Wetherbee Trailblazers

We own much of what we know about the Wetherbee line of the family tree to the work of these relatives:

  • Carl Weatherbee and his wife, Lucile Westwood Weatherbee, of Decatur, Illinois (yes, that is Weatherbee with an “a”)
  • Ethel Wetherbee Mazza, of Rochester, New Hampshire

From 1977 to 1995, they published the Weatherbee Round-Up: A Newsletter for Weatherbee Descendents. The newsletter focused on the descendants of several immigrants to America: John Wetherbee of Marlboro, Massachusetts; Thomas Wetherbee who also settled in Massachusetts; Bartholomew Wetherbee who settled in the early 1600’s in Virginia; Edmund and Whitehead Weatherby of Southern New Jersey.

Here is how they described their newsletter members …

Spelling of Family Name

The name Weatherbee is spelled in many ways. Among the common ways are Wetherbee, Weatherbee, Wetherby, Weatherby, Witherbee, Witherby. There are at least 40 different spellings of the name.

Regardless of how you spell your name, if it is a Wetherbee (or a name that sounds similar to it), or if you have a Weatherbee ancestor, we invite you to become a member of the Weatherbee Family Association and receive the Weatherbee Round-Up which is distributed about 12 times per year.

Weatherbee Round-Up

Here is our local copy on the shelves of the Denver Public Library. We would love to get our hands on Volumes 1 through 4.

In the Weatherbee Round-up, Ethel was the editor for the John Wetherbee (1642-1711) line—our Wetherbee branch.

From this two decades of research as well as earlier research by a group she called the Round Robins, Ethel compiled John Wetherbee of Stow and Marlboro Massachusetts, published by New Hampshire Printers in 1991. This book presents the first five generations of descendants of immigrant John Wetherbee.

Today, 18 May, is Ethel’s birthday. Happy Birthday Ethel!

And thank you Carl, Lucille, Ethel, and the many, many contributors to the Weatherbee Round-Up.

Carl Weatherbee (1916-1993) is 3rd cousin 2x removed of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.

Voila Lucile Westwood (1923-2001) is wife of 3rd cousin 2x removed Carl Weatherbee in the Wetherbee branch.

Ethel Huckins Wetherbee (1926-1995) is 6th cousin 3x removed of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.

John Wetherbee (1642-1711) is 9th great-grandfather of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.

Hartford, Connecticut Colony, 1640

Hartford in 1640, drawn by Wm. S. Porter, surveyor and antiquarian, in 1838.

In our post of 1 May 2018, we met Robert White, his wife Bridget Allgar White, and four of their children—John, Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna—who immigrated to America during the Puritan Great Migration.

This is a map of Hartford, Connecticut Colony,  in 1640—four years after its settlement. This version of the map has lot numbers and a legend added, which were apparently not on the original. Someone has also handwritten in pencil several of the street names of today (Main St., Pearl, Trumbull). On this map, east is up and north is to the right.

Running from top to bottom on this map, Little River and Little Creek do not exist today. They were known later as Hog River because pigs were kept on farms next to it. In the 1940’s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers buried it under the city.

Note these lot numbers:

  • 1—Goodwin Wm. elder
  • 3—Hooker Thomas, paster
  • 101, 105—White John

Lot 1 appears to be about where the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Burr Mall are located today in downtown Hartford.

Reverend Thomas Hooker led the group of about 100 Puritans that settled Hartford in 1636.

Elizabeth White (1591-1667) is  12th great-aunt of MKS in the Knight branch and the Watne branch.

William Goodwin (1567-) is husband of 12th great-aunt Elizabeth White.

John White (1597-1684) and Mary Levitt (1601-1666) are 11th great-grandparents of MKS in the Watne branch.

[1] Hartford in 1640, Connecticut Digital Archive (map).

Windsor, Connecticut Colony, 1654

Plan of Ancient Windsor, 1640-1654, from The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors, 1899.

In our post of 1 May 2018, we met Robert White, his wife Bridget Allgar White, and four of their children—John, Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna—who immigrated to America during the Puritan Great Migration.

This is a map of Windsor, Connecticut Colony,  in 1654—24 years after its settlement in 1630.

Note these names and places in the bottom-middle of the map, to the left of the title Plan of Ancient Windsor:

  • Joseph Loomis
  • John Porter
  • Trading House, 1633

The trading post was established by the Plymouth colonists in 1633.

Joseph, John, and their families settled in Windsor in 1638, eight years after its settlement.

Mary White (1590-1652) and Joseph Loomis (1590-1658) are 11th great-grandparents of MKS in the Knight branch.

Anna White (1600-1648) and John Porter (1594-1648) are 11th great-grandparents of MKS in the Knight branch.

Photo Friday—Beaulah and Clarence Wetherbee

Beaulah Minor Wetherbee and Clarence Wetherbee.

Clarence was born and raised in Fairmount, Richland County, North Dakota. Beaulah was born in Minnesota. They married in 1915, and removed to Victor and then Rosholt, Roberts County, South Dakota.

They are both buried at Hillside Cemetery in Rosholt.

Clarence Frank Wetherbee (1894-1959) is 2nd great-uncle of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.

Beaulah Minor (1897-1957) is wife of 2nd great-uncle Clarence Wetherbee .

[1] KMS Family Genealogy Digital Archive, Joyce Elaine Wetherbee Johnson collection (photograph).

Photo Friday—Elizabeth O’Kelley

ElizabethMarion Chandler O’Kelley.

She is listed as Marion Elizabeth on a letter accompanying the photo, but as Elizabeth Marion in multiple U.S Censuses and other records.

Elizabeth was the wife of Thomas Milton O’Kelley. She grew up in Madison County, Georgia, and lived there and in Clarke County, Georgia. She is buried at Chandler Cemetery #3 in Madison County.

Elizabeth Marion Chandler (1861-1909) is 3rd great-grandmother of MKS in the Spratlin branch.

[1] KMS Family Genealogy Digital Archive, Jacqueline Anne Knight Spratlin collection (photograph).

Site TNG Upgraded to Version 12.0

The software that powers the family tree portion of this site, The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG), was upgraded to Version 12.0 this morning.

Here are the changes visitors will most easily encounter:

  • A First Name List, like the previously existing Surname List, has been added so you can now see how frequently each first name appears in the family tree. Both of these pages now list the top 50 names. Pie charts have been added to show the relative frequency of each name.
  • Pie charts have been added to the Statistics page to show the proportion of males to females and living to deceased, as well as the proportion of each media type (photos, documents, headstones, histories, recordings, and videos) in the family tree.
  • The Calendar page now displays the year of each event.

There are many other improvements in Version 12.0, but most of these are only of interest to the administrator of the site. A complete list can be found on the TNG website at the link above.

OTDIH—Jasper Newton Joiner Killed in Action at the Battle of the Wilderness

On this day in history, 6 May 1864, Private Jasper Newton Joiner Sr (1837-1864) was killed in action at the Battle of the Wilderness in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

Jasper was a private in Company E, 17th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Northern Virginia, C.S.A. Company E was comprised of men from Mitchell County, Georgia. Jasper and his brother, Andrew, enlisted on 12 Aug 1861. Their brother-in-law, Manning “Dow” Shiver Jr, husband of Celia Elizabeth Joiner, served in the same unit.

The Battle of the Wilderness, fought 5-7 May 1864, was the first battle of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s 1864 Virginia Overland Campaign against Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War. Both armies suffered heavy casualties, a harbinger of a bloody war of attrition by Grant against Lee’s army and, eventually, the Confederate capital, Richmond, Virginia. The battle was tactically inconclusive, as Grant disengaged and continued his offensive.

Battle of the Wilderness—Desperate fight on the Orange C.H. Plank Road, near Todd’s Tavern, 6 May 1864, by Kurz & Allison.

U.S. casualties and losses were 17,666 including 2,246 killed, 12,037 wounded, and 3,383 captured/missing. C.S.A casualties and losses were 11,033 including 1,477 killed, 7,866 wounded, and 1,690 captured/missing. [from Wikipedia]

The 17th Regiment fought at the Peninsula Campaign (May 1862), the Battle of Garnett’s & Golding’s Farm, the Seven Days Battles at the Battle of Malvern Hill, the Battle of Fredericksburg, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of Chickamauga, the Knoxville Campaign, the Battle of the Wilderness, the Battle of Cold Harbor, the Siege of Petersburg—some of the most significant battles of the Civil War—and surrendered at Appomattox Court House on 9 Apr 1865.

In the 1860 US Census, Jasper is listed as a laborer, probably on his father’s farm, living in Mitchell County, Georgia, with his wife Sarah D. Shiver Joiner, apparently married less than one year.

Jasper was survived by Sarah, young daughters Laura and Anna, and son Jasper Jr. The children are listed with Sarah in the 1870 US Census.

PVT Jasper Newton Joiner Sr (1837-1864) is 5th great-uncle of MKS in the Knight branch.

Photo Friday—Hannah High School, 1926-1927

Hannah High School, 1926-1927.

Back row:
Lucille Porter, 2nd from right

Front row:
Earl Skene, 8th from left (David Oliver Earl Skene)

Comparing Lucille in this photo with several graduation photos, this photo is probably from earlier in the period of 1923-1927.

This photo is from Lucille’s 102-page photo album. Many more to come!

[Updated 14 Sep 2018] A copy of this photo was located in the Griggs County Museum in Cooperstown, North Dakota. That copy identifies this as the 1926-1927 school year. It also identifies a number of the students in the photo, but does not indicate where they are in the photo. They are listed below. Those listed in italics can be found in the Hannah centennial book. [2]

V.A. Watson
Joe Keaveny (Joseph)
Kermit Mowbray
John Ross
Jim Black
Earl Skene (identified by two relatives as 8th from the left in the front row)
Bernie Keaveny
Norman Ewen
Leslie Collins
Bill Valentine
Omar Warberg
Carmen Hunt
Glen McGuire

Hannah Elva Lucille Porter (1909-1997) is great-grandmother of MKS in the Watne branch.

[1] KMS Family Genealogy Digital Archive, Hannah Elva Lucille Porter Watne collection (photograph).
[2] Hannah, 1896-1996 (Hannah, ND: Hannah History Book, 1996).

Photo Friday—Marion Chapman Knight and Fannie Tutt Williams

Jacksonville Beach, Summer of 1939.

Left to right:
Mrs. Thompson
Frances Sumner
Marion Chapman Knight
Fannie Tutt Williams

This is one of four photos from this trip in the collection.

Marion Elizabeth Chapman (1917-1963)  is great-grandmother of MKS in the Knight branch.

Frances (Fannie) Tutt (1858-1944), grandmother of Marion, is 3rd great-grandmother of MKS in the Knight branch.

[1] KMS Family Genealogy Digital Archive, Jacqueline Anne Knight Spratlin collection (photograph).

29 Million and Counting …

Across the pond in Messing and Shalford, Essex, England, we find two ancestors, Robert White (1561-1617) and Bridget Allgar White (1562-1623), with a unique claim on our ancestry.

Robert was born abt. 1561 in Messing, about 60 miles east of London. Bridget was baptized 11 Mar 1562 in Shalford, about 20 miles west of Messing. Robert and Bridget married on 24 Jun 1585 in Shalford, where they raised seven children. They apparently lived there until just before May 1617 when we find them living in Messing according to Robert’s will.

Robert was a yeoman, wealthy, but not a member of nobility. Oxford Dictionary defines yeoman as a “person qualified for certain duties and rights, such as to serve on juries and vote for the knight of the shire, by virtue of possessing free land of an annual value of 40 shillings.” [1] In his will, he leaves 40 shillings to each of “the poore people of Messinge”, “Mr. Richard Rogers preacher of gods word at Withersfield in Essex aforesaid; and to Bartholomew Scrivener Minister of the church of god in Messinge.” Rogers was a non-conformist, and Scrivener was a minister in the established church.

After Robert’s death, four of the children—John, Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna—immigrated to America early in the Puritan Great Migration with their spouses, and most or all of their children.

John White (1597-1684) departed England on the ship Lyon on 22 Jan 1632 with his wife Mary Levitt (1601-1666).

Elizabeth White (1591-1667) and her husband William Goodwin (1567-) accompanied John and Mary on the Lyon.

The Lyon arrived 16 Sep 1632 in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony, and they settled in Newtown, now Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1636, they removed to Hartford, Connecticut Colony, led by the Reverend Thomas Hooker, along with about 100 other Puritans.

John White and William Goodwin are listed on Founders Monument, Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford, Connecticut.

Mary White (1590-1652) and her spouse Joseph Loomis (1590-1658) followed in 1638 on the ship Susan and Ellen. They arrived in Boston on 17 Jul 1638, and settled in Windsor, Connecticut Colony.

Anna White (1600-1648) and her spouse John Porter (1594-1648) followed, perhaps on the Susan and Ellen in 1638 as well. They also settled in Windsor.

These four families had many children—John and Mary, 7 children; William and Elizabeth, 1 child ; Joseph and Mary, 8 children; John and Anna, 13 children. It appears most of their children accompanied them to America or were born there.

So they arrived in America early, the first of them just 22 years after permanent settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1610, and 12 years after the arrival of the Mayflower to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620.

Where is this leading?

According to Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Library projections, the largest family in America today is the posterity of Robert White (b. ca. 1560) and Bridget Allgar, with a Mormon posterity of 430,000 and an American posterity of 29 million. [2]

Now, one generation after this projection was made, the family is even larger—including one MKS.

Robert White (1561-1617) and Bridget Allgar White (1562-1623) are 12th great-grandparents of MKS in the Knight branch.

Robert White (1561-1617) and Bridget Allgar White (1562-1623) are 12th great-grandparents of MKS in the Watne branch.

Mary White (1590-1652) and Joseph Loomis (1590-1658) are 11th great-grandparents of MKS in the Knight branch.

John White (1597-1684) and Mary Levitt (1601-1666) are 11th great-grandparents of MKS in the Watne branch.

Anna White (1600-1648) and John Porter (1594-1648) are 11th great-grandparents of MKS in the Knight branch.

There are at least nine lines in our family tree up to Robert and Bridget, and FamousKin.com lists many famous cousins including:

  • William Williams, signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Four U.S. Presidents—Millard Filmore 13, Ulysses S. Grant 18, Grover Cleveland 22 and 24, and Gerald Ford 38
  • Inventors key to the settlement of the American West—Samuel Colt, inventor of the Colt revolver, and Joseph Glidden, inventor of barbed wire
  • Aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright, and Amelia Earhart
  • Poet Emily Dickinson and artist Norman Rockwell

[1] Yeoman definition, Oxford Dictionary, 1972.
[2] Mormon Pioneer Genealogy Library Acquired by NEHGS, June 1985.