Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday Night Fun: Fun Facts

This week's Saturday Night Fun is actually something I've looked at before, the website, but I thought it would be fun to post my results here and play along with the SNF!

1. "Bad" Joke (which I actually thought was pretty funny):
"A young couple gets married, and the groom asks his bride if he can have a dresser drawer of his own that she will never open. The bride agrees. After 30 years of marriage, she notices that his drawer has been left open. She peeks inside and sees 3 golf balls and $1,000.

She confronts her husband and asks for an explanation. He explains 'Every time I was unfaithful to you, I put a golf ball in the drawer.' She figures 3 times in 30 years isn't bad and asks 'But what about the $1,000?' He replied 'Whenever I got a dozen golf balls, I sold them'"

2. Birthday Info:
Born under Capricorn,
Life path number is 11 (I've also seen this broken down as a 2)
The Julian calendar date of your birth is 2447157.5
Your birthday falls into the Chinese year beginning 1/29/1987 and ending 2/16/1988.
You were born in the Chinese year of the Rabbit.
Your Native American Zodiac sign is Goose; your plant is Bramble.
You were born in the Egyptian month of Famenoth, the third month of the season of Poret (Emergence - Fertile soil).
I am 7,824 days old.
Celebrities I share my birthday with (28 December):
Denzel Washington (1954), Maggie Smith (1934), Woodrow Wilson (1856), Lew Ayres (1908), Stan Lee (1922), Nichelle Nichols aka Uhura from Star Trek (1933)
Your birth flower is the POINSETTIA (I've also seen it listed as the carnation)
Your birth stone is Blue Zircon (News to me- everywhere else it is listed as Turquoise)
Apparently my "birth tree" is the apple tree

Wikipedia also has fun birthday facts, just type in your DOB. For December 28:
(Some events)
1065 Westminster Abbey is consecrated
1846 Iowa is admitted as the 19th US state
1895 The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience... marking the debut of the cinema
1945 The Pledge of Allegiance is officially recognized by Congress
2008 The Detroit Lions finish their historic no win season, 0-16 (as a Lions fan, this one hurts)
(Some births)
1763 John Molson (of Molson beer)
1888 Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau
1929 Terry Sawchuck
1954 Gayle King
1960 Ray Bourque
1973 Seth Meyers
1974 Rob Niedermayer
1978 John Legend
1981 Sienna Miller

3. Name facts:
Hebrew/Female Tired. Cow. First wife of Jacob in the Old Testament. Leah became Jacob's first wife by trickery, as Jacob had intended to marry her younger and more beautiful sister, Rachel, who soon became his second and favoured wife.
English/Female Meadow.
Biblical/Female Weary, tired
I wrote about my dislike for my given name earlier this month for name week. I also mentioned that I prefer the Assyrian meaning of "mistress" or "ruler" to the Biblical definition. The website offers a lot of info on names and various other meanings, definitely worth checking out.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Berger Brothers

Jesse and Gideon Berger, Oakland, CA circa 1894
Privately held by Leah [address for private use], California, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: James Samuel Tuck

James Samuel Tuck was the son of James Tock and Margaret Mowatt. James Tock was my great x 3 grandfather, born in Lincolnshire, England in 1818. He was married to Martha Wadd and they came to the Calais, Maine area around 1850 and had my great-great-grandmother, Emma Sophia Tock Shinn along with three other daughters. When Martha died in 1861, James was left with four small girls to raise in a foreign country, surely a difficult task. He married Margaret Mowatt, a New Brunswick native around 1865 and they lived in the St. Stephen and Milltown area of New Brunswick. When they married Margaret was already in her late 30s and was forty by the time she had James Samuel. When James Samuel was about seven, his father and half-sisters left for California in 1874. Story goes that James wanted a better life and wanted to go to California because of the better opportunities there. He asked his wife, Margaret, and when she refused, he took his girls and left without her and little James Samuel. James Tock died in 1891 and to this day I have no idea if her kept in touch with his "second family" back in New Brunswick. James Samuel had a paper with the names and addresses of his half-sisters in California, but I do not know if they kept in touch. Margaret Mowatt died in 1889, she never remarried and was devoted to her son (as he was to her). He married Isabel Maude Mersereau in 1890 and they had seven children. James Samuel Tuck is buried in St. Stephen Rural Cemetery, Charlotte, New Brunswick along with his mother and several of his descendants.I always had a hard time finding James Samuel because all I knew was his name and an approximate birth date. I hunted for him in both New Brunswick and Maine but had no luck until I stumbled across a James Tuck in a census return. From there I was intrigued and eventually made contact with a descendant of James Samuel's which cemented his parentage. While I had known nothing about James Samuel, my "cousin" knew nothing about James Tock. Apparently James' leaving his second family was a hard blow to them because they never spoke of James and there were some bitter feelings towards what he did (probably the reason for the name change from Tock to Tuck). As sad as his leaving is, I'm certainly glad he did otherwise my great-great-grandmother probably never would have met and married Heman Doyle Shinn and had my great-grandfather, Elmer John.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

1865 New York Census: Part 2

One thing I especially liked about the 1865 census was that it listed where each person was born and if they were born in New York the specific county of birth is given. I know I was surprised when I was researching and found that while one family was in Monroe county where I expected them, most of the children were born in Genesee (which is very helpful should I ever pursue vital records for them). I also thought it was interesting how clustered together each family was for the census. I can't speak for the other "groupings" but there were many sons in one branch of my family and each one went off and established their own farms in various parts of Livingston county, yet they are all on the same page in Livonia in 1865. Whether the census taker just happened upon the (very large) family when they were all visiting in one place or if he made a conscious effort to group them together, I do not know but both scenarios seem unlikely so I am at a loss...

This time I researched my Jackmans in Livonia and they were all in the same area (the groupings thing I mentioned earlier):

There were other Jackmans on the page as well. Most of the ones listed here are my ancestor Alzina's half-siblings. Alzina had two brothers and a sister (Flora in the previous post) before their mother, Rhoda, died and their father, Moses, remarried Betsey Beecher. Moses and Betsey had many children, most are listed above. Moses died right before the census, in 1861, but Betsey is listed in her son George W's household.

I think I'll keep tackling the smaller communities in upstate New York. I've found that these areas are very easy and quick to look through. Once I get all of those searches done, I'll go after the big kahuna, New York City.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


It would REALLY be great if you could add a search feature onto the Ancestry Member Trees based around geography. That way, if I can't remember the name of an ancestor in my member tree in a certain place, I can still type in that place and find that ancestor in my Ancestry tree. Other programs have this capability, why don't you? Are you planning on expanding the Maps Beta feature to include this? Because at this point, the Maps Beta thing is pretty useless. Thanks!

Hugs and kisses,


1865 New York Census: Part 1

Now that I am done with school for a little while, I can devote more time to genealogical pursuits and the first thing I wanted to check out was the new 1865 New York state census up on FamilySearch. Since it is browse only, I don't think I'll be looking (at least just yet) for my multitude of Roses, Motts and Smiths in NYC (there were some of them in every borough and they moved a lot so it would be pretty daunting). I do have other branches in upstate New York, primarily in Livingston and Monroe counties and it was actually quite easy to find them. First up is the Daggett family in Brighton, New York. Flora Jackman Daggett was the sister of my ancestor Alzina Jackman Doyle and she, along with her husband Hollis, son Frederick, daughter-in-law Mary Agnes Peets Daggett and grandson William were all together in the 1865 census:

Frederick and Mary Agnes (the daughter of Hiram Peets and Roxanna Sachett) would go on to have two more sons, Edgar and Frank and would relocate to the Lockport area of New York around the 1870s. Hollis Daggett died in 1882 in Brighton and Flora died sometime after him, probably also in Brighton. Of note to researchers: I found, while the overall quality of the images was exceptional, there were several smaller communities that I researched that were a bit harder to read (due to their condition rather than the copying of the image). Also, as you go through the images be sure and check the WHOLE image. I went through several pages before I realized that each "page" was actually two (think of an open book with each page counting as one). I don't know if the larger cities do this, but I also noticed that there are some pages for the more rural towns devoted to agriculture and the farms in that area (since my family were farmers, I found this interesting). Occasional mortality, birth and veteran schedules accompanied the general census too and are worth a look.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Siskiyou Sisters, circa 1900

The Wellons Girls, clockwise starting far left: Flo, Sadie, Edna, Georgia
Privately held by Leah [address for private use], California, 2009.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

What I Remember about Mother, Mary Anna Webb

Since both my mother and maternal grandmother are still living and I don't know much about my other grandmother, I thought I would post this. I have the original and only recently found out it was published in a Hornbrook, Siskiyou Co. history book:

"What I Can Remember About Mother: Mary Anna Webb Wellons", Written by Georgianna Wellon Berger (daughter of Mary Anna)
Mother was the tenth child of Andrew and (I think) Priscilla WEBB, and was born in Wabash, Indiana, in 1862.
Her father was not tall and quite fat - as I remember him. Mother was only 4 feet 10 inches when grown. The father was blue eyed and had fair hair. Mother had gray eyes and red hair. The sisters and brothers I knew were dark haired and brown eyed.
My mother was 13 months old when her mother died - leaving a family of 6 boys and 4 girls (ages 19 years to 13 months).
Two of her brothers were killed in the Civil War. (I remember this because my Grandfather Andrew WEBB received a small pension after a certain age). My mother was the one who looked up the data and applied for it for him around the time I was born.
I knew two of Mother's sisters very well after they all came to Oregon and California.
One of two stories they told of their childhood before they moved to Colorado. The sister, Martha, and Mother were coming home from school in a snowstorm and Mother got so tired and sleepy she wanted to rest and her sister wouldn't let her but made her keep going.
Grandpa WEBB remarried a young woman not much older than the boys and the girls used to do things to tease her and laught at her. These stories I heard about when the girls got together in 1905-06, and they were ashamed of themselves then.
This marriage may have taken place after Grandpa WEBB and family left Indiana. I don't know just when the family left Indiana but it must have been after 1870. In crossing the mountains, the fourth child was born and they named her Lillie Timberline, because it was at the timberline. The mother died there so I guess the older girls took care them. I know nothing of those four children.
The family settled in Colorado, where they grew up and married.
Mother went to live in the home of a doctor - I think she was treated well and learned many things in housekeeping. She was only 11 years old when she went to work.
I asked her one time "were you pretty Mother?" She answered, "Well, some folks thought I was." Her hair was red and her eyes bluish gray, a very fair skin, pink cheeks.
Her sister, Martha, had dark brown hair and bright brown eyes. I remember her well - but she too was overweight.
They all seemed to enjoy life - laughed and sang - but were very timid - but both married young.
Mother was 16 1/2 when she married George Washington WELLONS on May 28, 1878 in Animas City, Colorado.
While still in Colorado, they had 4 children, Eben Boulder, born November 22, 1878, Hermosa Florita, born April 1, 1880, Edna May, born August 3, 1882 in Durango, and John Chapple Montgomery, born April 11, 1884 in Animas City, Colorado.
Before Flora was born, my father sold his property for around $2000 and planned to invest in a saloon - but I guess what you'd call a con man persuaded him and a neighbor to invest in some new product with headquarters in New York - so Dad settled Mother with Ebb in two rooms and money for groceries and he and two men went to New York - found the place where they had invested thier money "gone out of business" and the guys skipped out - a counterfeiting gang. So Dad came home broke. He said afterwards he was sure glad he hadn't invested in the saloon.
Of course, Mother was alone those two months he was gone - and she said she was afraid to go outside the door - but never a complaint I guess. She was a spunky little thing.
March 26, 1981 {date of writing}
I don't remember when I started writing about Mother, but I do want to write much much more - so I'll start again, after resolving to write a little every day and before my handwriting becomes any worse.
Mother was such a wonderful person. The older I get, the more I realize her greatness - yes, greatness - she was patient, kind, merciful, loving, forgiving, resourceful, industrious, never complaining and asking for nothing for herself. I could add many more fine attributes - such as humming as she worked, teaching us happy songs and helpful stories.
She was a fine seamstress, proud of her old pedal sewing machine - knitted lace on bleached flour sack underwear. She was noted for her bread, cakes, cookies and doughnuts, fried chicken, white lard which of course she rendered -- and her white clothes after they hung on the line washed by the soap she made.
Guess I'd better get back to their leaving Colorado.
After Father got back from that trip to New York, Dad took up farming again.
Dad decided he wanted to come to Oregon or California and in August of 1884, they left Colorado. There were three wagons in all - Mother's sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Jule NICHOLSON (Aunt Martha, we called her Mat), her brother George WEBB who had just married and another brother William. Grandpa WEBB was willing to come with them, so the four families left for Oregon.
I don't know the route they followed, but I know they went through Utah - for she and her sister would talk about being afraid of the Mormon men - and would hide in the covered wagons if they saw any riding by their camps or on the road - more afrraid of them than the Indians. They mentioned crossing the Mesa and the Snake River at least three times. The men would take the wheels off the wagons and float it across the river. The Snake River is the only one they mentioned. How they crossed the mountains, I don't know but I suppose they took the Oregon Trail for they finally arrived in Oregon at a town called Lakeview or near there.
One brother stayed in Eastern Oregon, but the rest of the party came south and arrived near Klamath Falls. What an experience, seeing the Klamath Lakes, flocks of wild birds, wild animals.
The winter was severe, but they stayed in old (couldn't have been very old) sheds and barns and they had plenty of wild game.
At one place they stayed in 1886, Sarah (Sadie) was born - so now there were five children. (The other two couples didn't have any.)
The earlier settlers were kind and hospitable. Dad was a good worker and "a jack of all trades but master of none." By this time he was in his early forties and Mother 25.
The party seemed to have gone their separate ways by the time they reached Klamath Falls.
Klamath Falls was quite a good sized town. There were little steamers on the lake and transportation was carried on the water. Shipping lumber, groceries, produce, etc. as well as for passenger service.
I don't know why my father didn't stay there - but he took the family about ten miles south on the river to a town called Keno. There they stayed for five years. Another baby girl was born February 24, 1888 and was named Fleda Leona. She was born in the house Dad built a little distance from the river. The little girl died when she was 3 months old. Mother and Dad really grieved over her loss. She was buried in the yard - by the house. Years later (about 6) Dad walked the 50 miles back to Keno when he heard they were going to plow up the field where her grave was. He moved her into the cemetery. I can remember about it because I listened to him tell Mother about it when he got home - and they cried and cried. That was unusual to see anyone cry, especially your mother and father.
They made many good friends there. One family, the McCORMACKS, had fourteen children. The father was named Tom and the Mother Anna. They must have been well (?) educated for the older girls taught the lower grades in the two-room school. They knew their 3 R's well anyway and Ebb, Flora, Edna and John went to school there.
Well - I came along two years later (Georgianna). I was born April 29, 1891. So now there were six children.
The railroad was being built to Oregon and would cross the Klamath River about 20 miles south of the Oregon border in California. There was a large lumber industry developing at a place called Pokegama, but they needed a railroad outlet so the company, John Cook & Co., moved their operation to a place on the Klamath River and called it Klamathon.
My father decided to move from Keno, so in April of '92 the covered wagon was put into use again. I like to think it might have been the same one but of that there is no proof. The covered wagons were the motor homes of that day.
Six children and Mother and Dad started on the 50-mile trip over Topsy Grade, through beautiful timber down the Klamath River. Sorry I can't describe the trip as I wasn't quite a year old. Mother said there were quite a few farms along the way for the soil was fertile and cheap. A health resort had sprung up called Klamath Hot Springs and was even then becoming known. It must have taken at least 2 weeks before we got to the town of Ager where the railroad was.
A roadhouse, hotel and store, owned by the Ager family, was operating a good business. One of the young women who worked there was a Spannaus girl. She might have been married to Jud Ager at that time; anyway, she told me this story of our family when we arrived there when I was 1 year old. Not really a story but her impression of the family.
She and Jud owned the hotel, store and just about everything at that time. But of all the people who came there, she remembered Mother the most -- a little 4 ft. 10 in. red headed woman, timid and gentle who kept everything so clean - and because all of the children were so well behaved. I take no credit for my behavior for if I were a good 1-year-old, it was because all of the rest of the kids spoiled me. There had been no babies in the family for 5 years. Ebb was 14 and on down every two years to Sadie, 5, and me.
Back to the trip down to the town of Klamathon. It was raining hard when they arrived in Ager and so Dad decided to stay there. I think they stayed in a little house for two weeks.
It was only five miles on to Klamathon but there was quite a grade to go over and no place to live when we got to Klamathon except in the wagon.
John said they left Keno on his birthday, the 11th of April, so it was nearly May when they arrived in Klamathon.
He settled the family near a creek on the north side of the river. The railroad was on the south side. Dad took up a homestead about a mile away toward Hornbrook, and built a small four-roomed house. Some time during the summer they moved there. They used a large tent for a bedroom for the boys. It could have been the top of the covered wagon, for I'm sure it was waterproof. They had used it for storing things.
Soon they had a garden, fruit trees, a barn for the horses. They bought two cows and of course had chickens and a pig or two and were doing well enough.
Mother began doing washing for the families who owned the mill and also did some baking. She must have been a good manager of her time with garden and chickens and family to feed and four girls to sew for, quilts to make, etc. That sewing machine surely paid for itself.
Ebb and Dad got work with the lumber company until fall.
There was no high school in Klamathon, so in the fall Ebb went to work for a druggist in Fort Jones and went to school there.
Mama's sister, Martha, who lived in Hornbrook, came often to see us. She always brought presents and helped Mother with her work. We all loved her very much. She was so happy and jolly all the time.
So we lived on Doby Hill for four or five years, then moved into Klamathon proper where Mother started a bakery.
Brother William Andrew was born in Klamathon on July 20, 1894, the last of the children.
We lived in Klamathon for six years, then fire swept the town. Saving a few of our things, we moved to Yreka in the fall of 1902. Mother started doing some baking with the help of her daughter Edna, and Dad would deliver the pastries and bread. They did this for about three years, then rented a house on Center Street where they kept boarders."

While there are some errors and omissions (the family lived in Kansas and Illinois before Colorado) it is a treasure in my family and also a great history of the Oregon and California border area around the turn of the 20th Century.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Saturday Night Fun: "You Might Be a ..."

I'll admit it, I love Saturdays, can you guess why? Because of Saturday Night Fun, of course! This week's challenge, courtesy of Genea-Musings, is:

"The directions for this SNGF are:
1) Check Richard Pence's list on the Association of Professional Genealogists mailing list, and don't duplicate any of them.
2) Create your own (hopefully) funny and (definitely) appropriate thoughts
3) Post them on your own blog or in comments to this post."

Complete the sentence: "You Might Be a Professional Genealogist if..."

Well, I'm afraid I'm not terribly creative. I'm not sure how much of it has to do with just a natural lack of it or if it is because I'm burnt out from the finals and that term paper on "defining the tragic figures and the role of civil disobedience within Antigone." But as I was getting ready to make Beef Wellington for dinner (I'm still a vegetarian, its a treat for my dad) I came up with a few (most are applicable to myself, though I'm by no stretch of the imagination a professional genealogist):

*... your idea of the perfect summer job when you were sixteen was to teach the genealogy class at the senior center.
*... you have to explain to your friends that you'd rather do Saturday Night Fun than go out bar hopping.
*... you celebrate the end of another school week by pulling out your Evidence Explained and going to town sourcing!
*... you'd rather be touring cemeteries than be in Long Beach or Cabo at Spring Break.
*... you follow your grandmother around with a tape recorder and when she finally gets tired of all the questions, she has to bribe you to be quiet with family photos.
*... you promise copies of that family history book you've been working on for years to family members, but there is always just ONE MORE thing to add before it is finished.
*... you have over 100 known "cousins"... and you talk with them all at least once a year.
*... you know citation better than your English teacher.
*... as you're sitting in history class listening to a lecture, you can connect your ancestors to the event(s) being discussed.
*... your dream is to be on Antiques Roadshow so that you can show off all your awesome family treasures!
*... all your relatives call you up to find out when each others birthdays, anniversaries, etc. are.
*... you save every scrap of paper and photo with relatives in it for posterity.
*... you think making pedigree charts and family group sheets is a fun activity at family reunions.
*... you can drive through your ancestor's hometown and point out every place where they lived, worked, went to school, etc.
*... you call up your friend at 3 in the morning to excitedly tell them your great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather's brother's son's step-daughter's husband and their great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother's sister's husband's nephew's wife's parents were neighbors... and then you don't understand why your friend isn't as excited as you are.
*... you have your local sexton's home phone number and you aren't afraid to use it.
*... you greet your relatives by asking if they have any old family pictures to share.
*... you look up everyone you known in Ancestry or FamilySearch.
*... you go through your friends and neighbors mail looking for information that you can add to that "surprise" pedigree chart you're making for them.
*... you've always got a reserve of SASEs ready to go and at your finger tips!

Okay, so I did more than a "few" but I had fun, even if most of mine are pretty lame...

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Life in Postcards (1911)

From my great-grandmother's postcard collection:

"His First Love""The Proposal""The Trousseau""The Wedding""The Honeymoon"
"The First Evening in Their Own Home" "Their New Love"

Privately held by Leah [address for private use], California, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Siblings of Andrew Webb: Nancy Webb Richardson

Andrew's sister Nancy married Horatio B. Richardson on May 19 1842 in Lawrence Co. He was born on Feb 10 1813 in Waltham, Massachusetts and died on Nov 5 1893 In Bedford, Lawrence, IN. Nancy died on Nov 18 1896, also in Bedford and they are buried in Green Hill Cem. in Bedford. Children:

1. Martha Ora Richardson) was born May 1844, IN. She married James Carson (b. circa 1830, KY) and they had Nettie M. or Maria A. (b. circa 1862, IN), Fanny R. (b. Mar 1864, IN). By 1900, Martha was widowed and living in Bedford with Fanny (also spelled Fannie). I don't know what happened to Nettie, but she was alive in 1900 (Martha is shown as having two living children then). Fanny never married and lived in Bedford until at least 1930.

2. Horace Richardson, b. Dec 1847, Indiana. He married Sarah (b. July 1861, IN). They had:
Charles Horace (b. Oct 14 1884, IN), Persus (b. Apr 1887, IN), Cora (b. July 1890, IN), Paul Bedford (b. July 13 1897, IN). The family lived in Bedford until some point in the 1910s when Sarah died and Horace, Cora and Paul moved to Buffalo, New York. By 1930 Horace, Cora and Paul are living in Cambridge, MA. I think Persus/Perseus (a daughter) died young and I don't know what happened to Cora or Paul after the 1930 census. Paul's WWI draft card is from Buffalo so the family had left Bedford by Aug of 1918. Charles stayed in Bedford married an Elizabeth Roarden. They had Oneta/Oreta (b. circa 1912, IN), Horace (b. circa 1914, IN) and Charles J. (b. circa 1919, IN)

3. Mary Frances Richardson, b. 4 Dec 1849, Bedford, Lawrence, IN; d. 14 May 1914. Mary Frances never married and stayed in Bedford.

4. Henry B. Richardson, b. Nov 27, 1851 in Bedford. He died on Sept 21 1886 in Bedford. He was married to Mary E. who was born Feb 27 1855 or 1857 in Buffalo, Erie, NY. She died on Nov 22 1930 in Bedford and they are buried in Green Hill Cem.

Henry was a grocer in Bedford according to the 1880 Census. He and Mary had three children: Frederick (b. Feb 1875, Indiana), Edward E. (b. Jan 1877), Estella Louisa (b. circa 1879, Indiana), Reuel Lawrence(b. Oct 1881, Indiana) and (Jacob) Diehl (b. June 1883, Indiana).

Frederick Richardson married Bertha (b. circa 1887, IN) and they had William (b. circa 1909, IN) and James F. (b. circa 1914, IN). Edward never married. Reuel married Clara Hutchison around 1920 and they lived in Bedford and had a daughter. I believe Estella married a Mr. Stipp because a graddaughter, Frances (b. circa 1905) is living with Mary in the 1910 and 1920 census years. Deal/Diehl married a Georgia and they had a daughter.

5. Allan W. Richardson, b. June 4 1857, IN; d. Dec 20 1940, San Francisco, CA. He married a Mary (b. Dec 1869, IN) around 1895.

6. Ellen Ann Richardson, b. Sept 1859, IN. She married Wilmot David LaForce. By 1910, Wilmot had died and Ellen was living with her sister, Mary Frances and Ellen's two children Clara and Wilmot Jr. Clara was born July 1890, IN. She married William H. Opitz and they lived in Lakewood, Cuyahoga, Ohio (Ellen was living with them in 1930). Wilmot was born Aug 1892, IN. Wilmot also lived in Cuyahoga Co., Ohio and married a Marguerite/Margaret Haffer.

Since they all went to Ohio, I checked the death record database on FamilySearch. Turns out Wilmot and Margaret had a son, David Wilmot in Cincinnati on Jan 29 1920 but he was stillborn. From death record it says that Margaret was from Columbus, Ohio. I wasn't able to find death information for any of the others though.

7. Margaret Louisa Richardson, b. Aug 1863. She married George W. Campbell (b. Mar 1858, IN) around 1884. They had Leland W. Campbell (b. June 5 1885, IN) and Marie (b. Mar 1892, IN). I think Leland was living in Albaquerque in 1910, but the rest of the family was still in Bedford. By 1920, George and Margaret were living in Albaquerque with Leland his wife, Ruth (b. circa 1893, New Mexico). By 1930 Leland was in Oakland, Alameda, California with his mother, Margaret and uncle Allan. I found Leland in the CA Death Index. He died in Sacramento in 9 Sept 1970.

Now that I have all this information I'm going to try and get obituaries and death records for at least Nancy and her children and for Leland who died only a short way from me. I'm also going to go put up memorials for them on Find-A-Grave (if they aren't there already) and see if any of the wonderful volunteers there will take some headstone pictures for me in Indiana.

Siblings of Andrew Webb: John Webb

Until recently I knew next to nothing about my ancestor Andrew Webb's siblings. Andrew was the eldest son of Martin Webb and Martha (Leet?). He was born on February 24 1820 in Orange Co., Indiana. Later, Martin and Martha had: John Webb (b. circa 1821, Lawrence or Orange Co., IN), Nancy Webb (b. 21 May 1824, Paoli Twp., Orange, IN), William Martin Webb (b. December 17 1822, Lawrence Co., IN), and Caty Webb (b. circa 1823, Indiana- nothing is known about Caty beyond this). Besides brother William I never knew what happened to the other children, in fact, the only reason I knew about the other children is because they were mentioned in Martin's will. Now I know quite a bit about Andrew's siblings, thanks to a generous Webb research I was recently in contact with. I thought I would post these new finds, starting with brother John:

John Webb married Letitia Emery on Feb 28 1844 in Lawrence Co., IN. Letitia was born around 1822 in Kentucky. At the time of the 1850 the family was living in Shawswick Twp. In Lawrence Co. Along with the children, an Abraham Leet is listed as living with the family and is possibly John's uncle. John and Letitia had the following children according to the 1850 Census:

1. Rachel Webb, b. circa 1845, Indiana
2. Martha H. Webb, b. circa 1846, Indiana
3. Nancy M. Webb, b. circa 1848, Indiana
4. William H. Webb, b. circa January 1850, Indiana

By 1860, the family was living in McCameron, Martin, Indiana and had grown to include more children:

1. Rachael E., b. circa 1843, Indiana
2. Martha A. Webb, b. circa 1845, Indiana
3. Nancy M., b. circa 1848, Indiana
4. Sarah C., b. circa 1850, Indiana
5. John M., b. circa 1852, Indiana
6. Mary M., b. circa 1856, Indiana
7. Sarah (?) A., b. circa 1856, Indiana (I think this is actually Susan, see below)
8. Peter W., b. circa 1859, Indiana

By 1870, Letitia has died and the family is back in Marion, Lawrence Co. By now the household consists of John and the following children:

1. John M., b. circa 1854, Indiana
2. Mary M., b. circa 1857, Indiana
3. Susan M., b. circa 1857, Indiana
4. Abrahamn Lincoln, b. circa 1861, Indiana
5. Peter W., b. circa 1857, Indiana

An 1880 Census from East Fork, Faulkner, Arkansas could be my John but I don't as yet know for sure. I believe the family relocated to Arkansas after this, but have no proof as yet. A Peter Webb who matches what I have appears in census records for Little Rock, adding to the plausibility that the family relocated to Arkansas. I will have to do some more research before I can say for sure whatever happened to brother John and his family.

Monday, May 4, 2009

To Aunt Jeannie

I just saw that you left a comment on a post of mine. I'd love to talk with you and I know my parents would love to chat too! Please e-mail me (my contact info is on my blogger profile) and we can catch up.


Sunday, May 3, 2009


I was recently reading some letters that my grandmother had and in one, my grandmother's aunt Flo writes about an, um, interesting cure for mumps:

(from December 1933)

"Take a can of cheap oysters and rub your face with the juice and put the oysters in a cloth, making a compress of them and tie it on your jaw. I remember trying it and if I am not mistaken I was most well in 4 days."

I thought about posting the letter in its entirety online but due to privacy concerns for living relatives, I just chose the passage above. Apparently, oysters weren't an unheard of treatment back in the day...

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saturday Night Fun: Top Genealogy Websites

This week's challenge, courtesy of Genea-Musings, is to list our top 10 favorite genealogy-related websites, so here goes:

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Now that I've got my generic favorites out of the way, these are some of my possibly lesser known faves:
5. Golden Nugget Library
6. Siskiyou Cemetery Central
7. Find-A-Grave
8. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors
9. Newspaper Archive from the Library of Congress
10. Siskiyou History
Here's a bonus ten:
11. 1895 Atlas
12. Ellis Island (also check out: Castle Garden if trying to find immigrant ancestors!)
13. US Dept. of Veterans Affairs (the Gravesite Locator is especially helpful)
14. Trinity Church History and Registers (the landmark early church in New York has many online records)
15. Paper Trail (my John R. Shinn's journal is listed there along with MANY others)
16. NY Times Article Archives
17. Fulton History (lots of New York statewide newspaper articles!)
18. Dibean Michigan Marriage Index
19. Google Books
20. Cyndi's List
I have a lot of other favorite sites listed under the "internet find" tag on my blog.