Walker Ellison’s Grave in Baildon, Yorkshire UPDATE

Walker Ellison was buried in the churchyard at St. John’s Parish Church in Baildon, Yorkshire on April 2, 1841.

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His gravestone is a table top tomb and it is located near the church:  “From the church porch, a path ( made out of headstones) leads to a gap in a hedge. If you go through this gap you enter a small section of the  graveyard . To the left  of the entrance is a              row of table tombs- ie horizontal headstones  supported by stone on the two short sides. The gravestone is about the third such stone from the entrance.” Michael Lawson.

Mike Lawson is a volunteer at St. John’s and he and his colleagues have cleared away this area of the churchyard where Walker is buried. He generously met us at the church and showed us around. Thank you, Mike.

Mike also provided me with the inscription on Walker’s gravestone. It was nearly impossible to take a photo to make the inscription legible.

‘Sacred to the memory of Walker Ellison of Baildon died March 31st 1841 in the 23rd year of  his age. Also of Jeremiah Thomas , brother of the above November 24th 1844 aged 19 years. Both the sons of the late Mr Benjamin Ellison of Burnsall, formerly of Birkenshaw. Also of Peter, infant son of William and Elizabeth Ellison who died September 9th,1850.’

Note that Walker’s brother Jeremiah Thomas Ellison is buried with him. And also his nephew, son of William Ellison.

 

Walker Ellison Grave

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The legs of Walker’s table tombstone.
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This is the view of the church from Walker’s grave.
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The churchyard closest to the church. Note that tombstones were lain flat to create a walking path, in the 1970s.

Much of the churchyard is overgrown and largely inaccessible. Mike had access to a pamphlet of all the inscriptions in the graveyard as it is impossible to find someone in certain sections. I did have him check for Margaret Ellison’s parents, Francis and Sarah Cooper, who are also buried here but they do not have a stone marker. Mike explained that whomever buried Walker spent a great deal of money doing so, including the cost of bringing his body to Baildon from Easingwold, where he died. About 35 miles away. Many people, like Francis and Sarah Cooper, simply did not have the money to purchase a stone marker.

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I am fairly certain I am the first descendant of Walker’s to visit his grave since his widow and two children left for America in 1848. My great-grandmother tried to find it in the 70s when she visited England and thought he’d been buried in Easingwold.  Walker was only 23 when he died.

Descendancy:

Walker Ellison ~ Benjamin Walker Ellison~ William Arthur Ellison ~ Harold Delmont Ellison ~ James Arthur Ellison ~ my mother ~ myself

 

 

 

 

 

Darius & Abigail (Paddock) Townsend Research in Dutchess and Putnam Counties, New York 1790-1800

I have recently discovered that Abigail’s line can be directly traced to Robert Paddock, the blacksmith of Plymouth Colony, Massachussetts. It appears he arrived to the colony circa 1634. Abigail’s line is Abigail~Nathaniel~Silas~Zachariah~Zachariah~Zachariah~Robert. There is a fabulous document titled “The Paddock Genealogy” and can be found on ancestry.com. Beware though, the entire book was not scanned in properly and information on Silas is on the missing pages. Original data: Curfman, Robert Joseph,. The Paddock genealogy : descendants of Robert Paddock of Plymouth Colony, blacksmith and constable, 1646. Fort Collins, Colo.: Curfman, 1986.

Online searches with zero results for Darius and Abigail:

General History of Dutchess County 1609-1876 by Philip H. Smith

History of Dutchess County by James Smith (1882)

Inscriptions from 5 NY, Dutchess County, Cemeteries

Putnam County Cemetery Inscriptions by Josephine Frost

Commemorative Biographical Record of Counties Dutchess and Putnam

History of Putnam County: Southeast section. Pages 287 and 289 list the Cranes and Paddocks as principal settlers of South East. Abigail’s mother was Mary Crane.

The History of Putnam County by William Blake

At the Archives of Michigan I searched the following books, microfiche, and microfilm for Darius and Abigail’s name and any possible children born/died in the years of the unknown children of this couple. Nothing much was found.

Index to Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, NY and then read through the acutal book: Old Gravestones of Dutchess County, New York

Marriages and Deaths 1778-1825 Volume 4 by Reynolds

Old Gravestones of Putname County with info from Dutchess by Barbara Buys

Historical and Genealogical Record, Dutchess and Putnam microform

Records of Early Settlers Putnam County, births microfilm

Cemetery Inscriptions Putnam County, including Fredericksburg microfilm

Confiscated Properies of Philipse Highland Patent lists Darius’s father Christopher Townsend as buyer for 122$ 2 JUN 1783 Fredericksburgh and also as the current occupier of the land. South East is located in the Philipse Patent. See map:

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Tax List of Philipse Patent, 1777 lists Christopher Townsend and Silas Paddock.

Old Southeast Church Cemetery book

Payments to People Who Built the Erie Canal F127.E5 K46 2008. Lists Townsend and Trenor as being paid $1000.00 to deliver cast iron culverts and other castings on line of Champlain Canal. This data was transcribed from a book: Laws of the State of NY in Relation to the Erie and Champlain Canals and the book is at the Erie Canal Museum.

Darius and Abigail have on censuses 6 unknown children. Two boys born between 1795 and 1799 in South East when it was considered Dutchess County and who lived with them in Windham, Greene County, NY 1801 to 1810 and then disappear. Four girls. Two born 1795 to 1800 and who both live with them in Windham. One girl born between 1801 and 1810 in Windham and who live with them through to Cayuga County 1830 census. One girl who lives with them on the 1830 census, and may be a grandchild. The known children are: William, Christopher, Elizabeth E., and Nathaniel Paddock Townsend.

I did find a possible lead: Nancy Townsend Noxon, wife of Daniel L. b. 1794, Feb 24th and d. 1865, May 1 buried in the Methodist Ground, Potter’s Corners, LaGrange, NY. Townsends were Baptists so this is a long shot.

 

 

 

Walker Ellison Burial Site

Walker Ellison was buried in the Churchyard at St. John the Evangelist in Baildon, West Yorkshire, England on 2 APR 1841. He died in Easingwold, North Yorkshire on 31 MAR 1841. Walker had two children with Margaret Cooper: Mary Maria and Benjamin Walker. Below are the church records of the burial and a photo of the church:

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Walker Ellison Burial
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St John the Evangelist in Baildon

George Van Buren Draft Record & Headstone

Below is the 1863 record for George Van Buren signing up for the Union draft during the Civil War. George was not drafted but enlisted and fought in the Tenth Michigan Calvary, a Corporal, Company G, from 27 AUG 1864 to 16 JUN 1865.

George Washington Van Buren was the father of Anna Elizabeth Van Buren Ellison.

You will note the other Van Buren’s on the document. Ebenezer was George’s brother, sons of William Van Buren and Amanda Bradley Van Buren. I am not certain who Henry was, born circa 1830 also in New York. Amanda was born in 1816, making it unlikely that she was Henry’s mother.

They are living in Danby, Michigan at this time.

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Below is George Van Buren’s headstone in the Soldier’s Plot at the Maple Lawn Cemetery in Boyne City, Charlevoix County, Michigan.

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William A Ralston Family Items

 

 

 

Donald P. Ralston’s obituary as saved by my father. My grandfather Ivan was still alive when Donald passed away. Unfortunately, my father did not save the entire obituary.

Below is a copy of records from Shiloh Cemetery in Monroe Township, Linn County, Iowa on the Ralston family.

 

Ivan W. Ralston was buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The photographs were sent to me a couple of decades ago by Al Ralston, Ivan’s nephew.

Enoch and Annie Robinson Graves

Find A Grave has photos of some of the graves of the Enoch and Annie Robinson family at Boyne Valley Cemetery. Annie Robinson was the daughter of Margaret Cooper and William Hudson. She was born 1 APR 1846 in Baildon, Yorkshire, England and married Enoch K. Robinson on 14 FEB 1866 in Cuyhago County, Ohio. At the age of 14, Annie was orphaned and living with her big sister, Mary Maria Ellison Dawes in Cleveland, Ohio (1860). Margaret’s children remained close all of their lives, often moving as soon as possible to live near each other. A testament to Margaret’s parenting.

Click on the names below to see their graves:

Annie H. Robinson

Enoch K. Robinson

Eliza A. Robinson  Eliza A. Robinson was Enoch’s sister. She lived with her niece Mary E. Robinson Crapo in 1900 in Boyne Village, Charlevoix County, Michigan. Eliza A. was living in Boyne Valley Township, Michigan by 1880.

Ernest A. Robinson Ernest A. Robinson was born in 1870 in Illinois to Enoch and Annie Robinson.

Ivy F. Robinson  Ivy F. Robinson was Ernest’s wife.

Mamie Robinson Mamie was Plynn Hudson Robinson’s wife.

Plynn H. Robinson Plynn Hudson Robinson was born 21 APR 1875 in Boyne Valley Township, Charlevoix County, Michigan to Enoch and Annie Robinson.

Woodland Cemetery Cleveland Looking for Photographs

Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio where William and Margaret Hudson are buried, along with two of Benjamin Walker Ellison’s children, is looking for photographs of people interred there for inclusion in an “Images of… Woodland Cemetery” book, published by Arcadia Publishing.

William Hudson was Benjamin Walker Ellison’s step-father and Margaret Hudson his mother. Margaret’s birth family name was Cooper and she was from Baildon, Yorkshire, England as was William Hudson.

I do not have any photographs of William or Margaret.

Below is the information from Woodland Cemetery Foundation on how you can contribute a photograph of your ancestor (s) buried there. Just click on the link.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2011.

WC Arcadia Photo Contribution

Cemetery Readings

I was a first-time cemetery reader recently. I enjoyed hanging out with the silent ones, and there were a few things I learned about the fine art of cemetery readings for genealogical societies.

  • Take a clip board and a couple of writing instruments
  • Have a water bottle and a snack with you
  • Wear work gloves
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes that can get dirty
  • Be ready with a trowel, and possibly even, a shovel. Some readers take a broom, I used my gloved hand

The headstones may be buried. They may be beneath upwards of 6 to 8″ of dirt and sod. Most of the headstones will be covered with debris.You will need to uncover the marker enough to read it.

Remember in the Jewish sections, to be particularly respectful of the stones left upon the grave marker. The stones and rocks were left there on purpose.

There will be mistakes you find on the original transcription, if you are updating, and you will find grave markers that should not have been missed the first time through.

Sometimes there are additional markings and names and dates on the backsides of tombstones, so you must read both sides.

Have fun!

William & Anna Ellison Oakview Cemetery File

The nice gentleman at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak, Michigan photocopied the entire file they hold for William and Anna Ellison. You may remember that William’s parents were Benjamin Walker and Mary Alice Ellison and Anna’s parents were George and Emily Van Buren. Some of the Van Buren’s are also buried at Oakview and also two more generations of Ellison’s. It is a beautiful cemetery.

I had already posted their graves on Find A Grave. Click on their names to see:  William and Anna

If any of you happen to be in Hazel Park at any time, I would very much appreciate a photo of Anna and William’s house at 23424 Easterling Avenue. I could not locate an image online but the map claims the house is still there.

I have scanned in the copies and posted them below. Remember you can just click on the image to enlarge it. Enjoy.