Friday, January 12, 2018

Seeking Michigan: Correction Records

As I was using Facebook the other day I came across a post from someone speaking of the Correction Records from Seeking Michigan. I didn't know those existed on that site, but I immediately followed the link to see what I could find since my dad had been imprisoned in Jackson State Prison.

Correction Records

I ordered the index card since losing $5 was better than losing $10. I didn't get any confirmation that they had his record, but I figured they did, and I was right. I ordered it on Monday and received the digital copy today.

I still need to decipher the coding used, but I've already gained some information that I didn't have before.

On the index card I found:

1. He escaped from prison on March 31, 1968 and wasn't caught until April 4, 1968.

2. His IQ was 104.

3. His discharge date

4. FBI #

5. Height & weight, eye and hair color, complexion: ruddy, build: medium

6. He had a flower tattoo

7. Last address

8. Military record: Navy

9. Education: 10

10. Occupation: Railroad Switchman

Since I found all of this information plus more I decided to spend the $20 to purchase the Corrections Registry to see if I can find out why he was incarcerated. The note on the card says R/UnA for Offense. Then his secondary was Prison Escape.

I had a hard time finding the Correction Records on Seeking Michigan again. I had to travel through my browsing history to find it. I'll update after I receive the registry.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Arthur Stephen Morgan and Jennie Wheeler Morgan

For some reason I was researching my 2nd great aunt and her daughters; my first cousins 2x removed. I noticed that Blanch had some 24 hints on Ancestry so I clicked and found a goldmine! There was a family picture that included my 2nd great-grandmother Rhoda Bailey Spear Morgan. I have seen a picture of her before, but was excited to come across another picture that had been submitted by Ancestry member chrogonin.

Then I found them. My Great-Grandparents;Arthur and Jennie (Wheeler) Morgan I have never seen a picture of them before. I had no idea what they looked like. The picture was taken before my grandfather was even born. The youngest family member in the picture was born in 1894. My grandfather was born in 1908. From this picture it's evident to me he had his mother's eyes.

Arthur Stephen Morgan and Jennie Wheeler Morgan (my great-grandparents)

Their son Harold Morgan and his wife Agnes Long Morgan (my maternal grandparents)

The original picture

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The National Society United States Daughters of 1812

I've been working on my application to apply to The National Society United States Daughters of 1812. I'm hoping to join from my Nelson line through Sampson Nelson. I've sent my application in for preview. I've copied my documents, and written the necessary information on the back of each. My glitch is that Sampson Nelson and Eli Nelson, his son, never appear in documents together by name. Sampson died the year Eli was born. Eli is listed in the 1830 census as a tic mark, but not a name. I don't have a birth or death record for Sampson either. I do have a marriage record, and his 1812 service record which I found on Ancestry and Fold3.

To further complicate things his wife was Ann Carnes, but went by Nancy. On their marriage record she is listed as Ann Carnes, but after that is referred to as Nancy Nelson. When Sampson died Nancy married his friend Lewis Vonschriltz so she is also Nancy Vonschriltz. Nancy is on record as having a son named Eli Nelson so I'm hoping those facts can be tied together.

Now I'm going to work on application to Daughters of the American Revolution.

Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

1860 Census for Salem Township, Pomeroy, Meigs, OH

In today's research I researched Eli Nelson my 3rd great-grandfather. I'm trying to provide a good direct link between him and his father in documents which hasn't been easy. His father Sampson Nelson died the year Eli was born.

I hit the Search button on, and up came an 1860 Census for Ohio. I looked over the page, but there are a few discrepancies with the information stated in the census. So what to do? Is this my Eli Nelson? How do I work through the information?

On line 20, N Nelson is listed. However I need E Nelson not N Nelson. Who is listed with him? Matilda who is a 27 year old female, Roena a 5 year old female, and Mills a 5 year old male.

Facts as I know them: My Eli Nelson has a wife named Matilda who would have been 27 at the time of this census. Eli had a daughter names Rowena/Roena who would have been 5 at this time, Eli had a son named Miles about age 3 at this time.

Right below N Nelson is a N Vonschriltz, 66 year old male.  I believe this was actually my 4th great-grandmother Eli's mother Nancy Nelson Vonschriltz. Nancy would have been 66 or 67 at the time of this census. Listed with N Vonschriltz is L Nelson 36 year old female who was likely Nancy's daughter-Eli's sister Lucinda Nelson who would have been 36 at the time of this census. I don't have Lucinda as ever being married so her living with her mother at age 36 would have been normal, I believe. Under L Nelson is E Rifee 16 year old male. Nancy's daughter Mary Nelson married Andrew Rife and had a son named Eli Rife who would have been 16 in 1860.

Given the info in this census I believe they are my Eli Nelson and Nancy Vonschriltz. This helps me narrow down Nancy's death period as I didn't have anything on her past 1850. I will continue to research this document. I have looked several pages before and after. There are other Nelsons and Vonschriltzs in the the area at that time. Ultimately I would like to know when Nancy died and where she is buried.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Vietnam Veteran's Peace Memorial-San Diego

I found it! Many years ago (20-yes it's taken me that long) the memorial was moved from Old Town to Balboa Park. As I usually only went to the San Diego Zoo when I ventured to Balboa Park I never knew where it was located. In the past years we started using the Park more with home schooling field trips and high school graduations from River Valley, While we were down there I always wondered where the memorial was, but never knew.

On October 1 we went to a wedding and as we were walking away from the wedding-there it was! It was hidden behind a building. No wonder why we never saw it when we drove by scanning the lawns for anything that would resemble a memorial.

Here are the pics I took with my iPhone which has miserable focus.

                                 My uncle's name is on the right side, second from the bottom.
                                                             Morgan, Ronald E. PFC

DAR Records and Genealogy Information Found Within Them

Saturday when I went to the San Diego Genealogical Society's monthly Saturday meeting a representative from the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) and the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution were there. The DAR rep opened up new avenues for me. There is some family I haven't been able to find either a date or a document. As I understood it only the first three generations starting with me need both exact dates and places of births, deaths, marriages. Past those generations one good date is needed. Hurrah! I might have an exact death date, but not an exact birth date. This opens up the possibilities for me!

I went online to the DAR website and started researching my under the green GRS tab at the top of the page. I then went down to the Ancestor link and typed in my known Revolutionary ancestors.
I have three that I know of that have been confirmed with DAR.

Those men are:
Nathaniel Hollister
Moses Stickney, Sr.
Paul Stickney

For Nathaniel Hollister I purchased the Application that had been submitted by someone else for $10, and the supporting documents they submitted for $20. Gold mine!

I instantly found birth and death dates for several people, spouses, children, etc...which when I posted the info on my tree opened up new hints and now I have some photos to go with those faces.

Just this morning I found the Civil War records for a 5th great uncle, several headstone pictures on Find-A-Grave.

I found I had purchased the application for Moses Stickney, Sr. in the past, but would still like to purchase the supporting docs for him.

By the way all three of these men came from my father's side which is very redeeming. My father wasn't known for being an upstanding citizen so to find all these wonderful men in my lineage well it's very satisfying.

Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Silas Nelson-My 4th great uncle


Silas Nelson

Silas is my 4th great uncle on my father's father's side. On I came across a page of links that Lilajane2 had originally posted. It's titled Links about Capture of OH 7th Knoxville CAMPAIGN. I read through this treasure and found a link for the book pictured above.

My Uncle Silas was part of the Ohio 7th Calvary. He died of chronic diarrhea in Richmond, VA, where Belle Isle is located in April 1864.

According to Links about Capture of OH 7th Knoxville CAMPAIGN, "Participating in the Knoxville Campaign in the autumn of 1863, the 7th suffered a significant setback in a small skirmish in Greeneville, TN, on Nov. 6. Confederate Major General Robert Ransom, Jr., and Brig. General William E. "Grumble" Jones dispersed Union cavalry and infantry in the area, seizing numerous prisoners from the 7th Ohio Cavalry and the 2nd East Tennessee Mounted Infantry regiments.

The book shown above is one man's look into what happened to those men taken captive. One of those men was Salmon Bickel.  Supposedly Salmon Bickel was a relative of Silas Nelson, but I haven't found that connection yet. I Googled Salmon Bickel and found this;

I've been able to find Sila's Death Registry in the U.S., Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865, and his widow's Pension application.

I've started reading John Ransom's Andersonville Diary, and look forward to finding out more about my 4th great uncle, Silas Nelson.