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The Marriage of Oscar D Aderman and Anna M Boerner

Today is the anniversary of the marriage of my paternal grandparents, Oscar Dearyl Aderman (1907 – 1989) and Anna Marie Boerner (1910 – 1981). Oscar and Ann met when Oscar and his father, Carl, and brother Virgil “Red”, were boarders in the home of Martin Boerner, Ann’s father.

All three men worked at Kimberly-Clark paper mill in Niagara, Wisconsin. Martin Boerner, Sr. had immigrated to the United States, to Wisconsin, in 1897 from Gaulsheim, Germany. His wife had died when Anna was only six years old and he had quite poor eyesight. Boarding men from the paper mill became an added source of income.

After their wedding, Oscar and Ann continued to live in the house. Eventually they bought it from Martin on the condition he would live with them. The couple chose to take the upstairs to raise their family and insisted Martin stay on the main floor of their home.

The couple was married in Daggett, Menominee County, Michigan by Rev. Henry Hopp of the Evangelical Lutheran Church on June 9, 1930. Oscar’s sister, Leonilla, and his friend, Victor Toberg, were witnesses to the vows.

Here is their marriage license from Menominee County, Michigan.


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Anna Mariae Faeser marries Johannes Janz

Today we celebrate the  marriage of my 3rd great-grandparents, Anna Mariae Faeser and Johannes Janz. The joined in the Roman Catholic Church in Ockenheim, Rheinhessen, Hesse-Darmstadt on 16 April 1815.



Phillip Jacob Faeser m. Anna Mariae Reckertin(?) > Anna Mariae Faeser

With More Certainty:
Anna Mariae Faeser m. Johannes Janz  > Anna Mariae Janz (1827 – 1907)

Anna Mariae Janz m. Adam Boerner (1823 – 1895) > Martin Boerner (1866 – 1944)

Martin Boerner m. Catharina Storch (1871 – 1916) > Anna Maria Boerner (1910 – 1981)

Anna Maria Boerner m. Oscar Dearl Aderman (1907 – 1989) > Oscar Darrell Aderman (1931 – 2014)

As you can see, there was a long string of Anna Maria in this branch of the family tree. Oscar Aderman and Anna Maria Boerner Aderman’s four sons continued that tradition by having a daughter in each of those four families with a middle name of Ann.

Celebrating the Life of Loren “Biz” Aderman

Ferdinand Adermann > Carl Aderman m. Floy Bates > Loren Marcel Aderman

Biz and his wife, Anna

On May 8, 1909, Loren M. Aderman was born in Lincoln (Logan County) Illinois to Carl and Floy (Bates) Aderman, the second born of their eight children. He died in Bark River (Delta County) Michigan on 11 Jan 2003 at the age of 93.

When he was seven years old, Loren moved to Holmes Township, Menominee County, Michigan with his parents and older brother, Oscar. Even though it was 1916, the land in the Upper Peninsula of MI was still rugged. The young family is remembered by their descendants as pioneers in that forest who had to count on their stringent German work ethic to survive.

Read how the youngest child of Carl and Floy, Ede Aderman Adams remembered her older brother in an Aderman Family Memories book:

Biz was a hard worker, a very hard worker. That is literally how he got his name. My second oldest brother was christened Loren, but he was rarely referred to by that handle. He was always Biz. He earned that title as an over active little boy who was constantly busy. Family members shortened “busy” to “Biz” and by the time I came along [Ede was born in 1925] I didn’t realize he had another name. . . .

Biz, Oscar, and my two sisters, Nell and Izzy, came to the Upper Peninsula with Mom and Dad from Illinois in 1916. The six of them were true pioneers. With sheer grit and determination, they cleared undeveloped land and established an eighty acre homestead in Holmes Township, Menominee County, Michigan. In an age before tractors and chain saws, Dad and Oscar and Biz poured muscle and sweat into that farm while Mom and the two girls did endless work in the house, barn, garden, and fields.

As a little girl, the only times I’d see Biz was when there was hard work to be done. He had left home at an early age, but would help Dad with farm work when needed. Even though the four youngest kids had chores assigned to us, Budge [Virgil] and the twins were too little just then to help in the fields or do heavy work in the woods. That left Oscar and Biz to pick up the slack until the three younger boys could take over. Those two guys were always willing to come home and assist the family with the sweat off their brows.

A job at the Niagara paper mill did not suit Biz. Despite moments of regret in later years for leaving the mill, Biz wasn’t cut out for factory work. He loved being outdoors and the freedom that comes with it. He was at his best working in the woods, harvesting in the fields, or creating something with his hands. A succession of jobs followed. He was a carpenter, lumberjack, roofer, farmer, and drove a milk route among other assorted occupations.

Lest you think he was all work and no play, he wasn’t. As a young man he played on the Daggett baseball team and enjoyed it very much. For personal amusement he played tunes on a harmonica. Early on, he developed a lifetime interest in hunting and fishing. That was a good thing for us because he would drop in at home with hares he had snared or game birds that he shot. And he was always a sure bet to bring us some bass or trout from his fishing trips to grace our table with. In the wintertime, when he worked in the lumber camps, he had access to bananas, oranges, and other foodstuffs. Biz would bring the family a big box of good things that we normally would never get. Every now and then he’d surprise his little brother and and sister with a Mr. Goodbar candy bar.

He was always a sharp-eyed outdoorsman. On one particular occasion Biz and I were walking down the lane when we spotted a partridge. Biz asked me, “Do you want me to get him?” I didn’t know how he was going to do that because he didn’t have a shotgun with him. But Biz being Biz, picked up a rock, flung it at the bird, and killed it. I don’t know what portion of luck to skill was involved, but Biz, I think, tilted heavily toward the skill side of the ledger.

As a young man Biz had a wild streak in him. He had a motorcycle that he’d operate while standing on the seat! One time, Biz and a few of his partners disassembled an iron wagon and then reassembled it on top of the cheese house. Everyone suspected that gang, including his embarrassed mother, but they never ‘fessed up to it.

Connie and Marcel were Biz’s first two boys from a failed marriage.  . . . While on the milk route, Biz met his future wife. Ann Larson married him during a leap year that was probably the coldest winter ever recorded in the history of the world. [Biz and Ann married on 17 Jan 1940 in Escanaba, Michigan.]  . . . Afterwards, Biz and Ann contributed to the family roster with the addition of Gary.

 . . . A popular figure around town, it seemed everyone in Bark River (and Delta County for that matter) knew my affable brother. He was an ethical, wise, hard-working, friendly  man. If a script-writer were to portray a stereotypical small-town nice guy, he’d use Biz as the model.




Floy Aderman and “Whispering Hope”

Ferdinand Adermann > Carl Aderman m. Floy Bates Aderman > Oscar Aderman > Roger Aderman

I was reading through a booklet of family stories which included this from my Uncle Roger. It got me imagining him as a boy playing piano for his Grandma, Floy (Bates) Aderman. Here is what he wrote:

Grandma’s favorite hymn was Whispering Hope. When I was a boy I took piano lessons. Whenever Grandma and Grandpa came to Niagara I’d play that song several times for Grandma.

The song, written by Septimus Winner in 1868 is now in the Public Domain. Here is a link to a YouTube video with Jim Reeves singing this gospel classic.

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The 1919 Marriage of Ethel Woodington and Monroe Hope

Groom: Michael William Hope married Mary Ellen Fralick > Monroe Hope

Bride: Furman Woodington married Clara Barbara “Dolly” Sturmer > Ethel Woodington

Witnesses: Elizabeth S. Sturmer (Dolly’s sister) married George Merry Bishop > Ruth M. Bishop.

Today is the anniversary of Monroe Hope and Ethel Woodington, my maternal grandparents. They married in Dubuque, Iowa on Wednesday, 28 May 1919 with Rev. Henry F. Milligan presiding at their ceremony. Witnesses to the vows were Ruth Bishop, Ethel’s cousin, and Mrs. George Bishop, Ethel’s aunt.

From the Iowa State Board of Health Marriage Record Book, ending the fiscal year of June 30, 1919:




Robert Blue’s Brief Service in the Black Hawk War

Robert Blue>Elizabeth Blue Bates>Robert Bates>Floy Bates Aderman> Oscar Aderman>Darrell Aderman>Carmala Aderman


Robert Blue served nine days in the short-lived Black Hawk War. The war lasted about two months (May 1832 – July 1832) and was fought primarily in Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The United States government bought the land from the Sauks some years earlier, but Black Hawk thought it was an unjust bargain. The disagreement became a series of battles and raids on the disputed land.

Robert Blue had been born in Greene County, Ohio in 1811 to Robert and Ann (McNary) Blue. Robert’s grandfather and father and their families moved to Indiana by 1830 where they were found in the US Census

The younger Robert mustered into the Indiana Militia on 26 May 1832, in Captain John Roberts company when it appeared the Black Hawk War was moving far enough east in Illinois to threaten the Indiana border. By 3 June 1832, it was determined Indiana was not being threatened so Robert’s company, and the other five which had been formed for this specific purpose, were disbanded.

Amos Munson: A Puritan Preacher and Troublemaker

There have been four “Great Awakenings” in American Protestant religious history. Amos Munson, son of Stephen Samuel and Lydia (Bassett) Munson, and the great-grandson of Captain Thomas Munson, was a leader in the First Great Awakening (1730 – 1755) in the American colonies during his short life (9 April 1719 – 1748).

The traditional Puritan religious experience emphasized orderly ritual and theology in worship. The traditionalists became known as the “Old Light” way of faithfulness. Amos Munson, having graduated from Yale College (now Yale University) in 1738, at the age of 19, was educated in the way of traditional “Old Light” theology. His association approved him for preaching in congregations on 30 Sept 1740.

Jonathan Edwards, also a Yale graduate, was a key figure in this first “Awakening.” He emphasized personal experience, an emotional connection to the faith, and genuine repentance of one’s sins. Amos Munson believed in the value of this “New Light” theology and began preaching it in his sermons.

The “Old Light” church was run by an association of leaders, something like a modern day diocese or synod. The leaders made decisions about who was fit to preach and how to meet the needs of the congregations. The Congregationalist “New Light” churches wanted to have direct control over their decisions and allow their pastors similar freedom.

Only months after getting his license to preach, in May 1741, Amos Munson, found by the overseeing association of the “Old Light” congregations to have been preaching in New Haven

“in a manner which we think disorderly, and also contrary to the advice and direction of Rev. Mr. Noyes” appointed the Rev. Timothy Allen to talk with him and to direct him to go to Mr. Noyes and to give him satisfaction.*

However that conversation unfolded, if it did, a year later, in May 1742 Amos was a charter member of the New Light Separatist congregation in New Haven now called the “North Church” or “United Church.”

Amos was never ordained, but continued to preach. He proclaimed the gospel to the people of West Suffield in 1744-45 and in 1746 the “Old Light” leaders admonished a Mr. Robbins for “improving strolling or traveling  preachers and those who were most disorderly . . .” including a meeting “carried on by Messrs Wheelock and Munson.”*

I do not have any record of a wife or children for Amos. He died at the age of 29 from a cause I do not know. The few years of his ministry were powerful and courageous and most certainly impacted the faith of the people whose lives he touched.


* 1637-1887. The Munson Record: A Genealogical and Biographical Account of Captain Thomas Munson (a Pioneer of Hartford and New Haven) and His Descendants.   January 1, 1896.  Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Press

A Look at the Life of Roland Occhietti

Martin Boerner m. Catharina Storch > Martin W. Boerner m. Anna Kososki> Dorothy Boerner m. Roland Occhietti.

Dorothy Boerner married Roland Occhietti  (pronouned “O-ketti) on 4 Feb 1953. Roland’s father had immigrated from Italy to Iron Mountain, MI; his mother was a first generation American of Italian immigrants. Roland was born in Iron Mountain and for most of his adult life ran the Occhietti Jewelry store in Iron Mountain with his brother, Benjamin.



Occhietti’s Jewelry Store in the 1950s and the 1980s.


Beyond his successful business, Roland lived a full and vibrant life. His obituary gives a sense of the impact his life had in the world.

Obituary for Roland Occhietti

Roland A. Occhietti, 82, of Iron Mountain, was called to be with the Lord on Friday, August 26, 2011, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.
He was born on May 9, 1929, in Iron Mountain, son of the late Aurelio and Pia (Jafolla) Occhietti. Roland graduated from Iron Mountain High School, Class of 1948. He went on to attend Elgin Watch College in Elgin, Ill. He returned to Iron Mountain and joined his brother Ben as a partner in Occhietti Jewelry.
Roland was called to serve his country in 1951, and served in the 5th RCT U.S. Army during the Korean War. He distinguished himself by heroic action during an attack on strongly entrenched enemy positions voluntarily moving into position to aid the wounded overcoming steep and rugged terrain. Roland illustrated selfless devotion to his comrades for which he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with a “V” for valor.
In 1953, he returned to join his brother in the jewelry business. On February 14, 1953, Roland married Dorothy Boerner at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara, Wis.
Roland served on the Iron Mountain School Board, Community School Board, Dickinson-Iron Mental Health Board, and Dickinson County Memorial Hospital Board. He was a life member of the Iron Mountain Elks Lodge 700 for 54 years and served as exalted ruler, Pine Grove Country Club, National Rifle Association and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed his hunting trips to Wyoming with his brother and nephews. Roland loved cooking Italian food for those who were part of the family camp.
Roland was a devoted husband, brother, and uncle. He loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends. Like his uncle Joey Jafolla he could put a smile on anyone’s face.
Roland is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Dorothy; nephews, Dr. Anthony (Cindy) Occhietti, Dr.Michael (Dr. Maria) Occhietti of Iron Mountain, Douglas (Diana) Anderson and Bill (Lori) Anderson of Marquette, Mich., Daniel (Kristen) Occhietti, Gladstone,Mich.; nieces, Maria (Jeff) De Merse of Iron Mountain, Valerie (Cory) Masuga of Cedarville, Mich., sisters- in-law, Betty Occhietti, Iron Mountain, Judy Occhietti, Gladstone; one uncle, Guido (Cecelia) Jafolla, Iron Mountain; and two very special people his little gal, Francine Stanek, Maryhill Manor, Niagara, and Leo (Nancy) Schuls, who forever assisted in all of Roland’s endeavors.
Along with his parents, Roland was preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. Anthony Occhietti and Benjamin Occhietti; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Martin and Ann Boerner; and his brother-in- law, James Boerner.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 31, 2011, from 4:00 7:00pm at the Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain. The American Legion Uren Cooper Post No. 50 of Iron Mountain will accord military honors Wednesday 7:00 pm at the funeral home. The Elks Lodge 700 will offer a memorial service Wednesday immediately following the veterans service at the funeral home. Prayers will be recited Thursday 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Msgr. James Kaczmarek will officiate. Entombment will be in Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain.
Pallbearers will be Jim Farrington, Robert Varda, Leon Mattord, Colin Jacobetti, Jim Wilcheck, Mike Youngberg. Honorary pallbearers will be John Caruso, Gene Swenski, Leo Schuls, and Vance Uhazie.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Roland or leave a condolence for his family at
The Jacobs Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, is serving the family.

Dr. Aeneas Munson, Revolutionary War Surgeon

Here is a fun story of a distant cousin through my second great-grandmother, Henrietta Munson Woodington:

Captain Thomas Munson > Ensign Samuel James Munson, Sr. > Captain Theophilus Munson > Benjamin Munson > Dr. Aeneas Munson > Dr. Aeneas Munson

Dr. Aeneas Munson

Dr. Aeneas Munson

Aeneas Munson, son of Dr. Aeneas and Mary (Shepherd) Munson was the oldest of nine children born to the couple. Born 11 Sep 1763, he graduated from Yale and immediately became a Surgeon’s Mate during the Revolutionary War.

From The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Connecticut:

“Surgeon’s Mate of Webb’s Continental Regiment, March, 1779; transferred to 4th Connecticut, 1st January, 1781; transferred to 3d Connecticut, 1st January, 1783; retained in Swift’s Connecticut Regiment, June, 1783, and served to November, 1783.

Yale and her honor-roll in the American revolution, 1775-1783 provides the following account of Aenea Munson’s service:

Very soon after graduation or September 1, 1780, Munson was commissioned Surgeon’s Mate in Col. Swift’s Seventh Connecticut Continental Line. During the winter of 1780-81 his regiment was hutted with the Connecticut Division on the Hudson, opposite West Point. In June following he was detached to assist Surgeon Thacher, of the Massachusetts Line, in Col. Scammell’s Light Infantry corps, which, after engaging in one or two sharp skirmishes in Westchester County, marched in August with the army to Yorktown, Virginia. There it took a leading part in the siege, and in after life, Dr. Munson had many incidents to tell of the operations and surrender. Returning north he rejoined his regiment, which in 1781-82 was the Fourth Connecticut, under Col. Butler, with Dr. Timothy Hosmer as Chief Surgeon. Remaining in the Highlands, he served until the disbandment in June, 1783.

The TIME magazine article from which his picture above is taken, an article written by Elizabeth D. Herman online reports: (July 3, 2013)

Faces of the American Revolution

screen-shot-2017-01-07-at-9-42-05-pmThe TIME magazine article lists Dr. Munson as having left medicine for a successful life in business. The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly, Volume 8 holds the possibility of a different career option after the war.

President Dwight of Yale College wanted to establish it as a University. His vision was to have

four departments of Philosophy and the Arts, Theology, Law, and Medicine.  But his death in 1817 came before he was able to carry out his plans. Only the Medical School had actually been organized. This began in 1813 with a faculty consisting of Aeneas Munson, Nathan Smith, Eli Ives, Benjamin Silliman, and Jonathan Knight. All were eminent men and the School “attained immediately an enviable reputation and marked success.”

Dr. Aeneas Munson lived a full and courageous life, making a difference in the Connecticut colony as it became a state.

Another English Colonist Ancestor- Thomas Ufford

Thomas & Elizabeth Ufford>Thomas Ufford>Abigail (Ufford)Terrill>Abigail (Terrill) Tyler>John Tyler>Isaac Tyler>Susanna (Tyler) Munson>Freeman Munson>Amos Munson>Henrietta (Munson) Woodington>Furman Woodington>Ethel Woodington Hope>Billie Hope Aderman>Carmala



Thomas Ufford, my 10th great-grandfather, was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ufford. Most of the historic data states he was born in 1590 in Newbourne, Suffolk, England, northeast of London. I have very little information about his parents, but the initial data I have found suggests they died when Thomas was still quite young. His father may have died when Thomas was only three years old and his mother may have died when he was about ten.

The next data available, found in more sources, tells us Thomas married Isabel Bryan in 1520 or maybe 1521. Since their first child (my 9th great-grandmother) Abigail was born in Newbourne in 1521, it suggests the couple may have married in Newbourne, and more certainly, lived there in their early years of marriage.

In 1532, Thomas and Isabel boarded the ship, Lyon, with their young children (Abigail, Thomas, Isabel, and John). Their youngest son, Samuel, was born that year on 16 September. I suspect Samuel may have traveled in utero, because the family arrived early enough in the year for Thomas to get an important “status” in the community.

The ship arrived in Roxbury (now a neighborhood of Boston), Massachusetts where the family lived for a few years. Thomas applied for and received a “Freeman’s” status that same year, 1632. According to New England, The Great Migration and the Great Migration Begins, 1620 – 1635, by 1632, the Uffords were living in Springfield where Thomas signed the Springfield Agreement of 14-16 May 1636. The agreement was a contract for governing that particular plantation. Thomas, apparently not educated to write his name, marked his signature with a “T”.



This plantation was in difficult territory and none of the original signers, including the Uffords, stayed in Springfield permanently. Within a few years, Thomas had moved on.

In 1640, the Uffords were in Wethersfield; by 1644 Thomas was counted in the Milford, Connecticut Colony population. Isabel joined the Milford church in January of 1644/45, Thomas joined on 11 Feb 1645.

The couple lived out the rest of their lives in Milford, New Haven, in the Connecticut Colony. Isabel died in 1654. Thomas married Elizabeth Theale, the widow of Nicholas Theale of Stamford. He died a few years later, 20 August, 1660.

Thomas and Isabel were buried in the cemetery in Milford. No tombstone remains for them, but according to Find A Grave,  they are buried in Peter Pruden’s Garden.

I am in awe of the tenacity and courage Thomas and Isabel had. They sailed across the Atlantic with their young children, they moved and started over four times. There was a lot of hard work, inevitable setbacks, and certainly times of joy and celebration. I’m proud to claim them as my ancestors.

Neil Allen Woodington–A Privileged and Troubled Life

Today would have been the 90th birthday of my 2nd cousin, 1x removed, Neil Allen Woodington. We share the common ancestry of Moses Woodington and Henrietta Munson. I am a descendant of their son Furman’s branch; Neil was a descendant of Furman’s brother, George Franklin Woodington.

Neil had the privileges of education and opened doors but he was not able to hold on to those as he aged. He had three marriages and three divorces, spent time in prison in Wisconsin, and died at the relatively young age of 62.

My cousin and genealogy buddy Lori Hahn from Me. Here. Right Now., contributed an excellent article about Neil’s life and struggles. It is well-documented and an interesting read. I hope you will take time to learn about his life.


Oscar and Ann Aderman family in 1940 Census

The national US Census in 1940 took place on April 1st. No foolin’! Oscar and Ann Aderman, my paternal grandparents lived in Niagara, Wisconsin, USA that year (and for many years). Grandpa was a crane operator at the time, according to the occupation column. Oscar and Ann’s youngest son, Bill, was not yet born and her father, Martin Boerner, Sr., was living with the family.



It was fun to see their neighbors on either side of the Aderman house. My father spoke often of the Papaich’s, immigrants from Serbia, and the Ponzios. Mary (Boerner) Ponzio was Ann (Boerner) Aderman’s sister, my father’s aunt. Dad had lots of stories of the cousins playing together.



Source: Web Address

The Marriage of Anna Louise Erdmann and Christoph Adermann, 1813

Christoph Adermann & Anna Louise Erdmann> Christian Adermann>Ferdinand Adermann>Carl Aderman>Oscar Aderman>Darrell Aderman>Carmala Aderman


My 4th great-grandparents, Anna Louise Erdmann and Christoph Adermann were married in Bertikow, Brandenburg, Prussia on 13 November 1813. Anna was 22 years old at the time of the wedding and Christoph was 35. Her father is listed in the marriage record as Friedrich Erdmann; Christoph’s father is recorded as Michael Adermann.

Christoph lived long enough to sign permission for their only known son, Christian, to be married to Fredericke Louise Bergemann, on 2 March 1857. It is believed Anna was still living at that point, also. I have not found definitive death dates for either.



Title: Brandenburg, Germany, Transcripts of Church Records, 1700-1874
Publisher: Operations, Inc.
Publisher Date:2011
Publisher Location: Provo, UT, USA

The Munsons in New Haven, CT

I wrote earlier about Captain Thomas Munson, my 9th great-grandfather through my maternal Woodington line. He was an early founder in New Haven plantation of the Connecticut Colony. Thomas was born and baptized in 1613 in Rattlesden, Suffolk, England; he came to the new colony in 1637. By 1939, he had moved to the newly-formed New Haven plantation and signed their Fundamental Agreement.

Captain Munson became a key figure in the early public, military, and political life of the New Haven plantation. As the town began to grow, they decided there was a need to lay out the structure of the community. Following the old English tradition, New Haven was laid out in a grid of nine squares. The following picture shows the grids, the community square in the center of town, and Thomas Munson’s property.*

In 1640, the Rev. John Davenport, one of the founders of the community, envisioned a college in New Haven. The idea didn’t unfold until 1701 when the Rev. James Pierpont got a few colleagues together to pursue an Act for Liberty to erect a Collegiate School” wherein youth might be instructed in the arts and sciences “and fitted for Publick employment both in Church & Civil State, . . .” The next year, the first student arrived for his education. The local Munsons helped financially support the new college.

They made enough of an impact in the town that there is a street and “Triangle” named after them. Check this out:

Munson Street and Munson Street Triange in New Haven.



Munson Street is some blocks northwest of where Thomas Munson’s home was. His land is now part of the Yale University, just off the “Green.”


From the New Haven’s Mayor’s page:

By 1640 a complete government had been established and the settlement, originally called Quinnipiac, was renamed Newhaven. The town plan was based on a grid of nine squares. In accordance with old English custom, the central square, now the Green, was designated a public common. By 1641 New Haven had grown into a community of approximately 800.

Over the next few years, however, the flow of newcomers began to weaken and trade with the outside world shifted more and more to Boston. In an attempt to establish direct trade with England, the settlers managed to assemble enough produce to fill a vessel which would become known as the “Great Shippe.” However, after setting sail in January, 1646, the ship and its crew were never heard from again. This disaster ended the dream of creating an economic empire and over the years New Haven became overshadowed by New Amsterdam and Boston.

In 1649, King Charles I of England was accused of treason and beheaded. His son, Charles II, became king eleven years later and sought vengeance against the men who had signed his father’s death warrant. Two of them, Colonel Edward Whalley and his son-in-law Colonel William Goffe fled to America and, in 1661, they were hidden by John Davenport in a cave on the top of New Haven’s West Rock. They were later joined by a third regicide, John Dixwell. Three of New Haven’s streets are named after the regicides and their story has become an integral part of New Haven’s history.

In 1664, the forces of King Charles’ brother, the Duke of York, seized New Amsterdam. Rather than face the possibility of rule by the Catholic duke, New Haven surrendered its hope of remaining independent and united with the Connecticut Colony. By 1701, New Haven had grown to be the village center of a mainly agricultural township and became co-capital of Connecticut, along with Hartford. It was not until 1873 that New Haven lost its status as co-capital.

New Haven had  a district court so in 1839, it was the site of the imprisonment and trial of the Mende people made famous in the Steven Spielberg movie, Amistad. The 50 warriors were found to have been kidnapped and were order to be sent back to their home in Africa.




Wilbert “Feeley” Aderman and a Basketball Championship

As we prepare for the upcoming March Madness, my cousin and genealogy buddy, Kevin Hackett, author of Our Family Genealogies, sent me some articles he had collected over the years about our Uncle Feeley as a star basketball player in Altamont, Illinois in 1923. Enjoy these newspaper articles celebrating his accomplishments as “the star of the Altamont team.”







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