Wells Family Genealogy

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8 July 2014 – An interesting Article on the Rogers Family July 8, 2014

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To show you how behind I am on my reading …. I finally got around to reading my New London Historical Society Newsletter for March.

In it is an interesting article on the members of the Rogers Family buried in what they call the Antientest Burial Ground.  In my records I call in The Ancient Burial ground in New London.   One of the interesting things they discuss in the article is how many of the dates on the headstones are incorrect.

I scanned the article.  Click on the links to below to open up each of the pages ( 2 pages in all)

NLHS Newsletter March 2014 Article on Rogers Fam page 1

NLHS Newsletter March 2014 Article on Rogers Fam page 2

It’s interesting.  I have to say in all my travels in the area, I’ve never visited this cemetery that I recall.  I’m just now starting to prep my itinerary for my big genealogy road trip up to CT, RI, PA and NY in the fall.  I may have to add this on list of places to stop by and visit.

-Jennifer

 

 

 

 

 

5 July 2014: An Unusually Judgmental Census of 1880 July 5, 2014

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Okay, here’s something I’ve never seen noted on a census before.

I’ve been helping someone who contacted me asking for more info on her Wells family.  While poking around ancestry.com, I came across this census record that may or may not be the man in question.  She thinks that the Bart Wells listed on the 1880 Census  for Olive Township, Meigs County Ohio is Russell Barton Wells son of Barton Wells and Nancy Barnhart.  First of all, because this Fellow is much younger than the Russell we know of as the son of Barton and Nancy, this would only make sense if they had two sons names Russell.  This could be true.  I have no info on the “first” Russell beyond two census records.  He could have died before this one was born.  Putting that aside, this census says that this Bart Wells and his brother Charles are the grandchildren of George and Julia Congrove.  Unless they were Nancy Barnhart’s parents that wouldn’t make sense and since George and Julia are about the same age, well, he’s obviously not her father.

Okay, now let’s get to the really strange notation on the census ….

Next to the list of children, 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild it says “A generation of Bastards in one house.” 

Huh?  That’s very judgmental for a census.    I’m not sure exactly who Bart and Charles Wells are.  If anyone out there knows, I’d love to hear from you.

1880 US Census Olive Twnshp Meigs Co OHIO George Congrove

1880 US Census Olive Twnshp Meigs Co OHIO George Congrove

So have you seen any strange notations on a census before?  Send me your stories and I’ll post them.  I’d love to get a little collection of oddities like this going.  You can send them to me at jegeoghan@hotmail.com

-Jennifer

Author of The Purity of Blood Novels.  Genealogy, romance, adventure and vampires.

 

27 June 2014: What ever happened to Mary? The story of a brick wall toppled June 27, 2014

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I’ll start with saying this story has a more or less happy ending.  As with anyone who works on tracing their family history, I too hit the occasional brick wall.  They can be amazing frustrating things and tend to linger on the fringes of my mind for days like some annoying song that you can’t seem to shake.

Many years ago I encountered one such wall with my father’s cousin Mary.  Mary’s father Thomas and my father’s father John were brothers.  I’d never heard that my father had any cousins so when I’d discovered Mary on the 1920 Census I was shocked to say the least.

1920 US Federal Census: 42 Maujer Street, Brooklyn, NY, 9 Jan 1920

Thomas Geoghan: Age 31… Born: Conn … Parents born: Scotland … Occ: Ticket Agent

Josephine Geoghan: Age 22 … Born: NY … Parents Homeland: Russia … Father: Mother Tongue: Polish … Mother: Mother Tongue: Germany

Mary Geoghan: Age 4 … Place of Birth: NY … Fathers Place of Birth: CT … Mothers Place of Birth: NY

 

My father’s family wasn’t of much help I’m afraid.  Mary was born about 1915 and my father’s eldest sister was born in 1927 so there would have been quite an age difference in the cousins.  But still ….

Mary and wife Josephine were nowhere to be found on the 1930 census.  Thomas was back living with his parents, divorced.   So what happened to Mary?   Search as I did for a very long time, I could find no trace of her in any records.  Was she alive?  Had she died?  All was a mystery … that is until a few weeks ago when I got an email from ancestry.com.  Ever get an email with some reminders that you have “hints”?  Well, I did.  It for Thomas, a new census record for him.

When I opened up the record I found the 1915 New York State Census:

1915 New York State Census: Brooklyn, NY, Assembly Dist 14, Election Dist 13, Block 4 (or 11), Page 61, 137 North 7th Street

Ambrose, Kate (wife) white female age 34 … Born in German

Ambrose, Charles (head) white male age 32 … Born in Russia

Dundrowski, Starby(?) (head) white male age 42 … Born in Poland, Rus … # of years in US: 25 … Status Citizen … Occ: Steamfitter

Dundrowski, Stella (wife) white female age 35 … Born in Germany … # of years in US; 32 … Status Citizen … Occ: Housework

Dundrowski , Martha (daughter) white female age 15 … Born in US … Occ: School

Dundrowski , Frank (son) white male age 13 … Born in US … Occ: School

Geoghan, Lutta (daughter) white female age 18 … Born in US … Occ: Housework

Geoghan, Thomas (son in law) white male age 28 … Born in US … Occ: Inspector R.R.

 

I knew Thomas worked for the Rail road and lived in the area, so I decided to assume this was him and see where it would lead.  Seeing that he was living with his in-laws, I know had his wife’s maiden name.  Deciding to see if I could find this family on another Census, I found this 1925 New York State Census:

1925 New York State Census: Brooklyn, NY, Block 2, Election Dist 46, Ward X, Assembly, Dist 20, Can’t read street name but house number is 1403

Domrbowski, Starle (head) White Male Age 55, Born in Poland … Occ: Steam Fitter

Domrbowski, Stella(wife) White female age 47 … Born in Germany … Occ: Housework

Geoghan, Loretta (daughter) white female age 28 … Born in US … Occ: Clerical Work

Geoghan, Maril (granddaughter) white female age 10 … Born in US … Occ: At School

 

Okay, so after Thomas and his wife divorced, she seems to have moved back in with her parents.  So I decided to keep looking for her parents and found them on the 1940 US Federal Census:

1940 US Federal Census: Queens, NY, SD 2, ED 41-142J, Sheet 6A, April 9, 1940

8245 133rd Avenue, Family 106

Dombrowski, Stanislov (head) Age 68 … Widowed … Born in Poland, parents born same place … Occ: Steam Fitter BMJ Retired

Klima, Loretta (daughter) Age 42 … Married … Born in NY

Klima, William (husband) Age 44 … Married … Born in NY … Occ: Machinisht Shops PW

 

Right father but daughter seems to have remarried if it’s the same woman.  Deciding to see where she might lead, I searched again but just for this Klima family.  And then I found this:

1930 US Federal Census: Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, 433 Lincoln Avenue, ED 24-543, Sup Dist: 29, Sheet 11A, Dated April 10, 1930, Family 253

Klima, William (head) White Male Age 35 … Born in NY, Parents in Austria … Occ: Machinist in Factory

Klima, Loretta (wife) White Female Age 33 … Born in NY, Father Poland, Mother Germany … Occ: None

Klima, Mary (daughter) White Female Age 15 … Born in NY, Parents in NY … Occ: None

 

Huh??? Mary Klima??  Well, that’s why I could never find Dad’s cousin Mary Geoghan, they’d changed her last name to that of her step-father, Klima.

Not long after that discovery, I found this death record for Mary’s mother:

California, Death Index, 1940-1997

Name: Josephine Loretta Klima (Josephine Loretta Dombrowski)

Birth Date: 11 Nov 1897 … Birth Place: New York

Death Date: 4 Jan 1981 … Death Place: Los Angeles

Mother’s Maiden Name: Wiza … Father’s Surname: Dombrowski

 

This explained why she was called Loretta sometimes and Josephine others.  How annoying is that!!!

Unfortunately, the next thing I found was Mary’s death record:

California, Death Index, 1940-1997

Name: Marie Theresa Rhoades [Marie Theresa Klima] 

Birth Date: 15 Aug 1915 … Birth Place: New York

Death Date: 4 Sep 1993 … Death Place: Los Angeles

Mother’s Maiden Name: Dumbrowski … Father’s Surname: Klima

 

That’s when I decided to do something I’ve never done before.  When this record came up, it gives you the option on Ancestry.com to order a copy of the original.  It’s just the info above on Ancestry, no scanned image.  I’ve never order a copy of a record like this from them before.  Cost me about $25 but with no other info to go on, I have no idea if I have cousins in California or not.  Hopefully the original record will give me some clues like where she’s buried.  If so, I can contact the cemetery and funeral home for more family info.

Anyway, I thought I’d share my story to give you hope that brick walls can be toppled.  So don’t give up!

Have any great brick wall stories to share?  If so, I’d love to hear them :-)

-Jennifer

 

24 June 2014: An exciting day for the Stillman Family! June 24, 2014

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I consider today a wonderful day for me genealogically speaking.  I finally got a reply to a request I made for the photo below.  Some good folks with the Town of Alfred NY sent me a copy of this photo of my great, great, great grandparents, Maxson Stillman (1774-1857) and his wife Esther Crandall (1775-1864).

Maxson is the son of George Stillman IV (1739-1817/9) and Esther Stillman (1740-1824).

Esther Crandall is the daughter of Phineas Crandall (1743-1821) and Ruth Rogers (1748-1783).  Esther is also the sister of Lydia Crandall Roger who married my 3rd great grandfather Russell Wells.  So this make Esther and Maxson not only my 3rd great grandparents, but also my 3rd great aunt and uncle as well!

I’m just thrilled to be able to add it to my photo collection, especially since it replaces their headstone photos as their photos in my genealogy program.

Maxson Stillman Sr and with Esther Crandall

Maxson Stillman Sr and wife Esther Crandall

The Stillmans definitely have some of the best photos in my collection.  I have to imagine they weren’t too hard up for money as they do seem to have taken quite a few portraits of the family.

Here’s a few more photos of the family.  Their son, Phineas Crandall Stillman (my great great grandfather)

Phineas Crandall Stillman Back and Front 1

Phineas Crandall Stillman (1809-1892)

This is Phineas’ daughter Pauline Rudiger (Stillman) Wells (1855-1922) and her twin sister Corinne Edgerton (Stillman) Rudiger (1855-1902)  They’re cute, but it’s a little creepy too if you ask me.  Pauline is my great grandmother.

Stillman Corinne and Pauline circa 1860 a

Twin sisters: Pauline Rudiger and Corinne Edgerton Stillman. Born 1855

Here’s Pauline all grown up.

Pauline Stillman in her wedding dress

Have any great Stillman family photos you’d like to share?  I’d love to see them.  I think it’s important for us as folks who share a love of our family history to come together and share what we have.  When families move from generation to generation, the history gets split up.  One son gets the photo album, another gets the family papers.  One moves across country and one stays close to home.  Before you know it, the family history is scattered to the winds, with each distant cousin holding only a small fraction of the family’s once proud history.

-Jennifer

jegeoghan@hotmail.com

 

The Will of John Rogers Jr of New London, CT (1674-1753) June 19, 2014

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So it’s been like a year and a half since I went on my Genealogy Road Trip and I’m just now getting to some of the cool things I found. What can I say, I was in the middle of writing my novels. Now that I’m half way done publishing them, I’m trying to get through some of my backlog of work.  Plus I got back into my study of the Rogers family since they figure so prominently in my third Novel (The Blood That Binds, The Purity of Blood Vol III available on amazon.com)

This week I’ve been working on the handwritten copy of the will of John Rogers Jr (1674-1753, husband of both Bathsheba Smith and Elizabeth Dodge) that I photographed while I was up at the New London County Historical Society. This copy is located in the Shaw Mansion where the Society’s little library is located. I have to say, it’s small but very impressive. I’m totally planning to stop back in when I take my next trip up to the area this fall.  Now that I think about it, I actually mention the Shaw Mansion and the Society in my third book as a place my main character want’s to visit.  She’s a genealogist too. :-)

So, down to the will …. This is what it says on their little library card slip that was in the file with the will:

Ms Q .R63jo   Rogers, John

Will of John Rogers, N.L., 11 Sept. 1750, witnessed by Joshua Hempsted, Joshua Rathbun, Abigail Ames, executors to be Andrew Davis, son John Rogers, John Waterhouse. Mentions wife Elizabeth, sons John, James, Ichabod, Alexander, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Daniel, daughters Elizabeth Whipple, Bathsheba Stoddard, Jemima Cooley, Deborah, Sarah.

4p., 12 ½ x 7 ½.

 

Here’s a recap of John’s family so you know the players:

John Rogers Jr (1674-1753)

Married 1700: Bathsheba Smith (?-1721)

Children:

John Rogers III (a) (1700-1721) Died before will was made.

James Rogers Sr. (1701-1754)

Samuel Rogers (a) (1703-1704) Died before will was made.

Samuel Rogers (b) (1704-1708) Died before will was made.

Elizabeth Rogers (1706-?) Married Zachariah Whipple

Bathsheba (1708-?) Married Robert Stoddard

Ichabod (1709-1771)

Jonathan (1711-?) Not mentioned in will so he may have died before September 1750.

Samuel (c) (1713-1805)

Jemima (1714-?) Married Unknown Cooley

Deborah (1716-?)

 

Married 1722/3: Elizabeth Dodge (1695-?)

Children:

John III (b) (1724-1799)

Mary (1725-Aft 1800) Married Ebenezer Bolles

Sarah (1725-?) Since only one Daughter Sarah is mentioned in the will, one could assume that this Sarah died before 1730 and they named their next daughter Sarah as well.

Sarah (1730-?) This daughter Sarah is probably the one mentioned and although I have no reference for a death date, since the will is dated 1750 and she’s in it, it’s safe to assume her death occurred after September 1750.

Alexander (1728-1817)

Nathaniel (1732-1802)

Elizabeth (1734-1804)

Jonathan (1736-?) Not mentioned in will so he may have died before September 1750.

Daniel (1739-1773)

 

(Words in BOLD are my personal notes and not in the original will)

John Rogers Will Page 1

John Rogers Will Page 1

The 11th Day of the 7th month called September in year 1750

I John Rogers of New London in the County of New London Colony of Connecticut being weak of body but of sound mind memory considering my age and the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to dye, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say that first I do freely submit and surrender my spirit to god that gave it and my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting xxx xxxx said last day of judgment, by the mighty power of God my Spirit and body shall again be united together. And as touching such world estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and from – first for the payment of my just debts if any should be and the maintenance of my Beloved wife Elizabeth and the bringing up of our small children. In case I should die before our youngest son Daniel comes to the age of fourteen years that then an inventory shall be taken of the movables and my son John xxx xxxis to pay his own part and my son James —— xxx till my son Daniel comes of the age of 16 years together with all-

Implements and for managing the farm as carts plows taxes hoes chains and all other tools of husbandry what sowes as alto what stock of creatures he sees cause to take for stocking the farm, that part of it above mentioned also all my servants to be at his command during said time in Consideration where of he is to maintain the family in and same way and manner as it now is and to pay such a rent annually towards the legacy hereafter mentioned as John Walterhouse Broth, John Bolles and my son Ebenezer Bolles (I believe this is probably his son-in-law, husband of daughter Mary) shall judge moderate and shall appoint him

Item, after my son Daniel comes to the age of fourteen years (In 1750, Daniel would have been 11 years old) I would have him put out to a trade and my son James is the to take his part of the farm which I now give unto him and is Bounded as followeth being the South part of the farm where I now dwell bounded on the North with a line from the Cold Spring

John Rogers Will Page 2

John Rogers Will Page 2

Spring which runs into the Cove near the old barn near I xxx to a heap of stones at the road from New London to Norwich errected by Capt Joshua Hempsted near a niery? Cassway in said road and on the west with said road to John Prentiss s land and South with said Prentess s land to the river (Probably Thames River) and east bounded by the river and Cove to the first mentioned Cold Spring with all xxx ledges and appartinances to him my said son James Rogers and to his heirs and assigns for ever upon some small considerations hereafter mentioned

Item to my son Samuel I give and bequeath that part of my farm on which he now dwells bounded as follows North with land now in said possession of the Wheelers west with the road from New London to Norwich (Probably the current Old Norwich Road/Williams Street that runs parallel to the Thames River) to a heap of stones errected Capt Joshua Hempstead near about 20 rods (About 330 feet or 110 yards) northward of Bakers barns an apple tree standing in the place thence running north to a stone in a Crocthed tree on a side hill near the Round pond and to in said same line to a heap of stones att a stump on the back of the bank of the round pond thence northward a straight line about thirteen rods (about 214.5 feet or 71.5 yards) to a rock with stones on it by a bit of Salt marsh xx westerly from the narrowest place in the gut thence bounded by the river (Probably Thames River) and coves to the before mentioned land in the possession of the Wheelers all which I give my said son Saml his heirs and assigns for ever

Item to my son John I give and bequeath the middle part of my farm I now live upon bounded as following on the north with Samuels part on the west with the road on the south with James part on the east with the Cove and river (Probably Thames River) containing mamacock and the Round pond.

Item, my land on the west side of the road I give and bequeath unto my three sons James Samuel and John to be equally divided between them James to have said south part Samuel the north part and John the middle part and as to said maintenance of my beloved wife Elizabeth my will is that after my son Daniel comes to the age of 14tn years in case I should not be living that then my executors here after named shall have full power to let

John Rogers Will Page 3

John Rogers Will Page 3

Let her out such bedding and household stuff together with all such privileges and convenencey as my and executors shall from time to time judge most proper as garden or fowls or any other privilege for the comfort of her life and also my executors shall have full power to order my three sons which have my homestead (viz) James, Samuel and John to provide her with wood and summering and wintering a cow or two as and Executors shall see needful and help convenient to make fire or other business as they shall from time to time shall judge needful both for herself and to entertain her friends in a proper manner and in case any or either of my And sons shall refuse or neglect to perform their part as theX and Executors shall order them so much of his or their land as they shall to neglect or refuse shall be chargeable with it my will is that my wife shall have then Eastroom of my dwelling house at her command and chamber over it and bedroom joining to it only my two youngest daughters is to have the liberty of living in the afore said East chamber and keeping their beds in it and other XXX until such time as they can be married if their mother sees case and if she dies before they marry their priveledge to remain what is above mentioned concerning my wife is to understood while she remains my widow but in case she marry again my will is she shall have two hundred pounds old tenour? In the room & stead of her hew dowery in my house and lands,

Item, I give to my son Ichabod my land att alewife cove Commonly called our upper place which I bought of Thomas Williams being about twenty acres to him his heirs and assigns for ever—

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Alexander the land which I bough of Joseph Bolles xxx head of alewife cove being six acres and some rods the deed from said Bolles to me will describe the bounds att large to him his heirs and assigns for ever also I give my said son Alexander twenty pounds equal to New York money out of said moveable?

Item, to my son Nathaniel I give one hundred pounds in or equivalent to new york money

Item, to my son Jonathan I give one hundred pounds in or equivalent to new york money

Item, to my son Daniel I give one hundred pounds in or equivalent to new york money

John Rogers Will Page 4

John Rogers Will Page 4

Item, to my daughter Elizabeth Whipple I give xxxx one hundred and thirteen pounds as may be seen by my book my wife is that after my death she shall have one cow more.

Item, to my daughter Bathsheba Stodder I have given sixty nine pounds as may be seen in my book my will is that she be made equal with her sister Whipple in quality and quality in respect to the fall of money and also to have a good cow in part.

Item, to my daughter Jemima Cooley I have given one hundred and thirty pounds as may be seen in my book my will is that she shall have xxx pounds in or equal to new york money and xxx

my son Ebenezer Bolles to lay xxx for her in what she sees cause the reason on my giving her more than her Elder sisters is for the loss of her tender mother when she was young

Item, to my daughter Deborah I give fifty pound in or equal to new York money to be paid out of the moveable or rent a soon after my death as conveniently may be as also to have full liberty to live in the house and use the cellar and other conveniency about the house as she may have occasion of and the Little Chamber wholly to her self so long as she sees cause to live single XXX what she hath had already is not to be rekond as part of the 50 this I do in consideration of xxx xxxx she was very young

Item, to my daughter Sarah I give thirty five pounds in or equal to new york money also one bed and furniture to it equal to the best bed that either of my three eldest daughters has had

Item to my daughter Eliz the younger (John had two daughter named Elizabeth, one by each wife) I give thirty pounds in or equal to new York money as also a bed and furniture as is above expressed to my daughter Sarah, also my will is that in case X moveables and rents do not answer to pay my debts and legacy that they my 3 sons viz James, Samuel and John shall be accountable for them and that my son James in consideration of seventy eight pounds XX which he has formerly had of me when money was much more valued than now it is which is to be seen in my book as also so that his part of land with the buildings is more valuable then his brothers for these considerations my will is that in case the moveables and rents as afore said should not answer said legacy then James shall pay one half and Samuel and John each one a quarter of what remains yet none of them shall be compeled to pay their part xxx

John Rogers Will Page 5

John Rogers Will Page 5

Item, my son Samuel is to enter upon his part of the farm immediately after my death yet to pay such a rent as those three persons above mentioned shall order him till his brother Daniel comes to the age of fourteen years the rent is for the payment of the legacy hereafter mentioned.

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Trying to decipher exactly where the land that is bequeathed in this will is located is very difficult seeing as it’s hard to determine where the apple tree and heap of stones were located in 1750 that define the borders of land.

About the only place mentioned that I was able to locate with certainty is Alewife Cove. Here is a map showing where it is located:

Alewife Cove

Alewife Cove

John gives the land at the head of the cove to his son Alexander (My grandfather)

“Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Alexander the land which I bough of Joseph Bolles xxx head of alewife covebeing six acres and some rods the deed from said Bolles to me will describe the bounds att large to him his heirs and assigns for ever”

John leaves what I would presume is the land below the head of the cove to his son Ichabod:

“Item, I give to my son Ichabod my land att alewife cove Commonly called our upper place which I bought of Thomas Williams being about twenty acres to him his heirs and assigns for ever”

I find it odd that John calls this parcel of land by Alewife Cove to be his “Upper Place” as geographically it’s more of a lower place.

The farm where John’s father & Grandfather (John Rogers Sr/James Rogers) lived is mentioned. Called Mamacock Farm (Sometimes spelled mamacocke or mamacoke) The farm was in the general vicinity of where Connecticut College stands as we know the family burial ground was located on its grounds and the Rogers Burial Ground is located down by the river just off the C.C. sports fields (see other blog entries I’ve done on this cemetery)

These entries in History of Montville and James Rogers of New London confirm that general location:

History of Montville, Connecticut, By Henry Augustus Baker, Published by, 1896, Pages 179-181

“II JOHN (4), b. 1 Dec., 1648, third son of James Rogers and Elizabeth Rowland; m. 17 Oct., 1670, Elizabeth, daughter of Mathew Griswold. The rite of marriage was performed by the father of the bride, and accompanied with the formality of a written contract and dowry, the husband settling his farm at upper Mamacock upon the wife in case of his death or separation from her during life.. This farm was situated about two miles north of New London, on the Thames River.”

 

James Rogers of New London, Ct: And His Descendants, By James Swift Rogers, Page 42

4. John Rogers (James), born Dec. 1, 1648 ……. John Rogers’ home farm extended on both sides of the Norwich road, two miles from New London, and was Mamacock farm, from the small rocky peninsula of that name which was one of it’s eastern boundaries. It was boarded for some distance by the Thames River. The central portion – Mamacock proper – was originally a grant to Rev. Mr. Blinman. It was but a part of his landed estate, much of which was disposed of in his life-time by gift. He was buried upon the bank of the Thames within the bounds of his Mamacock farm. This portion was set aside as a burial place, and was secured by his son John to his descendants for this purpose, by deed dated Nov. 13, 1751. (See page 23, supra.) It has been crossed by the railroad, and a portion bordering on the river was washed away by the great “September gale” (Sept. 23, 1815). A part of this burial place is still intact.

 

In his will, John leaves part of this land to his son John.

“Item to my son John I give and bequeath the middle part of my farm I now live upon bounded as following on the north with Samuels part on the west with the road on the south with James part on the east with the Cove and river containing mamacock and the Round pond.”

Here is a map showing what is now called Mamacoke Cove. On this map it is just a little north of where the cemetery is located and may be the cove mentioned in the above bequest to John from his father.

Mamacock Farm Location

Mamacock Farm Location

 

Round Pond is mentioned as being close to Mamacock but I have not been able to find any reference yet to where it might be other than what it say below:

“Item to my son John … part on the east with the Cove and river containing mamacock and the Round pond.”

“Item to my son Samuel … near about 20 rods northward of Bakers barns an apple tree standing in the place thence running north to a stone in a Crocthed tree on a side hill near the Round pond and to in said same line to a heap of stones att a stump on the back of the bank of the round pond thence northward a straight line about thirteen rods to a rock with stones on it by a bit of Salt marsh xx westerly from the narrowest place in the gut thence bounded by the river (Probably Thames River) and coves…”

What we can take from the above: Round Pond is …

Close to Mamacock

Has a stump on the bank on the pond with a heap of stones by it.

Lies 13 rods south of a rock with stones on it by a bit of salt marsh.

Not much to go on, is it L and so I still have no idea where Round Pond is. Anyone out there know??

 

Another place that is referenced several times is a cold spring.

From the will we can deduce that the Cold Spring ran into a cove near the old barn. It is north of the farm that John Jr lived on. Not terribly far from the River. I did a lot of googling to see if I could find any other references that would help me, but didn’t find anything. I think this might take a bit more in person research.

If anyone out there has any insights on the boundaries described in the will, I’d love to hear from you.

-Jennifer

 

One last reminder – Last day to get my book for FREE! May 25, 2014

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I just wanted to send out one last reminder out there that today is the last day of my FREE book offer on Amazon.com for the first novel in my book series called The Purity of Blood Volume I.

My books are definitely a good read for anyone intersted in the Wells family  of Hopkinton or the Rogers family of New London County.

Although set in a modern day setting, the story weaves in characters and stories of the Wells family in all five books in the series.  Randall Wells and his wife Lois Maxson are important characters in my books as well as my real life 4th great grandparents.  Book III in the series which I just published last week still has the Wells family but also has a strong storyline telling the story of the Rogers family in New London County, CT.

Today is your last chance to get Book I for free on Amazon.  It’s available as an E-Book for either a Kindle or the Kindle app which you can download onto your phone or computer.

I hope you take advantage of this offer and enjoy my books as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.

-Jennifer

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The Purity of Blood Volume I by Jennifer Geoghan

The Purity of Blood Volume I by Jennifer Geoghan

 

Randall Wells and the Revolutionary War

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One of the reasons I love genealogy is just when you think you’ve found it all, up pops something you never expected to find. While looking over the documents on http://www.fold3.com yesterday, I came across this pension application for John Button.  What was surprising was that there was a letter in his application (see below) that was written by Randall Wells himself.

What I find odd about his letter in support of the application of John Button is that he says that John wasn’t in the Militia but enlisted in the regular Army.   From the tone of the letter, I’m guessing he wouldn’t get a pension for just being in the Hopkinton Militia. The problem is, John was in the Militia. He was listed along with Randall as being in the Second Hopkinton Militia roll that I posted just yesterday. Who knows, maybe he was in both the Militia and the regular Army. I’d prefer to think that than to think Randall was stretching the truth.

Here’s Randall’s letter and the transcription below. Again I have (?) or xx’s denoting words I’m either not sure of or just wasn’t able to make out the handwriting of at all.

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 13

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 13

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 14

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 14

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 2

Revolutionary War Pension Application of John Button Page 2

Came before me one of the Justices of the Piece for the town of Hopkinton in the County of Washington and State of Rhode Island – George Thurston Esquire of Hopkinton in said County of Washington of aged about Seventy Six years and on oath said he has been acquainted and lived in the same town and neighbor to John Button, Samuel Button + James Phillips and their family as they all belong to Hopkinton and been acquainted with them from their youth as to this time, and that he was knowing to the said John Button, Samuel Button, James Phillips all of Hopkinton Enlisting into the Army in the Revolutionary War and that they the said John, Samuel and James was absent from home for years and further remembers of their coming out of the Army towards or at the close of the war, and they was clad in the United Sates clothing remembering (?) the trimmings Button of that was on their clothes, the town of Hopkinton being located within one mile of the Connecticut line they enlisted under officers of the Revolution that lived in that state apart or all of them / and further that he was active in assisting to raise troops for the army was concerned in classes(?) when we were classes of to raise class of man and that he served many tours in the Malitia as a Captain and that the said John, Samuel and James was not in the Malitia as has been inserted on some of their applications Returned but that they were enlisted soldiers in the Revolutionary War and on the Continental Establishment, as I accepted (?) as they was a long time from home – further that they are very poor and very ignorant xxxx Remember as particular as to the service rendered as many do, the officers and soldiers whom they serve with are many of them Dead, and other emigrated to the Western Country which makes it almost impossible for them in their helpless situation to make the proof required – John Button and James Phillips application I understand is made before the Secretary of the War Department, Samuel Buttons Application has been returned, with the indication that he perform Militia duty only which must be a mistake, and from my knowing and being well acquainted with the various kinds of services rendered by officers and soldiers at the time as XXXX Malitia, State Service and Continental Service, the said John, Samuel and James did enlist into the Regular Army of the United States and was absent for a long time and I have not the least doubt, on the Continental Establishment, and I do recommend them to his Honor the Secretary of the War Department fair Claimants xxx within the manning of the Act of Congress of the 18th day of march 1818 making provision for the officers and soldiers of the Revolutionary War who are in Indigent Circumstances.

Pasonally affirmed the xxx George Thurston xxx George Thurston of the 2 Day of February 1819 and made solemn oath to the above and within xxxx xxx or deposition

Randal Wells Justice Peace

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Here is the Pension paperwork of James Stansbury mentioning Captain Randall Wells of Hopkinton.

James Stanbury Pension Paperwork Page 28

James Stanbury Pension Paperwork Page 28

Declaration:

In order to obtain the act of Congress, passed June 7, 1832.

State of Rhode Island   County of Washington

On this 4th day of September 1832 personally appeared in open court, before Judges or Justices of the Court of (Crossed out) now sitting, James Stanbury – – a resident of Hopkinton in the county of Washington and State of Rhode Island, aged 79 years, who being first duly sworn to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration, in order to obtain the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.

That he entered the service of the United States under the following named officers, and served as herein stated

Was born in the town of Hopkinton February 1759. We have no other XXXX But our family XXX, XXX always lived in said Hopkinton before and since the Revolution. Entered the service of the Revolution 1776 a substitute for one Jonathan Rogers. Went on the shores of Point Judith and Boston Neck Long Island Sound under Capt George Thurston, Col Jesse Maxson Three months then was drafted west under Capt Randall Wells. I don’t recollect whether Col Maxson or Noyes Command. Served X months I xxx went as a substitute for my brother John Stanbury. Went to New London State of Connecticut. Was in and about Fort Trumbull and the shores of Long Island Sound. Served six months under Capt Christopher Brown – Then I went a substitute for John Williams and served three months in Fort Griswold on Groton Bank. My time was xxx xxx before the xxx of Col Ledyard xxxx Capt William Lathom – Then afterward served as a substitute for a Mr. Homes in Fort Griswold under Capt Hull. Served one month.

He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the Pension Roll of the Agency of any State.

 

 
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