Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - MORE Digitized Death Certificates OnLine

I have to interrupt my analyzing of my next family "JAMES & JONES" to share something that came in my email box yesterday........

"News from the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania"

New collections added to (copied directly from email.......)

Several new collections have been added to's website that are of interest to Pennsylvania researchers.

First, the initial batch of digitized Pennsylvania death certificates (from 1906-1924) are now accessible. Later years will be uploaded in the upcoming months. (PA death records become open after 50 years.) These records can be accessed through your account, or Pennsylvania residents can create a free account to access them. Click here for more information. 

Second, with the assistance of Pennsylvania Quaker universities Swarthmore and Haverford, Ancestry has added 11.5 million Quaker records to their site. The collection includes a research guide and can be accessed here with Ancestry membership.

And finally, the Philadelphia African American Census, taken in 1847, is now online!


Lots of great information and I included it all for you but the part that got me all excited was the first announcement of the digitized Pennsylvania death certificate (1906-1924)...... I have ancestors that lived and died during that period of time and so I went directly to and started my searches in the Death Records.  

I immediately found the Death Certificates of George DIETZ (my second Great Grandfather), and two of his children Henrietta DIETZ LEVI (Great Grand Aunt) and Andrew John DIETZ.(Great Grand Uncle) George's wife Caroline didn't die till 1928 so that is outside of the dates presented, but it looks like it may be available in the near future. I'm excited.

YAHOO!!! It is a good day for research......... 

This is another great reason to join Genealogical organizations where your ancestors lived, worked & played. I may have come across this information at a later time but as it turns out I didn't have to wait, I have this information now.   

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Wales - JAMES & JONES

I examined my BRANFIELD line this past month and found I have several more items on my 'to-do' list for this family. So going back to the basics does help. I really enjoyed putting the timeline together at the end. I might have gone a little overboard on the details but then again it is all there to see.

Now I am going to examine another line- looking at Mary Anne JAMES line - starting with her father,  my second great grandfather: Jonathen G. JAMES son of David JAMES and Margaret Unknown (which would be my 3rd great grandfather but this is all I know bout them at this time)

Jonathen- born: 31 Oct 1839 Caernarvon, Wales

married: Margaret JONES (yes a JAMES and a JONES oh my!) 14 February 1861 Llangynwyd, Glamorgan, Wales
   Margaret was born 19 Aug 1839 Caernarvon, Wales the daughter of Lewis JONES, unknown wife

**I received this transcribed copy of this marriage license from a family member, Jean DAVIES/ Virginia in  2004

Certified copy of an Entry of Marriage. #62 ..

Marriage solemnized at 'the Parish Church' in the 'Parish of Llangynwyd' in the 'County of Glamorgan'  .... application # R62859
WHEN MARRIED: 31 August 1861 
                                        Margaret JONES 
(AGE) of full age 
(CONDITION) Bachelor/Spinster
(RANK or Profession)  Miner/ -----
(RESIDENT at time of Marriage)  Metcalfe Street, Llan Higher (ditto marks for Margaret's information) 
(FATHERS NAME & Surname) Jonathen --- David JAMES 
                                                       Margaret--- Lewis JONES 
(RANK of Profession of Father) David JAMES --- Carpenter
                                                       Lewis JONES --- Shopkeeper
Married in the 'Parish Church' according to the 'rites and ceremonies' of the 'established church after banns by me' "R.P. Llewelyn, MA Vicar" 
This marriage was solemnized between us "Jonathen James" & "Margaret Jones (x by her name)" in the presence of us "William Lewis" & Anne Davies" 
Certified to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of a Register of Marriages in the Registration District of "Bridgend"# M014360  18th of February 1987

How lucky can I be to actually find the marriage license of Jonathen JAMES and Margaret JONES. I am amazed and very thankful.

To-Do List Started:
more info about Llangynwyd, Glamorgan, Wales
more info about Caernarvon, Caernarfonshire, Wales
detail maps of both areas and one of Wales
could try to find the address of Metcalf Street, Llan Higher - Lyangynwyd, Wales
More info on both parents

Monday, April 28, 2014

Tuesday's Tip --- TIMELINE of Edward C Branfield

Time to put together all the information I think I have for my Great Grandparents (fathers mothers side) - TIMELINE time................ I wonder what I have missed. Got to study this timeline a little more.

                        Edward C. BRANFIELD

Birth:              6 July 1860 Blaina, Monmouthshire, England - Edward C BRANFIELD
Birth:              1866 sister/ Mary Elizabeth Branfield - Monmouthshire England
Immigration:  November 23 1869 Entered United States/ on Minnesota 
                              from Liverpool & Queenstown England to NY USA

Birth:              1870 sister/ Fannie Branfield/ Hubbard, Trumbull, Ohio
Census:           1870 OH Trumbull Co Hubbard Twp (4 Aug 1870) w/parents &2 sisters/ no address
Birth:               1873  sister/ Jane Branfield, Hubbard, Trumbull, Ohio
Birth:               1876 sister/ Esther Branfield- Coalburg, Trumbull Co., Ohio
Birth:               1878 brother/ Charles Branfield,  Hubbard, Trumbull Co., Ohio

Birth:               1880 sister/ Martha- Coalburg, Trumbull  Co., Ohio
Census:           1880 OH Trumbull Co Hubbard (28 Jun 1880) 20y w/parents6 siblings/636 Chestnut
Married:         1881 December 26  Sharon, Mercer, PA Mary Ann JAMES
Birth:               1882 brother/ Robert Branfield - Hubbard, Trumbull, Ohio
Birth:               1883 son/ John Edward Branfield- Coalburg, Trumbull, Ohio
Birth:               1885 daughter/ Eveline Branfield - Coalburg, Trumbull, Ohio
Death:             1885 10 December daughter Eveline Branfield- Hubbard, Trumbull, Ohio
Born:               1886 son/ Albert Branfield- Coalburg, Trumbull, Ohio
Naturalization:1888 February 17 - Naturalized as an individual separate from father 
Born:               1889 daughter/ Margaret E Branfield - Coalburg, Trumbull, Ohio

Death:             1890 6 March - sister Jane Branfield- Hubbard, Trumbull, Ohio
Census:           1890 death of daughter Jane Branfield- Hubbard Trumbull, Ohio
Born:               1892 daughter/ Esther Branfield- Somerdale, Ohio
Born:               1895 son / Vancil Roy Branfield - Lindentree, Carroll, Ohio
Born:               1897 daughter/ Myrtle Branfield - Lindentree, Carroll, Ohio
Born:               1899 son/ Richard  Branfield- Minerva, Carroll, Ohio

Census:           1900 OH Stark Co Sandy Twp (11 June 1900) w/ 7 children/ no address
Marriage:        1906 OH Philadelphia - son/ John Edward Branfield & Erma Belle KLINE
Birth:                1907 granddaughter/Burdine A Branfield- OH Stark Co., Magnolia (John E)

Census:           1910 OH Stark Co Lexington Twp Alliance (25 Apr 1910) 766 Cambridge
Resident:         1910 Directory_E C Branfield 766 Cambridge/ Stone & Branfield 
                                  (Grandview Coal Mine)
Resident:         1911 Directory-  E C Branfield- 766 E Cambridge/ Grandview Coal Mine)
Birth:                1911 grandson: Paul Herbert Branfield/ OH - (John E) 
Marriage:        1911 OH, Stark, Alliance/ daughter Margaret E & John Patterson GARDNER
Resident:         1913 Directory- E C Branfield- 447 S Liberty Ave - coal 
Marriage:       1916 OH, Coshocton - daughter/ Esther zbranfield & Edward Wells THOMAS
Birth:               1917 OH Stark Co., Alliance grandson/ John Patterson Gardner Jr (my father)
Birth:               1917 Grandson Edmond Wells Thomas / (Esther B Branfield)

Census:            1920 OH Stark Lexington Twp Alliance City(10 Jan 1920) 4 children/ 624 E Oxford
Resident:         1920 Directory E C Branfield - miner, Klinger Mine res: 624 E Oxford
Marriage:        1920 son Albert Branfield & Myrtle Marie LUTZ  OH Stark Co., Alliance
Marriage:        1921 OH Stark, Alliance daughter/Myrtle Branfield & Benjamin Franklin DAVIS
Marriage:        1922 OH ? - son/ Vancil Roy Branfield & Florence H WELF
Birth:                1922 grandson: Richard Branfield Thomas/PA-  (Esther B Branfield) 
Birth:                1922 grandson: Robert Elwyn DAVIS - Pittsburg, Allegheny, PA (MyrtleBranfield)
Resident:         1923 Directory - mine foreman res: 624 E Oxford
Birth:                1924 granddaughter/ Nancy Branfield /Cleveland OH  (Vancil R Branfield)
Birth:                1926 grandson Earl Wayne Branfield (Albert Branfield)  Canton,, OH
Resident:          1928-28 Directory - coal operator res: 624 E Oxford

Census:            1930 OH Stark Lexington Twp Alliance City(11 Apr 1930) /1 son /  624 E Oxford
Resident:         1930 Directory - coal operator res: 624 E Oxford
Marriage:        1930 Granddaughter Burdine A Branfield & J Victor KING
Birth:               1931 G Grandson/ Richard King (BurdineA Branfield)
Marriage:        1932 OH ?  son/ Richard & Katherine Sophia UNTCH
Birth:                1932 grandson Edward Charles Branfield / OH Stark, Alliance (RichardBranfield)
Anniversary:   1932 OH, Stark Co., Alliance - 50th Golden Anniversary Celebration
Birth:               1933 ggranddaughter: Patricia KING (Burdine A Branfield)
Birth:               1934 granddaughter  Mary Ann Branfield / OH Stark, Alliance (RichardBranfield)
Resident:        1935 OH, Stark Co., Alliance - from 1940 Census
Birth:               1936 Granddaughter/Barbara Jane Branfield/ OH Stark Alliance (RichardBranfield
Birth:               1938 granddaughter Katherine Patricia Branfield/ OH Stark Alliance (RBranfield)

Census:            1940 CA, Los Angeles Co., Pasadena (26 April 1940) just the two of them
Birth:                1940 granddaughter Cynthia Branfield/ OH Stark Alliance (Richard Branfield)
*Death:            1941 October 9 - Edward C BRANFIELD -Quemado, NM/Certificate of Death
*Buried:           1941   October - Edward C BRANFIELD - Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio
Marriage:        1942 Grandson/ Paul H Branfield & Florence RAPP
Marriage:        1942 ggranddaughter/ Nancy Branfield & James P READ
Birth:                1943 ggrandson- Jack KING  (Burdine A Branfield)
Marriage:        1943 grandson: John Patterson GARDNER Jr & Mary Jane LITTLE
                                 Ft Meade Maryland  (Margaret Branfield)
Birth:               1943 gggrandson James P READ Jr / (Nancy Branfield)
Affidavit Birth:1944, April 11 - Mary Ann BRANFIELD- Allegheny, Allegheny Co., PA
Death:             1944 July 3 - son/ John Edward - Pasadena, CA
Birth:               1944 gggranddaughter Judith Ann Read - OH (Nancy Branfield)
*Death:            1945 July 15  Mary Ann JAMES BRANFIELD - Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - Mary Ann BRANFIELD

Great Grandmother on my Fathers Mothers side...........

Alliance Review, Friday July 13, 1945   DEATHS/ Obituary

                                    MARY ANN [JAMES] BRANFIELD

Mrs Mary Ann Brandfield [should be BRANFIELD], 79, died at 3 a.m.  Friday at the home of her daughter Mrs John P Gardner, 2214 South Linden Avenue, after an illness of two weeks.

Born in Wales, Mrs Branfield came to the United States in 1870 and resided in Alliance 36 years. She was a member of the First Methodist Church, the Eastern Stars, the Pythian Sisters, and the Welsh American Club.

Surviving are two other daughters, Mrs E. W. Thomas of Gettysburg, PA and Mrs B. F. Davis of Pittsburgh PA; three sons, Albert Branfield and Dr Richard Branfield of Alliance and Dr V. R. Branfield of Lakewood; four brothers, Samuel and Richard James of Kent and David James of Steubenville; three sisters, Mrs Frank Bowman of Magnolia; Mrs Arthur Thomas of Canton and Mrs James Brown of Detroit Mich., and 15 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Her husband, Edward C. Branfield died four years ago, while a son J. E. Branfield, died a year ago in Pasadena Calif.

Funeral services will be held at 3:30 pm Monday at the Cassaday and Turkle Funeral Home in charge of  Dr Paul Secrest, pastor of the First Methodist Church. Friends may call from 7 - 9 pm Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will be made in City Cemetery


RESEARCH still to do: 
First Methodist Church
Eastern Stars
Pythian Sisters
Welsh American Club
.....also a little more on the James side of the family. I am not familiar with anyone in Detroit, Mich. and in Kent.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Follow Friday - the APP is out

Are you attending the Southern California Jamboree? I am.

Last year I won and my registration is free this year. I would never imagine that I would win something that I would really want to do or go to, but I did. I would be going anyway but I am glad sometimes for a pay back and this is mine. Thank you Paula and Leo and the Jamboree.

I have been registered for a while. I haven't looked over the schedule for a while but starting to get a little anxious. Looking forward to the event after reading all the Jamboree blog posts........

BUT today I found the APP for the Jamboree is out and ready for download

.......and yes I downloaded it right away. I AM THRILLED! Now I am getting anxious to pick classes and other stuff...... fill out the APP with my information so I can begin some social time with the Jamboree peeps and get a little more organized.

You can download it directly from the Jamboree website OR you can go to the APP Store and download it from there. I love the apps for all the conferences, it sure helps me. As usual there is the Exhibitors Information, Speakers Information, Social Media and Sharing (Read Tweets with #scgs2014 hashtag, Tweet from within the app , Blog feeds, Photos,  Friend Links, Facebook), Session Information, & Maps.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - NATURALIZATION yipppppey!!

My Great Grandfather on my Fathers Mothers side............


This is odd to me, but maybe it is not. My Great Grandfather Edward C Branfield was under eighteen when he arrived in the United States with his parents.  I did not expect to find that he had filed for Citizenship on his own even though his father already filed papers with a final date of 25 September 1875  around 8 years earlier than his sons final date. 

I don't really understand why the son felt he needed to file for citizenship as an individual when his father had already filed. Don't the children receive automatic citizenship when the father has been naturalized?

Still have not located where they entered the United States. I have looked but I will keep looking. I am assuming that they came in through Ellis Island, can't see why they would have come in to another port but who knows. 1869 was a long time ago and conditions, reference points, why come were different for everyone. Yes, Why did they come?

These documents also show he was from Wales and I have England. His father's declaration also shows he is from Wales but other documents show him from England. 

Oh Goodie!! Another mystery to unravel!!! 


In and for the County of Trumbull, and State of Ohio

I, Edward C Branfield, being duly sworn do depose and say that I am a native of Wales, that I was 27 years of age on the 6th day of July last past; that I first arrived in the United States in the month of November A.D. 1869 that at the time I so arrived I had not attained the eighteenth year of my age; and that for three years last past it has been my bona fide intention to become A Citizen of the United States,  and to renounce, forever, all  allegiance and fidelity to every Foreign Prince, Potentate, State or Sovereignty whatsoever, and particularly all allegiance and fidelity to Victoria Queen of Great Britain whose subject I am.

(signed) E. C. Branfield
     sworn to and Subscribed before me, this 17th day of February AD 1888

signed John R La........(?sp)/ Deputy Clerk



Be it Remembered, that on the 17th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight came Edward C Branfield and alien, native of Wales a free white person and proved, tot he satisfaction of the Court, that he has made the requisite declaration of  his intention to be NATURALIZED, and become A Citizen of the United States; that he was 27 years of age on the 6th day of July last past, that he first arrived in the United States in the month of November A.D. 1869; that at the time he so arrived he had not attained the eighteenth year of his age; and also at the same time came Thomas Swain[?sp] and being duly sworn, did depose and say that the said Edward C Branfield has resided for five (5) years last during all that time he has behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same. 

And Whereupon, the said Edward C Branfield made solemn oath that he will support the Constitution of the United States, and that he doth ABSOLUTELY AND ENTIRELY RENOUNCE AND ABJURE all allegiance and fidelity to every Foreign Prince, Potnetate State of Sovcereighty whosoever, and particulartly all allegiance and fidelity to Victoria Queen of Great Britain.whose subject he was.

Whereupon, it is ordered by the Court that a Certificate of Citizenship be issued to him., on payment of costs of the application.

David R. Griffith, Probate Judge

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary

Found two newspaper articles about the my great grandparents- celebrating their  "50th Golden Wedding Anniversary". Yes I have to say that I am very lucky to have found either write up but especially the second write up with so much information included. I am still picking it a part and researching all the different points, organizations, and family. I need to go line by line, listing out what I need to research.

first write up: 50 Years of Marriage.......  the Golden Anniversary 
The Repository, Canton Ohio Dec 29, 1932 + picture of couple

Alliance Ohio  Dec 29, Mr and Mrs Edward C. Branfield of 624 East Oxford Street, celebrated their golden anniversary Saturday Dec 26.  They were married in 1881 in Sharon PA and are aged 71 and 65 years respectively. A family dinner was held at Alliance Country Club followed by a reception for friends. Gold was the prevailing color at the tables, decorated with candles and  flowers.

The couple have seven children, 10 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Children present include John E Branfield of Pasadena Cal, Mrs Edmond Wells Thomas of Gettysburg PA; Mrs Benjamin Franklin Davis of Pittsburg PA; Dr Vancil R Branfield of Lakewood ; Mrs John Peterson [Patterson] Gardner; Albert Branfield and Dr Richard Branfield, all of Alliance. Mrs Allen Hindson, a sister of Mrs Branfield, who attended the wedding 50 years ago was also present.

second write up;  Alliance Review, Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio

Alliance Couple Celebrate Golden Anniversary - 1932   [w/picture]
under picture... Mr and Mrs E C Branfield are guests at a sumptuous dinner in the spacious dining room of the Alliance Country Club. In addition to the joyous festivities of the Christmas season, a very happy company gathered in the spacious dining room of the Alliance Country Club on Saturday December 26, for the celebration of the Golden Wedding of Mr and Mrs E C Branfield, when, with their immediate family, about 60 relatives and friends were seated at the tables, which were beautifully decorated, and upon which an excellent dinner was served.

On account of the widely separated families, which gathered from Pennsylvania, Michigan and California and various cities in Ohio, only as impromptu program could be arranged. but was so well carried out that no improvement could be desired. Mrs Brown of Detroit MI, sister of the bride, acting as toastmistress.
Before being seated the dexology was sung, followed by prayer by the Rec A R Elshoff, DD, Pastor of the Emmanual Reformed Church. During the meal someone put the question, "What's the matter with the Branfields?" which received the voiferous reply: "They're all right." Congratulatory addresses were given by Dr Elshoff, Attorney H S Wykuff (city solicitor), E W Thomas, of Gettysburg, PA a son in law, and others. Mr Thomas recital of his experience in 'asking dad' would arouse the eympathy of those having passed through such an ordeal, but perhaps would discourage some timid soul apt to face it.

During the dinner a very pretty scene was enacted, when two little grandsons of the bride and groom came forward, and in works worthy of much older speech makers, presented two beautiful corsages, on to the bride and the other to Mrs Allen Hydson [HINDSON]  a sister of the groom, who was also present at their wedding fifty years ago in Sharon PA.

Beside the many valuable gifts from the children and other relatives a beautiful bouquet of flowers was presented by Attorney Wykoff on behalf of the Pythcon Sisters and past Chiefs Association, also from the Eastern Stars, of which order Mrs Branfield is an honored member, while another evidence of sincere good wishes in similiar form was presented by T Jarman in behalf of the Alliance Welsh Women's Club, of which Mrs Branfield has been recently re-elected President.

It has sometimes been thought fitting on these occasions to re-enact the wedding ceremony, but to those who have known and enjoyed the friendship of this happy couple for many years such procedure would seem inappropriate, as the vows made fifty years ago have evidently been faithfully performed, and we would venture assertion that the honeymoon has not yet waned.

At the reception which followed, large number of friends gathered to offer their best wishes, during which time several musical selections were  given, among them a duet by Mr Branfield and Mrs Brown, which might well be called  "the belated encore" as it was sung by them at the wedding party fifty years ago.
A male party composed of the sons and sons in law gave several selections, which convinced us that were they more conveniently situated they could form a glee club, of which would need not be ashamed.
When the hour of parting came we could truthfully say, "This, indeed, is the end of a perfect day" while wishing Mr and Mrs Branfield many more years in the enjoyment of the affections of their large family and the loyalty of their host of friends.

Mr Branfield was born in Blaina Monmouthshire, the son of Edward and Esther Branfield. Mrs Branfield was born in Maestage Glamorganshire, the daughter of Mr and Mrs John James, both coming to this country with their parents, who settled in Coalburg O. Their family now consists of four sons and three daughters [one daughter having died in infancy] and are highly respected in the communitys in which they live....... T Jarman

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - E. C.BRANFIELD

Great Grandfather on my Fathers Mothers side.............

The Alliance Review, Friday October 19, 1941  DEATHS

                                                          E. C. BRANFIELD

Relatives in Alliance have received word of the death Thursday of E. C. Branfield which occurred at Albuquerque, N. M. while on route from a three month visit in Alliance to
Tuscon, Ariz., where he and Mrs. Branfield planned to reside.

Mr Branfield who observed his 81st birthday anniversary in July, came to the United States from England as a child or 9, the son of Edward and Esther Branfield. He resided in Alliance for 32 years and had been in the coal business, his life occupation.Since his retirement he had spent most of his time in the west.He was a member of the First Methodist Church and on December 31 would have been a member for the Knights of Pythfas for 60 years.

He is survived by his widow and seven children: John Branfield of Pasadena, Calif; Albert Branfield of East Mill Street; Mrs John Gardner of South Linden Avenue; Mrs Ed Thomas of Gettysburg, PA; Vancil R Branfield of Lakewood; Mrs Ben F Davis of Pittsburgh PA and Dr Richard Branfield of Hartshorn Street. There are 15 grandchildren  and four great grandchildren, also three sisters and a brother, Mrs William Bryn and Mrs Alan Hindson of Youngstown, Mrs William Gee of Kinsman and Charles Branfield of Masury.

Funeral arrangements have not been set.


I believe they visited their son John Edward BRANFIELD before going to Arizona. I believe that were going to move to Arizona because Mrs Branfield had asthma and needed the Arizona climate. Doesn't look like that came to be. After her husband passed away unexpectedly in Arizona, I believe she traveled back to Alliance Ohio where most of  her children lived and stayed till she passed away in 1945.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Affidavit of Birth


                 Great Grandmother Mary Ann (JAMES) BRANFIELD 

                                                         AFFIDAVIT OF BIRTH

County of Allegheny
State of  Penna

Before me, a Notary Public in and for said County, personally appeared Mary Ann Branfield, who being first duly sworn according to law, deposes and says that she married Edward C Branfield, who is now deceased, at Sharon, Pennsylvania, December 26, 1881.

Affidavit further says that her son, John E Branfield, was born of that marriage, October 23, 1883, at Coalburg, Trumbull County, Ohio, and

              That he now resides at #166 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, California.

Affidavit further says that she was born, October 8, 1865 at Meistag, Gla-Morganshire, Wales, entering the United States, September 1870, with her parents.

Affidavit further states that her father, Jonathan James, was naturalized at Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio in 1884, thus naturalizing her, and that she has retained that citizenship.

Affidavit further says that her late husband, Edward C Branfield, was born July 6, 1860, at Rhyme, Monmouthshire, England, entering the United States with his parents in 1869, and that said Edward C Branfield became a citizen of the United States by naturalization about 1890 in Warren, Trumbull County, Ohio, and that he retained his citizenship.

Affidavit further says that her son, John E Branfield, was born a citizen of the United States of America and has retained his citizenship.

(signed)  Mary ann Branfield

Sworn to before me and
Subscribed in my presence
This 11th day of April 1944

(signed) Jessie Rupert, Notary Public
Jessie Rupert, N. P.
My Commission Expires
March 7, 1947

mailed 3 copies 4-11-1944

I love that I have an original signature for Mary Ann James Branfield

My main question is why did Mary Ann need to create this document? 
The document only included one son, herself, her deceased husband & father. She had a total of 8 children -4 boys & 4 girls-  but only her first son (& first child) is mentioned in this affidavit. Feels like a lot of it was to prove citizenship but maybe birth too

Wonder if it had to do with John being in California.... did he need to prove his birth &/or citizenship for a job? The census & death certificate & obituary say he was a plumber. He was involved in some type of work related accident and he died 3 July 1944- almost 3 months after affidavit date. So maybe nothing to do with that.  

1944 was during World War II. Did the war have anything to do with creating this document? I believe that the European campaign was settled early in 1944 so might be something with the Pacific campaign. I have not found anything to indicate he was in the service/veteran. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - BRANFIELD marries JAMES

                My Great-Grandparents on my Fathers Mothers side

born: 6 July 1860 Blaina Mommouthshire, England
died: 9 October 1941 Quemado, Catron Co., New Mexico
buried: Alliance City Cemetery, Alliance, Stark Co, Ohio

M. A. James   (Mary Ann JAMES)
born: 8 Oct 1865 Meistag Glamorgan, Wales
died: 13 July 1945 Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio
buried: Alliance City Cemetery, Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio

Married 26 December 1881
First United Methodist Church
Sharon, Mercer Co., Pennsylvania USA

There is no record at the church of this marriage. The church burned in February 1987 with all of the old records. There was no other storage. Of course Pennsylvania did not require the collection of marriage information until 1885 so that is a dead-in also. The newspaper write up of their 50th Golden Anniversary confirms the above wedding dates and place.

I have a copy of a very colorful Marriage Certificate copied from a family bible. I received this copy from a cousin (by marriage) Jean DAVIS, Weems, Lancaster Co.,Virginia USA.

                                                           Certificate of Marriage

This certifies that E. C. Branfield and M. A. James 
were united by me in the 
Holy Bonds of Matrimony 
at Sharon [Pennsylvania]on the 26 day of 
December in the year of our Lord 1881...

in presence of John L James [brother of bride John Lewis JAMES] and M Herbert [unknown]........  
signed ....[?] Applegate, Notary Pulblic


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Alliance City Cemetery, OHIO

                                        GREAT GRANDPARENTS from Fathers Mothers Side
Alliance City Cemetery
Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio

Edward C. BRANFIELD was born 6 July 1860 in Blaina Monmouthshire, England. He traveled with his parents to the United States in 1869.
   While traveling back from visiting his son John Edward BRANFIELD in Pasadena, California, he died of heart failure. This occurred in Quemado, Catron Co., New Mexico. - 9 October 1941 His body was transported by train to his home in Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio and buried at the Alliance City Cemetery,

Mary Ann (JAMES) BRANFIELD was born 8 October 1865 in Meistag Gla-Morganshire, Wales. She traveled with her parents to the United States in 1870. She died (13 July1945) and was buried with her husband at the Alliance City Cemetery. She passed away of Cardiac Asthma Myocarditis - suffered 20 years.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Surname Saturday - JAMES, LITTLE, JONES, BROWN oh for a unique surname

JAMES  this is as bad as LITTLE, JONES, and BROWN and I have them all.......  PLEASE give my one good unique name!!  

And so it came true.......  I have not been able to uncover this mystery yet (but I will). The mystery involves my Great Grandaunt Margaretta JAMES.

She is the daughter of Jonathen and Margaret (JONES) JAMES. Born 20 June 1868 in Glamorgan,Wales. Entered the USA in 1870

She married a man named James BARTHOLOMEW(coal miner & then store keeper). Rumors say that they divorced. But whatever happened between them before they divorced must have been really something since she is said to have legally changed her children's and her last name to BOTTOMY to spite him. Did it? 

NO! I don't know the significance but I reeeeeally want to know. 

1880- Margaretta was 12 years old and living with her parents Jonathen and Margaret JAMES in Hubbard, Trumbull County, Ohio 

By the 1900 (& again in 1910) US Census Margaretta had already changed her name and her two sons last name to BOTTOMY. They lived in Fairfield Twp, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio. Odd thing is the husbands name is  John not James and he was included in both census with the family and the surname of BOTTOMY.

The 1920 & 1930 US Census shows the first son John Henry BOTTOMY married a Florence MAIER. They married with the BOTTOMY surname. Their children also have the last name of BOTTOMY. They lived in Stark Co., Ohio.

1930 US Census, second son Clarence BOTTOMY also retained the name and married a Chloe [Unknown] with children. They lived in the Cuyahoga, Ohio.

Located Margaretta's tombstone: 

                   1868     -    1953
       Alliance City Cemetery
        Alliance, Stark Co., Ohio
She is buried along side her parents
Jonathen (John G.) and Margaret JAMES

Now I wonder when BROWN entered the picture? Is it John? James? 
What does BOTTOMY mean? Significance?
Still need to locate the 1920, 1930 & 1940 US Census for Margaretta.....  no success yet. 
But what about the change of name? Where to look? 

                               A real mystery for sure!  True or Myth?? Who knows yet!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Happy April Fools Day!

My worse (my only)  prank was  April 1, 2001. I am married, two grown children,  both parents living and lots of cousins. In 1999, my husband and I moved from Citrus Heights California to Drums, Pennsylvania after the military bases closed in Sacramento California. My husband was following his workload to Tobyhanna Air Base, Pennsylvania for a 5 year period and then we were going to move back to our home in Citrus Heights. In the meantime, our children were living in the home while we were gone. 

This year for whatever reason I thought I would send out a April Fools Day joke. I had never done this before and not sure why this year. AND I wished I had not done it at all. I apologize to all my family. 

I decided to tell all my relatives in California and New York that I was pregnant. My two boys in California are already in their early twenties and I am almost 54 years old. What a stupid thing to do. Wow, did get some pretty strange mixed message messages and a number of congratulations (probably didn't know what else to say). I don't think I fooled my dad but my mother seemed believe it and was concerned about having another child at my age. Apparently no one remembered (except my dad) that I had had my tubes tied more than twenties before. 

I really started feeling bad instead of laughing about it.Later the same day I sent out the April Fools Day - it is a joke message. I felt a collective a sigh of relief and maybe some shaking their heads in disbelief.

I felt bad about the whole thing and apologized to everyone,  so I have never done that again.

Any other confessions?