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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

52 Ancestors: #17 George Washington Kinnick-"Wash"




52 Ancestors: #17 George Washington Kinnick-"Wash"
 

This year, Amy Johnson Crow has issues a new 52 weeks blogging challenge:

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

on her No Story Too Small blog.


The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.

My approach: I plan to make this a Tuesday Theme, and, use it to enhance my WikiTree ancestor profiles. That is, focus on a different ancestor on my WikiTree list of profiles, each week (include possibly adding new profiles), Great idea! Thanks to Randy Seaver's post for bringing this to my attention!

Continuing from the last two weeks… This time, starting with WikiTree entries. A weekly reminder got me off onto this series of three father and son set of George Washington Kinnicks - a fascinating family - and, the largest single groups of KINNICK surnames in the country (counting their descendants). My mother was a KINNICK, of course.

This is the third of the three Georges:

#17 George Washington Kinnick-"Wash"


This George Washington Kinnick is the son of #16 (grandson of #15), and is designated by a nickname, "Wash". In later years, on the census, for example, he was using George W. ;-)

Each of these families was included in the book I wrote about them:




ebook:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-bill-william-l-smith/george-and-hannah-kinnick-family-history/ebook/product-17410175.html

print book:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-bill-william-l-smith/george-and-hannah-kinnick-family-history/paperback/product-5168149.html


"Wash" was born in Villisca, Iowa, a few miles to the southwest of where I grew up. [When I was in high school, active in Methodist Youth activities, Villisca had a very active group, as well. I served with a young man there on the state level organization (South Half of the State of Iowa) as an officer - he was president, I was vice-president. Small world.]

George Washington Kinnick-"Wash" was born in Jun 1863 and died in Feb 1959, at home, in Lewistown, Montana. His wife was Emma Ida Briggs (b. Aug 1867, Iowa) whom he married in Sep 1884, in Taylor Co, Iowa.

Their children were:

1. Leslie C. (b. May 1886, Taylor Co, Iowa; d. May 1952, Grass Range, Montana)
2. William R. (b. Feb 1888, Iowa; d. Oct 1960, Grass Range, Montana)
3. Letha May (May) (b. Mar 1890, Iowa) married James Dudley
4. Alma M. (b. Jan 1899, Wyoming; d. Jul 1993, Fergus Co, Montana) married Frances Linsley
5. Alice V. (b. Jul 1906, Montana) married Glenn Carr

The 1940 census found George W., 76, Emma, 72, and William R., 51, living to living together in Fergus, Montana.

As shared last week, the descendants of this family have been fascinating to research and write stories about. And, I've only scratched the surface. I am now Facebook Friends with some of the descendants of this family. The 1953 Kinnick Genealogy Book, that has been the starting point for much of my KINNICK family history research, was primarily focused on this family - which was a major contribution of all we know about the extended family history. When I compiled, with the aid of nearly 100 other contributors, the 2003 Online KINNICK Genealogy Book, in 2003 (nearly 900 online pages, inter-linked) - the 50th anniversary of the earlier work - we extended the family history to all KINNICK descendants that we could identify. It has become the definitive work on the KINNICK Surname, and is the basis for the One-Name Study currently continuing the work.


What fun! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

52 Ancestors: #16 George Washington Kinnick Jr.


52 Ancestors: #16 George Washington Kinnick Jr.

This year, Amy Johnson Crow has issues a new 52 weeks blogging challenge:



52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

on her No Story Too Small blog.


The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.

My approach: I plan to make this a Tuesday Theme, and, use it to enhance my WikiTree ancestor profiles. That is, focus on a different ancestor on my WikiTree list of profiles, each week (include possibly adding new profiles), Great idea! Thanks to Randy Seaver's post for bringing this to my attention!

Continuing from last week… This time, I'm starting with WikiTree entries. A weekly reminder got me off onto this series of three father and son sets of George Washington Kinnicks - a fascinating family - and, the largest single groups of KINNICK surnames in the country (counting their descendants). My mother was a KINNICK, of course.

The second of the three Georges:

#16 George Washington Kinnick Jr.

This George Washington Kinnick is the son of #15, and is designated Jr. His son, who will be #17, often went by the nickname "Wash."



Each of these families was included in the book I wrote about them:

ebook:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-bill-william-l-smith/george-and-hannah-kinnick-family-history/ebook/product-17410175.html

print book:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-bill-william-l-smith/george-and-hannah-kinnick-family-history/paperback/product-5168149.html

George Jr. was born in Moxville, Davie Co, NC, on 18 Oct 1825. He married Sarah Melissa Reavis (1834-1870). They were part of the major migration of this extended family in 1850 to Indiana.

Their children were:

1. Martha Cathrine (b. 1851, Indiana)
2. Mahala (b. Apr 1853, Indiana)
3. Hannah E. (b. 1857, Iowa)
4. Chloa Ellende "Cloe" (b. 1859, Clarinda, Iowa)
5. Edith Clarissa (1860, IA - 1862)
6. George Washington "Wash" (b. 1863, Villisca, Iowa; d. 1959, Lewistown, Montana)
7. John Harvey (b. Aug 1866, Iowa; d 1955)
8. Sarah G. (b. Sep 1868, Iowa; d. 1868, Iowa)
9. Solomand (b. 1869, Iowa; d. 1959, Lewistown, Montana)

As shared last week, the descendants of this family have been fascinating to research and write stories about. And, I've only scratched the surface. I am now Facebook Friends with some of the descendants of this family. The 1953 Kinnick Genealogy Book, that has been the starting point for much of my KINNICK family history research, was primarily focused on this family - which was a major contribution of all we know about the extended family history. When I compiled, with the aid of nearly 100 other contributors, the 2003 Online KINNICK Genealogy Book, in 2003 (nearly 900 online pages, inter-linked) - the 50th anniversary of the earlier work - we extended the family history to all KINNICK descendants that we could identify. It has become the definitive work on the KINNICK Surname, and is the basis for the One-Name Study currently continuing the work.

What fun! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)

Friday, April 11, 2014

100 Years Ago This Week - In our Hometown - Coon Rapids, Iowa


100 Years Ago This Week
In our Hometown
Coon Rapids, Iowa
 

From the Coon Rapids Enterprise, Thursday, April 10, 2014, Page 5:

100 Years Ago
April 3, 1914


Norman D. Wilson died at his home Monday night, being in failing health for a year or more, having kidney trouble. The community has sustained in his death the loss of an excellent citizen. He was a pioneer who helped largely in the development of the locality.

He was a staunch republican and for many years prominent in party conventions, county, state and also a faithful member of his church at the Star, always exerting good influence. He was a printer before the war and was therefore always interested in newspapering and always made at home in the print shops of the county which he visited often. He was a
loyal member of the Perry Wright Post and upon the death of “Dad” Mowder became color bearer.

A short history of his life, prepared a year ago and published in the Enterprise, is here re-produced.

Norman D. Wilson was born in Illinois, June 28, 1844. Following the trade of printer beginning his apprenticeship when he was but 10 years of age, which trade he followed until 1876, his last work being on the Prairie City News.

Enlisted in 1864, he was a member of Co. H 134th Illinois Infantry and was elected corporal on May 20 of same year. Come October, when the governor of Missouri wired the governor of Illinois that troops were needed to defend St. Louis against the army of Gen. Price, the entire nine Illinois regiments, which had just been mustered out, volunteered to protect Missouri’s capitol and arrived at St. Louis Saturday of the same week. They remained in Missouri about two weeks, Gen. Price in the meantime having retreated, and an engagement was thus
avoided. The regiments returned home, not receiving any pay for their two week’s service in protecting St. Louis.

He served under Gen. Rosecrans. Mr. Wilson has the distinction of receiving from President Lincoln, on the part of Governor Olegsive of Illinois and signed by President Lincoln and Secretary Edwin M. Stanton, a certificate of thanks for valiant service rendered as 100 day men in the closing days of the war.

Mr. Wilson is the only veteran at Coon Rapids or in the locality who has such a certificate. Of course he prized it very highly.

Norman D. Wilson was married to Miss Mary E. Offill November 16, 1871 at Newton. Five children, all living, were born to them: Mrs. Anna L. Brown, Mrs. Lulu Snyder, Mrs. Hazel F. Bolger, and Misses Laura M. and Rhoda L.

Mr. Wilson followed farming since moving to Coon Rapids in 1877, owning a good farm north of town known as Far View, from which point one can see a point for four miles of Panora, 25 miles distant, Coon Rapids, Scranton, Glidden and on a clear day almost to Jefferson.

The funeral occurred yesterday atthe Star church, a very large number of friends attending, the sermon being preached by his pastor, Rev. Carl Brown. The remains were interred in the Coon Rapids cemetery. The Veteran Drum Corps took a prominent part in all the services.

*****
A tribute to Norman D. Wilson was recently published by his great, and great-great, granddaughters, Nancy Smith and Annette Lamb. It is available to everyone at Amazon.com.
 

http://www.amazon.com/One-Hundred-Days-Norman-Wilson/dp/1493556134/


Families are Forever! ;-)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

52 Ancestors: #15 George Washington Kinnick and Hannah




52 Ancestors: #15 George Washington KINNICK and Hannah


This year, Amy Johnson Crow has issues a new 52 weeks blogging challenge:


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
 
on her No Story Too Small blog.


The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.

My approach: I plan to make this a Tuesday Theme, and, use it to enhance my WikiTree ancestor profiles. That is, focus on a different ancestor on my WikiTree list of profiles, each week (include possibly adding new profiles), Great idea! Thanks to Randy Seaver's post for bringing this to my attention!


After a three week hiatus, I'm starting up again with a slight twist, to fit with other stuff I'm working on… This time, starting with WikiTree entries. A weekly reminder got me off onto this series of three father and son sets of George Washington Kinnicks - a fascinating family - and, the largest single groups of KINNICK surnames in the country (counting their descendants). My mother was a KINNICK, of course.

#15 George Washington Kinnick and Hannah


This George Washington Kinnick was my first cousin, five generations removed. George and Hannah raised ten children who all lived to adulthood and had families of their own - some even larger. A few years ago, I even wrote a book about them:





ebook:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-bill-william-l-smith/george-and-hannah-kinnick-family-history/ebook/product-17410175.html

print book:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/dr-bill-william-l-smith/george-and-hannah-kinnick-family-history/paperback/product-5168149.html

George was born in Davie Co, North Carolina, in 1784. He married Hannah Grimes about 1806. Along with many other family members, they moved by covered wagon, in about 1851, to Johnson County, Indiana, where they spent the balance of their lives, as did many of their descendants. Many others, of course, moved on across the country as then sought their own lives. George died in 1865, Hannah in 1860.

Their children were:

1. Johanna (1807-?) Barlow
2. John (1809-1891)
3. Jabez Grahm (1812-1891)
4. Nancy Smarr (1815-1892) Allen
5. Elijah B. (1817-1849)
6. Sarah (1820-1889) Sheek
7. George Washington, Jr. (1825-c. 1885)
8. Dempsey C. (1828-1912)
9. William (1830-1912)
10. Penelope (Nellie) (1833-1923)

The descendants of this family have been fascinating to research and write stories about. And, I've only scratched the surface. The 1953 Kinnick Genealogy Book, that has been the starting point for much of my KINNICK family history research, was primarily focused on this family - which was a major contribution of all we know about the extended family history. When I compiled, with the aid of nearly 100 other contributors, the 2003 Online KINNICK Genealogy Book, in 2003 (nearly 900 online pages, inter-linked) - the 50th anniversary of the earlier work - we extended the family history to all KINNICK descendants that we could identify. It has become the definitive work on the KINNICK Surname, and is the basis for the One-Name Study currently continuing the work.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kinnick/

What fun! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Items of Interest: 50 and 75 Years Ago, in our Hometown


Items of Interest: 
50 and 75 Years Ago, in our Hometown
 
[For our Daughters and Grandchildren]


From The Coon Rapids (Iowa) Enterprise, 2014-03-20 p. 5:

50 Years Ago
March 12, 1964



Lt. and Mrs. William L. Smith of St. George, Utah, are the parents of a second daughter, Alison Ruth Smith, born March 6.
Her sister, Annette, is 3 years old. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leverne Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Bolger, all of Coon Rapids
Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kinnick of Bayard and Mrs. Hazel Bolger of Coon Rapids.


75 Years Ago
March 17, 1939



School election here on Monday was a very quiet affair with only 66 ballots cast. No opposition was presented to the reelection of the present incumbents, P.H. Kinnick
and C.W. Thomas.



75 Years Ago
March 17, 1939



Mrs. Mary Weaver, 79, a longtime resident of this community,
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Freyda Thomas, Friday
night. Funeral services were conducted at the Thomas home Sunday
afternoon by the Rev. W.F. Clayburg of Carroll. Burial was
in the local cemetery. Pall bearers were Wilbur Thomas, Wesley
Thomas, Glen Bolger, H.S. Keister and Clifford and Sam Weaver of
Spirit Lake. Harriet Ellen Yager was born in Ablington, Jefferson
County on July 2, 1859 and passed away at the home of her daughter
in Coon Rapids, March 10, 1939 at the age of 79 years, 8 months and
8 days. At the age of 10 years she moved with her parents to Jasper
County, and later they moved to Audubon County. She was united
in marriage to Samuel L. Weaver in 1880. To this union were born
four children, all who survive. They are Sherman C. Weaver of
Porterville, CA, Curtis E. Weaver of Spirit Lake, Minnie E. Overly
of Wenstchee, WA, and Freyda E. Thomas of Coon Rapids. While
still a young woman she joined the Methodist Church and has
been a faithful member throughout her life. In addition to her children
she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hatfield of Spirit
Lake, and Mrs. J.H. Grady of Harris, and one brother, Mr. C.A. Yager
of Coon Rapids; also 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren,
many other relatives and a host of friends.


Families are Forever! ;-)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

52 Ancestors: #11 Peter Andersson (Pehr) Soderstrom




52 Ancestors: #11 Peter Andersson (Pehr) Soderstrom


This year, Amy Johnson Crow has issues a new 52 weeks blogging challenge:

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

on her No Story Too Small blog.

 
The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.

My approach: I plan to make this a Tuesday Theme, and, use it to enhance my WikiTree ancestor profiles. That is, focus on a different ancestor on my WikiTree list of profiles, each week (include possibly adding new profiles), Great idea! Thanks to Randy Seaver's post for bringing this to my attention!


#11 Peter Andersson (Pehr) Soderstrom (1819 -1901) is #18 on my Ancestor Name List (information based on what I had in my database before further research), and is my 2nd great-grandfather. He married #19 (see next week) Johanna Margreta Rolin (1817 - unknown) - my 2nd great-grandmother. I am descended through:

* their daughter, #9 Margaret Nellie (Maggie) Soderstrom (1848-1901), who married #8 Michael Smith (1829-1902)
* their son, #4 William Emanuel Smith (1869 -1939), who married #5 Ellen (Ella) Rebecca Preston (1880-1923)
* their son, #2 Delbert Leverne (Pete) Smith (1915 - 1977), who married #3 Mary Eileen Kinnick (1918 - 1999)
* me, #1 William Leverne Smith (1939- …)


In a 1908 book, "History of the Swedes of Illinois," under the sub-title of "The Swedish Baptist Church of Rock Island,"  we find Peter Soderstrom on the 8th of August, 1852, noted as a member of the Swedish Lutheran Church of Moline. To me, this places him (and likely his family) at a place and time. The reason for this notation is that he then became one of the first three persons, on that date, baptized as charter members of: "The Swedish Baptist Church of Rock Island." The Swedes in America were a close knit group, but had a theological split. I'll not go into that here, but, that issue takes up many of these pages, and mentions many different people that play continued roles in the life of this family - actually, Peter's second family. He soon, essentially, abandons his first family - my family. [This paragraph is an adaptation of a similar paragraph under Maggie - read more there, if you missed it...]

Peter left for Minnesota leaving his wife and family in the Moline, Illinois, area. In 1860, his family consisted of Johanna, 43, William, 15, Maggie, 12, and John, 10. Peter divorced her Johanna Margreta Rolin in October 1861, in Minnesota.

Peter later served in the Civil War, from MN, from 2 Sep 1864 to 28 Jul 1865.
Peter and 'Margreta Norell' - his 2nd wife - were married by Andrew Norelius, witnesses were Peter Norell and Erick Hanson, in the town of Cambridge. Probably 3 May 1866.

Peter and his 2nd wife, Greta, had four sons, born between 1867 and 1875: Arvid, Emil, Oscar, and Edward. They moved to Boone County, Iowa, in about 1870. He died there a few months after his daughter, Maggie, in November 1901. He is buried in the Pilot Mound Cemetery, Pilot Mound, Boone County, Iowa.

Note: My mother's diary has William Smith, son of Maggie, visiting sons of Peter, his first cousins, in Pilot Mound, in 1939 (from the Coon Rapids, Carroll County, Iowa area)… so they all keep in touch and knew each other.


Families are Forever! ;-)

Monday, March 10, 2014

52 Ancestors: #10 Beatrix (Elsie) Fad


52 Ancestors: #10 Beatrix (Elsie) Fad

This year, Amy Johnson Crow has issues a new 52 weeks blogging challenge:


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

 on her No Story Too Small blog.

The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.

My approach: I plan to make this a Tuesday Theme, and, use it to enhance my WikiTree ancestor profiles. That is, focus on a different ancestor on my WikiTree list of profiles, each week (include possibly adding new profiles), Great idea! Thanks to Randy Seaver's post for bringing this to my attention!


#10 Beatrix (Elsie) Fad (1805-1886) is #17 on my Ancestor Name (Ahnentafel) List, and is my 2nd-great-grandmother. She was married to my 2nd-great-grandfather, #16 Joseph Schmitt (1802-1874).

I am descended through:

* their son, #8 Michael Smith (1829-1902), who married #9 Margaret Nellie (Maggie) Soderstrom (1846-1901)… follow either link, if you missed them first time around… ;-) 


See the Joseph link for their early years in America. As mentioned there, last week, we know very little detail about Elsie… but we do have the image. Neat.

As also mentioned last week, today we will focus for a bit on the three daughters of Joseph and Elsie: Caroline, Elizabeth, and Dorthea; each married.

Caroline (1831-1919) married Anton Scherrer (1827-1887). I have no further information on them.

Elizabeth Beatrice (1839-1913) married Pierre (Peter) Wildemuth in 1857, in Rock Island Co, Illinois. They had five children, three of whom survived to adulthood and married:
1) Elizabeth (1858-1939) married Nicholas Wachtel in 1880 - they lived in Henry Co, Illinois.
2) Mary J (1862-??) married Cornelius de Maranville in 1886 - they also lived in Henry Co, Illionis.
3) Rosa Ann (1866-1940) married Peter Fielder in 1888 - they also lived in Henry Co Illionis.

Dorthea (1842-1923) married John Adam (Adam) Hofstetter in 1862. They lived in Rock Island Co, Illinois, and had a son, George Adam Hofstetter (1883-1944). He married Anna M. Johnson in 1904.


Families are Forever! ;-)