Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TUESDAY’S TIP ~ Have you documented everything? Take another look at those closest to you

Mom & Dad screens hot-redacated
A screen shot from my Legacy 8 database - I have redacted the month and day of my parent's births just because of identity theft and my Mom's death being fairly recent

It will be one year, next month, since my mother died.  Of course, I think about her all the time.  But, this morning I looked at her entry in my Legacy 8 database and realized it was incomplete.
Not only did I not have her death certificate attached or cited, I didn’t even have it scanned in my digital folders.

Take a look at your own parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins and even spouses. 
  • Have you documented them the same way you would a great grandparent or granduncle etc? 
  • Have you cited all your sources and attached any images that pertain? 
  • Or, did you just enter the information because you knew it?

I believe it takes all of us a while to be able to go to someone close to us and document the cold, hard facts.  At least that was true for me.  I had entered her date & place of death and burial and even the cause of death.  But, not the source citation that is necessary to complete the information.

This morning I completed that task.  My Mom was 91 when she died.  She didn’t have a good quality of life and had many ongoing health issues and daily pain.  She had been in assisted living for the last 4 1/2 years of her life.  We had so many conversations over the years.  I interviewed her about her life. I asked a multitude of questions (she would say too many).  I had her help me identify photos and peoples names.  I shared my research with her, even though sometimes she wasn’t that interested.
Funny thing about the genealogy research.  My grandmother, Florence Bowden Milne (my Mom’s mother), was a genealogist for most of her life.  She left me copious quantities of information about our family.  Of course I still have a LOT of unanswered questions.  But, her information gave me a heck of a start.
I think the genealogy bug skipped a generation though, because my Mom had absolutely no interest.  Sure, she would listen to me and answer my questions, when she was able to remember, but it wasn’t her favorite thing.  Her statement to me a couple of times was “why in the world do you care about all these dead people?”

Genealogy research is either something you “get” or you don’t “get.”  For those of us who do “get” it, we love finding those stories and chasing down those leads.

I am confident that I have documented and cited all the various entries for my Mom, my Dad, my sisters and my grandparents.  Have you?

Let me know if you’ve discovered the same kind of thing in your tree.


How To Save A Book from Archive.org to Evernote or Your Computer

A Database or a Website?  What's the Difference?

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Friday, February 24, 2017

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks–Week #5–Susannah Barrowcliff–My 3rd great grandmother–1792-1868–England

I recently wrote a post about Susannah’s husband, Thomas Gillespie.  You can read the post here.

In that post I documented his marriage to Susannah and their children together.  I also mentioned that I did not have a death record for Susannah.

Shortly after I published that post and made that statement, I ordered the death record for Susannah.  I received the record this week.

I located the death record on Family Search under the England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007.
This is the index record I located

Name     Susan Gillispie
Event Type     Death
Registration Quarter     Jan-Feb-Mar
Registration Year     1876
Registration District     Bridgwater
County     Somerset
Event Place     Bridgwater, Somerset, England
Age (available after 1866)     84
Birth Year (Estimated)     1792
Volume     5C
Page     324
Line Number     308

Why did I conclude that this might be “my” Susan Gillespie?
  • Because in 1871 she was living with her daughter, Mary Ann Addicott & family in Bridgwater. 
  • The age for the person in this record would be close to what I have based on the 1841, 1851 and 1871 census records for Susannah.
  • I cannot locate her in the 1881 census records for England.
  • It’s the record that matches closest to the information I have.
Sometimes when we order records we cannot be sure they will be the correct record.  However, in this case, I thought it was worth the $11.84.  So, I sent for the record.

The record was ordered from General Register Office.  You can order online and the process is very easy.  I’ve ordered from them before and the response time is usually less than a month.

Of course, like all of you, I checked my mailbox every day, after about the two week mark, hoping to see that envelope.
I was well rewarded when it came.  The information on this record gives evidence that this is the correct record for my Susannah.

Here is her death certificate.

GILLESPIE_Susan nee BARROWCLIFF_death cert_22 Feb 1876_Bridgwat
As I have noted in red, there are many indications that this is the correct Susan Gillespie.

English records aren’t as complete as Scottish or U.S. records.  I know the cause of her death now.  But, I still do not know who her parents were.  I would very much like to find out so that I can take this family back one more generation, at least.
I’ll keep looking.  In the meantime, if you have any connection to this family, please contact me.  I’d love to exchange information.

To see my other 52 Ancestors posts please click on the tab at the top of the page or 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.


FRIDAY FINDS ~ Newspaper article for the death/possible suicide of Ralph Gillespie Forsyth – 1952

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


This subject has always been near and dear to my heart as a genealogist.  It is important/imperative that we view the actual record for our ancestor and NOT just a transcription or index.

Early in my research, I sent for and received death records for my 3rd great grandparents, Henry Hart and Olive G. Hart.  I did not know what Olive’s maiden name was and had hopes that a death record could provide that for me.  In addition, I had no idea who her parents were.
I received both their death certificates in April 2005.  I was still pretty much of a rookie genealogist back then.  I was excited to have the certificates.
The certificates were both typed and on “official” certificates from the County of Macomb in Michigan.
There they were – the names of Olive’s parents – Isaac DOLERI and Sally DOLERI (no maiden name for her).  Now I had names to search for in hopes of learning more about Olive.

Here is that certificate.

HART_Olive nee DOTEN_DOLERI_death cert_Michigan_1887_annot

I began my search for the DOLERI family.  I searched and searched and searched.  I located not one single reference to a family with the surname DOLERI.  Not on any website I went to, from Ancestry to Family Search to NEHGS, FindAGrave and RootsWeb.  I set this search aside and went on to other family members.

However, I never forgot about it and have from 2009 forward recorded my efforts to find more information.  I made inquiries to people who had trees on Ancestry and to a researcher at the New England Historical Genealogical Society (I never heard back from NEHGS).  However, I did get responses from some of the Ancestry tree members.
The responses I was getting were leading me to believe that there was a transcription error on the death certificate in regards to Olive’s parents surname.  I now believed that her maiden name was probably DOTEN.

I contacted the County Clerk for the County of Macomb and asked if they would just send me a copy of the actual record, at my expense of course.  They declined.  I did make a note to order the microfilm containing the Michigan death records, however, I never ordered it.

In 2011 (now 7 years after receiving Olive’s death certificate), I located death records for two of her children.  These records gave Olive’s maiden name as DATEN.  Fast forward to 2015 and I located another child’s death certificate and this one gives Olive’s maiden name as DOTEN.

Without going into too much more detail I will tell you that I located many records related to the DOTEN family in Vermont, where Olive was stated to have been born.  I was also given the middle names of all the children by a cousin, Judy, who contacted me.  She said that Olive & Henry’s first born son, Isaac’s middle name was DOTEN.  Which does make sense as far as naming patterns.
TODAY I was doing yet another quick search to see if I could locate the actual death record for Olive.  Maybe I would find it online. I never give up.  Don’t you know, there it was.  The actual ledger containing her death information.
And what do I see…..her parent’s names listed as Isaac and Sally DOTEN!

Here is the record.

HART_Olive nee DOTEN_death record_10 Apr 1887_ArmadaMacombMich_annot 
Here is the actual entry.
Copy of HART_Olive nee DOTEN_death record_10 Apr 1887_ArmadaMacombMich

If you zoom into the parent’s name in the third column from the right, you will see the last name is written DOTEN.  There is an obvious cross of the “T” on both instances.  I do understand how things are misread by transcribers and indexers.  It happens.

I have a lot more research to do on Olive.  I have not yet located her in any Vermont records for her birth, nor any probate records for Isaac Doten, that might mention her.

So, keep looking for those records.  Don’t ever give up!

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

TUESDAY’S TIP–Using the Master Location List in Legacy 8

Master location list heading

I use this feature in Legacy 8 a lot.  Today I was specifically looking for a list of all the people in my database who are buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.

There are differing viewpoints on how we should list our locations in the database.  I’m not going to talk about those options here today.  I will show you how I do my own locations and what works for me.

When I locate a burial place for an ancestor, I enter the information in that portion of the Individual’s Information screen.  Additionally, I will enter the address of the cemetery, if I have it, in the address field for “burial.”  This field is located when you click on the + sign to the right of the burial field.

Master locations a1

I like to see the name of the cemetery in the actual burial field and not have to click on the address to find it, or look in Events, if it’s entered there.  Again, not everyone does it this way, but it works for me.
Therefore, when I want to locate everyone who is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan, this is how I would go about it.

Locate the Master Location list in your Legacy program.  There are a couple of ways to do this. 
  • You can go to the “View” tab and use the drop down list under “Master Lists”
Master locations 1b
  • I have the Master Lists saved to My Toolbar, so I always have quick access to it.
Master locations 1a

Once you’ve opened your list you will be able to search for the location you are trying to find.  In this case I just typed in Elmwood.
Master locations 2

If you want to see a map, in addition to the list you can select “show map” which is located on the right side of the list of names.  Here is the view with the map.  Note that you have a red balloon at the location and also the longitude and latitude.

Master locations 1

Something else to note when you bring up the various lists are your List Options – located under the names and your Options – located on the right hand side of the names.

Master locations 3 
Master locations 4

These location lists can be used whether your looking to write a blog post, like I am, or preparing to visit a particular location.  When I traveled back to Detroit I created lists of every person buried in each cemetery in Michigan.  Whether I save those lists digitally or print them out, they are of great value and save you a lot of time and effort in your genealogy trip.

Have you used these lists?

If so, how have they helped you?

To see ALL of my Legacy 8 tips please click on the tab of the same name at the top of my blog or click HERE

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A STEAMBOAT EXPLOSION ~ The death of Nelson Klinefelter in January 1862 - age 35

Copy of KLINEFELTER_N_killed in explosion_TheBaltimoreSun_5 Feb 1862_pg 1
The Baltimore Sun - 5 Feb 1862, page 1

So, who was Nelson aka Horatio Nelson Klinefelter?

Nelson Klinefelter was the first husband of Mary Jane Flynn/Flinn.  Mary Jane later married William Bright, my husband’s 2nd great grandfather.

I had learned about Mary Jane’s marriage to Nelson Klinefelter from the Greenwood Cemetery website, back in August 2008.  Here is a link to the FindAGrave page for Greenwood Cemetery.
Following is an excerpt from my notes for Mary Jane Bright.

“Bright, Mary J. , (view ), 1839 - 1903, Section 2, Range 18, Lot 7, [was the second wife of William Bright of Sharpsburg. She was first married to a Kleinfelter in Virginia, according to researchers at Ancestry, and when she married William Bright, she brought 3 children into the household from her first marriage. She and William had at 4 children, bringing the house total to 9 children]” contributed by Diane Nichols

I was able to locate the marriage record for Mary Jane Flinn and Horatio N. Klinefelter.  They were married 27 Nov 1851 in Wood County, Virginia.

This record was found on the West Virginia Culture website.  Wood County became part of West Virginia in 1863.


FLINN_Mary J marriage to KLIMEFELTER_Horatio N_27 Nov 1851_Virginia

Nelson and Mary Jane had 3 children: Horatio born in 1854, Mary born in 1856 and Anna born in 1859.

The family can be found living in Collins, Allegheny, Pennsylvania in the 1860 census.  Also enumerated on this page is Nelson’s brother, Jesse and family and his father Jacob and family.

Nelson’s father, Jacob, was also a River Pilot.

1860_KLINEFELTER_Nelson & family_CollinsAlleghenyPA

As I began conducting a search on newspapers.com, I came across the sad story about the explosion of the steamboat, Advance, and the death of Nelson Klinefelter.  I also located one article in Chronicling America.
All images of these articles are screenshots.

The first article I located was the one at the top of this page.  Then I also located the following articles.

Klinefelter_TheWheelingDailyIntelligencer_31 Jan1862_pg 3
 The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer - 31 Jan 1862, page 3
Klinefelter_CincinnatiDailyPress_3 Feb 1862_pg 3
Cincinnati Daily Press - 3 Feb 1862, page 3

Klinefelter_PittsburghDailyPost_4 Feb 1862_pg 3
Pittsburgh Daily Post - 4 Feb 1862, page 3 - talking about an investigation into the explosion
Klinefelter_TheLocalNews_AlexandriaVA_5 Feb 1862_pg 1
The Local News, Alexandria, Virginia - 5 Feb 1862, page 1

Klinefelter_ThePittsburghGazette_4 Feb 1862_pg 3
The Pittsburgh Gazette - 4 Feb 1862, page 3
Klinefelter_TheWheelingDailyIntelligencer_5 Feb1862_pg 3
The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer - 5 Feb 1862, page 3

The article above, on the left gives us the exact date of death for Nelson.  The explosion occurred on Tuesday, January 28, 1862.  Based on the statement in this article, Nelson died 3 days later, on Friday, January 31, 1862.

“The other pilot, N. Klinefelter, was asleep, his head and one arm lying over the edge of the bed.  His face and arm were terribly scalded and it is believed that he inhaled steam.  He died of his injuries on Friday morning, some hours after the arrival of the Hornet, after being removed to that boat.”

These excerpts are from the article, above, on the right.

“The late explosion of the Steamer Advance – Another Victim – N. Klinefelter, one of the person’s injured by the explosion of the steamer, Advance, at Matamoras, has since died.  The explosion appears to have been one of the most terrific and disastrous on record.”

“The Captain was not on board, one of the pilots named Stweart, filling his place.  He escaped with a severe burn on the right hand.  The other pilot, N. Klinefelter, was asleep, his head and one arm lying over the edge of the bed.  His face and arm were terribly scalded, and it is believed he inhaled steam.”

When I first began reading the articles only stated that N. Klinefelter had been “terribly” burned.  As I continued to locate more articles, I learned of his death.

Nelson’s death left behind his 28 year old widow, Mary Jane, and their three young children, ages 3 to 8 years.  Mary Jane married (in Feb 1864) William W. Bright, a widower with two young children, ages 7 and 5.  The couple went on to have 4 children of their own.

I have searched high and low on the internet and cannot locate a burial place for Nelson.  There were few, if any, actual death records back in 1862, so the only record of his death are these articles and the statement in the Civil War Pension of William Bright saying that Mary Jane’s first husband, Klinefelter, was deceased.

If you have any additions or corrections to anything written here, please contact me.
If you are related to anyone mentioned here, I’d love to hear from you.


SURNAME SATURDAY - Who was Daisy Bright?

AMANUENSIS MONDAY  - Elmer E. Bright - Last Will & Testament – 1889

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Thursday, February 16, 2017

TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY ~ Several obituaries for the BRIGHT Family of Pittsburgh, PA

BRIGHT_Elizabeth_death notice_ThePittsPress_27 Apr 1910_pg 16 BRIGHT_Catherine_Obit_ThePittsburghPress_8 Sep 1933_pg 44 BRIGHT_William C_death notice_ThePittsPress_25 Oct 1951_pg 47

It’s always a good day when you locate any record for your ancestor.  This week I’ve been working on my husband, Ron’s, paternal grandmother’s line.  The Bright family of Pennsylvania.

It had been several years since I’d looked at this particular family.  Since then, more records have come online and I now have a subscription, full access, to newspapers.com.  I have found hundreds of obituaries, news articles, notices of probate, marriage announcements, military information, travel and visiting notices and more on this website.

Here’s what I located this morning.

Funeral/death notice for Elizabeth C. Eastland Bright, first wife of William C. Bright.  William is my husband’s great granduncle.


BRIGHT_Elizabeth_death notice_ThePittsPress_27 Apr 1910_pg 16

I notice that they are asking Detroit, Michigan papers to copy.  I believe that is because her son, Elmer Charles Bright had moved from Pennsylvania to Detroit.

Obituary for Catherine E. Sawert/Sewart Bright, 2nd wife of William C. Bright.

BRIGHT_Catherine_Obit_ThePittsburghPress_8 Sep 1933_pg 44

The article states that she will be buried at Homewood Cemetery, but she is actually buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania.

Obituary for William C. Bright.  William outlived both his wives, and was 94 at the time of his death.

BRIGHT_William C_death notice_ThePittsPress_25 Oct 1951_pg 47

I have the death certificates for all three of these family members.
It’s obvious from the obituaries that William and his wives were involved in the Masonic organization.  Perhaps I will be able to find more information about them through that source.  Although I’ve found the Masons to be pretty tight with the information they will share.
This is a good day for genealogy research.  I have added all these obituaries to my Legacy database.
NOTE:  When you locate any article on Newspapers.com you have the option to clip that article, then view the clipping.  I do this every time.  When viewing the clipping you can then add the article directly to your Ancestry tree, which I also do.  The next thing I do is download or print the article to PDF.  I then convert it to JPG, which allows me a bit more editing freedom and then I add the image to Legacy.

I also use Genealogy Bank, although it doesn’t yield nearly as many hits for me as Newspapers.com.  And as far as Chronicling America, I have never located one single article.
Have you had luck finding newspaper articles on your family?  If so, from which site?  How often do you look at the newspaper websites.  I do so, almost daily.


New York Newspaper Links Online

Tuesday's Tip - More Detroit Newspapers Online

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Saturday, February 11, 2017

CIVIL WAR PENSION FILE ~ Cora E. Hall widow of Thomas C. Hall ~ What gems does it contain?

HALL_Thomas C_CivilWarPensionFile 1

This pension file was the fourth one I’ve received in the past 6 months.  It contains fewer pieces of family information than any of the other three.  And, being only 30 pages, is certainly the smallest of all four.  However, there are still genealogical gems to be found within the file.

Cora E. Brown Hall was the widow of Thomas Cornelius Hall.  They are my husband’s great grandparents.  Prior to receiving this pension file I did not have an exact date for their marriage.

However, on the very first page of this pension file I find not only the exact marriage date, but two other dates of interest.


HALL_Thomas C_CivilWarPensionFile 7 marr date

The red arrow indicates the “Clt’s (claimant’s) marriage to soldier” as February 5, 1877.  The two green arrows give us the date of Thomas’ death and the date of birth for Cora.  Those are two dates I already had, but another piece of evidence to document them is always welcome.

Now that I have the exact date of Thomas & Cora’s marriage, I’m hoping to find the official document for that marriage.

What else was of note in this pension file?

Page 2
A statement that the pensioner, Cora E. Hall, is dropped from the roll because of death on Sept. 9, 1933.
Page 6
A letter, in Cora’s own hand, to the Bureau of Pension, dated Sept. 5th 1929.
Page 8
Another letter from Cora to the Commissioner of Pensions dated Aug. 3rd.  This letter, in her own hand, gives the dates of her birth and the date of her marriage and also states that the pension is her only income.
Page 11
A notarized statement from Cora that neither she nor her husband were divorced and that she has $1500 from a life insurance policy on Thomas.
Page 17
A deposition by Emma S. Burt who states she has known Cora for all of her life.  She also states that she was present at her marriage to Thomas and gives the date of marriage, name of the Pastor who performed the ceremony and the church where the marriage took place.  These are wonderful pieces of information to have for further research.
Page 23 & 24
A transcript from the Registrar of Saratoga Springs, New York, Bureau of Vital Statistics regarding the death of Thomas C. Hall.  This gives a wealth of information about Thomas.  I already had a transcript of his death, obtained several years ago, but had I not, this would have been a gold mine.  It contains his parent’s names and places of birth.
Page 26
A deposition from Pastor Joseph Carey, who married Thomas & Cora.  More evidence for their date & place of marriage.
Page 28
Application for Transfer stating that Cora moved to San Diego, California at the end of the year 1911.  This statement gives her address in San Diego and is signed by her son, Charles, daughter-in-law Daisy and by Cora herself.
Page 30
A letter to the Bureau of Pension, dated Sept. 12th, 1933, from Cora’s son, Charles Hall.  This letter is to inform them that Cora died on Sept. 9th, 1933.  The letter gives Charles’ address and is signed by him.
Here are a few samples of the pages referenced above.

This is Page 6 – the letter from Cora to the Pension Bureau
HALL_Thomas C_CivilWarPensionFile 6
Page 24 – Thomas’ death record – I’ve cropped & rotated the bottom portion with his parent’s names so you can see them

HALL_Thomas C_CivilWarPensionFile 24 HALL_Thomas C_CivilWarPensionFile 24 cropped portion of death

Page 30 – the letter from Cora’s son, Charles stating she has died

HALL_Thomas C_CivilWarPensionFile 30

This document and it’s 30 pages, while not huge, does contain important information about Cora, her deceased husband, Thomas and her life.

Cora and Thomas only had one child that we know of and that is Charles Schuyler Hall (my husband’s grandfather), born 5 Mar 1878 in Saratoga Springs, New York; married Daisy Fern Bright on 15 Oct 1903 in Tarentum, Allegheny, Pennsylvania and died on 25 Mar 1953 in San Diego, California. 

I do have one photo of Cora E. Brown Hall, obtained from my husband’s cousin.

HALL_Cora nee BROWN_sitting in chair_enhanced

I’ve just ordered two more pension files.  One for my side of the family and the other from my husband’s side.  I find that these files are well worth the cost and can't wait to explore them.

I recently wrote a post about Cora’s father, Charles Henry K. Brown, who was a Cigar Maker in New York.  You can read that post here 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week #5 – Charles Henry Brown.

What gems have you found in pension files?


MILITARY MONDAY – Civil War Pension File – Private John Gillen – Killed in Action


Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks ~ Week #5–Charles Henry Brown–Cigar Maker ~ about 1826 to 1903

Charles Henry Brown also known as Charles H. K. Brown is my husband’s 
2nd great grandfather
What I DON'T know about Charles Brown…
  • Who his parents were
  • If he had any siblings
  • Exactly when he was born
  • Where he died and from what
I have gathered quite a bit of information about Charles H. Brown over the years of my research.

The easiest way to present what information I have on him is by sharing an Event Report.  This is a report created in Legacy 8, using the Event/Fact section for each individual.  I use this area extensively on all my ancestors.

Brown Charles page 1 Brown Charles page 2
Brown Charles page 3 Brown Charles page 4
Brown Charles page 5

The report above tells me each event/fact I have entered and depending on the information I have entered, all the details associated with that event, including the person’s age at the time of the event.

It’s not that I lack information about Charles H. Brown, I just don’t have additional information I would like to have, such as his parent’s names.

I haven’t been able to locate Charles in the 1850 census.  With the name Charles Brown or Charles Henry Brown being so common, this adds to the difficulty. 
  • Was he always a Cigar Maker?
  • On 3 Aug 1854, the date of birth I have for his first child with Cemanthe, he would have been 28 years old.  When did he and Cemanthe marry?  Was he married prior to marrying her?
 Charles & Cemanthe (Avery) Brown had two children that I know of.
1. Cora E. Brown, born 3 Aug 1854 in Syracuse, Onondaga, New York married Thomas Cornelius Hall and had one son, Charles Schuyler Hall.  Cora moved to San Diego, California after her husband’s death and died there on 9 Sep 1933.
2. Albert Walton Brown, born 24 Oct 1856 in Saratoga Springs, Saratoga, New York.  I don’t believe he ever married.  He too moved to San Diego, where he died on 5 Sep 1937.

Charles is listed in many city directories throughout his life.  He can be found in Syracuse, Troy and Saratoga Springs, New York directories.

Charles enlisted in the army during the Civil War.  His enlistment date was Aug 1862, as a Private in the 9th infantry for a term of 3 years.

I’ve located his enlistment record.

BROWN_Charles_Military enlistment Civil War_annot
According to the Muster Roll (see image below), Charles deserted and was absent without leave 25 Jan 1863.  This record lists his unit as Company F, 134th Infantry.  What I liked about this muster roll was the personal information it provided.  Prior to finding this record I had no idea where in Pennsylvania Charles was born.  This record, if correct, states he was born in Philadelphia.  I also get a good idea of his physical characteristics.

BROWN_Charles_Muster Roll Civil War annot

Did Charles ever return to service?  I have located no other military records for him, including no pension file.  His military unit is engraved on his headstone, so it makes me wonder.

It’s hard to believe that at sometime during Charles’ and Cemanthe’s life, there wasn’t a photo taken of them.  I have yet to find one.

Cemanthe died of Cerebral Apoplexy at age 70, on 26 Mar 1899 in Saratoga Springs, New York and is buried at Greenridge Cemetery. You can visit her memorial here #22149978.
According to online cemetery records, Charles died on 14 Apr 1903 and is buried with his wife, Cemanthe, at Greenfield Cemetery.  There is a picture of their headstone, but his portion is impossible to clearly read.  You can see his memorial here #22149991.

Here is the online record I found regarding their burial.  I had lost track of the URL for this cemetery index.  Thanks to reader, Cathy, for finding it and sending it to me.  To view the searchable, alphabetical index please click here.
BROWN_Charles & Cemantha nee AVERY_index page along with other BROWNS from Greenridge Cem SaratogaSprings NY annot

The record above gives me the only reference to Charles Brown’s date of death.  I have not located a death record, yet.  And, I cannot locate Charles in the 1900 census.
During the preparation of this post I was able to locate one more piece of evidence referring to Charles as a Cigar Maker.  It’s a news article published in The Saratogian in 1963.
BROWN_Charles_cigar maker_in 1963 Saratogian newspaper_cropped

Here are a couple of screenshots, courtesy of Google Earth, of the area where Charles worked and lived in Saratoga Springs, New York., as they look today.

57 Church
Church St - Charles & Cemanthe lived on this street in the 1880's
Brown & Avery 424 Broadway
424 Broadway - location of Brown & Avery Cigars
Lawrence st saratoga spngs today
Lawrence St - Where Charles & Cemanthe lived in the 1890's

If you think you may be related to anyone mentioned in this post, or have additional information or corrections, please contact me.  I’d love to hear from you.

MYSTERY MONDAY ~ Unidentified Family Photos - AVERY, BROWN, BRIGHT, GOODBODY & HALL (Can you help us identify any of these people?)

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall