Tag Archives: New York

Ancestor Biography – Mercy Eliza Taft  (1822-1884)

Roberts/Barnes/Taft Line By Don Taylor When I reviewed my possible connections through “We’re Related” to Walt Disney and to my Scarborough Historical friend, Carl, both were stopped by my research blockage at Mercy Eliza Taft.  After Mercy, both lines went … Continue reading

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Ancestor Biography – Nelson Barnes (1816-1884)

Roberts/Barnes Line By Don Taylor It is usually the birth record, and how comfortable I am with that record, that defines how comfortable I am with my feeling that I know an ancestor.  Nelson Barnes’ birth records, parents, and childhood … Continue reading

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William M Sanford – Pioneer

Roberts-Brown-2016 Research Brown/Sanford Line By Don Taylor My third great-grandfather, William M. Sanford was a pioneer. He is the first ancestor that I have encountered that was identified as a pioneer in two different books relating the history of two … Continue reading

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Ancestor Biography – Abner Darling (1747-aft. 1800)

Howell-Darling-2016 Research Darling Line By Don Taylor List of Grandparents Grandfather (#6): Robert Harry Darling (1905-1969) 1st Great (#12): Rufus Harry Darling (1856-1917) 2nd Great (#24): Rufus Holton Darling (1815-1857) 3rd Great (#48): Abner Darling (1780-1839) 4th Great (#96): Abner … Continue reading

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The Search for Abner Darling (1780-1839)

The Search for Rufus H Darling’s father:Abner Darling Finding individuals before the 1850 Census is always problematic. I find the process to be an iterative process, that is to say, it is necessary to go through the same records several … Continue reading

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MM06 – Elmer Stevens Mapes (1898-1974)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 89 Elmer Stephens Mapes 1920 – Kanakadea Via Ancestry.com Elmer Stephens Mapes was born in New York on 24 Aug 1898. He was the third of four children born to James and Myrtle (Myrtie) … Continue reading

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Ruth Grace Montran Cologne (1897-1993)

Only recently have I come to the determination that Ruth Grace Montran is my grandmother’s (Madonna Mae Montran) half sister and that they shared the same father, John F. Montran. In my attempt to prove or disprove that relationship, I’ve … Continue reading

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Reuben Fowler (1753-1832), DAR, and Find-a-Grave

Reuben Fowler Reuben Fowler’s Name On 1927 DAR Plaque Photo Credit: Mora #48254008 I received a message from Mora, Find-a-Grave contributor #48254008, with six photos attached A couple of the photos are beautiful pictures of Old St. Peter’s Episcopal Church … Continue reading

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William Isack Middleton (1872- )

William Isack Middleton (1872- ) Project Middleton/Smith By – Don Taylor Follow your Process I find there is a right way to do things and a wrong way. The wrong way is usually a lot faster and a lot less … Continue reading

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