Tuesday, June 24, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 25: Clyde Walter Day and Mamie McAninch Day

Click within image to enlarge. Notice that all four
grandfathers served in the Civil War. 
Clyde Walter Day and Mamie A McAninch were my great-grandparents.  I have very limited memory of them, so I would love to supplement this post with the memories of my aunts, cousins and siblings.  If you’d like, please comment, message me or e-mail me and I will add your comments (or corrections).  That way, we will have a record for the next generations.

Clyde was born 27 Oct 1881 in Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. He was the oldest of 11 children. He had 5 brothers and 3 sisters. (2 other siblings must have died). Clyde completed 8 years of schooling. His dad, Ross was a farmer and a mason.

Mamie was born July 1891 in Ringgold County, Iowa.  She was the 3rd of 4 children, and the only girl. Mamie also completed 8 years of schooling. Her dad, William was a farmer.

  • In 1906, Clyde (25) and Mamie (15) were married.  Their sons Kyle and James were born in 1907 and 1909. 
  • They moved to Nebraska in 1909. 
  • On the 18 Apr 1910 Census, Clyde and Mamie and their two small children Kyle (3) and James (1) were living in Thurman, Rock County, Nebraska.  They were renting their farm, and William Magill (45) was living with them as a hired hand. 
  • Lewis was born in 1910. (Likely named after Clyde’s mother Ida May Lewis) 
  • Lloyd was born 14 Mar 1911.  Also, sometime between 1910 and 1915, little James died.
  • Then in 1914, they moved back to Mount Ayr, Iowa, and Delbert (my grandfather) was born 27 Apr 1914.  
  • In the 1915 Iowa census: Clyde (33) was a laborer with total earnings in 1914 of $500. Other members of the family were: Mamie (23), Kyle (9), Lewis (5), Lloyd (4) and Delbert (1).
  • In 1916, Barton was born. Then they moved back to Long Pine City in Brown County, Nebraska.
  • On 12 Sep 1918, Clyde registered for WW I.  He was 36, tall and slender with blue eyes and brown hair. The armistice was signed 11 Nov 1918, so he did not serve. 
WWI Registration Card, click within image to enlarge.
  • In the 12 Jan 1920 Census, Clyde (43) is a Fireman for the Steam Railroad.  Also enumerated are Kyle (13), Lewis (10), Lloyd (8), Delbert (5),  and Barton (3).  Mamie (33) is pregnant with Lynn and he is born in April, 1920.

At some point, Delbert lived with his grandmother, Ida Day, but I don’t know when or where that was.

  • In 1922, Clyde Walter, Jr was born (aka Junior).
  • In 1925, Robert was born.
  • In 1928, Bonnie Jean was born.
  • On 18 Apr 1930, the census records indicate that they were living in Ainsworth City, Brown County, NE. They rent their home for $15 (per month?) and Clyde (53) is a mason/bricklayer, Mamie (43) and the children at home are Delbert (15), Barton (13), Lynn (10), Junior (7), Robert (5), and Bonnie (2 ½).
  • Sadly, little Bonnie Jean died on 14 Jan 1938 in Ainsworth, NE.  
  • In 1938 or 1939, the family moved to Casper.  (Although Delbert must have already been there by 1936)  
  • In 1939, Clyde was listed in the telephone directory as a plasterer, living at 334 W Yellowstone Hwy. The Natrona County Courthouse was built with WPA funding at about this time and it is possible that he worked on it. 

Natrona County Courthouse

  • On 9 Apr 1940, Clyde (58), a plasterer, and Mamie (48), Junior (17) and Robert (15) were living at 733 West Midwest Ave, in Casper. 

Clyde and Mamie
My Aunt Bev remembers that Mamie (Grandma Day) crocheted doilies and tablecloths, and that she sewed clothes for all 8 boys. Bev and Larry used to stay overnight with Clyde and Mamie when they were small. Larry and Clyde would have a great time, but Mamie was grouchy and not much fun for little Bev. * (Mamie had had a busy life, her first child was born when she was 15 and her 10th when she was 37.  She had 9 boys and then Bonnie Jean was born, and as noted above, Bonnie Jean died at age 9.)

  • In the 1958 and 1959 city phone directory, Clyde and Mamie lived at 642 E 12th in Casper. 
My Aunt Pam:  Mamie was sick for all of my memories.  She had hardening of the arteries similar to dementia today. She lived with us for a while because she would wonder off for no reason. She got mean and Mom or Dad had to stay up all night just in case. My last memory of her was at Christmas with her passing the next March.  After that she had reverted to her childhood asking for her mom, etc. Dad wouldn't let me go after that. **
  • Mamie (75) died 12 Mar 1967.

I believe this is the house where we visited.
The apple trees are no longer in the
yard next to the house. 

When we visited Clyde, (Grandpa Day) was in his late 80s or early 90s, and very thin.   I remember my Dad being very excited to see him, very fond of him and asking him if he’d eaten today.  I think Clyde pointed to his glass of whiskey to indicate that he had nutrition. Clyde was a character, with a twinkle in his eye.  His house was on the corner, with 6 or 8 apple trees, and we picked the apples off the trees and took them home.

Clyde and Mamie had the best green apples trees and beautiful roses and garden. One time Clyde had Delbert & Robert take him to ER for a bad stomachache. After several hours he needed to use the bathroom and came out saying " I am fine now, so let's go home"  he just needed a good bm.  Delbert & Robert made him stay since they had waited so long. Just one sign of his orneryness.    The only child hood memory I have of them was their silver aluminum Christmas tree with a color wheel. **

Clyde told my Dad that the O’Days were horse thieves in Ireland, so they dropped the ‘O’ to disassociate themselves from the thieves when they came to the US.  We kids assumed that Clyde or his parents had been the ones to come over from Ireland, but it turns out that the Days had been in North America since at least the mid-1700s.  Dad always said that he was more that 50% Irish.  So far, we can’t prove where the Days or the McAninch’s originated from, and we can’t find any Irish on his Mom’s side yet either.  But we’ll keep trying!

  • Clyde (94) died 18 Aug 1975 in Casper, WY.

From Iowa to Nebraska to Wyoming


  • Iowa, Birth and Christenings Index, 1857-1947
  • 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 United States Federal Census
  • 1915 Iowa State Census
  • US World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918
  • U.S. City Directories, 1921-1989
  • Social Security Death Index
  • Aunt Bev, * Aunt Pam **

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 24: Russell Gordon Day, stepped on by a mule.

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When did the Days come to America?  Sadly, I don't know. I've done a lot of research, but have hit a dead end.  The family line can be traced back to James A Day who was born in 1771 in Bastard Township, Ontario, Canada.  I don't think Bastard Township is a clue, but it is ironic that his parentage is unknown. There is some evidence that Bastard Township was a home for Irish immigrants, so that's interesting.  James A Day and his family immigrated to New York around 1800.

And that is where we pick up this story.  Russell Gordon Day was born in 1822 in Greece, New York.  He moved with his parents and siblings to Warren County, Illinois in the early 1840s.

Russell married Martha Barnum (who is a very distant relative of PT Barnum of circus fame) and whose family also moved from New York to Illinois in the early 1840s.  They were married 10 Mar 1846 in Illinois. They had a 9 children between 1848 and 1863. Their 7th child (Ross) is our ancestor.

Roster showing Russell G Day, Private, 57th Infantry

Russell (age 39) enrolled in the Union Army on the 24 Dec 1861 at Monmouth IL, in Company A of the 57th regiment of Illinois Volunteers to serve 3 years.  He left Martha at home with 7 children and probably pregnant with the 8th.

The 57th was on the move in its first months:

  • Investment and capture of Fort Donelson, Tenn., February 14–16, 1862.
  • Moved to Fort Henry, Tenn., February 17;
  • thence to Crump's Landing, Tenn., March 8–13,
  • and to Pittsburg Landing March 28.

Russell's certificate of Disability for Discharge states that Russell was six feet tall, with dark complexion, light eyes, and dark hair.  He was by occupation a wagoner. "During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty 20 days.  The said Russell G Day was injured by a mule stepping on his abdomen about a month ago, since which time he has been growing worse. Pittsburg, Tenn,  April 1, 1862."

Battle of Shiloh by Thure de Thulstrup.

The 57th saw its first action at the Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., April 6–7:
"The Battle of Shiloh, was a major battle in the American Civil War, fought April 6–7, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee. A Union army under Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant had moved deep into Tennessee and was encamped principally at Pittsburg Landing. Confederate forces under Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P. G. T. Beauregard launched a surprise attack on Grant there. The Confederates achieved considerable success on the first day, but were ultimately defeated on the second day." 3,482 killed, 16,420 wounded. (3)

"Notwithstanding this being the first severe engagement of the Fifty-seventh, they fought with all the heroism and valor that could have distinguished older and tried soldiers, but the contest was unequal;  Flanked upon both sides, and under an enfilading fire, the gallant command was forced to retire or suffer capture. In falling back the Regiment was subjected to a storm of grape and canister from the enemy's cannon. This ended the conflict for the day, night closing over the scene. In this murderous engagement the Fifty-seventh lost 187 of its officers and men." (2)

Copy of Civil War Document 

Records show that Russell was discharged on April 25, 1862, so he may have been present at the Battle of Shiloh without participating. (probably lucky for him!)  His discharge paper is marked on the reverse: "Headquarters Army of the Tennessee, in field Shiloh, April 25, 1862.  To be discharged by order of Maj Genl US Grant."  How cool is that !!

Russell must have been transported to St Louis. His Discharge Certificate goes on to say: "I certify that I have carefully examined the said Russell G Day and find him incapable of performing the duties of a soldier because of a double inguinal hernia which disables him from lifting or long or rapid walking.  My opinion is that the hernia was in existence at the time of his enlistment, but the disease has been aggravated by heavy lifting while serving as regimental wagoner. Degree of disability 1/4.  JR Zearing, surgeon. Discharged on 23 July 1862 at St Louis."

After the war, Russell returned to Warren County, IL where he was a farmer, and owned 160 acres of land and a Livery Stable.  In the 1870s, he and his family moved to Ringgold County, Iowa.

Russell (age 57) died on 17 May 1879 in Leon, Iowa.

Martha (age 68) applied for a pension based on his service in the War of the Rebellion on 14 Nov 1892.

Martha (age 71) died in 1895.


  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/57th_Illinois_Volunteer_Infantry_Regiment (1)
  • http://www.archive.org/stream/reportofadjutant04illi1#page/37/mode/1up
  • http://civilwar.illinoisgenweb.org/history/057.html (2)
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Shiloh (3)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 23: Seth Barnum, served in the Revolutionary War

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The Barnums left England and arrived in America in  about 1670 and were instrumental in establishing Danbury, Connecticut.   Seth Barnum was a member of the fourth generation to be born in America.  He was born 3 Nov 1754 in Danbury, the 4th of 9 children.

Seth (age 20)  married Mary Cartwright on 23 Oct 1774 in Danbury CT.  She must have died, maybe in childbirth.

Seth (age 21) enlisted 12 May 1775.  He was a private in the 6th Company, 5th Regiment, of Colonel David Waterbury's Connecticut Line.

Reenactment photo of the 5th Connecticut Regiment

"In June 1775, the 5th was sent briefly to New York City, but by July began its northward trek along the Hudson River with other Connecticut Regiments to invade Canada and secure Lakes George and Champlain.

The regiment received its first hostile fire from a force of Indians just prior to laying siege to the British fort at St. Jean. Together with New York troops they engaged in a long siege that started in July and eventually led to the capture of Fort St. Jean in early November.

Fort St Jean has been given the sympathetic nickname of
“Fort aux Maringouins” (Mosquitoes Fort)
because of the swampy climate of the area.
The Americans abandoned and burned down Fort St Jean
in the spring of 1776.  

The 5th then joined the van of American forces under General Richard Montgomery and marched to Canada ten days later, and on 13 November 1775, captured  Montreal, Canada.

On 13 December 1775, the regiment disbanded at Fort Ticonderoga" (1) and Seth was discharged.

Fort Ticonderoga in New York
( preserved as a tourist destination)

Seth married Abigail Bass on 27 May 1777 in New Fairfield, CT. They had 14 children between 1778 and 1802.  Ira (their 13th child is our ancestor).

Seth (age 55) died 26 Dec 1809.  Abigail (age 78) died in 1838.


  • Barnum, Patrick W. “Barnum Family Genealogy, http://www.barnum.org/nti02158.htm.  
  • Barnum, Noah, G, “The Barnum Family, 1350-1907”,  New York , 1907
  • (1) 5th Connecticut Regiment: http://www.5cr.org/index_files/Page1504.htm
  • Reenactment Photo: http://www.5cr.org/index_files/Page586.htm
  • Fort St Jean art: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Saint-Jean_(Quebec)
  • Fort Ticonderoga photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capture_of_Fort_Ticonderoga
  • http://www.fortticonderoga.org/
  • maps.google.com

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 22: Reverend Chad Brown, co-founder of Providence, RI

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"Reverend Chad Brown (1603-1650) was one of the first ministers of the First Baptist Church in America and a co-founder of Providence, Rhode Island. Brown was also the American progenitor of the Brown family of Rhode Island, known for its association with Brown University, founded in 1764.

Chad Brown was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England and married Elizabeth Sharparowe on 11 September 1626.  (They had several children, although it is a bit unclear exactly how many and when they were born. Our ancestor, Daniel, was born in 1644 in Rhode Island.)

Chad and his family immigrated to New England on the ship 'Martin', arriving in July of 1636.

The family lived in Boston, but soon moved to Providence which was recently purchased by Roger Williams from the Native Americans.

Sometime between 1639 and 1644 Brown and twelve others signed an agreement sometimes called the Providence Compact, an agreement of "second comers" as opposed to the original proprietors.

He was also one of 39 who signed an agreement for a government in Providence in 1640.

Chad Brown became known as an arbitrator of disputes in the colony, and he was also the town's initial surveyor. Brown owned a lot on “Towne Streete,” (now South Main street and Market Square) along with land under what is currently University Hall of Brown University.

Chad Brown's original plot of farm land was located
on the site of Brown University's University Hall

Brown also served on a committee determining the governance of the colony while Roger Williams was in England gaining an official charter for the colony from 1643 to 1644.

In 1639 Brown assumed the leadership of the First Baptist Church in America, which had been briefly pastored by Roger Williams. During Brown's pastorship, the church worshiped in a grove or orchard and in the houses of its members. Rev. Chad Brown remained pastor until his death sometime before 1650. His remains were initially interred near the corner of College and Benefit Streets, but were moved in 1792 to the North Burying Ground. His wife was listed a widow in the September 1650 Tax List." (1)

Grave marker for Chad Brown, early Baptist minister of
Providence, Rhode Island, North Burial Ground, Providence
(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_Brown_(minister)