Peter Henry Weeks died on 3 October 1928 in Lawrence, Kansas.  This obituary was in the local newspaper.

Peter H. Weeks
Funeral services for Peter H. Weeks, age 86 years, who died at his home, 417 North Ninth street, early yesterday will be held from the Rumsey funeral home at 1:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon and from the Methodist church at Vinland.
The G.A.R. and Ladies of the G.A.R. will have charge of the short service at Rumsey’s and Masonic Lodge No. 9 will have charge of services at the grave.  Burial will be at Vinland.  The Rev. C.S. Freark will assist in the services.
Mr. Weeks is survived by his wife, Mrs. Julia Weeks, two daughters, four sons, twenty-one grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Before moving to Lawrence some years ago, Mr. Weeks had been a resident of Vinland, where he knew and was known by everyone.  He was a good citizen, a friendly man, and a staunch patriot.
During the war, when after the calling of our National Guard the cities of the state found themselves with no military organization, Mr. Weeks, then a man of seventy-six years old, joined the organization of  Home Guards and drilled with them regularly until enough younger men were enrolled to make his attendance unnecessary.

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Merry Christmas!  I hope that you all are enjoying your families, stuffing yourself with food, and opening lots of presents!

I thought that I would leave you with some Christmas decoration ads from the 1911 Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalog.:)

And I have to add – I found many people named “Merry Christmas” on The one I liked the most though was Merry Christmas Easter born on Christmas Day 1918.:)

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Here are the slaves listed in the inventory of the estate of Thomas Moorman, who died in 1766 in Bedford county, VA.  I hope that this may prove to be helpful to someone in their research.

And on a side note, I need your advice. Do you think it’s better to transcribe word for word as below, or to do an abstract, which is much easier to read? Or both? Just curious about what other people do with their records.

Slaves listed were:

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

  • Antonisha - June 6, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    Hey Jennifer,

    Just stopping by from Just wanted to let you know the blog is back up and running.

    Have you gotten any ideas about transcribing versus abstracting? I decided to start doing the Friends of Friends Friday and I’m trying to figure out which way would be better.


  • Daniel Moore - December 14, 2012 - 7:38 pm

    Thank you for posting the transcriptions and actual documents. I am also descended from Thomas Moorman through his daughter Mary. My opinion is that it is always better to transcribe the complete document so that each researcher may better interpret the document. Abstracts are useful when writing a narrative for ease of reading.ReplyCancel

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Last month, we picked up this rocking chair from my husband’s grandma.  Her parents, Clyde and Rose (Hollingsworth) Davidson, had it since they first set up house.  Clyde rocked his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren in that chair.  It is truly a family heirloom and we are very thankful to have it.

My husband is a great woodworker.  He sanded the old varnish off and simply oiled it down.  Isn’t it beautiful?  The last part of his project is putting a new cushion on the seat.  I love old furniture, especially pieces that have family history like this one.

  • Jo Graham - December 23, 2010 - 10:08 am

    I’m sure you’ll all enjoy rocking in it all the more, thinking about all the family who have sat in it :-)ReplyCancel

  • Susan - December 29, 2010 - 2:38 pm

    What a wonderful heirloom to have! The only thing better than a rocking chair is one broken in by your family.ReplyCancel

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Just what we all need, right? Can you imagine something being marketed as the “toilet mask” in this day and age?

This is from the Spring 1905 Sears, Roebuck, & Co. catalog, but it looks like the same ad was in the 1899-1913 issues.  I wonder if it was a big seller.

  • Amy Coffin - December 22, 2010 - 10:04 pm

    Acid-cured transparent rubber? Sign me up!ReplyCancel

  • Jo Graham - December 23, 2010 - 3:21 am

    Your post title conjured up some odd visions! A mask for the toilet? A mask to wear in less-than-perfect public WC’s? I wonder if you were meant to wear it overnight in bed? Not an attractive look! :-)ReplyCancel

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