19 February 2017

Mary Staves And Her Family

*How do we know Mary was a Staves?  Can documentation (a will, deed, church record, etc.) be found?

John Staves and Abram Staves (presumably Mary Staves' brothers) were naturalized in Clinton County, New York.  John Staves stated that he was from Chambly, Quebec, and Abram Staves indicated that he was from the Province of Lower Canada (Quebec).  The 1840 document also stated that Abram was brought to the United States when he was a minor of either one or two years old.

An earlier blog post, A French-Canadian DNA Match, included my Staves ancestor, Joseph Jacquex Staves.  The name Bricault dit Lamarche may have been changed to Staves. There is a link to information about Jean Bricault dit Lamarche (in French) with a roughly translated version here.

*A link to Ancestry.com has Mary Staves (1787-1876) married to Mitchel Swinyer.
Also see Mitchel Swinyer's memorial at FindAGrave.

1850 Census
Saranac, Clinton, New York, United States
Mitchel Swinger M 67 Canada
Mary Swinger F 63 Canada
Abram Swinger M 32 New York
Archibald Swinger M 21 New York

Saranac, Clinton, New York, United States
Michael Sweena M 77 Canada
Mary Sweena F 75 Canada
Edward Sweena M 35 New York

Greene County, Illinois, "Ms" In A Probate Index

Illinois Probate Records, Greene Probate index 1836-1848 vol 6:

18 February 2017

John Stave In Clinton County

New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980  Clinton Petition evidence 1833-1836 drawer 45, packet 27:

John Stave, of the Town of Peru...renounce all allegiance and fidelity to his majesty the king of the United Kingdom.....27 January 1836
Affidavit from Eleakin Mason of Plattsburgh in the County of Clinton...

I, John Stave, a native Chambly in Lower Canada, of the age 44 years...he came to the United States when a minor at the age of eight - years or before he was eighteen years of age...
Affidavit from Nathan Taylor

Abram Stave's Naturalization

New York, County Naturalization Records, 1791-1980  Clinton Petition evidence 1833-1836 drawer 45, packet 27:

Abram Stave

State of New York
Clinton County

I, Abram Staves, native of the Province of Lower Canada now a resident of the town of Peru...age of 40 years...came to the United States when a minor of the age of 1 or 2 years...

1 July 1840

Suggested Names For Otter-Hound Dogs


I thought it interesting that there was a list of "suitable" names for these dogs.

Source (Partial List)

Otter-Hounds via Wikipedia.

17 February 2017

Ann McMillan Born 3 December 1820

From the Mary Beaton transcription (Quebec Parish Registers at Heritage.Canadiana.ca and Microfilm H-1807):

Ann McMillan

Born on the 3rd December (1820) and baptized on the 18th December    Ann McMillan, daughter of Duncan McMillan and Eubnace? McKay
Lot 29, 5 Con. of Lochiel

Fort Cumberland

Source of the Plan of Fort Cumberland, 1755.

16 February 2017

St. Columba's Church, Kirkhill, Transcription Explanation

Image 398 [Film H-1807 Heritage.Canadiana.ca]

Lochiel Township, Ontario
Church of Scotland Parish (St. Columba's Church, Kirkhill)
"The first members of the Church of Scotland parish of Lochiel Township, Glengarry County, were Gaelic speaking settlers who had come to the township from Gleneig, Inverness-shire, in 1796."

Source - Image 403
Mary Beaton's Transcription of Parish Registers (Parish Register, 1820-1911; Microfilm Reel M-2246)

"These are the records of a totally Gaelic-speaking community and as a result may present some problems for those not familiar with the language.  These religious ceremonies were all performed in Gaelic and then recorded in English by the presiding clergyman who sometimes recorded the name in Gaelic, sometimes in English.  To assist understand the variances I have made a listing of these most frequently appearing."

Name variations include:

More, Mora, Morag and Sally = Sarah
Euphemia = Harriet
Melodifie, Leois and Ludovick = Lewis
Claus = Oliver
Ranald (girl) = Rachel
Callum = Malcolm