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A Cousin Story – Cecelia “Celia” “Kess” Perry/Parry Stevenson

When my g-grandmother Georgianna (Hughes/Clough) Hall passed in 1964, a Cecelia Stevenson sent condolences from Indianapolis, Indiana.  Next to her name, in my grandmother’s handwriting, was written “relative”.  Something about this intrigued me.  I searched for cousin Cecelia “Celia” Perry/Parry for years and am finally able to share a small part of her story.

In Georgianna’s address book was written:

• Mrs. L.A. Stevenson – Celia Cynthia [address crossed off] Indiana.
• C.K. Stevenson – 1320 N. Delaware Indianapolis Indiana

I never put two and two together! I hadn’t realized this was my missing Celia Parry!


Cecelia “Celia” was born 12 August 1899 in Galeton, Pennslyvania to George Perry/Parry and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Phillips.  She was a first cousin to my g-grandmother, Georgianna.   Georgianna’s mom, Kittie (Perry) Hughes/Clough/Shipman, was a sister to Celia’s father George.

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Lizzie (Phillips) Parry
Lizzie Phillips

Celia’s mother gave birth to at least eight children (censuses indicate nine), three of whom died in 1891 of diphtheria.  At the time, Celia’s father, had deserted the family, to marry another woman (story here). Her mother’s sister, Miss Alice Phillips, cared for the family. Celia’s mom and eldest brother Daniel, age eight, recovered, but the younger children—George, Alice, and Arthur—died.  When George’s second wife learned he was a bigamist, he disappeared.

By 1893, George and Lizzie reunited and relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota where their children William “Will” and Elizabeth “Bessie” were born. George’s mother Ann (Jones) Perry Evans passed in 1896 and her obituary places George in Oregon (no other evidence places the family there).  By 1897 the family removed to Galeton, Pennsylvania, near George’s sister Cordelia (Perry) Palmer/Spoor, where their last two children, Celia and Frederick “Fred” were born.  By 1910, they were living in Westmoreland, Oneida, New York.

When Celia was thirteen (5 April 1913), her 50 year old mom died in Oriskany, Oneida, New York, cause unknown.

It seems the family then returned to Pennsylvania.  On 30 March 1916, at age sixteen, Celia gave birth to  baby boy  in Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania. She named him Richard [side note: my Autosomal DNA matches that of Richard’s daughter]. The name of the boy’s father is unknown, but based on family lore, it is possibly something like “Schwartz”.

The boy was adopted by Henry and Jennie (Dykeman) Seltz of Galeton, Pennsylvania. Perhaps Celia selected the adoptive family, as they were neighbors to her aunt Cordelia’s step-son, Leland Spoor (she likely thought of Leland as a first cousin; his mother died when he was two and Aunt Cordelia raised him).

Celia’s photo album (now with her granddaughter) includes photos of little Richard and Mrs Seltz.  The Seltzs must have kept in touch!

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By 1920, Celia was a “roomer” in the home of Eugene and Laura McKee in Jamestown, Chautauqua, New York.  She was employed at a garment company as a machine sewer.  On 1 March 1920, she married her fellow roomer, Phillip Lee Kessler, a street car railroad conductor, son of Charles Kessler and Nellie Phillips (no known relation to Celia’s mother). The marriage was short lived; the pair divorced 12 Aug 1921. Despite the divorce, Celia’s nickname “Kess”, stuck for the remainder of her life.

When Celia’s dad passed in 1923, she signed as the informant on his death certificate, listing her residence as Galeton, Pennsylvania.


Her father’s obituary, however names Cincinnati, Ohio as her place of residence.

She was enrolled at the Good Samaritan Nursing School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated in 1924.  After graduation, she took a position in the same town as a nurse for a private family, rooming with fellow classmate and good friend, Marie Barlow and a 59-year old widow named Mary Sohngen. The three paid a total of $75/month rent.

Celia next married Lincoln Augustus Stevenson, son of Frank Stevenson and Catharine Freil.  In 1932 they were living in Columbia, South Carolina.  They had a daughter, Mary Cynthia Stevenson, born 12 Sept 1933 in Indiana. She was likely close to Lincoln’s 10 year old son by a prior marriage, Richard Lincoln Stevenson, as he was named in her obituary.

Although Celia and Lincoln were divorced by 1940, she continued to use the name Mrs. Celia K Stevenson for the remainder of her life; Celia appears in the 1940 census as a nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, Marion, Indiana. She worked 48 weeks that year and made a total of $660 (she also received more than $50 from other unnamed sources).  Eight year old Mary Cynthia was not found in 1940, but when her father died in 1950, she was listed as resident of Indianapolis.

Stevenson death

Cynthia’s daughter offers the following detail:

Due to WWII, my mom Cynthia “Cindy” was sent to a Catholic boarding school, St. Joseph’s Academy, in Tipton, Indiana.  She became a Nun but never did her final vows.  She went to St Mary ‘s Notre Dame and then to St Louis University where she met her husband (“my dad”).

Cindy has another half brother-  Young Stevenson, of Montgomery Alabama.  He has five kids and lots of Grandkids!

Cecelia never drove a car and lived for years at 1320 N. Delaware, Indianapolis ( I still remember that address); a studio apartment.  She inspired me to become a nurse.


On 10 September 1946, Celia’s eldest brother Daniel died in Wellsville, Allegany, New York. 

In 1947 Celia’s aunt Alice E. Phillips (her mother Lizzie’s sister) died. Alice had never married and did not have children.  There was a four year court proceeding over her will – numerous newspaper notices offer details of her sister and brother arguing over the inheritance – A number of them named “Cecelia Parry Stevenson” as a heir (she was not one of those directly involved in the suit).

Heirs of Alice Phillips

In Summary:

Celia’s mother Lizzie (Parry) had siblings Alice, Arthur, Lena (Hatcliffe), Mary Ann (Valentine), Rose (McBride) and Fred.  At the time of the trial, only Lena and Fred were living.  Alice never married, worked hard, lived frugally and left a sizable estate.  She had changed her original will, which was essentially a 50/50 split between Arthur and Lena (with Arthur’s portion in a trust, paying him income for life) to one which left the majority of the estate to Arthur.
Lena contested this, saying he forced Alice to revise the will,  utilizing his attorney  (just six months after the initial will was written) and supplying his own associates as witnesses. She further claimed Arthur was a drunk who rarely worked, who physically and orally abused Alice, forged signatures on checks to draw money from her bank account and threatened her with “the bug house” if she didn’t modify the will to be in his favor.  Alice feared him; he kept her isolated from friends and family as she was not mobile in her last years.
The testimony of the witnesses tended to prove these facts. Arthur admitted that he threatened Alice with the “bug house”.  Lena won the case, the jury having found that the will was procured through undue influence. Arthur appealed and lost. According to newspapers, the case was settled in 1951.
Read details here, type Alice Phillips in the search box

In 1953, Celia served on a panel at St. Vincent’s entitled “The Nurse as the Priest’s Assistant in the Spiritual Care of the Sick”.


In 1954, Celia’s picture was in the local paper, as an attendee at a private duty nurse’s brunch (likely on the far right).


In 1968, she was a prize winner at the Grand Opening of a local shopping center!


On 1 May 1977, Celia’s brother Fred died in Conneaut Lake (shore), Pennsylvania.  She never mentioned other siblings to her grandchildren.  Although one grandchild, while in college was in touch with her brother Daniel’s daughter, Elizabeth I. “Bette” (Parry) VanDurme in New York.

The whereabouts of Celia’s sister Elizabeth “Bessie” Parry (who married John Burge) and brother William “Will” Parry are unknown.  The last source mentioning them was in probate notices, related to their Aunt Alice, in 1951. Her sister might be the Elizabeth Burge who died 8 Dec 1966 and is buried with John Burge (d. 1978), at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Hammondsport, Steuben County, New York.

 Celia died 2 December 1997 in Greenwood, Johnson, Indiana at the age of 98. The inscription on her tombstone reads: “MRS SANTA CLAUS”.  The cemetery office and local historical society could not provide further information about this title.

UPDATE: Celia’s granddaughter writes:  “We called her Grandma Cel”….”By the way, ” Mrs. Santa Claus” was because she always sent cards at Christmas signed that way.  I think I was a teenager before I realized it was her!”




Celia’s children

  • Son Richard Dykeman Seltz, who she gave up for adoption, married Mary Johnson and had four children. He died 12 March 1996 in Kissimmee, Polk, Florida.

Richard Dykeman Seltz, 79, of 728 Yucatan Court, Poinciana, died March 12. Born in Williamsport, Pa., he moved to Poinciana from Galeton, Pa., in 1986. He was a self-employed glove manufacturer and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Couldersport, Pa., and the Elks Club of Kissimmee. Survivors include his wife, Mary; sons, Richard H., Houston, Texas, Scott J., Chatham, N.J.; daughter, Jeanne Wenzel, Jacksonville, Anne Seltz, Rockville, Md.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Fisk Funeral Home, St. Cloud, was in charge of arrangements.

  • Daughter, Mary Cynthia Stevenson, married a man named Charles Ford and had three children.  She died  9 July 1989 in Sarasota, Florida.

Mary Cynthia Ford, 55, Sarasota, died July 8, 1989.  She was born Sept. 12, 1933 in Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind. and came to this are three years ago from Pelham, NY. Survivors include two sons, Christopher of Northport, Conn., and Carl of Westport, Conn., a daughter, Cathleen of Richmond, Va., two brothers, Richard Stevenson of Sarasota and Young Stevenson of Montgomery, Ala., her mother Cecelia Stevenson of Indianapolis, and a granddaughter. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Gulf Gate Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, 3807 Bond Place, Sarasota, 34232.

Cynthia Obituary

  • Stepson Richard Lincoln Stevenson died 19 April 2010 in Sarasota, Florida

Richard Lincoln Stevenson, 87, of Sarasota, formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., died April 19, 2010. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Sarasota National Cemetery.

He is survived by his son, Alan; children by marriage Mark and Marian Kennell, Karl and Becky Kennell and Kathleen and Jon Sutter; grandchildren Lydia Mortensen, Michelle Sexton, Erin Stevenson, Alex, Katie and Trevor Kennell; four great-grandchildren, sister Patricia and Ed Epperson, brother Young and Susan Stevenson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley; a son David; a sister, Cynthia Ford; and a brother, Sherrad Denley.

Richard was just 19 when he enlisted in cadet school and became a World War II pilot flying in the Pacific. He flew a C-47 called “Gooney Bird” as a member of the legendary Jungle Skippers in the 317th Troop Carrier Group, which later became the 375th. He followed his retirement from the Air Force Reserves in 1956 with a 30-year career as an accomplished jeweler and gemologist. He was also an award-winning gardener, who could literally make anything grow, especially his beloved orchids. He will forever be remembered for his stories that touched the hearts of so many.


Celia kept in touch with her college roommate, Marie.  Marie’s son recently shared  his memories and photos:

I knew her (1950s – 1990s) as a very caring, wonderful person. She was very close friend, originally to my parents.  Kess trained with my mother, Marie Barlow (her maiden name), at The Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati, OH.
My mother, before she met my father, came from Grafton West Virginia, to Cincinnati to become a nurse.  Kess, my mother and another nurse actually shared an apartment near the Hospital/ school for several years in the 1920s.
Unfortunately, much of my info about her is from memories now. My older brothers, who have all passed, may have had pictures and a more complete history of her. But the pictures they had did not survive the years. I have little knowledge of the marriages, or children. (Back in the 30, 40s and 50s, children did not talk unless a parent said okay)  So the adults kept private issues among themselves. Later in life, she did talk about a daughter and son-in-law and their children, but I don’t recall details now. I believe Kess actually survived her daughter by a year or so. The daughter had a difficult medical condition, I believe. Kess died at a Convalescent Retirement home near Indianapolis.

Over the years, Kess came to visit when she could, but the last 20 – 30 years of her life were very difficult. Her mobility was very difficult due the pain, arthritis, I think. From about 1940s to 1990s, she lived in a modest apartment on N. Delaware Ave in Indianapolis, IN with a major hospital nearby. She worked there at one time, I think. I visited her a few time over the years. She came to Cincinnati for various holidays and events, including the funerals of my mother and father, for my college graduation, 1968, and later for my wedding in 1978.

She is buried in Section J, Lot 576, grave #8, Washington Park East Cemetery.

Kess’ grand-children could be still living. I am thinking also that they are part of the reason for Mrs Santa Claus. I believe, there were times when Kess would send small gifts or notes to children and others, anonymously.
Another thought about Kess, relates to her Garden. I believe she was a volunteer at the President Harrison Home. Volunteers would help with the Gardens, among other things, there. That home was nearby on N Delaware Ave. –



UPDATE: And the COOLEST part of this whole story???  After this was posted, Celia’s six grandchildren, three by her son Richard “Dick” who she gave up for adoption and three by her daughter Cynthia “Cindy” have  met online!!  Happy dance!  The best part of genealogy – connecting cousins!!

Error in Online Trees and FindAGrave

Several online trees have Celia linked to Curt Stevenson and Lydia Fullmer.  These are the wrong parents!  This Celia’s maiden name was Stevenson.  She married Frank Meals and died in 1978 in Pennsylvania.


Censuses (right click and open image in another tab to see a larger version)


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52 Ancestors, week #22 – Kittie (Perry) Hughes/Clough/Shipman

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year’s Challenge: “Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

This week, I have documented what I know of the life of my 2nd g-grandmother, Katherine E. “Kittie”/”Kate” Perry.  She is my paternal grandfather’s, maternal grandmother.  Her father died when she was a young child and she went to work at a very young age.  She married three times.  Her first husband “disappeared” (unknown if due to death, divorce or abandonment) prior to her young daughter’s first birthday.  Her second husband abandoned her for another woman; and her third husband (a very fat man) may have had an affair (and baby) with his neighbor and employee, a cleaning lady with an alcohol addiction.  After her second marriage, Kittie left her only child, Georgianna, to be raised by her mother and sister Cordelia in New York while she removed to Massachusetts. Georgianna seemed to understand, saying that her mother had done the best that she could.  Kittie was sick often but took the time to visit and write to family. She contributed to her community and attended the local Episcopal church.

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Katherine E. “Kittie”/”Kate” Perry was born 12 October 1858 on the old Dominick Lynch Farm in East Rome, Oneida, New York—then known as Factory Village (near the Erie Canal) – to George Perry/Parry and Ann Jones.

Dominick Lynch

She was the second of four. Siblings included: Cordelia Jane (b. 1857), William C. (b. 1860) and George H. (b. 1862).  Her mother, Ann, immigrated in 1849, from Rhosneigr, Llanfaelog, Anglesey, Wales with her siblings and parents, Robert and Catherine (Owen) Jones, who, at the time of Kittie’s birth, owned a home about 6 miles away, at Floyd Hill, Camroden.  The origins of her father George Perry are unknown, but he was likely Welsh.

Previous blog posts detail the lives of her grandmother Catherine and her brothers, William and George (click on their name to see the posts).

The Perry’s were members of  the Welsh Presbyterian Church [no known church records survive] and lived on the Lynch farm (in the area of what is now 3rd street), where Kittie’s father George conducted a milk route from 1855 to 1862.

Only three miles away from Factory Village, the first successful cheese factory in the United States was built in 1851 by Jesse Williams, a farmer. His factory, opened in May of that year, was on the bank of the Black River Canal, four miles north of Rome, and was operated by water power. Originally the factory used the milk of the 65 dairy cows of the Williams herd and the milk from the cows of his son. Soon milk was purchased from neighboring farms, and “associated cheese manufacture” began. Was Kittie’s father George involved as a milk provider?  We can’t say, but it is certainly a possibility.

Around 28 Jan 1862, George died, leaving children aged three, two and one; he was in his early 30’s. Given that his widow was about five/six weeks pregnant (meaning he would have been present in Rome mid-December 1861) and there is no record found of Ann applying for a pension under Perry or Parry, his death was likely not related to the Civil War .

Lynch Farm

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In November of 1863, Ann and the children left the farm. Ann purchased a home on 507 E. Dominick Street, Rome (for $1 ?).  The lot size was 70×150 with a 12×20 home.  She subsequently bought adjoining lots 4 & 5, block 3  in Factory Village. One of the lots was purchased jointly with Ann Trainer, an Irish woman in her mid-60’s who lived with or next to the Perry’s in 1870 [their relationship is unknown; perhaps she helped Ann with the kids?].


Kittie likely received her early education in the brick school house in East Rome and then attended the Rome Free Academy (RFA) (her sister Cordelia is a confirmed graduate).  By age 16,  she took a job as a domestic, at Lynch Farm, a few doors away from her Dominick Street home, and resided there with Jane (James) and Meredith Pugh, a milk peddler, who served 150 customers twice daily (he took over the route in 1867).

Pugh 90th birthday

Entire article, Mrs. Pugh’s “90th Birthday Anniversary”, can be read here: Rome NY Daily Sentinel 1919 – 0050.pdf

Kittie’s grandfather, Robert Jones, passed away 11 Aug 1875, we don’t know what their relationship might have been.  The Floyd 1855, 1865 & 1875 New York censuses were destroyed, so there is no known record of  her grandparents in this time period.  By 1880, her grandmother Catherine was residing in Floyd with Ann’s sister, Kittie’s Aunt Elizabeth’s family.

Kittie’s mother Ann, [according to a court document dated 1902] married, on 1 May 1877,  James Evans,  an Iron Mill worker (about 10 years her junior), born in Madeley, Herefordshire, England, son of Edward Evans and Ann.

An article in the Oswego Daily Times, Jan 31 1876 indicates that Ann was possibly supporting the family by running a Boarding House (there were 3 “James Evans” living in Rome in 1875 – the others, both married, were listed as butcher and coal worker).  An excerpt is as follows:  “Upon her arrival there she inquired of the location of some private boarding house and was directed to one kept by Mrs. James Evans, on East Dominick street”

The 1876 boarder was pregnant; she gave birth to a child who later died by “foul play”.

boarding house

In the census taken 14 June 1880, Kittie, enumerated as “Kate Parry” was living on Elm Street, Ilion, Herkimer, New York working as a servant for Warren Ackler and family. Her mother, step-father and brothers were still together in Rome.  Her sister Cordelia had married Marcus Palmer of Stanwix, New York on 27 June 1877.  They purchased a home in Oriskany, New York on 28 September 1878 and were living there in 1880.

The 11 August 1880 edition of the Herkimer Democrat reports that on 4 Aug, Kitty Perry, of Rome, married John Hughes [parents unknown] of Ilion, at the residence of officiating clergyman Reverend Albert F. Lyle, in German Flatts [who was associated with the Presbyterian Church of Ilion].

There are many John Hughes/Hughs in Herkimer County around this time period.  Some have been ruled out as the age would not seem appropriate to be marrying a young woman around 1880.  There are potential John Hughes’ in the towns of Schuyler, Manehim, Little Falls, Ohio, Herkimer and German Flatts in Herkimer County, Deerfield in Oneida County and mention of one in New York City.

John and Kittie’s only known child, a daughter, Georgianna , was born on 13 Oct 1881.  A few months later, on 5 Jan 1882, Kittie’s sister Cordelia Palmer had a baby, whom she also named Georgianna, she was born at 6:30PM, died the next day at 4:15PM and is buried at Wright Intermittent Cemetery [why? is Georgianna a family name?].

By 1883, Kittie, likely with Georgianna, had moved back to Rome and was living with her mom, step-father and brothers on 99 E. Dominick Street.  It is unclear if Kittie was widowed or separated. No record of divorce was located in Herkimer County; Oneida’s only recorded divorces commence in the 1900’s and death records are spotty [the requirement to record births/marriages/deaths in New York was implemented in 1882 and in the early years many did not comply].

Publication Title: Rome, New York, City Directory, 1883
1883 directory

Sister Cordelia and Marcus had their second child, AnnaBelle b. 16 Feb 1885 reportedly in Rome.

Kittie’s mom and step-father relocated to Frankfort, New York about 1886. It is likely that Kittie, Georgianna, Cordelia, Marcus and AnnaBelle moved there as well.   Cordelia’s 3rd child, Katherine “Kittie” Mae was b. 16 Mar 1887 in Frankfort.

On 1 July 1887 Cordelia and Marcus stopped paying their Oriskany mortgage (in 1891 the home foreclosed and sold at auction).  Marcus Palmer died in Frankfort on 30 March 1888 [cause unknown], leaving Cordelia with two babies.

Marcus Palmer death

On 18 Feb 1889, in Frankfort, Kittie married second Frank D. Clough, a carpenter, born 11 Sept 1856 in Bath, New Hampshire, to Richard Clement Clough and Ellen C. Colburn.  The 1889 city directory lists him as a boarder at 129 Main Street – a man named Humphrey Hughes is listed as a boarder as well.  Soon after the marriage, Kittie and Frank relocated to Lowell, Massachusetts, leaving young Georgianna behind to be raised by Ann and James.  In that year’s city directory, James Evans is listed as “watchman, house at E. Frankfort”.

On 14 August 1889, Cordelia married second Charles Eugene Spoor, a widower, with a young son, Leland (b. 16 Apr 1886)  – his first wife, Annetta “Nettie” L Fort died of diphtheria in Feb 1888.

Around that time (before 1890), a family portrait was taken in front of the Frankfort homestead (address unknown). Georgianna is on the left with her aunt and cousins.  Kittie is not pictured, Ann and James are out front.  Some unknown folks are in the windows to the right. Sitting in the left window might be Cordelia’s second husband and his son.


left photo

Cordelia and Charles had another child, George Perry Spoor b. 7 Dec 1890. In 1891, they resided on 14 Church Street, Frankfort; Charles was listed as “foreman Railroad shops”.

About 1891, a portrait depicts Kittie’s mother, Ann with her 4 grandchildren and step-grandson. Kittie’s daughter Georgianna is the eldest standing in the rear.

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The New York 1892 census shows James, Ann and Georgianna living in the 3rd election district. James is a blacksmith.

1892 census

The Spoors lived in the same district (a few census pages away – unfortunately addresses were not recorded).

1892 census cordelia

Cordelia’s 4th child, Gilbert James arrived 2 July 1893.

Meanwhile, Kittie’s 2nd husband Frank Clough appears to have abandoned Kittie and married another woman with whom he had two children. His whereabouts were unknown to Kittie. She filed for annulment, as he never divorced his first wife, of Bath.  A notice published in the Lowell Sun [Massachusetts] dated Saturday, 14 March 1896:



To the Honorable Justices of the Superior court within and for the County of Middlesex: Respectfully libels and represent Kittie E. Clough of Lowell. In said county, that she was married in form of law not in legal effect to Frank Clough now of Seattle, Wash., and there afterwards your libellant and the said Frank Clough lived together as husband and wife afterwards until she learned and was informed that said Frank Clough at the time he married your petitioner had another wife living from whom he was never divorced, thus rendering his marriage to your petitioner void. Wherefore your petitioner prays that, a decree be entered declaring said marriage between her and said Frank Clough null and void from the beginning.  Dated this first day of November A.D. 1895.  


Elizabeth Bouvier, Head of Archives, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, reported Kittie filed a libel #1706 at Middlesex County Superior Court in 1896, it was continued to Dec 27, 1897 and dismissed on call without prejudice, she checked the Indices up to 1910 and there is no further entry.


Read Frank Clough’s story here:

Although Kittie had moved, the family stayed close, exchanging letters and post cards frequently. Kittie Mae Palmer’s grandson, Sam (my dad’s 3rd cousin, has many letters and postcards in his collection inherited from Cordelia, Kittie and AnnaBelle). Additionally, several newspaper articles document some of their visits.

– The Utica Observer: Wednesday, Sept 4, 1895 W. C Perry, delivery window clerk at the post office, left yesterday afternoon on a bicycle trip of 275 miles to Lowell, Mass.

– Utica Morning Herald, August 24 1896: Miss Georgiana Hughes of Frankfort, who has been visiting her mother at Lowell, Mass., has returned, and accompanied by Miss Kittie May Palmer of Frankfort, is a guest of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Perry of 414 West Dominick Street [Rome].

– Rome Semi Weekly Citizen, September 1, 1896: Miss Georgianna Hughes of Lowell, Mass., and Miss Kittie A. Palmer of Frankfort, NY , are visiting their uncle, W. C. Perry, 414 West Dominick street.

On 03 Nov 1896, Kittie’s mother Ann died from shock and injures sustained from being pushed into the Erie Canal, by a team of horses, while walking with three of her grandchildren.


Some time between December 1896 and 1899, Kittie relocated to Lynn, Massachusetts and was residing with her future (third) husband  Franklin M. Shipman.  We don’t know how or when they met. The Lynn City Directory reads: Kittie E Clough, widow of Frank D, house 73 Centre and Frank Shipman machinist boards 73 Centre. (Kittie claims to be a widow, but in reality, she was still married to Frank D. Clough).


In 1900, Kittie is listed as head of household in a rented home, at 25 North Common Street, in Lynn. She has several boarders including Frank, a machinist, who was likely working for General Electric . The census confirms that she has given birth to only one child in her lifetime. She is listed as a widow (it was common to lie about marital status as divorce or abandonment was disgraceful).


Although not included in the census, 18 year old daughter, Georgianna,  in 1900, had relocated from New York (where she had likely been living with her aunt Cordelia) to live with her mother and Shipman, likely because Cordelia and her family had relocated to Galeton, Pennsylvania. She took a position as an operative in a Lynn shoe factory and suddenly begins to use the surname Clough instead of Hughes [Clough had abandoned Kittie and there was no known contact; it is possible that Georgianna used his surname as it was more “American”  than Hughes, which perhaps aided her in finding a job].


The three continued to reside at 25 North Common together for a few years.  Kittie, in early 1902,  divorced Clough, on the grounds of desertion, and married Shipman on Saturday, 4 October 1902; her third marriage and his first.  They were married by Reverend Herbert A. Manchester, Presbyterian Clergy.


The Shipman’s moved frequently and Franklin had many careers (see photos of city directories at the end of the blog about Frank – The threesome relocated to 108 South Common by 1903.

On 19 June 1904, Georgianna married Charles Milton Hall and moved to Malden, Massachusetts. About 6 months later, on 08 Dec 1904, Kittie’s first grandson, Charles George Hall (my grandfather) was born.

A few months later, on 17 Oct 1904, Kittie’s nephew, Cordelia’s young son George Perry Spoor (who seemed like an intelligent young man) died by accidental shooting. 

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Paper's notice of George Spoor's death (1)

By 1905, Kittie and Franklin, then a furniture dealer, resided on 740 Western Ave, Lynn. By 1907, he had started a restaurant at 979 Western Avenue, Lynn and lived next door. In early 1909, they resided at 63 North Common, Lynn. Later that year they moved to 93 Lafayette in Salem, where Shipman owned a lunch wagon, positioned on New Derby near Lafayette.

The 1910 census again places them on 93 Lafayette in Salem (Franklin still owns the lunch wagon).


Later that year, the city directory indicates that the Shipman’s moved back to Lynn.

In August 1911 The Utica NY Herald Dispatch reports: “Mrs. F. M. Shipman of Lynn, Mass and her daughter, Mrs. C. M. Hall, and son Charles of Malden, Mass[achusetts], are spending two weeks with Mrs. Shipman’s brother. W. C. Perry, 414 West Dominlck street, [Rome]”.


Between 1912 and 1915, the Shipmans purchased property; three adjoining lots, on Albion Street and Western Avenue, Lynn, where Frank also ran a restaurant.

Shipman land deeds


Kittie referred to her daughter Georgianna as “Georgie”.  She writes to her niece AnnaBell in 1912 about the “lovely dinner and good time” they had at Georgie’s over Christmas.


She seemed to write frequently, keeping in touch on Christmas, Easter and birthdays (interesting that she refers to her husband as “Mr. Shipman”):


On 02 Jan 1914, Kittie’s second grandson David Hall was born, but died in infancy.

On 26 May 1917 Kittie’s son-in-law Charles Milton Hall placed his father Ephraim Augustus Hall in Danvers State Hospital declaring him insane. The guardianship papers were witnessed by Ellen Nichols (Ephraim’s sister) & Kittie (indicating that Kittie had become close to her daughter Georgianna).

In the fall of 1918, Kittie spent a month in Rome, with her brother William, and upon her return to Lynn, became quite ill with influenza.


Kittie seemed to have recovered by Christmas 1918. She visited her daughter with Mr. Shipman and gave her grandson Charles “a Compass + Pedometer, two batteries, 4 books, $2.00.  See a copy of the letter, describing Christmas, here: (

In 1920, Franklin and Kittie were at the same address (living next door to four year old Eva Meyers, a heir to Franklin’s estate and perhaps a child he had out of wedlock).  They owned the property mortgage free, had eleven boarders and continued to run the restaurant (they resided in this same home until their deaths and Frank retired from the restaurant only a year before his passing).


Kittie wrote a letter to her niece Anabelle in early April 1921 inquiring of her sister’s health; Cordelia died several days later, on 15 April 1921 in Galeton, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday Morning

Dear AnnaBell and all I am wondering how your mother is this morning and I hope she is better. I am not so very well and I am getting so fat – and bloat – quite a pitter (?), I am taking Electric Treatments and I think they are doing me a lot of good. I hope I will get a letter today today that your mother is better. I suppose Kittie May is home now and that will help to make her feel better, write and let me know today – hoping to hear that mother is better – with love to all

Aunt Kit




cordelia death

In July/August 1922, Kittie again returned to Rome to visit her brother William and cousins Rev. and Mrs. Robert Roberts [son of Kittie’s Aunt Elizabeth (Mrs. Elias Roberts); her mother Ann’s sister].


Kittie died a few months later on 8 November 1922. He death was attributed to uremia (the illness accompanying kidney failure), chronic interstitial nephritis ( a disease which gradually causes kidney failure, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, fatigue, and anemia) and myocarditis (inflammation of the middle layer of the heart wall).



Her obituary, published 9 November 1922, in the Evening Lynn Items reads: Mrs. Kittie Shipman, age 63, wife of Franklin M. Shipman, died today after a long illness at her home, 921 Western avenue. Born in Rome, N. Y., Mrs. Shipman came to Lynn some 25 years ago. She was a member of St. Stephen’s church. Order of the Eastern Star of Salem and Women’s Relief corps of Lynn, and leaves, besides her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Georgianna Hall of  Malden; two brothers, William C. Perry of Rome, N. Y., and George Perry of Pennsylvania, and a grandson, Charles G. Hall of Malden.  

**According to Wikipedia: The Order of the Eastern Star is a Freemasonry related fraternal organization open to both men and women. It was established in 1850. The order is based on teachings from the bible but is open to people of all religious beliefs. Members of the Order are aged 18 and older; men must be Master Masons and women must have specific relationships with Masons.

**The Woman’s Relief Corps of Massachusetts honored the brave men of the Grand Army of the Republic.  It had a cause that appealed to the sympathy and patriotism of the women of Massachusetts: To assist members and their families in sickness and distress, and all needy and sick soldiers, sailors and marines, or the widows and orphans of deceased soldiers, sailors and marines ; to do all in our power to alleviate their distress, to further the interests of all subordinate Corps, and institute new Corps throughout the State. 


Kittie was buried in Wright Settlement Cemetery Rome (Oneida County) Oneida County New York, USA Plot: sect 3 near her parents. Her stone reads Birth: 1859 Death: 1922 Inscription: Kittie Perry wife of F. M. Shipman (she is buried alone, her husband was subsequently buried near his family).

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Kittie’s estate included a savings account with deposits of  about $1,250 (the jointly owned land/buildings were not listed).  She died without a will, but may have left verbal instructions.  After burial and probate expenses, 2/3’s was given to her daughter Georgianna and 1/3 to her husband Franklin.




Cheese production, Rome –

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Rome Ward 1, Oneida, New York; Roll: M653_824; Page: 412; Image: 208. Source Information: 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.

Kittie’s brother William attended the brick school house in East Rome and sister Cordelia attended the Rome Free Academy (RFA), the assumption is that Kittie was given the same education.

On May 4, 1892, the house, 507 East Dominick Street, still owned by Mrs. Ann Evans of Frankfort and occupied by Thomas King, caught fire last evening about 8:30 from a defective stovepipe. The fire department was called out and extinguished the flames before much damage was done.

52 Ancestors, Week #21, Who was Mr. Shipman?

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year’s Challenge: “Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”


A few weeks ago I blogged of Eva (Myers) Stone (HERE), a very young neighbor and heir of my step g-g-grandfather, Franklin Morven Shipman.  As a child, Eva called him “Pa Shipman”, and suspected that Franklin might be her biological father, a notion that I am excited to prove/dis-prove through DNA testing.  This week’s blog will document Franklin’s life, in the hopes to locate descendants of his brothers, who would be willing to participate and perhaps solve this mystery for Eva’s descendants. Either way, it is clear that Mr. Shipman had a special place in his heart for this little neighborhood girl.

Franklin was born about 13 Jun 1863, son of Silas Hubbel Shipman and Mary A. Nolan. and was the third husband of my g-g-grandmother, Kittie (Perry) Hughes Clough Shipman.


(I) Franklin’s g-g-grandfather was likely Daniel Shipman, Sr., originally from the Hartford, Connecticut Colony, born 13 March 1733, resettled in Elizabethtown, at the time of the American Revolution [see “The Shipman Family of English Origins in America” by Ken Shipman] and was a United Empire Loyalist (click here for Daniel Sr. at the UELAC Association or here for a SHORT HISTORY of the UELAC).  He married about 1759,  Kezia Horton, born abt 1739 in Hebron, New London, Connecticut Colony, the daughter of Ebenezer Horton. She died on March 21, 1807 in Augusta Township. He died in Augusta Township, April 27, 1809.

In 1778 Daniel was living in Albany County, NY. A list of names, of Tories and Protection Men, in the papers of Governor Clinton dated 23 February, 1778 that the “Cambridge White Caps” went out to correct and chastise contains Daniel’s name. A deposition to the British Authorities,containing Governor Clinton’s list, filed 7 Feb 1786, by Daniel seeking compensation for his losses namely his land and chattels reads as follows:

“…attempting to go into General Burgoyne’s camp in August 1777, was taken prisioner and carried to General Gates, from there to Albany. Lay prisioner abord the Guard ship fourteen days from thence to Toppice where I lay six days before that place burnt, then carried to a meeting house on the way to Hartford but obtained a parole to go to my family. After arriving was taken by thirty men in the Mob and Abused, Strypt me and whipt me Severly….The spring after was taken to be guarded to Albany but got released. After this came four men with their arms and a rope intending to kill me or hang me but I concealed myself under the floor. I then fled my house and quit my land and escaped to the State of Vermont” 

The deposition then lists his losses but was rejected by the authorities. It appears he relocated to Canada about June 1784. Daniel and his children received numerous grants of land as loyalists and children of loyalists mainly in Elizabethtown and Augusta Townships, near Brockville, Leeds-Grenville Co, Ontario, Canada.

(II) Franklin’s g-grandparents were likely Ezekiel Shipman (son of Daniel Shipman Sr. and Keziah Horton) and Nabby/Abigail  (unknown). A will registered in the Leeds County Register Office, #147 S. General Registry reads: 

“In the name of God Amen, I Ezekiel Shipman of Elizabethtown in the District of Johnstown in the Province of Canada, yeoman, being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding blessed be all mighty God for the same on this twenty third day of August in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight-hundred and forty two make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in form following to wit – After the payment of all and just debts and funeral expenses

Firstly, I give and devise unto my beloved wife Nabby Shipman all those acreage tenements lots and parcels of land whereon I now live known by the south or front-end of lot number two and the west-half of the south or front-end of lot number one in the third concession of Elizabethtown aforesaid containing 100 and fifty acres more or less as long as she remains a widow. And I do hereby give and bequeath to my wife Nabby Shipman all my household furniture farming implements and stock of cattle that may remain after all and just debts are paid while she remains a widow.

Secondly I do hereby give devise and bequeath unto my son Ebenezer Shipman to his heirs and assigns forever after the decease and widowhood of my wife Nabby Shipman or when she ceases to be my widow the South or front half of the lot number two in the third concession of Elizabethtown aforesaid containing by admeasurement one hundred acres of land by the same more or less with all houses wood and wastes thereon……

(III) Franklin’s paternal grandparents were likely Ebenezer (Ezekiel and Nabby’s son) and Marinda (Cole) Shipman.  Ebenezer was born in Elizabethtown, Ontario, Canada; Marinda was born in New York State. Her origins are unknown. Franklin descends through their son Silas and his wife Mary Nolan.


marriageEbenezer marriage

(IV) Silas, a 15 year old laborer, appears, with his parents,  a 12 year old brother and a 9 year old sister,  in the 1851 census of Elizabethtown (now Brockville, known as the “City of the 1000 Islands”). It is located on the north shore of the Saint Lawrence River, directly opposite Morristown, New York, and roughly a 50-minute drive from Ottawa.  


Silas Shipman 1851

Mary Nolan has not been located in the 1851 Canadian census; her parents are unknown.

Silas, 25, a farmer, and Mary, 26, married in 1855. Their family appears in the 1861 census in Elizabethtown, a town which had grown to population 5,000 and has become a stop on the Grand Trunk Railway.   They were living in a stone home; and belonged to the Church of England. Children, include Charlie (4), Elisha (2), Sylvas (1).  All were born in Upper Canada. Next door resides Ebenezer (58), Marinda (54), Franklin’s grandparents, and Daniel Shipman (80), likely a relative.

1861 Canada


An eight year old Franklin first appears in the 1871 census of Elizabethtown. The census declares that all family members were Methodists; Silas, 34, was a farmer of English descent; Mary, 35, of Irish descent. Other children, all students, include Charlie (14), Elisha (12), Sylvas (10) and William (4).  Grandparents, Ebenezer and Marinda reside next door.

1871 Canada

Franklin and his brother William and his parents were not found in the 1881 Canadian census or the 1880 US Federal Census.  It is believed that they relocated to Potsdam, Saint Lawrence, New York about 1875.  In 1880, Charlie and Elisha were in Stockholm, St Lawrence, New York and Sylvas was in Potsdam. It is likely that Franklin had a sister, Sylvia, born after 1870, who died before 1900, leaving a daughter Mabel Pierce.  No record has been found that mentions Sylvia other than Shipman’s probate records.

Grandparents 78 year old Ebenezer and 74 year old Marinda were found in Elizabethtown in 1881.  Ebenezer died 22 Jan 1888 of old age and Marinda on 14 Dec 1894 both in Elizabethtown.

Ebenezer death



By 1886, Frank and his brother Sylvas had relocated to Lowell, Massachusetts where they were boarding together at 144 Suffolk. Frank was working as an “operative”, likely in the Lowell Mills which was the primary industry in that time period.



By 1890, Frank had become a machinist.   His brother William had also relocated to the area.

shipman 1890

By 1892, Frank had started his own business in Lowell called “The Shipman Spa”, a confectionery and cigar shop.



shipman spa

The business venture lasted only a year; Frank and Sylvas have relocated to Fitchburg, Massachusetts, by 1893.  Frank is a night clerk at the American House where he also resides. It is possible that he ran the hotel in later years [based on his obituary; city directories have not been searched].

shipman 1893

American House


Frank and Sylvas remained in Fitchburg until about 1897,  Frank then relocated to Lynn, Massachusetts while  Sylvas removed to Warren. 

1897 Frank

By 1899 Franklin was residing with his future wife, we don’t know how or when they met (Kittie was previously living in Lowell). The Lynn City Directory reads: Kittie E Clough, widow of Frank D, house 73 Centre and Frank Shipman machinist boards 73 Centre. (Kittie claims to be a widow, but in reality, she was still married to Frank D. Clough; his whereabouts were unknown to her).


In 1900, Frank, a machinist, likely for General Electric, was listed as a boarder in Kittie’s rented home, at 25 North Common Street, in Lynn with several other boarders.





Although not included in the census, Kittie’s 18 year old daughter, Georgianna (my g-grndmother), in 1900, had relocated from New York (where she had been living with her grandmother and aunt) to live with her mother and Shipman.


The three continued to reside at 25 North Common together for a few years.  Kittie, in early 1902,  divorced Clough, (read his story  HERE) on the grounds of desertion, and married Shipman on Saturday, 4 October 1902; her third marriage and his first.  They were married by Reverend Herbert A. Manchester, Presbyterian Clergy.


The Shipman’s moved frequently and Franklin had many careers (see photos of city directories at the end of the blog). The threesome relocated to 108 South Common by 1903. On 19 June 1904, Georgianna married Charles Milton Hall and moved to Malden, Massachusetts. By 1905, Franklin, then a furniture dealer, resided on 740 Western Ave, Lynn. By 1907, he had started a restaurant at 979 Western Avenue, Lynn and lived next door. In early 1909, they resided at 63 North Common, Lynn. Later that year they moved to 93 Lafayette in Salem, where Shipman owned a lunch wagon, positioned on New Derby near Lafayette.

The 1910 census again places them on 93 Lafayette in Salem (Franklin still owns the lunch wagon).


Later that year, the city directory indicates that the Shipman’s moved back to Lynn.

By 1912, the Shipmans purchased property, valued in 1919 at about $500, on 917/919 Western Avenue, Lynn, where he also ran a restaurant.

boarding house


In 1920, Franklin and Kittie were at the same address (living next door to four year old Eva).  They owned the property mortgage free, had eleven boarders and continued to run the restaurant (they resided in this same home until their deaths and Frank retired from the restaurant only a year before his passing).




Based on ads placed after Shipman’s death, the restaurant appears to be in a lucrative location, opposite one of the town’s largest employers, The GE (General Electric).  It had 7 glass top tables, bentwood chairs and a lunch counter with stools. Frank owned a National cash register, ice chest, 2 steam tables and a coal range.



No known photos exist of Mr. Shipman, but he was a big, burly guy, weighing in at about 365 pounds at his death.  He was quite active in “The United States Fat Men’s Club” which was formed in the early 1900’s.  Frank served as director on their board and participated in many of their events. In July 1925, the group got together for some fun at Natasket Beach, where Frank won the 50 yard dash!

50 yard dash

One outing in 1915 included a visit to the White Mountains of New Hampshire [where I currently reside!]

white mountains


Frank’s brother Charles was also a member.  The Reading Times, on 19 Dec 1922, reports: Charles H. Shipman, 663 pounds, sent his regrets (for the annual banquet in Boston) from Leesburg, Virginia.


Mr. Shipman was a member of New England Order of Protection, a fraternity organized in Boston in 1887. According to a Cambridge newspaper on 1887, it was “based upon equity, benevolence and charity, and is akin the the Knights and Ladies of Honor, and has been organized by members of that body who have found the annual death assessments, owing to the Southern mortality, too great to hear.”  Essentially it is a fraternal benefit society with a regional flavor that served the New England States.  In 1968, the Woodmen of the World and the New England Order of Protection of Boston, Mass. merged into one.  Today, Woodmen is one of the largest fraternal benefit societies with more than 845,000 members who hold nearly one million life insurance, hospital supplement and annuity certificates.

He was also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I. O. O. F) of Malone, New York (about 38 miles from his parent’s home).



His obituary also mentions membership in a Nasheba or Nosheba Lodge [an organization which I have been unable to identify, but was likely a Mason Lodge, since his wife Kittie was part of The Woman’s Relief Corps which required having a spouse who was a Mason].


On May 16, 1919 the Town of Lynn held a”Welcome Home Celebration” for WWI soldiers.  It is likely that the Shipmans attended [and the Myers and my husband’s g-grandparents and grandmother, the Whites/LeBlancs, who also resided in Lynn at that time].



Kittie predeceased her husband.  She passed away, after a lengthy illness, on 8 November 1922 [more in a future blog post].

Franklin died on Tuesday, in the afternoon, on 4 Jan 1927. He was 63 years, 7 months.  Funeral services were held at J. M. Blaisdell and Sons undertaking rooms on Thursday, burial in Potsdam, N.Y.

death notice

His obituary in the Lynn Item reads:

Recent Deaths; Franklin M. Shipman; 62 years of age of 921 Western avenue for many years a second hand furniture dealer and later proprieter of a West Lynn Restaurant, died Tuesday afternoon after an illness of more than a year.  He was born in Brocksville, Ont. and came to Lowell in 1888.  His next residence was in Fitchburg where he conducted a hotel. From there he came to Lynn 35 years ago and found employment at the General Electric Company. He continued to make his home here. When the United States Fat Men’s Club of Boston was organized he became a member and was one of the few members of the organization from this city. 

Up until 18 months ago, he conducted a restaurant at 119 Western avenue. He was a member of the New England Order of Protection and Nosheba Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Malone, N.Y. His wife died about two years ago. He leaves three brothers, Elisha C. of Lowell, Sylvas C. of Lynn and William H. Shipman of Potsdam, N.Y.


A second obituary published in the Boston Globe reads:

“Lynn’s Fattest Man” F. M. Shipman, Dead; Lynn, Jan 5 – Franklin M. Shipman, 63, known as “Lynn’s Fattest Man”, tipping the scales to 365 pounds died today at a local hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Shipman who served as director on the United States Fat Men’s board was prominently identified in civic and fraternal circles of Greater Lynn and for several years  conducted a restaurant on Western av, retiring from the business a year ago. He was born in Brockville Ont. and came to this city 30 years ago.  He was a member of the Nashesba Lodge, I. O. O. F. of Malone, N.Y., and New England Order of Protection. 

He leaves three brothers Elisha C Shipman of Lowell, Sylvas C. Shipman of Lynn and William H. Shipman of Potsdam, N.Y. 


A portion of the third obituary reads:

Body of F.M. Shipman to be Buried at Potsdam; Potsdam, Jan 15 – The body of Franklin M Shipman was brought here for burial the past week. Mr. Shipman died at Union hospital, Lynn, Mass where he had been a patient since last July.

He was born in Brockville Canada in 1863. He has been a resident of Lynn for the past 30 years.  


He is buried with several relatives in Garfield Cemetery.

St. Lawrence County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 17, Plot 130



shipman tree


On 24 February 1923, several months after Kittie’s death, Franklin penned his last will and testament. His bequests included:

(1) $1,000 to Eva Myers, daughter of Fred, in trust with Augustus B. Tolman, to be used for her education at the age of eighteen; any remainder not used for that purpose would be distributed when she reached age twenty-five.

(2) To Roy Shipman, “son of my brother Elisha Shipman” the sum of $500.

(3) To “Mabel Pierce, daughter of Frank Pierce, of Marcy, New York” the sum of $500 [his niece].

(4) To “my brother Charles H. Shipman of Leesburg, Virginia” the sum of $500.

(5) “I intentionally omit to make any bequests to my brothers Elisha C. Shipman and Sylvas C. Shipman”

(6) The residue to Wallace A. Shipman of Lynn, Massachusetts, Addie Shipman daughter of William H. Shipman of Lagubrook, New York [?],  and Charles G. Hall of Malden, Massachusetts [my grandfather], share and share alike.

(7) If Charles G. Hall is not living, the bequest should go to his mother Georgianna, if she is not living, the amount goes back to the estate. [Georgianna wrote to her sister in 1918 describing Christmas: “We had a nice day. Mamma and Mr. Shipman were up. Ma came up yesterday about noon and Mr. S. today. We all received our share of gifts.”  – the extent of their relationship is unknown].

(8) Augustus B. Tolman of Lynn is appointed as executor; if he shall be unable to serve, then Wallace A Shipman is appointed.

signature page

Three years later, on 28 July 1926 (likely when he was admitted to the hospital, several months before his death), Franklin crafted a codicil to his will.  It reads:

(1) Eva Myers bequest is increased to $1,800 to be used for her education, especially her musical education.

(2) I revoke the bequest to Ray Shipman.

(3) I revoke the bequest to my brother Charles H. Shipman “he having deceased” and bequest $500 to his widow Julia Shipman.

(4) I bequest to Walter Shipman the sum of $500.  I bequest to Wallace A. Shipman 250 shares of Education Biscuit stock.

(5)  I revoke the bequest to Charles G. Hall, the residue will go to Wallace A. Shipman and Addie Shipman share and share alike.


The probate documents list the following heirs:


Sylvia Pierce is named as a deceased sister to Shipman.  She is not found in any census (or other records).  Mabel’s death notice lists her parents as Frank and Lois (Schipman) Pierce.  In 1900 and 1910, Mabel resides with her father and step-mother Lizzie G., Sylvia/Lois likely died prior to 1900.

Roy Shipman unsuccessfully objected to the codicil.


The estate was valued at $20,864.64  (about $275K in 2014 buying power), from the sale of real estate (his possessions were deemed worthless). Shipman owned three adjoining lots on Western Avenue and Albion Street at the time of his death [land records have not been examined yet, but are on my “to do” list], described as follows:




Shipman land deeds


Payouts were made as follows:



Brother, Sylvas naturalized in 1906, denouncing his allegiance to Great Britain, which perhaps adds credence to the Shipmans likely descent from the family of United Empire Loyalist of the Hartford, Connecticut Colony.



Silas Hubble Shipman

On 30 August 1914, Franklin’s father passed away.  His obituary reads:

Potsdam Courier & Freeman, Wednesday Sept 2, 1914

Silas shipman death
Silas H. Shipman died at the home of his son, W. H. Shipman, near this village Sunday afternoon after an illness of about nine months. Mr. Shipman’s death was due to hardening of the arteries.

Mr. Shipman was born in Brockville, Ont, 79 years ago. He removed to this country about 38 years ago, during which time he has operated farms in Parishville, Madrid and Potsdam. He has made his home with his son for the past six years. The funeral services will be held from the home this afternoon at 2. Rev. S. T. Dibble will officiate and interment will be at Garfield. Mr. Shipman is survived by one brother, Samuel of Dundas, Ont, Canada, and by five sons, William H., with whom he lived; Charles of Leesburgh, Penn; Elisha C. of Potsdam, and Sylvas and Frank of Lynn Mass.


Descendants of brother Charles H. Shipman (no known living):

(I) Charles, who died in 1924, married Julia (unknown) and had no known children.


Descendants of brother Elisha Cole Shipman:

(I) Elisha married first Frances Delealy/Delell/Deleal (?) and had five known children; Elisha married second Isabel Roberts with whom he had no known children. 

_(A) Eva Shipman,  b. abt 1885 in Potsdam, who married twice in Lynn, Massachusetts; (1) Walter Douglas whom she divorced and (2) Gilbert Parker with whom she had one known child.

_____(1) Arthur Parker b. abt 1912 in Lynn;

_(B) Grace Shipman, b. abt 1887 who m. Eugene Lucier in Lynn in 1904 and had five known children:

_____(1) Eva Beatrice Lucier, b. abt 1905; m. Arthur Hamilton Duvall, d. 1994 Hudson, NH, one known daughter, Marcia Duvall.

_____(2) Ralph Lucier, b. abt 1909; m. Hazel Lowd; d. Dec 1986 Hudson, NH ; three known sons: Ralph Lucier jr. d. 1992, Robert Lucier and Russell Lucier – (1955 all three sons living in Nashua, NH)

_____(3) Robert Lucier, b. abt 1910, m. (unknown),living 1955 in Washington DC, and had one known son Robert Lucier jr.

_____(4) Eleanore Grace Lucier, b. abt 1912 m. (1) William Edward McDuffy and m. (2) Michael John Alfonso Dell Isola; one known son William Edward McDuffy jr (1934-2005, 1955 living in Nashua, NH)) who married Nancy Breen (1937-2005)

_____(5) Elaine Frances Lucier, b. abt 1914; m. Capt. John Frederick Moran, d. 1998; in 1943 she was living in Jonesboro, Arkansas; in 1955 living in Germany; no known children.

_(C) Anna Shipman, b. 22 Mar 1889, in Potsdam, and m. Arthur C Doyle in Lynn in 1909, she died 9 Nov 1913, no known children.

_(D) Hazel Shipman, b. abt 1891 in Norwood, New York; m. (1) Fred William Rowell in Dover, New Hampshire in 1914; m. (2)(unknown) Ereckson.  She had one known child with Fred: Robert William Rowell (1914-1974).

_____(1)Robert William Rowell b. 15 Sep 1914, Chelsea, Massachusetts; d. Apr 1974, Lynn

_(E) Roy Spencer Shipman b. 9 Dec 1899, m. Lillian Cresswell (1955 living Hialeah, Florida) and had two known children:

_____(1) Patricia Francis Shipman (1925-2009) m. Martin G. Recio and had six known children: Hildreth Ann m. _____Whitt (deceased), Martin G., II (deceased), Faith B., Ana C., and Olivia C., Stephen J., grandchildren as of 2009 included: Christopher R. Whitt, Martin G. Recio III, Valerie A. Recio, Alexandra C. Recio, Estevan J. Recio, Patricia M. Recio, and David M. Recio-Mata, along with several great grandchildren.

_____(2) Barbara Ann Shipman (1927-2005) m. George A Rebakas;  they had three known children George A. Rebakas Jr. of FL, Paula A. Rhodes (George H.) of Brentwood, NH, Constance A. Fisher (Thomas M.) of Leicester and four grandchildren in 2005 George Paul Rhodes (Julie), Ashley M. Rhodes, all of NH, Kasey S. and Holly L. Marks of MA, one g-granddaughter, Kathleen Barbara Rhodes of NH.


Descendants of brother Sylvas Shipman:

(I) Sylvas m. Sylvia S. Branch and had two sons, she died during childbirth in 1885.

_(A) Walter Hubble Shipman, b. Sept. 18, 1882, lived with his uncle, Charles Shipman, in Madrid, N. Y.and Charleston, West Virginia.  In 1907 Walter entered service with the Young Mens Christian Association, in Washington, D. C. He married  Julia DeWitt Phillips on July 12, 1910. He died Dec 1971, in Arlington, Virginia.
He had three known children:

_____(1) Sylvia Mae  b. 6 May 1911, m. Thomas Donaldson Alward, d. Apr 1985,  in Arlington, Arlington, Virginia; she had at least one son,            Walter Eugene Alward b. abt 1939

_____(2) Dewitt Phillips b. 25 Dec 1912, m. Emily M. Pisapia and had one known son: ______ Shipman, m. Carol Shaw, their children are: David Shipman of Frederick, MD, Debora Shipman-Schneider (Gary) of Amity, PA, Gregory Shipman (Connie) of Frederick, MD, and Bryan Shipman (Terri) of Lusby, MD; their grandchildren as of 2012 include: Caston, Jessica, and Xaris Schneider.

_____(3) Ola Audrey b. 8 Jan 1922, d. about 1946; no known descendants.

_(B) Irving Shipman b. 31 Jul 1885, d. in infancy

(II) Sylvas m. second Anna Delia Lockling and had two known children:

_(C) Sylvia Louise Shipman b. 21 May 1892, Fitchburg;  m. Henry F. Keightley, 14 Jan 1912, Lynn, Massachusetts 

_(D) Wallace Alfred Shipman b. 25 June 1889,Lowell;  m. first Eunice Ferguson  23 Oct 1911, Lynn, Massachusetts (she m. second, Charles Grant), he m. second Edna B Rundle, 22 Jan 1936, Manchester, New Hampshire. Wallace and Eunice had two known children:

_____(1) Wallace Ferguson Shipman b. 16 July 1912, Lynn, Massachusetts; m. Beatrice Md. 29 Aug 2000 in Florida, buried in Lynn.

_____(2) Kempton Fifield Shipman b. 08 Nov 1915, Lynn, Massachusetts;  m. Dorothy; d. 20 Jul 1984, Lynn, Massachusetts.


Descendants of brother William Shipman (no known living):


(I) William married Grace (unknown) and had two known children, Addie, and another who died in infancy;  Grace died in 1900; he then married Mildred Selleck  and had no known children.

(A) Adelaide “Addie” m. Carl Selleck (her step-mother’s brother), and had no known children; she died in 1945, in Potsdam, New York.


Descendants of sister Sylvia Shipman (no known living):

(I) Sylvia m. Frank Pierce and had one known child:

(A) Mabel.  After Sylvia’s death, Frank remarried and had another daughter named Delta.  Mabel became a registered nurse and died without Shipman descendants (her nephews were blood related through her father).



Descendants of uncle Samuel Shipman (of Dundas, Ont, Canada)

(I) Samuel married Maria (unknown) and had two children:

(A) Florence b. 11 Aug 1870

(B) Norman b. 28 Sep 1883



city directories

52 Ancestors, Week #18, Eva (Myers) Stone – Another Mystery!

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year’s Challenge: “Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

I have been crafting a post to document my g-g-grandmother, Kittie (Perry) Hughes Clough Shipman’s life.  I had some holes, and found I needed to research a bit more, as I progressed through her life.  I have started on her third husband, Franklin Morven Shipman, b.13 Jun 1862/3, in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada, son of Silas H. Shipman and Mary A. Nolan.  Franklin died five years after Kittie, on 27 Jan 1927, and left an interesting last will and testament with a handwritten codicil.

family tree Shipman

This week, I am writing of Eva Myers, the young girl who was mentioned in Franklin’s will.  She’s not related, but I am curious about her relationship with Mr. Shipman.  I am writing with hopes that one of her many descendants is reading.

Excerpt of the will written 24 February 1923:

First. I bequeath and devise to Augustine B. Tolman of said Lynn the sum of one thousand (1,000) dollars in trust nevertheless for the following purpose: to hold said money and invest and reinvest the same and use or expend the income or principle thereof or such amount of both the income and principle as he deems necessary thereof for the education or assisting in the education of Eva Myers, daughter of Fred Myers of said Lynn and the first payment not to be made until said Eva shall have arrived at the age of eighteen years of age.  Any money not used for said purpose said money and any or annual ations [?] thereof shall be paid to her when she reaches the age of twenty-five years. In the event of the death of said beneficiary before said money is actually paid to or expended for her benefit said bequest and any remaining portion thereof shall become part of the residue of my estate… 

In the codicil, dated 28 July 1926, he writes:

I bequeath and devise to Augustine B. Tolman the sum of eighteen hundred (1,800) dollars in lieu of one thousand (1,000) dollars given in the first paragraph of this will for the uses and purposes set forth in said paragraph for Eva Myers and especially for her musical education. I revoke so much of said paragraph as provides that the first payment shall not be made until said Eva Myers shall have arrived at the age of eighteen years and authorized said payments to be made and said money used commencing anytime after my deceased. [Note: $1,800 is equivalent to about $25,000 in 2014 buying power]

Eva Myers was born on 10 November 1915 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts to Frederic A. Myers (b. Vermont) and Lucy Agnes Windsor (b. New York or England). She was therefore about eight years old when the will was written and eleven when the codicil was crafted.

She had four siblings, none listed in Shipman’s will:

(1) Leona “Mona” Myers b. 19 Nov. 1913, d. 29 July 1986 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married Peter Demetropoulos, known children Alexander, George and Paulette.

(2) Cecilia “Sally” Myers b. 01 Jul 1917, d. 3 April 2004 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married Robert Gentile, no known children. 

(3) Forrest Myers b.  7 Jul 1919, d. 18 Mar 2008 in Silver Spring, Montgomery, Maryland; married Betty Boyer, at least one child named Daniel. He married second Verna Allen.

(4) Thelma Myers b. 31 Dec 1921 , d. 9 Feb 2007 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married (1) Kenneth Melanson, (2) Anthony Gentile; known children children, Lucille and Virginia,  father unknown. 

In 1920, 58 year old Franklin Shipman, my 60 year old g-g-grandmother Kittie and 4 year old Eva Myers were essentially neighbors in Lynn.

1920 census

1920 map

Kittie passed in 1922, Franklin in 1927.

In 1930, 14 year old Eva appeared to reside with her parents and siblings.  They had relocated to Spruce Street, Lynn about 1.6 miles away from the 1920 residence on Burns Street:

1930 census

One year later, on 4 May 1931, the court received the following letter from the General Secretary of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children regarding Eva Myers’ share of Franklin’s estate:

….Meanwhile, the sixteen year old girl, under the jurisdiction of the Lynn District Court as a neglected child, and by the order of the court is in custody of the Bethesda Society, is without any present benefit from this trust, and upon arriving at twenty five years of age, will come into full control of the principal and accumulated income with the possibility of not being able to handle it properly, that is, if the Bethesda Society should decide that it could not continue this burden without some help, say at the rate of $25 a month….With the possibility that the Bethesda Society may have to give up this girl, with the result that the child may have to be committed to the State Department of Public Welfare and be placed out in a good home as they can find, I feel that I ought to take some action…. 



In 1935, Eva graduated from Sudbury High School, in Sudbury, Massachusetts.


In 1937, Eva married Walter Clarence Stone, Jr., b. 11 November 1914, in Sudbury to Walter Clarence Stone and Harriet Louise Sawin.

Walter Stone

In 1940 the couple was living in a rented home at 733 Hyde Park Avenue, Boston with their infant son Norman.  Eva spoke with the census enumerator and claimed that she lived in Belmont, Massachusetts in 1935, while her husband resided in Sudbury, Massachusetts that year. Rent was $35 a month. Walter was a manager at a milk company.  Both had completed 4 years of high school.

1940 census

On 2 November 1935, Eva’s mother died.

mom death

mom death2


By 1940 Eva’s siblings Leona and Forrest had also married and were still living in Lynn.  Thelma was living with Leona’s family (she married shortly after the census was taken). The three reported a Lynn residence in 1935. Cecilia wasn’t found in the 1940 census, but her obituary reports that she also resided in Lynn during that time period.

On 19 December 1940, soon after Eva’s 25th birthday, the estate was settled.  It appears that Eva used $500 for education, Tolman took $150 for “services” [hate to speculate, but seems sleazy!], the state of Massachusetts took $152.25 in taxes and Eva got another $77.48.

Eva Myers



So where is the remaining $920 of the $1,800 bequest to Eva? Was it given to her or did Tolman invest poorly and lose the remainder (1929-1939 was the period of the Great Depression)? Why did she have to pay and additional inheritance tax?, wasn’t it already taken out of the estate in schedule B below? Schedule B shows that Tolman received $1,800 on Eva’s behalf as per the codicil (note that Tolman took another $650 aside from the $1,800 for “services”?) – I thought I photographed every page, but perhaps I missed something:


[Side note: In the original will, my grandfather Charles G. Hall was named as one of three residuary legatee’s with the share going to his mother, Georgianna, should he pass before Shipman. The share would have been about $2,000, however the codicil, “revoked the bequest” to both. Another mystery…]

Eva passed away on 9 December 2005.  Her obituary reads:

Eva Stone, 90 Domestic coordinator, restaurant co-owner [interesting – Shipman also owned/ran a restaurant at the same address as his residence – coincidence or was Eva influenced by her childhood experience living next door?]

SOUTH DENNIS, MASSACHUSETTS – Eva (Myers) Stone, 90, died yesterday. She was the wife of Walter C. Stone Jr.  They were married in 1937. Mrs. Stone was born in Lynn, raised in Sudbury graduated from Sudbury High School and Northfield Seminary. She was a domestic coordinator for families in Malden before marrying. She and her husband owned and operated Stone’s Restaurant in Cambridge. They lived in Arlington before retiring to South Dennis in 1973. She was an accomplished quilter and enjoyed knitting. She loved spending time with her family was a caretaker for her grandchildren. Besides her husband, survivors include three sons, Norman L. Stone of Chester, Walter C. Stone III of Hull and David W. Stone of Winchester a daughter, Debra S. (Stone) Nodelman of West Yarmouth a brother, Forrest A. Myers of Maryland a sister, Thelma Gentile of Lynn 15 grandchildren 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial is private.Memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 369, Hyannis, MA 02601.

So many questions!

It seems that Eva was the only child removed from her household… Or were they all removed and the others placed in Lynn homes?  What was the reason? Who abused her/them?

What happened to Eva’s father “Frederic A. Myers”? [spelling as listed in the city directories].  He was listed in the 1935 Lynn city directory but not in 1937?  He was not found in Massachusetts death indexes or in the 1940 census in Massachusetts or elsewhere. Eva’s mother’s 1935 death was reported in the 1938 city directory – why the delay?

Why was only Eva a beneficiary to Franklin’s will and not her siblings or parents?  Was Shipman perhaps Eva’s godfather?  Or were they purely neighbors? Shipman was born in Canada, Eva’s parents were born in Vermont/New York. Eva’s father was a painter and later employed by GE; Shipman owned/operated a restaurant – I found no evidence that they were related or had a business relationship.

The obituary mentions Eva was “born in Lynn, raised in Sudbury graduated from Sudbury High School and Northfield Seminary”….She was a domestic coordinator for families in Malden before marrying [in 1937].

The census places her in Lynn in 1920 & 1930, she self reported to the census enumerator that she was living in Belmont in 1935, yet she is at the 50th reunion of the Sudbury High School, class of 1935 , she is in Malden [at least for work] in 1936 and Boston in 1940….

and the 1931 letter places her with the Bethesda Society (which in 1930 seems to be some type of children’s charity affiliated with the Orchard Home School in Belmont – ).


Likely the inheritance funded her education at Northfield Seminary. What was Eva’s musical talent mentioned in the codicil? Did she pursue her musical interests at  Northfield? The 1932 school bulletin indicates that the boarding school caters to those qualified girls who can not afford the “ordinary boarding school”.  The educational expense of $500 mentioned in the court documents would have covered Eva’s expenses for about two years. 





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The full bulletin can be seen HERE. It is worth a look! Great photos and other historical information – The school, founded by Dwight L. Moody, seemed to be quite progressive in an era when woman were expected to be housewives. In 1932 enrollment was close to 600 students.  Another interesting article discussing Moody’s reasoning behind his school can be found HERE “…As someone with only a rudimentary education, Moody quickly learned the value of practical learning. He was not interested in educational theory or systems. He was interested in equipping people who did not ordinarily have access to education—women, the poor, ethnic minorities. And with his passion for evangelism, he saw that with a little education, they could reach others with the gospel that the seminary-trained preachers never could…”

In 1936 the following was published in the Boston Globe:


If you are reading and related to Eva, or can piece together more of the story, I would love to hear from you, she sounds like an amazing woman!


Eva’s family found my blog!  Turns out that Eva suspected that Shipman was perhaps her biological father.  Her mother, Lucy, was an alcoholic who worked for Shipman cleaning his shop/restaurant.  Her father, Fred,  was an abusive, absentee father who had another family across town.  Shipman never admitted to fathering Eva, he only said that “she had a special place in his heart”.

Hopefully we can track down some of Shipman’s brothers’ descendants and DNA test against Eva’s descendants to prove/disprove the theory!

Hi Linda – I am Eva’s eldest child . I’ve read all the info you present and it is quite accurate. Let me add some things !! Frederick Myers Eva’s father (?) used two names–Mears and Myers. He had two families at the same time. One in Vermont, one in Lynn. I’ve been told that we have several Mears cousins. My mother played the violin during her youth. In the 1970’s I had her violin case at my house, but no violin was ever found.  She was very quiet about that for some unknown reason. The picture posted about my father’s baseball team in Sudbury is incorrect. My father is front row far right. I was always the one that took my mother to her mother’s grave in Lynn cemetery. My mother always claimed that her mother’s mother came to this country (USA) as an indentured servant. She came here from England.

On Walter’s 101st birthday, his granddaughter writes:

Not only is this amazing man a veteran but he is also celebrating his 101st birthday today!! On 11/11- a very peaceful time where many of us take a moment to “make a wish”, he was born. It is very fitting as his nature is calm & healing and positive. I think he passed that on to me. As a child we first visited my grandparents in Boston where they ran a restaurant called Stone’s restaurant. I loved going there because I could always order anything I wanted- it was always a cheeseburger or two! I would go downstairs and hang out with Gus the dish washer- a very nice man. They worked so hard that they retired early and moved to the Cape. So many great memories…. grandma’s cookies, chocolate cake and homemade pizza. I did tell her I did not like her lumpy potatoes so I do feel bad about that. Trips/days to the beach where grandpa could float on his back forever! They had/have a cute house- he made a beautiful garden and had bird feeders everywhere and the yard was beautiful. Another thing I think he passed on to me. Imagine for a moment all the things/changes/good & bad you could see in 101 years! He is history. To sit and listen to his stories is a gift…. I will be doing that on Sunday. I remember on his 99th Birthday I asked him the secret to a long life…. he said “be happy”. I am so lucky to be his granddaughter and to be part of the Stone family. We are as gentle as a summer breeze but when need be as tough as a stone!


Cecilia “Sally”‘s obituary: 

Sally (Myers)  Gentile, age 86, of Lynn, died Saturday in her home after a brief illness. She was the Wife of the late Robert  Gentile, and the daughter of the late Fred A. & Lucy A. (Windsor) Myers. Born and raised in Lynn, she lived for thirty years in New Haven, CT, before moving back to Lynn in 1989. Educated in Lynn schools, she was a homemaker, and enjoyed cooking.

She is survived by a brother, Forrest Myers of Hialeah, FL, two sisters, Eva Stone of Cape Cod and Thelma  Gentile of Lynn. She also leaves several nieces & nephews. She was the sister of the late Leona Demitropoulos.

Her funeral will be held in the Solimine, Landergan & Richardson Funeral Home 426 Broadway (Rt129) Lynn on Tuesday at 10AM. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Monday from 4-7PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army PO Box 847 Lynn, MA 01903 or the American Cancer Society 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.

Thelma’s obituary:

Thelma L. (Myers) Gentile, 85 years, of Lynn died Friday in Union Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Anthony Gentile.

She was born in Lynn, the daughter of the late Fred A. and Lucy Agnes (Windsor) Myers. She was raised in Lynn and attended Lynn schools. She lived in Lynn most of her life and lived in New Haven, CT for 15 years, returning to Lynn in 1984. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and crocheting.

She is survived by two daughters, Lucille McCarthy of Lynn and Virginia Martin of Whippany, NJ; one brother, Forrest Myers of Silver Springs, MD. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is the sister of the late Eva Stone, Sally Gentile, and Leona Demitropoulos.

Service information: Her funeral will be on Monday, February 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the SOLIMINE, LANDERGAN and RICHARDSON Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rte 129) Lynn. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting Hours on Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. Donations may be made to All Care VNA, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901. Directions and guestbook at

Shipman’s nieces obituaries: 

WESTBOROUGH Barbara A. (Shipman) Rebakas, 78, of Brentwood, NH passed away Saturday, April 9, in the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington after a short illness.

Her husband, George A Rebakas died in 2001. She leaves a son, George A. Rebakas Jr. of FL, two daughters, Paula A. Rhodes and her husband, George H. of Brentwood, NH and Constance A. Fisher and her husband, Thomas M. of Leicester, A sister, Patricia Recio of TX, four grandchildren, George Paul Rhodes and his wife Julie , Ashley M. Rhodes, all of NH, and Kasey S. Marks and Holly L. Marks of MA, one great-granddaughter, Kathleen Barbara Rhodes of NH, nieces and nephews. A life long friend Beverly F. Sciarro of Westborough. She was born in Lynn, MA, daughter of the late Roy S. and Lillian R. (Cresswell) Shipman and lived in Westborough and Grafton for 50 years before moving to NH in 1990.

Mrs. Rebakas was a medical records administrator at Westborough State Hospital and U/Mass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester both for many years, a volunteer at Epping Elementary School in NH for many years, she enjoyed sewing and crafts and loved animals. A former member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Grafton. Her funeral will be held at 10 A.M. on Thursday, April 14, in the Britton-Summers Funeral Home, 4 Church Street, WESTBOROUGH. Burial will be private in Pine Grove Cemetery. Calling hours will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-7 P.M.

Patricia Frances Recio

Patricia Frances Shipman Recio, 84, of Brownsville passed away Friday, November 20, 2009 at Solara Hospital with family by her side.  Patricia was born in Lynn, Massachussetts on March 16, 1925.

She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Seaman First Class stationed at Cape Canaveral, Florida.  She lived for many years in San Diego, California and retired after 21 years from the U.S. Postal System.  She moved to Brownsville in 1994 to be near and enjoy her many children and grandchildren.

Patricia is preceded in death by her mother, Lillian (Cresswell) Shipman, and father Roy S. Shipman, her sister Barbara (Shipman) Rebakas, daughter Hildreth Ann Whitt, and son Martin G. Recio, II.

She was exceedingly fond of small animals, and seemed to be a magnet for strays of every type from cats and kittens, to dogs, and even wild bunnies.  She was a gifted crocheter and her beautiful afghans are a warm reminder of her wonderful hands working swiftly and lovingly for all of her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters; Faith B. Recio, Ana C. Recio, and Olivia C. Recio, her son Stephen J. Recio, and her grandchildren; Christopher R. Whitt, Martin G. Recio III, Valerie A. Recio, Alexandra C. Recio, Estevan J. Recio, Patricia M. Recio, and David M. Recio-Mata, along with several great grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at Trevino Funeral Home, in Brownsville on Nov. 24, 2009 at 4 p.m.  The family will have a private ceremony for her.

Walter Stone


Sadly Eva’s husband Walter passed away 14 July 2016 at 101.8 years old:

WEST YARMOUTH – Walter C. Stone Jr., 101, of West Yarmouth, formerly of South Dennis, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016.

He was the husband of the late Eva (Myers) Stone.

Born in Sudbury on Veteran’s Day 1914, Walter was the fifth of Harriet (Sawin) and Walter Stone Sr.’s seven children. He married his high school sweetheart, Eva, in 1937 and together they raised three sons and a daughter, enjoying 68 years of marriage.

Walter was manager of H.P. Hood Co. for over 20 years, interrupted only when he served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. When he returned from the Philippines, he became lead manager overseeing five “Colstone” restaurants in the Boston area, and in 1957 he purchased the Cambridge location, renaming it “Stone’s Restaurant.”

He and Eva retired to South Dennis in 1973, where they enjoyed the next 32 years traveling, gardening and enjoying family until his Eva passed in 2005. Walter brought love to all he met and at 101.8 years old, he leaves us with a lifetime of stories and wonderful memories.

Walter is survived by sons Norman, Walter III and David, and daughter Debra. His entire family, including 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews, are sure to smile as they recall the stories of his life.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, July 19, at the Northside United Methodist Church, 701 Airline Road, Brewster, with a visitation at 11:30 a.m. immediately followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment will be held in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Route 134, South Dennis.

52 Ancestors, week #11 – The GOOD and The BAD, Catherine (Owen) Jones

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year’s Challenge: “Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

The “GOOD”, about writing stories, after years of research, is that you quickly find holes in your research. The “BAD”, about writing stories, after years of research, is that you quickly find holes in your research.

Now that we are in week #11, The”BAD” news is that I am finding it difficult to select an ancestor for whom I have a “story”.  The “GOOD” news is, this exercise is forcing me to become more methodical.  My typical research process involves me going to and searching for a particular ancestor. I look at the results in the “collection tab”.  I see a collection that reminds me of another ancestor.  I search that collection for ancestor #2 and find nothing.  I then think, “maybe will have something”.  I log in, and notice they have some new collections. One catches my interest, and reminds me of ancestor #3, I move to that collection.  In the process, my iPhone dings “I’ve got mail”, it is a message asking about today’s blog post, I stop everything and do some research on ancestor #4 to answer the question and so on….an endless cycle.  Next thing you know, I have searched for 20 ancestors in 20 places and have accomplished nothing.

This week, I will tell the story of Catherine Owen, a 4th g-grandmother (my paternal grandfather’s 2nd g-grandmother through his mother Georgianna) who was born in Anglesey, Wales and died in Oneida County, New York.  Sadly, I don’t know much about her. The GOOD part about today’s ancestor is that I have discovered several new things about her, one being that I likely had her paired with the wrong  parents and grandparents.  The BAD news is that I wasted an hour deleting the wrong family AGAIN (not to mention the hours I spent researching and adding the wrong family). Okay – enough “GOOD” and “BAD”!


In Sept 2012, reports: ” the Royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, have been living in a rented farmhouse near Rhosneigr [in the Parish of Llanfaelog, Anglesey, Wales] for the past two years.  The hamlet, which has a population of 745, has a spectacular sandy beach with a cluster of cottages.  It has become a magnet for tourists as it has a reputation as one of the best spots in the UK for  both windsurfing and surfing”.

Rhosneigr, was the birthplace of Catherine Owen, likely in a home called Ty Bach.

Anglesey is a island in northwest Wales. It is separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait, a narrow stretch of water, and connected to the mainland by two bridges, the original Menai Suspension Bridge and the newer Britannia Bridge which carries the North Wales Coast Railway line.  With an area of 275 square miles, Anglesey is the largest Welsh island, and the fifth largest surrounding Britain.

A Topographical Dictionary of Wales
Samuel Lewis, 1833

LLANVAELOG (LLAN -VAELOG), a parish in the hundred of LLYVON, county of ANGLESEY, NORTH WALES, 6 miles (W. by S.) from Llangevni, containing 615 inhabitants. This parish is pleasantly situated on the bay of Carnarvon, which abounds with soles and turbot, of which considerable quantities are taken during the summer : the shore is rocky and difficult of access. The soil is generally good and in a state of cultivation. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Lhanbeulan, in the archdeaconry of Anglesey, and diocese of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Maelog, is a very ancient structure, supposed to have been built in the early part of the seventh century. There are places of worship. for Independents and for Calvinistic and Wesleyan Methodists. Several charitable donations and bequests have been made to the poor of this parish by various benefactors ; but many of them are host. Not far from the church, on an elevated spot of ground, is a large cromlech, consisting of five upright stones, supporting a large stone nearly in a horizontal position, about twelve feet long, beneath which is a small cell or cavity. The average annual expenditure for the support of the poor is £ 167. 11.

National Gazetteer (1868)

“LLANFAELOG, a parochial chapelry in the hundred of Llyfon, county Anglesey, 3 miles N. W. of Aberffraw, and 6 from Gwindy, its post town. The Ty Croyes station on the Chester and Holyhead railway is within a short distance of the village. It is situated N. of Carnarvon Bay, and includes the hamlet of Pengornisiog, Many of the inhabitants are engaged in the fishery. The living is a curacy annexed to the rectory* of Llanbeulan, in the diocese of Bangor. The church, dedicated to St. Maelog, is a modern structure, said to have been erected on the same spot as one built about the 7th century. The Calvinistic Methodists have a place of worship. There are charities of about £2 per annum. There are two cromlechs in this parish.”


Catherine was likely born to Owen Williams and Elizabeth, and baptized 20 September 1796 as Catherine Williams in Llanfaelog.  She became Catherine Owen.  Patronymics, a naming custom, involves a child taking his/her father’s first name as their second name. For example, Owen Williams’ father (and Catherine’s grandfather) was William Parri/Parry. Instead of taking his father’s surname and becoming Owen Parri/Parry (as is the custom in 2014), Owen took his father’s first name, William(s), as a second name and became Owen Williams. His daughter Catherine then took Owen as a second name and became Catherine Owen.  In earlier times, the Welsh would use “ap”  between the two names meaning “child of/son of”; this was later replaced by adding the genitive suffix “-s” to most second names.

Other than birth place and residence, little is known of Catherine’s early life.

Catherine married Robert Jones on 9 August 1824 in Llanfaelog.  He was born in nearby Aberffraw to John John Amram and Ann, his wife [possibly Roberts], and was baptized on 19 Nov 1796.  Catherine’s death notice claims that they were born on the same day, likely August/September 1796 .


It was likely a wedding celebration that lasted for three days, a tradition mentioned in the following article in the Rome, New York newspaper about another couple who immigrated from the same area.


Catherine and Robert had eight known children over 19 years: Ann (1825),  William (1827), John (1829), Elizabeth (1832), Owen Robert (1834), Margaret (1837), Ellin/Ellen (1839) and Jane/Jenny (1844), all who took the surname Jones. At least four of them were baptized at Bryn Du, Llanfaelog, in the Calvinistic Methodist Chapel. There was no Methodist Chapel in Rhosneigr until 1828.  Nearby Bryn Du Methodist Chapel was first built in 1795 and demolished in 1859 and it was likely Catherine’s childhood place of worship.



Above: Baptismal transcription for William , John, Elizabeth & Owen listing a residence of Pendref (Pen y dref/Pendre), Robert Jones’ occupation listed as laborer. Mother and children were born in Llanfaelog, father was born in Aberffraw.

Ann Jones baptism

Ellen Jones baptism

Above: Ann & Ellen’s baptisms listing a residence of Pendref (Pen y dref/Pendre). Robert Jones’ occupation listed as laborer in 1825 and farmer in 1839.

The Jones’ family lived in a home known as Pendref (Pen y dref/Pendre), also in Rhosneigr very close to Catherine’s birthplace. The first seven children were born there between 1825 and 1839 [the 8th child’s baptism has not been located – Jane/Jenny]. They are all included on the 1841 Welsh census.

1841 census

On the 1841 tithe schedule, two occupiers of part of Pendre are Robert Jones (presumably Catherine’s husband) and Owen Owens, on land owned by Reverend Evan Williams. An index of place names on the 1841 Ordnance Survey shows  a place called Pendre near Maelog Lake.

Ty Bach and Pendref on map


Visible on both pictures are the houses Cefn Dref (left) and Pen y dref (center)”. Pen y dref  is likely not the same home, but depicts the view and approximate location.


Catherine’s grandson Rev. Robert W. Roberts writes of his mother Elizabeth: “When my mother was about 12 years of age [1844], she became a domestic to help support the family. She often had to get up way before the day, to gather the sheep for milking; she too helped with the milking. The milk was made into butter, buttermilk and cottage cheese. I have often heard her relate how as a young girl, a neighbor was a world traveler and brought home from China a tea bush, mother took a branch from this and planted it near her home.”

Dale Burnell (no relation), shares some letters in his possession, written by farm families in Anglesey,  in that time period.

August 24 1846 “….It is quite good here at present, high prices for all kinds of animals” and good price for the oats, 22 shilling a peck and up – The barley and wheat quite a bit poorer, wheat 47s. a peck, barley 28s. a peck. There are very good wages to laborers, from 15 pence to 20 p. a day, and food, and they are hard to get for those wages. Harvest wages are 2 shillings a day and food. The harvest So far is quite wet and slow and smaller crop, one third less than last Year- The potato crop is worse than last years, they are as if they were going to leave the country altogether and they have failed in many neighboring countries. They are completely done for in many places and likely to fail everywhere soon. The railroad from Chester to Holyhead is going very fast, sane 17,000 men are working on it; the miners’ wages are 5 shilling 6 pence a day; laborers 2 s. 6 p. to 3 s. a day. There are 860 horses working. They are now building many houses in Holyhead; they are predicting it will be the largest town in Wales soon, everything there is on the increase. They are thinking of building new docks so ships from foreign lands can unload here instead of going to Liverpool and convey their goods on the railroad to every part of the Kingdom….”

“…I am glad to hear of your situation in America. You have mentioned that Dodgeville is one of the best places in America and You have mentioned the mines there. I would like to know about the wages and the nature of the work- You know about Our condition here ; which would be best for us all as a family to come over or not, and what would be the cost. David and his mother are quite enthusiastic about coming, and I am quite anxious to know the truth about the work, the wages, and the climate…”

January 13, 1850 “…We also here are all healthy as a family. We should all be thankful to the Lord for his care over us always. The cholera has killed its thousands this year in Wales and England. In Liverpool 13 thousand died of cholera, Manchester 11 thousand, London 140 thousand , and in Wales many thousands, and in Amlwch and Borth from 30 to 40, but it has now completely left us, and the consequence was that hundreds turned to religion in every denomination alike…it is very bad here at present, everything low in price and no demand. There are hundreds of cows in the fairs with nobody asking their price and so it is impossible to sell high, and everything else the same. The price of oats is 13 shillings a peck, barley from 22 to 23 s. a peck, wheat 38 s. a peck, butter 8 or 9 pence a pound, potatoes 8 p. a quarter. They go [sell] badly this year, same as last year. Beef 5p.a pound, live fat pigs 21 to 2 3/4 pence a pound. It’s very bad in the mountain, many working for 10 p. a day, others for 5p. a day, and many getting nothing. It is very difficult to live, and the farmers are complaining more than ever this year. The railway is running from Holyhead to Chester, but they have not finished the bridge. There are hundreds of people without work and so almost starving….”

Although we don’t know the exact reason why our family emigrated; in the 1840’s many left Europe due to deteriorating economic conditions, religious & political concerns and the effects of famine. Luring many, were letters arriving from friends and family already living in Oneida County, New York, reporting fertile and inexpensive land and freedom from tithes ( a mandatory tax paid to the local church in the form of goods such as crops or farm animals, or money, which until 1891 was the duty of the tenant, not the land owner).

Most Welsh farmers were tenants, including our Jones family.  The land system made it impossible to own the  land on which they worked, even if the farmer were frugal and saved enough money. Although farmers were offered long leases, which might give him the feeling of ownership, thus encouraging improvements, he lacked the satisfaction of ownership.

The Welsh potato crop failed in 1846.  In 1847, heavy snow, a late, cold spring and destructive summer thunderstorms resulted in poor harvests. By 1848/9, the Corn Laws had been repealed (trade laws designed to protect producers of any grain that requires grinding against competition from less expensive foreign imports), so despite a better harvest, the farmers gained little due to the lowered price of provisions, which also caused a reduction in the wages of farm workers. In the years following, the economy continued it’s decline and the Welsh emigrated to the United States in numbers larger than any other period (223,078 in 1850 as opposed to 5,551 in 1825).

The Jones family emigrated from Wales, likely by rail to Liverpool, where they departed on the ship Julia Howard, 19 June 1849. The journey was dangerous, quarters were tight, conditions unsanitary and food scarce. Many fellow travelers died en route.  They arrived in New York, 27 July 1849, and docked on the East River, Pier 20, with merchandise and about 270 passengers.

Julia Howard


ship manifest Julia Howard

ship manifest Julia Howard pg 2

Jones Passengers

Manifest # Name Age Country which they belong Country they intend to become inhabitants Notes on the Voyage
107 Robert Jones 52 Wales America Farmer
108 Catherine Jones 52 Wales America Female
109 John Jones 19 Wales America Farmer
110 Elis Jones 17 Wales America Female
111 Owen Jones 15 Wales America
112 Margaret Jones 12 Wales America Female
113 Ellen Jones 8 Wales America Female
114 Jenny Jones 4 Wales America Female
133 Mrs Jones 48 Wales America Female
134 David Jones 12 Wales America
135 Owen Jones 11 Wales America
136 Wm Jones 9 Wales America
137 Elias Jones 7 Wales America
137 Ann Jones 27 Wales America Female
139 Wm Jones 22 Wales America Farmer
140 Ann Jones 24 Wales America Female
141 Ann Jones 23 Wales America [can’t read]


Julia Howard 27 July arrivals

The New York Daily Tribune published 28 July 1849, describes the horrendous weather which welcomed them:

“The most sultry, dog dayish weather of the season yesterday with two or three April showers from about 2 o’clock till nearly sunset. At 7 o’clock a brisk rain commenced attended with thunder and lightening, which rapidly increased to a miniature deluge. The atmosphere was kindled up with flashes of lightening of extraordinary brilliancy, but the thunder, instead of doing its part by regular claps, scarcely got above a few growls. Between 11 and 12 o’clock the moon was doing her best to “conquer a peace” with the clouds but her pale and sickly look gave no sign of success. The temperature at that time was still oppressive and threatened to murder sleep.”


Although, there were few barriers to entering the United States, there was no immigrant depot (Castle Garden opened 1855 and Ellis Island in 1892), thus the dangers and hardships did not end on arrival. There was no central location to exchange money or buy tickets to their final destination.  They arrived during Irish Potato Famine, a time when immigrants in general encountered hostility. They may have lost money and possessions to thieves. Runners for forwarding agents and boarding houses took advantage of the immigrant’s ignorance of the ways of their new country.  The fraud became so rampant that in 1847, New York appointed a Commission to investigate.  They deduced that the conditions were far worse than reported, saying:

“As soon as a ship with these emigrants reaches our shores, it is boarded by a class of men called runners, either in the employment of boarding-house keepers or forwarding establishments, soliciting custom for their employers. In order the more successfully to enable the latter to gain the confidence of the emigrant, they usually employ those who can speak the same language with the emigrant. If they cannot succeed in any other way in getting possession and control over their prey, they proceed to take charge of their luggage and take it to some boarding house for safe-keeping, and generally under the assurance that they will charge nothing for carriage hire or storage. In this way they are induced to go to some emigrant boarding-house of which there are a great many in the city, and then too often under a pretense that they will charge but a small sum for meals or board, the keepers of these houses induce there people to stay a few days and when they come to leave usually charge them three or four times as much as they agreed or expected to pay, and exorbitant prices for storing their luggage, and in case of their inability to pay, their luggage is detained as security.” 

There were Welsh and British protective societies who worked to protect the immigrants and at times the officers on the vessel assisted them.  We don’t know if our ancestors encountered difficulties.

In 1849, New York’s appearance was quite different. The painting below, by Robert Bond, circa 1850, depicts Broadway looking north at Grand Street (a few miles from the waterfront).

NY 1850

NewYorkandBrooklyn1850sNew York & Brooklyn – circa 1850

Our Jones ancestors headed to upstate New York.  This map dated 1849  helps visualize the next leg of their journey; likely a canal boat from New York City to Utica then on to Oreskany.

Map to Utica

The journey in those days from New York to Utica was tedious and rough. Up the Hudson to Albany might take about eight days, if they were fortunate. If encumbered by a lot of baggage or delayed by bad weather or low water, it might take longer. From Albany they likely took a boat up the Mohawk River to Utica, then walked the nine miles to Oriskany.

The Jones family settled overlooking the Oriskany Creek near the area which became Summit Park, [according to family oral history] in the Village of Oriskany in Whitestown, Oneida, New York, home to many other Welch settlers. They likely knew others from their homeland who had settled there.

A year later, the 1850 census, places Robert, a laborer, and Catherine, both 53, and six of their children, Ann [my g-g-grandmother], Elizabeth, Owen, Margaret, Ellen and Jane/Jenny, in Whitestown (likely the Village of Oriskany).  Their son John (according to his obituary) was in nearby Whitesboro employed as coachman. Their son William’s whereabouts are unknown, but it is believed that he did immigrate with the family.

1850 census


By 1860, Robert and Catherine, both 64, had relocated to nearby Floyd Hill to the area of Camroden, a little hamlet situated about three miles north of Floyd Corners, near Holland Patent, where numbers of Welsh settlers located and gave it that name.  Until the late 1880’s, little English was spoken in this “village”, which at the time had its own store, 2 churches, a school house and a blacksmith shop.



Floyd Blacksmith Shop & General Store

Robert was a farm laborer with a net worth of $1,000 (average for the area), he did not own property. They resided on a farm in an area known as “rural area 4” [ Asa Reuben Grems owned the property by 1920],  likely on Old Floyd Road.  Robert may have been employed by his wealthy neighbor Col. David Moulton (assets and property valued at $100,000), a prominent citizen whose political influence gained him the sobriquet of “King of Floyd.” (according to his obituary).

1860 census

In 1865, Robert and Catherine, both 69 were still in Floyd. They now owned their land. Their frame house was valued at $150. The agricultural schedule tells us they had 14 improved acres, valued at $500.  They had $100 of stock and $25 of tools and implements.  One acre had been plowed, nine acres were pasture, four acres were meadow and they produced six tons of hay in 1864.  They planted potatoes and Indian corn (for grain); 1/4 acre each crop in 1864 (resulting in 50 bushels of potatoes and 10 Bushels corn) and 1/2 acre each in 1865. They had seven apple trees (which netted seven bushels of fruit in 1864). They owned one horse over two years old and four chickens.  One calf was born to them in 1865.  They had three milk cows and three butter cows in 1864 (netting 200 pounds of butter), just two each in 1865. They had slaughtered one pig in 1864 (which equated to 125 pounds of pork).

This census gives a bit of detail: both had only been married once, Catherine has given birth to seven children and Robert has become an American Citizen. Their 29 year old daughter, Margaret, resides with them.


robert Jone 1865 pg 2.jpg

robert Jone 1865 pg 3.jpg

By 1870, Robert (no longer working) and Catherine, both 74, owned a farm of about 20 acres and log home valued at $500 in Camroden, Floyd and had possessions valued at $1,000. They were living among Welsh farmers and were neighbors of Reverand John R. Griffiths [see census, and also map below],  pastor of the Welsh Congregational Church (likely their church).  Robert was a United States citizen with the right to vote.

1870 census

Camroden map

Robert JOnes Farm

Robert Jones died of “a cancer” (according to his wife’s death notice) 11 Aug 1875 in Floyd and is buried at Wright Settlement Cemetery, Rome, New York.

His tombstone reads: “GENEDIGOL OR BERFFRO, MON FU FARW AWST 11 1875 YN 78 MLWYDD OED” which translates to: “Born in Aberffraw, Anglesey, died August 11 1875, aged 78″

The top reads:”Am hyny by ddwch ch withau barod, canys yn yr awr ni thybioch y daw Mab y dyn”. Which translates to something like:”Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh”. [Matthew 24:44]

The bottom writing is too faint to make out.

robert jones grave

His will written in 1871 reads:

I Robert Jones of the town of Floyd, County of Oneida, State of New York being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this life do thirby make and ordain declar this be my last will and testament that is to say After all my lawful debts aforesaid and discharged the residue of my estate real and personal I give and bequeath and dispose of as follows to _rt:

To my wife I give all my estate real and personal excepting this place I now live on that I give to my daughter Ellen wife of Hugh Jones City of Utica after the death of my wife. 

Likewise I make and constitute and appoint Catherine Jones my wife and James Jones to be executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affix my seal this sixth day of February in the year 1871.

Robert Jones, X his mark 

Witnesses James Jones & Thomas M. Thomas & Hugh W. Jones all of Floyd, Oneida, New York. [Future research – who are they? Thomas M. Thomas in 1875 states he is of Camronden and has been acquainted with Robert for 8 years]

probate robert jones

will Robert

In 1880, Catherine was living with her daughter Elizabeth’s family in Floyd.

1880 census

Catherine died 11 May 1884 in Floyd at the home of her daughter Elizabeth, and is buried at Wright Settlement Cemetery, Rome, New York

Catherine obit

The death notice states that “Mr. and Mrs. Roberts” were born on the same day, but I believe it is a typo and the writer meant “Mr. and Mrs. Jones”, unfortunately it doesn’t give us their birth dates, but likely it was between August 12 and Sept 19 in 1796 – since Robert died 1875 August 11 before his 79th birthday and Catherine was baptized 1796 September 20 – although…. Catherine’s tombstone reads that she was 87 and 6 months, which puts her birth in 1796 November, also the month Robert was baptized….which means we could have the wrong baptism and parents for Catherine…..but in speaking to Welsh researchers it is likely rounding and she was 87 and 8 months at death.

catherine owen grave

Her tombstone reads: “GWRAIG ROBERT JONES FU FARW MAI 11 1884 YN 87 ML A 6 MIS OED”  Which translates to:”WIFE, ROBERT JONES, DIED MAY 11 1884 AT AGE OF 87 AND 6 MONTHS.”

The bottom reads: “Coffadwriaeth y cyfiawn sydd fendigedig”, in English “The memory of the just is blessed.” [Proverbs 10:7]

Her will written in 1875 reads:

I Catherine Jones late wife of Robert Jones of the town of Floyd, County of Oneida, State of New York being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this life do thirby make and ordain declar [declare] this be my last will and testament that is to say After all my lawful debts aforesaid and discharged the residue of my estate real and personal I give and bequeath and dispose of as follows to _rt: 

To my daughter Ann of the City of Rome I give one hundred dollars ($100) and a feather bed. 

Also to my daughter Margaret, wife of Owen Jones, of Floyd I give one hundred dollars ($100) which they owe me and the Cubord [cupboard]. 

Also to my daughter Elizabeth, wife of Elias J. Roberts of the town of Floyd, I give four hundred dollars ($400) & the Desk. 

Also to Robert Jones, son of my late son William I give fifty dollars ($50).

Also to William Jones, son of my late son William I give fifty dollars ($50) and Peter Williams bible. [future research – who is Peter Williams?]

Also to my daughter Ellen, wife of Hugh Jones City of Utica, give one hundred dollars ($100).

I authorize the executor of this will to withhold from the above money in equal proportions from each sufficient to place a Tomb Stone by a grave if it will be necessary. Likewise I make and constitute and appoint William Jones to be Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affix my seal this twenty six day of November in the year of one thousand eight hundred and seventy five.

Catherine Jones, X her mark 

Hugh W. Jones, witness, Floyd, Oneida County, New York. [future research – who is Hugh W. Jones? He was deceased when Catherine’s estate went to probate, his brother Owen E. Jones testified that he recognized the handwriting]

William Jones, Floyd, Oneida County, New York [future research – who is William Jones?, he states that he has known Catherine for 30 years]

will Catherine

Jones after (1)

The Children

Ann (1825-1896): Ann (my direct Ancestor) married George Perry and had four children – Cordelia “Delia”, Katherine “Kittie”, William C. and George – after George’s death, she married James Evans.  She lived in Oriskany, Floyd, Rome and Frankfort, New York.

Ann Jones

William (1827): William married and had at least two children.  He was not living with the family in 1850. He is mentioned as “deceased” in his mother’s will written in 1875 and his children William and Robert Jones of Marcy, New York are listed as heirs at the time of his father’s death in 1875.

probate robert jones

John (1829 – 1902): John moved to California seeking gold, he settled in Placer County where he married Bertha Bion and had at least six children – Florence, John C., George Washington, Bertha E., William C., and Margaret Viola.

John Jones

Elizabeth (1832-1920): Elizabeth married Elias J. Roberts, had at least five children, Jane “Jennie”, John M., Rosa, Katherine “Katie” and Robert (who became a Reverend). They resided in Westernville, Floyd and Rome, New York.

Elizabeth death 2

Elizabeth obit

Owen Robert (1834-1906): Owen first married Ann Jones and had five children, according to his obituary – the four I have identified include Thomas Lincoln, Elizabeth Jane “Lizzie”, William O. and David.  Ann reportedly died in 1868.   He  married second, Mary Jane Davis, reportedly in 1870, and had at least ten children, according to his obituary.  I have identified eight – Katie, Phoeine, Annie, Albert “Bert”, Daisy Ellen, Franklin O., Alice Maud and Arthur Floyd.  He moved to California in the 1870’s and settled in Clipper Gap. Another child,  Johnnie, age one in 1870,  died, age seven, 10 Mar 1876 in Clipper Gap [I am uncertain if he was Ann or Mary’s child, since his birth year of 1869 is after Ann’s reported death but before his reported 1870 marriage to Mary].

Owen Jones death

Owen obits from Sam

Margaret (1837 – about 1882): Margaret married Owen Jones and had at least five children, Jane, Katie, Ellen, Mary and Delma. They remained in Floyd, New York.

owen jones husb marg

Ellin/Ellen (1839 – 1903): Ellen married Hugh R. Jones and had seven children, Jane Ann, John F., William O., Samuel Hugh, George P., Katherine and Margaret. They resided in Utica, New York.

Ellen Jones obit

Jane/Jenny (abt 1844): Jane/Jenny died before 1875, likely without children as neither she nor her heirs are listed in her parent’s wills or probate notice. Interestingly Ellen’s obituary claims that she was the youngest of eight children and Owen’s obituary claims he was one of seven children. In 1850, Jane was age 6; she is not found with her parents in the 1860 census – I wonder if that is an indication that she died as a young child.

probate robert jones

(1) Historical Information – The Welsh in Oneida County, New York, Paul Demund Evans –

(2) Census data –

(3) Pre-1837 Calvinistic Methodist Births/Baptisms in Anglesey transcribed by Joyce and Douglas W. Hinde.

(4) Baptisms, Llanfaelog Parish Registers –

(5) Newspaper clippings –

(6) Gravestone photos – courtesy of a living cousin who visited Rome.

(7) Misc. information written by Rev. Robert W. Roberts – courtesy of a living cousin.

(8) Excepts of Anglesey letters held by Dale Burnell;

(9) 1858 Land Ownership May – visit to Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2014

(10) New York 1849 map – The David Rumsey Maps Collection offers 47,000 free downloadable hi-resolution maps and images, with a free login (you can view and download maps at a lower resolution  without a login); (

(11) Modern Maps –

(12) Catherine’s birth/parents

Catherine owen birth

(13) Pendref and 1841 tithe information


(14) Probate of William Parri/Parry of Ty Bach, grandfather of Catherine Owen, mentioning her father Owen Williams – The will is several pages, page 1 pictured below:

Will page 1

will abstract

(15) Map and photos of Pendref and Ty Bach – A book entitled “Rhosneigr, Then and Now: A Pictorial History of the Village”  beautifully depicts the area and shows the location of Ty Bach and Pendref (click on the image to see a larger version). This book is now out of print, although you may find used copies on Amazon/Ebay/Abebooks. You may also view and search an online scanned copy: [scroll to the bottom].

Page 14 describes the photos: “Visible on both pictures are the houses Cefn Dref (left) and Pen y dref (center)”.  Likely not the same home but might depict the view and approximate location.

Both homes are also listed on  the Anglesey old series Cassini map 114 (1839-1841) which was created from this Ordnance Survey available from

Declared Dead Before His Time, Frank D. Clough, 52 Ancestors – Week #10

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year’s Challenge: “Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

My genealogical journey began in 2008, with my g-grandmother Georgianna Hall (her married name), who died in 1964, at 82. All that was known of her was that she was born in Rome, Oneida, New York, about 1882.  New York did not require birth registration until 1882, and full compliance was not reached until 1915. The Municipal Archives believes that up to 25% of pre-1910 births were never registered.

I hired a professional researcher in New York, but no birth record was found;  her 1904 marriage record does place her birth about 1882 in Rome, NY and names her parents as Kitty Perry and Frank D. Clough.

Georgianna marriage

Her Social Security Application (SS-5), completed in her own handwriting, 58 years later, offers a  birth date of 13 Oct 1881, and names the same birth place and parents [except mom is Kittie E. vs Kitty].


Her obituary, published in the Malden Evening News, after her 12 Feb 1964 death, concurs.


Things began to fall into place.  I easily traced the Welsh origins of her mom, Kittie Perry,  locating hundreds of records & ancestors through the guidance of cousins, who I met through the online tree message service.

But her dad, Frank D. Clough, was a mystery and my first “brick wall”.

Kittie and Frank’s marriage was registered in Frankfort, Herkimer County, New York on 18 Feb 1889 [anybody thinking, that is seven years after Georgianna’s reported birth? – I will admit, as a genealogy “newbie”, I didn’t, it was my first experience contacting a town clerk, and I was excited to get a response with the information I was seeking –  Frank’s place of birth and parent’s names!!! – other details were insignificant].  

* When you order a vital record from a town clerk’s office, many times they transcribe the information from the original books on to a form. These days, I always ask for a copy of the original, town clerks are human and can make transcription errors (especially when it comes to interpreting old handwritten records).  In this case, I ordered the record in 2009 and hadn’t known to ask for the original. Thanks to Gina Bellino, at the Frankfort, New York town clerk’s office, for taking the photos below with her iPhone.

Frank was listed as a mechanic and resident of Frankfort, born in Bath, New York to R.C. Clough and Ellen Colburn about 1858. “Number of marriages” was left blank.

Frank and Kittie marriage record


He was listed in the 1899 Frankfort City Directory as a Carpenter.

city directory 1889

My next discovery was a notice published seven years later in the Lowell Sun [Massachusetts] dated Saturday, 14 March 1896:


To the Honorable Justices of the Superior court within and for the County of Middlesex: Respectfully libels and represent Kittie E. Clough of Lowell. In said county, that she was married in form of law not in legal effect to Frank Clough now of Seattle, Wash., and there afterwards your libellant and the said Frank Clough lived together as husband and wife afterwards until she learned and was informed that said Frank Clough at the time he married your petitioner had another wife living from whom he was never divorced, thus rendering his marriage to your petitioner void. Wherefore your petitioner prays that, a decree be entered declaring said marriage between her and said Frank Clough null and void from the beginning.  Dated this first day of November A.D. 1895.  


Back in 2009, I emailed Elizabeth Bouvier, Head of Archives, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, seeking more information.  She responded “Kittie filed a libel #1706 at Middlesex County Superior Court in 1896, it was continued to Dec 27, 1897 and dismissed on call without prejudice, I checked the Indices up to 1910 and there is no further entry”.

Dead end.

On, I located an unnamed child, born 11 Sept 1856, in Bath, New Hampshire [not New York as the marriage record indicated]  to R. Clement Clough and Ellen Colburn and recorded in 1906 [50 years after the  birth].  I suspect this is the record of Frank’s birth.

frank birth

In 1860 & 1870 Frank was enumerated in Bath, New Hampshire as a member of the family of Richard Clement and Ellen Clough. He is not with them in 1880.  He appears to have had four brothers Eugene, Squires, Harry and Richard Clement Jr.

1860 and 1870

Turns out, prior to 1880, Frank, a House Carpenter, had married Lucy Elizabeth Chase, daughter of Moses Chase and Sarah, and was living nearby in Bath. I have not located a marriage or divorce record.


On 23 July 1880, Lucy gave birth to their first child, Bert Squires Clough.  The second child, Ira “Harry” Moses Clough followed on 16 June 1882.

That’s when it hit me.  It’s unlikely that Frank was the father of Georgianna, born 13 Oct 1881, in Rome, New York if he had children in 1880 and 1882 in Bath, New Hampshire, 270 miles away, in an era before the automobile!  Then I realized Georgianna was seven when he married Kittie!

Sure enough, Kittie was previously married. The 11 Aug 1880 edition of the Herkimer Democrat reports that on 4 Aug 1880, Kitty Perry, of Rome, married John Hughes of Ilion, at the residence of officiating clergyman Reverend Albert F. Lyle, in German Flatts.

Georgianna was enumerated in the 1892 New York State census as Georgia A. Hughes, age 11, living in Frankfort with her grandmother and step-grandfather James and Ann (Jones) Perry Evans.

1892 census

She appears in several newspaper articles as Georgianna Hughes [W. C. Perry is Kittie’s brother, Kittie May Palmer is Kittie’s niece, daughter of her sister Cordelia]:

  • Utica Morning Herald, August 24 1896: Miss Georgiana Hughes of Frankfort, who has been visiting her mother at Lowell, Mass., has returned, and accompanied by Miss Kittie May Palmer of Frankfort, is a guest of Mr. and Mrs. W[illiam] C. Perry of 414 West Dominick Street [Rome].
  • Rome Semi Weekly Citizen, September 1, 1896: Miss Georgianna Hughes of Lowell, Mass., and Miss Kittie M. Palmer of Frankfort, NY , are visiting their uncle, W. C. Perry, 414 West Dominick street.
  • Rome Daily Sentinel, October 1, 1902 – Mrs. Georgianna Hughes who has been visiting at the home of W.C. Perry has returned to her home in Boston.

Something didn’t add up.  On 1 October  1902, Georgianna is still using the surname Hughes, a few days before Kittie married her 3rd husband Frank Shipman, so presumably, Clough is long gone from their lives.  But in 1904, Georgianna reports her maiden name as Clough when she marries.

What became of her father Hughes [death or divorce?]  If Clough was a bigamist, and no longer with Kittie, why would she begin using his name long after the break up? If she wanted a new surname, why not Shipman?

Kittie’s bigamy/annulment case of 1896 was dismissed. I have been unable to locate Clough in the 1900 census.  Frank’s first wife remarried William C. Austin in 1886.  In 1900, the pair was residing in Bath, with Frank’s sons Burt and Ira, and two daughters fathered by Austin. Frank’s parents were still in Bath.  His mother, Ellen, reported that she had given birth to five children and that three were living. Siblings Squires and Harry were deceased, so technically Frank should be alive.  I searched city directories across the US.  Nothing.

I made my first genealogy trip to Bath (a charming town with one of New Hampshire’s few remaining covered bridges).

bath covered bridge

Frank’s parents and brothers are all buried in Bath, I found their graves (my first FindAGrave posting).  No Frank.  I did learn from the town clerk that Clough is pronounced “Cluff” in Bath [note that in other parts, some do pronounce it as “Clow”].  When I returned home, I searched the various databases again using Cluff and Cl*u* (Cl*u* should pick up Clough and Cluff in databases that use a “*” as a wildcard symbol).  I searched online death records between 1896 and 1900.  Nothing.

I found Kittie in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1900, living with several male boarders (her soon to be third husband among them), reported as “widowed”.

Ignoring all conflicting information, I used this one fact to conclude that Clough had died between 1896 and 1900, perhaps on the West Coast, as Kittie’s 1896 case claimed a Seattle residence. The death just wasn’t available in indexes or records online.

His son Ira married on 28 April 1900.  Frank was listed as father and a Carpenter, but his residence was left blank [the residence of the three remaining parents was identified].

Ira's Marriage

My theory was that Frank and Kittie reconciled, she dropped the case, then he died tragically, leaving her  a widow.  His parents and children were perhaps unaware, which is why his mother reported him to be living in 1900 and Ira left his residence blank on the marriage record.  I surmised that Georgianna took the surname Clough as a gesture of remembrance and respect (since she likely never knew her birth father).

It bothered me that I hadn’t located  the death record, but it could have occurred anywhere! I added the note to my tree, and 650 other folks promptly copied the death range and added my theory as “fact” to their own trees [okay so I am exaggerating a little].  “Case Closed”  – 5 years ago.

Then I decided to take on the “52 Ancestors Challenge”.  I had planned my ancestor of week #10 to be Kittie (Perry) Hughes Clough Shipman.  As I began to write, I realized how many details were missing.  As part of the process, I reopened my “Frank Clough file”.

I began by emailing Elizabeth Bouvier, at  the Supreme Judicial Court again, this time requesting copies of the actual documentation related to Kittie’s case in Middlesex County. The response was shocking! “Kittie filed a libel at Essex County Superior Court on grounds of desertion – 1902 divorce final.

What? I knew Kittie moved to another county, but I never thought to search Essex County for a divorce, I just assumed all records were held in Middlesex, their residence when Frank disappears!  In any case, you don’t divorce a dead guy!  She presumed Frank was living in 1902!

I reviewed the records I had collected.  In 1902, when Kittie married Shipman, she specified it was her 3rd marriage.  I didn’t notice the “(D)” on the record indicating she was divorced.  The register header instructed the registrar to record those divorced or widowed. All  individuals with more than one marriage, were marked with either “(W)” or “(D)”. Of course she would tell the 1900 census enumerator that she was a widow.  Divorce/abandonment was embarrassing and none of his business!

shipman marriage

I follow the Legal Genealogist’s blog (, and now I realize the importance of understanding the terms used in our ancestor’s records. The case regarding the annulment was “dismissed on call without prejudice” – “without prejudice” means that Kittie could reopen the case at some point in the future.  If Frank were dead, the option wouldn’t be necessary, right? The case would have been “dismissed on call with prejudice”.

I searched for a Frank Clough/Cluff  born between 1850 and 1860 in New Hampshire, in the 1860-1900 censuses, vitals, the online city directories and other records.  There were at least 8 individuals of the same name, but one stood out. Frank D. Clough, a carpenter, born in Sept 1858/9 in New Hampshire, with parents born in New Hampshire.

This particular Frank D. Clough, born about Sept 1858, married around 1892, possibly in San Francisco, California [according to a son’s marriage record], Frederika “Freida” Martins/Martens born about 1862 in Germany.  No marriage record has been found there or elsewhere, using online sources.  Many San Francisco records were destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. While some were rerecorded at a later date, names similar to Clough/Martens were not located in online indexes, the pair likely had relocated to New Jersey.  (

The couple had two children, said to be born in Jersey City, New Jersey, John Martin/Marten Clough born 29 Aug 1895 and George Clough born about Jan 1898.

Findings include (from unless noted otherwise):

  • 1895 Jersey City, New Jersey, City Directory – Frank D. Cluff, carpenter, 840 Bramhall av, Jersey City.
  • 1895 Birth Record, DELAYED filing, (email from the New Jersey State Archives), Child: John Clough;  Date of Birth: Aug. 29, 1895;  Place of Birth: Jersey City, Hudson County Parents: Frank Clough & Friedericke Martens. [The delayed birth record states that his parents were married in San Francisco, CA.]
  • 1898 Jersey City, New Jersey, City Directory – Frank D. Cluff, carpenter, 43 Myrtle av,  Jersey City.
  • 1899 Jersey City, New Jersey, City Directory – Frank D. Cluff, carpenter, 164 Fulton av,  Jersey City.
  • 1900 census – Frank Cluff, 703 Ave D, Bayonne Ward 2, Hudson, New Jersey, born Sept 1859, married 8 years, carpenter born Massachusetts (parents born Massachusetts) living with wife Freda (37; born Germany; immigrated about 1881; has given birth to two children, both living), sons John (5) and George (2). They rent a home.
  • 1901 Jersey City, New Jersey, City Directory – Frank D. Cluff, carpenter, 154 Fulton av,  Jersey City.
  • 1910 census – Frank D. Cluff, boarder at 1541 Broadway, Oakland, California; age 52; widowed; self employed carpenter (houses, etc.); born New Hampshire (parents born New Hampshire). The next two entries are boarders John (14) and George Cluff (12) born New Jersey (parents born New Hampshire/Germany).
  • 1920 census – Frank Clough, First Street, renters above the bakery, Bandon, Coos, Oregon; age 63; widowed; self employed house carpenter; born New Hampshire (parents born New Hampshire). Living with son George (22) who is a cook is a restaurant; born New Jersey (parents born New Hampshire/Germany).
  • 1923 Marriage Record  (email from the New Jersey State Archives): John M. Clough to Dora H. Drewes:  Date of Marriage: 10 Oct. 1923;  Place of Marriage: Jersey City, Hudson Co. Parents: Frank D. Clough & Frieda Martens.
  • 1930 census – Frank B. Clough, Riverside Drive, Bandon, Coos, Oregon; age 72; widowed; no occupation; owns the home valued at $1,250; born New Hampshire (parents born New Hampshire).
  • 1940 census – Frank D. Clough, Riverside Drive, Bandon, Coos, Oregon; age 82; widowed; attended school to 8th grade; no occupation and “unable to work”; owns the home valued at $50; born New Hampshire; lived in the same place 5 years ago.  Frank himself spoke with the census taker [the 1940 census specifies which household member spoke to the enumerator, likely meaning the information is correct].
  • 1941 Death indexes – Frank Clough, death date 18 Mar 1941, Coos County, Oregon.
  • 1941 – Obituary originally copied from the Western World by Paul and Jewell Shelton and shared here courtesy of the Bandon Museum and Historical Society.

Obituary Notice

Western World

March 20, 1941

Seated in his favorite chair by the store, with his glasses on, a book on his lap, his pipe lying alongside on a table, and his radio going full blast, Frank B. Clough, 82, was found dead by his son, George, at 8:30 Tuesday night.

The aged man lived alone in a small cabin on Riverside Drive, near the entrance to the More Mill.

He had not been seen by his near neighbor, Gus Johnson, since the night before, and it is believed that he had been dead 10 hours or more before being found.

Death apparently came without a struggle according to Charles E. Schroeder, who took charge of the body, for if he had moved at all he would have fallen out of the chair.

Clough was born at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, September 5, 1858. He came west as a young man locating in California. He came to Bandon about 30 years ago and engaged in carpentry work, which he followed until he retired.

Deceased is survived by two sons: George Clough of Bandon and John Clough of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian Church on Thursday, March 20, at 2:00 pm. Rev. E. E. Rosenkilde to officiate. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

  •  1941 Burial:  Frank B. Clough, Father, IOOF Cemetery, Bandon, Coos County, Oregon, USA

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  • 1946 Death Record  (email from the New Jersey State Archives): Deceased: John Clough;  age: 51 yrs;  Date of Death: Nov. 8, 1946;  Place of Death: St. Barnabas Hospital; Newark, Essex Co. Parents: Frank D. Clough & Fredericka Marten, Burial: Rosehill Crematory, Linden, NJ

There are a few inconsistencies.  The 1900 census offers a Massachusetts birthplace (perhaps the informant knew he had relocated from Lowell, Massachusetts and assumed it to be his place of birth).  The obituary lists a birthplace of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 5 Sept 1858 [vs. 11 Sept 1856] .  The obituary is a transcription.  The birth record was created 50 years after the birth.  Either could be mistaken. Frank was deceased; the writer may not have known the correct birth date and place. This same Frank, in 1940, self-reported a New Hampshire birth place. Whomever spoke with the census taker in 1910, 1920 and 1930 (likely Frank) reported New Hampshire. The gravestone and obituary lists a middle initial of “B”, many other records concur that his middle initial was “D”.

Then there is still the mystery of Georgianna reporting a maiden name of Clough.  In speaking to professional genealogist, Georgianna may have used the name Clough simply to gain a job and avoid discrimination.  Clough was more “American” than Hughes.  She may have been trying to separate herself from the family, attracted a better husband or job.


People in Story

Now what….
(1) Wait two weeks for the dismissed annulment and divorce case files (from Elizabeth Bouvier) – hopefully there are more clues to Frank’s whereabouts!

UPDATE – “No file has been found for the Clough divorce – grounds of desertion.  You may want to search the local Lynn newspapers for a notice of the case.  Katherine would have had to file a notice in the local paper three times (December 1901) notifying Frank – whose residence was unknown – of the divorce libel.  Then she would have gone back to court with the proof of the 3 notices and been granted the divorce — which was in January 1902.”

(2) Search for a marriage between Frank D. Clough and Frederika “Freida” Martins/Martens, around 1892, possibly in New Jersey, California, Washington or Oregon; locations with which I am not familiar; Cyndi’s List ( and the Family Search Wiki (  and A Genealogy Guide to Death Indexes ( will hopefully point me to the right direction. If Frank’s parents are named on the record, that will confirm he is “our guy”.

(3) Request a copy of Frank’s original obituary from the Bandon Museum and Historical Society (to ensure it was transcribed properly); perhaps they have additional information.

(4) Order a copy of Frank’s death certificate from Coos County, Oregon (I suspect the informant may not have known his parents names and birth location – but you never know). He was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, implying he may have been a member of the Odd Fellows – I need to contact the cemetery as well as the local Odd Fellows Chapter to request historical records. The Presbyterian Church mentioned in the obituary may also be a source.

UPDATE – the death certificate arrived and offers no additional information, the informant (who may not have known) reported a Pennsylvania birth.

(5) Contact the Bath, New Hampshire town clerk to discover why the birth returns are dated 1906.  Likely there are original record books that were transcribed 50 years later. If the original books exist, perhaps they could look to see if the transcription of the birth date is correct. Remember that the name on the birth record was blank.  Unlikely, but Ellen may have had a sixth child, who coincidentally was born in September, two years earlier, and died soon after death (when reporting the number of children born to the census taker, children who died within a few days were sometimes not reported).

UPDATE – The bath Town clerk had no further information.

(6) Locate Frederika “Freida” Martins/Martens death certificate (likely between 1900-1910).

(7) Seek out additional city directories to place Frank in the years from 1890-1920.

(8) Look for land deeds and probate records for Frank (likely Georgianna is not named, but you never know).

(9) Find descendants of Frank’s sons – one East Coast and one West Coast and compare their DNA.

UPDATE – I am seeking an East Coast descendant of  Frank’s sons Bert Squire Clough or Ira “Harry” Moses Clough or one of his uncle Henry Dearborn Clough or Carleton H Clough.  Frank’s g-grandson on the West Coast agreed to test and his results are back!  The 37 marker Y-DNA test matched several Clough testers with a genetic distance of 2-4 (likely not close enough to confirm that the same Frank fathered the East and West Coast boys).  


The closest match (genetic distance of 2), shared his tree with me here.  If this tree is correct, the match is Thomas Clough born 29 May 1651 in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts, a son to John Clough (read of him here) who was the first to come here from England. It seems that Frank Clough who died in Oregon also descends from Thomas.  This doesn’t “prove” that East Coast and West Coast Frank are one in the same, there could be two Franks born about the same year in New Hampshire who both descend from John, but it doesn’t disprove my theory!

Frank D Clough tree

UPDATE 10 April 2017

As there appears to be no male East Coast descendant of Frank, who still holds the surname Clough, I turned to Autosomal DNA. I currently have two testers:

The first, Ken W., a great grandson of Frank D. Clough and Lucy Elizabeth Chase (the Frank born in Bath, New Hampshire).

The second, Robert C. a grandson of Frank D. Clough and Fredericka “Frieda” Martens (the Frank who died in Oregon).

If my theory is correct, Ken W. and Robert C. would be Half 1st cousins 1x removed.  The ISOGG Wiki claims that with this type of relationship, they would be expected to match in the range of 75-360 cMs (centimorgans) or 212.50 cMs on average (3.125%) of their DNA (

The results are in, and Robert and Ken share 286 cMs!!  This is well within the range. Of course there is always the possibility that they are related on a different ancestral line, but given that they were born and reside on opposite coasts, unlikely.

Neither tester matches me or my uncle, thus offering credence to my theory that although my g-grandmother Georgianna used the surname Clough, Frank Clough was her stepfather and not bio-father.

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Lessons Learned

(1) When looking at a new record, transcribe it –  notice and question every detail. Remember that all records may have misinformation because of a clerk error, someone remembering something wrong or intentionally lying to protect themselves or their privacy.

(2) If you don’t understand something on a record (like “dismissed on call without prejudice”), figure out what it means –  consider the year it was utilized – the 1882 definition may differ from the 2014 definition.

(3) I only looked for Frank in the 1900 census.  I never considered looking for him in 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, since I assumed he was dead. At RootsTech a few weeks ago, Tom Jones advised us to look at the censuses for our ancestors in the census year before their birth (to place their parents)…in this case I should have searched records after 1900, since I had no direct evidence of death.

(4) Always request the “original record”.  In this case, Frank and Kittie’s marriage record was transcribed by the town clerk correctly, but that is not always the case.  Transcriptions may be incorrect or incomplete.

(5) Periodically review all the records you have for your “brick wall” ancestors.  As your genealogy skills evolve, you will notice things that you hadn’t thought of 1, 2 or 5 years ago.

(6) Keep a research log for each ancestor, so you recall where you looked and where you didn’t and when, so that you do not duplicate efforts or miss a record set that may name your ancestor.

(7) Don’t just copy “facts” from other online Family Trees unless a source is attached.   All those folks who copied Frank D. Clough’s death between 1896 and 1900 from my tree have it wrong! What are the chances that they will return and see my revised tree or this blog post?

(8) Write about your ancestors; join the “52 week challenge” even if you do not post your story online.  It is easy to collect records.  Writing forces you to correlate, develop new theories and think about what you might be missing.

Happy Hunting!!


George family group sheet

George was my second great grand uncle on my dad’s side – uncle to my g-grandmother Georgianna (Hughes/Clough) Hall and brother to her mom, Kittie (Perry) Hughes/Clough/Shipman. Was he a Bigamist or were there multiple George Perry’s in the same place/time?

[Click on photo to see a larger version]

george perry disappearance

In February 1891, after nine years of marriage, George Perry of East Dominick Street, Rome, New York, deserted his four children and wife. They came down with diphtheria.  His wife’s sister, Miss Alice Phillips, cared for the family. George’s wife and eldest child, an eight year old son, recovered, but the others—George, Alice, and Arthur—died.  A few months later George Davis’s new wife, of January 1891, learned of a public notice exposing her husband as George Perry. When confronted, George fled from their residence in Dunkirk, New York to Syracuse, New York and lived under an assumed name.

There is speculation that George married Nettie Hickson (originally of Syracuse) under the assumed name Henry Lincoln Perry, born in Rome to George Perry and Elizabeth Jones.  The groom’s description, according to the pastor who officiated the marriage in January 1891, matched that of George. When the couple later settled in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, Nettie wrote her brother in Rome and referred to her husband as a wealthy “George Perry”. Prior to his disappearance, George was said to have been “infatuated” with 20 year old Nettie.

Were there rumors that he ran off with Nettie when he actually ran off with an unsuspecting woman (who’s name is not given in newspaper accounts) under the alias George Davis? Or are Nettie and the woman known as Mrs. Davis one in the same?  We don’t know.

A decade prior, in 1880, a man of the same name, George Perry, whose siblings included Kittie, William and Cordelia, lived with his mother, Ann and stepfather, James Evans on East Dominick. In 1895 George, wife Elizabeth, and sons ages twelve and three resided in Minneapolis. The youngest was born in Minnesota, though the remaining family members were born in New York. A year later, when Ann died, George resided in Oregon, Cordelia in Galeton, Pennsylvania, and William in Rome.  In March 1900 Arthur Phillips, born in Ireland, died, naming daughters Mrs. Lissie Perry of Galeton and Miss Alice Phillips of Rochester.

In 1900 George, of Welsh parentage, and Elizabeth L., of Irish descent, lived in Galeton.  With them was a son, seventeen, born in New York, children ages seven and four born in Minnesota, and an infant born in Pennsylvania. Four children died previously.

George Perry 1900 census

Cordelia lived nearby. Between 1900 and 1920, Cordelia, George and their children often visited William who remained in Rome. When George died in Galeton in 1923, his late wife, who he married 40 years prior, was recorded as Alice Phillips of Rome [this is likely a typo and his wife was Lissie, Alice’s sister]. 

These sources leave little doubt that the George born to Ann and the bigamist are the same man.

– Both had fathers named George Perry and mothers with a maiden name Jones (one Ann, the other Elizabeth)

– George of Galeton had a father-in-law Arthur; the bigamist had a son named Arthur:

– Both married in 1882–3 a woman of Irish heritage, with the surname Phillps, and a sister Alice.

– Each fathered three or four children who died before 1900 and a son born about 1883 in New York.

– Neither had living children born between 1884 and 1891.

– Each lived on East Dominick Street, Rome, NY, and left the area by 1892.

[1] Year: 1920; Census Place:  Galeton Ward 2,  Potter,  Pennsylvania; Roll:  T625_1648; Page:  16A; Enumeration District:  117; Image:  820.
[2] Utica Observer Dispatch 5/22/1923,  Note – Footnotes need to be redone in the format of Evidence Explained – there were other newspaper articles and documents examined that supports the case, but are not included here in order to keep the article to 500 words.
[i] Year: 1870; Census Place:  Rome Ward 1,  Oneida,  New York; Roll:  M593_1059; Page: 543A; Image:  404; Family History Library Film:  552558.
[ii] “New York, State Census, 1875,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 6 June 2012), Ann Perry in household of Ann Perry, Rome, Ward 01, Oneida, New York, United States.
[iii] Rome NY, buried Wright Settlement Cemetery, Rome, NY, Perry, George 1828-1862 , teries/Rome/WS3.html & gravestone photo e-mailed to Linda Hall-Little by Sam Kuntz 20 Jun 2010
[iv] Year: 1880; Census Place:  Rome Oneida New York; Roll:  903; Family History Film: 1254903; Page:  29C; Enumeration District:  109; Image:  0060.
[v] Ibid
[vi] These are common Welsh names in the area , albeit similar to those of George Perry’s family, a search produced no couple of this name and/or George Perry with these parents in Oneida County – NY vitals , census records and other records on, FamilySearch, Fold3, newspapers & online trees in April 2012.
[vii] Feb 18, 1891, Rome Semi-Weekly Citizen (page # unknown) & Rome Semi -Weekly Citizen. SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 1891.Fultonhisto
[viii] Feb 21, 1891, Rome Semi-Weekly Citizen (page # unknown) & Feb 24, 1891 Utica Weekly Herald (page 4, column 5),
[ix] Same name as Alice and Lissie Phillips’ father.
[x] None of these children are found in the records of Wright Settlement Cemetery where this family was typically buried from mid 1800’s to the mid-1900’s –
[xi] Feb 21, 1891, Rome Semi-Weekly Citizen (page # unknown),
[xii] August 21, 1891 Rome Semi-Weekly Citizen (page # unknown) entitled “The Wife Deserter”, Fulton
[xiv] A year prior, in 1895 George Parry, wife Elizabeth and children Daniel (all born NY) and Willie (born MN) all of the appropriate age are found in the Minnesota territorial census, living in Minneapolis.
[xv] Cordelia’s 2nd husband Charles Spoor in 1900 was a “master car builder” probably for the railroad had expanding to this area in 1893:
[xvi] Ann Jones Perry Evans obit, Utica Morning Herald, November 4, 1896, page 2, column 3,http://www.fultonhistor  – “PUSHED INTO THE CANAL. Sad Death of Mrs. James Evans of  Frankfort”.
[xvii] The Utica morning March 31, 1900 (page # unknown),
[xviii] These same daughters are named in the 1870 census: Year: 1870; Census Place:  Kirkland, Oneida,  New York; Roll:  M593_1058; Page:  323A; Image:  652; Family History Library Film: 552557.
[xix] Working as a RR Mechanic, the railroad had expanding to this area in 1893: – George had many jobs over the years ranging from farmer, blacksmith and rolling mill worker – while he cannot be linked from place to place by occupation, his sister Cordelia lived nearby in Galeton, and names/ages/birth places of himself & family members tie to records from other areas.  
[xx] The 1910 census has her listed as giving birth to 9 children, 7 whom are living (their last child was born in 1903 – in 1910 only 5 were living). Year: 1910; Census Place:  Westmoreland,  Oneida,  New York; Roll:  T624_1053; Page:  8A; Enumeration District:  0176; Image:  973; FHL microfilm: 1375066.
[xxi] Year: 1900; Census Place:  Galeton Potter Pennsylvania; Roll:  1482; Page:  25A; Enumeration District:  108; FHL microfilm:  1241482.
[xxii] Anne Jones & George Perry’s son W.C. Perry remained in Rome, lived on 414 West Dominick for years and became Postmaster, he is named in 50+ articles linking him to his parents, siblings and multiple other family members.
[xxiv] Year: 1920; Census Place:  Galeton Ward 2,  Potter,  Pennsylvania; Roll:  T625_1648; Page:  16A; Enumeration District:  117; Image:  820.
[xxv] Utica Observer Dispatch 5/22/1923,  Note – Footnotes need to be redone in the format of Evidence Explained – there were other newspaper articles and documents examined that supports the case, but are not included here in order to keep the article to 500 words.
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