Friday, September 30, 2011

Funeral Card Friday - Calvin Buck Smedley


After grandpa's funeral, grandma sent me this card.

Dear Leslie and Glen
Want to thank you for comeing down the beautiful flowers and all. Most of all for your love and being here.
I miss Grandpa terrible, but know he is at peace and rest now and I am so thankful I had him home and took care of him the past year & half. Also I never had to put him in the rest home.
Hope all is well with you and you will get down again,
Let me know
All my love to you all     Grandma





Friday, September 23, 2011

Tackling the Tiddemans

While I am waiting for the documents I ordered from the UK I have become fixated on eight great-grandpa Captain Edmond Tiddeman. I eat, drink, and sleep Tiddeman. Literally. The other night I was dreaming about all the different ways I have seen this name spelled: 

Tideman, Tiddeman, Tiddiman, Tidyman, Tidman, Titman, Tediman, 
Teddiman, Teddeman, Tyddiman, Tyddeyman, Tyddeman, Tidyman .  

I'm sure I forgot a few.  All these different spellings flashed around in my dream and I was awakened by hubby asking, "Did you take care of all those ghosts?"  So apparantly while I was seeing Tiddeman I was talking about ghosts!  I think grandpa Tiddeman is haunting me!

Edmond Tiddeman was a mariner and a Quaker. He is listed as a sufferer in "A Collection of Sufferings of the People Called Quakers", by Joseph Besse.  It took a lot of googling, but I finally found this book online and if you have Quakers, it is well worth a look.  The following excerpt comes from page 462 of Vol I:

On the 4th of the Month called March 1683, at Horslydown, the Friends, being kept out of their Meeting-house, were assembled after their usual Manner in the Street, when the Constables came and took away William Shewin, Anthony Tomkins, Joseph Wase, Edmund Tiddeman, Richard Post, Thomas Lurting, Joseph Rawbone, John Bridges, John Holliday, George Bradford, Edmund Curle, and Percival Parsons, whom they carried before William Spiers, a Justice at the Bridge-house, who committed them all to the Counter in Tooly-street as Rioters.

I believe the Counter he was held it was Borough Compter. I don't know how long he was held there, but he was released before April 3rd of 1683 because that's when he is found in the New Jersey Colonial Documents:

1683 April 4. Do. William WELCH of London, merchant, to Edmond TIDEMAN of Redrith, Co. of Surrey, mariner, for 1-12 of a share of the Province, to contain at least 1,600 acres.*
Thomas Teddeman by Peter Lely, 1666,
part of the 
Flagmen of Lowestoft series

Edmond is said to be from a distinguished Navy family and ship owners from Dover which makes me almost certain that he is related to Rear Admiral Thomas Teddeman.  I just need to figure out how.

Thomas knew William Penn before he turned Quaker and Edmond traveled with him in 1672 on a religious visit through Kent.

I was able to get Captain Edmond's will, but it still leaves me with questions.

Google led me to this family tree on Rootsweb that says Edmond's parents are Thomas Tiddeman and Katherine Woodgreene, but she has no sources.  I sent her an email and am awaiting a reply.

Luckily I was able to find and purchase the will for Edmund Woodgreene, a possible grandfather for the Captain, from National Archives UK (I should take stock in their company), but I would still like to find some baptism records or something.

Now it's the weekend so I am taking a Tiddeman break!


* NEW JERSEY COLONIAL RECORDS, West Jersey Records: Part 4 - Volume 21 Calendar of Records 1664-1703





Monday, September 19, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Will of Edmond Tiddeman, Mariner




I Edmond Tiddeman of the parish of St. Mary Magdalen Bermondsey in the County of Surrey, Mariner being of sound and disposing mind and memory doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner following. Imprimis I will that my body be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named And as touching that worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless and I give Bequeath and dispose of the same as followeth That is to say I will that all my debts legacies and funerall charge and the probate of this my Will be truely paid and performed Item I doe hereby give devise and bequeath unto my Sister Katherine Mearlear(?) the summe of ten pounds. Item I doe hereby give devise and bequeath unto my Cousins Mary James and Katherine the children of my said sister Katherine Mearlear(?) the summe of five pounds a piece, Item I doe hereby give devise and bequeath unto the two daughters of my brother Edward Randall namely Julian Randall and Alice Yemes(?) the summe of five pounds a piece Item I doe hereby give and bequeath unto the four children of my loving son Samuell Jobson namely Hannah Maylin, Samuell Jobson, Michael Jobson and Sarah Jobson the summe of twenty pounds. Item I dow hereby give devise and bequeath unto my loving daughter Alice Hull the summe of one hundred pounds of good and lawfull money of England. Item I give and bequeath unto my son Samuell Jobson and Robert Pate Senr the summe of fifty pounds for them to dispose of as they shall think fitt, all with said several legacies I doe order and direct to be paid within the space of one yeare next after my decease. I alsoe give and bequeath unto the seven children of my said daughter Alice Hull namely Mary, Katherine, Tiddeman, Alice, John, Hannah and Joseph the summe of fifty pounds a piece to be paid unto them at their respective ages of one and twenty years And my mind will is that if either or any of them shall happen to dye or depart this life before he or she shall attaine his or her respective age of one and twenty years that then and in such case the respective legacy or legacies of sum child or children so deceasing shall be equally divided amongst the Survivors or longer livers of them my said daughters children share and share alike. But not withstanding the said legacies before given to the children of my said daughter Hull will not be due to them untill they arrive at their respective ages of one and twenty yeares yet my mind and will is and I doe hereby order direct and appoint my Executor hereinafter named to pay the same amounting in the whole to the summe of three hundred and fifty pounds to their father John Hull or their Mother Alice Hull for their use within the spare of one yeare next after my decease and that either of their receipts for the same shall be as sufficient discharge to my Executors. Item I give unto my son-in-law Joseph Patteson my two silver cupps marked F P. Item I doe hereby give devise and bequeath unto my daughter in law Hannah Northcott my large silver Tankard marked G. P. M. and all the linnen that is in my keeping that was her ffathers and Mothers and marked with their or either of their marke Item I doe hereby give devise and bequeath unto my Sister Mary Wallraven one guinea in gold and to my cousin Katherine Sturgis two guineas in gold. Item I give to theMaid servant or Maid servants of the family wherein I shall happen to dye twenty shilling each. Item I give unto Edward Warrey of Dover in the County of Kent ffellmonger the summe of five poundsItem I give unto ffrances Kye als Patteson the summe of twenty shillings Item I doe hereby give devise and bequeath unto my Grandchildren Mary and Katherine Jobson the summe of one hundred pounds a piece of good and lawfull money of England tobe paid them respectively at their respective ages of one and twenty yeares or day of marriage which shall first and next happen And my mind and will is that if either of them my said grandchildren shall happen to dye or depart this mortall life before such time as they shall attaine to the age of one and twenty years or day of marriage that then and in such case the legacy of such Grandchild soe deceasing shall come and be to the survivour or longer liver of them. Item I doe hereby give devise and bequeath unto the said Samuell Jobson and Robert Pate the summe of fourty shillings apiece And I doe hereby name and appoint them to be Overseers of this my Will Item I doe hereby give devise and bequeath unto my loving daughter Mary Jobson the wife of the said Samuell dobson the summe of one hundred pounds of good and lawfull money of England All the rest residue and remainder of my Estate both real and personall I doe hereby give and bequeath unto my said Daughters Alice Hull and Mary Jobson equally to be devided between them And I doe hereby authorize and appoint my Executor to putt and place out at interest the legacies before given to my grandchildren Mary and Katherine Jobson upon such security as they shall think fitt for the improvement thereof but without any hazzard to my Executors in case any loss shall happen provided the names of my said Grandchildren be named in the security soe as it may thereby appear that the monies therin mentioned was putt out for their uses I doe hereby revoke all other wills by me formerly made and doe declare this to by my last Will and Testament and hereof constitute and appoint the said Edward Warrey and John Plumley of London Merchant Executors. In witness to whereof I have to this my will contained in two sheets of paper to the first sheete sett my hand and to the last sheete subscribed my hand and offixed my seale the nine and twentyeth day of May in the yeare of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and three: I doe hereby also give unto the said John Plumley 100 guineas in gold// Edmd Tiddeman – Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator Edmond Tiddeman to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names in the presence of the said testator after these words I doe here by give and bequeath unto my said Daughters Alice Hull and Mary Jobson equally to be divided between them, were interlined and the word with struck out andthe two guineas given to John Plumley, Richrd Carter at the bunch of Grapes in Horsleydown. Susanna Carter, John Page Clerke to Mr. Springett in George yard Lombard Streete/
Source: Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers: Name of Register: Dogg Quire Numbers: 205 - 250; The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, England.

I was able to discover a few more family members from this will, but some relationships leave me baffled because the poor Captain seemed to be confused about them himself. He calls the children of his sister Katherine his "cousins". So is "cousin" Katherine Sturgis really his niece too? 

He calls his son-in-law Samuell Jobson, his "loving son" and he calls Joseph Patteson his "son-in-law", but since I found a marriage listed for Edmund Tiddeman and Mary Patteson I am assuming that Joseph is his step-son. He also mentions Hannah Northcott as a "daughter in law", so I am thinking that she must be a step daughter. And then there is "my brother" Edward Randall. He could be a half-brother or a brother-in-law.

So my Tiddeman research continues for the answers to these questions and many more.  In the mean time, if any of these names sound familiar to you please let me know.


Amanuensis Monday is an ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.



Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Matilda Kelsey Price



KELSEY. At Paris, Idaho on the 26th of May, 1879, of paralysis after an illness of 18 hours, Sister Matilda Louisa Kelsey Price, beloved wife of Robert Price. Sister Price was born on the 25th of March, 1833, in Dover, Kent, England had been identified with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from her childhood; had emigrated shortly after her marriage in 1855; and had been a diligent and faithful laborer in Zion, a kind and devoted wife and mother; and having accomplished her work has answered the summons of her Maker, leaving her husband, five children, and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss. --"News"

Source:  Death notices, Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol 41, page 416, 30 June 1879



Friday, September 16, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Earliest Memory

I remember quite a few things from when I was a toddler. Some people say, "How can you remember that?" Doesn't everyone? I can't be the only one who recalls things from the toddler years.

This was my favorite nightgown, and my favorite baby bottle. My favorite Gerber dish was bananas (okay it still is). And I was a thumb sucker.

I remember piggy back rides and sitting on daddy's foot and going for a ride. I even remember crawling around on the hard wood floors, but I think the earliest thing I recall is teething.

I can feel it right now. Just thinking about it makes me want to get a chew toy. That's a feeling that I will never forget. My gums would throb in an itchy kind of way. Oh misery! Mommy please make it stop!

Yanking on my gums with my fat little fingers didn't always work.  I spent plenty of time gnawing on the edge of the crib in search of comfort.

And about the thumb-sucking, for some reason mommy didn't want me doing that.  She had to go and ruin the flavor of my thumb by wiping some cayenne pepper kinda stuff on it. Ya'll that's some nasty shit do do (I can see daddy laughing now)!

Now this became a ritual.  Getting my thumb soaked with yuck before going to bed.  One night mom forgot. And you know what I did? I stuck my thumb in the air just waiting for her to put some of that stuff on it (I must have known I needed help).

Unfortunately my oldest and youngest kids inherited the thumb-sucking gene.  I didn't think they would ever quit!

Thanks to Amy Coffin at We Tree for coming up with this series.



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Incoming Documents from the U.K.

Well, I did it.  I bit the bullet, emptied my piggy bank and ordered court documents from The National Archives U.K.!

With the help of fellow geneatweep @lizl_genealogy I was able to find out just how much it was going to set me back.  I never know the correct key word to google for the £ sign. She sent me over to this currency converter page.  They even have a currency converter widget you can put on your page or blog.


The court document is titled Parkinson v Francis, Talbot and Shove. Bill and two answers. The plaintiffs are Paul William Parkinson and another.  The defendants are Robert Francis, Joseph Talbot, Elizabeth Talbot, John Talbot, John Shove and wife, William Pickett (abroad) and Elizabeth Pickett (abroad).

The plaintiff is the illegitimate son of Alderman Pickett and one of the defendants is his illegitimate daughter, and boy do I have questions about the William and Elizabeth Pickett who are abroad!

In case you are wondering (or not), I still haven't transcribed the wills that I ordered earlier.  I got side tracked with the Allens.  I know, I need to get on the ball with that.

I certainly hope that what these documents reveal are well worth the dough!



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