A Little Octagonal Church

In August 2007 I wrote a little bit about Baltus Berentsen Van Kleek. He had been born in Holland, crossed the “pond”, settled in Flatbush NY, moved briefly to Bergen New Jersy (about 5 years), and later moved to, and died in, Poughkeepsie NY.

During the five years he lived in Bergen, New Jersey, Barent may have witnessed the raising of a little octagonal Church (William Day headed the construction of the new building). It’s official opening day was on 23 May 1681 with Rev. Casper Van Zuiren, from Long Island, delivering the Church’s first sermon.  Barent must have been impressed because, in fact, he joined that Church on 2 July 1683.

According to the book, Brief History of Old Bergen Church, p.2-3: “It’s [Bergen’s] windows were quite high from the ground probably as much for protection from the Indians as to prevent the children from looking out during the services. The archways over the door and windows were ornamented with small bricks imported from Holland… The church was surmounted by a brass rooster used as a weathercock.”

Old Bergen Church, NJ

Watching the resurrection of this little church may have influenced Baltus when he moved to Poughkeepsie, a place that was lacking  its own religious building.

According to the 1718 Deed Conveying First Property, Poughkeepsie’s first  Church lot was “butted and Boundett Vz on the Nort Sid to the Rood that Runs to the Eastard to the forsaid Cap’t Barendt Van Kleecks”.

Part of Baltus’ land was given to “the Inhabitance and Naborhood of Pochkepsen… to bild and maentaen a proper mieting house to worship.” (Anniversary Discourse and History of the First Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie, by A.P Van Gieson).

I think it is safe to say that if Baltus gave up land to give to his new Church, he was most likely very dedicated to it. In May 1800, Henry Livingston drew a map of Baltus Van Kleek’s original Poughkeepsie homestead. On the map, the Church is clearly drawn, with an adjoining cemetery and stones. Baltus lived and died in the shadow and the light of this  Church.

For more information on Barent Baltus Van Kleek go to: http://webpages.charter.net/ghshepard/Baltus_Barents.html

For more information on the History of the Bergen Church please take a look at the following webite: http://www.njcu.edu/programs/jchistory/Pages/O_Pages/Old_Bergen_Church.htm

For an e-book version of Anniversary Discourse and History of the First Reformed Church of Poughkeepsie go to, http://www.archive.org/stream/anniversarydisco00vangi/anniversarydisco00vangi_djvu.txt


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Published in: on 30 September 2009 at 12:15 pm  Comments (1)  

Connecting with Sarah & Jacob… and How I Love Archives.

As a genealogist, and you know this if you are one, there is no greater thrill than discovering a tangible connection to your ancestors. On August 4th, during a lovely get-away to Nova Scotia, I was able to connect with my Great4 Grandparents, Jacob H. Gavel & Sarah (Hurlburt) Gavel. I had hoped to discover their grave site and had no more expectations than that. Those expectations were met and then exceeded as I most happily and accidentally discovered the Tusket Courthouse and Archives. There the head archivist gave me directions to the Gavelton Meeting House and then dangled this big carrot in front of my nose: We have a copy of Sarah & Jacobs family Bible, as well as a picture of them… so do come back to see us!

For a genealogist, discovering the grave site, family Bible, and original photograph of  relatives born in 1814 & 1817, all in one day,  is like winning the lottery twice on your birthday. I was as giddy as a school-girl! Actually throw in a free flatscreen because I also discovered Jacob’s parents buried at the Gavelton Meeting House as well.

The Gavelton Meeting House is stunning. Located on an obscure gravel road, this little gem seems to have withstood the test of time. It is history locked into place. The Meeting House is one of the oldest standing Churches in Yarmouth County, built circa 1840, and one of the best examples of the New England Colonial Style. It is two levels with the upper story supporting a three sided balcony. When you enter the Church, on either side there are stairs leading to the balcony and directly in front are two  old stoves to heat the building.

According to a deed discovered in the 1980’s, my Great5 Grandfather, John Gavel sold the land to the Church for 5 shillings. There were 8 men involved in the shareholding of the Church with a total of 30 shares. Three of those men were my ancestors: John Gavel (8 shares), his son Jacob Gavel (3 shares) and Jacob’s Father-in-Law, Titus Hurlburt (1 share).

In January 2008 I wrote all about Jacob Gavel & Sarah Hurlburt and their parents and grandparents. (Please feel free to read about them again!). With the help of the Argyle Archives (oh how I love Archives!) I was able retain copies of the front pages of the original family Bible. These pages listed family birth dates, marriage dates, and death dates in what I like to believe was Sarah’s own handwriting. It also include original newspaper cutting of obituaries of family members.

After marveling at this, the archival assistant then showed me a photograph of Sarah and Jacob taken in the mid-1800’s. To put a face to Jacob and his wife Sarah meant the world to me. I patiently wait for my own copy of the picture to be sent to me by mail! There’s nothing like looking into the eyes of your ancestors… especially when you never thought you’d ever have the chance. It’s literally looking into your own history (when we usually just get to do that figuratively).

Special thanks to Archivist Peter Crowell and Assistant Kelly Meuse from the Argyle Township Courthouse & Archives who loaded me up with wonderful amounts of archival goodness. I regret not having the time to go over every piece and do plan on returning at a later date to do so.  I must also acknowledge D.A. Gavel whose research and writings on the Gavels has filled in many of the gaps in my own research.

I leave you with a few pictures of the Gavelton Meeting House that I took on August 4th, 2009, but before I do, here is the poem that is on Jacob H. Gavel’s tombstone:

The hour of my departure come,

I hear the voice that calls me home.

At last Oh Lord let trouble cease,

And let thy servant die in peace.

The race appointed I have run,

The combat’s o’er, the prize is won.

And now my witness is on high,

And now my record’s in the sky.

Gavelton Meeting House, Nova Scotia. Built circa 1840.

Gavelton Meeting House, Nova Scotia. Built circa 1840.

Inside the Gavelton Meeting House. The stoves.

Inside the Gavelton Meeting House. The stoves.

Gavelton Meeting House. The balcony.

Gavelton Meeting House. The balcony.

John & Phoebe (Hatfield) Gavel. Original owners of the land on which the Gavelton Meeting House sits. My G5 Grandparents.

John & Phoebe (Hatfield) Gavel. Original owners of the land on which the Gavelton Meeting House sits. My G5 Grandparents.

Sarah (Hurlburt) & Jacob Gavel. My Great4 Grandparents.

Sarah (Hurlburt) & Jacob Gavel. My Great4 Grandparents.

Published in: on 17 August 2009 at 12:28 am  Comments (3)  

My Summer Genealogy Project

This summer I’m heading off to the Maritimes to continue to search for my long lost ancestors. I plan on visiting a few family Churches that I’ve visited before: Smithtown Baptist Church NB, St. Paul’s Church, Lakeside NB… as well as many new Churches (if I can find them), including:  New Tusket United Baptist Church NS, the Gavelton Meeting House NS, and what was once the United Baptist Church of Weaver Settlement, NS (no longer standing).

I’m particularily on the hunt for the cemetery stones of R. Henry Barr, Bethelda Hannah Gavel Barr, William Riley Barr, Jacob H. Gavel, Sarah Esther Hurlburt Gavel, John Gavel, Phoebe Hatfield Gavel, John A. Mullen & Mary Grant Mullen.

I will return to the blog in August hopefully full of wild and wonderful tales of our genealogical adventure… and, I’m hoping, a few new pictures of the resting places of my ancestors.

Happy summer, one and all!

Sarah

Published in: on 20 July 2009 at 11:55 pm  Comments (5)  

Little Red Church in Peekskill NY

A little church sits pretty at a crossroads in NY state. It is a rare pre-revolutionary Church and the burial place of 54 revolutionary soldiers. The one-room frame church was dedicated in 1767.

During the Revolutionary War it was used as a shelter for soldiers and as a hospital for Continental and French soldiers.

My great7 grandparents, Richard Curry and Elizabeth Jones Curry, lived during the Revolution.  They resided in the politically diverse, wildly divided, Westchester County, NY. In the midst of the war, Richard and Elizabeth were senior citizens and they had already lived through much hardship.

When Richard was only twelve years old his father died. On the 5th of June 1722 the  Court proclaimed that Richard Curry, son of Richard Curry dec’d (who had just died the previous month), was to be bound unto Nathan Jones of Bedford until the age of 21. It is uncertain if Richard’s mother was still alive. It is possible that, as a widow, she could not feed and cloth her children and she was forced let her children go as indentured servants.

Richard’s new home with Nathan Jones would prove to be beneficial to his future. Nathan’s young, and I like to image extraordiarily beautiful, daughter was to eventually become Richard’s bride.  In approximately 1734 Richard and Elizabeth married in Bedford NY and they settled in the Cortlandt Manor/Peekskill area of NY.  According to Rev. Warriner’s book, Old Sands Street Methodist Episcopal Church, written in 1885:

About 1730, having married, he [Richard Curry]  took his young wife and all their effects, and, mounting themselves on a single horse, they rode northward into the almost unbroken forrests in the northern part of Westchester County, then still, occupied by the wild Algonquins. He located in the valley of Peekskill Creek, a few miles back from the Hudson, where he became an extensive land owner, reared a large family and died in 1806.

On Valentine’s Day, 1778, Elizabeth passed away.  Her daughter Martha, who I am descended from, died only 9 months later during childbirth. Elizabeth was buried in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill NY. It is possible that Martha might be as well.  Martha’s husband and their remaining children would leave NY as Loyalists and settle in what is now New Brunswick.

Richard Curry would live on for another 28 years. He did not leave with his son-in-law as a Loyalist.  If he did side with the Loyalists his age may have prevented him from attempting the long and arduous journey. He was 96 when he died and is buried alongside his wife.

Here is the idyllic little church and cemetery where the remains of Richard and Elizabeth Curry reside…

St.Peter’s Episcopal Church, Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill NY.

St.Peter's Episcopal Church, Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill NY.

From Benson J. Lossing's "Pictoral Field Book of the Revolution", 1850

From Benson J. Lossing's "Pictoral Field Book of the Revolution", 1850

Published in: on 26 June 2009 at 12:07 am  Comments (3)  

Lower Jemseg NB… and the Loyal Dykemans.

Deep in the heart of New Brunswick sits a pretty little Queen’s County location know as Jemseg.  It has a rich history thanks to it’s location on a prosperous trading river system.

In 1659 the first trading post was built in Jemseg by Col. Thomas Temple, Governor of Acadia and Nova Scotia.  This was a fortified post that allowed trade with the local Maliseet Indians and easy access to the thriving town that is today’s Saint John (by way of an efficient river system). In 1667 Acadia was returned to France and Temple left to settle in Boston. By this point the post was used for both trading and military control.  In 1674 the post was attacked and taken over by the Dutch, but their occupation only lasted several months before the Acadians reclaimed it.

In 1713 Acadia was turned over to the English for the last time and the British controlled the area once again. Many local Acadians  stayed on their land until 1758 when General Moncton burned the remaining Acadian farms of the Jemseg area and ensured that they left.

After 1758 and before 1783 a small handful of English families populated the Jemseg area. A few took over “abandoned” farms and shelters left by banished Acadians. The area was a rich agricultural source with an excellent river system to support the transport of their goods to neighbouring villages. It was an area just waiting for a population surge and the American Revolution provided that. In 1783 the Loyalists were expelled from America.

When those Loyalist came looking for a new home, the Jemseg area was an obvious choice. The Dykeman’s  knew good farming land and understood the importance of a deep and complex river system.

When Loyalist Gilbert Hatfield Dykeman came to the Maritimes with his parents he was 14 years old. Together they settled in Gagetown. Eleven years later, on July 10th, 1794, Gilbert married Dorcas Manzer who also came to Queen’s County as a Loyalist with her parents at the tender age of 6.

Together they choose to begin their married life in the rich agricultural land that Lower Jemseg had to offer. Extensive flat farming land backed onto the fertile riverbed and allowed for successful crops with accessible irrigation. There was a local school, started in early 1800’s  for the 6 future children they would have and the Anglican Church stood proudly at Gagetown just across the river (although the distance was significant, the river system allowed sufficient access).

By the 1820’s the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel sent Rev. Abraham Wood to the Jemseg area as a travelling pastor to the local pockets of population.  Where the St.James Anglican Church stands now an earlier Church was likely built around 1850 (the cemetery there has stones as early as 1850).

In fact one of the oldest burials at the site is that of Gilbert Hatfield Dykeman who died on  October 1st, 1851.  He is my great5 grandfather, a descendant of Dutch immigrants to New Amsterdam (in what is now Harlem NY). Gilbert shares his gravestone with his wife Dorcas who died almost 11 years later on August 1st, 1862.

The pretty stone Church that stands in Lower Jemseg today was built in 1887. Many  Dykemans would have been involved with the building of the new Church.  Today the Dykeman name is still predominant in Lower Jemseg. Two hundred and twenty-six years after they arrived as Loyalists they still live there, farm there, and worship there too. They came Loyal to the Crown and now they’re Loyal to their Home.

Stone of Gilbert H. Dykeman and wife Dorcas Manzer at St.James Anglican Church, Lower Jemseg NB

Stone of Gilbert H. Dykeman and wife Dorcas Manzer at St.James Anglican Church, Lower Jemseg NB

Dorcas Manzer, wife to Gilbert Hatfield Dykeman, on side of husband's stone at St.James Anglican Church Cemetery, Lower Jemseg NB

Dorcas Manzer, wife to Gilbert Hatfield Dykeman, on side of husband's stone at St.James Anglican Church Cemetery, Lower Jemseg NB

For pictures of St.James Church and individual stone shots check out the following rootsweb page: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~damery/QU/Camb-08/Camb-08.htm

Published in: on 31 May 2009 at 11:27 pm  Comments (4)  

St. John’s Episcopal Church: Place of Worship. Place of War.

On the 24th of August, 1753, a small newborn boy was baptized in Elizabethtown NJ. His name was James Hatfield and he was baptized in the St. John’s Episcopal Church… a Church founded by missionaries of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, from London England.

This Society was officially organized in 1701 by King William III. A Charter was issued that said the Anglican SPG was: “an organisation able to send priests and schoolteachers to America to help provide the Church’s ministry to the colonists”… and was later amended to add to it’s mandate: ” the evangelisation of slaves and Native Americans.”     By 1702 the first missionaries were sent to America. In 1706 St. John’s Episcopal Church in Elizabethtown NJ was built under the SPG’s guidance.

Forty-seven years later James Hatfield was born and was baptised in this Church.  During the Revolution St. John’s Episcopal Church was occupied by the British Army calvary. At the age of 23 James joined the British Army and acted as a guide, according to tradition, in almost every expedition in New Jersey. It is easy to picture him often in the local British headquarters… what was once his local Church. By the end of the war the St. John’s Episcopal Church was turned over to the hands of the Rebels under the leadership of George Washington. Today this Church is considered a US Army Historic Site.

But James Hatfield did not grovel to Washington. Instead he chose to remain loyal to the King. He set sail for Shelburne Nova Scotia, with his family, in 1783 as a United Empire Loyalist. There he worked as a lumber surveyor and eventually left Shelburne in the summer of 1785 and settled in Tusket River NS.

At the age of 53, or thereabouts, James passed away. His daughter Phoebe, my great5 grandmother, was likely born the same year the Rebels took over the Elizabethtown Episcopal Church under Washington’s leadership (1780). As a precocious three year old she would have traveled the seas to the new land of Nova Scotia, no doubt wide-eyed with wonder! Perhaps her earliest memories would be on that ship… waiting to dock in a new land, a new home.

Published in: on 30 April 2009 at 10:20 pm  Comments (1)  

A Little Chapel in Yorkshire

Always elusive, the Fisher’s have not been an easy family to find. But earlier last month I was able to locate my great great Grandfather, John Marshall Fisher & his wife Charlotte, along with most of their children, on the 1901 British National Census.

What a decadent source of information. I learned the ages of John Marshall (44) & Charlotte (34) in 1901, which in turn indicated their birth year. I learned where they were born and how they made their living (John worked in a Chemical Works plant).  I was also able to confirm that they were neither lunatic, imbecile nor feeble-minded (phew!).

But one of the more interesting things I learned (and this is something often overlooked) was the discovery of their home address and the neighbours that surrounded them.

In 1901 John & Charlotte and five of their six children (twins would come later) lived in 4  Cookson’s Cottage, Whitley Bridge, Yorkshire, West Riding. Their oldest son, John Marshall jr., worked and lived on a neighbouring farm about a mile and a half away (also found in the 1901 census).

4 Cookson’s Cottage was beside the local almshouse. Their neighbours in the almshouse were the widow Jane Cooper, age 73, widow Sarah Hepworth, aged 80 & a 63 year old bachelor, George Harrison.  Also, just a few buildings down from them was a Wesleyan Chapel (listed next to 1 Cookson’s Cottage in the Census).

The presence of this Chapel is an important clue. Time may have erased the Cookson’s Cottages, but a chapel has a better chance of surviving the ages. And even if the Chapel is gone, the local archives probably have a record of where it was. And if I can find the Chapel location, then I know that John and Charlotte were only steps away.

The Census also indicated that Whitley Bridge was in the Ecclesiastical Parish of Kellington. In 1868 someone wrote this about the parish :

KELLINGTON: …The parish is noted for its superior breed of sheep and short-horned cattle, also the quality of its barley for malting purposes. The soil is a light sandy loam. A canal passes through the parish to Goole. The village, which is of considerable antiquity, at one time belonged to the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of York, value £300, in the patronage of Trinity College, Cambridge. The church, dedicated to St. Edmund, is an ancient structure, with a low, square, western tower containing three bells. In the churchyard is an ancient stone with a cross rudely sculptured. The parochial charities produce about £5 per annum. The Wesleyans have a chapel. Earl Cathcart is the principal landowner.” (GEN UKI).

I have yet to sort out the religion of the Fishers. Likely they were Anglican, and if that is the case then there may be records of marriage and birth at the St.Edmund Church in Kellington. But there is a chance that the Fisher’s may have attended this Wesleyan Chapel a few doors down. Perhaps they joined the widows Jane & Sarah and old George for the walk to Church on Sunday morning.

Published in: on 26 March 2009 at 10:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

The floating Church lands in Harlem

Not all Churches are tethered to the ground.

On the 12th of October 1662 the Purmerland Church floated out to sea, leaving Amsterdam for the promising shores of America.  Benjamin Bartense was the ship’s captain and going along for the ride were my ancestors Isaac Vermeille, his wife, Jacomina Jacobs and their four adult children (including son Johannes, also in my direct line). They each paid 39 florins for the trip.

Ther Vermeille’s were used to moving. Isaac was likely born a foreigner in London, UK, moved to Leyden, Holland (before August 1629), moved to Manheim (after 1637), returned to Leyden only to sail off to America in 1662.  It is believed that Isaac may have been a Walloon from Belgium whose family escaped persecution by going to London (where Isaac was probably born).

The ship that left for America was called “Purmerland Church”. It was a haven, a place of religious freedom, and it was guided by the hand of God. It was God who would deliver them across the ocean to a new homestead, where they could practice their faith in the way the believed they should. It only makes sense that they would call their ship, their Church.

Once they landed in America in February 1663 they settled in what is now Harlem NY. They were immediately embroiled in a war with the Indians. The Indians of the Esopus tribe attacked the area on June 7th, 1663. They burned farms,  killed 12 men, 4 women and 3 children.  Also, four women and six children went missing. It was not a warm welcoming to the area. Immediately following this massacre, 40 local men were formed into militia companies. Isaac Vermeille was one of these men. He was issued a musquet for the purpose of being a local protector.

In 1665 Isaac Vermeille’s name is listed as a member of the Church at New Harlem. This is the oldest  Church in Harlem NY and it survives today as the Elmendorf Reformed Church. The original building was erected during the winter of 1665, at what is now the corner of First Avenue and 127th Street, Harlem NY. This  means that Isaac and his family were original members of this earliest Church. Rev. Hendick jansen Van Der Vim was the Pastor of this Church between the years 1664-1684.

Published in: on 26 February 2009 at 2:47 am  Leave a Comment  

January 2009. And the theme is…

The many family Churches of our history.

Anyone who ever attended Sunday School knows that the Church is not the building, but the people who gather under it’s roof.  The people have come and gone, but many of the buildings still stand.  Some of the people still stand out in history, too.

On 25 January 1826 Phoebe Beyea and Richard Smith were married at St. Pauls Parish Church, Hampton, NB by the Reverend James Cookson. Phoebe’s brother, a carpenter named James Beyea, had helped to build that very Church.

However, it was the man who married them that we will discuss here. James Cookson attended Cambridge University in England and was ordained for the Church on 17 December 1809 by the Bishop of Winchester.  The Reverend James Cookson wanted to be a missionary. A copy of the minutes of the Venerable Society of the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts,  19 March 1819, can be found at the National Archives of Canada, in Ottawa. It expresses the following:

“A letter from the Rev. James Cookson, expressing a wish to be employed as a Missionary in the Service of the Society and Requesting the appointment to the Mission at Hampton, New Brunswick, and his testimonial produced, signed by three beneficed clergymen and countersigned by the Bishop of the Diocese,

“Agreed to adopt Mr. Cookson and to appoint him to the Mission of Hampton, N.B., with a salary of 200 Ibs and 100 Ibs in aid of the expenses of his voyage.”

Rev. Cookson arrived in NB on 14 June 1819 after a “tedious and tempestuous” ship voyage (which he expressed in his letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury on 19 July 1819).

James was appointed as Reverend to the St.Pauls Parish Church in Hampton and he preached his first sermon on 27 June 1819. The sermon was based on the scripture passage, Luke 15:10: “likewise I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

During James’ leadership the average Sunday attendance at the Church was 300. He also ministered to other local Churches and worked closely with Rev. Scovil, from Kingston, NB. After ten years, in 1829, he resigned from St. Pauls Church.

In 1848 James’ wife, Mary, died and was buried at Church of the Ascension, Lower Norton, NB. Three years later James decided to head home to England and stay with his two sisters.  He died on the Isle of Guernsey on 31 August 1857.

But on a cold wintery Wednesday my two great great great great grandparents declared their love in front of God, their friends and family and Rev. James Cookson. And that makes him part of our family history.

*for more information on James Cookson and family see: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cookson/HistoryJessieCookson.html

ps. Happy Birthday to Gramma.

Published in: on 17 January 2009 at 2:23 am  Comments (2)  

The final Anniversary posting on the day of my Anniversary!

December is here and snow is here. We’re on the eve of the storm of the week, about to hit at any moment, so in the calm before the storm I thought I’d take a moment and remember those who came before us.  Here are the following ancestors who were wed during the chilly but cozy month of Jesus’ birth:

  • Peter Levally & Elizabeth Yabsley: 3 December 1727
  • John Odell & Joan Bingley: 5 December 1603
  • John Yabsley & Susanna Andrews: 9 December 1703
  • Stephen Hurlburt & Phoebe Dickenson: 12 December 1678
  • Kevin Langille & Sarah Fisher: 19 December 1997
  • John Beyea & Lydia Mosher: 27 December 1846
  • Henry Burt & Eulalia March: 28 December1619

On the first day of the new year in 1847, the Saint John  newspaper, Weekly Chronicle, reported the following bit of news:

m. 27th inst., by Rev. Francis, John BEYEA / Miss Lydia MOSHER, both of Hampton parish (Kings Co.)

This little genealogical gem is solid proof of the marriage date of my great great great grandparents: 27th of December 1846. The  information of the name of the officiant is just an added bonus.

Newspapers are an extraordinary source of wealth to a genealogist. It not only lists  birth dates, marriage dates and death dates but may also give us snippets of character as well.  When Lydia passed away, 45 years after she married John, the May 21, 1892, Saint John Daily Telegraph reported the following:

Lydia L. BEYEA wife of John BEYEA died at Hampton (Kings Co.) 19th. It was unexpected to all her friends as she was smart and active within a few days of her death; but the grippe having set in with heart disease, carried her away very suddenly. Seven years ago she was baptized by Rev. E.K. Ganong and joined the first Hampton Baptist Church. The deceased leaves a husband, six children and a large number of grandchildren.

This is full of great information beyond a simple confirmation of dates. We learn that Lydia died unexpectedly and we learn the cause of her death. We learn about where she was when she died. We learn about her character (smart and active). We learn about an important event in her life (adult baptism) and the officiant who was there. We learn the name of her home church and that she has six surviving children and many descendants. We are told that her husband is still alive so we can confirm that he died after this date.

Lydia was 64 years old when she died. This is not confirmed by the newspaper but I do have her birthdate as 19 July 1827 (her tombstone lists her birth year).  Exactly 113 years after Lydia died (May 19th) my youngest daughter Bridget was born. Exactly 11 years ago tonight (December 19th) I married Bridget’s (and her older sister, Grace’s) Daddy, Kevin Peter Langille (born 26 February 1971).  A fitting day to submit the final post for the Year of Anniversaries!

God bless you all this holiest of seasons! “See” you in the New Year!

Published in: on 19 December 2008 at 1:31 am  Comments (1)