Specifically, my brick walls.
Just in the past few weeks I successfully broke through a brick wall that had plagued me for years (see “Wife of Joseph Collins Hoyt …found?) but there are so many more!
Here’s just a few, posted in the hopes that someone may stumble across this who can shed some light on some of my more reclusive ancestors!
George W. Voye: My 2nd great-grandfather.
I know that George W. Voye was born on 2 Sep 1807 in either Nova Scotia, Canada or England (depending on which record I’m looking at). He married Lavinia Fuller of Nova Scotia, the daughter of David Fuller and Mary Cary, who was born on 23 Sep 1813.
It would seem that their children were all born in NS before the family moved to Boston and Milton, MA. Lavinia died on 3 Jul 1885 in Boston, quite a few years after the death of her husband George Voye in 1864. But where did George die?
No death records have been found for him in Massachusetts, and though his name, birth date and date of death are recorded on his wife Lavinia’s headstone (Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester, Boston, MA) his death precedes the founding of the cemetery and they have no record of his remains being transported there at a later date. Where did George W. Voye come from and where did he go?
George W. Stewart
George W. Stewart was born abt. 1856 in Pictou, Nova Scotia to John and Christie Stewart. He married my great-grandmother, Catherine Isabella (or Bella, according to their marriage record) Sutherland, the daughter of William and Christie, on 14 Jun 1877 in Scotsburn, Pictou, NS.
In the 1890′s, George, Catherine and their four children (Jessie (my grandmother), Elizabeth, George Edward and William) removed to Boston, MA. George died on 30 Aug 1944.
There are at least two possibilities for George’s parents in the area of Pictou, but nothing certain. I would love to finally be able to connect him with his rightful birth family!
Stephen Winslow Youmans: My paternal great-grandfather.
Stephen Winslow Youmans was born abt. 1855. He was married to Amelia Bailey and the couple had at least five children, one of which is my grandfather Stephen Winslow Youmans II. The family lived in Gibson, York Co., New Brunswick Canada, where all of the children were born.
Other than this rather sketchy information, nothing else is known about him and years of research hasn’t uncovered his birthplace or his parents.
If anyone has any information on the above I’d be so grateful!
I’ve learned a great deal more about my paternal grandfather, Stephen Winslow Youmans, since I wrote this post in 2010.
Stephen was the son of George Yeomans and his wife Sophia Merrill. George was born in New Brunswick, Canada in ca. 1806 and married Sophia on 23 Jan 1840 in St. Mary’s Parish, York, NB. He died sometime before 1891.
Is George the grandson of Benjamin Yeomans the Loyalist, who arrived in New Brunswick in 1783? There’s a good possibility that he is, and many people do make that connection in other family trees that I’ve come across. But without any evidence to make that a stronger possibility I’m hoping that a DNA test that my brother is doing will give me the answer that I need.