Monday, January 19, 2015

Where there's a will! Finding Margery McQuiston Trindle McConnel

For years I have been looking for any record of Margery after the death of John Trindle.

I knew that she had remarried, various documents from the estate of John gave her married name, such as this one from the Spring court session 1790 of Cumberland Co. PA.


An additional Clue came from the 1800 Census where a Matthew McConnel was listed directly above Widow Paxton (John and Margery's daughter Agnes who had married Samuel Paxton) and James Holmes (husband of John and Margery's daughter Jane).  Matthew is listed with a female who is the correct age to be Margery.

East Pennsboro, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 38; Page: 62.
But, there I have been stuck for way too long.  But a few days ago, I happened upon an index to wills in Cumberland County and found the following entry.

McCONNELL, MERGERA.   May 25, 1815.   H. 333.
Well, that could be Margery McConnel. Right?

I knew the early wills for Cumberland county were available on FamilySearch, so I immediately headed there and found.

 Last will of

Mrs. McConnel dec
Know all men by these presents that I Mergera McConnel of Mifflin township, Cumberland county, State of Pennsylvania being very sick and weak in body but Blessed be God sound of memory and Judgement I do make this my last will and testament in the year of our Lord one thousand eighteen hundred and fourteen it being the sixth day of March.  In the first place I do Recomend my soull unto God who gives it and my body to be intered in a decent christian manner. First all my just debts to be payed then what remains is to be disposed of in the following manner, I do bequeath unto my daughter Mergera all of my moveable property. First I bequeath my case of drawers, second my bed and bed clothes, third my table and chairs, fourth all the money that is due unto me, fifth my half of the cow sixth all the books, allso all the kitchen furniture, also the looking glass, allso my spinning wheel and Rull, allso the two Best Bedsteads, allso the cupboard with all the furniture Belonging to it. In testimony thereof I have set to my hand and seall the day and deat above written in presence of us Samuel Hannah c James Pettigrew                                                                         her                                                                                                                                                                         Mergera (M) McConnel                                                                                                                                                                  mark
Cumberland County Ss Personally appeared before me Geo Kline Jr dep for Geo Kline registrer for the Probate of Wills and granting of letters of Administration in and for said county Samuel Hannah and James Pettigrew the subscribing witnesses to the instrument of writing to which this is annexed purporting to be the last will and testament of Megera McConnel de       cd. and being duly sworn according to law acknowledge the said instrument of writing as and for the last will and testament that at the time of her so doing she was of sound mind memory and understanding that they wrote their names as witnesses at the request of the testatrix in her presence and in the presence of each other
Sworn and subscribed 25 May 1815                                                 Samuel Hannah
Before me Geo Kline, dep regr                                                        James Pettigrew
Be it remembered that on the 25 of May AD 1815 the last will and testament of Margary McConnell was legally proven of which the foregoing is a true copy and letters of Administration to Margary Johnston no executor being named in said will.

As I read I kept wondering if this was the right will.  Margery had seven children.  Would she leave everything to just one daughter?  It was only with the final sentence that I could be certain this was the correct record, for we knew that Margery's daughter Margery had married Samuel Johnston. 



By 1814, some of Margery's family were gone from Cumberland County.  The youngest, David, died during the War of 1812.  Her eldest daughter, Ann, had married Samuel Lamb and moved to the Shenandoah Valley.  Alexander had moved to Ross County, Ohio about 1807.  The whereabouts of Agnes is unknown.  The widow of Samuel Paxton had most likely remarried by this time.  She is listed as "Porter" in her brother John's probate in 1821.  

Still in Cumberland county are Margery's eldest son John and her daughter Jane (James Holmes).  Perhaps everything went to Margery, because Margery was living with her?  That would explain Mifflin township, which does not show up in other Trindle records.  But a quick search for the 1810 and 1820 census shows the only probable Samuel Johnston family is in Allen township which is on the opposite side of the county, so why Mifflin?  Why Margery only?

Probably my favorite part of finding this record is the very unique spelling of Margery's first name. Does it perhaps give a indication of it's pronunciation? I noted that the will was signed with her mark.  Who was the scribe?  

The will as written in the register does show the importance of looking for all spellings, Margary and Mergera are both used in the same document as are McConnel and McConnell.  



Monday, January 5, 2015

Monthly Puzzle - Discussing Ed's Ancestry

The Powell Tribune, Powell WY, has the following gossip on page one of the 17 Nov 1916 issue.

I'm guessing that this is Edmund Trendel/Trindel born 1874 in Indiana to Alexander Trindel and Eliza Colvin.  

Edmund and Martha lived for a short time in Wyoming.  They can be found there in 1910, in Nebraska in 1920 and in Iowa in 1930.

It is interesting that the spelling is Trindle here as nearly every record I've found, including Edmund's death certificates uses the spelling Trindel.

The puzzle surrounding Edmund lies a few generations earlier.  We are sure of his parents as they are listed on the death certificate.  His grandparents are Alexander Trindle and Margarethe Kaster.  Alexander was born, according to Helen Trindle, on 12 Sep 1804 in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  However, his tombstone gives a birth date of  9 Jun 1807.  Alexander is living in Beaver County in 1830 but by 1840 has moved to Ripley County, Indiana.

In 1880 the the two Alexander's, father and son, are listed next to each other in Ripley County.  Living with the father is John age 13 listed as son.  It is most likely that this is the son of their son John and Jennie Tucker. Alexander died in 1887 and Margarethe in 1893. They are buried in Boocher Cemetery near Napoleon in Ripley County.

So, who is Alexander "the father"?  One set of researcher's state that he is the son of Capt. Alexander Trindle (John / William) and Sarah Crocket.  We know that this is incorrect as Alexander Crocket Trindle married Delitha Austel and her mother was the second wife of Alexander (John / William). Additionally the Alexander who married Sarah Crockett was not a Captain.

A second set of researchers has named his father as William Trindle (William). That connection can not be correct as William's son Alexander was born just after his death in 1874 nearly thirty years before this Alexander.

There are two known options...and probably more unknown options.

(1) Alexander the son of William (William) supposedly had a son Alexander.  He supposedly was born before 1820 and lived in Indiana.

(2) John the son of William (William) purportedly married Margaret Trindle the daughter of Williams brother Alexander and they had a son Alexander who would have been born about 1807.

Neither of these options is supported by documentation.  There are miscellaneous records in Beaver County PA and in Indiana that might fit, but nothing at this point proving any connections.

This is an invitation to send any records that might prove the parentage of Alexander Trindle.






Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's Christmas Time

Well, another year nearly gone and I have been very remiss in keeping this up, but someone out there has been finding us anyway, twenty-one page views so far today!  So to each and every Trindle family member and researcher I wish you a Very Happy Holiday and a Wonderous New Year.  And my New Year's Resolution will be to do a better job of keeping this blog up.  Be sure to send me stories, pictures and anything else you are willing to share with all the other Trindles (of all spellings) out there!
1953

Thursday, March 27, 2014

William Trindle of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

William is the patriarch of the main known family of  Pennsylvania, found in Cumberland County by 1740.  We know he was not alone.  When son John served on his first jury he is listed as John, Jr.  To date only sketchy details of the elder John have been found.  It seems possible that the Westmoreland families found on the puzzle page might link to John.  Updates to this tree will be found on the page Wm of PA.   

    1-William Trindle (abt 1709-bef 20 Jan 1774)+Margaret (maybe Cathay) (bef 1711-1770)
    . . . . 2 - John D. Trindle, Esq. (abt 1731-11 Jan 1784) +Marjery McQuiston (14 May 1739-aft 1801)
    . . . . . . . . 3-Ann Trindle (bef 1764-bef 1821) +Samuel Lamb (18 Mar 1756-abt 1810) 
                         Lamb Family Papers in Denver Public Library
    . . . . . . . . 3-Jane Trindle (abt 1763-aft 1820)  +James Holmes (abt 1764-)
                              Children not researched at this point
    . . . . . . . . 3-John Trindle (abt 1768-1821) +Margaret Waddell (-aft 1821) No issue
    . . . . . . . . 3-Alexander Trindle (22Oct1772-23 Sep1832)+Sarah Crockett (13 Jul 1776-24 Apr 1829)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Eliana Trindle (28 Sep 1794-22 Apr 1839)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John Trindle (5 May 1798-24 May 1850)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Andrew Trindle (1 Nov 1803-9 May 1885)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elizabeth (Eliza) Trindle (24 Aug 1806-14 Jun 1873)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Sarah Trindle (6 Jul 1809-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alexander R. Trindle (3 Jan 1811-10 Aug 1843)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Honorah Trindle (17 Dec 1813-bef Sep 1850)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-James Crockett Trindle (6 Nov 1816-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Margaret Trindle (26 Feb 1818-5 Mar 1818)
    . . . . . . . . +Rebecca Austell (12 Dec 1812-17 Mar 1856)
    . . . . . . . . 3-Agnes Trindle (1778-) +Samuel Paxton (-bef 1800)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Paxton Children not researched at this point
    . . . . . . . . +Porter (-) 
    . . . . . . . . 3-Margery Trindle (1780-) +Samuel Johnston (-)
    . . . . . . . . 3-David William Trindle (1782-Aug 1814) +Jane  (abt 1785-4 Jan 1867)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lucinda Trindle (1806-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John R Trindle (1808-16 Apr 1876)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-David Trindle (1810-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-James William Trindle (1811-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elizabeth Jane Trindle (19 Nov 1814-26 Dec 1875)

    . . . . 2-William Trindle (1735-aft 5 Mar 1785) +Elizabeth   (4 Feb 1737-12 Nov 1785)
    . . . . . . . . 3-William Trindle (1766/1772 - ) 
    . . . . . . . . 3-John Trindle (1770/1772-aft 1850) +Margaret Trindle (1769-aft 1850) see below
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Trindle (1790–1800-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-David Trindles (bet 1790 and 1800-abt 1845)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Trindle (1800–1810-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alexander Trindle (12 Sep 1804-9 Jan 1897)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elizabeth Trindle (1813-)
    . . . . . . . . 3-Agnes Trindle (abt 1775-)
    . . . . . . . . 3-James B. Trindle (1777-1837) +Ann Brundage (11 Feb 1796-23 Feb 1865)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alexander Trindle (abt 1813-26 Jul 1823)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mary Trindle (1817-1838)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William Trindle (12 Aug 1818-24 Aug 1818)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elizabeth (Anne) Trindle (29 Sep 1819-abt 1880)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Louiza Trindle (abt 1820-aft 1880)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Nancy Trindle (2 Apr 1824-29 Jan 1911)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Sarah Trindle (1821-aft 1880)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John  B Trindle (1826-1840)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Margaret Trindle (bet 1824 and 1831-10 Dec 1868)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-James B Trindle (29 Nov 1831-10 Nov 1911)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Janet Trindle (9 Mar 1830-28 Aug 1857)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William B. Trindle (7 Nov 1833-1903)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Florilla Trindle (19 May 1836-1840)
    . . . . +Agnes White (-)
    . . . . . . . . 3-Alexander Trindle (1784-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Sarah Ann Trindle (bet 1810 and 1820-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alexander Trindle (abt 1820-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-? Trindle (bet 1810 and 1820-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Nancy Jane Trindle (1820-)

    . . . . 2-Ann Elizabeth Trindle (abt 1735-abt 1784) +William Richey (-)
    . . . . . . . . 3-William Richey (-)


    . . . . 2-Alexander Trindle (Sep 1739-5 Aug 1785) +Sarah Lamb (abt 1740-) 
                    Sarah Lamb married William Gilson the father of John and Elizabeth after Alexanders death
    . . . . . . . . 3-Margaret Trindle (1769-aft 1850) +John Trindle (1770–1772-aft 1850)  See John Above for children
    . . . . . . . . 3-Hannah Trindle (abt 1768-) +David Beans (-1813)
    . . . . . . . . 3-Elizabeth Trindle (abt 1772-bef 1784)
    . . . . . . . . 3-William Trindle (1774-abt 19 Feb 1819) + Elizabeth Gilson (-11 Oct 1817)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William Trindle (abt 1794-2 Feb 1860)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Hannah Trindle (1796-1863)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Sarah (Sally) Trindle (12 Jan 1799-15 Jun 1865)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Margarette Trindle (18 Sep 1800-2 Aug 1865)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ruth Trindle (abt 1802-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ann Trindle (abt 1808-)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Elizabeth Trindle (aft 1808-1839)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Matilda E. Trindle (1810-5 Nov 1855)
    . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Rebecca Trindle (-)
    . . . . . . . . 3-Sarah Trindle (abt 1776-) +John Gilson (1770-)
    . . . . . . . . 3-Ann Trindle (abt 1780-abt 1795) +William Ferris (-bef 12 May 1795)
    . . . . . . . . 3-Jane Trindle (abt 1782-)
    . . . . . . . . 3-Agnes (Nancy) Trindle (abt 1784-) +John Blackborne (-)

    . . . . 2-Jane (Jennie) Trindle (abt 1743-1792) +John Buchanan (abt 1727-abt Jul 1792)
    . . . . . . . .  Griscom, Mrs. Will S.; Boddie, "Buchanan of Pennsylvania and Tennessee" Historic Southern Families v.3 (1959)
                          Boddie, Historical Southern Families Volume 3; 
                          Moore,  John Trotwood,   and Austin P Foster A.M.,  , Tennessee The Volunteer State 1769--1923,  V1  p180-181

    . . . . 2-Agnes Trindle (abt 1740-) +James Gregory (abt 1732-abt 1818)
    . . . . . . . .  Descendants of Walter Gregory

    . . . . 2-Margaret Trindle (1746-1808)  +James McQuiston (29 Nov 1736-24 Oct 1804)
                      Descendants of Margaret Trindle
                  Leona Bean McQuiston, McQuiston genealogy
    • Names in Orange are our direct line  
    • Names in italics are still tentative although links are strong. 
    • Underlined names are covered in blogs and listed on documents page.   
    • Bold names are included on documents page. 
    • Books about family
    • Other links go to outside pages covering collateral families

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    Monthly Puzzle - More Irish Connections.

    St. Patrick's Day seems a good time to look at a few more Irish connections.
    Celtic Clip Art


    Matthew Trindle, born about 1815 in Ireland, a tailor is found in Boston, Ward 2,  in 1850.  His wife Cecelia was also born in Ireland.
    Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Roll: M432_334; Page: 218A; Image: 441



    John Trindle, also born about 1815 in Ireland and also a tailor is living over a thousand miles away in the household of John Fye.
    Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Roll: M432_176; Page: 335B; Image: 203.




    Eliza (Attridge) Trindle was born about 1814.  She is found in Castleton, Richmond, New York in 1870.  With her are five children all born in Ireland Mary 38, Thomas 26, Fanny 24, William 21 and Ellen 20.  They are all listed in the household of Michael Donahen. 
    Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Roll: M593_1086; Page: 17A; Image: 39 

    In 1880 Eliza's husband Richard is living with her and Mary, William and Ellen are also in the household. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Roll 823, Page 40A ED 298 

    To date only Ellen has been found in later records.  It appears she married Charles Ellet about 1880 and had no children.

    Monday, March 10, 2014

    Cousins






    Used with permission of Michael Francis Heywood Heywood Family Tree 

    I was very excited to find this picture of Eliza Jane (Smith) Trindle and her family (Trindles, Crawfords, and more) taken in July of 1923. It appears it was an 82nd birthday party.  Eliza died later that year in the home of her son Walter.  I don't recognize many of the faces but a few stood out right away.  First on the left in the back row is Walter Trindle, 5th is his son Ivan, and 9th is his son Clarence.

    2nd from the right in the row of seated women is Bertha Trindle Crawford and next to her (I believe) is Cora Helen who later in life married Clarence Trindle, her second marriage and his third.

    Possibly to the right of Eliza is Mabel (Trindle) Osborn and her daughter Beulah.  The man second from the right looks like a picture I have of Donald Trindle, but he would only be 14 in 1922 so perhaps that is his brother Harold who would be 20 and the boy to his right is Donald?

    Michael has some great pictures of the Crawfords on his family tree, check them out.

    I welcome clues.

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    Moving Forward

    I fully intended to keep this blog up weekly, but as you can see it has been a few weeks.  Moving forward it is my hope to continue to post a puzzle here and there but also to start to add more pedigrees and documentation.  Today I have added a page for the descendants of William Trindle.  This is a work in progress, only spanning four generations so far.  Where a daughter marries and there is genealogical material available elsewhere I have added links rather than include that family.  This hopefully will allow the inclusion of further generations.  I will continue to add story pages and document links for the descendants of William.  I will also start adding pages for some of the families that have not been connected to William.  Perhaps one day soon we will find links, in the meantime, many are well researched.

    If you are researching a family and would like to either include a link to your own material or include information here let me know.