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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Charles Moorman was my 6th great grandfather.  He was a plantation owner in Bedford County, Virginia.  He died 23 Oct 1803 and this is his estate sale, dated 21 Jan and 10 Feb 1804.

I have written out most of the information from the document, minus all of the numbers.  I put the final total at the bottom.  It was too hard for me to keep the columns even.

I think it’s so interesting reading through the things that my ancestors owned.  It helps me make a mental picture of  what their home may have looked like.

I love the little details – like the tea cups, looking glass, and especially the names of the books they owned:

Family Bible (I wonder if someone has this today!)
Johnson’s Dictionary
Henning’s Justice  ( I may have this wrong, but wasn’t able to find it under Hennings, Hemmings or Flemmings Justice.  Does anyone know what this book is?)
Buchan’s Family Physician – being an attempt to render the medical art more generally useful, by shewing people what is in their own power both with respect to the prevention and cure of diseases. Chiefly calculated to recommend a proper attention to regimen and simple medicines
Barclay’s Apology – This was a defense of Quakerism and was first published in 1678. I had thought that Quakers didn’t own slaves, so I’m not sure why they would have this book since they were slaveowners.  I will have to look into this a bit more.


List of Sales of the Estate of Charles Moorman decd January 21 1804 + Feby 10.

Edward Pegram   1 Halter Chain

William Thornhill 2 Coulters
1 half shear

Edward Hancock a parcel of chains
2 Hoes

Febry 10th
Thomas Watson 1 Shovel plow
1 ax , 1 Trowel Hoe
1 Hilling Hoe 1 plow hoe
1 ??????????
1 Shot Gun
1 Ball Auger
1 Hone 2 Razors ?
1 Flat Iron

William Burnsides 1 Lot of Old Iron
1 pair breast chains + Cart Boxes

David Crenshaw 1 Broad Ax + foot adj
1 musket

Jordan Reese 1 Case of Bottles
1 ? 1 Grindstone
1 Cask 1 Smoothing plain
1 Folding Table
Chain + Stirrup Irons

Enoch Hogan Buchan’s Family Physician
Hennings Justice

Hunter Peal ?
John Vest Barclay’s Apology

John Preston 1 Flax Wheel

James Eckhols Waggon Box + bands
1 Lock Chain
1 Sorrell mare
1 Case Bottles
1 Rifle Gun
1 Musket
1 Dish Bason 5 plates + four spoons
3 Deer Skins

James Moorman 1 Cut saw
1 Wire Sieve
1 Johnson’s Dictionary
1 Scythe + Cradle
1 pr. Chains
1 pr Tooth drawers + 1 Loggerhead
1 Tea Kettle
1 pr Sheep Shears
1 pr fire Tongs
2 Pigs 1 Womans Old Saddle
3 Flour Bandles
1 pr ? + Traces

Dandridge Tucker 1 Cow + Calf

William Gilpin 1 young mare

Francis Selle 1 Sorrel Horse C?

William Johnson Waggon Boxes + Bands
1 Bell + Cholar

John Hancock 1 pair Steelyards…

Nancy Moorman 14 Hogs 8 Pigs
1 Black Cow
1 __Ditto + Bell
1 Red Do Half
1 Red Heifer with Calf
1 Black mare
1 Bay Horse
a quantity of Walnut planks + Scantling
3 axes ….?
2 H? Family Bible
1 Flax Wheel
2 Cotton Do
1 Scythe + Cradle
1 Cutting Knife + Box
1 Shot Gun
1 Haes 2 singletrees
2 Shovel Plows 1 Coutter
3 Bottles 2 Flat Irons
1 Man’s Saddle 1 Candlestick
1 Sugar Dish + Bowl
4 Table Knives + forks
1 Quart Decanter
1 Feather Bed Bedstead + furniture
1 Ditto Ditto Do
1 Ditto Ditto Do
1 Ditto Ditto Do
1 Womans Saddle
1 chest 4 Yearlings
2 Cots + 3 Dutch Ovens
1 Iron Wedge 1 Washing Tub
3 Water Pails 1 Iron Shovel
1 Cedar Churn 1 Fat T?
1 Hogshead 6 Geese
1 Waggon + hind gere
1 Screw Auger 1 Cask
1 Drawing Knife 5 Reap Hooks
2 Clevises
1 coffee Pot 1 Sugar Box
1 pr Cotton Cards 1 Trunk
1 Looking Glass 1 Set Candle moulds
1 Clothes Brush 1 Coffee mill
1 Loom 1 doz Pewter Plates
2 Dishes 1 Bason + 6 spoons
1 ? 1 milk Pot 3 Tin Cups 4 Coffee Cups
3 Tea Do 2 Saucers + 10 Tea Spoons
3 Dishes + 12 Plates
1 Tea Pot
1 Butter Pot 1 Corner Cupboard
9 chairs 2 Slays 1 Chest

William Leftwich Shoe Tools Harness + Traces

Samuel Hancock 5 files
Amount of Sales…… 200 11 2

In a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 27 day of February 1804
This return of the Amount of Sales of the Estate of Charles Moorman decd was exhibited in Court + ordered to be recorded.
Teste J Steptoe CBC


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