Wednesday, August 26, 2009


My great great grandfather

Sunday, May 10, 2009



by Helen Steiner Rice
A Mother's love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .


I have this Lady friend
Whose Mother passed away
Moving to a better place
And, a peaceful day.
I know about the pain
That, she is going through
Because the loss of "Mom"
Is the saddest, that is true.
Sometimes, it is a blessing
When their "life" is in decline
Not, what it used to be
When, "everything" worked fine.
But still, it hurts so much
When Mother goes away
When you know you won't see
Her For, forever and a day.
But the memories will be there
And will help, to get you through
When, you're thinking of Mom
And, feeling kind of blue.


God gives us one Mother
There will never be another.
She's one of the few things in life
That can never be replaced
She's led us down those life's paths
That can never be retraced.
Too many take their Moms for granted
And think they'll always be around .
They don't know how She'll be missed
When, one day She's Heaven-bound.
Why we celebrate this special day
Only this one time a year?
When everyday our Mom is special
And we should tell Her, make that clear.
So, if you are a lucky one
Whose Mom is still with you
Tell her everyday you love her
For, that's the least that you can do.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!
Matthew 28:2-6
There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
Notice how the angel of the Lord bypasses the guards and speaks to women about the resurrection.
God chose to reveal His truth to a people group who, in that day, could not testify in a court of law. God's love challenges our paradigms in order to free us to be the children of God.
As the apostle Paul writes, there is neither male nor female in Christ. What was scandalous in the 1st Century becomes freeing for all of eternity.
The resurrection is an event that includes everybody! Happy Easter!
Today's commentary by:Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, Grace NYC

Thursday, April 02, 2009

My husband's grandfather
Chester Arthur Ellison
May 10, 1888-February 07, 1928
Baldwin, Nassau Co., New York

The first born of Smith and Frances Ellison. He was Honorably Discharged from the United States Coast Guard on the twenty-third day of November, 1915 in accordance with the provisions of the Regulations for the government of the Coast Guard in Bay Shore, New York. He had served as a surfman at Point Lookout. He was listed as 5 foot 10 inchs weight 160 pounds with brown eyes, dark hair and light complexion. He had a mole on his left axilla (armpit).

On his WWI Registration Card he stated he was born on Milburn Ave., Baldwin, New York on May 10, 1888. He was a Captain of a passenger boat working for Freeport Ferry Company in Freeport, New York. Thea Bedell, Jr. signed his card on June 5, 1917.

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Name: Chester Authur Ellison

City: Not Stated

County: Nassau

State: New York

Birthplace: New York;United States of America

Birth Date: 10 May 1888

Race: Caucasian (White)

Roll: 1753851 DraftBoard: 3
Thomas MacEntee of posted a quick referance sheet on how to properly cite your sources. I highly recommend you go to his site and download his paper. Citing your sources is very important.
The main components of a citation are the author, title, publisher and page number or numbers of a source. Always cite your source as soon as you can. Waiting till later sometimes means you might not find it again. It is even a good idea to put the date you found the source.

I hope the information I have found from databases, books, court papers, and even cemeteries will help others researching the same family line. I hope they may contact me and we may fill in the missing pieces together. I do try to verify what ever evidence I present but mistakes can be made. Please feel free to contact me if you find I have made one.

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

This is my husband Herb on his sixty-first birthday, May 27, 2003, a month after he had his sixth stomach surgery. That's me with him at Cajun's Wharf. Our daughter Betty and her family took us out. He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but when they opened him it was not to be found. They went ahead and removed his gall bladder and appendix. One week later they had to go back in as he had an intestinal blockage.

He underwent surgery again January 2005 for an arota by pass down both legs. This time he spent 6 weeks in intensive care. He seemed to be doing good and then Mother's Day of 2006 he started being sick again. He was diagnosed with heart failure June 6, 2006 and passed away on September 8, 2006.

This was us June 1961 at my prom in Orleans, France. He was soooo handsome. My dad had to write a note giving his permission for Herb to take me to the prom since he was a GI and was the driver of my school bus. I think he had more fun than I did that night.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I started this blog in 2006, just a few months before my husband's death. In the upheavel of my life, as I knew it, I forgot about it. Now that I am back I plan on continuing where I left off. I want to help the budding genealogist out there to fine the wealth of information that is one click away. There is so much out there and it can become very confusing on where to start. I have a few places that I am sure you will love as much as I do.
A really great site is the genealogy blog finder and can be found here Just play around and you just might find a gem. Right now it is tracking over 1,300 geneaology blogs.
A good website to look up death records and obituaries is You may have to pay a subscription for some of the records but a lot are free.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

LAWRENCE ELLISON and his sons (3 filed for Letters of Administration when Lawrence died intestate 1664/1665) were in Hempstead by 1657 as he was taxed for 29 acres of land in that year. Letters of Administration were granted January 2, 1665/6 to Richard, Thomas and John.

Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers of America, Henry Whittemore, 1967:
Lawrence Ellison, of Windsor, 1643, removed to Hempstead, L. I., perhaps there died 1665. Had sons Richard, Thomas and John.

A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Vol. II, by James Savage, 1965: Ellison, or Elisson, Lawrence, Windsor 1643, rem. perhaps to Hempstead, L.I. there died 1665. His sons Richard, Thomas, and John were Administrators.

From "The History of the Alison or Allison Family" AD 1135-1893 by L A Morrison
[1893]:249. Lawrence Ellison, the progenitor of this branch of the Allisons, according to "Thompson's History of Long Island, N. Y.," was a Puritan, and came from Watertown, Mass., to Weathersfield, Conn.; removed from there to Stamford, thence to Hempstead, L. I., with other emigrants who accompanied Rev. Richard Denton in 1644. Most of the early families of Hempstead were under his leadership, and came from Hemel, Hempstead, England, about twenty miles from London. Some, however, came from Halifax, County of York, whence Rev. Richard Denton himself emigrated. The latter was for a time minister in Coley Chapel, Halifax. These emigrants are supposed to have been a part of the colony which came across seas with Robert Winthrop and Sir Richard Saltonstall in 1630.
In June, 1643, Lawrence Ellison obtained a verdict of £4 damages against Thomas Marshfield, in particular court, Connecticut. In 1657 he was taxed in Hempstead for twenty-nine acres. From the Hempstead, L. I., town records in 1658, Lawrence and John Ellison became sureties for the good behavior of Lawrence's son-in-law and John's brother-in-law, John Ellington. On Nov. 29, 1658, he had ten acres of land allotted him in Hempstead, L. I. Lawrence Ellison was chosen townsman in 1659. Not long did this early settler of Hempstead continue with the youthful settlement. He died in Hempstead, in the North Riding, Yorkshire, Long Island, N. Y., in 1664. At the court of sessions, held at Hempstead Jan. 2, 1665, letters of administration on his estate were granted to his three sons, Richard, Thomas, and John Ellison. This is the oldest record but one recorded in the surrogate's office in the city of New York. In legal documents he signed his name by "his mark."

"Immigrants to America before 1750" by Frederick Virkus, page 43: ALLISON (ELLISON), LAWRENCE (b. perhaps in Yorkshire, England - d. Hempstead, Long Island, 1664) came from Watertown, Massachusetts, to Wethersfield, Connecticut, thence to Stanford, Connecticut, finally with Reverend Richard Denton to Hempstead 1644; taxed for 29 acres there 1657; townsman 1659; married and had issue: 1-Richard (b. about 1620-d. Hempstead between 1682 and June 13, 1683 when will was proved) married probably in Braintree, Massachusetts about 1645, Thomasin _____; 2-Thomas (b. about 1622-d. Hempstead 1697), owned 270 acres 1696; married Martha _____, six children; 3-John (b. about 1624-d. after 1678 no will) was one of the founders of Hempstead; held offices of various kinds; married and had issue (of record): 1-John, Jr. (d. 1754) spelled name "Allison", large landowner in Orange (now Rockland) County, New York, ancestor of numerous progeny in Haverstraw and vicinity; the Barlow Genealogy credits John, Sr. With another son Thomas; 4-Catherine Ellison, married Henry Linnington; resided in Hempstead.

New York City Wills, 1665-1707
Page 4.--LAURENCE ELLISON, of Hempstead, died intestate, and his sons Richard, Thomas, and John petition for Letters of Administration, which were granted January
2, 1665/6.
PROBATE: Liber 1-2:4, 2 Jan 1665/6 NY Historical Society Collection [1892]:2.

DEEDS: D:102 Isaac Smith deposition 10 Aug 1747 declaring he knew Richard Ellison, John Ellison, Thomas Ellison sons of Lawrence Ellison, Queens Co Land Records (published).

Lawrence was b. January 2, 1599/1600 Lancaster, England d. bef January 1664/1665 Hempstead, Long Island he married June o8, 1621 to Mary Rishton b. abt 1601 Lancaster, England d. abt 1666 Hempstead, Long Isand. 4 known children:

1. RICHARD Ellison b.abt 1621 Lancaster, England d. bef June 13, 1683 m. Tamison abt 1643 in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Will dated 14 Feb 1680 probated 13 Jun 1683 & recorded NYC, Collections of the New York Historical Society [1893:126-7].
Page 473. -- RICHARD ELLISON, Sr., Hempstead. Leaves to wife Tamison £10. Leaves to son John 150 acres of land "lying at the bottom of the Bevill," also "a lot of meadow which was John Smith's, Blue," lying at new bridge. Leaves to son Richard "50 acres of land at the bottom of said Beville." To son Thomas "22 acres of land, delivered to him by John Tredwell, and one acre had of Jonathan Smith, Rock." To son in law Joshua Janock, 10 acres "in lieu of a cow James Pine left for his wife, which cow is long since dead." Rest of estate is left to his wife for life and then to his sons Richard and Thomas, and his daughter Rachel. (Not dated.)
Witness, Joseph Smith. Proved June 13, 1683.
[NOTE.--The allusion to Jonathan Smith, "Rock," and John Smith "Blue," may be explained by the fact that at a very early date there were in the town of Hempstead three or more distinct families of Smith, and distinguished by as many different nick names. The "Rock Smiths," derived their name from the tradition that their ancestor used a large rock for the back of his fire place. The "Blue Smiths" were so called because their ancestor wore a coat of that color. --W. S. P.]

The History of the Allison Family AD 1135-1893 by L A Morrison [1893]:249.
Colonial Families of Long Island and Connecticut by Herbert F Seversmith
[1948]:923-4. DEEDS: RECORDS OF THE TOWNS OF NORTH AND SOUTH HEMPSTEAD LONG ISLAND NY edited by Benjamin D Hicks [1897]2:348-9
Richard & Thomas Ellison b/o Hempstead Long Island sold to Henry Allin 15 acres on Madnans neck land ownded by our father Richard Ellison late of Hempstead 1 Apr 1706 Richard & Thomas both signed their names. 2::456 Thamason Elison widow of Richard .. 3 youngest children Richard, Thomas and Rachel. [19083:73-4 .. our Decesed fathe Richard elison .. Last will & testament .. bequeath to my self my brother Thomas & our sister Rachell .. deliver unto my brother Thomas ellison .. meadow on a neck called neubri neck .. Land & apurtinanses .. sd neck & .. gas .. belong to our deceased father on sd cow neck .. & .. plow Land .. north side of Town .. three acars w't ye fencing & appurtinances .. equal half part of hollows .. plains right of upland devided and undivided .. pattin of hempstead .. December the nintenth day .. 1701. Richard Elison (S) witnesses were Joseph Petted, Timothy Holsted, Richard Smith.

2. THOMAS Ellison b. abt 1622 Lancaster, England d.abt May 1697 Hempstead, Long Island m. abt 1650 Martha Honor Champion b. abt 1632 d. abt 1698 Hempstead, Long Island. Records say they had 6 children.

On 5 May 1675, at a similar court, Thomas Ellison brought suit against Robert Bedell. The plaintiff claimed that he had kept a company of "Mat" Bedell's cattle for three or four days and that he should have been paid 3 shillings a day for his service. Robert Bedell was named as defendant because, Ellison alleged, Robert had promised to pay the charge if Matthew did not, and that neither had done so. The court found for the plaintiff.

3. CATHERINE Ellison b. bef Dec. 19, 1623 Lancaster, England m. abt 1656 to Henry Linnington b. abt 1620 England

4. JOHN Ellison b. abt 1624 Lancaster, England m. unknown had 1 son (on record)named John (spelled name Allison) d. abt.1754 in Orange Co., New York

Friday, March 13, 2009

Smith and Francis Ellison had 5 children all born Queens (Nassau) Co., New York:
Chester Arthur Ellison b. May 10, 1888 d. Feb. 07, 1928. He married before June 1917 Florence Louise Schmidt b. July 10, 1894 d. Nov. 1974. Both buried at Greenfield Cemetery Uniondale, Long Island, Nassau Co., New York.
They had 2 children:
Juliet Ellison b. Feb 26, 1918 d. Aug. 6, 2003. She married Edward Vieser and had 2 sons.
Chester Arthur Ellison b. June 11, 1921 d. May 18, 1984. He married March 16, 1940 Nancy Ruth Brambach b. March 30, 1923 d. Sept. 24, 1991.
They had 5 children:
Robert Roger Ellison b. May 18, 1940 m. Anne Marie Finkenberg. They had 2 sons. Divorced.
Peter Ellison b. Feb. 22, 1941 m. Elaine Ruege. They had 3 sons. Divorced. m. Janis Brower
Herbert David Ellison b. May 27, 1942 d. Sept. 8, 2006 m. Feb. 1, 1963 Barbara Jean Allen b. July 13, 1943. They had 9 children.
Chester Arthur Ellison b. Feb. 3, 1944 m. Suzanne They had 3 children. Divorced.
Nancy Ruth Ellison b. May 9, 1947 m. William Conlon. They had 3 children. Divorced.