Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I have encountered many unusual medical terms explaining ‘cause of death.’ Some of them I could figure out but others, I just wasn’t sure of. Obviously many of the same conditions exist today but with all of the modern scientific approaches to medicines they been granted more appropriate and understandable names. I thought it might be helpful for others who are doing their family research for me to list some of the ‘curious’ ones I have come across. They had heart disease, still born babies. blue babies, TB, diphtheria and even suicides. What I didn’t find much of was measles, scarlet fever or cancer. When I find the death record of an ancestor, it is usually on a page with 25-30 other names. I have chosen some of the more unusual ones from death records in
Boston in the 1875-1885 era.
Apoplexy – This appears to be what we today call a stroke.
Cholera Infantum – Infants seemed to be the most effected by this with uncontrollable diarrhea and then collapse. This seemed to be associated with hot weather and large cities.
Compression of Brain – This is apparently when the brain swells after an injury
Congestion of liver – Probably what we know as cirrhosis of the liver
Consumption of Bowels – tuberculosis of the intestinal tract
Inanition – the quality of being empty. I would guess starving, maybe due to not being able to keep food down.
Marasmas – generally a wasting away due to a feeble condition, not really attributed to any specific cause. Saw this recorded for quite a few babies
Mitral Regurgitation – the mitral heart value doesn’t close completely, allowing blood to flow back into the heart, causing the heart to work less efficiently
Paralysing Heart – pretty much what it sounds like – a heart that no longer has any function
Parturition Septicaemia – infection during child birth
Pericarditis – inflammation of the sac around the heat due to either a virus or bacteria, with chest pain
Phthisis Pulmanitis – A wasting away of the lungs, better known as consumption or tuberculosis
Supperating glands – swollen glands that begin to discharge fluids or pus
Teething – the closest I can find on this is that teething caused severe diarrhea which, in turn, caused debilitation
Traumatic peritonitis – traumatic meaning injury, inflammation of the lining of the abdomen usually caused by bacteria or fungi
Tuberculosis – in general, this disease could effect any organ, where the symptoms might vary but the result would still be the same.
Tubercular Meningitis – An inflammation of the membranes of the brain, in this case caused by tuberculosis.
Typhoid – an infectious disease introduced with food or water causing inflammation of mucous membranes, in this case the bowels, and enlargement of the spleen and glands
Merriam Webster Dictionary
Monday, October 6, 2014
Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick have moved from East Boston to
and are found there in 1892, living at Lynn, MA 17 Sea St. The
census reports have said they had 8 children but only three of them survived.
Their oldest surviving son and child is Patrick John (Jack) Broderick, my
grandfather. He was raised in the Catholic Church of the day and attended
parochial school in Lynn.
When he was old enough, he became a Baggage Master on the B. R.B. and L.
railroad, better known as the Narrow Gauge.
Matthew’s younger sister, Catherine Broderick O’Brien, died in 1898 from renal failure. She was living at
17 Hudson St., which today, is in the
heart of Chinatown in Boston.
She was called a washerwoman. Of her
children, all is that is known is Catherine, the oldest, was living with her
mother at the time of her mother’s death. She was a waitress. She married
Hermann Dittrich, who was a cook, in Jan. 1899. Sadly, Catherine O’Brien
Dittrich died before 1900. No death record can be found for her and nothing
more is known of a brother, Martin O’Brien.
1900 – Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick are living at
17 Sea St. in .
The census states that they adopted Michael O’Brien, age 12, s/o Catherine Broderick O’Brien, widow,
deceased, Matthew’s sister. Lynn, MA
Patrick Joseph Broderick, s/o Lawrence (deceased) and Catherine Jordan Broderick, married Anna L. Murray, from
on Nov. 29 1900, in . Hyde Park, MA
1901 – Patrick H. Burke s/o Patrick and Mary Broderick Burke, married Mary Agnes McGuire, from Steeltown PA, in
on Jun 27 1901. Hyde Park,
Patrick John Broderick, s/o Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick, married Alvina May Chambers from
MA, on Nov 1, 1901, in . Winthrop,
Michael H. Burke, s/o Patrick and Mary Broderick Burke, married Catherine Finnerty on Nov 20 1901 in
Hyde Park, MA
1902 – Mary Thelma Burke, d/o Patrick and Mary Agnes McGuire Burke, b. Feb 2 1902 in
. Hyde Park, MA
Marion Alberta Broderick, d/ Patrick John (Jack) and Alvina Chambers Broderick, b. Feb 28, 1902, in
. Winthrop, MA
1903 – Mary Elizabeth Broderick, d/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. Feb 25, 1903 in Hyde Park, MA
John Edward Burke, s/o Michael and Catherine Finnerty Burke, b. Mar 9 1903 in
. Hyde Park, MA
Mary Ellen Broderick, d/o Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick, married Lawrence (Larry) Keating in
Oct. 29 1903. Lynn, MA
1904 – Margaret Ethel Burke, d/o Patrick H. and Mary Agnes McGuire Burke, b. Jan. 1904, in
. Hyde Park, MA
Mary Agnes Keating, d/o
Lawrence and Mary Ellen Broderick
Keating, b. Dec. 1904, in Lynn,
1905 – Mary Agnes Keating, d/o
and Mary Ellen Broderick Keating, d. May 16 1905, in .
Death certificate says COD was tubercular meningitis. Lynn, MA
Margaret Ethel Burke, d/o Patrick H. and Mary Agnes McGuire Burke, d. Aug 21 1905, in
. COD was fermental diarrhea. Hyde Park, MA
Raymond Eugene Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. Oct 24 1905, in
Hyde Park, MA
1906 – Thomas Henry Burke, s/o Michael and Catherine Finnerty Burke, b. Jan 2, 1906 in Hyde, Park, MA.
Raymond Eugene Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, d. Aug 15, 1906, in
COD on death certificate states
meningitis and whooping cough. Hyde Park, MA
Ruth Eileen Broderick, d/o Patrick John (Jack) and Alvina Chambers Broderick, b. Sep 5 1906, in
Joseph Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. Oct 5 1906 in
. Hyde Park, MA
1908 – Agnes May Burke, d/o Patrick and Agnes McGuire Burke, b. May 15 1908 in
1909 – Lawrence Broderick, s/o Lawrence and Catherine Jordan Broderick, married Catherine Lehane on Jan 20 1909, in
. Hyde Park, MA
Lillian Adelaide Keating, d/o Larry and Mary Ellen Broderick Keating, b. Apr 10, 1909, in
Edward Joseph Burke, s/o Michael and Catherine Finnerty Burke, b. Jun 24 1909, in
Anna Broderick, d/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. 1909, in
. Hyde Park, MA
1910 – Mary Broderick, d/o
and Catherine Lehane Broderick, b. Jan 2 1910, in Hyde Park, MA
John Aloysius Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. Jul 27 1910, in
Hyde Park, MA
At the beginning of this decade, when Patrick John (Jack) Broderick married Alvina Chambers, it set into motion circumstances that would last for nearly 100 years. To a devout Irish Catholic family, Jack Broderick did the unthinkable and unforgivable act of marrying outside the Catholic faith. Alvina Chambers was a Baptist and – according to the church of the day – it was a sin for him to marry her. His mother Bridget Sheehan Broderick disowned him. The family church in
MA, possibly St. Joseph’s, saw fit to excommunicate him
and condemn his soul to hell from the pulpit, one Sunday morning. To the best
of anyone’s knowledge he neither saw nor spoke to his mother ever again. While
she lived, no other member of the family was known to contact him. Bridget
Sheehan Broderick died in 1912 and the family began to mend itself. However,
bitterness toward the church remained a big part of my grandfather’s life. His
children could have Catholic friends but they must never set foot in a Catholic
church. My mother was the second of his three children. We had many long talks
about the family and what she remembered. It is my belief that she never knew
she had Broderick, Burke and O’Brien cousins. Perhaps they just didn’t keep in
touch, since Lynn and Winthrop were a fair distance from Hyde
Park. However, I also believe that my grandfather put all his Hyde Park relatives in a closet and shut the door, since
it’s fairly certain he never mentioned them. His father, sister and her family
all became frequent visitors to Jack’s home but it’s fairly certain that his
younger brother Lawrence never reconciled with him. My mother knew very little
about him, only that he lived in Lynn.
I’m not sure she ever met him. It wasn’t until the 1990’s when I spent some
time at the MA Archives that I discovered my grandfather was not the oldest child
in his family. This self-inflicted brick wall of my gt. grandmother’s,
beginning in 1901, was finally torn down.
Broderick Graves in Winthrop MA
As always, I would be delighted to hear from anyone who is connected to any of the people mentioned in the Broderick blogs.
Census records 1900 and 1910
Birth and Death Records and Certificates
American Medicine, Vol. 7, p. 738, 1904
And an apology – it was noted after the fact that my sources didn’t get attached to my previous blog on the Brodericks. They were:
Census records 1900
Birth and Death Records and Certificates
Friday, September 26, 2014
At the end of the 1870’s, major changes had happened to the family.
Lawrence had lost his life in a foolish
dispute fueled by alcohol and had been buried in Mount Calvary Cem., in .
His wife Catherine Jordan Broderick was left with three small children, ages 4,
2 and 6 months. This must have been a difficult time for her as I’m sure there
was no insurance payment to help smooth the way. However, the 1880 census shows that the
Broderick matriarch had immigrated and was now living with her dead son’s
family. Unfortunately, this census doesn’t give the year of immigration so
there is no way to be sure which of the many Catherine Brodericks, who entered
the country, she is. It also shows that living in this household is a Catherine
Fitzgerald who was 69 and a town pauper. Perhaps she received some stipend from
the town to care for this woman. Catherine Jordan Broderick was employed at a
hair factory, which doesn’t sound like a pleasant place to be. Hyde Park, MA
1880 – Catherine Boyle Broderick is living with her daughter-in-law, Catherine
Jordan Broderick and her children, in . Hyde Park, MA
Matthew and Bridget Broderick were living at
Everett St. in . He was a railroad worker. East Boston,
Catherine Broderick and Michael O’Brien were living at
164 Everett St.,
East Boston, MA. Michael was a laborer.
Mary Broderick and Patrick O’Brien were living in
He was a stone mason.
Mary Broderick O’Brien d. Aug. 10, 1880, from dysentery. She was buried in Mount Calvary Cem.,
She left behind her husband and 6 sons. Hyde Park, MA
At the end of the year, 1880, of the five Broderick siblings who had immigrated, only three were still living, the oldest, Michael, and the two youngest, Matthew and Catherine Broderick O’Brien. Nothing much has been found about Michael.
1881 – Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick were living on
St., East Boston, MA
Patrick J. O’Brien, son of Catherine Broderick and Michael O’Brien was b. in April 1881.
Mary Ellen Broderick, daughter of Matthew and Bridgeet Sheehan Broderick was b. May 10, 1881, in
Matthew Broderick, son of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick d. Aug. 13 1881 from dysentery, in
East Boston. He was buried in Mt. Calvary
Cem., . Hyde Park, MA
Michael Broderick purchased a cemetery plot in
Calvary, and had his brother, Lawrence, moved to
the new location. Dec. 22 1881 Hyde Park, MA
Part of downtown Hyde Park, MA
1884 – Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick were living at
653 Saratoga St., East Boston, MA.
Catherine Broderick, daughter of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick was b. Sep 22 1884 and she d. Sep. 24, 1884 from pulmonary collapse. She was buried in Mt. Calvary Cem.,
. Hyde Park, MA
1885 - Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick were living at
621 Saratoga St.,
East Boston, MA
Catherine Boyle Broderick d. Jul 10 1885, at age 67, from pericarditis, in
. She was
buried with her son Lawrence in Hyde
Park, MA Cem. Mt.
Calvary . Hyde Park, MA
Katie, daughter of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick was b. Dec. 27, 1885 and d. Dec 28 1885 of cyanosis, in
She was buried with her sister
and brother in Mt. Calvary Cem., East Boston MA . Hyde
1886 – Martin O’Brien was b. Dec 14 1886 in
. Boston, MA
Joseph Broderick b. Jan 3 1887 at 621 Saratoga St.,
East Boston, MA.
He was the son of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick.
1888 – Michael O’Brien b. Jun 17 1888 in
He was the son of Michael and Catherine Broderick O’Brien. Charlestown, MA
Michael O’Brien (Sr.) d. Sep 11, 1888 of peritonitis. He was living at
1204 Tremont St., Boston MA
at the time of his death.
East Boston, MA Piers Park
At this point all known facts for this decade come to an end. Since there is no 1890 Federal census to refer to, the movements of the family are unknown until 1892 when we find Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick living at
St. in and they remained there until
1899. We do know that Matthew continued
to work for the railroad and became an engineer in charge of laying out the
tracks for the B. R. B. & L. ( Lynn,
MA Boston, Revere Beach
and Lynn) railroad as it made a loop through Winthrop. It is also known that my
grandfather Patrick John Broderick, who used the name Jack, attended a
parochial school associated with St. Joseph’s
Church in . Sometime after his brother Lynn, MA Lawrence was b. in 1887, they moved from East Boston to Lynn.
Overhead view of Lynn, MA
At the end of the 1890’s comes the personal brick wall established by my gt. grandmother Bridget Sheehan Broderick. It has taken the better part of 30 years to unfold the information presented in this and the first blog, on this family.
Suffice it to say, the turn of the century brought out hard feelings that lasted for many years.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
My Irish immigrant family has long been an enigma. Not only are there brick walls created by time, distance and availability of records, but there are personal brick walls as well. Over the last 10 – 15 years, little by little, some of the personal brick walls have been chipped away. I use the word “personal” for want of a better way to describe something that was caused by an earlier member of the family for religious reasons. But I get ahead of myself. I’ll start with what is known and hope that it might generate new and different avenues of research.
In or near Loughrea,
were several families of Brodericks. There is currently no information, that
I’ve been able to find, as to whether or not they were related. They all had
the same given names, which only adds to the confusion. However, it is believed
that a Patrick Broderick married Hanora Martin and that one of their offspring
was a son, another Patrick Broderick. This Patrick married Catherine Boyle,
daughter of Joseph and Catherine Boyle. Nothing has been discovered yet about
this Boyle family. It is uncertain if they came from Galway,
Patrick and Catherine had 9 children, according to baptism records. Five of those children immigrated to the
but apparently not all at the same time. One of their children died young but there
seems to be no information on the remaining children - John, Bridget and James.
Four of them ended up in Hyde Park MA, a bastion of Irish immigrants. It seems
likely that they settled there because other relatives lived there also, but no
proof of this theory has been found. There were other Brodericks in Hyde Park, so anything is possible.
The eldest was Michael and he seems to have taken up residence in
Boston and was living in Cambridge when he died in
1909. No marriage information has been found and his death certificate stated
he was single.
Lawrence, Mary, Matthew and Catherine Broderick also immigrated, at different times, but settled in Hyde Park MAl. All four were settled there by 1870 and the following time line shows how the decade from 1870-1880 unfolded for them. Except where noted, all events take place in Hyde Park MA.
1870 – 1880
As 1870 began:
1870 – Lawrence Broderick living at Hyde Park MA with his cousin Michael
Jordan. Lawrence was a laborer in
1871 – A quiet year
1872 - Lawrence Broderick married Catherine Jordan, his cousin, Apr 30 1872
Mary Broderick married Patrick Burke, Aug 22 1872
1873 – John Edward Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Jun 1, 1873
1874 – Patrick H. Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Jun 13 1874
Mathew Broderick married Bridget Sheehan, Sep 3 1874
1875 – Patrick Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), b. Jun 22 1875
Michael Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Aug 5 1875
Patrick Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), d. Aug 7 1875 COD Cholera
Catherine Broderick (d/o Catherine Jordan and
Lawrence Broderick), b. 1875
Catherine Broderick married Michael O’Brien Oct 12 1875
1876 – Martin Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Aug 1876
Matthew Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), b. Sep 28 1876
1877 – Patrick Joseph Broderick (s/o Catherine Jordan and
Lawrence Broderick), b. Mar 18 1877
Edward Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick O’Brien), b. Sep 1877
Catherine O’Brien (d/o Catherine Broderick and Michael O’Brien), b. 1877
1878 – Another quiet year
1879 – Patrick John Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), b. Feb 23 1879, in
Thomas Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Dec 9 1879
Matthew Broderick was living on
Ave. in Dorchester MA at the time of his son’s birth and was
working for the Railroad.
Lawrence Broderick, at the time of his death, was also working for the Railroad.
Over the course of ten years, all four Broderick immigrants were married. Mary Broderick Burke gave birth to six boys. Matthew and Bridget Broderick had three boys, but the oldest son died. Catherine Broderick O’Brien had one daughter. Lawrence and Catherine Broderick had three children.
Lawrence Broderick met his untimely end, suddenly, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1879, in the evening,
went to a boot repair shop to check on his boots. An altercation ensued between
Lawrence and Mrs. Margaret Gibbons, the owner’s wife. Witnesses stated that
both parties had been drinking. Mrs. Gibbons apparently said something Mr.
Broderick took offense to and he slapped her. She retaliated by grabbing a shoe
knife and then lunging at him, stabbing him in the abdomen. She also lunged at
his nose, slicing it and the upper lip to the bone. Lawrence staggered out and was then carried
to his home at the corner of Central
Park Ave. and Winter St. He was attended by a
physician who stated that the wound would most likely be fatal. The Chief of
Police arrested Mrs. Gibbons who didn’t deny the attack and stated she wished
she had struck his heart.
The hearing that was held brought forth several conflicting stories. Mrs. Gibbons maintained that she was struck 2 or 3 times and that the knife was not hers. She claimed she acted in self defense. Broderick claimed he never struck her. Mrs. Gibbons couldn’t post bail so was held over in the
Dedham jail for Grand
Jury in September. Lawrence Broderick was still alive but in poor condition.
Lawrence Broderick died Tues., Aug 26, 1879. Mrs. Gibbons was still being held in the
jail and the Medical Examiner will hold an inquest.
The autopsy of Lawrence Broderick showed that his small intestine had been punctured by a knife and the resulting infection led to the man’s death.
Margaret Gibbons was acquitted of the charge of manslaughter in the Broderick case. In Sept 1880, Margaret Gibbons was found guilty of assault on a Mr. Kelly and was sentenced to two years in the house of corrections.
Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Worcester Daily Spy
Boston Daily Advertiser
Memorials of Hyde Park
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Ebenezer Martin and Abigail Wheeler
2 Ebenezer (1685 – 1727) m. Abigail Wheeler (1690-?) – 5 children
a. Jemimah (1717-?)
b. John (1718-1801) m. Mary Reed
c. Ebenezer (1721-1769) m. Mary Bowen
d. Nathaniel (1722-1803) m. Susannah Kent
3 e. Abigail (1725-1814) m1. William Esterbrooks
m2. Jonathan Cole
Abigail Wheeler was the d/o James and Grizell Squire Wheeler. She was b. in
MA and, after her marriage to Ebenezer,
settled on the Martin farm in . When Ebenezer died in 1727,
Abigail was left with a young family, the oldest just 10, so in 1728, she
married John West (1679-?). Not much has been learned about John West. He and
Abigail Wheeler Martin West had at least two daughters, Grizell and Elizabeth. Barrington
Ebenezer and Abigail’s oldest daughter, Jemimah, seems to have some conflict in information that I haven’t been able to untangle. I have found two totally different marriages for her and can’t verify either of them. If they are a first and second marriage, then Jemimah had nearly 20 children. But dates don’t hold up under scrutiny so rather than pass on unreliable information, I will leave her for another research project.
For sons, John and Ebenezer, I have not been able to locate names of children and I found three daughters and three sons for Nathaniel. Abigail Martin first married William Esterbrooks and had three children. When William died, she married Jonathan Cole, her brother-in-law. Jonathan had been married to Abigail’s half sister, Elizabeth West. Jonathan and Elizabeth had two sons, James and Edward. James and Edward returned to the colonies when the fight for independence began. James was captured and held prisoner on a British ship in
Boston harbor. He was
later awarded land for his service. He died in Niagara Co., NY, in 1828. Edward
joined Eddy’s Rebels and was later reported deceased by Jonathan Eddy. James
married Jerusha Alverson, a cousin to Jeremiah Alverson in the next paragraph.
It is believed that one of Abigail’s Esterbrooks children died young and the other two, William and Grizell, moved to
in the 1760’s. William became well known in the area and
Grizell married a man, Jeremiah Alverson, who had also moved to NB from the
colonies. Grizell and Jeremiah eventually moved to Sackville,
New Brunswick .
So the marriage of Abigail Martin Esterbrooks to Jonathan Cole was truly a blended family, his, hers, and then theirs. Interesting that we are seeing this same trend today and think it’s new. Divorce may be the reason today, but early death of one spouse or the other, in the 1700’s, created the same situation. History does repeat itself.
Jonathan Cole and Abigail Martin Cole are my 4x gt. grandparents. This family has been written about in an earlier blog, so will not present it again. There has been no new information concerning this descent so until something new does come to light, I will leave it as it is.
Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, Beers & Co., 1908, p. 381
* I had hoped to post a map of the Swansea/Rehoboth/Barrington area to allow some perspective on the proximity of each to the other. However, I was unsuccessful with the download. My apologies.
Monday, July 21, 2014
John Martyn was the son of Edward Martin and Judith Upham, born in Ottery, St. Mary,
Devonshire. He came from England
in 1663, settling in that part of Rehoboth, later called Swansea,
and was one of the founders of the there. He was a weaver, by trade, and a farmer. He
was appointed constable, June 6, 1671, surveyor of highways, June 3, 1673, and
June 2, 1685. In 1673 he bought land on New Meadow Neck, near Hundred Acre
Cove, and built a house north of Baptist
Church . He died March 21,1713-14, aged eighty years
and is buried in the Tyler Point Cemetery, Barrington, Bristol Co., RI. Central
He married, April 26, 1671, Joanna Esten, b. June 1, 1645, in
daughter of Thomas Esten, who came with Rev. John Myles from Eng. to Rehoboth, and settled at North Providence.
1 John and Joanna (Esten) Martin had 10 children:
a Jemima (1672 - ?) m. Samuel Salisbury (1666-1757)
b Melatiah (1673 – 1761) m. Rebecca Brooks (1679-1730) – 8 children
c John (1674 – 1757) m. Mercy
(1678-1610) – 8 children
d Ephraim (1677 – 1734) m. Thankful Bullock (1681-1762) – 10 children
e Ann (1678 – 1759) m. Richard Round
f Robert (1679 - ?)
g Manasseh (1681 – 1754) m. Hannah Carpenter
h Johanna (1683 – 1715) m. Phillip Short – 2 children
2 i Ebenezer (1685 – 1727) m. Abigail Wheeler (1690-?) – 5 children
j Judith (1686 – 1751) m. John Luther
At Find a Grave, I discovered a great deal of interesting information. I have not verified this as much of it comes from siblings of Ebenezer Martin, who is my direct ancestor. I am providing it here so that you may do your own research to verify these claims.
John Martin is:
2x great grandfather of Simeon Martin, Gov. of RI
4x great grandfather of Alexander Hamilton Bullock, Gov. of MA
4x great grandfather of John William Davis, Gov. of RI (once through Melatiah and once through John)
5x great grandfather of Cornelius Newton Bliss, US Sec. of the Interior (1897-1899)
6x great grandfather of Nelson Ackerman Eddy, singer, actor
6x great grandfather of Prescott Sheldon Bush, US Senator from CT
6x great grandfather of James Grover Thurber, author, cartoonist
7x great grandfather of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st US President
7x great grandfather of Gene Roddenberry, sci-fi screenwriter and producer (through his daughter Jemima)
7x great grandfather of Perkins Bass, US Congressman from NH
7x great grandfather of Perkins Bass, US Congressman from NH
7x great grandfather of Spalding Rockwell Gray, actor, screenwriter, performer, playwright (once through son Melatiah and once through son Ephraim)
7x great grandfather of William Standish Knowles, Nobel Laureate for Chemistry (2001)
8x great grandfather of George Walker Bush, Gov. of TX and 43rd US President
8x great grandfather of John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, Gov. of FL
8x great grandfather of Bobby Darin, singer, songwriter, actor
8x great grandfather of Gene Roddenberry, sci-fi screenwriter and producer (once through his son Melatiah)
8x great grandfather of Charles Foster Bass, US Congressman from NH
8x great grandfather of Marshall Field V, newspaper publisher (Chicago Sun-Times)
9x great grandfather of John James “Jimmy” Duncan, Jr., US Congressman from TN
Encyclopedia of Biography
Find A Grave
, Otis Olney Wright,
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Johan, also referred to as Jacob, who is considered the progenitor of the Hubley family in
was born in April 1719 in Eppingen, a town in Baden-Wurttemberg, Rhineland, .
This area, which is located in southern Palatinate, Prussia Germany,
is no longer called Prussia,.
War, instability, overcrowding and religious persecution were powerful
motivators in Johan’s decision to change his life. When free lands were to be
granted in the “ New World” it was hard to resist. He and his wife, Salome Margaretha (Birtger)
and four children boarded the ship on Jul 2
1751. There were two children between the ages of 4 and 16 and two under the
age of four, according to the ship’s records. It is unknown if any of these
children or the mother survived this voyage as Johan was a widower by the
spring of Mar 1752, when he married Maria Magdalene Dietzel (sometimes Dirzel).
She had been on board the ship Pearl with her husband and one child. Johan
and Maria had one child, Maria, b. Jan 1753. But Maria (the mother) died in Jun
1753, leaving Johan a widower once again.
It is unknown if the child, Maria, survived. Pearl
Johan was one of a group of “Foreign Protestants” who settled in an area that had been named Lunenburg. But soon Johan was a widower again. He married his third wife, Anna Catherine Treffain, on Jul 10 1753 in
St. John’s Anglican
Church in Lunenburg. Anna had also arrived in Nova Scotia
aboard the . Johan’s fourth and final marriage took place
on Jul 3 1759, to Anna Barbara Eva (Matler) Lay. This Anna, who used the name Barbara, was
born in Pearl . She was a widow and
brought children with her from her marriage to Joseph Lay. Geneva, Switzerland
I have found this unsubstantiated listing of names who were children of Johan and his first wife Salome Margaretha. They are Andreas, Johan Georg, Johan Jacob, Hans Georg, Rosina, Maria Margaretha. Since only four children emigrated with the him, it is considered that at least two of them died young.
It is not known how many of the four children survived after reaching
With his 2nd wife, Maria Magdalene Dietzel, Johan had one daughter
named Maria. There were no children with his third wife. Johan and 4th
wife Anna Barbara Eva (Matler) Lay had 5 children: Johan Urich died in 1802.
The second generation:
a. Ferdinand (1761-1833) m. Magdalen Salome Born
b. Jacob (1762-1833)
c. John Michael (1764-?)
d. George Bernard (1769- aft. 1849)
2 e. Johaness (1770-1802) m. (in 1797) Anna Mary Kahler (1774-1871)
Johaness Hubley and Anna Mary Catherine Kahler were married in 1797 in the
in Lunenburg. They purchased land in 1810 in a place then known as Hubley
settlement but later became known as Seabright. Dutch
Anna Mary probably descends from Johann Gottlieb Kohler who was a school master who arrived in 1752 on the Speedwell. He was 35 years of age from
Hamburg. He brought with him his wife and
John (as he became known) and Mary Kahler Hubley had 14 children:
a. Jacob (1798-1870) m1. Anne Caroline U nknown
m2. Mary Susanna Elizabeth Whynought
b. Anna Elizabeth (1799-?) m. John Collishaw – 8 children
c. Johaness (1800-1868)
d. George Bernard (1802-1892)
e. Maria Catherine (1803-1838) m. Allan Ramsey MacDonald – 1 child
f. Ferdinand (1804-?) m. in 1828 Hannah Elizabeth Boutilier – 1 child
3. g. Elizabeth Barbara (1806-1881) m. in 1826 Thomson Carmichael – 15 children
h. Maria Elizabeth (1807-1807)
i. John Philip (1808-?)
j. Ann Mary (1810-?)
l. Alexander (1814-1861) m. Jane Catherine Comingo
m. Benjamin (1817-1901)
n. William M. 1818-1901) m. in 1842 Elennor Cornelius
Barry G. Hubley in his work on the descendants of Johanness Hubley, Chapter 5, states that The Christian Messenger (Nova Scotia Baptist Newspaper) issue of 24 November 1848 reports:
Death (no date) of John Hubley, Senior 78 years – Leaves widow, 12 children, 100 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren
Burial: November 1848, United Baptist Church Cemetery, Seabright, Halifax Co., NS, CAN
If he left 100 grandchildren, then I have found only a small number of them. However, my gt. gt. grandparents, Thomson and Barbara Hubley Carmichael, made a significant contribution.
The Third Generation
Thomson was born in Banff Co. Scotland. He was the s/o Francis Carmichael and Elizabeth Keillor, both of whom were born in
According the Nova Scotia Land Grant Petitions, Francis was granted 200 acres
in 1792. His older brother, James, was a Sgt. in the 82 Regiment (or the
Hamilton Regiment) and is given credit for being the founder of New Glasgow, NS
and one of the founders of Banff, Scotland . Francis was a farmer and his
son, Thomson, was the oldest of 9 children. Pictou,
Thomson married Elizabeth Barbara Hubley in 1826 in
Thomson was a teacher and a farmer. They
had 15 children, 10 boys and 5 girls. They also moved around quite a bit,
wherever the teaching posts would take them. He did petition to receive land,
citing that he had a large family and as a teacher, had not much money. At least four of the children moved to MA and
one went to CA. Besides being a mother,
Barbara is known to have been a trusted mid-wife and according to Barry Hubley,
mentioned above, she had a very sweet singing voice. Some of the places they lived were New
Glasgow, St. Margaret’s Bay, Lunenburg, NS Halifax, West River,
Springhill, and Fisher’s Grant, all in Nova
Scotia. Thomson and Barbara’s children were:
a. Henry Edward (1827-bef 1850)
b. Frederick Hubley (1830-1911) m. Jane Faulds – 11 children
c. John George, Capt. (1831-?) m. in 1869 Terrisa Shaw
d. James Thomson (1832-1881) m. in 1862 Susan Roberts - 6 children
e. William (1833-1852)
f. Alexander Francis (1835-1927) m. Ellen Dillon -7 children
g. Daniel (1837-?)
h. Charles (1839-1846)
i. Christine Isabella (1841-?) m. in 1870 Robert Gordon – 7 children
j. Hannah C. (1845-1937) m. in 1872 Thomas Gordon – 4 children
k. Mary Jane (1847-1894) m. in 1875 Thomas Hardy – 5 children
l. Barbara (1849-?)
4. m. Henry Gordon (1850-1910) m. in 1873 Mary Ellen Scarr – 8 children
o. Andrew (1852-?)
Barbara Hubley Carmichael
Frederick Hubley Carmichael and his wife Jane had 11 children. Three of them died in the Springhill Mine explosion on Feb 2 1891. A few years before this, another of their sons was struck and killed by lightning while standing in the doorway to his home talking to his mother.
James Thomson Carmichael moved to Medway MA and was a carpenter.
Alexander Francis Carmichael moved to the Mendocino area in CA and became an architect of some note. He built many of the homes in the new
village of Mendocino,
some of which were use to depict the Maine
village in the TV program Murder She Wrote.
Christina Isabella Carmichael moved to
Sadly her husband died in 1882 leaving her with 7 young children. Revere MA
Hannah C, Carmichael lived in
in the 1900 census. Somerville MA
Henry Gordon Carmichael was a ship’s chandler and a hotel keeper. He and his wife Mary Ellen Scarr lived in the
area before moving to Boston
in the early 1900’s. Ellen (as she was known) ran a hotel in
even after Henry died. Hull, MA
The Fourth Generation
Henry Gordon and Mary Ellen Scarr Carmichael had children:
a. Percy (1874-1874)
5. b. Nora Edith (1875-1921) m. in 1893 Jesse Pye (1865-1940) – 15 children
c. Edith Gertrude (1877-?) m. in 1901Edward John Ball (1870-?) – 3 children
d. Minnie (1881-1902)
e. Reginald (1884-?) m. c. 1921 Dorothy O’Donnell (1895-1967) 1 child f. Elizabeth Maud (1885-1959) m. in 1906 (Frank Johnson (1880-1940) – 2 children
g. Grayce (1889-?) m. in 1907 Frank Mooney (1886-?) – 2 children
h. Ruby Stuart (1894-1950) m. Philip Stokes Wood (1891-1952) – 2 children
5. Nora Edith Carmichael and Jesse Pye are my grandparents.
Sandy Poin t Light, Shelburne NS