Tuesday, August 27, 2013

FINDING YOUR SURNAMES IN OTHER FAMILY HISTORIES

hen looking for your ancestors, don’t forget to check the family histories of peripheral/collateral people who knew or married them. There are a number of places online you can search for family histories, and in many cases online access is free.  My favorite sites to find these books are:


SCRIPTURE LINE

Elizabeth SCRIPTURE (1803-1891) was my 3rd great grand aunt. She married James Root. I found Elizabeth’s marriage to James Root mentioned in The Route of the Roots (Roote - Root) and Collateral Families by Ferne Kitson Patterson. (1) This book states that Elizabeth SCRIPTURE was from Westmoreland, New York, which matches my records. (2)

Also in this book are informative sections on the Erie Canal (3), the Oneida Turnpike (4) and a detailed map of the Town of Vernon (5). This was the land of many of my ancestors.



SPAULDING LINE

My records show that Adolphus SPAULDING, my 3rd great grand uncle, married Polly Babbitt. In The Babbitt Family History 1643-1900 by William Bradford Browne, I found a reference to Mary Babbitt who married Adolphus Spaulding. (6) Polly is a nickname for Mary. Mary’s father was listed as Nathaniel Babbitt, who kept a tavern in East Sauquoit, Oneida County, New York. (7)  The book states that Nathaniel Babbitt was also at one time a blacksmith in Paris Hill. (8). Paris Hill is in Oneida County, New York. My Spaulding ancestors lived in or near Oneida County, New York.  I love this kind of information because it gives further credence to a person’s existence in a particular place at a particular time.

Sampson SPAULDING, my 4th great grand uncle, married Prudence Greenleaf.  In the Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family by James Edward Greenleaf, I found a reference to the marriage of Sampson Spaulding of Columbus and Prudence Greenleaf on March 30, 1814. (9) Prudence is listed as having a prior marriage and children with Alvin Lamb.(10) This is all useful information to document my Spaulding line.

Genealogical clues are hiding in places you might not think to look.  Be a detective, and you might be surprised what you find.



ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Victorian Decorative Letters, 1999.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Old-Fashioned Silhouettes, 2001.

Dover Publications, Inc. Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Elegant Floral Designs, 2003.

CITATION SOURCES:

(1) Ferne Kitson Patterson, The Route of the Roots (Roote - Root) and Collateral Families, (Interlaken, New York: I-T Publishing Corp., 1982)www.familysearch.org (accessed August 27, 2013), 31.

(2) Ferne Kitson Patterson, The Route of the Roots (Roote - Root) and Collateral Families, (Interlaken, New York: I-T Publishing Corp., 1982), www.familysearch.org (accessed August 27, 2013), 31.

(3) Ferne Kitson Patterson, The Route of the Roots (Roote - Root) and Collateral Families, (Interlaken, New York: I-T Publishing Corp., 1982), www.familysearch.org (accessed August 27, 2013), 27.

(4) Ferne Kitson Patterson, The Route of the Roots (Roote - Root) and Collateral Families, (Interlaken, New York: I-T Publishing Corp., 1982), www.familysearch.org (accessed August 27, 2013), 16.

(5) Ferne Kitson Patterson, The Route of the Roots (Roote - Root) and Collateral Families, (Interlaken, New York: I-T Publishing Corp., 1982), www.familysearch.org (accessed August 27, 2013), 60-61.

(6) William Bradford Browne, The Babbitt Family History: 1643-1900, (Taunton, Massachusetts: C. A. Hack & Son, 1912), www.archive.org (accessed August 27, 2013), 173.

(7) Ibid.

(8) Ibid.

(9) Greenleaf James Edward, Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family, (Boston, Massachusetts: Frank Wood, printer, 1896)www.archive.org (accessed August 27, 2013), 226.

(10) Ibid.


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