Wednesday, March 20, 2019


Samuel Morse & Elizabeth Jasper - married 29 Jun 1602, Redgrave, Suffolk, England

Samuel Morse and Elizabeth Jasper are my husband’s 9th great grandparents.  To be able to document family going this far back is always amazing to me.  Why is it that my husband’s ancestors are so much easier to find than my own?

Samuel & Elizabeth were married 29 Jun 1602 in Redgrave, Suffolk, England.1 Samuel having been born about 1585 in England and Elizabeth born before her baptism date, which was 6 Jan 1579 in Redgrave, Suffolk, England.2

Here is the document showing the record of their marriage.
 (Click on any image to enlarge it)

According to sources I’ve located this couple left England and came to Colonial America in 1635, settling in Massachusetts.3  I can only surmise how grueling a trip that would have been and with children, even more difficult.
Click here to read about Daily Life in 17th Century England.

Did it look something like this?

There is so much written about Samuel Morse and his family that I have a total of 63 hints on Ancestry.  I don’t believe I’ve ever had that many on anyone.
Samuel & Elizabeth settled in Dedham, Colonial Massachusetts. He was one of the original 19 settlers of Dedham in 1635.  To read more about him please click here, Samuel Morse Memorial.

Samuel was the 3rd signer on the document creating the town of Dedham.  While reviewing the signatures of the 125 men who signed the Covenant, I found another of my husband's 9th great grandfather's, Ralph Wheelock.  There are other surnames that are linked to these families, that also appear on the list.  To see those, click on the link below the image.

Click here to read about the History of Dedham, Massachusetts

As it turns out my husband is a distant cousin to one of the bloggers whose posts I have followed for years, Heather Wilkinson Rojo.  She wrote about her connection to the Morse family in this post Surname Saturday – Morse of Dedham and Medfield, Massachusetts.
An update since this post was published this morning - Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings is also a 9th great grandson of Samuel Morse & Elizabeth Jasper.  Randy lives here in San Diego County like we do and we are both members of the San Diego Genealogical Society.

If you are related to this Morse family (and I know there must be hundreds of you out there), I’d love to hear from you.

Sources: 1England, Select Marriages, 1538-1973; 2England, Select Births & Christenings, 1538-1975; 3U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500’s – 1900’s

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall


Monday, March 18, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks–Week #10–This week’s theme is Large Family–Let’s look back at John & Mary Lunsford’s 16 children

I thought I would update one of my blogs from 2014, about my Lunsford family.  I enjoy researching this particular line for the very reason, that they had so many children.  Here’s a link to the original post, if you’d like to take a look Sibling Saturday – 16 Lunsford siblings

“These are the children of my 4th Great Grandparents John Lunsford and Mary “Polly” Hudson.  I descend from their daughter, Nancy.

I still don’t know everything about all the children.  Other than my 3rd great grandmother, Nancy, I probably know the most about her brother, Richard.  He was an interesting character and he also had 16 children.  I also have quite a bit of information about Elijah and Andrew."

What have I learned about this family in the ensuing almost 5 years since the original post?

1. Andrew Lunsford born about 1815 who, in 1835,  married Jane Gillilan – they had 8 known children.

2. William Lunsford (1816-1887) who married Nancy Massie in 1836 – they had 12 known children.  He is buried at Dayton National Cemetery and you can see his memorial here #67338739

3. Melvina Lunsford (about 1817-after 1850) who married Adam Christian in 1837 – I’ve actually learned nothing more about her.  This is due to not having done any more research on her.

4. Margaret Lunsford who married Henry Sowards – I have 6 children born to them. DNA has connected me with MANY Sowards cousins.  I have much more research to do on this line.

5. Nancy Delilah Lunsford – my 3rd great grandmother who married William Allen Boggs in 1939.  Together they had 5 known children.  Their daughter Susan Caroline Boggs is my direct line and I know a lot about her.  As to her 4 siblings, they have been very difficult to research.   I won’t give up though.

6. Richard Lunsford who married twice and fathered at least 16 children.  Kind of following in his father’s footsteps.  First he married Nancy Peyton (they had 9 children together). Then he married Martha Ann Morrison with whom he fathered another 7 children.  This is an interesting family and I need to spend more time with them.

7.  Susannah “Susan” Lunsford who married Dr. Benjamin F. Cory.  They had 2 children.  I still haven’t located Dr. Cory’s burial place.  I know that Susan is buried at Banana Lake Cemetery in Florida.  You can visit her memorial here #129782350.  But where was Dr. Cory layed to rest?  There are several Benjamin Cory’s and even another one who was a doctor.

8. Reuben Lunsford born about 1825 and married a woman named Betsy – that’s all I have on this couple.

9. Levine Lunsford born about 1827.  He may have been a twin to his sister Elizabeth, but more work needs to be done on this couple.

10. Elizabeth Lunsford who married James Goff in about 1848-1849.  They had 7 children and Elizabeth died in 1875 at age 47, leaving behind at least 4 underage children.  James remarried within 7 months.

11. Martha Lunsford born 24 Jul 1829 in Mason Township, Warren, Ohio.  Martha may have married a cousin or distant relative named Silas Lunsford.  I know she had a son named Reuben (a recurring name in the Lunsford family).  On Reuben’s death certificate his father is named as Silas Lunsford.  However, I cannot locate any record of a marriage (did they perhaps not marry?) nor can I locate Martha living with Silas in any census records.
12. Amanda “Mandy” Lunsford who married Jacob Pinkerman 8 Nov 1855 in Lawrence Co., Ohio.  I have 5 children born to this couple.  I also have them in several census records and have located her death certificate and their burial location.  You may visit their memorials here Jacob #78396285 and Amanda #92404372.

13. Andrew Jackson Lunsford who married Martha E. Vermillion 24 Jan 1856 in Lawrence Co., Ohio.  This couple had 9 children and I’ve been able to locate quite a bit of information about them.  Andrew outlived Martha by 32 years, but I don’t find any record of him remarrying.  They are both buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Pike Co., Ohio.

14. Sally Sarah Lunsford who married Logan Vermillion 13 Mar 1856 in Lawrence Co., Ohio.  She and her brother Andrew married the Vermillion siblings.  In looking at my research notes, I have not done any further research on this couple since 2009.  Ten years!

15. Elijah Lunsford who married Marguerite Morris on 14 Mar 1861 in Lawrence Co., Ohio.  I have 10 children born to this couple.  Elijah died of consumption in 1886 at age 48 and Marguerite lived 41years without him.  She was 84 when she passed away in 1927.  They are buried together at Perkins Ridge Cemetery, Scottown, Lawrence, Ohio.  To visit their memorials click here Elijah #84248074 and Marguerite #84248174.

16. Private Thomas J. Lunsford, the youngest of this large family.  I have no record of Thomas ever marrying. He is enumerated with his mother and a couple of siblings in the 1860 census.  There are 2 Thomas Lunsford’s both died in 1865 and are listed in the database Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1861-1904, located on Ancestry.  In reading through the soldier records on Fold3, I believe my Thomas Lunsford died in 1865 from wounds received in a battle at Harper’s Ferry.  The records even list the name of the man who fatally wounded Thomas.  Since Thomas left no known heirs and his mother lived until 1871, I looked for a Civil War Pension Index card, indicating she had filed for a pension in Thomas’ name.  I have not found one.

That’s the end of the list of children born to my 4th great grandparents.  Whew!  Quite a brood.  There was consistently 2 years or less between each of these births.  Were there any other children born who didn’t live?  I don’t know.  But, I’d say, if you have 16 children and most or all of them lived into adulthood back in the early 1800’s, you were very blessed.  They must have been a hardy bunch.

Obviously I have more research to do on this family.  If I can ever get myself to focus on one family for a few days at a time, I might actually find out the rest of the story on these children.
If you are related to anyone mentioned here or the children of those mentioned here, let’s talk.  We must be cousins and maybe we can work together and solve some of the remaining mysteries.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - March 13th - Honoring my Mom & Dad

Left picture -Shortly before my birth - On the right - my parents bringing me home.  My Dad looks like he's afraid he'll drop me

I don’t think I’ve ever written a blog post specifically about my own birthday.  So, here it is.  

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves as this is supposed to be Wordless Wednesday.  Or as Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings says “Not So Wordless Wednesday.”  Because it’s hard for a blogger not to write a little something.

Born in Detroit, Michigan - what were the headlines 100 years ago and in 1950?

1919 headline in Detroit Free Press

1950 headline in Detroit Free Press

On the day before my birthday, in 2016, I lost my Mom.  Because of that my birthday will never be quite the same. I miss you Mom.

Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall


Saturday, March 9, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks–Week #9–Bachelor Uncle, Ford V. Gould (1884-1947) Detroit, Michigan

This week’s subject for 52 Ancestors is “Bachelor Uncle.”  Since my only Uncle, Robert Milne married twice, I couldn’t write about him.  However, my Dad had 2 uncles, Roy and Ford Gould.  So I’ll write about my bachelor great-uncle, Ford V. Gould.

My Dad was an only child.  He was also the only grandchild of his paternal grandparents, William Val Gould and Mae Thorp Gould.
While I was growing up my Dad loved to talk about his uncles & aunts.  I knew all their names; Ford, Roy, Harry (my Dad’s father), Gladys, May “Adele” and Helen.  Wishing to this day I’d written down every word or recorded the stories.  Happily I do have family photos.

This is a photo of my great grandparents, William & Mae Gould & all 6 of their children along with my grandmother, Marie Lindsay Gould and my Dad, Harry Norman Gould

Of those 6 children, 2 never married (Ford & Helen).  Let’s talk about bachelor Ford.

Ford was the oldest of the six children.  He was born 31 Aug 1884 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan1.  That birth date is listed on his birth record and his death certificate.  However, his WWI and WWII draft registrations give a birth date of 30 Aug 1883.  From all records I have located for him, Ford always lived in Detroit and it seems, he stayed in the same home as his parents until his death at age 62. 

Let’s look at a timeline for granduncle Ford:

1900 - The first census I find Ford enumerated in, is the 1900 (still wishing we had that 1890 lost census).  He was living with his parents and siblings and going to school.  The family was living at 1034 13th St. in Detroit.  The census tells us that Ford’s father, William owned this home.
1901 – Detroit City Directory2 – Helper – living at 899 16th St.
1903- 1907  – Detroit City Directory – Machinist – living at 905 16th St. 
1910 - By the time of the 1910 census, Ford was 26 years old, single and working as a Teamster for a steel construction company.  He was still living in the same home as his parents and four siblings.  They were living at 828 14th Ave. in Detroit. 
1911-1919 – Shown in the Detroit city directory as boarding at 125 Linwood.  This directory gives his occupation as a Machinist.  Living at this same address are his father, William. Off and on at the same address you find Ford’s brother, Harry and his sisters Gladys & Adele.
1918 – Ford registers for the draft for World War I – he lists his address as 125 Linwood, his occupation as a Machinist and his next of kin as his father, William.
1920 – Enumerated as a Machinist at an adding machine factory, living at 818 Hudson Ave., along with his father and mother.
In 1924 Ford’s father, William dies at age 64 of peritonitis due to a ruptured bladder.  This left his mother, Mae a widow and Ford continued to live with her until her death in Nov 1946.  Ford died 7 months later, 17 Jun 1947 of hypertensive heart disease.
1942 – Ford registers for the draft for World War II – he is living at 5639 Linwood and his mother, Mrs. Mary Gould, is listed as his contact info.  He is working at Cyclops Steel Co in Detroit.  His physical characteristics are given as 5’1”, blue eyes, gray/bald hair, ruddy complexion and 148 pounds.  This coincides with the less descriptive physical characteristics from the WW I draft.

Ford spent his life working mostly as a Machinist and at one time a Teamster.  Here are the definitions I've located online for those two professions.

A machinist is a person who machines using hand tools and machine tools to create or modify a part that is made of metal, plastics, or wood.  Courtesy of wikipedia

A teamster, in modern American English, is a truck driver, or a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, a labor union in the United States and Canada. ... Originally, the term "teamster" referred to a person who drove a team of draft animals, usually a wagon drawn by oxen, horses, or mules. Courtesy of wikipedia

I cannot speculate as to why my granduncle Ford never married. I don’t have any details of his personal life.  Wouldn’t we love to go back & ask our ancestors what their interests were, did they have any hobbies, did they travel and if so, where to and so many other questions? I hope granduncle Ford lived a happy life.

The following cut out of a picture of Ford was located among the family photos left to me by my father.  The back of the picture says “Mr. Ford Gould year of 1915 December 25th.”  I do not recognize the writing as that of either my Dad or my grandmother. 

Ford’s obituary was published in the Detroit Free Press3 on 19 Jun 1947, page 24 and reads as follows:

GOULD-June 17, Fred [Ford] Val, beloved son of the late William Val and Mary Eve; brother of Harry, Roy, Mrs. Gladys Smith, Mrs. Adele Sine and the late Helen.  Funeral from Harvey A. Neely Funeral Home, 5683 Maybury Grand, Friday at 10 a.m.
[His first name is mispelled in this obituary and should be Ford]

Ford is buried at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit.  I have been there several times.  His memorial can be found here #61960668.

Sources: 1. Michigan, Births and Christenings Index, 1867-1911( 2. U.S. City Directories 3. Detroit Free Press on


FAMILY SEARCH - Going Back & Getting Those Other Pages - this involved Ford's birth record & others

ANCESTORS IN THE NEWS - Ford Gould car was stolen

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall

Sunday, March 3, 2019

CENSUS SUNDAY ~ My 2nd great grandparents Joseph & Susan Gillespie–1900–Detroit, Michigan

That's Susan Burgess Gillespie, Joseph Gillespie and their daughter Susan Milne with her two children, Joseph & baby Irene

I am reviewing information I have for my 2nd great grandparents, Joseph Gillespie and his wife, Susan Burgess.
The couple came to the U.S. on 23 Dec 1862 with their two infants.  Their passage was paid for by Susan’s mother, Elizabeth Gaydon Burgess.  I was able to locate this information in a book I purchased called Passage to America 1851-1869: The Records of Richard Elliott, Passenger Agent, Detroit, Michigan by Mary Lou Straith Duncan


Page 68 showing Joseph & family

I have located Joseph & Susan in the 1870, 1880 and 1900 census records, living in Detroit, Michigan.  The 1900 census would be the last one that Joseph appears in, as he died in 1908 at age 71.  Susan lived another 25 years after his death, never remarrying.  She was 91 when she died.

In this 1900 census the couple is renting a home at 71 Jones St.  Joseph is working as a Machinist, an occupation he took up sometime after 1870.
Living in the home with them is their daughter, Susan and her two children, Joseph (my grandfather) and Irene.  Susan became widowed 6 months before the birth of her daughter, Irene.  Her husband Andrew Charles Milne died of consumption 8 Dec 1892.  Little Irene was born 6 months later on 13 Jun 1893.  How sad that Irene never knew her father and that Susan was left widowed.  I also think it’s miraculous that neither Susan nor their young son, Joseph, didn’t contract consumption (tuberculosis) from Andrew. 

Read more about Andrew Charles Milne & Susan Gillespie in these posts WEDDING WEDNESDAY - Andrew Charles Milne & Susan Anne Gillespie – 1880;   TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY ~ The marriage record of my great grandmother, Susan Gillespie and her 2nd husband, Clyde J. Smith – 1904

Here is the cropped portion of my Gillespie family from that 1900 census record.  Note that the Milne surname has been misspelled as Millen.   We all know how many ways our ancestor’s names can be spelled.

The great thing about the 1900 census is the detail it provides (assuming it’s correct) regarding the birth month as well as the year.  We also get the number of years married, how many children born to the woman and how many are still living.  The year of immigration and how many years in the United States and whether alien or naturalized.

This census tells me that Joseph is a naturalized citizen.  One of the types of records I have yet to obtain for any of my ancestors is a naturalization record.  And, there should be quite a few, given that myself and my husband are only a couple of generations removed from our immigrant ancestors on some branches.  Pursuing this naturalization record has moved up on my “to do” list.  Wish me luck.

TIP: In reviewing records we located many years ago, we can almost always learn something new or spot something we missed before.

If you are related to this family (and there must be many of you out there) please contact me.  Surnames associated with this Gillespie family are: ADDICOTT, BAKER, BARROWCLIFF, BECK, BURGESS, CARPENTER, COSWAY, DAVY, GAYDON, MILNE, PATTERSON & ROE.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2019   Diane Gould Hall