Mayflower Serendipity Part 3

Mayflower Serendipity Part 3

I decided to do a synopsis instead of several longer post in my research process. My process is the same as I posted in Part 2 for the challenges. Why repeat what I have already stated for each person. My advice is for you to “Stay the Course” when you are researching you ancestors. Answer one question at a time. If you see something of interest for another question, put it in your “To Do” list with links and a brief note. Go back to the list when you are answering that ancestor’s question.

You my read Mayflower Serendipity Part 1 click here.

You may read Serendipity Part 2 click here.

 

This blog is all about that Genealogy Happy Dance we do. I’m sure you will feel the emotions I felt when you read this blog. I still get chills, even now, while I’m typing this post.

My second post provided you with my step by step approach to Familysearch.org Catalog search. That was the approach I used for the other ancestors I was searching. Elijah and Isaiah Pease still remained a challenge until…

Serendipity walked in the door. Maybe I should say, arrived via an Ancestry Message.

I received a message from a “cousin” line asking:

Cousin: “Is it possible Elijah was the parent of his Joseph?”

Me: “It is possible. He and Mary had 13 children, according to the History of Industry Maine. I haven’t found supporting documents to all those children.”

Cousin:  I have access to a Family Bible that listed Elijah as Joseph’s father, along with Elijah’s death.”

Me: “Are you willing to share the page.”

Cousin: Sent 6 pages with the Provence how the Bible was passed to each generation with the appropriate dates.

Now you know why the series is called Mayflower Serendipity. If it wasn’t for the Bible pages, I wouldn’t have known when Elijah or Mary died with supportive documentation.

 

I’m not sharing the Bible pages for Public Use. When my Mayflower Lineage Application is accepted. I will share that. Those who are descendants of Elijah Pease and Mary “Polly” Collins will have the opportunity to document your line from them.

 

I can with confidence state that Elijah Pease:

  1. born on Martha’s Vineyard in 1778 to Joseph Pease and Sarah Smith. Supported by Joseph Probate Will Records. Accessed via Ancestry.com for Joseph Pease. [No birth record found to date.]
  2. He married Polly Collins, 11 Apr 1805, Farmington, Franklin, Maine, Maine Marriage records, 1771-1907
  3. That I found supporting documents for 6 of the 13 children listed in the History of Industry Maine.
  4. That he resided in Farmington, Maine; New Sharon, Maine, Lexington, Maine on United States Census Records for New Sharon, marriage record for Farmington and, and Lexington per Industry History and Family Bible.
  5. Elijah Pease died within days of falling in a fire at Gilman Pond, Lexington, Maine, on 16 May 1823. Family Bible
  6. Mary, his wife, died 20 Mar 1833 in Lexington, Maine. Family Bible
  7. Family Bible page

    I will do a separate blog for Isaiah Pease and the challenges I met for him and his wife Abigail A. Bennet. It will be the last of this series. It may not pack the punch that this one does. It will show how I supported my conclusions of his connection to Elijah and Mary.

     

    I hope you are enjoying this series.

    Happy Family Researching.

     

    Sources:

    1. Maine, Wills and probate Records, 1584-1999, com. Maine, Wills and Probate Records, 1584-1999[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Maine County, District and Probate Courts. For Joseph Pease, https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/8994/005429518_00365/1743118?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/86776289/person/48543206052/facts/citation/1040367141463/edit/record , last accessed 22 Apr 2018
    2. “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F46F-N83 : 10 February 2018), Elijah Pease and Polly Collins, 11 Apr 1805; citing Farmington, Franklin, Maine, reference Vol 1 pg 39; FHL microfilm 10,865.
    3. A History of the town of Industry, Franklin County, Maine from the earliest settlement in 1787 down to present time, William Collins hatch, 1893 Press of knowlton, mcLeary & Co., Farmington, Maine, libray of congress americana collection, https://archive.org/details/historyoftownofi00hatc, last accessed 6 Apr 2018 p. 555 Genealogical Notes
    4. 1810 United States Census New Sharon, Kennebec, Maine for Elijah Pease, com. 1810 United States Federal Census[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
      Original data: Third Census of the United States, 1810. (NARA microfilm publication M252, 71 rolls). Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
    5. 1820 United States Census New Sharon, Kennebec, Maine for Elijah Pease, com. 1820 United States Federal Census[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
      Original data: Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
    6. Family Bible, Private Name, Private, ancestry message, E-ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE to June Butka Ancestry message, 2018 Apr 4, Elijah Pease and wife Mary, privately held by June Stearns Butka, E-ADRESS & STREET ADRESS FOR PRIVATE USE Merrimack, New Hampshire.
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Mayflower Serendipity Part 2

Mayflower Serendipity Part 2

15 April 2018

Welcome to the second installment of my Mayflower Lineage Application Series. In my teaser blog I listed 10 challenges I found on my Mayflower journey.

  1. Snag 1: First snag happened last July when the state of Maine change the years allowing you to obtain records to 125 years. That meant anyone born 1892 or after, required you to present your relationship the person with certified birth, marriage records and in my case death records for my parents. I needed those records for my application anyway. The problem was now I needed to go to that place to obtain the record. Massachusetts, also requires you to show relationship and that my parents were deceased to obtain my grandfather’s death record from 1967.

That includes: Charles L. Pease, My grandfather, and my grandmother, Irene E. Place.  Thankfully I already found Charles birth record before the law changed. Today’s blog is about my process of finding Charles‘s birth record.

  1. I stated with a board search on Familysearch.org. Pease, 1905-1909, Maine. The search yielded 22 results. No strong results.
  2. Catalog Search for Place, Maine: scrolled down the list to Unites States, Maine – Vital Records (29) clicked on drop down arrow, found Maine, vital records, 1670-1907. Clicked on the Click here to view available records on line. I now had eight names to view. None of the names were Charles. Two only listed the surname. All listed the location I was looking for. All listed George A. Pease and Mary Etta/Ella Pease as mother. I could rule out the females, including the unknown female born in 1908. I added the newly found infant children to the family tree.[the records were of a 15 day old death and a 6 months old death.]
  3. Family Search Maine Vital Records 1
    Family Search Maine Vital Records 2

    Familysearch Maine vital records 3

    None of the names were Charles. Two only listed the surname. All listed the location I was looking for. All listed George A. Pease and Mary Etta/Ella Pease as mother. I could rule out the females, including the unknown female born in 1908. Added the found infant children to the family tree.

    3. When I clicked on “here’ another search box came up. I clicked on Browse through images. When the image box opened I clicked on the vital records 1892-1907. [I saved the link for Delayed returns for vital records 1670-1891 and vital records prior to 1892 for future searches of other Maine ancestors.] I knew my grandfather was born in 1907.

    Familysearch Maine vital records 4
    Familysearch Maine vital records 5

    4. The image screen should there was 4149 images to browse. By clicking on the multiple box square it displayed the images in a group.

    Familysearch Maine vital records 6

    5. I knew that 1907 was at the end of the images I changed the image from 1 to 3000. I click on the highlighted image [5th row on the right] It displayed an image for a Daniel Pease deceased 1893. I found the Pease surname.

    Familysearch Maine vital records 7

    6. I return to the multiple image view and scroll down until I see an image with a small amount of writing. It usually means it is a date or next grouping.[bottom row center] It was for the year 1896. You can repeat the scrolling or you can enter numbers in the image box, I usually go by 100-150 until I get close to the view I looking for. Image 3200 was for the year 1901. Image 3300 year, image 1903, image 3400 year 1906. I now go down to 20 images at a time. 3420 brings me to 1907. When I click next image arrow I found my grandfather as an unknown male child, live birth and the 9th child of Geo [rge] A Pease and Mary E. Thomas, born Livermore, Maine. George was born in Augusta Maine, he resided in Livermore, Maine and was a Laborer. This information agrees with other records. Mary E Thomas born Belgrade, Maine is a housewife is mostly like Mary E[tta] Downs. Her step father was Thomas Penn Rice. Most likely a transcription error occurred in the delayed record of birth. All other documents of their children’s birth list her maiden name as Downs, born in Belgrade, Maine.

    Familysearch Maine vital records 8

    Yes, this is a time consuming search. It is one I do when all other search results are ineffective or inconclusive. I did a search on Ancestry for Charles. That is where I found the same image shown above with the name faded Charles, but transcribed as Chester. I strongly suggest you open a suggested hint, even if you don’t think it is your ancestor.

    Pease Charles Lawrence 1907 birth

    This is how I found my grandfather’s birth record when indexes, town clerks and vital records stated they could not find, Charles in their records. I did this same process with other ancestors from the early to mid-1800’s with less success. I was told most likely the only place I would find those early birth would be in private collections. Not all were record as the Plantation became town and towns change to other names as they separated and grew.

     

    Sources:

    “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921.” Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 29 November 2017. Citing Division of Vital Statistics. State Board of Health, Augusta: Browse images> vital records 1892-1907> Patten-Pellerin> image 3421 of 4149, for Charles L. Pease, [Unknown male child}, last accessed 15 Apr 2018.”

    Meet my Grandfather Charles L. Pease:

Charles Pease June Stearns, Freddie Allen, and Chris Allen

Mayflower Serendipity Part 1

Mayflower Serendipity 1

This is a tease blog. Many of you know I’m researching my Mayflower lineage. I put my application in May 2017. Many delays in process. Some mine. Some at other levels. I wasn’t worried. I did receive a list of what official documents I needed. No problem in my mind I had the supporting evidence.

The Mayflower books and the Howland books confirmed my link down to Mercy Gearin’s [Gearing/Geren/Garrin] birth. My records confirmed from myself to Isaiah. According to interviews with my mother and uncles, Isiah, my 2nd great-grandfather, was the son of Elijah Pease and Mary “Polly” Collins. Mary was the daughter of Mercy Gearin and Lemuel Collins, according to the Town History of Industry, Maine.

Elijah Pease and Mary Collins Family

Sounds good, I just needed to find the birth, marriage and death records of Elijah Pease and his wife Mary Collins, and for Isaiah Pease and Abigail Bennett.  No problem, right?

Wrong. I had indexes of the marriages, for some births and some deaths. Going to the original source/s was not as easy as one would think.

The last ten months included phone calls to town clerk, state archives, and vital records; including emails for request for the records. Research. More research. Last but not least, “Out of the box” research.

The Snags started with a house fire that burned the original records of documentation I used to build my family tree. I started my tree in the mid 1970’s. I did interview my mother, my uncles and my aunt by marriage for family information. My mother and her brothers died. My aunt by marriage has photos, but not many records. She remembers my grandparents and great grandparents. Thess gave me clues where to search.

  1. First snag happened last July when the state of Maine change the years allowing you to obtain records to 125 years. That meant anyone born 1892 or after, required you to present your relationship the person with certified birth, marriage records and in my case death records for my parents. I needed those records for my application anyway. The problem was now I needed to go to that place to obtain the record. Massachusetts, also requires you to show relationship and that my parents were deceased to obtain my grandfather’s death record from 1967.
  2. Second snag was that my great grandfather Arthur W. Place birth record cannot be found. The town of Kittery does have his siblings. They sent me to Eliot, Maine to see if it was there. I went through the records, page by page for his birth. No luck. I do have marriage and death record.
  3. Third snag same issue as with my great- great-grandfather, for my great-grandmother, Tyna [Tina} Marie Hutchins. Same results.
  4. Fourth snag, you know the theme by now, great-grandmother Marietta Downs.
  5. Fifth snag great-grandfather, George A Pease.
  6. Sixth snag 2nd great-grandfather, Isaiah Pease. All I had was an index of the marriage and a town history of his marriage to Abigail A Bennett. No birth or death records.
  7. Seventh snag, 2nd great-grandmother, Abigail A. Bennett same issue as Isaiah.
  8. Eighth snag, 3rd great-grandfather, Elijah Pease. Only records were from Town histories.
  9. Ninth snag, my 3rd great grandmother, Mary “Polly” Collins. I only had her birth record.
  10. Eleventh snag was time issues. Time to go to the local town offices, state archives, Genealogical Societies and vital Records. You needed to go in person with supporting documents as mentioned above. The other time issue evolved around early settling of Maine. My ancestors lived on those Plantations that became unincorporated places, towns and then new towns as the divided. What town, county or state were those records in? Were the records in Massachusetts, Maine? What was the name of the plantation? What county?

These were the snags in my Mayflower line research that needed to be resolved. I know this is my Mayflower line from supporting documents: census, town histories, land deeds, interviews and letters. I just didn’t have those direct documents.

Over the past year, I researched, and continue to research, my ancestors. Hints came from unexpected places at times, from out of the blue, and many calls, e-mails, post to Ancestry forums, Facebook pages, Genealogical Societies.

I resolved most all of the issues over the past ten months. One of my biggest hurdles remained until I received a message via Ancestry on March 30, 2018.

Now, you remember I stated at the beginning, this is a “TEASER” blog. Wait and see what the BIG REVEAL is. See you next time.

Happy Family Researching Everyone.

Valentine Remembered Part 2

Valentine Ancestors Part 2

Valentine Colby Ancestors

I’m a participant of Amy Johnson Crow’s  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. February Prompt week Feb 12-18: Valentine. This is my third Valentine prompt posting.

Meet Valentine Rowell’s great-grandson, Valentine Colby. Valentine Colby is one of my American Revolutionary War ancestors. He marched from Amesbury on the Lexington Alarm in Captain John Currier’s company of militia, Colonel Isaac Merrill’s regiment. 2,3

Valentine/Vallingtine was born 29 May 1728 to to Jacob Colby and Elizabeth Eliot/Elliot, in Amesbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England.

“Valentine Colby, fourth son and child of Jacob and Elizabeth (Elliot) Colby, was born in Amesbury, May 29 1728, baptized June 13, 1736, in Amesbury, died about 1812. His will was dated November 2, 1805, and probated January 4, 1813. He married first August 20, 1747, Hannah Kimball; second, February 1, 1788, Elizabeth Lowell 4, of Amesbury, who survived him. His fourteen children, probably all by the first wife, were: Valentine, died young; Judith, Rhoda, Valentine, died young; Hezekiah 4, Rhoda, Thomas 4, David 4, Hannah 4, Elizabeth 4, Valentine 4, Jonathan 4, Levi 4 and Molly 4. [ I found records for all but Johnathan 4 and Molley 4 other than in Valentine’s last Will in Testament date 2 November 1805. I did find a Joseph born to Valentine and Hannah 1783, in Amesbury Vital Records.]” 1

In the 1790 United States Census, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, I found a Vollint Colby listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards  and 3 females 16 yrs. and upwards; [the next two entries after Vollint were: David Colby listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards and 1 female 16 yrs. and upwards; Tho.s  listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards, 1 male 16  and 1 female 16 yrs. and upwards. In the next column a Hannah Colby listing 2 males 16 yrs. and upwards and 2 females 16 yrs. and upwards.] I feel that Vollint Colby is Valentine Colby born 1728.

{Notation that a head of household, Elizabeth Lowell, listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards and 1 female 16 yrs. and upwards. Possible this is the Elizabeth Lowell who married Valentine in 1788.}

In the 1800 United States Census Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, I found a Vallentine Colley Listing 1 male 45 and over, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 45 and over. [next listing is for Valentine Colley junior, most likely his son.] I believe this Vallentine Colley [Colbey upon viewing], is Valentine Colby born 1728.

In the 1810 United States Census Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, I found a Valentine Colby listing 1 male 16-25, 1 male 26-44, 1 male 45 and over, 1 female 26-44, 2 females 45 and over, 5 household members over 25, total in household 6.

Valentine Colby died 12 December 1812 4 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, New England.

Probate Record  File number 5951, 4 January 1813, will dated 2 November 1805. Valentine is listed as a yeoman. [Yeoman in his era, usually meant small landowner or a military rank.] His will lists his wife [2nd] Elizabeth; son, Jonathan; son Levi; son Thomas; son, Hezekiah; son Valentine (to be executor of will); son David; daughter, Hannah, new wife of John Colby; he bequests to a Molley L___, who he does not list as a daughter [possible it is his second and current wife listed, Elizabeth’s daughter, by her first marriage to Mr. Lowell;] granddaughter, Hannah Colby, daughter of Elizabeth Colby, deceased. Witness by Joshua Plummer, Joshua Colby and _____ Plummer.

Spelling Variations found:
Valentine (Vallingtine, Volentine, Vollint, Volintine)
COLBY (Colbey, Colbuy, Coleby, Collbey, Collby, Colley)

All children born in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

  1. Valingtine Colby, born 11 December 1747, died 1754 in Amesbury.
  2. Judith Colby born 26 May 1749,Not mentioned in father’s will date 2 November 1805 [some records have a death date of 18 April 1843 in West Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.]
  3. Rhoda Colby, born 13 April 1751, died about 1759 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts..
  4. Jonathan Colby born 1753, died 20 July 1808 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  5. Valentine Colby, born 26 March 1755, died 1769 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  6. Hezekiah Colby born 23 January 1757,married Judith Sargent (1766-1806);  he died in about 1817 in Warner, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA.
  7. Rhoda Colby, born 26 August 1759. Not mentioned in father’s will dated 2 November 1805.
  8. Thomas Colby born 11 September 1761, died about before 21 September 1833, probate notation in regards to Daniel Weed unable to fulfill his duties as executor for Thomas Colby, yeoman, of Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  9. David Colby born 25 December 1763. Alive at time of father’s will 2 November 1805.
  10. Hannah Colby was born on 27 May 1766. She died in about 1850.
  11. Elisabeth Colby born 17 August 1768, died before 2 November 1805-date of father’s will. Her daughter, Hannah, is listed as granddaughter to Valentine, by his deceased daughter Elizabeth Colby.
  12. Valentine Colby was born on 23 November 1770. Alive in 1814 to probate father’s will.
  13. Levi Colby born about 1774, mentioned in father’s will 2 November 1805.died about 1850 Warner, Merrimack, New Hampshire.
  14. Joseph Colby born about 1783, not mention in Valentine’s will dated 2 November 1805.

I have not researched my non-direct family members for Valentine. If I found a record mentioning a relationship to Valentine, they were added to my tree for further research.

Valentine Colby 1728- 1812 and Hannah Kimball 1728-1788, my 6th great-grandfather;

Hezekiah Colby 1757-1817 and Judith Sargent 1766-1825, my 5th great-grandfather;

Chellis Colby 1790-1862 and Olive Cheney 1793-1886, my 4th great-grandfather;

James Madison Colby 1823-1912 and Nancy A Collins 1827-1864, my 3rd great-grandfather;

Kate E. Colby 1850-1890 and Alonzo Chase 1835-1905, my 2nd great- grandmother;

Clara Jane Chase 1875-1955 and William Frank Nelson, my great-grandmother;

Lillian May Nelson 1895-1934 and Nathan Augustus Stearns 1887-1951, my grandmother; and

Nelson William Stearns 1930-1988 and Shirley Beatrice Pease, my parents.

Just a Fun Wiki Tree Screen Capture 18 degrees to Queen Elizabeth II Windsor

Sources:

  1. Genealogical and Families of the State of New Hampshire, A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4..by Erza S. Stearns, William Fredrick Whitcher, Edward Everett Parker, Lewis Publishing Company, Vol 4 page 1569, column 2, 4th paragraph.
  2. National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, Volume LXXX, Mary M. De Bolt, Washington 1925, for Mrs. Frances E. Fox Baker, number 79913 pg 333-334.
  3. National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, Volume XL, Mary Cooley Bassett, Sarah Hall Johnson, Washington, D.C. 1915, Harrisburg, PA.Telegraph Printing Company 1915, for Mrs. Blanche Colby Fox, number 39125 pg 46.
  4. Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FHRQ-D3J : 4 November 2017), Valentine Colby, 1812; citing Death, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 893,105.
  5. 1790 United States Federal Census, Year: 1790; Census Place: Almsbury, Essex, Massachusetts; Series: M637; Roll: 4; Page: 21; Image: 36; Family History Library Film: 0568144, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010,  Provo, UT, USA, https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/5058/4440869_00036/51943?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/86776289/person/48543203362/facts/citation/1040404909092/edit/record, accessed 17 February 2018 for Vollint Colby
  6. 1800 United States Federal Census, Year: 1800; Census Place: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts; Series: M32; Roll: 14; Page: 70; Image: 46; Family History Library Film: 205613, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010, Provo, UT, USA, https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/7590/4440846_00046/134567?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/86776289/person/48543203362/facts/citation/1040404909992/edit/record, accessed 17 February 2018 for Vallentine Colley.
  7. 1810 United States Federal Census, Year: 1810; Census Place: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: 18; Page: 124; Image: 0205626; Family History Library Film: 00130, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010, Provo, UT, USA, https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/7613/4433190_00130/105293?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/86776289/person/48543203362/facts/citation/343557451544/edit/record, accessed 17 February 2018
  8. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913,  for Vallingtine Colby, s. Jacob and Elizabeth May 29, 1728., pg 66; for Valentine Colby, s. Valentine and Hannah Nov. 23, 1770.; Vallingtine Colby, s. Valentine and Hannah Dec. 11, 1747.; Volentine, s. Valentine and Hannah Mar. 26, 1755.; Thomas, s.’ Valentine and ‘Hannah, Sept. 11, 1761.
  9. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913,  for Colby, Rhoda, d. Valentine and Hannah, Aug. 26, 1759. pg 65
  10. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Rhoda, d. Valentine and Hannah, Apr. 13, 1751. pg 64
  11. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Judith, d. Valentine and Hannah, May 26, 1749, pg. 62
  12. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Hezekiah, s. Valentine and Hannah, June 23, 1757 pg. 61
  13. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Hannah, d. Valentine and Hannah, May 27, 1766, pg 61
  14. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Elisebeth, d. Valentine and Hannah, Aug. 17, 1768. Pg 59
  15. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for David, s. Valentine and Hannah, Dec. 25, 1763, pg 58
  16. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, marriage for Collby Valentine, and Hannah Kimbal, Aug. 20, 1747, pg. 318; Kimbal Hannah, and Valentine Colby, Aug. 20, 1747, pg 403
  17. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, marriage for Volentine, and Elisebeth Lowell, Feb. 1, 1788 * pg 317 Intentions also record
  18. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, death for Vollantine, Colby, 1812, pg 535
  19. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, death for Elisebeth, w. Vollentine, Feb. 24, 1818, a. 83 y, pg. 534  
  20. Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001; pal:/MM9.3/TH-1961-40056-8964-83, Valentine Colby 1728 search, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89XF-WCB5?cc=2061550, accessed 19 February 2018, [ Records Film/Digital Note from FamilySearch.org, Births, marriages, and deaths of Amesbury and Salisbury, Massachusetts, collected from various sources, including town records of Amesbury and Salisbury, abt. 1598-1900 Births and miscellaneous marriages and deaths about 1706-1836 Births from Salisbury, Mass., about, 1637-1812 Births from Amesbury, 1671-1772 Marriages from Salisbury, Mass., about, 1636- 1812 Married in Amesbury, 1656-1800 Deaths from Salisbury, Mass., about, 1641-1838.]
  21. Colby, James W. “History of the Colby Family with Genealogical Tables”. Waltham, MA: Colby Music House, 1895, . Located at https://openlibrary.org/books. Accessed 21 February 2018, American Colby Pedigree page 101-113.
  22. Massachusetts Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015, Provo, UT, USA, Massachusetts, Essex County, Probate Records; Author: Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court (Essex County); Probate Place: Essex, Massachusetts. Search for Volintine Colby, results case number 5951 Probate Records Colebye, P-Cole, J, 1828-1991, Probate Essex, Massachusetts, Probate date 4 January 1815, death inferred 1812, images 355-365 and Valentine Colby 16 October 1827 image 366-381 included.

 

Valentine Ancestors Part 1

Meet Our Family Valentines Part 1

I’m a participant of Amy Johnson Crow’s  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. February Prompt week Feb 12-18: Valentine. This is my second Valentine prompt posting.

Meet our immigrant Valentine-Valentine Rowell (Thomas, Valentine). Valentine Rowell is one of the first settlers of what became Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts. [Amesbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony settled 1654.] He is listed on the Memorial erected in memory of the first settlers.

We first find Valentine in marriage records on 14 November 1643 in Salisbury, New England, Massachusetts Bay Colony to Joanna Pinder. She was the daughter of  Henry Pinder and Mary Rogers of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He is listed on the Memorial erected in memory of the first settlers.To date I have found nine children born to Valentine and Joanna; Thomas (1644-1684), John (1645/6-1649), Philip (1647/8-1690), Mary (1649/50-?), Sarah (1651-after 1716), Hannah (1653-1707), John (1655-1656/7), Elizabeth (1657-?) and Margarite (1659-?). A female [Elizabeth or Margarite] died before Sept 1662. Valentine was baptized 24 Jun 1622 Mancetter, Warwickshire, England, the son of Thomas Rowell and Margaret, the grandson of Valentine Rowell and Elizabeth Hampton. [I viewed the marriage record it is possible Elizabeth’s maiden name was Campton, not Hampton.] Valentine’s grandfather, did not come to the colonies. He died 13 September 1613 in Atherstone, England, where he was buried. His wife, Elizabeth followed him 14 February 1647/8 and is buried the same place.

Valentine Rowell purchases six acres of meadow, formerly belonging to Mr. John Hodges, from Thomas Bradbury on the 23rd October 1647 located in Salisbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1646 – Valentine Rowell, along with his father, Thomas, took the oath of fidelity in Salisbury.

12 April 1654 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, purchased four acres of planting land with commonage belonging to at Salisbury Old Town from Daniel Ladd of Haverhill.

April 1661 – Valentine Rowell, of Salisbury, planter, battered for pine boards from William Osgood of Salisbury, millwright, the commage in Salisbury, Valentine purchased from Daniel Ladd.

5 April 1661, Valentine, planter of Salisbury, received from Richard Currier of Salisbury, planter, 2 acres of upland in Salisbury on the west side of Pawwaus River, bounded by John Weed, John Bayly (deceased) and highway.

5 April 1661, Valentine Rowell, planter of Salisbury was deeded by John Bayly, husbandman of Nuberie (Newbury), 3 acres of meadow in Salisbury, bounded by Richard Currier, town creek and a little creek running up by Vinson’s rocks.

4 April 1662, Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, carpenter, conveyed to Henry Blesdale (Blaisdell) of Salisbury, tailor, one half of ye upper end of my lot of upland on west side of Pawwaus River in Salisbury, bounded by Edward Goe, Phillip Challis, etc…Witnesses: Tho: Bradbury, Samuel Hall, Acknowledge, wife Joanna released dower, in court at Salisbury 8 April 1662.

5 April 1661 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, planter, for the above deed, conveyed to John Bayly of Nuberie, husbandman, 6 acres of meadow in Salisbury, bounded by Tho: Dumer (now of said Bayly) and Anthony Colby towards ye ferry.

12 April 1661 – Thomas Barnard of ye new town of Salisbury, for L 5, l 5 s  conveyed to William Barnes, Richard Currier and Valentine Rowell, inhabitants of the same town, in behalf of ye new town, 10 acres of upland in said new town in the possession of Isaac Buswell, near the mill. Witnesses: Wymond Bradbury, Samuel Hall. The above grantees conveyed the said land to Joseph Peasley same day.

5 March 1616/2 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, planter, conveyed to John Clough of Salisbury, house carpenter, 4 acres of planting land in Salisbury, bounded by Willi Allin, highway to mill, grantee, etc. Witnesses: Tho: Bradbury, Jane Bradbury acknowledged in court by grantor and his wife Joanna.

9 April 1662 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, exchanged my lot of sweepage, bounded by Mr. Winsley and goodman Dickerson, at ye beach, with Jarret Haddon for William Huntington’s lot of Higgledee pigledee meadow at fox island, bounded by Valentine Rowell and Phillip Chaillis. Witnesses: Anthony Somerby, John Bayly. Acknowledged by grantor , his wife releasing dower, in court at Salisbury 8 April 1662.

Valentine Rowell died at Salisbury, 17 May 1662,  just 18 days after making this last deed by which he exchanged a Sweepage lot with Jarret Haddon. [One recorded date as 17d: 3m : 1662, this would be May in the old style calendar.] On 14 October 1662, administration of his estate was granted to his widow, Joane. Lieutenant Challis and Richard Currier were ordered to make distribution of his estate to the widow and children, she to have half of it.

Joan remarried on 18 September 1670 to William Sargent, and thirdly, on 26 October 1676 at Amesbury, to Richard Currier.

Margery [3rd wife of Thomas Rowell], the widowed stepmother of Valentine Rowell, did not obey the court order regarding her step-son Valentine’s heirs. His widow Joanna, having remarried to William Sargent, they sued for the inheritance. The suit was against Christopher Osgood, son of Margery by her first husband. William Chandler testified that margery Coleman (she had remarried for a third time to Thomas Coleman) was at his home in Newbury when, the widow of Valentine Rowell hearing of it, came and demanded of her mother-in-law the L 7 due. Margaery answered that she had disposed of all her estate to her son Christopher, and  he was to pay her debts, and that Chandler had the proof. Thomas Rowell, Valentine’s eldest son, also had tried to collect the legacy from Christopher Osgood, but without success. The Sargents won the case and the children finally received their father’s share of his estate.

In 1725, the estate of Valentine Rowell was still unsettled. Valentine Rowell, a grandson of the same name, in spite of the wishes of his cousins, renounced his right and Phillip Rowell was appointed administrator of the estate of his grandfather, Valentine Rowell, late of Amesbury, he giving bonds with John Challis and Joseph Currier on the twelfth of February 1725. This long delay in the settlement of his estate was due to the deaths of him and his children at early age.

1803 Map of Salisbury, Massachusetts

Note some of the same surnames in 1803

The image below list a Rowell in 1639 as one of those who received lots and proportions granted pr the Towne of Colchester [bordered by the Merrimack River and the Atlantic Ocean, originally named Colchester, was incorporated as Salisbury in 1640.] in the first division.. This is most likely Valentine’s father, Thomas Rowell.

1639 Colchester aka Salisbury, Massachusetts

My lineage:

Valentine Rowell and Joanna Pinder 9th great grandparents

Hannah Rowell and Thomas Colby 8th great grandparents

Jacob Colby and Elizabeth Eliot 7th great grandparents

Valentine Colby and Hannah Kimball  6th great grandparents [hint of the next Valentine post]

Hezekiah Colby 5th great grandfather

Chellis F. Colby and Olive P. Cheney 4th great grandparents

James Madison Colby and Nancy Collins 3rd great grandparents

Kate E Colby and Alonzo Chase 2nd great grandparents

Clara Jane Chase and  William Frank Nelson great grandparents

Lillian May Nelson and Nathan Augustus Stearns grandparents

Nelson William Stearns and Shirley Beatrice Pease parents

and finally, me, June Stearns  and Michael D. Butka

 

Source links:

Land purchases by Valentine Rowell links The Great Migration Thomas Bradbury History and

The Great Migration Daniel Ladd History

Therelfall, John Brooks, Fifty Great Migration Colonists to New England & Their Origins, J.B Threlfall Publishing, Madison, wisconsin 1990,.Book is at Stevens Memorial  Library 345 Main St. North Andover, Massachusetts, 01845 (978) 668-9505 The Rowell Ancestry contributed by William Haslet Jones pg. 331 to 342.

PDF images on my laptop C:/Users/damegussie/OneDrive/Documents/Frame and Rowell families on certain pages for Frame and Rowell; pages 150-155 Frame Family; 331-342 Rowell Family. [Offers family history for Thomas and Lawrence Frame; Valentine, Thomas and Valentine Rowell, will/probate and land purchases.]

History of Amesbury: Including the first Seventeen Years of Salisbury, to Seperation in 1654; and Merrimac, from its Incorporation in 1876 page 15 definition of sweepage lots. [They had divided an abundance of land, even crossing the Powow and giving out lots there this present year. The marsh was disposed of, and the whole range of beach from Black Rocks to Hampton river cut up into lots, numbered and given out to the inhabitants. These lots were called “sweep- agelots, ]

Macetter, England Searchable files: Valentine and Thomas Frame England documents. https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Mancetter,_Warwickshire_Genealogy

The Pillsbury Ancestry, by Holman; Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, by Hoyt; Essex County Probate 1:401; Essex County Quarterly Court Files 5:20.

Valentine Remembered

Valentine Remembered

I’m a participant of Amy Johnson Crow’s  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. February Prompt week Feb 12-18: Valentine

When I think of Valentine, I think of everyday as Valentine’s Day. My husband and I always made sure we had a date night. We rarely went to bed without saying “I Love You.”

I’m allergic to most flowers, especially, roses. My husband didn’t need to bring flowers home for me. Candies sometimes, but most of the time the candy would sit around and get old. Okay, I will admit if it was dark chocolate, it didn’t have a chance to get old. We would go out to dinner, but chose to go on a non busy day. We didn’t need to go on the actual day. Spending time with each and our children was the only thing we cared about.

When the children were young, we did the usual handmade candies, Homemade paper lace doilies Valentine cards for the family. The cute little store cards with a box of candy hearts for the classroom.

One year, Michael, brought me a heart shaped ring. Neither of us can remember which year. Mostly likely around our fifth year of marriage. The ring was yellow gold with a heart shaped Ruby, my husbands birthstone. [I’m a white gold, silver, platinum type of jewelry person.] We do remember the children helped him pick it out.

Valentine’s Day is this week. We have no special plans. We spent the weekend together traveling to new and familiar restaurants. We love our Sunday drives, a tradition my father started when I was a child. [Read my poem about our Sunday Drives here.] My husband and I still get in the car on Sunday and just drive. I rarely know where the destination is. We listen to the radio, talk, take in the scenery and enjoy being with each. Is there any better way to celebrate Love and Family, the True Meaning of Valentine’s Day? I think not.

My Heart Ring

My Heart Ring still fits. I wear it for special occasions and when I need a little extra love and comfort. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, no matter how you choose to celebrate. It is about Love and Family. Spending time with family, making memories and showing you love them on a daily basis is what it is all about. 

 

Sources:

June Stearns Butka photographer, 1970-2010 digital image Feb 2018, privately held by June Stearns Butka], [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Merrimack, New Hampshire, 12 February 2018.

Amy Johnson Crow, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, 2017, https://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/ : accessed 21 January 2018.

Love and Family Make Me Tick

I’m a participant of Julie Goucher’s of Anglers Rest Blog, “Book of Me” Prompts.

What makes me tick was an easy one to answer. Love and Family.

My love and passion for life, family and friends keeps me going on a daily basis. We all have those days that we just want to crawl back under the covers and stay there. It is those times that I look around my bedroom at the walls and book shelves. I see the smiling faces of my family and friends shining down at me. The thimble collection of my mother, cookbook collection of my Aunts Carrie and Eleanor, the Family Tree of my Ancestors above my desk and the artwork created especially for me by a friend. Even the scattered family research papers waiting for me to pick up where I left off are a reminder that life is worth living.

I know that I will rise to the challenge of the day. It may be a slower start of the day. I need to work through the pain, the sadness and sometimes anger of having to deal with the pain. I will not dell on the health issues that cause my pain only that I will NOT let it stop me. A Positive Mental Attitude is my mantra. Stay the coarse is the other.

Just a few photographs of what I see that helps my Stay the Coarse.

Blake’s Deck of Cards
Index Card Family Tree
Honor to All!
The Stearns Family
Center of hand made “Breast Cancer Walk” Quilt by Shirley Pease Stearns

#Book of Me 2018

Thank you Family and Friends for all your love and support.