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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sepia Saturday Theme - Hats 14 January 2012 All Dressed In Their Hats

 The theme for today's Sepia Saturday is HATS. Perfect time to dig out some old family photos of hats.
 The above picture is of my grandma Grace Daly Esler Day and grandpa Bill Day. They are pictured in their Sunday go to meeting hats. I think they look adorable. This is dated 1945 or 1946.

Next is a picture of my mother and great aunt Mary wife of my uncle Wayne Esler. It is marked 1948 and was taken in San Antonio Texas. Since that is the year I was born I am guessing my mom is pregnate with me just a few months. I loved my great aunt Mary, she had a warm smile and laugh and wore bright red nail polish. No one else in my family wore nail polish so as a child I always thought she was so daring. I love her hat tilted to the side. Boy she was so cute and adorable.

I love to see pictures of my mom before she got polio. It is fun to see her in pretty shoes. Once she had polio she no longer could wear pretty shoes like these pictured. She wore sturdy shoes and a brace on one leg.

And last picture is a wonderful vintage cabinet photo of some relatives of mine. Not sure who they are as of yet but are related on my great grandma Katherine Gallaghers side of the family. Her mother my great great grandma Joanna's maiden name was Riordan. This picture was in a vintage family album. On the paper of album is written May and Frank Riordan.
This family is full of brick walls. Maybe I can start breaking down some walls with this family album full of old cabinet photos.
I am sharing this over at Sepia Saturday. Hope that you have enjoyed seeing a couple of my vintage photos. Grace

Friday, January 13, 2012


Do you ever wonder what life was for your ancestors. One of the best ways to look into their lives is to look at the history that was happening around them at that time.

Tonight while doing a search on my Flavious and Anna Woodmansee Millsap I put into the search engine their county in Kansas. They were living in Boone, Bates Missour in the 1880 census and by 1900 they were in Cleveland and Richard Townships, Stafford, Kansas.
At the Kansas Historical Society I came across a copy of Woman Sufferage in Kansas an account of the municipal elections in Kansas in 1888, as told by the newspapers of the state.

Since I know they were living in Stafford county in 1900 I went to that section to read that section.  More study will have to be done to find out exactly where Anna was living during this period of history. No matter where she was living exactly this was an important time in history for all women at that time.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

52 WEEKS OF ABUNDANT GENEALOGY Week 2 Paid Genealogy Tools

Week 2 – Paid Genealogy Tools: Which paid genealogy tool do you appreciate the most? What special features put it at the top of your list? How can it help others with their genealogy research?
This week’s prompt runs from Sunday, January 8 through Saturday, January 14, 2012.

The only paid service I use at this time is ancestry. I enjoy ancestry for the information I can get there with the census. I enjoy finding distant cousins and finding pictures on line that I would not of ever seen if not for ancestry. There is some newspaper articles available on ancestry. I have not found anything of interest there as of yet. The family trees are a good start to finding clues to my ancestors. These need to be used as clues only since mistakes are easy to make. I have found my great grandmother Katherine Gallagher married to a Gallagher which is not so. I do take the time to write them and share the correct information of my great grandma, hoping that they will correct this error so it does not continue to be copied incorrectly.
 Being retired money comes into the picture. I am leary of paying for some other genealogy tool and then find it does not give me what I want or I do not use it enough.

I look forward to reading what others use and may try something else. My thoughts are to maybe go to some newspaper on line service to find information.

While reading a couple of blogs this morning I did find which appears to give me some newspaper articles free from Historic American Newspapers.  I will spend some time over the next days to see what I may find there. I am especially interested in finding marriage, death or general family news.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace your friend in family research.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


On this day grandpa Casper Fleenor passed away in 1825
He was the 4 th of Mar 1750 in Willsbach, Heilbronn, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
and passed away on the 11th of  Jan 1825 in Fleenor, Washington, Virginia, USA

Casper or Gasper is my 5th great grandfather. So on this day I am remembering this grandfather. I know very little about him at this time.

Thanks for stopping by for On This Day.. Grace

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Tombstone Tuesday posting is of my 4th x great grandfather Robert Millsap who passed away the 4 Apr 1842 in Hamblen, Brown, Indiana. He is the father of William Bella Millsap and was married to Marcia Lacy.

Grandfather Robert Millsap is buried in Taggart Cemetary.
Thanks for stopping by for Tombstone Tuesday Grace

ON THIS DAY GGG Grandfather Bella Millsap and GGG Grandfather Alexander Elic Coleman Were Born

Today is January 10th and I am featuring two of my great great great grandfathers. They were both born on this date and both are on my father's side of the family.
William Bella Millsap is on my father's father's side and Elic is on my father's mother's side.

Bella was born the 10 January 1797 in Green, Tennessee to Robert and Marcia Lacy Millsap. Bella was their first child born.
You can read more about the Millsap family by searching for the Millsap family link on my blog.

Alexander Elic Chalker Coleman was born in 1805 to Ebenezer and Lucy Hildreth Coleman in Connecticut. He was their 5th child.  You see what I have shared so far on Elic which is not a lot as of yet. Will have to do a time line on him soon.

If you think we are related through either family I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for stopping by, your friend in family research. Grace


Good morning everyone. This is what I received in my emails this morning. Of course I have received this before but thought I should share with you. I look forward to one more record to search in the quest for information on my family.

1940 Census Will be Free on Ancestry.com
Posted by Diane

Subscription genealogy website Ancestry.com has decided to make the 1940 census images and index—which will be on the site after the 1940 census is opened next year for research—free to search and view through 2013.
That’ll be more than 3.8 million images with 130 million records. Even better, they’ll be indexed by 45 fields, meaning you’ll be able to search on the name, street address, county, state, parents’ birthplaces and more.

The records won’t be on Ancestry.com right when the census is released April 2, 2012. Ancestry.com’s press release says they’ll commence “streaming onto the website in mid-April 2012.”

Can’t wait until mid-April? The record images will be available first on the National Archives’ website, but they won’t be searchable right away by name. Click here to see our post about finding your ancestors’ 1940 census enumeration district.

Get help with your census research—including preparing for the release of the 1940 census records—in the May 2010 Family Tree Magazine.
Thanks for stopping by .. your friend in family research Grace

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Whispers Of My Ancestors In My Ears Anna Woodmansee Continues

While reading blogs tonight I found Angels in my Ear which was referred by Armchair Genealogists.
She has just started out writing her blog.  I look forward to continuing to read her writings. She talks about putting depth and more to our family history besides the dates we find.

I often sit and wonder about my ancestors. What was their lifes like, what were their dreams and hopes. How did they handle the saddness in their lives. At times I wish they would whisper in my ear. Tell me their secrets.

Today I shared the obituary of my great great grandmother Anna Woodmansee. The last part talked about her long suffering. It reads She has been a great sufferer for several years, but has bore her suffering with patience and christian fortitude. What is meant by that? Did she suffer from some disease, some unknown sadness to me. I wonder?
I did find this wonderful picture of one of her sons on ancestory tonight. This is George Everett Millsap and his family. I love ancestory and how their is sharing of family pictures for others to enjoy and put into their family research books. Pictured is six children, I found out that they had one more son who lived only about three years.

While searching swag found this site about abandoned cemeteries in Decatur where my ancestors lived. It mentions Millsaps. More research needs to be done here. Anna married Flavious Armenious Millsap.

Thanks for stopping by as I share my family members and what I am finding about these wonderful people who came before me. I want to learn more about all of them. Your friend in family research Grace

OBITURARY SUNDAY Remembering Anna Woodmansee Millsap Passed Away in 1904

This is the obituary of my great great grandmother on my father's mother's side.

The Lamoni Chronicle (Iowa)
July 28, 1904

MILLSAP. - Mrs. Ann MILLSAP died at her home at Syracuse, Kansas, July 2, 1904, aged 62 years, 11 months and 22 days.
She was the oldest daughter of James and Rachel WOODMANSEE, was born in Jackson county, Indiana, July 10, 1841. She came with her parents to Lee county, Iowa, remaining there one year. In the fall of 1849 they came to Decatur county and settled west of Decatur City, near the Woodmansee bridge, September 1.

She was married to Armeneous MILLSAP. To this union was born eleven children, the oldest dying in infancy. Five sons and five daughters are living; Mrs. Adam ZION, Wilton, Minn.; Mrs. Del FERGUSON, Hope, Idaho; George of Fellsburg,
Kan.; John of Wyonoka, Okla.; Mrs. Charles PFIESTER, Great Bend, Kan.; Frank, Arthur, Carl and Ora, all of Syracuse, Kan. She leaves a husband, twenty-two grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters. They are: John WOODMANSEE, Leon, Rebuen of Indianola, George of near Decatur, Mrs. J. W. MCLAUGHLIN of Decatur, and Mrs. W. H. GRAYSON of Redding.

She united with the Christian Church when quite young, and has lived a consistent Christian until death. The husband has lost a faithful companion of nearly forty-seven years, the children a kind and loving mother. She has been a great sufferer for several years, but has bore her suffering with patience and christian fortitude.

Loving mother, thy work's all done,
Beautiful soul into glory gone.
Beautiful life with its crown now son,
God giveth rest.
Rest from all sorrows and watching and fears,
Rest from all possible sighings and tears;
Rest through God's endless, wonderful years,
At home with the blest.

Beautiful spirit, free from all strain.
Ours they heartache, the sorrow and pain;
Thine is the glory and infinite gain.
They slumber is sweet.
Peace on the brow, and the eye-lids so calm;
Peace in the heart, 'neath the white folded palm;
Peace dropping down like a wondrous balm,
& gt;From the head to the feet.

It was so sudden, our white lips said.

How we will miss her, our darling dead;
Who'll take the place of the precious one fled?
But God knoweth best.
We know he watches the sparrows that fall-
Hears the sad cry of the grieved hearts that call.
Friends, husband, children,-he loveth them all-
We can trust for the rest.

Copied by Stacey McDowell Dietiker
June 9, 2003

Thanks for visiting your friend in family research Grace