Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Genealogy News Bytes - 18 June 2019

Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last four days include:

1)  News Articles:

MyHeritage DNA kits now on sale in Costco UK

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar -- Tuesday, 18 June, 5 p.m. PDT:  Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section, by Patricia Stamm

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar -- Wednesday, 19 June, 11 a.m. PDT:  Researching in New Mexico, by Henrietta Martinez Christmas

*  Upcoming SCGS Webinar - Wednesday, 19 June, 6 pm. PDT:  Heirloom, Documentation or Junk:  What to Keep and What To Toss, by Janet Hovorka

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Finding What You Need at the National Archives, Part I: Navigating the NARA Website, by Pamela Boyer Sayre

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Finding What You Need at the National Archives, Part II: Using NARA Finding Aids, by Pamela Boyer Sayre

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Locating National Archives Resources with NARA’s Digitization Partners, by Pamela Boyer Sayre

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar: Newspapers and Periodicals at the Library of Congress, by Pamela Boyer Sayre

4)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  Fisher’s Top Tips Podcast:  #80:  Reach Out!

*  Research Like a Pro Podcast:  RLP 49 – U.S. Land Records Part 2

*  The Genealogy Guys Podcast:  #364

5)  Genealogy Videos:

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  Tree Extending Hints- Joe Price

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube:  Getting Started with FamilySearch Web Indexing - Kathryn Grant

*  DNA Family Trees YouTube:  Ancestry, PLEASE keep DNA Circles!

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  Phil & Bambi Tackle Genealogy - Family History Fanatics Live

*  GenealogyTV YouTube:  Research with Purpose and Location First!

6)  Genealogy Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains Tuesday, June 18,  2019

7)  DNA Success Stories

8)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 14 June 2019?


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"A Mother's Love ..... or Something Else" by Peter E. Small: Part VI

Genea-Musings reader Peter E. Small solved a family genealogical mystery and wrote a report about it, and I offered to publish his work on my blog.

This will be a multi-part series posted over several weeks - probably on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Earlier parts were published in:

*  Prologue:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/05/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by.html
*  Part I:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/05/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by_30.html
*  Part II:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/06/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by.html
*  Part III: https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/06/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by_6.html

*  Part IV:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/06/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by_11.html

*  Part V:  https://www.geneamusings.com/2019/06/a-mothers-love-or-something-else-by_13.html


A Mother’s Love…..or something else?
 A True Genealogical Mystery Solved

 Copyright © 2019 Peter E. Small, All Rights Reserved

I sent the club a wire stating, Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member. – Groucho Marx

Paul Clifford Dormitzer was born into a family, of German descent, in 1869 that ran a tobacco business in St. Louis, Missouri in 1869.

In the 1892 and 1893 Spokane, Washington City Directories he is reported to be employed as an Agent and then simply “Cigars/Tobacco.”

Then on 23 February 1894 “The Seattle Post-Intelligencer” ran a full column story entitled “Love Laughs Again” with a sub-title “It Foiled Stern Parents and Made Two Hearts One”. Young Master Dormitzer 25 had managed to make the acquaintance of one Dorothy May Tull 17. She was the daughter of an ex-State Senator from Spokane. The parents were so against the relationship they sent Dorothy to a seminary in Virginia to keep them apart. Undaunted, our future lawyer and Master conniver convinced Dorothy to elope to Rathdrum, Idaho where they were married. The article also included an interesting sentence that began “For several reasons young Dormitzer could not obtain a marriage license in Spokane…” In 1896 they had a son Earl K. Dormitzer.

The 1900 Census of Chicago, Illinois has Paul C. as a resident. He is 31, divorced and a lawyer.

In 1904 there is an entry in the Vancouver, Canada Marriage Index 1872-1924. Paul C. Dormitzer
married Alice Dora Daniels on January 19th.

As previously stated, on 24 November 1905 Paul C. and Carrie A. Mason are the proud parents of a son, Paul C. (Clifford) Dormitzer.

Two listings appear in Polk’s Seattle Directory for 1907: 

*  Dormitzer Mrs. Carrie A propr. The Clyde h 1315 6th ave.

*  Dormitzer Paul C, attorney-at-law 426 Pioneer Bldg, r Hotel Federal.  

Carrie uses the title Mrs., but they do not appear to be living together.

The 1910 Census of San Francisco, California enumerated Paul C. and a woman named Sadie. He is 39 she is 33. They have both been married twice and at the time of this census they had been married to each other three years. Sadie has never had children.

His last venture into the matrimonial arena may have been on 22 May 1919 when he married one
Gertrude Barrick in Portland, Oregon. Paul C. and Gertrude appear, as husband and wife, in both the 1921 and 1926 Portland, Oregon City Directory. The 1920 Census of Portland, Oregon shows Paul C. age 50 and Gertrude age 22.

During his sterling legal career Paul C. appears in many Seattle, Washington newspaper advertisements as a divorce lawyer. Could he have represented Carrie A. Mason in her divorce proceedings from Wallace B. Smith? And after the final decree did he take advantage of her vulnerable situation?

Other newspapers through the years reported on the many transgressions of Paul C.. He was cited for
reckless driving. A judge threw him out of his court room for showing up drunk. He was reported to have past bad checks in several states. He was arrested for stealing money from his business partner. More than a few clients were bilked out of money under false pretenses by our Shyster Paul C. He actually stood trial on two separate occasions, but was found not guilty, inexplicably, by juries. His defense, at one of the trials, was that he was drunk when the offense was committed.

There is a transcript of an FBI investigation into Paul C. Dormitzer dated 1918 in Portland, Oregon. The investigation was initiated as part of disbarment proceedings against him. More than ten people are mentioned in the investigative report and they all, for the most part, considered Paul C. “a crook.” An attorney who had shared office space with Paul C. told the agent a Mrs Macond, whose husband was serving a life sentence for murder, was Dormitzer’s concubine. Further, they had a falling out and she would probably be able to give the agent a good account of Dormitzer. Mrs Macond told the agent Dormitzer had purchased two drinks of whiskey for 50 cents from one Lulu Costello, contrary to the law. The Eighteenth Amendment or Prohibition was not ratified until 1919. Perhaps the state of Oregon had “dry laws” which preceded Federal law.

He was eventually disbarred in California, Washington and Oregon.

In 1927 Paul C. is reportedly serving time in the Coos Penitentiary, Oregon as Inmate #9913. The 21
February 1928 issue of the Oregonian newspaper reported that P.C. Dormitzer’s parole ends.

In a genealogical sense, Paul Clifford Dormitzer ceased to exist after 1928. A record of his death has not materialized and he was not, to the best of my knowledge, enumerated in the 1930 or 1940 Census.


Randy's NOTE:  Stay tuned for the next installment of this multi-chapter report.  I will add all of the chapters to this post, and the other chapter posts, as they are published. The chapters to date are:

My thanks to Peter for sharing this mystery and its' solution with me and the Genea-Musings readers.

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Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1878 Affidavit Of Sterling Wilcox in War of 1812 Pension Application of Rosannah Lanfear

This week's Tuesday's Treasure is the 1878 Affidavit of Sterling Wilcox in the War of 1812 Widow's Service Pension Application file of Rosannah Lanfear, widow of Isaac Lanfear:

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The transcribed information for this pension record is (handwritten portions in italics):

[page 181 of 201]

State of New York  } ss
Jefferson County    }

Sterling Wilcox of the town
of Worth in said county being duly sworn
says that he was a soldier in the war
of 1812 and was well acquainted with
Isaac Lanfear who was a soldier in said
war and was the Husband of  Rosannah
Lanfear whose application for bounty is now
pending before the Commissioner of Pensions
at Washington D.C. that he said Isaac
Lanfear served at Sackets Harbor under
Capt Gould from Sep 9 to Sep 28 in 1812
also from March 5 to the 19th in 1813, also
under Capt Wil;cox from May 30 to June
7 in 1814.  Also from July 29^th to Augudt
24^th in 1814.  Also held in reserve in
Adams under Capt Goodell.
And the deponent has no interest either
direct or indirect in the application
of Rosannah Lanfear for bounty land
and that he makes this affidavit from
a distinct recollection of said service.
and also from memoranda he has of
parts of said service.  Deponent is now
eighty six years of age, reside in Worth in
said County, P.O. Worthville, was twenty two
years old when first in service of the war
5 feet 10 in high, Black eyes, Dark hair,

[Page 182 of 201]

fair complexion, occupation a farmer,
born in Litchfield, Herkimer County
N.Y. In battle at Sackets Harbor witness
remembers seeing General Gray fall shot
dead - saw that he remained on the ground
about half a day before being removed.
I saw immediately after the fall of Gray
the British retreat and return to their
Boats.  The British landed on Horse Island
and deponents company were regiment 
was in ambush, having notice of the
coming over of the British. Our troops opened
fire when the British first made effort to
land and the British landed under fire.
A neck of land from the main shore
reached out toward Horse Island over
which the British waded across to the
main shore. Our troops had to give back
and the British advanced till about
on the site of the present village
of Sacketts Harbor or a little south of it. After
the battle was ended I well remember
assisting in the care of the wounded
of both armies. I paid taxes at this time
in the town of Worth aforesaid.
                                Sterling Wilcox

Subscribed and sworn to before me
the 23^d day of April 1878 and
I further certify that the said
Sterling Wilcox is a reliable
man, possessed of a good memory
and that I have no interest in
the application of Rosannah Lanfear
for Bounty Land.
                              Bradley ?. Brown
                              Justice of the Peace

The source citation for this paper in the Widow's War of 1812 Pension Application file is:

"War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Files," digital image, Fold3.com   (https://www.fold3.com : accessed 27 May 2019), W.O. Pension No. 11,838, Rosannah Lanfear, widow of Isaac Lanfear, pages 181-182 of 201; citing NARA RG15-1812PB-Bx2071.

This page in the pension file documents the testimony of Sterling Wilcox who served with Isaac Lanfear in 1812 to 1814 during the War of 1812.  

This pension file contains 201 pages.  Isaac Lanfear died in 1851, and his widow Rosannah Lanfear applied under the Act of 1871 but it was denied.  She reapplied in 1876, and received the pension in 1879.  Some of the pages in the application are duplicates, so I'm picking the pages that are the most useful.  Some of Isaac Lanfear's records had the surname Lamfear or Lanifear or Landfear, so there was some confusion over the years during the application process.  By the 1850 time, the family was using Lanfear.

Isaac Lanfear (1777-1851) and Rosina (Laun) Lanfear (1781-1881) are probably my 4th great-grandparents, through an unknown child who had Devier James Lanfear (1839-1894) in Jefferson County, New York, perhaps out of wedlock.  Devier Lanfear was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith of Henderson, Jefferson County, New York, and the Smith family moved to Wisconsin in about 1843.  Devier James Lanfear went by Smith, and had a formal name change from "Lamphier" to "Smith" on 21 March 1866 by an act of the Wisconsin State Senate.  He is named as "my adopted son, Devier J. Lamphear alias Smith" in Ranslow Smith's will dated 1865, probated in Andrew County, Missouri in 1873.


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Monday, June 17, 2019

Monday Genea-Pourri - 17 June 2019

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

1)  Moderated the Chula Vista Genealogical Society Research Group meeting on Wednesday, with 11 in attendance.  I discussed the CVGS member survey, and reported on the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree, which had 10 CVGS members attending, and that there will be no Jamboree in 2020.   The attendees described their activities over the last month.

2)  Participated in the Mondays With Myrt webinar today.  Pat discussed her experiences in Norway and at THE Genealogy Show, I talked about Jamboree, Melissa had a vacation to Fort Worth and visited the Archives there, the group discussed mobile apps for traveling, and the Bettinger article in Family Tree Magazine. 

4)  Wrote and posted a biography of 6th great-grandfather #478 Thomas Gach (1702-1770) of Woodbridge, New Jersey  for my 52 Ancestors post on Friday.  

5)  Worked thrice on my second July presentation on Collaborative Big Family Trees, adding about 70 slides this past week.  I'm about 80% done now.  

6)  Watched one  Family Tree Webinar - Tracking Your Digital Breadcrumbs: Bookmarks, Toolbars, Notes, and Other Applications, by Cyndi Ingle.

7)  Reviewed the SCGS Jamboree Syllabus and printed off about 20 articles, and watched several of the SCGS livestreamed presentations.  
8) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and other ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 31,268 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.

9)  I continue to use Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 53,804 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 105,499 source citations.   I TreeShared once this week updating 237 profiles, and I resolved 332 Ancestry Hints.  I've fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 112,303 to be resolved, but I try to work on them weekly.

10) Wrote 18 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which one was a press release.  The most popular post last week was 
Changes to Mining Ancestry.com Hints by Specific Record Collection - Updated! with over 420 views.


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Takeaways From the SCGS Genealogy 2019 Jamboree

I collected my blog posts for the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2019:

*  We Are Off to the Genealogy Jamboree!! (posted 30 May 2019)

*  My Day 1 at SCGS Genealogy Jamboree 2019 (posted 31 May 2019)

*  Photos From Day One at Jamboree 2019 (posted 1 June 2019)

*  My Day Two at the SCGS Genealogy Jamboree (posted 1 June 2019)

*  My Day Three at Genealogy Jamboree 2019 (posted 3 June 2019)

*  Photos From Day Three (Sunday) of Genealogy Jamboree 2019 (posted 3 June 2019)

My takeaways from this Jamboree include:

*  I attended 6 of 16 classes, and enjoyed presentations by Judy Russell, the DNA panel, Peggy Lauritzen, Michael Lacopo, Bruce Buzbee, and Michael Strauss.  Some classes that I wanted were full when I got there.

*  I had a first-hand look at RootsMagic Version 8 from Bruce Buzbee at their exhibit table, and noted that the graphic interface and navigation will be significantly different from Version 7, so there will be a learning curve for most users.  However, no major new features are expected.

*  The ProGen alumni lunch on Saturday with about 25 attendees was a lot of fun; besides lunch, organizers Denise Levenick and Cyndy Richardson organized a quiz of items used in the past.  We had to guess what they were.  I knew none of them, so posted a photo on Facebook and several responders suggested some of the items.  The lunch discussion was excellent in The Daily Grill.

*  There were several new DNA entrepreneurial companies in the Exhibit Hall, including DNA2Trees, DNAGedCom/Genetic Family, CelebrateDNA! and perhaps more.  I'm happy to see that the field is still creating new processes and products.  

*  The Exhibit Hall was missing several companies that are usually there - Findmypast, AmericanAncestors, GenealogyBank, 23andMe, Lisa Louise Cooke were especially missed.  There may have been others.  On the other hand, I enjoyed talking to the folks at the exhibits for Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree, Geni.com, Family Tree Maker, Living DNA, Legacy Tree Genealogists, Moorshead Magazine, GenDetective, Family ChartMasters, Mayflower Descendants, DAR, and several more. 

*  It seemed that there were fewer attendees at this Jamboree (Friday through Sunday) than in years past, and the exhibit hall did not seem to have as many exhibitors.  

*  The weather was cool and gloomy - the famous June Gloom in Southern California.  Unfortunately, this resulted in my wife staying in the hotel room all day because it was too cold to go to the swimming pool.

*  We did not go to either of the evening dinners, and haven't in the recent past.  Linda and I went out alone to eat on Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunch.  

*  SCGS announced that there would be no Jamboree in 2020, and that they were evaluating how to best serve the community in 2021.  This may be a case of volunteer burnout and turnover.  I don't know.  It will be disappointing to have no multi-day conference in 2020 west of Salt Lake City.  Perhaps multi-day conferences are becoming obsolete. 

*  We did have a treat on Sunday night - we stopped in Huntington Beach on the way home and had dinner with our daughter's family.  It was fun to see and share time with the three grandchildren.


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Amanuensis Monday - Will of Jacob Fitz Randolph (1708-1779) of Middlesex County, New Jersey

The subject today is the will of Jacob Fitz Randolph (1682-1760) of Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey:

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The transcription of this will is (transcribed line by line):

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Forasmuch as it is appointed for all Men Once to die and the Time when
Very uncertain, I Jacob Fitz Randolph of the Township of Woodbridge in the County of Middlesex
and Eastern Division of the Province of New Jersey, being Very Weak and Low in Body, But of Sound
mind and Memory Blessed be the Name of the Lord.  Therefore Do this fifteenth day of the Second
Month Commoly Called February in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and
Seventy Nine, Make and Publish this my Last will and Testament in Manner and form following.
Imprimis, I order in the first place that all my Just Debts and funeral Expenses be fully paid
by my Executors out of my Moveable Estate.  Item it is my will and I do Order that my beloved wife
Mary if she Survives me Shall have out of my Moveable Estate the Sum of One Hundred pounds money
at Eight Shillings the Ounce, also a Feather Bed and furniture for the same at the Discreation of my Excrs
Likewise a Room in my now Dwelling House with a fireplace in it and firewood Sufficient for the same
Also Hay and Pasture Sufficient for One Horse and a Cow, the aforesaid Room & priviledges to be so long
as She Remains my Widow, on Condition She makes use of the Same her self my will is that
no part thereof shall be convey'd by her to any Other person, all which Bequests & proviledges unto my s^d
wife abovesaid I intend Shall be in Lieu and a full Recompence of all her Right of Dower and power of
thirds in my whole Estate Real and personal and not Otherwise.  Item I Give Grant and Devise unto
my son Reubin Fitz Randolph all that four Acres of upland and Meadow which I bought of John Noe to
be freely possessed and Enjoyed by him my s^d son Reubin his Heirs and Assigns forever.  Item
I Give Grant and Devise unto my son Jotham Fitz Randolph and my Grandson Jacob
Fitz Randolph all that part of my Home place that Lyeth in the Northerly and North Westerly Side of
the Road that leads from Woodbridge to the place Called Cedar Cove, and the Division Line between them
to begin at the aforesaid Road, Six Chains from James Crowells South East Corner as the Road turns
and from thence a North Westerly Course to the Rear where it will meet with John Noes line, the
part adjoyning the Land of James Crowell, to be of Equal Width from End to End, and my son Jotham
to have the Southerly part thereof and my said Grandson, Jacob the the Northerly part or side of the
Division Line to be freely possessed and Enjoyed by my aforesaid son Jotham and Grandson Jacob
by them their Heirs and Assigns forever.  I also Give Grant and Devise unto my said Son Jotham
and to his Heirs and Assigns forever all my Salt Meadow lying at Lin?????? point or Sunken Marsh.
Item I Give Grant and Devise unto my Son Joseph Fitz Randolph and my said Grandson Jacob
Fitz Randolph all the Remainder part of my Home place that Lyeth on the South Easterly side of the
aforesaid Road, with all the priviledges thereunto belonging the Division line Between to begin at
a Stake by the s^d Road, which stake stands at the North Westerly Corner of a small wheat field, from thence
Runing near Easterly to a stake at the Head of an old ditch thence as the s^d Ditch Runs to the Sound &
my said Son Joseph to have the Southerly Side and my said Grandson Jacob to have the Northerly

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side of the s^d Division line, to be freely possessed and Enjoyed by my said Son Joseph and my said Grandson Jacob by
them their Heirs and Assigns forever.  Item in Consideration of the said Devises unto my said Son Jotham & Grandson
Jacob, I Order and it is my will that they my said Son & Grandson Shall Equally provide the above mentioned firewood
and hay and pasture herein before given unto my said wife to be delivered at the Door, to say the firewood.  Item
I Give Grant and Devise unto my Daughter Joannah Thorn and my Grandson Samuel Fitz Randolph son of
my Son Jacob Fitz Randaolph all my Land which I bought of John Noe Sen^r being about forty two Acres, Likewise
all that piece or parcel of Land thereunto adjoyning Containing near thirty Acres, which I Bought at a Sheriffs
Vendue and was formerly the property of Jonathan Coddington, the whole of the two Described parcels of Land
to be Equally Divided between them my s^d Daughter & Grandson in Equal Quantity of Acres to be Divided in
Such ???? that my said Daughter Joannah Thorn her Heirs and Assigns Shall have hold possess & Enjoy
the Westernmost half part thereof next adjoyning the Land of George Brown Deceas'd, and that my said
grandson his Heirs and Assigns Shall have hold possess and Enjoy the Easternmost half thereof, and the 
Line of division to Run parallel to the line of the said Brown's Land.  Item I give and Bequeath unto
my daughter Mary Coddington the sum of Fifty pounds of like money aforesaid.  I also give and Bequeath unto my Grand-
Daughter Zipporah Fitz Randolph & to her heirs the sum of twenty pounds and a Cow.  Likewise I Give and
Bequeath the sum of One Hundred pounds of Like money aforesaid to be Equally Divided amongst all the
Surviving Children of my Son Jacob I supposed to be Deceased.  Item I give and Bequeath to my Granddaughter Tabitha
Jones the sum of Fifty pounds of like money aforesaid.  I Also Give and Bequeath the sum of One Hundred pounds
of like money afores^d to be Equally Divided amongst all the Surviving Children of my Daughter Elizabeth More
Deceased.  My will is that if either of my three Sons or my two Grandsons above Named Should die with-
out leaving any Lawful Issue that then and in Such Case, their part or parts of the of the land
herein before Devised to him or them so Dieing without Issue as aforesaid Shall be sold and the money deriving by such 
Sale shall be Equally Divided  amongst all my Surv[iv]ing Children Sons & Daughters Share and Share alike.
Item I Order and it is my will that after my Just Debts funeral Expenses and the said Legacies beforementioned
are fully paid the Remainder of my Moveable Estate Shall be Equally Divided amongst all my Surviving
Children ^and Grandson Jacob Fitz Randolph^ Share & Share alike, my will further is that the Legacies herein Bequeathed shall be paid within Twelve
months after my Decease to all the Legatees that may be of proper Age to Receive the same & to the Legatees that 
may be under age as they Severally arrive at proper Ages to Receive their Respective Legacies.  Item I do Order and 
it is my will that my Negro Woman Named Cloe Shall have her full absolute & entire freedom from Bondage immediately after my
Decease, and in like manner my Negro Girl Called Pegg shall have her full, absolute & entire freedom from Bondage when & as
soon as she Arrives to the Age of Eighteen Years.  And also that my Negro Boy named Tomey shall have his full & entire free-
dom from Bondage at the Age of twenty one years.  And Lastly I nominate Constitute and Appoint my Sisters son William Smith, my son
in Law Jacob Thorn & my s^d Grandson Jacob Fitz Randolph Executors of this my Last will & Testament.  In witness whereof I have to this my last will &
Testament Containing two Sheets paper Set my hand & Seal to the last thereof the day and Year first herein above Written.  Before Signing & Sealing
the Words / and Grandson Jacob Fitz Randolph / between the 9^th & 10^th lines from the Bottom was Enterlined.
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the s^d Jacob Fitz Randolph to be his last }
will and Testament in the Presence of us the Subscribers                                             }
 James Crowell                                                                                       Jacob Fitz Randolph {seal}
Joseph Crowell    Joseph D Camp

The source citation for this will is:

New Jersey Surrogate's Court, Middlesex County, Wills, Liber 24, pages 268-269, Jacob Fitz Randolph will, 1779; in "New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1656-1999," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 7 September 2015, images no longer available); citing original data from New Jersey County, District and Probate Courts.

Jacob Fitz Randolph and his first wife, whose name is unknown, had at least nine children, but only Reuben, Jotham, Joseph, Joannah, Mary and Elizabeth are mentioned in the will. The Grandson Jacob Fitz Randolph (1755-1839) is likely the son of son Isaac Fitz Randolph, who died in 1768.  I don't know who the parent is of granddaughter Tabitha Jones is.  Granddaughter Zipporah Fitz Randolp h is the daughter of son Jacob Fitz Randolph.  

Jacob Fitz Randolph married his second wife, Mary (Fitz Randolph) (Thorne) (Fitz Randolph) (Horseman Jackson in about 1764, and she is the wife named in Jacob's will.  They had no children with each other.

No mention is made of the son Samuel Fitz Randolph or his two known daughters, Tabitha and Mary.  It is possible that Samuel died before 1779 and had been provided his legacy before he died.

Jacob Fitz Randolph and his first wife are my 6th great-grandparents, through their oldest (?) son Samuel FitzRandolph (1730-????) and his wife, Martha Gach.


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."

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Best of the Genea-Blogs - Week of 9 to 15 June 2019

Dozens of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:

THE Genealogy Show 2019 by Daniel on The Genealogy Corner blog.

THE Genealogy Show by Janet Few on The History Interpreter blog.

Genealogical Patience is Finally Rewarded! by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

THE Genealogy Show -- Takeaways by Mags Gaulden on the Grandma's Genes blog.

10 Ways to Group Your DNA Matches Into Genetic Networks by Robin Wirthlin on the Family Locket blog.

*  FamilySearch Person Pages: Summaries of Your Ancestors’ Lives by Sunny Morton on the FamilySearch Blog.

Looking Back: THEGenShow2019 by John Boeren on the Antecedentia blog.

2019 Alphabet Soup:  N is for ... by Judy G. Russell on The Legal Genealogist blog.

5 Tips For Donating Your Genealogy by Devon Noel Lee on the Family History Fanatics blog.

Nota (Not So) Bene by Jacqi Stevens on A Family Tapestry blog.

DNA Ethnicity Estimation:  Reference Panels by Diahan Southard on the Your DNA Guide blog.

Are You Talking About Township or Township? by Randy Majors on the www.RandyMajors.com blog.

*  A DNA Match with No Tree? No Problem-Case Study by Lacie P. on the Making and Sharing Stories blog.

Where Do I Start? by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

THE Genealogy Show, Birmingham UK 2019 by Jennie Fairs on the Family Leaves and Branches blog.

2019 International German Genealogy Conference Day One by Debby Warner Anderson on Debby's Family Genealogy Blog.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  Friday's Family History Finds by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

 Friday Fossicking - 14th June 2019 by Crissouli on the That Moment in Time blog.

This Week's Creme de la Creme -- June 15, 2019  by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 900 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.

Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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