Happy Halloween 2020

Source: My Personal Postcard Collection

This adorable postcard done by Ellen Clapsaddle, was sent to Rilla Sanderson, daughter of George Sanderson, who lived in Bellingham, Norfolk, Massachusetts in 1912. It was mailed from Woonsocket, Rhode Island, where her paternal grandparents, John and Esther Sanderson, lived. It was simply signed, no message, “From Grandma & Grandpa.”

Sadly, Rilla passed away in 1921 at the young age of nineteen years old. She is buried beside other family members in Union Cemetery in Bellingham.

Someone, probably a sibling, cherished this memory of Rilla for many years as it is in quite good condition.

This year certainly is unlike any other in our memories and many towns are not allowing trick or treaters to go house-to-house (which is a good thing.) However you celebrate this year, please do it with health and safety in mind.

Happy Halloween!

Friday’s Family History Finds

The best Family History Finds this week:

Family Stories

Dr. Lincoln and His Lady by J.L. Bell on Boston 1775

My Mother Was Superstitious – Dreams – Tales from the Dark Side And My Great Great Grandma Was Superstitious – Tales from the Dark Side, both by Valerie on Genealogy with Valerie

Danny Wilson: Compelling Documents About His Identification AND Danny Wilson: US Military Cemetery St. Avold, France AND Seedcorn Caps, all on Joy Neal Kidney

The Bombings of London in WWII by Sarah Dobby on Family History Ramblings

‘Quite the Character’ on The Chiddicks Family Tree

The 1918 Influenza Strikes the Mohawk Valley by Molly on Molly’s Canopy

A Mysterious Dime on Caroline’s Chronicles

Chasing Ancestors Across the Heartland – A Family History Road Trip: Part II on Family Sleuther

My Three-Times Great-Grandfather Hart Cohen, Witness for the Prosecution by Amy Cohen on Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

The Not-at-All Wicked Stepmother – Part II by Lucy H. Anglin on Genealogy Ensemble

The Connecticut Witch Trials by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Unique Wedding “Portraits” by Wayne Shepheard on Discover Genealogy

Research Resources

Top 10 Websites for Research in the Former Dutch East Indies by Yvette Hoitink on Dutch Genealogy

Newburyport Interactive Map Keeps History Alive by Gordon Harris on Historic Ipswich

Using Poll Tax Records for Genealogy by Amie Bowser Tennant on The Genealogy Reporter

10 Surprising Things You Can Find at Google Books by Lisa on Lisa Louise Cooke

Using Unique Records to Fill in Your Ancestor’s Timeline by Melissa Barker on A Genealogist in the Archives

1110 Free United States Online Voter Record Collections by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt

Did Your Ancestor Get a Timber Claim? by Michael John Neill on Rootdig

10 Resources for Finding an Ancestor’s Death Date by Elizabeth O’Neal on Heart of the Family

Tech News

Sorting Through the Sinkins . . . Using Scrivener to Create a Timeline by Teresa on Writing My Past

More Losses at 23andMe – Including No Ethnicity Update for V2, V3 or V4 Chip Customers by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

Genetic Genealogy

Please Help Collect Sibling DNA Statistics by Kitty on Kitty Cooper’s Blog

Using DNA Segments to Find or Verify Ancestors by Robin Wirthlin on Family Locket

Utilizing MyHeritage AutoClusters to Analyze Your DNA Matches by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy


4 Cornerstones of Genealogy Research by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree

Treasure Trove or Intriguing Rabbit Hole? by History Explorer on A Genealogist’s Path to History

Remember the Babies by Susan Ellerbee on Posting Family Roots

Is Adam Greulich’s Daughter the Mother of Johann Michael Kirsch? – 52 Ancestors #311 by Roberta Estes on DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

How Do You Define Your Ultimate Genealogy Goal? by DiAnn Iamarino on Fortify Your Family Tree

Education Is for Everyone

Museums Have Archived Records Too by Melissa Barker on A Genealogist in the Archives

5 Easy Steps to Preserving the Family Bible by Melissa Barker on A Genealogist in the Archives

Do You Have a Brick Wall? by Donna Moughty on Irish Genealogy

Definitely the most unique list from SNGF and worth a look:
My Top Ten Free Genealogy Websites – Part 1 by Don on Don Taylor Genealogy

The Absentminded Priest by Joe Smaldone on Vita Brevis

Beginning Concepts: Data Collection Tips by Cari Taplin on GenealogyPants

You Can Read Handwritten Documents! – How to Begin, Post #1 by James Tanner on Genealogy’s Star

Keeping Up with the Times

The Security of Your Mother’s Maiden Name by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Halloween Book Notice: Murder Maps: Crime Scenes Revisited; Phrenology to Fingerprint 1811-1911 by John D. Reid on Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connection

This Incredible Google Experiment Lets You Time Travel to Your Ancestors’ Hometown 200 Years Ago by Dick Eastman on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter

Flemstead Ransone of Halifax, Cumberland & Buckingham Cos., VA, 1700s

Flemstead Ransone, sometimes found as “Ransom”, is the fifth generation of his family to live in Virginia. He first appears in the Cumberland County, Virginia court order book on 24 September 1754, as a witness, so he likely was at least 16 years old and probably 21 or older. That would place his birth between 1733-1738.

Flemstead Ransone married Elizabeth (MNU), but little is known about his family. Elizabeth’s name is known to us because she and Flemstead’s names appear Cumberland County deeds from the 1770s to the 1790s.

Deed of Flemstead & Henry Ransone, 18 November 1790
Cumberland County, Virginia Deed Book 7: 35
Source: FamilySearch

The court recorded this deed from Flemstead and Henry Ransone for the sale of land to William Meredith. However, it noted that their wives, Elizabeth and Sarah, could not conveniently travel to the courthouse to acknowledge the release of dower rights. Clerks of the court appended a statement dated 18 November 1790 that each had been examined privately and gave free consent to the sale. Therefore, we know that Elizabeth was still living as of that date.

Flemstead Ransone died between 8 July 1793, when he was mentioned in a Buckingham County, Virginia court record as not taking an oath and 27 March 1797, when a Cumberland County, Virginia land deed mentions the estate of Flemstead Ransone, along with John F. Ransone and William Ransone selling land to Tscharner Woodson.

Cumberland County, VA Deed Book 8:272
Source: FamilySearch

The most interesting part of this deed is in the opening:

This Indenture made this fifth day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight Between Ambrose Ransone Administrator with the Will annexed of Flamstead Ransone dec’d. .

There is no transcription of the will of Flemstead Ransone following this deed! However, the will of “Flamstead Ransome” was filed in Buckingham County in 1796 and has been published in the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy! This will was in exhibit in the U.S. Supreme Court case Hopkirk v. Ransome heard by Chief Justice John Marshall.

Children (Those in blue are proven, Mary and Henry are assumed to be.):

1. Ambrose, born 1761-1770; died 12 July 1843, Batavia, Clermont, Ohio; married Ann Andrews, 30 December 1793, Cumberland County, Virginia. He was an abolitionist. In the lawsuit between John F. and Henry, Ambrose deposed that they were his brothers, both younger than him.
2. Mary, born c1764; died after 25 July 1803, date of her husband’s will; married Henry Purkins, c1787
3. Henry, born before c1765; in a lawsuit with John F. from 1797-1799; died before 6 March 1822 when sarah’s dower rights were settled; married Sarah P. Wright, 24 December 1786, Cumberland County, Virginia
4. Catherine, born c1768; (1) married Gabriel Wright, 26 December 1785, Cumberland County, Virginia with consent of her father, Flemstead Ransone (2) John Sharpe, who died before 14 March 1823, Prince Edward County, VA [Deed Book 18:133]
5. John F., born c1770; married Elizabeth (MNU)
6. Elizabeth, born c1774; died after 5 September 1798; married James Price and lived in Prince Edward County, Virginia
7. William, born c1775; married Susan Dejarnette, 15 August 1799, Halifax County, Virginia
8. Lucy; born c1777; died after 5 September 1798, living in Buckingham County and unmarried at that time.

Mary is placed in Flemstead’s family because she and Henry named a son Flemstead and her son, John, and his wife, Rhoda Walters Woosley in turn named a son John Ransone Perkins.

Also lending credence to the idea that she was a daughter of Flemstead is a Virginia chancery court lawsuit between John F. and Henry Ransone, brothers, who sued over the sale of enslaved persons who were part of their father’s estate. Henry Purkins, in his deposition, stated at he was present during the settlement of the sale. His wife being a legatee of Flemstead would explain his presence.

Virginia Memory: Chancery Records
Case 1797:004, Cumberland County, VA
Adm of F Ransome & James Wilson v Adm of F Ransome & James Wilson

The affidavit of Henry Perkins, Taken this 21st day of September. 1795. In a Certain Suit i Chancery In the County of Cumberland Now depending Between James Wilson Plaintiff and Flemstead Ransome, defendant. The said Henry Perkins being first sworn. Saith he happened at the Dwelling house of the defendant Ransome; when The Settlement took place, between the parties Respecting Two Negroes and the said Perkins Understood by the Parties, that there had been the Day before a Sale of Some of Ransome Negroes, and James Wilson become the Purchaser of some of them; and a negro Woman Named Leah [illegible} Inclinable, Ransone Should take back and said she was Worth Forty pounds, Ransone Replyed, Mr. Wilson, she is [?] Negro. Take her Wilson mentioned this several times, and Ransone made him the Same Reply as before, She is your Negro. take her; and this deponent, Understood by the parties; that the defendant had Taken a Negro Man by the Name of Cambridge at three fourths of. . . . .

More discoveries to come about the Ransone family, as I have discovered proof of the mother and paternal grandfather of Flemstead Ransone in another lawsuit!