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Friday, November 29, 2013
I want to tell you about the two young men came running over and talked to me immediately. They were nice enough to stay until the Police arrived and give a statement of what happened. I was so lucky to have two eye witnesses that were willing to stick around for me. There really are some nice people out there. I wish I had gotten their names so I could thank them.
The rest of the afternoon was spent talking to the Police, the EMT Personnel, calling and cancelling appointments, and sitting in the Urgent Care at Riverside and Lemay Avenues. I got home from all that about 5pm, and dropped everything on the table, and got ready for bed. I have not been so exhausted since the trauma of my husband dying in 2009. "Black and Blue" does not even begin to cover it. I couldn't get in to the regular Dr until next Wednesday, November 27. What ever happened to having a Dr when you need one? Long ago days I guess. And of course, Thanksgiving this week doesn't help in anything either.
The insurance company (S.... F...) that is so famous does not impress me. Not in my books, but I am grateful the perpetrator HAD insurance at all. They furnished me a rental car and the Enterprise manager said it was good for 30 days. Lies, all lies. I have it for 10 Days!! Now it is close to that date and I don't have a car and I spent Thanksgiving Day driving around the car lots and looking when others were eating turkey (g). I spent today, Friday November 29 looking at cars as well. I almost did something really dumb by buying a Subaru on impulse. Knowing my compulsiveness, I only put a deposit in it, and I will go and try to get that back tomorrow. I expect to be successful.
I sort of lost it when I realized I should NOT buy that Subaru. My instinct (or my Heavenly Father) set in and told me loud and clear -- DO NOT DO IT. I didn't know what I WAS going to do, but I knew what I was NOT going to do.
I have been car shopping online, which is a fun thing to do I must say. When I settled down I decided to check Pedersen Toyota. I saw a car I liked so I called. The nicest young man answered and his voice immediately calmed me down. To make a long story short, I will meet him tomorrow to test drive two vehicles. I thanked him for sounding so nice when I was in a desperate situation. It was not a big thing to him I am sure, but it sure was to me.
Wish me luck tomorrow. Stay tuned for the next chapter in my sad, sad story. Patj
Posted by GenPatty at 8:22 PM
Sunday, November 17, 2013
It was a pleasant surprise to come home Friday afternoon and find an email message in the inbox from The Kentucky Ancestors magazine. I have had many stories published there, but with the transition to an online magazine, I figured the others I have sent would go by the wayside in the shuffle. Asking an author if they are interested in publishing their work is like asking a fish if they are interested in water. I can hardly wait to see how my stories will look in the new format. I have to admit I will miss the real magazine that I could read in bed, but, just like old ladies, apparently its time has come. This fits perfectly my new mantra, "Stay Flexible". Of course, you will be the first to know how it looks when published online. Stay tuned --- Patj
"According to his files, I have four articles from you….and we are contacting you in the hopes of publishing a couple of them in our new format. We are seeking new Feature Articles and two of your articles seem very well suited to our readers.
The first one we would like to publish is: John Storms and Hannah Collard: My Mystery Ancestors.
The second article we would like to publish is: Benjamin Campbell and Cloe Farris, and Those Wonderful Kentucky Tax Lists.
Due to the number of articles we have in the queue at the moment, we can only take these two at this time. The first article would be published almost immediately if you permit. The second would be more in the summer months of 2014 as we like to spread out the various submissions.
Let me know if you would be interested in letting us publish these articles.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
So with that intro, I say farewell to 2013. Yes, I would like to slow down time, but alas, it is not possible. So the next best thing is to think back on the year and relive some of the events.
I had a busy year of public speaking engagements. Not many genealogy societies, but various groups and of course, the Inservice Lessons at my Church. These are done quarterly for the staff members at the Family History Center in Fort Collins. This year started out with a new online way to record family genealogy, Family Tree, and to reserve Temple Ordinances. I had to learn it to help a patron in the Family History Center, and slowly became a big fan. So the second lesson of 2013 was how to use it. Within a week of my lesson --- it was changed! So I had to write an update and send it out to the staff. Little did I know this was to be a trend for the year. Later, I planned to do a lesson on PERSI at the request of the staff members. Would you believe it? The VERY next day it was announced that PERSI was bought by an English genealogy company and would be completely revamped! That plan was scrapped because why take the time to do a lesson in something that is changing? This trend continued as I designed other lessons and classes about features on FamilySearch and those were changing before my eyes as I prepared the lessons. But, I will say it taught me to expect change, and that is a good tool to have as we age. Change doesn't come with a welcome mat for most older people, however, I believe we have to stay flexible to survive. I spoke at a Women's Association, Civil War Roundtable, Larimer County Genealogical Society, several Church groups, Pioneer Women's group. Of course this meant creating and updating Power Point presentations, and that is something I love to do. This made 2013 a really fun year for me.
Probably the most momentous event was the birth of my first great granddaughter. She is Stella Evelyn Lewis and she was born August 5, 2013. She was welcomed by a large family of adults, an older brother, Oliver, and two older cousins, Jack and Grant. It is hard to describe the feeling that your progeny will continue on and on into the future. Long after I am no longer in this world, Stella will be out there living, learning and growing and accomplishing all sorts of things. I made a "Foremothers Chart" for her. Five generations of her female ancestresses. I can imagine her, as a young girl and a young woman, looking at those names and wondering about them. If only my great grandmother had been able to do that for me, what a gift that would have been.
I made a "Foremothers Chart" for my granddaughter, Logan. It seems only yesterday that she was the new baby girl in the family and she is age twenty eight now. I am so proud of Logan, she takes care of herself, is independent, is lovable, and is beautiful. She lives on her own, in Hawaii, and is a wonderful sweet young woman.
I didn't do any traveling this year -- but I DID buy a car. My old Chevy S-10 may have made it another few years but it was acting tired, so I traded up one year and now have a Toyota Corolla. I am not so sure this Toyota Corolla is related to my old Toyota Corolla, Orange Bird. I haven't even named it yet. So that tells you our relationship is not close -- not yet anyway. IT reminds me of Herbie, the VW Bug that had a mind of its own. To say I am a savvy car dealer is far from the truth, so we will see what happens to IT. Maybe that is the new car's name "IT".
My friend, Kitty Girl, has gone downhill significantly this year. So I am facing some hard to do things in the near future. I will survive her passing, but it will be sad. She is a sweet and gentle spirit and she is my constant companion.
I sort of got hooked on Bingo this year. My friend, Sharon, and I have been going to the Knights of Columbus Family Bingo once a month. It is fun, but it IS gambling, so I have to watch not to get addicted to it. An addiction to genealogy is about all I can handle.
Laurie visited me twice this year. Both as she was coming and going to and from Hawaii. I love to have her come and I am sad to see her leave. It is such an empty feeling to see her off. It takes me a few days to get over the feeling of being alone. Then I get used to it again. It makes me think about how our immigrant ancestors must have felt as they left all that they knew and loved to try something new.
Cindy came to see me on Mother's day and on my birthday. Another goodbye when they left. I am getting more and more "anti goodbye" as I get older.
One of the most memorable things for me was when I finally learned about the parents of my 2nd great grandfather, Dennis Meech. For years I thought I would never find Katherine, I didn’t even know her first name. Her two sons were evidently not that interested in family history and left no records that I had ever found about their mother. It seemed impossible. And yet I have always known that when a person in the next world wants to be found – you will be led to them. To make a long story short, I discovered that Katherine’s maiden name was Huffman and she married second to Henry Huffman, so she died with the same last name she was born with. Once I figured that out I found her first marriage to John Meech in Ohio in 1825. This was through FamilySearch.org posting Ohio Marriages on their website, and now there was a loud rumble in heaven, as I am sure there was some rejoicing going on. Katherine was born in 1810 and died in 1857. She was the mother of two Meech sons and five Huffman children. She died at age 47. Hers was a relatively short life, but a very important life. She survived trials, tragedies, and enjoyed the joys of her mortal life and was so pivotal to the many descendants that are living now. I am so happy I finally got to meet her. Oh yes, I am now on the hunt for the parents of my 4th great grandmother, Caroline French. I love to solve the female mysteries in my family. And of course it meant writing another book. This one is entitled Katherine's Children, The Meech and Huffman Familes of Franklin County Ohio.
It was fun to write this book, and as I did that I connected with the people I was writing about. In searching for Katherine, I studied all of her children hoping to find a clue to her full identity. I needed to share the vast amount of information I had gathered on these collateral lines.
It is hard to list all of the people that I met this year. I am so blessed to live in a good community, with good and friendly people. I am blessed to have reasonably good health, and a curious mind. So I say farewell to 2013. It has been a very good year and I am thankful for it. Stay tuned for 2014! Patj
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
I have many ancestors that came to New England in the early 1600's. One of my favorites is John Holman. He is my 9th great-grandfather. He was baptized in Swyre, Dorset, England on 27 January 1602. His parents were Morgan Holman and Alice Odbeere. As a young man, on 25 March 1622, age 20, John Holman became an apprentice to William Jolliffe as a "wollendraper." I believe that this occupation was being a dealer in woolen cloth. Probably as a middle man between the growers of wool and the manufacturers of wool cloth. He served in this position until he left for New England.
In 1630 John Holman came alone to New England on the ship "Mary and John." There were no other Holmans listed with him, but there were probably plenty of neighbors and friends on board from Dorset, England. These trips were usually undertaken by groups of people from the same area.
John Holman married a lady named Anna about 1635. They had two children, John Holman, Jr. and Mary. When Mary was an infant, Anna died. John then married my ancestress, Ann Bishop in about 1640. Ann was the daughter of Thomas Bishop and Avis Abbott. Ann was baptised at Bridport, Dorset, England on 22 October 1616. She came to New England as a maidservant to her brother-in-law, Henry Crogan and they sailed from Weymouth, Dorset, England in April 1637, on board the ship "Speedwell." Henry Crogan had married her sister, Abigail one month before the family group sailed from England.
When Ann Bishop married John Holman, his oldest son was age 3 and little Mary was "newly taken from the breast." Ann fell immediately into motherhood, and then had six children of her own. Her oldest son is my ancestor, Thomas Holman. The household of John and Ann was not always peaceful. John Holman, Jr. was very disrespectful to his father and his stepmother. John, Sr. was away on business a great deal of the time and it invited disobedience and stubbornness in the oldest son.
When John Holman died about 1652 in Dorchester, Massachusetts his will stated that "despite the law of the court to grant a double portion to eldest sons, he granted his eldest son, John Jr., only 50 pounds, to be paid when he became 20. John Holman's estate was large and amounted to over 700 pounds. In 1656, when John Jr. became age 20 he brought a suit against his father's will. He claimed in court that he was the eldest son and had been deprived of his inheritance due to his stepmother's influence on his father. He claimed to have been an obedient son, "excepting what by reason of folly and vanity among us children did now and then fall out as is incident unto such families where children of several mothers are as the condition of the Godly Jacob's family and of his grandfather, Abraham." The court agreed to look further into the matter of John Holman's will.
By this time, Ann had remarried, but she testified before the court about the family dynamics in the Holman household. After several descriptions of John, Jr.'s insolent behavior, the court ruled to let the will stand as written. This meant that my ancestor, Thomas Holman, received one-quarter of his father's estate and John, Jr. received 50 pounds.
I find this family story interesting because it illustrates that problems between children and parents is nothing new. It could happen in those Puritan days just as well as today. I am sure John Holman died a sad man with the knowledge that his son was not being dutiful and living up to his expectations.
Ann Bishop Holman married Reverend Henry Butler 9 March 1654 and returned to England with her husband. She died before 4 August 1674 in England.
John Holman and Ann Bishop were pioneers of the bravest sort. To leave family and home and sail off to another continent took a special courage, determination, and spirit of adventure. Three generations later a great granddaughter, Mary Holman married Ephraim Cary and this joined two of my early American lines.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
William Belknap was born 24 February 1751 in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He went to Newburgh, Orange Co., New York when he was age 16. His mother, Hannah Flagg Belknap had died when he was a lad of about 11 or 12. His father, William Belknap, Sr. died when he was age 16. William, the younger, had an uncle in Newburgh named Isaac, and he apparently came to live with Isaac. I have no doubt that William Belknap was an adventurous young man. The period of time that he lived was an adventurous time, and it sounds like he took full advantage of that time in history. He came near death shortly after joining his uncle in Newburgh, New York. After sailing with uncle Isaac on a sloop, he contracted Abloody flux@ and nearly died from it. He survived that sickness. The American Revolution was the perfect event for William Belknap to follow his adventurous spirit.
On 20 January 1785, 34-year-old William Belknap married 23-year-old Martha Carscadden at Newburgh, New York. They had eight children, and the 7th one was my 4th great-grandmother, Nancy Belknap McNeil. Martha Carscadden was born 27 June 1762 at Newburgh, New York. She was the daughter of Robert Carscadden and Diana Gifford. Her father was also an American Revolution Patriot. I would imagine that Martha was totally enthralled with her older suitor. William was ten years older and had been to war and survived some harrowing experiences, and was quite the Aman of the World.@ Martha died 7 March 1821 in Newburgh, New York. I have yet to find her burial place, but it is probably in the Old Town Cemetery where her husband is buried. Like most of my ancestresses, Martha=s identity was through her husband and her father. But I am grateful that I know about her and I am proud of her.
William Belknap was a charter member of the Society of Cincinnati. This society was open only to officers in the American Revolution. William Belknap's original membership form was still in existence in 1858, and owned by a grandson, Edmund Sanxay Belknap. The document is quoted as follows: AReceived in Manor Courtland, the 8th day of October 1783 of Lieut. William Belknap, the sum of twenty-six dollars and 2/3, in a note numbered 623, signed John Pierce, Commissioner. The said Belknap being a member of the Honorable Society of Cincinnati and the above being a deposit of one month=s pay in consequence of his being a member. Signed P. Courtland, Treasurer.@
William Belknap=s service in the American Revolution began in 1775 and ended when he was honorably discharged on 1 January 1781. He was in the attack of Quebec on 31 December 1775. He saw battle at Stillwater, Saratoga, Whitemarsh and Monmouth. He was captured near New York and sent on board a prison ship in New York Harbor. He escaped the prison ship by jumping overboard at night. The mortality rate on the British prison ships was almost 100%, so he probably figured a long, cold, and hard swim to shore was worth the risk. I am thankful that he made that decision C he would have probably perished had he not escaped.
Finding the information about William Belknap opened up all sorts of doors for me. Especially, his ancestry to the founders of our country that came to New England. His progenitor and great great-grandfather, was Abraham Belknap who came in 1630.
William Belknap died 18 July 1831 in Newburgh, New York. He is buried in Old Town Cemetery there. When I visited his grave in 1997, I was sad. The old cemetery (dating from 1717) is in a ghetto and the surroundings are not very pleasant. We had the good fortune to have Reverend Carlos Lantos as our guide to the grave of William Belknap. Reverend Lantis serves the Church that is in the same block as the cemetery. It took just a little imagination to see General George Washington riding down Liberty Street that borders the cemetery. This was the route he rode to tell the troops that they could go home. The American Revolution was over, after eight long years! I am positive that William Belknap was in the throng of cheering people that lined the street. A much different scene than we saw in 1997. William Belknap rests with several other Belknaps in Section 5, including his uncle Isaac Belknap.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I consider this couple to be one of my Akey@ sets of ancestors. They are all Akey@ of course, simply because they were here and had children! However, this couple is very special to me. They are in a unique position of my family history. Not only are they of that tough New England stock that were brave enough to face a New World, Elizabeth Coytemore is my link to Royalty, Jamestown, and other interesting events.
William Tyng was born about 1605 in England. He came to the New World in the ship, Nicholas and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on 03 July 1638. He apparently didn=t bring his wife and baby daughter at that time, but they followed soon after because his daughter was baptised in March 1639. He was admitted as a Freeman 10 days after his arrival. This was undoubtedly due to the influence of his brother, Edward who had been here since 1636 and who was quite successful. William was married three times. First to Ann Brown by whom he had two children that died young. His second wife was Elizabeth Coytemore by whom he had four daughters and his third wife was Jane, widow of Enoch Hunt. When William died, 18 January 1653, he left an estate that was Alarger than any other in the country of that day.@ He was a successful merchant and served in the Braintree Militia and as a representative for many years.
Elizabeth Coytemore was born about 1615/1617 in England. She was the daughter of Rowland Coytemore and Catherine Myles. Her father, Rowland Coytemore was a stockholder in AThe Second Virginia Charter@ of 23 May 1609. His name is listed among many other gentlemen that invested money to support this new Aventure@ in Virginia. Rowland did not come to the New World, but through his children that did come to this country, his progeny in America is great and numerous.
Rowland Coytemore=s mother, Jane Williams is my link to Royalty. Seventeen generations back from Jane is William The Conqueror and from that all sorts of doors open on that fascinating time period. The Coytemores and Williams= were from Wales and that tells us that, perhaps, they were from a line of illegitimate children of the Royals. It seems Wales was used as a place to placate their claims and allow them to Arule something.@ It is a fun thing to research, but I have to keep my mind on more current people C and the more current folks are more of a challenge, but the Royals are fun and can be delved into when I have Aeverything else done.@
Elizabeth Coytemore=s mother Catherine Myles left a will that named the grandchildren of her four Coytemore daughters, as well as, the grandchildren from her daughters of previous marriages to Increase Nowell and Thomas Graves. One thing I have learned in studying the people of this time is that they usually remarried after losing their spouse. I presume it was the only way to survive for both the women and the men. It was such a harsh environment that it was virtually impossible to handle alone.
Elizabeth Coytemore died between 1643-1649. Her children would have been quite young when she died . Her second daughter, Anna Tyng married Thomas Shepard. He was the son of the famous Minister, Thomas Shepard that had to be spirited out of England under the noses of the British authorities. Anna=s husband was the little six month old baby that accompanied his parents on the ship Defence.
Yes, I consider William Tyng and Elizabeth Coytemore to be Akey@ ancestors. They are like a bridge that spans two Worlds and a time that was new and wondrous and full of hope. I am very proud to be their 10th great granddaughter.
Monday, September 2, 2013
At The Parade
What fun!! 29 people took part in the success of our float entry in the Harvest Festival Parade for 2013. It was a huge parade with over 100 floats entered. It was a huge parade with Walnut Street and 7th Street both lined solid with folks enjoying a good old fashioned Labor Day tradition. Our group ranged in age from 5 to 78. How can you beat that for an inner-generational event. Windsor seems to have adopted their DAR chapter as they applauded as we went by -- or is it Dave's beautiful 1949 Chevy truck they are applauding? Whatever the motive, we will take it. My favorite thing? Seeing our Colonial 13 Star Flag and our 50 Star Flag flying in the breeze as we took the float to the beginning spot. What a scene that is -- so symbolic -- so simple -- so patriotic. Our chapter banner had a prime spot in the back of the pickup and it was an eye stopper, for sure. We had so many energetic walkers passing out flags to the onlookers, one in particular, named Abraham Lincoln. A younger, shorter Abraham Lincoln but he was serious about his mission today. We passed out somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000 American flags and as always, it was what the kids reached for and then immediately started waving them on the sidelines. There is just something about the American flag that captures our hearts.
To sum it up, it was a patriotic day, it was a great American day, it was so much fun we must do it again next year. It is a lot of work to do this but it is so worth it. Patj
Friday, August 30, 2013
Perhaps the most exciting event of the summer was the birth of my great granddaughter, born August 5. Her name is Stella Evelyn Lewis. Everyone on this side of the Rockies can hardly wait to meet her, but that may be awhile yet. Fortunately, her dad posts pictures of her and Oliver in their family blog so we can all see her growing up before our very eyes. I can hardly wait to hold her.
I have had an unusual amount of company this summer. Folks I haven't seen for a long while. My sister-in-law and nephew from California were here for a visit as they were going south to Denver from our hometown of Gering, Nebraska. They had attended a family reunion there for her family. It was so good to see them. And it was interesting to hear of their recent trip to Greece.
Shortly after that my two granddaughters from Montana stopped with their mother, Kristy. We had a grand visit. Oh my goodness, they are getting so tall and are real beautiful young ladies. They were the first of John's family I have seen since 2009. They really liked my apartment.
My youngest daughter was here with me for a week late in July. We had the best time - eating out, shopping, watching movies, etc etc. She was en route to Aspen to look for work. Again, I felt so alone after she left, but I am getting good at getting over it fairly soon.
I switched from my desktop computer to a laptop the first of August. That took a bit of fine tuning and learning a few new things but it is working out real good.
Other than that I have kept busy in my usual pursuits. I finished my book, Katherine's Children the Meech and Huffman Families of Franklin County Ohio. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you, this summer I finally found the parents of Dennis Meech. That is Katherine Huffman Meech Huffman. At the beginning of the summer I only knew her first name, but now I know her full name and her husband's name as well. I felt sort of lost after this discovery, because I get so entangled in their lives I miss them when they are done.
I am happy to say I am now trying to find the parents of another ancestress so I am in good spirits once again. Now I am working on Catharine French McLaughlin. The females are such a challenge. It seems they go form being someone's daughter, to someone's wife and then someone's mother. End of story for the ladies. I believe when they are ready to reveal their story they see that it is done, and I am delighted if I am the one that gets to do it.
Oh yes, this summer I studied the Grand Army of the Republic and American Migration Trails. Both of these led to a new Power Point presentation. I am presenting the G.A.R. on September 6 so we will see how it is received. I found it fascinating to learn about this Civil War Veteran's organization. The migration trails was fun as well.
I guess this sums up my summer of 2013 -- except to report how hot the weather was. Other than that it has been a good summer. This year seems to be flying by. Later, Patj
Posted by GenPatty at 4:07 PM
Sunday, August 11, 2013
August 21, 2013 John E Johnson would have been age 81. I remember him as he looks in this picture. This was shortly after I had learned to ride my Harley.
In this picture we were east of Greeley heading toward Sterling, Colorado and this was one of our favorite stopping places. Because we had our bikes loaded with packs, we must have been starting a bike trip with our tent, sleeping bags, etc etc. What a wonderful time we had in those days. Free and easy and taking things as they came. Not luxurious traveling for sure, but fun and challenging.
Would I trade these memories? Not on your life. Would I trade having known and married John E Johnson? Not on your life. Even with all the challenges, heartaches, and sad times, and of course the happy times, I wouldn't have missed it for the World.
Happy Birthday John E Johnson, RILYA Patj
Posted by GenPatty at 5:36 PM
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Yes, that is my great granddaughter's name. I love it. My first choice was Jessie and my second choice was Stella. I couldn't believe my eyes when I read their blog post this morning announcing her name. I had not even imagined they would have even heard the name Stella. They are much too young for the movie, Stella Dallas.
Welcome to the World, Stella Evelyn. RILYA, G G'ma Patj
Welcome to the World, Stella Evelyn. RILYA, G G'ma Patj
Posted by GenPatty at 12:25 PM
August 5, 2013 -- A beautiful little baby girl was born. She has not been named yet, so there are still some surprises to look forward to. She is my first great granddaughter. She joins my three great grandsons that have already started this generation. She has an older brother and two cousins to protect her and cherish her. Not to mention a large family of adults to adore her.
But most important are the many women that are in her army of ancestors. She is the latest to take her place in the family, but she is not alone. She is the culmination of so many various nationalities and cultures and she is a gift from all of them.
Of course, I can hardly wait to hold her and look in her eyes. I think her parents should name her "Miracle" because that is what she is.
RILYA G'ma Patj
Posted by GenPatty at 4:31 AM
Monday, May 27, 2013
Veteran’s Plaza, Fort Collins, Colorado
Wars represented in this short segment of Johnsons:
World War II
Korea & Vietnam
World War I
Korea (John E. Johnson) ***
Harold W. Johnson 1SG Army 1941‐1945
Herbert A. Johnson Tec 5 Air Force 1949‐1973
James Johnson PVT Army 1917‐1919
John E. Johnson PFC Army 1950‐1951 ***
Kenneth E. Johnson SP4 Army 1972‐1974
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Since we will all be there for the next three days, we decided I would go first today, then Lauren tomorrow and Kristy on Monday. We each read for twenty minutes, at a respectful and not hurried pace. The book we read from is about 1 inch thick with three columns in very fine print on each page. It is sombering to see the page after page of names. We decided also to read the rank IF we knew what the initials stand for. If not, then just read the name.
I can't explain the emotion I felt as I worked my way down the page of surnames that begin with "H". I finished one complete page and three lines on the next page in my twenty minute shift. The pace is to be sixteen names per minute. The reading of the Honor Roll is closed at 10:00pm each evening when the Spring Canyon Park closes and starts each morning at 7:00am. The plan is to have the names completed by Monday evening.
It isn't a physically demanding twenty minutes, but it is an emotionally demanding twenty minutes. A funny thing though is that I was physically drained as I left and walked back to my car. I guess I was standing at attention while reading. I also wanted to make sure each name was spoken clearly and slowly, so perhaps that created a little bit of tension.
The podium we stand at faces the east, so the early morning sun was in our faces. For me, it created a special feeling of "new beginning". These young men and women didn't have a chance at a "new beginning", but they paved the way for America to have one.
I was surprised at how many people came early to walk along the wall and stop and read the names. I am sure that by midday the crowds were much bigger, but the early birds gave us an audience as we read, although it wouldn't matter, it was to be done, audience or not.
As I said in the title to this story, I feel so blessed and honored to have the chance to do this. I will be there bright and early tomorrow morning and I wonder where we will be in the alphabet by then.
I feel I have to mention the other statistics of the Vietnam War. 1,649 were declared missing in action (MIA). 725-779 are estimated to have been prisoners of war (POW). These are extra sad because of the unknown fate to their families and loved ones.
Today I couldn't help but think of the war dead from the Battle of Gettysburg, which was about the same as the entire Vietnam War -- but happened in three days! The total loss of Americans (because they were ALL Americans) was 51,112 out of a total of 157,289 troops engaged. That was a 32.5% loss of life in the three days at Gettysburg 150 years ago, in July 2013.
As William Tecumseh Sherman said, "War is hell" and today I met it up close and personal.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Being a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother means I have no shortage of living people to love and cherish. Being a genealogist, I have an endless supply of ancestors to love and cherish. Because the thrill of genealogy is the fun of getting acquainted with my ancestors, my favorite motto now is “Keeping In Touch With My Ancestors”.
Of course, the challenge in this is finding them in the first place. Once the names, dates, and places are found I begin to try to find clues about their lives, personalities and activities. To do this means a study of the time they lived and what was typical in their world. This also means I have to uphold the genealogists golden rule, do not judge. Until I learn about my ancestors in the world they lived in, with all of their human frailties, they are just names, dates, and places on a pedigree chart.
It was a revelation when I learned that an ancestress became disillusioned with marriage and began a life as a single working mother in 1880. This is a time that we generally associate with, “a woman’s place is in the home”, and that was the end of the story. How brave, Sarah Huffman Reaver, was to leave, with the youngest of her four children, and support herself and her child in the big wide world. I smile as I imagine the talk of Columbus, Ohio when that happened. And Sarah became someone I am proud to know and belong to. I can relate to her as a real person.
Finding my Revolutionary patriots has afforded me the chance to learn about life in the 18th Century. I can feel the sadness and fear that, Esther Sanford, felt upon learning that her husband drowned in the Hudson River at West Point. She had a new born son and eight older children to support. I can feel the heartache felt by, Abigail Parmenter, when her patriot husband was sentenced to hang for his involvement in Shays Rebellion. Each of my patriot ancestors tells me a different story as I begin to know them.
I marvel at how thin the thread of life is. This was a profound thought when I discovered my existence is due in part to a baby boy born four days before his mother died. Charles B. Sanford survived, matured and produced the only progeny of his father, and it is something I consider a miracle. So many people are alive because that baby boy survived a difficult situation that could have easily had a sad outcome. His father had no one to help raise Charles, so he had to pay people to take care of him. My ancestors were strong in handling what life dealt them. Charles B. Sanford is not just a name on a pedigree chart. He is someone I know and cherish.
It seems only human nature to remember and report the sad times and the struggles of my ancestors. However, I have learned about happy times as well. When I plotted the close proximity of the family farms of two of my ancestors, I could almost see in my mind the corner of the two adjoining properties where they may have rendezvoused, courted, and fell in love. Jeremiah Thompson was thirteen years older than, Rebecca Sankey, and I imagine that to her he was quite the man of the world. And he was indeed, having fought in the War of 1812 and moved from Kentucky to Missouri and finally to Indiana where they met. Theirs was a love story that lasted the rest of their lives and produced eight children. The world is different now, society is different now, but human nature is constant.
Gone but not forgotten is a popular saying found on tombstones, but, I believe that as long as someone is not forgotten, they are not gone. Gone is a term I try not use in regard to my ancestors. The best way I can insure that is to write about them and share their lives with my descendants, and other people that descend from them.
To learn what their world was like and the struggles they encountered and overcame is an adventure. It is more fun than reading the latest fiction novel, mystery novel, watching the most popular television program, or movie. It satisfies my curiosity, which is the main ingredient in my recipe for keeping in touch with my ancestors.
As long as I remain curious, I am still interested in my world, as well as, the world of my ancestors. It is the best mental therapy for me. It is the best antidote for boredom. It is the best anti-aging product on the market.
I think I will change my motto to, falling in love with my ancestors. It better fits the way I feel about my connection to them. I wish for you the same joy that I find in knowing my ancestors. If not for them, we would not be.
Posted by GenPatty at 10:41 PM
Monday, April 22, 2013
Because FamilySearch.org has published the Ohio Marriages database, I was in that wonderful treasure chest of records looking for the marriages of the lastest targets of my research. I was happily "humming" my way through the marriages when a new thought came charging into my mind. What if the unknown Mr. Meech married a Catherine Huffman in Ohio?
I entered the last name Meach, with a spouse Huffman. The second result I saw on my screen was "John Meach married Katherine Huffman on 16 May 1827 in Fairfield County, Ohio". I can not describe the surprise and joy, but I can describe the little voice saying, "You did it, good job". I know these ancestors so well I know when all is right with them.
This is almost exactly one year before Dennis Meech (their son) is born on 9 May 1828. I immediately went to the 1830 New York Census and searched for a John Meach/Meech. Sure enough -- he was there in Genesee County with a male under age 5; himself age 25-30; and two females age 20-30, one of whom is Katherine Huffman Meach. Of course, I have searched the New York Census looking for a family that has a male under age 5 because Dennis is 2 in 1830. But without a county, or a first name, and not really knowing they are even in New York it was an impossible task. But give me a name and I am off an running. Genesee County is next door to Monroe County, New York where William Wallace Meech says he was born in 1834.
An interesting note is that Fairfield County,Ohio is next door to Franklin County. Also, on the death certificate of Henry Huffman, Jr it says that his mother's maiden name is Katherine Huffman. This is the only one of her children that says "K"atherine. I suspect that Henry knew this from a family Bible because written records were so scarce in those days. Remember, this is the death cetificate I disregarded as inaccurate infomation? Oh my, does genealogy make a person humble.
So many more questions are open now. Was Dennis born in Ohio or New York? Censuses say sometimes Ohio and sometimes New York. Was John Meach from New York originally and took his new bride home? Was John Meach from Ohio originally and went to New York for work opportunites? Who are his parents? Who are Katherine Huffman's parents? Is she related to her second husband, Henry Huffman? Why were none of her young children sent to relatives in Fairfield County, Ohio after her death? They were sent to Washington County, Pennsylvania the ancestral home of their father instead.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
It all started when I discovered Ohio Probate and Guardian records had been recently published on FamilySearch.org. I started looking at Franklin County records and soon found the guardian records for Henry Huffman's younger children. These children are the children of Catherine Huffman Huffman as well. Granted, they are not my ancestors, as I am descended from Dennis Meech, Catherine's first child with an unknown Mr. Meech. But a combination of curiosity, and the thought that one of these people may solve more of the puzzle for their mother's identity kept me searching.
I decided to write about, Catherine's Children, after I found so much good information about them. Of course, as I started this project, I kept going back and looking for more information about them. Mainly, because I had fallen in love with this family, but also to fill in the details in my book.
On Saturday, April 13, 2013, I experienced a thunder bolt of a breakthrough. The grandson of the youngest child of Catherine Huffman Huffman joined The National Society Sons of the American Revolution in April 1939. Ancestry.com has recently published these application on their website. In searching for this man's grandmother, Sarah Huffman Reaver, in Ancestry.com, that application popped up. At first I thought it was interesting because she is listed on it, but that was about all. It said his great grandmother was Catherine Huffman and I wrote it off as another instance of her married name being all that was known. Then I looked closer.
On the back page of this man's SAR application it referenced his MOTHER's DAR National #! Wait a minute there --- I am a DAR Registrar and I have extra special access to DAR membership records. In just a few minutes I had located Nellie Reaver Kasten's application as it has been indexed at DAR. It said her grandmother was Catherine Huffman MEECH.
It was a dream come true. DAR knew about my ancestress and her first married name. A record copy of this application is available for $10 and believe me, I had ordered that application in about two minutes. I gave them my credit card # and received the original application in a few minutes via email as a .pdf file. Imagine my excitement when I read the DAR genealogist's note that wrote in the name MEECH for Henry Huffman's 2nd wife. I knew that, but I didn't think anyone else in the world knew that. The other exciting thing was that Nellie Reaver Kasten's documentation packet was available for order. I filled out the form and a check and ran it to the Post Office immediately. This is one record you can't order by email. What a fantastic day this was --- and no one in the world cares but me. I finally called a friend and gave her the whole long story, another genealogist is the only one that would understand and half way share the excitement. I am anxiously awaiting the documentation packet from NSDAR, but nothing can beat the thrill I had on April 13.
The death certificate for Catherine's son Henry Huffman, Jr did state that his mother's name was Katherine Huffman and she was born in Ohio -- but I wrote that off as another case of the informant telling the woman's married name rather than her maiden name. The informant was Henry's widow Jane, and that makes it more acceptable, as the spouse usually knows more than the children and grandchildren as informants. But I still ignored it. Come to find out, it was exactly right. Catherine and her second husband, Henry Huffman, may well have been cousins -- or not related at all. Of course, that is the next puzzle -- who are her parents? That is for tomorrow.
For today, I am so happy to have finally solved this bit of the puzzle. Females are the biggest challenge in genealogy and it is one I love to solve. Welcome Catherine Huffman -- I am so glad to finally know you.
The line in this story is:
1. Catherine Huffman married 2nd to Henry Huffman (she married 1st Mr. Meech)
2. Their daughter, Sarah Huffman married to WilliamReaver
3. Their daughter, Nellie Reaver married to Charles Kasten (she joined DAR in 1928)
4. Their son Karl Frederick Kasten (he joined SAR in 1939)
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The most important text to me is this:The Kentucky Ancestors of Patricia Craig Johnson is an excellent example of how a family-genealogy researcher can take all the pieces of information found through extensive research and bring them together into well-organized, concise, and interesting family-history articles to share with family members and others.
Spring 2013 Volume 48, No. 3 of Kentucky Ancestors
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Great Falls Tribune Saturday, September 16, 1939 Great Falls, Montana
Funeral Rites For Mrs. Mary Colyer
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at O'Conner Chapel for
Mrs. Mary E. Colyer, 86, widow of George B. Colyer, who died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. Ione Farlee, of 706 Eight Avenue South.
The Rev. Paul Dierberger will officiate.
Burial in Highland Cemetery
Born August 22, 1853 in Prairie City, Iowa, Mrs. Colyer had made
her home in Great Falls for six years. Survivors are three sons,
Charles G. of Sheridan, Wyoming, Walter of Seattle and Edward
of St. Joseph, Missouri; three daughters; Mrs. G. M. Hapeman of
Clinton, Washington, and Mrs. Farlee and Mrs. E. L. Creek, both
of Great Falls, 18 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Note from Pat Johnson:
The birth date and place are incorrect in the above obituary. She was born
22 August 1854 (per the Colyer Family Bible) and I believe she was born
in Adams County, Illinois where her parents married. Eliza was the daughter
of David H. and Elizabeth Lillard Thomas.
of David H. and Elizabeth Lillard Thomas.
MRS. SARAH BOZARTH DIES, A RESIDENT HERE 63 YEARS
After an illness of four weeks during which pneumonia developed, Mrs. Sarah
Bozarth died Monday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elmer Logan,
in this city at the age of about 79 years. Mrs. Bozarth had been a resident of this
community since she was sixteen years of age and was beloved by many friends
community since she was sixteen years of age and was beloved by many friends
for her worthy Christian character and her useful life.
She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas and was born near Ursa,
Ill. Her parents died when she was quite small and she was raised by her uncle,
Frank Lillard, of near Ursa. She was married September 16, 1875, to Erastus
Bozarth of this vicinity who died May 23, 1907. Of their three children one
died in infancy, one son, Leslie, died in 1906 and a daughter, Mrs. Lora Logan,
of this city survives.
Two of her grandchildren, Gray Bozarth of Peoria, Ill., and Jessie Reed of
Kansas City, she had reared as her own, after the death of their parents while
both children were young.
Besides her daughter, her five grandchildren and a twin sister, Mrs. Eliza
Colyer of Seattle, Wash., she leaves three step-children, Mrs. E.F. Westhoff
of this city, Mrs. Nettie Ervin of Kingfisher, Okla., and Thomas Bozarth of
Ursa, Ill., to whom she had been as a mother.
The funeral service was held at the home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by
Rev. W.K. Moore. Mrs. W.R. Waterston and Mrs. George Richter sang.
Burial was in the Marks Cemetery.
From The La Grange Indicator@ La Grange, Missouri, Thursday, May 1, 1930
Note from Pat Johnson:
Sarah Ann was the daughter of David H. and Elizabeth Lillard Thomas.
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