Today’s Tidbit | Nelson Alonzo Harris – July 16, 1822

My 2nd great grandfather and I share the same birthday, albeit some 139 years apart!

Nelson Harris was born in Saratoga Co., NY on July 16, 1822. He and his family moved to Pierpont, OH when he was 11, and then to Indiana in 1837. Few details about those early years are known. They made their way to Manitowoc Co., WI, probably in 1850. Nelson worked as a carpenter in the shipyards there.

Envisioning the lumber and saw-mill business as a profitable venture, he moved his family to Cato, WI (which was once known as Harrisville – named after Nelson), in 1853. He built a saw mill there in 1856, which he continued operating until all the oak was used up. It was the town’s first industry. Once established in the lumber and saw-mill business, Nelson began laying away choice pieces of lumber and timbers for building a home in Cato. He meant it to be the finest in all of Manitowoc County. Much more about the Harris home in Cato can be found by clicking the link below.

In 1873, he built a boarding-house and mill in Forest Junction. This was the first business in that town.

Because of the weather, Nelson and his wife, Louisa, moved to Waldo, FL in 1881. He owned a mill in Waldo and spent the rest of his life there.

Related links:

The Harris Family

Harris Home in Cato, WI

Nelson Alonzo Harris gravestone in Waldo, FL

Mystery Monday | February 21, 2011 – Asahel Cleveland

Today’s mystery involves my 3rd great grandfather, Asahel Cleveland.

Asahel was born in Worthington, Hampshire Co., MA on April 6, 1793. He was the youngest child of Newcomb Cleveland and Abigail Willis. Asahel and Priscilla Benjamin married on March 7, 1815 in Pierpont, OH.

The information I have states that Asahel died in Hancock County, IL on December 5, 1845. There is an Asahel Cleveland in the 1842 Illinois Tax Index for Nauvoo, which is in Hancock Co.

I would like to know where Asahel is buried. Priscilla is buried in the Old Burying Grounds in Pierpont.

Asahel is my 3rd great grandfather.

Family Matters | SAMUEL CLEAVELAND

He spelled his name Samuell. One of the first to settle in Connecticut, he joined the migration of families to found the new town of Canterbury. He served as a soldier in King Philip’s War in 1675/76 and held the rank of Sergeant. A petition was written to the army, from his brother Moses, to release Samuel early. Moses was injured, and could not bring in the crops without Samuel’s help. Samuel was released.

Born:  June 9, 1657 in Woburn, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony
Married:  3 times – Jane Keyes, Persis Hildreth, Margaret Fish
Died:  March 12, 1736 in Canterbury, Windham Co., Connecticut Colony

Buried:  Cleveland Cemetery, Canterbury, CT

Relation:  7th Great Grandfather

Thanksgiving Thursday

The Thanksgiving season, and these next several months, are a special time of the year in the history of my family. My 9th great grandfather, William Bradford, came to America on the Mayflower in November of 1620.

Partial Mayflower Passenger List - click to enlarge

Partial Mayflower Passenger List – click to enlarge

The ship left England in September and, after a grueling 66-day journey marked by disease, which claimed two lives, the ship dropped anchor inside the hook tip of Cape Cod. That first winter, half of the colonists perished. And then, in early spring, the colony’s first leader, John Carver, died. William was elected to succeed him as governor, and was subsequently re-elected thirty times, serving until he died in 1657. He had a reputation as a firm and fair leader. William was the second signer and primary architect of the Mayflower Compact.

William’s first wife, Dorothy, died on December 7, 1920 after falling overboard into the icy waters of Provincetown Harbor while the Mayflower was anchored. The Pilgrims had not yet made it to Plymouth. On August 14, 1623, he married my 9th great grandmother, Alice Carpenter Southworth. She came to Plymouth aboard the Anne in July 1623, following the death of her first husband. The description of their marriage sounds similar to that of the first Thanksgiving.

Thus began my English ancestry in America. Soon after, my Puritan ancestors arrived with the family names of Benjamin, Newcomb, Cleaveland, Ormsby, Harris, and many others.

I’m proud that my family has been in America for 389 years!

Surname Saturday | NEWCOMB

My first Newcomb ancestor in America was Andrew Newcomb. He emigrated from the west of England, probably from Devonshire or Wales, and settled in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1630s or 40s. Andrew was a mariner and shipmaster. His descendents eventually made their way to Lebanon, New London Co., CT where many are buried in Trumbull Cemetery. Jerusha Newcomb (who’s mother was a Bradford) married Ezra Cleveland in 1745. This English ancestry continued on through my grandmother on my dad’s side.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | July 12 – July 18, 2009

George Harvey – Born July 15, 1834 in Kesteven or Holland, Lincolnshire, England. He and his wife, Elizabeth Lowden, farmed in Leoni Township, Jackson Co., MI. He died on February 20, 1901 and is buried in Harrington Cemetery, Henrietta Township, Jackson Co. George is my wife’s 2nd great grandfather.

Helen Alice Heim – Born July 15, 1917 in Sylvan Township, Washtenaw Co., MI. Helen and her husband, Wayne Harvey, owned a farm on Harvey Rd. in Jackson Co., MI. She died on April 20, 2000 in Chelsea, Washtenaw Co. and is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Chelsea. Helen is my wife’s grandmother.

Nelson Alonzo Harris – Born July 16, 1822 in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY. Nelson, his wife, Louisa Cleveland, and their family came to Cato, Manitowoc Co., WI from Indiana in the early 1850s. He engaged in mill business in Cato and Forest Junction. He moved to Florida in 1884 and died in Waldo, Alachua Co. He is buried in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Waldo. Nelson in my 2nd great grandfather.

Dorothy Louise Harris – Born July 17, 1900 in Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI. She was a primary school teacher in Clintonville, Waupaca Co., and Appleton before her marriage to Russell Bernard Weller in July 15, 1929. They lived in Clintonville and owned Weller Hardware. Dorothy died on August 13, 1972 in Clintonville, and is buried in St. Rose Cemetery, Clintonville. Dorothy and Russell are my grandparents.

Joseph Cleveland – Born July 18, 1689 in Chelmsford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony. He and his family lived in Canterbury, Windham Co., CT where he died on March 11, 1766. Joseph is my 6th great grandfather.

Jonathan Kimball and Lydia Day – Married July 15, 1698 probably in Massachusetts. They are my wife’s 8th great grandparents.

Charles Russell McConnell – Died July 12, 1898 in Michigan. He is buried in Spaulding Cemetery, Bellevue Twp., Eaton Co., MI. He married Sophia Laib in 1859. Charles is my wife’s 2nd great grandfather.

William Bradford, II – Died July 15, 1591 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England. He married Alice Hanson in 1584. William is the father of William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony. He is my 10th great grandfather.

Katherine Protz – Died July 15, 1910 in Brillion Township, Calumet Co., WI. She was born in Germany and came to America with her husband, Leonhard Seybold, on June 2, 1857. They farmed in Brillion Twp. Katherine is buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Calumet Co. She is my 2nd great grandmother.

This Week’s Family Anniversaries | June 21 – June 27, 2009

On June 24, 1675, William Salisbury and his son John are the first colonists killed in King Philips War. Four days earlier, William had killed an indian warrior who entered his home at Kickemuit, MA. The indians killed William and John in retribution. William is my 8th great grandfather.

Isaac Ormsbee – Born June 21, 1763 in Warren, Bristol Co., Colony of Rhode Island. He married Patience Chase on February 8, 1789 in Warren, Bristol Co. Isaac died on October 13, 1848 in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY and is buried in the Ormsbee Cemetery on the Ormsbee Farm near Porters Corners, Saratoga Co., NY. He is my 4th great grandfather.

Elizabeth Fuhrman – Born June 22, 1874 in Marshfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co., WI. She married John Hau on June 12, 1900 in Johnsburg, Fond du Lac Co. Elizabeth died on May 27, 1964 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co. and is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Fond du Lac. She is my great grandmother.

Henry Lawrence Heim and Vera N. Gage – Married on June 21, 1916 in Jackson, Jackson Co., MI. They are my wife’s great grandparents.

Richard Kemball – Died June 22, 1675 in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was born on April 10, 1595 in Rattlesden, Suffolk, England. Richard Married Ursula Scott on October 23, 1615 in Rattlesden. He is my wife’s 10th great grandfather.

President Stephen Grover Cleveland – Died on June 24, 1908 and is buried in Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Mercer Co., NJ. He was born on March 18, 1837 in Caldwell, Mercer Co. Grover married Frances Clara Folsom on June 2, 1886 in the White House, Washington, District of Columbia. He is my 6th cousin, 3 times removed.

John Hau – Died June 25, 1966 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI. He was born on August 25, 1874 in St. Joe, Marshfield Twp., Fond du Lac Co. John married Elizabeth Fuhrman on June 12, 1900 In Johnsburg, Fond du Lac Co. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Fond du Lac. John is my great grandfather.

Raymond Christian Hau – Died June 27, 2003 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI. He was born on February 29, 1908 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac Co., WI. Raymond married Florence Rose Heller on October 10, 1933 in Fond du Lac. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Fond du lac. Raymond is my grandfather.