Monday, April 30, 2018

Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Eweliną Jastrzębską

Odwiedzamy dzisiaj kraj, którego symbolami są koniczynka i harfa. Mieszka tu Ewelina.

Ewelino, cieszymy się ze spotkania z Tobą!
Powiedz nam skąd pochodzisz - gdzie jest Twoje miejsce w Polsce?

To trochę taka mieszanka. Od urodzenia mieszkałam na Śląsku i tam się wychowywałam, aczkolwiek ostatnie 3 lata przed wyjazdem mieszkałam w woj. małopolskim i pracowałam w Krakowie. To było trochę jakby spełnienie moich marzeń. Dorastając na Śląsku, człowiek oglądał na co dzień stare, brudne budynki i pozostałości po kopalniach. A Kraków? Był taki duży, europejski, modny. Cieszyłam się na każdy wyjazd, każdą wycieczkę do tego miasta, a znalezienie pracy tam było spełnieniem marzeń. Mimo wszystko, gdy ktoś mnie pyta skąd jestem, odpowiadam, że ze Śląska, a wtedy ludzie sprawiają wrażenie zakłopotanych, ponieważ w przeciwieństwie do np. mojego chłopaka nie potrafię porozumiewać się gwarą śląską, co powoduje, że ludzie nie wierzą mi, że stamtąd pochodzę.



Jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z Polski?

Z Polski wyjechałam, a raczej wyleciałam 4 lata temu. Czasem mam wrażenie, że to było tak bardzo dawno temu, a czasem, że minął dopiero rok. Czy żałuję? Oczywiście, że nie! Czy zrobiłabym to ponownie? Zdecydowanie tak. 😊

Kraj/ kraje / przyczyna Twojej emigracji to...

4 lata temu wyjechałam z Polski i od tego czasu mieszkam w Irlandii. Przyjechałam tutaj na 6 miesięcy jak au-pair, głównie po to, żeby podszkolić język angielski i zastanowić się nad tym, co chciałabym w życiu robić. Rok 2014 nie był łatwym okresem. Walczyłam z faktem, że nie wiem, co chcę studiować, nie wiem, co chcę robić w życiu.. Przyleciałam do Irlandii i to już zostało. Zdecydowanie była to bardzo dobra zmiana. Kosztowało mnie to wiele. Zakończenie związku, totalna rozłąka z rodziną i przyjaciółmi, ale było warto. Teraz to wiem.

 Jakie masz wykształcenie?

Mam wykształcenie średnie. Ukończyłam liceum o profilu wojskowym. Na ten moment nie wiem, co chcę studiować. Interesuję mnie kilka rzeczy i staram się je wszystkie dobrze poznać, żeby podjąć dobrą decyzję.



Czym zajmujesz się na co dzień?

Na co dzień pracuję w jednej z największych firm logistycznych w Irlandii. To zabiera zdecydowanie większość mojego czasu, ale staram się nie narzekać. To stanowisko to dla mnie coś nowego, w pewnym rodzaju wyzwanie, więc staram się dawać z siebie jak najwięcej.

Co lubisz robić w czasie wolnym?

Moje Hobby to zdecydowanie mój blog oraz podróżowanie. Są to dwie rzeczy, które totalnie wypełniają mój wolny czas. Pisanie bloga pozwala mi się na chwilę odciąć, pozwala mi tworzyć mój własny świat, z którego jestem dumna. Jeżeli chodzi o podróżowanie, to czasem żałuję, że nie mam więcej czasu wolnego. Na ten moment skupiam się na odkrywaniu Irlandii, ale już wkrótce Polska, Hiszpania. Mam nadzieję, że te wyjazdy przyniosą mi wiele inspiracji. 😊


Z czego jesteś dumna?

Przede wszystkim jestem dumna, z tego, jakim człowiekiem jestem teraz. Dużo do mojego wychowania przyłożyli się moi dziadkowie i jestem im za to bardzo wdzięczna, ale wiem, że to dzięki sobie jestem silną kobietą. Jestem dumna z tego, że potrafię dążyć do celu i realizować swoje plany, takie jak pisanie bloga. Mój blog to moje dzieło i moja duma. Mimo że jeszcze nie jestem w takim momencie, gdzie byłabym z niego 100% zadowolona, to wiem, że pewnego dnia tak będzie. Jestem dumna z moich tatuaży, mimo że często spotykam się z opinią, że kobietom nie wypada i jak ja będę wyglądać na starość... Cieszę się również z tego, jacy ludzie mnie otaczają. Mój K oraz najbliżsi przyjaciele zawsze są obok mnie i mnie wspierają. To najlepsze co mogłam dostać od życia.


Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga / o czym piszesz na blogu?

Bloga zaczęłam pisać pod koniec 2013 roku, kiedy po raz pierwszy zaczęłam myśleć o wyjeździe jako au-pair. To było coś totalnie amatorskiego, ale dzięki temu mogłam dać upust swoim uczuciom i temu, co o tym wszystkim myślę. W 2016 roku zaczęłam podchodzić do tego coraz bardziej poważnie i postanowiłam stworzyć własną domenę oraz bardziej przyłożyć się do prowadzenia kont social media. Na blogu głównie piszę o swoim życiu oraz podróżach. Staram się skupiać na tych dwóch tematykach, bo wiem, że to wychodzi mi najlepiej. Wkrótce może dojść tematyka zdrowego stylu życia, ale na ten moment, nie jestem jeszcze na to gotowa.

Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki na Obczyźnie?

Klub Polki to dla mnie coś niesamowitego. To miejsce, gdzie czuję się pewnie i swobodnie. Nie boję się zapytać o poradę albo po prostu pożalić. Cieszę się, że mogę poznawać tyle wspaniałych osób, mieszkających w tak różnych częściach świata. Czuję, że, mimo że nie jesteśmy spokrewnieni, to jesteśmy dla siebie jak rodzina.

Co jeszcze chciałabyś nam powiedzieć o sobie?

Był okres, że byłam nieśmiała, martwił mnie każdy negatywny komentarz na moim blogu. Zastanawiałam się nawet nad tym, żeby przestać pisać. Dzięki Klubowi zrozumiałam, że nie warto się tym przejmować. Że warto walczyć o siebie i o to, co tworzymy. Dziś jestem bardziej pewna siebie i walczę o to, co moje. 😊


EWELINA JASTRZĘBSKA

Strony Eweliny:
Blog: po angielsku, po polsku
Facebook: Eff My Life
Instagram: @effmylife

Zapraszamy do odwiedzenia stron Eweliny oraz do spotkania z kolejną Polką i blogerką, mieszkającą poza granicami Polski.

Zdjęcia:
Ewelina Jastrzębska



Friday, April 27, 2018

Johnston - Our Scottish Line

I am always pleased when I find a new name - a new person in our family tree - but I am even happier when I manage to find out more about any particular ancestors.

Edward Johnston is our direct maternal ancestor (12 generations back). I was planning to write a note about him and, quite unexpectedly, I came across some detailed information regarding this family line. How great to know more about our roots and where we come from!

Edward Johnston was born on 21 April 1649 in Aberdeen City, Scotland (some researches claim he the year of his birth was 1638). He probably arrived in America in early December 1676.
About 1767 Edward Johnston married Miss Elizabeth Walker who was born on 13 January 1658 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The marriage took place at St. Peter's Parish in New Kent County, Virginia.

Not much is known about Edward and his life, besides that he probably worked as a Quaker preacher or missionary in New Kent. He might also be the Edward Johnston who signed the Bacon's Rebellion grievance document.

Edward's father was Arthur Johnston - a doctor and a poet. He was the fifth son of Sir George Johnston and Honorable Christian Forbes (daughter of William seventh Lord Forbes).

Arthur Johnston studied medicine at universities in Aberdeen, Rome and Padua, Italy. Later, he traveled around Europe, and also lived in France where he was a university professor and practiced as a physician in Paris as well. From June 1637, Arthur was rector of King's College in Aberdeen.

Artur was also the physician of King James I and Charles I (+ the royal family). Later, in 1633, he purchased from Sir George Johnston (his nephew) a property at New Leslie in Aberdeenshire. The place was called Monkegy.

Arthur Johnston works include, among others, his translation of the Psalms of David into Latin, several epigrams describing the beauty of the land where he was born, and the Caskieben castle, poems about noble persons of his age, and the anthology of Latin verse by the Scottish poets.

One of Arthur's brothers was Dr. William Johnston - professor of mathematics at the Marischal College of Aberdeen.

The statue of King Robert the Bruce at the Marischal College in Aberdeen


Edward's mother was Barbara Gordon - the third wife of Arthur Johnston's. His great-grandfather William Johnston was killed during the battle of Pinkie (1547) - the battle between England and Scotland.

William Johnston of Caskieben, Edward's great-great-great-grandfather fought and was killed at Flodden (1513).

One of the Johnston relations worked in London as the Virginia Company deputy treasurer. Since he recruited people to go and settle in Virginia, possibly thanks to that connection quite a few Johnston people (including Edward and his brothers) emigrated to America as well.

The founder of the Johnston family of Aberdeenshire was Stiven (Stephen) Johnston of Caskieben, brother of the laird of Johnston in Annadale, Scotland.

The crest of the Johston clan
"Never Unprepared"

Stephen lived and received a baronetcy during the reign of King David II. He was so keen on studying and reading books that he was given a nickname "The Clerk". Stephen married Margaret Garioch, daughter of Sir Andrew Garioch, knight, of Caskieben. The lands of Caskieben and some other ones were granted to Stephen by his father-in-law, and he named them Johnston after his own surname.

Johnston(e) Clan Tartan

The Caskieben castle - which was the seat of the Johnston clan of the north for nine generations - has an astronomical alignment with one of the nearby mountain peaks - Mither Tap. The beauty of that, which can be observed during the equinox, was described in a poem by Dr. Arthur Johnston.


Colorized photograph of Cakieben catle (now Keith Hall), near Inverurie, Scotland

Stephen The Clerk is our direct ancestor (21 generations back). How are we connected with him and his descendant Edward Johnston?

Let's start with our great-grandmother Jurita Elizabeth McIntosh (nee Ledbetter)

her mother Hannah E Ledbetter nee Hagood (b. about 1839, Georgia)
her father Lemuel Davis Hagood (b. 20 July 1820 SC/d. 15 August 1909, Fulton, Georgia)
his father James J Hagood (b. around 1780, SC/d. about 1784, Forsyth County, Georgia)
his mother Martha Hagood (nee West) - b. around 1744, Virginia/d. 19 March 1828, Pickens County, SC
her mother Letitia West (nee Martin) - b. 5 March 1735, Albemarle County, Virginia/d. about 1784, King William, Virginia
her mother Ann Martin (nee Farish) - b. about 1710, Caroline County, Virginia/d. about 1732, Albemarle, Virginia
her mother Judith Farish (nee Johnston) - b. about 1725, Spotsylvania, Virginia/d. 23 Sept. 1793, Spotsylvania
her father William Johnston - b. 19 Dec. 1697, Annandale, Dumfrieshire, Scotland/d.1778, Caroline County, Province of Virginia
his father Edward Johnston.


Credits: 
Photos:
1. The statue of king Robert the Bruce; By L E X commons [CC0], from Wikimedia Commons;
2. The Johnston Clan Crest: By Celtus (Celtus @ english wikipedia) - Own work by uploader. The crest is adapted from a scanned, out-of-copyright book., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4544997;
3. Tartan: By Mibovrd [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons;
4. Caskieben: By colourized photograph produced in 1909 by WR&S Limited - part of the Reliable series 483/23 - http://dearjackhistory.blogspot.ca/2015/07/4-keith-hall-again.html,
Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=39176484.




Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tucker Family

In one of my previous posts our great-great-grandmother Rachel Obelier Stimson was mentioned. Her maiden name was Tucker. Today, I tell you more about her (and our) direct family line.

Rachel parents were David Tucker born about 1762 in Amelia County, Virginia and Miss Frances "Fanny" Old. Nothing is known about Fanny, though.

Her grandparents were

William Tucker, Sr. born circa 1718 in Prince George, Virginia, British Colonies. Before 1740, he married Miss Ann - surname unknown. William died on 19 March 1791. Probably in Powhatan County, Virginia.

Rachel's great-grandparents

Robert Tucker Junior - born in Charles City County, Virginia on 10 May 1676. Robert's wife was  Elizabeth Parham (born circa 1680 in Charles City, Charles, Virginia), daughter of Thomas Parham III and Elizabeth Parham nee Branch. Robert and Elizabeth got married in 1698 in Charles City, VA. They had five sons and two daughters. William (Rachel's grandfather) was the couple's youngest son.
Mrs. Elizabeth Tucker passed in 1718. A year later Robert remarried. His second wife was Martha Eppes (daughter of Francis Littleberry Eppes and Anne Isham).
Robert Tucker Jr. passed away on 26 Sept. 1744 in Amelia County, Virginia.


 The Governor's palace in Williamsburg. 
The city was the capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780

Rachel's great-great-grandparents

Robert Tucker (b. ≈1652/d. ≈1704 in Charles City County, VA). Robert married Miss Elizabeth Coleman about 1676. Elizabeth's father was Mr. Robert Coleman. She was born  ≈1657 in Charles City Co., VA/d. on 21 Dec. 1722 in Amelia County, VA).
Robert and Elizabeth had nine children - six sons and three daughters.

Great-great-great-grandparents

John Tucker who was born (8 Sept. 1626), lived and died (5 May 1671) in Westmoreland County, Virginia. His wife was Rose Allerton (b. ≈1633 in Carleton Manor, Yorkshire, England), daughter of Isaac Allerton Sr. and Fear Brewster. John and Rose got married on 26 Oct. 1625.
They are our 7 times great-grandparents. Rose Allerton was also an aunt of Sarah Elizabeth Allerton Lee's.

Which ancestors of the Tucker family were the Immigrants?

The answer is: William Daniel Tucker and his wife Marye Elizabeth Thompson - Rachel's 4 times, and our 10 times great-grandparents.

William was born on 7 Jan. 1589 in Egloshayle or Plymouth, Cornwall, England.


Northeastward view of Plymouth Sound from Mount Edgcumbe Country Park in Cornwall

Miss Marye Elizabeth Thompson was born circa 1599 in Walton, Hertfordshire, England to Robert Thompson and Elizabeth Harsnett. William and Marye were married ≈ 1621 in Saint John, Hackney, London, England.

St. Johns Church - Hackney

Marye Tucker deceased around 1640 in Elizabeth City, Virginia. Her husband passed about four years later.

Credits:
Pictures
1. By Ron Cogswell - The Governor's Palace -- Williamsburg (VA) September 2012, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47502435;
2. Cornwall - By Robert Brimacombe - Wednesday 12thMarch 2008 035, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4183228;
3. Hackney - St John's - By Tarquin Binary (Fin Fahey) - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=546396.



Friday, April 20, 2018

Jacob Rippy Gant - from North Carolina to Tennessee

Five generations of our ancestors lived/were born in North Carolina.

John Gant's great-great-grandson Jacob Rippy Gant (our great-great-grandfather) was born ≈1816 in Orange (later Alamance) County, NC. His parents were Jonathan Kerr Gant and Mary Elizabeth Trollinger.

On 26 March 1838, Jacob married Miss Doxley (Dorsey) Isley who was born around 1818 in North Carolina. The couple still lived in Orange County, NC then. Five of their children: Henry A - b. about 1838, Mary Elizabeth, Sarah C, Martha F, and John were born in North Carolina as well.

The family moved to Tennessee by 1859 - Jacob and Doxley's oldest son Henry A (our great-grandfather) got married on 11 December 1859 in Sumner County, Tennessee.
Jacob's youngest son was born around 1858/59 in Tennessee too.


The 1870 Census records inform about the family. On 6 August 1870, Jacob, his wife and children lived in the Civil District No.17 of the Sumner County, Tennessee.

Name: Jacob Gant
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1870
Event Place: Tennessee, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 53
Race: White
Race: (Original) W
Birth Year: (Estimated) 1816-1817
Birthplace: North Carolina
Page Number 30


Household
Jacob Gant, a. 53, b. North Carolina
Rodosky Gant, a. 50, b. North Carolina
Mary Gant, a. 25, b. North Carolina
M F Gant, a. 24, b. North Carolina
John Gant, a. 14, b. North Carolina
Woodson Gant, a. 11, b. Tennessee


Record Source:
"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MD84-RDS : 12 April 2016), Jacob Gant, Tennessee, United States; citing p. 30, family 231, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,065.

The above records also mention that Jacob was a farmer and the family estate was worth $500. Besides, Jacob's wife Doxley was illiterate and the children, except Woodson, could not read.

Our direct ancestor Jacob Rippy Gant passed in June 1893 in Sumner County, Tennessee.

Recently, our cousin Mrs. Rachel B. has provided us with the information that Jacob's brothers Henry Rippy (b. 8 Nov. 1809, NC) and Benjamin Newton (born 1812, NC) were the family members who moved to Tennesse the earliest. Henry came to the state before 1850, Benjamin a few years later, in the 1850s.

Who moved our family line from Tennessee (and where to), I will tell you some other time.

Credits:
Photo: CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4303264



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lee Family

Sarah Elizabeth Allerton (b. ≈1671, Westmoreland, Westmoreland County, Virginia), our 1st cousin 8 times removed*, connects us to the Lee family.


Around 1700 in Dividing Creek, VA, Sarah married Captain Hancock Lee (b. 1653 in Dividing Creek, Northern Neck, Virginia) who was about 20 years older than her. Hancock Lee died a few years after their marriage, on 25 May 1709 in Ditchley, Northumberland, County, Virginia, American Colony.

Sarah's father-in-law, Col. Richard Henry Lee (b. 22 March 1617 in Cotton Hall, Nordley Regis, Shropshire, England/d. 1 March 1664, Cobb Hall, Dividing Creek, Northumberland, Virginia) was the Family Immigrant who (in 1639) brought the Lee family line to America.



There are many well-known names/persons among the descendants of Col. Richard Lee including his great-grandsons, signers of the American Declaration of Independence:

Francis Lightfoot Lee (b. 14 Oct. 1734, Stratford Hall, Westmoreland, Virginia/d. 11 Jan. 1797, Menokin, Richmond, Virginia)


and Richard Henry Lee (b. 20 Jan. 1732, Stratford, Westmoreland County, Virginia/d. 19 Jun. 1794, Chantilly Hill, Westmoreland County, Virginia).



Lee "The Immigrant" was also great-great-grandfather of

General Henry Lee III - the 9th Governor of Virginia (b. 29 Jan. 1756, Dumfries, Prince William County, Province of Virginia/d. 25 March 1818, Cumberland Island, Saint Mary's, Camden County, Georgia)


and Zachary Scott Taylor.

Besides, one of his descendants is a great-great-great-son Robert Edward Lee (b. 19 Jan. 1807, Stratford Hall, Westmoreland, Virginia/d. 12 Oct. 1807, Lexington, Rockbridge, Virginia).



Our cousin Sarah Elizabeth Allerton Lee died on 17 May 1731 in Ditchley, Northumberland County, Virginia.

Other connections to the Lee family are:

1.  Mr. William Fitzhugh II (b. 1679, Eagles Nest, Stafford, Virginia/d. 1713, Ravensworth, Fairfax Co., VA) - our cousin, seven times removed*. About 1705 he married Miss Ann Mary Lee (b. ≈ 1683, Machodoc, Westmoreland County, Virginia/d. 12 Jan. 1732 in Eagles Nest, Virginia). Mary Ann was a granddaughter of Col. Richard Henry Lee I, daughter of Col. Richard Henry Lee II.

2. Another cousin of ours* - William Fitzhugh III (b. 6 Jan. 1721, Stafford, VA/d. 11 Feb. 1798, Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland) who - on 28 March 1744 - married Miss Martha Lee  (b. ≈1716 in England/d. 12 Nov. 1751, Hague, Westmoreland, Virginia). Marta was Col. Richard Henry Lee's great-granddaughter.

*based on my MyHeritage reasearch

Credits:
  • Coat of Arms: By Raster uploaded by Doalfe at en.wikipedia; Vectorized by ZooFari (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
Portraits:

  • Col. Richard Henry Lee I:
    Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57093800;
  • Francis Lightfoot Lee:
    Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=962355;
  • Richard Henry Lee:  [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons;
  • Gen. Henry Lee III: By William Edward West (1788-1857)[1] - Transferred from de.wikipedia to Commons.,
    Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1654124;
  • Richard E. Lee: by Julian Vannerson
    [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons




Monday, April 16, 2018

Johannes Sigmann and Sigmann Family - German Connection

There are quite a few side branches of our family tree which lead us to Germany or Prussia. One of them is the line of our uncle by marriage, Mr. Richard Lee Sigman.

Richard was born on 6 August 1914 in Harrison County, Texas. On 23 March 1934, he married Miss Cora Belle McIntosh. They had three sons and four daughters.

Richard's grandfather, Mr. Archibald L Sigman was born in Georgia in 1835, but he moved to Texas. It must have happened before 1860 because The Census record of 1860 mentions him, his wife and two children. They lived in Panola, Texas. The child named Dozier was born in 1858 in Texas.

United States Census, 1860
Name: Archibd Sigman
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1860
Event Place: Beat 7, Panola, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 25
Race: White
Race: (Original) [Blank]
Birth Year: (Estimated) 1835
Birthplace: Georgia
Page 29


Archibd Sigman, age 25, b. Georgia
Mary Sigman, (wife) age 19, b. Georgia
Dozier Sigman, son age 2, b. Texas
Delpha Sigman, daughter, age 0, b. Texas


Record Source

"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXFT-29K : 12 December 2017), Archibd Sigman, 1860.

What we can also learn from that record is that Archibald was a hatter and the value of his personal estate was $500.

Richard Lee Sigman's great-grandfather of the name Barnet Eli Sigman was born in Catawba, North Carolina (about 1795). His great-great-grandfather Christopher Sigman came to this world in Tinicum, Bucks, Pennsylvania  (on 20 August 1766). During his life, Christopher relocated to North Carolina, where he passed on 21 August 1841.

Jörg Bernhardt Siegman who is the next ancestor in Richard Lee's family line was born in 1722 in Hüffenhardt, Neckar-Odenwald-Kreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Although he died in Lincoln, North Carolina (21 April 1769), it was his father Johannes who was the adult family Immigrant and took Jörg and his siblings to America.

Johannes Sigmann was born on 24 August 1689 (in Hüffenhardt as well) to Georg Sigmann and Margaretha Brenner. Johannes had three wives. He married his first wife Anna Barbara Barleth on 24 October 1713 in Hüffenhardt. She died at the age of 20, about two years later (on 2 February 1715).


Hüffenhardt - city council building


Maria Barbara Manns, daughter of Johann Georg and Maria Manns was Johannes' second wife. They got married where they both lived (in Hüffenhardt) on 18 January 1715.

Mentioned in the record of Johann Sigman and Maria Barbara Mann
Name: Johann Sigman
Spouse's Name: Maria Barbara Mann
Event Date: 18 Jun 1715
Event Place: Evangelisch, Huffenhardt, Mosbach, Baden


Record Source:
"Deutschland Heiraten, 1558-1929," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J4RJ-WL2 : 11 February 2018), Johann Sigman and Maria Barbara Mann, 18 Jun 1715; citing Evangelisch, Huffenhardt, Mosbach, Baden; FHL microfilm 1,189,311.

Maria Barbara was born on 18 March 1692. She died after 18 days in child birth, on 29 December 1728. Johannes was a widower again. Not long, though. On 24 November 1729, in the evangelical church of Hüffenhardt he married Miss Maria Rosina Umberger, daughter of Hans Conrad and Ana Rosina Umberger.

Maria Rosina Umberger (marriage record)
mentioned in the record of Johannes Sigmann and Maria Rosina Umberger
Name: Johannes Sigmann
Spouse's Name: Maria Rosina Umberger
Event Date: 24 Apr 1729
Event Place:: Evangelisch, Huffenhardt, Mosbach, Baden


Record Source:
"Deutschland Heiraten, 1558-1929," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J4RJ-WP6 : 11 February 2018), Johannes Sigmann and Maria Rosina Umberger, 24 Apr 1729; citing Evangelisch, Huffenhardt, Mosbach, Baden; FHL microfilm 1,189,311.

Portal of the evangelical chuch in Hüffenhardt

 Maria Rosina was 28 then, her husband Johannes was 40 and he worked as a smith.

Maria Rosina Umberger
Deutschland Geburten und Taufen (Germany Births and Baptisms 1558 - 1898)
Name Maria: Rosina Umberger
Event Date: 1677 - 1838
Gender: Female
Christening Date: 29 Jul 1701
Christening Place: EVANGELISCH, EHRSTADT, HEIDELBERG, BADEN
Father's Name: Hanns Conrad Umberger
Mother's Name: Ana Rosina


Record Source:
"Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VHM7-BKB : 11 February 2018), Maria Rosina Umberger, 29 Jul 1701; citing ; FHL microfilm 1,336,611.

In 1738, Johannes, his children and Maria Rosina emigrated to America. They travelled on the ship "Charming Nancy" which belonged to Mr. Benedict Arnold. The ship left Rotterdam (last from Cowes, England) and arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 9 November 1738. There is the passenger list where Johannes and his three sons Hans Georg (b. 1716), Johannes (b. 1720), and Jorg Bernhard (b. 1722) are listed under the name of Sighman. It seems rather interesting that only male passengers were recorded. Females' names were not on listed at all.


Credits:
Picture of the city council: By p.schmelzle [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons,
Portal of the church picture: By p.schmelzle [CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons,
Information based on my MyHeritage reasearch.




Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Anną Hofstätter

Za nami już 32 wywiady, w których to przedstawiły się nam 32 panie należące do Klubu Polki na Obczyźnie. Dziękujemy Czytelnikom, tym stałym, którzy dotrwali z nami do wywiadu numer 33, tym nowym i tym przypadkowym gościom na blogu - wszystkim, których interesuje to, co mają do powiedzenia nasze Polki/blogerki.

Dzisiaj rozmawiamy z Anią, którą tradycyjnie pytamy:

Aniu, gdzie jest Twoje miejsce w Polsce?

Najbardziej identyfikuję się z Iławą, gdzie spędziłam czasy szkoły podstawowej i liceum. Ta niewielka, malownicza miejscowość na Warmii- Mazurach ukształtowała moją osobowość. Potem przyszły studia w Olsztynie, moim drugim mieście. Jednak tak naprawdę tym, kim jestem, stałam się na obczyźnie.



Jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z Polski?

W Austrii mieszkam od 2004 roku. Niedługo mieszkałam pod Salzburgiem, ale to Wiedeń jest moim domem.

Kraj i przyczyna Twojej emigracji to...

Wyjechałam, żeby nauczyć się języka niemieckiego. W planie był powrót do Polski. Po drodze jednak pozmieniały się koleje życia i zostałam w Austrii.

Jakie masz wykształcenie?

Jestem magistrem fizjoterapii i ten zawód wykonuję na co dzień. Zawsze chciałam skończyć studia wyższe. Tak bardzo mi zależało, że przez dwa lata co tydzień jeździłam z Wiednia do Wrocławia do szkoły. To był trudny czas, ale jestem z siebie dumna i zadowolona, że spełniłam swoje marzenie.

Czym zajmujesz się na co dzień?

Teraz jestem w ciąży i wychowuję synka. Niedługo do nas dołączy córka. A co po macierzyńskim - przekonamy się...

Jakie masz hobby / co lubisz robić w czasie wolnym?

Bardzo lubię robótki ręczne i inne twórcze i kreatywne działania. Ostatnio jednak skupiam swoje wysiłki i poświęcam czas miastu (odkrywanie, zwiedzanie) oraz blogowaniu.

Z czego jesteś dumna?

Jestem dumna z tego, jak udało mi się wypracować to, co mam tj. szczęśliwe małżeństwo i rodzinę. Związek to przecież zadanie do wypełniania na co dzień.


Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga / o czym piszesz na blogu?

Pierwszego bloga, który „umarł” prawie od razu pisałam zaraz na początku emigracji. Tak naprawdę nie umiałam tego robić. Potem był blog o rękodziele i z niego wyewoluował obecny. Jestem też z niego dumna. To dużo pracy i czasu, żeby rósł i rozwijał się oraz nabierał i dawał wartość czytelnikom.
Piszę głównie o Wiedniu i Austrii. O stronie turystycznej i emigracyjnej, o tym, jak się tu żyje i o języku austriackim (niemieckim).

Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki?

Spotkaniem wyjątkowych, pozytywnych osób, które dobrze się rozumieją, bo mają podobny punkt wyjścia.

Co jeszcze chciałabyś nam powiedzieć o sobie?

Bardzo mnie cieszy każda osoba, która znajdzie coś ciekawego dla siebie na moim blogu. Ostatnio stworzyłam listę darmowych muzeów w Wiedniu, którą można pobrać. Serdecznie zapraszam na www.ilove.wien/darmowe-muzea-wieden.

Anna Hofstätter

Aniu, dziękujemy za rozmowę i Twój udział w Wywiadach. Życzymy szczęśliwego rozwiązania i wszelkiej pomyślności!

 Zdjęcia: Anna Hofstätter


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Jarrot Howard

Jarrot Howard, our great-great-grandfather, was born on 31 July 1810 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. His parents were Christopher Howard and Rebecca Hayes. At the age of 22, Jarrot married Miss  Nancy Walker born circa 1815 in Bowling Green as well. It happened on 14 March 1832 in Monroe County, Kentucky.

Two years later, on 30 November, the first and only child was born to Jarrot and Nancy's family. The parents named the boy William James. When he was about six years old, his mother Nancy passed away (on 13 June 1840).

Jarrot remarried pretty soon after his first wife died. On 26 August 1840, he entered the matrimony with Miss Lucettie Abigail Thomas, daughter of James Tolbert Thomas and Elizabeth Breed. The couple's first five children Mary Ellen (b. 9 Sept 1841), Samuel Tolbert (b. 25 July 1843), Elizabeth B (b. 7 August 1845), James T (b. 11 November 1847), and Harmon (b. 27 December 1849) were born in Bowling County, Kentucky.

At the beginning of the 1850s, Jarrot, Abigail and their children moved to Texas. They travelled in a wagon which was drawn by oxen till they reached Collin County.
Jarrot bought some land there. It was 320 acres on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Texas (which cost $3/acre) and some more acres on Spring Creek, Collin County (in that case he paid $3.50/acre).

Collin County (marked in red), Texas

Two more children were born to Jarrot and Abigail in Texas. First, it was Lucetta Susan (b. 5 March 1852 in Plano, TX). Then, on 12 February 1855, Garrot (Jarrot) Howard Jr. came to this world.

At the end of his life, Jarrot was the owner of 380 acres of land on Turtle Creek, 320 acres on Spring Creek and a few hundred other acres in Collin County as well.

Jarrot Howard died on 25 November 1854 in Plano, Collin, TX. He was buried at the Plano Mutual Cemetery.

Three years after his death, on 15 October 1857, Abigail married again. Her spouse was Mr. William M Forman II, son of William Forman I and Ruth Chenoweth. William Forman II was born on 7 September 1820 in Nelson County, Kentucky. Abigail and William Forman II had two daughters and four sons.

Searching the Internet, I found out that William Forman I  was the first postmaster in Plano, Collin County, Texas and Forman Elementary School in Plano, Texas was named after William M Forman II and his wife Abigail.

Aigail Forman passed on 20 January 1897, about a year after her second husband died. She lived 73 years, six months and four days.

As for Jarrot and Abigail's children


Mary Ellen married De Witt Clint Forman, son of William Forman I. If the date of her death (1964) on her gravestone is correct, she lived about 122 years.

Samuel Tolbert - in 1871 he married Miss Ellen Leach (b. on 29 February 1852 in Indiana to Mr. Owen D. Leach and Ms. Elizabeth Light). Samuel and Ellen had two sons Jarrot F and William. Samuel died on 4 January 1894 in Plano, TX.

Elizabeth B passed on 17 January 1854 in Plano.

James T passed on 8 February1869 in Plano.

Harmon died on 13 November 1890 in Elgin, Union, Oregon.

Lucetta - around 1875 she married Mr. William L Meroney (b. about 1850). Lucetta passed on 5 December 1883.

Garrot - died on 25 Feb. 1877 in Plano, Texas.

Credits:
Map of Texas highlighting Collin County - By David Benbennick [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons,
Information based on my own research and the data provided by cousin Rachel L. B,
findagrave.com
familysearch.org





Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gordon, Knox & Fitzhugh Families

Mr. Samuel Gordon was born in 1722 in Ayrshire/Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. On 1 June 1748, he married Miss Nicholas (such a name appears in records, but I guess the lady's name was Nichola) Brown who was born about 1725 in Cragencallie, Scotland.


The couple lived in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, they had ten children: Gizel, unnamed child (probably stillborn), Elizabeth, John, Penelope, Nicholas, Samuel, Alexander, Alexander, and Basil.
Nichola died on 18 November 1785, her husband Samuel Sr. passed on 22 1799.

Two of their sons Samuel and Basil emigrated to America. Samuel Jr. was born in Scotland on 15 October 1759. Basil was probably born about or before 1766, he was christened on 12 May 1766.

From Scotland Birth and Baptism Records:
Name: Samuel Gordon
Gender: Male
Wife: Nicholas Brown
Son: Basil Gordon
Christening Date: 12 May 1766
Christening Place: KIRKCUDBRIGHT, KIRKCUDBRIGHT, SCOTLAND
Father's Name: Samuel Gordon
Mother's Name: Nicholas Brown


Record Source:
"Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XYM2-1HQ : 10 February 2018), Samuel Gordon in entry for Basil Gordon, ; citing Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, reference 2:165FKD5, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,068,032.

The two brothers are not our main interest right now. It is their older brother John Gordon, born circa 1752 in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland.

John did not travel to America. He lived, got married (around 1782) and died in Scotland. John's spouse was Miss Marion Brown (b. 12 March 1757). They had two daughters and seven sons.

John left this world on 22 Feb. 1822 in Lochdougan, Kirkcudbrightshire, Marion lived longer - she died on 5 June 1837 in Gatehouse, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.

John and Marion's son who leads us to our main family line was Samuel Gordon, born circa 1785, Lochdougan, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. He married Miss Agnes Knox (b. circa 1787) - our fourth cousin four times removed.

Agnes' ancestors were:

Parents

Mother: Susannah Stuart Fitzhugh (b. 1751, Overwharton Parish, Stafford, Virginia - d. 1823, Belmont, Charlottesville, Virginia)
Father: William Knox (b. 7 March 1735, Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Scotland - d. 1805, Stafford, Virginia).

Grandparents

Paternal side:
John Knox and Janet Sommervell

Maternal side:
Thomas Fitzhugh (b. 16 July 1725, Boscobell Plantation, Virginia - d. 1 Dec. 1768, VA)
Sarah Stuart (b. about 1731, King George, Virginia - d. ∾1783 VA)

And here we are: Thomas Fitzhugh was a great-grandson of Rose Tucker nee Allerton - our direct ancestor. But that is not all. Agnes' sister Susannah Fitzhugh Knox (b. ∾ 1775, Culpeper County, Virginia - d. 10 July 1869, Fredericksburg, Virginia) married Samuel Gordon Jr. mentioned at the top of this post.

Credits:
  • Flag of Scotland: By none known (http://kbolino.freeshell.org/svg/scotland.svg)
    [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Information based on my MyHeritage research



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Daniel Morgan

The person who links us to Daniel Morgan and other more and less known individuals/names is our Absalom Bobo's wife Mary Gant (nee Boone) whom I wrote about in this post.

Daniel Morgan was related to the Boone family.
If you are not sure who Daniel Morgan was, I remind only that he was a politician of Virginia and general whose leadership led to a vital victory during American Revolutionary War.



How does Mary Boone connect us to Mr. Daniel Morgan? I partially explained it (regarding Daniel Boone) in the post linked above. Here is the direct line which goes through 7 generations:

Mary Gant (Boone)
her father Hiram Boone (b. 1765, Culpepper County, Virginia - d. 13 March 1826, Woodford, Kentucky) ➦
his father Hezekiah Boone ( 22 May 1735, Exeter, Berks, PA - 20 Dec. 1823, Woodford, Kentucky) ➦
his father George Boone (13 July 1690, Bradninch, Devonshire, England - 20 Nov. 1753, Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania) ➦
his brother Squire Maugridge Boone, Sr. (25 Nov. 1696, Bradninch, Devonshire, England - 2 Jan. 1765, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, Colonial America) ➦
his wife Sarah Boone / nee Morgan ( b. 23 Sept. 1700 in Towamencin Township, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, Colonial America - d. 1 Jan. 1777,  Mocksville, Davie, North Carolina)
her brother Joseph James Morgan, Sr. (b. 1702, Montgomery, PA - d. 1782, Frederick, Virginia) 
his son Daniel Morgan (b. 6 July 1736, Battletown, Hunterdon, New Jersey - d. 6 July 1802, Winchester, Frederick, Virginia). 

Information based on my MyHeritage research.

Picture:
Charles Willson Peale
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



Monday, April 9, 2018

Rippy - Our Irish Ancestry

Today I introduce one of our direct Irish lines - the Rippy family.


Edward Lee Rippy - born in 1678 in Dublin, Ireland is our 7 times great-grandfather. His wife was Miss Nannie Ross also from Dublin. Edward died where he lived in 1732 and was buried at St. Nicholas Without parish cemetery in Dublin.

Edward and Nannie's son was Joseph Rippy born in 1708 in Dublin as well. About the year 1728, Joseph married Miss Ellen Patterson, daughter of Mr. John Patterson and Ms. Agnes Moffet. Ellen was born between 1706 and 1708 in Fingal County, Leinster, Ireland. Joseph passed in March 1774, Ellen in 1777. They were both buried in Dublin.

The couple had at least four children including Edward Ross (b. in June 1729 in Baile Átha Cliath, County Dublin, Ireland), Ellen, Mathew (b. 1740 in County Fingal), and John. Mathew is our 5 times great-grandfather.

As far as I know, Edward and Mathew emigrated to America. The brothers settled in North Carolina.
Mathew started his own family around 1757 when he married Miss Nancy Anne Holliday (born about 1738 in Orange County, Colony of North Carolina, British Colonial America). Nancy Anne's parents were Samuel and Elisabeth Holliday.

Mathew and Nancy got married and lived in Orange County. They had thirteen children.
Our direct ancestor Mathew died at the age of (about) 77 in Hillsboro District, Orange County, North Carolina.

What is the exact connection of the Rippy family and our family line?

Mathew and Nancy's oldest daughter Frances (b. 18 Oct. 1760, Orange County, NC), called by her immediate family "Fanny", is our 3X great-grandmother. About 1785, she married our ancestor William Gant (b. 14 August 1763, Granville County, North Carolina).

William's sister Keziah (b. 1764, Granville, NC) married Fanny's brother Thomas S Rippy (b. 13 Jan. 1764, Alamance, North Carolina).

There are a few more Irish family branches in our family tree and those ancestors cannot wait till they are mentioned on the pages of this blog. I will tell you about them some other time, though.

Credits:




John Gant - From Virginia to North Carolina

I have already told you about our direct ancestor Thomas Gant who emigrated from England to Virginia. The man who moved our family line from Virginia to North Carolina was Thomas' grandson and our 6 times great-grandfather John.

John was born in Isle of Wight County on 15 February 1710. His parents were John Gent and Sarah Boone mentioned in the post linked above.

John Gant married Miss Anna Brantley, a daughter of John Edward Brantley and Elizabeth Clay. The marriage took place in the year 1730 on 4th April in Isle of Wight, Virginia, British Colonial America.

Two years later John's mother Sarah passed - it was on 4 September 1732. His both parents were buried in Isle of Wight, Virginia.

 Probably by the year 1740 John moved to North Carolina. I found some information about John's son Thomas who was born there around 1735. Anyway, another son of his was born to the family in 1740 in Shocco District, Granville, North Carolina. The boy's name was James.


According to my findings, John had nine sons: William, John Spencer, and Isham were born in Virginia. The other ones: Thomas, James, Andrew, Edward, Charles, and Lewis Bobo were born in North Carolina.

The information regarding Anna's (John's wife's) date of birth and death is unclear.

Version 1:  She was born on 23 Agust 1712 in Edgecombe, North Carolina, died in Franklin, North Carolina, on 19 April 1781.
Version 2: Anna was born in 1707 and died around 1731 in Isle of Wight Virginia before John emigrated to America.

There has also been an assumption that John had another wife of the surname Bobo (in relation to John's youngest son's middle name).

John Gant passed on 3 September 1783 in Franklin, North Carolina.

Our ancestors lived in North Carolina for a few generations. Where they moved next and when it happened I will tell you soon.



Thursday, April 5, 2018

Rachel Obelier Tucker & Isaac Stimson

Not long ago, we met our cousin Ms. Rachel B. who provided us with some interesting copies of family documents including the family Bible pages. Thanks to that, I can tell you something interesting about our great-great-grandparents Mr. Isaac Stimson and his wife Rachel Obelier Tucker, who were early Collin County Texas pioneers.

Isaac's family was of English heritage. His great-great-great grandfather John Stimson was born in 1605 in Newcastle, Northumberland, England.


John emigrated to America where he married Miss Susannah Phillips. The marriage took place about 1632 in Watertown, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Susannah was born in the same location in 1608. Our ancestor John Stimson died in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts on 10 June 1643.

From John the family line goes to his son Dr. James Stimson who married Miss Mary Leffingwell. Mary's father and grandfather were born in White Colne, Essex, England. The place seems like another interesting village/location which would be worth visiting.

Picture created with MyHeritage Family Tree software

Coming back to Isaac, he was born in Pittsylvania, Virginia on 30 Jan 1799.

13 Nov. 1818 in Virginia Isaac married Miss Rachel Obelier Tucker (born on 7 June 1799 in Halifax, Virginia), a daughter of David Tucker and Miss Fanny Old.

Virginia marriages 1785-1940
Name: Isaac Stimson
Spouse's Name: Rachel Tucker
Event Date: 13 Nov 1817
Event Place: Halifax, Virginia
Father's Name: Erasmus Stimson 


Record source:
"Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X5YT-Q51 : 11 February 2018), Isaac Stimson and Rachel Tucker, 13 Nov 1817; citing Halifax, Virginia, reference pg95; FHL microfilm 31,918.

In 1822 Isaac bought from his father a piece of land between the waters of Upper Double Creek in Virginia. In the records from that time, the surname was misspelled and the letter 'p' was added. Census from the year 1830 confirms that Isaac and his family lived in Virginia then.

Name: Isaac Stimpson
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1830
Event Place: Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States
Page 404
Record Source:
"United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH5J-VWC : 19 August 2017), Isaac Stimpson, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States; citing 404, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 201; FHL microfilm 29,680.

Isaac worked as a farmer. According to the family Bible records, Isaac and Rachel had twelve children. Their sons were Edward Cannon, Daniel Marion, Isaac Wesley, Socrates Hannibal, and Josiah Long. The daughters' names were Martha Jane, Amanda F, Abigail Obelier, Maryan E P, Lucy F, Rachel Belle Zorie, and Clementine V.

Three years after the 1830 Census, Isaac sold the land in Virginia and the family moved to Trigg County in Kentucky.

United States Census, 1850
Name: Isaac Stimson
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1850
Event Place: Trigg county, Trigg, Kentucky, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 51
Race: White
Birth Year: (Estimated) 1799
Birthplace: Virginia
House Number: 148


Isaac Stimson, age 51, birthplace Virginia,
Rachel O Stimson, age 50, b. Virginia,
Daniel M Stimson, age 23, b. Virginia
Abigail O Stimson, age 24, b. Virginia
Elizabeth E Stimson, age 20, b. Virginia
Isaac W Stimson, age 19,b. Virginia
Lucy F, age 17, b. Virginia
Rachel D, age 16, b. Virginia
Socrates H, age 14, b. Virginia
Clementine V Stimson, age 13, b. Virginia
Josiah L Stimson, age 10, b. Kentucky


Record Source:
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M65L-17X : 12 April 2016), Isaac Stimson, Trigg county, Trigg, Kentucky, United States; citing family 149, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Isaac and Rachel's daughter Clementine V died on 20 March 1852. Not long after that, the family packed their belongings, stuck them on wagons, and they went to Texas. The journey was not that easy as it may seem these days. Most of the time, on good days regarding the weather they moved from ten to fifteen miles. That was the average speed of traveling in a wagon trail at that time. On rainy days, very likely they could cover a mile only. Isaac and his family did 671 miles from Trigg County to Texas, so they journey probably lasted a few months.

Issac bought his first land in Collin County on 3 Jan. 1853. It was a tract of 320 acres, the seller was Mr. Robert C. Porter. Two years later, on 12 Jan. our ancestor obtained the same amount of land - the seller was Mr. Andrew J. Tucker. Later, Isaac also purchased two small pieces of land from Mr. Fitzhugh and Mr. Martin. In 1866, he bought another small tract. This time it was sold by Mr. George and Margaret Phillips. In 1872 Isaac purchased a small piece of land again (from Mr. Joseph Bledsoe).

The Stimson family lived about eight and a half miles south of McKinney. Their house was built on the tract bought from Mr. Fitzhugh.

United States Census, 1870
Name: Isaac Stimson
Event: Type Census
Event Year: 1870
Event Place: Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 71
Race: White
Race (Original) W
Birth Year: (Estimated) 1798-1799
Birthplace: Virginia
Page Number: 62

Isaac Stimson, 71, b. Virginia
Rachel Stimson, 71, b. Virginia
Josiah Stimson, 30, b.  Kentucky
Thomas Stimson, 8, b. Kentucky
Lily Stimson, 4, b. Kentucky


Record Source:
"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXGP-HPT : 12 April 2016), Isaac Stimson, Texas, United States; citing p. 62, family 418, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,078.


Thomas and Lily mentioned in the record were Josiah's children. His wife Mariah died four years before the Census.

Isaac and Rachel Stimson

Rachel Stimson died at the age of 75 on 24 August 1874 in Plano, Collin County, Texas. Isaac lived about three years longer. He departed on 26 Jan. 1877. The couple was buried at the Stimson cemetery which was situated on the Stimson land near McKinney.

In his will (written before Rachel's death), Isaac left the homestead to his wife. Three tracts of land were to be divided equally between his children except for Amanda P F and Socrates Hannibal who had been given “land and other property” earlier. One acre of land which included the Stimson graveyard was not to be given away. The Stimson cemetery was not to be touched and always be a burial ground. Isaac designated his son Daniel Marion as the executor of the will and the guardian of Isaac Wesley and Lucy Stimson's children.

Sadly, despite the fact that the Stimson cemetery was the final resting place of several family members, it no longer exists. The land was sold some time later and the burial ground was destroyed. The headstones of Rachel and Isaac were moved to Abston Cemetery in Mallard Park, Lavon, Texas. Here is the information copied from the Stimson cemetery tombstones by our relations Ms. Lula Belle Moore and Mr. Leffel Gant when the Stimson graveyard still existed.

Isaac Stimpson 
Born January 30, 1799
Died January 26, 1877
He was 77 years old

 
Rachel Obelier Stimpson 
Born June 7, 1799
Died August 24, 1874


Lucy F Stimson Atkinson
wife of John Atkinson
Born Aug. 29, 1832
Died Feb. 19, 1872

Minney 
daughter of J. L. and M. E. Stimson
Born Jan. 1, 1872
Died July 4, 1874

Jarrett Howard
son of William James and Rachel Belzora Howard
Born March 6, 1860
Died Sept. 13, 1862

Oliver Hedgecoxe
Born June 19, 1823
Died Oct. 8, 1872

Abigail Stimpson Hedgecoxe
Born April 6, 1825
Died May 6, 1892

Joseph B
son of J L and M E Stimson
Born Oct. 14, 1875
Died March 1883
"Weep not Papa and Mama for me, I am waiting in Heaven for thee"



Credits:

  • map - Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Photo of Isaac and Rachel Stimson  - courtesy of Ms Rachel B.
  • Photos of gravestones - courtesy of Mr. Stephen H.

UPDATE

Oliver Hedgcoxe was John Oliver Hedgcoxe, Abigail Stimson Hedgcoxe's brother-in-law.



Monday, April 2, 2018

Robert Tucker - Our English Roots

Robert Tucker is our direct great-grandfather (12 generations back).


He was born in Stockland, Devon, England, on 26 Nov. 1487. The village still exists. It would be so nice to visit the place one day. Or even live there.

Devon UK locator map 2010

In 1524, at the age of 37‏, Robert married 26-year-old Miss Joan Palmer who was born in 1498 in Thorverton, Devon, England, to John Palmer and Elizabeth Bilton. The marriage took place in Exeter, Devon.

Robert and Joan had possibly ten children - seven sons: John, Richard, Robert, William, Hugh, William (2), and Henrye, and three daughters: Martha, Johane, and Grace. I wrote "possibly" because I had found two daughters of the same name Martha. One of them was born in 1528, the year of birth of the other one is unknown. Maybe it is a research glitch and there was only one Martha, I am not sure.

When Robert was 52, on 7 Jan. 1540, his son and our direct ancestor, was born. His name was William Tucker, he was born in Exeter, Devonshire, England.

About the year 1565, William married Miss Honer Erisey born in 1529 in Cornwall. The couple had seven children: Robert, John, William, Florence, Thomas, Dorothie, and William Daniel. The youngest son is our main ancestry line.

William Daniel Tucker was born in Plymouth, Cornwall, England on 7 Jan. 1589. His father William died in 1582 in Exeter.

I have come across the information that in 1579, when he still lived in England, William married Miss Elizabeth Mansfield. It happened in Milton, Kent, England. The couple had two sons William and Daniel. If this is correct, maybe William Daniel's first wife died before he emigrated?
In 1610 William Daniel left England and went to America. No info on Elizabeth though.

William was a trading merchant and Virginia pioneer/colonist.

William Daniel married Miss Marye Elizabeth Thompson, a daughter of Mr. Robert Thompson and Ms. Elizabeth Harsnett. Marye was born around 1599 in Walton, Hertfordshire, England. Some sources say that the marriage took place in Jamestown, James City, Virginia, others that it was in Elizabeth city in Virginia. Anyway, William and Marye had seven children including 'our' John born on 8 Sept. 1626 in Westmoreland, Virginia.

There has been a confusion regarding William Daniel's parents. In some family trees, they appear to be John Tucker and Alice Pelham. According to the data which I found in Pedigree Files on familysearch.org, most likely there were  two different men of the name William Tucker born in the same year. However, the other one was born not on 7 January but on 6 April, not in Stockland but in Gravesend, England. Furthermore, in those trees William's grandparents are William Tucker and Honer Erisey. In our tree, they are William Daniel's parents. It looks as if there could be a mix-up and that second William's father John could have actually been 'our' William Daniel's brother.

Credits:
England flag by abFlags.com cc: by nc sa 
Map of England: By Nilfanion [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons