Tuesday, September 16, 2014

52 Ancestors: #37 ~ Phebe Barker – Wife of a Revolutionary War Surgeon

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

My maternal 4th great-grandfather, Dr. Luther L. Waterman was a surgeon during the Revolutionary War. This is the second page from his pension file.

I've written about Luther before on this blog. Today, I'd like to introduce you to Luther's wife, and my 4th great-grandmother, Phebe Barker.

Phebe Barker was born on 22 August 1756 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut. She was the daughter of Dr. John Barker and Phebe Hyde.

Phebe married Luther Waterman on 1 January 1778 in Franklin, New London, Connecticut. They were the parents of nine children.

  1. Samuel Waterman (1778-1857)
  2. Erastus Waterman (1780-1859)
  3. Child Waterman (died 1784)
  4. Jerusha Waterman (1786-1867)
  5. Phebe Waterman (1789-?)
  6. Asher Waterman (1791-1875) [my 3rd great-grandfather]
  7. Eusebius B. Waterman (1795-?)
  8. David Bassett Waterman (1798-1851)
  9. Lucinda A. Waterman (1803-1879)
I love pension files! They can provide so much valuable family history information. The page from Luther Waterman's pension file at the top of this post says the following:
Left Side of Page


Phebe Waterman decd. widow of Luther Waterman who died on the 9 Sep 1807 of Athens Co. in the state of Ohio who was a Surgeon in the Co. commanded by Captain --- of the Reg commanded by Col Webb in the Conn (? Page ripped) for 15 months increased from $300 p. ann.
Inscribed on the Roll of Cincinnati ? the rate of    Dollars    Cents per ann. to commence on the 4th day of March 1834 (? Page ripped) on the 2 Feby. 1843 the day of her d (probably death).
Certificate of Pension issued the 22 day of July 1844 and sent to A. Ray   (P ?)
Arrears to the 4th of "
Semi-annual allowance ending
Right Side of Page
A? Notified See Let
July 22 1844
Pay to Samuel, Erastus, Asher, Eusebius B., David B. Waterman, Jerusha Smith, Phebe Pierce, & Lucinda Bicknell, children of Phebe Waterman deducting the amount already paid under said (?)
Lt. A. G. Brown
May 26/55

Isn't the right side of this pension file page especially wonderful? It lists the children of Luther and Phebe, including the married names of their daughters.

Luther passed away on 9 September 1807 in Cazenovia, Madison, New York. Most of Luther and Phebe's children had moved to Athens County Ohio, by the time the 1850 federal census was taken.

I found this interesting paragraph in The Waterman Family, Volume 1, Descendants of Robert Waterman of Marshfield, Massachusetts through seven generations.1
"The widow Phebe Waterman and her children settled on a farm near Coolville, Athens County, Ohio. It is now on Route 7 out of Coolville. There they laid out a private Waterman graveyard, which is now (1938) on the farm of Mr. John Humphrey, originally part of the old Waterman purchase. One goes from the house through two pastures to reach it. Here there is a stone to the widow, the inscription on which reads: "Phebe Waterman, Consort of Dr. Luther Waterman and daughter of Dr. John Barker, died Feb. 2, 1843, in 87th year."
I wonder if the old Waterman graveyard still exists. If so, I think it would be really amazing to visit it someday.

As was stated in the paragraph from The Waterman Family book, Phebe Barker Waterman passed away on 2 February 1843. She passed away in Troy, Athens, Ohio.

Thanks for reading!

© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 297. Print.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 12, 2014

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Personal property: none AND Vote for someone else! AND Year 13… never forget by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  2. Who Is Your Favorite Genealogy Rockstar? 2014 Voting Now Open by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  3. Announcing the Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research by Michael Hait, author of Planting the Seeds
  4. Asylum and Bigamy and Vanishing..…Oh My! by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  5. My Own One Place Study by Cindy Freed, author of Cindy Freed's Genealogy Circle
  6. Keys to the Asylum by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  7. Using Time Lines as a Family History Writing Tool by Diane Hewson for Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
  8. A New Look for the Traditional Pedigree View on Family Tree by Robert Kehrer for FamilySearch Blog
  9. One Lovely Blog Award by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  10. Whose Clothing Were They Wearing? by Amy, author of Brotman Blog
  11. Motivation Monday: In A Genealogical Funk by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of The Spiraling Chains: Kowalski – Bellan Family Trees
  12. Find A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos On Site! by Kristie Wells for Ancestry.com Blog
  13. A New Puzzle Piece by Leslie, author of THE PEOPLE OF PANCHO
  14. The rest of the story by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  15. A sibling DNA match by Shelley Crawford, author of Twigs of Yore
  16. What Does a Penitentiary Record Look Like? by The Enthusiastic Genealogist, author of The Enthusiastic Genealogist
  17. BYU's Family History Technology Lab AND Relative Finder AND Virtual Pedigree Pre-release or Elastic Paper by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  18. Where Were You? by Amberly, author of The Genealogy Girl
  19. Massachusetts Remembers 9/ll With Memorial and Names by Barbara Poole, author of Life From The Roots
  20. Remembering 9/11 by Beth Gatlin, author of So Many Ancestors!
  21. 11th September 2001 by Julie Goucher, author of Anglers Rest

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!

© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, September 8, 2014

52 Ancestors: #36 ~ My Great-Grandmother - Rosalia Rodrigues Vasques

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

I believe this is a picture of my maternal great-grandmother, Rosalia Rodrigues Vasques. I cropped it from a larger group photo, which I will share at a later time.

I introduced you to Rosalia's husband, Alvaro Borges Da Silva Madeira, in a previous post. If you missed that post and would like to read about Alvaro, who was a Naval Engineer in Brazil, click HERE.

Rosalia was born 4 September 1857 to her parents Mathias Rodrigues Vasques and Margarida De Farias Correa. Rosalia was christened on 8 December 1857 in São Pedro, Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Rosalia and her husband Alvaro were the parents of five children.
  1. Maria Isabel Vasques Madeira (1890-?)
  2. Agrippina Vasques Madeira (1894-?)
  3. Alvaro Borges Madeira (1895-1960)
  4. Lucia Vasques Madeira (1896-?)
  5. Sarah Vasques Madeira (1900-1942) [My Grandmother]
My records indicate that Rosalia passed away on 24 April 1930 in Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil at 72 years of age.

Thanks for reading!

© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Friday, September 5, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 5, 2014

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Dad's Hoisington Banner Finds a New Home by Becky Jamison, author of Grace and Glory Plus
  2. RootsTech Registration is Now Open! by Chad K. Schumacher for FamilySearch Blog
  3. Tuesday’s Tip: Transcript AND Promoting Your Blog Without (much) Bloodshed by Jenny Lanctot, author of Are My Roots Showing?
  4. FGS2014 Celebrity Fun Walk Success by Preserve the Pensions Blog
  5. Family History Benefits For Youth, Part 2 by Janet Hovorka, author of Zap the Grandma Gap
  6. Ways to Celebrate Grandparents Day This Sunday, Sept. 7 AND Four Pointers to Preserve Your Family Heirlooms in a Disaster AND Internet Archive Uploads Giant Collection of Old Photos & Images to Flickr by Diane Haddad – Genealogy Insider for Family Tree Magazine Blog
  7. Three Brothers, Three Roads by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  8. The final tally by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  9. Photo Scanning - ScanMyPhotos.com Review by Jennifer Shoer, author of The Scrappy Genealogist
  10. Family Traditions and Genealogy by Cheryl Palmer, author of Heritage Happens
  11. The One Where I Feel Incredibly Honored by Shelley Bishop, author of A Sense of Family
  12. FamilySearch Tip – Organizing Search Results by Amberly, author of TheGenealogyGirl
  13. This is this the 501st post for this blog by Diane Weintraub, author of Nuts From the Family Tree
  14. 10 Ways to Create Backups and Prevent Data Loss by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  15. Two Conferences, One Location: How will that work? by Linda McCauley for FGS Voice Blog
  16. Dad’s Ratty Sweater by Donna Catterick, author of This I Leave
  17. Research Outline, “A Look At Spanish Genealogical Research” by Moises Garza, author of Mexican Genealogy
  18. A New to me Feature at www.FamilySearch.org by Dawn Kogutkiewicz, author of Dawning Genealogy
  19. Family Recipe Friday – Blender Custard Pie by Kathy Smith Morales, author of Abbie and Eveline
  20. The "Skeleton in the Closet" Doesn't Belong to Me! (Lessons to Learn!) by Dana L., author of The Enthusiastic Genealogist

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!

© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Wonderful Reason I Added Another Name to My Genealogy Database

You know what's fun? Adding another name to my Legacy Family Tree database. But this time I wasn't adding a name because of genealogy research I had done. No. This time I added the name of our lovely new daughter-in-law following the wedding of our second-oldest son and his beautiful bride. And it certainly was wonderful to add her name to our family tree.

Our son and his fiancé (now wife) were married in the Oakland California Temple. They were sealed for time and all eternity. Members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that marriages performed in the holy temple can last throughout the eternities and not end at death.

Our son and daughter-in-law were blessed with gorgeous weather on their wedding day. It was a bit overcast and foggy on our way from our hotel to the Oakland Temple, but it cleared up beautifully.

The Oakland California Temple is absolutely beautiful, not only inside, but outside as well.

The gorgeous photos I'm sharing with you today were taken by Marielle Hayes, owner of Marielle Hayes Photography. She did a fantastic job photographing the wedding of our son and daughter-in-law. Please check out her website by clicking HERE.

In addition to the photos taken around the beautiful Oakland Temple grounds, Marielle took some stunning photos of our son and daughter-in-law along the coast.

Marielle was able to prepare eighteen photos for our family to use at the wedding open house we hosted in our area about a week after the wedding. I can't wait to see the rest of her photos!

We love our new daughter-in-law already and are so happy she's now part of our family!

I'll be sharing more photos of the wedding on my personal blog, Jana's Place. I hope you'll join me there as well.

Thanks for reading!

© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



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