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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Christmas Verse For you

Christmas is creeping up on us. Time to spend time with our love ones and think of our family far away or who have past on. Many Christmas's have past for me. 61 one to be exact. Lots of wonderful memories and some not so great.
Times are good today. Money is tight, but we have our health ( cancer free 5 years ) ( sober 2 years 10 months and 20 days thank you Jesus) Hubby is well, children are doing pretty good. As in many cases money is tight for them too, but we have it so much better than a lot of folks around us. We are warm, have a place to sleep and food to feed our bellies. I want to take this time to be thankful for all I have and to pray for those still suffering with no place to sleep, hungry, out of work and what ever disease they are suffering from.
I want to thank all of you who visit me at my different blogs. You may not comment often but I do sense you there and hope that I give you some joy or a just a smile.
God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas and lets pray for peace and a prosperous year for all of us.
Today's vintage post card is a Christmas Verse .
Here's a Christmas Message packed with cordial good cheer
To friends, one and all, far and near, Of Peace on earth, good will I send
A loving message to you , dear friend

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Time Line Thursday John W Zion 4x Great Grandfather

I have started to do the time line on one of my grandfathers. This is just the beginning of his time line. I have put this information into my word program and can add information as found or I have time to add. I need to put in information on children marrying, grandchildren being born. I want to add historical information to this time line. I can see questions I have like did one son die about 1805 or is he in the 1820 and 1830 census. I spent time last night at http://www.ancestry.com/ and finding information on his children. I see several different members working on this family line and hope to get in contact with them in the future.

I hope that as I work on this I can bring John back to life, what was happening in his world. I am hoping that this will be of interest to other family members that do not share my interest of getting to know our ancestors.

I have started with the Zion line. This is my maiden name, my father's name. We know nothing of this line after they came to the United States. I put the name Zion in a search information and found information I knew and some I did not know. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion. I knew the name Zion was a Hebrew word but did not know the name Zion appears 154 times in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible).

My family practiced Christianity in the US. I would love to find the family before this time and see if they were of the Jewish faith. So many questions to ponder and search for.

One birthday my sister gave me a great gift. She bought me a certificate that has the Family Name History of the Zion name. It is from a Historical Research Center. I have framed it and it hangs on a wall in my sun room. It has that the Zion name is a Polish name. We have always associated with family coming from Germany and being of German heritage not Polish heritage.

Time Line of
John W Zion my Great Grandfather x 4

Abt 1770 Born to parents unknown in North Fork Holston River. Washington County, Virginia, United States
1789 November 03 about 19 years old married Lucy McCormick in Washington County, Virginia, United States
1790 August 31 son Jacob C born Washington County, Virginia
1791 March 03 about 21 years old acquired 133 acres on Mill Fall Branch, Washington County, Virginia, United States.
Source Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769 to 1800, author Lewis Preston Summers. Virginia history,Virginia Genealogy.
1791 July 30 son George born Washington County Virginia
1793 01 April acquired 184 acres on Water Mill Creek, Washington County, Virginia , United States
Source Annals of Southwest Virginia, 1769 to 1800, author Lewis Preston Summers. Virginia history,Virginia Genealogy
1793 May 08 son John W Jr born Washington County Virginia
1795 January 22 son McCormick was born in North Folk Holston River Washington county, Virginia
1796 November 25 daughter Elizabeth born
1799 son William born Washington County, Virginia
1801 April 09 son Matthew Zion born Harlan, Washington County, Virginia
1805 son born name unknown at this time died about same time. Question is did he really die or is he male in 1820 and 1830 censuses
1807 daughter Rachel (Rachael) born Harlan, Washington County, Virginia
1810 census has John living Washington County, Virginia census has wife Lucy age between 26 and 44 and John‘s age over 45 years old. Living with them are 2 males under 10 this would be Matthew age about 9 years and William age about ten years old, 1 male 10 to 15 which would be McCormick our ancestor at the age about 15 years old, 3 males 16 to 25 years which would be Jacob, George and and John W ages about 20, 19 and 17 years old , 1 female under 10 years Rachel age about 3 years old and 1 female 10 to 15 years old. This would be Elizabeth age about 14 years old . Living near by is a John McCormick not sure who this is at the moment
1820 census has John W Sr now living in Lee county, Virginia. Living with him is his wife Lucy, 1 male age 16 to 18 years old do not know who this is, 1 male age 16 to 26 years old this would be Matthew age about 19, 1 female between 10 and under 16 years old this would be Rachael , and they are involved in Agriculture. Living next door are sons Jacob, McCormick John Jr, William and George in their own owns with their families.
1830 census has John Sr is about 60 years old living in Lee County with wife Lucy age is about about 58 years old. Living with them is 1 male whose age is between 15 and 20 years old who is this and 1 female age 15 to 20 who is this is unknown also. Living near by are sons John Jr. and William with their families.
1840 census has John Sr and Lucy living still in Lee County, Virginia.
1850 died Pennington Gap, Lee County,Virginia.
This is just the beginning of getting to know my great great great great grandfather John W Zion. I look forward spending more time with him and his family.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Surname Saturday Days of Ipswich England and Hartford Connecticut

For Surname Saturday I am starting with my Day family. This is my mother's maiden name. and I'm going in Ahnentafel order for my ancestral surnames. The line goes from me to my ancestor Robert Day of Hartford Connecticut / England

1. Grace Zion

2. Arthur Zion b April 30 1920 d Sept 15 2008

3. Muriel Day b Feb 23 1922 d Feb 28 1998

6. William Day b Oct 21 1889 d Feb 21 1964

7. Grace Daly Esler b July 6 1892 d Aug 18 1972

12. William Albert Day b Oct 15 1867 Rome New York d Feb 1920

13. Carrie Lockwood b Oct 7 1870 d April 1946 McGregor Minn

24. Dwight Henry Day b Aug 7 1829 Rome New York d June 30 1913 Hammond Minn

25. Betsy Ann Anderson b Sept 18 1838 Rome New York d Dec 2 1938 Granite Falls Minn

48. Alfred Day b 1776 Williamstown New York d ?

49. Anna Smith b Jan 16 Rome New York d ?

96. Daniel Day b Nov 14 1746 Colchester Conn d 1830 Rome New York

97. Martha Isham b July 21 1756 East Haddam Conn d May 8 1822 Rome New York

192. Isaac Day b May 17 1713 Colchester Conn d Mar 7 1765 Colchester Conn

193. Anna Foote b Aug 25 1715 Colchester Conn d June 22 1760

384. John Day b 1677 Hartford d Nov 2 1752 Colchester Conn

385. Grace Spencer b 1676 Haddam Conn d May 12 1714 Colchester Conn

768. John Day b 1638 Hartford Conn d May 5 1730 Hartford Conn

769. Sarah Butler b 1643 Hartford Conn ? death date

1536. Robert Day b c1604 England d Sept 4 1648 Hartford Conn

1537. Mary b c 1604 England d 1634 Cambridge Mass

I found my new family tree gives me information. To bad it does not let me copy and paste so I could easily add the children of each ancestor to my post.

Does this sound familiar to any of you. Could we be related. Thanks For Stopping By.. Grace

Monday, December 14, 2009

Create A Personal Timeline For My Ancestors

I have started to work on getting a time line for my ancestors. I am hoping by doing time lines of what was happening in their personal life and historically I will get to know them better. I also will be able to see what information I am missing.
I have decided to go back as far as I can on each of my lines of grandparents and do the time line on each of them. I will then work forward on each generation.
Important information will be date in chronological order
age as close as possible to the event
What the event was and location to where it happened
and any documentation I have.
I started with a great x 4 grandfather John W Zion. I have not visited him in a long time so have lots to add since I just joined http://www.ancestry.com/
I have started this first time line in my word program I can then easily change and then print out.
Thanks For Stopping By
please stop by again as I post in the future his time line and additional time lines for my ancestors.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Remembering Darryl at Christmas for Smile For The Camera

Christmas is a great time for families to spend time together. It is also a time that I spend remembering Christmas's in the past. There are so many memories of wonderful Christmas's. Of course with those memories comes thinking of family that is no longer with us. Today I am spending a little time telling you about Darryl. He was my brother in law from my first marriage. He was tall , quiet and very sweet. I loved him like a brother and still think of him with fond memories. He love to fish, he loved the outdoors and he loved Jello. We would play scrabble together at the kitchen table. I remember Darryl and wish he had spent more Christmas's with us.
This picture is of Christmas 1966. I am newly married with my husband Al in the navy. He was able to come back home for Christmas. We spent the day at my in laws and opened Christmas presents. This picture is of new hubby and me in front of their Christmas tree. I am 18 years old, married for a little over 2 months and unknown to me I will have my first son in 9 months in September of 1967. His middle name will be the same as Darryl's. Darryl will pass away in April of 1968 at 30 years old.
As I prepare for the holidays today these wonderful pass Christmas's are always with me.
I miss you Darryl and wish you had stayed with us longer. You would of enjoyed my boys.
This is just one of my Christmas memories. Come back as I share other family members and Christmas's of the past.
I will be posting this for Smile for he Camera

Ancestry.com Upgrades Census Collection

Ancetry.com has upgraded the census collection. You can read the whole article at
If you’ve had trouble finding your ancestors in US census records on subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com, it may be time to try again. The site just released enhanced images and/or indexes for six more census. They have added to upgrades implemented a few months ago, that means improved images for the 1790 through 1900 censuses, and better indexes for the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1900 censuses. In all, that's 200 million improved census records.
I am excited when ever I can find my of my ancestors or to link with fellow relatives at the site.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Nebraska State Census at Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com announced the release of the Nebraska State Census records for 1860 to 1885 today. You can read about it at Crista Cowan's blog post Ancestry World Archives Project Releases Nebraska State Census, 1860-1885.

I had family living in Nebraska at this time. So far I have found my great great grandparents in the census. John Coleman is living with his wife Alta Cheuvront Coleman and daughter's Alta M ( Myrtle), Mable Coleman Hall ( my great grandmother) and brother's Elic Henry and a Frank Matheny who I think was a hired hand.

(1877 Nebraska State Census, Cass County, Salt Creek Township, Page 9, Dwelling #1, Family #1, National Archives Microfilm Series M352)
I love the new opportunity of finding new areas to research my family at www.ancestry.com

Memories of Christmas Past and Grandma's Brooch on Treasure Chest Thursday

During the last years my mother was with us every year she would give us gifts of her favorite treasures at Christmas .
This is one of my favorites. It is a brooch that my mother bought as a gift for my grandmother about 1942.
She gave me a note in her handwritting telling me that it cost her $12.00 which was a whole weeks wages and tips.
I think the best gift is our memories and things from the past.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Family Events 12/ 6 to 12/12

December 6 ~ it the birthday of my 2nd Great Grand Aunt Jane Coleman. She was born in 1826 and was the older sister of my great grandfather John Henry.

December 12 ~ is the anniversary of my great grandmother Katherine Gallaher Appleton and Step great grandfather Appleton. They were married 115 years ago this date in Winona, Minnesota. Appleton may have been the step father of my grandmother, but he raised her as his own from age 1 and was her father and the grandfather of my mother and siblings.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Rest In Peace Grandpa Lockwood

I spent the weekend working on another family line. The Lockwood family. I received an email from a cousin that some one had posted a picture of John Lockwoods grave stone on http://www.ancestry.com/ . I was so excited. I had never made it to where he lived and died. He was at one end of Minnesota and it felt so far away. Now by the wonders of the internet I can see this gravestone I have wanted to see for more than 10 years.

This is my great great grandfather John Lockwood, my civil war soldier grandfather. I think of him often and wonder what he was like, how the war affected him. I know from reading his military records at the National Archives that it affected his health.

Rest in peace grandpa
John T Lockwood
born Feb 12 1840
died Feb 13 1911

John T Lockwood is buried in the Clinton City Cemetery, Big Stone County, Minnesota
I would think that his wife Betsey Eddington Lockwood is buried next to him but her gravestone was not posted on the Internet. I will be putting in a request for someone to take her picture at http://www.findagrave.com/
I will be sharing more about my grandpa John over the next days.
Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Who Is Your MRUA? My Search For Andrew Daly

Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings has issued another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge: Who is your MRUA - your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? Have you looked at your research files recently for this unknown person? What offline or online sources might you search to help you identify your MRUA?

My is number 14 on my Pedigree Chart His name is Andrew Daly and he is the father of my grandmother.

This is my super brick wall. My grandmother Grace was born in July of 1892 in Minnesota, but her mother never married her father. My great grandmother did marry in December of 1893, to a wonderful man who raised my grandmother as his own.

I was never really told much about my grandmother's birth father while growing up.They did tell me his name. We were led to believe that he was a no good scoundrel who took off for Chicago. I wish my grandmother would have talked about him, but she was of another generation. That is all we got, he was no good and went to Chicago.

It was not until my mother and uncle were getting older that they finally pulled out a picture of him some time in 2000.

My darling uncle even whispered "Our little mama was illegitimate."At least we have a name and a picture.

This is my great grandfather. His name is Andrew Daly . I really doubt he went to Chicago.

I tried to get my grandmother's birth certificate but no luck as there is none available to the public.

I have searched the census in the area where I think he may have lived and may have found him. I believe he lived and died in La Crosse Wisconsin/ Winona Minnesota area. I even found a cemetery in the area with a grave with the same name as his.

But until I find some one with the same photo on the Internet I will really never know that I have found him.

All I have is this photo of a handsome young man. His name is Andrew and he is one of my grandfathers.

He probably was a good man for some reason they never married. He probably married , had children and died.

I do know he saw my grandma Grace at least once. My great grandma's brother had died in an accident in 1911. Andrew came to the funeral. I am told my great grandma said " Andrew this is our Grace"

How I wish my grandma Grace had talked about him and anything else she may have known about him and his family. She never did and this one photo is all I have of him.

One day I will search further on this Andrew Daly and see if I can find links on http://www.ancestry.com/ of his kin. From there maybe I can find a picture and either confirm it is him or I have hit another brick wall.
Go to http://www.geneamusings.com/2009/11/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-who-is.html to read about others brick walls. Thanks for stopping by and have a great night.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Time Line # 2 Getting To Know Great +2 Grandmother Harriet Carpenter Anderson

Great Grandmother + 2 Harriet was married to a total of three husbands. My great great grandfather Levi was number two.

1811 Harriet is born in Rome, Oneida New York to Harmon and Phoebe Carpenter. It is believed but not proven that her mother was a Chrisman. She is their youngest child.

1820 census has her enumerated under Harmon . Living in the property next door is Jacob Anderson. Some believe this is her future in law.

1830 Harriet marries Daniel Chrisman ( may be a first cousin) at the age of 19. Harriet' sister Betsy will marry Daniel's brother Abram Chrisman.

1831 Harriet and Daniel's first child David Chauncey is born 24 Jun 1831

1833 Harriet and Daniel's second child Monica is born 25 May 1833

1836 Daniel Chrisman dies. Harriet's father adopts Harriet's son David Chauncey. He is there after referred to as David C Carpenter 2nd (to distinguish him from Harmon's son also named David)

1837 Harriet marries Levi Anderson

1838, Their first child my grandmother Betsey was born September 16

1839 Abram was born October 9

1840 the census, Rome Township, Oneida County, New York has 6 people in household which is probably Levi, Harriet, Betsey , Abram and Harriet's two children from first marriage, Monica and David Chrisman. Listed as 1 male under 5, 1 male 10 to 15, 1 male 20 to 30, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5 to 10, 1 female 20 to 30.

1840 their third child Phoebe is born

1846 William the fourth child is born.

1848 George is born , probably died in infancy since no record is found of him in 1850.

1850 their sixth child Fairfax was born.

1850 census, Rome , Oneida county, New York, has Levi ( 40) listed as a farmer and living on his father in law Harmon's land. Living with him Harriet (36), Abraham ( 13) Betsey (11), Phebe ( 9 ) William (5) and Fairfax (1)In 1850 Harriet's two older children David and Monica Chrisman move in with their grandparents Harmon and Phebe Carpenter, Harriet's parents.

1856 My Great Great Grandmother Betsey marries Dwight Henry Day.

1857 Harmon writes his will and leaves Betsey $10.00 to be paid by her son David Carpenter ( name changed from Chrisman to Carpenter. It is believed Harmon and Phebe adopted him.In Harmon's will he names Betsey as Betsey "Carpenter " rather than Anderson .Harmon also leaves David 2 parcels of land the one Harmon was living on and the one being know as Levi Anderson place, now occupied by Harriet.Where is Levi, did he and Harriet separate or divorce. We do not know yet.

1858 Supposedly Levi dies. I have not found any death record yet. This information is listed in the Biography: history of Wabasha county, Minnesota for William H Anderson. From the history it says about William .. " His father dying when he was 12 years old, leaving a large family, young William went to work when he was 14 and contributed his earnings toward the family support.
1858 Sept 12 Harriet and Levi's son Abram Jackson marries Angeline Dennison and shortly later relocate to Zumbro, Minnesota and purchase land.

1861 June 10th Harmon Carpenter, Betsey 's father dies

1862 Harriet relocates to Wabasha County Minnesota to be near children.

1870 Harriet is found in Mazeppa Wabasha Minnesota with three of her children. Fairfax 21, Welcome 19 and Phebe 25. The value of her real estate is $1200 and personal estate is $600
1872 Harriet marries Charles Noel Cocagne in Wabasha Minnesota at age 60. Charles had been married before and had 7 children with first wife. His first wife died 1870 or 1871.

1880 Harriet and Charles are farming in Zumbro Minnesota. Next door lives son William and daughter in law Marietta.

1885 In the 1885 Minnesota Territorial and state census it shows that Charles and Harriet are living in Zumbro Minnesota. Farming nearby are sons Abe and Bill along with their wives and and 6 grand children. Clark, Mott, Blanche, Finn, Jesse Anderson and Elmer Harrison ( daughter Monica's son) . Also in Zumbro were Harriet's other son William and Fairfax Anderson along with their wives and 7 grandchildren.

1895 Harriet and Charles are living in Zumbro. Charles still identifies himself as a farmer. Living next door is Harriet's son Welcome Wallace and his wife Ellen and 5 grandchildren. Welcome, Edith, Hattie, Blossom, and Lilly. source 1895 Mn territorial and state census)

1899 Harriet's oldest son David Carpenter dies in Rome New York. ( In 1927 David's son George will be murdered in a dispute with neighbors.)

1900 Harriet's husband Charles and her son Fairfax die ( source 1900 census lists Harriet as a widow.)

1903 Harriet's daughter Monica Anderson Harrison dies

1905 Harriet (96) is living with daughter and son in law Dwight and Betsey (64) Anderson. They are living in Hammond in the organized township of Zumbro on June 14 1905. Nearby are sons Abraham (66) and wife Melvina and 6 grandchildren. ( Ironically another grandchild of Harriet's will be murdered in the future. In 1929 Betsey and Dwight's son George will be murdered while doing his job on the docks in Duluth Minnesota)

1905 Harriet Carpenter Chrisman Anderson Cocagne dies of old age at the age of 96 on the 5th of December . She is buried in Zumbro, Wabasha county, Minnesota in the Pleasant Prairie Cemetery. Harriet lived almost 100 years and survived three husbands and five children.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Time Line # 1 In Search of My Great + 2 Grandfather Levi

This is a picture of Harriet Carpenter Anderson with my grandmother Betsey Anderson Day.

This week my quest has been to find more information on my Anderson family line. Betsey Anderson was my Great Great Grandmother. Finding more information on her father Levi Anderson is difficult.

This is the timeline for Levi as of now.
abt 1810 Levi was born in New York
parents unknown at this time.
1837 He married Harriet Carpenter, he being her 2nd of 3 husbands.
September 16,1838, Their first child my grandmother Betsey was born
October 9, 1839 Abram was born .
In 1840 the census, Rome Township, Onieda County, New York has 6 people in household which is probably Levi, Harriet, Betsey , Abram and Harriet's two children from first marriage, Monica and David Chrisman. Listed as 1 male under 5, 1 male 10 to 15, 1 male 20 to 30, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5 to 10, 1 female 20 to 30.
1840 their third child Phoebe is born
1846 William the fourth child is born.
1848 George is born , probably died in infancy since no record is found of him in 1850.
1850 their sixth child Fairfax was born.
1850 census, Rome , Oneida county, New York, has Levi ( 40) listed as a farmer and living on his father in law Harmon's land. Living with him Harriet (36), Abraham ( 13) Betsey (11), Phebe ( 9 ) William (5) and Farfax (1)
In 1850 Harriet's two older children David and Monica Chrisman move in with their grandparents Harmon and Phebe Carpenter, Harriet's parents.
1856 My Great Great Grandmother Betsey marries Dwight Henry Day.
1857 Harmon writes his will and leaves Betsey $10.00 to be paid by her son David Carpenter ( name changed from Chrisman to Carpenter. It is believed Harmon and Phebe adopted him.
In Harmon's will he names Betsey as Betsey "Carpenter " rather than Anderson .
Harmon also leaves David 2 parcels of land the one Harmon was living on and the one being know as Levi Anderson place, now occupied by Harriet.
Where is Levi, did he and Harriet separate or divorce. We do not know yet.
Phoebe dies 1857 August 1st
1858 Supposedly Levi dies I have not found any death record yet. This information is listed in the Biography: history of Wabasha county, Minnesota for William H Anderson. From the history it says about William .. " His father dying when he was 12 years old, leaving a large family, young William went to work when he was 14 and contributed his earnings toward the family support.
My plan is to work on the siblings of Harriet to see if I can eventually link up with family members who may have a picture of Levi. I also would love to find pictures of the siblings of Betsey.
1861 June 10th Harmon Dies
Next project is to put together and post a time line of Betsy Carpenter Anderson
Then to work on her siblings.
I will started with Abram and then will move on to the others. Most of them moved to the Zumbro, Minnesota area and are buried there in the Dale Pleasant Prairie Cemetery.

I have made two copies of this time line of Levi Anderson. One will go in my family research book nice and neat in mylar page, the other will be there also right in front, but is the one I will write notes on for what I want to search for.

One cousin has noted that in the 1860's census there is a Catherine Anderson living next door to Harmon and this is Levi's mother. I want to find out more about this and search Catherine to see if I find a Levi living with her in the past census reports
Till later.. have a great day

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Remembering A Baby Brother We Never Knew

Today is Halloween 2009 but to me it is a day of remembering a baby brother I never knew. It may be Halloween but it is also the anniversary of a baby brother's death.
He was born 52 years ago on October 29, 1957 and survived only 3 days. Sweet baby was born premature. If he had been born today his chances of survival would have surely improved.
His name was Arthur Jr and he was my parents first son. I remember the funeral and the little white casket. When Arthur was buried he was buried in what was called the babies section of the cemetery. The cemetery buried him free for my parents and he was given a sweet little gravestone by my parents. It is small, white and has his name and dates and a little angel above his name.
We would visit the cemetery every so often, especially on Memorial Day. After we honored our grandparents we would walk a short distance to the baby section of the cemetery. There we would think of a baby we never knew, never held or kissed. My sweet mama or dad were never given the chance to hold Arthur Jr in their arms.
In 1998 Mama passed on and I believe Arthur Jr was waiting for her. He now has her to himself. A year ago daddy left us and is now with them.
Some time between 1998 and 2008 my sister had a brilliant idea. She called the cemetery and asked if we could get Arthur jr moved to rest between our parents.
Once again this cemetery came to a families need. They moved Arthur Jr free and he now rests between our parents.

Today may be Halloween but to me it " All About Arthur Jr " a baby I look forward to seeing some day.

Happy Birthday Baby Brother, I love you.

Cemetery Search and Ancestry.com

Here is an exciting addition to http://www.ancestry.com/ . A cemetery index . This addition is right up my alley. I love to visit cemeteries and I admire gravestones family or not. I have joined the grave rabbits group and post cemetery information in hope to help someone find their family http://wanderinggraveyardrabbit.blogspot.com/ . To search for cemetery information you can go http://www.findagrave.com/ . This is a great place to search for your ancestors and now we have a new place to search for final resting places.

The following is a post from Ancestry
Ancestry.com Cemetery Collection Free Through Nov. 5Posted by DianeThis just in: Ancestry.com is making its "creepiest collections"—records of cemeteries and gravestones free through next Thursday, Nov. 5. You will need to register for a free Ancestry.com account to view details of your search results. Use the search box on this Halloween landing page to access the free databases.Click here to see the list of cemetery indexes and inscriptions included in this offer.

Hope that you have a happy safe spooky Halloween ... Grace

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Finding My Family History on Ancestry.com

I have been spending some time during the evenings on http://www.ancestry.com/. This is a great place to meet distant cousins. I have now hooked up with a cousin on both sides of my mother's family.

First is Nancy her grandfather and my grandfather were brothers.
This picture is my grandpa Bill

Next there is Sylvia, her great grandmother and my great grandmother on my mother's mother's side were sisters.
This is my great grandmother Katherine

Nancy and I have been contacting each other through emails since first contact. We plan to meet next time I am in Minnesota. Since she is in Minneapolis area and has contact to the Historical society she has found the newspaper article telling of the murder of George Day October 26, 1928.
George was my grandfather's uncle and was a watchman on the docks of Duluth.

Because of Nancy I have a copy of his death certificate and other family member's death certificates.

Sylvia and I have just made contact. I will be able to get a better idea of her great grandmother's family from her family tree on www.ancestry.com

I have so much more to tell you, but for now I have to leave and go to work. Till later Grace

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Family's Increase

Well Randy at Genea-Musings is making us think tonight and realize how very little I know.
Randys message was ... Hey, genealogy fans, it's Saturday Night! Time for some Genealogy Fun!

Your task, if you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music), is to

1) Pick one of your four great-grandparents - if possible, the one with the most descendants.

2) Create a descendants list for those great-grandparents either by hand or in your software program.

3) Tell us how many descendants, living or dead, are in each generation from those great-grandparents.

4) How many are still living? Of those, how many have you met and exchanged family information with? Are there any that you should make contact with ASAP? Please don't use last names of living people for this - respect their privacy

5) Write about it in your own blog post, in comments to this post, or in comments or a Note on Facebook.

I am choosing my great grandparents William Albert Day ( 1867 1920 ) and Carrie ( Lockwood ) (1870 1946 ) Day

They had 8 children ( all deceased) I met all of them but Dewey who died about 1927

2. Grandchildren 14 Probably met everyone here but not sure. (Not sure if all deceased. )

3. Great-grandchildren 23 (1 deceased for sure a baby brother of mine )not sure about other lines.

4. Great-great-grandchildren 12

5. Great great great grandchildren 10 is all that I know at this time. This is my direct line and missing information on other lines.

that totals 67 known count
From the descendants report for my great-grandparents Day I did not count the spouses of descendants of my great-grandparents, since they are not descendants.

Makes me see how little I know. Need ways to get information and try and meet some of these cousins.

Through http://www.ancestry.com/ I have made contact with a distant cousin in this line. Her grandfather Morris and my grandfather Bill were brothers. We will meet some day.

Need to find more information on decendants of

Morris ( 1891 1985) and Evelyn ( Monson 1894 ) Day

Bernard ( 1896 1977) and Lela ( West ? 1974) Day

Dewey ( ? abt 1927 and Bernice ( Johnson) Day

Gladys ( 1899 1979 ) and Fred White

Lester ( 1902 1955) and Helen ( Wingert) Day

Grace married never had children (1900 1993 ) and FairFax never married

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Great Grand Uncle Elic

Today my great grand uncle Elic Lemuel Coleman would be 141 years old if alive.
He was born Oct 13 1868 to John Henry Coleman and Alta Cheuvront and passed away Nov 1 1944.

He was married twice, first to Alta Elliot and then to Dora Shelton. He had a total of eight children. The 1900 census has him renting, a carpenter and living in Nebraska.

Picture is of John Henry, Alta and their 5 children.

The birthday boy is top row first on left. How handsome he was. Standing next to him is my Great Grandma Mabel Coleman Hall.

These old pictures are treasures from the past. I am so thankful that those family members who have them share with us who do not. This picture is from a family history book.

Happy Birthday Uncle Elic. Your family is thinking of you today.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Feeling Overwhelmed With So Many Photos

It has been over 10 years since I gathered family photos from my mother's place in Duluth, Minnesota after her death to take to my home in St. Paul, Minnesota.

My plan was to organize and separate them. Some for me, my sister and my two cousins. A few would go my brother in an album made by me for him to enjoy.

Here I still am with piles and piles of photos I brought from Minnesota to my move to California.

Late last year I started to finally start to sort them. I put up 3 card tables in my bedroom and made piles and filled small boxes and envelopes. Then we moved from California to Texas to be closer to my sister and her family. As an added bonus we are closer to Minnesota where our children are.

As we packed for our move, I gathered all the photos up and put into boxes. Here I sit again with piles around me. Most have no names on them but I can identify a large number of them, but if something happens to my generation, no one would know " Oh that is a picture of Great Uncle Al and Great Aunt Merle." This picture is Great Grandma Catherine, Grandma Grace and ?"

I have to get this started and done. I need to stop procrastinating finally really begin.

Anyone else have or has had this dilema and what are you doing ? Or what did you do about this situation? Do I just put in an album identifying or do I take time to scrapbook. I have not done much scrap booking. What I did do is not very good I have to admit but would enjoy giving it another try.
These photos are of my mother, Aunt Daisy and Grandma Grace. My mom is the youngest of all three. Probably taken in Olgavie or Mora, Minnesota.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday James and Rachel Woodmansee

Today for Tombstone Tuesday I am featuring my third grandparents James and Rachel ( Hammer ) Woodmansee. They are my great grandparents on my father's side.

James was born December 13, 1816 Felicity , Clemont, Ohio and Died May 16 1898 at the age of 81 years 16 day in Decatur , Iowa.
Rachel Hammer was born November14 1819 Jackson, Indiana and died December 9 1889 at the age of 70 years and 25 days Decatur, Iowa
They married October 29 1835 in Jackson Indiana.
The 1860 census reports him as a farmer and value of land at $4000 and estate at $2800 which seems to be a comfortable area in comparison to his neighbors on the census.
John and Rachel had 5 children listed in the 1860 census with my second great grandma Anne married and out of the house already.
In the 1880 census there is a young boy who is 7 year old listed by the name Willie Boil who census states is adopted.
Interesting what you find when looking at the census reports at http://www.ancestry.com/ Where did this young boy come from and why did they adopt him. They are in their early 60's and he is nine years old. Because of ancestry I not only am able to see the census but someone had shared this picture and their headstone that I now have in my family research book for future generations to see.
Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Black Sheep Sunday ? Murder ? Maybe a Pirate to Add to the Story

Black Sheep Sunday is a posting that some genealogists do on Sunday's . I have never participated before and can not think of any proven black sheep at this time in my family.

How do you find if you have a black sheep in the family? Search family records, letters, search court records.

No family history has been passed down except for maybe " I think Bill was Murder by his brother in law. " This is not known or proven, but aunt Mary did have a feeling and a suspicion.

How would you try or want to prove this murder when it happened over 80 years ago. There is no way to prove it but it is whispered still. Mary whispered it to her sister. Her sister whispered it to her daughter, my grandmother. My grandmother whispered it to her children and one of them whispered it to me. I will eventually whisper it to my children and grandchildren.

Of course I can not name names because there is no proof. Only Mary's feelings and maybe she was a little sensitive to things going on around her.

Now on hubby's side of the family. No proof but, there has been stories passed down for generations that he had a pirate on his father's side. This pirate probably was a bad pirate, causing so much trouble. Family talk is that he was finally hung at Tripoli. Who knows but another fun black sheep to pass down to the grandchildren.. And for sure a better story than I think Bill was murder by .....

Thanks for stopping by... Do you have any black sheep in your family? I would love to hear your stories.. Grace

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Searching For My Great Great Grandfather John Lockwood

Tonight I was reading a little of Genea-Musings blog ... from there I followed the link to https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Family_History_Library_Internet_Favorites and at the bottom of the page I saw https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Major_Databases_for_Beginning_United_States_Research ...

next my I spot the Databases Online ... and there are so many places to search and spend time... but my eyes went right to Civil War Soldiers and Sailors.. My great great grandfather John Lockwood is one of my little known relatives. I can find him in the census reports and I have found his civil records at the National Archives but I do not know his parents or have a picture of him. I am always searching for anything of him... Because I knew which unit he was in while in the civil war I found where his unit fought from the beginning to the end. Since I know when he enlisted and when was discharged I can follow his journey the year he served. He was in Wisconsin Calvary Company K . Enlisted August 29, 1864 mustered out November 15, 1865

UNION WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Cavalry Organized at Milwaukee, Wis., December 30, 1861, to March 10, 1862. Left State for St. Louis, Mo., March 24, 1862. Duty at Benton Barracks, Mo., till May 15. Moved to Jefferson City, thence to Springfield, Mo., and duty there till June 14. Attached to Steele's Command, Army of Southwest Missouri, Dept. of Missouri, to July, 1862. District of Eastern Arkansas, Dept. of Missouri, to November, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Cavalry Division, District of Eastern Arkansas, Dept. of the Tennessee, to January, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, 13th Army Corps, Dept. of the Tennessee, to February, 1363. 3rd Brigade, District of Memphis, Tenn., Sth Division, 16th Army Corps. Dept. of the Tennessee, to June, 1863. Busseys Cavalry Brigade, Herron¿s Division, 13th Army Corps, to August, 1363. Cavalry Brigade, 17th Army Corps, to September, 1363. 1st Division, 17th Army Corps, to January, 1364. Winslow a Cavalry Brigade, District of Vicksburg, Miss., to December, 1864. 3rd Brigade, Cavalry Division, District of West Tennessee, to July, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Cavalry Division, Military Division Gulf, to August, 1865. Dept. of Texas to November, 1865.SERVICE.-March to Batesville, Jacksonport and Helena, Ark., June 14-July 12, 1862, and duty there till January, 1863. Action at Yellville, Ark., June 25, 1862. Near Fayetteville July 15. Expedition from Helena to Moro August 5-8 (Detachment). Near Helena August 11. Near Helena September 19-20. Expedition against Arkansas Post November 16-21. Expedition to Yellville November 25-29. Expedition from Helena to Grenada, Miss., November 27-December 5. Oakland, Miss., December 3. LaGrange, Ark., December 30. Lick Creek, Ark., January 12, 1863. Clarendon Road, near Helena, January 15. Ordered to Memphis, Tenn., February 4, and duty there till May. Nonconah Creek, near Memphis, April 4. Expedition to Coldwater April 17-20. Horn Lake Creek May 18 (Co. "L"). Expeditions to Hernando, Miss., May 23-24, 26 and 28 (Detachments). Moved to Vicksburg, Miss., June 10-13. Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., June 13-July 4. Advance on Jackson, Miss., July 4-10. Clinton July 8. Siege of Jackson July 10-17. Canton July 12. Expedition to Yazoo City July 12-21, 1863 (Detachment). Bolton's Depot July 16. Grant's Ferry, Pearl River. July 16. Briar Creek, near Canton, July 17. Duty at Red Bone Church till April 27, 1864. Action at Red Bone Church September 25, 1863. Ingraham's Plantation, near Port Gibson, October 10. Red Bone April 21, 1864. Moved to Vicksburg April 27, and duty there till December. Salem May 29 (Detachment). Worthington's and Sunnyside Landings, Fish Bayou, June 5. Old River Lake or Lake Chicot June 6. Expedition from Vicksburg to Pearl River July 2-10. Clinton July 4. Jackson July 5-6. Clinton July 7. Expedition from Vicksburg to Rodney and Fayette September 29-October 3. Port Gibson October 1. Fayette and Cole Creek October 3. Expedition from Natchez to Woodville October 4-11. Woodville October 5-6. Fort Adams, La., October 5 and 7. Operations in Issaqueena and Washington Counties October 24-31. Expedition from Vicksburg to Gaines' Landing and Bayou Macon, La., November 6-8. Expedition from Vicksburg to Yazoo City November 23-December 4. Concord Church December 1. Moved to Memphis, Tenn., December 8. Grierson's Expedition to destroy Mobile & Ohio Railroad December 21, 1864, to January 15, 1865. Franklin Creek December 21-22, 1864. Egypt Station December 28. Expedition from Memphis to Marion, Ark., January 19-22, 1865 (Detachment). Duty at Memphis, Tenn., till June. Expedition into Northern Mississippi March 3-11. (Part of Regiment ordered to Grenada, Miss., May 9, and duty there till June 24, when rejoined Regiment at Alexandria, La.) Ordered to Alexandria, La., June, March from Alexandria to Hempstead, Texas, August 8-26, and duty there till October. March to Austin, Texas, and there mustered out November 15, 1865.1st Battalion

(Cos. "A," "D," "G" and "K") served detached June 13, 1862, to September, 1864. Ordered to Cassville, Mo:, June 13, 1862, and duty there till October, 1862. Pineville June 23. Attached to 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Army of the Frontier, Dept. of Missouri, to June, 1863. District of Rolla, Dept. of Missouri, to August, 1864. District of North Missouri to September, 1864. Duty at Osage Springs, Mo., October, 1862, to December, 1862. Battle of Prairie Grove, Ark., December 7. Expedition over Boston Mountains to Van Buren, Ark., December 27-29. At Forsythe, Mo., till March, 1863. At Lake Springs till June, 1863. At Rolla till September, 1864. Lane's Prairie, Mo., May 26, 1864. Scout in Phelpa and Marlas Counties August l (Co. "A"). Rejoined Regiment at Vicksburg, Miss., September, 1864.

Regiment lost during service 24 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 4 Officers and 234 Enlisted men by disease. Total 312.

Here is a list of some of the best free databases on the Internet (or partly free at Family History Centers, or Family History Library)—good sites to begin research on a family that lived in the United States.
FamilySearch.org Largest free online collection of genealogical databases including Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, 1880 U.S. federal census index, Pedigree Resource File, U.S. Social Security Death Index, and the Vital Records Index—North America.
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Ancestry.com Partly free at Family History Centers, (a personal paid subscription has even more databases) it includes indexes for all U.S. censuses 1790-1920, passenger arrival list indexes 1820-1957, and World War I draft registration card indexes 1917-1918.
FreeSurnameSearch.com WorldVitalRecords.com, RootsWeb Surname List, Find a Grave, MyTrees.com, Ellis Island, Newspapers, Everton Pedigrees and Family Group, and many others.
BYU Family History Archives Digital family histories from the Family History Library, Allen County Public Library, and Brigham Young University. Rapidly adding more titles.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors 1861-1865 service records of Union and Confederate veterans giving the regiment, company, rank, and film number.
Ellis Island.org1892-1924 New York City passenger arrival index showing ethnicity, arrival date, residence, age, ship, port of departure, passenger manifest image, and ship’s image. The best index for this site is at Ellis Island in One Step.
Footnote.com Free at Family History Library. Digital original sources such as naturalizations, Revolutionary War papers, Civil War papers, Mormon Battalion pensions, newspapers, Southern Claims Commission, and Texas births and deaths.
GenCircles.comIndexes individual pedigrees, and databases like IGI and World Family Tree.
Gendex Surname Finder Searches free databases like RootsWeb, OneGreatFamily, and obituaries; fee sites include Ancestry, Family Tree Connection, GenealogyBank, and Footnote.com
HeritageQuestOnline.com Free at Family History Library and larger Family History Centers. Indexes and images to U.S. federal censuses 1790-1820, 1860-1880, and 1900-1930, over 22,000 family and local histories, 2 million genealogical periodical articles, Revolutionary War pension and bounty-land warrants, Freedman’s Bank records, and U.S. congressional records.
Linkpendium.com 5 million surnames and 715,000 locality links.
NewEnglandAncestor.org Free at Family History Library. Births, marriages, deaths, tax lists, church records, wills, family histories, diaries, The Great Migration Begins, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society Register.
OneGreatFamily.com Free at Family History Library. 80 million name family tree created from shared submissions by individuals. Also includes Social Security Death Index 1962-present.
RootsWeb Search Thingy indexes 10 million free websites hosted by RootsWeb.
RootsWeb Surname List 1.2 million surname links to submitter contact data via this file.
RootsWeb WorldConnect 820 million names on family trees including births, marriages, deaths, parents, children, sources, pedigrees, family groups, and submitter contact data.
USGenWeb Project Free websites for genealogy research in every county and state.
Pro Genealogy Sleuth http://www.progenealogist.com/genealogysleuthb.htm listing of free and pay Internet links by state and topic.

Hope that you enjoy some of the links and enjoy your searches.
thanks for stopping by.... Grace

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Grandma Katherine and Her Guardian Angel

I have this wonderful vintage picture that hangs over my bed. It is called " The Guardian Angel". It once belonged to my great grandmother Katherine. I was told it hung over her bed and now has been handed down to me.

Vintage treasures that belonged to our ancestors are the best treasures I think. Money can buy new things but they have no value to me compared to knowing my great grandmother once held this picture in her hands.

Katherine was my grandma Grace's mother. She was born to Irish parents who came to America after the potato famine in Ireland. Lived almost all of her life in Minnesota , the last years in Mora.
This is Katherine with her husband Appleton.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Remembering My Family 9/27 to 10/3

Remembering My Family the week of September 27th thru October 3rd

On September 28th, 1937, Alta A (Cheuvront ) Coleman passed away in Taylor Loup Nebraska at the age of 89 years old. She is my 2nd Great Grandmother on my father's side. She was born to Lemuel and Mary (Rouse).

This is a picture of Alta and her family. Alta is top row left hand side. Next to her brother Thomas and her sister Sarah. Seated is her parents.

On October 1st, 1780, Harmon Carpenter was born in Delhi, New York . He is my 4th Great Grandfather on my mother's side. I do not know who his parents were.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

My Favorite Song Saturday Night Fun with Randy

When I first read what Randy 's Saturday Night Fun was about, I thought of passing it by. Then I decided it would be good to see what I would come up with. I have decided it tells alot about me and I plan to print and put in my family book for generations to know what I thought and felt at different times of my life based on music.

This blog entry is on the personal side , but Randy Seaver threw out the idea of having some “Saturday Night Fun” this week by blogging about our favorite song. It is hard to pick out only one song when so many years have past.

Different songs have been my favorites over the years as a young teen to now. So I will have to tell you about a few of my favorite songs over the years and why.

I grew up in the 1950's in a family that did not listen to the radio and music.
We went to church every Sunday and at least once during the week. We did not go to the movies or listen to any popular music. The closest I came to was watching " Name That Tune " with my mother as a class room extra credit project. Move forward and I am probably 13 years old and my first song was " Piano Boy " By now I had a little record player that played 45's and I was able to play this over and over. I no longer have this record and do not even know who did it. It was about a young boy playing his piano and a girl listening to him playing this song over and over.

Then came Elvis, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Vee and Bobby Darrin . I loved them all but Elvis won in the end. My favorite at that time would of been " Love Me Tender". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZBUb0ElnNY . I would go to a girlfriend's house on Saturday, and we would sit in her bedroom and play Elvis records over and over as we got ready to go on a date with her boyfriend and a friend of his. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley

Go to the late 70's. I am unhappy and Gloria Gaynor becomes my banner song. " I Will Survive" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBR2G-iI3-I To this day my 2 boys and some of the granddaughter's know this is one of my all time favorites.

Move to the mid 1980's, I am divorced from my first husband and single for the first time in 20 years. Tina Turner and her songs were my songs. " Better Be Good To Me " became a favorite and I would play her music over and over. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Rvxb-J-fJs

It is now 2009 and I am no longer unhappy. I am settled ,I have been married to a wonderful man for nearly 20 years, and I know who I am and happy with who I am.

Today my favorite song is " I Can Only Imagine " by Merci Me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xwzItqYmII
Gloria Gaynor is still with me and a close second. I have survived many battles over my years. But I have survived and I can only Imagine what is waiting for me.

My New Family Tree Program I Am Now In the 21st Century

I finally broke down and bought a new family tree program. The last one I purchased was in 1998.
It worked fine and I thought that was good enough.
But after visiting with Random Relatives and hearing about her family program I decided I should look into buying a new one. I love her posts and how she tells how she is related to the person she is writing on.
Now if you read any of my other blogs, especially http://www.couponloversunite/ you will know I am working on a thrifty life style. Coupons, living within my means and no credit cards. I am on a tight budget and this program is not part of my budget.... BUT I did receive a gift card from Office Depot for not only my purchases but also for turning in my dead ink cartridges. This gift card still had $27.14 left on it and my 2009 family tree program with tax was $32.46. So my out of pocket cost was $5.32.

The $5.32 came out of my grocery budget but my pantries are so over loaded from great deals it won't matter. We could probably live off what I have stocked up for a month other than bread, milk and some meat.

We down loaded it last night on to my computer We were able to put the information I already had in my old family tree into it. Best of all I can interact with http://www.ancestry.com/ and my family tree program. I love it and love ancestry.
I am in the 21st century with my family tree program now. Last night I was on http://www.ancestry.com/ and in my family program for about 3 hours.
I will some how make sure ancestry is in my budget. Gives me hours of entertainment and I have hooked up with a cousin and we email often. Her grandfather is my grandfather's brother so we are cousins some how. Can't wait to meet her next time I am in Minnesota. We lived only miles apart for over 15 years and never met.

Will post later about some of my finds. Till later thanks for stopping by... Grace

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Vintage Postcard from Dad to Mom 1952

Tonight I posted a wonderful vintage postcard on my other blog site for the festival of postcards.

This post card was from my dad to my mom in 1952. Take a look at this listing to see read the story behind it.

Thanks for visiting ... Grace

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday Mary Being Dedicated As A Baby To The Lord

Okay almost Wordless Wednesday. I am never totally quiet.

This is a picture of my sister Mary being dedicated to the Lord as a baby. The pretty lady is my sweet mama Muriel and the handsome man is my daddy Art. Not sure who the minister was.

This picture is late 1948. Take a look at her hat isn't that something. Wish I had that hat today.
I was born in San Antonio, Texas. Dad went to bible college to be a preacher. I am not sure if he was out of college and preaching at this time or still in school.

I know we were in Texas either San Antonio , Highland or the Bay town area. I will need to figure that out in the future if I can.
Still trying to find out how many places we lived in Texas. I asked my sister and she is not sure either.

In the religion I was brought up, Pentecostal we were dedicated to the Lord as babies and baptized as young adults.
I love and treasure this beautiful photo. My mom and dad are now gone from this place. When I have their photos around me they are still near.
This photo and a copy of this posting will be added to my family binder of research and memories.
Thank you for stopping by..... Grace

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Leaving Memories For Our Descendants

Oh how I wish I had more writings from my ancestors. Letters, notes anything to get to know them better. Glimpse into their lives. What they were doing, what was happening. I mentioned this very fact to my sister the other night. " I wish we had more knowledge of our family.

How did my grandparents meet? I do not know how my mother's parents met. I do know that my father's parents went to school together and he wrote in her autograph book as did family members and friends. This wonderful old book was passed down to me and is one of my most treasured memories. It belonged to my grandmother Alta and is about 100 years old and very fragile. Some of the pages are loose but it is so beautiful.

Alta's mother wrote Feb 20, 1910 Dear Daughter May your cup of happiness always be full. Her father just wrote his initials. And on September 8, 1911 her future husband wrote. Friend Alta Wishing you success through life. Your friend Perry Zion. They married June 11Th 1913.

But this does not tell me how did they met, were they dating in 1911 when he wrote in her book?
I do know I need to start writing down different pieces of my history. If I don't someday my descendants will be saying the same thing. I need to write down each piece of history I find about my ancestors and put it together for those in the future to read.
I found an envelope that my aunt daisy wrote down all the places she and her parents had lived. This gives me a glimpse of history for them. I wish it had been written on a pretty piece of stationery but this shows a part of her that was very frugal. She saved everything. I should write that some day. It is a sad story that needs to be told. Another day though.
This is my Aunt Daisy in 1940 in Mora Minnesota...

Have you started a journal yet? Where have you lived .... favorite teacher... the best part of growing up... grandma or grandpa had an unusual habit... I met someone special ... Where did we work, go to school or what are our favorite foods?
So many things to think and write about but one day at a time.
For now I think I will write all the places I know I have lived and see if I can find pictures of some of them. That may be of interest to some one some day. Next maybe memories of meeting my first husband, then my second husband. Maybe the day I had my boys or when I first met my step children ... so many different memories to think about.

How about you ... are you making a journal of memories? Mine will be in a three ring binder that I can add pictures, postcards and mementos.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Meet My Daddy Art

Today is a day to remember my father. We all think our father is the best in the whole world and that is how I feel.
He was there for us always. From the first day of my life until he slipped into dementia he was there. He raised us in a good christian home, worked as hard as he could to give us what he could. He was at my mother's side when she went through the pains of polio and always loved and took care of her. He took my mother's mother and sister into his home and helped to support them for years. And even during the last 10 years as he slipped deeper into the dementia he was there. He always remembered us his children and sometimes the grand children. He made us laugh with his smile, a joke or a funny comments.
Daddy passed away a year ago today. It was a hard day for us his love ones but we knew he was being released from this world to join mama and his family. No more surgeries and no more pain for him. And no more daddy for me to kiss and hug. I spent the last week of his life with him in the hospital hardly leaving his side. I just wanted to kiss him, hug him and smell the scent of him.
Those last days nurses who had taken care of him over the years at nursing homes would stop in to see him and talk with us. Many people loved my father and he always had a smile for them.

I miss him terribly but I know my mama is no longer lonely while waiting for him to join her.

Friday, September 11, 2009

May We Never Forget

Today is a day we need to take some time and remember that horrible day in our history and pray for all those we lost and their familys.
May we never forget.... God Bless America

Monday, September 7, 2009

Directory of Historical Societies

Here is a great links to help in our search for family research


Here you can find a link to a Directory of Historical Societies in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Some links are live and others give you location information.

Who Were My Great Grandparents Part 8

This the last of my Great Grandparents. Number 8 is Mabel Jane Coleman.

Mabel was born July 1st 1872 in Greenwood, Nebraska to John Henry and Alta Angeline ( Cheuvront ) Coleman. She was the second born of five children having two brothers Elic and Elmer and two sisters Alta and Mary.

The early years of her life was spent in Nebraska. Her parents traveled many times during her youth.

She married Arthur Hall in Denver Colorado August 28, 1891. They had three daughters. The oldest being my grandma Alta.

She was a christian woman being baptised in Nebraska and later years became a member of the Lutheran Church her last twelve years. She spent her last years in the Black Hills territory with her two daughters Mae and Pearl after her husband Arthur passed away.

She passed away March 1946 in Arkansas while visiting her sister Mary Wirsig and is now buried in Crawford, Nebraska next to her husband.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy

Over at http://www.geneamusings.com/2009/09/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-favorite.html the assignment is to list your three favorite genealogy blogs. I have to be honest I have only searched a handful of other genealogy blogs. If I like them I link them to my site. If they do not fit my interest I pass over them.
For now I will pass on listing my three favorites but I will spend some time this evening to search other genealogy blogs listed on http://www.geneamusings.com/. This will give me a great opportunity to check out other sites in the big world of the Internet
Take some time this evening and start there and see where you end up. I would love to hear from you on your top favorite. Maybe it some place I have missed.

thanks for stopping by Grace

I am back ... I was not gone long and I found one that I added to my watch list and will be one of the favorites for me.

1. http://twobubblesoffcenter.blogspot.com/ Not only can she write but you want to go off and search not only her links to history but search your own family history even deeper.

2. http://benotforgot.blogspot.com/ Short interesting personal information.

3. http://genealogytraces.blogspot.com/

So two were already on my follow list and I found a new one.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Remembering My Ancestors

This is the tombstone of my ancestors
Rest in Peace Dear Grandparents

Rachel B ( Hanner ) Died December 9th 1889 70 years & 25 Days and James W Woodmansee Died May 16, 1898 81 years 1 M & 18 D

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

I found this while searching for my ancestors at http://www.ancestry.com/

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Saturday Night with Randy (with photos)

This week, for Randy's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, he was asking, "How many ancestors did you 'meet'?" His short and sweet instructions are to ::

Write down which of your ancestors that you have met in person (yes, even if you were too young to remember them).

Tell us their names, where they lived, and their relationship to you in a blog post

Some how I get busy and forget to see what is happening at Randy's on Saturday night.

Here is my list better late than never. I do not have many ancestors that I was lucky enough to meet.

My father Arthur Zion

He was born in Colorado in 1921, grew up in the state of Washington, while sailing on the great lakes he met my mother and married her in 1943. He went to bible college in Texas where my sister and I were born. We moved back to Minnesota after a short time in Michigan. This is where I grew up. He passed away almost a year ago September, 2008.

Mom and Dad Young and In Love in the 1940's

My mother Muriel Day

She was born in Minnesota in 1922 and lived in Minnesota except for the years we were in Texas when my dad was in Bible College. She came down with polio in 1953 and we moved back to Minnesota except for a very short time in Michigan when I was 6. She passed away in 1998.

My grandma on my mother's side Grace Esler Day

She was born in Minnesota in 1892 and lived here whole life there. I grew up within blocks of both of my mom's parents and was close to both of them. She passed away in 1972.

My Grandparents William and Grace Day

My grandpa on my mother's side William Day. He was born in Minnesota 1n 1889 and lived his whole life there. He passed away in 1964.

My grandpa on my dad's side Perry Zion. His family traveled. He was born in Kendal Kansas, lived Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado and lived his last years in Winlock, Washington. I only met him once or twice. I remember the last time. He had a farm and raised cattle. He had a big bull and I helped him feed the chickens. I was probably only 8. I wish I had known him better. He passed away in 1958.

I never got to meet my dad's mother. She passed away just over 4 years before I was born. I have always sensed her near me though. My father loved his mother very much and had nothing but praise for her. My middle name is after her.

Who Were My Great Grandparents Part 7

I am now at Great Grandparent number 7... This is my great grandfather Arthur Reynolds Hall.

He was born September 19, 1863 to George and Louisa ( Reynolds) Hall in Evansville, Wisconsin.

He was the oldest child of four children. His siblings were Florence, Marcus and George.

Arthur attended the School at Union Township at the Stone School House built in the 1870's. He graduated from from the Evansville Seminary in 1844. After his adventures in Denver, Colorado he married Mabel Coleman on August 28, 1891.

They had three children the oldest my grandmother Alta. They moved to Chicago, Illinois and lived there for seven years. This was during the time of the Chicago World's Fair. He had a small heart shaped souvenir that he gave to Mabel. This has been passed down to me and is one of my most prized treasures..

He was a carpenter most of his life and may of worked on building the fair.

In 1898 he moved to Nebraska and lived in Geneva and Taylor and in 1919 moved to Crawford.

Shortly after he died of hardening of the arteries around the heart while visiting his daughter Alta in Colorado.

He was brought back to Crawford, Nebraska and buried there.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Who Were My Great Grandparents Part 6

This is number six of my great grandparents. Rachel Millsap who married my great grandparent Adam Zion ( great grandparent number five).
Rachel was the daughter of Flavious and Anna (Woodmansee) Millsap who was born April 19, 1862 in Mount Ayr Ringgold, Iowa. She was the oldest of 1o children.
By reading my great grandfather Adam's information all the marriage and children information can be found.
She out lived her husband 18 years living her last years in Washington state with her children.
The following story is from the Zion family cookbook from a family reunion. It was told by my dad's cousin Ray. ( He was named after her)
" Grandma Zion ( Rachel Millsap) she lived in the converted chicken house in Craig, Colorado. She would have a nice hot meal for me, and ply me with Saveway gingersnaps. We would play dominos or checkers or chinese checkers until bedtime. She had a little gas heater in the front room but the bedrooms were unheated. The house had four rooms , a kitchen, a front room and two bedrooms. Grandma always had a bottle of hot water or heated bricks wrapped in a towel to place at my feet in the bed, and lots of beautiful hand quilted comforters to keep me snug and warm through the night. She was a wonderful grandmother.
Her recipe for love .. to treat me as her equal and always do a few little extra things to make me feel wanted or welcome.
I remember the hand made soap she used to do her dishes and clothes. I remember her long white hair that she always wound up in a top knot. I remember her deep blue eyes. I remember I only heard her use one swear word. I did here her use it three or four times when she had cause to be disturbed. It was especially effective because of her rarity of use of such words around me. ( It was a four letter world meaning manure). I remember the winter she fell and fractured her skull, and her almost miraculous recovery.
For some reason she would not eat fish. Near the end of World War two she came to Washington to spend the rest of her days. On one occasion there were quite a few people at the kitchen table for dinner. Salmon patties had been prepared. Grandma Rachel had never eaten Salmon patties before and no one informed her of their content. She was on her third helping when someone asked her if she knew what she was eating. When they told her she said " OMPHH , pushed back the plate with the remaining fish and would eat no more.
She passed away on mother's day May 15, 1945 while visiting one of her sons of a heart attack.
She was brought back to Colorado to be buried next to her husband Adam.
Sounds like she was a warm loving woman. Of course I am to young to have know her but how I wish I could of met her.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Who Were My Great Grandparents Part 5

This is the fifth of my great grandparents. My first four great grandparents were from my mother's side of the family. Now I am sharing from my dad's side of the family.

This is Jonathan Adam Zion my dad's grandfather. His son Perry was my father's father.

Jonathan was born September 29, 1861 in Decatur county Iowa to John Henderson and Mary Margaret (Cossill ) Zion. He was called Adam most of the time.

When he was sixteen years old he left home to learn the blacksmith trade. After spending four years as an apprentice he followed his trade for 20 years.

He married Rachel Millsap February 11, 1886 near Lamoni Iowa and soon moved to Kendal Kansas.

Their first child was Perry who was born December 12, 1886. In the winter of 1888 / 89 they moved to Tuskgee Iowa where their second child Norton was born. They moved back Decatur Co where their two daughters Etta and Gertrude were born during that time. They moved to Diagonal Iowa around 1894 where the youngest daughter Bessie was born.In 1900 they moved to Hope Idaho. After this they resided in Minnesota before moving by wagon to Nebraska in 1909. In 1916 they went with many other homesteaders by train to Moffat County Colorado arriving March 22, 1916.

Family memories tell that he like to chew tobacco and raised sheep. One time he turned his back on the big Ram and got butted. He was a large man around the waist. My uncle Joe tells of trying on his pants and he could of gotten them around him twice. Uncle Joe was no small man. Grandma Rachel was probably a great cook.

Adam's health began to deteriorate due to the hard work of being a blacksmith and he retired to the farm.

He developed the family brand in 1907 and this branding iron is still used today by my cousins on their cattle. It is a Z with quarter circle under the Z.

My grandpa Perry is the handsome man on the left

In about 1926 he went to Denver to see the doctors about the cancer he had. He was unable to work after this and spent time with his grandchildren giving them memories that they have passed on to the family.

Adam passed away April 07 1927 and is buried in the Craig Cemetery in Craig Colorado.