Sunday, November 23, 2014

Filling in the chart - happy and sad discoveries

First the sad.

After finding my gedcom (which I had on WorldConnect all this time....) I downloaded it and explored a bit with Gramps. One of the tools is called Data Verify, and I've been working through this one by one. A common error is "Old age but no death", so I've been googling for these people. So far, I've found the death of Norm Wainman in Ontario:
Norman Wainman
Wainman, Norman James … passed away peacefully at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Monday June 30, 2014 at the age of 93. Beloved husband of the late Margaret (nee Blake). Loving father of Blake Wainman (Sandi). Dear brother of Marion Caskey and brother in law of Helen Wainman. In keeping with Norman’s wishes cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held at First United Church, 15 Wellington St Cambridge on Saturday August 16, 2014 at 11 am. As expressions of sympathy donations made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Corbett Funeral Home.

Tonight I found the death of Myrene McAninch, one of my favorite relatives as a child.
Dr. Myrene C. McAninch Ph.D.

Dr. Myrene C. McANINCH, PhD Dr. Myrene McAninch, PhD passed away on January 13, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. Myrene was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1930 and raised by her Mother and Maternal Grandmother. The family relocated to Tacoma, Washington where Myrene attended Jason Lee Middle School and Stadium High School. Myrene went on to the University of Washington and received BA's in English and Early Childhood Development. Myrene found that she had a passion for the vulnerable in our society and her life was dedicated to the developmentally disabled and the ongoing wellness issues of the elderly. Myrene went on to complete her Masters in Learning Disabilities and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the UW in 1968. As part of her pioneering work in developing teaching materials for children with learning disabilities, Myrene found that development of socialization skills was a critical component. Myrene was instrumental in the development of the Pilot School at the UW as a demonstration project for techniques in working with learning disabilities. Over the next 7 years she was Director at Highline-West Seattle Community Mental Health Center. She was also appointed Vice President of the National Community Mental Health Association. Myrene worked on the development of National Standards for patient care, including specific commitment procedures for Washington State. She would move on to the national stage as a director with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in Chicago. She resigned from JCAHO in 1990 and became a nationally recognized consultant in Healthcare. In 1996, Myrene and her husband Walt entered the Park Shore Retirement Community in Seattle. Myrene was immediately assigned to the Healthcare Committee and the Advisory Board where she would help the facility focus on "Wellness" issues including the hiring of a Fitness Director, improving the healthy content of the food, and lobbying to hire a Wellness Director. In 1999, Myrene was diagnosed with breast cancer and participated as an early volunteer for the new drug, Herceptin. After many years of treatment, Myrene won the battle with cancer but sadly would eventually succumb to Alzheimer's disease. Myrene was preceded in death by her husband Walter H. McAninch in March of 2000. Walter was the founding President of Contract Hardware, Inc. in Seattle. A memorial service will be held in the spring to honor Myrene's life and her many accomplishments. Please contact Dale Garrett, PR, C/O Contract Hardware, Inc. 12100 NE 195th St., Suite 250, Bothell, WA 98011 for memorial service notification requests. Charitable Donations may be made to the UW School of Nursing/Healthy Aging Program, Box 357260, Seattle, WA 98195. Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 5 to Feb. 8, 2010

Sad that I lost touch and did not attend the memorial service.

I've done a bit of research on the McAninches before:

On the other hand, searching for Norm Wainman, I found this:;id=24E90612-86C8-4BC4-A4BF-632712431071;type=301

Wow. Evidently when Margaret and Norm moved out of their house, they (or their daughter gave many things to the local museum, including this amazing collection of photos. My favorite childhood photo of my dad is there, along with my wedding photos! I think my grandmother must have been sending photos to Margaret for many years. It was such an emotional moment to find all that. Of course, there are many mysteries as well, since I don't know who many of the people pictured are, or the exact locations of some of the photos. All the most reason to make the journey to Ontario and meet my living relatives! And pay respects at the graves of those who have already passed.

Finally, I've found that my mother could have been a Daughter of the American Revolution three times over! I've known for years that one of her BAYSINGER ancestors was in his local militia during the right time-period, but it turns out that Nancy Jane BOOTH had at least *two*. And one has an absolutely knockout page on FindaGrave: Thank you Zachariah CALLAWAY for your service. Thank you  Charles BOOTH Sr. for your service. And thank you Melissa Harman for putting the Post-em on old Zach's WC page, leading me to that bonanza on FindaGrave!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

My great-grandmother Nancy Jane BOOTH McBEE b. ~1858 Missouri

Nancy Jane BOOTH born around 1858 and who married Samuel McBEE was my mother's grandmother. She had 5 children:

1. Rosie McBEE who married Bert SMITH, and later died of TB in Oklahoma;

2. Lola who married 1.? BOYD in Indianola, Warren Co. Iowa, had three children, and 2. Charles HIGDON;

3. Sidney McBEE born 3 Mar 1884 in Cainsville, Harrison Co. MO, married Clara KING on 2 Jan 1907 in Indianola, Warren Co. IA, and died 15 Jun 1950 in Fillmore, Sask. Canada. They had four children:
  a. William Earl McBEE b. 3 Dec 1908 in Iowa,
  b. Mary Grace McBEE b. 2 Oct 1910 in Osage, Sask. Can.,
  c. Alta Mae McBEE b. 18 Nov 1912 in Osage d. Feb 1913, and
  d. Lloyd Sidney McBEE b. 17 Dec 1920 in Fillmore d. at 3 weeks of age.

  b. Mary Grace McBEE, daughter of Sidney, married John CHARLETON 24 Sept 1939 and four children: Shirley Grace b. 21 Jul 1940 in Osage, Sask., Can; Gloria Lee, b. 21 May 1945 m. Dale SCHNEIDER 1969; Sidney John b. 11 Nov 1948; and Linda Ann b. 22 Oct 1949.

4. Harvey McBEE (my grandfather and my mother's father) born 6 Oct 1891 in Cainsville, Harrison Co. MO, married Anna BAYSINGER (Massey says in Indianola IA, but it was in Des Moines), died in Fillmore, Sask. Canada in ~1955. They had 11 children, described elsewhere. Nancy Jane Booth McBee lived with the family in Indianola, IA when my mother was a baby before the family left for Alberta, Canada in around 1928.

More here:

Samuel and Nancy in 1880:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's BirthplaceMother's Birthplace
Samuel MC BEE Self M Male W 29 MO Engineer KY MO
Nancy MC BEE Wife M Female W 19 MO Keeping House KY KY

Source Information:
Census Place Clay, Harrison, Missouri
Family History Library Film 1254688
NA Film Number T9-0688
Page Number 4D

Nancy's parents are in neighboring Mercer County (Anderville BOOTH and Mary Ann ROBERTSON):

The Kentucky birthplaces reported there are puzzling.

5. Effie McBEE m. Cliff TODHUNTER in Indianola IA and had one child: John Arthur, who died in a plane crash in South America.

This family is described on pp 19-20 of Charles Boothe and his Descendants, by Evelyn Booth Massey.

Nancy Jane BOOTH McBEE was the daughter and seventh child of Anderville BOOTH b. 1828 m. Mary Anne ROBERTSON 22 Oct 1847 d. 1904 Missouri, and Mary Anne Robertson, who was the daughter of Carter T. Robertson and Polly SUSEBERRY. She was born in 1831 in Kentucky, and died 1902 in Missouri. Anderville owned 365 acres in Harrison & Mercer Co. MO, so land records should be consulted.

The children of Anderville and Mary Anne are described on p. 17 and following. Listed with birth years when known or estimated. George W. (1850), Lucy (EVANS)(1851), Celia A. (ADKINS)(1853), Thomas Jefferson (1854), David Henderson (1854), James M. "Matt" (1856), Mary (Nancy) J. (1858), Leander M. (1862), William Jonathan (1868), Rhoda L. (NEWTON)(1871), Zerilda (1872), Susan Alice (1875), Sallie.

Anderville BOOTH b. 1828 was the son of Jonathan BOOTH & Celia WALKER married in Cabell Co. Virgina in 6 Mar 1828. Jonathan was born around 1806 and died 9 Feb 1887 in Burlington Junction, Nodaway Co. MO. Celia died 12 Mar 1864 or 1865 at age 56, and is buried in the "Old Booth" Cemetery, also known as Fairview a mile or two north of Cainsville.

Jonathan also married Mrs. Harriet HUNT and had one child in Decatur Co. IA with her (George Washington (1854)). His five children with Celia: Anderville (1828), Zerilda (HAMM), Evermont (1833), Sarah E. (1835 d. bef. 1888), America (1838 d. bef. 1888).
Question: what were the circumstances of this second marriage while Celia Walker was still alive? Presumably Nancy Jane would have known her grandmother, although her grandfather seems to have been in Iowa with his second family.

Question: what was the effect of the Civil War on these families?
Jonathan BOOTH b. ~1806 was the fourth child of Charles BOOTH and Elizabeth FERGUSON. Charles was born 1763-4 and died 24 Oct 1821 in Cabell Co. VA, now Wayne Co. WV. He and Elizabeth were married 19 Feb 1798 in Tazewell Co. VA. Elizabeth was born ~1781, and died between 1860 and 1870 in Mercer Co. MO. She was the daughter of Samuel FERGUSON and Mary JAMESON. Their children: Ferguson (1799), Jane (1801 d. bef. 1826), Polly (1803 d. bef. 1844), Jonathan (1806), Thomas (1808), Samuel (1810), Elizabeth (1812), George Washington (1814), Jefferson (1815), John Wesley (1818), Jameson (1820), Charles Jr. (1822 d. 14 Dec 1902 Cainsville MO). Elizabeth moved to MO with Charles Jr. and lived in his household. Nancy Jane would have known her great-uncle and perhaps met her great-grandmother Elizabeth FERGUSON.
Charles BOOTH b. 1763-4 was the son of Charles Sr., who was the son of Thomas, son of Charles the immigrant ancestor.
Charles BOOTH Sr. was disowned by the Quakers for marrying out of discipline. He married Jane WHITBY 26 Apr 1762 in Wilmington DEL. He was born ~1736 in Elkton, Cecil Co. MD and died before 25 Aug 1826, when his will was probated. He fought in the American Revolution in the 2nd Battalion of Chester Co. Militia, under Col. Evan Evans.

Thomas BOOTH, son of the immigrant, was born 1711 and died before 23 Jan 1748 in Cecil Co. MD. He married Margaret BULLER 1 Apr 1736 in Concord, Chester Co. PA and was a blacksmith.

Charles BOOTH the immigrant was indentured 1 Apr 1695 as a mason for the term of five years to Richard WOODWORTH in Philadelphia PA. He married Elizabeth CONAWAY 30 Feb 1705 in Chester Co. PA. Elizabeth was born 9 Jul 1687 in New Castle DEL, daughter of Thomas CONAWAY/CONWAY and Mary HOLLINGSWORTH.

Information about Jonathan and following is from the first pages of Massey's Ferguson Booth and his Descendants, a supplement to Charles Booth and Descendants. There is more detail about Elizabeth FERGUSON and her husband Charles Booth in the Ferguson Family Genealogical History, of Wayne County, West Virginia (Early Cabell and Kanawha, Virginia), also by Massey.

Direct ancestors are bolded and tagged. Now that this line is summarized, I'm eager to get some records which show their history and movements.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

23 and me, and new cousins!

Last Christmas I got a 23andMe kit, and sent in my spit. Now it is finally paying off in matches.

I spent part of last night writing to my newly-found genetic cousins, and hope to do more of that. It would be good to get a GEDCOM online again too, so we can more easily compare lineages. One weakness I found is that all the hours I put in after I sent off the kit, putting in information on the website, seems to be totally absent.

Oh well, I sent this to some of my cousins:

Hello, I see that we may be related, according to 23 and me. I've been doing genealogy research for quite awhile, but my chart isn't online right now. However, some of my main surnames are Baysinger, Booth, Cowan, Disney, Goosic, McBee, McPhail, McPherson, McQueen, Walters. I have a genealogy blog:

My email is, and I'm on G+, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

All the best,


I hope to improve that as I gather my thoughts. Exciting to dip my toe into genealogy again!

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