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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Johh Henry Becker (Johann Heinrich Becker) was my 3rd great-grandfather.  He was born in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. in 1852.  His obituary was published in the Tipton Times, dated 8 August 1919.


He Was Born in Winterschied, Germany – Came to Missouri 71 Years Ago

Henry Becker died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Louis G. Imhoff on Ohio street, August 2, 1919 of old age.  Had he lived until December 1st next, he would have been 89 years old.  He was born in Winterscheid, Germany and came to Missouri when 18 years of age, living in and near Tipton until his death.  His wife, whose maiden name was Miss Margaret Kuttenkuler, died September 25, 1915, since which time he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Imhoff.  On January 2, 1908, Mr. and Mrs. Becker celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary.  Mr. Becker was a civil war veteran and for a number of years followed his occupation as carpenter and contractor.  He was an industrious man and a good citizen.

Three sons and six daughters survive him.  They are: Henry and Joseph, of St. Louis; Chas. Becker and Mrs. Peter Schmidt, of Kansas City; Mrs. John Robertson, of Souix City, Iowa; Mrs. L.A. Mudd, of Grainger, Iowa; Mrs. L.G. Imhoff and Mrs. A.G. Koechner, of Tipton, and Miss Lucy Becker, of St. Louis, all of whom attended the funeral except Chas. Becker, of Kansas City.

Funeral services were conducted from St. Andrews Catholic church, of which the deceased had long been a faithful member, Monday morning by Rev. Father Kueper; interment in Catholic cemetery, the following being pallbearers: P.O Flood,  Joe Sommerhauser, Peter Dick, Jacob Heinen, Andrew Schmidt, and John Hartman.

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Week 8: Technology.  What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood? What types of technology to you enjoy using today, and which do you avoid?

I was born in 1976 and the majority of my childhood was spent with the latest technological advances.

  • We had a color TV with a remote control. I actually had my little brother convinced that I could turn him off with it.  What a cruel big sister I was, wasn’t I?  I remember being so glad when we got that TV set, because I no longer had to be the remote for my parents. 🙂  We never had cable though (we lived on an island and it wasn’t available).  We had the good ole bunny ears on the roof – which constantly had to be moved around to get decent reception.
  • My uncle lived with us for a while and when he moved in, he brought a microwave.  It was magical.
  • I had a “ghettoblaster”, but I probably lived as far from the ghetto as possible.  I loved having a double tape deck.
  • I can’t remember what year we got our first computer.  I was probably about 8 or 9 yrs old (just a guess).  It was a Commodore 64 and I thought that it was the coolest thing on earth.  I mean, what’s there not to love about this thing? 🙂 (We later upgraded to the 64C)

The main screen was this boring two-tone blue color.

And I thought that it was the neatest thing when I read the manual and figured out how to type the code into there so that I could change the colors.  And the font color too.  I had a rainbow of colors adorning our Commodore. I shudder to think of how much time I spent doing this.

I also liked to play games on it of course.  We had a joystick and often played things like Pac-Man (or Woman – I don’t remember which) and Zanac (not Zantac!) .

By far my favorite game was Transylvania.  It was a role-playing type game where you had to type in what you wanted to do. Great graphics, huh? (Photo credit: www.mobygames.com  You can take a walk down memory lane and find all of your favorite old games on there!)

I remember that my little sister always had such a hard time playing this game.  She wasn’t the best of spellers, and the computer often didn’t understand her commands.

It cracks me up now to think how scary I thought this game was.  Especially when the werewolf jumped out at you.

I exaggerate.  There was no jumping – and it doesn’t really look like a werewolf, does it?  We actually had to wait patiently for the next page to load.  I would get so nervous that I couldn’t think what I should type.

Looking back, the game was so silly and the actions took so incredibly long.  I would have to type “put bullet in gun”  “shoot gun at werewolf” etc.  But I really thought it was fun. 🙂

I wonder what my kids would think of it – since we have a Wii and a couple of DS’s.  I never could have imagined what technology would be like for my kids.  It amazes me every day.

What a fun walk down memory lane.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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