Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sunset in Valley Ford, CA with my tree.

Years ago there was a long shrubbery of Cypress that made a wind block for the fruit trees in the orchard that is to dark here for  you to see.

But one year they finally said they were wore out and a fire hazard and they were cut out due to no longer living and dangerous.

As children we played in that hedge and run on the top of it playing hide and seek. When they were going to cut down the trees/shrubs one tree on the end was green and growing and I convinced Dad to let it stand. All these years later it was always my tree.

I visited that tree and really enjoyed the beauty of it, no idea now if still there or gone.
But Pete Merga, Alice Merga, Norma Bordessa, and other neighbors once in a while would come and we played in those trees that were cut like a hedge and made a great base to run on, on the top of the deceased trees.  Once we got stuck and had to have a neighbor come help us down because we played later than we had sun light to see our way down safely to the ground.

Other neighbors were Donna Maxwell, Jane Kirkland, Kay Cunningham, and others. I am still in touch with Norma Bordessa and seen Pete Merga at Mom's funeral.

Oliver Illia, was the son of Oliver and Mabel Illia which were close friends to our parents. He also came to the services.  The Del Curto's both brothers lived near. It was their grandmother that taught me how to knit the European method.  Her husband was a butcher at one time.

Of course back then we also had the Rossi's, McFadden's, Brown's, Titus, Caselli, Bianchi's and many others.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Do you have a Doomsday Book?

So you have a Doomsday Book?

I learned this tidbit this morning on the news.  It seems that we all need to have a Doomsday book.
The book contains information genealogists would go nuts over. Some of our elder parents families had mini forms of these books. But seldom was it carried down for the family to understand it's importance.

You ask, "What is a Doomsday Book?"   It is a book on what you have, where you have it, what do to with it and when and how to carry out these requests.

It is so much more than a Will or Probate of Trust.  It truly is a guide that talks about your past and your present and your wishes or goals for the future.

You record where the records are held for the items you mention. You list what all these items are.
You list your request for future of these items.

You are covering these things that deal with medical, money, land, property, investments, gifts handed down for generations.

It covers Legal Records, Births, Death Certificates, Social Security Information, Insurance Policies (car, house and land), Car Registrations, and any other pertinent information your family will need if you are to become disabled or incapacitated or deceased.

It should also cover key pictures of the family that should be passed down to the next generations to remember one by.  Information about a special made blanket or quilt, a piece of jewelry, who made it and what it is composed of and the significance to the family and it's historical future.

This all goes so much farther than a Will or Trust.

It seems some one did this for his family and it made the news because with all the grieve and process they had to go through, the Doomsday Book guided them to accomplish what the man wished and was accomplished with ease because he stated where the  items were at and what do to with them.

I hope this gives you food for thought and helps you to prepare for your future.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

NOEL JONES dcd 1804 Rensselear Co. NY ???

Having found a copy of a NOEL JONES 's  Letter of Administration granted on the estate of Noel Jones Deceased, record?    October  12,  1804

The People of the State of New York by the grace of God, free & Independent

To Archibald Jones send greetings; Whereas Noel Jones of Petersburg, Dec. ) I ? say? as is alledged, lately died
Intestate,' having whilst living and at the time of his death goods, chattels or credits, within this state; by means where of the ordering and granting

signed on bottom
In testimony where of we have caused the seal of the
(to be bequests affirmed,  Witnes bequests appraised   Witness Jerecurah Odom F?  hunaagate???)
office of our surrogate of the county at Troy, the twelf day of October in  the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and four.    signed by ? OSBORN?

 ( ) is squeezed in between.

Whose NOEL JONES is this. It is not my direct ancestor  ??? He died 1804 and mine had child in 1809 and is in the 1810 census Petersburg, NY.

NOEL JONES born about 1785 near Albany  married  Susannah, and had Noyes JONES b 1809 in Petersburgh, Rensselear Co. NY.  Entered in court records in his hand in court book.  ours

There is also a NOEL JONES b abt 1812 to a NOEL JONES who moved to Alleghany Co. NY from this area also. FHC has quiet a bit of data on tis person. They do not fit with my Noel and son Noyes Jones either.  Much implies related, though. This one left this area then went to Utica, NY then sw NY. He had 5 wives.  Lots of interesting stuff about this man and the crooked Judge at the hearing over his Will and the very crooked last wife, who dropped all association with his children. Got to read this great story. Amazing this could happen then. Nothing changes when people want to be crooked. One could write a detective story on this man.

Worst case would be this is my NOEL JONES in Alleghany Co. NY and he left his son NOYES with Abel JOnes his brother and went to Utica then to Alleghany taking his son Noel with him. b 1812.
If that is the case, Susannah is not mentioned, not in Utica or as far as I could learn in Alleghany and he had several other wives.  But still who is his father. All the Silas Jones Sr. children seemed to have a Noel Jones, including NOEL JONES.

Abel died 1835 Petersburg, Rensselaer Co. NY m Ruth Green
Ruscomb  b 1746 wife Susannah b Dutchess Co. NY very little data,
NOEL (MOWTH) b 1748 m Millicent Whitford
Zalmon b 1751
Norman 1754   RI VRecords says 1751. Silas gave us date in his data.? Mabel Hewitt
Laban 1756 m Sally Whitford   *sis of Millicent
Silas Jr 1760 m Mercy Scriven
Samuel 1762  d 1859 m Polly Allen
Benjamin 1765

Left out the girls
Martha b 1749 m Thomas Phillips
Abigail  1758  ?

 I do not believe Lindell, Timothy and James are siblings. I know one is son of one above.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Blessed Anniversary to my Husband Fred E. Pentico

  Dearest Husband,

  I want to thank you for all that you have done to make our family a good one.
  Wanting to thank you for all your caring and help with life as it gets muddled at times.

  Want you to know, my heart beats for you day and night and when ailments come along,
  My world closes in on  me.

  I wish you a speedy quick recovery from the last heart tripping event.
  You have stood by mine so many times, I can not count them.

  Wanting you to know how happy we are with the time and effort you put into help
   making America Great by serving 25+ years in the US Navy.

  For designing and making a tool that saved the government lots of money and time.

  For being designated Sailor of the Quarter and Year so very long ago.

  For being a super Scout Master and leading many students to being better humans.
  Often wondered how many became Eagle Scouts, 1 know of one and probably more.

  For leading more by example than words.

  Thank you for holding me in your arms when I am beyond stress attempting to deal with
   what life has given us.

  Thank you for our Five living children., Ten Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.
  Thanks for being a caring Dad and setting so many examples for them to follow.

  Thank you for a terrific Mother and Father in Law.  They were the very best. I could not have
  asked for better second family parents.

  I was so blessed when you smiled at me and we became friends and then a couple.

  I am still so blessed by all your caring, words, thoughts and actions.

 Thank you for the last 58 years. Would love to do it again for another 58.
 Looking forward to hitting 60 and making it to 75 at least.

 God Thank You for all this you have given us.

Susi Jones Pentico

Lastly ED "Hoot" Gibson, thanks for introducing him to me.



                                       A BLESSED

                                                           HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY 2017.


                     DRIVE WITH CARE,

                                                            HAVE FUN.



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Remembering Mom, Dorothy Inez Hoffman Jones

  Remembering Mom,

 Yes tomorrow is the day, want to share with all.

 Mom was a very special person, she was artsey, she could see a dress in store, go home and cut it out and make it. She drew beautiful pansy's, trying to teach me how to do it. She knit, crocheted, embroidered, and never mastered tatting. That she tried for years to do.

Mom was born 29 June 1920 at Little Bear, Wyoming. Just not far from Wheatland.  She went to school, with her siblings by walking along a creek to stay cool on warmer days.  One time she stepped on a snake thinking it was a twig. It wrapped around both of her legs and she was terrified of snakes ever since. She did kill one at our home once though because it was endangering  my brother who was a baby.  Yes it was poisonous.  Courage really helps in times like that. Sort a like a MOM thing. Or Parent thing. When child is in danger our fears disappear.

She did not finish high school she needed glasses to read the materials.  She would have been an awesome teacher.  She married her love of her life and had a family.

She loved to garden, cook, & bake.  We spent years canning foods for the following years. When I was a teenager Dad got us a freezer. Wow less canning. Especially meats, were so, I thought tedious.

Funny how you carve things you do not any longer have access to.  Canned chicken was not bad at all.  Sorta like chicken soup with out the noodles. But it made great dishes when we used it.
I miss the canned Bing and Royal Ann cherries we used to put up.

Later in life, Dad got Mom a dryer.  So back to drying Apples, Pears, Plums, and other items of food.
I still hanker for a dried apple to chew on once in awhile.

Mom milked the cows by hand then with a milk machine later. I learned the same. Seems I was a teen when we got a milk machine to use. Mom had a crippling type of arthritis and her hands hurt to milk at that point. The most cows we had were 8 but not all milking at the same time some times only 3 could be milked because of calving. We were not a dairy.

(One reason for the move to CA. was because she had this disease and could hardly walk when we moved to California to my Aunt and Uncle's ranch. Dad milked for his brother - in - law and Mom helped Aunt Etta when needed. I was told she was here only a few months and had regained her ability to walk with out pain) Ironic was Dad felt better in Wyoming, as I do also. (My bones bug me here but not in Wyoming, Idaho or Michigan.)  My brother moved to Idaho for this very same reason.

We were a mini ranch and we had cattle, we also had some farm animals for our needs and once in a while Dad would sell some off to others.  The cattle we raised and sold often.

Mom was a 4-H instructor and taught Sewing and Cooking and Dad was also but taught Animal Husbandry. I had a Guernsey Calf , I raised to a cow. Cupid is a story of her own. I also had rabbits I raised and showed at the county fair.  We were pretty self sufficient family. Chickens are so smelly and the odor just never goes away. We had Turkeys every fall for the holidays. One year we had goose. Disaster that was, grease everywhere.

Mom was active at school events and supported the students and school activities. She later after the youngest one  (Dale) was in school several years, she worked at the Tomales High School Cafeteria. She loved the student interaction.

She truly loved the property that they bought. So sad family wasn't smart enough to keep it.
Apple orchards were planted, and new varieties created by  a previous owner.  Gravenstein apples were created on our land. I liked the apple before the Gravenstein.  Luther Burbank's gardens were on our land. Nothing like a fresh pear right from the tree. Or Blackberries from all the wild bushes.
Dad had planted some Raspberries and other trees. We even had a bearing chokecherry tree. Best jelly you ever tasted. They both loved Gooseberries and them growing there and rhubarb also.

Mom loved to visit family  in Wyoming and see her siblings as often as family could afford it. A sister moved to California from Oregon.  Her brother came from Wyoming and helped build the Dam that the spill way broke on. He was here for a short time but we were thankful to see him. Her older sister's daughter was in Hawaii when Fred and I were there so we had a mini reunion of : My Aunt Mae, Mom & Dad, Maxine's family and ours.  My Scott cousins came to visit us there also.

Mom and Dad were always very family orientated.  Something I miss and keep trying to instill into our children.

Mom came to our 50th Anniversary and stayed for five months and was getting her health back when she felt she needed to go check out the homestead.  We lost her 3 months later.

She died 10 January 2011.   She loved to  garden, fruits, vegetables and flowers . It kept her busy and happy.  Of course she loved all her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was the Mother of 4 living children, having lost two .  She had 12 grandchildren. She also had several Great Grandchildren at the time of her death.

WE have a picture of her & Dad with family that is minus 5 grandchildren.  Dad died in 1995 so it had to be before his death. Nate was a toddler then.  No Kevin, Willkie, Alicia or Hannah, or Zack.

We we never got one of them all I  do not know. Should have been done at our 50th Anniversary party.

Here she is on the beach in Point Reyes, CA with her Mom. I think this was  1949 or near then.

Blessed Happy Birthday in Heaven. We miss you.

Monday, June 26, 2017

More Jones Tidbits and Facts #2 & #3

Noyes Jones and Susan Madison Jones,  next known child was:

Noel JONES born 1835 Massachussett's according to census.  This young man lived until some time in the 1850's. Or maybe he was left behind and did not want to go west.  Family said he died in accident prior to family moving west to Illinois and then on to Iowa.

Anyone who can find data  on him we would love to learn more. I checked the counties in Mass near Vt and NY and church records, some newspaper data.

While doing this I was also looking for marriage records of Noyes and Susan Madison Jones.
Her children listed her as being born in VT., NY., MASS. Obviously they did not know.

Having recently learned she was born in VT. but awaiting more confirmation. Her maiden name was Mattison.

William Harrison JONES b 1841 Rensselaer Co. New York Died 31 Dec 1862. Stone's River Battle, Tennessee. I have his CW records and have not transcribed them into the computer at this time. He may have married the day before they left Illinois. The family had no knowledge of this happening or at least never mentioned it. He is buried out side of Nashville, Tenn in a Military Cemetery.

He was very close to his brother, my ancestor and Great Grandfather.  Calvin Fay Jones.

William H. Jones (First_Last)
Regiment Name 36 Illinois Infantry
Side Union
Company H
Soldier's Rank_In Pvt.
Soldier's Rank_Out Pvt.
Alternate Name
Film Number M539 roll 46
Killed in Civil War Stones River Battle on dec 31 1862.  Refer to Calvin Fremont Jones notes for additional details.

MIDDLE NAME:         
COMPANY:         H
DATE OF BIRTH:         
DATE OF DEATH:         12-31-62
GRAVE NUMBER:         N-5569


36th Regiment, Illinois Infantry

Organized at Aurora, Ill., and mustered in September 23, 1861. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., thence to Rolla, Mo., September 24-29, 1861. Attached to Dept. of Missouri to January, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Army of Southwest Missouri, to March, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Army of Southwest Missouri, to June, 1862. 1st Brigade, 5th Division, Army Mississippi, to September, 1862. 37th Brigade, 11th Division, Army of the Ohio, to October, 1862. 37th Brigade, 11th Division, 3rd Corps, Army Ohio, to November, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Right Wing, 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to January, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 20th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 4th Army Corps, to August, 1865. Dept. of Texas, to September, 1865.

SERVICE.-Duty at Rolla, Mo.,till January 14, 1862. Expedition against Freeman's forces November 1-9, 1861. Curtis' Campaign against Price in Missouri and Arkansas January to March, 1862. Advance on Springfield February 2-13. Pursuit of Price into Arkansas February 14-29. Battles of Pea Ridge, Ark., March 6-8. At Keitsville, Mo., till April 5. March to Batesville, Ark., April 5-May 3. Moved to Cape Girardeau, Mo., May 11-22, thence to Hamburg Landing, Tenn., May 23-29. Occupation of Corinth, Miss. May 30. Pursuit to Boonevilie May 31-June 6. Duty at Rienzi till September 6. Moved to Covington, Ky., thence to Louisville, Ky., September 6-19. Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-16. Battle of Perryville, October 8. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 16-November 7. Duty there till December 26. Reconnoissance toward Clarksville November 15-20. Reconnoissance to Mill Creek November 27. Advance on Murfreesboro, Tenn., December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. At and near Murfreesboro till June. Expedition toward Columbia March 4-14. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 24-July 7. Occupation of Middle Tennessee till August 15. Passage of Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Battle of Chickamauga, Ga., September 19-20. Siege of Chattanooga September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. March to relief of Knoxville November 28-December 8. Operations in East Tennessee till January, 1864. Regiment Veteranize January 1, 1864, and Veterans on furlough till March. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1 to September 8. Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Buzzard's Roost Gap May 8-9. Demonstration on Dalton May 9-13. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Adairsville May 17. Near Kingston May 18-19. Cassville May 19. Advance on Dallas May 22-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Buckhead, Nancy's Creek, July 18. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Loveioy Station September 2-6. Pursuit of Hood, into Alabama October 1-26. Nashville Campaign November-December. Columbia, Duck River, November 24-27. Spring Hill November 29. Battle of Franklin November 30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. At Huntsville, Ala., till March, 1865. Operations in East Tennessee March 15-April 22. Moved to Nashville and duty there till June. Moved to New Orleans, La., June 15-23. Duty at Headquarters of General P. H. Sheridan, Commanding Dept. of the Gulf, to October. Mustered out October 8 and discharged at Springfield, Ill., October 27, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 11 Officers and 193 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and  127 Enlisted men by disease. Total 332.

Stones River National Battlefield  


National park in Tennessee
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Saturday, June 24, 2017


Noel JONES b abt 1785 near Albany, New York.
Wife was Susannah, written in NOEL's hand in Court Records when he recorded my Ancestor's birth.


1. tombstone has wrong birth date if what NOEL JONES wrote in Court Records is correct which I believe is true.  Tombstone says 31 March 1808. Renssealer Co. NY
Court Records in his hand says 31 March 1809.
1810 census shows Noel and wife with one child under ten in census.
Never ever again to be found on census so far. NOEL JONES.
Some say he may have died with that epidemic in 1812 or so as did maybe his wife??
Nothing more concrete yet but lots of distant cousins have offered there opinions which I  appreciate because I try to see if they may be true.

2.  Family papers say married in Holyoke, Mass 1832.  So far no records found in Mass, VT or NY
 Family has always used this year as date of marriage.

3. First born child as known by myself and others was Henry George Jones 1834- 1912. Found some records implying he used George also.
(He married Kathryn Kerns.  They had children, She died 1890 and later he remarried.
His new wife’s name was Maude Mae Stephens,  in Iowa marriage records she is called Mac J Stephens.  Dad said she was Maude Mae others said Mary Jane Stephens?. She lived in Dyersville, Iowa. She married Henry Jones on 12-25-1891 at Manchester, IOWA.  Her first marriage  his second. Her family from England according to her great Grandaughter Carolin. *she has more records on her GGrandmother’s family.
Taken from  previous blog post.)
Children:  Elsie, Hubert and Jesse Marion. 
The child that intrigued me was the one married to a PLANTS, Jesse Marion.
Benice Ruth Plants 21 July 1901 Beaver, IA d 7 April 1984 Nashua, IA
They had Charles Edward and Alice Mae. 
I have Plants in my Mom's line also.  Charles Edward Jones b 1935 m Marlyss Mae Wilde.
Alice Mae Jones b 1938 m Derold Titus.  Wanting to learn more on these lines. 
My Dad knew Elsie Donalson  ie Mrs. John Miller.  
I have no data recorded on computer on Hubert. 

Looking forward to exchanging more data with Carolin Forbes.