24 April 2014

Elijah Denny, A Remarkable Man


A correspondent of the Kentucky Statesman, under date of November 26, 1855, gives the following sketch of an old citizen in Pulaski county, named Elijah Denny, who is perhaps the oldest man in Kentucky.

" He was 118 years of age on the 10th of September, and is as active as many men at forty. lie works daily upon a farm, and throughout his whole life he has been an early riser. He informed the writer that he
had never drank but one cup of coffee, and that was in the year 1848. He served seven years in the war of the Revolution, and was wounded at the siege of Charleston; he was also at the siege of Savannah, and at the battle of Eutaw Springs.

He was also present at the battles of Camden, King's Mountain, and Monk's Corner. He served under Col. Horry and Col. Mason, and was an eye witness of the sufferings and death of Col. Isaac Hayne, of South
Carolina, an early victim of the revolution. He is sprightly and active, and would be taken at any time to be a man of middle age. He is a strict member of the Baptist church, and rides six miles to every meeting
of his church. He has four sons and five daughters, all living, the eldest being now in his seventy-eighth, and the youngest in his fifty-first year. Such is a brief sketch of this aged soldier and republican, who is perhaps
the only surviving soldier of Francis Marion, Sumpter and Horry."

This article was also published in the New York Times, November 22, 1855.

An Elijah Denny (Rockcastle County, Kentucky) provided an affidavit for David Owens' Revolutionary War pension application:


Listed as a Revolutionary War veteran in the 1840 census

Elijah Denny died April 24, 1863.

Not related; no further information.

23 April 2014

Capt. William Powers

British Military and Naval Records (RG 8, C Series) - INDEX ONLY
Microform: c-11823


HOWARD, Richard, Pte. 1st Regt. Lincoln Militia.  On roll of Co. No. 9, Capt. William Powers, com'dg
Niagara, 23 - 4 - 1822
C. 1702, p. 142

22 April 2014

General Meade's Preference

General George Gordon Meade

From The Tiernan And Other Families book:

Richard W. Meade, who was so prominent in Spain during the Napoleonic Wars, received his mercantile education in Luke Tiernan's office, and the two families were united by the strongest of friendship.  Rev. John Ryder, S.J., and Miss Margaret Meade were God Father and God Mother to Gay B., daughter of Charles Tiernan.

Miss Salvadora Meade used to call Mrs. Somerville, "Sister."  She writes to Henry Vernon Somerville:

Washington, April 6, 1835:

"My brother George graduates at West Point in June.  He is unwilling to stay in the Army, and prefers the active life of a farmer.  Mamma approves of his choice, and is anxious to arrange matters immediately."

21 April 2014

Names From The L.D. Hickey Correspondence

The Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University included a Strangite Collection:

Source - L. D. Hickey Photo

L.D. Hickey Correspondence  (B3 - F7)

Letter to Brother Post -- (n.d.)....

Asking for post office address of Moses Chase the Patriarch; Also F. coopers, Samuel Field bro Fingal, bro Tubbs and bro Whipple

And tell me if you know the particulars of James last hours....

List of names on the other side of the letter:
A. M (or A. W.) Prindle & Phin. wright -- do--
Warren Post, Big Woods p.o. Illinois
M.M. Aldrich, Kelloggsville, Michigan
E. Page, Inbruke, Iowa
T. James Hutchins, Muskegon, p.o. Wisconsin
I.P.  Cheboygan, Wisconsin
Ed. Chidester, Comstock, Michigan
L. D. H. Waterford, Wisconsin
E. Barnham, Kirtland, Ontario

See other Strang-related posts hereherehere and here.

20 April 2014

Obituary Of Mrs. Richmond's Mother

Grand Rapids Press
1922-4-21, Page 29
Van Dellen -- Mrs. Jerrian Van Dellan, 67, died Thursday morning at home in Plainfield.  Suriving are her husband and six daughters, Mrs. Ernest Richmond, Mrs. Earl Barker, Mrs. George Richardson, Mrs. Nicholas Timmer, Mrs. Edward Pleune and Mrs. William Timmer, four sons, Jacob, John, Cornelius and George Van Dellan.  Oakwood Cemetery

Name: Egbertje Van Dellen
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 20 Apr 1922
Plainfield, Kent, Michigan, United States
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 12 Feb 1855
Birthplace: Netherlands
Father's Name: Jacob Smitter
Mother's Name: Liefke Veenstra

Name: Ernest Richmond
Birth Year: 1877
Birthplace: Grand Rapids
Spouse's Name: Anna Vandellen
Spouse's Birth Year: 1877
Spouse's Birthplace: Austerlitz
Event Date: 09 Sep 1902
Event Place: Plainfield, Kent, Michigan
Father's Name: Eugene Richmond
Mother's Name: Mary Lyon
Spouse's Father's Name: Jerry Vandellen
Spouse's Mother's Name: A. Smitter

 United States Census, 1900
ED 101 Plainfield township, Kent, Michigan, United States
  Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Jirrien Van Dillen M 55 Holland
Wife Egberdina Van Dillen F 46 Holland
Daughter Anna Van Dillen F 22 Michigan
Son Jacob Van Dillen M 18 Michigan
Son John Van Dillen M 17 Michigan
Son Cornelius Van Dillen M 15 Michigan
Daughter Maggie Van Dillen F 13 Michigan
Daughter Fannie Van Dillen F 11 Michigan
Daughter Jessie Van Dillen F 9 Michigan
Son George Van Dillen M 7 Michigan
Daughter Egberdina Van Dillen F 4 Michigan
Mother Anna Van Dillen F 80 Holland

Richmond is a surname I follow, but am not closely related to these people.

19 April 2014

Genealogical Rambles

See my Midwife To The Blues blog post.

Mrs. F. S. Wolcott and daughter Hilda were the Billo descendants I was tracking.  What was the Rabbit Foot Minstrels?  The 1940 Census Mississippi, showed the Wolcotts living in Port Gibson, Claiborne, Mississippi.  Fred Wolcott's occupation was "showman" and his business was Rabbit Foot.


A Wikipedia entry connected "the song "The W.S. Wolcott Medicine Show", to stories the late singer Levon Helm told....about the Wolcott troupe, which had come through Arkansas regularly when Helm was a boy."

Lots of vintage photos of the Wolcott troupe here.  The Wolcott place in Port Gibson, Mississippi.

An article about Levon Helm and his musical group, The Band.  Helm's own ramble based upon his experiences with the Wolcotts explained here.  Mr. Helm's obituary here.

18 April 2014

Leon B. Ide Obituary

Published in the Flint Journal on April 19, 1948:

IDE--Leon B. Ide, 824 E. Baker, age 64, died April 18, 1948, at Hurley Hospital.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 20, 1948, at 9 A.M. from the Dawn Chapel of the Darwin L. Groves Funeral Home, Rev. Helen DeLay officiating.  Burial in Cherry Grove... .

Not related; no further information.

17 April 2014

Rewards For Lincoln's Avengers


The United States Congressional serial set, Volume 1272 included the following, for "Reward For The Capture Of Booth":

"The committee further report that the expedition which resulted in the capture of Booth and Herold was planned and directed by Colonel (now General Lafayette C. Baker), then a detective officer of the War Department, the force consisting of Lieutenant Colonel Everton J. Conger, Lieutenant Luther B. Baker, then in the detective service, Lieutenant Edward P. Doherty, and twenty-six privates of the 16th New York cavalry...".

Abraham Snay, my 2nd great grand uncle, was awarded a share of it [the reward]. He was one of the 26 privates of the 16th New York cavalry.