Saturday, January 18, 2020

January Anniversary: Lambert Van Valkenberg & Annetjen Jacobs, 378 Years Ago

Lambert Jochemse Van Valkenberg
1616 Netherlands – c 1685 Albany, NY
Son of Lambert Dryskens Van Valkenberg


Annetjen Jacobs
1622 Netherlands – 17 September 1704 Albany, NY
Daughter of Arnold & Elizabeth Jacobs

My 9th Great Grandparents 

Married 19 January 1642, Netherlands
378 Years Ago
He was 26 and she was 20 when they married.

Netherlands, Select Marriages, 1565 - 1892 digital image, Ancestry ( accessed July 2019) Lambert Van Valkenborch.
U. S. and International Marriage Records, 1560 – 1900; digital image, Ancestry ( accessed July 2019) Van Valkenburg & Jacobs.

Parents of:

Hendrick Jacobs Falkenberg
Anna Lambertse Van Valkenberg Sickles
Rachel Lambertse Van Valkenberg Redcliff

Lambert & Annetjen were the first of their families to cross the Atlantic to come to New Netherlands. He worked for the Dutch West India Company, at first in New Amsterdam [New York City] and later in Fort Orange [Albany]. Lambert was a sergeant, a law enforcement officer who kept the peace in Fort Orange and surrounding Beveryck. He also did odd jobs for the Dutch Reformed Church. Despite these two jobs his family was often the recipients of charity from the church to keep them fed and clothed. 

As the generations passed this surname became Faulkenberry/Fortenberry. 

I have learned many details of the life of Lambert since I uncovered my connection to him. It has been wonderful to research someone who actually lived in my area. Usually my research is done long distance.

"Our Brown Roots' [in progress] will detail this family & provide sources for the information.

Other January Anniversaries:

January 9, 1797.   Jacob Ott III & Margaret Jackson   223 years ago
10 January 1920 MS   Hubert A. & Freddie Smith Brown   100 years
January 11, 1941  OH     Alvin Braun & Wava Mark   79 years ago
 January 27, 1907 NY    Frank Samuel Weissberg & Florence Gardner 113 years ago
January 31, 1827      Isaac Brumfield & Elizabeth Holmes   193 years ago

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tombstone Tuesday: Brady in Whiting Memorial Park, NJ

John Leo Brady
31 January 1916 NJ - 8 November 1977
Son of Bartholomew A. Brady
My 1st cousin, 3x removed


Anna Josephine Damuch
21 September 1921 - 21 February 1997

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

January Anniversary: 100 Years Ago, Hubert & Freddie Brown

Hubert Allen Brown
1 October 1894 MS – 25 November 1971 MS

Freddie Beatrice Smith
19 November 1899 – 21 April 1988 MS
Daughter of Elvin Dennie Smith & Nancy C. Smith

My Great Aunt & Uncle
Hubert & my grandfather, Roy Jesse Brown, were brothers.

10 January 1920 Pike, MS; 100 years ago

 Index to Marriage Record, White,Vol I; 1882-1942; Pike County Court House, Mississippi; ; Family History Center Microfilm #0907286; Page 34.  Freddie Smith married 10 January 1920 to Hubert A. Brown.  Book V. Page 129.

Marriage Record; 1920; State of Mississippi, Pike CountyVolume V ; Page 129;  NOTES: Hubert A. Brown and Freddie Smith, Married 10 Jan 1920.

Parents of:

Fred Allen Brown
Thiry Yvonne Brown Fegan
Lynn Holly Brown
Hugh Frances Brown
Peggy L. Brown Alford

Other January Anniversaries:

January 9, 1797.   Jacob Ott III & Margaret Jackson   223 years ago
January 11, 1941  OH     Alvin Braun & Wava Mark   79 years ago
19 January, 1642 Netherlands   Lambert & Annetjen Jacobs VanValkenberg 378 years
 January 27, 1907 NY    Frank Samuel Weissberg & Florence Gardner 113 years ago
January 31, 1827      Isaac Brumfield & Elizabeth Holmes   193 years ago

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sunday's Obituary: Ira Brumfield, 1891 MS

Ira Brumfield

8 October 1872 – 24 August 1891
Son of Jesse Marion Brumfield & Mary E. Kelly
Age: 18 years
My 2nd cousin 3x removed

This family suffered tragedy twice in the same year. Ira's father had died in January.

We have mentioned few deaths in the Herald with sorrow so deep as we feel in the announcement of the death of Ira Brumfield, which occurred on last Monday morning at the residence of his mother, in Liberty, at the age of 19 years. He passed away just as he had entered the threshold at a time of manhood, and at a time of life when hope is highest and future aspirations most indulged, but in all to be disappointed; earthly hope and aspiration all wrecked and gone, hence the deep sadness and sorrow felt for this young man, now numbered with the dead. His stay in this community was very short, yet long enough to make many friends, who will grieve for him and long cherish a fond remembrance of past pleasures shared with him while here. Our sympathy goes out to is weeping mother and family to its fullest extent. They have indeed felt sorrow within the last few months that does not fall to the lot of many in so short a period of time. We can only say, may a kind Providence enable to bear up under these great bereavements. 

The Southern Herald (Liberty, Mississippi) · 28 Aug 1891, Fri · Page 3;  Downloaded June 2019 

Photo from Find A Grave Memorial #68887290

Sunday's Obituary is a Genealogy Blogging Prompt originated by Ancestors Live Here.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New Decade; New Family Calendar!

Happy New Year!

Each year, for several years now, I make a calendar for my family. It is my Christmas gift to my brothers, my cousins, my children,... It has become a tradition in itself. People look forward to it. This year my older brother unwrapped his calendar, held it over his head & said, "Now it is Christmas!" 

Things I include in the Family Calendar:
  • Birthdays & anniversaries of family members & our ancestors.
  • Brief genealogy info on direct line ancestors
  • Wedding, Showers, Anniversary photos
  • New Baby Photos
  • Graduation photos
  • Travel photos
  • Lots & lots of photos

back cover

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Friday, December 27, 2019

December Birthday: 280 Years Ago, Johann Jonas Wolf

Johann Jonas Wolf

Born 280 Years Ago

My 5th Great Grandfather

Born 27 December 1739, Pennsylvania
Son of Johan Jacob Wolf & Anna Barbara Orth
Died 21 September 1787 PA, Lived 47 years

Husband of Appollonia Dick, married 1761

Lived in Beriwck Township, York, PA

Revolutionary War Soldier, York Co Militia PA 

Father of 10 children:

Jacob Wolf
Appollonia Wolf
John Wolf
Catherine Wolf Becker
Adam Wolf
Johan Jonas Wolf
Christianna Wolf
John Frederick Wolf
Maria Elizabeth Wolf
Andrew Wolf

Even though I have been researching our family's history for quite some time now, it still amazes me that I can learn about someone like Johann Jonas Wolf. He was born 280 years ago and yet, I have learned about this man who is in my direct line, when and where he lived, his military service and his children. At times when I wish I could learn more I sometimes have to sit back and be happy for the things I have learned already.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

December Anniversary: Jeremiah Smith & Joanna Dillon

 Jeremiah Smith & Joanna Dillon 
16 December 1798
South Carolina

Jeremiah George Smith
23 December 1773 SC – 1843 MS
Son of Jeremiah Smith, Sr. & Jemimah Hollis
War of 1812 Soldier

Joanna Dillon
22 August 1778 NC – after April 1821
Daughter of Richard Dillon & Anne Lawrence

My 4th Great Grandparents

Parents of 13 children:

Hollander Smith Morris
Martha P. Smith Alford
Eli Smith
Jane Smith Warner
Edwin Smith
Wyatt Smith
Eliza Smith Bullock
Calvin Smith
Lidda Smith Harvey
Mehala Smith
Milevey Smith Harvey
Joanna Smith Bullock
Jeremiah Smith

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

December Birthday: Thomas A. Coyle

Thomas A. Coyle

Born 16 December 1903 NY City
Son of Michael Coyle & Mary Josephine Mullane

My Maternal Grandmother's Brother

Recently, my cousin, Pat Brady, found this fold3 record for my great uncle. I had not known his exact birthdate. And I had not known he had ended up on the west coast. In fact, I would have doubled this was my great uncle except that, on this Registration Card, he gave the name of his sister, Marion (Coyle) McCall.

Thomas A. Coyle
First Holy Communion Photo

Michael & Mary Josephine (Mullane) Coyle, who had both been born in Ireland, had seven children, all born in New York City: two sons and five daughters. Michael was a Baker. One son died as a toddler. My maternal grandmother was the oldest child and helped to care  for her siblings. She also helped in her father's bakery. As the story was told to me, the family had hard financial times, circa 1920 or 1925. It strained the family & the marriage. Michael left his family. I have still to discover what happened to him. The older daughters had jobs and supported the family.

In 1927 Mary Jo died. My grandmother, the oldest child, was already married & about to become a mother herself. The other sisters lived together with the older sisters taking care of the younger sisters who were 16 & 11 years old. Thomas lived on his own. Photos show him in a naval or Coast Guard or Merchant Marine uniform. In 1930 he wrote a poem for his youngest sister's birthday. She gave me the poem & said she did not know what had happened to him. Was that true? My older brother had been told that Thomas may have fallen in with a bad group of young men. 

This Registration Card [above] may lead us to some answers. I wonder if Thomas Coyle  married. As far as I know my mother was the only grandchild of Michael & Mary Jo Coyle. Maybe Thomas had children. 

Find A Grave has a Thomas Coyle in Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, Washington. This Thomas has the same 16 Dec 1903 birth date & 27 April 1970 death date. There is no grave marker to give additional information. Is this the final resting place of my great uncle? What story would he tell if I could talk to him?

Thomas Coyle 

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