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Loyalist to Mormon – Syphers continued

I’ve decided to really dig in to this branch of my family because it is so intriguing, has several plot twists, and is an international thriller (from New Brunswick to Maine, Ohio, Utah, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, and Minnesota).  These Syphers relatives seem to have it all.

So in the last post, I found the Loyalist claim that Lodewyck Syphers had made in 1784 to the British Crown for compensation for his “losses to the Rebellion”.  They were settled around the Grand Lake/Gagetown/Jemseg area just downriver from Fredericton (sorry, just need to post another beautiful picture to remind me to plan a visit)

 

Grand Lake, NB via wikipedia commons

Grand Lake, NB via wikipedia commons

So Lodewyck Syphers’s eldest granddaughter, Sarah Ferndon Syphers, married a William Henry Earl in 1814ish and they became part of the Mormon Pioneers – William was baptized in 1843 as a member of the Ordained Seventy, ordained in the Nauvoo temple in 1846, and made the Mormon Trek to Utah.

William and Sarah were married in New Brunswick, where their first four children were born, then they moved to Scarborough, Ontario in 1823 (birth records are so useful for tracking migrations), where their next six children were born. I assume this is where they became familiar with the Mormon religion as they then picked up and moved to the Nauvoo Temple in Illinois where Sarah was baptized in 1841. They may have been baptized in Toronto as well?  From “The History of the Church in Canada”  –

“Parley P. Pratt’s 1836 mission to Toronto was equally impressive. One of the first people baptized in Toronto, Isabella Walton was the key to several important conversions. She introduced her brother, Isaac Russell and his friend Joseph Fielding to Elder Pratt, and before long, they joined the Church. Her friend John Taylor and Joseph Fielding’s sisters Mary and Mercy also joined. Branches were organized in Toronto, Scarborough, Churchville, and Markham.”

I happened to check the Cypher spelling in the LDS temple records index that I’m browsing and found a bunch of baptisms at the Nauvoo Temple in 1841!  They all were at the instance of Sarah Syphers Earl – William, her father, Lodavich, her grandfather, William, her great uncle, and Elizabeth, her great aunt.  Now I know these baptisms weren’t in person, as they all were not living.  It seems in 1841, Joseph Smith revealed the ‘baptism for the dead’ doctrine  – so Sarah was able to act as a proxy for her deceased family members.  Interesting who she chose or didn’t choose, isn’t it?

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members performing baptisms for the dead via lds.org

 

I don’t mean to spend too much time on an indirect line, but I find that information can be pieced together when every angle is approached.  So we have established that the elder sister of my 3rd great grandfather was heavily entrenched in the Mormon community.  Now let’s see if any other siblings followed… stay tuned for next time!

 

 

 

 

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American Loyalist Claims – Lodewick Syphers, my 5th ggpa

I’ve written about my Dutch ancestors of Sleepy Hollow and how they were prominent settlers of the Tarrytown/Poughkeepsie area in the late 16- early 1700s.  That side is named ‘Storm’ and here is my mother and I during our trip to Sleepy Hollow last year repping the family crypt: (it was around Halloween and the cemetery was quite busy, headless horseman and all you know…)

But today’s story is about the descendant side of Petronella ‘Nelle’ Storm, granddaughter of the above Dirck Storm, and her marriage to William Syphers (sometimes seen as Cyphers, as in my other post) around 1732.

Their son, Lodywyck, (Lodewick, Lodewyck (etc., etc.,) was born in 1737, married at the Reformed Dutch Church in Hackensack, NY, in 1770 and then fled to New Brunswick as a Loyalist.  I’ve really been fascinated with this part, wanting to know the reasoning and the drama, I’m sure it was quite horrible.  It’s made a great story too, telling people that my Dutch ancestors were Loyalists and fled to Canada and settled a place off the Saint John River called “Syphers Cove” (yes it’s still there – need to plan a visit!)

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Saint John River near Fredericton, photo courtesy of Canoe New Brunswick

So today, I just decided to revisit ye olde Syphers side on my family tree to see if there was any new info to be found, when up popped up the “American Loyalist Claims” for Lodewick Sypher.  Amazing!

To the Commissioners appointed by Act of Parliament to inquire into the Losses and Services of the American Loyalists.

–The Memorial of Lodewick Sypher late of the Province of New York but now of Nova Scotia

Thereth,

That your Memorialist was ever uniformly and steadily attached to His Majesty’s Person, and the British Government, and was opposed to the measures of the American Congress.  That he joined the Royal Army in 1776 and rendered them every service in his power for the suppression of the Rebellions and the reestablishment of the British Government in America.

That in 1770 he was attainted by a Law of the State of New York – for having joined the British Army, and, his Property an account and appraisement of which is herewith presented, was Confiscated, Sold, and applied to the use of the State.

That your Memorialist has thereby lost his <underlined>all and is reduced to great Want, and Distress, and by the unfortunate determination of the Rebellion, he has been obliged to leave his Native Country, and has removed to Nova Scotia.  In full confidence that he will there have extended to him the benefit of the late Act of Parliament for the Relief of the American Loyalists.  He prays that you will take his case into consideration in order that he may be enabled under your report to recieve such aid, and relief, as his Losses and Services may be found to deserve.  He further prays that time may be allowed him to produce further Proofs of the Facts contained in this Memorial of also of his losses by the Rebellion.

–Lodewick Sypher, by his attorney, Isaac Ogden

Newman Street No. 64

19 March 1784

So this gives a bit more info – I’d like to find out where their land was, and what occupation Lodewick followed, etc.  He stayed in Nova Scotia up to his death in 1822, when one of his sons, William Syphers, moved a few miles west into Houlton, Maine and my line continued from there.  That line became Mormon which makes for another interesting story that needs much more research…

Until then.


Wandering Wednesday: photo detective

I recently was sent a batch of photos from my Great Uncle Waldo’s collection – a great assortment of tintypes and 1880s-era photos – ONLY ONE WAS LABELED.  Sigh.  But I love puzzles so I’ve been saving this task as kind of an icing on the cake/reward for myself.  I’d like your help though – let me know if you think I’m on the right track.

On the left is a known photo of Martha Ford Fuller and her husband David Fuller.  I believe the person in the right photo is Martha Ford Fuller.  The earrings are the same in both photos and the hair part and other facial features are similar.  Yes?

 

The next one isn’t quite as much of a slam dunk:  again, the known photo of David and Martha Ford Fuller next to what I suspect is a younger David Fuller.  The beard/mustache growth looks the same, the hands are similar, the torso bearing is similar, the part of the hair is opposite, but similar (perhaps the photo was reversed?), and if you look closely, the watch fob is similar.  Thoughts?

 

They get progressively harder, as all puzzles do…   The portrait on the left is known to be Ansel Elifelet Syphers, his second wife Augusta, and their children Ralph, Marion, and George. I believe that Uncle Waldo’s photo on the right are those boys Ralph and George.  Look at the ears and the hair parts and the mouths.  Especially the unusual hair part of the little boy on the right.  What do you think?

 

Ok, I think this is getting easier as my eyes are getting attuned.  I’m pretty confident about this one.  Don’t know if you can zoom into this one, but the facial expression is the clue.  The family on the left is Addie Mae Syphers Magers and her children, ca 1906 taken in Devises, Kansas.  The right photo is Addie I believe.

 

I think I’ll take a break and get your comments, then take out the ones that are verified and try again!  Thanks for your help!

 


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