The following obituary was printed in the Denison Bulletin (IA) on July 11, 1935.
John Edwards was my great-great grandfather.

Obituary of John Edwards Jr., Who Died on July 8
John Ewards [sic], was born June 2, 1877 in Crawford county and died July 8, 1935, aged 58 years, 1 month and 6 days.
When about a year old he moved with his parents to Michigan and then to Canada where he resided for seven years. They returned again to Crawford county where he has since resided, having lived in Dow City and later years in Arion. He united with the Latter Day Saint church in early life.
He leaved to mourn two daughters, Mrs. Mae Davie, Arion, and Mrs. Alma Widen, of Ogden, two sons, Alfred of Sioux City and Elsia [sic] of Missouri Valley; brothers Wallace of Arion and Elden of Pomeroy. There are also 19 grandchildren and numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dow City L.D.S. church with Elder M.O. Myers, of Deloit, in charge. Burial in the Dow City cemetery

This obit was helpful to me in putting together the timeline of when the Edwards family moved.

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This is exactly what I need – a plan of attack for the coming year.  I have quite a few projects that I want to tackle.  Here is a list of the major ones.

  1. DAR Membership: I think that I have finally gathered all of my needed documentation.  I now need to print out my information on the fancy paper, send my application in, and keep my fingers crossed that I get approved!!
  2. I plan on getting a month-long Genline membership and working on my Swedish roots for a while. The records here are great and I know that there are ancestors just waiting to be found!
  3. Get John Edwards’ Civil War Pension File.  I’ve just sent a letter to the VA and am hoping that I receive a response sometime in 2011!!  I may need to  call and remind them that I’m waiting.:)  It’s been about 8 years since I originally ordered it from the NARA and I WANT THAT PENSION!! I won’t take no for an answer.:)
  4. Find out what happened to Ella Jane Hattery (my 2nd great grandmother).  I need to do some serious research on her.  I am going to try tracking down some living relatives that might be able to answer some of my many questions about her very interesting life.
  5. Find out what part of Kentucky John Robertson was from.  I need to take the information I learned about researching common names and apply it to this problem.  Searching for John Robertson in Kentucky, before 1850 is going to be difficult, but I think that I can do it!
  6. Attend the NGS Conference in May and learn a lot of new things to help me in my research.
  7. Write out my children’s birth stories, before they end up being distant memories.:)
  8. Interview my parents about their early lives – and actually take notes or record them this time.
  9. Start researching my brother-in-law’s family in earnest.  I’m excited about doing some Italian research!
  10. Contact my Papa’s 2 living siblings.  See if they might have any old pictures or stories they are willing to share.
  11. Find out how to access the Leavenworth County, KS probate records and order/search for John C. Davidson’s will (and other Davidson family members also).
  12. Talk my husband into taking another genealogy-related trip somewhere.  Maybe back to Virginia?  New Jersey?  Missouri?  Iowa? I’m not sure where yet.   We’re moving to El Paso this summer and we’ve decided that we’re stopping in Maine on the drive over.  We are the only people I know that could possibly fit Maine into a trip from Georgia to Texas. The possibilities for genealogical stops are endless…:)
  13. Do a cemetery census of the Ulrich Cemetery in Douglas County, KS.  Take pictures of all of the stones and rubbings where necessary.
  14. And finally (and this is a huge one) get all of the info I have in my big Rubbermaid container actually entered into my computer program so that I don’t waste my precious time by searching for it again.

I think that is probably enough to keep me busy this year!

  • Shaz - December 18, 2010 - 9:09 am

    If you do a cemetery census in Kansas you could add all the info into the Find A Grave site! Pay something forward.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 18, 2010 - 3:11 pm

    Shaz- I will definitely add it!!!ReplyCancel

  • Greta Koehl - December 19, 2010 - 9:57 pm

    I’m with you on the genealogy trips. Gotta find a way to do another one next year. Hope to see you in Charleston!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Coffin - December 22, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    Sounds like some great plans. If there’s anything I can get for you at the Clayton Genealogy library, let me know: http://www.hpl.lib.tx.us/claytonReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wallen Logsdon - January 4, 2011 - 11:07 am

    I really like your #8. My parents are both gone now and I didn’t get nearly enough info from them. I wish I had more time with them and I wish I’d started genealogy in my 20s or 30s so I would have also been able to pump my grandparents! Good luck with your goals!ReplyCancel

  • Janice - January 4, 2011 - 8:24 pm

    Wow 8 years waiting for a document… thats a darn long line ahead of you! :) You weave a wonderful story.

    J at CHReplyCancel

  • M. Diane Rogers - January 6, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    Lots to do! For Swedish research, I also like ArkivDigital (AD Online)and joining DIS Sweden might be good for you too: http://disbyt.dis.se/dbyt_e_index.htmReplyCancel

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I do more laundry than seems humanly possible.  As soon as I have gathered it all up, sorted it, run it through the washer and dryer, folded it, and put it away, every dirty laundry basket in the house is full again.  I’m not exaggerating!

It’s to be expected though.  I have a potty-training toddler who has accidents.  She is also very strong-willed and HAS to change her clothes every time she spills a tiny bit of anything on them.  I have a 4-year old boy who likes to get dirty  and three other girls who like to change their clothes every few hours during the day – you have to have the right outfit on for each occasion, right?  Add towels and bedding to that and you get an idea of what I mean.  My life is laundry.

I try to remind myself that even though I’m doing enough laundry to clothe a small army, at least I have a brand new front-loading washer and dryer that clean and dry the clothes with a simple push of the button.

I can’t even begin to imagine doing our mound of laundry with something like this…

Or this:

Or one of these babies (although I’m sure they were quite the luxury of their time!):

Or one of these:

I’m starting to feel very thankful!

Now if only they would invent a machine to fold the laundry and put it away…

  • Cheryl Cayemberg - December 18, 2010 - 7:52 am

    Awesome post as usual! Loved it. I feel much better now about all my laundry. Agree on the folding machine!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Shenette - December 20, 2010 - 9:39 am

    These pictures make me cringe, and I only do laundry for three. When I was a kid a neighbor had one of those old washing machines with the ringer. Her’s was electric though. I was fascinated by the machine. She’d roll it out (It was on wheels.) and attach the hose to the faucet on an old soapstone sink. I remember you had to be really careful of the wriger, to make sure your fingers didn’t get caught in it. Scary. The “dryer” was the line off the back porch. We had one of those too.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Shenette - December 20, 2010 - 9:49 am

    Whoops, I meant WRINGER. Zeesh. I misspelled it twice, in two different ways. Impressive. Christmas on the brain.

    Anyway, thanks for the interesting post (and for making me appreciate my washer and dryer). Now it’s time to throw in another load.ReplyCancel

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As I was scanning slides last week, I found a few Christmas pictures amongst them. I thought I’d post them on this “grab bag” day.
I am going to totally embarrass myself here. Yes, this is me. I admit it. I have no idea why I’m wearing my brother’s GI Joe helmet and holding a gun – in front of the Christmas tree no less. Weird. I can honestly say that I don’t remember having this picture taken. It must be about 1985.

Here I am with by brother and our dog Nosey.  It looks like someone was trying to hide from the picture-taking.  It has to be my sister.   I’m sure that by brother is thrilled that I’m posting a picture of him in his underwear.:)

And here is my sister, decorating the tree.  Is is just me, or is that the widest Christmas tree you’ve ever seen?  I think that it’s wider than it is tall!  It looks like it’s taking up half the living room!


And here I am in front of a very little tree. I don’t remember this either. I wonder if it was on a table because my sister was probably at the age where she would pull everything down off of it.

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John Glass was my 4th great grandfather.  He died on 19 October 1840 in Franklin County, Virginia.

The following list of slaves was from the inventory of his estate.  I hope that this might prove to be helpful to someone in their research!  I will post the full inventory at a later date.

Here is a list of the slaves, transcribed so that it will show up in a search engine.

Negro Man Frank, aged about 45 years….300.00
Negro Man Jem, aged about 34 nearly blind…100.00
” Woman Louisa aged about 40 years…200.00
” Woman Annica aged about 45 years…175.00
Annica’s Child Milly 2 years old next May…100.00
Negro Boy Isaac about 20 years old…540.00
Negro Boy Harrison about 15 years old…450.00

Negro Woman Edy about 23 years old…400.00
” Boy Franklin about 12 years old…425.00
” Boy Kingston about 13 years old…400.00
” Boy Booker about 7 years old…200.00
” Girl Ann about 6 years old…200.00
” Girl Judith about 11 years old…425.00
” Girl Elvira about 6 years old…200.00
” Boy Wiley about 3 years old…200.00
” Girl Charlotte about 3 years old…150.00
” Boy Daniel about 21 years…550.00
” Boy Booker about 36 years…400.00

Is it just me, or does it seem like there is a very disproportionate number of small children?  I wonder why.

  • Renate - December 17, 2010 - 6:51 am

    This is an informative inventory. I think, at first glance, it does look like a lot of children, but when I looked at it more closely, I realized that, for the most part the children were just listed separately from the adults, but when I looked at it more critically, I saw that there were eight adults (20 and up) and and ten children, which makes sense, so I think it’s probably pretty normal.

    Also, interesting that he calls people in their 20’s and 30’s, “Boy”. (I know they called our men that in person, but I don’t often see them referred to that way in the inventories.)

    Thanks for posting this. Hopefully, just the right person will see it!

    RenateReplyCancel

  • Jen - December 17, 2010 - 9:55 am

    You’re right Renate. I guess it just looked like there were so many children, because they are listed all together.

    I thought it was interesting too that grown adults were listed as “Boy”.

    I really hope that someone is able to find their family on here!ReplyCancel

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