Saddleback Valley Trails
South Orange County California Genealogical Society

Vol 10 No. 12 Editor: Mary Jo McQueen December 2003

 P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA. 92690

Monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Mission Viejo Family History Center Institute Building, 27978 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, between Medical Center Drive and Hillcrest Drive. Membership is open to anyone wishing to join. Yearly membership fees are $20 per calendar year for individuals, $25 for joint membership. SOCCGS is not affiliated with the LDS Family History Center.

Please find the renewal form on the last page of the newsletter.

December 20 - 10:30 a.m.

All members are invited to a special Holiday and Tenth Anniversary Party to be held at our regular meeting place. A special celebration is being planned to honor the founding board members. All founding members, who are in attendance, will also be recognized. We want to say Thank You! A special program is planned, but I have no details at this time. Just trust me that you will have a great time! The special program and Lunch, provided by SOCCGS will be served, after a short meeting and installation of officers. Please note time change for this meeting only.


Officers for 2004 were elected at the November meeting. They are: Joe Barney, president; Mary Jo McQueen, vice president, Bunny Smith, recording secretary, Pat Weeks, corresponding secretary and Mary Jo Nuttall, treasurer. We thank them for their service to the society. We are looking forward to another great year!


Web Master Herb Abrams is preparing to put the SOCCGS Surname Listing on our web site. The plan is to list the email address of the person submitting the surname. This will allow a researcher to send an email directly to you to gain or give information. If you do not want your email address listed please contact Herb at (949) 581-6292 or <>. We will discuss this at the general meetings in January and February. The target date for finalizing the surname list is February 23.

The difference between a geologist and a genealogist is that
one digs in the dirt and sometimes finds artifacts, while
the other digs in facts and sometimes finds dirt.”



Lee Patton has volunteered his services as a docent substitute. Thank you Lee! Elsewhere in the newsletter you will find the books that have been shelved during November. There are also listings of the titles at the Docent Desk. Some of the items have been donated and others purchased by SOCCGS. Please let us know if you have suggestions for future book purchases. Call Janet or Mary Jo.


The Los Angeles County Records Office is located at 12400 Imperial, Norwalk, 90650, near the junction of I-5 and the 605 Freeway. Parking is free. The office is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Telephone (800) 815-2666. The following records are housed at this location: Birth Records, Prior to 1906 & 1964 to present; Death Records, 1877 to present and Marriage Records 1852 to present. They also have many Statewide indexes: Births 1949-1984, Marriages 1949-1977, Deaths 1940-1977 & 1980-1989.

Due to the holiday season no safaris are planned for November and December.


I enjoy being your Hospitality Chairperson. It has given me a chance to meet and talk with many new members and visitors, as well as getting to know more of our current members. SOCCGS is made up of a wonderful group of people with varied backgrounds and interests. I am taking pleasure in getting to know more about where the search for ancestors is taking each of you. If I haven't yet talked with you, please introduce yourself at one of the meetings and let me know how your search is going.
Hopefully, you enjoy the refreshments we serve during the break at our monthly meetings. These baked goods have been provided by members who volunteer to share their specialties with us. I think having these goodies provides a sociable and welcoming atmosphere for all of us to chat about our favorite topic - genealogy! The following members have provided our refreshments during 2003: Laura Mitchell, Eileen Merchant, Barbara Wilgus, Margaret Luckman, Gary Van Zandt, Sheryl Fisher, Helen Swanson, Georgiana Emery, Jo Ann Nothhelfer and Leesola Cannon. Please take time to say "thank you" to these generous people when you see them next.
One last thing, have you joined the "Lunch Bunch” following our monthly meetings? If not, please do. We go to a local restaurant each month and everyone is welcome. This is good chance to get to know your fellow members better and to find out more about their areas of research.
I wish you all continued success in your searches!
Sandy Crowley
(Searching for Venable, Woodall, Vest, Tannahill, McGee, Reynolds, Moorman, and Davis throughout the Southern States)

“I am a census taker for the City of Bufflow.

Our city has groan very fast in resent years and now in 1865,
it has become a hard and time cunsuming job to count all the peephill.
There is not many that can do this work, as it is necessarie
to have an ejucashun, wich a lot of persons stil do not have.
Ahnuthr atribert needed for this job is good speling for many
of the peephill to be counted can harle speek inglish, let alon
spel there names.”
“Laughs” courtesy of Iris Graham via the
KENTUCKIANA Rootsweb List.


Cavaliers & Pioneers, Abstracts, Land Grants & Patents, Vol. II: Nugent
Marriages of Lunenburg County * Lunenburg County, Deeds 1746-1752
Publications of the Historical Society of Washington County
Baltimore County Families 1659-1759: Barnes * Records of St. Paul’s Parish, Vol. I
Virginia Northern Neck Land Gants 1694-1742 * Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants 1742-1775
History of Henry County, VA * Marriage Bonds of Pittsylvania County 1767-1805
1787 Census of Virginia, Washington County; Henry County; Hampshire County
History of Halifax County * Virginia Publick Claims, Pittsylvania County
Abstracts of Pittsylvania County Wills, 1767-1820 * Index to Hening’s Statutes
Virginia Colonial Militia * Emigration to Other States from Southside Virginia, Vol. I
The Quit Rents of Virginia, 1740 * History of Southwest Virginia & Washington County
Marriage Bonds, Halifax County * Marriages & Deaths from Richmond, Virginia Newspapers
West Virginia:
Sims Index: Land Grants

Maryland Rent Rolls: Baltimore & Anne Arundel Counties
Index of the Map of the City & County of Baltimore
Inhabitants of Kent County * History of Calvert County
Marylanders to Carolina * Baltimore County Overseers of Roads, 1693-1793
Settlers of Maryland, 1701-1730 * Maryland Deponents, 1634-1799
Baltimore County Land Records, 1665-1687 * Directory of Maryland Church Records
Anne Arundel County Church Records of the 17th & 18th Centuries
Abstracts of Land Records of Anne Arundel County, 1662-1703
Gazetteer of Maryland & Delaware
Abstracts of Inventories & Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1674-1713 Abstracts of the Inventories of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1718-1777

Biographical Annals of Lancaster County * Listing of Inhabitants in 1767, Berks County
Listing of Inhabitants in 1779, York County * 1843 History of York County
Adams County Wills * Adams County Church Records of the 18th Century
Berks County Marriages, Vol. 1 & 2 * York County Church Records, Vol. 1, 2 & 3
Index of Pennsylvania’s Colonial Records: Dunn
Codorus Chronicles of History & Genealogy, York County (assorted copies)
South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical County Special Publication (assorted copies)

North Carolina:
Anson County Abstracts of Early Records
Rowan County: Vacant Land Entries, 1778-1789; Deed Abstracts, 1762-1772; Deed Abstracts, 1753-1785; Minutes of Court Pleas & Quarter Sessions, 1763-1774 & 1775-1789; Wills & Estates, 1753-1805; Tax Lists 1759 & 1778
Mecklenburg County Court Minutes, Book I, 1774-1789 * The Mecklenburg Signers
Bladen Precinct/County Land Warrants * Burke County Land Records, 1778
Marriage Bonds of Haywood & Jackson Counties
The Granville District of North Carolina 1748-1763

Revolutionary War Soldiers of North Carolina * Henderson County
Rowan County Register, assorted copies * N. C. Genealogical Society Journal, assorted copies
Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society Journal, one copy
Microfilms: 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850 Federal Census of various counties
Records of Inventories, Buncombe County & Lincoln County
Records of Minutes Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions,Buncombe County

New York:
Long Island Genealogies * Old Families of Staten Island * Genealogies of Long Island Families

Stroupe donations cont’d.
The Palatine Immigrant, assorted copies
Family History:
Historical Southern Families, Vol XX * Early Central Pennsylvania Lineages
Whitakers, 1086-1990 * Genealogy of Peter Heyl
Diary of Johann Gottfried Arends, 1740-1908 * Ancestry of Moore/Rowan Families
The Leatherwood Family

Thank you , Mrs.Stroupe, for your generous donation!



by Richard Harwell and Philip N. Racine
CD: Lineages of Hereditary Society Members, 1600s-1900s

JUDY DEETER - A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia
ANN MARIE MCCANN - Spafford, Onondaga, New York; George Knap Collins
Wolfpoint, Montana, A City of Destiny; Marvin W. Presser
Thank you to our generous donors!

by Bunny Smith

Freeman Battershall was the first ancestor that I proved to be a Revolutionary War Veteran. He was born 10 March 1756 in Franklin Township, Kent County, Maryland, the second son of John Battershall. Freeman’s mother is not known since she died at his birth. His grandfather, Henry Battershall came to Kent County in 1665, as a small child, with his father, Roger Battershall. Roger came by himself from Trowleigh, Devon County, England. John, the father of Freeman, was born in 1711 and married in Kent County, later moving to Virginia where he died.
In 1775 Freeman enlisted as a private with the 13th Virginia Regiment under Capt. Benjamin Harrison. In September of 1776 the 13th Virginia joined the Main Army under Major General Nathaniel Green and fought with General George Washington in New Jersey. In October 1777, Captain Harrison's unit participated in a major attack on General William Howe's British Army at Germantown, Pennsylvania. During the winter of 1777-1778 the 13th Virginia was with George Washington at Valley Forge. The Continental Congress, in the spring of 1778, approved a plan to capture British-held Detroit in order to relieve British instigated Indian depredations on the western frontier. The 8th Pennsylvania and the 13th Virginia were selected to carry out this campaign. The 13th Virginia was now commanded by Colonel John Gibson. He was selected by George Washington because he was familiar with Indian warfare. In May 1779 the 13th was redesignated as the 9th Virginia. Freeman's last assignment was in January 1781 when the 9th went to Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania where he was discharged at the end of the war. He was in many battles and endured long cold winters. Since he fought under General Washington his regiment remained active throughout the entire war. Freeman served over seven years and sustained no major injuries or illnesses.
After the war Freeman settled in Fayette County, Virginia, which later became a part of Kentucky. He married Nancy Rector in 1786 in Bourbon County, Kentucky. She was born in 1767 to Daniel and Nancy Ann Oldham Rector of Rectortown, Fauquier County, Virginia, In 1791 Freeman and Nancy bought a farm in Clark County., Kentucky. They raised a family of eleven children, all of them living long lives in Clark County. Freeman died there in 1818. His wife Nancy received a widow’s pension 1842. Much is known about Freeman and his family because Nancy used her family bible to help prove she was eligible for a Revolutionary War pension. The Battershall bible contained the birth and marriage dates of all of their children and some grandchildren. Nancy moved to Montgomery County, Kentucky to live with her daughter and died there in 1853.


Baptist History Homepage: A Source for Original Documents

Rogues, Vagabonds, and Fit Objects: The Treatment of the Poor in Antebellum Virginia by James D. Watkinson.
Read at

Genealogists researching their ancestors in Canada have an exciting new resource to add to their cache. The National Archives of Canada and the National Library of Canada recently announced the creation of the Canadian Genealogy Centre. These two organizations, in partnership with the Canadian Culture Online program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, have created a new website for those researching their ancestors. The website is available at

Cool Tool: The Birth Date Calculator is designed to determine a birth date when the age at death and the date of death are known. <>

Mailing Lists. List of all of the RootsWeb military-related mailing lists are here:

Interesting old maps (mostly of NC, SC, VA & GA) can be found @ <>

Were They All Shorter Back Then? You will find an interesting article on this subject, which describes the changes in lifestyle that lead to this increase in height on The Plimouth Plantation Web Site.

1840 Census of Pensioners, Revolutionary or Military Services with the Names, Ages and Places of Residence. <

More Good Map Sites:
(Hope you can ignore the popup ads, I guess someone has to pay for these “free” sites.)


Perhaps the following explanation will help some genealogists understand this particular term. In the town of Urbanna, Virginia, which is nestled along the Urbanna Creek and the Rappahannock River, early colonial citizens fished and hunted in the bountiful game areas along the river. They set fish traps and enjoyed the oysters of the river. They felled some of the great trees along the river for sailing-ship lumber and grew tobacco in their patented fields. Around 1649 more citizens patented land in this area. In 1650 Capt. Ralph Wormeley acquired even more land. Tobacco became the money crop of this part of Virginia. It was grown in and around the area of Urbanna. In 1680 20 town sites were designated as Colonial PORTS. Urbanna was one of these. Inspectors were nominated and their job was to inspect the tobacco to assure quality before it was shipped to England and Spain. The tobacco came to the port in "kegs." These barrels were so designed as to be rolled from the farm into the horse drawn wagons and hence to town where they were rolled into the inspectors' warehouses (rolling houses) for character and quality analysis. The Rolling Houses acquired this title much the same way as Tobacco Auction Houses where the leaf was auctioned to the cigarette manufacturers. Whiskey barrels even today are shaped similarly because their weight prohibits an individual from lifting, dragging or pushing. The barrel shape can be rolled along and handled by one person with no difficulty. I hope this description will give others an appreciation of the role tobacco played in the early colonial days of our nation.

Taylor Brooks Fri., 22 August 2003


Dr Schweitzer is coming to San Diego! On January 10, 2004 the San Diego Genealogical Society is hosting a Family History Seminar. For information: Harvey Keating <>

Write Your Life Story: Free classes at Santiago Canyon College, 541 North Lemon, Orange. Begin week of January 12, 2004. Call 714-628-5900 for more information or to register. Learn more about the classes at



by Leon Smith

Sometimes (if not all the time) it pays off to pau attention to your monthly SOCCGS bulletin. I always enjoy reading the bulletin and I pick up some good websites and research ideas. In last month's bulletin I noticed a mention about L.A. County records being available in Norwalk. This sounded a lot better to me than going all the way to L.A. I don't know about you, but I dread going to big cities, fighting traffic, finding parking and putting up with long lines in the government buildings. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed my trip to Norwalk. At 10:30 in the morning, the traffic wasn't too bad. As I got to the designated freeway exit I wondered how hard it would be to find the right building. To my amazement, there were posted signs guiding you to the county records office. There was even free parking! Inside, there were idiot-proof colored strips on the floor to follow to the correct person and there were no long lines. Since I didn't have much information on my particular relative I was directed downstairs. The personnel there were very helpful and within minutes I had found my great great aunt’s document. It was a painless experience.
For years (about 25) I have tried in vain to discover more about my great grandfather's parents. James Monroe Osborne was born in Missouri in 1882. By the 1900 census he was listed as living with another family. As the family folklore goes, his mother died before 1900. She had given birth to 7 children. The father was known to be a bit of a rounder and got into a fight at a party. He supposedly knocked the other guy down so hard it was thought he had been killed. It was said that he jumped on his horse and fled the county. All of his children were farmed out to other families to be raised.
Through family correspondence, I had the names of some of the parentless children, but no dates of birth. I knew that my great grandfather had an older sister, Lucy, who had lived in L.A. I knew nothing else about her. I had located a death certificate and social security application for my great grandfather, James Monroe Osborne. The documents showed his parents as Frank Osborne and Mary Palmer. I also located a younger brother of James, who had lived and died in San Francisco. His name was John Adams Osborne. The death and social security documents were located for him and also showed the parents as the same. I checked the 1880 census, but there were several Frank Osbornes and I didn't know if the family was started before or after 1880. I was stopped at that proverbial brick wall.
Now comes the November 2003 SOCCGS bulletin, and my trip to Norwalk. After waiting for about a week I received Lucy (older sister) Osborne's death certificate from 1940. She was quite a bit older than my great grandfather as she was born in 1873. The death certificate listed her parents as Benjamin Osborne and Mary Palmer. I was a little confused. I immediately went to my files. I found that in the 1860 census there was a Benjamin Osborn(e) listed as a son of Stephen Osborn(e) and Lavisa Bledsoe Osborn(e). In the 1870 census the same Benjamin had been listed as Frank with the same family. By the 1880 census he was again listed as Frank, but with his own family, with Mary as the wife, and several children. One of the children was Lucy, 7 years old. Now it all made sense. His name was actually Benjamin Franklin Osborn(e) and in keeping with the American spirit Benjamin had named two of his sons James Monroe and John Adams Osborn(e).
I had previously researched this particular Osborn family and traced them back several generations to Virginia. I am now about to discover more about the Palmer family. I'm just waiting for some documents to reach my mailbox hopefully in the near future. Thank you sister Lucy. Thank you also to Mary Jo for assisting me in watching another brick wall crumble.

(The following is an announcement from Brigham Young University's Division of Continuing Education)
Brigham Young University Now Has 26 Family History Web Courses For Free

Through the BYU Department of Independent Study, twenty-six, noncredit, family history courses are now available for free. Anyone at anytime can take these online courses from any computer with Internet access.
"Technology has made it possible for us to offer free courses. Our free courses are our regular courses, but we can use the technology to offer those free to an audience that is not requiring credit," said Dwight Laws, Director of Independent Study.
"Last year the department had three family history courses for free, and had 30,000 people finish at least the first lesson. We have no idea what to expect this year where we have many more free courses," mentioned Laws.
The courses cover topics ranging from how to get started to include French, German, Scandinavian and Huguenot research. Each research course is taught by a well-known, accredited genealogist. All course instructional materials are available free online.
There is no time frame required to complete the course. A student could conceivably finish the course in less than twenty-four hours due to a feature called Speedback. Speedback assignments submitted on the course website receive instant feedback.
A person does not need to register for a free course. Anyone can go to the department website at and click on Special Offers to access the free courses.
BYU offers free on-line genealogy tutorials as part of their Independent Study Program:
Other genealogy web courses are available at:


Our membership dues enable us to have funds for our library, programs, newsletters, insurance and other needs relating to the operation of our organization. The prompt payment of these dues will make it possible to book speakers in advance for 2004 and have the budget ready for membership approval, as the bylaws require.
Thank you,
Ruby White, Treasurer
Iris Graham, Membership Chairman
Mary Jo McQueen, Program Chairman

South Orange County California Genealogical Society
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