Wow, I’m getting this one in at the last second.:)

We’ll announce our best blog posts from the previous year (in this case, 2010) in the following 5 categories: Best Picture (that would be a photograph), Best Screen Play (story you would make into a movie including the cast), Best Documentary (investigative research), Best Biography, Best Comedy. Write up a blog post with links to your best articles in these categories and submit it to the COG! Feel free to use the iGene graphic if you’d like. The deadline for submissions is February 1st

The best of 2010!

Best Picture:
This year’s “Best Picture” award goes to 1900’s Schoolroom.  It is a beautiful old postcard-type photograph of some very well-behaved elementary school children.  Hands clasped and in their Sunday best in a small town Minnesota school.

Best Screen Play:
I would love to see a movie made from my Papa’s WWII experiences. He earned 18 battle stars and a purple heart while serving as a Marine on the USS Cabot in the Pacific.  I can’t even imagine what he went through.  His ship was hit by a kamikaze, which is when he was wounded.

Best Documentary:
The “Best Documentary” award goes to Those Places Thursday: Herencia, Ciudad Real, Spain.  It documents the history of this small Spanish town during the time period that my ancestors lived there.  I still have a lot of unanswered questions, but I learned a lot by doing some simple research.

Best Biography:
Looking through my posts, I realized that I’m severely lacking in full-up biographies of my ancestors.  Something to work on, definitely.  I chose a post entitled “Madness Monday:Hedger Pierce“.  I have still yet to find who his parents are, but I did finally find his death date!!

Best Comedy:
My Life is Laundry won for best comedy – although it’s true and I don’t know that I find it very funny!:)

  • Cynthia Shenette - February 5, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    Jen – Great choices. I especially love the schoolroom photo and reading about your Papa’s WWII experiences. I still love the laundry post!ReplyCancel

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Here is the inventory of Thomas Moorman’s estate, which was recorded January 27, 1767 in Bedford County, Virginia.  He was my 6th great-grandfather.  I was unsure how to transcribe the symbols and some of the strange abbreviations, so I have left them out for now.  If you know how to put them in (or where to find them on the keyboard)and what they mean, I’d appreciate it.  :)

Moorman’s Inventory
Inventory of the Estate of Thomas Moorman Deceased Appraised by the Subscribers Agreeable to an Order of  Bedford Court.

Negroes Viz + 1 Wench Named Moll S.60″0″0
1 Do. Do. Dinah 70″0″0
1 Do. Do. Moll 40″0″0
one Negro Fellow his Eye Sight fail + Named Sam 10″0″0
1 Negro Wench Named Hanah 55″0″0
1 Do. Girl Do. Jean S.40″0″0
1 Do. Do. Jude 38″0″0
1 Boy Do. Dick 45″0″0
1 Girl Do. Named Philis 30″0″0
1 Boy Do. Do. Gloster 20″0″0
1 Do. Do. Puter 50″0″0
Stock  38 head of Cattle a  46″10…..46″10″0
28 head of Hogs a 8  …….8″0″0
1 Yallow Bay Horse a 9  …….9″0″0
1 Gray Mare…7…..7″0″0
1 Dark Bay Horse…8….8″0″0
1 Sorrell Horse + Bell…8…8″0″0
1 Bay Horse…3…3″0″0
Potts…3 9….3″9″0
Pewter…5  12….5″12″0
Old Iron Axe and hoes plows…7″6″6
Beds + Furniture…40…40″0″0
1 Bag New Feathers…2 5…..2″5″0
House Hole Stuff Chares Table Desk…20″12″0
2 Silver Spoons…1″10″0
To sundrys amount….6″14″6
Given under out hands this 22 Decer 1766

Robert Russell
Robert Clerk
Chas Lynch

At A Court Held for Bedford County January 27th 1767
The Within Inventory and Appraisement of Thomas Moorman Decd Estate Returned and Ordered to be Recorded Teste
Ben Howard CBC

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Eugenia V. Bergman was my great-grandmother.  Her obituary was in the Seattle Times, page 21, dated April 16, 1960.


Mrs. Eugenia V. Bergman, 72, of 1505 W. 60th St., died in a hospital yesterday.

Funeral services will be held at 1 o’clock Monday in Mittelstadt’s Ballard chapel. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant.

Mrs. Bergman, born in Sweden, came here 45 years ago.  She was a charter member of Frihet Lodge, Order of Vasa.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Albert Rangwald,  Mrs. Gunnar Kollen, and Mrs. Eleanore Sanchez, and a son, Walden J. Bergman, all of Seattle; a sister, Mrs. Olga Klarstrom, Milton Mass., and 12 grandchildren.

And here is a picture of her with her grandchildren.

I believe that it was taken at Christmas, 1956.  That would have been 3 1/2 years before she died.

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No one in my family is Mormon.

My dad grew up in Catholic schools.  I grew up not really going to church at all.  We attend a Methodist Church now.

It was a bit of a surprise to find that I have ancestors who were among the first Mormon pioneers who lived in Nauvoo and then moved west.  My family didn’t make it to Utah.  They ended up settling in Iowa.

What does this all mean?  I am not very familiar with the history of the religion and what their practices were in that time period.  Am I just being silly and making sweeping generalizations in thinking that they could have been polygamists?

Was this something that was practiced in this early period of the church, before the move to Utah? And if it was, then was it recorded or hidden?

Here is a little background on my Mormon ancestors:

Frederick Mowery was married to Sarah Davis on 24 Dec 1827 in Union county, Illinois.  They had 6 children, one of them my ancestor – Martha Jane Mowery (who was a twin).  Frederick died in Illinois.

Sarah remarried to a man named Alvin Horr on 10 June 1844 in Nauvoo, Illinois.  I have found Alvin mentioned in some different online journals etc. which mention him being part of the church.

Sarah then married again to a Levi Lewis Skinner in Pottawattamie county, Iowa in 1849.  She has her children, Levi’s children, and Alvin’s children living with her.  A full house!  I’ve also seen references to Levi Skinner being a “Seventy in Nauvoo”.

I haven’t really started into any of this yet.  I know that I need to take some history lessons first.  I think that I’m going to start with the research guide on the Family Search site.  Sounds like a good place to begin.:)

Do any of you have ancestors who were Mormon pioneers?  Any suggestions on good places to look for more information?

  • Marilyn - January 29, 2011 - 11:02 am

    Hello Jen,

    Although you will want to research the specifics on your own, the Nauvoo Historical Society has been preserving the long 200 plus years of Nauvoo history. Nauvoo was first named Quashquema by the Sauk and Fox tribes, then Venus by the first white settlers, then Commerce by the merchants and then Nauvoo by the Mormons.

    Visit the website and write to us.


    • Jen - January 30, 2011 - 11:34 am

      Thank you Marilyn for the link!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Cayemberg - February 2, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    I don’t know much abt the Mormon faith but if you could find an obit it may mention the other spouses if there were any.ReplyCancel

  • Loretta - January 26, 2012 - 2:06 pm

    Alvin Horr was my Great,Great Grandfather. I have information on him but none on his 2nd wife. He married her after my GGGrandma died.
    I am glad to find out a little about Sarah.
    I would be happy to share any info about the Hoor family line if you are interested.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 26, 2012 - 10:07 pm

      Thank you for commenting! I am interested in finding out more information on Alvin and his family. I will contact you directly.ReplyCancel

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Here are some of my favorite reads from this past week:

  1. Wendy shared a beautiful poem which her great-grandfather wrote when he left his sweetheart back home to fight in WWI. The  post is entitled “Military Monday: Andrew Lee Brittain in WWI”  Very touching and such a wonderful thing to pass down.
  2. Nolichucky Roots shared her grandmother’s “status updates” in Status updates from the past or how Grandmother beat Zuckerberg to the punch.  She’d be a Facebook junkie for sure!
  3. I couldn’t help but laugh when I read the post entitled “10 things my ancestors did to annoy me” over at Caro’s Family Chronicles.  Don’t we all have some ancestors like these?  It keeps us forever searching…
  4. And I have to give a shout out to Wendy again, because she has been verified in the DAR!!!  And she’s using the same ancestor that I will be when I get off my rear end and finish the paperwork.  This is good news for me!:)
  5. I also think that you should go and visit Liz over at My Tapley Tree…and it’s Branches.  She is my self-proclaimed stalker.:)  Not really.  She and I met in line at the Atlanta Family History Expo and then continued to bump into each other again and again.  After the Expo, she started her blog and then found mine.:)  I’m hoping to run into her again in Charleston this May!
  6. Amy Coffin, over at the We Tree blog had some great posts about blog commenting.  Head on over there to read her post – and then turn off your word verification so that I can quit squinting.:)
  7. Would you like to win a dream vacation to your ancestor’s homeland?  Head over to Ancestry and enter to win their $20,000 Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes!!  On second thought, please don’t.  The less entries, the more of a chance I have to win….
  • Wendy B. - January 28, 2011 - 1:25 am

    Thanks again, Cousin, for the shout-outs. I appreciate your support so much! Can’t wait for us to both be in the DAR together — it’ll be fun to compare notes. Now, I’m off to read the other great blogs you’ve shared. Have a great Friday!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Gurney - January 28, 2011 - 7:54 am

    Thank you for the Follow Friday shout-out, Jen, and for the links to some more great blogs for me to follow.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - January 28, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out, Jen.

    Kudos to Wendy on the DAR. How nice to know you’re in – eventually. Sorry, had to tease. I’m well known in my family for procrastinating. Looking forward to checking her blog out.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - January 29, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    Jen, thanks so much for the shout out! I really appreciate the support. I picked the best person to stalk!! ;) See you in May!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - January 29, 2011 - 11:36 pm

    Oh, and I turned off word verification! Feel free to leave comments now. LOLReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 30, 2011 - 11:34 am

      I will comment away! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Coffin - January 30, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    Thanks for the mention, and for backing me up on the word verification thing. No squinting on my blog!ReplyCancel

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