Category Archive: Record Types

Jul 31

Clues from the Heading & Salutation of a Partial Letter

While consolidating the voluminous mass of paper in my family files recently,  I came across a copy of one page of a letter with the salutaion “Dear Neice [Niece].” The author of the letter told of the cold winter in Montana and the hard ground that was not plowable.
Image of the salutation of a addressed to Florence M Woodward

Who was this mystery writer? I knew of no family members going west to Montana. Immediately I though about the adventuresome brothers of Florence’s mother, Laura Davis. Several of Laura’s siblings had vanished from New Hampshire by 1860. I’d found two of Laura’s brothers, Albe C Davis and George Davis, and a brother-in-law, Jeremiah Judkins, in the records of the Bureau of Land Management obtaining homesteads in Stearns County, Minnesota [see my blog post, “From NH to Minnesota in a Conestoga Wagon,” written July 1st, 2013]. They were identified in the 1860 federal census of Stearns County as well [1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Stearns County, Minnesota, page 64; National Archives microfilm M653, reel 574].

My approach was to check the 1900 census for Davis families in or around Livingston [Park County], Montana. I was not disappointed. On the 4 June, a Albe C Davis (born in New Hampshire and of the correct age) was enumerated in Muir, Park County, Montana, with his wife and a boarder[1900 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Park County, Montana, Enumeration District 74, sheet 2A, dwelling 18, family 18, lines 4-6; National Archives microfilm T623, reel 913; viewed on Ancesstry.com 30 July 2015]. The enumerator also recorded that Albe and Sarah had been married five years and that she was the mother of two children both of whom were still living. Because Sarah would have been about forty-three when the couple married, I suspect that her children were from a previous relationship and both were likely old enough to be out on their own.

At FamilySearch.org I found a marriage record for Albe C. Davis and a Sarah J. Smith at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Livingston by JF Prichard, rector of St. Andrews on 15 October 1894 by   [“Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F33V-V7F : accessed 30 July 2015]. I know this is “my uncle” Albe C. Davis. On the marriage record his father is listed as Lewis Davis, but his mother is called Nancy Lyons rather than Nancy Glines.

Florence M Woodward, daughter of Daniel Russell Woodward and Laura Davis, was born 28 June 1877. Florence died young on the 21st of December 1893.

Image of part of a letter addressed to Florence M Woodward

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Jul 30

12th Regiment Reunion, Gilmanton Iron Works, 25 Sep 1885

Life gets in the way sometimes – broken limbs with complications, getting ready for retirement, and embracing a Digital SLR camera complete with taking a series of continuing education classes through the University of North Georgia. Life is also taking me in another direction as I prepare for the expected full time company of my dear sister when she moves in with me sometime this fall. That preparation  is leading me to new discoveries.

All family historians need to de-clutter now and then and throughly go through there family files. I can almost guarantee that you’ll find some documents you’ve forgotten you ever had, some of which have never been analyzed for historical clues.Image of a man wearing a suit found in a clothing advertisement, W.D. Middleton Store, Laconia, New Hampshire, September 25, 1885.

This morning, I located a four page publication, The Haversack, published at Gilmanton Iron Works [New Hampshire] on the 25th of September 1885.

The first page contained details of the reunion of the 12th Regiment including the itinerary for the event—parade, address by Miss Cora R. Gale (one of my shirttail relatives), a grand campfire in the evening, etc. The great event also provided brief articles on the known members who had passed, as well as a list surviving comrades, including company, and community of residence. I don’t have any direct ancestors that served in the 12th Regiment, but the paper is an interesting read.

The image on the left is part of an advertisement for the line of clothing at the W.D. Middleton establishment in Laconia, New Hampshire.

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Jul 05

Military Service of Lewis M. Davis

Searching for possible military service of my great uncle, Lewis M. Davis was not straightforward. My first go to for Civil War service is the National Park Service database of Soldiers and Sailors [http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm]. I’ve not used the site for quite a while and was greeted by a complete makeover since my last visit. I searched soldiers for “Lewis M. Davis” and “New Hampshire” with no result. Broadening the search I sought “Lewis Davis” and “New Hampshire with the following result:

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NPS “Soldiers & Sailors” database

Who is this Lewis F. Davis serving in the 16th NH (middle entry). Could this entry have been miss-read by someone who interpreted the letter “M” as “F”?

Since I’m not physically located near a repository with the microfilm of New Hampshire service records, I needed to try another Online search tool. I turned to Ancestry.com. Ah Ha! Lewis M. Davis was located in the database “U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Like his brother-in-law, he had enlisted in Company E, New Hampshire 16th Infantry Regiment [Ancestry’s source: Register of Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire].

 

 

 

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Ancestry – “U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles

I found it interesting that this abstract indicates that Lewis M. was mustered out on the 20th of August 1863 at Concord, NH and died one day later.

 

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Jul 02

Davis Burials in Sawyer Cemetery, Merrimack County, NH

In September 1991, I was fortunate to have a road-trip with my uncle, Douglas Russell Woodward, while visiting in New Hampshire. Uncle Doug, 2nd child of Oscar H. Woodward and Sara Waddell, had spent much of his youth in West Franklin before his family removed to East Concord. We visited West Franklin where he pointed out the house his father rented on South Main Street while he was a young boy. He also showed me the house where he recalled his great grandmother Nancy (neé Glines) Davis resided and the cemetery, Sawyer Cemetery, where she was buried with her husband and at least two of her children. Alas, I had no GPS unit at the time, nor did I take careful note of the location of the two homes. What was I thinking?

A DeLorme map of New Hampshire, published in 1984, illustrates the location of Sawyer Cemetery.

1984 map showing location of Sawyer Cemetery.

Green Arrow Points to Sawyer Cemetery near the head of Webster Lake

Apparently, at one time the road on which the Davis family resided (in Andover just over the Franklin line) continued on past Sawyer Cemetery and on to the head of Webster Lake. That road had long since been impassable in 1991.

Davis Tombstones in Sawyer Cemetery

Davis Tombstones in Sawyer Cemetery

Lewis Davis

Lewis Davis

 

Nancy Davis

Nancy Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis M. Davis

Lewis M. Davis

Catherine Davis

Catherine Davis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On that trip Uncle Doug also showed me the cemetery in Franklin where his paternal grandparents were buried the needle factory building were several of his uncles and great uncles worked. The needle factory will be discussed at a later date.

 

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Jul 01

From NH to Minnesota in a Conestoga Wagon?

 

Family Tradition…. Several family stories have been proven to be way off the mark and only apparent wishful thinking on the part of my grandfather and uncle. Consequently when my uncle told me that his great grandmother (Nancy Glines Davis) had gone to Minnesota in a Conestoga wagon, but had returned since they didn’t like living there, I was somewhat skeptical.

Many years later the memory and interest in the story was renewed when I found the will of Lewis M. Davis, written on10 November 1862 in Franklin, New Hampshire and probated in September 1963.[1] In his will, written while a soldier in service of the United States, “First One hundred and sixty acres of land situated in the town of Sauk Center Sterans County in the State of Minnesota….to Cora Judkins for her sole comfort and benefit she to come in possession at the age of eighteen the daughter of Horace and Esabeth Judkins…”

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Lewis M. Davis, son of Lewis and Nancy (Glines) Davis,[2]  died  21 August 1863, at the age of 31.

I need to determine where and how he died. I suspect while he was serving with the Union forces.

Lewis is not a direct ancestor. His sister, Laura Davis, wife of Daniel R. Woodward, was my great grandmother. Daniel R. Woodward served in the Company E, 16th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment.

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[1] Will of Lewis M. Davis, Probate Case #6128, Merrimack County, New Hampshire; Probate Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire.

[2] Tombstone of Lewis M. Davis, Sawyer Cemetery, located just off Hoyt Rd. near the Franklin and Andover town lines at the head of Webster Lake, Merrimack County, New Hampshire; viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger in September 1991.

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Dec 23

Bible of Alfred H Brown

Bible belonging to Alfred H. BrownThe Sunday School Class taught by Alfred H. Brown presented him with a Bible. Unfortunately, a date of publication has not been located.

The family records are sparse containing marriage and birth information for Alfred H. Brown and Miss Lizzie Gale and the birth dates fo their four children. The Bible also presented the opportunity for place of sixteen photographs, but only twelve have survived. It would be logical for the images to be those of family and close relatives. None of the images carry identification. Could some of the individuals be members of the Sunday School class?

I present you scans of the pages and will hope that someone will be able to identify some of the people.

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

 

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

 

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bible is in the possession of Linda Geiger, Big Canoe, Georgia.

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Apr 04

Lorusso Family in Worcester, Massachusetts

In 1940, the Lorusso family (grandparents and great grandparents of my son) were residing in Ward 4 of the city of Worcester at 767 Franklin Street. Nicholas and Antoinette Lorusso had resided in Ward 4 at 615 Franklin Street in 1930. Because the house numbers were different, I was not able to use the simple enumeration conversion from 1930 to 1940 provided by SteveMorse.org. After studying and searching several enumeration districts, I finally found the families for whom I was looking. The were enumerated on 2 April 1940 by Arthur F. White, enumeration in ED 23-86.[1] In 1935 all of these families were residing in Worcester.

 Household of Antonio Conuglio

Lines 3–10; 769 Franklin Street, household no 17, home worth $4,500 owned by Antonio Conuglio. Informant: Antonio Conuglio

  • Line 3: Antonio Conuglio, head, age 42, single, born in Italy. Alien, pressman in metal shop
  • Line 4. Rosario Campaneli [daughter of Nicholas & Antoinette Lorusso],  lodger, age 45, widow, born in Italy, housekeeper
  • Line 5. Albert Campaneli, son of lodger, age 19, born in Massachusetts, blocker in shoe shop
  • Line 6. Anthony Campaneli, son of lodger, age 13, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 7. Albert Lorusso [son of Nicholas & Antoinette Lorusso], lodger, age 43, born in Italy, naturalized citizen, ice cream maker
  • Line 8. Antoinette Lorusso, daughter of lodger, age 13, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 9. Albert Lorusso, son of lodger, age 10, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 10. Francis Lorusso, daughter of lodger, age 9, born in Massachusetts

Family of Anthony Lorusso
Lines 11–16, 767 Franklin Street, household no. 18, home rented for $17 per month . Informants: Anthony and Loretta Lorusso

  • Line 11. Anthony Lorusso [son of Nicholas & Antoinette Lorusso], head, age 32, born in Italy, [naturalization column faint, it may read, AL (alien), tanner in leather shop
  • Line 12. Loretta Lorusso, wife, age 31, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 13. Nicholas Lorusso, son, age 10, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 14. Shirley Lorusso, daughter, age 9, born in Massachusetts
  • [The middle child, Anthony Lorusso, born in 1935 is missing from the family]
  • Line 15. Peter Lorusso, son, age 4, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 16. Barbara Lorusso, daughter, age 2, born in Massachusetts

Family of Nicholas Lorusso
Lines 17–18, 767 Franklin Street, household no. 19, home rented for $10 per month. Informant: Antoinette Lorusso

  • Line 17. Nicholas Larusso [sic], head, age 73 born in Italy, first naturalization papers filed, janitor,
  • Line 18. Antoinette Lorusso, wife, age 63, born in Italy, first naturalization papers filed

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[1] 1940 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Enumeration District 23-86, Sheet 2-A; downloaded from Archives.gov 4 April 2012.

 

 

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Apr 04

1940 Census – Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire

1940 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Enumeration District 7-57, Sheet 3-A; downloaded from Archives.gov 3 April 2012.

The unincorporated area called Loudon Village was enumerated on 9 April 2012 by Wm. Joyce Medlock. My parents were listed with their respective parents. Their homes where on opposite sides of Main Street directly across from one another.

Family of Alice M. Perkins (Alice furnished the information)
Lines  18–20, household no. 42; Alice owned her home worth $3,000; in 1935 the family lived in the same house;
Household members (all born in New Hampshire): 1) Alice M. Perkins, head, age 54, widow, completed 4 years of high school; 2) Josephine E. Perkins, daughter, age 22, completed two years of college, and employed as an office attendant in a hospital; and 3) Alice M. Deprey, lodger, age 28, completed two years of college, and employed as a school teacher.
Family of Oscar H. Woodward (Sara Woodward furnished the information)
Lines 21–24, household no. 43; Oscar owned his home worth $3,000; in 1935 the family lived in Concord, Merrimack County, NH
Household members:1) Oscar H. Woodward, head; age 60, completed four years of high school, born in NH, and employed as a trackman for a steam railroad;  2) Sara M Woodward, wife, age 58, completed two years of high school, born in Nova Scotia; 3) Oscar H Woodward Jr, son, age 25, completed four hears of high school, born in NH, in 1935 he was in the U.S. Army, and employed as a truck driver; and 4) Jean M. Collins, lodger, age 15, completed 8 years of school, and born in NH.

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Dec 12

Is This My Jesse Woodward?

Could it be???? After years of searching for some mention of my Jesse Woodward after I last found him paying a poll tax in Springfield, NH, in 1806, I may have found him this morning while searching on GenealogyBank.com. Jesse was born 24 June 1774 in Plaistow, New Hampshire, son of Stephen Woodward and Hannah Clement[1] and married Bashabe Stevens in Springfield (Grafton, now Sullivan County), New Hampshire.

Bashaba Woodward of Salisbury, New Hampshire, purchased 1 acre of land from Kimball Woodward in Boscawen, NH, on 31 July 1837.[2] On the 30th of November 1866 she transferred by deed of gift to Ezekiel S. Davis  “in consideration of the kind attention and sample support of me by the said Ezekiel S. Davis since his intermarriage with my daughter, Diana A. Woodward.”[3] The indenture was between Bashaba Woodward of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Ezekiel Davis, also, of Lowell. Jesse’s name did not appear on any of these transactions, which made me think that he was either deceased or the marriage of the couple had gone sour and she’d left him.

Now that this 1832 death notice has been located, it would appear that Bashaba had become a widow at his passing in Springfield, New Hampshire.[4]

There were several Jesse Woodwards in New Hampshire that were recorded in a variety of federal censuses in New Hampshire prior to 1850. It is time I made a through study of those families.

Some family members thought that he had moved from Springfield, New Hampshire into Maine (perhaps Oldfield) where he probably died. In fact a couple of census records indicate, indirectly, that Jesse’s son, Daniel, was born in Maine.

New hypothesis will need to be developed and research in Springfield (Grafton County, now Sullivan County) will need to be investigated.

So much to do, so little time

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[1] Town Records of Plaistow, New Hampshire, 1736–1843, page. 401. Family History Library microfilm #15,281.

[2] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 53: 26. Register of Deeds, Concord, New Hampshire.

[3] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 83: 190; Family History Library microfilm #16,152.

[4] “Deaths,” New-Hampshire Patriot, Concord, New Hampshire, 26 November 1832. Viewed at GenealogyBank.com, 12 December 2011.

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Aug 23

The call of Minnesota

It was not unusual for young men with property to write their will in preparation for marching off to war.

In the opening lines of his last will and testament Lewis Davis wrote:, “I Lewis M Davis of the town of Franklin in the County of Merrimack and State of Newhampshire beinn about to start for the ward do make a disposal of my property …”  Of that property he later wrote that he owsed 160 acres in Stearns County, Minnesota. Furthermore, he leaves any property in possession at the time of his death to Cora E. Judkins daughter of Horace and Elisabeth Judkins and that the property should be left in the care of John Perver  until Cora become 18 years old.[1]

This document provides us with clues for additional research:

  • Search for an enlistment of Lewis M. Davis (perhaps of Franklin, New Hampshire) in the Union forces.
  • Search the Government Land Office (GLO) Records in Minnesota to determine if Lewis M. Davis obtained land under a homestead act, or if he was assigned land from another individual.
  • Search of land records in Stearns County, Minnesota. Activity for Salt Lake
  • Search the 1860 census of Stearns County, Minnesota, for Lewis M. Davis, since he has not been located in New Hampshire census records.

A search was conducted in the National Park Service database Civil War Soldier and Sailors[2] for the enlistment of Lewis M. Davis serving with the Union provided the following results:

Soldier Name Function Regiment Microfilm
Davis, Lewis Infantry 10th Regiment, N.H. Infantry M549 roll 3
Davis, Lewis F. Infantry 16th Regiment, N.H. Infantry M549 roll 3
Davis, Lewis F. Infantry 18th Regiment, N.H. Infantry M549 roll 3
Davis, Louis M. Infantry 16th Regiment, N.H. Infantry M549 roll 3

A search was conducted in “U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles” at Ancestry       .com for Lewis M Davis indicates he enlisted at the age of 29 on 13 September 1862 as a private in Company E, New Hampshire 16th Infantry Regiment and was mustered out on 20 August 1863 at Concord, New Hampshire, and that Davis died 21 August 1863.[3]

When the opportunity presents itself I need to examine the microfilm (M549, roll 3) of the service record of Lewis M. Davis in the 16thRegiment, New Hampshire Infantry. Davis’ brother-in-law, Daniel R. Woodward, also serviced in the 16th Regiment.

A search for individuals with the surname Davis obtaining land in Stearns County, Minnesota, provided results for not only Lewis M. Davis, but also his siblings, George Davis, and Albe C. Davis obtaining land in Stearns County, Minnesota (5th Principal Meridian) Township 126 N-034W.[4]

Accession Names Date Doc Twp – Rng Aliquots Sec
MN1900_.141 Davis, Albe C [P] 9/1/1869 175 126N-034W

126N-034W

126N-034W

SE1/4SE1/4

N1/2NE1/4

NW1/4NW1/4

15

22

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MW-0235-014 Davis, George E [P}

McLaughlin, William [W]

8/15/1866 76850 126N-034W

126N-034W

126N-034W

SW1/4SE1/4

S1/2SW1/4

NW1/4NW1/4

15

15

22

MW-0150-207 Davis, Lewis M [P]

Burns, Susan [P]

Burns, Thomas [W]

1/20/1862 96321 126-034W

126N-034W

S1/2NE1/4

S1/2NW1/4

15

15

Jeremiah Judkins (spouse of Lewis M Davis’ sister, Nancy Davis) also obtained land in Stearns County. [5]

Accession Names Date Doc Twp – Rng Aliquots Sec
MW-0183-049 Judkins Jeremiah K [P]

Knapp, Alexander A [W]

5/20/1863 101298 126N-034W

126N-034W

S1/2NW1/4

S1/2NE1/4

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Although all of the land acquisitions are post 1860, these men and respect families were enumerated in Stearns County, Minnesota, on 27–28 June 1860.[6]

Page Details Family summary
64 Lines 2 4–27; dwelling 697, family 561 Jerimiah Judkins; 31; M; farmer; %00; $300; b. New Hampshire
Nancy  “  ; 29; F; b. New Hampshire
Antonet  “  ; 7; F; b. New Hampshire
Ida Ann  “  ; 2 F; b. Minnesota
George E. Davis; 21; M; farmer; $500; b. New Hampshire
64 Lines 39–40; dwelling 698, family 562 Albert [Albe] Davis; 25; M; farmer; $500; b. New Hampshire
Sarah C.   “  ‘ 19; F; b. Maine
65 Line 10, dwelling 701, family 565 Louis M. Davis; 27; M; farmer; $500, $200; b. New Hampshire [no other household members]

 

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[1] Will of Lewis M. Davis, file no. 6128, Merriamck County New Hampshire Probate Court, Concord, New Hampshire.

[3] Rodney Sawyer, Register of Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire, 1861–1865; viewed 21 August 2011.

[4] Government Land Office, Bureau of Land Management, RG49; http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx

[5] Government Land Office, Bureau of Land Management, RG49; http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx

[6] 1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Stearns County, Minnesota, pages 64-65; National Archives microfilm series M653, reel 574; viewed on HeritageQuest Online, 21 August 2011.

 

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