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Wednesday’s Child: Victoria Elizabeth MacDonald 1920-1925

Victoria Elizabeth MacDonald


Victoria Elizabeth MacDonald was born in 1920 in Lock Haven, Clinton, Pennsylvania. She was my grandfather’s youngest sister (of ten siblings). She passed away August 7th, 1925 at the tender young age of only five years, and is buried in Dunnstown Cemetery, Dunnstown, Clinton, Pennsylvania. I have not yet found the cause of her so sadly, premature departure.

Update: Geneablogger Elizabeth, of, shared with me that birth and death certificates (for the years 1906-1961) are now available from Pennsylvania Vital Records for only $3. Pennsylvania has made indexes available at You look up the name first, by year, to find the certificate number, then download and fill in a form, then mail it in with your check. It may take several weeks (or months?), to receive the (uncertified) certificate. I looked this up today and found my great Aunt Victoria E. (above). Thank you, Elizabeth, for this great tip!


Tombstone Tuesday

Rachel (Rose) Powell Wife of Rev. Joseph Powell 1743-1804

Rachel’s husband, Rev. Joseph Powell (1734-1804) was Pastor of the Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church in Bedford, southern Fulton county, Pennsylvania.  Rev. Powell was also a colonial delegate to state and national constitutional conventions. Both Rachel and her husband Joseph are buried at the Tonoloway Baptist Church Cemetery.

Rose for Rachel (Rose) Powell




Madness Monday

I started out the day feeling inspired to write a “Maritime Monday” post about a brave and daring Sea Captain ancestor. I started with Capt. Henry Gough McComas (1816-1858) of Maryland. Then I noticed that he was buried at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Maryland.  This was intriguing as most of this line in my family are Quaker. I soon discovered that his parents were both buried there as well, and that they had donated four acres of land for the original church. I proceeded to find several other family members (direct ancestors) that were associated with this church- so there I was, off on this serious bunny trail.

When I finally reeled myself in and looked for the information on Capt. Henry Gough McComas’ career as a Sea Captain, I found too little to write about (at least for today- I plan to contact a McComas cousin that I know has more information so I’ll have more to write about soon). Then I looked further back- all the way back to “Captain” Gabrielle Holland (1596-1660). In notes that I had collected I read that he had sailed the ship “Supply” that departed three weeks after the Mayflower, as a supply ship for the pilgrims. This sounded very interesting indeed- just the Sea Captain I was looking for! (so I thought).

What happened next is why this post is not Maritime Monday- but Madness Monday instead. Does this happen to anybody else? I just wanted a hardy, burly sea captain to write about- but all I found was bad genealogical notes. I found an online research paper  written by Wiley Julian Holland that refutes the claims of genealogy writer Jeanette Holland Austin that our Gabrielle Holland even came aboard the ship Supply, let alone was ever captain of it. This was a different Gabrielle Holland, who arrived aboard the ship Supply, and he was an indentured servant at that- not the captain, and this Gabrielle died in 1621.

Wiley Julian Holland asserts that our ancestor is “Sergeant Gabriel Holland who arrived in Virginia from England with his wife, Rebecca, on the ship John and Francis c. 1621/2. Gabrielle was living at Shirley 100 in 1622 based on Court testimony he gave January 2, 1624, in which he stated, ‘he formerly had lived at Shirley 100 where he held the rank of sergeant and had been temporarily responsible for 15 of Berkeley 100’s male servants.’

Following the Indian massacre of March 22, 1622 surviving indentured servants from Berkeley 100 and others were transported to settlements that were more secure. Several servants from Berkeley were temporarily sent to Shirley 100.

On February 16, 1623/24, Gabriel was listed as living at the College Land in Henrico.  His wife Rebecca was not listed on this census and Gabriel was one of 30 men and one woman living there at that time. He and Thomas Marlott were elected to serve in the House of Burgesses to represent themselves and 28 other men residing at Ye College Land.

As a one-term Member of the House of Burgesses he signed a document with other Members outlining ‘The Tragical Relations of the Virginia Colony.’ He also signed a document containing 34 articles answering complaints against the Virginia Company of London Company by the King.

The 35th article authorized an additional tax on tobacco to finance the trip by John Pountice, Councilor of State, to deliver the petition to the King. Gabriel served one term in the House of Burgesses and in 1624 was living in Jamestown.  Gabriel’s wife, Rebecca, had died and by August 14, 1624 he had married Mary Pinke, widow of William Pinke.

Martha McCartney, mentioned above, writes the following about Mary Pinke, the second wife of Gabriel Holland. ‘ On August 14, 1624, Mary indicated she had married Gabriel Holland, a yeoman. Mary Pinke, alias Jonas Holland, died between August 14, 1624 and January 14, 1625, at which point her land (which she owned outright) descended to her new husband Gabriel Holland.’

Gabriel made several appearances in the General Court during 1627 and 1628 at which time he arbitrated disputes and collected debts attributed to merchant Humphrey Rastall’s estate. He helped settle a dispute between Jamestown residents John Upton and Caleb Page. He had Robert Marshall arrested for debts and served as administrator for the estate of Ann Behoute.

John Bennett Boddie, in the section of his book Southern Historical Families dealing with the Hollands of Nansemond states,’ There are no records of Gabriel Holland following 1627.  A land transaction May 20, 1637 shows John Radish and John Bradwell receiving a patent of 16 acres of land in Jamestown abutting land formerly owned by Mary Holland.  There is no mention of Gabriel in this patent information and Mary’s name is written in the past tense.’

Sources:  London Company of Virginia records – Henning’s Statutes at large – Virginia Immigrants and Adventurers, 1607-1635 – Cradle of the Republic, Lyon Gardiner Tyler – First Republic in America, Alexander Brown –  Narrative of Early Virginia, 1606-1625, Lyon Gardiner Tyler- Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia, 1622-1632 –  Hotten’s ship list – The living and dead in Virginia February 16, 1623/4 – The Original List of Persons of Quality etc, John Camden Hotten – The Complete Book of Immigrants, Coldham -Cavaliers and Pioneers, Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666, Nell Marion Nugent- Historical Southern Families, John Bennett Boddie,1956.”

Wiley Julian Holland’s entire article can be found at:

It’s always good to find the truth. Maybe next Monday will be Maritime Monday…




Friday Funny: Harry Truman Humor

I came across this in one of the boxes of old papers and photos from my mother’s side of the family. I don’t know who typed it up, but it sure is hilarious!



Thrifty Thursday: Affordable Photo Organization

Here is the problem: boxes of ancestral family photos and piles of papers hither, thither and yon…

I’ve decided that, ultimately, I want to organize my photos into large, cloth-covered notebooks- but for now I just need a way to get them out of boxes and into hanging files, divided by family lines. Since this will be a temporary filing system, I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it, but at the same time, I want my photos in an acid-free environment while I’m sorting them all.

A couple of days ago I stopped into a nearby OfficeMax. For barely over $6.00 I picked up a package of six little filing boxes. To this I simply added a box of hanging file folders (store brand) and a box of 200 acid-free sheet protectors (also store brand). By just using a couple of pieces of rolled up scotch tape (you could use 2-sided tape if you have it), I positioned one sheet protector on the (interior) backside of the hanging folder- with the white-bar side of the sheet protector at the top so I can easily write on it with a sharpie whose photos are in that file. Then of the other (interior) side of the hanging folder I positioned and taped another sheet protector with the clear edge at the top. Now I can safely rest my photos in these temporary acid-free files while I sort and get them ready to go into their own surname notebooks.


Wedding Wednesday: Col. Asa Child 1767-1850

This very romantic story about my 5th great grandfather is my choice for today’s “Wedding Wednesday”. (My 5th great grandmother was his 1st wife, but I still love this story!)

“Col. Asa Childs, third son and fifth child of Josiah and Elizabeth Ball Child, born in Upton, Massachusetts, June 19, 1767, married 1st, Rebekah Taft; married 2nd, June 19, 1799, Mrs. Clarissa Partridge Ide.  Mrs. R.T. Childs was the dau of John Taft, Esq., town treasurer of Upton, and a neice of Capt. Robert Taft of the army of the Revolution. At the time of his first marriage Col. Childs was about seventeen years of age, his bride but fifteen. Mrs. R.T. Childs died in 1798. A touch of romance attended the acquaintance with the second wife. Some time before meeting her Col. Childs dreamed one night that he was riding, and came in view of a house which he felt impelled to enter, upon doing so he was captivated by the sight of the woman he was to marry, and then awoke. The vividness of the dream, which abode with him some time, was fading, when renewed by a curious experience. Business called him to Norfolk Co.; he was riding upon a road new to him, but was impressed by its strange familiarity, for which he could not account until he saw before him the house of his dream, which he determined at once to verify. Dismounting he made easy pretext for entering, and actually met with the fair lady of the vision, who was none other than Mrs. Clarissa P. Ide. The attraction was mutual. Mrs. Ide was the widow of Gregory Ide, and a descendant in the fifth generation from William Partridge, one of the proprietors of Medway, Massachusetts in 1650. Mrs. C.P.I. Childs was born June 14, 1775…

On Nov. 4, 1849, his cherished wife was called suddnely to the heavenly home, after a loving companionship of half a century. So great was the bereavement of Col. Childs could not support it, and about two  months later, Jan. 9, 1850, they were re-united.”

Source: Genealogy of the Child, Childs, and Childe Families, of the Past and Present in the United States and the Canadas from 1630 to 1881 by Elias Child.


Talented Tuesday: C.Y. Turner; Artist

Charles Yardley Turner (1850-1918) born Nov. 25, 1850, in Baltimore, came to New York in 1872 and studied at the Academy of design for three years. In 1878 he went abroad to Paris where he studied under French masters Jean-Paul Laurens, Mihály Munkácsy and Léon Bonnat, forming, with some other students, the “Munkacsy school”.  He was chairman of the school committee at the Art Students League of New York in 1879, early in its history, and he first exhibited at the National academy in 1882. C.Y. Turner gained the Hallgarten prize for the “Courtship of Miles Standish” in 1883, and was also elected an associate at the academy.

His oil works include “The Grand Canal at Dordrecht,” “The Days that are No More,” and “Afternoon Tea” (1882) ; “Dorothy Fox” and “Preparing for Yearly Meeting” (1883) ; “The Last of the Montauks,” “Hartnah Thurston,” and “The Bridal Procession,” 1886:

The Bridal Procession of John Alden and Priscilla – C.Y. Turner


Turner was assistant director of decoration at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, under fellow muralist Francis Davis Millet, and for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo he served as the colorist for the entire fair. He also gave considerable attention to etching and was president of the National Society of Mural Painters from 1904-1909. In 1912 C. Y. and a fellow artist were booked on the Titanic,  and while C.Y. changed his plans at the last minute, his  friend was not so fortunate. That same year C.Y. became director of the Maryland Institute Schools of Art and Design at Baltimore.

His works include:


  • Hotel Martinque, 32nd Street and Broadway, New York City, 1898, several murals
  • Baltimore Court House, 1905, The Burning of The Peggy Stuart
  • DeWitt Clinton High School, 1905
  • Essex County Court House, Newark, New Jersey, 1905-1907
  • Hudson County Courthouse, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1910
  • Cuyahoga County Courthouse, Cleveland, Ohio, 1912
  • Wisconsin State Capitol, 1917, four murals on the theme of Transportation in the North Hearing Room

Of his water-colors the principal are:

  • Dordrecht Milkmaid” (1882)
  •  “Engaged” (1885)
  • Martha Hilton” (1886)
  •  “At the Ferry” (1887)




  • Blashfield, Edwin Howland, Mural Painting in America: The Scammon Lectures, delivered before the Art Institute of Chicago, March 1912, and since greatly enlarged, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, 1913
  • Brief online biography at
  • “Turner, Charles Yardley”. Encyclopedia Americana. 1920.


Thankful Thursday – Online Bible Records

All I knew a couple of years ago about my 3rd great grandmother was that she married my 3rd great grandfather, and she was reported to have been born in Virginia. I had no name, county or birthdate. One fateful day, I simply googled my grandfather’s name along with the word “married” – and lo and behold- there she was: “Archibald Bowen and Margaret E. Moore were married May 28th, 1835” listed under “Marriages” in an online “MOORE NEWS, Volume I, October 9, 1996, Issue 23”.  Virginia C. Clotset of Birmingham, Michigan, had contributed her research to the newsletter. She lists her source as DAR MAGAZINE, Spring 1970, vol.33. No. 3 “Moore Family Bible Records”. Not only did I find my great grandmother, but her entire family. Francis Moore, the son of Rev. Jeremiah Moore, the Baptist Minister of Colonial Prince William County, Virginia that I wrote about a couple of days ago, kept family Bible records, and the family Bible, according to this newsletter,  is now in the possession of a gentleman in West Virginia who was so gracious and kind as to photostate the Bible entries in 1962.

Had it not been for my 4th great grandfather keeping the Bible records, this gentlman so graciously photostating  the family entries, Virginia Clotset contributing them to DAR, DAR magazine publishing them in 1970, and the MOORE NEWS online newsletter ( putting this online in 1996 and keeping it online all these years, I would still be in the dark about this whole line of my family.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! to all of you that made this precious information available to a searching descendant and helping me to find this fascinating part of my family.


(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Great Grandma’s Horse and Buggy

Although neither named or dated, I think this is my great grandmother Mariah (Smith) MacDonald and her son (my grandfather), in Pennsylvania c. 1902. I absolutely love this photo…


Travel Tuesday

Last summer we took our first ever genealogy trip to Block Island, Rhode Island, where our ancestors Tormut Rose, and his wife Hannah George, Tristram Dodge and his wife Anne Mansfield, and Alexander Innes and his wife Katherine, were among the first settlers of the island in the 1600’s.