Sarah Ann Cramer (1916-1897), of Bass River and New Gretna, New Jersey, my Third Great Grandmother (Blog 54)

Sarah Ann Cranmer, the daughter of  Daniel S Cramer and Charlotte Loveland was born on June 29, 1816 in Bass River, New Jersey.  She was 16 when she married Darius Cranmer, the son of  Charles Cranmer and Mary Gaskill on January 3, 1833 in Burlington, New Jersey.  In 1850, she and Darius were living in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey where he was working as a laborer and had $600 in personal assets.

Sarah was 43 when Darius died on Sept 17, 1859 leaving her to raise nine children.  She was appointed administratrix and during probate documented personal property valued at $1017.50.  On August 31, 1860 we find Sarah listed as a widow in the census with eight of her nine children (one had married). Sometime thereafter she married Daniel Mathis, a widower and farmer.

Sarah and Daniel were listed in the 1870 census with three of her children who are listed with the last name of Mathis even though the children kept the Cramer name.  By 1880, Sarah’s children had all married and she and Daniel were listed living alone.

Sarah was widowed a second time on January 14, 1890 when Daniel died.  She lived to the age of 80 and died on May 27, 1897 and was buried next to Darius in the Hillside Cemetery in New Gretna, New Jersey.  We are fortunate to be able to share a photo of the gravestone with permission of the photographer, Art Dubell.

Gravestone Darius Cranmer from FindAGrave with permission

Gravestone Darius & Sarah Ann Cramer, photo from FindAGrave used with permission of photographer Arthur Dubell

Gravestone Inscription
FATHER
DARIUS CRAMER
BORN
DEC 8 1808
DIED
SEPT 17.1859
MOTHER
SARAH A CRAMER
BORN
JUNE 29, 1816
DIED
MAY 24, 1897
BLESSED ARE THE DEAD WHICH DIE IN THE LORD

CHILDREN:

Lovina Mariah Cramer (1833-1895) – married Chalkey S Cranmer who died Dec 13, 1855, then married Amasa Mathis.  Lived in New Gretna [my direct ancestor]

Harriet Bishop Cranmer (1835-1836)

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, died before her grandfather wrote his will so is not listed in the will.

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

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

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

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

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

As of May 18, 2020, we have seven DNA matches on Ancestry with descendants of Sarah Ann Cranmer.  Here’s an image from ThruLines.  Note: must have your DNA linked to a tree for a match to show up here.

Sarah Ann Cramer ThruLines May 18 2020

via daughter Lovina M Cramer (my ancestor), none

via son Charles Henry Cranmer, 25 cM, 7 cM

via son Caleb Smith Cramer, 9 cM

via daughter Sarah Ann Cranmer, 10 cM

via daughter Emma M Cranmer, 25 cM

via son Daniel Darius Crammer, 25 cM, 13 cM

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).

Family Bible Record of Darius Cramer/Cranmer of New Jersey, Mr Darius Cramner Bible, unsure (n.p.: n.p., n.d.), owner digital copy from Historical Society in New Jersey, . still trying to learn provenance.

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 Department of State Death Records, June 1878 – December 1900 (https://wwwnet-dos.state.nj.us/ : accessed 14 January 2019), Sarah A Mathis.

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

Copyright 2020  Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere.

Eli Mathis (1805-1882) of Little Egg Harbor and Bass River New Jersey, my Third Great Grandfather (Blog 53)

I’ve been struggling with this blog because there are limited sources mentioning Eli Mathis and some of the shared information conflicts other information.  Eli is identified as #7013 on page 148 of Murray and Jean Harris’ book The Mathis Family of Little Egg Harbor.  Unfortunately we haven’t found any sources to confirm the information in this wonderful book other than census records which do show the named children.  We’d love to learn more from anyone else interested in Eli.

Eli Mathis was most likely the son of Amasa and Margaret (Brewer) Mathis and was most born about 1805 in Little Egg Town, New Jersey.   Harris says his first wife was Mary Smith? who was most likely the mother of his six children.   We find Eli in Little Egg Harbor in 1840 with six children – one girl and five boys.  We suspect Mary Smith? Mathis died before early 1849 as he married Mary (Adams) Mathis on April 12, 1849.

1850 Census Eli MathisIn 1850 Eli was living in Little Egg Harbor with the occupation of a farmer with wife Mary and children Amasa, Reuben, Margaret, Jesse, William, and Eli.  He was also listed in the 1860 census with the occupation of master farmer. In 1870 he is still working as a farmer and lists his property value at $2000 and in 1880 he is listed as age 78 – with an occupation of “old age”.

We believe that Eli died on April 24, 1882 in Bass River and that a small obituary was published in the New Jersey Mirror on May 10, 1882.  We’ve ordered the death record for this date which for some reason is mentioned as Elizabeth Mathis (Male).  When the Burlington Library reopens, we’ll see if we can get a copy of the obituary.

Children:

Margaret Mathis (1830-1930) – married William G Adams

Amasa Mathis (1831-1905) – farmer, married Lovina M Cramer & Sarah Loveland – my ancestor

Reuben Mathis (1833-1881) – farmer, lived in Bass River, married Mary Seeman

Jesse S Mathis (1835-1896) – moved to Queens, New York, huckster, married Julia Ann Hyde

William H Mathis (1835-1898) – lived in Bass River, married Mary Elizabeth Cramer and Lovina Cranmer

Eli Mathis (1838-1917) – lived in Bass River and Atlantic City, married Mary Jane Sooy

I have DNA matches with multiple descendent of Eli Mathis.  At this time I can verify all the trees shown in Ancestry’s ThruLines for Eli’s descendants.  If you are a descendent of Eli and have had a DNA test done, I’d love to hear from you!

Amasa Mathis (my ancestor), 8 cM

Jesse S Mathis – 20 cM, 19 cM, 12 cM, 8 cM (these four people are very closely related)

Eli Mathis – 20 cM, 11 cM

We have four research questions regarding Amasa

  1. Did the researchers of the book The Mathis Family of Little Egg Harbor keep copies of the sources they used related to Eli, specifically are there any sources related to Eli’s first wife Mary Smith?
  2. Are land records of the property owned by Eli available for review (need to continue searching)
  3. Is Eli’s  probate record available (have searched)?
  4. How can we get access to the New Jersey Mirror, May 10, 1882 to find a copy of Eli’s obituary (may have to wait until libraries can open)?
  5. Is this Eli Mathis, the same Eli Mathis mentioned as attending a Quaker meeting in Little Egg Harbour in May 1831 (he would have been 26 at the time)?

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.

SOURCES:

1840 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, , Eli Mathis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2018).

1850 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Little Egg Harbor, page 775 (penned), 388 (stamped), dwelling 273, Eli Mathis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 January 2018).

1860 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Egg Harbor Township, Page No 57, dwelling 406, family 423, Eli Mathis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2018).

1870 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Bass River, Page No 13, dwelling 99, family 99, Eli Mathis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 January 2018).

1880 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Bass River, enumeration district (ED) 1st, Page No 5th, dwelling 46, Eli Mathis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 January 2018).

Burlington County Library System Newspapers (http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/newspapers : accessed 14 April 2020), Eli Mathis, New Jersey Mirror, May 10, 1882.

Harris Murray and Jean, The Mathis Family of Little Egg Harbor (Gloucester: Gloucester County Historical Society, 1987), page 148.

“New Jersey, Deaths and Burials Index, 1798-1971,” database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 January 2018), Eli Mathis.

New Jersey Department of State Marriage Records, May 1848 – May 1878 (https://wwwnet-dos.state.nj.us/ : accessed 14 January 2019), Eli Mathis m Mary Mathis.

“U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935,” digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 April 2020), Eli Mathis.

Copyright 2020 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere)

Amasa Mathis (1831-1905), Bass River, New Jersey Farmer, my Second Great Grandfather (Blog 52)

Writing about Amasa Mathis was complicated because multiple sources listed his mother as a Mary Adams who married his father in 1849, 18 years after his birth.  However the book “The Mathis Family of Little Egg Harbor” indicated that Amasa Mathis’ parents were Eli Mathis and Mary Smith?.  Unfortunately, the book contains no sources so we can’t verify this information but perhaps with time we can find a source or a DNA link that helps verify Amasa’s mother.

We find records showing Amasa with his father Eli and siblings in the 1850 census in Little Egg Harbor working as a waterman.  On January 25, 1857 he married Lavina M Cramer, daughter of Darius and Sarah Ann (Cramer) Cramer, and widow of Chalkey Cramer at the Tuckerton Methodist Church.  He is listed in the 1860 census in Egg Harbor Township as a master farmer with two young children, registered for the draft on July 1, 1863, and paid tax for money he earned as a peddler on June 1865.

By 1870, Amasa had property in Bass River valued at $2100 and his family had grown to six children. By 1880 they had added Daniel C Mathis, my ancestor to their family.  Lovina died on January 19, 1894 – her death was recorded in the New Jersey Mirror on January 30, 1895.   The 1900 census reflects that Amasa who was now widowed and age 69, was financially well off enough to have a servant helping him out.

On August 10, 1901, Amasa married for the second time, Sarah (Loveland) McKean.  He died four years later on January 17, 1905 and was buried in New Gretna, New Jersey in the Hillside Cemetery.  We are very thankful for gipsie, the photographer of this gravestone for allowing us to use this photo in our blog!

Gravestone Amasa Mathis FindAGrave, permission granted for use

Gravestone Amasa Mathis from Find A Grave – permission received from photographer, gipsie,  for use in this blog

AMASA MATHIS
1831 – 1905
A PLACE IS VACANT IN OUR HOME
WHICH NEVER CAN BE FILLED

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amasa’s estate went into Probate on 2 March 1905.  The executors were his two sons John M Mathis and William E Mathis.  We haven’t found a copy of the probate records yet but will continue searching.

CHILDREN:

John Henry Mathis (1857-1915) – married Elizabeth I Prince

William E Mathis (1860-1933) – married Esther E Leek

Amasa E Mathis (1862-1939) – married Sarah E Brown and Susie Strickland

Mary Elizabeth Mathis (1864-1947) – married George Oscar Hickman

Sarah A Mathis (1868-1917) – married Charles Arthur Abe Brewer

Daniel Cramer Mathis (1875-1955) – married Mary Emma Patterson, my ancestor

I have one very small DNA match with one descendent of Amasa Mathis who descended from Mary Elizabeth Mathis – 8 cM.  If you are a descendent of Amasa and have had a DNA test done, I’d love to hear from you!

We have three research questions regarding Amasa

  1. Did the researchers of the book The Mathis Family of Little Egg Harbor keep copies of the sources they used and if so, are these available for review? 
  2. Are land records of the property owned by Amasa available for review
  3. Is it possible to review Amasa’s probate records? 

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.

SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Little Egg Harbor, page 775 (penned), 388 (stamped), dwelling 273, Eli Mathis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 January 2018).

1860 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Egg Harbor Township, Page No 51, dwelling 369, family 387, Amasa Mathis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 June 2018).

1870 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Bass River, Page No 15, dwelling 105, family 105, Amasa Mathis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 January 2018).

1880 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Bass River, enumeration district (ED) 10, Page No 4, dwelling 32, Amasa Mathis; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 January 2018).

1885 New Jersey State Census, Burlington County, Bass River, dwelling 54, family 59, Amasa Mathis; digital images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : accessed 9 June 2018).

1900 United States Federal Census, Burlington County, New Jersey, population schedule, Bass River, enumeration district (ED) 1, Sheet No 4, house 82 dwelling 85; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 27 January 2018).

Burlington County Library System Newspapers (http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/newspapers : accessed 16 January 2019), New Jersey Mirror, Lovinia M. Mathis, wife of Amasa Mathis.

Burlington County Library System Newspapers (http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/newspapers : accessed 16 January 2019), Amasa Mathis m Sarah L McKean.

Burlington County Library System Newspapers (http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/newspapers : accessed 16 January 2019), Amasa Mathis.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 30 July 2017), Amasa Mathis, Find A Grave Memorial# 75956516.

Harris Murray and Jean, The Mathis Family of Little Egg Harbor (Gloucester: Gloucester County Historical Society, 1987), page 151, #7024, Amasa Mathis.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 30 July 2017), Amasa Mathis, Find A Grave Memorial# 75956516.

New Jersey Department of State Marriage Records, May 1848 – May 1878 (https://wwwnet-dos.state.nj.us/ : accessed 13 January 2019).

“New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988,” database, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 12 January 2019), Lairna M Mathis.

“U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 August 2017), Amasa Mathis

Copyright 2020 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere)

27 Shared DNA Matches with David Kilborn’s Descendants (Blog 51)

DNA matches with Kilborn ancestors led to hints – then sources – (wills and land records) that helped prove that William Kilborn was the father of my ancestor Jane (Kilborn) Evans.   In this post, I review the shared DNA matches I have with descendents of my fourth great grandfather, David Kilborn — currently 27 (there are more but these are individuals who have linked their DNA with a tree that connects back to David or in some cases to a sibling whose tree connects to David.  In some cases I don’t know why Ancestry doesn’t see the connection….).

For each of these 27 cousins that are showing up in ThruLines I reviewed sources and verified their trees verifying our relationships (except the few with private trees).  I then flushed out my Ancestry tree to link it to their living ancestors.  In many cases I’ve been communicating with them as I hunt for others who would like to collaborate in researching David Kilborn. Who knows – perhaps someone in one of these families inherited a family Bible that has more information about David and his children?

Here’s a copy of Ancestry’s ThruLines Relationship Tree for David Kilborn followed by the list of descendents.

David Kilborn Thrulines Relationships

ThruLine List for David KilbornAncestry ThruLines did a very good job of showing the 27 DNA matches I have with other descendents of David Kilborn who have linked themselves to their tree in Ancestry.  Mary Bricea Kilborn is in the tree twice due to a minor error in the tree added by her descendent and the unnamed Kilburn is a duplicate of WILLIAM KILBORN, my ancestor – believe this will flush out to look like a correct tree of the family members with whom I have DNA matches if the owners of these trees fix glitches or flush out their trees.

David Kilborn DNA Matches via Mary Bricea Kilborn names blocked outI clicked on the down arrow to the right of Mary Bricea Kilburn and Mary Bricea Kilborn and am sharing the image shown with the names and pictures of these individuals blocked out for their privacy.  It’s interesting to see the variation of centimorgans shared with the same relationships – from 43 cM to 8 cM.

Hopefully my matches with David’s descendents will increase over time as more individuals complete a DNA test and link their DNA to a tree that shows themselves.

If you are a descendent of David Kilborn and have your DNA with Ancestry, I’d be interested in knowing who is showing up as a shared match with you in ThruLines or would just love to hear from you!  Also I’d love to hear from you if your DNA is in FamilyTreeDNA or GEDMatch as I’d be interested in learning what chromosomes are being shared via David’s lines.

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.

Copyright 2020 Joanne Shackford Parkes  (sharing a link to this post is appreciated but please do not copy this material and paste it elsewhere)