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

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 …

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

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.

Russell (age 39) enrolled…

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

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.

"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…

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

"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 proprieto…