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Monday, October 27, 2014

1671 :: Birth and Death of Mary and Mary

On this date in our family history . . . the 27th day of October . . . in the year 1671 . . . it is recorded that Mary Mercy Pearson is born in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts . . . and that her young mother, Mary Pearson nee Poore, dies at the time of her baby daughter's birth . . . the Mary who dies is a 10th great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . the Mary who is born is a 9th great-grandma . . .

Essex Institute Historical Collections
By Essex Institute, Peabody & Essex Museum

Samuel Pearson born 29-5 mo., 1648; married in Newbury, 6 Dec., 1670, Mary Poore; she died 27 Oct., 1671. . . . Child by wife Mary, baptized in our church: Mercy, b. 27 Oct., bapt. 10 Dec., 1671; m. 24 Jan., 1693-4, James Thurston of Newbury.

1710 :: Death of Mary Osgood

On this date in our family history . . . the 27th day of October . . . in the year 1710 . . . Mary Osgood nee Clemens dies in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts . . . Mary was a daughter of Robert Clemens . . . she was married to John Osgood in November of 1653, and it is said that they had a dozen children . . . this Mary is a 9th great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . 

In 1692, Mary was accused of witchcraft . . . made a confession . . . but then recanted her confession on the 16th day of October . . . nevertheless, Mary was indicted on charges of witchcraft in January of 1693 . . . and spent about four months in the Salem prison . . . "she, with four others, were then released upon the petition of Mr. Dudley Bradstreet and a number of other Andover people, who had come to a better state of mind." . . . 

P.S. . . . one of Mary's brothers was Robert Clemens . . . who is a 4th great-grandpa to Samuel Langhorne Clemens . . . who is aka Mark Twain . . . who is already my 4th cousin four times removed via one of my Southern lines . . . 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

1850 :: The Census Taker

On this date in our extended family history . . . the 21st day of October . . . in the year 1850 . . . T.J. Allen is acting as "the census taker" and is busy visiting residents of Milam County, Texas . . . this particular Mr. Allen just happens to be the third husband of Matilda Connell Allen Allen nee Roberts . . . who is an older sister of our Mahala . . . who is a 3rd great grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . regarding the job of "the census taker" it has been written that . . . 

It was the first day of census,
and all through the land;
The pollster was ready,
a black book in hand.

He mounted his horse
for a long dusty ride;
His book and some quills
were tucked close by his side.

A long winding ride
down a road barely there;
Toward the smell of fresh bread
wafting up through the air.

As an enumerator for Milam County, one of the households Mr. Allen documented on this date contained the following family members . . .

Elijah Goodnight 17 [sic]

The woman was tired,
with lines on her face;
And wisps of brown hair
she tucked back into place.

She gave him some water
as they sat at the table;
And she answered his questions
the best she was able.

He asked of her children
Yes, she had quite a few;
The oldest just turned nineteen,
the youngest is still two.

He noted the sex,
the colour, the age.
The marks from the quill
soon filled up the page.

They came from Illinois,
of that she was clear;
But she wasn't quite sure
just how long they'd been here.

They spoke of employment,
of schooling and such;
They could read some and write some,
though really not much.

When the questions were answered,
his job there was done;
So he mounted his horse
and he rode back toward home.

We can only imagine
his voice loud and clear -
"May God Bless you all
for another ten years."

As it turned out, by the time the next census is taken (1860), T.J. Allen has died of yellow fever while working as editor for The Galveston Journal . . . most of the members of this branch of the Goodnight and Daugherty family have moved on to other parts of Texas . . . and the above mentioned "Charlie Goodnight" has been a member of the Texas Rangers (1857) . . . 

Before another census comes around in 1870, Charlie has been involved in a near state-wide round-up of feral Texas longhorn cattle that have been roaming free during the years of the war between the states . . . he has invented the "chuck wagon" . . . 

and he has used that early version of a "food truck" when he and Oliver Loving drove their first herd of cattle northward out of Texas along what would become known as the Goodnight-Loving Trail (1866) . . . 

Now picture a time warp -
it's now you and me;
As we search for the people
on our family tree.

We squint at the census
and scroll down so slow;
As we search for that entry
from long, long ago.

Could they only imagine
on that long ago day;
That the entries they made
would effect us this way?

If they knew, would they wonder
at the yearning we feel;
And the searching that makes them
so increasingly real.

We can hear if we listen
the words they impart;
Through their blood in our veins
and their voices in our heart.

Slightly adapted
original poem
Darlene Stevens

This blogpost was researched and prepared specifically for The Sixth Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge over at cousin Bill's blog which is known as . . . West in New England . . .

P.S. . . . as an additional tidbit . . . on this date in the year 1899 . . . Noah Smithwick dies in California . . . but back in 1850 he was also living in Milam County, Texas . . . and on the 11th day of September in that year, he was also enumerated by T.J. Allen . . . this Noah Smithwick is the author of Recollections of Old Texas Days . . .

See also . . .

Monday, October 20, 2014

1650 :: Marriage of Daniel Poore and Mary Farnum

On this date in our family history . . . the 20th day of October . . . in the year 1650 . . . Mary Farnum marries Daniel Poore in Massachusetts . . . some sources say they married in Andover . . . the text shown below says they married in Boston . . . this Daniel and Mary are 9th great-grandparents to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

clipped from Historical Sketches of Andover

Thursday, October 16, 2014

1675 :: Death of Isaac Botts

On this date in our family history . . . the 16th day of October . . . in the year 1675 . . . Isaac Botts is "One of the two who fell in the little swamp near the house." . . . this Isaac as well as the Benoni Hodsdon mentioned in the Plaisted letter are both 9th great-grandpas to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

About an arrow-shot from Salmon Falls mill was the home of Elizabeth Botts and her first husband, Isaac. Here they owned twenty acres of land bordering upon Salmon Falls brook. . . .

Their movable possessions were meagre and for utility instead of decoration. The whole list comprises: a hog, a chest, an ax, some small dishes, an iron pot, a frying-pan, a spinning wheel, a saddle, and a harrow. This shows with how few luxuries young married people of 1675 could find life worth living, and enjoy it at the same time. . . .

With Isaac and his wife was their only child, Elizabeth, who was but a few years old. She afterwards married Samuel Brackett of Berwick, and lived on a farm adjoining her mother's later homestead. . . .

Lieutenant Plaisted . . . wrote and sent the last letter he should ever compose. . . . "Salmon Falls, October 16, 1675. . . . No aid came in answer to this message . . .

Near this same spot [the grave of Plaisted], although unmentioned on the stone, rest the remains of Isaac Botts (Bottes), who fell a sacrifice in behalf of the common cause. As was partly indicated, he was one of the men sent out originally to reconnoitre, and one of the two who fell in the little swamp near the house. As we saw, here the battle took place when the bodies were about to be laid on the cart. Thus they were all buried hastily very near this spot.

In the garrison near by was Isaac Botts' wife, Elizabeth. They could not have been married long, and the separation must have been an unusually sad experience for her. She afterwards became the wife of our Moses [Spencer] and lived for many years.

Hence this stone lying upon the little mound in Berwick marks for us not only the grave of one nearly connected with the family by marriage, but it is in the vicinity of one of our great-grandmother's homes abt the time of King Philip's war of 1675. . . . The Maine Spencers

Sunday, October 12, 2014

1682 :: Will of Robert Goodell

On this date in our family history . . . the 12th day of October . . . in the year 1682 . . . Robert Goodell [aka Robert Goodale] makes his mark on his will . . . according to The Ancestry of Lydia Harmon, Robert died sometime between this date and the 27th day of June of the following year . . . which is when his will was proved in the courts of Salem . . . this Robert is a 10th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

I, ROBERT GOODELL being now aged and weak in body, as also my wife and my daughter Elizabeth Bennett, hath taken care of me, and therefore my will and desire is, and I do will and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Bennett, and my grandchild John Smith, my house and the orchard and all the meadows that I now possess with the pasture which is about eight acres of upland be it more or less, all which land and meadows, my daughter Elizabeth Bennett and my grandchild, John Smith, shall enjoy after the lease, or term that is now let for, is expired, they or either of them paying as much rent, yearly as the wife of the above said ROBERT GOODELL hath let it, for which is to the value of twenty shillings in current pay?" dated the twelfth of October one thousand six hundred eighty two; and after my daughter Elizabeth's decease, the whole lands shall be my grand child's John Smith. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.

1915 :: Death of Margaret Antony

On this date in our family history . . . the 12th day of October . . . in the year 1915 . . . Margaret Antony nee Davis dies in Dallas, Texas . . . it has been said of Margaret that she was . . . an estimable lady, a descendant of an old and honorable family of middle Georgia, daughter of Milton Grant Davis, who was a prosperous planter of antebellum days and cousin of ex-Governor Hubbard of this State. . . . this Margaret is the older sister of Josephine, who is a 2nd great-grandma of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

News of the death of Mrs. Margaret Antony, mother of Ed. L. Antony, one of the beloved pioneer citizens of Cameron reached her friends in this city Tuesday. Her death occurred in Dallas at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Alice Antony Brown and her remains were brought to Rockdale for interment accompanied by Mrs. Brown and Miss Beryl Antony. Funeral services were arranged by her nephew James Hamilton, in whose home she loved to visit. Miss Antony was a noble Christian character and her many virtues made her beloved in every community in which she had lived. She was a native of Georgia and was of the prominent Henry family [sic, i.e., Davis family] of that State. She has many relatives and friends here who will mourn her passing. Mrs. Lula Cass and Miss Estelle Westmoreland, Mrs. Mary Arnold and Miss Bennie Arnold went to Rockdale to attend the funeral. The Cameron Herald, October 14, 1915

Saturday, October 11, 2014

1732 :: Death of Moses Tyler

On this date in our family history . . . the 11th day of October . . . in the year 1732 . . . Moses Tyler dies in Essex County, Massachusetts . . . and is laid to rest in the ancient cemetery in West Boxford . . . this Moses Tyler is an 8th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . 

The above image is from page 40 of Volume I of The Tyler Genealogy by Willard Irving Tyler Brigham . . . the text about Moses Tyler reads as follows . . .

Moses Tyler, born Rowley Village (now West Boxford), February 16, 1667; died October 11, 1732; married, January 3, 1694, Ruth Perley, of Ipswich; born 1676; died in Andover, May 10, 1738, but was buried with her husband in Rowley. It is stated in the History of Boxford that he moved just within the bounds of Andover about 1698, but in 1703 he is constable in Rowley. His name is on the 1711 Rowley tax list; in 1714 his "Province tax" was "£1.9.3"; he is on the preacher's rate of 1720; in 1722 his "Province tax" is "£0.18.8" and "Minister's rate, £0.15.7.", while in 1726, it is, respectively, "£3.8.11" and "£1.4.5." In 1728 he is selectman there. In 1723, with his brother Jacob, he deeds (recorded 1725, Salem, Bk. 45, p. 98), from "Andover," John Johnson, Jr., for £15, ¼ of a saw-mill, on a river, "alias brook, called Cachechorrick" — ¼ part of the iron-work — ¼ part wooden work — ¼ part utensils — ¼ part stream — ¼ part woodyard — ¼ part upper dam — ¼ part ditch from dam to mill for course of water. In 1736, upon the first incorporation of the second church in (West) Boxford, his widow and eldest daughter, Sarah (Porter) , were among the "admitted," having requested "dismission" from the First church.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

1838 :: Death of Samuel Tabor Allen

On this date in our family history . . . the 8th day of October . . . in the year 1838 . . . in the Republic of Texas . . . Mahala Lee Sharp nee Roberts is twenty-one years of age when her brother-in-law, Samuel Tabor Allen, is killed in Navarro County during The Surveyor's Fight (aka Battle Creek Fight) . . . at the time of his untimely death, Sam was married to Mahala's older sister, Matilda (1808-1879) . . . Sam was an early citizen of Viesca (later Milam County), and is mentioned in the pages of Texas history at . . .

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