Monday, September 29, 2014

52 Ancestors: #39 ~ Luther's Grave Marker in Union Cemetery

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

I've written about my 4th great-grandfather, Dr. Luther L. Waterman, here on my blog before. He was a surgeon in the American Revolutionary War. I was thrilled to find his signature on a document dated August 23, 1776. I shared that exciting find on my blog. If you'd like to see his signature on that special document, click HERE.

Today I'd like to share a photo of Luther Waterman's grave marker. I found it on Find A Grave. The photo was taken by a Find A Grave volunteer named
Nancy. I'm very grateful to her for taking this photo.


Luther L. Waterman Tombstone
Dr. Luther L. Waterman Grave Marker
Photo Courtesy of Nancy

Luther L. Waterman Tombstone
Dr. Luther L. Waterman Grave Marker
Photo Courtesy of Nancy

Unfortunately, the grave marker is somewhat difficult to read. I can make out the letters DOC above Luther's name. But that's about it.

Luther passed away on 9 September 1807 in Cazenovia, Madison County, New York and was buried in the Union Cemetery in Cazenovia. This map shows where Union Cemetery is in relation to Cazenovia.


Google Map - Cazenovia to Union Cemetery

And here's a different map showing Union Cemetery.

Google Map - Union Cemetery

Rootsweb has a webpage dedicated to the Union Cemetery. On this website, there's a map showing where the cemetery is located and a plot map as well. There's also a listing of those buried at the cemetery. From the list, it appears that Luther was the only Waterman buried there.

According to The Waterman Family, Volume 1, Descendants of Robert Waterman of Marshfield, Massachusetts through seven generations, Phebe and her children moved near Coolville, Ohio sometime after Luther's death.1 A document in Luther's pension file which was signed by Phebe stated that she was a resident of Troy Township in Athens County Ohio on 8 September 1838.2

I was curious to see the distance from Cazenovia, New York to Coolville, Ohio. I once again turned to Google Maps. You can see the distance between these two cities on the map below.

Can you imagine moving this far in the early to mid 1800s? How did the family travel to Ohio? What mode of transportation did they use? Was the trip difficult or easy? In 1838 Phebe was 82 years old. I don't know exactly when she and her family moved to Ohio. But, even if it was ten years earlier, she would have been 72 years old at the time. What must it have been like for her to move hundreds of miles away from her home in New York?


Google Map - Cazenovia to Coolville

Athens County Ohio became the home and/or birthplace of several generations of my Waterman ancestors. These include my 3rd great-grandfather, Asher Waterman, his daughter and my 2nd great-grandmother Cynthia Maria Waterman, and her son and my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster. You may recognize Watson's name because he is affectionately referred to as "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

In future 52 Ancestors posts, I'm planning on sharing what I know about the children of Luther and Phebe Waterman.

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 297. Print.
2 Revolutionary War Pension file of Dr. Luther L. Waterman.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 26, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. What are the sources before 1550 A.D.? by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  2. Join Us For Find A Grave’s Community Day on October 18th! by Kristie Wells for Ancestry.com Blog
  3. Updated Ancestry terms of use by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  4. RootsIreland Now A Subscription Site by Ellie, author of Ellie's Ancestors
  5. Have You Shared Your Favorite Grandma Story Yet?—#MeetMyGrandma by Brad Lowder for FamilySearch Blog
  6. Who, Me? Organized? by Jacqi Stevens, author of A Family Tapestry
  7. How Do I Plan to Save My Genealogical Research for Posterity? by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  8. The Darker Side of Genealogy by Elise Ann Wormuth, author of Living in the Past
  9. Don’t “Pigeon Hole” Yourself by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  10. Colonial Store Entries by Patrick Jones, author of Frequent Traveler Ancestry
  11. OVERLOOKED RESOURCES FOR GENEAGEMS by Linda, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  12. That Form Everyone Wanted … by Jenny Lanctot, author of Are My Roots Showing?
  13. Expanding Your Genealogy Comfort Zone by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  14. Archival Holdings in Jerusalem by bernfeldfamily, author of Bernfeld Family of Galicia & More
  15. Just in case you need another reason… by Amberly, author of THEGENEALOGYGIRL
  16. Check newspaper advertisements by Janet Iles, author of Janet the Researcher
  17. Mastering Evernote for Genealogy Boot Camp by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  18. RootsMapper Demo Video on YouTube by RootsMapper Blog
  19. For the Strength of Our Youth by Peggy Lauritzen, author of Always Anxiously Engaged
  20. Interesting Libraries by Jill Ball, author of GeniAus

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

52 Ancestors: #38 ~ David Bassett Waterman, My 5th Great-Grandfather

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

In last week's 52 Ancestors post, I introduced you to Phebe Barker, who was the wife of Dr. Luther L. Waterman. Luther and Phebe are my maternal 4th great-grandparents.

Today I'd like to introduce you to Luther's father, David Bassett Waterman, my maternal 5th great-grandfather.

David Bassett Waterman was born on 9 September 1725 in Norwich, Connecticut to his parents John Waterman and Elizabeth Bassett. He was baptized on 22 September 1725 in Norwich, Connecticut.

The image below shows David Bassett Waterman listed as the son of John with his baptism date of September 22, 1725. The red arrow is pointing to David's name.1


Connecticut Church Record Abstracts - Norwich

David married Anne Bartlett. They were the parents of six sons.
  1. John Waterman (baptized 6 November 1748 – 1818)
  2. David Waterman (baptized 26 February 1749 – ?)
  3. Samuel Waterman (baptized 24 March 1751 – ?)
  4. Dr. Luther L. Waterman (baptized 25 March 1753 – 9 September 1807) [My 4th great-grandfather]
  5. Asher Waterman (31 July 1755 – 2 May 1827)
  6. Frederick Waterman
At least two of David and Anne's sons served in the American Revolutionary War, one of whom was my 4th great-grandfather, Dr. Luther L. Waterman.

I found the following information about David Bassett Waterman in the book Waterman Family, Descendants of Robert Waterman, Volume 12
The Hartford Courant, issue of 4 Oct. 1809: "Died, at Salisbury, Mr. David Waterman, formerly of Norwich, aged 84 years." Salisbury church records: "Mr. Waterman" died of consumption, 26 Sept. 1809, aged 85. These records, with the disappearance of David from Norwich and the reappearance of his family in Salisbury, and family records and traditions, make the identification reasonably certain.
I'm really grateful to own the Waterman Family, Descendants of Robert Waterman books by Donald Lines Jacobus. It's a three-volume book series. The family history information in the books is wonderfully sourced by Mr. Jacobus. I'm so glad Mr. Jacobus decided to research and write about my Waterman family.

From the information found in Volume 1 of this book, it appears that David Bassett Waterman passed away on 26 September 1809 at Salisbury, Connecticut due to consumption. Unfortunately, I don't know where David was buried.

I will be sharing more about my Waterman ancestors in future posts.

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved


1 Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 2013.Original data: Connecticut. Church Records Index. Volume 84 Norwich. Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Pg. 365.
2 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 129. Print.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for September 19, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Sepia Saturday: Confessions of a Facebook Stalker by Wendy Mathias, author of Jollett Etc.
  2. DNA ownership AND Gold, silver, bronze: USA by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  3. Just Pin It! The Power of Pinterest for Family History by Ellen Bahr for FamilySearch Blog
  4. Orphans and Orphan Trains AND 8000 Historic Norwegian Maps Online by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  5. Prepare Your Family History to Survive Fire Season by Denise Levenick, author of The Family Curator
  6. 9 Hints for Better Genealogy Interviewing by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  7. Join GeneaBloggers as an FGS Ambassador by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  8. Private Spaces by Jeff Hawkins for FamilySearch Blog
  9. HISTORICAL & FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETIES–GREAT RESOURCES FOR YOUR RESEARCH by Diane Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
  10. Rockstar Genealogists – Tickled Pink and Paying Up by Roberta Estes, author of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
  11. FamilySearch Offers an Interactive World Map for Searches by Robert Kehrer for FamilySearch Blog
  12. Help! Where Are My Ancestors Newspaper Articles? AND Small Town Papers - Another Useful Historic Newspaper Research Site AND 9 Clever Newspaper Research Techniques for Genealogy by Kenneth R. Marks, author of THE ANCESTOR HUNT
  13. How to: Maybe someone should write that down…the Prequel by Kassie Ritman, author of Maybe someone should write that down…
  14. New FamilySearch community groups on Facebook by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  15. Rockstar Genealogists: Silver and Bronze Medalists AND Rockstar Genealogist: Gold Medalists by John D. Reid, author of Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections
  16. BYU Family History Library Classes on YouTube by James Tanner, author of Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad…
  17. How to Use a Thesaurus as a Genealogy Keyword Tool by Mary Harrell-Sesniak for GenealogyBank Blog
  18. Family Recipe Friday - Never Fail Chocolate Cake by Pam, author of Our Own History

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Very Nice Surprise – The One Lovely Blog Award

one-lovely-blog-award
Last week I received a very nice surprise. I was nominated for the "One Lovely Blog Award" by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings.

Here are the rules for this award:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog
  2. Share Seven things about yourself 
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!)
  4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you've tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award
Thank You

Thank you so much Randy! I truly am honored to be nominated by you!

Seven Things About Me
  1. I'm the oldest of three children. I have two younger brothers.
  2. I was named after my father, Jan Albert Iverson. His first name plus the first initial of his middle name equals my name, Jana.
  3. I used to watch football with my dad when I was growing up and actually used to play tag football with the neighborhood kids. I still like football to this day and enjoy watching college football with my husband.
  4. When I was a kid, my brothers and I, and other neighborhood kids, would ride our bikes to a creek that was behind a nearby elementary school. We would play there and catch crawdads (crayfish) and pollywogs (tadpoles). We would also play lots of games outside during the summer with the neighborhood kids. Those were such fun and carefree days! My brothers and I knew it was time to come home when my dad would whistle.
  5. I got my first job the summer after I graduated from high school. I got a job at Standard Oil/Chevron Corporation at their corporate office building in the financial district in San Francisco, California. I worked in the Word Processing Department. I took several business courses in high school, including four years of typing. I can still type at a pretty fast speed to this day. My latest online typing test score was 87 words per minute. While at the Word Processing Department, I worked as a Typist, Senior Typist, Word Processing Operator, Data Entry Clerk, Proofreader, Computer Operator, and I even worked for a brief time in the Photo-Typesetting Department. Before I got married, I was able to take some educational leave so I could attend Brigham Young University. I worked at Standard Oil/Chevron Corporation until my husband and I had our first child.
  6. While I attended Brigham Young University, I took ballroom dance classes. I love dancing!
  7. While my husband was completing his Electrical Engineering degree at U.C. Davis, I had my own little typing business for a while. I was a stay-at-home mom, but this was a way to earn a little extra money for the family. We had two small children by the time my husband graduated. My typing business was called "The Last Word" typing service. (Yes, a play on our last name, haha!) My clients were college students.
15 Bloggers I Admire

Oh, this is a hard one. There are so many awesome blogs out there. It's quite difficult to choose only 15. Thankfully, because I write a weekly Fab Finds post, I still have the chance to feature many of the wonderful blogs I follow and admire in future Fab Finds posts.

Also, I know some fellow bloggers don't really appreciate receiving awards. I hope they won't mind if I nominate them anyway, since I do admire their blogs. With that said, here's my list (in no particular order):
  1. Jollett Etc. by Wendy Mathias
  2. A Southern Sleuth by Michelle Ganus Taggart
  3. Growing Little Leaves by Emily Kowalski Schroeder
  4. Mexican Genealogy by Moises Garza
  5. The Legal Genealogist by Judy G. Russell
  6. Grace and Glory by Becky Jamison
  7. Ancestors in Aprons by VeraMarie  Badertscher
  8. Are My Roots Showing? by Jenny Lanctot
  9. DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy by Roberta Estes
  10. Genealogy With Valerie by Valerie Hughes
  11. The People of Pancho by Leslie G. Robertson
  12. Who Knew? by Debi Austen
  13. Genealogy à la carte by Gail Dever
  14. Organize Your Family History by Janine Adams
  15. No Story Too Small by Amy Johnson Crow
Contact Bloggers 
I will be contacting the fifteen bloggers on my list, unless they see this post and contact me first.

Thanks again Randy for nominating my blog for the "One Lovely Blog Award!"

And thank you to all of my wonderful readers. I appreciate you stopping by and reading my blog. And thank you for your comments too. I know your time is precious, so the fact that you take the time to read and leave comments means so much to me.

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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