22 November 2017

Gist In Confluence

Notes To Gist's First Journal (online at Historic Pittsburgh):

22 November 1751
22d To Casselman or Middle Ford of the Youghiogheny in Turkey Foot Tp Somerset Co. Penn. near ____which he crossed after changing his course south -- then crossing the middle fork encamped near Turkeyfoot now Confluence on the Pitt and Connellsville R.R.

Confluence, Pennsylvania

Turkeyfoot Rock

William Bell's Probate

Michigan, Probate Records, Wayne Probate packets:

Wayne County, Michigan
Probate File# 8735
William Bell, deceased
Place of Death: Nankin Township
Date of Death: 22 November 1876

Adah Bell, daughter and only child of Wm Bell, dec'd [Image 949]; Susan Bell, widow

Census 1880
Nankin, Wayne, Michigan
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Susan Bell Self F 45 Michigan
Ada Bell Other F 22 Michigan
Lorenzo Hix Other M 54 New York

Name: Susan Bell
Event Type: Census 1900
Nankin township Wayne village, Wayne, Michigan
Number of Living Children: 1
Birth Date: Jun 1838
Birthplace: Michigan
Father's Birthplace: New York
Mother's Birthplace: New York
Mother of how many children: 3
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Susan Bell Head F 62 Michigan
Ramon A Wells Brother-in-law  M 64 Michigan
Elizabeth A Wells Sister F 57 Michigan
Margaret Wells Granddaughter F 30 Michigan
Molly Wells Granddaughter F 22 Michigan
Frank Wells Grandson M 15 Michigan

19 November 2017

Officers On Lookout Mountain

General P. S. [Philip Sidney] Post, Capt. E. Mennett, Lieut. F. Boyer, Lieut. Wm. McAdms, Lieut. C. A. Mosman, Captain J. M. Van Osdel.

18 November 2017

Kaskaskia Records Found

Records of Kaskaskia and of Cahokia have been found from time to time in different places, but a large portion was believed generally to have been lost. The story of the re-discovery...".

Found is perhaps too strong a word, for they never were lost, but the tradition of their total destruction has been given such wide currency by Mr. E. G. Mason in  his publications on John Todd and John Todd's Record Book, and so deservedly high has been the estimate placed on his historical statements, that for all practical purposes they were lost.

Fort de Chartres

Since the seat of government in Illinois was removed in 1772 by the British commandant from Fort de Chartres to Kaskaskia, at which time the archives were removed, we have in this collection papers drawn up both at the fort and at Kaskaskia. [Source]

17 November 2017

Riding Over The Territories

He [Israel Dodge] built the first stone house at Bardstown, now Kentucky. Attracted by the large grants of land offered by the King of Spain to all who would settle in his Colony, which then included the whole region south of the Ohio River and west of the Allegheny Mountains southward to the Gulf of Mexico...


...Israel Dodge mounted his horse and riding over what became the Territories of Indiana and Illinois, crossed the Father of Waters to the ancient town of Ste. Genevieve, now in Missouri. Here he erected mills and made other public improvements for which he received large grants of land from His Catholic Majesty.

Text excerpts from Tristram Dodge and His Descendants...