Sunday, March 30, 2014


My cousins Wayne and Marilyn
I loved them with all of my four-year old heart from the
moment I first met them on the farm in Maine

I remember sitting at the table with my mother in the kitchen of our little San Francisco house (you can see it here, it's the light-colored one in the middle of the picture). I was probably nine or ten--old enough to want to know about my mother's family. She had a paper and pencil and was writing out a list of my sister's and my first cousins. When the list was done I felt that we were really special, because what I remember is that we counted up something like 32 cousins (at that point) on my mother's side of the family.

The list for my father's side was short. In fact, it was non-existent, as he was an only child. There were some second cousins, but no first cousins at all.

Now, almost 60 years later, I need the help of all my records and this computer to recreate the list. Let's see how many we end up with. Sadly, after doing some research, I now know that some of my cousins have died, and I will show their birth and death dates. I will use first names only to protect the privacy of the living, and no dates for them for the same reason.

The names of my mother's siblings are in bold and their spouses and children follow. In some cases, people remarried, but I am just concerned with the parents of the cousins for this list.

Aunt Alma (1900-1984) and Uncle George (1900-1982):

George Russell "Russell" (1921-1997)

John Lewis "Louie" (1922-2003)

David Lawrence "Lawrence" (1924-2010)


Arnold (1928-2010)







My cousin Hazel is in the middle
(Photo thanks to Pat Pickard)

Uncle Clifford (1903-1991) and Aunt Helen (1902-1976):

David (1932-2014)


Esther (1936--1938)



Uncle Beecher  (1906-1964) and Aunt Waneta/Juanita (1919-1985)*



Brian (1959-1998)


Uncle Jesse (1908-1950)

Never married, no children

Aunt Hope (1910-1933) and Uncle Donald (1913-2000)


Aunt Bess (1913-1997) and Uncle Clayton (1915-2013)



Stanley (1937-2002)


Elva (1914-1998) and Dan (1907-1972) (my mother and father)



Aunt Anna (1917-1976) and Uncle Eugene (1917-1982)



Claudia (1938-2008)

John G.

Aunt Sadie (1920-2009) and Uncle Joe (1912-1987)

Richard "Dickie" (1938-1981)


Aunt Gladys (1921-2002) and Uncle Murray (1910-1952)

Wayne (1937-1995)

Marilyn (1942-2005)

Aunt Lois (1924-1999) and Uncle Gilbert (1918-2000)





Aunt Faith (1926-2001) and Uncle David (1924-2010)



Uncle David (1928-1974) and Aunt Muriel



I count a total of 43, including my sister and myself. So we have 41 first cousins. We are spread out all over the country and probably wouldn't recognize each other if we passed on the street.

*Thank you to my cousin Gary for information about Beecher's children.

Updated 3 Dec 2018

Friday, March 28, 2014

My Mother's Family

Some of the Crabtree kids. Left to right: Elva, Faith, Lois, Gladys, David, Anna
I know my cousin believes that Bess is fourth from the left, not Gladys, but I think that
the birth dates make the case for that frowny girl being Gladys.

The Crabtree family, like most farm families in New Brunswick in the early 1900s, had lots of kids--so many kids, in fact, that they made a rhyme: 

Alma, Hope, and Bessie
Cliff, Beech, and Jesse
Elva, Anna, Sadie, Gladys
Lois, Faith, and David.

The family joke was that there were so many kids they needed a rhyme to help them remember them all. 

I thought it would be helpful to list the siblings in birth order, since that question often comes up. I've used the "story view" on to give a few facts about each one, so these rather repetitive narratives are computer-generated and based on the records I have found so far. Keep in mind that this is a work in progress and that there may yet be changes made. 


When Alma Adelia Crabtree* was born on August 20, 1900, in Easton, Maine, her father, David, was 25 and her mother, Edith, was 20. She married George Mavor McLellan and they had nine sons and two daughters together between 1921 and 1940. She then married Ernest "Guy" Nickerson on April 5, 1971, in Vernon, Connecticut. She died on April 1, 1984, in Bristol, Connecticut, at the age of 83, and was buried in Plainville, Connecticut.


When Clifford Alden Crabtree* was born on July 19, 1903, in Easton, Maine, his father, David, was 28 and his mother, Edith, was 23. He married Helen Mary Eddy and they had two sons and three daughters together. Helen died in 1976. Clifford married Evelyn Ida Allen on March 25, 1977, in Maine. He died on May 9, 1981, in Bangor, Maine, at the age of 77, and was buried there.

When Beecher Henry Crabtree* was born on October 9, 1906, in Easton, Maine, his father, David, was 31 and his mother, Edith, was 26. He married Waneta M. Savage on February 19, 1942, in Maine. They had one child during their marriage. He died on January 9, 1964, in Portland, Maine, at the age of 57.

When Jesse Howard Crabtree* was born on October 19, 1909, in New Brunswick, Canada, his father, David, was 34 and his mother, Edith, was 29. He had three brothers and nine sisters. He never married. He died in 1950 in Houlton, Maine, at the age of 40, and was buried there, together with his parents. 

When Hope Edith Crabtree* was born on March 7, 1910, in Easton, Maine, her father, David, was 34 and her mother, Edith, was 29. She married Albert Donald McLeod on September 16, 1942, in St John, Canada. They had one child during their marriage. She died in Portland, Maine.

When Bess Lelia Crabtree was born on August 10, 1913, in New Brunswick, Canada, her father, David, was 38 and her mother, Edith, was 33. She married Clayton LeRoy Valley and they had two sons and two daughters together. She also married Walter York. She died on October 16, 1997, at the age of 84, and was buried in Greenbrier, Arkansas.

When Elva Myrtle Crabtree (my mother) was born on December 27, 1914, in New Brunswick, Canada, her father, David, was 39 and her mother, Edith, was 34. She was married three times and had two daughters between 1944 and 1949. She died on September 29, 1998, in Vista, California, at the age of 83, and was buried in San Marcos, California.

When Anna Avis Crabtree was born on November 7, 1917, in New Brunswick, Canada, her father, David, was 42 and her mother, Edith, was 37. She married Rev. Eugene M. Middleton on October 31, 1937, in Maine. They had three children during their marriage. She died on September 19, 1996, in Meriden, Connecticut, at the age of 78, and was buried in Southington, Connecticut.

When Sarah Norma "Sadie" Crabtree was born on January 14, 1920, in Canada, her father, David, was 44 and her mother, Edith, was 39. She married Joseph Francis Ayotte and they had one son and one daughter together between 1938 and 1940. After divorcing Joe Ayotte, she married Joseph Ariale in 1957. She died on October 3, 2009, in Meriden, Connecticut, at the age of 89.


When Gladys Laversa Crabtree was born on July 17, 1921, in Maine, her father, David, was 46 and her mother, Edith, was 41. She was married three times and had one son and one daughter between 1937 and 1942. She died on October 28, 2002, in Fresno, California, at the age of 81.

When Lois Carrow Crabtree was born on August 27, 1924, in Canada, her father, David, was 49 and her mother, Edith, was 44. She married Gilbert Charles Stockson on October 28, 1943, in Maine. They had four children during their marriage. She died on November 20, 1999, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, at the age of 75.


When Muriel Evelyn "Faith" Crabtree was born on July 9, 1926, her father, David, was 51 and her mother, Edith, was 46. She married David Stanley Blakely on December 1, 1946, in Randolph, Massachusetts. They had two children during their marriage. She died on May 28, 2001, in Exeter, California, at the age of 74.

David, Jr.

When David Jewett Crabtree, Jr. was born on June 10, 1928, in New Brunswick, Canada, his father, David, was 52 and his mother, Edith, was 48. He married his first wife, Muriel L. Brennan, on February 17, 1951, in San Diego, California. They had two children in the early 1950s. He married three more times. He died on September 19, 1974, in Petaluma, California, at the age of 46.

This is the mother of them all, Edith Rae Giberson Crabtree, with "Unknown" Auntie

And here is the father of them all, David Jewett Crabtree, Sr.,
with his youngest son and namesake, David, Jr.


*The family name was Crabb until changed in a Maine probate court in 1910, so the first five children were Crabbs for a while until they became Crabtrees.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vintage Winter Photos

It's been a hard winter everywhere, so I thought this would be a good time to share some of my mother's old winter photos from New Brunswick and/or Maine. I'm sorry I can't be more specific, but these photos weren't labeled. 

It looks like these kids were assembled outside the school for a quick class picture. Judging by the blowing hair, it must have been a bit windy. Perhaps it was early spring and they didn't think they needed jackets. 

Now that I've scanned, enhanced, and enlarged this picture, I can finally make out the writing: "Famous Skiiers" [sic]. I would like to think that the small kids are my Aunt Faith and Uncle David, but I am sure that family members will have an opinion. If that is little Faith, we can date the photo at around 1930. 

The girl in the middle looks like a Crabtree, too, but I'm not sure about the others. I like how they are all ready to ski with their homemade equipment and everyday winter clothes. It makes skiing look like a practical way to get around in a snowy winter, rather than the fancy recreational sport it has become. 

Here's a whole group, ready for fun in the snow. The Crabtree family wasn't quite this big, so I wonder if this might be a neighborhood get-together. Or, wait! Is it just recess time at the one-room schoolhouse?

If all these snowy scenes haven't made you feel chilly enough, take a close look at the next photo. 

This last picture is a really special and historic one, and is used here with the kind permission of Patricia Parkhurst Gee Pickard, a member of the church Uncle Clifford founded in Bangor, Maine that was to become Glad Tidings Church. Pat is an author and historian of all things Crabtree. She has taught me so much about my own family!

I think that Pat tells the story best:

Here is a 1932 photo taken during a baptism that Rev. John Dearing conducted THROUGH THE ICE at Maxfield's Mill in Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor, Maine. Brother Dearing is the man in front with the white shirt and apparently, a rubber suit on, and Blanche Craig (later Grant) is standing next to him. Ralph Grant, Blanche's son, just let me borrow the original and I have scanned it and put it up on my computer. Other people from the Bangor congregation are in the picture. This is the group of people that were in the congregation that has become Glad Tidings Church in Bangor.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Reverend David Clifford Crabtree, 1932-2014

In memory of my first cousin, Reverend David Crabtree, son of another minister, my Uncle Clifford Crabtree (1903-1981).

Notice from the Church of All Nations, Boca Raton, Florida, March 2014., accessed 25 Mar 2014:

"On behalf of Church of All Nations, our church family extends its deepest condolences to the Crabtree and Boykin family on the peaceful departure of Rev. David Crabtree, who went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 24 at 1:35 pm.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the prayers and expressions of love and support over the past several weeks.

A funeral service will be held this coming Sunday, March 30, in the main sanctuary of Church of All Nations at 3:00 pm.

Please keep both families in your prayers."



Rev. David Crabtree

Rev. David Crabtree
CRABTREE, DAVID - Rev. David Clifford Crabtree, born May 22, 1932 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, finished his course March, 24, 2014. 
He is survived by Dawn, his wife of fifty-nine years, his sister Hazel Hoskins of Hillsboro, FL, a brother, Charles Crabtree of Roseville, CA, sister, Charlotte Carlson of Redding, CA, daughters, Susan Crabtree of Fresno, CA, and Beth Boykin of Boca Raton, FL, a son, David Crabtree of Greensboro, NC, and grandchildren, Ashley Jefferson, Lauren Smith, Lindsay Crabtree, Jennifer Boykin, Daniel Boykin, Susan Boykin, and great-grandchildren, David, Keegan, and Brooklyn Jefferson of Greensboro, NC. Rev. Crabtree led four congregations in Saint John, NB, Des Moines, IA, and Worcester, MA, in a preaching ministry that spanned more than fifty years. He was renowned for his preaching gift and his love of people. 
His life will be celebrated in a special remembrance at Church of All Nations, 1300 NW 4th Ave, Boca Raton, on Sunday, March 30 at 3:00 p.m. Memorial considerations can be directed to HopeRide 2014 at, or to the work of One Hope at Funeral Services provided by Glick Family Funeral Home, Boca Raton.


The funeral bulletin: Go to this page to download the funeral bulletin, which contains a beautiful tribute to David from his granddaughter:


March 30, 3014: David's wife, Dawn McClure Crabtree, posted on her Facebook page this description of the wake:

"BOCA POST: A wonderful WAKE yesterday for our family and close friends...We saw him...and we cried....We talked and shared stories and laughed and cried some more. As I looked around that beautiful room I thought....NO ONE WOULD ENJOY THIS MORE THAN DAVID CRABTREE. He would have been in his 'element'.
We enjoyed a lovely buffet at Mark and Beth's house...more sharing and laughter & tears. Now today we honor his life in a Celebration of HIM. Thanks to all of my FB friends for your loving prayers and support of our family through all of this.
Today we celebrate David for the loving gifted gentleman he was. He now resides in heaven...wouldn't come back if he could... With his gregarious personality...he will have been around heaven a few times...(maybe a run)..and welcomed others who are arriving there......There was a smile as he left us.
"David, Look for me...for I will be there too"...We'll share our eternal life worshipping the ONE we have served and loved."


The funeral was broadcast live at 3:00 PM EST on Sunday, March 30. You can see the video here: .

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

My Great Uncle Randolph Giberson: A Sad Life?

I suppose that some future family historian looking at my life through civil records might think that it had been an unhappy one. It's hard to see the death of a child and ensuing divorce as anything but tragic, but there is, of course, another side to the story. There are other children who bring much joy; and divorce can sometimes lead to lifelong friendship and to another future marriage that brings much happiness. When I think about my life so far I always think of that lovely phrase "surprised by joy," that was used by both William Wordsworth and C.S. Lewis.

Although because of my own experience I know that civil records don't tell the whole tale, the day that I traced the life of my great uncle Randolph Giberson, I was saddened by what I found. After I entered all the records that I could find, gave me a brief summary of Randolph's life:

When Randolph Giberson was born in 1874 in [Victoria], New Brunswick, Canada, his father, William, was 18 and his mother, Martha, was 17. He married Viola C. Lindsey on June 22, 1897, in Maine. They had one child during their marriage. Randolph died on September 14, 1898, in Easton, Maine, at the age of 24.

Through family correspondence and stories, I happen to know a few more things about Randolph. Sometime around 1881-1883, when Randolph was 6, his brother Hanford was 3, sister Edith (my maternal grandmother) was 2, and the baby Stanley was just a year old, their father William left the family and was never heard from again. Their mother Martha was only 23 or 24 years old and left on her own with four small children. In those days of big families--Martha was one of 12 children herself--I hope that there was plenty of family nearby to help out.

A search of the New Brunswick Newspaper Vital Statistics Index for William turns up a William Giberson who felled a tree that landed on his father and killed him; another William Giberson who was "instantly killed by a brow of timber;"and a third William Giberson who "was run over by the train on the Branch Railroad near the Meadows Station on Thursday afternoon." None of these was our William as the dates were wrong, but it looks as though the outlook for any William Giberson in that part of New Brunswick in those years was particularly grim.

We don't know exactly what happened to Martha either, but the family stories tell that she had some sort of breakdown and died some time before 1890, when her daughter Edith was around 8 years old. 

The dates and ages are hard to pin down as people seemed to give varying birth dates to the census takers--for example, Edith's date of birth was given as 1880, 1881, and 1882, so I am giving my best estimates.

After Martha's death, the four children were sent out to different families as servants, which I'm guessing was a sort of unofficial foster care system at best, and a sad life for a child at worst. I found Randolph's brother, Hanford, in the Beveridge household in the 1901 Canada Census of Gordon, Victoria, New Brunswick--age 24, single, and still a servant. Note: I discovered in April 2018 that the Beveridge household was the family of Hanford's great aunt. It makes me feel so much better to know he was with family. 

I never have found where any of the other siblings lived during that time, although another family letter indicates that the youngest brother, Stanley, was drowned at an early age, and one of my aunts told me that her mother Edith "kept house" in various places until she married my grandfather when she was 18 or 19.

This 1940s photo shows one use for child labor on a potato farm.
School didn't open in Aroostook County, Maine, until the potato harvest was in.
(image from Wikimedia Commons).

Things took a cheerier turn for Randolph in 1897.  He married young Viola Lindsey, the daughter of a farmer from Easton, in Aroostook County, Maine. Randolph was 23 and Viola is just 16. Within a year, they welcomed a son, Merle, into their family. 

Randolph's sister, Edith, had been living in Maine since 1895 (per the 1900 U.S. Census). She married later in Easton, so I am hoping that she was nearby when Randolph and Viola were starting their family. Viola's parents were also living in Easton during this time. I like to think of the young couple with lots of supportive family living in the neighborhood. 

This map shows the location of Easton, Maine and its proximity to parts of New Brunswick.
The Gibersons came from Lower Perth in Victoria County.

Just as things seemed to be going so well, tragedy struck again. Randolph was only 24, presumably working as a farm laborer as he had done all his life, when he died suddenly due to "heart disease." His death left another young Giberson widow on her own with a four month old baby, a sad echo of Randolph's early life. 

from Maine Death Records, 1617-1922, Maine State Archives,

Viola's story has a happier-sounding outcome. Within a few years, after living back at home with her parents, she married Ari Thompson, who worked as a chef in a sanitarium. Together they had two boys and two girls, Ari raised Randolph and Viola's boy Merle, as his own, and they eventually provided a home for Viola's aging and widowed father as well. 

In spite of the overall sad tone to Randolph's life, as gleaned from official records, I hope that he, too, had moments when he was "surprised by joy."

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What WAS Her Name?

Edward J. Ellis, 1841-1916, was my great grand-uncle through my paternal grandmother's side of the family. In 1862, he married the love of his life, a woman to whom he remained married for 54 years until they were parted by his death. What do you suppose was her name?

In the 1850 U.S. Census, she was listed as 8 year old Serfenda Nickerson, living in Mercer, Maine with her parents and siblings. I have never heard of that name, have you? I just checked one of those name calculators, and there are fewer than 1,589 Serfendas in the U.S. right now.

From the 1850 U.S. Census

The census information at that time was handwritten, of course, which always gives lots of room for error. I think that a case could be made for that name actually being "Perfenda"--you'll see why in a moment.

According to the census transcription, her parents, the plainly-named Jonathan and Hannah, also had children named Alien, Orin, Manncea, Alvine, and Tilestio. You might agree with me, however, that a case could be made for a different interpretation--they might just as well have been called Ablein, Orion, Minnesota, Merino, and Filester!

Tracing our mystery woman through the years, we see that:

In the 1860 U.S. Census, she was called Prophenda Nickerson.

In the 1870 U.S. Census, now married to my Great Grand-Uncle Edward, she was called Fenda Ellis.

In the 1875 Rhode Island State Census, she was called Brofenda Ellis.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, she was called Profenda Ellis.

In the 1900 U.S. Census, her name was variously transcribed as Rorofenia/Profenda/Rofenia Ellis.

In the 1910 U.S. Census, she was called Profante/Profenda/Profant Ellis.

From the 1910 U.S. Census

When she died in 1918, she was buried next to Edward in a grave in Rhode Island that was unmarked,* but the cemetery records called her Profinder Ellis. Now, that's a version that makes me smile. If you think about it, this is exactly the way a New Englander would pronounce "Profenda." (As you know, they tend to carelessly drop the letter "r" where you would expect to hear it, then they pop it into places where it was never intended to go).

So, for the moment, I think that I will call her Great Grand-Aunt Profenda-pronounced-Profinder, although I'm pretty sure she would prefer to be called plain old Auntie Fenda (probably pronounced "Fender").

What do you think?


*I wondered why the Ellises were buried near the Huntoons, but research showed that one of Profenda's younger sisters, not born in time for the 1850 Census listing above, was named Callista Nickerson, and was married to a Huntoon.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

My Grandmother Eva, "Mimi"

Eva "Mimi" Josephine Ellis Harris, 1888-1943
Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Late 1930s?
I never met my father's mother, who died the year before I was born. I don't remember my father talking much about his family, but I really wish that I had asked more questions. I've heard a couple of stories from relatives, and the rest I've pieced together from historical records. 

My father's cousin, John Hayes, told me that Eva was warm and welcoming, and would meet guests with the song: If I Knew You Were Coming, I'd've Baked a Cake!"

My half-sister, Joan, has these memories of our grandmother, Eva, or "Mimi:" Joan remembers Mimi's house being lit by kerosene lamps. Mimi was a marvelous seamstress, she made quilts, braided rugs, and tatted edging for handkerchiefs. She always had some project in her hands, and carried small sewing projects in her pocketbook, so she wouldn't be without some work at hand. That habit has continued into my own generation.

Joan remembers our father, Dan Harris, at his mother's funeral, saying "this is the first time I've ever seen her hands still."

Mimi's handwork: Edging on a handkerchief
A treasured gift from Joan Harris Foynes

Piecing together Mimi's story

Oscar Ellis of Smithfield, Maine, and Ellen Healey Lynch, who had been born in England, were married in 1887 in Blackstone, Massachusetts. It was the second marriage for both of them. 

Oscar and Ellen had two sons who died young. The first was Oscar James, who was born in March of 1886 and died of cholera infantum in July that same year. The next year, another little boy (unnamed) was born to them on Dec. 13. He only lived two weeks, dying on Dec. 26, 1887 of heart disease. 

After all that heartbreak, their third child was my grandmother, Eva Josephine Ellis, who was born Sept. 14, 1888 in Worcester. Oscar, Eva's father, was 36, and her mother, Ellen, was 19.

Eva was listed in the 1900 Census in Worcester, Massachusetts. She was living with her parents and siblings and was 11 years old. According to the census taker Eva had attended nine months of school during the previous year; and could read, write, and speak English. Her father worked in a livery stable, and her mother kept house. By this time, Eva had two little brothers, Oscar Joshua and Eddie, ages 9 and 7 at the time of the census, and one little sister (who grew up to be my Great Aunt Nellie, and who scared me a little when I was a child), age 2 at the time of the census.

We don't know when or where Eva met her husband, Albert Harris, who was born in New York City in 1884. They married around 1906-07, but I haven't found a record of the marriage yet (Note: I now have their marriage certificate from New Jersey, showing they married in Newark, New Jersty 9 October 1906). In the 1910 U.S. Census they told the census taker that they had been married for three years, which gives us the estimated date for the marriage. 

Albert Harris (1884-1939)
 in later years

Albert and Eva's only child, Daniel Lawrence Harris (my father), was born Aug. 2, 1907. 

At the time of the 1910 census, Eva, her husband Albert and son Daniel Lawrence Harris were shown as residing in Boston, Massachusetts. Dan was 2 years old. Albert was a waiter. 

The family lived at 56 South Huntington Ave., Roxbury, Massachusetts when Albert signed his World War I draft registration card on Sept. 12, 1918. He gave the name of his wife, Eva of the same address, as his closest relative. He was 34 years old, and working as a head waiter at the Brunswick Hotel, Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. The physical description on the card describes him as short, stout, with gray eyes, and auburn hair.

Eva, Albert, and Dan were shown as residing in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1920 U.S. Census. Dan was 12 years old. Eva was listed as being 31 and Albert was 35.  Albert gave his occupation as waiter. 

Around 1930, Albert and Eva, together with Eva's sister Nellie and brother-in-law Jack Hayes bought a piece of property labeled parcel 8-A, formerly the Nims Homestead, in the town of Antrim, New Hampshire. They fixed up the building and The Harris Tavern appeared for the first time on the tax rolls for Antrim in 1931. They planned to run it as a hotel, with an attached golf course. Albert ran the hotel, Eva did the cooking, and Jack and Nellie worked there as well. 

In 1931, the property was valued at $5000 and the annual property tax was $199.50. The Harris Tavern was in existence for only a couple of years, then it disappeared from the town report property tax rolls. Our family stories recount that Albert had sunk all his money into the venture, went bankrupt, and that he never recovered from the failure of the tavern. 

Albert died in 1939, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He is buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.

In the 1940 Census, Eva, a widow, was living alone in a rented house at 68 Wold Hill Street in Boston, Massachusetts. According to census information the rent on the house was $35 a month. She had lived at the same address in 1935. Her highest grade completed in school was 8th grade. She did not work, nor was she seeking employment. She was 51 years old.

Eva died in 1943 in Winchendon, Massachusetts. She is buried with Albert in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, U.S.

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Telephone interviews by Clair Harris Zarges with John Michael Hayes, Jr. and Joan Harris Foynes. 1989.

"Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 04 Dec 2013), Eva Josephine Ellis, 14 Sep 1888. (Note: "Corrected;" presumably speaking of the father's name, which was given as "Austin J." instead of Oscar J. Ellis). Massachusetts, Birth Index, 1901-1960 and 1967-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Department of Public Health, Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. Massachusetts Vital Records Index to Births [1916–1970]. Volumes 92–160, 162, 168, 175, 212– 213. Facsimile edition. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

"United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 04 Dec 2013), Eva J Ellis in household of Oscar J Ellis, Precinct 4 Worcester city Ward 8, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; citing sheet , family 175, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240697.

"Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 04 Dec 2013), Eva Ellis in entry for Daniel Harris, 1907.

Birth Certificate for Daniel Lawrence Harris: True copy of record of birth, C82253, issued Apr. 30, 1999, from the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Reg. no. 1622, Vol. 568, Page 497.

"United States Census, 1910," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Nov 2013), Daniel L Harris in household of Albert Harris, Boston Ward 19, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing sheet , family 48, NARA microfilm publication T624, FHL microfilm 1374634013), Daniel L Harris in household of Albert Harris, Boston Ward 14, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States; citing sheet , family 162, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1820736.

Albert's World War I Draft Registration Card: "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 03 Dec 2013), Albert Harris, 1917-1918; citing Roxbury City no 14, Massachusetts, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d); FHL microfilm 1685006.

"United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Nov 2013.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Boston Ward 14, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_736; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 381; Image: 472. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

 Annual Reports of the Town Officers of Antrim, New Hampshire, 1930. Accessed 7 Mar 2014.

Year: 1940; Census Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1669; Page: 61B; Enumeration District: 15-420A. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.

Eva's death date is from her headstone at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, U.S. Clair Zarges: Personal visits to the Pine Grove Cemetery, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire in the 1990s. Massachusetts, Death Index, 1901-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Department of Public Health, Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. Massachusetts Vital Records Index to Deaths [1916–1970]. Volumes 66–145. Facsimile edition. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Progress Report: My Mother's Family

The first chart below shows several generations back for my mother's family. A lot has been added since I first posted her family tree on this blog. Of course, each of these people has many more pages showing relatives of their own, which you can see by clicking on any name.

When I first started this research, it was difficult to know where to begin, as there were so many blank generations to be filled in. I knew my mother's parent's and grandparent's names, but my knowledge stopped there. This chart shows both the progress and the places where more research is needed. Clearly, I will need to be concentrating on my great-grandmother, Martha Grant, and her ancestors. 

This chart doesn't tell the whole story, however. There just isn't enough room on this page to represent all the known generations. If you will scroll down to the second chart, which starts with my great great grandfather, John Shepherd Kinney (1802-1872) who is in the fourth column from the left in the first chart, you will see that there is more to the story.

Elva Myrtle Rodriguezformerly Crabtree
Born 27 Dec 1914
Died 29 Sep 1998
Sister of Alma Adelia Nickerson descendantsClifford Alden CrabtreeBeecher Henry CrabtreeJesse Howard CrabtreeHope McLeodBess Lelia YorkAnna Avis MiddletonSarah Norma ArielGladys Laversa HudginsLois Carrow StocksonMuriel Evelyn Blakely descendants and David Jewett Crabtree Jr. descendants
Wife of Daniel Lawrence Harris ancestors descendants
Wife of Ernest Rodriguez ancestors
Mother of Clair Marie Zarges ancestors descendants and Jean Lee Harris ancestors
David Jewett Crabb Sr. ancestors descendants
20 Jun 1875 - 17 Apr 1954
William Henry Crabb Jr. ancestors descendants
1837 - 28 Jun 1890
*William Henry Crabb Sr. ancestors descendants
1802 - 1868
*John Crabb Jr. ancestors descendants
1770 - Nov 1853
*Elizabeth Mary Cram ancestors descendants
abt 1759 - aft 1803
*Elizabeth Nason ancestors descendants
abt 1805 - aft 1840
Sarah Ann Kinney ancestors descendants
03 Oct 1842 - abt 14 Aug 1935
*John Shepherd Kinney ancestors descendants
1802 - 15 Dec 1872
*Stephen Kinney ancestors descendants
1771 - 03 May 1837
*Merab Ives ancestors descendants
1776 - 23 May 1843
*Sarah Crabtree ancestors descendants
1820 - abt 1887
*Richard Arnold Crabb ancestors descendants
30 Nov 1789 - 12 Jun 1867
*Mary Giggey ancestors descendants
02 Nov 1788 - 26 Dec 1863
Edith Rae Giberson ancestors descendants
10 Mar 1880 - 26 Sep 1946
William Giberson ancestors descendants
1856 -
*Samuel Giberson ancestors descendants
10 Aug 1826 -
*James Giberson ancestors descendants
03 Jul 1791 -
*Elizabeth Campbell ancestors descendants
1837 -
*Tamberlane Campbell ancestors descendants
Sep 1813 - 05 Nov 1892
Martha Grant ancestors descendants
abt 1858 - bef 1890

This second chart takes us back to my ggggggg grandparents, if I've counted correctly. WikiTree's concept of a "worldwide collaborative family tree" makes this chart possible. The further back we get in family history research, the more genealogists have worked on our common ancestors and the more information we have to share.

But wait, there's more! If you will locate Daniel Kenney (1705-1780) in the chart below, we can take a look at his ancestors as well. Just scroll down to the third chart. I hope you'll be surprised to find out just how far back we can go. I certainly was!

John Shepherd "Sugar John, Praying John"Kinney
Born 1802
Died 15 Dec 1872
Brother of Israel Kinney,Israel Kinney descendantsStephen KinneyDaniel KinneyJosiah Kinney descendantsJames Kinney,Elijah KinneyRuth Kinney,Esther KinneySusan Kinney,Abigail Kinney and Eunice Kinney
Husband of Sarah Crabtree ancestors descendants
Father of John Shepherd Kinney ancestors descendantsAaron Kinney ancestors,Sarah Ann Kinney ancestors descendantsSusan Kinney ancestorsAdelia M. Kinney ancestors,Richard Wayman Kinney ancestorsand Charles Allen Kinney ancestors
Stephen Kinney ancestors descendants
1771 - 03 May 1837
Israel Kinney ancestors descendants
23 Oct 1739 - 24 Dec 1791
*Daniel Kenney ancestors descendants
19 Oct 1705 - abt 1780
*Daniel Kinne ancestors descendants
23 Jul 1682 - 28 Mar 1766
*Mary Richards ancestors descendants
1684 - 28 Mar 1766
*Elizabeth Stockwell ancestors descendants
1706 - abt 1795
*William Stockwell ancestors descendants
- 1747
*Elizabeth Shaw ancestors descendants
- 1716
Susannah Hood ancestors descendants
27 Oct 1745 - 14 Jan 1812
*Nathaniel Hood ancestors descendants
1707 - 08 Jun 1755
*Nathaniel Hood ancestors descendants
09 Jun 1669 - 30 Oct 1748
*Joanna Dwinnell ancestors descendants
05 Jul 1685 - 01 Mar 1732
*Abigail Potter ancestors descendants
06 Sep 1713 -
*Samuel Potter ancestors descendants
1657 - 02 Aug 1714
*Sarah Chilson ancestors descendants
04 Jun 1673 - 05 Oct 1737
Merab Ives ancestors descendants
1776 - 23 May 1843
Capt. David Ives ancestors descendants
*[Maternal Grandmother?]**

I have to send out thanks to all the genealogists who have spent many thousands of hours compiling this information. Perhaps, working together, we actually can build a collaborative family tree for the entire world's population. Anything is possible, I suppose. 

One last note: It's almost an embarrassment of riches, but if you click on Henry Kinne's (1623-1696) name below, then on "family tree" on his page, you can see that his information reaches back for at least another four generations.
Daniel Kenney
Born 19 Oct 1705
Died about 1780
Brother of Israel Kenny and Mary Kenny
Husband of Elizabeth Stockwell
Father of Daniel Kenney andIsrael Kinney
Daniel Kinne
(23 Jul 1682 - 28 Mar 1766)
Thomas Kinne Sr.
(11 Mar 1655 - 01 Jun 1687)
Henry Kinne
(08 Jul 1623 - 19 Jun 1696)
John Kinne
(1602 - 1670)
Sarah Cheever
(abt 1600 - 1663)
Ann Putnam
(1637 - 1680)
Edmund Putnam
(1603 - 1675)
Anne Compton
(1607 - 1680)
Elizabeth Knight
(07 Apr 1658 - 06 Feb 1694)
Joseph Knight
(abt 1624 - 13 Aug 1687)
John Knight
(abt 1595 - 22 May 1674)
Mary Pickering
(1598 - 16 May 1676)
Hannah Lamb
(17 Dec 1633 - 13 Jan 1695)
Edward Lamb
(bef 1608 - bef 1650)
Margaret French
(1610 - 1650)
Mary Richards
(1684 - 28 Mar 1766)
Joseph Richards
(1653 - 24 Feb 1695)
William Richards
(23 Jan 1619 - 25 Jul 1682)
John Richards
(1578 - )
Grace Weightman
(08 Oct 1592 - )
Grace Shaw
(15 Aug 1621 - aft 1682)
Abraham Shaw
(14 Nov 1585 - 10 Oct 1638)
Elizabeth Best
(09 Apr 1592 - abt 1649)
Susan Richards
(1654 - 1680)