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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Potential Family of Joseph Hurst - Evidence Relative to Unsourced History

An email via Ancestry.com asked about the posted family tree for Hiram Hurst, showing his father as Joseph Hurst and his mother as Rebecca Verner. Research of Hiram and Joseph resulted in finding that Joseph had a sister, Rebecca Hurst who appears to have married George Moystin (Mostin/Mostyn).1 A 1848 death notice for a George Mostin in Philadelphia indicated the funeral was to be held at his brother-in-law, William Hurst's home on Callowhill Street below 11th2. This information suggests that Rebecca, Joseph and William were siblings.

The cemetery plot for Joseph Hurst and his family was discovered, originally located in Odd Fellows cemetery in Philadelphia, PA which was closed and the graves relocated to Lawnview Cemetery3. A plot deed lists a Joseph and apparently the letters, Sr. being reinterred at Odd Fellows "from Lafayette Cemetery" with interment date of 3 October 1850.





Thus, the circumstantial conclusion was that Joseph Sr. was the father of Joseph, Rebecca, and William Hurst.

Recent contact with a potential cousin, as mentioned, resulted in the following information that was passed down through their family from an aunt who lived in Camptown, PA. The information suggested that a William Hurst married Elizabeth Burley (Burleigh, Burghley, etc.). The information went on to provide as written the following as children of William and Elizabeth Hurst:

"1) John Hurst born Innis Killen Ireland. At 21 was put on police force. 21 years in London. A year after retirement, came to America.

2) One sister, Rebecca, married Wm. Moysten. Died in Wilmington, 2 sons - Wm. & Jos. Wm, married twice, had 2 + 1 children, Isaac, Wm, & Stewart

3) Wm. - married widow Sharp. Had two children, Will (married Cora Curet) and Lizzie

4) Joseph married had son Hiram

5) Jarrett. Youngest. Killed at Fredericksburg or died of yellow fever. Had two daughters; Mary and Sara (who married a Mr. Stabley) and lived in Camden, NJ. She had a son named Andrew Stabley

6) Thomas went to Baltimore and family lost trace of him.

Wm. & Eliz (Burley) Hurst parents of above. Came to America earlier. Buried in Philadelphia Cemetery. Retired; lived with sons in Phila."

Starting with a simple MindNode to formulate a plan and document the quick searches that a potential links always brings an image shows:



Additional information from the potential cousin indicated that John Hurst was married to a woman named Sara Stethers.

William Hurst Research Relative to Rebecca Hurst and Joseph

As previously mentioned, existing research derived from the death notice for George Mostin, husband of Rebecca, indicated the funeral was held at his brother-in-law's residence, William Hurst, at Callowhill St. below 11th. This information provides evidence that Rebecca and Joseph had a brother named William, living in Philadelphia around 1848.

The only William Hurst identified in that location via census data is for a William in the Spring Garden Ward as follows:

1850 U.S. Census, 1st Ward Spring Garden for William Hurst4:

Name
Birthplace
Age
Occupation
Wm Hurst
Ireland
30
Laborer
Eliza
"
35

Annie
Pa
14

Thomas
"
12

Elizabeth
"
1

John Campbell
Ireland
27


William living on/near Callowhill is at best circumstantial evidence to link Rebecca Hurst and Joseph Hurst previously to this William. The information provided by the contact mentioned that William Hurst married a woman named Sharp, who was widowed. A death certificate for Elizabeth Jane Hurst, dated 27 December 1915, listed her parents as William Hurst, born in Ireland and Eliza. Sharp, born in Ireland5. This appears to be the Elizabeth from the 1850 census and confirms that William Hurst married Eliza Sharp, further corroborated by the 1850 Census entry.

Further research identified an Elizabeth Hurst, living with Thomas Stewart and two children, Elizabeth and William Joseph, in the 1860 U. S. Census6.

U.S. 1860 Census, 13th Ward, Philadelphia for Eliza (Elizabeth) Sharp.

Name
Age
Birthplace
Occupation
Elizabeth Hurst
50
Ireland

Thomas Stewart
21
Pa
Plumber
Elizabeth Hurst
10
Pa

Wm. Jos.
8
"

Paul Lone
50
England

John Scott
22
"


The data suggests William died or left the family between 1850-1860. The first indication is an 1861 city directory entry for Eliza living on Rugan St. noted to be the widow of William.7 A death notice was found for a William Hurst in July 1859. This notice lists his residence as being in the rear of 923 Callowhill St. in Philadelphia8. The notice indicated that William was to be buried in Odd Fellows Cemetery. A cemetery deed was located for Odd Fellows and identified the following individuals buried within the family plot9:

William Hurst Odd Fellow Cemetery Deed Information:

Name
Age
Year of Death
Interment Date
Henry Gennay
3h
1857
May 31
Annie "
"
"
"
Henry "
12h
1856
Aug 1
Edward "
15 months
1856
Aug 5
William Hurst
46 years
1859
July 17
Thomas Stewart
23 years
1861
Oct 25
Mary B. Hurst
Adult
1882
Sep 25
Carrie "
still born
1889
Feb 13
Annie Genay
2 years
1864
Sep 9

The cemetery plot information shows a Thomas Stewart, William Hurst and the Genay surname. Thomas Stewart was previously identified in the 1860 census living with the family. A death notice for Thomas Stewart indicates his funeral took place at the home of his mother on 407 Rugan St.10 City directory data indicates Elizabeth Hurst, widow of William, was living on Rugan St. at the time of Thomas' death11. Rugan street according to the city directory is from 917 Callowhill to Noble Street. Again, linking this family of William Hurst to the William Hurst on near Callowhill from the death notice of George Moystin.

The data appears to confirm the information provided that William Hurst married Eliza Sharp, who was previously married to a man with the surname Stewart. She had at least one child, Thomas Stewart. The connection to the Genay name may indicate that a daughter married a man named Genay. A death notice for Annie Genay indicates here parents were a William Stewart and Eliza Sharp.12 This seems to indicate that Eliza Sharp married a William Stewart, had 2 children, Thomas Stewart and Annie Stewart. Annie married a man named Genay and this links the Genay family to the cemetery deed.

Further research of Eliza, widow of William Hurst, and her children finds the following from the 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census.

The 1870 U.S. Census, 37th district, 13th ward13:

Name
Age
Occupation
Birthplace
Eliza
59
laborer
Ireland
Lizzie
20
"
Pa
William
18
store clerk
"

The 1880 U.S. Census, E.D. 214, Ward 12/1314:

Name
Age
Occupation
Birthplace
Eliza
70

Ireland
Lizzie
30

Pa
William
27
Railroad clerk
"

Eliza's neighbors according to the 1880 Census are a Henry Gennay and his wife Annie. Thus, it appears to confirm that Eliza Sharp first married a man named Stewart, then married William Hurst. No additional information to connect William Hurst and Eliza to Joseph Hurst, Rebecca Hurst Moystin or Jarret Hurst has currently been identified.

Only circumstantial data ties Rebecca and Joseph to William Hurst including the census data and city directory addresses and the family's are all utilizing Odd Fellows Cemetery. The only identified William Hurst on Callowhill street is the tenuous link to the information from George Moystin's death notice tying William Hurst to Rebecca and her brother Joseph Hurst.

Jarret Hurst Research Relative to Rebecca Hurst and Joseph

A simple summary of research on Jarrett Hurst indicated he was born about 1813 and died 7 February 1863 in a U.S. Military Hospital in Washington, D.C15. Jarrett was serving in the Union Army during the Civil War.16 City directory listings indicate that Jarrett was a tinsmith working on Jackson's Ct.17 The 1850 Census finds Jarrett, 31 born in Ireland, his wife Mary, 28 born in Pennsylvania and a woman, Mary L. Bucke, 70 born in Pennsylvania, living in the North Mulberry Ward of Philadelphia.18 Mary Bucke may be the mother-in-law to Jarrett.

The 1860 Census finds Jarrett with several children living in Ward of the East district.19

The 1860 U.S. Census, Ward 10, East District finds:

Name
Occupation
Age
Birthplace
Jarrett
tinsmith
35
Ireland
Mary L.

33
Pa
Mary J.

10
"
Sarah E.

8
"
Wm. A.

7
"
Stewart Burns

40
"
Kate Petit

17
Ireland

A cemetery deed was located for Jarret Hurst in Odd Fellows Cemetery20 and indicated the following buried in the plot:

Name
Age
Year of Death
Interment Date
Mary L. Bucke
75
1853
Dec. 13
Jeret Hurst
50
1863
Feby 15
Mary L.
69
1864
Jun 8
William A
33
1864
Jul 6
Mrs. Staley's infant
stillborn
1889
March 1
Mary J Hurst
41
1894
Apr 8


Daughter Sarah was reported to have married an Andrew Stabley/Staley/Staly. This appears to be confirmed by the presence of the infant buried in the family plot. The same plot information indicated that daughter Mary died April 1894 and son William A. died July 1884.

An online transcription of the widow pension of Mary L. Bucke Hurst, wife of Jarret, has a record of an Annie Stewart testifying on her behalf.21 This potentially links Annie Stewart, daughter of Eliza Sharp, married to William Hurst, in the 1850 census to the family of Jarret Hurst. Thus, if the limited evidence linking William Hurst to Rebecca through addresses can be further confirmed, there is some alignment to the information provided from a contact's aunt.

Mapping the location of Jarrett, William, Joseph and Rebecca using Google Earth and maps available on PhilaGeo.org shows that Rebecca lived about 1 mile from Joseph and her potential brothers, Jarrett and William.



The evidence presented to link the information provided by a contact to the families of Joseph, Rebecca and the above researched William and Jarret is suggestive only. The families all used Odd Fellows Cemetery, all lived within 1 mile of each other or less, and have some references to potentially mapped addresses. Thus, it appears likely these families are related while additional information to research might include church records to identity any baptismal sponsors, marriage records for witnesses and probate records. No additional information was discovered to identify and link the suggested father of William Hurst (married to Elizabeth Burley) relative to the cemetery information for a Joseph Hurst, Sr

Proposed family tree incorporating current research where ? Hurst could be Joseph Sr. or William.  Additional research to be done for John Hurst and Thomas Hurst.  Further research for the parents who were said to have lived in Philadelphia will be explored, as well as searching for more definitive evidence to link the families in the proposed tree.





1 Discovery of Hiram Hurst's Parents and Possible Extended FamilyAnAnalysis of Current Evidence."
discovery-of-hiram-hurst-parents-and.html.
2 Public Ledger (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)1 Nov 1848, Wed • Page 2
3 Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
4 Year: 1850; Census Place: Spring Garden Ward 1, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_818; Page: 333B; Image: 107
5 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
6 Year: 1860; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 13, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1163; Page: 841; Image: 427; Family History Library Film: 805163
7 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1862. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
8 Public Ledger (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) 16 Jul 1859, Sat Page 2
9 Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
10 Public Ledger Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Thu, Oct 24, 1861 Page 2
11 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1862. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
12 Ancestry.com. Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
13 Year: 1870; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 13 District 37, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 Year 1880; Census Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1173; Family History Film: 1255173; Page: 212A; Enumeration District: 214; Image: 0433
15 Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
16 National Archives and Records Administration. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000.
17 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, City Directory, 1861 Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
18 Year 1850; Census Place: Philadelphia North Mulberry Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_815; Page: 429B; Image: 435
19 Year 1860; Census Place: Philadelphia Ward 10 East District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1160; Page: 636; Image: 208; Family History Library Film: 805160
20 Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
21 Jerret Hurst 91st PA." Accessed September 3, 2016 http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pa91/phursj1.html.

2 comments:

  1. You've done an excellent job collecting all the clue to build a preponderance of evidence case. I can't imagine that you won't come across some vital records or other sources that will prove the relationships in this family.

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    1. Linda, thanks so much for the comment. This line is proving to be an elusive group, always looking for suggestions, feedback and the nod of other eyes that the research seems to be on a good path. Thanks again!

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