James Patrick Thornton was my 3rd great-grandfather.  He was born in Ireland and died in Hubbard, Dakota, Nebraska.

This obituary was from the North Nebraska Eagle, dated 28 July 1887.

Last Thursday night Hubbard precinct lost one of her best citizens, Mr. James Thornton.  He had been to Jackson and after returning home complained to his wife of not feeling very well.  For some years he had been unable to do a day’s work having hurt his back.  Soon after entering the house he retired never to awaken again.  His funeral took place Saturday followed by a large concourse of friends.

This was apparently also from the North Nebraska Eagle, although I”m not sure if it was from the same edition (I don’t have the original, just a transcription):

Jamas Thornton
A pioneer, a patriot, a neighbor
Has done his part, complet’d the labor

An aged parent, an honored chief
Lies dead, and fills the house with grief.

Friends and mourners gathered
And many a fervent prayer rendered.

That the soul which left the shell
May henceforth with its Maker dwell.

Reader, stop!  and shed a tear
For him who went before, who is your pioneer

July 20, 1887, L.E.

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Another week bites the dust – and come to think of it another month!

Phew. Walking, walking and more walking.  Oh and schoolwork with the kids.  Not much genealogy done this week or this month for that matter.  I walked 174 miles during January and managed to lose about 13 pounds along the way.  While I love to walk, it’s incredibly time consuming!!  I did a 20 mile hilly walk last Saturday  and it took my entire morning.  I will definitely slow down after my marathon on March and hopefully I will have some more free time to devote to genealogy again.:)

This week’s favorite finds:

Not only did I not do much genealogy this past week, but I didn’t take many pictures either.  Here are the only ones I had sitting on my camera – of my daughter, Tori.

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This is the diploma of my husband’s grandmother, Ola Louise Davidson Weeks.  It looks like it’s been through quite a bit!

I’m not sure what year she graduated in, but she was born in 1915, so probably in the early 30’s.  She went to Tonganoxie High School in Tonganoxie, Leavenworth, KS.

 

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This is the only picture I have of my grandmother’s brother – Gueldon Leroy Edwards (1921-1946). It’s actually a bad copy of a picture, I apologize for the quality.

Gueldon or “Bub” as he was known died at the young age of 25.  The doctor used forceps when he was born and this harmed him somehow – but I’m not sure of the details.  I believe he died after an operation.

I will have to ask my family members some more information about him – and see if they have any more pictures.

His nickname was “Bub” and my dad called my brother this when he was a kid.

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I think this is quite possibly the most boring estate inventory I’ve ever read. Blah.  I’m sharing it here for other researchers, but I have to admit that I was less than excited when I found this.  I know very little about Jacob Pierce’s life and I was hoping that his probate records would shed some light on his life, but they didn’t.

Can anyone tell me, why does he only have “notes” listed as what the inventory of his estate is – notes from 1871 (the document was from 1877)? Is there any significance to these notes?  Did he own nothing worth mentioning? Nothing?

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