Land and Heirs of William Eastlick (Easlick) of Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Land and Heirs of William Eastlick (Easlick) of Crawford County, PA
Deed Book A-2, page 86

Cornelius Easlick & others (heirs at law of William Easlick, decd) to Sidney Hawkins
Recorded August 11th 1847
Wm McLaughlin, Recorder

This Indenture, made this 20th day of May AD. 1845, Between Cornelius Eastlick, John Eastlick, William Eastlick, Stephen Olds & Mary his wife, Jasper Maybe Guardian of the heirs of Abigail Maybe, deceased, John Osburn & Betsey his wife, William Davis and Sarah his wife, Edward Priest & Elsa his wife, & Oliver Hitchcock & Lucrecia his wife heirs at law of the Estate of William Eastlick late of Crawford County Penna, deceased of the first and Sidney Hawkins of Crawford Co. Penna of the second part, Witnesseth, That the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred & eighty dollars to them in hand paid by the said Sidney the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, Have granted bargained sold aleined released and confirmed & by these presents do grant, bargain sell alein release & confirm unto the said Sidney Hawkins & to his heirs & assigns all the following described lot of land situate in the township of South Shenango Crawford County Penna and Bounded as follows viz Beginning at a post the South East corner of said lot of land, thence West Sixty one & eight tenth perches to a post, thence North by lands of same tract fifty five & five tenth perches to a post, thence West by lands of same tract twelve & eight tenth perches to a post, thence North by lands of D Hollister forty seven and five tenth perches to a post, thence East by Hollister and others Seventy four & six tenth perches to a post, thence South by land of Galbraith’s heirs one hundred & three perches to the place of beginning containing forty two acres of land be the same more or less.  Together with all and singular the rights privileges hereditaments & appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining, and also all the estate right title interest property claim and demand whatsoever of them the said first parties in law or equity or otherwise howsoever of in to or out of the same, To have and to hold lot hereby granted mentioned or intended so to be with the appurtenances unto the said Sidney his heirs & assigns to the only proper use of the said Sidney his heir and assigns forever, And the said parties of the first for themselves their heirs executors and administrators doth covenant promise grant and agree to & with the said Sidney his heirs & assigns that they the parties of the first part and their heirs the said above described lot or piece of land, hereditaments & premises hereby granted with the appurtenances unto the said Sidney Hawkins his heirs and assigns against them the said parties of the first part and their heirs & against all and every other person or persons lawfully claiming or to claim the same in, by, through, or under them their heirs or assigns or any of them, shall  & will warrant and forever defend by these presents.  In Witness whereof the first parties to these have hereunto set their hands and seals this twentieth day of May AD. 1845.

Signed, sealed and delivered in person of J. B. Herrick

Cornelius Eastlick
John Easlick
William Easlick
Elcy Priest
Lucretia Hitchcock
Mary Olds
Oliver Hitchcock
Edward L  x    Priest
for the heirs of Abigail Maybe
Jasper Maby

Mercer County ss
Before the subscriber a Justice of the peace in & for the said county appeared personally or by their agent the within named Cornelius Eastlick John Eastlick William Eastlick Stephen Olds and Mary his wife Jasper Maybe guardian for the heirs of Abigail Maybe deceased (struck through:  John Osburn and Betsy his wife by their agent John Eastlick) Edward Priest & Elsa his wife Oliver Hitchcock & Lucrecia his wife and acknowledged the within written Indenture to be their act and deed and consented the same should be admited of record as such.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th day of May A.D. 1845.

Joseph B. Herrick

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Will of Cornelius Eastlick, ca. 1790-1880

Crawford Co, PA Will Book E, Page 305

             In the name of God amen.  I Cornelius Eastlick of the Township of West Shenango, County of Crawford and State of Pennsylvania, being in ill health, but of Sound and disposing mind and memory, calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of human life, and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs, and directing how the estates with which it has pleased God to bless me shall be disposed of after my decease, while I have strength and capacity so to do, do make and publish this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all other wills and testaments heretofore by me made.

And, first I commend my mortal being to him who gave it, and my body to the earth, to be buried with decency by my executors hereinafter named.  And as to my worldly estate and all the property with which it has pleased God to bless me, or which I may die posessed of, or to which I shall be entitled to at the time of my decease, I devise, bequeathe and dispose of in the manner following

To wit..

My will is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate, as soon after my decease as shall by my executors be found convenient.

Item.    I give, bequeathe and devise to my wife Ellenor, the use, income and improvements of my Farm, situate in West Shenango T.P. Crawford County and State of Pennsylvania, together with all my property both personal or mixed which I shall die possessed of.  To have and to hold the same during her natural life.  And my will is after my wife Ellenor’s decease and her debts and funeral charges paid, that the residue be divided to my Sons and Daughters as follows

Item.    First I give to Frederick one hundred Dollars For Services rendered after he was twenty one years of age.

Item.    I give to Hiram C. two hundred dollars for work done after he was twenty one years of age.

Item.    I desire that Cornelius shall have fifty dollars deducted from his share on account of money that he has already received.

Item.    And my desire is that my Daughter Marilla Shall have Fifty dollars which I think is all that she deserves as her whole share and dowry.

And, finaly, After all the above moneys are paid as above bequeathed, together with all debts, funeral charges as before stated, then whatever money is left and the residue thereof, I desire shall be divided equally between my Sons and daughters to wit..  James W., Mary An, Hiram C., Frederick, Ira D., Cornelius, William, & George.  The property, both real personal or mixed is to be converted into ready money by my Executors So that the above may be complied with.

And lastly I do appoint my wife Ellenor and George W. Johnson to be the Executors of this my last will and testament

In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name to this my last will and testament and affixed my seal this third day of May eighteen hundred and seventy five (1875).

Instrument                                           [signed] Cornelius Eastlick

The above of one sheet of Paper was, at the date thereof declared to us to be the last will and testament of the testator Cornelius Eastlick and in our presence subscribed his name to the Same

[signed] T H. Johnson

[signed] V. Hitchcock


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Will of Alexander Eastlick, 1741-1821

The WILL of ALEXANDER EASTLICK (1741-1821), Steuben County, New York

 In the name of God, Amen–  I Alexander          of Reading County of Steuben and State of New York, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being of sound memory blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and for following that is to say–  First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Eastlick the East room of my dwelling house, messuage or tenement and garden east of said room containing about a half acre lying and being in the Town of Reading County of Steuben.  I do also give and bequeath to my son John Eastlick the west room of the above mentioned dwelling house, and twenty acres of land with the appurtenances to his heirs and assigns forever, which includes all my freehold estate lying and being in the town of Redding (sic) County of Steuben and State of New York– I further give and bequeath to my son William Eastlick the sum of four dollars, and my daughters Fanny Eastlick and Betsey Eastlick four dollars each, John to pay two of them and Jacob the other, and John to pay the debts that I am owing my personal estate goods & chattels of what kind and nature soever, and one third of the produce of my above described freehold I give and bequeath the same to my said beloved wife– further I do hereby appoint my son John Eastlick Administrator of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made–

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight-hundred and nineteen

Alexander Eastlick.

Signed, sealed and published by the above named Alexander Eastlick to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.

John Roberts
Henry F. Hall
Moses H. Benham

Steuben County Surrogates Office SS–
Be it remembered that on the 6th day of May 1821, personally appeared before me, John Metcalfe, Surrogate in and for the County of Steuben, Henry F Hall one of the subscribing witnesses to the last will and testament of Alexander Eastlick the testator, and affirmed according to law and saith that he was present and saw Alexander Eastlick sign the same, and acknowledged it to be his last will and testament in his presents (sic) and in the presents (sic) of the other two subscribing witnesses, (viz) John Roberts, & Moses H. Benham, and that they subscribed their names respectively, to the same in the presents (sic) of the testator as witnesses, and that the testator was at the time of a sound & disposing mind and  memory, and further this deponent saith not

John Metcalfe Surrogate

John Eastlick qualified as the Executor of the last will and testament of Alexander Eastlick deceased– this 14th June 182_ (last digit blank)

Recorded the 30th
day of October 1828
W Woods Surrogate

The People of the State of New York by the grace of God free and independent to John Eastlick Executor in the last will and testament of Alexander Eastlick late of the town of Reading in the county of Steuben, send greeting–

Whereas the said Alexander Eastlick deceased, as is alleged, made his last will and testament, and therein named you the said John Eastlick Executor of his Estate, having whilst living, and at the time of his death, goods chattels and credits within this State by means whereof the granting letters testamentary, and also the auditing and final discharging the amount thereof doth appertain unto us, and we being desirous that the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased may be well and faithfully applied and disposed of, do grant unto you the said John Eastlick full power by these presents to execute and perform and dispose of all and singular the said goods, chattels and credits, to the tenor and affect of the said last will and testament of the said deceased, to ask, demand, receive and recover the debts which unto the said deceased whilst living, and at the time of his death did belong, and to pay the debts which the said Alexander did owe so far as the law requires, thereby requiring you to make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said goods, chattels and credits which were of the said deceased, which have or shall come to your hands, possession or knowledge, and the same so made to exhibit into the Office of the Surrogate of the County of Steuben afforesaid (sic), at or before the expiration of six calender (sic) months from the date hereof, and also to render a just and true account of the Administration thereof when thereunto lawfully required– and we do by these presents depute, constitute and appoint you the said John Eastlick Executor the said goods, chattels and credits which were of the said Alexander Eastlick deceased-  In Testimony whereof we have caused the seal of our said Surrogates of our said County of Steuben to be hereunto affixed-  Witness John Metcalfe Surrogate of said County at Bath this sixth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight-hundred and twenty one, and of our Independence the forty fifth year.

John Metcalfe Surrogate
Recorded the 6th day of June 1821
John Metcalfe Surrogate
Recorded the 30th day of October 1828
Wm Woods, Surrogate

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Old Prairieville Cemetery

2 September 2012

To the Editor, Faribault Daily News

My husband and I recently visited Faribault as one of many stops on a 16-day “genealogy road trip.” Our specific Rice County destination was the Old Prairieville Cemetery east of town. I descend from an early pioneer to that area, John Spencer, whose gravestone was recently discovered during the restoration of the cemetery. I found out about this discovery by accident back in January of 2011, when I stumbled upon the website about the cemetery. The website led me to Tim and Susan Lloyd, who have spearheaded the project of restoring the Old Prairieville Cemetery.

What an amazing amount of work they have done! What was once a thicket of trees and underbrush is now an attractive and peaceful spot. Not only have they handled clearing the underbrush, planting grass and maintaining the cemetery, but they have discovered buried headstones and coordinated those discoveries with the original plot location information. Many of the stones have now been raised and reset to their original places. Other community organizations have also contributed to the efforts there. Grants, individual gifts and donations of volunteer labor have been greatly appreciated. Genealogist Margaret Kelly has helped the Lloyds research the lives of these early Rice County pioneers, contributing to the collective knowledge of county history.

For Tim and Susan, their mission has been a real labor of love. During this process they have spent countless hours, not to mention their own funds, to restore this burying ground back into a respectful place to honor the people at rest there. What a service to genealogists like me all over the country who can trace a line of family back to Rice County’s early days. To top it off, Tim and Susan met us at the cemetery to give us the grand tour. We learned first-hand about the story of the cemetery and its restoration.

I urge anyone with family buried at Old Prairieville, or anyone interested in area history, to consider a donation of funds or labor to this fine cause. It doesn’t take long for Mother Nature to reclaim a cemetery when left unattended for a period of time; it takes continued maintenance. For further information, please see the website, The “Friends of Old Prairieville Cemetery” is a non-profit corporation formed in 2008 to support the restoration and preservation of this abandoned pioneer cemetery. Tax deductible donations may be sent to: Friends of Old Prairieville Cemetery, Box 450, Northfield, MN 55057.

We are making our donation today.


Leslie Lewis, 4th great-granddaughter of John Spencer (1781-1867)

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Children of William Eastlick (1787-1862)

WILLIAM EASTLICK was born on 03 Feb 1787. He died on 10 Oct 1862 in LaGrange County, Indiana. He married (1) FIRST WIFE about 1808 in New York. She was born about 1790 in New York. She died after 1827. He married (2) JANE MCDONALD, daughter of Joseph McDonald and wife before 1830. She was born on 04 Dec 1803. She died on 18 Mar 1878 in LaGrange County, Indiana.

William Eastlick and first wife had the following children:

  1. PHEBE EASTLICK was born on 06 Feb 1809. She died after 1882. She married James Leach before 1830. He was born about 1804 in Vermont. He died on 21 Mar 1862 in ae 58y 7m.
  2. HANNAH EASTLICK was born on 02 Aug 1810. She died about 1831 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. She married Isaac Gage, son of Abraham Gage and Mary “Polly” Boynton in 1829 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He was born on 20 Jul 1808 in Jamaica, Windham, Vermont. He died on 22 Jun 1837 in LaGrange County, Indiana.
  3. ANNA EASTLICK was born on 23 Mar 1813. She died on 31 Aug 1872 in Indiana. She married Jacob A. Gage, son of Abraham Gage and Mary “Polly” Boynton about 1830. He was born on 09 May 1809 in Windham County, Vermont. He died on 12 Dec 1902 in Clay, LaGrange, Indiana.
  4. ALEXANDER EASTLICK was born on 13 Sep 1814. He died between 1887-1892 in Pennsylvania. He married Nancy A. McDonald, daughter of Joseph McDonald and wife about 1835 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. She was born about 1814 in Pennsylvania. She died on 25 Feb 1894 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.
  5. MARY EASTLICK was born on 28 Sep 1819. She died before 1842 (not mentioned as heir in 1842 deed).
  6. ELIZABETH EASTLICK was born on 20 May 1821. She died before 1842 (not mentioned as heir in 1842 deed).
  7. LORINDA EASTLICK was born on 31 Dec 1824. She died before 1858. She married George Washington Reed Jr., son of George W. Reed Sr. before 1842 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He was born on 16 Mar 1816 in Reed Ridge, Mercer, Pennsylvania. He died on 30 Nov 1880 in Wellsville, Franklin, Kansas.
  8. AMANDA EASTLICK was born in Feb 1827 in Pennsylvania. She died on 02 Aug 1901 in near Olcott, Reno, Kansas. She married (1) GEORGE W. DUNBAR on 31 Dec 1843 in LaGrange County, Indiana. He died before 1848. She married (2) DAVID ALLEN MUNGER, son of Jonathan Munger and Rachel Chapin on 19 Sep 1848 in LaGrange County, Indiana. He was born on 23 Mar 1798 in Rensselaer County, New York. He died on 27 Aug 1883 in Iola, Allen, Kansas.

William Eastlick and Jane McDonald had the following children:

  1. SANDERSON EASTLICK was born on 10 Aug 1826. He died on 06 Apr 1911 in McPherson, McPherson, Kansas. He married Catharine Munger, daughter of David Allen Munger and Margaret Pierce on 15 Feb 1852 in Wolcottville, Noble, Indiana. She was born on 13 Oct 1835 in New York. She died on 19 Aug 1914 in McPherson, McPherson, Kansas.
  2. ALFRED EASTLICK was born on 13 Oct 1829. He died on 21 Feb 1885 in LaGrange County, Indiana.
  3. SARA JANE EASTLICK was born on 07 Apr 1832. She died after 1870. She married William Capman on 30 Dec 1848 in LaGrange County, Indiana. He was born about 1826 in Ohio. He died after 1882 (shown as Eastlick heir, 1882).
  4. ROSANNAH EASTLICK was born on 23 Jan 1834. She died on 21 Dec 1911 in Johnson, LaGrange, Indiana. She married Ezra Gage, son of Isaac Gage and Nancy Michael on 26 Dec 1855 in LaGrange County, Indiana. He was born on 12 Oct 1835 in Springfield, LaGrange, Indiana. He died on 22 Dec 1890 in LaGrange County, Indiana.
  5. MARY ANN EASTLICK was born on 17 Jun 1836. She died about 1838 in Indiana.
  6. WILLIAM EASTLICK JR. was born on 27 Apr 1838. He died about 1838 in Indiana.
  7. BENJAMIN JONES EASTLICK was born on 25 May 1841. He died on 07 Jun 1909 in Ae 69. He married Julia Ann Dudley, daughter of Albert Dudley and Anna Thompson on 17 May 1866 in Sturgis, St. Joseph, Michigan. She was born on 14 Jan 1850 in LaGrange County, Indiana. She died on 21 Mar 1940 in Newman Grove, Platte, Nebraska.
  8. CAROLINE MELISSA EASTLICK was born on 08 Oct 1844. She died on 24 Feb 1917 in Woodruff, LaGrange, Indiana. She married Lewis Oscar Bullock, son of Israel Lewis Bullock and Thalia Eunice Bullock on 06 Oct 1865. He was born on 16 Aug 1842 in Middleport, Niagra, New York. He died in 1934.
  9. JOSEPH EASTLICK was born about 1846 in Indiana. He died about 1846 in Indiana.
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Wilson Spencer, 1835-1926


Wilson Spencer was born in Herkimer County, New York, on October 25, 1835. He was the second of three sons of Richard and Polly (Smith) Spencer. Richard and Polly had both been born and raised in Herkimer County and married there on September 13, 1832.

In about 1837, Richard and Polly Spencer and their first two sons moved from New York to Crawford County, Pennsylvania with much of the extended Spencer family, including Richard’s father, John Spencer. Their third son was born in Crawford County in 1838 and Richard died there in 1839, leaving a widow and three young sons. When Polly remarried to Gilbert Allen a few years later, the boys were parceled out to various relatives, as was the common practice in those days.

Thus, in 1850, young Wilson Spencer was living with his paternal grandfather, John Spencer, in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. In 1853, John Spencer sold his land there and moved to Iowa. In the 1856 Iowa state census, John Spencer was enumerated with his youngest son, W. B. Spencer and family, in Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa. Enumerated right after them in the census were Jacob and Mary (Ward) Goodykoontz and their large family, including daughter Caroline. Even though our subject, Wilson Spencer, was not listed in the Iowa census of 1856, he soon made his way to Iowa along with his grandfather and uncle.

On January 24, 1858, Wilson Spencer married Caroline Beaver Goodykoontz in Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa. The newlyweds soon moved north to Rice County, Minnesota, and became early settlers there along with his uncle, W. B. Spencer and family the patriarch, John Spencer. The first few of Wilson and Caroline’s children were born in Rice County, and Wilson registered for the draft there in June 1863.

In March, 1864, Caroline’s mother, Mary (Ward) Goodykoontz died in Waukon, Iowa. Shortly after that, Wilson and Caroline and family returned to Allamakee County, where the rest of their children were born between 1866 and 1880. Wilson ran a grocery store in Waukon.

Wilson and Caroline (Goodykoontz) Spencer had the following children :

Alvah Jacob Spencer (1858-1934), married Adeline Lowrey

Flora Elnora Spencer (1860-1941), married Alonzo J. Barkley

Ernest Richard Spencer (1861-1949), married Nellie B. Godard

Willis Elmer Spencer (1866-1932), married Ada Ruth Baumgardner

Carrie Belle Spencer (1870-1919), married Stillman Otto Lewis

Carlton Thomas Spencer (1873-1878)

Ruth Emma Spencer (1880-1887)

In 1884, Wilson and Caroline Spencer went to Nebraska and homesteaded in Keya Paha County near Norden for four or five years. Their two youngest daughters, Belle and Ruth Emma were with them. Little Ruth died there on the claim within a couple years and Belle began teaching at the young age of fourteen. One of the places she taught was at Johnstown in Brown County, Nebraska.

Family lore says Wilson and Caroline Spencer were not very successful at farming, so in about 1890 they moved to Ainsworth, Nebraska, to run a grocery store, located on the east side of Main Street just north of the commercial bank. They lived in a house near the railroad on the west end of town.

After the turn of the century, Wilson Spencer went to southern California to visit his older brother, John C. Spencer, writing home about the potential for real estate men in the area. When Caroline died of cancer in 1906, Wilson sold everything and moved to California, to invest in real estate in the Los Angeles area. He married a second time to Leah (Campbell) Slater on 25 Aug 1907. She died on May 28, 1916 in Los Angeles where they were living. Wilson continued to live in southern California, and died in Long Beach on February 22, 1926.

Wilson Spencer, 1835-1926

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Will of Nathan Starkweather, 1725-1812


Will Book B pages 252-255, Herkimer County, New York

Written 13 May 1805, proved 5 Jan 1813

 In the name of God Amen. I Nathan Starkweather of the Town of Warren in the County of Herkimer & State of New York being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be the mighty God for the same do publish this my Last will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say)

First I order my Executors hereafter mentioned to pay my funeral expenses and just Debts out of personal Estate that shall be left at my decease.

Secondly I give and bequeath unto my son Asa Starkweather Five pounds unto my Daughter Anna One feather Bed and Bedding unto my son Nathan Five Pounds unto my Son Ezra five Pounds unto my three Grand Daughters of my son Eli deceased (that is) Elizabeth, Anna & Adah one cow and twelve sheep that is put out now. I order my Executor when said Cow and Sheep comes in to deliver to the three Girls before named. Unto my son Amos I give and bequeath Five Pounds unto my son Parley Five Pounds unto my son Asher Six Pounds Eight Shillings— and Lastly I give and bequeath unto my son Rufus Starkweather for him his heirs & assigns forever all of my Land laying in the Town of Warren in the County of Herkimer on my son Rufus Starkweather paying out to my Sons above named the sums of money above named within one year after my Decease.

I do hereby appoint my Son Nathan Starkweather Executor of this my last Will and Testament. And I hereby revoke all former Wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the thirteenth day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and

Nathan Stearkweather


Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named NathanStearkweather to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator.

Moses Wheeler

Hiel Treusdail

D. V. W. Golden


Herkimer Ss. The foregoing is a true Copy of the instrument purporting to be the last Will and testament of Nathan Stearkweather deceased proved on the Oath of David V. W. Golden on of the subscribing Witness thereto on the 5th January 1813.

Dan Chapman Surrogate


Herkimer County Ss. Be it remembered that on the fifth day of January in the Year one thousand eight hundred and thirteen and of our Independence the thirty-seventh personally appeared before me Dan Chapman Surrogate in and for the County of Herkimer David V. W. Golden on of the subscribing Witnesses of the foregoing instrument purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Nathan Steakweather deceased late of the town of Warren in said County who being first by me duly sworn deposeth and saith that he saw the said Nathan Stearkweather sign seal and publish the foregoing instrument as his last Will and Testament—that he the said Deceased was of a sound and disposing mind and memory that he this deponent in presence of the Testator did subscribe his hand as a Witness thereto—that he this deponent did see Moses Wheeler and Hiel Truesdail subscribe the said Will as Witnesses in the presence
of the Testator—and further saith not.

Dan Chapman Surrogate


Herkimer County Ss. Be it remembered that on the            day of      in the year One thousand Eight hundred and thirteen before me Dan Chapman Surrogate for the County of Herkimer aforesaid personally came Nathan Stearkweather Executor of the aforesaid will named of Nathan Stearkweather deceased and was sworn to the [?] Execution and performance of the same Will by taking the Oath of Executor as by Law required—and thereupon Letters Testamentary were Granted.

Dan Chapman Surrogate


Herkimer County Ss. The people of the State of New York by the Grace of God Free and Independent to all to whom these presents shall come send Greeting.

Know ye that at Herkimer in the County of Herkimer on the fifth day of January in the Year on thousand Eight hundred and thirteen before Dan Chapman Esq. Surrogate of our said County the last Will and Testament of Nathan Stearkweather late of said County deceased a true Copy whereof is hereunto annexed was proved and now is approved and allowed of by Us. And the deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his death Goods Chattles and Credits within this State by means whereof the proving and registering of the said Will and Granting Administration of the said goods Chattles and Credits and also the auditing allowing and final discharging the Account thereof doth belong unto us. The administration of all the goods chattles and Credits of the said deceased and any way concerning the said Will is granted unto Nathan Stearkweather the Executor in the said Will named—he being first duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and to make and exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said goods Chattles and Credits and also to render a just and true account thereof when required.

In testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed. Witness Dan Chapman Esquire Surrogate of our said County of Herkimer this fifth day of January in the year One thousand eight hundred and thirteen and of our Independence the thirty seventh

Dan Chapman Surrogate













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John Spencer, 1781-1867

JOHN SPENCER of Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Minnesota

John Spencer was born in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, to Amos Spencer and his wife Mercy Spencer, who were 3rd cousins and shared the same surname. Mercy died when John was quite young, and as was common in those days, he and his siblings were then parceled out to be raised by relatives once the father remarried. The father, Amos Spencer, went on to marry three more times. John was raised by two of his mother’s sisters, twins Eleanor and Audrey Spencer, who lived in Stephentown, Rensaeller County, New York. The twin sisters were married to Carr brothers: Audrey married Thurston Carr and Eleanor married Edward Carr. It may have been while he was living in this area that John Spencer met his future wife, Nancy Carr, although we cannot yet find out her exact connection to the Carr family. She may possibly be a daughter of Esek Carr. No proof yet.

John Spencer and Nancy Carr were married about 1801. Family lore says this marriage took place back in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, but it could well have happened in the Stephentown area or even in Herkimer County, New York, where all their children were born between about 1804 and 1819. 

John Spencer and his wife, Nancy Carr, had six children: Thirza, Amos, Polly Ann, Richard, John B. and Wilson Benjamin. I descend from Richard’s branch.

The Spencer family was enumerated in Norway Twp., Herkimer County, NY in 1810 and 1820. In 1830 they were in W. Brunswick Twp., Herkimer County. Then, in 1837, John Spencer bought land in Conneaut Twp., Crawford County, Pennsylvania, and moved his family there. During their time in Pennsylvania, two family members died. John Spencer lost his son Richard in 1839, and his wife Nancy in 1846. The two are buried side-by-side in the Conneautville Cemetery, which is located in Spring Township right next to Conneaut Township where they lived and owned land. By 1850 John had remarried to a woman named Sarah (last name unknown). In that census year, John and Sarah were enumerated in Conneaut Twp. with her daughter and his grandson, Wilson Spencer, living in their household (John is shown age 66, born RI).

In 1853, John and wife Sarah signed a deed selling their Crawford County land to his son Amos Spencer. By 1856, John had moved to Iowa (without Sarah) and was living in the household of son Wilson Benjamin Spencer in Union Prairie Twp., Allamakee County, Iowa (John is shown age 70, born RI). The family migrated to Rice County, Minnesota shortly after that, where they appeared in the 1860 federal census and in the 1865 Minnesota Territorial census. In 1860, John is shown age 76, born RI.

Wilson Benjamin Spencer and his family members are buried at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Faribault. There is a headstone for his father John Spencer in that lot as well. My father and his brother visited Maple Lawn Cemetery a few years ago and brought back photographs of the Spencer headstones there. 

Then last year I stumbled upon a website about the Old Prairieville cemetery in Rice County, Minnesota. I was so surprised and excited to discover that John Spencer’s original burial location was at Old Prairieville, and there was a photo of his original headstone! It had been protected from weather and vandalism by being buried for decades in the abandoned cemetery. Interestingly, the death date for John is two years earlier than what was on the more modern marker in Maple Lawn Cemetery. The old stone reads, “died Nov. 23, 1867 aged 86 years & 5 mo’s.”

For more information on the history of Old Prairieville Cemetery, and to see photos of headstones uncovered there, see:


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Jacob Goodykoontz, 1809-1888

A Brief Biography of JACOB GOODYKOONTZ (1809-1888)
Written by his Great-Great-Great Granddaughter, Leslie Lewis.

Jacob Goodykoontz was born in Frederick County, Virginia on May 19, 1809, the eldest of thirteen children born to Daniel and Hannah (Beaver) Goodykoontz. The two families were both of German ancestry, the name Goodykoontz being an Americanized version of Gutekunst, and the name Beaver modified from the original Bieber. Both of Jacob’s grandfathers had fought in Pennsylvania regiments for the cause of American independence during the Revolutionary War.

After 1810, the extended Goodykoontz family moved from Frederick County in the northern end of Virginia to the southwestern part of the state. It is interesting to note that three Goodykoontz brothers had married three Beaver sisters. In addition, two Goodykoontz sisters had married Phlegar brothers. Jacob was still a child when he moved with his parents to Montgomery and Grayson Counties. On September 30, 1830, Jacob married a young woman named Mary Ward.

While some of the Goodykoontz relatives remained in what became Floyd County, Virginia, Daniel Goodykoontz and his older brother Jacob, for whom our subject was named, moved with their wives to Indiana after purchasing land in Madison County in 1833. They lived out their lives there and were buried in West Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson, Indiana.

Other members of the extended family settled in Grant County, immediately north of Madison County. Our subject, Jacob Goodykoontz and his bride lived briefly in the area of Anderson, Indiana, then settled in Monroe Township, Grant County, where most of their children were born.

In June of 1855, Jacob and Mary purchased 160 acres of land in Union Prairie, Allamakee County, Iowa, and moved their family there. Jacob was a farmer. After settling in Allamakee County, he bought and sold several parcels of land in Union Prairie and Makee Townships.

Jacob and Mary had 12 children: Rebecca (1831-1847); Thomas J. (1834-1895), who married Lucretia Bean; Daniel F. (1837-1919), who married Mary Elizabeth Moore; Caroline B. (1838-1906), who married Wilson Spencer; Naomi M. (1841-1904), who married Alvin E. Robbins; Elizabeth W. (1843-1877), first wife of John Tovey; Ansel E. (1846-1888), who married Jane Elizabeth Hale; Floyd M. (1849-1927), who married and moved to Colorado; Noble J. (1851-1866); Mary Emma (1854- ), who married Harry M. Wilson; Minnie (1856- ), second wife of John Tovey; and Dora V. (1859-1940), who married Thomas S. Dooley.

Jacob Goodykoontz

Jacob’s wife, Mary (Ward) Goodykoontz died on March 18, 1864 and was buried in the Oakland Cemetery in Waukon. Jacob remarried on December 6, 1866, to Sarah Elizabeth (Barnard) Raymond, who was also recently widowed and the mother of four young children, John T. Raymond, Mary Christine Raymond, Walter P. Raymond, and Ida Alice Raymond. The couple and their combined family remained in the Waukon area for a few more years, where together they had two more children, Delia May (1868-1869) and Lola F. (1870-1945).

In March of 1874, Jacob and Sarah sold their land in Allamakee County and moved to Jefferson County, Tennessee. Jacob died on June 20, 1888. His widow Sarah died June 14, 1896. They were buried in the Presbyterian Church cemetery at New Market, as were three of the Raymond siblings and the youngest Goodykoontz, Lola.

Jacob Goodykoontz headstone, New Market Presbyterian Cemetery, Jefferson County, TN

Family records and genealogical collection of Flora (Spencer) Barkley of Boone, Iowa.
Family records and genealogical collection of Vera Spencer of Alliance, Nebraska.
1810 Federal census, Daniel Goodykoontz family residence: Frederick County, Virginia.
1820 Federal census, Daniel Goodykoontz family residence: Montgomery County, Virginia.
1830 Federal census, Daniel Goodykoontz family residence: Grayson County, Virginia.
1840 Federal census, Daniel Goodykoontz family residence: Madison County, Indiana.
1840 Federal census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Grant County, Indiana.
1850 Federal census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Grant County, Indiana.
1856 State census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Allamakee County, Iowa.
1860 Federal census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Allamakee County, Iowa.
1870 Federal census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Allamakee County, Iowa.
1880 Federal census, Jacob Goodykoontz family residence: Jefferson County, Tennessee.
Early deed records of Madison County, Indiana.
Deed records of Allamakee County, Iowa.
Marriage records of Allamakee County, Iowa.
Headstones and cemetery records for West Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Indiana.
Headstones and cemetery records for Oakland Cemetery, Waukon, Iowa.
Headstones of New Market Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Jefferson County, Tennessee.
Will of Jacob Goodykoontz, Jefferson County, Tennessee.
Will of Sarah Elizabeth Barnard Raymond Goodykoontz, Jefferson County, Tennessee.

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Road Trip 2011

I was excited to take another extended road trip, not only to enjoy the company of my parents on an adventure together, but to make research stops at some of the areas that have turned up in the past couple of years as being ancestral home places. Our genealogical research has had some wonderful breakthroughs, particularly on Dad’s side, when we discovered Lucinda (Parrish) Smith’s maiden name, which opened up both her Parrish and Starkweather lines back to early Massachusetts (from the 1630s), with the added bonus of the Billingtons of Mayflower notoriety. Also, further research on Mom’s side revealed that our Sarah (Preston) Eastlick’s mother, Anna (Winslow) Preston descends from a brother of Edward Winslow of the Mayflower. Suddenly we have Colonial American ancestors!

So our goals for the trip were to see Boston and Plymouth, and to really dig in on Alexander Eastlick’s roots in New Jersey. Mom wanted to be in on those parts of the journey. Then Dad and I would follow up in counties of importance to our family in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

 Thursday, 6/30/11: Our plane flight from Seattle to Boston went well, including the brief stopover in Portland. We picked up our rental car at Logan airport and were making good progress toward finding our hotel in Peabody, about 15 miles north of Boston. Then we took a wrong turn and got all messed up. We ended up driving around for some three hours before we finally got to our hotel. TIRED!!! Crabby, but safe. We ate dinner at a little Italian grill place near the hotel, then came back and bought ice cream in the lobby. It was a tiring day as we had been up since 3:15 a.m. to catch the cab to the airport.

Friday, 7/1/11: After our bad experience driving yesterday, this morning we took the hotel shuttle to the nearest train station, hopped a commuter train into Boston’s North Station, then grabbed a trolley tour. It was one of those hop-on, hop-off tours, so we got out to tour the U.S.S. Constitution, have lunch, etc. It was great to see Boston in an overview with historical commentary. Took the train back and the hotel shuttle picked us up from the train. Very slick. Only had to use the car once, and that was to drive down the street for dinner.

Fife and drum group off Boston Common

Saturday, 7/2/11: Since the hotel shuttle wasn’t available on Saturdays, Dad and I drove our rental car to the train station at Wakefield this morning. We took the train into Boston while Mom stayed at the hotel to read and relax and catch up on email. Once there, we caught the subway to Boston Common and did a lot of walking around the middle of town, mostly around the Common and the historical sites there. It was great to see the old churches and cemeteries where our people were, way-back-when. Plus it was a successful day navigating the highways and biways north of Boston. 

Sunday, 7/3/11: Drove south to Plymouth today. Went through the 17th century colonial village (replica of Plimoth Plantation, spelled the way Bradford spelled it) which was awesome with actors portraying the various Puritans. One house was that of the Brewsters, and we spoke with them a bit. Then we found the Billington home (but our ancestor was not there), and I spoke with the guy playing John Winslow (brother of my ancestor Kenelm Winslow), and another guy (Francis Cooke) we chatted with in the street. It was a really cool way of showing the history, what they wore, how they spoke, what their homes and village looked like.

Lobster lunch at Plymouth

Then we went into town and had lunch at a restaurant on the waterfront at Plymouth. After that, Dad and I went through the Mayflower replica ship moored there. Fun day, but I am tired, tired, tired! Ran into some rain showers on the way home from Plymouth to Peabody, but nothing our little Corolla couldn’t handle.

Monday, 7/4/11: Today we left Boston and drove to Somerset, New Jersey. We got here safely this afternoon with absolutely no hassles on the drive. Only once did I take a wrong turn, and it was easy to turn around at the next parking lot and make a correction.

The countryside was green and beautiful all the way from Massachusetts through Connecticut and part of New York, down into New Jersey. Am excited to end the “tourist” part of our trip and start the “research” part. Genealogy awaits tomorrow: the big search for Alexander Eastlick. Somerset County is the area where the Strykers and Brittons were involved in the Readington Church. It may also be where Alexander Eastlick married Elizabeth Britton. Three Eastlick offspring would eventually marry three Stryker siblings.

Tuesday, 7/5/11: Today Mom and Dad and I drove to Rutgers University campus, about six miles from our hotel, and spent the morning in their special collections area (genealogy materials) in the basement of their Alexander Library building. Easy to find and easy parking. After lunch we drove to the Somerset County Historical Society collection, housed in a neat old brick historic home called the Van Veghten house. They had some good materials but we didn’t have much time there before they closed.

Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey

Wednesday, 7/6/11: Today we drove south to Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey to research Eastlicks at two facilities, the Monmouth County Historical Association Library and the Monmouth County Archives. Both were great, as were the two yesterday. Unfortunately I think our Alexander Eastlick crawled out from under a rock. He didn’t leave behind very many records in his earlier life. We found a couple tidbits but nothing meaty. The New Jersey tax records show an Alexander Eastlick (various spellings) in Somerset County, but is that our Alex or the younger one who “absconded” from his Revolutionary War unit? So far, no big breakthroughs.

Thursday, 7/7/11: Today we drove to Trenton and went to the NJ State Archives. Viewed several types of records, including microfilm of the Wades petitioning for reimbursement for damages done by the British in the Battle of Connecticut Farms. Daniel Wade and others had their homes and property destroyed in that battle. Did a lot of looking for Eastlick clues but they all seemed to lead us back to Gloucester County and the Francis Eastlack group that came via Bermuda. Perhaps we should not assume that our Alexander was not from that group. Just because he enlisted from Monmouth County doesn’t mean he was born there. He could have come from anywhere.

Friday, 7/8/11: We spent the day back at the Alexander Library at Rutgers. I copied all the Wade cemetery records from their card catalogue. Also made several copies of Britton records for future reference in case a connection is made down the line.

Saturday, 7/9/11: We’ve been up since 3:30 a.m. since we had to check out of our Somerset hotel and drive Mom to the airport. It was still dark, of course, when we left at 4:00 and had started to rain, both stressful elements of the drive. Dad and I were able to drop Mom off safely at the Newark airport, although we did take some wrong turns along the way, heightening our anxiety quite a bit. There was some swearing involved…. but fortunately we had allowed plenty of extra time and got her there with time to spare.

Connecticut Farms Church, Union, New Jersey

Once Mom was on her way, Dad and I stopped at a Dunkin’ Donuts for some food and coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts is a big deal out here! We figured we ought to try it at least once. Then we went on to two historic churches and graveyards that have family connections to our Wade line, both within ten miles of the airport. One was the Connecticut Farms Church in Union, NJ and then the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Elizabeth, NJ. Both were awesome and the cities were not scary to drive in at all. However, at that early hour on a Saturday, both cemeteries were locked up. Even though we were disappointed not to see ancestral headstones close up, we were glad to see they were being protected. These two cemeteries are well-documented online.

From there we drove westward through New Jersey by freeway, which went quickly. We stopped for a farm-style breakfast at a truck stop along the freeway, then headed to Hainesville NJ. First we stopped in the cemetery where our ancestor, Mary (Brugler) Brown is buried. She was the first wife of John Brown, and the mother of our Mary Brown who married Joseph Otto. No stone remains for her, although we saw several other Brugler stones. While I was climbing around the hillside viewing headstones, Dad chatted with a neighbor who told him the Brugler relative he had met and visited last time had since passed away. Her former home, the historic Brugler house, was not being lived in, so we drove there and took some photos. Then we drove on to the John and Mary (Brugler) Brown home, the original part of which is made of stone with the date 1789 carved above the door. When we knocked, we heard dogs barking and I thought I could hear a man talking, but he never answered the door. So we felt a bit awkward about getting out and taking photos of the historic home and decided we’d make do with the ones we already have from Dad’s previous visit.

We made a stop at a Visitors’ Welcome Center near the border between NJ and PA, where we had an interesting chat with the ranger on duty. He gave us a map showing the area of the Minisink region (Alexander Eastlick and family lived here for a time) where the government had purchased land in the 1980s anticipating a dam going in. Fortunately the project was stopped for environmental reasons, so this area of historic importance was preserved, including the Dutch Reformed Church parsonage. We decided against journeying up along that route, and instead headed toward Mifflinville PA.

Once we had checked into our hotel in Mifflinville, PA, Dad and I went out to the Brown cemetery on the edge of town. That peaceful hilltop resting place holds the remains of our ancestor, John Brown, and members of his extended family.

At our hotel that evening I discovered that my blog had received a comment regarding my Wade relatives. I get a lot of spam comments every day but I always check them before deleting them. This one was legit. This man had read one of my posts on the Lewis-Wade family including some references to Timothy Whitehead and family. My contact has access to a diary written in the late 1700s by David Whitehead, naming all his father’s brothers and sisters and showing their dates of birth and death. One of those sisters is Magdalena Whitehead who married Daniel Wade. These are two of my direct ancestors, so this was incredible news. And what made it even more incredible was that it happened on the same day we had just visited two Wade/Whitehead churches in Union Co NJ! Couldn’t be more coincidental. A sign?

Sunday, 7/10/11: Cousin Eloise phoned us this morning and we met her and her daughter-in-law for coffee across the street at McDonald’s. She sure makes us feel welcome! Great picnic with our Brown cousins. They are so nice and welcoming. Seems everywhere we go on this trip, people are kind and helpful, even the ones who aren’t related to us!

Tonight we drove on to a hotel in Binghamton, NY. That cuts our travel distance to the next research stop in half.

Monday, 7/11/11: After departing our Binghamton NY hotel, we drove north on I-81 past Syracuse and onto the NY Thruway (a toll road). It was all easy going because the traffic was light and it was out in open country. Very nice scenery. Everything is beautiful, green, lush countryside and wonderful old farms and villages here and there.

Oneida County Historical Society

Once we got to Utica, we stopped at the Public Library there and researched in their genealogy room, then grabbed a quick lunch at a deli before heading to our second research stop at the Oneida County Historical Society. They had a terrific collection in the basement of a fantastic old historic building. We looked at a lot of records but didn’t find anything on our Jacob Wade and family who passed through there long enough to be enumerated in the 1800 and 1810 census records. We had hoped for a tax record, militia list, anything that gave evidence of Jacob and Sarah’s life there before they migrated to Genesee and then Cattaraugus Counties, NY. We were also hoping to find evidence that Caleb Lewis lived there and might have met up with the Wades in that area. But nothing was found.

We also went to the county courthouse to look for deeds, and the man in the basement went out of his way to show us the old ledgers, but we couldn’t find our Jacob Wade anywhere in the records there.

After we checked into our hotel in Utica, we took a jaunt out to the rural area north in Herkimer County to the Century Cemetery where John and Lucinda (Parrish) Smith are buried. We found their stones and “rescued” Lucinda’s broken stone by lifting the pieces out and laying them on the ground so we could read and photograph the inscription. Then we carefully laid the stone back the way it was, but with the inscription side facing out so that people could read her name and dates. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Awesome! I had so wanted to go there ever since some kind person posted a photo of their graves on Find A Grave and we could see that Lucinda’s stone was broken and situated so that you couldn’t read it. I wished I’d had those photos when I was securing proof of my lineage from Lucinda’s father, Revolutionary War patriot Roswell Parrish, for entry into the D.A.R.

Leslie at Lucinda (Parrish) Smith grave, Century Cemetery, Russia, NY

Tuesday, 7/12/11: This morning we couldn’t wait to get out of our somewhat seedy hotel so we skipped out on the free breakfast and headed east to the town of Herkimer, where we ate a nice breakfast of eggs and bacon at a local diner. We enjoy it whenever we stop at some great “Ma and Pa” place instead of the regular carbon-copy chain places. I love this area…. beautiful, historic, and the people are so nice.

We went to the courthouse in Herkimer and got some township maps, Smith and Starkweather deeds, and Nathan Starkweather’s will. Everyone was helpful to this father-daughter pair of researchers.

Then we went across the street to the Herkimer Historical Society and spent another couple hours with a very helpful and enthusiastic genealogist lady who pulled lots of pertinent records for us to look at. Got some cemetery and marriage records on our Starkweathers.

After lunch we headed north to Newport and went to the Town Historical Society there. Not much on our line, as our Smiths lived in Russia Township and our Spencers in Norway Township. We did get a copy of an 1807 document in which John Smith was appointed overseer of the road from the town meeting minutes. Then we headed south to Warren Township and the old cemetery at Jordanville, where we found the headstone of our direct ancestor, Nathan Starkweather. It was an awesome discovery for us, as I had heard his stone was long-gone. What a serene and beautiful country lane cemetery! After that we motored on down the toll freeway to our hotel in Latham NY.

Dad at Nathan Starkweather's grave, Old Jordanville Cemetery, Warren, NY

Wednesday, 7/13/11: Dad and I drove from Latham to Stephentown in Rensselaer Co NY. The historical societies we wanted to visit were closed on Wednesdays, so we instead decided to see the cemeteries and towns of our relatives and wait until the following day to go to research centers. Rensselaer was where the twin Spencer sisters married Carr brothers. They raised our John Spencer after his mother died. We believe this is the area he may have met his future wife, Nancy Carr. We drove through Stephentown, stopping at a roadside used bookstore and chatted with the owner who has lived in the area since 1987 and was helping to restore a local cemetery. He was interested in history and was able to direct us to the places we wanted to go. We found the Stephentown Cemetery and took photos of the headstones of Edward and Eleanor (Spencer) Carr. Then we headed south to Chatham in Columbia County. We stopped at the public library there but the small local history section was not very user-friendly. The one map I wanted to copy was in a book that was too fragile to Xerox. So we didn’t stick around and instead headed back to our hotel in Latham.

Columbia County Historical Society

Thursday, 7/14/11: Today we spent time at the Columbia County Historical Association in Kinderhook. We looked at Smith and Starkweather surname files, will abstracts, and other records. They also had some valuable cemetery record books. I copied what I could find on the Starkweathers. I have been intrigued with Columbia County NY since I found the marriage record of John and Lucinda (Parrish) Smith. The record claims John Smith, Jr. was “of Chatham, New York,” so I have been eager to see if we could find his family there. We also knew some of Anna Starkweather’s brothers lived in Columbia County in 1790 and 1800. Of course, with a name like John Smith, it’s hard to sort out who belongs to whom. But I did by chance stumble upon the cemetery record of a John Smith who died in 1821 at age 80, buried next to Asa Starkweather and his wife. This could really mean something, as Asa is the brother of our Anna (Starkweather) Parrish. Now I can’t wait to find out more about this John Smith!

Les at the graves of Richard and Mary (Plummer) Starkweather, Preston, CT

Then Dad and I spent the rest of the afternoon driving on to Griswold, Connecticut, Roswell Parrish’s home place. We had time to visit one cemetery before dinner, and that was the Preston City Cemetery. We immediately found the headstones of our direct-line ancestors Richard and Mary Starkweather. Richard’s parents, John and Ann Starkweather, are supposed to be buried there too, but we didn’t see any stones quite that old. Just touching Richard’s headstone, with a death date of 1760 was pretty fantastic.

Friday, 7/15/11: We’ve made two unsuccessful attempts to find the Crary Cemetery in Preston, where Anna (Starkweather) Parrish is buried. We have seen her grave listed in the records, so we know she’s there. We just can’t find the cemetery. After driving around quite a bit and using MapQuest and Find A Grave instructions, and even stopping to ask a local homeowner, we could not find the cemetery. We figure it’s an abandoned burying ground back in the forest on private property. There’s an interesting thing about these woods; they have stone walls running through them. I can only imagine the early farmers pulling the stones out of the ground and piling them into walls to clear the fields for farming. Then as farming gave way to urban area development, the woods re-grew up in these rural fields and around these stone walls. Boy, if these walls could talk!

Our next stop was at the Preston Public Library in Preston. The librarian there was quite helpful in showing us the ropes and we found lots of good information on our Starkweathers. The Preston Town Hall was located right across the parking lot from the library, so I walked over there and secured a couple of deeds (1765 and 1770) for Nathan Starkweather. We also bought a wonderful book from the Librarian about the historic homes of the Preston area. Our ancestors are peppered throughout the book!

Then we drove on south to the New London County Historical Society, housed in the Shaw Mansion, a great old historical home in New London. We only had about an hour there, but I gathered cemetery records while Dad followed up on a reference he spotted earlier at the Preston Library, and researched the possibility that John Starkweather’s wife Ann may have been a descendant of King Phillip, son of Massasoit. No evidence yet, but wouldn’t that be an interesting turn of events?

Saturday, 7/16/11: Today we went to the town of East Greenwich, RI. We stopped at the public library which had a great genealogy room…. all these places back east seem to have a nice local history and genealogy collection. Then we ate a late lunch at a dockside pub on the marina. Beautiful weather and nice breeze watching the boats, etc. Historic little town and not too big so the driving was easy. Half the fun of these genealogy road trips is seeing the countryside and imagining how our ancestors lived.

After lunch we drove to one ancestral cemetery where our immigrant ancestors, John and Joan (Tattersall) Greene are buried. They married in Salisbury, England before coming to America in the 1630s. They both had above-ground type graves with slabs of stone on top. John’s was still barely readable but Joan’s was obliterated by time and deterioration. I’m sure John’s was not the original seventeenth-century stone, but a replacement that was put there in some century since. It was a nice little cemetery with beautiful slate headstones set behind a church. We tried to find another family cemetery in nearby Warwick where John and Joan Greene’s son John and his wife Ann (Almy) Greene are buried, but we got lost and gave up the search.

Sunday, 7/17/11: This morning we left our West Greenwich, RI hotel to visit Carr Pond. This is the area that our (probable) ancestor, Esek Carr settled. We found the pond on the map and drove completely around it, but couldn’t get close enough to see the actual water. We did stop and talk with a few people. Lots of recreational use of the area even though it is not well-marked. It seems to be the best-kept-secret of local bikers, hikers and fishers.

Then we tried for a second time to find the cemetery in Warwick where John and Ann (Almy) Greene are buried. We got closer this time, but discovered it was on private property down a private road marked NO TRESPASSING so we didn’t brave it. At least the graves are pictured on Find A Grave already.

Then we drove on to our lodging for the night, an 1830s farmhouse in the woods near Rehoboth, Massachusetts. The owners are a nice retired couple and we enjoyed visiting with them. They weren’t quite ready for us when we pulled in, so we drove into Rehoboth and spent a couple of hours looking at cemeteries and going through a museum. Amazing that it was open on Sunday. Our Sabin, Billington and Kingsley families were connected with Rehoboth. These are Roswell Parrish’s ancestors.

We had a low-key evening at the B & B, just relaxing and talking genealogy and visiting on and off with our hosts. They have three cats, all sort of skittish, so I didn’t have a real CAT FIX yet. I kept hoping one of them would make up with me, but it never happened.

Dad at Pilgrim Museum, Plymouth, MA

Monday, 7/18/11: Breakfast was served at 8:00 (full hot breakfast) and then we drove to Plymouth to find Billington Sea (which is really a lake, discovered by John Billington, Jr., son of our John and Eleanor Billington of the Mayflower). Took photos by the lake and then went to the Pilgrim museum. Remember how we enjoyed Plimoth Plantation? The Pilgrim Museum in Plymouth was really well done, too. No actors, but we enjoyed a documentary movie and displays of the history and artifacts from the Mayflower and from Plimoth Plantation.

Our final night of the trip, we stayed at a hotel in Watertown, MA, not far from Logan Airport. Dad and I re-packed our bags to reduce down the stuff we’ve picked up along the way…. a definite challenge but we got it done.

We set the alarm clock and both cell phone alarms, plus we requested a wake up call from the hotel office. We didn’t want to risk missing our early flight. Homeward bound!

Tuesday, 7/19/11: I didn’t sleep all that well, as I kept waking up to check the clock. But we both woke up before the first of four alarms went off. We were on the road by 4:00 a.m. and were glad we had extra time as we had a little trouble finding our way to the turnpike. Then the highway crew had the freeway closed and routed everyone off at exit 22 when we needed exit 26! So here we were, getting off on a ramp who-knows-where in the middle of Boston. I almost lost it then. But I pulled over to the side of the road and just then a cabbie pulled over behind me to let off a passenger. I jumped out and asked the cabbie for help in directing me to the airport. He gave me clear, concise directions, and we made it with no problems. Without his direction, I would never have found the way as there were no signs for the airport in that part of town. Jeez.

Dad and I made it safely to the airport and got the rental car returned. I felt MUCH more relaxed after we arrived in the terminal and sat down to a Starbucks latte. Dad caught up on the reading the newspaper and I took the opportunity to use the free WiFi. Last night and this morning he and I have been reviewing the trip and thinking of the fun stuff and interesting discoveries. We arrived at SeaTac and took a cab to Mom and Dad’s apartment. We visited with Mom, I did my laundry and called hubby Pete. I would not actually make it home until Friday, as I had a three-day conference to attend in Tacoma first.

Saturday, 7/23/11: Finally home. Got dropped off yesterday afternoon and I rested and caught up on my messages and mail. Fell asleep on the couch then went to bed and slept until after 10:00 a.m. which is really late for me. I feel a little like I’ve been run over by a truck. Showered and am now starting down my “to do” list of other things. It was so good to get home. Pete and “the boys” were all great and glad to see me. Pete was cleaning house when I arrived. This morning we drank coffee while I showed him our photos from the trip. So he got to hear all the details of our travels. Fun. It’s fantastic that we were able to have this adventure together, the three of us and then the two of us. Good stuff. I have LOTS to do to follow up on the genealogy we brought home. That will be weeks of “to do” items….

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