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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Census Sunday: Counties of Birth

The 1860 census record for the family of my aunt's 2nd-great-grandparents provides particularly detailed places of birth for the residents of the Township of New Barbadoes, Bergen County, New Jersey.

1860 United States census, Township of New Barbadoes, Bergen County, New Jersey, population schedule, page 465, image 167. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

My aunt's 2nd great-grandparents Josiah Gardner Bogert and Margaret (Kough) Bogert, her great-grandfather Cornelius Bogert, and the other children were all born in Bergen County, New Jersey.

1860 United States census, Township of New Barbadoes, Bergen County, New Jersey, population schedule, page 465, image 167, family 652. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.

Birthplaces of other residents listed on the same page include Passaic County, New Jersey; Ulster County, New York; Duchess [Dutchess] County, New York; New York City, New York; and Clair [Clare?], Ireland.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Surname Saturday: Bennet


According to the Internet Surname Database, the surname Bennet comes from the Roman personal name Benedictus, which means "blessed." It has been recorded with more than two hundred spellings, including Bennett, Benet, Benyt, Benedicte, Benech, Banish, Beneit, Benoit, Beinosovitch, and Vedyasov. The name was originally popular because of Saint Benedict.

According to Irish Ancestors, the surname Bennett is common in all provinces, especially Ulster. The Irish form of the surname is Binéid. It is also found as MacBennett.

My 4th-great-grandmother Mary Bennet was born about 1814 in Ireland.  In 1831, when Mary married Hugh Winters in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, her father Peter Bennet was living in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Jacob Bär

My 4th-great-grandfather Jacob Bär was born 238 years ago today, on 16 September 1778, in Görwihl, Waldshut, Baden, Germany. He was the son of Joseph Bähr and Magdalena Huber.

He married Magdalena Kaiser on 22 March 1802 in Görwihl. Their first child, Maria, was born less than 3 months later, on 15 June 1802, but died the next day. Their second child, Bartholomaeus, was born on 25 August 1804; he also died the next day. Their third child, Pelagius was born on 4 September 1805. This child survived, but the next child also died very young. Blasius was born on 3 February 1808, but died on 12 August 1808. Jacob and Magdalena had five more children: Franzisca (born 10 October 1811), Fridolin (born 9 March 1815), my 3rd-great-grandmother Maria (born 10 September 1818), Theresia (born 23 September 1821), and Thomas (born 11 November 1824).

Jacob's occupations were Taglöhner (day laborer) and Eisenhändler (ironmonger).

He died on 19 March 1854.

Faller, Helmut. Familiengeschichte der Gemeinde Görwihl. Bad Säckingen : H. Faller, 2000.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Friedrich/Fridolin Gerspacher/Gersbacher

145 years ago today, on 15 September 1871, the oldest child of my 2nd-great-grandparents Johann Gerspacher/John Gersbacher and Kunigunde Dreier, was born. His birth name was Friedrich Gerspacher, but he was later known as Fridolin. His paternal grandfather and maternal great-grandfather were both named Fridolin, so perhaps his parents had intended to name him Fridolin, but the priest recorded his name as Friedrich and that became his official name at birth.


Faller, Helmut. Familiengeschichte der Gemeinde Görwihl. Bad Säckingen : H. Faller, 2000.

When he was eleven years old, he and his mother and siblings left his hometown of Niederwihl, Waldshut, Baden, Germany. The family sailed from Bremen on the Braunschweig and arrived in Baltimore, Maryland on 26 July 1883. They then joined Fridolin's father in St. Louis, Missouri. After arriving in the United States, he was also known as Fred or Frederick.

Gerspacher family, Braunschweig passenger list. Baltimore, Maryland. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Baltimore, Maryland, 1820-1891. Microfilm Publication M255. RG 36. 50 rolls. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Ancestry.com. Baltimore, Passenger Lists, 1820-1964 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. 

In 1889, he worked as a manager for the Union News Co.

Gould's St. Louis Directory for 1889. St. Louis, MO: Gould Directory Co. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

In 1891, he worked as a bottler.

Gould's St. Louis Directory for 1891. St. Louis, MO: Gould Directory Co. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

He died in St. Louis, Missouri on 30 May 1892, when he was only 20 years old. The cause of death was oedema of the lungs. He was buried in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, section 010K, lot 0024E.

St. Louis, Missouri. Burial certificate no. 3863, Friedoline Gersbacker, 1892. Ancestry.com. Missouri, Death Records, 1834-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2008.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday's Child: Walter Boe

Walter Boe was born in 1899. He was the son of my great-grandfather John Boe and his first wife Signe Olson.

According to the 1900 United States census, he was born in June 1899; his age was given as 11/12.

1900 United States census, Benson, Swift County, Minnesota, population schedule, enumeration district no. 270, sheet no. 11A, family 190. Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

Walter died on 26 September 1900 in Danvers, Swift County, Minnesota. His age at death was given as 1 year, 8 months, and 14 days, which suggests that he was born on 12 January 1899. The cause of death was cholera infantum.

Swift County, Minnesota. Death card, Walter Boe, 1900. Iron Range Research Center, Chisolm, Minnesota.

John and Signe's next son, born in 1901, was also given the name Walter.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Chloe (Cromp) and Maurice O. Fox

Photo by SkipAZ - Find A Grave contributor

Maurice Otis Fox was born in New York on 18 March 1907. He was the son of Charles and Ruth Fox. He lived in Madison County, New York all his life. He worked for the Penn Central Railroad, and worked for the Thruway Restaurant in Canastota, Madison County, New York for five years.

Maurice's first wife was Chloe Cromp. She was born in New York on 29 July 1903. Her first husband was Lester Russell. She and Lester had four children. Chloe died on 6 June 1951.

Maurice's second wife was my first cousin twice removed Louise Margaret Gray. After their marriage, he helped her run Lakeport Grocery in Lakeport, Madison County New York.

Maurice died on 9 February 1975. He and Chloe were buried in Collamar Cemetery, DeWitt, Onondaga County, New York.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mappy Monday: Provinces of Götaland, Sweden

Map of Götaland, showing the smaller regions (landskap). CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0). Available from Wikimedia Commons.

This map shows the provinces that make up Götaland, one of the three lands of Sweden. All of my known Swedish ancestors came from Götaland.