Making Progress

Did you make New Years resolutions for your genealogy work? Or did you create a list of goals or even smart goals? I’ve found that creating a list of goals helps keep me focus my research. Since the year is half over, it is a good time to check my progress.

Previously, I had researched the descendants of my 3rd great grandparents on my dad’s side of the tree. Thus, one of my main goals for 2022 was to do the same for my 3rd great grandparents on my mom’s side of the tree.

Since I am currently researching the descendants of Ozias Wells, I feel like I’ve made GREAT progress on this goal. Even though I don’t do much ‘searching’ for sources for these descendants, it is still time consuming to work the Ancestry hints.

As I’ve completed this descendancy research and used TreeShare to update my Heartland Genealogy tree on Ancestry, I’m also finding more DNA matches with Common Ancestors identified. In one case, this descendancy research has helped me share information about their Kansas roots with a cousin whose grandmother had moved back east over 50 years ago.

While I’m about finished with my goals to research descendants that leaves the other set of goals: the narrative reports. As I’m rechecking the various facts and sources I’ve accumulated for the men on this list, I’m also taking time to make sure I’ve transcribed any records I’ve collected for them. In some cases, this is revealing holes in my research which sends me on a search for more records.

While I’ve made progress on this list of narrative reports, I still have plenty of work to keep me busy for the second half of 2022. If I should happen to complete these goals before the end of 2022, I already know that my next set of goals will be to research descendants and update narrative reports for my 4th great grandparents. Since my fan chart is fairly complete for this generation, I won’t be lacking for tasks on my to do list for at least a couple of years to come!

Patriots

In honor of the 4th of July, I am reposting this from last year.

Does your tree go back to colonial times? If so, have you tried to find revolutionary war ancestors? When I first started researching my tree, I looked for a Crawford that served. Unfortunately, I still haven’t been able to get my tree back far enough on my Crawford line to have a potential patriot.

Since I had a copy of my great grandmother’s application to the Daughters of the American Revolution, I gave up looking for a Crawford patriot and applied using her application — and I was denied. Her application used Jason Hammond (1762-1842) as her patriot ancestor.

However, the line thru this Jason Hammond is closed. My application was modified to go thru Jason’s father, Nathaniel Hammond (#A050625) who provided patriotic service for Connecticut.

After my application was approved, I quit looking at most of my other branches. Wanting to have a patriot ancestor on my mom’s side of the tree, I did investigate the Buckles line.

Recently, I was curious about how many patriot lines I might have in my tree. Thus, I started researching the men in the 8th generation of my tree to see if someone with similar information was listed in the DAR ancestor file. And I found quite a few ancestors on the DAR site.

Paternal Side

  • Elizur Talcott (1709-1797 #A113367 provided patriotic service and served as a Colonel for Connecticut in the 6th Regiment militia under Brigadier General Wolcott
  • John Foster (1735-1800) #A041635 served as a private for Maryland under Capt. Peter Mantz
  • Daniel Harris (abt 1737-1821) #A051563 served as a private for Virginia under Capt. James Kearny, Cols Thomas Hartly, Hubley
  • Samuel Demarest (1707-1785) #A131555 possibly served for York County, Pennsylvania.
  • Simon Van Arsdale (1746-1802) #A117118 served as a Major for Pennsylvania under Col. Andrew in the York County militia and also as a Captain under Col. McPherson and an ensign under Capt. Hugh Campbell
  • Henry Banta (1718-1805) #A005785 provided patriotic service for Pennsylvania
  • Harmanus Ostrander (1729-1803) #A210554 served as a private for new York in the Ulster county militia
  • Ebenezer Merry (1748-1809) #A078189 served as a private for Connecticut under Lt. Seymour and Maj Newberry
  • Stephen Peabody (1753-1838) #A086830 served as a sergeant for Massachusetts under Capt. Jabes West and Col. Jonathan Eddy

Maternal Side

  • Benjamin Rush (1752-1819) #A100014 provided patriotic service in North Carolina by furnishing supplies in 1780
  • James Buckles (1733-1797) #A016515 served as a Captain for Virginia in the Berkeley County militia
  • Thomas Dawson (1760-1832) #A030832 provided patriotic service for Virginia by furnishing supplies
  • Oliver Miles (1738-1820) #A078880 served as a private for Massachusetts under Lt. Ephraim Wheeler and Col Eleazor Brooks
  • John Josselyn Junior (1735-1810) #A063118 served as a Captain for Massachusetts under Col. John Whetcomb at Lexington and in the 8th Worcester County Militia under Col Job Cushing. He was also a town treasurer.
  • Nathaniel Wells Senior (1730-1804) #A122573 served as a private for Connecticut under Capt. James Chapman and Col. Samuel Holden Parsons
  • Oliver White (1724-1789) served as a private for Massachusetts under Capt Eliakim Smith at Lexington and under Captains Smith, Moses Kellogg and Col. Jonathan Ward
  • David Kennedy (1730-1792) #A064685 served as a private for Connecticut at Lexington
  • Comfort Barnes (1737-1816) #A006295 was a civil servant and provided patriotic service for Massachusetts. He served on the Committee of Safety or Correspondence.

I never dreamed I had this many potential patriots in my tree! Now, I have to not only document their service but make sure I have documented my line back to them.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night – 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  I am completely out of ideas for this week – and am late in posting.  What genealogy activity have you spent time on this week?

I have been working on the same genealogy goal for the past several weeks: researching the descendants of a third great grandfather, Ozias Wells. While I’ve been working on this for a while, I still have quite a bit of research to go. When finished, I will have researched descendants down to about 1950 for all of my third great grandparents.

Since I prefer to work ahead on my blog posts, I’ve also written several posts that will be published in the next week or so.

Thanks to a Facebook post by one of the Crawford yDNA project coordinators, I investigated the newly released Discover feature on FamilyTreeDNA. (See: FamilyTreeDNA Discover Launches – Including yDNA Haplogroups)

When I put in my CRAWFORD haplogroup, I discovered that a common ancestor is predicted for about 300 years ago.

The project administrator asked me how these results look for my branch of the tree. Since I have researched 5 of the 6 lines that were in the haplogroup and done some research on the 6th line, I felt comfortable responding to his query. Below is my response.

The 300 years for R-Y88686 seems probable. The current theory is that the James b1758 is the uncle to the James b 1770. Thus, a common ancestor for the two of them being born around 1720 seems to fit the paper trail. The margin of error of 100 years might mean the common ancestor is back another generation or two. We don’t know where/how my James (b1772) fits in. We have a theory that William Nelson Crawford (b 1829) descends from the James b1770 but no proof yet.

While looking at this data and yDNA matches, I discovered that my brother’s BigY results were completed. Not only did the project administrator confirm that those results were back but indicated that they will likely result in my branch of the tree being separated out from the other members of the Y88686 haplogroup. Thus, my James Crawford may not be as closely related to the other James as previously thought. Below is how the new BigY tree might look for my portion of it.

While I’m plugging along at researching the WELLS descendants, it was a nice break to learn about the new DISCOVER feature on FamiyTreeDNA and to review my new place in the Crawford tree.

Saturday Tidbits

1940 Draft List

Continued

The Courier-Tribune (Seneca, Kansas)
November 28, 1940
page 2

Draft Order
(Official List Continued)

450 Joseph Clement Deters
451 Wolfred Michael Kennedy
453 Merlin Chester Myers
454 Frances George Hartman
455 Virgil Rufus Carpenter
456 Alvin Leo Bauman
457 George Earl Byrne
458 Clarence Morse Ronnebaum
459 Paul Earl Noble
460 Alva Fidelus Myers
461 Edwin Henry Wessel
462 Leo Lucas
463 Charles Herman
464 Raymond Lyle Levick
465 Lawrence Harrison Shuck
466 Cyril Joseph Lauer
467 Norbert Leo Huerter
468 Lynn Thomas King
469 Roy Fern Wade
470 Clarence Edwin Maelzer
471 Glen James Madden
472 Gottlieb Emil Eichenberger
473 Tobias Jesse Strahm
474 James Walter Smith
475 William Albert Gugelman
476 Walter Charles Metzger
477 Lawrence M. Sigmund
478 Alvin Francis Huber
479 Joseph Arthur Emert
480 Harry Rogers
481 George William Hartter
482 Francis Albert Ratliff
483 Virgil Bernard Haug
484 Earl Arealius Hightower
485 Elmer Samuel Isch
486 Frank Timothy Heiman
487 Stephen Dennis Glynn
488 John Kenneth Kenworthy
489 Cameron Earl Nickels
490 Donald Poe Dittemore
491 Clement Peter Schmelzle
492 Paul Patrick Smith
493 Harvey Charles Robison
494 Walter Leuthold
495 Melvin Bernard Stallbaumer
496 Ivan J. Nicholas Christman
497 Adria Maurice Haug
498 George Stephen Moore
499 Walter Emil Meyer
500 Vollie Aloysius Shump

Completed

Friday Finds

Have you used microfilm to locate obituaries? With deep Kansas roots, I took advantage of the newspaper microfilm collection at the Kansas State Historical Society to locate many obituaries of my ancestors and cousins. Those early days of research produced hand-written notes that may or may not have been word processed.

While I’m able to access some of those same newspapers on Newspapers.com to get digital images, a few of those newspapers are yet to be digitized. Thus, I’m relying on those old notes and/or documents. As I was reviewing Mentzer data, I found that those old notes are the only source I have for the obituary of George Edward Mentzer (1911-1986)

George Edward Mentzer
George Edward Mentzer came to gladden the home of his
parents, Ernest and Edith Mentzer April 9, 1911 in Woodson
County. He departed this life Oct. 7, 1986 at the age of 75
years, five months and 25 days while visiting his family in
Reno, Nev.
He will be greatly missed by his family of three sons,
two daughter-in-laws and two grandchildren, Bruce, Carol,
Ben and Morgan, Stanley and Teresa of Reno, Nev., and Scot
of Kansas City, Kan. He also leaves six brothers, Tye,
Newton, Iowa; Austin, Ensign, Kans; Keith, Reno, Nev.;
Burdette, Yates Center; Norryce, Wenatchee, Wash.; Donald,
Reno, Nev.; and one sister, Juanita Baldwin, Middletown,
Conn. He was preceded in death by his parents, two
brothers. Laddie and Lovell, and one sister, Fleta
VanValkenburg.
Ed’s childhood was spent in the West Owl Creek
Community He received his education at the Oakland School
and Yates Center High School. He was baptized in the Yates
Center Methodist Church at an early age. He started working
on the Missouri Pacific railroad at Durand, Kan., during the
1930s and worked there until he joined the U.S. Army in the
770th Railway Operating Battalion, March 10, 1942. He spent
most of his time while in the service in the Pacific
Theatre. After his discharge on Dec. 23, 1945, he returned
to Wichita where he continued to work as a baggage man on
the railroad express.
Ed had his first heart attack in 1975 while living in
Kansas City. At that time, he moved to Yates Center and
made his home here until his death. He really enjoyed
getting reacquainted with all of his old friends.
After eye surgery in 1980, he was totally blind.
However, that did not stop many of his activities as he kept
up with all the football and baseball games and all of the
news going on. Of course his favorite past time was visiting
with all of the people who came to see him.
Heartland Genealogy
Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 11, 1986, at
10:30 a.m. from the Campbell Funeral Home. Place of
internment Yates Center Cemetery. Memorial to Meals on
Wheels.

Clayton Wells Probate

Buried in my files is another probate file. This time, it is for Clayton H. Wells of Eaton County, Michigan.

State of Michigan
The Probate Court for the County of Eaton

To the Probate Court for Said County:

In the Matter of the Estate of Clayton H. Wells,

I Anna M. Wells, respectfully
represent that I reside in the township of Vermontville in said county
and am interested in said estate and make this petition as widow and an heir-at-law
of said deceased.
I further present that said deceased died on the thirteenth
day of March, A.D. 1931 leaving no last will and testament,
as I am informed and believe.
I further represent that said deceased was, at the time of his death, an inhabitant of the
township of Vermontville, in said county
and left estate within said county
to be administered, and that the estimated value thereof is as follows: real estate, $10,000.00
Free and clear
or thereabout; personal estate, $2000.00 or thereabout, as I am informed and believe.
I further represent that the names, relationship, ages and residences of the heirs at law of said
deceased are as follows:

Carl B Wells, son, age – full, residence Vermontville R F D
Anna M. Wells, widow, age – full, residence Vermontville
Hazel Rickle, dau, age – full, residence Vermontville
Leola A. Vincent, dau, age – full, residence Lansing 1712 Delevan Ave
Violetta M. Purdy, dau, age – full, residence Vermontville

Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Eaton County Michigan Probate file for Clayton H. Wells. photocopy.

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I therefore pray that the administration of said estate be granted to
Boyer Rickle, of said county, or to some other suitable person.
Anna M. Wells
P.O. Vermontville

State of Michigan
County of Eaton

On this twentieth day of March, A.D. 1931
before me personally appeared the above named petitioner, who being duly sworn says, that she
has read the foregoing petition by her signed, and knows the con-
tents thereof, and that the same is true of her own knowledge, except as tot he matters
therein stated to be upon her information and belief, and as to those matters
she believes it to be true.
Jessie G. Stine
Notary Public, Eaton County, Michigan
My commission expires Feb. 3rd, 1935

No. 10-291-7671
State of Michigan
Probate Court
for the Count of Eaton
Estate of
Clayton H. Wells, Deceased
Petition for
Appointment of Administrator
Filed: March 20 A.D. 1931
Jessie G. Stine
Register of Probate
Not [vt Echo]
Hearing Apr 17

Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Eaton County Michigan Probate file for Clayton H. Wells. photocopy.

Wells Probate

Have you been working on your family history for a while? If you are like me, you either have paper files or digital copies of that paper. As I’m in the process of researching the descendants of Ozias Wells and his wife Mary Kennedy, I started digging into some of those files.

One of the items I found was the probate record for Clinton K. Wells of Eaton County. While Ancestry has the Michigan, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1784-1980 database, a search for the Wells surname in Eaton county did not include Clinton Wells.

Probate Judges
Testimony on Determination of Legal Heirs
4503

State of Michigan
The Probate Court for the County of Eaton
At a session of the said Court, held at the Probate Office in the city of
Charlotte in said County, on the 13th day of
April A.D. 1948
Present, Hon. Jon McLaughlin, Judge of Probate.
In the Matter of the Estate of Clinton K. Wells, Deceased
Hearing on petition of Nellie Barningham
for the determination of the legal heirs of said deceased.
Proof of publication of notice of hearing filed.
Petitioner appeared in person
Agnis Howe being duly sworn, says:
I reside in the R-2 township of Vermontvill in the
County of Eaton and State of Michigan. I was acquainted
with Clinton K. Wells said deceased, in
his life time. The said deceased was, at the time of his death, a resident of the
Village of Vermontville and
died at the Township of Kalamo
on or about the 10th day of May A.D. 1932
The names and relationship of the legal heirs of said deceased who were living at the time of his
death are as follows:
Nellie Barningham – daughter
Lydia A. Wells – wife
April 13 1948 Liber — Page —
Edith Dickinson

Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Probate record of Clinton K. Wells. photocopy.

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Be it remembered, that I, Clinton K. Wells
of the township of Kalamo, Eaton County, Michigan,
being of sound mind and memory, but knowing the uncertainty of this life, do hereby make, execute, and
declare this to be My Last Will and Testament, that is to say:
After the payment of my just debts and funeral charges, I give, devise and bequeath all my real and
personal estate wherever situated as follows:
-1-
I give and devise to my beloved wife Lydia A. Wells all that
certain parcel of real estate described as follows: to wit: — The
East one-half (1/2) of the North-east quarter (1/4) of Section
three (3) and the West one fourth (1/4) of the North-west quarter
(1/4) of section two (2), in the township of Kalamo, Eaton County and
State of Michigan, to have and to hold the same forever.
-2-
I give and device to my beloved daughter Nellie M. Barningham
all that certain parcel of real estate described as follows, to-
wit: The east one-half (1/2) of the Southeast quarter (1/4) of
Section thirty-four (34), in the township of Vermontville, Eaton
County and State of Michigan, to have and to hold the same
forever.
-3-
I also give and bequeath to my said daughter Nellie M
Barningham the sum of two thousand ($2000.00) dollars, to be
paid to her from my personal estate as soon after my death as
convenient.
-4-
All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real
and personal and where ever situate I give, devise and bequeath
to my life Lydia A. Wells absolutely, to have and to hold forever

Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Probate record of Clinton K. Wells. photocopy.

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I do hereby appoint my said wife Lydia A. Wells
the Executrix of this my last Will and Testament.
I do hereby revoke any and every Will heretofore made by me.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this fourteenth
day of March in the year one thousand nine hundred twenty-two
Clinton K. Wells (seal)
On this 14th day of March, in the year one thousand nine
hundred twenty-two, Clinton K. Wells
of the township of Kalamo, Eaton County, Michigan,
signed the foregoing instrument, and declared the same to be his last Will and Testament, in the
presence of us, as witnesses, and we, not being interested therein, at the request of said
Clinton K. Wells
in his presence, and in the presence of each other, and where he could see us sing our
names, did thereupon on said above mentioned day subscribe our names hereto as witnesses thereof.
Lewis J. Da[vis]
residing at Charlotte Mich
John C. Nichols
residing at Charlotte Mich

Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Probate record of Clinton K. Wells. photocopy.

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State of Michigan
The Probate Court for the County of Eaton
To the Probate Court for said County
In the Matter of the Estate of Lydia A. Wells, Deceased
I, Nellie Barningham, respectfully
represent that

I reside in the township of Kalamo in said County

I am interested in said estate and make this petition as daughter
of said deceased

Said deceased died on the 12 day of January A.D. 1948, leaving
no last Will and Testament, as I am informed and believe.

Said deceased was, at the time of her death, an inhabitant of the Village of
Vermontville in said County

Said deceased left estate within said county
to be administered,
and that the estimated value thereof is as follows: Real estate, $3000 or thereabout;
Personal estate, $5000 or thereabout, as I am informed and believe

The names, relationships, ages and residences of the heirs-at-law of said deceased are as
follows:
Nellie Barningham, relationship – daughter; age – 54; residence Vermontville

Filed January 22, 1948
Barn $6000 Edith Dickinson, Register of Probate
[Ben Sloyt]
[J Miller Leub]

Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Probate record of Clinton K. Wells. photocopy.

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Nellie Barningham, whose address is
Vermontville and whose appointment as Administrator
is hereinafter prayed for, is not a creditor, nor has he an interest conflicting with the interests of the
estate of Lydia A. Wells
I, therefor pray that the administration of said estate be granted to Nellie
Barningham
or to some other suitable person.
Nellie Barningham
P.O. Vermontville R.R. 2

State of Michigan
County of Eaton
On this 22n day of January A.D. 1948, before me personally appeared
the above named petitioner, who being duly sworn says, that she has read the foregoing
petition by her signed, and knows the contents thereof, and that the same is true of
own knowledge, except as to the matters therein stated to upon her information and
belief, and as to those matters she believes it to be true.
Jon McLaughlin
Notary Public, Eaton County Michigan
My commission expires Probate Judge

Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Probate record of Clinton K. Wells. photocopy.

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State of Michigan
The Probate Court for the County of Eaton
To the Probate court for said County:
In the Matter of the Estate of Clinton K. Wells,
I, Lydia A. Wells, respectfully represent that I reside in the
Village of Vermontville in said county, and am interested in
said estate and make this petition as widow and the executrix
named in the last will and testament of said deceased.
I further represent that said deceased died on the tenth
day of May, A.D. 1932 leaving a last will and testament, bearing date the
14th day of March A.D. 1922, which is herewith deposited and filed
in said court; that said will is in writing and signed by said deceased in the presence of
Lewis J. Dann and John C. Nichols,
two competent witnesses, who at the request of said deceased, attested and subscribed said will in
presence and in presence of each other
and that said deceased, at the time he executed said will
was twenty-one years of age and upwards, and was of sound mind and under no restraint or undue influence
whatever, as I am informed and believe.
I further represent that said deceased was, at the time of his death, an inhabitant of the
village of Vermontcille in said county
and left estate within said county to be administered,
and that the estimated value thereof is as follows: Real estate $4000.00 or thereabout
land contract 5700.00
personal estate, $ mtg total about 8000.00 or thereabout, as I am informed and believe.
I further represent that the names, relationships, ages and residences of the devises, legatees and heirs
at las of said deceased are as follows.

Lydia A. Wells – Relationship widow; Age full; Residence – Vemontville, Mich
Nellie M. Barningham – Relationship dau; Age full; Residence – Vermontville, Mich

Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Probate record of Clinton K. Wells. photocopy.

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I therefor pray that said instrument now on file in said court, be admitted to probate and that the
execution thereof and administration of said estate
be granted to myself, the executrix
named in said will
or to some other suitable person.
Lydia A. Wells
P.O. Vermontville, Mich.

State of Michigan
County of Eaton
On this 14th day of May, A.D. 1932
before me personally appeared the above named petitioner, who being duly sworn says, that she has
read the foregoing petition by her signed, and knows the contents thereof and that the
same is true of her own knowledge, except as to the matters therein stated to be upon her
information and belief, and as to those matters she believes it to be true.
Jessie G. Stine
Notary Public Eaton County, Mich.
My commission expires Feb 3rd, 1935

Crawford Family Papers; privately held by Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, Kansas, 2016. Probate record of Clinton K. Wells. photocopy.

Benjamin F. Wells

When I first started researching my family history, the Internet did not exist. Thus, my research depended on sources available at the Kansas State Historical Society, letter writing or travel. Since my tree has deep Kansas roots, the historical society’s collection of Kansas census and newspaper records were of a great help. For my earlier generations, the book collection at the historical society provided a wealth of information.

Many of those books were county histories or mug books. While that collection of books still exists in Topeka, Internet resources such as Archive.org bring those same books into my home. One of those books, Portrait and Biographical Album of Barry and Eaton Counties, Michigan, contains an excellent biography of one of my Wells cousins, Benjamin F. Wells.

Benjamin F. Wells is a practical and
enterprising farmer residing on section 2
in Kalamo Township, Eaton County, and
is the eldest in a family of seven children.
His father, Ozias, and mother, Mary (Kennedy)
Wells were natives of the State of New York. The
grandfather, Green Wells, died in Orleans County,
N. Y .. at the advanced age of eighty-eight years.
The father was a farmer in Madison County, N. Y ..
where he engaged in agricultural pursuit, for some
years and then removed to Princeton, N. J., where
he worked for an uncle as overseer in the digging
of the canal. The mother was born at Half Moon,
Saratoga County, N, Y. Her father, John Kennedy,

also engaged in farming in Madison County. The
mother of our subject resided in New York State
until 1837, when she came to Michigan and spent
the rest of her days among her children and died at
the home of our subject, March 20, 1885, being at
that time over eighty-six years old. She was a
member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
was the mother of seven children, namely: B. F.;
Thurston, living at Yates Center, Kan.; William,
a resident of Albion Township, Calhoun County,
Mich.; Mrs. Ann Perry, a resident of Madison
County, N. Y.; Mrs. Jane Hummeston, who died at
Vermontville, this county; Mrs. Lucinda Hall,
residing at Chittenango, Madison County, N.Y.,
and Mrs. Nancy Doolittle, residing in Clarendon,
Calhoun County.
Our subject was born in Chittenango, Madison
County, N. Y., March 27, 1819, and· was reared on
a farm. He attended the district school through
the winter season and worked on the home farm
during the summer. He remained at home after
his father’s death and in company with his brother
ran the farm. Two of the brothers made their
home with uncles in Orleans County. The mother
finally sold her share and came to Michigan in

She purchased about one hundred and
twenty acres of land, it being just as the Indians
had left it. Our subject was induced to come to
Michigan to make a home and came by canal to
Buffalo, and thence to Toledo by the steamer, “New
England,” an by rail to Adrian, accomplishing the
rest of the journey by stage. He then engaged in
work for an uncle. The first summer and fall he
built a log house and moved in to it December 8,

The land surrounding this cabin abounded
in deer, wild turkeys and game of all kinds. He
then began breaking ground, having brought a
plow from New York. He used an ox-team that
he purchased in Adrian to draw the plow. After
working and clearing up this land until I 840, he
returned to New York, and remained in Madison
County for two years. At the end of that time he
returned to Clarendon Township and purchased
one hundred and sixty acres. In 1860 he traded
this tract of land for one hundred and sixty acres
on section 2. This property was but partly im-
­proved. He moved his family there by team and

page 279

has since steadily continued in the work of improv-·
ing the estate.
On this farm the land is all tillable with no waste
such as swamps would occasion. Over five ares
is spread a fruitful orchard, and each year good
crops of grain, wheat, etc. are raised. Mr. Wells
raises a good grade of cattle and stock and has
a fine flock of Merino sheep. His farm is situ-
ated three miles from Vermonotville. In 1874 Mr.
Wells erected a handsome brick house and has since
built two barns, one 40×70 and the other 40×36
feet in dimensions. Besides many natural springs
on this farm there is a windmill and tank that
furnishes water for the cattle.

Mr. Wells has been twice married, the first time
to Miss Ann M. Benham, in 1838. Mrs. Wells
was born in Hopewell, Ontario County, N.Y. Her
father, Lewis Benham, was one of the early settlers
in Clarendon Township, this State, where he re-
sided until his death, which occurred in Albion
Mich., May 25, 1886. By this marriage Mr. Wells
has four children: Alice, wife of M. G. Parker,
residing in Jackson, this State; George F., a farmer
in Roxana Township, living on a farm containing
forty acres; Clark E., married, residing at Vermont-
ville, and the owner of a farm of one hundred
acres; and Perry B., married to Tina Boyd, and
residing in Vermontville on a large and fertile farm
containing one hundred acres. Our subject was a
second time married at Peterboro, Madison County,
N.Y., March 26, 1857, to Miss Melissa R. Hamil-
­ton. Mrs. Wells was born in Nelson, Madison
County, N. Y., and is the daughter of John Ham-
­ilton, a farmer of that county. She is the mother
of two children-Clinton K. and Clayton H., twins,
the first residing at home and the second in Chau-
­tauqua County, Kan., where he is engaged in agri-
­cultural pursuits.

Mr. Wells, the gentleman of whom we write, has
filled many prominent positions in the county,
holding the office or Commissioner of Highways
for fifteen years, Justice of the Peace twelve years,
Supervisor five years, and School Director and
Pathmaster for several years. He has also served
on different committees in county work. Socially,
he is connected with some of the prominent orders,
holding high positions in each. He is member of

the Free and Accepted Masons at Vermontville, the
Royal Arch Masons at Charlotte, and the Knights
Templar at the same place. In politics, Mr. Wells
votes the Republican ticket and in 1854 served as
a delegate to one of the conventions. Three of his
sons are members of the two Masonic orders to
which the father belongs. Mrs. Wells is one of
the consistent working members of the Methodist
episcopal Church. Mr. Wells is unusually well
informed, and his public spirit and enterprise cor-
respond with his intelligence. He has always labored
earnestly to promote the cause of education and to
advance the agricultural interests in his township.
His farm of one hundred and sixty acres is one of
the finest in the township, and his home is supplied
with all the comforts of life and made cheerful and
attractive by the good taste of himself and his esti-
mable wife. His social qualities are such as to
render him extremely popular, especially among
his brother Masons and he is looked upon as a man
whose future promises to be very useful.

Juanita Mentzer Baldwin

Do use notes to help create a narrative report for individuals in your tree? While I’ve seen another researcher talk about his use of this feature, I have to admit that I haven’t taken advantage of the ability to create and incorporate notes into a narrative report.

Having recently corresponded with a DNA match who is the granddaughter of Juanita Mentzer, a first cousin twice removed, I decided to review what information I have on this cousin and experiment with the notes feature. While I don’t excel at ‘narrative’ writing, I did use the notes feature to incorporate additional information from the sources, including some of the obituaries of her siblings.

Juanita Winnifred Mentzer was born on 20 May 1923 in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.19 The family shared the news of the birth of a daughter in the Woodson County Journal on May 31 1923.

“A daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Mentzer at their home near Yates Center, on May 20, 1923. All well.”

“Local News,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 31 May 1923, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 June 2022).

She lived in Center Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1925.10 Juanita Mentzer was listed as Jennett Mentzer, a three year old female in the household of E. E. Mentzer on the 1925 Kansas Census.

She lived in Center Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States on 4 Apr 1930.11 Juanita W. Mentzer was listed as a 6 year old daughter in the household of Ernest E. Mentzer. According to the census, Juanita was born in Kansas.

In 1939, Juanita was educated at Yates Center High School in Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States.12

She lived in Center Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States in 1940.13 Juanita Mentzer was listed as a 16 year old daughter in the household of Earnest and Edith Mentzer.

She lived in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States on 26 Apr 1949.14 On 2 Sep 1949, Juanita graduated from at Wesley Nursing School in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States.2,15

“Wesley Graduates Class,” the Wichita Beacon (Wichita, KS), 3 September 1949, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 June 2022).

Juanita Winnifred Mentzer and Charles Baldwin obtained a marriage license in Oct 1951 in Allen County, Kansas.20 The Iola Register reported the issuance of a marriage license to Charles F. Baldwin, 23 of West Stockbridge, Massachusetts and Juanita W. Mentzer, 27 of Yates Center

They were married on 12 Sep 1952 in Coffeyville, Montgomery, Kansas, United States.2123 The marriage of Juanita Mentzer to Charles Baldwin was chronicled in the Massachusetts newspaper:

“Charles F Baldwin Married in Kansas
West Stockbridge — Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Mentzer of Yates Center, Kan, have announced the marriage of their daughter, Juanita to Charles F. Baldwin of Tulsa, Okla., son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Baldwin of West Stockbridge.”

“Charles F Baldwin married in Kansas,” The Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts), 24 September 1952, Page 10; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 9 December 2020).

She lived in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States in 1986.1617

Juanita and her husband were divorced in 1987 in Middlesex, Connecticut, United States.24

She lived in Connecticut, United States in 1988.18 The obituary of Donald D. Mentzer of Reno, Nevada identifies his living siblings.

“Donald Dumond Mentzer, to, died Thursday at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
A native of Yates center, Kan., he was born March 6, 1928 and had been a Reno resident for the past 22 years, coming from Salt Lake City.
Mentzer was owner of Mentzer Detroit Diesels and had been an Army veteran.
His father, E. E., died in 1964, mother, Edith, in 1961, brother Edward in 1987. A sister and two brothers also preceded him in death.
Surviving are his widow, Nadine, sons, Alan, Gary, Lynn, daughter, Beverly Ballard, and a brother, Keith, all of Reno; brothers, Tye of Iowa, Austina and Burdette both of Kansas and Norryce of Washington; sister Juanita Baldwin of Connecticut; and six grandchildren.”

“Donald D. Mentzer,” Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada), 19 February 1988, page 28; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 26 January 2020).

Juanita lived in Connecticut, United States in 1997.19 The obituary of Austin Mentzer of Ensign, Kansas identifies his living siblings.

“Mentzer, Austin M., 81, retired farmer and stockman, died Friday, June 13, 1997. Service 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Ensign Methodist Church.
Survivors: wife, Vanita; son, Richard, daughter, Cynthia Hamilton, both of Ensign; brothers, e. tye of Newton, Keith of Reno, Nev., Burdette of Yates Center, Norryce Wenachee, Wash.; sister, Juanita Baldwin of Higgman, Conn.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Memorials have been established with Ensign United Methodist Church and Hospital of the Prairie. Swaim Funeral Home, Dodge City.”

“Ensign,” The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas), 16 June 1997, page 10; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 March 2022).

She died on 5 Apr 2009 at the age of 85 in Middlesex, Connecticut, United States.2,58 She was buried at Yates Center Cemetery in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.2,8 Her obituary in the Hartford Courant chronicles her life.

Juanita “Jo” (Mentzer) Baldwin, 85, formerly of High Meadow Place, Haddam, passed away Sunday (April 5, 2009) at Middlesex Health Care Center. She was born on May 20, 1923 In Yates Center, KS, the daughter of the late Ernest and Edith (Dumond) Mentzer. Juanita was a Registered Nurse, who worked at many area health care facilities. She was a member of participated in the choir of the First Congregational Church of Haddam. She is survived by her four daughters, E. Ann Baldwin and Robert Ponko, Jr. of Higganum, Edith Amelia Baldwin and Paul Maywood of Haddam, J. Beth Baldwin and Philip Delegan of Middletown, and Charlene F. Baldwin and Bradley West of Phoenix, AZ; three grandchildren; Case and Ashley Crabb, and Chelsey Mia Baldwin-West and a beloved and extended family throughout the United States. Juanita’s family would like to express their gratitude to all those in the community for their loving care and support. Jo will always be remembered for her gentle and loving spirit.
Campbell Funeral Home of Yates Center, KS, has care of the funeral services and burial in Yates Center, KS. A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life will be held at a later date at the First Congregational Church of Haddam, 905 Saybrook Rd., Haddam, CT 06438, Middlesex Health Care Center, Resident Fund, 100 Randolph Rd., Middletown, CT 06457 or Woodson County Foundation Fund, PO Box 160 Yates Center, KS 66783.

“Baldwin, Juanita “Jo” M,” Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 8 April 2009, Page C07; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 24 January 2020).

ENDNOTES:

1. 1930 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population Schedule, [CivilDivision], [ED], [PageID] Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], [HouseholdID], [Person]; digital iamge, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : [AccessType] [AccessDate]); NARA T626. [FileNumber]

2. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online May 2018), memorial for Juanita Jo Mentzer Baldwin (1923-2009), Find a Grave Memorial no. #35859208, created by RisingSun, citing Yates Center Cemetery, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by RisingSun, Juanita Jo Mentzer Baldwin.

3. “U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (May 2018), Juanita M Baldwin.

4. Voter Registration Lists Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records and other Household Database Listings, “U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2,” index, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online May 2018), Juanita M Baldwin.

5. Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online May 2018), Juanita M. Baldwin, , before 1951.

6. “U.S. Obituary Collection, 1930-Current,” database online, http://www.oregonlive.com/obituaries, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online May 2018), Juanita Baldwin.

7. “Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2012,” Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (May 2018), Juanita M Baldwin.

8. “Baldwin, Juanita “Jo” M,” Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 8 April 2009, Page C07; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 24 January 2020).

9. “Local News,” Woodson County Journal (Yates Center, Kansas), 31 May 1923, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 June 2022).

10. 1925 Kansas census, Woodson County Kansas, State Census, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, page 5 Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 37, E. E. Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017)

11. 1930 U.S. Census, Woodson County, Kansas, population Schedule, Center Township, Woodson County, Kansas, ED 2, sheet 1B Image [Image] of [ImageTotal], household 12, Earnest E Mentzer; digital iamge, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017); NARA T626

12. United States, School Yearbooks, 1880-2012, Juanita Mentzer, 1939; digital images, (www.ancestry.com : viewed online May 2017).

13. 1940, Woodson County Kansas, population, Center Township, Woodson, Kansas, enumeration district (ED) ED 104-2, Sheet 3A, household 48, Earnest O Mentzer; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017); National Archives adn Recods Administration, 1940.T627.

14. “Neosho Falls News Item,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 26 April 1949; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2018).

15. “Wesley Graduates Class,” the Wichita Beacon (Wichita, KS), 3 September 1949, page 2; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 June 2022).

16. “Deaths and Services,” The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas), 11 October 1986, page 16; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 June 2022).

17. “Obituaries – George Edward Mentzer”, Yates Center News, (Yates Center, Kansas), 16 October 1986, page 8, microfilm; Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, KS.

18. “Donald D. Mentzer,” Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, Nevada), 19 February 1988, page 28; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 26 January 2020).

19. “Ensign,” The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kansas), 16 June 1997, page 10; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 March 2022).

20. “Court News,” The Iola Register (Iola, Kansas), 1 October 1951, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 24 January 2020).

21. , History of Woodson County Kansas (Dallas, Texas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1987), “Mentzer, George Family” p. 198-199.

22. , History of Woodson County Kansas, “Mentzer, Ernest E.” p. 197.

23. “Charles F Baldwin married in Kansas,” The Berkshire County Eagle (Pittsfield, Massachusetts), 24 September 1952, Page 10; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 9 December 2020).

24. “Connecticut, Divorce Index, 1968-1997,” Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (26 January 2020), Juanita Baldwin; Connecticut Divorce Index, 1968-1997. Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night – 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  Who is in your paternal grandfather’s matrilineal line (i.e., the mother of your paternal grandfather, and her mother, etc.)

  • My paternal grandfather is Leon Russel Crawford. Leon was born in Dodge City, Kansas in 1894 and died in Dodge City in 1976. He is the son of Judson Foster Crawford and Josie Winifred Hammond.
  • Josie Winifred Hammond was born 9 Feb 1874 in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois and died 27 Sep 1954 in Dodge City, Kansas. She married Judson Foster Crawford in 1890 in Dodge City, Kansas. Josie is the daughter of Richmond Fisk Hammond and Sarah Ellen Ralston. ThruLines indicates that I have 12 DNA matches with descendants of Josie. (Note: This includes my two brothers.)
  • Sarah Ellen Ralston was born in 1849 in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania and died in 1892 in Dodge City, Kansas. She married Richmond Fisk Hammond in 1867 in Knoxville. Sarah is the daughter of James Barr Ralston and Nancy Jane McCormick. Ancestry’s ThruLines indicates that I have 13 matches with descendants of Sarah Ellen Ralston
  • Nancy Jane McCormick was born in 1818 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and died in 1907 in Grundy County, Iowa. About 1836, she married James Barr Ralston in Pennsylvania. Nancy Jane McCormick is the daughter of James B. McCormick and Sarah Hall. Ancestry’s ThruLines indicates that I have 38 DNA matches with descendants of Nancy Jane McCormick.
  • Sarah Hall was born about 1789 in Pennsylvania. According to FamilySearch, she died in Woodville, Sandusky County, Ohio. Marriage information for Sarah Hall and James B. McCormick has not been found. Sarah was the daughter of David Hall, Senior and Jane Jackson. (Note: I have not done much research on Sarah or her ancestry. I am pulling information about her and her ancestors from the FamilySearch tree. Sarah’s ID on FamilySearch is LHS3-S56.) Ancestry’s ThruLines indicates that I have 35 DNA matches with descendants of Sarah Hall (even though I had 38 matches with her supposed daughter, Sarah Hall.)
  • According to FamilySearch, Jane Jackson was born about 1765 in Ireland and died about 1849 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Jane married David Hall about 1781. FamilySearch indicates that Jane is the daughter of John Crieve Jackson and Agnes McIntyre. Ancestry’s ThruLines indicates I have 37 matches with descendants of Jane Jackson
  • According to FamilySearch Agnes McIntyre was christened 21 May 1749 in Perth, Scotland and died in 1818 in Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. FamilySearch indicates that Agnes McIntyre and John Crieve Jackson were married 28 Jan 1766 in Carrickfergus, Antrim, Northern Ireland. FamilySearch lists Agnes McIntyre’s parents as Adame McIntyre and Janet Irvine.
  • According to FamilySearch. Janet Irvine was born in 1711 in Perth, Scotland. No death information is listed for Janet. FamilySearch indicates that Janet Irvine married Adame McIntyre in 1736 in Perth Scotland. No parents are identified for Janet Irvine.