- Berkeley College1983
- Butler High School1981
Being disabled since 2000 and not having a pain-free day since my Nov 1998 car accident I have a neural element injury which keeps me from working and living a somewhat hermit/reclusive life style. On my good pain days I spend it researching my family tree Day-O'Dea-Dow-Mead-Miller-Roome of NJ & Morse-Dent of NY State on Ancestry.com.
I’m not a Certified Genealogist but I’ve been at this for over 18 years and have made extra money helping out-of-state researchers or new to Genealogy. I’ve also been asked to help 3 different Historical Societies with research. Wayne and Kinnelon (Possible Butler and Kinnelon together since Meadtown cover both town and the Butter Nut tree was proven to be a hybrid, not over 200 years old) coincide since I’ve been tracking on and off for 18 years 2 Patents lands, the Pompton and Upper and Lower Pequannock that the 8 Associates bought off the Indians in 06 June 1695, 7 of which I’m related to. Also the Patent land and additional land bought 04 Aug 1710 has passed down through the Wills for 96 years.
It started with my father wondering from where in Ireland
his grandfather came from he was of the DAY/O”DEA origin lines. I was told when I started that mine would be
the hardest line to locate in Ireland
since Patrick DAY married Mary O’Dea and Day derives from the O’Dea clan. I have narrowed it down to Counties Clare and
Kerry but I am unable to get into Ireland. I was unable to locate where they came from before my father passed Oct 2010, which I regret.
I always thought I was Irish, English and Dutch, but I’ve learn doing Genealogy my origin has grown. My father was 1/2 Irish and 1/2 English with a bit French, on my mother's side I'm Dutch, Palatine German, French and French Huguenot that I know so far and just found out I’m Belgian on mother’s side too (July 2014).
My MEAD/MEET line has so much info to add it has taken me over 16 years and I’m still adding more and only have about ½ my tree uploaded. In the past 6 months I only just started my grandmother’s ROOME/ROME line. These two lines are of Dutch origin.
My MUELLER/MILLER turned into a project since I had the time to research whereas distant cousins didn’t. So they all sent me what they had and I put the whole family together with their research with mine and what I could find on them and sent them back a tree file. This line is Palatine German origin.
I had a problem with my grandmother’s MORSE/MORSS line, my father's side since it was a broken branch. But since I bought the CD for my line from the Morse Society I’ve been able to follow it back to the Emigrant, I just haven’t entered the people that far back yet. Her mother was a DENT and both are English origins. I also found out I have the CD for the MORSE line of NJ which takes them back another line to the Emigrant on my mother's side. The Morse Society will not sell all the CD’s, only the one you are related to.
During the Mass Migration of Palatine Germans, once here they settled in the Dutch Settlement due to the fact their dialects were similar and they both believed in Reformation/Reformed Religion. They did not marry out of their religion for over 200 years and it was not until abt. 1778 they did; which makes me related to most of the Dutch lines of Northern NJ, NY State and NYC’s 5 Boroughs. At the moment I have 43,730 people in my tree and didn’t realize how many great-grandparents you acquire.
- Work From HomeI’m not a Certified Genealogist but I’ve been at this for over 18 years and have made extra money helping out-of-state researchers or new to Genealogy. I’ve also been asked to help 3 different Historical Societies with research. Wayne and Kinnelon coincide since I’ve been tracking on and off for 18 years 2 Patents lands, the Pompton and Upper and Lower Pequannock that the 8 Associates bought off the Indians in 06 June 1695, 7 of which I’m related to. Also the Patent land and additional land was bought by my 7th great-grandfather, John Mead on 04 Aug 1710 and has passed down through the Wills of my Mead family for 96 years. The Anniversary with the Patents is coming up and the Historian for Wayne Twp., Passaic Co., NJ asked if I would help her since she knows I’ve been trying to prove Meadtown (now Kinnelon) Pequannock Twp., Morris Co., NJ was not a Grant from the King as stated in the “History of Kinnelon” Book. So far I’ve located 1,710 and I believe the total is around 5,000 acres. I’ve save files and notes, Records, Deeds, Books etc. regarding the Patents. On 04 Aug. 1710 Jan Pieterse Meet (John Mead) and three partners Joris Ryerson, Hendrick Mandeville and Paulus Pauluszen Vanderbeeck "Vanderbeek" purchased 1000 acres west of the Pequannock River in what is now Morris Co., where some of his descendants later settled (Source William Nelson). The land was located in the area of Pompton Plains, Riverdale, Bloomingdale and Kinnelon. Original Mead and Mandeville's property was located in Pompton Twp., Bergen Co., NJ, which no long exist. Ryerson's property was partially located in Riverdale and Bloomingdale. It is possible that Paulus Vanderbeeck "Vanderbeek" was apart of the purchase but I'm not sure where his land was located, possibly Riverdale area. Which I believe the Meadtown (now Kinnelon) Pequannock Twp., Morris Co., NJ is part of John Mead purchases from the Patent land and the additional land of 04 Aug 1710 if I can finally find the deed to prove both since the Morris County Deed Office stated deeds and Patents go back to the 1695 purchase. I was asked by the Kinnelon Historical Society, once I locate all the acreages of land to re-write the “History of Meadtown”. For the Butler Museum (Historical Society) I will be doing Genealogy on people in Butler that they choose to display in the Museum once it re-opens from renovation.
- Work From HomeLast year to promote the use of Ancestry.com in the Riverdale, Morris Co., NJ Library, they had a night course to get people interested in Genealogy and I was invited to speak. My speech was named “The Coming of the Dutch” and pertained to the 8 Associates. On June 6, 1695 Arent Schulyer, with his associates Anthony Brockholst, Samuel Bayard, George (Joris) Ryerson, Jan Pieterse Meet (John Mead), Samuel Berry (Berrie), and son and father, David and Hendrick Mandeville purchase from the proprietors of the eastern division of NJ 5,500 acres of land just east of and bordering on the Pequannock River, a tract covered by the Indians purchase made in June of that year. It was a duel purchase since it was necessary to secure title from the Indians and the proprietors of East New Jersey. They purchased it from the Indians for a value in goods of 250 English pounds in wampum and merchandise. In addition, Ryerson, (Meet) Mead, Berry (Berrie) and the two Mandeville’s paid the proprietors 200 £ for their share of the patent (2000 acres, split about 400 acres a piece), which was on the eastern or Bergen County side of the Pequannock River. The deed of June of that year was signed by the Indians, "Onageponck," "Hielawith of Pequannock," and "Sajapogh, sachem of Minising". This purchase was for the area known as Pompton Valley... Pequannock, Beavertown (Lincoln Park), Towaco (Montville), Jacksonville (Pompton Plains), Bloomingdale and Pompton (Riverdale) and part of Butler and Kinnelon. They were the original 8 men that signed the Pompton Patent when the land was purchased from the Minisink Indians. This deed is mentioned in the Morris county records of deeds. In April 2014 I start making Jewelry again, working mainly with Pearls to supplement my income. Right now mainly Peals necklace, eventually moving into making bracelet and earrings too and I’m teaching myself ear cuffs with wire. I also work in Mass Media, Pastels, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Scratch Board and hand building Pottery, but lack a kiln to use for that. I also crochet and from pattern books have designed my own projects. My Jewelry is by word of mouth right now but I eventually want to add a web site of my Mass Media to Etsy.com
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