My favorite papers in a Civil War pension are usually those that give information on a marriage or children’s birth dates (especially when I haven’t been able to find them elsewhere).

I am trying not to overlook the information that can be gleaned from the less interesting pages – and in an inch thick pension packet, there can be many.

This is an affidavit from a physician stating John Edwards’ health in 1929.  It gives me a picture of his health in the years before he died in 1931.

Here is some of the information gleaned:

Mental condition – fair

General Physical condition very poor

Clinical findings

Rheumatism of arms and Legs

High Blood Pressure systolic 180 diatolic 110

Chronic Nephritis (Brights)

Patients physical condition (High Blood Pressure and chronic nephritis necessitates Complete Rest – and therefore care by another person.

It sounds like he was not in good health during his last few years.



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My maternal grandmother’s family came from Sweden in the early 1910s.  They settled in the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle.

While I was visiting my parents in Washington this past summer, we made a trip to Seattle and I finally got a chance to visit the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard.

My little Vikings had a good time….

2014-10-23_0006There was an entire section on immigration, which I found really interesting.  It was neat to see what their experience may have been like.  I do sometimes wonder what my great-grandparents’ reasons were for immigrating.

Another section focused on life in the Northwest – logging, fishing, etc.

The top floor had separate exhibits on each of the Nordic Countires: Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland.

This piece really amazed me.  I guess I never thought about how much work went into something like this.  Doesn’t it look complicated?  I’m in awe.


I really liked the exhibits on traditional folk clothing.2014-10-23_0008

My son really liked the boats.2014-10-23_0009

And my kids were all so excited about the Lego Viking world.  Of course they want to try it at home.


If you haven’t already, I highly recommend going to local museums in the areas where your ancestors lived – it’s so helpful in painting a picture of what their lives might have been like.

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2014-04-28_007The time I’ve had to spend on genealogy and blogging over the past few years has been scarce – and it’s made me sad.  I’ve really missed it.


When the kids were babies, it was easy enough.  I spent many hours with a nursing baby in my arms or a toddler at my feet and I could still get plenty of researching done. It gave me something to work on.  A mystery to solve.

You would think that I’d have more time as the kids got older and I made my way out of the diaper years, but that hasn’t been so.  We homeschool, which means I’m currently teaching kids in 11th, 8th, 6th, 4th, and 2nd grades.  Plus, I get to cart them around to various classes, field trips, and scouting events almost every day.  Add to that the fact that they have to be fed and clothed makes my day even shorter. My extra money goes to them instead research and conference trips.  And I don’t begrudge them that. 🙂


On top of all of this, I overstretched myself when we lived in El Paso.  I volunteered a couple of days a week, I started my own photography business, and I said “yes” to more things than I could fit on my calendar.  It left me with absolutely no free time.

(I really do love taking pictures though!!)


We’ve recently moved to Georgia and I’m making a fresh start with my calendar.  I’m limiting my volunteer time.  I’ve decided not to pursue my photography business here (it takes up SO MUCH TIME away from my family).  I’ve also decided that I’m going to spend some of my new found free time getting back into my genealogy groove.


I felt like I was genealogically isolated in El Paso.  We were SO far from everything, making my dreams of genea-trips an impossibility. (Here we are we are at the World’s Biggest Pistachio).


We’re on the East coast again though, and everything is much closer to us.  Within 3 hours, I can be to Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Columbia, Charlotte.  Within 6, I can be in Birmingham, Montgomery, southern Virginia, Orlando, or Nashville.  It’s exciting!!!


I’ve already gone to the local genealogy meeting and have contacted the local DAR to finally get my paperwork together.  Now I just need to schedule some dedicated time a couple of times a week, just for genealogy.  I know that I can’t work on it daily – my time will come when the kids are grown (and I’m not anxious for that – they’re growing too quickly!!)

I’m curious, do most of you have a dedicated time you spend working on family history?  Is it early in the morning or late at night?  I’m a night owl, so that’s probably when my time will be.  Do you pencil it into your calendar or just pick it up when you’re free?



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Charles Moorman was my 5th great-grandfather.  He died 23 Oct 1803 in Bedford County, Virginia.

This is the Account Current report for his estate, dated 23 July 1805. The transcription is below the images.

2013-12-21_0062013-12-21_007The Estate of Charles Moorman Decd in a/c with Nancy Moorman administratrix

To Cash paid John Taylor as Recd No 1 ” 15 9
” Ditto paid Wm Clayton 2 ” 16 ”
” Ditto paid Moses Embre 3 ” 12 3
” Ditto paid Henry Deardorf 4 1 3 –
” paid James Eckhols for selling property 5 3 3 –
” paid James White Season of
” 3 Mares to Telegraph 6 2 14 –
” paid John Hancock 7 ” 12 9
” paid Wm Burnsides 8 2 1 3
” paid Joseph Fugua 9 3 ” –
” paid Mary Hampton 10 – 16 –
” paid Joseph Fugua 11 1 19 –
” paid Ditto 12 3 19 –
” paid Charles Marckle 13 3 9 9
” paid Enoch Hogan 14 ” 15 –
” paid Saunders + Leftwich 15 16 8 6
” paid Hunter Peal 16 2 18 10
” paid Ditto 17 1 ” ”
39 14 12
” paid Ditto 18 – 16 5
” paid Ditto 19 ” 3 7
” paid Ditto 20 ” 19 6
” paid Uriah Squires 21 3 11 3
” paid D Crenshaw 22 ” 8 4
” paid John Vest ” 6 ”
“paid Wm Brown 64 15 7
71 0 6 1/2
paid for Spirits at Sales 1 4 –
To 1 years boarding Charles Moorman 7 10 ”
To 2 Do boarding + Cloathing Thomas Moorman 17 10 ”
To boarding + Cloathing 4 children to wit Nancy, Sam Edwin + John two years at 9 pounds 1 year each 72 – –
To 1 years nursing + raising one child Achilles Moorman 9 – –
To boarding + cloathing 2 Small Negroes two years 10 – –
To my thirds of Hire of Negroes 63 10 4
To Cash paid … at Sale ” 6 ”
To Do Do for … Tobo ” 2 ”
181 9 4
To allowance for Services as administrx 18 18
To Balance the estate … 298 13 –
615 7 0

By amount of Sales of personal Estate
Slaves excepted as if returned made to Court } 200 11 2
By William Mitchell for parcel Tobo
with T. Watson} 2 14 2
By sale of a Negro Jack sold Elisha Perkins } 142 14 –
345 19 4
1805 By Hire of Molly + Lucy to Willis Cole 32 16 –
1804 By Hire of Jack + Lucy to Eckaner Brambell 40 4 –
1804 By Hire of Molly to W. Moorman 15 1 –
By Hire of David two years 50 – –
By Hire of Beck two years 27 – –
By Hire of Ezbell two Do 25 10 –
By sale of Crop Tobo 4380 78 16 8
269 7 8
615 7 –
By Balance as …… 298 13 –
July 23rd 1805
W.L Walker
W Leftwich Jun
Christopher Clark

In a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 23rd day of July 1805. This State + Settlement of the account Currents of the Estate of Charles Moorman Decd with Nancy Moorman the administratrix exhibited in Court + ….recorded.
Teste J. Steptoe CBC


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