Archive for May, 2014

#52Ancestors – No. 21 – Charlotte A Kelley

This post is number 21 in the series of the #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

I have two White family lines in my tree.  One on my father’s side and one on my mother’s.  White is a common name and most likely they are not related.  It’s a little complicated as both of the first immigrants to the New World share the same name, John White. Both are from Great Britain.  I have John White with his wife Ann Garner on my mothers side, who are Scots-Irish settling in South Carolina in 1753.  On my Dad’s side is John Chauncy White who comes to Ontario, Canada from England between 1815 to 1830’s.

My intentions were to write about James Montgomery White, my second great-grandfather. He is the son of John Chauncy White.  He is the husband of Percis DesJardins.  The DesJardins are well known in Huron County, Michigan.  I was looking for more info to write about James so he doesn’t get lost in the DesJardins family tree.

One Woman, Two Brothers

But I found more interesting information about his brothers William and Edward White.  The two brothers married the same woman, Charlotte Kelley.  Charlotte Kelley marries Edward White on July 26, 1862.  They have one daughter named Eva born in April 1864.  My initial search indicates that Edward White enlists in the Civil War serving for Company A, 11th Infantry Regiment on 25 December 1863 at age 17.  He injured and dies of his wounds on July 4, 1864, near Marietta, GA. I wonder if Edward had a chance to see his daughter Eva before he died.

Charlotte then marries William White on December 1, 1867.  William is the oldest brother to James and Edward White. Eight children are born to Charlotte and William White.  William may have also served in the Civil War.  I need to verify information of a record.

Charlotte is the daughter of Michael A Kelley and Sarah Ann Kenyon.  Born June 1845 in New York state.  She grew up in Ticonderoga, NY.  Her family moved to Delaware Township in Sanilac County, Michigan before the 1860 Census was taken.

Charlotte’s last child Walter is born in 1887.  He is 11 year’s old when his mother dies at the age of 54 in 1898.  William moves the family down to Detroit.  As of the 1910 Census he is listed as a boarder in Bad Axe, Michigan. William passes away in 1913.

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#52Ancestors – No. 20 – Selah House

This post is number 20 in the series of the #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

A Slow Migration West to the Ohio Valley

My 9th great-grandfather Samuel House arrives in the Plymouth Colony circa 1634. The first four generations of his descendents remain in the area around Scituate, Massachusetts, for the next 100 years. His great-great grandson, Combes House (1730-1790) leaves the Atlantic coast moving inland 160 miles to Springfield, Vermont. Springfield’s soil is good for farming and the Black River Falls offers a good water source. Two generations later, the family is on the move again.

Combes grandson, SELAH HOUSE (1791-before 1849) leaves Vermont for the Ohio Vally region about 1819.  Why did he choose to take his family over 1000 miles to start over in untamed land?  After the War of 1812, the Ohio Valley opened up and New Englander’s fled to buy the cheap land. If Selah served in the War of 1812 against the British and Indians, he may have received land grants of 160 or 320 acres for his military service.  This is why I so want a time machine.

Selah married Vina Corlew in 1814. Their oldest child, William was born in Vermont. The six other children are alluded to being born in Indiana after 1819. Selah settled near Boon Township (now called Boonville), Warrick County, Indiana.  Their last child, Lewis Charles House, my 2nd great-grandfather, was born in 1832.

I have yet to find Selah or Vina in the 1840 Census. Vina is living with her son Roswell as of the 1850 Census.  Selah could have died between 1840 and 1850.  His sons are listed as farmers. Lewis Charles House son, Lewis (Louis) Lafayette House move south of the Ohio River into Sebree, Kentucky. Louis Lafayette House adopts the Howes spelling of House.

In 1925/1926 my grandfather, Hugh A. Howes, moves up to Michigan because he didn’t want to work in the railroad or farm.  He just happens to meet a young 16 year-old girl, Olive Roll, at the picture show who’s family had recently moved up from Central City, Kentucky.  It’s a small world after all.


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#52 Ancestors – No. 19 – Ann Garner

This post is number 19 in the series of the #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.

Maternal Lineage

In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I chose the first known maternal female of my line, Ann Garner White.  She is my seventh great grandmother. Born in Antrim, Ireland in 1724.  She immigrated to what is now known as Chester, South Carolina. She, her husband, John White, and family arrived on December 22, 1767, in Charleston, South Carolina.  They sailed on the “Earl of Donegal” after they were given land grants by King George III to settle the new colony.

Their seven children were all born in Ireland. Her husband, John White, is killed during a skirmish with Cherokee Indians about 1774.   Ann never remarries and lives to age 94, passing away in 1818. Her daughter Elizabeth White marries James Wilkins and together they move to Todd County, KY.  Her other children remain in South Carolina.

James and Elizabeth Wilkins daughter, Mary Wilkins marries James Woodburn.  I am descended from two of their children, Catherine Woodburn and Alexander Woodburn.

Her tombstone stands at Old Purity Presbyterian Church Cemetery in South Carolina.


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#52 Ancestors – No. 18 – Kasper Gaber

This post is number 18 in the series of the #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year.  To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy’s website.

It’s been a rainy day here on the west coast of Florida.  Perfect time to do some genealogy research and add a post to my blog. I chose to blog about my mother’s first husband’s family, the Gaber’s.

Kasper GABER is the grandfather to my mother’s first husband.  Kasper is sometimes spelled Casper.  Born in 1866, he immigrated from the Austrian Poland Partition around 1885.  He settled in Shenandoah, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania.

The Gaber family names varies in records.  Variants both written and probably spoken pronunciation, include Gober or Gobrich/Gabrich.  They are diminutives of the Polish name.

The earliest record for him may be the 1890 Census Directory Listing.  There is a Casper Gabel listed at 360 S. West Street in Shenandoah.  The record at PA USGenWeb site is typewritten and not an original copy.

Kasper marries Rozalia GRIACJKA (Gressiak) in June 1891.  They have 12 children of which nine survive infancy. For the next 35 plus years they reside at 356 S West Street. Just a few doors down from the 1890 Directory. The 1910 Census has them residing at 356 1/2 West Street.

There are a total of 16 people living in one house. The Gaber family with their five children and four boarders are living in one section of the house.  They rent out part of the house to the Ptascosky family and their boarder who either live upstairs or downstairs at 356 West Street.

Below is a current image of the house address captured from Google Maps:  The length of the house is long and looks like it had a basement entrance at one time, which looks scary to me. The house is owned by Kasper. The dwelling becomes a single family house by the 1920’s and only the Gaber’s live there.

Gaber Residence from 1900-1930.

House at 356 South West St, Shenandoah, PA

Kasper passes away in 1934.  I have not located Rosie Gaber in the 1940 Census.  Some members of the family, including my “step” grandfather, Stanley Gaber, move to Michigan after 1935.

Kasper Gaber Gravestone

Kasper Gaber Gravestone

Kasper is buried at Saint George’s Cemetary, West Mahanoy, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania, United States. The Polish Gravestone translation on his tombstone reads, Prosi o modlitwę (“Asking for a prayer” or “Please say a prayer for him”)

Google Maps
NARA Census Records
“BillionGraves Index,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 03 May 2014), Kasper Gaber, 1934; citing Saint Georges Cemetery, West Mahanoy, Pennsylvania.

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