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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Yorkshire Day

White Rose of York. Image by Sodacan (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (]. 18 January 2011. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

August 1 is Yorkshire Day. The celebration was created in 1975 to promote Yorkshire County, England. It was first celebrated by the Yorkshire Ridings Society. August 1 was chosen as the date because the Battle of Minden was fought on 1 August 1759, and soldiers from Yorkshire regiments picked roses from the Minden fields to pay tribute to the fallen men.

On Yorkshire Day, the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity is read at the four bars (gates) of York: Micklegate Bar, Bootham Bar, Monk Bar, and Walmgate Bar.

Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity
"I, [Name], being a resident of the [West/North/East] Riding of Yorkshire [or City of York] declare:
That Yorkshire is three Ridings and the City of York, with these Boundaries of [Current Year minus 875] years standing;
That the address of all places in these Ridings is Yorkshire;
That all persons born therein or resident therein and loyal to the Ridings are Yorkshiremen and women; 
That any person or corporate body which deliberately ignores or denies the aforementioned shall forfeit all claim to Yorkshire status.
These declarations made this Yorkshire Day [Year]. God Save the Queen!"

Events are organized in nearly every Yorkshire town; they include gatherings of civic heads such as mayors and Lord Mayors, musical performances, theatrical productions, and festivals. People may get together with family and friends, or visit local attractions. Many people wear a Yorkshire rose.

The Mapplebeck family was from Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Day (Wikipedia)
Yorkshire Day (
Yorkshire Day (Yorkshire Ridings Society)
Yorkshire Day - 1st August
Yorkshire Day Fact File

Friday, July 31, 2015

First U.S. Patent Issued - 225th Anniversary

On 10 April 1790, the Patent Act of 1790 was enacted. On 31 July 1790 (225 years ago today), the first patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for "an Improvement, not known or used before such Discovery, in the making of Pot ash and Pearl ash by a new Apparatus and Process." Potash was used in making fertilizer.

Patent 000001, issued to Samuel Hopkins on 31 July 1790. Public domain. Available from Wikimedia Commons.
On 16 October 1928, my great-grandmother Kathleen (Graham) Boe was issued a patent for a design for a score card.

Boe, Kathleen. Design for a Score Card.Patent USD76601. Application filed 4 April 1927. Patented 16 October 1928. Available from

Boe, Kathleen. Design for a Score Card.Patent USD76601. Application filed 4 April 1927. Patented 16 October 1928. Available from

Charles Buise, who was associated with my family and may be a relative, was the assignor of a patent for an ash sifter which was invented by Robert Alexander Brown. The patent was issued on 1 February 1881.

Brown, Robert A., assignor to Charles Buise. Ash-Sifter. Patented 1 February 1881. Available from

Brown, Robert A., assignor to Charles Buise. Ash-Sifter. Patented 1 February 1881. Available from

First U.S. Patent Issued Today in 1790
Patent Act of 1790
Samuel Hopkins (inventor)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thriller Thursday: Charles Buise Embezzles Stake Money and Flees

Shortly before the 1892 wrestling match between D. S. McLeod and Joe Acton, Charles Buise deposited $250 with the Chronicle to secure a bet on McLeod, $1000 against $1100. Washington Marion, a traveling salesman,  gave Charles Buise $500 to bet on McLeod, and Buise secured a bet of $600 for him.

San Francisco Chronicle, 22 January 1892 

Prior to the match, there was suspicion that the contest would not be a fair one. McLeod won the match.

 The Morning Call (San Francisco, CA), 11 March 1892

Charles Buise was the proprietor of the Hot Scotch saloon on Morton Street in San Francisco. After he collected his winnings, he did not give Washington Marion his share of the money.  He sold his saloon to his bartender, and headed to Portland, Oregon, where his wife was working as a song and dance performer. He was captured there several months later and was brought back to San Francisco. He was charged with embezzlement and placed in the San Francisco City Prison, but was released on $3000 bond.

The Morning Call (San Francisco, CA), 1 July 1892

After getting out on bail, Charles Buise left the United States and returned to his home country, Canada. He went to Victoria, British Columbia. The winning wrestler, McLeod, was also from British Columbia; he came from Nanaimo. I wonder if this was coincidental, or if there was some connection. Charles Buise had been born and baptized in Quebec City, and had lived in Montreal before he came to San Francisco (and had allegedly passed a counterfeit bill there in 1887). Although an attempt was made to capture him in British Columbia, he escaped and went to Montreal. When he found out that his wife was cheating on him with actor Waldo Whipple, he tracked them down in Butte, Montana, where he shot them and then shot himself.

San Francisco Chronicle, 27 January 1893

Although the above article states that Waldo Whipple also died, he actually survived his injuries. 

Charles Buise was probably related to Elizabeth Buise, who married my 3rd-great-grandfather John Bennet Winters. But since his mother Margaret McGillivray's death notice was transcribed in the Winters family Bible and she was not Elizabeth Buise's mother, I wonder if he is also related to me. I have many black sheep in my family. Considering all of Charles Buise's misdeeds, I figure he must be my cousin!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

International Tiger Day

July 29 is International Tiger Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness for tiger conservation. Only about 3000 tigers are left in the wild.

In 1858, my ancestors may have had the opportunity to see a tiger. Animal trainer A. Lovell exhibited an Australian bear and a Bengal tiger in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville Union and American, 18 February 1858, page 3. Available from Chronicling America.

Clearly, back in 1858 people were not thinking about the welfare and protection of these animals. Thankfully, awareness has increased.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fiestas Patrias

José de San Martín proclaims the independence of Peru in 1821. Painting by Juan Lepiani, 1904. Photographic reproduction by Discjockey. Public domain. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

The Fiestas Patrias are the national holidays celebrating Peru's independence from the Spanish Empire. July 28 commemorates Peru's independence (which was proclaimed by José de San Martín on 28 July 1821), and July 29 honors Peru's armed forces and national police. These holidays are very important in Peru, and many people take long weekends to celebrate.

On July 28, the day begins with a 21-cannon salute. There is a flag-raising ceremony, and the president of Peru gives an address about the state of the nation. A military parade is held on July 29. The Peruvian flag is displayed throughout the month of July.

I do not have Peruvian ancestors, but my sister-in-law is from Peru.

Fiestas Patrias (Peru)
Peruvian Independence Day
10 Ways to Celebrate the Fiestas Patrias of Peru in Lima

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mappy Monday: Map of Porter County, Indiana, Highlighting Westchester Township

Map of Porter County, Indiana, highlighting the location of Westchester Township. By Omnedon, 25 November 2007. Public domain. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

This map shows the location of Westchester Township in Porter County, Indiana. My Borg ancestors lived in Westchester Township.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

52 Ancestors: #30 "Challenging": Elizabeth Buise

I do not know much about Elizabeth Buise, the last (second as far as I know) wife of my 3rd-great-grandfather John Bennet Winters. John and Elizabeth were married by Robert Campbell on 18 May 1878 at Presbyterian Saint Gabriel in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The church record stated that Elizabeth's parents were George Buise of Montreal and his wife Margaret White, and that they were deceased.

Marriage of John Bennett Winters and Elizabeth Buise, 18 May 1878. Presbyterian Saint Gabriel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin. 

John died on 25 December 1879. Apparently he and Elizabeth had a child, because "Infant of the late John Winters" is listed on Find A Grave as being buried in Mount Royal Cemetery (the same cemetery as John). The date of death (or burial) was 31 July 1880. I have not yet found any more information about this infant.

I have never found Elizabeth Buise in census records, and I do not know what happened to her. I do not know when she was born, but she must have been of childbearing age when she married John Bennett Winters.

Elizabeth was probably related to Charles Buise (son of Margaret McGillivray, the "mystery woman" in the Winters family Bible) and his father, Charles Buise/Bews. Jane Buise, who was a witness at the wedding of John Bennet Winters and Elizabeth Buise, was probably also a relative. She may be the Jane Buise who was enumerated as a servant in the household of  Wales and Minnie Lee in Montreal in the 1881 Census of Canada, and who married William Edgar Jesse Smith on 23 August 1881. (Charles Buise was a witness at the wedding.) Charles Buise (son of Margaret) married Virginie Chebout on 23 February 1874 in Montreal; in the 1881 Census of Canada, she was also enumerated as Jane Buise.

The only George Buise or Bews that I have found is the George Bews who was enumerated in the 1825 Census of Lower Canada in Cap Sante, Hampshire. If he was Elizabeth's father, Margaret White may have been a second wife.

George Bews, Cap Sante, Hampshire, Quebec, Canada. Canada, recensement du Bas-Canada, 1825, database with images, FamilySearch (, citing p. 1685 1686, volume 3, MG 31 C1; Library and Archives Canada microfilm number C-718, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,443,958.

On TheShipsList, I found a transcribed passenger list from a ship that sailed from Quebec City at 8:00 PM on 30 May 1834 and arrived in Montreal at 4:00 PM on 31 May 1834. Passengers 371 and 372 were named Buise and White. Perhaps they were Elizabeth's parents George Buise and Margaret White. Since they were not listed on the same line, perhaps they had not yet  married; maybe they left for Montreal together and married there.

Screen shot, 1834 Arrivals: Canada - 8th trip up, Quebec to Montreal, May 30th 1834, left at 8 PM and arrived at 4 PM, May 31st. TheShipsList.

I would like to learn more about Elizabeth Buise for two reasons. One reason is that she was married to my 3rd-great-grandfather. The other reason is that I would like to figure out the connection between her and Charles Buise, son of Margaret McGillivray. Because Margaret's death notice was transcribed in the Winters family Bible, I think that she may be a relative, and perhaps that connection is what brought John Bennet Winters, his daughter Catherine Elizabeth Winters, and his son-in-law James Graham to Montreal. I do not know much about the family of Anna "Ann" Walker, my 3rd-great-grandmother and the previous wife of John Bennet Winters, and I know even less about my 2nd-great-grandfather James Graham. James Graham is my biggest brick wall, and would also  have been an appropriate choice for this week's 52 Ancestors theme, but I have already written about him and have not learned anything more about him since I wrote that post. Margaret McGillivray may have been related to Ann Walker or James Graham.