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Saturday, December 4, 2010

On Or About This Date Robert Millsaps Died in 1793

On or about this day Robert Millsaps passed away in December of 1793 in Randolph North Carolina.

Robert was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1719 to Thomas and Mary (Poplin) Millsaps. Robert married Ellender King. To this marriage 10 children were born, Moses Taylor, Mary, James Madison abut 1755, Jane 1757, Ellen about 1760, Thomas about 1762, Edward about 1766, Joseph about 1768, Robert about 1772 and William about 1774.

While searching Robert Millsaps on http://www.ancestry.com/ I found the following

Brief History Of The Millsaps Family

Our Millsaps family history is greatly enhanced and enriched by a letter written many years ago by one Billy Millsaps who was born in Greene County, Tennessee in the winter of 1797. (The letter is on file in the History and Genealogy Department of the Rowan Public Library in Salisbury, North Carolina.) In the letter, Mr. Millsaps writes of his ancestor, and the following are tidbits from the letter in regard to our line of Millsaps.

" The oldest son of my Grandfather, Robert Millsaps, who at the age of sixteen came to America from Ireland with his father.. and family about the year 1735, who settled in Augusta Co, Va. in two miles of Stanton. My grandfather had three brothers, whose names were: Thomas, Joseph, and William. They all four finally left their father's settlement in Virginia in the hands of John McDowel, one of their brothers in law settled in North Carolina. My grandfather and mother, Robert and Ellen (her father's name was King) Millsaps had ten children. The oldest was named Ellen, she died when small; Thomas, Jane, James, Edward (he was drowned when about grown), Joseph, Moses, Mary, Robert, and William. Thomas, James, Moses, Robert and their two sisters and brothers in law Samuel Yates and Thomas Farmer, left Randolph County, N. C. and settled in Greene Co. Tenn, a little before I was born, January 10,1797. As to Aunt Jane's children, she had five, the first was called Jesse Millsaps. He lived in Sullivan Co. Tenn. He was drafted in the time of the War of 12 and went on his way to the seat of war under Jackson.

We have documented Thomas Millsaps as having been listed in the records of Augusta County, Virginia as early as 1747. Thomas was born circa 1679 in Belfast, Ireland, and he was the son of William and Elizabeth Millsaps. Thomas married Mary Poplin, and their son Robert was born circa 1719 in Belfast. Robert married circa 1747 to Ellender King, and their daughter Jane Millsaps was born circa 1754. Jane bore Jesse Millsaps out of wedlock, and she later married Samuel Yates, a Revolutionary War veteran who died in Cocke County, Tennessee in 1844.
Jesse Millsaps (aka Jesse " Yates") married on the 2nd of April 1799 in Carter County, Tennessee to Mary "Polly" Hyder, daughter of Michael Hyder(1740-1790) and Elizabeth Wood (1745-1841). Jesse and Mary's daughter, Elizabeth Millsaps (1798-after 1880) married in 1820 in Carter County, Tennessee to Jacob Kite (1798-after 1860). Elizabeth Kite and her husband Jacob Kite removed to Blount County, Tennessee before 1830, and were separated sometime before 1840 to 1850. Jacob was found in later years in Greene County, Tennessee and Elizabeth Millsap Kite remained with her children in the area of Blount County, Tennessee, where she must of died sometime after the 1880 census of that county was taken.

Family information on http://www.ancestry/ states he moved to Tennessee after leaving North Carolinia but that he died in North Carolinia. Did he go to visit and die or move back to North Carolina. This is a guestion that needs to be studied further.

Advent Calendar - December 4: Christmas Cards








This Blog is pleased to join with other GeneaBloggers around the world in presenting this Advent Calendar over the next 24 days leading up to the Christmas celebration. There will be a different topic each day. I will attempt to post on each of the topics.


This post is number 4 in a series of 24 for the 2010 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.

On the 4th Day of Christmas, I am supposed to talk about Christmas cards. Did my family send and display Christmas cards?

Oh yes, and it was my mama's joy to do this. She kept a book with everyone's address and there was a little box to mark if she sent one and if they received one. Of course if she sent them out several years in a row and did not receive one ever back then eventually she probably would stop sending out a card.
This is the last of my mom's little Christmas address book. It is really messy with names and addresses changed, little sticky address labels passed over when they moved and sent a new address and some are crossed off when they passed away. It is from the mid 1980's. I wish I had some earlier ones.

My mother always loved getting cards with messages and if they just signed their name and had not even a little note she thought that was sad and why even bother sending out the card. My grandmother and aunt Daisy were of the same thought.

Christmas cards were displayed on a mantel if there was one and taped on the door if there was no mantel at that house.

The Christmas cards above are two of my favorite. The card on the left is from 1958 and from my grandma and grandpa Day. I have several early birthday cards, some valentine and Easter cards but this is the only Christmas card I have found so far. The pretty card on the right is one of the last Christmas cards from my dad. He has written his name which is so lovely to see. I think these two will be displayed with any others I receive this year.
I am doing these Christmas memories of my childhood only. I will print and give to my sons and grandchildren for them to read if they like someday.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories Day 3 - Christmas Tree Ornamens

This Blog is pleased to join with other GeneaBloggers around the world in presenting this Advent Calendar over the next 24 days leading up to the Christmas celebration. There will be a different topic each day. I will attempt to post on each of the topics.

This post is number 3 in a series of 24 for the 2010 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.On the 3rd Day of Christmas, I am supposed to talk about the Christmas Decoration.

As a child our Christmas tree always had multi colored lights, the kind that got HOT when on. And they were big, no twinkle lights.

There was always more tinsel than any thing else and the Christmas balls were pretty, fancy and on the small size. They were so dainty I would just stare at them for the longest time.


Sadly I do not have any of those Christmas balls that belonged to my parents or grandparents. BUT I do have the fancy coffee cups with saucers they used to drink their coffee. I always plan to use them but never have. That will change tomorrow. Coffee cup is clean and ready to go.



I am doing these Christmas memories of my childhood only. I will print and give to my sons and grandchildren for them to read if they like someday.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Advent Calendar Day 2: Holiday Foods


This Blog is pleased to join with other GeneaBloggers around the world in presenting this Advent Calendar over the next 24 days leading up to the Christmas celebration. There will be a different topic each day. I will attempt to post on each of the topics.

This post is number 2 in a series of 24 for the 2010 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.On the 23Rd Day of Christmas, I am supposed to talk about the Holiday Food.

I do not remember a lot of any special holiday food. As a child we would of been at my Grandma and Grandpa Day's house on Christmas Eve.

We would probably of had roast beef with mash potatoes , gravy, corn and rolls. And in the middle of the table there would be little sweet pickles, olives and small pieces of American cheese. Dessert would be after opening gifts and would of been apple pie with ice cream or pumpkin pie with real whip cream.

My grandma Grace and aunt Daisy would of done most of the cooking with the pies being brought by my mother or uncle Don. The adults would eat around the dining room table, my sister Mary, cousin Bonnie and myself would eat in the kitchen. My cousin Cheryl was five years younger than Bonnie and probably was in a high chair by big table.

The table would have a white table cloth and cloth napkins that had been pressed with an old Iron press. They would of used their best china plates and drink coffee out of fancy cups and saucers.

Christmas Day we would go back to our grandparents for sandwiches that were turkey, ham and cheese served on little rolls. It was a casual meal, a time for the grownups to visit and us girls to hide in the bathroom and tease my little cousin Cheryl by not letting her join us in the bathroom. We were so naughty to this little girl.

I remember the food was good and the atmosphere was warm and safe. It was always a wonderful time of the year.

I am doing these Christmas memories of my childhood only. I will print and give to my sons and grandchildren for them to read if they like someday.

On This Day December 2nd Betsy Anderson Day Passes Away


Remembering Betsy Anderson Day one my great great grandmother on my mother's side.
On this Day December 2nd 1938 Betsy Anderson Day passed away. She had made it to 100 years old and probably is the longest living relative I have.
Betsy was born September 16,1838 in Rome New York to Levi and Harriet Carpenter Anderson. Betsy married Dwight Henry Day and to this marriage 9 children were born.

Anna 1857 - 1943
Nellie 1860 - 1877 probably died of Scarlet Fever
Emma 1862 - 1877 probably died of Scarlet Fever
Hirey 1864 -1877 probably died of Scarlet Fever
Abram 1866
William Albert 1867 1920 my great grandfather
Arly 1868
George 1869 - 1929 murdered while working as a watchman on the docks of Duluth Minnesota
Franklin 1875 - 1953

The following is part of an article published November 1938 commenting on Betsy's upcoming 100th birthday.

Much of her time is spent in a rocking chair. She used to enjoy reading but gave up this diversion several years ago. Mrs. Day continues to show an interest in what is going on about her. She is easy to get along with. The only thing she questions is when family is trying to give her medicine.


Betsy was a lover of the church. She was quite active until three weeks prior to her death. She reached the age of 100 years, two months and fourteen days. Funeral was conducted at South Troy church and she is buried in the Pleasant Prairie cemetery.



The picture of her tombstone is one I took a few years ago. This is a very small cemetery. Beautiful and peaceful. Rest in peace grandma Betsy.

Christmas Tree (Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories #1)

This Blog is pleased to join with other GeneaBloggers around the world in presenting this Advent Calendar over the next 24 days leading up to the Christmas celebration. There will be a different topic each day. I will attempt to post on each of the topics.

This post is number 1 in a series of 24 for the 2010 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.
On the 24Th Day of Christmas, I am supposed to talk about the Christmas Tree.

Did you have a real tree, or was it artificial? How big was the tree? Who decorated the tree?












Christmas memories as a child are of a wonderful time. It was a busy time with getting ready for Church Christmas programs, decorating the Christmas tree and planning what we would buy as gifts for the family.

The picture on the left is at my grandma and grandpa Day's house. This is a picture of my dad holding our dog Lady, my mom, sister Mary and me. The year is 1957 .

Picture on the right is of my sister Mary , Dale and me. My father sold Insurance with Dale's father Ray. I am guessing the car I am sitting in is Dale's Christmas gift since my sister Mary and I do not remember having a car/fire truck. The year is 1956.


These pictures are of my little brother David. The pictures are taken at my mom and Dad's house on the Skyline Drive in Duluth,Mn. The tree is real and the year is 1967.







I remember the first trees were real and carefully decorated. They were usually about 6 feet tall and bought from a corner tree lot. At my grandparent's and aunt Daisy's home the job to decorate the tree was left to Aunt Daisy. My Aunt Daisy was extremely fussy and each piece of tinsel had to be placed just right on the tree. Every ball in the right place and of course you would always decorate the back of the tree. She would have us help her but carefully watched how we did it. And when we were all done we would get a bottle of ginger ale and a cookie.



When we would decorate our Christmas tree at our home the tree would also be real and bought at a tree lot. My father would place it in the stand and put on the Christmas lights. Then we would decorate it with my mother watching and telling us where to place the balls and tinsel. My mom had polio in the 1950's and was handicapped so her part was to give us the decorations, telling us where to place them and handing us the tinsel. And of course the tinsel had to hang just right. When it was all done daddy would put on the Christmas star.


It was a wonderful time. We would spend the evening with the lights off, the tree lights on and eating hot chocolate and cookies.





I am going to writing these postings as memories of my childhood rather than later years. I want to print out and give to my children and grandchildren so they can read them as they wish.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday Elic and Catherine Beiler Coleman






On about this day Catherine Beiler Coleman passed away on December 1st 1884 in Greenwood, Cass county, Nebraska. Catherine (also known as Kate) is one of my great great great grandmother on my father's side.



Catherine was born the 8th of March 1806 to Abraham and Kate (Chapin) Beiler in Maryland. Catherine married Alexander " Elic" Chalker Coleman the 1st of September 1825. To this marriage 11 children born.

Jane 1826 - 1887
Matilda 1829 - 1911
Ebenezer 1831 - 1894
Mary Catherine 1833 - 1905
Lucy 1835 - 1916
William 1837 - 1915
John Henry 1839 ( my great great grandfather) - 1922
Amy 1841 - 1907
Elic Chalker Junior 1843 - 1924
Amanda 1846 - 1919
Martin Luther 1848 - 1921

This is her tombstone along with her husbands Elic's tombstone. They are buried in the Sheffer Pioneer Cemetery and the pictures are taken from the following book.
Sheffer Pioneer Cemetery The Lives of Those Interred fourth edition edited by Rose Anne Hoekstra.
Rest in peace dear grandparents.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Memories Eating Soup In My Mom's Bowls



I was reading a story over at Greta's Genealogy Bog about memories of old bowls and children fighting over one certain bowl. I had those same bowls at one time. They would not break.
My bowls that bring back great memories are these old soup bowls that belonged to my mother. I remember her warming up Campbell's Tomato soup. She would serve in these bowls with a few crackers along side.

I still have them and use them several times a week for my soup or chili. I still feel like a little girl every time I have some soup with a few crackers or a piece of bread on the side.

Got to love those old memories.. Grace

Sunday, November 28, 2010

On This Day John Henderson Zion Is Born


On this day November 28th 1831 John Henderson Zion was born in Rush Indiania to McCormic Zion and Mary Gobble Zion. On September 8th 1853 he married Mary Cassell. To this marriage five children were born. Mary 1854, William 1858, Jonathan 1861, Etta 1868 and Annie in 1869. The census reports tell me he was a farmer. John H was my great great grandfather with his son Jonathan being my great grandfather. John H passed away April 22nd 1920 in Foster Missouri. I love this picture of him. Happy birthdayt grandpa.