Thursday, December 29, 2011

Coming Soon! FHExpo Yuma, Arizona


Attending the Yuma Family History Expo will be an amazing treat! It is less than three weeks away, now. Dr. Arlene Eakle will be the keynote address speaker. She always gives a fascinating presentation. With her experience and expertise, you're sure to learn something new. And that's just the beginning! Check out the great speakers attending and the subjects they'll be covering. There is something for everyone. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Avery

 Russell Hugh Avery
b. March 14, 1886
Woodston, Rooks, Kansas
d. June 23, 1958
San Luis Obispo, SLO, California
Hugh was the son of Austin Sawyer and Julia Jeannett (Osborn) Avery. He married Corinne Mae Brownell and was the father of Carl Orson Avery. He is buried in the Arroyo Grande Cemetery in San Luis Obispo, California.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Stone

Nicholas Miner Stone
b. abt 1825
d. 3 April 1851
Robert Stephens Hardin kept a diary, which has been handed down through his family. He wrote quite a bit about Nicholas Stone, who may have been a cousin. Robert (R.S.) and Nicholas were running cattle about 30 miles from Sacramento in 1851 when Nicholas became ill and died within a few hours. R.S. couldn't get any help, and after three days, he buried Nicholas on a hilltop. The burial site is now within the boundaries of the Bobcat Ranch in Yolo County, California. R.S. and Nicholas were both from Kentucky. I would be very interested in corresponding with anyone who may have information on the family of Nicholas Miner Stone.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Backward Glance - Elizabeth Tingley

Elizabeth Tingley was the daughter of John Adams and Sarah (Cox) Tingley. As recorded in The Tingley Family Revised, Volume I, compiled by Marian McCauley Frye, she was born in Virginia on December 3, 1811. Her birth year is given as 1813 in the International Genealogical Index. This latter date concurs with the date inscribed on her headstone at the North Platte Cemetery in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska. The Tingley family is an old English family, and can be traced at least as far as William Tingley who was born in about 1588 in Surrey, England. Elizabeth's first American-born Tingley ancestor was Samuel, her third great-grandfather, son of Palmer. He was born before 1638 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. John Adams Tingley, Elizabeth's father, was born in New Jersey, as was his wife, Sarah Cox. They were married in New Jersey, but lived in Virginia and Ohio. John A. Tingley died in 1830 in Fairfield, Greene County, Ohio. Sarah died in 1851, also in Greene County.

In 1835, on March 12th, Elizabeth was married to Elijah Cody Martin in Xenia, Greene County, Ohio. He was the son of Uriah and Rhoda (Stiles) Martin. To this union were born 11 children. Their names were Indiana, William Jasper, Sarah Jane, John Webb, Tamsan Elizabeth, Rhoda, Robert Mercer, Lucy Ellen, Samuel Kinsey Leedham, Rebecca Floral and Abigail C. Elijah and Elizabeth lived in Logan County, Ohio, and Muscatine, Iowa. Elijah died in 1874 in Muscatine.

Photo courtesy Kathy Scott
I have not been able to locate Elizabeth on the 1880 census, so I'm not certain where she lived between Elijah's death and her own. However, the family story was that she lived into her 90's and died in Nebraska. I did find her death and burial information in North Platte, Lincoln County, Nebraska. She died on August 10, 1899, at the age of either 87 or 89, depending on which birth year (1811 or 1813) is correct. Her son, John Webb Martin, also lived in North Platte and is buried in the same cemetery. It seems reasonable that she lived with his family, though John didn't move there until after 1880. So, there is more to find!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - County Poor Farm

Though there are no headstones, and no evidence that there ever were any, this is the site of the Caldwell County (Missouri) Poor Farm. There is a cemetery on the property. It is reported that as many as 200 individuals may have been buried there. The Caldwell County Historical Society, along with other dedicated individuals, is working to identify those persons.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Backward Glance - James Christopher Avery

A descendant of the Avery family of Groton, Connecticut, James Christopher Avery was the son of James and Mercy (Baker) Avery who were both born in Massachusetts, but removed to New York around 1810. In the book The Groton Avery Clan, his birth is recorded as 1809 in Leyden, Massachusetts. However, Christoper's family was enumerated on the U.S. Federal census in 1850 in Bath Township, Summit County, Ohio, where it is shown that he was born in New York about 1812. In a biography about his son, Edwin, his birthplace is given as New York, also. James had five brothers, all of whom were younger than he. They were Daniel Dake, Allen Arvin (sometimes Arvin Allen), Lauren, Warren and William Nathaniel.

After living in Spafford, Onondago, New York, until at least 1826, James and Mercy Avery moved their family to Ohio. Many sources state they went to Summit County, but it was not formed until 1840 from portions of Medina, Portage and Stark Counties.

Ohio County Marriages, 1790-1950; Medina County
 On July 16, 1835, James Christopher Avery was married to Ruth Caroline Coleman. She was born on August 29, 1817, in Connecticut. She was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah 'Sally' (Bishop) Coleman. Christopher and Ruth were married in Medina County, Ohio. They had four children, Edwin A., William Hugh, Austin Sawyer and Myron Every. In 1840, the family was living in Bath Township, Summit County, Ohio. In 1850, they were living in the same place, as of June 1st. He was a farmer.
1850 US Federal Census; Bath Township, Summit County, Ohio

It has been difficult to determine when or where James C. Avery died. His wife, Ruth, removed with her children to Indiana in 1851. By 1865, she was enumerated in Kansas as a widow with the last name Willis. One source sets James' death at February 26, 1863. However, that is his father's death date. Hopefully, as more records become available, this mystery will be cleared up.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Two Euphemias

Euphemia Guthrie
1827 - 1917
Euphemia M. Conradi
1888 - 1926

Both Euphemias were born in Edinburgh, Scotland. The elder Euphemia is the younger's great-grandmother. Both of them emigrated to the United State in 1910.

Euphemia Conradi (middle name Margaret) was the daughter of Charles and Helen (Guthrie) Conradi. Her mother did not emigrate. Euphemia was in Los Angeles, California, in 1920, but died in Seattle. She apparently never married.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Backward Glance - Amelia M. Robbins

Amelia M. Robbins was born on December 8th, 1829, in Troy, Lincoln County, Missouri. History tells us that her father, Joshua Newcomb Robbins, gave Troy its name. Amelia was one of five children known to be born to Joshua and his wife, Sarah White. Through her mother, Amelia was descended from the Mayflower passenger, Francis Cooke. The Robbins family was an early one in Lincoln County, Missouri.

In 1837, Joshua Robbins died in Springfield, Illinois. On September 8, 1847, Amelia was married to William Dudley Ament in Muscatine County, Iowa; probably in Bloomington. Her mother, Sarah, was enumerated on the 1850 census in Iowa City, Johnson County, Iowa, living with her son, Charles.

W.D. and Amelia lived in Muscatine County throughout their marriage. They had seven children: Joseph Pettus, Mary C., Sarah J., William Dudley Jr., Julia Adeline, Ella and Amelia Marie. Six of the children survived their mother; Ella died young.

On September 21, 1873, Amelia died in Muscatine. She was buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine.