The following was found on in “Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002.  John and Sophia Davidson were my husband’s third great-grandparents.  They moved on to Kansas in 1854.

I, William Stevens an ordained minister of the Gospel do hereby certify that I did on the 18th of January A.D. 1842 solemnize the rites of matrimony between John C. Davidson and Sophia Talbott both being of lawful age. Given under my hand this 14th day of February A.D. 1842.
William Stevens
Filed for record February 25th 1842
By William P. Matthews Do                        Eli Carter Clerk

  • nick woods - November 15, 2011 - 10:17 am

    This takes my breath away! Thank you for finding this clue, Jennifer. Mom W.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 17, 2011 - 10:22 am

    I”m so glad you enjoyed it!ReplyCancel

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Barnabas (or Barnaby) Boswell was my husband’s 5th great-grandfather.  He descends through his daughter Elizabeth, who married Thomas Stafford.

Book 2, July 1829 – April 1848
Wayne County, Indiana
Page 150

Will of Barnaby Boswell

To whom it may concern be it known that I, Barnaby Boswell of the county of Wayne and State of Indiana, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and disanuling all wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and this alone in manner and form following to wit.

First, that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate.

And secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Jane, all my estate real and personal during her natural life or so long as she may continue to be my widow.

And thirdly, I give and bequeath unto my son Levi thirty five acres of land off the east and of the tract of land whereon I now live, it being a part of the SouthEast quarter of Section two, Township fourteen and range one west.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my son, Hiram, all the remainder of the above-described land.

Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my son William, twenty five dollars.

Sixthly, I give and bequeath unto my grandson Levi Boswell one hundred dollars.

Seventhly, I will that all my property not above disposed of let it consist of what it may, be sold and the proceeds thereof be equally divided between my eight children, namely Levi Boswell, Elizabeth Stafford, William Boswell, Jane White, Delilah White, Selah Barton, Hiram Boswell and Lurana Barton.

And lastly, I appoint my friend Jeremiah Cox executor of my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of the third month in this year of Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight.

Barnaby Boswell

Signed and Sealed in the presence of us

Isaac Commons

Luzarus ?

  • Yvette Porter Moore - November 13, 2011 - 3:13 am

    This last will and testament is very well written…It reads easier than many today. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 17, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Thanks for the comment Yvette. You’re right, it is extremely easy to understand!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Harrell - January 20, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Do you know where Barnabas is buried?ReplyCancel

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First of all, I would like to wish a very happy Veterans Day to all of you out there – especially those of you who served. I’d like to give a special thanks to my wonderful husband, who has been in the Army for over 23 years.:)

This post is a bit later than normal, but I’ve been super busy and also under the weather.  Not a good combination.  I’m thankful for this 4-day weekend of rest and relaxation.:)

This week’s favorite finds…

And a few pics from this week:



  • Linda McCauley - November 11, 2011 - 10:12 pm

    Thanks for the mention.ReplyCancel

  • Shaz - November 12, 2011 - 6:40 am

    What was the occasion for the photos?
    A Round the World dinner perhaps?ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 12, 2011 - 11:18 am

    Shaz – it was International Night at the Sergeants Major Academy. There are students from about 40 different countries in my husband’s class and they each had a booth with food and drinks from their country. It was a wonderful evening!!ReplyCancel

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I love finding new cousins, especially when they are able to share pictures that I’ve never seen before!

This is only the second picture I’ve ever seen of my 3rd-great grandfather, John Edwards (1848-1931).  I am descended through his son, John Edwards, Jr. (1877-1935) (whom I’ve never seen a picture of – if anyone out there has one, I’d love to see it!!)

This picture is of four generations of Edwards men.

John Edwards, Wallace Edwards, Cecil Edwards, Normand Edwards

Based on Normand’s age, this must have been taken sometime in 1930.

  • Wendy - November 9, 2011 - 5:04 am

    Great photo — I love it when families recognize the significance of having 4 generations together and remember to take a picture.ReplyCancel

  • Yiyi - November 9, 2011 - 6:23 am

    That picture is so amazing…is in very good shape. I love the pictures when they have generations altogether.ReplyCancel

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Whenever I’m looking for articles about my ancestors, I can’t help but skim the ads at the same time.

This ad is from Mason City, IA in 1936.

Wow, have times changed.:)

  • Wendy - November 7, 2011 - 4:40 am

    Oh my — absolutely hilarious. My dad started smoking when he was 9. I’m not sure what brand he started with, but he was a Camels man as long as I knew him. He died of lung cancer at the ripe age of 80, so he was lucky to have dodged that bullet for so long. Must have been all those good digestive qualities he was getting from his smokes.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - November 7, 2011 - 7:38 am

    Wow! Makes me wonder what ads I’m buying into that’ll later be proved unhealthy! Does that mean yogurt is the new camel? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jen - November 7, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Wendy – must have been the good digestive qualities! :)
    Abby – it does make you wonder, doesn’t it?ReplyCancel

  • Greta Koehl - November 7, 2011 - 6:21 pm

    All I can think of is Woody Allen’s “Sleeper”….ReplyCancel

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