Alexena Frazier Update

In the previous post of April 10, 2016 In Search of Alexena’s Parents, I wrote that according to the 1861 Canadian Census, Alexena was living with a person by the name of Isabella Thomas that I thought might be her sister.  As it turns out the Isabella that Alexena is living with in 1861 is not her sister.  The person that Alexena is living with is Isabella nee Davidson and she is married to Edward Thomas.[1]  Edward Thomas is the brother of George McK Thomas who is married to Isabella nee Frazier.[2]  Isabella Frazier’s parents are Hugh Frazier and Elizabeth McBean.  This is probably Alexena’s sister if Hugh and Elizabeth turn out to be her parents.

Recently, I found a family tree online at Ancestry.com that has a Catherine Frazer in it born in 1837 and her parents are listed as Hugh Fraser and Elizabeth McBain.[3]  Catherine was born in Ontario, Canada and married William Sexton in 1862.[4]  Catherine died in 1922 in Michigan.[5]   I found this tree by looking at my DNA matches.  The woman who posted the tree is my 4th to 6th cousin.  The paper or documented proof that Hugh and Elizabeth are Catherine’s parents is her marriage record,[6] and Hugh is listed on her death certificate.[7]

I noticed on the 1880 United States Federal Census that Catherine’s son, James, was born in Illinois.[8]  I then searched James Sexton and found that he was born in Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois in 1866.[9] [10]  This places Catherine Frazer Sexton in Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois in 1866 around the same time that Alexena came to Ottawa, Illinois.[11]  I did a search on the surname Sexton in Ottawa, Illinois between 1850 – 1870 and found a Mary A. Sexton age 18 on the 1860 Census keeping house for an Octavius Hanbury age 35 living in Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois.[12]  Next, I found a William Sexton (possibly Catherine’s husband) listed on the 1865 Illinois State Census in Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois.[13]  Unfortunately the 1865 Illinois State Census does not list every name, just head of household.  It does list one male and one female under 14 years of age, one male and one female over 20 but under the age of 30.[14]  Right above William Sexton’s name on the 1865 Census was Octavius Hanbury.[15]  Octavius listed one male over and one female over the age of 14 but under 20, one male over 30 but under 40, and one female over 40 but not over 50.[16]  This sent me on a search for Octavius Hanbury and found a Civil War Draft Registration Record for Octavius for the city of Ottawa, Illinois recorded 27 July 1863,[17] and a few names above Octavius’ were a William  Frazer born in Scotland age 22.[18]  Could this be a relative of Alexena’s, perhaps a brother?

To recap what I know:

  • Alexena was born in 1847 in Nassagaweya, Halton, Ontario, Canada to David Frazier and Catherine McBean according to her obituary[19] and death certificate.[20] I have been unable to find a David Frazer and Catherine McBean married to each other that were the right age to be her parents in Canada.
  • Found a Catherine Frazer in an online tree with parents name Hugh Frazer and Elizabeth McBean.
  • Person who posted the family tree with Catherine Frazer is a 4th to 6th cousin of mine according to our DNA results.
  • In 1837 Catherine Frazer was born in Ontario Canada.[21] Not old enough to be Alexena’s mother, but perhaps a sister.
  • On the 1860 Federal Census there is a Mary Sexton 18 year’s old living with an Octavius Hanbury in Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois, and she is listed as his housekeeper.[22]
  • In 1862 Catherine Frazer married William Sexton in Canada.[23]
  • In 1863 Octavius Hanbury is listed on the Civil War Draft Registration for Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois. A few names above his name is listed a William Frazer born in 1844. [24] Maybe a relative of Alexena’s.
  • About 1865 Alexena came to Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois.[25]
  • On the 1865 Illinois State Census there is a William Sexton living in Ottawa LaSalle, Illinois.[26] The name right above William’s on the census is Octavius Hanbury.[27]
  • In 1866 James Sexton is born to Catherine and William Sexton in Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois.[28]
  • 1922 Catherine dies in Michigan[29] and there is no mention of a sister Alexena in her obituary.[30]
  • In 1924 Alexena dies in Ottawa, Illinois and there is no mention of a sister Catherine in her obituary.[31]
  • Searched for William Frazer born in 1844 living in or near Ottawa, Illinois, but ran in to dead end.

It looks like Alexena and Catherine are connected and were in Ottawa at the same time 1865 – 1866 and there is a connection through the DNA.  I’m still looking for the paper proof as to Alexena’s parentage, and won’t be satisfied until I find one.

Copyright © 2017 Gail Grunst

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[1] Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Census Returns For 1861; Roll: C-1031. Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1861 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009

[2] “Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS7D-BSCW-9?cc=2568642&wc=Q866-ZZM%3A1589652495%2C1589662401 : 31 March 2017), Halton > 1858-1872, vol 17 > image 18 of 142; citing The Archives of Ontario, Toronto.

[3] https://www.ancestry.com/dna/tests/1ADD5078-94BD-4B17-A951-DDB617F14633/match/E6FD5653-A7D2-4460-8B9A-2E7359096141

[4] Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2CB-WYPH : (31 March 2017), Wm Sexton and Catharine Fraser, 06 Jan 1862; citing Elgin, Rideau Lakes, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,055.

[5] Ancestry.com. Michigan, Death records, 1867 – 1950 [database on-line], Provo, UT, USA:  Ancestry Operations, Inc., 2015.  Original data:  Death Records, Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.

[6] Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2CB-WYPH : (31 March 2017), Wm Sexton and Catharine Fraser, 06 Jan 1862; citing Elgin, Rideau Lakes, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,055.

[7] Ancestry.com. Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry  Operations, Inc., 2015.  Original data:  Death Records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.

[8] Year: 1880; Census Place: Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: 599; Family History Film: 1254599; Page: 320D; Enumeration District: 266.  Source Information:  Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census[database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

[9] Ancestry.com. Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.  Original data:  Death Records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.

[10] Ancestry.com. Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.  Original data: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867–1952. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics.

[11] Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois, Daily Republican Times, Monday Evening, March 8, 1926 Vol XLIX no. 208, Page 1, Front Page.

[12] Year: 1860; Census Place: Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois; Roll: M653_196; Page: 509; Family History Library Film: 803196.Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

[13] Illinois State Archives; Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Census, 1865; Archive Collection Number: 103.010; Roll Number: 2179; Line: 24

Source Information:  Ancestry.com. Illinois, State Census Collection, 1825-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.

[14] Ibid.

[15] Ibid

[16] Ibid.

[17] National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General’s Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group: 110, Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War); Collection Name: Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records); NAI: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 1 of 5. Source Information:  Ancestry.com. U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

[18] Ibid.

[19] Daily Republican Times, (Ottawa, Illinois), Monday Evening, 8 March 1926, Front Page.

[20] State of Illinois, Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Statistics, Springfield, Illinois, Certificate of Death, Registration no. 37.

[21] Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2CB-WYPH : (31 March 2017), Wm Sexton and Catharine Fraser, 06 Jan 1862; citing Elgin, Rideau Lakes, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,055.

[22] Year: 1860; Census Place: Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois; Roll: M653_196; Page: 509; Family History Library Film: 803196.Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

[23] Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2CB-WYPH : (31 March 2017), Wm Sexton and Catharine Fraser, 06 Jan 1862; citing Elgin, Rideau Lakes, Leeds and Grenville, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,055.

[24] National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General’s Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group: 110, Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War); Collection Name: Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records); NAI: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 1 of 5. Source Information:  Ancestry.com. U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

[25] Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois, Daily Republican Times, Monday Evening, March 8, 1926 Vol XLIX no. 208, Page 1, Front Page.

[26] Illinois State Archives; Springfield, Illinois; Illinois State Census, 1865; Archive Collection Number: 103.010; Roll Number: 2179; Line: 24

Source Information:  Ancestry.com. Illinois, State Census Collection, 1825-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 2008.

[27] Ibid.

[28] Ancestry.com. Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.  Original data: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867–1952. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics.

[29] Ancestry.com. Michigan, Death Records, 1867-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.  Original data:  Death Records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.

[30] Flint, Michigan, Flint Journal, 1922- 09 -05, page 8.  Genealogy Bank

[31] Ottawa, LaSalle, Illinois, Daily Republican Times, Monday Evening, March 8, 1926 Vol XLIX no. 208, Page 1, Front Page

2 thoughts on “Alexena Frazier Update

  1. Very interesting. I’m chasing Frasers who arrived in NY 10 May 1823 – Alexander b abt 1778 and Catherine (Ross?) b abt 1788 and their daughter, Elizabeth b abt 1822 SCT. Son, Hugh, born abt 1823, followed by Alexander Donald b 1828 Gallia OH. This family later had connections to IL as well as NE and KS.
    They apparently showed up with another Fraser family listed as relatives:

    Name: Alexd. Frasier
    Age: 43
    Birth Year: abt 1780
    Arrival year: 1823
    Arrival Place: New York, New York
    Primary Immigrant: Frasier, Catharine
    Family Members:
    Relative Catharine 32;
    Relative Elizabeth 1;
    (Can’t find any of the following with dates given at FAG – relation unknown/not confirmed)
    Relative William 45 (1779-1837)
    Relative Christian 45 (b1774-1849 Christiana McKenzie, m 1802 Glasgow)
    Relative James 18 (b 19 Aug1803)
    Relative Margaret 15 (b 6 Mar 1806 MLN-1870)
    Relative Christian 12 (b 20 Feb 1809 ABD)
    Relative Elisabeth 6
    Source Publication Code: 503.10.90
    Annotation: Date and port of arrival. Sex, occupation, country of origin, name of ship, and final destination may also be provided. Extracted from Customs passenger lists which are among the holdings of the National Archives. When family relationships were unclear, editors arranged passengers and dependents in alphabetic sequence by given name [rearranged by family by me]
    Source Bibliography: BENTLEY, ELIZABETH P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York, 1820-1829. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999, pp. 1-655 (A-Jo).
    Household Members:
    Name Relation
    Alexd. Frasier

    In searching for Alexander abt 1778, I’ve also run into Hugh Fraser and Elizabeth McBain, although there appears to be a note in their son Alexander’s 1777 birth which just says “dead” (under the surname in the side column…not sure what to make of that yet).

    I’d be interested in a DNA comparison between us as I match a descendant of this couple above and possibly yours as well (I can’t see any other possible connection in the match tree beside Frasers). My own line had a Donald McBain appear at the first three born (1819-1824 Inverness) to my 5g grandfather, John Simon Fraser b abt 1796 m Janet McIntosh. I also appear to be a match to NS/CAN Frasers but I suspect those may go unsolved. If we are a match, then it will go a long ways for both of us.
    Pat

    • It is interesting how some of the names are the same. Alexena was born in 1847 in Canada. If her parents are Hugh Frazier and Elisabeth McBean they immigrated in 1834 and came through New York. I don’t know if they stayed in New York for any amount of time or went directly to Canada. I would be willing to compare our DNA. I do match some people who have Hugh Frazier and Elisabeth McBean in their family tree. I had my ancestry done through Ancestry.com and uploaded to Gedmatch and My Heritage. Let me know how you want to proceed. My email is ahgrunst@aol.com. It might be easier to discuss this thought email. Look forward to hearing from you. Gail

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