Friday, May 29, 2015

Revisiting the Mexican Side of the Tree

The approach of June has me rexamining my Mexican ancestors. The organization is using June to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month, something I wrote about last year. In this blog I have explored this side of my heritage on a regular basis. For example, last November I wrote about the family of my 2nd-great-grandmother Teresa Diaz, whose parents trace back to 1840s Sonora, Mexico. These roots are deep, but are also interwoven with stories of the family's migration to the US (see here and here).
Photo provided by P. Marple. Robert "Bobby" Campuzano, late 1940s.
While I was traveling this month, and since returning, I have been exchanging messages with distant cousin and fellow researcher Reclare. We are comparing DNA results and historical records to better understand our connections with other potential cousins related to the Vasquez-Suastegui line of my 2nd-great-grandmother Maria Jesus Vasquez.

I previously had the intent to marry documents for Gabriel Vasquez and Maria Jesus Suastegui from December 1863. Those papers identified Maria Jesus' parents - Pedro Suastegui and Ana Maria Orosco (my 4th-great-grandparents). Raclare found a copy of Pedro and Ana Maria's marriage record in the loose leaf pages for Altar. She estimates this is from 1846. The page shows Pedro Suastegui, legitimate son of Francisco Suastegui and Dolores Josefa de la Pena, joining in marriage with Ana Maria Orosco, daughter of Ramon Orosco and Reyes Baldes. This document identifies both sets of my 5th-great-grandparents.
Photo via R. Kanal. Marriage record for Pedro and Ana Maria.
I will have more documents in June on these connections and their place in a larger narrative about Mexican roots and the US.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Another Look at the Thornhill and Gass family

Back in March 2012, during a review of records involving my 5th-great-grandfather Thomas Jones, I wrote about a bond where Thomas was a surety for Joseph Thornhill, the brother of Elizabeth Thornhill Jones (my 4th-great-grandmother). Several weeks ago, I made a lunch time visit to the Daughters of the American Revolution Library in Washington DC. In the books for Jefferson County, Tennessee, I found reference to an 1845 county court case involving the estate of Joseph Thornhill and an unpaid debt to the estate of Samuel Gass. In order to understand the case, I need to write about the connection between these two families.

Joseph Thornhill and Mary Polly Gass had a child out of wedlock in March 1829. The child's name was Thomas W. Thornhill. Joseph and Mary Polly later married on 31 August 1830 in Jefferson County. Mary Polly Gass was the daughter of Samuel Gass and Rebecca Kerr. During his life, Samuel provided a $1000 loan to Joseph Thornhill. Samuel wrote the loan into his will, devising various proceeds to his children.

Samuel Gass died on 5 June 1839, followed by his wife Rebecca in 1840. Their sons John and Andrew Gass were named executors of the estate. Joseph Thornhill died about 1842, apparently still owing the $1000 debt to Samuel's estate. Below is a description of the court case from the Jefferson County record (note, I have corrected misspellings involving the names of the Gass family):

"John and Andrew Gass vs Joseph Thornhill

On 28 March 1836, Samuel Gass sold land. Samuel Gass departed this life and orators were appointed executors. Thornhill's notes are unpaid. On 2 June 1842 is a bill of reviver stating Joseph Thornhill departed this life intestate leaving a widow, Polly Thornhill, and the following children: Marion, Thomas, Samuel, Jane, John and Margaret, all infants." [* they were all minors]

June 1845

I do not know how the case was resolved.

Here is a list of the children of Joseph Thornhill and Mary Polly Gass:

1. Thomas W. Thornhill (March 1829 to 10 June 1909). He married Leah Warren Hart, sister of Martha Cordelia Hart Jones (3rd wife of my 3rd-great-grandfather Joseph Jones).
2. Joseph Marion Thornhill (born in 1830). He married Sarah Murry, sister of Stephen Murry who married Catherine Jones (sister of Joseph Jones).
3. Samuel Thornhill (born 15 April 1832, died in 1897). He married Margaret Elizabeth Cline, a niece of Margaret Cline Thornhill, wife of Richard Thornhill.
4. Jane Thornhill (born about 1835)
5. John A. Thornhill (born 1841, died 24 June 1865). See this timeline for more information on the infamous Captain John Thornhill.
6. Margaret Emily Thornhill (born 1 May 1842, died 24 April 1899). She married William A. Bowers and appears in the will of Richard Thornhill.

Detail on Samuel and Rebecca Gass can be found in a publication from 1992 titled "Samuel Gass and His Descendants: A Family in East Tennessee" by Gary C. Jenkins (pdf available on Ancestry). According to this document, Samuel's oldest son John Gass served in Captain George Gregory's Company, East Tennessee Militia during the War of 1812. This is the same company as my 5th-great-grandfather Thomas Jones.


It is hard to believe how much has changed in a year. Happy Birthday!
Photo by A.R. Jones. May 2015.
Photo by A.R. Jones. St. Kitts, 31 Mar 2015.
Photo by Patrick Jones. 1 Apr 2015.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ortaköy Day and Night

Last Sunday I had a free day to wander around Istanbul. I started in the Ortaköy neighborhood, along the Bosphorus. Ortaköy is full of brunch places facing the water, and has a well-known Sunday market which draws many visitors. Early in the morning it wasn't busy. But by the time I came back in the early evening from a day of walking, the waterfront walk was packed.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Picturesque waterfront.
Photo by Patrick Jones. A friendly street cat.
Photo by Patrick Jones. 17 May 2015.
Source Google Maps. 
I was able to grab a great spot at the bar of Brasserie Bomonti and watch the sunset. Good pizza, and friendly staff. This was a nice way to cap off a long weekend of exploring Istanbul. I covered 40 miles running and walking from Saturday to Sunday.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Late afternoon shot from same spot as in the morning.
Photo by Patrick Jones. After sunset & still lively along the water.

A bouncing baby boy

While I was traveling, helpful Kentucky researcher Linda sent me a news clipping from the 23 July 1914 edition of the Glasgow Republican newspaper. The clipping describes Carl Read, the last child of my 2nd-great-grandparents Charles Read and Mary Alice Cain.

By my count, Charles and Mary Alice had six boys and four girls. I also do not have a record of a son who died before 1914. This does not mean the fact is wrong, but I do not have the information. I have intended to reach out to the Glasgow Presbyterian Church to see if they have anything in their church records on the Reads (or even better, the Cain family).