Saturday, August 16, 2014

52 Ancestors: James Gorrell (1770-1826): The Immigrant Ancestor?

I know very little about the parents of Amos Gorrell (1804-1890). They were James Gorrell and Sarah Milholland. I first learned their story in a little book called Gorrell Family History by Joseph J. Gorrell.[1]

This little book has no source citations and is a genealogy of their seventh son, Joseph. All I have is a photocopy of the book that I received from my father-in-law, George J. Gorrell, when I started researching my husband’s lines.

So what was said about James in this book? That he was born in 13 Mar 1770 in Ireland. James and his brother, William, were sons of Oliver Gorrell and were soldiers under Robert Emmet, the Irish insurrectionist. They were captured by the English and exiled. William, the younger brother, settled in Virginia and James, the elder, in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

It said he married Sarah Milholland but gave no date. She was born 5 Apr 1771 in Virginia. They had 21 children, with 19 growing to adulthood. The children listed were:
“James Gorrell, born 1790; Samuel Gorrell; Moses Gorrell; William Gorrell; Thomas Gorrell (who died in infancy); John Gorrell; Joseph Gorrell; Amos Gorrell; Jesses Gorrell; Thomas Gorrell (second son of same name, the first having died); Sarah (Gorrell) Hazlett; Elizabeth (Gorrell) White-Bliss; Hanna (Gorrell) Thompson; Rachel (Gorrell) Thurston; Lettie (Gorrell) Foughty; Eliza (Gorrell) Reynolds; Mary (Gorrell). . . married some unknown.”
These children were listed boys first, then girls, so there was no indication of birth order. The rest of the book followed Joseph’s line.

James died 1 Dec 1826 and was buried at Old Salem Presbyterian church in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
It went on to say the family moved from Beaver County to Ohio, settling in Trumbull Co about 1831. Joseph’s family continued to Ossian, Indiana; Jesse’s family to New Haven, Indiana in 1845; and Lettie Foughty’s family to Ossian in 1851. Sarah Milholland Gorrell died at the home of her daughter Lettie and son-in-law, John W. Foughty in Columbiana County, Ohio on 18 Feb 1849.

Well, what is true? I have found Gorrells in census records of Beaver County.
1800 Name Males Females Total
James Gurl Sr 1 over 45 1 over 45 2
James Gurl Jr 4 males under 10
1 males 10-15
1 male 26-44

2 fem under 10
1 fem 26 to 44
1810 Name Males Females Total
James Gorrell males under 10: 4
males 10-15: 3
males 16 to 25: 1
males 26 to 44: 1
females under 10: 2
females 16-25: 2
females 26 to 44: 1
females over 45: 1
Eliza Gorrell females over 45: 1 1
1820 Name Males Females Total
Ohio Twp James Gorrell males under 10: 2
males 10-15: 1
males 16 to 18: 1
16 to 26: 4
males 26 to 44: 1
males 45 & over: 1

females under 10: 2
females 10 to 16: 1
females 16-25: 2
females 26 to 44: 0
females over 45: 1
1830 Name Males Females Total
Ohio Twp James Gorrell males under 10: 2
males 10-15: 1
males 16 to 18: 1
16 to 26: 4
males 26 to 44: 1
males 45 & over: 1

females under 10: 2
females 10 to 16: 1
females 16-25: 2
females 26 to 44: 0
females over 45: 1
Ohio Twp Samuel Goral 1 male under 5
1 male 30 to 39
1 female 40-49 3
Ohio Twp Sarah Goral 1 male 15-19
1 male 20-29
1 female 15-19
1 female 20-29
1 female 50-59

Ohio Twp Joseph Gorrell 2 male under 5
1 male 20-29
1 female 20-29 3

While in Pittsburgh, I researched at the Carnegie Library up in the Pennsylvania Department. There were a lot of books about Beaver County and I searched each one for Gorrells: books on Wills, Deeds, Warrants & Patents, and Marriages and found no Gorrells listed. I did find some listings of Gorrells in Tax listings during the time period of 1804-1840, which make sense considering the Gorrells found in the census records.

On my Pittsburgh road trip, I went up to Beaver County to see this Salem Presbyterian Cemetery. All of the online listings of the cemetery had no listing for Gorrell. Could it be that no one read the tombstones? Could he have been missed? I wanted to see for myself.

So after getting lost, out of the trees we came to a clearing and there on the left was the New Salem Presbyterian Church and on the right was the New Salem Presbyterian Cemetery. Jackpot!
New Salem Presbyterian Church, Ohioville, PA
As I walked along the grassy cemetery, I could see why a burial for James Gorrell would not be found. There were so many blank spaces and open spaces that it was entirely possible the tombstone was long gone. There were not many with dates that old. It could have been made of a temporary material such as wood. Or perhaps a stone material that has deteriorated or broke beyond repair. Or perhaps it was stolen or sunk into the dirt.

New Salem Cemetery - Where James Gorrell is buried?
Anyway, here is a photo of the cemetery and church that the James Gorrell family might have attended and where James Gorrell is probably buried.

[1] Joseph J. Gorrell, Gorrell Family History (Winamac, Indiana: n.p., rev. 1930 by Edmund C. Gorrell, rev. 1953 by Janet Gorrell Meyer.), p. 1.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Davey Family in Reading, Pennsylvania

I just got back from a 10 day auto trip across the southern part of Pennsylvania from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. I saw a lot of the countryside because we did not travel via freeway but by back roads. We saw farms and woods; barns and covered bridges; railroads and caverns; and when we got to Reading, I knew I had to find the church where my husband's great grandfather, Frederick Henry Davey had been baptized.
Frederick Henry Davey was the 15th and last child of Thomas Davey and Mary Nicholas, born 10 Oct 1853.[1] Thomas and Mary were from Cornwall County and had lived in Somerset County and London before immigrating to America.[2] The ship list has not yet been found, but it was likely between the 1851 census in London and the baptism of their youngest child in Reading.
1854 baptism Fred H davey-enhanced
Baptisms for Frederick Henry Davey and Adeline Rose Flinn - 4 Jul 1854
Frederick was baptized 4 Jul 1854 at St. Peter’s Church.[3] Also on the same day, were the baptism of his niece, Adeline Rose Flinn (Flynn), and the marriage of his sister, Susan to Joseph Muir.[4]
So here I was in Reading, Pennsylvania and I wanted to see the church where this all happened. Well, this church has had a long history. It was St. Peter’s Methodist Episcopal Church at the time of the baptisms and marriage. It was located at 355 5th Street and had been built in 1848. However, at the time of the microfilming, it was called Central United Methodist Church.
355 5th Street, Reading, PA
A history of the church stated that “in 1883-1884 the front was remodeled, a tower built, 21 feet added to the length and a one story infant school-room annexed.”[5] So the tower was not there at the time the Daveys attended the church.

Today, the church is called Iglesia HisPana Pentecostal Asambleas de Dios.

Anyway, I felt a bit of history by stopping by and photographing the church where my daughter’s ancestors attended.

[1] Family data, Thomas Davey Family Bible, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Moore, Wilstch, Keyes & Company, 1859); original owned by [address for private use], transcription done by Mary Davey Korn, granddaughter of Thomas Davey.
[2] 1841 England Census, Somerset, Bedminster, Bristol, folio 41 recto, line 11, Thomas Davey, digital images, ( : accessed 29 May 2012); PRO HO 107/376/4, GSU roll 288785, citing The National Archives of UK, London. 1851 England Census, Kent, Deptford, St. Nicholas parish, page 5-6, household 24, Thomas Davey; digital images, ( : accessed 29 May 2012), PRO HO 107/1585, GSU rol 174822, citing The National Archives of UK, London.
[3] Central United Methodist (Reading, Pennsylvania), Historic Pennsylvania Church and Town Records, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, St. Peter's Church, Baptisms p 2, Frederick Henry Davey; digital images, ( : accessed 7 June 2012).
[4] For Adeline’s baptism: ibid, p 2, Adeline Rose Flinn. For the marriage: ibid, Marriages, p 2, Joseph Muir & Susan Davey, 1854.
[5] Supplementary Sheet no. 1, St. Peter’s Methodist Church, Pennsylvania W.P.A. Inventory, “WPA Church Archives 1937-1940”, digital images, ( : accessed 15 Aug 2014), citing Congregations, 1937–1940, and undated. Microfilm, 298–299, 3258–3313. Records of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Record Group 13. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Book of Me, Written by You, Prompt 44: Hairstyles

The Book of Me, Written by You is a blogging theme where one can write about their own life using blog themes posted each week.  More information can be found at Anglers Rest here.

This week's prompt is - Hairstyles

  • Go on share your hairstyles over the years!
  • Do you have regular hairdresser habits?
  • Colour?
  • Do you dye it? (your secret is safe with us!)

I’ve never been a big fan of hair and hairstyles. I can count the number of times I have been to a real beauty shop on one hand: (1) for my 8th grade graduation, (2) trying out a styled cut by a stylist, and (3) to get a permanent (which I would never do again!).  In-between I have been to hair cutting shops to have my hair cut.

As a young child my mother curled my hair. I even remember a horrible time when my grandmother gave me a permanent. Sitting still all that time was so hard when you were young but you didn’t sass Mam-ma. I was pretty scared of her then!

Top: 1st grade, 2nd grade, 4th grade
Bottom: 6th grade, 8th grade, Senior
The first photo of me was in first grade and shows long hair that had been curled the night before mostly likely for the photo. My second grade photo shows a pretty ragged haircut. I wonder if I had given myself a haircut. Mostly, l have liked my hair short. But given the costs to have a nicely styled cut, my mother opted for us to have long hair.

By the time I was out of college, I had long hair again which I basically wore in a ponytail.  So right before I got married, I cut my hair short and have had it that way since. Short hair is much easier to deal with and is not so hot in the summer.

The biggest problem with short hair for me is I have a huge cowlick in front and could never have bangs. So my first haircut as an adult, I parted my hair down the middle just as I had when my hair was long. So I ended up with bangs that spread outward, which a co-worker called “wings.”  Later I decided to have a part on the side and I have only one big “wing.”
Left: right after our marriage with my "wings"
Right: my current do about 15 yrs later
I have never colored my hair and now have gray “highlights” all through it. My dad and grandmother both had beautiful gray and silver hair so I can hope someday to have the same. Natural, just the way I am!

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