Thursday, May 21, 2015

Yellowstone National Park 1954 Grandad Carl (Casey) JONES and Jones Children




We stopped and took pictures here. The trees were awesome. We were high enough up that the colors were like a painting.  Susan, in the back Roberta beside her, Ray Dee Jones Jr standing closer to the road and Dale in front of Grandad.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ray Dee Jones SR. b 19 March 1913 dcd 12 April 1995

 Dad's First school in Slater, Wyo taken 1994.


Dad's Grandmother Margaret Mae Eastman Foulk Archer  and Mr. Archer no idea what child not DAD.

Dad's Mother Victoria Mae (Ida) Foulk Jones NORRIS  1950's with husband Senator Norris of Wyo.

Miss You DAD.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

1948 Valley Ford, CA was called our forever home

  O have you ever gone home shopping?  I was old enough to remember it with much detail.
 We covered many areas around where my Aunt and her husband Comillo Morelli lived. They being our only kin in California on Dad's side at that time.  Mom had distant cousins in the Los Angeles area but did not hear but at Christmas from them.

 Uncle Comillo Morelli had a very prosperous Dairy and was written up in many magazines over the years.  My 4-H calf came from his herd. My brothers animals, many also came from his ranch.

 On a warm spring day we would drive to various houses.  Remember there was no AC in this time period.  Some homes had dogs running so even Dad was concerned about getting out and going to the door.

My little brother had just been born and we had almost lost him and my Mom.  We were all just getting over a bout of ailments.  Sis brought in Trench Mouth, we also had measles and had to stay in the dark and then sis got mumps, she was younger than I and then we all got mumps but MOM.
Dad ended up in the hospital with the reaction to getting up and going to milk cows at Moretti's where we lived at this time.

Chuckling years later, Aunt Etta married Mr. Moretti since they had both lost their spouses and were close friends.

So on various days we headed out starting generally with the farthest away to the closest because Dad had to be back to milk and Mom to candle eggs.   It would get so warm and muggy and our skin would get sticky and my siblings fussed a lot.

We looked in South Petaluma towards Napa and we looked east Petaluma, Novato, Santa Rosa, Cotati, Bloomfield, and Valley Ford. We also looked at Bodega, Bodega Bay, Occidental and Freestone. It seemed it took us awhile to find something that fit the budget and our needs.

It was in the town of Valley Ford. behind the school and came with a huge barn that was built in 1854 stamped on the wall ( really it was chiseled into the boards).  So school was close and we were able to purchase it.  It was an old trial ranch for Luther Burbank and the fruit trees were put in by him.
When I was last there, four  trees still lived from Luther Burbank's planting and Dad had added more as the old ones died.  Best apple I ever ate was the one just before he marketed for the Delicious.?
Not to sweet not to tart.  I had a tree growing I was to move at sale but it did not come to pass.

The house had not been properly lived in for 15 years but a hermit stayed there with a bunson burner and a sleeping bag.  He was a member of the family that had moved away and finally decided to sell the home as I recall.?

I think of all the old newspapers we shoveled out of that house and burnt in the front yard.  Later when we were redoing the walls, Mom and I would be so busy reading the old 1880's papers on the wall and 1910 papers on the other rooms walls we would forget to scrap. Dad would growl gently but wow, I wish I could remember all the news of old that I read.

We moved in after Dad got us a bathroom so we did not use the outhouse.  The house was planned for it but it was never implemented. I was just past 8 years of age but I helped Dad run the pipes under the house and the wires and learned so much as we did this.

We knocked down walls and reinforced the stairs and Dad took out the inside stairs after we moved in. It was the cubbyhole for groceries.  We took the entry area and moved it into the hall by the back bedroom that had been added just before they moved.  (Those stairs were only like 24 inches wide and you could hardly go up and down them.)

By moving the stairs in the kitchen we could put a table in and Mom and Dad had bought special cabinets for the kitchen for there was none.  it all took time and funds and patience.  We washed dishes in a metal pan on a card table for the time period before the cabinets came and the stairs were taken out.

Dad moved the stove and it opened up more space.  Cabinets came, awesome cabinets. They were taller than average so Mom did not have to bend over so much at the sink since she had a crippling 
Arthritis she was battling.  ( Every woman should pre plan the height of her counters.  I have lived where the pain from bending over so low, is horrid and was thrilled when I finally got  my custom cabinets in our current home.

Dad put a ladder to the upper area for us to go up and sleep since the bedrooms were knocked out to make a 12 by 20 living area.  So we had back bedroom large and upstairs to sleep.  As we grew and the last baby came. Dad and I and 2 cousins built the back porch bedroom area on to the  house in 1952.  Baby brother needed a room to sleep.

My Mother's Sister, had came to visit and her husband was a carpenter and he helped Dad with some of the joists.  We had a back porch, quite large and roomy. We had storage area, a large bedroom added and a washer /dryer area for laundry. Two large double tubs to help and a huge Freezer in this space and still  we could get down and play games with friends and cousins when it was cold or wet outside.  We even had a couch out there for a long time.

I helped Dad learn the county code for wiring and he passed it and was able to wire the house himself with the county approving what he did. He was so pleased he mastered that.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sunset at Home Valley Ford, CA. 2008

 


This shows the peak of the barn built in 1854. Chiseled into the side of the wall on the inside of the barn.  The family lived in the barn until the home was built.

The tree in the foreground was what I always called my Tree. It is what is left of the Cyprus trees that created a wind break from the ocean air and winds to protect, the fruit trees in the front yard that was created by Luther Burbank. They were kept cut short and thick like a wind break.  Suddenly Mom decided they had to go for fear of fire.  Yes. they were getting in very dry state.

 As they died we pulled them out. All of them were pulled but this one and the two chairs. There were  three trees, then there was one.
  But mine was left.  No idea if still there but figure it is gone now.

Removing the shrubs that grew to trees gave the home a huge cool breeze and we had trouble keeping home warm in winter with the fire place.

Two were carved into large giant chairs for Mom and her friend to set in.

Am missing my home and family.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Our Family's Reconnecting via Facebook, Hoffman, Fry, Plantz, Duvall, etc, Greene Co., Pa

 Today we are doing things differently. Sharing with you all the fabulous way a web page on Facebook can bring family, close and distant back together.  No, it is not as good as going there but it is close.

We are not fighting traffic, air fares, unnamed streets and roads, we are just posting our names and sharing pictures and soon find that many missing links are being filled in and we have a better understanding of our family.


https://www.facebook.com/groups/GreeneConnections/


In some ways it is better.  We can communicate with each other whether we are five miles apart of 2,000 miles apart.  We can share a coffee or cocoa or tea, and discuss what we have and have not.

The faces we are naming and the sharing is awesome.  We are seeing cemeteries repaired and others helping with costs if not near, we are seeing headstones replaced, we are seeing records shared and the list just goes on.

If you have a Greene Co. Pennsylvania name or even Fayette, Washington and Morgantown, WVa
area kin they probably have relations in Greene County, maybe even in the early beginning when it was Virginia.

Come join us we may be harboring your missing kin.

This area was Indian land then claimed by Virginia and as the Virginian's moved up and over across the land Pennsylvania wanted to claim it. Finally Pennsylvania succeeded, there by causing a mass movement of Greene County, etc area people to move over into Ohio.  Several members of the Huffman, Duvall, and other families did this.  George Huffman had  bought land in Ohio, but died before a move. I was tracking a piece of land that I think was Henry's also but never finished it.
I do know that the land his brother George sold him in Virginia was true because Henry sold in in Greene Co. PA in 1805.

Many of the families you can not locate are just over the river to the west I have learned. In Monroe, Belmont and Guernsey County's, Ohio for starts and some are up off the Lake Erie. One even bought an island for his home.

At the start of the CW then this area to the south became known as West Virginia separate from Virginia due to beliefs about the War Cause.   Major tobacco growers felt they were being discredited and wanted things changed and then slavery was brought into it because that is what they used to grow and cultivate the Tobacco.  (Yes, there are many other reasons, but for all I have read, that is what I got out of the horrid destruction of families and what they owned north and south.)

Many lines in this area had kin on both sides of the war. It was devastating at best.

So pick up William Dollarhide's books, and read about the migration trails west and then realize that
is why Pittsburg, was called the Jumping Point West, in several books.

Greene County sets in the bottom sw corner of state, Ohio to the west across the Ohio R, and West Virginia on the west and south, Fayette County to the east, Washington County to the north which is south of Pittsburg, which was Allegheny  County. Maryland set near to this county, next to West Virginia of today.

Early it was many other counties but most of us come in when it was Westmoreland County, then gradually, the  break down to what we have today.  It was under the control of the most western county at each development of the new county in Pennsylvania. People were not supposed to go there according to Pennsylvanians.  Virginian's were there already.

Virginia's rules from the Crown were different than Penn's for Pennsylvania and no Virginian wanted the taxation and other rules according to the books I have read.

Greene County was made up of Indians, Trappers, Guides and Fur traders early, then settlers poured in from Virginia, Maryland, eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Also a few New Yorker's are there early.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sanford Hoffman and his Family Register



 I truly hope my brother Lucky saved these that I accidentally left behind. There is one  for his father Henry Hoffman also.

Sanford Hoffman Infantry 6th Regiment, West Virginia Infantry, Union Army

Rachel Plantz 

children
Priscilla   J. buried Windy Gap next to her Grandfather Henry and Grandmother Elizabeth
Franklin M. born Greene Co. PA died Wheatland, Wyo  lived much of his life in Iowa. buried IA
Jarvis Leroy b Greene Co. PA died 1915 Iowa
Oliena   b Greene Co. PA
Elizabeth b Greene Co. PA died 1891 Iowa single
Mary Hannah b Greene Co. PA 1869  died Iowa ( I have to verify)
Harvey  b Iowa died Iowa




sets time they came to Iowa.

Last child born in Iowa. First child born and died in Greene Co. PA 
Much of his family buried in Windy Gap Cemetery.  

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chula Vista Genealogical Society 2 May 10 am to 4 pm

Workshop Saturday, Bonita-Sunnyside Library 2 May 2015

4375 Bonita Rd. Bonita, CA  across from Chula Vista Golf Course and next to Sheriff's Station.

Working Workshop Saturday 10 am to 4 pm

 2 May 2015  Presented by CVGS,  Educational

Bonita - Sunnyside Library 10 am to 4 pm

Speakers:
   10:15 to 11:15
   Randy Seaver   Exploring FamilySearch Records
  11:15 to 12:00 Workshop

  12:00 to 1:00 Lunch/ Doorprize.

 1:00 to 2:00
 Shirley Becker  Overcoming Scotoma! Starting Over!
 w/ workshop

 2:00 to 3:00
 Bethel Williams  Southern Research
 w/workshop

 3:00 to 4:00
 Susi Pentico       Archives, Libraries and Societies
 w/workshop

Hands on Event for all, with help.  : > )


Please bring your: Brickwall, a laptop, pencil and paper and questions. 


Be ready to do hands on events for each topic to learn more methods of research.  

If you do not have a lap top come anyway you will learn a lot. 

Breaking for lunch. Coffee and Water will be provided.

Bring or go out.  A door prize to be provided.