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BEERS’ BIO: Rev. T. S. Bennett

About a decade ago I helped research the Bennett family using J.H. Beers & Co.’s 1890 book:  History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania. Here is the biography of Rev. T. S. Bennett from the McKean County biography section.

Rev. T. S. Bennett, farmer and oil producer, Eldred, was born near Knoxville, Tioga Co., Penn., March 28, 1826, a son of Joseph and Lucinda (Bonney) Bennett. He was reared near Whitesville, N. Y., until sixteen years of age, and received a common school education. In 1842 he located in Bradford, Penn., and after attaining his majority embarked in the lumber business, which he continued fifteen years. He then followed farming; afterward, in 1876, sold his farm for oil purposes, it being the first farm in Bradford sold on that account. The same year he located in Eldred, and purchased a farm he still owns, and where oil was found in considerable quantities in 1887, on which are now three producing wells, and two more derricks in operation. In 1868 Mr. Bennett united with the United Brethren Church, and in 1871 was ordained a minister, since when he has preached in McKean and adjoining counties up to the present time. He has been twice married. His first wife was Huldah, daughter of Nathaniel and Dolly (Ingalls) Edson, of Bradford, by whom he had five children: Walter A., Eveline V. (Mrs. S. Turner), Wellman G., Dolly (Mrs. McClellan Olmsted) and Lowell. His second wife was Mrs. Mary F. (Allen) Hudson, of Wales, Erie Co., N. Y. Mr. Bennett is, to quite an extent, interested in real estate in Eldred and vicinity, and has erected a large number of dwellings. Politically he was formerly a Republican, but is now a stanch advocate of Prohibition.

[Source: “History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, and Potter, Pennsylvania . . .” Volume 1, J. H. Beers & Co., Published 1890 (pp. 486-487)]

To read more, check out this earlier post:

https://mixedgenes.wordpress.com/2014/08/18/beers-bennetts-and-eldred/

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Posted by on July 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Rev. Joseph Baxter

Recently, while researching possible BAXTER ancestors, I stumbled across an entry for a Reverend Joseph Baxter from colonial New England. I’ve no idea if he will turn out to be a distant relative of mine or not, but I found him interesting enough to explore a bit.

I found him in a book I discovered a few years ago, The Colonial Clergy and Colonial Churches of New England by Frederick Lewis Weis. Published under the auspices of the Society of the Descendants of the Colonial Clergy (1620-1776), this book was published in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1936. Rev. Baxter appears on page 30.
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According to the book’s abbreviations and notes key on page 238, this entry offers answers to these headings:

NAME: Joseph Baxter
HIGHEST DEGREE EARNED: A.M.
BORN in Braintree, Massachusetts on June 4, 1676
PARENTS: Lieut. John Baxter and Hannah (White) Baxter
COLLEGE: H.C. means Harvard College, graduating in 1693.
DEGREES EARNED AT THAT COLLEGE: The A.B. and A.M. are the degrees he earned from Harvard.
—A.B. and B.A. are the same thing: this person had a Bachelor of Arts degree

—A.M. and M.A. are the same thing: this person had a Master of Arts degree.

ORDAINED: in Medfield, Massechusetts on Apr. 21, 1697

SETTLED: He ‘settled’ down to be the pastor of a church


SETTLED WHERE: He was the pastor for the Medfield, Massachusetts Congregational Church.


SETTLED WHEN: He served as pastor there from 1694-1745.

ARTILLERY ELECTION SERMON: was in 1716

ELECTION SERMON: was in 1727

DIED: in Medfield, Massachusetts on May 2, 1745

AGE AT DEATH: 69 years old.

– – – An ELECTION SERMON, apparently, was the message the preacher gave a week or two before an upcoming election. Drawing the listeners to re-examine their own lives and repent of their own sins, before they stepped up to cast their vote on the matters of life in the colony or community.

—An ARTILLERY ELECTION SERMON, it seems, was similar, but preceeded the election of officers of the local Artillery Company. According to Harold D. Mixon, in 1967, “The purpose of the organization was to provide uniformity in drill for the officers of the various militia companies of New England.” (found in Boston’s artillery election sermons and the American revolution, by Harold D. Mixon in Speech Monographs Vol. 34 , Iss. 1, 1967. Accessed 12/31/2017 at  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03637756709375518).

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in 1676, 1693, 1694, 1697, 1716, 1727, 1745, Uncategorized

 

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Haynes Boys

The Haynes Boys

The three gentlemen in this picture are the three sons of William Truman Haynes and his wife, Carrie E. (Cleveland) Hayneshaynes-boys

from left to right is Earl, Willis, and Frank.

  • Franklin L. Haynes DOB: 24 Apr 1877 (a.k.a. “Frank”) 
  • Winfield Willis Haynes DOB: 4 Dec 1880 (a.k.a. “Willis”) 
  • Earl Truman Haynes DOB: 31 Jul 1886  

I am suggesting a date between 1905 and 1910 for 2 reasons: 

(1) Earl looks like he ought to be at least 19 years old, however

(2) Frank died 29 Apr 1910.

Other than those two clues I have nothing else to suggest a date.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2017 in 1877, 1880, 1886, 1905, 1910, Uncategorized

 

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OBITUARY: Olive Thurber

This obituary was found in Bolivar, NY, at the Bolivar-Richburg Area Genealogy section of the town library. I saw a copy which was tagged with the date 12 Mar 1897. Apparently it was the Bolivar Breeze newspaper in which it was originally published on that date.

DEATH OF MRS. OLIVE THURBER

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Former Resident of Bolivar Died at

Friendship, Tuesday, Aged 91 Years.

Resided In Bolivar Sixty Years

   Mrs. Olive Thurber died at Friendship, Tuesday, March 9, aged 91 years. Mrs. [Thurber] was born November 10, 1806 and resided in Bolivar over sixty years. She moved to Friendship shortly after the oil excitement came and since resided with relatives in that town. She will be well remembered by all of the older residents. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. John Mix of Bolivar and Mrs. David Cole of Friendship, and one son, Richard Thurber of Bolivar. She was a pious woman who won and retained the respect of all who knew her. The funeral was held at Friendship yesterday.

The second reference to Olive in the text of the obituary had the last name as “Thruber.” Since it was clearly a typo, I simply corrected it.

One of her daughters, Mrs. John Mix, was Nancy Ann (Thurber) Mix and was highlighted in a newspaper picture I featured of her and her husband on March 21, 2013 in this blog. (Originally published in the Potter Leader Enterprise (Coudersport, PA) Summer 1995)

Family tradition claims that OLIVE STREET in Bolivar, NY, was named after this beloved lady. I’ve found no evidence to verify that story, but I’ve driven on Olive Street dozens of times through the years, so I can at least verify the street is there with that name. I’d love to hear more if others know more.

As I’ve explored census records, I have found Olive in the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 U.S. Census records. Thus far, I have not had access to other census records. Interestingly, some of the census workers must have had sloppy handwriting or poor notetaking skills. Check the place of birth in these four censuses:

In the 1850 census, Olive Thurber is listed as born about 1806in Virgin Isles” and living in Bolivar.

In the 1860 census, Olive Thurber is listed as born about 1809in Vermont” and living in Bolivar.

In the 1870 census, Olive Thurber is listed as born about 1806in New York” and living in Bolivar.

In the 1880 census, Olive Cowles is listed as born about 1806in Canada” and living at Friendship.

The Cowles surname threw me for awhile, but I’ve noticed on some of the Ancestry.com family tree listings, done by various individuals, that Olive is referred to as Olive Richardson or Olive Cowles on a few trees (and Olive Richardson Cowles on one).

Many references list Olive’s husband as David Thurber, born 1805, but I have no evidence as proof.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2016 in 1805, 1806, 1809, 1897, Uncategorized

 

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1932 Kane Directory

One of the neatest things I discovered a few years back in the Kane, PA library was a series of city directories. At the time I was exploring my wife’s ancestors with the last names of BURROWS, CLARK, DIPPO, HOKE, and HOUSLER. Here are my notes on people with those last names that I discovered in the 1932 Kane Directory.

Many of the business references (emp Pl G Co) means that person worked at that business but I do NOT know what most of those abbreviations stand for.  (The example here is Plate Glass Co., but that’s all I know for these.)

“h” = home at …          “bds” = has a bed at …

Information appears in this order:

page #, last name, first name, (wife) occupation, address 

  67-Clark, Chas L (Utica) lab, h642 Dawson

  67-Clark, Chas S (Ella), emp, Am Wind Glass Co, h115 Clay

  67-Clark, Earl, sprayer, Holgate Co., bds642 Dawson

  67-Clark, Fred L. (Mabel) salesman Miles-Kane Co, h108 Hemlock Ave.

  67-Clark, Frederick S, pharmacist, bds115 Clay

  67-Clark, Merle (Florence) leaseman, h237 Haines

  67-Clark, Thornton M. (Annie) gauger Nat’l Trans Co., h201 Birch

 There were no entries for Burrows, Dippo, Hoke, or Housler.
 
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Posted by on December 30, 2016 in 1932, Uncategorized

 

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1928 Kane Directory

One of the neatest things I discovered a few years back in the Kane, PA library was a series of city directories. At the time I was exploring my wife’s ancestors with the last names of BURROWS, CLARK, DIPPO, HOKE, and HOUSLER. Here are my notes on people with those last names that I discovered in the 1928 Kane Directory.

Many of the business references (emp Pl G Co) means that person worked at that business but I do NOT know what most of those abbreviations stand for.  (The example here is Plate Glass Co., but that’s all I know for these.)

“h” = home at …          “bds” = has a bed at …

Information appears in this order:

page #, last name, first name, (wife) occupation, address 

  75-Clark, Chas L (Utica) lease tender, h642 Dawson

  75-Clark, Chas S (Ella S.), cutting foreman, AmWGCo, h115 Clay

  75-Clark, Earl, mach opr Holgate Co., bds642 Dawson

  75-Clark, Fred L. (Mabel) salesman Miles-Kane, h223 Biddle

  75-Clark, Merl (Florence) lad ler Int W G Co, h642 Dawson

  75-Clark, Thornton N. (Annie) gauger Nat’l Tr Co., rms 333 Chase

There were sections for outlying towns that included some of the family names I was researching as well:

        [Hazel Hurst Directory]

234-Dippo, Edw (Grace) retired

234-Dippo, Jr., Edw, emp bottle co.

234-Dippo, Emon, emp bottle co.

234-Dippo, John (Martha) emp bottle co.

234-Housler, Bert, emp bottle co.

234-Housler, Chas (Clara) retired

There were no entries for Burrows or Hoke.
 
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Posted by on December 29, 2016 in 1928, Uncategorized

 

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1924 Kane Directory

One of the neatest things I discovered a few years back in the Kane, PA library was a series of city directories. At the time I was exploring my wife’s ancestors with the last names of BURROWS, CLARK, DIPPO, HOKE, and HOUSLER. Here are my notes on people with those last names that I discovered in the 1924 Kane Directory.

Many of the business references (emp Pl G Co) means that person worked at that business but I do NOT know what most of those abbreviations stand for.  (The example here is Plate Glass Co., but that’s all I know for these.)

“h” = home at …          “bds” = has a bed at …

Information appears in this order:

page #, last name, first name, (wife) occupation, address 

69-Clark, Chas S (Ella S.), cutting foreman, AmWGCo, h115 Clay

69-Clark, Clyde (Mabel) emp AmWGCo, h654 Dawson

69-Clark, Earl, emp Sakura, bds 511 Welsh

69-Clark, Emma, student, bds 14 Bottle

69-Clark, Fred L. (Mabel) clerk, h120 Hacker

69-Clark, Geo (Pearl) lab, bds 632 Dawson

69-Clark, Wm F (Ora) emp Silver Co., h 607 Park Av

100-Hoke, John (Florence) emp AmWGCo, h 508 (up) Hacker

There were sections for outlying towns that included some of the family names I was researching as well:

[Durant/James City Directory]

217-Clark, C L, leaseman

[Mt. Jewett Directory]

242-Clark, Mrs. Carrie, hk’pr, bds Kistler Ave

242-Clark, Harold, emp tan’ry, bds Kistler Ave

242-Clark, W B, sta fireman, h Kistler Ave

There were no entries for Burrows, Dippo, or Housler.

Interested in other years already posted?

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2016 in 1924, Uncategorized

 

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