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David Reese (#47131508)
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Bio Photo At first the ferry was just a hollowed-out log canoe in which Henry Baker carried wayfarers across the Delaware River from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to New Jersey. Horses had to swim and tired travelers were put up in the Baker home. Nearly a century later, in December 1776, General George Washington set up headquarters in a mansion near the prosperous tavern that had replaced Baker's house. In The Tavern at the Ferry, Edwin Tunis recreates the people, houses, and artifacts -- indeed, the whole way of life -- of a vital period in our country's history with his lively text and more than 100 meticulous and evocative pencil-and-wash drawings. He depicts the rhythms of daily life in pre-Revolutionary America, from cooking, eating, and drinking to farming and fishing, and describes how such enterprises as flax oil mills and ironworks operated.
Through Henry Baker and his family, Tunis tells the story of America's growth in the colonial period and the growing dissatisfaction of its citizens with British rule. More than just set the scene, The Tavern at the Ferry chronicles the dramatic story of the events leading up to Washington's crossing of the Delaware and the ensuing Battle of Trenton, a turning point in the War of Independence. The weeks and days before the crossing were full of intrigue, and Tunis follows the stories of such men as John Honeywell, the patriot double-agent, and Moses Doan, the would-be betrayer, as well as those of the tired but determined troops who turned the tide of war under Washington's leadership. Whether illustrating a dance at a country tavern or soldiers marching across a snow-covered field, The Tavern at the Ferry provides the small, vivid details that bring history to life.
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Ruth Foust Wayer
Henry Bowker, #65132544
You maintain in this memorial that Henry was a 9th great grandson of Edward III of England. I am researching my daughter-in-law's families, and Henry is a 10th great grandfather, which makes her a direct descendant of Edward III. Can you provide documentation of Henry's relationship to Edward III? I haven't found anything to prove his lineage yet but certainly would love to! Anything you have would be much appreciated, of course.
Ruth Foust Wayer
Added by Ruth Foust Wayer on Sep 16, 2014 9:53 AM
Dr. James M. Owston
RE: Moses Corey
I think I've approved all of them.
Added by Dr. James M. Owston on Sep 14, 2014 8:31 PM
Lee Wilkerson
RE: Lt. Col. William Yates
Hi David...
thanks for your quick response to my previous questions.
The issue that I would most like to address is the comment in the bio on your page for Lt. Col. Wm. Yates..."Married firstly to Jane Henry, secondly to Anne Isham Poythress, thirdly to Elizabeth Booth."
Do you have any recollection of the data source for the first wife - Jane Henry?
I have a family record traced to a William and Jane Yates during this time frame and location. I need assistance in locating proof documents to substantiate the lineage to my family.
My Best
Lee Wilkerson
Added by Lee Wilkerson on Sep 02, 2014 3:38 PM
Lee Wilkerson
Lt. Col. William Yates
I am seeking to locate a the proof document that shows Wm. Yates was first married to Jane Henry. Did Jane and William have a daughter named Sarah?
Lee Wilkerson
Added by Lee Wilkerson on Sep 01, 2014 2:22 PM
John Zihlman
Miles Hart/ Bleakly Cemetery
David, I discovered your memorials on Miles Hart and Miles Henry Hart in Bleakley Cemetery at Fort Knox Ky. I believe these are a 5G grandfather and 4G grand uncle. Do you know if there are markers at the cemetery and if not, is there some kind of documentation available that shows they are buried there? I am going to be in that area in the fall. Thanks for your memorials. I think they may turn out to be a big help. John Zihlman, Fort Worth, Tx.
Added by John Zihlman on Aug 18, 2014 2:05 PM
Cathy Neil Rakoczy
Martha Keturah Fisher #76294862
Hi David, it has been proven that Martha Keturah Fisher's maiden name was Durham not Degraffenreid. Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850, has Patsy Durham and 'Marriage Records of Allen Co., KY, 1815-1865' by Ona A. Willoughby, 1938 - LDS #851,644, Item 2.

The death certificate of Abe and Martha's daughter, Kitturah D. Fisher Duff, names Abraham Fisher and Martha Durham as parents. Missouri death certificate 1597.

It is family tradition that Martha was 1/4 Cherokee Indian and this has been borne out by applications of some of her descendants who filed for Cherokee Indian money state she was the daughter of Henry Durham and Sarah Conway. Guion Miller Files, National Archives.

Why Martha G. DeGraffenried was living in the Fisher household in 1850 is unknown, but for many years thought to be Abe's mother-in-law. This was disproved when the Cherokee money applications were made in the early 1900s and the Durham ancestry was specifically established.

It is then suggested that the link to the Degraffenrieds be changed.

Added by Cathy Neil Rakoczy on Aug 14, 2014 1:08 PM
Karen Baker
Dr John Burgess Baker
Hello David, I have just been looking at his memorial and am interested in the comment about him being buried at Coles Hill. Have you found a document that supports this? So far I have not been able to find any evidence of where he is buried.
Karen (descended from Lawrence Baker and his first wife, Ann Jones)
Added by Karen Baker on Aug 08, 2014 2:15 AM
Laurie Short Jarvis
RE: Henry and Anthony Short
In response to Anthony having a daughter. No Newbury records have ever indicated that he and his wife had children. Elizabeth that married Nicholas Holt was born 1606 and Anthony was born 1604 they were siblings. Sorting out the Henry Short's is very difficult as Jr & Sr were not used, and often marriage and other certificates did not give the birth dates. I have been round and round with the dates and wives and have sorted it out to the best of my ability. Many people have Henry I married to Elizabeth Ashley and to Sara Glover. I dont think that is realistic, based on the records I have studied. Sara Glover marred Henry II - who btw is often overlooked, b. 1601.
Added by Laurie Short Jarvis on Jul 24, 2014 7:30 AM
Laurie Short Jarvis
RE: Henry and Anthony Short
PS - Henry b. 1601 had a brother Anthony who married but never had children. I have found two sisters who also came to Newbury. Dorothy born 1590 married Richard Kent and elizabeth b.1606 morried Nocholas Holt and moved to Andover, MA
Added by Laurie Short Jarvis on Jul 24, 2014 7:26 AM
Laurie Short Jarvis
RE: Henry and Anthony Short

I have gone around and around over a few years trying to clear up the confusion of the Henry Shorts of Newbury. Some people list 2 Henrys with several wives. I have found 3 henrys. Henry I born in England 1580 married Elizabeth Ashley, widowed came with his sons and daughters to Newbury, MA 1635. Some people have him remarrying a Sarah Glover b. 1601. HOWEVER, he had a son also named Henry born 1601 and although they are never referred to as Henry Sr & Jr, common sense would tell me that his son married Sarah. Other documents confirm that they were married and had children, including a Henry (III) born 1652. Henry III was married to a Sarah Whipple of Ipswich, widowed and married Ann Sewall Longfellow. (Yes her uncle was infamous Judge Samuel Sewall of the Salem with trials and her husband lost at see was the nephew of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet) Oral family tradition tells me that these henry's all had the middle name of Moses, but have never fownd written proof. However, there are many Moses Short's in my family branch of the Short tree.
Added by Laurie Short Jarvis on Jul 24, 2014 7:24 AM
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