Wills

Isaac Shelby

Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky

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           Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky is the grandson of the original immigrant from Wales, Evan (Dhu) Shelby (Selby), who is eighth great grandfather to my children, Erin and Stuart; the son of Brigadier General Evan Shelby, who is the son of Evan (Dhu) and seventh great granduncle to my children; and is therefore first cousin …

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State Archives offers public access.

The Discovery Service at the National Archives in Great Britain

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3          3SharesThe UK National Archives  has a free online search, but there are problems. Some knowledge has always been necessary to search the catalogue with any success. The Discovery Service makes it easier for everyone – novice to expert – to search and use the collection. The user is able to search the collection, explore and …

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Transcription: Andreas Keefer (Andrew Keefer), Will and Testament

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           The following is my transcription of the Will of Andreas Keefer. Andrew Keefer – Will IN the name of God Amen. I Andrew Keefer of Hanover Township Lebanon County State of Pennsylvania being weak in body but of sound mind and disposing mind memory and understanding calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life and …

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Little Red Schoolhous; Maple Shade, Burlington County, NJ; built in 1811

Transcription: Thorne, John; Will Extract; New Jersey and Colonial Documents; Page 480.

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             Transcription of an extract of the will of John Thorne, taken from ” New Jersey and Colonial Documents “; Page 480. Featured image: Little Red Schoolhouse; Maple Shade, Burlington County, NJ; built in 1811. 48O NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS me and Stephen Brown. Other children—Thomas, Daniel, Sarah and Joanna, land purchased of George Harris, dec’d. …

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Melansons and the Acadian Expulsion

Melansons and the Acadian Expulsion

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1          1ShareThe British conquered Acadia from the French in 1710 and subsequently, the Acadians refused to sign an unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. At this time, the Acadians and Mi’kmaq formed militia against the British and as a result of what the British viewed as the rebellious actions of some of the Acadians, British Governor …

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March 1917 Gas Attacks at Vimy Ridge

WWI War Stories: Turmaine and Emery.

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  1    3   4SharesIn honor of today’s ceremonies in honor of the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, I am reposting several articles about my own ancestors who died in WWI.    In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, we have two known soldiers who died in the first world war. The first was my grand …

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Welsh Quakers. Bryn Mawr, near Dolgelly. Built by Rees Lews. The birthplace of Rowland Ellis, 1650.

Researching Welsh Quakers in Pennsylvania.

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3          3SharesWelsh Quaker ancestors are the cultural group from which the majority of the ancestors of my children originate (on my husband’s side).   One of the benefits of researching this culture is that the people were religious, often educated (could read and write) and were very good at documenting vital statistics and events. As a …

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Dad in his national pipe band uniform.

Dad is the link to our French Canadian and military heritage.

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  1    4   5SharesAlthough both sides of my family are ‘French Canadian,’ my mother’s ancestors are Acadians who settled in the maritime provinces and the eastern seaboard of the United States. Dad, however, is the link to our Québecois French Canadian and military heritage. In earlier posts about our family’s WWI war casualties, I discussed our family’s attachment …

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Genealogy Database

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           Our Blythe Genealogy Database After extensive work, my genealogy database is now updated and links can be found in the upper menu or in the left sidebar. There are thousands of surnames and the extensive lineages include Welsh Quaker immigrants to the USA, French Canadian, Acadian, American pioneers, Canadian pioneers, French, British, Welsh, German, Scandinavian …

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St. Caron's Church, Tregaron, Wales

Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr. of Tregaron, Wales

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7          7SharesBrig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr. of Tregaron, Wales. Brig. Gen. Evan Shelby Jr., born in 1725 in Tregaron, Ceredigion, Wales to Evan (Dhu) Shelby (Selby) and his wife Catherine Morgan and was baptised in St. Caron’s church. This Evan Shelby’s birth is frequently confused with that of his earlier brother Evan, who was born in 1720 …

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Transcription: Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania

Transcription: Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania.

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1          1ShareThe following is my transcription of abstracts of Wills of Centre County, Pennsylvania. Featured image: Farmstead dating from 1858 in Ferguson, Centre, Pennsylvania.   WILLS OF CENTRE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA   by Ira F. Fravel, Col. U.S. Army, published 1/19/1939 Re-copied December, 1967 by Mary Belle Lontz   Will Book A   Page 1 CHRISTIAN STROM, …

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Probate record of Henry Jaques.

Transcription: Probate record of Henry Jaques.

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5          5Shares The following is my full transcription of a scan of the original probate record for Henry Jaques.   Henry Jaques Deceased At a term of the Court of Common pleas, within and for the County of Geauga, in the state of Ohio begun and held at the Court house in Chardon, on the first …

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Transcription: Civil War Letters of Private David Coon (1824-1864)

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17          17SharesTranscription of the final pages of this extensive project of the Civil War Letters of Private David Coon was completed April 10, 2013.   Page 1… FOREWORD. The following letters, written by David Coon to his wife and children, are here collected, carefully copied from the originals. Many of the letters were written on such …

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David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

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            I spent a great deal of time transcribing the typewritten copies of handwritten letters of David Coon to his wife and children from Confederate prison, marking the days until his subsequent death from disease. The original transcriptions were completed by his son, Dr. William B. Coon in 1913, one for each family member. My …

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Ancestry.com Offers Free Access to WWII Records

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           In honor of the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Ancestry.com is offering free access to 58 million WWII records in their collection. These free access periods are a wonderful opportunity to check out and evaluate Ancestry.com to see if the site will be helpful in your research. Consider …

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Robert Owen will

Transcription: Partial will of Robert Owen of Pennsylvania’s Welsh tract.

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            The following is a transcript of the partial image of the will of Robert Owen of the Welsh Tract in Pennsylvania, scanned from “Merion in the Welsh Tract”. I’ve been able to find any reference to the missing top portion of the will.   …????? fifty pound for & towards ye mantenance & pre?????ment …

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Merion Meeting House - erected by John Bevan.

John ap Evan (John Bevan) of Wales

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4          4Shares  John Bevan was the 12th great grandfather to my children. He was born 1646 in Treverigg, Llantrisant, Glamorgan, Wales, and was one of five children of Evan ap John (1600-1665) and his wife Jane ferch Richard (born 1645).   According to “Merion in the Welsh Tract”, the Bevan “family of Treverigg was one of …

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Mainz, Germany; Ancestry.com updates and additions.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 31 Mar 2016.

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            The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org updates and additions to 31 Mar 2016.   FamilySearch.org updates and additions.   Brazil Brazil, São Paulo, Immigration Cards, 1902-1980 Czechoslovakia Czech Republic, School Registers, 1799-1953 Japan Japan Genealogies, 850-2012 Japan Village Records, 709-1982 Netherlands Netherlands, Gelderland Province Civil Registration, 1800-1952 Peru Peru, Amazonas, Civil …

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Meek, George - Revolutionary War Plaque

Genealogy transcription: Watchman article regarding George Meek of Cumberland County.

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6          6Shares  The following is my own genealogy transcription of a Watchman article regarding George Meek of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. (The original data, images and more on this individual and family are also available on Blythe Genealogy.)   George Meek of Cumberland County Excerpt from: Watchman, May 1, 1931   Four soldiers of 1776 memorialized by D.A.R. …

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River Brenig at Tregaron.

Genealogy and bio: Evan Isaac Shelby of Tregaron, Wales

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2          2SharesEvan Isaac Shelby of Tregaron, Wales was the son of David Phillip “Phillip” Shelby (1648-1731) and Margaretta Alexander (1660-    ) and was the one who was honored by future namesakes including Brigadier General Evan Shelby. (The original data, images and more on this individual and family are also available on Blythe Genealogy.) Also believed to …

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Genealogy research center.

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 14 Jan 2016.

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             The following are the most recent Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 14 Jan 2016.   FamilySearch.org Updates and Additions to 14 Jan 2016.   Bolivia Bolivia Catholic Church Records, 1566-1996 Liberia Liberia, Marriage Records, 1941-1974 Poland Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-1966 Ukraine Ukraine, Kyiv Orthodox Consistory Church Book Duplicates, 1734-1920 …

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Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Richard Chatterton of Caenby, Lincolnshire, 1657.

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            The following is a transcription to the best of my abilities of the last will and testament of Richard Chatterton of Caenby, Lincolnshire, 1657. He was 9th great grandfather to my children and the son of Rachell Chatterton of Glentham, whose 1653 will also appears on this site.   Featured image: St.Nicholas at Caenby. Although …

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Genealogy and family tree research in Canada.

Awesome links for genealogy and family tree research in Canada.

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             I love Canada and I’m proud to be Canadian.   But…   I learned very quickly when I started researching, that Canadian genealogical data available online can be sporadic and difficult to find.   Because genealogy research in Canada can be problematic, this post lists ‘awesome’ links for genealogy and family tree research in …

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Melanson Mountain Sign

Melansons in Acadia

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1          1SharePierre ‘dit Laverdure and his wife Priscilla Mellanson (my eighth great grandparents on my mother’s side) were known by the name, nickname or title of Laverdure. We are descended from the second of their three sons, Charles ‘dit la Ramee’ Mellanson, (my seventh great grandfather). The origin of the name ‘Laverdure’ is not known, but …

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