Last week, I posted the obituary of Dr. Elam Stafford. This week, I’m posting an death notice of his brother, Henry Stafford. Both of them were brothers to my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather, Eli Stafford.  All three were sons of Thomas Stafford and Elizabeth Boswell.

{The copy of this clipping was hand-dated 1906}

DIED.

Henry Stafford died at his home, 115 Second avenue west, on Dec. 13, of old age, aged 86 years, 2 months, and 3 days.  Deceased was born in Indiana but had lived in Iowa 62 years.  Deceased leaves a wife, and many friends, in whose memory of the departed will ever linger the recollections of an exempliary life.  Thus passes away one of Mahaska’s oldest pioneers.  Obituary next week.

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When I first started doing genealogy almost 12 years ago, I didn’t have a lot of information beyond my great-grandparents’ names.  (Which I realize is more than some people have to start with!).

I dove into it with a lot of enthusiasm, but looking back, I realize that in my effort to get back to the next generation (and the next and the next), I skipped a lot of good stuff along the way.

I realized this last night, as I did a few quick searches and soon had a wealth of information about my great-grandmother’s siblings – whom I had known very little about.

I had their birth dates and places, but not much beyond that.

And now I have found out that my great-grandmother was not the only one of her siblings who immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden.  It looks like the majority of them did.  She was just isolated in Seattle, while most of her family was living in Boston!!

So, expect to see quite a few posts about the Klarstrom family in the near future!!:)

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The following biography was printed in a local history of Mahaska County, Iowa.
STAFFORD, DR. ELAM, physician and surgeon, Oskaloosa; born in Wayne county, Indiana, February 1, 1826; he lived there and in Tippecanoe county for seventeen years, and came with his father’s family to Iowa by wagon, and arrived here in this county in June, 1843; the principal thing here then was a pole stuck up to designate the spot supposed to be the center of the county; he was one of the earliest settlers here; he sat on a log and wrote tickets on election day; the election was held one mile north of town, in the edge of the timber; he studied medicine, and graduated in Cincinnati in 1852, and began the practice of his profession, and is one of the oldest physicians here; he was connected with the drug trade here for eleven years; married Miss Sarah Stanley, from Illinois, in June 1852;  they have one daughter, Emma F., and have lost one son, Charles W.,  and one daughter, Katie.

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I can’t believe that March is almost over!  The days are starting to fly by so quickly.  It feels like summer here in Savannah. The temps have been in the 80’s and my kids have pulled the squirt guns out.

I have to admit that I’m getting really excited about the upcoming NGS Conference in May!!  Are you going to be there? I’d love to meet some other geneabloggers there!!

Despite another birthday party (my son turned 5 this week) and a full week of homeschooling (we’re trying to finish 3 months of schoolwork in the 5 weeks before the movers show up…), I managed to find some great reads this week!  Enjoy.:)

  1. Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun was an entertaining one this week.  I enjoyed Caro’s Family Chronicles’ contribution to the Genealogisms.
  2. I am so jealous of my cousin Wendy at Shaking Leaves.  She got a new toy that I’ve been drooling over for months now – a Flip Pal.  I will gift myself with one sometime in the near future!! Check out her review
  3. Please head over to my friend Amy’s blog, Hunting Dead People and give her a big blog hug.  She was living in Japan when the earthquakes hit and chose to come back to the States this past week with her baby.  While she’s glad to be out of a scary situation, she left her husband and her dog in Japan.:(
  4. I enjoyed Heather’s post (at Leaves for Trees) about a Cure for genealogy ADD. I think that a lot of us can understand! (I grew up watching Seasame Street too by the way!)
  5. You have to go to My Ancestors and Me and read Nancy’s post about Beautiful Emma and Her Lovely Waist.  She posted a beautiful picture and some great research into the fashion of the time period.
  6. Earlier this week, I made my blogs mobile friendly after reading this blog post at Find My Ancestors Blog.  It works!  I can open my blogs on my iPhone and a mobile version appears instead of the graphics heavy version which takes forever to open on my phone.
  7. Bill West over at West in New England sent out a reminder for his Civil War Genealogy Blog Challenge.  I think I might jump in on this one, since I had family who fought on both sides.
  • Theresa Casteel - March 25, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    Wendy’s review of the flip-pal made me jealous too! I love the portability of it.
    Regards,
    Theresa (Tangled Trees)ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Gurney - March 25, 2011 - 8:21 pm

    Thank you so much for the #FF, Jen. I’m really glad you enjoyed my post – I had a good chuckle writing it.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - March 25, 2011 - 11:15 pm

    Thanks Jenn – I am starting to get back into the genealogy research… just so busy with the adjustment. Such a shock… ya know? And still at a brick wall in research.. grrr! Why did I think it would be fun to dedicate one year to one surname? LOL! Well… at least I can research without aftershocks!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - March 26, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    Thanks for highlighting my post and directing people to it. I appreciate it! Good weekend to you.ReplyCancel

  • Bill West - March 27, 2011 - 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Jen!ReplyCancel

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I just love looking through old newspapers.  It’s so entertaining!

I was doing some searches on www.GenealogyBank.com, looking for my husband’s Cossaboon ancestors in New Jersey, and I found this strange news article (no relation that I know of). Very interesting…

A NEEDLE’S RAMBLES.

Stuck in a Woman’s Foot It Comes Out at Her Head.

Special to The Republic.

Clayton, Pa, March 27 – Mrs. Mary C. Cossaboon stepped on a needle 28 years ago.  It entered her right foot and was never removed.  While combing her hair yesterday Mrs. Cossaboon felt a pricking sensation on the top of her head, and in a few moments pulled out the needle.

During three years she had experienced no pain until a few days ago, when she noticed a sore spot on the top of her head, where the needle came out.  It was as bright as new.

 

  • Cynthia Shenette - March 24, 2011 - 7:39 am

    My grandmother use to talk about this type of thing all the time! She was a seamstress and was always telling me to be careful with needles. She made a point of putting them in a pin cushion. She never held pins in her mouth like some did either. I remember her telling me about someone who lost a needle in her arm, because she pinned it in her sleeve and lost track of the needle. The needle traveled through the skin and ended up in her heart and killed her. My grandmother’s theory was the needles always traveled toward the heart with the blood flow. All these years I wondered if it was an old wives tale. Maybe not…

    Thanks for posting!ReplyCancel

  • Dee Blakley - March 24, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    How wild!

    I love looking at old news articles, too. You just never know what you will find.

    And now that you have transcribed this one, someone using Google might find out a very neat story about one of their ancestors…ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Gurney - March 24, 2011 - 8:44 pm

    Yeuch! How gross. I shall never look at needles the same way again. Great post, though.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - March 25, 2011 - 11:16 pm

    Seriously? This can’t be true… what kind of needle would you even lose in your body like that? WOW! That is really all I can say… WOW!ReplyCancel

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