Jerusha Bennett (circa 1811 – 1849)
Happy Birthday Jerusha! We know you had a birthday sometime. We just don’t know the day or exact year of your birth. So, today is your day to be remembered despite the lack of records to tell us the exact dates.
Jerusha Bennett was born about 1811 in New York as the third child of John Bennett and Sarah “Sally” Rockwell. She had eight siblings, namely: Milla Atwood, Comfort, Deborah, Thomas, Josiah, Hannah, Elias, and Miles Covell. The oldest sister, Milla, was a half-sister. Their shared mother, Sally Rockwell, had been married to Benjamin … Continue reading
Samuel Camfield (1645-1690)
Samuel Camfield was born about Oct 1645 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut as the first child of Matthew Camfield and Sarah Treat. He had eight siblings, namely: Sarah, Ebenezer, Matthew, Hannah, Rachel, Jonathan, Ruth, and Mary. Samuel Camfield was baptized on 19 Oct 1645 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut. The surname, Camfield, has also been written Canfield, Campfield, or Campphield. The book, A History of Thomas Canfield and of Matthew Camfield with a Genealogy of their Descendants in New Jersey, lists thirty different spellings for the name in America.
We don’t know the exact date of Samuel’s … Continue reading
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
Silence Hickock (1713-1795)
Silence Hickock was born on 19 Sep 1713 in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut as the tenth and youngest child of Samuel Hickock and Elizabeth Plumb. She had nine siblings, namely: daughter, Ebenezer, Samuel, John, Hannah, Elizabeth, son, Gideon, and Sarah. Two of her siblings, a unnamed sister and an unnamed brother, died at birth.
The Hickock surname has been spelled a variety of ways such as Hickock, Hickocks, Hicox, and, in the case of Silence’s famous 2nd cousin 4x removed “Wild Bill,” it can be spelled Hickok.
When she was 23, Silence married Abraham … Continue reading
Joseph Baldwin (1751-1844)
Joseph Baldwin was born on 13 Sep 1751 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut as the sixth child of Theophilus Baldwin and Sarah Lamb. He had nine siblings, namely: Thankful, David, Abigail, Sarah, Theophilus, Nathan, Asa, Lucy, and Rebecca. Joseph Baldwin was baptized on 10 May 1752 in North Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
Marriage and Children
When he was 19, Joseph Baldwin married Sabra Billings, daughter of John Billings and Elizabeth Page, on 14 Nov 1770 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
Joseph Baldwin and Sabra Billings had the following children:
Elizabeth Baldwin was born on 11 Apr … Continue reading
Abraham Bennett Sr. (1715-1777)
Abraham Bennett Sr. was born on 06 Jun 1715 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut as the sixth child of James Bennett and Deborah Adams. He had six siblings, namely: Gershom, Elizabeth, Ephraim, Hannah, Samuel, and Deborah. He was baptized on 26 Jun 1715 in First Congregational Church, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut.
When he was 21, Abraham Bennett Sr. married Silence Hickock, daughter of Samuel Hickock and Elizabeth Plumb, on 12 Mar 1737 in Connecticut.
Abraham Bennett Sr. and Silence Hickock had the following children:
Hannah Bennett was born about 1740 in Connecticut. She married Jonathan Rockwell on … 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
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 … 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