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

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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.