Today's item of note - I've written about my 3rd great grandfather David Barkley Comstock and the Comstock genealogy book I'd gotten from my grandmother's cedar chest. When I got that book I had quickly slammed as much information into my FTM as I could and left it at that. I'd always known that David's parents were Amos and Hannah (Upton) Comstock and from that book I had Amos' family "traced" back to the 1600s. Later on in my searching (as I grew into the hobby and understood the importance of documenting) I looked for Hannah's parents and other than some shoddy looking family trees online I couldn't find anything. Fast forward to yesterday..........I'm digging through my "Comstock" folder and I have this packet that a gentleman in NY sent me in 2006.........I open it up and vaguely remember looking at it. I'm not sure why nothing registered with me back then but I'd venture to guess that I saw a little of it, figured it verified what I already had and filed it away. Upon closer inspection I saw:
https://archive.org/details/uptonfamilyrecor00upto. Another item of interest in this record was one of the witnesses "Joseph Shove" - one of Amos and Hannah's daughters Julietta Comstock Harris had a son she named Joseph Shove Harris. I've always been curious about this name and now I may be able to find something about about that.
I also stumbled on David's marriage to Hannah which confirmed the parentage I had listed from the Comstock genealogy book
So I'm looking at all of this information and wondering if I can trust it - is this any better than the Comstock genealogy book? Where did this information come from? I'm unsure what the name of the book that these came from is but again, it's an undocumented book. Who provided the information? I then read through the 1st three pages I'd been sent, which appeared to be from an old newspaper article covering history of the area and I found all the proof I need that this information is accurate:
Another interesting tidbit that I found is in this historical wrap-up of the Quaker church at Adams, MA was a writeup about Susan B. Anthony and how she was born at Adams to strict Quaker parents. I saw a Susan Anthony as a witness in a couple of the marriage records and jumped to the conclusion that she was a witness at the marriages of my 4th great grandfather's siblings but as she was born in 1820 that's impossible. Her wiki page lists her father as being Daniel Anthony and I'm confident he was a witness at them as he's listed as a witness in most of them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_b_anthony. I'm also confident that at some point as a child she went to church with my ancestors.
Apparently my 5th great grandfather did something to upset the church: