Frances North Tasker

Ancestry had a free weekend to search UK records, so I did a little digging around on my UK lines.

I found some good stuff on Frances North Tasker. Frances was the daughter of William and Hannah North. She was born in 1827 in South Kirkby, Yorkshire, England. She married Thomas Tasker of the same town on 15 APR 1856  at South Kirkby, All Saints, Yorkshire, England.

Frances North Tasker was the mother of Tristram Tasker. Tristram was the father of John Tristram Tasker who married Edith Dorothy Fry. Edith and John were the parents of my grandmother Ethel Tasker Ellison.

Frances’s “Fanny” baptismal record: You can see that Frances’s father was a farmer. This is important information to be able to trace this family through censuses. The surname North is common and there were other William and Hannah North’s having children in South Kirkby at the same time.


Frances on the 1851 English Census: This census shows us that Frances is living with her older brothers Henry and Isaac. Henry is a farmer of 60 acres and Isaac is working on the farm for Henry. Frances is keeping their house. They are still in South Kirkby.  See that John North lives next door and farms 10 acres. This is probably an older brother. We know that Frances’s father died then before 1851. Her mother may be living with another of her children.


Frances and Thomas Tasker Marriage Record: From this record we learn that Thomas Tasker was a plumber and (?), that his father was John Tasker and that John Tasker was a plumber and possibly a glazier (?). William North, Frances’s father, was a farmer. We know we have the right couple then. Something else to note, Henry North was a witness for this document and both Thomas and Frances could sign their own names. The couple above them could not, they put their mark next to their names. This means both Frances and Thomas were educated.


Frances Burial Record: Frances was only 44 years old when she died. She was buried in South Kirkby on 1 AUG 1871. This gives us the place to search for her grave.



Going to America by Terry Coleman

Going to America by Terry Coleman is a must read if your ancestor emigrated from the United Kingdom during the mid-nineteenth century to America. Coleman takes the reader step-by-step through the emigration process, from the decision to leave home and booking passage in Liverpool to the journey and arrival in New York.

Rich with details, Coleman gives an exhaustive understanding of what the entire experience must have been like for our courageous ancestors. The emigrants had to be on the constant lookout for runners who would steal from them at every opportunity, from their arrival in Liverpool to their arrival in New York. At the mercy of the captain and crew, the emigrants had to survive trips that on the average lasted 35 days. If an emigrant died on board ship, they were often tossed overboard with little concern or sympathy. Cruel captains could withhold rations, drinking water and even the opportunity to cook on the cooking fires on deck. Passengers were forced to work on board and the ships were not cleaned until they arrived in the bay, before docking in New York. Passengers were crammed into berths and if ill, there was often no one to care for them.

Coleman also explains how the emigrants traveled into the interior land of America upon their arrival. In the appendices are The Passenger Acts, both British and American. Coleman credits the sources used extensively, allowing further look up of materials published during the middle of the nineteenth century. Illustrations of ships, emigrants, Liverpool, New York in 1852 and advertisements from the time are included.

No other book I’ve read thus far on immigration, and I have read about 15 of them, brought to life for me what it must’ve been like for my English ancestors to sail from Liverpool in 1848 and arrive in New York. I highly recommend Going to America as an excellent genealogical resource.

Yorkshire, England Online Resources

I found these two sites run by Peter Ward while researching Yorkshire, England.

Peter has many wills from Yorkshire transcribed here:  .

And then at the other site it appears people are sharing vital records from Yorkshire.

Don’t forget to check the Yorkshire BMD indexes at: Here you can check for your ancestors and order copies of the certificates, if you can locate a bank that will sell you a certified money order in sterling pounds.

An absolutely wonderful site on Yorkshire, with many resources: .

The site has a separate page for the Otley, West Yorkshire area:

The Gravestone Photographic Resource is indexing and taking photos of Yorkshire cemeteries:

I am researching the following surnames from Baildon, West Riding Yorkshire: Ellison, Cooper, Hudson.

Some of my Ellison’s from Baildon settled in Ontario, Canada and in Philadelphia, PA. My direct branch settled in Cleveland, OH and then Michigan.

Resource for Genealogists

Frederick Merks’ book “History of the Westward Movement” is a valuable resource for family historians. Merk goes into extensive detail on the history of land transfers, migrations, taxation, legislation and the American economy from the beginning of American history up to Migratory Farm Labor from 1900- 1975.

Chapters include “Land Policy and the Principle of Equality of States”, “Settlement of the Prairie and Lake Plains”, and “Agriculture in the Middle West and the Granger and Greenback Movements”.

Merk includes maps outlining road and railroad development, which crops were produced when and where, treaty cessions and population growth, amongst others. By reading his book, you may understand why your ancestor went where when. For instance, the Homestead Act was legislated in 1862 and encouraged many people to migrate into the Middle West areas, including Kent County, Michigan where my ancestor Benjamin W Ellison went early in 1863 to farm his free 160 acres.

I must add a note of caution, though, as Merk engages in offensive and racist views at times about American Indians, even referring to Indian women as “squaws” — a deragotory and offensive term. He tends to stereotype American Indians as being the simple savage and his explanations of why he thinks American Indians acted in the manner they did with white people often falls very far short of the truth. Fortunately, Merk does acknowledge that American Indian lands were gained unethically and immorally. Merk died in 1997 when 90 years old and was under the tutelage of Frederick Jackson Turner. He taught history at Harvard University for years. If you can look past this problem in the book, the information will assist you in your research of your family’s history.

G.A.R. Post # 246 Boyne Falls, Michigan

Membership Roster for the John Robinson Post #246

Grand Army of the Republic

Below is information from the Membership Roster for the Union Veterans in Boyne Falls Village belonging to GAR Post #246. It is not a complete listing of all members.

Alphabetical Listing of Charter Members

Dated 25 MAR 1884:

Austin, W J

Branch, Harrison

Dickenson, Monroe

Dutche, CW

Ellison, Benjamin W

Findley, Robert

Harris, WG

Howard, Albert

Hulbert, Thomas J

Leclar, George R

LeClar, Thomas

Magee, Cromwell

Magee, Marshall

Mauri, VR

Mears, William

Roberts, Marden

Robinson, Enoch K

Weedmer, Benedict

Wright, Hiram


The Officers as of 16 APR 1884, alphabetically with position following:

Auston, William G.  SVC (Senior Vice Commander)

Branch, Harrison  CHAP (Chaplain)

Dickenson, Monroe  OD (Officer of the Day)

Findley, Robert  OG (Officer of the Guard)

Harris, William G.  JVC (Junior Vice Commander)

Leddick, George C.  SM (Sergeant Major)

Magee, Marshall  QMS (Quarter Master Sergeant)

Meard, William COMM (Commander)

Myers, Frank  QM (Quartermaster)

Robinson, Enoch K.  ADJ (Adjutant)

Van Buren, George  G (Guard)


This post was organized in 1884 and disbanded in 1900. The post claimed 29 members. 9 are buried in Boyne Falls Cemetery, Section 10 of Boyne Valley (If you are looking on a plat map). One is buried in Downey Cemetery, Section 31 of Chandler Township. One is buried in Maple Lawn Cemetery, in Boyne City, Section 2 of Wilson Township.


Members connected to me:

Ellison, Benjamin W.   Pvt.   Company C  16th Michigan Infantry   Boyne Falls Cemetery

Robinson, Enoch K.     Pvt.   Company F   35th Massachusetts Infantry   Boyne Falls Cemetery

Van Buren, George      Pvt.    Company G  10th Michigan Calvary    Maple Lawn Cemetery


Benjamin Walker Ellison’s next door neighbors:

Magee, Marshall           Cpl.   Company G     10th New York Infantry     Boyne Falls Cemetery

Wright, Hiram               Pvt.   Company I      148th New York Infantry    Boyne Falls Cemetery


Source: Flint Public Library owns a copy of the following:

Membership Roster for the John Robinson Post #246

Grand Army of the Republic


Charlevoix County Genealogical Society, reprinted 1995

(copied from original records on file in The Bureau of Records, Lansing, MI)

This can be purchased directly from the Charlevoix County Genealogical Society for $2.50.

Other sources of information about the Grand Army of the Republic:

Library of Congress

Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War

Grand Army of the Republic Library & Museum

1877 Boyne Valley Township, Charlevoix County, Michigan Tax Assessment Roll

Copyright 2011 by Jennifer Ralston Porter

Please ask permission to reprint this material.

Notes: Names are transcribed as read on microfilm # 2364734 from the Family History Library. Section numbers are only listed one time, even if business/individual was taxed multiple times in same section. The actual tax list gives information as to description of property, value, tax, and whether or not property was a homestead. If you find your ancestor listed, I recommend renting the film and reading the original, especially as many deeds were burned in the courthouse fire in Charlevoix County in 1887.

Grand Rapids & Indiana Rail Road   1

Dodge & Phelps          2

Ortman and Rothschilds         2

SF and WC Page        2,3

Ortman and Rothschilds         3

Dodge & Phelps          3

George F. Beardsley   3

G.R. & I. R. R.           3

Ortman and Rothschilds         4

G.R. & I. R. R.           5

George F. Beardsley   5,6

James Scipio    6

End of Page One

G.R. & I. R. R.           7

George F. Beardsley   8

George Weller 8

John Weller     8

Eliza Baxter    8

George F. Beardsley   9

G.R. & I. R. R.           9

John W. Baldie           9

Hiram O. Rose            10

J. L. Wood      10

Olive J. Gager 10

Dodge & Phelps          10

Ortman and Rothschilds         10

Henry Morgan 10

End of Page Two

G.R. & I. R. R.           11

Thomas T. Bates         12

G.R. & I. R. R.           13

Dodge & Phelps          13

Byron W. House         13

Dodge & Phelps          14

Olive J. Gager 14

John Cressell   14

G.R. & I. R. R.           15

Jacob Smits     15

Amos Fox       16

Lemuel D. Bartholomew        16

Edward H. Green       16

G.R. & I. R. R.           17

End of Page Three

Hugh Lawton  18

J. B. Walters et al        19

G.R. & I. R. R.           19

G.R. & I. R. R.           21

George F. Beardsley   21

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       21

Henry Morgan 21

Dodge & Phelps          21

Daniel D. May            22

G.R. & I. R. R.           23

G.R. & I. R. R.           24

P.D. Skilbeck  24

End of Page Four

H. J. Owens    24

G.R. & I. R. R.           25

M. Fellows      26

Francis Owens            26

Dodge & Phelps          26

Henry Morgan 26

P.D. Skilbeck  26

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       27

G.R. & I. R. R.           27

Henry Morgan 27

George F. Beardsley   27

Dodge & Phelps          28

Ortman and Rothschilds         28

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       28

End of Page Five

George F. Beardsley   28

Charles L. Ortman      28

SF and WC Page        28

G.R. & I. R. R.           29

Dodge & Phelps          29

Ortman and Rothschilds         29

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       29

SF and WC Page        29

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       30,31

G.R. & I. R. R.           31

Dodge & Phelps          32

SF and WC Page        32

G.R. & I. R. R.           33

End of Page Six

G.R. & I. R. R.           33

George F. Beardsley   34

Dodge & Phelps          34

W. R. Owens  34

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       34

P.D. Skilbeck  34

Dodge & Phelps          35

Henry Morgan 35

George F. Beardsley   35

G.R. & I. R. R.           35

J. A. Owens    36

P.D. Skilbeck  36

End of Page Seven

Anson, Ernest W.        22

Anderson, Jepper        4

Barry, Leonie  4

Britt, Patrick   4

Brown, Thomas           13

Baines, Judge W.        15

Bennett, George          14

John Carmoday           22

Chase, Wm J   32

Coan, Catharine S       6

Collins, Henry 20

End of Page Eight

Collins, John   20

Carpenter, Archibald D          15

Boyle, Patrick 8

Elmer, Elliott   32

Ellison, Benj W           12

Fick, Hermann L         20

Elbert, Geo L  14

Gager, Wm W 14

Howe, Seymour          13

Heagney, Michael       22

Hopkins, John 22

Hammer, L      4

End of Page Nine

Jones, Geo W  30

Jubenville, Ira  32

Kljes, George  14

Kyes, Eugene  8

Kinsella, Pierce           2

Little, Nathaniel L      14

Magee, Hershell          8,6

May, David B 22

May, Josiah F  20

Magee, Cromwell        20

Myers, Franl P             18,16

End of Page Ten

Nelson, William          16,12

Nelson, William A      22,15

Nowland, Andrew A  4,15

Powers, Joseph            15

End of Page Eleven

Powers, Joseph            15,16

Powers, Henry H        16

Roe, Alex        15

Robinson, Enoch K     6

Scalley, John   22

Sudman, John A         18

Sudman, John A Jr      20

Taylor, Jerry    2

End of Page Twelve

Ward, Samuel H.        15

Wright, Hiram 6

End of Tax List

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!