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My maternal great-great-great grandpa is John Ham. He married Nellie Frakes in Perry County in 1832. John is my brick wall. I know he was born in Kentucky in 1812 because of censuses and died in 1878 because of a family Bible. As far as I know, he lived from marriage to death in Perry County. His tax trail ends in 1875. Any idea how I could potentially find more info on John? Thank you


Greetings, Found Harriet Cassidy’s Death Certificate. She is ID: I3286 on Southern Indiana Connection Family Trees. DOD: 27 Jul 1930 at Little Sisters of the Poor, Evansville, Indiana Burial: 29 Jul 1930 at Saint Joseph’s Cemetery. It didn’t list the city. DOB: 27 Jan 1846 Parents: James Cassidy and Nancy Heis(?) Informant was a Sister (as in nun)


I recently saw a connection on FamilySearch.org that connects Johannes Beavin and Catharina Morris m. July 5 1841 at St. Matthews in Davies Co. KY as being the parents of Amanda Delilah Dudley and John. It appears John dies before 1860. I have never been able to find the connection between Delilah and her father’s name. Where would I find evidence that these two are the parents of Delilah.

I found on familysearch.org the marriage of Catharina Morris and Johannes Beavin at St. Matthews in Daviess Co. KY. They are connected on FamilySearch with Amanda, Delilah, Dudley and John in Tobinsport, IN. I am curious to know the evidence of the connection that these are the correct parents. I have not been able to find any connection with Delilah Beavin and her father’s name

Chris Pate


Subject: Civil war soldier letter

Message: I recently saw a brief article about a civil war soldier named George L Bowman, cannelton reporter dated august 21, 1863. It indicates that two dead soldiers were put off of the hospital boat Tempest. Amazing at it may sound, but I have a letter written by the very same soldier at the battle of Fredericksburg. I found his military record at the records and archives administration DC. He is in fact the very same individual. His last record indicates he died aboard the steamer tempest. He was a sergent in company K of the 50th Pennsylvania volunteers. He is from Bradford county Pennsylvania and mustered into service in Harrisburg, Pa,. I have been trying to find relatives of this soldier, but unfortunately I have come to a dead end. Can anyone help uncover the story of George L. Bowman?

Rocco Poliseo

Hi Riley,
NancyAnn Rupp here.Your posting tonight caught my eye. Alexander VanWinkle – Phoebe Coy were my 3rd great grandparents. I am from their son Alexander VanWinkle – Phoebe Miller. Polly VanWinkle (Who married George Lanham) was his sister. I don’t know of Polly – George Lanham children or their lineage.I do know that Alexander VanWinkle – Phoebe Miller had 11 children.
Simeon Mary Michael, Elizabeth, Isaac, James, Sarah, Nicholas Emma William and Martha.I am from Isaac VanWinkle who married Sarah Cunningham.Their son, Charles William VanWinkle married Laura Emily Neel and were my material grandparents.

Isaac’s brother,Simeon,married Suzanne Cunningham, sister to My grandmother Sarah. Their daughter Mary VanWinkle married Samuel Esarey. whose daughter Alvena married John Baptiste Lanman.They were the subject of your 2nd posting.

Mary and Samuel were the parents of Walter Esarey (Alventa’s brother) who married Lucy Lanham.Their daughter is, Elsie McDaniels, who still lives in Bristow and I talked to the other day.She is my double cousin.
Our grandparents were brothers who married sisters so my great grand parents
are the same as hers.Alexander Cunningham- Nancy Archibald parents of Sarah
and Suzanne, and Alexander VanWinkle and Phoebe Miller Parents of
Simeon and Isaac.

We have had many a good conversion about our families.

Her mother was a Lanmam but I am not as familiar with her line or how
she fits in.Hopes this answers some of your questions. Please let me

if I can answer anything else.We are all well, hope you are too

As Ever,
Nancy Ann

Bristow, located on the banks of Anderson Creek early in the history of Perry County
was the principal town of Clark Township. Alexander and Phoebe Miller VanWinkle
William and Emeline VanWinkle, Elisha and lettia Jarboe Weedmanwere the
principal land holders and the town was surveyed by Daniel R. Mckim
page 226 a history by W.T. VanWinkle
” I think it proper to state that my father, Alexander VanWinkle, when I can first
remember, owned all the land where Bristow is now; also, some land East, West,
North and South of the same. He lived on a farm just west of the town. He was one
of the first permanent settlers in that neigh


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