Newport, N.H. Son of last week's Deborah (Buell) Dudley.
Newport, N.H. Son of last week's Deborah (Buell) Dudley.
I had never seen the word amanuensis before Mr. Newmark used it on his blog Transylvanian Dutch. However, I was reading To Kill a Mockingbird (by Harper Lee) and there it was in the middle of the story. Here's a web link that shows you where it is in the story. Aunt Alexandra joins the Maycomb Amanuensis Club. Isn't strange that right after you learn a new word, you see it over and over again?
Portland Evening News, Tuesday, February 24, 1931, page 14 [Maine]
MRS. CATHERINE Y. KINMOND
WESTBROOK--The funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Y. Kinmond, 86, who died Monday at her home on Pierce Street, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 from the funeral parlors of H.A.G. Hay, Main Street. Mrs. Kinmond made her home with her son John Y. Kinmond, and was ill but a very short while before her death. She was born in Brechin, Scotland, and had resided in Westbrook almost 50 years. Being a member of the Westbrook Congregational Church. She leaves beside her son John, two other sons: James Kinmond of this city and Ernest Kinmond of Three Rivers, Mass.; also three daughters, Mrs. Annie K. Smith and Mrs. Veramus (sic) C. Hanson of the city, and Mrs. Betsy J. High of Methuen, Mass.
Portland Evening News, Thursday, February 26, 1931, page 16
MRS. CATHERINE Y. KINMOND
WESTBROOK--Funeral services were held Wednesday for Mrs. Catherine Y. Kinmond, wife of Ernest F. Kinmond from 795 Maine street, the Rev. Ray Gibbons of the Westbrook Congregational Church officiating. Six grandsons were bearers, these being Ernest F. High of Methuen, Mass., Harold Kinmond of Three Rivers, Mass., Robert Smith, Ernest F. Kinmond, Philip Hanson and Roland Pinkham of this city.
N.B. It is interesting that had I not continued reading I would have missed the second notice which ties my Pinkhams to this woman. Her daughter, my great-grandmother, had predeceased her and was not mentioned in her obituary.
If you don't own it yet, every genealogist needs to have a copy of Ann S. Lainhart's, State Census Records (Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992). I believe it has never gone out of print, and rightly so. It is a directory of all the state census records in the United States, where they are (originals), and what information they contain. I've had great success using the Massachusetts State Censuses of 1855 and 1865 as well as the Kansas State Censuses, which also ran on the "5" year from 1855 to 1925. These important genealogical resources may contain additional information not found on the federal censuses, and as you see from the above, you can track a family every five years, rather than every ten. Not to mention the 1885 and 1895 censuses help the hole created by the lack of an 1890 federal census. Not all states have state censuses and not all state censuses survive.
As we move in to the digital age more and more, this is a resource I eagerly await being digitized and, more importantly, indexed. With very few exceptions, these states censuses are not indexed and you always needed to slog through them town by town. This is why they were seldom used. However, the Kansas censuses have appeared on Ancestry.com and hopefully more will follow. The most important state censuses that need to be indexed, in my opinion, are the New York state censuses. I feel many brick walls will tumble if people can find their ancestors in the 1845 census (which is still head of household, but has birthplace), and the 1855, 1865, and 1875 which are all-name censuses.
As proof of the power of these sources, I direct you to Randy Seaver's Geneamusings blog. A little while ago, he found his wife's ancestress in the 1852 California census, which is online at Ancestry.com. This added enough information for him to knock down a brick wall, and get this family back from California to Australia to England. There he has gone back another two generations, and I would think that after 24 hours at the Family History Library, he could solidify that research and go back even further. It has been great fun reading the progress of his research and I have been living vicariously dreaming of such a breakthrough for myself. This post has a good summary of the posts, but there are many more. It was all made possible by a state census.
This is an interesting case. In the early days of Internet genealogy [July 1995] (also known as the Rootsweb listserv), I came in contact with someone doing work on the Belcher family. He pointed to Gregory's English origins which was a good circumstantial case. I tried to get him to work on the problem and publish his results, but to date I've never seen an article. So, this is not my own work, but put together by this person (whose privacy I feel I should preserve) and sent to me via email (which I printed off and stuck in my paper file!)
The basic framework of Gregory Belcher was published in the New England Genealogical & Historical Register in 1906, 60:128-29, et seq., by Joseph G. Bartlett. He notes that Gregory was in New England as early as 1637 (without proof), but certainly by 30 December 1639 when he was granted land. He deposed in June 1665 aged about 60 years. We know his wife's name was Katherine.
Another Gregory Belcher of Barkswell, Warwickshire left a will dated 20 March 1620 which mentions his wife Joane and son Thomas [Putnam's Historical Magazine, Vol. 4, p. 183]. This Thomas is supposedly the same man who lived at Wardend, Aston, Warwickshire and who had a son named Gregory baptized there on 20 March 1606. A Gregory Belcher married a Katherine Alcock at nearby Mancetter, Warwickshire on 11 December 1627. So this all hangs together. A man with the same name, with a wife of the same name, of the correct age, and who disappears from English records appears in Braintree. I certainly think this is a strong case. However, to really nail it down, we need the will or probate of Thomas Belcher the father.
As I noted in this post, last year the English origins of Gregory's wife, Katherine, and her siblings who also emigrated to New England were published. Gregory had seven children among which was Mary, the wife of Alexander Marsh, with whom Gregory had several land transactions. Katherine (Alcock) Belcher survived Gregory and left a will naming her daughter as Mary Marsh.
Geneabloggers is shaking up its blogging meme routine and having several options for each day of the week. I've been participating in transcribing records on Monday thanks to Transylvanian Dutch's invention of the Amanuensis meme. Now, there are literally dozens of people transcribing records on Monday.
The records themselves are interesting to read, but it is the breadth of the types of records that really grab you. If you are just starting out in genealogy (or even not), look at the types of records you can use: obituaries, letters, court documents, military records, deeds, wills, probate files, oral histories, diaries, and the list goes on and on.
Mr. MacEntee should catalog the number of different types of documents and use it for his presentations. It's a wonderful teaching opportunity and certainly can inspire someone to search in several new places.
Among all the photos I have are two from my great-uncle Warren during his days at the U. of Maine in Orono (he was class of 1935). I've donated both to the archives of the university. The first was a large portrait of his fraternity Lambda Alpha Chi. The other was the photo below of he and his roommates. I love the gun in the corner (how times have changed!), not to mention smoking indoors.
The National Archives has a website called Docs Teach meant for teachers to have access to thousands of primary documents for teaching purposes. The site is divided into historical eras and I clicked on the 1754-1820s link. There are a number of family trees there and imagine my surprise to find my own ancestors Thomas and Bridget Pinkham! This is the Docs Teach page. This is my own blog posting on the very same Bible. I recognized it instantly. Very cool that my direct matrilineal ancestor is on the National Archives site. However, you should check some of the other old family trees. Maybe your ancestor is there too.
Beverly Evening Times (Beverly, Mass.)
CHARLES H. KEENE
Charles H. Keene residing at 29 Wallis Street and well known in Beverly passed away at the Beverly Hospital yesterday after an illness of about two months at the age of 63 years.
Mr. Keene was employed by the Boston & Maine Railroad and has a host of friends who will be sorry to learn of his passing. He was a member of Liberty Lodge A. F. & A.M. The Scottish Rite Bodies of Salem and Boston, Aleppo Temple Shrine, Bass Rover Lodge I.O. D.F. and the Anchor Club. Besides his son John W. Keene of Norristown, Pa. he elaves (sic a typo!) a sister in Watertown, three brothers Fred of New York City, William and Alonzo Keene of Boston and six grandchildren. The funeral services will be held at the Funeral Chapel of Curtis H. Gentlee Ellis Square, Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock.
Note: His full name was Charles Arthur Keene, and the H. is an error. See his marriage and birth records at: Massachusetts Births for 1873, 250:188 and Massachusetts Marriages for 1892, 424:301.