3X GTGRD AUNT – Daughter of John ATKINSON & Elizabeth HODGSON

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3x Great Grand Parents: (KIDD) ATKINSON

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I am descended from (3) Thomas II

I have information on most of the family’s history — land records, WWI/ CEF records, obituaries and photos of gravestones.

They Were Left Behind

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They left in 1833 from England to New York City enroute to York, Upper Canada (now Toronto, Ontario), with two bachelor sons and a pregnant daughter, her husband and six children.

I have documented the tearful voyage a few times, providing links for those that might need a refresher or any late arrivals tagging along, but this is the first time I am addressing who they left behind.
To date, the ship’s name eludes me; and it does not help me that their journey was made so simple by a letter from the British Consul, James Buchanan, excusing them from the Customs House, because it expedited their journey and has made it a massive pain (for me for over 30 years) to re-trace their journey back to the Old Country
Looking at the family list above, Ann, Alice and Elizabeth did not travel overseas with their parents and siblings.
Why?
When the family left in 1833, Ann would have been 29, Alice 28, and Elizabeth 26-years-old, respectively — further providing if of them lived that long.
There is the slight probability that the girls were married with families and that their husbands were well established in the community — but if this were so, why can’t I locate them?

Fearless Females (Day 27): Her Greatest Pride and Darkest Fears

leprechaunrabbit:

This is the family I was talking about during #AncestryHour

Originally posted on Your Roots Are Showing!:

[PLEASE NOTE: There are no posts for Fearless Females (Day 25) SUBJ – Motherly Instincts or (Day 26) SUBJ – Education.].

I do not possess any documentation of their journey, nor proof of their lands and losses, but stories exist of a letter in the Upper Canada Sundries — a microfilm collection of documents written by British Counsel, James Buchanan, Esquire from New York City.
[These sundries are located in the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, and a second set of can also be viewed (by appointment) in the Kathleen Mills Memorial Library of Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.].

I have not been able to arrange to view it, but one such letter written by His Excellency excused my earliest ancestors from the Customs House, expediting their journey to York, Upper Canada — more commonly known now as Toronto, Ontario.

They had started off in February 1833 from…

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How Do We #GenChat

I use my computer and cellphone.

I use my personal computer to participate but keep my cell open on my Twitter page to locate stragglers or tweets from those forgetting the genchat hashtag or just struggling to follow; as well as DMs ;)

There are a number venues that aid in making the Twitter chatroom experience enjoyable: tchatio, tweetchat, hootsuite, nurph and possibly one or two more I’m forgetting.

As #GenChat is THIS Friday, I will explain TweetChat in this segment today and post the other venues (written by ThePirateQueen and other popular patrons of Treeverne) leading up to #GenChat Friday.

To participate you need a Twitter name. It starts with “@”
It costs nothing to register, you just need to be certain that no one else is using the name that you want.

Once you have your name, you need to find a chat programme that you like. Experiment with them all, and discover which one meets your needs.

tweetchatTweetChat is my favourite. It is an online service that is very simple to use.

To start, type “#genchat” in the text box.

TC_genchatNext comes the authourization screen …

authourizeThen the genchat room opens and you have the option to login or just follow along.

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If you login, TweetChat can add the hashtag #genchat automatically to your tweets.

Participants’ tweets

A large text window occupies the upper half. A counter winds down from 140.

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Under the text window are three buttons: remember “Room Settings” (It is your friend!)

roomsettingsIn Room Settings, you can simplify following along in #genchat

(This is what I do):

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Highlight (although the button is green) makes orange bars before and after each person you choose. I use this to find @ancestryjourney and @_genchat and whomever else is leading the discussion. 

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This is also VERY HELPFUL when trying to locate Questions! (The only time it is not, is when patrons respond to Qs with Qs, forgetting to change their reply to an A (Answer) :P [Oh, I know there can’t be any such people at Treeverne!].

Haven’t had to use”block user.” NEXT!

Hide retweets. IF the conversation is very heavy, have come close, but not yet.

Disable Buffer. Self explanatory, no?

But, there is one segment not shown: conversation recognition. If a fellow participant addresses you, the border highlights appear in blue.

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Now, replies, retweets, and favourites are also possible with a simple click in the bottom right of each tweet.

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And all this fun is 90minus: 30mins in #Treeveene for #TalkbacK which leads into an hour of #genchat

It’s fast. It’s fun. Do you think you can keep up?

Then Along Came Rosemary …

Upon Friday last (Friday March 13th), #genchat was eager to discuss using a blog for genealogy, or as the term is: genea-blogging.

Two very popular reasons to do this genea-blogging was (1) capture memories and stories of earlier ancestors; and, (2) attract other relatives, or what is called “cousin bait.”

I must admit, I have been very fortunate, coming from a prolific family of rabbits. There’s always two family historians or genealogists in each branch of the family tree!

A little more than a month ago, a new cousin found me through Ancestry. Cousin Rosemary explained her connection and asked what mine was.

I quickly sent a reply after referring to my notes. Afterwards, I reviewed them a little more and found that Rosemary’s cousin, Jane has been exchanging details with me since 2008!

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The girls live in the United States, while I am still in Canada — out West, having moved from the East in 2001. 

In February 1905, Mary ATKINSON wed William FULKERSON in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada; but by December of that same year, they became parents in New York State with their first-born Ida Mae (Rosemary & Jane’s grandmother!).

Now, my mother still resides in Hamilton and I visited her just this last December (2014). 

While there I photographed some ancestors’ gravestones as they have resided in the Hamilton-Toronto area since the mid 1830s.

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Generation One St Philip’s Cemetery (Bolton, Ontario)

They came from England in 1833 with 2 sons, a pregnant daughter with her spouse and their six little ones. Three of the little ones died during the voyage, and as shown above, son Robert died shortly after arriving in York, Upper Canada (now known as Toronto, Ontario).

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Generation Two (reverse of Generation One stone) St Philip’s Cemetery (Bolton, Ontario)

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Thomas ATKINSON & Sarah Ann CAWARD

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Generation Three: Hamilton Cemetery (Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario)

Must go, will keep you posted with what we find, until then …

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But, Mister Seaver, Romance Did Find Rabbit

There’s more than one incurable romantic about this genealogy Twitter-verse, you know.

This gentlemanly Rabbit was quite the Olde World charmer in his day, Dearies — but don’t take my word for it, just ask MiLady.

So as per the FEB 28th dare of Randy’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

superheroesI was minding my own business at home, a single-again Dad recently retired from the Army, with three little men (9, 6 and 4) — that’s right, four bachelors crazy for Lego, Bionicle, Transformers and wooden Thomas the Tank Engine train sets!

But when the lads were asleep, I unwound for a bit most nights by re-writing my genealogy notes into WordPerfect; but I also wrote a bit of poetry to clear my head on those late nights when I couldn’t sleep.

It wasn’t that long ago, December 2000, when I got an e-mail from a woman who gushed on and on about my poetry website that she just found!

She laughed, she cried. Then she laughed so hard, she cried some more! She complimented me on my gifts to tell life stories in simple, common English but present it in rhyming two-line “couplets” like Shakespeare’s writings.
Then she asked how difficult it was to write like that and how long I had been doing so.

“I’m gonna make her day,” I thought. (Yes, I wrote in verse, just a couple of lines.).

After sending off my reply, I resumed my genealogy work.

Now, I swear it was only ten minutes, when the next e-mail chirped its arrival.

Her again, I soon discovered. Opening her reply I was overwhelmed, it was two pages long!

(How did she do that in ten minutes?!?)
“Oh, well,” I shrugged, “no matter.”

So, I answered her e-mail /
The same as the first;
With a wee bit of humour /
And, yes, all in verse!

Needless to say, I did a lot of typing but not very much of it genealogy.

I learned early on that MiLady lived near the Rocky Mountains, while I was near the Great Lakes area, which created a two-hour time difference.

She worked in a psychiatric hospital, which was a blessing in handling my odd sense of humour.

By Valentine’s Day, we decided to try a phone call or two. So, late that night, we connected and talked for over six hours!

The time just sped by! It seemed like we barely got acquainted when I saw the red LED clock glowing 5:00am!

It was like an addiction — a very nasty habit: we talked every other night.

And it was so nice to have these conversations with another adult that did not involve robots, magical cartoon ponies, fruit-flavoured dollies or a purple dinosaur!

But, MiLady’s melodic voice would soon be silenced within a fortnight, when my phone company billed me over $500 for our fourteen calls!

It took some investigating, but MiLady eventually found ICQ a social programme predecessor of MSN. We tried it, but it wasn’t the same.  Allow me to explain:

MiLady would send “routine” messages that filled my entire orange (monochrome) screen! She would then go to the kitchen, make some coffee, enjoy it with a cigarette then go back to her computer and wait another five minutes for my two sentence reply!

I, on the other hand, after sending my message would no sooner stand up from my chair, when the screen of my 486 would fill again! (Methinks this is when I should mention that I was using dial up!).

Then MiLady found out that MSN could handle voice; and our all-night conversations began again minus the $500 phone bills.

By May, we agreed that a meeting was needed. Sending money for her flight, MiLady came to Ontario for two weeks!

It was the end of June, her arrival date! It was almost 40C in the shade, when she stepped off the plane and walked into the terminal.

Junior was the first to catch her eye. Smiling, he offered her a cold tin of soda — even then, he was almost as tall as she was!

Next came Captain, tugging at her luggage with the intent to strap them on the fold-up, wheeled carrier and port them around for her!

Then, my three-foot-tall Chef shuffled out, hiding behind the stem of a swaying, red rose that he held over his head.

With my young army men surrounding her, I stepped forward and then …

Our eyes met and we knew.

Baa Baa Black Sheep: Benedict Arnold

This is a re-blog of an old post from 2009.  I tried to update/revise it and it went all funny, so … I’m piecing it back together.

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Yes, I know, this is a strange one, but it’s a good one, and who doesn’t find a bad boy (or a bad girl) interesting?

In genealogy, it is no different – rum-runners during Prohibition, crime bosses, murderers and traitors like Al Capone, Lizzie Borden and Benedict Arnold (pictured right), respectively.

The gossip and hype that revolved around your Black sheep during their infamy – and still does, for some of them – will keep you busy looking for the facts for a while.

Good luck tracing your blacksheep!

More later!

Benedict Arnold: Black Sheep -= or =- Loyalist?

leprechaunrabbit:

#Benedict Arnold is a #Loyalist? o.0? Are you sure?

Originally posted on Your Roots Are Showing!:

Long time followers remember when I first wrote about General Benedict ARNOLD.  I described him as my Black Sheep ancestor and mentioned the re-location of his family to New Brunswick, after his disserting the American Continental Army (under command of General George Washington) to side with the Royal Army belonging to King George III.

Arnold’s military career and actions during the American Revolution are documented, misquoted, and in some cases questionable on both sides of the 49th Parallel – but as to what actions are questionable depends upon which side of the border you reside.

Let’s consider three things:

[1] Is he a traitor?

[2] Is he a “black sheep”?

[3] Is he a Loyalist?

This first question can be answered with reasoning that can be applied for a liberated answer that my Americans friends and fellow Canadians cannot dispute.

General Arnold was a member of the Continental Army…

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