Ancestral Notes

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Madness Monday -The Tornado In My Backyard

I was up most of the night on Saturday watching the Doppler radar as the storm was raging across southern Michigan headed straight for the northern shore of Lake Erie. After the storm seemed to be weakening and the weather alerts were downgraded, about 1:20am, the station went back to regular programming and my husband went to bed and I stayed up watching tv.

After about an hour my dog, Angus, started whimpering and trembling and he was climbing all over me. Angus is an 80 lb. Lab mix who is scared of thunder, but there wasn’t any thunder, just rain, it wasn’t even windy. I’ve never seen him so upset and scared. Then the power went out and my husband’s scanner started going off upstairs and my husband got up and settled him down.

The first reports of storm damage started flooding in to the Emergency Services. There were numerous hydro poles sheared off and power lines down, broken gas mains and water mains, trees on houses, trees through houses, there was a clear path of destruction starting just east of Kingsville down County Road 20 below the ridge and into the south of Leamington and eastward to Hillman marsh. It was the worst tornado Leamington has seen in over fifty years. Having occurred in the middle of the night, it is a miracle that no one was injured. Several houses were destroyed by falling trees.

After all of the excitement, we went out into our backyard yesterday afternoon, not expecting anything unusual, we didn’t get much wind at all, and discovered that our birch tree had two branches twisted and broken half-way up the tree.

Nothing else was disturbed, not even any leaves or twigs in the yard or in the neighbourhood. My rose bushes in the front yard didn’t even lose a petal!

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Madness Monday – Evidence Unexplained

I have a mystery that I would like to solve, it is driving me mad! I am stumped! How could this be? My great-grandmother, Harriet Doan Hines, is my most recent brick wall. I thought that I knew who she was and how she fit in but the more I find out about her, the more I don’t know.

Here’s what I have about Harriet Fernetta Doan:

the evidence:

Harriet Doan was born in Dec. 1854 in Ohio, USA. (1911 census)
Harriet immigrated to Canada in 1855. (1911 census)
Harriet Doan was married to John Haines in Welland, Ontario.
Harriet Haines (Haynes) was living with her husband and four children in 1881.(census)
Harriet Haines was living and children in Aldborough Twp., Elgin Cty. in 1891. (census)
Harriet Hines was living with her husband and children in Rochester, Essex Cty. in 1901 (census)
Harriet was living in Gosfield North, Essex County in 1905-06.(children enrolled in Gosfield North school Sept./05, daughter’s obituary, Jan./06)
Harriet was living with her husband and children in Essex, Ontario in 1911. (census)
Harriet was living with her husband in the town of Essex in September, 1916. (news article about son’s death)
Harriet was living with her husband on Maidstone Ave., Essex in 1930. (son’s obituary)
Harriet was living on Maidstone Ave., Essex, in 1932. (husband’s obituary)
Harriet died Dec. 20, 1935 in Essex, Ontario. (death notice, gravestone)
Harriet Doan Hines was buried in Woodslee Jarriet Cemetery. (gravestone)

This is what is conflicting:

Harriet died Dec. 20, 1935 at the age of 82 years, 16 days. That would make her birth date Dec. 4, 1853. (death notice)
Harriet was born on Dec.4, 1857. (1901 Rochester, Essex North census)
Harriet (Haynes) was born in Ontario. (1881 Monck, Moulton & 1901 Rochester, Essex North census)
Allen Clark Doan was Harriet’s son’s uncle and was present shortly after his birth in Welland in 1881. (affidavit on delayed birth cert.).
Harriet was not in the Linus C. Doan family censuses in Welland in 1861 and 1871. (censuses)
Allen Clark Doan’s father’s obituary in 1904 in Essex doesn’t mention Harriet as daughter or sister, only mentions one living brother, Isaac, Jr.. (Linus C. Doan obituary)
F.W.Hines 1st attestation papers lists Allen Doan as cousin. (Allen C. Doan’s son, Allen C. born June 11, 1886?)
The Doan family book has Harriet listed as the daughter of Isaac and Polly Doan, Linus C. Doan’s sister.
Isaac Doan died in 1850. (1848 will, proved 1850)

I am planning on ordering Harriet’s marriage and death certificate and see if they will give me some answers or just raise more questions.

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Madness Monday – I’m Really Connected To My Parents!

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I have grown up knowing that mom and dad were distant cousins, but I didn’t understand the connection until I started to research my family. Just for fun, I decided to use the relationship calculator in my Rootsmagic 4 program and was surprised that my mom and dad had more connections than I thought:


Then I decided to change dad’s name for mine and find out how many different connections I have to mom:Mom-Me

I was really surprised that there were eight connections, but when I changed mom’s name for dad’s I was shocked, to say the least!


So, I thought to myself, what if I put my name in and calculated any connection between me and myself:


Now if that isn’t MADNESS!!

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Madness Monday – Nettie Kennedy

Henrietta (Nettie) Haines, my grand-aunt, was born in Welland, Ontario, Canada about 1875. She married William Lynch who was 11 years her senior on August 1, 1892. She was widowed after a few years and decided to go to New York with her younger sister, Jessie. She met and married David Kennedy who was the manager of a department store in Harlem. David Kennedy had three children, George, Irene and Clara.

On Jan. 13th, 1918 David came home drunk and and shot Nettie three times in the back of the neck. George heard his step-mother’s screams and came to her aide, and had his back broken by his father. Both Nettie and George died within a half hour of each other at different New York hospitals.

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Madness Monday

There are some questions about my family history that I don’t think I’ll ever have the answers to and I am going to list the top ten here. I have wasted many hours trying to find the answers and am no closer than when I started.

  1. Why did John Haines change his surname to Hines?
  2. What was Joseph Haines, Sr’s wife’s name?
  3. What was Lydia Haines’ maiden name?
  4. What was Maria Freisman’s maiden name?
  5. Who was Thomas Fairbairn of Fogo’s father?
  6. What was the name of Joseph Haines, Sr., UEL’s son who died in the Revolutionary war?
  7. What was John Doane’s wife’s maiden name?
  8. Was Daniel Doane, Sr. married to Constance Snow?
  9. Who was Titus Doan, Jr’s wife?
  10. Where did all the Freismans go?

Maybe I’ll find out the answers someday, but I’m not going to dwell on them anymore. Now, on to new mysteries…

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July 2020