Monthly Archives: December 2016

Surname Saturday – Chamberlin

  The Chamberlin surname derives from an official title, “the chamberlain,” literally one who takes care of a chamber. The chamberlain often had charge of his lord’s receipts and payments.[i] Chamberlin is an English variant of Chamberlain. My one known ancestor … Continue reading

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Samuel Vaden Scott – A Man of Two Families

Roberts-Brown-2016 Research Roberts/Scott Line By Don Taylor Samuel Vaden Scott was married twice. The first time with Amanda Jane Haley.  He and Amanda had four children. Amanda died in 1889 and Samuel remarried. The original children seemed to scatter and … Continue reading

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Patience A. Roberts – Birth Record

Amanuensis Monday From the Pension Files of Asa Roberts Transcription by Don Taylor 12/26/2016 STSTE [sic] OF ILLINOIS} COUNTY OF FRANKLIN} I PATIENCE A. ROBERTS (, OF SESSER, FRANKLIN COUNTY STATE OF ILLINOIS BEING DULY SWORN DOTH DEPOSE AND SAY, … Continue reading

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The 1900 Census and Samuel Vaden Scott

Census Sunday Roberts-Brown Research Scott/Roberts Line The 1900 US Federal Census Record is often a Treasure Trove of information.  It provides a unique set of information including month and year of birth as well as the number of children a … Continue reading

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Amanuensis Monday – Pension of Asa Roberts – 1887-12-20

I love it when a document makes me reassess what I think I know. I recently received a copy of some of the documents regarding Patience Anna (Marshall) Roberts application for the pension of Asa Roberts. One of the documents … Continue reading

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Ancestor #34 – Thomas A Pankey (c. 1760-1829)

 Howell-Darling-2016 Research Howell/Pankey Line By Don Taylor Sadly, the 1790 Census and the 1800 Census records for Virginia were lost. Apparently destroyed by the British during the war of 1812. This loss has a major effect on tracing this family … Continue reading

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Ancestor Biography – Mary Electa Parsons (1828-1888)

Roberts/Brown 2016 Research Brown/Sanford/Parsons Line By Don Taylor List of Grandparents Grand Parent: Richard Earl Brown 1st Great: Arthur Durwood Brown 2nd Great: Marion Sanford 3rd Great: Mary Electa Parsons 4th Great: Chester Parsons 5th Great: John Parsons [Jr.] 6th … Continue reading

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1840 Census and Chester Parsons

Census Sunday The 1840 census often exasperates genealogists.  I find the information presented to be challenging and able to provide new questions as well as details. I was getting to know my 3rd great-grandmother, Mary Electa Parsons. In 1840 Mary … Continue reading

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Ancestor Biography – Daniel Whitten (1859-1950)

Whitten-Bickford-2016 Project #8 – Whitten Line By Don Taylor It is often best and usually easiest to look at a person’s life backwards.  That is to begin with their death records then follow them through all of the census records … Continue reading

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Arthur Durwood Brown – Born 1869

I saw that my Great-Grandfather’s, Arthur Durwood Brown, birthday was coming up. Then I realized that I have a quite a range of birth years for him. I know that markers are often wrong about birth years, but they seem so … Continue reading

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