Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

It’s Saturday Night – 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  What is the best or important image or document that you have recently found online? [Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting topics!]

Well it is early Sunday morning as I’m writing this.

While going back thru my research of Ozias Wells I’ve been trying to verify two statements in biographies of his son, Benjamin Franklin Wells.

His father, Oziah Wells, was a native of Massachusetts and died at Princeton, N. J., his being the first pronounced death of that malignant disease, cholera, in the United States.

Durant, Samuel W., History of Ingham and Eaton County Michigan (: , 1880), p. 492

The father was a farmer in Madison County, N. Y where he engaged in agricultural pursuit, for some
years and then removed to Princeton, N. J., where he worked for an uncle as overseer in the digging
of the canal.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Barry and Eaton Counties, Michigan (Chicago: Chapman Bros., 1891), p. 278-279; digital images,, viewed online 22 June 2022.

Thus, I started researching canals in New Jersey around 1832. That research led me to the Delaware and Rariton Canal and Canvass White. As I continued searching I uncovered my best recent find. This ‘find’ is a pdf document titled, Along the Delaware and Raritan Canal: A History & Resources Database. Within that 134 page document is a paragraph about Cholera that includes quotes from newspaper articles.

Later in the article is a biography of Canvass White.

Since Ozias’ mother was Abigail WHITE, I was intrigued about a possible relationship between Ozias Wells and Canvass White. Curious about a possible relationship, I looked up Canvass White on FamilySearch and found that he descends from Elder John White.

When I looked up Abigail White, Ozias Wells’ mother, I found that FamilySearch has her lineage also going back to Elder John White.

And this led to another wonderful find this morning: Canvass White in the book, Memorials of Elder John White one of The First Settlers of Hartford, Conn. and of His Descendants by Allyn S. Kellogg. (on Google Books and

And there on pages 70 and 71, I find my ancestor, Oliver White and his daughter, Abigail who married Green Wells.

Although I’m still looking for more information about Ozias’ work on the canal and his death, finding the list of resources for the Delaware and Rariton Canal helped me unearth this White Genealogy.

2 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

  1. As for recent finds, last night I was happy to discover a list of undertakers in South Carolina from the late 19th century to the early 20th century for a paper I am writing for a class that includes funeral home records. (It’s the little things!)

  2. Linda Stufflebean

    You’ve had some excellent finds recently, both in history and lineage. Congrats!

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