Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Alleged Embezzler Arrested : James Orcutt (1893)

Jeffersonville News, April 29, 1893 page 1

Alleged Embezzler Arrested

Portland, April 29 – James Orcutt, of whom it is alleged that he embezzled $ 4,000, has been arrested at Dunkirk.

This is James ORCUTT (1856-1925) who was married to Samantha E. METZNER (1857-1890) on May 12, 1878 in Jay County, Indiana.  Samantha was the daughter of John and Catherine (YOUNG) METZNER, making her my paternal 2nd-great grandaunt.

James and Samantha had 4 children : George, Lena, Mamie and Melvin.  James later remarried in December 1893 to Nancy MAYO in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana.  I wonder if this court case was still hanging over him when they married.

Looks like I have some more research to do when I head to the Jay County courthouse.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Rev. George Lambertson, Hamilton Ohio : A Reminiscence of 1858

Hamilton Daily Democrat, Hamilton, Ohio
November 1, 1889, page 3
A Reminiscence of 1858.

During the years 1857 and 1858, a Methodist minister by the name of Rev. George P. Lambertson was located in this county, sometimes living at Port Union, sometimes at Springdale and occasionally in this city.  he was an eloquent lecturer and his favorite theme was "A Wheel within a Whell." [sic] In the latter part of the year 1858, Lambertson started for California with a panorama of the Bible, which he exhibited in connection with his lecture, en-route.  He was never heard from until a few days ago when the infirmary directors received notice that a woman living at Woods' station, was in destitute circumstance and needed assistance.

Investigation found her at the home of Joseph Simpson where she was suffering from paralysis of the lower limbs and unable to help herself.  This woman claimed to be the wife of the wandering preacher and lecturer.  She told a woeful tale of privation, long suffering and anguish.  She had been in the company of her husband many years in California and for some reason left him and came home to Ohio.  She now thinks that he is dead.  Many of our older citizens will recollect George Lambertson.


Located this article online through a newspaper archive and believe this is referring to the family of my maternal great-granduncle, George G. Lambertson, the son of John and Sarah (Willson) Lambertson.  Though the newspaper article refers to him as "George P.", I believe the other facts related make a case for this being my relative.

My "George G." Lambertson was born July 5, 1831 in Warren County, New Jersey.  As a young boy, he came with his parents to Ohio, due to the Panic of 1837, and settled in Butler County.  In the 1850 census, he is listed with his father, John, in Ross Township.  George married September 4, 1851 in Butler County, Ohio to Harriet Jones.  

By the 1860 census, George was listed in Maysville, Kentucky as a 28 year old Methodist minister with two children, Isolina and George. 

Where George was during the Civil War period never has been cleared up as it is believed that he may have served with a Michigan unit.  There was also a clairvoyant with the same name living in New York City who died in 1870 that at one time I believed might be the same person.

What intrigues me about this article is the fact that it references Rev. Lambertson, with the same name, and then the fact that the "Mrs. Lambertson" ended up at the home of Joseph Simpson.

My "George G." Lambertson's daughter, Isolina Lambertson was married to Edward Simpson on July 25, 1877 in Butler County, Ohio.  Did the newspaper simply get the first name wrong?  Or could it be a different person?  More to research.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Surname Saturday : Baldwin

The BALDWIN surname is in my maternal line.  The origins of the family are likely English.  This particular line of Baldwins were Quakers. 

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 959 : Ann Baldwin (1750-    ).  Ann's birth was recorded on 5th month, 18th day, 1750 at New Garden MM, North Carolina.  She married Samuel Millikan (1742-1817) on 6th month, 10th day, 1767 at New Garden MM, North Carolina.  Samuel was born December 11, 1742 in Chester County, Pennsylvania and died November 3, 1817 in Randolph County, North Carolina.  They were the parents of 10 children, recorded at Center MM, North Carolina. I do not know when Ann died.

Ahnentafel # 1918 : William Baldwin (c1720-1802).  William was born circa 1720.  He married Elizabeth Smith (c1730-1773) circa 1750. Elizabeth was born circa 1730 and died September 19, 1773.  They were members of the New Garden Monthly Meeting of Friends in North Carolina.  William married secondly to Ann Hunt on June 18, 1788 at New Garden.  William and Elizabeth were the parents of twelve children.  William died August 19, 1802 in Guilford County, North Carolina.

Surname Saturday – create a post in which you discuss a surname and mention its origins, its geographical location(s) and how it fits into your genealogy research. Surname Saturday is an ongoing series at GeneaBloggers.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Recently I began mining the website for additional information about folks in my database.  I set up a search in my Rootsmagic database for anyone whose death date in not blank and whose burial place is blank.

As I'm making my way through the database, I'm searching at the site to see if anyone has posted a memorial page for the individual who matches the information in my database.  I'm then adding the burial place to my database.  I've created a source template for the burial information as well.

The finished source might look something like this:

FindAGrave Inc., ( : accessed 13 September 2014), Joseph Allen (1733-1816) memorial.

Nothing spectacular, but it's something that I should have been doing or could have been doing for several years.  I've been a member at for a long time and have been a contributor.  As a free site, it has a lot of information and many times additional clues that I didn't have in my database.

As I make my way through the alphabet (right now I'm still in the "A" section), I am adding the final burial location for folks in the database, but also am adding birth, death and marriage information as I find it.  I'm making sure I source it right away so that I know where I found the information.  This information will be helpful in leading me to new clues on these people.

My goal is to get through Rootmagic  first with everyone that doesn't have a burial location listed, then go back and check those that I did already have with a burial location to see if they have a memorial page, add sourcing from FindAGrave and add any additional information.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Surname Saturday : Bacon

The BACON surname is in my maternal line.  The origins of the surname are English.

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 3329 : Lydia Bacon (1656-1717).  Lydia was born March 6, 1656 in Newton, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.  She married Samuel Pierce (1656-1721) on December 9, 1680 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  Samuel was born April 7, 1656 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  They raised nine children in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  Samuel died July 5, 1721 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.  Lydia died December 5, 1717 in Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

Anhentafel # 6658 : Daniel Bacon (1615-1691).  Daniel was born 1615 in Winston, Suffolk, England.  He married Mary Reed (1620-1691) in 1639 in Colchester, Suffolk, England.  Mary was born in 1620 in Colchester, Suffolk, England.  They raised eight children.  Mary died October 4, 1691 in Newton, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.  Daniel died September 7, 1691 in Newton, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Ancestry Hint : June Lambertson Obituary, 1951 Bloomington Herald-Telephone

Working through the 'shaky leaf' hints on my maternal side and came across a new one for my great-grandmother, June (Davis) Lambertson (1898-1951).   This hint was for an obituary in an off-site database, the Monroe County, Indiana Obituary Index maintained by the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington.

Taking a look at the site, June's obituary was published in the Bloomington Herald-Telephone in their March 21, 1951 edition.  I was previously unaware of this obituary, and have added it to my Rootsmagic database list of "to-do" items.

I wonder if the obituary is much different than the local ones that I've already written about from the Elwood Call-Leader?  Perhaps additional local family were mentioned in the Bloomington paper.

June was born the daughter of Ida Davis, but raised by her grandmother and step-grandfather under the Gilliland name in the Owen County/Monroe County, Indiana area.  June married June 28, 1917 in Monroe County, Indiana to Clemon Beals Lambertson.

At the time of her death, she would have been survived by a sister, Pansy, of Crawfordsville.  Was the obituary published in Bloomington so that distant cousins would see it?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Surname Saturday : Applegate

The APPLEGATE surname is in my paternal line.  The origins of the surname are unknown at this time.

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 159 : Elizabeth Applegate (c1758-    ).  Elizabeth was born circa 1758.  She married Cornelius Sutton (1750-1850).  Cornelius was born October 21, 1750 in Middlesex County, New Jersey.  They raised six children.  Cornelius died September 30, 1850 in West Union, Doddridge County, Virginia.  Elizabeth's death date and place is unknown.

Ahentafel # 318 : Benjamin Applegate (      ).  Benjamin married Rebecca Wall.  Nothing further known at this time.

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