Saddleback Valley Trails
South Orange County California Genealogical
Vol. 19 No. 4
P.O. Box 4513, Mission Viejo, CA. 92690
Editor: Gary Schwarz
Monthly meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from
10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Mission Viejo Family History Center Institute Building, 27978 Marguerite
Parkway, Mission Viejo, between Medical Center Drive and Hillcrest Drive. Membership is open to
anyone interested in genealogy. Individual membership fees are $20 per calendar year, $25 for joint
SOCCGS is not affiliated with the LDS Family History Center.
General Meeting 21 APR 2012
INTRODUCTION TO THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
This program describes the different repositories of the National Archives and the huge volume of
records that these facilities hold. Our speaker discusses the two digitization partners of the
National Archives, Ancestry.com and Fold3.com, and their current activities. He will cover four of
the five major categories of records in the National Archives most commonly used by
genealogists, and go into detail with one of these categories -- military records. This is
followed by some examples of records in the National Archives that are rich in genealogical value
but are little known and little used by genealogists. This presentation includes images of the
interior and exterior of the National Archives at Riverside and a discussion of their services and
About the Speaker: Kerry Bartels is an Archives Specialist at the National Archives at Riverside,
California. He has long experience as an archivist and genealogist. He has been a professional
archivist since 1977 and has worked in historical societies, libraries, museums, universities,
state archives, and now at the National Archives. He has extensive experience with county, state,
and Federal records as well as private manuscripts of individuals and records of private
organizations. Over the years, he has also done a great deal of oral history and has administered a
state micrographics laboratory and a state conservation laboratory among other specialties. He has
been a genealogical practitioner since 1962 and has done extensive research in the United States
and Canada as well as many nations in Europe.
Our destination on Wednesday, April 25th, will be the Orange Family History Center located on South
Yorba Street in the City of Orange. You can check out their website for information regarding their
collection holdings, www.orangefhc.info/coll.html. We’ll be leaving the LDS
Church parking lot at 9:30 A.M. Keep in mind that it is a couple of miles distance for eating out
if you do not bring a lunch. We will not stop for dinner on the way home. Don't forget $$ for your
driver. Contact Bill Bluett at (949) 492-9408 to reserve a spot.
Friends come and go, but relatives tend to accumulate.
The 1940 census is online as of April 2nd. Now, we can start locating more recent ancestors, family
members, and even ourselves if we were born by 1940. But, this census is not yet indexed. Rural
areas will be easier to search because there are fewer pages to browse. But, what about searching
the larger cities and populated regions. How will we find families and, possibly ourselves without
an index? I was born and lived in the Los Angeles area. How am I going to find myself? The sooner
the indexing is completed, the better off we will be. We went through this for a period of time
when the 1930 census became available. What are we to do in the meantime?
Have any of you started working on this indexing project? I took Herb Abrams advice and signed up
with Family Search to participate. It didn’t take much time to sign up and begin entering
data. As soon as you become registered, an icon will appear on your computer screen. This will be
the item you click on each time you want to sign in and begin working on entering data. There are
plenty of “easy to follow” instructions that guide you along the way. There is even an online
tutorial available that you can go to by clicking on the “Help” button at the top of the work
page if you need assistance along the way. You can save what you’ve entered and exit the program
at any point even if you are in the middle of an entry listing. The next time you come back into
the program, you can begin where you left off. It’s good to know that two people will be indexing
every file that is worked on. When the two are completed and submitted, they are compared. If there
are any differences, the “batch” will be sent to arbitration. This is a necessary step to make
sure that the most complete and accurate information is submitted. You may select the location that
you would like to work on. If it is available for indexing, you might select an area where you know
that family members were living. Wouldn’t it be fun to discover yourself if you are in the 1940
census. I don’t know if anyone has had that opportunity to date. But, I suppose it could happen.
So, you might want to consider participating in this project.
Now, changing the subject to last month’s newsletter, I would like to mention one other find
I’ve discovered in the Chronicling America newspapers at the Library of Congress
website. Sometime ago, I had written an article in our newsletter about Bailey Youngston who was my
great grandparents brother-in-law. He became the proprietor of the Texas House Saloon in Leadville,
Colorado, in the early 1880’s. In 1888, he had a run-in with “Mart” Duggan, the local marshal
in town. “Mart” was a hard-drinking Indian fighter, saloon bouncer, and legendary marshal. He
was a 5 feet 5 inch tall Irishman and a tough battler who took over for Leadville's murdered
marshal at the behest of silver baron and current Mayor Horace Tabor. On the night of April 9th,
1888, Youngston and Duggan got into an argument at the Texas House Saloon. It was late at night
when Duggan finally walked out of the saloon when someone walked up from behind and shot him at
close range behind the ear. He died at eleven the next morning - ten years to the day after he took
over as marshal. Bailey Youngston was arrested, and went to trial. However, he was acquitted of
that crime. As it turned out, Bailey was involved in one or two other disputes that resulted in
shoot-outs. However, he survived them all and lived a long life.
I recently found an article in the Salt Lake Herald dated January 15, 1888. It mentioned the names
of Bailey Youngston and my great grandmother’s brother, John Fallon. It read: “John Fallon,
of the Cullen (Hotel), has just received from his brother-in-law, Alderman B. C. Youngston of
Leadville, eight large photographs, all handsomely framed, of the Texas House at Leadville, of
which Mr. Youngston is the proprietor. The pictures represent the hotel from different points of
view and are all fine specimens of the photographer’s art. They now ornament the hall of the
You just never know what you’re going to find in the “old newspapers”! They begin to fill in
the missing pieces of an ancestor’s life.
Speaker Cheri Mello described how three types of DNA available to genealogists are used in
research. She worked through a case study to give insights on how she resolved her brick wall with
DNA. She also provided some reverse genealogy resources used with DNA research. Guests at the
meeting: Arlene O’Donnell, Geogiana Rivera, Paul Toomey. Refreshments were provided
by: Diane Hearne, Pat Weeks, Barbara Wilgus, Judy Ryu, Sharon Keener.
New Members: Marilyn Ghere (firstname.lastname@example.org)
of Laguna Beach, looking for: Ward, Henry and Ghere; Barbara Vanek (email@example.com) of Dana Point Looking for: Fulmer,
Muth and Vollmer; Paul Toomey (Paul@Toomey.org).
Brick Walls & Genealogy Research Suggestions
Donna Osterhues posted a query online 3 years ago and got a reply three months ago. She
found that she’s related to the current mayor of Lake Forest.
Barbara Taylor found a family book online at Amazon.com. She also found information on CDs
at Mission Viejo Library and at the Mission Viejo Family History Center.
Pat Weeks suggested that French Canadian researchers access the Drouin and Loiselle
Collections on microfilm at the Mission Viejo Family History Center.
Jim Thordahl has found that FindAGrave.com is a valuable resource.
Barbara Harley has also been helped by FindAGrave.
Mickie Dempsey has Walter(s) that were either German or English in Virginia which
she has confirmed with DNA were English.
The Totes are Here
~Jim Thordahl – Ways and Means Chairman
That’s right; the totes are here, and they will be available at the SOCCGS meeting in April. The
announcement of this promotional project at our March meeting was received with enthusiasm. These
stylish totes are a handy size and sport our logo in a pretty blue color. What a great way to
“show our colors,” and for you to tell the world about your participation in genealogy with the
South Orange County California Genealogical Society. Also, take note of the story behind our logo
that you will find on a card in your tote. Although this topic is under the Ways and Means heading,
your board is happy to offer them for promotion – virtually at cost - only $4.00.
Jamboree is Coming
The annual Genealogy Jamboree presented by SCGS is coming June 8-10 at the Los Angeles Marriott
Burbank Airport. Visit the Jamboree website at www.scgsgenealogy.com (click on the Jamboree poster image to go
to the detail website) for full details on this year’s programs, speakers and exhibits. The theme
of this year’s conference is “Lights, Camera, ANCESTORS - Spotlight on Family History".
Jamboree will feature nearly 60 speakers and over 100 courses over the weekend. Only the most
skilled and knowledgeable lecturers are invited to share their expertise and knowledge The exhibit
hall, home of nearly 70 companies, societies, online data providers, software and technology
companies, will be open to the public throughout the weekend.
Early-bird Jamboree registration discounts are available through April 22. Also, the Marriott is
offering special room rates for Jamboree attendees if you want to avoid the drive for both days and
stay at the conference hotel. Special room rates are available if you make your hotel reservation
before May 5. You can also follow Jamboree interest items as they develop on the Jamboree blog -
Southern California Genealogical Society - 2012 Webinar Series
07 April 10 am PDT – Turn iGoogle into Your Personal Genealogy Research Homepage – Lisa Louise
18 April 6 pm PDT – Grandma’s Flak Jacket: Why Your Children Need You To Do Family History -
The live broadcast of each session is open to the public and FREE to all (space is limited to 1000
attendees). Webinars are recorded, archived, and available for the next twelve months day or night
to SCGS members, in the members-only section of the SCGS website.
Santa Margarita Family History Center
New member to SOCCGS Paul Toomey is the Director of the Santa Margarita Family History Center. The
Center is located at 30422 Via Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita. The phone number is 949-766-7826.
Their hours of operation are: T, W, and Th 6PM to 9PM and Sunday 9AM to 5PM. www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Santa_Margarita_California_Family_History_Center.
The FHC has the full compliment of complementary subscription websites available as well as
computers and microfilm readers onsite.
ANNIE TWEDDLE JOUGHIN ROTHERY’S GREAT ADVENTURE
The year was 1906 my Grandmother Annie Tweddle Joughin was a happy 14 year old schoolgirl
who had lived her whole life in northern England. Annie lived in Whitehaven, which
was one of the first planned towns in England and was based on the grid design of Sir Christopher
Wren. It had many Georgian buildings and had once been a larger port town than Liverpool. Her
family attended the Presbyterian Church, but she went to school at St. James School, part of St.
James Episcopal Church. She wore a black serge dress with a white starched pinafore and often a
large tam hat. Annie’s Mother’s family the Tweddles were originally from Scotland, her
grandfather Thomas Joseph Tweddle was a Sergeant in the Cumberland Militia. Annie’s Father
and his Joughin family had lived for generations on the Isle of Man. She had a younger sister
Emily, Annie was content.
Annie’s father Humphrey Joughin worked as a coal miner in Whitehaven, first as a blast
furnace man, later a hewer. He was unhappy and had heard from other miners of opportunities open to
miners in the United States
of America, somewhere called Bisbee, in Arizona Territory. He and seven miner friends set
out on the ship The St. Louis for a 6 day voyage to America. He arrived in Bisbee a few days later.
He quickly got a job in the mines as a dynamiter. They would rig a wall with more than a dozen
sticks of dynamite and would use different fuse lengths to create sequential explosions. He must
have been very good at his job, as he died with all his fingers, toes and limbs intact!
Humphrey’s wife, Christiana Tweddle Joughin and daughters Annie and Emily arrived about a
year later, by ship, the SS Arabic, and came across the United States to Bisbee, by train.
I wonder if they knew they were coming to what was still the Wild West! Arizona wouldn’t become a
state until Feb 14, 1912. Bisbee is located in the southeast corner of Arizona, just eight miles
from the Mexican border. The Joughins were coming from a location settled by Irish-Norse Vikings in
the tenth century and Whitehaven a town since 1630. In Arizona Territory, a short 34 years before,
Cochise and his men were attacking white settlements in what was to become the Bisbee area. In 1881
only 60 miles away, Wyatt Earp was involved with the Gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone. Not only
was this still the wild west, they were leaving a town at sea level and coming to a town a mile
high. From a fairly level town to one of hills. my mother often said people who live in Bisbee are
half mountain goat as there are few level spots in the town. Christiana, Annie and Emily must have
stepped off the train and been astonished. Surrounding them were the many hills of Bisbee and on
all the hills were houses clinging to the sloops. Bisbee was the “Queen of the Copper Camps”, a
typical mining town whose population in the early 1900s was 20,000 and was the largest city between
San Francisco and St. Louis. It was a mini United Nations with miners coming from all over the
world to help get the cooper, gold and silver out of the ground.
Annie and her family lived in a company house on C and A Hill until they built their own home.
Annie and Emily would walk daily around the huge open pit mines to go to school. Christiana would
try to bring a little of England to their lives and Humphrey would plant flowers to brighten their
In that same year of 1906 a young man Henry (Harry) Rothery and his brothers were also
mining in Whitehaven. The Rotherys had lived in Cumberland and York counties of England for
many generations. Most of the Rotherys had been farmers and stonemasons. Harry and his six
brothers had heard too
about this place called Bisbee where miners were paid $4.00 per day working six, ten hour shifts
per week, and decided to give it a try. Harry came over with his brother in law and soon many of
his brothers followed. Harry immediately got a job as a pipe and trackman in the mines. He later
built frames in the mineshafts to keep the walls from collapsing. There were plenty of Englishmen
around but Harry was lonely. About seven years after arriving in Bisbee Harry was going to be an
attendant in a friend’s wedding. The wedding was going to be at the new county courthouse in
Tombstone. When he got on the train, he saw a pretty young woman who was to be an attendant for the
bride. On the train ride, they became acquainted and they were to marry on 29 June 1914. The
woman I am sure you have guessed was my Grandmother and Harry my Grandfather. Annie wore a long
white wedding gown with a veil caught up with orange blossoms, Harry handsome in a new suit. They
honeymooned for three weeks in Long Beach, California. They raised three daughters and one son.
Annie Tweddle Joughin Rothery died in 1986 just short of celebrating her 95th birthday. She thrived
in Bisbee, but retained her love of everything British. She lived during Bisbee’s glory days and
loved to tell the tales. I love to go back to Bisbee to attend the Covenant Presbyterian
Church where Annie and all her daughters married and to visit Tombstone Canyon the main street
where they shopped and where the train station was located. I can now visit Brewery Gulch, a once
forbidden street, which used to be full of bars and other less savory activities. I have twice
taken the Bisbee Mine Tour, a wonderful tour led by former miners that take you “underground”
to view the actual conditions my Grandfather and Great grandfather worked under so many years ago.
The town has changed but my Grandmother used to make it come to life with her stories. Go visit if
you ever get a chance, it still has a lot of charm.
Marie Babin and Louis William Stievens
Maternal 4th great grandparents to Brian Shannon
~from an article submitted by Brian Shannon
The British and French had many conflicts over the control of the northeast coast of North America
from the mid 1600’s through the mid 1700’s. The British Conquest of Acadia happened in 1710
(Acadia/Acadie is today
known as the Canadian Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island).
The British gained control of Acadia and on signing “The Treaty of Utrecht” in 1713, allowed
the Acadians to keep their lands with the stipulation that the Acadians agree to give their
allegiance to Britain. Over the next forty-five years, the Acadians refused to sign an
unconditional oath of allegiance to Britain. During this period, some Acadians participated in
various militia operations against the British and maintained vital supply lines to the French
fortress of Louisbourg and Fort Beausejourt. The British began instituting an
“Expulsion” policy, which sought to eliminate future military threats posed by the Acadians and
to permanently cut the supply lines provided to Louisbourg.
The Expulsion (1755–1763) occurred during the French and Indian War. During the Expulsion, the
British deported Acadians to the Thirteen Colonies and many from there to England. After 1758,
Acadians were sent to France. Approximately 11,500 Acadians were deported. Many of the deportees
later immigrated to Louisiana, which was under Spanish rule at the time, where they were welcomed
with open arms and given small plots of land to develop. The Acadians came to be known as
“Cajuns” in Louisiana, a name they carry to this day.
The Family’s Story
Marie Babin, the daughter of Simon Babin (son of Jean Babin and Marguerite
Terriot) married Louis William Stievens (seen in records as Steivens, Stebens, Steibens,
Estevan, Estiven, Stevens). Louis was born about 1749 in the Catholic Parish of Toussaint, in
Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Stanislaus Stievens and Anne Colcein.
Before the birth of Marie, her father Simon Babin and his parents were sent as exiles in 1755 to
Boston from Grand Pre, Acadia (Nova Scotia, Canada) as victims of the “Grand
De’rangement”, as the Expulsion came to be known. It was the Bostonians (under British rule at
the time), who orchestrated the deportation, removal and imprisonment of the Acadians from what is
today Nova Scotia. They also confiscated Acadian properties and monies. Many Acadians
arrived on ships with only room to stand and with only the clothing they were wearing and without
shoes. Many families were separated, children from their parents and spouses from spouses. The
persons sent to Massachusetts were the most mistreated of all the deported Acadians. From Boston,
the Babin family members were sent to England where they were interred in a Southampton deportation
camp for eight years.
Simon married Anastasie Terriot in 1757 while they were imprisoned in the Southampton
deportation camp, and, in September 30, 1760, Marie Babin was born in the camp. Besides Marie,
Simon and Anastasie bore another daughter while interred at Southampton.
The British released Marie and her family on May 3, 1763 and sent them on board the ship La
Dorothee to a refugee camp in St. Servan, France. Simon and his wife had five more children
while living in the refugee camp, but sadly four of the children died there. Simon’s wife also
died in the refugee camp in 1775.
Simon Babin died October 2, 1780 while on board the ship Le Prince Insare. No reason was given why
he was on the ship or what he died of.
Marie was in the refugee camp when she and Louis met and married in 1783. Why Louis was in France
is not known; he hadn’t been deported. Louis was 38 and Marie was 23. When she married him, they
were cousins – not unusual at that time. They lived in the village of Hermitage, situated
on a hilltop in Nantes, France. Marie’s father settled in the parish of Chantenay,
on the other side of Hermitage. Other Acadians settled in the Catholic parishes of Saint-Nicolas,
Saint Jacques and Saint Croix during that period.
Family members, as Acadian refugees in France during the years 1775 – 1785, were given three
cents a day, on government assistance. Many refugees sought passage to Louisiana with help from
Spanish King Charles III, who agreed to pay for their journey. Louisiana was still under the rule
of Spain at the time (1762 – 1802) and the immigrants were welcomed to help homestead the
On May 10, 1785, thirty-four refugee families, a total of one hundred fifty-six persons, boarded Le
Bon Papa and departed Nantes, France, bound for New Orleans, Louisiana. On board, registered as
“family number 29”, was Louis William Stievens, his wife Marie, their children; son
Louis age 3, daughter Marie aged 2, another son, not yet baptized, age unknown
and Marie’s brother, Francois Marie Babin, age 16. Since both Louis and his brother-in-law
Francois were listed as sailors on the ship, they most probably used their employment and work on
the ship in order to pay for their passage.
The ship Le Bon Papa arrived in New Orleans on July 29, 1785. Captain Pelletier made the voyage in
eighty-one days. Understandably, considering the harsh conditions that must have existed on board
the ship, the family stayed about a month recuperating in New Orleans.
The expedition, originally consisting of the family members and other refugees on board Le Bon
Papa, picked up twelve new members, three through births, nine through new adherents. It lost
twelve members; ten through death and three through desertions. Of the thirty-eight families now
forming the expedition, thirty-seven voted to settle in Manchac (the area around St. Gabriel,
outside Baton Rouge) on the banks of the Mississippi River. One family chose to settle in La
Fourche (the area of Plattenville, south of Donaldsonville).
Louis and Marie would have a total of seven children, four girls and three boys. Louis died in 1805
and Marie remarried in 1800 and had one child by her second husband.
The website www.archive.org has many images of out of
copyright county history books that can be downloaded for free so you can view them at your own
pace. At the website, click on the lower right in the “Texts” area. Enter a county and state in
the search box at the top of the “Texts Page” and click “Go”. Choose a book to view. On the
left side of the book page is a list of ways to view and download a book
I trace my family history so I will know who to blame.
Every family tree has some sap in it.
2011 Genealogy Events
May 26-27: United Scottish Society Highland Gathering & Festival, Costa Mesa, CA,
June 8–10: Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree
June 14-17: 2012 American Historical Society of Germans from Russia Annual Convention,
July 18-22: 42nd Annual Germans from Russia Heritage Society International Convention,
Bismarck, North Dakota
Oct 20: South Orange County California Genealogical Society Seminar.
Orange County Jewish Genealogical Society: April 29 – “History of Jews in Orange County”,
presented by Dalia Taft, archivist of the Orange County Jewish Society, please RSVP to Sandy Bursten
(firstname.lastname@example.org), (949) 854-8854 for time and location.
Family Search Indexing for the 1940 Census
We are urging our SOCCGS members to help index the 1940 census which will be coming out on April 2,
2012. This is sponsored by familysearch.org and the index will be free. Herb Abrams has been
appointed administrator for our SOCCGS indexing group and he asks members to sign up. Go to the web
site at http://the1940census.com to sign up. Review detailed
instructions in the March Newsletter found at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~casoccgs/news0312.html.
Except for the occasional heart attach, I never felt better.
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