Thursday, January 1, 2015

My Cousin Finder DNA is Done!

So I see it's been a year, an "interesting" year, shall we say, since I wrote on this thing.  Let's let it go at that.

On to the DNA.  Family Tree DNA ( offers autosomal dna testing which shows your origins as well as links to other cousins who have had their automosal DNA test, showing connections usually from 2nd to 4th generation. 

 Here are my results (my origins): (Other testing companies may show other results, as these are based on each company's data.)

  •  38% Western and central  Europe (mostly Germany, I'm guessing, from my Dad's Hawk-Hess)

  • 27% Scandinavia     (I'm clueless, but imagine the Norsemen arriving in Ireland)

  • 23% British Isles     (no surprises here -  Bond-Timmons-Markham-Thompson)

  • 7% Southern Europe  (umm, okay, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece are close to Germany, but clueless again)

  • 5% Middle Eastern      (What? Asia Minor?  - I'm really clueless again - do we see a pattern?)

So where's the Native American that my grandfather supposedly inherited?  Well, we only get 50% of our DNA from each parent, and I don't know which or what 50% each got or I got.  I really need cousins/siblings to test their DNA. (hint-hint) If my grandfather was only 1/8 Choctaw, that wouldn't mean a lot got passed down in any event.  
I haven't had time to connect with any cousins yet, except a Markham one. With that cousin we share sibling great-grandparents.  There are lots of links I need to follow up on, with especially a lot of Thompsons.  That connection is through my Markham grandmother whose mother was named Lucinda Thompson. 

So there's more work to be done.   Thanks for checking in. 

Monday, January 20, 2014

52 Ancestors Challenge: Who was Margaret Martin of Grant County, Wisconsin?

As a bit of motivation (need more than a bit!) I decided to participate in this 52 ancestor challenge from Ancestry.  My great grandparents, Margaret Martin and Charles Hess, married in October of 1852 in Grant County, Wisconsin.  I believe Margaret was the daughter of Augustine Augustus Martin and Elizabeth Peck.  On the 1850 census in Grant County, Augustus and Elizabeth (Betsey) Martin had two daughters listed in addition to Margaret: Louisa b. 1836 and Isabella b. 1838, all born in Illinois.  Margaret named one of her daughters Annie Isabel and another daughter Louisa.  My recollection is that there was another possible Margaret but the fact that this Margaret named two of her daughters after her sisters seems to confirm this family. Margaret and Charles Hess moved to Iowa and then to Kansas, first in Rooks County, and then to Cloud County, Kansas where they died.  

But, back to the Martins!  I've spent years trying to figure this family out and determine if I was really on the right track.  I'm publishing this here and on ancestry in the hopes that someone will straighten me out if this isn't correct. I, along with other researchers, believe the mother of Margaret,  Betsey on the 1850 census in Grant County, WI, is Elizabeth Peck.  Here is her family:

The Peck-Wysor Family:

Several different researchers list Augustus Martin's wife as Elizabeth Peck, daughter of Jacob Peck and Eve Wysor.  Children of Jacob and Eve are shown as:

  1. Catherine b. c. 1798 VA, d. c. 1852 Grant County, WI, mar. Robert L. Weeks
  2. Elizabeth, b. c. 1800 VA, mar. Augustine/Augustus Martin
  3. Christopher, b. abt 1804 VA, mar Matilda Pitser
  4. Nancy, b. abt 1810 VA, d. 1876 Grant County, WI, mar Benjamin Burton
  5. Fidelia (Delia/Dalia) b. c. 1817 VA, mar. Isaac Burton.
  Now for the family of Augustine Augustus Martin and Elizabeth Peck (see below on Elizabeth's family)
  1. William b. 1825 VA ,shown on1850 in Grant County, WI in aunt's household two doors down (Catherine Peck and Robert Weeks).  In Memorable Happenings in Grant Co. Herald Newspaper 1870-1879 v. II is a listing for "Martin, Wm vs. Jacob Martin - Bloomington, h. 1848 came as family from IL, Issue 730925, p. 3a3."
  2. Jacob, b. 1830 VA, listed in 1850 Tafton, Grant County, WI census, with mother Elizabeth, and siblings James, John, and Isabel and two younger children, Rebecca and James. 
  3. James (Deseustus/Derastus?) b. 1832 VA. James is listed as Deseustus (my interpretation) on the 1850 census with his family, same date of birth. In 1860 he is listed as James.  I have to wonder if the name shouldn't be Erastus because that name is found often in the Peck family in VA. Married Roxena Scarf.
  4. Margaret, b. 23 Jul 1832 Illinois, d. 1 Mar 1891, Cloud County, Kansas, mar. Charles Hess on 28 Oct 1852 in Grant County, WI. 
  5. Louisa, b. 1836, Illinois
  6. Isabella, b. 1838, Illinois
  7. John, b. 1839, Illinois
Here are the 1850 and 1860 census records from Grant County, WI. First the 1850 on two pages:

Now for the 1860 Grant County, Wisconsin census showing Jacob and mother Elizabeth:

I believe the Martin family came to Wisconsin from Clinton County, Illinois.  Looking at the 1840 census in Illinois it would seem to fit.  I also have land documents listing both Augustin Martin and Augustus Martin in Clinton County.  In another post I will dig out the Clinton County connections.  In the meantime, happy hunting!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Happy Birthday Grandmama Nora Timmons Bond

Today, October 7th, would have been my Grandmama's birthday.  Her 134th! 

This is Grandmama (on the right) with her sister Martha Timmons Roten (Aunt Mattie) on the left.  They were very close and it was a great loss when Aunt Mattie died in 1945.  We have so many letters from Aunt Mattie and Uncle Bill Roten to Grandmama.  Sweet, sweet, caring letters to their "red-headed Sis." 

I chose this photo because it reminds me of the sense of calm I felt around her.  I was so young when she died (only 6), but I have one special memory that has remained with me through the years.  She was standing by the window in the farmhouse living room, and seemed to be looking into the distance through the Venetian blinds. The room was slightly dark because the blinds were closed.  I was curious and couldn't understand how she was seeing anything. I asked her what she was doing. She turned slightly to me and told me "I'm praying." I was made to understand this was her quiet time alone with God and I was not to bother her while she was talking with God.  By that time, she had suffered so many losses: her husband and five of her children.   Yet her faith in God remained strong.  What a loving legacy to leave to her children and grandchildren. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Whoo-hoo! I finally found my mother's missing Aunt Mary.

A little background:  For many years I searched records for Mary Bond, my mother's aunt.  She was the only Bond aunt or uncle with whom she corresponded, and I thought it would be so nice to find out more about her.  Just curious, but no luck.  I had no surname for her husband, and could find no marriage record.  All I knew (or remembered, anyway) was that Aunt Mary was married to a doctor and lived around Oklahoma City.  I spent a lot of time looking but with no name for the husband, I just couldn't find a clue.

Recently, and it was truly a stroke of luck, I found her.  Tracing her mother, Martha Nichols Bond, my great grandfather's second wife, led me to Aunt Mary.  Grandma Nichols, as she was known by the grandchildren of the first family, was living with her daughter Mary and Mary's husband, Jesse Anton Bates, who was a physician.  This is from the 1930 census in Seminole County, Oklahoma. 

 Jesse Anton Bates is buried in Oklahoma City in Memorial Park Cemetery, having died in 1947.  In Tishomingo Cemetery in Johnston County, Oklahoma there is buried a Mary Lee Bates and a Charlie Frank Bates.   Their son Charles was named after both grandfathers: Charles Bond and Frank Bates.   Mary Bond Bates lived until 1977.  This would reinforce my recollection of Mother receiving letters while I was still at home on the farm.  Tishomingo is the birthplace of my mother and has been home to many Bond families over the years. 

I note that other researchers have Aunt Mary dying in 1920.  I could find no evidence of this.  She and husband Jesse and son Charles are also on the 1940 census for Seminole County, Oklahoma.  Charles appears to have had no children and so this family simply disappeared in the sands of time.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

So who was Nicholas Hawk?

Who is the Nicholas Hawk who lived in Hardy County, WV (VA) in the late 1700's and what happened to him?  Is he the brother of John and Martin Hawk?   He owned 272 acres next to Martin Hawk who owned land next to John Hawk, all on Patterson's Creek.  So were they brothers?  Some seem to think so.  There are quite a lot of references to John and Martin Hawk being brothers, but they stayed in Hardy County.  Nicholas Hawk and wife sold his land grant of 1789 to Nicholas Michael in 1793. 

To further complicate matters, there are records in the Library of Virginia where John Hawk and Nicholas Hawk received land grants in Harrison County, VA (now WV) in 1789 and 1787 respectively.  Are these the same two Hawks who were granted land in Hardy County?  Quite probably.  Have I done any research in Harrison County?  Nope.  I didn't find any census records for either of these two in Harrison County either.

Mark Hale in his book Return to Greenland, Volume 1, pub 2000, believes Nicholas (wife Elizabeth) is probably a brother and that these three were the sons of Jacob and Catherine Haak.  There is a Nicholas Hawk in neighboring Randolph County, who disappears by 1796 and is replaced by Elizabeth Hawk.  Randolph County was formed from Harrison County in 1787. 

Next steps:
  1. Look at  Rev. Daniel Schumacher's Baptismal Records, publication of the Pennsylvania German Society, Volume 1, 1960, as well as baptismal records in Pennsylvania at the Family History Library.
  2. Research Randolph/Harrison Counties, WV records for more information on Hawk families.
  3. Order a copy of the deed from Nicholas Hawk to Nicholas Michael in Hardy County, WV.
I've researched some German families through the church records in Pennsylvania and have run into the problem of finding only some of the known children christened, either because records were lost, or the families moved, or once the church split.  I'm excited to try to find Jacob and Catherine Haak and hope to eventually find where these families came from in Germany.  My Dad said they were Pennsylvania Dutch, and I had no doubt of that, but I couldn't find anyone back beyond the Virginia Hawk families. 

So perhaps I had the information all along.  That wouldn't be the first time that's happened!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sons of John Hawk, Sr. Hardy County, VA

Okay, thought I'd get back to this since it's one of those things I really enjoy.  I promised a copy of this to a distant relative and while digging it out, thought I'd just share it with all.  This is what I've used as proof for the parents for my
gr-great grandfather John Hawk, Jr. (of Indiana and Illinois). As a reminder, John Jr. was born 8 March 1790 in Hardy County, Virginia and moved to Tippecanoe County, Indiana about 1838.  He later moved to Christian County, Illinois where he died 25 May 1880. 

Here are photos of the front and back of a copy of a deed record in Hardy County dated 10 Dec 1816, wherein John Hawk Sr. and wife Catherine, give 410 acres on Luneys Creek, including the flag meadow and mud lick, to all their sons, for consideration of $100.  They list their sons as Henry, Solomon, Jacob, and John Jr., and  I presume the sons are listed in order of their birth.  Each son got 100 acres except Jacob who received 110. 


 Although wife and mother Catherine is listed, she wasn't required to sign the deed.  Nice that things have changed. 

Below is a page from Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia)General Index to Deeds, with book and page numbers listing the record for this transaction as Book 7, Page 664. There are many other listings of Hawk grantees.  I'll post the Hawk Grantors page another day. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Great Grandfather W.R.M. Timmons and the Battle of Perryville

Co. G, 31st Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, C.S.A. That is the only military information I had on Gr-Grandfather Timmons (1842-1905) and was taken from his tombstone in Bee Cemetery, Johnston County, Oklahoma.  I knew he had fought in the Civil War, and had been wounded.  Or so I was told. For years I looked for some real material giving details - where, what happened, what battles.  Finally - FINALLY! - I've finally found some records. I signed up for Fold3 which specializes in military wars.

The Battle of Perryville, Kentucky
There were quite a few pages documenting Grandfather Timmons'  involvement in the war, including the one at left which says he was wounded October 8, 1862 and left at Perryville Hospital.  With a tiny bit of research I learned the Battle of Perryville is considered one of the bloodier ones with an estimated 7,407 casualties (including dead, wounded, and missing or prisoners of war).  This battle came after the Battle of Shiloh.  Troops from both sides fought each other along the way until they reached Perryville.  Although the Confederates were considered to have won from a tactical standpoint, they retreated and the North was able to retain Kentucky for the rest of the war. 

Imagine being wounded and left behind as your regiment pulled out, leaving you in the hands of the enemy.  To give you an idea of what the situation was like, I found this quote from a Confederate surgeon at Perryville (from the Tennessee4Me website):

Dr. Charles Todd Quintard's description of a field hospital at the Battle of Perryville:
" When the wounded were brought to the rear, at three o'clock in the afternoon, I took my place as a surgeon...and throughout the rest of the day and until half past five the next morning, without food or any sort, I was incessantly occupied with the wounded. It was a horrible night I spent,--God save me from such another....
About half past five in the morning of the 9th, I dropped--I could do no more. I  went out by myself and leaning against a fence, I wept like a child.  And all that day I was so unnerved that if any one asked me about the regiment, I could make no reply without tears...The total loss of the Confederates...was 510 killed, 2,635 wounded,  and 251 captured or missing, and of this loss a great part was sustained by our regiment [the Rock City Guards from Nashville]."

Doctor Quintard, Chaplain C.S.A. and  Second Bishop of Tennessee, edited by Sam Davis Elliott, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 2003.

The video at this link shows the Dye House  which was used as a hospital.  Other sites were also used, but this appears to have been the first hospital set up during the battle. The video also gives you a good idea of what the area looked like, since not a lot has changed in the intervening years.

Grandfather Timmons, wounded, became a prisoner of war.  He was traded back to the Confederate Army and the document at left is a receipt for the exchange of prisoners on November 15, 1862 in Vicksburg.  He went back to fighting for the South and was promoted to Corporal later on. There are more documents like this following his career during the war. 

Here are some sites with great information about the Battle of Perryville: