Thursday, July 3, 2014

Time to tally up your family tree for the first half of 2014

For me, July is when I tally up my family tree count for the first 6 months research and see how many brick walls I might have knocked down compared to my January 2014 results. The goal of this exercise is to calculate the percentage of ancestors you know of up to your 7th Great Grandparents.


I've added a little guide to calculating your family tree in less than an hour if you have a tree on Ancestry.com.

View the family tree pedigree view for one of your parents


The last generation is your 3rd Great-Grandparents.


As you click the arrow after each 3rd GGP, their branch opens to show up to the 7th generation.



Count how many 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th GGPs you have and added them to the box indicated on this chart



how many ancestors possible for 4th - 7th generation using this chart:
4th column - 2
5th column - 4
6th Column - 8
7th Column - 16

Complete one of these for each parent.

Add it to the chart and calculate your percentage


After the tally, I usually find that I have neglected several branches for one reason or another. My genie senses tingle and I recall all the new collections added and/or updated on Family Search that I've seen and have yet to review for these ignored ancestors. The hunt is back on and I'm carrying a sledgehammer :)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pardon the dust - A brick wall just fell: Will of John Clark (1784-1842) Terrington St Clement, Norfolk, England

You know how hard it is to find the correct "John Clark" who died in or near Terrington St. Clement, Norfolk, England between 1836 - 1851. I'll just say "pretty hard". 

Powering down after a long midnight shift, I was scrolling through the Norfolk Archive website on my phone and noticed a link for online probate records. After reading through 4-5 John Clark wills, I found my 4th Great Grandfather's will and date of death!!! 




England, Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941



Buried in the church yard of Terrington Saint Clement on 19 May 1842
Saint Clements Church
(http://www.terringtonhistory.co.uk/Location-4.htm)


Source: The Yorkshire Regiment, - First World War Remembrance 
http://www.ww1-yorkshires.org.uk/html-files/terrington-st-clement.htm
























Monday, December 30, 2013

Time to tally up your family tree for 2014

New Years is an excellent time to tally up your family tree for 2014. The goal of this exercise is to calculate the percentage of ancestors you know of up to your 7th Great Grandparents.


I've added a little guide to calculating your family tree in less than an hour if you have a tree on Ancestry.com. 

View the family tree pedigree view for one of your parents

The last generation is your 3rd Great-Grandparents. 

As you click the arrow after each 3rd GGP, their branch opens to show up to the 7th generation.




Count how many 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th GGPs you have and added them to the box indicated on this chart




how many ancestors possible for 4th - 7th generation using this chart:
4th column - 2
5th column - 4
6th Column - 8
7th Column - 16

Complete one of these for each parent. 

Add it to the chart and calculate your percentage





Happy New Years!!
May you break down many brick walls in 2014!!!!


















Thursday, October 31, 2013

Frances Alcock Hutchins (1612-1694) - Accused Haverhill Witch


I couldn't think of a better day to dance this family skeleton out of the closet. 

Frances (Alcock) Hutchins, daughter of George & Anna (Hooker) Alcock, was born in England around 1612. She left Southhampton, England on the ship Bevis in May 1636 as a servant to Richard Drummer. During her voyage, Frances worked with another servant, John Hutchins. They married the following year and raise a large family in Newbury & Haverhill, Massachusetts. 



Passengers on the Bevis, May 1638

















                                  Passengers of the Bevis 1638

At the age of 80, Frances was accused of practicing witchcraft by Timothy Snow, Ann Putham Jr., and Mary Walcott. Justice Dudley Bradstreet issued an arrest warrant on August 18, 1692 and Frances was picked up by Constable William Starling the next day. She would soon be transported to Salem and be reunited with her 76 year old sister, Mary (Alcock) Foster, who had been detained in the Salem Dungeon since July 15. 

                                                     
                                          Transcription of Warrant


On December 3rd of 1692, Mary died while waiting to be hanged as a confessed witch. Perhaps fearing that his mother might die before receiving a trial, Samuel Hutchins, along with his brother in law, Joseph Kingsberry, offered a 200 pound bond on the 21st to High Sheriff George Corwin in Salem for her freedom.


Recognizance for Francis Hutchins

Memorandum --
That on the Twenty one Day of Decemb'r: Anno'qe D[mbar ] : one Thousand Six hundred Ninty & two in the: fourth year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady William & Mary by the Grace of God of England &c. King & Queen Defenders of the faith &c: Personally came and Appeared before me George Corwin High Shirriffe for the County of Essex of the Province of the Massathutets Bay in New England -- Samuel Hutchens of Haverell and Jospeh Kingsbury of Haverell afores'd Husbandman and Acknowledged themselves Indebted Unto our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen or the Survivors of them their Heires & Successors: in the Summe of two hundred pounds to beleaved one their Goods & Chattles Lands & Tenements for the Use of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen or the Successors of them if Default be made in the Performance of the Condition Underwritten

Videllisitt --
The condition of the above written Recognizance is Such That Whereas francess Hutchens Widdow of Haverell afores'd is Suspected of and Accused of Committing Divers Acts of Witchcrafts If therefore the Said frances Hutchens afores'd: Shall & do make her Personall Appearance before the Justices of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen at the Next Court of Assize of Oyer & Terminer Next Generall Goal Delivery to be held for & within the County of Essex afores'd; to answar what shall be objected ag't: her on their Maj'tes: behalfe Refering to the Witchcrafts & to do & Receive that by w'ch said Court shall be then and there Injoyned & not Darpart without Licence Then the said Recognizance to be Void: or Else to abide in full force & Vertue In Wittness wherof the: above Named Persons Sam'll: Hutchings & Joseph Kingsberry have hereunto sett our hands & seales this Twenty first Day of December in the Year of our Lord one Thousand six hundred Ninty & two, and in the fourth year of their Maj'ties Reigne
Wittnessed:
*Thomas Beadle
*Joshua Conant
*Jno Gyles 1692
           *Samuel Huchins
           *Joseph Kingsberry 

Recognizance for Frances Hutchins

After 124 days in a cold dungeon, Frances was free on bond until the end of the witchcraft hysteria in the summer of 1693. She died the following year on April 5.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN



Source of Salem documentation photos and transcription
  • Ray, Benjamin. Warrant for Arrest of Frances Hutchins and Ruth Wilford. 2002. Photograph. http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/texts/tei/BoySal2R?div_id=n74Web. 29 Oct 2013.
  • Ray, Benjamin. Recognizance for Francis Hutchins  2002. http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/texts/tei/BoySal2R?div_id=n74Web. 29 Oct 2013.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Late Night Finds: Richard Hazard (1807-1879)

Looks like I'm off to order my 3rd Great-Grandfather's submitted Declaration of Intent & Character Reference Report from Ontario County, New York. He is one of my biggest brick walls. Born somewhere in Ireland between 1807 - 1815 (averaged by various vital records), Richard  married Anna Brady in Rochester, Monroe, New York on 30 Mar 1846. Richard & Anna traveled around New York (Ontario & Orange County mainly) while their family grew to 9. They finally settled in Rochester, Monroe, New York in the late 1860's and started a coopering business.

I have researched several clusters of Hazards living around Rochester, New York over the last few years but could not 100% confirm any relationship to Richard Hazard. I was excited to see another Hazard on the list. Perhaps John F. Hazard is his father, a brother, or maybe a uncle or cousin.I am so excited to get my hands on this file!!

Fingers crossed my Hazard brick wall comes tumbling down before my summer road trip to Monroe County, New York. I just might have to schedule a detour to Ontario, New York as well.

Have a wonderful weekend researching!!
 


For Ontario County, New York researchers, you'll love Records & Archives section of the county's webpage