Monday, January 24, 2011

Will of Isaac BOVARD


Will of Isaac C. Bovard

In the name of the Benevolent Father of all, I, Isaac C. Bovard, do make this my last will and testament, I give and devise to my wife Ersula Bovard all my real and personal property as during her natural life; as provided her after. The selling so much of the personal property as will pay my just debts, at the death of my said wife, - The farm on which the widow Shehane now resides, I give and bequeath to my son Elwood Bovard, and my daughter Olive Bascomb, the said farm to be divided north and south in equal No. of acres, Elwood to have the east side, Olive the west.

At the death of my wife, I give and bequeath the farm on which I now reside, to Coleman Bovard and Julia Bovard, the said farm to be divided in equal no. of acres, the line running east and west, Coleman, taking the North side, Julia the South.

At the death of my wife the 80 acres lying in Switzerland and Ohio counties, known as “Gibbons Land”, to be sold, and the proceeds equally divided between my children, with the exception of Coleman who is to receive two hundred and fifty dollars moe than the rest to make his share equal with the balance.

Provided further that Coleman is to have one of the young horses that I now own. Provided further that so much of the proceeds of the sale of above mentioned 80 acres be given to my daughter Viola and Julia as to buy them a horse each.

Provided further, that the above mentioned heirs is to have use of the said lands that may fall to their share at the death of my said wife, when they become of age, provided they pay her so much rent as she and they may agree upon.

Provided further the said lands and fences shall be repaired from the timber growing on said lands.

I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Ersula Exectrix [sic] of this my last will and Testament, authorizing and empowering her to compromise, adjust, release and discharge in such manner as she may deem proper, the debts and claims due me.

In Testimony here of hereinto set my hand and seal this, the 10th day of February 1872.
                                                                        Isaac C. Bovard {seal}

Signed and acknowledged by the said Isaac C Bovard as his Last Will and Testament in our presence and signed by us in his presence
Witnesses,    Aaron [his x mark] Conner {seal}
                        George W Sanders {seal}

The State of Indiana, Ohio County Sct;
                        Before this the undersigned clerk of the court of Common Pleas of said county, personally came George W. Sanders, our of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing last will and Testament of Isaac C Bovard deceased, and being by me duly sworn deposeth as follows; That he was present at the time the said Isaac C Bovard subscribed his name to said Isaac C Bovard subscribed his name to said Will; that deponent saw said Issac C Bovard sign his name thereto that deponent and Aaren Conner, the other subscribing witness to said will, did in presence of said testtater [sic] and at his request subscribe their names as witnesses thereto; that said testator at the time of signing his said will aforesaid was competent to devise his property and not under coercion or restraint as this deponent verily believes, and further deponent says not.
                                                                        George W Sanders

Subscribed & sworn to before me this 7th day of August A D 1872.

In Testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at Rising Sun the day and year above written
                                                                        Solomon K Kittle clerk

The State of Indiana} Sct:
Ohio County}
            I, Solomon K Kittle clerk of the court of Common Pleas of said County, do hereby certify the above and foregoing to be a true copy of the last Will and Testament of Isaac C. Bovard dec’d, and of the proff attestation thereof
            In Witness Where of I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the Seal of said Court this 7th day of August A.D. 1872.
                                    Solomon K Kittle clerk

Ohio county, Indiana, Will records, volume 2, page 191-192, Will of Isaac C Bovard; FHL microfilm 1311846.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Magdalena HAEFNER baptism

Magdalena HAEFNER was born 7 October 1893 in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania to Frank HAEFNER and Eva Catherine BLITZ.

On 15 October 1893, she was baptized in St. Boniface Catholic Church in Williamsport.

1893
Magdalena Haefner
57. Die XV ta decima quinta Octobris baptizavi Magdalenam fil. leg. Francisci Haefner et Catharina Blitz nat. 7 Octobris levanitibus Francisco et Magdalena Gaus conjunibus.

St. Boniface Catholic Church (Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania), Church records, Baptisms 1855-1907, page 224, entry 57, Magdalena Haefner, 15 October 1893; FHL microfilm 1730906, item 3.

Isaac BOVARD and Ursula SHEPHERD family

Isaac BOVARD was born 31 October 1817 in Hamilton County, Ohio to Robert BOVARD and Margaret McGARVEY. He married Ursula SHEPHERD on 26 May 1844 in Dearborn County, Indiana. Ursula was born 14 September 1825 in Dearborn County to James SHEPHERD and Jane RICKETTS. Isaac and Ursula resided in Ohio County, Indiana where they raised 5 children.

Isaac died on 27 June 1872. Ursula died 24 May 1892. They were both buried in Bovard Cemetery in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana.

Their children were:
Olive BOVARD was born 22 February 1847. She married Robert Bruce Bascom (1839-1907) on 4 November 1866 in Ohio County. She died on 10 December 1926 in Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana and was buried in Littlefield Cemetery in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana.

Elwood BOVARD was born 2 June 1851. He married Phoeba RICKETTS (1854-1913) on 2 July 1873 in Switzerland County, Indiana. He died 19 May 1922 in Ohio County and was buried in Carmel Cemetery in Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana.

Coleman BOVARD was born in September 1856. He married Sarah Elizabeth MANFORD on 15 January 1879 (1859-1954) in Switzerland County, Indiana. He died on 24 September 1935 in Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana and was buried in New Cemetery (aka German Cemetery) in Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana.

Juliana Lorraine BOVARD was born in June 1858. She married William P MCHENRY (1858-1937) on 8 July 1880 in Ohio County, Indiana. She died on 28 March 1939 in Aberdeen, Ohio County, Indiana and was buried in New Cemetery (aka German Cemetery) in Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana.

Viola BOVARD was born in March 1863. She married James Harvey BARKER (1859-1950) on 10 September 1885 in Ohio County, Indiana. She died on 3 August 1954 in Ohio County, Indiana and was buried in Carmel Cemetery in Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana.

If you would like to collaborate on this line, please email me at genwishlist@gmail.com.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Frank HAEFNER naturalization

Frank HAEFNER immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1873.

On 13 September 1876, he filed his intent to become a citizen of the United States in the Lycoming County, Pennsylvania courts.

On 20 July 1880, Frank HAEFNER returned to the Court of Common Pleas of the County of Lycoming in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and became a citizen.

Frank A Haefner, declaration of intent (1876), petition (1880), , Lycoming County, Pennsylvania; Lycoming County Genealogical Society, Williamsport.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Frank HAEFNER and Catherine BLITZ marriage

Frank A HAEFNER and Eva Catherine BLITZ were married on 22 July 1879 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.


Francisco Haefner 26y.
Catharina Blitz 21y.
4. Die XXII. vigesimo setunda Julii foset drivam proclamationem in matrimonium conjunti Franciscum Haefner et Catharinam Blitz filiam Valentini Blitz William Serrterris. testibus Josepho Parr et Anna Blitz.
J. Koeper

St. Boniface Catholic Church (Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania), Church records, Marriages 1856-1907, page 334, entry 4, Francisco Haefner and Catharina Blitz, 22 July 1879; FHL microfilm 1730906, item 3.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Frank A HAEFNER and Eva Catherine BLITZ family

Frank Alselm HAEFNER was born 27 Jul 1853 in Baden to Franz Simon HAEFNER and Eva Barbara MULLAR. He immigrated to the United States on 27 Jul 1873. By 1879, he had moved to Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania and worked as a tailor. On 22 July 1879, he married Eva Catherine BLITZ at St. Boniface Church in Williamsport.Eva Catherine was the daughter of Valentine BLITZ and Margretha LUTZ and was born on 27 October 1857 in Williamsport. Frank and Catherine had 10 children.

Frank died on 25 November 1933 in Williamsport. Eva Catherine died on 25 February 1939 in Williamsport. They were both buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Their children were:

Frank Joseph HAEFNER was born 22 July 1880. He married Helena P BETZ (1883-1961) on 2 Jun 1904 at St. Boniface Church. He died 25 September 1968 and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Mary Margaret HAEFNER was born 30 June 1882. She married Frank F SCHMIDT (abt 1882-1949) on 17 October 1907 at St. Boniface Church. She died 15 February 1979 and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Frank Simon HAEFNER was born 9 Jul 1884. He married Anna ROTHENBECKER (1886 - ?) on 4 September 1912 in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. He died in Wilkes-Barre in November 1968.

Anna Wilhelmina HAEFNER was born 24 June 1889. She married Lawrence John RITTER (1884-1970) on 22 June 1912 at St. Boniface Church. She died 5 January 1977 and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Herbert Edward HAEFNER was born 16 March 1891. He married Josephine HOELFNER (1888-1975) around 1916. He died 11 December 1973 in Batavia, Genesee County, New York.

John Alexander HAEFNER was born 28 March 1892. He married Elizabeth C HOCHREITER (1895-1984) on 19 October 1921. He died 1 January 1988 in Williamsport and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Magdalena HAEFNER was born 7 October 1893. She married Eugene ECK (1893-1975) at St. Boniface Church. They both died on 2 January 1975 and were buried in St. Boniface Cementery.

Eleanor Margaretha HAEFNER was born 21 February 1895. She married John Walton ECK (1895-1975) on 1 February 1940. She died on 5 December 1972 and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Carl Vincent HAEFNER was born 22 January 1897. He married Anastasia MAYAN (1896-1971) around 1921. He died 20 August 1979 in Williamsport and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Eva Catherine HAEFNER was born 4 April 1898. She died 7 August 1898 and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Please contact me at genwishlist@gmail.com if you would like to collaborate on this line.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New Companion Blog - Mr. Gen Wish List

I've been meaning to start a blog about my husband's ancestors for a few months now. I finally got around to it and starting posting about some of his family lines. When we were at FGS in Knoxville this August, the geneabloggers called my husband Mr @genwishlist on twitter. So I thought it would make a good title for this new blog. You can now find the "Mr. Gen Wish List" blog at http://mrgenwishlist.blogspot.com.

The goal of this new blog is to write one post each week about one of the family groups in his family tree. Then I will add documents and other information about that family over the course of the week.

So far I have written about two of his families. The first was the family of Lewis ZIRGER and Regina DANNEMILLER. I included the passenger list for the family in another post. The second family was George HAUSMANN and Victoria ZIRGER and I also added their death certificates.

I'm hoping to use this new blog post format here on "Gen Wish List" as well. I already wrote about the family of Valentine BLITZ and Margaretha LUTZ and posted their daughter, Eva Catherine's baptismal record.

I'm sure that lots of people will contact me and tell me that they are related to my husband. They'll probably have lots of photographs, family bibles and documents to add to his tree. Since it's been easier to research his family tree compared to mine, I figure it will be easier to find cousins too.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Eva Catherine BLITZ HAEFNER baptism

Eva Catherine BLITZ was born 27 October 1857 in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania to Valentine BLITZ and Margaretha LUTZ. On 1 November 1857, she was baptized in St. Boniface Catholic Church.

 1857
[Entry] 45. Novembris 1. Baptizavi Evam Carolinam natam vigesima septima Octobris ex parentisbus Valentino Blitz & Margaretha Lutz; P. Catharina Blitz.
J. B. Bach, sacerdos.

Her godmother was Catharina Blitz, Valentine's mother and her grandmother. Her baptismal name was Eva Caroline, but she would go by the name Catherine, like her grandmother.

St. Boniface Catholic Church (Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania), Church records, Baptisms 1855-1907, page 12, entry 45, Evam Carolinam, 1 November 1857; FHL microfilm 1730906, item 3.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Scanning Slides and Making Videos

One of my 2011 Genealogy Resolutions is the scan all of the slides in my grandma's house. Cheryl at the Twice Upon a Time blog asked me how I planned to scan the photos. So I will try to explain it to everyone.

This fall I purchased a VuPoint Film and Slide Converter (Amazon affiliate link). I purchased mine from Woot! as one of their daily deals (But who knows when or if it will ever come up again.

Last week I pulled out a tray of 30 slides to use as an example. It was labeled "RR Engines and River" and the photos were most likely taken by my grandfather, who loved both.

I placed the slides into the tray and pushed them through the VuPoint Converter. I used the software that came with the device to save the slides to my computer as TIF files. Once you get the hang of it, it doesn't take long to scan each slide. Below is one of the images (click on it to make it larger).


One of the hardest parts is getting the slide into the tray in the right orientation. But if I get it wrong, I just do some photo editing. You also have to wiggle the tray around in the converter in order to get the entire image in the viewer. It isn't difficult, but requires a little patience and a fine touch. You can always edit out any black stripes on the sides later.

My grandfather also made his own slides and the two cardboard pieces don't always line up straight. This problems makes it difficult to open the slide tray sometimes. Extra trays are available and I may order more soon.

After I scanned an entire tray of slides, I made them into a slide show using Windows Live Movie Maker (a free program). I used one of the transitions that looked like slides changing on a projector. I also used a visual effect to make the images black and white in order to get rid of the purple tinge on this set of slides.


This was not the best set of slides to use as an example. I tested out the converter using the set of slides from my grandparents' honeymoon in 1949. They were in color and looked great after digitizing.

If anyone has any more questions about my slide scanning, let me know. I'll have a better grasp of it as I start to scan the 100 slide trays and continue to refine my process.

Disclosure: No one paid me for this post, but I did use my Amazon affiliate links. I won't know if you bought anything, but I will get a small percentage of your purchase price at no extra charge to you.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Valentine BLITZ and Margaretha LUTZ family

Although I have written about the Valentine BLITZ and Margaretha LUTZ family before, I was able to find more about their children using the St. Boniface Catholic Church Records (Williamsport, Pennsylvania) that have been microfilmed.

Valentine BLITZ was born about 1828 in Hesse Darmstadt. On 9 August 1852, he arrived in New York City aboard the Genl Dunlop. He married Margaretha LUTZ in the 1850s. He was naturalized on 4 September 1858 in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Valentine settled in Williamsport and worked as a stone mason. They had 8 children and all were baptized in St. Boniface Catholic Church. Margaretha died on 18 November 1897 and Valentine died in 1898. They are both buried in St. Boniface Cemetery in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The children of Valentine and Margaretha were:

Eva Catherine BLITZ was born 27 October 1857 in Williamsport. She married Frank A HAEFNER (1853-1933) on 22 July 1879 at St. Boniface. She died 25 February 1939 and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Anna Maria BLITZ was born 23 April 1860 in Williamsport. She never married and died on 12 Jan 1953 and was buried at St. Boniface Cemetery.

Margaretha BLITZ was born 11 June 1861 in Williamsport. She married Charles SCHNEIDER/SNYDER (1858-1934) on 15 June 1882 at St. Boniface. She died 19 October 1934 and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Magdalena BLITZ was born 22 March 1864 in Williamsport. She married Frank J GAUS (1863-1932) on 21 September 1886 at St. Boniface. She died on 12 March 1926 and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Joseph BLITZ was born 29 March 1869 in Williamsport. He drowned in the river on 30 August 1879.

Wilhelm Bernard BLITZ was born 12 October 1872 in Williamsport. He married Catherine UEBELHOER (1869-1934) on 31 January 1893 at St. Boniface. He died 16 October 1937 and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Adam BLITZ was born 8 June 1875 in Williamsport. He married Mary B HOUCK and was the only BLITZ child to not get married at St. Boniface Church. He died on 18 October 1947 in Elmira, New York and was buried in Resurrection Cemetery in Williamsport.

Mary Margaret BLITZ was born 11 May 1880 in Williamsport. She married Fred S BERTIN (1879-1941) on 26 May 1904 in St. Boniface Church. She died on 26 March 1953 and was buried in St. Boniface Cemetery.

Look for some of the documents I have gathered about this family later this week. If you would like to collaborate on this line, please email me at genwishlist@gmail.com

Friday, January 7, 2011

When Aunts Marry You Get an Uncle

When I was visiting my parents and grandma last month, there was a discussion about my grandpa's uncle with a wooden leg. My mom and grandma didn't remember his name, but remembered visiting him in Ontario on vacations. They thought the wooden leg was from a war injury (World War I).

My grandfather's father, William Francis Elvey Suckling, was the only son in the family. My grandfather's mother had only one brother, Leslie Merritt Stull. Leslie served in WWI, but he moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Grandma and mom said that the wooden leg uncle lived in Ontario. I kept saying that grandpa only had one uncle and assumed that they didn't know what they were talking about.

I was so confused until two weeks later. It finally came to me that when your aunt gets married, you get an uncle. Duh! I think I have been so focused on the family groups of my direct line, that I forget about all those extra collateral relationships.

So one of my grandfather's aunts married a WWI veteran with a wooden leg. I don't know which one it was yet. The Ontario records that are online do not capture the time frame of the 1920s and 1930s that I need to solve this new family mystery. But at least now I know my grandpa could have had an uncle with a wooden leg.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Pension Payment Problems in Dearborn County, Indiana

I discovered this letter in the Revolutionary War pension file of John Shoemaker from Dearborn County, Indiana. Shoemaker is not my ancestor, but I found this letter after searching Footnote.com for my ancestor Nathan Ricketts. I was hoping to find that he gave testimony about the service of other soldiers' service. Although I found that he vouched for a Robert Ricketts (a brother or cousin, but relationship unknown), I also came across this interesting letter from the Dearborn County pension office to the pension office in Washington D.C. Apparently a lot (or all) of the pensioners in Dearborn County were not able to get their pensions. I don't really understand why. Did the pension commissioner not have their address correct, did the pensioners not pick up their pensions at his office, or was the pension commissioner incompetent?

Included with the letter is a list of pensioners in Dearborn County and the date they were last paid. I'd like to submit this letter and list to the Indiana Genealogical Society's Quarterly. If anyone would like to check my transcription or comment on what they think was going on with the pensions, I'd appreciate the help. Please leave a comment or send me an email at genwishlist@gmail.com.

Here are the links on Footnote to the letter and the list. You need a subscription to view them. If you don't have a subscription, email me and I'll send you a copy.

Transcription of Letter and List (as of 5 Jan 2011)


Lawrenceburgh Branch
15th March 1838
L Edwards Esqr
Commissr of Pensions

            Where payments to Pensioners has been deferred (not being called for) for one year & upards [sic] The voucher for such payments have frequently been returned to me for example the enclosed vouchers in this case of John Shoemaker which you will herewith receive

            In all such cases I require additional testimony to the oath of the Pensioner as to his identity as intended by the Treasury department but it seems that is not sufficient as the papers in those cases would not be returned to me. Will you have the goodness to give me defenite [sic] instructions for my Government in all such cases that may arise in further.

            On the other side of this sheet I give you a list of names of our Pension Roll of such as have not call’d for their Pensions for upwards of one year. Please say whether I shall pay them or not a some [sic] of those have equally called for payment which I have defered until I receive your instructions.
                                                            Very Respectfully yours
                                                            E D John Cashr
Washington City



Samuel Alley
Pr
Revey
last pay
4 Sept. 1834
John Boyer

4 “ 36
Wm Collins

4 “ 34
Philemon Davis

4 “ 34
Jacob Falcombury

4 “ Mar 35
John Gray

4 “ 36
Wm Henderson

4 “ 36
Wm Knight

4 Sept 36
John M King
Invalid


4 Mar. 35
David King
not called for



Moses Losey
Revy
Pr

4 Mar 35
John Masters

4 Sept 36
Wm Meserves

4 Mar 35
Spencer Menefee

4 “ 34
Ebenezer Roberts
Invalid


4 “ 35
Robert Ricketts
Revy
Pr

4 Sept 34
Nathan Rickets

4 Sept 34
Wm Robins

4 “ 34
John Sia

4 Mar 35
John Shaver

4 Sept 34
James Scott

4 “ 35
Peter Vanbibber

4 “ 35
John Ward
Invalid


4 Mar 36
John Williams


4 “ 36
Mason Watts
Revy
“ Artillery

4 “ 35

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2011 Genealogy Resolutions

2010 was a great year for my genealogy. I hope that 2011 is even better for all genealogists!

Here are my 2011 genealogy resolutions:

Research Goal: Collect more original records. Included in this goal is ordering more microfilm from the Family History Library, visiting the Indiana State Library and visiting Switzerland County, Indiana. I also hope to visit Lycoming County, Pennsylvania again this year in order to improve my writing goal.

Writing Goal: Write a book about my surname line, Eiswerth. I was finally able to connect this family in Pennsylvania together and find them in Germany. This year I hope to gather the German parish registers, more tombstone photos, and other original records and publish them as a coffee table book for my family.

Scanning Goal: Scan all of the slides in my grandma's house. I knew that my grandpa had made a ton of slides, but I underestimated how many were there until I actually looked at them in December. There are 3 shelves full of slide boxes. I took home just the first shelf of 14 boxes. I'd like to turn each box into a video slide show and put them on DVD.

Education Goal: Continue National Institute for Genealogical Studies courses. I should be finishing the intermediate courses soon and then it's time for the advanced courses.

Conference Goal: Although I want to go to every genealogy conference, I will definitely be attending the Indiana Genealogical Society conference in Indianapolis on April 16 and the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Springfield, Illinois in September. I have decided to skip the Ohio Genealogical Society conference in Columbus, Ohio because I wasn't too excited about this year's program lineup and I think a trip to the Indiana State Library is a better use of my time and money.

Blog Goal: Write more about my ancestors and start blogging about my husband's ancestors (more on that soon). I need to get into a better routine about writing up my genealogy finds before I continue my research.

So those are my main goals for the year. I know of some other stuff that is coming up that will push me even further in my genealogy and outside of my box. (But I'm trying to ignore it as long as possible.) Hope everyone as a wonderful 2011.