#42 Bost Boys in the Civil War

(52 Ancestors #42 (Oct. 15-21) – Conflict)

Samuel Bost (c1804-1863) and Sarah Kinder (c1809-c1845) were married on 14 June 1827 in Columbiana, Ohio. They had five sons before Sarah’s death: Azariah, Abraham, Michael, Adam (my great-great-great grandfather), and Samuel.

All 5 sons served in the Civil War.  Azariah enlisted in Company A, Ohio 68th Infantry Regiment in October 1861. He died at Shiloh on 26 March 1862 and is buried at the cemetery there.

68th Ohio Infantry Monument at Shiloh Battlefield

Abraham was in Company D of the Ohio 68th Infantry. He survived the war and died in Alabama in 1903. Michael enlisted in Company B, Ohio 38th Infantry. He died at Vining’s Station, Georgia on 15 July 1864 of a gunshot wound that fractured his femur. Adam, my 3x Great-Grandfather, was drafted into Company B, Ohio 38th Infantry Regiment on 9 Oct 1862. He survived the war and died in Ohio in 1924. Samuel enlisted in Company B, Ohio 38th Infantry on 19 Aug 1861. He died in Ohio in 1923.

#41 Gerald R. Ford

(52 Ancestors #41 (Oct. 8-14) – Sports)

Ford at the University of Michigan, 1933 (Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library)

I don’t know much about sportsmen or women in my family tree, but I do know my 10th cousin, Gerald R. Ford played football for the University of Michigan. Ford and I are related through the Ayer family, as seen below:

Gerald Ford < Dorothy Ayer Gardner < Adele Augusta Ayer < George M. Ayer <    John V. Ayer < Samuel Ayer < Daniel Ayer < William Ayer < James Ayer < Samuel Ayer < Robert Ayer < John Ayer (Ford’s 9th great-grandfather)

K. Eklund < R. W. < V. Belknap < Earl Belknap < Arthur Belknap < Thomas Belknap < Obadiah Belknap < Nathaniel Belknap < Obadiah Belknap < Hannah Ayer < Nathaniel Ayer < John Ayer (my 9th great-grandfather)

#45 Archibald Thompson

52 Ancestors Week 45: Bearded (Nov. 5-11)
In looking through my photos on my Ancestry tree, I noticed I don’t have very many photographs of bearded ancestors. Most are clean-shaven or have mustaches.  However, I have this great image of my great-great grandfather Archibald Thompson.
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Archibald Thompson was born in either 1838 or 1841 in either Ireland or Scotland. He arrived in Canada in about 1857 and lived on Amherst Island, Ontario. He married Elizabeth Dunning in about 1860. He was a sailor, then a farmer. Archie and Elizabeth had 11 children, including my great-grandmother Mary. In the mid-1890s, the family moved to Deseronto, Hastings, Ontario. Elizabeth died in 1912 and Archibald died on 24 Feb 1931 at the age of 93 (if the DOB on his death certificate is accurate).
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Citations:
“Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNSZ-YHC : 8 March 2018), Archibald Thompson, 24 Feb 1931; citing Frontenac, Pittsburg, Ontario, 108, Registrar General. Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,296,529.

#39 J.H. Wells in Horsepasture, VA

(52 Ancestors #39 – On the Farm)

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Horsepasture Store, U.S. Route 58 & State Route 687, Horse Pasture, Henry County, VA (from the Historic American Buildings Survey at the Library of Congress)

For the “On the Farm” theme, I want to talk about a farmer in my family tree and the area in which he lived and farmed. James Henry Wells, my great-great grandfather, was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on August 4, 1840. He married Mary Ann Clark on September 2, 1864 in Henry County, Virginia. By the 1870 Federal Census, they were living in Horsepasture, Henry County, Virginia and had 3 children. James’ sister Eliza, a widow, was also living with them with her 2 children. He was a farmer who could not read or write. In 1880, they were living in Horsepasture with 7 children and James was listed as a farmer again.

From Pat Ross and Fran Snead on the Bassett Historical Center’s “History Cornerblog from Sept. 6, 2007:

Horsepasture had no recorded name until a group of Northerners traveling South passed through this part of the county riding thin mares, undernourished and overworked. The men of this group struck bargains with the people living in the area, trading their rides for new Virginia stock – two mares for a stallion, a mare and a colt for another mare, etc.

The Yankees rode southward that Spring, but during the Fall of that same year they returned North to their homes, traveling through this very same area. The horses that they had traded were now grazing on the high quality grass of this very fertile area. The Yankees continued home, shaking their heads in disbelief as they remarked that this little area was about the best ‘horse pasture’ they had ever known. The name stuck and the local Horsepasture Christian Church was founded in 1832. There was a post office at Horsepasture from 1833 to 1906.

James’ wife Mary Ann died of a fever in 1894 and James re-married in 1898 to Sallie Lou Koger. A little over a year later, Sallie moved back to her parents and gave birth to a daughter, Maggie. Oddly, in the 1900 census, James lists his deceased wife Mary Ann as living. Sallie was living with her parents and her daughter. James farmed with two of his sons, Robert (my great-grandfather) and Edward, as his farm laborers. In 1901, James filed for divorce on the grounds of Sallie’s desertion and it was finalized in June 1903. James died March 6, 1904 and was buried in Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Bassett, Henry County.

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From Find-a-Grave Memorial ID #37754107

#38 – Tombstones

(52 Ancestors #38 – Unusual Source)

Tombstones aren’t too unusual as a source, but sometimes they aren’t highly accurate. And often they only give names and birth and death years. But sometimes they have additional information that can be useful and point your research in the right direction. I’ll post some examples from my own family below.

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Sometimes stones list military service, branches, and/or units.
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Sometimes, stones will list the parents of the deceased. This is especially helpful if you have a lot of people in your tree with the same name.
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This is my aunt and her husband. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, stones will have full dates and even marriage dates (kind of tiny above their last name it says “Together Forever. Married 7-4-1960).
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This is my great-great grandfather. His stone tells the city and country of his birth. And it’s actually correct, although his birth name was Johan Axel Rustad.

#37 – Arthur F. Belknap

(52 Ancestors #37 – Closest to your Birthday)

Arthur Belknap, with his 60th birthday cake (1929)
Arthur Belknap, with his 60th birthday cake (1929)

I was born on what would have been my great-great grandfather Arthur Belknap’s 110th birthday.  He was born May 23, 1869, probably in Fulton County, Ohio, to Thomas Belknap and Polly Ann Farr.  He was their last child. His father was 66 years old when Arthur was born.

In the 1870 U.S. census, Arthur was living in York Township, Fulton, Ohio with his parents Thomas and Polly, his half-brother Francis, and his siblings Myron, Lucelia, Lucretia, Thomas and Lucina.  He had another brother, Zera, who was living with the Stillman Biddle family in York, as a farm laborer.

In 1880, 11-year-old Arthur was living in Dover, Fulton, Ohio with his parents and his brother Myron and sister Lucina.

On March 5, 1890, Arthur married Martha Gisel in Fulton County.  Martha already had a child named Minnie, who had been born in 1887.  On August 14, 1891, their son Floyd was born in Dover.  On April 9, 1895, a son Earl was born in Gorham Township.  On March 18, 1899, their daughter Belva was born.

In 1900, the family was living in Franklin Township, Fulton, Ohio.  Arthur was a farm laborer and rented his home.  On August 18, 1901, their son Orville was born in Franklin.  On August 18, 1903, their last child Kennard was born.

In 1910, the family was living in Gorham Township, and Arthur was listed as a laborer.  In 1913, Arthur’s first grandchild, Velma, was born in Wauseon, Ohio.  Velma was my grandmother.

In 1920, Arthur, Martha, Orville and Kennard were living on Gorham St. in Gorham Township.  Arthur was a laborer at a lumber company, while the boys were farm laborers.

Arthur with 2 of his grandchildren in the early 1920s.
Arthur with 2 of his grandchildren in the early 1920s.

In September 1925, Arthur’s wife, Martha died in a car accident.  See this post from March 2011 for details of her death.

In 1930, Arthur was living alone in Fayette, Ohio, working as a laborer at odd jobs.

By 1940, Arthur was living with his daughter and her family in Nankin, Wayne County, Michigan.

In the 1947 and 1953, Lincoln Park, Michigan city directories, Arthur is listed as living with his son Earl at 617 Cleophus.

Clockwise from top left: my aunt, my grandma Velma, my great-grandpa Earl, my great-great grandpa Arthur holding my cousin who was born in February 1955.
Clockwise from top left: my aunt, my grandma Velma, my great-grandpa Earl, my great-great grandpa Arthur holding my cousin who was born in February 1955.
Arthur died August 1, 1955 in Wyandotte, Michigan.
Arthur died August 1, 1955 in Wyandotte, Michigan.
He is buried in Wauseon Cemetery in Wauseon, Ohio next to his wife.
He is buried in Wauseon Cemetery in Wauseon, Ohio next to his wife.