Shirley Brown RIP

We had a wonderful Brown reunion on the mountain at Shirley Brown’s cabin, this year.  Great food, fun and fellowship.  It is now with sadness that I share the passing of Shirley this month, September 19, 2018.  She was getting ready to go camping and passed away.  It is hard to believe when we were all together just a couple of weeks ago.  Just a reminder to make every minute count and tell the people around you how much they mean to you while you can.

Rest in peace, Shirley, keeper of the Brown family party.

John Sanford & Harriett (McCarty) Brown Family Reunion Aug. 12, 2018

It’s that time of the year again when the Browns gather at Shirley Brown’s Oak Knoll cabin on Carnright Mountain Rd, Troy, PA.  The Brown reunion is the descendants of John Sanford and Harriett (McCarty) Brown.  This year it will be on Aug. 12th starting at Noon.  Bring a large dish to pass, drinks and/or a dessert.  I know the Browns are all good cooks, so I am looking forward to the wide variety of foods.

Bring your family updates and invite those who just never get around to coming to this annual event.  Bring a lawn chair and any lawn games your children like to play.  The kids have fun in the woods, just running around the mountain, but would also enjoy a game with their cousins.

The children of John and Harriett are as follows:  Effie, Delbert, Allen, Bertha Cook, Lucetta, Elizabeth Bown, Charles, Clarkson, and Francis.  If you are descended from any of these children, you are invited.

If you have questions about the reunion, you can leave a message on this blog.

Another Revolutionary War Patriot Approved – Thomas Sanford

I have had another Patriot approved by The Daughters of the American Revolution.  Thomas Sanford through his daughter, Polly was approved this past week.  That makes 9 and I have two or three more in the queue to be approved.  Those I’m waiting for approval are Adam Shafer through his grandson, Payne Shoemaker and two for Thomas White through his grandchildren William and Sarah.  These grandchildren of Thomas married each other.  I have already had Adam Shafer approved through his grandson, Malachi.  For you who have similar situations, you can get credit for one patriot twice.

Thomas Sanford fought in the 6th Regiment, Connecticut Line, under Captain Barker and Cols. Douglas and Meigs.  I first found out about the Sanford’s while I was taking a course – Coming Home to New England at the New England Historic Genealogical Society a couple of years ago.  This explains why my grandfather, John Sanford Brown has his middle name.  I was always curious because we never heard about this family.

Thomas’ daughter, Polly, sometimes referred to as Molly married William Beardsley.  They were the parents of Ruth Beardsley who married Ziba Morse.  Ziba’s grandfather also is an approved patriot – Obadiah Morse.  Ruth and Ziba were both born and married in Connecticut, but then migrated to Pennsylvania.  This was probably during the time that Connecticut thought they owned the upper portion of PA.  They stayed on in Bradford County, PA and have many descendants who still live there.

Found a new cousin, Gerry Veley

When you are looking for information about your ancestors, it is good to get the word out there in any outlet you have available.  That is how I found “cousin” Gerry or more correct, he found me.  He is related through the Packard family, which has caused me hissy fits for years.

Who are the parents of Joel Packard and Ebenezer Avery?  I spent a week at the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston looking for their parents.  I know that Joel Packard was born in Massachusetts or Connecticut, depending on what you read.  I know he died in Bradford County, PA and came to this county with his brothers, Silas and William.  He may have a sister, Millie who came with them also, but have found no further record about her.  I did not find anything that proves the parents of Joel, but worked through wills that NEHGS has on microfilm and other records to see if I could locate any record that mentions the three brothers.  The next time I visit Boston, I’ll be looking at any court records beyond the wills and estates for mention of parents.  Any suggestions from my readers would be appreciated.

Some researchers say that Joel’s father was Daniel, some Samuel and from my research at NEHGS, the most likely person is Jonathan.  So what next?  Gerry sent me a copy of a letter he recently acquired that tells of Joel, Silas and William, their children and grandchildren, but doesn’t mention anything about the parents of the original three brothers.  Research in Bradford County helps me fill in the blanks from Joel, Silas and William on down the line, but not going back to place of origin.

I’ll keep working on this brick wall until I locate something that definitively proves their parentage, then I’ll work on Ebenezer.  Do you know how many Ebenezer Avery’s there are in Connecticut?  More than you would think, same with Joel Packard.  Well, until my next blog.

Thomas Sanford, Revolutionary War Patriot

I have found another Revolutionary War ancestor to prove for NSDAR.  Thomas Sanford fought in the war and I am a direct descendant through the Morse and Beardsley families.  I’m always on the look out for another ancestor.  This one I initially located on my trip to the New England Historic Genealogical Society “Coming Home to New England” program last August.

If you ever would like a wonderful experience, attending the “Coming Home” program in Boston can’t be beat.  Gary Roberts, the NEHGS treasure, astounded me by taking my pedigree charts and advancing me numerous generations on many lines.  I spent the remainder of the week proving many of the lines through records and histories held by the Society.  Gary was spot on for so many families.  Thank you, Gary for all of the assistance.

My grandfather, John SANFORD Brown was named for this family.  I was always puzzled by the middle name, but now know this famous name.

Thomas Sanford b. 3 Mar 1732 in Newtown, Fairfield Co., CT married to Lydia Clark in 1755.  They had daughter, Polly Ann Sanford who married William Beardsley.  Their daughter, Ruth Beardsley, b. 16 Feb 1806 in Redding, CT married Ziba Morse.  Ruth died, according to some records, in a fire.

I will be submitting this application soon, so keep your fingers crossed that I have the proper documentation to connect my family lines.

Shoemaker Packard Book

I am very pleased to say that I am selling my book on the Shoemakers, Averys, Browns, Duarts and Packards, etc.  It’s great to see what a little advertising will do for sales. I may even have to have a second run of the book.   Thank you.

This week I met with the Executive Director Emeritus, Dr. Ralph Crandall, from the New England Historic Genealogical Society of Boston and they were glad to get a copy of this book as well as the Harrisburg Chapter, NSDAR book ” Revolutionary War Patriots’ Historic Houses of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania”.  This was compiled by our Historic Preservation Committee of the Harrisburg Chapter.

Dr. Crandall is interested in family records or books from anywhere, that you would be willing to donate.  They are branching out to cover more than just the New England States, as many of the settlers moved south and west from Boston.

If you would like to have a wonderful week of genealogical research,  “Coming Home to New England” is a great time.  I went last August and can’t wait to return.  I advanced my family to the Mayflower on two lines and connected with Princess Diana, with the help of resident expert Gary Boyd Roberts.   Gary is an incredible scholar, author and NEHGS treasure who took my family lines back many generations, all from his abundant knowledge of New England genealogy.

All that research was great, but it still didn’t confirm what I went to find, the parents of Ebenezer Avery and Joel Packard.  If you are reading this and are researching either of these lines, HELP!

John Sanford Brown’s Family Reunion

Shirley Brown hosted another John Sanford Brown family reunion at her lovely cabin on Armenia Mountain, Bradford County, Pennsylvania again this year.  The showing was a little slim, but everyone seemed to be enjoying the gathering.  The weather was perfect to share a meal, collect newts and visit the windmill farm on the mountain.

I collected the latest family additions and got to meet some of my newer cousins.  Funny how some of these connects were there all along, but I never made them.  As I’m growing older, I seem to become wiser about my relatives.  The Brown’s didn’t move far from Bradford and Sullivan Counties, so many of my high school classmates were distant cousins.  It’s only through the reunions that I put two and two together.

While at the New England Historic Genealogical Society conference, I was able to get some of my family lines back very far and now know where John got his Sanford name.  I hope to have this all put together by next year so the Brown’s will know their glorious heritage.

I hope the Brown’s continue to get together and thank Shirley for making this happen.

See you next year.

Brown Reunion 2013

Cousin Shirley Brown has once again called for the Brown’s to gather at her lovely cabin in the woods.  She has graciously provided her home and eats for many years.  This year it is August 18th, lunch at 1:00.  Bring a dish to pass, drink and lawn chair.  Kids have plenty to do in the woods, but if you don’t think they are going to be entertained enough, bring games for them to keep occupied.

Also, bring your family updates to be recorded in the Brown History.  I wasn’t able to attend last year, so it will be anything you have from Aug. 2011 to the present.

I will have the latest book available for those who are related to the Shoemaker’s, Packard’s, Morse’s, Beardsley’s, etc.  It is $35.00 hardback.

See you there.

Shoemaker and Packard History: A Letter from James Doty to Arthur Shoemaker

Hot off the presses Shoemaker and Packard History: A Letter from James Doty to Arthur Shoemaker A book I compiled from a letter James Doty wrote to Arthur “Clell” Shoemaker in 1965. I have documented much of the family history that was written in James’ letter. The book started out to be 36 pages, but with adding documentation, obituaries and an all name index, it is now 117 pages. There is still so much more that I could have put into the book, but I had reached a point that I just needed to complete it and get on to the next project. If anyone has any additions, feel free to email me and I will include them in a supplement.

This was not actually writing a book, however it still takes a lot of work to do the research on all of the family history. In the meantime I proved 4 to 6 family lines for NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution). That research itself can take months or years. As in a previous blog you can read the story about finally getting information to prove my ancestor, Suzanne Shafer Shoemaker Ayers’ parents are Adam and Elizabeth (Swartout) Shafer. Adam is a revolutionary soldier that has long been proven, however all of the children had not.

I’m also still trying to work on the Duart One-Name-Study. This is a challenge because I am computer challenged. I have tons of information, but can’t figure out how to get it up on my ONS website. http://www.one-name.org/profiles/duart.html If you have any information that you could share on the Duart’s or how I can put it on line, I would be glad to hear from you.