Most days of most lives are “ordinary.” But, our ordinary is likely very different than the ordinary of our ancestors. Though, in some ways things are probably similar. So, this is the first of a series of what will become regular blog posts in which we will go back in time to explore what our ancestors may have been doing on a certain date. This idea was inspired by Roberta Estes’ blog post, On This Day – What Were Your Ancestors Doing? – 52 Ancestors #170. She picked a day and went back 100 years. I’m putting a slightly … Continue reading
Jacob W. Phillips (1781-1847)
Jacob W. Phillips was born on 27 Sep 1781 in Claverack, Columbia, New York as the first child of Wilhelmus Philip and Magdelena Ostrander. He had seven siblings, namely: Margrit, Petrus, Johannes, Wiliam, Sarah, Beata, and Anna Barbara. Jacob was baptized on 07 Oct 1781 in Claverack, Columbia, New York at the Reformed Dutch Church.
When he was 19, Jacob married Christina Dodge, daughter of Peregrine Dodge and Louisa Head, on 23 Jun 1801 in Claverack, Columbia, New York.
Jacob W. Phillips and Christina Dodge had the following children:
William James Phillips was born on 01 Dec … Continue reading
Mary Loker (1680-1767)
Mary Loker was born on 03 Aug 1680 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts as the third child of John Loker and Sarah Rice. She had three siblings, namely: Sarah, John, and Henry.
A couple years before she was born, Mary’s dad accepted “twenty pounds of money of New England, and also forty acres of land on the west side of the great river of Sudbury, in some place of the common land, that he, the said John Loker, shall choose, near to that called the World’s End” in exchange for giving up a house and land that the … Continue reading
Gertrude Lovin Boyce (1865-1957)
Gertrude has made it easy for us to know about her life. She not only wrote a lengthy memoir towards the end of her life, but also studied her parents’ ledger book and left us a brief narrative of their lives.
Gertrude Lovin Boyce was born on 23 May 1865 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the second child of Oliver Selam Boyce and Mary Jane Frost. She had one sibling, namely: Mary B. Boyce. When Gertrude was young, the family moved from Massachusetts to Blackberry Township, Kane, Illinois.
As she told us, above, in her own words, … Continue reading
Guy Allison Phillips (1866-1940)
Guy Allison Phillips was born on 13 May 1866 in Clarence, Erie, New York as the first child of Albert Aveldo Phillips and Amelia A. Brace. He had six siblings, all brothers, namely: Frank Lonsbury, Clarence Arthur, Edmund B, Charles Floyd, Harold Everett, and Faye Elmer. Guy grew up on a farm in Bristol, Kendall, Illinois. He attended local schools until he was about 16 and then studied for two-years at the Jennings Seminary in Aurora, Kane, Illinois.
When he was 22, he married Gertrude Lovin Boyce, daughter of Oliver Selam Boyce … Continue reading
Sarah Everett (1644-1677)
Sarah Everett was born on 12 Apr 1644 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts as the third child of Richard Everett and Mary Winch. She had four full siblings, namely: Abigail, Israel, Ruth, and Jedediah. Her father had been married before he was married to Mary Winch, so Sarah had six half-siblings, namely: Israel, John, Mary, Samuel, Sarah, and James. Many of these children had died before Sarah was born. For example, she had a sister with the same name who only lived from 14 Mar to 1 April 1641. It was common then to reuse the names of deceased … Continue reading
Amelia A. Brace (1844-1926)
Amelia A. Brace was born on 22 Mar 1844 in Akron, Erie, New York as the sixth child of Edmund Brace and Jerusha Bennett. She had seven siblings, namely: John, Deborah Rose, Comfort, Nancy, Thomas, Joseph, and Eliza H. Brace.
When she was a very small child, Amelia’s family left New York and resettled in Bristol, Kendall, Illinois.
Amelia lost her mother when she was about five-years old. It is quite possible that her mother died in childbirth when Amelia’s youngest sister, Eliza, was born on 7 Nov 1849. The mother, Jerusha Bennett Brace, passed away sometime … Continue reading
Betsey Holmes (1800-1860)
Betsey Holmes was born on 01 Mar 1800 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA as the fifth child of Thomas Holmes and Elizabeth Baldwin. She had seven siblings, namely: Thomas, David, Andrew Billings, Daniel, Sabra, Nelson Baldwin, and Albert Smith Holmes.
Betsey’s mother, Elizabeth Baldwin Holmes, died on 4 Mar 1810 when Betsey was only ten-years old. Her father remarried later that same year, on 11 Nov 1810, to Nancy Coats. Thomas and Nancy Coats had six children who were half-siblings to Betsey. They were Henry Tyler, Frederick Noyes, Franklin Harris, John Clinton, Charles Burrows, and Mary … Continue reading
Mary Jane Frost (1825-1915)
Mary Jane Frost was born on 05 Feb 1825 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the fourth child of Joseph Frost and Caroline Mumford. She had four siblings, namely: Thomas, George, Sarah E. S., and Charles. She grew up in Dorchester.
When she was 32, Mary Jane Frost married Oliver Selam Boyce, son of Adam Boyce and Mary Loverin, on 02 Jul 1857 in Massachusetts. She was called Lady. He was known as Selam.
On the day of their marriage, the couple started a ledger to keep track of their expenses. The book still exists. What … Continue reading
Mary Loverin (1792-1884)
With the help of a family bible, an application for an 1812 War Pension, and the memoir of her granddaughter, Gertrude Lovin Boyce Phillips, we can get a glimpse into “Polly” Loverin Boyce’s life as she lived in New Hampshire and Vermont and finally on a farm in Illinois.
Mary Loverin was born on 01 Feb 1792 in Croydon, Sullivan, New Hampshire as the fourth child of John Loverin and Betty Hall. She had ten siblings, namely: Eunice, Aehsa, Kimbell, Caleb, Betty, Eunice, Hannah Hall, Lydia Hall, John Caleb, and Loisa Jane Printice. Mary Loverin … Continue reading