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. shaz17634@gmail.com

    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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I have to admit that I got less genealogy reading done this week than normal.  The kids started back to school this past Monday and since I’m the teacher (we homeschool), I’ve had less free time.  I’m hoping to get caught up this weekend (which is a 4-day for us!)

That being said, I still have a few favorite finds from this past week:

And of course some pictures from my adventures.  This week, some friends and I grabbed our cameras and took a walk around downtown El Paso.  It was interesting!!

  • Judy G. Russell - January 13, 2012 - 7:18 am

    Thanks for the mention — and LOVE your photos! You have a great eye.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Shenette - January 13, 2012 - 9:20 am

    Jen – Thanks so much for the shout out! I agree with Judy. You do have a great eye for photos!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger Smith - January 13, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Hi Jen, thanks so much for the shoutout and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Hope your first week back at school went well. Our kids came back today, then we’re off on Monday, so a small break already. Loved the photos, I can’t wait to visit Texas again someday.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - January 13, 2012 - 6:56 pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning my post. I appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - January 13, 2012 - 6:57 pm

    I forgot to say: I love your photos. They are absolutely amazing this week. Thanks for posting them.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - January 14, 2012 - 1:25 pm

    Thanks guys! I really love taking pictures. :)ReplyCancel

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According to the 1900 census, my 3rd great-grandparents had 7 children, but only 3 of them were living.  Those three children were the only ones I had names for, and one of them was actually adopted.

This census record was the only clue I had that they had more than the children that survived to adulthood.  It also made sense that they had adopted – perhaps because they had lost so many children and couldn’t have any more naturally.

One of the treasures I found in John Edwards’ pension file was a list of his children’s names – even the ones that didn’t survive to adulthood.

As you can see, John stated that the family records were burned in a fire, so he didn’t have exact dates for the children’s births.  (Of course, my husband can’t seem to remember any of my children’s birthdays, so this doesn’t surprise me a bit!)

I now know that they had the following children:

  1. ? Edwards (if any of you happen to have superhero vision and can read the first name of this child, I’d be forever grateful.)  Born Sept 1868.  This child must have died before 1870, because he/she is not with them in the census.
  2. Wallace, born 25 April 1871.  He died in 1946.
  3. Ida Mae
  4. John, born 2 June 1878.  This is my great-great grandfather.
  5. Samuel
  6. Arnold
  7. Olive
  8. Eldin, born 13 Feb 1895 (he was adopted).

So, my question is – was there another natural-born child that was living in 1900 that I was unaware of  or was Sarah unsure about how to answer the question about her children?  She said that she had 7 children (which she did give birth to 7 children) but 3 of them were living (her adopted son was one of these three).  Minor detail, but I’m sure it’s not important.

I’m so happy to finally put some names to these children who died at such young ages.  I now wonder if maybe I could find their gravestones, if there are any existing.  They could be in Michigan, Canada, or Iowa – so a bunch of places to look.


  • Wendy - January 12, 2012 - 7:52 am

    That is a wonderful treasure! I bet you were surprised to find all those names in a pension record.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - January 12, 2012 - 8:29 am

      I was very surprised, especially since none of them lived to adulthood!ReplyCancel

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I love old pictures of WWI soldiers, don’t you?

Maybe it’s because they wore the big round hats, like my husband did when he served as a Drill Sergeant.  I think they looked very sharp in uniform.

This is my great-great grandfather, John Edwards Jr.’s cousin, Cecil Francis Edwards (1894-1969).

The picture was given to me by another Edwards researcher and I’m grateful for it – Thank you!!  I really wish I had a similar one of my great-grandfather, Alfred Edwards, in his uniform.


  • Cherie Cayemberg - January 13, 2012 - 7:04 pm

    I feel the same way. Love those WWI pictures. Love the hats (although Rick never wore one)!ReplyCancel

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