Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

The 1722 Inventory of Andrew Job's Estate


An Inventory of ye Goods & Chattels of 
Andrew Job Lately Deceased 
Being of ye Township of Notingham In ye County of Chester
To his wearing Apparell .......................09 16 00 
To Sundry goods in ye Parlor ..............26 00 06 
To Sundry goods in ye Closet.............. 03 11 00 
To Sundry Utensils in ye Midle Room 04 09 00
To Sundry Goods up Staires................ 08 04 11 
To Sundry Utensils in ye Cellar ...........02 17 00 
To Sundry Moveables In ye Kitchen.... 05 12 00 
To Sundrys In ye Shop .........................03 00 00 
To Sundry Utensils About ye Plantation 09 10 08 
To his Stock of Cattle, Horses & Hogs 
Upon His Plantation............................ 62 03 00 
To ye Corn growing Upon ye Ground 30 00 00
                                    Sum Total 165 04 01 
Notingham, ye 9th day 
of ye 4th mo 1722
              A True Appraisement By us
                        William Brown Senior 
                        Samuel Little 
                        John Churchman

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

Celebrated as the national holiday in the United States to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony in 1621 after a winter of great starvation and privation, this day was proclaimed as Thanksgiving Day in that year itself by the then Governor William Bradford, while the feast was shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native Americans. Since then, the tradition of observing Thanksgiving Day has continued. People take part in the festivities with full joy and enthusiasm to celebrate the harvest and blessings granted upon them in the previous year.

Happy Thanksgiving!
 from Tangled Trees
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

They Knew That They Were Pilgrims

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
Nathaniel Morton describes the departure of the first pilgrims:
"So they left that goodly and pleasant city [Leyden], which had been their resting-place for above eleven years, but they knew that they were pilgrims and strangers here below, and looked not much on these things, but lifted up their eyes to Heaven, their dearest country, where God hath prepared for them a city (Heb. XI, 16), and therein quieted their spirits. When they came to the place [Delft Haven] they found the ship and all things ready, and such of their friends as could not come with them followed after them, and sundry came from Amsterdam to see them shipt, and to take their leaves of them. One night was spent with little sleep with the most, but with friendly entertainment and Christian discourse, and other real expressions of true Christian love.
The next day they went on board, and their friends with them, where truly doleful was the sight of that sad and mournful parting, to hear what sighs and sobs and prayers did sound amongst them; what tears did gush from every eye, and pithy speeches pierced each other's heart, that sundry of the Dutch strangers that stood on the Key as spectators could not refrain from tears. But the tide (which stays for no man) calling them away, that were thus loath to depart, their Reverend Pastor, falling down on his knees, and they all with him, with watery cheeks commended them with the most fervent prayers unto the Lord and His blessing; and then with mutual embraces and many tears they took their leaves one of another, which proved to be the last leave to many of them.
Being now passed the vast ocean, and a sea of troubles before them in expectations, they had now no friends to welcome them, no inns to entertain or refresh them, no houses, or much less towns, to repair unto to seek for succour; and for the season it was winter, and they that know the winters of the country know them to be sharp and violent, subject to cruel and fierce storms, dangerous to travel to known places, much more to search unknown coasts. Besides, what could they see but a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wilde beasts and wilde men? and what multitudes of them there were, they then knew not; for which way soever they turned their eyes (save upward to Heaven) they could have but little solace or content in respect of any outward object; for summer being ended, all things stand in appearance with a weatherbeaten face, and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, represented a wild and savage hew; if they looked behind them, there was a mighty ocean which they had passed, and was now as a main bar or gulph to separate them from all the civil parts of the world."

Source: New-England's memorial by Nathaniel Morton, William Bradford, Thomas Prince, Edward Winslow; 1669

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

No Tombstone for Edward Teach

Died on the this date, 22 November 1718: 
Blackbeard - pirate and captain of Queen Anne's Revenge (originally a French merchant ship which he captured & converted into a warship of forty guns)
Otherwise known as Edward Teach, also seen spelled as Thatch, Thach, Thache, Thack, Tack, Thatche and Theach.
Believed to have be born in Bristow, England, c.1680.
Blackbeard, who engaged in active piracy 1716 to 1718, met his demise in Ocracoke Inlet, North Carolina, at the hands of Lieutenant Maynard with his attacking forces.
Teach's corpse was thrown into the inlet while his head was suspended from the bowsprit of Maynard's ship.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

FamilySearch - A Valuable Resource that keeps on Growing. just keeps getting better.  They are constantly adding more and more records.
My hint for today:  Bookmark the site and visit it often.
Oh - and the best part: it's free!

My find for today:  the Death Record for our 2nd G-grandfather, John J. Busch.

Database:  Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Final Payment Voucher Card for Thomas King of TN

Index Card reference to the Final Revolutionary War Pension
 Payment Voucher for our 4th G-Grandfather, Thomas King:

(viewed on Fold3)
The Pension Ledger record for Thomas is shown in the previous post.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Jonesboro, TN, Rev War Pension Ledger Record

Below is the Pension Ledger Record recorded in Jonesboro, TN,  for our ancestor Thomas King (1754-1847) who served in the Revolutionary War. Note that his date of death is recorded in the ledger on the far right.

(click image to enlarge)
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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tom Harrison receives war medals 66 years late

(AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)
 Tom Harrison, 93, displays his World War II medals at his home in Salt Lake City. Harrison spent several years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp after enduring the brutal Bataan Death March. He returned home to his family, and more than six decades later, just received six medals honoring his service, including the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Find Your National Treasure

   The Fairfax Genealogical Society'

An all-day, in-depth presentation by nationally-recognized genealogists, designed to enhance your genealogical research skills. In recent years, we have adopted the highly successful conference format with lectures in several tracks. These tracks are designed to provide something of interest for every level of genealogist. In addition, there is always opportunity to visit with many vendors with genealogical resources and examine their products.

Save the Dates:    Saturday-Saturday, March 23-24, 2011

Location:   Marriott Fair Oaks
11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway
Fairfax, VA 22033
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Honoring Veterans Day

Each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery a wreath is placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns.  With this ceremony we honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
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Family Recipe Friday: Romanian Apple Cake

Quick, easy, & yummy!
Romanian Apple Cake

  • 5 apples, peeled & cored
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c white sugar
  • 3/4 c vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c chopped walnuts (optional)
1.  Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease & flour a 9 x 13 pan. Cut apples into 1" wedges and set aside.  (I do 1/2" wedges)

2.  In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until blended. Mix in the baking soda, oil, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir in the flour, just until incorporated. Fold in the apples (and walnuts).

3. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly.  Dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday’s Child: Lula A., Dau of J.M & M.A. Casteel


Lula A. Casteel
Daughter of Joseph M. & Minerva A. Casteel
Died 19 May 1873
Aged 5 months 7 days
Buried in Charity Cemetery, Macoupin Co. IL
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Monday, November 7, 2011

1820 Knox Co. TN, SCI FA: Madison vs Casteel / Greenlee

4 July 1820    Knox County, Tennessee 
County Court Minute Books

Civil SCI FA
PLTF John H Madison
DEFT Abednego Casteel & Francis Greenlee. Secy of John Rice

In this cause the sheriff having returned two writs of scire facias against the Defendant "not to be found" on motion of the plaintiff by his Attorney it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the Defendants fifteen dollars forty one cents the sum in the scire facias as specified and also the costs of this scire facias -
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Tennessee Genealogical Society

Tennessee Genealogical Society, founded in 1952,  is located near Memphis, TN, and has offices and a lecture room in the Germantown Regional History and Genealogy Center, which houses a 14,000 volume library.
The Tennessee Genealogical Society mission:

  • To acquire, preserve, and make available genealogical history and records.
  • To publish materials relevant to Tennessee genealogy and history.
The TGS website also provides access to their quarterly periodical, Ansearchin' News, which is keyword searchable and allows viewing of the full text of each issue.

Ansearchin' News Archives

    Wednesday, November 2, 2011

    John Paul Jones's 1777 USS Ranger

    Ship sloop (3m) L/B/D: 131.4 (berth deck) × 28 × 11 dph (40.1m × 8.5m × 3.4m) Tons: 697 bm Hull: wood Comp: 140 Arm: 18 × 6pdr Built: James K. Hackett, Portsmouth, N.H.; 1777.

    On this date in history John Paul Jones, master of the newly built ship USS Ranger, leaves Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with a crew of 140 men enroute to France, beginning its raids on British warships during the Revolutionary War.
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