Thursday, February 23, 2017

{genealogy} Martha, Joseph, and Edward Jewell of Somerset County, England

These bios are for the Jewell ancestors in my line. I only have 3 Jewell ancestors so I combined them all in one post. I was able to research these last weekend while made the UK records available for free for a few days.

My lineage is as follows:
my dad
Charles Henry Derham – Mary Ann Burbridge
Henry Derham – Martha Jewell
Joseph Jewell – Anne Hitchcock
Edward Jewell – Betty Newberry

Martha Jewell

Heather’s 3rd great grandmother

When Martha Jewell was baptised in 1814 in Bickenhall, Somerset County, England, her father, Joseph, was 33, and her mother, Anne, was 33. She married Henry Derham on May 21, 1835, in her hometown. She died on October 11, 1868, in Corunna, Michigan, at the age of 53 or 54, and was buried in Shiawassee, Michigan.

Here is a copy of a baptismal record from Church of England. Her name is at the bottom of the image. She was baptized 2 Oct 1814. Profession is listed as “weaver”…I assume that is her father Joseph’s profession.

The next record I have is also from Church of England, showing that she married Henry Derham 21 May 1835, after marriage banns had been posted for the previous 3 weeks. You can’t see from this image, but the source citation also indicates that this occurred in Bickenhall, Somerset County, England. Assuming she was baptised as a baby, she is about 21 at her marriage. Her husband Henry is at least age 19 based on his baptism age.

Six years later we can see this couple along with their children in the 1841 census. They live in the Parish of Street, which is in Somerset County, England. In the first column “Place”, it’s marked “do” (“ditto”). On the previous page of the census, the place has been marked “Godswell Lane”. (I couldn’t find evidence that Godswell Lane still exists today, though Parish of Street is a large city.) Son William is 2 years old, and son Alfred is 6 months old. They are also living with Ann Leigh and her daughter(?) Louisa, but I don’t know who they are.

It may appear curious that Martha is listed as age 25. This would put her birth year in 1816, which conflicts with the baptism record. However, in 1841, for whatever reason the policy of the census taker was to round ages downward, the the lower multiple of 5. This applied to anyone age 15 and older.

Another thing to note is that the oldest child in the house is reportedly only 2 years old, though Henry and Martha have been married for 6 years at this point. This is unusual, so we might look for a child that had been born earlier but did not survive. A biographical sketch was later written about the family, but it indicated that Martha only had 5 children. It is true that she had 5 children who survived to adulthood, but I believe there was a 6th child Daniel who was born and died in 1850. Therefore, since the biography left out Daniel, it is possible other children who died young could have been left out as well.

Another interesting this is that Martha Derham appears twice in the 1841 census. In the 2nd, she is in her father’s household. It looks like I failed to get an image of the 2nd page, but in the citation we see Alfred is 8 months old, so it would seem like it is 2 months after the previous census was taken.  However, supposedly the 1841 census was designed so that it all took place on one day. So of course Alfred could not be both 6 months old and 8 months old on that day. Someone was confused.

 Little William is not in the household, and neither is Henry. The census place is Parish of Bickenhall. See Joseph Jewell and wife Ann on the top 2 lines, with Martha Derham on the last line. (Baby Alfred was on the next page.) A simple explanation is that Martha and the baby were just visiting her parents. In 1841, census takers were required to list everyone who was in the house that day, even if they were just visiting as guests.

Based on the biographical sketch, which was published in 1891, we can follow the family. It indicates that Henry Derham immigrated in 1847, but whether Martha came with him at that time, I’m not sure. She had their fifth child, daughter Emma, in 1847, and records indicate that Emma was born in England.

If I knew exactly when Martha came to America, that would help settle whether or not she (and Henry) had criminal records. Somerset County jail records show that in 1848, a Martha Derham, aged 33, served 1 month in prison for larceny. I know there was another Martha Derham in Somerset County at the same time as our Martha Jewell Derham. So which one went to jail in 1848? The story gets more interesting when I tell you there are A LOT of criminal records for a Henry Derham that was Martha’s husband’s age, back when he was in his 20s. Stealing a goose, larceny, that kind of thing. Sometimes he was acquitted and sometimes he served time (like, 1-3 months at a time). And yes I did check if that’s where he was in 1841 during the 2nd census, but no, that’s not it, at least not that I could find.

The biography goes on to say that after Henry stayed in New York for 2 years, he went to Shiawassee County, Michigan in 1849, and identified property he wanted to purchase. It appears the purchase was made in 1850, at which time he built a house. The biography states that the family lived there until 1866, until Mr. Derham moved to Corunna (also in Shiawassee County). Presumably Martha went with him. The biography states that she died in 1868. It also states that she was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

I have not found the family in the 1850 U.S. census. They may be hiding due to all the moving that was going on during that year.

Here they are in the township of Venice, Shiawassee County, in 1860. Venice is near Corunna. Again, Martha reports herself to be the same age as Henry (age 42), but in this case we can not blame weird rules that the census taker had to follow. I wonder if she lies about her age to appear younger.

It’s hard to read, but her headstone inscription says she died 11 Oct 1868 at age 53. She is buried in Wilkinson Cemetery, in Shiawassee County, Michigan.

Here is the biographical sketch of her son, Alfred Derham. I posted the parts that pertained to Martha Jewell Derham.

Joseph Jewell

Heather’s 4th great grandfather

Joseph Jewell was born in 1781 in Curry Rivel, Somerset, England, the son of Betty and Edward. He married Anne Hitchcock on April 17, 1805, in Bickenhall, Somerset, England. He died in March 1857 in Bickenhall, Somerset, England, having lived a long life of 76 years, and was buried there.
Here is a copy of a baptismal record from Church of England, St. Andrews parish, Curry Rivel, Somerset County, England. His name is at the bottom of the image. He was baptized 23 June 1782. Parents names are Edward and Betty Jewel.

Based on census and burial records later, it’s pretty safe to assume that Joseph was baptised when he was a baby, and so was born in 1782.
The next record we have is the marriage record from 1805, showing his marriage to Ann Hitchcock on 17 April 1805. They were married in Bickenhall, Somerset County, England, in St. Paul’s Church.

We previously saw them in the 1841 census when daughter Martha Jewell Derham was living with them. And here they are in in 1851, no kids at home. Just Joseph and Ann, still in Bickenhall, living on Abby Hill street. (Again, I looked for such a location today, but came up empty-handed.)

A burial index for St. Paul’s Church (same church where he was married) shows that he was buried on 3 March 1857. If he died in 1857, he would have been 75 years old.

Edward Jewell

Heather’s 5th great grandfather

Edward Jewell might have been born in 1757 in Somerset County, England. He married Betty Newberry on September 20, 1779, in his Curry Rivel, Somerset, England. Here is an image of his marriage record. It is from Church of England in Curry Rivel, though I’m not sure which parish. 

If he was born in 1757, then he was 22 when he married Betty.

His death date and burial location are unknown, but I do have a record of an Edward Jewell that was born in 1757, buried in Somerset County on 14 February 1837. Edward Jewell, was not an uncommon name, but the approximate age and the location are promising.

I did search the 1841 census for Edward Jewell and came up negative, so it does seem he died before 1841.

After Edward, we have a brick wall for now.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday coffee post

Blogging for 10+ years makes me more conscious of the fact that sometimes things just go nuts all at once and our schedule gets messed up. So there's no need for me to repeat what I always say when this happens, that I hate having my schedule messed up.

I sort of alluded to the issue a couple weeks ago when I said "Mike is sick" and "things have to change" but that's really all I said. The following week I didn't publish my Friday post because it was just too raw but it said words like "the nanny's husband went to jail on a domestic violence charge and now he's out on bail and living with my WT neighbor since he has a restraining order". So this is the nanny's problem for real, but is it fair to say it's also kind of mine when she can't come to work? Let's just say, whether or not it's fair for me to say it, her issues at the very least interrupt my daily life as well, and I sympathize, but also wish I had better last minute backup. We do have last minute backup day care but it's not as easy as it sounds.

Hey, how's it going setting up the new day care? You might ask me. Because it seems relevant and like really good timing to get that going now. It's going slowly. I exchanged emails with our real estate agent and though she had some creative ideas, the real estate market in Portland is just too insane right now and we can not afford to buy a building at these prices. So we have to pursue a lease, and at the moment I'm waiting for the tax accountant to call and say that he needs every penny I have, which is GOOD because it means we made money this year, right? But it is hard to do first + last + security deposit which is illegal in California but not here in Oregon. 

Coffee is almost gone. Something GOOD to focus on is that despite all the interruptions my kids are ahead in their grade level in their homeschooling and I am very proud of them. They are training for a Tae Kwon Do tournament next month. I can't wait.

Monday, February 06, 2017

Books I read in January

Looks like just one, or it's the only one I can remember

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Sunday morning coffee post

Have to get Libby up in 15 minutes. The girls have a scout thing today at a new dance studio I'd like to see. It's pouring rain. I mean, loud, really pouring, and it's been doing so for hours. The "waterfalls" in our back acre are going nuts.

Freezing weather has taken its toll on my property and the city roads in general. To say that the main street through Oregon City is "full of potholes" is understating it. On one stretch there are more potholes than road. And so at my house too. When the snow melted we found that our front steps literally disintegrated. So that's good, I didn't like those steps anyway. But I worry that the mailman will refuse to come to my door or something if we don't fix it soon. Of course we have to fix it soon. When it stops pouring. And when I learn how. We also lost one tree, one rain gutter, and one gate.

The schedule was weird this week. Mike was sick and had to take a week off of work. Things have to change. We changed them. He is going in on Monday and revising his work schedule again. He will have longer appointment times and more time off throughout the day as well as throughout the year. I spent 4 days developing a dynamic Excel workbook for him so he can be confident he is billing correctly, and quickly. In a way, I can't wait for a medical billing audit. But, that's just what I do for a living, so it's fun for me.

I have several side hustles going on and so I worked on those as well even while making that Excel workbook. One of them has so far failed miserably. I have to try different marketing strategies. It has to work, you see, since Mike took a week off...

The girls started their new piano semester this week. Mike took Mae to her class and he really enjoyed it. Unfortunately Libby hates having me in class with her even after hearing the teacher lecture that parent participation is required.

We visited a new Elks Lodge and were blown away (and transported back in time). It's the Milwaukie Lodge and it's huge (building size and membership). We met a new friend. I loved that lodge. We played shuffleboard. I took photos of the mid-century decor.

Time's up, we have to get ready for dance.

Friday, January 13, 2017


Mike sent me this 2-minute video, which puts a whole new spin on my 2017 word "Good". I mentioned choosing this word, over on the photo blog.

I personally do not listen to Jocko's podcast because I've heard he's kind of scary and I guess I'm not ready for that. Also, virtually every single podcaster that I do listen to, also listens to Jocko, so I still learn from Jocko as they pass the notes along.

But for this video, as the comments say, I could watch this a million times. Partly because of Jocko but more because of the video editor Echo Charles.

And it makes me feel like my choice of word was perfectly inspired.

Click here if you can't see below.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow day!

We got about 4 inches of snow last night. I took about a hundred photos. A few are going on My365 blog, and the rest of the good ones are here. Mae stayed outside a long time. Libby tends to get cold and then goes back in the house after a short play. That's what happened today.

I kept running in and out with different cameras, so these photos were taken over several hours.

In the morning, it wasn't as quiet as you might think. I heard chain saws (for the trees that fell), snowmobiles, and birds. Little birds going nuts, but also in Oregon City we have a pretty big flock of geese and they were being quite noisy as well.

over 4 inches

I was there too

Couldn't get Mae to stop eating snow

Libby loves to make snow angels

Ready, aim, fire!

One of our neighbors loaned us a sled


In the one below, my neighbor is using a chain saw to clear a tree that fell on my deck. Luckily we didn't have any other downed trees near the house. At his house, a tree fell on their car.

Friday, January 06, 2017

My Friday 5

What I'm reading right now:
I'm going back and forth between Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss) and Reinvent Yourself (James Altucher).

The initial themes of these books are pretty similar. They both pull from their 200+ interviews from each guy's podcast, summarizing lessons learned from the various geniuses.

However, Tim comes across as egotistic and arrogant, but James is down-to-earth and vulnerable. Tim's writing is cold, though he tries to be funny. James is a poet.

ToT is organized in 3 sections (healthy, wealthy, and wise), but otherwise comes across as a random jumble of notes. The interview notes are often boiled down to a few snippets on a couple of pages, which doesn't always do the subject genius justice.

RY is a lot easier to read. The theme isn't jumbled - it's clearly about how to reinvent yourself (in your career) and he writes in such a way to help bring the reader back to the theme from time to time. I also like the way James refers to geniuses that he hasn't interviewed, such as Louis C.K. and Picasso. When he does reference his own interviews, he goes into much greater detail than TF does in ToT, and I appreciate that.

Another problem I have with ToT is that a lot of the "tools" aren't actionable to the average person. I mean he refers to things that are illegal or not available to the public. 

On the other hand, with James's book I practically highlighted every single sentence. 

Both books are important, but James is just a lot easier to read than Tim.

Product I'm loving:
Barlean's Omega Swirl Fish Oil. You just eat a spoonful and it tastes like pudding! It is so delicious! And it is truly high potency, so good for you! Way better than swallowing a handful of fish oil capsules.

Website I recommend:

I'm really enjoying reading this one. There's a book now, and I have it on hold at the library. The concept kind of reminds me of where they also cover stories about obscure things or unknown history. I don't read 99PI, but I subscribe to their podcast.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Books I read in December

Really liked it

thought the end was dumb

Best book I read all year

Friday, December 30, 2016

Two bullet Friday

My favorite Twitter photo from this week:

Song I have on repeat:
Dark was the night, cold was the ground by Blind Willie Johnson

That's all I have today.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 7 - Daniel Teague, Sr.

Daniel Teague, Sr.

Heather’s 8th great grandfather

According to Our Folks and Your Folks, Daniel Teague, Sr. is the first Teague to have a surviving record in America. It is a tax record from Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1719. Family lore says that other Teagues preceded him, but we can’t be sure. I did not find any Teagues in The Great Migration study of families that arrived in the 1600s.

Again from Hingham, here is the marriage record showing a marriage to Sarah Prey 7 Sep 1719.

Once again, the old vital records of the town of Hingham show us Daniel’s death date and approximate age at death. This is from year 1776, showing he died 15 Nov 1776 at age “about 80”. This would put his birth around 1694.

His burial location is unknown.

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 6 - Daniel Teague, Jr.

Daniel Teague, Jr.

Heather’s 7th great grandfather

A Maine local biographical sketch Our Folks and Your Folks which indicates that Bani Teague’s parents were Daniel Teague and Elizabeth Lane. Using this information, I located a Lane genealogy (published in 1891) which verifies Elizabeth married a Daniel Teague, Jr. and was Bani’s mother.

We have an old record from Hingham, Massachusetts showing Daniel’s birth. It reads: Daniel Teague, the son of Daniel Teague and Sarah his wife, born Feb 22, 1720.

Town records also show the marriage of Daniel Teague, Jr. and Elizabeth Lane, 28 Feb 1742.

Otherwise, I have not located a death date or place. There is a Daniel Teague in the 1790 census living in Maine, but I am not sure if this is our guy.

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 5 - Bani Teague

Bani Teague

Heather’s 6th great grandfather

When Bani Teague was born on February 27, 1742, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, his father, Daniel, was 23 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 24. He married Joanna Darling on March 29, 1766, in Middleborough, Massachusetts. They had four children during their marriage. Joanna passed away in 1775, after only 9 years of marriage. It is said that he remarried twice more: once to Sarah Tuttle, and also to Lucy Lincoln. Bani Teague fought against the British during the Revolutionary War. He died on January 15, 1820, in Oxford, Maine, having lived a long life of 77 years.

The source for his birth record is just an index, meaning, I haven’t seen the document with my own eyes, but it has been transcribed by a genealogist. I do have strong belief it was transcribed correctly.

His 3rd marriage to Lucy Lincoln took place on 1 Nov 1795, and here is the record:

A History of Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine was published in 1915 by the Maine Historical Society and Oxford County Clerk. They did not find much about Bani at the time of publishing:

But they did publish a history of his early settlement in Buckfield:

Another book, A History of Turner, Maine, from its Settlement to 1886, (published in 1887) elaborates on the mill that Bani, Jr. built. I did not reproduce it here since Bani Jr. is not in our direct lineage. But that same book includes a frontispiece that possibly indicates Bani’s property. See Lot No. 2 at the bottom.

Bani survived to be a Revolutionary War pensioner. I personally transcribed his statement. 

April 18, 1818
I, Bani Teague, of Buckfield in the County of Oxford in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on oath declare that I served in the War of the Revolution as a soldier in the Army on the continental establishment and in the Massachusetts Line for the term of twelve months and longer, that I enlisted into service at Middleborough in the County of Plymouth and Commonwealth aforesaid on or about the last day of December in the year seventeen hundred seventy five into a company commanded by Captain William Reid belonging to a Regiment commanded by Col. John Bailey of Hanover for the term of twelve months, and marched immediately to Boston, thence, after the British Army left it, to New York, upon which place I returned with the Army and was afterwards on duty at various places with said company on North River and having served my said period of twelve months through I was discharged from said service to some places on said North River, but what part and place I can not remember.
After the above term had expired, I again enlisted into said service under Captain Hays of Waymouth, and served out eight months being the term of my enlistment, chiefly at West Point, and was discharged not having received any regular discharges in writing at the close of either period of my services.
I further declare that I am a resident Citizen of the United States of America, that I am not bound on any pension list of said United States and that by reason of my reduced circumstances in life, I am in need of assistance from my country for support.

Following Bani’s letter are 2 letters of testimony from fellow soldiers Elisha Bisby and Hezekiah Stetson, confirming that they served with Bani in the war. I transcribed Elisha’s letter because it contained more details about Bani’s service as well as a statement that they had been inoculated for small pox together.

I, Elisha Bisbu of Sumner in the County of Oxford in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, testify and say that I served in the Army of the United States in that War of the Revolution, as a soldier during the first years service so called, commencing on the first day of January, seventeen hundred & seventy six – that on that day, having previously enlisted into said service, I was attached to a Company commanded by Captain William Reid, which was then organized at Roxbury near Boston, belonging to the Regiment Commander Col. John Bailey of the Massachusetts Line.
Then I further say that Beni Teague, now residing in Buckfield in said County, was also a private in said Company, having enlisted for the year, that he marched to New York with said Company, and although I was detached from said Regiment into another Corps soon after our arrival at New York, yet I am confident that said Teague did continue in said company in said service during the whole of said year, as I was in the habit of frequenting said company and usually saw him there in said capacity of a soldier.
And I further state that I met with said Teague at Albany in the month of March in the year seventeen hundred & seventy eight, at which which time said Teague ascending to my present recollection was a soldier in said service as I was myself, he being at that time and place innoculated for the small pox from my arm.  ~Elisha Bisbu

Bani’s application was approved and his pension # is S38428.

Here is Bani’s probate record which helps us approximately verify his date of death. It is interesting that the judge’s name is “Judah Dana”, which initially confused me into thinking that this was Bani’s son. But no, Judge Judah Dana is not the same person as Bani’s son Judah Teague. Bani’s burial location is unknown.

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 4 - Judah Teague

Judah Teague

Heather’s 5th great grandfather

When Judah Teague was born on September 4, 1771, in Massachusetts, his father, Bani, was 29 and his mother, Joanna, was 35. He married Eleanor Knight on March 5, 1795, in Turner, Maine. He died on March 10, 1835, in Turner, Maine, at the age of 63, and was buried there.

Here is his birth record from Middleborough, Massachusetts, although this is not an original record. You can see his sister Mary is listed first, followed by Judah. Since they are consecutive on the page, they obviously weren’t recorded in “real” time. Also notice Judah is recorded as a “daughter” instead of a son.

Some histories give Judah’s middle name as “Dana”, the same as his grandson, but since I have found no direct evidence of this I only listed his name as Judah Teague.

I believe that he had a will, but I have not located it.

Here is his gravestone from Turner Cemetery:

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 3 - Richard Teague

Richard Teague

Heather’s 4th great grandfather

Richard Teague was born on April 17, 1797, in Turner, Maine, the child of Judah and Eleanor. He married Lydia Lombard on February 9, 1821, in his hometown. They had 6 children during their marriage. Lydia died in 1849. His second wife was Betsey Stevens, and with her he had one more son. He was a farmer. He died on August 27, 1884, in Turner, Maine, having lived a long life of 87 years, and was buried there.

Here is his birth record:

Here is his first marriage record:

His gravestone at Turner Cemetery:


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