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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.