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My kids studied the War of 1812 this past week as part of our homeschool. It inspired me to do some researching on how my ancestors were affected by this war.

My 4th great-grandfather, John Glass is rumored to have served during the War of 1812. I have seen him listed as “Captain John Glass” in a county history. He fits the right age for having served -he was married in 1806 in Halifax County, VA and died in 1840.

Searching through Ancestry’s War of 1812 records though, the many men I found named John Glass were all privates. I didn’t find a single Captain.

I have absolutely nothing against enlisted men.  I am the proud wife of an Army sergeant and I would be equally proud to have an ancestor who enlisted during the War of 1812.

But I want the truth – whatever it may be.  Was he an officer?  If he was a Captain, wouldn’t he most likely have been a company commander?  There should be records of some sort to prove or disprove this, right?

At first, I was inclined to think that he must have been an officer.  I have the inventory of his estate which lists a sword and epaulette amongst this things.

I assumed that only an officer had an epaulet.

I then did some searching and found pictures of War of 1812 insignia,

I was surprised to find that some enlisted men did indeed wear epaulets.

I would love to get my hands on his military records, but I don’t currently have enough info to order them.

I think that I have a lot of further research to do before I can figure this out…

P.S. Did you know that there is a National Society United States Daughters of 1812?  They have a library in Washington, D.C., but their website says that they cannot assist with genealogy or lineage research.  Darn.:(

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This is the affidavit of Joseph Campbell, brother of Rebecca White Campbell Baker.  She applied for a widow’s pension after the death of her husband, James Baker.

General Affadavit

State of Kansas, County of Shawnee

In the matter of claim for Rebecca Baker, widow of James Baker late of Co. “F” 74″ PA.

Personally appeared before was an officer duly authorized to administer oaths within and for the county and State aforesaid, Joseph Campbell, Topeka Kan. 72 yrs old.

person of lawful age who being duly sworn declare in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:

I am a brother of Rebecca Baker and was present and know that she was married to James Baker March 4th 1846 in Indiana County, Pa.  Her maiden name was Rebecca White Campbell.  I also know that Rebecca Baker has never re-married since the death of her husband James Baker Nov. 9″ 1885

J. Campbell

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Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥ I hope that you are spending today with the one you love.:)

I thought I’d post some more ads from the Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalog. Most of these are from 1897, with the exception of the last one which was 1915.

Wouldn’t these make a lovely gift? I personally like the emerald heart charm.

Read this book before writing your love letters.

Maybe he’s going to pop the question on this special day!


These would make a lovely gift.

Perfume is always nice…

If you’re completely clueless this Valentine’s Day, maybe you should read these before making a move…

A good rule to remember.  You can never, NEVER, go wrong with chocolates.:)

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥Hope you all have a LOVE-ly day!!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Dee Blakley - February 14, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Don’t you just love those old Sear catalogues?

    These ads are really neat.ReplyCancel

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Alfred Leroy Edwards was my great-grandfather.  I found his obituary last month on GenealogyBank.com.

Edwards, Alfred L.

age 72, of 703 N. W. Market. Beloved husband of Viva.  Father of Mrs. Kim (Jill) Edwards, Mrs. A.J. (Donna) Thornton, both Seattle; Mrs. Milton Cours, Sioux City, Ia.  Brother of E.E. (Mike) Roberts, Edmonds, 15 grandchildren, three great grandchildren.  Member of The Berean Church, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 32.  Services Friday, 3 p.m., at Wiggen and Sons Chapel.  Interment, Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Ia., 1 p.m. Monday. Remembrances may be made to the Berean Church.

  • Bill Thornton - March 26, 2015 - 3:31 am

    He was always great to me. He insisted on sitting next to me at thanksgiving to watch me eat!ReplyCancel

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There were a lot of great posts this week.  Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Dee over at Shakin’ the Family Tree posted a very haunting photo of a child’s funeral procession.  It amazes me what you can find at flea markets.
  2. I just love the blog Family Tree Rings: An Ancestral Birthday Blog.  It has a gorgeous colorful design and I love the idea of posts on each ancestor’s birthday – complete with gift ideas!  Head on over there and check it out!
  3. I love antiques – especially when they are family heirlooms.  Check out the beautiful Tennessee chair over at Nolichucky Roots.
  4. Head on over to She Finds Graves and give Kellie a big blog hug.  Her relatives are driving her crazy this week.:)I think that most of us have felt this way at one time or another.
  5. Those of you who are like me and at home instead of at the RootsTech conference this weekend, you can live vicariously through others.  Read the We Tree Genealogy Blog and Olive Tree Genealogy Blog for updates.
  6. Jennie over at They Came to Montana has a great post on Ancestor Trading Cards she has made.  They are so cool!  When I have the time, I would love to make a set of these for my kids.  I could use it in our homeschool as we’re studying history.  I could even print their “stats” on the back.  What a neat idea!
  • Susan - February 11, 2011 - 10:01 am

    Thanks so much for the shout out, Jen. Quite an honor, because I thought your other selections were wonderful posts. I was delighted to find Kellie – witty, wonderful writing.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Coffin - February 13, 2011 - 10:02 am

    Thank you for the mention! I’m way behind on my RootsTech posts, but I promise to get them all done this week!ReplyCancel

  • Jennei - February 22, 2011 - 10:37 am

    Thanks for the mention. The cards are so quick and easy and I did print the stats on the back. GMTA.ReplyCancel

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