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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