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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Contribute to GeneaLeaks!

Well it is Saturday night and time for some fun with Randy Seavers.
Here is what Randy says..

Come on geneaphiles - it's Saturday Night - time to have more Genealogy Fun!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to

:1) You've probably heard about WikiLeaks - the web site that has been exposing United States government secret documents to the world. Well, Travis LeMaster on his TJLGenes blog posted GeneaLeaks this week - please read his post. I had to make this a SNGF topic..

.2) For SNGF, please answer one or more of these questions:*

What GeneaLeak do you want to expose to the world from your own research or experience? Do it!*

What GeneaLeak about your own family history research would you like exposed to help you in your genealogy pursuit?*

What GeneaLeak about genealogy websites, collection providers, genealogy software or genealogy bloggers, writers, or colleagues would you like to see exposed? Be creative, but not mean, please!

3) Share your GeneaLeaks list on your own blog, as a comment to this blog post, or in a note or comment on Facebook.

Well here my GeneaLeaks
George Chauncey Carpenter a distant relative was shot and killed by longtime neighbors Ralph and Jay kilbourn over a wire fence line 31st of July 1927.

What I would like to have leaked is information on my great grandfather Andrew Daly of LaCrosse Wisconsin who fathered my grandmother.
Other than a picture of him in his 20's I really can not document him till I can find someone with the same picture. I have found a census that has his name and are when he was young but since then I have hit a brick wall.

this is my GeneLeaks.. if you have any that you want to share go over to Randy's blog..

thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Advent Christmas - Day 11 Other Traditions

Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories for December 11 .. Other Traditions. I can not think of any other traditions during this period of my childhood. So no posting tonight on the Advent calender.

Surname Saturday -- Eddington Family

Tonight is Surname Saturday and I am sharing my Eddington family.

(1.) Grace daughter of (2.) Arthur and (3.) Muriel

(3.) Muriel Day daughter of (6.) William H Day and (7.) Grace Esler /Daly Day.
Muriel married Arthur Zion October 1943.
Muriel and Arthur had four children. Muriel passed away February 1998.

(6.) William Henry Day was born 21 October 1889 to (12.) William Albert and (13.) Carrie Lockwood Day.
William married Grace Esler/Daly. William and Grace had 5 children.
William passed away 21 February 1964.

(13.) Carrie Lockwood was born 07 October 1870 to (26). John Lockwood and (27). Betsy Eddington Lockwood.
Carrie married William Albert Day.
Carried passed away April 1946.
This picture is of William H holding my aunt Daisy. On the left is Carrie Lockwood Day and on the right is her mother Betsy Eddington Lockwood.

(27.) Betsy Eddington was born 01 October 1842 in New York to (54.) Augustus and (55.) Henrietta Curtis Eddington.
Betsy married John Lockwood. John and Betsy had four children.
Betsy passes away April 1946 in McGregor, Minnesota.

(55.) Augustus Eddington born March 1819 in New York parents unknown at this time.
(55.)Augustus married Henrietta Curtis and had 7 children.
Augustus passed away 07 September 1903 in Rock county, Wisconsin.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Advent Christmas - Day 10 Christmas Gifts

Advent Christmas - Day 10 Christmas Gifts is what is the memory for today.

Christmas memories of my childhood 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.

It would start at Thanksgiving. As the grownups were in the dining room drinking their coffee my sister Mary, my cousin Bonnie and myself would sit in the kitchen trying to figure out what we would buy our Grandma and Grandpa Day. My cousin Cheryl was to little to sit in the discussion. I remember sitting in the kitchen looking around at all their belongings trying to figure out what they could use. The memory that brings me the greatest pleasure was the year we bought them a new canister set for their kitchen.

For these postings I am staying with my childhood and plan to print and give to children and grandchildren for them to read if they want to.
Times were different then from now. Money was tight and credit cards were not used. There was not a lot of presents but great thought and planning went into the gift. The money we spent was saved or probably given to us by our parents.

One Saturday we got on the bus and headed to Glass Block to find that canister set. The three of us were so proud and so excited to give it to them. The canisters were a beige and probably made out of plastic. They had little red figures on them.

We would give one present to them and another to my Aunt Daisy. Aunt Daisy usually got gloves or a sweater. One year we gave her a pair of sexy panties with red tassels. We thought this was so funny at that time. Giving our sweet maiden aunt something like this. Still makes me chuckle today. She just said " You naughty girls"

We would receive one present from the them. One year it was a doll, I think her name was LuAnne. I still have her. Her hair is a mess and her shoes are missing but I adore this wonderful doll. Another year it was a bride doll. I lost that one in a fire but found one at a toy show years later to replace her.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Advent Christmas - Day 9 Grab Bag Topic

Advent Christmas - Day 9 Grab Bag I am suppose to come up with my own topic of a memory.

My most treasured memory is of the warmth of Christmas time spent with my parents and grandparents and uncle and aunts. They are all gone in body, except for my Aunt Lil, but always close to me in my thoughts and heart.

The house would be warm in temperature, full of light and laughter, great food and the smell of coffee for the adults. Us girls would get a bottle of ginger ale and then egg nog later on.

I miss them all daily but it is hardest at Christmas time.

These memories are around my childhood so I can print and give to sons and grandchildren for them to read if they ever want to.
The picture above shows my Grandma Grace, Grandpa Bill and left to right me, Cheryl ( in front) cousin Bonnie and my sister Mary.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Advent Christmas - Day 8 Christmas Cookies

Advent Christmas - Day 8 Christmas Cookies is what is on my memory today. I am not sure who made the cookies. Grandma Day, Aunt Daisy, my Mama or Uncle Don & Aunt Lil. There was cookies, pretty little cookies. Sugar cookies with colored sprinkles and my favorite, little cookies with a chocolate kiss in the middle. Oh how I loved those pretty little cookies.

I have not had these cookies in years so searched on line and here is the recipe. Just may have to make my self some cookies this month.

Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookie Recipe
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (8 ounces) Crisco solid shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup (8 ounces) Peter Pan, Skippy or Jif peanut butter
2 large eggs
4 Tablespoons whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup sugar for rolling (optional)
60-70 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped
Directions: How to Make Hershey Kiss Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with vegetable shortening.
In a large bowl, blend flour, salt and baking soda together and set aside.
Using a stand or hand-held mixer, beat shortening and white and brown sugar on high together until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time beating after each one. Mix in milk and vanilla and scrape down sides of bowl. Add peanut butter and beat again, scraping one more time.
Turn mixer to low speed and add flour, salt and baking soda one cup at a time until the dough is mixed well and no dry spots remain. Give the bowl a final scrape.
With a cookie scoop or Tablespoon, measure out balls of dough, rolling in the optional sugar if desired.
Place peanut butter cookie dough on the prepared baking sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned and firm around the edges. Don't over bake.
While the cookies are still on pans, and immediately out of the oven, place one unwrapped Hershey Kiss in the center, pressing the Kiss down just a little so that it gets stuck partially in the cookie. Don't press too hard!
Remove to wire racks and cool completely before storing in an air-tight container.
Makes 70 deliciously warm and chewy Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies!

The memories I am sharing are from my childhood. I plan to print and give to my sons and grandchildren to read if they ever want to.
thanks so much for stopping by.. hope that you come again soon.. Grace

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Advent Christmas - Day 7 Christmas Parties

Advent Christmas Day 7 .. the topic is Christmas Parties.

Our Christmas parties were about getting together with family and revolved around the church.

We would spend time with my Grandma and Grandpa Day, Aunt Daisy and Uncle Don, Aunt Lil and cousins Bonnie and Cherryl.
My other Grandfather lived in Washington and we never spend any holidays there. My Grandma Alta had passed away about 4 years before I was born.
Christmas mainly revolved around church and spending time with the family. My daddy and uncle Don were ministers and the church was very important in our family.
When I was a pre teen, my family and a group of others left the church they had been attending and started their own little church. This church was just blocks from where we lived and when the weather was good we would walk to church.
Every year at Christmas time there would be a Christmas program. I sure wish I had some old pictures of those Christmas programs.
The only program I kind of remember is, the children were to dress in costumes of a country their families were from. I wore something that was to look like England and think my sister Mary wore something green for Ireland. Bonnie was either for Scotland or Finland.
The memories I am sharing are from my childhood. I plan to print and give to my sons and grandchildren to read if they ever want to.
thanks so much for stopping by.. hope that you come again soon.. Grace

Monday, December 6, 2010

Advent Calendar - December 6 Santa Claus

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.

Did you ever send a letter to Santa? Did you ever visit Santa and “make a list?” Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

I am sure I wrote a letter to Santa as a child but that is the best I can do with this memory. As a child Santa Claus came to visit us at my Grandma and Grandpa Day's house on Christmas eve. A big jolly fella in his red suit, I thought he kinda resembled Vern from our church. But of course Vern resembled Santa all year round.

My sister reminded me that one year our cousin Bonnie told us there was no real Santa Claus. My sister says her heart was crushed. I knew Bonnie was lying and teasing us and I still believe that today.
Of course there is a Santa Claus and he lives in the heart of true believers all year round. I love this wonderful, generous Jolly Old Man. I even see him on the street waving to us as we drive by this time of the year. And of course I always wave back. You gotta love that guy.

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.

Advent Calendar - December 5 - Outdoor Decorations

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.

On the 5th Day of Christmas, I am supposed to talk about Outdoor Decorations.

I grew up in the 1950's and I remember no real outdoor decorations. There may of been a wreath on the door but nothing like we see today with the huge displays of lights, huge plastic Santa's and characters from the " Grinch Who Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss.

I believe it was a different time. The decorations were inside and had not moved outdoors for all to see. The tree may of been in the window for those passing by to view. I remember fake candles in the window. The candle stem was a beige plastic, there would be 5 candles at varying heights and they had Christmas bulbs screwed in at the end to look like a flame. They were placed in the windows and plugged in at night.
Every once in awhile I will still see something like this is a window. It always makes me think of my childhood and another time.

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.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

On This Day Harriet Carpenter Anderson Died in 1908

On this day 5th of December 1908 my third great grandmother Harriet Carpenter Christman Anderson Cocagne passed away. Harriet was born the 13th of December 1811 to Harmon and Phebe Christman Carpenter.

Harriet's first husband was Daniel Christman who probably was some relative of Phebe. Harriet had two children with Daniel, Daniel Christman and Monica. Daniel went to live with his grandfather and his name was changed to Carpenter. Daniel passed away and Harriet then married Levi Anderson who is my third great grandfather.

Harriet married Levi Anderson the 26th of August 1837 and together they had 7 children, Betsy my great great grandmother, Abram, Phebe, William, George, Fairfax, and Welcome. Levi either passed away or they separated or divorced and then Levi died. This is a mystery still to us. We know he died somewhere around 1858. Have not been able to find him in the 1860 census.
Some time between 1860 and 1870 Harriet moved to Zumbro Falls, Minnesota with her sons.

Harriet third and last husband was Charles Cocagne. They were married the 24 of September 1872. They are buried together at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery, Zumbro Falls, Minnesota.

Rest in peace Grandma Harriet.