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Poetry by William Menzies Duff (1849-1920)

Poetry by William Menzies Duff

William Menzies Duff c1885.

William Menzies Duff c1885.

William Menzies Duff was my 2x-great-grand-uncle, the son of Reverend William Duff and Jane Elizabeth Fairbanks.  He was born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia in 1849 (his death record says 12 Apr 1849 and his tombstone says 27 Jan 1849).  William married Elizabeth Harriet “Bessie” Hunter in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia on 6 Mar 1877, and they had six children: William Fairbanks Duff (1881-1942), Jean Hunter Duff (b 1882), Prescott Blagdon Duff (1884-1959), Robert Hunter Duff (1888-1917) who was killed in WWI, Kenneth Gordon Duff (1890-1967) and Annie Fairbanks Duff (b1892).

William Menzies Duff Family c1898.

Family of William Menzies Duff c1989 – Standing back: William, Kenneth, Jean. Seated: Elizabeth Hunter, Robert, Annie, William Menzies Duff. Seated front: Prescott Duff.

My cousin Catherine is descended from Prescott Duff, and her line of the family has preserved a vast archive of genealogical material, some of which I’ve shared here previously.  Recently she sent me a hand-written poem from WMD (as she calls him), and I thought I’d share it here because I found it interesting in any number of ways.  A transcription is below the image.  My cousin Catherine points out, “This poem is interesting in that Bessie Hunter, WMD’s wife, died Feb. 10, 1909 and the poem was written to a friend at Easter 1909.  It seems WMD had a friend who hoped to be more than a friend.  This person was obviously not wasting time!”

"Reply to an Earlier Card", 1909

“Reply to an Earlier Card”, 1909

Reply to an Earlier Card from
a Lady friend much admired.

Could I but live my life again
With knowledge I possess
I’d stake my claim in Love’s domain
And battle for success;

But lackaday [alas], my hair is gray
I’ve passed the half way stage
To meet my soul’s performance goal
Friend of my middle age.
For Passions Joy’s contain alloys
Such Pleasures have their end
He only wins th’enduring prize
Who boasts a faithful friend

With such a bond between us dear
We’re after all allied
And thus my vagrant muse returns
Greetings of Easter-tide.

Here is another of his poems entitled “Faith”:

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Faith

From out the dust of their creator’s World
The Great Designer in His image formed
Mankind!  Well pleased with this His last and best
Creation, the almighty Father God
Into that senseless clay His spirit breathed
And Man began mysterious Life on Earth
Free Will He gave him, but alas man used
It to destroy himself, undoing thus
The Work of the Great Architect. And Death
Claims Empire, when ere Life had ruled Supreme.
But what, for man, is Life?  Or what is Death?
What mortal can the mystery unfold?
Even they who live and move on this vast globe
Or they, who, done with Life, sleep in the tomb
Ah no!  No living sage, nor mighty dead
Has e’re, or can for man, His riddle solve.
Yet we have Faith, Faith in a life beyond
And Strength to Welcome Death, that sets us Free

WMD


Burlington Vermont Photo Album

I purchased this photo album on eBay because almost all the photos in it are from Burlington, Vermont. I also have this moral objection to breaking up photo albums, so I wanted to make sure they were kept together.  There are 37 photos in the album, but two of them are duplicates, so 35 unique photos in all.  30 of the photos are from Burlington, VT.  Two are from Toledo, OH, and there is one each from Jersey City, NJ, New York, NY, Sandusky, OH, and Lincoln, NE.

The album.

The album.

There is only one photo in the entire album that is identified.  It’s a photo of an infant, taken at Wheat Photography at “North O Steet, Lincoln, Nebraska”.  It says “Grace D. Cogswell, four months old”:

Grace D. Cogswell

Grace D. Cogswell

Grace Dewey Cogswell was born 11 Jun 1881 in Lincoln, Nebraska to John Dewey Cogswell (1855-1936) and Carrie Elizabeth Dye (1895-1952).  Grace seems to have never been married and had no children.  She lived in New York almost her entire adult life, mostly in Rochester.  She died 27 Sept 1971 in Zephyrhills, Florida.  She had two brothers, John D. Cogswell Jr. and Ralph N. Cogswell, and a sister Florence C. Cogswell.

The rest of the photos are not identified, but there’s every reason to believe they are related in some way to Grace Cogswell or her family.  Her great-great-grandparents were Paul Cogswell (1780-1843), Abigail Kenyon (1787-1831), Martin L. Dewey (1799-1878), Rachel Lodema Simmons (1803-1849), John Hoff Dye (1799-1881), Elizabeth Obleness (1803-1902), Samuel Griggs (b 1804), and Asenath Wheeler (1800-1851).


There are a few people in the album who have more than one photo, so let’s move on to them.  This young man has two photos (and a duplicate of the second photo) in the album.  The first photo was taken at the studio of W. E. McKecknie at 47&49 Summit Street, Toledo, OH.  The second was taken at the City Photograph Gallery on Church and Bank Streets in Burlington, VT by M. J. Bixby.  This indicates that the family moved from near Toledo, Ohio to Burlington, Vermont sometime about 1880-1890.

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W. E. McKecknie Studio, Toledo, OH.

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This one was also taken in Toledo, so might be closely related to the man above:

North and Swald's Studio, Toledo, OH

North & Oswald Studio, Toledo, OH

This gentleman with the mustache has two photos, one with impressive sideburns and one without:

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Photographer: “Hills & Bowers, 150 Church St., Burlington, VT”

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Photographer: “Brown’s, Burlington, VT”

And there are two of this next man also, one with floppy hair, and one with a crew cut:

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L. G. Burnham & Co. Studio, Burlington, VT

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L. A. Atwood Studio, Burlington, VT

The next two photos could be of the same man.  If not, they are probably brothers.  The resemblance is quite strong.

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Charles Parker Studio in Burlington Vermont

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H.L. Bixby’s City Photograph Gallery in Burlington

These two photos of young children were seemingly taken in the exact same chair, so they could possibly be siblings:

Brown's Studio, Burlington, VT

Brown’s Studio, Burlington, VT

Burlington Photo Co., Burlington, VT

Burlington Photo Co., Burlington, VT

There are three photos total that were taken in Ohio. Two of them in Toledo, OH and this one in Sandusky, OH.

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A. C. Platt Photography Studio, Sandusky, OH

Here are the rest of the photos in the order in which they appeared in the album:

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City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

Hills & Bowers Studio, 150 Church St., Burlington, VT

Hills & Bowers Studio, 150 Church St., Burlington, VT

E. Gillett Studio, 174 Sixth Ave., New York

E. Gillett Studio, 174 Sixth Ave., New York

L. A. Atwood Studio, Church Street, Burlington VT

L. A. Atwood Studio, Church Street, Burlington VT

I love this one.  He looks like a German scientist:

Charles Parker Studio, Burlington, VT

Charles Parker Studio, Burlington, VT

L. A. Atwood Studio, Church St., Burlington, VT

L. A. Atwood Studio, Church St., Burlington, VT

City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

L. A. Atwood Studio, Burlington, VT

L. A. Atwood Studio, Burlington, VT

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Hills & Bowers Studio, Burlington, VT

A lovely young woman with an elaborate hairstyle:

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L. A Atwood Studio, Burlington, VT

This next photograph is the only tin-type in the album. It’s a lovely portrait of a freckled woman wearing a cameo:

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I like this one too.  It looks like a young Albert Einstein.

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City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

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Burlington Photo Co, Burlington, VT

A contemplative Victorian woman:

L.G. Burnham & Co. Studio, Burlington, VT

L.G. Burnham & Co. Studio, Burlington, VT

I believe this photo from my collection (not in the album) is the same woman:

Possibly the same woman.

Possibly the same woman.

City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

Charles Parker Studios, Burlington, VT

Charles Parker Studios, Burlington, VT

Wm. Donaldson Studio, Jersey City, NJ.

Wm. Donaldson Studio, Jersey City, NJ.

L. A. Atwood Studio, Burlington, VT

L. A. Atwood Studio, Burlington, VT

City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

City Photograph Gallery, Burlington, VT

The face off this child, unfortunately, was ripped and cannot be seen.

L.A. Atwood Studio, Burlington, VT

L.A. Atwood Studio, Burlington, VT


Vintage Portraits – Winooski, Vermont – Part 3

Another collection of vintage portraits from the town of Winooski, Vermont. Unfortunately none of these are identified in any way, so it’s up to fate and the power of the Internet to see if any of these people can be pulled from the mists of time.

Part one of the collection is here.

Part two of the collection is here.

[Click on the photos to enlarge or download.]

Up first, a well-coiffed young man:

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A baby in a chair wearing a christening gown (a very common theme):

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A lady in a velvet dress:

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A woman with curly hair:

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A young woman reclining in a chair:

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A woman with a ribbon around her neck:

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A family portrait:

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A man with a pretty serious mustache:

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A family portrait found by someone in the Winooski Historical page on Facebook:

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Another mustache man with a nice tie:Winooski044

A middle-aged married couple:

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A younger married couple:

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A baby in a carriage:

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Another christening photo:

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More Vintage Portraits – Winooski, Vermont

I collect vintage portraits from certain towns where my ancestors lived.  One such town is Winooski, Vermont.  Here is another collection of portraits from Winooski, most taken in the 1880s and 1890s.

The first batch of Winooski Portraits can be found by clicking here.

[Click on any of the photos to enlarge or download them.]


As written about previously, this is the portrait of Emma Duell (1881-1942).

Emma Duel, c 1895

Emma Duel, c 1895

These next two early tintypes were also written about previously.  The first was marked “M. Campagnon” on the envelope.

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This photo, marked “Grandpa Burnette”, is thought to be the portrait of Charles Francis Burnett, born 22 Jun 1817 in Canada, who married Nancy Muzzy.  Charles died in Stowe, Vermont on 24 Nov 1884.

“Grandpa Burnett”

An unknown couple.

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A few drinking buddies.

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Unknown family featuring a man with curly hair.

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Child on a stool.

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This one, featuring a little girl with flowers, was marked “Mrs. G. Mangeon” on the back.

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“Mrs. G. Mangeon”

This next one is marked “Maud E. Wilson, Worchester, Vermont” on the back, and is the portrait of Mary Maud Estelle Wilson.  She was born in Worchester, Vermont on 24 Oct 1867, the daughter of John Roundtree Wilson and Estelle Arloa Copp.  Her father was a stage driver from Canada.  She is in the 1870 census for Montpelier, Vermont with her parents and her sister Isabella.  Maud married Charles Arthur Jones in 1894 and died in Montpelier on 15 Mar 1942.

Maud Mary Estelle Wilson

Maud Mary Estelle Wilson

Finally, a portrait marked “S. O. Tillotson”.  Stephen Oliver Tillotson was born in Vermont in 1834 and was married to Mariett Jane Doane.  They are in the 1860 and 1880 Census for Bakersfield, Vermont.  Stephen was a Civil War verteran who fought for the 8th and 13th Vermont Infantry Regiment.  He died in 1899 and is buried in Bakersfield.  He has an entry on FindAGrave.com where I have added his photo.

S. O. Tillotson

S. O. Tillotson


The Extended Family of Ovidia Kristine Olesdatter (1866-1956)

Recently I discovered that Norway has allowed online access to a wide variety of genealogical documents (parish record, census records, tax records, probate documents, etc) that would allow me to dig much more deeply into the past of my Norwegian family.  I’m presenting a reasonably terse version of my findings here for Ovidia Kristine Olesdatter, who was my great-great-grandmother.  I’ve already posted the story of her life as it was documented by her daughter Olga Hanson Schmidt.  This will give her entire five-generation tree back to her 2x great-grandparents (my 6x great-grandparents) and in some cases her 3x great-grandparents (my 7x great-grandparents).

[NOTE: I’d like to especially thank Nina Karlsen whose help in finding Norwegian-language reference material was invaluable in preparing this history.]

This figure gives the overview [click to enlarge or download]:

Ovidia Olesdatter Tree

Ovidia Olesdatter Tree


Ovidia Kristine Olesdatter was born 14 Apr 1866 on Ryum Farm in Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her parents were Ole Zachariasen (1828-1913) and Christine Dorothea Christainsdatter (1829-1914).  Ovidia was baptized in Nærøy on 29 Jul 1866 and confirmed in Vikna on 18 Sept 1881.  She married Jens Rasmussen in Vikna, Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway on 12 Sept 1884 where both bride and groom were listed as being from Ryum Farm.  The newlywed couple departed Bergan, Norway for New York, USA on 8 Oct 1884.  They settled on a homestead on the side of Rib Mountain near the town of Fleith, Wisconsin around 1889, and they both farmed there until the end of their lives.

Children of Ovidia Olesdatter and Jens Rasmussen (all born in Wisconsin): Roger Hanson (1887-1888), Olga Johanna Hanson (1891-1990), John Albert Hanson (1894-1980), Mabel Esther Hanson (1897-1992), Roy Sigvard Hanson (1900-1972).

Ovidia Olesdatter, 1885

Ovidia Olesdatter, 1885

Ovidia died in Wausau, Marathon, Wisconsin on 19 Aug 1956 at the age of 90, and was buried in Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.


Ole Zachariasen was born 10 Jan 1828 on Muusem Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  His parents were Zacharias Pedersen Melbÿe (1793-1869) and Martha Olesdatter Muusem (1797-1888).  Ole was baptized on 17 Feb 1828 in Verdal.  He married Christine Dorothea Christiansdatter in Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway on 12 Oct 1851.  The groom was listed as being from Aagnig Farm, the bride from Evenstad Farm.

Ole and Christine had the following children: Caroline Margrethe Olesdatter (1851-1935), Søren Christian Olsen (1854-1854), Søren Christian Oluff Olsen Ryum (1856-1926), Albert Marthin Olsen Ryum (1861-1943), Casper Odin Olsen (1864-1864), and Ovidia Christine Olesdatter (1866-1956).

Ole is listed as a pensioner in the 1900 census for Vikna, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway on Aagvikmyren Farm.

He died in 1913 in Vikna at the age of 85.


Christine Dorothea Christiansdatter was born on Slatterøen Farm on 1 Jun 1829 in Vikna, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her parents were Christian Anderssen Lund (1794-1840) and Christenze Dorothea Hansdatter Tÿggestad (1792-1881).  Christine was baptized in Vikna on 5 Jul 1829.  She married Ole Zachariasen in Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway on 12 Oct 1851.  The groom was listed as being from Aagnig Farm, the bride from Evenstad Farm.

Christine is in the 1900 census for Vikna living as a pensioner on Aagvikmyren Farm.

She died in 1914 in Vikna at the age of 85.


Zacharias Pedersen was born 27 May 1793 on Melbÿe Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  His parents were Peder Halvorsen Lille Borgen (1751-1831) and Maridt Zachariasdatter Guddingsvald (1753-1825).  Zacharias was baptized 2 Jun 1793 in Verdal.  He married Martha Olesdatter Muusem in Verdal on 20 Nov 1818.  The groom was listed as being from Aasen Farm, and the bride from Muusem Farm.  Zacharias and Martha had the following children: Peder Zachariasen (b 1825), Ole Zarchariasen Ryum (1828-1923), Ingebor Anne Zachariasdatter (b 1830), Zacharias Zachariasen (1833-1854), and Karen Zachariasdatter (b 1840).

He is listed in the 1865 census on Sendessvedjan Farm as a “føderpdsmann”, or someone who is receiving a pension after giving his farm to another.

Zacharias died 6 Nov 1869 on Sandesvald Farm in Verdal at the age of 76, and was buried on 14 Nov 1869.


Martha Olesdatter was born 16 Mar 1797 on Muusem Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her parents were Ole Sivertsen Schrove (1770-1849) and Ingebor Andersdatter Muusem (1768-1864).  Martha was baptized 26 Mar 1797 in Verdal.  She married Zacharias Pedersen in Verdal on 20 Nov 1818.  The groom was listed as being from Aasen Farm, and the bride from Muusem Farm.

She is listed in the 1865 census on Sendessvedjan Farm living with her husband.

Martha died in Verdal 9 Mar 1888 at the age of 90, and was buried on 18 Mar 1888.


Christian Anderssen was born in November 1794 on Lund Farm in Børsa, Byneset, Sor-Trøndelag, Norway.  His parents were Anders Larsen Neder-Rian (1760-1837) and Malena Christainsdatter Wiggen (1772-1824).  Christian was baptized 30 Nov 1794 in Børsa.  He married Christenze Dorothea Hansdatter Tÿggestad on 17 Oct 1819 in Naeroy, Nord Trondelag, Norway.  The groom was listed as being from Foslandsosen Farm (in Fosnes, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway) and the bride as being from Tÿggestad Farm.  Christian and Christenze had the following children: Hans Matheus Christiansen (b 1820), Gjertrud Catharina Christiansdatter (b 1823), Peter Magnus Christiansen Ofstad (b 1826), Christine Dorothea Christainsdatter Slatterøen (1829-1914), Anna Maria Christainsdatter (1832-1858), and Hanna Margrethe Christiansdatter Fjukstad (1836-1907).

Christian died on 5 Jun 1840 at the age of 45 on Slatterøen Farm in Nærøy, and was buried on 28 Jun 1840.


Christenze Dorothea Hansdatter was born in December 1792 on Tÿggestad Farm in Vikna, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her parents were Hans Nielsen Tÿggestad (1762-1829) and Petternille Marie Danielsdatter Lille Suulen (1759-1830).  Christenze was baptized in Vikna on 1 Jan 1793.  She is in the 1801 census living on Tÿggestad Farm in Nærøy.  She married Christian Anderssen Lund on 17 Oct 1819 in Naeroy, Nord Trondelag, Norway.  The groom was listed as being from Foslandsosen Farm (in Fosnes, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway) and the bride as being from Tÿggestad Farm.

She is listed in the 1865 Census on Slatterøen Farm living with a foster daughter, Albertine Sivertsdatter (b 1850).

She died in 1881 in Nærøy at the age of 89.


Peder Halvorsen was born on 5 Dec 1751 on Lille Borgen Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  His parents were Halvor Pedersen Lille Borgen (1726-1813) and Elen Sevaldsdatter Lechlem (1721-1798).  Peder was baptized on 12 Dec 1751 in Verdal.  He married Maridt Zachariasdatter Guddingsvald on 19 Oct 1780 in Verdal.  The groom was listed as being from Gudding Farm, and the bride from Guddingsvald Farm.  Peder and Maridt had the following children: Maren Pedersdatter (b 1789), Zacharias Pedersen Melbÿe (1793-1869), and Halvor Pedersen (1795-1880).

Peder is in the 1801 Census living on Melbÿe Farm in Verdal with his wife and three sons.  He died on 21 Nov 1831 on Melbÿe Farm at the age of 79 and was buried on 27 Nov 1831.


Maridt Zachariasdatter was born on 29 May 1753 on Guddingsvald Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her parents were Zacharias Nielsen Nord-Steene (b 1727) and Agnes Knudtsdatter Jødass (b 1728).  She was baptized on 31 May 1753 in Verdal.  Maridt married Peder Halvorsen Lille Borgen on 19 Oct 1780 in Verdal.  The groom was listed as being from Gudding Farm, and the bride from Guddingsvald Farm.

Maridt is in the 1801 Census living on Melbÿe Farm in Verdal living with her husband and three sons.  She died on 30 Nov 1825 at the age of 73 on Melbÿe Farm in Verdal, and was buried on 11 Dec 1825.


Ole Sivertsen was born on 11 Oct 1770 on Hallum Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  His parents were Sivert Ellingsen Hallem (1739-1797) and Malie Olesdatter Sundbÿe (b 1745).  He was baptized on 18 Oct 1770 in Verdal.  Ole married Ingebor Andersdatter Muusem on 1 Dec 1796 in Verdal.  The groom was listed as being from Schrove Farm, and the bride from Muusem Farm.  Ole and Ingebor had the following children: Martha Olesdatter Muusem (1797-1888), and Maren Olesdatter (1799-1829).

Ole died on 30 Mar 1849 on Muusem Farm in Verdal at the age of 78 and was buried on 4 Apr 1849.


Ingebor Andersdatter was born on 6 Feb 1768 on Muusem Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her parents were Anders Arentsen Muusems (1729-1804) and Maren Jensdatter Jermstad (1736-1790).  She was baptized in Verdal on 14 Feb 1768.  Ingebor married Ole Sivertsen Hallum on 1 Dec 1796 in Verdal.  The groom was listed as being from Schrove Farm, and the bride from Muusem Farm.

Ingebor died on 21 Dec 1864 on Muusem Farm in Verdal at the age of 96 and was buried on 6 Jan 1865.


Anders Larsen was born in August, 1760 on Neder-Rian Farm in Børsa, Sor-Trøndelag, Norway.  His parents were Lars Jacobsen Rian (1730-1809) and Berette Ingebrigtsdatter Einum (1736-1809).  Anders was baptized on 10 Aug 1760 in Børsa.

Anders had a child out of wedlock, Andreas Andersen, who was baptized in Børsa on 25 Sept 1791.  The mother was listed as “Karen Christiansdatter”, Anders was listed as living on Elie Farm.  He had another child out of wedlock, Christian Anderssen, who was born in Nov 1794 on Lund Farm and baptized in Børsa on 30 Nov 1794.  The mother was listed as Malena Christiansdatter.  “Karen Christiansdatter”, the first mother may have been Malena’s older sister Maren Christiansdatter.  Finally, on 10 Jul 1794 Anders married Karen Jensdatter Myrren (the second girl of that name born to her family) in Børsa.  Both the groom and bride were listed as being from Elie Farm.  Anders and Karen Jensdatter had the following children: Benjamin Andersen (b 1795), Anders Anderssen II (b 1797), Lars Anderssen (b 1798), Jacob Anderssen (b 1801), Ane Andersdatter (b 1801), Jacob Anderssen II (b 1803), and Ole Anderssen (b 1806).

Anders and Karen are in the 1801 Census for Byneset, Sor-Trøndelag, Norway living on Lund Farm living with five of their children.  He is listed as “Huusmand”, or someone who pays the rent on the land he occupies by doing labor for the farmer who owns the land.

Anders died on 20 Feb 1837 on Lund Farm in Børsa at the age of 76, and was buried on 26 Feb 1837.


Malena Christiansdatter was born in September, 1772 on Klokker Farm in Børsa, Sor-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her parents were Christian Rudolf Skolemester Klokker (1728-1796)  and Beret Andersdatter Høgset (1730-1796).  Malena was baptized on 24 May 1799 in Børsa.

She had a child out of wedlock, as stated above, with Anders Larsen Neder-Rian in 1794, named Christian Anderssen.  She had another son out of wedlock with Enoch Viggen who was baptized on 11 Feb 1798 in Børsa, named Johann Enochsen.  She was listed as “Malena Hvidskjæret” on that baptism record, indicating she was living on Hvidskjæret Farm at the time.

Finally she married Peder Olsen Sildvaert on 24 May 1799 in Børsa.  The groom and bride were both listed as being from Wiggen Farm.  Malena can be found living with Peder with their legitimate daughter Elen Pedersdatter (baptized 9 Mar 1800) and her son Johan Enochsen on Wiggen (Viggen) Farm in the 1801 Census.

Malena died 17 Jul 1824 on Wiggen Farm in Børsa at the age of 51.


Hans Nielsen was born in August 1762 on Tÿggestad Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  His parents were Niels Hansen Tÿggestad (1722-1785) and Ingebor Olesdatter Ørtuen (b 1727).  Hans was baptized on 29 Aug 1762 in Vikna.  He married Petternille Marie Danielsdatter Lille Suulen in Vikna on 22 Oct 1786.  The groom was listed as being from Tÿggestad Farm, the bride from Suulen Farm.

Hans and Petternille had the following children: Niels Hansen (b 1786), Daniel Hansen (1789-1866), Christenze Dorothea Hansdatter (1792-1881), Maren Maria Hansdatter (b 1795), and Peder Hansen (b 1800).

Hans is listed in the 1801 Norway Census on Tÿggestad Farm with his wife and five children.  He is listed as a peasant farmer.  He died on Tÿggestad Farm on 22 Sept 1829 at the age of 67, and was buried in Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway on 31 Jan 1830.


Petternille Marie “Pernella” Danielsdatter was born in January 1759 on Lille Suulen Farm in Vikna, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her parents were Daniel Eliasen Norave Lillesuulen (1714-1772) and Gistkin Christenze Dorothea Jensdatter Lillesuulen (b 1734).  Petternille was baptized 2 Feb 1759 in Vikna.  She married Hans Nielsen Tÿggestad in Vikna on 22 Oct 1786.  The groom was listed as being from Tÿggestad Farm, the bride from Suulen Farm.

She is listed in the 1801 Norway census with husband and five children.  She died on Heillesöen Farm in Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway on 20 Nov 1830 at the age of 71, and was buried on 1 May 1831, presumably after the Spring thaw.


Halvor Pedersen was born on 13 Nov 1726 on Borgen Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  His parents were Peder Olsen Borgen and Karen Nielsdatter.  Halvor was baptized on 9 Jan 1727 in Verdal.  He married Elen Sevaldsdatter Lechleum in Verdal on 29 Sept 1751.  The farm of the bride and groom were not listed.

Halvor and Elen had the following children: Peder Halvorsen (1751-1831), Sevald Halvorsen (b 1753), Gjertrud Halvorsdatter (b 1755), Anne Halvorsdatter (b 1759), and Dorthe Halvorsdatter (b 1762).

The couple seems to have moved around, as they were listed on Lille-Borgen, Huusem, and Lechlems Farms for the baptism records of their children.  Halvor is listed in the 1801 Census on Borgen farm in Verdal.  He died on Borgen Farm in Nov 1813 at the age of 86, and was buried on 9 Nov 1813.


Elen Sevaldsdatter was likely born about 1726-1731 in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  So far her baptism record has not been located.  She married Halvor Pedersen in Verdal on 29 Sept 1751.  The sponsors of the marriage were Ole Sevaldsen Lechlem and Anders Andersen Holme, so it is very likely Elen’s parents were Sevald Olsen Vist Sticklestad (father of Ole) and his third wife Karen Joensdatter Holme.  Elen died in Verdal some time before 1801, likely on Lechlem or Borgen Farm, as her husband is a widower in the 1801 Census.


Zacharias Nielsen was born in September 1727 on Nord-Steene Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  His father was Niels Olsen Nord-Steene.  He was baptized on 28 Sept 1727 in Verdal.  He married Agnes Knudtsdatter Jødsaas on 8 Oct 1752 in Verdal.  The groom was listed as being from Nord-Steene Farm, and the bride from Jødsaas Farm.

Zacharias and Agnes had the following children: Maridt Zachaiasdatter (1753-1825), Niels Zachariasen (b 1754), David Zachariasen (b 1756), Knudt Zachariasen (b 1758), Ole Zachariasen (b 1759), Berete Zachaiasdatter (b 1770).

Zacharias is listed as a farmer in the 1801 Census on Gudding Østre farm with his wife Agnes.  So far his death or burial records have not been found.  But he most likely died around 1805 in Verdal.


Agnes Knudsdatter was born in November 1728 on Jødsaas Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her father was Knudt Amundsen Jødsaas.  So far her mother is not known.  Agnes was baptized on 24 Nov 1728 in Verdal.  She married Zacharias Nielsen Nord-Steene on 8 Oct 1752 in Verdal.  The groom was listed as being from Nord-Steene Farm, and the bride from Jødsaas Farm.

So far her death or burial records have not been found.  But she most likely died around 1805 in Verdal.


Sivert  (also Siver) Ellingsen was born in February, 1739 on Hallem Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  His parents were Elling Jensen Hallen (1700-1776) and Marit Jonsdatter Hallem (1698-1778).  Sievert was baptized on 4 Feb 1739 in Verdal.

Sivert married Malie Olesdatter Sundbÿe on 5 Apr 1769 in Verdal.  The groom was listed as being from Hallem Farm, and the bride from Sundbÿe Farm.  Sievert and Malie had the following children: A stillborn daughter (1769-1769), Ole Sievertsen (1770-1849), Marith Siversdatter (b 1773), Marith Siversdatter II (b 1774), Sara Sivertsdatter (b 1777), Erling Sivertsen (b 1779), Lars Sivertsen (b 1782), Joen Sivertsen (1784-1791), Marith Sivertdatter III (b 1784), Peder Sivertsen (1787-1836), Sivert Sivertsen (b 1790), and Ingebor Sivertsdatter (b 1792).

Sivert died in Verdal sometime between 1792 and 1801 as his wife is listed as a widow in the 1801 Census.  So far his burial record has not been found.


Malie Olesdatter was born in August 1745 on Sundbÿe Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her father was Ole Baarsen.  Her mother is not known, but there is may have been Anne Larsdatter Rognan (marriage record in Verdal, 6 Dec 1733).  Malie was baptized 29 Aug 1745 in Verdal.  She married Sivert Ellingsen on 5 PAr 1769 in Verdal.  The groom was listed as being from Hallem Farm, and the bride from Sundbÿe Farm.

Malie is listed in the 1801 Census for Verdal on Schrove Wæster Farm with her second husband, Ellev Joenssen and seven of her children from her first marriage.  Maile and Ellev were married in Verdal on 30 Oct 1800.

She died on Schrove Farm in Verdal on 26 Sept 1831 at the age of 86 and was buried on 11 Oct 1831.


Anders Arentsen was born about 1729 (per his entry in the 1801 census), presumably in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  His father and mother are not so far identified.  He married Marith Jonsdatter in Verdal on 19 Jun 1765.  The bride and groom were both listed as being from Muusems Farm.  Marith died from complications of childbirth with their daughter Marith Andersdatter in Jun of 1765.  In fact, his wife gave birth three hours after returning from the church after their marriage, so the marriage and birth records share the same date of 19 Jun 1765.  Then his wife died and was buried on the same day their daughter was baptized, 26 Jun 1765.  The daughter died shortly after that.

Anders remarried to Maren Jensdatter in Verdal on 19 Mar 1766.  The groom was listed as being from Muusems Farm, the bride from Jermstad Farm.  Anders and Maren had the following children: Ingebor Andersdatter (1768-1864), Peder Andersen (b 1776), Marith Andersdatter II (b 1779).

Anders is in the 1801 Census for Verdal living on Muusem Farm and listed as “widower of his 2nd marriage”.  He died on Muusem Farm in November 1804 at the age of 75 and was buried on 4 Nov 1804.


Maren Jensdatter was born in August, 1736 on Jermstad Farm in Verdal, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  Her father was Jens Stephensen Jermstad, and her mother was Sophie Iversdatter Follostuen.  Maren was baptized on 19 Aug 1736 in Verdal.  She married Anders Arentsen Muusem in Verdal on 19 Mar 1766.  The groom was listed as being from Muusems Farm, the bride from Jermstad Farm.

She died sometime between 1779 and 1801 as her husband is listed as a widower in the 1801 census for Verdal.  So far her burial record has not been located.


Lars Jacobsen was born in April, 1730 on Klochervig Farm in Børsa, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway.  His father was Jacob Larsen and his mother was Mari Halvorsdatter.  He was baptized 2 Apr 1730 in Børsa.  He married Berette Ingebrigtsdatter on 10 Jul 1760 in Børsa.  The groom was listed as being from Rian Farm, the bride from Neder-Rian Farm.

Lars and Berette had the following children: Ingebrigt Larsen (b 1757), Anders Larsen (1760-1837), Jacob Larsen (1763), Berit Larsdattter (b 1767), Randi Larsdatter (b 1771), and Lars Larsen (b 1779).  You may notice that their first child was born three years before they were married.  The baptism record lists both parents, so it was the same couple.

Lars is in the 1801 Census for Byneset living on Lund Farm with his wife.  He is listed as “Inderst og fattig”, renter and pauper.  Lars died in Børsa in 1809 at the age of 79 according to the Borsaboka, p139.  So far his burial record has not been located.


Berette Ingebrigtsdatter was born about 1736 in Børsa, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway, according to the Borsaboka, however, her birth year was given as 1738 in the 1801 Census.  Her parents were Ingbrigt Jonsen and Randi Pedersdatter Rian.  She married Lars Jacobsen Rian on 10 Jul 1760 in Børsa.  The groom was listed as being from Rian Farm, the bride from Neder-Rian Farm.

Berette is in the 1801 Census living on Lund farm in Børsa with her husband.  She died in 1809 in Viggja, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway, per the Borsaboka.  So far her death record has not been located.


Christian Rudolf Skolemester.  There are Norwegian genealogy texts which say that Christian Rudolf Skolemester was born in Germany and that his origins are not known, but I believe I have a narrative which makes more sense given the records which are available.  The baptism record of Malene Christiansdatter in 1772 lists her father as “Christian Skolemester” .  We can also look at the records for her siblings.

Susanna Christiansdatter, 28 Jan 1753:  To Christian Skolemester a daughter Susanna.  
Witnesses: Even Rian, Johan Högsaett, Gertrude Högsaett, Brünild Wigen, Karen Högsaett.
Anders Christiansen, 13 Jan 1755: To Christian Skolemester a son Anders.  
Witnesses: Jonas Vilmand, Anders Högsaed, Jon Högsaed, Elisabeth Wigen, Gurri Högsaed.
Marite Christiansdatter, 17 Jul 1757: To Christian Skolemester a daughter Marite.  
Witnesses: Arent Engen, Ingebright Wigen, Marite Rian, Anna Wigen, Marite Meland.
Johan Rudolph Christiansen, 16 Dec 1759: To Christian Skolemester a son Johan Rudolph. 
Witnesses: Benit Orchedals, Hans & Sivert Vigen, Ole Linden, Maria Vigen, Ingeborg Meland.
Johanna Christiansdatter, 28 Oct 1762: 28 Oct. To Christian Skolemester a daughter Johanna.  
Witnesses: Ingebrigt Eljeslöchen, Roen ??, Berette Engen, Karen Jögsaet, Berette Olesdatter Wigen.
Falantin Christensen, 19 May 1765: To Christian Skolemester a son Falantin.  
Witnesses: Peder Vigen, Lars Lunden, Lars Engen, Guri Lunden, Inger Wigen.
Maren Christiansdatter, 4 Sept 1768: To Christian Skolemester a daughter Maren. 
Witnesses: Iver, Johann and Gunnil Schietnen, Ane Satten, Gjertrud Högsaet.

One thing we notice is the large number of witnesses (godparents) from Høgset Farm and Wiggen Farm.  Next we go to the burial record for Christian from 10 Jan 1796 in Børsa, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway:

1st sondägen (10 Jan 1796) burial of Christian Rudolph Skolemester Wiggen age 68 years.

So it gives his birth as being around 1728.

Next, we can go to the 1728 Baptisms for Børsa and find the following record from 15 Dec 1728:

3rd Adventus (15 Dec 1728) – To Ludvig Coplou and Guru Pedersdatter a son Franz Christian. Witnesses: Erich ??, Ernst Lang, Siur Heador, Ole Wiggen, Ole Maziter, Jodas ??.

So we can see a Ludvig Coplou (hardly a Norwegian name) with a son Franz Christian and witnesses on Wiggen Farm.  I’m guessing this is the right person, and that it was his father Ludvig who came to Børsa from Germany and, apparently, married a Norwegian woman.  It was quite common for a German man to use a second or third name as his “first” name in practice.  For example, my grandfather Carl Ernst Wilhelm Schmidt went by “Wilhelm”.  Christian had a brother, Johan Ernst Ludvigsen who was baptized 1 Dec 1731 in Børsa.

Christian was engaged to Beret Andersdatter on 9 Nov 1752 and the couple was married on 30 Nov 1752 in Børsa.  The groom was listed as being from Rudolf Farm and the bride from Høgset Farm.  They had the children listed above.  As mentioned previously, Christian died in January 1796 at Wiggen Farm at the age of 67, and was buried on 10 Dec 1796 in Børsa.


Beret Andersdatter was born in May 1730 on Høgset Farm.  Her father was Anders Høgset and her mother is not known.  Beret was baptized 18 May 1730 in Børsa, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway.  She was engaged to Christian Skolemester on 9 Nov 1752 and the couple was married on 30 Nov 1752 in Børsa.   The groom was listed as being from Rudolf Farm and the bride from Høgset Farm.   Beret died in July 1796 on Wiggen Farm at the age of 67, and was buried on 17 Jul 1796 in Børsa.


Niels Hansen was born about 1722 in Vikna, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway on Nord Gieslingen Farm.  His father was Hans Erichsen Binderøy and his mother was Merit Olesdatter.  Neils married Ingebor Olesdatter, likely in Vikna, about 1757.  Their marriage record has not been located.  They had the following children: Friedrich Nielsen (b 1758), Hans Nielsen (b 1762), Ole Nielsen (b 1766), Beret Maria Neilsdatter (b 1767), Hans Nielsen (b 1770).  The baptism record for their last son, born in 1770, lists both parents.  Niels was listed as living on Hunnestad Farm in 1758, and then on Tÿggestad Farm starting in 1759.  He died on Tÿggestad Farm in Vikna in 1785, according to his probate documents which were filed in October, 1785.  The probate documents list only Friedrich, Hans (b 1762) and Beret along with their mother, so it is likely the other two children died before 1785.


Ingeborg Olesdatter, wife of Niels Hansen, is something of an enigma.  There is an Ingeborg Olesdattter who was born on Ørtugen Farm in Verdal in September, 1727, but the evidence suggests that this is not the same woman.  That Ingeborg married a Thomas Olsen Sør-Steene in 1754, and he died in 1804.  Therefore, I don’t believe she is the one who married Neils Hansen and lived in Vikna.  The correct Ingeborg was mentioned as the wife of Niels Hansen Tÿggestad in the baptism record for their son Hans in 1770.  She was also mentioned in the probate documents for her husband in 1785 as living at Tÿggestad Farm.  In the 1801 census for Tÿggestad Farm in Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway, she is listed as “widowed” (her husband died in 1785), and as being born in 1726.  She died in May 1806 in Vikna and was buried on 4 May 1806.  Her burial record gives her age as 70 years, which would indicate a birth year of 1836, rather than 1826.  The Census birth date is not, however, a transcription error as it clearly reads her age as 75.


Daniel Eliassen was born in October 1714 at Norave Farm in Vikna, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.  He was baptized 1 Nov 1714 in Vikna.  He married Gistken Christenze Dorothea Jensdatter in Vikna on 28 Aug 1751.  The groom was listed as being from Lille-Suulen Farm.  No farm was listed for the bride.  The couple had the following children: Simeon Danielsen (1752-1752), Gunelle Danielsdatter (b 1755), Petternille Marie Danielsdatter (1759-1830), Uldricha Danielsdatter (b 1762), Ollegaard Danielsdatter (b 1765), and Ollegaar Danielsdatter (b 1769).  According to Norwegian Genealogy forums, Daniel ran Lille-Suulen farm until 1772 when ownership was transferred.  It might be assumed that he died at that time.  So far no burial record has been located.


Gisken Christenze Dorothea Jensdatter was born about 1734 according to the 1801 Census.  Others have speculated she was born in Trondheim about 1726.  There are missing records for Vikna about this time, so her baptism record may be lost.  Her parents were Jens Joensen and Gjertrude Krag.  Jens was said to have come to Vikna to run Lillesulen farm about 1730.  Gisken Christenze married Daniel Eliasen on 28 Aug 1751.  The groom was listed as being from Lillesulen farm.  No mention was made for the bride, but we know her father was living there and it’s most likely she was living there also.  In the 1801 Census she is living on Tÿggestad Farm with her daughter Peternille and son-in-law Hans Nielsen, and is listed as “Christenz Jensdatter, single dependent pensioner, born 1734”.  Christenze died in Jun 1802 at Lille-Sullen Farm at the age of 68, and was buried 27 Jun 1802 in Vikna.


Non-Family Photos – Spear and Salls Family Portraits, Part II

Almost exactly a year ago, I purchased a group of photos on eBay that turned out to be the family of Alice L. Spear (1847-1928) from Burlington, VT (See the photos here).  In that group were photos of Alice, her uncle Hiram Salls, Harvey Lewis Salls (her first-cousin once removed), Raymond Wardwill Evans (her 2nd cousin once removed), and Mable C Morgan, who was related to Alice by marriage on both her mother’s and father’s side.

This week, I ended up purchasing a group of 10 photos on eBay with no knowledge that any of them were identified in any way.  I was told only that they were all from a single photo album and thus were likely related to each other.  When they arrived it turns out most of them had the names of the people written on the back, and they were all related to the Spear & Salls families!

The first photo is of Jane E “Jennie” Thayer  who married Sylvester Grant Salls.  Sylvester was the son of Hiram Salls from the previous batch of photos, and the Uncle of Harvey Salls, also from the previous batch.

"Jennie Thayer Salls" c1885

“Jennie Thayer Salls” c1885

Jane was born 5 Sept 1868 in Burlington, Vermont to Seymore Thayer and Betsy Mann.  She married Sylvester Grant Salls (1868-1954) twice, once on 5 Feb 1890 at the age of 21, and again on 15 Sept 1935 at the age of 67, after they had been divorced for a short time.  Jane and her husband had five daughters and a son, and ended up living in Essex Junction, Vermont in the 1940 Census… one year before my father was born there.  She died in Burlington on 16 May 1950.

This next photo is of Annette R. “Nettie” Morgan.

"Nettie R. Morgan Salls"

“Nettie R. Morgan Salls”

Annette Morgan (1861-1958) was the sister of Mable C. Morgan, whose portrait was in the first batch of photos I bought.  Annette was the daughter of Stephen Shaw Morgan and Rhoda Ann Bailey, and she was born in Colchester, Vermont on 5 Oct 1861.  She married Horace Roswell Salls (1863-1962), the son of Hiram Salls and Mary Caroline Beerwort.  Annette and Horace had two sons and three daughters.  She died in Burlington on 17 Jul 1958.

The next three photos are all of Maud Avis Spear, taken several years apart:

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Maud A Spear, 1888

Maud A Spear, 1892

Maud A Spear, 1892

Maud A Spear, 1898

Maud A Spear, 1898

Maud was born in July 1886 in Vermont to Wilbur Olin Spear and Avis Salls.  Hiram Salls from the first group of photos was her grandfather.  She had two brothers, Charles W Spear and Bert R Spear.  Maud’s mother died from “Puerperal Fever” (an infection of the reproductive tract after childbirth) right after Maud’s birth, and her father remarried a few years later to Lydia Alberta Salls, the younger sister of Avis.  Unfortunately, Maud died at the age of 15 on 23 Dec 1901 in Burlington.

If you look carefully at the first photo of Maud above you can see the piece of fabric on the chair where she is seated.  The photo was taken at the Continental Gallery studio at 100 Church Street in Burlington, Vermont.  It says “Maud A Spear, 17 months old”, which puts it in December, 1887.  These next two photos from the same photo album were taken in the same studio.  In fact you can see that both children are sitting on the exact same chair.  The first child (a boy, I believe) is wearing an almost identical gown to the one Maud is wearing above.

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Bert or Charles Spear?

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Bert or Charles Spear?

Based on the similarities between the three photos, I’m inclined to believe these are photos of Maud’s two brothers, Charles Wilbur Spear (1881-1974) and Bert Richard Spear (1884-1960).  Charles married Eva Maude Clute and had four children.  Burt married Bertha Golden and had a daughter with her, then married Alda Mae Ladue in 1941 at the age of 57.

The next three photos are not marked, but they are almost certainly from the same family.  The first woman bears a resemblance to Annette Morgan above.

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The final photo is marked, but I cannot find a connection to the Speer or Salls family.  The back says “Rev. M.D. Jump”.  Rev. Jump had quite the award-winning mustache.

Rev Marvin Delos Jump, c1885

Rev Marvin Delos Jump, c1885

Rev. Jump actually only lived in Burlington, Vermont (where the photo was taken) between 1883 and 1887.  He was in Troy, New York and Bennington, Vermont prior to that, and had moved to Amsterdam, New York by 1887.  He was born in July 1845 in Schoharie County, New York to Ananias Jump and Esther Burnett, and married Martha A. France about 1868.  They had at least four children.  I have previously posted several photos I purchased of the Burnette Family and there is a reasonable chance the Reverend Jump was related to them.  I don’t know if Rev. Jump is related to the Salls and Spear families or if, perhaps, he was just their minister, so his photo ended up in their album along with the others.