Fun Census Find

Today, while working on some trees specific to certain relatives, I am seeing resources from when I first started researching my family tree. I have learned some things since then so when I was looking at my great grandfather, Herbert Sherwood Osborne, I opened the 1930 census and looked to see the names of the neighbors. Herbert and his wife, Grace Belle Silloway Osborne, and their sons Robert Vincent Osborne and Wilton Leslie Osborne, my grandfather, were living with Grace’s parents, Everett Wadleigh Silloway and Ella Belle Hill Silloway. Since the last names were different, Ancestry listed only the Osborne family on my search but the house number is the same for the Silloways and the Osborne. It looks like the Osbornes were renting space from the Silloways for $8 a month. Great grandfather Osborne was a letter carrier for the US Mail and 2nd great grandfather Silloway was a Wood Dealer for the lumber industry. I love seeing a little slice of their lives with the data collected on the census.

1930 Census H.S. Osborne family next door to inlaws Silloways_LI - Copy

1930 Census H.S. Osborne family next door to inlaws Silloways_LI


Family Collage

My Aunt Amanda put together this collage back in 1999 and gave a print to all her siblings.  It recently resurfaced when my Aunt Sandy posted it on facebook so I decided to label it for future family historians.  I sat down with my mom, Daisy, and she told me who was who then Amanda filled in the gaps.    I enjoyed hearing the stories including how my grandmother, Pauline Darling Gove came to be wearing her husband’s uniform.  Legend has it he bet her she couldn’t fit into his dress whites and you can tell by her smile in the picture that she was happy to prove him wrong.  Amanda put the picture of Pauline’s mother Nellie May Whittier beside the uniform picture because they had similar poses.  Nellie died when Pauline was a child so it is cool to see them side by side like that.  There is a mystery regarding who the two woman and the man are in the picture with Nellie but Amanda thinks one of them is her sister.  If anyone knows, please let me know.

Family CollageLabelled

A little bit of everybody – Cloud, Terral, Foster, Olds, John Harville

I have been researching most of the day.  Started off uploading some pictures to for the last few generations.  I have scanned in quite a few pics that came from my grandmother’s (Ruby Hanes Terral)  house.  I helped clean out her house when we had to sell it and I rescued the photographs so I could scan them in and share with the rest of the family.  It is nice to have a face to put with the name.  While I was uploading pics, I became distracted filling in some gaps in information on the Cloud and Terral sides.  I used the PDFs I have of the most recent generations.  I was trying to fill out all my father’s cousins so I could upload pics to theirs.

I did a little more looking on Samuel Osborne and John C. Hanes including searching at and  I found some people by those names but the dates and locations didn’t match up so I don’t think they were my guys.  I was pleased to find some interesting stories in the newspapers even though I don’t think they are my relatives.  Here is one about a man named Samuel Osborne:

Not relatives - Samuel C. Osborne old article

And this is a poem by a man named John C. Hanes (not a relative):

Not relatives - John C. Hanes poem

I also did some searching on those sites for John Harville because he pulls up with a Civil War service record.  I found a few different entries and it is hard to tell which is the correct John Harville.  More than likely the Confederate soldier and not the Union one because he is from Louisiana.

       I was happy to find some information on Mary Ann Olds, wife of Reuben Valentine and mother of Sophronia Valentine.  She showed up through as either Oles or Olds.  Looking through the census records led me to believe it should be Olds.   Her mother was listed as Ann Fortner in some places but when I worked back from Sophronia Valentine, my 2nd great grandmother it led to Mary Ann Olds.  Through census records and plus the names on Sophronia Valentine’s wedding certificate (I have a copy from a family member), I found names that supported Ann Foster Olds Parker Day as Mary Ann Olds mother.  Benjamin F. Parker, son of Ann Parker, was a witness at Sophronia Valentine’s wedding.  William J. Valentine, Sophronia’s brother, was also a witness.

          Now I’m questioning the man pulled up by ancestry as Mary Ann’s father because he lived in New York.  I will have to do some more digging on that line to try to support that relationship.

JC Hanes Sophronia Valentine marriage

1870 Census Valentine, Day

1860 Census Valentine, Day, Parker

1850 Census Ann Foster Parker

Ann Foster Day Olds findagrave

Mary Ann Olds headstone

Sorting Sherwoods the Sequel

  • Tonight, I have researched George Edward Mallory, Easter Mallory & Rachal Mallory (twins), Julia Mallory.  These were the final 3 out of 8 children of Matilda Jane Sherwood with Andrew Edward Mallory.  He died in 1864.  Matilda married Samuel Osborne around 1865 and had three children with him – David Hilgriff Osborne (21 May 1866 – 12 Mar 1932), my 2nd great grandfather on my maternal father’s side, Joseph William Osborne (31 Mar 1868 – 14 Jul 1929) & James Osborne (04 Dec 1873 – unknown).
  • I’ve hit a dead end on Samuel Osborne.  The information shows he was born in Ireland about 1827 but I haven’t found out where he was born or lived in Ireland nor when or how he immigrated to Canada.  He married Matilda Jane Sherwood around 1865 so he must have come across before that.  I’ve heard it is hard to find family history in Ireland especially if you don’t know what county they came from.  On the 1871 Census of Canada, he is listed as born in Ireland, Religion Presbyterian, Origin Irish, Occupation Boat and Shoemaker. On 1881 Census of Canda, the information was the same except only listed as a Shoemaker at that time.  On the 1891 Census of Canada, his parents are both listed as being born in Ireland and he listed as a Shoemaker.  He isn’t listed on the 1901 Census of Canada so he probably died before that time.  That census sheet is dated April 13-15, 1901.  So he will be one of the mysteries I will be working on….I have to say I was thrilled to find him because I always wanted ancestors from Ireland and he was the first one I found! Yay!
  • David Hilgriff Osborne’s mother was Matilda Jane Sherwood.  On the 1871 Census of Canada, Matilda J. place of birth is New Brunswick, Religion Baptist, Origin German.  On the 1891 Census of Canada, her parents are listed as being born in New Brunswick.  On the 1901 Census of Canda, Matilda was listed as Head of Household and only son James was still living at home.  This is probably a case where someone else provided the information or she was having memory problems because she is listed as 74 yrs old with her birth month listed as “did not know”.  Her death is listed as March 27, 1902 through but there isn’t a source cited to verify that date.
  • Next time, I will do some research into Matilda Jane Sherwood’s family…..

Mabel Irene Osborne & the family piano

I grew up with a beautiful upright piano in our home. My mother used to play and we loved it. When my parents did some remodeling, they decided to not keep the piano anymore so I took it home with me. It has moved with me 3 times. I do not play the piano and I know it is probably out of tune but I think it is beautiful and it has so many memories for me. My mom told me in the past the piano was given to her by an aunt but that was before I started investigating the family tree. After reading my blog post from yesterday about the Sherwoods, she told me that the piano came from Mabel Irene Osborne, my great grand aunt on my maternal grandfather’s side of the family. I was thrilled to get that tidbit of information. I am going to take a picture of the piano this weekend and post it. I will have to get all the details as well. Mom also said Mabel did not marry until later in life and she doesn’t remember her married name right now but she will try to remember. I will put out the word to my aunts on facebook to see if they remember…

Sorting Sherwoods

Today I am working on trying to sort out the branches of the Sherwoods line.

  • Wilton Leslie Osborne’s (02 Jul 1920 – 05 May 1989) father was Herbert Sherwood Osborne (21 Jan 1895 – 30 Oct 1971) – know for sure through two of  Wilton Leslie’s daughters Daisy and Amanda
  • Herbert Sherwood Osborne’s  (21 Jan 1895 – 30 Oct 1971) parents were David Hilgriff Osborne (21 May 1866 – 12 Mar 1932) and Emma Amelia Sherwood (31 Mar 1866 – 23 Oct 1947)  determined through US Census records 1900 – 1940 & report from family (Amanda)
    • Herbert Sherwood Osborne’s siblings were Mabel Irene Osborne (5 Sep 1892 – unknown) & Freda Amelia Osborne (about 1902 – 1972) – determined through US Census records 1900 – 1940
  • Still working on David Hilgriff Osborne’s family but so far through various census records his parents were Samuel Osobrne (abt 1827 – abt 1901) and Matilda Jane Sherwood (11 Apr 1827 – 27 Mar 1902).  Matilda was first married to Andrew Edward Mallory (1826 – abt 1864) and had 8 children with him and they were half siblings to David Hilgriff Osborne.  I’m looking at the sources for the half siblings now and have checked Mary, Sarah Jane, Harriett Elizabeth and Hannah so far.  I will pick back up with George Edward, Easter & Rachal (twins), Julia.  I wish there was more time to work on this today but it is a work night so I have to force myself to go to sleep.

Fun Find – David Hilgriff Osborne, Samuel Osborne, Robert Sherwood, Emma Amelia Sherwood

I have been doing a little research into David Hilgriff OSBORNE, my 2nd great grandfather (Birth 21 May 1866 in Hammondvale, New Brunswick, Canada Death 12 Mar 1932 in Danville, Rockingham, New Hampshire, USA).  This morning, while looking at the 1871 Canadian census, I found Samuel Osborne’s family including David Hilgriff Osborne aged 5.  He was listed a couple of lines above Robert Sherwood.  Since there are Sherwoods in my family tree, I looked at that family and compared to tree and this list of Sherwoods are indeed my ancestors.  Emma A. Sherwood is listed as 4 years old.  Twenty years later, David Hilgriff Osborne married Emma Amelia Sherwood and are my 2nd great grandparents on my maternal father’s side.David Hilgriff Osoborne and family Canadian census 1871David Hillgriff Osborne marriage record to Emma A Sherwood