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Whitcraft Family (Work in Progress)

The following information was and is being compiled by Pat at Passed Time (in conjunction with Jeannie-ology). My work, my copyright.*

Sarah Elizabeth Whitcraft (November 14, 1833-November 20, 1903) and Elijah Bell Clowe (March 10, 1825-January 3, 1905) were married in Ohio on either August 1, 1850 or August 8, 1850. Their union (which lasted 53 years! btw) produced seven children. 

Moses Alva Clowe, infant (died August 22, 1859)

George Craven Clowe (May 6, 1851-June 3, 1898)

Sarah Elizabeth Clowe Bateman (February 5, 1853-January 17, 1937)

Matilda M. Clowe Kerr 

John Warren Clowe (1858-1932)

Francis M. Clowe (1861-1943)

Thomas Elijah Clowe (1871-1958)







Children of John Leslie Whitcraft and Sarah Elina Whitcraft of Hocking County Ohio

W. Ellsworth Whitcraft

Susan Alice Whitcraft

Mrs. Mary Matilda (Whitcraft) Bell

Mrs. Clara Annetta (Whitcraft) Ross

Nancy Elizabeth (Whitcraft) Mangold

George Eli "G.E." Whitcraft (June 28, 1872 - July 13, 1954) married on September 1, 1897 

        (I) Mary Catherine Oldweiler Whitcraft (January 20, 1874-August 23, 1928)

         Children: Mary Elizabeth (Whitcraft) Brainard of Cortland, Ohio married to Kenneth W. Brainard

                                                Children of Elizabeth Whitcraft Brainard and Kenneth W. Brainard:

                                                                      George David Brainard of Warren, Ohio

                                                                       Richard Brainard in the Air Forces at San Antonio, Texas

                          John Ellsworth Whitcraft of Nutwood, Ohio but later employed by New York State Education Department as state Supervisor of Business Education. Wife as yet unknown but they had at least one child, a daughter:

                                                                 Joan May Whitcraft married Donat Foucault Jr.

           (II) married Edna I. Dickerson on May 5, 1937

                        This union resulted in a step-son for G.E. Whitcraft, Leon L. Dickerson

John Hayes Whitcraft (1877-1950)

Thomas Tobias Whitcraft (1866-1953)  m. Mary (Mollie) Pruett (December 7, 1869-March 25, 1915)

            Children: John Whitcraft of St. Joseph, Mo.

                             Francis Whitcraft of Holton, Kansas

                             Lester Whitcraft of Toulare, California

                             Wesley Whitcraft of Topeka, Kansas

                              Louise James of Topeka, Kansas

 Addie Elina Whitcraft m. into Cornelius family

      As the title states, this genealogy is a work in progress. As more information is found in the Whitcraft Scrapbook, I will add more. Also keep in mind that the younger generations might have had more children. As an example, G.E. died in 1954 so the information listed here is from that time. As I am mainly followingt the scrapbook, the later generations undoubtedly added to the descendant count.

*I often find passages repeatedly plagarized on genealogy websites with no author credit or any citation given. This genealogy is MY work, therefore Passed Time holds the copyright. Do not copy and paste my work elsewhere without permissions and, yes, payment. Thank you. 

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The Noyes Raymond Denison and Mary Augusta Miner Family

Noyes Raymond Denison (October 29, 1831-July 4, 1876) is the son of Noyes Palmer Denison(1804-1875) and Harriet L. Denison(1812-1846). 

Mary Augusta Miner Denison (circa 1840-?) is the daughter of John Woodward Miner (Minor)(1804-1878) and Emelia Avery Miner (1804-1887)

Noyes Raymond Denison married Mary Augusta Denison on February 17, 1861

The marriage resulted in the following children:

George E. Denison born May 8, 1862

Emily M. Denison born June 13, 1866

Mary E. Denison born February 6, 1865

Ralph H. Denison born October 4, 1871

Isabella N. Denison born July 12, 1875*

*Genealogical and Biographical Record of New London County, Connecticut: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Early Settled Families. J. H. Beers & Company, 1905. p. 250


External Sources:

Denison Homestead

Denison Homestead and Denison Society Blog

Find-A-GraveJohn Woodward Miner and Emelia Avery Miner. Note the discrepancy in dates regarding Emelia's death. 


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Birth and Death Dates of the Family Members Found on "Important": Elizabeth Kennard Robson's Tribute

  The following information is a superficial genealogy of those mentioned in "Important": Elizabeth Kennard Robson's Tribute

     The note's author, Elizabeth Kennard Robson, was born in 1866. As of yet, her husband is unknown, She died in 1946 and was buried in Middletown Cemetery, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. (Link to Find-A-Grave

     Robson's  Grandmother was Elizabeth (Newton) Cook (Feb 20, 1806-March 6, 1881). She is buried in Friends Meetinghouse Cemetery in Kent County, Delaware. (Find-A-Grave added "Dill" to her name. That name is neither on her headstone or in Robson's write-up, so I'm going to leave that alone.) Elizabeth (and, as of yet, an unknown fellow or fellows) had three children. Only two of the children are pertinent to this piece. 

      Armina Davis Cook Kennard was Robson's birth mother. Armina's birthdate is unknown. She married William Groom Kennard (1826-1898).* They had one child, the author of the "important" note, Elizabeth Kennard Robson.  Armina Died on December 18, 1870, when Robson was only four years old. Armina is also buried in the Friends Meetinghouse Cemetery in Kent County, Delaware. (Link to Find-A-Grave) After her mother's death it seems that Armina's sister, Mary, took over the care of the child. 

      Mary A. Cook Spencer was born in 1848. She married Leonard M. Spencer (1827-1914). Clearly, from Robson's note, the Spencers lived in Philadelphia. Yet, from information on found on Find-A-Grave, both Mary and Leonard are buried in the Friends Meetinghouse Cemetery in Kent County, Delaware. (Link to Find-A-Grave)

     Mary and Armina's sister was Susan B. Cook Pleasanton. She was born in 1828 and died in 1900. Her husband was Edward Pleasonton (1812-1894). They were buried in the Friends Meetinghouse Cemetery.(Link to Find-A-Grave)

      Isaac Newton (1643-1727). "Astronomer. English Quaker Stock." 

*Note he and Robson were both buried in Middletown Cemetery, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Robson's grandmother, mother, and Aunt were all buried in the Friends Meetinghouse Cemetery in Delaware. 

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David Kendlehart and Eliza Bowen

     When first researching the Margaretta Bowen Wissler letter, I originally thought the letter was written by Wissler's niece, Margaretta Kendlehart (1847-1934). As such, I began to explore the Kendlehart family and found the Gettysburg family fascinating. I've included some of that initial research (below), which stemmed from the search for Margaretta Kendlehart. 

       Like his father, John Kendlehart, David Kendlehart(1813-1891) became a shoemaker. In Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, David built a successful general boot and shoe store in which he both manufactured and sold footwear. In 1841, he married Eliza Ann Bowen (1815-1902), daughter of James Bowen.The store was successful enough that it sustained his family for forty years and allowed David and Eliza to retire in comfort. 

     David was also civic-minded and served as the president of the Gettysburg city council, among other positions for which he received no pay. Kendlehart was serving in this capacity when Confederate General Jubal Anderson Early (1816-1894), made demands upon the borough to provide his army with money, clothing, and food. As stated in The History of Cumberland and Adams CountiesPennsylvania,

This was the first sight of an army that had come to destroy and subdue, and no one but those who were here enjoying the fruits of their hard labors, can express the prevalent feeling when asked to surrender their own to the would-be destroyers of our Government.*

      Kendlehart maintained his cool in the face of the intruders and in a letter dated June 26, 1863, he responded to Early's peremptory request:

"Gen. Early,

     Sir: the authorities of the borough of Gettysburg, in answer to the demand made upon the same borough and county by you, say their authority extends but to the borough; that the requisition asked for can not be given, because it is utterly impossible to comply. The quantities required are far beyond that in our possession. In compliance, however, to the demand, we will request the stores to be opened and the citizens to furnish whatever they can of such provisions, etc., as may be asked. Further we can not promise. By authority of the council of the borough of Gettysburg, I hereunto, as president of said board, attach my name. D. Kendlehart

      On July 4, 1863, Kendlehart in company with his sons John and James William and George Arnold, Esq. were able to get through Union lines to General George Meade (1815-1872) where they supplied as much information as they could about Early's army.

      This incident was not the only event which lends to describing Kendlehart's character. David Kendlehart was out-spoken against slavery and the following anecdote demonstrates his commitment to his beliefs. A Mr. Hartman drove into town and asked Kendlehart where he could find a Justice of the Peace. Kendlehart heard that Hartman was holding an African American woman with the intent of returning her to her owner. Once Hartman was involved with the JP, Kendlehart persuaded the woman to run. When Hartman came out and began looking for the escapee, Hartman sent him looking in the wrong direction. It was rumored that she met up with her husband, who had escaped a short time before her own flight. Due to Kendlehart's actions they were able to break "their chain of slavery." Best, Pat

     In 1841, David Kendlehart married Eliza Bowen (d/o James Bowen). They had the following children:

     Mary Cecelia Kendlehart (1842-1937)

Sarah Louisa Kendlehart (1844-1924)

Margaretta B. Kendlehart (1847-1934) (married William Parkinson McCartney 1843-1916)

John L. Kendlehart (1850-1919) married Annie Bailey (1852-1932)

James William Kendlehart (1854-1990) married Anna Catherine Grund (1860-1942)

*The anecdotes about the Kendlehart family were found in  History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania. Warner, Beers & Co. Chicago, 1886 pp 357-358.

Additional Links to information about the Kendlehart family:

   To Preserve, Protect, and Defend, Jacob Ross 2015 

   Evergreen Cemetery Part 11 With Licensed Battlefield Guide Deb Novotny (Contains a Picture of David and Eliza Kendlehart's Gravestone)

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Lyons / Churchill Bible Record Provided by Jeannie-ology

Lyons/Churchill Bible Record
    ptlogo2A bible record for the Lyons family of New Brunswick, New Jersey, and the Churchill family of Poughkeepsie, New York, says Warren K. Lyons and Mary T. Churchill were married in Poughkeepsie on April 12, 1876 by J. Hyett Smith of Brooklyn. D. H. Richardson and J. G. Moore were listed as witnesses. Warren K. Lyons was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on December 10, 1842, and his wife, Mary T. Churchill, was born in Poughkeepsie on March 27, 1845.
         Data about the siblings of Mary T. Churchill were recorded in this record, including their dates of birth and their marriages. They were the children of George W. and Eliza Churchill. George W. Churchill was born September 5, 1817. He married Eliza Servis on January 3, 1842, and died  December 26, 1898 at the age of 84 years. Eliza (Servis) Churchill was born January 31, 1819. She died January 14, 1904 at the age of 85. The Churchill children included the following:
       Margaret E. Churchill was born October 21, 1843, and she married Albert C. Doughty on May 15, 1864. Also, “Margaret E. Doughty” married Robert C. Poppey, but no date for this marriage was recorded.

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Gaskill Family Record

A bible record made for the Gaskill family says that Joseph R. Gaskill, son of William and Jane Gaskill, was born October 30, 1847. An added note says he died November 4, 1930.Gaskill Obituaryw
     Joseph R. Gaskill married a woman whose maiden name was also Gaskill. She was Elizabeth Gaskill, a daughter of Joseph and Mary Gaskill. Elizabeth was born September 7, 1847.
      In addition to Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary Gaskill had a son named Charles Fletcher Gaskill who died during in the Civil War.
An obituary tucked in the bible says Charles Fletcher Gaskill died of pneumonia on November 24 [1862] in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a member of Co. B, the 73rd Infantry Regiment, Illinois Volunteers. He was described as a member of the M. E. Church for three years. A "quiet, truthful, unobtrusive boy," he was twenty when he died. His obituary was published in the Oconsee, Illinois Christian Advocate & Journal on January 21, 1863.

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Fairbairn Family From New Jersey: A Nineteenth Century Family Register

A five-page family register gives data about Samuel B. Fairbairn and Martha McLain who married on March 25, 1856. They were married by Sam'l. Miller of Mount Holly, New Jersey.
Samuel B. and Martha (McLain) Fairbairn had four children, all of whom were baptized by Sam'l Miller. John Fairbairn was born June 26, 1857. Mary Ann Fairbairn was born June 4, 1859. Andrew Brown Fairbairn was born November 29, 1861, and Fanny Strawbridge Fairbairn was born April 1,1865.
The record goes back a generation, offering scant information about "John son of John & Martha Fairbairn." John Faibairn Jr. was born June 12, 1794. Jane Elizabeth, daughter of John and Mary Ann How, was born March 23, 1803. These were probably Samuel B. Fairbairn's parents.

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Chiming in on the Primary Source Discussion

ptlogo2I read with interest the feature article published in early November on Passed Time. The article is called "George Sonnenleiter's Mugshot and the Importance of Primary Sources." As a true believer in the importance of primary sources, I want to say how glad I am to see such an article and I want to share some misconceptions about what primary sources are.
Someone recently defined primary sources and secondary sources according to whether or not the sources were handwritten or printed. The anonymous author said primary sources are mostly church and civil records, but secondary sources are items like "birth announcements, remembrance cards, newspaper obituaries, and printed funeral sermons."
That's not exactly accurate. Whether or not a source is printed does not make the difference. We know of many totally printed 18th, 19th, and early 20th century family registers that we consider primary sources. We also know of printed broadsides that detail genealogically significant information. We consider these as primary sources.

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Bible Record for the Beachdel and Askey Family

Bible Record for Beachdel and Askey family
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     A bible record found in Pennsylvania gives biographical details about the Christian Beachdel and Rebecca Askey family. They married March 10, 1841, but no location was noted on the record. The names Beachdel and Askey suggest a family of “English” heritage.
      This record caught my attention because German-language records from Pennsylvania often had decoration in the writing. This is an English-language record, removed from the bible, but the penman who wrote it added color and minor decoration, just as Pennsylvania Germans often did.

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Boyd and Manlove Family Registers

Boyd and Manlove family registers.
Occasionally, two registers with differing family surnames appear in the same bible record. When this happens, it is assumed that the families were related. Sometimes, no clues are offered to verify family relationships, but more often, the relationship is apparent. The two registers found in the Boyd and Manlove bible show members of three generations.
The earliest record was made for the Boyd family. There is damage in some of the record, making some words illegible. Fortunately, as opposed to losing biographical data, the areas of damage appear in hand-written verses concerning death. Two illegible passages are noted below with three dots, and both show the loss of a single word.
No location was noted in either record. Grammatical errors are kept as they appear in the original.
John S. Boyd and Elisebeth Curinder was married in the year of our Lord September the 30th 1813.
John S. Boyd was born October the 22nd in the year of our Lord 1790.
Elisebeth Curinder was born August the 4th in the year of our Lord 1794.
Ann Catharine Boyd was born in the year of our Lord June 30th 1814.
Mary Boyd was born in the year of our Lord March the 9th 1816.
Martha R. Boyd was born in the year of our Lord June 25th 1819.
Eliza Boyd was born in the year of our Lord April 11th 1821.
William H. Boyd was born in the year of our Lord December the 5th 1823.
Eliza Boyd departed this life August the 27th in the year of our Lord 1823.
Elisebeth Boyd wife of John S. Boyd departed this life May the 24th in the year of our Lord 1864. This heart is no longer the ... of trouble and torturing pain. It ceased to flutter and be .... It never shall flutter again.
John S. Boyd departed this life November 19th in the year of our Lord 1865. There in that land no tears are shed. No sighs escapes the heart. To Joys full fountain all are led and there they never part.
Amelia Manlove was born July 11 in the year of our Lord 1849.
John B. Manlove was born September 26th in the year of our Lord 1854.
Emanuel Manlove departed this life April 16 the year of our Lord 1867.
Mary Boyd Manlove departed this life January 13th 1894. Widow of Emanuel Manlove.
Amelia Manlove departed this life July 19th 1895.
--Corinne Earnest, Clayton, Delaware, 22 September 2015
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Bartch Family Register


The Bartch Family Register was once in a bible.

It says Amos Bartch of Columbia, Pennsylvania, married Mary E. Williams (also from Columbia) on April 8, 1874 in the preseence of Scott Patton, Esq. and Mrs. E. Patton. The Bartches were marrid by J. Dickerson. Amos Bartch was born May 6, 1846 and Mary E. (Williams) Bartch was born February 23, 1849. Amos died October 12, 1899 and Mary died April 12, 1948. The Bartches had the following children:

Florence Patton Bartch was born July 14, 1876. She married Charles Oscar Ford on April 25, 1901.

William Amos Bartch was born June 24, 1881. He married Ruth Cardon Wisotzkey on August 10, 1918. William Amos Bartch died April 6, 1973.

Irene Catharine Bartch was born April 14, 1885. She died October 31, 1979.

Other births that are recorded do not make clear the names of the parents. The include:

Ruth C. Bartch, born March 5, 1893.

Elizabeth Jane Bartch, born October 4, 1919.

Mary Ruth Bartch, born June 28, 1921.

Nancy Irene Bartch, born May 8, 1924.  

Other marriages in this record say Mary Ruth Bartch and John Louis (?) Grab married July 4, 1941.

Elizabeth Jane Bartch and Charles Herman Olerist (?) married January 28, 1945.

Nancy Irene Bartch and Leuis (?) Rinehart Lebhart married August 31, 1947.

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The Morrow Family of Smithton, Pennsylvania

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     This is one of those cases where photographs weave an interesting story, providing more information than that a person standing while smiling or frowning awkwardly into the camera (every picture I am in). Narration and photograph merge to provide a more complete story than usual.  

     These five photos came in a box of about fifty photographs, most of which were unidentified (pet peeve No. 5001). All were strewn haphazardly in the box. An anonymous, elderly hand carefully labeled each of these five photographs with a blue ballpoint pen, which tipped me off that they belong together. Three are identified with the shared last name, "Morrow", making identification possible. "Thank you" unknown blue ballpoint pen labeler. Thank you. 

   Upon researching "Morrow", the photographed subjects began to flesh out as information found on the Sherbondy Family Association website provided background. The photographs do not encompass all of the Morrow family members found in the following passage. Some have probably been separated over time, or perhaps some Morrow family members never had their likeness photographed. However, I want to present a more complete background of the generations than represented by the photographs alone.

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The Suitcase: Chronicling the Vidovich Family


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      This little, battered suitcase sat forlornly on the table awaiting the fall of the auctioneer's gavel. It was marked with a sticker reading "Heiligenblut" and labeled with a handwritten note written in Hungarian ( a guess). A batch of postcards and pictures were sticking out, so I a left a low bid for a friend to execute on my behalf. The bid was low, not because I felt the suitcase and its contents were worthless, but because later documents prove difficult.  How much about a family should be disclosed, especially as some members are undoubtedly still alive? Yet, these papers do no one any good sitting around in a suitcase. The worst-case scenario would be that the contents picked through and then scattered. Once that happens, the documents can never be regrouped again and these tell a cohesive story about the Vidovich family. 

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Extra Details for the Conard Family

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     A paper describing the children of Jonathan and Hannah Nixon Conard is what most genealogists wish they had. The details are exceptional, and the envy of families wanting to put “flesh” on the bones of their ancestors. This was a Quaker family that included seven daughters and two sons. The paper was probably copied in the 1930s from an earlier original version. It says:
     Elizabeth was the oldest, born September 22, 1798, married December 13, 1827, died October 7,1871. She married Charles Kirk, and went to live on City Line one mile west of Old York road in Bristol township, Philadelphia, Pa. on a farm owned by George Peterson. Their two children, William and Hannah, were born there. In 1840 they removed to Warminister the year the meeting house was built. She was a tall dignified woman with great charm and sweetness. They all [the seven sisters] were taught expert household management, and were beautiful needlewomen. The seven sisters all attended Westtown school. Her health was never robust but that did not deter her from living a full and useful life in her home and her meeting.

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Genealogy from records for people who left no will

A handful of records I recently ran across from Washington County, Pennsylvania, shows how courts settled property among families when the father died intestate (having left no will). For genealogists, such documents can be helpful because they list his children. When those children were grown and married, the names of his daughters' spouses are helpful to genealogists. They clearly show family relationships.


One such example was made for Peter Ground of Strabane Township, Washington County. This area is near Pittsburgh and the date of the document was 1834. Peter Ground's widow was Elizabeth. The paper says the Grounds had seven children. One might have predeceased Peter Ground, for this documents lists only six children, namely: John; Elizabeth, wife of John Norris; Katharine, wife of Daniel Weller; Mariah; Peter; and Joseph. All were above the age of 21 years.


Another was made for Samuel Thompson of Chartiers Township, Washington County. Samuel's wife, Sarah, predeceased Samuel, who died about 1832. Samuel and Sarah Thompson had six children. One was Jane, wife of John McKinney; Margaret, wife of William Greer; John; James; Samuel; and Sarah, wife of Sylvester Tripp.


A third was made for Thomas Hill of Cecill Township, Washington County. His children were Betsey, wife of Barnard Anders; William; Esther, wife of Thomas Miller; Mary; Abigail; and Thomas. This documents dates from 1831.


Thought I would share this information with folks who might be researching ancestors near Pittsburgh. 


Mike Graw



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WWII veteran's remains return home after missing 74 years

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Sword belonging to commander of black Civil War unit found

BOSTON (AP) - The sword that belonged to the commanding officer of the first all-black regiment raised in the North during the U.S. Civil War has been recovered after being lost to history for more than 150 years. The British-made sword carried into battle by Col.


'America's Frankenstein': Book to examine Philly's 'first mass murderer'

An upcoming book seeks to find the links between the fable of Frankenstein and a brutal Philadelphia mass murder that occurred nearly 50 years after the release of the famous novel. In "The Face of a Monster: America's Frankenstein," Delaware author Patricia Earnest Suter revisits the gruesome killings of eight people at the hands of Anton Probst in 1866.

Jaw-dropping discovery: Soldier's diary retells WWI horrors

Norman Gray, a fresh-faced 19-year-old was shipped off to France in 1914 to fight in World War I. Now his diary resurfaced, documenting the horrors of war.



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