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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday Dwight Henry Day and Betsey Anderson Day Buried Pleasant Prairie Cemetery

Today for Tombstone Tuesday we are visiting my 2nd great grandfather Dwight Henry Day and my 2nd great grandmother Betsey Anderson

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He is buried in a small cemetery named Pleasant Prairie  3 miles from Zumbro Falls Minnesota.\

I was able to visit the cemetery in 2000.

Dwight 1829 -1913  Betsey lived 100 years 1838 to 1938

Friday, May 27, 2016

On This Day Remembering Alta Cheuvront Great Great Grandmother Happy Birthday

On this day I am remembering my great great grandmother Alta Cheuvront. Happy birthday dear grandmother.

To read more about Alta click here

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday Wednesdays Zion Family Southwest Virginia Colonial Times

Tonight on ancestry I found 3 of my Zion ancestors listed in the Annals of Southwest Virginia.

Date                    Groom                                      Bride                                                Minister

1789 Nov 3       Zion John              4th great grandfather     Lucy MacCormack       John Frost

1811 Mar 11      Zion Jacob            4th great uncle               Caty Fleenor             Charles Pennington

1818 Aug 27     Zion McCormack 3rd great grandfather      Mary Gobble              David Jesse

I was wondering what the marriage customs would be for my ancestors in colonial America

I found an excerpt from an article by historian Alice Morse Earle in the Journal of American Folklore (April June 1893).

The bride and groom and bridal party walked a little procession to the meeting house on the Sabbath following the marriage.  We read in Sewall diary of a Sewall bride thus coming out  or walking out bride , as it was called in Newburyport Cotton Mather thought it expedient to thus make public with due dignity the marriage.  In some communities the attention of the interested public was further drawn to the new married couple in what seems to us a very comic fashion.  On the Sabbath following the wedding, the gaily dressed bride and groom occupied a prominent seat in the gallery of the meeting house , and in the middle of the sermon they rose and slowly turned around to display complacently on every side their wedding finery.

Other customs were just before joining hands the Bridegroom quits the place , who is soon followed by the Brides men and , as it were, dragged back to duty.

Did the bride throw a stocking, was there drinking and dancing after the wedding.

I wish I could travel back in time to see where they married , what they wore and what the customs were for the Zions in colonial Virginia.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday Michael Flinner / Fleenor Washington County Virginia My 4th Great Grand Uncle

Today for Tombstone Tuesday I am sharing about Michael Flinner / Fleenor the brother of 5th great grandfather Gasper ( Casper ) Fleenor making him my 4th great grand uncle

Michael Flinner / Fleenor, son of Johannes Flinner and Anna Minnick, was born November 28, 1760, in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Pennsylvania and died August 03, 1837, in Mongle Springs, Washington County, Virginia.

He married Sarah "Sally" Linder on December 10, 1781, in Three Springs, Washington County, Virginia. She was born on July 08, 1765, in Washington County, Virginia and died July 09, 1853, in Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia. She was the daughter of (George Anton) Anthony Linder and Mary Newland.

Michael is buried in the Fleenor Cemetery #89, Washington County, Virginia. They raised a family of 14 children.

According to researcher Michael Meek: Michael Flinner served in the American Revolution in the western part of Virginia at various times from 1777 to 1780. On March 26, 1833, he applied for a soldiers pension, his soldier certificate was 12609 under the act of June 7, 1832. The pension was granted and he received $51.66 per annum issued May 11, 1833. Buried: Fleenor Cemetery #89, Washington County, VA.

Michael was a Justice of Washington County, VA. on the 19th of June, 1821.

Fleener Cemetery #89. GPS: 36.789117, -82.031173

Michael's stone is no longer actually at the cemetery. The owner had passed away already when we went, however we talked to his son, and according to him, the previous owner had the stone removed due to the amount of people asking to visit the cemetery.

Amanuensis Monday Will of Mary Ann Fleenor Cassell / Cossil

Last night while searching on ancestry looking at my Fleenor ancestors I found the will of

Mary Ann Fleenor Cassell/ Cossel .  Reading the will shows us that she was sadden and

disappointed that her family moved to another state.

Will of Mary Ann Fleenor shared on ancestry by Judy C R

Wills Coles County Illinois

In the name of the God , amen I Mary Cossel of the county of Coles and the state of Illinois, being week in body but sound in mind and memory , do make and establish this my last will and testament and do hereby appoint executor of this my last will and testiment.

First it is my will that all of my just debts be paid, second after the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses, I will and bequeath to my son William Cossell all my personal property, household and kitchen furniture to have and to hold forever.  I give him this as only a small compensation for his kindness to me in my old age when almost diserted by my other children.

In testimony where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 21st day of December 1853  Her mark Mary X Cossel Witness N Ellington and F M Ellington.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Census Sunday Gasper ( Casper ) Fleenor 5th Great Grandfather

One of my ancestors has been hidden in the files on my desk.

Time for me to get to know the Fleenor  family line.

 I started Saturday with Surname Fleenor family name

Gasper was born March 4th 1750 in Germany and passed away January 11th 1825.

Parents are Johannes Flinner /Fleenor 1721 1789  and Anna E Minnich 1722 1780

Today I have printed out the census reports of Gasper and found him in 1810 and 1820

In 1810 Gasper was living in Washington County, Virginia with his family.

Free white persons Males 16 thru 25  2
Free white persons Males 45 and over  1
Free White persons Females 16 to 25  1
Free white persons Females 45 and over  1

In 1810 Gasper would of been about 60 years old  and his wife Margaretha would also been about 60 years old
In 1820 Gasper and Margaretha are the only ones living in the home.

I am only beginning to work on this family.

Their daughter Mary 1786 1852 married Michael Cassell 1763 1847.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Surname Saturday Flinner Family

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  

I am at my 6th great grandfather Johannes Flinner 


Arthur Zion 1921 2008

Muriel Day 1922 1998

Perry Zion 1886 1958

Alta Hall 1892 1944

Jonathan Adam Zion 1861 1927

Rachel Millsap 1862 1945

John H Zion 1831 1920

Mary Cassell 1834 1919

Jonathan Cassell  1812 1845

Elizabeth Carmichael  1812 1899

Michael Cassell 1763 1847

Mary Fleenor 1786 1852

Gasper Casper Fleenor 1750 1825

Margaretha Andtes 1750 1829

Johannes Flinner / Fleenor 1721 1789

Anna E Minnich 1722 17??

They had 4 children as far as I know 

source is find a grave gave the 3 sons I have a Martha marrying another ancestor 
with Johannes as father .. work to be done here. 
Gasper ( Casper)