Wednesday, January 26, 2022

World Champion Boxer Samuel Azumah Nelson is a RootsTech Connect 2022 Keynote Speaker

 I received this from FamilySearch today:


“We Are One People” Says 3-Time World Champion Boxer Samuel Azumah Nelson

Ghanaian Hall of Famer’s RootsTech 2022 Story Packs a Punch



A picture containing person, wall, person, necktieDescription automatically generated26 January 2022, Accra, Ghana—Boxing is a sport that demands grit and determination, but those characteristics don’t appear from nowhere. Just ask Africa’s greatest boxing legend, Samuel Azumah Nelson and a RootsTech 2022 keynote speaker (3–5 March 2022). He credits his ancestors for endowing him with the qualities that carried him to 3 featherweight world championships and a place in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.


“I need to show you where my courage and determination to succeed came from” he declared. “I am a proud Ghanaian with a Tabon DNA, power, and spirit. You must be interested in your family history and to live the values it represents.”


There’s a lot behind the Tabon affiliation that is a major part of Azumah’s story for attendees of RootsTech 2022 (March 3–5, 2022). The Tabon people were former slaves in Brazil. With the abolishment of slavery in the late 1800s, 7 families banded together and made their way back to the homelands from which their ancestors had been taken. The Asuman family, who later changed their name to Nelson, were among the leaders of the group. 


Register for free at to watch Samuel Azumah Nelson on the main stage 3–5 March 2022


Rather than being ostracized as outsiders, the group was welcomed and sheltered by the ruling tribes, and they soon set about establishing new lives as tailors, architects, and farmers. But earning a living was difficult, and poverty remains a familiar companion in much of Ghana to this day. 


“Zoom Zoom,” as Azumah is affectionately nicknamed, was pressed into labor at an early age, forgoing formal education to help provide for his family, including his parents and 5 siblings. On the main stage at RootsTech 2022, a free online event, he will tell the fascinating tale about how he rose from those humble beginnings in total obscurity to the pinnacle of his chosen sport, including the story of a fateful encounter he had as a young boy with a man who was holding a pair of boxing shoes.


Despite his global fame, Azumah still clings to his family roots. “Even with our different genealogy, we are part of the global family,” he said. “If only we can remind ourselves that regardless of political affiliation, race, tribe, gender, country, and faith, we all belong to ONE BIG FAMILY OF GOD, I believe the world will be a beautiful place to live in.”


To enjoy more of Azumah’s powerful story, register today for free at, and join the virtual event March 3–5, 2022! 

RootsTech Connect 2022

You can register now for RootsTech Connect 2022, which will be held on 3–5 March 2022, on RootsTech's website. RootsTech Connect is a free, virtual event that includes access to all speakers, classes, and additional resources. You can also check out videos from last year's RootsTech Connect by going to their website.


Disclosure:  I am a RootsTech Influencer (used to be called Ambassador) and will be publishing information about RootsTech 2022 before and throughout the conference.  I receive no remuneration for this activity. 

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Rabbit Holes With Randy - Updating my DNA Match Lists

 There are too many rabbit holes - and not enough time to deal with them.  Every day another genealogy bunny pops up and I want to play with it.

This past week, I spent a lot of time updating my DNA Match spreadsheets for AncestryDNA and MyHeritageDNA.  I have charts for FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe matches also, but I haven't updated them in over a year.  Another rabbit hole for another time.  All of them are important, but the features of each company are different. 

1)  I keep track of the number of my AncestryDNA and MyHeritage matches.  Today I have 38,671 AncestryDNA matches, of which only 1,712 share 20 cM or more with me.  I have 453 ThruLines also (but some are wrong - maybe about 10 of them).  How do I know how many ThruLines I have?  I've tried counting them one by one and lose track.  

Greg Clarke developed a way to take AncestryDNA matches and put the information in a Google Drive spreadsheet.  I wrote about that in March 2021.  So I downloaded Greg's spreadsheet again (from, and noted that he is up to version 1.09.  The first sheet looks like this, and has directions:

I followed the directions (made a copy, copied the AncestryDNA match data for "Common Ancestors," and went to the "Newest - Recognize btn with LIVE links) sheet, and followed directions there.  On the "Newest" worksheet I pasted the copied match data into cell A6 and the spreadsheet quickly filled in:

The beauty of this spreadsheet is that I can now count the number of the DNA matches, plus look for matches for which I don't have a Note.  This is a pretty neat spreadsheet.  I haven't color coded it yet for a specific grandparent's ancestral line.  The first entry was on row 3, and last entry was on Row 455, so I have 453 ThruLines denoted as "Common Ancestors."  I found no match on this list without a Note about the potential common ancestor or whether I have the DNA match person's line back to the Common Ancestor in my RootsMagic family tree.  Note that I could have done this for my 1,712 "Close matches" also, or a Tagged group, etc.  The spreadsheet has a limit of 1,400 entries, as I recall.

2)  Over the past five years, I have tried to keep a hand-created spreadsheet of my AncestryDNA matches, and updated it sporadically.  Here is the top of that list, which includes all of my top DNA matches down to about 40 cMs (87 high-value matches):

Note that I have added the known relationship (if known), the most recent common ancestors, and whether the matches have a tree, a ThruLine, are in RootsMagic, are in GEDmatch, are in FTDNA, are in 23andMe, are in MyHeritageDNA, are in DNAPainter, and I add Matching segment information if I know it.  Unfortunately, AncestryDNA does not have a chromosome browser, but the other four companies do so it's important to know which other system my AncestryDNA matches are in.

Why the green color?  Here is my spreadsheet further down the list:  

The green color is for my Richmond/White lines, the blue color is for my Seaver/Hildreth lines, the pink for my Carringer/Smith lines, and the orange for my Kemp/Auble lines.  I have several blue lines further down the list.

3)  Then it was on to the MyHeritageDNA matches spreadsheet:

Again, I've used the color coding for the four sets of great-grandparents, but don't have nearly the same number of DNA matches (10,254 today), and I know the common ancestors for only a few of them (I have 15 Theory of Family Relativity matches, which are similar to Ancestry's ThruLines).  On this spreadsheet, I'm adding the cM value, start and end points for each shared segment with me from the chromosome browser.  At this time, I go down to 36 cM on this spreadsheet, and have 37 high-value entries.

Please note that I have hidden the identifying information for my DNA matches in all of the above charts. 

4)  All in all, this took about eight hours during the past two weeks.  It's well worth my time.  If I do this more consistently, and update the FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe matches spreadsheets, I should have a better handle on my high-value DNA matches.  

Where are my carrots to give me energy to complete all of these tasks?  Time for a snack!


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Grandson Lucas' First Steps in 2004 -- Post 704 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

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

In early September 2004, we drove north to the San Francisco Bay area to celebrate the first birthday of our first grandchild, Lucas, in the Santa Cruz area.  We finally made it to Petaluma, where the father of my grandson Lucas is from, and we visited his family there.  In the afternoon, we went to the shopping mall, and we saw Lucas take his first steps.  In the photo above, his father is in back of him, and Linda is in the checkered pants.  I took the photo.  He is so proud of himself!!!  This was so much fun to see.  When we went back to the house, he toddled all over the place.


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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Information About 1950 U.S. Census Indexing Efforts

 Thanks to Joel Weintraub on Facebook for pointing me to this article on the LDS365 blog -- 1950 U.S. Census Data Coming April 2022.

One of the paragraphs introduces the 1950 U.S. Census Community Project:

"Upon its release, the 1950 U.S. Census Community Project, a joint initiative between FamilySearch, Ancestry, and other leading genealogy societies and organizations, will coordinate efforts to provide quick access to these digital images and to create a comprehensive index that will be searchable online."

Another paragraph describes how this will work:

"Supported by genealogy giants Ancestry and FamilySearch, along with local and national genealogy and historical organizations, this project will rally hundreds of thousands of volunteers to publish a high-quality, searchable online index of every name in the census.

"Rather than starting from scratch, volunteers will review Ancestry’s computer-generated index using groundbreaking handwriting recognition and cutting-edge artificial intelligence technologies. This human review will verify that the data is accurate and complete. Volunteers can visit to review their own family’s information and then review other records to refine the index before publication."

Joel opined on Facebook:

"It looks to me (but could be wrong) that they will not show their preliminary name index until it has been proofed by humans." 

Read the whole thing.  Thank you to Joel Weintraub for keeping close tabs on this endeavor.


My comments:  

*  Do we know if the National Archives OCRed index will be available on the 1950 U.S. Census website on 1 April 2022?

*  Do we know when FamilySearch, and other commercial sites will have the census images available online?  

*  I can't imagine that the volunteer effort to check the OCRed index will be done in one day or one week, especially if it is double (or triple) checked.  Perhaps one month?  We will see.

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Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Tuesday, 25 January 2022

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

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes

4)  Genealogy Education - Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 25 January, 11 a.m.:  New Records on MyHeritage, by Mike Mansfield.

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 26 January, 11 a.m.:  An Introduction to Tracing your Greek Ancestry, by Gregory Kontos

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Mexican Catholic Parish Records, Part I: Baptisms, Confirmations & Burials, by Colleen Robledo Greene.

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts/Radio Shows:

6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  Genealogy With Amy Johnson Crow:  View Negatives with Your iPhone or iPad - No App Required!

*  The Family history Guide:  TFHG - Researching Records in Scotland

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 21 January 2022?


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Carringers in the News -- 1944 Obituary of Della A. Carringer in San Diego, California

 It's time for another edition of "Carringers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Carringer (my mother's maiden surname) that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the San Diego [Calif.] Union newspaper dated 4 January 1944:
The transcription of the article is:

"Della A. Carringer
"After living 46 years at the same address - 2115 Thirtieth st., Mrs. Della A. Carringer, 81, died in her home Saturday.  She and her husband, Henry A., celebrated their golden wedding in 1937.  Funeral services will be conducted in the Benbough Funeral parlors at 2 tomorrow afternoon under auspices of the Neighbors of Woodcraft.  Cremation will follow.

"Mrs. Carringer. a native of Wapan, Wis., had resided here 55 years.  Besides her widower, she leaves a son, Lyle L., of San Diego; a granddaughter Mrs. F.W. Seaver jr., and a great-grandson, Randall Jeffery Seaver, both of Chula Vista."

The source citation is:

"Della A. Carringer," San Diego [Calif.] Union newspaper, Tuesday, 4 January 1944, page 6B, column 1, Della A. Carringer obituary;   GenealogyBank, Obituaries ( : accessed 24 January 2022).

I made the newspaper again.  My maternal grandfather's mother, Della A. (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944) died less than three months after my birth.  I am sure that she held me and talked to me.  I wish she had lived longer so I had some memories of her.  I do have some ephemera and artifacts from her life.  She was a very accomplished and philosophical woman, and I wish they had given many more details of her life.

This obituary indicates that they lived in their home - the first floor of the house I grew up in - since 1897 or 1898  46 years.  They built the two-story house, moved the house about 60 feet north and added a second residence on the second floor in about 1928, furnished it (Henry was a master carpenter), had a horse, gardens and berry patches, and much more.  She handled all of the real estate transactions, paid the bills, ran the household, was a musician, and first voted in the 1908 election.  She kept in touch with her friends, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins, and I have an 1880's scrapbook and a 1929 diary of hers, plus several letters.

There are hundreds of Carringer "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them. Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a newspaper article provides more detail about your very close family.  I am glad that I can honor my great-grandmother, Della A. (Smith) Carringer, today.

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


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Monday, January 24, 2022

MyHeritage Improves Color Restoration Photograph Tool

 I received this information from Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage today:


As I’m sure you know, we at MyHeritage are constantly upgrading the tools we offer for improving family photos. Most recently, we released a new, improved model for color restoration — the feature within MyHeritage In Color™ that restores the hues in faded color photos.

We’re celebrating with a special offer: free and unlimited use of MyHeritage In Color™, Photo Enhancer, and Photo Repair from January 24 to February 5, 2022!
Updated model for color restoration
This is a fantastic opportunity to discover the magic of some of the MyHeritage photo tools. Be sure to spread the word so your friends, family, and followers won’t miss this chance to restore colors, colorize, enhance, or repair old family photos to their heart’s content!

You can read more about the new colorization model on our blog post.


Many of us have photographs that need this tool!  Here is a comparison of one of my color photographs from 1958:

The original:

The improved color restoration (that's me on the right, brother Stan on the left, cousin Diana in the middle and brother Scott in front):

Magic!!  I need to see if my Santa Claus photo can be done...

Disclosure:  I receive a complimentary subscription to MyHeritage, and have received other material consideration in past years.  I uploaded my autosomal DNA raw data to their DNA product.  This does not affect my objective analysis of MyHeritage products.

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Genealogy Pot-Pourri - Week Ending 24 January 2022

 Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week.

1)  Hosted and moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group Meeting on Zoom with 33 in attendance. I reported on MyHeritageDNA Labels, Leah Larkin's 2022 blog post, the Research Like a Pro book in paperback, adding the MyHeritage DNA labels, updating my AncestryDNA match common ancestors list using Greg Clarke's tool,  and updating my AncestryDNA list of DNA matches.

2)  Attended the San Diego Genealogical Society seminar on Saturday with four talks by Gena Philibert-Ortega.  

3)  Attended the Mondays With Myrt session today on Zoom.  We discussed Pat's photos from a FSFT contact, John's post on Anne Frank, Dave's adoption case, Russ's Coast Guard photos and experience, Judy Russell's blogs on indirect evidence and on TNSTAAFL, Ancestry subscriptions costs, why share information with others, blogging, Eastman's future of genealogy article, and RootsFinder.

6)  Updated my AncestryDNA and MyHeritageDNA match lists in Excel.  

7) AncestryDNA added 50 new DNA matches this past week, and there were no new ThruLines. MyHeritage added 3 new DNA matches. Reviewed the new DNA matches on AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA and 23andMe. Researched and added notes for 14 AncestryDNA matches and added one ThruLine to RootsMagic.

8)  There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 47,008 of my RootsMagic persons with FamilySearch Family Tree profiles (up 87).

9) Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and source citations to my RootsMagic profiles. I now have 68,475 persons in my RootsMagic file (up 114 from last week), and 144,017 source citations (up 93). I TreeShared 229 new or modified profiles with my Ancestry Member Tree, and I resolved 933 Ancestry Hints. My newest Ancestry Member Tree has Ancestry Record Hints with 23,846 to be resolved, but I work on them almost daily.  

10) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts the past week, of which three were a press release. The most viewed post the past week was 
MyHeritage Announces New Free Online "Introduction to Genealogy" Course with over 192 views.

11) I am still fine here at the Genea-Cave, hunkered down and not going out much after Week 97 of COVID-19 semi-isolation. Linda is at a memory care and skilled nursing facility in Chula Vista 7 miles from home and I visit her for an hour every day - we usually play Uno and she wins about half the time.  Now I have to have a recent COVID test in order to visit, but missed no days last week.  I went to the grocery store on Monday and Friday. Other than that, it was stay-at-home on the computer doing (mainly) genealogy, plus eating, sleeping, laundry, cleaning, cooking, watching TV news and sports, reading books, napping, and no yard work.


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Amanuensis Monday -- 1774 Deed of Moses Brigham Jr. of Westborough, Mass. Selling Land in Westborough to Jonathan Forbes

 This week's document for transcription is the 1774 deed record for Moses Brigham Jr., yeoman of Westborough, Massachusetts selling the children's share of his father's real estate in Westborough, Worcester County to Jonathan Forbes, yeoman of Westborough, for 460 pounds.

[Worcester County, Mass. Deeds - Volume 76, Page 45]:

The transcription of this deed is (starting in the middle of the left-hand page of the image):

[page 45]

To all People to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that I
Moses Brigham of the Town of Westborough in the County of Worcester in his Majesties Province
of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Yeoman for and in Consideration of the Sum of four hun-
dred and sixty pounds lawfull Money to me in hand before the Ensealing hereof well and truly paid by
Jonathan Forbes of the Town County & Province affores'd Yeoman the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknow-
ledge and my self therewith fully sattisfied and Contented and thereof and of every part & parcel
thereof do exonerate acquit & discharge him the said Jonathan Forbes his heirs Executors and
administrators forever by these presents have given granted bargained sold Aliened conveyed &
confirmed and by these presents do freely fully and absolutely give grant bargain sell aliene
convey and confirm unto him the said Jonathan Forbes his heirs and Assigns forever the following
pieces of land lying and being in Westborough afforesaid and contains by Estimation Ninety acres be
the same more or less and is the two thirds of the children's share of lands in the late Moses Brigham
of Westborough Deceased Real Estate and is bounded as followeth viz.  Begining at the southwest
Corner of this piece at a stake & heap of stones by the Land of Nathaniel Whitney and it being a
corner of the widdows thirds then runing Notherly a strait line by the widows thirds to the Coun-
try road crossing said road begining at a stake & stones runing Northwesterly to a stake
and stones at a corner of a wall & then turning Notherly by said wall to a stake & stones then
north to a stake & stones about nine Rods then turning Northeasterly and runs to a stake &
stones on the north side of the Barn then turning southerly through the Barn at the east side of the
Barn floore to a stake & stones about two rods south of the Barn and all west of the Barn floore
in the childrens part and the Center & scaffold over it on the south of the Bay in the east end of
the Barn and the Widow is to have Liberty to bring in her hay and Thrash her grain in said floore from
thence to the well at the House then turning to the Country road to a stake & stones from thence southerly &
crossing said Road to a stake & stones then turning easterly and runs by the widows thirds and to a small
walnut tree marked at Cap't Benjamin Fays land then turning southerly a strait line by s'd Benjamin
Fays land till it comes to the land of Nathaniel Whitney then Runing westerly by said Whitneys land
to the first mentioned Bounds; also another of piece of land bounded as folloeth viz. begining

[page 46]

at a stake a stake & stones at the southeast corner and by the land of En Jeduthun Fay and by the
County Road thence runing Westerly by said Road to a stake & stones which is a Corner of the widows thirds & called
her woodlots then turning Northerly & by said wood lots to a maple tree Marked then turning westerly and runing by
said wood lots to the Land of Benjamin Fay then turning & runing Northerly by s'd Benj'a Fays land to a stake &
stones then turning Easterly by s'd Fays land to a heap of stones it being a Corner of Benj'a Fays Jeduthun
Fays land thence easterly by s'd Jeduthun Fays land to a heap of stones then turning southerly by the said
Jeduthun Fays land to the bounds first mentioned of this piece of Land.  Another piece of land containing
about Eighteen acres and is upland swamp & meadow and touches the last mentioned piece of land.
Begining at the Northeasterly corner of the last mentioned piece of Land at a stake & stones thence runing
Northerly by the Land of Jeduthun Fay to a River called Elizabeth River then turning as the River runs
till it comes to the land of Francis Whipple Esq'r thence by said Whipples land till it comes to land of
Benj'a Fay thence by s'd Benj'a Fays land till it comes to the land now possessed by Jeduthun Fay thence
by s'd Jeduthun Fays land till it comes to the Bounds first mentioned of this piece.  The childrens share in the
House is the north front Room and all the Back rooms and celler under them and all above the lower
floore and the widows and the children have liberty to pass up chamber & down celler and the common
land left round the House is for the benefit of the widows thirds and the Childrens shares from a stake & heap
of stones at the road thence by the well and so round the House to the Road at the nort end of the house
according to the Bounds mentioned in the widows thirds.  And I the afforesaid Moses Brigham make this Re-
serve in the Kitchen of the above mentioned House as to reserve the small room in the Southwest corner of the
Kitchen & to pass & repass out of the widows room to it and also to do such work as cannot be done with Conveni-
ency in the widows room as to the fireplace & to have Liberty to do it in the Kitchen.  To Have and to Hold
the said Granted and bargained Premises with all the appurtenances Priviledges & commodities to the same
belonging or in any wise appertaining to him the said Jonathan Forbes his heirs and assigns forever to
his and their only proper use benefit & behoof forever, and I the said Moses Brigham for myself my heirs
Excutors and administrators do covenant promise and grant to and with him the said Jonathan Forbes
his heirs and assigns that before the ensealing hereof I am the true sole and lawfull owner of the above
bargained premises as I am lawfully seized & possessed of he same in my own proper rights as a good
lawfull authority to grant bargain sell convey & confirm said bargained premises in manner as affores'd
and that he the said Jonathan Forbes his heirs & assigns shall & may from time to time and at all times forever
hereafter by force & vertue of these presents Lawfully peaceably & quietly have hold use occupy possess & Enjoy
the s'd Demised & bargained premises with the appurtenances free and clear and freely & clearly acquit-
ted Exonerated & Discharged of from all and all manner of former or other gifts grants bargains sales
leases Mortgages wills Entails ^Jointures Dowries^ Judgments Executions or incumbrances of what name or Nature soever
that might in any measure degree obstructs or make void this present Deed &c.  Furthermore
I the said Moses Brigham for myself my heirs Executors & administrators do Covenant & Engage the above
Demised premises to him the said Jonathan Forbes his heirs and assigns against the lawfull Claims or
demands of any person or persons whatsoever forever hereafter to warrant secure & defend by these pre-
sents.  In witness whereof I the s'd Moses Brigham have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty second
day of December Anno Domini one Thousand seven Hundred and seventy four and in the fourteenth
year of his Majestys Reign --  Moses Brigham (Ls) signed sealed & delivered in presents of us
Francis Whipple Samuel Evens.     Worcester Ss December y'e 24 1774.  The above named Moses
Brigham personally appeared and acknowledged the Above written Instrument by him subscribed to
be his free act and Deed.                                                Coram Francis Whipple Justice of peace
Rec'd April 17 1777 Entered & Exam'd  pr  Nath'n Baldwin Regr.

 The source citation for this land record is:

"Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch ( : accessed 12 January 2022); Worcester County, "Deeds 1776-1778, Vol. 75-77," Volume 76, pages 45-46 (image 286 of 650), Deed of Moses Brigham to Jonathan Forbes, executed 22 December 1774, recorded 17 April 1777;  citing original records in County Courthouses, and on FHL Microfilms.

Some background:  Moses Brigham, the father of Moses Brigham, Phinehas Brigham and five other children, died intestate on 3 December 1769. On 1 January 1770, his wife, Mehitable, was appointed administratrix of the estate in the Worcester County Probate Court.  She was also appointed the guardian of Phinehas and the other younger children.  In 1774, the estate was distributed to the heirs, and the oldest son, Moses Brigham Jr., was to have the real estate, and pay each of his siblings £49-13-9.  Mehitable Brigham received her widow's thirds of the real and personal estate, including a portion of the house and barn.

In this deed, Moses Brigham Jr., yeoman of Westborough, sold the two thirds children's share of his father's real property to Jonathan Forbes, yeoman of Westborough, on 22 December 1774.  

Jonathan Forbes (1746-1805) was the husband of Sarah Brigham (1751-1827), the eldest daughter of Moses and Mehitable (Grout) Brigham of Westborough.  In another deed executed in April 1779, Jonathan Forbes bought Phinehas Brigham's share of his mother's real estate, as he did buy Moses Brigham Jr's share in 1779, and he may have bought the shares of the other children of the elder Moses Brigham.  

Moses Brigham Jr. (1754-1814) was the son of Moses and Mehitable (Grout) Brigham of Westborough, Massachusetts.  He married Lucinda Tiffany (1761-1819) in about 1792 in New Hampshire. Moses and Mehitable (Grout) Brigham are my 5th great-grandparents through their son, Phinehas Brigham (1755-1802), who married Lydia Batherick (1752-1795) in 1779.


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday." John offers this definition for "amanuensis:"

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Read other transcriptions for records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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