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Recently on Ancestry.com, I found the probate record for Nathaniel Belknap that listed a fascinating inventory of his homestead, which leads me to this post.

Nathaniel Belknap was born March 31, 1746 in Plaistow, New Hampshire to Obadiah Belknap and Sarah Mitchell. Nathaniel married Hannah Hutchins on July 11, 1770 in Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Nathaniel Belknap was living in Salem, Rockingham, N.H. in 1776. According to the History of Salem, N.H., written by Edgar Gilbert in 1907, Nathaniel Belknap was a selectman of the town in 1796.


Image from Find-a-Grave

Nathaniel died October 12, 1803 in Salem, N.H.  He is buried in Salem Center Burying Ground.  His estate papers were dated October 14, 1803. His wife Hannah was one of the administrators in charge of taking an inventory of his estate.


Beginning of inventory of N. Belknap’s estate, 11/22/1803



Ancestry.com. New Hampshire, Births and Christenings Index, 1714-1904 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Find-a-Grave image: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=82009960&PIpi=61658763

Ancestry.com. New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: New Hampshire County, District and Probate Courts.


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#17 – Jacob Baker

My husband’s great-great grandfather was Jacob Baker (family name originally Becker). Jacob Baker was born May 30, 1865 in Ohio.  His parents Johann George Becker and Elisabeth Kline were born in Germany. They married in Germany in 1853 and their first child, Wilhelmina, was born in Illinois or Ohio in 1854. Eight more children followed after Wilhelmina, including Jacob.

In the 1870 U.S. census, the family (listed as Baker) was living in Richfield, Lucas County, Ohio.  George was 43 and a farmer.  His real estate was valued at $2500 and his personal estate at $500. Elisabeth was 38 and kept house. Their birthplace is listed as Prussia.  Wilhelmina (Mena) was 15 and listed as being born in Ohio.  As was Elizabeth, aged 14.  The next two children Mary (11) and Conrad (9) were listed as being born in Illinois.  The rest of the children, Katherine (7), Jacob (5), and Emma (1) were listed as being born in Ohio.

In the 1880 census, the family was still living in Richfield Township. Their last name was listed as Baker.  The children at home were Conrad (19), Catherine (17), Jacob (15), Emma (11), George (8) and Margrett (5).

Jacob married Bertha Knisel on June 28, 1900 in Lucas County, Ohio when he was 35 and she was 25. They were both living in Toledo at the time.  Jacob was a carpenter and Bertha was a domestic. Click the image below to enlarge their marriage registration.


Jacob and Bertha had a daughter, Emma Maud, on April 6, 1901 in Toledo, Ohio. Their son, Milton Jacob, was born November 14, 1904, also in Toledo.  In the 1910 census, the family was living at 1504 Norwood Avenue in Toledo.  Jacob was a carpenter in building construction. It says he was out of work 9 weeks during 1909. Emma was 9 and Milton was 5 and both attended school.

In 1920, the family was living at 1450 Prospect Avenue.  Sometime between 1910 and 1920, Jacob became the proprietor of his own grocery store.  In the census, Bertha was listed as his partner in the grocery.  Emma, aged 18, was a stenographer at a real estate office, while Milton (15) was still in school.


Click image to see it larger.

In the 1923 Toledo City Directory, the family was still living at 1450 Prospect Avenue. Milton was a driver and Emma was a stenographer at Palmer-Blair Company.  Jacob’s wife Bertha died on July 22, 1923 of breast cancer. She was buried in Toledo Memorial Park. In about 1925, their daughter Emma married Donald G. Miehls.  Donald was a Catholic and Jacob disowned Emma because of her marriage.

On October 29, 1924, Jacob married Amanda Tursan, the widow of Peter Dethlefsen.  He was 58 and she was 51.


Jacob died December 6, 1929 of stomach cancer and involutional melancholia (depression). When he died, Jacob left everything to his son Milton and nothing to Emma. Milton gave Emma and her husband the grocery story, while he kept the house. Amanda, Jacob’s widow, died in 1948 and was buried with her husband Peter.


Toledo Memorial Park in Sylvania, Ohio

Image citations:

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XZLR-Q2Q : accessed 15 January 2016), Jacob Baker and Bertha Knisel, 28 Jun 1900; citing Lucas, Ohio, United States, reference 597; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 909,007.

“United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDGX-GD9 : accessed 15 January 2016), Bertha Baker in household of Jacob Baker, Toledo Ward 8, Lucas, Ohio, United States; citing sheet 22A, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,409.

“Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2Q35-PRQ : accessed 19 January 2016), Jacob Baker and Amanda Turson Dethlefsen, 29 Oct 1924; citing Lucas, Ohio, United States, reference ; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 2,167,511.

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So I didn’t get very far in my “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” challenge before school, work, and life got in the way.  I’m going to continue with it anyway.  I’ve saved all the prompts for all the weeks from Amy’s website and plan to keep on trucking.

(Image of train derailment in NSW Australia from https://commons.wikimedia.org)

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This cemetery is so strange to visit.  It is behind a building that used to be a church (?) and is now a theatre.  It has no fences and is located on a very busy road with lots of traffic noise.

Here’s a link to the complete cemetery transcriptions and pictures!  Very handy!  http://www.usgwarchives.org/mi/tsphoto/wayne/briggs.htm

Ancestors in this cemetery are all Everitts, uncles, aunts and cousins of my 4X Great-Grandfather George Baxter Everitt.

Above: Marshall Everitt, uncle of George B. Everitt

Above: Catherine VanGorden Everitt, wife of Marshall

Above: The backs of Marshall and Catherine’s tombstones.  His says “Our Father” and her’s says “Our Mother.”

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Newburgh Cemetery is an old cemetery located at on Ann Arbor Trail in Livonia, Michigan.   Many members of my Everitt ancestors (and one Bolt that I know of) are buried in this cemetery.  Apparently, Everitts were early settlers in the area.    The cemetery dates from 1827, when Salmon Kingsley, a Revolutionary War veteran, was buried here.Salmon Kingsley


Above:  Tombstone of George Everitt (1778-1854), Uncle of my 4x Great-Grandfather George Baxter Everitt 

Above: Elizabeth VanGordon Everitt (1786-1872), wife of Uncle George. Her sister Catherine married George’s brother Marshall.  They are buried in another Livonia Cemetery that I’ll talk about next time.

Isaiah Bolt

Above: Isaiah Bolt (1799-1856), my 4x Great-Grandfather.  His son, William Dillon Bolt, married the above-mentioned George Baxter Everitt’s daughter, Mary Jane Everitt in 1860.

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Another tragedy – isn’t genealogy full of them?  The first clue I had that this little girl ever existed is this picture.  She is at the left:

Helen, Mae and Earl Moore, c1897

The back of the picture really opened up a can of worms.  The inscription was written by Glenn Moore, the oldest son of Fred Moore and Mina Bolt. 

 Back of portrait

Wow.  I know the older girl is my great-grandmother Mae, born 18 May 1892.  The baby is Earl, born 2 April 1897.  I had never heard of another girl, but it explains why Mae named her only child, a daughter born in 1912, Helen. 


Above: Helen Moore’s Birth Registration. She was born 14 March 1895 in Plymouth, Michigan.

Above: Helen’s death certificate is truly horrifying.  She died 1 May 1899.  The certificate says she suffered a severe burn 10 days before.  24 hours before her death she had a hemorrhage.  The cause of death was a sympathetic fever, which had been enduring for 48 hours.


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September 1925, from an unknown newspaper (maybe Lincoln Park) in Wayne County, Michigan:

     Willis Wells, 17-year-old son of George Wells, a contractor of 1284 Arlington Ave., accidently killed himself in a room where E.K. Belknap had gone with the youth to look for a flashlight. 
     Young Wells opened a dresser drawer and picked up an old .22 caliber pistol which was kept there.  A little later E.K. Belknap stated, when his back was turned, he heard the report of the pistol and Willis exclaimed, “I’m shot.”
    Dr. Loeffler was called, and upon arriving he found the lad lying on the bed dead.  Soon after Coroner Burgess ordered the body turned over to Undertaker Stohl.
     The accident happened at 6:40 Monday Evening.
     Mrs. Arthur Belknap, 60 years old, of Fayette, Ohio, was instantly killed and her son Orville, 24 years old, seriously injured Tuesday evening, when the automobile which Orville Belknap borrowed from Sergeant William Born, and drove to Fayette to bring his mother and wife here for the funeral, ran into the rear of a body truck, ripping off the top and turning over at Telegraph and Eureka Roads.  The driver of the truck apparently did not stop.  Belknap is in the Eloise hospital, where it is said he is suffering from a fractured skull and other injuries.
     A report of the accident indicated that Orville Belknap’s wife was with him and his mother in the car.  This has since been disproved.
     The inquest into the death of Mrs. Belknap was held at Eloise Wednesday.
     Funeral was held Thursday from the home.  Interment at Woodmere Cemetery.

Arthur Belknap Family

Martha Belknap (1869-1925), seated at center

    Some parts of this news story are familiar to me.  I had heard that my paternal grandfather had a brother who died when he was 17.  First, the story was by drowning, then it was by gunshot.  It took place in Lincoln Park, which is where 1284 Arlington Ave. is located.   E. K. Belknap could possibly/probably be my great-grandfather Earl Ervan Belknap.  I know Mrs. Arthur Belknap is his mother, Martha.  She died in a car accident in 1925 which corresponds with this news article.  I know Orville is Earl’s brother.  I had no idea the families knew each other this early.  Earl’s daughter married my grandfather Wells in 1932. 

Mystery:  Who is George Wells?  I know of no George Wells.  My grandfather’s parents were named Robert and Nannie.  Robert Wells died in Virginia in 1919.  Nannie moved her four sons and 1 daughter to Michigan around 1924, I think.  Could this be a typo in the news article?  I sure hope so.  Otherwise I have no idea what is going on.

Willis Wells, Nannie’s son, is referred to as James W. Wells and is almost 2 years old in the 1910 Virginia census.  In 1920, he is listed as an 11-year-old Willis J. Wells.

The Willis Wells of 1284 Arlington Ave.  died on September 14, 1925 and was buried September 17, 1925 in Section 6, Block 4, Lot 121 at Woodmere Cemetery.

Think this needs a little more research…

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