Monday, October 20, 2014

52 Ancestors: #42 ~ Jerusha Waterman – Daughter of a Revolutionary War Surgeon

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small. 

In previous 52 Ancestors posts, I introduced you to
Samuel and Erastus, two of the nine children born to my 4th great-grandparents, Luther and Phebe Waterman. Today, I'd like to introduce you to Luther and Phebe's eldest daughter, Jerusha Waterman.

Jerusha was born on 8 Jun 1786 in Amenia, Dutchess, New York. Her father, Dr. Luther Waterman had served as a surgeon in the
American Revolutionary War. In Luther's pension file, Jerusha is listed as one of his and Phebe's children and on one of the documents she signed her name. In fact, in this amazing pension file, the signatures of all of Luther and Phebe's children can be found. I'll share Jerusha's signature in a future post.

Jerusha married Jonas Smith sometime before 1805. She and Jonas were the parents of nine children. Their first two children were born in New York and their third child was born in Pennsylvania.  The rest of their children were born in Ohio.

  1. Hiram Smith (1805-1878)
  2. Lavina Smith (1807-1880)
  3. Harriet Smith (1809-1888)
  4. Asher Smith (1812-1880)
  5. Jacob Smith (1815- 1882)
  6. John Smith (1817-1880)
  7. Phebe Smith (1819-1883)
  8. Sarah L. Smith (1826-1908)
  9. Amanda Catherine Smith (1832-1905)

Jerusha and her family were living near her brothers, Samuel and David Bassett Waterman, in the 1850 Federal Census for Troy Township, Athens, Ohio.1 You can see her brothers and their families listed below Jerusha's family in the image below.



This is a cropped portion from the 1850 Federal Census showing Jonas and Jerusha Smith and three of their daughters.



Jonas Smith passed away on 8 January 1853 in Coolville, Athens, Ohio, leaving Jerusha a widow for 14 years. In the 1860 Federal Census, Jerusha is listed as the head of household in Troy Township, Athens, Ohio.2 The image below is a cropped portion from that census record. Her daughters, Lavina and Sarah (Sally) were living with her at the time. Also, a young man named Benjamin Humphrey was living with them too. It looks like he was helping with them with their farm.



Jerusha passed away on 1 June 1867 in Coolville, Athens, Ohio. She was buried in Bethel Cemetery which is located in Troy Township, Coolville, Athens County, Ohio.

I'll introduce you to another of Luther and Phebe Waterman's children in a future post.


Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved


1 "United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11779-141880-28?cc=1401638 : accessed 14 Oct 2014), Ohio > Athens > Troy > image 14 of 34; citing NARA microfilm publication M432.
2 Year: 1860; Census Place: Troy, Athens, Ohio; Roll: M653_934; Page: 105; Image: 214; Family History Library Film: 803934. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for October 17, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Redefine Family History Goals for Youth by Devon Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  2. I Share DNA with my Adopted Son by Becky Jamison, author of Grace and Glory
  3. New Category: LDS Blogs by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
  4. 12 Keys to Analyzing the Vitals Section of Historic Newspapers by Kenneth R. Marks, author of THE ANCESTOR HUNT
  5. Naming Relationships by Nancy Messier, author of My Ancestors and Me
  6. Making my Ancestry tree public by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
  7. Snake Stories by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
  8. What Teaching First Graders Has Taught Me About Genealogy by Elyse Doerflinger, author of Elyse's Genealogy Blog
  9. GOOGLE EARTH FOR GENEALOGY AND HISTORICAL MAPS  by Linda S., author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  10. Treasure Chest Thursday: Hazel's Quilt by Susan W. Mosey, author of Pages from the Ancestry Binders
  11. Wordless Wednesday ~ Grandfather Out West AND Grandfather Out West ~ Photos #2 by Elizabeth Handler, author of From Maine to Kentucky
  12. WHAT DOES GINI WEBB HAVE IN COMMON WITH HER FAMILY? by Rachael Rifkin, author of Life Stories Today
  13. Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part Two by Jessica Murray for Ancestry.com Blog
  14. Enter Our Family History Month Sweepstakes: You Could Win a Genealogy Shopping Spree! by Diane Haddad – Genealogy Insider for Family Tree Magazine Blog
  15. Free access to federal legal materials AND Lessons from the lectern by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  16. Estado de Mexico (Mexico State), Mexico Online Genealogy Resources by Moises Garza, author of Mexican Genealogy
  17. Ancestors of Oatmeal Cookies: Oatcakes by Vera Marie Badertscher, author of Ancestors in Aprons
  18. Acquiring Information from a Relative by Claire V Brisson-Banks, author of Budding Genealogists
  19. One Old Postcard by Karen Miller Bennett, author of Karen's Chatt
  20. An "Opalotype" of Everett and Ruth Carpenter -- Friday Fotos (October 17, 2014) by John D. Tew, author of Filiopietism Prism

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

52 Ancestors: #41 ~ Erastus Waterman's Signature

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

Today, I'd like to introduce you to my 3rd great-granduncle, Erastus Waterman. He was the second child born to my 4th great-grandparents, Luther and Phebe Waterman.

Erastus Waterman was born on 6 May 1780 in Connecticut.

On 11 September 1851, Erastus Waterman signed a Power of Attorney document, which is found in Luther Waterman's Revolutionary War pension file. In this document Erastus appointed Mr. John Welch to be his attorney in order to procure any money due to him and his siblings from their father's Revolutionary Pension. Erastus' mother, Phebe, had already passed away by the time this Power of Attorney document was signed.

Here's the Power of Attorney document that was signed by Erastus. About half-way down the page is his signature.



And here's Erastus' signature cropped from the page.



Erastus was 77 years old when he signed this document. He passed away on 13 April 1859 in Coolville, Athens, Ohio.

I don't have any information indicating Erastus ever married. In fact, in the book Waterman Family, Descendants of Robert Waterman, Volume 1, page 563,1 it states the following: "No wife or family have been found." The book also states the following regarding Erastus' burial place: "Gravestone near Coolville, Athens Co., Ohio"

Erastus was living with his nephew John Smith and his family in the 1850 federal census.2 This image shows John's wife Lydia and their children. Erastus is on line four. John is listed on the previous page.



I'll be introducing you to another of Luther and Phebe Waterman's children in a future 52 Ancestors post.

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved


1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 563. Print.
2 "United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-12328-142003-35?cc=1401638 : accessed 05 Oct 2014), Ohio > Meigs > Salem > image 23 of 34; citing NARA microfilm publication M432.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for October 10, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Would You like to contribute to the Honor Roll Project for Veteran's Day, 2015? by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  2. Death Records: Vital to Your Research by Miriam J. Robbins for MyHeritage Blog
  3. At the Wheel: The Life of Jessie Merica, Part 1 AND At the Wheel: The Life of Jessie Merica, Part 2 by Cynthia Berryman, author of We're All Relative
  4. "The Cemetery" in Viksjö, Sweden by Cheryl Palmer, author of Heritage Happens
  5. Audio File Upload Feature Now Available on Family Tree by Brad Young for FamilySearch Blog
  6. Legacy announcement by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  7. German Genealogy Tip #8: German Umlaut Names Became Double-Vowels in America by Josiah Schmidt, author of The German-American Genealogist Blog
  8. Tuesday's Tip -- Sunrise Calendar and Evernote by Shannon Thomas, author of Our Life Picture By Picture
  9. MyHeritage partners with EBSCO Information Services to bring MyHeritage to libraries and educational institutions worldwide AND A Great New Addition announced by The In-Depth Genealogist by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaPress
  10. 5 Steps to Proving Your Family History by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  11. Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part One by Jessica Murray for Ancestry.com Blog
  12. Announcing FGS Ambassadors by Linda McCauley for FGS Voice Blog
  13. DNA Day with Ancestry by Roberta Estes, author of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
  14. Collection of Wedding Invitations by Caitlin Gow, author of Genealogically Speaking
  15. When less is more by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  16. STRIKING PAY DIRT ON GOOGLE by Karin Hadden, author of THE ART OF GENEALOGY
  17. Watch Videos Highlighting the Preserve the Pensions (War of 1812) Effort by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  18. Your Online Genealogy Tips by Janet Hovorka, author of The Chart Chick
  19. Finding Della (The Power of Social Media) by Schalene Dagutis, author of Tangled Roots and Trees

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Place
Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Interview on the WikiTree Blog

Interview Man from Microsoft Images

A while back I was interviewed for the "Meet our Members" series on the WikiTree Blog. Yesterday my interview was published. And I'm so excited to share it with you!

I hope you'll pop on over to the WikiTree Blog and read my interview. Here's the link ~

Meet our Members: Jana Last

Also, I'd like to thank Eowyn Langholf, a.k.a. the "Forest Elf" at WikiTree, for interviewing me.

Thanks for reading!


© 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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