Henry Wolcott b. 1578

Henry Wolcott 12th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree

Henry was born in December 1578 in Lydeard St Lawrence, Somerset, England and baptized there on December 6 at Lydeard St. Lawrence Church. In 1606 he married Elizabeth Saunders in the same church. The Wolcott family left for America in 1630 on the The Mary and John. They lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts for a year or so, then moved to 100 miles west to Windsor, Connecticut.
In Dorchester Humphrey was an assessor, fenceviewer and selectman. He was a deputy of the Court, constable and tax collector in Windsor. Henry’s brother John was living in Lydeard in April 1636 and wrote a letter to Henry. John wrote Henry of their brother Christopher’s death, King Charles at war with Scotland, how times had changed and prayers for Henry’s safety in the new country.

Henry and his wife died within a couple months, “Mr Henry Wolcot dyed may 30th 1655. The wife if Henry Wolcot dyed July 5 1655”. They’re buried in Palisado Cemetery in Windsor, CT. They share a tombstone added years after their deaths, Henry’s inscription on one side, Elizabeth’s on the other.

Henry made his will o the day he died, “The thirtieth of May (1655), I HENRY WOLCOTT, sick of body, but of perfect memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following. First I commend my soul to God my maker, hoping assuredly through the only merit of Jesus Christ my Saviour, to be a partaker of life everlasting; and I commend my body to the earth, whereof it was made. I will that my wife shall have all my house lot, orchard, garden, hopyard and my lot in Plymouth meadow, during the term of her natural life. Also, I give unto my wife two of my cows, and half the household goods in my dwelling house”. Henry mentions each child and gifts them specific items.

Sources
Wolcott Genealogy: the family of Henry Wolcott, page 26 – 28 at HathiTrust. Illustration of tombstone about page 39.

The New England historical and genealogical register (NEHGR) 2009. Volume 163 page 282, several pages. NEHGR 1848 volume 2 page 373. At American Ancestors.

Births marriages and deaths returned from Hartford, Windsor and Fairfield page 43. At HathiTrust.

Find a Grave memorial https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7369754/henry-wolcott .

Nick Chipchase / Lydeard St. Lawrence church.

Humphrey Wise b. 1591

Humphrey Wise 10th great grandpa on RootsMagic

Humphrey Wise or Wythe was born in 1591 in England. His dad Benjamin died in 1601 and “with his mother Humphrey was an infant co-executor of the will of his father, he received land in Harkstead and Erwartoon”. On April 8, 1616 Humphrey married Susan Pakeman, they had 10 kids. Eight daughters and 2 sons. Humphrey lived in Suffolk County, near the River Orwell, on the eastern edge of England on the North Sea. Humphrey has records in Ewarton, Harkstead, Holbrook, Nacton and Woolvertsone, villages, all within 10 miles of each other in ipswich, England. Humphrey was a mariner, sailor.

The Wise family, parents and kids sailed to America in 1636. Humphrey and Susan were in their 40s. They settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts where Humphrey received a one acre “house lott and south side of Hartbreake Hill and a farm one hundred acres on the South side of a creek called the Labour in Vayne”. Heartbreak Hill has a legend involving a sailor and an Indian Maiden at Historic Ipswich.

Humphrey died in 1638, his burial place isn’t known. Humphrey didn’t leave a will, his widow remarried and her new husband Samuel Greenfield took control of the estate. the Court got involved.
In Boston January 13 1638/9. “Humfry Wise of Ipswich, died intestate, and Samuel Greenfeild late of Salem married his widow and took into his possession the lands and goods of the said Humfry, without legal order. The Court held at Ipswich 26 : 1 : 1639, caused them to deliver an inventory of the estate which amounted to about 140 pounds Wise left a wife and five children, Beniamyn, Joseph, Em., Sarah and Ann, besides some that were married and had received their portions. Samuel Greenfeild was appointed administrator, and with his consent the Court sold the house, and house lot of an acre & a planting lot of six acres with the appurtenances to William ffellowes for 20 pounds, also the farm of about 120 acres to Thomas Emerson for four score pounds, and such other sales of cattle & goods that the said Samuel had made the Court allowed. The money was given to Samuel Greenfeild, he giving bond for 120 pounds to bring up the five children, until the sons were twenty one years, and the daughters eighteen, at which time each to receive a certain portion of the estate”.

Sources
The probate records of Essex County Massachusetts. Volume 1 Page 11. At HathiTrust.

The American genealogist database. Volume 68 page 216. At American Ancestors

The ancient records of the town of Ipswich from 1634 to 1650. No page numbers, about image 36 Humphrey Wyth lands granted. At HathTrust.

Postcard Ipswich Beach via Historic Ipswich. org, Postcards from Ipswich 

James Hill b. 1726

James Hill 6th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree

James was born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on April 26, 1726. He was the youngest of 8 kids of Samuel and Ann Brown Hill. James married Eunice Walker, “James and Eunice Walker, both of Rehoboth, married by Rev. John Greenwood May 11, 1749. Int. April 13, 1749” is recorded in Vital Record of Rehoboth. James was a farmer and a blacksmith. He was a widow in 1772 and fought in the American Revolution from 1775 to 1779.

James’s first battle was on April 19, 1775 that was the day Paul Revere and others rode through the countryside warning towns and soldiers that the British Army was on the move. A Sons of the American Revolution SAR application was completed and verified in 1930 and lists the details of James’s service. Horace Hills completed this SAR application in 1930, verified as correct because of James’s Hill(s) age and location. Horace Hills lived at the same time as Philippa Mockford Speedy, they were 5th cousins.

Hills, James 1802 will with signature

Signature on 1802 will

James Hills left a will with all his children listed including Cynthia Hill Angell 3rd great grandma of Elizabeth Speedy. In 1802, the year he died, “My daughter Cynthia wife of Asa Angell …all my estate both real and personal not herein before disposed … after paying my just debts … equally divided.” Some of James’s inventory: 1 black straight woolen coat, waistcoats and breeches, hat, mittens, caps and glove, bedstead, flannel sheets, tablecloths, linen sheet, 1 sword and belt, butter mold, ladle, candle stand, bible, silver drinking cup, iron teaspoons, teapot, crockery, chairs, tables, farming tools, blacksmith tools, livestock, dwelling house, corn barn, 10 acres of land.

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Sarah Witter b. 1743

Sarah Witter 6th great grandma on RootsMagic tree

Sarah was born in 1743 to John and Amey Davis Witter. In Westerly, Rhode Island on January 12, 1768 she married David Dewey. Sarah was 26 David was 29. Both the Dewey and Witter family have published genealogies that show the family’s arrival from England and the generations that settled in America. Sarah was the 5th generation of her family in America. Both the Witter and Dewey books have typos in the marriage of Sarah and David, first or last names incorrect, A Crandall family history book and the Daughters of the American Revolution DAR book show Sarah Witter and David Dewey’s marriage, no typos. Sarah and David had 7 kids. David Dewey fought in the the American Revolution from 1776-1777. Sarah would have kept up the family home, probably a farm, and visited the town for supplies and church.

John Witter 1640 will

Sarah in her dad’s will

Sarah’s dad John Witter mentions her family in his will, “His will was made on March 5, 1790, and proved November 7, 1793. In it he mentioned his beloved wife Anne Witter, beloved son Samuel Witter, beloved daughter Sarah Dewy, beloved Grand Children,”.

Sarah died in 1804, her husbanding 1839, both their burial places are unknown.

Sources

  • North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, Lineage Book NSDAR Volume 099, 1913 p 144 98456 at Ancestry.
  • Marriage in Vital record of Rhode Island 1636-1850, a family register for the people at FamilySearch.
  • Witter genealogy; descendants of William Witter at HAthiTrust. Sarah Witter page 49 . John Witter’s will page 33
  • Life of George Dewey, Rear Admiral, U.S.N. Page 738  .

Napoleon Fries b. 1856

Napoleon Fries 2nd great uncle on RootsMagic tree.

Napoleon Fries was born in 1856, in Kentucky to Charles and Emma Fries. HIs middle initial is B, middle name could have been Bonaparte. Napoleon had a sister Josephine and brother William. Their mom Emma died around 1870, when Napoleon was 14. His dad Charles married Mary, a widow with 2 kids. Charles and Mary had 5 kids together so Napoleon had 9 sisters and brothers.

Around 1875, Napoleon married Etta, they had 3 daughters and a son: Minnie, George, Josie and Emily. They lived in Kentucky and Illinois until 1891 when Napoleon was in a Denver, Colorado city directory. City directories gave a person’s address – no phones or phone numbers then- and sometimes their job. When Napoleon first moved to Denver he was a car cleaner. Then, a conductor, a brick layer, a motorman and a guard at the county jail for several years.

Fries, Napoleon worked at Denver County Jail

Denver County Jail

Napoleon’s first address was 55 S 11th, he lived there for a couple years then by 1920 moved to 549 Kalamath where he and his family lived for 20 years. At the S 11th address then and today there are businesses on the street level and apartments above. At the 549 Kalamath address today is a huge storage unit business, across the street are a few remaining cute family homes from the 1920s.

The 1930 census shows Napoleon owned this home, valued at $3800. In the home were Napoleon, his wife Etta and their daughter Josie with her husband James, a railroad worker. On the 1940 census Napoleon is in the same home- his wife, daughter and son in law had died. Napoleon died in 1942. He, his wife, daughter and son in law share a headstone at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Jefferson, Colorado. A cemetery record shows Napoleon as a Woodman of the World, his son in law James was a Mason.

Sources
Colorado, Jefferson County, Wheat Ridge, Crown Hill Cemetery Records, 1900-1950 at FamilySearch.
US Censuses at FamilySearch.
U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 at Ancestry.
Denver Public Library digital collections the county jail
Denver Police Department throwback Thursday, The Old County Jail at Facebook

Annette Speedy b. 1868

Annette Speedy 2nd aunt on RootsMagic tree

Annette Constance Speedy was born in 1868 in Shell Rock, Iowa, the 4th child of Manford and first wife Ann Coates Speedy. Ann with Annettes oldest 2 siblings had died by 1869, so Annette, age 2 on the 1870 census  lived with her dad Manford, older brother Oscar, and grandpa William Speedy; her grandma Fidelia, aunts Juliet, Mary and uncle Edwin Coates. 8 people Speedys and Coates, ranging from 2 years to 80 years old in the home. By 1873 Manford married Elizabeth Stewart and they had children, three sons, three daughters. Annette, at some point moved in with Mary Jane Stewart and her husband Henry Wagonseller Royer in Bristow for a few years. Henry and Mary Jane had 4 sons. While living in Bristow Annette met then married Sherman Grove on August 1, 1889. Henry and Mary Jane were witnesses on Annette’s marriage record. The marriage was in Manford and Elizabeth Stewart Speedy’s home.

Speedy, Annette and Sherman Grove 1889 marriage

“Sherman Grove and Miss Nettie Speedy were married last Thursday at the home of the bride near Allison. The young couple are well known here, Miss Nettie having lived in WW Royer’s family for several years, Sherman having grown from boyhood to manhood here is known to be very industrious, upright young man. They have the best wishes of all who know them.”

Annette and Sherman had eight children, they named their first son Manford. During certain years the State of Iowa had to issue ‘Delayed Birth Records’ because of a mix up in record keeping and those born had to supply proof of birth and a witness. Annette’s brother Harve was a witness on these records, uncle to Annette and Sherman’s kids. In 1903 Annette and family left Bristow for Springbrook, Wisconsin, about 50 miles south of Lake Superior. They settled in Earl, Wisconsin. Then and today the  Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad runs straight through the town https://spoonertrainride.com/

Annette came back to Allison for visits and for her dad’s funeral in 1914.  In 1915 her sisters Eva and Ethel with their husbands took an auto trip to Wisconsin. Annette died September 3, 1935 the Clarksville newspaper carried her obituary. Her sisters Eva and Ethel attended the funeral. Annette and Sherman are buried in Earl Cemetery in Earl, Wisconsin.

Source, Clarksville (Iowa) Star newspaper
1889 Aug 8 page 5 of 8 column 4 mid way, Annette and Sherman marriage
1903 Mar 12 page column 1 mid bottom, Annette moves to Springbrook WI.
1916 Jul 20 page column 2 mid top, Eva and Ethel visit Annette
1935 Sep 19 page 5 of 8 column 6 mid way

Fianna Druckenbrod b. 1854

Fianna Druckenbrod 2nd great grandma on RootsMagic tree.

Fianna Druckenbrod photo

Fianna Druckenbrod photo

Fianna was born in Stark County, Ohio the 2nd of 12 kids of Samuel and Elizabeth Bair Druckenbrod. Fianna grew up in Stark, Ohio where her parents’s families were pioneers, well known: Bair, Harter, Druckenbrod, Malone. At age 16 in 1870 she was living with her grandparents George and Margaret Malone Bair, she’s listed as a ‘servant’ on the census. On September 5, 1857 Fianna married William Miller, also from a family of pioneers and well known in Stark, Ohio but recently moved to Bremer County, Iowa. William and Fianna were married in Stark County then moved to Bremer County, they farmed and had 7 kids. Fianna and her father in law Peter Miller would travel to Stark, Ohio in the summers for their family reunions. In 1905 or so Fianna and William moved to Amery, Wisconsin where their sons Frank and Sam were living. Fianna died in 1923 and is buried in Andrews Cemetery outside Waverly about 3 miles east of Cedar Bend County Park and the Cedar River, right in between Horton and Waverly, Iowa.

Druckenbrods visit GreeneFianna had a brother Ivy Druckenbrod who married Elta and they had a son Faber Druckenbrod. Elta and Faber Druckenbrod, with Faber’s finance Grace, all from Stark, Ohio visited Greene, Iowa on September 29, 1939. In Greene, the Druckenbrods stayed with Fianna’s daughter Lola and her husband Willam Miller. Lola and William’s son Faber and his wife Gladys would have visited with their Druckenbrod relatives, probably a dinner on Friday night. And one year and a few months in the future Faber and Gladys would name their son Faber too, my dad.

Fianna’s obituary June 7, 1923
“Mrs William Miller sister in law of Urias Miller of this city died at her home in Amery, Wis on Saturday June 2 and the body was brought to the county and buried in the Andrews Cemetery north of Waverly. The deceased lady has been in poor health for some time past and for about twelve weeks her condition had been growing serious.

Fianna Druckenbrod was born in Stark County, Ohio, in May 1855 and was united in marriage with William Miller at Canton, Ohio on Sept. 5 1875. To this union were born seven children, six of whom survive, with their father, the mother’s death. They are Frank E Miller of Amery, Wis, (Alpha) Mrs. Robert Leach of Fredericksburg, (Lela) Mrs. John Leach of Fredericksburg, (Lola) Mrs. Will Miller of Greene, Clyde Miller of Cutbank, Mont. and Sam Miller of Amery, Wis. A daughter Clara passed away at the age of sixteen years. The Miller family resided here until about twenty years ago.
The body was brought to this city on Tuesday night and taken to the chapel of the Koch funeral parlors where the funeral services were held at two o’clock in Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Warden from Fredericksburg had charge of the services and the singers were also from that town, as a number of the relatives reside in that vicinity. Burial was made at Andrews Cemetery north of town.

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