Proving Jane Kilborn’s Father is William Kilborn of Scriba, New York: Part 2 William Kilborn’s Will (Blog 42)

We are working to prove that the Jane Kilborn who married Thomas Evans and also was known as Margaret J Kilborn is the daughter of William Kilborn.  In the first part of this proof, we  shared our DNA connections with this line, and pertinent pages of Payne Kenyon Kilbourne’s book “The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilborn”.  Today we’re sharing William Kilborn’s will which was written on May 17, 1840 and proved on July 5, 1845.

The key aspects of this will are:

William leaves his family the fifty acres of land of Lot No 103 in the 18th Township of Scriba Patent.

He names his wife, Margaret and his children Lester (eldest son), William F, George, Eliza Ann (now married to Thomas Kibbe), Julia A, Margaret J, and Bricy M.  (ages 6 to 18 when he died later that year)

The sons received double the estate of the daughters with the exception of Eliza whose proportion is $50 less than the others as she already received her proportion.

The children must remain under guardianship until the age of 21.

William names his wife Margaret and  his friend Simon Tuller of Mexico, New York as executors and asks that his estate support the education of his children.

THE WILL OF WILLIAM KILBORN

William Kilborn Probate Record Part 3 WillIn the name of God Amen! I William Kilborn do make and
declare this my last Will and testament in manner and force fol
lowing. First I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty
God hoping and believing in a remission of my sins by the
merits and mediation of Jesus Christ. And my body I commit
to the Earth to be buried at the discretion of my executors herein
after named and my worldly estate I give and devise as
follows
First I order and direct that all my past debts and funeral
expenses to be punctually paid out of my personal estate.

Second, I give and devise unto my wife Margaret
during her natural life all that certain piece or parcel of Same
being fifty acres of Lot No 103 in the 18 Township of Scriba’s Patent
being the same premises and appurtenances now occupied by me
in the town of Scriba in the county of Oswego and state of New
York and after the decease of the said Margaret there to be divided
William Kilborn Probate Record Part 4 Willbetween my heirs in such a manner and force as hereafter directed
or the avails of said Land and real estate at the discretion of
my executor hereinafter named providing they should see fit to
dispose of the same for the benefit of the said Margaret and my
said children hereinafter named. But it is explicitly understood
my widow and provides for said takes the provision of my minor
children hereinafter named.
Also I will and order that the executors of this my last will and
Testament or therein Executor or Executors should it become necessary so to
do in order for the full payment of my debts (in case the personal estate
should have inadequate for the payment thereof, in that case I give
them full power and authority to bargain sell and ???? in fee simple
all of my real estate hereinbefore mentioned or any part or parcel
thereof or to mortgage lease or otherwise rent or dispose of the same
in order that my said debts be fully paid, and also to execute and
deliver good and sufficient deeds of conveyance or a good and
sufficient Lease or Mortgage of the same or do so in the premises as
they shall see fit and proper and for so doing then shall be their
sufficient authority.
And I do hereby appoint my ???? friend Simon Tuller of the town
of Mexico in the county of Oswego and State of New York Executor
and my said wife Margaret executrix of this my last will and
testament having full confidence in their ability and integrity
to execute the same

Fourthly, In reference to final distribution of my said Estate
assuming my several heirs above alluded to and in accordance
with the foregoing bequest I direct that my said children receive
from the avails of my said Estate as follows,
To Lester Kilborn, my eldest son the sum of one hundred dollars
to be paid if consistent out of the avails of the premises and in
case it is not consistent so do do, the same to remain, without interest
until the final distribution of the said Estate, and the residue
of my said Estate to be distributed as follows among the several
heirs, first to William F, Lester & George L my three sons, a portion
double that of my daughter which are named as follows, Eliza Ann,
now the wife of Thomas Kibbe, Julia A. Margaret J & Bricy M.
with the exception of my said daughter Eliza Ann is to have de
ducted from her proportion the sum of Fifty Dollars which she has
already received out of any property.
William Kilborn Probate Record Part 5 WillAnd I do hereby consent the guardianship of all my children until
they shall respectively attain the age of twenty one years unto my said
wife during her life if she shall so long continue my widow and
I do hereby declare that the expenses of the maintenance and edu
cation of my said children until they shall attain the age
aforesaid or become entitled to the sums or proportions of money
hereby provided for their benefits respectively shall be paid and ??????
by my said wife by and out of the moneys and estate given and
bequeathed to her and thus by this will or such paid, thereof a, she
shall see fit so to bestow in their said education and maintenance
And all the residue of my personal real estate whatsoever
and where such of what nature kind and quantity so ever the
same may be and not here before disposed of I do hereby bequeath
and devise to my said wife Margaret and after her death to my heirs
as her in before provided.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
seal this 17th day of May A.D. 1845
Signed sealed published & declared by the
said Testator as for his last will and testament
in the presence who at his request in the presence
and in the presence of each other have ?????
one named as witnesses thereto Wm Kilborn

Albert G Cole, Mexico, Oswego County, New York
Moses W Buynre, Mexico ,Oswego County, New York

In the next blog we’ll share documents related to the sale of this land that show that Margaret J (also known as Jane) who has married Thomas Evans is his daughter.

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SOURCES:

“New York Probate Records, 1629-1971,” digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed ); Film # 005116276, Book B, page 278-279, image 238-9 of 480.

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Proving Jane Kilborn’s Father is William Kilborn of Scriba, New York: Part 1 – DNA Matches and The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilborn (Blog 41)

I started researching the father of Jane Kilborn (spelled Kilburn and Kilbourn in the death records of her children) by first reviewing the many DNA matches I have with her descendants:

Kilborn Descendent Matches tighter bordersI descend from Jane’s daughter Donna L Evans and have six DNA matches with Thomas Evans and Jane Kilborn — four DNA matches with descendants of  Arthur Thomas Evans and two DNA matches with two descendants of Margaret Elizabeth Evans.

Over the past two months I started searching my Ancestry DNA matches for anyone with the last name Kilborn, Kilburn, or Kilbourne in the hopes of taking the Kilborn line back a generation and discovered two DNA matches with ancestors Bricea M Kilborn and George L Kilborn.  These individuals shared the DNA match with DNA with person #1 and person #2.

Further research identified five DNA matches ranging from 10 cm to 39 cm with descendants of Mary Bricea Kilborn, the daughter of David Kilborn & Hannah White and four DNA matches ranging from 8 cm to 33 cm with descendants of Lucy Kilborn, daughter of David’s father Benjamin Kilborn & Lucy Bishop.

We then reviewed Payne Kenyon Kilbourne’s book “The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilborn for descendants of Benjamin and David Kilbourn that had a children Bricea and George in the family and discovered William Kilborn son of David & grandson of Benjamin:

William Kilborn, Kilbourne Payne Kenyon, The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilbourne, (in its Varied Orthography) (New Haven- Durrie & Peck, 1856), page 258238. WILLIAM, b. in Leeds Co., Canada West; settled in Scriba, Oswego Co., N.Y., and d. there in 1847.  He m. Eliza Lester, and had seven children, viz., Lester, Eliza Ann, Julia, Jane, Franklin, Bricea and George.  His second wife was Margaret Wickwire.

We started researching William and each of his children and then drew out the shared DNA relationships.

Kilborn Family DNA Matches

We then started searching for source documents pertaining to this family and discovered that:

William’s will written on May 17, 1845 mentions his second wife Margaret, male children Lester, William F, George L, and female children Eliza Ann Kibbe (her married name), Julia A, Margaret J, Bricea M.  (Note:  in the next blog we plan to prove that Margaret J Kilborn is the same person as Jane M Kilborn Evans)

William’s minor children Lester B, Margaret J, Bricia M, and George L were represented by a surrogate when his will went to probate on June 13, 1845.

William’s minor children Margaret J, Bricia M, and George were represented by a surrogate in 1846 when David Kilborn’s will went to probate (David Kilborn was William’s father.

Jane and William F Kilbourn are shown in the 1850 census living with her sister Eliza Ann Kilborn Kibbe in Nelson, New York in 1850 and on January 15, 1855 guardianship paperwork for the Kibbe’s to be the guardians of Bricea M Kilburn and George L Kilborn.

Bricea Kilborn’s husband A. R. Thomas and her daughter Helen B Thomas attended the Oct 20, 1887 wedding of Donna L Evans, Jane Kilborn’s daughter. Both Bricea and Jane were deceased.

In 1880, Arthur Thomas Evans was living with Arthur Russell Thomas and his wife Bricea Kilburn Thomas in Chicago.

In our next blog we’ll review the will of William Kilborn followed by a blog about the  records showing the sale of land mentioned in his will to prove that the Margaret J Kilborn, daughter of William listed in his will is the same person as Jane M Kilborn who married Thomas Evans Jr.

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, MadisonCounty, New York, population schedule, Nelson, page 644, dwelling 291, family 391, T V Kible; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 24 February 2019).

Kilbourne Payne Kenyon, The History and Antiquities of the Name and Family of Kilbourne, (in its Varied Orthography) (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1856), page 258; digital images, Archive.org (https://archive.org : accessed 11 February 2019.

“New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 February 2019), William Kilborn; Oswego>Letters Test and Admin, Vo A-B, 1825-1849, page 202, image 261 of 321.

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Wedding Wednesday – Does the 1887 Wedding Announcement of Joseph E Shackford and Donna L Evans Help Us Identify Her Relatives? (Blog 40)

Joseph Edward Shackford, the son of William Brown and Catherine T Mullett Shackford married Donna Lovilla Evans, the daughter of Thomas Evans on October 20, 1887.  We have a DNA match with six of Donna’s relatives and are hoping to learn more about her so we can learn more about her ancestry.  (Yes, we realize we haven’t blogged about the DNA results or match yet because we’re focusing first on verifying relationships in Donna’s family.)

First the wedding announcement

Wedding Announcement Joseph E Shackford Brilliant Social Event, Oak Park Reporter, 21 October 1887 Part 1A large and elegant company as-
sembled by invitation Thursday even-
ing at the Central Park Congregational
Church, to witness the wedding of
Joseph E. Shockford [sic, jsp] of Syracuse, N.
Y., and Miss Donna L. Evans of this
suburb, Rev. J. E. Adams officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Thomas
Evans, and has long been prominent
in social circles here. Arthur Evans
was best man, and Miss Bessie Hous-
ton, bridesmaid. The ushers were Ed
Ward Bennett, Edward Hasbrook and
Wedding Announcement Joseph E Shackford Brilliant Social Event, Oak Park Reporter, 21 October 1887 Part 2Will Hervey of Hinsdale, while Miss
Alice Clafin, of Lombard, Ill., render-
ed Mendelssohn’s wedding march.
After the ceremony the relatives and
near friends of the happy couple re-
paired to the residence of the bride’s
brother, L. F. Town, 988 Lawndale
avenue, where a reception was held
and refreshments served by Eckhart
the caterer. The presents were num-
erous and costly. After all the warm
words of congratulations had been said
the happy couple departed by the night
train for their future home in Syracuse,
N. Y., followed by a host of good
wishes and showers of rice and old
shoes. Among those present and in-
vited to reception were the following;
Misses Stella Patrick, Clara Towne,
Bessie Towne, Mr. Thomas Evans, Mr.
and Mrs. L. F. Towne, Mr. Arthur
Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Will K. Patrick,
Miss Helen B. Thomas, Miss Mame
G. Holly, Mr. A. R. Thomas, Mr. and
Mrs. E. B. Butler, Rev. and J. A. Mack,
Mrs. Issac Clafin, Mr. Will Clafin,
Miss Alice Clafin, Miss Margaret
Towne, Mrs. Robert Baird, Miss Gertie
Baird, Miss Frank Patrick, Miss Jessie
Patrick, Miss Donna Hills, Mr. and
Mrs Will Clafin, Mr. J. H. Nair, Mr
G. M. Morehouse, Mr. L. L. Lowry,
Mr. George C. Patterson, Mr. and Mrs.
S. A. Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
Painter, Mr. Fred Painter, Miss Har-
riet Painter, Mr. and Mrs. G. W.
Powerll, Mrs. Carrie Spencer, Mr. and
Mrs. Bert Jones, Mr. and Mrs. John
White, Mrs. John Houston, Miss
Mary Houston, Miss Jessie Houston,
Mr. Will Hewey, Mr. Ed Bennett, Mr
Ed. Hasbrook, rev. and Mrs. J. A.
Adams, Mr. Chas. E. Doyle.

Interestingly, none of Joseph’s family who were living in Syracuse, New York attended his wedding (he had divorced his first wife Dec 1886, had two children ages 15 and 11 and his 75 year old mother was living with the family).

Most of the the attendees were from Donna’s family has helped us learn more about her.  In this blog we’re taking a look at those who attended the wedding to see if we can learn more about her ancestry and family relationships:

Thomas Evans (1824-1911) – Donna’s father (find the family in census records & Thomas visits Donna in Syracuse after her marriage.)

Arthur T Evans (1854-1912) – best man was Donna’s brother. (find him in census records.)  He married Mary G Holley in June 1889.

Bessie Houston – bridesmaid, do not think related

Ed Ward Bennett – usher, do not find a relationship

Edward Hasbrook, usher, do not find a relationship

Will Hervey, usher, do not find a relationship

L. F. Towne (1846-????) – listed as Donna’s brother in announcement but was brother-in-law, husband of her sister Stella Jane Evans, lived at 988 Lawndale
avenue

Miss Stella Patrick (1882-1969) – niece, daughter of sister Margaret Elizabeth (Evans) Patrick & her husband Wilbur Knowles Patrick

Miss Clara Towne (1880-1933) – niece, daughter of sister Stella Jane (Evans) Towne

Miss Bessie Towne (1883-????) – niece, daughter of sister Stella Jane (Evans) Towne

Mr & Mrs Will K Patrick – Donna’s sister Margaret Elizabeth (Evans) Patrick (1859-1935) married Wilbur Knowles Patrick (1858-1918)

Miss Helen B Thomas – do not find a relationship

Miss Mame G Holley – future wife of her brother Arthur Thomas Evans – they married June 4, 1889

Mr A. R. Thomas – do not find a relationship

Mr. and Mrs E. B. Butler – do not find a relationship

Rev and J. A. Mack – unsure of relationships

Mrs Issac Clafin – Lucian Towne’s sister Mary Watts Towne.

Mr. Will Clafin – child of Mary Watts Towne

Miss Alice Clafin – child of Mary Watts Towne

Miss Margaret Town – child of Mary Watts Towne

Mrs Robert Baird – husband of Lucian Towne’s sister Agnes Wells Towne

Miss Gertie Baird – child of Lucian Towne’s sister Agnes Wells Towne

Miss Frank Patrick – ??? unsure due to spelling but possibly Wilbur Knowles Patrick’s brother or sister

Miss Jessie Patrick – probably Wilbur Knowles Patrick’s sister

Miss Donna Hills – unsure of relationship

Mr and Mrs Will Clafin –  Lucian Towne’s sister Mary Watts Towne.

Mr J. H. Nair – unsure of relationship

Mr G. M. Morehouse – unsure of relationship

Mr L L Lowry – unsure of relationship

Mr George C Patterson – unsure of relationship

Mr and Mrs S A Tucker – unsure of relationship

Mr Fred Painter – unsure of relationship

Mr and Mrs G W Powell – unsure of relationship

Mrs Carrie Spencer – unsure of relationship

Mr and Mrs Bert Jones – unsure of relationship

Mr and Mrs John White – unsure of relationship

Mrs John Houston – unsure of relationship

Miss Mary Houston – unsure of relationship

Miss Jessie Houston – unsure of relationship

Rev and Mrs J A Adams – minister officiating the wedding

Mr Chas E Doyle – unsure of relationship

Future research may help us identify more relatives or perhaps coworkers of Joseph Edward Shackford who attended the wedding – we’ll make updates if more relationships become apparent and perhaps they will help us learn more about Donna’s ancestry.

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:

“Brilliant Social Event,” Oak Park Reporter, 21 October 1887; Newspaper Archive (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 29 January 2014)

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Sunday’s Obituary – Arthur Evans Shackford of Syracuse, New York (1889-1965) (Blog 39)

Arthur Evans Shackford Arthur Shackford Rites Tomorrow, The Post Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.), 27 April 1965; digital images, Fulton HistoryArthur Shackford

Rites Tomorrow

Arthur E. Shackford, 76,
of 122 Harvard Place died yesterday
at Memorial Hospital after a
short illness.
A native Syracusan, Mr.
Shackford was employed by the
City of Syracuse’s Bureau of
Transportation. He was a for-
mer widely known musician.
He was a member of the Dan-
forth Congregational Church,
the Pastime Athletic club and
a former member of the Citi-
zen’s Club.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
Claire J. Essig Shackford; a
daughter, Mrs Harold Van Bus-
kirk; four grandchildren and
seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m.
tomorrow at the John Wysocki
Funeral Home, 1066 W. Gen-
esee St., the Rev. Howard
Horn officiating. Burial will be
in Morningside Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 4
and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the
funeral home.

Arthur Evans Shackford, my great-uncle was born on January 17, 1889 in Syracuse, New York to Joseph Edward and Donna Lovilla (Evans) Shackford. He performed in a piano recital at the age of 14, graduated from Brighton Grammar school, and was working as a clerk at the age of 19 in 1908.

Arthur married Josephine Clara Essig on January 2, 1912.  They lived in Syracuse and Niagara where he worked as a clerk, a gear cutter, an inspector at a gem shop, a clerk in a clothing store, a salesman, an inspector at a factory, at the Smith & Corona Typewriter company, and at Syracuse’s Bureau of Transportation.

Arthur’s obituary says he was also a musician.  Our only reference to his music is a mention that he conducted a jazz orchestra in 1919 — it would be nice to know what type of musician he was and where he performed!

CHILDREN:

Marion Donna Shackford (1913-1947) – married Thomas Francis King

Alice Josephine Shackford (1914-2009) – married Harold Ernest Van Buskirk

Mary Eloise Shackford (1917-1918)

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:

“#601 Arthur Evans Shackford,” 13 October 1925; typed manuscript, Shackford Manuscript, SG SGA5; Shackford collection by Samuel Burnham Shackford; New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

1892 New York State Census, Onondaga County, population index, Syracuse, Ward 11, Page 4, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 28 November 2013)

1900 United States Federal Census, Onondaga County, New York, population schedule, Syracuse City, Ward 19, enumeration district (ED) Supervisors District No 12, Enumeration District No 161, B, Sheet Np 6, House No 210, Dwelling 121, Family 128, Joseph E Shackford head; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 July 2013).

1905 New York State Census, New York County, population schedule, Onadaga, Syracuse, Page 14, 210 West Beard St, Joseph Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 1 August 2018).

1910 United States Federal Census, Onondaga County, New York, population schedule, Syracuse City, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 189, Sheet No 9A, 210 Beard Avenue, Visited No 175, Family No 190, Joseph E Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 November 2013).

1915 New York Census, Onondoga County, New York, population census, Syracuse, Ward 13, page 26, Arthur Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 December 2013).

1920 United States Federal Census, Onondaga County, New York, population schedule, Syracuse City, Ward 13, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 186, Sheet 8 A, ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ).

1930 United States Federal Census, Niagara County, New York, population schedule, Niagara Falls, Second Ward, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 32-40, Sheet No 3B, ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com :

1940 United States Federal Census, Onondaga County, New York, population schedule, Syracuse City, Ward 12, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 66-171, Sheet No 7A, dwelling 148,, Thomas F King; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 December 2013).

“Arthur Shackford Rites Tomorrow,” The Post Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.), 27 April 1965; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com/ : accessed 7 February 2019).

“ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT BY STAR SOCIAL CLUB,” The Post Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.), 21 October 1919; digital images, Fulton History (http://fultonhistory.com/ : accessed 10 February 2019).

“OUT OF GRAMMAR SCHOOL,” The Syracuse Herald (Syracuse, New York), 1904, can’t see date; FultonHistory (http://fultonhistory.com : accessed 10 February 2019).

“PIANO RECITAL,” The Syracuse Journal, 19 June 1903; Fulton History(http://www.fultonhistory.com : accessed 9 February 2019).

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com (www/ancestry.com : accessed 29 January 2019), Arthur E Shackford; 1908, Syracuse.

“U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 February 2019), Arthur Evans Shackford.

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Amariah Bemis married Sally Shumway 25 Jun 1809 in Oxford, Massachusetts (Blog 38)

Amariah Bemis, my fourth great grandfather was born November 21, 1785 in Paxton, Massachusetts, the son of Abijah and Mary (Pike) Bemis.  He married Sally Shumway, the daughter of Ebenezer and Comfort (White) Shumway on June 25, 1809 in Oxford, Massachusetts.

Amariah Bemis m Sally Shumway Massachusetts and Vital Records

Amariah lived in Strafford, Connecticut, Wilbraham Massachusetts where he worked as a farmer, with his son Amariah Nelson Bemis in Oxford, New York, and in Wautoma, Wisconsin where he was retired and living with his son-in-law, Gardner Stratton.  Amariah’s wife Sally died on July 30, 1861 in Springfield,  Massachusetts.  He died on January 6, 1876 and was buried in Camp Cemetery in Pontiac, Illinois.

We wish we knew more about Amariah, all we know is that he  and Sally raised many successful children:

Clarissa S Bemis (1809-1902) married Gardner Stratton

Sally Miranda Bemis (1811-1891) married Daniel Dudley

Amariah Nelson Bemis (1814-1897) married Lucinda Backus – he was a well known farmer and raised stock in Esmen, Illinois [my ancestor]

Mary Bemis (1817-1892) married Lorin Cone Collins

Charles Shumway Bemis married Mary Ann Murphy – of Brattleboro, Vermont and Rochester, Michigan, major paper manufacturer

Judith Comfort Bemis (1822-1831)

Isaac Slayton Bemis (1824-1894) married Mary M Hudson, patternmaker

Abijah Bemis (1829-????)

I have DNA matches to at least three of the descendants of Amariah’s children.

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SOURCES:

1820 United States Federal Census, Tolland County, Connecticut, population schedule, Stafford, Amariah Bemis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 December 2018).

1830 United States Federal Census, Tolland County, Connecticut, population schedule, , Amariah Bemis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 December 2018).

1850 United States Federal Census, Hampden County, Massachusetts, population schedule, Wilbraham, page 70, dwelling 299, family 315, Amariah Bemis; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 13 December 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).

Cone William Whitney, Some Account of the Cone Family in America, Principally of the Descendants of Daniel Cone, who Settled in Haddam, Connecticut, in 1662 (Topeka, Kansas: Crane & Company, 1903), page 86-87; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 July 2018.

Draper Thomas Waln-Morgan, Col, The Bemis History and Genealogy Being an Account, in Greater Part of the Descendants of Joseph Bemis of Watertown, Mass. (San Francisco: The Stanley-Taylor Co, 1900), page 108-9; digital images, Google (http://play.google.com : accessed 3 August 2018.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, , Amariah Bemis m Sally Shumway, 25 June 1809; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed ); Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, , Sally Bemis, ; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 December 2018); Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Livingston County, Ill.; Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County, Together with Portraits and Biographies of All the Govenors of Illinois, and of the Presidents of the United States (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1888), page 300-301; digital images, Archive.Org (www.archive.org : accessed 28 July 2018.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Oakland County, Michigan.; Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Oakland County, Michigan and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County Together with Portraits and Biographies of all the Presidents of the United States and Govenors of the State (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1891), page 347-348; digital images, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 13 December 2018.

Rice Franklin P., Vital Records of Oxford, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849 (Worcester, Massachustts: Franklin P. Rice, 1905), page 133; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 13 December 2018.

Shumway Ashahel Adams, Genealogy of the Shumway Family in the United States (New York: Tobias A Wright, 1909), page 143; digital images, Google Books (https://books.google.com : accessed 8 January 2018.

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Ada Kate (English) Densmore Founded Duluth’s Children’s Welfare League of Morgan Park (Blog 37)

Ada Kate English, my second great grandmother was the first child of John English and Philena Ninetta Carpenter.  She born around April 1854 in Newcastle, Canada (the only source for her birth date is the 1900 census, the location is from her marriage record).

On June 28, 1877, Ada married Levi Benson Densmore, a farmer. They lived in Canada until 1882 when they moved to Michigan where Levi worked as a dry goods merchant.  In 1902 they moved to Ann Arbor where their daughter Ada May was attending the University of Michigan.  Levi & Ada moved back to Harbor Springs in 1903.  In December 1903, while Levi was walking from the train to his brother’s funeral in Reed City, he was paralyzed.  He died a little over a year later on January 16, 1905.

Ada moved back to Ann Arbor with her daughter Alice.  She  stayed with Alice after her marriage to Harrison Morton Wadsworth and followed them to Duluth, Michigan.  Ada

Mrs A K Densmore Social Activities of the Week at Morgan Park, The Duluth Herald (Duluth, Minnesota), 3 March 1917

The Duluth Herald (Duluth, Minnesota), 3 March 1917

worked as a domiciliary at the hospital and became very active in the Ladies Guild, the women of Morgan Park, and The West Duluth Study club.  In November 1916 the group helped form a Children’s Welfare Society and elected Mrs Ada K Densmore president of the society.  The society held monthly educational meetings with presentations by students, teachers, and musical performances.  They promoted the establishment of children’s playgrounds, supported medical and dental examinations of children, provided lunches for children, and helped organized mothers and teacher’s clubs.  Ada gave talks on Civic Pride, promoted talks on Women in Industry after the War, “Woman’s Part in Reconstruction”, and many other presentations.

In 1929, Ada’s son-in-law Harrison Morton Wadsworth was burned in an accident at the Steel Mill and died in 1931.   Her daughter Alice moved to Miami with her three children, the eldest who was attending college there.  Ada moved to the Lutheran Home for the Aged in Grand Rapids.  We believe she died there in 1943.  She was buried next to her husband in Reed City, Michigan.

Ada who was widowed at the age of 50 supported two daughters after her husband’s death, one, my great grandmother who graduated from the University of Michigan in 1904.  After her youngest daughter was married, in addition to earning a living, she worked in her new community of Duluth to ensure quality programs for children and parents and ensured continuing education of herself and other women in her community.

CHILDREN:

Ada May Densmore (1878-1889)

Harriet Marion Densmore (1879-????) – married Francis Philip Amo in 1901 who she divorced in 1906

Eleanor Philena Agnes Densmore (1881-1965) – graduated from the University of Michigan in 1904, married Edward Chace Greene, author of Panama Sketches

Alice E Densmore (1890-1979) – married Harrison Morton Wadsworth

Research questions:  Why did Levi move from Canada to Michigan?  Can we find Ada’s birth record?  When did Ada die and can we find Ada’s death record?  Also where did Ada’s daughter Harriet move after her divorce and when did she die?

This research about Ada Kate (my second great grandmother) was initiated due to some wonderful collaboration from other relatives of Ada Kate (English) Densmore who we wish to thank for their sharing and collaboration!

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 as that helps share the post with others. Thanks!

SOURCES:

1861 Census, Ontario, population schedule, Marysburgh, Prince Edward, Page 59-60, No 49, John English; digital images, MyHeritage Library Edition(https://myheritagelibraryedition.com : accessed 27 February 2018).

1871 Census, Quebec, population schedule, St Patrick, Montcalm, Page 53, dwelling 164, family 164, John English; digital images, MyHeritage Library Edition(https://myheritagelibraryedition.com : accessed 27 February 2018).

1881 Census, Ontario, population schedule, , Page 50-51, dwelling 246, family 262 (corrected in pencil), Levi B Densmore; digital images, MyHeritage Library Edition(https://myheritagelibraryedition.com : accessed 3 October 2018).

1900 United States Federal Census, Osceola County, Michigan, population schedule, Richmond Township, Village of Reed City, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 156, Sheet No 11, dwelling 234, family 236, Banson L Densmore; digital images, FamilySearch(http://familysearch.org : accessed 20 September 2014).

1910 United States Federal Census, Washtenaw County, Michigan, population schedule, Ann Arbor, enumeration district (ED) 120, Sheet No 7B, 526 Church St, dwelling No 192, family 220, Ada K Densmore; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 October 2018).

1920 United States Federal Census, St Louis County, Minnesota, population schedule, Duluth, enumeration district (ED) 138, Sheet No 15A, Ada K Dinsmore; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 October 2018).

1930 United States Federal Census, St Louis County, Minnesota, population schedule, Duluth, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 69-42, Sheet No 7A, 104 stamped, dwelling 141, family 143, Harrison Wadsworth; digital images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 20 September 2014).

“Condensed News of Michigan,” Traverse City Evening Record (Traverse City, Michigan), 9 December 1903; digital images, Newspaper Archive(https://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 27 March 2018).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 21 February 2018), Ada K Densmore.

“Michigan, Death Records, 1867-195,” images, Ancestry.com(http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 March 2016), Levi B Densmore.

“Mooreville,” The Saline (Saline, Michigan), 13 October 1898; digital images, Michigan Newspapers(https://digmichnews.cmich.edu : accessed 19 October 2018).

“Morgan Park,” The Duluth Herald (Duluth, Minnesota), 27 May 1916; digital images, Minnesota Newspapers(http:/mnhs.org : accessed 18 October 2018).

Ontario, Canada “Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928,” index, Ancestry.ca(http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 26 January 2014), Levi Benson Densmore m Ada English.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZBJ-9T1 : accessed 26 January 2014), Levi Benson Densmore m Ada English 28 Jun 1877.

The Duluth Herald (Duluth, Minnesota), 10 June 1916; digital images, Minnesota Newspapers(http:/mnhs.org : accessed 18 October 2018).

The Duluth Herald (Duluth, Minnesota), 18 November 1916; digital images, Minnesota Newspapers(http:/mnhs.org : accessed 18 October 2018).

“The West Duluth Study club,” The Duluth Herald (Duluth, Minnesota), 6 December 1919; digital images, Minnesota Newspapers(http:/mnhs.org : accessed 18 October 2018).

“U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995,” database, Ancestry.com(www/ancestry.com : accessed 19 October 2018), L Benson Densmore; 1902, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Sunday’s Obituary – Rev John English (1824-1903) (Blog 36)

Rev John English, my third great grandfather was born Jan 1824 in London, Ontario, the son of Noble F. and Elizabeth (Forsyth) English.  In 1848 he was a preacher received on trial in Cobourg and served in Mahahide, Brantford, Simcoe.  In 1852 he was appointed to the Newcastle District and also married Philena Ninetta Carpenter.

John then served in Stoney Creek, Grimsby, Milford, Marysburgh, Madoc, St Patrick before settling in Cobourg.  Many of John’s 10 children moved across Canada and into the United States.  He was returning from a trip to British Columbia visiting his son John enroute to seeing his daughters in Michigan when he died suddenly at Fort William.  I recently traveled to northern British Columbia and Alberta and spent some time thinking about what this journey must have been like in 1903 when this 79 year old gentleman and his wife traveled to visit their son.

This beautiful obituary was graciously is part of a set of family clippings kept by one of John’s other descendants who gave me permission to share it in this blog.  I’m still searching for the source of the newspaper article.

IMG_20180325_153611450 Obituary John English

Death of Rev. John English
Last week we stated that a telegram was
received on Thursday announcing the death
of Rev. John English, at Fort William.
The deceased with his wife had been visit-
ing their son in British Columbia, and re-
turning were about to visit their children
in the State of Michigan. While at Fort
William he went into the office of the
Queen’s Hotel, and while enquiring of the
clerk about a boat for Houghton, Mich., he
sank down, and expired without pain and
before a doctor could be obtained. The
deceased was born in London, Ont., and was
at the time of his death 79 years and 7
months old. He was in the active ministry
26 ears, his first circuit being Newcatle.
He was superannuated about 30 years ago,
and built a residence at Hull’s Corners,
where he has since resided, except for a short
time. He was well known to our citizens,
was a constant attendant, when here, at the
Methodist Church, and his earnest piety
and social disposition was apparent to all
who had his acquaintence. He lived an
earnest and peaceful life, and though death
came suddenly, it found him ready to an-
swer the Master’s call; and to enter into
that rest that remaineth to the people of
God. The remains arrived ehre on the even-
ing train on Saturday last, and were
taken to his late home on College Street.
The service at the house on Monday morn-
ing was a very solemn and impressive one,
and was conducted by the pastor of the
Methodist Church, Rev. H. T. Lewis, as-
sisted by Rev. Dr. Reynar and Rev. J. C.
Wilson, of Newcastle. A number of favor-
ite hymns were sung, prayer was offered by
Rev. J. A. Jewell, of ZCamborne, and anad-
dress touching on the life, work and death of
the deceased was made by rev. Dr. Reynar.
Rev. J. C. Wilson spoke as follows:-“I
desire a few minutes of your time. I have
come to place on the bier of our dear brother
a wrieth of love and tenderest regard. It
is with very peculiar feelings I stand here
to-day. In the year 1852 the Newcastle
Circuit was formed, the Rev. John English
being appointed its first superintendent.
He came alone and preached the first Sun-
day and announced he would be absent
the following Sunday. When he returned
he brought with him his loving bride. The
first two years of their married life were
spent on the Newcastle Circuit. His labors
were owned of God. I was then a lad of
twelve years and from the first his preach-
ing and the influence when he visited at my
father’s house made a very deep impression
upon my youthful mind, and had much to
do with moulding my character There was
an entirety about his preaching that took
hold of my conscience, as no preaching had
ever done before. One sermon from the
text, Psalm 49, 8: “For the Redemption
of their Soul is precious, and it ceaseth for-
ever.” I can never forget that sermon;
even now I fancy I see his face and hear his
solemn earnest voice. During his first year
on the circuit he took six of my father’s
family into the church; three boys and
three girls; all on the same day. The three
boys all went into the Methodist ministry.
Another young man whom he took into the
church during that pastorate also went into
the ministry, making four young men whom
he took into the church that year, who be-
came ministers, an event I think unique in
the experience of any minister. When I
saw in the paper of his sudden call to his
home above, I felt that I must come to his
funeral, and place this wreath on the bier of
my spiritual father. When at the end of
the second year he left the Newcastle circuit,
I experienced a sence of breavement. A
few weeks after they had gone I went to
the house in which they had lived. It was
unoccupied. The flowers they had planted
were blooming, but they were not there,
and such a feeling of loneliness came over
me ; such as I have never known before.
When I came to Cobourg fifteen years ago
as pastor of one of the churches, our friend-
ship was renewed, and the three years were
of the most happy and helpful nature. I
thank God for his life and character. He
is dead but he still speaks. He has left his
companions and children to mourn, but they
have a good hope. The parting will not be
long, soon they shall meet in that sweet
home above, where parting is unknown.
Servant of God, well-done!
Thy glorious warfare’s past;
The battle’s fought, the race is won,
And thou art crowned at last.
The remains were then borne to the hearse
by Revs. Dr. Reynar, J. C. Wilson, of New-
castle, G. W. Nichol and J. Eagen, of Balti-
more, J. A. Jewell, of Camborne and Wm.
Beattie, of Cobourg, and conveyed to the
Union Cemetery, where they were laid
away to await the resurrection morn. He
leaved to mourn his death, his widow, form-
erly a Miss Carpenter, and a daughter of
the late A. B. Carpenter, three sons, John,
of Chilliwack, B. C., Charles, of Columbus,
Ohio, and Ausin, of Cobourg, and four
daughters, Mrs. Densmore, Harbor Springs,
Mich., Mrs. Allen, of Toronto, Mrs. Miller,
Clarkville, Mich., and Mrs. Hays, Michigan.
The family have much sympathy in their
bereavement.

CHILDREN:

Ada Kate English (1854-1943) – married Levi Benson Densmore.  Moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan [my ancestral line]

Augusta English (1854-1938) – married Francis J Allen.  Moved to Cleveland, Ohio.

Austin Carpenter English (1856-1947) – married Bessie Sheeley Sellman.  Moved to Ohio in 1907.

Agnes Philena English (1858-1944) – married Ward Beecher Miller.  Moved to Michigan, Ohio, then Florida.

John English (1860-1959) – married Mary Mildred Kerr.  Moved to British Columbia.

Charles Forsythe English (1861-1928) – married Frances Lewis & Amelia Jane Brown.  Moved to Columbus, Ohio.

Minnie English (1864-1869)

Margaret English (1866-1943) – married Thomas George Hayes. Moved to Michigan

Etta English (1868-1886)

Frederick Arthur Claude English (1874-1891)

Note:  I have DNA matches with three known descendants of John and Philena English ranging from 51 to 26 cm and multiple other shared matches with these folks.  If you are a descendent of this family line and have done a DNA test, please contact me as I’m working to identify more details of our chromosomal match so we can identify some of the more distant ancestral lines of these families.

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:

Cornish George H, Rev, Cyclopaedia of Methodism in Canada: Containing Historical, Educational, and Statistical Information, Dateing From the Beginning of the Work in the Several Provinces of the Dominion of Canada, and Extending to the Annual Conferences of 1990(Toronto: Methodist Book and Publishing House, 1881), oage 243; digital images, HathiTrust(http://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 14 February 2018.

FADEDGEBES A Chronicle of the people of the Methodist Church in Canada(https://krassoc.wordpress.com : accessed 13 March 2018), JOHN ENGLISH – Methodist Minister.

The Minutes of Twelve Annual Conferences of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada from 1846 to 1857 Inclusive, Vol II(Toronto: Anson Green, 1863), 56; digital images, HathiTrust(https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 18 February 2018.

Undated clipping, 1903, from unidentified newspaper; Philena Carpenter English’s Newspaper Clippings; privately held by shared by fellow descendent of her and husband John English.

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