Not-So Wordless Wednesday: My mom in 1967

I think that what I love about this picture so much is the pattern on her dress.  You can’t get any more 60′s than that. (In my head at least – I never lived in the 60′s!)

  • Mariann Regan - May 15, 2013 - 10:23 am

    I’ve lived through the 60s, and I believe you are right. It could also fit the 70s. (Some people have said the 60s didn’t really start until the 70s, but they exaggerate.) What I love best about this photo is the expression. It’s happy and satisfied and facetious all at once. Reminds me of the “Cheshire Cat” in Alice in Wonderland. I’ll bet she had a great sense of humor.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ellen Aube - May 15, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    That was a print that was popular back in the 1800′s. My Mom had a shaul that belonged to my great grandmother that was the same print. It was called paisley. Glad to see it. Mary Ellen AubeReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - May 15, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    Not just the paisley pattern but the style looks just like the dress I made in Home Ec in the 9th grade which was – gasp – in the 60′s!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - May 15, 2013 - 11:48 pm

    My mom graduated in 1972, so this is probably the very late 60′s. :) She probably did make it herself! I know that she made her prom dress. I was born in 1976, so I missed out on these styles, but I have lots of baby pictures in some interesting clothes. :) ReplyCancel

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Tombstone Tuesday: Ranney Gravestone, Lockport, NY

Cold Springs Cemetery, Lockport, Niagara County, NY

RANNEY

Michael J. (1909-1991), Marie (1906-1995), and Michael J. Jr. (1935-)

  • Mariann Regan - May 15, 2013 - 10:20 am

    This seems unusual, a gravestone with three names. I gather that these are father, mother, and an only son still living. And recently made, within the last 20 years.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - May 15, 2013 - 11:49 pm

    I agree that it’s different that there are 3 on one stone. Maybe the son paid for it and wanted to be on the same one as his parents since he didn’t marry? Just my guess.ReplyCancel

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Amanuensis Monday: Will of John C. Davidson (1855-1928), Leavenworth Co, KS

This is the will of John C. Davidson (1855-1928), son of John C. Davidson and Sophia F. Talbot.

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, and to all whom these presents may concern, be it known that I, John C. Davidson, of the County of Leavenworth and State of Kansas, being of mature age and sound mind and realizing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death and being desirous of making full and complete provision for the final settlement and disposition of all my worldly goods and possessions after my dissolution, do hereby make and declare this my last Will and Testament.

First. It is my wish that all my just debts and funeral expenses, be first paid out of my estate.

Second. I give, devise and bequeath to my brother Thomas Davidson all of my property, both personal and real, during his natural life, and at his death, it is my wish, that said estate be sold and equally divided among my nephews and nieces, as follows: share and share alike, Clyde C. Davidson, one sixth; Bertha Howard, one sixth; Thomas Alexander Davidson, one sixth; Paul G. Davidson, one sixth; and Belle Norwine, daughter of my sister Martha J. Stafford, deceased, one sixth; Leta M. Davidson, one twelfth; John C. Davidson, one twelfth; the last two mentioned are children of my nephew John C. Davidson Jr., deceased and Hattie Davidson. The interest of said last mentioned children shall be paid to the Tonganoxie State Bank, to be held in trust for said Leta M. Davidson and John C. Davidson until they reach the age of majority.

I make constitute and appoint Thomas Davidson, without bond, of Leavenworth County and State of Kansas, executor of this my last Will and Testament, and I hereby _____ each and every will and codicil heretofore made by me.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17th day of May 1918.

{signed} John C. Davidson

The foregoing instrument was subscribed in our presence and acknowledged to us by said testator, and subscribed by us at the request of said testator, in his presence and in hte presence of each other, this 17th day of May, A.D. 1918.

{Signed} {3 signatures}

  • Mariann Regan - May 15, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Somehow, I like to see wills in which everything is equally divided. They seem to be the fairest and the least likely to cause quarrels. Actually (gulp), we have the phrase “share and share alike” in our will. I wonder how old that phrase is.

    But we have only two children, so sharing ought not to be a problem . . .ReplyCancel

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Census Sunday: John C. Davidson in the 1859 Kansas Territory Census

This is the territorial census of Kansas from 1859. John C. Davidson was my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather. He was originally from Virginia, then moved to Missouri, and on to the Kansas Territory.

John C. Davidson, Date of Settlement 1855, 6 minors in the household, total of 8 people in the household

  • Mariann Regan - May 12, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    So he was 65 years old in Kansas territory in 1859. That was an area of severe conflict about slavery in those years, I believe. I admired the historical fiction of Jane Smiley: The All-True Travels and Adventure of Lidie Newton. Full of suspense!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - May 15, 2013 - 11:51 pm

    Actually, it says 55 – and that’s the year he arrived in Kansas. I read that book a number of years ago and loved it!!!ReplyCancel

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A Narrow Escape {Ellsworth Pierce}

Ellsworth Pierce was a brother to my husband’s great-grandmother, Lillian Pierce. This is from the Bridgeton Evening News in Bridgeton, New Jersey, dated 9 January 1919.
A NARROW ESCAPE

Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Pierce, of Fayette street, have returned from visiting friends at Garretstown, Pa.  While taking an automobile trip they had a very narrow escape from severe injury.  They were going down a steep hill when the brakes refused to work and the car went down into a deep rut and the occupants were thrown against the hood with great force.  Mrs. Pierce’s face was cut and bruised and she suffered from shock.

  • Mariann Regan - May 12, 2013 - 4:55 pm

    I’m interested in what newspaper database you used to find this important event. Bridgeton Evening News sounds like a local newspaper. Were you searching locally?ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - May 13, 2013 - 6:29 am

    Mariann, I found the Bridgeton Evening News at Genealogy Bank. You just get lucky if they happen to have the paper in one of the communities where your ancestors lived. :) ReplyCancel

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