Barking up the Right Tree

Making Sure You’ve Got the Right Family & Place

From the mailbag – “How can you be so sure you have the right people?”

In this particular case it’s pretty easy. Every “Brimlow” in New York City or Brooklyn that appears on the 1840, 1850, and 1860 Federal Census is part of this family group by birth or marriage. In fact, they are the only Brimlows at all on the 1840 and 1850 in the United States. The Brimlow in Orange, New York (1840) is actually a Timlow. There are Bromlows in Kentucky (both English and German), Bramlows in Ohio, as well as Brumloo and Brumlows in several southern states. I found no Br?malows, Br?melows, or Br?milows. The ? = any single letter. By 1860 there are only about 30 people named Brimlow who show up on an Ancestry search – some of whom are from Germany. There are only 18 who show up on FamilySearch. There’s one Bromilow (Edwd E. 1834 England in Chicago) and a John Brimelow in New York City that I chased far enough back to know he’s not ours. That’s it other than the Bram and Brum crowd.

So, yeah… I’m sure I have the right people.

As for the location – I used to think I was really put-upon by having family in New York City. Just five years ago, there were few online records available. Researching BMD (birth, marriage, death) meant a trip to Salt Lake City because you had to go through the those indexes on film to locate the dates and certificate numbers, and then go to the film that held those dates and numbers. I spent days doing something that now takes me minutes thanks to combining the indexes on Ancestry and the records transcribed on FamilySearch. I’m also lucky enough to be in a place that did the mid-decade census so there is a New York State Census online at Ancestry for 1855, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, and 1925. God bless that 1892 census. And there is also The Brooklyn Daily Eagle – free and online through the public library at this link.

Also, Fold3 has decades of city directories for New York City and Brooklyn. I was able to follow the family and track their business and home addresses. Google Maps allows you to create maps so I pinpointed the locations on a modern map.
William addresses NYC 1836-1851
This led to questions about the address of 16 James Slip. Many people have transcribed the directory address as “street” but it’s clearly “slip.” So it was off to do more research. The slips are well known in New York and were the small wharves and docks that extended into the East River. The larger ships in the harbor would discharge their cargo on barges or lighters and those smaller ships would deliver the cargo to the slips.
1860 James Slip
Most of the slips were filled in as land prices skyrocketed, but the names remain. Here are some great links to more information and some terrific pictures. Ephemeral New York and untapped cities have some great pictures and illustrations along with terrific information.

I also became fascinated by the family’s move to Brooklyn. The commute between Brooklyn and Manhattan in the 1860s was accomplished utilizing any of a number of ferries that plied their trade. Even though he didn’t live to see its 1883 completion, I have no doubt William Brimlow watched the beginning of the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1869 with more than a little interest. Perhaps there was also a mixture of excitement and sorrow as some of the addresses occupied by his family or used for his business disappeared with the building of the Brooklyn Bridge.
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Once again, the more you look, the more you learn, and the more you look.

Working Backwards on the Brimlows

William Brimlow (1800-1873)

For as long as I can remember, I have known about Henrietta (Brimlow) Frith (1847-1884) and her sad death at the age of 37. My mother told me the tale her grandmother Nettie Frith (1875-1963) had told her about her mother Henrietta dying and seeing her in the casket with her stillborn child in her arms. It was not difficult to trace Henrietta to her parents, George Brimlow and Elizabeth Weeks. It was also not difficult to work out George’s parents and siblings thanks to the early research provided by my distant cousin Chris Beale. Chris had done quite a bit of the legwork prior to the explosion of records online. It was Chris who outlined the basic family, located the family plot at Cypress Hills Cemetery, and located the passenger list. With Chris’s excellent research as a starting point, I went through thirty years of New York City and Brooklyn directories, combed the NY State Census records, and drove myself insane looking at New York and Brooklyn birth, death, and marriage records to fill in the gaps and add some flesh to the bones.

Here’s what we currently know about the family in New York along with the evidence:

William and Ann Broomelaw arrived in New York, along with their 5 children, aboard the Ajax on 29 Nov 1832.1
Ajax pass list 1832
William Broomelaw, 32 (1800), Miner, England
Ann, 35 (1837)
Jane, 9 (1823)
George, 12 (1820)
William, 7 (1825)
Henry, 6 (1826)
John, 3 (1829)

Let’s address the two concerns with this record – the name and the occupation. As stated in the previous post, a genealogist has to be flexible with the name. The family is English and if they are from Northwesterern England, Shropshire/Cheshire/Lancashire, which all border on Wales, the pronunciation of the name will sound more like Broom or Brom than it does Brim. As for the occupation… occupations are usually the job people last held and not necessarily what they may have done earlier in life or will be doing in the future. As proven in the previous post about William Brown, he listed himself as a farmer, but he was actually a butcher. And William Brimlow’s oldest son George named himself as a coffee roaster on the census and a clerk in the directory of the same year before changing his occupation to engineer only one year later. This is America—you can be whatever you choose.

William Brimlow makes his first appearance in the New York City directory in 1836 and remained at this particular address through 1846:2
“Brimlow William, coffee & spices 59 Cherry”

The family can be accounted for on the 1840 Federal Census in New York Ward 4 under the name Wm Brimlow:3
Males 10-14 – 1 (John 11),
15-19 – 2 (Henry14, Wm15),
20-29 – 1 (Geo 20),
40-49 – 1 (Wm 40),
Females 15-19 – 1 (Jane 17),
40-49 – 1( Ann 43)

The Brimlows are well established in New York’s Lower East Side. On 7 Nov 1842, William is naturalized.4 In 1846, the business address changes to 16 James Slip, where it will remain for at least the next 10 years. William and Ann appear with youngest son John on the 1850 Federal Census in New York Ward 4.5 The family has moved to 59 Monroe Street and middle son William appears in the city directory at that address with his father and brother George as a clerk for the first time in 1851.

Ann died 10 Mar 1851 in New York City, and William purchased the large family plot at Cypress Hills Cemetery, Sec 2, Lot 168 on 11 Mar 1851. Ann was the first interment in the plot on 13 Mar 1851.6

About 1852, William married Deborah (Gedney) Woodhall (1817-16 Nov 1895),7 17 years his junior, she was the widow of Thomas Woodhall (1818-1850). She had three children from her previous marriage: Mary Elizabeth (Woodhall) Wines Jones; Josephine (Woodhall) Johnson, and Leander Byron Woodhall. Some of these children were enumerated as Brimlow at times. William and Deborah had three children together: Arthur W., Frederick Austin, and Ella Helen.

By 1855, the entire family had moved across the river to Brooklyn. The New York City directories reflected the business address at James Slip with a home listing of Brooklyn. At the age of 65, William still listed himself as employed in N.Y.8

William died on 6 February 1873 at his home, 75 Taylor Street, Brooklyn.9 He was laid to rest with Ann in Cypress Hills Cemetery on 8 Feb 1873.10 Deborah died 16 Nov 1895 in Brooklyn and was buried in Eleazor Gedney Burial Ground, Mamaroneck, Westchester, New York.11
Wm dc 1873

The next post will be about William and Ann in England, and the evidence related to Ann’s maiden name in the Wood versus Chaddock debate.



1. “New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Ancestry,” online images(accessed 20 May 2014), manifest, Ajax, 29 Nov 1832, William Broomelaw and family. Cit. Date: 20 May 2014.
2. 1836 – (City Directories – New York – p.114, Fold3.com
3. 1840 U.S. census, New York Ward 4, New York, New York, p. 219, line 20, Wm Brimlow; digital images, Ancestry (accessed 30 Nov 2015); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M704, roll 300. Cit. Date: 30 Nov 2015.
4. Rec# 33, 7 Nov 1842, William Brimlow, English, Marine Court of New York City; digital images(accessed 20 May 2014). Cit. Date: 20 May 2014.
5. 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, New York, New York, p. 278A, dwelling 461, family 1694, William Brimlee; digital images, Ancestry (accessed 14 May 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll M432 536. Cit. Date: 14 May 2014.
6. Interment Records, Cypress Hills Cemetery interment #1254 – Ann Brimlow, 13 Mar 1851, Sec 2, Lot 168.
7. New York death certificate #19974, Deborah Brimlow, died 16 Nov 1895, 249 Broadway, 2nd floor, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings, age 70 (or 76)y 6 mo., apoplexy, buried 19 Nov 1895. Cit. Date: 15 May 2014.
8. 1865 NewYork State Census, Brooklyn Ward 13, Kings, New York, p. 21, dwelling 88, family 152, line 29, Wm Brimlow 65, Deborah Brimlow 49, Leander W. Brimlow 18, Mary Wines 25, Arthur Brimlow 12, Fredk Brimlow 10, Ella Brimlow 8; digital images(accessed 30 Nov 2015). Cit. Date: 30 Nov 2015.
9. “New York Death Records,” database(accessed 27 Nov 2015), Certificate #1069, William Brimlow died 6 Feb 1873, age 73, Brooklyn, Kings, buried 8 Feb 1873 Cypress Hills Cemetery.
10. Interment Records, Cypress Hills Cemetery, William Brimlow was interred 8 Feb 1873, in Sec 2, Lot 168.
11. New York death certificate #19974, Deborah Brimlow, died 16 Nov 1895, 249 Broadway, 2nd floor, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings, age 70 (or 76)y 6 mo., apoplexy, buried 19 Nov 1895. Cit. Date: 15 May 2014.

A Few More Friths

Ruth Frith Reed (1846-1907) and Mathew Taylor Frith (1850-1929)

Ruth Frith was born in August of 1846, the fifth child of William and Frances. She married Samuel E. Reed in about 1864. Samuel, born about 1839 in Brooklyn, had served for two years in the Civil War with Hawkins’ Zouaves. Ruth provided a statement for her sister Susan Wynn Frith McLean when she applied for her widow’s pension. The family is tracked fairly easily through the census records as they remained in Brooklyn throughout their lives. Samuel died 16 Aug 1894 and Ruth passed away 5 Mar 1907. Both are interred in Cypress Hills Cemetery along with several of their children.
1. Frances Eleanor Reed (1865-1942) m1 Edward Avery (1866-?) m2 James J. Dow (1863-1923)
2. Charles E. Reed (1868-1870)
3. Samuel M. Reed (1870-1870)
4. Edward Milton Reed (1872-1930) m. Catherine C. Toal (1874-1924)
5. Ruth Frith Reed (1874-1900) m. Frederick F. Hoeg (1870-1906)
6. William Maxwell Reed (1876-1939) m. Anna Augustina Boshch (1882-?)
7. Minnie E. Reed (1880-1959) m. Charles Wesley Clark (1880-1967)
8. Susan May Reed (1883-1886) appears as Mary Reed in interment records

Matherw Taylor Frith was the seventh child of William and Frances. He was a painter by trade as were his brother and brother-in-law. He married Mary Louisa Hamill in about 1869. Mary was the daughter of Robert Fulton Hamill (1802-1876) and Mary Louise George (1826-1887). Mary died on 8 May 1917 and was interred with her family in Green-Wood Cemetery. Mathew died 5 Jun 1929 and was interred in a separate plot in Green-Wood.

Mathew, niece Nettie (Frith) McLean Abell, Alfred Abell, Mathew's daughter Fannie (Frith) Seely

Mathew, niece Nettie (Frith) McLean Abell, Alfred Abell, Mathew’s daughter Fannie (Frith) Seely


They had five known children together:
1. Sarah P. Frith (1870-1870) Cypress Hills Cemetery with Mathew’s parents.
2. Fannie E. Frith (1872-1928) m. Welling Seely (1874-1931), one child Raymond Frith Seely (1899-1901) all three are in the Hamlin family plot in Green-Wood with Mary.
3. Mabel Virginia Frith (1876-1961) m. James M. Gormley (1885-1992) both are in Green-Wood with Mathew.
4. Susan Edna Frith (1879-1922) m. Perry L. Ward (1878-1909, on child Doris Mildred (Ward) Oed (1898-1956). Susan and Doris are with Mathew in Green-Wood. Perry’s location is not known.
5. Ruth A. Frith (1883-1912) m. Anderson Reid (1858-1920) Ruth is in the Hamill family plot with mother Mary. Anderson Reid died in San Francisco, burial location unknown.

The headline from The New York Times 14 Nov 1912, p1, c5.

The headline from The New York Times 14 Nov 1912, p1, c5.

Ruth A. Frith Reid was interesting because of the unusual circumstances of her life and death. It seems that on the evening of 13 Nov 1912, Ruth was involved in a car crash in which she died. She was 27 years old and her husband was 54, although one paper wrongly stated he was 76. Ruth was in the car with four men, two of whom fled the scene. The other two were with Ruth when the police arrived. One of the men who fled, apparently called her sister Mabel to tell her of the accident. Mabel hurried to the police station where Ruth had been taken. She found that her sister’s jewelry was missing. The jewelry was found in the coat pocket of one of the men who’d been the car with her. The man was arrested on the spot for grand larceny and both men were arrested on suspicion of homicide. The morning paper had a field day with the news, making it sound as though Ruth were a wild young woman who was stepping out on her older husband with some shady character.
The headline from the Marion Weekly Star, Marion, Ohio, 16 Nov 1912, p1, c4.

The headline from the Marion Weekly Star, Marion, Ohio, 16 Nov 1912, p1, c4.

By the afternoon of the 14th the real story had emerged. The shady characters were old family friends and well-known to Anderson Reid. He had encouraged his wife to go with them to a party at another friend’s home as he had to work that evening. Ruth’s jewelry was actually in a small chamois bag and one of the men had simply picked it up, along with her purse, and put them in his pocket so they wouldn’t get lost. Both Reid and Mabel Frith came to his defense and all the charges were dropped at a hearing on the morning of the 14th. In the afternoon article, the family went to great lengths to make it clear that Ruth and Reid had been married for nine years and Ruth was an active member in her church and even taught Sunday school. They stated they also knew the names of the two men who’d fled but refused to divulge them as enough damage had been done to everyone’s reputations.

Those Darn Friths –

The George Richard Frith Family

In an earlier series of posts, I talked about Henrietta “Nettie” Ella (Frith) McLean and the fact that she married her first cousin George E. McLean (1867-1915). I’ve also covered much of the McLean line and in that process, I wrote about George’s mother, Susan Wynn (Frith) McLean (1839-1915). Now I need to do a quick clean up on the rest of Frith line before moving on to the Browns and Brimlows.

For those who need a reminder of who’s who, here’s a link to the MacLean, Frith, and Brimlow Pedigree Chart. Today we’re going to take a look at the family of person #6 on this chart, George Richard Frith. The next post will be about the family of William Frith and Frances Brown.

George FrithGeorge Richard Frith was born 7 Jan 1848 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings, New York.1,2 He was the second son, and sixth known child of William Frith and Frances Brown. His parents were both deceased prior to his seventh birthday and until the age of eleven, he and his siblings were taken care of by Ellen Winn. Her exact relationship to the family is not yet known; however, she traveled to New York with William and Frances and is buried in the Brown/Frith family plot in Cypress Hills Cemetery. It is not known where George and his siblings lived after Ellen’s death.

12Around 1868, George married Henrietta F. Brimlow, born 7 Sep 1847, daughter of George Brimlow and Elizabeth E. Weeks. Henrietta and George’s first known child was born and died in early January of 1870. The baby appears on the interment record at Cypress Hills Cemetery as “Inft of G&H Frith, no age, interred 8 Jan 1870.”3 With no name and no death record for an infant found, it is probable that this child was a stillborn. Six more children would follow, but only two would live to maturity. Two of their children, Ruth and Matthew, died within 10 days of each other in August of 1882 and were buried in Sec 6, South ½ of Lot 596 of Cypress Hills.4,5

Hen Frith d. 1884Henrietta F. (Brimlow) Frith died on 26 Dec 1884 from pneumonia and asthma.6 She was pregnant at the time and the child was stillborn. They were buried together in George’s family plot. George filed an application for and was granted Letters of Administration on his wife’s estate, in which he named their surviving children as: Nettie E. about 10 years of age, Ada M. about 8, and Cornelia about 2.7 More research would be required to find out what her estate consisted of. Daughter Cornelia died 14 Mar 1886 and was interred with her mother.8

George worked as a grainer and painter throughout his life as did his brother-in-law Peter B. McLean, and it is likely they worked together at times. George and younger daughter Ada moved to North Hempstead to be near Peter B. and Susan and were enumerated there in 1892.9 Daughter Nettie remained in Brooklyn, living with maternal grandmother Elizabeth (Weeks) Brimlow. After Peter B. McLean’s death, both George and his sister Susan moved in with their married children George E. and Nettie (Frith) McLean and are enumerated there on the 1900 census.10

George Richard Frith died of cirrhosis of the liver on 15 Mar 1903 in Roslyn, Nassau, New York, and was interred on 18 Mar 1903 with his wife in Cypress Hills Cemetery.11 While my initial inclination was to say he drank, it is probable that his liver issues came from spending his life working with lead-based paints.

George and Henrietta’s children were:
Infant Frith (Jan 1870)
Ruth E. Frith (1873-15 Aug 1882)
Nettie Ella Frith McLean (2 Mar 1875-21 Dec 1963) m. George E. McLean
Ada May Frith Penny (Apr 1878 – 27 Mar 1943) m. Andrew “Jack” Penny
Matthew Frith (1880 – Aug 1882)
Cornelia Maria Frith (26 Mar 1883 – 14 Mar 1886)
Stillborn Frith (26 Dec 1884)



1. Death Certificate, County of Nassau-State of New York, Registration #3270, George Richard Frith, Date of Death 15 March 1903, Age 54 y 2 mo 8 d., Father William Frith, mother Frances Brown. Cit. Date: 14 May 2014.
2. 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, p. 265B, dwelling 1202, family 2135, George Frith, age 2; digital images, Ancestry (accessed 12 May 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll M432 522. Cit. Date: 12 May 2014.
3. Cypress Hills Cemetery (Brooklyn, Queens, New York), Plot Records, Sec 2, Lot 161. Plot record states infant child of G & H Frith – no age. Cit. Date: 13 Aug 2010.
4. Kings County, New York, death certificate no. 10652 (15 Aug 1882), Ruth Frith; FHL microfilm 1,323,775. Cit. Date: 3 Aug
5. Cypress Hills Cemetery (Brooklyn, Queens, New York), Plot Records, Matthew Frith, interred 25 Aug 1882, Child. Sec 6, Lot 596, South 1/2. Cit. Date: 3 Aug 2010.
6. Kings County, New York, death certificate no. 13911 (26 Dec 1884), Henrietta F. Frith; FHL microfilm 1,323,798. Cit. Date: 2 Aug 2010.
7. New York, Kings County, Probate Administration Records; Author: New York. Surrogate’s Court (Kings County); Probate Place: Kings, New York, Henrietta F. Frith, 29 Dec 1884.
8. “New York Death Records,” database(accessed 27 Oct 2015), Cornelia M. Frith, 14 Mar 1886, Brooklyn, Kings, burial Cypress Hills.
9. New York, population schedule, No. Hempstead, Queens, 2 E.D., p. 2, line 16, George Frith; digital images, Ancestry (accessed 14 May 2014). Cit. Date: 14 May 2014.
10. 1900 U.S. census, population schedule, No. Hempstead, Nassau, New York, enumeration district (ED) 711, p. 4B, dwelling 77, family 82, McLean, George E.; digital images, Ancestry (accessed 11 May 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1079. Cit. Date: 11 May 2014.
11. Death Certificate, County of Nassau-State of New York, Registration #3270, George Richard Frith, Date of Death 15 March 1903, Age 54 y 2 mo 8 d., Father William Frith, mother Frances Brown. Cit. Date: 14 May 2014.

Brick Wall… What Brick Wall?

Hunting the Family of Margaret Swasey (1806-1854)

Margaret Swasey b. abt 1806 in Massachusetts is the proven wife of Peter Charles McLean based on census records and being named in her daughter Sarah Amelia’s death records. Margaret was our brick wall for many years. We knew that Margaret had married Peter circa 1829/30 based on the age of their first child Charles Edward born 1830/31. Peter C. McLean was found on the 1830 Federal Census in Ward 7 New York as a male 20-29 with a female 20-29 presumed to be Margaret prior to the birth of Charles. Everything I knew about Margaret was posted on 24 Jun 2014.

With the release of the wills and probate on Ancestry, I did a routine search for the name of Swasey in New York prior to 1860. Margaret Swasey McLean died in 1854 so I was hoping to find a father who had named her or her children in a will.

In an application for Letters of Administration on the Estate of Nathaniel K. Swasey (deceased 28 Jul 1845; filing dated 22 Aug 1845) Sarah Swasey (signed Sarah Swasy) named herself as the mother of Nathaniel and states she and the following siblings of Nathaniel survive:
Stephen Swasey of Albany
Margaret wife of Peter C. McLean
Rebecca wife of David Bruce Jr
Sarah Swasey
Each of the children (and husbands) signed documents giving their rights up to Sarah.1
[Click on the image for full size]
Sarah Swasey
Based on the information found in that will and probate file, I researched each of the named children, spouses, and mother Sarah to reach the following conclusions:

Margaret Swasey McLean’s mother was:
SARAH “SALLIE” LEIGH
Born 26 Apr 1784 Essex, Massachusetts
Died Sep 1854 Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Interred 11 Sep 1854 Cypress Hills Cemetery

Her father was:
SAMUEL SWASEY
Born 23 Feb 1781 Essex. Massachusetts
Died aft 1825 New York
Interred Unknown

Her are the facts:
1803 – 23 Feb 1803 Sarah “Sallie” Leigh and Samuel Swasey marry in Newburyport, Essex, Massachusetts.2 There are multiple records for their marriage on 14 Jul 1803, but the record from the New England Genealogical Society is the one with the earlier date and is consistent with the recorded birth of their first child Stephen in Dec 1803. Examination of the original record is now on my To-Do list.
1810 – Samuel is found (Sam Swasy) on the 1810 Federal Census in Albany, New York.3 [Daughters Sarah E. b. abt 1811 and Rebecca b. abt 1814 both claim Albany as their birth county on later NY State Census records.]
1813 – Samuel appears in The Albany Argus, 2 July, page 1, column 3 as a partner in business as a morocco dresser (a specialized process for kid (goat) leather). [Son Stephen Swasey is also listed a morocco dresser on later census records. Son Nathaniel is a leather dealer in a city directory.]
1814 – Samuel offers $20 reward for a runaway indentured apprentice, Albany Argus, 7 Jan, p4.
1815 – Samuel’s property is sold by the Sheriff at auction in Albany – Albany Gazette, 20 Feb, p4.
1817 – Samuel Swasey appears in the New York City list of letters – National Advocate for the Country, 3 Jan, p2.
1820 – Samuel Swasey appears in the list of letters in New York City – New York Columbian, 1 May, p4. [Samuel was not found on the 1820 census, but if he was living in a boarding house or with someone else he would not appear as this census only listed the heads of households.]
1822 – Mrs. Sarah Swasey appears in the list of letters – Albany Argus 4 Oct 1822 p3.
1823-24 – Samuel Swasey appears in the New York City Directory as a morocco dresser at 38 Spruce.4
1825 – Samuel Swasey appears in the city directory as a morocco dresser at 4 Ferry. [This is the last record I found for Samuel.]
1829 – Sarah Swasey first appears in the city directory running a boarding house in New York City.
1830 – Sarah Swasey is found on the 1830 Federal Census in New York Ward 45 – the city directory of the same year indicates she is running a boarding house.6 This is the same ward that daughter Margaret McLean is living in.
1834 – Daughter Rebecca Swasey married David Bruce Jr. in New York City.7
1840 – Samuel Swasey (age 20-29) along with an older woman (40-50) is found in Ward 7 – this is the same Ward as Peter McLean. The age is appropriate for Sarah.
1848 – Rebecca Swasey Bruce gives birth to daughter Sarah Leigh Bruce.8
1850 – Sarah Swasey is found on the 1850 Federal Census in Williamsburg (Brooklyn), Kings, New York with Rebecca Bruce and her family.9
1854 – 11 Sep – Sarah was interred in the Bruce family plot at Cypress Hills. I have not yet found a death notice or certificate for her. 10

When I received the plot list for the Bruce family plot in Cypress Hills it noted that Nathaniel Swasey (age 28) was interred in this plot along with Samuel Swasey (age 29) and John Bruce (age 42) on 28 Apr 1848. No death dates were shown, but we know that Nathaniel died in 1845, so these 3 individuals were obviously reinterred from elsewhere. We also know this Samuel must be a son, as the father Samuel b.1781 would have been about 44 when last found in 1825.

The Samuel and Sarah (Leigh) Swasey family (based on the above information) is up on Ancestry and FamilySearch now. Seeing all the Bruce names now explains where some of the names used by both Peter Charles and Peter Byron McLean came from. They had a ton of Bruce cousins and the family was very well off.

There is much more research to do in proving the line back, but at least I know where to look now. And all because of this one document. Happiness is surveying a pile of rubble that was once a brick wall.



1. Letters of Administration for Nathaniel K. Swasey named mother Sarah Swasey, sister Margert McLean, Rebecca Bruce, Sarah Swasey, and bother Stephen Swasey of Albany; digital images (accessed 12 Sep 2015).
2. Marriage Record, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston: vol 0943, p64. The New England Historic Genealogical Society. 23 Feb 1803 Samuel Swasey – son of Stephen Swasey & Abigail Knapp to Sarah Leigh father Benjamin Leigh. Cit. Date: 12 Sep 2015.
3. 1810 U.S. census, Albany, Albany, New York, p. 62, Sam Swasy; digital images (accessed 12 Sep 2015); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M252, roll 26.
4. City Directory, Swasey, Samuel, morocco dresser, New York: p.472; digital images accessed 12 Sep 2015.
5. 1830 U.S. census, New York Ward 4, New York, New York, p. 216, line 13, Sarah Swasey; digital images, Ancestry (accessed 12 Sep 2015); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M19, roll 96. Cit. Date: 12 Sep 2015.
6. City Directory, , Swasey, Sarah, boarding-house 209 William, New York: p.572; digital imagesaccessed 12 Sep 2015. Cit. Date: 12 Sep 2015.
7. U.S., Newspaper Extractions from the Northeast, 1704-1930, New York Evening Post.
8. Burial Record, Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, Lot 226, Sec 2, Owner David Bruce Sr. Interment #187370 Sarah Leigh Bruce 1 Nov 1924.
9. 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, p. 307B, dwelling 1631, family 2772, Sarah Swazey in home of David Bruce; digital images, Ancestry (accessed 12 Sep 2015); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll M432 522. Cit. Date: 12 Sep 2015.
10. Burial Record, Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn, Lot 226, Sec 2, Owner David Bruce Sr. Interment #5249 Sarah Swasey 11 Sep 1854.

The Children of Abraham and Ann (Orme) Walker

As noted in Abraham and Ann’s post, they had eight known children. Based on some significant gaps between children, I suspect that there may have been more, but I have no documentation to support any other births. Truthfully, I feel as though I’m missing a lot of stuff and just have the basics. In the early 19th century we are dependent on the christening and burial records of the church, and these could be spotty at best. Not all children (even in the same family) were baptized and not all records were preserved or have been filmed.

From an undocumented Walker family bible.  It is not likely Abraham or Ann's based on the entries. The recorded dates of birth for their children were all done at the same time (no variation in hand or ink except for Abraham's middle name), but the children below were added later. Also the children below are the 1st child of Abraham (Jr) and the first 3 of John's 4 children.

From an undocumented Walker family bible. It is not likely Abraham or Ann’s based on the entries. The recorded dates of birth for their children were all done at the same time (no variation in hand or ink except for Abraham’s middle name), but the children below were added later. Also the children below are the 1st child of Abraham (Jr) and the first 3 of John’s 4 children.


Let me just take one moment to thank the brilliant people who had the foresight to preserve the Oliver Bair Funeral Home records from Philadelphia and allow Ancestry to get them out there. These records have proven invaluable for added information not only about the event, but also about children that we might not have known about or been able to tie to the family otherwise.
The 1898 funeral record of Joseph Booth with costs and info about the removal of the babies in the grave.

The 1898 funeral record of Joseph Booth with costs and info about the removal of the babies in the grave.

*note* It is too cumbersome to provide all the source data here for the grandchildren of Abraham and Ann. I’ve provided birth and death (if known) – for more information, the BurgraffScott tree on Ancestry has those sources as will (eventually) the individuals on the tree on FamilySearch.

Phoebe Walker: born Jan 1844, christened 30 Jan 1844, died Aug 1844, buried 4 Aug 1844. All events occurred in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire, England. Little Phoebe’s baptism and burial were recorded in the records of Saint Michael’s, Ashton-Under-Lyne. There are no longer any tombstones in the churchyard. Find A Grave Memorial #135474303. Phoebe was most likely named for Ann’s mother Phoebe (Walker) Orme.1,2

Jeremiah Walker: born 11 Jan 1848, christened 10 Jul 1848, died Apr 1850, burial date and location unknown. All events occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jeremiah was probably named for Abraham’s father Jeremiah Walker. There is some confusion about whether the child on the 1850 Mortality Census is the same child baptized in 1848. The census shows the child was 3 mo, but the baby born in 1848 would have been 2 years 3 months. Errors on the mortality census are not unusual. Adding to my belief that the census age is in error is that the census was done in August of 1850 and Ann was 7 months pregnant at the time. While it’s not impossible to have 2 children 10 months apart, it is unlikely. I believe the census taker just missed the “2” when transcribing his field notes.3,4

Ralph Orme Walker: born 26 Oct 1850, christened 8 Dec 18505 Ralph was a carpenter throughout his life. He first married Mary Ann Saxon on 18 Aug 1871. Mary Ann was the daughter of James Saxon (1812-1876) and Mary (Unknown) Saxon (1815-1890). 6,7 Ralph and Mary Ann had four known children together:
1. Mary Hannah (3 Mar 1873-11 Aug 1874) buried Mount Moriah
2. Florence (25 Oct 1874-10 Aug 1875) buried Mount Moriah
3. Howard Ralph (26 Dec 1876-4 Nov 1877) buried Mount Moriah
4. Walter Saxon (1878-aft 1942).
Ralph and Mary split up in the early 1880s – I have not yet searched out their divorce records, but I have a feeling they’d be an interesting read. This is one of those families that I could easily assign many stories too. If you lost three of your four children when they were infants, it’s highly likely you might have been difficult to live with and resorted to alcohol, over-working, or any other number of coping skills. What is known is that the marriage failed and both moved on. Ralph married Kate (Unknown) in about 1883 (based on the 1900 census record), but I have not yet found documentation of their marriage or Kate’s maiden name. They had no known children together. Ralph Orme Walker died of pneumonia on 13 Dec 1897 and was buried with his parents in Mount Moriah.8 His second wife, Kate (Unknown) Walker, passed away on 29 Dec 1901 and was laid to rest with Ralph.9

I searched for Mary Ann for a long time, but I had to wait for the right records to become available before I found her. Hey, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I’m not going to admit that I failed to look at her mother and see if Mary Ann might be buried with her, thus coming up with her new married name. I will tell you that my cousin Jamie was great about digging out the information once the right question was asked.

Here’s what we now know – Mary Ann (Saxon) Walker married Richard Dixon around 1883 (again no records – we’re going by children’s births and census records) and together, they had two known sons; George R. and Louis Palmer Dixon. Ralph and Mary’s son Walter resided with them and he took Richard’s last name, using Dixon throughout his life. This led other researchers to believe that Mary Ann and Richard had been together longer than they actually had, but Walter Walker is found with Mary Ann and Ralph on the 1880 Census. After losing her first three children in infancy, poor Mary Ann once again suffered the loss of a child when young George was killed by a trolley car at the age of ten (11 Apr 1895). He was dragged beneath the car for a time and it must have been a horrific scene. It certainly made for a gruesome newspaper account. Mary Ann (Saxon) Walker Dixon died from nephritis at the age of 56 on 22 Dec 1908 and is buried in Mount Moriah with her parents and son George.10

Mary Elizabeth Walker: born 19 Jan 1853 in Philadelphia and baptized on 8 May 1853 in the Church of the Redemption (Spring Garden).11 She married Joseph Booth on 1 Oct 1869.12 Joseph Booth was born in England about 1848. It is not yet known who his parents were or when he immigrated to Philadelphia. He is first known to us from his marriage and on the 1870 Census in 46th District, 15th Ward of Philadelphia; his profession is engine maker/machinist.13 Joseph died 6 Dec 1898 in Philadelphia and was buried on 10 Dec 1898 in Mount Moriah Cemetery.14

Every family has a child that “carries the water,” and Mary is that child in the Walker family. She’s the one who provides the space in the family plot for her brother’s babies and appears on many of the funeral home records for her siblings or their children as the person responsible for the bill. She helps her mother with her application for a pension and is the one who cares for her mother at the end. Mary also has to bury her own son Robert after his wife passes away. Mary did not remarry, and remained in the Spring Garden area throughout her life. She passed away 27 Feb 1938 and was laid to rest 2 Mar 1938 in the Mount Moriah plot with Joseph and her parents.15 Together, she and Joseph had 6 known children:
1. Robert Booth b. 22 Sep 1870, d. 6 Jan 1918, m. Caroline (Unknown) b. 6 May 1860, d. 1 Jan 1904. They had no known children and were buried together in Mechanics Cemetery, but when it closed, they were relocated to Mount Peace Cemetery.
2. Mary Ann Booth b. 25 Mar 1872, d. 2 Apr 1872, buried Mount Moriah Cemetery
3. Stillborn Boy Booth b.1873, d.1873, buried Mount Moriah. We know of this child from the notes on Joseph’s funeral record. The stillborn child was disinterred for placement of Joseph’s casket and then reinterred with him.
4. Gertrude Booth b. 12 Apr 1879, d. 24 Nov 1955, m. James Peter Hain on 26 Apr 1899. James (1873-1944) son of Peter Hain and Sarah J. Else. Both Gertrude and James were cremated but they have a headstone in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, Delaware County. They had six known children: Stella Gladys, James B., Ruth, Frank Orme, Margaret S., and Ralph E.
5. Joseph Barber Booth b. 15 May 1885, d. 1 Jul 1945, m. Catherine Smith 11 Jul 1906, Atlantic City, Atlantic, New Jersey. Catherine b. 30 Mar 1885 in Scotland, d Jul 1966 Atlantic City, Atlantic, New Jersey. It is not yet known who her parents were or when she immigrated. Joseph Barber Booth was cremated. They had seven known children: Annie, Joseph William Smith, John W., Robert D., Joseph, Dorothy W., and Gladys.
6. Alice Booth b. 15 Dec 1887, d 10 Jan 1974, m1 Edward L. Hallahan on 8 Jan 1904. Edward L. Hallahan b. 23 Jul 1883 Ireland, d. 27 Apr 1924, b. St James of Kingsessing. M2 William Hynds Jr. on 3 Sep 1924. Alice and Edward Hallahan had eight known children together: Edward, Joseph, James, Thomas, Alice, Catherine, John, and Eugene. Alice and William had no known children together.

Abraham Walker: born 13 Jan 1854 and baptized 1 Jun 1855.16 He first married Eleanor Mary Agar on 7 Feb 1876. Eleanor was born about 1858, the daughter of William and Mary Ann (Rilers/Ryland) Agar.17 Eleanor died on 9 Sep 1879 of pulmonary tuberculosis and was buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.18 *Note – Odd Fellows is defunct and records show Eleanor and the Agar family were relocated to Lawnview Cemetery, Sec 42, Graves 9, date removed 22 Jun 1951. Abraham and Eleanor had one known child together:
1. Eleanor Mary Walker, b.3 Nov 1876, Philadelphia, d. 16 May 1919, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, m. Joseph Edward Bernish in 1894. Joseph b. 30 Jan 1867, Birmingham, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, d. 25 Jun 1958 in Pittsburgh. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Ann (Davis) Bernish. Eleanor and Joseph are buried together in the South Side Cemetery. They had ten known children together: Irene Clara, Joseph Edward, Eleanor Mary, Thomas, Ralph Earl, Martha Elizabeth, Anna Luella, Thomas Abraham, Jean Adele, and Theresa May.

The family story handed down through Abraham’s line is that Eleanor (Agar) Walker’s parents wanted Abraham to give up baby Eleanor to them after her mother’s death. Abraham refused and relocated to Pittsburgh. They followed and to get them to give up their pursuit and probably out of fear they might sue for custody or simply take the child and disappear to Ireland, Abraham finally showed them a grave and told them the baby had died. The Agars apparently departed back to Philadelphia. It’s a great story and may have some basis in truth as single fathers were not the norm in this era and babies were usually given to grandparents or siblings to raise if the mother died. I find no evidence that the Agars intended to return to Ireland. Most of the Agar family (parents and siblings) were interred in the family plot with Eleanor at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

What can be proven is that Abraham’s brother John and his wife Annie were in Pittsburgh in 1880. John was working as a machinist in the mills and it’s probable that the two brothers moved there together for work reasons. After the loss of their daughter Eleanor, it is quite easy to believe the Agars were distressed that he was taking their grandchild so far away. What is also clear, is that Abraham met and married Theresa Berger within about six months of Eleanor’s death. No firm marriage date has been located, but Eleanor (Agar) Walker died in September 1879 and Abraham and Theresa’s first child is born in December 1880. It is probable that Theresa was hired to care for the baby and things evolved from there. Philomena Theresa Berger was born 12 Sep 1860, the daughter of John and Margaret (Uikrohr) Berger.19 They had one known child together:
1. Louis Walker, b. 20 Dec 1880, Pittsburgh, d. 3 Oct 1945, buried South Side Cemetery, m1 Anna Reilly (1 Jul 1886-18 Sep 1940) on 25 May 1904. She was the daughter of James Reilly and Mary Ellen (Unknown), both of England. Louis and Anna had two known children: Louis Walker and Cecil J. Walker. They divorced in the mid-1920s. He next married Doris (Unknown) prior to 1930. They had no known children. Anna next married John J. Ryan (abt 1898-?)

Abraham died from cancer of the bladder in Pittsburgh on 9 Jul 1920 and was buried 12 Jul 1920 in the South Side Cemetery.20 Theresa did not remarry. She died 5 May 1936 in Oakmont, Allegheny County and was buried on 7 May beside Abraham.

A quick note here about Abraham’s name. Several trees have him listed as Abraham Lincoln Walker. He apparently adopted the Lincoln name in honor of the late president after his assassination, but he wasn’t named that by his parents. He was baptized as Abraham Walker in 1854, long before Lincoln was a blip on the national radar. There is a family bible that lists the children of Abraham and Ann and the list appears to have been created well after the fact as the writing is all the same. The name Lincoln looks as though it was added at a later date. There’s no issue with his name – Abraham can call himself whatever he likes. I’m merely clarifying that Lincoln wasn’t part of his birth name.

John Walker: born 21 Jun 1858 and baptized 9 Sep 1860.21 On 1 Jan 1880, he married Annie E. McCarrick.22 Annie was born in Ireland about 1860. It is not yet clear who her parents were or when they immigrated. On 5 Jun 1880 the couple is found in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County. 23 It is possible that John went with his brother Abraham when he relocated, but the young couple did not remain in Pittsburgh. By 1883, they are back in Philadelphia as their first two children are baptized at the Church of the Redemption in March of that year. They are next found on the 1900 census in Philly, at which time Annie is enumerated as having had 3 children, 3 of who are living. Her three daughters are listed with her, indicating that her oldest known child, William James Walker, may be deceased by this time. Annie died on 25 Aug 1902 at the age of 41 from diabetes and was buried 28 Aug 1902 in Mount Moriah Cemetery. According to her death record, she was listed as married, so John should still have been alive; however, the plot was purchased by her daughter Ella, so it’s not clear if John was still alive or not after the 1900 census.24,25,26 I have not yet located a death record or any further information for John after the 1900 census. John and Annie had four known children together:
1. William James Walker, b. 10 Nov 1880, Pennsylvania, baptized 25 Mar 1883, Church of the Redemption, Philadelphia. Found in the family bible and baptismal record, but not thereafter.
2. Ella Walker, b. 24 Dec 1882, baptized 25 Mar 1883 Church of the Redemption, Philadelphia, d. 11 Nov 1905 Philadelphia, buried 14 Nov 1905 Mount Moriah Cemetery, m. Magruder Manry Cameron on 7 Nov 1903 in Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware. Magruder b. 1 Jan 1878 Philadelphia, d. 18 Jul 1906, Philadelphia, buried 21 Jul 1906 North Cedar Hill Cemetery. They had two known children: Mary E. and Ella (Ellen) Gordon.
3. Sadie Walker, b. 13 Jan 1885 Philadelphia, d. 20 Feb 1953 Philadelphia, cremated, m1 to Unknown Cookson. They had one known child: Arthur E. Cookson. M2 to Unknown Kleinfelder. They had no known children.
4. Anna Walker, b. 1 Nov 1888 Philadelphia, d. 27 Oct 1938 Philadelphia, buried 31 Oct 1938 Greenwood Cemetery Philadelphia, m. Henry “Harry” Riley about 1905. Harry was born about 1883. Date of death aft 1920. They had four known children: Henry “Harry” Riley, Raymond Thomas Riley, Charles Riley, and Anna Riley.

William Zed Walker: born 2 Aug 1860 and baptized 9 Sep 1860, died 10 Apr 1941. He and his family will be the subject of a separate post.

Phoebe Ann Lincoln Walker: born 28 Jul 1865 and baptized 8 Nov 1965.27 On the 1870 census she appears as Phoebe, but on the 1880 census she appears as Annie L. She has not been located after this date. One of the missing women in our family. While I can prove nothing (what else is new?) I believe that Annie married in the 1880s and is deceased prior to 1900. My reasoning is #1 – if she’d died prior to marrying, she’d be in Mount Moriah with the rest of the family, and if she died much later, her parents would be on the death certificate. #2 – The 1900 census for her mother Ann is a mess when it comes to the number of children, but may make sense if you’re an old woman with bad hearing. Ann states she had 4 children, which we know is wrong based on baptism and death records. But it could be four living children. In 1900, Mary, Abraham, John, and William Z. are all alive. At least that’s my theory and I can prove four living children in 1900. I can’t prove Annie is alive after 1880. If anyone has any information on Annie, please get in touch.



1. St Michaels (Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England), “Baptisms,” p.24, 30 Jan 1844, Phoebe Walker dau. of Abraham & Ann Walker; FHL microfilm 1,538,434.
2. St Michaels (Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England), “Burials,” p. 246, line 2, Phoebe dau. of Abraham Walker, 4 Aug 1844; FHL microfilm 1,550,971.
3. Church of the Redemption (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County), “Church of the Redemption (Spring Garden),” Records 1846-1850 by Rev. George A. Duborow; FHL microfilm 2,048,314, item Baptism Jeremiah Walker 11 Jan 1848.
4. Pennsylvania U.S. Census Bureau, Mortality Schedule, M1838, 11 rolls: pg 2 Seventh Precinct, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, 25, Jeremiah Walker, aged 3/12, cause of death unknown; digital image, The Generations Network, Inc., “U. S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880,” Ancestry.
5. Church of the Redemption (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County), “Baptismal Record,” Ralph Orme Walker; FHL microfilm 1,731,982, item shows birth date of 26 Oct 1850.
6. John or Phoebe Walker Family Bible, family pages; Photocopy held by Private, Mr. Ralph Walker to Miss N. Mary A. Saxon, 18 Aug 1871.
7. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 120632 (1908), Mary A. Dixon, died 22 Dec 1908, buried 26 Dec 1908 Mount Moriah; Department of Vital Statistics, New Castle. Cit. Date: 5 Jul 2015.
8. Pennsylvania Philadelphia City Death Certificates 1803-1915, Ralph O. Walker death date 13 Dec 1897, burial 19 Dec 1897 Mount Moriah. Rec. Date: 20 Jun 2008.
9. Pennsylvania Philadelphia City Death Certificates 1803-1915, #15792, Kate Walker, death date 29 Jan 1901, burial 2 Feb 1901 Mount Moriah. Rec. Date: 20 Jun 2008.
10. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 120632 (1908), Mary A. Dixon, died 22 Dec 1908, buried 26 Dec 1908 Mount Moriah; Department of Vital Statistics, New Castle. Cit. Date: 5 Jul 2015.
11. (Pennsylvania), “Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records 1708-1985,” Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Abram & Ann Walker, born 1 Jan 1852; digital images, Ancestry, “FHL Film #1731982” Cit. Date: 5 Jul 2015.
12. John or Phoebe Walker Family Bible, family pages; Photocopy held by Private. Miss Mary E. Walker to Mr. Joseph Booth 1 Oct 1869. Cit. Date: 14 Jan 2012.
13. 1870 U.S. census, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Philadelphia, p. 63, dwelling 771, family 924, Mary Walker Booth; digital images, Ancestry; citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll M593 1398. Cit. Date: 30 Jun 2008; Family #924 Joseph Booth age 22 Engine Builder, Mary Booth age 20 Keeping House. Census records married within last 12 months, specifically October.
14. Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Death Certificates 1803-1915, 11902, Joseph Booth died 6 Dec 1898, buried 10 Dec 1898 Mount Moriah; digital image, Family Search, “Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Records 1803-1915,” Rec. Date: 20 Jun 2008.
15. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 11895 (1938), Mary Elizabeth Booth, born 11 Feb 1852, died 27 Feb 1938, buried 2 Mar 1938 Mount Moriah, Father Abraham Walker, Lancashire, Mother Anne Orme, Lancashire, Spouse, Joseph Booth; Department of Vital Statistics, New Castle. Cit. Date: 5 Jul 2015.
16. Church of the Redemption (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County), Abraham Walker, son of Abram and Ann, baptized 13 Jun 1855, born 1 Jun 1854; FHL microfilm 1,731,982. Cit. Date: 7 Jul 2015.
17. John or Phoebe Walker Family Bible, family pages; Photocopy held by Private. Mr. Abraham Walker to Miss Eleanor Agar, 7 Feb 1876. Cit. Date: 15 Jan 2012.
18. Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Death Certificates 1803-1915, Physician’s Certificate, Elnor Walker, died 9 Sep 1879; digital image, Family Search, Rec. Date: 20 Jun 2008. Cit. Date: 15 Jan 2012.
19. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 47773 (1936), Theresa Berger Walker, age 75, born 12 Sep 1860, died 5 May 1936, Father John Berger, France, Mother Margaret Uikrohr, Germany, Spouse Abraham Walker, buried 7 May 1936 South Side Cemetery; Department of Vital Statistics, New Castle.
20. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 75562 (1920), Abraham Walker, age 66, born 1 Jun 1854, died 9 Jul 1920, buried 12 Jul 1920 South Side Cemetery, Father Abraham Walker, Mother Ann Arm, Informant Theresa Walker; Department of Vital Statistics, New Castle. Cit. Date: 7 Jul 2015
21. Church of the Redemption (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County), John Walker, son of Abram and Ann Walker, baptized 9 Sep 1860, born 21 Jun 1858; FHL microfilm 1,731,982. Cit. Date: 7 Jul 2015.
22. John or Phoebe Walker Family Bible, family pages; Photocopy held by Private. Mr. John Walker to Miss Annie E. McCarrick 1 Jan 1880.
23. Year: 1880; Census Place: Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1095; Family History Film: 1255095; Page: 350A; Enumeration District: 166; Image:0253
24. Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Death Certificates 1803-1915, Annie Walker, age 41, died 25 Aug 1902, buried 28 Aug 1902 Mount Moriah; digital image, Family Search Rec. Date: 20 Jun 2008. Cit. Date: 9 Jul 2015.
25. “Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records 1708-1985,” Burial Record, Ella Cameron, 14 Nov 1905, Sec 207, Lot B, Div 21, next to Annie Walker buried 28 Aug 1902; digital images, Ancestry, “Oliver Bair Funeral Home Records,” Cit. Date: 9 Jul 2015.
26. Year: 1900; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 33, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1474; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 0843; FHL microfilm: 1241474
27. Church of the Redemption (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County), Phoebe Ann Lincoln Walker, daughter of Abram and Ann, baptized 8 Nov 1865, birth 28 Jul 1865; FHL microfilm 1,289,306.

Abraham Walker (1823-1884) and Ann Orme (1820-1909)

Abraham and Ann (Orme) Walker are our immigrant ancestors; although, I’m not sure most of us consider the English to be immigrants in the same way as our Irish or German ancestors. The English are simply easier to research once you have a starting point. For this family, that came about thanks to his family providing the location of Ashton-Under-Line [sic] in his obituary. With the location came church records, which clarified his parents and siblings. However, with a common name such as Walker, the research is by nature slow and painstaking as there are boatloads of Walkers in Lancashire, and all of them seem to bear the same names. I think of Abraham and Ann as the spinners, since that was their occupation in the cotton and woolen mills.

Abraham Walker was born about 1823 in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Lancashire, England. He was the oldest of the six known children of Jeremiah Walker (1799-1850) and Mary Newton (1799-1849) and was baptized on 18 May 1823 in Saint Michaels in Ashton-Under-Lyne. No actual birth date was provided in the baptismal record or yet been located.1

Based on census and church records, the Walker family all appeared to have worked as wool and cotton spinners in the local mills. Their records show “Charlestown” as their home, making them distinguishable from the multitude of other Walkers.

On 8 Nov 1841, Abraham married Ann Orme in Oldham, Lancashire, England.2 The date was found in a pension file, but locating the church record was more difficult. A bishop’s transcript was eventually found, for Abraham Walker (son of Jeremiah) and Ann Hill (daughter) of Ralph. It appears to have been a transcription error on the bishop’s copy. The original church register has not yet been reviewed.

Ann Orme was born 13 Mar 1820 in Ashton-Under-Lyne. She was one of the seven known children of Ralph Orme (1791-) and Phoebe Walker (1788-) and was baptized on 11 May 1823 in Saint Michaels.3 Her family also worked in the local mills as weavers. It is not yet clear if Ann’s mother Phoebe was part of Abraham’s father’s immediate family.

Abraham and Ann had their first known child in January 1844 in Ashton-Under-Lyne. Phoebe Walker was baptized 30 Jan 1844 in Saint Michaels. She died that same year and was buried on 4 Aug 1844 in the churchyard of Saint Michaels.4,5

Between 1845 – 1848, Abraham and Ann left Ashton-Under-Lyne and moved to Philadelphia. He was one of hundreds of wool and cotton mill workers who came to the United States to work in the newly industrialized woolen mills in Philadelphia and Camden. Their next known child, Jeremiah, was baptized on 10 Jul 1848 in the Church of the Redemption (Spring Garden).6 Abraham and Ann appear together without children on the 1850 Federal Census in Spring Garden Ward 7; baby Jeremiah was found on the 1850 Mortality Census as having died in April.7,8 The child found on the mortality census is listed a 3/12, so it’s unclear if this is a second son named Jeremiah or an error where the years were left off in front of his birth. His burial location is not known.

The only known picture of Abraham Walker. ca. 1861

The only known picture of Abraham Walker. ca. 1861

On 5 Aug 1861, Abraham enlisted in Battery H, 1st Reg, PA Light Artillery.9 However, it does not appear that he remained in service. While his service is listed in his obituary, and was known to his descendants, when Ann applied for a Widow’s Pension, she was denied on the grounds that Abraham had been classified as a deserter.10 The family story passed down was that Abraham had become ill and was discharged; however, there is nothing in the military records to support that story.

Abraham continued to work in the wool mills and Ann remained at home raising their children. Abraham’s two brothers, John and Jeremiah, also immigrated to Philadelphia and worked in the mills, either living with him or nearby at various times. Numerous documents and directories place Abraham and Ann in the Spring Garden area of Philadelphia throughout their years in Philadelphia. Abraham was residing at 2204 Hamilton Street, prior to and at the time of his death.11,12

Abraham died on 5 Oct 1884 from cancer of the stomach and was buried on 8 Oct 1884 in Mount Moriah Cemetery.13 His obituary stated he was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows and the Order of Chosen Friends.14

Ann (Orme) Walker at the ground breaking for her church.

Ann (Orme) Walker at the ground breaking for her church.

Ann survived him by twenty-five years, remaining in the Spring Garden area. On the 1900 census, she is living at 2222 Hamilton Street along with her daughter-in-law Kate, the widow of Ann’s son Ralph.15 Prior to Ann’s death, 24 Oct 1909, she was living with her daughter Mary Elizabeth (Walker) Booth at 2239 Callowhill Street. Ann was laid to rest in Mount Moriah Cemetery with Abraham on 27 Oct 1909.16 Her obituary states that she was a member of the Emmanuel Church at 23d and Summer streets.17

While the record from the Oliver Bair Funeral Home states there was at least a headstone for Abraham “Reopen Abraham Walker… removing stone by family”,18 a stone has not yet been located in the plot for either Abraham, Ann, or the other family members known to be buried there. Oddly enough, Abraham is found on several lists (probably copied repeatedly from others) as a veteran in the cemetery with the following information: Walker, Abraham, d. 10/05/1884, CO H 1 PA L ARTY. This would be how the information on a military tombstone would appear. There is also a record of interment from Mount Moriah to the Quartermaster General stating a headstone was ordered in 1888. It is possible that this is the record, which has generated the information for those lists. It does not mean a military headstone was ever supplied.

Abraham and Ann had eight known children together – they are listed here and will be discussed in the next post:
Phoebe Walker (Jan 1844-Aug 1844) Ashton-Under-Lyne, St Michael’s Cemetery
Jeremiah Walker (11 Jan 1848-Apr 1849) Philadelphia, burial location unknown
Ralph Orme Walker (26 Oct 1850-13 Dec 1897) Philadelphia, Mount Moriah Cemetery
Mary Elizabeth (Walker) Booth (19 Jan 1853-27 Feb 1938) Philadelphia, Mount Moriah Cemetery
Abraham Walker (13 Jan 1854-9 Jul 1920) died in Pittsburgh, South Side Cemetery
John Walker (21 Jun 1858-aft 1880) unknown death/burial
William Zed Walker (2 Aug 1860-10 Apr 1941) Philadelphia, Greenmount Cemetery
Phoebe Ann Lincoln Walker (28 Jul 1865-aft 1880) I have been unable to locate a marriage or death record for Annie.

Abraham and Ann also raised his brother John’s son, Charles, after the death of John and his wife Mary. Charles (22 Jan 1863-24 Jun 1880) was baptized as Abraham and Ann’s own in the Church of the Redemption in 1865 and they listed him as their son on the 1880 census, leading many to believe he was actually their child.19 However, Charles’s death certificate clearly lists John and Mary Walker as his parents.20 Charles is also interred with Abraham and Ann at Mount Moriah.



Footnotes:
1. St Michaels (Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England), “Bishops Transcription of St Michael’s Church,” Baptismal Record; FHL microfilm 547,829
2. Pension Application Ann Walker; Civil War and Later Complete File (NATF 85D); Federal Military Pension Application; U. S. National Archives & Records Administration, Washington.
3. St Michaels (Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England), “St. Michael’s Church,” Baptisms p.218; FHL microfilm 547,823.
4. St Michaels (Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England), “Baptisms,” p.24, 30 Jan 1844, Phoebe Walker dau. of Abraham & Ann Walker; FHL microfilm 1,538,434.
5. St Michaels (Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England), “Burials,” p. 246, line 2, Phoebe dau. of Abraham Walker, 4 Aug 1844; FHL microfilm 1,550,971.
6. Church of the Redemption (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia County), “Church of the Redemption (Spring Garden),” Records 1846-1850 by Rev. George A. Duborow; FHL microfilm 2,048,314, item Baptism Jeremiah Walker 11 Jan 1848.
7. 1850 U.S. census, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Philadelphia, p. 382, dwelling 249, family 327, Abraham Walker; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 819.
8. Pennsylvania U.S. Census Bureau, Mortality Schedule, M1838, 11 rolls: pg 2 Seventh Precinct, Spring Garden, Philadelphia, 25, Jeremiah Walker, aged 3/12, cause of death unknown; digital image, The Generations Network, Inc., “U. S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880,” Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: 24 Nov 2009).
9. National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
10. Adjutant General Statement; Civil War and Later Complete File (NATF 85D); Federal Military Pension Application; U. S. National Archives & Records Administration, Washington. Pension File of Ann Walker, Widow of Abraham Batt H, 1st Ref., PA Lt Art
11. 1870 U.S. census, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Philadelphia, p. 25, dwelling 321, family 364, Abram Walker; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 1400.
12. 1880 U.S. census, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Philadelphia, enumeration district (ED) 276, p. 367 Stamped, dwelling 114, family 147; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 1175.
13. Pennsylvania City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Death Certificates 1803-1915, Abram Walker; digital image, Family Search, “Pennsylvania, Philadelphia City Death Records 1803-1915,” New Family Search (http://pilot.familysearch.org: 20 Jun 2008).
14. Obituary, “Walker,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 8 Oct 1884, p5; digital images.
15. 1900 U.S. census, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Philadelphia, enumeration district (ED) 285, p. 8B, dwelling 119; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1458.
16. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 23909 (1909), Ann Walker; Department of Vital Statistics, New Castle.
17. Obituary, “Walker,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, 26 Oct 1909, p7; digital images.
18. Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Collection Name: Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records

Peter B. McLean, 1st Lt, Co H, 87th NY Inf – 2

The Civil War & its cost –
Part 2 – Three Rough Years.

Once Peter B. McLean had been removed from the hospital tent near Yorktown, his long journey home had just begun. Affidavits and depositions found in his pension file and in his wife Susan’s application for a widow’s pension provide the details of the experience.

In a 29 Jan 1890 declaration, Peter B. wrote of his departure from Yorktown and return home. I have provided a transcript (with clarifications) below the image.
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“Was taken from Hospital tent before [on the lines in front of] Yorktown about May 5th 1862 to Fort Monroe in wagon & boat to Baltimore & cars [train] enroute home while suffering with fever & became deranged & out of head and was put in Soldiers Home at Philadelphia. They sent for my wife. I remained in Philadelphia that one week & then taken to my father’s house 125 Grand St Brooklyn L.I. [Long Island] Dr. Hanford was sent for. I remained there to the fall about October then was removed to my own home 275 Graham Ave. Was confined to the house till May 1863 confined to house a whole year & gained strength enough to go out & do light work in fall of 1863 had a relapse & was sick again 1864 a whole year until Spring 1865. & have Rheumatism & diarrhea ever since.” The last line in the paragraph is about his ruptures (hernias in the groin) and that he is unable to do any manual labor.

Dr. William H. Hanford, mentioned above, was the McLean family physician. On 14 Mar 1890, he provided an affidavit stating that he had been Peter B.’s physician before the war and [Read more…]

Peter Byron McLean (1832-1895)

Peter Byron McLean was born 21 Jul 1832 in New York City, New York,1 the second known child of Peter Charles McLean (1805-1872) and Margaret Swasey (abt 1806-1854). He relocated to Williamsburg in Brooklyn with his parents in about 1842. He was enumerated there with his father and siblings in 1850 and then again on the June 1855 New York State Census.2,3 In researching Peter Byron, I refer to him as Peter B. to distinguish him from his father Peter C. While I have many documents for Peter B., I have not yet located a photo of him. His physical description from his pension file states he was 5’8″, 145 lbs., light complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes.

Peter B. married Susan Winn Frith on 27 Aug 1856, at St. Mark’s Protestant Episcopal Church, in Williamsburg.4 Susan (24 Jun 1839-21 May 1915) was the daughter of William Frith (1807-1855) and Frances Brown (1815-1854).

Marriage Certificate provided in 1895 by Susan as proof of marriage.

Marriage Certificate provided in 1895 by Susan as proof of marriage.


Like his father and brothers, Peter B. was a house, sign, and fresco painter as well as a stainer and grainer. A grainer was a painter who could stain and change the colors of wood with both paints and varnishes. He worked first with his father and then opened his own business.

On 5 Oct 1861, Peter B. joined the Union Army. On 1 November he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in Company H, 87th New York Infantry Regiment. He was mustered out on 4 May 1862 after contracting typhoid fever and malaria during the Siege of Yorktown in early 1862.5 A separate series of posts about Peter B.’s civil war service and information from his pension file will follow this post.

After his return from the Civil War, Peter B. and his family were dependent on his father’s assistance until he was able to resume his career as a painter almost three years later. By 1870, Peter B. had his business at 156 Grand in Williamsburg, near the businesses of his father and his brother Washington.6

After the death of his father in 1872, Peter B. relocated his family to Roslyn in Queens County. He filed for his Civil War Invalid pension and was granted disability on 29 Jan 1890, although he continued to operate his business until 1893.7
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Upon suffering a mental breakdown, he was committed to the insane asylum at the State Homeopathic Hospital at Middletown on 1 Jul 1893.8
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He died 1 Oct 1915 at Middletown, Orange, New York.9 A copy of his death certificate was found in his Civil War pension file and states his cause of death as chronic melancholia consecutive with pulmonary hemorrhage. He was buried in Roslyn Cemetery.

Died. Peter B. McLean, an old resident of Roslyn, died in Middletown, N.Y., last Tuesday, age 61 years. He was a war veteran, having served in the Eighty-seventh New York volunteers. He was a member of Mansfield post G.A.R. of Brooklyn. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal Church of Roslyn and the interment was in Roslyn cemetery. Elijah Ward post G.A.R. furnished the pall bearers, and the members of the Roslyn Benevolent society, of which the deceased was a member, also attended in a body and performed the last burial services at the grave.10

Peter B. McLean

Susan survived her husband by ten years and will be discussed in a separate post. According to her widow’s pension file, she and Peter B. had twelve children together. Eight are known by name, one burial for a stillborn has been found, but the other three have not yet been located. It is possible they were interred in Union Cemetery in Brooklyn. There are no extant records for this cemetery.

1. Franklin Byron McLean, born 6 Nov 1857, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, died 10 Oct 1925, Hempstead, Nassau, New York, buried 19 Oct 1925, Greenfield Cemetery in Uniondale. On 26 Sep 1887, he married Martha (Mattie) Elizabeth Wetterau, born Jan 1867, died 28 Nov 1949. They had three children: Emma McLean, Francis Byron McLean, and Jennette (Jane) McLean. All but Francis Byron are interred together in Greenfield Cemetery. Francis Byron is in the Cemetery of the Holy Rood.
2. Washington McLean, born Feb 1859 and died 24 Feb 1861 of convulsions in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings, New York. He was interred in Union Cemetery.
3. Sarah R. McLean, born 28 Mar 1861 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, died 21 May 1948 in Floral Park, Nassau, New York, buried Roslyn Cemetery. In about 1883, she married Wallace Thurston, born Oct 1863, died 9 Dec 1941. They had five known children: Wallace Bruce Thurston, Edward McLean Thurston, Henry Thurston, Albert McLean Thurston, and Byron McLean Thurston. All are interred in Roslyn Cemetery.
4. Charles Wallace McLean, born 30 Dec 1863, died from diphtheria 24 Jun 1867 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings, New York. He was interred in Union Cemetery.
5. Peter McLean, born 1865 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings, New York. He is not found on the 1880 Census or in any documents after 1870.
6. George Edward McLean – previously discussed.
7. Matthew Taylor McLean, born 7 Sep 1869 and died 21 Jul 1871 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings, New York. He was interred in Union Cemetery.
8. Unknown McLean, born circa 1872, died before 1878, probably interred in Union Cemetery. Probable stillborn as no death certificate on file.
9. Unknown McLean, born circa 1874, died before 1878, probably interred in Union Cemetery. Probable stillborn as no death certificate on file.
10. Stillborn McLean, born circa 1876, probably interred in Union Cemetery. Probable stillborn as no death certificate on file.
11. Stillborn McLean, born and died 1878, interred Roslyn Cemetery. This is the unnamed McLean baby interred in the family plot when it was purchased in 1878.
12. Virginia Stuart McLean, born 17 May 1881 and died 10 May 1896 of malaria in Roslyn, Queens, New York. She was interred in Roslyn Cemetery.



1. Declaration For A Disability Pension filed by Peter B. McLean; Application #751962; Civil War and Later Complete File (NATF 85D); Federal Military Pension Applications; National Archives and Records Administration. Cit. Date: 20 Dec 2008.
2. Declaration For A Disability Pension filed by Peter B. McLean; Application #751962; Civil War and Later Complete File (NATF 85D); Federal Military Pension Applications; National Archives and Records Administration. Cit. Date: 20 Dec 2008.
3. 1855, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn Ward 14, Kings, New York, p. E.D. 2, dwelling 832, line 6, P.C. McLean; digital images, Ancestry(accessed 10 May 2014). Cit. Date: 10 May 2014.
4. 1855, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn Ward 14, Kings, New York, p. E.D. 2, dwelling 832, line 6, P.C. McLean; digital images, Ancestry(accessed 10 May 2014). Cit. Date: 10 May 2014.
5. Declaration For A Disability Pension filed by Peter B. McLean; Civil ar and Later Complete File (NATF 85D); Federal Military Pension Applications; National Archives and Records Administration. Cit. Date: 20 Dec 2008.
6. Declaration For A Disability Pension filed by Peter B. McLean; Civil ar and Later Complete File (NATF 85D); Federal Military Pension Applications; National Archives and Records Administration. Cit. Date: 20 Dec 2008.
7. Declaration For A Disability Pension filed by Peter B. McLean; Application #751962; Civil War and Later Complete File (NATF 85D); Federal Military Pension Applications; National Archives and Records Administration. Cit. Date: 20 Dec 2008.
8. Declaration For A Widow’s Pension filed by Susan W. McLean 1905; Application #622894; Civil War and Later Complete File (NATF 85D); Federal Military Pension Applications; National Archives and Records Administration. Cit. Date: 20 Dec 2008.
9. New York death certificate (1915), Peter B. McLean, died 1 Oct 1895, Middletown, Orange, New York, Melancholia Chronic, Pulmonary hemorhage. Cit. Date: 11 May 2014.
10. “Obituary – Peter B. McLean,” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 5 Oct 1895, p. 7 c.6; digital images. Cit. Date: 27 Apr 2014.

George Edward McLean (1867-1915)

GeorgeGeorge Edward McLean was born 10 Sep 1867, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York,1 the fourth known child of Peter Byron McLean (1832-1895) and Susan Winn Frith (1839-1915). His Brooklyn birth certificate states he was born at home, 428 Grand Street, Brooklyn, and provides both his parents full names as shown below.
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On 12 Jul 1893, twenty-six-year-old George married his eighteen-year-old, first cousin Henrietta “Nettie” Ella Frith (1875-1963) in Brooklyn.2 Nettie was the daughter of George Richard Frith and Henrietta Brimlow. Her cousin Cordelia Edith (Frith) and husband Norman Roscoe were the witnesses.
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For some reason, George and Nettie kept the marriage secret from his family for almost two months. When the marriage did come to light, it made the 18 Sep 1893 edition of the New York Times.3

Became Jealous and Claimed Her Husband. ROSLYN, L.I., Sept. 17. – George E. McLean of this village married his cousin, Miss Nettie Frith of Brooklyn, July 12. The ceremony was performed in Brooklyn by the Rev. A. J. Wright. The couple kept the marriage a secret, and there is no telling when it would have leaked out had not McLean caused his bride to become jealous of his attentions to other girls. She yesterday told her husband’s parents of the marriage. The announcement caused considerable surprise.The bride’s father is a brother of Mrs. McLean senior, and is well known in the Eastern District of Brooklyn, where he lives. The young people have been forgiven.

My cousins and I have spent a great deal of time wondering what it is about this thin, long-necked, big-eared man that was so captivating.

l-r: Margaret , Nettie holding Welling, Sue, George with Edward, and Ada.  c.1909 Roslyn Height, NY.

l-r: Margaret , Nettie holding Welling, Sue, George with Edward, and Ada. c.1909 Roslyn Height, NY.


George was a painter and general contractor by trade. There are several notices in the newspapers of his receiving contracts for painting and building in the Roslyn area. The family can be found there on the 1900 and 1910 Federal Censuses.4,5 However, I have not been able to locate them on 1905 New York State Census yet.

He died 25 Mar 1915 at the age of 47 and was buried in the Roslyn Cemetery.6 He died of chronic parenchymatous nepritis – bad kidneys. His widow Nettie is the one who changed the spelling on this line to MacLean after his death.
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I will discuss Nettie and their children in more detail in a separate post. Their known children were:

1. Stillborn Boy McLean, 19 May 1894, buried in Roslyn Cemetery.
2. Susan Wynn McLean, born 20 Mar 1897, No. Hempstead, Queens, New York, died 15 Sep 1993, Campbell, Santa Clara, California. Married 1st about 1916 – John T. Kelley (18 Jul 1888-29 Oct 1918). Children: Nettie E. Kelley and John Stewart Kelley. Married 2nd about 1922 – Edmund Griffin (6 May 1894-7 Apr 1977). Children: Edmund Griffin Jr. and Benjamin Payne Griffin.
3. Margaret Frith McLean – previously discussed.
4. Ada Mae McLean, born 25 Aug 1901, No. Hempstead, Nassau, New York, died 30 Dec 1982, Long Branch, Monmouth, New Jersey. Married 1st about 1919 – John (Jack) Stillwell (10 Aug 1897-aft 1951), children: Dawn Stillwell and John Wesley Stillwell. Married 2nd – Henry Sykulski (10 Feb 1913-Dec 1982). They had no children.
5. Edward Frith MacLean, born 29 Aug 1906, No. Hempstead, Nassau, New York, died 29 Feb 1988, Mineola, Nassau, New York, buried All Saints Cemetery, Great Neck, Nassau, New York. Married Dorothy Coleman 26 Apr 1947 in Roslyn, Nassau, New York. Children: Laurie E. MacLean and Leslie MacLean.
6. Welling Seeley MacLean, born 1908 in No. Hempstead, Nassau, New York, died 25 Oct 1964, Caldwell, Essex, New Jersey, buried Roslyn Cemetery. Married Mabel Ramee 2 Sep 1935 in Garden City, Nassau, New York. Children: Nancy Ruth MacLean (16 Jun 1939-23 Jul 1945). Family sources have stated there was a stillborn child early in the marriage and that Nancy was adopted.



1. Kings, New York, (FHL microfilm, Salt Lake City, UT), birth certificate no. 3453 (10 Sep 1867), George Edward McLean; FHL microfilm 1,324,344. Cit. Date: 2 Aug 2010.
2. Marriage Record, Certificate of Marriage Brooklyn #3969, 12 Sep 1893, George Edward McLean and Nettie Ella Frith, witnesses: Norman and Cordelia Edith Roscoe. FHL Film #1,523,044. Cit. Date: 26 Apr 2014.
3. “Became Jealous and Claimed Her Husband,” The New York Times, 18 Sep 1893, online archives (http://nytimes.com : accessed 20 Dec 2008), p. 5. Cit. Date: 21 Dec 2008.
4. 1900 U.S. census, population schedule, No. Hempstead, Nassau, New York, enumeration district (ED) 711, p. 4B, dwelling 77, family 82, McLean, George E.; digital images, Ancestry (accessed 11 May 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1079. Cit. Date: 11 May 2014.
5. 1910 U.S. census, population schedule, No. Hempstead, Nassau, New York, enumeration district (ED) 1123, p. 2A, dwelling 22, family 22, Mclean, George E.; digital images, Ancestry (accessed 12 May 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll T624 995. Cit. Date: 12 May 2014.
6. Roslyn Cemetery (Letter from Dominick Tarantino, Manager, Roslyn Cemetery, Roslyn, NY dated 24 Mar 2008. List of people in McLean plot #61, Section Old Chart, with Name, Date of Internment and Age (if known)), George E. McLean, Age 47 years 6 mo 15 days. Cit. Date: 10 Apr 2008.