52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge Week #1

Introduction to the Challenge:

I decided to participate in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. You can find more information on the challenge at 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

What particularly piqued my interest was her opening paragraph:

“You’ve worked hard on your genealogy. You’ve made some fantastic discoveries. But what do you actually do with it? Those discoveries don’t do much good just sitting in your file cabinet or on your computer. That’s where 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks comes in.”

I don’t know about you, but I can only talk so much genealogy with family members, before their eyes gloss over and they are thinking about something else while I drone on and on, even though I do so very enthusiastically. This is a great way to share your family members with anyone who might be interested, without the droning on and on!

So here we go with week 1 of the challenge:

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week #1

Phebe Jane Wheeler:

Phebe Jane Wheeler

When I first began working on my family tree, my paternal first cousin had already done a lot of work on the paternal side of the family, however she had not gone all the way back on the Wheeler line, so I started with my 2nd Great Grandmother Phebe Jane (Wheeler) Curtis. I used what my cousin had and worked my way back from there. Interestingly, she and her siblings are the last entries in History of the Town of Stonington, County of New London, Connecticut, from its first settlement in 1649 to 1900, by Richard W. Wheeler (PG 67), which was something my cousin had not found. With her as my START I was able to track that branch of the tree back to Thomas Wheeler, the first of my ancestors in the Colonies.

From Phebe Jane (Wheeler) Curtis’s WikiTree Profile:

Biography

Birth

Phebe Jane Wheeler was born 24 May 1829 to Dudley Denison Wheeler, Sr. and Nancy Wheeler, (Note she was a Wheeler at birth and a distant relative), in Stonington, Connecticut. She was one of their twelve children.[1]

Marriage

30 May 1849 Phebe married Thomas Chandler Curtis, who was living in Norwich, Connecticut at the time, in North Stonington. The officiant was M.N. Morris. Together they lived in Norwich though some point up to 1850 when they moved to Stonington, Connecticut. By 1870 they had moved to Windham, Connecticut. By 1880 they moved to Ashford, Connecticut, and at that time they had eleven children:[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Children:

Charles T. Curtis; b. 30 Mar 1850
Isabella (Curtis) Shippey; b. 4 Apr 1853
Ida Jennie Curtis, b. 3 Jun 1855
Daniel Henry Curtis, b. 20 May 1857
Frank Curtis, b. 20 May 1857
Elizabeth Curtis, b. 20 Nov 1861
Francis Fanny Curtis, b. 16 Sep 1863
Samuel Curtis; b. 1865-6
Arthur Fredric Curtis, b. 29 Jun 1869
George Dudley Curtis; b. 7 Jun 1871
Nelson Lawrence Curtis; b. 8 Sep 1874

Life , Death & Probate

Phebe and Thomas continued to live in Ashford until Phebe’s death on 15 Sep 1908 . After her death and the appropriate Probate period the house that they lived in and the 155 acres was sold for $2000.00 less inventory loss and expenses leaving $1300 that was divided by her living children and her husband. She is buried in Westford Hill Cemetery, in Ashford, Connecticut[8][9][10][11]

Sources

  1.  [Albert Gallatin Wheeler, American College of Genealogy (1914). The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family in America; PG 335; https://archive.org/stream/genealogicaland00genegoog#page/n12/mode/2up]
  2.  [Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Connecticut, Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection) for Phebe J Wheeler, North Stonington Vital Records 1807-1852; PG 371; Original data: White, Lorraine Cook, ed. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records. Vol. 1-55. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002.]
  3.  [United States Census, 1850, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M68R-8BN : 9 November 2014), Phebe Jane Curtis in household of Thomas Curtis, Norwich, New London, Connecticut, United States; citing family 2170, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.)]
  4.  [United States Census, 1860″, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHRW-NBH : 30 December 2015), Phebe J Curtis in entry for Thos C Curtis, 1860.]
  5.  [United States Census, 1870, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MN7R-4MX : 17 October 2014), Phebe Curtis, Connecticut, United States; citing p. 21, family 209, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,616.]
  6.  [United States Census, 1880, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFZQ-V59 : 24 December 2015), Phebe Curtis in household of Thomas Curtis, Ashford, Windham, Connecticut, United States; citing enumeration district ED 134, sheet 503A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0110; FHL microfilm 1,254,110.]
  7.  [United States Census, 1900, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M97J-W6Z : 25 January 2015), Phoebe I Curtis in household of Thomas C Curtis, Ashford township, Windham, Connecticut, United States; citing sheet 2A, family 39, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,151.]
  8.  [Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F7N7-GJ5 : 3 December 2014), Phebe J. Curtis, 1908; citing , reference 78; FHL microfilm 3,319.]
  9.  [Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F7Z7-8PR : 3 December 2014), Phebe J. Curtis, 1908; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 3,112.]
  10.  [Find A Grave Index, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVKY-QH93 : 13 December 2015), Phebe J Curtis, ; Burial, Ashford, Windham, Connecticut, United States of America, Westford Hill Cemetery; citing record ID 52894664, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com]
  11.  [if you have a paid subscription you can find the probate record here: Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Connecticut County, District and Probate Courts. (http://goo.gl/HquDfI)

Additional References

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Retired Pastoral Counselor, Grammy, Mom, Blog Author, Family Genealogist. Determined to help others. Shining a light on the path. Free thinking Crocheter. Retired Virtual Service Provider (aka Freelance Bookkeeper & Administrative Assistant).
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