Answering Questions

Scholefield Family Tree After the DeGraff censuses prompted a list of questions, off I went to try to answer them. The first question was about Catherine DeGraff born abt 1841 (actually probably closer to 1843 based on when Helen was born). Who was she? I still dunno! I can assume that she is a daughter, …

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Alonzo’s Wife Mary

Scholefield Family Tree The last person in Alonzo’s family that needs a few details is his wife. Here is her obit: Mrs. Alonzo H. Degraff Mary McLean, widow of Captain Alonzo H. DeGraff, died at 8 o’clock Thursday evening at the home of her son Harry W. DeGraff, 15 Grant avenue, after an illness of …

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Alonzo's Children

Scholefield Family Tree While I was searching for information about Alonzo, I was also able to locate information about his wife and children. As part of this study, I want to locate each of the children’s birth dates and places. When working with the newspaper, sometimes the best way to do that is to find …

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Alonzo's Obit

Scholefield Family Tree I located one obit for Alonzo. There are likely more out there because this was one picked up by a nearby paper in a different county. The moral of this story is that you might find a news item about your family in an unexpected paper. Nearby papers would reprint news from …

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Taking a Step Back

Scholefield Family Tree I seem to be stonewalled on exactly which Harmonus is the correct man. Therefore, I am going to take one step back. Instead of trying to step push to locate the next DeGraff generation, I will be stepping back and looking at the children again. It is possible that something about Harmonus’s …

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A DeGraff Researcher

Scholefield Family Tree My last post was found by Peter Cross — a DeGraff researcher. He offered some information about an additional Harmanus DeGraff in the area. I emailed him and he provided the following: His “Harman” was 31 at the time of the 1860 Census. His wife was Harriet Ann Wilde and his children …

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