Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Edward C. Lewis


 Edward Lewis is my 3rd great grandfather; he is the father of Florence M. Lewis Myers Hunter that I wrote about last week.  When I was trying to figure out who I wanted to write about this week I was working on some research on ancestry and came across the above picture posted by a "cousin."  I don't know anything about the picture..I wish I did!  
Edward was born 1 October 1824 in Sussex County, New Jersey to unknown parents, at least to me at this time.  From census records I have been able to tell that he spent his married life in Union Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
Some next steps in my research on Edward are:
  1. Who are Edward's parents?
  2. When did they move to Pennsylvania?
  3. Why did they move to Pennsylvania?
Edward was a farmer and it looks like he owned land so I want to look for that as well.

Edward C. Lewis
1824 - 1891
Edward married Ellen (aka Eleanor) Bonham on 27 March 1842, at least according a cousin.  (I am still looking for evidence of this).
Edward and Ellen had the following children:
  1. Samuel Lewis --  born 19 April 1843
  2. Gilbert Lewis --  born 29 June 1846
  3. Margaret Jerusha Lewis -- born 1 Dec 1850
  4. Pricilla Regine Lewis -- born 6 April 1853
  5. Merrybah Elizabeth Lewis -- born 22 Dec 1855
  6. Jessie Jamima Lewis -- born 20 June 1858
  7. Johnathan Lincoln Lewis -- born 3 June 1860
  8. Florence M. Lewis -- born 5 Sep 1865
  9. Edward Boaz Lewis -- born 1 April 1870
  10. Eleanor Lewis -- born 1 April 1870
  11. Clemance Irene Lewis -- born 3 Mar 1872
Screen shot taken from my Legacy database.
Still a lot of information to find and add to the database.
Edward died 14 Aug 1891 in Union Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and he is buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Hunlock Creek, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. {I cannot wait for some warmer weather so I can take a trip to the cemetery.  It is only about an hour away from where I live now.} 

I was able to locate Edward's Will and a Continuance Docket on familysearch.org.  I have not transcribed the will yet but he does mention his daughter Clemence I. Lewis and his son Edward B. Lewis.  It also states that his wife Emily can continue to live in his house as long as she remains his widow. Emily??  Where did she come from??  I think he may have remarried after Ellen died...something else for me to look for.  Also, in his will Edward appoints Stephen H. Bonham as the Executor.  I'm thinking he must be related to Ellen being that her maiden name was Bonham. There is also a Catherine Bertha Rossitas mentioned and it says that she "has a home here on my place till she arrives at the age of eighteen years old." Who is she??

There is still research to be done and questions to answer but I am getting closer to finding out who my 3rd great grandfather was.

 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Florence M. Lewis Myers Hunter

I've had a really hard time deciding who to write about for this week.  I do not have a lot of information about Florence but since I wrote about her husband George Washington Hunter last week I thought why not continue the story…or lack thereof.

Florence was born 5 Sep 1863 in Muhlenburg, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA to Edward C. and Ellen (Elenore) Bonham Lewis.  Florence was the oldest of three children; Boaz Lewis was born about 1870 and Clemmence Lewis was born about 1872 [I have not done any research on her siblings yet].

I have not found the family on the 1870 census yet but I am expecting to find them in Luzerne County. 

In 1880 the family was living in Union Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA. 

In 1883 she married her first husband, Orel Kizer Myers. 

The 1900 census has them living in Hunlock Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA.

They had the following children:

1.       Orel William Myers born 19 Dec 1884
2.       Edith Emily Myers born 9 Mar 1890
3.       Harvey Harold Myers born Nov 1892
4.       Raymond Myers born 1896
5.       Grace Laura Myers born Nov 1898
6.       Nellie C. Myers born 1901

Florence L. Lewis
Myers Hunter
According to Orel’s headstone he died in 1903[possibly 9 October but I’m not sure about this date]; he is buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Hunlock Creek, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA [with Florence].

Florence married George Washington Hunter in January of 1904.

They had one son together on 31 May 1905, Willard Milton Hunter [my great grandfather].

On the 1910 census they are living at 306 Arch St, Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA with their blended family.  4 Myers children from her previous marriage, 1 Hunter child from his previous marriage and Willard Milton Hunter their son together.

By the 1920 census Florence and Willard are living at 130 South Warren St., Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA with her daughter Grace, her son in law and her granddaughter.  Florence is listed as being widowed.

At this point, I was looking for any information about George’s death that I could find and found his headstone with the date of 1927 on it; he was buried with his first wife Mary L. McMelon in Maple Grove Cemetery, Sweet Valley, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA

It looks like there is more to this story…I am missing a 1930 census for Florence [adding this to my to do list].

When Florence dies 20 Nov 1931 she is buried with her first husband Orel Kizer Myers in Oakdale Cemetery, Hunlock Creek. Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Florence’s cause of death was diabetes melitis and the secondary cause myocarditis.

On her death certificate is says that she was married to G. W. Hunter but on the 1920 census is says she was widowed.  I wonder what happened??  Time for more searching to answer my questions.

As of my last post about George Washington Hunter I did not know where he was in the 1920 census but very early Monday morning I found him…at least I am pretty sure it is him but we will save that for another post.


It looks like I knew more than I thought…




photos from Esther Myers

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Joseph Thomas

Joseph is my husband's 3rd great-grandfather.  

Joseph was born in 1830 probably in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and he died 3 Apr 1865 in Hopewell, Prince George County, Virginia from wounds received during the Civil War.

Joseph married Elizabeth Jane Savage (I blogged about Elizabeth's burial search before) 19 June 1854 in Fishing Creek Township, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.  Joseph and Elizabeth had 7 children:
  1. Daniel W. Thomas
  2. John W. Thomas
  3. Joshua Eugene Thomas (My husband's 2nd great-grandfather)
  4. Parvin Oscar Thomas
  5. Ella G. Thomas
  6. William James Thomas
  7. Anna E. Thomas
I have also been lucky enough to find Elizabeth's Widow's Pension file at Fold3; I have it on my to do list to go through it and document everything in Legacy.

The following is a timeline of his time in the Civil War.

Date
Battle
Joseph Thomas
Richmond - Petersburg Campaign
June 1864 - March 1865
Siege of Petersburg September 1864 to April 1865
Appomattox Campaign
March 28 to April 9 1865
Summer 1864
Regiment was recruited in the city of Philadelphia
Co H 198 PA Inf
{Joseph joins 2 September 1864}



9 Sep 1864
Organized at Philadelphia




15 Sep 1864
Mustered into the United States service




19 Sep 1864
Left Camp Cadwallader PA




20 Sep 1864
Arrived at Washington DC




21 Sep 1864
Boarded steamers Weems and Thames for City Point




22 Sep 1864
Arrived in City Point




24 Sep 1864
Arrived at the headquarters of the First Brigade to which they were assigned to the First Division of the Fifth Corps.




30 Sep - 2 Oct 1864
Battle of Peebles Farm




8 Oct 1864
Reconnaissance to Boydton Road




27 - 28 Oct 1864
Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run




8 Nov 1864
Abraham Lincoln is re-elected president defeating Democrat George B. McClellan




6 - 12 December 1864
Warren's Raid to Weldon Railroad




31 January 1865
Congress approves the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution to abolish slavery.  The amendment is then submitted to the states for ratification.




3 February 1865
Peace conference between President Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens fails




5 - 7 February 1865
Dabney's Mills, Hatcher's Run
Three killed and thirteen wounded




29 Mar 1865
Junction, Quaker and Boydton Roads




29 Mar 1865
Marched toward Dinwiddie Court House and encountered the enemy near the Old Saw Mill (Battle of Lewis Farm near Gravelly Run)
twenty-eight were killed and one hundred and seventeen wounded.
{Joseph is wounded 29 March 1865 at Lewis Farm}



Mar 30 -31 1865
White Oak Rd




31 Mar 1865
Moved off and encountered the enemy at White Oak Swamp.
six killed and forty six wounded




1 April 1865
Five Forks
one killed and fifteen wounded
{Joseph dies 3 April 1865}

{Joseph is buried 4 April 1865 at City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell Virginia}



9 April 1865
Appomattox Court House
General Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to General Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia





14 April 1865
Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary go to Ford's Theater to see the play "Our American Cousin." 
During the third act of the play John Wilkes Booth shoots the president in the head at approximately 10:13pm.




15 April 1865
Start their march home.
President Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:22 am.
Vice President Andrew Johnson assumes the presidency.




18 April 1865
General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General Sherman near Durham in North Carolina.




22 April - 2 May 1865
Guarded railroad at Wilson's Station




26 April 1865
John Wilkes Booth is shot and killed in a tobacco barn in Virginia.




2 - 6 May 1865
Continue their march home through Petersburg.





The Fifth Corps was assigned a permanent camp on Arlington Heights, near the former mansion of Robert E. Lee




4 May 1865
Abraham Lincoln is laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery, outside Springfield, Illinois.




9 May 1865
Marched through Fredericksburg.




12 May 1865
Reached Arlington Heights




22 May 1865
A large farewell party was held in the Fifth Corps' First Division camp, to honor General Griffin. Four huge hospital tents had been put together, to accommodate Division officers and their invited guests. For the occasion, Chamberlain had designed, and Tiffany's in New York had created, a pin in enameled gold of a red Maltese cross against a white background--a miniature replica of the Division's flag. The cross was outlined in diamonds, with a center diamond costing about $1000. Chamberlain was chosen by his fellow officers to make the presentation speech, and he pinned the badge to his commander's uniform. Griffin was quite overcome by the honor paid, and simply bowed his thanks to the assemblage




23 May 1865
Grand Review




4 June 1865
Mustered out of service.




5 June 1865
Broke camp and marched to Washington D.C.




6 June 1865
Arrived in Philadelphia at 9 o'clock in the morning.




12 June 1865
They were paid and discharged and able to return to their families.





**Regiment lost during service**
6 Officers + 67 Enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. 44 Enlisted men died from disease. Total 117.





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Friday, January 10, 2014

George Washington Hunter


There is a lot I don't know but here is what I know about my 2nd great-grandfather.

George Washington Hunter is the son of William Wallace and Priscilla Cragle Hunter.

George was born in 1854 and died in 1927

George married Mary McMelon abt 1880 and they had Jonah, Sarah, Iva Pearl, and Theron. Mary died in 1903 and in Jan 1904 he married my 2nd great-grandmother Florence M. Lewis Myers.  Together, George and Florence had my great-grandfather Willard Milton Hunter.

In 1870 George was 16 years old and he was a farm laborer according to the 1870 census; he was living in Union, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania with his parents.

In 1880 George was 26 years old and he was married to Mary (she was only 17 years old).  George's occupation is a teamster and they are living in Hunlock Township. Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

In 1900 George was 46 years old and he was married to Mary who is 36 years old.  George is listed as a farmer owning his own farm. George and Mary have 4 children living with them and one daughter in law in Lehman Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

In 1910 George has married Florence Hunter (they have been married for 6 years).  Living with George and Florence are Theron Hunter, Harvey Myers, Raymond Myers, Grace Myers, Nellie Myers, and Willard Hunter.  George is now a laborer in the industry of Car Worker, they rent their house and they live at 306 Arch St, West Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania.



In 1920 I cannot find George on the census.  His wife Florence is living with her daughter Grace and her husband Stephen Kacyon and their daughter Ruby and Willard at 130 South Warren St., Berwick, Columbia county, Pennsylvania.  Florence is listed as widowed.

My initial thought was that George died.  I could not find anything for George for quite some time regarding his death or burial.  I did find that Florence died 23 Nov 1931 at the Berwick Hospital Emergency Room in Berwick, Columbia County, Pennsylvania and that she was buried at Oakdale Cemetery, Hunlock Creek, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  She is buried with her first husband Oreal Myers.  What? Why?  I looked for George but I didn't find him in the same cemetery.  Next, I looked for his first wife Mary.  I found Mary on findagrave.com buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Sweet Valley, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.  Guess who was buried with her?!  George...I found George!  According to the headstone and findagrave.com information George did not die until 1927 but on the 1920 census Florence is widowed!  I'm still working on that one!

So I need to know if the headstones death date is a mistake, or if he was really alive and they were not together for one reason or another.  Hopefully some day I will find out what happened to George.

If anyone out there has pictures of my ancestors and wants to share please contact me...thanks!
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