Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sepia Saturday Ventures - 24 Jun 2017 . . .

This man's best friend.

"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” 
– Roger Caras (photographer and writer)
quote source:

There are so many points of interest 
in this prompt photo from Sepia Saturday.
Maybe 'Tiny Houses' were the rage
earlier than we thought.

Join the fun and share your photo HERE at Sepia Saturday.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Death and Distress

My grandmother was old enough to remember the day her father did not come home. The  circumstances of his death were told to me many years later by my father. His grandfather had become ill at work and died.

For the over twenty years I have been researching our family that was the only accounting of his death I had; no obituary or burial record. 

He appeared in the 1880 census as married with five children and working for the railroad. 

His date of death was recorded on the marriage license application of his wife at the time of her second marriage. Now mind you I had read the microfilm of the local newspaper  published during the time period of his death, November 1891. And what did I find? Nothing. 

The census record and the application were the sum total of the sources in my family tree. Until now that is. And suddenly there it was. Just not where it was supposed to be.

But there it was. In the local paper --- the previous year. Yes, he died in November of 1890; not 1891.

It seems the clerk who completed the marriage license application got it wrong and my great grandmother may not have looked it over before signing. Or perhaps she gave the wrong date. 

There is was. Not an obituary. Not a burial record. Rather it was an article entitled Death and Distress. And it gave the report of my great grandfather's death in support of the family story I had received from my father so long ago.

How did I make that discovery? I didn't. Corroberation is a good thing.

A few years ago a distant half cousin and myself found each other through the miracle of the internet and exchanged a few records. That was that until a couple of years ago when she contacted me again to say she wanted to put together a published family history and would I help her with the research. Of course I would, and the fun began.

Together we have made some great finds and while I wasn't surprised to receive a call from her a few days ago; I was however pleasantly surprised by what she had found. 

Not only did it support the family story it also revealed additional information of the precarious family situation surrounding his death.

My grandmother was one of the younger children who had not contracted the fever but . . . as the opening line of this post says. . . My Grandmother Was Old Enough to remember the day her father did not come home.

Just For Me?

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Marriage - 19 Jun 2017

This young couple served in WWII
He was with the Army Air Corp 
attaining the rank of  Sargent
She was with the Women's Army Corps 
attaining the rank of Colonel
Robert Earl Barnett -  1913-1997           Irene Elizabeth Jamison - 1917-2002

After returning to their childhood community
They were married December 15, 1946

Sadly they lost their only child at birth
and welcomed their home
to many nieces and nephews over the years.
I was blessed to be their niece.

 They were married 50 years the year before
Uncle Bob passed away.

Aunt Irene was a quiet spoken woman. 
Since I lived next door, our lives were pretty much an open book. 
Yet I now wish that I had talked to her about the time she was in the military and her experiences in those years.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Now I Did It . . .

Yep, now I did it; made a public commitment in a blog comment and thanks to Jacqui Stevens at A Family Tapestry blog that commitment was made even more public when she mentioned it in her blog today---haha. Seriously though, it was the kind of little nudge I need in my determination to be persistent with my blog. Thanks, Jacqui.

So before tackling a block of time to renaming photo files in yet another attempt to be better organized, I WILL complete a blog post.

Photos were often a part of family visits when I was growing up and this one was always a favorite. Today I am struck by the resemblance I see in these two young boys to the faces I remember of two senior citizens. An then I blink and see a flash of Milford's great great grandchildren. 

Milford Vernon Myers (PopPop to me)
Rena Cline Myers

Photos are one of the foundation stones of family research. They evoke memories that bring forth family stories from the past and the time spent with the storyteller creates a new memory.

See more photos at Sepia Saturday HERE

Now on to renaming those photo files . . .

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Thriller Thursday - 15 Jun 2017

A Genea Daily Prompt: describe murders, bizarre accidents or other thrilling stories in your family tree

A bad ending to a run of the mill day 

My 3rd great uncle.
Jacob Decalb Covert
Jacob Decalb COVERT

New Castle News
August 16, 1899

Jacob D. Covert, a brother of Mrs. Anna D. Turk of this city, was killed in a runaway accident near Grove City this week. In company with J. T. Smith he had been assisting A. C. McCoy in stacking hay, and was on his way home in a buggy when he stopped to exchange a bridle at a neighbor's.
Smith got out of the buggy and as the horse had on a halter in addition to a bridle it did not seem to be an unsafe proceeding to remove the latter. Just as the bridle was removed, the horse took fright at some noise and began to run.
Smith held on but was finally thrown to the ground. Covert jumped and alighted on his head and shoulders. When picked up the blood was streaming from his mouth and he died in a short time. He was 70 years of age and survived by his wife and eight children.

A reminder to live each day to the fullest in peace and harmony.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Workday Wednesday-14 Jun 2017

The 'Plane' Truth

The Wick Planing Mill-190_
Etna Street, Butler, PA
This planing mill located on the southside of the city, was owned by Lewis C. Wick. It was a three story brick building. There was a boiler house, dry kiln and shaving house attached.
The mill was designed to employ from 50 to 75 workers.
(written on back)
Fair-Bower-George-W.H. Barnett-Red Billingsly