My Hunt for Ancestor Stories Using DNA Matches (Blog 17)

Ethnicity Results Joanne

My AncestryDNA Ethnicity Estimates

A few months ago I received back my DNA results from Ancestry (I’d waited for a sale to do my DNA test). My ethnicity estimates mostly match what I know about my ancestors as I can trace many distant ancestors to Great Britain and Wales but at this time I have no knowledge of any Scandinavia ancestors.  Also I definitely can trace a significant line on my father’s side back to Switzerland and wonder if that 4% represents the right percentage.  But I do understand that these estimates are based on statistics, shared DNA, and continuing research that is still in it’s early stages so I won’t dwell too much on the details of this overview ethnicity report.

I’m personally more interested in using the DNA results to find shared ancestors to see if we can collaborate on researching and telling the stories of my ancestors.  My Ancestry summary report currently shows 68 shared ancestors and 667 4th cousins or closer – far more than I expected!  (This image will help me keep track of the numbers as there were 66 shared ancestors about two weeks ago).

Ancestry DNA for blog

I’m in the midst of reaching out to these 68 people with whom I share an Ancestor Hint – they are individuals with whom I share DNA and who have shared a tree at Ancestry that links to them and includes an ancestor that we share in common.  Over the past month I’ve been reviewing their shared trees, adding some collateral lines (siblings of my direct ancestors), reaching out to these new cousins, and in many cases using this new information to find more sources about my ancestors.   Some of the trees folks have shared online have taught me a lot more about my ancestors (the records of the children often have names of parents which helps verify relationships).  In a very few cases the information just doesn’t seem to match available sources so in those situations, I’ve written to the person with what seems like an error in their tree asking if they have any sources for the tree they’ve shared as the siblings that they show who don’t appear in any records.  Some folks get back to me, others don’t but that’s just fine as they might not be into research at this time in their lives.

I still have a lot to learn about using DNA for genealogy and thank those who write blogs about using these tools and those who answer questions posted on DNA focused Facebook pages.

I’ve also tested at FamilyTreeDNA (results were returned yesterday) and I already found a match with a descendent from Elias Cranmer and Hannah Sprague and think I found my first shared Shackford ancestor there already!

For the next few months want to refocus on sharing the fascinating stories of those ancestors I have discovered.  Just have to accept that I don’t have to get the research totally completed as these are blogs that can always be updated when I learn more.

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

Copyright 2018 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere.

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Wedding Wednesday – Elias Cranmer and Hannah Spragg Married March 21, 1821 (3rd great grandparents) (Blog 16)

Our first record of Elias Cranmer and Hannah Sprague, my third great grandparents, describes their marriage in Manahawkin, New Jersey on March 22, 1821:

Marriage Elias Cranmer Hannah Sprague

Page 77

To the Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for the county
of Monmouth in the State of New Jersey, I Samuel Gray
one of the Justices of the Peace, in and for said County, Do hereby
certify, that on the twenty second day of March 1821 at Mana-
hawkin in said County I married Elias Cranmer and
Hannah Spragg, both of said county and then did Pro-
nounce Man and Wife, agreeably to the laws of this state
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand the
day and year above written. Samuel Gray

We find Elias and Hannah along with some of the children listed in the 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870 census records in Stafford and Seder Run (also spelled Ceder Run) with Elias working as a laborer and farmer with personal property valued at $200-$600.

Hannah died on October 22, 1876.  Her death record lists her father as Joseph Sprague and her mother as Rebecca. She was buried at the Beach Avenue Cemetery in Manahawin, New Jersey.  Her gravestone reads : OUR MOTHER, HANNAH, Wife of, Elias Cranmer, Died Oct 22 1872, Aged 70 years, 6? Mos, 15 days, words at the bottom of the stone difficult to read.  We presume that the information from the stone is what was used for folks to calculate a birth date of Nov 7, 1801.

We’re not sure when Elias died.  The death record attached to him lists a date of April 1876 but that record states an Elias age 45 and this Elias would be 75.  Either there is a mistake in the transcription of this document and it should say 75 or this record belongs to a different Elias.  Unfortunately at this time we can only access the transcribed version of the document.

According to Ancestry DNA, I share ancestors Elias and Hannah with a few folks and have discovered some of his children and some additional sources via correspondence with those folks (thanks for sharing!!!).  We’re currently reviewing sources to learn more about Elias, Hannah, and their children focusing at the moment on the New Jersey Courier which is accessible via the Ocean County Library online.  It’s a bit of a project due to the various spelling of the name Cranmer — Cramer, Crammer, Craumer, etc.

CHILDREN: (still in a state of review)

Nathan Cranmer (1822-1892) – married Sarah Ann Cranmer, worked as teaming & farmer

Harriet Cranmer (1824-1907) – married Samuel Cook

Mary Ann Cranmer (1824-1864) – married Stacy Conklin

Michael W Cranmer (1830-1872) – married Margaret A Havens, died of typhoid fever at age of 42 leaving many. young children

Job C Cranmer (1833-1921) – married Margaretta Cranmer

Melinda Cranmer (1835-1901) – married George W Patterson [my direct ancestor]

Sarah Elizabeth Cranmer (1839-1918) – married Charles Pitman Conklin

Walter H Cranmer (1840-1912)

Lewis A Cranmer (1840-1869) – married Susan Carr

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1840 United States Federal Census, Monmoouth County, New Jersey, population schedule, Somerset, Elias C Cranmer; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 January 2018).

1850 United States Federal Census, Ocean County, New Jersey, population schedule, Stafford, Page No 102 (penned) 52 (stamped), dwelling 249, family 258, Elias Cranmer; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 January 2018).

1860 United States Federal Census, Ocean County, New Jersey, population schedule, Sedar Run Stafford, Page No 15, dwelling 108, family 108, Elias Cranmer; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 January 2018).

1870 United States Federal Census, Ocean County, New Jersey, population schedule, Stafford, Page No 17, dwelling 139, familiy 138, Elias Cranmer; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 January 2018).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 23 January 2018), Hannah Cranmer,.

“New Jersey, Deaths and Burials Index, 1798-1971,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 January 2018), Hannah Cranmer.

“New Jersey, Marriage Records, 1670-1965,” index, Ancestry (: accessed 12 January 2018), Elias Cranmer m Hannah Spragg.

(updated 1/24/18 — removed Ephraim as there were no sources showing these parents)

Copyright 2018 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere.

Shared Ancestor Darius Cranmer/Cramer and Sarah Ann Cramer (Blog 15)

We found another shared ancestor on Ancestry – Darius Cranmer, the eldest son of Charles Cranmer and Mary Gaskill.  We share 24.7 centimorgans of DNA with one of of his decendents.

Shared Ancestor Darius Cranmer

Darius whose last name is sometimes listed as Cranmer and other times as Cramer, was born on Dec 8, 1808.  He married Sarah Ann Cramer, the daughter of Daniel S Cramer and Charlotte Loveland in Burlington, New Jersey on Jan 3, 1833.  In 1850 he was living in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, was working as a laborer and had $600 in personal assets.

Darius died at the age of 50 on Sept 17, 1859 in Bass River, New Jersey.  His wife Sarah was appointed administratrix and during probate documented personal property valued at $1017.50.

Darius’ wife Sarah married Daniel Mathis after Aug 31, 1860 when she was listed in the census with eight of her eight children. In the 1870 she is listed in the census with Daniel and three of her children who are listed with the last name Mathis in the census even though they kept the Cramer name.  Sarah lived to the age of 80 and died on May 27, 1897.  She is buried next to her husband in the Hillside Cemetery in New Gretna, New Jersey.

In 1872, Daniel’s father Charles left Daniel’s eight living children the place where his son Thomas Cranmer had lived which was also known as the Cavleer’s place which was on 100 acres.

Note:  The typed transcription of thewill mentions eight children and lists five boys and four girls.  We hope to find a copy of the original to check but believe that the girls who are written out in the transcription as Lovina, Sara, Anna, & Emma may possible be Lovina, Sara Ann & Emma which would then total eight children.

CHILDREN:

Lovina M Cramer (1833-1894) – married Chalkey Cranmer who died in 1855, then married Amasa Mathis.  Lived in New Gretna [my direct ancestor]

William G Cranmer (1837-1912) – married Mary Frances Maxwell

Charles Henry Cramer (1839-1904) – married Sarah Jane Maxwell

Mary Elizabeth Cramer (1842-1862) – married William H Mathis, had died before her grandfather wrote his will so is not listed in the will.

Caleb S Cramer (1844-1912) – married Mary J Robins

Sarah Ann Cranmer (1847-1915) – married John F Hickman

Emma M Cranmer (1852-1917) – married Morris Carlile Gaskill

Chalkey Sears Cramer (1855-1929) – married Carolyn Frances Johnson

Daniel D Cramer (1858-1930) – married Anna Adams

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Egg Harbor Township, page 716 (penned), dwelling 308, family 311, Darius Cramer; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 January 2018).

1860 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Egg Harbor, Page No 55, dwelling 392, family 409, Sarah; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2018).

1870 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, , Daniel Mathis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 January 2018).

Bass River Township, NJ History (http://www.bassriverhistory.org : http://www.bassriverhistory.org/uploads/6/8/7/1/6871754/charles_cramer_will-_1870.pdf, accessed 14 January 2018), A COPY OF THE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF CHARLES CRANMER, SIGNED & SEALED THE 3RD DAY OF NOVEMBER A.D. 1870.
[Typed by John Pearce from a hand written transcription by John Milton Adams.].

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 12 January 2018), Darius Cramer, Find A Grave Memorial# 53364918.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 January 2018), Sarah Ann Cramer Cramer, Find A Grave Memorial# 53364979.

“New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956,” index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 14 December 2017), Darius Cramer m. Sarah Cranmer.

“New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 21 January 2018), Derias Crammer.

“New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1739-1991,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 January 2018), Darius Cranmer.

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Thank You Charles Cranmer/Cramer for Listing Your Children and Many of Your Grandchildren in Your Will! (Blog 14)

Shared Ancestor Charles CranmerCharles Cranmer (or Cranmer – it’s spelled both ways in multiple documents), my fourth grandfather showed up on my list of Ancestry DNA shared ancestors with a match to three others with whom I share DNA.

New Jersey SAR Application Isaac CranmerCharles Henry Adare Jr’s 1945 application for membership in the New Jersey Society of the Sons of the American Revolution based on the service of Charles’ father Isaac Cranmer lists Charles as the son of Isaac and Dorcas (Adams) Cranmer.

We believe Charles was born about 1788 based upon the 1850, 1860, and 1870 census records and that he worked as a master farmer and at the age of 81 listed the occupation of gentleman.

Charles married Mary Gaskill on April 6, 1809.

Will of Charles CranmerWe haven’t found the original digital images of Charles’ will which was written on Nov 3, 1870 but thankfully John Milton Adams transcribed the will, John Pearce typed it and someone saved the typed version on the Bass River Township, NJ History Website!

We encourage others researching Charles to review this wonderful transcription which lists all twelve of Charles’ children and the grandchildren of those who were deceased before the will was written. The will also lists tracts of land which were left to his children and grandchildren.  We haven’t yet reviewed this aspect of the will yet and also just found documents pertaining to Charles’ probate records showing the final accounting dated April 1874 which we haven’t yet reviewed.

Charles died on Sept 29, 1872 in Bridgeport, New Jersey and his wife Mary died on May 12, 1873. They were buried in Hillside Cemetery, New Gretna, New Jersey.

While working on this blog, we discovered that we had incorrectly documented the children of Charles.  We’ve since cleared up our documentation on both Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.  We hope that with this blog we can encourage others to update their documentation on these family lines and share any additional information they know of these family lines.

CHILDREN:

Darius Cranmer (1808-1858) – married Sarah Ann Cramer [my ancestral line – during the research on Charles, I found his probate records so will write more about him in the future]

Lavina Cranmer (1810-1882) – married John Carter

Isaac F Cranmer (1812-1863) – married Elizabeth Haines

William Sears Cranmer (1813-1873) – married Catherine Leek

Aaron G Cranmer (1813-1889) – married Ann Elizabeth Mott & Rebecca

Dorcas Tabitha Cranmer (1818-1853) – married John Smith Cranmer

Uriah Cranmer (1819-1949) – married Sarah S Haines

Edith Eliza Cranmer (1821-1902) – married John W Cranmer

Samuel B Cranmer (1822-1855) – married Ruth Elmy Lamson

Mary Ann Cranmer (1824-1860) – married William G Adams

Charles Burris Cramer (1828-1879) – married Ellen T Adams

Thomas Allen Cramer (1830-1864) – married Rebecca Ann

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Egg Harbour, page 168, dwelling 254, family 287, Charles Cramer; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 January 2018).

1860 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Egg Harbor, Page No 3, dwelling 21, family 22, Charles Crammer; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 January 2018).

1870 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Bass River, Page No 18, dwelling 140, family 140, Charles Cramer; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 January 2018).

Bass River Township, NJ History (http://www.bassriverhistory.org : http://www.bassriverhistory.org/uploads/6/8/7/1/6871754/charles_cramer_will-_1870.pdf, accessed 14 January 2018), A COPY OF THE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF CHARLES CRANMER, SIGNED & SEALED THE 3RD DAY OF NOVEMBER A.D. 1870.
[Typed by John Pearce from a hand written transcription by John Milton Adams.].

“New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 30 July 2017), Charles Cramer.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 14 January 2018), Charles Cramer, Find A Grave Memorial# 5697479.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 January 2018), Mary Gaskill Cramer, Find A Grave Memorial# 5697465.

“Index of wills, inventories, etc. in the Office of the Secretary of State prior to 1901 Vol I Index of Wills,” images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 January 2018), Charles Cramer.

“New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682-1956,” index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 14 January 2018), Charles Cramer m Mary Gaskill.

“New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1739-1991,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 January 2018), Charles Cramer.

“U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 January 2018), Application Charles; Application of Charles Henry Adare Jr based on service of Isaac Cranmer.

Copyright 2018 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere.

Jonathan W Densmore and Nancy Bates (Blog 13)

We have a DNA match with someone with shared ancestors Jonathan W Densmore and Nancy Bates!  One person shares these ancestors with a significant DNA match of 58 centimorgans shared across 3 DNA segments (shows 3rd cousin once removed with my software).

Jonathan W Densmore

We show this couple in our database with birth and marriage dates in our database but have no sources for this data so won’t share it until we find a source.  We do have sources regarding their relationship — from the death records of three of their children and from their daughter Harriet’s baptismal and marriage records.

Hopefully someday we’ll learn more about the lives of this couple.

CHILDREN:

Harriet Densmore (1841-1925) – married Alexander Ross – moved to Seattle, Washington

Levi Benson Densmore (1845-1905) – married Ada Kate English [my ancestors]

Jonathan W Densmore (1849-1903) – married Sarah Jane Martin

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

Canada “Web: Canada, Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Register, 1828-1910,” index, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 12 January 2018), Harriet Densmore.

Michigan “Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995,” index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 26 January 2014), Levi B Densmore, d. 16 Jan 1905 Travers City, Grand Traverse, Michigan.

Michigan “Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995,” index, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 26 January 2014), John W Densmore d. 3 Dec 1903.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZBJ-9T1 : accessed 1 August 2017), Alexander Ross and Harriet Densmore.

“Washington, Death Records, 1883-1960,” index, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 12 January 2018), Harriett D Ross.

1/14/2018 – updated the spelling of Jonathan’s name based on feedback from another descendant who has some additional source information (a family Bible!)

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Lucinda (Backus) Bemis (1818-1889) (Blog 12)

Lucinda Backus, the daughter of John and Lucinda (Johnson) Backus was born in 1818 in Norwich Connecticut.  She married Amariah Nelson Bemis on Sept 9, 1839.

She’s mentioned in this biographical sketch which like most sketches written in the 1900s describes more of her husband than her:

Lucinda Backus Bemis Annals of Oxford New York p 543LUCINDA, born in 1818, was married to Amariah N.
Bemis in 1839. They lived in Oxford village till 1851,
when they removed to Lyon Brook, where Mr. Bemis
bought and operated the mills. For many years he trans-
ported his lumber to New York by canal. In 1870 he sold
the mills and moved to Esmen township, Ill., where Mrs.
Bemis died in 1889 Mr. Bemis dying at his daughter’s in
Oxford in 1897. They left four children:
Nelson A., married Sarah Sheldon of Guilford, N. Y.
Residence, Odell, Ill.
Mary, married Albert C. Greene. Residence, West-
minister, Conn.
Harriet Lucinda, married Dr. D. A. Gleason of Oxford.
Sarah Abigal, married Frank Raisbeck. Residence,
Bloomington, Ill.

Lucinda is also mentioned at least three times in the Lineage Books of the National Society of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution as descendants of her great grandfather Obediah Johnson (1736-1881) of Canterbury, Connecticut who served in the Revolutionary War as a captain of the 4th Company in 1775 and promoted to Colonel by 1777.

Lucinda died on March 15, 1889.

CHILDREN:

Nelson Amariah Bemis (1840-1912) – served in the Civil War, married Sarah Sheldon

Mary E Bemis (1842-1932) – married Albert Chace Greene [my line]

Harriet Lucinda Bemis (1850-1927) – married Albert DeWitt Gleason

Sarah Abigail Bemis (1857-1946) – married Francis Maxwell Raisbeck

John Bemis (??????)

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

Galpin Henry J, Annals of Oxford, New York with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Early Pioneers (Oxford, N.Y.: Times Book and Job Printing House, 1906), page 543; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com/books : accessed 8 January 2018.

The History of Livingston County, Illinois Containing A History of the County – (Chicago: WM. Le BARON, 1878), page 727; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com/books :

McDuffee Alice Louise, Lineage Book National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume XCI 9090-91000 1912 (Washington, D. C.: 1927), page 166; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 8 January 2018.

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week #1 – Amariah Nelson Bemis (1814-1897) (Blog 11)

This  year we’re going to start our 52 Ancestor’s in 52 Weeks Challenge researching and blogging about ancestors who show up in Ancestry DNA as a shared ancestor of another person who has taken a DNA test.  Our first ancestor is Amariah Nelson Bemis, the first shared ancestor showing up in Ancestry.  (I share 95 cm along 5 DNA segments with another Ancestry member who shares Amariah as an ancestor.)

Shared Ancestor - Amariah Nelson Bemis

Amariah Nelson Bemis,  the son of Amariah and Sally (Shumway) Bemis was born on March 16, 1814 in Tolland, Connecticut.  He married Lucinda Backus, the daughter of John and Lucinda (Johnson) Backus on September 9, 1839.

According to published biographies, he lived in Oxford, New York, then Lyon Brook, New York where he operated a mill and moved his lumber to New York by the canals.  They moved to Esmen, Illinois where he worked as a farmer and stock raiser.  Census records show he also worked as a brakeman, in the lumber business.

A. N. Bemis he History of Livingston County, Illinois Containing A History of the County - (Chicago- WM. Le BARON, 1878), page 727

The History of Livingston County, Illinois, p 727

A. N. BEMIS, farmer and stock raiser;
P. O. Odell; was born in Tolland Co.,
Conn., March 16, 1814; removed to New
York State, where he remained thirty-five
years, thence to Illinois in 1868, settling
in Esmen, Livingston Co., where he now
owns 160 acres of land, valued at $6,400.
Was married Sept. 9, 1839, to Miss Lu-
cinda Backus; she was born in Chenango
Co., N. Y., June 18, 1818; they have
had five children, four of whom are living
–Nelson, Mary, Harriet and Sarah; de-
ceased-John.

Amariah’s wife Lucinda died on March 15, 1889 at the age of 72 and a year later he married Annis W (Curtis) Dunham.  He was 76 at the time of his second marriage and lived seven years, dying on March 14, 1897.  He was  buried in Pontiac, Illinois.

According to an obituary published in the Northwestern Christian Advocate, “he was a man of
more than average intelligence, of positive and independent thought, but withal possessed of that quality always indicative of true greatness-a modest and unassuming spirit.”

Children:

Nelson Amariah Bemis (1840-1912) – served in the Civil War, married Sarah Sheldon

Mary E Bemis (1842-1932) – married Albert Chace Greene [my line]

Harriet Lucinda Bemis (1850-1927) – married Albert DeWitt Gleason

Sarah Abigail Bemis (1857-1946) – married Francis Maxwell Raisbeck

John Bemis (??????)

Note:  Amariah went by Amariah Bemis, Amariah N Bemis, Nelson A Bemis, A. N. Bemis & possibly other names.  We’re still looking for source material that mentions him so we can learn more about his life.

All posts on this website are a work in progress.  We’d love to learn of any corrections or additions to the information shared.  Also we’d love it if  you’d like the post here or at http://www.facebook.com/shackfordgenealogy) as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Chenago County, New York, population schedule, Oxford, page 41, dwelling 1331, family 1409, Amariah N Bemis; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 January 2018).

1855 New York State Census, Chenango County, population schedule, , dwelling 202, Ari Bemis; digital images, FamilySearch.org (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 January 2018).

1860 United States Federal Census, Chenago County, New York, population schedule, Oxford, Page No 11, dwelling 87, family 87, A Nelson Bemis; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 January 2018).

1865 New York State Census, Chenango County, population schedule, Oxford, Page 1073 (stamped), Amariah N Bemis; digital images, FamilySearch.org (http://familysearch.org : accessed 8 January 2018).

1870 United States Federal Census, Livingstone County, Illinois, population schedule, Odell, Page No 242 (stamped), Nelson Bemis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 January 2018).

1880 United States Federal Census, Livingstone County, Illinois, population schedule, Esmen Township, enumeration district (ED) 107, dwelling 141, family 142, A N Bemis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 January 2018).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 8 January 2018), Amariah Nelson Bemis, Find A Grave Memorial# 112647743.

The History of Livingston County, Illinois Containing A History of the County – (Chicago: WM. Le BARON, 1878), page 727; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com/books : accessed 8 January 2018.

Northwestern Christian Advocate (5 May 1897), page 23; digital images, Google News (https://books.google.com/books : accessed 9 January 2018.

Copyright 2017 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere)

Updated 1/9/2018 to add information found about Amariah in the Northwestern Christian Advocate and details re lumbering business  and to add a link to blog about Lucinda

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