Thursday, April 20, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday - Letis E. Littrell, 1st Pension Letter


Me - My Mom - Ruby Alberta Belknap - Bessie Beatrice Landers - Angeline Henrietta Littrell - Letis Ellen Knox (Littrell)


Quite a few years ago, I ordered the  Civil War pension application for my 3rd great grandmother, Letis E. (Knox) Littrell from the National Archives in Washington, D.C. I remember it was quite exciting to see these records when I finally received them. A cousin recently contacted me about the Littrell family after reading my blog. So now may be a good time to share these records. There are eight pages and one title page, so I'll split them up. The first letter is dated December 31, 1862, about a month after her husband dies from lung disease contracted during his service. She states that she married John H. Littrell on September 20th, 1852, which matches their marriage record. Margaret Robinson and Mr. Kyne, residents of Dubuque, are character witnesses for Letis. My 3rd great grandmother signs her name at the bottom of the first page. It's amazing to see your ancestors script from 155 years ago. 



 Source: 
Federal Military Pension Application, Letis E. Littrell, widow's pension, service of John H. Littrell (unassigned recruit, 12th regiment of infantry, civil war); pension file no. 11 273, National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

My Ethnicity


My ancestry is neatly divided into three clusters and one melting pot. The three tidy groups are:

SCOTTISH -  my paternal grandfather, Johnston Cumberland Paterson
ENGLISH -  my paternal grandmother, Dorothy Eleanor May Warry (Paterson)
FINNISH - my maternal grandfather, Fidjof Jaakko Waldemar Makie
Then there is my hodgepodge:
AMERICAN - my maternal grandmother, Ruby Alberta Belknap (Makie) This line goes back to the start of immigration to America.



Based on Family Tree DNA Autosomal Test known as Family Finder this is what my ethnic makeup looks like:

  

30% BRITISH ISLES - mostly from my Dad who had a Scottish Father and English Mother and perhaps a little from my Mother's American side.

25% FINLAND - probably all from my Mother's Dad ancestry.

20% SCANDINAVIA - could be from both my Mother and Dad. The Vikings were all over the map.

14% WEST & CENTRAL EUROPE - probably my Mother's American heritage, as I found some German.

7% IBERIA - no clue. I'm thinking part of my hodgepodge.

4% EAST EUROPE - probably my Mother's American side.

Trace of CENTRAL ASIA for fun.
  
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Workday Wednesday - Needlewomen

Me - My Dad - Dorothy Eleanor May Warry - Alfred William Warry - Emily Worthington - Sarah Swain




In the Victorian era, I've discovered a family of needlewomen living in London on my Dad's maternal side. This family has been a challenge to research and I'm still searching for information. Looking through the census records, I've found a mother and her daughters using their needle skills to help contribute to their family income.

The earliest census I found for my 3rd great grandmother, Sarah Swain (Worthington), is 1871. Sarah was living in St. Pancras, Middlesex, England with her children Emily, Jane, and Alfred. Her occupation was a needlewoman. Sarah marital status was married, but her husband, William, is not listed in the household. This would not have been unusual as William is listed as a servant in all his daughter's (Jane Elizabeth, Emily, and Jane) marriage records. He could have been living at his place of employment.

Skipping to the 1891 census I found two of Sarah's daughters employed as needlewomen. My 2nd great grandmother, Emily Worthington (Warry), is living with her husband and her four children at 59 Campsbourne Road in Hornsey, Middlesex, England. Her sister, Julia Elizabeth Worthington (Fitch), is a few doors down at 29 Campsbourne Road with her husband. I can imagine these two sisters getting together for needlework.

Sources:
1871 England Census, St. Pancras, London, household 450, Sarah Worthington; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 March 2017); citing: ED 20; Piece: 228; Folio: 39; Page: 73.

1891 England Census, Hornsey, Middlesex, household 255, George Augustus Warry; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 March 2017); citing: ED 5; Piece: 1060; Folio: 27; Page: 45.

1891 England Census, Hornsey, Middlesex, household 229, George Fitch; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 March 2017); citing: ED 5; Piece: 1060; Folio: 25; Page: 41.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish in the Family


Happy St. Patrick's Day
 
Robert's family tree definitely has more Irish than mine. All of Robert's grandparents seem to have a sprinkle of Irish heritage.                                            

 ֎His paternal grandfather's line goes back to Joseph Neily and his wife Mary Gossard, who came to Nova Scotia in 1764. (5th great grandparents).

 ֎His paternal grandmother's goes back to Mark Patton and Ann McGowan (7th great grandparents). They left Ireland in 1761 for Nova Scotia and settled near Fort Cumberland. 

 ֎His maternal grandfather's side, Maurice Stoddart's line goes directly back to Robert Stoddart (4th great grandfather) from Ireland. See post - 52 Ancestors - Robert's Roots - Robert Stoddart - Irish Sergeant
 
 ֎His Mom maternal grandmother's line goes back to John McKinley and  Annie Althom (4th great grandparents) who sailed from Ireland to New Brunswick in 1859. See post about their daughter - 52Ancestors - Robert's Roots - Fannie McKinley (Mapplebeck)

In my family tree, I've found a wee bit of Irish on my maternal grandmother's side. There is a story of William Cantwell and Margaret O'Brien (6th great grandparents) being from Cork, Ireland. They were young lovers who sailed away to America to marry due to disapproving parent.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday's Obituary - J. R. Landers


Me - My Mom - Ruby Alberta Belknap - Bessie Beatrice Landers - James Robert Landers

Funeral of J.R. Landers
Held Sunday Afternoon
J.R.Landers
The funeral of the late J.R. Landers, who passed away in this on his 70 birthday, February 21, 1929 was held from the Methodist church at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, Rev, Harvey O. Cooper, officiating at the services.  A large assemblage of devoted friends packed the edifice to pay their last respects to a departed friend and neighbor.
A male quartette composed of Messrs, J.T. Lucy, F.M. Cook, Jack and A.F. Duntach rendered two numbers,  “I’m a Pilgrim,” and “Abide With Me,” with piano accompaniment by Mrs. C. Wimpenney, and J.W. Hartzell sang very impressively “In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions,” as a baritone solo, with piano accompaniment by Mrs. Hartzell.
Following the services a large concourse of friends formed a cortege accompanying the remains to the cemetery where brief services were held. 
Pall bearers were:  George Lampson, Nels J. Holmberg, J.M. Garriott. A.T. Brown, Wm. Cain and J.P. Lacy.  Funeral arrangements were under the directions of E.E. Davis of the Davis Mortuary.
Obituary
James Robert Landers was born at Danville, Ind., February 21, 1859 and died at Riverton, Wyo., February 21, 1929 at the age of 70 years.  He moved to Keithburg, Ill. In 1870 and there started to master the carpenter’s  trade.  He was married to Laura B. Bauguess, December 30 1889 at Aledo, Ill.  He moved his family to Cody, Wyo., in November 1901, later coming to Riverton at the opening of the townsite, filing on lots here.  Later he moved to Nebraska for a few years, returning to Riverton in 1917 and spent the remainder of his life here.
He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, Mrs. Laura Landers of this city and five sons, Floyce David and Harvey J. Of the city; Earl R and Floyd W of Denver:  Albert J. Of Casper.  Four daughters-Mrs. Pearl M. Binder and Mrs. Ruby Allen of Rapid City, So Dakota; Mrs. Cynthia R. Temple of Riverton; Mrs. Bessie Belknap [my great grandmother] of Talta [should be Alberta], Canada.
Two sons and one daughter preceded the father in death: Fred Landers of Platte, So. Dak., Sept. 15, 1915; Glenn Landers, Feb. 6 1909, Riverton and Mrs Murl B. Tripplett, Nov. 21, 1924 at Gordon Neb. Fifteen grandchildren and one great grand son also survive him.
Page 1  The Riverton Review on February 22, 1929 

Riverton, Fremont County, Wyo.

State Archives


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