Here is a short biography of my ancestor, Alexander Cowen Robertson which is in the History of Washington County, Iowa.  Oh, how I wish they mentioned WHERE in Kentucky he was from.  I’m still trying to figure that one out. I am, however, very grateful that it lists when his family moved from place to place.

“Robertson, A.C., farmer; Sec. 34; P.O. Washington; was born in Kentucky, July 8, 1839, and in the fall of 1848 he moved to Knox county, Ohio; came to Iowa in the spring of 1860 and located in Louisa county, and in the fall of the same year game to this county locating where he now resides; he owns 70 acres of land; was married December 23, 1863, to Miss Elizabeth J. Covit, a native of Pennsylvania; they have seven children living; Elmer E., John E., Charles W., Ella M., Dessie A., George L., and Annie E.;  Mr. Robertson has held the office of constable for two terms.”

I also found another article about an Alexander Robertson who was the steward of the town’s poor house.  I got really excited about this article, because it was really interesting.  The poor house apparently burned down and 5 people died.  Alexander had tried to go up and save the people, but had almost been knocked out by smoke.  His son John had to get him out.  I was even more excited, because my Alex had a son John.   Then I was disappointed when I looked through the 1880 census and found my Alexander on a farm and this other Alexander working as the poor house steward. Darn!  I almost had a really cool family story….

I need to keep this in mind now when I’m doing research in this county.  There was another Alexander living here at the same time.  I need to make sure not to confuse them!!!

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And no, I’m not a member yet. I’m a slacker.

I still need to set aside the time to get my paperwork together and to get it checked and then printed out on the precious paper.:)

I was quite surprised by the meeting.  I’m in Savannah, so I had envisioned old ladies in big, bright-colored hats, sipping tea.  That wasn’t the case.  We did have some refreshments and most of the people were considerably older than me, but no big hats, no huge formalities, and no tea.:)

The meeting was held at the botanical gardens, but naturally nothing was in bloom.  We met in the Civil War Era building on the grounds.

They had a very interesting speaker. He wrote a book about his ancestors who were amongst the first settlers of Savannah.  It made me again wish that I had some roots in this very interesting area.

I’m planning on attending the next meeting and hopefully getting my paperwork turned in before we make our big move to El Paso in June.  Wish me luck!

  • Lisa Strohm Holden - January 25, 2011 - 3:31 pm

    Hey, I officially joined in December. It took me about 2 years to find everything I needed…I started from square NONE. ..My Patriot, Abraham Strohm, lived in Lebanon, Pa. I was also thinking it would be all “old gals”, but it is not, and anyone adult woman can join. Our group is made up of ladies who really care about Veterans, and our country, and I think I am really going to like it! It also be the best way to get out East to really look things over…I live in Oklahoma…
    Happy Trails!
    LisaReplyCancel

  • Sheri Fenley - February 18, 2011 - 11:00 am

    So have you got your application turned in yet? You know, I was talking to another genealogist just the other day about how much time – as chapter registrars – we spend on each new member application. We figured that from start to finish about 40 hours per application. And that was only if it was a good line to begin with.

    Let me know how it is going with your membership adventure!ReplyCancel

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I’m still working on figuring out my 2nd great-grandmother, Ella Jane Hattery.  She’s been driving me crazy for years.

My Genealogy Bank membership came in handy yet again and I solved the mystery of where/when she got married to a Mr. Rickman (one of at least 4 husbands).  She lived in Council Bluffs, IA – which is across the river from Omaha, NE (she may have lived there at times also).  The announcement of her marriage license was found there in the Omaha World Herald, dated April 16, 1904.  Now maybe I can send away for the marriage record.

I just love how it’s titled “Connubial Ventures”. :)

  • Heather Rojo - January 31, 2011 - 9:53 am

    Connubial somehow sounds rather naughty, like the word conjugal. I had to look it up in the dictionary. LOL!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 31, 2011 - 4:11 pm

      It does, doesn’t it? And I had to look it up too! :)ReplyCancel

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Patricia M. Sanchez was my great-grandmother.  She was married to Theodore F. Sanchez, whose obituary I posted last week.

This was published in the Seattle Times, page 29, on 24 February 1958.

SANCHEZ – Patricia M. Age 76 years.  Beloved wife of Theodore.  Mother of Donald, Edmonds, Wash., and Theodore F., San Francisco; Pearl Sanchez, St. Paul, Minn.;  Mrs. Arthur Loraas, Wayzata, Minn.; Mrs. James Keene, Mrs. Sidney Radovich and Mrs. Dwayne Runte, all Seattle.  18 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren.  Sister of Arthur Melhus, Minneapolis, Minn.; John Melhus, Portland, Ore.; Palmer Melhus, Bismarck, N.D., and Mrs. Elizabeth McAloney, Mound, Minn.  Services Thursday, 1 p.m., Yarington’s White Center Funeral Home.

  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 23, 2011 - 11:28 am

    Such a small obituary! Was it just the first posting or is this normal for the area?ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 23, 2011 - 9:23 pm

      It is tiny, isn’t it? It was in the Seattle Times though and that’s a pretty large newspaper. I’m assuming that’s why. It would have been nice to have a longer one!ReplyCancel

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Who is this woman with my grandpa? He looks pretty cozy with her, so she must have been a girlfriend.  She is very petite. Do any of you family members out there have an idea of who this is?

  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 24, 2011 - 1:35 pm

    Don’t smile much do they? I mean cameras were better then! :)ReplyCancel

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