Saturday, August 18, 2018

Surname Saturday -- LNU (England to colonial New England)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  

I am working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to Ancestor #2145 who is Deborah LNU (1637-1679). 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this LNU family line is:

1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

66.  Nathan Gates (1767-1830)

67.  Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855)

134.  Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1785)
135.  Abigail Peirce (1750-1775)

268.  Jeremiah Knowlton (1713-1752)
269.  Sarah Allen (1717-1796)

536.  Nathaniel Knowlton (1683-1760)
537.  Mary Bennett (1685-1717)

1072.  Nathaniel Knowlton (1658-1726)
1073.  Deborah Jewett (1664-1743)

2144.  John Knowlton, born 1633 in probably Kent, England; died 08 October 1684 in Wenham, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4288. John Knowlton and 4289. Margery LNU.  He married 03 May 1652 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.
2145.  Deborah LNU, born 1637 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States; died about 1679 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Knowlton and Deborah Grant are:
*  John Knowlton (1656-1719), married 1680 Sarah LNU (1660-1732).
Nathaniel Knowlton (1658-1726), married 1682 Deborah Jewett (1664-1743)
*  Elizabeth Knowlton (1660-1738), married 1688 Timothy Dorman (1663-1740).
*  Thomas Knowlton (1662-1750), married (1) 1692 Mary Goodhue (1664-1706); (2) 1706 Mary Coe (1683-1730).
*  Abraham Knowlton (1664-????).
*  Catherine Knowlton (1668-????).

Some books state that Deborah LNU's maiden name was GRANT, and some online trees say that her parents were James and Agnes (LNU) Grant of Maine.  I have done no original research on this Grant line.


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Friday, August 17, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 17 August 2018

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

1)  News Articles:

FamilySearch’s Strategy to Help Preserve the World’s Archives

MyHeritage LIVE: Schedule Now Available
2)  New or Updated Record Databases:

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 17 August 2018

*  TheGenealogist adds Old Bailey calendar records

3)  Genealogy Education:

 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Free Family History Classes and Webinars for August 2018

BYU Family History Library Webinar Series (August 2018)

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 21 August, 5 p.m. PDT:  GPS: Finding Your Way Through Tough Research Problems, by James Ison

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 22 August, 11 a.m. PDT:  Researching Forces Ancestors (England and Wales), by Kirsty Gray

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Untangle the Web of German Websites, by Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Researching a Spanish American War Soldier, by Craig Scott

*  Kenneth R. Marks YouTube:  75 Techniques to Research Historic Newspapers A to Z

*  Kenneth R. Marks YouTube:  The Complete Chronicling America Tutorial

*  Kenneth R. Marks YouTube:  How To Become An Awesome Newspaper Researcher

*  Who Is Nicka Smith? YouTube:  BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 65: After the War Has Gone: Civil War Pensions & the Grand Army of the Republic

*  Ancestry YouTube:  Are These Really My Ancestors? | The Barefoot Genealogist | Ancestry

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  AmericaGen Study Group 8

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube:  US Military: Morning Reports

*  AmericanAncestors YouTube:  Applying for Dual Citizenship by Descent

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube:  How to Add Text to Layouts - Scrapbooking with PSE 2018
4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, August 17,  2018

5)  DNA Success Stories:

*   Two sisters born in Jacksonville reunite after being separated for more than 60 years

*  In One Ear: The secret family

6)  Fun Stuff:

Is This the Best Family Tree “Chart” Ever?

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 14 August 2018?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 17 August 2018

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

There are more than 1.5 million new records and newspaper articles available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Did your ancestor have a clandestine or irregular marriage ceremony? Explore over 881,000 clandestine marriage records covering the years 1667 to 1775 to find out. Each result will provide you with a transcript along with an image of the original hand-written record. Records will reveal a combination of the couple's names, marital conditions, occupations and residences.

This collection originates from The National Archives' Register General (RG) series 7 and pertains to marriages performed outside of the Anglican Church. Until Hardwick's Law of 1754, the laws around marriage ceremonies were lax. While marriage was technically required to take place in an Anglican church, those performed outside such a church were still recognised and categorised as common law marriages.

There are a number of reasons why individuals would have participated in these ceremonies. The couple may have wanted to be married in secret and away from their home. There may have been a reason that the marriage needed to be performed quickly. A clandestine marriage also cost far less than a traditional wedding. However, not all reasons were innocent, and the courtrooms heard many cases of people coerced or forced into a marriage or cases of bigamy. At this time, the age required for marriage was 14 for men and 12 for women.

Over 329,000 additional records have been added to our collection of directories & almanacs. The new additions include English & Welsh publications spanning the years 1766 to 1919. Inside you will find the names, addresses and occupations of prominent people, tradesmen, people who held office, business owners and local civil servants.

Almanacs and directories are an excellent resource for anyone researching their family history and want to understand more about their ancestor's life. They provide topographical accounts of towns, social statistics and comprehensive guides of towns or cities, as well as full listings of gentry, business owners, trades people, civil servants, church leaders, school teachers and much more. Furthermore, you can explore the history of your home by searching the publications by address, where you may discover previous proprietors.

Discover your ancestor who died and was buried in the Scotland county of Lanarkshire. This index of more than 64,000 death and burial records covers 31 burial places across the county and spans the years of 1642 to 1855.

Each result includes a transcript taken from an original document that will reveal a combination of your ancestor's birth year, death and burial dates, age at death, burial place, and mortcloth price.

Discover your Australian ancestor in this index of Queensland seamen. From this index, you may learn the name of the ship your ancestor worked on. The registers this index was created from pertain to the years from 1882 to 1919.

The 19,554 names included in this index were taken from the registers kept by the Harbours and Rivers Department. The registers pertain to the years from 1882 and 1919. Each result includes a transcript of the original documents held by the Queensland State Archives.

Over 62,000 additional transcripts of baptisms, marriages and burials have been added to our collection of New Zealand Indexes.

These civil registration records date back to 1848 and will provide you with all the information you need to order a copy of your ancestor's original certificate from the NZ government website.

This week we have added 131,666 new pages to The Archive. We have updated six of our existing titles, spanning England, Scotland and Ireland, including;

·         Liverpool Echo 1991-1993

·         Drogheda Argus and Leinster Journal 1873-1904, 1906-1912, 1917, 1922, 1927

·         Evening Herald (Dublin) 1988

·         Scottish Referee 1894

·         Irish Independent - 1918-1919, 1986, 1988, 2002

·         Mid Sussex Times 1914-1918


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52 Ancestors - Week 239: #364 John Horton (1696-1796) of Bristol county, Mass. and Providence County, Rhode Island

John Horton (1696-1796) is #364 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married #365 Mary Chase (1696-1732) in 1719 in Bristol County, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #182 Nathaniel Horton (1730-1819) who married #183 Sarah Pray (1734-1820)  in about 1755.
*   their daughter #91 Phebe Horton (1772 - after 1820) who married #90 Simon Wade (1767-1857)  in 1790.
*  their daughter #45 Miranda Wade (1804-1850) , who married #44 Jonathan White (1803-1850) in 1824.
*  their son #22 Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) who married #23 Amy Oatley (1826-1864) in 1844.
*  their daughter #11 Julia E. White (1848-1913) who married #10 Thomas Richmond (1848-1917) in 1868.
*  their daughter #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) who married #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)


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

*  Name:                         John Horton[1–9]    

*  Sex:                            Male    

*  Father:                       John Horton (1672-1752)    
*  Mother:                     Mehitable Garnsey (1673-1742)

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

*  Birth:                         21 March 1696, Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1-2,8]    

*  Deed:                        13 April 1728 (age 32), sold 30 acres in Rehoboth, Mass. to Jotham Carpenter for 115 pounds; Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1,4]    
*  Deed:                        9 March 1733/4 (age 37), sold land on eastern side of Palmer River to John Baker for 56 pounds; Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[1,5]    
*  Deed:                        13 January 1779 (age 82), sold 60 acres of land in Scituate to Noah Miller for 900 pounds; Scituate, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1,6]    

*  Death:                      10 January 1796 (age 99), Glocester, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[1,7–9]
*  Burial:                      after 10 January 1796 (after age 99), Jones-Hammon Lot, Foster, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[8]    
*  Probate:                    20 February 1796 (age 99), will proved; Foster, Providence, Rhode Island, United States[9]  

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

*  Spouse 1.                  Mary Chase (1694-1732)    
*  Marriage 1:               9 July 1719 (age 23), Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States[3]    

*  Child 1:                    Ruth Horton (1720-    )    
*  Child 2:                    Mehitable Horton (1723-1806)    
*  Child 3:                    Mary Horton (1725-1827)    
*  Child 4:                    John Horton (1727-1776)    
*  Child 5:                    Nathaniel Horton (1730-1819)    

*  Spouse 2:                  Elizabeth --?--  (1705- after 1784)    
*  Marriage 2:               after 1733 (after about age 37), probably Rhode Island, United States  

4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   
Information about the life of John Horton was published in a book:

Margaret R. Jenks and Frank C. Seymour, Thomas Horton of Milton and Rehoboth, Massachusetts (no place, Margaret R. Jenks, 1984)[1].

John Horton was born 21 March 1696 in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts, the fourth child (of seven) of John and Mehitable (Garnsey) Horton of Swansea and Rehoboth[1-2].  

He married Mary Chase on 9 July 1719 in Swansea[3].  Mary was born 15 January 1694/5 in Newbury, Massachusetts, the daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Follansbee) Chase.  The Chase family moved to Swansea before 1719.

John and Mary (Chase) Horton had five children, all born in Rehoboth, Mass.[1]:

*  Ruth Horton (1720-????), married George Round (1781-1791) in 1738 in Rehoboth, Mass.
*  Mehitable Horton (1723-1806), married Amos Hammond (1734-1813) in 1756 in Rehoboth, Mass.
*  Mary Horton (1725-1827), married 1744 Joseph Round (1720-1791) in 1744 in Rehoboth, Mass.
*  John Horton (1728-1776), married about 1756 Sarah Hicks (1739-????), probably in Rhode Island.
*  Nathaniel Horton (1730-1819), married about 1755 Sarah Pray (1734-1820), probably in Rhode Island.

On 13 April 1728, John Horton Jr. of Rehoboth, yeoman, sold 30 acres of land in Rehoboth to Jotham Carpenter of Rehoboth, yeoman, for 115 pounds[1,4].  The land was in Rehoboth near Manwhague Swamp, bounded west and northerly by the highway. Signed by John Horton and Mary Horton, and was witnessed by Hannah Ganzey and Seth Ganzey.  The deed was recorded 16 October 1761.

Mary (Chase) Horton died on 9 March 1732/3, leaving John with five young children.  He married Elizabeth --?-- at some time after 1733, probably in Rhode Island.

On 9 March 1733/4, John Horton Jr. of Rehoboth, husbandman, sold a tract of land in Rehoboth for £56 to John Baker of Rehoboth[1,5].  The land was on the easterly side of Palmer River, and a part of his homestead farm. The deed was signed by John Horton and Mary Horton, and was witnessed by David Horton, Hannah Round, Gershom Wood and Stephen Lee. 

John Horton probably bought land in Scituate, Rhode Island after his parents had died and several children had married in Rehoboth by 1756.  He resided there in 1779.

On 13 January 1779, John Horton, yeoman of Scituate, sold 60 acres of land in Scituate, Rhode Island to Noah Miller for 900 pounds[1,6].  The tract included the dwelling house and outhouses and was located on both sides of a highway, bounded by land of Nathaniel Horton, Joseph Round, Job Randall and George Wescot. John and Elizabeth Horton signed the deed.  Waight Wood and Caleb Arnold witnessed the deed.  The deed was recorded on 15 February 1779.

In about 1779, John Horton may have bought land in and moved to Glocester, Providence County, Rhode Island with his second wife, Elizabeth. 

On 7 April 1784, John Horton, yeoman of Glocester, wrote his last will and testament, which is in the Glocester, Rhode Island Town Council records.  The will says[9]:

"In the Name of God Amen I John Horton of Glocester in the County of Providence & in the State of Rhode Island yeoman being now an ancient Man but of sound mind & Memory (blessed be God) do this Seventh Day of April in the Eighth year of American Independence AD. 1784. Make and Publish this my Last Will and testament in manner following (that is to say)

"Imprimus I Give & bequeath unto Elisabeth My well beloved Wife all her wearing Apparel that she brought with her and what was made for herself since she Married me with all the Household goods she brought with her at the time of our Marriage.  Also I Give her Nine Pounds Lawful silver money to be Raised & Levied out of my Estate all Which I give unto my said Wife in Lieu of her Right of Dower and no otherwise;

"Item I Give to my Beloved Son Nathaniel Horton all My wearing apparel and farming Tools.

"Item I Give unto my three Beloved Daughters namely Ruth Round Mary Round & Mehitabel Hammon all the Remaining Part of my Household Goods that belongs to and Which I had in my said Daughters own Mothers lifetime Equally to be Divided between my said three Daughters.

"Item I Give unto my four Grandsons namely Nathan Hammon son of Amos Hammon John Round son of George Round Moses Round son of Joseph Round & Nathaniel Horton son of Nathaniel Horton the sum of one Pound and ten shillings Lawful [Silver lined out] Money a Piece to be raised out of my Estate.

"And I do hereby Constitute make & ordain William Ross & Jonathan Harris both of said Glocester yeoman my sole Executors of this my Last Will and testament and for the true Performance of this my said Will. I think it Proper that my farm be sold; therefore, I do hereby and Impower my said Executor to sell and give a Deed of sale of all my Homestead Farm Situate in Said Glocester as soon as they Conveniently Can after my Decease and that the Deed so Given by my Executors aforenamed shall be as Good and valid as though I had given a Deed of the same in my life time.  And that my said Executors shall pay all my Just Debts and Charges that shall be due for the Execution of this Will or otherwise, as also the aforesaid Legacies out of my Estate.

"Item I Give unto my beloved Grand Daughter Mary Horton the Daughter and only child of my son John Horton late of Scituate Deceased all my Estate whether Real or Personal that shall Remain after the Paying my Debts and Legacies as aforesaid.  And I hereby order my aforesaid Executors to take Care of all the said remainder of my Estate And after the Sale of my Farm as aforesaid they shall Let out the money to Interest in the Best and safest accountable for the bad Debts for the use of my said Grandaughter Mary Horton and in Six months after her Marriage shall Pay her the aforesaid Legacy and Whether my said Grand Daughter Mary be married or not I order my said Executors to pay to her, her aforesaid Legacy when she shall arrive to the age of twenty one years and in Case she Die unmarried & under that age then her said Legacy to be paid to her Right heirs.

"In Witness Whereof I the said John Horton have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the Day and year first above Written.

"Signed sealed Published & Pronounced
by the said John Horton as and for his
Last Will & Testament in the Presence of us
Who at his Request in his Presence and in
the Presence of each other have subscribed
our names as Witnesses hereto --- John Horton 
John Howland
George Brown
Willard Eddy"

John Horton died 10 January 1796 in Glocester[7-9], according to an article in the United States Chronicle newspaper and included in Volume 15 of the "Rhode Island Vital Records Extracts, 1635-1899" collection on  The extract says:

"HORTON John, at Glocester, aged 99 years, 9 months and 20 days, Jan. 10, 1796"

He was buried in the Jones - Hammon lot in Foster, Rhode Island[8].  His rough-hewn gravestone inscription is:

"John Horton
Born 21 March 
AD 1696
Died January 10
AD 1796"

After John Horton's death, the will was proved on 20 February 1796 by the Glocester Town Council[9].  The record says:

"At a Town Council held at Glocester on the 20th day of February AD 1796
this Will presented to this Council by the Executors for Probate and John Howland and George Brown two of the above Witnesses Declared on solemn Engagement that they Saw the testator John Horton Sign and seal this Paper and heard him Declare the same to be his Last Will and testament and that they together with Capt. Willard Eddy in his Presence & in the presence of each other Subscribed their names as Witnesses hereto.  And he then appeared to be of sound mind & memory. Wherefore it is voted and Resolved that this Will be proved approved & hereby is allowed of as a Good and Lawful Will and that the same be Recorded.
Witness Richard Steere Junr, Assist. Court Clk.

Recvd the 20th of February AD 1796 and Recorded per Richard Steere Junr Assist. Court Clerk."

An inventory of the estate of John Horton was taken on 9 February 1796, and was accepted by the Council on 21 May 1796.  The record says:

"A true Inventory of the Personal Estate of John Horton Who Departed this Life at Glocester on the 10th day of January AD. 1796.  Taken by us the Subscribers the 9th day of February AD. 1796.

Imprimus to his Wearing Apparel ................................................................ 2-04-0
to Pewter .....................................................................................................  0-10-7
to Iron Ware ................................................................................................. 0-03-6
to old Wooden Ware ...................................................................................  0-02-6
to one bed & bedstead and other furniture ................................................... 2-07-6
to one old Chest and old box ......................................................................  0-04-0
to an old Coverled and an old tea Kittle & Chest ........................................ 0-12-0
to one Staff with an Ivery head .................................................................... 0-01-0
to articles in the Possession of Arnon Hammon of Foster .........................  1-12-0
                                                          .........................             L-s-d             7-17-7
Whole amount 26 Doll. 26 Cts
Timothy Dean
George Brown

[In margin on page: Further addition of this inventory on page 325.]

"Glocester May ye 21st 1796 In Town Council it is voted and Resolved that this Inventory be accepted & hereby is ordered Recorded Voted & Post as Per order.
Richard Steere Junr Assist. Court Clerk.

"Whereas Mr. John Horton of Glocester in the County of Providence &c Husbandman Who Departed this life on the tenth Day of January AD. 1796 Did in & by his last Will & testament name and appoint William Ross yeoman and Jonathan Harris Esqr both of said Glocester Sole Executors of his said will and the said William & Jonathan having since proved said Will by and before the Town Council of said Glocester on the 21st Day of May AD 1796.  These are therefore in the Name of the Governor & Company of the State of Rhode Island &c to order and fully Impower you the said William Ross and Jonathan Harris to take into your Case Custody and Possession all and singular the Personal Estate of him the said John Horton that did belong to him at the time of his death and on the Same fully to administer by paying all his Just Debts and Legacies and to act and do in all matters & things Relating the aforesaid Premises as you by law and the aforesaid Will are Required & Directed to do.  And be ready at all times to render a Just and true account of your doings Relating the aforesaid Premises Whenever you shall be Legally called thereunto unto the said Town Council or their successors in said office, Given by order of the said Town Council aforesaid the said 21st Day of May and sealed With their seal by their order.  Per Richard Steere Junr Assist. Court Clerk, and Recorded by Richard Steere Junr Assist. Court Clerk."

On 12 December 1796, the executors added items to the inventory:

"Added by William Ross & Jonathan Harris Executors to the Personal Estate of John Horton late of Glocester Deceased as follows (viz.)

"To one Note Signed by Daniel & Elisha Sayles in Company Dated April.14.1795 on Interest from Date for one hundred and fifty Dollars

"To one other Note Dated April 14th.1795 on Interest from Date signed by Daniel & Elisha Sayles in Company for one Hundred & fifty Dollars.

"To one other Note Dated April 14th 1795 on Interest from date Signed by Daniel & Elisha Sayles in Company for one Hundred and sixty Dollars.

"Glocester Decemr 12th 1796
N.B. this addition Refers to John Horton's Inventory Which is Recorded in the 327 page of this book.  Recvd Jany 4th 1797 and Recorded by Richard Steere Junr Assist. court Clerk."

There is no estate distribution or account in the estate papers.  

1. Margaret R. Jenks and Frank C. Seymour, Thomas Horton of Milton and Rehoboth, Massachusetts (no place, Margaret R. Jenks, 1984), John Horton (1696-1796) sketch.

2. H. L. Peter Rounds, Jane Fletcher Fiske, and Margaret F Costello, Vital records of Swansea, Massachusetts to 1850 ( Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1992), John Horton birth entry.

3. H. L. Peter Rounds, Jane Fletcher Fiske, and Margaret F Costello, Vital records of Swansea, Massachusetts to 1850, John Horton and Mary Chase marriage entry.

4. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, FamilySearch (, Bristol County, "Deeds 1761-1762, Vol. 45," page 320-1 (images 168-169 of 295), John Horton Jr. to Jotham Carpenter, dated 9 February 1731/2, recorded 16 October 1761.

5. "Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986," digital images, FamilySearch, Bristol County, "Deeds 1765, Vol. 48," page 375 (image 203 of 302), John Horton Jr. to John Baker, dated 9 March 1733/4, recorded 17 October 1765.

6. "Land evidence records 1731-1879, indexes to records 1731-1930 [Scituate, R.I.], Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah), on 23 microfilm reels, Volume 6, page 515, John Horton deed to Noah Miller, dated 13 January 1779, recorded 15 February 1779 (accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,941,136).

7. "Rhode Island, Vital Records Extracts, 1636-1899," indexed database and digital image, (, Volume 15, "Newspaper Marriages and Deaths," page 517 (image 574 of 634), John Horton death notice.

8. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (, Jones-Hammon Lot (Foster, R.I.), John Horton memorial #20723516.

9. "Probate Records, 1731-1915 (Glocester, Rhode Island)," on 6 FHL Microfilm reels,  Volume 2, Pages 324-328, John Horton estate papers, on FHL Microfilm US/CAN 0,941,847.


NOTE:  In 2014, Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2018 to 260 Ancestors in 260 Weeks.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Genea-Musings Makes the Family Tree Magazine's 101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2018

I received this news this morning from Family Tree Magazine:


I'm happy to share the news that your Genea-Musings blog has been named to Family Tree Magazine's list of 101 Best Websites for Genealogy in the September 2018 issue. This issue is now being mailed to subscribers and went on sale August 14 at select newsstands nationwide and in our online store,

Each year, Family Tree Magazine publishes the 101 Best Websites for family history to guide genealogists to the best websites where they can discover family history information, and to honor the individuals and organizations who create those sites.

A full, clickable list of 101 Best Websites, including your site, can be found in our online Best Genealogy Websites directory at . To locate your listing, use the pull-down menu to choose the “101 Best Websites 2018” category.


I am very pleased that Genea-Musings was included in the list of  101 Best Websites for Genealogy  in the "Online Tools and Tips" category.  I saw the list in the September 2018 issue  that I received earlier this week. The articles was written by David A. Fryxell.

The categories for 2018 are (from the magazine article - they are not listed on the web page):

*  Dot-Com Databases 
*  Data Rich Dot-Orgs
*  Uncle Sam's Sites
*  Volunteer Venues and Wikis
*  Virtual Library Cards
*  State and Regional Sites
*  Archives and Libraries Abroad
*  Other Foreign Finds
*  Online Tools and Tips
*  Real News Online
*  Maps and History Tools
*  Social and Sharing Sites
*  History Lessons
*  Expert Advice

The blurb for Genea-Musings says:

Keep up with the latest additions to your favorite genealogy websites at Randy Seaver’s frequently updated blog, where he also shares his own research lessons."
I noted that Genea-Musings was the only genealogy blog listed, although several websites on the list also have a blog component (e.g., Cyndislist, Lisa Louise Cooke, etc.).
My thanks to Family Tree Magazine for this honor - I really appreciate it.  This is, I think, the third year in a row that Genea-Musings has received this honor.

There are many excellent websites on this list - both free and subscription - have you looked at all of them?  This served as an excellent reminder to me that there is more to online genealogy and family history than the commercial sites and FamilySearch.

Disclosure:  I am a Family Tree Magazine subscriber and have been for many years.  I have received no material considerations, other than greetings, photographs and smiles at conferences, from Family Tree Magazine.


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Seavers in the News- Kate Hoffman Seaver Dies in 1934

It's time for another edition of "Seavers in the News" - a semi-regular feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from the The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press newspaper dated 14 July 1934:

The transcription of this article is:

"Mrs. Kate Hoffman Seaver died last Sunday at her home after an illness of intestinal flu, preceded by several weeks' illness.  She was born June 23, 1848 in Tralee County Carey, Ireland, daughter of Elias and Elizabeth (Sanders) Hoffman.  At the age of 14 she came alone to America in charge of the ship's mate on the boat and landed at Castle Garden, coming from New York to Fayston to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Neill, who had been neighbors of the Hoffmans in Ireland.  June 19, 1870, she was married in Fayston to Levi W. Seaver of Waitsfield and came to Waitsfield with her husband to make her home.  Mr. and Mrs. Seaver were the parents of three children, Frank J., who has lived and cared for his mother in their home, Abbie E., who died July 5, 1891 and Clayton P., who died March 6, 1883.  Mr. Seaver died February 23, 1929.  Beside bringing up her own children, Mrs. Seaver took into her home at the death of their mother her two grandchildren, Mark and Marguerite Seaver.

"She was a member of the Methodist Church and a constant attendant and worker as long as her health allowed.  Besides her son and grandchildren, Mrs. Seaver is survived by three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Anne Somerville, Mrs. Alice Neill of Waitsfield, and her sister, Elizabeth, who lives in California, and Thomas Hoffman of Waitsfield.  The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. Percival Hewitt officiating.  The bearers were four nephews, Walter Corliss, Emeory Somerville, John Hoffman, William Neill, and two neighbors, Daniel Moriarty and Charles Kew.  Interment was in the family lot in the village cemetery."

The source citation for this article is:

"WAITSFIELD," The Burlington [Vt.] Free Press newspaper, dated 14 July 1934, page 11, column 2, Mrs. Kate Hoffman Seaver obituary; digital image,   ( :  accessed 16 August 2018).

This is a really complete obituary for Katherine (Hoffman) Seaver - it lists the names of her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings and pallbearers; her birth date and place, the cause of her death; the death dates of her husband and two children; and her migration information.  

I had the Levi W. and Kate (Hoffman) Seaver family in my RootsMagic family tree, and all of the information in the obituary is confirmed by vital records, except for the death of son Clayton Philip Seaver.  He was born on 6 March 1883, and died 5 January 1907 at age 23, less than two years after he married Lillian Sleeper.  

The two grandchildren mentioned were children of son Frank Joseph Seaver (1874-1964) by his first wife, Mary Ellen Eagan (1875-1910); they had two other children who died young.  After his first wife died, Frank Joseph Seaver married Marie Louise Lavoie (1894-1983) in 1915, and they had three children, all born in Quebec.

Levi W. Seaver was my 4th cousin, 4 times removed, and their children are my 5th cousins, 3 times removed.


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