Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memorial Day

In the spirit of the Holiday that dates to the Civil War, recent work suggests future activity. While looking for details about property owned by a Henry Lunt in Salem, MA (Sidney Perley's map), we got back to a collateral family. There is records on findagrave for this family. One record had been changed, so that caused more research (Problem with Find A Grave). Per usual, there was a lot more information on this family than a few years ago (Resources and work).

Given our experience with WikiTree last year (Margaret, anew), we started a profile for John Blake (Pittsfield, NH) as the central figure. Too, we were interested in Elizabeth A. (Blake) Lunt but went looking for siblings and other members. Sure enough. There was enough found to now write this up further. Still, there's lots to do.

Turns out that Elizabeth has an older sister, Caroline, who was the first child. So, we found her birth notice and followed the family through Census and other records. We saw that Caroline had married Walter A. Ingalls. We saw that she was in Boston before marrying with her brother, Alpheus P. Blake. That unusual name helped us identify other siblings.

But, the gist of this post is Caroline's husband. There is a grave in the Riverside Cemetery of Saugus that says: Walter A. Ingalls, Co. A, 24th Reg. Mass. Vols. Earlier, we had seen notice that Caroline had received a pension. The record of her husband said that he had served in Co. A. Reg 24. So, is this he? Well, on further search, he is unique name helps resolve the issue.

Caroline was noted as a widow in 1890. So, Walter died before that. We will be working more on the details. Their son was noted in the Congressional Record (1921) as being eligible for a pension after his mother died.

Along with other family records, we made a records for Caroline as she had several children. So, more work to do. Also, we know that Walter was born in Scotland. He was about 10 years older than Caroline. They lived in several places in Massachusetts. So, we now have a pointer on findagrave on the Walter record that points to a record that we manage and can keep up to date as we research. The Caroline record on findagrave points to her WikiTree Profile.

This was our first time associating a grave record with the family that was left behind. That this involves a person who was a Civil War veteran makes it more significant given that this weekend is the scheduled holiday weekend in the U.S. As we looked at the Blakes, we noted Patriots from the Revolutionary War time, plus 1812 conflict references. Hence, we will make an effort to identify those associations as we find them and make sure that grave records get updated as necessary.

In findagrave, one asks the manager to make a change that may or may not get done. Right now, John's and Ruth's records point to the four daughters. We have the other updates suggested and pending.

Remarks: Modified: 06/02/2019

06/02/2019 -- We are working this in conjunction with the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. This case has lots of opportunity to show necessary work and to discuss methods, even technology.

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