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 first person to appear in Kentucky was Augusta Newman, son of William Newman and Cassandra Tippet:

Augusta Newman, Family Search ID# LZBQ-BS3
General index to deeds (1800-1892), and deeds (1800-1866), of Nicholas County [Kentucky]
Film #252367, DGS # 7900678

Image  163  of 487- 1819 Augusta Newman, Grantor to Benjamin Boardman, Grantee, Book E, Page 367
Image  164  of 487- 1827 Augusta Newman, Grantor to William Sledd, Grantee, Book G, Page 560

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.

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 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!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

UPDATE: Italian Military Records for Nonnu

If you are interested in Italian Military Records you should read my update to this blog post that was originally published in October 2015.

Microfilm has now been digitized and is available for viewing at a Family History Center near you.

Here is the updated post:

Italian Heritage-Our Nonnu Served in the Italian Military!

http://www.ancestorpuzzles.com/2015/10/italian-heritage-our-nonnu-served-in.html

Italian Army Uniform circa 1900
SOURCE: http://en.allexperts.com

#Genealogy, #italy, @familysearch, 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

So Many Reunions...So Little Time

Genealogists love family reunions.  Some of our reunions are now online.  Facebook groups, Twitter posts, email lists, and collaborating on an online family tree are all ways that virtual reunions can be fostered.  There is no replacement for the old fashioned face to face reunion.

The Harrington brothers reunited in 1978. Left to right, Bill, Harold and Cleve Harrington.

Grandpa George Kelly and Grandma Elaine Coffman Kelly on right were frequents hosts of family gatherings at their homes in Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. Left to right: cousin Christine Watson on her dad's lap. My mom Jill Mayne Cimino and her half-brother, Jack Kelly.

Margaret Garvin dressed up her three daughters, Sally, Emeline and Phoebe for a reunion photo
with her mother, Lydia Moss Garvin in the Choctaw Nation of Indian Territory.

Three out of four Cimino siblings gathered in Santa Rosa last year. An encore reunion is scheduled for this year.
Left to right: Faran, Vicky and Nick Cimino.


Preparing for a in-person reunion requires a little more effort and planning.  Should this be an individual meeting or a large group? Do you meet in a home, a restaurant, a library, a meeting room or a family history center? Should you create a family tree poster or a simple descendant list.  How many binders and albums and pictures should you bring?  There is no right or wrong answer to these kinds of questions.  The mere fact that you get together and meet each other will create lasting memories.  It helps to make the long hours of effort in compiling genealogical records, stories and photos worthwhile.

It is also an opportunity to collect more information.  Last summer we were able to reunite in person with cousins and siblings on both sides of our family. After returning home, I wrote about the Fitzpatrick mini reunion between my wife and her cousin which I had the great joy of facilitating.  We were able to collect dozens of images from the Fitzpatrick family which I have posted to the Cimino and Harrington Family Tree on Ancestry.com.  I also transcribed a book written by Vesta Price Fitzpatrick called Uravan which I received from a reunion with my mother in law. This summer has even more reunions in the planning process.

I encourage you to start planning your own family reunions both virtual and in-person. 

All the best to you and yours!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Chatterton Family Bible- Heirloom Reunion

I am a sucker for old family bibles.  I have seen several at estate sales and I have purchased them in the hopes of reuniting them with someone who will treasure and preserve them for future generations.  Before I send them to their new home, I take the time to preserve the images and publish them.

I created dozens of images for the two bibles which can be accessed on Google Drive at the following link:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1u26iToat5BnvqvhCuI7TbYyWBvIdq8Mm

The two bibles were recently purchased at an estate sale as follows:

Friday/Saturday, March 16/17, 2018, 9am to 3pm

2622 Orleans Dr, Seabrook, Texas  77586

Lake Cove Harbour Subdivision located near TX-146 & Repsdorph Rd

According to the Harris County Texas Appraisal District the 2018 owner of record for this address is:

KNUTSON JULIA
2622 ORLEANS DR
SEABROOK TX 77586-3379

Julia is or was a widow whose maiden name was Chatterton.  She is the daughter of Harley Herschel Chatterton and Laura Helen Park.  Harley was the son of Hiram Lincoln Chatterton and Amanda May Harmon.  Amanda's sister, married a man named John Lawrence Baum. They appear to have had no heirs. The Baum Family Bible contains family record data and photographs for an Ohio family who were the ancestors of John Lawrence Baum.  I will provide more details on the Baum family in a future blog post.

Here are further details on the Chatterton bible:

IMG_2246 and 2247 show the cover of the Chatterton family bible.  The spine is embossed with the initials H.L. Chatterton so it is most likely that Hiram was the Mr. Chatterton that had the bible rebound. The front cover says Old Family Bible. The Bible was published by G. & C. Merriam in 1846.

The Bible measures about 8.5 x 11 x 3 inches and weighs 6 pounds and 3 ounces.


The Chatterton family Bible was rebound by Hiram Lincoln Chatterton
before he died in Peterson, Iowa in 1937. His name is on the spine of the book.



Images were created for the most interesting pages in the bibles starting with IMG_2187 to IMG_2304.  All of the images can be viewed at the following link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1u26iToat5BnvqvhCuI7TbYyWBvIdq8Mm

The Chatterton Bible was published by G. & C. Merriam in 1846.
Several of the images relate to pressings, clippings and papers that were interspersed in the pages of the bibles.  Most of the loose papers are family records in a variety of handwriting styles. Several references to bible verses were also found on loose papers but they were not copied.



The Chatterton Family resided in New York before migrating to Jones County, Iowa before 1870.


IMG_2248 of the Chatterton Bible was found inside the cover page with the following inscription:

Property of Wm. H.H. Chatterton; This bible was left at the Wm. H.H. Chatterton home many years ago by a stranger traveling on foot until he should call for it but the stranger never returned. In due time Mr. Chatterton had the book rebound. This was written by Mrs. H.L. Chatterton [Amanda May Harmon], April 15, 1940. 



Hiram L. Chatterton died 1937 in Peterson, Clay County, Iowa and Mrs. Chatterton died in 1943 also in Peterson.  They were married in O'Brien County, Iowa in 1896. The father of Hiram was Wm. H.H. Chatterton and he migrated from New York to Jones County, Iowa before 1870.

Hiram L. Chatterton Family Record which appears to be in the handwriting of Mrs. H.L. Chatterton (Amanda May Harmon).
Jennie Josephine Chatterton was married to James Neel Cook on September 5, 1922.
The Patriot newspaper was published in Peterson, Iowa

H.L. Chatterton at age 15, wrote a series of family records for the Humphrey family in 1876 which were placed inside of the bible.  Several other family records were also inserted in the bible. None of the pre-printed family record pages had any entries.  It appears that the bible was used as the place to archive all of the loose family record pages.

Hilah Edsall Smith (1823-1888) was the mother of Hiram Lincoln Chatterton. Hilah was first married to Joseph Humphrey, Jr. 1814-1849 and they had two daughters, Alice P. Humphrey born 1846 and Josephine Smith Humphrey born 1849. The widowed mother, Hilah E. Smith Humphrey married W.H.H. Chatterton on 9 Sep 1854 in Addison, Vermont. Hiram Chatterton invested considerable effort into recording the family records of the Humphrey family.  Most of the family records feature persons that were related to Hilah Edsall Smith.

This Humphrey Family Record states that it was written by H.L. Chatterton, June 24, 1876 when he was 15 years old. There were several pages that were obviously in the same handwriting, on the same type of paper and with an embossed character in the upper margin which leads one to believe that they were all written in 1876.  Children born after 1876 are omitted.



Ashbel Humphrey Family Record.

SURNAMES: Chatterton, Brown, Richards, Humphrey, Harmon, Cook, Powell, Smith, Allen, Johnson, Leach, Locklin, Taylor, Rawson, King, Byrns, Finegan, Grogan, Goodman, Lombard, Laplant, Pierce, Thornton, Shaw, Welch, Wilson, Hodgeman, and Foote.

In the family tree I created entitled Chatterton and Baum Family Bibles, I attached the images to galleries for the persons. I included more details about the images in the galleries in this family tree. It is a public tree so feel free to attach the images to your tree, if they relate to your family.

https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/120092641

The Chatterton family bible has been donated to an archive in Iowa. If you are interested in seeing the Chatterton Family Bible, in person please contact the Clay County Heritage Center as follows:

Clay County Heritage Center, 7 Grand Avenue,
Spencer, Iowa 51301, 712-262-3304
Email: parkermuseum@smunet.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/claycountyheritage/
http://www.parkermuseum.org/clay-county-heritage-center