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Moses Poor Sells Land in Plasitow/Atkinson, New Hampshire

29 May 2015

One of the best things about blogging is the contacts I make in response to a blog post that I have written.  One such contact was a history teacher in New Hampshire who was interested in Moses Poor's family.  She found a cellar hole behind her school and was interested in it and decided to do a little research into whose cellar hole it was. She discovered it was Moses Poor's, who married Hannah Sinkler, cellar hole. I wrote about her comment to my blog here.  

The teacher sent a very nice timeline filled with property records which I will share with my readers, below. All of the following research was conducted by a wonderful Salem, New Hampshire history teacher.

  • February 26, 1766: Willett Peterson sells 70 acres in Plaistow to Moses Poor (listed as a cordwainer, or a shoemaker) and Joseph Chandler (listed as a tanner). The deed mentions a dwelling house, a barn, and a saw mill.
  • September 3, 1767: Inhabitants of the western side of Plaistow decided to become a separate town. The town name was declared to be “Atkinson.”
  • ***November 16, 1770: Moses Poor sells 10 acres of land in Atkinson to Ithamar Emerson.
  • ***March 28, 1771: Moses Poor sells 18 acres of land in Atkinson to Daniel Page.
  • ***March 28, 1771: Moses Poor sells 6 acres of land and saw mill in Atkinson to Jonathan Poor. The mill is listed as “Poor’s Saw Mill.”
  • April, 1771: James Clough sells two parcels of land in Salem to Moses Poor; one parcel containing 2 ½ acres and the other containing 46 acres. Moses is listed as living in Atkinson.
  • July, 1771: James Clough sells 5 ½ acres to Moses Poor. Moses is now listed as living in Salem.
  • July, 1772: Moses Poor sells 30 acres of land in Hampstead to James Shepaird.
  • June 17, 1775: Moses Poor dies at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • January 15, 1777: A public auction is held at the dwelling house on the Widow Hannah Poor’s property. “Spinster” Hannah Poor (the sister of Moses) with the help of (attorney?) Jonathan Tenney auctions off ⅔ of Widow Poor’s land to Samuel White. The other ⅓ of the land is retained by Widow Poor as part of her right of dower.
  • 1796: Widow Hannah Poor and her son George sell the Widow’s remaining “third” (or right of dower) to Timothy Clough. The deed states that both Hannah and George were living in Candia at the time.

Note: ***These three sales occurring between 1770-1771 show that Moses Poor sold exactly half of the 70 acres that he bought jointly in Plaistow with Joseph Chandler in 1766. When the property was purchased, it was recorded as being in Plaistow, but the western section of Plaistow removed itself from the township in 1767 and became the town of Atkinson. When Moses Poor sold the land in 1770-1771,it was recorded as being in Atkinson.

Fredricks Family Memories: Part 2

27 May 2015

Last month, I introduced a new series of blog posts called Fredricks Family Memories. Four of the five aunts and uncles completed the questionnaire I sent that is used for this series.  Since then I have been to one family event and I think this was well received.  It opened up topics of conversation when I saw them and best of all-they all know I love to hear their stories.

Question 2: Who is the oldest relative you remember as a child?  What do you remember?

  • Aunt Lola: I remember Grandpa Fredrick had a big beard.  Aunt Lola is the only relative alive who remembers her grandfather, Johann August Fredrick. 
  • Uncle Richard: Grandma Fredricks made us kids hot biscuits with butter and jam on them. Grandma Fredricks is Louise Zastrow Fredricks and us kids would be the children of Otto and Daisy Fredricks.
  • Audrey, my mother: My Grandma Fredricks, I went to Grand Rapids to the Bruce house for Thanksgiving once and I remember she was upstairs in her room and she didn't come down for dinner.  Her meal was taken up to her.  I went up and talked to her. Grandma Fredricks is Louise Zastrow Fredricks, the Bruce house was the home of Louise's daughter Mary Fredricks Bruce.
  • Aunt Jeannie: Aunt Gusty and Uncle Herman. They came to the farm and drank beer. Aunt Gusty and Uncle Herman are Augusta 'Gusty' and Herman Breen, they lived in Manistee, Michigan most of the time.  The farm would be Otto and Daisy Fredricks farm.  Gusty was Otto's sister.
This question is one that would have been better asked in person.  I could follow up on it and maybe draw more stories out about them.  All of the sharing my aunts and uncles have done has been awesome and I appreciate it.  I enjoy hearing from the aunts and uncles individually and seeing what memory they hold of their older relatives.  This exercise has prompted me to start writing down my memories and to answer the same questions.

Cutie Pie is 5!!!!!

25 May 2015

My niece, Cutie Pie, turns five today!  Happy Birthday, Cutie Pie!  Cutie Pie and her family live in another state than I do. I don't see her as often as I would like to, but this past December my husband and I drove my parents to see Cutie Pie's family for Christmas.  It has been awhile since I have celebrated Christmas with young children and I loved it.  I tried to make the most of my time with Cutie Pie and her brother, Lord Stanley while I was there.

Cutie Pie is in full on "Frozen" mode!  She isn't a fan of Olaf, though.  Needless to say Santa knew about this and her gifts had a lot of Frozen items included.  She delighted us, in full Elsa costume, with a song and dance of "Let it Go".  This brought back so many memories of when my daughter, Kirsten, would dance and sing that I gave "Elsa" a standing ovation. Cutie Pie did a great job of singing and dancing. Cutie Pie loves to dress up and I got to see her as Elsa from Frozen and Tinkerbell from Peter Pan.

Cutie Pie and I had a lot of fun during Christmas vacation.  We created crafts, including a Santa Claus made from her hand print. She painted two snowflake pictures on canvas to give to her mom for Christmas.  Cutie Pie and I even decorated a gingerbread house.  We spent some time watching animated movies on my Netflix account.  Now, I am still getting recommendations of movies to watch and it brings a smile to my face when I see The Pirate Fairy recommendations!

Once Christmas and Santa arrived we had more toys to play with.  I had bought Cutie Pie a game called "Jolly Octopus".  It is a mechanical one where the octopus tentacles go up and down while the player is using tweezers to collect little crabs. Cutie Pie was a whiz at that.  Another game I bought her was "Take the Cake". Cutie Pie wasn't too sure of it as the box had a creepy face on it, but when we played this shape sorting, cupcake decorating game, she liked it.

Cutie Pie and I taking a break from playing. 

Cutie Pie is an adorable four year old, now five, with boundless energy, a sweet disposition and great smile. She is an awesome big sister.  I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent with her and I hope she has an awesome birthday.  The last day we were there I tried to take a picture of Cutie Pie and Lord Stanley with their grandparents. As the picture above shows, that wasn't an easy task, but boy what memories were made.

Cutie Pie will be leaving Preschool and entering Kindergarten in the fall, look out world here comes an awesome little girl ready to take on school and all it has to offer.

Have an absolutely, beautiful, awesome, tremendous birthday and have a piece of cake for me.  I will be thinking of you.  I love you, Cutie Pie.

(Lord Stanley and Cutie Pie are nicknames I have chosen to use for my nephew and niece on this blog to protect their identity at such a young age.)

Book Review: Among the Enemy-A Michigan Soldier's Civil War Journal

22 May 2015

I first heard about the Kimball manuscript, which "Among the Enemy" presents, when I read Mark Hoffman's book, My Brave Mechanics.  I put a 'To Do' list item in my genealogy software program to find the manuscript and read it.  Mark Hoffman used the manuscript as a source for information about my Civil War veteran ancestor, Samuel Stillman Glover, Jr.

I never went to the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library, where the manuscript/papers are kept, but I was at the Michigan Historical Center in Lansing, Michigan and browsing through their museum gift store when I saw the book, "Among the Enemy" edited by Mark Hoffman.  Of course, I bought it after seeing it contained Kimball's journal entries.

William Horton Kimball was a member of the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics during the Civil War. His personal writings are what make up what I call the Kimball manuscript.  The manuscript is two books that includes a memorandum volume and a ledger.

Kimball shared, through writing, his experience during three years of union civil war service. Kimball included detailed accounts of combat and guerrilla warfare, interactions with civilians, personal opinions of military leaders and more. Mark Hoffman has taken Kimball's manuscript and added to it.

Among the Enemy: A Michigan Soldier's Civil War Journal edited by Mark Hoffman provides the reader with unique insight into the life of a civil war soldier, especially one who is in the background of the conflict. Hoffman states, "I have intentionally tried to let Kimball tell his own story, providing only introductory and contextual material in each chapter and limiting footnotes." (p3)  Hoffman has spent many years researching the civil war and has read many Civil War diaries and journals.  He "considers Kimball's to be among the most interesting and valuable..."(p1).

Hoffman starts his book with a short introduction, followed by Chapter 1, "Off to War".  This chapter's introduction provides a biographical sketch of William Horton Kimball.  Kimball's journal starts in September of 1861 when he decides to enlist and continues until 17 November 1864, when Kimball arrives home to Jackson, Michigan.

Other chapters detail the work that the First Michigan Engineers and Mechanics did in such places as Kentucky and Tennessee, building and repairing bridges and railroads in order to keep supply lines open as well as support troop movements. Each succeeding chapter is filled with Kimball's words describing his experiences through short journal entries, all of which are dated.

Additionally, Among the Enemy, includes maps and pictures which adds to this wonderful work about the civil war. Hoffman's book was well written and I appreciated being allowed to experience the Civil War through Kimball's eyes.

My second great grandfather, Samuel Stillman Glover, Jr. was always in my mind as I read Kimball's entries.  The August 18, 1862 entry mentions Samuel Stillman Glover, Jr. "We were mustered by order of the President. Capt Grant returned having gone after Glover, but finding him wounded left him. He was shot while carrying dispatches for some general." (p57)

A footnote was added at the bottom of the page, "Samuel S. Glover of Company H was shot in the thigh on July 13 near Fayetteville, Tennessee, while carrying dispatches to Buell's headquarters. He was discharged by the surgeon on account of the wounds, which still bothered him decades later." (p57)

My research of Samuel Stillman Glover, Jr. through his compiled military service record and pension record confirms what Kimball wrote. Samuel volunteered to carry dispatches to General Buell's headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama. He was attacked by guerrillas and shot in his right knee.  He clung to his horse until he met the 35 Indiana, from there the dispatches were sent to Huntsville.

I highly recommend Mark Hoffman's Among the Enemy book to anyone who has an interest in Civil War history.  Hoffman's introductions adds context to Kimball's journal entries and allows the reader to see the Civil War through the eyes of someone who was there, William Horton Kimball.  It is an experience you won't want to miss.

Richard Fredericks is 90!

20 May 2015

Happy Birthday, Uncle Richard!

My uncle, Richard Lewis Fredericks* turns 90 this month.  His family gave him a surprise birthday party on Saturday, 16 May 2015 at the Spirit of the Woods Conservation Club in Brethren, Michigan. My husband, Kirk, and I went and I am glad I was able to celebrate this wonderful milestone with him.  Here are a couple of pictures of the party and a few older ones of Richard's younger years.

 Mickey, Pam and Richard

Party Go-ers

Early picture of the Fredricks Family
Richard on left folding his hands.

Richard and Mickey Fredericks Wedding Day

Uncle Richard and Aunt Mickey at home in Brethren.

Fredrick's Brothers Standing L-R: Otto Robert, John, Harold, Norman, and Richard

Richard Fredericks, a big University of Michigan fan, and his sister, Jeannie-2013

*Note: Although the family name is Fredricks, Richard's name was spelled Fredericks on his birth certificate and he has kept that spelling.

Michigan Genealogical Council Elects Board of Directors

18 May 2015

I have been a delegate to the Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) for the last year or so. Delegates serve as liaisons between the council and their local genealogical societies.  I have enjoyed being a delegate and when asked if I would consider serving in some capacity on the MGC board, I said yes!. I had been wanting to become more involved on the state level and guess what?  I did.

Last week elections for the Michigan Genealogical Council were held at the delegate meeting and I was elected as corresponding secretary. My official start date is in July. The board is comprised of five incumbents and four newly elected members.  I will be joining a great group of people and I am looking forward to working them.

Newly elected members are Vice President Kathryn Willson; Treasurer Jill O’Sullivan and Trustee Faye Ebach.  We will join current board members President Thomas Koselka; Recording Secretary/Delegate Sue Irvine; Recording Secretary/Board Marilyn Sayler; Trustee James Thornton and Trustee Jan Tripp for the next year.

The Michigan Genealogical Society was organized in 1972.  MGC membership is open to any genealogical or family history society, amateur or professional, with a primary interest in genealogy.  MCG serves the citizens of Michigan through coordinating genealogical activities of statewide interest; cooperating in the location, preservation, publication and deposit in suitable repositories, of Michigan records of value to genealogists; providing information to the genealogical societies membership regarding speakers, teachers, seminars and workshops and encouraging and/or working with other organizations or agencies involved in promoting improvements in genealogical facilities and holdings of Michigan archives, libraries, museums and record repositories.

I will continue serving Calhoun County Genealogical Society as President in addition to serving the state.  MGC has provided great service to the Michigan genealogical community and I look forward to helping continue that tradition.

Military Monday: Jack Tyson Describes Patrol on Leyte During WWII

It is so much easier to do research when it is in the town you live in.  Such was the case when I went to my local library, Helen Warner Branch of Willard Library in Battle Creek, Michigan to do newspaper research.  The Battle Creek Enquirer is digitized and available at the library.  I can access issues from 1846-1923 from my computer at home with my library card, but for 1924 to the present a visit to the library is needed.

The Battle Creek Enquirer published articles during World War II under "News of Our Men in the Services" section. It was here that I found numerous articles about my dad's first cousins Jack and James Tyson, the sons of Victor and Adeline(Glover) Tyson.

John 'Jack' Glover Tyson (8 July 1923-17 Sep 2010) lived in Battle Creek when he went to serve in the Army during World War II.  He was a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division, the Angels.  The 11th Airborne Division consisted of one parachute and two glider infantry regiments as well as supporting troops for the three regiments.

The 11th Airborne Division was transferred to the Pacific Theater in June of 1944.  Its first action was on the island of Leyte in the Philippines, which the below article is about. This division saw action with the invasion of Luzon and Manila, and conducted a raid on Los Banos internment camp in the Philippines.

I have left the article as it was written at the time in 1945, it is not politically correct by today's standards.

Describes Patrol on Leyte-Patrol activities in the jungle covered mountains of Leyte and a narrow escape from a Jap ambush were described by Corp. Jack Tyson, in a war department release. "Tyson, an 11th Airborne Division paratrooper, was part of a small patrol which, during the height of the Leyte campaign, was crossing a swift running mountain river. Suddenly a nip machine gun opened up on us from the tangled jungle on the opposite bank, Tyson said. Bullets were cracking all around us and splashing in the water, but the only thing we could do was bend low and keep on going. By a miracle, none of us was hit and when we reach dry land, we were able to outflank the position and destroy it. The mud though, was a worse enemy than the Japs. The tropical deluges, which were constant, turn the narrow trails into a thick gumbo and coated us to our waist with slime. It was like walking with sacks of cement tied to your feet." Corporal Tyson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tyson of 1833 West Goguac, and his wife Rosalene lives at 23 Newark avenue. His brother James a signal mate, third class, in the Navy, was last known in action around Manila.

Source:  News of Our Men in the Services: Describes Patrol on Leyte,  Battle Creek Enquirer, Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States, 13 February 1945, p14; column 2.