Monday, February 24, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Alzina Jackman Doyle

Alzina Jackman was born on 27 March, 1810 in New York (the family was enumerated in Lima, Ontario, New York in the 1810 US Census, which is likely where Alzina was born).  Alzina was the youngest of Moses and Rhoda Collins Jackman's four children and the only one not born in Vermont.

When Alzina was about a year old, the family moved to Mendon, Monroe, New York.  Not long after this, Alzina's mother, Rhoda died at the age of thirty.  A little over a year later, Alzina's father, Moses, remarried to Betsey Beecher (a distant relative of the Lyman Beecher family).  Alzina would gain eight half-siblings through this union.

In 1828, Alzina's family moved to Livonia, Livingston, New York.  By 1832, Alzina had married Heman H. Doyle and their first child, Maria Adelaide, was born in October of that year.  They would have three known daughters in all (though one appears to have died young).  In 1833, Alzina's mother's father, John Collins, died and mentions in his will Alzina and Heman being residents of Pittsford, Monroe, New York.

Alzina and her family moved west in the spring of 1839.  They settled somewhere along the banks of the Mississippi before being forced to return to New York due to illness.  They eventually relocated to Rochester.

A decade later, when gold was discovered in California, Alzina's husband decided to go west again, leaving her and their daughters behind.  I wonder how much Alzina and her husband communicated after he left because she is listed as a widow in the 1851 Rochester city directory.  Alzina last appears in Rochester in the 1853 directory, she was working as a seamstress at the time.  Heman was working as a lawyer in private practice in Placerville (then called Hangtown) at this time.

Alzina and her daughters eventually did make it out west and joined Heman.  At the time of the 1860 US Census, Alzina was in Placerville residing with her daughter, Frances, and Frances' husband and son.  Heman is enumerated in San Joaquin Co.  A year later Alzina's father, Moses, died in Livonia.

Alzina's daughter, Frances, died in 1864 in Nevada, where the Doyles had relocated.  The Doyles would at least partially raise Frances' young son, Frank Doyle Smith.  Heman was appointed Probate Judge in Douglas Co. in 1865 and District Attorney for Carson Valley in 1866.  The family was residing in Genoa, Douglas, Nevada.

By the 1870 US Census, Heman was enumerated in both Genoa and with Alzina in Elkhorn, San Joaquin, California.  Heman and Alzina are again enumerated separately in the 1880 US Census.  At the time Alzina is living on her own in Elkhorn and Heman is residing with their daughter, Maria, and her family nearby.

Although Heman and Alzina seem to have led separate lives later in their marriage, she was with him when he died in 1881 from typhoid.  Alzina died nine years later on 4 February, 1890 - a few weeks shy of her eightieth birthday.  They are buried in Woodbridge Masonic Cemetery in Woodbridge, San Joaquin, California.

Alzina's daughter, Maria Adelaide Doyle Shinn, was my third great-grandmother.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Robert Rendle Croad

(Another entry in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge)

Robert Rendle Croad was baptized on 17 March 1832 in Sydling St. Nicholas, Dorset, England.  His parents were Robert Croad and Elizabeth Rendle and he was the second of their ten known children.

On 12 December 1852, Robert married Susannah Tizzard in Sydling St. Nicholas.  They would go on to have thirteen children (nine would live to adulthood), as well as raise a granddaughter of theirs.

One of the most interesting things about these Croads are their place in history and the changing landscape.  Robert, like previous generations did farm work in a small agrarian town where his family had been for years.  His children, however, took vastly different paths.  Son William went to London and was a boot maker; daughter Agnes was a domestic servant who also ended up in London; sons George, Alfred, Frederick and Albert went to Wales to work in the coal mines, as did daughter Caroline whose husband also worked in the mines; son Charles was a grocer and merchant who also left Sydling St. Nicholas; and son Herbert left his hometown, but did not move far, to work as a railroad platelayer.  Two of Robert's children would even eventually emigrate to the US, Frederick to Michigan and Albert to Utah.

Robert never seems to have left Sydling St. Nicholas, dying there in February of 1903.  Robert's wife, Susannah died there four years later.

Robert and Susannah's son, Frederick Rendle Croad, was my great-great-grandfather.

Monday, February 17, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Jane Montgomery Wood

(Another entry in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge)

I almost made this entry about Jane's son, Charles, who I know a fair bit about.  But, then I realized that I never have really written much about Charles' mother.

I actually don't know much about Jane, but I'd love to change that.  She was born around 6 August, 1816 (this is a calculated date based on her death record) in County Cavan, Ireland.  I believe Jane's parents were John M. Montgomery and Ann Williamson.

Jane and Charles Wood had their first known child in 1842.  About ten years later the family relocated to Canada to join relatives.  The family settled in the Ayr area of North Dumfries, Waterloo, Ontario.  Sometime before 1871, the family moved a few miles south to South Dumfries.

Sometime before 1881, Jane moved to Blenheim, Oxford, Ontario.  At the time of the 1891 Census of Canada, Jane was living with her daughter in Fort Erie, Welland, Ontario.  However, Jane was in Blenheim again when she died two years later, on 18 February 1893.

Jane was buried at St. George United Church Cemetery in South Dumfries along with her husband, Charles, who had died in 1863.  Jane and Charles had eight known children in all: William, Charles S., Alexander, John, James, Andrew, George D. and Jane.

In the 1861 Census of Canada, the family gives their religion as Church of England.  In all subsequent census records, however, Jane gives a variation on Methodist.

Jane's son, Charles S. Wood, was my third great-grandfather.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Mary Stokes Croad

(My third entry in the 52 Weeks Challenge)

Mary Stokes was born on 16 April, 1867 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales.  Her parents, George Stokes and Charlottle Shepstone were natives of Somerset, England.  They had relocated to Wales a few years before Mary's birth so that George could work in the coal mines.  Mary was the youngest of George and Charlotte's nine children.

Mary married Frederick Rendle Croad in 1885.  He was a native of Dorset, England who had come to Wales to also work in the mines.  The following year they had their first child, Frank and not long after left Wales to go to Canada.  Their second child, John, was born in 1888 in Bruce, Ontario.  Not long after that, the family moved again, this time southward.  By 1890 the family was in Lilly, Cambria, Pennsylvania, not far from Johnstown which had flooded in 1889.  Whether the family was in the area at the time of flood or not, I do not know.  Regardless, the Croads left very soon after their daughter, Florence, had been born in Lilly in April of 1890.

The Croads were living with Mary's parents back in Pontypridd at the time of the 1891 Wales Census.  Their fourth child, Anna, was born there in May of 1892.  A month later, they arrived at the Port of Philadelphia.  Their destination was Michigan.

The family settled in the Millbrook, Mecosta, Michigan area from then on.  They farmed and Fred also did some work for the railroad.  Mary and Fred were also actively involved with the Salvation Army.  Mary had been raised in the Primitive Methodist Church before joining the Church of God in 1914.

Mary had seven more children in Michigan.  All but one of her eleven children reached adulthood.  Mary died on 28 June 1923 in Millbrook, possibly due to epilepsy.  Fred died in 1932.  Their daughter, Daisy, was my great-grandmother.

Monday, February 10, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Henrich Michael Berger

(Another entry in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge)

Henrich Michael Berger was born 15 May 1788 in present-day Rinnthal, Sudliche Weinstrasse, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany and was baptized three days later in Annweiler.  "Michael's" parents were Karl/Carl Jakob Berger and Catharina/Katharina Kupper(in).

Michael and Elisabetha Fredricka Matz had their first child in 1808.  Over the next thirty-three years, they would go on to have eleven known children, seven of whom lived to adulthood.

The obituary of Michael's son, Henry, states that the family came to America in 1832.  In April of 1833, Michael appeared before the Stark County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas and declared his intent to become a US citizen.  The family left Ohio a few years later and owned land in Marshall County, Indiana by August of 1838.  He would farm in the German Township area for the rest of his life.

The family, who had been members of the Lutheran Church, were converted in 1848 when German Evangelical Association missionaries came to their area.

Michael's wife, Fredricka, died in 1868 and Michael three years later in September of 1871.

The family was often enumerated as 'Barger' in the US.  Whether they purposefully changed their name to this or it was an oft repeated error (probably do to the way the family pronounced their name) I do not know.

I have many records relating to the Bergers, which are available upon request.  Michael and Fredricka's youngest, John William Berger, was my great-great-grandfather.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Peter Doyle

(This is my first foray into the 52 Weeks Challenge.  Hopefully I can keep it going throughout the year...)

I know very little about Peter Doyle.  His son, Heman, said Peter was born in Ireland, but Peter's US Army enlistment record lists Plymouth, England as his birthplace.

I don't know who Peter's parents were either, or when he arrived in the US.  He was born around 1770 and married Rebecca Swena/Sweeney sometime before 1810.  Their son, Heman, was born on 31 Dec 1809 in Arlington, Bennington, Vermont.  Peter also had at least two other children, Aaron and Mary Paulina.

On 2 March 1814 in Bennington, Vermont, Peter enlisted as a Musician in Capt. William S. Foster's Co. of the 11th US Infantry.  During the Siege of Fort Erie, Peter was wounded by a cannon ball and subsequently died from his injuries on 14 September, 1814.  Due to Peter's service and death in action, his three children received a pension between 1821 and 1826.

Peter's widow, Rebecca, remarried in 1819 to Joseph S. Bacon.  They had several children and eventually settled in Sauk Co., Wisconsin.

I do not know what happened to either Aaron or Mary Paulina.  Peter's son, Heman, eventually came west to California with some of his Bacon relatives.  Rebecca died in 1867; Heman died in 1881.  Heman was my 4th great-grandfather.

I've seen several alternative spellings for Doyle, including: Dail, Doil, Dale and Doyel.  Heman always went by Doyle, whether that was the actual original spelling/pronounciation I do not know.

I have tried to order Peter's pension records from NARA but they could find nothing.  If anyone has any suggestions on how to get these records, I'd love to hear them.