Monday, October 20, 2014

YDNA up date, Thanks Judy Russell

Recently I went to a workshop that left me with more questions than answers.  It was amazing to open my mail today and have someone clarify the air.

Judy Russell thank you for a clear, clean, concise answer to so many questions left running around in my head.

If you are having trouble understanding why Ancestry destroyed our data and wouldn't answer the phone or email for those who were trying to save theirs and yet turn around and put a new test on sale for us to try them again.  Please read what Judy wrote today explaining this so we can understand it better. 

Judy's web site and link is here.

Thank You, Judy, again for rescuing us in our drowning of understanding the fast paced moving situation with DNA testing of today.  

One can only wonder what a year from now will bring.  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Answered

Yes, that was an easy one for me.  Why, not quite sure but think it had to do with family influence?

 We had radio and a phonograph from the time I was small.  Probably because we lived in the country and relied on the radio for news of the community and world.

 Back then they did not post a great deal of world news unless critical shocking.
We actually went to the movies to get the clips of the War in between the films being shown.  We always had two films to see and some cartoons.

 My first experience with a phonograph was one my Aunt and Uncle had gotten.  You had to crack it up and very carefully put the needle on the record without dropping it or scratching the records. They were Bakalite back then.
Bakelite |

The records were one song per side.  Later they became multi songs per side.  Even later they changed to plastic material and instead of 78's were 33's.

So when my country raised parents and relatives were able to buy a music album by their favorite singers, I was exposed to their singing.

Don't Fence Me In, by Bing Crosby and then by the Sons of the Pioneers.  It was many years later that I learned Roy Rogers was a member of the Son's of the Pioneers in the beginning.  But the album Dad bought was by Bing Crosby.  It is great to know it was written by Cole Porter for music and words by Cole Porter and Robert Fletcher.

It instantly comes to mind.  I can see my country home and families country homes in Wyoming and northern California when this song runs through my mind.
Don't Fence Me In (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 I loved to hear this song sung and  to sing along with my parents and family.  I know that  many people sang it. Our album was with Bing Crosby. I liked every song in that album and still play them once in awhile because my husband copied them on our reel to reel with Dad's help back in the 70's.

When I want to take myself away from the city I think of this song, DON'T FENCE ME IN
(Cole Porter)

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above,
Don't fence me in.
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love,
Don't fence me in.
Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze,
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees,
Send me off forever but I ask you please,
Don't fence me in.
Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western skies.
On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise.
I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
And I can't look at hovels and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in.
Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies,
Don't fence me in.
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love,
Don't fence me in.
Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please,
Don't fence me in
Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western skies
On my Cayuse, let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise.
I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
And gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
And I can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in. Origins: Don't Fence Me In (Cole Porter)

The song says much about how I feel and where I prefer to live and how.

Have you ever gone out in the prairie and looked at the sky and the range and seen the beauty that
God has made?  It so reminds me of Wyoming.

My other favorite song is religious: THE OLD RUGGED CROSS.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Folk of Old - Foulk of Today Where Did He Go?

My grandmother was a Foulk,  Victoria Mae but was always called Ida.  My Great Uncle Claude said that when he was born and he started talking he tried to say Victoria and it ended up being Ida.

So some tid bits about my lost Great Grandfather.  Grandma Ida's Dad.

His parents were William Henry Foulk b 1846 in Somerset PA.  He died in 1940 in January before I was born.  My father knew him as a small child.
His mother was Katherine Myers b 30 May 1845 Perry Co. PA, she died 7 June 1922 in Cedar Township, Blackhawk Co. IA

 Katherine's mother was Sarah Elizabeth (Jane) Foulk. Yes Katherine married her cousin.
 William and Katherine had 12 children.

Harvey Edward was the oldest.  He was born in 18 Oct 1867 in Illinois.  He is in the 1870 census with his parents.
In 1910 he were in Eagle, Blackhawk IA
In 1920 he is in Platte township 22 North E #9 Wyo. An area out of Wheatland.

The story goes he went to Seattle with a shipment of Wheat that was to go to Russia.  They have no idea what happened after.

I did find a man of that last  name on the  1930 census in Los Angels  with a young wife Nora.

I have learned that other Foulk were in Los Angeles at this time.  Was this him or not.

Many said he went to Russia, some say buried in basement or under a hay stack.

Their marriage obviously was rather rough.

He was married to Margaret Mae Eastman, whom I had contact as tiny my Father said and I  wrote to her often over the years until she died in 1958 in January and I was a Senior in HS.
The US Government lost all my letters pictures and mementos I had from her and others in a move. I could sure use those letters.

They married 19 Oct 1892 Blackhawk Co. IA

She later remarried.  Anyone found Harvey Edward Foulk?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A Birthday Past and One is Coming

At one time October was littered with Birthdays on all sides of our family.

An Uncle, A Grandfather, A Son, a Father,  and the list goes on.

Then it dropped back to  having August with 9.  Now that is back to 5.

July had 5 still does.

June had 5 now has 4.

What month do you have the most birthdays from Grandparents down to you?  Do you contact your Aunts and Uncles which would increase ours ?

It started with our first born being born 10:10 minutes past his Fathers birthday.  As a Father he had a daughter the  day after his.  We also had a daughter that month March.

January was cousins a lot and one daughter.  Many close friends were in January, they are now gone.

Feb is grandson and cousins.

Then March mentioned above.
 April is big month in sister in laws house.
May was Dad and Aunt and Uncle three days in a row.  My Dad, My Aunt on Mom's side and My Uncle, Dad's sisters husband.  We seem to have a lot of serial runs of 3 or more.

June had Mom, grandson, cousin, niece. Not counting Anniversary's.

July was big Anniversary, with birthday on that day by grandson, my birthday, my cousins birth  day, my sister in laws.

We have November with 4 yet an December with 4 also.

 So what does your year stack up like.  We have an event of some type each month. With 5 Children and ten grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, I had 3 siblings and husband had 3 siblings.  Our parents came from families of 5 or more for siblings so lots of cousins.

Celebrate Family History Month.

Monday, October 13, 2014

What Date was Grandfather Born?

Digging through the files and checking here and there, I found nothing exciting happening but the fact my ancestor was born on a Saturday, and he survived. Many of his siblings did not.  He had only two living siblings. An older brother and a older sister, with the sister marrying his wife's brother down the road.

He was born 9 May 1891 Moravia, Ia to Franklin Cornelius Hoffman and Samantha Abigail Duvall. This was a Saturday.

The world seemed very quiet at the time he was born. No Famous People, no famous event but he survived.  For his family that itself was a major event.
Cecil Lee Hoffman we are glad you made it. I am still trying to prove and disprove all the stories you shared with Rich and Hartley and I.

1896 First horseless carriage show in London 10 models.

Jun 29th - Anjer (Carnation) Day-anniversary of Prince Bernhard
Jun 29th - US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register
Jun 29th - Batman Comics, mobsters rubbed out a circus highwire team known as the Flying Graysons, leaving their son Dick (Robin) an orphan

 1940 Jul 22nd - Dutch prime minister De Geer meets Hitler seeking peace talks  
   I was born on this day.  

Grandad Carl Fremont Jones was born 10 October 1887 on a Monday. He was also the last living born child of his family. He had older brothers and 1 sister. He was also born in Iowa and somewhere near Nashua area. 
Grandad we are glad you and your brother were not killed in that crazy horse and buggy and horse race to the house. We are sad your brother ended up with a broken back. You both survived and had families. Thank you to you both.

Rie Cramer, (Marie Holman), Dutch Cartoonist/author was born on his birthday.

Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show opens in London 1887. May 9th

I found this information by doing research on the dates and years of these two birthdays.
Family Information and no I did not go to Google.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

2 October 2014 Followup Water Tower in Wyoming.

On 2 October I posted a picture of an old water tower.  My question to the history buffs and genealogists was do you know where this is?  Do you know what it represented?

It is the first thing the eye sees coming into town that is visible for visitors.

It is the water tower for the Old Rawlins Prison or as known today as the Wyoming Frontier Prison.

It was closed before we got there, missed it by 15 minutes. I wanted to see it for myself. Since we have
knowledge of a family member being there until someone else recanted their story. It decimated this human being beyond comprehension.  It is still not known how long they were incarcerated, still digging.

Yes, it was closed some years ago. They run Halloween Tours there.  What a thought.

We took many pictures walking around the outside.

Of course we had the Hole in the Wall Gang not far away and many other characters of scruples not accepted by society. Range Wars and political offsets happened to create even more prisoners.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Abraham D Young Sr with wife Hannah Wright

Abraham D Young Sr was born 3 Oct 1784 in Andover, Essex Co., Mass.

* Vital Records of Guilford, Maine, Genealogy Archives p126.

Hannah Wright his wife was born in Lewiston, 11 March 1781

* same source

Anna J. Young, born in Lewiston, December 1st, 1803
Jonathan W. Young, born in Lewiston, October 12th, 1805
George W. Young, born in Avon, December 11th, 18O7
Hannah Young, Jr., born in Avon, December 1st, 1809
Abraham D. Young, Jr., born in Avon, April 23rd, 1812
Elmira Young, born in Avon, April 12th, 1814
Elvira Young, born in Avon, May 29th 1816
Rolla Young, born in Avon, July 11th, 1818 Young
Joseph Young, born in Philips, April 18th, 1820
Julia Young, born in Guilford, October 20th, 1823
* P163  ie pge 64  Pge 126  also

Abraham Young b 1756 Oct 16th is implied his father. He served in the Rev War. #:A129695
Served: Massachusetts, Rank PRIVATE, Birth 10-16-1756,  Gray York Co. ME Dist MAssachusetts, Death: 2-19-1829 Cumberland Co. Maine  Pension No. *535163 Service Source: *535163 Service Description: 1) Capt. Paul Ellis; Col Timothy Bigelow

Our line is from Abraham D Young Jr born in Avon, 23 April 1812
His first wife was Eliza Grover ( Shirley Lee's Lineage) b 23 Feb 1816 Pittston m 11 July 1833 Maine
Source and children below
p 162-3
Emily Young, born in Dover October 21st, 1833
Bothwell Young, born in Dover, February l0th, 1834
Grimsley Young, born in Dover, August 29th, 1835
Augusta Young, born in Dover, November 13th, 1836
Edwin Young, born in Dover, April 13th, 1838
Lucy Jane H. Young, born in Guilford, January 30th, 1840

 m 2nD hannah Owen OEN?
1856 St Charles
1870 Fremont Butler Co IA
1880 Fremont, Butler Co IA
Vital records of Guilford, MAine

Hannah O born 1826 Germany or Russia records ?
d 29 April 1896 Iowa
Abraham died 9 June 1883 Nashua, Chickasaw Co., Ia 

Their daughter Hannah is our line.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

About Scottish Prisoners of War

Last Saturday at the workshop I was telling attendees that there are lists of the early Scottish
Prisoners of War who came to America early.

1650 to be exact for when the information refers to.

No I do not get credit but I did read it and want to share it with you all whom read this.

Passenger List – Ship “Unity” | Scottish Prisoners of War…

This blog is probably extremely helpful for anyone with early Scottish ancestry.

I was looking for SCOTT, but I did find STEWART, TAYLOR, JAMESON and GRIMES
many other family or collateral family names just on this list from Captured at Dunbar in 1650.

Looking at the second set of names I see MURRAY and IRWIN.

Looking farther down I see MERROW,(Morrow), lots more STEWARTS and the names go on.

Please go to this persons site request to follow them because they have much information here for you to learn.

Passenger List – Ship “Unity” | Scottish Prisoners of War…

Diane Rapaport  does an excellent job on more references at the bottom also.

Geni - Scots Prisoners and their Relocation to the Colonies, 1650-1654 Project

This is all I can say but blogs are very helpful in research.
Thanks Diane for this information and others.