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Amaneunsis Monday: Seymour High School Room1 1891-92

Posted by Jim Sanders on Monday, 10 June, 2013

The following is a transcription from the Seymour School records for the academic school year 1891-92. Clearly the ages of these individuals are most likely not in a high school level class. Perhaps there was an extra room at the high school which was needed for younger students.

School Teacher Teacher 2 Year
Seymour High School – Room # 1 Mary A. Moose 1891 – 92

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Name Age Last Bday Name of parent or guardian
First M Last S Sex Yr Mo Mo Day P First M Last
Albin Kottman M 7 10 Oct 25 John Kottman
Alfred Collington M 8 9 Dec 9 Henry Collington
Charlie Lumb M 5 0 Sept John Lumb
Charlie Nichols M 6 8 June 15 Geo. Nichols
Elmer Munson M 5 Louigo Munson
Eddie Burgess M 7 10 Nov Arthur Burgess
Ernest Manweiler M 7 0 Sept Jacob Manweiler
Fritz Henniger M 6 11 Oct Bernard Henniger
Freddie Weislogel M 5 9 Dec 11 Fred Weislogel
Freddie Stephanofsky M 6 0 Sept John Stephanofsky
Geo. Acrase M 6 11 Sept 11 Richard Acrase
Henry Nick M 7 Henry Nick
Henry Rumetch M 7 0 Sept Henry Rumetch
Henry Munson M 6 Louie Munson
Herman Finder M 7 11 Oct John Finder
Howard Booth M 7 4 Apr 30 Edward Booth
Jeremiah Driscoll M 8 2 June 3 Jeremiah Driscoll
John Cosgrove M 7 11 Oct John Cosgrove
Nelson Happy M 6 1 July Nelson Happy
Olin Simmons M 8 2 July 14 Edwin Simmons
Raymond Healey M 6 6 Mch 5 Robt Healey
Robbie Stewart M 5 7 June 18 Gabriel Stewart
Timmie Mahoney M 7 6 Feb Daniel Mahoney
Wallace Warner M 8 Geo. Warner
Wallie McDonald M 5 Hugh McDonald
Charlie Flack M 12 3 Sept 30 Theodore Flack
Lawrence OOonnell M 6 6 June 4 Wm. OOonnell
Freddie Davis M 7 4 Dec 5 Frank Davis
Amelia Madenkard F 9 3 May 20 Wm. Madenkard
Annie Weislogel F 7 2 July 2 Fred Weislogel
Bertha Rot F 7 5 March 24 David Rot
Clara Lumb F 7 3 May 19 John Lumb
Eleanor Sperry F 6 5 Mar Frank Sperry
Etta Nichols F 7 2 June 18 Chas. Nichols
Edith Maynard F 6 3 May Jesse Maynard
Hattie Trounson F 7 9 Nov 28 Alba Trounson
Ida Taber F 10 5 March 7 Frank Taber
Jessie Hotchkiss F 7 4 Apr 18 Frank Hotchkiss
Jessie Jones F 7 5 Apr Henry Jones
Lottie Schmink F 7 8 Jan Fred Schmink
Lizzie Maybury F 7 3 June 7 Chas. Maybury
Lizzie Bauers F 6 5 March Fred Bauers
Lena Weirdo F 7 7 Jan 27 Louis Weirdo
Lulu Mathess F 5 8 Dec 13 Chas. Mathess
Minnie Bach F 6 8 Dec 8 John Bach
Minnie OBrien F 7 0 Aug John OBrien
Mary Clark F 6 8 Dec 5 John Clark
Maggie McCarthy F 5 10 Nove Chas. McCarthy
May Gilbert F 6 3 May 9 Fred Gilbert
Martha Young F 10 5 Mch Fred Young
Malvina Miles F 9 5 Mch 25 Gustave Miles
Alice Peterson F 7 3 Sept 10 Gustave Peterson
Lizzie Buckmuller F 12 2 July Adolph Buckmuller
Daisy Knapp F 7 5 Apr 2 Hiram Knapp
Eva Weston F 11 0 Dec Fred Weston
Emma Juno F 11 Arthur Juno
Eliza Moshier F 9 5 Mar 12 James Moshier
Maggie Cushing F 6 0 Apr 11 Patrick Cushing

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Amanuensis Monday: Third Primary School, Seymour Connecticut 1891-92

Posted by Jim Sanders on Monday, 3 June, 2013

The following is a transcription of the school records for the Third Primary School in Seymour, Connecticut for the school year 1891-92.

School Teacher Teacher 2 Year
Third Primary School Nettie S. Rider 1891 – 92

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Name Age Last Bday Name of parent or guardian
First M Last S Sex Yr Mo Mo Day P First M Last
Idris Alderson M 9 8 Jan 31 Mr. Richard Alderson
Michael Bennett M 11 5 Apr 27 Mr. Morris Bennett
Harold Beach M 8 3 June 17 Mr. Theodore Beach
Louis Bullis M 10 6 Mar 1 Mr. Frank Bullis
Walter Burgess M 10 1 Aug 12 Mr. Arthur Burgess
Frank Baldwin M 8 9 Dec 25 Mr. M Baldwin
Claude Collington M 11 1 Aug 11 Mr. Harry Collington
Milton Carrington M 12 6 Mar 10 Mr. Albert Carrington
Charlie Duester M 12 6 Mar 22 Mr. Henry Duester
Willie Dick M 9 9 Dec 18 Mr. Chas. Dick
Willie Johns M 10 3 May 5 Mr. John Johns
John Kottman M 9 1 Aug 22 Mr. John Kottman
John Mahoney M 8 11 Oct 5 Mr. John Mahoney
John McCarthy M 9 2 July 5 Mr. Chas. McCarthy
Lot Maloney M 11 5 Apr 9 Mr. Thomas Maloney
Michael McNerney M 8 11 Sept 12 Mr. Michael McNerney
George Maybury M 10 6 Mar 23 Mr. C Maybury
James McCann M 9 5 Apr 1 Mr. George McCann
Morris Pearson M 9 11 Sept 29 Mr. Richard Pearson
Newton Perrins M 7 9 Dec 10 Mr. John Perrins
Clarence Peek M 9 2 July 14 Mr. Edward Peek
Eddie Regan M 9 2 July 9 Mr. James Regan
Charlie Reefer M 14 6 Mar 17 Mr. John King
Harry Spoonheimer M 9 9 Dec 20 Mr. Henry Spoonheimer
August Smith M 13 2 July 20 Mr. Adam Smith
Gottileb Schmidhausler M 11 6 Mar 1 Mr. Henry Schmidhausler
James Swan M 10 6 Mar 21 Mr. William Swan
Thomas Sheehan M 10 8 Jan 17 Mr. Thomas Sheehan
Arthur Volkman M 9 9 Dec 25 Mr. Justice Volkman
Norman Weaver M 9 1 Aug 22 Mr. Robert Weaver
Robbie Williams M 8 11 Sept 11 Mr. Joseph Williams
Eddie Weaver M 9 11 Sept 25 Mr. Chas. Weaver
Albert Knapp M 11 Mr. Henry Knapp
Adolph Martiekat M 14 Mr. Wm. Martiekat
Alfred Chatfield M 11 7 Sept 26 Mr. Joel Chatfield
Charles Lounsbury M 9 5 Nov 1 Mr. Chas. Lounsbury
Katie Allen F 8 0 Sept 1 Mr. Anthony Allen
Lizzie Chatfield F 8 9 Dec 8 Mr. Joel Chatfield
Edith Derby F 11 5 Apr 24 Mr. Jared Derby
May Dorman F 8 6 Mar 21 Mr. Walter Dorman
Sarah Evans F 7 11 Nov 25 Mr. Richard Evans
Maud Finkle F 11 4 May 21 Mr. A Finkle
Carrie Ford F 9 7 Feb 25 Mr. Frank Ford
Katie Fitzgerald F 9 6 Mar 4 Mr. Michael Fitzgerald
Mary Hurlbut F 9 4 May 24 Mr. George Hurlbut
Bertha Keeler F 9 8 Jan 30 Mr. August Keeler
Maggie Know F 8 4 May 9 Mr. Fred Know
Mamie Lyons F 9 3 June 25 Mr. James Lyons
Helen Moody F 9 4 May 26 Mr. Joseph Moody
Etta Munson F 13 2 July 30 Mr. Henry Munson
Lizzie Manweiler F 10 11 Nov 16 Mr. Jacob Manweiler
Charlotte McEwen F 10 1 Aug 22 Mr. Virgil McEwen
Annie OBrien F 10 1 Aug 17 Mr. John OBrien
Mable Searles F 9 3 June 30 Mr. Joseph Searles
Josephine Sprenger F 10 10 Oct 18 Mr. Conner Sprenger
Louise Smith F 8 3 June 9 Mr. Albert Smith
Clara Tyler F 7 8 Jan 24 Mr. George Tyler
Annie Trounson F 9 8 Jan 21 Mr. Abraham Trounson
Blanche Washburn F 10 9 Dec 6 Mr. George Washburn
Bessie Wakely F 8 6 Mar 1 Mr. George Wakely
Tinnie Sterling F 9 6 Mar 5 Mr. William Sterling
Minnie Bishop F 7 4 Dec 24 Mr. William Bishop
Nellie McDonald F 13 8 Aug 5 Mr. Patrick McDonald
Eva Squires F 9 0 Apr 7 Mr. Timothy Squires
Lottie Clark F 9 8 Aug 12 Mr. Joel Clark

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Amanuensis Monday: Seymour Connecticut School – 1891-92

Posted by Jim Sanders on Monday, 13 May, 2013

The following transcription is from a Seymour, Connecticut School for the year 1891-92.  It appears to be a class at the high school.

School Teacher Teacher 2 Year
Seymour Edith K. Burnett 1891 – 92

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Name Age Last Bday Name of parent or guardian
First M Last S Sex Yr Mo Mo Day P First M Last
Harry Chamberlin M 13 7 Jan 25 Mrs. Eva Chamberlin
George Healey M 13 8 Dec 17 Robert Healey
James Kelleher M 13 1 July 17 John Kelleher
Ernest Malsbury M 13 Sept 6 Mrs. J Derby
Charles Regan M 13 1 July 24 Michael Regan
Henry Schneider M 13 9 Dec 6 Henry Schneider
Arthur Schafer M 13 1 Aug 19 Chas. Schafer
Frank West M 15 1 Aug 1 W P West
Charles Wyant M 12 10 Nov 9 E A Wyant
Nelson Dick M 17 3 June 11 Harry Dick
John Howard M 15 Sept 12 James Howard
Annie Barr F 13 6 March 11 Andrew Barr
Edith Baldwin F 15 5 Apr 15 Wilford Baldwin
Mabel Beach F 14 2 June 28 S D Beach
Katy Brown F 14 11 Sept 15 Wm Brown
Grace Bulter F 11 8 Dec 16 Samuel Butler
Mand Botsford F 13 2 June 22 Edward Botsford
Eliza Chatfield F 13 9 Nov 13 Clark Chatfield
Minnie Cutter F 12 5 Apr 6 Mrs. H A Cutter
Annie Dunham F 15 3 May 30 A B Brown
Mamie Evans F 13 Sept 8 Richard Evans
Annie Evans F 14 8 Jan 10 Richard Evans
Katrina Griswald F 14 7 Jan 26 D K Griswald
Lestina Griswald F 15 5 Apr 2 D K Griswald
Grace Harris F 14 11 Sept 18 Mrs. Martha Harris
Florence Hollenbrook F 13 2 June 20 John G Hollenbrook
Josie Moody F 13 5 Apr 4 Joseph W Moody
Lillian Rugg F 13 3 Mar 24 Fred A Rugg
Lillie Robertson F 15 2 June 28 Hannah Robertson
Minnie Troumpford? F 14 8 Dec. 23 Mrs. J V Troumpford?
Minnie White F 14 7 Feb 1 Chas P White
Alice Ward F 13 1 July 23 P Ward
Eva Simpson F 13 4 Apr 22 G A Simpson

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Birth, Marriage & Death Records

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Tuesday’s Tip: Using Diaries in Your Family History

Posted by Jim Sanders on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013

It was Christmas Eve in Oxford, Connecticut and it snowed dreadfully. John, the first born of John and Jane Doe was born on that fateful day in 1856. How would you like to be able to describe the day when one of your ancestors was born?

Not everyone is going to have a 18th or 19th century diary written by their ancestors or even a close relative. Even if you do not have access to a diary of your ancestors, it is possible a diary of a neighbor or someone living in the same town is available today. In the Diary of Laura Davis transcribed by Oxford, Connecticut’s historian Dorothy DeBisschop it describes the weather of most days at the start of each entry. It did indeed snow dreadfully on December 24th, 1856 in Oxford, Connecticut at least according to Laura’s diary.

Here in Connecticut and New England in general, the vital records that were kept and survive today are very good. However in some areas such as upstate New York vital records started very late. Even after vital record keeping started, it was not always reported and there may be gaps. Diary entries may be the only mention about a particular date to a birth, marriage or death.

Here are just a few vital records contained within the Laura Davis Diary mentioned above;

  • Nov 2, 1856: Charles son of Bennett Scoville died aged 6 months
  • Nov 7, 1856: Daughter of Cyrus Sanford burned to death
  • Dec 9, 1856: Lyman Johnson buried
  • Dec 18, 1856: Orlando Cables died
  • Dec 19, 1856: Henry, son of George De Forest, drowned in Falls Pond, Seymour
  • Dec 29, 1856: Mrs. Henry Church gave birth to a son
  • Dec 31, 1856: Henry son of Mrs. Harison Tomilinson (sic) died

These are the vital records from just two months of her diary. If you can find the diary from someone in the same town at the same time period as your ancestor lived, it may just provide that hidden piece of data you’ve been looking for. You can also glimpse into daily life of the townsfolk; attending festivals and learning about the relationships of friends and neighbors and perhaps see a mention of your own ancestor in a neighbor’s diary.

Now that I’ve hopefully convinced you to search for a diary from the time and place your ancestor came from, where would these hidden genealogy nuggets be found? Here are a few places to start your quest to find that diary.

  • The local historical society:
  • Most areas will have a local or county historical society where diaries of it’s citizens would be stored in their archives. The state archives or library may only be interested in prominent citizens of the state and thus a diary of a common citizen may be more likely to be archived at the local level.

  • The local town historian:
  • Find out who the local town historian is and contact them. They are most likely working very closely with the local historical society, but they may have further information and insight into where some local diaries may be kept.

  • The state historical society or state archives:
  • Although the diary of a common person may be more commonly archived at the local level, don’t overlook the possibility that a diary you’re interested in is stored at the state level.

  • Academic Libraries:
  • Find out what major colleges or universities are close to the town where your ancestor lived. Contact the college library to see if they have diaries in their archives.

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