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You just never know,,,,,,

March 25, 2015

Greetings!

Well, you just never know what you might find while searching through old newspapers.  A year or so ago I found an old newspaper article from 1902.  It was regarding my great-grandfather George W Parker Sr.  His third wife was filing for divorce from him on the grounds that "when they married she did not know he had a 'living' wife and small children".  It was obvious she knew about his first wife, my great-grandmother Ruth Hulse Parker and the children of Ruth.  But she did not know about this "other" wife.

So, let me set the dates up for you so it makes a little more sense.  Ruth Hulse Parker died in May of 1893 of pneumonia at her sister's house in Port Jervis, NY.  She and George had 4 children, Warren, (my grandfather), Leon, George Jr and Edith.  He married his third wife, Phebe Clark Simpson, a widow, in 1895.  Unbeknownst to her there at the time of the marriage there was another wife in there who had small children.  Phebe did not apparently find out about this other wife until 1902 when she filed for divorce.  Keep in mind, multiple marriages were not illegal back then, although they started to frown on it and discuss making it illegal, it was not at the time George was apparently married to two women at the same time.

For the last year I have been trying to find out who this other wife was.  It drove me nuts!!  I could not find any records indicating George had married again.  Then yesterday while searching old newspapers I came across the following little blip in a Sullivan County, NY newspapers:

Eureka!!  I have a name!! This is from an 1893 newspaper.  So, I go onto ancestry.com to do a search of Miss Mary J. Doolittle and I find a tree that indicates that George Layman is married to Miss Mary J Doolittle and they were married in 1875.  If you don't think that didn't make me scratch my head, and pull out my hair then you don't know me very well, LOL.  The tree also indicated a different father for Miss Doolittle than what I found.  My first guess is they are two different Mary Doolittle's but perhaps related, cousins maybe as they were born in the same time frame.

The next thought is the newspaper messed up the story and it was George Layman marrying Miss Doolittle at George Parker's house.  But the timing is off by not quite 20 years, so that wouldn't fit.  So back to the theory they are 2 different but related Miss Doolittle's.  Actually that would make sense that she would be married in the home of a relative.

Needless to say, I have a lot of research to do to figure this one out.  But at least now I have a pretty good idea of where to look.  I'll keep you posted on this mystery as it unravels.

Until next time,,,,,,

 

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Scratching my head,,,,,,,,

March 24, 2015

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When I last wrote about my personal family search I was talking about the dates and having to pay particular attention to them.  Since then I have managed to trace down Alton Brooks Parker's ancestry.  I am quite confident I have the correct ancestral line with him all the way back to Deacon Thomas Parker, the first to come to America.  He was born about 1605 in England.

Unfortunately, I cannot prove that my great-great-grandfather is from the same line.  I have poured over nearly 400 documents, notes, pictures, genealogies, etc. from the Cortland County NY Genealogy Society.  I have studied Parker genealogy books printed in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and numerous other books with genealogies, biographies and histories and have come up empty.

In the process of this I did discover several Parker lines that migrated from Massachusetts to Central NY State.  I found who would have been Alton's great-grandfather, John Parker, lived and died in Chenango County, NY  For those who do not know, Chenango County and Cortland County are next to each other.

Keeping the newspaper article in mind that stated Alton Brooks Parker and my great-grandfather, George W. Parker were first cousins I have decided to keep my search in this four county area of NY state for now.  George was about 7 years older than Alton, but obviously they grew up knowing each other and in later years when Alton was a judge and George was a Constable their careers would cause their paths to cross in the court room from time to time.  I am thinking perhaps they were first cousins once or twice removed but just saw each other as first cousins.  I know I have some cousins I treat as firsts but they are actually once removed.  Anything is possible.  With genealogy you must keep an open mind as to what you might find along the way.

The other thing I discovered in the search of Alton Brooks Parker is that he is not related to Capt. John Benjamin Parker of the Massachusetts Militia, although he is related to a John Parker who was at Lexington with Capt. John Benjamin and was a relative of his he is not the same one.  I am finding that might be a source of confusion for a lot of people.  It appears there were more than one, definitely 2 and possibly a third John Parker that all were at Lexington at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, April 19th, 1775.

The most common names in the Parker Genealogy, especially back in those days were, John, Josiah, Jonas, Joseph and Hannaniah. John has been extremely difficult to track and follow.  And so the dates have become extremely important.  For example, Capt. John Benjamin Parker was born in 1729.  The John Parker that was Alton's ancestor who was also at Lexington was born in 1732.  Just a few short years apart.  It took a lot of resources and comparing dates to make sure I did indeed really have two different people and not the same person with conflicting dates which can also happen.

So, I keep plugging along.  Currently I am searching for information on a John Parker who died in Chenango County, NY in 1823.  He and his wife Olive are buried in Norwich, in the Mount Olive Cemetery.  I'll keep you posted as I progress.

Below is a picture of a young Alton Brooks Parker.  I think he bears a striking resemblance to Benjamin Burlin Parker who is featured on this page on the right.

Until next time,,,,,,,,

 

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Reorganizing,,,again,,,,,,,

March 16, 2015

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I was sitting here this morning looking around my little office, and it sure seems little today, thinking I need to reorganize again.  It seems like I need to do this about every 3 months.  I find myself wondering how one person can acquire so much in such a little time that they need to continually reorganize to make room for the new things?

The room is on the small side, about 9' X 11' with 2 windows, 2 doors, no closet, two 6' long tables and one 4' long table that I use as my desk and work table, 3 book cases, which are full and boxes stacked wherever possible.  Not to mention 4 file boxes filled with files I need to keep.  Worse yet, my treadmill used to be in here too.  That got moved to the living room during the last reorganization or maybe it was the one before?

So, today I start to reorganize again.  I do plan on having a yard sale this year and I know there are a lot of books I am going to put out for sale to make room for the new books I have been getting.  I hate parting with books of any kind, but lets face it, unless it is a reference book you can only read the same book so many times.  And since genealogy has taken control of my life, I really need to make room for those books.

I have stacks of items I plan to take to the business expo on April 1st.  I can get those packed up and into a tote that I am going to use to haul them in and that can be moved out of the way.  I have case files that need filing.  At least that is not bad, and will only take a couple of minutes as I have kept up on that pretty well.

My personal genealogy is spread from one end of the room to the other. New files, books and information has been arriving daily which has kept me busy trying to compare notes, especially dates.  But alas, it too needs to be organized before something gets lost in the shuffle and gets thrown out by accident.

The weather is going to be gorgeous today so I will take my breaks on the front porch.  This will be the first room I start my spring cleaning on.  All the rooms need it.  The road construction to the side of the house has been horrible with the dust and dirt it stirs up and deposits inside of my house every time a car goes down the street.  What a mess!!

Well, now that I talked about the cleaning, I need to get to it, LOL.

Until next time,,,,,,,,,,

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It's all about the dates,,,,,,,

March 15, 2015

Greetings!

I am still trying to confirm my Parker ancestry.  I have found conflicting records or at least confusing ones to say the least.  The first couple of genealogies I have read have my 4th great-grandfather married to an Olive Stone, which should be correct.  But I have found others which state that John Parker was married to a Hanna Stearns, and that does not fit.  I really need to study the dates better.  It is possible he was married twice or was married to 2 women at the same time.  That was actually common back then and multiple marriages did not go out of style or become illegal until the early 1900s.

Sometimes when working on large families, with so many common names repeated throughout the generations as well as the various lines down the generations it becomes a huge challenge and very important to keep track of the dates.  Dates of birth, dates of death, dates of marriage, etc.

Some of my books regarding the Parker family and genealogy have started arriving.  I find it curious that none of them call John Benjamin Parker of the Massachusetts Militia a Captain when they refer to him.  They do not mention a rank, but do talk about him being involved in the "skirmish at Lexington".  Or being involved in other "battles between Lexington and Concord".  But not once do they refer to him as a Captain.  Sort of makes you wonder if that title was tacked on after the battles?

I have read several biographies and genealogies for Alton Brooks Parker, first cousin to my great-grandfather George W Parker, which all claim his great-great-grandfather was "The John Parker who was in the Militia at Lexington", which would be John Benjamin Parker.

I have also read there were at least 3 other men with the last name of Parker at that battle in Lexington.  One we know was Jonas who was killed in the battle.  He was a young lad.  The other two names I have not found yet.

The other thing to take into consideration, is John Benjamin Parker had two sons named John.  I don't know that to be true at this time but it is something I need to search.  It had happened in other generations of Parkers where multiple children with the same parents had the same name.  Talk about confusing!!

I truly believe John Benjamin Parker of Lexington is my 5th great-grandfather according to all the documents I have read thus far.  But I am a stickler for the details.  I want hard evidence.  I want to know beyond any trace of doubt, this is true.  So I keep digging.  I have several documents being scanned for me in NY state regarding the Parker families that settled there.  They would include documents regarding my 3rd and 4th great-grandfathers and possible my great-great-grandfather Benjamin Burlin Parker.  I believe some of these documents will provide further evidence of the Parker ancestry and I am looking forward to getting them and studying them.

A true genealogist never takes anything for granted without solid proof or evidence.  We need the same evidence from more than one source.  Just going to a web site like ancestry.com and finding a tree and thinking that family tree is 100% accurate is NOT acceptable.  People make mistakes.  We need to eliminate those mistakes.  It needs to be right.  We are obsessed with it.  Do we make mistakes?  Sure we do, but we do not stop until we fix them and know they are corrected.  We know that family stories without hard evidence are nothing more than a story. Even interviews in a newspaper c  Everything must be proven!!

Captain John Benjamin Parker, Massachusetts Militia at Lexington

 

Until next time,,,,,,,,,,

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I'm excited,,,,,,,,,

March 11, 2015

Greetings!!

I am so excited!!  Recently I wrote about knocking down the brick walls in the Parker side of my family and I have been excited ever since, LOL.  Yesterday I called the Genealogy Society in Cortland County, NY where my great-great-grandfather was born and where the Parkers in my line seemed to have settled for many years.

Alton Brooks Parker grew up in Cortland, NY.  He was the break through in me finding my ancestors.  Him and my great-grandfather George W Parker were first cousins according to a newspaper article back in 1904. 

As I said, I called the Genealogy Society in Cortland, NY and asked about the records of Parkers in their area because their web site says they have a couple of files on Parkers and one on Alton Brooks Parker.  The young lady I spoke with was very nice.  She said stacked up on each other the 3 files are about 3 inches thick.  She counted the pages and there were 432 pages of documents, letters, photos, etc.

They are going to scan every piece of paper for me in those 3 files and send them to me!!  I had said in order to save time, money and paper, why not scan them and email them rather than print them and snail mail them.  They were all for that.  I also suggested they save all they scan to a file and then could do the same for other researchers or download them to CD or thumb-drive to send to other researchers.  She thought that was a good idea.  I said think of the paper and ink that could be saved that way, LOL.

They are going to scan today and I will probably have access to them tomorrow.  I don't think the fee for everything will be all that bad with them not have to use a lot of paper and ink and then mail them.  And they will be in my possession before the weekend!  It feels like Christmas or my birthday to me!  Because it will be like opening a present.  I'm so excited!!

Until next time,,,,,,,

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Personal Resources,,,,,,,,,

March 10, 2015

Greetings!

Most researchers and genealogists will have their own stack of resources.  Generally most will have to do with their own family research, but there will be others in their arsenal which can aid in other searches.  I am no exception.  I am acquiring a rather large stack of reference books.  A lot pertaining directly to my own family and some that I know and have helped others with.  This stack keeps growing.  I just ordered 4 more books.  On their way is:  The Parkers in America,  A genealogy and biography of John Benjamin Parker and his Ancestors, Cortland County, NY History and American Constitutional Government by Alton Brooks Parker.

I also have all three books in the Halfway Brook Series of books  by Louise Austin Smith, these books pertain to the Eldred, NY area.  Louise writes primarily about her ancestors in that area but many of the neighbors and towns people are included, along with a wealth of information on the history of that area in Sullivan County, NY.  Visit her web site at www.halfwaybrook.com

Naturally a lot of my books center around Sullivan County and Orange County NY state, but not all.  I have:

Brass Buttons and Leather Boots, this is about Sullivan County, NY and the Civil War and dedicated to the men who served in the 143rd NY Vol. Infantry.  My great-grandfather served in the 143rd.

History of the 143rd Regiment, NY Volunteers Infantry, Sullivan County by Robert G Yorks.

Sullivan County A Bicentennial History in Images by John Conway

History of Sullivan County by James Eldridge Quinlan written in 1873 and reprinted 1975

A History of Deerpark in Orange County, NY by Peter E Gumaer first published in 1890

Retrospect, An Anecdotal History of Sullivan County, NY by John Conway

Reminiscences by John Willard Johnston

The Legend of Cushetunk, The Nathan Skinner Manuscript and The Early History of Cochecton

Bloody Mohawk, The French and Indian War and American Revolution on NY's Frontier by Richard Berleth

Minisink Valley Reformed Dutch Church Records, 1716 - 1830

Hawk's Nest, A Newspaper History of the Road

Sullivan County Tales and Sketches by Stephen Crane

Tom Quick Trail, A Chronicale of the Delaware Valley

Our Town, Historic Port Jervis 1907 - 2007 by Daniel J. Dwyer and Peter Osborne

The King's Men on Command, by Theodore V Brush, NJ Loyalist Volunteers in the American Revolution

Directory for Burials at the Montague, NJ Reformed Church Cemetery up to 2013

Directory of Burials at the Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY 1864 - 2008 both volumes

Directory of Burials and Inscriptions at the Sparrowbush, NY Pine Hill Cemetery, 1856 - 2003 2 volumes

Early Deeds and Documents of the Minisink Region, Port Jervis, NY and surrounding area

That Ancient Trail by Amelia Stickney Decker, covers the tri-state area of NY, NJ, and PA

Clinton, IL Burial Records for the 4 main Cemeteries, Woodlawn, Oak Park, Memorial Park and Mausoleum Park.

And many more too numerous to list.  I will always continue to acquire genealogy research materials.

Until next time,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

 

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Researching your family,,,,,,,

March 9, 2015

Greetings!

It has come to my attention that some people think because it is on a tree on ancestry.com it must be accurate.  Sad to say that is just not true.  As a professional genealogist I know how important it is to verify everything you find.  Going into ancestry and looking at one tree that has the same names I am looking for and assuming it is correct would be an extremely foolish thing to do on my part and in my business. Everything must be verified!

Those little green leafs on ancestry are called "hints".  That is exactly how you should look at them is a hint, not the guaranteed answer to what you are trying to find.  It is nothing more than a starting place.  Read the documents the hint leads to.  For example, read a census report, don't just click on save automatically assuming that it is your ancestor.  Especially if common names are involved.  Double check what you already know about the person, approximate age, location, other family members and even neighbors.  Don't take anything for granted!  If it leads to another person's tree,  study their tree with what you already know.  Look to see if they have records saved that verify what they have entered into their tree.  Look for things you know to be incorrect, that would be a clue this might not want to be a tree you try to glean information from.

To thoroughly do your genealogy correctly you also need to review old newspaper articles, family histories and genealogies written long ago by ancestors.  For example, when I discovered my connection to John Benjamin Parker of the Massachusetts Militia one of the things I did was study a genealogy that was written back in the early 1900s by a descendant of John Benjamin Parker's who had a lot of knowledge of the Parker's in that time frame.  Then I researched 3 other books all related to Parker's in America and England.  I have also researched several web sites besides ancestry.com and local historical and genealogical societies throughout NY state to gather information.

I have been working on my own family genealogy for over 20 years and have gathered tons and tons of documents and information.

Sometimes people have closed minds and want to believe an old family story over facts.  I am going through this with my brother.  He has never done 5 minutes of genealogical research and yet refuses to believe the evidence I can put before him.  It gets frustrating at times.  I would love nothing better than to find those old stories had some merit, but they don't, or at least I have not found any evidence to support them and on the contrary the only evidence I find rules them out.  When I started doing genealogy I did not set out to prove the stories or disprove them.  I set out with an open mind just simply looking for the facts.

In doing your family genealogy you need to be prepared for whatever you find.  Understand, it is history, you had no control over what was done before you were born.  There is good and bad in every family.  I don't care how far you go back in time, you will find good and bad.  With that being said, it is also very interesting and rewarding.  I have learned more about our country's history than I ever knew before.  But now it is more interesting to me because I am seeing it through the eyes of my ancestors.

Genealogy is not just my career it is my passion!

Until next time,,,,,,,,,,

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Grandma's rolling pin,,,,,,,

March 7, 2015

Greetings!

Tomorrow would be my grandmother, Anna E Smith Parker Angerman's 135th birthday.  I never knew my grandmother as she died 3 years before I was born, but they say I have a lot of her traits.  I love to can and put up food, be frugal and provide a good household.  So did grandma.

I don't have much that belonged to my grandmother but I have her rolling pin!!

For a long time I had it packed away.  I was afraid to use it for fear I would break the handles off.  But, it is really meant to be used, so I use it all the time now.  I imagine if this rolling pin could talk the stories it could tell about the countless pies, cookies and other treats grandma made.  Those two black marks are singe marks probably made by leaving the rolling pin too close to the wood burning cook stove.

I remember one time when I was a kid we were visiting my step-grandfather who still lived in the old family homestead and he took me to the basement/ root cellar to get some food to fix everyone something to eat.  I marveled at all the canned food in the basement.  This was food grandma had put up when she was still alive..  Thousands upon thousands of jars of food.  I knew then I wanted to learn how to can food.  That way, you would always have something in the house to eat and could provide for your family.

Grandma was an old homesteader and I have that kindred spirit.  The thought of having a small homestead and being as self sufficient as possible really appeals to me.  It is my dream.  I know it is hard work.  But it is work well worth it!

I am especially excited about celebrating grandma's 125th birthday this year because this is the year that I finally found out who her parents were and most if not all of her siblings.  I am still researching her line, but I finally have some breaks in the walls.  If you have been following my genealogy page as well then you know I also made huge breaks in the Parker line of the family.  This has been a banner year in my own family genealogy.

Happy Birthday Grandma!!!!

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And the walls keep tumbling down,,,,,,,

March 6, 2015

Greetings!

I spent yesterday reading thousands of pages of Parker family genealogy trying to confirm or deny the line back to Capt. John Benjamin Parker of the Massachusetts Militia.  So far, everything I have found says yes, he is my 5 Xs great-grandfather!  For those that are into the sons and daughters of the American Revolution in my family that is incredible news.

But to me, the even better news is now I can trace my family back in time to at least the 1200s given the information about John Benjamin Parker's lineage that is readily available online at places like ancestry.com and familysearch.org just to name a few.

Many people in the family said we went back to John Benjamin Parker but there was no proof, no apparent connection.  The newspaper article I wrote about the other day was the big break through.  It made the connection and connected the dots.

Now, the next family myth to discuss is the story that the land in Eldred, NY that was the family land was a land grant from the King of England.  It is impossible that it was a land grant for many reasons.  First, the first Parker to arrive in Eldred was Benjamin Burlin Parker, born 1816, way long after land grants were given.  I have a copy of the deed where he purchased the 100 acres of land on Crawford Rd., in Eldred.  You don't purchase land grants folks.  Then there is the fact that land grants were given to loyalists to the King.  None of my ancestors that I have found so far were loyalists.  Certainly, Capt. John Benjamin Parker was not a loyalist, he fought against the British.  And he was in Massachusetts, not Eldred, NY.

While the land grant story sounded good, it was just that, a story!  There is so much more to discover and I am enjoying the research.  Brick walls can come down.  It takes time and patience.  It takes understanding the difference between family stories and the truth.  It takes persistence.  Knowing that when you come up to a brick wall, take a break from it and look for something else.  Give it time to stew and usually your break will come, more often from an unexpected source.  The main thing is, never give up!!

If you are a person who does not have the time to do your own genealogy research but want to know more about your family history then contact me.  I do genealogy searches for others.  I would be happy to help you get your family tree started.  The initial consultation is always free!!  Email me at alice@candlehillfarms.com 

 

Until next time,,,,,,,,

Statue of John Benjamin Parker

 

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Update on my findings,,,,,,,

March 4, 2015

Greetings!!

I have had my face in the genealogy research all morning.  I wanted to confirm a few things before I put this post on here.  I am continuing to research but am about to take a break for a while to give my eyes a rest.

First, more about Margaret "Elizabeth" Parker and David Young.  The man Benjamin B Parker accused of "seduction" of his daughter.  I found out that David Young and his wife left Eldred and moved west to Illinois almost immediately following the trial.  David Young was 30 years older than Elizabeth.  The Young's and the Parker's had been neighbors for over 20 years.  David Young watched Elizabeth grow up.  His oldest child was only 2 years younger than Elizabeth.

Elizabeth was about 23 at the time of the incident and while that is considered of legal age today, I believe back in the 1800s legal age was not really defined by a number as much as it was the maturity of the person.  I really don't think Elizabeth was very mature for her age.  And it seems reasonable to me that Benjamin Burlin Parker felt the need to protect his daughter.

Then just 2 years after this incident Elizabeth married a man 28 years older than her. He had been married before and had 14 children with his first wife. Elizabeth had 2 children with her husband James David Hulse but sadly she died 7 days after giving birth to her second child James Burlin Hulse.  Her sister Lydia raised James Burlin but I do not know as of yet where the first child, a daughter, Isabel was raised, if by her father or another family member.

While searching old newspapers, looking for more information about Elizabeth's marriage, death and children I came across the next exciting piece of news.  I have not found anything else about Elizabeth yet but I did find something really exciting, which is helping me fill in more of the gaps in the family and knock some holes in the brick walls.    Drum roll, please,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

I found this news article which says that Alton Brooks Parker is a first cousin to my great-grandfather George W. Parker!!

Yeah, OK, so what, right?  Well, here is the deal.  George W, and Alton B. are first cousins that means their fathers have to be brothers.  Find Alton's father and I find a sibling to my great-great-grandfather Benjamin Burlin Parker.  I had no idea who his family was or where he came from.  I only had rumors but nothing proven.  Until today!!

Alton Brooks Parker's father was John Brooks Parker.  So John Brooks Parker is a brother to my g-g-grandfather.  Wait, I found other siblings, LOL.  We also have Olive, Jonas Henry, Hibbard, Gilbert, and Deblois, that I have found so far.  It appears Benjamin Burlin may have been the oldest of his siblings. Then I was able to find the parents!!  In other words, my great-great-great-grandparents.  John P and Elizabeth "Betsey" Brooks Parker!!  That is, if the news article above is correct.

In my opinion I tend to believe the above news article over the family stories for one simple reason.  Alton Brooks Parker and George W Parker were alive at the same time.  They traveled some of the same circles.  Alton was a judge and George was both a tax assessor and a constable.  They saw each other frequently in courts.  I don't believe either of them would have allowed this story to be in the press if it were untrue.  One or both would have corrected the newspaper.  So, if it is true, Alton Brooks Parker would be my first cousin 3 x removed according to ancestry.com

Alton had quite the career as a lawyer, a judge and a politician.   In 1904 he won the Democratic nomination for President.  He, unfortunately, did not win the election and was beat by Roosevelt.  Alton was a very distinguished looking gentleman.

     

John P and Betsey Parker were both born in Massachusetts. They moved to Cortland, NY where their children were born.  I found an 1860 census where Betsey had a young man staying with her.  The census says George H, Parker but I believe it is actually George W, my great-grandfather.  I need to research that further to confirm it.

The big question remains, are we related to Captain John Benjamin Parker of the Massachusetts Militia as we earlier believed was possible?  I don't believe we are directly even though the family stories all say we are.  I am still researching it however, so who knows what might turn up.  Truthfully, I think it would more likely be a relation through either a sibling of the Captains or perhaps even a cousin.  Time will tell as I keep the search going.

Until next time,,,,,,,,,,,

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Been poking around,,,,,,,,,,,,,

March 3, 2015

Greetings!

I found another free newspaper site to poke around on yesterday and found they had a newspaper for Sullivan County, NY.  My mom's family was all in Sullivan County.  I found some interesting newspaper articles.  The first one is about Benjamin B Parker, (the man over there >>>> on the right) bringing suit against a young man for seducing his daughter, Margaret "Elizabeth" Parker.

It's just a small article but it tickled me none-the-less.  And it sets the mind to pondering just what led up to this court case?  Was he trying to save Elizabeth's dignity?  Teach her a lesson?  Was he shocked with her statement?  Had he caught her in a compromising situation?  Elizabeth was about 23 years old at the time.  She would marry a couple of years later, not the man with whom this case was about.  And just 5 short years after this case, Margaret Elizabeth Parker Hulse would die.  Her second child was born the 12th of April 1879 and she would die on the 19th of April.  Because I do not know for sure at this point I can only assume it was as a result of the child birth.  Perhaps an infection?

I envision my great-great-grandfather as a very staunch and strict man.  He had been a military man and was well respected in the community he lived in, often referred to Capt. Parker even long after his military career was over.  His beloved wife Emaline and two daughters died in 1861 leaving him to raise several daughters and one son by himself.  I can just see so many different scenarios unfolding, I want to know more, I want to know what really happened!!

I need to find out who this David Young was.  Who he was related to and where he came from.  Eldred, NY in Sullivan County was and still is a very small community.  There is information to be had and I will surely find it!!

Well, here is the article.  It just goes to show you never know what you might find as you do your family genealogy.

By the way, Eldred, NY was first known by Half Way Brook.  For more information on Half Way Brook please visit  http://www.halfwaybrook.com

Until next time,,,,,,,

 

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