Sunday, August 31, 2014

Census Sunday - Friends of Friends From the Delaware Archives


Although not exactly from the census but records, for sure, I discovered the Collections Gateway from the Delaware Public Archives. Searchable and downloadable for a lot of indexes, this one was Apprentice Indentures. I looked up my Carrows and found who was apprenticed to who and found Timothy Carrow apprenticing  two females for household servants.Emily Wright, who I find in the census as  Eunity Wright  and Sarah Elizabeth Duff.

I want to note that these indentures did not note race. Carrows who were not of color were indentured also as it was how life training took place. One Carrow man, Goldsmith Day Carrow who in later years was  a prominent minister and missionary in his youth was apprenticed as a tailor. In using this index I was able to look into the past for several lines of my own family.


Eunity Wright is found in the household of Timothy Carrow in 1867 as a 3 year old and is described as white but I later find her listed as black. The Apprentice record calls her Emily but I think this is her. She is apprenticed for 15 years on 6 Feb 1869. In 1800 at 14 she and a Renatta Clarkson, same age, were living in Little Creek Delaware in the household of  Benjamin Hamm. In the 1900 census, on June 5th, she is in the household of Sallie Morris and it is stated she is a widow and mother of 2 children not living. 6 Dec 1901 she marries James H. Collins, 45, of Leipsic who is son of John Collins and Lidia.  Eunity Collins dies  21 Jul 1905 in Dover. I do not find James Collins after that, although he had a large family of origin with brothers Isaac H.,Albert, William and John and sisters Hannah and Elizabeth.

Sarah Elizabeth Duff was born in 1828, and was apprenticed to Timothy Carrow on 5 Nov 1841 for 4 years. In the 1850 Duck Creek Hundred census she is living with her mother Priscilla, 50, who is then married to  a Robert Temple, 55, as well as a Josiah Temple who is 5 and  Abritta Morris, 8, who may be her sister and a one year old George Stewart, listed as mulatto, who is her son.

Elizabeth Duff marries James Hazzard 23 Jan 1851.She names her second daughter Priscilla so I am assuming her mother is Priscilla Temple. In the 1860 census her children are listed as Priscilla, George,Elizabeth and Shepherd Hazzard. 1870 finds James and Elizabeth Hazzard living in Philadelphia with Frank Hazzard 3, and William ( is this Shepherd?) in the home of a Doctor David Right. James dies  27 Dec 1872  and is buried in Lebanon Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Someone from the Crippen Dicks family has made corrections to  Abritta Morris' name. Since both of these girls were apprenticed to Timothy Carrow of Duck Creek Hundred and Eunity collins lives with Sallie Morris in 1900, I suspect these 2 may be connected in some fashion.

James Morris later marries Sarah E. Davis on June 7, 1883, daughter of Perry and Molesa/Molena Davis  and states that his parents are George and Aberella(Abritta). In 1930 he is widowed and living with his mother and a Anna E. Reading in Smyrna.




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Maryland State Archives: St. Mary's County Career Files



Since it is necessary to see where the Carrows lived before appearing in North Carolina in 1695 and Dorchester and Queen Ann  Maryland around 1700, Evan remains important. He is Deputy Sheriff in Accomac Virginia in July 1667, when he is first found and must then indenture to Mark Cordea for his transportation to Maryland. At one point I found him in Queen Ann in 1682, possibly as Juror.

Also appearing in Accomac records in  August  1667 is Rowland who is transported by Thomas Miller, who also got headrights for Morgan Aprice,Edgar Jones,Mary Morgan, John Welsh and Eliza Wilkins.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Places from the Past ~ Swedish Church in Southwark and the Frigate Philadelphia

 This seems a very appropriate picture  as my Swanson family who came around this time period were from Goteborg Sweden. Andrew Swanson who seems to have been brother or another close relation to my Charles was impressed by the British in 1796.

 "Peter Coleman and Andrew Swanson, both Swedes, were impressed at Port Royal, Jamaica, on the 8th September 1796 from on board the Brigantine Betsey, by his Britannic Majesties ship Alfred. Samuel Holt of Philadelphia was Captain of Betsy and was affiliated with Old Swedes Church. " 

My Ancestor Charles Swanson was a pilot on the Delaware River where he apparently died of cholera in August 1850.

They were associated with the Old Swedes Church but were not directly related to  the earliest Swanson family from Delaware.

Friday Places From the Past - Western Northern Liberties, Philadelphia in 1799 and Henry Norbeck



My 6th Great Grandfather Henry Norbeck was a  Nailer living in West Northern Liberties at his death in 1799. In 1798 his home was described for tax purposes as being a two story brick structure  16 x 18 feet and with a 10 x 14 one story separate kitchen. 

He lived on North 2nd Street which at that time was at the TOP of the map. He may have come from Norway to Rotterdam where he sailed at the same time as the Palatinates. His daughter Mary Dorothy married John Hunneker/Honaker and their daughter Catherine married the son of Peter Rementer/Regimenter.

Peter Rementer, John Hunneker and Henry Norbeck all were proven by me as Revolutionary War Patriots in the Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR chose Honaker as the spelling they recognize.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Those Places Thursday ~ Old Somerset Maryland, Hyde County North Carolina and my cousin Danny's DNA



                 Ann Ffrowan, Edward Sermon, Alexander Mitchell in Old Somerset Maryland


1653, Mar 4 - William Coulborne issued 350 acre patent in Northampton County at head of Nassawadox Creek bounded on west by land of Nich: Waddelow for transporting Edward Sermoner

1662  "The Deposicon of Edward Shearman aged 24 yeares or thereabouts Sworne and sayth that when Mr Randall Revell had taken the Sloope Shallop and small Boate that was with Capt John Savage att Marie Creeke and Tradeing with the Indians the sd Mr Revell Comitted the Charge and Care of the Sloope vnto me with what was in her and the Charge of the Shallop vnto John Markeham with order that nothing should be imbezelled or disposed of without his order"

Sometime after these legal documents were taken, Ann Frowin or Frewin met Edward Sermoner or Sirmon in  Virginia or Maryland. Ann and two siblings, Merrian and Andrew are in Accomac records around this time and Andrew dies in 1669.

Edward Sirmon and Ann Frewin  were married in 1664 by the same Randall Revell who was probably his employer. Their oldest son Thomas was born in 1663 and also Edward and Peter before Edward's death . His will was proved 10 January 1676.

Alexander Mitchell immigrates into Maryland  in 1673 and  as Alexander Mitchellor is entitled to 50 acres in 1677. Ann Frewin Sirmon marries Alexander Mitchell(er) 14 November 1676. They have at least 4 children.

How my second cousin Danny come into this discussion is the interesting part. Danny and I  have Grandmothers, who were the lovely Swanson sisters of Beverly NJ, so that is how we are related. We always knew that, no DNA needed there as we played together when younger. Danny' s mother, however, is a Mitchell and a direct descendant of Ann Frewin Mitchell.

I was therefore quite surprised when  Danny 's DNA came up as a 5th cousin match to my most distant known Carrow cousin, whose roots are in North Carolina. Scratching my head, Dan and I came up with a few shared surnames that we shared on his maternal and my paternal side. Yes, that does sort of make us double cousins but that was not the whole story.

In my incessant search for ancestors I stumbled upon a largish DNA match shared between some people from Hyde County NC and Danny and my distant, but equally beloved, Carrow cousin. These surnames are there: Berry,Cuttrell,Rose,Gibbs,Murray and Sermon. All of these names are cousins to one another both in Somerset County Maryland and both Hyde and Beaufort County Maryland.

 This fact narrows the number of ancestors  or make many of us whose roots are in Colonial America have what is called  " pedigree collapse". Less great grandparents means that, unseen by many of us as we do not have everyone's maiden names, the same couples appear more than once in our lineage. This keeps the segments of DNA from recombining or changing as rapidly over time as it normally would. Ann Frewin Sermon Mitchell 's DNA is apparently still capable of drawing folks together as cousins.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Y DNA SNPS, Southern Baltic Haplotypes and other findings


One of my goals for the New Year was to break down the Carrow origin brick wall. It is beginning to crumble now, thanks to my attention to comparing Y lines as they have been tested at both 23andme and Family Tree DNA. This is the treasure chest that I am unlocking  this week, with a lot of help from more scientific folks than me.All of these lovely men testing has resulted in a plethora of results to tiptoe though and match with. BigY,Geno2,and other places to hunt SNPS and gather them.

Apparently both my Carrow and Rementer lines are part of the same haplotype called Southern Baltic Modal. What does that mean? Well for some of the Carrows it means that they descend from  a man who came out of the Ice Age area that was favorable to human life and found his way into the English Midlands.
He COULD have gone further south on the European Continent first and then went over. Was he Saxon or Danish? His descendants are found in the Danelaw areas. Could he have been from Wales? Possibly South Wales. We will continue to SNP test as new ones evolve.

Peter Rementer we know came from Europe with the Palatinate diaspora. He spoke German, was Catholic and from a military family, most probably, hence the Regimenter/Regimender surname that we find.Alsace has been mentioned and also Mainz in West Germany. He did not travel really far "After the Ice", as the saying goes.

I am very grateful for these new clues and for male Rementer and Carrow cousins who have accompanied me on this search. We are getting somewhere.