Archive for October, 2014

#52Ancestors – No. 43 – Betsey and Rebecca Gore

This post is number 43 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.

Its Guy’s and Gore’s

In post #52Ancestors – No. 42 Lemuel Guy, I mentioned Lemuel’s wife Rebecca Gore.  Love blossomed again in the Guy and Gore families.  Lemuel’s brother, John Guy, married Betsey Gore, the sister of Rebecca.  Allegedly, the parents of Betsey and Rebecca are John Gore and Francis Pinkney.  I have not found a record that can support those names.

Marriage Date Groom Bride
03/12/1796 Guy John Gore Betsey
12/27/1803 Guy Lemuel Gore Rebecca

There is an 1831 estate file for Francis Gore that lists articles sold.  None of the purchasers had the last name “Guy.”  I was hoping to find a clue, but alas, there was not.

 

Source:
Marriage records of Duplin County, North Carolina, accessed via Ancestry.com
Original data: Burns, Annie Walker,. Marriage records of Duplin County, North Carolina. Seat Pleasant, Md.: unknown, 1936.

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#52Ancestors – No. 42 – Lemuel Guy

This post is number 42 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.

The Guy family line is on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family.  Katherine (Katie) Traylor Guy (my 2nd great grandmother) married David Roll in 1882.  Katie is the daughter of Clydus Alexander Guy (1828-bef 1890), who is the son of Lemuel Guy.

Lemuel, what an usual name.  Had to look it up online.  It is the name of a biblical king mentioned in the Book of Proverbs.  A Hebrew name meaning, “devoted to God.”  Several members of the “Guy” were members of the Baptist clergy in the mid-1800s. The name is still in use today.  It is the first name of, Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman, Lemuel Jeanpierre.

Lemuel Guy, born about 1785, in Duplin County, North Carolina; where is lived his whole life.  He and his wife Rebecca Gore Guy are enumerated on the 1850 census.  Lemuel is not listed with his wife on the 1860 census.  He probably died between 1850 and 1860.

Lemuel was a farmer in an area now known as Warsaw, NC.  Located east of Fayetteville, NC. The value of his property in 1850 was $600.

Lemuel’s parentage cannot be accurate confirmed.  Online trees list his parents as Lemuel Guy (ca. 1725-1794) and Mae Sarah Davis (ca. 1727-1800).  Just by looking at the dates you can see that there is not a match.  The mother would have been approximately 58 years old if she gave birth to Lemuel (the younger) in 1785. The father also would be 60 years old.  My theory is that there may be a generation between the two.

More detail is needed to confirm what is alleged at this time.  I question that younger Lemuel is the father of Clydus Alexander Guy.  Lemuel lived and died in Duplin County.  Census records for Clydus state he was born in Tennessee.  There is a recorded marriage for Clydus (Alxd) Guy and Katherine Hickman, in Grainger County, Tennessee, in 1846.

There are a lot of questions to be added to the Guy Family research project.

 

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National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair Oct. 28-30, 2014

Looking for genealogy tips, have burning questions you need answered?  The National Archives is holding a genealogy fair via YouTube later this month. It will be a live lecture series over three days. More information can be had at National Archives Genealogy Fair.

Representatives from various National Archive locations will be presenting topics from intro genealogy to searching military records.  Family Search and Ancestry will also be presenting. For a list of topics and start times, check out their Genealogy Fair Schedule 2014.

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#52Ancestors – No. 41 – William H. Woodburn

This post is number 41 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.

William Woodburn and his two wives are listed on one headstone.

William Woodburn and his two wives are listed on one headstone.

All Inclusive

Wives can be forever lost in history.  This is not the case for my first cousin 5 removed, William H. Woodburn. William’s headstone lists both his wives names along with his name.

Williams first wife was Martha Frances Chandler.  This union had four children.  Martha may have died in childbirth or shortly thereafter.  She died in 1864. Her last child, William Thomas Woodburn was born in 1864.

On October 14, 1868, William married America E. Baker, widow of Joseph Coffman.  America had two children with Joseph Coffman. William and America had three daughters.  Both William and American died in 1874.

Sources
Find A Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=100413699&ref=acom

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#52Ancestors – No. 40 – Harry Trevelyan Saves Winston Churchill in 1899

This post is number 40 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.

Harry Trevelyan Saves Churchill

Harry Trevelyan Saves Churchill

Who is Harry Arthur John Trevelyan and did he really save Churchill’s life during the Boer War?  According to an article in The Dearborn Guide on January 27, 1965, written shortly after Churchill’s death, the answer is “Yes.”  Is it true, I don’t know for sure.

I have tried searching various Churchill accounts regarding his escape from the Boers to learn more and was not able to pin down the details.  The article states that Trevelyan was one of a group of British soldiers who saved the 26 year old newspaper correspondent.  Churchill later became Prime Minister of England.  The article states Trevelyan was a Lieutenant in the Cavalry.

Trevelyan was a Canadian who join the fight against the Boers.  I do not know if he joined the British military for fought under an Canadian group.

Who was Harry A. Trevelyan?

Harry’s naturalization papers state he was born in Winnipeg, Canada, on July 14, 1876.  On May 15, 1901, he entered United States at Pembina, North Dakota, on the Great Northern Railroad. He states he settled in Michigan on November 1, 1908.  A search has not yielded any clues of where Harry was from 1901 to November 1908.

On December 24, 1909, in Detroit, Harry marries Edith H. White, my great Aunt.  The marriage record lists his parents as Samuel Trevelyan and Anne Barcroft.  A search of Manitoba archives and other online databases sheds no light on this family. The couple, Harry and Edith, have no children of their own. My grandmother, Mildred Edith Anderson, as a young child, comes to live with them sometime after 1925.  They considered her their daughter.

A man of many talents

Clerk Invents Calendar

Clerk Invents Calendar

Photo of Harry Trevelyan and Edith H. White

Photo of Harry Trevelyan and Edith H. White

Trevelyan was an automotive engineer for Cadillac, Packard, and Studebaker.  He was a member of the Composite Lodge No. 499 (Masons), his hobby was statistics, he wrote, collected British Royalty stamps, and he invented a perpetual calendar. My father has told me stories, that Uncle Harry had many travels, was in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and once was a Detroit Sheriff’s Deputy.

The RCMP officially started in 1920, after Harry’s immigration to the US.  However, it’s predecessor the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP) served the Canadian West.  Harry could have been a constable in this unit.  Members of the NWMP unit did join the fight against the Boers in 1898.  In 1938, Harry is employed by the Federal Clerk’s office in Detroit.  In his role as a clerk, he was mostly like deputized during the 1943 Detroit Race Riots.  I don’t believe he was actually employed as a police office

Harry died on April 1, 1955.  Somehow, I think he is playing the ultimate fools game on me.  As I can find very little records regarding his birth and family origins. His death certificate and obituary imply that he his interred at Woodmere Cemetery, in Detroit.  His ashes were actually interred elsewhere.

Sources:
He Saved Churchill’s Life in 1899, Dearborn, MI, The Dearborn Guide, January 27, 1965, page 6, col. 1. Microfilm located at Henry Ford Centennial Library, Dearborn, MI. Reel 29,  December 10, 1964 to June 24, 1965.

Harry A. Trevelyan obituary, Dearborn, MI, The Dearborn Press, April 7, 1955.

Duane De Loach, “Clerk Designs Calendar Good for 500 Years.” Detroit Free Press, Detroit, MI, November, 27, 1942

Photograph of Harry and Edith Trevelyan, circa 1950, Dearborn, MI. Copy in possession of Caroll Budny, Lynnwood, WA.  Texas.

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