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Grandma and Grandpa PELTON’s Wedding

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Edna Frances FLEISCHHAUER and Charles Lester Isaac PELTON were married on July 2, 1938. I have quite a few photos from their wedding and I wanted to share them! When my grandmother passed away back in 1995 my Mom and I took home a beautiful cedar chest filled with some of her things. Included in this chest was her wedding dress – all of it – in beautiful yet faded condition. I always thought she looked like maybe a size 10 or 11 in her photos (if not a little bigger) but her dress was at least a size 8 – so I was a little off. It’s beautiful! All that is missing is her veil.
Charles PELTON & Edna FLEISCHHAUER - Wedding 1938

Wedding Portrait

Charles PELTON & Edna FLEISCHHAUER - Wedding 1938 Panoramic
Panoramic Photo of Wedding (click for larger version)

Charles PELTON & Edna FLEISCHHAUER - Wedding 1938
Candid photo from wedding – my favorite! (click for bigger version)

Grandpa and Grandma years later – taken in late 1960′s

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June 17th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

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Kissing (5th) Cousins

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So I was doing a little research on my BEAUMONT line the other day and finally went back a few more generations. I had been trying to find the correct father for William BEAMONT because I had his father listed as “William” also and didn’t think that was correct. Mostly due to the fact that I’d done this line when I was a little naive about citing sources and didn’t put where I had retrieved this information. Anyway … so I have (correctly) listed the line as William BEAUMONT (BEMENT) > Thomas BEAUMONT (m. Jennet STAFFORD) > William BEAUMONT (m. Rosamond BEAUMONT)

Rosamond BEAUMONT’s parents are listed as Roger BEAUMONT (m. Johanna PILKINGTON).

Wait a tick – a Beaumont married a Beaumont? Apparently – according to the website where I found this information (which would be William and Rosamond are 5th cousins once removed.

What the heck are 5th cousins anyway? Well – it comes down to this. If your great-great-great-great grandparent (great + great + great + great + grand = 5) is another person’s great-great-great-great grandparent (great + great + great + great + grand = 5), then you are 5th cousins. There is no removed when you are on the same generational level (5 – 5 = 0). But these two are supposedly “once removed” so I think I can assume they aren’t on the same generational “level” but one generation apart. Thanks Wikipedia!

I mean – they are barely blood related. You aren’t going to get 11-toed babies when you marry that far apart. It’s still pretty intriguing though. Now I really (really) want to get further back and connect the two! It’s going to be super difficult due to the fact that I’m already back in the late 1400’s and “across the pond” in England. So if anyone is tracing the BEMENT or BEAUMONT name please get in touch!

Related Via:
Me > few generations of PELTON > Ithamar PELTON (m. Asenath PRATT) > Hezekiah PRATT > Nathaniel PRATT (m. Sarah BEAUMONT) > William BEAUMONT > Thomas BEAUMONT > William BEAUMONT (m. Rosamond BEAUMONT)

A Little History:

William Beaumont (also spelled Beamon, Beamond, or Beaman) and his younger brother John Beaumont (also spelled Bement) left England in April 1635 on the ship “Elizabeth”, and settled in Salem, Massachusetts. William Beaumont later moved to Saybrook Colony, Connecticut, in 1640; his brother John Bement remained in Massachusetts.

The time period referred to as “Middle Ages” or “Medieval” was from 1066 until around 1485 [source]

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April 12th, 2010 at 11:15 pm

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As I’ve mentioned before in an older post; my PELTON family tree goes pretty far back. It’s for the most part all documented also between two releases of a Pelton Family Genealogy book and various census records that I’ve personally found. It’s exciting to have more than just “hearsay” when it comes to family history.

That said I figured since a show I’ve been hooked on “Who Do You Think You Are” mentioned researching the Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts (and surrounding areas) I would post my own findings (both founded and un-sourced) here on the blog! I am currently working on two friends’ genealogies also and both friends have ancestors in the same areas of Massachusetts. It will be neat to find out if our ancestors were neighbors (and more – if they were involved in the trials).

Ithamar PELTON
Born: 22 Nov 1740 in Saybrook, Essex, Connecticut
Died: 16 Mar 1826 in Middlefield, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Married: Asenath PRATT in 1764 in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut

Asenath PRATT
Born: Sep 1741 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
Died: 22 Mar 1825 in Middlefield, Hampshire, Massachusetts

//—- Asenath PRATT was the daughter of Hezekiah PRATT and Ann UNKNOWN:
Hezekiah PRATT
Born: 09 Jan 1701 in Saybrook, Connecticut
Died: Unknown
Married: Ann UNKNOWN in 1734

//—- Hezekiah PRATT was the son of Nathaniel PRATT and Sarah BEAUMONT:
Nathaniel PRATT
Born: Abt. 1662 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Died: Abt. Sep 1744 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Married: Sarah BEAUMONT in 02 May 1688

Born: 1661 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Died: 11 Oct 1716 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut

//—- Sarah BEAUMONT was the daughter of William BEAUMONT and Lydia DANFORTH:
Born: 1607 in Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Died: 04 Feb 1698 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Married: Lydia DANFORTH in 09 Dec 1643 in Saybrook, Massachusetts

Born: 24 May 1625 in Framlingham, Suffolk, England
Died: 16 Aug 1686 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut

Lydia DANFORTH was the daughter of Nicholas DANFORTH and Elizabeth Barber SYMMES. Nicholas and Elizabeth were the parents of Lydia and her siblings – Elizabeth, Thomas, Samuel, Jonathan and Anna.

Thomas DANFORTH (brother of Lydia DANFORTH) was one of the judges for the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.

From Wikipedia’s “Salem Witch Trial’s” Page:

When Sarah Cloyce (Nurse’s sister) and Elizabeth (Bassett) Proctor were arrested, they were brought before John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin, not only in their capacity as local magistrates, but as members of the Governor’s Council, at a meeting in Salem Town. Present for the examination were Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth, and Assistants Samuel Sewall, Samuel Appleton, James Russell, and Isaac Addington. Objections by John Proctor during the proceedings resulted in his arrest that day as well.

I have to admit – it makes me sad to see that one of my ancestors sent people to their death. But – they were Puritans in early Salem, Massachusetts. I wouldn’t (unfortunately) expect anything else. According to theThomas Danforth Wikipedia page the Danforth family immigrated to New England in 1634 on the ship theGriffin. The family along with the 200 or so other passengers aboard left to escape persecution for their Puritan beliefs. (Archbishop William Laud had begun his persecution of Puritans in England in 1633).

More Reading: “History of Framingham, Massachusetts”

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Written by Christine

March 9th, 2010 at 4:41 am

Who Do You Think You Are?

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On March 5th on NBC a new family-history centered television show will premier. The show features seven celebrities on a journey back in time as they discover more about the ancestors who came before them. The celebrities include Sarah Jessica Parker, Lisa Kudrow and Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields, Matthew Broderick, Emmet Smith and Spike Lee.

I’m into researching my family tree (genealogy) so this show sounds really neat! I love to hear stories about my ancestors – I know they came to this country a LONG time ago (on my Mom’s side in the late 1600’s) and at least one was a joker who was apparently a horse thief!

I read a few reviews on YouTube and noticed that there were some people complaining that “normal people cannot afford a professional genealogist” – well, they are probably correct – but a “normal” person has all the access to do it themselves! I’ve been working on my own genealogy since I was 12 years old and began on (and still use)! Now since I need more detailed information I access the website (for free) at my local public library. Local Mormon churches also have free access to a lot of genealogy information and are very happy to help visitors out.

So do you research your family tree? Will you be watching “Who Do You Think You Are?” this Friday?

Written by Christine

March 4th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

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My PELTON Ancestry Line

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The surname Pelton belongs to perhaps the largest class of English family names – those derived from names of localities. Pelton was a common place-name before the Norman conquest. William the Conqueror granted Pelton Manor to William the Deacon and some two centuries later his descendants took their surname from the Manor. Important branches of the Pelton family have lived in Northamptonshire, Wiltshire, Somersetshire and Buckshire. The coat-of-arms of the Essex family is described: an inescutcheon charged with a ben within a orle of escallops. [source]

John Pelton, the American immigrant was born in England about 1616 and was descended, it is believed, from the Essex branch of the family. [source]

There are a lot of PELTON’s in America – a lot of them are descended from John PELTON & Susanna WAY(E) who came over from England on the Mary & John.

“PELTON: John Pelton engaged in fishing business, came to Boston, Mass Bay Colony 1630; removed to Dorchester 1635.” [source, source]

John PELTON & Susanna WAY(E)
   then Samuel PELTON & Mary SMITH
      then John B. PELTON & Jemima JOHNSON
         then John PELTON & Elizabeth CHAMPION
            then Ithamar PELTON & Asenath PRATT
               then Asahel PELTON & Anna DENIO
                  then Horace Birt PELTON & Mary CORLEY
                     then Horace O. PELTON & Ella/Ellen S. HIGGINS
                        then George Lester PELTON & Francis M. WEEKS
                           then Charles Lester Isaac PELTON who is my grandfather.

I’m trying now to get away from the “name collecting” and find actual stories and photos. I’ve got a few of my grandfather but none of anyone further back. I’m also trying to get my hands on an original copy of the 1892 “Pelton Family in America” but it’s pricey and I only see it once in a blue moon.

There is a digital copy available for free:

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January 25th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

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Photo Biography: Rose HAMM and Richard FLEISCHHAUER

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This photo from 1906 features my Great-Grandparents on my Mother’s side – Rose and Richard.

Born: September 06, 1884 in New York
Died: March 06, 1955 in New York
Married: June 17, 1906 in New York, USA

Ellis Island Passenger Record:
Ethnicity: USA
Date of Arrival: Sept 22, 1892
Age at Arrival: 8y
Gender: M
Marital Status:
Ship of Travel: Suevia
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Manifest Ship Line: 0028

Travelling with –
Richard ” 8y
Anna ” 6y
Franzisa? 0y 11m F

Rose Margaret HAMM
Born: February 12, 1887 in Manhattan, New York, USA
Died: September 24, 1948 in New York, USA

1900 Us. Fed. Census Information:
Rose HAMM (48 yrs) (This would be Rose’s mother – Rose CHICHER/AICHER )
Rose HAMM (13 yrs) [Feb. 1886]

Father’s BPlace — Germany
Mother’s BPlace — Germany

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January 25th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

It’s All in the Wording!

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Now – just a preface … Snopes says that this “email forward” isn’t true; but how many stories we find in our genealogy hunts are maybe skewed a little? I just thought this was a funny little email forward that would be perfect for some chuckles here on the blog! Enjoy!

Excellent example of politics … It just depends on how you look at some things!

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.


The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows  in Montana territory:
On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: ‘Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.’

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle. Believe it or not, Harry Reid’s staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

“Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.”

NOW THAT’s how it’s done, Folks! That’s real POLITICAL SPIN!

Keep in mind – these emails have featured several political figures including ancestors of Joe Biden, Ted Stevens, Robert DIon and even Al Gore!

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September 7th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

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Photo Dating ~ The Photo

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I promised to upload the “photo in question” as I mentioned in an earlier post and here it is! The beautiful little babe is thought to be my Grandmother – Marion MANN but I’m not exactly sure of the date. The photo seems to be imbedded in glass and not super-imposed on the glass as originally thought. Still not 100% sure though. I wasn’t able to snag the photo from my Aunt – but as she says to me that I will “get it at some point.” So, until then I have a great photo of the photo which I’ve uploaded to my Flickr scans photo stream.

As I find more information about this photo I will post it – but until then – if you have any information please share!

I’ve checked out a few library books on turn-of-the-century fashion along with photo history. Hopefully I can piece together the dates for several of my photos.

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July 23rd, 2009 at 3:08 am

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