I’m still coughing, but I’ve weaned myself off of the Ny-Quil IV and am now able to make a coherent thought.

I got a lot more reading done this week and have more favorites to share.

  1. First of all, any post about my own ancestors will always get a mention.  Wendy at Shaking Leaves actually wrote two great posts about our shared ancestors, Milton Price and Nancy Brittain.  One of their gravestones (I love the inscription on Nancy’s), and  she also found them on an old plat map. Keep up the good work Wendy!!:)
  2. Lorine, from Olive Tree Genealogy,  had a great review on Springpad – a free app that helps you stay organized.  With 5 kids, homeschooling, and lots of genealogy to do, I need all of the organizing help I can get.  I signed myself up for an account and I’m going to sit down and try it out this weekend.  From what I’ve seen so far, I like it!
  3. Heather at Nutfield Genealogy posted some sad pictures.  Piles and piles of broken gravestones.  Brings a tear to my eye.
  4. Dee from Shakin’ the Family Tree reminds us all to go out of our way to thank those that help us out on our family history quest. Whether it be helpful cemetery staff, friendly volunteers at the local historical society, or someone that does look-ups in the courthouse, consider sending them a letter/email of thanks.  I’m sure that they would appreciate it.:)
  5. I felt better after reading Randy Seaver’s post about improving his database.  I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one struggling with this.  It’s a long and complicated process to make sure that your source citations are in correct order.  After  taking a class a number of years ago, I completely restarted my database in order to correctly cite each of my sources as I entered them in.  I still have a Rubbermaid box full of papers that needs to be entered.  It’s about # 56 on my list of things to do, so I will eventually get to it.  While I don’t have nearly the amount of people in my tree as he does, 12,000 is still a pretty big number to keep organized.  Someday, when my kids are grown, I will probably be caught up.  I guess I should be thankful that I started this hobby early in life.:)
  6. My friend Cherie, from Have you Seen My Roots?, posted another great trial story for Thriller Thursday.  She had some naughty ancestors.:)  It sure makes for some interesting stories!
  7. I encourage you to go and welcome my friend Amy at her new blog, Hunting Dead People.  She and I were in the same genealogy class at Monterey Peninsula College (along with Sheri from The Educated Genealogist).  I think we need to convince all of our classmates to geneablog.:)
  8. I finally got caught up on watching Who Do You Think You Are?  I was working at a Girl Scout cookie booth during the last show and the week before I was watching a movie with my husband.  I couldn’t bear to ruin his Friday night by stopping his guy movie to turn on a genealogy show.  As I was in bed with a cold while everyone else was at church this past Sunday, I caught myself up online.  If you’ve missed any of the episodes (and you’re Tivo-less like me), they’re available to watch when you have the time, online.
  • Heather Rojo - February 25, 2011 - 9:40 am

    Dear Jen, Thanks so much for mentioning my story about the broken and misplaced gravestones from Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, NH. I was hoping to draw some attention to this problem!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy B. - February 25, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    Thanks for the mention, cousin!! And thanks for the heads-up on all the other great blog posts. I really need to catch up on my blog reading…ReplyCancel

  • Amy - February 27, 2011 - 6:54 am

    Thanks! I am having so much fun blogging & it is really keeping me focused! So focused that after 5 years, I am FINALLY breaking through half a brick wall! I might need to steal your Friday Favs idea here!

    I also just got caught on WDYTYA… I totally cried with Rosie & I don’t like Roise. Such a touching story. :)ReplyCancel

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This is hard for me to admit to the whole genealogy blogosphere, but I was a little Linus.  I carried around this security blanket until it turned to absolute shreds.

It started out as one of those waffle-type blankets with the silky trim on it. Your basic baby blanket.  It had writing on it: “Everybody needs a little security”.  Could the words have been any more appropriate?

And as if that weren’t bad enough, I named the thing.  Dee.  Not sure what that was I was trying to say, but maybe “Dee” meant security in my infant language.:)

I used to sit with that blanket and rub the silky trim between my fingers – all the way around the blanket.  And around.  And around.

The coolness of the silky fabric soothed me.  In all honesty, I could probably sit and do that now on a stressful day and it would help relax me.:)

But I don’t.  It’s now in the cedar chest at the foot of my bed.  I pulled it out a couple of weeks ago, in order to take a picture of it. (Ok, so maybe I felt the silky trim for a moment or two, I admit it.)

I’m so embarrassed to show it here.  It doesn’t even resemble a blanket anymore.  It looks like some ancient artifact from 200 years ago.  In reality, it’s 34 years old (and hasn’t been touched in about the past 30).  That’s a lot of loving in 4 short years.  A lot.

Here is is, a ball of rags.

I had my daughter hold it up for a picture.  You can see that the trim is barely connected to the middle of the blanket anymore.

None of my kids sucked their thumbs or had special blankets they had to have around to sleep.  I was their security blanket – and lost a lot of sleep because of it.:)

Please tell me I’m not alone.  Did you have a security blanket too?  Or maybe a very worn stuffed animal?

  • Dee Blakley - February 24, 2011 - 11:51 am

    I sucked my thumb. I don’t remember having a special “lovey,” blanket or stuffed animal or doll.

    But I think it is totally cool that you still have yours.ReplyCancel

  • cindy - February 25, 2011 - 10:39 am

    I didn’t have a “blankie”, but did have a very well worn stuffed doll and a few teddy bears. All of my 5 children used blankies, and all had a favorite one, used exclusively – the only one that would do when tired, cranky, sick etc. I have put all of them away for safe keeping (except for two that are still being used) – some are just in pieces at this point and one was lost at the age of 5 (i think it hurt me more than her). What a treasure that you’ve still got yours and I still have my doll and teddies as well. I hope my children find theirs to be just as much a treasure in later years.ReplyCancel

  • Jo Graham - March 4, 2011 - 2:48 am

    That’s a very well-loved blanket, Jen. I have a very faded teddy who is mostly bald as he has had his fur loved off. Mum used to make him new “jackets” to keep him together – he lost an eye at one point and we couldn’t get a matching one, so he has had odd eyes for 40+ years! Don’t tell anyone, but he lives in my underwear drawer :-) JoReplyCancel

  • Jamie Waters - November 3, 2011 - 10:22 am

    I had THIS same blankie and I loved it! I lost mine, leaving it in a hotel. I called later, but they said they didn’t find anything. So then my twin sent me hers, and I lost that one too on a business trip… leaving it in a hotel. :-( Thanks for posting the picture… it’s good to see “the old friend.” 😉ReplyCancel

    • Jen - November 4, 2011 - 8:56 pm

      Isn’t it the best blanket ever? I loved that thing to shreds. Sorry you lost yours. :(ReplyCancel

  • Bruce - November 17, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    I am 48 years old. I have my “Blankie” my Grandmother made for me for my fifth birthday. My birthday is in february, so it has a great big valentine heart on it. Also, on the heart is(I believe) the Kennel Ration pupy’s head drawn in black marker. At the time, I was intrigued with the dog. the rest of the blanket has (had) a light cotton, blue and grey square and medallion paisley pattern. This was sewn over a satin-edged fluffy blanket.
    This blanket was meant to replace my original “(yellow)blankie” which my Mother threw away in the garbage can (in front of me, with me wailing and crying)when I was four. I was kind of withdrawn after this, and I think that is why my Grandmother showed up on my fifth birthday with the new “Blankie”. Although shredded, and with the red heart being the major part remaining (the rest is a tangled “rope” I still sleep with it every night. I rup it up to my face, and I like the smell of it, especially when it is cold. It has always given me comfort, and soothed me in tough times. I has bullied a lot through my school years, and my “Blankie” was a soothing keepsake that when I needed it.
    I took the blanket with me when I traveled with my Aunt to San Diego when I was twelve and thirteen (she tried to get me to give it up too,(unsuccessfully). I took it with me on my parents’ boat when we went to the SanJuan Islands. I fear that it will be left behind or taken from me as some “filthy rag” when I die or have to go to a hospital or nursing home.
    I want to go to my grave with it.ReplyCancel

  • jayne - May 26, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    This was my blankie as well! Mine is literally in crumbs now. The pieces were put inside a pillow case and then it got tied shut. I used mine probably way longer than I should have but it was just a part of me. If I pulled mine out today I would still rub the binding just as you had. Mine is now almost 37 years old but still near to my heart! Thanks for sharing the pic and story!!!ReplyCancel

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I have absolutely no idea who this guy is. He looks kind of goofy though, doesn’t he?  And the kid looking out the window – I don’t know who he is either.  Possibly one of my grandpa’s nephews.  I found this picture when I was scanning some old negatives which belonged to my Grandpa Sanchez.  I’m hoping that someone in the family will see this and possibly be able to identify these people.

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I will start with apologizing for this picture. I don’t know if I was trying to be artsy or what, but this is a seriously bad shot.

John C. Davidson was my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather. He was born 24 Mar 1809 in Lynchburg, VA. He died 11 Feb 1869 in Kansas.

He is buried in the Ulrich Cemetery in Douglas County, KS (south of Lawrence). This cemetery is on a private farm. There are not many stones there and I’m hoping to do a tombstone census of it when I return to Kansas this May. I will definitely be taking a better picture of this stone!

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Thomas Ridgeway of Harrison County, Ohio was my husband’s 4th great-grandfather. He is descended through Thomas’ daughter, Hannah Stafford.

Here is his will and probate. I have transcribed it below the scanned images. I appreciated the nice large handwriting.:)

Will of Thomas J. Ridgway, Deceased.
In the name of the Benevolent Father of all: I Thomas J. Ridgway of Washington Township, Harrison County, Ohio, do make and publish, this my last Will and Testament.
Item 1st I give and bequeath to my son Jonathan S. Ridgaway’s heirs the sum of Two Hundred dollars ($200)
Item 2nd, I give, devise and bequeath to each of my daughters Eliza Ann Kinsey, Hannah Stafford, Mary Spencer, Phebe Smith, Anna Spencer and Alvira Kirk the sum of two hundred dollars severally.
Item 3rd. In consideration of my son Thomas E. Ridgaway keeping me and my wife during our natural lifes furnishing us, so long as we or either of us may live, all of the necessaries and usual comforts of life. I give, devise and bequeath to him my said son Thomas E. Ridgaway the farm on which I now reside situate in the Township of Washington, aforesaid, containing about one hundred and twenty and eight and one half acres, and all the Stock household goods, furniture, provisions and other goods and chattels which may be thereon at the time of my decease and his paying the several Two hundred dollars to each of my other children
Item 4th. I hereby nominate and appoint my son Thomas E. Ridgaway Executor of this my last Will and testament.
In testimony hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Eleventh day of May in the year 1867.
Thomas J. Ridgaway (seal)
Samuel Knox

In the state of Ohio.
Harrison County.
Probate Court.
Personally appeared in open Court Thomas Green and Samuel Knox the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and testament Thomas J. Ridgaway, deceased, who being duly sworn, according to law to speak the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth in relation to the execution of the said Will, depose and say that the paper before them purporting to be the last Will and testament of Thomas J. Ridgaway, now deceased is the will of the deceased, that they were present at the execution of the same at the request of the Testator, subscribed their names to teh same as witnesses, in his presence, and that they saw the said Thomas J. Ridgaway, deceased, sign and seal said Will and heard him acknowledge the same to be his last will and testament; that he said Thomas J. Ridgaway at the time of making, signing and sealing said will, was of legal age, of sound and disporing midn and memory and not under any undue or unlawful restraints whatsoever.
Samuel Knox
Thomas Green

Affirmed to and subscribed in open Court This 11th day of February A.D. 1879 Amou Semmon, Probate Judge.

In the matter of the last will and testament of Thomas J. Ridgaway, Dec.
Probate Court, Harrison County, Ohio, Feby 11th 1879. The last will and testament of Thomas J. Ridgaway, deceased, late of said county was this day produced in open court, And it appearing that all the next of kin of the deceased residing in the state have been notified of the time and place of hearing the application for the Probate thereof would be heard this day which form of notice is approved by the Court. Thereupon came Samuel Knox and Thomas Green the subscribing witnesses To said Willa nd in open Court on oath testified to the due execution of the said Will which testimony was reduced to writing and signed by said witnesses and it appearing by said testimony that said Will was duly executed and attested and that said Thomas J. Ridgaway as the he executed said Will was of legal age of sound mind and memory and not under any restraint. It is thereupon order by the Court that said Will and is now admitted to Probate and Record in this Court. And that said will and testimony be Recorded, Amon Semmon, Probate Judge

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