Another week bites the dust!  It seems like we were busy all week – Girl Scouts, a field trip to a Texas ranch, lunch at a friend’s house, a trip to the art museum, sangria with the gals down the street, school work (of course), and a couple of meetings.  My husband is begging for a quiet weekend without any parties or functions of any kind.  I think that I could use that too!

  • I”ve enjoyed all of the diary entries on Sheryl’s site – A Hundred Years Ago.  I especially enjoyed Mother’s 49th Birthday- She’s Getting Old.  I really, really, really, really, really wish that I had a diary belonging to one of my ancestors.  Maybe one is molding away in some musty attic somewhere.  I just hope that someday it makes its way into my hands.
  • Oh my goodness.  You need to go read Karen’s posts  at Ancestor Soup about the ugliest baby doll ever.  I would be frightened to carry this around as a kid!  Here are part one and part two of the ugly baby story.:)
  • The August Scanfest will take place on August 28th from 11-2 Pacific time over at AnceStories.  I still have yet to join in on one of these, but I really want to!!
  • On August 31st there is a Postcard Bonanza over at Are You My Cousin?  I have one I am planning on sharing.:)
  • Happy Blogiversary to Marian over at the other Climbing My Family Tree – 3 great years of posts!  And Cheryl over at Heritage Happens is celebrating 3 years also!  Jo over at Images Past also celebrated a blogiversary last week.  Congrats to you all!
  • Don’t miss the Geneabloggers Radio “Back to School” special tonight!!  It looks like it’s going to be a great one.
  • I loved Susan’s post over at Nolichucky Roots entitled For one to be named later.  We have some different names, but I don’t know that I have anybody in my family actually named a number!

And a picture from my week:

  • Karen Seeman - August 26, 2011 - 7:41 am

    Thanks for the Shout Out! I hope you check out ScanFest on Sunday. Fun, fun, fun – and sometimes you can even get some work done. :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan Clark - August 26, 2011 - 9:21 am

    Thanks Jen! We’ve been teasing/torturing my daughter-in-law for months with all the permutations of our worst names.

    I love your photograph this week. I’m a museum junkie and this captures how I feel when I’m before a painting worth sitting with.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - August 26, 2011 - 8:53 pm

    Thanks for the nice comments about A Hundred Years Ago. I’m very fortunate to have my grandmother’s diary.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Palmer - August 29, 2011 - 4:14 pm

    Hi Jen!

    Thank you for mentioning my Heritage Happens 3 year blogiversary, I really appreciate it! One small correction though, this blog is my blog, not Tonia’s. :-) Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - August 29, 2011 - 10:57 pm

    Sorry Cheryl! That’s what happens when I try to write a post past my bedtime. :)ReplyCancel

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This is my great-grandmother, Patricia (Melhus) Sanchez.  She appears to be enjoying herself  – shoes off and wading in the water.:)    She looks very dressed up for a day at the beach – dress suit and a bit hat.  Perhaps they were on a long drive and simply stopped to look at the water? I think that I’d be in something more comfortable if I were planning on sunbathing and wading in the water, don’t you?  I love the old cars in the background!

  • Patti - August 24, 2011 - 11:06 am

    Oh, my, wouldn’t she just be astounded if she saw the attire at the beaches nowadays!!

    (I was born in Florida in the early 60’s, so I have similar photos of very dressed-up relatives “enjoying” a day at the beach.)

    Anyhow, this is my first visit to your blog. While I’ve been blogging for years, I’ve just recently gotten involved in this site.

    Have a great day,

  • Melvin Key - August 24, 2011 - 12:50 pm

    Great treasure!
    Another item in the pictures are the tents in the background behind the cars. This place apparently allowed camping on the beach.ReplyCancel

  • Jen - August 24, 2011 - 1:56 pm

    Yes, it doesn’t look very enjoyable to me – of course they lived in Washington, so the beach wasn’t necessarily very warm. :)
    Melvin – I didn’t even notice the tents in the background until you mentioned it. Can you imagine camping in a dress?? Maybe they were just visiting and others were camping.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Bishop - August 24, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    What a hoot! Wouldn’t you love to know the whole story? If only the photo could talk!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Seeman - August 26, 2011 - 7:57 am

    I love the spontaneity of this photo! Fabulous!ReplyCancel

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You just never what you’re going to find in the newspaper.  Sometimes you’re hoping for a brick-wall buster in an obituary and your ancestor has nothing but a funeral announcement.

And other times you’re not really looking for anything and hit the jackpot.  I didn’t expect all of this biographical information in an anniversary announcement, but was happy to have found it!


ADDISON – The Rev. and Mrs. N. Van Cossaboon left Sunday afternoon via rail for Buffalo where they were entertained at a dinner party Sunday evening at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Johnson, in celebtration of their 40th wedding anniversary. Other guests attending were their two daughters and their families, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Faust and children Nancy and Louis Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. L.G. Woods and children Margaret and Nicholas Thomas, all of Lockport; their youngest daughter, Miss Ruth Cossaboon, a teacher at Marilla. Mr. and Mrs. Cossaboon are expected home Wednesday or Thursday.
Before leaving Addison, Mr. and Mrs. Cossaboon were presented with a bouquet of daffodils from the Epworth League of the Methodist Church of which they were advisors. They also received many cards of felicitation.
The Rev. and Mrs. Cossaboon were married February 9, 1901, at Bridgeton, N.J. , at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Horner, a brother-in-law and sister of Mrs. Cossaboon. The Rev. Lewis D. Stultz, D.C., minister of the Bridgeport Methodist Church officiated. Mrs. Cossaboon’s maiden name was Miss Lillian Pierce and she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Pierce of Bridgeton. At the time of their marriage Mr. Cossaboon was employed in the glass industry and was president of the Bridgeton Glass Bottle Blowers which then had a membership of approximately 2,500. Four years later Mr. Cossaboon entered the ministry, having pursued special theological courses in the Methodist Conferences at Alexandria, Va.  He earned his Ph. B. in 1920 and his D. D. degree in 1925 at Oskaloosa College in Ia. His first charge was at Fox Hill, Va. He served various places in New York and New Jersey until transferred to the Addison-Rathbone M.E. charge in October of 1939. In 1913-1912 Mr. Cossaboon had served at Woodhull.
Since coming here, Mr. Cossaboon has been successful in his ministerial work, increased the membership in both Addison and Rathbone. Mrs. Cossaboon is active with the church societies. They are both active in local civil organizations and have many loyal friends in the community.

  • Debi Austen - August 23, 2011 - 4:39 pm

    I love when they share all of that information. If our ancestors only knew how much we love to read these articles about them!ReplyCancel

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Thomas Stafford was my husband’s 4th great grandfather.  He was a Quaker.

His will was written on 27 Oct 1863 in Mahaska County, IA.

Will of Thomas Stafford

Last Will and testament of Thomas Stafford of Mahaska County and State of Iowa.
First  I give to my beloved wife Elizabeth Stafford the interest of One Thousand Dollars during her natural lifetime.  I direct that One Thousand Dollars be loaned and the interest thereof be paid to her Semi annually if needed by my Executors hereinafter named
Second   I give and bequeath to my son Brantley Stafford One Thousand three hundred and Ninety-one Dollars
3d  I give + bequeath to my son Elias Stafford One Thousand Three hundred + Ninety one dollars.
4th  I give + bequeath to my son Eli Stafford One Thousand Three hundred and Ninety One Dollars
5th   I give to my son Henry Stafford two notes of hand that I hold on him for one hundred + Seventy dollars dated May 8th 1854 + one for Four hundred Dollars dated August 28th 1863
6th  I give and bequeath to my son William Stafford fournotes that I hold on him, one for One Thousand Dollars dated January 1st 1859, one of same date for Two hundred + thirty dollars + 3 cts, one for forty-five +70/100 dated May 28th 1861.  Also Four hundred Dollars due me on a house + Lot I Sold him
7th  I give + bequeath to my son Elam Stafford One Thousand + Sixty Nine dollars
8th  I give + bequeath to my daughter Philaner Atkins Eighty three Dollars
9th I give + bequeath to my Grand daughter Abigail Robbins the sum of Fifty dollars
10th  I give + bequeath to my Grand Daughter Philana Shaw Fifty Dollars
11th  I give + bequeath to my GrandSon James M Shaw Fifty Dollars
12th  I give + bequeath to my Grand Daughter Louisa Shaw Fifty Dollars
13th  I give + bequeath to my Grand Son Ebenezer Shaw Fifty dollars
14th  I give + bequeath to my Grand Daughter Mary H. Shaw Fifty Dollars
15th  I give + bequeath to my Grand Son William H. Shaw Fifty dollars
16th  I give + bequeath to my Grand Daughter Mariah Coffin Ten Dollars
17th  I give + bequeath to my GrandSon Thomas McCleain One Dollar
18th  I give and bequeath to my Grandson Alexander McCleain Ten Dollars
19th  I give + bequeath to my Grandson William H. McCleain Ten Dollars
20th  I give + bequeath to my GrandSon Elam McCleain Ten______
21st  I give + bequeath to my GrandSon Brantley McCleain One hundred and Seventeen Dollars
22d  I give + bequeath to my Grand Daughter Elizabeth McCleain Ten Dollars

And I further direct that all my Real Estate be sold and conveyed by my Executors on the following terms.  That public notice be given at least four weeks before the sale, and sold at Auction to the highest bidder on a credit not exceeding twelve months.  The purchaser giving his note, with interst from date of Sale with approved Security.
I further give to my beloved wife the household + kitchen furniture, except one bed + the furniture therefor which I give + bequeath to my Grandson Brantley McCleain
All the balance of my property and effects I direct to be sold at public Sale by my Executors
I also direct the One Thousand Dollars set apart for the use and benefit of my Wife (or so much of it as shall not be required for her comfort) shall be at her death divided equally between my children
I now appoint Daniel Pressnall and Andrew C. Williams my Executors.  This 27th day of 10th month A.D. 1863
Attest John Stanley
Charles Wing
John Lamborn
Thomas Stafford

  • Jessica Green - August 25, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Will. I find it fascinating to see how one’s ancestors decided to split up their belongings to their many children. It begs the question, what did little Thomas McCleain do to deserve just one dollar? We may never know… :)ReplyCancel

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Samuel Weeks was my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather.

His obituary was published in the Evening Tribune in Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana, on 10 July 1895.


Rev. Samuel Weeks one of the pioneer ministers of the Methodist Church of the State died at 1 pm today, at his home on Maple street, between Spring and Wall, aged 83 yrs.
Deceased was a resident of Blother Station, Scott County, until three weeks ago, when he moved to this city and was taken dangerously ill almost immediately after.  He was a native of New York, but had been a resident of Indiana for many years.
At one time he was pastor of Utica and later of Lexington church.  His widow is a sister of J.T. and Horace Hopkins.  He leaves three children all of whom are residents of the West.
The funeral takes place tomorrow morning, at 10:30 o’clock.  The interment will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery, in Clark County.

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