Sometimes I wish that I actually had a fancy-schmancy set of china, instead of a generic set from a box store.

This china was my Grandma Eleanore Bergman’s.  Her sisters, Elvy and Martha, bought it for her as a wedding present when she married my grandpa, Donald Sanchez.

Only a few pieces of it are left.  Most of it was broken over the years. (She had 5 kids and moved around a lot, so it was inevitable.)


The pattern is called “Cowslip” and it was made by a company called “Spode”.


I love the details in this pattern.  It’s colorful and happy.2014-11-24_0062

And I really like the basket weave texture and the scalloped edges.  Lots of little details.


My mom painted this pattern onto a cabinet when I was a kid.  It brings me happy memories.:)

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My great-great grandmother, Christina Bergman, was hit by a car while crossing the street in Seattle, WA.  You can read about the accident here.

She was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Seattle and I took a trip to her grave site this past summer.

Her husband died in Sweden, before she immigrated.  She was buried alongside her son, David Bergman, who never married.

Her other son, Lars Julius Bergman, was my great-grandfather.  Although I believe he’s also buried in this cemetery, I wasn’t able to find a gravestone for him.

I’m starting to wonder if maybe he doesn’t have a headstone.  He died after both his mother and brother.  He was divorced from my great-grandmother (who was buried in a different cemetery) and as far as I know, he was estranged from the rest of the family.  Maybe there wasn’t anyone left to give him a gravestone?  I will have to do some more asking around in the family and see if anyone has the answer.


The gravestone is very close to a tree.

I wonder how big the tree was when they were buried here,  74-90 yrs ago.


It is pretty large now, and shelters their stone from the elements.  I just hope that it doesn’t eventually ruin their stone with its roots.


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David Pewsey was my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather.  He was born in England, immigrated to Canada, and then on to Iowa.  He died in Buena Vista County, IA in 1887.

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I David Pewsey of the County of Buena Vista and State of Iowa being of sound disposing mind and memory and of full age, do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
I give, devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Alpharata Pewsey, all my estate, both real and personal in whatever it may consist or wherever situated at my death, to her own use and benefit, and to be by her owned, used and dispersed by the same as I might if were I living.
I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Alpharata and my Son David C. Pewsey, executors of this my last will and testament; and I request that they be required to give no bond as such executors and that in case either should fail to act in ___ then the other be sole executor. In witness whereof I have set my hand this 29 day of September A.D. 1884
David Pewsey X His Mark
The foregoing instrument was at the date thereof Subscribed by the Said David Pewsey in our presence and he at the same time declared the same to be his last will and testament; and by his request we signed our names thereto, as evidence both in his presence and the presence of each other.
Arthur Bradlicott of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Richard Ratcliff Buena Vista County, Iowa


  • Jan Pewsey - December 22, 2014 - 3:35 am

    Very interesting. I have never seen this before. My father was Howard Pewsey, son of Elmer and Bertha Pewsey, who was from William and Mary Ellen Robbins Pewsey, who was from David and Alpharetta. (who was my great, great grandparents)ReplyCancel

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