I only have a few favorites to post from this week, only because I got hit with a nasty cold (and have been in a Ny-Quil induced coma for a couple of evenings – my normal computer time) and I also had my daughter’s birthday party today – involving a 6-layered rainbow cake and bowling with 7 little kids. Not a lot of computer time this week. There were a lot of great reads out there, but here are the few that I’m going to share:

  1. Amy Coffin lets us know Why Roots Tech is the Bees Knees!  I really wish I could have attended, because it sounds like it was a great time and that there was a lot of variety in speakers and topics. I am all about using technology in research (as  most of us bloggers probably are.)  Maybe next time…
  2. Head over to Family Tree Rings and pick your favorite love story. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day post.
  3. Check out the Friday Funny over at They Came to Montana.  Especially if your name is Grady. 🙂
  4. I loved Astrid’s post about the research on her Italian great-grandparents.  Family secrets make for interesting family history!
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This is a photo of Roselie Melissa Hollingsworth (1890-1973).  She was my husband’s great grandmother, and was married to Clyde Cleveland Davidson (1888-1971).  They are both buried in Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, Kansas.

Doesn’t she look lovely?

The picture is in the possession of my husband’s grandmother.  It is quite large and in a beautiful old frame.

I took these pictures while we were visiting Kansas this past October.  It looks like it belongs in a “hall of ancestors” doesn’t it?

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(Photo Credit: www.teachingamericanhistorymd.net)

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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