Jabez Ellison and Cinderella Reutches–or Hutches

22 September 2018 Leave a comment

In looking into Jennie Ellison’s lineage, I feel comfortable with the following:

  • Jennie Ellison, born abt 1864, died 16 Jan 1939.  Married Isaac Reynolds Moore.  Daughter of Joseph H Ellison and Mary (Conrad) Ellison
  • Joseph H Ellison, born abt 1821, died abt 1891.  Married Mary Conrad.  Son of Jabez and Cinderella Ellison

Cinderella has been a mystery to me.  I had seen her surname listed as Reutches places, but was having a frustrating time trying to find anyone else with that last name, or find the source for that surname.  I think I found it, and I think it’s a transcription error–her name isn’t Cinderella Reutches, it’s Cinderella Hutches.

A source of her last name is the Town Clerks´ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865, available on Ancestry.  In this, Joseph’s broth Frank Oscar Ellison has his service in the Civil War recorded, along with some of his personal details–including his parents.  When looking at this mother’s maiden name, it does look like Reutches, but when you compare it with the recorder’s other instances of capital Rs and Hs, it becomes clear that they had a different way of writing Hs than we currently do, and the maiden name starts with an H.

Cinderella Hutches - Name

I haven’t began the search for the related Hutches, but I’m glad to have a new place to start.

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Working through Solomon Grimleys of Perkiomen

10 September 2018 Leave a comment

I am working on tracing Solomon Koons O. Grimley’s lineage, and am having some trouble finding a reliable source linking him to Solomon Grimley, husband of Hannah Truckenmiller.

Solomon K. O. Grimley was born 17 Sep 1834 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  In 1850, he lived in Perkiomen Township, Montgomery County, with his siblings and parents, John Grimley and Mary Grimley, and who is presumably his grandmother, Hannah T. Miller Grimley.  The families around them were John B. Landis, John Koons (and Abraham Koons), and Jacob Meyer, and Jacob Wierman and John Staufer (and Henry Wierman). This is presumably the area north of Graterford, towards Schwenksville.  In William Morris’ map from 1854, only Landis and A. Koons are shown as landowners in this stretch; however, in Hopkins’ 1871 map, J.B. Landis, James Koons, A.P. Koons, John Koons, S. Grimley, and F. Grimley are all shown along this stretch.  He also shows up in records as S.K.O. Grimley.

John Grimley was born 8 Jan 1799 and died 16 Feb 1880.  He married Mary Koons, who was born 28 Apr 1805 and died 23 May 1887.  They are both buried in Keely’s Cemetery, Schwenksville.

I’m having a hard time reliably connecting John Grimley as the son of Solomon Grimley.  His brother, Isaac Grimley (who had a son names Solomon K. Grimley), is clear because his lineage is written on his tombstone.  I believe this is all true, but need to line up my sources better.  Right now, the key to linking John Grimley as the son of Solomon Grimley is that John lived with Hannah Grimley.  I need to go through an eliminate other women that could be, though.  The names and proximity make it likely, but I feel that there should be some additional records, considering how much the Mennonite records cover for this area.

Solomon Grimley was the son of Solomon Grimly and Elizabeth Reimer (daughter of Frederick Reimer).  He was born 4 May 1771 (according to his sister’s account of the area during the Revolutionary war) and died 16 Dec 1837.  His wife, Hannah Truckenmiller or Hannah T. Miller, was born about 1777 to Lewis Truckenmiller and Rachel Pawling.  Hannah died 1 Feb 1854.

His father, Solomon Grimly, died 18 Mar 1806, and married Elizabeth Reimer 20 Dec 1759.  She was the daughter of Frederick Reimer and had a brother, Peter Reimer.  Solomon’s father was also named Solomon.

Hoppenville, Frederick Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

27 August 2018 Leave a comment

I am currently researching the Saylor family in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  In the 1870 federal census, John Saylor lives in Frederick Township, and his post office is Hoppenville.  I was having trouble figuring out where Hoppenville was, and wanted to explain.

In the 1849 “Map of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: from original surveys,” Hoppenville is shown to be on the border of Upper Hanover and Marlborough Townships.

Hoppenville 1849

When searching for Hoppenville on Google Maps, the only thing that is returned is a Hoppenville Road near Green Lane.  However, this is not actually close to where Hoppenville actually was.  Hoppenville was located on what is now Geryville Pike, between Finland Road in the north and Hendricks Road in the south.  Six Corners Church on the map is St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Sources for House History in Montgomery County, PA

23 January 2017 Leave a comment

I have been on quite a hiatus, but yesterday, I went down the rabbit hole of trying to research the history of some houses in rural Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  As a child, I lived in Schwenksville, PA, and the surrounding townships.  I lived in old houses, and I was always interested in who lived there before me, and what they used to look like.

For a rural area, it can be a bit difficult to research who exactly lived in a house and when.  Living in a city now, it’s much easier to research–in addition to the free classes that teach you how to research your house and what resources are available, even houses built over 100 years ago needed to have permits.  It was always much looser in the more rural areas, especially if you’re interested in houses that are, at the youngest, 130 years old.

Here are two maps that I have found useful, as it includes who lives where.  It’s especailly helpful for the rural areas around Schwenksville, Perkiomen Township, Limerick Township, and Frederick Township.  If you’re familiar with the area, you’ll be familiar with the family names from the names of the roads and stores.

  • Fowler, T. M, and James B Moyer. Schwenksville, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1894. [Morrisville, Pa., T. M. Fowler & James B. Moyer, 1894] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/75696531/. (Accessed January 23, 2017.)
  • Morris, William E, and Smith & Wistar. Map of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania: from original surveys. [Philadelphia: Smith & Wistar, 1849] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012590207/. (Accessed January 23, 2017.)

Daughters of the American Revolution tomorrow

26 April 2013 Leave a comment

Tomorrow, my local Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter is having a Membership Workshop for prospective members, and I’m going to go. I’m trying to get a few possible Revolutionary War links sorted out, and I found one that I hadn’t found before:


From Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the revolutionary war, vol 14, p 137.

He was the son of Jabez Sherman and Jedidah Hawes.  He married Elizabeth Claghorn.  They lived in Dartmouth, MA and Williamstown, MA.

I’m interested to see what information DAR needs for membership–what proof they need, what they accept, etc.

The Dana Brothers in the Civil War

25 April 2013 Leave a comment

Some things are just so incredible that an enumerator has to make a note.  One of these things was the service and longevity of the Dana brothers of Fayston, Vermont.

In the 1890 Veterans Census ordered by the US Pension Office (see more info at Census Bureau), the following notation was made in the “Remarks” for Chester S. Dana, Harry F. Dana, and Edwin H. Dana:

Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War; Census Place: Waitsfield, Washington, Vermont; Roll: 105; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 217

Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War; Census Place: Waitsfield, Washington, Vermont; Roll: 105; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 217

It reads: “Three of six brothers who were in the service and all lived to return to their homes and all six are yet living in this adjoining town of Fayston and Warren, Vt. July 1st, 1890.”

The other three brothers were Samuel Jackson Dana, Foster Stillman Dana, and Wesley Emerson Dana, who were enumerated separately. Edwin, Samuel, and Wesley all suffered wounds in the Civil War, with Edwin losing part of a leg.  But, they all survived and went on to live long lives, with Edwin and Samuel both in their 90s when they died.

New: Custom Family Trees in a Modern Style

25 April 2013 Leave a comment
Typographic Family Tree in a modern style

Typographic Family Tree in a modern style for sale at my Etsy store

Today I created a new pedigree design.  The design and relations are completely typographic, and I think it gives it a very modern, trendy look.  I created two versions: the pedigree seen above, and the pedigree with children seen below.  I personally prefer the pedigree without children as I think it’s a more attractive looking print, but I have a feeling the one with children will be more popular.

I have set up an Etsy shop where I will create a pedigree of your choice using the template I created.  Head over and check it out!  I’ll be creating more designs and adding them as I go.

Typographic Family Tree with Children in a modern style

Typographic Family Tree with Children in a modern style

Colorful circules pedigree

Colorful circles pedigree

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