Martin Tidd & Robinson’s Rangers

Commanded by its namesake, Captain Thomas Robinson, Robinson’s Rangers was a citizen militia unit during the American Revolution. My ancestor Martin Tidd is listed as serving in this unit in a document at the Pennsylvania State Archives, some of which are online. (Martin’s brother William also served during the war. William Tidd’s file at the National Archives is nearly 200 … Continue reading Martin Tidd & Robinson’s Rangers

Martin Tidd’s Portrait

This is one of my great-great-great-great-great-great paternal grandfathers, Martin Tidd. This portrait, probably painted in the 1820s, currently hangs in the Western Reserve Historical Society Museum in Cleveland. According to the museum, it is in the Empire style and dates from 1830 to 1840. The artist used oil paint and gilt gesso on wood. ajh

Martin Tidd, James Hill, and Their Families

While searching for the burial place of my ancestor Martin Tidd, which I think is the Old Kinsman Cemetery, I happened upon a new book, at least new to me, with more details on the Tidd and Hill origins and their coming to the Northwest Territory, as it was called then. They settled in the … Continue reading Martin Tidd, James Hill, and Their Families

Samuel Holmes Tidd, brother-in-law of my ancestor James. Sam married his sister, Rebecca Hill.

Samuel’s father was Martin Tidd. His sister Sarah Tidd was James Hill’s wife and mother of eight children who lived to adulthood. Samuel married a woman named Rebecca Hill. Not much is known about Rebecca. I wasn’t sure if she was related when I first began researching the family tree. Then, I became convinced that … Continue reading Samuel Holmes Tidd, brother-in-law of my ancestor James. Sam married his sister, Rebecca Hill.

William Tidd’s File at the National Archives

Every since finding my great-great-great-great-great-great-great uncle’s Revolutionary War pension file on Footnote.com a few years back, I have been meaning to get a hold of it again and then put it somewhere easily accessible. I don’t mean a hard copy, but a digital one. Unfortunately, the document — a Revolutionary War pension file — apparently is only available … Continue reading William Tidd’s File at the National Archives

Letter from Dean Tidd to James Wilbur Hill

I just learned of the passing of Dean Tidd, who helped research two significant lines of the family, the Hills and the Tidds. Years back I posted a letter he had written to James Wilbur Hill on my genealogy website. (I’ve added a short biographical post about Dean, based mostly on information in his obituary.) Originally part … Continue reading Letter from Dean Tidd to James Wilbur Hill

Two hundred & thirty years ago, in 1787, an important moment in history: the Northwest Ordinance. It’s personal.

In 1787, the Congress of the Confederation adopted the Northwest Ordinance, which established a government in the Northwest Territory, an enormous area corresponding to the eastern half of the present-day Midwest. This is an important milestone in the development of the country and my family tree. Many of my ancestors settled in these territories and … Continue reading Two hundred & thirty years ago, in 1787, an important moment in history: the Northwest Ordinance. It’s personal.