Archive for January, 2009

Prince George’s Co., Maryland, 1864 Civil War Draftees (Part 3)

SOURCE:  Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md., 21 Oct 1864, pg. 1

Information extracted by Michael Hait

Ellicott’s Mills, Oct. 19, 1864:  6th, 7th, & 8th election districts of Prince George’s County

Sixth District

  • Addison Hall, slave of James Addison
  • Lloyd Nelson, slave of Ann Lowe
  • Thomas Pearce, farmer
  • Abner T. Hood, stone-cutter, Long Old Fields
  • Geo. T. Cater, farmer, near Haverson’s Shop
  • Jonathan Allen, farmer, near Grimesville
  • Robert Lyles, slave Gustavus Finnattis
  • Lawrence Simius, slave Wm. [Guston?]
  • John R. Timmerson, farmer, Long Old Fields
  • Henry O. Boon, carpenter, do.
  • Richard Williams, farmer
  • Julius H. Pyles, farmer, near Haverson’s Shop
  • Richard Haley, colored, carpenter
  • Henry G. Mitchell, wheelwright, Long Old Fields
  • Frederick [Aller?], tavern-keeper
  • William Gray, farmer, Long Old Fields
  • William Henson, slave of Ann Lowe
  • Richard Thomas, colored, carpenter
  • Henry Norton, slave of Thos. Brown
  • Levi Roberson, colored, farmer

Seventh District

  • Francis Taylor, slave of W. W. W. Bowie
  • James Parker, colored, laborer, Queen Ann
  • Edward Brooks, slave of Violita [Sperg?]
  • Edward Hardesty of R., clerk, Queen Ann
  • Wm. Queen, slave of Sarah H. Belmear
  • Edward Hardesty, wheel wright, Queen Ann
  • Richard L. Ogle, farmer
  • Columbus Hall, laborer, Queen Ann
  • Isaac Herbert, slave of B. O. Mulligan
  • Wm. Brown, slave of Margaret Woodward
  • Jas. Harwood, physician, Collington
  • Samuel Crawford, slave of the estate of Benj Lee
  • Joseph Done, laborer, Queen Ann
  • Nace Queen, slave of A. J. [Jocee?]
  • Robert Jackson, slave of James Warren
  • Charles Fletcher, slave of John B. Mulligan
  • Frank Softy, slave of the estate of John Contee
  • Thomas A. Duckett, farmer
  • Lewis Wood, laborer, Collington
  • Wm. Wood, slave of Wm. D. Bowie
  • Edward Watkins, farmer
  • Thomas Hughes, laborer, Collington
  • Wm. Clark of Wm., farmer, Queen Ann
  • Samuel Gibson, slave of James Warren
  • John Wood, slave of Wm. Y. Clark
  • Thos. Campbell, slave of Chas. Hill
  • Andw. Stewart, slave of Walter H. Mullinix
  • Franklin Beall, laborer, Collington
  • Jesse Wood, carpenter
  • Geo. Simmons, slave of M. S. Plummer
  • Z. Carrick, laborer
  • Aloysius Hopkins, laborer
  • David [Dilson?], slave of Wash. J. Beall
  • Albert Hardesty, laborer, Queen Ann
  • George Gaither, colored, laborer, do.
  • Joshua G. Clark, farmer, do.
  • Daniel Williams, colored, laborer, do.
  • Wm. Crawford, slave of estate of Benjamin Lee
  • Samuel Gray, slave of Charles Hill
  • Frank Woodson, slave of Wm. B. Hill
  • Francis Herbert, slave of D. O. Mulligan
  • W. W. Elliott, farmer, Collington
  • Edward Fletcher, col’d, laborer, Queen Ann
  • Edward Brown, slave of Edward Duckett
  • James H. Wells, farmer
  • Jerry Wood, slave of Wm. B. Hill
  • Benjamin King of R., tanner, Queen Ann
  • Joshua Johnson, slave of Walter H. Mullikin

Eighth District

  • John Acton, manager, Woodville
  • F. A. Ward, planter, Horsehead
  • Chas. W. Smith, planter, Woodville
  • Stanley Adams, slave of Catharine Gardner, near Horsehead
  • Adam Glasgow, slave of Thomas Summerville, near Woodville
  • Benjamin Garner, planter
  • Patrick Bowling, slave of James H. Bowling, near Horsehead
  • B. J. Watson, laborer, Horsehead
  • Thos. Gray, colored, carpenter, Woodville
  • David Briscoe, slave of John F. Townsend
  • Thos. G. Summerville, planter, Woodville
  • Phil. Medley, slave of Geo. Martin, do.
  • Addison Brooks, slave of Miss N. N. Wood, Woodville
  • George W. Thomas, planter, Woodville
  • Peter Wood, Jr., do., do.
  • David Compton, slave of Catherine Gardner, near Horsehead
  • Henry Butler, colored, planter, Horsehead
  • Thomas C. Webster, laborer, Brandywine
  • G. W. Morton, planter, Woodville
  • Charles Proctor, do., Brandywine
  • Mitchell Green, slave of Peter Wood, Jr., Woodville
  • John Butler, colored, laborer, do.
  • Wm. Worthington, planter, do.
  • Henry Tolson, do., do.
  • Richard Douglass, slave of Geo. W. Morton
  • J. N. W. Wilson, teacher, Horsehead
  • Lloyd Brooks, slave of Eliza Wood, Woodville
  • Alleton Gray, colored, farmer, do.

Muppet Show. Gogolala Jubilee Jugband – I’m My Own Grandpa

Carnival of Genealogy: Who Are You? I Want to Know!

The topic of this post comes from the Shades of the Departed blog’s 9th Edition of Smile for the Camera.  She asks us to explore an unknown photo from our family history photo collection.

My grandmother, Marjorie (Posson) Hait, inspired my love for family history when I was just nine years old and she showed me a copy of a pedigree chart.  She would always tell me stories about her grandmother, who immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, from Ireland back in the late 19th century, to work as a maid and cook for a pair of wealthy spinster sisters.  Mary Frances Connell, who became O’Connell in the U. S., married my grandmother’s grandfather Stephen George Reittinger, the son of German Catholic immigrants, after meeting him on a visit to cousins in Albany, New York.  In their old age, Mary F. and Stephen G. Reittinger lived with their daughter Mary’s family, husband Clarence Posson, daughters Irene, Marjorie (my grandmother), and son Kenneth, in Schenectady, New York.  Sadly, Mary F. (Connell) Reittinger died in the spring of 1945, when my grandmother graduated high school.

One of my grandmother’s most prized heirlooms was an antique photo album that had belonged to her grandmother.  The album itself is beautiful — I wish I had a photo of it to post here as well — and is stuffed full of turn of the century and older tintypes and cards.  Several of them are identified as my great-great-grandparents and other close family members, but the majority of them, including all of the tintypes, are not labeled.  (Mary Frances is the woman on the right in the front row of the third photograph.)  My grandmother was never able to identify them, and at this point, it seems unlikely that there will ever be an answer.  Some of the oldest photos show older people, so it could be possible that the people in these photos are seven or more generations back, in Ireland or Germany!

Stephen George Reittinger was the son of Stephen and Agnes (Herres/Harris) Reittinger.  Mary Frances Connell/O’Connell was the daughter of Patrick and Bridget (Connell) Connell of Counties Galway and Mayo, Ireland, respectively.  Could one of these photos be of their parents, or even their grandparents?  Were the photos even taken in the United States?  Could they have been taken in Ireland or Germany and sent to their newly-American relatives?  Who are you people?!?

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #1: Photos

These ideas for genealogy blog entries come from “Jump Start Your Genealogy Blog. 52 ideas. 52 weeks” by Amy Coffin at We Tree (, via the Genea-Bloggers group on Facebook.  This week’s assignment (well, technically last week – due Saturday) was to “upload your favorite picture and talk about it on your blog. Answer the who/what/when/where/why of the subject matter and explain why it is your favorite.”  I will actually be using two photos.

This first picture is a five generation photo taken in 1977.  The baby is me, a little under a year old.  My father, Michael Grant Hait Sr. (holding me) is about 23 years old.  My grandfather, Myron Grant Hait Jr. (next to my father) was 50 years old.  He was just about to begin a battle with cancer (lymphoma) that would go into remission for over 20 years.  It finally came back in 2000, and unfortunately would be too much the next year.  He died July 14, 2001, a week following his 74th birthday (July 7) and two weeks after my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary (June 30).  Next to him is my great-grandmother Gladys Mabel (Burnham) Hait.  I remember visiting her in Ballston Spa, New York when I was younger – she had shelves of home-made jams and preserves in the cellar.  Very delicious!  She died in June 1994, the same month I graduated high school, and I am glad to have been able to have known her.  I still have a letter from her from 1986, when I was just 9 years old, telling me the story of her great-aunt, “Silent Becky” Jones – a local celebrity in Ballston Spa in the decades around the Civil War.  This letter was part of my introduction to genealogy, and I have not looked back since!  Next to her is my great-great-grandmother, Mabel Lucille (Feulner) Burnham Thompson.  Born in 1887, she survived until the age of 1990 at the age of 103!

This second photo is also five generations:  In this one, the baby is my grandfather, Myron Hait (above).  The photo was taken ca. 1928-1930, judging by his age.  He is being held by his mother, Gladys (above).  In the front right is my great-great-grandmother Mabel, here about 40 or so.  In the front left is her mother Minnie (James) Feulner, wife of Philip Feulner, who immigrated with his family from Germany to New York (through Castle Garden) when he was 9 years old.  In the front center is my 4 x great-grandmother, Emma (Benjamin) James, wife of George James, a Civil War veteran who enlisted once, was injured and sent home, then re-enlisted and served until the end of the war.

The reason I chose these photos is that they illustrate my love for genealogy.  In these two photos, you can see a total of seven generations.  For those who think genealogy or history is irrelevant, or too remote to be important, I can look at these two photos and see just how real this is.  From myself to the Civil War is just six other people, four of whom I knew and loved.  Genealogy brings history to life; it makes it real.

Happy New Year! New Resources and Tools!

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to try to post blog entries a little more often.  So here goes – the first entry of the year!
First, I wanted to mention two websites:  Albany Hilltowns ( and Andersonville Civil War Prison (
The first is a new wiki for those with ancestors who lived in the Albany Co., New York "hilltowns", i.e. Berne, Knox, Rensselaerville, and Westerlo.  In addition to adding my Posson ancestors to the site, I am also involved in some of the groups other related projects.  The website already has quite a bit of information posted.  The corresponding Facebook group has over 80 members already, and seems to be growing.
The second site is run by my cousin Kevin Frye.  For those who do not know, Andersonville Prison was a particularly infamous and brutal Confederate prison during the Civil War in Georgia.  Many Union soldiers died of disease, abuse, and starvation while imprisoned there.  Kevin does periodic tours and reenactments, and offers free lookups in the existing prison records and cemetery.  He will also take digital photos of headstones for a nominal fee.
Secondly, I wanted to mention two tools that I have fallen in love with:  iGoogle and Diigo.
For those who still use the basic Google homepage, I would recommend giving iGoogle a try.  You will have to register with Google, but can use an external email address for this (I use my hotmail address).  In addition to the familiar Google searchbox, you can fill this page with "gadgets".  Personally, I use a Google Finance tool to check my portfolio, a "To-Do" list gadget that allows you to set tasks and assign them levels of importance and even deadlines, and I have RSS feeds from about 20 or so genealogy and writing blogs.  iGoogle can display the last 3 posts from the feed.  I also use a Wikipedia search box, a GoogleMaps search box, a local weather gadget, a Google Knols gadget, etc.  Depending on how fast your computer is, it may take a little time to completely load if you have too many gadgets (like I do).  But I am not concerned about the speed.  I just love that so much of what I need can be put on one page.  All in all, a great tool, and one that has been added to my "home tabs" in IE.
Diigo is a "social bookmarking" site.  In other words, it’s sort of a "MySpace" of people’s collections of bookmarks.  You can bookmark your sites on a central website, and search other people’s links as well, for sites similar to yours.  You can see who else has bookmarked the same sites, and look at their other interests.  There are "groups" where members all upload links on a certain topic.  But better than this, you can highlight text directly on web pages, and view the highlighted portions from your Diigo dashboard.  I am still learning all of the features of the site, but I thought everyone ought to take a look.  The best part is that registration/membership is free.
Finally, to anyone interested, my latest article, on slavery-related records for African-American genealogy research, will appear in the Jan/Feb issue of Family Chronicle, available at Borders and other large chainstores or from

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