Family History 41 results

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 ...

Four Generations of Babies

           I absolutely love that I have baby pictures of my Grandma Raines, my mom and me. My mom and I look alike, and sometimes I catch a glimpse of Grandma when I look at Mom. I don't think any of us look alike as babies, though! Grandma, Doris (Schuster) Raines was born in 1923. Mom, Debbie, was born in 1955 and I was born in 1974.  I can't very well show you three generations without showing you the fourth! These are a few of my favorite portraits ...

52 Ancestors #21: Lucy Jane Land

Lucy Jane Land was the daughter of the farmer. She lived to the ripe old age of 92 and was spry until the very last year of her life. She was third of 14 children, born on February 17, 1857 to Overton and Mary Ellen (Prather) Land. Lucy is my paternal 2nd great grandmother.  Raised in Cottage Grove in Saline County, Lucy was the first of her siblings to be born in Illinois. The family moved from Garrand County, Kentucky (near Lexington) in 1855. She attended school at least through ...

52 Ancestors #20: From Grandma Moore

I don’t remember my Grandma Moore. She died when I was 2 years old. The only thing I have that connects me directly to her is a book titled “The Real Mother Goose” that she gave to me for Christmas in 1976. On the inside front cover, she wrote “To: Nicole, From: Grandma Moore, Christmas 1976.” The book was well used and now sits on Noodle’s bookshelf. Mildred Isabell Jones was born on August 10, 1912 to Charley and Verna Jones in Minnesota. She was Charley and Verna’s only ...

52 Ancestors #19: Adaline Isabell LeMaitre

It’s hard to know where to begin my family history story about Adaline Isabell LeMaitre. Belle is my paternal 2nd great grandmother. Her portrait has hung on the wall of my parents’ home my entire life. I used to stand in front of it in awe of her beauty. She reminds me of a pioneer woman, strong and feminine at the same time. Belle was born on August 12, 1866 to Joseph (1831-1870) and Veronique (1829-1883) LeMaitre in Hutchinson, Minnesota. She was the fifth of seven children born to ...

Jake and Anna Mueller Wedding Photo

My Grandma Raines' grandparents, Jake and Anna Mueller, were married on October 29, 1895 in Ava, Illinois. This wedding photo was nestled in a box of family portraits that Grandma kept on a shelf above her washing machine ... a likely place for family photos, eh?     Jake is the grandson of Jacob Heinrich Mueller who emigrated from Germany in 1828. Jake was born in 1870 in Turkey Hill, Illinois to Jacob and Dorothea Mueller. He was 88 years old when he died in 1958. Anna ...

#TBT Fritz Schuster and Family

My Grandma Raines kept all of the Schuster family photos in a box marked "trophies" on the top shelf of the linen closet.  She would often get it out and show me photos of long lost relatives that were completely foreign to me.  To her, however, they were memories of childhood and stories of the past.  We would sit for hours as she told me story after story.  I was fascinated but much too young to appreciate or even remember most of what she said.  I remember ...