First of all, I’d like to say that I did not take this picture. I simply scanned it.  This was definitely taken in the days before digital photography – otherwise whoever had taken this would have immediately known that they didn’t center the gravestone in this picture.  I have to work with what I have though.  Someday, when I visit Sioux City again, I”ll make sure that I take a new picture.:)

Harry C. Robertson was my great-grandmother Marie Robertson Thornton’s older brother.  He fought in World War I received a Purple Heart.

Unfortunately, his dates are not visible in this picture.  What I can read is:

Harry C Robertson

He was born 3 Nov 1892 in Avoca, Iowa and died 21 Jul 1968 in Sioux City, IA.

He is buried in Cavalry Cemetery in Sioux City, IA.

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Jeremiah Wade was my 6th great-grandfather. I found his will on my trip through Bedford County, VA in 2010.

I love how clear this document is – nothing is faded, it’s written in large lettering, and it’s so easy to read! If only all of the wills I have could be so simple.:)

The only thing that disappoints me about this will is that he doesn’t list out his children – he simply wanted an equal division amongst his children.

The transcription follows the images.  I hope there is another Wade researcher out there that will find this useful!

In the Name of God Amen I Jeremiah Wade of Bedford County being verry Sick and Weak in Body but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be to God for it – and knowing that it is appointed Once for all men to Die do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament, first I give and Recomend my Sole into the hands of Almighty God that gave, and my Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Desent Christian manner at the Discretion of my Exetors. and for my Worldly Estate wherewith it hath plesed God to Bless me with in this Life I give and Bequeath as followeth, But first my Will and Desire is that my Just Debts Shall all be Paid and then an Equal Division made among my Children and I doe appoint Richard Ballanger, James Hilton and Natha N. Hilton to be my Exetors. to pay my Debts + Receive what is due to me and this I ordain my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I hearunto I have Set my hand Seal this Eight Day of July 1772

Abraham Ervine
Jesse Hilton
Elizabeth Mitchell}              Jeremiah Wade [seal]


At a Court held for Bedford County September 28th 1772 This Last Will and Testament of Jeremiah Wade Dec’d was Proved by the oaths of Abraham Ervine and Jesse Hilton and Ordered to be Recorded, and on the Motion of James Hylton one of the Executors therein Named who made Oath thereto Certificate is Granted him for obtaining Probate thereof in Due form, giving Security.  Whereupon he Together with Guy Smith his Security entered into and Acknowledged their Bond in the Penalty of Two Hundred and fifty Pounds for the Said James Hyltons due and faithfull administration of the Said Decedents Estate and Performance of his Will, Liberty being Reserved to the other Exers. named in the said Will to Join in the Probate thereof when they shall think fit.
Jas Steptoe Cl.: [?]

  • Alex Daw - January 1, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    What a beautiful will indeed. Thanks for posting this image and indeed for posting. I almost gave up on amenuensis thinking that I didn’t have anything I could post. Now you’ve given me an idea.ReplyCancel

  • TC Leavitt - February 10, 2013 - 9:30 am

    Your ancestor, Jeremiah Wade, resided on property our family owns. There is a chimney located on the property with the initials: J.S.W.. A cabin, still in use as my husband’s pottery outlet store, dates to 1825. I have begun researching the Wade family to discern more information about the house/chimneys and land. I have reviewed several land transfer records in the Bedford County Courthouse pertaining to the Wade family and their land transfers. A Wade Family cemetery is also located on our property, with birth dates noted in mid-19th century and several stone grave markers. If you are interested in images showing the carved initials or cemetery headstones, please email:

  • K.Crisp - June 2, 2013 - 2:44 pm

    Jeremiah Wade is my husband’s 6th great grandfather. I have been doing research for him as he knows little about that part of his family. His grandfather, Henry Richard Wade died when my husband was 5 years old, and never really got to know him. I have been telling my husband everything I have found and he is thrilled. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you sharing this information!ReplyCancel

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Has anyone else been super busy these past few weeks?  I am exhausted from all of the parties and functions and picture-taking and photo editing.  Phew!

I’m looking forward to the next week – watching the kids open their presents, eating lots of yummy food, and just spending time together with my family.  We’re even supposed to get a little bit of snow today – not that it will actually stick, but I’m sure it will close down the roads anyway.  It is El Paso after all.

I’m hoping that I get the chance to sneak in a mini scan-fest sometime this week also.  I have so many documents waiting to be digitized and entered into Legacy that I don’t even like to think about it.  I’ll feel much better when they are safely stored on my computer – and backed up on Mozy – and sent on discs to my mom.:)

I ended up missing Follow Friday last week.  Time just got away with me.  I’ve been doing a lot of photo shoots for friends and neighbors – everyone wants pictures for their Christmas cards, naturally.:)  It’s been really nice to get practice in a stress-free environment with people I know.  And I’m being paid in baked goods, wine, and restaurant gift cards.  It looks like I need to spend some more time on the treadmill!!!!

Anyway, let’s get to this week’s favorite finds (or I guess the past two weeks’ favorite finds!):

 And as always,  a few pictures to share from this past week.  We happened to attend a wonderful Christmas party at our friends’ house last weekend.  They are from Australia and really know how to entertain.  Seriously.  There were fire dancers performing for us in her backyard.  It was pretty darn amazing.  Enjoy the pictures!!

  • Carol - December 24, 2011 - 10:50 am

    Wow, that is some entertainment and your photos are outstanding.

    Happy Holidays!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 24, 2011 - 3:11 pm

      Thanks! It was quite a party! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Fenley - December 25, 2011 - 9:13 pm

    Merry Christmas Jen!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 25, 2011 - 9:27 pm

      You too Sheri!! :)ReplyCancel

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Ari and Sally Agee were my great-great grandparents. They lived in the small town of Delphos, Iowa. I emphasize the “small”.

Here is a Google map of the entire town:

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I find it interesting that Sally is the first one listed on the deed, instead of her husband.

I wonder why they decided to sell their land in town.  Ari was a blacksmith and would have been about 68 in 1922. Perhaps he sold the land, because he retired and was passing his shop onto another person.  Just a guess.  In the 1925 and 1930 census, Ari and Sally were still living in Delphos, so it doesn’t look like they moved far.

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Philip Thornton was a brother to my 3rd great-grandfather, James Patrick Thornton.  They were both born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States.

Philip’s wife was named Johanna, but I believe she was his second wife, as his first wife was Margaret.  His children were James Paul, Michael, Mary, and Edward Charles.  He lived in Alton, Madison County, Illinois and ran a grocery store.


  • Cherie Cayemberg - December 19, 2011 - 7:58 am

    I’m very jealous. I have yet to find a will for any of my ancestors, but I keep looking! :)ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 22, 2011 - 10:47 pm

      No wills!! Oh no!!! Wills are wonderful – you need to do some more searching, because I’m sure there are some out there waiting to be found!!!ReplyCancel

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