Thursday, October 15, 2009

FOUND - 1839 Charles WAITS marriage to Catherine HAYNS Moyer

I dreamed about genealogy all night last night!  Who belongs to who, who lived where, and what happened to William Mathews from yesterday's post.  So when I woke up this morning, I hopped right on the computer and started searching for people in that family cluster.  One thing led to another and soon I was looking at a list of WAITS marriages in Clermont County, Ohio from 1800-1850.

Very few of the names looked familiar when I scanned the page, but I thought I would transcribe the page and add it to my Wait Heritage Group so others could compare their trees to it.  So I was typing away, and came across this entry.

Charles lost his wife Mary Goble Waits in May 1838, just months after the birth of their 12th child, David.  Another two month later, David died as well.

Catherine lost her husband Michael Moyer at about the same time that Mary died, leaving her with 4 children. Until last week, I had only seen her listed as Catherine MOYER.  Then I was reading through a family reunion book that a descendant of Reason Waits sent me, and she was listed as Catherine Weaver Moyer.  There isn't a source listed, so I kind of kept it in the back of my mind.

Charles and Catherine married March 23, 1839, according to all sources I've seen.  So it makes sense to me that this marriage entry is my Charles and Catherine.  The date is right, the place is right, they're both widows.  The only thing that differs is Catherine's last name. I plan on doing more research with the HAYNS last name (it could even be HAYNES, since the entries aren't without error).  I'd like a couple more sources to back this up, but thought I'd share what I found so far!

The 1840 census shows Charles and family in Jackson Township, Clermont County, Ohio.  They have 13 children between "under 5" and "15-20" living with them. What a houseful!

Between 1842 and 1849, Charles and Catherine had 3 more children, bringing their grand total to 19, including the ones who died young.  WOW.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

FOUND - WAITS in 1870 Census

I finally found James G and Susannah (Susan) WAITS and family in the 1870 Census!  They're in Ohio for the 1860 census and in Nebraska by 1880.  So I decided to look at every census form of anyone with a name anything like WAITS.  There they were in Illinois, of all places!  Pittsfield in Pike County, to be exact.  Thankfully they have a really big family!  They were listed with the last name of WEIT.  Sweet!

My 2nd great grandfather William Henry was listed there at age 26 with his parents and brothers and sisters.

There was also an 8-month old infant named "Will", born in October 1869.  I'm not sure how he fits into the family, though. In 1880, he shows up again as 10-year old Wm Mathews in Platte, Hamilton County, Nebraska living with his grandmother Susannah and her son Thomas Boyd Waits who is 22 years old and has the "Chills".

I wonder if he's Sarah Waits' son?  Someone else's tree on says that she passed away in 1869 at the age of 26.  So it is possible that she died in childbirth.  I'll have to check marriage records to see if she married someone with the last name of Mathews!

Boy, it sure helps to talk this all out here!  Thanks for listening!

Wordless Wednesday - old WAITS tintype

This tintype image comes from my cousin Robin Roy in Washington State.  We believe this is her great grandfather (and my 2nd great grandfather), William Henry WAITS (1845-1927).  We can't seem to come to a conclusion about who the lovely lady is standing beside him.

William married Elve Sonoria LONG PITT (1849-1928) sometime between 1873 and 1877 (different sources have different dates).

What do you think?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wait Family Heritage Group & Nonprofit

I thought I'd let you all know about a genealogy group that I started.

Over the last few months that I've been researching my WAIT roots, I've "met" probably a dozen people online who have also researched my line.  Through a series of emails and messages on, I've learned a lot about where I come from (and where I don't)!  One of the things that bugged me about using this method was that all of that info was now tucked away in a private message, and I wondered who else I might meet if these discussions were out in the public eye.

So I had this idea to start a group where everyone could contribute what they know and we could get to know each other.   I searched around a bit and ended up modeling it after the Parker Heritage Group.

I started interest groups for each of the families in my line:

Frederick Hiram WAIT (1876-1955)

William H WAITS (1845-1927)

James G WAITS (1816-1880)

Charles Waits (1790-1868)

James WAITS (1760-1855)

John WAITS (1730-1791) (my brick wall WAITS)

I also started interest groups for each of the states they lived in:

NEBRASKA Genealogy

OHIO Genealogy

Along with that, there is a group for the DNA project:

Waite DNA Surname Project

I highly recommend that you take a look and join the groups that call to you.  You can add to discussions, start new ones, upload some photos, even have a blog!  Then keep checking back every week as new content is added and the site really starts to pick up momentum!  The more eyes we have on our history, the more we stand to learn!

My vision is to start a Wait Family Association that's dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Wait family through education and genealogy.  I want to run it as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  I've been doing some initial research for a couple of weeks and just this morning, I found another family to model the group after!

Towne Family Association

The Next Generation of Genealogy Software has been on my radar as an excellent way to share our trees, census forms, documents, and photos, so it's pretty cool that they use that platform as well!

For those of you who were at the reunion this July, you'll remember that in the land of Hunters and Farmers, I'm a Hunter.  I have a vision.  I have ideas.  I have passion.  I have social skills.  What I need are some more Hunters to collaborate with. And most importantly, some Farmers who are good at things like business practices, the law, accounting, and general stick-to-it-iveness.  People who are dotting the i's and crossing the t's.

If you think you'd be interested in helping with this project or know someone else who would be, please get in contact with me!

Update (9/5/2013) -- The idea for the ning site and the family association fell through the cracks since this post. Please disregard.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - James WAITS 1760-1855

James WAITS is my 5th great grandfather. In other words, he's my grandfather's grandfather's great grandfather!

James was born in Berkeley County, Virginia (which is now West Virginia).  His tombstone says he was born in 1760, but a deposition that I read in his Revolutionary War Pension file says that he was born in March of 1762.

In May 1777 when James was 17, he joined the American Revolution.  He enlisted in the militia of Washington County, Pennsylvania and served six months under the command of Colonel Springer.  During this time, he was "engaged in several skirmishes with the Indians at Garrets Fort and on the waters of Whitely."  He served again in 1778 out of Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

James applied for his pension in April 1833 and was eventually awarded a pension in March 1834 in the amount of $54.65 per year for his service in the War of Independence.

In 1781, he married Margaret Livengood in Washington County, Pennsylvania.  She was born 3 Sep 1763 in Greene County, Pennsylvania.  I don't yet know who her parents were.  James and Margaret raised eleven children and were married for 74 years.  Neither knew how to read or write and signed papers with an X, known as their "marks."  Although they didn't write out their names, their marks are definitely unique.  James wrote his as an "and" sign like I use.  Margaret used an X with swirly tips.

James WAITS signature (aka: "his mark")

Margaret Waits signature (aka: "her mark")

In 1782, James volunteered for military service again.  This time, he fought in Sandusky.

In 1799, James and Margaret moved to Clermont County, Ohio along with his brother Charles who was also in the Revolutionary War.  According to an article in the Clermont Courier, (July 1, 1885), James lived in Williamsburg and was always out for the Fourth of July celebrations.

In 1838, he is listed as owning 118 acres in Sterling Township, Brown County, Ohio.  Nearby, were his brother Charles as well as James' sons Charles (my 4th great grandfather) and Jacob.

James and Margaret lived in Sterling, Brown, Ohio for the remainder of their lives.  James died on March 2, 1855 at the age of 95.  He is buried at Taylor Chapel Cemetery in Sterling, Brown, Ohio.  Section 1, Row 5, Grave 9.

After the death of her husband, Margaret filed for her widow's pension at the age of 92.  She died the following year on July 14, 1856.  I'm not sure where she is buried.

I'd like to take a trip to Ohio soon, so I can visit his grave and find hers.  Also, there is a book at the Batavia library in Clermont County that apparently has a wealth of information about James and his brother Charles as well as their families.

I'd also like to thank for blessing me with 58 pages of his pension file!  Without them, who knows how long it would have taken me to see his X. It's a remarkable experience to see an image that he touched so many years ago.  Thank you!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Clues on John W PITT

I thought I'd check out today for something different.  Within 5 minutes, I located Civil War pension cards for several of my ancestors!

My 2nd great grandfather William H WAITS' card was especially interesting because it mentioned his wife Elve's first husband John PITT.

All I've been able to find on John PITT so far, was that he was married to Elve and was the father of Samuel M PITT. No census information, no date of birth, death, or burial information.  And yet here he is mentioned on WH's pension card!  Apparently, he served during the Civil War in Co K 58th Indiana Infantry.

Naturally, I immediately looked his card up to see what other information they had on him!

Here it is!  But... I don't get it.  It looks to me like he died Feb 1, 1928.  Could that be right?  I guess I've always assumed that she was a widow when she met William.  But if he was still living, then why would William be listed on his card?  There's nothing filled in about his widow, and I'm not sure what the 1st line of remarks means, other than 718192 matches William's certificate number.  It looks like he filed for benefits on Dec 7, 1885 five years before William did.

Can anyone shed some light on this?  I don't get it.