Sunday, September 14, 2014

Some changes at the UK National Archive catalog site

The following notice may be of interest to online UK archives searchers: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/952.htm

Other UK archives information is on the News page: https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/newsarchive2014.htm

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Rediscovered Headstones Hold Clues To Calif. Quake: [the Gilliam-Sullivan Cemetery]

This is a program on NPR about the Gilliam Cemetery of Sevastopol, Sonoma County, California. In 1852, my 3rd great-granduncle and his wife, Mary Gilliam, buried their still born child there to start the cemetery. Isaac Sullivan was a wagon train drover and explorer.

His parents were James Sullivan and Eleanor Wilson. James was a Revolutionary War veteran and Methodist circuit rider in Kentucky and Tennessee. Served in 1st VA State Rgmt., Rev War. In Yellow Springs Hospital at Valley Forge, 4 Apr 1778. He was Ordained by Bishop Asberry in Knoxville, TN in 1793. School teacher at Carrol School on Cumberland River and Clear Fork Creek.

[Whitley Co., KY, Will Bk 1, p25, made 9 Feb 1817 or 18? Nuncupative will on deathbed. recorded July 20,1818, Book 1 Page 25. See, History and Families, Whitley Co., KY, 1818-1993, page 325.]

Isaac appears in the 1860, 1870, and 1880 censuses of Annaly, Sonoma Co., California. He has not been found in 1850. They had the following children:

  • J W Sullivan 53 KY
  • Mary Sullivan 26 MO
  • James M Sullivan 7 CA
  • John W Sullivan 5 CA
  • Cornelius G Sullivan 4 CA
  • Minerva A Sullivan 2 CA
  • Nancy A Sullivan 1 CA

The following children first appeared in the 1870 census:

  • Sophrona C Sullivan 9
  • Charles C Sullivan 7
  • Letha Sullivan 5
  • Asa I Sullivan 3
  • Amanda J Sullivan 4/12

In 1880 a last son shows up:

  • Jabez B. Sullivan 7

James and Isaac Sullivan were descendants of Peter Sullivan or O'Sullivan and Emma Craven of Northumberland, Virginia. See these wills:

  • Will of Peter Sullivan, Northumberland Co., VA, Record Book 1743- 49, pp 227a-228. Will dated 15 April 1746, proved 10 Aug 1747.
  • Will of Charles Swillivan of Wiccocomoco Parish, Northumberland Co., Virginia, will made 19 March 1767, will proved 11 May 1767, Record Book 7, p. 77. Abstract printed in Lewis, Wills and Administrations of Northumberland Co., VA, vol.1, p. 132.

For more information of Col. Isaac Sullivan and Mary Gilliam and their descendants, see, The Patriarch of the Valley: Col Isaac Wilson Sullivan by Emma A. Street-Hively.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

My 64 GGGGG Grand Parents

This post will be at this blog and at my genetic genealogy blog. I have been doing autosomal DNA testing of my 22 non-sex chromosomes and my 2 sex-based chromosomes at Family Tree DNA, the Family Finder test; at 23andme, the Relative Finder test, and at AncestryDNA. These tests can help you find relatives related to you from the first degree, parents, siblings, grandparents, through 5 or 6th cousins. In order to do that more easily it is a good idea to have an extensive pedigree of your direct ancestors and of their descendants. People who share a GGGGG Grandparent with you are 5th cousins. So in order to alert my 5th cousins to our possible DNA match, here is a list of my known GGGGG Grandparents:

  • FNU=first name unknown
  • LNU=last name unnown
  • ?=uncertain of that element
  1. Timothy Perkins, b New Haven, CT died during the Revolutionary War in VA or NC or SC. He and his brother Joseph were Loyalists.
  2. Miriam Sperry, b 1743 in Wallingford, New Haven Co, Connecticut, died after 1780 in North Carolina.
  3. Unknown
  4. Unknown
  5. William Shepard, b ???, d before 1790 in Virginia or North Carolina.
  6. Elizabeth, LNU,
  7. James Smith, 1752, VA, d 1833, Holston, Scott, VA, USA.
  8. Nancy Mulkey, d after 1795, VA or Sauta Cave, Alabama?
  9. Robert Creekmore, b 1760, Norfolk, VA, d 1824, Whitley Co., KY (Will Bk 1, p 10).
  10. Elizabeth Batchelor, b 1761, VA, d Nov 1829, Whitley Co., KY (Will Bk 1, pp 29-30 Probate Sale).
  11. Henry Porch, b 1758, Abingdon, Gloucester Co., VA, d 1849, Whitley Co., KY (Served in Revolutionary War, 1778-79 Capt. Wm Allen Green; 1781 Capt Sharp's Co., NC Service. Pension, W9234, BLWt 57777-160-55).
  12. Rebecca P. Denton or Benton, before 1755, NC, d 1866, Pulaski Co., KY.
  13. James Campbell, b 1763, NC, d 1829-1831, Whitley Co., KY (Will Bk 1, pp 37-38).
  14. Anna Osburn, b 1764, PA, d 1852, Whitley Co., KY.
  15. Unknown.
  16. Unknown.
  17. Renelder Walker, b about 1748, probably Frederick Co.,MD, d after 1826 in Knox or Whitley Co., KY or MO (Renalder was named nearest of kin in his [father's estate] inventory, 16 June 1766, Frederick County, Md. Prerogative Court, MD, (Inventories) 90, pp. 148-150). Marriage bond 27 Nov 1778, Wilkes Co., NC.
  18. Mary Wilcoxon, b 1760 Rowan Co., NC, d 1830, Lafayette Co., MO. (Niece of Daniel Boone).
  19. William Bishop, b 755-1760, PA, d 1834 Whitley Co., KY (Will Bk 1, p 54, Inventory)Served in Rev War, Capt John Rice's Co., Col Adam Stephens' Rgmt, Gen Daniel Morgan's Brigade. Was at Battles of the Brandywine and Germantown. Discharged at White Marsh, Pension Application, Whitley Co., KY Circuit Court Order Book A-B-C, p. 54, 18 July 1820.
  20. Jane Tuggle, b d 1840?, Whitley Co., KY (Buried Wolf Creek Baptist Church Cemetery)
  21. Samuel Wiatt, b about 1745 VA, d 1835 Knox Co., KY (Rev. War veteran, N.C. Militia Species pay Certificate No. 603, dated 12 Jun. 1783). Will Knox Co., KY 1835.
  22. Rebecca Bennett, b 1763 Greenbrier CO., VA, d 1837 Knox Co., KY.
  23. Rev James Sullivan, b 1765 Northumberland Co., VA d 18117, Williamsburg, Knox Co., KY (Whitley Co., KY, Will Bk 1, p25, made 9 Feb 1817 or 18? Nuncupative will on deathbed. recorded July 20,1818, Book 1 Page 25). Served in 1st VA State Rgmt., Rev War. In Yellow Springs Hospital at Valley Forge, 4 Apr 1778. Methodist Minister. Ordained by Bishop Asberry in Knoxville, TN in 1793. School teacher at Carrol School on Cumberland River and Clear Fork Creek.
  24. Eleanor Wilson, b 1769, d 1834, Williamsburg, Knox Co., KY.
  25. William Manning, b 1775 VA d 1867 Whitley Co., KY. He was a blacksmith.
  26. Nancy Whitecotton, b 1780-1785 VA, d 1852 Whitley Co., KY. (2nd wife).
  27. Jacob Anderson, b about 1779 VA, d 1850-1860, Whitely Co., KY.
  28. Nancy Anne Richardson, b about 1771, d between 1820-25, Whitley Co., KY.
  29. Rev John Moses, b about 1772, NC d after 1860, McNairy Co., TN (Old Style Baptist Minister).
  30. Mary "Polly" Richmond.
  31. John Richardson, b 1765 VA? d 1840, Whitley Co., KY.
  32. Elizabeth Davis. b 1778 d after 1860, Whitley Co., KY.
  33. George Ball, b 1751-52, Fairfax Co., VA d 1825, Russell Co., VA
  34. Elizabeth Tunnell, b 1756, Stafford Co., VA, d Russell Co., VA?
  35. James Harvey May,b 1739, England d between 1830 and 1840 Pike Co., KY. Trnasported as a prisoner from Middlesex Gaol, 1774 on the Ship Justitia, to Baltimore, MD. Alias of Emmanuel Mills. He may have been a Loyalist in Rev War. (Buried in John Runyan Cemetery, Pike Co., KY).
  36. Elizabeth "Betsy" King, d before 11840 Pike Co., KY. (Buried in John Runyan Cemetery, Pike Co., KY).
  37. Joshua Phipps, b about 1765, VA d after 1850, Cheriton, Randolph Co., MO?
  38. Elizabeth Rice, b 1790 VA, D 1830 Green Co., KY.
  39. John Davenport, b 1770 VA d unknown. 1830 dismissal from Concord Baptist Church, Wayne CO., KY. May have gone to Indiana. Married in 1796 in Patrick Co., VA. Maybe a son of Elisha Davenport, aged 80-90 in 1830 Wayne Co., KY Census.
  40. Nancy Burnett, b 1772 VA, d unknown. 1830 dismissal from Concord Baptist Church, Wayne Co., KY.
  41. Daniel Strunk, abt 1775, PA, MD, VA? d 1852 Whitley Co., KY. Constable of Ashe Co., NC 1806 and 1814. Moved to Whitley Co., KY by 1820 Census. At least four wives and 30+ children.
  42. Margaret "Peggy" Williams?, abt 1780, NC d aft 1860 Census Cumberland Co., KY. Granted divorce from Daniel 1821 in Whitley Co., KY. Named as Margareta in Divorce Decree.
  43. FNU Pennington, unknown father of Abigail Pennington, 2nd wife of Abraham Strunk. See Abraham Strunk Divorce.
  44. Unknown mother of Abigail Pennington, 2nd wife of Abraham Strunk. See above.
  45. FNU Davis, unknown father of John Davis
  46. Unknown, unknown mother of John Davis
  47. Ballentine Creekmore, b 1750-60 d between 1830 and 1840 Whitley Co., KY. In Nash Co., NC in 1790 and 1800 Censuses, in Knox Co., KY in 1810 Census and in Whitley Co., KY in 1820 and 1830 Censuses. Age recorded as between 60 and 69 in 1830.
  48. Barsheba Batchelor, b 1766 Norfolk, Norfolk, VA or Nash Co., NC, d bef 1840 Whitley Co., KY.
  49. FNU Swain, unknown father of John DeSwain or John D. Swain from VA to Whitley Co., KY.
  50. Unknown
  51. Unknown
  52. Unknown
  53. George Ball, See above #64.
  54. Elizabeth Tunnel/l, See above #65.
  55. James Harvey May, See above #66.
  56. Elizabeth "Betsy" King, See above #67.
  57. William Kidd, b aft 1737, VA? d between 1801 and 1821, Tazewell Co., VA or Wayne Co., KY (date of brother Samuel Kidd's estate in Fluvanna Co., VA) William was sometime of Albemarle Co., VA. Named in his father Aaron Kidd's will in Albemarle Co., VA in 1775.
  58. Unknown
  59. FNU Bagley or Begley, possibly of Tazewell Co., VA.
  60. Unknown
  61. Thomas Stephens, b abt 1750 (VA or NC) d abt 1836, Fentress Co., TN. Rev War.
  62. Sarah Miller, b 12 March 1747 or 57 (possibly in England) d bef 1836, Fentress Co., TN.
  63. FNU Hays or Hayes
  64. Unknown

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Battle of Gettysburg, First Day, 1 July 1863

One hundred and fifty years ago today was the start of the three-day long, Battle of Gettysburgh. Gettysburgh was the 12th bloodiest battle of the US Civil War.

Wikipedia has a good article on the first day and Michael J. Leclerc has a good overview article for the entire Battle of Gettysburg.

As far as I know none of my ancestors or their siblings fought at Gettysburg. Did any of yours do so?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

My Paternal Line Ancestry

Since it is Father's Day in the USA I thought I post my paternal line ancestry.
  1. a)
    Denval Perkins, 1921, Whitley Co., KY - 1976, Hamilton Co., OH, buried Xenia, Illinois. He served in the US Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He married 1st Mary Ruth Ball and 2nd Joyce Anderson Monk;




  2. b)
    Henry Franklin Perkins, 1882, Whitley Co., KY - 1963, McCreary Co., buried KY. He married Elanor "Nellie" Walker Inman;

  3. c)
    Jesse Perkins, 1840, Whitley Co., KY - 1894, Whitley Co. KY, buried Whitley Co., KY. He served in the KY 49th Mounted Infantry and the 7th Kentucky Cavalry during the US Civil War. He married Elizabeth Jane Creekmore;




  4. d) William Perkins 1801, probably Grayson Co., VA - 1864, Whitley Co., KY. He married 1st, Peggy McKee, and 2nd, Rebecca Shepard;
  5. e) Jabez Perkins, 1766?, New Haven?, CT - 1836. Will made 27 Dec 1835, probated Feb term 1836, Whitley Co., KY. He married Nancy Ann ????? (sometimes thought to be a Creekmore but no known contemporary proof). He may have married 2nd, Nancy White, 27 Dec 1835 (said to be a marriage certificate at KY State Archives, not seen by this researcher);
  6. f) Timothy Perkins, 1736, New Haven, CT - abt 1782, NC (possibly after the Battle of King's Mountain. He was a Loyalist serving in several South Carolina militia organizations with his brother Joseph (Murtie June Clark, Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War). He married Miriam Sperry;
  7. g) Joseph Perkins, 1701, New Haven, CT - abt 1776, CT or NC. He married Phebe Moulthrop;
  8. h) Stephen Perkins, 1680, New Haven CT - 1753, New Haven, CT. He married 1st, Elizabeth Ford, and 2nd, Anne Howe;
  9. i) John Perkins, 1651, New Haven, CT - abt 1726-27, CT. He married 1st, Mary ?????, and 2nd, Rebecca Thompson.
  10. j) Edward Perkins, abt 1623, London, England - died before 1690 (date of recordation of deeds to his three sons). He took the Oath of Fidelity 18 October 1648 in New Haven Colony. He may be the Edward Perkins, son of William Perkins, Merchant Tailor of Abbots Salford and Saint Dunstan in the West, London, and his 2nd wife, Mary Purchas. If true he was a half-brother to Rev/Capt. William Perkins of Topsfield. Edward married Elizabeth Butcher.
My Y DNA haplogroup is R1a1h [R-L176.1] at FTDNA. This has been confirmed by testing at 23andme and the Genographic Project. It is mainly found in Scotland, England and Norway. A 37 marker match has been found with a Perkins family in England from Berkshire. Edward Perkins had 3 known sons and descendants of two have been traced to the early 20th Century and then lost. The descendants of John Perkins are this line and, so far, everyone expected to match has matched. However, because we don't have descendants of the other brothers to test, we only consider this Y line proved back to Joseph Perkins, born 1701. Descendants of two of his sons have been tested and match at 37 markers and higher. See the Parkins and Perkins Y DNA study. We are looking for a descendant of Rev William Perkins of Topsfield to test to see if the Y DNA matches.
My Y DNA is a close match to the Y DNA of the Chiefs of Clan Donald, purportedly descendants of Somerled, King of Mann and Lord of the Isles, who was killed in 1164 during the Battle of Renfew. There were Scottish rebels surnamed McDonald sent to New England in the 1600s after their defeat at the hands of the English.
Thanks to Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings blog for the idea for this post. I will continue with my maternal line and with the paternal or maternal lines of other grandparents.

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Reverend Stephen R. Davenport Symposium: 375th anniversary of the English settlement of New Haven, 13 April 2013

Exploring the Early Years of New Haven

John Davenport’s ambition brought 500 settlers to the New Haven Colony in 1638. Early on, Puritan traditions took root in the Colony, shaping everyday life, education and religious toleration. To celebrate the 375th anniversary of the English settlement of New Haven in 1638, the New Haven Museum presents The Reverend Stephen R. Davenport Symposium on Saturday, April 13 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, with support from the Davenport family and the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University. Four distinguished scholars of early American history will reveal the social impact of women’s roles, the desire for education and the importance of religion in the Puritan culture of the New Haven Colony. Lunch on your own from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. During the lunch break, the Symposium will feature a self-guided walking tour of the New Haven Green or a special teacher workshop for educators interested in integrating primary resources and early New Haven history into their teaching. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Michelle Cheng at (203) 562-4183 x11 or education@newhavenmuseum.org.

The Symposium will open with an introduction by Dr. John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University, leading into the following lectures:

  • · “Building a Perimeter Fence: Toleration in Early New Haven” by Dr. Francis J. Bremer, Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University
  • · “The Strange History of the Tuttles, A New Haven Family” by Dr. Ava Chamberlain, Professor of History at Wright State University
  • · “Women and Domestic Life in John Davenport’s New Haven” by Dr. Rebecca Tannenbaum, Senior Lecturer in History at Yale University
  • · “Education and the Struggle for a College in Early New Haven” by Dr. Kenneth P. Minkema, Director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University

Additional support for The Reverend Stephen R. Davenport Symposium by The Woman’s Seamen’s Friend Society of Connecticut, Inc. and NewAlliance Foundation.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings 375 years of New Haven history to life. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or education@newhavenmuseum.org.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dr D Digs Up Ancestors: The DNA Dilemma

Dr D Digs Up Ancestors: The DNA Dilemma @David Dowell, PhD, a frequent blogger on genetic genealogy and a former professor of librarianship has written a Letter to the Editor in response to the current Time Magazine cover story “The DNA Dilemma: A Test That Could Change Your Life”. As usual it is a thoughtful response that deserves your time to read with the article.

Friday, December 14, 2012

More BAD Genealogy on the Washington-Ball family

Today I got the following email from Geni.com:
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The link they site is to John Ball of Stafford and Fairfax counties Virginia via Richard Ball of Maryland, son of Col. William Ball. This link is WRONG. This is shown by the article by Christopher Johnston, "A Forgotten Member of the Ball Family", serialised in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. VII, pp. 440-441 and vol. VIII, pp. 80-83 (1900), reprinted in Genealogies of Virginia Families, vol. 1, pp. 23-27 (1981), recounts how court records show Col. William Ball went to Maryland and probated the estate of his son Richard Ball. Richard had one daughter and NO OTHER CHILDREN.

Others have put forward Richard Ball and Elizabeth Linton as the parents of John Ball. The father of Elizabeth Linton was a Moses Linton of Lower Norfolk Co., VA. Richard Ball and Elizabeth with several Lintons moved to the Fairfax-Stafford county area from Norfolk Co. At this time, there is no known record evidence which links Richard Ball and Elizabeth Linton with John Ball.

In their book The Ball Family of the Potomac, 1654-2004, by Doris LeClerc Ball, Ph.D. George L. Ball, M.S., it is shown that DNA studies link John Ball of Stafford Co with a James Ball of Maryland.

The Ball DNA study has two descendants of Col William Ball in haplogroup I, kit #112926 and kit #13692. I have traced them back to a son of Col. William Ball using census, probate and land records. The descendants of John Ball are in Haplogroup R1b. They are NOT related.