Family History 39 results

Dora Dietz was one tough cookie!

Amy Johnson Crow at No Story Too Small gave us a new 52 Ancestors challenge for 2015. Each week, we have a different theme about which to write. It's quite the challenge, but I love meeting it and reading how everyone interprets each week.   The theme for 52 Ancestors for week 3 is “strong women”. It's hard for me to pick just one woman in my family … there are many who survived unfathomable experiences. There are women who trekked half-way around the world to ...

I wish I could have met her

In honor of Wishful Wednesday ...  Have you ever been asked, "If you could sit down with anyone in history and have a conversation, who would it be?". I have ... several times. I always have a different answer, too. Sometimes it's Eleanor Roosevelt, sometimes it is Mary Queen of Scots or Robert the Bruce. Sometimes it is someone a little closer to me like my 2nd great grandma, Margaret Ellen Douglas.   I grew up hearing stories about Grandma Douglas from my Grandpa. He ...

A ghost in the clock?

It stormed really bad this morning and well into the afternoon. The kind of storm that makes you wonder what's coming next. When it quieted down a bit, Mom, Noodle and I made a break for our favorite museum and resale shop. Upon our return, I noticed the power had gone out at some point ... all my digital clocks were flashing.  I went around the house to reset them all. When I can to my Grandpa's handmade clock ... that plug into the wall ... I realized that it was correct. Now MPG was ...

52 Ancestors #25: What’s that say?

Grandpa Douglas is a bit of a household name, even though Winfield Scott Douglas is my maternal 2nd great grandfather and died 5 years before my own grandpa was born. Grandpa Douglas is a man attached to stories told by his daughter, Phoebe, and her son, and his sons … stories that have been told and retold so many times that I feel like I can turn around at any moment and see Grandpa Douglas standing in front of me. He lives and breathes even 101 years after his death. Perhaps it is ...

Reuben Bramlett of Illinois: 52 Ancestors #24

I am utterly amazed at how much information is available on the Internet, especially if you know how to dig around and find it! I have compiled stories, photos, and documents on several ancestors. Reuben Bramlett is no exception. In fact, I ran across his name on the Illinois Gen Web page for Saline County, Illinois before I realized he was my 5th great-grandfather. I simply recognized Bramlett as a family name and started filling in the family tree. As I soon discovered, I descend from ...

52 Ancestors #23: Nellie Davis, Wherefore art thou?

Was Nellie Davis born on January 26, 1886? Or, was Nellie Davis born on February 25, 1886? The short answer is … both. The Davis Family I haven’t done a lot of research on Chili's side of the family. I have my own family mysteries to solve and adding his family mysteries just makes my head hurt! However, I recently ran across some information that caused me to go digging for Davises … and ultimately caused my head to hurt! My husband’s 2nd great grandfather, Ephraim Davis ...

52 Ancestors #22: The Almost Civil War Deserter, Joseph Dunn

Last week, I wrote about Lucy Jane Land and her long-lived life. While researching Lucy and her husband, Joseph, I found Joseph Dunn. Joseph is Lucy’s father-in-law and my 3rd great grandfather. Joseph Dunn was born around 1812 in Ohio, although various documents from census records to military records put his birth anywhere from 1809 to 1818, which is quite a range. I’m not versed enough in how the census was taken, etc, to even speculate whether the age was written incorrectly or ...

Reflections on a WWII SeaBee

We've just passed the 70th anniversary of D-Day. My family has been watching WWII documentaries on the History channel, including The World Wars series which is one of the best I've ever seen. We’re coming up on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WWI. It doesn't seem like these events should be so far back in history. Maybe that’s because I still had WW veterans in my life until 2008, namely my Grandpa, Jim Raines. He was a SeaBee and was stationed in Okinawa at the end of ...