Monday, July 27, 2015

MYSTERY MONDAY–WHO’S YOUR DADDY? Brick Wall Post #5–William Gillen 1782-1841

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Today’s brick wall post is about my maternal 4th Great Grandfather, William GILLEN.

I began researching William Gillen over 10 years ago.  While I have found quite a few pieces of information about him, I have yet to locate his parents or siblings.  Two other family members, who are genealogists, have also searched diligently for William’s origins.  Some of the information I have, has come from my cousin Amy and my brother John.
 
BIO SKETCH OF WILLIAM GILLEN
Born – 17 Oct 1782 in Mifflin Co., Pennsylvania
Age 21 - Marriage – to Rachel FRAMPTON (1781-1855) on 28 Feb 1803 or 1804
Age 22 – Birth of son #1, John Gillen, 17 Oct 1804
Age 23 – Birth of daughter #1, Ann Gillen, 30 Oct 1806
Age 25 – Birth of daughter #2, Sarah Gillen, 12 Oct 1808
Age 27 – Birth of daughter #3, Emily Gillen, 8 Aug 1810
Age 28 – Birth of son #2, Martin Gillen, about 12 Jun 1811
Age 36 – Birth of daughter #4, Mary Jane Gillen, 5 Jun 1819
Age 28-38 – Moved his family from Pennsylvania to Ohio
Age 39 – Birth of son #3, Elijah Fisher Gillen, 21 Aug 1822
Age 40 – Birth of son #4, Isaac Fisher Gillen, May 1823
Age 58 – Died on 27 May 1841, probably in Lawrence Co., Ohio
Occupation – Teacher 

NOTE: As I wrote the information above I notice there is an 8 year gap between the birth of son #2, Martin Gillen in 1811 and daughter #4 in 1819.  It’s always suspicious when there is that big a span of years between the birth of children back in those years.  We know from history that children were generally born every couple of years.
  • Are there other children?  If so, did they die at birth or as infants? 
  • Is there a record of other children born to this couple?
Family View for William & Rachel Gillen (from Legacy 8)

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William Gillen is mentioned in several published books.  Please see the sources listed at the end of this post.

William Gillen’s wife was Rachel Frampton.  The Frampton family were well known in Pennsylvania.  And Rachel’s mother, Anna Barbara Martin’s father, Johann Everhard Martin was an early settler in Pennsylvania.  There is a book called The Frampton Family by J.S. Wrightnour, D.D.  Mention is made on page 96 of Rachel & William Gillen as follows: “…Rachel Frampton was born November 11th, 1781.  She was married to William Gillen, February 1803.”  No further mention of this couple is found in this book.

Here is the only online record I have located for the marriage.

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Individual View for William Gillen (from Legacy 8)

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As you can see from the Event section of the Individual Information in the image above, I have located William Gillen in several census records:
  • 1810 -New Sewickey, Beaver, Pennsylvania(name is listed as Gilland, but ages fit with family)
  • 1820 – Fayette, Lawrence, Ohio
  • 1830 – Union, Lawrence, Ohio
  • 1840 – Union, Lawrence, Ohio
Other mentions of William Gillen.

GILLEN_History of Ohio Vol 1 - 1925_page 62

Below are two mentions of William Gillen in the first volume of History of Lawrence County, Ohio, pages 3 & 18.
The first is reference to him being the first teacher in Aid Township.  The second is a reference to him being a charter member of the Ice Creek Baptist Church.  
QUESTION:  He was mentioned as a Methodist Episcopal in the Western Christian Advocate.  Did he change religions or simply begin attending another church?

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All records indicate that William Gillen died 27 May 1841, probably in Lawrence Co., Ohio.

Here is an obituary I’ve located for William Gillen.  This obituary was published in the Western Christian Advocate on 6 Aug 1841.  Unfortunately, there is no mention of William’s parents.  However, it is certainly nice to have some of these dates & places to help confirm or negate information from other sources.

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Here is the headstone photographed by my cousin Amy.  William is buried at Burlington Green Lawn Cemetery, Fayette, Lawrence, Ohio.  You can see his memorial on FindAGrave here #66551832.

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Reference to Gillen’s buried in Lawrence County, Ohio can be found on this website.  I have extracted the two pages referencing Gillen burials.  William is listed on the second page shown here.  Unfortunately, the link I have for these cemetery records is from 2009 and is no longer active.
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A year or so ago, asked a genealogist from the Mifflin County, Pennsylvania Society to research William Gillen.  She found no mention of him anywhere.  Perhaps I need to look in Juniata County or Centre County or elsewhere?

1.  What have I missed?
2.  Where else should Iook?
3.  Are you related to the Frampton or Gillen family mentioned here?     If so, please contact me.

PUBLISHED SOURCES:
Western Christian Advocate, 6 Aug 1841
History of Lawrence Co., Ohio 1990, pg 3 & 18
History of Lawrence Co., Ohio, 2003 Edition, Vol 2, pg. 62
The Frampton Family by J.S. Wrightnour, pg. 96

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
Amanuensis Monday - William Penn Document (involving William Frampton)
CHURCH RECORDS - How They Can Help You With Your Research

Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Friday, July 24, 2015

DETROIT TURNS 314 YEARS OLD TODAY


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A quick shout out to my home city.  I still have many family members in and around Detroit.  Grandparents, cousins, uncles & aunts, nieces and nephews are buried in Detroit.  Many spent their whole lives there.

Detroit was first settled in 1701.  To read about it, please click on this link History of Detroit 
 
I ran a search in my Legacy program and there are 196 people in my database that are associated with Detroit by birth, death or event.

Here are those people, both living and dead.  No dates have been included in order to protect those that are still living.

MY DETROIT FAMILY MEMBERS
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This isn’t a huge percentage of the 4665 people in my database, but many of these people are very closely related to me.

PLEASE contact me if you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST (All these posts have links to Detroit)

MYSTERY MONDAY-Who's Your Daddy? Brick Wall Post #1 - John C. Gould

AN EXACT DATE OF DEATH IN A DETROIT CITY DIRECTORY

BIRTH RECORDS WITH INCORRECT NAMES - What Would You Think?

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Sunday, July 19, 2015

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY–Irven J. Doller, Sr. 1885-1963

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Irven Doller, Sr. was born in Germany on 21 Sep 1885 to parents John Doller and Bertha Keller.  He and his parents immigrated to the United States sometime around 1890.  I’m still looking for the records to verify the date.  All I have at this point are the census records stating when they arrived.  His younger sister, Freada Meta Doller was born 24 Aug 1895 in Buffalo, Erie, New York.

Irven’s father, John was a bricklayer/mason and Irven also worked in that field.  Irven married Magdalena “Lena” BOSKAT.  I have not located the marriage record for them.  
They had 6 sons beginning in 1916.  One of the sons, Reynold died in infancy. 

Irven lived his entire life in Buffalo, New York.  Four of his sons, Irven Jr., Elmer, Robert and Henry all served in World War II.

Irven died on 20 Jan 1963, survived by his wife, several sons and a loving family.  He is buried at Acacia Park Cemetery, North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York.  His memorial on FindAGrave can be found here #149436143.

PLEASE contact me if you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY–Triplet daughters of Elijah & Rebecca Frampton

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Photo used with permission of Nancy Ann Mull Buchanan

What is more tragic than the death of a child?  In this case it was the death of triplet daughters born to Rev. Elijah FRAMPTON, Sr. and his wife Rebecca CLARK.
 
Rev. Elijah Frampton and his wife Rebecca are my 4th great grand uncle and aunt.  They married on 28 Oct 1822 in Burlington, Lawrence County, Ohio.

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Marriage record of Elijah Frampton & Rebecca Clark

Rev. Elijah & his wife Rebecca had a son, William Walker Frampton born in 1824.  There was possibly another son born either before or after William, but I cannot locate a date.  All I’ve located is a reference to his name, Isaac Clark Frampton and that he was the child of Elijah and Rebecca.

The triplets, all girls, were referenced on a Rootsweb page.  From that lead I located a headstone for the girls on FindAGrave.com.
Their memorials are # 47412086, 47412091 and 47412096

These infants died on 30 Apr 1827.  It appears that yet another tragedy occurred in this small family when their mother Rebecca died on 5 Jun 1827, just a little over a month after the deaths of the infants.  I cannot locate a cause of death for either the triplets or their young (29 yr. old) mother.  However, I do wonder if the mother died of complications from the birth of the triplets.

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Rev. Elijah Frampton - This photo can be found in the book The Frampton Family by J. S. Wrightnour, D.D. page 101

The Rev. Elijah remarried the following year on 8 May 1828 to Lucinda  Trowbridge, and they had four children together.  Elijah lived to be 90 years old.

I wonder how many triplet births survived back in those early days?
I have further research to do on this family and hope to learn more about them.

Here are some reference materials with information about this family.
  • Early Days in Greenbush with Biographical Sketches…by William L. Sapp.  Page 143
  • Circuit Rider Days Along the Ohio….by The Methodist Book Concern. Page 218
  • Sons of the American Revolution Applications – Application for John Ross Frampton, filed in 1917 in Iowa – image
  • available on Ancestry.com 
PLEASE contact me if you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Monday, July 13, 2015

MAPPY MONDAY–Using Legacy 8 to Map Your Family


I thought I would look at the mapping feature in Legacy 8 today.

With this feature you can see the migration of your family from one country to another, or one city to another.
 
To use the “Map Family” feature you can go to the View tab and then click on Map Family.  I personally have the feature saved on “My Toolbar” so that I can quickly find it.

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Let’s take a look at my maternal great grandfather, Andrew Charles Milne.  Here is the Family View for Andrew and his Individual Information screen.  You can see that I have several Events for him.  Because those events contain locations, those locations will show up on a map.

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FAMILY VIEW
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INDIVIDUAL VIEW
Andrew was born in Scotland, came over to North America via Quebec and moved to Detroit.  However, somewhere along the way he and his wife, Susan also lived in Ohio as one of their children died there.

When I click on the Map Family icon and zoom in just a bit this is what I see.

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Now I will zoom into the locations in Michigan and Ohio.

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As you can see when I hover over the red pins that are on the map Legacy tells me exactly what event occurred in that location.  In this case it was the death of a child, Margaret E. “Etta” Milne on 26 Jan 1890, in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio.

If you have not taken advantage of this valuable feature in Legacy, why not give it a try?

PLEASE contact me if you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog.
OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
Historical & Family History Societies - Great Resources for your Research
Adding a Record to Legacy from Ancestry - Step by Step Instructions

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Friday, July 10, 2015

THE JOYS OF SCOTLAND’S PEOPLE WEBSITE

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If you have ancestors from Scotland this site is invaluable.  I’ve been using it for several years.

WHAT DOES THIS SITE CONTAIN?
You can find vital records, census records, valuation rolls and other helpful information.

Here is a screenshot of the home page.  
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Create an account to be able to use the site.

Once you’ve entered your names you can use basic search criteria like soundex, wildcard, fuzzy searches etc.  You can narrow down the year range and even the county and district areas.  There is also an advanced search option, which I’ve rarely used.

Searching for statutory marriages 1855-2013, I entered two surnames and narrowed the years to 1855-1870 just to get fewer matches.

This is the result of that search.

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You can see that I have 8 matches and the cost to view them is 1 credit.  When you click on “view 1 credit” you will be taken to a screen that says “this will cost you 1 credit, are you sure?” Yes or No.

When I click on “Yes” this screen comes up.
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You can now see more information, such as the year, both names, district and city/county.  This allows you to decide which one if any, might be worth viewing. If I know that my couple lived in Moray, then I have one choice.  If Aberdeen, then I have more choices.  It’s up to you, based on what you know about the person or couple you are searching for.

Viewing the image will cost you 5 credits.  The images are usually very readable and contain LOTS of great information.  
You may get a record that look like either one of these.

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1872 MARRIAGE RECORD
RITCHIE_Mary marriage to Alexander EWEN_10 May 1850_BirseAberdeenScotland
1850 MARRIAGE RECORD
That first record you see is one I pulled just yesterday.  The great thing about those later records is that they give you the names of parents (and whether they are deceased), residence addresses, occupation of the groom and/or bride and the occupation of the parents AND the maiden name of all the women.  That’s what I call a FIND!

HOW MUCH DO THE CREDITS COST?
When you click on “Buy Credits” you are taken to this screen.  There is a drop down list to give you choices as to how many credits you want to pay for.  The cost is listed in British Pounds.  You can use your search engine and find a currency converter to determine how many U.S. dollars are equal to how many British Pounds.  Right now 7 British Pounds is equal to $10.84 is U.S. currency. 

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This means that each credit will cost you about 36 cents.  That converts to $1.80 for 5 credits to view an image.  I don’t know about you, but that’s much cheaper than any records I’ve ordered.  Other than free records, the price is hard to beat.

Using this site has allowed me to expand my family history tremendously.  Having access to the actual images is fantastic.  You can get the indexes on sites such as Ancestry.com, but they still won’t contain all the important information.

I hope this post has been helpful.  Please let me know if you have used this site and what your results have been.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST
SCOTLAND - Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society

MY TRIP TO SCOTLAND - What I did right & What I did wrong

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Saturday, July 4, 2015

 HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AMERICA!!!




May God keep you all safe as you celebrate the birth of our great country.  God bless our service men & women and their families and keep them safe from harm.