Friday, September 30, 2011

Short Update

I have suspended posting to my blog for the time being, and hope to get back into the posts around Thanksgiving, due to medical problems and hospitalization.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Benjamin Bodfish and Lydia Crocker (7th G-Grandparents)

Benjamin Bodfish was born on July 20 1683 in Barnstable Massachusetts. Benjamin was the third son and fifth child born to Joseph Bodfish and Elizabeth Besse.

Lydia Crocker was born in September of 1686 in Barnstable Massachusetts. Lydia was the eldest of nine children born to Jonathan Crocker and Hannah Howland.

On November 10 1709, in Barnstable Massachusetts, Lydia and Benjamin married. Benjamin's Grandparents and Lydia's Great-Grandparents were Robert Bodfish and Bridgett Sugg, making Lydia and Benjamin first cousins once removed. Benjamin and Lydia would have nine children, five sons and four daughters, all born in Barnstable Massachusetts.

In 1713 Benjamin and Lydia purchased a 10 Acre parcel with a home upon it in Barnstable Massachusetts from Lydia's father Jonathan. The couple would spend the remainder of their lives on this 10 acre homestead. Benjamin died on March 25 1760 at the age of seventy-three. Lydia died on March 29 1780 at the age of eighty-four. Both are buried at West Barnstable Cemetery in Barnstable Massachusetts.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Etienne LeBlanc (A childhood in captivity)

Etienne LeBlanc, my 4th G-Grandfather, was born about 1753 in Grand-Pre Acadia . He was the third son born to Joseph LeBlanc and Marie Madeleine Melanson.

In September 1755, Etienne, his family, and most of his neighbors were deported from their homelands by the British based on their French Heritage and Catholic Religious beleifs.

Etienne and his family were shipped to and interned in Sutton Massachusetts for the duration of what was to be called "The French and Indian War". Etienne's family of five would grow to become a family of ten with the addition of five siblings while in captivity.

After release from captivity, it is speculated that the family may have gone to St-Dominigue, as there is no additional records of anyone of the family other then Etienne after the Massachusetts internment. The record of Etienne's life would continue after 1776 when he shows up in records in Yamachiche Quebec. See a previous blog post.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Anthony Anniball (Early New England Settler)

Anthony Anniball, my 10th g-Grandfather, was born in Kent County England in the year 1599. Anthony married a Jane Momford on April 26 1619 in Cambridge England and the couple would have one daughter born in England, before the family left for "The New World"

The family traveled to Plymouth Massachusetts in 1623 on "The Anne" which was the third ship to Plymouth Colony. The family lived in Plymouth for their first ten years in "The New World" A reproduction of their Plymouth house is represented today in present day "Plymouth Plantation"

In 1633 Anthony moved his family to Scituate,a more liberal outpost of the Plymouth Colony, where Anthony was appointed the Scituate Constable on January 1 1633. Anthony would organize the building of the first church in Scituate and he and his wife were listed as the 3rd and 4th members of the church. Anthony would serve as one of the leading lawmakers of Scituate, which became a town of its own in 1636.

Around 1639, Anthony once again moved on, this time to Roxbury Massachusetts where he would remain the remainder of his life. Anthony would die in Roxbury at the age of 75 in 1674

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Monday, July 4, 2011


In honor of July 4th, I want to point back to my two ancestors who fought in the American Revolution

Etienne LeBlanc, an Acadian who volunteered in Quebec in 1776 and fought for the Americans till the end of the war.

Joseph Nye, a Mayflower decendent, who went to war on the night of Lexington-Concord in 1775

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Andre Robidou (The Spaniard)

Andre Roubidoux, my 8th g-Grandfather, was born about 1640 in Sainte-Marie, Galicia, Spain. Andre's father Emmanual Roubidoux was of French heritage while his mother Catherine Alva was of Basque heritage. Because of Andre's birth in Spain he would be known throughout life as "The Spaniard"

Andre spent his early years in France as a sailor. On April 20 1661, At La Rochelle France, Andre contracted to work for three years in the "New World" under the employment and sponsorship of a Eustache Lambert.

Andre sailed to the New World aboard the ship "La Marguerite" and arrived in late 1661. Andre would serve as a sailor for his three contracted years for Eustache Lambert and would continue to work for Eustache Lambert at least through 1666.

In 1667 Andre married Jeanne Denotte and the couple settled in Laprarie Quebec. The marriage would result in the birth of five children, three daughters and two sons.

Andre died on April 1 1678 at the age of thirty-eight in Montreal Quebec

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Joseph Weld (Captain of Militia)

Joseph Weld, my 10th g-Grandfather, was born on April 7 1599 at Terling, Essex, England to Edmund Weld and his wife Amy Brewster Clark. On October 11 1620 in England Joseph took for his first wife an Elizebeth Shatswell. The marriage would result in the birth of six children, the first five being born in England and the last being born in Massachusetts.

In June of 1632, Joseph and his family arrived in The New World on the ship "The William and Francis" and took up residence in Roxbury Massachusetts. John and his family would be among the earliest members of the First Church of Roxbury, at which Joseph's brother Thomas would later become Pastor.

Joseph served as an aide to Governor Winthrop and as a Deputy to the Massachusetts General Court. As a Captain of the Roxbury Militia, Joseph would lead his troops in the "Pequot Indian Wars" of 1634-1637, and would be a witness to the surrender of the Indian Leaders.

Joseph was awarded 278 Acres of land in Roxbury in reward for his service in the "Pequot Wars" and became one of the wealthiest men in the colony. Joseph gave alot of his money toward education and was one of the original sponsers of Harvard College.

Joseph died on October 7 1646 in Roxbury Massachusetts and was buried three days later at the St. Eustice Burial Grounds of Roxbury.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Eloise Pauline Clarke (The Married Years)

This is a continuation of a post of June 15.

Lois Clarke, my Paternal Grandmother, married Albert George LeBlanc on June 16 1925. The couple married at St. Mary Magdalene Church of Stone Lake in Spring Brook Wisconsin. The marriage was officiated over by Ignatius Kinney and witnessed by Henry LeBlanc (the grooms brother) and Cecilia Campbell (see Marriage Record)

Lois would reside in Duluth Minnesota from the time of her marriage, raising two sons of her own, and adopted daughter, and being a Foster Parent to numerous children.

In the 1940's Lois moved her family to Southern California, where she helped with the families finances by being a maid at a large hotel in Wilmington California. The Hotel business evidently got into her blood, as she and her husband bought a parcel of land and built an eight room family motel named "The Cove Motel" in Wilmington California. They later expanded the rooms from eight to fourteen, doing most of the construction themselves.

In her later years, Lois and her husband traveled around the country in a motor home before settling down to live in Bellflower California.

Lois lived to the age of ninty-three, dying on January 16 1996 in Bellflower, She was buried with he husband at All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach California.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

In Honor of Two Family Members in "The War of 1812"

One-Hundred and Ninety-Nine years ago tomorrow, on June 18th, United States President James Madison signed A Declaration of War on England. (see Photo)Two of my 4th g-Grandfathers served in the war.

Aldrich Worley of Westford Vermont served in Cpt Joseph Dorrance's Company of Calvary of the 3rd and 4th Vermont Regiments.(See Photo's)

Stephen R. Reynolds would serve the Vermont Militia from Ferrisburg Vermont.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Eloise Pauline Clarke (The Single Years)

Eloise (Lois) Pauline Clarke, my paternal Grandmother, was born August 18 1903 in Brainerd Minnesota. Lois was baptized on September 20 1903 at Superior Wisconsin and was the only child of George F Clarke and Josephine Weber.

When Lois was one year old her father deserted her and her mother. On September 27 1904 Lois's father George, a machinist with the railroad, went to work and never returned. Nothing further has ever been found on her father.

Lois lived her early years in Chicago Illinois, where her mother worked as a maid. Around 1912 Lois gained a step-father, when her mother married a Charles Foster, and the family would live on a farm in Earl Wisconsin. Lois would gain two younger half siblings, Elizabeth and Marion, through her mother's second marriage.

Lois would grow up on the farm at Earl Wisconsin until the year 1925 when she would marry. Lois's married life is a story for a future blog post.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

John Howland Jr. (Leader of Barnstable Military)

John Howland, my 9th g-Grandfather, was born on February 24 1627 in Plymouth Massachusetts. John was the first son born to "Mayflower" passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.

On October 26 1651, John married a Mary Lee in Plymouth. The couple would have three sons and seven daughters, their first three children being born in Plymouth while the remaining seven would be born in Barnstable Massachusetts.

Around 1658 John moved his family from Plymouth to Barnstable, where John would take up farming on a ninety acre farm. He would be appointed an Ensign and later Lieutenant of military companies of Barnstable during the "King Phillips War" John would serve many political positions in Barnstable, including that of Selectman.

John's place and date of death are unknown, but he is known to have been alive as late as 1702.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pierre Guillet (Early settler of Cap-de La Madeleine-Quebec)

Pierre Guillet, my 8th g-Grandfather, was born 1626 in La Rochelle France to Francois Guillet and Perrine Menard.

Around 1647 Pierre, along with his brother Mathuren, arrived in the "New World" and settled in Trios Rivieres Quebec. About 1648 Pierre married in Trios Rivieres a Jeanne Saint Pere, while his brother married Jeanne's sister Catherine.

In 1650 Pierre and his brother moved their families to Cap-de La Madeleine Quebec where they were of the first fourteen allowed to settle there. In 1651, Pierre's brother was killed by the Iroquois, and Pierre moved his family back closer to Quebec City probally for safety reasons. Pierre would return permanently to Cap-de La Madeleine in 1657.

Pierre Guillet died in Cap-de La Madeleine on May 6 1695 at the age of sixty-nine.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Patience Robinson

Patience Robinson, my 5th g-Grandmother, was born November 10 1749 in Hardwick Massachusetts to James Robinson and Elizabeth Smith.

On April 14 1771 in Hardwick Massachusetts, Patience married Joseph Nye (subject of an earlier blogpost). Joseph Nye was a widower with six children under the age of thirteen and Patience took on the roll as their step-mother. In addition to the Six step-children, Patience would have eight children of her own with Joseph Nye.

Patience would loose her husband in 1804 and moved to Westford Vermont to live with a daughter and two of her sons. Patience died in Westford Vermont on October 1 1819 and is buried there

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Joseph Bodfish (Wolf Bounty Hunter)

Joseph Bodfish, my 8th g-Grandfather, was born April 3 1651 in Sandwich Massachusetts. Joseph was the youngest of ten children born to Robert Bodfish and Bridget Sugg.

Joseph married Elizabeth Besse in June of 1674 and the couple would have fourteen children, Seven sons and seven daughters.

Joseph moved to Barnstable Massachusetts and established the Bodfish name in that town. Joseph was said to be an expert hunter and was on par with the "Indians" when it came to setting traps for catching wolves for their bounty. On one occasion Joseph was attacked by a Wolf when the trap came loose, and the trap became a family heirloom. Joseph is said to have killed the last wolf in Barnstable Massachusetts.

Joseph died on December 2 1744 at the age of 94 in Barnstable Massachusetts where he is buried.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Louis Dupuis (Early Settler of Saint-Anicet Quebec)

Louis Dupuis, a Judge and my 4th g-Grandfather, was born in Quebec around 1794 to Augustin Dupuis and Marguerite Dubeau.

Shortly after Louis's birth, his family moved to and became one of the earliest residents of what would become Saint-Anicet Quebec.

On November 26 1817, Louis married a Genevieve LeBlanc at St Regis, Huntingdon, Quebec (See Marriage record) The couple would have eleven children, one son and ten daughters, all born in Saint-Anicet.

Louis would die on March 3 1863 and was buried in Saint-Anicet

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

John Smith and Susan Catherine Corcoran (2nd Great Grandparents)

John Smith was born in County Tipperary Ireland about 1832. He was to emigrate to the United States and settle in San Francisco California where he worked as a laborer.

Susan Catherine Corcoran was born in County Roscommon Ireland about 1833 and emigrated to the United States with her sister "Rose". The sisters were to settle in San Francisco California.

John Smith and Susan Corcoran married prior to 1867 and would reside in San Francisco California for all their married life, primarily at 721 Church Street in the City's Mission District. Three children would be born of this marriage in San Francisco : Mary born in July of 1867, John born in March of 1869, and Thomas born in June of 1874.

John Smith would die on July 10 1888 and Susan would follow in death on November 19 1893. John and Susan were originally buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco. On May 14 1927, John and Susan were re-interned at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma California due to the closing of cemeteries in the City of San Francisco. John and Susan are buried in the same burial plot with their children.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Adeline Caza (2nd Great-Grandmother)

Adeline Caza was born on June 21 1843 in Saint-Anicet Quebec, the first daughter of Jean Baptist Caza and Desanges Audet.

At the age of 12, Adeline was to marry an Antoine LeBlanc at Saint-Anicet on January 6 1856.(see marriage record) The marriage was to result in twelve children, eight sons and four daughters.

The family would immigrate to Oswego New York in 1877 where their last child was born in 1878.

Adeline died in Oswego at the early age of thirty-eight, on August 3 1881 and was buried along side two of her daughters at "The Oswego Rural Union Cemetery" (see Photo) in Oswego New York. She and her daughters are buried in Section 5, Lot 124N 1/2 with no headstones.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Patrick Thomas Hartnett (Maternal Great Grandfather)

Patrick Thomas Hartnett was born February 21 1876 in Fort Dodge Iowa to Patrick Hartnett and Catherine Powers (Subjects of an earlier post)Patrick was employed as a Printer and Press Operator through out his life working originally with the "Fort Dodge Messenger" in Fort Dodge Iowa.

On Christmas Day 1900, Patrick married a Nellie Reynolds who was 4 months pregnant. This marriage was to result in two children, a daughter and a son, being born in Fort Dodge. The marriage was to end within ten years possibly because of the "shotgun" marriage or the fact that his bride had mental problems due to her fathers accidental shooting death in her teen years.

Patrick moved to South Dakota in the mid 1910's and married a Florence Iverson. Patrick and Florence were to have three children, a daughter and two sons, born in South Dakota.

Around the mid 1920's Patrick would move his second family to California, taking up residence in Riverside where he would reside until about 1953. While in Riverside, Patrick was to maintained a relationship with his children by his first marriage and gave his eldest daughter away in marriage in 1927 in Riverside.

Patrick moved San Diego California around 1953, and it was in San Diego that Patrick would die on January 22 1954. Patrick was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Diego California

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Theodose Forest (Orphan of the French and Indian Wars)

Theodose Forest, my 5th g-Grandmother, was born around 1748 in Pisiquit Acadia to Jean Baptist Forest and Marie Madeleine LeBlanc. Theodose was to spend her early years with her family living in Pisiquit and then Isle Madame Acadia.

In 1755, the British in anticipation of war with France, began a systematic removal of all Acadians from Acadia. The Forest Family was to survive through 1758 at Isle Madame under the protection of the French Army at Fort Louisbourg.

Sometime before the fall of Fort Louisbourg to the British in 1758, Theodose was sent to live in Quebec under the protection of her Grand-Uncle. Theodose's parents and three siblings were captured and deported to St Malo France. Theodose's father was to die either prior to the deportation or during the voyage to France. Her mother and two of her siblings were to survive the voyage in poor health and die within two and a half months after their arrival in France. Only one brother of Theodose was to survive the voyage to France and he was to die trying to return to the New World in 1785.

Theodose, at the age of thirteen, was to marry a Pierre Rollin on June 15 1761 at Saint Anne de Bellevue, Montreal Quebec and was given away by her Grand Uncle. The marriage was to produce six children, but her "Forest" line was to be no more.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Benjamin Nye (Early Settler of Sandwich Massachusetts)

Benjamin Nye, my 8th g-Grandfather, was born on May 4th 1620 in Biddonden Kent England to Thomas Nye and Agnes Rye. His life was to be greatly affected by Thomas Tupper (subject of last weeks blog)

Benjamin arrived in the "New World" at the age of fifteen aboard the ship "Abigail" (the same ship that Thomas Tupper arrived on 4 years earlier)In all probability Benjamin was to serve as an apprentice to Thomas Tupper in Lynn Massachusetts. Benjamin followed Mr Tupper in 1637 to establish the Town of Sandwich Massachusetts.

On October 19 1640, the twenty year old Benjamin took for his bride the 17 year old Katherine Tupper (the daughter of Thomas Tupper). This marriage was to produce six sons and two daughters all born in Sandwich Massachusetts.

Benjamin was to build and operate a mill in Sandwich. He built his home around 1681 and the home is still standing and is operated today as a museum by the "Nye Family of America Association"

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Johann Flatz and Mary Anna Gasser (My 3rd Great Grandparents from Austria)

Johann Flatz was born July 3rd 1823 in Schwarzach Austria to Johann Flatz and Agatha Duer. Mary Anna Gasser was born February 14 1820 in Wolfurt Austria to Johann Gasser and Magdelena Flatz. On August 18 1845, Johann Flatz and Mary Anna Gasser united in marriage.

Johann and Mary lived in Wolfurt Austria for the first five years of their married life, he working as a glazier and she giving birth to two daughters and a son; sadly the son was to die before he lived more then three months. In March 1850, in anticipation of emigrating to the United States, the couple sold their home in Wolfurt. Soon after the sale of their Wolfurt home, Mary found herself pregnant with a third daughter and their emigration was delayed another year.

In late 1851, Johann and Mary and their three daughters departed LeHavre France on the ship "Viola" and arrived in New York City on December 29 1851. The family would temporarily settle in Milwaukee Wisconsin and then move permanently to Mount Calvary Wisconsin, where they would have four more children.

Johann would die on February 28 1870 in Mount Calvary and Mary was to work as a midwife in order to raise her children on a 15 acre farm in Mount Calvary. Mary was to live in Mount Calvary until her death on November 25 1891.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thomas Tupper (A Founder of Sandwich Massachusetts)

Thomas Tupper, my 9th g-Grandfather, was born on January 28 1578 in Bury, Sussex, England. Thomas was to become a leatherworker and shoemaker as an apprentice in London England during the years 1592-1599. Beginning in 1621 Thomas was to sail between England and the "New World" numerous times learning the additional trade as a carpenter. Thomas settled permanently in Massachusetts in 1631, arriving on the ship "Abigail".

In 1637 Thomas and nine others were granted permission, by Plymouth Colony, to establish the first settlement on Cape Cod which was to become the town of Sandwich Massachusetts. The Tupper family home was built in 1637 and was to stand until it was destroyed by fire in 1921 (See Picture) Thomas's eldest daughter Katherine, my ancestor, was to marry a Benjamin Nye on October 19, 1640 at the Tupper family home.

Thomas Tupper died at the age of Ninty Eight in Sandwich Massachusetts in March of 1676.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Francoise Gaudet (Mother of all "Acadian LeBlanc's")

Francoise Gaudet, my 8th and 9th g-Grandmother, was born about 1623 in France to Jean Gaudet and an unnamed mother. She was to marry in France about 1644-1645 an unknown "Mercier" and had one daughter named Mary, born about 1646 in France, through this marriage. Francoise, her father, two siblings, and her daughter were to immigrate to the New World settling in Port Royal Acadia in the 1640's.

Around 1650 in Port Royal Acadia, Francoise was to marry for a second time to a Daniel LeBlanc and this union was to become the origin of all the Acadian LeBlanc's in the New World. Francoise and Daniel were to have Six sons and one daughter, and five of the sons were to have children to carry on the Acadian "LeBlanc" name. While there are a few "LeBlanc" surnames of Quebec origin in the New World, the majority of the New World "LeBlanc's" decend from the Acadian couple of Daniel and Francoise.

Francoise was to become a widow for the second time between 1695 and 1698 and she was to follow her husband in death in Port Royal between 1698 and 1700

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Patrick Hartnett and Catherine Powers (Irish Immigrants)

My second g-Grandparents, Patrick Hartnett and Catherine Powers, came from County Cork Ireland. It is unknown if the knew each other prior to their uniting in wedlock on November 9 1871 at Fort Dodge Iowa.

Patrick Hartnett was born on the 22nd or 23rd of December 1837 in County Cork Ireland. Patrick immigrated to the United States, at the age of eighteen, in 1854 and the period from 1854 till his marriage in Fort Dodge remains a mystery.

Catherine Powers was born in May 1850 in County Cork Ireland to Patrick Powers and Nancy Kiley. Katherine came to the United States with her parents at the age of one, first residing in New Jersey and then Fond du Lac Wisconsin, before arriving in Iowa in 1861.

Patrick Hartnett and Catherine Powers were to spend their married life farming near Fort Dodge Iowa. Their marriage was to produce eleven children, six boys and 5 girls.

Catherine was to die on Oct 20 1906 in Fort Dodge Iowa and Patrick was to follow her in death, dying on September 20 1923 in Debuque Iowa. Both Katherine and Patrick are buried at Corpus Christi Cemetery in Fort Dodge.

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