Sunday, May 28, 2017

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY ~ Basil Boyle Auten–1891-1966–Week #3


Basil Doyle Auten is my 1st cousin once removed, husband’s father.  That’s a mouthful isn’t it?
Basil Doyle Auten is the father of Robert Basil Auten
Robert Basil Auten married Betty Jane Roe
Betty Jane Roe was the daughter of Irene M. Milne
Irene M. Milne was my grandfather’s sister

Transcription of his obituary ~~

AUTEN - Basil, D. May 21.  Beloved husband of Gertrude B., dear father of Robert B., Mrs. Doris L. Evers, and William D.; brother of Bert O.; grandfather of five grandchildren.  Services Tuesday 10 a.m. from the Hunter-Callender Funeral Home, 13903 Terry corner Schoolcraft.  Graveside committal service Ortonville, Michigan, 1 p.m. Mr. Auten was a life member of the Ortonville Masonic Lodge and the American Legion Post.

My Mom and her cousin, Betty Jane Roe knew each other as they were growing up.  I’ve met Betty Jane and her daughter, Susan.
Basil Doyle Auten and his wife, Gertrude are buried at Ortonville Cemetery in Brandon Gardens, Oakland, Michigan.  You can visit his memorial here #99151363.

If you think you may be related to this family, please contact me.  I’d love to hear from you.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Friday, May 19, 2017

HIRAM FRAMPTON ~ abt 1834-1864–Did he die in prison, in battle, or some other way?

Hiram Frampton is the son of my 4th great granduncle Isaac Frampton and his wife Jane Mann.

In trying to learn more about Hiram, I now have more questions.  Here’s what I know.

Hiram was born about 1834-1836 in Ohio (based on the 1850 and 1860 census records).  In the referenced 1860 census I find Hiram living in Ceredo, Wayne, Virginia.  He is 24 years old and the other person in the household is Clarissa Frampton, age 20 (his wife).  He is a farmer with real estate worth $21,000 and personal estate worth $970.  Those are large figures for back then.  In today’s money is equates to $572,807 for the real estate and $26,458 for the personal property.

Enumerated in the property next to Hiram and Clarissa are George W. Beams, his wife Marinda and children.  They are Clarissa’s parents & siblings.


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I located the following information about Hiram inheriting real estate from his father, Isaac Frampton, who died in 1859.  Could this be that property?
"The brick mansion, which is a land mark in Wayne county was erected in 1847 by the late Isaac Frampton, who was one of the earliest settlers in this section. Some stones composing the foundation are seventy feet long and the rock for the foundation was quarried on Gimlet Creek, named for its course, winding toward the Ohio just south of the estate.
The estate passed to Hiram Frampton, a son of Isaac, whose family was reared there, after the death of his father. Many years later, the estate was sold to a land company, which passed it to the late owner, Col. Vinson."

So, as a very young man, Hiram inherits this land and home from his father. According to some sources I have, Hiram’s brother, David Frampton, also inherited the land.
NOTE:  I need to get my hands/eyes on the probate record for Isaac Frampton (father of Hiram) and see who got what.

Hiram married Marinda Clarissa Beams prior to 1860.  They had two children, George, born in 1860 and Ora, born in 1864.
I located a headstone for Hiram Frampton at Burlington Greenlawn Cemetery, in Fayette, Lawrence, Ohio, when I was there in 2012.

The date of death on the headstone is Jul 1864 and his age is 31.  Buried close by, with a matching headstone is his brother, David Frampton.

Here are their headstones.

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Close ups of the headstones.  I wish I’d known about LED flashlights to read headstones back when I was there.  Now, I’ll never travel to a cemetery without one.

FRAMPTON_David_headstone_son of Isaac & Jane_1832-1861_BurlingtonGreenCem_BurlingtonOH_crop

Here is where the questions begin to arise. 
  • Hiram registers for the Civil War draft in 1863. (see image 1)
  • I find an H. Frampton in U.S. Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865-Confederate. (see image 2)
  • Is listed as a prisoner of war with the crime of “letting the next sentry climb fence.”  No date is given on this page. (see image 3)
  • Signed an oath of allegiance to the United States in September 1863, including payment of a $1,000 bond. (see image) Question:  Why did he have to pay a bond of loyalty?  (see image 4) Was this after he was in prison as a Confederate?
  • Where did Hiram die?
  • Why can’t I find a probate record for him if he did indeed own or partially own all the land his father left him?
  • Is there no Civil War pension record because Marinda remarried and never needed the money?
Frampton Hiram CW reg
IMAGE #1 - Civil War Draft Registration - Hiram Frampton
FRAMPTON_Hiram_prisoner of war record_Confederate

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IMAGE #3 - Hiram Frampton on another undated military record showing his crime

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IMAGE #4 - This image and the next one are pages showing that Hiram signed an oath of allegiance and paid $1,000 bond
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Those are some of the questions I’m asking right now.

I do know that his wife, Marinda Clarissa, married again on 13 Jun 1866 in Wayne Co., West Virginia, to Levi M. Handley.  More on Marinda at another time.

I would welcome any ideas you might have about this.  I will continue to research this family and hopefully come across something that will finish Hiram’s story.

Oh, and one more thing.  I have checked on Chronicling America, and Genealogy Bank for any obituaries or death notices for Hiram.  Nothing found.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY ~ Hannah Wright Hodgman Durant–1750-1797

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Consort of Mr. Joshua Durant
died 10 Oct 1798
aged 48
Hannah was the second wife of my husband’s 1st cousin 5 times removed.  She first married Stephen Hodgman on 27 Nov 1776 in Chemsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts.  Stephen died in 1783 and she then married Joshua Durant (himself a widower), about 1783.

Hannah is buried at the West Cemetery in Keene, New Hampshire.  Many members of Ron’s family are buried in this cemetery.  You may visit her memorial here #50059868.

I don’t have a cause of death for Hannah.  I do have the following records of her death.  These records list her year of death as 1797 and the headstone is engraved as 1798.

New Hampshire, Death and Burial Records Index, 1654-1949 Name:Hannah Durant
Gender:    Female
Birth Date:abt 1749
Death Date:10 Oct 1797
Death Place:Keene, New Hampshire
Death Age:48
Marital Status:Married
Clerk Locality:Keene, New Hampshire
Event Type:Death
FHL Film Number:1001073

New Hampshire, Death and Disinterment Records, 1754-1947
Name:    Hannah Durant
Gender:    Female
Birth Date:    abt 1749
Death Date:    10 Oct 1797
Death Place:    Keene, New Hampshire, USA
Age at Death:    48

If you are related to Hannah or her second husband, Joshua Durant, I’d love to hear from you.
Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Sunday, May 14, 2017

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY ~ Amanda D. Adams Gillen–(1873-1937) Week #2

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Amanda D. Adams was the wife of my 1st cousin, 4 times removed.  She is related to me via my maternal line.
Here’s how we are connected.

Amanda D. Adams married Martin Hunter Gillen (my 1st cousin 4x removed)
Martin was the grandson of my 4th great grandparents William Gillen & Rachel Frampton

Here is a transcription of the obituary.

Mrs. Amanda D. Gillen, widow of the late Hunter Gillen and mother of Hugh Gillen of the Ford Motor Sales Company of Chesapeake, died this morning at 11:30 o’clock at her home in Chesapeake.

Mrs. Gillen had been in failing health for several years but her condition did not become critical until a few days ago.  During her illness the members of her family were constantly at her bedside and she received every attention that her loved ones could give but from the first it was apparent that she was making no progress against her illness and the end came this morning.

Mrs. Gillen was born and spent her entire life in Chesapeake and was widely known through that section of the county. She was a kindly and charitable woman whose principal interests in life were centered in her family and friends and to them she was devotedly faithful.  She was a zealous member of the Christian church of Chesapeake.

Mrs. Gillen was preceded in death by one son, Garland, in 1932 and her husband died in 1935. She is survived by one son, Hugh Gillen and the following brothers and sisters: Mart Adams, Chesapeake, Elizabeth Adams who resided with her, Mrs. Sarah Lake of Huntington and Mrs. Laura Brammer of Bradrick. Four grandchildren also survive: Bobbie, Jerry Taylor, Dilly and Patty Gillen all of Chesapeake.

The funeral arrangement had not been completed today and will be announced later.  Burial will be in Rome Cemetery.  Mrs. Gillen’s body will remain at her home and the services will be held there.

According to her death certificate, Amanda died of cardiac asthma, which she had suffered from for years.

If you think you are related to anyone mentioned in this post, please contact me.  I’d love to here from you.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Monday, May 8, 2017

MILITARY MONDAY ~ U.S. Army Transport Service–Jackson A. Boskat - 1918

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This is the very first time I’ve seen a U.S. Army Transport Service list.  According to the Citation Information found on here is what this set of records contains.
Citation Information
The National Archives at College Park; College Park, Maryland; Lists of Outgoing Passengers, compiled 1917-1938; NAI Number: 6234477; Record Group Title: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985; Record Group Number: 92; Roll or Box Number
Source Information
U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939
Lists of Incoming Passengers, 1917-1938. Textual records. 360 Boxes. NAI: 6234465. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985, Record Group 92. The National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
Lists of Outgoing Passengers, 1917-1938. Textual records. 255 Boxes. NAI: 6234477. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985, Record Group 92. The National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

Publisher Operations, Inc.
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Publisher Location
Lehi, UT, USA
The transport list shown above contains the name of Jackson A. Boskat (I wrote about his mother, Mary, yesterday in Sunday’s Obituary.

According to this record, this transport contained members of the 82nd Division Horse Detachment.  The name of the transport was George Washington, date of sailing 15 Jun 1918, Port – Hoboken, New Jersey.

Jackson A. Boskat is listed on line 246.  His military service number is 1917862, he is a Sgt and an Engineer.  This gives his father’s name as Andrew Boskat (which matches my records) and his residence as Derby, New York, which also matches my records.

Here is the section of that record which lists Jackson A. Boskat.

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The next transport record I located for Jackson A. Boskat was almost a year later, when he returned to New York.

BOSKAT_Jackson A_military transport list_1919

In this transport record are members of Company “D”, 307th Engineers.  They are on board the Santa Cecelia sailing out of Bordeaux, France on 27 Apr 1919.  They are headed for Camp Upton, Brooklyn, New York and it looks like they arrived on 9 May 1919.

Jackson A. Boskat is listed on line 136, with his service number 1917862.  He his a Private and an Engineer. His father is Mr. Andrew Boskat and his home is Derby, New York.
Observation – Jackson was listed as a Sergeant on the 1918 transport list.  I wonder what happened that he is now a Private?

Here is the section of that record showing Jackson A. Boskat.

Copy of BOSKAT_Jackson A_military transport list_1919

This was an interesting find. I always enjoy discovering record sets I haven’t seen before.
Have you discovered any of your ancestors on military transport lists?  Are you like me and had no idea these lists existed?  Please let me know in a comment or on your own blog.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl
Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall

Sunday, May 7, 2017

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY ~ Mary, wife of Andrew BOSKAT (about 1861–14 Dec 1927) Week #1

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I have decided to share, on each Sunday, an obituary for those in our family file.  I’m not going to worry if they are direct line or collateral.  I’m going to go down the list I created in my Legacy 9 file (people who have obituaries) and post them in order.  At this time, I have a list of 230 individuals in my file who have obituaries attached to them.

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has done similar things within his file and I like the idea.  I’m certain it will open up new leads and encourage me to continue research on various branches of the family.

Here’s a screenshot of a part of the list I created.  You can see the number, 230, at the top.  You can also see that Mary is the first person listed.  Because I don't have a maiden name for Mary, she showed up alphabetically, first.  Legacy 9 assigns numbers to each individual in our database, they are called RIN's (Renewable Identification Number).  It's an easy way to distinguish people in your file.
 Obits list of 7 May 2017 - screenshot

Mary is my husband’s granduncle’s wife’s mother.  Here is how she is connected to his family.

Mary (maiden name not known) married Andrew BOSKAT
Lena M. Boskat married Irven J. Doller, my husband’s maternal granduncle
Freada Emma Meta Doller was Irven’s sister and she married Henry Fink (they are my husband’s maternal grandparents)

Here is a transcription of the obituary.

BOSKAT – In Derby, N.Y., Dec. 14, 1927.  Mary H., wife of Andrew Boskat, mother of Jackson A., Paul, Mrs. I. Doller, John, William, August, Mrs. C. Barfelt and Fred Boskat.  Funeral from the family residence, Saturday at 2:30 p.m.  Friends invited to attend.

According to the 1910 census, Mary was born about 1861 in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in 1891.

I have done very little research on this part of my husband’s family.  For right now I’ll have to come back to them.

However, if you are related to this family and would like to exchange information, please contact me.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2010-2017   Diane Gould Hall