Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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Does Emma Provide Primary or Secondary Information?

Emma Sargent's deposition in her Civil War Pension Application case was made when she was nearly eighty years old. It includes statements about:
  • her parents
  • her siblings
  • her date and place of birth
  • her marriages
  • her divorces
  • her children
  • her residences
Of the many things to consider with her statement is whether or not she can provide primary or secondary information in these cases. A side issue is that if she is providing primary information, how accurate it is? How good is her memory at the time?

These are just some of the issues we'll be looking at when we analyze her testimony in her pension case. It turns out that some of the information she provides has been consistent with information that has been located from sources separate from Emma.

Except for the fact that her father was a "gad-about." That's going to be hard to prove.

Handwritten and Typed Depositions

This partial deposition from Emmar Osenbaugh was contained in her widow's Civil War Pension Application. Most of the materials in her file were typed, which made them quite a bit easier to read. This was not written in Emma's hand, but apparently that of the notary. We may include one complete transcription in the article we're planning on Emma's pension file, but to completely transcribe everything would be entirely too much.

Stay tuned and see how much Emma had to prove.

Making A Chronology for Emma Sargent

I have copies of selected documents from the Widow's Civil War Pension Application of Emma Sargent. There are many dates in the series of documents I received, particularly:
  • marriages
  • divorces
  • moves
  • births of children
To say it is confusing is an understatement. I'm going to put every date listed in a table so I can create a master chronology. For every date, I'm also going to include the source within the application file. Not everyone was equally reliable and I'm bound to have conflicting dates before I have completed the chronology.

Part of this will appear in an upcoming Casefile Clues issue. But not all of it--that would require a novel.

Still Room on My Research Trip to the Allen County Public Library In Ft. Wayne, Indiana!

We are headed to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne in August 2011! Our trip dates are arrive on 3 August (check in to hotel, meet at 6:30 in hotel, and receive library orientation at 7:00). Trip participants will check out of hotel the morning of 7 August 2011-Sunday.

A more detailed brochure will be posted later--this gives you the basic information about our trip.

We have a group rate at the Ft. Wayne Hilton, you can have up to four guests per room ($99). You will need to request the Rootdig.com rate--which we will link to when the website has been set up. The Ft. Wayne Hilton is conveniently located to the library and is where we will have morning meetings from 8:00 a.m. until 8:45 a.m.--the library opens at 9:00 a.m. You can call the hotel to make reservations and we'll have a direct link to our group rate as soon as I can get it up. You do NOT have to stay at the Hilton and can stay at other hotels/motels in the area--that is up to you. The Hilton is convenient if you want to walk back during the time we are in the library.

What we'll do:

  • Michael will make morning presentations Thursday-Saturday.
  • Michael is in library from open to close--except for lunch/dinner
  • Every attendee gets at least one 30 minute consultation with Michael and more as time allows
  • Michael is available for "drop-in" consultations when he's in library and not with another person
  • Trip participants can email Michael questions, etc. before the trip and we'll encourage everyone to get ready as much as possible before the trip actually starts
  • A private trip website where members can post questions about the trip, their research, etc. We'll also post files there to help attendees with their research and with preparation for the trip.
  • Assistance with pre-trip planning (through the website listed above and through email).
  • Trip participants are encouraged to send problems to Michael BEFORE the trip actually starts.
Our trip would start at 7:00 p.m. with an orientation on Wednesday night. Early arrivals could easily go to the library before that or meet with me if I'm able to arrive early. We would have all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the library with a Sunday morning hotel checkout. Participants who were fairly close could check out of the hotel on Saturday if they desired. There would be a Dutch-treal meal Friday night after the library closes.
$125 is the complete registration fee (payment can be made here via PayPal). Those who would like to pay by check can do so by sending me an email to make arrangements. A registration packet will be emailed to those who register. Any questions about the trip can be emailed to me at mjnrootdig@gmail.com.
Trip participants are responsible for:
  • making their own travel arrangements to Ft. Wayne
  • paying for their own meals, etc.
  • making their own hotel arrangements and paying for hotel accomodations
  • paying for their own copies
More later as a few details are ironed out, but this is the essence of it. Registration will be limited to 20.

Rufus D. Stevens War of 1812 Bounty Land Application

I obtained a copy of the Complete War of 1812 Bounty Land Application File and Complete Surrendered Bounty Land Warrant File for Rufus D. Stevens. We'll have a complete citation when the article on Rufus runs in Casefile Clues.

Regular Casefile Clues readers may remember that Stevens has a potential connect to Benjamin Butler and appears next door to him in the 1850 St. Clair County, Michigan census. Butler's wife's maiden name was likely Stevens and it seems highly unusual that a man of that last name, with the age to have been her father is right next door. Rufus D. Stevens is the name of that neighbor in 1850.

The image in this post is one of the pages in Rufus' file.

The file I obtained doesn't contain any direct clues connecting the two men. It does indicate that Rufus D. Stevens was from New York (or served from there). It also indicates where Rufus D. Stevens was in 1852 and his age. I'll have to see how consistent that is with the 1850 census enumeration. Rufus being from New York State would be consistent with this family's apparent migration, but that's really not proof of too much.

Stay tuned. Even if this is not the man I need for Benjamin's father, I'll still have to assemble evidence to show that.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Poor Farm Admission in the 1870s

This image is from part of the Mercer County, Illinois, almshouse register from the 1870s. It contains entries for several members of the Smith family of Keithsburg, Illinois. The two page ledger contains information on this family, including on whose authority they were admitted and how they left the facility.

In an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues, we'll look at this register entry in more detail and see how actually two family members are missing from this listing.

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The Witnesses in the Ann Gibson documents

Issue 37 discusses the 1790 era will of Ann Gibson of Harford County, Maryland. Readers will note that there were some obvious clues and one of the witnesses warranted further attention as he witnessed both Ann's will and her deed for chattel property which she executed to her son, William. One has to be careful drawing too many conclusions about witnesses, but in cases where information is minimal and witnesses appear in multiple documents further research is warranted.

I've already located one published source that may help locate information on the witness. Newsletter readers will remember (hopefully) that his acknowledgement of the Gibson will gave a clue about him and suggested more records than one usually sees suggested in a witness statement.

Stay tuned.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Anne Gibson 1794 Will Defect Cured by Act of Maryland Assembly 1800

The will being discussed in the next issue of Casefile Clues contains the phrase

"Defect in the probate of this will Cured under an act of Assembly passed November Session 1800"
While it may sound interesting, it does not appear that the phrase has any genealogical significance. We'll see in the next issue of Casefile Clues that Anne's will discusses several of her family members and that even documents only discussing chattle property can be extremely informative.
Women usually could not devise property during the time period of Anne's will (it was written in 1794). However these documents can still be extremely useful in genealogical research.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Back From Salt Lake

I've returned from the Family History Library in Salt Lake. We had a great trip, but I'm looking forward to getting back to writing and working on the newsletter. In between working with trip participants, I made scans of documents--saving the analysis until I got home as there simply was not time to do everything.

Some of the things I scanned included:

  • Emmar Sargent's marriages
  • Emmar Sargent's will--not very helpful, but I still found it
  • Susannah Rucker deeds from 1769 and a few years before and after
  • Blain-Reed tax lists entries from 18th century New Jersey
  • Several Harford County, Maryland deeds from late 1700s and early 1800s
  • Revolutionary War Pension file for John Blane in New Jersey
  • Land and personal property tax records for the Butlers in St. Clair and St. Joseph, Counties in Michigan
  • Marriage records in New Brunswick on my Neill family about 1865
  • Probate and inventories from Harford County, Maryland
  • and more
I quit using my flash drive while scanning and emailed things to a special email account at gmail. Then the cover message included notes, comments to myself, and a list of things I noticed while scanning that I was afraid I would forget.

Stay tuned. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

1707 Era Will that Hints at a Relationship

I copied a deed from 1707 Virginia that hints at a relationship between two families during that era. We'll include an extract of key parts of the deed and an analysis of it. The problem is that apparently a man is deeding property to three children with no money changing hands.

Some think the deed's meaningless--I'm inclined to believe it's not.

Stay tuned.

1849 Frame Marriage in Carlisle, England

This is part of the 1849 marriage entry for Joseph Frame and Margaret Hodgson from Carlisle, England, in 1849. I think these individuals are connected to the family of a Robert Frame, who lived in Carlisle and was born in Spain in 1814.
Using proximity and occupations will be key in researching this family.
We'll have an update after I get the information I located in Salt Lake organized. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Proving the Widow Rucker Moved in 1769

While at the Family History Library, I copied a series of deeds involving Susannah Rucker that document her move from one Virginia county to another in 1769. They are an excellent example of "late" not meaning dead and they also stress how women's property rights impacted land transactions.
An analysis of her deeds is in the queue for an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues. Stay tuned.

Emma's Fourth Marriage

It is not often you see someone on a marriage record indicating they are getting married for the fourth time. This is part of the marriage record for Emma Sargent's second marriage to James Pollard in Union County, Iowa. We'll have an update in Casefile Clues.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Emma Sargent Pollard Ross Oades Pollard Snavely Osenbaugh Pension

I have a transcription of one of the depositions that Emma gave in her Civil War pension file. Let's just say that it is a soap opera to say the least. Here is a brief snapshot of some of what her deposition provides:
  • parents
  • place and date of birth
  • migrations from Canada to Illinois to Iowa to Missouri to Nebraska, etc. etc.
  • marriages
  • relationships
  • siblings, full and half
  • her step-father
  • the father of the baby she had between Pollard and Snavely
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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Getting Some Things from the National Archives

My usual contact wasn't busy after all, so I'm hoping she'll be able to get documents from 4 files in the National Archives for me Tuesday. That will give me part of Wednesday to use the information in those files for research in Salt Lake. She's not sending the files to be express, but will extract key things from them before she sends the copies.

Part of this is to allow me to make better use of my time while at the Family History Library in Salt Lake. Briefly here's the files we are getting, why, and what documents I'm shooting for her to obtain for me:

Rufus D. Stevens

Readers will remember that Rufus appears in the 1850 Michigan census in the household between Benjamin Butler and his likely brother Arvin Butler. Benjamin's wife's maiden name was Stevens and Rufus is the right age to be Benjamin's father-in-law. I'm getting the entire Bounty Land Application just to see what it says. There's the chance that it connects Rufus to the Butlers or that, even if not providing a connection (and I'm thinking it won't), that it at least mentions where Rufus lived after his service in the War of 1812. Even that would help me research him further.

Alfred Butler

Alfred is the son of Benjamin Butler. I'm requesting selected documents from his file--at this stage anything providing his place of birth or information on his origins. Affidavits from comrades, etc. might be helpful. It won't provide parental information, but a place of birth in Canada would be really nice.

Eliza Burch

Eliza Burch is the daughter of Arvin Butler, likely brother of Benjamin. I'm hoping that her widow's application provides her place of birth in Canada, which I need to research the Butler family further.

The Butler applications are really being done in hopes that somewhere in one of them is a location in Canada. At this point, without a precise location there, researching them is difficult and I have decided not to spin my wheels there until I have exhausted all possibilities in US records for determining their places of birth in Canada

Emma Sargent--with the six husbands.

A widow who gets a pension based off her 6th husband's military service. Every genealogist should be so lucky. We discussed in an earlier issue of Casefile Clues why this one is so important to me, but in a nutshell I'm hoping it helps me track down the locations of her divorces.

Stay tuned--we'll have brief updates on the blog and hopefully more detailed discussions of where these records led me in future issues of Casefile Clues.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Benjamin Butler's Richardson County Marriage-Witnesses?

This is the marriage register entry for Benjamin Butler and Nancy Jane Wolf from Richardson County, Nebraska, in 1864. I'm working on reading the last few lines of this document which indicate that the marriage took place "at my house in the City of..." and present were "Dan'l Wolf..." Any thoughts on the other witness?

We'll probably have a discussion of this in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues. This marriage provides slight citation issues as the page numbers are worn away from some of the pages.

The Woman Has a Line in Amherst County, Virginia--How?

This is part of an Amherst County, Virginia, deed from the late 1700s that mentions the line of Susannah Rucker. The problem is that there was only one Susannah Rucker and she never purchased or inherited any property in Amherst County. The question was--how did she obtain it?

Interestingly enough, this deed is one where Isaac, Susannah's son, is purchasing the property that borders Susannah.

We'll see in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues how Susannah likely obtained this property, how it was disposed of and how it helped document her migration from where her husband died in the 1740s to where she probably died in the 1790s.

Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Buying at the Estate Sale Means They Probably Haven't Left Yet

This is part of an estate sale from Washington County, Kentucky in 1844 after the death of Richard Lake. We've discussed Richard Lake in Casefile Clues before, particularly his widow's bounty land application for the War of 1812. The family is enumerated in Mercer County, Kentucky in 1850 and they apparently lived near the county line.

The list of purchases at the very least would have told us that Lewis Lake and John Lake were still in Kentucky in 1844 when their father's personal property was sold. Clues can come from the most unexpected places.

I'm not certain the estate sale warrants a Casefile Clues article, but the fact that it indicates who was still in the area is not one that should be overlooked.

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Discoveries in Salt Lake

I'm making a few discoveries in between helping trip participants at the Family History Library in Salt Lake. While the trip is going on my research is really quick lookups and not too much else.

  • Some good, but circumstantial evidence on the father of Benjamin Butler, born ca. 1820 in New York State.
  • Two Civil War pensions may hold the key to the Butler-Stevens family's information in Canada, so I'm holding off on too much research on them until the pensions can be accessed and searched.
  • Got several Amherst County, Virginia, deeds in the 1760-1790 era that explain what probably happened to the widow after her husband died in the 1740s.
We'll have some updates with images on the blog and more detailed information in upcoming issues of Casefile Clues

Taxes provide clue on Benjamin and Arvin Butler

This is part of the image from the 1856 Mendon Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan tax records. These records document Benjamin's move into St. Joseph County from St. Clair County, firming up their connection as potential brothers and also firming up the connection between Benjamin and his son Alfred who stayed in St. Joseph County.

One of the earliest entries for Benjamin lists him with just personal property before he actually purchased real estate.

We'll have an update in a later issue with more detailed analysis and a discussion of other records that were also located, complete with citations. Stay tuned for details.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

One More Thought On Benjamin Butler

This thought slipped past the final review of issue 35 of Casefile Clues.

One approach to locate information on the male children of Benjamin and Arvin Butler would be to search for them in the Civil War Draft Registrations at Ancestry.com. Both men had sons who would have been draftable age at that time and searching for them in the registrations may help in locating the fathers during that time period.

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Clarissa Lake's War of 1812 Widow Statement

We discussed Clarissa Lake's Widow's Bounty Land Application in an earlier issue of Casefile Clues (Volume 1-issue 51). That analysis won't be repeated here, but numerous images from the file and an analysis of the records were included.

Recently I've made contact with two descendants of Clarissa who are interested in learning more about her family and that of her husband Richard Lake. Several online trees at Ancestry.com have potential parents for Clarissa--but I'm not so certain they are correct.

What I do know is that two Jenkins men sign an affidavit for Clarissa testifying to her marrying Richard Lake. John and Zachariah are those men and they are likely relatives. There are also Jenkins men of an age to be her siblings living near her in Mercer County, Kentucky.

Given the new interest from family, I've added the Lake/Jenkins family to my to do list in Salt Lake. Stay tuned. Tracking families during this time period in this location often requires searching the entire family.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

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A Plan for the Parents of Benjamin Butler born in New York State about 1820

Issue 36 discusses outlining a research plan for determining the parents of Benjamin Butler born about 1820, most likely in New York State. For reasons that will be clear in the article, the answer to Benjamin's parentage most likely lies in either Michigan or Canada.

This pension card, for one of Benjamin's sons, is used in the analysis. However, the comment about "see Georeg A. Steven's" wasn't discussed. It is probable that Butler's widow married Stevens subsequent to Butler's death, but I'm not certain. Our focus was on outlining a plan to determine Benjamin's parentage.

Alfred's pension may contain indirect clues to help me determine his father Benjamin's parentage. Chances are that Alfred's widow's second husband is not going to help me do that. This card (which is actually the organizational index card that comes from National Archives Microfilm Publication T289) contains enough information to allow me to locate the pension and right now that's my goal. Issue 36 will contain a complete citation to the card.

Google Search Jump Started Alfred Butler Search

A search on Google for "alfred butler mendon michigan," without the quotes, resulted in a wonderful reference that helped me connect him to the rest of the Butler family.

Still no Benjamin Butler in 1860, but this reference, as we will see in the next issue, is helping me get closer to connect Benjamin to his family of origin.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Can You Find Benjamin Butler in 1860?

We still have an open contest to find Benjamin Butler in 1860. So far, no winners. There's a chance he's in St. Joseph County, Michigan in 1860 for reasons we will discuss in issue 35 of Casefile Clues. The key word is chance.

Give it a try if you haven't. Don't forget he could easily be enumerated as Ben Butter or something similar.

Issue 36-Problem-Solving a New York Native born abt 1820

Issue 36 is being wrapped up as this blog post runs live. My proofer is travelling this week so things might be a little delayed reaching your inbox, but we are working behind the scenes.

Issue 36 focuses on how I'm going to tackle finding the origins of Benjamin Butler, born in New York State about 1820. His 1850 census enumeration provides some research suggestions that we will use to direct further research.

Not every problem can be solved in exactly the same way. This will be another problem we'll look at as the research is progressing. It may be nice to have a "neat complete" package, but it seems to be more instructive to discuss the approach and the method, even when those approaches or methods do not work.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Casefile Clues for Beginners

In response to requests from readers and our reader survey, we are going to start a beginning level Casefile Clues on 8 June 2011. We are tentatively calling this twice a month publication Casefile Clues for Beginners. We'll be announcing more about the title over the coming weeks.

This publication will be distributed as a PDF file attachment. There will be no advertising in the newsletter.It will contain:
  • 1 beginning article focusing on a basic topic or source
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One concept we'll discuss is safely taking from online family trees, including:

  • how to evaluate what you find in online trees
  • using those "leaves" at Ancestry.com
  • determining when "suggestions" from online sites are "right" and "wrong"
We'll talk about the basics of sources and we'll also look at ways to carefully interact with compiled information others have submitted. We won't tell you to avoid the online trees altogether--that's unrealistic. But we will tell you how not to confuse yourself even more with them.

I will not write newsletter content, but will be directing and choosing topics and exercising editorial control. We won't overburden with theory or citations, but that will be a part of the newsletter content. Our goal is to help make you a better genealogist as you get beyond basic home and online sources. We'll see how you can get beyond the online trees and avoid the pitfalls that trap some just starting out. As with Casefile Clues, our style will be down-to-earth, practical and yet informative and educational.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

John Osenbaugh Stone

This is the tombstone of John Osenbaugh, Emma(r) Sargent's last husband. He is buried in the Veteran's Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kansas. This image was used with permission of the submitter on FindAGrave (http://www.findagrave.com). We'll have complete citations when the article update on Emma(r) runs in a little while.

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John Osenbaugh's Entry in U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938

This is just part of the entry for John Osenbaugh in the U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, which actually comes from National Archives Microfilm Publication M1749. The name of the nearest relative is Emmar Osenbaugh, cementing the connection between the two.

We may have brief updates on John and Emma(r), but for now I'm going to wait on doing any "heavy" research until I have her pension file. As mentioned in issue 34 of Casefile Clues, because of my research goals that is a priority at this point--and it's easy to get distracted. While researching collateral lines can be interesting and can provide new clues, based upon my goals the pension is the most likely record at this point to help me get where I'm hoping to go.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Emma Sargent's Tombstone and More

This is the tombstone of Emmar Osenbaugh from the Iowa Veterans Home Cemetery in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Does it say "Emmar" or "Emma R"? Based upon other records on her, I'm inclined to think it was actually Emmar, but comments can be posted to this blog post for those who have other thoughts.

Emma was married six times as shown below:

Groom (name transcribed on FamilySearch)
Bride (name transcribed on FamilySearch)
18 March 1856
James W. Pollard
Emily Sargent
Appanoose County, Iowa
23 March 1871
Robert Ross
Emma Pollard
Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska
17 Feb 1874
Joseph H. Oades
Emma Ross
Lancaster County, Nebraska
11 March 1881
James W. Pollard
Emma Sargent Oads
Cromwell, Union, Iowa
14 February 1883
David Snavly
Emma Sargent Pollard
Cromwell, Union, Iowa
7 July 1896
John Osenbaugh
Emma Snavely
Chariton, Lucas, Iowa

We discussed formulating our search strategies for her divorce in issue 34 of Casefile Clues and we'll have further information on her as it is located. 

As mentioned in the newsletter, it is important to keep in mind our goals when searching Emmar--and that is to locate information on her brother Ira Sargent, the actual ancestor. 

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Emmar Sargent Pollard Olenbaugh Update

Time doesn't allow for a lengthy discussion of new information on Emmar Olenbaugh and her last husband John Olenbaugh. However, a few things have been located:

  • Emmar died in a veteran's home in Marshall County, Iowa in 1920. She is buried on the grounds.
  • Emmar received a pension for John's service. 
  • Emmar and John were married in Iowa in 1896.
  • John died in a veteran's home in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1902. He is buried on the grounds. 
Readers may recall that our last known residence for Emmar was with her son in Oklahoma in 1900. She would still have been married at that time and John had not yet been admitted to the home in Leavenworth, Kansas.

We'll have an update in a future issue of Casefile Clues. Given Emmar's several marriages her apparent application after John's death may prove to be especially interesting. We'll also see what records we can get from the places where they died. 

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pension Payment Card for Emmar Osenbaugh

This is part of the Civil War pension payment card for Emmar Osenbaugh--obtained on FamilySearch. This is the same person as Emma Sargent, who was discussed in an earlier issue of Casefile Clues. At the time Emma was initially discussed, it was known she had at least five marriages (four husbands). Her last known name was apparently Olenbaugh and she was in Oklahoma. We'll have an update on how she was found.
The pension payment card even gives her date of death.
What is interesting is that the card appears to be "her card." One for her husband was not initially located. It may be that John Osenbaugh never applied for a pension, making Emmar's widow's application potentially even more interesting as she had five marriages previous to Osenbaugh.
We'll have an update on how we found Emma/Emmar and her pension file in an upcoming issue or two of Casefile Clues.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Patent Mentions Line With Same Last Name as In-Law

Clues are everywhere. This is part of a land patent from Harford County, Maryland in 1786 surveyed for John DeMoss. One of the lines mentioned is that of a parcel referred to as "Ramsays Reserve." John's wife was Susannah Ramsey and it doesn't take much to see the potential connection. Immediate step are:
  • Draw out this patent and the other patent granted to DeMoss
  • Determine where Ramsay's Reserve was--find the patent and plat it
  • Determine when/how this property left DeMoss's ownership
  • Evaluate and proceed
We will have short blog updates on this as the work progresses. The patents are online at the Maryland State Archives. The deeds will have to wait until I get to Salt Lake later in the month.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

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Blogging As We Go On Benjamin Butler

One individual we've seen in several issues of Casefile Clues is Benjamin Butler. Butler was born about 1819-1820, probably in New York State. Details about him won't be repeated here completely, but he has been located in the 1850, 1870, and 1880 census records and his estate settlement in Missouri has been located.

His estate settlement did not provide any significant information on his heirs. His second wife's obituary (which we haven't mentioned already) provided information on the children he had with her. The child that I believe is my ancestor was probably Benjamin's by his first wife.

We made the case in an earlier issue of Casefile Clues that Benjamin was the father of Ellen Butler Sargent, who married in October of 1870 in Davis County, which is where Benjamin was living in 1870. The case is indirect, but fairly solid.

Research now needs to progress on Benjamin pre-1870. He's been located in 1850 (I'm fairly certain), but not 1860 (his enumerations can be seen here). At present, attempts to locate him in 1860 have been stopped--he's either not enumerated or enumerated in such an odd way that I simply cannot locate him.

Research on Benjamin is being conducted from two main angles:
  • trying to locate him in Michigan area records, with the hope that something there will provide more information
  • trying to document all his known children with both wives in hopes that something will connect him more concretely to all his children
Compounding the problem is that his daughter Ellen Butler Sargent, my gg-grandmother, cannot be located in any record past the 1880 census.

We'll have brief, "chatty" updates on the blog as events warrant and more detailed updates, with methodology explained more clearly, citations, etc, in a future edition of Casefile Clues. Stay tuned.