Saturday, June 28, 2014

Find A Grave: Altheah French Scoville and George Scoville: Green County Wisconsin

Today I was lurking around the net and found two graves on

 I am still trying to prove that Altheah French Scoville is my GG Grandmother.  I match with her in my Ancestry DNA. I found my Great Grandmother (Orthera C Palin aka Cornelia Palon)  living with her husband George Scoville in 1850.

I followed up with Find A Grave lead but the party who posted information on George Scoville did not know anything more about the following.

Maybe some of my readers can offer suggestions.

I am researching Altheah French Scoville.  See question 1 and 2 below. 

1.   Do you know if Althea was married to a Palen prior to marrying George Scoville.
Name:George Scovell
Birth Year:abt 1813
Home in 1850:Brooklyn, GreenWisconsin
Family Number:80
Household Members:
George Scovell37
Mary J Scovell32
George Scovell11
James Scovell10
Amisy Scovell9
Mary L Scovell0
Orthera C Palin3
Julia Scovell77

See census below the graves

2.   Also do you know who Mary J Scoville is in 1850 census with George Scoville?  and the 3 year old child Orthera A Palon listed in the household. I found
a posting by Ruth Scoville Palmer who said Orthera A Palon (aka Cornelia Palon Ames) was her sister.

Birth: Nov. 29, 1811
Connecticut, USA
Death: Apr. 16, 1889
Green County
Wisconsin, USA

Farmer; aged 77 yrs., 5 ms., 17ds.
Married 1st, Luretta (1823-1850) and had children George (1840), Amasa (1842-1915) and James K. (1842-1919) Scoville. Married 2nd Althea and had children Ruth (1851), Laura (1855) and Charles (1859) Scoville.

Family links:
  Altheah A. French Scoville (1822 - 1887)

  George Scoville (1839 - 1899)*

*Calculated relationship
Richland Cemetery
Green County
Wisconsin, USA

Friday, June 27, 2014

Best Family History Book on the market: HOW TO WRITE A FAMILY HISTORY ~ A template

I have read a lot of family history and genealogy books but this one is really a template
extraordinaire on:


A Book is Born! The Parrett Migration

by Memoir Mentor on June 12, 2014
When I was a bride in my twenties (many years ago), my husband and I stopped at a farm in Locust Grove, Iowa, on a cross-country trip to the East Coast. The farm was owned by Ken and Lois Parrett, distant cousins of mine I had never heard of until that day. They took me on a tour of the area and showed me land my ancestors once owned and cemeteries where they were buried. That visit turned out to be Dawn Thurston, The Parrett Migrationone of those turning points that send your life in a new trajectory. I wanted to know more about these Parretts, whose name I’d carried since my birth. Over the years, between raising children and being busy with a thousand other projects, I occasionally set aside research time to visit genealogy libraries and communicate with distant cousins and various record keepers. It wasn’t until the last decade that my research took on an added focus. I was intent on writing a book that brought my paternal family to life.
And so it happened: I published my family history in late May and, book by book, readers are becoming acquainted with the Parretts–a family that had largely had been lost to history.
The five generations of Parretts profiled in my history left few records behind. As I became better acquainted with the eras in which they lived–America’s colonial and frontier periods–I began to realize that they took part in significant events in American history, including the major migration periods that spread the country’s borders ever westward. That realization gave me the theme that drove my story–and its title, The Parrett Migration: Their Story is America’s Story.
It’s been interesting to hear comments from readers. They tell me, “My ancestors were involved in these events, too.” Or, “I could write a similar story about my people.” It’s true. I suspect nearly anyone who reads my book will see their family’s story in the Parrett story. (And they should write their own version, shaping it to their family’s particular circumstances.)
My book was a challenge on many levels. Could I bring to life seemingly obscure people and tell an interesting story about them? Could I incorporate the writing techniques I stress in my classes? (I felt nervous about that one, for I knew I had strict judges!) Could I do justice to five generations without being too superficial? Could I finish such a mammoth undertaking?
I did finish, so I overcame at least one challenge. The jury’s still out about the others. However it’s ultimately judged by readers, I hope the book will stand as a sincere effort to honor my family and preserve their story for future generations.
To learn more about the book, go to and purchase it at




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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Adolphus AMES born 1810 in New York

Adolphus Ames

Spent at least 20 hours this week on Adolphus.

Still no leads to his ancestry in New York.

I looked at over 4000 Ames on Family Search. When you type in Adolphus Ames in the search field you get all the Adolphus' plus any Ames with the letter "A" in the name as an initial for first name, as A for a middle name, etc.  AMES is like looking for SMITH.

I spent more hours searching:

Looked at many Ames Trees on

Reviewed my Ames matches on Ancestry DNA and sent a message to everyone of them!

The Adolphus Ames in Jefferson NY was a different one and he ended up in Marquette Wisconsin.  He may be a nephew of my Adolphus.

I also looked at Daniel Ames as Adolphus Ames' first son was named Ira DANIEL Ames.

I could use some more suggestions on how to find him.