Monday, February 29, 2016

Update on the Down The Rabbit Hole Blanket

I've continued to work on the "Never-ending Blanket of Doom" meeting my New Year's Resolution for two months now! February was a busy month (more on that another post) but I was able to knit  51 squares for a total of 649 squares!! All ends are worked in and surprisingly there was no I-chord to be knit around edges.
I had planned a total of ten black squares and so the square one the left row is the final one. There is just one square above it - THE TOP OF THE BLANKET IS NOW IN COMPLETION MODE!!

My plan is to finish the estimated twenty squares on the left top edge during the month of May and then attack the last black square on the right side row.

Since the beginning of this endeavor I've been able to take the square knitting time down from 45 minutes a square to 25 minutes a square, great news but it's made it difficult to estimate the total hours put into this project. If I average the time to say 35 minutes a square I've put in approximately 380 hours just knitting squares.

Onward and upward!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

A Burritt Family Tradition

"One Burritt family tradition states that the Burritt's came from Glamorganshire, Wales, but this remains unproven. Burrit itself is a Scotch name meaning people with thick bristly hair. This trait continues among many Burritts down to modern times." FNBBryan...

Isabella's grandson, Murray, bristly hair and all!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Betsey Murray's Mother

 So, I have recently discovered Betsey's mother was Isabella (Sybil) Burritt Murray.And wanted to see if I could find any information on her. This is what I've found.

                           Isabella Burritt Murray
Aug. 8, 1828
Addison County
Vermont, USA

In Memory of  ISABELLA consort of
Joseph MURRAY she died Aug 8th 1828 in the 866th year of her age

(It is an out of copyright published genealogy online and I love it!  Direct family in red.)

Descendants of
1635 1940
Compiled by

...(William Burritt, his wife Elizabeth and their three children were among the very early settlers in America, coming from Glamorganshire, Wales, some time previous to 1635. William Burritt was one of the founders of Stratford, Conn., where records are found as early as 1635 and where he died in 1651. It is thought that the family lived in other Connecticut towns before settling in Stratford.   After the death of William, Elizabeth continued to live in Stratford until her death in 1781. She is reported to have been a keen businesswoman, buying and selling much property, but always buying more than she sold. She could neither read nor write but left her mark on the records of the County in many instances.)

First Generation 

1       WILLIAM BURRITT and his wife, Elizabeth, came with their three children from Glamorganshire, Wales, in an early day, probably some time previous to 1635, settling in Connecticut and finally became one of the founders of Stratford, Conn., where William died in 1651. Elizabeth continued to live in Stratford until her death in 1681. She seems to have been a very capable woman, not only rearing her family in such manner as to take a foremost place in the community, but to have been keen in business as well, adding a considerable property to the estate left by her husband. As records show, she apportioned considerable real estate to her sons by conveyance dated April 5, 1675, as follows:  "To my loving and dutiful son John Burritt, of ye said place, an equal half of my whole accommodations in Stratford aforesaid, being ye allotment and interest of my deceased husband Wm. Burritt, or by procurement of myself and my children, excepting only ye home lot and parcel of land at ye Fresh Pond, in ye old field, ye which has already been contracted to Stephen Burritt," one of which contractions being that "ye aforesaid John Burritt should have ye parcal lying on Quimby's Neck &c." Stephen Burritt drew lot No. 40 in division of lands and John Burritt No. 84. Her will is dated Sept. 2, 1681, and she probably died soon after.

Children of William and Elizabeth Burritt were:

i.     Stephen.

ii.   ii. John.  

iii. Mary, married a Mr. Smith.    

Second Generation  

2       STEPHEN, (William 1) born in Glamorganshire, Wales, and came to America with his parents as before stated. Married Nov. 8, 1673. Sarah Nichols, daughter of Isaac Nichols of a prominent Stratford family. One of her sisters married Rev. Joseph Webb and another Rev. Israel Channey, pastor of Stratford church from 1665 to 1703, who was one of the founders of Yale College and was chosen its first president, but declined the honor. Stephen was in the list of Freemen at Stratford, 8th month, 7th day, 1669, a lot owner 1671 and confirmed by the General Court as Ensign of the Train Band at Stratford in 1672, appointed Lieutenant Jan. 17, 1675, and the Council of Stratford, date of Sept. 18, 1675, ordered that "The Dragoons from Fairfield County, being come up, and Major Robert Treat sending to us to hasten them to their headquarters near Suckquackheeg, it is ordered that accordingly the Dragoons of Fairfield shall forthwith march away up to Norwottag and so to our army, under the conduct of Ensign Stephen Burritt and join them in the defense of the plantations up the river and to kill and destroy all such Indian enemies as should assault them on said plantations." Again at a meeting of Council of the Colony held Nov. 23, 1765, Stephen Burritt was appointed Commissary of the Army, so rapidly was he promoted. Hinman, the Historian, calls him, "a noted Indian fighter," and he was also a man of affairs. At a town meeting held Jan. 1,1673, he was chosen Recorder, and his beautiful and character-like autograph which thereafter frequently appears on the Town Books, may well be the envy of any of his descendants. In 1689 he was appointed on a committee to assess damages for the changing of Black Creek into Mill River, by which one Robert Lane claimed to have been "damnified". The same year he was chosen one of the Townsmen and in 1690 was an auditor of accounts of the Town Treasurer.

He died Jan. 24, 1697, according to the records on an old tombstone still preserved. The inventory of his estate, dated March 4, 1697, shows a footing of £l,177-2s which includes £6-6s as the value of his "arms and ammunition."

Stephen and Sarah Burritt had eight children, as follow-: 

i.     Elizabeth, born July 1, 1675.  

ii.   William, born March 29, 1677. Died young.  

iii. 4. Peleg. born Oct. 5. 1679.  

iv.   5. Josiah. born 1681.

v.     6. Israel, born 1687.  

vi.   7. Charles, born 1690.

vii. 8. Ephraim, born 1693.

viii.    9. James.  

Note: We do not have record proof that James, named as the youngest son of Stephen, was in reality Stephen's son, but all indications point to this conclusion. If we consider his age and the birth dates of his children, the proven fact that John had only the son Joseph it could hardly have been otherwise. The only alternative would be another Burritt immigrant and we have never found records of any such.    

JOHN,(William 1) born in Glamorganshire, Wales, coming to Connecticut with his parents. He married May 1,1684, Deborah Barlow, daughter of Thomas Barlow, a large  land holder of Fairheld, Conn. He died in Stratford Feb. 1, 1727. He was married a second time May 5, 1708. to Ilannah (Beach), widow of Zachariah Fairchild. The Stratford records show him a lot owner as early as 1671.  

His will was tiled Feb. 17, 1726, naming his son Joseph as his sole heir and administrator of his estate, the appointment being dated Oct. 3, 1727. The estate inventoried to the amount of £ l,754-9s-ld. or $8,538.14.  

John and Deborah Burritt had one child:  

10. i. Joseph, born March 12, 1685.

Third Generation

4. PELEG, (Stephen 2) born Oct. 5, 1679, married Dec. 5, 1705, Sarah Bennett, daughter of James Bennett.  

Children :

i.     William, born Aug. 28, 1706; baptized Sept. 13, 1706; died Sept. 28, 1706. 

ii.   Daniel, baptized 1708. (Bridgeport Town records),

iii. Sarah, born July 20, 1712. (Stratford Town records).

iv.   11. Peleg, born Jan. 8, 1720.    

5. JOSIAH, (Stephen 2) born 1681, married March 10, 1703, Mary Peat, daughter of Benjamin Peat Sr. Josiah was one of the proprietors of Newtown.  


i.     Elizabeth, born May 12, 1704; baptized July 23, 1704. (Bridgeport Church records).

ii.   Stephen, born Jan. 7, 1706; baptized Feb. 10, 1706. (Bridgeport Church records).

iii. Benjamin-Phoebe Twins; born Jan. 29, 1708.

iv.   William, born Jan. 29, 1709.  

6. ISRAEL, (Stephen 2) born 1687, married March 4, 1719, Sarah Coe. Moved from Stratford, his birthplace, to Durham, Conn. He married a second time, probably about 1735, Sarah Chauncey who was born Feb, 24, 1711. She was a daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Chauncey of Durham, and great-great-grand-daughter of Charles Chauncey an English emigrant, Israel was prominent in the affairs of the community and the church and was known as Deacon Israel.  


i.     Mary, born June 12, 1719.

ii.   Israel, born 1736, died 1743.

iii. Ann, born 1743.

iv.   iv. Charles, born 1746. Was a soldier in Revolutionary War.

v.     15. William, born April 8, 1748.

      7. CHARLES, (Stephen 2) born 1690, took

      Freeman's Oath in Stratford in September

      1730. Married April 18, 1717, Mary Lockwood.

      He and his wife Mary were members of the

      Stratford Church in 1718. His will was dated

      Jan. 23. 1761. Mary Lockwood was a daughter

      of Daniel and Abigail (Burr) Lockwood.


i.     16. Daniel, born Feb. 17. 1718.

ii.   Stephen, born June 16, 1720.

iii. Charles, born 1722, died Nov. 12, 1801; married Lucy, who was born 1727. died 1789. Served in Revolutionary War as second lieutenant Sixth Conn. Regiment. 1777.  

iv.   17. Israel, born April 24, 1726.

v.     18. Elihu, born 1732.

       8. EPHRAIM, (Stephen 2) born 1693, married

       Feb. 14. 1721, Mary (Booth) widow of Agrir

       Fairchild. She died Aug. 18, 1726. He

       married a second time, Jan. 15, 172S-9.

       Sarah Lewis.


i.     Eunice, born Oct. 27, 1722.

ii.   ii. Martha, born June 11. 1724.

iii. Mary, born May 16, 1729; died March 20. 1731. 19.

iv.   Ephriam, born Sept. 24. 1730.

v.     Sarah, born Feb. 2, 1732. 

vi.   Edward, born Oct. 20. 1733.

vii. Martha, born Sept. 20. 1734.

viii.         20. Stephen, born Feb. 14, 1737.

ix.   21. William, born April 12. 1739. 

x.     Abel, born Nov. 3. 1742.

xi.   xi. Lewis, born June 20, 1745.

      9. JAMES, (Stephen 2) born probably about

      1696. His wife was Sarah, although it is

      possible that this was a second marriage

      since there is seventeen years difference

      between the ages of his two recorded                         children.       


i.     Anne, born 1723.  

ii.   Hannah, (daughter of lames and Sarah), baptized May 3. 1740.  by Rev. Nathaniel Chauncey*. died Dec. 20. 1820. at Tolland.  Mass. Hannah married April 9, 1765, Titns Fowler who was born at Durham, Nov. 29, 1738; died April 27. 1S27, at Tolland.  Mass. Served in Revolutionarv War from Massachusetts. Thev had a daughter, Hannah, born Nov. 25, 1772; died Nov. 17, 1845; married Nov. 20, 1794, Marvin Moore, who was born  Nov. 18, 1771. died at Tolland. Aug. 23, 1855.   Elizur Datus Moore, son of Marvin, horn Tolland, July 26,1800; died Nov. 4, 1881; married May 15, 1822, Harriet Wadsworth who was born Sept. 16, 1789; died July 3, 1880.   Bennett Elizur Moore, son of Elizur Datus, horn June 19,  1828 at Tolland; died Aug. 3, 1903, at Winsted, Conn.; mar-  ried Oct. 2, 1861. Jane Flora Starks, who was horn March 18, 1840; died May 12*, 1917, at Winsted. Darwin Starks Moore, son of Bennett E., born Tolland, Feb. 28, 1864; married Oct. 7, 1891, Celia Webster, daughter of  Chas. S. and Jane (Balch) Webster. She was born Nov. 8,  1865, in New York City. Child: Frederick Webster Moore, born May 16, 1877, at Winsted. He married Feb. 28, 1920, May Tull, of Washington D. C, and had : Frederick Ashbrook Moore, born Jan. 5, 1923, at Toledo, Ohio, and Webster Starks  Moore, born July 4, 1926. at Boston, Mass.  *Historv of Durham, by William Chauncev Fowler.    

     10. JOSEPH, (John 3) born in Stratford, March

     12, 1685.  Married Nov. 25, 1708, Mary Wakely,    daughter of Deliverance and Hannah (Nash) Wakely of   Stratford. His will was dated March 10, 1750.             Children:  

22. i. John, born Sept. 7, 1709.  

ii. Hannah, born Dec. 3, 1711. Married Isaac Beach.   iii. Deborah, born Sept. 21. 1714; died Jan. 4, 1716.  

iv. Deborah, born Feb. 3, 1716. Married Jonas Thompson.  

v. Joseph, born June 23, 1719.  

vi. Mary, born 1720; died 1721.  

vii. Nathan, born May 13, 1721.  

23. viii. William }

24. ix. Ebenezer } Twins, born Dec 28, 1826 -  

25. x. Samuel, Born Nov. 11, 1729. ELY  

Fourth Generation 

11   PELEG, (Peleg 4) born Jan. 8, 1720, died April 10, 1789.  Married first Dec. 15, 1740, Elizabeth Blackleach, who died at Rippon Parish in 1744. He married a second time on Thanksgiving day. 1746,  Deborah Beardsley. His first wife, Elizabeth, was a daughter of Richard Jr. and Mahitabel (Laboree) Blackleach, a  wealthy merchant of Stratford.   Children:      

i. Mahitabel.   

26. ii. Blackleach, born 1742   

27. iii. Stephen, born 1750.   

28. iv. Joel.     

v. Mabel.     


vii. Sarah.     

viii. Mary.    

12.   STEPHEN, (Josiah 5) born Jan. 7, 1706, baptized Feb. 10, 1706, according to the Bridgeport Church records. Married Dec. 26, 1733, Anne Sherman of Stratford. Settled in Newtown but may later have lived in the adjoining town of Fairfield since the army record of the son Israel states that he was born in Fairfield.  


29. i. Daniel, born May 22, 1735. 

ii. Phebe, born May 17, 1737. 

iii. Annah. born May 16. 1739.  

30. iv. Andrew, born May 28, 1741.  

31. v. Israel, born 1744.  

32. vi. Josiah | .  

vii. Sherman J Twins, born 1/61.  

13. BENJAMIN, (Josiah 5) born Jan. 29, 1708, married Mary, daughter of Moses Stilson. Benjamin came to Newtown with his parents and spent his life there. The records show that he bought and sold many parcels of real estate, that he deeded to his son Eleazer certain tracts of land, one tract  being improved by a residence. His son Anthony was named as executor of his will. Mentioned many times in grand levy.  


33. i. Eleazer, born April 27, 1737.  

34. ii. Amos. 

iii. Nathan. 

iv. Balah.  

35. v. Anthony, horn Dec. 4, 1752, said to have been youngest son. 

vi. A daughter who died young.  

14. WILLIAM, (Josiah 5) born in Newtown, Conn., Jan. 29, 1709, died 1752*, married first time, second time, June 7, 1750, Elizabeth Burr**, daughter of Stephen Burr. She was born Jan. 17, 1728, died about 177. After her husband's death, she married second, Oct. 11, 1759, Alexander Bryant, and third, May 19, 1761, Reuben Squire.   The home was in Redding, Conn.  


i.      Mary, baptized Dec. 16, 1739, at Redding. 

ii.    Abijah, baptized Jan. 10, 1741. 

iii. Rhoda, baptized Oct. 24, 1742; died April, 1816. 

iv.    Sybil, baptized Redding, Feb. 19, 1744; married before 1769, Joseph Murray of Danbury. 

By second wife: 

v. Phillip, born about 1750; a sergeant in Revolutionary War. 

vi. William, born about 1752; lived at Redding in 1773. 

*Todd's History of Redding, p. 231.  ** Jacobus' Families of Old Redding.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Birthday socks for The Chick

These socks were knit for The Chick's birthday. They are bright socks that were easy to match and make into identical pairs. I'm hoping they will wear well.
Pattern: Vanilla Socks with a Fishlips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Schachenmayr Regia Fluormania, Bare Stroll hand dyed
Color way: Neon Flower, and Apple Green
Needle Size: US Size 1

I've since knit three more pairs of socks out of this Fluomania yarn and heard the bright colors bleed. I treated the other sock to a citric acid bath. (1 teaspoon and 4 cups water, soak 30 minutes) I just hope The Chick didn't have any trouble...Oh my!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Betsey Murray's eldest son

I've thought Murray was quite a character for some time. He was known for his love of tansy wine, was called Captain until the day he died because he ran the military drills in his hometown during the Civil War but never served, and I'm proud to know he was an abolitionist and participated in the underground railroad.

Recently I've found a few new things out about Murray and would like to begin by sharing his obituary:

Birth: Feb.28, 1809
Death: Dec. 7, 1885

Published in the Illinois State Register
Springfield, Illinois
Friday, December 11, 1885

- Virden, Ill., Dec. 10--It is our painful duty to record the death of one of our oldest and most respected citizens--Captain Murray C. He had been complaining for several days of pains in his breast, but nothing was thought of the matter, though he had said he could not live long. About 2 o'clock Monday morning Mrs. C., was awakened by her husband's loud breathing, and speaking to him, he replied that the pains had extended to his arms, and was spreading upward. She hastily arose, secured a light and returned to his bedside, when she saw that he had passed away--death caused by paralysis of the heart.
- Mr. C was well and favorably known here, where he has lived for years. He was rather an eccentric old gentleman, though a kind father and good neighbor. He was born in the state of Vermont in the year 1809. In 1833 he left his native state, and with his trusty rifle on his shoulder, walked all the way to this state. He assisted in laying out the present site of Jerseyville, and was at one time sheriff of Jersey county. He went back to New York, married, and together with his wife, rode back to Illinois on a wagon drawn by an ox team. He organized the first military company to leave Jersey county for the Mexican war. In 1837(?) he moved to his (what is now known as the Blue Mound) farm northwest of Virden. In 1861 he moved to his present residence in Virden, where he resided up to the time of his death. For more than fifteen years he was justice of the peace and police magistrate. He, in his official capacity, dealt out justice with that fairness which was one of the characteristics of his nature. He died in his 76th year, leaving an aged wife and eight children, six boys and two girls, (all grown) to mourn his loss.
- Funeral took place from the Baptist church at 1 o'clock p.m. to day.


Published in the Illinois State Register
Springfield, Illinois
Saturday December 19, 1885

- Captain Murry C., deceased, we understand, has left a will dividing his property among his eight children, and had "entailed" it on the English plan, so that it remains in the family for generations to come.

NOTE: The text was difficult to read in the article. Murray might've moved to Blue Mound in 1857.