Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cousins - L Ron Hubbard - Founder of Scientology

In the initial pages of "Going Clear," the book about Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and about Scientology, I noted that his mother was a Waterbury.  I have Waterbury's in my blood, so I did some poking.  Sure enough, Cousin Ron and I descend from the same Waterbury back in 17th Century Connecticut (see below, chain).

Notice any resemblance?

Layfayette Ronald Hubbard (1911 - 1986)
is your 7th cousin 3x removed
mother of Layfayette Ronald Hubbard
father of Ledora May Waterbury
father of Lafayette O. Waterbury
father of Abraham D Waterbury
father of William Waterbury
father of William Waterbury
father of Thomas Waterbury
John Waterbury (1650 - 1688)
father of Thomas Waterbury
son of John Waterbury
son of David Waterbury
son of Captain David Waterbury
son of Daniel Waterbury
daughter of Jonathan Waterbury
son of Amy Waterbury
son of Elias Blaney
daughter of George M Blaney
son of Bessie Leona Blaney
son of Lloyd Vincent La Porte
You are the son of Ronald Lloyd La Porte
(links probably will not work unless you are invited to my tree)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gilbert Jesse and Joseph Rock - Civil War Veterans

Two other 3rd Great Grandfather's, Gilbert Jesse and Joseph Rock, also served in the Civil War. Gilbert Jesse mustered in at Plattsburgh on the 14th of September, 1864.  His widow, Catherine "Kate" Jesse later filed for a widow's pension after he passed (after serving):

About a week earlier, on September 5, 1864, Joseph Rock mustered in as a Private, Company L, New York Volunteers:

Details of how a musket from his service managed to get separated from the military and end up in the hands of other ancestors is detailed here.

WWI Veteran, Orlando La Porte

My great grandfather Henry did not serve as far as I know.  His younger brother Orlando did, however. Here he is pictured below in a photo that I got from my "cousin" Kathy La Porte Marchacos:

During World War II, Orlando was also subject to what was commonly known as the "old man's draft" but was not called.  Note in his registration card below, he was 47 when he registered  The civil service law in effect at the time required registration of all men up to 64 years old!

I did Not Know My Uncle Ward . . .

Every story that I hear from my dad about my Great Uncle Ward is underlaid with the theme that, for any faults Ward had, he was nearly impossible not to like.

Also a veteran, I'm honoring Ward Gerald La Porte:

Uncle Ward was advanced to Quartermaster 3 in the U.S. Navy before he was honorably discharged. 

He and my grandpa Lloyd used to play in swing bands together. According to my dad, Ron La Porte, the news item above got one thing wrong -- apparently Ward's nickname was Pinky and his father Henry was "Skip."

For anyone interested or researching him, I have a handful of military records -- muster schedules, newspaper clippings, etc.

Lloyd La Porte - WWII

Continuing on with Veterans day, I'm recognizing La Portes and other ancestors who fought for the United States.

My grandfather, Lloyd La Porte served in World War II in Japan.  Pictured below in Tokyo, during the U.S. Occupation of Japan:

Looking a bit less relaxed and more official:

Prior to the War, he served as well:

Happy Veterans' Day

My 3GRGR, who doesn't appear to ever have been naturalized as a U.S. Citizen, fought in the U.S. Civil war -- enlisting separately, twice.

He mustered in as a private on May 16, 1861 in Company K of the 16th New York Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded July 19, 1861, at the Battle of Bull Run (Manassas, Virginia). He avoided enemy fire, but caught his own bayonet in the ass while his Company was retreating over a hedge wall.  He was honorably discharged on October 16, 1861.

A little over two years later, he mustered in as a private just after Christmas 1863 (December 28th). In this second tour, he was also a private but joined Company D of the 15th Cavalry Regiment, also of the New York Volunteers.

Four months after Lee surrendered to Grant, and three months after President Jackson declared an end to the insurrection, Julius mustered out on August 9, 1865.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Translation of Land Conveyance / Indenture

Earlier, I posted the document conveying land from Franics Hart and his wife Polly to my 3GRGR, Julius.  I've since transcribed the document, which is as follows:

You can click on that for a larger view, or see the text below:


This Indenture made the fifth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four Between Francis Hart & Mary his wife of the Town of Mooers, County of Clinton and State of New York of the first part And Julius Laport of the same place of the second part Witneseth That the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of twenty four Dollars to them in hand paid, by the said party of the second part, at or before the ensealing [?] and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby confessed and acknowledged, have granted, bargained, sold, remised, released, aliened, enfeoffed and confirmed, and by these present do grant, bartain, sell, remise, release, alien, enfeoff and confirm unto the said party of the second part and to his heirs and asigns [sic] forever. All certain piece or parcel of land situate lying and being in the Town of Mooers County and State aforesaid and is part of Large Lot No. Sixty Seven (67) of 420 [ed: continuing onto next page]

acres which was granted by the State of New York to certain Canadian and Nova Scotia Refugees and is bounded as follows viz. commencing in the highway leading from Sheddens Villag to Plattsburgh, thence westwardly in Francis Hart[‘]s North line to Mr. Gelton[‘]s East line, thence Southwardly in said line so far that a parallel line with the North shall make two acres of land, thence East-wardly parallel with the North line to the said highway, thence Northwardly in said highway to the place beginning and is the two North acres out of the four and a half acres purchased by said Francis Hart of John Shedden + contains two acres and no more Together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in any wise appertaining, and the reversion and reversions, remainder remainders, rents, issues and profits thereof. And also all the estate, right, title, interest, use, trust, property claim and demand, whatsoever, of the said party of the first part either in law or equity, of, in and to the above bargained premises with the said hereditaments + appurtenances. To have + to hold the said above bargained premises, with them and every of their rights, members + appurtenances, to the said party of the second part, his heirs and asigns [sic], and to the sole + only proper use, benefit thereof of the said aprty of the second part his heirs and assigns, forever. And the said party of the first part, their heirs, executors and administrators do covenant, bargain, promise and agree, to and with the said party of the scond part his heirs and asigns [sic]. To Warrant forever to defend the above bargained premises + every part and parcel thereof against the said partys [sic] of the first part their heirs, executors, administrators + assigns and against all + every other person or persons claiming or to claim the said premises, or any part thereof.

                  In Witness Wherof, the said party of the first part have hereunto set their hand and seal the day and year first above written.

Signed, sealed + delivered
In th epresense of

James Fitch

Clinton County ss.
Francis  X Hart  L.S.
Polly X Hart  L.S.
On the 5th day of May 1844 Francis Hart, Polly his wife whom I know to be the individuals described in and who executed the within Deed personally came before me and acknowledged that they executed the same and having examined Polly Hart separate and apart from her husband she acknowledged that she executed the same freely without fear threat or compulsion from her husband.
James Fitch – Justice Peace [sic]
Recorded June 26. 1844. 2 ½ P.M.

John B ????  Clerk