I spent the whole week from Christmas to New Year’s Eve sick with a cold.  Although it was crummy feeling sick during the holidays, it did give me a chance to get a bunch of genealogy done while I was curled up in a blanket at the computer.2014-01-01_003

Thankfully, we made our gingerbread house BEFORE the cold came on…


We should be moving from El Paso sometime this summer, but I have no idea where we’ll be going (that’s Army life for you!).  I’m hoping that it’s somewhere a little more genea-friendly than El Paso.  We are far off the beaten path here and a trip to any conference is very far away.  Also, I have no ancestors from this neck of the woods (and there definitely aren’t any trees here!).   I’m hoping for a posting to Europe, or maybe Virginia.  We’ll see what happens – it’s not in my hands, so I’ll try to be excited about wherever we’ll be heading. 🙂

I do have a few goals/ancestors I want to focus on this year:

1. Join the DAR.  This has been on my goal list for at least 3 years, but I haven’t made the time to do it.  I need to make the time.  I have plenty of ancestors to choose from, so I need to pick one and do the paperwork.

2. I need to focus on re-entering the information on my Swedish ancestors.  I lost a lot of the info in my data loss a couple of years ago and I’ve put of re-entering it.  It’s tedious (especially since I don’t speak Swedish).  It makes entering the census records into my program difficult and time-consuming.  It needs to be done though.

3.  Brick Walll: John Robertson (1804-1879) – born in Kentucky, died in Washington County, Iowa.

4. Brick Wall: Henry Woods from England, father to Thomas Woods (1859-1934)  of Lockport, New York.

5. Work on untangling the Cossaboons of New Jersey and finding the correct line.

6. Brick Wall: Sophia Talbot , b 1819 in Missouri, married to John C. Davidson.  I am so close, yet so far away. I have the correct family, but can’t find exactly where she fits in.

7. Work on my Agee and Lee lines in Virginia.  I haven’t spent a lot of time on siblings of my ancestors and need to do that.

8. Get all of my paperwork digitized and the papers filed away in my huge filing cabinet.

Let’s see if I can stay on track this year and make some progress on some of my brick walls. 🙂

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The older couple in the front middle are my great-great grandparents, John Edgar Robertson (1866-1954) and Mary Ursula Becker Robertson (1864-1943).

They had a total of ten children and 3 of them were dead by 1925, so I am assuming that the other 7 people here are their remaining children.

I am pretty sure that my great-grandmother, Marie Margaret Robertson Thornton is the woman on the left in the back.

Their other living children were: Harry Charles, George Edgar, Helen Alta, Louise Cecelia, Clyde Joseph, and Louis Anthony.  If anyone can identify which is which, I would love to know. 🙂  Thanks!2013-10-20_022

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Juliette Potter Cavit was my 4th great-grandmother.  Her son, George T. Cavit, died during the Civil War and she applied for a Mother’s Pension.
2013-10-21_011…On this 10 day of Sept, one thousand eight hundred and ninety, personally appeared before me, a County Judge in and for the County and State aforesaid, duly authorized to administer oaths Juliette Cavit, aged 74 years, a resident of Burkmere, County of Faulk State of S. Dak, who being duly sworn according to law, declares that she is the mother of George T. Cavit, who enlisted under the name George T. Cavit, at Washington Co, Ia., on the X day of August 1862, in Co. A. 25 Regt Ia Vols..in the war of the Rebellion, who died at Millikens Bend, La on the 26 day of May, 1863, from the effects of Lung disease incurred at Millikens Bend, La on the ++ day of May 1863. That said son left neither widow, nor child under sixteen years of age, surviving. That she is without other present means of support than her own manual labor. That she has applied for a pension; the number of her application is 409819. That she makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the pension roll of the United States under the provisions of the Act of June 27, 1890. She hereby appoints PATRICK O’FARRELL, of Washington D.C., her lawful attorney to prosecute her claim and agrees to allow him a fee of ten dollars. That her Postoffice address is Burkmere, Faulk Co., S. Dak.

Samuel H. Haughn
S. Whitney Juliette Cavit X her mark

Also personally appeared Samuel H. Haughnm residing at Faulkton SD, and S Whitny, residing at Faulkton SD, persons whom I certify to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who, being duly sworn, say they were present and saw Juliette Cavit the claimant, make her mark to the foregoing declaration; that they have every reason to believe from the appearance of said claimant and their acquaintance with her of 7 years and years respectively, that she is the identical person she represents herself to be; and that they have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.
Samuel H. Haughn
S. Whitney

State of South Dakota County of Faulk ss;
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 10 day of Sept, AD 1890…

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This picture was taken at my 3rd great-grandparents 50th wedding anniversary celebration/family reunion in Tipton, MO.  They are the older couple sitting in the middle.

They were married 2 Jan 1858 in Tipton, Moniteau, Mo so I’m assuming that this was taken around that date in 1908.

Even though the writing is  a bit distracting to the picture, I’m thankful that some of the people have been identified.  I think this picture is quite the treasure.2013-10-20_020

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