Billy Buskin-Faithful Companion

Another of my Who in the State of Mom Blogspot post
Originally Posted Friday, April 20, 2012

Faithful Companion

Today’s research finds me at the Church Cemetery, Wilmot, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Gravestones offer interesting bits of life from those that are Heaven Found. Frances Chase knew the importance of a faithful companion in the time of battle during the Civil War. So here is his dedication to that faithful companion “Billy Buckskin was a horse that belonged to Francis Chase and was a veteran of the civil war. His grave is marked each year with a flag, on Memorial Day.”
6 January 2017 update:
Francis E. Chase was born 29 Jan 1829 in Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts to Joseph Chase and Harriet Phelps.
The Find A Grave bio provides an overview of Mr. Chases life and military service.
Pine Hill Cemetery Google Street View

Birth:     Jan. 29, 1829

Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA

Death: Feb. 21, 1908

Wilmot Flat, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA


From “A Glimpse of the Past-A History of Wilmot, NH” by Langley:

“Ripley’s famous “Believe it or Not” column in the May 30, 1965 issue of The Boston Advertiser immortalized Wilmot’s remarkable Civil War Horse.”The Grave of a Horse….Francis E. Chase owned a horse named Billy Buskin. The horse was Mr. Francis Chase’s saddle horse he rode all through the Civil War. Mr. Chase was a wagon master of an ammunition train. The horse was given to Mr. Chase by the government when he received his discharge. The horse lived to be over 30 years old. Mr. Chase had a dog named Captain and he lived to be a very old dog and was a constant companion to Billy Buskin and Mr. Chase.” (Letter received from Mr. Fred W. Chase, grandson of Mr. Francis E. Chase, June 3, 1964.) The horse and the dog are buried side by side on the former Chase farm in Wilmot Flat. The G.A.R. of Wilmot started the custom of putting a flag on the horse’s grave each Memorial Day, and the custom has been followed each year. In 1973, Myrtle T. Newcomb, who lived on the former Chase farm gave the town a parcel of land enclosing the Civil War graves of horse Billy Buskin and dog Captain. The Bicentennial Committee placed a plaque at the site near Chase Pond. The marker reads “This plaque marks the grave of Billy Buskin, a horse ridden through the Civil War by Captain Francis E. Chase who lived across the road.” The horse’s bridal was given to the Wilmot Historical Society by Mr. Chase’s great-great Grandson, Edward F. Chase of Plymouth, NH, and is in their room at the old schoolhouse in Wilmot Flat.”

Family links:


Joseph Chase (1804 – 1873)

Harriet Phelps Chase (1809 – 1880)



Harriet Emily Bussell Chase (1831 – 1902)

Lucy Jane Fowler Langley (1842 – 1915)



Charles Edwin Chase (1850 – 1925)*

George Byron Chase (1852 – 1893)*

Austin E Chase (1857 – 1859)*



Francis E Chase (1829 – 1908)

Lydia Alvira Chase Dame (1830 – 1891)*

Lurany K. Chase Flanders (1846 – 1911)*


*Calculated relationship



Pine Hill Cemetery

Wilmot Flat, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA


Created by: Brande Watson

Record added: Jul 17, 2005

Find A Grave Memorial# 11370757


Will The Real Alonzo Chase, Please Stand Up- Part 2


Where do I go now? I need to answer the question/s-

  1. Who are the parents of Alonzo Chase born in Hopkinton, Merrimack, New Hampshire 2 July 1835?
  2. What clues do I already have that provide hints to who his parent are?
  3. Where did Alonzo live during his lifetime (1835-1905) that might help me find his parents?
  4. When did Jacob Chase become guardian of Alonzo Chase?
  5. Why did Alonzo Chase move to Jacob’s household?
  6. What record groups may help me with my search?
  7. Where is his birth record?
  8. What was his name at birth?

These are just a few questions that I need to answer, again, to find out who Alonzo Chase’s parents are. PLEASE join me in the next leg of my research journey.

Let’s start with the letter from Roger and Joyce Chase to the Warner Historical Society.

Alonzo Chase letter snip

CLUE #1 “We want to thank you for all the information and pictures you sent us about Alonzo Chase and his adopted father, Jacob Chase. …”

CLUE #2 “… we will try to find information about Alonzo’s birth and his birth mother, Sarah Straw, who was from Hopkinton, and

CLUE #3 his biological father, who we think was named Kelly. Alonzo was…

CLUE #3… adopted by, Jacob Chase, but we do not know when ore even if there were any records of adoption at that time.”

CLUE #4 Roger and Joyce Chase did not say how they were related to Alonzo or how they knew the information in the letter.

[I sent a letter to the Chase’s after my visit to the historical Society. No answer. I researched the address and phone number provided on the business card attached to the letter. The business was no longer in service. When I Googled the names of the Chases, I found an obituary for Joyce Chase.]

Three clues in this letter that I researched once before. I will look at them from a different angle this time. Starting with why the Chase’s knew the information they had included in the letter.

Is the Obituary a dead end in getting more information, or, does it provide new clues in my search.

That is where I leave off for today. You will need to follow along with me to find out where this journey ends.


Genealogy Organizational Challenge

Genealogy Organization is a Challenge

Old School Files
Old School Files 

My partially organized files.


I spent Saturday with two very organized people, Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee. Their “Getting your Genealogy Groove Back” Boot Camp. It was a very information and helpful presentation.

I spent Sunday attempting to familiarize myself with some of the organizational tools they discussed. It was a mixture of “old School” and new Technology, at least new to me.

This morning I spent it organizing the old school way. My thoughts were, How can I use the new technology if I don’t have myself organized with what needs to be entered into the computer program.

In the photograph above the top bind holds my webinar folders that still need a little tweaking. They were mixed in with the folders in the lower draw. The lower draw is now organized with my family folders only. I have decided to continue my Surname way of organizing.

The major Surnames for each of my family lines include the sub-surnames by married. I organized this way as a reminder of who married into the family line and where. (To date I have 99 surnames in total, with 349 shaky leafs on Ancestry to research.)
My husband Major Surnames are:
Parental side:

Maternal side:

Misc.: Two Unknown Surnames (one for each line) I still need to verify before adding to my list

My Major Surnames are;
Paternal side:

My Maternal side:

Computer Files to date

My computer files to date

Now I’m off to organize the familiar computer technology I currently use. I will take the save items and place them into the correct family line folders in the same manner I did with the old school files. Once this is completed I can then take one old school folder and one computer folder; compare the information and enter it into the research log that I learned about during “Boot Camp.” Once I have entered all my research, I will find the gaps I have in my family tree. Those gaps will become my “To Do” List.

Yes, it is time consuming to organize these records. In the long run I will be saving time. I have already found duplicate name records with different information in them. I will be able to grab the correct file, find the information I’m looking for without hunting and pecking throughout my paperwork or computer. I will set up my Research Log by major surnames: Consistency, Organization and staying with what is familiar will be my organization tools from now on.

Thank you Lisa Alzo at and Thomas MacEntee of Hack Genealogy for all the little tidbits of information on how to organize.

Bye for now. I’m off to organize and get ready to Post my next #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks blog about Arthur W. Place, my great grandfather, one of my great grandmother, Tina May Hutchins, four husbands.

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you for your support in 2013.

I have BIG plans for  2014, including new blogs about the importance of citations of resources; the resolution of one of the “roadblocks” I encountered in 2013 and announcing the new members of the family line.  I will continue to post photographs, family recipes and little Vignettes of Life.


May you all have a Happy Healthy New Year. Keep warm and safe.

1840 Census Hopkinton, Merrimack, New Hampshire

Hopkinton Census was in the county of Hillsborough, New Hampshire until the 1830 census when it became part of the newly formed Merrimack County, New Hampshire. If you are having trouble with census searches check the town under a different county or even under a different name. If you go to the web site Where in the State is Mom, you will find all the towns and cities in New Hampshire with a brief history of the various names and counties they are in.

I have been working on finding verification of my Chase ancestors this past month. The purpose of my blog is to show you my process of research. I decided to post the search results as I do them. I will make the best effort to include the source and the surnames I have found on each census.

Today’s census search was done in Hopkinton, Merrimack, New Hampshire for the year 1840. The surnames Chase and Fletcher were noted. My source was the Heritage Quest online Census site. I logged in via my local library from my home computer. If you visit your local library they will tell you what sites you can log into from your home computer. This saves you the cost of paying for these research sites. Sites such as can only be logged into from the library computers without paying for them. 

Browsing the census means page by page review. I hope that my research will prevent you from having to do this.

Heritage Quest online Census Series M704, Roll 238 Page 200 line 8:

Fletcher, William B.: 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 male 60-70 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 female 30-40 yrs; 1 in maintenance or trade

Heritage Quest online Census Series M740, Roll 241 

Page 215 Last line:

Moses Chase: 1 male 5-10 yrs; 1 male 10-15 yrs; 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 female under 5; 1 female 10-15 yrs; 1 female 30-40 yrs;

Page 217 line 1:

Enoch Chase: 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 male 60-70 yrs; 1 female 60-70 years; 2 in agriculture

Page 217 line 7:

Reuben Chase: 2 male under 5; 1 male 5-10 yrs; 1 male 40-50 yrs; 1 female 5-10 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs;

Page 217 line 15:

Elbridge F. Chase: 1 male 20-30 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 in agriculture

Page 219 line 9:

Ambrose Chase: 1 male under 5; 1 male 10-15 yrs; 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 female under 5yrs; 1 female 30-40 yrs2 in agriculture

Page 220 line 21:

Jacob Chase: 1 male 10-15 yrs; 1 male 60-70; 1 female 10-15 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 female 30-40 yrs; 1 maintenance and trade

Page 220 line 27:

Charles Chase: 1 make 10-15 yrs; 1 male 15-20 yrs; 1 male 50-60 yrs; 1 female 10-15 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 female 30-40 yrs; 4 in agriculture

Page 223 line 14:

Daniel Chase: 1 male 60-70 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 female 60-70 yrs;1 in agriculture

Page 223 line 16:

Moses Chase: 2 males 5-10 yrs; 1 male 40-50 yrs; 1 female under 5; 1 female 5-10 yrs; 3 females 10-15; 1 female 30-40 yrs; 2 females 40-50 yrs; 1 learned professional engineer

Page 226 line 28:

Baurch Chase: 1 male 5-10 yrs; 1 male 70-80 yrs; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 female 60-70 yrs; learned professional engineers

Page 226 line 29:

Samuel Chase: 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 female under 5; 1 female 20-30 yrs; 1 in agriculture

Page 227 line 11:

Horace Chace: 2 male 10-15 yrs; 1 male 15-20 yrs; 1 male 30-40 yrs; 1 male 50-60 yrs; 1 female 15-20 yrs; 1 female 40-50 yrs; 1 female 50-60 yrs; 1 in agriculture and 1 in learned professional engineers

Page 227 line 12:

John Chase: 1 male 10-15 yrs; 1male 40-50 yrs; 1 female 10-15 yrs; 1 female 40-50 yrs; 1 female 70-80 yrs; 1 in agriculture

Here is a little link to an 1840 type recipe. Enjoy “Fricasseed Rabbits” by Eliza Leslie

1830 Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire


This is the first year of the census that Hopkinton will be listed in the newly formed Merrimack County, New Hampshire. MerrimackCounty was set off from RockinghamCounty in 1823 and includes the State Capital of Concord. For more information about Merrimack County history go to .


Heritage Quest online Browse mode for census, logged in via local library

Series M19 Roll 76 pages 201-217


FWM4 = Free white males under 5 years

FWM9 = Free white males 5-9 years

FWM14 = Free white males 10-14 years

FWM19 = Free White males 15-19

FWM29 = Free white males 22-29 years

FWM39 = Free white males 30-39 years

FWM49 = Free white males 40-49

FWM59 = Free white males 50-59

FWM69 = Free white males 60-69

FWM69 = Free white males 60-69

FWM79 = Free white males 70-79

FWM89 = Free white males 80-89

FWM99 = Free white males 90-99

FWM100+ = Free white males 100 and up

FWF4 = Free white females under 5 years

FWF9 = Free white females 5-10 years

FWF14 = Free white females 10-14 years

FWF19 = Free White females 15-19

FWF29 = Free white females 22-29 years

FWF39 = Free white females 30-39 years

FWF49 = Free white females 40-49

FWF59 = Free white females 50-59

FWF69 = Free white females 60-69

FWF69 = Free white females 60-69

FWF79 = Free white females 70-79

FWF89 = Free white females 80-89

FWF99 = Free white females 90-99

FWF100+ = Free white females 100 and up

FCP & Slaves: The census also breaks down by males and females for slaves and free colored persons. There was only one listed under the surname Chase. For the sake of space I did not list the other abbreviations for each free colored persons or slaves. I did list the person with the household he was in.

 [Letter] means it was raised above as an abbreviation of the name


Baruch Chase: 1 FWM29; 1 FWM69; 1 FWF39; 1 FWF69 page 204 line 3


Charles Chase: 2 FWM 19; 1 FWM59; 1 FWF29; 1 FWF59 page 204 line 4


Daniel Chase: 1 FWM15; 2 FWM29; 1FWM59; 1 FWF 14; 1 FWF19; 1 FWF39; 1 FWF59 page 204 line 5


Horace Chase: 2 FWM4; 1 FWM9; 1 FWM49; 1 FWF9; 1FWF39; 1 FWF49 PAGE 204 LINE 6


Jacob Chase: 1 FWM4; 1 FWM14; 2 FWM29; 1 FWM59; 1 FWF9; 2 FWF19; 1 FWF29; 1 FWF49 page 204 line 7


Moses B. Chase: 1 FWM4; 1 FWM29; 1 FWF4; 1FWF19; 1 FWF59 page 204 line 8

Enoch Chase: 2 FWM19; 1 FWM29; 1 FWM59; 1 FWF14; 1 FWF59 page 204 line 9 (I feel that my ancestor, Jacob, is still in his father’s household as one of the FWM19)


Enoch J. Chase: 2 FWM4; 1 FWM14; 1 FWM29; 1 FWF4; 2 FWF9; 1 FWF29 page 204 line 10 ( The letter may be other than a “J”, but I felt, based on family records and the fact the letter curves below the line, that it is the letter “J,” not a “T,” “,I” “F” or “G.” In the colonial handwriting these letters all look similar in style.


Daniel D. Chase: 1FWM29; 1 FWF4; 1 FWF29 page 204 line 11


Daniel Chase Jr.: 1 FWM4; 1 FWM39; 1 FWF9; 1 FWF15; 1 FWF29; 1 FCP male age 10-24 page 204 line 12


Reuben Chase: 1 FWM4; 1 FWM39; 1 FWF9; 1 FWF29 page 204 line 13


Moses Chase: 1 FWM4; 1 FWM29; 1 FWF4; 1 FWF29; 1FWF59 page 204 line 14


Baruch Chase Jr.: 1 FWM29; 1 FWF19 page 204 line 15


1820 Hopkinton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

Please bear with me during the posting of the census information. I am trying to verify that everything is correct by checking it at least three times. I also find a possible link to my family and get side tracked by following that lead. Thank you for your patience.

I found only the surname Chase in Hopkinton during the 1820 census.


Heritage Quest online Browse mode for census, logged in via local library

Series M33 Roll61 page 123-132


FWM9 = Free white males under 10 years

FWM15 = Free white males 10-15 years

FWM17 = Free White males 16-18

FWM25 = Free white males 18-26 years

FWM44 = Free white males 26-44 years

FWM45 = Free white males 45 and over

FWF10 = Free white females under 10 years

FWF15 = Free white females 10-15 years

FWF17 = Free White female 16-18

FWF25 = Free white females 18-25 years

FWF44 = Free white females 26-44 years

FWF45 = Free white females 45 and over

AOP = All other free persons              


[Letter] means it was raised above as an abbreviation of the name

Barurch Chase: 1FWM15; 1 FWM17; 1FWM45; 1 FWF44; 1 FWF45; 2 in agriculture; page 123


John T Chase:  1 FWM9; 3 FWM15; 1 FWM25; 1 FWM45; 1FWF45; 4 in agriculture; page 126


Caleb Chase: 1FWM9; 1FWM15; 1FWM45; 2FWF9; 1FWF15; 1FWF44; 1 in agriculture; page 128


Jacob Chase 1 FWM9; 2 FWM15; 1 FWM44;  2 FWF9; 1 FWF15; 1 FWF44; 1 in Commerce; page 128


Daniel Chase: 1 FWM15; 1 FWM25; 1 FWM45; 1 FWF9; 1FWF 15; 1FWF45; 2 in agriculture; page 128


Charles Chase: 1 FWM15; 1 FWM25; 1 FWM45; 1FWF15; 1 FWF25; 1 FWF45; 2 in agriculture; page 130


Daniel Chase 2nd: 1 FWM44; 2 FWF9; 2 FWF25; 1 in agriculture; page 130


Enoch Chase: 2 FWM9; 3 FWM15; 1FWM17; 1FWM44; 1FWM45; 3 FWF9; 1 FWF15; 2 FWF25; 2 FWF44; 3 FWF45; 5 in agriculture page131


Reuben M. Chase: 1 FWM25; 1 FWF25; 1 in agriculture; page 132


Moses Chase: 1 FWM15; 1 FWM17; 1 FWM45; 3 FWF9; 1 FWF25; 1 in agriculture; page 132