Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Cold Blood of His Heart

Hannah MacCall my Great Aunt 8 generations back has given insight into me. 

She is the daughter of  my 8th Great Grandfather, George MacCall who came to America in 1670 and was married to Ann Hepburn. 

Hannah married Phillip Clarke and in 1698 a Force of men under command from William III King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland 

    William III of England - Sir Godfrey Kneller

to the Governor of Maryland came to apprehend Phillip from his home. Unfortunately for them Hannah answers the door.  When they present her with the summons for her husband her response is " I wish I had the Governor's heart's blood, cold, in my hands." 

Her neighbor Robert Mason's wife who also received the Force of men  who were also there  to apprehend her husband gave them this response. She grabbed a sword, brandished it at the men and told them that she would be the death of any man that touched her husband. 

Elizabeth Wilson another neighbor after turning the men away see them taking a horse. She storms out the door with a large knife and tells the man holding the horse that she will cut his hand if he does not release the animal and to the Force of men she informs them that his excellency the Governor can kiss her arse.

A warrant is later issued for Elizabeth to be taken into custody to answer for her contempt. 

The crime of the men? Well it starts with wicked seditious and rebellious practices and designs. They are also accused of being disloyal. They are in contempt of the laws and authority of the Provence of Maryland. One of the charges says they are Rebelliously Endeavoring to disturb and disquiet His Majesties Government and to seduce and withdraw the minds and affections of His Majesties good subjects from their obedience due to this government by His Majesties Royal Authority.  

There eventually are 9 separate charges brought upon Phillip. 

What starts all this drama is a debate about a Priest sitting in a position of Authority. it gets so out of hand that Phillip who is an attorney is asked to no longer practice because he states that a man's religious preference should have no bearing on his ability to sit at a governing body even if the ruling monarch is a Protestant. 

Loving my Scottish kin. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Uncle Joseph, Winter is Coming

Remember Samuel Bliss (1657-1729) he owned part interest in 2 ships that ran to Barbados and was in partnership with a wine merchant, rum runner. He was accused of selling "strong drink" to Indians. I chatted about him in my last Ghost story. He was married to Ann Elderkin. She had a brother, Joseph Elderkin  (1672- 1759) who was arrested in 1701 for "selling drink to Indians". He was charged, found guilty and fined. This may run in the family and I can't wait to see if there is similar mischief during prohibition. I say this because ... well,  watch Smokey and the Bandit
and you will have an idea about my role in this family theme. But shhhh... I have not told my daughters. You are welcome, Coors Beer....hahahah.
I am waiting for the perfect Thanksgiving dinner.  

That was not the end of Joseph's crime spree. Not that I think sharing, selling or buying "strong drink" with your friends is a crime. Maybe these kin of mine are just happy drunks and want to share with everyone. 

In September 1712 Joseph is at the Supreme Court on Suspicion of Counterfeit. Yep, he is accused along with two others of having altered Connecticut bills to give them a larger denomination and passing them on. The other two are acquitted and Joseph is indicted. Back to court he goes where he is found guilty, has to pay a fine and sentenced to 6 months in prison. 

In October good ol' Uncle Joseph, being the clever sort pleads to the court in petition that he is in failing and very poor health. Winter is coming
and he fears spending time in prison during the harsh winter months might kill him. 

The Superior Court votes in favor of his plea and he is told he has to pay a bail and will have to return to prison when the weather is more favorable to serve out his sentence. He is released to return in the Spring. 


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Samuel Bliss - Run Runner

Samuel Bliss was ordered to pay a fine of 20 shillings
to the New London County Treasury. It was March 26 1718 and he was found guilty of selling "strong drink" to the Indians. He was not alone as he stood before the Justice of the Peace. He was accompanied by a host of citizens, men and women all standing for the same crime. 

I would like to proclaim his innocence, I mean he was my Great Grandfather 7 generations ago (1657 - 1729). We are family, but to be honest he was probably guilty. 

You see Samuel owned a Brigantine named Success. Brigantines were built in the colonies in North America in the early 1700s. Smaller than a brig but larger than a sloop, they were swift and easy to maneuver thus making them the  favored ships among pirates. They were often employed as landing vessels for larger fleets of ship because of their maneuverability. 

                      Brigantine 'Centaur' by Joseph Heard (1799–1859)

What has his ship the Success have to do with selling "strong drink?"  She sailed regularly to Barbados, and what was a popular product that came out of Barbados? Associated with piracy? Rum.  

Grandfather Bliss was in partnership with a "wine" merchant in Boston. They imported rum and exported leather, skins, pottery and pork. 

Apeanuchsuck, the Indian in question must have been having a big time because he was arrested first and at his trial ratted out Grandfather Bliss and the others. The original charge says "strong drink" and Apeanuchsuck is to pay 10 shillings or receive 10 lashes on his naked body. In the end Apeanuchsuck pays the 10 shillings and walks away having been served only 2 pots of cider.  

My question is who actually paid the 10 shillings and how did 2 pots of cider change from "strong drink".  

Samuel Bliss trouble making Run Runner.... my people!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Loyal Christopher

At a place called New Providence, Nassau, Bahamas on the Western side of the Island is a cemetery that is known as Potter's Field.
Western Cemetery Gate, Nassau, New Providence District, Bahamas

There is a grave that reads: Here lieth the remains of Major Christopher Neeley, who was banished from his native country in the American Revolution for his attachment to his King and the laws of his Country, he acted as a Major in the Loyal Militia and a Captain of a company in a Provincial Regiment in the Royal Army.  He died the 26th of April 1807 aged 63 years.

He was my cousin, 1st cousin 6x removed. Let me make it simple, his Grandfather George Pearis is my Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather.He is not my only kin buried in the Bahamas.

Christopher was born about the year 1744, probably in Virginia. He was living in what was called the 96th District in South Carolina having moved there, sometime after 1768 with his mother after his father was killed at Fort Neeley.
 In 1776 he took to arms with the Loyalist Army and was three miles from his home trying to catch up to the Army when he was shot by a Rebel soldier and left for dead. It took him 3 years to recover and in 1779 he joined the Loyalist Army again and was made a Major. This time was not going to go well for Christopher either.

On the 14th of February 1779
an encounter between the Rebel forces and the Loyalists, who were on their way to Augusta, a British held City, broke out in Wilkes County Georgia. That incident became known as the Battle of Kettle Creek.
The Rebel Army scattered and decisively defeated the Loyalists. Christopher was taken prisoner and hauled back to the 96th District South Carolina to be hanged.

This was not going to be the end of Christopher. He was soon transferred to a jail in Orangeburgh South Carolina where he was released after a surety was agreed upon for his good behavior. In 1783 Christopher had a home and property on the Saluda River in South Carolina.

After the dust from the Revolution starts to settle the men who were Loyalists are relocated to Florida and in 1784 we find Christopher living on the San Juan River in St. Augustine Florida.

In September of 1789 Christopher places an ad in the Bahama Gazette regarding a runaway slave. In the ad Christopher mentions he bought the man in May of 1788. Placing him in Nassau at least 4 years after his move to Florida.

Christopher never married and there is not much info I can get without a trip to the Bahamas and who would believe that I was actually going there to research?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Alvin's 5" Leg or Cop the Bottle

Alvin Ansel Warren was born in 1895 in West Virginia.  In 1917 Alvin was living in Parkersburg when he registered for the Draft for World War I. His card says he had blue eyes and brown hair, is short with a medium build. It also says his right leg is 5 inches shorter than his left.

His employer is listed as Essex Glass Company and he calls himself a glass worker. I was curious.
The Essex Glass Company was one of the leading glass milk bottle manufactures in the United States. In 1913 Essex Glass purchased the Standard Milk Bottle Mfg. Co. factory in Parkersburg, West Virginia. 

In 1916 Essex Glass converted the Parkersburg plant to automated machines that were manned by one person and in 1917 the new machines were operating. In 1920 The Thatcher Manufacturing Company purchased the Essex Glass Company.

Because manganese is used as a decolorant in the manufacturing of the Essex bottle they solarize to be a pale purple. Between 1913 and 1920 Essex bottles were marked with an E4 as a logo.  These are found on the heel of the bottles.

By 1926 Alvin is working at the Universal Glass Products Company in Parmaco, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Universal mostly produced milk bottles between 1920 and 1940 and in1950 they started manufacturing liquor bottles. Their logo is UGP.

In 1938 a patent was granted to the Gennaro Boys for a bottle design that separated the cream from the milk in the bottle while pouring the milk. Universal Glass Products Company made the bottles for the Gennaros.  

Because the stern face at the top of the bottles resembled a Police Officer

 the bottles were called Cop the Cream and the company was named 

Cop the Cream Bottle Company. 

In April of 1942 Anvil again was required to register for the Draft. World War II  was happening. I discovered that in 1942 Alvin's eyes are listed as brown (not blue like before), his hair is now grey, he is 5'6" tall, which is still short but here is the interesting part when it asks if there are any physical characteristics that would aid in identification of him the answer he gives is none. The mystery of this is ... Wouldn't a leg that is 5" shorter than the other be a physical characteristic for identification? How did his eyes change color? 

I turned to the next page on the site and the back of the next card says the person is 5'3" has blue eyes, brown hair and is a cripple in his right leg.  Found him!

The scan of the draft cards is out of sync with the way they are presented on the website.  Good to know because only one side of the card has the person's name on it and descriptions may not be of you think they are. But then how do I know the first description was right..... 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Josiah the Cooper

Very great Uncle Josiah Milton Warren was a cooper. He made barrels. In 1910 on the census his occupation was listed as cooper and the industry he was working as a cooper for was a Brewery. He lived on Bedinger Street in Elsmere, Kenton, Kentucky.

I can find no breweries in Elsmere but there were three breweries in operation in Covington Kentucky which is very near in 1910. The Covington Brewery, The New Kentucky Brewery and Bavarian Brewing.  I have no idea at which he may have worked.

Before 1910 he lived in Cincinnati Ohio and there were 23 breweries in operation in 1910. He could have been employed by one of them.
Besides barrels, coopers also made utensils, casks, buckets, butter churns and drums, mostly things that had staves and required the skill of a hooper. The hooper was the title of the worker who put the metal hoops around the staves to hold them together.

The word cooper came by way of the German word kuper from the word kupe or cask, which came from Latin cupa which was a barrel.

A slack cooper made barrels to hold dry goods such as tobacco, nails, vegetables.

A dry-tight cooper made barrels that would keep out moisture and the product inside dry. They were used for products like gunpowder.

A white cooper made buckets, butter churns, and wash tubs, they were made to hold liquids but were not suitable for shipping items.

A wet cooper made barrels that would hold liquids tight for shipping purposes.

Seguin Moreau is a cooperage (a factory for making barrels) that was incorporated into the House of Remy. They produce Limousin oak barrels which gives the cognac aging in them the distinct vanilla notes found in Rémy Martin Grand Cru which sells for about $1500 a bottle making the value of the contents of each barrel a quarter of a million dollars.

What a shame he did not work there.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cigar Maker James

James C. Warren, my 2nd Great Grand Uncle is listed on the 1900 census for Lubeck, Wood County, West Virginia which us near Parkersburg as being a cigar maker. There is no further information on where or with whom as on some census. I was intrigued as to what cigar company may have been in business in Lubeck District of Wood County.

I found Marsh Wheeling Company

 in Wheeling West Virginia. It was the oldest cigar manufacturing company in America. 

They were the makers of the famous Marsh Wheeling Stogies. 
Their cigar box became a well-known hallmark in the tobacco industry.  
                                                       Augustus Pollack
Augustus Pollack Wheeling Stogies 

are another cigar company found in Wheeling. They were known for their Crown Stogies.
John Schneider & Co., Muhn & Brandfass, Brandfass Tobacco Co., H.L. Loos & Bro.. Ebeling & Pebler, H. Seamon & Son and his Nail City Stogie Cigar Works, and many others.

I found cigar makers in several parts of West Virginia but only Wheeling West Virginia is the home of Stogies.  The name comes from Conestoga wagon drivers who would buy the slim small cigars at 4 for a penny.

James died in 1902, he was 27 and there is no more information about him.