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Tombstone Tuesday: Mathias Splitlog

The subject of today’s Tombstone Tuesday article has been referred to as the “millionaire Indian”.  By all accounts, like the 1980’s Smith-Barney advertisement, he “made money the old-fashion way” – he earned it.  915 more words

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Tombstone Tuesday: Benajah Spelman Phelps (1800-1903)

  I was trolling through Vermont cemeteries looking for a subject for today’s article when I came across four graves in the Alburgh Tongue Cemetery in Grand Isle County, all children of “B.S. 1,388 more words

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Tombstone Tuesday: David Coubrough (Montreal, Canada)

David Coubrough was born in approximately 1856, according to mid-to-late nineteenth century Scottish census records.  His parents, Robert and Mary (Sandilands) Coubrough, lived in Thornliebank, Renfrewshire, Scotland (near Glasgow) where his father was employed in the textile industry as a cotton cloth lapper – someone who either cleaned cotton fibers before fed into carding machines or moved the yarn from the carding machine to the next process in weaving.  1,266 more words

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Tombstone Tuesday: What Happened to Stephen Paul?

   Stephen Paul was born in Robeson, North Carolina around 1836 to parents John H. and Mary (Wise) Paul.  John and Mary had both been born in North Carolina and after they married in 1825 they produced a large family.  1,064 more words

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Surname Saturday: Purchase

    The Purchase surname originated as an occupational name, although it’s uncertain when the name began to be used as a surname and passed down to succeeding generations.  443 more words

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Tombstone Tuesday: Philander Purchase (another case study of sorts)

Philander Purchase was born on February 27, 1830 in New York to parents Phillip and Rebecca Purchase.  I wasn’t sure what challenges this unique name would present.  792 more words

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Tombstone Tuesday: Oscar Garnett Compton, A Case Study in Historical and Ancestral Research

    Today’s Tombstone Tuesday article is a bit different since I’m presenting it as a case study.  Specifically, what search techniques can you use when you hit the so-called “brick wall”? 1,021 more words

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