Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Exploratory Data Analysis : Caroline Bishop (Woolston) Chew (1826-1879)



Caroline Bishop (Woolston) Chew (1826-1879) was my paternal 3rd-great grandmother.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.

1. Vital Records

     Caroline was born February 6, 1826 in Vincentown, Burlington County, New Jersey. The Chew Genealogy gives the date but not the location1.

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          The State of New Jersey did not require birth certificates at the time of her birth.  The State Archives has birth records from 1848.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

               If Caroline's birth was recorded in a local newspaper, it has been lost to time.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               The family Bible record of her son, Abel, was transcribed in a message board2.  That record gives her year of birth as 1824.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

               I have not located any baptismal record for Caroline. The family were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

               There is no indication that Caroline was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          Caroline married December 29, 1842 in New Jersey11 (probably Gloucester County) to Ezekiel Cooper Chew.  Ezekiel was born January 17, 1822 in Gloucester County, New Jersey.  They raised 14 children in New Jersey and Ohio.  Ezekiel died August 27, 1888 in St. Joseph County, Indiana3.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

                    Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if their nuptials were mentioned.

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

               Ezekiel and Caroline's 25th wedding anniversary would have been December 29, 1867.  Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if there was any mention of anniversary celebrations.

          1.2.3. Divorce Decree

               There is no indication that Caroline was ever divorced.

     1.3. Death Certificate

          Caroline died February 27, 18794 in Rossburg, Darke County, Ohio.  I do not yet have a copy of her death certificate.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

               Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if Caroline's death was mentioned.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               Will need to search the local historical society to see if they have copies of the funeral home records to see if I can learn anything more about the arrangements for Caroline.  Will add this to my "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

               Caroline's tombstone in the Webster Cemetery in Darke County, Ohio has been photographed5.  A link to her memorial page at FindAGrave is located here.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1870 Federal Census

               On July 8, 1870, Caroline was enumerated in the Ezekiel Chew household in Twin Township, Darke County, Ohio6, as Caroline Chew, age 44, born in New Jersey.  Her occupation was listed as keeping house.

          2.1.2. 1860 Federal Census

               On August 2, 1860, Caroline was enumerated in the Ezekiel Chew household in Neave Township, Darke County, Ohio7, as Caroline Chew, age 34, born in New Jersey.

          2.1.3. 1850 Federal Census

              On September 2, 1850, Caroline was enumerated in the Ezekiel Chew household in Jackson Township, Montgomery County, Ohio8, as Cordelia Chew, age 24, born in New Jersey.

          2.1.4. 1840 Federal Census

               Caroline is likely the white female, aged 15-19, in the Rachel Woolston household of Northampton, Burlington County, New Jersey.  This household fits what I know of their family, as Caroline's father died in 1834.

          2.1.5. 1830 Federal Census

               Caroline is likely one of the three white females, aged 5-9, in the Abel B. Woolston household of Northampton, Burlington County, New Jersey.  This household fits what I know about their family.
2.2. State Census Records

          Ohio state census records are not known to exist.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

          I have not yet investigated these types of records to see what light they might shed on the Chew family.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          Not applicable, as Caroline was female.

     3.2. Pension Records

          I am not aware of any military service by either her husband, Ezekiel, or her father, Abel, that would have entitled Caroline to pension benefits.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable, as Caroline was female.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Montgomery and Darke Counties, Ohio to see what records might mention Caroline.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

          Plat maps in Montgomery and Darke Counties, Ohio will need to be searched to see what light they can shed on my search for the Chew family.

5. Supplemental Records

     Supplemental records available for research on Caroline include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records.  Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

Sources:

1. Chew, Robert L., "Genealogy of the Chew Family", Gloucester County (NJ) Historical Society, Woodbury, NJ, 1982, p. 261.
2. Chew Family History & Message Board / Re : Abel Woolston Chew Bible, Ancestry.com online [http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.chew/6.40.44.78.80/mb.ashx], accessed 19 November 2010.
3. South Bend, Indiana Weekly Tribune, September 1, 1888, Obituary of Mr. Chew.
4. Milton T. Jay, History of Jay County, Indiana: including its World War Record and Incorporating the Montgomery History (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA: Historical Publishing Company, 1922), page 196.
5. FindAGrave Inc., FindAGrave (www.findagrave.com : accessed 4 June 2014), Caroline Chew tombstone.
6. Ezekiel Chew household, 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, New Madison, Twin Township, Darke County, Ohio, dwelling 128, family 127; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 1194.
7. Ezekiel Chew household, 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Neave Township, Darke County, Ohio,dwelling 116, family 1128, page 164.
8. Ezekiel Chew household, 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Jackson Township, Montgomery County, Ohio, dwelling 901, family 901; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 714.


This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Amanuensis Monday : George Wright to Sarah Wright, Clermont County, Ohio, 1808

George Wright to Sarah Wright, Clermont County, Ohio Deed Book F-05: 397


Received this copy of a deed from fellow researcher Newell Wright from Clermont County, Ohio that deals with my maternal 5th great-grandfather, George Wright and his mother, Sarah Wright.  A previous post had listed Wright deeds in Clermont County, Ohio , believe this one belongs to Book F-05, page 397.

Know all men by these presents that I George Wright of Pleasant Township County of Clermont and State of Ohio for and in consideration of Three hundred Dollars to me in hand paid before the Delivery hereof by my Mother Sarah Wright Widow of County and State aforesaid the receipt of whereof is hereby acknowledged have given, granted, bargained, sold and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, sell, alien, release and convey and confirm to her the said Sarah Wright her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, all my right, title, property, claim and demand of, in and to a certain piece of Land lying in Pleasant Township County and State aforesaid and is butted and bounded as follows: viz. Beginning at Moses Hicks N.E. corner at a Sugar tree, and running thence North One hundred and forty seven poles to a Lynn and Beech, thence West one hundred and five poles to a Lynn thence South one hundred and forty seven poles to a Sugar tree and two beeches thence East one hundred and five poles to the place of Beginning.  To have and to hold said granted premises with all the privileges and appurtenances thereto in any wise belonging, to her the said Sarah Wright her heirs executors administrators and assigns to her and their proper use benefit and behoof forever and I the said George Wright the said granted premises will Warrant and Defend, against the Claims or Demands of all persons claiming by from or under me my heirs or assigns as also against the heirs and assigns of Joseph Vanmeter from whom I purchased the said granted premises.  In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Tenth day of October One Thousand Eight hundred and Eight.  George Wright (seal).
 Signed sealed and delivered in presence of Wm. O'Bowlin Henry Ralston
October 15th 1808.  This day personally appeared before me Bernard Thomspson a Justice of Clermont County George Wright who did then and there acknowledge the above Indenture to be his own Voluntary act and Deed for the use of the withing mentioned, and Directed the same to be Recorded.  In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and date above written.  Bernard Thompson (seal).
Things I have learned from this document :


  • George Wright's mother was definitely named Sarah, and she was a widow by 1808.
  • This piece of land is the same piece of land that George purchased from Joseph Vanmeter 
  • George was educated, as he signed the document and was it was sealed, not just "his mark".
  • This places both George and his mother in Clermont County in 1808.  This is important as the 1810 census of Ohio is missing.



Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

James Orcutt versus Daniel W. Stover, Delaware County, Indiana, 1903

Hartford City Telegram
Hartford City, Indiana
April 29, 1903, page 1
NEW SUITS FILED

James Orcutt vs.Daniel W. Stover, from Delaware county.

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James Orcutt (1856-1925) mentioned in this notice of a lawsuit was the husband of my paternal 2nd-great grandaunt, Samantha E. Metzner (1857-1890).  By this time, James had remarried and was living in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana.  I found this tidbit while searching newspaper records to see if there were any mentions of the Orcutt name.

Hartford City is in Blackford County while Muncie is the county seat in Delaware County.  I believe this article is saying that the case was moved to Blackford County from Delaware County.  Will have two courthouses to search.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Surname Saturday : Andrews

The ANDREWS surname is in my paternal line.  The origins of the surname are unknown, though likely English.

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 1475 : Sarah Andrews (c1640-1718).  Sarah was born circa 1640, parentage unknown.  She married Exercise Conant on April 28, 1663 in Mansfield, Connecticut.  Exercise was born circa 1637 in Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts and died April 28, 1722 in Windham, Winham County, Connecticut.  Sarah died December 4, 1718 in Windham, Windham County, Connecticut.


Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Amanuensis Monday : Elizabeth Vanmeter to George Wright, Clermont County, Ohio, 1807

Elizabeth Vanmeter to George Wright, Clermont County, Ohio Deed Book F-05:230
Received this copy of a deed from fellow research Newell Wright from Clermont County, Ohio that deals with land purchased by my maternal 5th-great grandfather, George Wright.  Previous post had listed Wright deeds in Clermont County, believe this one belongs to Book F-05:230.


Know all men by these presents that we Elizabeth Vanmeter and Absalom Vanmeter Administrators of Joseph Vanmeter deceased for and in consideration of three hundred and thirty three dollars paid to said Joseph Vanmeter in his lifetime by George Wright of Clermont County and State of Ohio the receipt whereof we hereby acknowledge have given, granted, bargained and sold and by these presents do give, grant, bargain, sell, release, convey and confirm to him the said George Wright his heirs and assign all the right to the property calling and deed and the said Joseph Vanmeter his heirs and assigns of in and to a certain piece of .... lying in Pleasant Township County and State aforesaid in part of General Lawsons survey bounded as follows : Beginning at Moses Hicks S.E. Corner at a Sugar Tree thence North one hundred and forty seven poles to a Lynn and beech, thence south one hundred and five poles to a Lynn, thence south one hundred and forty seven poles to a Sugar and two beeches, thence East one hundred and five poles to the place of Beginning to have and to hold the said granted premises with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging to him the said George Wright his heirs and assigns forever promising thereby to Warrant and defend said granted premises against all persons claiming by, from or under the said Joseph Vanmeter his heirs or assigns: In Testimony whereof we hereunto set our hands and seals this 30th day of October 1807.   Administration  Absalom Vanmeter (seal)  Elizabeth Vanmeter (her mark)
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of Allen Woods Wm. White.
State of Ohio Clermont County.  I, Henry Chapman, one of the Justices of the pace acting in and for the county aforesaid do certify that William White and Allen Woods two of the subscribing witnesses to the within Indenture personally appeared before me the subscriber and under oath saith that the within named Elizabeth Vanmeter and Absalom Vanmeter did on the thirtieth day of October last acknowledge the within Indenture to be their act and deed for the purposes herein mentioned; In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of November 1807.   Henry Chapman (seal).
 George Wright had been in Pleasant Township, Clermont County, Ohio since at least 1802, when he was enumerated in the census of the Northwest Territory.  Pleasant Township was part of Clermont County that was later cut out to form Brown County, Ohio in 1818, which is where later records of our Wright family are located.

The Lawson survey was part of the Virginia Military Survey in Clermont County.

Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Surname Saturday : Alexander

The ALEXANDER surname is in my maternal line.  The origins of the surname are Scottish, though I have much to discover about them.

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 3075 : Janet Alexander married James Henderson.  They lived in Logie, Perth, Scotland.  They had at least one daughter, my ancestor born in 1698.

This is one line that I have yet to spend any time in researching.
Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Monday, June 09, 2014

DNA : Dad's Top Ten Matches at 23andMe


Here is a screenshot of the top ten DNA matches for my dad at 23andMe.  I am obviously the closest match.  For privacy reasons, I've erased the last names of the public matches.

Dad's next closest match is Ed, who is predicted to be a 2nd to 4th cousin, sharing 1.26% DNA and 4 segments.  I've been in contact with Ed, and determined that he is my dad's fourth cousin through the common ancestors of Selah Moulton and Lydia Finel.

Dad's next closest match is William, who was predicted to be a 2nd to 4th cousin, sharing 1.07% DNA but 6 segments.  I've also been in contact with Bill, and have determined that he is my dad's second cousin once removed through the common ancestors of Luman Walker Lemasters and Mary Keziah Chew.

Dad's next closest public match, David, who was predicted to be a 3rd to 4th cousin, sharing 0.92% DNA with 3 segments.  I've been in contact with David, and have determined that he is my dad's third cousin once removed through the common ancestors of George J. Haley and Rachel Gary.

Invitations to connect have been sent out to all of this matches.