The search for Cornelia Martin led to an asylum

On Medium I recently asked, Who was Cornelia Martin? And in answering that question, I found a good example of the type of loss suffered by families in 19th century America.

While working on an upcoming book on the Lincoln line of Windham, Connecticut, I found the children of Nathaniel Martin listed in his will. I was able to find his daughter Cornelia’s birth record, but then she’s gone.

I couldn’t find any other vital records, though her siblings’ fates were all well documented. But I did find a woman of the same name in an asylum in Vermont. Was that her?

Happy New Year 2024

Happy New Year from Aliconia Publishing! As we look back at 5 years of online and book publishing, there’s a lot to read.

This year saw the publication of volume 2 of My Lineage from the Roots Up as an Amazon paperback and ebook, as well as Cousins of Nunney Castle, a Prater-specific genealogy available only in ebook format from more than a dozen electronic purveyors.

A second Substack newsletter was also added to the repertoire. The newest addition highlights where it can be found over at GrossHumanBody.

The other publications – ebooks, paperbacks, and newsletters – are all outlined on the Publications page.

In 2024, a Lincoln lineage book is planned for completion, as well as the postponed fiction release from AP Neal (which may be Vella format – information forthcoming in the new year!). We also have several new writers contributing to GenTales on Medium.

I’m looking forward to another year of writing and reading and hope you are, too! #ReadMoreBooks

-Alicia (Founder, Editor)

New in GenTales: Husbands of Anna Martin

The Lincoln line of my family had already been documented by the time I was the one doing the research. My grandmother had joined DAR via John Lincoln before I was born. In our passed down notes, his wife was always given as Anna Martin Stowell (or Anna M. Stowell or simply Anna Stowell) and there was a bit of time where it wasn’t clear if it was a middle name (likely from her maternal line) or a previous marriage that gave her the two-barrel moniker. Eventually, it got sorted, and her first marriage came to light. Here’s what we know about her now.

Read about the marriages and children of Anna Martin (b. 1725) on Substack.