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Saturday, December 31, 2011


Saturday and time to take a look at one of my surnames. If by chance you find we are related I hope to hear from you.
Tonight I am looking at the HANNER family.

This line is on my father's side the Zion side.
1. Grace Zion

2. Arthur Zion b April 30 1920 d Sept 15 2008
3. Muriel Day b Feb 23 1922 Minnesota  d Feb 28 1998 Minnesota

4. Perry Zion b Dec 12 1886 Kendal Kansas d Dec 21 1958 Winlock Washington
5. Alta L Hall b June 26 1892 Evansville Wisconsin d Feb 21 1944 Winlock Washington

8. Jonathan Zion b Sept 29 1861 Decatuer Iowa d April 07 1927 Craig Colorado
9. Rachel Millsap b April 19 1862 Mount Ayr, Ringgold county Iowa d May 13 1945 Spanaway Pierce county, Washington

18. Flavious Armenious Millsap b Nov 10 1832 in Bedford Lawrence d April 02, 1910 in Syracuse Kansas, Lawrence married
19. Anne Woodmansee on Sept 01 1857 in Leon Decatur Iowa. She was b July 10, 1841 Indiania and d July 04 1904 Kansas
38. James Woodmansee b Jan 28 1817 d May 16 1898 Decatar Iowa buried in the Woodmansee Cemetery
39. Rachel Burrell Hanner b Nov 14 1819 Indiana d Dec 9th 1889 Decatar, Iowa  buried in the Woodmansee Cemetary
78. John H Hanna b 1794 in Virginia died Feb 12 1840 in Western Indiana
79. Rachel Burrell b 1796 Virginia d unknown
156. Bartholomew Hanna b 1775 North Carolina d Nov 6th 1839 Jackson Indiana
157. Sophia Siers Philpat b Mar 19 1775 Surrey North Carolina d March 7th 1834 Jackson Indiana

Bartholomew Hanna's parents unknown at this time.

Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will take a moment and check out some of my other family names. Grace

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

On This Day McCormic Zion passed away in Decatur Iowa

On this day December 26 1863 my third great grandfather McCormic Zion passed away. He is one my third great grand fathers. He was born 22nd of  January 1795 in North Folk Holstin River, Washington county Virginia.
This posting is one day late but he is thought of today and every day.  He was married twice and his second wife Mary Gobble is my third great grand mother.
McCormick had four children, three with Mary with son John Henderson being my second great grandfather.
You can read more about McCormick and John Henderson by looking on the right hand side for postings on Zion family members.
Thanks for stopping by.. Grace


Thursday, December 22, 2011

ON THIS DAY DECEMBER 21 1958 PERRY ZION Passed Away in Winlock Washington

This is one day late but I did not want that to be a reason to not think of him and mention his name to you.
On this day December 21, 1958 Perry Glenn Zion my grandfather on my father's side passed away in Winlock Washington.
Grandpa lived in Washington state and we lived in Minnesota so I never really knew him. I saw him once that I remember and I know that we visited him when I was probably about 3 or 4 years old. I have letters from that visit in my mother's papers.
Grandpa was a farmer and raised black angus cattle. The land is still in the family's possession with one of my cousins running it and others having homes on the property. I have not visited the farm in over 25 years, but hope to be able to do so within the next couple years.
To read more about grandpa Zion search for other postings on right hand side.

Thanks for stopping by to read this posting. If you think we are related please feel free to contact me. I am always looking for cousins. Grace

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY MAMA IN THE 1930s Mora Minnsota Day Family

I love looking at old pictures of my mom or dad. For almost wordless Wednesday I am sharing this wonderful old photo of my mother on the right. On the left is my aunt Daisy, her sister my mother Muriel. I am guessing she is a young teenager so this is from the mid 1930's. Note the old car in the back ground. This was taken either in Mora or Ogalvie Minnesota I am guessing. Not sure who the gentleman in the hat is. Could be one of my grandfather's brothers.
No writing on the back so a mystery. It now is identified with my aunt Daisy and mother so future generations do not have to make the guessing game. This is the Day family. If we connect I would love to hear from you

Have a great Wednesday.. Grace

Monday, December 19, 2011

Amanuensis Monday 07 Notes On John W Zion b abt 1770 d Bef 1850

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog) started his own Monday blog theme many months ago called Amanuensis Monday.What does "amanuensis" mean?John offers this definition:"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

For today's Amanuensis Monday I am sharing information on the earliest Zion I have in my Zion family tree. Zion is my maiden name.
John W Zion is the first name found in this family. As of yet no other records have been confirmed to who his father is. It is believed his father's name is Zion.
John is the head of the family and appears in Washington County, Virginia in 1789 where he married, November 3, 1789 by John Frost, to Lucy McCormick, born 1722 in Bedford County, Virginia, daughter of William and Agness ( Agnes) McCormick of Bedford County, formerly of Hanover County.
Lucy McCormick's father died in 1775, and after his death, Lucy became the ward of William and Lucy adams, by order of the Court. It is believed that William and Lucy were Lucy's grandparents. This has not been confirmed with recorded facts of yet.

Source Early Settlers of Lee County, Va , Bales , Hattie Byrd Muncy page 541. I do not own this book. How great that would be.
Thanks for stopping by.. think I will go and search for this book to see if available on Amazon. Grace

Sunday, December 18, 2011

FAVORITE Blog READINGS From The Week On Family Research aka Genealogy

One of my favorite articles to read is where other's share their favorite blog readings for the week. I find this a perfect way to find new and interesting family history researchers.  Here are some of my favorite readings of the week.
One listed was Ancestrally Challenged  article on 100 signs you're addicted to Genealogy. Not only did I read that one posting research plans.

Another one is Marian's Roots and Rambles posting on You're Researching but Are You  Reading

Or Seven Mistakes That Are Holding Your Genealogy Back by Free Genealogy Resources

Check out Ruth's Recommendations for more ideas.
Till later thanks for stopping by and keep on researching.. Grace

Saturday, December 17, 2011

SURNAME SATURDAY McGuire FAMILY James McGuire born Ireland died Battle of Blue Licks 1782 Kentucky

 Saturday evening and I will continue my Surname Saturday postings. Tonight I am working on my family McGuyer / McGuire family. This line is on my father's side the Zion side.
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

4. Perry Zion b Dec 12 1886 Kendal Kansas d Dec 21 1958
5. Alta L Hall b June 26 1892 Evansville Wisconsin d Feb 21 1944

8. Jonathan Zion b Sept 29 1861 Decatuer Iowa d April 07 1927 Craig Colorado
9. Rachel Millsap b April 19 1862 Mount Ayr, Ringgold county Iowa d May 13 1945 Spanaway Pierce county, Washington

18. Flavious Armenious Millsap b Nov 10 1832 in Bedford Lawrence  d April 02, 1910 in Syracuse Kansas, Lawrence married
19. Anne Woodmansee on Sept 01 1857 in Leon Decatur Iowa. She was b July 10, 1841 Indiania and  d July 04 1904 Kansas

36. William Bela Millsap b Jan 10, 1797 in Green Co, Tennessee d August 15, 1885 in Decatur Co Iowa
37. Elizabeth McGuire b Nov 17 1805 in Kentucky d Aug 14, 1835 in Lawrence, Indiania

74. John McGuire b 1780 Kentucky d 1840 Indiania
75. Lucy Hensley b 1782 Virginia d 1854 Indiania

148. John McGuire b 22 April 1756 Dublin Ireland d 10 April 1837 Kentucky
149. Nancy Holden b Dec 1756 Ireland d 2 May 1837 Kentucky

296. James McGuire b 1734 Ireland d 19 Aug 1782 at Battle of Blue Licks Kentucky
297. ? Margaret Elizabeth Black

Tonight while doing some research on this family name following links at ancestry I came up with the last three families.  I need to do further research to verify all the information available on ancestry.
Information was found on ancestry through census reports and other documents available.

Writing Tips for Genealogy Researchers ~ Writing Our Family Story The ZION line

Good morning everyone
This morning I received an email from Family Tree regarding Writing Tips for Genealogy Researchers.  They are offering the opportunity to write your family history with the help of Abbott Press. While a great idea is a costy idea for me to tackle at this time. I was interested enough to click on the link and find out that tip 3 is JUST WRITE.

Tip #1: Find Your Focus

Do you have a feisty great-great grandmother you admire? A long line of war veterans? Decide what topic is most noteworthy and branch off from it to discuss your other research.

Tip #2: Create an Outline

Don't get too detailed, but decide how you'll divide the chapters (chronologically, by branch, geographically, etc.), and what sort of information you'll want to include.

I have some books written on at least 2 of my ancestors that were written by others. They are a great way to start my personal family stories. The quest is to really just start writing. But where to start is the stopping point. Do I write several small books on my different branches or one big book.
I feel the best way to start is to separate it into 2 branches and then start the outline.
Since I do have a book on part of  my mother's line I will start with my father's family the ZION family name and branch from there.

I love this picture of John Dees Pennington and Rachel Zion Pennington. Rachel is my third great grand aunt sister of McCormick my third great grandfather. Rachel is wearing glasses but they are perched on her forhead.
Hope that you will join me as I begin my New Year project of putting my family history into words for future generations. Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

IDENTIFY FAMILY MEMBERS WHO IS THAT WOMAN? Family Names Esler Day Gallagher Kramer

Do you have a pile of old photos as I do? Old family photos that have been passed down can be a true mystery. My goal this next year besides working on my family history is to attempt to identify some of these pictures.
This small black and white photo is of my grandmother Grace Daly Esler Day on the left side and my great grandmother Katherine Gallagher Esler in the middle. Now who is the lady on the right?
Known facts are this picture is probably take in the Mora Minnesota area outside of Katherine's house.
Katherine passed away the 19th of March 1940.
My grandmother Grace was born in 1893 and I can see just a bit of gray at the front of her hair. So she is about probably in her 40's. We gray early in my family sadly.
The dresses and hair styles are from the 1930's
Chances are it is a family member pictured with them and could be my grandmother's half sister Merle Esler Kramer who was born in 1906 and was about 13 years younger than grandma Grace.

That is what I am leaning towards. Will need to find other pictures of Merle to compare. Her is a picture of Merle at a later time in her life.

This picture would of been taken of my great aunt Merle Esler Kramer when she was living in Michigan.
Will find more pictures of her and work at further study.
Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you check back again. Grace

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Is Each Record the Same Person? Is That My Gallagher / Gallaher

In Each Record I find I wonder Is that the same person? Is That My Gallagher / Gallaher?
I am working on attempting to get information on my Gallagher family line. I know who my great great grandfather is. His name is Patrick Gallagher and he immigrated from Ireland. My struggle is searching for him from the time he was living in La Crosse Wisconsin area backwards to when he came to this country.
I find a Patrick in the 1850 census living in New York age 11 listed with family. Father is Daniel, mother is Margaret and living in the home is 5 other siblings Mary, Bridget, Margaret, Ellen and John. Birth date is about 1839 born in Ireland.
Jump forward to the 1870 census where I know this my Patrick. He is living in Hamburg, Vernon County Wisconsin. Age is 32 and birth year is about 1838. Living with him is his wife JoAnna 30, daughters Mary age 4 and Bridgett age 2 and son William 7 months old. My great grandmother Katherine is not born yet.
The age works on these two censuses for Patrick so could be my ancestor.
Now we go to the 1860 census. I do find a Patrick and JoAnna Gallagher living in New York but the age is wrong. We have Patrick at age 30 and JoAnna at 26. This could be the wrong family or the census taker could of written the ages wrong. No way to know for sure at this time.
In the 1860 censurs living next door to Patrick is an Owen Gallagher. First name is not the same as my siblings in the 1850 census. Could be a brother who was not living in the home or could be a cousin or no relative again.
Just something to keep on the back burner as I continue to search for my Gallagher. Another name to watch for is Riordan as I search. That is JoAnna's maiden name.
On my want list is death certificates for both Patrick and JoAnna and any news articles I may find from that time period in Wisconsin where they were living. Also interesting to note is that Patrick named a daughter as Mary and Bridget and in the 1850 census Patrick had sisters Mary and Bridget.
Thanks for taking the time to read and if we happen to share relatives in common I would love to hear from you. Grace

Saturday, December 10, 2011


This morning while doing a little research on some elusive family members I saw that my great grandmother Katherine had married a Gallagher, that her first marriage was to a Raffety and maiden name was Curly.
None of this is true. Some one found a newspaper article stating this news item and posted it to Katherine.
It is so easy to want to believe what is posted but real research needs to be done.
I have shared with two ancestry members who had added this error to their family information.
The true fact is my Katherine was a Gallagher/ Gallaher before she married Appleton Esler. She was never married to any one else.

Back to my family research. This family is so difficult to research past Katherine's parents. I need to order death certificates for her parents Patrick and Johanna Gallagher/ Gallaher.

Thanks for stopping by and if you are related to me please let me know.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


It has been so long since I posted here or even did any family research. Life gets so busy with everything else and one of my favorite past times gets put on the back burner. Yesterday we had my step son and his family visit from the twin cities. Conversation went to his father's parents and ancestors so I pulled out the very small note book I have started on their family to show him. He was over joyed with the little work I have done. Next I am asking his wife about her family. She has very little information so with my computer note book and going to ancestry I was able to start her family tree for her. Hopefully she will continue to talk to her family and do some research.
So I am back tonight and hope to take time every week to do one of my favorite things. Work on my family research.
I will start with continuing my Surname Saturday postings. Tonight I am working on my family Carmichael family. This line is on my father's side the Zion side.

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

4. Perry Zion b Dec 12 1886 Kendal Kansas d Dec 21 1958
5. Alta L Hall b June 26 1892 Evansville Wisconsin d Feb 21 1944

8. Jonathan Zion b Sept 29 1861 Decatuer Iowa d April 07 1927 Craig Colorado
9. Rachel Millsap b April 19 1862 Mount Ayr, Ringgold county Iowa d May 13 1945 Spanaway Pierce county, Washington

16. John Henderson Zion b Nov 28 1831 Rush county Indiana d April22 1920 Foster Missouri
17. Mary Margaret Cassill b Oct 17, 1834 Illinois d Nov 20, 1919 Lamona, Iowa

34.Jonathan Cassill b abt 1810 d in Illinois d Jan 24 1845
35.Elizabeth Mary Polly Carmichael b abt 1814 d abt 1899 Illinois.

At this moment my Carmichael line ends and begins with Mary. I am at a dead end, I have not found who her parents are and there are no hints on ancestry for me to follow so will need to begin my search with her and the census reports. Maybe a family member was living near by.

Thanks for stopping by.. till later Grace

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thriller Thursday ~ Watchman Shot With His Own Gun

My great great uncle George Day was shot while on duty as a watchman on the Duluth docks here in Minnesota. This took place October 26, 1928.

I knew about his tragic death from family history and a distant cousin of mine had found one article at the Minnesota History Center which she shared on ancestry. I have been spending some time at the library to find newspaper articles about the shooting.

Duluth Minn Friday October 26 1928
Duluth Herald
Dock Watchman Slain Defending His Charge
George Day Murdered in Early Hours
On D., M. & N. Coal Dock
   George Day, aged 59, night watchman at the D. M. & N. coal dock, Twenty ninth avenue west and the bay front, was killed early this morning by bandits, who attempted to rob the tool house in the plant transformer building.
   Day was either shot in the left temple or clubbed to death with a large file in a desperate fight, which resulted in the apparent wounding of one of the bandits, who left blood trails over the dock. Two empty chambers in Day's gun gave evidence of his firing on the bandits in his attempt to drive them from the dock. Two empty chambers in Day's gun gave evidence of his firing on the bandits in his attempt to drive them from the dock.
   Evidence collected by the police indicated that Day surpised the bandits after they had broken the lock to the transformer shed and had removed a number of tools.
   Blood trails over the dock indicate that the things made their escape in a boat which evidently had been left by them at the end of the dock to be used to carrying away the loot.

   Police Find Clues

   Definite leads that may result in arrests were announced by police with the finding of two caps evidently lost by the bandits during the fight with the watchman; part of the rope which was used to tie the getaway boat to the dock a large heavy file and the right shoe of one of the bandits. The shoe covered with blood was further indication police believe, that Day succeeded in wounding one of the assilante. The rope was cut, giving indication of a hasty getaway in the boat.  
   Authorities are combing the water front seeking a boat with blood stains and other indications that may assist in locating the killers.

In Early Hours
   The murder of the night watchman occured some time between 3:30 and 4:30 o'clock this morning . Day had pulled his Western Union patrol box at 3:30 o'clock. When he failed to make his 4:30 pull Ray Murray, roundsman for the Western Union went to the dock and found Day's dead body lying near the transformer house.
   Joseph Kreisel, another watchman in the vicinity of the office buildings heard nothing of the fight or shots. He was informed of the death of Day by Murray after the latter had investigated.
   The murder and attempted robbery is believed by police to be the work of the same gang that robbed the tool house at the Elliot Packing company yesterday morning.  That the gang consisted of two or more was evidenced by signs left following the killing of Day.
   Dr. C. P. McComb, county corner, who investigated the murder this morning said that he could not determine whether Day had been shot or clubbed to death. The body was taken to Crawford mortuary pending an investigation. Dr. McComb was of the opinion that an inquest would not be necessary.
   The dead watchman had been employed on the coal docks as a watchman for ten years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters who make their home in St. Paul, and one son Curtis Day, employed as a craneman at the plan of the Minnesota Steel company in Morgan Park. For several years he made his home at the Western hotel, West End.

Come back to read other articles about my great great uncle George Day that I will be sharing in the days to come.
Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

TREASURE CHEST THURSDAY ~ Family Photo Of President John F Kennedy

For treasure chest Thursday I am sharing a family picture of President John F Kennedy that was taken in Duluth, Minnesota while he was campaigning for President. He visited Duluth in September 1960.
My family would of voted for President Kennedy and one of them took this picture.
I do not know who the other gentlemen are in this photo.
I found this picture among the family photos and know have it displayed among other family photos.

Hope that you enjoy seeing this great casual photo. Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Monday, April 11, 2011

Amanuensis Monday 06 Thomas Millsap 1746 Proclamation Issued By Lord Fairfax

Amanuensis Monday is a popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch. Amanuensis Monday is a blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts.

8th December 1746 Augusta Co. Virginia
" Lord Fairfax issued a proclamation encouraging those persons who had settled upon his lands to continue thereon, and that they should have 400 acres for each settlement. A survey for Thomas was recorded 8th of December 1746 for 400 acres on a branch of Smith Creek.  Thomas received a land patent on the 5th September 1749 for this 400 acres from King George the 11 for which he paid 40 shillings. The land was located on a branch of Smith Creek in Augusta County, ( present day Rockingham County, Virginia), about 2 miles south of the present day town of New Market. The closest town during the time to Thomas' land was Tenth Legion about five miles to the south, with Staunton being about 15 miles to the south"
The following is the patent which was granted to Thomas Millsaps.
George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King Defender of the Faith-- TO ALL WHOM these Presents shall come Greeting. Know Ye that for divers good causes and considerations, but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of FORTY SHILLINGS of good and lawful money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia. We have given, granted, and confirmed and by these presents for us our heirs and successors do give grant and confirm unto Thomas Millsaps one certain tract or parcel of land containing four hundred acres lying and being in the county of Augusta on a Branch of Smith Creek and bounded as followeth, to wit, Beginning at three Hiccory Saplins in a line of the land of Benjamin Borden and with the line of the same North twenty degrees east to two white oaks and north east one hundred poles to the dividing line between us and Lord Fairfax and with the same north forty six degrees west two hundred and forty poles to three pines. Thence south west two hundred and fifty poles and south forty six degrees east three hundred and twenty poles to the Beginning. With all woods, underwoods, swamps, marshes, longrounds, meadows, feeding and his due share of all veins, mines, and quarries as well discovered as not discovered within the bounds aforesaid and being apart of the said quanity of four hundred acres of land and the rivers, waters, and watercourses therein contained together with the privileges of hunting, hawking, fishing, fowling, and all other profits, commodities and hereditaments whatsoever to the same or any part thereof belonging or in anywise appertaining. To have, hold, possess and enjoy the said tract or parcel of land and all other the before granted premises and every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Thomas Millsaps and to his heirs and assigns for ever.  To be held of us our heirs and successors as of our manor of East Greenwich in the County of Kent in free and common soccage and not in Capite or by Knights Service yielding and paying unto us our heirs and successors for every fifty acres of land and so proportionately for a lesser or greater quantity than fifty acres the fee rent of one shilling yearly to be paid upon the feast of Saint Michael the Arch Angel and also cultivation and improving three acres part of every fifty of the tract above mentioned within three years after the date of these presents provided always that if three years of the said fee rent shall anytime be in arrear and unpaid or if the said Thomas Millsaps his heirs or assigns do not within the space of three years next coming after the date of these presents cultivate and improve three acres part of every fifty of the tract above mentioned then the estate hereby granted shall cease and be utterly determined and thereafter it shall and may be lawful to and for us our heirs and successors to grant the same lands and premises with the appurtenances unto such other person or persons as we our heirs and successors shall think fit. In witness whereof we have caused these our letters patent to be made: Witness our trusty and well beloved Thomas Lee, Esq. President of our Council and Commander in chief of our said Colony and Dominion at Williamsburgh under the seal of our said Colony the fifth day of September one thousand seven hundred and forty nine in the twenty third year of our reign.

Thomas Millsaps is my 6 x grandfather on my father's side. I will be sharing other records of Thomas in the future..

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Surname Saturday Grimes Family

Tonight I am reviewing the Grimes Family for Surname Saturday.

 41. Sally Grimes was married to 40. John Hall Jr on 10th of May 1825. Sally was born 18 November 1801 and passed away the 17th of January 1873 in Evansville Illinois.

Sally and John had seven children, Hepizibah, Caroline, George, John , Harriet, Mary and Sally. Their son George is my ancestor and you can see the Hall name here.

Sally was the daughter of 82.Nathan Grimes and 83. Hepisbeth or Hepzibah Lovejoy.
Nathan was born 16 December 1772 in Massachuettes and died 01 March 1856 in New Hampshire. Hepisbeth was born 24 of November 1774.
Sally and Nathan had three children that I know of, Edward, Sally and Nathan.

Nathan is the son of  164 William Grimes and mother is unknown at this time.

Not much is known about the Grimes family at this time.

Friday, April 8, 2011

On Or About This Day ROBERT MILLSAP Died On April 4th 1842 in Brown Indiana

On April 04, 1842 my 4th great grandfather Robert Millsap passed away in Brown Indiania.

Robert was born the 28th of February, 1773 in Rowan, North Carolinia to Robert Millsaps (1719-1793) and Ellender King (1733 - 1796).

 Robert had ten siblings and was the youngest child. His brothers and sisters were Ellen, William, Thomas, James, Jane, Edward, Joseph , Moses and Mary.

Robert married Marcia Lacy in 1796 at Green Tennesee. They had seven children with my 3rd great grandfather Bella ( 1797- 1885) being the oldest. The other children were James (1798 - 1860), Gabriel(1801 - ?), Anna ( 1803 -?), John (1805- 1892), Marcy (1805-?), and Gamatiel (1824 - 1908).

In the 1780 census there is a Robert Millsaps. This is probably my 5th great grandfather. The only information that it tells me is they were in Rowan county of North Carolina in the Captain Cox district.

Robert can be found with his parents in the 1790 census of Randolph County, North Carolina. There are eight people living in the house. 4 males over 16, 1 male under 16 and 3 females. Robert would of been 16 or 17 years old at this time.
Living two houses away is a Thomas Millsaps which may of been his brother. Living in this house was 5 family members.

I find a Robert Millsap in the 1820 census Jackson County, Indiana. Living in the home is a total of 7 family members. There is a male over 45 years old and a female over 45 years old. Also in the home are 1 male 10 to 15 years old, 3 males 16 to 25 years old and 1 female 16 to 25 years old. This could be my Robert Millsaps.
Note that in this census the s is missing at end of name. Later generations do drop this s.

In the 1840 census I find Robert and his wife Marcia living in Hamblin, Brown county, Indiana. Census reports both are 60 to 69 years old. No one else is living in their home.

I found on http://www.ancestry.com/ the tombstone of my Robert Millsaps. It was originally added by J. Bradshaw. The tombstone is in Taggart Cemetery in Brown County, Indiana. Written on is In memory of Robert Millsaps born Feb 28, 1773 died April 4, 1842.

I am curious about the 1780 census and finding out more about what it means to be in Captain Cox's district and who he was.
I have not found Robert in the 1810 or the 1830 census yet. There are two Robert Milsaps but ages do not match so need to look at family around them to see if one could just have wrong age.
In the 1820 census there is a Jehemiah Lacey living near by. Is this a relative of Marcia Lacy?

Just for today I am searching one of my ancestors. Today it was Robert Millsaps my 4th great grandfather. Rest in peace grandpa.. Grace


Some times I just feel so over whelmed with thinking about my ancestors. There are so many of them that have gone before me, and I want to learn as much as I can about them. There are grandparents  about which  I have a good amount of data including pictures. Then there are others that are just names in my files.

Those are the ones I feel sad about. They meant much to those around them during their life time and now they are just a name in my notebooks. A name and a birth date and maybe a date of death. I may know who they married and if they had children, but what was life like for them? Were they religious? What were their thoughts on what was going on around them? What were their political views?

So much to learn and so little time to do it. Some times my daily life gets in the way of my desire to learn about my family. How can I juggle all the things I have to do or should do with want I love to do.

Right now as I write I am at McDonalds. It is noisy which is difficult, but also comforting as I search for dead folks. I look out the window and I can see Lake Superior, what a view. The weather may be cold half of the year, but it is now Spring and people are taking off their big heavy coats and even starting to wear shorts.  Now that is silly to this 62 year old lady, but if they want to freeze their legs so be it.

Now back to family after that little weather break. Just think about all those that have gone before us. Our parents, grand parents and then our four great grandparents, just keep multipling those family members and by the time to go back four to eight generations their are a lot of family members. I can go back eight generations on a few family lines but no way will I probably know all five hundred and twelve great x 8 grandparents . No wonder I can feel over whelmed at times

So Just For Today I will try to find out something about one of my 512 great x 8 grandparents or maybe something about their siblings.

Have a fun researching day hope that you are not feeling over whelmed now. ..Grace


I have been researching my family tree but have never become involved in a genealogical society. Last Tuesday they had their April meeting at the LDS Family History City. Off I went with hubby in tow. He is not real interested in genealogy but likes to be with me.

I met a nice group of people pretty much my age group or a couple of years younger. They shared what what was available at the history center. There is a lot of information to research out side of the United States. This is where I have not gone as of yet.

After the meeting they opened up this area for family research time. I had not brought my information with me and did not really plan to spend time researching. What I did do is spot some Polk City Directories on a shelf.

There were not a lot of older ones but I did find some from the early 1950's. My personal family was living in Texas at this period of time but my grandparents, Aunt Daisy and Uncle Don and Aunt Lil were in Duluth.

It was fun to find their names, addresses and where they were working in 1950, 1952 and 1954.

What I learned was that my Uncle Don worked at Glass Block a Duluth Department store this was in 1952. By 1954 he was working at Western Electric as a inspector.

I am sure I will return and join. I am hoping to get my husband a little more interested.

thanks for stopping by... Grace

Monday, April 4, 2011


For Sentimental Sunday I am sharing a picture from the early 1950's.
I love this picture, it is 1953 or 1954 some where in Duluth Minnesota. I am on the right side 5 years old, next to me is my cousin Bonnie 4 years old then my sister Mary 3 years old. Next to Mary is Bernie 7 years old,who is my cousin Bonnies cousin on her mothers side of the family.
I am already stylish rolling up my jeans. Truth is they probably were to long.

thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Time for Surname Saturday and I am sharing my Gobble / Gabel line from Offenbach Germany

(1) Grace Zion daughter (2) Arthur Zion b April 30 1920 d Sept 15 2008 and (3) Muriel Day b Feb 23 1922 d Feb 28 1998.
Arthur is son of  (4) Perry Zion b Dec 12 1886 Kendal Kansas d Dec 21 1958 and (5) Alta L Hall b June 26 1892 Evansville Wisconsin d Feb 21 1944.
Perry is son of (8) Johanthan Zion b Sept 29 1861 Decatuer Iowa d April 07 1927 Craig Colorado.
and (9) Rachel Millsap b April 19 1862 Mountain ayr Iowa d May 13 1945.
Johnathan is son of  (16) John Henderson Zion b Nov 28 1831 d April 22 1920 and (17) Mary cassell b Oct 19 1834 d Nov 20 1919
John H is son of (32) McCormick Zion b Jan 22 1795 North Fork Virginia d Dec 26 Decatur Iowa and (33) Mary Gobble b April 14 1796 Holston River Virginia d Nov 20 1835 Rush Indiania
(33) Mary Gobble daughter of (66) John Gobble 1766- 1846 and (67) Jemima Linder 1774 -1876
(66) John Gobble son of (132 )Johann Gobble ( Gabel) 1734 - 1792 and (133) Elizabeth Weigel 1737 - 1794
(132) Johann Gobble 1734 of Offenbach Germany - 1792  son of (264)Johann Friedrich Gabel and (265)Maria Spiess. Johann married Elizabeth Weigel 10 of May 1757 in Montgomery County PA. Elizabeth is the daughter of George Weigel and Anna Margaret Ditlich.
(264 Johann Gabel and (265 Maria Spiess parents unknown at this moment.

Friday, April 1, 2011


The year is 1634 and my ancestor Robert Day came to Ameria and landed in Boston with his wife Mary. Mary died shortly after arriving and Robert remarried Editha Stebbens and started a family. They are my 8th great grandfather and grandmother.
So picture Editha making this cheese cake for Robert. Maybe she read this recipe that was published in London in 1662 and was followed by our earliest colonists.

Mrs. Leeds Cheese Cake
Take six quarts of milk an reen it ( and rennit) pretty cold and when it is tender come, drain from it your whey bedropt from it, then presse it, change it into dry cloathes till it wet the cloth no longer, then beat it in a stone mortar till itbe like butter, then strayne it through a thin straynor, mingle it with a pound and a half of butter with your hands, take one pound of almonds and heat them with rose water till they be like your curd, then mingle them with the yolks of twenty eggs and a quart of cream, two great nutmegs and one pound and a half of surgar. When your coffins are ready and going to set in the oven, then mingle them together. let your oven be hot enough for a Pigeon pye and lett a stone stand up till the scorching be passed, then set them in. Half an hour will bake them well . Your coffins must be made with milk and butter as stiff as for other paste, then you must set them into a pirty hot oven and fill them full of bran and when they are hardened take them out and with and wing, brush out the bran - they must be pricked.

Okay any one understand what you just read. I am sure Editha understood it but I don't.
This recipe was found in " The Old Farmer's Almanac Colonial Cookbook" edited by Clarissa Silitch. It is full of recipes our ancestors would of followed.

This cook book is full of recipes that our ancestors would of made. You can read more on how the Puritans ate here.

thanks for stopping by.. hope that you enjoyed viewing a recipe and how it was written in Colonial times.  Grace

Genealogist Or Family Historian Striving To Be Both

This last week I read a wonderful post on whether we are a genealogist or family historian or both.
Sadly at this moment I can not find her blog and posting, but if I come across her in my travels this weekend I will link her article to this posting.

I strive to be both. I love looking for the dates and all the charts but then I want to put myself into their lives. What was happening around them.  What was life like for my ancestors during the Revolutionary War, The Civil War, My own parents with World War 2 going on and their meeting and marrying. Where did they live, what did they love to eat or hate to eat. So much of these things we will never really know but some we can learn about by just studying the history locally around where they lived. What was happening in the United States and the world. How did this affect them and their lives.
By finding a cook book from or about the time period they lived can help us see what was being prepared in their kitchens.

Recently I found a cook book called " The Old Farmer's Almanac Colonial CookBook " editor Clarissa Silitch. We can find recipes and how the colonial housewife cooked.

By reading on home making in the 1800's we can picture our great great grandmothers in their homes and picture what life was like. 

I desire to combine not only the records, charts but a look into the lives of my ancestors. Some days I can not get someone out of my head. I read my great grandpa John Lockwoods records on trying to get a pension after being in the Civil War and all I can say is " Poor Grandpa" . I read about the pain he was in and I am with him wishing I could comfort him. That I could be with Betsy his wife as she struggled after he passed on.  

At this time I have started to read Rebels and RedcoatsThe American Revolution Through the Eyes of Those Who fought and Lived It " by George Scheer and Hugh Rankin. It will probably take me a while to read this since it is not easy reading like my prefered mysteries. I have at least three great grandfather's who fought in the Revolutionary War.

There is so much more to our ancestors than their census reports. By searching further I will be able to add depth to my family research.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope that you visit again real soon. Grace

Thursday, March 31, 2011


Lately I have been feeling so unorganized with my genealogy files. I have piles of papers that need to be filed, research to be done and family to learn about.

I have family tree program but am so behind putting information into it using ancestry to gain my information, printing out census or copying pictures but that is far as it has gone lately.

Most genealogists use one of three methods or a combination of methods
File folders
3 ring binders
computer storage

I have the computer storage but not up to date. I am also using the three ring binders but not kept up with my filing. I then thought of starting a file box but do I need another method really.

I have decided to continue with my binders and forget another method. In the past I had divided my family into 2 binders for my mother's family and one for my father's side.

I am working to start organizing my paper files. Last week I divided my mother's side into 2 binders and my father's side into 2 binders. All are different colors to help keep my research straight.

Next is do make sure I have a 5 generation family pedigree for each of my great great grandparents and a family group record for each of my families and then to start filing what I have already.

From there I hope to work on time lines and to start working on research logs better than I have in the past.

How do you keep up with your research and filing your research. I know that I need to improve here so I am not copying the same papers over and over.

Hope that you all have a great night with your family research. Grace

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY ~ Vintage Plaque ~ What God Hath Promised

For almost wordless Wednesday I am sharing a plaque that hung in my grandparents home and now is displayed in mine. It has hung on the walls of my homes, at this time is on displayed with my Civil War collectibles.

What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue
Flowers streum pathways all our lives through.
God hath not promised sun with out rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace with out pain.
But God hat promised, strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light on the way;
Grace for the trail, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

The Lord is good to all ps 145:9

I love vintage religious plaques and especially when I know they were hanging in the home of my grandparents.
Thanks for stopping by.. I hope that you stop by again real soon. Grace

Sunday, March 27, 2011

OBITUARY SUNDAY William Albert Day February 19, 1920

This picture is of William Albert , Carrie Lockwood Day and family

about 1917 Sacred Heart, Minnesota
back row Gladys, Dewey, Morris, William H, Fairfax, Bernard, Grace

front row Carrie, Lester and William Albert Day

For Obituary Sunday I am sharing the obituary one of my great grandfathers. He is my mother's grandfather on her father's side. Here is a copy of his obituary from the Renville Star Farmer Renville, Reville County, Minnesota February 19, 1920 Sacred Heart News Those from out of town who attended the funeral of W.A.Day were: Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Johnston, of Clinton, Mn, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wiley of Ortonville: Mrs. Betsy Lockwood, of Minneapolis; Mr. John Lockwood of Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Nolton, Mr.and Mrs. Lonzo Nolton, Mr. Ollie Getchell and Otto Krishbaum and son, Arnold of Granite Falls, and Charlie Hinsch of Granite Falls. The Funeral of Wm. A Day was held Wednesday at the Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Nobbs conducting the service. Mr. and Mrs. Melsness sang a duet and Miss Allie Fieldhammer sang a solo. A large number of friends were in attendance to pay their last respects to the departed. He leaves to mourn his early death, his aged mother, Mrs. Betsy Day, his wife, and eight children, Willie, Dewey, Morris, Fairfax, Bernard, Lester, Grace and Gladys. The Pall bearers were chosen from the business men of town and were: H. O. Skalbeck, J. N. Stenborg, Nels Hove, Torlief Arestand, J. H. Paulson and O. C. Sparstad. Interesting to note that his wife was not named which could be trouble with genealogy research. Her name was Carrie Lockwood Day. William is buried just outside of Sacred Heart, Minnesota. Next to him is buried his wife and an unnamed baby. William was quite the business man and I would loved to had the opportunity to have known and listened to his ideas. Rest in peace great grandpa, we will meet someday. Grace

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Surname Saturday ROUSE Family

This picture is of Lemuel Green Cheuvront and Mary Rouse.
Surname Saturday and I am sharing the ROUSE family.I have very little information at this time on them and will need to spend some more time soon on researching them.

Grace Zion daughter of
Arthur Zion and Muriel Day
Arthur son of Perry Zion and Alta Hall
Alta daughter of Arthur Hall and Mabel Coleman
Mabel daughter of John H Coleman and Alta A Cheuvront
Alta daughter of Lemuel Cheuvront and Mary A ROUSE
Mary Rouse b 30 October 1813 in New York to Smith Rouse and Joanna Green and died 21 January 1904 in Taylor Loup, Nebraska. Mary married Lemuel Cheuvront and together they had 6 children.
Smith Rouse born 03 October 1769 in Dutchess, New York to John Doty Rouse and Hannah Smith. Smith Rouse died the 19 May 1840 in Otsego, Muskingum, Ohio. Smith and Joanna married the 13th of July 1801 in Rensselaer, New York and had at at least 6 children. This needs to be researched more.
John Doty Rouse was born 09 December, 1741 in Nine Partners,Dutchess,New York and died 19 January, 1834 in Lansint, Tompkins, New York. John married Hannah Smith.

John was a Captain in the Revolutionary War. While I was in Washington DC many years ago I copied some records of John at the National Archives. They have sat in a file folder since.
One paper I found tonight is that when he died he had 7 surviving children. John, Smith, Anthony, Amos, Mary wife of William Morrison, Peggy wife of William Clark and Rebecca Rouse wife of Jonathan Eddy. This paper also tells me that his wife was Lida Rouse.

I will share this completely soon.

thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Fearless Females ~ Post 17 ~ Social Butterfly

Fearless Females ~ March 17 ~ Social Butterfly?
March 17 — Social Butterfly? What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group.

My grandmothers and mother were involved in the church mainly. Singing in the choir and working on church suppers. My mother was involved in the PTA at my grade school. Even though she was crippled from polio that did not stop her. If my father was not at home because of work we would take a taxi cab the 2 1/2 blocks to my grade school so she could go to meetings or volunteer at school functions.

Thanks for stopping by for Fearless Females.. Grace

Fearless Females ~ Post 16 ~ Let's Do Lunch!

Fearless Females ~ March 16 ~ Let's Do Lunch!

March 16 — If you could have lunch (or another meal) with any female family member (living or dead) or any famous female who would it be and why? Where would you go? What would you eat?

If I could have a meal with my female family it would be at my grandmother Grace's house and we would be having Sunday dinner.

The smells would be inviting and the food delicious. Sitting around the table would be my grandmother, aunt Daisy, aunt Lil and my mother. Also you would find the men of the family and my cousins.

We would eat roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn. There would be olives, pickles and little slices of American cheese. And of course pie for desert with vanilla ice cream.

Recently we drove by my grandparents house and I though how fun it would be to live there. To be inside that house one more time.

thanks for stopping by as I post on my fearless females... late on my postings of course but I will get there eventually.. Grace

Fearless Females ~ Post 15 ~ Six-Word Tribute

Fearless Females ~ March 15 ~ Six-Word Tribute

Mother .. kind, loving, religious, beautiful, generous, funny

My mother was unbelieveable and I strive to be like her. I fall short alot of the time but then strive again.

The hardest time of my life was watching her leave us and I struggled with the pain for a year. As I write this the pain comes back to my chest.

She was the rock of our family.

thanks for stopping by for fearless female... Grace

Fearless Females Post 14 ~ In the News Polio Epidemic

Fearless Females ~ March 14 ~ In the News Polio Epidemic

When my mother got polio and was in the hospital her name was in the newspaper along with other patients with this horrible disease.
My sister and I went to Bay town Texas last year and made copies of the newspaper articles.
I posted about this awhile back and you can read that post by going here if you like.

Thanks for stopping by for Fearless Females .. Grace

Fearless Female ~ Post 13 ~ Moment Of Strength

March 13 ~ Moment of Strength ~ Share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.
So many of these postings around fearless females end up being my mother. She was the strongest sweetest woman you could meet.
She showed us her strength and courage from the day she was diagnosed with polio until her death in 1998. A day does not go by that I do not think of her and remember her with so much love. My mom came out of this horrible disease alive, many did not. She was handicapped, wearing a brace and using crutches her whole life.
This never stopped her. She could of sat home and felt sorry for herself but did not.
She raised my sister and me and had two more children. Arthur Jr who passed away shortly after birth and my brother David. She was involved in the church and my school. She is my inspiration.
She loved her family and loved God. She was sweet, kind and generous. Even if money was tight for us as a family if she knew a friend of ours needed a winter coat that person would get a winter coat. She loved cookies, playing Yahtzee with family and people watching.
Thanks for stopping by for fearless females.. hope that you come back real soon. Grace

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Fearless Females ~ Post 12 ~ Working Girl

Fearless Females ~ March 12 ~ Working Girl

Meet My Great Aunt 3x Removed the Postmistress of Greenwood Nebraska ... Catherine Coleman

One of my favorite working females is Catherine Coleman who I found at ancestry who was a post mistress. She never married and devoted her life to her family and career. You can read about her on an earlier post here.

Women were encouraged to not marry if they wanted to work in the postal system in the early 1900's. Catherine never married and in the 1930's census she is listed living alone and renting
Thanks for stopping by to read about my fearless females. .. Grace

Fearless Females Post 11 ~ Tragic or Unexpected Deaths

Fearless Females ~ March 11 Tragic or Unexpected Deaths. To me I find the death of my grandmother Alta tragic since she died in the middle of her life of cancer to the brain. I never was able to meet her but I have letters that she wrote to my parents those last months. She was always so upbeat but her hand writting was changing.

Grandma Alta Hall Zion born June 26, 1892 in Evansville Wisconsin to Arthur R and Mabel (Coleman) Hall.

Alta married Perry June 11, 1913 in Taylor, Nebraska. They had 5 children, John, George, Alice , Arthur ( my dad) and Joe .

Grandma Alta died February 21, 1944 in Winlock Wisconsin.

I treasure the letters of have from her as some of her vintage china and the fact that my middle name is her name. It is my connection to this wonderful wife, mother, daughter and grandmother.

Thanks for stopping by for Fearless Females. .. Grace

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fearless Females Post 10 ~ Religion

Fearless Females: March 10: Religion

Religion was important in our family with my father being a minister. I have no female members that were active in any real capacity of the church like a minister.

They always were very active with going to church more than once a week, singing in the choir and being Sunday School teachers.

Thanks for stopping by for Fearless females. Previous post shows the church my great grandmother was a member at. Grace

Fearless Females Post 9 ~ Family Documents

Fearless Females: March 9: Family Documents
The picture shows Fairfax, George Warner and Great Grandma Carrie holding her granddaugher Helen ( son Lester's daughter)
Among my family papers on my mother's side I have a certificate of Church Membership for my great grandmother Carrie Lockwood Day Warner. She is the mother of my grandpa Bill.

This certificate tells me that she became a member of Grace Lutheran "Pineneedle" in McGregor Minnesota ( Sandy Lake) on the 10th of May 1942. The minister was Rev C Zimmerman

I also have a real picture postcard showing the inside of the church from that time period.

I have a feeling that this was a happy time in her life. She was married for a second time, first husband has passed away. She was living on a lake with George Warner her husband and her son Fairfax probably lived near by.

Thanks for stopping by for Fearless Females. I am behind but slowly trying to catch up.

Fearless Females Blog 8: DIaries, Letters, and Journals

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 8: Diaries, Letters, and Journals
Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

I have letters written by my mother and both of my grandmothers. I shared a letter here my mother wrote 9n June 8th 1952 when she was not feeling well. With in days she was in the hospital with Polio.

Here is another letter she wrote on June 11, 1952 Baytown Texas

Dear Daisy

Just a short letter to explain about the contents of a small package I'm sending you. Its sort of a joke package although I know you'll like what I've sent you. the joke package conatins about four cucumbers. Some people gave them to us and Arthur and I just do not like cucumbers. I thought of you folks and how you like them and how you paid 35 cents for two one time. Ha! I don't know if thse will be good or not and maybe you have all you want and they may be cheap but never the less I think you can use them or give them to someone. I hope they do not spoil onthe way to Minnesota. The joke will be on me if you open them and find 4 rotten cucumbes. They were nice and firm when I mailed them.

The people that gave us the cucumbers gave us a big bag of potatoes. ( you know are scarce they are? or are tehy plentiful up there?) Potatoes are like gold to us and as scarce as hens teeth. They ration them out 10 pouns to a person here and most of the time you can't find them at all.

Well we found out what Marys fever was for . She broke out today with chicken poxs. My kids are like me. They get all kids diseases. I'm glad they are getting them young before they start school and in this warm climate they have everything mild. They say chicken pox will not scar. We must of had small pox when we were little. Your real sick with small pox but chicken pox is a much milder disease. mary was a little sick Friday but really hasn't acted to sick any of the time. She's wanted to play and run around all the time. I try to keep her quiet but doctors say if they feel able to play it won't hurt them. Her appetite wasn't so good Thursday Friday and Sat. Well I''ll say by now I'm much better myself.

I know you'll let mom and dad and the rest have a bite or two of the cucumbers but I remember you are especially found of them. Like I am of tomatoes ha! You paid 79 cents for some for me once 2 or 3 huh? Ha! We paid the freight remember.

Love and kissses Muriel and all

Fun old letter and it is written on company letter head of a company my father probably worked for. She was frugal and would of used this paper rather than buying stationary. I have her letters in mylar sheets and in a three ring binder to protect them.

Thanks for stopping by for Fearless Females and hope to see you again soon... Grace

Fearless Females Post 7 Favorite Recipe

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 7: Favorite Recipe
March 7 — Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

My mother made Watergate Salad for family gatherings. Easy and tasty treat. We still make it for large family gatherings. I have shared the recipe over at my food/coupon blog. You can get the recipe here if you like.

Fearless Females Post 6 ~ Heirlooms

March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor.

I have several heirlooms. I wear my mother's wedding rings every day. They are so fragile they have been connected.

These two darling bears are made out of my mother's mink coat and my grandmother's fur coat. There was enough fur that not only do us girls have them but my brother and the grand sons also have one or two bears.

I have dishes that belonged to both grandmothers and have started to share these with grandchildren and family bibles. I posted about these Bibles before. You can read the posting at the link.

The most treasured are my mother's rings and family bibles that have been passed down . I have started to pass on some of the bibles but I have kept these two for now.

thanks for stopping by..hope to see you again soon. Grace

Fearless Females Post 5 ~ How They Met

Fearless Females Blog Post ~ March 5 ~ How They Met?

I really do not know any stories how any of my ancestors met other than my parents. My father was in the Merchant Marines and docked in Duluth Minnesota. It was May of 1943. My father found a little church to attend church services at and there he met my grandparents Bill and Grace. Of course being the sweet people they were, he was invited for Sunday dinner. After all he was in uniform.

At my parents house on a table was my mother's picture. Story is my father fell in love with her at that moment.

He found out where she worked which was the Asia Cafe. He just happened to stop in and introduce himself.

They dated from that time until October 1943 when they married. During the months between meeting and marrying at times they were separated because of his job. They wrote to each other and I have the postcards my father wrote my mom.

This is a true love story and they were together till mama passed away in 1998. Dad passed on in 2008 and I know they are together again.

I wish I had other stories of ancestors meeting but I do not.
Thanks for stopping by... hope to see you again soon.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fearless Females Post 4 ~ Marriage Records

Fearless Females Blog Post~ March 4~ Marriage Records
The only vintage marriage record I have is of my great grandmother Katherine Gallagher to Appleton Esler and it is into pieces. But I have it and it is beautiful.
I posted about it before in October of 2010. It is treasured that is for sure.

Thanks for stopping by for my Fearless Female series .. Grace

Fearless Females Blog Post 3 ~ Names and Naming Patterns

Fearless Females Blog Post ~ March 3 ~ Names and Naming Patterns...

I was named after my two grandmothers..
Grace after my mother's mother

This picture is probably taken at my grandparents wedding anniversary. I am on the left hand side and my sister is on the right side. The other two girls are my cousins.

and Alta after my father's mother.

Grandma Alta is on the right hand side. This is a graduation picture with two of her friends

I have always loved my name feeling it is so special to be named after love ones.

Alta is a name of other ancestors on my father's side. My great great grandmother is Alta Cheauvront.
Alta Cheuvront is on the right hand side back row. I think there are other Alta's in this family line but do not have that information handy at the moment. May have to pull that information together some day.
Thanks for stopping by as I try to catch up on the Fearless Female series. .. Grace

Monday, March 7, 2011

Fearless Females Post 2 ~ Photograph

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 2: Photograph
March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?
This is a photo of my great grandmother Carrie Lockwood Day with her sister in law Anna Day Norton. Anna is my great grand aunt.
This picture would of been taken in Minnesota and some time around 1912 to 1913.
I love this photo, it shows great grandma Carrie in her early 40's. I am not positive but I think that grandma Carrie is on the right hand side. I will be comparing her to other photos to be sure.
I know so little about my great grand aunt Anna at this time. Need to spend some time with the siblings of my ancestors.
Thanks for stopping by for Fearless Female series. I am late but will work at catching up the best I can. Grace

Fearless Females Post 1 ~ Favorite Female Ancestor

This morning I stopped over at geneabloggers to read some postings and get ideas for what I wanted to share today.

I came across The Accidental Genealogist and she is doing a series on Fearless Females.

Okay I am late for the party but thought I would try to catch up over the next days.

Fearless Females Blog Post: March 1 - Favorite Female Ancestor ..
How can you possibly pick a favorite female.

Favorite in terms of love of course is my mama.
Female I wish I had met is my grandma Alta. She passed away in 1944 and I was born in 1948.
Female I admire for what she must of gone through in the late 1890's is my great grandmother Katherine.
this is Katherine with husband Appleton. They married shortly after she gave birth to Grandma Grace.
She had my grandmother Grace out of wedlock and her parents
supposedly turned her picture to the wall. I do not know the whole story, but I would of loved to sit with her and listened to her stories.

Female I enjoyed being with eating cookies and drinking ginger ale is my grandma Grace. She never shared the above story and I did not learn any of this until after she had passed away.
I wish she had shared more with me.

Female I want to learn more about .... all of them .
There are so many stories out there. So much to learn and share with my grandchildren. I want them to know some of the stories.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March Is Women History Month

With March being Women History month this is a good reason to spend more time on my female ancestors.

Last year during March I shared on three of my female ancestors in my life.

this is my mom and dad

First post was about my mother and aunt daisy. You can read about them here.

bridget's wedding photo
Second posting was on my great grand aunt Bridget, sister of my great grandmother Katherine Gallagher. You can read about Bridget here.
My third post was on grand aunt Pearl Hall, sister of my grandmother Alta Hall Zion. You can read about her here.

I look forward to spending some time with my female ancestors this month. Hope that you will stop by again as I share on the women in my life.
thanks for stopping by.. Grace