Welcome to my genealogy blog. Ancestors I Wish I Knew is a combination of genealogical information and stories about individuals in my family tree. The focus is on those from my Cochrane, Eitelbach, Merrett, Minarcik and Richards lines and their descendants.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019
When I was about five years old, my mother bought a center piece for our Christmas table. It was a Santa in a sleigh with a music box in it that played Jingle Bells. It has been on our Christmas table for as long as I can remember. My father really liked to wind up the music box and hear Jingle Bells, even if we were not seated around the table.
When I cleaned out my parents' house after they died, there was Santa, right in the closet where he spent the rest of the year. I brought him to Michigan and now it drives his sleight in my family room on the side board.
Here is a picture of the Santa in his sleigh with the reindeer, who seemed to have lost their antlers along the way.
Now for a close up.
And lastly a real closeup. I did not realize until I took this picture, how sweet Santa's face is.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
|Erie County Savings Bank|
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
I think of the he War of 1812 (1812-1815) as a kind of forgotten war. It is sandwiched between the Revolution War and the Civil War and does not get a lot of attention. However, it was an important war. It was fought because of British restrictions on U.S. trade, America’s desire to expand its territory, and the impressment of United States sailors into the Royal Navy.
The war did not go well for the United States with several defeats. Most notable was the burning of the White House in 1814. However, the The United States was victorious in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans.
My great great great grandfather, James Hannah fought in the War of 1812. He enlisted in the 147 Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia under Colonel Rees Hill. They were stationed in Erie, Pennsylvania to guard the navel facility. There is no other information about what he did in the war or how long he served.
If I could talk to him, I would like to know exactly what he did, how long he served, and if he was in any battles.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
This week’s theme is poor. Poor in money? Poor in land? Poor in children? How about poor in information? That would fit my great great grandmother, Ann Morgan. Other than her name, and a couple of pieces of information about the birth of her children, she is a mystery.
So what do I know that can be verified. According to the Church of England Records, Andrew George Corbett Cochrane was baptized in January, 1810 at St. Marylebone, London. William was baptized in 1811, and a year after that Anna Maria Cochrane was baptized. In 1813, George was baptized. Three years later, George died. In each case The Honorable Andrew James Cochrane Johnstone was listed as the father. However, there is no record of a marriage between Andrew and Ann.
Unfortunately, Morgan is a common name and so is Ann. I figured that Ann had her children in her late teens or very early 20. That would mean that she was born in the 1790’s. Both the 1841 and 1851 census list an Ann Morgan who would be the right age. The only other piece of information is that she was an upholsterer.
So I am stuck. I would love to ask Ann some of these questions? Who were your parents? Where did you live? How long was your relationship with Andrew Cochrane Johnstone? Did he support you and the children?
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
There are many ways to be rich. My emigrant ancestor, Edward Richards (1610-1684) was a rich man. When you are dealing with people in the 17th century, it is hard to determine exactly how rich any one was. One way to determine that is to look at what they owned, particularly land.
Edward Richards lived in Dedham, Massachusetts. He arrived there about 1632 and was granted a house lot and another lot because there was a defect in his house lot. A little later he was able to buy an additional lot from Robert Feak. Edward joined the church and signed the Dedham Covenant.
The town of Dedham was granted a good deal of land, some of which they held and other of which they distributed to its residents. They had an interesting system. The amount of land a person received was based on the amount of land the person already held and the number of people in the family. So if you had a lot of land and a large family you got more land than people who owned less land and a smaller family.
Edward received land on 14 separate occasions. In 1642 he was given 4 acres for improvement and two years later received 5 acres. Typically, he was granted more land than the vast majority of individuals. In 1657-8 when a cedar swamp was divided, Edward received the second larges grant, only the Reverend Allin received more. Another way to determine his wealth is to look at the taxes he paid. Generally, he was in the top three or four men in terms of the the amount he was assessed.
Within the land granted to Dedham was a large tract of land which previous had been granted to a Mr. Cook of Dublin, Ireland for a large farm and manor house. After Mr. Cook died, his attorney was given permission to sell the lands to Eliazer Lusher and Anthony Fisher of Dedham. Some time later, Edward Richards was able to buy Mr. Cook’s farm and built “Broad Oaks,” which remained in the Richards family until 1838.
So I think, in terms of land Edward Richards was a rich man. If I could talk to him, I would like to know what he did with all that land. How much was farmed? How much was meadow? How many buildings was on that land?
Monday, October 28, 2019
Every year I go to Halloween Nights at the Greenfield Village. It is a treat to be there and enjoy all the scenes and displays. Some are tricks, but others are treats. Volunteers carve 1000 pumpkins and they are placed along the sidewalks and visitors follow the path.with the pumpkins lighting the way.
First we have a some coffins.
and a graveyard to put them in.
Or a spell
Here are some spooky night creatures
|Thomas Edison got a costume|
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
I was curious about the car. There was no identifying information on it, except for the license plate with a date of 1914. I am fortunate to volunteer at Greenfield Village and we have an old car festival. So I took my picture to the section where the 1910 to 1920 cars were displayed and asked if anyone could identify the car. Several
Sunday, October 20, 2019
My distant cousin, Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (14 December 1775 – 31 October 1860), was an officer of the Royal Navy. By all accounts he was adventurous and very successful. So successful in fact that during the Napoleonic Wars that Napoleon called him Le Loup des Mers ('The Sea Wolf').
|The Speedy and El Gamo|
Cochrane did well with the Speedy. He captured, burned or pushed ashore 53 ships before Admiral Charles-Alexandre Linois captured him.
Horatio Hornblower . He also served as the model for Jack Aubrey in thenovels by Patrick O'Brian.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
My great aunt, Anne Hannah, married Charles Ross and moved from Butler, Missouri to Auburn, New York. When her father, John Wesley Hannah (1839-1899) died, her brother William and her four sisters, also moved to Auburn. William married Gertrude Cochrane, who came to Auburn to visit her cousin, Lucy Pingree. My father and his sister were both born in Auburn. They lived at 187 Genessee Street with William sister, Anne Hannah and her husband, Charles Ross.
Auburn is in upstate New York, in the Finger Lake Region, more specifically on north end of Owasco Lake. I have never been to Auburn, but it occurred to me that I could use Google Earth,
I started by going to Google Maps. I put Auburn, New York in the search box and when the map came up, I started at Genesee Street and South Street, and drove down South Street. I was impressed that South street was a mix of older buildings and new ones.
Right out of town was the Auburn
|Auburn Correctional System|
I tried to find a picture of that house, but as luck would have it, the house was behind one very big tree, but I did find a postcard of the street in the
|Head Stone of Anne Hannah Ross|
Close by I found Fort Hills Cemetery, where my Aunt Anne Hannah and her husband Charles Ross are buried. I took a quick look at Find a Grave and was able to locate her headstones.
|Harriet Tubman House|
slave turned underground railroad conductor.
As I drove on , I found the home of William Seward, a New York State Senator, Governor of New York, a U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State for President Lincoln.
I also saw The Cayuga Museum of History and Art and Case Research Lab Historic Site and the Schweinfurth Art Center.
|St. Peter's Episcopal Church|
In downtown Auburn, I saw St. Peter's Episcopal Church, where I think my father may have been baptized.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
This week’s theme is cousins. While doing genealogy, I have met several new cousins. I am going to blog about the two I have worked with the most. I met Anna when we were both working on our Hannah lines. One of the first things we did was figure out how we were related. As it turned out, we were both descended from John Wesley Hannah and his wife, Jennie Sophia Willey. He was my great grandfather, and Anna’s great great grandfather. But there was more. Her grandfather’s family was in the military and was often stationed overseas. When that happened, her grandfather stayed with my father’s family.
The real fun began when Anna and I started to post Hannah family pictures and we tried to figure out who the people were. Some we knew right off the bat--others were a puzzle--Like the picture to the left. We know that the man is John Wesley Hannah , we think the woman in the back on the right is his daughter, Marinda--the other two are a mystery, perhaps friends of Marinda. We sent pictures back and forth, comparing the faces with those we knew were correct or until we decided we just did not know. Eventually Anna and I met when I went to Washington D. C. on a New England Historic and Genealogy Tour.
|Harry and Perry Willey|
I love to work with others on a family line and am happy to share what I know. I know only certain information and often they know different information.