Monday, March 2, 2015

Amanuensis Monday: 1894 Will of Zopher L Hawkins of Brooklyn, Kings County, New York

Written April 23, 1894
Proved June 15, 1914
Kings County, New York, Will Book 476: 489-492; Surrogate's Court


I, Zopher L Hawkins, of the City of Brooklyn, in the State of New York, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, that is to say:

First.  After the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses, I give, devise and bequeath all my estate, both real and personal, of which I shall die seized or possessed (including all policies of life Insurance) unto my beloved wife, Margaret A Hawkins, for her own use, absolutely and forever.

Second.  I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said wife, Margaret A Hawkins, the sole Executrix of this, my last Will and Testament.

Lastly.  I hereby revoke, and declare to be null and void, all other and former Wills by me at any time made.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this Twenty Third day of April, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety four.

Zopher L Hawkins (Seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the Testator, Zopher L Hawkins, as and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who, at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, on the Twenty Third day of April 1894.
Alfred E Irwin ---  799 Putnam Ave. Brooklyn  N.Y.
Vincent Rosemon ---  272 Keap St. Brooklyn, N.Y.


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I was acquainted with Zopher L Hawkins, now deceased.

That the subscription of the name of said decedent, at the end of the instrument now shown to me, and offered for probate as the last Will and Testament of the said Zopher L Hawkins, deceased, and bearing the date the 23rd day of April, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-four, was made by the said decedent at the City of New York, in the presence of myself and the other subscribing witness.

That at the time of making such subscription, the said decedent declared the said instrument so subscribed by him, to be his last Will and Testament, and I thereupon signed my name as a witness, at the end of said instrument, at the request of said decedent, and in his presence.  I also saw Alfred E Irwin, the other subscribing witness, sign his name as a witness at the end of said Will, and know that he did so at the request and in the presence of said decedent.

That the said decedent, at the time of executing the said instrument, was over the age of twenty-one years, of sound mind and memory, and not under any restraint, and competent in every respect to make a will.

Subscribed and affirmed to this 7th day of May, 1914.  Vincent Rosemon

***

Thomas S Irwin, being duly sworn and examined before a Surrogate's Court of the County of Kings, deposes and says, I am acquainted with Alfred E Irwin, the incompetent witness herein, he being my brother.  I am also acquainted with his manner and style of handwriting, having often seen him write, and I verily believe that the signature, purporting to be his, subscribed to the instrument in writing now produced and shown to me, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Zopher L Hawkins, deceased, bearing date the 23rd day of April, 1894, is the proper signature and the true and genuine handwriting of my said brother, Alfred E Irwin, the incompetent witness herein.

Deponent further says, my said brother, Alfred E Irwin, has been judicially declared incompetent and is at present confined at the Manhattan State Hospital at Wards Island, New York City.

Subscribed and sworn this 11th day of June, 1914.  Thomas S Irwin

***

Deposition as to Handwriting

John L Barker, Jr., of Brooklyn, New York, being duly sworn and examined before a Surrogate's Court of the Court of the County of Kings, deposes and says:

I was acquainted with Zopher L Hawkins, late of the County of Kings, City and State of New York, and with his manner and style of handwriting, having often seen him write, and I verily believe that the signature, purporting to be his, subscribed to the instrument in writing now produced and shown to me, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Zopher L Hawkins, deceased, bearing date the 23rd day of April, in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-four, is the proper signature and the true and genuine handwriting of the said Zopher L Hawkins, and that he died at Brooklyn, N.Y., at 1340 Pacific Street, on April 27th, 1914, and I was present at his funeral.
J E Barker Jr


***

Satisfactory proof having been made of the due service of the citation herein upon, or due appearance herein by, all persons entitled to notice of this proceeding, and Leroy W Ross, Esq., Special Guardian, having appeared in person, and Alfred E Irwin, subscribing witness herein, being incompetent, and his testimony having been dispensed with by an order bearing date the 26th day of May, 1914, and his handwriting having been proved by the deposition of his brother, one Thomas S Irwin, on file herein, and the hand writing of the Testator having been proved by the deposition of one John L Barker, Jr., on file herein, and the other subscribing witness to said last Will and Testament, Vincent Rosemon, having been sworn and examined and his examination reduced to writing and filed, and it appearing by such proof that the said Will was duly executed, and that the Testator, at the time of executing it, was in all respects competent to make a will and not under restraint; and this Court being satisfied of the genuineness of the Will and the validity of its execution; and the Probate thereof not having been contested;
It is ordered, adjudged and decreed, that the instrument offered for probate herein be, and the same hereby is, admitted to probate (except as to the infant Donald J Hawkins, who was born May 10th, 1900, and after the execution of the Will herein, and is therefore in no way affected by the same) as the last Will and Testament of the said Zopher L Hawkins, deceased, valid to pass real and personal property, and that the said Will, with the proofs thereof, and this Decree be recorded, and that Letters Testamentary be issued to the Executrix who may qualify thereunder, and that the said Executrix pay to Leroy W Ross, Esq., Special Guardian, the sum of Twenty-five dollars, as and for his costs and allowances herein, and that the said Will be filed and remain in the Surrogate's Office.
Herbert T Ketcham, Surrogate






Friday, February 27, 2015

Birth Certificate Mix Up?

I try to collect the birth records for all children born to a couple.  An exact date of birth helps identify the children in later records.  The location of the births over the years reveals the migratory pattern of a family.

I copied the birth certificates for seven children born to Patrick Francis ODonnell (1857-1931) and Delia Joyce (1862-1929) in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey:

Francis Patrick ODonnell, January 25, 1888
John ODonnell, July 9, 1890
James Richard ODonnell, June 3, 1892
Marguerite ODonnell, October 18, 1894
Joseph Peter ODonnell, June 11, 1897
Mary Ellen ODonnell, June 1, 1899
Katherine ODonnell, March 5, 1904


Baby number 1, Frank born 1888


Baby number 2, John born 1890

Baby number 3, James born 1892


Is this baby number 4?  Maggie born 1894

Baby number 5, William born 1897

Baby number 6, Mary born 1899

Baby number 7, Katharine born 1904


When reviewing these birth certificates later, I realized that I had the wrong Marguerite ODonnell.  I had a birth record for Maggie ODonnell, born October 18, 1894 in Bayonne to James ODonnell and Ellen Gallagher.  On my next trip to the New Jersey State Archives, I searched for the birth record of the correct Marguerite ODonnell.  I did not find it.


Upon further review, I think that the birth certificate for Maggie, daughter of James and Ellen, is actually the record for Marguerite, daughter of Patrick and Delia.  This birth certificate flows in order with the rest of the children- Marguerite was child number 4.  The midwife was the same- A Weyel.  The address appears to be similar to where the other children, except the first one, were born- Rail Road Avenue in Centreville, Bayonne.  And October 18, 1894 is the birthdate used by Marguerite ODonnell.

Patrick ODonnell, wife, and children in 1900.
Only six children are listed.  John ODonnell had died the year before.


The midwife may have confused Patrick and Delia's daughter with another baby born around the same time.  In the 1900 census in Bayonne, there is a Margaret ODonnell, born in August of 1894, living with her parents, John and Helen.




Thursday, February 26, 2015

Irish Records!


For the first time I viewed Irish records for family in the United States!

My Irish studies get stuck once we reach the generation that left Ireland and settled in the United States.  Rarely does a record reveal anything more specific than "Ireland" as the place of birth.  The lack of a specific area in Ireland to look for records, combined with the prevalence of certain common Irish surnames, results in short Irish family trees.

Death certificate for Daniel Donovan, died from railroad injuries in Bayonne, New Jersey on March 5, 1890.
Note that the birthplace for him and his parents is simply "Ireland."


To help my DNA studies, my maternal grandmother's first cousins tested their (autosomal) DNA at 23andMe.  (Their mother and my grandmother's father were siblings.)  All of their ancestral lines trace back to Ireland.

Both cousins showed a close match via comparisons at GedMatch, where people can upload their DNA results from the three major testing companies, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, and AncestryDNA.



This DNA cousin and I compared family trees.  The connection- the common ancestor- should not be very far back.  The DNA cousin had the surnames Donovan and Coughlan in her family tree.  My cousins' grandparents were John Coughlin (1854-1906) and Margaret Donovan (1855-1906), both born in Ireland, died in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey.

Margaret Coughlin died in Bayonne in 1906.
Her parents were listed as William Donovan and Ann.
Burial at Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City.


Usually, I would be stuck at the "from Ireland" part.  But the DNA cousin had a specific location in Ireland for her Donovan and Coughlans:  Skull (or Schull) in County Cork.

I had to find family for the Coughlins and Donovans in Bayonne.  A link came with Margaret:  she was buried at Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City in the same plot as a child, William Donovan, who died in 1900.  [You can search burials for Holy Name Cemetery at the website of the Archdiocese of Newark.]  I did not find a gravestone for their plot.  (I searched before the snow.)






Here is little William Donovan in the 1900 federal census in Bayonne with his parents, Lawrence and Mary.
William Donovan, age 2, living with his parents and brother in Bayonne in June of 1900.
William died five months later.


This is William's death certificate.  The date of death coincides with the William buried with Margaret Coughlin in Holy Name Cemetery, and the address is the same as the census, so we know that we have the correct William.
Death Certificate for William Donovan, died November 27, 1900 in Bayonne at age 4 years.
His parents are listed as Lary and Mary.

Little William's parents were Lawrence Donovan and Mary O'Reilly.  They were married in Bayonne in 1896.  On the marriage certificate filed with the state, Lawrence's parents were listed as William Donovan and Ann Daly.  (Mary's parents were Francis O'Reilly and  Rebecca Nolan.)

Lawrence's residence in Jersey City was a "temporary stopping place."


If you can find a marriage record for an individual, you have a better chance of seeing full names of both parents, as the person was alive when this record was created.  In comparison, the information in a death record is entirely dependent upon the recollection or knowledge of someone who may have little information about the deceased's family.

So I now had Lawrence Donovan, son of William Donovan and Ann Daly, of Ireland.  Perhaps Margaret Donovan, wife of William Coughlin, was Lawrence's sister.

The DNA cousin sent me copies and links of church records from Schull East in County Cork.  A couple by the names of William Donovan and Anne Daly had several children baptized between 1855 and 1875, including a son, Lawrence, in 1862 and a daughter, Margaret, in 1855.



Lawrence of William Donovan and Anne Daly
Baptized December 28, 1865






Margaret of William Donovan and Anne Daly
Baptized January 3, 1855

Going through the church records in Schull East, I found baptismal records for eight children of William Donovan and Ann Daly:
Margaret, 1855
Thomas, 1856
Mary, 1860
Lawrence, 1862
Ann, 1865
William, 1867
Ellen, 1869
Timothy, 1875

The baptismal record for the last child that I found in Ireland, Timothy, was in a different format and provided a specific place name, Cappanolly.  To find this place today, search for Cappaghnacallee.  (Thank you TCO and TS.)



This family in the 1885 New Jersey State census- index at FamilySearch.org:


William Donovan and Mary Daly from Schull immigrated with their children to the United States.  Ann died in 1893 and William died in 1897 in Bayonne.



William Donovan's parents were listed as William and Mary.  If we search for this couple in Schull, we find William Donovan in the tithe applotment book for Cappanacollie in the year 1827!





Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Welcoming a Cousin from a German Branch

A third cousin of my father reached out to me.  He and my dad share a set of great great grandparents, David Uhl (1834-1884) and Clara Patschke (1840-1914).  David was from Gelnhausen and Clara was from Zeitz (both places now in Germany).  They married in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey in 1865.

Here is the family in the 1870 federal census: David, Clara, and their two children who had issue:


I am descended from David and Clara's daughter, Clara Uhl.  She married Herman Lutter.  Our third cousin is descended from their son, Henry Uhl, and his wife, Emma Holzhauer.

Two of David and Clara's children died young: David in 1871 and Nellie in 1882.  Another daughter, Lillie Uhl, married John Kuhl, but had no known children.

Family heirlooms trickled down to our third cousin, who kindly sent scans.  I was thrilled to see a Reisepass [passport] issued to David Uhl in 1854 for his travels from Gelnhausen to America.  David was 19 years old, had brown eyes, and stood five feet, four inches tall.


Signature of David Uhl


From David Uhl my branch received a hatchet with his last name, UHL, carved into the handle.




Our third cousin also received some of David Uhl's tools and belongings, branded with a similar UHL mark.





Monday, February 23, 2015

Amanuensis Monday: 1781 Will of Williampey Durye of Oyster Bay, Queens County, New York


WILL OF WILLIAMPEY DURYE (DURYEE) OF OYSTER BAY, QUEENS COUNTY, NEW YORK
Written August 2, 1781
Proved July 22, 1782
New York County, New York, Will Book 35: 51-53; Surrogate's Court


His Excellency James Roberston Esquire, Captain General and Governor in Chief in and over the Province of New York and the Territories depending thereon in America, Chancellor and Vice Admiral of the same, and Lieutenant General of his Majesty's Forces.

To All to whom these presents shall come or may in any wise Concern.

Sendeth Greeting.

Know ye that at Queens County on the Twenty second day of July last past before Samuel Clowes Esquire, thereunto Delegated and appointed, the last Will and Testament of Williampee Duryee Deceased (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved, and is now approved and allowed of by me; and the said Deceased having whilst she lived and at the Time of her death Goods Chattels and Credits within this Province, by means whereof the proving and registring the said Will, and the granting Administration of all and singular the said Goods Chattels and Credits, and also the Auditting allowing and final discharging the Account thereof doth belong unto me; The administration of all and Singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased and any way Concerning her Will is granted unto Garret Nostrand, Nicholas Bennet, and Williampee Duryee, the Executors and Executrix in the said Will named, who are duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and to make and Exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the said Goods Chattels and Credits and also to render a just and true account thereof when thereunto required.

In Testimony whereof I have Caused the Prorogative Seal of the Province of New York to be hereunto affixed at Fort George in the City of New York the ninth day of August one thousand seven hundred and Eighty two. -------- Sam Bayard Jun Secr'y-----

To All Christian People to whome these presents shall come or any ways Consern.

Know yea that I Williampe Durye, Widow of Joost Durye, late Deceased, of the Township of Oyster bay in Queens County on Nesaw Island & Provens of New York, being this second day of August in the year of Our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and Eighty one, being in a good State of Health and mind and understanding quick and good and well knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, I being therefore desirous to sett my outward house in Order before my final change doth Come, do therefore make my last Will and Testament in the following manner.

First I Commend & Committ my Soul to God that Gave it me and my Body to the Earth to be Buried with a Christial Burial at the discression of my Executors hearin after named and appointed and as Touching such Worldly and Outward Estate wharewith it hath pleased God to Bestow upon me.  I Will and devise and dispose of as is hereafter directed and expressed.

Item.  I will and Order all my just Debts and Funeral Charges and Expences all fully paid before any divid be made.

Item.  I Will and Bequeath unto my Son Charles Dereaye, son George Durye, the Lame Boy the just and full Sum of Ten pounds York Money to be put on Instrust for him until he arrives to Lawfull Age and then paid him with the growing Intrust and in Case he the said George Durye should not live to be of age then the said Ten Pounds and Instrust shall be divided equally between his Brothers and Sisters.

Item.  I Will and Bequeath unto my Daughter Willempey Durye, one the best of my Cows, six Puter Platts, three Platters, two Basons, Six knives and forks with all Tea Tacklin and Chaney Ware.

Itam.  I Will and bequeath unto Cornelia Noostrand my great Family Bible.

Item.  I Will and bequeath unto Mary Bennet one Large Pewter Platter marked M.R.T. which was my Mothers.

Itam.  I do give and bequeath all the Remainder of my Estate of all kinds and of all Nature whatsoever unto my three Daughters, namely Cornelia Noostrand, Mary Bennet, and Willimpey Durye and to be equally Devided between them as they shall think proper, and in Case that either of them should decease before they shall Reive ther third part, then my Will is that their part shall be equal Devided between there Lawfull Children or Haires.

Lastly I do hereby Ordain and appoint my two Sons in Law Garret Noostrand and Nicholas Bennet, both of the Township of Oysterbay, my Executors and my Daughter Willimpey Durye my Exectruk to this my last Will and Testament.

In Witness whareunto I the said Willimpey Durye have hear unto sett her hand and fixed my Seal the day and year above written, upon y second Consideration I give unto Willimpy Durye my side Sadel and Brass Kittell done before signed over and above, the above a fore mentioned things.  ----------------  Willime Durye LS

Signed Sealed published pronounced and Declared by the said Willempey Durye for her last Will and Testament in the presence of the Subscribers which signed as Witnesses in the presence of the Testatrix and of each other.  Isaac WrightJordan WrightJohn Wright.

Queens County.

Be it Remembered that on the Twenty second day of July One thousand Seven hundred and Eighty two, Personally came and appeared before me Samuel Clowes Surrogate of the Said County John Wright of Oyster bay of said County yeoman and being duly affirmed, declared that he did see Williampee Duryee sign and Seal the within Written Instrument, purporting to be the Will of the said Williampee Durye; bearing date the second day of August One thousand seven hundred and Eighty one, and heard her publish and declare the same as and for her last Will and Testament.  That at the Time thereof she the said Williampee Durye was of Sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the Knowledge and belief of him this affirmanant; and that his name subscribed as a Witness to the said Will, is of his Own proper hand Writing which he subscribed as a Witness to the said Will in the Testators Presence – as also that he this affirmanant did see Isaac Wright and Jordan Wright sign their names to the said Will as Witnesses thereto, and that in the presence of the Testator.  ----------------------  S Clowes Surrogate