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Monday, July 28, 2014

DAR Elias Van Bunschooten Museum

I visited the DAR Elias Van Bunschooten Museum in Wantage, New Jersey over the weekend, during the museum's annual Christmas in July. Tours of the museum were given, and there were vendors, demonstrators, and re-enactors. The house was owned by Reverend Elias Van Bunschooten, a Dutch Reformed minister.







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The DAR Van Bunschooten Museum
Van Bunschooten Museum
Elias Van Bunschooten Museum

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Church Record Sunday: Marriage of Edward Lucas and Bridget Scott

My 8th-great-grandparents Edward Lucas and Bridget Scott married in 1700. They were Quakers, so they first had to declare their intentions. Bridget belonged to the Chesterfield Monthly Meeting in Burlington Co., New Jersey, where Edward declared his intentions on the 4th day of the 5th month 1700 (4 July 1700).

Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, Burlington Co., New Jersey. Minutes, 1688-1809. 4th day of 5th month 1700. Ancestry.com. U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Haverford, Quaker Meeting Records. Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.

Edward and Bridget declared their intentions again at the Chesterfield Monthly Meeting on the 1st day of the 6th month 1700 (1 August 1700). Edward brought a certificate from the meeting he belonged to, the Falls Monthly Meeting in Bucks Co, Pennsylvania.

Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, Burlington Co., New Jersey. Minutes, 1688-1809. 1st day of 6th month 1700. Ancestry.com. U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Haverford, Quaker Meeting Records. Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.

Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, Burlington Co., New Jersey. Book of Records, 1684-1756. 1st day of 6th month 1700. Ancestry.com. U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Haverford, Quaker Meeting Records. Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania.

Edward and Bridget married on the 3rd day of the 7th month 1700 (3 September 1700) at the house of Thomas Lambert (the husband of Bridget's sister Margaret) in New Jersey.

  
Marriage of Edward Lucas and Bridget Scott. 3rd day of 7th month 1700. Chesterfield Monthly Meeting, Burlington Co., New Jersey. Minutes, 1682-1847. Ancestry.com. U.S., Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1994 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Swarthmore, Quaker Meeting Records. Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sports Center Saturday: Theodore Christopher Troedson, Player for Past Grammar Football Club

Theodore Christopher Troedson, the son of my great-great-grandfather's brother Ola Peter Troedson, played rugby with the Past Grammar Football Club in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He was later elected patron of the club.

Past Grammar School Rugby Union Club, 1905 season. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Available from OneSearch and from Wikimedia Commons.
Back row:  R. Murray, C. K. Lea. Middle row:  C. E. Parkinson, A. W. Leeds, D. F. Storey, H. S. Smith, G. W. Murray, F. G. Lewis, G. H. Blanchard. Front row: A. J. Bennett, J. Dalrymple, T. Troedson, F. C. Cleeve (Captain), T. J. Brundrit, R. Collins, N. R. Murray. In front: F. Walsh, J. Robertson.

Brisbane Courier, 12 May 1905

Queensland Figaro, 10 May 1906

Brisbane Courier, 22 February 1929

Friday, July 25, 2014

52 Ancestors: #30 Charlotte Garland

My 5th-great-grandmother Charlotte Garland was born on 1 July 1782. She is listed in the Garland family Bible under Elisha and Lucy Garland and before the children born after Elisha and Lucy's marriage.

Garland Family Bible. Available from Tennessee Bible Records. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Based on the composition of Elisha Garland's household in 1790 (1 free white male over 16, 6 free white females), Charlotte appears to be in Elisha's household.

Elisha Garlin household. 1790 United States Census, Pendleton, South Carolina. Series M637, roll 11, page 4, image 17. Family History Library Film 0568151.

However, when Elisha Garland's widow, Lucy (Reeves) Garland, applied for a Revolutionary War widow's pension, she stated that they married on 14 December 1783 in what became East Tennessee.

Lucy Garland, widow of Elisha Garland, pension application. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files (NARA microfilm publication M804). Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

She also named her children with Elisha. She stated that their first child, Sally, was born in 1784. Charlotte was not mentioned.

Lucy Garland, widow of Elisha Garland, pension application. Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files (NARA microfilm publication M804). Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Who were Charlotte's biological parents? Elisha and Lucy (Reeves) Garland seem to be the parents that raised her. But were they both her biological parents?

Charlotte may have been an illegitimate child. Lucy Reeves was probably her biological mother. Lucy had a sister named Charlotte (the wife of James Robertson, "Father of Middle Tennessee"). Charlotte has sometimes been referred to as Charlotte Reeves.

Woodard, J. E. History of the Gower Family. Nashville: Harry V. L. Gower, 1920.

Lucy also could have been previously married, and Charlotte could be a child from that marriage. Or perhaps Elisha Garland had been previously married to a relative of Lucy's, maybe a sister. I had the Family Finder test done with Family Tree DNA and matched with a Reeves descendant, so I know I am related to the Reeves family. Or perhaps Lucy did not want to acknowledge that she had given birth to an illegitimate child, so she omitted Charlotte. 

Charlotte married William Gower in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1802.

Marriage record, William Gower and Charlotte Garland, 1802. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002. Nashville, Tennessee: Tennessee State Library and Archives.

In 1850, Charlotte, her husband William Gower, and their daughter Cynthia lived in Davidson County, Tennessee, near their son Lorenzo, his wife Nancy (Gatlin), and their children. Their daughter Margaret ("Peggy"), my 4th-great-grandmother, married Nancy's brother John Gatlin.

Charlotte died in 1860. Her estate inventory was dated 11 April 1860 and recorded on 31 July 1860.

According to the 1860 United States Census mortality schedule, Charlotte died of old age in May 1860 in Davidson County, Tennessee. The informant probably could not recall the exact date of her death.

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Federal Mortality Census Schedules, 1850-1880, and Related Indexes, 1850-1880; Archive Collection: T655; Archive Roll Number: 27; Census Year: 1860; Census Place: District 10, Davidson, Tennessee; Page: 71

Charlotte was buried in Gower Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee. According to her gravestone, she died on 16 April 1860.



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cousins Day

July 24 is Cousins Day. I have many first cousins and spent time with all of them when I was growing up, even though not all of them lived near me. Although they lived on the other side of the country, my cousins from California visited New Jersey almost every year and I was especially close to them.

This cousin tree shows different types of cousins.

Cousin tree. Public domain image, available from Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday's Child: Botilla Troedsdotter

Death/burial record for Botilla, January 1862. Grevie FI:2 (1861-1894), image 11.

Botilla, the youngest child of my 3rd-great-grandparents Troed Andersson and Christina Jacobsdotter, was born on 12 December 1861 in Grevie, Skåne, Sweden. She lived for only a few weeks. Botilla died on 3 January 1862 and was buried on 6 January 1862.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Louise Amanda (Tarkington) Whitman


Louise Amanda Tarkington was the youngest child of my 3rd-great-grandparents Joseph Tarkington and Amanda Russell. She was born in Tennessee on 24 March 1873. On 3 March 1897, she married Albert Powell Whitman in Davidson County, Tennessee. Louise and Albert had four children: Amanda Mary (born 5 February 1898), Finner Dupree (born 13 December 1903), Joseph Tarkington (born 31 March 1905), and Walter William (born 23 March 1908). Louise died in Nashville on 13 February 1915. On 15 February 1915, she was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, section 13 lot 75.