These toy soldiers belonged to my husband’s father and are probably about 65 years old.  My husband refound them when he was looking through one of his trunks a few weeks ago and the kids have been playing with them in the backyard ever since.

And look – they were actually MADE IN THE USA!!!:)

I think that there are a few that may have been from a different set.  I’m not sure why this guy has a hole on top of his head.  He looks different than the above soldiers though.  Of course, that could be because his paint is really wearing off.

And here are some of the casualties of war.

Here are a few of them in action, in our backyard.  Yes, we have rocks in our yard – we live in the desert.:)

Do any of you have toy soldiers also?

  • Mariann Regan - April 21, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    Cool pictures. And hey, I don’t mean to be alarmist, but if these toy soldiers are 65 years old . . . is there lead in their composition? Or lead paint??ReplyCancel

    • Jenn - April 22, 2013 - 8:37 am

      Very good point Mariann!! I didn’t even think about that.ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - April 22, 2013 - 5:17 pm

    My dad and his brother had a set of toy soldiers from the 1920’s that we played with as kids. Last year we were cleaning things out of my mother’s garage and all my brother wanted were the army men to share with his grandsons. We talked about the possibility of lead – I don’t know if you can have them tested or what. I sure wish I’d taken some photos of them before he packed them up and took them home :-(ReplyCancel

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That feeling you get when you finally see a picture of an ancestor you’ve been working on for years and years (around 14) is absolutely priceless.  Putting a face to the name you’ve been researching is so rewarding.  It makes that ancestor so much more real (at least in my opinion).  I can immediately relate to them more.  I am more interested in learning their story.

I have a distant cousin who sent me these pictures this past month.  I am so thankful and am looking forward to sharing them with the rest of my family.

These pictures are of James Patrick Thornton (1824-1887), my 3rd great-grandfather.  He came to the U.S. (first to Illinois and then Nebraska) from Ireland.

These photos were scanned from an album in my cousin’s possession.  The album has a stamp that says “Patent June 6, 1882″ in it.

  • Marian Wood - April 17, 2013 - 10:12 am

    Hi Jen, Happy to see you posting again! I miss reading about your ancestors and adventures. Take care! – From Marian @ your twin blog namesakeReplyCancel

    • Jenn - April 17, 2013 - 12:17 pm

      Thanks Marian! I started my own photography business a couple of months ago, so I’ve been swamped. :)ReplyCancel

  • Mariann Regan - April 21, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    What an amazing face — I think it shows a lot of strength. And those eyes look so penetrating. Maybe it is their intelligence, or maybe it is their light color. I would want to make sure this person was my friend.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn - April 22, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Mariann – I agree! He has very nice eyes. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ann H. Emory - May 4, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    When I encountered your site and the photo of James P. Thornton, I was shocked, as I have the same photo. I would love to get in touch with you and your cousin who has the photo album. I have other Thornton photos that I’m happy to share as well. Hope to here from you. My email is
    Thanks, Ann

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Life has been crazy.  I’ve started my own photography business and continue to homeschool my kids.  I feel like I rarely have time to spend on genealogy and that makes me sad.

There is one advantage to taking a long break from doing research though.  Records are always being added online and when you haven’t looked for a while, it feels like you’ve hit the jackpot.

Here is one of the things I found this week – the naturalization petition of my step-grandmother, Margaret Rose Barnard Ogden Sanchez.

  • Trevor Ogden-Sanchez - March 10, 2013 - 6:28 am

    This is weird because my Mom told me she never received American citizenship but that she had a permanent residency card. HmmmmReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Thornton Woods - April 12, 2013 - 5:56 am

    This is a petition for naturalization. She may not have completed it.ReplyCancel

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It’s time again to shop through the Sears & Roebuck catalogs.  This time it’s 1907…

As always, I’ll start with the fashions.

The hats, my goodness the hats!“Because I love you” – the complete lover’s guide.I love this desk telephone.This cracks me up.  The smallest kinematograph in the world. “A positive sensation.  By looking through the small eye-piece a perfect picture may be seen.  Ask your friends to keep turning to see additional pictures and as soon as small knob is turned a small spray of water is released and shot into the operator’s eye.:)All the Go – Roosevelt Bears!!Motion Picture Machines and Stereopticons.  Look at all of the beautiful things you could see.I think it’s interesting that Sears had a “profit sharing program” where you could earn free items.I just love how easy they make using these washing machines look.  Yeah, right!!Very interesting napkin holders.I thought it was interesting to see what types of magazines were offered in 1907.This poor woman is absolutely buried in books.:)The Davis Automatic Morris Chairs – “designed for those who like massiveness and simplicity…”Jewelry tools.I am so glad that I will never need a foot warmer.  Brrr.You could even get club foot shoes in the catalog.  Such selection.Holy water founts.And look at the boy’s football uniform…Join me next time when we shop through 1908.

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