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 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 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.



    1. Maine, Wills and probate Records, 1584-1999, com. Maine, Wills and Probate Records, 1584-1999[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Maine County, District and Probate Courts. For Joseph Pease, , last accessed 22 Apr 2018
    2. “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,” database, FamilySearch ( : 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,, 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: 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: 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.

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 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.



    “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921.” Database with images. FamilySearch. : 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

Honoring Female Ancestors: Sarah A. Abbey


Honoring Female Ancestors: Sarah A. Abbey

The month of March is Women History Month. I will be adding some of my female ancestors. in my blogs to honor the hard work that all the achievements small or large to our society. We may not know the full contributions our ancestors provide during their lifetime. We do know that those achievements are not always honored. I honor the achievements in each blog I do, male or female; you are remembered here.

Today’s honoree is: Sarah A. Abbey. Sarah is my 2nd great grandmother. Today’s record is her marriage to Benjamin F Hutchins  at age 20, Benjamin age 21, on 7 Sept 1866 by E. L. Russell, Minister of the Gospel in Wellington, Maine. Intentions were filed 20 Aug 1866. It gives the birthplace for Sarah as St. Albans, Maine. I have not found her birth record to date.

Abbey Sarah A b1846 marriage

Page two of Sarah’s marriage record provides information on her and Benjamin’s parents.

Abbey Sarah A b1846 marriage page2

Sarah’s parents listed as Calvin Abby born Green Maine and Flurentina Abby born Greene Maine. Benjamin’s parents are listed as Perkins Hutchins born New Portland Maine and Nancy Hutchins born Brighton Maine. The marriage information on this record is from Wellington, Piscataquis, Maine  Town Records Volume II. Recorded by Lucy A. Whitehouse. [Note well, that more research is needed to verify names of parents. Other records list Claudens/Cludius Abby as Sarah’s father and Mary Wing as Benjamin’s mother.]

My purpose today is to introduce you to Sarah [Augusta] Abbee, my 2nd great grandmother. To honor her hard work in rural Maine as a mother of at least nine children.


Source Information:

Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; Pre 1892 Delayed Returns; Roll #: 56 Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937, for Benjamin F Hutchins, Piscataquis-1866 image 9, (accessed 24 Mar 2016), Operations, Inc. 2010, Provo, UT, USA,

Webinar, Hangouts and Live Streaming Time


Monday with Myrt resumes today. [Russ Worthington reminded my on my Facebook page”Russ Worthington June Stearns Butka – We did Monday with MYRT from the 3rd Floor at the Family History Library. We even extended the HOA to cover all of the folks that stopped by to see it. We didn’t do Wacky Wednesday however. Kinda busy Wednesday until Saturday” . I did see them live at RootTech 2016.] Last week Dear Myrtle,  Cousin Russ, Geoff Rasmussen and about 4,000 other genealogy people, from across the globe, spent their time in Salt Lake City at Roots Tech 2016. That meant that our usual Mondays with Myrt and Legacy Wednesday would not be held last week.

What is a girl to do? I watch RootsMagic training videos, Dear Myrtle’s Ambush Cam videos from Roots Tech 2016. I also watch the Live Streaming programs Roots Tech presented. They will be posting the recording sometime this week to be viewed at our leisure if we missed any.

I warmly welcome back my normal Schedule this week with the Return of Dear Myrtle today. I’m looking forward to hearing about Root Tech 2016 experience and any new genealogy news.

Goals for today 8 Feb 2016:

  1. Watch Mondays with Myrt
  2. Indexing on Family search
  3. Work on siblings in first 4 generations (this will be an ongoing project)
  4. Review digital files for duplicates and streamline my hard drive. It appears to be running out of space.
  5. Just have fun, relax and enjoy the sunset

8 Feb 2016 sunset

First Day of the Month = Backup time


1 Feb 2016

First Day of the Month = Backup time

Special Day Calendar
Special Day Calendar

You will most likely see another posting about the importance of backing up you work. I plan my backs the first day of each month. It is a SCHEDULED day that is easy to remember.

What do I back up? Everything!!!

  1. to the cloud product of choice. icloud, Evernote, Dropbox, OneNote, I’m sure there are other cloud that you may use, like, Backblaze,  My back up of choice has been a mixture of all listed above and Google Drive.  This past year was a learning curve of what works best for me. I learned I need to K.I.S.S. , Keep It Simple and Straightforward, [you can read more about it here.]
  2. My Microsoft Word Documents, photos, and backup FTM2014 are all backed up on 2 external drives, on-line Google Docs and a Flash drive sent to my sister offsite. If I find that I have added a large amount of work I will do a weekly backup as needed.
  3. I have on-line Trees with [most up-to-date],, and [soon to be up-to-date.] I have tried many other online trees; I will be keeping these three trees the most current.
  4. I’m using FTM2014 as my primary program[using FTM since 2002]. Legacy and RootsMagic are still in the learning stages. All three have pluses and minuses to each. [The three trees have a difference of 100 people between each of them. As I clean up and merge duplicates that number is shrinking. To date my FTM2014 is the most accurate numbers and ancestors.

    I’m in the process of transcribing my paper files and Microsoft Word files to my FTM2014 program including media. I will maintain original, certified documents and discard that is easily found on line.

My goal is to continue to stream line and organize my research so that both, my genealogist friends and family members with have a copy that makes sense to them. Citations with improve for my genealogy friends. Stories will entice my family to read about their ancestor’s.

My surname Binders are available for everyone to pick up and read in house. I also have created several family books and calendars for those who are not into my passion.

Family Tree Interviews
Family Tree Interviews

It’s In The Records. So…


It’s in the records on family tree hints. So what I’m I going to do with it?

Salisbury Births
Salisbury Births

This is a record hint for Hannah Currier, my 9th great grandmother, from my Ancestry search.  I know right away it is not an original document but a transcription. I know that because it is not handwritten. No typewriters in 1643 that I’m aware of. That doesn’t mean I will discard this record, there is a lot of mining I need to do on this record.

What questions I ask myself when mining a new record for information.

  1. Which Hannah Currier is mine?
  2. Where is the original records?
  3. How do I find the original

I take a full page screen shot of the page, save it to my surname/maiden folder in a sub folder called Currier Hannah_possible records. (I have a zoomed in view for easier reading in this blog.)

For the answer to Question #1, I can look at my family documents from my direct ancestor that was her child. (I start my research with myself and work backwards.) In this case it was John Foote. I know my Hannah was born in 1643. The first Hannah listed as the daughter of Rich[ard] and Ann, 8: m: 1643.

For the answer to Question #2, Where it doesn’t list a source, I know to visit Quakers records verses church records because of the way the birth is written 8th day of the 5th month 1643. Until 1688 the first month started on 25 March until 1689, when they converted from the Julian calendar to the Georgian calendar. The fifth month would be July. (More about that in a later Blog post or click on links to view now.)

If you notice other records on the page have abbreviations next to the dates. I now go to the bottom of the page to the page numbers and go to page 1. I capture a screen shot of the Title page and the printing company page, if not the same, for future source citation and documentation back up. I save the image in both my Location (Salisbury) and Surname (Currier) folders. I also take a screenshot of each Abbreviations pages and add them to the folders. The abbreviations tell me where the information for the birth date, in this case, came from. That gives me the clue of where to search next, Church Records (Which Church), Town Records (Which Town), Court Records, County Records, Cemetery Records are just a few noted on the first page. Salisbury has 7 pages in the group of record transcriptions.

Abbreviations Page 1
Abbreviations Page 1

For Question #3, I proceed in several ways in finding the originals. I will search on line at  Massachusetts Records. Family Search is a free online database supported by the LDS Family Search Centers. I would also search online with Google Search, and other Genealogy databases that are on line. If I cannot find anything on line, I know in the New England states, my area of knowledge, I need to go to the town, county or state level in person. A genealogy road trip will be in my future.

The answer to all these questions are tracked in my Microsoft Word document for the person, Hannah Currier, in the case; links are recorded in both Microsoft Word and my Excel research log; and all my research are kept in notes, media and sources in my FTM2014 Family Tree for Hannah Currier. If I’m working on records that I’m not sure belong to my Hannah Currier, I keep the Word Document, media and links in a Surname/Maiden sub folder Currier Hannah unknown relationship, until I can prove or disprove the relationship to my Hannah Currier.

Sometime my Ancestry Tree hints involve a public story. I DO NOT take the story as fact until I verify the information. It is kept in the Unknown Relationship folder and save in my shoe box on Ancestry. Those stories often provide clues of where I can research next.

Public Story hint
Public Story hint

In this case I would find the “Genealogy of Richard Currier of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts, (1616-1686/7), and any of his descendants by Harvey Lear Currier.


  1. Family Tree
  2. Massachusetts Vital Records Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.

    Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).