Saturday, December 30, 2017

Walking into the New Year

Borrowed this from a niece in Iowa, but wish everyone could attempt to follow this.

I am walking into 2018 with a clear heart and mind. If you owe me, don't worry about it-you're welcome. 

If you wronged me, it's all good- lesson learned. If you're angry with me, you have won. If we are not speaking, it's cool(I love you and wish you well). If you feel I have wronged you, I apologize. Life is too short for pent-up anger, holding grudges, and extra pain! Here's to 2018!!! Feel free to copy and paste. 

Spread the positive forgiveness! Love to all. I copied and pasted it on my page. If it does not agree with you, I will pray for you!!!

Our Country and world needs these ideas followed. Just my thoughts. Thanks Lisa

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Blessed Merry Christmas to One and All

  From our house to your house,

    We wish you a Merry Blessed Christmas.

        We wish you a year of peace and goodwill.

            We wish you happiness and calm.

From our house to yours,

   We wish you much happiness,

      We wish you goodwill and peace.

         We Wish You The Best Year Ever.

From Our House To Yours,

  We wish you a Blessed New Year,

     We Pray that the year will be filled with goodwill,

          We request you to think good thoughts and project goodwill.

              We wish a happy group of family and friends,

 We Wish You all Peace and Good Will.

 Merry Christmas.  Have the Best Day Ever.

From us Pentico's  where it is not supposed to be cold.   brrrrrrr.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Reminder to all Family....Friends..... Xmas Letter 2017

  So no Xmas letter,   at least write one in a blog and get it posted for the world to see.

 Our Grandchildren and great grandchildren have not a clue of what our life was like if you are in your 70's or older now.

 Most of us lived through WW11 and Korea and other skirmishes until Viet Nam came along.
  Younger ones were in Egypt, and all over mid Europe south for deployment.
  Today it is Syria, and Turkey and a large area of that part of the Continent.

 I for one had no TV until 12 about 1952/3. Thinking DAD got it just about time I was to start High School. Probably the year before actually.  Ed Sullivan show we watched on Weekend evening.
Jackie Gleason Show and a few others but TV was only on about 2 to 2 1/2 hours even on weekends.

 We had radio's to listen to and outdoor activities to keep us busy.  If we got underfoot they would find work for us to do. Dig Thistles, pound nails, pull staples, gather and carry in Kindling and of course regular logs for fire after well established.

In the summer we canned fruit and garden products in the evening after other chores were done.
We had lots of coloring books and crayons around.   We had some very talented cousins when it come to drawing and mixing colors up.

Of course living in the country we had 4 legged animals to care for and feed and groom and train and play with. I found my 4-H pins this morning. I was shocked to have found Mom had saved them.
But we saved the boys pins for Boy Scouts, same principal.

I took Animal Husbandry and Sewing and a Art Class and learned to make molds and statues and paint them.  I made scarf, skirt, blouse, dress and apron, not in that order and have sewn ever since.
Neighbor taught us to knit and crochet the European method verses US.  Yes it is different.

I learned to tan hides and butcher and plant a garden and pull weeds and what weeds were eatable verses just a nuisance. Canning was never my favorite. Being afraid the Canner would blow up and burn us all.  Learned to make Jerky and can meat and cut and freeze animals we raised for food.

We sawed many logs after we would fell a tree to season for the winter coming. No youth today have little exposure to what our world was like prior to 1970.

Please share a piece of yours with your kin they really need to know we were raised to care and share and be mindful of others ways and thoughts.

We learned to play musical instruments and to paint or color.  Alice Hess is a cousin of close encouter and Miss Gorman was an Opera star during I think it was WW1.   Both Cousins off the FOULK line.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Scouring the Connecticut Census for THOMAS near EASTMAN

Scouring the Connecticut Census for THOMAS near EASTMAN

Yes I went Census dipping and looking for clues. Then I went to the trees looking for clues.
One member has the story right but wrong state. This family started in CT. and ended in New
York then moving west, Ill, to IA and stopped at other states along the way. One child born in OH.

There appears to be many Thomas's.  Fortunately,  I think DNA may help us with this situation.
Any Eastman male born from Esther Thomas would have DNA from her father. I think Autosomal is the test to be taken.  Wish I had thought of this to ask at the Seminar.  Also even better would be to find a sibling (male) of Esther's.  Then you could do Ydna.

I am so thankful that so many in the family early wrote down the story of this family and what happened.  So far every descendant I have met has a copy, especially my parents and older generations.

Great Grandma went down to sign up for the Indian Information and they cut off the event.
I may have her story written in the trunk. Yes I knew my Great Grandmother Eastman FOULK, later Archer.  We corresponded from the time I was small until her death Jan of 1958 the year I graduated.

The military lost all her letters when we transported to Hi. among many other vital things.

My Grandmother would tell us how her Grandmother would teach them about living in the rough.
Plants to eat, avoid, how to fix and prepare.  Things I have eaten that you never ever see in a store.

She in turn took us out in the pastures and shared with us many of those same informations.

Then I compared them with what my Grandfather told me on my Mom's side and found it very interesting to learn much of it the same.

I hope I have the names in my diary that is in that trunk.  Mom could rattle them off easily but she has been gone 5 years and I can only remember three.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Abijah Stoddard Eastman 1778-1852

     EASTMAN Kinship  Do you have Kinship too?

Abijah Eastman's parents were:  Vespasion Eastman b  abt 1754  died 6 Sept 1828
                                         wife:    Eunice Stoddard

 Abijah Stoddard Eastman  b 1778 CT. d 10 Mar 1852  died 10 May 1852
 Aged 72 yrs.  2 ms.
Winnebago County
Illinois, USA

Abijah Eastman  1810 census Woodbury, Litchfield CT. USA, NARA2 CONN V2 PG128.

 Abijah vol 48 nu 131  History and Gen of the Eastman fam by guy S Rix (2v) Concord NH 1801  (1000pg )197

Ill Public land Purchase Records  Name:
Eastman Abijah S
29 Sep 1849

I have a different birth date than what was pulled from the tombstone.

 Children: George Herbert   24 Apr 1832  Ct.  More to follow my family 
                      marries Lydia Trowbridge 

                  Rodderick Stoddard 13 Oct 1832   Rochester, NY
                       marries Belle Elmira Rousey

                  Harman   16 Oct 1835  
                     marries Caroline Sheilds

                   Parsons L.

                   Annis b 1829 Adams, Jefferson Co. Ny
                     marries Albert Morris

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Please Remember 7 December

                                              National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

                                              Pray for all the survivors and deceased please.

                                              Pray that our country. Pray for each other.

                                               We Americans, remember that.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


 Inez Mae Scott  born 6 October 1893 in Taylor Township,  Iowa. Monroe /Appanoose area.
 marries Cecil Lee (Leroy) Hoffman  29 May 1912 in Appanoose, IA
 prior to 1920 moves to Wheatland, Wyoming area.
 death occurred 14 November 1961 Wheatland, Wyoming.
 Cecil is born 9 May 1891 Moravia, IA
 died 24 Oct 1962, Wheatland, Wyo.

Found seriously damaged 5 days ago. Taking to Professional for repair. Want to make oval in picture frame. Can not read the artist whom painted her as a wedding present from her husband Cecil Lee Hoffman. Our Grandmother Inez Scott Hoffman.

Her Parents are Cornelius Franklin Scott
Cornelius  F Scott was born 31 Jan 1856 Moravia, IA
Dies 1 Aug 1918 Foster, Taylor Co. IA.
Marries Ella Druscilla Warden, born 22 June 1862 Iowa
Dies 14 Aug 1918 Foster, Moravia, IA

Her parents.

Booth paintings done in Iowa.

Ella Warden's parents are:
Daniel Warden b 1831 in Ohio, need his CW papers for birthdate.
He dies 31 Jan 1917 in Iowa.  They married  16 Sept 1852, Polk Co. IA.
Wife is Mary Jane Langdon, born 22 August 1837 Seneca Co. Ohio
She dies 20 Dec 1868, Madrid, Boone, Iowa. Age 31.
A large group of Wardens are buried in this cemetery in Boone, Ia.

Nephew has their portrait. Wayne Wright

Cornelius Scott's family we have back to Thomas Scott in Halifax Co. VA. Possibly much farther by a cousin.

Her parents are Arteminta Brammer b 1807 in Virginia, dies Marshall, Kansas.
We have two birth dates mine  implies 1807 cousins implies 1797.
Joseph Langdon b abt 1800 Virginia.  Dies  Union Twp.,  Lawrence Co. , Ohio  I have picture of tombstone need to take death date off I just got it last week.

His father was Samuel Langdon, b 26 Jan 1763 Dutchess Co. NY dies 9 Aug. 1861 Lawrence Co,. OH
Buried Harmony Baptist Church, Getaway, Lawrence Co. Oh aged 98.
Wife was Anne Clifton  b 1765 d 1815.

I have 3 more generations of Langdon's Samuel 's father was  Samuel Sr.  m to Mary (?)
Druzilla Booth Langdon is buried to the right of his headstone but hers missing.
Behind her is Andrew J Booth.. connection not yet proven.

These lines cover from New York, to Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and westward to California etc.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Jones Foulk Data, So excited.....

Tonight I was on Ancestry and it did not bounce all over and I found that a cousin has added a picture.

The picture is of my Grandmother as an infant. Excited, excited.

I am going to ask if they can share with me.

Working with EASTMAN family and hope I can garner more information on GGrandma Margaret Mae Eastman and her siblings and parents. I have data: Names, Dates, etc. But would love more stories.

Dad told a cute one when we were talking one time.  I gather after they left Iowa and came to Wyoming to live that Grandparents Foulk's decided to try Wheatland, Wyo also.

Alas it was not to last.  Dad was coming out of school one day and Grandad FOULK pulled up and gave him the reins for a horse and told him to give to his Dad.  They were on their way back to IOWA.  I gather Grandma was not a happy camper at all. So wish Dad had wrote all those stories down.

I found an earlier picture of GGrandma Eastman in some old files a week ago but as I go through the old manual files before computer I may find a few more. Maybe by spring we will know more.

Great Grandma Eastman Foulk wrote to me until her death and then Navy lost all those files and our address book so many contacts were lost in 1966-67.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


NOW I WONDER??????????

Do you not wonder too???  How many humans on earth are alive and related to Charlemagne and King Henry11   ???

I learned of both eons ago.  Thanks to Family bible on one line and thanks to cousin who did work on another line more extensive than I and shared.

Also related to Queen Margaret of Scotland. direct descendant. That impressed me.

Blessed Thanksgiving to you ALL.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Richard Holbrook Immigrant Ancestor...........To Inez Mae SCOTT HOFFMAN

Richard Holbrook 1621 to 1670 married to
Isreal Holbrook 1652-1680 marries 
Mary Welch.1655-1703
Mary Holbrook 1670-1762 marries Stephan Miles 1674-1713
Ebenezer Washburn Sr. 1693-1760 marries  Patience Miles 1704-1760
 Rebecca Washburn 1736-1779 marries James Tuttle 1738-1798
James Tuttle 1766-1850 marries
 Nancy Tuttle
Patience Tuttle 1806-1854 marries 
John Jackson Morrow 1783- 29 Dec 1849 Wayne Co. Ky.
Rebecca Morrow b 1821 d 1908 in Iowa, marries 25 Mar 1841 Henry, IA 
John Cornelius SCOTT.
 Cornelius F. Scott b 1856 Moravia, IA  d 1 Aug  1918 Foster Taylor, IA. marries
Ella Druscilla Warden 1862- 4 Aug 1918, Foster, Moravia, IA

These are Inez Mae Scott's parents and ancestors on this line.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Plants, Brown, Lemaster and Flattery are Kin Appanoose, Iowa.

Floyd Everett Lemaster
Birth:Dec 5 1898
  Appanoose County, Iowa, USA
Marriage:Spouse: Alice Flattery
Feb 16 1920
  Georgetown, Appanoose Co, Iowa, USA
Death:June 1965
Parents:Van Everett Lemaster
Clara Lemaster (born Brown)
Wife:Alice Lemaster (born Flattery)
Children:Earl Leon Lemaster
Calvin J Lemaster
Sister:Arminta Merle Miller (born Lemaster)
Source:Click here to view record on FamilySearch
Interesting inner connection of both my husband and my family.
Years ago a cousin sent Mom a picture of  GGGrandma Rachel Plants Hoffman's family.
In this one picture sat Rachel  Plants sister and her husband.  Henry Clay Brown belongs to Fred E Pentico's, Brown family  Rachel's sister, Hannah of course belongs to the Plants / Hoffman lines.  If you are following the Plants, another daughter mar Mason Huffman, Sanford's Huffman/Hoffman cousin.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Found in Pins --- Irish Central

Irish Central

A site about the Irish that came to New York to start.  Many sites with in this pin site.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Du Vall Duvall Data for your Pleasure.

Crest compliments of Eddy Duvall, who's links appear below. Thank you, Eddy!

Taken from above family page.  

New Duvall Research gathered Tuesday, May 19, 1998 from Citizen's Library, Washington County, Pa.Harrison Duvall History from Nelson's Biographical Dictionary and Historical Reference Book of Fayette County, Pa.

Duvall Histories from Beer's History of Washington County, Pa. Part 1. 
Duvall Histories from Beer's History of Washington County, Pa. Part 2.

Duvall History Of Fayette County, Pa. Caleb B. Duvall

Susi's Jones-Duvall History & Will

For Duvall Land Documents for the Immediate Family

For Duvall Wills of the Immediate Family

Duvall Abstracts of Belmont County, Ohio Head of Household Census Index

Susi's Wish List

Duvall Dar Records of Washington, and Fayette Counties in Pa. and elswhere. Part 1

Duvall Dar Records of Washington, and Fayette Counties in Pa. and elswhere. Part 2

Duvall Dar Records of Washington, and Fayette Counties in Pa. and elswhere. Part 3

Duvall Dar Records of Washington, and Fayette Counties in Pa. and elswhere. Part 4

Duvall Dar Records of Washington, and Fayette Counties in Pa. and elswhere. Part 5

Duvall Dar Records of Washington, and Fayette Counties in Pa. and elswhere. Part 6

For other DuVall Family pages: Du Val Family Genealogy,the list of passengers aboard the ship Nassau which arrived in Virginia March 5, 1701 carrying the Huguenot Daniel DuVal is now available at: List

For Charles Duvall, another possible descendant, of Mareen, and mentioned in the Mareen Duvall book on pages 552, and 553.
Eddy Duvall RIP  
From our web  page. 

Monday, October 23, 2017


by The Washington Observer
by Earle R. Forrest Monday March 28?19??

Links to the articles written by Forrest that go with these pictures listed below!

Pictures Along Route 40

Formerly the National Pike


With links to The National Pike, Road of History and Romance, by Earle R. Forrest
compliments of Charles T. DeFrance, Thanks, Charles!

Enjoy the article and pictures.  From our alternate site.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017



     Our  world came crashing down Monday evening when my cousin Shasta Foulk called with
more family news.  Being worried about his Mom our Great Aunt, asked, IS your Mom okay"?
He said yes she is fine. But he had bad, bad news.

    Silvia and Allen were returning from Stuart's funeral in Berryville, ARK.  they did not make it home.  She called me from Cheyenne, Wyo. about 7:30 probably a little later, Sunday evening,we talked for more than an hour, Allen, Silvia and I.   They were headed on home and it had started to snow.

Allen told me it was a light dry snow drifting around and not bad at all. I worried about 1-80 because of the wind and ice it gets in bad weather.  We talked about weather, and family event they had just left and their wants when they got home.

Silvia and I generally talked at least twice a week since her parents passed last summer in 2016.

She was going to send me an article when she got home.

A busy day Monday and I kept waiting for the phone to ring. Alas, it was cousin with the news in early evening.

LYMAN, Wyo. — Two Magic Valley residents died in a Monday morning crash in Wyoming.
Alan Peterson, 54, of Eden was driving west in a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup on Interstate 80 when his vehicle slid on an icy bridge deck of an overpass at the Lyman interchange, said Trooper Mike Adams of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The pickup spun to the right and slid off the north side of the roadway and down an embankment, rolling several times. The pickup landed on its roof, between the interstate and the westbound on-ramp.
 You can look up the rest if you want it.  This had to have happened around 5 am or so. Since they were pulling out of rest area in Cheyenne around 10 pm maybe a little before 10.
My brother, his wife and other cousins went to the services in Hazelton, ID yesterday. 
17 October 2017 
Understanding it was a very nice event, with much family there.  
Wanting to visit remaining sibling soon. It is a day trip up the coast to the old homestead area before the family moving back to Wyoming to care for Dolly's  Mom. So long ago. We miss them all this family does. 
Our children socialized and shared with these deceased family members.
Rest In Peace, Stuart Foulk, Silvia Foulk Peterson and Allen Peterson

Saturday, October 7, 2017

In Memory of my Cousin Stuart Jay Foulk

I could not make the trip to Arkansas to say Goodbye.  My heart was so heavy, I cried.

While at Mass today I remembered this cousin and wished him and his family a non heavy heart for he would not want us so sad.

 Stuart was born in 1956.  I was starting my Junior year of High School. He had an older brother which we had already shared time with. I baby sat him many days as he grew to a young man.

 His sister was born on our Dad's birthday the year of my marriage to my husband.

 I moved to Santa Clara to live with Aunt and Uncle and our cousins Ken and Dolly lived across town from them. I stayed with them when Ken was on the road driving bus. Having gotten to know them very well.  Lots of fun.

His sister was born and  I then married.   His sister was the first baby hubby ever held.  Dolly took a picture of the baby Silvia and Fred grinning and smiling at the wee one.

Our families were very close, his father was my Dad's cousin.  Grandma's nephew. Over the years we developed a closer relationship.

We always loved to stop at their home when migrating between San Diego and Santa Rosa area.
 It was either breakfast or supper and over night.

We lost him the other day.  Our children all remembered him well. One son talked about driving up and sharing time with him.  Another remembered him as so much fun.  

For a while we lost track of the children but not the parents. Having refound the children this was a terrific loss to us. O we did not loose them everyone was building families and exchanging Xmas cards and always chatting with his parents.

God please  take good care of his family and his friends. I am sure they are reeling from the sudden loss of such a terrific human.

To his wife and children may GOD give you Strength and remember you are not forgotten.

Our doors always open.

Today I also said  good bye to another cousin that was near here. Both very dear people in my heart. And our children's hearts.  Tomorrow I will write about him.

Yes I snagged this off his page to share it here. The picture says it all. Thanks Stuart for your friendship and  your love and giving us such great family to share with us.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Senior Year in High School, Record it.

Tell us about your SENIOR year of high school, the longer ago it was the more fun the answers will be.
Tomales High School, Tomales, CA.  Marin County.
32 in class 28 graduated.
1. Did you know your current spouse/gf/bf?
   No met him Feb of 59.
2. What kind of car did you have?
    Used our yellow Studebaker, which was family car. Dad had a 56 Ford Pickup.
3. What kind of job did you have? 
   Worked on Ranch and babysat when available.
4. Were you a party animal?
    No,  I was in School play, in Band, took College classes, played basketball competitively, traveled.
5. Were you a jock or Nerd?
     Neither, just always busy
6. Were you in choir/Band or orchestra? 
     Yes, was in all, Chorus, Band I played Trumpet, Coronet, French Horn and  Bells.
7. Did you ever get suspended ? 
     No, Didn't do Senior skip day either. 
8. If you could go back would you? 
    I have been back to Reunions, oldest son graduated there 1978. 
9. Do you still talk to the person you went to prom with? 
    I went single with two other girls and did refreshments and enjoyed the music. Yes one dcd and the other still in Petaluma, CA.
10. Did you skip school?
     Only medically after major concussion playing Competitve Volley Bowl. Was in hospital several weeks and lost my eye sight for almost 7 weeks. Senior Year and was hoping for Scholarship. That ended that idea. WAS cleared by District. 
11. Do you know where your high school sweetheart lives? 
     He joined military and we lost touch. USAF before high school ended.
12. Favorite subject? 
     English, Drama, Public Speaking, Band. 
     Learned the most in Mr. Sullivan's History Class and Mr. Richards? English Class both  were outstanding teachers. Ms Gibson was my Pe and Band Instructor.  Recently learning she may have been distant kin. Mr. McDowell was fun for Bookkeeping, loved his attitude.  
On that note learned a class mate was a distant cousin 3 years ago.
13. Do you have any of your year books?
     Yes from St. Vincent's in Petaluma and Tomales where I graduated. 2 years each school, 
     Freshman, Sophomore in Petaluma and Junior & Senior at Tomales with my girlfriend as parents promised.
.....tell us your story!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

This Is How Complications Begin. Governor Winslow to self.

Josiah's relation to you: Grandmother's 1st cousin 8 times removed
Dorothy Inez JONES (born HOFFMAN)
your mother
Inez Mae HOFFMAN (born SCOTT)
her mother
Cornelius Franklin SCOTT
her father
Rebecca SCOTT (born MORROW)
his mother
Patience MORROW (born TUTTLE)
her mother
her father
Rebecca TUTTLE (born WASHBURN)
his mother
Ebenezer Washburn, Sr.
her father
Hannah(m59) Washburn (born Latham)
his mother
Susanna Latham (born Winslow)
her mother
John Winslow, Sr.
her father
Edward Winslow, [GOVERNOR]
his brother
Josiah Winslow
his son

I had the line back to Ebenezer Washburn Sr.  I had not worked it farther back.

I grew up where my 2nd and third cousins were as close as many peoples first cousins were or are.

They all lived in the same community and all shared all events together.

We used to do my Aunt Ruth Hoffman Feil, Uncle Comillo Morelli and my Dad's birthday all together.

Why Aunt's birthday, Dad's birthday the next day and Uncles was the next day.

We were all one family.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Saturday Genealogy Fun --- Things about ourselves.

Here are the choices:

1. Who are you named after?  I was named for Susannah Flickinger according to my parents. She is on Grandma Ida Foulk Jones  Norris lineage side. 
2. Last time you cried?  Last week when a cousin passed away. We knew each other for more than 65 years. Lou JONES you will be missed.
3. Soda or water?  Water.  I unless it is a Root Beer Float.

4. What's your favorite kind of pizza?  Pepperoni w veggies.

5. Favorite Flower?  I love IRIS. The old original and the new multi blooming ones.  I really like almost all flowers even flowers from weeds.

6. Roller Coaster?  NEVER,  Hubby can take all my rides.

7. Favorite Ice cream?   Mint Chocolate chip, Pistachio also.

8. Favorite book?  Bible  Any Lee Child book or John Sanford mystery.

9. Shorts or jeans?   both.

10. What are you listening to right now?   Tv Show game. Jeopardy.

11. Favorite color?  Turquoise

12. Tattoos?   Nope.  Not me - I avoid pain and body art.

13. Favorite thing to eat?  BBQ, hamburgers and salads

14. Android or iPhone?  iPhone.  I Pad also

15. Favorite holiday?  Thanksgiving for family gathering. Christmas is generally left for families but not always.

16. Night owl or mornings?  Night Owl, mostly

17. Fave day of the week?  Each day I am alive and can enjoy my husband and family, friends.

18. Favorite Season?  Fall and Winter . Fall for the colors and season and Winter for the time allowed to do research not available other times of the year.

19. Favorite Sport?  Baseball and football of today. Was competitive Basketball player when younger.  I can share more with hubby being Baseball and football. He played both and never did Basketball.

20. Mountains, Beach, Forest or snow?  Love the Mountains, the Plains, Forests,  tolerate the sand and desert of San Diego.  Yes I do snow angels. Still want to learn to ski.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - How My Parents Met.

How My Parents Met by Susi Jones Pentico

Both parents were in Wheatland, Wyoming area, Her father was a farmer. Homesteaded there.
Dad's parents had been split and for some time Dad and his brother were raised by the families related in the community (Drew's, Kern's, Lawrence's, Holcomb, and Foulk . His Mother had moved to Cheyenne, with the girls.  His Dad (Carl Fremont Jones) worked on a ranch in the area but lived in a bunk house.  I am still learning family names of extended family in that area.

My Dad went to work on Morris Thomas Ranch.He was 13/14 ( Beautiful place)  He was taught Ranching. He completed 8th Grade. I have picture of the school he went to.
In those days the water came in to the region via culverts and the water was diverted down the mini canals between the grains, beets, etc., growing for that time of year.  (Yes, Dad took us back and shared with me his life with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas.  1958   They could not have children but treated Dad like a son. Mr Thomas took us out and we toured all over those hundreds of acres he held. Saw the corral where DAD broke his first horse, branded his first calf and all those neat things you do on a ranch.

Dad met Mr. Lee Hoffman when they were diverting water to the various directions it was needed. Over a  period of time, Grandad invited Dad to come by the house for lunch after a rough spot with moving water by them both.  (The ditch kept collapsing.)

Mom and her siblings and Mother were washing and cleaning and preparing Tomatoes for canning.
Mom said she looked a real mess being in tomato bathtubs( 3 large tubs) rotating from one to the other for preparation to can. Her sister had seen Ray before and was so excited he came over. Mom did not pay any attention to him except to greet him.

A few weeks later when he was on the water culvert again he asked Grandad if he could come by and see my Mom.  She was still in school but couldn't see to read with out glasses so was dropping out at the end of that year. They dated for quite some time. I have lots of great stories about their courtship.

One I loved was when Dad and his brother (Gerald) drove Mom down to Cheyenne to meet his mother.( Ida, Victoria Mae Foulk Jones)
They were late for curfew when she got home. Of course Grandma(Inez Mae Scott Hoffman) was up and irate.  (So wish I could have seen this).  Dad went to the door, walked in and said ,"we are sorry we were late from Cheyenne. I took Dorothy down to meet my Mom with my brother Gerald so we were not alone."

Then he grabbed Grandma and danced her around the room several times, she went from mad to happy and said," so your Mom approved of our daughter."  They danced more and then stopped and
Mom thanked him for the drive to Cheyenne and meeting his Mom and sibling sisters.

Then of course it got more serious and  that fall they were married. 3 September 1938. I saw the register where they signed for the marriage license and then the Officiate signed as married. My Uncle Dick, her brother (William Richard Hoffman) took me to court house(1958) to show it to me.  Since I had forgotten Dad had shown me the time before  when I was in Wheatland. 1954.

Mom, Dorothy Inez Hoffman Jones worked with Mrs. Thomas to help prepare the large meals for the ranch hands and do the laundry after they married and they had a separate cabin to live in.

I could write a book about their adventures prior to and after marriage. They truly loved each other very very much.  Wish Dad had written the book he always talked about writing.

Dad had a terrific relationship with Mom's mother.   He could make her smile and not be mad so easily. It was fun watching the action and reactions between them when we visited.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Finding Grandad Jones and his brother Lamonte Jones.

 My Most Exciting Genealogy Research Find by Susi Pentico

Alas I have several over the years. This is on Dad’s side JONES

Of course those whom attended our Research Meeting in July heard about one that my Dad started when we finally on our own in Northern California.

Dad’s parents had split, he was looking for his father in Wyoming and his Uncle in Northern CA. 

We found his Dad when I was between Freshman and Sophmore year of High School in Casper, Wyoming working as a shepherder  when his health would permit it.

The day before our research meeting the family he was hunting for contacted me, though his father was gone, it was a terrific feeling to have found family my Dad remembered from when small. 

You see Dad remembered playing marbles with his cousins on the dirt floor of a grocery store in Waterloo, Ia.  The families split,  Dad knew his Uncle had come to California  and his Dad he last heard was somewhere  between Colorado, Montana and Wyoming.   The two  boys were the youngest of the Grandparents sons.

Dad was 8 when his father left finally due to many reasons.  Packages came from his father to Dad and his siblings but the items were given away in spite.   Dad was the oldest.  He remembered many things and I watched the results when it was presented years later.

It is sad when religion can cause people to get twisted minds and ideas. Thankfully
The family was mended by Dad, prior to everyone’s (Siblings) death.  But for years it was a sad event for a Father’s Day or Mother’s Day activity. Amongst his siblings and later learning also between his Uncle’s and Aunts.

Things we did  to have answers.

1     Many road trips reading mail boxes,
2     Many phone calls to JONES in Northern Ca
3    Trips to Wyoming to try to find Grandad, side bar saw places I probably would not have.
      Found Grandad Jones when I was in High School by a friend of Dad’s that he had worked with in Wyoming.
5    Grandad came to visit us in California.
  We continued looking for Uncle Monte.
7     Found connecting descendants via, calls, letters, posts, and persistence.
       Family finally reached back to us., After Dad’s death.
9    Their lives had been no better than Dad’s.
1   The Split in family was over who was the wealthiest and had the most.
1    Utterly unbelievable but so very true.
1    One side  supposedly owned a bank the other owned quality horses and walnut groves and sold the trees for gun stocks.  I know that the horses and walnut is true,  Thought the other raised wheat and grains but may have also been in banking at one point. Need more research on him, he disappeared.

1   The great Grandmom’s got in, as a distant cousin said,  A Pissing contest and it affected every child in the family., for two and some 3 generations of family. The men were already gone or deceased.

When your parent looks as hard as mine did to find family he knew he had, it becomes a life making mark to break the barrier.   His brother my Uncle shared many more interesting tidbits about their life when in Wyoming, since I lived near him and took care of his wives and himself in their end times.

 I am thankful for all the kin whom I now in contact with and share some family data.  Dad would be very happy to learn this, I even think he has helped us find each other.  

 Dad had an Uncle whom was killed in a saw mill in Florida. Never learned if culprit caught. He only had one Aunt. He knew Nora a bit.  Dad really knew his Uncle Charles family downline better for they moved to Wheatland, Wyo and raised their children there. I last talked to Ducima Drew about 7 to 9 years ago.  Charles Jones daughter married a DREW and they moved to Wheatland before Dad's parents did.  I suspect if I remember right Grandad came from IOWA and worked for them then got job on another cattle ranch and Grandma and Dad came out on a train to Wyoming.