Tuesday, April 29, 2014

52 AncestorsChallenge - Week #17 Daniel Evans REESE revisited

Daniel Evans Reese was my 4th great grandfather and youngest child of  John Rees & Catharine (Evans) Rees.  He was born about 1769 near Newberrytown, York, PA.  He married Ruth Dawson. A list of members in the City of Baltimore found in the Register of the 1st Methodist Episcopal Church he is spoken of as a preacher and a "traveling" preacher.

Rev. Daniel Evans Reese died on the 17the of August 1849 and is buried at Mt Olivet Cemetery in Baltimore, MD.  His wife Ruth died the 23rd of February 1842 and also is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery , Baltimore, Maryland.  

Rev Daniel Evans & Ruth (Dawson)  Reese had 15 children:
Daniel Evans, Jr born after 1790
Thomas C. born about 1792
Joseph born about 1797
John W born about 1799
David Meredith born 1800
Catharine born 1801
Sarah Dawson born 1802
Anna R born 15  May  1804
Samuel born about 1808
Rebecca born 4 Sept 1809
Maria Kenley born 31 July 1813  *** my 3rd great grandmother
Caroline Barnes born about 1814
Mary Ann born about 1815
Elizabeth Jane born about 1816
Charles W. born about 1817

My grandmother always told the story that we were related to Edgar Allan Poe but I have never been able to confirm that.  I will be going to Richmond, Virginia soon and hope to find more that will either prove or disprove this story.

So far the only possible connection could be through Rebecca Reese who married a William E. Clemm.  I have not researched this family yet.

Monday, April 21, 2014

52 Ancestor Challenge -Week # 16 - Lizette Woodworth Reese 1856 - 1935

I have a good many Reese ancestors in my line.  I am wondering if Lizette Woodworth Reese can be added.  She was a noted poet in Maryland and was nearing 80 upon her death.  I have both her parents David & Louisa (Gabler) Reese.  I have census information from 1870, 1880 listing her father as head of house.  In the 1900 census her mother was head of house as her father passed in 1895.  I have found his burial location but have been unable to find his parents.  He was born in 1825 in Maryland so the records should be there I just haven't gone to the correct location.  I also have not been able to find her mothers date of death or burial.  I know she was still living in 1910 but by 1920 census Lizette was living with a younger sister and her family.  One day I will know if she can be added to my tree or not.

I will add this notation that I'm finally able to make a connection through the DNA Ancestry program with a new cousin I did not know about.  A step in the right direction for sure.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

52 Ancestor Challenge - Week #15 THE CHINN/CHYNN MYSTERY

My 6th great grandmother was Ann Chinn who was married to Robert Edwards. I have information that she was born 1702 in Lancaster County, Virginia daughter of Joseph Chinn & Elizabeth (Ball) Chinn.  Ann was listed in the will of Joseph Chinn recorded 19 May 1774.  His will lists son: John Chinn; Daughter: Ann Edwards; Daughter Elizabeth Montague; Granddaughters Jane Montague & Priscilla Chinn; Grandsons: Joseph Chinn & John Yates Chinn.  Son John was listed as executor of the will that was made 1 June 1771.  From this point back it gets very cloudy. The big problem is there are so many with the same first names and the parents of my Joseph Chinn may not be the ones I had listed. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

52 Week Challenge - #14 ABBOTT family


 These photos are of the William Robert Abbott family.
William Robert Abbott was born 19 February 1866 in Ann Arundel County, Maryland and
was the son of William Martin and  Frances Virginia 
(Wilkison) Abbott.  He married Ariel Elizabeth Parlett on 19 June 1888.
 Ariel Elizabeth was daughter of David Oliver & Mary Louise (Knight) Parlett. William Robert & Ariel Elizabeth were both from affluent families of Annapolis, Maryland.  More on their families in another week.

William Robert & Ariel Elizabeth were my great grandparents on my maternal side.  My grandmother Ariel Bayne Abbott was the eldest daughter in this family.  On the top photo she is all the was on the right side standing.  I believe that photo was taken about 1917.  The bottom photo was most likely taken not long before William Robert died at the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. .  He was working nights when he died.  There are several stories about his death but since I am not certain of any of them they will not be repeated. My grandmother, Ariel Bayne (Abbott) Farley is standing on the left side in the back  in the bottom photo.  The parents were living in Lanham, MD at the time the bottom photo was taken. William Robert Abbott died 10 January 1925 in Washington, D.C. and is buried along with Ariel Elizabeth Abbott in Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Maryland.  Ariel Elizabeth Abbott died 9 December 1958. 

This bottom photo of William Robert Abbott was a real find.  When I sent for his government records I was contacted that they had a photo of him in the file and would I like that also.  So very happy to have come across this photo.  It also is signed by him on the bottom so I have his written signature.
 This is a photo of the young Ariel Elizabeth (Parlett) Abbott.  I'm not really sure of her age when this photo was taken.  I am very lucky to have come across these.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


 John Thomas Lott was born September 1835 in Philadelpha, Pennsylvania.  He married Elmira Clay, who was born 31 May 1846,  23 September 1865 in Mt. Pleasant, New Jersey.  John Thomas was son of William L. Lott & Elizabeth (Heiss) Lott.  Elmira Clay was daughter of James Clay & Margaret (Slonaker) Clay.  

John Thomas died 4 February 1904; Elmira died 14 February 1936.  They are both buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

52 Week Challenge - REES/REESE FAMILY Week #12

Rees Meredith*** was born in Wales.  Child of Rees Meredith was John Rees who was born 1680 in Wales. He married Hannah.  Children of John & Hannah were:
Edward Rees b 27 March 1706
Ellin Rees b 7 Aug 1708
Rose Rees b 4 Jan 1708/09
Hannah Rees b 13 Oct 1713
Jane Rees b 13 Oct 1713
John Rees*** b 12 Sept 1718 Wales - possibly Radnorshire; d abt 01 Dec 1807 near Fallston, Harford Co., MD

John Rees married Catharine Evans 11 Nov 1746 in Plymouth Meetings, Philadelphia, PA.  She was daughter of Cadwallader Evans and Sarah Richard.  They were Quaker.

Children of John ***& Catharine Rees were:
Sarah Reese b 1 Oct 1752 near Plymouth Meeting, Witpain Township, Montgomery County, Pa.  She died 8 April 1828
John Evans Reese b 8 March 1757; d 10 Oct 1799
Joseph Meredith Reese b 14 Feb 1761, Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, Pa.
David Reese, b 1763, Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, Pa.
Daniel Evans Reese b 1769, near Newberrytown, York, Pa.  Daniel Evans Reese married Ruth Dawson.  

Daniel Evans Reese, John Evans Reese, Joseph Meredith Reese & David Reese sons of John & Catharine were Methodist Ministers

Daniel Evans Reese*** and Ruth had children:

Daniel Evans Reese
Thomas C. Reese
Joseph Reese
John W Reese
Rev Dr. David Meredith Reese
Catharine Reese
Sarah Dawson Reese
Anna R Reese
Samuel Reese
Rebecca Reese
Mariah Kenley Reese  married James White Abbott  ***
Caroline Barnes Reese
Mary Ann Reese
Elizabeth Jane Reese
Charles W. Reese

Mariah Kenley {Reese} & James White Abbott are my 3rd great grandparents.