Monday, November 30, 2009

Orphaned by Another Means

Great Grandmother Maria was born 12 Jan 1869 in Budapest, Hungary. Oral family history has it that her mother died when she was still young.  Maria was the youngest of several children and her father, not being able to handle all the extra responsibilities, gave her to a Jewish family to be raised as a servant. 
She married Ignatz J. Kollain and they immigrated to the U.S. in 1909. They were residing in NYC in 1912; then moved to Jamesburg, NJ, prior to 1920. Maria Kollain died 12 Oct. 1957 in Jamesburg, Middlesex, NJ. Because of her past, researching Maria has been very frustrating. Her parents were listed as 'unknown' on her death cert. We gleened the date and place of Maria's birth from her husband, Ignatz's naturalization papers. Interestingly her older children cited her maiden name as Bergner while the younger children cited Pergel on their documents.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Good things come in Sevens

Thank you to Tonia's Roots for bestowing the Kreativ Blogger Award upon Tangled Trees.

Recipients are asked, in return, to share this award with 7 special genealogy blogs.
I wish to recognize:
 Al's Polish-American Genealogy Research
Ancestor Tracking
Ask Olive Tree Genealogy
Genealogy's Star
A Canadian Family
and, finally,
Mustaches of the Nineteenth Century which always makes me smile.

Recipients are also asked to share 7 bits about themselves....
This is the harder part of the two requirements as I enjoy following more than the 7 blogs listed above and would like to recognize them all  (that counts as 1!).
I have been researching our genealogy for over 20yrs. 
My spouse & I are both from Southern California - as you might have guessed from previous posts.
We now reside in Northern VA.
I am a member of the Fairfax Genealogical Society - an outstanding organization comprised of wonderful people.
Teenagers have made me prematurely gray - I now resort to enhancing my hair ;-)
My other hobby is sailing.   hhmmm...research or sailing???  The answer all depends on the weather.

Thank You to all who take the time in their busy days to read Tangled Trees.

Friday, November 27, 2009

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Nearly Wordless Wednesday - Winthrop Fleet Puritan Ancestors

Our ancestors, Thomas French and Susan (Riddlesdale) French of Assington, Suffolk, England, arrived in New England with their children as passengers on the Winthrop Fleet in 1630 and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

The Winthrop Fleet was a group of eleven sailing ships under the leadership of John Winthrop that carried approximately 700 Puritans plus livestock and provisions from England to New England over the summer of 1630.
View Passenger List
Visit:  The Winthrop Society Website
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Daniel Boone Controversy

The Frankfort, Kentucky, Gravesite of Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone (b. 2 Nov 1734, Berks Co., PA) died on September 26, 1820, in Femme Osage Creek, Missouri.  He was buried next to his wife, Rebecca Bryan, who had died on March 18, 1813. The graves, located on Tuque Creek near Marthasville, in Warren County, Missouri, were unmarked until the mid-1830's. In 1845, the Boones' remains were disinterred and reburied in a new cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Resentment in Missouri about the disinterment grew over the years, and a legend arose that Boone's remains never left Missouri. According to this story, Boone's tombstone in Missouri had been inadvertently placed over the wrong grave, but no one had corrected the error. Boone's Missouri relatives, displeased with the Kentuckians who came to exhume Boone, kept quiet about the mistake and allowed the Kentuckians to dig up the wrong remains.
Although there is no evidence to support this claim, both the Frankfort Cemetery in Kentucky and the Old Bryan Farm graveyard in Missouri claim to have Boone's remains.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Googling an ancestor leads to Black Sheep Sunday

In "Googling" an ancestor I found Stock Troubles for Jesse Hiter Crouch, b. Oct 1808, son of Jesse Crouch and Mary Nance:

A lawsuit was brought by the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Co. in 1853 against Jesse H. Crouch.  Railroad officials claimed that Crouch continued to owe money on capitol stock purchased in 1849 through Brookins Campbell. The deposition of Samuel B. Cunningham notes that the original records of the stock purchase were destroyed in a fire at the home of Campbell, who, by the time of the trial, had passed away. An appeal bond from 1855 shows that Crouch has been ordered to pay the railroad $850.

The East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Records, 1852-1871, document the company which developed the railroad connection between Knoxville and Virginia. Eight of the 16 items, found in Series I, deal with a lawsuit brought about by the railroad in 1853 against Jesse H. Crouch of Washington County, TN.

Series I: Records in the case of the East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad vs. Jesse Crouch, 1853-1856

Folder   1         Item   1        
Subpoena to Samuel Cunningham to appear in circuit court in Washington County, TN, 1853 June 1

Folder   1         Item   2        
Subpoena to William G. Gammon, Treasurer of the Tennessee and Virginia Railroad, to appear in circuit court in Washington County, TN, 1853 June 1

Folder   1         Item   3        
Subpoena to Brookins Campbell, agent of the railroad, to appear in circuit court in Washington County, TN, 1853 September 23

Folder   1         Item   4        
Subpoena to John B. Hamilton, Sheriff of Sullivan County, TN, to appear in circuit court in Washington County, TN, 1854 October 22

Folder   1         Item   5        
Deposition of Samuel Cunningham, President of the Tennessee and Virginia Railroad, in Washington County, TN, 1855 January 9

Folder   1         Item   6        
Subpoena to "Dr. Broyles on the Chucky" to appear in circuit court in Washington County, TN, 1855 February 14

Folder   1         Item   7        
Appeal Bond of Jesse Crouch, stating that Crouch agrees to pay the railroad $850, in Washington County, 1855 October 26

Folder   1         Item   8        
Subpoena to Jesse Crouch to appear in circuit court in Washington County, TN, 1856 June 19

Source: East Tennessee and Virginia Railroad Records, 1852-1871; MS-2211;
University of Tennessee Special Collections Library, Knoxville, TN

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Surname Saturday - French-Canadian Ancestors: Lefebvre

Surname: Lefebvre
Definition: A derivation of the French occupational name Fevre, which described an iron-worker or smith. From the Old French "fevre" meaning craftsman. Similar French surnames include Fabre, Faivre, Faure, and Lefèvre. This is the French equivalent of the English surname SMITH. 

We are lucky in that we have a pretty well defined Lineage for our Lefebvre ancestry. I give much credit to the American-Canadian Genealogical Society for assisting me with this branch of our tree.

 - Joseph Vital Horace Lefebvre, born Nov. 1872 in Manchester, New Hampshire, married Marie Anne Turgeon in New Bedford, Massachusetts
 - Joseph Lefebvre (b. 1846 L'Acadie, Canada) & Julia Louise Lambert
 - Vital Lefebvre (b. 1809 L'Acadie, Canada) & Theotiste Henriette Roy
 - Toussaint Lefebvre m. Marie-Louise Lefebvre (daughter of Pierre Lefebvre & Amable Sorel) 1797 in La Prairie, Quebec
 - Nicolas Lefebvre m. M.Louise Brosseau in 1767 in La Prairie 
 - Pierre Lefebvre b. 11 Nov 1709 in Montreal m. Marguerite Moquin in 1734
 - Geoffroy Lefebvre b. Dec 1677 in Montreal m. Marie-Madeleine Michel-Michaud in June 1704
 - Jean-Baptiste Lefebvre from Saint-Germain (pictured right), Amiens, Picardie, France  m. Cunegonde Gervaise in Montreal 14 Jan 1676.  He was the son of Geoffroy Lefebvre & Jeanne Mile. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Gettysburg

The Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg

Dedicated on November 19, 1863.

 It was during this dedication ceremony, which was attended by approximately 10,000 citizens, that President Abraham Lincoln delivered the "Gettysburg Address".

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Frederick Douglass's Historic Home

Frederick Douglass's Cedar Hill estate will represent Washington, D.C. in the U.S. mint's new "America the Beautiful" quarter program. The home, located at 1411 W St. SE in Anacostia, was his home from 1878 until his death in 1895.

Born circa 1818 in Talbot County, Maryland, he escaped slavery to become an abolitionist, editor, orator, and public servant.

In 1881, President Garfield appointed Frederick Douglass
Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia (1881-1886).

The coin is scheduled for release in 2017.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Surname Saturday - Crouch

On this damp & chilly Surname Saturday I thought I would continue to highlight our Crouch line.
Crouch, from the Latin crux and Middle English crouch, Old English cruc ‘cross’ (a word that was replaced in Middle English by the word cross, from Old Norse kross), is applied as a topographic name for someone who lived by a cross.
It is English in origin with one of the earliest references being made to Thomas Crouch who is listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Essex (1329).
Some of the first Crouch settlers in the states were Richard, Nicholas, and Thomas Crouch who settled in Virginia in 1623.
Our ancestor was  Jesse Crouch (b.1760 in Stafford VA) who married Mary Sarah Nance.
Their daughter, Martha "Patsy" Crouch ( b. May 1797)  married William Isaac King on 2 Aug 1819 in Washington Co. TN. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November 11th - Veterans Day Remembered

History of Veterans Day
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

Soldiers of the 353rd Infantry near a church at Stenay, Meuse in France, wait for the end of hostilities.  This photo was taken at 10:58 a.m., on November 11, 1918, two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"
The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.
An Act approved on May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

The observance of Veterans Day on November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Source:  United States Dept of Veteran's Affairs

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Old Fall Branch Baptist Cemetery

Located in Washington County, Tennessee, Old Fall Branch Baptist Cemetery (also known as Hopper Cemetery) is where our Crouch ancestors lie.

Jesse Crouch, b. 25 April 1760 in Stafford Co. VA ;  died 22 Dec 1841 in Washington Co., TN.

Buried with him is his wife, Mary Sarah (Nance) Crouch, b. 30 May 1770 in Mechlinburg, VA; died soon after her husband in Jan 1842.

Additional cemetery information can be found at:

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun on Sunday Morning - Surname Distributions

This week's challenge on Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun was to look into our surname distribution.  The site recommended for this adventure was

I did our two family surnames - Casteel & Kolbush/Kolbusz

The spelling Kolbush is only found in the United States.  It's origin, Kolbusz, is primarily seen in Poland


Next is the surname Casteel   - Here I included a breakdown of the surname distribution within the United States.

And finally - the most popular forenames:
Casteel:  James, Robert, John, David, William

Kolbush:  John, Carl, & Ralph
Kolbusz:  Krystyna, Jozef, Jan, Stanislaw, & Anna

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Surname Saturday - Cassingham / Casingham

On this beautiful fall Surname Saturday morning I will highlight our Cassingham line.

Albert Odian (Frank) Cassingham married Emma Warburton on 12 June 1875 in Providence, Rhode Island, and later moved to  Middleboro, Massachusetts where Frank was last recorded in 1892 as an employee at Star Mills.  We have not located a death or burial record for A.O. Frank Cassingham but believe it to be between 1892 & 1895 when Emma Warburton Cassingham is recorded as marrying John K. Smith.

Albert Odian Cassingham was born c. 1840 in Aldington, Ashford, Kent, England - the son of Odian Cassingham and Harriet Dean.
His father, Odian Cassingham, was born 23 Apr 1807 in Woodchurch, Kent, England - the son of John Casingham and Ann Barber.

John Casingham was baptised 7 Apr 1775  Presbyterian, Tenterton, Kent, England and was the son of John Casingham (born c. Apr 1737) and Alice Sampson.

Our line ends with the parents of John Casingham :  Thomas Casingham and Katherine Ordian married in Saint Mary Bredin (pictured on right), Canterbury, Kent, England, on Aug 3rd, 1731.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Follow Friday - Interesting Histories

Today is Follow Friday - On this lovely fall 'Follow Friday' morning I thought I'd share with you a blog I enjoy reading:
It has the most interesting historical tales from the past revealing old and sometimes odd beliefs, traditions, and facts.   Recent post titles include:

  • The Supernatural or Insanity? Dark Voices & Visitations from an Unseen World?

  • Quaker Traveler Ann Mifflin & her 'Cave of Skeletons' in 1802
  • Serpents in the Stomach: A 19th-Century Medical Nightmare or Figment of the Imagination?
  • Pennsylvania and the Civil War: Southern Sympathies
  • A UFO in 19th-Century Lancaster County, Pennsylvania?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Finding Local Images

Historic Railroad Station Pictures of Jamesburg & Helmetta, New Jersey.


Family-Images.Com contains a wide collection of images from all over the United States. This site strives "to help local historians and genealogists find local images from their hometowns and surrounding areas".

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Casteel of Cobb Co. GA

William Casteel (1854-1929) & Lucie Casteel
Holly Springs Cemetery
Cobb County, Georgia
viewed on