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Distant Relations April 16, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Find A Grave,Genealogy — Janet @ 6:39 pm

65708540_1438129682Grave marker for Lucy Jewett Miller, my grandfather’s first wife.  She was only 27 when she died in 1869.  She left 2 young children – Lucy Jewett Miller age 3 and Charles Dion Miller age 2


I have tried to trace what happened to these infants after their mother died so early in their lives.  From U.S. Census records it would appear that they and their father (my grandfather) were living in the household of Lucy’s parents – at least at the time of the 1870 Census.  This was in Newark.  Lucy’s father’s occupation was given as revenue collector, presumably with sufficient income to support a large household.  There were  many siblings and also Lucy’s father’s parents.

The next Census in 1880 shows Charles Dana and the 2 children in a separate household from the Jewett family.  According to the Census Charles”s sister, 2 years younger, was living with them, listed as a housekeeper.  This was the usual designation for a wife – her occupation was “keeping house”.   They were a household of 4 , Charles Dana, 2 children then 14 and 13 and their Aunt Elizabeth.  Aunt Elizabeth was unmarried or a widow.  Quite possibly a Civil War widow.

The only problem with the above is that upon looking further, Charles Dana did not have a sister named Elizabeth and 2 years younger.  Research continues.


Churchyard In Brockley Suffolk England March 19, 2017

St Andrew Churchyard Suffolk  St Andrew Churchyard, Brockley     Burial location of my 10th Great Grandfather


Imposing Figure January 11, 2017

sir-edmund-anderson Sir Edmund Anderson, 1530-1605. my 13th Great Grandfather   Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Baron Anderson of Boughton


Gravestone Information August 16, 2016

elizabeth seaver  grave marker for my 7th Great Grandmother Elizabeth Seaver in Eliot Burying Ground Roxbury Massachusetts

eliz seaver  I wish some dedicated soul would restore this marker so that we could read the original inscription

Elizabeth Seaver died in December 1731.  She was 88 years old.


The Culpepper Line July 29, 2016

Culpepper farmland west sussex  Culpepper country Sussex England

Two Culpepper brothers married two sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth, granddaughters of Sir Richard Wakehurst, who thus brought the Wakehurst estate into the Culpepper family.

Medieval ancestors.

Culpepper Brass Monument  Culpepper effigy

Sir Walter Culpepper – known as “The Squire of Agincourt”



Old Burying Ground July 26, 2016

CEM1626 Old Burying Ground Ipswich

Old Burying Ground Ipswich Massachusetts

How many of my ancestors are buried here?  Research continues.  Major John Whipple for one.


Foote Document June 19, 2016

Foote document   Researching my genealogy and reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s latest book about the American Revolutionary War can lead me in all sorts of directions.   This is fascinating.  Waterbury Connecticut to Clinton New York at the very western edge of the American frontier – they were my ancestors.  And really not all that long ago. Brave frontier men and women creating and carving the American dream out of the wilderness.