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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mystery Family Members Sepia Saturday


This is a great old photo that came out of a scrap book of my mother's so is from the Day side of the family. The family lived in Minnesota around the Mora area. My mom was born in 1923 and I am thinking she may have taken this picture. That is how I am dating it to the 1930's to 1940's.
Problem is there is no names, not sure if family or friends but I will guess family.
The clothing is intersting especially the second child a young girl with what may be a hat. The older gentleman is wearing a thin tie that is stuck into his shirt.
Any one out there have a better idea to the age of photo?
Thanks to all of you that stop by and view my pictures. I hope that you mark me a favorite and visit often... Grace

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Time Line Thursday Robert Day of England my 8th Great Grandfather

Tribute to founders of Hartford


Time Line of Robert Day

1603 James V1 of Scotland becomes the king of England

1604 Robert born in Ipswich, Co. Suffolk, England to unknown parents

bef 1634 marries Mary last name unknown in England

1634 April emigrated with Mary from England to Boston aboard the ship Elizabeth.

1635 Buys house on west side of Garden Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1634/ 1635 wife Mary dies in Cambridge, Massachusetts

1639 Robert moves to Hartford, Conn where he is one of the original settlers and proprietor of Hartford, his home is on lot #5 .

While Connecticut was first explored by the Dutch , the first permanent settlement were made by English Puritans from Massachusetts, starting in 1633. From the first, Connecticut enjoyed a great measure of political independence, proclaiming in its Fundamental Orders of 1639 a democratic principle of government based on the will of the people. These Fundamental Orders are said to have been the first written Constitution of a democratic government; that’s why Connecticut today is nicknamed "The Constitution State."Agriculture and trade were primary activities of 17th century colonists, but because of limited land Connecticut people quickly turned to manufacturing.

1635 06 May Robert was made a " freeman" which shows he belonged to some church. He was chosen viewer of chimneys and ladders.

1635 Robert marries Editha Stebbins.

1636 son Thomas is born in Hartford

1638 son John is born in Hartford my 7th great grandfather

1640 daughter Sarah is born in Hartford

1642 daughter Mary is born in Hartford. Interesting note on Mary. She is a descendant on my mother's side. Her 3rd husband was John Coleman my 8th great grandfather on my father's side. She is my great aunt 7x on mother's side of family.

Tombstone of daughter Mary Day

1648 September 04 Robert passes away at the age of 44 years.

Thanks for stopping by to visit me on Time Line Thursday. I hope that you stop back real soon. Grace

Treasure Chest Thursday Memories Of My Mom, Kirsten and Marilyn



For Treasure Chest Thursday I am sharing toys that belonged to my mother and hand made treasures from my granddaughters Kirsten.

My mom was born in 1922 so these toys are probably from the late 1920's to early 1930's.

Towards the end of my mother's time with us she would give us a belonging of hers at Christmas time rather than buying something. Those gifts are more priceless than any bought gift.

One year she gave me her old toys, a tin tea set and a old phone. Yes young people phones use to looked like this. At this time the toys sit on a book shelf. At one time I use to have an old lawyer's book case. The kind of book case with glass and you would lift up the front to get inside.

I would place all my treasures inside to protect from hands of my grandchildren. They would love to look inside to see what was there. One rule was look but do not open. If you want to touch something ask me to open.

I have two distinct memories of these treasures and my granddaughters.

One is granddaughter Kirsten looking inside to see the treasures she made me. She was proud of her work and wanted to make sure they were there. Yes they were still there. Part of my treasure collection.
Today they sit on my kitchen window shelf. That way I see them every day. I look out the window I see them. I prepare food on my table there they are. Some of my most priced treasures.


Second memory is of granddaughter Marilyn. She would sit in front of the book case and stare at the pretty treasures in grandma Grace's bookcase.


I turned my back on Marilyn one time and when I turned around She had figured how to open the glass door and was sitting on the floor playing with my mom's tin cups and saucers.

Some day I may have to buy myself another lawyer's bookcase.

Memories of family is what keeps me going some days.

thanks for stopping by for Treasure Chest Thursday... please come again real soon... Grace

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wordless Wednesday My Aunt Alice My Dad's Twin Sister



Wordless Wednesday ... okay almost Wordless... can not be totally quite.

This my aunt Alice Zion Houston 1921 - 1991 . My father's twin sister.
I love this picture. Her smile is so warm and inviting.

When I think of genealogy the picture that comes to my mind is of her. She lived in California while we lived in Minnesota. Every few years she and my uncle Houston would visit us in their motor home. She would share family information and pictures. Oh how I wish she was still with us. She would love the information she could find on the Internet. The census reports, family members, pictures and so much more.
My aunt Alice and Uncle Houston would travel the USA meeting relatives and visiting court houses to get information. She even had a window shade with family trees on it. She could roll it up for traveling in the motor home.

This picture is a 1940 high school picture. She is so pretty and I adored her. Did not see her as often as would of liked. But the memory of her makes me happy and warm.
Rest in peace aunt Alice. So many loved and adored you.
Thanks for visiting me on Wordless Wednesday .. please come again real soon... Grace

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Who Do You Think You Are Previewing February 4

" Who Do You Think You Are" premieres Friday, Feb. 4, at 8pm EST on NBC
I am looking forward to seeing the the season.

First time out I did not think I would get hooked.. just a bunch of rich stars .. but that did not last. I was instantly hooked on their family stories and history.

You can read the whole article from genealogy insider about the new season.

Kudrow talked about the value of personalizing history with stories like those featured on the show. You might think history was just something that happened to strangers a long time ago, but when you see how it affected your family, it has so much more impact.
“I hope it’s a history lesson for people, and I hope it inspires them to ask questions,” Williams said.
I love the history part. This is what I would like to put behind my research. Right now I am reading a book on " The Irish Family Album " by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler.


This book helps me understand the time and the social issues surrounding her and any other Irish family I may have leaving Ireland and coming to America.

I am looking forward to new season of " Who Do You Think You Are " and reading more of my book.