Wednesday, October 8, 2014

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Jamie Baisley



Jamie Baisley and Grace Culp next to auto,  photograph, c. 1930s; original photograph, privately held by Karin Coppernoll, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,], Washington. The original photograph was supposedly taken by Albert Pastoor, the husband of Jamie Baisley's aunt, Edna (Baisley) Pastoor. It was taken near the Baisley farm in Dutchess County, New York. The photograph was inherited by Albert's son, John Pasteur upon the death of his mother, Edna Pastoor in 1955. In 1998, John Pasteur then gave the photograph to his daughter, Karin Coppernoll, who made this digital image of the original photograph.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Sarah Ann Losee

Sarah Ann 
wife of 
Daniel Losee
died
Jan. 9, 1880
Aged 59 yrs
2 mo. & 11 ds.


Find A Grave database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 19 Sep 2014), memorial page for Sarah Ann Losee ( -1880), Find A Grave memorial no. 53,418,196; created by Gene Baumwoll CSW, 8 Jun 2010; citing Yorktown Church Cemetery, Yorktown, Westchester County, New York; the accompanying photograph by Gene Baumwoll CSW, added 8 Jun 2010, provides a legible image of the inscribed data and he notes that Sarah's stone, beside her husband's, has fallen.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Will of Sarah A. Losee

Amanuensis: "one who is employed to take dictation or copy manuscripts." (The American Heritage High School Dictionary).




In the name of God Amen
                                        I Sarah Ann Losee
of Yorktown County of Westchester N.Y. wife 
of Daniel W Losee being of sound and dis
posing mind and memory and consider
ing all uncertainty of this life do make
publish and declare this to be my last
Will and Testament as follows
First After All my lawful debts are paid 
I give to my sister Phoebe Emily Losee my
farm situated in Yorktown County of
Westchester N.Y. where I now reside. with
all the farming utensils and stock therein 
during her natural life. After her death 
to be given to her chldren share alike.
2d It is my will that my husband Daniel
W Losee have a home on said farm during
his life provided he remains single.
3rd It is my will that my sister Phoebe
Emily Losee pay to my sister Martha the sum
of Fifty ($50) dollars per year during her life
in the event of my sister Phoebe Emily's death
then the yearly sum of Fifty Dollars to cease.
4th I give to my niece Emma Jane Smith
one Feather bed and bedstead with bed
ding
5th I give to Schuyler S. Losee one Feather bed
and bedding
6th It is my will that my sister Phoebe Em
mily furnish the sum of Fifty ($50) Dollars 
to be expended on a head stone for my father
Isaac Losee
It is my will that my Executrix [take] the cash
[page break]
in Peekskill Bank to furnish pay funeral
expenses
I hereby appoint my sister Phoebe Emily
Losee of Yorktown Westchester county N.Y. herein
before mentioned to be Executrix of this my
last Will and Testament hereby revoking
all former wills by me made
In Witness whereof I have hereunto sub
scribed my name and affixed my seal 
the twenty seventh day of September in
the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and seventy nine
Witnesses
George F. Ferris}              Sarah Ann Losee {seal}
George Morton

*******************************

The will of Sarah Ann Losee is an interesting read and one of the few I've found for my female relatives. After reading the will, I have formulated several hypotheses:
  • In neither Sarah's or Daniel's will are any sons or daughters mentioned; everything is bequeathed to siblings or nieces and nephews. Therefore I am guessing that Sarah and Daniel had no children or their children died young;
  • Since Sarah names her sister, Phoebe Emily Losee, and their father, Isaac Losee, I'm guessing their maiden name is the same as their married names, Losee;
  • The Schuyler S. Losee mentioned is likely her nephew, who is enumerated with Phoebe and Samuel R. Losee on the 1870 census;
  • and, Sarah's niece, Emma Jane Smith, is probably the Emma who is enumerated with Samuel and Phoebe on the 1870 census.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Daniel W. Losee




According to his probate papers, Daniel's tombstone was purchased from E.R. Palmer for $36. The undertaker, Edward White, was paid $164.75 for the funeral and burial expenses. Both fees were paid from his estate by his executors, Jacob L. Outhouse and Joseph Outhouse. Daniel is buried beside his wife in Yorktown Church Cemetery, Yorktown, New York.


Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 19 Sep 2014), memorial page for Daniel W. Losee ( -1893), Find A Grave memorial no. 53,418,340; created by Gene Baumwoll CSW, 8 Jun 2010; photograph by Gene Baumwoll CSW, added 8 Jun 2010, provides a legible image of the inscribed data; citing Yorktown Church Cemetery, Yorktown, Westchester County, New York; Daniel's stone, beside his wife's, has fallen and is partially buried, but legible.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amanuensis Monday #2


Amanuensis: "one who is employed to take dictation or copy manuscripts." (The American Heritage High School Dictionary).


The Will of Daniel W. Losee


Transcription:
In the Name of God, Amen, I, Daniel W. Losee 
of the Town of Cortlandt, County of Westchester
and State of New York being of sound mind
and memory and considering the uncertainty
of this frail and transitory life do therefore make
ordain publish and declare this to be my last
Will and Testament, that is to say:
First, After all my lawful debts are paid and
discharged I give and bequeath to my niece
Mariah Outhouse daughter of Jacob
Outhouse Five hundred Dollars ($500). One
Kane bottom Rocking chair and eight Kane
Chairs and one lot of china dishes.
Second. I give and bequeath to my nephew Jacob
L. Outhouse the sum [sic] of  Jacob Outhouse one
hundred dollars ($100) and my gold watch and
chain.
Third. I give and bequeath to my nephew War-
ren Outhouse the son of Jacob Outhouse One
hundred dollars ($100).
Fourth. I give and bequeath to my nephew Alonzo
C. Outhouse the son of Jacob Outhouse One
hundred dollars ($100)
Fifth. I give and bequeath to my niece Emily
Ann Lamb the wife of Jacob Lamb One hun-
drd dollars ($100).
Sixth. I give and bequeath to my niece Harriet
E. Ward the wife of Albert Ward One hundred
Dollars ($100).
Seventh. I give and bequeath to my niece Hetta
Outhouse wife of Joseph Outhouse One hun-
dred Dollars ($100).
Eighth. I give and bequeath to my niece Mary
Vrendenburg the wife of Clarence Vrendenburgh
One hundred Dollars ($100).
Ninth. I give and bequeath to my niece's daughter
Mabel Outhouse the daughter of Joseph and
Hetta Outhouse, one feather bed and bedding
and fifty-dollars ($50).
Tenth. I give and bequeath to my niece's daughter
Gracie Jordan the daughter of Clarence and Bell
Jordan my family bible and fifty-dollars ($50).
Likewise I make constitute and appoint Jacob
L. Outhouse and Joseph Outhouse to be my
executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby
revoking all former Wills by me made.
In Witness thereof I have hereunto subscribed
my name and affixed my seal the Twenty-first
day of August in the year of our Lord one
thousand and eight hundred and eighty-eight.
                [signed] Daniel W. Losee  {L.S.}
The above written instrument was subscribed by
the said Daniel W. losee in our presence and ac
knowledged by him to each of us and he at
the same time declared the above instrument so
subscribed to be his last Will and Testament and
we at his request have signed our names as
witnesses hereto in his presence and in the pres-
ence of each other and written opposite our names
our respective places of residence.
Reside in}  the Town of Cortlandt   [signed] E.W. Lounsbury
                   Town of Cortlandt         [signed] J. H. Jordan

Citation:
Westchester, New York, Wills, Will book 119, p. 27, Daniel W. Losee, 21 Aug 1888 (proved 27 May 1893); digital images, "New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971," FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 28 June 2013).  Search "Westchester" > "Wills 1893-1894 vol 119-120" > image 33. Image is a composite from pages 27-29 for the purpose of this blog.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Daniel W. Losee, 1880 U.S. Census

Census Sunday
1880 U.S. census, Westchester County, New York, population schedule, Yorktown, enumeration district (ED) 133, p. 7 (penned), p. 429-C (stamped), dwelling 69, family 73, Daniel Losee household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 Sep 2014); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 947. 

This is the household of the brother of my 3rd great-grandmother, Elizabeth (Losee) Outhouse. Daniel W. Losee died 13 years after this census. In 1880, he is living with his cousin, Phebe E. Losee, who is also his sister-in-law. Daniel's wife, Sarah, had died in January 1880, and I suspect Phebe, who was Sarah's sister and the executrix of her estate, was helping out.

Daniel W. Losee is a great example for why I love researching collateral relatives and not just my direct line ancestors. Daniel's will, which I will share in another blog post, names his siblings, their spouses, and his nieces and nephews, even listing the married names of the women. Had I not been researching Daniel, I may not have found the evidence I needed firmly establish the family groups. And the Losee family is confusing. Both Sarah's and Phebe's maiden name was Losee and they both married Losee men. Several family members also married into the Outhouse family. The Losee-Outhouse family lines cross many times. But more about that in a later post...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book of Common Prayer


It's Treasure Chest Thursday...





Among the family treasures I've inherited is this Book of Common Prayer. It belonged to my grandfather, Albert H. Pastoor and was printed in 1892. He inscribed the inside cover "To Helen From Albert May 19, 1913," and he included a couple of Bible verses, apparently his favorites.





Helen was his sister, but if he gave it to her, I don't know how it wound up in my father's possession. Sometime during the 1920s, Helen moved to California while Albert stayed in the New York/New Jersey area. My father doesn't remember ever meeting his Aunt Helen.