Wednesday, October 29, 2014

One Person at a Time...Ellen Louisa

~Even though I have a lot of people in my family tree, I also have a lot of "holes" that need more research. Over the next few months, I am going to attempt to patch up those holes by doing research one person at a time- starting at the beginning of the list~

Today's Name: Ellen Louisa

Before Research: 
Ellen Louisa married William Minall (1871-1950) and they had 2 daughters- Frances Mary (b. 1907) and Ruby (b. 1908).

After Research:
Ellen Louisa Upstell was born in 1883 in Gosport, Hampshire, England and died in Mar 1955 in Norton, Somerset, England. Her parents were William Upstell (1845-1923) & Ann (ULN) (1865-1928). Ellen had 6 siblings:

1. Agnes Grace (1885-1893)
2. William George Jesse (1889-1916)
3. Lily A. (1890-bef 1901)
4. Alfred Charles (1892-1917)
5. Edward Oliver Ernest (1897-1898)
6. Albert Leonard (1905-1948)

Ellen married William Minall (1872-1950) in 1906 in Bath, England. William was my 11th cousin, 7x removed. Ellen was his second wife. They had 2 daughters: 

1. Frances Mary (1907-1989)
2. Ruby (1908-1987) 

Wednesday's Portrait: Early 60's Childhood

Today's Portrait:

My dad~ This was Christmas 1962-- the picture looks like it's been cut and tattered a bit but it's still a great picture! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mappy Monday: Deep River, North Carolina

Last week, I wrote about my 6th great grandfather- Joseph Mendenhall (1770-1833) and how he was born in Jamestown, NC. During the 1810 Census, he lived in Deep River, Stokes, North Carolina. 

Deep River, North Carolina

Deep River is along the Cape Fear River which is 125 miles long. It is named after the Indian name Sapponah, which means "Deep River". 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (On Sunday)

It's time for another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Randy's Genea-Musings! Last night's challenge- Photographs Through the Generations:

1) How many generations do you have photographs or portraits of your ancestors and descendants?  It can be any just can't be broken!

2) Tell us the line, or better yet, show us the unbroken line. Provide birth-death years, and the approximate date that the photo was made.

3) Share your generation picture line in a blog post of your own, or in a Google+ or Facebook post, or in a comment to this post.

Here's mine! (I love this challenge!!)

1) My 3rd Great Grandfather: Gerhard J. Jeckering (1829-1898)- Immigrated from Germany- photo was taken in the 1880's I think.

2) My 2nd great grandfather: Joseph Herman Jeckering (1870-1931) of Dayton, Ohio- I'm not sure when this photo was taken.

3) My Great Grandfather: Gerhard Cletus Jeckering (1900-1967) of Dayton, Ohio- This is a portrait of he and his wife Josephine at their 50th wedding anniversary (I think).

4) My Grandfather- Paul George Jeckering (1925-1954) of Dayton, Ohio. I think this is a picture from high school- abt 1944

5) My Father- Michael Lee Jeckering (1950- Living). This is high school graduation year book photo- 1969.

6) Me: Carrie Jeckering Smith- this picture was taken last year- 2013

7) My one descendant (so far): Jack- this picture was taken last month- 2014

Surname Saturday (On Sunday): Seaver

 My maternal grandmother was Helen Ruth Mendenhall (nee Seaver) (1923-1981). 

 Here is Helen's Lineage: 

 Parents: Otto Watson Seaver (1901-1972) and Ruby Mae Henderson (1901-1990)
 G-parents: Frank Buchanon Seaver (1856-1936) and Harriett Olive Watson (1856-1915)
 GGP: Greenberry M. Seaver (1823-1905) and Mary Douglas (1827-1862)
 3xGGP: Jacob Seaver (1773-1854) and Esther Croberger (1780-1854)
 4xGGP: Henry Seaver (1743-1810) and Elizabeth Myers (1747-1777)

Helen's 4x great grandfather - Henry Seaver came to America from Hannover, Germany.


 (All U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index): 
There are 766 results, but here are a few: 

 Name                     Birth Year          Arrival Year and Place

 Louis S. Seaver                                                         South Dakota
 Robert Seaver                                 1633-1634        Massachusetts 
 Robert Seaver                                 1633-1634        New England
 Hugh Seaver                                    1637                 Virginia 
 Joseph Seaver                                 1851                  Pennsylvania

 House of names: 

 Spelling Variations: Sever, Sevior, Sevyer, Seeviour, Sivier, Siver, Sivyer, Saviour, Seyvior, Sceviour, Scievor and many more.

 Randy from Genea-Musings did a blog post about the surname as well: 
 Seaver Surname- Origin, Meaning, Famous People, Localities

Thursday, October 23, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 24: Joseph Mildenhall (1801-1875)

Joseph Mildenhall- my 4th cousin, 8x removed

b. 25 Nov 1801 in Berkshire, England
d. 11 Jun 1875 in Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Parents: Jonathan Mildenhall Jr (1764- ?) & Mary (1770-?)


1. Daniel (b. 1793)
2. George (b. 1795)
3. Susan (b. 1797)
4. Sarah (b. 1799)
5. Ann Maria (b. 1806)
6. James (b. 1808)
7. Thomas (b. 1811)


Joseph moved to South Africa and married Rebecca Hinton on 29 Jun 1837.

Rebecca Hinton
b. 14 Jan 1810 in Wilton, Wiltshire, England
d. 31 Dec 1877 in Cape, South Africa

~Daughter of Richard Hinton (1780-1822) & Sarah Viney (1787-1841).

Joseph and Rebecca had 8 children:

1. Mary Maria (1840-1919) ~ Read more about Mary  Here 
2. Joseph Jr. (1843-1928)
3. Jessie Susannah (1845-1884)
4. Henry Josiah (1847-1901)
5. Emily Rebecca (1850-1852)
6. Letitia Emily (1852-1920)
7. Emma Rebecca (1854-1961)
8. Edwin George (1856-1882)

I found a little excerpt of Joseph's life on

~Joseph immigrated to South Africa in the Thornhill party on the ship Zoraster. He died on the Klu Klu Farm. Joseph and his wife Rebecca spent the early part of their lives in Alice, as Joseph had a contract to supply food to the soldiers. They lived on the banks of the Tyumie near the present bridge. Their eldest son, Joseph, attended Mr. Templeton's school at Lovedale, which he ran for a time. Later, Joseph went into partnership with Mr. Simpson and a Mr. Stanton and they bought three farms- one near Alice, another Alph Aytoun near Fort Beaufort and the third- Klu Klu- named after the chief from whom they bought it from. They bought it for a wagon and a span of oxen. 

Joseph built a two story house. Having no glass, the windows were covered with calico. At one of the windows  he had a gun mounted on a stand; the muzzle is now in the Fort Beaufort museum. One night, when Rebecca was alone with her children, she heard the Kaffirs among the cattle, so she fired off a few shots which dispersed them. In times of danger, the Klu Klu farm was a meeting point for soldiers and settlers. 

Joseph and his sons took part in all the fighting in the Fort Beaufort area. Once he narrowly escaped wiht his life near the Warden's farm. He was being attacked by a party of Xhosa with assegais, but escaped down the river, slipped off his horse and hid in the reeds. The Xhosa rushed up and down jabbing their assegais into the rushes. Finally, he got home.

The Mildenhall home at Klu Klu was built of stone, with beams and flooring of yellow-wood cut in the Katberg. The walls are two feet thick, the windows heavily barred and the front door, made in two sections so that the bottom portion only can be closed, is of amazing thickness and is locked with a huge heavy key. 

Behind the homestead lies Tower Hill, on the top of which was built a stone fort from which a distant view could be obtained. In those days, Fort Beaufort was just a military post, consisting of the Fort, barracks, a shop and a few houses. Below the homestead lies the grave of the Hottentot whose arm was chopped off by the Xhosas to release the man who was manacled to him- in the incident which sparked the War of the Axe in 1846. The Xhosa had stolen an axe from Holiday's Store in Fort Beaufort, and was being taken to Grahamstown for trial. The body of the Hottentot was pulled out of the river and buried by Joseph Mildenhall. Later, a stone was erected on which was written: "War of the Axe" with a carving of an axe. 

Joseph Mildenhall died at the age of 73 on 11 Jun 1875 in Fort Beaufort, South Africa.