Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Another Birthday, Happy Birthday Clementine Murillo

To our loving Great Grandaughter who is turning 3.  She has such a terrific smile and great personality.  She  makes her  GGrandpa so happy to see her. He loves those hugs.

Steve hope your day ends well and we are looking to see you soon.

See everybody I told you we are starting Birthday, Anniversary time.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Special Day Congratulations on your MBA, Happy Birthday

Today, I am writing to share that our second grandson has earned his MBA. We are so proud of the hard work and effort he had to put in to get there. Job changes, moves, a baby and more moves, and working for an very interesting company, Skybound Comics, that was the innovators of the Walking Dead.

Today is also his birthday, we remember that day also with great excitement and joy.

Wow, how time marches on.

Candy's boys have both graduated now from college and we are so looking forward to learn who
else down the road will succeed with their goals.

We have five more in college now, one wants to be a Chef, another is working towards more knowledge about theatre and music, another working towards a major medical goal, one may become a History professor and awaiting to learn what the other one has decided to move forward in.

I suspect Stage, Lights, Productions.

This last June marked the  end of an era. All our Grandchildren have graduated from High School.

All  grandchildren are working in some field or another and seeming to be successful.  It seems we have more than one Car Salesperson in the mix of family. One in Michigan one in Washington.

We are thankful.

We are approaching the Birthday, Anniversary Season of the family.

We wish you all the best with your Birthdays and Anniversary's.

Stephan Murillo may you always be Blessed and remember to give thanks, you are an awesome Dad.

Joseph Murillo you are a week away from being wished the same, May you also always be Blessed and remember to give thanks. You are an awesome Dad.

Best wishes from your Grandparents.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Church Record's Sunday, Perry Co. PA, Cumberland Co. PA and Dauphin Co. PA

Church Record's Sunday, Perry Co. PA, Cumberland Co. PA and Dauphin Co. PA

Okay family we are going to  try an different approach.  We are missing some things that just might help us crack up our brick wall.

1. I heard from Mary Myers, what a delight.

2. I have gone over some older documents and may have found a clue missed.

3. As I am looking at sources we are critically lacking Church sources.  ????? Anyone
     Yes, I have tombstone pictures and church where buried for some but lacking what we
      truly need for solving some questions.

4.  Family chose a certain person as ancestor via their research. Missing that the 1820 census does not      fit the bill but it could just be an normal error of lack of knowledge .???

5.  I wish the Sister of John Myers that was in the county next to him, family would recontact me.
     My system died and I have lost their address.  John Myers was in Troy Grove, ILL. His sister was
     next county over, according to the communication I received from them in early 2000's.

6.  So we need to look for a female Myers descendant around Troy Grove, Ill. prior to his death in            1865.

7. John Myers(Meyers, Moyer, etc) stated to his children he was born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co.
    PA.  They wrote this  on paper we believe after his death to not loose more information on family.

8.  We have a birth date discrepancy, we have a mother name discrepancy.

9.   Surely someone in the family had more data but never coughed it up as important.

10.  John's wife was SARAH ELIZABETH (JANE) FOULK b 28 July 1813 Perry Co. PA.
11.  I find them on census 1840 Rye Perry Co. PA.
 John Myers
Rye, Perry, Pennsylvania

John Myers stated he was born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co. PA.

Father supposedly Valentine and wife (?) written in family records was Betsey Blessing/er Moyer, Myers, Meyers. 

There is one listed here. Only 1 I have looked for a long time for any other.

Valentine Mayer
Hummelstown in Derry, Dauphin, Pennsylvania
August 7, 1820

The oldest boy would by John ?   Looking for guardianship approval and settlement of estate after the first picked guardian of the above mentioned Valentine rejects guardianship.

Lots that just doesn't fit story. But lots to be rechecked and dug deeper into.

Desperately need names of children which should be in Guardianship papers. That also would rule this Valentine in or out.  

( Theory only) Did Valentine marry Betsey B and she die after John born then marry Catherine Jones and she had the other children?   Is that why it was stated Betsey Blessinger was his Mom?

 Or did family get generations backwards writing them on paper in Bible.?

12.  Church of God was the listed faith.  We have pictures of Sarah's family buried in cemetery and the church in Perry Co.

Any help appreciated and if your a Myers Meyers, Moyer, Mayer, variant from this region please share if anything rings a bell or even may potentially be kin. 

We need to locate the sisters.

 This line seems to go back to Berks Co. PA which is where the Folk line also was from.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tidbits of Life, Genealogy, Family and Life

Thinking a sharing of a place to enjoy learning about so many of our collateral cousins and friends.

Greene Connections

“Genealogy on Facebook” List |  100's of sites to help in your research, the real people way.

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Next a heads up that a family member needs help for  those that  can do it.  My niece's daughter and family lost their  home in the Cobb or Lake Fire.  Total Ashes.  Any help appreciated.

My niece's husband's business was destroyed, they lost their business and it put a few people out of work. So immediate family help is there but any outside help appreciated.  The other niece did not loose their home but likewise was evacuated and trying to reestablish life.

On this page are related place for knowledge of this fire. more below

Help the Treadways start over by Kristi Owens Watson - GoFundMe

Below is what the shop now looks like.       https://www.gofundme.com/8442wf3m

Our nephew and his wife did not loose their home but his job is gone temporarily. She did not loose the school completely. I know as a teacher she has asked for books for students whom lost their homes. 
This community took a horrendous beating. There are various pages set up on Facebook that shows the flames as it came through and leveled the town. Alas there was also loss of life.  Lake County Strong pictures and data of fire.
Ironic, as the Butte Fire was burning a classmate and I learned we share kinship.  This was on a Friday, on a Monday her son is out a home in the Butte Fire.  They also could use some help. So if you graduated from Tomales High School in 1958, a classmate's, son could use support. Marilyn Troutman Cardwell's family.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Read and Help Stop this Rip Off to Genealogists

I posted on my Educational blog what is happening to a site that I am a member of that offers free pictures to the members.  Some one is taking them and selling them on another site.  Most Illegal.

Ancestor Seekers by the Root Bound- Alert, Heads Up and Save, so

Since many are family down of these people I wanted to share this here also.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fire and Family

Fire and Family

On the blog Ancestor Seekers by the Root Bound- Information for Fall, I posted a link to saving documents by a company.

But it stares us in the face, "Have you saved Your DOCUMENTS, PHOTO"S etc ?"

Ironically, I was exposed to fire before the age of 5 as the flames crept up the hill towards my favorite tree about 5 in the evening.  It came from over the hill and thankfully it was put out before it was into the buildings and our homes.  I remember standing and watching them in the window. Morelli's, my Uncle's Dairy ranch Ollimac Diary. on road to Pt Reyes from Petaluma about 18 miles out?

Again when I was at our next home, a dairy, chicken ranch, Dad was a Milker and Ranch hand.
Mom candled the eggs with the owners wife in the evenings. Moretti's. on west side of Petaluma, Ca going to Point Reyes out of Petaluma.  About 7 miles out of town.  I was 7 + years maybe 8 at the time.

When those flames came up over the hills into the trees and started down the west side it was like a freight train.  At first I did not believe what I saw. I ran into the house and told MOM who then had me go to the Barn and tell the Milkers (Dad, etc).  Mom drove to house above us, for help and they called the  other neighbors to tell them it was headed their way.  The fireman were able to stop it before it burned the barn and candling house and our home and garage.  They went across the ditch and set up a perimeter between us and the fire.  The wind was wiping it more west ward along the ridge but it would creep down at times and head towards the main part of the ranch.  They lost 4 chicken buildings. They were long buildings and wide with laying hens in them.  I think there was 8 others not damaged.  But the chickens backed off on eggs and the cows backed off on milk production big time.  We then got a phone.  That  fire started on the back side of San Rafael.

We moved then after much searching for a different home.  We ended up in Valley Ford, CA.
Two of the ranchers on the other side (near Morelli's) had moved also to this region into Bloomfield, CA. Atkinson's and Fred Zimmerman's.  We were about 5 miles apart and we used to ride bikes back and forth to each others homes.  I also rode my horse over a couple times to Bloomfield.  I had grown up with the Atkinson children and the Zimmerman children along with my cousins the Morelli's.. They were also affected by both of these fires.

We had a couple small fire skirmishs in the school yard after 1948 (when we moved there) a couple years in a row and the Board of Trustees finally got the grass cut so our fence did not get burned.  The school was my front yard. We had several acres and the  road run down the side of the school grounds to our home.

I married and moved away in fall of 1959.  We had moved in in 1948 just as school had started.

In 1961, my parents were celebrating their Anniversary at Dinucci's and boys set fire to the grass by the railroad berm. Dad had just completed the Grade A Dairy and inspection was to be the next day.

The fire roared into action and wiped out the new barn, never used, Cement mind you, the feed barns, the chicken, pig and calve pens.  The firemen did a gallant stand and saved their home.  We have always had a Volunteer Fire Department there. So it was our neighbors both near and far and 4-H families from near and far that fought the blaze. The 1848 barn  near the county road was saved, our we would have lost several more homes across the street.

For years, every time you stepped on a spot you had not already stepped, ash would fly up. Even at the time of clearing Mom's home we had ash particles in her upper closets, I bet we had cleaned  them at least 5 times before. 2012.

Neighbors helped them empty house into trucks and cars but we lost a few things.  But no lives were lost.

My first trip home after the fire,  consisted full of massive allergy pills to breathe and the amazement of the silting ash everywhere no matter how you cleaned.  This was at Thanksgiving.1961. As I said in 2012 we still were sifting ash, in drawers, cupboards and various shelves.

We traveled to many places and then back to San Diego.  When we bought our home it was clean, new and as a just developed area no Fire Department. Not even Volunteer.

Before we moved in, in the fall (1970) fire came screaming from the east and literally was stopped by the Cal Fire and other units before our new, (not moved into home) was not burned. It took us almost a week to clean 3+ inches of ash out of the house before we could move in.

We stood on the front yard, porch area of our house we rented on Palomar  St. CV(apartments there now) and watched the fire come over the hills heading south west towards our home and the bottom of Chula Vista.  We learned the next day they stopped the fire on what is today Firethorn St.

 In later years we were at our dear friends who helped us move, who helped us watch that fire, in 1970, almost have fire consume their home in Spring Valley. We had gone to have a BBQ.  Suddenly we looked up the hill in their back yard to see smoke then see flames. Mrs or Mr. Austin called in the Fire Department and our children grabbed water hoses and started spraying the lower part of the hill. Someone opened the gate and the Fire men and truck went up to the edge of the fence and their big power hoses shot higher up the hill and stopped the fire.  Ice plant run along the chain link fence line.

That fire took many homes on the other side of the hill.

I did not mention the fires we experienced with the cotton fields in Lemoore but it was a smoke issue then.

So for our children who do not remember,  and were not yet born. Here is an mini update on some of the Fires I have been experienced with.

Send your special pictures via copy to another family member some where else. Do the same for the special documents. Thumbdrive, disc, cloud anything.  Please do not loose the past by not taking care of the now, for the future.

I have found I have pictures of Aunt Bethel Jones Coopers' children family.  My Aunt and Uncle lost much of their home many years ago. I am now trying to catch up with Aubie Dee, David, James, Little Bethel and Aden  Cooper and get these pictures to them.  I suspect the pictures came from what they shared with (Her MOM) my Grandmother because Dad was given the pictures.  Or maybe from another Great Aunt that they shared with that Dad got the pictures from. I know my Aunt told me they lost their pictures in that fire in their home.. I had sent her some long ago. Now she passed this spring and I am attempting to find all the children for them to become the keeper of the treasurers.

Aubie Dee Cooper Jr.  You took your first steps walking to me and I have pictures for you.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

More JONES Boy's with their Wives.

Here is the picture of more Jones cousins. Lucy Jones is the blonde in the back wife of a Jones boy.
She did not label them so I am at a loss as to whom is who. Calvin I think is one?  They were brothers.The other one should be Fay. Their parents were Walter Jones and Elizabeth Spooner.

They had a sister Ruth whom married and moved to Oregon her last name was MOEN or MOON.
Much of this from Lucy telling me this on the phone or in conversation.  She was a very gracious lady.  She visited my home at least twice if not more often. I have pictures of her with my Uncle Gerald Jones in Lemon Grove pre his death 12 March 2001.

Toby Jones, I believe this is your MOM and Dad in the back of picture. Fay and Lucy Jones.

Remembering the story Lucy Mae Anderson Jones told us, about Fay and his brother, involving my Uncle Gerald Oliver Jones.  Sad story but family stories are not always happy ones.

I am  happy to just be able to find you after DAD (Ray Dee Jones Sr) looked for years for you people.
Wonder if Fay and Dad's searches ever crossed. I doubt it because he was really looking for Lamont, ie Uncle Monte, stranger things have happened.

Dad did run into Monte's son one day and I saw him too. Wow did that son of Monte's look like DAD, sound like Dad and even the Foreman at the mill (Hunt & Behren's Feed Mill, Petaluma, CA) was amazed.  Alas he died before he got  out to see us.  Later we found his baby brother Donald Gene Jones of Sacramento, CA.

I have a picture of Donald with Uncle Gerald and I on the front of the blog page. May they rest in peace.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Family Traits, Resemblances and Cousins Fun.

Family Traits, Resemblances and Cousins Fun.

The other day my cousin sent me a photo of her daughter and a man.  They met and she could not
get over how he looked like her Dad. dcd.

Well  I knew without doubt, yes with out doubt he had to be kin.

Let me tell you a story.

1993, I flew to Pittsburg, PA and went to Greene Co. PA, to meet Mom's distant relatives, that her Dad used to talk to me about when I was younger, much younger.

(Since small when Grandad would lift me onto the hay bailer, he shared family stories with Richard, Hartley and I.  Richard was a few months older than I. Hartley was the youngest and he said he remembers the incidents but not the stories cause he would get bored and jump down and run around while Grandad talked. He did this each trip to Wheatland, Wyo.. Even the last time in 1958, but no hay bailer then we used the kitchen table. As a teen we walked the corn fields and soy bean fields, changed water in the ditches, while he shared his life with us.

I so wanted to ask Rich about two of Grandad's stories, alas it did not happen. I did go to Wyoming to his Memorial service and see family I had not seen since about 1998-9, last fall.

Grandad's directive to me was, if I ever got a chance to go to Greene Co. PA and meet his kin we would never regret it.  His Dad took him when he was 5 years before he started school. I actually was contacted by one of those relatives that remember Grandad being there.

That is why all this is happening. Or at least a great deal of it is, of course Dad's side was just as intriguing. More on that side later.)

Back to story, I was met by distant cousin, at airport drove to her home. (Helen Durbin) Spent day then next day drove into Waynesburg from West Alexander where her home was.  O let me tell you, no road signs, NO ROAD Signs.  I had to use the car phone to reach my distant cousin in Waynesburg on how to wander around these gorgeous hills and trees and valleys and rills. I made it took me 3 hours to go 30 mins of distance. Fortunately we had spoke on the phone for about 5 months prior to my going east, generally at least once a week.

When I met this cousin, I was like wow, you look like my Aunt Mae, so wanted her to see picture of her. Then later I went to another cousins,  her sis and she looked exactly like Aunt Ruth,  later in the week I met their brother. NO Kidding, he was spitting image of my Uncle Dick in Wheatland, Wyo.
He wore cowboy boots, talked and sounded so much like him I as almost speechless.
On another day I met two more relatives and they all could match to kin I grew up with. Violet and her daughter Zennia Gilbert. They were from the oldest child in the family and the resemblance again was startling.  Another looked like my Mom.  It was very intriguing to see the family resemblances.
Very strong resemblances.  Many of their traits were the same and as strong.

Dad said that all Huffman/Hoffman's of Mom's family had a specific walk.  So I asked Eva Patterson if when we walked down to the hair saloon to let me tell her if I could pick out my Huffman/Hoffman cousins.  I met 7 more relatives walking about 10 blocks down to the main part of town and went in and met another male cousin with his store.  Eva said I picked up on each one we spoke to and passed and then she told me their names.  She had invited them to her home for one evening of sharing.

Of course we have those funky fingers and toes.  I have used them to find kin for 40 + years long before DNA. But it is a DNA thing.  People who did not know they had Hoffman/Huffman lineage would later learn it was true.   Of course many years later DNA proved it true all over again.

We would ask kin in the unknown status about Cowlicks, and dimples and ears and all kinds of traits we see in our family.  Can you bend your fingers backwards on your hand, double jointed? The list is many when one thinks about it.

So today my cousin in Kansas wrote and said yes that Richard Hoffman is family and then I realized I had spoke to one of his relatives in the past but never kept track of their children.

Back to filling in my collateral cousins trees, much I have just never put it in, was digging to go back another generation to verify if some of the family stories were true.  So far most of them are, sometimes off a generation but mostly more factual than not. Sometimes it is a different place but not totally crazy off the chart wrong.