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Learning from the Census

Do you know what information is in each census? The federal censuses are available for your review from 1790 through 1940. There are also some state census available. Different census will give you different information and it is worthwhile to take a look at this information. In addition to the ancestor you are researching, you may find other names on the page that are related to your ancestor. Preprinted forms were not available until 1830, so the quality of some census are poor. 

The first federal census of August 2, 1790, was given to the marshals of United States judicial districts to complete. There was some lost data from Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont, but the population count was completed through secondary sources. The 1790 census will give you a city and state, and it lists men over 16 years of age, men under 16 years, free white women, all other people and the number of slaves.

On August 4, 1800, the second census collected more information. In addition to city, state, head of household, the ages are broken down better. The ages include males and females under 10 years, from 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45 and over and slaves. Some census were lost this year also.

On August 6, 1810 the 3rd census was complete. The city, state, head of household and all the people were listed just like 1800. Again, some census were lost. Ohio was a new state for this census.

August 7, 1820 federal census had several new states including; Louisiana, Indiana, Illinois,  Mississippi, Maine and Alabama. The head of the family name was first, then the ages were broken down differently. The ages for free white males and females include: under 10, 10-16, 16-18, 18-26, 26-45, 45 and over, male and female slaves under 14, 14-26, 26-45, then 45 and up. Free colored males and females were also counted using the same age groupings. The number of foreigners that had not been naturalized were included. People engaged in agriculture, commerce and manufacturing were counted. The last column was for all other people except Indians that were not taxed. Different colored pens were used to avoid counting people twice. 

The 5th census was conducted on June 1, 1830, counting 24 states. The head of household was listed, then the ages for males and females were broken down differently. The are under 5 years, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, 20-30, then all the way to over 100 years. Other categories include:

  • Number of slaves were broken down into years 
  • Number of deaf and dumb were counted (under 14 years, 14-24 and 25 and older)
  • Number of blind 
  • Foreigners not naturalized were included again.

On June 4, 1840, the census was complete, and it was the first attempt at counting “insane or idiotic” people. The results showed many more black citizens being insane in non-slaveholding states, but a much lower number in states allowing slavery. Unfortunately, this caused a divide between these states as the slaveholding states used this as a reason to continue slavery. The white male and female age children age ranges were were broken down, but the adults were 20-100 years. 

The slaves were broken down in age range and other categories include: 

  • Insane and idiotic 
  • The blind 
  • Deaf and dumb 
  • People in a family employed in 7 different categories
  • Number of schoots and scholars
  • Number of people over 20 years who could not read or write
  • Number of pensioners for the Revolutionary War or military service

The 1850 census was conducted throughout the year. This was the first time women and children were listed in a census. This census included:

  1. “name
  2. age
  3. sex
  4. color (white, black or mulatto) for each person
  5. whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane or idiotic
  6. value of real estate owned (required of all free persons)
  7. profession, occupation or trade of each male over 15 years of age
  8. place (state, territory or country) of birth
  9. whether married within the year
  10. whether attended school within the year
  11. whether unable to read and write (for persons over 20)
  12. whether a pauper or convict”

This census showed the amount of agricultural miles, manufacturing production, international trade, education and more.

The 1860 census was compiled from June to December, 1860, and the country was nearing the Civil War. This census listed families, age, sex, color, occupation or trade, value of real estate and personal wealth, place of birth, marriage if this was the marriage year, attended school, those who could not read or write, and whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict.

Information was obtained for the 1870 Feceral Census until August, 1871. This census provided  information on the African-American population, only 5 years after the end of the Civil War when slaves were granted freedom. This was the last census conducted after the U.S. Marshal service. This was the first census to record the nativity of the American population. 

The 1870 census included the following:

  1. Dwelling-houses numbered in the order of visitation
  2. Families numbered in the order of visitation
  3. Names
  4. Age
  5. Sex
  6. Color
  7. Profession
  8. Value of Real Estate
  9. Value of Personal Estate
  10. Place of Birth (State, Territory, Country)
  11. Father’s Birthplace
  12. Mother’s Birthplace
  13. If born within the year, state month
  14. If married within the year, state, month
  15. Attended School within the Year (Y/N)
  16. Cannot Read (Y/N)
  17. Cannot Write (Y/N)
  18. Deaf & dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict
  19. Male Citizens of U.S. of 21 years of age or upwards
  20. Male Citizens of U.S of 21 years of age and upwards where rights to vote is denied on grounds other than rebellion or other crime

The 1880 census had some additions to the collection of data. They also collected the parent’s birth place, marital statis, length of residence in the United States or a territory, and the place where a disease was contracted. Agriculture information was collected concerning crops and manufacturing operating hours were also collected.

The 11th U.S. census was taken beginning June 2, 1890. The data was tabulated by machine for the first time. destroyed by a fire at the Commerce Department in Washington, DC on 10 January 1921. The data collected included the month of marriage, if the person was temporarily disabled, maimed, crippled, bedridden or otherwise disabled, number of years in U.S. and naturalization.

The 1900 federal census added some more data. The census included the following:

  • Name of each person in household, relationship to Head of Household
  • Personal Description
    – Age, sex, color, birthplace, occupation, month and year of birth
    – Marital Status (Single, Married, Widowed, Divorced)
    – Married within previous year
    – Birthplace of parents
  • Education – Attended school in previous year
    – Ability to read and write in English
  • Home Data – Value of Real Estate
  • Citizenship – Number of years in U.S., naturalization, year of immigration to US
    – Ability to speak English
  • Location
    – Name of street and number of house

The 1910 census added attended school or college, native or foreign language and a yes or no question as to employment.

In 1920 census adds age at last birthday, age at first marriage, the person’s trade or profession and type of work done. The year of immigration into the U.S., naturalization and the ability to speak English.

Some additional questions were asked on the 1930 census. They asked people if they owned a radio, value of home or rent paid and veteran information.

In 1940, the most recent census released to the public asking people if they owned a farm, the person’s age when first married, the highest grade of school completed and the income from wages and salary or other income. The balance of the census was the same as 1930.

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Travel to Discover New Research

I have taken several trips over the years that focused on genealogy research. There are so many benefits if you travel to where your ancestors lived. The local library and courthouses are great resources. In addition, walking through cemeteries will give you some good information. 

My sister and I made a trip to Greenville, South Carolina. I knew we had two  generations of Dills that lived there, plus their in-laws. The library we visited was rather small but we found a good deal of information. We found the name of the church our ancestors attended, and we visited it as well. The cemetery had a gravestone that still had legible writing for the husband and some stones for the women that the weather had erased. 

We also found meeting minutes for the church, which we found a bit sad and also funny. One of our relatives admitted to drinking too much alcohol, while one of the women apparently committed adultery and was banned from the church. I found a will at the library that was very legible, along with other documents related to land purchases. It was a very worthwhile trip.

I also accompanied my sister on a business trip to Nashville. We had a half a day to do some research at the Tennessee State Library & Archives. We found a lot of  information in that half day, and I even met a distant cousin that worked there. It was a great day.

Boston Copps Hill Cemetery


My mother and I flew to Boston, MA. We had ancestors that arrived on the Mayflower, so we drove to Salem and toured the Mayflower II. They have employees that dress and act like you would expect in the 1600s. We walked through the Plymouth cemeteries, visited the North church and did some research in the library.

At that point, we headed to the western part of Pittsfield, MA. We were researching our Smith and Sprague names. I didn’t have much hope we would find much about the Smiths, since it is such a common name. We went to the library and the librarians were extremely helpful. We found a wealth of information and we walked through some very old graveyards. We headed to Albany, NY, and did not have much luck. Overall, the trip was a great deal of fun and we found a lot of information.

If you are planning a research trip here are a few things that are important to take with you:

  • Map and directions to the libraries or where ever you want to research 
  • Magnifying glass
  • Family trees to research with some blank forms to complete
  • Know the address and call for hours of operation for intended destinations
  • Coins for photocopier
  • A case to hold your new copies of records
  • If you take your computer, take a flash drive as well

Be sure to write all the source information on your new copies of information. Think about libraries, museums, archives and universities as possible research sites. Make realistic goals. If you were to go to the Mormon Library in Utah, you could easily be overwhelmed if you have too many people to research.

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John Joseph 1725-1809

https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/36164199/person/18965036333/story

This is the pedigree of John Joseph Dill from my work an Ancestry.com. John Dill, his father and his brother William Dill came from Ireland, but the Dill line dates back to Scotland. They were ship builders in Ireland, and became farmers in what became the United States. John Joseph Dill fought in the French-Indian War, and several of his sons fought in the Revolutionary War. John Dill gave a large amount of food to the Revolutionary War soldiers, such as corn.

When John Joseph Dill was born on January 1, 1725, in Kent, Delaware, his father, William, was 21 and his mother, Mary, was 20. He married Mary Ann Barrett in 1747 in his hometown. They had ten children in 19 years. He died in August 1809 in Greenville, South Carolina, having lived a long life of 84 years, and was buried in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

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John Joseph Dill was born on January 1, 1725, in Kent, Delaware, to Mary Unknown, age 20, and William John Dill, age 21.

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1 Jan 1725 • Kent County, Delaware, USA

  • Birth of Half-Brother His half-brother Edward was born in 1726 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 1 year old.Edward Dill1726–1773 abt 1726 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 1727 AGE 2 Birth of Half-Brother His half-brother James was born in 1727 when John Joseph was 2 years old.James Dill Sr1727–17731727
  • 1728 AGE 3 Birth of Half-Brother His half-brother William was born in 1728 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 3 years old.William Dill1728–18231728 • Murderkill, Kent, Delaware, USA
  • 1728 AGE 3 Birth of Half-Brother His half-brother Solomon was born in 1728 when John Joseph was 3 years old.Solomon Dill1728–17831728
  • 1729 AGE 4 Birth of Half-Brother His half-brother Joseph was born in 1729 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 4 years old.Joseph Dill1729–17901729 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 1730 AGE 5 Birth of Half-Brother His half-brother Job was born in 1730 when John Joseph was 5 years old.Job Dill1730–18191730
  • ABT. 1733 AGE 8 Birth of Brother His brother James was born in 1733 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 8 years old.James Dill1733–abt. 1733 • Kent County, Delaware
  • 1734 AGE 9 Birth of Half-Sister His half-sister Sarah was born in 1734 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 9 years old.Sarah Dill1734–1734 • Murderkill 100, Kent, Delaware
  • 1736 AGE 11 Birth of Half-Sister His half-sister Elizabeth was born in 1736 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 11 years old. Elizabeth Dill1736–1736 • Murderkill Hundred, Kent, Delaware, United States
  • 1738 AGE 13 Birth of Half-BrotherHis half-brother Abner was born in 1738 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 13 years old.Abner Dill1738–1738 • Murderkill 100, Kent, Delaware
  • 1740AGE 15 Birth of Half-Brother His half-brother James was born in 1740 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 15 years old.James Dill1740–18191740 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • ABT 1740 AGE 15 Birth of Half-Sister His half-sister Rebecca was born in 1740 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 15 years old.Rebecca Dill1740–abt. 1740 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 1747 AGE 22 Marriage John Joseph Dill married Mary Ann Barrett in Kent, Delaware, in 1747 when he was 22 years old. Mary Ann Barrett1728–1814 1747 • Kent, Delaware, USA
  • JUN 1748 AGE 23 Birth of Half-Brother His half-brother Philemon C was born in June 1748 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 23 years old.Philemon C Dill1748–1823Jun 1748 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 1748 AGE 23 Birth of Son His son Archibald Clifton was born in 1748 in Kent, Delaware.Archibald Clifton Dill1748–18471748 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 3 MAY 1750 AGE 25 Birth of DaughterHis daughter Lydia was born on May 3, 1750, in Rowan, North Carolina.Lydia Dill1750–18303 May 1750 • Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
  • 1751 AGE 26 Birth of Son His son Richard Benjamin was born in 1751 in Kent, Delaware.Richard Benjamin Dill1751–18391751 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 1753 AGE 28 Birth of Daughter His daughter Mary Anna “Anah” was born in 1753 in Kent, Delaware. Mary Anna “Anah” Dill1753–1845 1753 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 1755 AGE 30 Birth of Daughter His daughter Hannah was born in 1755. Hannah Dill1755–18091755
  • 1757 AGE 32 Birth of Son His son Runells Reynolds was born in 1757 in Kent, Delaware. Runells Reynolds Dill1757–18441757 • Whiteleysburg, Kent County, Delaware, United States of America
  • 25 NOV 1759 AGE 34 Birth of Son His son John was born on November 25, 1759, in Kent, Delaware. John Dill1759–1846 25 Nov 1759 • Kent County, Delaware
  • 27 DEC 1760 AGE 35Death of FatherHis father William John passed away on December 27, 1760, in Kent, Delaware, at the age of 56. William John Dill1704–1760 27 Dec 1760 • Murderkill Hundred, Kent, Delaware, United States
  • DEC1760AGE 35 Death of Father His father William passed away in December 1760 in Kent, Delaware, at the age of 65.William Dill1695–1760Dec 1760 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 9 JAN 1765 AGE 40 Birth of Son His son Stephen was born on January 9, 1765, in Kent, Delaware.Stephen Dill1765–183709 Jan 1765  • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 1767 AGE 42 Birth of Daughter His daughter Lydia was born in 1767 in Delaware. Lydia Dill1767–18471767 • Orange County, Delaware, USA
  • 14 NOV 1770 AGE 45 Residence John Joseph Dill lived in Kent, Delaware, on November 14, 1770. 14 Nov 1770 • Kent, Delaware, USA
  • 11 OCT 1773 AGE 48 Death of Half-Brother His half-brother Edward died on October 11, 1773, in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 48 years old .Edward Dill1726–1773 11 Oct 1773 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 16 DEC 1773 AGE 48 John Joseph Dill lived in one of the original American colonies inspired by the successful uprising by a group of fiery Bostonians
  • 1773 AGE 48 Death of Half-Brother His half-brother James died in 1773 when John Joseph was 48 years old. James Dill Sr1727–1773 1773
  • 1775 AGE 50 Residence John Joseph Dill lived in Pennsylvania in 1775. Provided corn and supplies for troops. 1775-1783 • Pennsylvania, United States
  • 1775 AGE 50 Residence John Joseph Dill lived in USA in 1775.Revolutionary War 1775  • United States
  • 1775 AGE 50 Serving in the American Revolution John Joseph Dill fought against the British during the Revolutionary War.
  • 22 MAY 1781 AGE 56 MilitaryJohn Joseph Dill served in the military on May 22, 1781, in Delaware when he was 56 years old.Revolutionary War Provisions & Forage 22 May 1781 • Delaware, USA
  • NOV 1782 AGE 57 Death of Mother His mother Mary passed away in November 1782 in Kent, Delaware, at the age of 77. Mary Unknown1705–1782 Nov 1782 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 1783 AGE 58 Death of Half-Brother His half-brother Solomon died in 1783 in Delaware when John Joseph was 58 years old. Solomon Dill1728–1783 1783 • Delaware, USA
  • MAR 1790 AGE 65 Death of Half-Brother His half-brother Joseph died in March 1790 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 65 years old. Joseph Dill1729–1790 Mar 1790 • Kent County, Delaware, USA
  • 1790 AGE 65 ResidenceJohn Joseph Dill lived in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1790.1790 • Greenville, South Carolina, United States
  • 1800 AGE 75EditResidenceJohn Joseph Dill lived in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1800,  Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1809 Death of Daughter His daughter Hannah passed away in 1809 in Greenville, South Carolina, at the age of 54. Hannah Dill1755–1809 1809 • Greenville County, South Carolina, United States of America
  • AUG 1809 AGE 84 Death John Joseph Dill died in August 1809 in Greenville, South Carolina, when he was 84 years old. Age: 85 Travelers Rest Aug 1809 • Greenville District, South Carolina
  • 1809 Burial Mush Creek Baptist Church1809 • Travelers Rest, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA
  • 1809 Probate1809 • Greenville, South Carolina, USA

Family Research Using Google

Google Searches

When you are looking for information about a relative using Google, it can be very helpful to use Google as it searches websites. it can be very helpful as Google searches websites. Type in the name, such as John Brown. Sometimes you will get a good response using just the name, but it may need to be a bit more unusual then the name I used. You may see the Brown family and then you can see if that family listing contains your relative.

Next, try using quotation marks, such as “John Brown” and this will limit the number of results. You can also add other terms, such as “birth” or “obituary”. When we are searching for common names we can definitely get too many results to our search. A better example would be John Brown from Boston, MA  but it still may show up multiple times. 

If Boston, MA is not where he is from, you can place a minus sign before -Boston, MA to exclude that result from showing up again. The minus sign can be placed before dates or another similar name that keeps popping up. There is no space between the minus sign and the term you are attempting to block. You can also exclude specific sites, such as wikitree.

Search Websites

If you want to search for a specific website, use ‘site:SITEURL’ before a term. An example would be:  site:familysearch.org “Brown,John”-Boston, MA. You do not use the ‘http’. You can also combine names, such as:  John AND Mary Brown. AND is the command word, so it must be capitalized in this case. To include a particular term use a + before the word you want to include, such as: “John Brown” +genealogy. Additionally, if you have an idea of a date for your ancestor, such as:  “John Brown” 1830..1840. Do not use a space between the periods. 

It is possible to search only web page titles. For example:  allintitle: “Brown, John”. This method is not used by genealogist too often, but it is a good search tip. For instance, you can search multiple dates without having to enter each one separately. You can also exclude a specific date, by using -DATE, such as:  -1838. You can also us terms like AROUND(1) in between terms, as an example: “John Brown” AROUND(1) or “John Brown” AROUND(10) to limit the number of pages where John Brown would appear. Your results will be greatly improved.

Google Books has a large array of books and they even have newspapers. You might find an obituary. Google Scholar is another site that might aid you in your search.

Set Up Google Alerts

You can set up Google alerts to receive emails when new information is posted about your family research query.

  1. Go to www.google.com/alerts.
  2. Type in your search term for your ancestor or topic.
  3. Then, choose ‘Show Options’ to narrow your alert to a specific source, region and/or language
  4. Select ‘Create Alert’.

Then, Google will notify you when the search engine indexes a particular page that matches the terms you have chosen. You can choose how often you want to receive emails also.

Another feature of Google is Google Earth, and it is a great online map of the whole world, which is free, three-dimensional, interactive, multi-layered, and it is crowd-sourced. You can zoom in and zoom out. 

There is a great deal of extra content as well. It is great to identify hometowns and even specific properties. It is possible to find a school, churches, cemeteries and old buildings that may relate to your ancestor’s life.

For an Open Street View:

  1. “Using Google Chrome on your computer, open Google Earth.
  2. Click a place, or search for a location.
  3. Zoom in to see the area in more detail.
  4. On the bottom right of the screen, click Pegman .
  5. Click a highlighted area. The circles or areas colored blue can be seen in Street View.”

Check for New Genealogy Records

New records are added to the internet daily. Google actually has a website to search for new genealogy records. Check New Genealogy Records on the Internet regularly for new records that may now be available. Google is certainly a good way to conduct some of your genealogy research or to conduct any type of research.

Census for the United Kingdom

Unlike the USA, British census records are taken on odd years, The first census was to be completed on March 30, 1753, but the bill failed so the first census was not done until 1801. The head of the family is always listed first. The citizens were promised the census sealed for one hundred years. The civil registrations are not considered vital records. 

The census dates:

  • 10 Mar 1801
  • 27 May 1811 – street names added
  • 28 May 1821
  • 30 May 1831 – new column that showed males over 20
  • 7 Jun 1841 – ages rounded to nearest 5 year (ex. 22 rounded to 20)
  • 30 Mar 1851 – Relationship to head of house, town and county of birth added
  • 7 Apr 1861
  • 2 Apr 1871
  • 3 Apr 1881
  • 5 Apr 1891 – number of rooms added, 3 columns for employment
  • 3 Mar 1901 – Lists employer, worker, owned acounts
  • 2 Apr 1911 – “Fertility Census” number of years of present marriage, children born alive
  • 19 Jun 191
  • 26 Apr 1931 – destroye by fire during WWII
  • 1941 – no census as England was at war 
  • 9 Apr 1951
  • 24 Apr 1961
  • 26 Apr 1971
  • 6 Apr 1981
  • 22 Apr 1991
  • 29 Apr 2001
  • 11 Mar 2011

Copies of the census for England and Wales can now be found online. https://ukcensusonline.com

The 1881 census had each householder was required to complete a census schedule giving the address of the household, the names, ages, sex, occupations and places of birth of each individual residing in his or her accommodation.

Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith Monument

TO THE MEMORY OF RALPH SMITH BORN AT HINGHAM ENGLAND 1610 LEADING FIGURE IN FOUNDING HINGHAM MASSACHUSETTS, 1633 REMOVED TO EASTHAM ABOUT 1654 DIED THERE 1685 A PIONEER OF DISTINCTION ERECTED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF DESCENDANTS OF RALPH SMITH JUNE 1946 This monument is in position RS on the EHS 1776 Cove survey map. A bronze plaque is attached to a large granite stone approximately 50″ W, 37″ H and 16″ D. Ralph Smith and his wife Grace had seven children from 1640 to 1654.

When Ralph Smith was born on April 6, 1610, his father, John, was 30 and his mother, Frances, was 26. He married Elizabeth Hobart in 1638 in Hingham, Massachusetts. They had seven children in 14 years. He died on October 27, 1685, having lived a long life of 75 years, and was buried in Eastham, Massachusetts.

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  • 6 APR 1610 Birth Ralph Smith was born on April 6, 1610, to Frances Sanford, age 26, and John Speculation Smith, age 30 • Hingham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
  • 1613 AGE 3 Education Christ College, Cambridge, England
  • 1629 AGE 19 Immigration Ship Talbot of London, Thomas Beecher, Master Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
  • 1629 AGE 19 Occupation Minister 1629-1636 • Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts
  • 1633 AGE 23 Arrival 1633 • Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1633 AGE 23 Residence Ralph Smith lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1633.1633 • Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1633 AGE 23 Blue Laws in New England Ralph Smith lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1633, when people in colonial New England were subject to laws limiting what they could do on Sunday.
  • 1634 AGE 24 The Pequot WarRalph Smith lived in Massachusetts during the Pequot War, when Puritans and the native Pequots battled for control of the area.
  • 1636 AGE 26 Occupation – General court appointed him in a group to review all laws & recommendations for changes. • Salem, Barnstable, Massachusetts
  • 1638 AGE 28 Marriage Ralph Smith married Elizabeth Hobart in Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1638 when he was 28 years old.
  • Elizabeth Hobart1611–1654
  • 15 FEB 1640 AGE 29 Residence15 Feb 1640
  • 15 FEB 1640 AGE 29 Death of his father, John Speculation, passed away on February 15, 1640, in Hingham, Massachusetts, at the age of 60.
  • John Speculation Smith Rev1580–1640
  • 15 FEB 1640 AGE 29 Birth and Death of his daughter Unknown name. She was born on February 15, 1640, and passed away that same day in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
  • 11 JUL 1641 AGE 31 Birth of his son, Samuel, who was born on July 11, 1641. Samuel Smith1641–1697 in Hingham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
  • 7 JUL1644 AGE 34 Birth of his son, John, who was born on July 7, 1644. John Smith1644–1672 in Hingham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
  • 2 MAR 1647 AGE 36 Birth of his son, Daniel, who was born on March 2, 1647, in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Daniel Smith1647–1720
  • 1647 AGE 37 Death of his brother, Captain Henry, who died in 1647 when Ralph was 37 years old. Captain Henry Smyth1600–1647
  • SEP 1648 AGE 38 Birth of his daughter, Elizabeth, was born in September 1648. Elizabeth Smith1648–1732  Hingham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
  • ABT 1650 AGE 40 Birth of his son Thomas was born in 1650 in Eastham, Massachusetts. Thomas Smith1650–1720 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1653 AGE 43 Residence1653 • Eastham
  • 8 MAR 1654 AGE 43 Birth of his daughter, Deborah, was born on March 8, 1654, in Eastham, Massachusetts. Deborah Smith1654 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1654 AGE 44 Death of his wife Elizabeth passed away in 1654 in Eastham, Massachusetts, at the age of 43. They had been married 16 years. Elizabeth Hobart1611–1654 • Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
  • 10 OCT 1657 AGE 47 Death of his mother, Frances, passed away on October 10, 1657, in Wraysbury, Buckinghamshire, England, at the age of 73. Frances Sanford1584–1657
  • 1672 AGE 62 Death of his son John, passed away in 1672 in Eastham, Massachusetts, at the age of 28. John Smith1644–1672
  • 1685 AGE 75 Death Ralph Smith died on October 27, 1685, when he was 75 years old. Oct 1685 • Salem, Barnstable, Massachusetts

John Joseph Dill

When William John Dill was born in 1704 in Kent, Delaware, his father, John, was 57 and his mother, Sarah, was 19. He married Mary Earley on June 17, 1732, in Queen Anne’s, Maryland. They had 14 children in 27 years. He died on December 27, 1760, in his hometown at the age of 56.

There is existing evidence of the original Dill settlers. Pensylvania records of 1713 show that John Dill owned 200 acres in Kent County near Bear Swamp 22 and a Kent County surveyor.

When John Joseph Dill was born on January 1, 1725, in Kent, Delaware, his father, William, was 21 and his mother, Mary, was 35. He married Mary Ann Barrett in 1747 in his hometown. They had ten children in 19 years. He died in August 1809 in Greenville, South Carolina, having lived a long life of 84 years, and was buried in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

John Dill fought in the French Indan War and contributed a large amount of produce for the Revolutionary soldiers. Four of his sons fought in the Revolutionary War. After the war they moved from Delaware to Greenville, South Carolina.

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  • ABT 1726 AGE 1 Birth of Brother Edward was born in 1726 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 1 year old. Edward Dill1726–1773
  • 1727 AGE 2 Birth of Brother James was born in 1727 when John Joseph was 2 years old. James Dill Sr1727–1773
  • 1728 AGE 3 Birth of Brother William was born in 1728 in Muderkill 100, Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 3 years old. William Dill1728–1823
  • 1728 AGE 3 Birth of Brother Solomon was born in 1728 when John Joseph was 3 years old. Solomon Dill1728–1783
  • 1729 AGE 4 Birth of Brother Joseph was born in 1729 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 4 years old. Joseph Dill1729–1790
  • 1730 AGE 5 Birth of Brother Job was born in 1730 when John Joseph was 5 years old. Job Dill1730–1819
  • ABT. 1733 AGE 8 Birth of Half-Brother James was born in 1733 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 8 years old.
  • 1734 AGE 9 Birth of Sister Sarah was born in 1734 in Muderkill 100, Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 9 years old. Sarah Dill1734–
  • 1736 AGE 11 Birth of Sister Elizabeth was born in 1736 in Muderkill 100, Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 11 years old. Elizabeth Dill1736–
  • 1738 AGE 13 Birth of Brother His brother Abner was born in 1738 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 13 years old.Abner Dill1
  • 1740 AGE 15 Birth of Brother James was born in 1740 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 15 years old. James Dill1740–1819
  • ABT 1740 AGE 15 Birth of Sister Rebecca was born in 1740 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 15 years old. Rebecca Dill1740–
  • 1747 AGE 22 Marriage John Joseph Dill married Mary Ann Barrett in Kent, Delaware, in 1747 when he was 22 years old. Mary Ann Barrett1728–1814
  • JUN 1748 AGE 23 Birth of Brother Philemon C was born in June 1748 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 23 years old. Philemon C Dill1748–1823
  • 1748 AGE 23 Birth of Son Archibald Clifton was born in 1748 in Kent, Delaware. Archibald Clifton Dill1748–1847
  • 3 MAY 1750 AGE 25 Birth of Daughter Lydia was born on May 3, 1750, in Rowan, North Carolina. Lydia Dill1750–1830
  • 1751 AGE 26 Birth of Son Richard Benjamin was born in 1751 in Kent, Delaware. Richard Benjamin Dill1751–1839
  • 1753 AGE 28 Birth of Daughter Mary Anna “Anah” was born in 1753 in Kent, Delaware. Mary Anna “Anah” Dill1753–1845
  • 1755 AGE 30 Birth of Daughter Hannah was born in 1755. Hannah Dill1755–1809
  • 1757 AGE 32 Birth of Son Runells Reynolds was born in 1757 in Whiteleysburg, Kent, Delaware. Runells Reynolds Dill1757–1844
  • 25 NOV 1759 AGE 34 Birth of Son John was born on November 25, 1759, in Kent, Delaware. John Dill1759–1846
  • 27 DEC 1760 AGE 35 Death of Father William John passed away on December 27, 1760, in Kent, Delaware, at the age of 56. William John Dill1704–1760
  • DEC 1760 AGE 35 Death of Father William passed away in December 1760 in Kent, Delaware, at the age of 65. William Dill1695–1760
  • 9 JAN 1765 AGE 40 Birth of Son Stephen was born on January 9, 1765, in Kent, Delaware. Stephen Dill1765–1837
  • 1767 AGE 42 Birth of Daughter Lydia was born in 1767 in Delaware. Lydia Dill1767–1847
  • 1 OCT 1770 AGE 45 Death of Mother Mary passed away on October 1, 1770, in Delaware at the age of 80. Mary Earley1690–1770
  • 14 NOV 1770 AGE 45 Residence John Joseph Dill lived in Kent, Delaware, on November 14, 1770.
  • 11 OCT 1773 AGE 48 Death of Brother Edward died on October 11, 1773, in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 48 years old. Edward Dill1726–1773
  • 1773 AGE 48 Death of Brother James died in 1773 when John Joseph was 48 years old. James Dill Sr1727–1773
  • 1775 AGE 50 Residence John Joseph Dill lived in Pennsylvania in 1775. Provided corn and supplies for troops. 1775-1783 
  • 1775 AGE 50 Residence John Joseph Dill lived in USA in 1775. Revolutionary War 1775  • United States
  • 1775 AGE 50 Serving in the American RevolutionJohn Joseph Dill fought against the British during the Revolutionary War.
  • 22 MAY 1781 AGE 56 Military John Joseph Dill served in the military on May 22, 1781, in Delaware when he was 56 years old.Revolutionary War Provisions & Forage
  • 1783 AGE 58 Death of Brother Solomon died in 1783 in Delaware when John Joseph was 58 years old. Solomon Dill1728–1783
  • MAR 1790 AGE 65 Death of Brother Joseph died in March 1790 in Kent, Delaware, when John Joseph was 65 years old. Joseph Dill1729–1790
  • 1790 AGE 65 Residence John Joseph Dill lived in Greenville, South Carolina.
  • 1800 AGE 75 Residence John Joseph Dill lived in Greenville, South Carolina, in
  • 1809 Death of Daughter Hannah passed away in 1809 in Greenville, South Carolina, at the age of 54. Hannah Dill1755–1809
  • AUG 1809 AGE 84 Death John Joseph Dill died in August 1809 in Greenville, South Carolina, when he was 84 years old. Age: 85 Travelers Rest
  • 1809 Burial Mush Creek Baptist Church1809 • Travelers Rest, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA
  • 1809 Probate 1809 • Greenville, South Carolina, USA
John Joseph Dill Will

Genealogy Research Education

Do You Want to Get More Education About Genealogy Research?

There are many ways to learn more about your family tree. There are several ways to expand your genealogy research knowledge. First, there are 1-4 day seminars offered almost everywhere each year. Familytree offers seminars as to many other organizations.

There are good reasons to have a research plan.  If you want a bit more information you can even find good videos on YouTube, such as:

  1. Genealogy Research Plan
  2. 5 Ways To Tell If Your Genealogy Research Is Accurate
  3. 10 Top Tips for How to Bust Through Your Genealogy Brick Wall
  4. Census Tips for the Genealogy Research
  5. Organize Your Digital Files: Tips from Genealogy Guy Drew Smith
  6. Using Ancestry.com Like A Pro | Ancestry
  7. RootsMagic’s TreeShare for Ancestry

Further Education 

Classes are available through numerous associations or colleges. It is possible to just increase your knowledge base or to become a certified genealogist. 

Ancestry has some short videos that offer information to research your family, and they include:

  • Learn New Skills in 5 Minutes
  • Understanding DNA
  • Ancestry – info on finding military records
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Location Research
  • Moving From Here to There
  • Featured Courses
  • What You Might Have Missed
  • Finding a Grave Tutorial

Family History offers several excellent courses, and they are listed below:

Family History / Genealogy — Introductory:

  1. FHGEN 070 — Introduction to Family History Research
  2. FHGEN 075 — Writing Family History
  3. FHGEN 080 — Helping Children Love Your History Research

Family History / Genealogy — Record Type 

  1. FHREC 071 — Family Records
  2. FHREC 073 — Vital Records
  3. FHREC 076 — Military Records

Family History / Genealogy — Regional and Ethnic

  1. FHFRA 071 — French Research
  2. FHGER 071 — Germany Research
  3. FHHUG 071 — Huguenot Research
  4. FHSCA 073 — Scandinavia Research

How to Become a Certified Genealogist Through the Board for Certification of Genealogist  

You can become Certified Genealogist through meeting the standards of the Board for Certification of Certified Genealogist by meeting those standards of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Their vision is “Genealogical practice advances our understanding of history, and it requires advanced skills learned from training and experience.”

All of their evaluations adhere to the genealogical standards for documenting research and writing Genealogy Standards.  To become a certified genealogist through this board your pathway must include:

  1. “Attend genealogy seminars and conferences. 
  2. Read professional genealogical publications
  3. Get formal education in genealogical research 
  4. Continue discovering genealogical resources on your own
  5. Develop your business skills.
  6. Join a professional genealogical society 
  7. Get certified as a professional genealogist”

Two Types of Certified Genealogist

You can also get certified through the Washington D.C. Board for Certification of Genealogist (BCG), and certification is also available through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Genealogists (ICAPGen). 

  • The genealogist that apply after completing the 2-part competency exam at a 90% level are then entitled to place the initials CG (Certified Genealogist) after their name. 
  • Those accredited by the ICAPGen use AG (Accredited Genealogist) after their name.

The people with CG after their name have demonstrated their competency in “research, analysis, kinship determination and reporting skills.” The people who have demonstrated their skills  for “selecting and organizing lecture contents, providing accurate and effective presentations, and use written and visual learning aids.”

Other Classes 

The New England Historical is affiliated with the University of Massachusetts. They offer a rigorous 15-week course that will certify you in Genealogy Research for $2695. The courses include:

  • Genealogy Methods
  • Evidence, Evaluation, and Documentation
  • Forensic Genealogy
  • Genealogy as a Profession

Additionally, they offer a 7-week course for $995, which is Genealogy Research.

National Genealogy Society  

Their is a $70 annual fee to belong to the National Genealogy Society, which offers publications, discounts for conferences, a free online history skills course and library, and discounts on research trips.

They also offer courses, which include:

 AGS:  The Basics

 AGS:  Guide to Documentation and Source Citation

 AGS:  Beyond the Basics

 AGS:  Branching Out

The four levels of courses in American Genealogical Studies offers a Certification in American Genealogical Studies. There are also 10 individual courses where you can choose topics of your interest.

Courses include:

  • African American
  • Deeds
  • Federal Lands
  • Autosomal DNA
  • German Ancestors
  • Revolutionary War
  • War of 1812 Records
  • Civil War
  • World War I

Other On-line Genealogy Courses 

Brigham Young University offers free online courses, that are the same ones as the National Genealogy Society. 

Cyndi’s List also offers the 15-week non-credit course, which includes:

  • Genealogical Methods
  • Evidence, Evaluation, and Documentation
  • Forensic Genealogy
  • Genealogy as a Profession

Other Courses and the FamilySearch.org Offers

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offers 140 classes worldwide.  In addition the NGS has a Family History Conference on May 20-23 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. For members the cost is $175, and for non-members it costs $200. 

The State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library teamed up with Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library for RootsMOOC, a massive open online course on starting genealogical research.” 

Courses for the UK National Archives Family History offers records for army musters to medieval record researchers. Brigham Young University offers these classes for media and they are free on their website.

The University of Wisconsin also offers courses that will give you a certification of the family history program. Genealogy.com lists courses from all of these various educational institutions. Future Learn is another opportunity to take online courses.

There are numerous opportunities to learn more about family history research, Whether you want to become a Certified Genealogist or just enhance your knowledge, there are numerous opportunities to do just that.

Adam Sherrill – The Pioneer

When Adam “The Pioneer” Sherrill was born on December 11, 1696, in Charles, Maryland, his father, William, was 61 and his mother, Margarette, was 56. He married Elizabeth Betsy Corzine in 1723 in Chester, Pennsylvania. They had nine children in 21 years. He died on March 5, 1772, in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, having lived a long life of 75 years, and was buried there.

Children:

Adam “The Pioneer” Sherrill

Spouse

Parents

William SherrillMargarette Mary Rudisil

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  • 11 DEC 1696 Birth Adam “The Pioneer” Sherrill was born on December 11, 1696, in Charles, Maryland, to Margarette Mary Rudisil, age 56, and William Sherrill, age 61.11 Dec 1696 • Charles County, Maryland, USA
  • 1400 Residence Adam “The Pioneer” Sherrill lived in USA in 1400.1400-1941 • USA
  • 25 APR 1719 AGE 22 Death: His father William passed away on April 25, 1719, in East Hampton, New York, at the age of 83.William Sherrill1635–171925 Apr 1719 • East Hampton, Suffolk, New York, USA
  • 1 MAY 1723 AGE 26 Birth of Son William was born on May 1, 1723, in Cecil, Maryland.William Sherrill1723–1786 1 May 1723 • Cecil County, Maryland, USA
  • 1723 AGE 27 Marriage Adam “The Pioneer” Sherrill married Elizabeth Betsy Corzine in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1723 when he was 27 years old.Elizabeth Betsy Corzine1701–17741723 • Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 1 OCT 1725 AGE 28 Birth of Son Samuel was born on October 1, 1725, in Cecil, Maryland.Samuel Sherrill1725–18001 Oct 1725 • Cecil County, Maryland, USA
  • 1 MAR 1727 AGE 30 Birth of Son Uriah was born on March 1, 1727, in Cecil, Maryland.Uriah Sherrill1727–17791 Mar 1727 • Cecil County, Maryland, USA
  • 1 NOV 1731 AGE 34 Birth of Son Adam was born on November 1, 1731, in Cecil, Maryland.Adam Sherrill1731–17871 Nov 1731 • Cecil County, Maryland, USA
  • 30 NOV 1733 AGE 36 Birth of Son Aquilla was born on November 30, 1733, in Cecil, Maryland.Aquilla Sherrill1733–1805 30 Nov 1733 • Cecil County, Maryland, USA
  • 20 JUN 1736 AGE 39 Birth of Son Isaac was born on June 20, 1736, in Cecil, Maryland.Isaac Sherrill 1736–1777 20 Jun 1736 • Cecil County, Maryland, USA
  • 21 AUG1739AGE 42 Birth of Son Jacob was born on August 21, 1739, in Cecil, Maryland.Jacob Sherrill1739–181321 Aug 1739 • Cecil County, Maryland, USA
  • 8 AUG 1742 AGE 45 Birth of Son Moses was born on August 8, 1742, in Cecil, Maryland.Moses Sherrill1742–18138 Aug 1742 • Cecil County, Maryland, USA
  • 1744 AGE 48 Birth of Daughter Catherine was born in 1744. Catherine Sherrill1744–1744
  • 1745 AGE 49 Death of Sister Elizabeth died in 1745 when Adam “The Pioneer” was 49 years old. Elizabeth Sherrill1688–1745 1745
  • 1747 AGE 51 Death of Brother William died in 1747 when Adam “The Pioneer” was 51 years old.William Sherrill1680–17471747
  • 1747 AGE 51 Death of Brother Dewence died in 1747 when Adam “The Pioneer” was 51 years old.Dewence Sherrill1676–17471747
  • 1747 AGE 51 Death of Brother William “the Conestoga Fur Trader” died in 1747 in Tennessee when Adam “The Pioneer” was 51 years old.William “the Conestoga Fur Trader” Sherrill1666–1747 1747 • Tennessee
  • 1747 AGE 51 Death of BrotherHis brother William “the Conestoga Fur Trader” died in 1747 in Tennessee when Adam “The Pioneer” was 51 years old. William “the Conestoga Fur Trader” Sherrill1666–1747 1747 • Tennessee, USA
  • 1754 AGE 58 Death of Sister His sister Recompence died in 1754 when Adam “The Pioneer” was 58 years old. Recompence Sherrill1664–1754 1754
  • 1768 AGE 72 Residence Adam “The Pioneer” Sherrill lived in Rowan, North Carolina, in 1768.1768 • Rowan County, NC
  • 1768 AGE 72 North Carolina Regulators Adam “The Pioneer” Sherrill was in North Carolina when farmers joined forces in a fight that would foreshadow the American Revolution.
  • 5 MAR 1772 AGE 75 Colonial Life Before the American Revolution: Adam “The Pioneer” Sherrill lived in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina in 1772 as American colonists created the foundation of a burgeoning new country.
  • 1772 Death of Sister His sister Mary died in 1772 when Adam “The Pioneer” was 76 years old.Mary Sherrill1693–17721772
  • 5 MAR 1774 AGE 77 Death: Adam “The Pioneer” Sherrill died on March 5, 1774, in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, when he was 77 years old.5 Mar 1774 • Sherrill’s Ford, Catawba County, North Carolina, USA
  • 1774 Burial 1774 • Sherrills Ford, Catawba County, North Carolina, USA
  • 2 AUG 1929 Adam Sherrill monument
    • 2 Aug 1929

My Experience With Genealogy Websites

I have had RoostsMagic and I have been on Ancestry for several years for $19.95 a month. If I paid $27.95 a month I could also search for European ancestors. I did that for a period of tie and then just decided to focus on the ancestors in the U.S. 

This was a lot of work as I would put ancestors in Ancestry, then, I had to type them into RootsMagic, which is very time consuming. Finally, the new upgrade to RootsMagic 7.5 you can actually download directly from ancestry.com. You download everything you have saved in Ancestry and that includes your sources. I downloaded one side of my family and only had one item to change as I had typed everything in already. This website tells you exactly how to work with ancestry http://rootsmagic.com/ancestry/. It is a video that explains everything in detail.

There are many free websites where you can find more information. Some offer more information if you upgrade to a paid account, however, that means you will be typing in each ancestor and all their information. 

Oscar Sprague was born in 1844 abd he served in the Civil War. He was my great grandfather.

hese free websites that you can click on include:

  1. Myheritage.com
  2. Myfamilyhistory.com
  3. EllisIsland
  4. Familysearch.com
  5. Wikitree.com
  6. Fultonhistory.com
  7. U.S.NationalArchives.com
  8. WorldGenWeb.com
  9. GenWeb.com
  10. USNationalArchives.com
  11. FindAGrave.com
  12. GoogleNews.com
  13. Cyndi’sList.com
  14. RootsWeb.com
  15. AfricanHeritage.com
  16. ChroniclingAmerica.com
  17. POWVets,com

These are just a few of the many online databases that can help you answer questions about your ancestors. I would suggest you keep a record of the results of every search so you do not waste time by going back to a site that was not helpful for you. Just take off and try many different websites to answer your ancestor questions.

Lt. Hezekiah Sumner

Lt. Hezekiah Sumner served in the Revolutionary War. He is one of my soldiers already approved by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

When Lt. Hezekiah Sumner was born on December 4, 1724, in Middletown, Connecticut, his father, William, was 68 and his mother, Hannah, was 19. He had four sons and four daughters with Desire Higgins between 1745 and 1765. He died on February 14, 1802, in Berkshire, Massachusetts, having lived a long life of 77 years, and was buried in Otis, Massachusetts

Children

Lt. Hezekiah Sumner

Spouse

Parents

William SumnerHannah Clark

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Life Story Events

  • 4 DEC 1724 Birth Lt. Hezekiah Sumner was born on December 4, 1724, in Middletown, Connecticut, to Hannah Clark, age 19, and William Sumner, age 68. 4 Dec 1724 • Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
  • 12 JUL 1728 AGE 3 His sister Sarah was born on July 12, 1728, in Middlesex, Massachusetts, when Lt. Hezekiah was 3 years old. Sarah Sumner 1728–12 Jul 1728 • Middletown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  • 8 JUN 1730 AGE 5 His sister Mary was born on June 8, 1730, in Middletown, Connecticut, when Lt. Hezekiah was 5 years old. Mary Sumner 1730– 8 Jun 1730 • Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
  • 14 JAN 1733 AGE 8 His brother William was born on January 14, 1733, in Middletown, Connecticut, when Lt. Hezekiah was 8 years old. William Sumner 1733–14 Jan 1733 • Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
  • 30 JUN 1735 AGE 10 His brother John was born on June 30, 1735, in Middletown, Connecticut, when Lt. Hezekiah was 10 years old. John Sumner 1735– 30 Jun 1735 • Middletown, Middlesex County, Connecticut, USA
  • 14 AUG 1737 AGE 12 His brother Ebenezer was born on August 14, 1737, when Lt. Hezekiah was 12 years old. Ebenezer Sumner 1737–14 Aug 1737
  • FEB AGE 19 Lt. Hezekiah Sumner married Desire Higgins. Desire Higgins 1724–1802 10 Feb 1743/4 • Middletown
  • 25 SEP 1745 AGE 20 His son Samuel was born on September 25, 1745, in Middletown, Connecticut. Samuel Sumner 1745– 25 Sep 1745 • Middleton, Connecticut, USA
  • 1746 AGE 22 His daughter Tabitha was born in 1746 in Middletown, Connecticut. Tabitha Sumner 1746–1747 1746 • Middleton, Connecticut, USA
  • 1747 AGE 23 Death of Daughter His daughter Tabitha passed away in 1747 in Middletown, Connecticut, when she was 1 year old. Tabitha Sumner 1746–1747 1747 • Middleton, Connecticut, USA
  • 26 SEP 1748 AGE 23 His son Clement was born on September 26, 1748, in Middletown, Connecticut.Clement Sumner 1748– 26 Sep 1748 • Middleton, Connecticut, USA
  • 13 JUN 1752 AGE 27 His daughter Abigail was born on June 13, 1752, in Middletown, Connecticut. Abigail Sumner 1752– 13 Jun 1752 • Middleton, Connecticut, USA
  • 1754 AGE 30 His daughter Desire was born in 1754 in Middletown, Connecticut. Desire Sumner 1754–1758 1754 • Middleton, Connecticut, USA
  • 1756 AGE 32 Lt. Hezekiah Sumner served in the military in 1756 in Sandisfield, Massachusetts, when he was 32 years old.Second Lieutenant, Fourth Connecticut Regiment1756 • Sandisfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
  • 13 AUG 1757 AGE 32 His son Hezekaih was born on August 13, 1757, in Middletown, Connecticut. Hezekaih Sumner Jr. 1757–1796Aug. 13 1757 • Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
  • 1758 AGE 34 His daughter Desire passed away in 1758 in Middletown, Connecticut, at the age of 4.Desire Sumner 1754–1758 1758 • Middleton, Connecticut, USA
  • 26 MAY 1759 AGE 34 His son Daniel was born on May 26, 1759, in Middletown, Connecticut. Daniel Sumner 1759–1838 26 May 1759 • Middleton, Connecticut, USA
  • 7 JAN 1765 AGE 40 His daughter Desire was born on January 7, 1765. Desire Sumner 1765– 7 Jan 1765
  • 1 NOV 1791 AGE 66 Property Lt. Hezekiah Sumner purchased from James Metcalfa parcel of land in Bethlehem for twenty pounds on 1 Nov 1791. Witnessed by James Metcalf Jr., Abyah Metcalf and sealed by James Metcalf. Property Deed Bethlehem, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, Grantee V1 Nov 1791 • Bethelem, Berkshire, MA
  • 12 APR 1795 AGE 70 His mother Hannah passed away on April 12, 1795, in Middletown, Connecticut, at the age of 89. Hannah Clark 1705–1795 12 Apr 1795 • Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
  • 1796 AGE 72 His son Hezekaih passed away in 1796 in Berkshire, Massachusetts, at the age of 39. Hezekaih Sumner Jr.1757–1796 1796 • Bethehem, Berkshire County, Massachusetts USA
  • 1796 AGE 72 While living in Berkshire, Massachusetts, in 1800, Lt. Hezekiah Sumner may have been outraged by French actions against the United States.
  • 1800 AGE 76 Lt. Hezekiah Sumner lived in Berkshire, Massachusetts, in 1800 • Bethlehem, Berkshire, Massachusetts
  • 14 FEB 1802 AGE 77 His wife Desire passed away on February 14, 1802, in Berkshire, Massachusetts, at the age of 77. Desire Higgins 1724–1802 14 Feb 1802 • Bethlehem, Berkshire, Massachusetts
  • 14 FEB 1802 AGE 77 Lt. Hezekiah Sumner died on February 14, 1802, in Berkshire, Massachusetts, when he was 77 years old. Age: 7814 Feb 1802 • Bethlehem, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1802 Burial Old West (or North) Otis Cemetery 1802 • Otis, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA