November 18, 2003

Alma HICKMAN Davison found!

Hickman -> Davison -> Howell

Why wasn't Alma "Annie" HICKMAN Davison buried with her husband E.D. Davison, Jr. in Bridgewater, NS? In fact, where was she buried? We looked everywhere for information about Alma, but came up empty handed....she was E.D's first wife, and had one child with him (Ellen "Nellie" DAVISON Howell). Alma died at age 29 when Nellie was only 4 years old.

Thanks to Allison CHURCH Bird I was able to find Alma buried with her parents in the Hickman plot in the Dorchester Cemetery, NB. - Her gravestone inscription reads "Alma Hickman wife of Edward Davison d. 2 Dec 1884". Still many un-answered questions but this fills a big gap.

Posted by jhowell at 12:34 AM

November 17, 2003

Robet Bruce Polk - Ireland to Eastern Shore MD cir 1672

Polk -> Whittington -> Goslee -> Freeney

Bill Polk, Kansas City, MO., wrote some extensive notes on the Polk lineage dated 30 Nov 1998 -- some excerpts:

"Robert (Pollok) Polk and his family probably came to America from Northern Ireland sometime between 1672 and 1680. However, their arrival may have been earlier."

"It 1659 he took ship at Londonderry, and after a stormy voyage, during which one of his children died, he landed on the Eastern Shore of Maryland......" It is probable that the family left Ireland to escape religious persecution (Robert was a Covenanter) and for the opportunities the new land afforded to practice their religion and build a home. Thomas, Robert's elder brother, inherited the family estate in Ireland, and the opportunity to secure land of his own in the colonies must have been factored into the decision to leave Ireland."

See the complete notes here

Posted by jhowell at 9:34 AM

November 15, 2003

The Hickman Sea Sled

Hickman -> Davison -> Howell

In the 1800's our Hickman's are living in New Brunswick, Canada - they include ship builders and lawyers.

Allison CHURCH Bird wrote to sayWilliam Albert Hickman (nephew of our Alma Hickman) invented the Hickman Sea Sled -- Scientific American Sept. 26, 1914 says: "A new type of vessel, which promises to revolutionize water craft and which takes the same place on the water that the automobile does on land."

Posted by jhowell at 3:23 PM

Daniel Davidson - father of Davison line in America

Davidson -> Davison -> Howell

Building on the Nova Scotia trip discoveries, the original Davison immigrant, coming to America circa 1651 has surfaced! See the tree entry for Daniel Davidson b. 1630 in Scotland(the Davidson name in our line changed it's spelling to Davison starting in the next few generations -- depending on what child you are following).

Posted by jhowell at 2:32 PM

November 14, 2003

Jan McEachran's helpful Burk info.

Burk -> Campbell -> Stone

Jan McEachran provided some insights to the Burk line resulting in a new family tree from Frances Burk to the present

Previously I thought Erastus was the son of David F. Burk, but changed him to be the son of John Burk after receiving the email from Jan, which also matched the information on Peggy Doyle's tree on RootsWeb.

I originally developed the Burk genealogy from a letter written 4 March 1867 by Josia (Jesse) Burk to his nephew David F. Burk. the letter was transcribed by my great grandmother Flora Maude CAMPBELL Stone.

Photos of Eunice Mirette BURK Campbell and her mother Mathilda TURNER Burk

Posted by jhowell at 4:35 PM