Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Praising Our Ancestors


Let us now sing the praises of ... our ancestors.
(Sirach 44:1, Three Minutes A Day, Vol. 41, by The Christopher, 27 July)
19 May 2015

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Making Everyday Sacred


We can all create sacred books and boxes -- a volume of dreams, a heart-felt diary, a notebook of thoughts, a particularly meaningful album of photographs [a family history or a genealogy] -- and thus in a small but significant way can make the everyday sacred.
(Thomas Moore, Care Of The Soul, p. 215)
17 May 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

David Bonar Descendants

I posted a report about David Bonar and his descendants to my "secret" Henthorn Group on Facebook.  I haven't been able to obtain the name of his wife yet.  The information in the report would be of interest to folks working on: Bonar, Mason, or Yoho.

What's a "secret" group on Facebook?  It's a group where membership is by invitation only. This allows me to control who has access to the work I'm willing to share. Members can see and download any reports I share in the File area of the Group.  If members are so inclined, they can also share their own work either in posts or to the File area.

I like using this method to share because it's quick and easy for me and because I don't need to remember Email addresses and I know who has access to my work.

Dick Henthorn
4 May 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

150th Anniversary of the Assassination of President Lincoln

Today, 14 Apr 2015, marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC.

Everton Conger played a role in tracking down John Wilkes Booth.  Here's what Wikipedia has to say about the part he played.

Everton Conger

Here are links to other articles I posted in the past.

Everton Judson Conger

Everton Judson Conger

Everton Judson Conger

Here's the FindAGrave link

[Note: I noticed that there is a broken link to one of my Conger reports included in the Wikipedia article. What a surprise!  [I didn't post that link.] I'll need to do some review to determine if I can fix this problem.  Perhaps an ancestor report for Everton Conger would be more appropriate.]

Dick Henthorn
14 April 2015

Where Do I Fit?

I am often asked by people interested in Henthorn genealogy, "Where do you fit into the genealogy of brothers, James and John Henthorn?"

Here's a reply I wrote today after John Blankenship, who is part of The Amos Tree asked the question.

In 1957, when we lived in Wichita my mother received a letter from Norma Henthorn of Bethany, OK asking where we fit into the Henthorn family tree.  Mother replied to the letter.  Roy and Norma were working on their genealogy effort The Amos Tree.  Years later, probably around 1987, I obtained a copy of that work and one other publication that Norma did with Professor Raymond Bell of Pennsylvania.  I was never able to establish a correspondence with Roy and Norma.  I tried.  I keyed the information from both documents into my genealogy program which at that time was, Personal Ancestral File.
Two Henthorn brothers, James and John were in Maryland in the mid-1730's. They were located on the west bank of the Susquehanna River in the area of present day, Harve de Grace, MD.  Later, they moved up the west bank of the river to Wrightsville, PA where Thomas Cresap, famous Maryland frontiersman, operated a ferry across the river.
Your family descends from one of these two brothers.  I'm not sure when they separated in their westward movement. One curious thing is that both branches showed up later around Idabel, OK. 
got interested in working on the genealogy of James and John when I got in touch with Mary Josephine (Henthorn) Bolerjack of Danville, IL who was working on your Henthorns.  We collaborated for many years and donated one 750-page genealogy to the LDS library in Salt Lake.  That's available on microfiche for use at any Family History Center where someone requests that it be sent.  The Amos Tree is also available for use at Family History Centers.
Some say the Henthorn brothers came from Ireland.  There is no documentation to support this. I'm not saying it isn't true. In my opinion it is more likely that they came from England (see the next paragraph).
Now to the question you asked. I don't fit into either line. In the mid-1850's my family came from the area of Crompton and Oldham which is now part of greater Manchester, England.  They were weavers and first settled in New York State.  Later they moved to Fishhook, Pike Co., IL where they farmed.  My grandfather, Charles Holt and his brother, John Douglas moved west to the area around Aurora, Hamilton Co., NE where they farmed.  I was born in Lincoln, NE while my father was going to grad school at the University of Nebraska. I grew up in Bellevue, NE and moved to Wichita in 1953-54 when my father got a job with Boeing.

Dick Henthorn
14 April 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

RootsMagic User's Group

There is a new RootsMagic User's Group on Facebook.

Here's a screenshot of the announcement. You'll need to be a Facebook member to join. The URL for requesting membership is included in the screenshot. Key the URL into the Facebook search box at the top of the Facebook screen.


Dick Henthorn
4 April 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Don Knotts of West Virginia

Yesterday, folks on Facebook, were talking about the genealogy of comedian/actor Don Knotts of West Virginia.  As usual, what they posted was difficult to follow. I begin to think that I had one of his ancestors in my file. I asked for clarification. I was able to compare the answer with the information available on FindAGrave. It matched.  I did in fact have an ancestor in my file.

I keyed in enough of the available information to allow me to easily generate an ahnentafel report for Mr. Knotts. As time and interest permits I'll return to the FindAGave information and fill in more details.

Dick Henthorn
31 March 2015