Saturday, January 24, 2015

James Dana (1780-1860)

James Dana was a prominent merchant of early Utica, Oneida County, New York. He attended the First Presbyterian Church of Utica and was prolific in the community.

B: 29 May 1780 in Ashburnham, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
M: 7 May 1812 to Harriet Dwight (1792-1870) of Connecticut
D: 7 Jan 1860

George Dana (1742-1787)
Elizabeth Parks (1749-1811)

James Dwight Dana 1813 – 1895 (Buried in New Haven, Connecticut)
George Strong Dana 1815 – 1859
John White Dana 1817 – 1849
Harriet Dwight Dana 1820 – 1882
Harrison Dwight Dana 1822 – 1833
Henry Dana 1824 – 1828
Cornelia Elizabeth Dana 1827 – 1854
William Buck Dana 1829 – 1908 (Buried in Mastic, Long Island)
Delia Dana 1832 – 1882
Elizabeth Dana 1835 – 1835

Many of James' children went on to prominence in their fields. James Dwight Dana was a professor at Yale and a predominant Geologist of the time. Harriet Dwight Dana married J. Wyman Jones and helped settle one of the first "suburbs" of the US at Englewood, New Jersey. William Buck Dana was a financier and publisher.


The Pioneers of Utica (p.172-173):

The History of the descendants of John Dwight v.2:

Dea. James Dana, b. at Ashburnham, Mass., May 29, 1780 (son of George Dana and Elizabeth Parks). He became early a resident of Utica, N. Y., where he was at first a saddler and harnessmaker, became ere long a hardware merchant, and very successful in business. He was a man of great simplicity of character, and of thorough honesty, industry and piety, and was regarded with great reverence by all who knew him when in his advanced years of Christian experience and excellence. He was an elder in the First Presb. Ch. of Utica for 32 years (1828-60). He d. Jan. 7, 1860, aet. 79, having spent 50 years and more of his life at Utica.

From LDS Church:

First Presbyterian Church Utica NY - Baptisms

1814 Sep 1 #80 James Dwight parents James & Hariet Dana
1816 Jan 24 #192 John Dwight parents Mr. & Mrs Dana
1819 Oct 24 # 96 Harriet Dwight dau of James & Hariet Dana
1822 Aug 7 Harrison son James Dana & wife
1822 Aug 7 Lousia Elizabeth dau James Dana & wife
1822 Aug 7 Richard son James Dana & wife
1825 Jan 1 Henry son of Mr & Mrs Dana
1826 Oct 1 Sabbath James Dana 2nd Adult baptism
1827 Sep 2 Cornelia Elizabeth dau of Mr & Mrs Dana

Utica City Directories:

Dana, James - Saddler and Hardware Merchant
Dana, Miss Martha - Mantua Maker

Dana & Son, hardware, saddlery and cutlery store, 92 Genesee
Dana James, of D. & Son, h 24 Broad
Dana George, of D. & Son, Broad E. U.
Dana Edward, clk, 92 Genesee, bds National.

DANA & Co., hardware dealers, agricultural warehouse and seed store, 92 Genesee.
DANA, George S., of Dana & Co., h 35 Broad.
DANA, James, office 92 Genesee, h 24 Broad.
DANA, J.C., clerk, 81 Genesee, bds Central Hotel.
DANA, William B. of  White & D., h 24 W. Bridge.
DANA, Oliver, blacksmith, 57 Liberty.

1861 (Page 61)
DANA & Co., hardware, agricultural implements and seeds, 92 Genesee
Dana George Silliman, student, bds 12 Hopper
Dana James W., clk Dana & Co.'s, bds 12 Hopper
Dana J. C., clk Golden's, bds Central Hotel
Dana Huldah, widow of George S., h 12 Hopper
Dana Oliver, blacksmith, h 69 Steuben
Dana William B., lawyer, 92 Genesee, h 24 West Bridge

1862 (Page 62)
DANA & Co., hardware, agricultural implements and seeds, 92 Genesee
Dana James W., clk Dana & Co.'s, bds 12 Hopper
Dana Huldah, widow, h 12 Hopper
Dana Oliver, blacksmith, h 2 Thomas' West Avenue

1865 (Page 72)
Dana Harriet, widow of James, h 24 Broad
Dana Huldah, widow of George S., h 14 Hopper
Dana James W., clk Dana & Co.'s, bds 14 Hopper
Dana Oliver, blacksmith, h 82 Third
DANA & Co., hardware, agricultural implements and seeds, 92 Genesee

1883 (Page 214)
Dana George S. (Wright, Dana & Co.) r 296 Genesee
Dana James W. removed to Delhi
Dana Sophia Mrs. r Clarendon

Dana Bible from Oneida, New York 
appears to be another Dana family

Delia Dana ~ Our Country and It's People, Part III: Family Sketches, Daniel E. Wager (1896)
WHITE, N. CURTIS, was born in Torrington, Conn., September 24, 1822. His ancestor, Elder John White, came from England. sailing June 22, 1632, and arriving in Boston in September, and in 1633 settled with Hocker's congregation in Hartford, Conn. Later the congregation divided and Elder White went with his party in 1659 to Hadley, Mass. His eldest son was Captain Nathaniel White, of Middletown, Conn., and the latter's fifth son was Jacob, whose son Thomas was the father of Silas, of Torrington, Conn. Brainard White, son of Silas, was born in 1786 and died at Winsted, Conn., in 1833. He was the father of N. Curtis White. Mr. White received his education at the Winsted, Conn., common schools and academy. In 1838 he came to Oneida county, and finished his studies at Vernon Academy and Clinton Collegiate Institute, where prepared for college. While studying he taught school, being for a time principal of the old Whitestown Academy. Leaving Clinton Collegiate Institute he entered the law office of Kirkland & Bacon in Utica and was admitted to the bar in 1847, being one of the first to be admitted under the new State Constitution. He began practice in the office of his preceptors, and when Judge Kirkland went to New York city he became a partner in the firm of Bacon & White, which continued until Mr. Bacon was elected justice of the Supreme Court. The firm then became White & Dana, by the admission of William B. Dana, Mr. White's brother-in-law, and continued until Mr. Dana went to New York. Mr. White continued in practice mostly alone till 1868, when he went to New York city and engaged in business pursuits. He returned to Utica in 1883 and has since practiced his profession. Mr. White is an office bearer in Trinity church of Utica; and is also a member of the Board of Governors of The Oneida Historical Society, of which he is an active member. He has been a member of Oriental Lodge F. & A. M. for over forty years, and is also a member of Utica Chapter R. A. M. May 12, 1858, he married Delia White Dana, daughter of James Dana, of Utica. She died in April, 1883, leaving three children: George Dana, a graduate of Yale College and now a resident of New York city; Edwin Harrison, treasurer and manager of the Daniel Green Company, of Dolgeville, N. Y.; and William Curtis, a student in Trinity College, Hartford Conn., class of 1897. (p. 199-200)

Research Links:
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The history of the descendants of John Dwight, of Dedham, Mass, Volume 2
 By Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight 
5600. i. Harriet Dwight, b. at Williamsburgh, Mass., Feb. 21, 1792, m. May 7, 1812, Dea. James Dana, b. at Ashburnham, Mass., May 29, 1780 (son of George Dana and Elizabeth Parks). He became early a resident of Utica, N. Y., where he was at first a saddler and harnessmaker, became ere long a hardware merchant, and very successful in business. He was a man of great simplicity of character, and of thorough honesty, industry and piety, and was regarded with great reverence by all who knew him when in his advanced years of Christian experience and excellence. He was an elder in the First Presb. Ch. of Utica for 32 years (1828-60). He d. Jan. 7, 1860, aet. 79, having spent 50 years and more of his life at Utica. She was said to greatly resemble her excellent mother in the mingled firmness, gentleness and religiousness of her character. She d. at Norwood, N. J., Sept. 13, 1870, aet. 78.
[Eighth Generation.] Children:
5610. i. Prof. James Dwight Dana, LL.D., b. Feb. 12, 1813.
5611. ii. George Strong Dana, b. Feb. 13, 1815, d. May 30, 1859, aet. 44.
Yale in 1833. He m. June 5, 1844, Henrietta Frances Silliman, b. April 30, 1823 (dau. of Prof. Benjamin Silliman, LL.D., of Yale College, and Harriet Trumbull, d.iu . of Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, 2d, of Connecticut). He evinced while in college a special relish for the studies in which he has since so distinguished himself as the chief scientific man yet produced in this country. For two years after his graduation he taught mathematics to midshipmen in the U. S. Navy. During the two succeeding years he was an assistant of Prof. .Silliman in his laboratory at Yale. In Dec. 1830 he was appointed Mineralogist and Geologist to the U. S. Exploring Expedition, which, under Com. Wilkes, sailed, live vessels composing the squadron, in Aug. 1838, on a voyage around the world. In 1837, before going to the Pacific, he published the first edition of his " Mineralogy," which has ever been accounted a standard work, and has been since, in successive editions, greatly enlarged, After his return to his native land, in June 1842, he busied himself for 13 years (1842-55), under government-pay, in preparing for publication the results of his own researches in the expedition, as well as the various reports of it which were committed to his care. During a brief period of this time (1842-4), he resided at Washington, D. C., but since 1844 has resided continuously at New Haven, Ct. Of the " Reports," three in number, thus prepared by him, only 200 copies each were printed by the Government. They were "A Report on Zoophytes," a quarto of 740 pages, with an atlas of 01 folio pages, published in 18 40; "A Report on the Geology of the Pacific," a quarto of 750 pages, with an atlas of 21 plates; "A Report on Crustacea," a quarto of 1620 pages, with an atlas of 96 plates in folio.
5612. iii. John White Dana, M.D., b. March 28,1817, was one of the fimi of "James Dana ,fc Co.," hardware merchants in Utica (his father and brother George being the other members of the firm), and doing a lucrative business, when, in 1840 (aet. 23) he became sick at heart of mere merchandise and money-making, and, fitting himself with great energy and despatch for college, entered Columbia Coll., N. Y., from which he was graduated with honor in 1843. He was grad. in his medical studies in "The College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York," in 1846. Establishing himself in his profession in New York, he fell a victim to cholera there, Aug. 27, 1849, aet. 32. He remained at his post while others fled, and devoted himself especially to the care of the poor. He might justly have been expected to have attained to superior excellence in his chosen profession, from his enthusiastic devotion to its duties, had his life been spared but a few years longer.
In 1850 he was elected Silliman Prof. of Geology at Yale, but did not enter upon his duties as such until 1855, on account of his engagements with the Government as already described. In 1864, the description of his professorship was made to include also Mineralogy. Beside " Dana's Mine ralogy," he is the author also of " Dana's Manual of Geology" pub. in 1862, and of "Corals and Coral Islands," pub. in 1872. He has also written at various times for "The Bibliotheca Sacra" (Andover, Mass.), and "The New Englander" (New Haven, Ct.), and occasionally for the newspapers, articles of much interest on various scientific topics. Infidel speculations have never found any scientific honor or toleration at his hands. He has been ever a man of most unwearied habits of mental application, and full of earnestness in his devotion to the claims of both science and religion. He has been for many years the active editor of " The American Journal of Science and Arts," founded in 1819 by Prof. Silliman at New Haven.
Prof.  Dana has been treated with distinguished honor by several foreign scientific societies. At the annual meeting in 1872 of the Geological Society of London, Eng., the Wollaston Gold Medal, the highest honor awarded by the Society, was conferred upon him. The President, Mr. Joseph Prestwich, remarked at the time: "Professor Dana's works have a world-wide reputation. An able naturalist and skilful mineralogist, he has studied our science with advantages of which few of us can boast. His contributions to it embrace cosmic*l questions of primary importance, paheontological questions of social interest, and recent phenomena in their bearings on the right study of rocks, especially of volcanic origin. We feel that the bonds of friendship and brotherhood are strengthened among-all civilized nations by their one common and kindred pursuit of truth in the various branches of Science." He was elected also, in 1872, " Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Liberal Arts" by the Royal Bavarian Academy of Munich, on the occasion of its Fourth Centennial Anniversary, and was the only foreigner so noticed. He has still more recently been elected (1873) a member of the French Academy of Sciences, and is the only American as the author conceives, beside Bache and Agassiz, that has ever received this honor.
[Prof. Benjamin Silliman, LL.D., b. in Trumbull, Fairfield Co., Ct, Aug. 8, 1779, was the son of Brig. Genl. Gold Selleck Silliman and Mary Fish, dau. of Rev. Jos. Fish of Stonington, Ct. They resided in Fairfield, Ct. He was grad. at Yale in 1796, tutor there (1799-I862) for years, and for 11 years Prof. of Chemistry, Mineralogy and Geology (15:3), being Prof. Emeritus for 11 years afterwards, to the day of his death, Nov. 24, 1864. He was remarkable for his fine personal appearance, his very gentlemanly manners, his genial qualities and his high magnetic enthusiasm in his varied work as a teacher, public lecturer, journalist and author. Whoever may now or in future years excel him at any time in the extent or exactness of his scientific knowledge, his name will ever be honored in the history of our country's growth to greatness as that of the father of all true science upon out shores. Ho was the first one to lecture in this land, if not anywhere in the world, on scientific subjects, before a miscellaneous audience, which he often did with great success in several of our large cities. It would be difficult to overstate the amount of stimulation that he gave to the educated mind of the country. It is believed that, next after Frest. Dwight, no one in the nation, beside Moses Stuart, has so roused the mental activity of largo classes of studious minds in the direction of his own special tastes and attainments as Prof. Silliman.
In making a geological survey of Connecticut, he was the first to initiate that long and most useful series of State-surveys which has thrown before the eyes of the world the spectacle of the vast and before unimagined riches with which the Great Maker of all things has stored our immense continent.
Harriet Trumbull, his wife, b. Sept. 2, 1783, d. Jan. 18,1850, aet. 66.] [Ninth Generation.] Children:
5620. i. Frances Henrietta Dana, b. July 24, 1846, m. Nov. 3, 1870, George Douglas Coit of Norwich, Ct., b. Jan. 2, 1845 (son of Charles Coit of Norwich, and Sarah Grosvenor), grad. at the Yale Scientific School in 1866. He is a bank officer and insurance agent in Norwich. They have? one child:
**** 1. George Dana Coit, b. Sept. 29, 1873.
5621. ii. Edward Salisbury Dana, b. Nov. 16, 1849, grad. at Yale in 1870, pursued his scientific studies in Germany since graduation, and has just (1873) been chosen tutor at Yale.
5622. iii. James Silliman Dana, b. April 19,1853, d. Aug. 16,1861.
5623. iv. Harriet Trumbull Dana, b. Dec. 22, 1857, d. Aug. 27,1861. 5024. v. Arnold Guyot Dana, b. Aug. 29, 1862.
5625. vi . Maria Trumbull Dana, b. March 19, 1867.

5013. iv. Harriet Dwight Dana, b. April 8, 1819, m. J. Wyraan Jones.
5014. v. Harrison Dwight Dana, b. May 29, 1822, drowned in the Mohawk river, at Utica, June 15, 1833.
5615. vi. Henry Dana, b. Sept. 18, 1824, d. June 2, 1823. 5016. vii. Cornelia Elizabeth Dana, b. March 23, 1827, d. Sept. 7, 1854, act. 27.
5017. viii. William Buck Dana, b. Aug. 26, 1829, grad. at Yale in 1851, m: Sept. 18, 1853, Catharine Floyd (dan. of. John B. Floyd of Mastic, L. I.). He was for several years a practising lawyer at Utica, but has been for some 15 years past the editor and proprietor of " The Merchant's Magazine" (formerly "Hunt-s Merchant's Magazine"), published in New York. He has had no children.
5018. ix. Delia White Dana, b. Dec. 9, 1832, m. Curtiss White.
5019. x. Elizabeth Dana, b. July 7, 1835, d. Aug. 10, 1835. [Dana is a name of Huguenot origin wherever found in this country.
Richard Dana, b. in France in 1612, or thereabouts, fled to England in 1629, and emigrated thence to this country in 1640, and in 1647 m. Ann Bullard of Cambridge, Mass. He had a son, Daniel Dana, Ii. March 20, 1603, whom. Naomi Croswell. Their son, Caleb Dana, b. in 1697, was a tanner in Cambridge (now Brighton), Mass., and d. there aet. 72, April 28, 1769. He left an estate of £5,839 18s. 4d. as appraised—of which real estato was £5,408 13s. 4d., and personal was £371 5s. 8d. He m. July 14, 1726, Phebe Chandler, b. in 1707 (dau. of Thomas Chandler of Andover, Mass., and Mary Stevens, dau. of Dea. Joseph Stevens of Andover).
Caleb Dana had six children : 1, Caleb Dana, Jr. 2, Phebe Dana, who m. Henry Coolidge. 3, Priscilla Dana. 4, CalebDana, 2d. 5, Rev. James Dana, D.D., b. in 1735, grad. at Harvard in 1753, and settled at New Haven, Ct., see Sprague-s Annals Am. Pulpit. 0, George Dana, b. Jan. 1, 1744, who m. Feb. 14, 1764, Margaret Clark (dau. of Capt. John Clark of Waltham, Mass., and Hannah Cutting), aml for a 2d wife, m 1771, Eliza Parks, b. Jan. 18, 1749. He had 10 children. For fuller account of Dana Genealogy, see the history of the Chandler Family, Boston, 1872. See also account of Ohio Danas, under larger account of the descendants of Hon. Peregrine Foster of Belpre, 0.].

This is all for now....

Monday, June 17, 2013

Dr. Edgar Davidson Congdon (1879 - 1970)

Edgar Davidson Congdon (Lafayette4, Phineas3, Thomas2, John1)

  Birth 25 Apr 1879 in Walworth, Wayne, New York, USA
  Death Jun 1970

Parents: Lafayette Congdon 1845 – 1927 & Frances Anna Kingsley 1849 – 1931
Spouse: Edith Dana Jones 1879 – 1930
Children: Eleanor Estill Congdon 1912 – 2007 & Edgar Dana Congdon 1916 – 1997

Edgar Davidson Congdon was a biologist and anatomist that studied both animals and humans. He grew up all over western New York and northern Pennsylvania due to his fathers occupation as an Episcopal Theologian who change parishes every 2-4 years. Edgar attended Syracuse University for his undergraduate and Harvard for his Doctorate in the arts and sciences. In 1910, while on a post-doctorate tenure in Zurich, Switzerland he met his soon to-be wife, Edith Dana Jones. Edith was traveling the globe on a photo safari  and had come to Vienna to take classes. The next year they moved to NYC and had their daughter, Eleanor Estill Congdon.  Edgar took a position as an assistant professor at Stanford University in Palo Alto where his son, Edgar Dana Congdon, was born.  After four years at Stanford, Edgar took a Rockefeller Scientist position teaching abroad. His first stint was at the Peking Union Medical College in 1922 (his brother Wray Hollowell Congdon was also in China at this time doing missionary work) and then in 1925 moved to the Chulalongkorn University Medical School (now called the Siririj Medical School) in Bangkok, Siam. While living in Bangkok, Edith fell ill so she took the two children to Europe for her health and the children's education. Eleanor mainly studied french in various schools around France with her mother while Edgar Jr. attended a boarding school in Germany. In 1931, Edith succumbed to her illness and died. It took some months before Edgar received word and made the voyage to Europe to collect his children and move them to NYC (Brooklyn). Edgar then taught at the Long Island College of Medicine. In the 1950's he was teaching at the Chicago Medical College and in 1970 he died at the age of 91.

I am still trying to unearth many of the family-mysteries around Edgar and Edith. I am trying to put together a more thorough timeline of events through Asia, Europe and after returning to the US.


1879 April 25   Born in Walworth, Wayne, New York.
1901   Received his A.B in Biology from Syracuse University.
1902   Received his A.M. from Syracuse University.
1906 - 1909   Austin Teaching Fellow in Zoology, Harvard University
1909   Received his Ph.D. in Zoology from Harvard University.
1909 - 1910   Hooper Traveling Fellow in Zoology of Harvard University at University of Zurich
1910 - 1911   Sheldon Traveling Fellow in Zoology of Harvard University at Versuchs Anstalt and K. K. Institut fur Radiumforschungen, Vienna (Also mention of Manchester)
1911 July 20   Marriage to Edith Dana Jones, at The American Embassy in Vienna, Wien, Wien, Austria
1911-1912   Instructor in Embryology, Cornell University Medical College, Ithaca, NY
1912 May 09  Daughter, Eleanor Estill Congdon, born in Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA.
1912 - 1922 Assistant Professor at Leeland Stanford University Department of Biology, Palo Alto, California, USA
1916 January 27   Son, Edgar Dana Congdon, born in Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California, USA.
1922 - 1931   Rockefeller Scientist teaching abroad
1922 - 1926   Professor of Biology and Anatomy at Peking Union Medical School in Peking, China.
1926 - 1931   Professor of Anatomy and Chairman at Chulalongkorn University Medical School, Bangkok
   (now the Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University)

   Wife died. Retrieved children from Europe and moved back to USA.
   Professor of Biology and Anatomy at Long Island College of Medicine in Brooklyn.
   Lived in Bronxville, Westchester, New York, USA.

1940 - 1942+   Lived in Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, Kings, New York, USA.
1944 - 1955+   Professor of Anatomy, The Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
1970 June   Death at the age of 91. Location unknown. Probably not buried. (donated to science)

Was a member of the American Association of Anatomists and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.
Reportedly taught in Baltimore for a short time before moving to China.

Chronological List of Scientific Publications

Notes on the Morphology and Development of Two Species of Eudendrium
Biological Bulletin, Volume 11, Number 1, 1906, Pages: 27-46, Edgar Davidson Congdon

The Hydroids of Bermuda
Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Volume 42, Number 18, January 1907, Pages: 463-485, Edgar Davidson Congdon

The effect of temperature on the migration of the retinal pigment in decapod crustaceans
Journal of Experimental Zoology, Volume 4, Issue 4, October 1907, Pages: 539–548, Edgar Davidson Congdon

Recent studies upon the locomotor responses of animals to white light
Journal of Comparative Neurology and Psychology, Volume 18, Issue 3, June 1908, Pages: 309–328, E. D. Congdon

The identification of tissues in artificial cultures

The Anatomical Record, Volume 9, Issue 5, May 1915, Pages: 343–364, E. D. Congdon

The embryonic structure of avian heart muscle with some considerations regarding its earliest contraction
The Anatomical Record, Volume 15, Issue 3, October 1918, Pages: 135–150, E. D. Congdon

The distribution and mode of origin of septa and walls of the sphenoid sinus
The Anatomical Record, Volume 18, Issue 2, March 1920, Pages: 97–123, E. D. Congdon

Acquired skeletal deformities in a young fowl
The Anatomical Record, Volume 19, Issue 3, August 1920, Pages: 164–172, E. D. Congdon

Anomalous fibrous cords in the hand and the phylogeny of the flexor digitorum sublimis tendon
The Anatomical Record, Volume 19, Issue 3, August 1920, Pages: 159–163, E. D. Congdon

Simultaneous occurrence of very small sphenoid and frontal sinuses
The Anatomical Record, Volume 19, Issue 3, August 1920, Pages: 153–157, E. D. Congdon

A supernumerary paranasal sinus
The Anatomical Record, Volume 19, Issue 6, November 1920, Pages: 367–371, E. D. Congdon

Transformation of the aortic arch system during the development of the human embryo. 
Contributions to Embryology, Volume 14, 1922, Pages: 47-110, Carnegie Inst. Wash. Pub. no. 277, E. D. Congdon

The mechanical processes concerned in the formation of the differing types of aortic arches of the chick and the pig and in the divergent early development of their pulmonary arches
American Journal of Anatomy, Volume 37, Issue 3, July 1926, Pages: 499–520, E. D. Congdon and H. W. Wang

An attempt to improve the methods of anatomical teaching, including the organization of the dissection to an unusual degree by systems and the bringing of the developmental, gross, and microscopic anatomy of individual organs together in the schedule
The Anatomical Record, Volume 45, Issue 4, May 1930, Pages: 323–337, E. D. Congdon

The use of albuminous paints in anatomical preparations
The Anatomical Record, Volume 51, Issue 3, January 1932, Pages: 327–331, E. D. Congdon

Two basic aims in teaching anatomy of the first medical year and their methods
The Anatomical Record, Volume 53, Issue 2, July 1932, Pages: 161–166, E. D. Congdon

Human congenital auricular and juxta-auricular fossae, sinuses and scars (including the so-called aural and auricular fistulae) and the bearing of their anatomy upon the theories of their genesis
American Journal of Anatomy, Volume 51, Issue 2, November 1932, Pages: 439–463, E. D. Congdon, Saguan Rowhanavongse and Prasob Varamisara

The primary types of extra-organic gross connective tissue structures
The Anatomical Record, Volume 67, Issue 2, January 1937, Pages: 193–203, Edgar D. Congdon

The cone of renal fascia in the adult white male
The Anatomical Record, Volume 80, Issue 3, July 1941, Pages: 289–313, Edgar D. Congdon and John N. Edson

Fasciae of fusion and elements of the fused enteric mesenteries in the human adult
American Journal of Anatomy, Volume 70, Issue 2, March 1942, Pages: 251–279, Edgar D. Congdon, Ralph Blumberg and William Henry

Gross structure of the subcutaneous layer of the anterior and lateral trunk in the male
American Journal of Anatomy, Volume 79, Issue 3, November 1946, Pages: 399–429, Edgar D. Congdon, John Edson and Salvitore Yanitelli

The chief insertion of the bicipital aponeurosis is on the ulna. A study of collagenous bundle patterns of antebrachial fascia and bicipital aponeurosis
The Anatomical Record, Volume 116, Issue 4, August 1953, Pages: 395–407, Edgar D. Congdon and Harold S. Fish

A symposium on the closely correlated or integrated course in anatomy
The Anatomical Record, Volume 117, Issue 4, December 1953, Pages: 805–828, Edgar D. Congdon, Davenport Hooker, John F. Huber and Otto F. Kampmeier

Subcutaneous attachments of the human penis and scrotum. A study of 55 series of gross sections
American Journal of Anatomy, Volume 97, Issue 2, September 1955, Pages: 331–357, E. D. Congdon and J. M. Essenberg


Known Associates:
Dr. Thomas P. Noble, Professor of Surgery at the Chulalankarana University, Bangkok.
Harold S. Fish, Co-author
Prof. A. W. Meyer
Prof. F. C. Blaisdell of the Department of Surgery
Prof. Claude Witherington Stump, previous Chairman in Bangkok


1880 United States Federal Census for Newark, Wayne, New York
1920 United States Federal Census for Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California
California, Voter Registrations, 1900-1968
Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934 (in German)
Harvard alumni directory
Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003
New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925
U.S. School Yearbooks
U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942

Obituary for Eleanor Estill Congdon Putney, 18 Nov 2007
Eleanor Memoirs
The Chicago Medical School Quarterly, Volumes 5-6, 1944

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Dana Family Connection

One of my Congdon families is the Dana branch. The name Dana is prominent in my family, now used as a given name (first or middle). A common story that I heard growing up was that we were related to Richard Henry Dana, Jr., the reknown author of Two Years before the Mast. Since I grew up in Southern California, I was always familiar with Dana Point (named after Richard Henry). When I started researching our family roots, one of my first discoveries was that we are not directly related to him but more like third cousins. This did create some strife with a few of my relatives and I believe cast some doubt on the validity of my research. How could family legend be wrong? (tongue in cheek)

So here is the breakdown of what I found. Our earliest common ancestor is Daniel Dana. Below is the descendent chart starting with Daniel's father Richard:

1. Richard Dana (1617-1690)........................................b. England
m. Ann Bullard (1623-1711)
    2. Daniel Dana (1662-1749)......................................Selectman
    m. Naomi Croswell (1670-1750)
        3. Caleb Dana (1697-1769)...................................Capt.
        m. Phebe Chandler (1706-1772)
            4. George Dana (1741-1787)............................Minuteman
            m. Elizabeth Parks (1748-1811)
                5. James Dana (1780-1860)..........................merchant
                m. Harriet Dwight (1792-1870)
                    6. James Dwight Dana (1813-1895)..........mineralogist
                    6. Harriet Dwight Dana (1820-1882) 3G-Grandma
                    m. John Wyman Jones (1822-1904).........industrialist,
        3. Richard Dana (1700-1772)..............................politician
        m. Lydia Trowbridge (1710-1776)
            4. Francis Dana (1743-1811)...........................judge
            m. Elizabeth Ellery (1751-1807)
                5. Richard Henry Dana, Sr. (1787-1879)......poet
                m. Ruth C. Smith (1787-1822)
                    6. Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1815-1882)
                    m. Sarah Watson (1814-1907)

The good news is that my 3rd great grandmother was brothers with someone that I was also familiar with (being a geologist myself), James Dwight Dana, volcanologist, mineralogist and zoologist. Yale University has his letters in storage where he correspondes both with his sister, Harriet, and Charles Darwin.

So James Dwight Dana and Richard Henry Dana, Jr. were 3rd cousins. Interestingly, both James and Richard traveled quite a bit and visited California in its very early stages before the Gold Rush. Richard on his famous Two Years before the Mast voyage in 1835 and James on Captian Wilkes' exploratory expedition of 1838-42. Richard's book was used extensively by the hordes moving to California in the 1850's as one of the only available works with descriptions of the territory. Similarly, James' publications were used for prospecting in the Mount Shasta area as the only available descriptions on the geology of the area.

Harriet, James' sister, went on to marry John Wyman Jones (1822-1904), who I have written about previously. J. Wyman and Harriet were married 36 years before her untimely death at the age of 62. She had 2 sons with him, James Dana Jones and Dwight Arven Jones. James was a District Attorney in NYC and Dwight ran his father's Lead Mining company in Missouri among other things. I am a descendant of James Dana Jones.

I will update with my sources later.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

1940 US Federal Census and Laverne Putney (1906-1976)

I had my first success with the newly release images for the 1940 US Federal Census. It took a few hours to decipher enumeration maps, collude with relatives regarding alternative potential addresses and scan through a few hundred images, I was able to find the entry for Laverne and Eleanor Putney, My Great Aunt and her husband.

Laverne and Eleanor had just gotten married in Brooklyn in 1939 and in 1941 he joined the army as a MP. In 1940 we find him back home (Batavia), living on Prospect Avenue and working as a Prison Guard at the State Prison. (Note of interest that Eleanor's grandfather had build San Quentin Prison in California.)

Enumeration Map for Batavia:

Census Record:

I used the National Archives to download the Descriptions and Maps and to look at the actual census pages. Another tool that is useful to decipher Enumeration District maps here.

Laverne5 Putney (Addis4 Zimri3 Joseph2 John1)

Laverne was born in Genesee County, New York on 7 Mar 1906 to Addis Charney Putney and Ethel House. He grew up the son of a farmer on Bank Street Road and went to Batavia High School, graduating in 1924. Laverne then attended Syracuse University studying Forestry and graduated in 1930. About 1933 he started working as a guard at Attica State Prison near Batavia. In 1939 he married Eleanor Estill Congdon at the "Church of the Pilgrims" in Brooklyn, NY and returned to Batavia with his wife to live and continue working at the prison. He joined the army in 1941 as a private in the Military Police first stationed at Fort Niagara and then Pine Camp (Now called Camp Drum in upstate NY). He continued to work at the prison after the army and also farmed his land on the Alexander Rd. outside Batavia. Laverne had 3 children, all living. In 1963 he retired from the prison after 30 years. He died 5 July 1976 and is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Batavia NY along with his parents and wife.

Individual Facts:

Name: Laverne Putney
Sex: Male
Father: PUTNEY, Addis Charney
Mother: HOUSE, Ethel

Birth: 7 Mar 1906 in Genesee County New York
Census: 1910 in Batavia, Genesee, New York
Census: 1920 in Alexander, Genesee, New York
Graduation: 1924 from Batavia High School
Census: 1930 in Batavia, Genesee, New York
Graduation: 1930 from Syracuse University in Undergraduate Forestry
Occupation: Prison Guard at Attica State Prison
Marriage: 18 Nov 1939 in Brooklyn NY to Eleanor Estill CONGDON
Census: 1940 in Batavia, Genesee, New York
Military: Apr 1941 in Buffalo, NY
Retirement: 1963 in Batavia, Genesee, New York
Death: 1 Jul 1976 in Alexander, Genesee, New York


1910 United States Federal Census
1920 United States Federal Census
1930 United States Federal Census
1940 United States Federal Census
Roster from the 1924 Batavia High School Yearbook
Social Security Death Index
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Sunday, October 3, 2010

John Wyman Jones (1822-1904)

John3 Wyman Jones (John2 - John1)

Information abounds for J. Wyman Jones. A lawyer son of a shopkeeper that became wealthy at real estate, railroads and mining. He designed and pulled together the financing for the founding of Englewood, New Jersey, which some consider the first designed suburban community. The house that he built there in 1850 is (as of 1997) now owned by CBS anchor Charles Osgood. After Englewood, J. Wyman Jones became the first president of the St. Joseph Mining Company in Missouri. Along with his mine manager, J. Wyman used new diamond drilling practices to make the company very profitable. It flourished and absorbed all the competitor companies that came along. He was the president of that company until his death in 1904 at which point his son, Dwight A. Jones took over the presidency until his own death in 1913. Today the Bonne Terre Mine is closed but used as a scuba diving site called the Billion Gallon Lake Resort.

He had two sons by his first marriage to Harriet Dwight Dana. In 1882, Harriet passed away and in 1886 he married Salome Maria Chapin nee Hanna. In 1888, he purchased 300 acres in Georgia and founded the Glen Arven Country Club named after his mother, Ruth Arven. In 1899, President McKinley vacationed with J. Wyman Jones at his winter home in Thomasville, Georgia. The New York Times read "The President is resting".

** Note that he went by J. Wyman Jones in nearly all business and personal dealings.

Individual Facts:
Name: John Wyman Jones
Sex: Male

Father: JONES, John, Esq.
Mother: ARVEN, Ruth

Birth: 2 May 1822 in Enfield, Grafton, New Hampshire
Graduation: 1841 Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Occupation: 1845 as Lawyer in New York City and Utica
Marriage: 1846 to Harriet Dwight DANA
Occupation: 1850 as Real Estate Speculator in New York and New Jersey
Occupation: 1865 as first President of the St. Joseph Lead Mining Company in Bonne Terre, Missouri
Marriage: 1886 to Salome Maria HANNA (previously married to George W. Chapin w/ 1 living child)
Residence: 1899 in Thomasville, Georgia (Winter Home)
Census: 1900 in Bolton Town, Worcester, Massachusetts
JONES, James Dana
JONES, Dwight Arvin

CHAPIN, Charles M. (step-son)***

Brother-in-law: DANA, James Dwight (Geologist)
Brother-in-law: HANNA, Marcus Alonzo (Republican Senator; McKinley Campaign Manager)

*** interesting side note, both James Dana Jone's step-brother, Charles M. Chapin, and his son-in-law, Edgar Davidson Congdon (married to his daughter, Edith Dana Jones) were distant cousins (4th). Descendants of the Converse family via progenitor, LT. Josiah Converse. 


A biography:
J. WYMAN JONES. (Adapted from a sketch in the "Memorial History of the City of New York and the Hudson River valley.") – It is always interesting to trace the early life of men of energy, for usually there will be found those surroundings which foster a vigorous and independent character. This is aptly illustrated in the life of J. Wyman Jones. Born in the Town of Enfield, N. H., he was subjected throughout boyhood to the hardy and healthful country life of New England; and the rugged aspect of nature, the exhilarating winters, together with a rigorous home training, combined to produce a vigorous and courageous youth, eager for a conflict with the world. His father was a sturdy New England justice, prominent in the affairs of his locality, and several times a member of the State Legislature. His mother was a woman of genuine sweetness and refinement, and a direct descendant of the famous Hannah Dustin. It was the desire of both parents to keep their only son at home, but when his school career at Meriden Academy was ended he pressed onward for Dartmouth College, where he was admitted in 1837. In his class were a son of Daniel Webster, Edward Webster, who died in the Mexican War; Rev. Dr. Leonard Swain, of Nashua, N. H.; and Gardiner G. Hubbard, Esq., of Washington, D. C.
Upon graduation, in 1841, he could not be persuaded to locate at home; and although put wholly upon his own resources, he began the study of law in New York City. In 1843 he was admitted to the New York bar, and for twenty years followed his profession, the latter part of the time in Utica, N. Y. Prior to his removal there he married Harriet Dwight Dana, daughter of James Dana, of Utica, and sister of Professor James D. Dana, of Yale University, who survived until 1882. At Utica Mr. Jones made many warm friends in his profession, including the late Justice William J. Bacon, Senator Kernan, Joshua Spencer, and Senator Conkling.
Advised by his physician that he must lead an out-of-door life, he reluctantly relinquished the practice of law to give himself to rural pursuits, although still retaining his interest and membership in the New York bar. In 1858, by invitation of a former client then engaged in surveying the Northern Railroad of New Jersey, he made an examination of the proposed route, and being impressed by the natural beauty of the country, with characteristic daring determined to throw himself heartily into the development of the region where Englewood is now located. He spent the summer of 1858 in securing property rights from the original owners, and by the autumn of that year had control of nearly all the land now occupied by that village. He proceeded to lay out the town, to name its streets, and to procure a survey and map of its territory. By the spring of 1859 he had moved his family to the new place and had gained for it the support of several valuable friends. In this same spring, at a meeting of the residents, the name Englewood, suggested and advocated by him, was adopted. Since that time Mr. Jones has been prominent in the secular and religious life of Englewood, and he still maintains a keen interest in its growth and welfare. He has had the satisfaction of seeing it develop, pursuant to the general plan formulated by himself, into a beautiful and progressive suburb of New York City. In addition to the initial work at Englewood he also became largely interested in the neighboring Towns of Closter and Norwood, the latter of which he established and named.
In 1865 Mr. Jones became President of the St. Joseph Lead Company, a corporation manufacturing and mining lead in the State of Missouri; and by persistent energy, overcoming all obstacles, he has raised the company from an almost hopeless condition to its present position as one of the largest lead-producing concerns in the United States. With the lead company are also associated a railway corporation having a road forty-eight miles in length, and a cattle and farming company transacting a large business, of both of which Mr. Jones is President. He is also President of the Doe Run Lead Company. During the thirty years of his presidency of the St. Joseph Lead Company he has spent much of his time at the mines in Missouri, where now there is a prosperous community. During this entire period there has never been a strike among the men, it having been one of the chief concerns of the company, under the leadership of Mr. Jones, not only to treat its employees fairly, but also to aid in every undertaking which promised to contribute to their pleasure, or to their moral or physical welfare.
In politics Mr. Jones has been a Republican since the days of the Free Soil party. At the outbreak of the Civil War, while deep in his work at Englewood, he was an ardent Northerner, frequently speaking at public meetings. He was many years Chairman of the Republican County Executive Committee, and was chosen a delegate-at-large from the State of New Jersey to the Presidential Convention of 1872. In 1876 he was elected a delegate to the State Convention by the Englewood Republicans after he had declared himself friendly to Senator Conkling and opposed to Hon. James G. Blaine, and subsequently by the State Convention was elected a delegate to the Presidential Convention at Cincinnati. There, with five other New Jersey delegates, he refused to vote for Mr. Blaine, and voted on the first and every ballot for Mr. Hayes, who was nominated by the convention. While this course was distasteful to the Blaine adherents, so far as Mr. Jones was concerned it was in accord with the declarations he had previously made, and with the decision of his Englewood constituents. In later years he has taken no active part in politics, but maintains a loyal adherence to his party and an earnest concern for the country's prosperity.
Personally Mr. Jones is a courtly gentleman, thoroughly American, and counts his friends among all classes of men. He possesses a keen insight into human nature, and judges quickly and accurately.
In 1886 Mr. Jones married Mrs. Salome Hanna Chapin, of Cleveland, Ohio. During the winter season they reside at Thomasville, Ga., where they have a Southern home of rare attractiveness. They also have a charming historic home at Bolton, Mass., where Mr. Jones now spends the greater part of each year.