Saturday Tidbits

Two Wounded One Captured

Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS)
18 Dec 1941
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Nemaha County Gets Word of Casualties

Two sailors wounded, one captured. That is the record ofthe first casualties touching Nemaha county.

The Courier-Tribune’s Centralia correspondent learns that Harold Wiseman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wiseman, Axtell, formerly of Centralia, was wounded in the action at Pearl Harbor. No more details are available and it is presumed in this office the Wisemans received a brief war department message.

The same sort of notice was received by Alyce Haffner, Bern, who got a war department card Sunday stating her son had been wounded, though not seriously.

The captured sailor is Donal Adain Binns, Navy officer at Guam. The Japanese have been claiming the seizure of Guam. Binns’ wife is the former Eunice Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Godfrey Schmidt, 2915 N. 31st, Kansas City. Mrs. Binns is a niece of Fred, Herman and Otto Schmidt, Centralia. Donald Binns was discharged from the Navy and then married Miss Schmidt at Bremerton, Washington. After two weeks liberty, he was called back to Naval service and sent to Guam. Mrs. Binns, has not seen him for a year. She is with her parents in Kansas City.

Friday Finds

Do you have any notes in your file without the title of the source or other information to write a citation? That’s what I found when going back thru some of my old files.

The notes in question were recorded by my father on a vacation when we stopped in Salt Lake City during a family vacation.

Based on the notes, I think these are notes of marriages, but that is just a guess. I’m also guessing that the surname for everyone in the first column is Crawford. However, unless I can find the source, I don’t know for sure.

Since I do have the call number, I was hoping that I could locate the source to verify the notes. Thankfully, FamilySearch allows one to search their catalog by call number.

Using these directions, I searched the FamilySearch catalog for 974.8/V2n. This search produced a list of six books.

Unfortunately, none of these books have been digitized.

Thus, I have some notes with no idea which book they came from.

AndrewJudith Smith10 Nov 1770
AndrewSarah James10 Oct 1761
AnnWilliam Shaw1 Feb 1763
ChristopherMary Culp23 Dec 1769
DavidLydia Lloyd (RM Record #11331)5 Aug 1766
ElijahElizabeth Stout1 May 1778
ElizabethJames Shannon10 Feb 1774
SamuelElizabeth Barnett2 Dec 1761
FrancesJames Kelly1 Dec 1770
JamesCatharine Howell (RM Record #22199)2 March 1762
JamesRuth Doyle4 Oct 1768
JaneRobert Poke24 Nov 1772
MarthaRobert Dodds29 Sep 1773
MaryRobert Cooper7 April 1763
MosesJane Jamison12 March 1767
PeterApril 1746
WilliamAnn Hines4 Dec 1771

A quick search of my RootsMagic file revealed that I already have two of these couples in my file: David married Lydia Lloyd; and James married Catharine Howell. Unfortunately, I don’t have any sources for the marriage fact.

When I looked up Lydia Lloyd and Catharine Howell on FamilySearch, both had sources attached to the marriage fact. Following the links for those sources, I think I found the source attached to Catharina Howell!

Thus, I think the citation for Catharina Howell may identify the source my father used.

“Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950,” database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 July 2021), James Crawford and Catharine Howell, 2 Mar 1762; citing Marriage, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America, multiple County Clerks, Pennsylvania.

While I’m still not positive of the source my dad used, I can use the source, Pennsylvania Marriages, 1709-1940, to document these two marriages in my file.

2022 Goals Summary

Do you make annual goals for your genealogy research? I have to admit that prior to retirement I didn’t. But, then my research time was often limited and I likely would not have met those goals. While I don’t follow the ‘Smart Goals’ method of writing my goals, my abbreviated goals are usually specific and manageable over the year.

While I outlined my goals in a blog post, I used an abbreviated version in my journal. Over the year, those two pages have been referred to on almost a daily basis and have kept me on track.

I finished up this research in October and have been researching my Crawford line and FAN club since then while pondering my goals for 2023. I shared most of my progress on this blog.

Descendancy Research

Narrative Reports

Since I finished the above goals early, I expanded my list to include some of the SELLERS family. James Sellers married Mary Crawford in Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1791. William Sellers married Sarah Crawford in Lincoln County Kentucky in 1796. It is believed that Mary and Sarah are sisters to the James Crawford who married Martha Knight. Thus, these two families have CRAWFORD connections.

Friday Finds

While I haven’t done a good job of cleaning up my files, I have used those files to create a post sharing some of those files each Friday.

Crawford Research / yDNA

While I haven’t done much digging in Virginia records, I have been doing some Crawford research. As I’ve reveiwed my previous research, I have expanded my fan club. In addition, thanks to my mother, I have been able to sponsor two big Y DNA tests. The first was of one of my brothers and the more recent one was of a 4th cousin. Thus, some of my recent research has been to make sure the documentation of my 4th cousin’s line is solid. While we are awaiting my 4th cousin’s placement on the block tree, my brothers have been placed in the R1b-01A Ardmillan group of Crawford yDNA. I am very thankful that the CRAWFORD yDNA project seems to be very active and has an excellent administrator!


While this is an area that I have let slide, a commentator on my blog has provided a solution to make this process easier. I just need to quit procrastinating and check out the solution and get it done!

FamilySearch Memories

This is another area where I am not very successful. While, I’ve tried to complete this task as I’ve worked each ancestor, I haven’t documented that progress in my journal. Thus, I need to do a better job at not only completing this task but documenting tat completion.

Overall, I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot in 2022 and look forward to setting my 2023 goals and working to accomplish them.

Reed of Clinton County

Have you had the good fortune of finding a multigenerational biography for an ancestor that includes lots of hints about the family structure, military service and the purchase of land? Well, that is what I found for John C. Reed in the History of Clinton County, Indiana.

John C. Reed

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John C. Reed, deceased, was a native of New York State, born on the Genesee River in 1787. His father came to this country with a regiment of Hessians, who came in the interest of the Queen; but upon arriving here he joined the American army and served through the Revolutionary war. John came to the Territory of Indiana in 1812 with the family of James Buckles, settling in Jennings County and remaining there several years. He married Mary Buckles, a daughter of James Buckles, who came from England. He belonged to the nobility and brought a permit from the Queen to preempt any amount of land in Virginia, but being opposed to the curse of slavery he freed his slaves and emigrated to Indiana. Three of his slaves refused to leave him, and he provided them with a quarter-section of land in his new county. He preempted a township which he divided among his children, and he and his wife are buried upon the place he selected for his home. He will long be remembered as one of the enterprising early settlers of Indiana. They were the parents of five sons and five daughters; all were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. After his marriage John settled upon the land entered by his

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father-in-law, and lived upon it until 1844, when he came to Clinton County and entered 300 acres of Government land in Sugar Creek township, and began to improve his future home. He hauled lumber from Indianapolis with which to build his house. The nearest mill was at Eagle Village. Mr. and Mrs. Reed were the parents of eleven children — Samuel (deceased), James M., George M., C. W., Francis (deceased) Ann, Mary, Elizabeth, Celia, Martha and Arrilda M. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. At the age of sixty-five years, when the country needed brave and true men, Mr. Reed went out in defense of his country. He enlisted in 1862 in the Seventh Indiana Cavalry. He died in the hospital at Memphis, Tennessee, just after receiving an honorable discharge. His wife survived him two years. C. W. Reed, son of the preceding, farmer and stock-raiser, Michigan Township, was born in Jennings County, Indiana. on the farm entered by his grandfather, June 23, 1833. When nine years of age he came with his father’s family to Clinton Co, where his youth was spent in assisting his father in clearing and improving his farm. He resided with his father until his marriage to Agnes W. Moncrief, of Jefferson County, Indiana, which occurred November 17, 1852. He then settled upon his present farm, which was entered by a man named Spencer. It was then a dense wilderness. He has cleared and improved it, and has a fine residence. They have five children — Willis R., William S., Frank S., Emma L. and Bird M. He lost his wife April 6, 1881, and was again married in March, 1882, to Miss Frances smiley, who was born in Carroll County. Her father died when she was an infant, and her mother afterward married R. S. Irwin. One child was born to this union. Mr. Reed has a fine farm of 145 acres, well cultivated. He is a member of the Baptist church, and his wife of the Presbyterian church. He affiliates with the Republican party.

History of Clinton County, Indiana: together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies and representative citizens, also a condensed history of Indiana, embodying accounts of prehistoric races, Indian wars and a brief review of its civil and political history (Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1886, ), page 761-762 John C. Reed; FHL 1036812 item 6 DGS 7956702.

Additional clues about the REED family are found in the entry for John Ricketts in the Clinton county history.

John Ricketts was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, November 22, 1812, a son of Edward and Sarah (Story) Ricketts, also natives of Fleming County. When he was eighteen years old his parents moved to Rush County, Indiana, and entered a farm from the Government. From Rush County our subject came to Clinton County, and entered 200 acres of Government land and cleared a spot where he built his house, but two years later moved to another part of the land which was part prairie. He has added to his first entry from time to time until he now owns 357 acres. In 1883 he built his present commodious frame house, and his other farm buildings are comfortable and convenient. He has always been a hard­working man and is rewarded by having a competency for his declining years. Mr. Ricketts was married December 3, 1846, to Orilda Matilda Reed, who was born in Jennings County, lndiana, January 20, 1828, a daughter of John and Mary (Buckles) Reed. They have had eleven children-James M., born November 28, 1847; PriscillaJ., born October 10, 1849, is the wife of John Lonks, Mary A., born October 7, 1851, is the wife of James P. Bond; William L., born April 18, 1855; John E., born July 1, 1857; Nathan, born November 27, 1859, died July 5, 1862; Joseph H., born October 28, 1861 ; C. W., born June 30, 1863; Sarah, born July 7, 1865; Addie M., born March 18, 1867; Charles W., born October 9, 1869. Mr. Ricketts in politics is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mrs. Ricketts’s father was born in the State of New York in 1800, and when a young man accompanied his father’s family to Jennings County, lndiana. He enlisted in the war of the Rebellion, and died in the hospital at Memphis, Tennessee, August 15, 1865. Her
mother was born near Shepardstown, Virginia, December 6, 1792, and was first married to John H. Rodgers, who was born January

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3, 1787, and died December 2, 1821, and she then married Mr. Reed, and to them were born six children—Cecilia F., Martha J., Orilda M., George W., Charles W. and Francis M. The mother died February 14, 1867.

History of Clinton County, Indiana: together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies and representative citizens, also a condensed history of Indiana, embodying accounts of prehistoric races, Indian wars and a brief review of its civil and political history (Chicago: Inter-state Publishing Co., 1886, ), page 862-863; FHL 1036812 item 6 DGS 7956702.

Reece or Reed

Have you ever used an Ancestry record hint to locate a record on Family Search? If so, did locating that actual record help document your ancestor or bring confusion?

I recently was working thru Ancestry hints for my ancestor, John Reed who married Mary Buckles Rogers. I already had several sources for their 1822 marriage. However, there was an Ancestry hint in the ‘Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001’ database for an 1822 marriage in Indiana between Mary Rogers and John Reece. While the date and place matched what I already had, the spelling of John’s surname did not match.

Fortunately, this database included the Family History Library film number. Thus, I could search the catalog on the FamilySearch website for the film number to hopefully find an image of the marriage record.

The search for the film number took me to the page for ‘Marriage records, 1818-1888’ for Jennings County, Indiana. Towards the bottom of that page is the list of available film containing these marriage records.

Since the results includes the magnifying glass icon, an index has been created for the film. Thus, I can search the index versus scrolling thru the film to locate the marriage record. When I entered Mary Rogers in the name fields and 1822 in the field for a marriage year, two entries were found. The first entry as a ‘bride’ included a link to the image and the information in the index for this marriage (record details).

Checking the record details, I find similar information to what was in the Ancestry database.

Clicking on the image, I can see why someone might index it as Reece.

This record came up as a hint for John Reed (not Reece) and fits with everything I know about John and Mary Reed. Because the handwriting could be interpreted as Reece or Reed, this record has been attached to two different Mary Rogers.

  • Mary Buckles who married John Rogers before marrying John Reed [KLVH-CVM]
  • Mary Rogers of Columbiana, Ohio [LWZP-J9D]

Of course, I think I’m right in interpreting the record as John Reed. However, I need to build a ‘proof argument’ before trying to convince those working on the profile of Mary Rogers that the record does not apply to their Mary.

Surname Tree

When do you take down your Christmas decorations? While I know that technically, the Christmas season lasts into January, I’ve never been able to leave my decorations up that long. Instead, I tend to take them down and put them away shortly after Christmas.

While I may be taking down my decorations today, I’m going to continue a Christmas theme by sharing my ‘surname tree’.

Christmas Carols

Merry Christmas

Do you have a favorite Christmas song or carol?

My all time favorite is O Holy Night. I’m not sure why this song is my favorite but it may involve the piano. Growing up, my mother would play Christmas carols during the holidays. When I learned to play the piano, this was one of the carols that I also learned to play — and was the only one I practiced.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed a wide variety of Christmas music. A couple of my favorites a by Chris Tomlin.

During 2020, the musicians at the church I attend (online) did a special Advent program that I still often go back and listen to.

May you have a wonderful holiday!

Saturday Tidbits

Santa Again Brings Joy

Courier Tribune (Seneca, KS)
22 Dec 1941
page 1

Throngs in Seneca Last Saturday

Were it not for the calendar which shows that Thursday is Christmas, boys and girls could scarcely believe that important date is so near. It was as pleasant and warm out in the open Saturday as on a September day.

But there was another proof Saturday that Christmas is just around the corner. That proof was none other than Santa Claus himself, here for his second personal appearance. Now there remains the visit that he makes on Christmas Eve when boys and girls are asleep.

Saturday was a happy day in Seneca. People are more or less getting over the first strain of war days and with the pleasant day, they thronged the streets and the stores, getting in here and there, old-time visiting. For the youngsters, there was a program at the city hall, attended by another fine crowd; the thrill of seeing Santa Claus, the thrill of a nice package of candy for each.

The program was presented by Sts. Peter and Paul school, Seneca.

Santa has had many helpers this year beside his sponsors. To mention a few, the wives of councilmen; a group of girls from each school; city police; Charlie Rucker and others from the fire department.

Friday Finds

Have you collected lots of files while researching your family history? Having spent over 40 years researching my family tree, I have collected a lot of paper and am collecting a lot of digital files. One of my 2022 goals was to go thru some of that paper research. This review has allowed me to

  • discard some (Yes, I’m throwing it out! — But think of how one did census research in the 1980s compared to now. I don’t need those paper transcriptions when I’ve gone back and attached an image of the census file to my source along with a transcription.)
  • shared some as my Friday blog posts
  • updated the sourcing I have in RootsMagic to current standards
  • transcribed deeds and wills so I could include the transcription in the source citation and in research notes

Am I done? NO! I’m not even close. But it is a start.

Today’s Friday Finds comes from my Crawford-Pennsylvania folder. While I currently can’t place my particular branch of the CRAWFORD family in Pennsylvania, I likely did not know that in 1987. In the summer of 1987, my husband and I went on a vacation with my parents that took us through Salt Lake City for a few days before venturing north into Idaho to cross the Teton mountains to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

While in Salt Lake, we spent the days in the family history library where my parents assisted me with my research with each researching their own branch of my tree. Thus, the notes for the Crawford family in Pennsylvania are in my dad’s handwriting.

While there isn’t enough information to create a footnote for this source, there is enough information to locate the book, Biographical Annals of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania:

Thus, I can create a full footnote for this information and take advantage of OCR (optical character recognition) capabilities to search inside of the book. Such a search reveals that there were multiple CRAWFORD entries in this book while my father only recorded one. I’m guessing that I had figured out that my ancestor was named James and my father focused in on that name.

Using the Ancestry version of the book, I found the entry for Solomon Schnader on page 110 in a section on the Schneider (or Snader) family.

(1) Solomon Schnader married Elizabeth Jane Crawford, a daughter of James and Mary (Bothewell) Crawford, who came to this country from County Tyrone, Ireland, about the year 1800, and settled in what is now Crawford county, Ohio. Their children are: Edward L. Snader, an actor of prominence on the American stage, whose wife is Fanny McIntyre, a celebrated singer and actress and Susie Snader, wife of William Duncan, of Bloomfield, Ohio.

Also in the book is a biography of John CRAWFORD and his father, Oliver, who (according to the biography) have Irish roots. This biography begins on page 1260 and continues on page 1261.

John Crawford, a retired farmer of Colerain township, Lancaster county, was born on his present farm Nov. 4, 1823, his parents being Oliver and Martha (Walker) Crawford, old time families in both Lancaster and Chester counties.

Oliver Crawford was born at the family home in Colerain township as early as 1794, and his wife Martha Walker, in Chester county in 1799. Mr. Crawford was the son of John Crawford who was born in County Derry, Ireland, and who came to this country when a young man, and took part in the Revolutionary War, being with Washington at Valley Forge. After the war he married a Miss Bunting, and established the home where John Crawford now lives. When he secured it he found wild land on his hands, and by hard and tremendous work he cleared up a farm which has remained in his family to the present day. The stone house and barn which he erected are still in use. Here John Crawford and his wife died. They were the second family to locate in this section. The Crawfords

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were Presbyterians in their faith. To John Crawford and his wife were born two sons and two daughters: William who moved to Ohio when a young man, married there and became the father of a numerous family; Mary A. married a Mr. Campbell, and moved with him to Baltimore, where he died, leaving no children; Polly died at the home unmarried; and Oliver, the father of John, received but a meagre schooling when a boy, and began life for himself as a farmer on the old homestead.

When Oliver Crawford was married to Martha Walker, they settled on the old Crawford homestead, and there they lived and died. His death occurred in 1841, and her death in 1861, his father dying the same year with Oliver. Oliver and his wife were the parents of the following family: Ellen married Frederick McClellan, and settled on his farm, where she died leaving a family, three of whom live in Chester county, and John, in Chicago; Mary A. married James McClellann, and lived in Colerain township, where she died leaving one daughter, Martha, who is now the wife of Joseph Richardson, of New Jersey; Jane married James Palock, of Chester county, and died leaving two children, James and Martha, both of Oxford; Amanda married Robert Black, and is deceased. Hannah married Silas Williams, and they reside in Colerain township; Samuel, deceased, married Mary J. Cooper, and located in Chester county, but while visiting in Philadelphia he died, leaving three children, Thomas who lives in Oxford, Elizabeth who lives in Chester county, and Martha, wife of C. McClellan; Elkahah died unmarried; and John.

John Crawford whose name introduces this article …

While my father took the Schnader notes, it appears that I didn’t enter this information in my genealogy file. Perhaps that is because it is another James Crawford that I can’t link to my branch of the tree. Nor, do I have this particular Oliver Crawford in my files. Since current research and yDNA results point to Virginia and Scotland, I’m not sure how Oliver Crawford and his father John would connect to the larger Crawford tree. Thus, this particular piece of Crawford history may stay hidden in my files until I can prove a link to early Pennsylvania, Ireland or this branch of the Crawford tree.

Crawford Bible

Do you have Bible records in your files? Are you excited when you run across mention of a family Bible? I was excited when I found a family story attached to William Crawford (1748-1809) that indicates it is from a family Bible.

The person who posted the story indicates the transcription came from a post on

Thus, I tried to find the original post and what I hoped to be the Bible record. My initial searches were not successful. However, after looking carefully at the story, I realized that it was the combination of two different posts. The second part of the story provided the subject of the post.

Using the subject, I was able to locate the post.

Reading that post helped me realize that the information was not from a Bible record but from someone’s research.

Since I couldn’t find the first part of the story in the forum, I tried to see if Google would help. And, I found the Bible information, including images, in a 1979 issue of The Arkansas Family Historian!

The Arkansas Family Historian
Volume 17, No. 3
July/Aug/Sept 1979

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Crawford / Francis / Zachray query by Ina D. (Ashton) Breitenbach

Ina D. (Ashton) Breitenbach, P.O. Box 1417, Placerville, CA
95667 – By oral tradition, 1 understand the CRAWFORDS descended
from the James CRAWFORD family, Union Co., North Carolina,
migrated through Kentucky to South East Missouri, on to Ark.,
and to Texas.
James CRAWFORD’S son William was born about 1750, William’s
son Robert H. CRAWFORD was born in 1783.

Robert H. CRAWFORD married Elizabeth FRANCIS of Kentucky in 1809. Robert H. CRAWFORD and Elizabeth had three sons,
John Francis CRAWFORD, b. 1810, Missouri;
James and

Robert H. did not have any daughters.

John Francis CRAWFORD married Almira ZACHRAY in 1837. Almira ZACHRAY was the daughter of Caleb ZACHRAY of Davidson Co., TN. Caleb ZACHRAY was in the War of 1812, (National Archive.
does not have a file on Caleb ZACHRAY). 1 have two verifications of Caleb
ZACHRAY’S service.
If anyone is working on the above families, I will appreciate sharing information. (Watch out for the spelling of ZACHRAY as it is spelled incorrectly many times).

My Great grandfather, John Francis CRAWFORD misspelled ZACHRAY on the
Bible Record.
The records I have from Tennessee are misspelled on the Census sheet.
In the book entitled “Pioneers of Davidson County, Tennessee” ZACHRAY
is spelled correctly, also 1 have a list of 1812 veterans from the D.A.R.
in Washington, D. C. and the name is spelled correctly

Bible Images followed query

Layfayette Crawford [?] October 14th 1838
B. A. Crawford was born January 21st 1840
E. F. Crawford was born July 31st 1842
A. J. and A. N. Crawford was born December 26th A.D. 1844
Robert H. Crawford was born December 31st A.D. 1846
Malinda F. Crawford February 28th 1849
Marie Antoinette Crawford was born October 25th A.D. 1850
William [H.] Crawford was born December 1[8]th AD 1853

Births Column 2
Sarah Ann Crawford was born December 16th AD 1853
Eugein[ar] Crawford was born December 21st AD 185[5]
Sophronia Belle Crawford was born December 23rd 185[9]
John F. Crawford was born September 5th 1864

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Crawford Bible Records (con’t page 2)

J. F. Crawford was born May 24th AD 1810
and was married
August 1st A.D. 1837
and died April
the 8 1893

Almira[s] Zachry was
bron October 25th AD 1818
and was married
August 1st A.D. 1837
Almira Crawford
January 2[3] A.D. 1873

While some of the information in the story is similar to a family tree, it was worth the time to locate the images from the Bible. Now to just prove that this line connects to my Garrard County, KY Crawford families.