All posts by Linda Stufflebean

Linda is a retired special education teacher, who is also a 35+ year genealogy addict.

Thomas Coleman, Wiltshire, England to Massachusetts, 1635

This is part of a series about my New England colonial ancestors who arrived by during the Great Migration. If you have early Massachusetts ancestry, be sure to check out AmericanAncestors, as the Great Migration Study Project can be viewed there with a membership to the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

It took me many years to find the connection and documentation linking my grandmother, Hazel Ethel Coleman Adams, to her immigrant ancestor, Thomas Coleman, who settled in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636.

Unfortunately, she passed away in 1995 and didn’t live to experience the same joy that I felt when I was finally satisfied with the documentation.

Here is the family sketch of Thomas Coleman and wife, Susannah (“Raulines”) Rawlings of Wiltshire, England.

Thomas Coleman was born c1602, possibly in Wiltshire, England. It was there, in Wootten Rivers, Marlborough, England, that he married Susannah “Raulines” or Rawlings on 24 November 1623.

For the next decade or so, the young family lived in Marlborough. However, by 5 April 1635, they had traveled to Southampton, England and appear on a passenger list of the ship James.

The Coleman family first settled in Newbury, where they lived until Susannah died in 1650. Thomas Coleman then removed to Hampton, New Hampshire, where he married Mary (MNU), widow of Edmund Johnson, 16 July 1651. Mary died at Hampton on 30 January 1662/63. Shortly afterwards, Thomas removed to Nantucket, where he lived the rest of his life.

Thomas married for a third time to Margery (Fowler) (Osgood) Rowell, the widow first of Christopher Osgood and then Thomas Rowell. Although no marriage record has been found for them, Margery survived Thomas and then married Thomas Osborne of Nantucket.

Thomas died before 1 August 1682, when his estate administration began. He buried two wives and six of his children, as only Tobias, Joseph and John survived him.


  1. Dorothy, baptized 19 December 1624, St. Mary Marlborough, Wiltshire, England; buried 17 May 1625, St. Peter & St. Paul Marlborough, England.
  2. Dorcas, baptized 23 July 1626, St. Peter & St. Paul Marlborough, Wiltshire, England; died 1 January 1654, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; married John Tillotson, 4 July 1648, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  3. Hannah or Susannah, born c1630, probably Wiltshire, England; died January 1642, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  4. Thomas, born c1632, probably Wiltshire, England; presented at court for striking William Richardson of Newbury on 26 March 1651; no further record.
  5. Tobias, born c1638, probably Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; died after 1 August 1682, when his father’s estate was probated; married Lydia Jackson, 16 April 1668, Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.
  6. Benjamin, born 1 May 1640, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; drowned 21 October 1650, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  7. Joseph, born 2 December 1642, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; died before 12 August 1690, when his estate administration began; married Ann Bunker, by 1675.
  8. John, born c1644, probably Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; died December 1715, Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts; married Joanna Folger (Great Migration says all sources give this name, but no proof has been found.)
  9. Isaac, born 20 February 1646/47, Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts; died 6 June 1669, drowning between Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard; apparently unmarried.

My line of descent:

  1. Thomas Coleman & Susannah Rawlings
  2. John Coleman & Joanna Folger?
  3. Thomas Coleman & Jane (MNU)
  4. Joseph Coleman & Rachel Norton
  5. Joseph Coleman & Eunice Coffin
  6. Joseph Coleman & Ruth Spur
  7. Thomas Coleman & Mary Elizabeth Astle
  8. William Coleman & Sarah Moriah Crouse
  9. Hartwell Thomas Coleman & Anna Elisabeth Jensen
  10. Vernon Tarbox Adams & Hazel Ethel Coleman
  11. George Michael Sabo & Doris Priscilla Adams
  12. Linda Anne (Sabo) Stufflebean – Me!



Maternal Branches in My Family Tree: Annie Maude Stuart (1874-1940)

This year, I ‘ve decided to begin a new project featuring the women in my family tree, beginning with my great grandmothers.

So often, their stories are lost or are just seen through the lives and accomplishments of the men in the family and historical context is often ignored. Four factors influenced the lives of everyone, regardless of when or where they lived – political, social/cultural, economic and religious events impacted lives, whether in small or big ways.

This series will talk about the lives of my female ancestors on both sides of the family tree, as perhaps seen through their eyes, although the posts won’t be written in first person with some commentary about historical context.

What was American life like in the latter portion of the 19th century?

America was at peace, with the Civil War ending and President Lincoln assassinated long before Annie was born. The Spanish-American War was in the distant future for young Annie.

Three of my four great grandmothers were named Anna. Each has a very different life story.

Today, you’ll meet the first of my two maternal great grandmothers, Annie Maude Stuart.

Maria Kacsenyak and Anna Murcko, whose life stories were told in January, represent my paternal Rusyn family tree, and their lives were somewhat similar.

My two maternal line great grandmothers led very different lives from the Rusyns and even from each other, given that one was born in Maine of Loyalist ancestors and the other was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark.

My maternal tree is almost exclusively colonial New England, although there is a bit of Danish, Swedish and Dutch mixed in.

Annie Maude Stuart was the youngest of eight children born to Charles Augustus Stewart (later Stuart) and Elida Ann Hicks on 24 June 1874 in the small farming village of Meddybemps, Washington, Maine. Meddybemps was a “suburb” of the “big” city of nearby Calais.

Annie apparently was sensitive about her age, perhaps because she was older than my great grandfather. My grandmother told me my grandfather was unsure of when his mother was born because Annie was quite secretive about it. In spite of Annie’s efforts to hide her age, her birth is recorded in Meddybemps.

As with my Rusyn family, Charles and Elida Stuart had more than their share of heartache, as they buried three of their children when they were just toddlers. Another son, although married, was only 31 years old when he died and a fifth child, also a son and married, died at just 54 years of age. Therefore, Annie’s mother outlived five of her eight children.

Annie would have been unaware of her young siblings’ deaths, given that she was born after the three of them (Permelia, Felicia and Carey) had passed away. In addition, her oldest brother, Wallace, married when Annie was three years old and her second eldest brother, Harry, married when she was just five years old. Therefore, at home growing up with Annie were her sister, Melissa, and brother, William.

Annie’s father, Charles Stewart, was the grandson of Loyalists who fled New York for New Brunswick, while her mother Elida Hicks’ grandfather was a pre-Loyalist, whose family left Rhode Island for New Brunswick, Canada in the 1760s.

Charles and Elida were first cousins, as their mothers, Catherine Carlisle and Abigail Carlisle, respectively, were the children of Loyalist Robert Carlisle, which was not an uncommon event in Canada at the time, but which I’ve rarely seen in Maine records.

Meddybemps was, and remains, a farming community. Its greatest population ever recorded was 297 during the 1860 census. By the 1880 census, it was down to 172 persons and in 2014, there were 151 residents. Its fewest number of inhabitants was recorded in the 1970 census – with only 76 souls living there.

Annie, therefore, grew up on her parents’ farm, doing typical chores, like milking the cows, collecting eggs and working in the house with her mother. Farming life was apparently not for Annie, as she much preferred the Calais city and social life.

She did have an opportunity to attend school, as the 1940 census indicates that she completed 8th grade.

I have no idea how my great grandparents met, but on 21 September 1898, Annie married Charles Edwin Adams in Worcester, Worcester, Massachusetts.

It’s possible that both had left Maine for economic opportunities in the Massachusetts factories. Or, it is possible that they were just very, very short term Worcester residents.

It was a bit unusual for the time, but Charles was 2 1/2 years younger than Annie. He was 21 and she was 24 years old.

I was unable to locate their marriage record, thinking they had probably married in Calais, until, on a whim, I looked in Massachusetts. Charles’ occupation was shoe cutter and Annie was a bookkeeper.

I asked my grandmother why they went all the way to Worcester to get married. I could understand the Boston area, but Worcester was almost 50 miles east of Boston. She told me they went to Massachusetts to marry because Annie was already expecting my grandfather when they married and by marrying in Massachusetts, no one would be the wiser. Given his birth date on 3 May 1899, that would be true.

My grandfather, Vernon Tarbox Adams, was the only child of Charles and Annie Adams.

It is also possible that Charles and Annie had lived and worked in Worcester, a big city, married and then returned to Calais, since Charles wasn’t any more inclined to continue in the family boat building business than Annie was to spend her life on a small farm.

In any case, Annie and Charles were back home living in Calais in 1900 with extended family members. In the house were Charles’s parents, Calvin and Nellie Adams, Charles’ younger sister, Pearl, Charles and Annie and my grandfather, Vernon.  Charles was again working as a cutter in a shoe factory, but Annie was at home.

Annie, from family accounts, loved her mother-in-law, Nellie, and was very close to her.

By 1910, the extended family was a bit different. At home were Charles, still a shoe cutter, Annie taking care of the house, my grandfather Vernon and Elida Stuart, Annie’s widowed mother.

In 1914, Annie’s mother, Elida, died, and by 1920, Charles and Annie were once again sharing a home with Charles’s parents, Calvin and Nellie.

Although Annie was fond of her in-laws, I tend to think she was a bit of a social climber, too. She most definitely wanted nothing to do with farming but there’s also no doubt that she was a hard worker and enjoyed the finer things in life.

Calais was in its heyday in the late 1800s. The harbor was busy with boat building and lumber shipping. Stores in town were flourishing and there was a lively interaction with Canadian friends and family who lived across the International Bridge.

Annie would have had an active social life. She was a member of Calais Congregational Church and likely spent time calling on friends, as they would have done at her home.

Annie’s and Charles’s economic circumstances had changed dramatically by the advent of World War I.  They were now living in their own home on “The Avenue,” the most prestigious street in Calais and it was due to Annie’s business acumen.

Annie had opened her own ladies’ accessories shop and Charles was the store manager.

Annie is the lady in the dark dress behind the counter. On my own visit to Calais, I was on Main Street, trying to figure out which storefront had been home to Annie’s shop. A woman was walking along the street with her elderly mother.

We chatted a bit and I asked her mother if she knew which store had been Annie’s. She not only remember the shop, but had fun memories of looking at all the beautiful items for sale when she was a teenager. That made my day!

Annie’s life was soon to abruptly change. Although my grandfather was her only child, and her marriage to Charles was precipitated by her pregnancy, they appeared to love each other and my grandfather grew up in a happy home.

Annie likely worried as World War I dragged on and Vernon, her only child, turned 18 years old in May 1917. Vernon did enlist in the U.S. Navy, but was at boot camp in Massachusetts when the Armistice was signed.

With the war worry long behind her, Annie was quite in shock when Charles got sick one day, rapidly worsened, and died of a strep infection the next day on 24 January 1922. Charles had just celebrated his 45th birthday a couple of weeks earlier. the discovery of penicillin was still several years away and Annie was suddenly a widow.

Annie was very fond of her mother-in-law, Nellie (Tarbox) Adams and I believe they continued to live together until 1927, when Nellie also passed away.

Annie closed her business before 1930 and also sold the house on Calais Avenue. By 1935, her health was failing and she left Maine to live in Ridgewood, Bergen, New Jersey with my grandparents, aunts and mother.

Annie died in Ridgewood on 10 September 1940, but she was laid to rest with Charles, Calvin and Nellie Adams in Calais Cemetery. She was enumerated in the 1940 census, even though the census taker didn’t arrive until 24 September. His directions must have said “Who was living in this house on XXX day?”

Charles, Vernon and Annie Adams

Annie was remarkable for her time. While she grew up in a self-reliant farming family that was in comfortable circumstances, she wanted a different life for herself. She extended her 8th grade education enough, likely by self teaching, to be working as a bookkeeper at the time of her marriage. Annie later had the skills to set up her ladies’ accessories shop and successfully manage the business, with Charles’ help. Remember, his stated occupation was shoe cutter in the local factory – a shoe cutter cut the leather needed to shape the shoe – so he didn’t necessarily have the knowledge to run a business,

Not many ladies owned their own business in the 1920s. Annie was a remarkable woman.




Osifcsin/Osifchin Family of Udol, Slovakia

This family is part of my one-place study of St. Dimitry’s Greek Catholic (today Byzantine Catholic) Church parish, serving Udol and Hajtovka, Slovakia, covering the years 1827-about 1920. I will be sharing family records, roughly once a week, until all families in the parish are posted. Be aware that ages at marriage and death frequently don’t match baptismal records, when found. If you have ancestors who lived in these two villages and would like to receive an invitation to a shared Dropbox folder, please leave a comment and I will contact you.


Osifcsin, Adam & Anna Techrik, Ujak, GC, GC Image 15

  1. Peter, bp 4 April 1830

Osifcsin, Andrew & Maria Fabian (c1785-buried 5 February 1845), Ujak, GC, GC

Maria, born c1785; was buried 5 February 1845, aged 60 years.

  1. Anna, born c1818, married John Fedorko, born c1814, son of Andrew Fedorko & Maria Adam, 21 November 1839
  2. Maria, born c1823, married Peter Oniferous, born c1819, son of Uknown & Maria Petrus, 25 November 1844
  3. Andrew, born c1826; buried 7 November 1831
  4. Helen, bp 8 January 1830

Osifcsin, Andrew, Ujak, born c1775, buried 13 November 1835, aged 60 years

Osifcsin, Catherine, Ujak, born c1810, buried 24 August 1845, aged 35 years

Osziph, Helen, daughter of John, Ujak, born c1830, buried 15 March 1835, aged 5 years

Osifcsin, Helen, Ujak, born c1825, buried 29 July 1847, aged 22 years

Osifscin, John & Anna Petrik (1784-21 November 1869), Ujak, GC, GC

Anna Osifcsin, widow, born Petrik died 21 November, buried 23 November 1869, aged 85 years.

  1. John, born c1820, married Helen Bisz, born c1824, daughter of John Bisz & Helen Hnat, 24 November 1845
  2. Anna, bp 1 January 1832

Osifcsin, John & Maria Lazor, Ujak, GC, GC

  1. Michael, bp 27 August 1833; buried 29 September 1833, aged 3 months
  2. Julianna, bp 9 June 1836

Osifcsin, John (c1820-12 August 1873), son of John Osifcsin & Anna Petrik & (1) Helen Bisz, born c1824, daughter of John Bisz & Helen Hnat, married 24 November 1845, Ujak, GC, GC

Osifcsin, John (c1820-12 August 1873), widower & (2) Anna Knap (c1824-26 November 1869, daughter of George Knap, married 19 November 1849, Ujak 77, GC 

Anna, wife of John, born Knap, died 26 November, buried 29 November 1869, aged 40 years. John, 47, widow, likely married (2) Anna Lescisin, daughter of George Lescisin, 32, 20 January 1870, Ujak, GC, GC

Osifcsin, John (c1820-12 August 1873), widower & (3) Anna Lescisin (c1845-11 August 1873), daughter of George Lescisin, Ujak 67 & 96, GC, GC

No children at home in 1869, but they shared the home wit the family of Michael Osifcsin & Anna Csanda’s family. Anna, wife of John, born Lescisin, died 11 August, buried 11 August 1873, aged 38 years. John, died 12 August, buried 12 August 1873, aged 44 years. Both died during a cholera epidemic.

  1. John, born 29 September, bp 9 October 1870; died 2 January, buried 4 January 1871, aged 3 months
  2. Maria, born 9 December, bp 17 December 1871; married John Kundrat alias Arendacs, born 23 December, bp 27 December 1863, son of John Kundrat alias Arendacs & Susanna Leskopetra of Ujak 72, 10 February 1890

Osifcsin, John, born c1834, buried 21 October 1836, aged 2 years

Oszif, John, son of John, Ujak, born c1835, buried 4 July 1847, aged 12 years

Osifcsin, Joseph (c1830-15 February 1888) & Susanna Fabian (c1835-29 December 1891), married 25 November 1860, Ujak 76, 82 & 94, GC, GC

They lived at Ujak 94 with five other families – John Szuchanovszki & Maria Huszar, Andrew Kundrat & Maria Kundrat, John Kustitsin & Anna Lesko, Andrew Moticska & Maria Miklus and Miklus Szemanitsak and Maria Szoroka. Joseph died 15 February, buried 17 February 1888, agd 60 years. Susanna, wife of Joseph, born Fabian, died 29 December, buried 31 December 1891, aged 65 years.

  1. Joseph, born 20 March, bp 24 March 1863

Osifcsin, Maria, wife of Adam, born Petrik, orphan, born c1841, died 4 August, buried 4 August 1873, aged 32 years

Osifcsin, Maria, widow of John, born Mucha, born c1812, died 26 March, buried 28 March 1890, aged 78 years

Osifcsin, Michael, son of Andrew, Ujak, born c1805, buried 4 April 1825, aged 20 years

Osifcsin, Michael (c1828-9 May 1878) & Anna Csanda (c1835-24 March 1894), married 16 February 1860, Ujak 56, 67, 78, 90 & 97, GC, GC

They shared a home with John Osifcsin & Anna Lescsisin in 1869 at Ujak 97. Michael died 9 May, buried 11 May 1878, aged 50 years. Anna, widow of Michael, born Csanda, died 24 March, buried 26 March 1894, aged 70 years.

  1. Julianna, born 7 August, bp 10 August 1860; died 12 August, buried 12 August 1873, aged 13 years
  2. Michael, born 24 August, bp 27 August 1866; married Susanna Zavacky, born 3 September, bp 13 September 1864, daughter of John Zavacky & Maria Kolyar, 20 May 1888

Osifcsin, Michael (24 August 1866-1895+), son of Michael Osifcsin & Anna Csanda & Susanna Zavacky (3 September 1866-17 September 1918), daughter of John Zavacky & Maria Kolyar, married 20 May 1888, Ujak 90, GC, GC

Susanna, wife of Michael, died 17 September, buried 19 September 1918, aged 55 years.

  1. Helen, born 30 September, bp 30 September 1895, emigrated to New York
  2. Michael, born 23 January, bp 30 January 1902, St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Mildred, Pennsylvania [recorded in Udol church book]
  3. John, born 11 February, bp 12 February 1903, St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Mildred, Pennsylvania [recorded in Udol church book]
  4. Joseph, born 4 March, bp 24 March 1905, St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Mildred, Pennsylvania [recorded in Udol church book]

Oszif, Susanna, daughter of John, Ujak, born c1844, buried 7 May 1845, aged 1 year

The surname of Osifcsin is found with many spellings – OSIFCSIN, OSZIFTSIN, OSZIPHCSIN, OSZIPHOV, OSZIF – in the Udol church records. “Osif” is from the given name Joseph, while “csin” at the end seems to signify a younger generation until it became the actual surname.

Earlier and extended members of this family lived nearby in Maly Lipnik.

In America, the surname is most commonly found as OSIFCHIN.