Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 16

A big surprise for January 16 is that no marriages or deaths with that date appear in my database, so all I have today is births.

Births

Sarah Mack, daughter of Alexander Mock, was born January 16, 1775 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 2nd cousin 6x removed via the Sellerses.

Jane Gaunt, daughter of Daniel Gaunt and Mary Githens, was born January 16, 1805, probably in New Jersey.  She is my 2nd cousin 5x removed.

Catherine Shellenberger was born January 16, 1856, possibly in Pennsylvania.  She was married to Irwin Alexander Sellers, son of Alexander Sellers and Lavinia Coppelberger, who is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Horace Samuel Eckman, son of John Eckman and Martha Johnson Atkinson, was born January 16, 1929 in Columbus, Burlington County, New Jersey.  He is the brother of my grandaunt Bertha Poinsett Eckman and granduncle Edwin Bunting Eckman.

Glen Amron
Glen Amron, son of Eli Morton Amron and Alice "Honey" Gold, was born January 16, 1949 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  He is my 4th cousin.

Renee Millstein, daughter of Irwin Millstein and Julia Baena, was born January 16, 1951 in Connecticut.  She is my 2nd cousin once removed.

Harry William Hudson, Jr., son of Harry William Hudson, Sr. and Jean Wargo, was born January 16, 1958.  He is my 5th cousin throgh my Gauntt line.

Christopher Paul Reilly was born January 16, 1964.  He is the 1st cousin once removed of my half-sister Laurie Sellers.

Louis Jonathan Kardash was born January 16, 1983 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He is my 3rd cousin via the Gorodetskys.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 15

My cousin Beatrice Swain might have liked Capricorn men.  Her first husband, James Armstrong, was born January 13, and her second husband (below), Ralph Brickel, was born January 15.

Births

Catharine Kulp was born January 15, 1773.  She was married to Abraham Sellers, son of John Leonard Sellers and Barbara, who is my 1st cousin 6x removed.

Hannah Gaunt, daughter of Jacob Gaunt and Hannah Holmes, was born January 15, 1806 in Ohio.  She is my 1st cousin 5x removed.

Harriet Sellers, daughter of John Leonard Sellers and Elizabeth Wenger, was born January 15, 1843 in Allen or Auglaize County, Ohio.  She is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

Mercedes de Mederos, daughter of Thomas Mederos and Mercedes Cabanas, was born January 15, 1895 in Cuba.  She was married to Francis Travis Coxe, son of Marcellus Coxe and Florence Sellers, who is my 5th cousin 2x removed.

Ralph Brickel was born January 15, 1916.  He was the second husband of Beatrice Ruth Anna Swain, daughter of Thomas Daniel Swain and Rachel Anna Armstrong, who is my 1st cousin 2x removed through the Armstrongs.

Anita Rose Allen, daughter of Raymond Charles Allen and Elizabeth Ray, was born January 15, 1952.  She is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Allens.

Debra Jane Gaunt, daughter of Irwin Wilson Gaunt and Shirley Ann Freck, was born January 15, 1957.  She is my 6th cousin.

Joel Baylin was born January 15, 1988 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He is my 3rd cousin through my Gorodetsky line.

Shannon Nicole Preisner was also born January 15, 1988, but in San Diego, San Diego County, California.  She is the grandniece of my aunt Mary McStroul.


Marriages

Guy Edward Allen and Anna Dziewa were married on January 15, 1983.  Guy, son of Clarence Allen and Grace Stagnato, is my 5th cousin once removed.


Deaths

Joseph Mack, son of Jacob Mack and Catharine Longanecker, died Jnuary 15, 1909 at the age of 78 in Pennsylvania.  He is my 3rd cousin 4x removed on my Sellers line thorugh the Macks.

Anna Schwartz, daughter of Joseph Schwartz and Frieda, died January 15, 2004 at the age of 100.  She was married to Hyman Gordon, son of Victor Gordon and Esther Leah Schneiderman, who is my great-granduncle.

Time for My 7th Blogiversary

The wheels of time have continued to turn, somehow another year has passed, and amazingly enough I am still writing my blog.  I now have more than 1,200 posts under my belt, covering topics ranging from savior of the Yiddish language Aaron Lansky to Zundapp motorcycles.  My productivity fell off a little during the final third of 2017 due to my move from Oakland, California to Portland, Oregon, but I'm going to more than make up for that with this year's project to document the births, marriages, and deaths in my main family tree file for every day of the year (what was I thinking?!).  Only two weeks in and it's already led to some interesting family discoveries, such as the fact that my half-sister's grandmothers had the same birthday (which she had not realized).  There are always new things to learn!  I'm looking forward to sharing my perspectives on another year of genealogy and family history and welcome you along for the ride.  Thanks for stopping by to read my blog, and I hope you enjoy what you find here.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 14

Until today I had not realized that my half-sister and I each have a grandmother with a birth date of January 14.  In fact, my paternal grandmother is also her paternal grandmother, because we have the same father.  So both of her grandmothers were born on January 14!

Births

Adam Kneedler was born January 14, 1787 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Mary Sellers, daughter of Abraham Sellers and Sophia Bodder, who is my 3rd great-grandaunt.

Christina Long was born January 14, 1827 in Ohio.  She was married to Jeremiah Mock, son of John Mock and Mary Brown, who is my 4th cousin 4x removed.

Harrison Sellers, son of Samuel Sellers and Ann Cressman, was born January 14, 1845.  He is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Samuel Andrew Sellers, son of John Wengard Sellers and Mary Melissa Conkle, was born January 14, 1853 in Ohio.  He is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Anna Gauntt
Anna Gauntt was born January 14, 1893 in Westhampton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is my paternal grandmother.

Louise Elsie Gaynor, daughter of John Francis Gaynor and Josephine O'Connor, was born January 14, 1903 in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey.  She is the maternal grandmother of my half-sister Laurie Sellers.

Adelle Taylor
Adelle Cordelia Taylor was born January 14, 1914 in Union, Newton County, Mississippi.  She was my paternal grandfather's third (and final) wife.

Elbert W. Gaunt, son of Charles Gaunt and Pearl E. Cory, was born January 14, 1917.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

James Clayton Gaunt, son of Mack Gaunt and Martha Nora Martin, was born January 14, 1923 in Indiana.  He is my 5th cousin once removed.

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Richard Bradley Smith was born January 14, 1963 in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada.  He is married to Marcie Weinstein, my 4th cousin.

Christopher Van Hoy was born January 14, 1974.  He is my 5th cousin 2x removed through my Gauntt line.

Sean Robert Cunningham was born January 14, 1985 in Indiana.  He is my 2nd cousin once removed through my Gauntt line.

Zachary Alexander Tennenhouse was born January 14, 1999 in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois.  He is my 4th cousin once removed through the Mecklers.


Marriages

Reuben T. Gaunt and Mary Budd were married on January 14, 1841 in Milford, Burlington County, New Jersey.  Reuben, son of Hananiah Gaunt and Rebecca Mulliner, is my 3rd great-granduncle.

Samuel Ferguson Sellers and Mary Laura Gunn were married on January 14, 1896 in West Chester, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  Samuel, son of Samuel G. Sellers and Anna C. Ferguson, is my 4th cousin 3x removed.


Deaths

Flossie Kerlister Sellers, daughter of Grover C. Sellers and Addie, died January 14, 1914 at the age of 4 years and 8 months in Duchouquet Township, Auglaize County, Ohio.  She is my 5th cousin 2x removed.

Courtland Ward Major, son of Clayton Major, Jr. and Ida May Lippincott, died January 14, 1978 at the age of 71 in Lake County, Florida.  He is my 1st cousin 3x removed via the Lippincotts.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 13

Yesterday I had no deaths, but today I have no weddings.  I wonder if the lack of weddings is in any related to it being the 13th?  Maybe I had superstitious relatives?  I'll have to wait and see what results I get in the succeeding months.

Births

John W. Gaunt, son of Uz Gaunt and Sarah Ann Whitacre, was born January 13, 1837 in Ohio.  He is my 2nd cousin 4x removed.

Eliza Sellers, daughter of John Leonard Sellers and Elizabeth Wenger, was born January 13, 1841 in Allen County, Ohio.  She is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

Roger Gene Sellers, son of Everett L. Sellers and Sylvia G., was born January 13, 1923, possibly in Lima, Allen County, Ohio.  He is my 6th cousin once removed.

Georgina Arlene Feil, daughter of Rudolf William Feil and Jessie Naomi Gaunt, was born January 13, 1943.  She is my 5th cousin once removed through the Gaunts.

Douglas Matthew Reilly, son of Edward Reilly and Eileen Gaynor, was born January 13, 1959.  He is the 1st cousin once removed of my half-sister, Laurie Sellers, through the Gaynors.


Deaths

Absolom C. Sellers, son of John Sellers and Mary Stifer or Schleifer, died January 13, 1869 at the age of 46, possibly in Pennsylvania.  He is my 1st cousin 4x removed.

Harry K. Gauntt, son of James Gauntt and Sallie Bender, died January 13, 1930 at the age of 44, possibly in New Jersey.  He is my 1st cousin 2x removed.

Anna Krebs, daughter of Isaac Krebs and Frederika Weiss, died January 13, 1962 at about the age of 75 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.  She is the paternal grandmother of my aunt Mary McStroul.

James Newbill Armstrong died January 13, 1986 at the age of 79 in Baltimore City, Maryland.  He was married to Beatrice Ruth Anna Swain, daughter of Thomas Daniel Swain and Rachel Anna Armstrong, who is my 1st cousin 2x removed.

Charles Jacob Gaunt, son of Arthur Lee Gaunt and Rachel Lavinia Stutsman, died January 13, 1998 at the age of 69, possibly in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: How Many Degrees of Separation

This week for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, Randy Seaver wants us to count in-person connections for our families back to the American Revolutionary.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission:  Impossible! music) is to:

(1) Find an ancestral line that atretches back to the time of the U.S. Revolutionary War (1775–1783), about 240 years.  Define your person-to-person connection (the person actually met the next person on the list) back to a historical figure from that time (doesn't have to be famous).

(2) Tell us about it on your blog, in a note or comment on Facebook, or in a comment on this post.


Instead of trying to determine the lowest number of connections, I just looked directly at my two ancestors with proven service in the Revolutionary War.  For three consecutive generations, however, I found grandparents who did not live long enough to meet the grandchildren from whom I am descended, so I had more degrees than I expected.

1.  I (1962– ) met my paternal grandmother, Anna Gauntt (1893–1986).

2.  Anna Gauntt knew her father, Thomas Kirkland Gauntt (1870–1951).

3.  Thomas Kirkland Gauntt knew his father, James Gauntt (1831–1889).

4.  James Gauntt knew his father, Hananiah Selah Gaunt (1795–1852).

5.  Hananiah Selah Gaunt likely knew his maternal grandfather, Moses Mulliner (1741–1821).

So I have four degrees of separation from a person documented in the Revolutionary War.  I have read Moses Mulliner's complete pension file, but I don't remember the details of his service, so I have no idea if he was anywhere near George Washington (or any other famous person) at any point.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 12

January 12 is a pretty light day in my database.  I found no deaths that occurred on that date, which is not a bad thing.

Births

Hannah Darstein, daughter of Abraham Darstein and Catherine Sellers, was born January 12, 1775 in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 2nd cousin 5x removed.

Rachel Kelly was born January 12, 1807 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She was married to Cornelius Sellers, son of Abraham Sellers and Sophia Bodder, who is my 3rd great-granduncle.  I suspect that my great-great-grandfather Cornelius Godshalk Sellers was named after this Cornelius.

Edwina Sellers, daughter of John Wengard Sellers and Mary Melissa Conkle, was born January 12, 1861 in Ohio.  She is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Keara Sara Weinstein was born January 12, 1993 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  She is my 4th cousin once removed on my Meckler line.


Marriages

Henry Zepp and Tirzah Sellers were married on January 12, 1823.  Tirzah, daughter of Abraham Sellers and Sophia Bodder, is the sister of the Cornelius Sellers mentioned above and is my 3rd great-grandaunt.

Henry Olt and Elizabeth H. Gaunt were married on January 12, 1897 in Marlton, Burlington County, New Jersey.  Elizabeth, daughter of Reuben Lewallen Gaunt and Lucy Bounds, is my 3rd cousin 2x removed.

Edward James Ellis and Kathleen Homan were married on January 12, 1973 in New Jersey.  Edward, son of Harold Levi Ellis and Josephine Fiori, is my 2nd cousin through my Gauntt line.


Events in My Family Tree: January 11

One of the January 11 deaths is that of Edwin Jaquett Sellers, who was a lawyer and a genealogist in the early 20th century in Philadelphia.  He published several books on his family history, including two on the Sellerses, which provided me with a lot of useful information for my own research.

Births

Robert B. Sellers, son of Jesse Sellers and A. Grant, was born January 11, 1819 in Pennsylvania.  He is my 1st cousin 4x removed.

Jessie Lenora Criser, daughter of Westley Criser and Phoebe Emily Gaunt, was born January 11, 1897.  She is my 4th cousin 2x removed through the Gaunts.

Larry Lester Reed, son of Lester Reed and Dorothy Pamela Allen, was born January 11, 1932.  He is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Allens.

Beth Ann Allen, daughter of Jack Allen and Gloria Funiccaro, was born January 11, 1959.  She is my 5th cousin once removed via my Gauntt line.

Bradley Sterling Mankin was born January 11, 1969 in San Jose, Santa Clara County, California.  He is the half-brother of Jeff Gordon, who is my 2nd cousin once removed.

Lynne Rogers Herendeen was born January 11, 1980.  She is my 6th cousin via my Gauntt line.

Tobin Kardish was born January 11, 1985 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He is my 3rd cousin through my Gorodetsky line.

Stacey Freda Schumeister was born January 11, 1986 in Hennepin County, Minnesota.  She is my 4th cousin once removed through my Nowicki line.

Megan Elizabeth Pellek was born January 11, 1989 in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 2nd cousin once removed via the Gauntts.

Rebecca Lillyan Fowler was born January 11, 2002 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.  She is my niece.


Marriages

Robert James Bagley and Lynn Wilma Carty were married on January 11, 1969.  Lynn, daughter of Wilmer Shreve Carty and Etta Marion Allen, is my 5th cousin once removed.


Deaths

Bertolet Grace Sellers, daughter of Laura May Armstrong, died January 11, 1927 at the age of 5 in Mount Holly, Northampton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is my grandaunt and the half-sister of my paternal grandfather.

Edwin Jaquett Sellers, son of Robert Wampole Sellers and Anna Frances Jaquett, died January 11, 1946 at the age of 80, possibly in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  He is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Paul Sayer Bowen, son of William H. Bowen and Catherine S. Dunn, died January 11, 1964 at the age of 59 in Minneola, Nassau County, New York.  He is the granduncle of my half-sister Laurie Sellers and one of several Bowen men to die before the age of 60.

Harry Mackler
Harry Herman Mackler, son of Moishe Meckler and Mushe Zelda Nowicki, died January 11, 1968 at about the age of 63 in Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada.  He is my granduncle and the brother of my maternal grandfather.

Orlan Fay Gaunt, son of David Clinton and Martha S. Hartman, died January 11, 1974 at the age of 85 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: January 10

January 10 was a busy day for my family, with several events.  I remember researching Paulding Foote Sellers and his family.  He named his son Paulding Foote Sellers, Jr.

Births

Agnes Mack, daughter of Jacob Mack and Nancy Moser, was born January 10, 1797 in Browns Run, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 2nd cousin 5x removed.

Lavinia Coppelberger was born January 10, 1822.  She was married to Alexander Sellers, son of Peter Sellers and Susanna, who is my 2nd cousin 4x removed.

Lillie L. Fuller, daughter of Joseph L. Fuller and Sarah R. Weaver, was born January 10, 1892 in Stony Creek, Warren County, New York.  She is the grandaunt of my aunt Mary McStroul.

William Thomas Spencer III, son of William Thomas Spencer, Jr. and Jeanette E. Hudson, was born January 10, 1953.  He is my 5th cousin once removed through my Gauntt line.

Andrew David Perlman was born January 10, 1979 in Falls Church, Fairfax County, Virginia.  He is my 3rd cousin through my Nowicki line.

Teresa Andrea Barrionuevo Persoff was also born January 10, 1979, but in Sevilla, Spain.  She is my 3rd cousin once removed through the Schneidermans.

Amanda Lynn Gordon was born January 10, 1990 in Yolo County, California.  She is also my 3rd cousin.

John Thomas Wickham was born January 10, 1997.  He is the 3rd cousin once removed of my half-sister Laurie.


Marriages

Henry H. Gaunt and Sarah Allison were married on January 10, 1898 in Medford, Burlington County, New Jersey.  Henry, son of Hananiah Selah Gaunt and Margaret S. Scott, is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

Paulding Foote Sellers and Helen Christy Clubb were married on January 10, 1906 in the city of St. Louis, Missouri.  Paulding, son of Edwin Elias Sellers and Olive Lay Foote, is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Russell Allen and Doris Smith were married on January 10, 1981.  Russell, son of Joseph Russell Allen and Jean Kumple, is my 5th cousin once removed via my Gauntt line.


Deaths

Rachel died January 10, 1846 in Evesham Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She was married to Moses Gaunt, son of Hananiah Gaunt and Rebecca Mulliner, who is my 3rd great-granduncle.

Ann Gaunt, daughter of John Gaunt and Elizabeth Kirby, died January 10, 1875 at the age of 56.  She is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

Sallie C. died January 10, 1885 at the age of about 28 in Camden, Camden County, New Jersey.  She was married to Joseph W. Sellers, son of Robert B. Sellers and Rebecca L. M. Wayne, who is my 1st cousin 4x removed.

Alfred T. Githens, son of Thomas Githens and Mary Gaunt, died January 10, 1901 at the age of 81, probably in New Jersey.  He is my 2nd cousin 4x removed.

Susan E. Gaunt, daughter of Hananiah Selah Gaunt and Margaret S. Scott, died January 10, 1903 at the age of 18.  She is my 1st cousin 3x removed.

Edward Page Vogels died January 10, 1918 at the age of 62 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Anna Frances Sellers, daughter of David Wampole Sellers and Anna Frances Jaquett, who is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Edith Knaz died January 10, 1972 at the age of 65 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  She was the second wife of Morris Garfinkel, son of Yikusee'ael Koifman Gorfinkel and Sora Rivka Mekler, who is my 2nd cousin 2x removed.

Elsie Berezniak, daughter of Sam Berezniak and Anna Perlman, died January 10, 2003 at the age of 76 in Manhattan, New York County, New York.  She is my 3rd cousin once removed.  I really wanted to have a photo of Elsie, but she wouldn't let me take one when I met her.