Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Revolutionary Forefathers.

 A quick breakdown of ancestors who fought in the revolutionary war.

From the Old Broad Bay Bund and Blatt, 1995 Vol 4, Issue 4, pages 92-98
"Waldoboro in the Revolution"

1776      4 Jul The Declaration of Independence was printed and sent to all the ministers of the Gospel in the State, to be publicly read by them on the first Lord's day after its reception, and to be recorded by the town clerks in their respective books. Neither of these requests were carried out in Waldoboro. Dr. Schaeffer ... was the minister at the time and would neither read it nor allow it read in the old meeting house, the only public place then in Waldoboro.

1776      July Through the influence of Jacob Ludwig and Andrew Schenck, it was translated into the German language and by them read to the people, who everywhere received it with rejoicing.

Captain Ludwig commanded troops throughout the war, and that included his younger brother, Joseph Henry Ludwig.  Joseph is my 5th great-grandfather.


While I can't actually connect our family to him, in 1776 Lieutenant James Tibbitt of the Maryland Privateers sailed a brigantine called The Wild Duck from the Dutch West Indies to the head of the Elk River (now Elkton Maryland). The ship was packed with gunpowder and shot; most of that was sent to support General Washington's activities in New Jersey.  The ship itself was taken to Philadelphia for a refit by joseph Humphries, and was re-christened as the USS Lexington.  Tibbitt carried letters of Marque throughout the war, for the sloop Independence, and the brigantine Sturdy Beggar.

James is a Tibbitt family name in our lineage; and my Tibbitt line lived between the Sassafras and Elk rivers in Maryland (Cecil County).  He is certainly a relative, if not a direct ancestor.

Godfrey Felten served in Captain Phillip Waggoner's Company of the 2nd Regiment of Foot.  Godfrey is my 5th great-grandfather.

There was a John McDermond of Chester County; he is the leading candidate to being the father of James McDermond, and John collected a Revolutionary War pension.  But that's all I've managed to uncover. If this is an ancestor, this would be the sole entrant from my father's line.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Martin Rouse, an Irish Success Story

Martin Rouse was born on May 12, 1829 in Maugherabrack, in the parish of Kilglass, in county Sligo, Ireland. He was the son of Thomas Rouse and Margaret "Peg" Taylor.  His brother John was born two years later, and then around 1837, the family immigrated to America.

In the 1850 United States Census, he was still living with his parents in New York City.  He was working as a cooper, while his brother was a cartman. A year later, he was sworn in as a naturalized citizen of the United States.

36 & 38 Whitehall Street
By 1860, he had married Sarah Douglas and moved to Jersey City.  Although still listed as a cooper, by this time he had partnered with a tallow chandler named Goulard.  By 1870, the firm of Goulard, Rouse & Company had offices on Whitehall Street in New York, as well as Kansas City and Chicago.  He was a founding member of the New York Produce Exchange, and also served as the Chief Weigher for the Port of New York.

As Chief Weigher, his job was to set the value of cargo coming in the port. In the days before container shipping, cargo was packed into barrels to be worked into every nook and cranny of a freighter.  Actually weighing each individual piece as it came off a ship would have taken days, if not weeks. Instead, a weigher would examine the size of the ship, count barrels, consider the contents, and make a calculation that became the official figure for port fees and taxes.

Besides his business interests, Martin was also a long time member of Passaic Hose Company #4 of the Jersey City Volunteer Fire Department, and represented them in the Exempt Firemen's Association.

He died in January of 1894, after suffering from a long illness.  According to his obituary:
"He had been ailing for a long time before his death, his sickness really dating from the day after Grover Cleveland's election in 1892.  A huge game cock from Indiana was presented to him on the floor of the (Produce) Exchange by a friend, in token of the triumph that the result of the election was to Mr. Rouse, who was a fervent admirer of the President.  The fun-loving brokers took advantage fo the presentation to escort the old gentleman to the rostrum and prevailed on him to make a speech.  The rickety old structure gave way, and Mr. Rouse got a bad fall, from the shock of which he never wholly recovered." -- The New York Times, Jan 31, 1861
His death certificate notes that he died of blood poisoning.  He was interred at Arlington Cemetery in Kearny NJ on February 1, 1894.