Posted at 3:52:20 PM Link to this entry
Boy, this is amazing. I found a picture of my 3G Grandfather on the web! Ira J. Poats of Newaygo, Michigan, was a Civil War vet, according to the Miller family history we got from Aunt Betty a few years ago. So I was bored today and decided to do some Google searches on some of the names in my database. The first one that came up with hits was Ira Poats. There's a site with historical information about Newaygo County, and in their database of photos is one of Ira. Wow! It mentions that he was in Company C of the Michigan Third Infantry, which squares with the information about him in the Miller history. Wow!
There's also a transcription of a book about the Civil War vets of Newaygo County that will be worth revisiting at some point. The book is where the photo of Ira came from. There's a brief four paragraph bio of Ira, but they misspell his name in the heading as "Ira J. Boats" and get the name of his wife, Nancy Mizner, wrong as well (Nancy Mimer). Ah, the joys of OCR technology....
Posted at 3:25:52 PM Link to this entry
More cleaned up stuff that's been sitting on my hard drive. I found the birth record [page 1 | page 2] for my 3G Grandmother, Maria Navarro, who was married to Filippo Brandi and was the mother of Vincenzo. She was born on 14 Sep 1824 to Giuseppe Navarro, a 22 year old waiter (cameriere) and his wife Pasqualina Melillo, 18 years old. They lived on Strada Chiesa Anuovo, as did the witnesses, Pietro Leggiero and Salvadore Pito. It appears that Giuseppe was literate, because he signed his name on the birth record. Giuseppe would have been born around 1802, and Pasqualina would have been born around 1806, both before the earliest date of the records available from the LDS. But given that Pasqualina was 18 when Maria was born in 1824, I expect that I'll be able to find their marriage record without any trouble and be able to take the line back one more generation.
Posted at 1:34:23 PM Link to this entry