Sunday, May 22, 2016

Census Sunday: Nancy Brown Patrick

Nancy Brown Patrick was the daughter of my 4x great grandfather, Moses Brown, and his second wife, Nancy Perkins. She was born in Mississippi, moved to Ohio with her parents and later moved to Michigan with her husband.

1850 US Census, Michigan, Cass County, Calvin;

Johnson Patrick, 38 b OH, farmer, real estate $1,200. Nancy, 35 b MS.
Joseph H, 16 farmer b OH
Amanda, 14 b OH
Willis, 12 b OH
Emily, 9 b OH
David, 6 b OH
Lucinda, 3 b MI
Charles, 1 b MI
Johnson Sr., 74 b NJ

1860 US Census, Michigan, Cass Co., Calvin; Post office: Brownsville;

Nancy Patrick, 44 b MS, farming; real estate $3,500.
Willis, 21 b OH
Emily, 19 b OH
DR, 16 b OH
Lucinda, 13 b MI
Chas., 11 b MI
Elizabeth, 6 b MI

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Census Sunday: Hubert Browns in MS School Census Reports, 1933 - 1945

My grand uncle, Hubert Allen Brown, 1894 – 1971, and his wife, Freddie Smith, 1899 – 1988, had six children. One child died young. The others show up in the MS School Census.

1933   Hubert Brown          Borden                   male, 12

1937   Hubert Brown          Borden                   male, 16
                                      Thyra            female, 7

1939   Hubert Brown          Borden                   male, 17
                                      Thiry            female, 10
                                      Lynn             male, 6

1941   H A Brown               Borden                   male, 20
                                      Thiry            female, 12
                                      Lynn             male, 9

1945   H A Brown               Thiry            female, 16
                                      Hugh F.         male, 11
                                      Peggy           female, 7

"MississippiEnumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (; citing School enrollment, Pike, Mississippi, United States, Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Jackson.

Thanks to Charles L Purvis from Carolina Family Roots who told me about these online records.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Family Bible Has Arrived!

I recently posted about the family Bible owned by Philip Creasy and sent to me by Melissa. To recap what happened: Melissa had owned this Bible for several years & attempted to find a family related to Philip Creasy. She found & read my website, Our Leaves & Branches, where she saw Philip Creasy. Melissa contacted me & sent me this heirloom.

is my half 2nd grand uncle. His father, Christian Gruissy, 1811 Switzerland – 1907 OH, is my 3rd great grandfather. Christian married twice, to Mary Grorisclauss, my 3rd great grandmother and to Mary Wise, mother of Philip M. Creasy. [Note that two of Christian’s sons, Reuben & Philip changed their surnames from Gruissy to Creasy.] Philip was a grocer. My paternal grandmother told me: One day a man came into his shop to look at a gun. He left and returned later. He looked at the gun again. He asked for as box of shells. He put a shell in the gun and shot Phillip; killing him. However, his obituary tells us Philip died of a stroke. He & his parents & other family members are buried in South Lawn Cemetery, Beach City, OH.

I was very excited and wondered what information 
the Bible would contain. I considered sleeping beside my mailbox, waiting for its delivery. In reality, I was in Illinois visiting our daughter when the package arrived. Home again, I tore open the box.

First reaction, this Bible is huge! Melissa had placed the Bible in a plastic bin& wrapped it in bubble wrap. The cover is 10 x 12 inches and four inches thick.

About the Bible: It was printed in 1893 in Philadelphia by A. J. Holman & Co. There is a wonderful color plate and many black and white illustrations. One page declares the Bible a “new self – pronouncing dictionary of the Bible, containing every important scriptural word”. The pages are yellowed and some are crumbling along the edges. I will purchase an archival safe box for its storage. 

About the genealogical findings: Melissa kindly place a yellow ribbon in the center of the Bible, where family information was recorded. First there is a page for Holy Matrimony details. Mary Wasem of Ragurville, O, Tus. [Ragersville, Tuscarawas County, Ohio] and Phil Creasy of Beach City, O. S. [Stark County, Ohio] were married on the 8 day of March in the year of our Lord 1888.

Then there is a two page spread for a ‘Family Record’. 

“Mary Wasem born Ragurville, O., 2 of Oct. 1867, married 8 Day of March”

“Phil Creasy born Wilmut, O., born 19 of Jan 1868”

“Harry Creasy born Ragersville, O, Tusc, 10 of January 1891; married 15 Day of April 1925”

Interestingly, it looks like the birth years were erased and rewritten. The pencil is certainly darker than the original. I did know Phil’s birth date but had his birth year as 1867. I did not know Mary’s birth date or location. I had their son’s birth information but not his marriage date. 

There are many more lines in the Bible but no other information. There are no other children listed and I had found none during my research. While Harry’s marriage date is shown his wife’s name is not included. Harry’s daughter is also not listed.

I wish there was more genealogical data included but I believe this Bible is still very special. Each year my husband & I host a big family cookout on Independence Day. I always set out family charts and evidences of my most recent research. This year this Bible will be centerpeiced along with a chart showing our relationship to Philip. 

The best part is holding and turning the pages of this old Bible that Philip & Mary once held. I learned about Philip, researched his life & now I have the Bible he owned!

Selected Sources:
·    1870 U. S. Census, Stark County, Ohio; 7 June 1870; Page 605B; Lines 24 - 30; National Archives, Pittsfield, Mass., M593 Roll 1269.
·   1880 U.S. Census, Stark County, Ohio; 1880; ; Pages 419 A & B; Stark Co. Genealogical Society, N. Canton, Ohio; NOTES: Christian "Gruissi".
·         Marriage Record for Philip Creasy and Mary Wesem, 8 March 1888, Ohio Marriages, 1800 - 1958, Microfilm #890366, page 591, Family Philip, 20, b. 1868; Married in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
·         Birth Record for Harry Lewis Creasy, 10 May 1891, Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821 - 1962, Microfilm #890359, v 3B, page 2. Family Parents: Philip Creasy and Mary Wasem. b. in Auburn, Tuscarawas, Ohio.
·      Mann, Marcia. Index to 1934 Obituaries in the Canton Repositroy. Canton, Ohio: Stark County District Library. "Philip Creasey." Canton Repository March 17, 1934: 5.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Mothers' Day!

Mothers' Day just gets better & better,
 watching our children as they travel through life &
 watching our grandson grow!

Sharing our past with them, through genealogy, is wonderful!

Happy Mothers' Day!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Family Bible Found!

Augustus Gruissy & Family, Ohio

There are times when I wonder if anyone reads my blog or website. The goal of writing and updating these sites is to connect with cousins; hopefully to connect with cousins who we can share information with & learn more about our family.

My website, Our Leaves & Branches, just helped me connect with a wonderful
 person who  is not related but who does have family information for me!

Melissa, in Ohio, sent me this comment:
“Hello, I found your site while helping a friend research an old bible that he had got at (I believe) an auction. It has some family names and dates from Phil and Mary Creasy. I wondered if anyone in the family would be interested in it.”
Philip M. Creasy, 1867 OH – 1934 OH, is my half 2nd grand uncle. His father, Christian Gruissy, 1811 Switzerland – 1907 OH, is my 3rd great grandfather. Christian married twice, to Mary Grorisclauss, my 3rd great grandmother, and to Mary Wise, mother of Philip M. Creasy.

Note that two of Christian’s sons, Reuben & Philip changed their surnames from Gruissy to Creasy.

Of course, I contacted Melissa by email, letting her know that I am very interested in this Bible! We emailed back & forth and now the Bible is in the mail on its way to me! Thank you, Melissa!

Will it give information about Philip’s father? Will my branch show up in the records? I know Philip & Mary had one son, Harry Lewis Creasy who had one daughter, Norma. Will there be more descendants of Philip & Mary?

Maybe I should sleep next to my mailbox.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Census Sunday: 1850 MS School Census

 I was able to find some of my family in the 1850 handwritten school census for Pike Co., MS. I looked through the census, page by page and checked the names against my records. The census does not list the names of the children, just the parent. The following were firm matches. There were others I’d like to say were matches but there were not enough details for that.

The children of Warren Jackson Alford, my 2x great grand uncle
          2 females     
[Martha Jane b 1842 & Cynthia Elizabeth b 1844]

The children of William Alford, my half 3x great grand uncle
          3 males & 2 females
[probably Jackson, Milton, Jesse, Calperna & Clarasy]

The children of Davis Brumfield, my 3x great grand uncle
          3 males & 3 females
          [probably Jesse, Isaac, Elisha, Eveline, Angeline & Emily]

The children of Jeremiah Smith, my 3x great grand uncle
          2 males
[William b 1842 & Ancil b 1845]

"Mississippi Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 March 2016), 1850; citing School enrollment, , Pike, Mississippi, United States, Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Jackson.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Matrilineal Monday: Liberty’s Daughters

Liberty’s Daughters: 
The Revolutionary Experience of American Women, 
1750 – 1800
By Mary Beth Norton
Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, 1980

Part I: The Constant Patterns of Women’s Lives
1.       The Small Circle of Domestic Concerns
2.       The Important Crisis upon Which our Fate Depends
3.       Fair Flowers, If Rightly Cultivated
4.       In What Wou’d You Shew Your Activity?
5.       As Independent as Circumstances Will Admit
Part II:
1.       We Commenced Perfect Statesmen
2.       Necessity Taught US
3.       A Reverence of Self
4.       Vindicating the Equality of Female Intellect
Conclusion: A New Era of Female History
Essay of Major Families and Sources
Essay on Sources
Chapter References

Many of us can trace our family back to the Revolutionary War. We research the service records of our male ancestors but what happened to the women during this time? Many were as brave and as strong as their husbands and brothers. If my female ancestors left journals or letters about that period in our history, I have not found them. In this book Mary Beth Norton quotes the diaries and letters of many women from various parts of our country and from various social backgrounds to paint a picture of those hard times. Here are a few quotes from the book.

Mary Beth Norton begins her book with a look at the family structure in the times before our war for independence.

“The household, the basic unit of eighteenth-century American society, had a universally understood hierarchical structure. At the top was the man, the lord of the fireside; next came the mistress, his wife and helpmate; following her, the children, who were expected to assist the parent of their own sex; and finally, any servants or slaves, with the former taking precedence over the latter.” [page 3]

During the course of the war this hierarchy would not tumble but it would be questioned. Before the war women were expected to take second place to their husbands. “She was expected to follow his orders, and he assumed control over the family finances.” [page5]

“Rural wives were often unable to place a precise value on tools, lands or harvested grain, even if they knew a farm’s total acreage or the size of a harvest. Urban women frequently did not know their husband’s exact income or the value of the houses in which they lived. .” [page 6]

We need to look beyond the battles to get a clear idea of how our female ancestors’ lives were changed during this time.

‘Most narratives of the revolutionary War concentrate upon describing a series of pitched battles between uniformed armies. Yet the impact of the conflict can more accurately be assessed if it is interpreted as a civil war with profound consequences for the entire population. Every movement of troops through the American countryside brought a corresponding flight of refugees, an invasion of epidemic disease, the expropriation of foodstuffs, firewood, and livestock, widespread plundering or destruction of personal property, and occasional incidents of rape.’ [page 195]

‘The disruption of normal patterns of life that resulted from all these seldom-studied aspects of the conflict had an especially noticeable effect upon women, whose prewar experiences had been confined largely to the domestic realm. With their menfolk away serving in the armies for varying lengths of time, white female Americans had to venture into new fields of endeavor. In the midst of wartime trials, they alone had to make crucial decisions involving not only household and family but also the ‘outdoor affairs’ from which they had formerly been excluded.’ [page 195]

Where our families lived also affected their experiences of the time.

‘What distinguished the war in Virginia, Georgia, and the Carolinas from that in the North was its length and ferocious intensity. From the invasion of Georgia in 1778 to the ratification of the peace treaty in 1783, the South was the main theater of war, and there [sic] battles were not confined to the formal clashes between armies that characterized the northern phase of the conflict. A prolonged guerilla war, coupled with sporadic nonpartisan plundering and wanderings of the British army through North Carolina and Virginia in 1780 – 1781, left much of the South devastated.’ [page 208] 
After the war the roles of men and women in America were changed.

‘The war … dissolved some of the distinctions between masculine and feminine traits. Women who would previously have risked criticism if they abandoned their ‘natural’ feminine timidity now found themselves praised for doing just that. The line between male and female behavior, once apparently so impenetrable, became less well defined.’

Find this book at your library if you’d like to learn more about Liberty’s Daughters.

Note: This is one of several books recommended to me by Michael Aikey who lectured at our local community college. The topic of his lecture was ‘Women in War’ and the reading list he shared included books related to several wars.

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