Abby Priscilla Seekell was my 4th Great Aunt on my Father’s side. She was born on June 17, 1853 to Moses Seekell the 3rd and Huldah (Tripp) Seekell. She was the last of 11 children for her Father who had previously been married with two children and 9 children for her mother.
Abby’s half siblings were Mary and Benjamin who died a baby. Her full siblings were Benjamin, Ebenezer, Charles, George, Lydia, William, Lucy and Moses.
Census records are really the only thing I have for Abby. But I am posting about her because I can’t help but wonder what happened to her. She first appears in the Massachusetts State Census of 1855. At the time she was three years old.
She is then in the 1860 Federal Census.
It is in the 1870 Census that I get the first clue of what her life may have been. She is listed as 17 years old and “Idiotic”. Now in today’s society this is not a nice term, but back then a person listed as idiotic was a person “the development of whose mental faculties were arrested in infancy or childhood before coming to maturity.” For us, in a more enlightened age, a number of known disabilities would have fallen under this category, including Downs Syndrome.
She again appears with her mother and sister in the 1880 Census. The first one you see in this census is the column for idiotic, the second and third ones are for can not read and write.
Unfortunately we don’t have the 1890 Census since it was lost in a fire. And this is where her trail ends. Her mother Huldah was still alive until 1893 so I can assume she still lived with her, if she hadn’t already passed on. However, if she did live where did she go? There are no birth records, no death records and I have so far been unable to locate her in a 1900 Census. So my question remains what happened to Abby?
Sarah Ann (Beswick) McIntosh was my 3x Great Grandmother on my mother’s side. She was born in approximately 1846 in Yantic, Connecticut (which is what most of the documentation says, however the 1860 Census says she was born in England) to John and Jane (Dewist) Beswick. From the records I have found she was one of eight children. Her brother’s and sisters being Dolly (born in England), John (born in England), Betsey, Mary, James, Martha, and Adaline.
On October 25, 1866 Sarah married Robert Henry McIntosh a stone Mason. Robert was a prominent business man who had a one time worked for her father John. Together they had three children. Jeanette (Nettie), Robert, and Lillian (May).
Robert died in 1889, but Sarah lived most of her life at there home at 360 Spring St. Newport, Rhode Island. At some point her son Robert took over the home and she lived there with him and his family. Before her death in 1929 she lived with her Daughter Lillian and her family.
While this is about all I have on Sarah, she fascinates me. This picture is the only one I have of her and and she looks like a tiny stick on dynamite. I bet she was an interesting woman.
Sarah died on November 12, 1929 in Rhode Island. I have been unable to find either a birth or death record on her.
My Grandfather had more cookbooks then I can count. Amount them was a Pilgrim Pioneers present a Culinary Adventure. They are recipes that were submitted by people of the club and I thought I would share some of them with you. This first one was submitted by Mae Greeley recipe is exactly how it reads in the book. While it is not something I myself would cook it does make for interesting reading.
Old Fashioned Boiled Dinner
A classic dish known outside of New England as “corned beef and cabbage.” Quantities as you like it; schedule give for dinner to be ready at noon.
7am – Rinse 4 lb piece of corned beef in water and place in bottom of large kettle. Add 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp picking spice, and 2 bay leaves. Bring to boiling point and boil 5 minutes. Skim scum off top, turn down heat, and simmer, covered, until tender.
9:30am – Scrub fresh beets within inch of their lives and add to kettle, leaving skin and a good 4 inches of stem on each beet to prevent bleeding.
10am – Add peeled turnips, cut coarsley
11am – Add peeled carrots and onions and a fair sized cabbage cut in quarters. Add water as necessary to keep liquid level up.
11:30am- Add peeled, cut up potatoes
Noon – All should be cooked by now. Peel beets and arrange dinner on one large platter. Serve with hot corn bread or johnnycake, egg gravy (a regular white sauce with 1- 2 chopped hard-boiled eggs added), horseradish, and a cruet of vinegar. Apple pie is the perfect dessert.