Monday, September 3, 2018

Sampson Looney- with yDNA He Is Fatherless No More

One of my recent projects was to flesh out the family tree for my friends, Jan and Ron Looney of Walnut Creek, California. Jan created a tree on Ancestry.com called the Janet Combes Family Tree and shared the tree with me making me an editor.  I was able to find ancestors for both Ron and Jan out at least five generations on most lines.

The Looney line is shown in the pedigree chart below beginning with Ron's father:

Edward Francis Looney
1918–2011
BIRTH 4 DEC 1918 • Lynchburg, Laclede, Missouri, USA
DEATH 31 MAR 2011 • Union City, Alameda County, California, USA


Ron had his y-DNA tested through Family Tree DNA which enabled the administrator of the Looney DNA project to add three more generations to Ron's pedigree.  His end of line prior to the DNA test was Sampson Looney:

Sampson B Looney
1806–1864
BIRTH 18 DEC 1806 • Tennessee, USA
DEATH 12 JUL 1864 • Pierce City, Lawrence, Missouri, USA


As you can see in the above image from FindaGrave.com, the gravestone is the primary source for the birth and death dates. Note that there is an alternate spelling on this gravestone.  There are many variations in the records:

ALTERNATE NAMES: Looney, Loomey (notice its m, instead of n), Loney, Lonne, Loony, Lunn, Lunna, Lunny, Luny, Lone, Loo, Loony, Louin, Louine, Luening, Luhan, Luin, Luna, Lunage, Luneau

I found an Ancestry.com Message Board on the Looney family with a posting by one of the Administrators of the Looney Family DNA Project:

As one of the Admin for the Looney DNA Project I have been asked for assistance in trying to figure out who Sampson Looney's parents were. Based on a single Y-DNA test of one descendant of Sampson Looney, we discovered that his Y-DNA match most closely matches the Y-DNA of several descendants of the John 2 Looney family line.
There is one DNA marker in particular that points in this direction. So far only the John 2 Looney descendants possess this one marker at the value of 11. From what we know of the John 2 Looney family line, it seems that John's son, David Luney/Looney is the most probable ancestor who could be the father for Sampson Looney. David Looney was granted land by his father in Botetourt County, VA about 1808 but by 1810 David Looney is gone from the Botetourt County, VA records. 
On 6 Jan 1806 David Looney married Margaret "Peggy"Farrier in Botetourt Co, VA. Sampson is said to have been born that same year which makes sense. David Looney is said to have left the state prior to the 1810 census. 
Based on this Y-DNA testing I am pretty confident that Sampson Looney was the son of David 3 Looney, son of John 2 Looney. Records show that David 3 Looney married Margaret "Peggy" Ferrier in Virginia. Through this marriage we know that David 3 Looney was deceased prior to 4 January 1820 when Margaret (Ferrier) Looney's father, Robert Ferrier, who's will is recorded in Giles Co, VA. Robert Ferrier's first bequest was $250 to "heirs of David Luny, Decd". From the way the will is written it appears there was more than one heir of David 3 Looney, deceased, his son-in-law. 
I have added Sampson 4 and David 3 Looney, son of John 2 Looney to my family tree on Ancestry and you can locate them here:
https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/11237193/person/330190313582/facts

I contacted the person who posted this message through his Ancestry.com user name: LooneyMcBride.  He replied the same day with some background and sources for his research.

Sep 02, 2018 
Hi Nick, My name is Larry W Johnson and I live in Grapevine, TX half way between Dallas and Fort Worth. I have been researching the Looney family for a lot of years and a lot of my research is built on prior research done by Leroy W Tilton and the lady who coordinated and typed the Looney Family Manuscripts, ca 1963, Miss Elizabeth Looney of Washington, D.C. Of course there were a multitude of early Looney family researchers who coordinated their research with Mr. Tilton and Miss Looney. Tilton stopped his research about 1963 because of age and Miss Looney continued hers until her death in August 2001.
I also found an excellent summary of the life of Sampson Looney posted by an Ancestry.com user.  I took the liberty of reorganizing the information in chronological order:

Sampson Looney AKA Luney Chronology based on an Ancestry.com Message Board post by Karen Gierman <karengierman@comcast.net>
Sampson B. Looney/Luny
Ancestry.com username: hgierman   
Posted:24 Mar 2010 06:06PM
Classification: Query

Surnames: Looney, Luny, Stewart
MESSAGE POST HAS BEEN EDITED TO PLACE EVERYTHING IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER BY NICK CIMINO, SEP 2018
1806- Sampson B. (Sam) LOONEY was born on December 18, 1806 in Grainger County, Tennessee. But, NO ONE has cracked the puzzle! Who were Sampson's parents? [UNTIL NOW!] Tradition has it that Sampson's father died young and the mother married 2) Standifer and 3) Stewart. {That theory doesn't work since Laban Stewart was born 1803 and Sampson Looney was born 1806 so marriage order would be Stewart, Looney then Standifer} [MR. JOHNSON QUESTIONS THE SOURCE FOR THE BIRTHPLACE OF SAMPSON.]Is Labon,Laban Stewart half brother of Sampson Looney? Laban Stewart's grand daughter Mary Etta Nelson married Thomas Looney, youngest son of Sampson and Sarah. Sampson's parents would have been born about 1785 +or- 5. 
1812- Sarah Brown HUNT was born on April 11, 1812 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Listed as Feb 9 in Sampson's Bible.  
1830- Sampson Looney was married to Sarah Brown HUNT (daughter of John T. HUNT) on August 30, 1830 in Morgan County, Illinois. Illinois Marriages, 1790-1860, online has the date as 31 Aug. 1830, but the actual certificate states the date as 30 August 1830. I have a copy. The application is made by William Rogers. John Hunt made a statement to the county clerk: 'Sir this is to inform you that you may consider yourself safe in issuing license to Samson Looney to marry my daughter. Signed by John (x) Hunt. This statement was witnessed by John Profe or Grofe.I have a copy of a note from John Hunt giving Sarah permission to marry. There are many Hunts in Clairborne Tennessee, for example Thompson Hunt in Claiborne County, Tennessee in 1850. 
1832-1833- He was in 1832 in Barry County, Missouri. By 1832, Sampson and Sarah and first child, Caroline, settled in the section of Crawford County which would become Greene County Missouri in 1833. He appeared on the census in 1833 in Greene County, Missouri. No Township Listed.The couple settled in the Mount Pleasant, Barry County, Missouri area in 1832. Their second child was the first white baby born in Barry County. Later, The census of 1840, 1850 and 1860 show Sarah with her husband Sampson.There is a paragraph about E. M. Looney on page 206 from History of Lawrence County, Missouri which includes: "His grandfather was a native of Tennessee but came to Missouri in 1833 and settled on what is now known as the "Baumgartner Farm." He was an Indian trader and had many dealing with the various tribes with all of whom, by reason of his fair dealing, he was on friendly terms. He has long since crossed over the great divide." {Do not know publish date of book.The date is after 1930}.Sampson was enumerated on the 1833 Greene County Tax list: 2 horses value 60, 2 cattle value 20, one pole 37 1/2, Total value $80, Total Tax 71 2/8. 
1832-1845-Sampson preempted land near Prewett's Creek, later known as Clear Creek, in section 30, Twp. 26, Range 28. Section 30 was also the home of William Capps, whose home was the place of the first meeting of the officers of Barry County when it was established in 1835. The new county seat was known as Mount Pleasant. 
1840-He appeared on the census in 1840 in Mount Pleasant Township, Barry County, Missouri. 
1845- the area where they lived became Lawrence County.  
1850- Census 1850: Lawrence County. Sampson has 10 Children. Annie is not named and is 5 months old. 
1860- census Lawrence County: Sampson has 5 children at home. real estate value $3,000, personal value $1200. Next door is son Frances Looney. Two doors away is son Joseph Looney. 
1864- DEATH OF SAMPSON LOONEY- Sampson died on July 12, 1864 in Pierce City, Lawrence County, Missouri. 
There is a STORY that Walter L. Looney told her that Sampson was killed by his son James Washington Looney. J W Looney lived next door to Sampson. Sampson was a blacksmith. He was sitting in a rocker with his Bible in his lap when he was shot by his son. Apparently Sampson did not agree with the war.Another STORY states Sampson died at the hands of bushwhackers, land rich, without a will. According to the Probate Court of Lawrence County the final settlement was 4 Feb 1870.  
1864- Sampson Looney was buried in City Cemetery, Pierce City, Newton County, Missouri. On the tombstone name is spelled Luny. 
1866-Will probated in 1866 in Lawrence County, Missouri. Daniel Biddlecome (Box15, File 405) was pubic administrator. Letters were granted 10 May 1866. Receipts were signed by Sary (x) B. Looney, widow, Jane Looney on judgement against the estate and James and William Looney (by mark) on demand. He owned much land in Lawrence County and land west of Pierce City where the old town of Mt Pleasant was located. Sampson was on rooster of Confederate & Union soldiers as S. B. Looney. in Lawrence County, Missouri.  
1870- Sarah Looney appeared on the census in 1870 in Mount Pleasant Township, Lawrence County, Missouri. 1870 census: Sarah Luny and children Annie and Thomas. 
1880Sarah Looney appeared on the census in 1880 in Pierce City, Lawrence County, Missouri. 1880 Census: Sarah is living with daughter Annie and her husband Rubin Chapell and their 4 children. Sarah Looney is a widow. Next door is son James Looney. The following door is son Thomas Looney.  
1886Sarah died on February 8, 1886 in Pierce City, Lawrence County, Missouri. She was buried in Pierce City, Lawrence County, Missouri. 
Mr. Johnson closed his reply to me with the following invitation:
If any of your readers with Looney ancestry who would like to contact me with questions, comments or feedback they can do so at: Johnson.Oliver@Verizon.net I have also set up a "Looney Family Group" on Facebook for Looney descendants who would like to meet and communicate with their long lost Looney cousins. 
Larry W Johnson

To view the pedigree of Sampson Looney in the Ron and Jan Looney Family Tree AKA Janet Combes Family Tree use the following link:

https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/80977539/family?cfpid=212035952196

Also check out the gallery as there are about a dozen documents and images attached.

Good luck piecing together your Ancestor Puzzles!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Newman and Nelson- Alphabetical and Descendant Ties

When you are researching ancestors that died before the 1850 census, you are presented with an ancestor puzzle with many missing pieces.  Prior to 1850, our puzzle pieces include census, tax lists, land, probate and host of other records that often get ignored.  Such is the case with two of my ancestors, William Newman and Moses Nelson:

William Newman
1763–1840
BIRTH BEF. 1763 • St Marys Church, Burlington, New Jersey, United States
DEATH 1840 • Nicholas County, Kentucky, USA
5th great-grandfather

Moses Nelson
1758–1833
BIRTH 10 MAR 1758 • Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
DEATH 12 JUN 1833 • Bath County, Kentucky, USA
5th great-grandfather

My intent was to research William Newman but I kept finding Moses Nelson in the same records.  Their names are both found in the "Ne" portion of the indexes.  They appear to be contemporaries but not necessarily associates.  Their descendants were joined together by the marriage of William Thomas Newman and Louisa Joyce Fowler, three generations later as shown in the pedigree for their daughter and my great grandmother, Julia Ann Newman:


I was interested in finding information about William Newman because I was intrigued by the fact that he freed his slaves in his will.  Here is what I found:

William Newman Research Log- July 2018 by Nick Cimino

William Newman was born in 1763 by some accounts in Burlington, New Jersey. He married Cassandra Tippet in 1780 in Charles, Maryland. They had five children in 11 years. He died in 1840 in Nicholas, Kentucky.

The 1780 marriage of William Newman to Cassandra Tippet is supported by the biography of their son-in-law, David Wilson:
David Wilson ... married, in Bourbon County, in 1815, Sarah, daughter of William and Cassander (Tippet) Newman
SOURCE: History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed. by William Henry Perrin, O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882. p. 800.

The 1790 census shows a William Newman in Charles County, Maryland:
Name: William Newman
Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Charles, Maryland
Number of All Other Free Persons: 4
Number of Household Members: 4

This census would indicate that William and Cassandra had two children prior to 1790.  This is slightly inconsistent with the known family information which shows three children born prior to 1790:

  • Birth of Daughter Eleanor Newman Bond Fugate (1783–1875) 6 Aug 1783 • Maryland
  • Birth of Daughter Sophia Newman Harden (1787–1857) Abt. 1787 • Maryland, USA
  • Birth of Son Thomas David Newman(1788–1848) 22 Feb 1788 • Charles County, Maryland, USA
By 1800 the William Newman Household had grown considerably. We appear to be missing one child in our records as there are only two children shown as born between 1790 and 1800:

  • Birth of Son Augusta Newman (1794–1861) ABT 1794 • Maryland
  • Birth of Daughter Sarah Newman Wilson (1795–1872) 4 Feb 1795 • Maryland
We have knowledge of three daughters and two sons but as shown below there was another boy under 10 recorded in the 1800 census. In addition there is a white male 45 and over that is a subject of speculation.  There are two females 10 through  15 shown in the 1800 census but Eleanor Newman would have been about 17 and Sophia Newman would have been about 13 which is a slight mismatch.
Name: William Newman
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Port Tobacco Parish, Charles, Maryland
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 2   (Augusta Newman, age 6 and ??)
Free White Persons - Males -10 thru 15: 1   (Thomas David Newman, age 12)
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44: 1   (William Newman, age 37)
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1   (unknown older male)
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1   (Sarah Newman, age 5)
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 2   (Eleanor, age 17 and Sophia age 13)
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1   (Cassandra about 35)
Number of Slaves: 1 (Perhaps there is a deed or a will which shows this name.)
Number of Household Members Under 16: 6
Number of Household Members Over 25: 3
Number of Household Members: 10
The 1810 census shows the following: 

Name: William Newman
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Charles, Maryland
Free White Persons - Males - 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over : 1
Number of All Other Free Persons: 1
Numbers of Slaves: 4
Number of Household Members Under 16: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 9
The earliest event that I have found so far involving the Newmans in Kentucky was 7 Aug 1813 in Bourbon County, Kentucky, Thomas David Newman was married to Nancy Johnson.

In 1814 the marriage of Sarah Newman to David Wilson occurred on 16 Jun 1814 in Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA.

Shortly thereafter, Agusta Newman, son of William Newman and Cassandra Tippet enlisted for War of 1812 service on 10 September 1814.

Agusta Newman and Melinda Sledd were married in Bourbon County on the 3rd of November of 1815.

In 1819 Agusta Newman was a Grantor to Benjamin Boardman, Grantee, Book E, Page 367 and in - 1827 Agusta Newman was Grantor to William Sledd, Grantee, Book G, Page 560 both deeds in Bourbon County.

The 1820 Census shows William Newman as follows:
 Name:  William Newman
Home in 1820 (City, County, State):         Nicholas, Kentucky
Enumeration Date:          August 7, 1820 
 Free White Persons - Males - Under 10:  1
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over:            1
Free White Persons - Females - 45 and over :       1
Slaves - Males - 14 thru 25:           1
Slaves - Females - 26 thru 44:      1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture:       1
Free White Persons - Under 16:  1
Free White Persons - Over 25:     2
Total Free White Persons:            3
Total Slaves:       2
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other:               5

William Newman (1765 – 1840 • Family Search ID# LX7G-9WB) in Nicholas County, Kentucky Tax books 1800-1841 (Missing 1828, 1832, 1837); Family History Library United States & Canada Film # 8185, DGS # 7834493
·         Total Images: 1430; Years are shown with large block numbers; Used 1820 as a starting point which begins on Image #571 and ends on Image #611. 611-571=40 images
·         Names are alphabetical.  In 1820, William Newman is on image 598 of 1430. The following shows the column headings and the entries for William Newman:
o   Person’s name chargeable with Tax: William Newman
o   No. of Acres of Land and land rating 1st, 2nd or 3rd:  None
o   District and Regiment in which the person resides: 4th Dist.
o   County in which the land resides: Nicholas
o   Water Course on which the land lies: None
o   In whose named entered: None
o   In whose named surveyed: None
o   In whose named patented: None
o   White males over 21: 1
o   Blacks over 16: 1 (Note that the 1820 census says two blacks and tax records show two blacks beginning in 1822)
o   Total blacks: 1
o   Horses, mares etc: 1
o   Steed horses: None
o   Rates pr. Season (sp?): None
o   Tavern license: None
o   Retail stores: None
o   Wheel carriages: None
o   Billiard Tables: None
o   Value of Land per Acre:
o   Total Value Except Steed Horses: $789
·         1819 William Newman was not listed
·         1821 (Image 639) William Newman is in 4th district of Nicholas County. Again, there is one male over 21, 1 black over 16 and 1 total black with one horse. Total value is $530.
·         1822 (Image 684) William Newman listed on Image 684.  He had no land. It appears that he is in the 4th district of Nicholas County. He is still the only white male over 21. There are now two total blacks both over age 16 and two horses with total value of $710.
·         1823 (Image 727) William Newman is in 4th District of Nicholas County. There is one voter, one white male over 21, two blacks over 16, two total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $780.
·         1824 (Image 767) William Newman is in 4th District of Nicholas County. There is one white male over 21, two blacks over 16, two total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $710.
·         1825 (Image 816) William Newman is in 4th District of Nicholas County. There is one white male over 21, three blacks over 16, three total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $1600.
o   On the next page is Moses Nelson with 66 acres of 2nd class land in Shelby Company, original entry by Abercromby (sic), one male over 21, one total slave and three horses
·         1827 (Image 891) William Newman is in Nicholas County. There is one voter, one white male over 21, three blacks over 16, three total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $950.
·         1828 is missing
·         1829 (Image 939) William Newman is in Nicholas County. There is one white male over 21, three blacks over 16, three total blacks, and three horses. Total value is $940. Also notable are the other Newmans including:
o   John with 93 acres in 2nd District on the Licking with original entry by Fowler with one male over 21 and two horses
o   Thomas no land in 3rd District, one male over 21, one slave over 16, one total slave and one horse
o   Augusta no land in 3rd District, one male over 21 and three horses.
o   Also, of note in 1829 is Moses Nelson whose family in later generations intermarries with Newman with 80 acres in 2nd District of Bath and Nicholas County, watercourse L. Flatt, original entry by Smith.
·        • 1830 census of Bourbon County, Kentucky shows William Newman as follows:
 Name: William Newman Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Bourbon, Kentucky Free White Persons - Males - 60 thru 69: 1 Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1 Free White Persons - Females - 60 thru 69: 1 Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1 Slaves - Females - 10 thru 23: 1 Slaves - Females - 55 thru 99: 1 Free White Persons - Under 20: 1 Total Free White Persons: 3 Total Slaves: 3 Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 6 The white female 60 thru 69 is presumably the wife of William Newman, Cassandra Tippett. The birth of William and his wife Cassandra would have occurred between 1761 and 1770. • 1831 (Image 1025) William Newman is in Nicholas County. There is one voter, one tithe-able white male over 21, four blacks over 16, five total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $1400. o Also, in 1831 is John Newman with 92 ¾ acres, 3rd rate, on the Licking, entered etc. by Fowler, one voter, one tithe-able white male over 21, no blacks, and four horses. Total value is $500. o Also, in 1831 is Moses Nelson with 142 ¾ acres, 2nd rate, on the Little Flatt, entered etc. by Fowler, one voter, one tithe-able white male over 21, one black over 16, one total black, and seven horses. Total value is $2100. • 1832 is missing. • 1833 (Image 1069) William Newman is in Nicholas County. There is one tithe-able white male over 21, three blacks over 16, four total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $1000. o Also, in 1833 is Thomas Newman one tithe-able white male over 21, one black over 16, one total black, and four horses. Total value is $550. o Moses Nelson and Thomas Nelson are next to each other without land. Moses has 1,1,1,6 valued at $650 and Thomas has no personal property. • 1834 (Image 1116) William Newman is in Nicholas County. There is one tithe-able white male over 21, three blacks over 16, five total blacks, and two horses. Total value is $1080. o On the line above William there is Thomas Newman with one tithe-able white male over 21, one black over 16, one total black, and six horses. Total value is $700. • 1835 (Image 1168) William Newman is in Nicholas County. There is one voter, one tithe-able white male over 21, three blacks over 16, six total blacks, and four horses. Total value is $1050. William Newman is the only Newman family member on this tax list. • 1836 (Image 1219 and 1220) No Newmans appear on the Nicholas County tax list. • 1837 is missing • 1838 (Image 1270) No Newmans appear on the Nicholas County tax list. These records provide evidence of the residence of William Newman in Nicholas County, Kentucky from 1820 to 1835. and a description of his property and its value. • 1840 Wm Newman in the 1840 United States Federal Census Name: Wm Newman Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Bath, Kentucky Free White Persons - Males - 70 thru 79: 1 Slaves - Males - Under 10: 2 Slaves - Females - Under 10: 3 Slaves - Females - 36 thru 54: 1 Slaves - Females - 55 thru 99: 1 Total Free White Persons: 1 Total Slaves: 7 Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 8 Source Citation Year: 1840; Census Place: Bath, Kentucky; Page: 196 Since there is no white female in this household, we can presume that Cassandra Newman died after 1830 and before 1840. She is also not mentioned in the 1836 will so that puts the range for her death date as 1830-1836. • 1840 Will Recorded in Bath County, Kentucky William NEWMAN signed a will in October 30, 1836 in Nicholas County, Kentucky. BATH County Kentucky Wills page 116 Recorded in Bath County, on Dec. 14, 1840. In the name of God Amen October twentieth in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred thirty six, I William Newman of Nicholas county and state of Kentucky being ill of body but of sound mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it and as for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian and decent manner ------discretion of my executor and as for property that it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I leave as follows.: My Negro man Sam I give him his freedom and and as my negro woman Hannah I give her her freedom, one ten gallon kettle a large oven a pair of smoothing irons and a tea kettle and a sifter and a table . My negro woman Mary I give her her freedom and ten gallon kettle one small kettle and a linnen wheel. I give also Mary's children their freedom Martha, Sam, Milly and Hannah with all her increase forever. I also will Thomas Newman my son one dollar. My daughter Eleanor Fergate one dollar my daughter Sophia Hardin one dollar my son Augusta Newman one dollar the balance of my property I will to my daughter Sarah Wilson after my just debts are paid. I constitute and appoint David Wilson my son in law My Executor of this my last will and testament utterly revoking any other will made rattifing and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness where of I have here affirmed and afixed my seal the day and date above named David Wilson Executor Signed Sealed and pronounced in the presence of Witnesses   
             his William x Newman Seal   
           mark Witness Hezekiah B Hon John Beck   
               her Mary ann x Beck   
             Mark Bath County December Court 18th DECEMBER 1840 This Instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and Testament of William Newman Deceased was produced and proven in open court by the oaths of John Beck and affionation of Hezekiah B. Hon witnessess thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded whereupon the same hath been duly admited to . The will of William Newman dated 1836 Nicholas Co. Ky. He lists the following heirs: Thomas, Eleanor Fugate, Sophia Harden, Augusta (son), Sarah Willson, Sarah's husband David as executor.

Research at FamilySearch.org and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City has failed to reveal any further references to William Newman in Bourbon, Nicholas or Bath counties.  

I composed emails to my colleagues in the Association of Professional Genealogists and I was especially pleased to receive the following response:

from:Cynthia Maharrey 
to:Nick Cimino
date:Aug 5, 2018, 4:50 PM
subject:RE: William Newman Freed His Slaves in 1840
As a rule in the state of Kentucky, manumissions were recorded in deed books or in county court orders books. That should be where you would find Sam, Hannah, Mary and her children’s manumissions.

Bath County had a courthouse disaster in 1864. Union troops were occupying it when a Confederate attack was waged on Owingsville. They abandoned it leaving a stove burning which caught the building on fire. While not everything was lost, some months later during another raid, some of the remaining  records were pulled into the street and burned. So, although deeds and court order books for Bath County exist from 1811, the legibility and availability of the records contained therein may be hit-or-miss.

Nicholas County suffered no such disasters and those manumissions, if William Newman’s wishes were carried out, should be in the deed or court orders books.

Many of the early Kentucky courthouse records are now housed in the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives in Frankfort. Many of those records are available online through FamilySearch.org. If you can’t find what you seek through them, I’d be happy to work up a proposal for you.

One more thing, Kentucky also recorded free blacks on the tax lists, so they might appear there as well!

Best,

Cynthia


Cynthia Maharrey has provided me with some good suggestions which might help me find what happened to the slaves that were freed by William Newman. Wish me luck!

Here is the profile for Cynthia Maharrey at the the Association of Professional Genealogists:


Here is mine:




Tuesday, July 3, 2018

1940 Draft Cards Reveal Cimino Family History

New hints on my Ancestry tree led me to some interesting documents on Fold3.com for my grandfather and his brothers. First let me show you some pictures of the people in the documents.

Here is a picture of three of the Cimino brothers taken in 1973.
From left: Kathleen (daughter of Fred), Dick, Fred, and John Cimino
I do notice that Grandpa Dick is holding his cigar. I have very vivid memories of his ashtray next to his recliner in the family room. I believe that he smoked Roi Tan cigars. We had several of his cigar boxes for trinkets over the years but I do not have any today.

Here is an image of an ashtray that was similar to the one that Grandpa Dick had next to his recliner:



Armour Company employees in 1932. Kneeling third from left is Fred Cimino. Standing third from left is Dick Cimino. 
Carroll Stewart was a neighbor on 17th Street and I believe he is the man with his hand on Fred's shoulder in the picture above.  Carroll and his girl friend Ollie and Fred and his girl friend Shirley stole away from Sioux City and got married on the same night in Shirley's hometown of Pender, Nebraska.

This is John Cimino before he lost his hair so it was probably taken about 1940.
A Cimino Family Picnic in 1962
All of the people in the above photo are Ciminos except where the last name is noted. Standing: Austin McCrory, Sophie, Christena "Tena", Shirley, Ann, Rose Cimino Ferraguti, and Jimmy McCrory. Kneeling: Antonino "Tony" or "Nonnu", Fred, Betty, Tony, John, and Rose's husband, Sam Ferraguti. At one point, I thought this was in Sacramento but it may be in South Sioux City.

So here are the draft cards for the Cimino brothers:

1940 Selective Service Registration Card for Dick Cimino
 Grandpa Dick worked at Armour Meat Company in 1940 and lived on 17th Street in South Sioux City.
Physical Description of Dick CiminoGrandpa Dick and Fred were the tallest at 5' 8".

1940 Selective Service Registration Card for Fred Andrew Cimino 
 Uncle Fred worked at Armour Meat Packing Company in 1940. Fred was the only one that did not live on 17th Street in 1940.
Physical Description of Fred Cimino

1940 Selective Service Registration Card for John Joseph Cimino
 This is the first record that I have seen with Uncle John's middle name.  I had him as John J. Cimino until now.
Physical Description of John Cimino
 John was the shortest and the lightest of the four brothers at 5'4" and 125 pounds.

1940 Selective Service Registration Card for Sam Cimino
 Sam was working on a WPA project in 1940.

Physical Description of Sam Cimino
Uncle Sam was in the middle with a height of 5'6". Sam is the only brother not shown in any of the pictures above so here are some pictures of him:
Sam Cimino and dog about 1940
 The inscription on the back of this picture says "Josie, the dog is the one with his mouth open, Sam". Josie is Sam's sister.
Anna Parr Cimino and Sam Cimino at the grave of Sam's sister, Camela Defozeo.  
The Italian spelling of this sister's name was Carmela Cimino Defazio. She was the second Carmela born to Tony and Mary Cimino in Sicily. They were obligated to name their first daughter after Tony's mother, Carmela Grasso. Carmela came over on the boat in 1911 with her mother, Maria Ossino, my Grandpa Dick (Sebastiano) and Uncle John (Giovanni) but died in childbirth in 1920. Her grave is in the Marian section of the Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa. Carmela's husband was Pasquale "Pete" Defazio. His second wife, Mary Pironaggi, his mother and several other family members are buried in this same family plot.


Sam and Dick Cimino about 1940.
I notice that Grandpa Dick liked to feature his cigar in photos. 
He smoked Roi Tan cigars as I recall.



1942 Affidavit by Tony Cimino for Delayed Birth Certificate of Fred Cimino
As I was adding the draft cards to Uncle Fred's profile on Ancestry.com, I noticed that he had a hint for an Iowa Delayed Birth Certificate.  This was a pretty interesting document as it was a 1942 affidavit filed by his father, Tony Cimino and signed with an X.  Again we see creative spelling as the mother was Maria Ossino not "Uosino." I guess you have to sympathize with the record officials trying to understand the broken English of our Italian immigrant ancestor.

Haley Aguirre of the Sioux City Museum gave me some information about the Ciminos and the packing houses:
In the 1940 city directory for Ciminos. I see the three brothers you mentioned – Dick, Fred, and John – as butchers at Armour. I also see two more, Sam and Sophia [John's wife], who work at Cudahy’s, another city packing plant. All are shown as residents of South Sioux City. I managed to get my hands on a South Sioux City directory, but the earliest I have is 1957. There John and Sophie Cimino live at 402 W. 15th, and Tony and Christina Cimino live at 618 W. 17th.  John is employed at Armour.
Ms. Aquirre also sent me some images of the Armour plant. The first is from the early 1920s, and the second is from right around 1940, when the Cimino brothers would have been working there.

1920s view of the Armour Plant


1940s view showing the ramp where the cattle were herded into the plant

The uncanny coincidence in all of this is that Haley Aquirre is related to the DeFazio family.  Her husband's grandfather is Gary Aguirre. Gary's father was a Mexican immigrant named Luciano Aguirre. Gary's mother was Rose Frances DeFazio. Rose's parents were Pasquale "Pete" DeFazio and his second wife, Mary Pironaggi.

Haley Aguirre shared several details about the Italians of Sioux City:

Sioux City did not have a very high concentration of Italian immigrants, at least in comparison to other parts of the Midwest like Chicago. The neighborhood with the largest concentration of Italians was what we now call the East Bottoms, so called because it was on the east side of the railroad tracks and the Floyd River, in the river bottoms. The people who lived there at the time never called it “bottoms,” they actually resented the name and its negative connotation. They called it “east side.”
Regardless, the main streets over there were 7th Street. You’ll see it referred to as East 7th, to notate that they’re talking about the east side of 7th, the portion across the river from downtown. 7th runs east-west, the major north-south streets were Morgan and Steuben. So that first address you gave me for Anthony Cimino, 614 Steuben, was in the East Bottoms. He surely would have known that large Italian community living there.
People in the East Bottoms primarily worked in factories, railroads, and the stockyards, all of which were close by. The Community House was down there, a social service agency that particularly looked after Sioux City’s immigrant populations. It offered English classes, trade apprenticeships, day-care services for children with two working parents, and more services that I could ever name here. The director of the Community House was a woman named Mary Treglia, an Italian immigrant. You can read more about her story and the Community House here: http://siouxcityhistory.org/notable-people/36-mary-treglia-and-the-mary-treglia-community-house.
The Bottoms unfortunately are no longer there. They were eradicated in the 1950s and early 1960s when the Floyd River Flood Control Project re-routed the river right through the neighborhood. The Community House was moved to the Northside, where it sits today, and residents of the East Bottoms were forced elsewhere. Many moved to Sioux City’s Westside, which also had a working-class population. West 7th Street had long been a major business district for immigrants of all kinds. I’m not surprised to see Anthony Cimino living there, either.
Gary [her husband's grandfather] also told me stories about the East Bottoms. He grew up at 8th & Steuben Streets. The door to every house was always open. Anyone in the neighborhood could walk into any house, sit at the table and be served a meal. Adults could sit and play cards between shifts of work. Children would play by the railroad tracks, and sometimes they were lucky enough to see the circus train come into town. 
Many DeFazios worked at the Community House when they could and knew Mary Treglia well. Gary was even pallbearer at her funeral. He also mentioned that all the Italians that he knew of living there were Catholic, and members of the Enunciation Church in the Bottoms. Therefore, the Diocese of Sioux City may have more information for you: https://scdiocese.org/ 
I was stunned to get so much information about the Italians of Sioux City and even more amazed that Haley and I were connected through a family relationship.

Here are the vital details of all of the Cimino siblings mentioned above:

Children of Antonino Cimino and Maria Ossino


First Generation

1. Antonino "Tony" Cimino was born 24 Dec 1878 in Carlentini, Siracusa, Sicilia, Italia. He died on 8 Nov 1963 in South Sioux City, Dakota, Nebraska. He was buried on 11 Nov 1963 in Dakota City Cemetery, near South Sioux City, Nebraska where he lived.

Antonino married (1) Maria Ossino daughter of Giovanni Ossino and Concetta Bruno on 30 Jun 1903 in Carlentini, Siracusa, Sicilia, Italia. Maria was born on 10 Mar 1879 in Lentini, Siracusa, Sicilia, Italia. She died on 6 Nov 1940 in South Sioux City, Dakota, Nebraska. She was buried on 8 Nov 1940 in Dakota City Cemetery.

Antonino married (2) Christena Cordsen  daughter of Fred Carl Cordsen and Cecelia Marie Thompson in 1940. Christena was born on 5 Apr 1892 in Oakdale Village, Antelope, Nebraska. She died on 29 May 1977 in South Sioux City, Dakota, Nebraska. She was buried in Dakota City, Dakota, Nebraska.

Antonino and Maria had the following children:

2 F i. Carmela Cimino was born on 28 Apr 1903 in Carlentini, Siracusa, Sicilia. She died on 14 Oct 1903 in Carlentini, Siracusa, Sicilia.

+ 3 F ii. Carmela Cimino was born on 8 Aug 1904. She died on 1 Jun 1920.

+ 4 M iii. Richard Sebastiano Cimino was born on 30 Oct 1906. He died on 9 Aug 1979.

+ 5 M iv. John J. Cimino was born on 3 Jul 1909. He died on 12 Apr 1980.

+ 6 F v. Sarah Cimino was born on 28 Mar 1912. She died on 30 Sep 1967.

+ 7 M vi. Frederick Andrew Cimino was born on 4 Dec 1913. He died on 21 Dec 1998.

+ 8 M vii. Samuel Cimino was born on 13 Apr 1915. He died on 18 Dec 1979.

+ 9 F viii. Josephine Cimino was born on 20 Oct 1917. She died on 10 Mar 1998.

+ 10 F ix. Rose Cimino was born on 13 Dec 1918. She died on 3 Apr 2004.

+ 11 F x. Camilla Cimino was born on 29 Aug 1921. She died on 22 May 2017.



Second Generation

3. Carmela Cimino was born on 8 Aug 1904 in Carlentini, Siracusa, Sicilia, Italia. She died on 1 Jun 1920 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa. She was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Woodbury, Iowa.

Carmela married Peter Pasquale Defazio son of Pasquale Defazio and Carmella Grece on 31 Dec 1918 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa. Peter was born on 24 Apr 1893 in Sambiase, Catanzaro, Calabria, Italia. He died on 6 Dec 1965 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa. He was buried in Dec 1965 in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa.

4. Richard Sebastiano Cimino was born on 30 Oct 1906 in Lentini, Siracusa, Sicilia, Italia. He died on 9 Aug 1979 in Sacramento, Sacramento, California. He was buried on 13 Aug 1979 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Sacramento, California.

Richard married (1) Mary Iza McCrory daughter of Joseph William McCrory and Julia Ann Newman on 21 Apr 1927 in Elk Point, Union, South Dakota. Mary was born on 19 Sep 1908 in Castana, Monona, Iowa. She died on 5 Aug 1952 in Sacramento, California. She was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Sacramento, California.

Richard married (2) Macy Lu Kimes daughter of Joseph Lafayette Kimes and Julia Poe on 2 Jul 1955 in Reno, Washoe, Nevada, USA. Macy was born on 22 Sep 1904 in Crawford, Arkansas, United States. She died on 27 Sep 1991 in Carmichael, Sacramento, California. She was buried on 5 Oct 1991 in St. Mary's Cemetery, Sacramento, California.

5. John J. Cimino was born on 3 Jul 1909 in Lentini, Siracusa, Sicilia, Italia. He died on 12 Apr 1980 in South Sioux City, Dakota, Nebraska, USA. He was buried in St. Michael's Cemetery, South Sioux City, Nebraska.

John married Sophie J. "Zofia" Hildebrandt  daughter of Adam Hildebrandt and Josephine Lubanski on 28 Nov 1932 in Dakota City, Dakota, Nebraska. Sophie was born on 27 May 1913 in Stupso, Poland. She died on 17 Jan 1998 in South Sioux City, Dakota, Nebraska. She was buried in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, South Sioux City, Nebraska.

6. Sarah Cimino was born on 28 Mar 1912 in Sioux, Woodbury, Iowa. She died on 30 Sep 1967 in Livermore, Alameda Co., California. She was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery, Sacramento, California.

Sarah married (1) August Anthony Oddo  son of Cirino Frank Oddo and Alfia Milana on 28 Sep 1928 in Elk Point, Union Co., South Dakota. The marriage ended in divorce.August was born on 9 Jul 1910 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. He died on 11 Jun 1997 in Mansfield, South Dakota. He was buried in Northville, Spink County, South Dakota, USA.
Sarah married (2) Ferdy Francis . The marriage ended in divorce.

7. Frederick Andrew Cimino  was born on 4 Dec 1913 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa. He died on 21 Dec 1998 in Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota. He was buried in Welcome City Cem, Martin, Minnesota.

Frederick married Shirley Frances Thompson  daughter of Paul Thompson and Anna Belle Livingston on 3 Jul 1934 in Pender, , Nebraska. Shirley was born on 18 Apr 1916 in Pender, Thurston, Nebraska, USA. She died on 12 Jun 2010 in Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, USA. She was buried in Welcome, Martin County, Minnesota, United States of America.

8. Samuel Cimino  was born on 13 Apr 1915 in Sioux, Woodbury, Iowa. He was christened on 22 Aug 1915 in Sioux, Woodbury, Iowa. He died on 18 Dec 1979 in Prineville, Crook, Oregon. He was buried in Prineville, Crook County, Oregon, USA.

Samuel married Anne Frances Parr  daughter of William M Parr and Chloe C Goodwin on 7 Dec 1935 in Elk Point, Union Co., South Dakota. Anne was born on 20 Nov 1918 in Whiting, Monona, Iowa, USA. She died on 20 Jun 1998 in Prineville, Crook County, Oregon. She was buried in Prineville, Crook County, Oregon, USA.

9. Josephine Cimino was born on 20 Oct 1917 in Sioux, Woodbury, Iowa. She died on 10 Mar 1998 in San Lorenzo, Alameda, California.

Josephine married (1) James Vontash also known as James Joseph Von Tersch.

Josephine married (2) Harvey Lewis Terry . Harvey was born on 30 Jan 1913 in Ireton, Sioux, Iowa, USA. He died in Oct 1984 in Omaha,Nebraska USA.

Josephine married (3) Keith Barker .

Josephine married (4) Sam L. Leffler  on 12 Aug 1964 in Carson City, Nevada, USA. Sam was born on 2 Oct 1924. He died on 2 Dec 2005 in Citrus Heights, Sacramento, California.

10. Rose Cimino  was born on 13 Dec 1918 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa. She was christened on 8 Jan 1919 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa. She died on 3 Apr 2004 in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska.

Rose married Salvatore Silvio "Sam" Ferraguti  son of Verardo Ferraguti and Elvira Silvia Settini on 18 Jun 1937 in Papillion, Sarpy, Nebraska. Salvatore was born on 1 May 1918 in Nebraska. He died on 2 Nov 2003 in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska.

11. Camilla Cimino  was born on 29 Aug 1921 in S. Sioux, Dakota, Nebraska. She died on 22 May 2017 in , , California.

Camilla married (1) Francis Budd Gonnion son of Joseph Elmer Gonnion and Frances Muriel Moffett in 1938. Francis was born on 27 Oct 1918 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA. He died on 12 Oct 1987 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA. He was buried on 24 Nov 1987 in Riverside, Riverside County, California.

Camilla married (2) Clyde Lemuel Horn son of Claud Horn and Leona Taylor on 18 Nov 1944 in Elk Point, Union, South Dakota, USA. Clyde was born on 22 Jun 1920 in Winnfield, Winn, Louisiana, USA. He died on 11 Dec 1996 in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas.

As you can imagine there are dozens of cousins descended from these Cimino siblings spread throughout the Midwest and the West coast with a few right here in Texas.

Happy Trails until we meet again!