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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - The Notom Cemetery, in Wayne County, Utah


Tombstone Tuesday
The Notom Cemetery, in Wayne County, Utah


On our field trip south of the Capital Reef National Park last Tuesday, we visited several 'ghost towns' where about all that is left is their large or small cemetery. Above, we are parked in front of a commemorative sign for Notom, with the current Notom Ranch Bed & Breakfast in the background (over the back of the Jeep you can see the building). This is a fascinating area.

The Notom Cemetery is not one of the larger ones. We drove a few miles on the 'typical dirt roads' of the area to where it was located.


Here are some views of the area, when we got there.


Above, you see the Jeep parked by the Cemetery (wire fencing), with the same mountain formations in the background as above, by the Notom sign. Those are the south view of the Waterpocket Fold in Capital Reef National Park. You have to really want to see them, to get this view.


Inside the wire fence, each grave is marked (and was protected earlier) by the wooden fences. Above is one, below is another.


Even more interesting to me, perhaps, were the two gravestones with more recent markers:


This was a young man who died at 13 years (1883-1896), John Christian Smith. His father was Jorgen Christiansen - a Danish immigrant (Danish surnames are a story in themselves). In the Wayne County History Class I attended the first Friday of our Utah visit, this year, we learned much of the Mormon Danish settlers in the county of this time period. [Note: I'm not Mormon, but I am 1/4 Danish - so I was especially interested]


Note the second marker was for an infant, less than a year old. His surname was also Smith.

These markers were no doubt placed more recently by family descendants. Steve Taylor, the local historian, has traced the others known to have been buried in Notom Cemetery, even though they are not as clearly marked.

A most unusual Cemetery, I just really wanted to share with you.

Families are Forever! ;-)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Emmert & Margaret (HERRON) NELSEN

Tombstone Tuesday
Emmert & Margaret (HERRON) NELSEN


Margaret Elizabeth HERRON was born 9 Jul 1914, died 29 Nov 1991. Margaret was the daughter of Wilson and Lucile (KINNICK) HERRON. [Lucile is a sister of my grandfather, Paul KINNICK].

On 21 Oct 1933 she married Emmert Martinus NELSEN.

He was born 25 Jun 1914, died 22 Sep 1987.



Margaret Elizabeth Nelsen - Audubon services held - CR Ent, 5 Dec 1991, p. 14
Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Carl Hansen on Monday, December 2, 1991, at 2:00 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon for Margaret Elizabeth Nelsen. Casketbearers were Randy Nelsen, Todd Nelsen, Michael Nelsen, Darrell Nelsen II, Don Nelsen, Joel Rattenborg, Jay Myers, Nick Nelsen, Chad Nelsen, and Joshua Nelsen. Honorary casketbearers were Scott Dermody, David Dermody, and James Nelsen. Interment was in the Orange Township Cemetery, Guthrie County, near Coon Rapids.
Margaret Elizabeth Herron Nelsen, the oldest daughter of Wilson C. and Helen Lucile Kinnick Herron, was born July 9, 1914 in Guthrie County, Iowa near White Rock and died of respiratory failure on November 29, 1991 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa at the age of 77 years, 4 months, and 20 days. She was baptized and confirmed at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon. She attended rural school in Guthrie County and high school in Coon Rapids, Iowa.
On October 21, 1933 Margaret married Emmert M. Nelsen at Coon Rapids and to this union eight children were born. Margaret and Emmert were engaged in farming until 1960 during which time Margaret was employed at the Dinner Bell Cafe in Audubon from 1957 to March of 1959. They moved into Audubon in 1960 and Margaret worked at the Audubon Community School District until 1963 at which time they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado. They returned to Audubon in 1965 and Margaret was again employed at the Dinner Bell Cafe and also was a head cook at the T-Bone Club and also worked at the Summit House. She retired in 1983. She was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Audubon.
Preceding her in death was her husband, Emmert on September 22, 1987; her parents; three grandsons and one great grandson. Survivors include her children and their spouses: Arnold and Karen Nelsen of North Sioux City, SD; Darrell and Sue Nelsen of Audubon; Thomas and Betsy Nelsen of Hamlin, IA; Marie and Ben Myers of Treynor, IA; Vitta and Bob Rattenborg of Audubon, IA; Donald and Dorothy Nelsen of Avoca, IA; Phylliss Shambauh of Urbandale, IA; and Franklin Nelsen of Avoca, IA; twenty-four grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren; her brothers and their spouses: Wilbur and Pauline Herron of Bayard, IA; Donald and Jennie Herron of Coon Rapids, IA; Duane and Mildred Herron of Bayard, IA; Wilson C. Herron, Jr. of Des Moines, IA; her sisters and their spouses: Pauline Roller of Glidden, IA; Naomi and Bob Kepple of Bayard, IA; Genevieve and Gene Hilgenberg; Geneva and Gene Crouch, all of Bayard, IA; Shirley Sievers of Coon Rapids, IA; her sisters-in-law and their spouses: Ramona and Wyman Jensen of Altoona, IA; Gretchen and Mike DeCarlo of Des Moines, IA; Joan and Roy Mortensen of Audubon, IA; Sharon Nelsen of Des Moines, IA; her brother-law-, Dale Nelsen of California; her aunt and her husband, Lillian and Delbert Ford of Coon Rapids; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Families are Forever! ;-)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 14 Sep 2010 - Smith Grandparents Post 8

Tombstone Tuesday - 14 Sep 2010 - Smith Grandparents Post 8


On the 22 Jun 2020 for Tombstone Tuesday I reported on recording my Smith Grandparents on Find A Grave (William - Ellen). Last Tuesday, I shared the obituary of Grandpa William as recorded in my Aunt LVene's family history from the local Coon Rapids Enterprise. Today, I will share the obituary, same source, for Grandma Ellen.

From the Coon Rapids Enterprise (via LVene Thomas Smith family history book)

Mrs. Wm Smith Dies in Hospital
Devoted Wife and Mother Called by Death Last Week

Mrs. Ellen Preston Smith, wife of Mr. Wm. Smith, died last week in the hospital at Carroll soon after an operation for gallstones with which she had bee afflicted seemingly for years. She will be remembered by early settlers as the daughter ofd Mrs. Ella Preston, mother of Harry and other Preston boys, and a most exemplary young woman. She graduated from our public schools, as did also her eldest son, Grant Ballard, by her first husband, Mr. Ballard. She was the mother of ten children, two having preceded her, leaving eight, with husband and other near relatives, and many friends to mourn her death. She was an affectionate wife and mother and highly esteemed neighbor.  The following obituary was read by Rev. Koehler at the funeral services at the M.E. church Saturday afternoon, the services being largely attended for town and country.:

Ellen Rebecca Preston  was born April 12th 1880 in Deer Lodge, Montana. In 1898 she was united in marriage to Mont G. Ballard of Blair, Nebraska. To this union one son was born.

December 30, 1900 her husband passed to his eternal reward. May 11th 1904, she was united in marriage to her now sorrowing husband, Wm. Smith. To this union nine children were born, five girls and four boys. Two of the boy preceded the mother to the heavenly home.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She was a devoted mother and a kind and affectionate wife. For the past two years she has been in poor health. She passed out of this life in the hospital at Carroll Thursday evening June 28. to mourn her loss she leaves a sorrowing husband, eight children and two brothers, and many friends and acquaintances.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 7 Sep 2010 - Smith Grandparents Post 3

Tombstone Tuesday - 7 Sep 2010 - Smith Grandparents Post 3
 
 
On the 22 Jun 2010 for Tombstone Tuesday I reported on recording my Smith Grandparents on Find A Grave (William - Ellen). Today, I want to share the obituary of Grandfather William as recorded in my Aunt LVene's family history from the local Coon Rapids Enterprise. Next week I will share the obituary, same source, for Grandmother Ellen.

I feel it is worthy of note, again, that he died at age 70 four months after I was born (I'm one of the two grandchildren mentioned, below, along with my cousin, Gary, son of Maxine) and I have now passed my 71st birthday on July 1 of this year.

Dr. Bill beside grave marker of W. E. Smith, his grandfather, for whom he was named.

From the Coon Rapids Enterprise (via the LVene Thomas Smith family history book)

Star Farmer Dies - Funeral Services Here Wednesday
Heart Attack Fatal to Well Known Farmer Sunday


Under the direction of the Rev. W.F. Clayburg, pastor of the Methodist Church at Carroll, funeral services for William E. Smith, of the Star community, were conducted at Coder's funeral home at 2 p,m, Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Smith died Sunday at the age of 70.

Pallbearers were Bernice McLaughlin, Bois McLaughlin, Leo Moylan, Conrad Lawrence, Ed Williams, and Roscoe Bowman.  Special music was furnished by a Quartet composed of George Textor, Dale Textor, Doug Coder and Chas. W. Thomas. Mrs. Roswell Jordan accompanied them at the piano, Mrs. J. Thos. Rogers furnishing organ music.

Out of town relatives attending the funeral were Mrs. Lena Brown, of Scranton, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Ballard of Waterloo, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barlett of Perry.

William Emanuel Smith, son of Michael and Nellie Smith, was born in Moline, Illinois, May 22, 1869, and died at his country home north of Coon Rapids on October 8, 1939, at age 70 years, 4 months and 16 days.

When he was a small boy he moved with his parents to Grand Mound, Iowa. At the age of 12 years he moved to Carroll County and made his home in this vicinity until the time of his death.

On May 11, 1904, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Ellen Preston Ballard and to this union were born nine children. Mrs. Smith and two sons preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his passing Willard, Irene, LVene (Mrs. Verle Thomas), Pauline (Mrs. Merl Bower), LeVerne, Maxine (Mrs. Orrin Hilgenberg), Bethene, one step son, Grant Ballard and two grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Lena Brown of Scranton, Mrs. Elsie Grapes of Boone, Nebraska; two brothers, Joseph Smith of St. Edwards, Nebraska, Robert Smith of Bakersfield, California, and one half sister, Mrs. Mary Mohr of Grand Mound, Iowa, beside a host of friends and acquaintances.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Beatrice L. Smith

Tombstone Tuesday - Beatrice L. Smith

I'm actually asking your help here. I have an Iowa Cemetery Records report from ancestry.con, based on the 1930's WPA reports saying that Beatrice L. Smith is buried at the Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa. No birth or death date is given.

Is this really my great-great grandmother, wife of Joseph, mother of Michael, born about 1802, in France, died (perhaps) in the 1870s?

Thanks for any suggestions or related information.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 3 Aug 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 3 Aug 2010

This is my sixth report of entering Tombstone Tuesday entries into Find A Grave, per my Challenge #22 and #23 resolution. Today I take on my earlier posts of 30 Mar 2010 and 6 Apr 2010 for brothers, John W. and Franklin Pierce RECTOR.

These are fairly distant relatives to me, but they happened to have died and were buried in the community I was living in at the time I came to know who they were: Emporia, Lyon Co, KS. It was fairly easy to go photograph their tombstones! Small world, as we say!

John W. RECTOR
was the son of Jacob and Frances (LITTLE) RECTOR. John W. RECTOR was born 13 May 1842, in Indiana, and died 17 Apr 1863, at age 23 years, 11 mon, 5 days. He is said to have died of fever, suffering during his Civil War service. He is buried in the Forest Hill - Hunter Cemetery in Lyon County, Kansas (near Emporia) along with others in his family including his brother, Franklin.
Find A Grave Memorial# 55732681 John W. Rector

Franklin Pierce RECTOR
was born 11 Mar 1855 in South Bend, St. Joseph Co, Indiana, the son of Jacob and Frances (LITTLE) RECTOR. In the 1870 U.S. Census, he was 15 years of age on his parents farm near Neosho Rapids, Jasckson Twp, Lyon Co, KS. He married Carrie Chipman SHAVER on 26 Aug 1883 in Neosho Rapids.
The 1900 U.S. Census finds Franklin P. RECTOR listed as a Teamster in Jackson Twp, with his wife, Carrie, with five children and his brother, Jacob A.
Franklin died 26 Jan 1924 in Emporia, Lyon Co, KS, and is buried there.
Find A Grave Memorial# 55733178 Franklin Pierce Rector


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 20 Jul 2010 and OTR

On the Road
Through the Years
With Dr. Bill


A Memoir Excerpt (OTR 2 - NE1)

[Also, Tombstone Tuesday entry for 20 Jul 2010]

On Thursday, July 15, 2010, Nancy and I were driving to a family gathering in central Iowa on the second day out from a Utah visit. We were going to be going east on I-80 past Grand Island, NE, where a set of my great-grandparents are buried, that I had not yet visited (even though we had lived in Emporia, KS, a few miles-perhaps 200-south, for 15 years).

As with most Nebraska towns along I-80, it seems, Grand Island sits several miles to the north of the route of the Interstate Highway. So, we exited and turned north onto US 281 according to our plan. We (actually Nancy) had checked out the directions and location as best we could on the Internet, the night before, in our motel room. The Soldiers Home was supposed to be east off of US 281 a few blocks near the north end of town.

Being a typical summer, there was road construction on US 281, almost immediately, and in a few miles, as we got to the edge of town, our side of the four lane road was completely closed, with a detour to the east. Proceeding on the detour, with a lot of other cars, when the detour turned back north, we went on east to the next intersection (recognizing on the highway map mini-map of Grand Island that it went all the way north, as well) and turned north, avoiding traffic.

Long story short (well, not quite), we got up to Capitol, as expected, turned east, again, and saw the Soldiers Home grounds on our left... right where it was supposed to be. But, no cemetery. We went along the east side of the grounds, heading north, thinking it might be behind the Home. Immediately behind the grounds, there was an east-west road, but we could go no further north because of a major train track, with train, no crossings. We proceeded west - crossed US 281, still under construction, and a couple of more miles. [Nancy's cell phone rang - it was brother Bob, with the latest info on their location coming to the family gathering]. I kept going west, slowly. No cemetery. Finally, a few miles west, we had passed a new school - they were still talking on the phone. I turned around, went south past the new school, and came to Capital street and turned left - back toward the Soldiers home. Phone conversation ended. Crossing back over US 281, again, about two blocks, there was the Cemetery, on the left... just a couple of blocks west (forested blocks) of the Soldiers Home.

The cemetery was not large, thankfully. From the third photo we had, we had a good angle on locating the grave markers from the building with the flag. Here I am in one of the photos Nancy was kind enough to take, with the two stones.



After getting our photos, see the rest in the links, above, we slipped out of town to the east, caught the Interstate, and got back on our way to Iowa. Perhaps 45 minutes had transpired... though it seemed a lot longer.


Oh, the memories!  ;-)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 13 July 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 13 July 2010

This is my fifth report of entering Tombstone Tuesday entries into Find A Grave, per my Challenge #22 and #23 resolution. Today I take on my earlier posts of 22 Dec 2009, 16 Mar and 23 Mar 2010  of the Schwyhart family at the Joseph Philibert Cemetery, near Kimberling City, Stone County, Missouri.


William Aster SCHWYHART (Find A Grave Memorial# 53882128) was born 2 Oct 1899 in Baxter, Stone Co, Missouri, the son (5th of 7 children) of George Mitchell and Margaret Elizabeth (YOCUM) SCHWYHART. He married Josie Bell YOKUM 9 Jul 1927 in Berryville, Carroll Co, Arkansas. They had one son, Kendall Ray SCHWYHART (b. 15 Mar 1943; d. 21 Mar 1987).
See Kendall at: Find A Grave Memorial# 25724388 {already there}

A brother of William:
Joseph Lincoln SCHWYHART was born 8 Mar 1897 in Baxter, Stone Co, MO and died 24 Mar 1985 in Springfield, MO. He is buried in Philbert Cemetery, Kimberling City, Stone Co, MO. He was the son of George Mitchell (1853-1937) and Margaret Elizabeth (1869-1947) (YOCUM) SCHWYHART.
He married Irene HARGROVE and they had two children. At his death, he had six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Find A Grave Memorial# 53882927


Joseph Leroy SCHWYHART was born 11 Sep 1931 in Stone Co, MO and died 11 Aug 1987 in St. John's Regional Health Center, MO. He was buried on 14 Aug 1987 at Philbert Cemetery, Kimberling City, Stone Co, MO. He was the son of Joseph Lincoln (1897-1985) and Irene (HARGROVE) SCHWYHART.
He served in the Korean Conflict in the U. S. Navy as a BMG3.
Find A Grave Memorial# 53883160


Families are Forever!   ;-)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 6 Jul 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 6 Jul 2010

This is my fourth report of entering Tombstone Tuesday entries into Find A Grave, per my Challenge #22 and #23 resolution. Today I take on my earlier posts of 10 Nov 2009 on John S. KINNICK, and on 24 Nov 2009, his parents, my 3rd Great Grandparents, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois.


You may recall that John S. KINNICK was the young man mentioned in our 1953 "family history" book as "killed in action, Civil War, abt 1865." Of course, it turned out, based on his tombstone, that he died at his families farm home on 5 Jun 1851, just short of his 14th birthday. I've always treated it as a great example of: Don't report what you don't know!  ;-)
Find A Grave Memorial# 53872525

John's father was Walter W. KINNICK
Walter died accidentally, at a relatively young age in 1853, just a little over 43 years old. Susanna lived a long life, over 75 years, and died in 1884.
Walter married Susanna SCHWYHART in Ohio in about 1843 or 1844
Find A Grave Memorial# 53875107


John's Mother was Susanna (Susan) SCHWYHART KINNICK (1809-1884). She was born Susanna SWINEHEART, in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth ZIMMERMAN SWINEHEART. She and her siblings each changed their surname to SCHWYHART as young adults.
From 1859 to 1870, when he died, Susan was married to Ephriam Yarrington. After his death, she reverted to using her KINNICK surname for the last years of her life. Ephriam was also buried with his first wife.
Find A Grave Memorial# 53875658


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 29 June 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 29 June 2010

This is my third report of entering Tombstone Tuesday entries into Find A Grave, per my Challenge #22 and #23 resolution. This is 3 Nov 2009 entry for the Lyon family in Kansas.
[She was my second great grand aunt]

Young Harry LYON was born 5 Mar 1887 and died 15 Sep 1894, over seven years old. He was the first person to be buried in the Utica Cemetery, Ness County, Kansas.
Find A Grave Memorial# 53849333

Harry's father was William Eugene LYON (1851-1930)
Find A Grave Memorial# 53849621

Harry's mother was Fanny Susan KINNICK LYON (1851-19250
Find A Grave Memorial# 53849853


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 22 June 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 22 June 2010

This is my second report of entering Tombstone Tuesday entries into Find A Grave, per my Challenge #22 and #23 resolution. Again, today I am focused on my family, at the Coon Rapids, Iowa, Cemetery, my hometown; this week is Smith (2-9-16 Feb 2010).

I started with my Dad's older sister, Irene Smith (1909-1997).

Find A Grave Memorial# 53816710
She has a simple tombstone in the Coon Rapids, Iowa, Cemetery plot of her parents and several siblings.

The other two I did this week are my paternal grandparents, Dad and Irene's parents, William Emanuel Smith (1869-1939) first.

Find A Grave Memorial# 53816786
He died four months after I was born.

His wife, of course, my grandmother, was Ellen Rebecca PRESTON BALLARD SMITH (1880-1923).

Find A Grave Memorial# 53816956
She died very young, of course, and left several young children to be looked after by her husband and the older sisters.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 15 Jun 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 15 Jun 2010

This is my first report of entering Tombstone Tuesday entries into Find A Grave, per my Challenge #22 and #23 resolution.

I began with my maternal grandparents, Paul and Dorothy (SORENSEN) KINNICK from 17 Nov 2009.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53646087 Paul
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53646234 Dorothy

I also contributed his parents, my great-grandparents, Alonzo and Nettie (WILLIAMS) KINNICK, from 29 Dec 2009, all four at the Coon Rapids Cemetery, Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, Iowa.


http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53647009 Alonzo
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53647404 Nettie

Finally, I did create the relationship links for each and uploaded the gravestone photos.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Henry and Anna WILSON BROWN

Henry and Anna WILSON BROWN

Anna L. WILSON (1872-1940) was the oldest daughter of Norman and Mary OFFILL WILSON. Anna married Henry E. BROWN (1865-1939) and they lived their lives on a farm in the Star Community north of Coon Rapids, in Union Township, Carroll Co, Iowa. They are buried in the Coon Rapids, IA, Cementery.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Elmer and Laura WILSON ANDERSON

Elmer and Laura WILSON ANDERSON

Laura WILSON (1876-1970 was the daughter of Norman and Mary (OFFILL) WILSON. She married Elmer O. ANDERSON (1874-1926) and the made their home on a farm north of Coon Rapids, in Union Township, Carroll Co, Iowa, in the Star Community. After his untimely death at a young age, she continued to live in the community as an active member for many, many years. They are buried in the Coon Rapids, Iowa, Cemetery.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Norman and Mary WILSON

Tombstone Tuesday

Norman D. and Mary E. (OFFILL) WILSON

Continuing with my wife's family: Two weeks ago, we looked at Glenn and Ruth BOLGER, her parents, then, last week, her grandmother Hazel F. (WILSON) BOLGER.

This week, it is her great-grandparents, Norman D. (1844-1914)and Mary E. (1854-1934)(OFFILL) WILSON. They are the family who from the east to western Iowa in a covered wagon in the 1870s to make their home near Coon Rapids, Iowa. Actually, their families had been living in Jasper County, east of Des Moines, for 20-30 years, and Norman had traveled to their new home, by train, several times before they "traveled by covered wagon" to their new home on the western prairie! [Of course they used a "covered wagon," they needed to transport the wagon and horses as well as themselves and their household goods to their new home.] Norman was a Civil War veteran, he wrote diaries of his experience, and was very active in GAR activities, including playing in a band, in his later years in Coon Rapids.


They are buried in the Coon Rapids Cemetery, Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, Iowa, in the same plot as two of their daughters (we saw last week).

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Hazel BOLGER and Rhoda WILSON

Tombstone Tuesday

Hazel F. (WILSON) BOLGER and Rhoda L. WILSON (Sisters)

Continuing with my wife's family: Last week we had Glenn and Ruth BOLGER, her parents. Today, we see his mother, Hazel F. (WILSON) BOLGER (1892-1976). She married Frank BOLGER and had two children, Clara and Glenn, then he abandoned her and the children, all the the "19teens." She raised the two children to be fine adults in the community, was very active in rural Star Methodist church, and a friend to all. I was a neighborhood child (4 miles away) who attended the same church regularly, and I even knew her, then, as "Grandma Hazel" - she babysat with my brothers and I as we were growing up! When Nancy and I married, of course, she properly became "Grandma Hazel!"


Her unmarried sister, also very active in the church and community, was Rhoda L. WILSON (1883-1971). They had two older sisters, Anna and Laura. Their parents were Norman and Mary WILSON (look for them here, next week). This family always reminds me of Little House on the Prairie, with the four young daughters, because they did come from the east to western Iowa in a covered wagon in the 1870s to make their home near Coon Rapids, Iowa (these younger daughters were born at the new home).

The sisters are buried in the Coon Rapids Cemetery, Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, Iowa.

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Glenn and Ruth (THOMAS) BOLGER

Glenn and Ruth (THOMAS) BOLGER

Today I begin a series of several weeks of Tombstone Tuesday posts related to my wife's family. We begin with her parents, Glenn and Ruth (THOMAS) BOLGER. They are buried in the Coon Rapids Cemetery, Coon Rapids, Carroll Co, Iowa.


This photo was taken before Ruth died in 2008 (born 1917); Glenn (1911-1971).

Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - George Washington Kinnick 1784

Tombstone Tuesday - George Washington KINNICK 1784-1865

This simple stone marks the grave of a major contributor to the KINNICK family line in the USA. Born in Davies Co, NC, George married Hannah GRIMES there in 1806. They had ten children who lived to adulthood, each had large families of their own, and moved to Johnson Co, Indiana in about 1850 and their descendants now live from coast to coast - providing most the the KINNICK descendants today.



This family is the primary subject of the 1953 publication: 

THE KINNICK FAMILY
A GENEALOGICAL HISTORY OF THE
KINNICK FAMILY OF AMERICA

Descendants of
John Kinnick and Ann Kinnick
of Davie County, North Carolina

BY
NETTIE EDNA KINNICK WAGGENER
FRANKLIN, INDIANA

which then led to publication of:
The KINNICK 2003 Genealogy Book Online that I had the honor and privilege to compile for The Kinnick Project - now represented by The Kinnick Project blog.

The George and Hannah GRIMES KINNICK Family History compiled by Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith is now available in print or electronic form.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Elizabeth Stinson

Tombstone Tuesday - Elizabeth Stinson

This tombstone image was shared by a cousin many years ago. I just came across it searching for something else. I immediately was reminded of how unusual it seemed... with the full maiden name, yet clearly showing Elizabeth STINSON was the wife of William F. KINNICK.

Elizabeth died 2 July 1856, aged 35 years, 3 months, 4 days - born 28 Mar 1820 in North Carolina, per my records.

Her husband, William Franklin KINNICK was born in 1822 in North Carolina and lived until 1895. They had three children, all born in Clark Twp, Johnson Co, IN: Benjamin, Mary Elizabeth, and Emma (per our records). Emma was born Jun 1856, so it appears Elizabeth died less than a month after Emma was born. Sad.

The 1880 census had the father, William, 57, with son, Benjamin, 29, and daughter, Emma, 24.


Families are Forever!  ;-)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - George F. H. Wilson

Tombstone Tuesday - George F. H. Wilson



This photo was taken over in Henry County, IL, in 1995. George F. H. Wilson is my wife's 2nd great grandfather. This little cemetery is out in the "middle of nowhere" - but it has a great view of the countryside. His son, Norman, called his farm in Iowa, "Far View" - the named applied well to this little cemetery in Illinois, as well. I just like the photo!  ;-)

Families are Forever!  ;-)