Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Elizabeth POTTER BASCOM

Elizabeth Bascom
died Dec 4 1885
aged 71 y 7 m 27 d

Elizabeth Potter married Carley Bascom.

Bovard Cemetery
Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana
Photo taken May 2011 by Tina Lyons

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fort Wayne Ancestry Day - Recap

Ancestry.com was in Fort Wayne on Saturday to hold one of their Ancestry Day events. There were 4 classes plus a question and answer sessions with folks from Ancestry and from the Allen County Public Library. I was one of the many volunteers and helped register walk-ins at the event. I hung out at registration for the morning and helped with anyone who arrived late and also helped the ACPL staff organize all of the questions that were submitted for the Ask the Experts session. Here's a tip: If you want your question to be answered, make it concise and general. If you ask who the parents of your ancestor are, your question will never be asked. Also if you ask something without wide appeal, it will be skipped. There is just not enough time for all the questions. But ACPL will be answering more of the questions on their blog in the coming weeks.

I also got up on stage to help raise money for the War of 1812 Preserve the Pensions fund. Since I'm Vice President of the Indiana Genealogical Society, I collected donations from the attendees to add to our $10,000 match campaign. We raised over $1,000 from attendees! Special thanks to the Ancestry ladies for boosting that total over the top. IGS is matching that donation and then Ancestry is matching that amount. So we quadrupled the donation and raised $4000 which will help to digitize over 8000 images from the War of 1812 pension files. IGS has raised over $8000 and we have until the end of August to meet our goal of $10,000. Please consider making your donation through IGS to maximize your contribution.

I had a great time hanging out with the other volunteers and the ACPL staff. Thanks to Ancestry for providing a wonderful lunch for the volunteers. It was great to meet Lisa Ellam from The Faces of My Family blog, who thinks I'm a celebrity.

My favorite part of the event was the look on Lou Szucs face when someone asked about the quality of the trees on Ancestry. Even the employees know that most of them are horrendous. 

Disclosure: I received free admission and lunch for volunteering at the event.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

McGARVEY Family - The Brick Wall I Didn't Know I Had

On my trip down to Switzerland County, Indiana back in May, I copied some family files about the Bovard family that were at the Switzerland County Public Library. I finally got around to looking at them last week. The file contained some family group sheets, a narrative of how the family might have come to Switzerland County, some obituaries and a land transfer document.

There was a bond for $600 in exchange for land. The land description does not give a state, but my guess is that it is in Hamilton County, Ohio where all parties resided. Or it could be across the border in Indiana. I'll have to figure out the townships and ranges later.

The land description wasn't the important piece of the document to me anyway. The interesting part was the parties involved. Robert Bovard and Chas W. Lloyd paid Mary McGarvey for the land. I have no idea who Charles Lloyd is, but Robert Bovard is my 5th great grandfather. Robert married Margaret McGarvey. So who was Mary McGarvey?

I lucked out on this one. I went looking for McGarvey wills in Hamilton County, Ohio. The Hamilton County, Ohio probate court records are available online for free. The Hamilton County records were burned a few times, including the original will books. But the court went back through the probate packets and found the original wills and rerecorded them in new books. I found the will of Mary McGarvey that was written in 1828 and probated in 1830.

In the will she gives land to her daughter, Peggy Bovard, wife of Robert Bovard. Happy Dance!

I broke down a brick wall I didn't even know I had. I had assumed that I would never find Margaret's family. I knew she was born in Philadelphia in 1788 and that was where she married Robert and had 2 children before moving to Ohio and then to Indiana. I definitely didn't think I would find her family in Ohio, but it appears that the whole McGarvey family (or most of them) moved to Hamilton County.

It just goes to show that one little document can open up a whole generation of your family tree.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Will of Mary McGARVEY


I have an interesting story to go along with how I found this will. But I'll save that for another day.

Mary McGarvey. Deceased
It appearing to the Probate Court that on the 30th day of August A D 1830 the last will and Testament of Mary McGarvey deceased was duly admitted to probate and record in the Court of Common Pleas of Hamilton County Ohio and the record of said Will was afterwards transferred by law to the Probate Court and that the original Record of said Will was destroyed in the burning of the Court house on March 29th A D 1884 but that the original Will and endorsement thereon and the probate there of upon the Journel [sic] of said Court were preserved it is now ordered by the Probate Court on its own motion that the record of said Will be and the same is hereby restored from said original Will endorsement and probate as provided by Statute in the words and figures following to wit: 

The State of Ohio Hamilton County SS: Hamilton Com Pleas. Be it Remembered that on the day and year aforesaid the last Will and testament of Mary McGarvey late of this County deceased was this day duly presented to the Court for probate and record clothed in the words and figures following to wit: 

In the name of God Amen. I Mary McGarvey of the township of Green County of Hamilton and State of Ohio being sick and weak in Body but of sound mind and memory considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say First and principally I do commit my Soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently burried [sic] at the discretion of my Executor herein after named and after my debts and funeral charges are paid I devise and bequeath as follows. 

Item I give and devise unto my Daughter Mary Ann Carson wife of Isaac D Carson the following tract of land and all the appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying and being in Section Twenty one in the Second township and Second fractional Range of township in the Miami purchase Beginning at a stone planted by a Pappaw Sapling near the centre of the Section thence north 1/2˚ W fifty eight poles to the middle of the County Road thence with the same South 80 1/4 E twenty six poles south 73 1/2 E forty one poles south 79 E fifty three and two tenths poles south 78 1/4˚ E forty four and seven tenth poles to a stone in the east line of the Section and with the Same S 1/4 E twenty two poles to a stone thence south 89 1/2˚ W one hundred and sixty poles nearly to the beginning Corner supposed to contain thirty nine acres and one fourth of an Acre which place John Reddish Senr now lives on. 

Item I give and devise unto my Daughter Peggy Bovard wife of Robert Bovard all that piece or parcel of land situate lying and being in Section No twenty one in the Second township and second fractional Range of townships in the Miami purchase. Beginning at a stake in the north east corner of said Section thence west Eighty poles on the Section line according to the Survey of said Section thence south fifty poles according to the variations of the section lines thence east eighty poles according to the variations of the above lines of the Section to intersect the east line of the Section thence north fifty poles with said line to the place of beginning containing twenty five Acres strict measure and all the appurtenances thereunto belonging to said tract or parcel of land. 

Item. I wish my Executor to close a Mortgage I hold against William McGarvey deceased for Eighteen hundred Dollars executed in the year of 1818 as soon as the law will admit and the amount that he collects upon said Mortgage I wish him to despose of in the following manner to wit: First to pay unto Robert Bovard Fifty Dollars being in part of a judgement that he holds agains my son William McGarvey deceased upon the Docket of William Benson Esquire late a Justice of the Peace of Green Township. Also pay unto the Guardian of Robert McGarvey and William McGarvey children of my son Wm McGarvey deceased One hundred Dollars each to be laid out immediately by their Guardian or legal Representatives in Wild lands for them in the State of Indiana. 

Item I wish my Executor to pay out the following Legacies to wit: One hundred Dollars to my Daughter Polly Moore in One year after my death. Also to pay unto my Grandson George Smith One hundred Dollars within the same time and all other debts that I shall leave unsettled and in case my said Executor shall refuse or neglect to pay out the legacies above mentioned according to the spirit and meaning of my Will then and in that case the land that I have devised to my Executor’s wife Mary Ann Carson shall fall back and be equally divided amongst all my heirs after paying all my debts and the above legacies I will and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Ann Carson the balance of my Estate if their [sic] should be any remaining in the hands of my Executor. 

Item I will and bequeath unto my Daughter Rachel Fisher wife of John Fisher One hundred Dollars which is to be paid to her by Robert Bovard when called for and upon his refusing to pay the above legacy I wish my Executor to sell the land I bequeathed to my Daughter Peggy Bovard the wife of said Robert Bovard and divide the amount of the sale equally amongst my heirs. 

And Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Isaac D Carson to be my Executor of this my last Will and Testament revoking and annulling all former Wills by me made heretofore ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last Will and Testament. In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this 30th day of December 1828. Mary [her X mark] McGarvey {Seal}

Signed sealed published and declared by Mary McGarvey the above named Testator as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto. W J Carson. Benjm Griffith Robert Dare. 

Mary McGarvey (1830), Will Record (1971-1884): 406-408; Hamilton County Probate Court (http://www.probatect.org), Cincinnati, Ohio.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Summer Goals - June Update

At the beginning of June, I set my genealogy goals for the summer. Here's an update on what I accomplished in June.

Here are my summer goals:

  • Original Records
    • Order FHL microfilm for Eiswerth line in Germany and probate records for Switzerland (and maybe) Ohio Counties in Indiana. Have ordered some of both, lots more to go through.
    • Download marriage images from FamilySearch for Ohio marriages in my family tree and husband's tree. Finished my tree except for Gallia County because it is not yet available. Working on husband's tree now. I find it an easy goal to do at least one image a day.
    • Research trips to Rabbit Hash, Kentucky; Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio; Butler County, Ohio Archive; Indiana State Library. I visited the Indiana State Library last week. 
  • Scanning
    • Finish scanning Suckling slides (only 28 more boxes to go). So I kind of finished this. As in I scanned the 28 boxes that I knew were there. But then my mom found a whole lot more.
    • Scan slides and photos in parents' collection. Have not done yet.
  • Education
  • Writing
    • Blog more. I did blog more than I have been, but I still need to get back in the groove.
    • Profiles on Switzerland County ancestors for blog and Indiana Genealogical Society. I wrote up one on Robert Bruce Bascom, more to come.
    • Work on Eiswerth surname book. I did a rough, rough, rough draft. Will work on it more this month with my German church records.
  • Stuff I should have finished in May
    • Switzerland County cemetery photos online and indexed. Done!
    • Finish transcribing/translating records for husband's Alsace line. Done! (It still counts that I gave up on transcribing and translating them all and just added the dates and images to my database, right?)
So there's where I stand on my summer goals. I'm not doing too bad since I split everything up into small pieces. How are you doing with your goals?