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52 Weeks Of Personal Genealogy History

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ancestral Name List Roulette

It's Saturday Night again - time for some more Genealogy Fun over at Randy Seaver's
Join in if you like.

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel"). Who is that person?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."

My maternal grandfather William Henry Day was born October 1889. He would be 121 years old if he was alive. Divided by 4 gives me a roulette number of 50.

Number 50 in my ahnentafel chart is Levi Anderson. Levi is the son of David Anderson and Elfrieda. He was born in 1810 in Rome New York. He died about 1858 in Rome, New York.
He married Harriet Carpenter about 1837.

Levi is some what of a mystery and I really do not know much about him. His death date is a mystery as of now. One son said he died in 1858, but there was a Levi Anderson of Rome New York who died 03 January 1862. The Rome Citizen had an article of a Levi Anderson being found frozen to death and that alcohol was a factor.
Another mystery is wife Harriet Carpenter Anderson's father dies in 1857 and names Harriet in the will as Harriet Carpenter rather than Anderson. Also he leaves to son David 2 parcels of land one of them being land known as Levi Anderson place.
So we do not know if this means Levi and Harriet separated or divorced about this time.

What I do know about him is
1. He and harriet had 7 children, Monica, Abram, Betsey, Phoebe, William, Fairfax and William.
2. 1850 census has him listed as a farmer
3. Levi and Harriet lived next door to Harriet's father in the 1840 and 1850 census

so you can see I know hardly anything about him.

Harriet is found in the 1860 census living with two children on a small farm and listed as Harriet Anderson.

I need to find a death certificate.
Search census for 1860 to see if I can find a Levi Anderson

Thanks for stopping by ... Grace

Friday, January 14, 2011

Funeral Card Friday My Sweet Uncle Don Day The Reverand

Thomas Kinade photo isn't it beautiful

I loved my uncle Don so much that when he died it was like losing one of my parents. He was my mother's older brother and I was a born on his birthday. We had a contest to see who could call the other first to say " Happy Birthday" . There came a time when he said I could have his birthdays he was old enough. No wonder I aged so fast.

Along with my father he was one of our family ministers. He married all of us girls and tended to most of the funerals in the family. He was a life long Democrat and very involved in politics. He was in small town plays and involved with the church. But most of all he was a family man. He loved his family.

In loving memory of
Rev Donald L Day
September 13, 1914
Mora Minnesota
September 5, 2006
Duluth, Minnesota
at the age of 91 years
Funeral service
Saturday September 9 2006 11:00 am
Peace United Church of Christ
Duluth, Minnesota
Forest Hill Cemetery
Duluth Minnesota

The Time Has Come for me
to leave this life. I have fought
the good fight. I have finished the
race. I have kept the faith. Now
there is in store for me the crown
of righteousness which the Lord,
the righteous judge, will award
to me on that day.

Paul's second letter to Timothy

I was living in Houston, Texas area and could not make it to Duluth for his funeral. He is buried next to his sister my Aunt Daisy, my mother and father. A few rows away is their parents, my grandfather and grandmother Day. Next to my father is a spot for me. It is comforting to know I will rest next to my family someday, but I am in no hurry.

Wow he was 91 years old. His mind was in great shape while the body was starting to wear out. When his time was here he went fast without any suffering which is what he wanted.
I visited him as often as I could until we moved to California. When we would make it back to Minnesota to visit family I always stopped to see him and my Aunt Lil.
With a little notice we would visit, have coffee and cookies and visit. He gave me a lot of the family information on that side of the family. I wish I had asked him questions years earlier. He may be gone but will never be forgotten to me. My Aunt Lil is still with us, in her 90's.. I think I had better go and share cookies with her soon.

Thanks for stopping by to visit and listening to me share about my uncle Don .. Grace

On This Day Michael Cassell / Cossel My 4 Great Grandfather Was Born

On this day the 14th of January 1763 my 4th great grandfather Michael Cassell / Cossel was born in Augusta, Virginia . He married Mary Fleenor, together they had eleven children. Son Jonathan is my 3rd great grandfather.

Michael passed away 9th August 1847 in Charleston, Illinois.
This is a picture of his tombstone that I found by searching www.findagrave.com
note name is spelt COSSEL. In the coles County Genealogical Society's publication ,
" The Prairie Sleeps" vol 1 page 39 , there is a note that Michael Cossell /cassell is buried in the Cossell Cemetery, but that his grave marker has been moved to Mound Cemetery, which is actually just about a mile SE of Cossell Cemetery
The last name of this ancestor can be found spelt Cossell ,Cossel, Cassell. Family came from Germany with Michael's father being born in Germany before coming to America with father. There is a lot to learn on this family line.
Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ( Almost ) Early Pictures Of Me

Here are pictures of me over 40 years ago. Fun to look at the clothing, hair styles and what was happening in my life at that time.

First one is winter of 1966 or 1967. It is probably taken at Christmas time of 1966 and was outside the house of my first in laws Arne and Adeline. I am 18 years old and married just a couple of months. I loved that jacket it was a faux suede and the slacks were wool I think.

Second photo is in October of 1967 and I am living at my parents house while hubby # 1 is serving in the Navy. This is my first son Allen and he is less than a month old. He is looking at me with such adoring eyes. Still is a sweetheart of a son.

Third photo is July 1969 son number #2 Timothy is celebrating his first birthday. Once again we are at my parents house having the party. They had a nice large house that was perfect for any celebration. He was an adorable child and still is a sweetheart of a son.
I am lucky to have two adorable boys.
Thanks for stopping by for Wordless Wednesday... Grace

On This Day 100 Years ago My Grandparents married

Wow exactly 100 years ago today January 12, 1911 my grandfather William H Day and my grandmother Grace C Esler married in Mora Minnesota at the Methodist parsonage.

I grew up very close to them and I know that they adored each other right to the end. They had a total of 5 children with 2 dying at an early age.

Happy anniversary grandma and grandpa. I believe you are together and celebrating this year as you did every year you were with us.
This picture is of girls celebrating some anniversary with them.

Thanks for stopping by to see what happened on this day in my family... Grace

Winter Memories Week 2 of 52 Weeks Of Personal Genealogy and History

Week 2 of 52 Weeks of Personal History and Genealogy. Winter Memories

I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota where winter visits us for months on end. Temperatures can get into the 20 to 30 below zero range and then you have the wind chill factor to deal with.
As a child I loved winter as long as it was not to cold to play outside. My sister I love to go sliding down our little hill or skating on the elementary school ice rink. We would skate when ever possible.

I got a pair of skis one year but never went anywhere with that. Went down a bunny hill once or twice. That was the end of that.

As a young adult the lakes would freeze and we could walk on the small lakes, watch people ice fish and go snow mobiling.

Now I prefer to be in a warm client during the winter. I am now living in Duluth after 22 years.
This is our first winter living north in five years. So far it has not been to bad but I know that will change any day.

Thanks for stopping by as I share my memories in a 52 week series.

New Years Memories Week 1 of 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History Week 1. How did my family celebrate New Years?

There are no memories of New Years as a child. My family was non drinking so there were no parties that they would of attended or had in their home.

As a young adult I would be at home with my own family and I would stay up to watch the Dick Clark New years show.

Later in life hubby # 2 and I spent a few times in Las Vegas for New Years. That is the place to be if you like rowdy fun, people.
If I am not in Las Vegas at New Years I am quietly at home waiting for New Years so I can turn off the light and go to sleep.
thanks for stopping by.. this is a week late but that is me I guess. Grace

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sunday’s Obituary Mrs. William ( Grace ) Day

Entered into Eternal Rest

Friday August 18, 1972

Mrs. William ( Grace ) Day

80, of Skyline Parkway

died Friday in a Duluth hospital.

She was born in Winona, Minn.

and had resided in Duluth for

several years. She is survived

by a son, Donald L. and two

daughters, Miss Daisy Day and

Mrs. Arthur ( Muriel ) Zion, all

of Duluth; a brother, Wayne

Esler, and a sister, Mrs. Albert

( Merle ), five grandchildren and

five great grandchildren

published in the pages of

The Duluth Herald

Aug 21, 1972

This is my sweet grandma on my mother's side. I was named Grace after her

and my middle name is Alta is after father's mother. I feel close to both

of them by having their names.