23 June 2017

Some Descendants Of Samuel McCrea

This publication focused on Samuel McCrea and his descendants (including my McCrea cousins).


"SAMUEL McCREA, presumably a son of Alexander McCrea, was born in 1749 (probably in Connecticut). He moved, with his family, in 1763 to a farm northwest of Stillwater, New York, near Stafford's Bridge across Fish Creek."

"In 1776 he married Janet Simpson [and]...had ten children... . The family suffered great losses during the campaigns of General Burgoyne...[and] applied for lands across the Rideau River from the present Merrickville, Ontario...".

"After a long period of illness and infirmity, Samuel McCrea died on January 15, 1806, his wife surviving him until July 27, 1816. Both are buried in the old McGuigan Cemetery northeast of Merrickville, Ontario."

"[One of] Their ten children:
JOHN McCREA, who was born in 1777, married about 1804 to Phoebe Edmunds, who was born March 27, 1784. He died on September 10, 1863, and he and his wife are also buried in the McGuigan Cemetery."

Samuel McCrea m. Janet Simpson
John McCrea m. Phoebe Edmunds
James Edmunds McCrea m. Adelia Bigham
James Bigham McCrea m. Isabelle Cameron*
*Isabelle's sister, Anna Cameron, was my great-grandmother

James Bigham McCrea and Isabelle Cameron's children (the only grandchildren were the children of Sarah (McCrea) Munro:

James Edmunds McCrea
Sarah McCrea

**During a visit with her cousin (my grandmother, Beatrice Cameron Powers), Ellen (McCrea) Audley gave me a book, The Torch Is Passed, as well as a Kennedy half-dollar, as a reward for a poem I had written after the death of President Kennedy. [I do not have a copy of the poem]

22 June 2017

Lizzie Smith's Estate

Lizzie's brother-in-law was James Vernor, who invented Vernor's Ginger Ale.

Wayne County, Michigan
Probate File# 9363

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While researching the Richmond family:

Mary Vernor married Benjamin Barton Richmond, son of Horace & Eliza (Waldron) Richmond. Her brother, James Vernor, was the druggist who invented Vernor’s Ginger Ale. James Vernor married Emily Smith... .

20 June 2017

19 June 2017

Barbe-Elizabeth Cardinal, Wife Of Claude Dudevoir

Vincennes, Indiana

Item taken from "The records of the Parish of St. Francis Xavier at Post Vincennes, Ind.: A.D. 1749-1773":

23. November, 1756. pub. 2 ban. 1 dis. bet. Jean Baptiste Racine Bo. at Quebec S. of Louis Racine & Louise Levasseur, & Anne Du Devoir Da. of Claude du Devoir & Barbe Cardinal, no. Im. pres. of Mr . St. Ange & Denis Girardot.

The entry below mentions "...god-mother, Elizabeth Cardinal, wife of Claude Dudevoir, and grandmother to the child."


Barbe-Elizabeth and Claude Dudevoir did Lachine are my daughter's 9th great-grandparents.

18 June 2017

An Andersonville Story

We arrived at Andersonville about the 18th of June. We were put in the stockade at that place where we beheld misery on all sides. Sickness and death by hundreds was the program every day. When we got there we thought our fellow prisoners were friends, but there were robbers and thieves among them who watched every fresh convoy of prisoners to see what they had worth stealing. However I was lucky at being robbed by the first soldiers those who captured me and was saved going through the ordeal. [Source]

17 June 2017

Tobacco And The General In Kentucky

To The

General Assembly of Virginia

1769 to 1792

"By an act of 1786 the value of tobacco was fixed at twenty shillings per hundred pounds for Kentucky.  The first act of inspection 'on the western waters' was passed in 1783.  Petitions Nos. 40, 43, 45, 63, 64, 67, 72, 84, and 99 pertain to this subject.  Because of the important part that [General] James Wilkinson occupies in the development of the tobacco industry in Kentucky, his petition, No. 99, asking for inspection at Frankfort is significant."

A Notice To The Planters Of The District Of Kentucky (mentioned tobacco):


16 June 2017

House Divided

On The Wall At The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library And Museum

"It is a commonplace of present-day historical interpretation that Lincoln's famous 'House divided' speech of June, 1858, involved not so much a program for practical political endeavor as a prophetic utterance of grave moral import." [Source]