Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wedding Wednesday - July Weddings in my Family Tree

In order to determine the couple in my family tree who was married the longest, I need to know two things:  1) when they were married and 2) when at least one of them died.  So just looking at my direct ancestors who meet that criteria, the couple married the longest is my paternal Great Grandparents, Clarence & Cora Mann.  Married in Fairbury, Nebraska on July 5, 1899, they were married for 69 years until his death in October, 1968.  I'm not sure, but it seems like I remember hearing that their anniversary was mentioned by Paul Harvey on his radio show.  The Lincoln Journal Star even published an article about their anniversary in July of 1968. In 1949, they got their picture in the paper for their 50th anniversary.  Such media moguls! 

Less attention was probably given to my Seventh Great Grandparents Ebenezer Bliss & Joanna Lamb.  They were married in Springfield, Massachusetts on July 23, 1723 and until his death in November of 1761 - over 38 years.  They are also the Fourth Great Grandparents of Cora Mann.

On July 2, 1648, Thomas Sawyer married Mary Prescott in what is now Lancaster, Massachusetts.  Thomas died in 1706, so they were married for 58 years.  They are my Eighth Great Grandparents.  Their marriage is recorded in various books of transcribed Vital Records from Massachusetts towns.

Gabriel Mattingly & Ann Juliette Molohon were married on July 24, 1810 in Washington County, Kentucky.  This awesome, original but hard to read document is online at familysearch.  They are my husband's Second Great Grandparents.

The stats for July are 49 marriages, the 11th is the most popular date with four marriages on that day.  Probably not all of them got the media attention that Clarence & Cora Mann did. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Newspaper Clippings - Peotone, Illinois, May, 1907

Here's one short column from the local news of the Peotone, Illinois Vedette.  Walter Jorgenson is my second Great Grandmother Lena Jorgenson's brother.  She was married to William Roscoe and living in Saline County, Nebraska by this time.  I would have loved to have found a mention of her paying a visit.  This is from microfilm, not a searchable, digital source. 

Peotone Vedette, May 17, 1907

L. J. Jackson of Piper City, Ills., painted his farm house this year.  Bought 17 gallons of Devoe lead-and-zinc, and hired Wm. Brown, painter, to put it on.  Returned 4 gallons; good job.  S. D. Culbertson & Son, dealers.
Mrs. Lee of New Holland, Ills., hired James Hughes, painter, to paint her house; got 15 gallons of Devoe lead and zinc paint; used only nine.
Devoe is economy.
Yours truly
F. W. DEVOE & Co,
New York and Chicago
HENRY AMMAN & SONS sell our paint.

Miss Ethel Parish, of Harvey, visited Miss Lois Imholz the first of the week.
Walter Jorgenson, of Chicago, accompanied his mother to Peotone Wednesday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Pla??e of Harvey, visited their daughter, Mrs. L. E. Stassen, Tuesday.
Mrs. Oscar Fleischer visited with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Kerger, in Kankakee, this week.
Mrs. Mamie Anderson, of Chicago, visited her mother, Mrs. A. Vinson, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Henry Houghton, who for several weeks was confined to his home with rheumatism is able to be out.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Collins entertained Mrs. A. N. Winkless, of Chicago, a day or so the first of the week.
Fred Wahls, who was called to Chicago by the illness of his son, Henry J., called on Peotone friends Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Smit, of Kankakee, were the guests of Mrs. Smit's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer, Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Werner, of Beecher, were the guests of Mrs. Werner's sister, Mrs. L. E. Stassen, yesterday.
Hon. David Slush, of Detroit, the capitalist, who is backing the new electric road, was in town a few hours last evening.
W. H. Morrison was in Chicago on business a few days last week.  He and his family spent Sunday with friends at Oreana.
Hon. Fred Wilke was in town yesterday shaking hands with Peotone friends.  He was a welcome caller at The Vedette office.
Mrs. O. Jorgenson, who has been ill for many weeks at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Judson, of Chicago, returned to Peotone Wednesday evening.
John Kurtz, of Correctionville, Iowa, called on Peotone relatives and friends Tuesday.  He ran down from Chicago after marketing a lot of stock.
Chas. Dornbusch and family spent the past week in Peotone.  Today they leave for Wisconsin where business takes Mr. Dornbusch for the next two or three weeks.
John Hagenow entertained his sons, John and Christian, Rev. Geo. Schnessler and other relatives Monday.  They came to Peotone to attend the Singleman funeral.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday's Faces from the Past - Harvard Kid #3

This is a photo by G. G. Bruckert from Harvard, Nebraska with no identifying information.  His or her face is slightly blurry.  Written on the bottom of the left shoe is "09 / eu / 40".  

When I was looking for a picture of another child taken in this or a similar chair, I noticed something else.  Two things looked familiar with this photo from a post I wrote about Elvie and Elwin Megrue.  First, that furry stuff that the child above seems to be sitting on and this one is laying on.  Second, the gown both infants are wearing look alike, although it's hard to see very well.  I'm sure that those infant gowns were all pretty similar.  I just wondered if this gown was worn by siblings and is actually the same gown.  Elwin Megrue had an older sister named Vernie Faye.  Is the above photo possibly Vernie Faye taken when she was of age for the same gown?  Maybe their mother made them each a gown with the same trim.  What do you think?
These photos and others are in my possession and I would be glad to send them to family who wants them.  Check out all of my Friday's Faces from the Past posts by clicking the link below or under "Labels".  

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wedding Wednesday's - June Weddings in My Family Tree

Today, June 22nd, is my 25th wedding anniversary.  June's reputation as the "wedding month" holds true and IS the most popular month among all of the couples in my tree.  Sixty-five marriage dates in my tree are in June.  June 10th is the most popular day of the year, with six couples getting married on that date.  But besides me, only three sets of my direct ancestors chose to have June weddings.   

My marriage license is not as pretty as some of the old ones that I've found.  It's a bland typed-up, fill-in-the-blank form.  No elaborate fonts, no calligraphy, no pretty flowers.  At least with a typed form, everything is more legible than this old hand-written one.  

This is from the Marriage Register of the Whitestown Presbyterian Church in New York.  The bottom half of this says, "June 16 Mr       Lee to Miss Case, the former of Utica, the latter of Verona, $2.00".  The information is vague, but my cousin Linda also gave me a copy of the Family Bible which has the marriage recorded.  My copy is hard to read, but I have no reason to doubt that this is their marriage record.  Charles Lee & Susannah Case were married on June 16, 1845 in Whitestown, New York.  They celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary just two months before Susannah died of complications in childbirth.  They are my Third Great Grandparents. 

Two sets of my Sixth Great Grandparents were married in June.  Both couples are the Third Great Grandparents of my Great Grandma Cora (Gaisford) Mann.  On June 7, 1755, Thomas Cogswell & Grace Martin were married in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England.  The next year on June 10, 1756, Stephen Bliss married Katherine Burt in Massachusetts.  They were married 49 or 50 years, depending on his exact date of death.

We don't have a big celebration planned.  I will just drink a toast tonight to all the couples who came before me.  Cheers!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - Samuel Gaisford & Wives

Samuel Gaisford, brother of my second Great Grandfather Charles Gaisford, died December 3, 1921.  He was 64 years old and was laid to rest in the Prairie Home Cemetery north of Diller, Nebraska.  Born January 21, 1857 in Pascoag, Rhode Island, Samuel was a son of James and Anna (Rich) Gaisford.  The Gaisford family moved from Rhode Island to Minonk, Illinois when Sam was 12.  In 1870, at age 14, he was a farm hand for his brother-in-law, George Pickard in Woodford County. 

Ellen S. Wife of S. Gaisford, died Sept. 2, 1887, Aged 28 Years, Rest in peace

Samuel's first wife was Ellen S. Pickard.  They were married February 5, 1880 in Minonk, Illinois then moved to Nebraska in 1881 where he was a blacksmith.  From Sam's obituary in the Diller Record, December 9, 1921:  "On September 2nd, 1887, he was bereaft of his wife.  After her death he returned to Minonk, Illinois, and engaged in the barber business for a number of years.".  

Back in Gage County, Nebraska on October 5, 1885, Sam married Emma Emmerman (or Ammerman).  They had 3 children, Mabel, Lyle and Charley.  In 1900, Sam, Emma and son Lyle were living in Benton County, Arkansas.   

By 1910 Lyle was deceased, Sam is living back in Nebraska with his sister Hannah and his son Charley Gaisford, 2 years old, is then living with Emma Thompson who was a daughter of Sam's brother Charles.  Emma Gaisford.  I found Emma Gaisford in Little Rock, Arkansas in the State Hospital for Nervous Disorders.

Sam's second wife Emma died in 1916 at age 46, her son Charley was 9 years old.  She is also buried in the Prairie Home Cemetery.  In 1920, Charley was living with his mother's relatives.  Mabel is mentioned in her father's obituary, but is not listed on any census record.  I would guess that Mabel and Lyle are buried somewhere in Arkansas.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Newspaper Clippings - Dawson County, Nebraska, 1896

Genealogists can't help but look through a list of names.  Especially when there is also a time and a place along with those names, like in this newspaper clipping from Dawson County, 1896.  To anyone who even thinks they might have an ancestor in Dawson County:  "I made you look, you dirty crook, you stole your mother's pocketbook!"    

Dawson County Pioneer

Lexington, Neb., Saturday, January 18, 1896

Apportionment of State School Money in Dawson County.
Office of County Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dawson county, Nebraska, January 11, 1896.
To L. Neil, treasurer of Dawson county, Nebraska:
I hereby certify that the school districts of Dawson county, mentioned in the list hereto appended have made reports showing that each of said districts has held the legal number of months of school during the school year commencing the 9th day of July, 1894, and ending the 8th day of July, 1895.  Said districts have made the proper census reports and the financial reports as required by law, and are entitled to share in the apportionment of school moneys made at this time to the amounts set opposite their respective numbers.
The moneys apportioned are derived as follows:
From state apportionment as per certificate of state supt., $2525.77.
From fines $4.55.
From last apportionment fractional remainder, $.15
Total amount apportioned, $2530.47.
Number of districts in county entitled to share, 84.
Number of children in county entitled to share, 4110.
Amount of the one-fourth apportioned among the districts, $632.52.
Amount of three-fourths apportioned pro rata, $1897.95.
Amount per district from one-fourth apportioned, $7.53.
Rate per child from the three-fourths, apportioned, $.4617.
Fractional remainder, $.56.
No. Dist. / Director notified / Amount due.
1. / Wm Horner / $201.44
2. / A. R. Morrell / 60.16
3. / G. A. Spade / 23.23
4. / T. J. Cain / 42.16
6. / R. C Beatty / 27.88
7. / B. F. Davis / 28.31
9. / Thomas McIntee / 13.99
11. / C. E. Allen / 110.02
12. / O. J. Lloyd / 29.28
13. / Thomas Spencer / 20.45
14. / J. W. Stewart / 19.53
15. / D. C. Whaley / 24.15
16. / J. H. Malone / 63.38
17. / W. P. Rhoadartner / 44.93
18. / M. B. Holmes / 31.07
19. / A. T. Griffith / 39.38
20. / W. D. Griffin / 94.89
21. / J. D. Smith / 29.23
22. / H. Wallace / 38.00
24. / G. H. Blakeslee / 15.84
25. / S. L. Ford / 25.53
26. / H. A. Wedge / 29.00
27. / Chas. Hageberg / 24.61
28. / T. A. Taylor / 29.23
29. / J. D. Anderson / 40.31
30. / W. A. Love / 28.77
31. / W. L. Hargis / 22.30
32. / W. R. Potter / 29.69
33. / Alonzo Jagger / 17.69
34. / Robert McConnell / 16.76
35. / P. C. Wood / 59.70
36. / A. M. McLaughlin / 14.45
37. / G. W. Winters / 23.09
38. / Peter Kelly / 17.09
39. / P. McTygue / 25.07
40. / M. R. Walker / 19.53

Column 2

The ladies of the Eastern Star will give a "Box Social" at masonic hall on Friday evening next.  Each gentleman that attends must bring a box containing enough lunch for two.  In the box must be one of his earliest photographs.  The ladies catch the boxes in a "fish pond," look at the photo and pick out the owner and lunch with him.  If they fail to find the owner it will cost them lucre.  The social promises to be a success already, as the ladies are going to exercise the perogative which this leap year of our Lord gives to them.

James Carr shipped a carload of fat hogs to Omaha, Thursday.

ROBB - On Wednesday, January 15, 1896, to Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Robb, of Omaha, a son.

A number of farmers living in Platte Precinct and Northern Gosper county had a big side hunt over there on Friday of last week.  There were twenty-two hunters in the party - eleven on each side.  S. M. Gatliff was captain of one team and Ed Knapple of the other.  By the terms of the hunt the side or team scoring the lowest number of points was to pay for a fine supper for the crowd.  Prairie chickens and quail were not to be shot as the open season for those birds had expired, consequently the only game brought in was rabbits.  After the day's hunt was over and the game assembled, it was found that one hundred and seven rabbits and one owl was the sum total of the bag gathered in by the twenty-two nimrods.  Of this number eighty-eight were jack rabbits and nineteen cottontails.  The side captained by Ed Knapple was victorious, defeating their opponents by seven points only.  Captain Gatliff says his opponents were successful for the reason that they attached a wire forty rods long, each end to a wagon, and dragged the same over all the stubble fields with a row of hunters walking along behind the wire.  No rabbits in a field, by this means, were overlooked, and none escaped from the guns of the hunters.  The supper will be served tonight at the Stone school house, on the valley in Gosper county.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday's Faces from the Past - Harvard Kids #2

I can't imagine that any family would have a photograph taken of some but not ALL of their children.  So I'm looking for a family with four children, three boys & one girl.  Most likely living near Harvard or Eldorado, Nebraska, in the early 1900's.

The oldest boy is sitting on a Sears catalog. All three boys have lapel pins, the middle boy has two.  The girl is decked out with a ring on her first finger, a bracelet and either a heart necklace, or necklace and brooch.

There isn't any photographer name or logo on this.  I have a few photographs framed on similar color cardboard marked with the name "J J Willy", so that's a possibility.

If you recognize this family, please leave a comment!