Saturday, September 27, 2014

Genealogical Proof Standard – J. B. Burlison

Genealogical Proof Standard – J. B. Burlison


Lately I’ve been seeing many things about the Genealogical Proof Standard. Certainly, Dr. Thomas Jones spoke about it at the recent Maine Genealogical Society that I attended. It was also the subject of a recent Ancestry Livestream broadcast. In both of the presentations, they talked about being careful to not think you have several sources of information when there is really only one. I got to thinking about that and the impact it can have when one mistake is repeated over and over because of a single error.

My mother grew up believing her birthdate was the 20th of the month. She based that upon a little card she had with was dated the 20th and her mother’s telling her the date. It wasn’t until she was in her late 50s and her husband was retiring that she needed a copy of her birth certificate. When she received it, she was flabbergasted. It indicated that she was born on the 15th. The card she had was actually referring to the recording of her birth and not the actual date of her birth. We will never know why her mother always said her birthday was the 20th, maybe because her mother really didn’t remember and relied upon the little card to correct her memory. Maybe it was because her birthday was the 20th day of the following month and remembering the 20th would be easier. In any event, all of my mothers records, school, employment, marriages, were wrong all of her life – because of a little card which was interpreted incorrectly. 

Ancestry Livestream
As I listened to the “Analysis and Correlation” phase of the Ancestry Livestream presentation and in particular was asked if “my sources truly independent,” I thought of my mother's case.  Knowing if the sources are independent is a good thing, a really good thing.  Just because you have multiple sources for a fact, that doesn’t mean the information is independent.

I was working on the ancestors of a very dear friend and thought that I’d apply the analysis and correlation of what I have to an ancestor of hers that I was investigating.



J. B. Burlison (1924-1972)


Birthdate

Burlison Marker - Courtesy Find-a-Grave
As I began analyzing the sources of J.B. Burlison’s birth records, I realized that all of them were based upon his death. A Find-a-Grave entry, his marker, a Rootsweb cemetery index, and the Social Security Death Index were all consistent and gave his birthdate as 24 Jul 1924. The problem is that all of these records were based upon his death records and not his birth. A case could be made that his SSDI birthdate was based upon his SS Application, but he still entered the date of his birth in that application based upon what he was told, not what he witnessed. The only other corroborating evidence to his birthdate was the 1930 Census Record that indicated was born sometime between 1924 and 1925.

Birthplace

Other than “Oklahoma,” it is only in J.B.'s various death records that his birthplace is reported -- Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. One source, the Find-a-Grave entry, indicates he was born in Wanette. This is 111 miles west of where his father & mother were living, according to the 1920 Census, in Canadian, Cleveland County, and 129 miles east of where they were living, according to the 1930 Census, in Oakdale, Washita County, Oklahoma. Because his father was renting farms in both censuses, it is possible that they were in Wanette, Pottawatomie County, in 1924. I would really like to find something that corroborates the birthplace.

Military Service

Veteran's Marker - J B Burlison - Courtesy: Find-a-Grave
J.B. Burlison's gravesite, according to Find-a-Grave, includes a VA Marker. That marker indicates he was a PFC (Private First Class) and served during WW II in the 270 Fld Arty. Based upon that marker I believe that J.B. did serve, however, initial research has not yielded any information regarding that service – Nothing on Fold 3 or my other military sources. In addition, I couldn’t find anything about a 270th Field Artillery unit. I wonder which is more likely, that the marker has a mistake or that there is nothing about a 270th Field Artillery unit on the Internet. (I suppose I could just not be searching properly but I hate to think that that is the case). In any event, it bears further investigation.

Marriage

Oklahoma appears, to me, to be one of the least helpful states for genealogists. They seem to keep virtually all records to themselves and only give records to immediate family. As such, I can’t find any records showing his marriage to Bertha (Bertie). I’m sure that J.B. & Bertha were married sometime between 1940 and 1955 (probably between 1949 and 1951). They were both reported as single in the 1940 census and were reported as married in the 1955 Oklahoma City city directory. J.B. was in an automobile accident in 1949 and the newspapers make no mention of his being married nor of a wife, so I suspect he didn’t marry Bertha until after 1949. They had a child born late in 1951, so I suspect they were married before his birth.

Death

J.B.’s death is well documented by his marker (Find-a-Grave), various indexes, and newspaper articles that talk about his auto accident and then talk about his death from the accident in the following day’s paper.

Conclusion

As Crista Cowen (the Barefoot Genealogist) suggests in her LiveStream presentation of 9/25/2014, when you analyze and correlate data, you find the places that your information may be lacking. I find that the process is a reiterative effort. One that each time you analyze and correlate your you find new areas of investigation. In my case, I added the following tasks to my workload:

  • Find a corroborating birth record for J.B. Burlison recorded at the time of his birth.
  • Find a marriage record for J.B. Burlison and Bertha (White).
  • Find corroborating evidence of J.B.’s military service and information about the 270th Field Artillery.




Friday, September 19, 2014

Reinold Rode (1905-1992)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 39

Reinold Rode (1905-1992)

By – Don Taylor

No Story too Small 

I have a friend that lured me into researching some of her Eastern European immigrants. Actually, she didn’t lure me; she just told me her story and I bit. I had never searched Eastern European immigrants and had no idea how perplexing such searching can be. My friend provided what little information she knew.

Her grandfather is “Reinold Rode and [she is] not certain where or when he was born. We have always gone by April 28th 1901. He was born in either Zhytomyr, Ukraine or Minsk, Belarus.” My Google search showed them over 300 miles apart. Hopefully, I could improve on that location.

I thought that should be easy to figure out when and where he was born, and where he lived before immigrating to Nebraska.

Thanks to Ancestry.ComI quickly found him in the 1940 Census[1].  Born in Russia about 1906. Not much help there.

Continuing on to the 1930 Census I found him again born in Russia about 1906[2]. Humm, it seems that the 1901 birthdate is probably incorrect - me thinks that 1905 or 1906 is correct. 

RMS Caronia
Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia.Com
I figured that if I could find his immigration record I would know for sure. So, I looked closely and couldn’t find it. (Grumble, Grumble – It is never that easy.) The 1930 Census indicated his immigration year as 1922 so I cast a search for his record looking for anyone named Rode who came to the country in 1922. Then I found him (spelled Rheinhold Rode). Arriving on the SS Caronia in New York on 26 September, 1922. He was heading to Nebraska to his father, Adolph, (whose name I already had from my friend) with a brother, Rudolph. Reinold was 17 years, 4 months old when he arrived which would put his birthdate in 1905 and his birth month in April or May.  But most important to my quest it gave a birthplace of “Marijantje, Russia.[3]” Got it.

Detail of Passenger List which shows
Rudolph born in Lindental and
Reinold born in Marijantje - 
Image from Ancestry.Com  


A quick search of Marijantje in Google maps found nothing; likewise no results on Wikipedia. Maybe his brother Rudolph’s birthplace Lindental, Russia, will help. Again nothing on Google maps nor Wikipedia. Finally, a Google search yielded a link to the “Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online” (GAMEO). It mentioned that “Lindental was a small Mennonite settlement in South Russia near the railway station Sinelnikovo,” So, where is Sinelnikovo? Google Maps suggested three different places all in Eastern Urkrane, none anywhere near the Belarus border. Also on the GAMEO there is an entry that says that “The village of Lindenthal was located between Kutuzovka and Zhitomir.”

Now I still can’t figure out where Lindental/Lindenthal nor Kutuzovka are but I’m fairly certain that Zhitomyr and Zhitomir are the same place which would put Rudolph’s birthplace near Zhitomyr which is where I guess I’ll tentatively place Reinold’s birth. Am I sure, no, but I think Zhitomir is more likely than Minsk.

I learned how place names in Cyrillic are translated into English in lots of different ways. It seems like every translation becomes a unique spelling. Also, place names changed dramatically in the past hundred years as countries rose and collapsed. Prussia no longer exists, parts became part of Russia and parts became Poland. Today there are Belarus and Ukraine that overlap the same area.

I still have a lot more research to do on Reinold Rode (pronounced “roe-dee”). I know he was a German speaking Russian from the Prussian, Polish, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia area. Maybe a naturalization record can be found, that might clinch it. I definitely have a lot more work to do.

Bio – Reinold Rode (1905-1992)

Reinold Rode was born on 29 Apr 1905[4] in Marijantje, Russia, which is probably near Zhytomyr, Ukraine today.

S.S. Caronia
Thanks to Great Ships
When he was 17 he immigrated from “Ober Cyrus, Germany” to the United States aboard the SS Caronia with his brother, Rudolph. The two brothers met up with their father, Adolph in Madison, County Nebraska. 

Reinold met and married a Nebraska native, Delilah Hefner (Hoefener) about 1928.
He rented farmland, which he farmed, in Pierce (1930 Census), Cumming (1935), and Antelope (1940 Census) Counties, all in Northeast Nebraska.

Marker: Rode - Reinold & Delilah
Courtesy: Find a Grave
Sometime before 1992 the Rode’s moved to Tacoma, Washington where Reinold died on 18 Apr 1992.

He is buried at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington State. His wife Delilah passed three years later and is buried with him.

  





Further Actions:
·      Narrow down Reinold’s birth location.
·      Find Reinold’s naturalization records.
·      Research Reinold’s siblings for additional insight.


List of Greats
1.     Adolph Rode



[Disclaimer:  The links to Ancestry.Com are connected to an affiliate program which provides a small reward to me if you purchase from them.  Although I receive a reward from them for a referral, my comments regarding Ancestry are based solely upon my experiences with them.]


Endnotes:


[1] 1940 Census; Census Place: Willow, Antelope, Nebraska; Roll: T627_2236; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 2-32. Line 19, Junold Rode See http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1940usfedcen&h=61663652

[2] 1930 Census; Census Place: Allen, Pierce, Nebraska; Roll: 1290; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0001; Image: 11.0; FHL microfilm: 2341025 - Line 20.

[3] Year: 1922; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 3186; Line: 30; Page Number: 77.

[4] Social Security Death Index, Number: XXX-XX-6745; Reinhold Rode, Issue State: Nebraska; Issue Date: Before 1951.



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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Maine Genealogical Society - 2014 Annual Conference

Maine Genealogical Society - Annual Conference - Review


Maine Genealogical Society
Logo
I had the opportunity to attend my first Maine Genealogical Society (MGS) event last Saturday.  I joined the MGS about a month after moving to Maine but hadn’t had the opportunity to attend any of the local events.  So, I registered to attend the Annual Conference on September 13, 2014 in Brewer, Maine, as my first event.

I needed to get up early as Brewer is just over two hours away driving and I wanted to make registration before 8:30 so I wasn’t rushed for the opening session. I made it there with no problems.  Because it was my first long trip in the new Jeep, I had the opportunity to try out the Adaptive Cruise Control.  Love it!

MGS Pin
After registering, I wandered around the vendor’s area.  Picked up one of the Society’s pins.  You can order them from their website also.  

I was kind of taken aback by the attitude of a couple of the DAR representatives that were there.  I got the sense that if my wife were to apply for DAR all the documents and work needed to be done by her and that I couldn’t do it for her.  Someone, please tell me I’m wrong in that feeling. I am yet to apply to any lineage society and figured that the DAR, on behalf of my wife, would be one of the first I attempted.  I guess it might be the SAR instead. 

The opening, Keynote address, was by Thomas Jones, PhD, author of Mastering Genealogical Proof published by the National Genealogical Society (NGS). I’m a member of the NGS so I’ve been seeing their promotions for the book and it has been on my list of “books I’d like to get,” so I purchased a copy at the MGS Annual Conference. 

Thomas Jones, PhD,
CG, CGI, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
The keynote address was “Can a Complex Research Problem be Solved Solely Online?” The bottom line answer is, as you might expect, “Well, maybe.”  That said, Dr. Jones’ delivery was excellent.  He was very personable and very good at his presentation, being engaging, humorous, and clearly knowledgeable.  He was clear that not everything can be found on line but in some cases enough might be findable to answer the question you have.  He had a number of really good online resources, some of which I didn’t have before.  I loved the presentation.

After the keynote address, the conference split into two tracks. I went next door to listen to Nancy Lecompte speak about Genetic Genealogy.  The conference technical folks had some problems isolating the speakers that each of the presenters would be talking only to their room of attendees. They finally got it straightened out after a few minutes and the presentations began.

Nancy did a very good job with her presentation. In the fast changing field of genetic genealogy, she appeared to be up to date, which is a task in itself, and provided a smooth presentation with information that supported both individuals with both novice and intermediate level understanding of DNA Testing.  She provided a link to her slides, which is something I really appreciate because it means I can pay closer attention to the speaker and not spend as much time taking notes.  Although I did take quite a few notes at her presentation.

After an okay lunch I had a chance to talk with some folks and make a couple friends.  Then the two training tracks started again. In both of the sessions I attended presentations by Dr. Thomas Jones.  The first was “Debunking Misleading Records.” He did an excellent job of showing how to detect, compare, and disprove misleading or erroneous records.  In my personal practice, I have taken to keeping all records, even if misleading. I generally then identify one of the same items as “preferred.” If “prove” something as misleading, I enter a note concerning why the information is in error and I mark it private so I don’t accidentally share the error with others.

The last presentation I attended was “Proved? – Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was (Some Reliable and Others Not Reliable).”  As you might expect three of the ways were unacceptable, one might be close to okay, but really only one was fully acceptable because it was the only one that met The Genealogical Proof Standard.  The approach is to weigh conflicting evidence and resolve the conflicts using the five cornerstones to “The Genealogical Proof Standard,”

  1. reasonably exhaustive search,
  2. complete, accurate source citations,
  3. skilled analysis and correlation of the data
  4. resolution of contradictory evidence, and 
  5. a soundly reasoned conclusion.

There was a fairly quick wrap up of the day’s activities, a short business meeting, and drawings for door prizes.  Needless to say, I didn’t win anything, I never do, but I stayed to the end.

It looks like the next big thing with the MGS is the Southern Maine Genealogy Conference to be held May 30th, 2015 in Portland.  I’m looking forward to it. I’m also looking forward to attending some of my local (Greater Portland) chapter’s meetings over the next few months.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Clifford Brown (aka Richard Earl Durand, aka Richard Earl Brown) (1903-1990)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 38 – Clifford Brown (aka Richard Earl Durand, aka Richard Earl Brown (1903-1990)

By – Don Taylor

No Story too Small
We all have someone in our tree that is confusing. It is that person that the more you learn about them; the more you know you do not know. My grandfather was such a person. It wasn’t until I began doing genealogy that I learned his birth name. I also knew he went by another name but didn’t have a clue why. Back in the late 1990s, I asked his sister, Delores, about the name changes and again I asked her about it in the 2000s, and she avoided answering. She said she didn’t want to speak ill of the dead and that “Dick” was her “favorite brother.” I so wish I hadn’t let her take that stand. In the following years, thanks to Genealogy Bank, I learned much about my grandpa Dick, things that I would have never imagined. Through that research I think I know why the changes in name.

Bio - Clifford Brown (aka Richard Earl Durand, aka Richard Earl Brown (1903-1990)


Richard Earl Brown always
carried a hunting knife.
Photo: about 1953 source unknown
Clifford Brown was born on 14 September 1903, in Robinson, Kidder County, North Dakota. He was the sixth child of thirteen born to Arthur Durrwood and Mary Elizabeth Manning Brown.
He spent much of his childhood in the rugged and very isolated homestead at the N1/2-NW1/4&SW1/4-NW1/4 - Section 34, Township 144 North Rang 72 West of the 5th Principal Meridian. 

Today it is a land devoid of buildings or evidence the family ever homesteaded there. Wikipedia indicates that Robinson had a population of 37 people in the 2010 Census[1]. Merkel, the other town mentioned in some of the records regarding the family indicates a population of 39 people[2]. The entire county only has a population of 2,435 and the total area is about 1,351 square miles[3], which means that there are less than two people per square mile today. Talk about isolated.

In 1917 (aged 14) his family moved back to the “civilized lands” of Minnesota. His father received a land patent, in township 138N (now Sylvan Township), Range 029W, Section 7,  NE1/4-Nw1/4, N1/2-NE1/4, SE1/4-NE1/4. (Modern GPS: 46.7911918, -94.4073918 -  NW Corner of L shaped property.)

In 1928, his father died of liver cancer[4].

Here is where things get complicated. His daughter believes that he went into the service sometime before 1931 as Richard Earl Durand. I don't think so.  There are stories that he might have been a spy and had that name as a spy. Other stories indicate he was in show business while in the military and Richard Earl Durand was his stage name. In either event, it is understood that Clifford and Madonna Mae Montran met in Panama City, Panama in 1931 while he was in the service. They had a liaison, which produced a daughter, Sylvia. Madonna was married to Samson Amsterdam at the time. The story there is that Samson remained married to Madonna until the child was born, “to give it a name” then quietly divorced. After the divorce, the oral history says that he pursued Madonna more.

Copyright 2005 Heritage Microfilm, Inc. and Newspaperarchive.com
The Brainerd Daily Dispatch
18 October 1932
The dates here get quite confusing. Sylvia was born in January of 1932, so she must have been conceived in Panama in April 1931. By October of 1932, Clifford returned to Minnesota and was apparently out of the service and was going by the name of Clifford Brown (again?). We know this because Clifford Brown got into a fight in the parking lot of a dance hall with Irwin Thompson. Irwin died and Clifford was charged with Manslaughter[5]. Clifford was held in the Walker jail until a grand jury could consider the case. I have been unable to find a disposition of the grand jury’s decision and haven’t found where Clifford was tried or sentenced so I believe he wasn’t indicted. However, I’m sure his reputation was sullied.

opyright 2005 Heritage Microfilm, Inc. and Newspaperarchive.com
The Brainerd Daily Dispatch
10 April 1935
Apparently, Clifford didn’t like how Madonna (Donna) was raising his daughter, the three year-old Sylvia, and on March 10th, 1935 he abducted his daughter from Chicago and brought her back to Minnesota. We would probably not know anything of this except Chicago police officers came to Minnesota and arrested Clifford and brought him back to Illinois without going through extradition. The Minnesota governor was upset to have a Minnesotan taken without due process. There were many articles in the Brainerd Daily Dispatch regarding Governor Olson protesting to Governor Horner (of Illinois) regarding the abduction of a Minnesota citizen by Illinois law enforcement[6]. I am still searching for case files of that case and how long he served in prison in Chicago. Family legend says that when Clifford was released from prison he contacted Donna one more time to see if she would marry him. She wouldn’t and the two went their separate ways.  I believe that Clifford's name was so tarnished from the manslaughter and the child abduction that he took on the name of Richard Earl Durand upon his release from prison. 
414 Pine Street
Brainerd, MN
Courtesy: Aunt Barbara

On 22 Feb 1936 Clifford Brown, now Richard Earl Durand, married Dorothy Louise Wilhelm in Chicago. The couple located to 414 Pine Street, Brainerd, Minnesota sometime before July, 1937, which is where they lived when their first daughter was born. They moved back to Chicago within the year after their first child's birth to be there when their second daughter, Mary Lou Durand was born. The 1940 Census finds the Durand family at 3621 Belmont (which is now a new construction building).

Not much is known about Richard during the 1940s and 1950s. We are not sure where he was or what he was doing. Family history indicates that he returned to Minnesota and located with his mother in Motley. Photos that appear to be from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s show him with his mother, Mary Brown. Certainly, during this time he became known as Dick Brown.

Dick's daughter Barbara outside
Hanson Minnow Tackle Worm shop
Motley, Minnesota circa. 1960
Courtesy: Aunt Barbara 
I remember going up to Grandpa Brown and Ma Brown’s house from the early 1950s. There is a photo of me and one of my Great Aunt Deloris’ kids sitting on Ma Brown’s lap about 1953 or so. For me, Grandpa Brown was the major male role model in my life. Dick was an avid hunter and fisher. He worked at the Hanson Minnow Tackle Worm shop with his cousin Meretta. (I’m not sure who owned it Meretta or her husband Fred or if Dick was a part owner or not.) In any event several years later, he ran his own minnow shop next to the El Ray Truck Stop. It was with Grandpa Brown that I tagged along when he went deer hunting and saw my first deer kill. I went duck hunting, partridge hunting, and was privy to his special place for fishing out on Lake Shamineau where he could always catch fish. I went wild ricing with him and gained an appreciation for the great outdoors. Hunting and fishing were Grandpa’s primary source for protein. 

I have so many stories about Grandpa Dick and his mother, Ma Brown.  One story that comes to mind occurred sometime in the mid 1960s. Dick’s old beater of a car broke down and wasn’t worth repairing, so he bought a “new” $50 clunker. His mother saw the “new” car and started ragging on him and “Those crazy kids and their motor cars -- that’s all they think about is cars, cars, cars!” The exchange pointed out that even my grandfather, who was in his 60s, was just a kid to his mother. I will forever be a kid to all my ancestors.
Sylvia, Matt, Don, & Grandpa Dick - Circa 1977
Source: Don Taylor Photo Collection

I went into the service in 1969 and didn’t see Grandpa Brown but a couple of times during the 1970s. He married Cecelia Ann Squires in 1975. Sometime after he married Cecelia, I visited them with my mother and my son and had a “four generation” photograph taken. Not very good quality, but we were all there.

I am not sure when he went into the United District Nursing Home in Staples, MN, which is where he died on 19 Jan 1990. He was buried at Gull River Cemetery in Sylvan Township, Cass County near his mother and many other family members.

I remember Grandpa Dick fondly. My appreciation for the outdoors comes from Grandpa Dick. Grandpa Dick instilled the importance of eating what you kill into me. In remembrance of his birth 111 years ago, I will raise a toast to him.

Further Actions:
·      Make a concerted effort to network with other descendants of the Brown Family.
·      Develop a closer relationship with my half aunt and her children, my half first cousins.

List of Greats
1.     Arthur Durrwood Brown
2.     Henry Brown
3.     Benjamin Brown

Please comment below if you have anything you would like to add to the story of
Clifford Brown, Richard Earl Durand, or Richard Earl Brown.

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Endnotes:


[4] Minnesota, Death Certificate, Arthur D Brown.; Don Taylor, Maine.
[5] Brainerd Daily Dispatch - 1932-10-18, Manslaughter filed against Clifford Brown.
    Manslaughter charge is filed against Brown in Thompson Death
[6] Brainerd Daily Dispatch - 1935-04-10, Appeal to Illinois Governor Illegal Removal of Brown. --   Minnesota
    Governor Olson protested to Governor Horner be wouldn't fight to have Clifford Brown returned.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Bio – Reuben Fowler (1753-1832)

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 36 – Reuben Fowler (1753-1832)

By – Don Taylor

It is important to check the dates and check the facts you find in other peoples work.  My fifth great grandfather, Reuben Fowler, is a perfect example of that.  I first learned of Reuben when looking at other people’s family trees. According to all six of them on Ancestry.Com family trees, he was born 9/9/1753 and died 2/2/1832.  Then I started looking at the sources that were described. Only one had any kind of source, a Find-a-Grave source, the rest all cited other people’s family trees. A quick look at the Find-a-Grave source showed the death date to be inconsistent with the actual marker. 
In memory of REUBEN FOWLER
who departed this life
Feb. 1, 1832, aged 78 years
4 months & 28 days.
Thanks to Find a Grave
The marker clearly shows he died on February 1, 1832[1]. It is only a day different, but still…  Then I took a look at the birth date.  It just didn’t seem right. The calculator at Timeanddate.com would let me know for certain.  Sure enough, the date for his birth that everyone else had was inconsistent with his marker. He should have been born on September 4th (or possibly the 3rd, depending on how you calculate the date). It is only five days off, but I strive for accuracy.  I’m also interested in how and where the other trees found the locations for his birth and death.  I understand that the marker is not contemporary; but, I feel that whoever erected the marker was closer to the event than I am and most likely knew a lot about Reuben’s life. So, I’m going to use the dates on his marker as my preferred dates until I can find a credible source to overrule them.

Bio – Reuben Fowler (1753-1832)


Reuben Fowler was born on 4 September 1753, probably Winchester County, New York. His parents were Reuben and Jane Valentine Fowler.

He had at least one older sibling, a sister, who was about 11 years older than he.  When he was only nine years old his mother Jane Valentine Fowler died.

In 1773 he married Martha Drake. They would go on to have at least seven children that I know of. 

In 1777, his father Reuben Fowler (1720-1777) passed away.

He died on 1 Feb 1832 and is buried in the Old Van Cortlandtville Cemetery in Westchester County, New York[2].


List of Greats
1.     Arthur Durrwood Brown
2.     Henry Brown
3.     Eliza Fowler
4.     Phoebe Fowler
5.    Reuben Fowler
6.     Reuben Fowler
7.     Jeremiah Fowler
8.     William Fowler
9.     Joseph Fowler






[1] Find a Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com), Reuben Fowler - Memorial# 34837264. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=34837264.

[2] Ibid.