Saturday, September 29, 2012


Quick note - found today on Ancestry:

New York, Town Clerks' Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, 

ca 1861-1865 Record for John Hempsted

Suffolk > Brookhaven-Southold > 226

Name: John Hempsted
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York
Father: Christopher Hempsted
Mother: Marie Pease
Residence Place: Riverhead, New York
Enlistment Date: 30 Aug 1862
Enlistment Location: Riverhead, Suffolk, New York
Regiment: 127th Infantry
Company: K
Rank: Private
Race: White
Marital Status: Married

Source Citation: New York State Archives; Albany, New York; Town Clerks´ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1861-1865; 
Collection Number: (N-Ar)13774; Box Number: 59; Roll Number: 32.

Now who the heck is MARIE PEASE?

John Hempste(a)d is the brother of my 2nd great grandmother, Phoebe [Hempstead] Morrell who died in 1912.  At the 1910 census her husband was deceased and Phoebe was living with her married daughter.  Most likely that daughter, Alice Marie [Morrell] Cramer provided the info for her mother's death certificate, which stated Phoebe's mother to be ALICE SMITH, born U.S.  [In one census, Phoebe's mother's place of birth is shown as New Jersey - all others say New York.]  Phoebe and John's father was Christopher Hempste(a)d - thankfully, all records concur on this!

Phoebe and John were born about 2 years apart.  There was an older brother born 2 years prior to John.  Their father remarried a woman I thought was his 2nd wife about 1837; their first [known] child was born about 1838-1839.  It appeared that the first 3 children all had the same mother.  Could Alice Smith and Marie Pease somehow be the same person [Alice Marie Smith or Pease], or did Christopher have more wives than I know of [3 so far]? The Town Clerk's information would have been provided by John himself around it's also possible that the info on Phoebe's death certificate is incorrect.  ARGGH!

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