Kinsearching June 15, 2008




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     The 34th annual reunion of descendants of the STAUDT/STOUDT/STOUT family will take place on August 10, 2008, at Umbenhauer's Park in Bernville, Pennsylvania. The progenitor of the line immigrated to America in 1733. For more details, get in touch with Beulah Stoudt Follmer, 1610 Crowder Avenue, Shillington, PA 19607 (phone 610-777-4814).

     All newspaper items below come from the Thursday, 24 Mar 1836 (Vol. XIII, no. 17) issue of the Staunton Spectator and General Advertiser, published in Staunton, VA. Data about the creation of new counties provide examples of how early newspapers often reproduced information from other papers. (Surnames are capitalized and titles bolded for emphasis.)

     Page 1, column 5 - "The bill forming a new county out of a part of Frederick to be called Clark (sic), in memory of George Rogers Clark, and the bill forming a new county out of parts of Shenandoah and Frederick, to be called Warren, in remembrance of Gen. Warren, both passed the Senate yesterday, by almost unanimous votes. Rich. Comp. (sic)"

     Page 3, column 2 - "We learn that the first court for the new county of Warren will be held at Front Royal on Thursday next, when they will proceed to elect a clerk, etc. Col. Isaac OVERALL...has been commissioned high sheriff. Woodstock Sentinel. March 18."

     Also on page 3, column 2, is the following: "Clarke county (sic)--We understand that arrangements have been made for organizing a court in this new county on the 4th Monday in March. Win. Rep."

     Page 3, column 3 - "Married, in Baltimore, on the 17th inst. by the Rev. Joseph MERRIKAN, Mr. David G. WISE, of the (sic) Warm Springs, to Miss Mary Jane PITZEN, of Alleghany County."

     "Died, on Friday last, in the neighborhood of Tinkling Spring, in this county, Mr. James BROWNLEE. He was born in Scotland, in the year 1730, which would make him about one hundred and six years old. He came to this country in the early part of the Revolutionary War, and is supposed to have lived in Augusta Co. about 60 years. He was quite an active man to the last--had four wives, the last of whom is still living."

     This week we continue with information from the publication by the U. S. Congress, {House of Representatives} REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF PATENTS FOR THE YEAR 1853. AGRICULTURE (Washington: A. O. P. Nicholson, Printer, 1854).

     Pages 19-20 - Statement of Gustavus DE NEVEN, Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, WI, who writes: "Much attention is given in this region to the raising of neat cattle and the products of the dairy. The butter produced in Fond du Lac county is of excellent quality, and the pasturage, particularly on the prairies and openings, could support several times the stock of cattle that graze upon it...In view of the facilities afforded by railroads, some feeders have begun to fatten for the New York market...."

     Pages 20-22 - James B. DAVIS of Columbia, SC, discusses his sojourn in Asia and "the East" and the introduction of Asiatic buffalo, Brahmin ox, and Cashmere, Seinde and Malta goats into the United States. He mentions importing one pair of Brahmin oxen onto this country, cross-breeding them, and selling the original pair to a Mr. EDES of Kentucky for $4,000.

     The next set of condensed correspondence in the REPORT concerns dairies. On page 22, T. L. HART of West Cornwall, Litchfield Co., CT, states: "Butter has sold this year in New York from 17 to 25 cents per pound, and my cheese brought, in Philadelphia, from 10 to 12 1/2 cents per pound."

(To be continued)

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