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Friday, January 15, 2010

Anna Woodmansee Milsap my Great Great Grandmother

I love searching for family on the Internet. Only if my aunt Alice was alive today, she would be amazed.
Last night I put in the name Zion and came up with different links. Many of them mine from my postings. I would click on the different links to see what I would find, coming up with nothing new. one link was for http://genforum.genealogy.com/zion/ There I saw questions and answers for the Zions. Then I spotted a post about the obituary for Mrs. Ann Millsap. She was married to Flavious Armenious Millsap. Her children were listed, one being Mrs. Adam ZION one my great grandmothers on my father's side.
I now have her obituary. The following was printed in The Lamoni Chronicle (Iowa)July 28, 1904
MILLSAP. - Mrs. Ann MILLSAP died at her home at Syracuse, Kansas, July 2, 1904, aged 62 years, 11 months and 22 days.
She was the oldest daughter of James and Rachel WOODMANSEE, was born in Jackson county, Indiana, July 10, 1841. She came with her parents to Lee county, Iowa, remaining there one year. In the fall of 1849 they came to Decatur county and settled west of Decatur City, near the Woodmansee bridge, September 1.
She was married to Armeneous MILLSAP. To this union was born eleven children, the oldest dying in infancy. Five sons and five daughters are living; Mrs. Adam ZION, Wilton, Minn.; Mrs. Del FERGUSON, Hope, Idaho; George of Fellsburg,Kan.; John of Wyonoka, Okla.; Mrs. Charles PFIESTER, Great Bend, Kan.; Frank, Arthur, Carl and Ora, all of Syracuse, Kan. She leaves a husband, twenty-two grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. They are: John WOODMANSEE, Leon, Rebuen of Indianola, George of near Decatur, Mrs. J. W. MCLAUGHLIN of Decatur, and Mrs. W. H. GRAYSON of Redding.
She united with the Christian Church when quite young, and has lived a consistent Christian until death. The husband has lost a faithful companion of nearly forty-seven years, the children a kind and loving mother. She has been a great sufferer for several years, but has bore her suffering with patience and christian fortitude.

Loving mother, thy work's all done,
Beautiful soul into glory gone.
Beautiful life with its crown now son
,God giveth rest.
Rest from all sorrows and watching and fears,
Rest from all possible sighings and tears;
Rest through God's endless, wonderful years,
At home with the blest.

Beautiful spirit, free from all strain.
Ours they heartache, the sorrow and pain;
Thine is the glory and infinite gain.
They slumber is sweet.
Peace on the brow, and the eye-lids so calm;
Peace in the heart, 'neath the white folded palm;
Peace dropping down like a wondrous balm,
From the head to the feet.

It was so sudden, our white lips said.

How we will miss her, our darling dead;
Who'll take the place of the precious one fled?
But God knoweth best.
We know he watches the sparrows that fall-
Hears the sad cry of the grieved hearts that call.
Friends, husband, children,-he loveth them all-
We can trust for the rest.

Copied by Stacey McDowell DietikerJune 9, 2003 http://iagenweb.org/decatur/

I knew about her and had this picture of her thanks to http://www.ancestry.com/ but I know have this final piece of paper. Her obituary printed in the paper.

I know she was born in Indiana July 10, 1841, married Flavious September 01,1857 in Leon Decatur Iowa and had eleven children the first dying in infancy. Her last years were in Syracuse Kansas where she died. Flavious was a farmer, her task was taking care of this large family.

One last search was to see if I could find the grave of Flavious and Anne Millsap. Went to http://www.findagrave.com/ . First searched Kansas Anne Millsap nothing found. Next search was Flavious once again nothing found. Last searched just the last name of Millsap in Kansas and found a page of Millsaps buried in the Syracuse Cemetery in Syracuse, Kansas. Flavious and Anne's tombstone is identified by F. A. and Annie.

Now I have their gravestone and know that some one called her Annie. They are buried side by side in the Syracuse Cemetery, Syracuse, Kansas.

There is so much more I want to know about her and will continue to search for information about Anne, Flavious and their family.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Antique Family Bibles Are Such Great Treasures

Here is another of my family treasures. At one time I had the pleasant task to be the keeper of our family bibles. Within the last year I have passed on one to each of my sons and my sister nows has two others at her home. But I have for now kept two of my favorites. Some day they will be passed on to my boys.

The smallest bible belonged to Louisa Marie Reynolds who married George Hall.
They had a son Arthur Reynolds Hall who married Mabel Coleman He passed it down to their daughter Alta Louise Hall.
Alta married my grandfather Perry Zion.
My father Arthur passed this down to me.
So this bible belonged to great great grandmother. She owned this when she was married to George Hall since she has signed it Louisa M Hall Evansville Wisconsin.

She has recorded her parents name and 7 sister's name with their birth dates. Her parents were John G Reynolds born 1800 and Mandania G Grover born 1815. She had amazingly beautiful handwriting.
The second bible belonged to my grandmother Alta Hall Zion. Inside there is this small note with my father's name and his address when he was in the merchant marines in 1943. She must of given it to him at that time.

The smallest bible is dated 1844
My grandmother's bible is not dated itself. She has written her name and my grandfather's name and the date 1911. She married grandpa Perry in 1913.

I love family bibles. Only one had family information written in it. What a treasure to have that written family history.

Thanks for stopping by... Hope you stop by again .. Grace

Happy 101 Award Received .. I Am Happy For So Much

Indeeds has been so kind to give me this award. With the acceptance of the Happy 101 award, I need to list 10 things that make me happy and nominate 10 other deserving blogs

First Things That Make Me Happy

1. My sweet husband
2. My children , grandchildren and other family members
3. A smile from a child
4. My cat Spooky purr's
5. Being Cancer Free and sober
6. My family mementos
7. My books
8. Seeing the ocean or Gulf of Mexico
9. Walking in a cemetery taking pictures
10. Hunting for treasures at thrift stores
These are the things that make me happy and thankful every day for all I have. Thank you so awarding me for this award.

Ten blogs to whom I would like to pass the "Happy 101 Award
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Getting Organized with Family History in 52 weeks Week 2 Contined

This is a continuation of my last post on organizing my files and yours if you like.

The first step to starting an organizational system is to decide on the basic form for your filing (the piles I have do not count!) — file folders, notebooks, binders, or computer disks.
Genealogical Filing Systems - the Advantages & Disadvantages

Filing Cabinet & File Folders - File folders, probably are the most popular organizational tool for genealogists, they are inexpensive, very portable, and easily hold papers of different shapes and sizes. But when they are dropped, file folders can become quite a mess - with papers thrown out of order, and even misplaced. File folders can make it easy to consult documents, but you have to be careful about making sure the paper is put back where it came from. Once you've generated a lot of paper, however, the file folder system is the most flexible and expandable

Binders - If you're someone who really likes to keep things together in one place, then organizing your printed genealogy data into binders may be a good option for you. This method standardizes your genealogical records into a regular size paper format. Documents that you don't wish to three-hole punch, can be added in polypropylene sleeves. Binders are portable and don't require a filing cabinet, however, if you do a lot of genealogical research you may find that binders eventually become too cumbersome on their own.
This is my personal choice. Yes they can be cumbersome but also are a great family book in itself. Mine is a place I gather census, family group sheets, pictures, obits and even awards received.

Computer Disks, CDs, & DVDs - Transcribing or scanning genealogical documents into the computer can save quite a bit of space, and the computerized organizational systems can greatly speed up tedious tasks such as sorting and cross-referencing. The question is, will your descendants 100 or more years from now have a computer that can read them? If you choose to use your computer as your primary organizational system, you should also decide on making and preserving copies or printouts of important documents and backing up your CD files. I have had computers crash and their goes all my hard work. Also my first family tree research was saved on a floppy disc. My computer today does not read this disk. So it is just a small Frisbee.

Once you get started organizing your genealogical clutter, you'll probably find that a combination of storage methods works best. Some people, for example, use binders to organize "proven" family and file folders for miscellaneous research on unproven connections, neighborhood or local research, and correspondence. It is important to keep in mind that organization is and always will be a work in progress.

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Getting Organized with Family History in 52 weeks Week 2

My genealogy records are not totally organized but I am constantly working on it. It is a work in progress that is for sure. When we moved I moved piles of family records, notebooks and family photos. Piles of copies of old records, printouts from genealogy Web sites, and letters from fellow genealogy researchers are sitting in piles on my desk and in boxes and in file folders in my filing cabinet. Not that they are completely disorganized - if you ask me for something specific, I can maybe find it. But it definitely isn't a filing system that I would recommend as efficient!Does this sound familiar? Are you as surrounded in papers as I am? Believe it or not, the solution is as simple as finding an organizational system that suits your needs and research habits, and then making it work. I know, it's not exactly as simple as it sounds (or why am I not practicing what I preach?), but it is possible and will ultimately help to keep you and me from spinning our wheels and duplicating research.

Which Filing System is Best?Ask a group of genealogists how they organize their files, and you're likely to get as many different answers as genealogists. There are a number of popular genealogy organization systems, including binders, notebooks, files, etc., but there truly is no individual system which is "best" or "correct." We all think and behave differently, so ultimately the most important consideration in setting up your filing system is that it must fit your personal style.

The best organization system is always the one that you will use.Organizing the Paper as your genealogy project progresses you will find that you have numerous paper documents to file for each individual that you research - birth records, census records, newspaper articles, wills, correspondence with fellow researchers, Web site printouts, etc. The trick is to develop a filing system that will enable to easily lay your fingers on any of these documents at any time.

Commonly used genealogical filing systems include:By Surname - All papers for an individual surname are filed together.By Couple or Family - All papers related to a husband and wife or family unit are filed together.
By Family Line - All papers related to a specific family line are filed together.
Many genealogists begin by starting with four such ancestral lines - one for each of their grandparents.
By Event - All papers related to a specific event type (i.e. birth, marriage, census, etc.) are filed together.Beginning with any of the four systems mentioned above, you could then further organize your papers into the following categories:
By Location - Papers are first grouped by one of the four genealogy filing systems listed above, and then further broken down by country, state, county, or town to reflect your ancestor's migration.
For example, if you chose the Surname Method, you would first group all DAY ancestors together, and then further break the piles down into the England DAYs, the New England DAYs , MINNESOTA Days, and the so on.
By Record Type - Papers are first grouped by one of the four genealogy filing systems listed above, and then further broken down by record type (i.e. birth records, census records, wills, etc.).

tomorrow Genealogical Filing Systems

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Tombstone Tuesday My Great Grandparents Adam and Rachel Zion

Today for Tombstone Tuesday I am sharing the gravestone of one of my great grand parents

This is Johnathan Adam and Rachel Ann Millsap Zion at the time they married.

Johnathan was born September 29, 1861 and died April 07, 1927

Rachel was born 1863. I have her birth date as April 19, 1862 but gravestone says 1863 which is

probably correct. Need to check on that further. She died May 13, 1945.

They married in 1866 in Lamoni, Decatur, Iowa and had five Children. Perry ( my grandfather),

Norton, Bessie , Gertrude and Mary E

They are buried in Craig Colorado at the Fairview Cemetery in Moffat County. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~comoffat/index.htm

Rest in peace grandpa and grandma.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

52 Weels To Better Genealogy Challenge 2

Well here is the challenge for week 2 from http://www.geneabloggers.com/52-weeks-challenge-2-local-public-library-continued/

52 Weeks To Better Genealogy - Challenge 2
Go to your local public library branch again. Examine the local history, archives and/or special collections section. Ask a librarian if you don’t know if your library has special collections or where they are located. Be sure to check the reference section, too, as many of the newer and more valuable books are held in that area. If you have a genealogy blog, write about what you find in your library’s local history and special collections.
This challenge runs from Saturday, 9 January 2010 through Friday, 15 January 2010.

I am glad the second week is going to the library again. I have not been there. I jumped in the last day of week 1 Friday late at night and had planned to go on Saturday.

That changed when I was informed I was on the schedule to work Saturday afternoon. This job is just during the tax season. I hope that they get the schedule worked out so I know what I am doing.

So I have this next week to find a day I can go to the library and see what they have. My early post on the library reported that they had a large are relating to the history of the South. At that time I did not think I had any ancestors from the south. After going through my family history last night on my Zion line I noted that I have Bela Millsap born 1797 in Green Tennessee He is my 3rd great grandfather. By 1830 he is in Indiana.

This is a picture of Bela late in life. He is pictured with his second wife who has just died. I look forward to finding more about him and his first wife Elizabeth McGuyer in the future.
That is the mystery of genealogy, your family history, there is always more to search for. It is an unending mystery.
Thanks for stopping by... I hope that you will visit again ... Grace