Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Year was 1828

The Year Was 1828
By Juliana Smith
22 June 2008

The year was 1828 and in the United States, it was an election year. Following Andrew Jackson's loss to John Quincy Adams in 1824, the presidential campaign for 1828 began as soon as Adams took office in 1825 and lasted the entire length of his presidency. In 1824, neither candidate won a majority of electoral votes, so the election was decided in the House of Representatives. With support of House Speaker Henry Clay, Adams won and promptly named Clay his Secretary of State. This raised a public outcry that a "corrupt bargain" had tainted the election and kicked off the 1828 election very early. The campaigning on both sides was vicious and filled with personal attacks. Improved communication with the public through newspapers and events aimed at getting out the vote captured the attention of the American public. In fact, the number of voters in 1828 tripled that of the election of 1824.

One of the major issues at stake in the election of 1828 was that of Indian removal. In 1828, the Cherokees were proving proficient at a more agrarian style of living, farming and raising cattle. Schools were set up and Sequoyah invented a written version of the Cherokee language called "Talking Leaves." In February of 1828 Cherokee Phoenix became the first Native American newspaper to be published. But there was a demand for their land and the election of Andrew Jackson spelled disaster for the Cherokees and their Native American counterparts. In the still young and fast-growing country, there was also the need for improved means of transportation, and on the Fourth of July ceremonies were held to break ground for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

When the railroad first took passengers, it was powered by horses. It wasn't until August of 1830, that the line would begin its conversion to steam.On that same day in Little Falls, Maryland, outgoing President John Quincy Adams broke ground on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Construction on this route wouldn't be completed until 1850 when it reached Cumberland, Maryland. The Delaware & Hudson Canal opened for business in 1828 and provided a route for coal to be delivered from Pennsylvania coal fields to the port of New York via the Hudson River. The canal extended 108 miles from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to Kingston, New York. Smallpox was reported in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On 12 November 1828, The Adams Centinel (Gettysburg, Pa.) reported that "at least four human beings [had] fallen victim to this scourge of our race, and from 20 to 30 others are infected with the disease." The article goes on to encourage vaccinations, particularly to those exposed to the disease, and it appears that quite a few people heeded this advice. In the 3 December issue of that same newspaper, it was reported that "no less than 3,000 persons have been vaccinated within the past three weeks" and that "the Small Pox has been checked."

Across the ocean in London, the London Zoological Society opened the doors to its new zoo. The zoo wasn't intended as a way to display animals to the public but to learn ways of domesticating foreign animals. In fact, the zoo wasn't open to the public for the first three years; visitors were invited by society members. Nonetheless, 112,226 visitors managed to get in to get a peek at the exotic animals during that first year.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Ireland Obits

For those of you researching in Ireland here is a site that looks like it has tons of useful info. It has Obituary brief listed from 1800-2004 for Ireland and parts Ireland and the US. The website is http://www.irelandoldnews.com/obits/

I just quickly glanced at it but I will definately be returning to research my Irish families. If you check it out let me know what you think.

Monday, June 16, 2008

June 14th in History - Flag Day

June 14: 1777

Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that "the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripesred and white" and that "the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field,representing a new Constellation."
The national flag, which became known as the "Stars and Stripes," was based on the "Grand Union" flag, a bannercarried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes. According to legend, Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Rossdesigned the new canton for the Stars and Stripes, which consisted of acircle of 13 stars and a blue background, at the request of General GeorgeWashington.
Historians have been unable to conclusively prove or disprove this legend. With the entrance of new states into the United States after independence,new stripes and stars were added to represent new additions to the Union. In1818, however, Congress enacted a law stipulating that the 13 originalstripes be restored and that only stars be added to represent new states.
On June 14, 1877, the first Flag Day observance was held on the 100thanniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes. As instructed byCongress, the U.S. flag was flown from all public buildings across the country. In the years after the first Flag Day, several states continued to observe the anniversary, and in 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance.

Source: Genealogy Bits and Pieces List, by Sally Rolls Pavia.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

DeBusk/DeBose/DuBosc Ancestors Part 2

Well, here are the remaining ancestors that I haven't posted on my DeBusk line. I have been unable to document this information, I am still researching but this is how I believe the line goes. Antonie DuBose/DuBosc married Ann, he was the some of Isaac DuBose and Suzanne Couillandeau.
Isaac was the son of Louis Francis Boint DuBosc and Ann Salovay/Sanborne. He was the son of Pierre "Peter" DuBosc and Francoise Olivier DeLanville.
Pierre was the son of Antonie DuBosc who was "the King's Counsellor and the French Ambassador to the Netherlands. He was the son of Astronomies DuBosc. Astonomies was the son of Jean DuBosc and Ann Jubert.
Jean DuBosc was the son of Jean DuBosc, "Lord of Coquereaumont" and was Fecamp Steward to King Charles VIII of France, he married Margueritta LeCauchois.
Jean DuBosc was the son of Gueffin/Queffin DuBosc.
Gueffin/Queffin was "Lord of Coquereaumont" and in 1452 "Sheriff of Rouen". He married Isabelle DiFot/DuFot. Gueffin/Queffin was the son of Guillaume DuBosc and Perrette LeTourneur. Guillaume was known as "Sieur de Tendos de la Chapelle and Emendreville".
Guillaume was the son of Guillaume DuBosc Senior and Perronnelle. Guillaume Senior was "Sieur de Tendos de la Chappelle". He was the son of Jean DuBosc and Isabeau Mustel.
Jean was "Lord of Coquereaumont" and "Lord of Tondas de la Chappelle". Jean's father was Martin DuBosc, "Lord of Coquereaumont" and "DuBosc de Tondas", he married Marie Mustel.
Martin was the son of Geoffrey DuBosc, "Lord of Tondas de la Chappelle" and "DuBosc de Tondas", and Elizabeth D'Orbel.
Geoffrey was the son of Claude DuBosc, "Lord of Tondas de la Chappelle", and "DuBosc de Tondos". Claude married Jeanne DeCormeilles.

That is the end of the road for this branch. I hope this will help someone. If you are researching this line please email me.

The Next Family will be Pickle starting with Rachel Pickle my great-great-great grandmother who married Charles Martin DeBusk.

Civil War Information

If you have ancestors that fought in the Civil War or if you want to check and see if they fought in the Civil War then you have to try this site. It is usually a pay site but through the month of June they are offering free access. I logged on to it last night just to check it out and make sure the link worked, I ended up spending 3 hours looking around. You can search by soldier, regiment, or battles. I was inpressed by the amount of information the site contains. I search by name and it brought up the date and place of enlistment, age, regiment, ect. Then if you click on regiment it will give you the history of that regiment including the battles they fought.
Here's the link:
Once this page came up I picked the "American Civil War Research Database". I haven't had a chance to look over the other links but I will take a look tonight.
Good Luck.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Please help save our access to records

Please help save our access to records:

The Humanities Advocacy Network ( http://www.humanitiesadvocacy.org/action_ctr.html ) is asking people to contact their representatives (through its website) to prevent the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of NARA, from having a budget of *ZERO* for Fiscal Year 2009. A description of the NHPRC is at http://www.archives.gov/nhprc , and a state-by-state list of projects it has funded is at http://www.archives.gov/nhprc/projects/states-territories .

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Great Website Find

Well, I have stumbled on another great website for those of you researching families of The New River Valley of Virginia and North Carolina. It's called The New River Notes and has a load of interesting documents, death indexes, ect. The Virginia Counties included are: Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Patrick, Roanoke, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington and Wythe.
The North Carolina counties include: Allehany, Ashe, Johnson, Surry, Waluaga, Wilker, and Yadkin. If you are doing research in any of these counties then you need to take a look at this website.

Here's the link:

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Missouri Research

If you are doing Missouri Research you definately need to check out the Missouri Digital Heritage website. They have scanned death certificates for 1910-1957. The file seems pretty complete, out of the 14 people I searched for that died during that time there were only 2 that I couldn't find and for one I don't have they exact date of death and could actually have been in 1909. The other one is a common name so I will just need to research a bit more. But it is a great website, make sure if you are doing Missouri Research you check it out. Here's the link:
Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Poorhouse Website

Here is a link for an interesting website: http://www.poorhousestory.com/other_poorhouses.htm

You can search through poorhouses by state.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Back from Vacation

Well, I am back from vacation and have been bitten again by the genealogy bug. Now, this doesn't mean that I haven't been working on my genealogy during this time, it actually means that I have again become obsessed with my research again. So, on that note I should have some good blogs coming up so stay tuned.