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Volume 4   LINCOLN, NEBR   Number 1









   Published by the Nebraska Genealogical Society. Issued in quarterly numbers at two dollars a year. Single copies, seventy-five cents.

   The Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record is a magazine of History and Genealogy. Manuscripts, data and queries upon these subjects are solicited and will be given careful consideration.

   Contributors should attach to their manuscripts their full names, together with the authority for the statements made therein. Address all correspondence to the managing editor.

   Send all communications concerning the magazine to the managing editor. Send all dues to Mrs. C. C. Waldo, treasurer, 826 South l4th st., Lincoln, Nebr.


Mrs. William Rogers, Studley, Kan.
Mrs. B. G. Miller, Crete, Neb.
Mrs. Charles L. Sprague, Beatrice, Neb.
Mrs. D. O. Cleghorn, Children, Neb.
Mrs. Mary W. Ferris, Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill.


Mrs. R. I. Kilpatrick, Beatrice, Neb.
Mrs. J. V. Thompson, Uniontown, Pa.
Mrs. S. D. Kilpatrick, Beatrice, Neb.
Mrs. C. R. Peterson, University Place, Neb.

Genealogical Material Wanted


   The Nebraska Genealogical Society will be glad to consider for publication in the Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record

   First.-Manuscript genealogical records of family lines including record of the original settler in America and the first five succeeding generations of his descendants, provided such material has not been completely published elsewhere, or where such material is a correction of matter previously published. References to printed authorities, giving volume and page, should when possible accompany such material.

   Second.-Manuscript genealogical records of the last four or five generations accompanied by a transcription of Bible records or tombstone inscriptions to substantiate the dates of birth, death and marriage.

   Third.-Verified church records including vital records of births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials.

   Fourth.-Verified transcriptions of old burying ground inscriptions.

   Fifth-Verified transcriptions of old wills, provided they have not been previously published elsewhere.

   Sixth.--Transcriptions of Bible records of single families prior to 1850.

The Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record

Copyrighted January, 1926, by the Nebraska Genealogical Society 



No. 1 


Note: The original publication had no table of contents.

Nebraska Genealogical Society, qrtly meeting Oct 1925


Silver Genealogy: Notes, Additions & Corrections


Langdon - Langdell (MA, NH, IL)


Hamer Family (MD, OH)


Douglas - Cramer - Best Line (NJ, KS)


Descendents of Richard Swan of Rowley, MA


Queries (Cass)


Ancestry & Posterity of Abner White of Dutchess Co., NY (Mayflower)


Gravestones from old cemetery at Beatrice, NE (con't from April 1925)


Gaylord Family (con't from Oct 1925) OH, MI, NE


    Another line of the Gaylord Family


Ancestry of One Branch of the Calhoun Family in the US


MRS. E. B. CROWNOVER, Managing Editor
1229 South 27th st., Lincoln, Nebr.

MRS. C. H. JENKINS,'28, 2040 E st., Lincoln, Nebr.
MRS. THEODORE WATERMAN, '28, Bronxville, N. Y.
MRS. H. B. MARSHALL, '28, Lincoln, Nebr.
MRS. VICTOR F. CLARK, '27, Diller, Nebr.
MRS. B. M. ANDERSON, '27, Omaha, Nebr.
MRS. C. R. PETERSON, '27, University Place, Nebr.
MRS. S. D. KILPATRICK, '26 Beatrice, Nebr.
MRS. Y. A. HINMAN, '26, North Platte. Nebr.

   The Nebraska Genealogical Society met in regular quarterly session October 23, 1925. There was a short business meeting. Mrs. William Rogers presided. Mrs. D. O. Cleghorn of Chadron, Nebr., who has been a sustaining member since our organization, was in attendance to complete arrangements for publishing the Mayflower lines she has compiled, the first installment of which is in this issue. The program provided by Mrs. J. L. Craig and Mrs. W. S. Whitten was both interesting and instructive.


(The genealogy of the Silver Family appeared in the Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record for January, 1925.)

   Since we find Thomas1 Silver settled first at Ipswich, Mass., it seems probable that he came over with the great expedition of 1630. Part of this expedition sailed from Southampton, England, which is only a few miles away from Ropley, where in 1630, according to Berry, the descendants of Sir Bartholomew Silver were settled. Hence, a connection between Thomas1 Silver, the founder of the American family, and the Ropley family seems likely. The arms borne by the Ropley Silvers were: Per pale, gules and sable; a griffin segreant, or. Crest: an heraldic tiger's head, erased, gules; tusked, tufted and maned, or. Burke gives the arms of a Silver family settled at Winchester, England. Winchester is only a few miles from Ropley, and about twelve miles from Southampton. Possibly the Winchester Silvers were also de-




scended from Sir Bartholomew Silver, or at any rate from the same family. Possibly Thomas1 Silver, the American settler, was of this line. Silver of Winchester bore as arms: Gules, a fesse potent, a counter-potent, between three lions pass. guard. or.

   A Silver family settled at Norwich bore arms so similar to those of Silver of Winchester that there can be no doubt of the connection. Silver of Norwich bore: Gules, a fesse vair, between three lions passant reguardant, or. Crest: a demilion reguardant, or, holding three ears of corn proper, issuant out of a castle, gules. MacKenzie, in his Colonial Families of the United States, gives the arms of Silver of Norwich, although with what authority I do not know, as the arms of a Silver family descended from a James Silver or Silvers who settled in Pennsylvania and whose descendants spread into Maryland and Virginia.

   Burke also gives the following as a Silver coat-of-arms: A chev. vair, between three mullets. Crest, a lion ramp. holding between the paws a battle-axe.

   The Royal Book of Crests gives: A unicorn's head, erased, argent; charged with a chevron, gules, as the crest of a Silver family settled at Netherley, Scotland. Their motto was Nil Desperandum (Never Despairing). The same work also gives as a Silver crest: A hand holding a vine branch. Probably some of these crests belong to the coats-of-arms previously mentioned.

   There seem to be also Irish Silvers. One writer gives Silver as a modernized form of O'Sullivan.

   Savage, in his New England Families, gives Thomas Silver, Ipswich, 1637, moved to Newbury and died there in 1682. By first wife had Mary, and by second wife, Catharine ------, whom he married in 1649, had Elizabeth, Martha, Hannah, Sarah, Thomas, born 1652, Thomas again, born 1658, John and Samuel. Savage further says that Thomas Silver of Newbury, who married Mary Williams, was born in 1652 and that he was not a son of Thomas of Ipswich and Newbury who died in 1682.



   It will be noted that in my Silver record I consider the Thomas who married Mary Williams as son of Thomas of Ipswich and Newbury, who died in 1682. The records speak of Thomas who married Mary Williams as Junior and I hardly think it likely that there were two Thomas Silvers in Newbury both of whom had sons named Thomas Silver in 1652, as there would have to be if we follow Savage. The records simply don't give any evidence to warrant such a conclusion. The writer believes, therefore, that he is justified in considering Thomas who married Mary Williams as the son of Thomas, who died in 1682.
(To be continued)

Contributed by Z. S. Pink, 704 East avenue, Holdrege, Neb.


   My first information as to my great-grandmother was simply that her name was Jane Langdon, and that her father was an English sea captain and was lost at sea. The only reference to her in town histories was in Antrim, N. H., History, which says "Capt. Parker Morse married in 1799 Jane Langdon of Beverly, Mass. They removed to Metamora, Ill., in 1835, where she died Dec. 10, 1853, aged 74 years 2 months." Long search failed to discover a Capt. Langdon or any other Langdon in Beverly, Mass. Two Capt. William Langdons were found in New Hampshire, but they were men of long New England ancestry and both died on land. Neither had a daughter Jane. Of her children, as the family had the list, we knew one was Jane Langdon and one was given as William L. S., and that made me think her father's name was William. She had a grandson on whom she begged to bestow the name of Langdon Livermore. This suggested a Livermore connection. In Beverly records was found William Langdell, whose father, bearing the same name, was born in England and had followed the sea for many years. William, Jr., had a daughter Jane, born Nov. 5, 1776, which did not quite correspond with the gravestone record.

   What first attracted attention to this family was the pre-



sence of a Livermore Langdell in it. William Langdell, Sr., married Maria, daughter of Livermore and Sarah (Gage) Whitridge, and had a son Livermore. The History of Woodford County, Ill., says, speaking of Mrs. Jane Morse: "She was the daughter of a sea captain who was lost at sea about the time his little daughter was born. His widow married again a man named Starrett and removed to Francestown, N. H." The Francestown record says: "David Starrett married second Elizabeth [Thorndike] Langdell, widow of William Langdell, Jr., on Feb. 8, 1787." The New Boston, N. H., History, speaking of William Langdell, Sr., says: "He had two sons lost at sea in one vessel." Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors says that William Langdell was commissioned commander of a privateer brig, Jan. 9, 1779.

   About this time I decided that Jane, born Nov. 5, 1776, had died and a younger daughter given the same name. Then I found in Beverly Vital Records: "Jeney, daughter of William Langdell, Jr., baptized Oct. 10, 1779." A search of old family papers at this time disclosed this item in Capt. Morse's own handwriting: "My wife was born Oct. 6, 1779." Also "On June 12, 1799, was solemnity of marriage performed between Parker Morse and Jeney Langdon." In his list of children were: (1) Elizabeth Thorndike, (7) William Langdon Starrett and (8) Joseph Thorndike. Thus we came to feel sure that her name was really Langdell, although it is impossible now to discover why she chose to call it Langdon. In the private records of the Langdell family there was a record of the death of three sons, and two were not known to them. Thomas and William Langdell were these two. Thomas's last child was born Oct. 2 and baptized Oct. 10, 1779, the same day as Jeney, William's daughter. Thomas's widow married Edward Boden and was again a widow in 1790. The item in the Woodford County History, combined with the New Boston record, seems to make certain that William and Thomas Langdell were lost at sea about October, 1779. The other three brothers died on land. The Langdells feel as sure as we do that this conclusion is correct. William and Elizabeth [Thoriadike] Langdell had:

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