The Journal

Not often does someone have the foresight to document their life for future generations to view. In the case of William H. Hart, not only did he document a portion of his life in a journal, but he also provided valuable information he gathered at various family reunions. William also gathers various anecdotal tidbits of information from and about his parents and grandparents. While William questions if anyone will even look at his writings or gain information from them. Little does he know that almost 90 years later he has provided us with a view of our family history that we could have only guessed at without the information he has shared with us. It is one thing for him to have written the journal, but without the dedication of his grandson who has preserved and shared William’s writings we may never have gained this insightful view. We thank William Hart for preserving a piece of history for us, and thank his grandson William Sayre for sharing the history with us.

More information from the journal will be provided in future postings

Shanvalley Poem

Over a year ago we received a poem from a 3rd great-grandson of Moses Hart. This poem was written in the late 1820’s or early 1830’s by an Irish teacher named McKinley. McKinley was a friend of the Hart family and wrote this for them as they prepared to leave Ireland for their journey to the United States. The significance of this poem is that it confirmed the names of individuals in our Hart family, not only the names but a poetic description of each person and the area where they lived, all, except the person who reprinted the poem from the original, Moses Hart. Over a year after this important paper was shared with us, Bill Sayre, a 3rd great-grandson of James Hart, also share with us a copy of the same poem, this one included the missing stanza about Moses Hart. The poem is now complete.

You can view a transcription of the poem here: Hart family poem

Scottish and Irish Naming Patterns

Typical Naming Pattern

Sons:

  • 1st born son named for father’s father
  • 2nd born son named for mother’s father
  • 3rd born son named for the father
  • 4th born son named for father’s oldest brother
  • 5th born son named for mother’s oldest brother

Daughters:

  • 1st born daughter named for mother’s mother
  • 2nd born daughter named for father’s mother
  • 3rd born daughter named for mother
  • 4th born daughter named for mother’s eldest sister
  • 5th born daughter named for father’s eldest sister

Middle Names

  • It was customary to give a middle name to a least one child after the surname of the local parish minister who christen the child
  • It was customary to name a child’s middle name after the surname of the person for whom they were named
  • It was common to give a child a middle name after the maiden name of the mother

Variations

  • If a child died during the parent’s childbearing years, it was common to use that child’s name again.
  • Sometimes named out of pattern to honor a person who has died.
  • Sometimes reversing the naming pattern (for example: naming the first born son after the mothers father)

These patterns are not exclusive rules but were used extensively in the 1700’s and up to the late 1800’s. It is felt that these patterns were followed as sign of respect and a sense of honor for their ancestors.

Samuel Hart

Biographical memoirs of St. Clair County, Michigan to which is appended a comprehensive compendium of national biography; memoirs of eminent men and women in the United States.
Logansport, Ind.: B.F. Bowen, 1903.

SAMUEL HART (b1842 d1915)

Probably no locality in the northern, middle and eastern region of the United States is more favored as a general farming and fruit growing country than the state of Michigan, and this fact had drawn to its confines many of the best agriculturists of the extreme east, among whom is Samuel Hart, of Wales township, St. Clair county, who was born in Orleans county, New York, August 15, 1841, a son of James and Jane (Kirk) Hart. The father of Samuel was among the early pioneers of St. Clair County, settled in the wilderness, cleared off a large tract of land and followed farming until his death, which occurred at the age of seventy-six years, in the faith of the Methodist Protestant church. In politics he was a Democrat, but was never an office holder. At one time he was the owner of two hundred and fifty acres of land, but disposed of the greater portion of it, and at his death had but eighty acres. The family of James and Jane (Kirk) Hart comprised five children, who were born in the following order: Samuel: William, who is a farmer and is married to Margaret Gould; Anna, deceased; Charlotte and Saul, twins. Of the latter, Saul is also a farmer and is married to Esther McCormick.

At twenty-six years of age Samuel Hart was joined in marriage with Rebecca Houghton, daughter of Joshua Hough ton, who came from Canada before the late Civil war, and located in St. Clair county, where he was engaged in farming until 1898, when he removed to North Dakota and settled at Coopertown. Joshua Houghton had a family of seven children, namely: Rebecca, who was called away by death in 1897: John, Luther, Wilfort. Horace, Douglas and George. While a resident of St. Clair County, Michigan. Mr. Houghton was a devoted member of the Methodist Protestant church, and was also active as a member of the Democratic party.

Samuel Hart is the owner of eighty acres of land in Wales Township, which land is nearly all under cultivation and is devoted to general farming and cattle raising. Mr. Hart has cleared up one hundred and twenty acres, and has made all the improvements on his place, these being among the best in the township. All that he owns has been earned through his personal labor and skillful management, and he certainlydeserves great credit for the exercise of sound judgment in carrying out to success all his various undertakings.

In politics Mr. Hart is a Republican, and fraternally is a member of the Maccabees at Smith’s Creek. He has never sought a public office, but has left that pursuit to others, while he has devoted his time and attention to the cultivation of his farm. To Samuel and Rebecca (Houghton) Hart were born two children, namely: Elmer, who is a farmer, married Miss Allie Winn and is the father of two children, Fred and Viola; Lillie is the wife of Fred Winn.