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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)

Charles PELTON & Edna FLEISCHHAUER
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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New England Ancestry: PELTON, PRATT, BEAUMONT, DANFORTH

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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

Sarah BEAUMONT
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:
William BEAUMONT
Born: 1607 in Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Died: 04 Feb 1698 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Married: Lydia DANFORTH in 09 Dec 1643 in Saybrook, Massachusetts

Lydia DANFORTH
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

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:
http://www.archive.org/details/genealogyofpelto00pelt


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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.

Richard FLEISCHHAUER
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:
Richard FLEISCHHAUER
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 –
Mary FLEISCHHAUER 43y
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