Thursday, May 4, 2017

Andrew Davidson, Christina Davidson & John Carlson, and Anna Carlson: Sweden to Stanton, Nebraska

And here is the third of the three rescued antique photo albums (see post from 4/22/17).

There was very little information inside this album to help in my search for descendants.

The inscription from the front of the album says "Present to ANNIE CARLSON from her uncle ANDREW DAVIDSON, 1898".  Some of the photographs were taken in studios in Lehigh, Schulyer, Norfolk & Stanton, Nebraska. One of the photos shows a young man in a band uniform with his instrument wearing a pouch or satchel that says "The Stanton Band"!

Three carte de visite photos were taken 1883 in Sweden.

I started searching in the 1900 census in Stanton, Nebraska and hit the jackpot! ANDREW DAVIDSON & his two nieces AMELIE & ANNA CARLSON were living in the town of Butterfly in Stanton County in 1900. On same page, a few houses away,  ANDREW's brother OTTO DAVIDSON and sister CHRISTINA (DAVIDSON) CARLSON are listed

While I did not have the time to further trace these families in later census records, I did find ANDREW DAVIDSON on Find-a-Grave.

The entry indicates that ANDREW was born July 16, 1865 in Sweden, and died May 20, 1953 in Stanton, Nebraska; his sister was CHRISTINA DAVIDSON who married JOHN CARLSON (parents of ALBERT CARLSON, ELLEN CARLSON, ELMER CARLSON, AMELIE CARLSON & ANNA CARLSON in the census above). ANDREW had a brother OTTO DAVIDSON who also immigrated from Sweden in 1884.

ANDREW DAVIDSON, OTTO DAVIDSON, CHRISTINA DAVIDSON CARLSON & JOHN CARLSON, and their son ELMER CARLSON born 1897 Stanton, Nebraska,  are all buried in the Stanton cemetery.

The man in center portrait and bottom right is likely ANDREW DAVIDSON, and I suspect he is the seated man in the carte de visite upper right.  The dark haired man on left I was unable to identify. The three small carte de visite were taken in Sweden (Vimmerby, Stockholm & Halmstad) in 1883. ANDREW DAVIDSON & his brother OTTO DAVIDSON emigrated to the United States in 1884.

This is the first photograph in the album, and judging from the family resemblance to ANDREW, this lovely lady  is either CHRISTINA (DAVIDSON) CARLSON or her daughter ANNA CARLSON.

If you have any further information, please contact me.  I will be attempting to reunite these photos with descendants.

NOTE 4/5/17: This album has been reunited with descendants!  My work here is done!

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Family of David Bryden & Julia Ann Swallow of Ironton, Sauk Co Wisconsin and Redfield, South Dakota

And here is the second of the three antique photo albums that I recently rescued (see previous post).

This photo album is of the family of DAVID BRYDEN & JULIA ANN SWALLOW of Ironton, Sauk Co Wisconsin.  DAVID BRYDEN was an immigrant from Scotland. JULIA's family was from New York. The album apparently belonged to her. There are no other names or inscriptions in the album

There are over 60 portrait photographs & carte de visite in this photo album, which is remarkably well preserved.  The oldest photos appear to be from the 1860s or 1870s, the most recent from the 1900s. Some of the portraits & carte de visite were from studios in Scotland!

Here is the inscription from the inside cover

I believe the couple on right are DAVID BRYDEN Jr & EULALLA BLAKESEE, from photos that I found on Ancestry public trees.  The child is unidentified, but appears in several other portraits. The portraits were taken at a studio in Redfield, South Dakota.

I suspect this older couple might be DAVID BRYDEN Sr the immigrant and JULIA ANN SWALLOW.

I am in the process of contacting descendants of this family. If anyone has any further information, please contact me.

NOTE 5/4/17: I'm happy to report that this photo album was reunited with a descendant!

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Peterson Family of Xenia, Greene County Ohio

These are not my ancestors, but instead wonderful photos found in a disintegrating antique photo album that was donated to the thrift store where I volunteer (Soroptimist International of Anacortes).

This album plus two others were destined for the dumpster, but as a genealogist, I simply couldn't let that happen without attempting to find descendants to share them with!

The photos in this album are from late 1850s to early 1900s, mostly from a photography  studio in Xenia, Greene Co Ohio, a couple from Dayton, Ohio; two from Manchester, Iowa, and a few from Los Angeles.  All are from the same Peterson family.  There are over 30 photos, mostly unidentified.

I believe I have located a descendant on who has posted photos of JOHN NASH & ELIZABETH ANN PETERSON, below, and have attempted to contact them. If anyone has any further information, please contact me.
Alivia / Livia (Peterson) Leeds & husband (his first name not included)
Jacob L Peterson of Xenia, Greene Co Ohio (lithograph, signed)
Elizabeth Ann (Peterson) Nash & husband John Nash

NOTE 5/2/17: I'm happy to report that this album was reunited with a descendant!

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tracking Down a HOCKETT Adoption in Wisconsin

The family tree of the HOCKETT/STEINBACH/FRAZIER family of Wisconsin

2017 has brought many new genetic genealogy surprises!  Lots of people received testing kits from the three testing companies for Christmas, and now many are receiving their results and some are uploading  to, which helps immensely in the search for genealogical evidence & answers via DNA.

This past week, a match showed up on 23andMe in my DNA Relatives list at 3rd-4th cousin level, sharing 1.02% DNA over 4 segments; in my brother's list, the person was matching him at 2-3rd cousin level, 2.32% over 7 segments!

The first thing I did was compare my newly found 3rd cousin, whom I'll call MG, with all the members of my close paternal family who have tested with 23andMe. MG was a match for each & every one of them, on mostly the same chromosomal locations!  So she appeared to be related to my paternal HUBER family.   I checked this theory by comparing her with my known maternal relatives on 23andMe. She did not match any of them.

The next thing I did was to compare her against known relatives of my paternal great grandparents.  I am fortunate in that I now have many solid matches from the HUBER, FRAZIER, BRUTON & WHITECOTTON families in my father's lineage.

Very quickly, I eliminated HUBER, BRUTON & WHITECOTTON as possibilities. That left FRAZIER.  I have about 75  verified  matches to the Quaker FRAZIER family of my great grandmother, CRAMELIA FRAZIER HUBER. When I compared MG to my known FRAZIER relatives, she was a solid match to all of them on 23andMe!!

I contacted MG immediately, to ask if she had an online family tree that I might look at, and she informed me that she had been adopted in Wisconsin, and because the adoption papers were sealed, knew little about her birth parents.  The story she had been told was that her father  was married, but had carried on a long-term relationship with another woman in a different town, and had with her five children who were all placed for adoption in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Her birth mother's married name at the time was Beverly (Harrison) DeVoy; in 1991 she married Fred Hall. Beverly's mother was Shirley (Shaefer) Harrison, and her father was Raymond Harrison.

MG was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, and adopted in either Fort Atkinson or Madison, Wisconsin. Since most of the FRAZIER family lived in Iowa & Indiana, with some migrating to California, at first I wasn't sure which branch MG might be related to.

Going back to my 23andMe DNA Relatives list, I combed through, to see if I might find any more clues within the FRAZIER family.  I did.

One of my DNA Relatives on 23andMe was listed as MG's aunt!  

While I had never been in contact with MG's aunt on 23andMe, I was certainly aware of how she was related to the FRAZIER family, through a branch of the HOCKETT family: LINDEN FLOYD HOCKETT who married MABEL GRACE FRAZIER. MABEL was the daughter of JASPER NEWTON FRAZIER--the brother of my great grandmother CRAMELIA FRAZIER HUBER.

Fortunately, there is a large database for the all Quaker FRAZIER descendants on Rootsweb, which I have used many times before to help verify my FRAZIER DNA matches, so I went there to see if this HOCKETT/FRAZIER family had ever lived in Wisconsin.  They had.  According to census, they lived in Waukesha, Wisconsin from about 1930 onward.

Waukesha, Wisconsin is about 42 miles east of both Watertown and  Fort Atkinson--about a 45 minute drive.

The oldest son of LINDEN FLOYD HOCKETT & MABEL GRACE FRAZIER was NEIL JOSEPH HOCKETT Sr (died 1962) who married HELEN STEINBACH (died 1985).  MG's aunt was one of their daughters, so it would stand to reason that one of her brothers was MG's father.  The youngest son DENNIS HOCKETT was born 1945, so could not have been MG's father. But the two oldest sons, now deceased, were of the correct age to be her father:

NEIL JOSEPH "JACK" HOCKETT Jr born Feb 16, 1930 Waukesha, Wisconsin, died April 26, 2000 Merrill, Lincoln Co Wisconsin.

WILLIAM HOWARD HOCKETT born Jan 17, 1938 Waukesha, Wisconsin, died Sept 12, 2013 Lake Wales, Polk Co Florida.

Please! If anyone has any further information that could help MG find out which of these two men is her biological father, contact me via this blog. 

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2017