Hello, and Happy New Year, family members, near and far.
I disappeared towards the end of 2019, so apologies for that, but my husband and I were in South Korea again to further investigate the situation surrounding his adoption many years ago. I’d hoped to do a post or two in the run up to Christmas, but time slipped away from me. You know how that goes, I’m sure. And now it is already mid-January! Yikes!
Today’s post is for folks following the various family lines covered by this blog, specifically Brodhead; McGlasson; Wills; Slaymaker (Sargent); Wirsig; Hemion; and Cushman. I learned a few bits and bobs over the course of last year that I did not manage to share in the blog, so here goes—in no particular order!
Eva Wilder McGlasson Brodhead –
Some of you may remember my post where I wondered whether Eva had indeed married a McGlasson or that that was just a pen name she used. I recently heard from author Michael McGlasson who is doing research on the McGlasson family. He forwarded an email he received from the Kenton County Public Library in Covington, KY: “According to the Hamilton County, Ohio marriage records, Eva Wilder married William F. McGlasson on 29 May 1882. Apparently the couple lived for some time in Wyoming, Ohio until Eva filed for divorce in October 1891. Neglect and infidelity were given as the reasons for her plea.” So yes, Eva was married to a McGlasson at the age of 12. Michael went on to say: “I also found out that Mr. McGlasson was some sort of salesman and was away from home quite often. Seems that he had a penchant for the ladies. Apparently, Eva and her husband lived in Wyoming, Ohio, which is directly across the border from Covington, Kentucky. It is , as the old say goes, close enough to spit that far. I believe since Eva was only 12 years old (her grave marker in Colorado also states that she was born in 1870), she eloped to Ohio, perhaps because she “had to.” After returning to Covington after her divorce, she met up with Mr. Brodhead and began her literary career.” Many thanks, Michael, for sharing this information.
Sarah (Sadie) Sargent (name change from Slaymaker) Hemion –
Eons ago I did a post about the Sargent family, my great-grandmother’s side of the family on my mother’s side. William and Mary (Wills) Sargent emigrated to the US after the Civil War. There were four children: Elizabeth, Samuel, Sadie and William. Sadie married into the Hemion family and lived in East Rutherford, NJ. At the time of that post, and long thereafter, I kept my eye out for Hemions on Ancestry who could be/were linked to Sarah. Over the summer, I spotted the correct tree, however, the incorrect Sarah Sargent had been linked to. I contacted the tree’s owners, Fred and Bruce, who turned out to be great grandsons of Sadie’s via her daughter Edith, and advised them of the correct Sarah. Not knowing the family changed their name from Slaymaker to Sargent prior to leaving England, the wrong Sarah had entered their tree. In the process of our communications, we managed to sort out where Sarah, her husband Richard O. Hemion, and two of their children are buried: Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst, NJ – Section A, Lot: 141. Fred and Bruce promised to send a photo of Sadie when they find the one they recall seeing in the past. A recent move had temporarily displaced it. If they find it and give me permission, I will share it here.
Garret Brodhead’s Wheat Plains farmhouse –
For anyone who does not yet know the great news, the Wheat Plains farmhouse is being restored by the National Park Service. A long time ago I lamented its dilapidated state in this post. Fortunately, the Depuy/Brodhead Family Association took the home under its wings and diligently worked with the NPS to see to it that the house got saved before any further deterioration could occur. Members have undertaken a number of volunteer work days at the house during their summer reunion gatherings and are engaged in researching grants and other fundraisers. Renovations now in the works: a new slate roof, re-paneled and glazed windows, and a fresh coat of paint. Anyone wanting more information or interested in getting involved, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Captain Henry D. Wirsig –
I was very grateful for a December message on this blog from Sandra Pattelisse, informing me that Henry Wirsig’s grave in Belgium is in good hands: “Hello, I’ve been the “godmother” of Henry’s grave in Henri-Chapelle for about 12 years. As I live not far from the cemetery I regularly bring him flowers. Years ago, I was given the address of members of Henry’s family. I wrote to them but got no answer. I would be very glad to be able to contact some member of his family just to let them know someone here in Belgium takes care of his grave, that he’s not forgotten. Yesterday was the anniversary of his death. It was a sweet sunny day and I brought him white roses. I hope maybe you’ll be able to help me.” I did manage to research and find addresses via the White Pages to give to Sandra and emailed them accordingly. I hope she received them and manages to make contact. Henry, who boarded at my grandparents house prior to the War (see this post), was a very special fellow. It really is wonderful to know there are volunteers like Sandra who are visiting and remembering America’s fallen on foreign lands. Thank you, Sandra!
Eleazar Cushman and the Mayflower Link –
I have yet to officially link my 3rd-great-grandmother Wealthy Cushman (m. Isaac Jaques) to Eleazar although all the circumstantial evidence I’ve come across so far points to him being her father and the son of Seth and Abiah Cushman. That would solve the ongoing Mayflower mystery since Seth Cushman was the great-grandson of Mayflower passenger Mary Allerton. But I managed to make contact with Ruthie Brown of the Connecticut Gravestone Network, who is truly a marvel, and she promised to keep Eleazar on her radar. She also reached out to a Keeney family expert (Eleazer’s widow Mercy married Timothy Keeney). So this topic is now on his radar as well. This was my last post on the subject.
That’s all for today, I think. Have a good weekend. It is expected to be quite blustery here with a cold front heading down to S. Florida on Monday. We may finally have a chance to put on our sweaters!