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Please don't hesitate to send corrections, info or to even ask for a transfer. My goal on this site is to help other people with their ancestry and unite the memorials I've created with their families regardless of relation link. My transfer policy is very liberal and I transfer outside of the 4 generation guideline.
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The Surnames I'm connected to so far are Shaw, Spafford, Briggs, Pennington, Maser or Masear, Pritchard, Hardy, Shoemaker, Kerwin, Boice or Boyce, Simmons, Dishman and Baird.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you may have info about my family tree. Even the smallest bit could help solve a mystery and close a door....which then, as we all know, usually opens up 3 more LOL.
My third great grandparents, James Shaw and Eleanor Hardy, were early settlers in Joliet, Illinois. They came from New York or Canada and resided in the Bremen, Cook County area (1850 census) before moving to Joliet. In March 1852, my Grandmother died. I found her death notice in the Joliet Signal and it indicates they had only been in town a few months. My Grandpa James had 14 children; 11 with my Grandmother. They were married about 18 years at the time of her death. Her final resting place and the names of her parents are unknown. Their Canadian marriage record says that there was a Nicolas Hardy who witnessed but I haven't yet been able to determine the specific relationship.
After my grandmother's death, my grandfather married Alice Williams (last name provided by someone else's tree on Ancestry.com) whose background is a complete mystery. Per the 1860 census, they had two children - Firman and Alice. In 1870, the two children still appear in the household with James but wife Alice does not. What happened to her and her final resting place are unknown. I lose track of daughter Alice after 1870 and Firman died in early December, 1872, about 6 weeks before James.
I'm also pretty sure that my grandfather was married once before he married my grandmother. From census records, James had a son, James Jr. born abt 1829, whose birth pre-dates his marriage by banns to my grandmother in 1834. Again, my assumption is that he was married to James mother, whose name is unknown, and that she probably died either in child birth or of sickness. By 1860, he no longer resides with his father and I lose track of him.
My 4th Great Grandfather's name was Joseph who was a Wagonmaster per the 1860 census, the lone document where I found his name. In addition, per the same census, he was residing alone in the household with James which means he was probably widowed by that time. My 4th Great Grandmother Shaw's name and their final resting places are unknown.
My grandfather was an intelligent man and expert Brickmaker who furnished the bricks that were used in the construction of the Forts of Quebec. Sometime in the mid 1850's, James started a successful brick company on the Eastside of Joliet. All of his sons had learned the trade, but only Silas and Josiah (or J.E. as he seemed to go by) continued the business and operated it long after his death in January, 1873. James rests at Oakwood Cemetery in Joliet, with two of his sons, Nicholas (Mother Eleanor) and Firman (Mother Alice). His son Silas and his family also rest nearby.
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|Stephen Cantrell||RE: Minnie Buster #136044254|
you're welcome! Blessings to you!
|JuJu||RE: Oak Ridge - Willis Lott # 92020612|
Thank you!! I love any add ons!
Added by JuJu on Dec 15, 2014 8:59 AM
|Jeffery Griffin||Re: Chestnut|
Thank you for your help and photo.
|Patti Podboy||Paul & Anna Rose Kruse|
Thank you for the transfers! I greatly appreciate it.
|Farrar and related families||Fabulous!|
Your work is A+ is all area. The photos turned out wonderfully. Thank you for the care you took with that and for all of your research too. What a Blessing YOU are. If you would please look for any other Farrar photo requests in your geographic area, or travels, our family would be very grateful. You are in The Top Ten of Best Volunteers.
|Nancy Smith||RE: George & Rachel Rogers - Elm Lawn Cemetery|
Thanks so much. I think the rest of the family moved out of the area, a daughter Ruth married and was buried in VA, and a son Richard in Avon, WI. Your work is much appreciated.....Nancy
|gary muyskens||thank you Stacie|
I can't believe my luck, I didn't think I'd find anyone to shoot in Chicago, there are so many graves there! My uncle will be thrilled, he has been on this stuff for at least 20yrs
|gary muyskens||RE: thx Stacey|
actually I had forgotten, the Shaws my mothers' Ogden side married into actually originated in Canada(then to Minnesota)from there to PA...you may want to try Minnesota. Usually when you have families coming into the US around 1820 or so it is because their parents fled there-they were perhaps Loyalists granted lands in compensation for lands lost in the 2 wars between GB and the US. Actually I have found Shaws in early colonial NY/CT and probably like some Ogden branches the Loyalists were basically driven to Canada. There are many Shaw/Ogden marriages in PA, and I suspect that the family came over with others who tend to intermarry cousins..so, it would not surprise me at all if you have Hoyts/Ogdens/Purdys/Lyons/Woodruffs in your tree
|gary muyskens||RE: Harm VanderbergVandenberg|
thanks Stacey...getting these headstone shots is the culmination of 2yrs of searching this family. Wm and Harry were just 2 of 14 children, initially only their names were known. We have uncovered the fates of all but 1 sibling, she vanishes probably after she married. William MAY have his children buried nearby, childrens names Henry, William and Lillian, no idea what became of them
|gary muyskens||RE: Harm VanderbergVandenberg|
PS, I am also researching Ogdens, Ogdens and Shaws are almost inseparable in western PA-Gary
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