Sophia {Ross} Pottgen was my 4th great-grandmother. Her husband, Francis Pottgen had died in 1853 and she didn’t remarry. She lived in Alton, Illinois – across the river from St. Louis, Missouri.

This is her will.  I have transcribed it below the images.

She divided up her estate between her three living children – Louisa Thornton {my 3rd great-grandmother}, Kate Harris, and Joseph Pottgen.
Know all men by these presents That I Sophia Pottgen of the City of Alton County of Madison and State of Illinois being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make ordain and establish this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all others and I do hereby appoint James Thornton of the City of Alton County Madison and State of Illinois to be the Executor of this my last will and testament.

First It is my will that all my Just debts be paid.

Second. After the payment of all my Just debts and funeral expenses I ordain and desire that my real estate being Lot Seven Block twenty in Pope and others Addition be sold at public or private sale as my executor may desire best.

Third. I give and bequeath to my daughters Louisa Thornton and Kate Harris and to my son Joseph Pottgen One Third of my personal estate money etc. to each. That is to say One Third of my personal property money etc. to Louisa Thornton One Third of my personal property money etc to Kate Harris and one Third of my personal property money etc to Joseph Pottgen. In testimony whereof I have hererunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Twenty seventh day of October in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy four.

Sophia Pottgen [Seal]

Signed and acknowledged before us the date above mentioned
John w. Coppinger
Phil Thornton
Barney Reilly

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Author and genealogist, Katie Andrews Potter, sent me her new book, Going Over Home, to read and review.2014-01-27_007

First of all, I am an avid reader and usually enjoy historical fiction, historical non-fiction, historical mysteries, and the occasional historical romance.  Yes, you’ve guessed it, I like history – hence my love for genealogy and my own family’s place in history.

I recently had a nasty cold. I was miserable but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  It meant that I had a very good excuse to get cozy on the couch with a cup of lemon tea, a blanket, and this delightful book.  With 5 kids, I rarely get time to read in the middle of the day unless I’m reading a page or two during someone’s piano lesson.:)

I think I would describe Going Over Home as a wholesome, time travel historical fantasy with the addition of genealogy and mystery to it.  A great mixture.

Here is the description from the back of the book:

“Maddox’s life changed the day she read her real birthdate: May 17, 1820. Not 1990, like she’d been told all along. Sure, there had been clues: her mother’s old-fashioned style, the fact that her parents refuse to talk about her grandparents, but she never could have guessed they were actually from the past. And if that wasn’t enough, now she has to go back in time to live for good. She has descendants living now, and if she doesn’t go back their lives will never be.

Once she figures out how to go back in time, she struggles with the impending change her life is about to take, and her relationship with shy, unassuming Henry Yancey: the man she is supposed to marry. But if the decision to go back isn’t hard enough, she soon finds out there is someone who will stop at nothing to keep her from going back, and he’s running out of time. Will Maddie fall for Henry, and will she be able to make it back in time before the portal closes?”

The majority of the book takes place in the present day, with frequent trips back to the 1830’s as Maddie goes back and forth between the two times – meeting her great-grandmother and her future husband (in the past!) along the way. She has to make a very hard decision about whether she will stay in the past and leave her family behind or stay in the present and change her life and the lives of those around her.  She happens to be roommates with one of her descendants – who won’t exist if she doesn’t marry Henry Yancey.

I love the idea of being able to travel back into another time and way of life and I would love to be able to have a glimpse of how my ancestors lived. Of course, I’m not so sure that I’d like to stay in a time without running water and a warm house!

Going Over Home has an interesting plot and is an fun, light read.  I’m going to pass it along to my daughters (14 and 12) next, as I think it would be a good book to get young adults excited about researching their own family tree. I could really use a couple of genealogy apprentices here!

The book is available for download on your Kindle for $.99 at right now!!

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Phillip Sanchez-Tereso was a brother to my great-great grandfather, Jacob Frederick Sanchez-Tereso.

His wife, Mary Jane Garriot, was an aunt to Frederick’s wife Mathilda Jane Brittain (whose mother was Nancy Garriott, Mary Jane’s sister).

Phillip & Mary Jane are buried in Rayburn Cemetery, in Keokuk County, Iowa.

Phillip H. Sanchez Tereso died July 30, 1881  Aged 56 y 1 m 26 d    born in Kaiserslautern, Bavaria, Germany  June 4, 1828

Mary Jane his wife d. Oct 2, 1917 aged 81 y 11 m 12 d


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Peter Henry Weeks was my husband’s great-great grandfather.  He served during the Civil War and received a pension.  His father, Samuel Weeks, was an affiant for his pension.


State of Indiana County of Jefferson
In the matter of Peter H. Weeks for Invalid Pension late of Company “I” 5th Regiment Missouri Cav Volunteers, On this __ day of __ A.D. 1883 personally appeared before me a __ in and for the aforesaid County, duly authorized to administer oaths, Samuel Weeks aged 72 years, a resident of Deputy, in the County of Jefferson and State of Indiana…
The said Peter H. Weeks is a Son of mine and was Sick with the mumps, while in the army, his Mother visited him during his illness, and though he escaped with his life and faithfully served his time out, yet the mumps, as he complained to me at different times, left him permanently injured in the testicles (I never examined for myself).
And I will add He afterward reenlisted and continued in the Service until the close of the war.
Samuel Weeks

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