Michael Hollingsworth was my husband’s great-grandmother Roselie’s brother. He was only 25 when he died.

13 August 1896, Tonganoxie Mirror, Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, KS

A Victim of Typhoid
Last Saturday afternoon, at half past five o’clock, Michael Hollingsworth breathed his last, having succumbed to an attack of typhoid fever.  Funeral services were held next day by Rev. Ballard in the Friends church, and the remains were buried in the cemetery on the hill.
Michael Hollingsworth was born in Buena Vista county, Iowa, April 8, 1871, and came with his parents to Kansas during childhood.  He was united in marriage Nov. 1893 to Miss Betsey Wogan.  She and a two years old child survive him.

Card of Thanks
The undersigned wish to tender their deepest thanks to the many friends who so kindly came to their assistance in the hour of sorrow and trouble over the loss of a loved one.
J.D. Hollingsworth and wife
James Goucher and wife
Betsey Hollingsworth

  • Cherie Caye berg - November 20, 2011 - 10:00 am

    How sad,Jen! To die so young and with a young wife and child too. Thanks for sharing and remembering.ReplyCancel

  • nick woods - November 21, 2011 - 9:04 am

    His death was such a blow to the family. Michael’s wife was pregnant with their 2nd child when Michael died. The baby was Edgar, born in September.
    In a photo Mother had, the Hollingsworth family was gathered in the yard of a home G-Grandfather Joseph David had built in Tonganoxie. Minnie(adult woman wearing black), Albert, Rosalie, and Mina (both younger sisters wearing black dresses & white aprons), with their parents Joseph & Rosanna and little Grandson Ora. Grandma Rose said, Baby Edgar was asleep in the house. Apparently, Betsy had left the area after the birth of her 2nd son never to return.
    G-Granddautghter Elizabeth Weeks WoodsReplyCancel

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I am so glad that this week is over, because I’m TIRED. I”m looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend at home!

Please excuse any spelling mistakes.  If I’m not making any sense, it’s because I spent Thursday evening playing Bunco and then watching the new Twilight movie at midnight. :)

  • Scanfest is coming to AnceStories this Sunday, November 20th!  I would like to participate someday, but I never seem to have enough quiet, free time to do it.  There are stacks and stacks of things that are waiting to be scanned….
  • I really enjoyed my time at the Atlanta Family History Expo last year.  This year, I’m living in El Paso though and there don’t seem to be any large conferences in the area.  Darn – I have to live vicariously through other bloggers.:)  Jenny over at Are My Roots Showing posted about the conference here and here.  Valerie of Begin with Craft also wrote about the Expo here, here and here.
  • Tune in to Geneabloggers Radio tonight – the topic is Celebrate Your Family in Film.  What a fun format to share your research!  I would love to do this someday.
  • Heather Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy posted the coolest project she did with the help of her Flip-Pal.:)  I love it!!
  • Sheri, over at The Educated Genealogist posted about her Flip-Pal project too.  Her mom will be so excited.
  • Amy Coffin’s The Big Genealogy Blog Book is finally out.  Congrats Amy!
  • A very happy first blogiversary to Liz at My Tapley Tree…and its Branches!!  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Liz twice at conferences this past year and she’s so much fun!!!

And a few pictures…


  • Heather Wilkinson Rojo - November 18, 2011 - 8:59 am

    Thanks for mentioning my first Flip-Pal project. I hope someone tries it out and posts a photo! Watch for more holiday gift ideas coming soon…ReplyCancel

    • Jen - November 18, 2011 - 4:10 pm

      I’ll be checking back to see what other neat ideas you have! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lanctot - November 18, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the mention! Had such a good time at the conference, mostly due to the new friends I made! Sorry you weren’t able to make it this year.ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Fenley - November 20, 2011 - 2:46 pm

    I am pleased you enjoyed the gift idea! Thanks for sharing it with everyone. Also that daughter of yours is beautiful! The twinkle in her eye suggests that she can be a handful at times I’ll bet LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Tapley - December 2, 2011 - 6:18 pm

    Jen, thank you so much for the shout out for my 1st blogoversary! It’s been a great year! Hope to see you at a third conference sometime soon!ReplyCancel

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I am very excited to begin research on my brother-in-law’s family.  It’s nice to have some new names to be searching for. :)

I was happy to find this application for a medical license on the Washington Digital Archives (I love that site!!).

Dr. Edwin Asbury Montague was my brother-in-law’s great-great grandfather.

I didn’t know what osteopathy was, so I looked it up:

Osteopathy is a system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts and cause many disorders that can be corrected by various manipulative techniques used in conjunction with conventional therapeutic procedures

  • Debi Austen - November 17, 2011 - 8:35 am

    I’m right near Tacoma if you need anything ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 17, 2011 - 10:20 am

    Thanks Debi!! I didn’t realize you were near Tacoma. My little brother lives in Tacoma and my parents are on Harstine Island. :)ReplyCancel

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Four generations of Bakers: Rebecca White Campbell Baker (1821-1910), Harry Peter Baker (1856-1922), Florence Marion Baker Weeks (1875-1949), Florence Jenny Weeks Whittaker (1904-?).  Based on ages, I’m guessing that this picture was taken around 1905-06.

  • Wendy - November 16, 2011 - 5:44 am

    What a good-looking family! And look at the jewels on that baby’s dress. I’ve never seen anything like it.ReplyCancel

  • Heather Roelker - November 16, 2011 - 3:43 pm

    The baby is adorable and looks like a mini Admiral!ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - November 16, 2011 - 5:00 pm

    Beautiful photo. And like others, the baby’s dress really caught my attention!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 17, 2011 - 10:21 am

    I think it might be embroidery on the dress – what do you think?ReplyCancel

  • Dee - November 20, 2011 - 9:11 am

    I love that photo! Multi-generational photos are such treasures.ReplyCancel

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Michael David Hollingsworth was born in Buena Vista County, Iowa in 1871 and died in Tonganoxie, Leavenworth County, Kansas in 1896.

He was buried in Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie.

  • Larry Hollingsworth - November 17, 2011 - 10:11 am

    According to his obituary, he died of typhoid. No idea where the wife went to. Michael M. Hollingsworth, his grandfather is also buried there(no marker).ReplyCancel

    • Jen - November 17, 2011 - 10:18 am

      I am actually posting his obituary on Sunday! :)
      How did you get the information on Michael M.? I went to Sioux Rapids, IA (where he lived) and tried to find a gravestone there but wasn’t able to.ReplyCancel

  • Larry Hollingsworth - November 18, 2011 - 8:47 am

    Michael M., was actually living in Tonganoxie, KS at the time of his death, according to the short obituary in the paper. His wife Nancy Ann, went on to live with her son, Isaiah, who at the time of her death lived in Sioux Rapids, IA. I met, by chance, with the overseer of the Tonganoxie cemetery, who had also went to school with my father, gave me a listing of everbody buried in that plot. Included is a Nick, with no recorded dates.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - November 21, 2011 - 1:57 pm

      Thanks Larry! I don’t think I have the older Michael’s obit (although I have a stack of papers that needs to be entered into my computer so it’s possible). I didn’t realize that they were also living in Tonganoxie at the time of his death. I wonder who Nick was.ReplyCancel

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