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Transcription: Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Obituary for Ruth Halbman

Transcription: Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin Obituary for Ruth Halbman

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Obituary for Ruth Halbman

Ruth Halbman ObituaryDaily Citizen
Beaver Dam
August 1, 1996

Ruth Halbman

Ruth Halbman, 91, a resident of Hillside Manor, Beaver Dam, died Tuesday, July 30, 1996 at Hillside Manor.

The funeral will be Thursday, August 1, at 10 a.m. at the Murray Community Funeral Home, Beaver Dam. The Rev. David Peters will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

Mrs. Halbman was born March 3, 1905 in Beaver Dam, daughter of George and Eleanor (Jacobs) Keefer. She was married to Lloyd Halbman on June 30, 1946 in Beaver Dam.

She resided in Beaver Dam all of her life, worked at Weyenberg Shoe Co., Beaver Dam, for 35 years, and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, Beaver Dam.

Survivors include one sister, Erlyne Eisenbarth of Beaver Dam; two nephews, Don (Phyllis) Keefer and Hubert Keefer, both of Goleta, Calif.; grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband,  Lloyd; one brother, Herbert Keefer; one brother-in-law, Delbert Eisenbarth.

Friends may call on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to the time of service, at the Murray Community Funeral Home, Beaver Dam.

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Transcription: Obituary for Ruth Halbman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Transcription: Obituary for Ruth Halbman of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Obituary for Ruth Halbman

Ruth Halbman ObituaryRuth Halbman

BEAVER DAM – Ruth Halbman,  91, a resident of Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam, died on Tuesday, July 30, 1996, at the manor.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Murray Community Funeral Home in Beaver Dam with the Rev. David Peters officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.

Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the funeral home Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

The former Ruth Keefer was born March 3, 1905 in Beaver Dam, daughter of George and Eleanor (Jacobs) Keefer. She married Lloyd Halbman in Beaver Dam on June 30, 1946. He preceded her in death.

Halbman had lived in Beaver  Dam all of her life. She had been employed at Weyenberg Shoe Company in Beaver Dam for 35 years and was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a sister, Erlyne Eisenbarth of Beaver Dam; two nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

She was further preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Herbert.

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Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

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My children’s ancestry branches backward into history, through Welsh Quakers immigrants in Pennsylvania, to Welsh royalty and then to British royalty, including Prince William. It was surprising to learn Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

 

Prince William's mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?
Prince William’s mitochondrial line is of Indian ancestry?

The result of these connections is that my husband and children are distantly related (20th cousins 4 times removed from Princes William and Harry, the sons of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, and the grandsons of the current Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II.

It is interesting to note that, not only are the young royals connected through German, Spanish, French and numerous other lineages, but DNA tests conducted by BritainsDNA have proven Indian ancestry through their mother Princess Diana.

Although its is believed that Eliza Kewar, their fifth great grandmother was Armenian,  DNA shows a direct maternal Indian descent. Eliza was housekeeper to and in a relationship with Theodore Forbes. Forbes was from Scotland and worked for the East India Company in Surat, India.

The mitochondrial DNA, which is passed on through the women only, descended through Eliza and Theodore’s daughter Katherine and her female descendants to Frances Roche, who married Earl Spencer and had a daughter, Lady Diana Spencer – William and Harry’s mother.

photo credit: Steve Rhodes via photopin cc


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Transcription: Obituary for Carl W. Kiefer

Transcription: Obituary for Carl W. Kiefer

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The following is my transcription of the obituary for Carl W. Kiefer.

 

Carl W. Kiefer

Obituary for Carl W. Kiefer.
Obituary for Carl W. Kiefer.

A resident of Painesville since 1910, Carl W. Kiefer, 93, died Friday morning at the Homestead 2 Nursing Home, Painesville, after a lingering illness.

Mr. Kiefer had lived at 7 North Park Place, Painesville. He was born June 29, 1862  in Cleveland.

Until his retirement, he had been office manager of the Frank Stanton Ford firm in Painesville and had also worked for the C.J. Wadsworth Clothing Cabinet Co.

Mr. Kiefer was a member of the Painvesville United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge No. 549 in Painesville, and the Painesville Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William (Helen) Blackmore of Cleveland Heights; sister Mrs. Ella Sweet of Monroe, Mich., four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Beth in 1958, his second wife Marie earlier this year, and a son John C.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Johnson Funeral Home, 368 Mentor Ave., Painesville. Dr. Alva W. Taylor of the Painesville United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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Transcription: Blyth, Commissioned Officers of the Royal Navy, Bloye – Blyth

Transcription: Blyth, Commissioned Officers of the Royal Navy, Bloye – Blyth

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Blyth – Commissioned Officers of the Royal Navy

 

Blyth - Commissioned Officers
Blyth – Commissioned Officers

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BLOYE, Robert
L 2 Oct. 1800
CR 4 Aug. 1806
CA 23 Sept. 1813
d

BLOYS, William
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CA 27 Aug. 1697
d 9 Aug. 1720

BLUETT, Buckland Stirling
L 24 Nov. 1800
CR 10 Apr. 1804
CA 12 Aug. 1812
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BLUETT, John
L 1 Apr. 1779
d 7 Dec. 1793

BLUETT, John Courtnay
L 28 Feb. 1815
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BLUETT, Richard
L 7 May 1800
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BLUNDEN, Christopher
L 12 Aug. 1800
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BLURTON, George
L 7 Feb. 1812
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BLYKE, George (? Blyte, q.v.
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CR 3 Nov. 1747
(from seniority
9 Mar. 1748
d 14 July 1797

BLYTE, George (? BLYKE, q.v.
L 22 June 1743
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BLYTH, Alexander
L 14 Apr. 1741
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BLYTH, Joseph
L 17 Dec. 1798
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BLYTH, Samuel
L 7 Feb. 1806
CR 5 Sept. 1811
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BLYTHE, John
L 22 Jan. 1806
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Transcription: Obituary for Dr. A. D. Warner; Geauga County, Ohio

Transcription: Obituary for Dr. A. D. Warner; Geauga County, Ohio

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Obituary of Dr. A. D. Warner
Obituary of Dr. A. D. Warner

The following is my transcription of the obituary for Dr. A. D. Warner of Geauga County, Ohio.

 

Dr. A. D.Warner Taken By Death
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Dr. A. D. Warner, a prominent and life-long resident of Geauga county, passed away at his home in Burton, O., Saturday at the age of 78 years.

He was born at Chester, O., October 23, 1816 and married to Phila Belle Dines in 1868. To this union were born three children, Elmer of Cleveland, Wilbur of Burton and Harold of Painesville, Mrs. Warner died in 1898.

The deceased leaves besides the present widow and three sons, four grand-children and a host of friends to mourn their loss.

Masonic funeral services will be held from the Congregational church at Burton, O., Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Burial will be made in Briar Hill cemetery.

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Transcription – Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott

Transcription – Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott

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The following is my transcription of the death certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott, wife to Samuel G. Ott, of Canal Fulton, Ohio.

DEATH CERTIFICATE OF Rebecca Ann Ott

Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott
Death Certificate of Rebecca Ann Ott

STATE OF OHIO
BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS
CERTIFICATE OF DEATH

1    PLACE OF DEATH
County   Portage    Registration District No.   1058        File No.
Township                                     Primary Registration District No.   8415    Registered No.   44255
or Village           No.     ,                                      St.,                                                  Ward
or City of   Kent, Ohio    (If death occurred in a hospital or institution, give its NAME  instead of street and number)

2    FULL NAME   Rebecca Ann  Ott
(a)    Residence.    No.              St.,                                            Ward
(Usual place of abode)                    (If nonresident, give city or town and State)
Length of residence in city or town where death occurred                 yrs.             mos.             ds.    How long in  U.S., if of foreign birth?                 yrs.              mos.            ds.

PERSONAL AND STATISTICAL PARTICULARS

3    SEX                               4    COLOR OR RACE                          5    SINGLE, MARRIED, WIDOWED or DIVORCED (write the word)                          5a    If married, widowed or divorced
Female                                 White                                                      Married                                                                                                                                           HUSBAND of    Samuel G. Ott
(or) WIFE of

6    DATE OF BIRTH (month, day, and yer)    Jan. 2nd, 1846
7    AGE                Years                Months                 Days        If LESS than 1 day               hrs. or                 min.
8    OCCUPATION OF DECEASED
(a)    Trade, profession or particular kind of work         Housewife
(b)    General nature of Industry, business, or establishment in which employed (or employer)
(c)    Name of employer
9    BIRTHPLACE (city or town)        Canal Fulton        State or country    O
PARENTS
10    NAME OF FATHER    Joseph Kirk
11    BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER (city or town)                    (State or country)    Unknown
12    MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER            Unknown
13    BIRTHPLACE OF MOTHER (city or town)        Canal Fulton        (State or country)    Ohio
14    Informant    Samuel G. Ott
(Address)    Canal Fulton, O
15    Filed     8/19, 1922        Frank Bechiter   Registrar

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH

16    DATE OF DEATH (month, day and year)    Aug. 16,  1922
17                                      I HEREBY CERTIFY, that I attended deceased from             , 1917, to Aug. 16th, 1922
that I last saw her alive on July 15th, 1922 and that death occurred, on the date stated above, at 8oo P.m.
The CAUSE OF DEATH* was as follows:    Myxedima     (duration)           yrs.            mos.         ds.
CONTRIBUTORY (secondary)         Unknown        (duration)                     yrs.            mos.         ds.
18    Where was the disease contracted if not at the place of death?
Did an operation precede death?     No        Date of
Was there an autopsy?        No
What test confirmed diagnosis?        Physical exam
(Signed)     Hiram Bessinger, M.D.
Aug. 17th, 1922    (Address)    Canal Fulton, O
State the Disease Causing Death, or in deaths from Violent Causes, state (1) Means and Nature of Injury, and (2) whether Accidental, Suicidal or Homicidal. (See reverse side for additional space.)
19    PLACE OF BURIAL, CREMATION OR REMOVAL            DATE OF BURIAL
Union Cemetery, Canal Fulton, O                                            Aug. 19, 1922
20    UNDERTAKER, License No.                            ADDRESS
The Finefrock Bros. Co.                                     Canal Fulton, O.

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Transcription: Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

Transcription: Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

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The following is a transcription of a plaque recognizing Gabriel Steely as a Revolutionary Soldier.

 

Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely
Revolutionary War Plaque for Gabriel Steely

REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER

GABRIEL STEELY

Born Aug. 19, 1763 – Died May 2,  1830

Wife: Mary [Stewart] Steely

Parents of

John Steely, Dr. Meek Steely and Isabella Duncan, of Kingston, Ohio, George Steely and  Sarah Shelby of Covington, Indiana, Reuben Steely and Eliza B. Ray of West Point, Indiana.

Remains removed from farm, about 4 mi. north west, to this place December 2nd 1914, by his great grandson, H.M. Steely of Danville, Illinois.

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4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today.

4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today.

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There’s reason to believe you could find a major treasure horde.  After all, there are quite a few still out there just waiting to be unearthed!  Here are just 4 stories of hidden treasures you can still look for today as long as you have a metal detector.

For most metal detectorists, the thrill of the hunt is the driving force behind their metal detecting.   You never know when that signal goes off what you’ll unearth. 

stories of hidden treasures
4 stories of hidden treasures and hordes you can still look for today.

The Treasure of Little Bighorn

During the Battle of Little Bighorn in June 1876 in eastern Montana, a steamboat called the Far West was leased by the government and sent up the Bighorn river to resupply General Custer and his men.

It is said that while Captain Grant Marsh had anchored the ship at the confluence of the Bighorn and Little Bighorn rivers to wait for soldiers to come and unload the supplies, two freighters from Bismark, North Dakota stopped and asked him for help.  They requested that the Far West take on the $800,000 in gold they were carrying because they had just narrowly averted capture by Native Americans several times and were worried if they didn’t hide the gold somewhere it would be stolen.  Although the Captain didn’t want to take on the gold, he did.  Then, he continued to wait for Custer’s soldiers to come and unload the supplies.

As he waited, captain Marsh became nervous about having so much gold on board so he headed upriver to a safer anchorage.  He then took the gold ashore and buried it.

He then returned to the confluence of the two rivers to see if he’d be able to rendezvous with the soldiers.  Unfortunately, instead he received word of Custer’s defeat and was asked to transport the wounded to safety.  With this, the gold was forgotten until the Captain contacted the freighting company several years later.  He even led them to the place he had remembered burying the gold but, the landscape had changed during the time he’d been away and, that $800,000 in gold hasn’t ever been recovered.

Yamashita’s Gold

During WWII Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita and his men stole a great deal of gold and other riches from the countries they invaded.

It is also said that even top officials including the Emperor himself participated in looting during the war.

As the story goes, all of the treasure these high ranking Japanese officials found was stored in Singapore, then relocated to some caves in the Philippines.  The goal was to then transport the treasure from the Philippines to Japan after the war was over, but that was never accomplished.

Some of the treasure is said to have stayed in the Philippines while other portions of it were lost at sea when the merchant ships it was being smuggled in were sunk by Allied forces.  Although many scholars say Yamashita’s treasure is a myth, others believe and they’ve been on the hunt ever since.

Forrest Fenn’s Treasure

Forrest Fenn is a writer and art collector in his late 80’s who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Back in the 1980’s Fenn was diagnosed with cancer.  He was lucky though, and he beat it.

When he recovered, he was inspired to hide somewhere between $3 – 5 million of his personal treasures including gold, jewels, and priceless artifacts somewhere “north of Santa Fe” and “above 5,000 ft”.

He then wrote his memoir “The Thrill of the Chase” and in it included a poem he wrote that will lead readers to his buried treasure – if they can decode it.

Since then he’s also published another book titled “Too Far to Walk” that includes a map of the area where the treasure is hidden but doesn’t give away the exact location.

So far, no one has found it, but maybe you can be the lucky treasure hunter.

Civil War Treasure in Virginia

Stories of treasures buried during the Civil War abound.  One of the more plausible involves a Confederate Commander named John Singleton Mosby.

In the spring of 1863 Commander Mosby had just finished raiding a Union camp and had over 40 prisoners, one of whom was a Union officer.

The officer had a bag that he had been using to store priceless family heirlooms and artifacts, along with some gold and silver pieces he’d stolen from Virginia families.

Commander Mosby took this bag, estimated to be worth over $350,000, and began heading south with the prisoners back toward Confederate territory in Culpeper, Virginia.

Around New Baltimore, Virginia though, a scout spotted a group of Union soldiers.  To avoid them the scout led the group through the woods.

It is at this point that Commander Mosby became nervous about the heirlooms returning to Union hands so, he and Sergeant James Ames buried them between two trees.  He then marked the two trees with an “X” and they rejoined the group which successfully returned to Confederate territory.

After some time, Commander Mosby asked Ames to return to the site with six of his best men to recover the treasure.

While there, the men were all captured and subsequently hung.

Mosby never returned to claim the treasure though he did speak about it to friends and family on his death bed, saying he wished he could have recovered the treasure so he could return the heirlooms to the families they belonged to.

As you can see with these four stories alone, there’s enough treasure out there for everyone!  

So, grab a professional deep seeking metal detector and head out treasure hunting.

As always, be sure to check the local and national laws before you get started. When metal detecting on private property always obtain written permission from the land owner. You never know what you might dig up – maybe you’ll even find one of these treasures!

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About the author

Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.

photo credit: dad1_ via photopin cc


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Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

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There’s nothing like the feeling of solving a mystery like the one about the biological family of my husband’s grandmother Louise Reynolds. Born in October of 1911, she was given up for adoption.

A wonderful couple, William Dennis Matthews and his wife Claudia adopted her and a little boy, William Dennis Matthews, Jr.

 

The Matthews family: adopted Louise Froemling, biological granddaughter of prominent Busse and Froemling families.
The Matthews family: William, William Jr., Louise and Claudia.

She grew up never knowing about her biological family. After her death, however, papers and artifacts were discovered in an old suitcase and among them were notes written in Louise’s own hand about her research into her biological family, which turned out to include the prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

No one knew she was even interested, much less pursued it. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise, though.

Louise's Notes
Louise’s notes.

She used this information to order a copy of her birth registration below.

Froemling, Louise Ruth - Birth Record
Froemling, Louise Ruth – Birth Record

This small clip of paper consists of the notes taken by Louise while researching her birth.

I located the actual family quite a while ago through censuses and other documents.

Since then, I managed to expand on that information to include the fact that, based on her biological mother being recorded as Emma Mary Froemling.

Born 29 December 1884 in Illinois, Emma’s parents (Louise’s biological grandparents) were August and Johanna (Busse) Froemling.

August was born 17 Aug 1855 to Henry and Caroline Froemling.

Johanna was born 2 Aug 1855 in Elk Grove, Cook County, Illinois, and her parents were Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.

Busse, Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.
Tombstone of Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.
Busse, Christian; Obituary w photo.
Obituary of Christian Busse from The Chicago Daily Herald of 26 Mar 1909.

I have placed images of the tombstones for August and Johanna (Busse) Froemling and Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.

August died 20 Jan 1919 in Cook County, Illinois and Johanna died 19 Feb 1940 at Elk Grove.

Christian Busse died 24 Mar 1909 in Elk Grove and Fredericka died in 8 Sep 1911, also in Elk Grove, Illinois.

Considering that almost everything of importance in this family took place in Elk Grove, it’s a great example of how large a world it was for small farming families such as the Busse’s and Froemlings – and how hard it was for them to travel or move very far from home.

Busse, Friedrich and Johanna.
Johanna and Johann Hermann Friedrich Busse, c. 1876.

While researching newspaper articles for another family related to my husband, Mark, I happened upon a treasure trove of articles about all of these members of his family.

Busse, Johann and Hanna - Tombstone.
Tombstone of Johann and Hannah Busse.
Froemling, August and Johanna - Tombstone
Tombstone of August and Johanna Froemling.

I have included the most enlightening of them here.

As I actually clipped over two dozen, it seemed appropriate to whittle those down to just the most important and informative clippings.

The clips range from business ads to wedding announcements, death notices, obituaries, gossip column entries and newspaper articles.

What I have learned about this family from these newspaper clippings is that they were considered to be of good German stock, having settled in and pioneered the area of Elk Grove, Cook County, Illinois.

Busse; Car Delivery
Description of William Busse and his son delivering a new car to a customer as printed in The Daily Herald of Chicago of 23 Apr 1915.

An interesting fact about the Busse and Froemling families is they were well entrenched in transportation sales of one sort or another.

Busse; Elk Grove Draft Horse Co.
Elk Grove Draft Horse Co. ad from The Daily Herald (Chicago, Illinois), of 23 Feb 1906.

Their business interests spanning the fading of the horse as transportation and the inception of the automobile – as indicated in these two advertisements.

Christian was a Republican and served his community in numerous capacities including on the State Board of Equalization, Supervisor of Elk Grove.

The patriarch of the family, Johann Friedrich Busse and his wife Johanna (Hanna), immigrated with Christian and two of Christian’s brothers and two sisters, one brother having previously immigrated on his own.

Froemling, Oltrogge Wedding
Busse-Oltrogge as described in the 27 Dec 1918 article of the Chicago Daily Herald.

Christian was a Republican who served his community in numerous capacities including on the State Board of Equalization, Supervisor of Elk Grove.

Busse, Froemling Wedding; 1905 1 - Small Clip
Busse, Froemling Wedding; 1905 1 – Small Clip

His son August was the grandfather of my husband’s Grandma Louise Reynolds as mentioned above.

There is frequent mention of some of August’s children in numerous of the dozens of clippings I’ve saved.

Tidbits of information include illnesses, school news, work history, social activities, etc.

The most prominent of these occasions, of course, were the weddings.

The Oltrogge – Froemling wedding was the marriage of August’s daughter Selma and John Oltrogge.

Busse, Albert and Schaeffer, Emma; Marriage Announcement
Marriage of Martha Froemling and Albert E. Busse, taken from The Daily Herald (Chicago, Illinois) 6 Oct 1915.

County Commissioner William Busse was the son of Christian’s brother Louis, and led a very distinguished career and professional life.

Besides his high profile life and career, he ran a highly contested (and some say crooked) race for Mayor of Chicago.

I will write later this week about this race and the no holds barred lawsuit it led to.

Here are two wedding announcements published by William Busse.

One is the announcement of the marriage of his son Albert E. Busse to Emma Schaeffer.

The second is concerning the marriage of his daughter Martha to Albert Frederick Froemling, the son of August Froemling.

It appears they liked to keep it in the family.

Froemling, Harvey; Death from AppendicitisIn 1916, August Froemling’s grandson, son of Albert Frederick and Martha, died of appendicitis.

Sadly, August Froemling passed on 20 Jan 1919 and this is his obituary from The Daily Herald of Chicago.

It is not clear what the reasons are, but soon after, his 31 acre farm was put up for auction, scheduled to sell 10 Jul 1920.

Froemling, August; Obituary; August 1919
Obituary of August Froemling from the Daily Herald of Chicago of 31 Jan 1919.
Froemling; Farm Auction
Article from the Daily Herald of Chicago, announcing the auction of the farm of August Froemling after his death. The sale took place 9 Jul 1920.

There is no evidence of financial troubles in the newspaper accounts I’ve collected. Therefore, I can only assume the sale was to abide by his will and was to be divided among his immediate family.

I’d love to find his will to either prove or disprove my assumption.

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The images above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

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All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.


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Transcription: Society at Richmond, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

Transcription: Society at Richmond, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

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Although this article from the Washington Post Society Column of March 28, 1915 does not mention any individuals I am researching, it is on a newspaper page copy that does. I am posting the transcription of this and numerous other articles from this page as it is a wealth of names and information of society at Richmond, Virginia.

 

Washington Post Society Column of March 28, 1915
Washington Post Society Column of March 28, 1915

The following is a transcription from a very poor quality copy of the Washington Post of March 28, 1915. Every effort has been made to accurately decipher the text, but where this was not possible the text has been represented below by [???an ?. ?????], as an example. In many instances, it’s impossible to even decipher the quantity of letters and/or numerals and/or punctuation. The number of ‘?’ is not a literal representation of the number of characters missing, but a general representation of the size of each segment of text that is visible yet indecipherable.

The original image of the entire page can be accessed by clicking on this image.

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Transcription, The Washington Post, March 28, 1915

SOCIETY AT RICHMOND

Prominent Women Form Club to Study Horticulture

GAYETY IN SPITE OF LENT

Many Little Parties Enliven the Season. Miss Anita I. Cussen to Wed Dr. A. A. Marsteller — Plans for the Richmond Blues’ Bazaar — Society Enjoys Reading by English Poet Alfred Noyes.
Special in The Washington Post.

Richmond, Va., March 27. — A club was organized this week by a number of society women, which promsies many interesting gatherings this spring. It is in the Garden Club. Mrs. Malvern C. Patterson is president; Mrs. William R. Massie, first vice president; Mrs. John Skelton Williams, second vice president; Mrs. Oliver J. Sands, secretary, and Mrs. Hugh Taylor, treasurer. The first meeting of the new organization took place on Tuesday, and was addressed by Miss Jane B (or R.) Haines, of Washington. The next meeting is to be held within two weeks in the home of Mrs. George Ben Johnston. The aim of this organization is to promote agriculture and horticulture. All members are owners of country estates or suburban places. The charter members are: Mrs. W. A. Witherspoon, Mrs. St. George Anderson, Mrs. Robert H. Talley, Mrs. N. D. Sills, Mrs. John W. [??????], Mrs. William H. Habliston, Mrs. Benedict T. Johnson, Mrs. Frank Rivers, Mrs. Edgar Taylor, Mrs. Frank [R]obson, Mrs. [D.] R. Midy[ette], Mrs. Alice [??????] Beresford, Mrs. T. S. Wheelwright, Mrs. Thomas Jeffress, Mrs. A. [?] Patterson, Mrs. R. [or B.] R. [or B.] Morgan, Mrs. William Robins, Miss Sallie Archer Anderson, Mrs. Thomas C. Gordon, Miss Carrie C. [?????], Mrs. J. Scott Parrish, Miss Mary Williams, Mrs. Frank Tow[?], Mrs. Coleman Wortnam, Mrs. Gordon Wallace, Mrs J. Stewart Bryan and Mrs. Jonathan Bryan.

Mrs. William Graham Gwatkin has posted invitations for the marriage of her niece Miss Anna Irene Cussen, to Dr. A. A. Marsteller, the ceremony to take place on Thursday evening, April [?], at [?? ?? ??? ????] in Mrs. Gwatkin’s home. This is to be one of the most [???????? ?? ??? ?????] weddings.

[?? ??? ?? ???? ??? ????] parties are being [???????? ????] of the most attractive homes [?????? ????? ????] Wednesday evening in the [?????????? ????], given by a number of [??ing] people. The members [????? ??] and Mrs. Lewis G. Larus, Mrs. and Mrs. John [?????], Mr. and Mrs. Charles [?.] Barnesdale, Dr. and Mrs. [?????] Morgan, Mrs. and Mrs. J. Hampd[??] [??????????], Miss Martha Robinson, Miss May Moore, John P. Lea, E. [?.] Syd[???], and William [?am].

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Morgan and their son Samuel [?.] Morgan, Jr. returned home this week after a two months’ stay [?? ????? ????] and Mrs. George Ben [???????] and Miss [????] R. Roy Jonston have a [????????] to town after  a [????? ?? ??????] Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. William H. White and Miss [E????? ???? White returned yesterday from Atlantic City, where they [??? ?? ? ????? ?????].

Mrs. Theodore [?.} [W???wag], of Philadelphis is the [?????] of Mrs. E. [?.] Hotchk[???] [???] is being much entertained.

[???? ???? ????? ??????] and Mrs. Brown are among the [????] arrivals in San Francisco, where they will attend the exposition and witness the polo tournament. Mrs. Brown is a daughter of Sen. [???????] Lee.
Mrs. [????? ????], Walter and Mrs. Rob[?????] [????? ??? ??] Washington.

One of the most fashionable events of the [?? ??????] was the reading given last night in the Jefferson auditorium of [??? ???? ????], the English [????] among [?? ??????????] present [???] evening [???]. Mrs. John Stewart [B????], Mrs. [????] [??] Anderson, Mrs. [????? ??????], Mrs. Thomas Blakney [?????], Mrs. [?? ??? ??????, ??], Mrs. [??????? ?? ??????], Mrs. William Raffin [???], Mrs. T[???? ?. ?????], Mrs. J. [?????? ??????], Mrs. John A. Coke, Mrs. George [?????????], Mrs. Frank Duke, Mrs. William [?. ??????], Mrs. Roy M. Jones, Mrs. Thomas [????] Johnston, Mrs. J. [?????????], Mrs. J. Arthur Lefroy, Mrs. [?.] T. [?.] Myers, Mrs. J. [?.] Metcalf, Mrs. [?. ??????????] Pinckney, Mrs [??????? ???????], Mrs. George [???? ????], Mrs. Wallace R. Thomas, Mrs. E. B. [????????], Mrs. Barton Wise, and Mrs. Wallace H. Wh[???].
Mrs. T[????] B[????] of Alexandria, who has been visiting her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. [??????? ?.] Mason, in this city, has returned to her home.

Mrs. William Russell and Mrs. L. R. MacVeigh are guests of Mrs. Charles [?.] Senff, in Washington.

Mrs. James William Hall, of San Francisco has arrived to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. [?. ?] [??]son.

[???? ??????? ?? ??????] of the big [??????? ?? ?? ????? ??????], which is [?? ?????? ??? ???] Wednesday evening. [???? ?? ? ? ? ??? ? ???]chins and Mrs. [?  ????? ??????? ??].

[?????] of the second [???? ????] will be a [???? ??? ????? ? ?????] of L. R. [?????] [??  ? ?] of girls, dressed as [??????? ???? ????? ??????, which will be [????? ?? ?? ??? ???]enty, and [????? ?? ????? ?] will be Misses Emily Royall, Harriet Guan, Jennie May Boice, Elizabeth Taylor, Camilla Wellford, Anne Royall, Je[???] Scott, Elsie Parrish and Julia Cone.

Mrs. Ramage, of Oil City, Pa., is visiting her daughter, Mrs. H. Logan Golsan. Mrs. and Mrs. Garnett Tabb have returned after spending several weekin in Pinehurst, N. C. Mrs. James R. V. Daniel has returned after spending three months in Philadelphia. Mr. and Mrs. Horace Buchanan, who have been spending the winter in Richmond, will open their home on James River next week. Mrs. Bradley S. Johnson is visiting Mrs. John P. Poe in Baltimore. Miss Ellen Ball has returned to her home at Westhampton after spending two months in New York. Mrs. Archer Hobson, of Alabama, is visiting Mr. Hobson’s mother here. Mrs. Merritt Crenshaw and Miss Virginia Crenshaw have returned home after spending two months in Florida. Mrs. Douglas Searson has been visiting Mrs. Walter Christian prior to her departure for Europe to join her aunt, Frau von Suelow, in Germany. William Stuart, of the University of Virginia, has recently spent several days at the executive mansion with his uncle, Gov. Stuart.


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Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

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As I’ve written in previous posts, much of human history has involved the management of relationships, marriages, etc. to safeguard against incestuous relationships, and has resulted in an impressive genealogy obsession in Iceland.
Genealogy obsession in Iceland
Genealogy obsession in Iceland opens academic doors.

Iceland, with its population of only 320,000, is one small corner of the globe that still deals with the issues of living in the shallow end of the gene pool, manifesting in today’s Icelanders’ preoccupation with genealogy and family history.

In one instance, a group of students from the University of Iceland engineering department created a smart phone app, allowing users to simply bump phones to see if they have a common ancestor, as well as if there’s a relationship and just how close it is.

Prior to the smart phone app, the “Book of Icelanders” (Islendingabok), has been the receptacle of genealogy records. Kári Stefánsson, an Icelandic neurologist, created a web-based version of the “Book of Icelanders” to provide constant access to its users. Kári Stefánsson and Fridrik Skulason claim to have documented 95% of Icelanders of the past three hundred years.

A benefit of the impressive job Icelanders have done tracing their family genealogies, is the extensive collection of data available for studies and experiments in many  disciplines including science, social studies, health and genetics.

Another example of the benefits of pursuing genealogy was described in my previous post “Owning a home: Military least likely and fire fighters more likely to own”. In this case, a statistical analysis of census data by Ancestry.com provided data to study home ownership trends over the past century.

Although the thoughts of the current and future benefits of genealogical study are pleasant ones, consider the negative – how would such caches of genealogical information have been used during WWII in Germany? The thought is truly frightening.

Previous posts about this topic are:

Icelandic Ancestry: the Icelandic genealogy database is now available online. 

Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

The Science of husbandry on a human scale.

photo credit: Stuck in Customs via photopin cc


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Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

Ingenius incest prevention app created by University of Iceland students.

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I previously wrote an article about my fascination with the ‘science of husbandry on a human scale‘.

My interest in this subject was piqued by my own Acadian ancestry and the Acadians’ practice of ‘managing’ biological relationships through the church in order to safeguard against close relatives marrying and having children. This has been a necessity through the centuries as a result of people living in small communities that were widespread. The modes of transportation were primitive and substantially increased the possibility of relationships and marriages within family lines. The Acadians recognized these relationships as existing within levels of ‘consanguinity’ or ‘closeness of biological relationship’.

The culture that shares the this Acadian practice to the greatest degree is that of Iceland. They have taken their management of these relationships to a different and greater level through consultation with the Íslendingabók database, a national database of ancestral lines and family trees reaching back several centuries, with their incest prevention app.

Students of the University of Iceland in Reykjavík won a contest for apps run by the Íslendingabók database. With their Android incest prevention app called ‘Sifjaspellsspillir’ or ‘Incest Spoiler’, two people with the app just tap their phones and if they share a grandparent, they will receive an alert. The creators are hoping to make it able to alert regarding common great grandparents in the future.


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My top ten: Best world-wide genealogy and ancestry websites.

My top ten: Best world-wide genealogy and ancestry websites.

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After almost twenty years of genealogy research, there are certain sites that have become my ‘go to’ sites for certain aspects of my genealogy research. I thought it might be helpful for me to post my list of my top ten genealogy and ancestry websites.
Internet Archive
Internet Archive Search

I have also included a description of the reasons why these sites have proved invaluable to me. If you’re looking for information in these areas, be sure to check out these sites.

The headings are links to the sites described and paid sites are indicated by ($) following the heading.

1.  FamilySearch.org

Maintained and updated by the LDS (Latterday Saints) Church, this site has been invaluable for all of my time researching my family’s genealogy. In the past few years in particular, the databases have expanded substantially as the LDS organization works to digitize more and more information. Recently, the search feature has become much more effective and accurate. No matter what country, region or time frame you are researching, this is a wonderful site. Best of all, it is free.

2.  Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com is a favorite for all of the reasons listed for FamilySearch.org, the only difference being that a paid subscription is required. Although I do use Ancestry.com a great deal, I plan my research so I don’t have to remain subscribed all of the time. As I research and find gaps, I keep a ‘to do’ list and when it is large enough to warrant the cost, I will subscribe for as long as I think is necessary, tackle my list, and cancel the subscription when I have completed my list. It has been almost a year since I last subscribed because I’ve been finding a substantial amount of information elsewhere. I am due to subscribe pretty soon to tackle my current ‘to do’ list.

If you’re looking for one paid site that provides extensive data from around the world, this is the one.

3.  Cyndi’s List

Cyndi’s List is the largest site that offers extensive links to genealogy sites and resources on the internet. Cyndi has worked tirelessly for decades creating this site of over 300,000 links – sorted, categorized and constantly updated to maintain currency and functionality.

Recently, however, Cyndi’s List has been the target of a hacker who stole her entire site, making minor changes to ‘make it their own’ and attempting to divert revenue to themselves. Be sure the site you’re visiting is actually Cyndi’s List and help protect her extensive investment and our valuable resource.

4.  Olive Tree Genealogy

Olive Tree Genealogy is an extensive portal of links to valuable data and genealogy research information around the world. Although I do find this site somewhat confusing and difficult to navigate, my investment of time and effort has proved valuable as I have found wonderful, obscure data that I was unable to find elsewhere.

5.  Foundation for Medieval Genealogy

You should have seen my surprise when my husband’s ancestry connected directly to nobles and royalty in the medieval period. For the longest time this was a vast brick wall for me as there is very little quality data available online for researching this time.

I can’t remember how I found this site, but it’s an amazing resource as it’s extensively researched and sourced. The sources are described in detail and where there are questions about the data, they make it clear so we can note these gaps and questions in our own research. Where they have drawn conclusions from the existing evidence they examine the evidence and describe their conclusions.

6.  Directory of Royal Genealogical Data: University of Hull

This is another well researched site about royal genealogy from the University of Hull in England that also covers the medieval period, but they are not as clear about the quality of their sources, the evidence they’ve used to form their conclusions and the reasons they formed the conclusions leading to the published genealogy.

7.  Internet Archive

Besides finding and sourcing dates and events, I also enjoy finding the details of the lives of our ancestors through written accounts. Access to these publications has helped immensely with writing this blog by enabling me to understand the circumstances and times in which our ancestors lived.

Internet Archive tops Google E-Books on this list because it is totally free.

8.  Google E-Books

Google E-Books is essentially a site offering paid and free access to public domain written materials and books with a very accurate, intuitive search feature. If you use the link in the heading, however, it is possible to search only titles available for free access and download. To find free titles, be sure to check ‘Full View’ when conducting a search.

9.  Rootsweb

This is a free site offered by Ancestry.com . It’s a valuable resource for providing free access to user input data and family trees. Although I don’t entirely trust the data offered on this site for the simple reason that it is made up from ‘user input’, it has been very valuable to me when encountering those frustrating brick walls. I use the information here as ‘clues’ which have helped me break through those brick walls.

This data is recognizable in my Blythe Database because I do not enter sources or indicate very poor quality sources. Those using my database should interpret these facts as questionable at best.

10.  GeneaBloggers

GeneaBloggers was the genius idea of offering a directory of genealogy blogs. When I have some time on my hands and just want to explore what others are doing and saying, I start at GeneaBloggers.

Have fun checking out these sites!


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DNA, archaeology, anthropology and genealogy open eyes to the past.

DNA, archaeology, anthropology and genealogy open eyes to the past.

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It seems that every time I turn on my computer to view the internet, I find new articles and posts about discoveries made in DNA, archaeology, genealogy and even science, that shed new light on our search into the origins of our own family and heritage, and the origins of our ethnic groups.

Today I stumbled upon the article “Discovered 2.3 k-yr-old human skeleton throws light on our ancestry,” on the ANINews website.

According to this article, “DNA from the complete 1.5 metre tall skeleton is one of the ‘earliest diverged,’ oldest in genetic terms, found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated roughly 200,000 years ago.”

The DNA evidence pointed to this man being from a branch that is the most closely related to ‘Mitochondrial Eve’ and now presumed to be extinct.

Reading about these new discoveries points out something very intriguing to me. In the past, the discoveries were made based on exploration, experimentation, and finding something new, affecting and changing the future.

Today, the discoveries one hears of most are those delving into the past, using all disciplines of social studies including genealogy, anthropology and archaeology; and the sciences including DNA and chemical analysis.

Today’s most well known and talked about discoveries are looking to the past and where we came from; individually, as a family, and as part of a broader ethnic group.

This suits me fine as this is my area of interest and fascination. I can’t help but feel excitement with each new discovery in my own genealogy, as well as reading and hearing about the discoveries made with a much broader, more global impact.

It all matters and sheds light on who we are and where we came from.


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Transcription – Death Certificate for Marieanne T. Bourgeois

Transcription – Death Certificate for Marieanne T. Bourgeois

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The following is my transcription of the death certificate of Marieanne T. Bourgeois while trying to remain as true to the original form as possible.

Marieanne Turmwl Bourgeois Death Certificate
Death Certificate of Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois. 

DEATH CERTIFICATION

The State of New Hampshire

This is to certify that the following is a true copy of facts recorded on the death record of the individual named hereon, said record being filed according to law.

NAME OF DECEASED:   Marieanne T. Bourgeois
SEX:    Female
DATE OF DEATH:    September 7, 1973
AGE (In Years, Last Birthday):    82
DATE OF DEATH:    7-26-91
PLACE OF DEATH, CITY OR TOWN:    Manchester, N.H.
BIRTHPLACE (State or Foreign Country):    Canada
(Marital Status):    Widowed
SURVIVING SPOUSE OR WIFE:
SOC. SEC. NO.:        003 03 1700
RESIDENCE:    State:  N.H., County:  Hills, City or Town:  Manchester
CAUSE OF DEATH:
Part 1, Death was caused by:
Immediate Cause (A)    Cardiac Arrest
Due to (B)    ASHD
Due to (C)
Medical Certification [?] By: L. A. Perron;  Title: MD;  Address: Manchester N.H.;  Date Signed: 9-10-73
Place of Burial (Name of Cemetery):    Mt. Calvary
Location:     City or Town:  Manchester, State: N.H.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION IF DEATH WERE DUE TO EXTERNAL CAUSES
_ Accident        _ Suicide        _ Homicide
Place of Injury:        City or Town:        State:
Time of Injury:        Month:        Day:        Year:        Hour:
Means of Injury:
By:     C. R. Stout
Clerk of:    Manchester N.H.
Date of Issue:        9-10-73

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The image above links directly to the original document. You can access sources, data, images and documents for these and other individuals, by clicking on the name link, or searching the Blythe Genealogy database site using the surname search link and the ‘All Media‘ search link in the left sidebar.

It is recommended to search using both methods as the results can differ greatly due to a glitch in the software that doesn’t connect all images from the bio.

All data for this and numerous others on this site is available for free access and download.



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Transcription: Obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois

Transcription: Obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois

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The following is my transcription of the newspaper article or obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois.

Obituary for Marieanne Turmel-Bourgeois.
Obituary for Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois.

 

Emile Bourgeois

Mrs. Marieanne Turmel Bourgeois, 82, widow of Emile Paul Bourgeois, formerly of 1200 Elm St., died Friday night at a Manchester nursing home after a long illness. She was born in St. Agnes, County Beauce, Que., the daughter of Jean and Reberra (Thivierge) Turmel and had been a resident of Manchester since 1912.

Mr. Bourgeois was an attendant of St.-George Church.

Members of her family include two daughters, Mr. Roland (Antoinette) Marois of Manchester, and Mrs. Margaret Ducharme, of Goffstown; two sons, Albert Bourgeois and Edouard Bourgeois, both of Manchester; 12 grandchildren, great-nieces.

Relatives and friends may call at the Lambert Funeral Home, 1799 Elm st., corner of North Street. Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday morning at 9 in St. George Church. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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Dad is the link to our French Canadian and military heritage.

Dad is the link to our French Canadian and military heritage.

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Although both sides of my family are ‘French Canadian,’ my mother’s ancestors are Acadians who settled in the maritime provinces and the eastern seaboard of the United States. Dad, however, is the link to our Québecois French Canadian and military heritage.
Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine
Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine at 3 circa 1938.

In earlier posts about our family’s WWI war casualties, I discussed our family’s attachment to the Canadian military. My own father, Gerard Ronald Joseph Turmaine, was an Instrument Electrical Technician in the Canadian Armed Forces for almost thirty years.

Gerard Turmaine in full pipe bank regalia playing his snare drum.
Gerard Turmaine in full pipe band regalia playing his snare drum.

Born in 1934 to Henry Joseph Turmaine and Rose Amande Emery of Quebec, he was nephew to both family members we lost in WWI, Joseph Philias Albert Emery (Rose’s brother) and Joseph Turmaine (Henry’s half-brother). (See photo at right of Gerry Turmaine at age 3.) As a new Canadian forces member, he spent some time in New Brunswick visiting the family of another recruit, Paul Melanson and met my mother, Patricia Gail Melanson – Paul’s sister.

Shortly after, he was transferred to Baden Söllingen, Germany and a long distance relationship proceeded for a while until he eventually asked my mother to go over and marry him. She traveled over on ship, they were married, and just over a year later I was born.

A year after my birth, my father was posted to Trenton, Ontario by the Canadian military, where we lived for ten years. During this time, he was a member of the national military pipe band (see photo at left) and frequently played all around the nation – and on one occasion, I can remember him traveling to Washington, DC to play.  During the ten years we lived in Trenton, my parents had three more girls, my sisters Renee, Andrea and Danielle.

We finally left Trenton when my parents’ dream came true and we were transferred to Comox, British Columbia. I can remember my parents talking about how much they’d like to live on the west coast of Canada for years. As a matter of fact, the story told ever after was that my Dad was so happy at the news of our transfer to British Columbia he wore holes in his socks dancing around the coffee table.

Their intention to remain in British Columbia was evident when my Dad told his superiors in Comox that he would rather forego any further promotions in order to remain in British Columbia until he retired. My parents lived in Comox until his death in 2005.

Turmaine Family in the late 1960's.
Turmaine family photo with Gerry in rear on the right; middle: Renee, Christine, Gail and Andrea; front: Danielle.

Twenty years ago I met my husband while he was training in Comox. He was an Aviation Technician with the Canadian Armed Forces and retired in 2006 to take a position with Marshall Aerospace in Abbotsford, British Columbia – where he could continue to work on his favorite aircraft, the CC130 Hercules.

To add to the tradition, my husband’s father, Marsh Blythe, retired in the 1980’s as a Sergeant in the Canadian army and my sister Andrea’s husband Larry Potter also retired several years ago from the Canadian army.


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Transcription: Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme

Transcription: Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme

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The following is my transcription of the baptism certificate for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme, as well as the English translation via Google Translate.

Joseph William Hervé Ducharme
Certificate of Baptism for Joseph William Hervé Ducharme.  

 

French Original

Certificat de Bapteme
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Eglise Ste-Marie,
Manchester, N. H.
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Je soussigné certifie que

Joseph William Hervé Ducharme
enfant de Joseph Ducharme
et de Alice Tremblay
né le 31 jour du mois de octobre, 1914
a été baptisé le 31 jour du mois de octobre, 1914
tel qu’il appert dans le Régistre des Baptêmes de la dite Eglise.

Selon le Rite de l’Eglise Catholique-Romaine

par le Rév. L. P. Routhier
Parrain:   William Belisle
Marraine:   Diana Tremblay

Raymond Langlois [??]
le 28 mai, 1935

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English Translation taken from ‘Google Translate’

Certificate of Baptism

St. Mary’s Church,
Manchester, N. H.

I certify that

Hervé Joseph William Ducharme
child of Joseph Ducharme
and Alice Tremblay
born 31 day of October, 1914
was baptized 31 day of October, 1914
as it appears in the Registry of Baptisms of the said Church.

According to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church

by Rev. Fr. L. P. Routhier
Sponsor: William Belisle
Sponsor: Diana Tremblay

Raymond Langlois [??]
May 28, 1935

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Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

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I have long been fascinated by the news of events regarding the finding, genetic studying and reburying of King Richard III’s remains.

I have written a couple of posts regarding the search for, discovery and excavation of his burial site under the parking lot of the Greyfriars Abbey in Leicester.

The posts were:

Richard III's final resting place is decided.
Richard III’s final resting place is decided.

A later article on the Archives UK blog does a great job of describing “the depth of feeling generated on both sides of a court battle over the re-burial of the body of King Richard III.”

The dispute arose between the University of Leicester and a group of Richard’s distant relatives, the Plantagenet Alliance, arguing over whether Richard III wished to be buried in York or the grounds where his remains were found.

The evidence brought forth on both sides is clearly described in the Archives UK post and since they have done such a good job, I feel it would be redundant and a huge waste of time for me to try to write a less informative article.

To read their detailed account, the blog post can be found on the Archives UK site.

photo credit: OZinOH via photopin cc


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Transcription: Biography of Joan Antrobus

Transcription: Biography of Joan Antrobus

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Following is my transcription of the biography of Joan Antrobus taken from pages 67 to 69 of The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I.

Antrobus, Joan; The Great Migration Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635; Vol I; A to B (1)
Biography of Joan Antrobus – The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I., page 67. 

JOAN ANTROBUS

ORIGIN: St Albans, Hertfordshire
MIGRATION: 1635
FIRST RESIDENCE: Unknown

ESTATE: On 16 May 1614, administration on the estate of Walter Antrobus of St Albans was granted to “]ane Antrobus, his widow”
[Archdeaconry of St Albans, Diocese of London, Admon Act Book, 1574-1638].

Antrobus, Joan; The Great Migration Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635; Vol I; A to B (2)
Biography of Joan Antrobus – The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I., page 68.

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The Great Migration

BIRTH: About 1567 based on date of marriage.
DEATH: 1635 or later, perhaps in New England.
MARRIAGE: Joan Arnold married at St Albans 8 February 1586/7 Walter Antrobus [St Albans PR 135]. He was buried at St Albans 5 April 1614 [St Albans PR 2.04].

CHILDREN (all baptized St Albans, Hertfordshire):

i WILLIAM, bp. 2.5 June 1587 [St Albans PR 25]; m. St Albans 6 July 1607 Alice Denton [St Albans PR 140].

ii WALTER, bp. 1 June 1589 [St Albans PR 28]; no further record.

iii ROBERT, bp. 21 February 1590/1 [St Albans PR 29]; no further record.

iv JOAN, bp. 2.5 June 1592 [St Albans PR 30]; In. (1) St Albans 23 October 1609 Thomas Lawrence [St Albans PR 141]; m. (2.) by 1628 JOHN TUTTLE [TAG 51: 173].

v ELIZABETH, bp. 6 August 1598 [St Albans PR 35]; presumably she who m. St Albans 5 May 1617 John Cowley [St Aibans PR 144].

vi HENRY, bp. 25 April 1600 [St Albans PR 36]; bur. St Albans 14 June 1602 [St Albans 196].

ASSOCIATIONS: Through her daughter, Joan (Antrobus) (Lawrence) Tuttle, this immigrant was ancestress of several members of the Tuttle, Lawrence and Giddings families (see sketches of JOHN TUTTLE, GEORGE GIDDINGS, JOHN LAWRENCE, THOMAS LAWRENCE and WILLIAM LAWRENCE).

In his will of 27 January 1664[/5], “William Antrobus of London Esq.” bequeathed to “William Antrobus in New England the sum of forty shillings for a legacy and that is all he shall have out of my estate” [PCC 11 Hyde]. Sir Reginald Antrobus suggests that this may be the William Antrobus baptized at St Albans 7 April 1611, son of William Antrobus [St Albans PR 46; Antrobus Pedigrees 34, 108], and therefore nephew of Joan (Arnold) Antrobus [Antrobus Pedigrees 12-13, 96]. But the testator of 1665 and the William baptized in 1611 were third cousins once-removed, so the legatee may be another William more closely related to the testator.

COMMENTS: On 2. April 1635, “Joan Antrobuss,” aged 65, was enrolled at London, with a certificate of conformity “from the minister of St Albans, Hertfordshire,” as a passenger for New England on the Planter [Hotten 45]. No record of Joan Antrobus has been found in New England. She may have chosen at the last minute not to make the trip, or she may have died

Antrobus, Joan; The Great Migration Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635; Vol I; A to B (3)
Biography of Joan Antrobus – The Great Migration – Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol I., page 69.

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aboard ship. It she did make the passage to New England, she probably resided in Ipswich with her daughter and son-in-law.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1929 Sir Reginald L. Antrobus published extensive information on the Antrobus families of England, including data relating to the branch of interest to us here [Sir Reginald L. Antrobus, /introbus Pedigrees: The Story of a Cheshire Family (London 192.9), 12-13, 96-9’7 (cited above as Antrobus Pedigrees)]. In 1941 Mary Walton Ferris published a brief account of ]oan Antrobus [Dawes-Gates 1:64-65].

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Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

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The following is my transcription of the obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews of Louisa County, Iowa, published in the local newspaper at the time.

Area Deaths
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Aged Louisa County Resident Dies
Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews.
Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews.

Wapello — Elam Dennis Matthews, 96, one of the oldest residents of Louisa county, died Jan. 1[0], at 3:10 p. m., at the home of his daughter Mrs. Roland Barrick. Death resulted from a stroke suffered New Year’s day.

A native of Neenah, Wis., Matthews was born Dec. 1, 1854, the son of David and Mary Ann Adams Coon. His mother died when he was 3 1/2 years old and his father died while a prisoner of the Confederate army. The child was adopted by the Nathan Matthews family of Omro, Wis. He married Martha Jane Jordan at Auroraville, Wis., Oct. 26, 1873, and they lived in Wisconsin and Colorado before coming to Iowa.

In 1899 Matthews began to operate a truck farm near Morning Sun, which he ran for many years before retiring and moving into Morning Sun. His wife died in 1935 and a son, William Matthews, died in 1940.

Despite his advanced age, Matthews was a very active man. When he was 94 he made a trip to California, and last fall took a trip to New York.

Surviving are a son and a daughter, Stanley Matthews, Morning Sun, and Mrs. Edith Barrick, Wapello, and 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Last rites will be held at the Pierce funeral home at 2 p. m. Saturday. Officiating will be Dr. Will M. Hughes, pastor of the United Presbyterian church. Burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.

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I learn my husband may be descended from the first documented slave in America, John Punch…

I learn my husband may be descended from the first documented slave in America, John Punch…

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African slave in America, John Punch.
Barack Obama is descended from the first documented African slave in America, John Punch.
A while ago I learned from news headlines that President Barack Obama is descended via marriage from John Punch, the first documented African slave in America. He was an indentured servant declared a slave for life in punishment for attempting an escape in 1640.

Ancestry.com has been researching Barack Obama’s ancestry for several years and has declared that Barack Obama is the eleventh great grandson of the first documented African slave in American history, John Punch and eighth cousin to my husband, Mark.

If this is true, then by virtue of the connection of my husband Mark and Barck Obama through Ulrich Stehle (1720-1773), who was sixth great grandfather to Mark and seventh great grandfather to Barack Obama, Mark and Barack are eighth cousins.

In the words of Joseph Shumway, genealogist with Ancestry.com , “Two of the most historically significant African Americans in the history of our country are amazingly directly related.” What is wholly surprising is that the connection exists through his Caucasian mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and not his Kenyan father.

John Punch, an indentured servant in Colonial Virginia, was declared a slave for life in punishment for trying to escape in 1640.

Ancestry.com states further that they used DNA analysis to learn that Stanley Ann Dunham’s ancestors were white landowners in Colonial Virginia, who were actually descendants of one African man, John Punch.

President Obama is traditionally viewed as an African-American because of his father’s heritage in Kenya. However, while researching his Caucasian mother, Stanley Ann Dunham’s lineage, Ancestry.com genealogists found her to have African heritage as well, which piqued the researchers’ interest and inspired further digging into Obama’s African-American roots. With the support of existing documents and DNA, it is believed that John Punch had children with a Caucasian woman, and her free status was subsequently passed on to their children. Her descendants continued to be free land owners in Virginia.

The findings were further reviewed and verified by Elizabeth Shown Mills, past president of the Board of Certification of Genealogists and a Southern research expert. She states, “In reviewing Ancestry.com ‘s conclusions, I weighed not only the actual findings but also Virginia’s laws and social attitudes when John Punch was living,” said Mills. She further states, “A careful consideration of the evidence convinces me that the Y-DNA evidence of African origin is indisputable, and the surviving paper trail points solely to John Punch as the logical candidate.

Source:

  1. Ancestry.com ” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Ancestry.com Press Release.

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Transcription: Obituary for Charles G. Blythe

Transcription: Obituary for Charles G. Blythe

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This is my transcription of the obituary for Charles G. Blythe (2nd great grandfather to Mark) from The Hoosier Genealogist, Indiana Historical Society, June 2001, Vol. 41, No. 2.

 

Obituary for Charles G. Blythe
Obituary for Charles G. Blythe.

Blythe, Charles G.

Birthplace: England
Occupation: Farmer
Entry into service: 1861, Pvt. 8th Btry
Final discharge: May 1864; Cause: End of war
Length of service: 4 months [sic]
Mustered into GAR. Mar. 1911
Died. 13 Jan. 1914

Obituary “C. G. Blythe Dies at Daughter’s Home,” Covington Friend, Jan. 1914, p. 1, col. 1: Blythe Was born in Lincolnshire, England, on 12 July 1840. He was the youngest son of Thomas and Mary Blythe. Charles came to America when he was fifteen years of age with his parents and three older brothers. At first they Went to Chicago. The father’s goal was to see his three sons started Well in life in this country and then the father planned to return to his native land. Unfortunately the father became ill and soon died. The boys were scattered to different parts of the country Charles Went to Wisconsin about the time of the Civil War. He enlisted 21 Nov 1861 in the light artillery. He received a bayonet Wound in his arm at Lookout Mountain, Which made him nearly an invalid for the rest of his life. He was honorably discharged in Aug. 1865. After the War he returned to his farm in Wisconsin and was married to Mary Elizabeth Keefer. They had four sons and two daughters, who all survive him. They are: Jennie M. of Urbana, Ill., Charles E. of Danville, Ill. Robert of Newell, S. Dak., Olive L. of lsanti, Mich. [Ipsilanti, Mich. or lsanti, Minn.‘?], and Clayton W. and Wesley E. of Covington. He died in Urbana on 15 Jan. 1914 after having been an invalid for more than a year. Rev E. W Strecker of the Methodist [Episcopal] Church officiated. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery.

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