Asa Angell b. 1771

Asa Angell 5th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree

Asa Angell was the 4th child of Israel and Martha Angell, born  August  24, 1771 in Providence, Rhode Island. Asa grew up during the American Revolution, his dad was a Colonel in the 2nd Rhode Island Regiment  and probably came home with stories of the war.

Asa married Cynthia Hill in 1794 and they moved to New Berlin NY. From the Genealogy of Thomas Angell book, “Asa, Abner and Israel Angell, sons of Col. Israel, went to the State of New York, and settled in the town of New Berlin, Chenango Co., where they purchased farms. A cousin of theirs, who has visited them, reports that their descendants are numerous. We are told that the family of Dexter Angell have in their possession the gold medal awarded by Gen. Lafayette, to Col. Israel Angell. We know less of the descendants of Asa, than of either of the other brothers.” Asa’s son Dexter may have had his grandpa’s gold medals for awhile, with him in Indiana and New York, today they’re at the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Asa and Cynthia stayed in New Berlin and had 8 children. Asas was a farmer and a cooper- he made big wooden barrels, casks, kegs. Asa’s children Betsy, Lewis and Henry all stayed in the NY area, Adeline died young. Oldest son Dexter Angell went further west, to Indiana. Two of Dexter’s children, Charles and Delia, went to Iowa where their aunt, Asa’s sister, Mehitable Angell Wilkinson was living. Delia married William Flood they had a son Asa and are the great grandparents of Elizabeth Speedy. Angell, Asa and family

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Jospeh Gaines b. 1756

Joseph Gaines and Abigail Tubbs 5th great grandparents on RootsMagic tree

The Gaines and Tubbs families came to America in the 1630s from England. Jospeh Gaines was the 5th generation of his family in America. Abigail Tubbs was the 4th generation of her family in America. Jospeh and Abigail married on March 21, 1779 in Franklin, Massachusetts. They moved to Guilford, Windham, Vermont where they had 9 children: 3 daughters and 6 sons. Of their children, 7th child Obed was the only one to leave Vermont and the New England area. Obed went to Bremer County, Iowa. His son William Gaines married Sarah Swain and their oldest daughter Mary Ella Gaines married James Miller, great grandpa of Faber Miller who married Gladys Cable.

Gaines, Joseph and Abigail Tubbs headstone

Joseph died on November 13, 1843, Abigail died May 17, 1841. They are buried in Maplehurst Cemetery in Windham Vermont- they have matching headstones. Joseph’s brother David married Abigail’s sister Elizabeth, also buried in Maplehurst Cemetery with matching headstones.

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David Dewey b. 1721

David Dewey 6th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree

David Dewey was born January 3, 1721 in Stonington, Connecticut. His parents were Jabez and Deborah York Dewey. This Dewey family includes Admiral George Dewey, 1837-1917, as a distant cousin, so the family is documented in published sources. This David’s 2nd great grandpa Thomas was the original ancestor in America, he arrived in 1631 or so. David was the 4th generation of Dewey’s in America.

David and his brother Jabez both joined their local church and were baptized on July 5, 1741- in their 20s. They joined the First Congregational Church, known as The Road. The church was the 1st in Stonington, organized in 1674, it still stands in the same location with a newer building after a fire in 1829. The plain Puritan design, beams and box style pews were built in to the new building. The church doors open to the front of the church so walking in a person faces the whole congregation.

On September 28, 1741 David married Deborah Tracy in the same church in Stonington. They had 7 daughters and 4 sons. 2 sons were in the Revolutionary War. David Jr was a minuteman, Jabez was in the Battle of Harlem Heights and Christopher was the fife-major in war of 1812. Sons and daughters stayed in the area, Connecticut or down the Long Island coast in New York.

David’s granddaughter Sarah married John Connable, their daughter Leydia Connable and husband Obed Gaines moved west all the way to Iowa where their granddaughter Mary Ella Gaines married James Miller, grandpa of Faber Miller, husband to Gladys Cable.

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Elbert Howard b. 1791

Elbert Howard 5th great grandfather on RootsMagic tree

Elbert Howard was born in Georgia around 1791. In 1811 he was in Knox, Kentucky, in 1820 Lawrence, Indiana, 1840 in Lake, Illinois and by 1855 in Floyd County, Iowa. Elbert married Phone McNeil in 1811 in Kentucky, after her death he married Rachel Burlingham. Rachel and Elbert’s marriage was ‘the first marriage license granted by the County of Lake issued out of the Commissioners’ Court under date of September 10, 1839’. A history of Lake County, Illinois page 71 a free ebook at HathiTrust.

On June 15 1855 Elbert purchased 160 acres of land. Certificate 23,975 Elbert Howard of Floyd County, Iowa, 160 acres, 15 June 1855. Howard, Elbert 1855 land purchase

In 1857 he was appointed postmaster of Howardville, Iowa. Elbert Howard and some of his family are buried in the Howardville Cemetery. 

Ancestry . co sources: U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971, Kentucky, County Marriages, 1783-1965 and U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907.

 

Fronica Meinzer b. 1763

Fronica Meinzer 5th great grandmother on RootsMagic tree.

Fronica -her name could have been Verona, Veronica or Fronica, all appear on records- was born about 1763 to Conrad and Elizabeth Hibshman Meinzer. The Meinzer family lived in Pennsylvania, in the Lancaster area, on a farm, part of the Pennsylvania Dutch or Deutsch community. Fronica’s father Conrad died in 1781 and mentions his children in his will “All my lands shall be divided into six plots the share that I live on at present shall be appointed to my son John and the other five shares to Catharina, Anna Maria, Verona, Frederick and Conrad until all of my heirs are made equal.”

Fronica and Mathias marriage

Fronica married Mathias Druckenbrod on November 25, 1783. They married on the exact day the British troops left New York, the date was for a time remembered as Evacuation Day with parades, monuments and what not. Part of the 1783 celebration was General Washington arriving in New York then during the next weeks riding on through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and then Maryland where he met with the Confederation Congress and formally retired as Commander in Chief and finally returned to his home.General Washington in New York

News traveled very slowly in 1783 so Mathias and Fronica may not have known what was happening 160 miles to the east as they exchanged wedding vows.

Washington’s grand entry into New York, Nov. 25th, 1783
By Alphonse Bigot at New York Public Library’s Digital Library, ID 1650645: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23557926

Mathias Druckenbrod b. 1750

Mathias Druckenbrod 5th great grandfather on RootsMagic tree

Mathias Druckenbrod was born about 1750 in Pennsylvania, British America. Mathias married Fronica (Verona or Veronica) Meinzer, he was about 33.

Mathias is on the first official US census of 1790 living in Lancaster, PA about 20 miles west of the nation’s capital Philadelphia. 1794 on December 18, Mathias Druckenbrod and Jacob Feierstein apply for 100 acres of land “commonly called mountain Land, they come before the justices and upon their solemn affirmation this land is vacant, witness our hands”.  Mathias marks this land bill of sale.

Five days later December 23, 1794  Mathias and Jacob agree to pay the rate of fifty  shillings per 100 acres in gold, silver, paper money  to The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 136 acres of land. In 1795 and 1797 Mathias was in the Pennsylvania Militia, Lancaster County and probably fought in the American Revolution.

Lancaster Regiment 1795

In the 1830 census a Mathias Druckenbrod age 60+ along with a female age 60+ and a male and female 20-39 are recorded in Elizabeth, Lancaster PA. Before 1850 on federal census only the heads of the house male or female were named, the tick marks showed additional residents by age and gender, free or slave.

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  • Pennsylvania Archives 6th Series, Volume 5, Part 1 at Archives.org

Elizabeth Harter b. 1795

Elizabeth Harter 3rd great grandmother of Faber Miller who married Gladys Cable.

Elizabeth was born in 1795 in Beaver, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh. At age 9 or so Elizabeth and her family set out for Ohio.

“Early in the spring of 1806 the family of George Harter started from Beaver in a six-horse wagon for their new home in Ohio. A daughter, then in her ninth year, later Mrs. Jehu Grubb, had in after years a very distinct recollection of the journey out; of seeing the men at work digging the race for Slusser’s mill, as they crossed Nimishillen: of her great disappointment at the size of Canton, expecting to see it as large as Pittsburg-, when it contained only three cabins, all told.” Page 43 Old Landmarks of Canton and Stark Ohio at HathiTrust.

A couple books have stories of Elizabeth Harter: as a young girl she transported grain from the field to the mill, on horseback. She would greet Indians whether she knew them or not. After marrying Abraham Bair she wasn’t so much a housewife. She didn’t stay in the house but was outside with her husband clearing land, rolling logs and burning brush.

Mrs. Bair

At FamilySearch.org. Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 database with images. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XDPT-SQF

Elizabeth Harter married first Abraham Bair and at his death Jehu Grubb. Elizabeth’s War of 1812 pension application and her record keeping were majorly responsible for 2nd husband Jehu Grubb being recognized as a son in the Grubb Family dynasty, Curtis Grubb was Jehu’s father.