Ellen Gold is 250 years old today, born in 1761. Ellen is the boys' 6th great-grandaunt and also their 6th cousin 8 times removed, via Nicholas Hopkins and Mary Poole. Ellen was the 4th child of the 11 born to Abel Gold and Ellen Burr. Ellen's brother (the 3rd born) is our family's pivotal figure, in my research, Talcott Gold. Talcott is the boys' 6th great-grandfather and our direct link to the "War of the Revolution" where he fought as a mariner on one of John Paul Jones' ships, the Alliance. We have other links to the war and even relatives that founded states and sailed on the "Mayflower" and the "Sea Venture", but no body I've talked to or emailed or read about has a document like we have.
"He was buried at Niles, about a mile away, but the remains have been removed to the family lot of the Cottons in Friendship. The stone records that he was a good citizen, a faithful husband and father, a servant of his country in the Revolution." Excerpt from the Powers-Banks Ancestry Book, page 188.
He is pivotal because we as a family hold his original document of his Pension Claim in our possession. It is signed by the secretary of War, J. C. Calhoun, who was later the 7th Vice President of the US. I don't know how I came to have it except that I vagely remember aunt Charlotte giving it to Dad to give to me when I was a teenager. Until just a couple of years ago I had no idea how important this document was. After all it is 193 years old and has survived countless viewings and foldings.
William Ward is 346 years old today, born in 1665. This William Ward, and there are at least 3, is the boys' 9th great-granduncle twice. Once through his brother, Thomas Ward, Sr., the boys' 9th great-grandfather via his marriage with Anna Tappin and their son Thomas Ward, Jr. who married Rebecka Birnham and their child Rebeckah Ward who married William Cotton the son of Experience Hall and Samuel Cotton. Then again via his sister Phoebe Ward, who married Samuel Hall. Sam and Phoebe are the parents of Experience Hall. Wow, I'll have to look at this a little closer. Thomas Ward, Sr. born 1661 married Anna Tappin at age 51, in 1712. Thomas Ward Jr. born 1684 when his mother was 52. Jr. married Rebecka Birnham in 1707, ages 22 and 21. They begot Rebeckah Ward in 1723. She married William Cotton in 1742, born to Experience Hall in 1720. Ages, 22 and 19. Ok, I guess that's right. My head hurts.
William Walker is 352 years old today, born in 1659. Of the 4 William Walkers in our family, this one is the boys' 9th great-granduncle and their 3rd cousin 11 times removed, twice. He is the brother of 9th great-grandfather, Jabez Walker who married Elizabeth Fuller in 1699 in Harwich Massachusetts and begot Jeremiah Walker in 1702. Jeremiah married Esther Tomlin on October 13, 1724 in Needham Massachusett. They begot Benjamin Walker who married Sylvia Keith December of 1752 in Bridgwater Massachusetts and later begot Marshall Walker, the boys' 6th great-grandfather. Marshall married Hannah Dunbar August 17, 1776 and begot Cady R. Walker.
Mary Jane Gill died 148 years ago today in 1863 at age 44 in Clay county, IL. Mary Jane is the boys' 4th great-grandmother. She was born in Indiana in 1819 and married James S. Kenley in March of 1835 when she was 16. They begot 8 children, 5 girls and 3 boys. The fifth one was Nancy Ann Kenley, the boys' 3rd great-grandmother and David Stanford's 2nd wife, having married in February of 1865. He, earlier, had married Nancy's sister Amanda Jane Kenley, who was 4 years older than her sister and died in 1863. Nancy and David had 10 children, the first one is the boys' 2nd great-grandmother, Margaret Jennie Stanford, known as Jane or Jannie. Jane married Joseph R. Wooden in October of 1884 and they begot two children, Walter William Wooden, Sr. in 1887 and Leroy Oliver Wooden in 1901. Walter fled the farm as fast as he could for the city and rarely looked back. Little was know of his brother and his eventual family until earlier this year I discovered his descendants. Walter and Leroy's parents are buried in Appleton City, St. Clair county, Missouri.
Jeptha Stapp Wilhoit is 209 years old today, born in 1802. Jeptha is the boys' 4th great-granduncle, the brother of Malinda Mahala Wilhoite, who married 4th great-grandfather, Robert Miller Wooden on February 18, 1819 in Jefferson Kentucky.
John Smelley is 277 years old today, born in 1734. John is the kids' 8th great-granduncle, born in the Ise of Wight, VA. to Robert Smelley and Eleanor Giles, the kids' 9th great-grandparents. John had a twin brother born on that day too. The following, Thomas Smelley. Thomas and John have and older brother, Robert Smelley, Jr. born in 1716 who is the kids' 8th great-grandfather. He married and unknown woman and they begot Elizabeth Smelley around 1737. Elizabeth, or Betty as we knew her, married Abraham Starling in Northampton, NC in 1755. They begot 3 children, the last one being Abraham Starling, the kids' 6th great-grandfather, who married Charlotte Heart from Cambridgeshire, England. They begot 4 children, the oldest was John Starling, the kids' 5th great-grandfather, who married Nancy Melby in 1825. They begot 7 children, with Wiley B. Starling being the 2nd born. Wiley married Augusta A. Powers from South Carolina and they begot 12 children, the last one being Alice Cora Starling in 1878, who married Joseph Lewis Edge from York, SC and they begot 6 children, the 2nd one being Cora Augusta Edge who married Dedrich Homer Myer in 1920 and are the kids' 2nd great-grandparents.
Thomas Smelley is 277 years old today, born in 1734. The twin brother of the aforementioned John Smelley. Thomas died at age 28 in 1762 followed closely by his brother on September 16, 1764 at age 30.
Phyllis Joan Myer is 68 years old today, born in 1943, HAPPY BIRTHDAY Aunt Joan! Joan is the kids' great-grandaunt. She married Gary Bert and they begot Robin Bert, Stacey Bert and Misty Bert. Joan is Dick Myer's younger sister and the last one born to Dedrich Homer Myer and Cora Augusta Edge. I'm sorry, I don't have any dates or years for any one.
Louise Bennett is 88 years old today, born in 1923. Louise is the wife of the kids' great-granduncle, JD. She died December 1, 2004. She married Joseph Dedrich Myer, known as JD Myer and they begot 2 children, Sherry Myer and Bradley Myer who are the kids' 1st cousins twice removed. Sherry married Dwight and they have one child named Tara who is the kids' 2nd cousin once removed.
Earnest N. Crow is 129 years old today, born in 1882. Earnest is the kids' 1st cousin 5 times removed. His father is Isaac Allen Crow, Jr., the brother of 4th great-grandfather, John Christopher Crow who married Mary Jane Cothern May 2, 1872 and begot 11 Crow children with Ella Mariah Crow being the 3rd born in 1876.
Jonathan Martin died 159 years ago today in 1852 at age 85 in Gillsville, Hall, GA. John is Ella and Mason's 6th great-grandfather. He married Nancy Carmichael and begot John Martin in 1808. John married Matilda Priscilla Goode in 1833 and begot 4 children. Delila Caroline Martin was the first born and married William H. West in 1850. They begot Sarah Matilda West, the 2nd born who married John Henry Chambers in 1871 and they begot Noah Benjamin Chambers in 1879. Noah was the 6th of their 9 children. Up until Noah, the family all had lived and died in Hall county Georgia. For some reason, Noah moved to Decatur, AL and in 1908 married Dellia Keever. They begot 4 children, the 3rd being Nellie Chambers, Ella's great-grandmother. Nellie was born in Georgia, but married a man from Alabama, Cecil Robert Hulgan, Ella and Mason's Great-grandfather.
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