connecticut: being the ancestry & kindred of Herbert Furman Seversmith  (Washington DC : H.F. Seversmith, 1939-1948), page 1833, #2 Jonathan Lewis family sketch.

2. Michael L. Cook, Pioneer Lewis Families, 5 Volumes (Evansville, Ind. : Cook Publications, 1978), Volume 4, page 328, #12L110, Jonathan Lewis family sketch.

3. Charles R. Street, Huntington Town Records, Including Babylon, Long Island, N.Y., 1653 --- 1688, With Introduction, Notes and Index (Huntington, N.Y. : The Towns of Huntington and Babylon, N.Y., 1887), Volume 1, Huntington Town Records, page 525 (image 538 of 1941), Jonathan Luice birth entry, 1 May 1688; indexed database with record images, ( : 7 November 2023).

4. "New Jersey, U.S., Marriage Records, 1670-1965," online indexed database, ( , Jonathan Lewis and Abigail Pintard entry.

5. "New Jersey, U.S., Marriage Records, 1683-1802," indexed database with record images, (, Volume XXII, Marriage Records 1665-1800, page 240, Jonathan Lewis, Richmond N.Y., and Abigail Pintard, Monmouth, 28 August 1756.

6. New York  Surrogates Court, Probate files, Wills and Administrations Volumes 24-27, 1763-1771, Volume 24, pages 49-50 (stamped, images 53-54 of 872), Jonathan Lewis will, written 7 May 1764, proved 9 March 1765; "New York, U.S., Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( : accessed 9 September 2015); Original data in New York County District and Probate Courts.


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