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Tuesday
Oct292013

Daughters of the American Revolution Take 2: Saratoga

A few years ago I blogged that I was joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. For whatever reason it just didn't happen in Brooklyn. Now that we're living in Saratoga County- it's happening! Today I met with the chapter registrar and she was delightful. With my worksheet almost fully filled out, I just need to work on getting full documentation on my parents and my paternal grandparents (birth, marriage, death certificates).  I need to do this! I want to check this off my list and finally become a member of this prestigious group. For myself and my girls! My daughters are more fuel to the fire.

My American Patriot is Lieut. Samuel Merrill of MA. He settled in what is now Maine, specifically Salmon Falls, Saco, York Co Maine. More to be shared on him and his property.

Feeling very excited and motivated!

Wednesday
Oct122011

Joining the Daughters of the American Revolution: First Steps 

I am in the beginning stages of joining the prestigious Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). A non profit women's organization established in 1890, the organization focuses on the promotion of historic preservation, education, and patriotism.  If you are a male, you can apply for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution.

Membership in these organizations gives you a forum for the exchange of historical information and genealogy research with others with shared interests. Any female 18+ who can provide documentation of their lineal descent* from a Patriot of the American Revolution can apply for DAR membership. There are approx 3,000 local chapters of the DAR, you can search for a chapter near you. *Lineal Descent: Belonging to or being in the direct line of descent from an ancestor. Ex parent, grandparent, great grandparent...

I recently discovered my 7x great grandfather, Samuel Merrill, was a participant of the American Revolution as a Lieutenant in the 30th Regiment of Foot from Buxton, ME. I first learned of his involvement in the American Revolution from my Ancestry.com family tree. When viewing Samuel Merrill there was a leaf indicating a possible historical record match. When I reviewed the hint I was brought to an application to the DAR from 1909 with a Samuel Merrill listed as the Patriot in which the applicant was proving their lineal descent. The applicant was not from my direct line but had similar information so I decided to do a little digging to see if this was in fact the same Samuel Merrill I was researching.

To do this I focused on my direct line from Samuel Merrill to flush through and verify the information and sources I already had for these specific ancestors. I worked my way up the line, starting with myself going up 10 generations in my tree to Samuel. Feeling confident in my lineal descent from Samuel, I filled out a Member Interest form on the DAR website to get the ball rolling. This is simple form to notify DAR of your interest and get you connected to a local chapter to learn more about the application process.

A week or two later I received an email from the Brooklyn DAR Chapter with a genealogy worksheet for me to complete. The genealogy worksheet has blanks to fill in genealogical information about the ancestors in your direct line to connect the generations up to the Patriot. All of the information needs to supplemented with documented sources and you have to indicate what sources you have for the information you provide (vital records, census records, certificates, etc.). I thought I was pretty organized but I quickly found out how scattered my information was! If anything this process so far has really helped me organize, connect loose ends, and encourage me to learn more about these ancestors.

I've completed the worksheet and emailed it back to my contact. Hopefully I'll hear back soon! I hope I entered in the information correctly and thoroughly enough. Fingers crossed.

Wednesday
May042011

Planning a Maine Genealogy Trip - Laurel Hill Cemetery

I'm in the beginning stages of planning a trip up to Portland, Maine. This trip is MAINLY to celebrate my 2 year wedding anniversary, but I also have some family roots in the area and I can't not check it out! A brief overview of who I'm pursuing. Now that I've figured out who I will be "visiting" in Maine...it's time to figure out the where...

My first definitive objective is to visit  Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco, Maine


I found this death record on ancestry.com for my 4x great grandmother Tamar Wentworth Tarbox.It says she was born in Buxton Me and died in Saco, ME October 27, 1893 at the age of 80.

Parents are Ebenezer Wentworth and Sarah Woodman, both of Buxton, ME. Father's occupation: Stone Mason

Place of Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery

I gave the cemetery a call and they were very helpful. They did a quick computer search of their records and found Tamar's burial plot. They also found a record for my 4x great grandfather Nathan Tarbox, buried right there with her. This was a double yay because I didn't know when Nathan died and their record has "Nathaniel" not "Nathan"....more questions :) I'm also hoping to find a few others in the cemetery...

 

*I'd be willing to take 2 or 3 picture requests! If you know of an ancestor buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery, send me an email with the information and I'll do my best to get a picture for you.

This trip will also be a time when the hubs and I will be celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary! I'm a total beach bum and he likes the shade. One thing we both love to do while we travel, EAT. We've never been to the area so please send any suggestions of restaurants, lobster musts, home town spots near the Buxton, Biddeford/Saco, Old Orchard Beach, or Portland area. If there is a place you love please share!! Also- if anyone has any experience with genealogical or historical research in these areas or share your tips, suggestions, and experiences!

More Maine developments to come...

Monday
May022011

Planning a Maine Genealogy Trip - researching my Wentworth and Tarbox Ancestors 

I'm in pursuit of my Maine roots!

In preparation for a June trip to the Portland, Maine area; I have been digging into my Wentworth and Tarbox ancestors. I'm looking for burial locations, residences, churches, and any other historical or genealogical points of interest to visit and check records. First step: who am I looking for?

My Wentworth ancestry....

The Wentworth surname has been a very prominent name in my family tree. My Wentworth line begins with Elder William Wentworth, born in England abt 1607 and came to the United States in abt 1636. He originally settled in Dover, NH. In the early 1700's the family moved to South Berwick in York County, Maine. The family migrated to Buxton and then Biddeford and Saco in York County, Maine.

I've found that many of my Wentworth ancestors are surprisingly well documented in published genealogy books, historical publications, and church records due to their connection to Elder William Wentworth. But it's been very tricky! Elder William Wentworth has MANY descendants and many common names have been passed down, making it tricky to decipher which Wentworth is being referenced. For more information re: descendants of Elder William Wentworth, check out "A Genealogical and Biographical Account of the Descendants of Elder William Wentworth".

After generations of Wentworth male ancestors in my line, the surname is dropped from my tree when my 4x great grandmother Tamar Dearborn Wentworth married Nathan Tarbox. The surname name was dropped, but it wasn't forgotten! In the 13 generations of my direct descendance from Elder William Wentworth, the name Wentworth can be found in all but 2 of the 13 generations! My grandmother and I being the only 2 without this name.

Elder William Wentworth...Timothy Wentworth...Samuel Wentworth...Samuel Wentworth...Ebenezer Wentworth...Ebenezer Wentworth...Tamar Dearborn Wentworth...Georgianna Wentworth Tarbox...Virginia Wentworth Franks...Wentworth Middleton...Marjorie Middleton...David Wentworth Wright...ME!

I find that amazing! It's like the Wentworth name has been woven into my family tree, connecting it's legacy with the future surnames found in my tree. One item of curiosity is the origin of Tamar Dearborn Wentworth's namesake...no Tamar's or Dearborn's in sight.

My Tarbox Ancestry...

I really don't know too much about this line! My 4x great grandfather was Nathan or Nathaniel Tarbox and he lived in Biddeford, Maine. He was born abt. 1811 and Died May 1891 Biddeford, Maine.

He had 2 children: Granville Tarbox and a daughter through which I descend, Georgianna Wentworth Tarbox. She was born June 1840 in Biddeford, Maine and died Oct 1895 in Jersey City, New Jersey. She married Benjamin Mortimer Franks April 1959 at the John Street Methodist Church in NYC when she was just 18 and later settled in Northern New Jersey. As far as I can tell, Georgianna's parents and brother stayed in Maine. This explains a lack of information but I always wondered why Georgianna moved away at such a young age. What brought her to NYC? What was her connection to Benjamin Franks? I have no indication Benjamin lived outside of the NY/NJ area before 1859. I recently discovered that Georgianna's mother, Tamar Wentworth Tarbox, had siblings leave Maine for NYC about the same time. Some of them were Clerks and it just so happens that Benjamin Franks was a clerk and bookkeeper- perhaps it was an Aunt, Uncle, or cousin from the Wentworth family who made the love connection. Or maybe it was a connection through interest in the Oneida Community?

Do you have ancestors from Maine? What resources have you found helpful? What have you learned from visiting your ancestors stomping grounds?

Next post will cover specific places I'm planning to visit...cemeteries, churches, landmarks...and one cannot forget to research the best LOBSTER joints when going to Maine! Yummmm...