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


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This is another book that my mom found while I was visiting WA this past summer.

It belonged to my grandma, Eleanore Bergman.

She was a nurse and I’m sure that she used this in her studies or work.

As you can see, it went through a fire.  I’m assuming that this was probably a fire that happened in our storage unit when I was a little kid and we were in a trailer while building our house.  A lot of our things ended up with black marks on them.  (I believe that the fire was in the next unit, so nothing actually burned.)

2014-07-24_0014Here is the publication information.2014-07-24_0015

And my grandmother’s writing inside.  She worked at Swedish Hospital in Ballard (Seattle).  I love that it includes a date: 14 September 1942.  She married my grandpa, Donald Sanchez, the following July.  I think that they were dating at this time.2014-07-24_00162014-07-24_0017Even though there isn’t much genealogical information to glean from this book, I’m glad that my mom still has it.

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While I was visiting my parents’ in Washington this summer, my mom found this book that belonged to her father, Donald Sanchez.

It has seen better days.  The cover is quite faded.
2014-07-24_0008And you can’t even read anything on the spine.


The inside is in pretty good shape though.

It’s called “The Oregon Trail Sketches on Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life”, by Francis Parkman.  It’s an account of a 2-month summer tour in 1846 of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas.  It was first published as a book in 1849.


I love that my grandpa’s childhood signature is written in the cover.

And it also shows a couple of his addresses, which is helpful:

816 10th Ave Seattle, WA

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But my favorite part is the doodling.  I guess he liked planes. 🙂


I’m actually thinking that I might put this book on my “to read” list.  It sounds interesting.

Do you have any books that belonged to your ancestors?  Do they have writing or doodles in them?

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Eugenia was my great-grandmother.  She died long before my parents even met, so I never had the privilege of knowing her.  She immigrated from Sweden in the early 1910s and settled in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

On a recent trip to WA state, I went and found her gravestone.

Eugenia V.C. Bergman (The name on her birth records was Charlotta Eugenia Viktoria Klarstrom)

1888-1960 (I have heard dates as: 4 Jan 1888 – 18 Apr 1960

She was buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Seattle.



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