Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Birthdays from my tree Week of October 22, 2014

23 Oct 1963: Connie Casselman [share tree]
23 Oct 1852: Develia Cleland [share tree]
23 Oct 1890: Clarence Miller [share tree]
24 Oct 1962: Scott Denny [share tree]
24 Oct 1974: Keith Mulawka [share tree]
24 Oct 1899: Peter Szafranski [share tree]
25 Oct 1915: Max Caldwell [share tree]
25 Oct 1984: Joshua DeVries [share tree]
25 Oct 1970: Kevin Easter [share tree]
25 Oct 1926: Barbara Mills [share tree]
25 Oct 1934: Charles Wilson [share tree]
26 Oct 1952: George Cheeseman [share tree]
26 Oct 1880: William Cleland [share tree]
26 Oct 1965: Dawn Conte [share tree]
26 Oct 1946: Gregory Magee [share tree]
26 Oct 1961: Matthew Magee [share tree]
26 Oct 1957: Gail McConnell [share tree]
26 Oct 1855: Joseph McLaughlin [share tree]
27 Oct 1903: Florence E. Arter [share tree]
27 Oct 1971: Candice Fosbery [share tree]
27 Oct 1886: Elmer Noise [share tree]
27 Oct 1960: Donna Stevens [share tree]
27 Oct 1966: Sandra Symes [share tree]
27 Oct 1965: Brett Towne [share tree]
28 Oct 1953: Susan Benoit [share tree]
28 Oct 1966: Michael Countryman [share tree]
28 Oct 1983: Yvonne Countryman [share tree]
28 Oct 1954: Christine Lincoln [share tree]
28 Oct 1876: Laura Spitler [share tree]
28 Oct 1904: Peter Turton [share tree]
28 Oct 2004: Karstyn Walters [share tree]
29 Oct 1885: Maud Bibler [share tree]
29 Oct 1869: Martin Jeruzal [share tree]
29 Oct 1733: Rachel Pickard [share tree]
29 Oct 1938: Joseph Yagar [share tree]

Monday, October 20, 2014

Grandpa Charles

Until last week I had almost no information past my father on my paternal line.  Now I go back to 1850 Germany with Vallentine (Valentine) Harris.
Michael F. Harris (1970's- )
 son of Harold Francis Harris (22 Aug 1938 - 31 Oct 1993)
    son of Charles W Harris (06 Oct 1917 - 04 Apr 2006)
      son of Henry Harris (10 Feb 1894 - )
        son of Vallentine Harris (1850 - 05 Mar 1929)
          son of [G-G-G-Grandfather?]

This past week I have found that my grandfather Charles W Harris had 4 wives but my father was his only child.  I would like to know what motivated him to leave his wife and new born and remarry 3 times in 12 years.  It lists the first 3 marriages as ending in divorce.  I have not found any information yes on one of the previous marriages but will keep looking.

Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959, index and images, FamilySearch (httpsfamilysearch.orgpalMM9.3.1TH-1961-31694-14246-52cc=1410397  accessed 21 Oct 2014), Wayne  1950-1950 Volume.jpg

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brick by brick

Brick by brick the walls come down. I wrote about my grandfather Charles Harris here.  I took time away to do other research and decided to come back.  Sunday very early, I believe I found him in Find a Grave.

Charles W. Harris
Birth: Oct. 6, 1917
Fairfield County
Ohio, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 2006
Fairfield County
Ohio, USA

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife Josephine (Mascola) Harris; one sister, Betty Muckersturm.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Marie (Snyder) Harris; one son, Harold Harris; one sister, Helen Boso; one brother, Ralph Harris. 
Forest Rose Cemetery
Fairfield County
Ohio, USA

The problem is my grandmother is not listed as his wife, but my father Harold is listed as his son. They divorced young.  My father and his mom lived with her parents when Harold was 1.  So he did not get a chance to know his father well.

But, this is new information and his parents are listed so I will have more searching to do.  Someday I will need to go to Ohio and research on site.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Who are you George Reid?

I'm continuing to look into my wife's Countryman line.  In the book Jacob Countryman, United Empire Loyalist; Ancestors and Descendants in Canada and the United States I find the information below.  The great granddaughter of Jacob, Julia, married David Reid and had 13 children according to information available at the time the book was published.  They did not have access to the later Canadian Census.  I was able to find and review the 1901 and 1911 Census and found that George Reid was listed as a grandchild both times and not a child.  I think he may have been raised as a son of a deceased parent.  So far I have not found his parent or all of the death dates and spouses.  Was he the son of a male that was killed in a war or was his mother unwed at the time?  There is also another daughter born around the time George was born.  So Julia and Davis still had 13 children but also one grandchild that lived with them.

Julia A. COUNTRYMAN .William3, .Jacob2, .Jacob1) was born 1852 in
Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario. She was the daughter of William COUNTRYMAN and Barbara "Barbary" REID. Julia died 18 May 1914 in Prescott, Ontario, at the age of 62, and was buried 20 May 1914 in Johnstown Cemetery, Edwardsburgh, Ontario. She married David REID 1872/1873 in Johnstown, Ontario. He was born 1839 in Johnstown, Edwardsburgh, Ontario. He was the son of John REID. David died 4 March 1917 in Brockville, Ontario, at the age of 78, and was buried 7 March 1917 in Johnstown Cemetery, Edwardsburgh, Ontario.

They had 13 children:

f i. Bertha REID, born 4 April 1874 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.
f ii. Barbara REID, born about 1877 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.
m iii. William REID, born about 1879 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.
f iv. Mary Jane REID, born about 1880 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.
f v. Minnie REID, born about 1881 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.
m vi. James REID, born about 1882 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.
f vii. Nellie REID, born 1883 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario, died 7 November 1901 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario, at the age of 18, and was buried in Johnstown Cemetery, Edwardsburgh, Ontario.
m viii. David REID, born about 1886 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.
f ix. Ruby REID, born in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.
m x. Herbert REID, born about 1888 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.
m xi. Frank REID, born 1890 in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.
m xii. George REID, born in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.  George and John were born after the 1891 census.
m xiii. John REID, born in Edwardsburgh twp, Grenville, Ontario.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Birthdays from my tree Week of October 15, 2014

15 Oct 1884: Catherine Glowczewski [share tree]
16 Oct 1952: Karen Bressette [share tree]
16 Oct 1989: Courtney Countryman [share tree]
16 Oct 1939: Marcel DesForges [share tree]
16 Oct 1926: Eugene Janusz [share tree]
16 Oct 1905: Earl Chester McLaughlin [share tree]
16 Oct 1886: Leon Popielski [share tree]
16 Oct 1918: Alice Russell [share tree]
16 Oct 1974: Christopher Williams [share tree]
17 Oct 1986: Jason Countryman [share tree]
17 Oct 1898: Mary Countryman [share tree]
17 Oct 1890: John Joseph Kleman [share tree]
17 Oct 1937: Joyce Polly [share tree]
17 Oct 1968: Deborah Richards [share tree]
18 Oct 1956: Catherine Countryman [share tree]
18 Oct 1865: George Countryman [share tree]
18 Oct 1799: Joseph Emfield [share tree]
18 Oct 1955: Michaeline Llewellyn [share tree]
18 Oct 1948: Judith Wilson [share tree]
18 Oct 1877: Mary Elizabeth Wilson [share tree]
19 Oct 1873: Gijsbertus Jacobus Blokhuis [share tree]
19 Oct 1897: Phyllis Linnen [share tree]
19 Oct 1949: Paul Stevens [share tree]
19 Oct 1992: Nathan Toltesi [share tree]
20 Oct 1920: Mary Milazzo [share tree]
20 Oct 1886: David Reid [share tree]
21 Oct 1821: Jonathan Dresbach [share tree]
21 Oct 1946: Dennis Easter [share tree]
21 Oct 1961: Gregory Easter [share tree]
21 Oct 1859: William Martin [share tree]
21 Oct 1984: Katie Nedow [share tree]
21 Oct 1961: Scott Symes [share tree]
21 Oct 1720: Margaretha Weber [share tree]
22 Oct 1923: William Christie [share tree]
22 Oct 1959: Robert Countryman [share tree]
22 Oct 1961: Maria Denny [share tree]
22 Oct 1955: Michael Necovski [share tree]
22 Oct 1930: Sally Zeigler [share tree]

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday Night Fun Grandfathers

For the original Saturday Night Fun go to:
Hey genea-folks, 
it's Saturday Night again, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) What day of the week was your Grandfather born (either one)? Tell us how you found out.

2) What has happened in recorded history on your Grandfather's birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.

3) What famous people have been born on your Grandfather's birth date? Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.

4) Put your responses in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook.

1. Joseph Alajko: Born March 15, 1917 in Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA  It was a Saturday.         

2. A. During the February Revolution, Czar Nicholas II, ruler of Russia since 1894, is forced to abdicate the throne on this day in 1917, after strikes and general revolts break out in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg).

   B. March 15, 1917 - Germans along the central portion of the Western Front in France begin a strategic withdrawal to the new Siegfried Line (called the Hindenburg Line by the Allies) which shortens the overall Front by 25 miles by eliminating an unneeded bulge. During the three-week long withdrawal, the Germans conduct a scorched earth policy, destroying everything of value.

   C. St. Patrick's Day

   D. 1921 - The Second Republic of Poland adopts the March Constitution.

   E. 2008 - New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer resigns after a scandal involving a high-end prostitute. David Paterson becomes acting New York State governor.
3. A. 1473 - James IV, King of Scots (1488-1513)
    B. 1917 - Brian Boydell, composer
    C. 1930 – James Irwin, American colonel, pilot, and astronaut (d. 1991)                                            
    D. 1949 – Patrick Duffy, American actor and director
    E. 1955 – Gary Sinise, American actor, director, and bass player (Lt. Dan Band)