I just wanted to say “Have Fun for me!!!” to everyone who is headed to FGS this week.

I really wish that I could make it, but I would be dragging my kids with me.  While I did take Ellie, my oldest, to NGS this year – I don’t think that anyone would appreciate a trail of 5 kids following me from class to class.  Especially not my very loud 3 yr old.:)

I can’t wait to read all of your posts about how wonderful it was.  Take lots of pictures, because I’m living vicariously through you!!

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Nicholas Van Cossaboon was my husband’s great grandfather.

His obituary was in the Wyoming County Times, Wyoming County, NY, dated 7 July 1949.

Retired Methodist Minister Died at Silver Lake
The Rev. Nicholas Van Cossaboon, 72, Methodist clergyman for 41 years, who retired only a month ago, died unexpectedly at his cottage at Silver Lake last Saturday, July 2nd.
His death occurred one month after his retirement from the ministry. During the last eight years, he had been pastor of the Silver Springs Methodist church. Recognition of his 41 years in the ministry was paid last month at the annual meeting of the Genesee Conference at Asbury-Delaware Church in Buffalo.
He was honored this spring at a testamonial dinner given by members of the Silver Springs congregation.  Bishop W. Earl Leden of the Syracuse area of the Methodist church, who had once been a Sunday school pupil of the retiring minister, was the principal speaker.
He had held a number of pastates in Western New York, including ones at Woodhull, Sardinia, Ellicottville, Salamanca, Depew, Buffalo, Lockport, Marilla, Middleport, Addison, and Silver Springs, where he was located at the time of his retirement.
He was born at Winslow, N.J. , October 4, 1877 and on February 9, 1901 married Lillian Pierce, who survives him.
He also leaves four daughters, Mrs. John Dull and Mrs. William Johnson of Buffalo; Mrs. Elsie Woods of Lockport and Miss Ruth Van Cossaboon of Middletown, Pa.; a brother Loveman Van Cossaboon of Camden, N.J.; two sisters, Mrs. Edward Cottrell of Glassboro, N.J. and Mrs. Mary Woodruff of Monroeville, N.J. ; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Mr. Van Cossaboon was a member of the Masonic lodge at Castile, the East Aurora Capter R.A.M., of the Buffalo Consistory, and Ismaila Temple of the Shrine, Buffalo.
Bishop W. Earl Leden of Syracuse, officiated at the funearl services which were conducted at the Silver Springs Methodist church at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.  Assisting him were the Rev. Harold Hewiit, former district superintendent of the Methodist church, now pastor of the East Aurora church; the Rev. Charles Boellinger, present district superintendent, and the Rev. Homer Evans, pastor of the Silver Springs church. The burial was in Acacia Park cemetery, Tonawanda, at 4:00 p.m. with Masonic services at the grave.
The organist was Kenneth Motts and the bearers were Norman Tallman, Robert Humphrey, Elmer Gardner, Edwin Chase, Clayton Husted, and Frank Granger.

  • Cherie Cayemberg - September 4, 2011 - 6:28 am

    Everytime I see “died unexpectedly” I wish I knew more. Any idea what happened or is it still a mystery?ReplyCancel

  • Jen - September 4, 2011 - 9:27 am

    I don’t know what his cause of death was. I don’t have his death certificate – it’s one of those I didn’t order because I already knew his death date. I skipped so many things my first time around!!!ReplyCancel

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I am really keeping my fingers crossed for orders to Germany when we move from this duty station next summer.  I already have a list of places I want to visit in Europe and it seems to be growing daily.  Can you blame me??  I’ve only been to Europe once (specifically to Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, and Austria) and I was 15 at the time and with my German class.  I wasn’t exactly free to roam about the continent as I wished.

One of the places I really want to go is Norway – specifically to the Inderøy region where my ancestors lived, and the neighboring city of Trondheim.

There are two churches that I really want to see – the Old and New Sakshaug Churches.

The Sakshaug “Old” Church dates back to around 1150.  That is a seriously old building!!

It was decommissioned in 1871, when the new church was built. After sitting for many years with no roof, it was renovated from 1910-1958.  Many of my ancestors were christened in this church.

{Both of the following pictures and the above info were found on Wikipedia}.

And this is the new church, which was built in 1871.  My great-grandmother was born in the area in 1881, so it is most likely that she went to this church before they emigrated.

_I wonder if any of my ancestors are buried around one of these churches.

  • Heather Roelker - September 1, 2011 - 11:27 am

    I hope you get to Germany, too. It is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - September 1, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    It would be fantastic to walk where your ancestors walked, to stand where they once stood. I hope you get to go there.ReplyCancel

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I was born a bicentennial baby in August of 1976.  That makes me 35 this year!  How can I possibly be 35 years old????

I thought in honor of my birthday, I’d share my hospital picture.  I was 8 lbs, 11 oz.

  • Wendy - August 31, 2011 - 6:16 am

    You appear already to be analyzing all those people looking at you. Cute post and Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Wallen Logsdon - August 31, 2011 - 6:45 am

    Happy Birthday Jen! What a cute, chubby little baby, sweet!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Roelker - August 31, 2011 - 7:50 am

    Happy birthday! I am also a bicentennial baby…you are one day older than me. Have a terrific day!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - August 31, 2011 - 9:41 pm

      How cool Heather!!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Christopher Shaw - August 31, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Happy Birthday and many more.ReplyCancel

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