Monthly Archives: January 2015

Poem by Annie Blagdon Fairbanks (1822-1899)

Annie Blagdon Fairbanks was the sister of my 3x-great-grandmother Jane Elizabeth Fairbanks.  She lived in Dartmouth, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was never married and never had any children.  When my grandmother died in 1856 at the age of only 32, Annie moved in with my grandfather and helped him take care of his five surviving children.

Annie Blagdon Fairbanks

Annie Blagdon Fairbanks

My cousin Catherine has shared with me a signed copy of a poem written by Annie the 25th of November, 1878 on the occasion of the arrival in Halifax of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta and her husband the Marquis of Lorne.  Princess Louise was the daughter of Queen Victoria of Britain and her husband Prince Albert.  The Marquis had been appointed as Governor General of Canada.

Princess Louise (National Portrait Gallery)

Princess Louise (National Portrait Gallery)

The couple arrived in Halifax on 23 Nov 1878, so the poem was written two days later.  More information on the couple’s Canadian years can be found here.

"The Mayflower's Welcome"

“The Mayflower’s Welcome”

Transcript:

THE MAYFLOWER’S WELCOME

Welcome!  Welcome!  loving welcome to our rock-
  bound shore,
Twice two million hearts behind it, welcome holds
  in store;
We have longed to greet thy coming, with our sun-
  niest skies,
But our welcome gloeth warmly, tho’ ‘neath frost
  it lies.
     Daughter of a race of kings,
     Chieftain, round whose lineage clings,
     All that doth a name enhance
     Of glory mingled with romance.

With one pulse our whole Dominion beats through-
  out to-day,
In the universal gladness, little discords pass away;
For the Princess who is coming home to us across
  the sea,
Has been trusted to our keeping – and a loyal race
are we.
     The Denizens of wood and wild
     Have welcome for her Mother’s child – 
     Mayflowers drooped when Dufferin fled,
     For Lorne they raise a smiling head.

Near the Thistle and the Rose, so lovingly en-
  twined;
Blushingly the Mayflowers ask, that they a place
  may find.
For their welcome is so earnest, and their love so
  deep and true,
None among the mighty nations, bear a warmer
  heart to you.
     North and South –we come to greet thee!
     East and West – are here to meet thee!
     Watching as those who watch for morn,
     For our sweet lady, and for Lorne.

May the home with us be happy.  We will guard it
  well;
Love will nerve the strong right arms, that in our
  country dwell
From Ocean unto Ocean, again we cry once more,
A glad right royal welcome to the Canadian Shore.
     For earthly good and Heaven’s care,
     Most fervently we offer prayer;
     Hear us, oh God! and truly bless
     The Lord of Lorne and our Princess.

Dartmouth, 25th Nov., 1878.   A. B. F.

Note from Catherine: At age 33, the Marquess of Lorne became the fourth Governor General of Canada 25 of November 1878. His wife was Princess Louise, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria. http://www.parl.gc.ca/About/Senate/Heraldic/Lorne-e.html


Olson Family Records From Norway

I recently found many records related to the family of my 2x great-grandmother Ovidia Kristine Olsdatter (Olson in America). I had some information on her family that I had been given by my cousins still living in Norway, and these records aligned at every point with what they had said. I’m very excited that more records from Norway are making their way online.

The first is the birth and baptism record for Ovidia herself:

Name: 	        Ovidia Kristine Olesdatter
Gender: 	Female
Birth Date: 	16 apr 1866
Baptism Date: 	29 jul 1866
Baptism Place: 	Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Father: 	Ole Zachariasen Ryum
Mother: 	Kristine Dorthea Christiansdatter
FHL Film Number: 307059
Reference ID: 	v9 p55 #66

And birth and baptism records for all of her siblings:

Name: 	        Caroline Margrethe Olesdatter
Gender: 	Female
Birth Date: 	24 nov 1851
Baptism Date: 	1 jan 1852
Baptism Place: 	Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Father: 	Ole Zachariasen
Mother: 	Christine Dorthea Christiansdatter
FHL Film Number: 307059
Reference ID: 	pg108 #1
Name: 	        Søren Christian Olesen (I)
Gender: 	Male
Birth Date: 	9 Mar 1854
Baptism Date: 	21 May 1854
Baptism Place: 	Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Father: 	Ole Zachariasen Ryom
Mother: 	Christine Christiansdatter
FHL Film Number: 307059
Reference ID: 	pg119 #20
Name: 	        Søren Christian Oluff Olesen (II)
Gender: 	Male
Birth Date: 	26 Dec 1856
Baptism Date: 	9 Apr 1857
Baptism Place: 	Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Father: 	Ole Zachariasen Ryam
Mother: 	Christine Dorthe Christiansdatter
FHL Film Number: 307059
Reference ID: 	pg135 #5
Name: 	        Albert Marthin Olesen
Gender: 	Male
Birth Date: 	17 Mar 1861
Baptism Date: 	20 May 1861
Baptism Place: 	Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Father: 	Ole Zachariassen Ryum
Mother: 	Christine D. Christiansdatter
FHL Film Number: 307059
Reference ID: 	vol 9 pg9 #32
Name: 	        Casper Odin Olesen
Gender: 	Male
Birth Date: 	9 Apr 1864
Baptism Date: 	29 May 1864
Baptism Place: 	Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Father: 	Ole Zachariassen Ryum
Mother: 	Christine Dorthea Christiansdatter
FHL Film Number: 307059
Reference ID: 	vol 9 pg36 #47

The next record is the birth and baptism record for my 3x great-grandfather. It also gave me the name of his parents. Until now I only new his father was Zacharias.

Name:            Ole Zachariasen
Gender:          Male
Birth Date:      10 Jan 1828
Birth Place:     Verdal, Nor-Trøndelag, Norway
Baptism Date:    17 Feb 1828
Baptism Place:   Verdal, Nor-Trøndelag, Norway
Father:          Zacharias Pedersen
Mother:          Martha Olsdatter
FHL Film Number: 125445

And we have the birth and baptism record for Ole’s wife Christine Dorthea Christansdatter:

Name: 	        Christine Dorothea Christiansdatter
Gender: 	Female
Birth Date: 	1 Jun 1829
Baptism Date: 	5 Jul 1829
Baptism Place: 	Vikna, Nord Trondelag, Norway
Father: 	Christian Andersen
Mother: 	Christense Hansdr
FHL Film Number: 	125351
Reference ID: 	2:10QK4X4

The next record is for Ole’s marriage, in 1851, to Christine Dorthea Christiansdatter (Kristine Dorothea Kristiansdatter Slâterøy):

Name:            Ole Zachariasen
Gender:          Male
Marital Status:  Single
Age:             27
Birth Date:      1824
Marriage Date:   12 okt 1851 (12 Oct 1851)
Marriage Place:  Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Father:          Zacharias Pedersen
Spouse:          Chirstine Dorthea Christiansdatter
FHL Film Number: 307059
Reference ID:    vol8 p314 #17

The next record is for the marriage of Ole’s parents (my 4x-great-grandparents), Zacharias Pedersen and Martha Olsdatter. Definitely a piece of information I did not have before:

Name:                Zacharias Pedersen
Age:                 25 years
Gender:              Male
Birth Date:          abt 1793
Marriage Date:       20 Nov 1818
Marriage Place:      Verdal, Nord-Trondelag, Norway
Spouse:              Martha Olsdr
Spouse's Age:        22 years
Spouse's Gender:     Female
Spouse's Birth Date: abt 1796

There is another marriage record the same day in the town of Stiklestad.  One may just be a more specific record than the other.

Name: 	         Zacharias Pedersen
Gender: 	 Male
Age: 	         25
Birth Date: 	 1793
Marriage Date: 	 20 Nov 1818
Marriage Place:  Stiklestad, Nord Trondelag, Norway
Spouse: 	 Martha Olsdr
FHL Film Number: 125444
Reference ID:    2:1J6RX25

This is the marriage of Christine’s parents Christian Anderssen (1795-1840) and Christenze Hansdatter (1793-1881):

Name: 	        Christian Andersen
Gender: 	Male
Age: 	        24
Birth Date: 	1795
Marriage Date: 	17 Oct 1819
Marriage Place: Naeroy, Nord Trondelag, Norway
Spouse: 	Kristenze Hansdr
FHL Film Number: 125351

This is the burial record for the same Christian Anderssen, my 4x-great-grandfather:

Name: 	        Christian Anderssen
Gender: 	Male
Age: 	        45y
Birth Date: 	1795
Death Date: 	5 Jun 1840
Death Place: 	Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway
Burial Date: 	28 jun 1840
FHL Film Number: 307059
Reference ID: 	vol8 p390 #25

There are also records showing several children being born to Ole Zachariasen’s parents Zacharias Pedersen and Martha Olsdatter. The children are:

Name: 	        Karen Zachariasdatter [Karen Pedersen] 
Gender: 	Female
Birth Date: 	21 aug 1840
Birth Place: 	Verdal, Nord Trøndelag, Norway
Father: 	Zacharias Pedersen
Mother: 	Martha Olsdatter
FHL Film Number: 125445

Name: 	        Petter Zachariasen
Gender: 	Male
Birth Date: 	21 apr 1825
Birth Place: 	Verdal, Nor-Trøndelag, Norway
Baptism Date: 	29 mai 1825 (29 May 1825)
Baptism Place: 	Verdal, Nor-Trøndelag, Norway
Father: 	Zacharias Pedersen
Mother: 	Martha Olsdatter
FHL Film Number: 125445

Name: 	        Zacharias Zachariasen
Gender: 	Male
Birth Date: 	8 mai 1833 (8 May 1833)
Birth Place: 	Verdal, Nor-Trøndelag, Norway
Baptism Date: 	7 jul 1833
Baptism Place: 	Verdal, Nor-Trøndelag, Norway
Father: 	Zacharias Pedersen
Mother: 	Martha Olsdatter
FHL Film Number: 125445

Name:          Ingebor Anne Zachariasdatter
Gender:        Female
Birth Date:    28 Okt 1830 (28 Oct 1830)
Birth Place:   Verdal, Nor-Trøndelag, Norway
Baptism Date:  28 Nov 1830
Baptism Place: Verdal, Nor-Trøndelag, Norway
Father:        Zacharias Pedersen
Mother:        Martha Olsdatter
FHL Film Number: 125445

Ancestry.com DNA Testing

For Christmas this year, I decided that I wanted to get my mother and father DNA-tested through Ancestry.com.  While it’s true that my family tree is extremely well-elucidated and researched, there are still pockets where certain things are unclear.  For example, I only know back to my 3x great-grandparents on my Krueger side (due to records from Pomerania being difficult to find and the common nature of the family name), so if we matched someone in the world who had Krueger ancestors it would indicate a link between those families despite the absence of documentation.  Similar situations are present for many of the Irish lines of my family due to the scarcity of records from Ireland.

So at Christmas this year my mother spit into a test-tube and sent off an envelope to be analyzed.   Yesterday we got the results back.

My mother’s DNA matched at least 20 people “closely” (5th cousins or better).  I’ll have to investigate each one!

It showed that she has 19% DNA from Scandanavia (that would be the Norwegian side, Hanson and Olson), 32% “Europe East”, which would be the Prussian stuff (Krueger, Hoge, Schmidt, Zierke, Schulz, Winkelmann).  Then 38% from “Great Britain”.  I assume this is the Irish from the Mullins, Hammond, and all the British stuff from the Curtis side of my family.  Then there’s 9% of the DNA marked “Other”.

I have no idea how much confidence to give these results.  I know from my research that my mother’s grandparents break down as follows:

Oscar Krueger: 100% Prussian
Edith Curtis: 50% Irish and 50% English
Olga Hanson: 100% Norwegian
Edwin Schmidt: 100% Prussian

So my maternal grandfather was 50% Prussian, 25% Irish, 25% English, and my maternal grandmother was 50% Norwegian and 50% Prussian.  That makes my mother 50% Prussian, 25% Irish/English, and 25% Norwegian.  The DNA results have much more “Great Britain” than predicted.  No idea what that means.

On the Schmidt side of my mother’s family there was a family rumor that someone in the family brought back and married a “Mongolian Princess”.  Interestingly, my mother’s DNA shows 2% of her genetics are from “Asia Central” which is the area around Turkmenistan and Northern Iran.  Very interesting!

Here’s the full breakdown of her results:

Great Britain 38%
Europe East 32%
Scandinavia 19%
Ireland 4%
Europe West 4%
Asia Central 2%
Finland/Northwest Russia 1%

As time goes on and other people are tested, we can see if more matches are found.


Cairns Family in Ormstown Union Cemetery

Lulu Maria Cairns was my paternal great-grandmother – the mother of my father’s mother.  In the 1820’s the Cairns family came from Londonderry, Ireland to the area around Montréal, Canada, many of them settling in the town of Ormstown in the Châteauguay region of Québec.  There are many Cairns family members buried in the Ormstown Union Cemetery, including several of my direct-line ancestors.  I have listed the cemetery records here for each member of the Cairns family here along with some details to place them in context.

I’m guessing the numbers that precede each entry are lot numbers in the cemetery.  They can help show who is buried in the same plot with whom.  They are listed in alphabetical order, as they appeared in the cemetery records.


 

15-09 Annie M[oore] Cairns [Mrs. William R. Greer] (1893-1950)  Daughter of George Cairns and Martha Kearns.

5-26 Catherine [Amelia] Cairns [Mrs. William T[ully] McEwen] (1898-1995) Daughter of William Henry Cairns and Amelia Sartwell.

12-20 Catherine Ann Cairns [Mrs. John McClintock Jr.] (1812-1890) Daughter of William James Cairns and Nancy Emberson.

10-08 Elmer G[eorge] Cairns (1889-1958) Son of George Cairns and Martha Kearns.

10-08 Mrs. Elmer G[eorge] Cairns [Ida C[ottingham] Geddes] (1893-1975) Daughter of Samuel Cottingham Geddes and Sarah Ann Sadler.

10-08 George Cairns (1856-1952)  Son of James George Cairns and Mary Ann Moore.

10-08 Mrs. George Cairns [Martha [Cairns] “Kearns”] (1857-1945) Daughter of Henry Cairns and Catherine “Kitty” Davidson.

9-08 Hannah Cairns [Mrs. William W. Bryson] (1843-1933) Daughter of James George Cairns and Mary Ann Moore.

10-08 James [George] Cairns (1818-1892)  Son of James Cairns and Nancy Emberson.

10-08 Mrs. James Cairns [Mary Ann Moore] (1818-1905) Daughter of James and Hannah Moore.

10-19 Jeanie [Tate] Cairns [Mrs. James Hunter] (1880 – 1968) Daughter of Robert Moore Cairns and Eliza Jemima Reid.

2-26 Maj. Joseph Cairns (1833-1902)  Son of Samuel Cairns and Sarah Smillie.  My 3x great-grand-uncle.

5-01 Mary Cairns [Mrs. Duncan W. McEwen] (1831-1912) Daughter of Samuel Cairns and Sarah Smillie. My 3x great-grand-aunt.

14-16 Mary Ann Cairns [Mrs. Gordon Bryson] (1877-1959) Daughter of William James Cairns and Marceline Boursier dite Lavigne.

10-08 Melville E[verett] Cairns (1924-1997)  Son of Elmer George Cairns and Ida Cottingham Geddes.

7-02 Rhoda E[lizabeth] Cairns [Mrs. J. T. Dalton Hamilton] (b 1926) Daughter of Elmer George Cairns and Ida Cottingham Geddes.

2-26 Robert W[ebb] Cairns (1917-1979) Son of Samuel Robert Cairns and Mary Ann Priscilla “Vera Gwendolyn” Hatton.  My great-grand-uncle.

5-11 Robert Cairns (1816-1898) Son of William James Cairns and Nancy Emberson.

5-11 Mrs. Robert Cairns [Sarah Baird] (1822-1899) Daughter of William Baird and Nancy Guthrie.

9-08 Robert M[oore] Cairns (1851-1919)  Son of James George Cairns and Mary Ann Moore.

9-08 Mrs. Robert M[oore] Cairns [Eliza Jemima Reid] (1851-1944) Daughter of James Reid and Elizabeth Jane Weir.

2-26 Samuel [Robert] Cairns (1862-1941) Son of Robert Cairns and Sarah Webb.  My 2x great-grandfather.

2-26 Samuel Cairns (1800-1883) Son of Robert Cairns and Mary Conluce.  My 4x great-grandfather.

2-26 Mrs. Samuel Cairns [Sarah Smilie] (1808-1885) Daughter of Joseph Smillie and Mary McKee.  My 4x great-grandmother.

2-26 Rev. Samuel Cairns (1835-1867) Son of Samuel Cairns and Sarah Smillie.  My 3x great-grand-uncle.

3-23 Sarah Cairns [Mrs. Archibald McEwen] (1837-1929) Daughter of Samuel Cairns and Sarah Smillie.  My 3x great-grand-aunt.

5-11 Sarah Jane [Eliza Baird] Cairns [Mrs. James Cavers] (1852-1937) Daughter of William James Cairns Jr. and Elizabeth Baird.

3-17 Sarah S[millie] Cairns [Mrs. John S. Baird Sr.] (1871-1896) Daughter of Robert Cairns and Sarah Webb.  My 2x great-grand-aunt.

8-26 Wesley T[homas] Cairns (1922-1997) Son of William David Cairns and Joanne Wilhelmina Hamilton.

8-26 Mrs. Wesley T[homas] Cairns [Hazel I[rene] Allen] (1922-2008) Daughter of William George Allen and Martha May McGregor.

8-26 William D[avid] Cairns (1833-1972) Son of William James Cairns and Marceline Boursier dite Lavigne.

8-26 Mrs. William D[avid] Cairns [J[oanne] Wilhelmina Hamilton] (1880-1929) First wife.

8-26 Mrs. William D[avid] Cairns [Minnie Agnes MacArthur] (1887-1943) Second wife.

5-11 Katherine Cairns [Mrs. Norman Smith Cavers] (1881-1966) The wife of Norman Smith Cavers was actually Catherine Mary Wright.  Norman’s mother was Sarah Jane Cairns, and his father was James Cavers.  Catherine Mary Wright’s parents were Joseph James Wright and Mary Jean Reilly.