Donna Belle Deva Edwards (married Thornton) was my paternal grandmother.

I think this is the only picture I have of her as a small child and I cherish it.  I know it needs to be fixed up and retouched (Cherie, I hear it coming!) but I’m holding off as I am hoping to get a better scan of the original picture.  This is a scan of a bad copy.:(

  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 20, 2012 - 6:00 pm

    Oh I see how it is now…you don’t WANT me to fix any pictures! LOL!!!

    I was actually going to say that it’s a beautiful picture. Always best to get a better resolution too!ReplyCancel

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I know I’ve already said this a number of times, but I love inventories. There is just something so special about peeking into someone’s home from a hundred or more years ago and being able to see the things that they owned.

Joseph Campbell was a half-brother to my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather, William Campbell.  They both lived in Indiana County, PA.

Joseph appears to have been pretty well off.  He even owned a silver watch worth $10. :)

Inventory of the Goods and Chattels, Rights and Credits of Joseph Campbell late of Center Township Indiana county, deceased.

Indiana County, ss.

We John H. Allison + W. H. McMullen do swear by Almighty God, the searcher of all hearts, that we will well and truly, and without prejudice or partiality, value and appraise the Goods, Chattels, and Credits of Joseph Campbell late of Center Township Indiana County, deceased, and in all respects perform our duty as appraisers, to the best of our skill and judgment, and that as we shall answer to God at the Great Day.

Sworn and subscribed before me this 29 ” day of May 1879} John H. Allison        W H McMullen

D. R. Lewis Register

3 Cows – $15                        $45.00
3 Yearling calves 6 18.00
2 Spring calves 3 6.00
One Sorrel mare & colt 50.00
” Brown mare & colt 60.00
Six Shoats 10.00
5 Sheep 12.50
5 Lambs 10.00
One Farm Wagon 18.00
” Spring Wagon 15.00
One corn drill 2.00
” Harrow 2.50
” Log Chain 1.00
One Spread chain .50
” cultivator 2.50
” Plow 1.50
2 Setts Heavy harness 25.00
Single trees 1.00
One man’s saddle 2.00
2 Riding Bridles 1.50
2 Halters .50
One mattock .75

carried over $285.25

Amount brought over $285.25

One manure fork .50
2 cant Hooks .50
One Hoisting jack .50
” Half bushel measure .50
” Sheep Skin .50
” Half Barrel salt .50
One fanning mill 8.00
” Grain Shovel .25
2 pitch forks .20
1 pair hay ladders .50
Hay fork and tackle 9.00
4 Bushels of wheat $1 4.00
4 Do Oats 1.00
5 Old Barrels .25
One Grindstone .50
A lot of loose irons about saw mill 1.00
4 Acres of oats in ground 12.00
3 Do in Growing wheat 9.00
4 Do ” corn 16.00
5 Do ” Rye 10.00
One old axe .25
One half interest in Russel Mower 20.00
” Hay Rake 12.00
” Old Sled and Box 1.00
” Lot of Oak posts 1.00
One Garden Spade .40
2 corn Hoes .40
2 Hives of Bees $4 8.00
2 mowing scythes 1.00
One Grain cradle 2.00
One lot of feathers 3.00
” spinning wheel .50
2 Grain Rakes .30
” piece of Harness .50
One large chest and contents 4.00
” small chest of drawers 1.50
stand .50
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one large chest and contents 4.00
” small chest of drawers 1.50
” ” stand .50
” clock case 1.00
One Bedstead and bedding 3.00
” Do ” Do” 5.00
4 Bed quilts 4.00
map of Indiana County 1.00
2 sickles .40
One side saddle 3.00
” lot of wool 5.00
” churn .50
meat vessels and cider Bbl. 2.00
2 Spinning wheels 2.50
One Reel 1.00
One churn 1.00
Old Bread tray .50
Flour and corn meal 1.25
4 Grain sacks 1.00
One Bureau 5.00
” Bedstead and Bedding 10.00
” Table and cover 4.00
” Do 3.00
One Stand .60
11 chairs 40c 4.40
One Rocking chair 1.00
A lot of Books 10.00
One Bedstead and Bedding 6.00
” Dough Tray 1.00
One clock 2.50
2 old looking Glasses 1.00
One cook stove 3.00
Contents of cupboard 4.00
A lot of crockery and Tin ware 1.50
One silver Watch 10.00

We do Certify that after being duly sworn as appraisers, we attended at the late residence of Joseph Campbell deceased, in Center Township Indiana County, on the 5th day of June A.D. 1879, when and where the foregoing articles were exhibited to us, an that we appraised the same as above stated.
Witness our hands this Fifth day of June 1879.
John H. Allison
W H McMullen

  • Sierra - January 17, 2012 - 11:02 am

    My favorite lines are at the end that reference “a lot of books” and “a lot of crockery and tinware.” I would love to know what the crockery and tinware consisted of since it was only valued at $1.50. I also wonder what kind of books Joseph read? I bet there was at least one almanac in there since he was a farmer.ReplyCancel

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Joseph Campbell was a brother (most likely a half-brother) to my husband’s 4th great-grandfather, William Campbell.  Joseph was an associate judge in Indiana County, PA.

The transcription of the will follows the images.

In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Campbell of the Township of Center, County of Indiana and State of Pennsylvania being impressed with a Sense of the uncertainty of human life but being of Sound and disposing mind and memory do hereby make this my Last Will and Testament and first all Just debts and funeral expenses being paid I give and bequeath the remainder of my personal estate and effects (except my silver watch) to my wife Rebecca to be at her Sole disposal. my silver watch above excepted I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Ann and further I give and devise in ____ to my wife Rebecca without power to Sell or alieviate my Real estate on Which we now reside with the improvements thereto belonging to be held and managed by her for her Sole use and benefit during her natural life and further I direct that upon the decease of my wife Rebecca my Real estate shall be disposed of and the proceeds distributed as follows. To my Daughter Sarah Ann Two Hundred and fifty Dollars and the remainder of said proceeds of Real Estate shall be divided equally among my three Daughters viz: Sarah ann.  Rebecca Jane and Nancy Ellen and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint William McCrea of Blacklick Township Executor of this my last Will and Testament In Witness Whereof I Joseph Campbell the said Testator have to this my last Will and Testament Set my hand and Seal this 21st day of December AD 1872

Joseph Campbell (Seal)

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the said Testator Joseph Campbell as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto

John Allison
W H McMullen

Indiana County SS Be it Remembered that on the 29th day of May 1879 before me Register of Wills for Said County was duly proved and approved the foregoing Instrument of writing as and for the Last Will and Testament of Joseph Campbell decd who died on the 16th day of May 1879 at 9 o’clock PM by the _____ of John H Allison and W H McMullen the subscribing Witnesses thereto Wm McCrea the executor named therein being dead + the widow having ____ her right Same day Letters Cum Testemento Annexo issued to John Davis + Sarah A. Campbell they having given bond to the Commonwealth in the Sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars Conditioned According to law with W. H. McMullen and John H. Allison as Security. Same day administrators Sworn according to law. (See will + probate filed)

D R. Lewis Register

  • Wendy - January 16, 2012 - 5:46 am

    I think it says “give and devise in trust” where you left a blank. Old wills are fun to read.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 16, 2012 - 3:26 pm

      Thanks! I really think that I need to get glasses. I’m starting to squint when I’m trying to read. :(ReplyCancel

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I always hate reading obituaries for people who were taken in the prime of their life. 

This man was a son of Milton Francis Sanchez, a brother to my great-grandfather, Theodore Francis Sanchez.  He would have been my grandfather’s first cousin, although he died the same year my grandpa was born. 

The article doesn’t mention what this man died of, but he was only 34 yrs old and left behind a wife and four children.  Very sad.:(

This was an unidentified clipping, so I don’t have info on the newspaper it was from.  I’m sure it was a local paper though – in Keokuk county, IA.

Frederick M. Sanches, son of Milton and Almeda Sanchez, was born near Hedrick, July 3rd, 1884 and passed into the Great Beyond at his home in Martinsburg, Oct. 10th, 1918, at the age of 34 yrs. 3 mo. and 7 days.

He was converted in the M.E. Church of this place in early life.  At the time of his death he was a respected member of both the Masonic and Modern Woodman Lodge.  He leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother a devoted wife and four children, Glady Marie, Mary Almeda, William Frederick, and Paul Eugene. One sister, Mrs. Belle Lotspiech and one brother, Harry Sanchez besides a host of near and dear friends who extend to the bereaved family their sincere sympathy in their hour of their bereavement.

Private services were conducted at the home Saturday at 2:30 P.M. by Rev. Chas. Hawk of the M.E. church.  Interment was at the Mt. Zion cemetery.

The Martinsburg Masonic Lodge had charge of the services at the grave.

  • Joan - January 15, 2012 - 7:44 am

    It’s just a possibility, of course, but there was a worldwide flu pandemic (aka Spanish Flu) in 1918.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 15, 2012 - 8:59 am

    How sad! I agree, those obituaries always get to me too. They make me want to find out why. Joan makes a great point. It could have been from the pandemic. If you get back to the area and can check the newspapers, some of them announced who contracted the flu and even who died from it. They generally (at least the ones I’ve seen) weren’t with the obituaries. I guess the obituary was for how the family wanted to remember them in life and not how they died, although we genealogists would like the extra information! It’s not certain that he died of flu though. I still have yet to find an ancestor that succumbed to the pandemic. I thought I had one. He died right in the middle of it. Turns out he was electrocuted at the coal mine he worked in. You never know. I wonder how the family faired.ReplyCancel

  • shaz - January 15, 2012 - 10:19 am

    The above url is from the Find a Grave
    site. There is a photo of Frederick’s tombstone. You have dates from the obit that don’t appear on the memorial.
    You can click on Edit and supply the dates (or the entire obit) to the person who created it last year. You can also supply the names of his parents, wife and children. This could be helpful to others researching the family.

    If you’d rather — I could make the contact as I’m a contributor to Find a Grave.

    Cheers! Shaz in Surprise, AZReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 15, 2012 - 11:44 am

      Thanks Shaz! I’ll do that. I just became a volunteer for Find a Grave recently.ReplyCancel

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I am sure that this isn’t the most confusing land division out there, but it’s the most difficult one that I’ve come across in my 12 yrs of research.  It’s from the estate of my 5th great-grandfather, Charles Clark Moorman.  He died in Bedford County, Virginia in 1803.  His land was divided into little pieces after his death.  This document was dated 1811.

Just look at this drawing of the land….

This is my transcription project for this month – and it’s probably going to take me all month.  There is a description of the division of each individual piece of land and who it goes to – 2 pages worth. I think I need to brush up on my land records terminology!!

I understand the poles and the different types of trees that are used as boundary lines.  The question I have for you readers – because I know that some of you are way more experienced than I am – is what do “pointers” mean?  Is this different than a “stake”.  What exactly are pointers?  Thanks for your help!

After Ginger’s comment, I decided to add the text of this land division also so that you can see what I mean by “pointers”.  I haven’t transcribed it yet.

The above map was right here in the document.

  • Ginger Smith - January 14, 2012 - 8:07 am

    Hi Jen, thanks for sharing. Do you mean “pointers” that is written on this plat or do you have text to go along with it? Might be more helpful to see the context of the text if you have it as well.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - January 14, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    I’ve added the text Ginger. :)ReplyCancel

  • Ginger Smith - January 20, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    Jen, I think it just refers to pointed stakes that are in the ground. They have to be pointed in order to be driven into the ground. This probably differs from the standard “rock” that is used as a property boundary on many homesteads. I can imagine it would be like we use a chalk line today. To do a corner, we must wrap it around a stake. I wonder if they did the same with their chains?ReplyCancel

  • Janet - March 28, 2012 - 1:37 am

    I am working on some Bedford County deeds, too, and I notice that they refer to pointers in the land descriptions. I think that pointers must be man-made benchmarks –probably large metal stakes or small stone obelisks. Today, surveyors imbed brass disks in rocks as “benchmarks” –the place where surveys begin.

    They must have used pointers where the surveys crossed open lands, because in other places they name the trees –the red oak or the white oak. Dontcha think???ReplyCancel

  • Vickie Eyford-Thornton - April 18, 2013 - 11:14 pm

    Three man made hack marks on a nearby tree that point to a corner stone or stake of a survey.ReplyCancel

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