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52 Ancestors/ Who’s coming to dinner

What ancestor would I invite to dinner, that is a good question!

I have so many ancestors that would be awesome to spend dinner with reaching back to those who  came with the Puritan Great Migration in the 1630’s to the east coast of what is now the United States, to grand parents that I miss greatly.

While working on fleshing out an acestrial profile at WikiTree I found I had a very interesting grand father.  He is a notable in the local region of Ashtubula, Ashtubula, Ohio. He is one of the pioneers of the Western Reserve of Connecticut.

Let me introduce you to Peleg Sweet Sr. the grandson of Dr. James Sweet of Rhode Island in 1687. (see James Sweet). This family of Sweets where know as bonesetters which would be considered as orthopedic Dr. today. They were not so much a medical doctors, but they knew how to manipulate and set bones. The Sweet family considers this a family gift and there are many members in this family that were considered bonesetters. My fifth great grand father Peleg was such a man. I have not found where he was considered a Dr., but family tradtion states that both he and his son Peleg Jr. were both bonesetters.

Peleg by trade was a tanner and a shoemaker and lived in Connecticut as a grown man until about 1807. When he head west to Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio. He was born in  in Kent Co., Rhode Island to James and Mercy Nichols Sweet.

Peleg married on 10 November 1777, Miss Mary Wilkinson in Winchester, Litchfield, Connecticut.

Peleg and Mary gave land to Ashtabula for Edgewood Cememtery and what is known today as Peleg Sweet Park.

Why I would like to invite him and of course grandma Mary to dinner, would be to find out what it must have been like to live in the East and move to the wilds of Ohio. In 1807 most of Eastern Ohio was dense forest and marsh land.

What prompted the move and how was it to travel with up to ten of their children to this wilderness and what was it like to clear the first bit of land.

What was Oliver Hazard Perry like? Peleg was part of a contingent of older men that helped Perry during the War of 1812.  “Old Grey Men of the Ghost Ship Militia”.

Was he really a bonesetter and did he consider it a gift?

So many more questions to ask that it would probably take more then a dinner, might even have to have breakfast in the morning!

Visit Peleg Sweet and find out some more about him and his family!

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Favorite Photo/ 52 Ancestors

Family Photo about 1850

This is one of my favorite photos, the picture tells me much, I just wish it told me who they are!

I believe the photo to have been taken in Scotland about 1850 dating the clothes and hair styles and the photographers information on the folder.

The photo reminds me of Sunday morning when trying to get little people ready for church. The little ones are dressed and looking cute as buttons. Whereas Dad is looking a bit ascue! Tie is not quite right and his collar is not right, can’t tell for sure if it should be up or down ! I can see two little ones scampering all over his lap before they were made to sit still for the photo, which in this time period is a bit of sitting still.

The on last question I have, is where is Mom? I am not sure if this is a common setting for a photo or not for that time period. As genealogy goes always questions!

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Friday Family History-Frank Upson 1855-1924

Frank Upson(Frank 3,Peter 2,Job 1) is a great grandfather in my maternal ancestry. His father Peter is my emigrant ancestor, Peter is believed to be from Botesdale, Suffolk, England.

Frank was born about 1856 in Ohio to[1] Peter and Harriet Tenney Upson. Harriet Tenney is a descendant of Thomas and Ann Mighill who were part of the Great Migration to the USA. Peter was born in Botesdale, Suffolk, England.
Frank married Kitty Sweet on 31 Dec 1879 in Clinton, Summit, Ohio, USA [2] I received my middle name from Kitty. (Katherine)Story is that Dad didn’t like Kitty so Mom compromised with Katherine, I rather like Kitty! Perhaps if it was Kitty I would prefer Katherine, as things so often happen.

Frank and Kitty had the following children:

Lena De Ette Upson b. 19 Mar 1881 Geneva, Ashtabula County, Ohio died 13 Sep 1940
Adah Mae Upson b. 11 Dec 1882 Geneva, Ashtabula County, Ohio, m. Clark I. Beach 14 Feb 1903 Ashtabula, Ohio, USA[3]she died 29 Jul 1929 Conneaut, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Frances Amelia Upson aka Frankie, b.12 Oct 1886, Geneva, Ashtabula, Ohio[4] m. Clyde Leroy Taylor, She died 12 Oct 1948 Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ohio
Fred Pembrook Upson b.26 Aug 1889 m. Dora North d. 14 Aug 1950
Edward P. Upson b. 12 Sep 1891,Geneva, Ashtabula, Ohio m. Bessie Bowdler [5]
Dorothy Elizabeth Upson b. 2 Jul 1897, m. Homer Philley abt 1920, she died in Amboy, Ashtabula County, Ohio

Frank was a general farmer in 1910 [6] and he owned a dairy farm in Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio, USA.The farm was located on North Ridge Street[7]

Frank died on the 16 Mar 1924, in Ohio, USA [8]

At this writing I do not have much more on Frank. The above biography was posted by me to Frank Upson At this point in time it is my writing. I am hoping that there will be more added to his biography as time goes by.


1↑ Upson, Frank E. in 1910 Census in Place: Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio; Roll: T624_1152; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0002; FHL microfilm: 1375165
2↑ Marriage Records. Ohio Marriages. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, UT. Upson, Frank E. and Sweet, Kittie in Marriage Records. Ohio Marriages. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, UT.
3↑ Beach, Clark I., Upson, Adah Mae, Upson, Frank E., Sweet, Kittie, in Marriage Records. Ohio Marriages. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, UT.
4↑ “Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962.” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2011. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
5↑”Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962.” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2011. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
6↑ Upson, Frank E. in 1910 Census in Place: Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio; Roll: T624_1152; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0002; FHL microfilm: 1375165
7↑ Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).
8↑ Ohio. Division of Vital Statistics. Death Certificates and Index, December 20, 1908-December 31, 1953. State Archives Series 3094. Ohio Historical Society, Ohio. Ohio Department of Health. Index to Annual Deaths, 1958-2002. Ohio Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit, Columbus, OH, USA.

Happy 110th Birthday Nana/September 6, 1905/Sentemental Sunday

Ruth and Mack taken about 1980 or so in Florida

This is one birthday I never seem to forget, and I am not sure why. Perhaps there are a  lot of dates that fall within this first week of September, a wedding anniversary, a friends birthday, a nephews birthday. Maybe it is because the change of seasons, I really don’t know but I do know not many years go by that I don’t remember Nana on her day.

Nana was born Adela Ruth Ogilvie on September 6, 1905 in Clarence, Iowa. Her parents are Rev. David M. and Barbara (Kaye) Ogilvie who where married on May 17, 1887 in Cook County Illinois.

She went by her middle name Ruth rather than Adela. Nana signed her name after she was married Ruth O. McCartney, so she kept  her maiden name intact.

Ruth is the youngest of eight, consisting of 2 boys and 6 girls, it must have been very interesting for the youngmen in that household at times.Ruth must have had an excellent teacher in the kitchen, and was  a quick study, for when she was 12, she was  awarded for her cooking abilities.  Somewhere along the line Ruth decided  to teach and she pursued that profession. In 1930 census we find her teaching in the Doylestown Schools located in Wayne County, Ohio. In Doylestown I am told is where she met her future husband, my Grandfather, W. W. McCartney aka Mack, at a church gathering. Ruth was also his Latin teacher.

Mack and Ruth where married on November 2, 1935 in Newark, Licking County, Ohio. According to Ohio law at that time, she gave up her teaching, to become a full time wife and a mother to two boys. James and Thomas (Jimmy and Tommy ). I must say Nana never stopped teaching! She always had something to share, whether it be music, nature, grammar, etiquette. Nana played both organ and piano, she learned this at an early age from one of the organist at one of her fathers many pastorates. Ruth was the ogranist at Old South Church in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio for a time.

By the time that I came along she was indeed a very busy lady, raising strawberries, helping grandpa with his orchard and garden and of course house work and her own flower gardens and all the other duties and hobbies that she had.

We as a family lost a treasure  to cancer on April 3, 1985, in North Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida. She now lies next to Grandpa at the South Cemetery on Rt. 306 (Chillicothe Rd.) Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio.

She is missed by many!

Happy Birthday Nana!

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