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Sunday, May 1, 2011 Hints For

After I had worked at family history research for 30 years I had a large database.  It started out slow, about 200 ancestors the first decade, 2000 the next decade, and 20,000 the third decade. Then computers came along and really helped out keeping track of people in a database. By the fourth decade, I had reached 200,000 members.

But when the database was 50,000 individuals, I started a project to add the 500 members of the US Mormon Battalion. That took 5 years and I ended up with 60 brick wall projects on Battalion members that I couldn't connect to other lines in the database. Since then, people have contacted me and helped out in various ways so that the 60 has been reduced to 43 now. 

Those Mormon Battalion members that still need work are here:

The Lost Members of the US Mormon Battalion

When I looked at those 43 lost Mormon Battalion members, I clicked on Silas G. HOVEY. I had written:

This member of the Battalion is pretty much lost and forgotten. He is not mentioned in Sgt Daniel Tyler's "A Concise History of the Mormon Battalion". Larson in "A Database of the Mormon Battalion" says, "Silas Hovey was a Musician in Company D. He played a minor role in that position. The payroll records indicate he completed the journey to California and was discharged in Los Angeles, July 16, 1847."

But now, who is the backer of has started putting these LEAF links, called Ancestry Hints for Silas G. HOVEY, that are possible matches for records about the individual.

Clicking the leaf gets this:
Volume: 84
Page Number: 394
Reference: Genealogy of Benj. Cleveland of Canterbury, Ct. By Horace Gillette Cleveland. Chicago, 1879. (260p.): 15, 124
Source Information:
Godfrey Memorial Library, comp.. American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999.
Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library.

Now I need to go look for this. I get side tracked a lot. But it also makes for a good article for my genealogy blog. If interested, go see my blog here:

I found USMB Silas Hovey married to Polly Bosworth ANNIS, and her pedigree connects to the Kimball line, making her a relative of Heber Chase Kimball:

I only had to add two generations to get Polly Bosworth Annis connected to a huge tree of ancestors:
Ancestral tree for Polly Annis:

From the 1850 census we can add a daughter:

1850 Census Place: Albany, Orleans, Vermont;
Roll: M432_925; Page: 61A; Image: 393
   Household Members: Name Age
Abul Raymon 67 VT
Silas Havey 49 VT
Polly Havey 49 VT
Laureate Havey  9 f VT (indexed: Sunreatt)
Hiram Chafey 51

That is certainly some good progress. That is what makes life fun for me.

Some current family history

I fell in love with Lori Ruso
   by Vern Taylor

I joined Facebook in April 2009. I met a lot of new people and renewed acquaintance with many others from church and high school. I renewed my interest in writing poetry and songs. I met up with Lori Ruso on Facebook about mid year. We commmented on each others poetry. Lori named me Poet Prince of Word and Song. By December I was hard at work on the "Vern's Christmas Mix" for 2009 and I asked Lori if she would like one. I sent her a copy before Christmas, and she enjoyed it. It had one Christmas song I sang, as well as one of Lori's Christmas songs.

After Christmas I posted this to Lori's FB wall:
“Love” is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. -Jubal Harshaw, Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein, grandfather of science fiction, best love quote of all.

She replied:
Yes, Vern, I agree....Jubal's is the best Love quote of IS getting!! xoxo

I wrote:
Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for awhile.
~Westley, The Princess Bride, 1987.

I wrote:
The harmony of love
   by Vern Taylor 2009

The poet prince of word and song,
Was like Ulysses, so strong of old.
Was smitten by the siren's call,
Needed help to break the attractive hold.

He has patience, never stops believing,
That there's a great heart waiting for him.
Nothing stops love from reaching its glory,
Just like the story in happiness ends.

So come my love and sing with me now,
Walk hand in hand and enjoy the sunset.
So come my love and join with my heart,
The harmony of love is our duet.

Though the plot twists and breaks his heart,
Love is the heart's great mystery.
It's the only thing in his heart he feels,
Will happiness be the end of the story?

So come my love and sing with me now,
Walk hand in hand and enjoy the sunset.
So come my love and join with my heart,
The harmony of love is our duet.

For the rest of the week until the end of the year, I was miserable. My heart had put me in agony because I had fallen in love.

Lori Ruso wrote:
Oh dear Vern, you are a poet in heart & in soul.....TY 4 BEing YOU & sharing your magnificent self with me......Joy, Blessings & hugs! xoxo

In my last poem of the year, I wrote a summmary of the years highlights which included:

Here I Am or "Aquí Soy "
 by Vern Taylor 2009
Found love too,
Lori true,
Message of,
Fight for love.

Inside me,
Drums the beat,
Tears of joy.
Aquí soy.

My heart jumped out of my chest and wants me to throw it at Lori Ruso!
My mind says 'Oh tender heart, what will she do with you? you don't know.'
And so here is the mystery. By then, my heart has gone crazy. So I wrote to Lori:

Dec 30, 2009;
Dearest Lori,
   Could you give me a little of your time? I'm just trying to follow my heart, and it's fallen in love with you. and I end up crying and in agony almost every night now, and you should shoot me and put me out of my misery ... or pick one of these other options:

  Pray with me and see how that feels.
  Tell me your heart is already in love with another besides Misha.
  Write some email and find out if we like each other.
  Agree to three dates; yours, mine and ours.
  Consider the proposal and wait. Maybe its only temporary insanity.
  Just say no, I can't.
  Just say, snap out of it!

"So follow your heart,
 and make love a part,
 of the life your going to live.
 It's just not quite right.
 to quit without fight,
 and deny what our hearts can give." ~Vern Taylor

Everything I write in poems lately is for and about you. I write great poems when I'm in love. It's been a long time since the last time. True love is when another's happiness means more than your own. So tell me what makes you happy. I love you!

You have my heart already, its escaped again.
vern xoxo

Lori Ruso wrote:  Oh Vern, you are such a Joy & Light to me, & to all those so Blessed to know you!! May all the Love you give away fill your new year with Peace & happiness......I Love you, my kindred spirit, my Friend.....xoxo

On the first day of the new year 2010, Lori wrote me:
Hi, dear Vern! Your Facebook post on my wall reminded me of this song I wrote a while back.....Hope you enjoy it! Luv & hugs, Lori xoxo

Lori sent the song "He Loves Me" to me. I'd given her a gift of music and she had given a love song to me. I didn't want to fall in love on the Internet. I pity the person who does. But I was doubly smitten.

Here's the chorus of "He Loves Me:
   by Lori Ruso
Cause when he holds me
And when he loves me deep inside that's how I know

How does he do to me what he does
How does he make me feel
That I know he loves me
And I feel he needs me
Yes I know he loves me and it's all right
And it's all right.

Her message of 'But I know he loves me' is sung in her beautiful voice. It just grabs my heart. My heart flew off to watch over Lori for months at a time. Eventually it never came back.

Then after another long week of waiting, I got an amazing response back from Lori:
My dearest Vern.....thank you for your patience with me! it seems that my work is keeping me overwhelmingly busy presently, & as I must try to pay the bills, I'm unable to correspond as much as I dream of doing with you, just for the moment..... so I again ask for your patience with me, & with all my heart, I thank you for finding me, for sharing your Love & beautiful self with me...... for us, the best IS yet to come, so thank you for your patience......
so much to share..... can't wait! xoxoxo

Lori wrote a song, "I Believe in Love Again" where she sang, "You touched my heart and saved me."
Now I, believe in love again. If you (Lori) do too, then it comes true.
You touched my heart and saved me. ~Vern Taylor

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dropbox Useful for Everyone

Dropbox is pretty simple. The program creates a folder called My Dropbox in your My Documents folder. Copy and paste a file there and you've made a backup that is linked to another server on the Internet. You can retrieve the file from other computers and you can make it sharable to others. That's very useful for all of us.

What is Dropbox?
Dropbox is software that links all of your computers together via a single
folder. It’s the easiest way to back up and sync files between computers.
The Dropbox Desktop Application is software that watches a folder on your
desktop computer and syncs any changes to the web and to your other

The Dropbox Website allows you to access your files on any computer from
a web browser. You can also use the Dropbox website to share your files or
folders with others.

The Dropbox mobile website and Dropbox for mobile devices allow you
to connect to your Dropbox from your pocket, so you can take your files
with you wherever you go.

To watch a video, or download the app go to:

You can use the free 2 GB account, or pay to upgrade for more space.

Legacy Family Tree has a recording of Thomas MacEntee's Dropbox for Genealogists webinar.  The 1 hour 32 minute recording of Dropbox for Genealogists is now available in the webinar archives. Visit to watch. The free recording will be available until May 2, 2011.

Monday, March 28, 2011

US Mormon Battalion: Henry Pike Hoyt

28 Mar 2011

   While I was extending my own Hoyt ancestors, I went back and added a connecting section for USMB Henry Pike Hoyt's ancestors. Now I can say that my daughter in-law, April Battson Taylor is related to Henry Hoyt as a second cousin 5 times removed through John ELLIOTT & Hannah JONES. I'm related to Henry Hoyt as fourth cousin 6 times removed through Thomas HOYT twin & Mary BROWNE, and
seventh cousin 3 times removed through Thomas FRENCH & Susannah (Sara) RIDDLESDALE.
   Many of you may also be related.

   Who was Henry Hoyt? I thought you'd never ask!
   His data can be found in my database:

Henry Pike Hoyt married Irene Elizabeth Lincoln at Nauvoo, Illinois when he was age 27. They had a son Don Carlos Hoyt in 1844, and then the family moved with the LDS Church westward and settled in Mills county Iowa. When his son was two years old, Henry and his brother, Timothy Sabin Hoyt, joined the U.S. Mormon Battalion as Privates in Company A, and left his family in Iowa. He endured all the hardships of the 2,000 mile march and was discharged in Los Angeles. After reaching the Sierra Nevada Mountains east of Sutter's Fort, he because sick and died, Sept. 3rd, 1847. He was buried on the trail about 80 miles east of Sutter's Fort near Bear Valley, Mariposa, California. Maybe because of this tragedy, his family never completed the trek to Salt Lake City and remained in Iowa. His widow married another of his brothers, and his son later married Harriet Mary Cary and had seven children and settled in Pioneer, Graham, Kansas.

He is one of Fifteen men who died and were buried in unknown graves:
 (monument photo)

USMB Reddick Newton Allred was Henry Hoyt's brother-in-law. They traveled north from Los Angeles to Sacramento before turning east.

Reddick Allred wrote:
   Treasures of Pioneer History, Vol.5, p.307 Journey To Council Bluffs
We moved out a few miles from Los Angeles and camped about a week organizing for our return trips. Bro. Hancock assumed with Father Pettegrew the responsibility and organized us in tens, fifties and hundreds. Wm. Hyde, Captain—50; Daniel Tyler 2nd and 3rd with Andrew Lytle over all.

July 20th my company being ready we moved up 20 miles to Gen’l Pico’s Ranch. It crossed a spur of mountains to San Francisco where we remained till the 29th waiting for the other two companies to come up—meanwhile we were jerking beef for the journey. We employed a guide to a place called Hot Springs. August 1, 1847 we camped in a beautiful valley where we found the name of Peter Lebeck who was killed by a grizzly bear Oct. 17, 1837. After our guide left us we missed the Walker Pass and turned down the "Toolary" Valley to Sutter’s Fort on the Sacramento River where the city now stands.

We reached there on the 26 Aug. 1, 1847, 600 miles from Los Angeles without accident. We found a few families of Saints that came on the ship Brooklyn from New York expecting to meet the Church in California until we told them they were settling in Salt Lake Valley. The Burr family was there. We rested a few days and then took the old California Road—crossed the American Fork and found a daughter of widow Murphy, one of the ill-fated Hasting party. Bro. John King and I visited her to find her married to one Johnson.

Henry Pike Hoyt was taken sick. I stoped with him a couple of days—the company going on to Bear Valley; 8 men stayed with me. The third day he said he could go, but after we crossed Deep Hollow he got so bad we took him off his horse as he was apparently dying. Twice we administered to him and he revived so much he said he could go, but got so bad again I had to hold him on and finally I had to break his hold of the horn of the saddle. He said, "No, go on…" his last words, for he was dead in 15 minutes. We wrapped him in his blanket and laid him 12 mile from Deep Hollow two rods below the road, having nothing but a hatchet to dig down in the hillside, and to build up the lower side. Over the top we put rocks and sticks and marked on a tree, "Henry P. Hoyt died on the 3rd of Sept. 1847 after 9 days’ illness with jaundice, 80 miles from Sutter’s Fort."

My Hoyt lineage is the maternal line of William RICE b: 7 JUN 1791:

Monday, March 14, 2011

Discovering John McVey

by Vern Taylor
When I first started doing genealogy over thirty years ago, I worked back to my third great-grandfather Samuel McVey and decided his father was probably Sgt. John McVey 1737-1823 born in Scotland. I couldn’t prove it. I needed help.
I had learned that Samuel McVey lived and died in Greenbrier and Fayette County Virginia, which is now West Virginia. So I called the phone company’s information number for Lewisburg, West Virginia, which was close to where the McVeys lived since the time of the Revolutionary War. I got three numbers for McVeys living there. Then I gathered my courage, and with a little fear and excitement, called the first number for John McVey.

She was related!

I introduced myself and asked if the person who answered the phone was related to Samuel McVey? What a blessing it was to find myself talking to Betty McVey Shields who was the genealogist for the family! Betty and her family still lived on the old McVey property on Muddy Creek Mountain. She is my third cousin once removed and we had a great talk. She confirmed my fourth great-grandfather was Sgt. John McVey andiscoverd ended up sending me lots of printed information. The photo is the only signature of Sgt John McVey I ever located.
Our ancestors do want to be found and bless us in many ways to find them.
Genealogy for Sgt. John McVey:

Anne Bradshaw has published this in,
More True Miracles with Genealogy

Monday, March 7, 2011

4 letters from 1846

I went looking for a journal for Luther Terry Tuttle 1825-1917. Here's what I found.

LDS Church History library:
contact: 801.240.2272

After going through the phone system, I later found the LDS Church History website I had used to ask questions previously. see:

Please state your question:
I would like to know if we have a journal for Luther Terry Tuttle, Born 1825, Died 1917. He was in the Mormon Battalion. If the Library does not have the journal, do you know where it is located and if I can have a copy.

History of correspondence in relation to this Question #
Our response is:
I am sorry, but we do not have a journal for Luther Tuttle, nor do I know where a journal might be located. However, we do have some letters that he wrote while serving in the Mormon Battalion. I am attaching digital copies of these letters to this email. I hope this is helpful.

Jenny St. Clair
LDS Church History Library

The Church History Library couldn't find a journal, but sent a few letters he had written:

~transcribed by Vern Taylor 2011, Stockton, CA
Envelope for following three letters:
To: Peter Haws, Council Bluffs
From: Fort Leavenworth
Luther Tuttle
Alpheus Peter Haws
George W. Boyd
James Bukeley

August the 14, 1846
Deare Father, I received your letter yesterday with the greatest of pleasure. I take my pen in hand to inform you that I am well and hoping these few lines will find you and all the family enjoying the same health but I am sorry to say that Luther has got the ague and fever now but he had the fever about three days and we broke that by laying on hands. He is better now. He is able to walk around now. Abigail (sister and wife of Luther Tuttle), I say cheer up your(self) and pray for Luther and I will pray for you, but don't give yourselves any uneasiness about us. Now father and mother, cheer up your hearts and try to comfort the rest of them and look forward to the time when we shall meet again, not to the time where we shall part anymore, for I expecet yet to be gone years from you all.

Adeline (Dunn, wife of Alpheus Peter Haws), cheer up your heart to think that (what) you have now and think that I am on as great a mission as has ever been performed since the church has commenced. Now, Adaline I want your prayers and all the rest of the family for Luther and I, that we may have health and strength to endure the hardships before us. We expect to leave the fort (Leavenworth, Kansas) tomorrow morning. I want you to write to us as soon as possible. It is very late and I cannot write anymore. I will leave the rest with Luther (Tuttle, brother inlaw).
   (Alpheus Peter Haws, US Mormon Battalion)

(second letter)
Fort (Leavenworth, Kansas)
Dear Abigail (Haws, wife of Luther Tuttle),
   I now lift my pen to inform you that I have been sick with the fever and today this fever broke and left me with the ague, but give yourself no uneasiness on my account, for I am getting stout. Now there are a good many sick in the camp at this present time. Opportunity will not permit me to write long at present for several reasons. The time seems long since we parted, yet we must make the best of it we can. So make the best you can of the worst and we will do the same and by that we will have the best all the time.

I shall have to draw my part to a close and may heaven her choice Blessings (bestow). May peace and pleasure thee attend.

Such are the wishes of thy friend. My love to father and mother Haws (his inlaws). Love (to) Adeline (Dunn-Haws) and to Emily (Emelae) and to all the rest of the family.

No more at present from your affectionate husband, Luther Tuttle. (US Mormon Battalion)

(third letter)
Mother Haws.
   I take up my pen to write a few lines to inform you how I am getting along at this present time. I am a partner to Luther (Tuttle) with ague. But we are getting  better, so that we can walk about. My hand is so nervous that I can't write much. For I have had the belious fever and mumps and taken the ague and fever. If you see any of Yearsley's folks, tell them my situation. I am in hopes that I will be well in a few days. No more at present.
George W. Boyd (US Mormon Battalion)

If you see anything of James' folks, tell them to write to him.
James Bukley

Luther Tuttle (Santa Fe) to Abigail Tuttle (Council Bluffs)
To Mr. Peter Haws in care of H. Egan (Major Howard Egan, liason to U.S. Mormon Battalion)

Santa Fe
Oct 14, 1846
Dear Abigail,
   Having now an opportunity to write to you and all the rest of the folks. I cheerfully embrace it. Alpheus (Haws) and myself are well at present, but I have been sick ever since I was at the fort. I was taken with the bilious fever after I had been there about a week, but I never took a dose of medicine all the time, for we have got the Damdest doctor that you ever heard tell of. He has the drum beat every night and morning for the sick to come to him and if they don't take his medicine, Calomel (Mercury chloride), he curses them and says ready for duty. And then they have to walk unless they are smart enough to crawl in some of the company wagons, but I have not walked, only when I have been a mind to for I had plenty of friends and they took good care of me. This day, they are trying to arrange it to send the women back and all the sick and those that are not able to stand to go on this winter back to Pueblo (Colorado), and stop this winter and send them the rest (of) the way that you will go in the spring, and officeers with them, Captain Brown. I am very glad to get rid of him. He has had more than a few men put under guard.

Santa Fe is a place that I was very much desired in for I expected to find some fine buildings and very genteel folks, but instead of thaat, there houses are made of mud, no floor in but dirt covered with dirt, and in the common way of speaking, a dirty looking set of people. What are left here, but I understand that they have been leaving ever since the troops came in here. There is(sic) a great many soldiers here, the town is as full as it can hold and we as a people will be glad to get out of it and get on our way homeward, for a soldiers life is not desirable at all with me to have such officers as we have to our head, our doctor especially, and if he goes all the way to California with us, I am afraid he will never get back, and many will mourn his loss! Well, so much for the doctor. The colonel would do pretty well if it was not for the doctor, the staff officer.
Now all are regulars except Dikes (DYKES, Georgia Parker, Adjatant), and our officers do not brag on him.

We have come through the greatest country that ever I saw. Buffalo, which is excellent meat, in great abundance. Antelope, the next thing. Also mutton in great abundance. A man could travel on wormy flour through such a country as this. Provision is very scarce here amongst the Spaniards, yet we have enough. I am Commissary Sargent for our own company to draw and deal out provisions to the company. We draw (a) pound of flour to a man a day, and a half a pound of pork, or a pound of beef. Sugar and coffee about enough to do us. Soap, vinegar, beans, or rice, so we have enough to eat and enough to drink.

Often we have cooked our suppers by the buffalo chips. Orders has(sic) just this minute come to stuart to move on (this) morning, and I am called away, so no more at present but let all be of good cheer for we will soon be over the mountains and on our return home. But do not fail to pray for us while we are far apart. My love to Father Haws and Mother Haws, to Esmila and to Albert (Haws) and all the rest.

One word to you Abigail (Haws-Tuttle), the time seems long since we parted. Days seem like weeks, yet the time will come when we have look(ed) for. I should like to wish we long will not permit. So I remain your affectionate husband, Luther Tuttle

Adeline (Adeline Dunn-Haws 1830-1852), don't think that I have forgotten you for I have not (sent) my love to you and the baby. Luther Tuttle
~transcribed by Vern Taylor 2011, Stockton, CA

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Vanessa Williams on "Who Do You Think You Are?"

You can watch "Who Do You Think You Are?" on Friday nights on NBC or anytime online:

The Vanessa Williams pedigree was shown as follows:
> her father- Milton Williams Jr. > Milton Williams Sr & Iris Carll > Frank Carll > David Carll, her 2nd great grandfather. In December 1863, those who were black or African Americans were first allowed to enlist in the Civil War. David Carll enlisted soon after.

A search of Civil War Soldiers and Sailors found:
Soldier Name  Side Function  Regiment Name
Carll, David Union Infantry 26th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry

I found this explanation of the 26th infantry:
26th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Organized at Riker's Island, New York Harbor, February 27, 1864. Ordered to Dept. of the South April, 1864. Attached to District of Beaufort, S. C. Dept. of the South, to October, 1864. 2nd Separate Brigade, Dept. of the South, to January, 1865. 1st Separate Brigade, Dept. of the South, to February, 1865. 2nd Separate Brigade, Dept. of the South, to June, 1865. Dept. of the South to August, 1865.

SERVICE.--Reported at Beaufort, S. C., April 13, 1864, and post duty there till November 27. Expedition to Johns and James Islands July 2-10. Operations against Battery Pringle July 4-9. Actions on Johns Island July 5 and 7. Burden's Causeway July 9. Battle of Honey Hill November 30. Demonstration on Charleston & Savannah Railroad December 6-9. Action at Devaux's Neck December 6. Tillifinny Station December 9. McKay's Point December 22. Ordered to Beaufort, S. C., January 2, 1865, and duty there till August. Mustered out August 28, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 2 Officers and 28 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 112 Enlisted men by disease. Total 145.

After the war had ended, one of the soldiers wrote, "Our duty is to let the colored people know that they are free citizens of the United States, and to protect them as such, and also to prevent their former owners from driving them off the plantations, and cheating them out of their share of the crop, which they are very anxious to do. These former slave holders grieve and fret a great deal about having to pay the freedmen for their labor, but they have to do it." They do the job of liberation duty.

His pension file contained a tin type photo of David Carll. This is very unusual. It was only there because David had to fight for 10 years to get his pension approved.

The 1880 census record revealed that David married Louisa, who was a white person. I found she was Mary Louisa Appleford and the show did not have time to mention that her family also served in the Civil War.

A search of Civil War Soldiers and Sailors found:

Soldier Name  Side Function  Regiment Name
Carll, David Union Infantry 26th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Appleford, George Union Artillery 4th Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery
Appleford, Joseph  Union Cavalry 2nd Regiment, New York Cavalry
Appleford, Thomas Union Cavalry 2nd Regiment, New York Cavalry
Appleford, Wellington Union Cav 2nd Regiment, New York Mounted Rifles

A search of new FamilySearch found:
George W. Appleford b. 26 July 1842(sic), died 6 October 1865;
Joseph Appleford b. 14 November 1845, died 25 June 1865;
Wellington Appleford b. 24 January 1849, died 10 August 1865.

The George W. Appleford b. 1842 is incorrect, as that is George Jr. and he is listed on the 1870 census whereas George Sr. b. 1806-08 is missing from the 1870 census.

So Vanessa had a 3rd great grandfather and two uncles who died in the Civil War. Nothing mentioned about them on "Who Do You Think You Are?"

The census data I posted to