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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Saturday Night Fun Where Were My Ancestors 150 Years Ago The Year is 1866

Saturday night and the weather here has been stormy.  It is starting to clear up and a I think it is a perfect time to join Randy Seaver Saturday night fun.

Here is my quest...

1)  Determine where my ancestral families were on 25 June 1866 - 150 years ago.

2)  List my ancestors, their family members, their birth and death years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

The ancestors living in 1866 would be most of my great-grandparents, many of my great-great-grandparents, and perhaps some 4th great-grandparents.

The Civil war has ended and the country is recovering from this great divide of our country. Only one of my great grandfathers fought in the war. John Zion registered available for military duty but I have not found that he did enter the military.

1. My 2nd great grandfather John Zion 1831 - 1920  and 2nd great grandmother Mary Cassell 1919-1834 -  with 3 children including my 1st great grandfather Jonathan Zion 1861 - 1927.  The youngest child had not been born yet.  They were living in Decatur Iowa at this time.

2.My 3rd great grandmother Elizabeth ( Carmichael } Cassell 1812 - 1899  was alive . She is the mother of 2nd great grandmother Mary Cassell.  I do not know where she lived at this time. 

3.My 2nd great Flavious Millsap 1831 - 1910  and 2nd great grandmother Anna Woodmansee 1841 -1904  were living in Decatur Iowa with two of their children including my 1st great grandmother Rachel Millsap 1862 - 1886 . Another 8 children were born at a later time. 

4. Bela Melsap 1797 - 1885 father of  Flavious and my 3rd great grandfather was alive and living some where in Iowa.  He out lived 2 wives 

5. James Woodmansee  1816 - 1898 and Rachel Burrell 1819 - 1889  my 3rd great grandparents were living in Decatur Iowa . They are the parents of 2nd great grandmother Anna Woodmansee Milsap.

6. George Hall 1832 - 1892 and Louisa M Reynolds 1832- 1899 2nd great grandparents are living in Evansville Wisconsin with 3 children including my 1st great grandfather Arthur Hall 1863 - 1919. Three children were born at a later date. They were living in Evansville, Wisconsin.

7  Sally Grimes 1800 - 1873 mother of George Hall was living in Wisconsin and is my 3rd great grandmother.

8. John Henry Coleman 1839 - 1922 and Alta Angeline Cheuvront 1848- 1937 my 2nd great grandparents. They were probably living in Salt Lake Creek Nebraska. They married a few days later on July 1st 1866.

9. Alexander Elic Coleman 1805 - 1873 and wife Catherine Beiler 1806 - 1884  my 3rd great grandparents. I am not sure where they were living.

10. Ebenezer Coleman 1781 - 1873 my 4th great grandfather is living in Ohio.

11. Lemuel Cheuvront 1812 - 1896 and Mary Rouse 1813 - 1904 are my 3rd great grandparents. Not sure where they were living. They are the parents of my 2nd great grandmother Alta.

12. Dwight Henry Day 1829 -1913 and Betsy Ann Anderson 1838 - 1938 are my 2nd great grandparents. They are living in Rome, New York. With 3 children.  Betsy is pregnant with her fourth  child Abram.  My 1st great grandfather William Albert will be born a year later and she will have another 3 children after William. Betsy lived to be over 100 years.

13. Harriet Carpenter 1811 - 1905 my 3rd great grandmother is living in New York. She will relocate to Wabasha county Minnesota 2 years later with her children and their families.  Harriet is the mother of Betsy Anderson.

14. John Theodore Lockwood 1840- 1911 and Betsy Eddington 1842 - 1924 . They are my 2nd great grandparents and are living in Wisconsin.  John fought in the civil war 1864 to 1865. Was with the Calvary out of Wisconsin.

15. Hiram Lockwood 1804 - 1883 and Emma Moiser 1820 - 1900 are my 3rd great grandparents and the parents of John Lockwood. Not sure where they are living either in Wisconsin or Minnesota.

16. Augustus Eddington 1819 - 1903 and Henrietta Curtis 1818 - 1882 are living in Wisconsin and are my 3rd great grandparents.

17. Patrick Gallagher abt 1830 - 1898 and Johanna Riordan 1833 - 1902  They are my 2nd great grandparents.  They are living in Wisconsin with daughter Mary. Three more children will be born including my great grandmother Katherine later.  They immigrated to the United States from Ireland about 1863.

So I think I have 32 grandparents alive in 1866 on June 25th 1866
3 Great grandparents
14 2nd Great grandparents
14 3rd Great grandparents
1 4th Great grandparent

Monday, June 20, 2016

Who Is My Strongest Ancestor i Vote For Mama Living With Polio

Little Bytes of Life

Which of your ancestors deserves to sit on the Iron Throne?

The strong will survive!
War, famine, poverty, disease, harsh weather: these are just a few of the difficult situations that may have been endured by our ancestors.
Most of us have encountered one special ancestor who survived a particularly difficult situation, and is someone we think of as “strong.” An ancestor could be considered “strong” for a variety of reasons:
  • Military prowess;
  • Emotional strength;
  • Intelligence;
  • Cunning;
  • Courage;
  • Survived a situation that others did not;
  • And many others.
The ancestor I am choosing to sit on the throne is my mama.

This picture is my mama a couple years before she contacted polio while living in Texas. 
She survived polio and spending months in an iron lung.  Came out of the iron lung wearing a brace and using crutches the rest of her life
She raised  three children and participated in school functions and church functions. 

She did not let being handicapped determine who she was.  My father was busy selling to support the family and mom who hire a cab to take us to our elementary school for Halloween functions or any other activity.  We would take a taxi down town to go school shopping and to lunch.

I admire my father for all he did to take care of his family but my mother faced many challenges on a daily basis. 

You can read more about my mama here
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday Birth Date Of Great Grandparents William McCormack and Rebecca

Name:William Mccormack
Birth Year:1710
Spouse Name:Rebecca
Spouse Birth Year:1714
Number Pages:

Last night while doing a little research as I am updating my pedigree charts I found the record

of William McCormack and his wife Rebecca last name unknown marriage.

This record gives me their birth date.  Sadly no last name for Rebecca given.

They are my 6th great grandparents on my father's side. 

Arthur Zion  1921 - 2008
Perry Zion 1886- 1958
Jonathan Adam Zion 1861- 1927
John H Zion  1831 - 1920
McCormack Zion  1795 - 1863
Lucy McCormack 1772- 1854
William McCormack 1745- 1775
William McCormack  1910 -1775

Wonderful found treasure now back to redoing my pedigree charts and building my files for documenting my work
Thanks for stopping by happy hunting

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sadness Fills My Heart 1910 Census 2nd Great Uncle Found Wisconsin Insane Asylum

Sadness Fills My Heart As I Search Records For My Ancestor George Ephriam Hall my 2nd great uncle brother of my great grandfather Arthur R Hall.

Recently I was working on the Hall family line filling in information and when I came to George.  I saw that he never married and died when he was 44 years old.

George was born in Union, Rock, Wisconsin to George Wilbur Hall 1832 - 1892 and Louisa Maria Reynolds Hall 1832 - 1899.

George was one of six children, Charles, Arthur, Florence, Mark and Agnes.

On July 27th 1892 his father passes away and almost 7 years later on the 11th of March 1899 his mother passes away.

In the 1900 census George is 31 years old, single and renting a farm.  Living with him is his sister Florence 35 years , sister Agnes 28 years and an uncle Theodore Phillips.age 80 years.

In 1905 he is still living with his two sisters but uncle Theodore is no longer living.

By 1910 George's health is failing and he is in the Rock County Insane Asylum listed as an inmate.

George passes away the 07th of Aug 1913 of tuberculous.  He is buried in the Maple Hill cemetery where other members of the family are buried.

Thanks for stopping by, happy hunting . You can read other posts on the Hall family here

Amanuensis Monday Post 11 Obituary Arthur R Hall 1884 -1919

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the Transylvanian Dutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:"

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Today's posting is the obituary of Arthur R Hall my great grandfather.

Arthur R. Hall was born in Evansville, Wis., September 19, 1863, where he spent his boyhood days until he graduated from the Evansville Seminary in 1884. He was married to Miss Mabel J. Coleman, at Denver, Colorado, August 28, 1891, at which time he moved to Chicago, where he lived seven years. In 1898, he moved to Nebraska, and in the spring 1919, settled near Crawford. there were three daughters born, Mrs. Alta Zion, of Craig, Colo., Mrs. Belle Sturm and Miss Pearl Hall, of Crawford.
Mr. Hall died at the home of his eldest daughter in Craig, Colo., July 8, 1919, where he and Mrs. Hall and their daughter Pearl, were visiting.
The remains were brought back to the home in Crawford, where funeral services were conducted on Saturday afternoon, July 12, by Rev. Mearl C. Smith, and the body was laid to rest in the Crawford cemetery.

Thanks for stopping by, you can read other posts on my hall family here

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Searching the Lives of my ancestors from birth to death Grace M Hall Brunsell 1893 - 1983 1st Cousin 2 times Removed

Tonight my quest was to find out information for one of my ancestors through the line of my great grandfather Arthur R Hall

Tonight's choice was his niece Grace, all I had when I started was her parents names and that she was born about 1894.  She is the daughter of grandpa Arthur's brother Mark Hall and Mary Cassady Hall.

So off the ancestry I went. There was a leaf that told he I had a hint.

What I found was the record of her birth and christening which gave me her birth date of  05 Nov 1893.

This is the record found

 in the Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1801-1928
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Name: Hall
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 5 Nov 1893
Birth Place: Union, Rock, Wisconsin
Father: Mark A Hall
Mother: Mary Cassaday
FHL Film Number: 1305582
Source Information
Ancestry.com. Wisconsin, Births and Christenings Index, 1801-1928 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data:
"Wisconsin Births and Christenings." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
This database is an index extracted from more than 1.4 million birth and christening records from Wisconsin. Learn

Next leaf was to find a distant relative 's tree that gave me her married name of Brunsell.

Grace married Carl Oscar Brunsell the 24th of  February 1916 Stoughton Dane Wisconsin

They had 5 children during their marriage.

This information gave me the census reports and find a grave site

I ended the night at Maple Hill Cemetery with the only picture showing is the cemetery entrance post.
No pictures of the head stones have been taken as of yet.

Grace died 24 of February 1838 and Carl passed away 19th of July 1930

I wish that the picture of the grave was posted.
Buried in this same cemetery is Grace's father Mark Alonzo
I will be spending some time searching more information on Grace and her husband.  Plus finding out who else is buried in this cemetery.

Grace is my first cousin 2 times removed

Thanks for stopping by..Happy hunting for your roots.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sentimental Sunday Happy 1st Birthday To Me 1949

Today I am sharing a couple of beautiful birthday cards for my first birthday.

One from grandpa and grandma Day and one from my aunt Daisy.

Such pretty cards from 1949.