Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 Year in Review - Accentuate the Positive

I was thinking about doing a "year in review" post when I discovered that Jill Ball, author of the GeniAus blog, has an annual year-end challenge she calls "Accentuate the Positive". This is my first year to take part in this. She has 20 sentence starters, but I will finish just a few of them. For all of Jill's prompts see her post Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2017.

An illusive ancestor I found was... Potter Smith, father of Azor C Smith of Connecticut. According to the death certificate of John Potter Smith, his parents were Azor C Smith and Mehitable "Potter". An Ancestry hint showed a marriage record of Azor C Smith to Mehitable "Watrous". Further searching led me to a death record for Azor C Smith, whose father was named "Potter" Smith. I haven't confirmed this yet, but I believe the informant for the death certificate may have just assumed John's middle name came from his mother's maiden name.

A great newspaper article I found was... Years ago a fellow researcher gave me a date of December 24, 1879 for the death of Lebbeus Simmons, but could not tell me the source of that date. In nearly 20 years, I have never found the source. This year I posted a message in the Facebook group for the Fulton County, Illinois History & Genealogical Society for some help. The President of that society (and local DAR chapter Registrar) did some research for me and found the newspaper article announcing Lebbeus' death which happened on December 24, 1879. 

A geneajournal I took was... a one day stop in the little town of Peotone, Illinois spending some time in the library and a cemetery. Wasn't able to find a marriage date I had hoped to, but narrowed the date down to within a few weeks.

An important record I found was... Two women's death records that I consider very important 1) because records for women in the mid 1800's are very hard to find and 2) they both are in my direct line for the Patriot Libbeus Simmons. I've worked on this line for many years and these two documents were well worth the money I spent on getting them from a Civil War pension and Genealogybank. 

A newly found family member shared... photos of my Great Grandmother's sister, Laura Kyle and her family. I had a photo of people who I assumed were Laura and her family. I searched Ancestry and found a photo of Laura & Joseph Kyle and contacted the man who posted it. He helped me identify the people in a few photos and even had a copy of one of the photos I had which was labeled with the names.

A geneasurprise I received was... a photograph of my Great Grandparents Cicero & Allie Bell about the time of their marriage. A first cousin once removed sent it to me in the mail. It's an awesome photo!

My 2017 blog post that I was particularly proud of was... Two Different Frank Roscoe's  I was able to find several records to differentiate the two men.

A new piece of technology I mastered was... scanning slide film. I've had a scanner a long time, but had never figured out how to scan slides. Now I've added 900 digital photos to my collection.

I joined... several #genchat sessions this past year. They are informative, helpful and a lot of fun!

A DNA discovery I made was... not a discovery yet, but I might be on the right track about Isaac Burnett being somehow related to John Adair's wife Mary.  I'm working on finding her maiden name and with some of my matches having Isaac Burnett in their trees, I hope to discover the relationship.

I taught a genimate how to... well, I can't say for sure but I've tried to include some helpful things in the newsletter I edit for my local genealogical society. No one has told me they've learned anything, but there's a chance.

I am excited for 2018 for... the chance to get to the Midwest Genealogical Center in Independence, Missouri. I've wanted to go for a while and don't have set plans yet, but will try to get there.

Another positive I would like to share is...the volunteer services I've spent time doing like editing the newsletter and doing some transcription for articles in the Nebraska State Genealogical Society publications. Also a couple of blog posts for the Slave Name Roll Project.

My focus in 2018 will be on getting the last few needed documents for my fourth (and final) DAR supplemental. With this last one, all four of my Grandparents will be proven descendants of Revolutionary War Patriots - provided the one I sent in this year will be approved (supplementals take about a year to process). 

Nebraska sunset, August, 1961

Friday, December 22, 2017

Carrie Boggs & John Rickard Marriage License & Certificate

Marriage record obtained from the Nebraska State Historical Society

"State of Nebraska, 
County of Gage.    The State of Nebraska to any Person Legally Authorized to 
Solemnize Marriages, Greeting:
You are hereby authorized to join in the holy bonds of matrimony, and to celebrate within said County the rites and ceremonies of marriage between 

Mr. John S. Rickard
Miss Carrie E. Boggs

The father's name of the said John S. Rickard 
is David Rickard and the 
maiden name of his mother was Catherine Harmon and 
the father's name of the said  Carrie E.  Boggs 
is John Boggs and the maiden name
of her mother was Mary Knapp

The said John S. Rickard  resides in the
County of  Gage and State of  Nebraska; is aged 33 years, 
was born in Pennsylvania and is a white person. 

The said Carrie E. Boggs resides in the
County of  Gage and State of Nebraska; is aged 16 years,
was born in Ohio and is a white person.

And these presents shall be your good and sufficient warrant, and you are required to return this license to me within three months after the celebration of such marriage, with a certificate of the same appended thereto, signed by you, under a penalty of five hundred dollars, or imprisonment not exceeding one year. 

In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of the County Court of said County of Gage, this 22nd day of December
A. D. 1892

W. S. Banner 
County Judge


State of Nebraska
Gage County
Be it Remembered, That at Beatrice in said County of Gage, on the 22nd 
day of December, A. D. 1892, Mr. John S. Rickard 
and Miss Carrie E. Boggs named in the foregoing license, were legally
united by me in the presence of F. E. Banner 
residing in the County of Gage and State of Nebraska, and
Robert Kyd residing in the County of 
Gage and State of Nebraska.
Witness my hand this 22nd day of December A. D. 1892

W. S. Banner [NAME]
County Judge [TITLE]"

My Relationship to:

Carrie E. Boggs: First Cousin 3 times removed
    The lineage:
  1. My Third Great Grandfather Heinrich Knapp
  2. My Second Great Grandmother Eliza Knapp Menke, sister of Mary Knapp Boggs
  3. My Great Grandfather Charles Albert Menke first cousin of Caroline E Boggs Rickard
  4. My Grandpa
  5. My Dad
  6. Me

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday's Faces from the Past - G G Bruckert Photographer

G G Bruckert of Harvard, Nebraska took this photograph. Gustave & Emma Bruckert lived in Harvard in 1900 and by 1910 had moved to Thayer County.

I don't know who this couple is. To my knowledge, they are not related to me. I'm hoping someone who sees this will recognize them. They are likely from southern Hamilton or northern Clay Counties in Nebraska. It's another unidentified photograph from a collection that once belonged to my Great Grandma Sadie McGrath or her sister Alice Negley.