30 July 2016

Genealogy of Ugaine Mor


A bit of Irish genealogy:


My interest in early Irish history and genealogy was piqued by the novel, The Princes of Ireland.

29 July 2016

The Widow Swinyer 1890 Census

United States Census of U...ws of the Civil War, 1890, Missouri, Texas:


Mary J. Swinyer, widow of 
Swinyer, David C., dec.
Company C

28 July 2016

The Bush's And Lincoln's Together


Excerpts from "The Lincoln kinsman" (different format)

Sarah Bush Lincoln, step-mother of Abraham Lincoln, was born in what is now Hardin County, Kentucky, on December 13, 1788... .  The names of her husband, Thomas Lincoln, as well as her Bush family members, were found together on Kentucky documents.

July 28, 1795
"Ordered that Christopher Bush, Daniel Linder, Stephen Rawlins, and Hannah Lincoln after being duly sworn do view the most convenient way for a road from Jacob Van Meter's mill to the Court House and report at the next court."

"Thomas Lincoln became intimately acquainted with Christopher Bush in 1805. Between the year 1797 and 1802 Thomas was with his uncle Isaac in Tennessee and then back with his mother in Washington County, Kentucky, but by 1803 he had taken up his residence permanently in Elizabethtown. About this time Christopher Bush began to take an interest in politics, and he received an appointment as captain of a patrol in which Thomas Lincoln was one of his patrolers."

"Ordered that Christopher Bush, Robert C. Slaughter, Thomas Lincoln, Gregory Glasscock, be and they are hereby appointed patrolers in the northwardly district of this County and the said Christopher Bush be and he is hereby appointed Captain of said Patrolers." Order Book B, 17, Hardin County Court.

27 July 2016

Objects Of The GAR

From the Manual of the Civil War and key to the Grand Army of the Republic ...

A Boy Named Dred

Volume 23 of the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society's publication included a story entitled "A Man Named Sam, A Boy Named Dred,". by Norman M. Shapiro, which indicated that Dred Scott once lived in Madison County, Alabama, when he was young.

According to the article, Mr. Shapiro was first aware of the Dred Scott connection to the Peter Blow family when scanning a book about Southhampton County, Virginia.  He learned that Sam Blow, later known as Dred Scott, was born near Edom in 1809...northeast of where Nat Turner resided. [See the Marker in Southampton]

In 1816 Peter Blow and slaves moved to Huntsville, Alabama, and then in 1823 moved to St. Louis, Missouri.

Deeds of Conveyance (see Madison County, Alabama, index below, for Deed Book Volume G, Page 163-165*):

Source - Madison County, Alabama, Records Center

Also in Madison County: 
Deed Book Vol G, pps 328-330, 1821
"  "  Vol H, pps 79-80  1821

*In Volume G, pps 163-165  Peter Blow provides security note for $2000 to John NS Jones
NW 1/4 of Sec 29 in Twp 3 R 1 W of Basis Meridian.  And slaves Luke, Will, a man named Sam and a boy named Dred, about age 16...a girl, Phillis, ca 17 yrs....Oakwood College now stands.

Details about the Dred Scott case are here at the Missouri Digital Heritage site.

26 July 2016

Billos In Canada West

Jacob Billo(w) in the 1851 Census, Canada West, Haldimand County, North Cayuga Township:

Jacob's wife, Catherine, and their children were on the next page:

1851 Census, Canada West, Haldimand County, North Cayuga Township

25 July 2016

Siege Of Louisburg

"William Shirley, Governor of Massachusetts, was gifted with great political sagacity. His military ability, though not of a high order, commands respect because contrasted with the obstinate adherence to traditional methods, the blundering and inefficiency of Braddock, Loudoun and Abercrombie. He clearly saw that only by the capture of Louisbourg could safety be insured New England, and, like Cato of old, he successfully impressed it upon the councils of the commonwealth that this Carthage must be destroyed. Some of the prisoners taken at Canseau, when exchanged, brought from Louisbourg reliable description of its fortifications and information that disclosed supposed vulnerable points. This fortress had been perfected in all the defences then known to military art, at a cost to France of thirty millions of livres .Over one hundred guns, mostly of heavy calibre, were mounted in the various batteries, and six months' provisions for the garrison were kept in store. An English officer familiar with the works wrote that an army assaulting them would have the same prospect of success 'as the Devils might have in storming Heaven.'" [Source]


See another map of Louisburg and vicinity circa 1745 here.

A distant Richmond relative, Sylvester Richmond participated in the Siege Of Louisburg:


As written here, "Only the mutinous condition of the garrison in the fortress made its capture possible."

24 July 2016

Heir Of John Ward Estate

Index card from the Wayne County, Michigan, Probate Court:

Probate File# 26185
Amsden, Guy R.
Weatherfield, Vermont
Heir of John Ward Estate