Thank you everyone for your kind words.  We all miss her so much, but I know that she lived a long and happy life.

We made the trek from El Paso to Kansas and back within 3 days.  It was 16 hours each direction and man am I exhausted!!

We had Pukefest 2011 in the car on the way back.  No exaggeration.

Three kids with a stomach bug on a 16 hour car trip is not pleasant, in case you wondered.  You can’t even begin to imagine how happy I was to pull into our driveway!

I’m still glad that we made the trip.  It was nice to be able to say goodbye to her and to visit with family that we don’t see very often.

I {of course} took pictures.

Here are my 5 rugrats…

My husband and his dad…

Our kids and Andy’s cousins’ kids.  It was really hard to get all 8 of them to look the same direction.  My youngest {on the right} is making such a strange face!:)

I think it’s going to take us all a week to recover from the 30+ hours in the car and the stomach bug.

  • Cherie Cayemberg - September 19, 2011 - 5:43 am

    Yeah, Andy doesn’t look like his dad at all! ;)

    I’m glad you guys are back and that everyone seems to be getting over the vomit-itis.

    Get some rest when you can!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Shenette - September 19, 2011 - 10:28 am

    So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. I’m glad everyone made it back from the trip safe and sound. Beautiful family photos, BTW.

    I’ve had one sick kid in the car and thought that was bad. I can’t imagine having three. I hope everyone is either feeling better or continues to stay well.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Goodrum - September 19, 2011 - 10:46 am

    Bless you I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to travel in the car with 3 sick people.ReplyCancel

  • Greta Koehl - September 19, 2011 - 8:49 pm

    I’m glad you were able to say a final goodbye and survive the trip to boot. I remember the days when every trip to the mountains was a pukefest. We always carried two large metal bowls in the car (2 kids). Ah, the old days…. Glad you’re back!ReplyCancel

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My husband’s wonderful grandmother, Ola Louise {Davidson} Weeks, passed away in Kansas yesterday. She was so loved and will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

We’ll be heading up for the funeral this weekend, so I might be a little scarce on here for the next few days.

Louise was the matriarch of her family at 96 years old and was immensely helpful when I started on my genealogical journey 12 years ago.  She was full of so many wonderful family stories.

The last time we saw her was this past May and I was lucky enough to have interviewed her about her amazing birth story, which I posted earlier this month.  I will add it again here today for those of you who didn’t get a chance to watch it.  It’s remarkable to think that she lived such a  beautiful, long life after such a precarious beginning.

It’s hard to believe that she’s gone.:(

  • Debbie - September 14, 2011 - 5:20 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. And so glad you were able to know her and interview her and learn her wonderful stories. I’ve a story of twins that were kept in teacups on the wood stove. Crazy things they used to do!ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - September 14, 2011 - 5:34 am

    Jenn, I’m so sorry. Please give Andy and big hug from us. Drive safely!ReplyCancel

  • Linda McCauley - September 14, 2011 - 6:18 am

    Sorry for your loss but glad you all had the chance to spend time with her this summer.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Clark - September 14, 2011 - 6:40 am

    I am so sorry, Jenn. She was a treasure. Safe travels. Your family is in my prayers.ReplyCancel

  • Dee Burris Blakley - September 14, 2011 - 10:59 am

    So sorry for your loss.ReplyCancel

  • Debi Austen - September 14, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds like such a wonderful woman – loved the glimmer in her eyes when she was talking about the milk that saved her life. I’m so glad you had the opportunity to spend time with her and capture her amazing spirit on film. My thoughts will be with you – travel safely!ReplyCancel

  • Greta Koehl - September 14, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    Oh, no, I am so sorry to hear this. I loved the interview with her – truly a great lady.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - September 16, 2011 - 2:26 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.ReplyCancel

  • Alice Keesey Mecoy - September 18, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    Sorry for your families loss, but it sounds like she had a full life. While her death is a sad event, please remember to celebrate the good parts of her long life.

    Alice Keesey MecoyReplyCancel

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Samuel and Nancy Lee were my 3rd great-grandparents on my father’s side.

I love the two following records, both from 1846 in Franklin County, Virginia.

The first document is kind of like a “permission slip”. :)  Nancy Glass gave permission for Samuel Lee to get a marriage license for their marriage.

There is also another message written below by Nancy’s brother-in-law, Jacob Machenheimer.  He was married to Nancy’s sister Patience.  Their father, John Glass, died in 1840 and now I know that Nancy was living with her sister at the time of her marriage and that her brother-in-law was responsible for her.  He also gave his permission for the marriage license and apologized that he couldn’t ride to town at the time.  {on a side note, I wonder why he couldn’t ride to town – was he injured or sick or just busy?}


The Clerk of Franklin Cty Court is authorized to grant marriage license to Mr Samuel Lee for his and my marriage given under my hand this 27 July 1846

test  Jacob G Machenheimer         Nancy Glass

And here is the second document, giving surety…

Know all men by these presents that we Samuel E. Lee and Samuel R. Kirks are held and finally bound unto the Commonwealth of Virginia in the just and full sum of One hundred and fifty dollars the … payment of which will and only to be made … Executors and … jointly and … and dated the 29 day of July 1846.
The condition of the above obligation is such that … the above bound Samuel E. Lee hath this day obtained from the clerk of Franklin County Court a License for his intermarriage with Nancy Glass of said County. Now if there shall be no lawful cause to obstruct said marriage then the above obligation to be paid else to remain in full free and …
Samuel E. Lee (his mark) [seal]
Samuel R. Kirks [seal]

{It’s late at night and I’m squinting as I try to transcribe this. I’m hoping that I can fill in some of the above blanks during the day. :)}

  • Cherie Cayemberg - September 13, 2011 - 5:35 am

    Very cool that you have a marriage document so old. You did a better job transcribing than I would have that late at night too. The darker side of me doesn’t ask why he couldn’t come into town, it says, maybe she had someone else write it so she could get married. I really should be a more positive thinker! :)ReplyCancel

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Lillian Cossaboon was my husband’s great grandmother.

Dated 3 Sep 1968 in the Wyoming County Times, Warsaw, NY.


Mrs. Lillian Cossaboon, of 40 Inwood Pl., Buffalo, died Friday, (Aug. 23, 1968) in a Buffalo hospital.  She had been in frail health for some time.
Mrs. Cossaboon had formerly lived in Silver Springs, when her late husband, Rev. Nicholas V. Cossaboon, was pastor of the Silver Springs Methodist Church.  She spent her summers at their Silver Lake cottage, and winters in Buffalo with her daughter, Mrs. Virginia Johnson. Because of ill health, she was not at her cottage this past summer.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Dull of Arlington, Va, Miss Ruth Cossaboon of San Antonio, Tex., and Mrs. Virginia Johnson of Buffalo. Another daughter, Mrs. Helen Woods of Lockport, preceded her in death; also 4 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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{this is my son, upset about something, but I’m not sure what.  I couldn’t help but take a picture of that face!}

I had planned on joining the next ProGen group.  I was really excited about the opportunity to further my genealogical education.  It sounds like such an amazing group.

But then reality hit me like a ton of bricks…

I homeschool 4 children every day.  And I have a 3 yr old running around underfoot on top of that.

I have three daughters in three separate Girl Scout troops.

I try to keep current on both of my blogs.

I’ve joined a photography club and a Bunco group and I’ve been attending the local genealogy society meetings.

I’m trying to get my rear end to the gym or on the treadmill on a regular basis.

I actually have real live friends here and they want to do real live stuff – which is cool!

I have floors to clean, dishes to do, laundry to wash, and dinner to cook.

I have genealogy research to do!!!  And lots of papers to scan and file.

I have a long list of places I want to visit while we’re here in the SouthWest.

I have a husband who is in a military academy all day and taking college classes for his Master’s Degree a couple evenings a night.

And the conclusion I came to after realizing all of this was that there was no way on earth that I could fully commit to the study group.:(   If I do something, I want to be able to give it my all. It will have to happen during a different season in my life.


  • Christopher Shaw - September 10, 2011 - 7:30 am

    Sounds like you made the right choice with all that going on. I’m right there with ya and would like to do some more genealogy education but the time just isn’t there. Good luck with your hectic schedule and your goals.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - September 10, 2011 - 9:49 am

      Thanks for reassuring me Christopher. I know that I made the right choice and that I would have regretted being pulled in yet another direction right now. My time will come!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Coffin - September 10, 2011 - 9:43 am

    Your time will come. In the mean time, you could always read the Professional Genealogy textbook that goes with the class.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - September 10, 2011 - 9:48 am

      I might just do that Amy. I have owned the book for about 6 years and I did read it when I first purchased it, but it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since. :)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - September 10, 2011 - 8:56 pm

    I’m exactly with you. I have it on My List. For Someday. But now there is just not enough time in the days.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Clark - September 12, 2011 - 11:54 am

    You’re so wise, Jen. Unto each day…ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - September 13, 2011 - 12:23 pm

    Another affirmation here about your decision, Jen, and mine comes from an “older” season of life. Here’s my take on the last 30+ years of my genealogy bug…I see it in decades now, and the perspective helps. I, too, was researching and contacting family while raising my children, somewhat as a sanity point I think;) During that second decade, they were junior and senior high age, so many activities held me nicely captive. In the third decade I’ve awakened to wonderful opportunities with the internet, and have more flexibility to consider trips for research and visiting family — and I SO look forward to both in the coming months and years.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Holik-Urban - September 14, 2011 - 5:29 am

    Sorry to hear you are unable to start ProGen right now. I’m more than half finished – we end in April. It has been a wonderful experience but if my life was any crazier and busy I would not be able to do it. Definitely takes committed time each month. You could buy the book if you haven’t already and read some of the chapters though depending on what your goals are right now.ReplyCancel

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