Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wiley McDonald of TN 1833-1870

Wiley McDonald, shown in the 1860 census record of the previous post, died 1 Sept 1870.
He was the husband of Elmira Adeline Casteel.
His tombstone inscription includes: 
A Sargt. in the 1st Tenn. Cav. U.S.A.

Wiley is buried in Mount Harmony Cemetery in Heiskell, Knox, Tennessee.
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Finding the Missing Sister

In searching for Adeline Casteel, one of the children of Abednego & Agnes Casteel, who married Wiley McDonald in Tennessee, I found an 1860 census record for:
Almira A. McDonald wife of Wyley McDonald. I found this by switching my search criteria to Wiley McDonald as Adeline wasn't found.
How do I know I have the right family?  Because residing with them is Adeline's older sister, Hazy Casteel.

(click image to enlarge)
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cemetery marker for Sarah Crouch d.1785 Washington Co.

Tombstone of ancestor Sarah Crouch, wife of John Crouch, who died in 1782 in Washington County which was then part of North Carolina.  Washington County later became part of Tennessee when it was admitted to the Union as the 16th state in 1796.

She is buried in Buffalo Ridge Cemetery

(photos from FindAGrave)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Lest We Forget: A Conference on the Emancipation Proclamation

Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln in January 1863, Prince William County will host its first conference on the cultural and historical significance of the Emancipation Proclamation on February 21-23, 2013. 
“Lest We Forget: A Conference on the Emancipation Proclamation” 

will be the first in an annual series of conferences focusing on African American history. 

Engaging a wide range of local, statewide, and national partners and organizations, this conference will include 
* discussion forums and dialogue panels, 
* keynote addresses, 
* paper sessions, and 
* guided visits to Prince William County’s historic sites and related sites of interest in Washington, D.C.

This insightful conference is free with attendees responsible for food and lodging. To register, please fill out the form below. Bus tours of historic sites in Prince William are $70.00/person and include transportation and lunch. Tours of historic sites in Washington, D.C. are $100.00/person and include transportation and lunch. 

Click here to download a complete conference schedule
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Greetings

Wishing you a lovely Valentine's Day.
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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Philadelphia Deed Book Indices

- an online guide for locating those little treasures found in the Philadelphia Deed Book Indices 

My find for the day:

1692 D E GRANTEE2/070-18/000017

In 1692, Edmund Du Castell purchased a lot from Anthony Morris.

"This lot of ground purchased from Joseph Wood, extended from Front Street to Second Street, being 396 feet in length.  It was disposed of by Anthony Morris in two portions.  The upper (northern) portion, measuring 20 feet in width, he sold to Alexander Beardsley in 1688, and the remainder, 31 feet in width he sold to Edmund Du Castell in 1692.  Edmund Du Castell in the same year, re-conveyed to Anthony Morris the western half of the strip, measuring 30 feet 9 inches in width and 196 feet in length "to run with a straight line cross from the said Morris his back garden fence.""
(The Morris family of Philadelphia, descendants of Anthony Morris, by Robert C. Moon. Published 1898)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

1689 Marriage Record of Anthony Morris & Agnes Bom

The marriage of Agnes Bom
 (of Rotterdam, Holland; born Agniesje Moij),
widow of Cornelius Bom,
 to Anthony Morris 
occurred on the 8th mo. 28th, 1689, in Philadelphia.

(click on the elements to enlarge)
The lower portion shows the signatures of those involved including ancestors, Agnes Bom & her daughter, Christian Bom.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Historical Society of PA Presidential Docs

Celebrate Presidents' Day with HSP

George Washington

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Services requested at Christ Church, Philadelphia

Abstract of Wills of Philadelphia County:

(Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

, Volume 3)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Genealogy Conference in Northern VA

Save the Dates and plan your visit to D.C.!
The Fairfax Genealogical Society's Annual Conference is taking place on April 5-6 at the convienently located Fairfax Marriott at FairOaks.

As a bonus offering, The National Institute for Genealogical Studies will provide a free online course for all attendees. A brochure and course gift certificate with sign up instructions will be included with each attendee's packet.

Visit http://fxgsconference.blogspot.com/ for program details and registration information.

11787 Lee Jackson Highway
Fairfax, Virginia 22033