Jan Ditmars b 31 March 1752

Jan Ditmars was born 31 March, 1752, in Jamaica, NY, the son of Douwe Jansen Ditmars and Marrije Dorlandt.  The Ditmars family members were Loyalists.  Jan “swore allegiance and presented loyal address with the earnest desire to preserve the constitutional authority of Great Britain.”  Jan married in 1776 to Magdalene Vanderbilt, and they eventually had at least eleven children.  The family moved to Clementsport, Nova Scotia by 1783. 

Jan was listed as Ensign John Ditmars on the Annapolis Militia list in 1793 and 1797.   He appeared on the list of tax payers under the Capitation Tax Act in 1791.  He was one of the assessors.  Dinah, a black female adult of John Ditmars was christened in Trinity Anglican, 19 Dec 1791.

Headstone Inscription:  In memory of John Ditmars who departed this life July 3, 1822, in the 68th year of his age.

“Who wisdom sacred prize would win

Must with the fear of God begin

Immortal praise and heavenly skill

Have they who know and do his will.”

Magdalene died two years later.

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Jerusha Dodge b 30 March 1758

Jerusha Dodge was born 30 March 1758 in Beverly MA, daughter of Zechariah and Martha (Cleaves) Dodge.  She married Ebenezer Richardson in Canaan ME, and they had seven children.  Ebenezer was a Revolutionary War soldier, and after he died in 1810, she applied for a widow’s pension under the Act of July 7, 1838.  Specifically, that act provided that widows who had married Revolutionary War veterans prior to January 1, 1794, were authorized a five-year pension.  The widow had to appear in person before a court of record to establish her late husband’s service, and that they were married prior to the date set out in the enabling legislation, with documents if possible.  Later acts provided for a lifetime pension, but Jerusha died in 1843, before that Act of July 29 1848 was passed.  Jerusha was awarded $120 per year, dating back to 1836, then was paid $60 semi-annually thereafter.   Jerusha used a record of her own, her husband’s and her children’s births, written on a blank page in a book of sermons, as evidence of her marriage to Ebenezer.  As part of the Revolutionary War records, this list of names and dates has genealogical value. 

Below is a transcription of her pension application.  Parts are hard to decipher and I gave you my best guess, or left it blank.  If anyone wants copies of the documents, let me know.

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Jerusha Richardson, widow of Ebenezer Richardson, who was a pensioner under the Act of (left blank) and who died on the 6th June 1810 of Somerset in the State of Maine who was a sgt in the Company commanded by Captain _____ of the Regt commanded by Brooks in the Mass line for 2 years

Inscribed on the Roll of Maine at the rate of 120 Dollars — cents per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1836.

Certificate of Pension filed the 10 day of Sep 39 a _______ town clerk, Norridgewock, Me

Arrears to the 4th of Mar                     $360.00

Semi-annual allowance ending            $60.00

                                                                         $420.00                      

Act July 7, 1838

Recorded by R Bludren, Clerk, Book A, Vol 17, page 22

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DECLARATION  In order to obtain the benefit of the Act of Contress, of the 7th July, 1838, entitled “An Act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows.”

STATE of MAINE  Somerset County ss

On this seventh day of September A. D. 1838 personally appeared before the Honorable Drummond Farnsworth Judge of Probate in and for the county of Somerset aforesaid at the Probate Court at the Court House in Norridgewock in this county Jerusha Richardson a resident of New Portland in the County of Somerset and State of Maine, aged seventy six year next month, who, being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the Act of Congress, passed July 7th, 1838, entitled “An Act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows;”  That she is the widow of Ebenezer Richardson late of said New Portland deceased, who was a private and Sergeant in the army of the Revolution, that her said husband the aforesaid Ebenezer Richardson enlisted at the first of the war, was at the battle of Bunker hill and in the fall of 1775 was dispatched to go to Quebec under Gen Harold; that their provisions failed them in the woods and he was on that account sent back and in 1776 he enlisted again for one year and when that time expired enlisted or joined for three years or d??? the war and did serve till the close of the war; and was honorably discharged at or near West Point; she has no documentary evidence or a but cannot recollect the names of the officers under whom he served but that he was a sergeant when discharged and belonged to a grenadier company & he ———- Massachusetts the at the  when he first enlisted; that immediately after ….he removed from Billerica to Canaan in Maine whereof he was married —- by Gen Whitaker, that her name before marriage was Jerusha Dodge.

She further declares that she was married to the said Ebenezer Richardson on the thirteenth day of April in the year seventeen hundred and eighty nin; that her husband, the aforesaid Ebenezer Richardson died on the fifth day of June, eighteen hundred and ten; that she was not married to him prior to his leaving the service, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January, seventeen hundred and ninety four, vis. At the time above stated; that she has remained a widow ever since that period, as will more fully appear by reference to the proof hereto annexed.  She further declares that her said husband had a discharge in writing which she has often seen and which was burnt in a candle in New Portland, many years ago that she has caused the records of the town of Canaan to be examined but can find no record of er said marriage; that D. Whitaker removed away from Canaan soon after said marriage, and left no record which she can find.  That all her said husbands old neighbors will recollect that he was a Revolutionary Soldiers and served during the war.                             her

Witness John C Page and William Allen                    Jerusha           X          Dodge

                                                                                                Mark

Sworn to and subscribed, on the day and year above written, before me and I certify that the Declarant is a credible witness and to the truth of her statement I am fully satisfied.

                                                                        D Farnsworth, Judge

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State of Maine

County of Somerset – On the twenty second day of June 1839 personally appeared in open Court before the _______ Judicial Court at Norridgewock said county Solomon Rowe a resident of Madison in said county aged forty nine years and being first duty sworn doth in his oath declare that on the twenty ninth day of march Eighteen hundred >>>> was married to Elizabeth Richardson a daughter of the late Ebenezer Richardson a Revolutionary soldier then deceased and Jerusha Richardson his wife.  That at the time of his marriage aforesaid his wife’s mother the said Jerusha Richardson caused their family record to be transcribed from a blank leaf of an ancient book of sermons by William Griswall and gave the same to his said wife; That he has kept the same copy since having added the death of one of his family and brings the >>>> into court and in open Court takes the leaf from said book and attaches it to this deposition to be a>>> to the war deposement to be used as evidence in support of the cause of said Jerusha Richardson for a pension and as proof that said Jerusha was the lawful wife of said Ebenezer Richardson deceased that he has made enquiry and can find no town or church record of said marriage; and the original family  record is lost and cannot be found.

                                                                        Solomon Parue

Sworn & subscribed in open Court   Matt J Gould, Clerk

Somerset Court SI Court at Norridgewock June 1839

I certify that the above deponent is a credible witness and that the record of births hereto ……purporting to be a family record of Ebenezer Richardson dcd was taken from an ancient book in presence of the Court

                        Nathan Weston C J

                                                S J Court

P 4

Ebenezer Richardson was born Nov 25th, 1757 and died June 6, 1810

Jerusha Richardson his wife was born March 30, 1758

Elizabeth Richardson their first born was born January 22, 1790

Sally Richardson born May 5th, 1891

Polly Richardson born March 16th 1793

Ebenezer Richardson was born Oct 18th 1794 and died January the 2nd 1821

Jerusha Richardson born April 3, 1798

Patty Richardson born Set 13th 1800

David Richardson born April 11, 1801

Susan Louise Banks b 29 March 1861

Closed and shutteredSusan Louise Banks was born 29 March 1861, in Morristown, Nova Scotia, daughter of Abram Banks and Mary Jane Marshall.  She was counted in the 1871 census, living in Carleton Corner, in Annapolis County, with her mother and sisters.  In 1881, she lived with her parents and siblings in South Aylesford, Kings County. 

On Susan’s 21st birthday, she married Aaron Manning Hodges, son of Ralph and Mary Hodges, in Wakefield, MA.  He was a rattan worker.  This was the first marriage for both.  Aaron, also called Manning, and Susan had six children.  Leola Estelle was born in Wakefield in 1883, but died just before she reached age two.  Alfred was born in Rhode Island, and Otto in Brooklyn NH.  Arthur was born in 1888 but died before he was three. 

Susan and Aaron moved back to Nova Scotia, and lived in Millville at the time of the 1891 census.  Their last two sons were born there – Herbert Norman in 1896, and Abram Rawland in 1899.  The family lived in Millville at the time of the 1901 census.  In 1911, they were counted in Windemere, part of Aylesford South.

The family moved back to Massachusetts.  By 1920, Susan and Aaron were living in Framingham.  The census indicates that they had immigrated in 1915.  It also indicates that Susan was literate – she could read and write. 

Sometime after 1920, Susan became a patient at the Westborough State Hospital, in Westborough MA.  She died there 14 December 1930.  The state hospital, pictured above, was built in 1848, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.  It closed in 2010.

FamilySearch.org – It’s Fun and It’s Free

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So you’ve read all the blogs so far, and you’re wondering where I got all the information.  A lot of it came from other family researchers, some from visits to town or county clerks, but a lot from the Internet.  One of the most popular genealogy sites on the web is Family Search, (FS) the site hosted by the Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints.  Why do Mormons do genealogy?  The short answer specific to their religion is to identify ancestors and arrange for baptism and other ordinances to be performed for them.  But beyond that, as other people believe, by learning more about our ancestors, we learn more about ourselves.  We learn about physical characteristics, personality traits, and medical histories.  To encourage everyone who wants to work on their family history, the LDS church hosts the website Family Search.  It is open to everyone, and it is free.  They also provide free downloadable software called Personal Ancestral File (PAF) to use for tracking the records, so if you aren’t sure you want to dive in and buy the latest version of commercial software like Family Tree Maker, you can test the free PAF. 

FS has been undergoing some changes, and while I was disappointed at first, I have to say they get a thumbs up from me now!  If you’d like to check it out yourself, here are a few quick tips. 

If you click on the link above, you’ll get the main opening screen.  You can type in a name, place, and year span, click on search, and see what you get.  The best matches will show up at the top.  The search will automatically use “sound-ex” so searches farther down will have alternate spellings.  Chances are you’ll get a lot of results.  You just have to sort out which person is yours.

There are other ways to narrow down the search.  To get back to the main search page, click on the FamilySearch logo in the upper left – the one with the tree.  Scroll down and you’ll find a “Browse By Location” section in the lower left.  The world is divided up by continent, mostly. Click on the “USA, Canada, and Mexico” section. You’ll find a “Historical Record Collections” list, alphabetical by title, how many records that collection has, and when last updated.  The titles that have little cameras are the ones that have actual images.  The rest have just an index. 

You can click on the title, then search just that set of records.  For example, if you pick the New Hampshire Marriage Records with the actual images, and type in Albert Hodges, you’ll find Albert Warren Hodges marrying Lillian Adams Richardson.  If you click on Albert’s name, you’ll go to the next screen, and get the information that has been extracted from the record – names, dates, parents, etc.  You can also click on the image to see the record.  In this case, you see an index card with the information about the bridge and groom.  In the lower right corner is a “zoom” slider on the thumbnail, so you can zoom in to read better.  Some records have more than one card, and if you read the fine print at the bottom of this one, you’ll see that the record is continued.  Click on the right arrow in the upper right corner above the thumbnail image.  The parent information is on the next page.  If you want to save this images to your computer, click on the Save button below the title of the collection (in this case, NH Marriage records).  Save the image (both pages) into your family history collection.  But here’s an important hint.  FS doesn’t automatically put .jpg at the end of the file name, so you have to do it manually.  If you forget, the image won’t open on your computer, but you can right-click and “rename” the file to add .jpg later, to view the record.  To go back to the first card, click the left arrow in the upper right corner of the FS pane.  To go back to the list, use the “Back” arrow in your Internet Browser.

Something you should know about these images: some are the actual birth, death, or marriage records.  But some, particularly the VT and NH index cards, are just that – cards created from the original town clerk records.  So to get the originals, you still may need to contact the town clerk – but at least you now know what town to contact. 

So you’ve gone through all the states, and found all the records for your family.  Here’s another quick tip for finding what’s new.  From the main page, scroll down and click on the USA/Canada/Mexico button.  When you get the alphabetical list, go to the right column where it says “last updated”.  Click on those words, and the list will sort itself with the newest records on top.  If you want to go back to alphabetical, click on the “Title”.

Frank Théophile Labor born 27 March 1863

Théophile Labarre was baptized 5 April, 1863 in the parish of St-Hippolyte in Wotton, Quebec. His baptism record says that he was born 27 march 1863, but doesn’t give the location. He was the fourth of five children of Joseph Genest dit Labarre and Marie-Célina Martin. He was known as Frank T Labor.  In many, but not all records, he claims to have been born in Biddeford, Maine.  No birth record for Frank has been found to support that.  It is possible that he was born in Maine, and then taken to be baptized up in Quebec in his parents’ home parish.  Could they have made that trip in 9 days, in late winter to early spring?  That is a trip of about 240 miles.  However, since the Catholic infants were normally baptized the same or next day, what else might explain the delay of 9 days?  The international borders were more open in those days, and it was common for workers from Quebec to work in the States, moving back and forth. 

At some time, the spelling of LaBarre changed to Labor, as Frank’s father Joseph was called Labor while still in Quebec.  Frank had an older brother and sister, Joseph and Marie-Delimas, who both died as infants.  He also had an older brother Louis and younger brother Marcel. 

When Frank was a young boy, his mother died.  Joseph remarried and started a new family with Lydia DeGoosh.  In the 1871 Canada census, Louis and Theophile lived with their grandparents, Pierre Labor and Marie Louise Manseau, in Ste-Camille.  Marcel was a couple years younger, but was not with them, nor with Joseph and Lydia. 

The family eventually moved to Vermont, where Frank and his brothers all started families.  Frank was counted in the 1880 census.  He worked in a saw mill, boarding with the Nathaniel Folsom family, whose household also included his step-mother’s brother Nathaniel DeGoosh. 

Frank met Isabel “Lizzie” Laclair, daughter of Barnabas LaClair and Sarah Ann Hawkins, at Twin Mountain NH.  The accepted date and place for the marriage is 9 April 1882 in Westmore, VT, although I was not able to confirm that with the city clerk’s office in Westmore, as they are missing the records from 1868 to 1888.   

Frank was described as an uneducated man who could not read or write English, as French was his native language.  He did unskilled labor all his life.  He worked on the railroad building stone bridges.  He worked as a farmer and saw mill laborer.  He was physically very strong and could lift up one end of a rail. Family lore is that while working as a lumberjack, he accidentally cut his foot so bad with an ax that he had to physically cut away the severed part of the foot with his own pocket knife in order to get himself to the doctors. More family lore was that they “had to lock him up when he was drunk so he wouldn’t hurt anyone”.   Photographs show him as a tall man with a mustache, often working with horses. 

In 1887, Frank and his brothers were listed in Barton tax records as he and Marcellus paid $2 poll tax and Lewis had livestock.

In 1897 Frank and his father Joseph owned 3 1/2 acres of land and buildings, valued at $225. This property was later transferred to Anna Labor (Joseph’s third wife), then transferred to Joseph Hanna. 

The 1900 census of Barton lists Frank and Lizzie, with their children. Frank was as a day laborer.  They were a few doors from Lizzie’s sister Josephine LaClair Hemming and family.

Frank and Lizzie had nine children.  Eugene, Bessie, Joseph, Ralph, Lana, George, and Frank were born in Barton.  Joseph had died as an infant and is buried in Barton.  The family moved to Lebanon in about 1902, and Wilmer and Ruth were born there.  Wilmer’s birth record in the Lebanon town report lists Frank as a stone mason.  

The farm house in Lebanon had eight small rooms and a water pump in the kitchen with a barn and an outhouse.   The younger children attended a one-room school about a mile from the house. 

I have not been able to find Frank and Lizzie in the 1910 census.  In 1920, the family was counted in the census in Lebanon.  Frank’s occupation was laborer in the woods.  Family reunions were common in the 1920s.    

Lizzie died in 1924, and she is buried at Willoughby Cemetery in South Barton.  When Frank’s daughter-in-law Helen died, a housekeeper named Mary Badger moved in to help George.  Frank also came and helped care for the grandchildren for about three months.  When Frank went back to his farm, Mary went with him. 

The 1930 census shows Frank living in Lebanon, a laborer doing odd jobs.  His household includes Mary Badger, widow, housekeeper.  A family story is that she shot at him for looking at another woman.   Frank was also listed as a farmer, living on Meriden road, in the 1935 and 1938 Lebanon city directories.  In Frank’s later years, he sold fish house to house from the back of a horse-drawn wagon.  Sometime later a truck was purchased and a driver was hired. 

Frank died 25 July 1939 in Lebanon, and was buried in Barton with his wife and infant son. 

1939 Obituary:  Frank Laber died Tuesday at his home on the Meriden road after a long period of poor health due to heart trouble.  Mr. Laber has lived here for the past 35 years, having come to Lebanon from Barton Vt.  He was born in Biddeford, Maine, April 9, 1858, the son of Joseph and Mary Martin Laber.  In 1882 he was married to Lizzie LeClair who died some years ago.  Eight children were born to them; the following six are now living, Eugene R., Fitchburg Mass., Bessie E. Woodward and Lena N Woodward both of Lebannon, George H. of Haverhill, Mass., Frank D. of Cornish and Ruth L. Stevens of Grantham.  Funeral services were held yesterday at the Laber home, Rev. W. J. B. Cannell officiating, and the remains were taken today to Barton, Vt., for burial.

Note:  The cemetery in South Barton is known as the Willoughby Cemetery, on Willoughby Creek, not to be confused with the Lakeview Cemetery, on Willoughby Lake in Westmore, VT.

William W Adams m Maria Louise Kiser 26 March 1848

William Adams was born about May 1827 in Taylorsville (now known as Mountain City) in Johnson County, Tennessee.  He was the 12th and final child of John “Abe” Adams and Roda Johnson.  Maria Louise Kiser was born about 1827, also in Johnson County, the fifth of ten children of Lewis Kiser and Camilla Moore.

William and Maria were married 26 March 1848, by Green Moore, Justice of the Peace.  They eventually had eight children together.  In 1850, they lived in Johnson County.  The family was counted in the 1860 census in Arkada, Tennessee.  William was a school teacher. 

During the Civil War, William lived in Bedford County, VA.  He enlisted and served in Company B, Virginia 10th Heavy Artillery Battalion.  His enlistment date was 1 September 1864.  His physical description was given as 5’5” tall, light complexion, blue eyes, light hair. 

In 1870, William and Louisa lived with their children in Cocke county TN.  William continued his career as a school teacher.  In an era where the children may have started working either on the farm or at home early, or working out, William’s son Hezekiah, at age 19, was still going to school.  Maria Louise died about 1873 in Johnson County.  On 10 March, 1874, William married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Adelaide Billings.  They had five children.   

In 1880, the family was counted in Johnson County TN, where William continued his work as a school teacher. 

In 1900, William was living in Roanoke, VA, with his son Claude, while Lizzie was living with their daughter Daisy.  William died 21 Feb 1910 in Roanoke and is buried at Fairview Cemetery.  While most of William and Maria Louisa’s children stayed in the southeast, most of William and Lizzie’s children went to Oregon.  Lizzie died 21 March 1911 in Wheeler, OR, and is buried at the Richmond cemetery.

Frank Xavier Pepion d 25 March 1966

Frank Pepion was born 25 June 1881, the son of George Polite Pepion and Little Snake Woman Chief, also known as Mary.  George was from New York, his wife was from Montana.  George married a second time to a woman name Jessie

The Blackfeet Tribal Census records are posted on Ancestry. Starting in 1892, Frank was listed with his brother Chester, and his sisters Cecilia and Louise.  Although there was a column for listing the Indian name and English name, in no records did I find an Indian name for Frank or his family.  He was similarly recorded in 1893, 1895, and 1897.  In 1898, he was listed with Jessie, his step-mother.  George was not listed, but I suspect that this was because he was not a tribal member. 

Frank was with his parents in the 1900 Federal Census. His father was going by the name Polite. 

In the Indian Census of 1901, 1902, and 1903, Frank lived with his younger brother Chester.  In 1904, 1906, and 1907, he was listed as single.  In 1908 he is listed as “husband” but the census doesn’t list his wife.  He is listed the name in 1909 and 1910, with a son born in 1908.  Perhaps the wife at that time was not a tribal member, so was not listed. 

Frank married Annie M Stevenson on 1 April 1907, in Browning.  The 1910 Federal census lists Frank and Annie, with children Jeanette, Aloysius, Polite, and Lucille.  Jeanette maybe Frank’s daughter but not Annie’s, and Aloysius is his half-brother. 

Frank and Annie and their children continue to be counted in the Blackfeet Indian Census 1911 through 1920.  Frank registered for the draft for WW1 but I don’t know if he served. 

Frank and Annie were counted in the 1920 Federal census with their children, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, in Pondera County. 

In 1927, the Indian Census started recording the degree of blood.  Frank and Annie were both listed as 1/2 blood. They were listed the same in 1928 and 1929. 

Frank and Annie and children were counted in the 1930 Federal census in Browning MT, with their children.  For the Indian census, they were listed in 1930 and 1931 as ¼ blood.  The family continued to be counted in the tribal census through 1936 (the latest year on Ancestry.)  The later rolls are a good source of information as they included birthdates for the children, including Constance.  

I found the following information on the Internet:  BIOGRAPHY: Pepion Trivia: Frank worked as a rancher and bartender. He also worked for a large cattle company called Frye Co. He liked rodeos and riding horses. His favorite screen stars were Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor. When he was older, he liked to sit in cars, even if he wasn’t going anywhere. He was noted for greeting people with “How’s your gizzard? Who died lately?”

Frank died 25 March 1966 in Glacier County, Montana.

Bertha Lenna Hodges d 24 March 1963

Bertha Lenna Hodges was born 26 June 1866, in Nicholsville, Nova Scotia, the second of six children of Joseph C and Sarah (Banks) Hodges.  The family was counted in the 1871 and 1881 Canada census in the Aylesford area.

Bertha married Wesley Hutton Hodges, son of Ralph and Mary (Hodges) Hodges on 16 September 1890 in Aylesford.  Wesley was her first cousin. 

In 1891, Bertha and Wesley were lodgers in the household of their aunt Diadamia (Hodges) Taylor.  They lived in Millville.  Wesley and Bertha eventually had three children, Charles, Ethel, and Usuetta.  In 1901 Bertha and the children, and Wesley’s parents, were living in the Stanley Banks residence in Millville.  In 1911, they lived in nearby Morristown.   Wesley died in 1920 of cancer of the jaw.  Bertha lived 43 more years.  Her obituary follows:

Aylesford – Mrs. Bertha L. Hodges, widow of Wesley Hodges, Harmony, died at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Percy Graves), Monday following several weeks illness.  Mrs. Hodges who was in her 97th year, was the eldest resident in Western Kings.  She was born in Nicholsville, the daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah Banks Hodges.  After completing her schooling in Nicholsville, for a number of years she was engaged in housekeeping and took care of her mother and father before her marriage in 1890 to Wesley Hodges.  Mr. and Mrs. Hodges resided in Millville, Windemere and in Morristown. Throughout her lifetime Mrs. Hodges took an active part in church and community affairs.  She was a member of the Morristown Baptist church. Left of mourn her passing is one daughter, Usuetta (Mrs. Percy Graves), of Harmony and one son Charles, of Aylesford, nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren also survive.   The late Mrs. Hodges, who is resting at the H. C. Lindsay Funeral Home, Berwick, will be taken to Morristown Baptist Church for funeral services on Thursday afternoon at 2 oclock, Rev. Gordon McClare will officiate.  Interment will be in the family lot in Morristown cemetery.

Chronicle Herald Newspaper   Wednesday, 27 March 1973

Daniel Pickernell born 23 March 1792

Daniel Pickernell was born 23 March 1792 in Kittery, ME, the sixth child of Nelson Pickernail and Anna Place.  Their name is also seen as Pickernail and Picknell. 

The family moved to New Hampshire and was counted in the 1810 census of Wendell.  Daniel and his brother Samuel were both privates in Capt. Thomas Currier’s Company, and members of the 1st Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers in the War of 1812.  They enlisted at Concord on 1 February 1813.

“Sunapee’s contribution to the war effort of 1812 was large by comparison, but her soldiers saw but little actual combat.  After the War of 1812 to enforce America’s right to “freedom of the seas,” there was nothing of an eventual nature that happened in Wendell for several years, except that it was a period of building new roads, establishing small district schools, clearing new land by immigrants, improving cultivation, raising large families, and migration west.”   (The Story of Sunapee, BS Adams, 1941, p 54-55.)

Daniel married 22 December 1818 to Sally Pickett, in Wendell (Sunapee) NH. 

The family appeared in Town Inventory of Croyden, NH in 1828; Vol. 2, p. 503, 510.  In 1830, Daniel’s family still lived in Croydon NH.  Daniel and Sally eventually had ten children.  According to the Wendell town record dated Mar 12, 1839 the children of Daniel Pickernell were left to the care of the Selectmen & bound out according to law except youngest child.  

Around 1840, they moved to Vermont, but I was not able to locate them in that census.  Sally died some time before 1850.  Daniel married Lurena Corey.  I have seen the date of 5 November 1858 for this marriage, but Daniel and Lurena are in the 1850 census together, so I know she was married by 1850.  They lived in Lebanon in 1850, and Plainfield in 1860.  In 1870, the family was in Tunbridge, Vermont.  Daniel and Lurena had at least five children. 

Daniel died 2 August 1878 in Tunbridge, and according to Find-a-Grave, is buried at Hunt Cemetery in Tunbridge.  Lurena Pickernail died 29 Jan 1894 in Tunbridge. 

Daniel and Sally were parents of my ancestor Sarah Pickernail who married George Blood.  Daniel and Lurena were parents of Alfassette Picknell, whose son Dexter Walter Royce married Mariette “Minnie” Blood, George’s daughter.  That means Minnie married her first cousin, once removed.

Lana Laber married Timothy Woodward 22 March 1913

Lana (Lay-na) Mary Laber was born 15 August 1892 in Barton VT, the fifth child of Frank T and Lizzie (LaClair) Labor.  She was listed in the 1900 census in Barton with her parents and siblings.  Shortly afterward, the family moved to Lebanon NH, where Lana graduated from high school in 1911. 

Timothy Harrison Woodward was born 13 May 1890, in Barnet VT, son of Harrison and Roxie Evelyn (Hackett) Woodward.  In 1910, he was living in Lebanon with his parents.  

Lana and Timothy were married 22 March 1913 in Lebanon.  He was a weaver, she was a seamstress.   It was the first marriage for both.  Timothy registered for the draft for WW1, but I do not know if he served in the military.  The card says he had a wife and one child. It shows he worked for the American Woolen Co in Lebanon, New Hampshire where he was a weaver and he claimed an exemption from the draft for a rupture. The registrar’s report shows he was tall and slender build and had hazel eyes and dark brown hair.  

Lana and Tim had four children.  Madeline was born in 1914, Timothy in 1917, Paul in 1919, and Francis in 1925. 

In 1920, the family lived in Lebanon.    Tim was a weaver, Lana was a stitcher.  They were in the household of Willis Nash. Nash is Helen Brooks Laber’s stepfather (Helen being Lana’s sister-in-law).

The 1922 Lebanon city directory shows Tim and Lana at 25 Mahan, he was a weaver.  Harrison (his father) lived at 19 Mahan.  They were at the same address in 1924.  The 1930 census lists the family in Lebanon.  Tim was a weaver, Lana was a stitcher. 

Madeline Woodward married Ernest Hamilton, and she died in 1980.  Timothy married Beatrice Fraser, and died in 1996.  Paul married Janette Knight, and died in 1970.  Francis served in the Marines, and was killed on Okinawa during a mortar attack 14 May 1945. 

Family lore is that Lana went to an insane asylum after her son died in WWII and died of Huntington’s disease on 30 May 1959.  Tim died 18 Jan 1967.  They and Francis are buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Lebanon NH.

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