Military

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 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 …

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Transcription: Revolutionary War Index card for Abel Cadwalader.

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           The following is my transcription of the Revolutionary War Index card for Abel Cadwalader. Inactive Duty Militia Cadwalader, Abel Rank: Lieutenancy: Philadelphia County. Battalion: 1st Company: 5th, Capt. David Dowlin Class: Remarks: “under age, Provd.” Authority: Nonattendance Account, 1781-1782 Date: N.B. Muster Fines £ Published: “Military Accounts: Militia,” Records of the Comptroller General, RG-4 THE …

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Joseph William Herve (Babe) Ducharme

Transcription: National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme

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           Following is my transcription of the National Guard Discharge for Private Hervé Ducharme. NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES and of the State of New Hampshire to all whom it may concern: This is to Certify, that Hervé Ducharme, Private, First Class, Battery ‘A’, 172d Field Artillery, National Guard as a Testimonial of Honest and …

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Dad in his national pipe band uniform.

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

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  1    4   5SharesAlthough 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. In earlier posts about our family’s WWI war casualties, I discussed our family’s attachment …

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Herve Ducharme Enlistment

Transcription: Enlistment Record of Herve Ducharme, Private 1st Class

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           The following is my transcription of the Enlistment Record of Private 1st Class Herve Ducharme.   ENLISTMENT RECORD OF Ducharme, Herve, Private 1st Class Enlisted March 13th, 1936 at Manchester, New Hampshire In service of the United States, under call of the President, from __________ to ___________ Serving in Second enlistment period at date of …

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The Turmaine Family

Grandmère Rose – Marie Marguerite Rose Amande Emery

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           Being the child of a military member has one huge drawback – we didn’t have any control over where we lived, when or for how long. As a result, contact with family members was infrequent at best and I do regret not getting to know our relatives better. My grandparents on my father’s side were …

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Tomb of Roger Vaughan and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam.

Sir William ap Thomas and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam

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17          17SharesSir William ap Thomas Herbert, (21st great grandfather to my children) was born about 1390 to Sir Thomas ap Gwilyn (1360-1438) and Maud de Morley (1375-    ). Featured image: Tomb with Effigies of Roger Vaughan and Gwladus ferch Dafydd Gam. Sir William ap Thomas first married Elizabeth (or Isabel) Bluet (1380-1420), daughter of Sir John …

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Isaac Shelby

Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky

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           Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky is the grandson of the original immigrant from Wales, Evan (Dhu) Shelby (Selby), who is eighth great grandfather to my children, Erin and Stuart; the son of Brigadier General Evan Shelby, who is the son of Evan (Dhu) and seventh great granduncle to my children; and is therefore first cousin …

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State Archives offers public access.

The Discovery Service at the National Archives in Great Britain

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3          3SharesThe UK National Archives  has a free online search, but there are problems. Some knowledge has always been necessary to search the catalogue with any success. The Discovery Service makes it easier for everyone – novice to expert – to search and use the collection. The user is able to search the collection, explore and …

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Sworn statement about Matthew Coon's birth.

Transcription: Sworn Statement regarding the Birth of Matthew Coon

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           The following is my transcription of the Sworn Statement regarding the birth of Matthew Coon. State of Wisconsin County of Waushara Mrs. Mary Russell & Sarah Bradway being duly sworn upon their oaths say that they reside in said County and state that are acquainted with Isabel A. Coon widow of David Coon of Co …

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Albert Rascher WWII Draft Card

Transcription: US WWII Draft Registration Card for Albert Rascher

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           Transcription: US WWII Draft Registration Card for Albert Rascher. REGISTRATION CARD — (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897) Line 1 SERIAL NUMBER: U827 NAME: Albert Rascher ORDER NUMBER: Line 2 PLACE OF RESIDENCE: R.F.D. No. 1 – Arlington Heights Cook Illinois (The place of residence given …

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Draft registration for Albert N. Tonne

Transcription: US, WWII Draft Registration Card, 1942 – Albert N. Tonne

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           US WWII Draft Registration Card for Albert N. Tonne. REGISTRATION CARD — (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897) Line 1 SERIAL NUMBER: U2214 NAME: Albert N. Tonne ORDER NUMBER: Line 2 PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Route 1, Bensenville, Cook, Ill. (The place of residence given on the …

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WWII Draft Card for Augustus C. Cronkhite

Transcription: U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942; Augustus Coke Cronkhite

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           US WWII Draft Registration Card for Augustus Coke Cronkhite REGISTRATION CARD — (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897) Line 1 SERIAL NUMBER: U1618 NAME: Augustus Coke Cronkhite ORDER NUMBER: Line 2 PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Kingman, Sugar Creek Twp., Parke, Indiana (The place of residence given on …

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Charles Henry Beckman's WWII Draft Registration Card

Transcription: U.S. World War II Draft Registration Card for Charles H. Beckman

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           US WWII Draft Registration Card for Charles H. Beckman.   REGISTRATION CARD — (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897) Line 1 SERIAL NUMBER: U1879 NAME: Charles H. Beckman ORDER NUMBER: Line 2 PLACE OF RESIDENCE: 329 High St. West Chicago Winfield Twnshp. Dupage Illinois (The place …

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U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 of Frank Niles

Transcription: US WWII Draft Registration Card for Frank John Niles

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           US WWII Draft Registration Card for Frank John Niles.   REGISTRATION CARD — (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897) Line 1 SERIAL NUMBER: U1257 NAME: Frank John Niles ORDER NUMBER: Line 2 PLACE OF RESIDENCE: West Milton, Miami, Ohio (The place of residence given on the …

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WWII Draft Card for John MacPherson

Transcription: US WWII Draft Registration Card for John Croll MacPherson

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1          1ShareTranscription of the US WWII Draft Registration Card for John Croll MacPherson. REGISTRATION CARD — (Men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897) Line 1 SERIAL NUMBER: U1471 NAME: John Croll MacPherson ORDER NUMBER: Line 2 PLACE OF RESIDENCE: 3365 N. E. Alameda Str (The place of residence …

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Preserved WWI tunnel at Vimy Ridge

We must fight for our veterans as they fought for us.

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           We must fight for our veterans. Remembrance Day is fast approaching and this is one very important day I always recognize with a post on this blog. My family’s history is well-entrenched in military service. My father was in the military for 30 years. My father-in-law was in the military for over 30 years. My …

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Google genealogy search tools.

My “Can’t Do Without” Genealogy Tools List

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           Over the years I find myself returning to the same tools and sites to further my genealogy research. Some of them are not easily found and I thought it might be an idea to list them here for you. The two sites I use continually are FamilySearch.org and Ancestry.com . Below is a list of …

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Military Bounty Land Warrant Certificate - William B. Coon

William B. Coon – Soldier in the War of 1812

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            In a previous post, I told the story of David Coon, the fourth great grandfather to my children Erin and Stuart, and his service and death in the Civil War. His father, William B. Coon (about 1789 to August 25, 1854) was also a soldier, but in his case he served in the War …

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Alfred Turmel WWI Draft Paper

Transcription: Attestation Paper for Alfred Turmel

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           Following is my transcription of the WWI Attestation Paper (front only) for Alfred Turmel.   FRONT ……….[??]……….FIRST………………Depot Battalion…..SECOND QUEBEC……Regiment Regtl. No….3285308…. PARTICULARS OF RECRUIT (Stamp in right margin of upper third of the form: REGISTRY, OFFICE 2 QUEBEC REGT. JAN 30 1919 1/2 Q. R. 1-T-99) DRAFTED UNDER MILITARY SERVICE ACT, 1917 (Class……………………………) —————————- Surname………………………………………………TURMEL…………………… …

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Edward "Longshanks" I, King of England

Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England

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2          2Shares  Edward “Longshanks” I, King of England was born 17/18 June 1239, eldest son of Henry III, King of England (1207-1272) and Eléonore de Provence (1223- ), in Westminster Palace, London.   Edward was created Earl of Chester and granted the Dukedom of Gascony on 14 February 1254, after arriving in France. Edward’s father arranged …

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History of companies I and E, Sixth Regt., Illinois Volunteer Infantry from Whiteside County. Containing a detailed account of their experiences while serving as volunteers in the Porto Rican campaign during the Spanish-American war of 1898. Also a record of the two companies as state troops from the date of organization to April 30th, 1901

Transcription: W. D. Matthews’ Spanish American War letter home.

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            This newspaper article provides a revealing glimpse into the life of an American soldier during the Spanish American War in Puerto Rico.   Featured image: Companies I and E, Sixth Regt., Illinois Volunteer Infantry from Whiteside County while serving as volunteers in the Porto Rican campaign during the Spanish-American war of 1898.   This is W. …

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In remembrance.

In Remembrance.

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       3   3Shares  Being from a dedicated military family, this is a somber time of year for us, in remembrance of those in our families who have served, or worse yet, who we lost during military service.   The relationships to our children, Erin and Stuart, are in italics following the excerpt. Remembering those we lost in …

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March 1917 Gas Attacks at Vimy Ridge

WWI War Stories: Turmaine and Emery.

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  1    3   4SharesIn honor of today’s ceremonies in honor of the 100th anniversary of the battle at Vimy Ridge, I am reposting several articles about my own ancestors who died in WWI.    In my father’s French Canadian, ‘Turmaine’ branch of the family, we have two known soldiers who died in the first world war. The first was my grand …

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