Archive for February, 2012

February 29, 2012

Grandpa Doug and Mom

in 1962 or 1963.

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February 29, 2012

Tilton House

I found not only the article I was looking for, I found a photograph! So exciting.

Fannie Tilton‘s mother Martha Crutchfield Tilton, was one tough lady. I will let the article speak for itself:

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February 29, 2012

Roy Lee Hail

February 29, 2012

places in London where my family is from

 

Hanover Square (Thomas Henry Leitch)

Marylebone (Elizabeth Pool and John Dowsing Peacock)

Lewisham (William Leitch)

St. Pancras (Elizabeth Pool and John Peacock were married here in 1823, as well as daughter Mary Ann Peacock to Thomas H. Leitch in 1850)

Shoreditch (Elizabeth Pool and John Peacock)

Stepney (Thomas Pool, b. 1765)

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February 29, 2012

Elinor Winsome Leitch Knight

Elinor Winsome Leitch was my great grandmother on my mother’s mother’s side. She was born 10 June 1902 in Maine to Reverend Frederick A. Leitch and Lyda Elliot. As an adult, Elinor discovered that when her father had filled out her birth certificate, it simply read “Winsome Leitch.” She was the youngest child, with an elder brother Merrill (b. 1896) and sister Fredonna (b. 1899). Aunt Donna was a great friend to Elinor’s daughter Joy in their later years.

Elinor grew up in New England. She was known as a great reader by all who knew her. As a girl, she would often hide up in her father’s church’s belltower to read books and eat chocolates. When her mother would call her, she’d pretend not to hear! Elinor attended a physical education school in Boston. She later became an athletic director, before her marriage.

Elinor met her husband Douglas in Maine, and they were married in the summer of 1925. Their first child Douglas Jr. was born just a few months later in September. By 1930, the young Knight family had moved to Abington, Pennsylvania. Their daughter Joy Evelyn (my grandmother) was born there in 1932.

Elinor and Doug were very active people and loved golfing, gardening and raising dogs together. They retired to Mesa, Arizona in their later years. Elinor passed away in 1973.

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February 28, 2012

Douglas Ewart Knight

  Douglas Ewart Knight is my great grandfather on my mother’s mother’s side. He was  born on 29 October 1897 in Boothbay, Maine to Chester Claude Knight and Nettie Greenleaf Crawford. The Knight family had been in Maine for several generations, dating back to the 1600s, beginning with George Knight (1640-1773) of Bristol, England.

According to his daughter Joy (my grandmother), his parents were farmers. Doug spent two years at Bowdoin College, but was forced to drop out because he had no money left. He was too young to enlist for World War I, and I don’t believe he served in World War II.

In 1925, Doug met Elinor Leitch in Maine, and they were married that same year on 17th July. They both loved to golf and were very active people, and always had English setter dogs. Every year, they would rent houses in Cape Cod. Doug sold World Book Encyclopedias for a living. Elinor and Doug retired to Mesa, Arizona in the 1970s.

Joy described him as smart and fun-loving, and a good father. I don’t know very much else about him, unfortunately, as he passed away in 1982, just three years before I was born.

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February 28, 2012

Leitch Family Photo

top (l to r): Douglas Ewart Knight, Lyda Elliot Leitch, Elinor Winsome Leitch

bottom (l to r): Rev. Frederick Arthur Leitch, Merrill Leitch, Fredonna Leitch

As you know, Douglas and Elinor are my great grandparents and Frederick and Lyda are my great-great grandparents.

February 28, 2012

Frances “Fannie” Tilton Hail

Frances “Fannie” Tilton Hail is my great-great grandmother. She was born in Randolph, Missouri on 2 January 1868 to James B. Tilton and Martha Crutchfield. James was a carpenter and contractor. Fannie had one sister, Norah, born in 1870.

Fannie came to California in her early teens in a covered wagon from Missouri, in 1876. She worked in her mother’s boardinghouse growing up. By my guess, she married James Hail in the late 1880s or early 1890s. This was her second marriage, her first with a man named Terrill. She would marry for a third time to a man named John (Jack) Becker. I don’t know any of the circumstances of her three marriages, unfortunately. My research shows that James Hail died on 20 August 1908 in Athens, Texas. But with him, she had two children, Howard (b. 1891) and my great-grandfather Roy Lee (1894-1929).

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February 28, 2012

Origin of the Hail Family

Through some research today, I found that the Hail name and family comes from Hales Place in Canterbury, Kent.

At some point, working backwards down the line, Hail becomes “Hale” and finally, “de Hale.” It is a noble name, leading directly to King John I Plantagenet on one side and on the other to Swedish kings.

The Hail family emigrated to Massachusetts in the early 1600s, making their way slowly across the country over the next few centuries, before finally settling in California.

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February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

hello

… yes, I am still here. Taking 18 months off from this blog/project was not what I had intended, but here we are. My only excuse is that I was earning my Master’s Degree, and during that time I was insanely busy. I had all kinds of plans to find some of my ancestral sites, but as the information has been very difficult to find, it got put on the back burner. So, I will ask:

Does anyone know which cemetery in Lewisham, London that William Leitch (1791-1874) is buried in?

I lived in London for a year and a half and could not find that information. Someone has to know… anyone?? Any information you have, please tell me.

One good thing did come… a distant relative (through the Leitch line) contacted me this summer. Unfortunately, we did not get to meet as he lives in Wales and I was too busy to follow up. On a search through Ancestry.com tonight, I found he had added another image of my great-great-great grandfather, Thomas Henry Leitch (son of William).

Thomas Henry Leitch (credit: Andrew Leitch)

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