Helen (Freeman) Grant wrote to her cousin, Elsie (Day) Hansen about Jeremiah Day’s Highboy Chest of Drawers
Jeremiah Day. Yeoman. And, apparently, cabinetmaker.
Featured on the Yale University web site is a photo of a Highboy Chest of Drawers which was attributed to Jeremiah and which stayed in the Day family for at least two hundred years. (Since the image is copyrighted, you will have to visit the Yale web site for the picture.
Yale University sent the documentation for the Highboy to Winterthur Library in Wilmington, Delaware, where it has been safely preserved. Included was a letter penned by Helen F. (Freeman) Grant, from which we learn the provenance of the Highboy. Continue reading
Descendants of Ipswich settlers Humphrey Bradstreet and Robert Day met in Minnesota and married in 1781
Lavina S. Bursley’s fifth great grandfather, Robert Day, was made a freeman in Ipswich in 1641. In Robert’s will, he wrote:
“I give to my son John Day after my decease…ye parcell of land lying near the common fence gate w[hi]ch was part of Mr. Bradstreets his lot…”
Trello can be used track stuff, like your genealogy (or other) books
Have you ever found yourself at a genealogy conference wondering if you already own a book? Ever gone a step further and purchased a title you already have on your shelf? Argh – I have! And I’ve been looking for a free method to manage my bookshelves so I don’t ever do it again. Trello seems to meet this need. (You can click here to view my actual Trello board see what’s in my personal genealogical library – at least what’s been loaded so far. Note: this board was set to “public,” but in most instances you will set your boards to private unless you wish to share with others.)
It didn’t take long to upload these books. My workflow: Continue reading
John Day, my 5th great grandfather, was baptized in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts on 24 February 1750/1. In earlier documents John was referred to as John Day Jr., so obviously other men of the same name lived in Ipswich. To ensure my research centered on the correct John Day, I decided to do a bit more digging into taxes, deeds and other records.
The John Days of Ipswich, from the Vital records of Ipswich, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849:
||Bef. 25 May 1690
||17 Feb. 1665/6
||28 Feb. 1722
||bp. 27 Sep. 1696
||John & Sarah
||Bef. 5 Dec 1780
||bp. 29 Mar. 1724
||John & Eunice
||26 Apr. 1723
||bp. 17 Sep. 1727
||John & Eunice
||13 Apr. 1724
||bp. 24 Feb. 1730
||John & Eunice
||31 Mar. 1730
||bp. 24 Feb. 1750/1
||12 Oct. 1820
||bp. 1 Oct. 1769
||16 June 1842
||bp. 17 Nov. 1776
||John Jr. & Sarah
||7 Mar. 1833
||bp. 12 Apr. 1789
||Abner Jr. & Elizabeth
As noted in the chart above, 10 individuals named John Day are recorded in the Ipswich vital records, with three dying in infancy. My ancestor, John Day #7, was born in 1750/1, and was the son of Jeremiah and Mary (Caldwell) Day. The only other adult male of the same name during my ancestor’s life was John Day #3, the husband of Eunice Burnham. John Day #7 is often referred to in town records and deeds as John Day Jr, distinguishing him from the elder John Day #3. The two men, both descended from sons of Robert Day and his wife Hannah, appear in red below. Continue reading
Jeremiah Day of Ipswich purportedly made the listed chest of drawers
Having been on hot on the trails of my Day ancestors, I’ve found deeds and other documents stating that Jeremiah Day, son of Sgt. Thomas and Elizabeth (Jewett) Day, was a yeoman. Imagine my surprise to find this posting on the Yale University Website, attributing Jeremiah Day with the production of this beautiful high chest of drawers? The site states there are multiple affidavits to certify the piece’s construction in the mid-18th Century, as well as family letters describing the piece’s creator. (Click here to go to the Yale page, and scroll to the bottom to view the envelope. The addressee, Elsie (Day) Clark.)
In addition to this gem, the Winterthur Museum and Library in Delaware has a photograph of another piece of furniture attributed to Jeremiah. Posted on the ArchiveGrid, details available here. Continue reading
Take one! Take two! Take three!
Yup, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
Uh huh, “The third time’s a charm!” But…..I am hoping it doesn’t take me three times to get my sources correct.
In my last post I shared my transition over to Leister Pro’s Reunion software for the Mac. Continue reading
Reunion Family View
UPDATE 7 MAY 2016
After spending the better part of a year working with Reunion, I’ve decided to make yet another switch. I’ve concluded Reunion is quite limiting for my work flow; I need both the visual ability to see my file in a tree view as well as the spreadsheet view that I loved in RootsMagic. That is, I love RootsMagic’s columns in which one can easily see at a glance whether there are sources, notes and media attached to each event. In addition, I felt like I was forever clicking away to get to the correct screen in Reunion, and there was no way to see shared events with a spouse in Reunion on the individual’s page. I’ve been dabbling around with Family Tree Maker the last couple of weeks, and after discussing the future of the program with their representative at NGS (see blog post here), I’ve decided to make the switch to FTM. So far I’m loving the application.
At the risk of being called a genealogical heretic, I’ve come to the resounding conclusion that my genealogy software program is just that – a program that manages data and relationships in my family tree. It does not matter which program I use – just that it works in my workflow.
Hello? Are you still there? If you haven’t closed your browser’s window on me yet, here’s my rationale: whether I use Legacy, RootsMagic, Reunion or another program, the real work is done elsewhere – in Excel spreadsheets and Word documents.
While I have been one of RootsMagic’s biggest fans (and remain a huge advocate for the program), I’ve been debating a switch to Reunion since becoming a Mac user in 2013. Continue reading