Presidential Hostess: Abigail Atherton Kent Means

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Abigail “Abby” Atherton Kent Means filled in for her niece, Jane Appleton Pierce, in the duties of hostess under President Franklin Pierce. Franklin and Jane Pierce mourned the loss of their son, Benjamin, in a train accident only two months … Continued

First Ladies: Jane Means Appleton Pierce

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Jane is described as a “delicate” child and adult. Her brother-in-law was an instructor at Bowdoin College to a young man named Franklin Pierce. How Jane and Franklin met is not known for sure, all though this connection seems the … Continued

Presidents: Franklin Pierce

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Franklin Pierce is one of the most forgotten presidents. He also suffered considerable loss in his family which lead to depression and alcoholism. Franklin Pierce was born on November 23, 1804 in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. He was the fifth of … Continued

When Ancestors Are Missing From Census Records

Last week, I shared how researching relatives on the census records with my great-great-grandfather led me to breaking through a brick wall and discovering who his parents were. However, he was not listed on the 1870 census with his parents. … Continued

Presidential Wives: Caroline Carmichael Fillmore

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Caroline Carmichael McIntosh Fillmore was the second wife of President Millard Fillmore. The couple married after he left the White House and she never actually served in the role of First Lady. Caroline Carmichael was born on October 21, 1813 … Continued

First Ladies: Abbey Fillmore

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Mary Abigail Fillmore was the daughter of President Millard Fillmore. Due to her mother’s ill health, she often served as White House hostess. She was born on March 27, 1832 and named after her mother, who was Abigail Powers, before … Continued

First Ladies: Abigail Powers Fillmore

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Abigail Powers Fillmore was a teacher to her husband, before the two married. Abigail Powers was born on March 13, 1798 in Stillwater, New York. She was the daughter of Rev. Lemuel and Abigail Newland Powers. Shortly after Abigail’s death, … Continued

Researching People with your relatives on the Census Records

In searching for my great-great-grandfather I hit a stump. I found him at ten years old on the 1870 census, living with a woman who was 72 years old.  However, no relationship or additional information was provided. I was stumped.  … Continued

First Ladies: Mary Elizabeth Taylor Bliss

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Mary Elizabeth Bliss served as White House hostess in her ill mother’s, Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor, place. Betty, as she was called, was born on April 20, 1824.  She was the youngest of the Taylor children and one of three … Continued

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