Friday, February 16, 2018

Valentine - 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Around the World With Aunt Retta!

This post is part of a project called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, created by Amy Johnson Crow.

The prompt for this week is Valentine.

Lauretta (O"Sullivan)
(Stewart) Kingsley
This week coming, up to Valentine's Day, I received an interesting and appropriate record hint from  It was a marriage record for Arthur Dennin Stewart and Barbara Vera Whitaker dated July 27, 1947 from the New Hampshire Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659-1947 database.  Although he was always referred to "Dan", I knew this was Aunt Retta's son because of the marriage date, July 27, 1947.

Alexander (Junior)
Dan was my father's first cousin and he and Barbara married on the same day as my parents, leading to half of the family attending each wedding.  This record had a lot of information, including the name and residence of the parents of both the bride and groom.  Dan's mother, Aunt Retta, was 45 years old and living in Columbia, South America.  I knew Aunt Retta was born in Revere, Massachusetts, married in Camden, North Carolina, lived in Tanners Creek, Virginia, when her children were born in Norfolk, and eventually settled in Jacksonville, Florida.  I was not aware that she had lived outside of the country.  Surely, this should be Columbia, South Carolina?
Arthur (Dan) Stewart

Yet, 13 months later to the day, on August 27, 1948,  Aunt Retta  left New York City on the Santa Isabel V. 33, bound for Columbia, South America and scheduled to disembark at Buenaventura

As it turns out, Retta's husband George Kingsley was a photographer, and they spent several years in Columbia while he was on an assignment for Forbes, working on a book.

I would love to be in touch with any of Aunt Retta's descendants, if you find this blog please contact me!

Timeline for Lauretta Josephine (O'Sullivan) (Stewart) Kingsley
April 20, 1902 born Revere, Massachusetts
April 21, 1910 living at 29 Newbury Street, Revere, Massachusetts in the 1910 US Federal census
January 26, 1916 death of father, Jeremiah O'Sullivan
June 21, 1919 married Alexander Truman Stewart at Camden, North Carolina
January 7, 1920 living at Virginia Street, Tanner's Creek, Virginia in the 1920 US Federal census
March 21, 1921 birth of son Alexander Truman Stewart at Norfolk, Virginia
December 4,1922 birth of son Arthur Dennis (Dan) Stewart, at Norfolk, Virginia
May 18, 1930 living at 5 Bay Road, Revere, Massachusetts in 1930 US Federal census
December 12, 1931 marriage to George Kingsley, Portsmouth, NH
April 5, 1940 living at 15 Hillside Avenue Saugus, Massachusetts in the 1940 US Federal Census
August 27, 1948 in New York City, en route to Buenaventura, Columbia, South America
living at 30 Whittier Avenue, Haverhill, Massachusetts
October 28, 1994
died Jacksonville, Florida


Junior Stewart and
son Dennis

Lauretta Josephine, b. April 20, 1902, daughter of Jeremiah and Laura (Shaw/Chauvin) O' Sullivan, Revere, Massachusetts; m. (1) Alexander Truman, b. December 11, 1899, Wolfe City, Texas, son of Dennis and Cora (Danford) Stewart; he died July 3, 1967, Jacksonville, Florida; m. (2) George, b. June 8, 1903, Chelsea, Massachusetts, son of Francis and Sarah (Kingsley) Smith, and grandson of David and Josephine (Griffin) Kingsley;  he died March 31, 1966, Monroe, Louisiana; Lauretta died October 28, 1994, Jacksonville, Florida

Children of Alexander and Lauretta (O'Sullivan) (Stewart) Kingsley:

Alexander Truman (Junior), b. March 21, 1921, at Norfolk, Virginia; married July 9, 1946, Emma L. Collins; 1 son, Dennis, born July 7, 1949, died October 1969; Junior died October 30, 2001;
Dan and Vera Stewart
with sons Kevin and David

Arthur Dennis (Dan), b. December 4, 1922, at Norfolk, Virginia, married July 27, 1947, Barbara Vera Whitaker, daughter of Alvin and Vera (Partridge) Whitaker; Dan died October 27, 1977, Merrimac, Massachusetts; Barbara died October 21, 1996, San Diego, California; 2 sons, Kevin and David;

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Favorite Name - 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

A Parade of Priscillas (Part 3)

This post is part of a project called "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" created by Amy Johnson Crow.  The prompt this week is favorite name.  
My favorite name is that of my aunt and grandmother, Priscilla.  For over 300 years there has been a Priscilla in my direct line, or as a sibling of my direct line, in 10 of the past 12 generations.  I have covered the first two Priscillas in previous posts, Priscilla (Gould) Putnam and Priscilla (Putnam) Bailey.
Jerry, Priscilla and Priscilla (Lynch) Sullivan

Twelfth generation
Priscilla Gould, my 10th great grandmother, was born between 1585 and 1590 in Aston Abbots, Buckinghamshire, England, the daughter of Richard Gould  She married, circa 1611, John Putnam.

Eleventh generation
John Putnam, my 9th great grandfather, was christened on May 27, 1627, in Salem, Massachusetts, son of John and Priscilla (Gould) Putnam.  He married on July 3, 1652, Rebecca Prince,   There is no Priscilla in this generation.

Tenth generation
Priscilla Putnam, my 8th great grandmother, was born March 4, 1656, daughter of John and Rebecca (Prince) Putnam.  She married Joseph Bailey in 1675.    Joseph was born April 14, 1648, in Newbury, Massachusetts, the son of John and Eleanor (Emery) Bailey.  Priscilla (Putnam) Bailey died November 16, 1704, and is buried in Danvers, Massachusetts.

Ninth generation
Rebecca Bailey, my 7th great grandmother, was born October 21, 1675, in Newbury, Massachusetts, the daughter of Joseph and Priscilla (Putnam) Bailey.  She married about 1699, Isaac Annis, born April 12, 1672, in Newbury, son of Cormac (Charles) and Sarah (Chase) Annis.  Rebecca died July 15, 1748 at Newbury.

Rebecca was the sister of Priscilla Bailey, born October 20, 1676 at Newbury, Massachusetts, married 1693, Jonathan Walcott, born September 1, 1670, son of Jonathan and Mary (Sibley) Walcott at Salem, Massachusetts.  Priscilla (Bailey) Walcott died February 16, 1770, at Windham, Connecticut.

Eighth generation
Priscilla Annis, my 6th great grandmother, was born November 13, 1707, at Newbury, Massachusetts, the daughter of Isaac and Rebecca (Bailey) Annis.  She married July 1, 1735, Daniel Mace.

Seventh generation
Priscilla Mace, my 5th great grandmother, was born December 13, 1733 at Billerica, Massachusetts, the daughter of Daniel and Priscilla (Annis) Mace.  She married on January 6, 1763, at Billerica, John French, born May 27, 1730, son of William and Mehitable (Patten) French.  

Sixth generation
Elizabeth French, my 4th great grandmother, was born January 20, 1769 at Billerica, daughter of John and Priscilla (Mace) French.  She married Joseph Blodgett, born October 14, 1770 at Jaffrey, New Hampshire,  son of Jonathan and Molly (Fitch) Blodgett.   She died December 19, 1852 at Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

Elizabeth was the sister of  Priscilla French, born September 1, 1766 at Billerica, Massachusetts, died September 27, 1799 at Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

Fifth generation

Lucinda Blodgett, my 3rd great grandmother, was born August 26, 1798 at Jaffrey, New Hampshire, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (French) Blodgett.  She married Jehiel (Hiel) Stebbins, born circa 1801, at Winchester, New Hampshire, son of Josiah and Martha (Belding) Stebbins.   She died January 8, 1866.

Lucinda was the sister of  Priscilla Blodgett, born 1804 at Jaffrey, New Hampshire and married December 31, 1840 to William Moors.  She died March 1, 1873 at Jaffrey.

Fourth generation
Mariette Priscilla Stebbins, my 2nd great grandmother, was born October 25, 1825 at Jaffrey, New Hampshire, the daughter of Hiel and Lucinda (Blodgett) Stebbins.  She married George Fairbanks, born October 22, 1825, son of Cyrus and Betsey (Jackson) Fairbanks of Troy, New Hampshire. She died March 20, 1896 at Jaffrey.

Priscilla (Sullivan) Reed
Third generation
Sarah Jane Fairbanks, my great grandmother, was born March 24, 1864 at Jaffrey, New Hampshire, the daughter of George and Mariette Priscilla (Stebbins) Fairbanks.  She married Fred Wallace Lynch, born June 17, 1868 at New Ipswich, New Hampshire, the son of  Wallace and Mary (Wilson) Lynch.  She died December 1, 1944.  There is no Priscilla in this generation.

Second generation
Mary Priscilla Lynch, my grandmother, was born October 25, 1901 at Jaffrey, New Hampshire, the daughter of Fred Wallace and Sarah Jane (Fairbanks ) Lynch.  She married September 1, 1924, Jeremiah Sullivan, son of Jeremiah and Laura (Shaw/Chauvin) Sullivan.  She died January 20, 1987, at Jaffrey.

First generation
Priscilla Fairbanks Sullivan, my aunt, was born April 21,1933 at Revere, Massachusetts, the daughter of Jeremiah and Priscilla (Lynch) Sullivan.  She married Frank Reed in 1954 in Germany.




Priscilla Gould

m. 1611

John Putnam Sr

Rebecca Prince

m. 1652

John Putnam Jr

Priscilla Putnam

m. 1675

Joseph Bailey

Rebecca Bailey, sister of
Priscilla Bailey b. 1676

m. 1699

Isaac Annis

Priscilla Annis

m. 1735

Daniel Mace

Priscilla Mace

m. 1763

John French

Elizabeth French, sister of

Priscilla French b. 1767

m. ?

Joseph Blodgett

Lucinda Blodgett. sister of

Priscilla Blodgett b. 1804

m. 1822

Jehiel Stebbins

Mariette Priscilla Stebbins

m. 1846

George Fairbanks

Sarah Fairbanks

m. 1891

Fred Wallace Lynch

Mary Priscilla Lynch

m. 1924

Jeremiah Sullivan

Priscilla Fairbanks Sullivan

m. 1954

Frank Reed

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Friday, February 2, 2018

In The Census - 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

This post is part of a project called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, created by Amy Johnson Crow.

The prompt this week is in the census.  On January 9, 1920, my grandfather, Jerry W. Sullivan, was enumerated at Jaffrey, NH in the census.  On January 11, 1920, my grandfather, Jeremiah O'Sullivan, was enumerated at Revere, Massachusetts in the census ..... again.

Great Falls on the Contoocook River at Bennington NH
According to the family story, Papa left school and went to work as a courier or messenger boy at the office of the a paper company in Boston, sometime before June 1916.  He was sent, sometime later, to work in the company paper mill in Bennington, New Hampshire.  

In June 1916, he was among those called up by President Woodrow Wilson as a member of the New Hampshire State Militia, soon to become the New Hampshire National Guard.  His unit was sent to the Texas Mexico border by mid-July 1916. 
The NH National Guard in Texas
Upon his return from Texas, his unit was called to Camp Devens, Massachusetts and became part of the 103rd Infantry in the 26th Yankee Division, soon shipping out to France.

On his return from France in 1918, Papa shipped home with Martin Kidder of Jaffrey, New Hampshire.  Jaffrey is just 17 miles from his former home in Bennington.  Martin lived with his father Harry, just a few houses down Old Peterborough Road from where Jerry was living as a boarder and working at the tack shop.  Harry Kidder also worked at the tack shop, where Jerry was employed.

Jerry was listed as a boarder in the home of Charles H. and Philomene Howard.  Charles was born  in Massachusetts, but his mother was born in Africa.  I found this to be a BSO and thought he might be the same Charles Howard listed in the 1900 census, living in Boston, Massachusetts, also with a mother born in Africa.  Did Jerry and Charles know each other in Massachusetts?  According to Charles WWI draft registration, he had also served in the New Hampshire National Guard., so they may have served together in Texas.  

Since the Revere census also shows Jerry employed in a tack shop, I am reasonably sure his family knew he was living in New Hampshire.  I don't think he commuted the 75 miles as the crow flies from Revere to Jaffrey.  Or maybe they were just hopeful that he would return home soon!

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Dinner for Two - 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

This post is part of a project called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, created by Amy Johnson Crow.  The prompt for this week is invite to dinner.

I would love to have dinner with my great grandmother, Laura Josephine (Shaw) Sullivan/O'Sullivan, also known as Marie Eleanora Chauvin.  For many years Laura was the penultimate brick wall in my genealogy research.  According to the family Bible she was born on January 22, 1878 in Montreal, Quebec.  I had looked for Shaws in Montreal for years, but never found a family that seemed to match what I knew.

Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal
I knew from later records that Laura's mother's name was Mary Ann McCarthy and she was born in Ireland.  I knew that Laura's father's name was Joseph Shaw.  In 2008 I made a research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  I found an 1881 Canadian census for a Chauveau family with a French father named Joseph and an Irish mother named Mary A.  There were three daughters, with names and ages similar to Laura's known sisters, as shown below:

Josephine Chauveau compared to Josephine Shaw
Marie E. Chauveau compared to Laura Shaw
Louisa M. Chauveau compared to Mary Louise Shaw

Since this census was not available on line at the time, I had a copy printed to take home with me, just in case.  Fast forward to 2011, I was watching Who Do You Think You Are? with Rosie O'Donnell.  She was in Montreal viewing her great grandfather's baptismal record at Notre Dame Basilica.  I was sure if Rosie could find her great grandfather, I could find Laura.  I located Laura and all her siblings that evening in the Drouin database on, as shown below:

Commonly Known As
Baptismal name
Date and Location
March 6, 1874, St Vincent de Paul, Montreal, Quebec 
Joseph (buried)
Sept 11, 1874, St Antoine de Pade, Montreal, Quebec 
Josephine Shaw
Josephine Sophronie Chauvin
Dec 25, 1876, St Bernard de Lacolle, Quebec 
Laura Shaw
Marie Elionore Chauvin
January 22, 1878, St Bernard de Lacolle, Quebec 
Mary Louise Shaw
Marie Louise Chauvin
March 27, 1881, St Joseph, Montreal, Quebec 
Edith Amelia Shaw
Emmilee Ida Chauvin
April 22, 1883, St Brigide, Montreal, Quebec 
James Simon Shaw
James Simon Chauvin
Feb 6, 1886, Notre Dame Basilica, Montreal, Quebec 

    Mary Ann (McCarthy) Shaw and a daughter
    In these records, the parents were identified as Joseph Chauvin and Mary Ann McCarthy.  Laura, her siblings and her mother emigrated to Boston by train in 1886.  I haven't found any record of her father, Joseph, in Boston, other than his mention in family obituaries.
    Some of the questions I would like to ask Laura are below.
    1. How did you lose your hearing, and what was it like living as a deaf person in the early 20th century?
    Family stories vary about how Laura lost her hearing.  I was always told that she had scarlet fever as a child, which left her deaf.  June was told that she lost her hearing because of an explosion where she was working.  My grandfather spoke to her with a kind of sign language. 

    We know that she belonged to a group for deaf people and that she had deaf friends.   My cousin June has a panoramic photo of a large group of deaf people, including Laura, visiting Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.

    2. How did you cope with losing all your immediate family members in a 5 year period, from 1898 to 1903?
    In 1898, Laura's sister Josephine was the first to die, from pulmonary phithisis.  She was followed by sister Mary Louise from consumption of the lungs in 1900 and Edith Amelia in 1902 from phithisis.  Her mother, Mary Ann (McCarthy) Shaw, died in 1903 from phithisis.  This left Laura, age 25, with five young children, and her brother, James Simon, age 17, as the only surviving members of the family.
      Despite her deafness, and the prevalence of tuberculosis in her family, Laura lived to be 88 years old.

      Date of Death
      Cause of Death
      Josephine A. Shaw
      May 5, 1898
      Pulmonary Phithisis
      Calvary, Mattapan
      Mary L. (Shaw) Callhan
      Feb. 28, 1900
      Congestion of the lungs
      Calvary, Mattapan
      Edith Amelia Shaw
      June 5, 1902
      New Calvary
      Mary Ann (McCarthy) Shaw
      Aug. 28, 1903
      New Calvary

      3. When did you come to Boston, and who came with you?

      Other than Laura, who married in 1897,  the Shaw family has not been located in Boston in the 1900 census.  According to various birth marriage and death records they lived at 29 Spring Street, 5 Ransom Court and 42 Wall Street, all in the West End.  James Simon Shaw's naturalization papers, filed on February 13, 1922, state that he emigrated by rail on the 21st of January 1886.  He gave his birth date consistently as January 21, 1884, but he was baptized on February 6, 1886 in Montreal, Quebec.  He may not have known his actual birth date, and may have believed that he came to Boston around the age of 2 years.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Longevity - 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

Hannah (Dealy) Sullivan (1841? to 1919)

This post is part of a project called 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, created by Amy Johnson Crow.  The prompt for this week is longevity.    My longest living direct ancestor would be Hannah (Dealy) Sullivan .... maybe.

My great great grandmother, Hannah Dealy Sullivan was very consistent in reporting her date of birth as May 1, 1841.  When she died on October 31, 1919 her age was reported by her daughter Hannah as 87 years, 5 months, with a birth date of May 1, 1932.

In order to resolve this discrepancy I developed a time line for Hannah's life, as shown below:

1832 May 1
Birth of Hannah Dealy
"Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920," database with images, Family Search
1850 February 7
Married at Bantry, Jeremiah Sullivan
“Church Records” database with images,
1851 January 9
Baptism of daughter Mary
“Church Records” database with images,
1852 October
Baptism of daughter Helena
“Church Records” database with images,
1857 November 8
Baptism of son Jeremiah
“Church Records” database with images,
Birth of daughter Hannah, New York City
Notation in daughter Hannah’s will that she was born in New York City
99 Pleasant St, Boston, Mass.; age 40
1880 United States Federal Census; and The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints
Naturalization, Boston; Birth date May 1, 1841, age 47
 U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project);
1888 May 23
Naturalization, Boston; birth date May 1, 1841, age 47
Massachusetts, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1798-1950
1894 September 1
Arrival at Boston from Queenstown, Ireland; age 52
Boston Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1943; database with images, Ancestry
180 Chelsea Street, Charlestown, Mass.; age 60
1900 United States Federal Census; and The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints
180 Chelsea Street, Charlestown, Mass.; age 70
1910 United States Federal Census; and The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints
Death of Hannah Dealy, Charlestown; age 87 years, 5 months
"Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920," database with images, Family Search

It seems pretty clear from the date of Hannah's marriage and the birth dates of her first two children, that 1832 is a more likely birth date.  There are not civil records from Bantry in the time from 1832 to 1841.  I could not find a baptism for Hannah in that time period either.

But why, other than for reasons of vanity, would a woman consistently report her age as 9 years younger on all available legal documents?  I believe the answer lies in this quote, taken from the Family Search Wiki on United States Naturalization and Citizenship.

The Act of May 26, 1824 allowed immigrants who arrived before their 18th birthday to, upon reaching age 21, petition for naturalization without filing a prior declaration of intention.  Petitions filed under this provision are usually called "Minor Naturalizations" because they relate to individuals who arrived as a minor (but who were an adult, age 21 or older, when actually naturalized).  They are also examples of "one paper naturalizations" because no declaration was required.  Many courts combined the declaration and petition documents into a form for this document which may or may not include the word "minor" in the title. Regular forms will cite the 1824 Act.  The minor naturalization provision was often abused and was repealed in 1906.

Because her Naturalization petition reports her arrival as May 5, 1858, she would have been age 17 years and 4 days on the date she arrived in America.  I think that starting with the 1880 census, this was Hannah's strategy for citizenship.  For this  reason, I am confident that her correct birth date is May 1, 1832 and she is my longest living recent direct ancestor.

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