Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Julius Falk and Florence Bond

     My grandmother, Florence Bond Falk, was born on October 18th, 1893, in the Creswell area, Lane County, Oregon. Julius was born December 4th, 1880, in the Avoca area, Iowa County, Wisconsin. It was March 27th, 1910, when they were married at the home of Florence's parents. Florence was 16 and Julius was 29. The 1940 census shows that they each had completed 8 grades of school. When Julius died in 1944, they had been married for 34 years and had 5 living children.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - John and Rachel Walker

     This is the gravestone marker for John W. Walker and my cousin Rachel S. England Walker. They are buried in the Walker Cemetery, next to the Walker Church. This is located on England Road, off of old Highway 99, about   5  miles north of Cottage Grove.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sibling Saturday Late -- Albertson Brothers

     Here are the four Albertson brothers, standing on the left, my grandfather, Oran Jesse Albertson born in 1882, on the right is the youngest brother, Ernest Albertson who was born in 1893. Seated on the left is the oldest brother, Calvin Albertson born in 1872, and on the right is Arthur Albertson born in 1876. They had one sister, Lenah Albertson Slaight, who lived in Canada from 1902 until the 1920's

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past - O. J. and Lucie Albertson

      Yesterday I posted a picture of the Halsey Christian Church where O. J. and Lucie Albertson attended church.  Today here is a picture of O.J. and Lucie.

      You can read more about them on my website:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Those Places Thursday - Halsey Christian Church

     This photo is of the church building which was formerly the Halsey Christian Church. My grandparents, O. J. and Lucie Albertson, were baptized at that church in 1928. Since they lived four miles out of town they had waited to become church members until they obtained a car. After 1928 they were regular attenders at this church until they moved to Eugene in 1946,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Albertson to Nicholson

     It was 190 years ago yesterday when my 3rd great grandparents, Nathan Albertson and Phariby Nicholson, were married in a Quaker ceremony at Suttons Creek Meeting in Perquimans County, North Carolina. It was the 14th day of the 10th month, 1824. Nathan was 24 years old and Phariby was 21. Both of Nathan's parents were deceased and Phariby's father was deceased.
      I was glad to find the record of their marriage in the Quaker church records at

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Mary England Elkins

     I liked this tombstone of my great grandmother Mary Ann O'Neal Bond's first cousin, Mary Nancy Ann England Elkins, because it is a different shape than most. The date of birth on this stone, which is located at Sears Cemetery, east of Cottage Grove, shows August 21, 1865. However a family Bible, the 1870 census, the 1880 census and the special census for deaf marriages (she and her husband were both deaf) all indicate that she was born in 1864. We can't always rely on tombstones for correct dates.
     Read more about her on my website:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mapping Monday - J A Falk

     This is a portion of a map of Linn County Oregon. This map is located at the Sweet Home Genealogical Society Library. I took this photo in March of 2013.  Near the center of the map is the location of the farm owned by my grandfather, Julius Adolph Falk, shown here as J. A. Falk.  It is about ten miles north of the town of Harrisburg, which is at the bottom of the map. From other entries I believe the map was made before 1935 and after 1915.

       Read more about Julius on my website: 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Church Record Sunday - Francis Hockett obituary

     I generally don't think of obituaries as being church records, but while looking in the Quaker collection on I did find a Quaker periodical which included an obituary for my second great grandfather, Francis Hockett.  It confirmed his death date as 12 Mar 1886. That is the date I show on my website, but my sources were from a family history book published in 1982 and an entry on Find a Grave, not the best sources. The obituary had been published in Vol XVI, No. 14, Fourth Month, 8th day, 1886 of The Christian Worker.  So it was less than a month after his death. This is the beginning of his obituary:

Read more about him on my website:

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sibling Saturday - Ida Louise Falk Gutknecht

Ida Louise Falk was an older sister of my grandfather, Julius Falk. She was born in 1871 in Iowa County, Wisconsin. At age 17, in 1888,  she married Charles Gutknecht. She and Charles had two daughters, Ella and Emma. But sadly, in a diphtheria epidemic in 1894 Ida and her two daughters died.  

She is shown on my genealogy website:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past - Lucy Jane Chase Shipman

Lucy Jane Chase Shipman was my 2nd great grandmother. She was born in 1839 in Litchfield County, Connecticut. About 1851 the family moved to Ashtabula County, Ohio and she married Joshua Rodney Shipman in 1859. They didn't stay in one place.  The couple were in Michigan by 1860, in Ilinois by 1870, in Nebraska by 1880 and in Kansas by 1900.  Lucy Jane died in 1913 in Sherman County, Kansas and is buried there in the Edson Cemetery. 

Read about her on my website:

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Those Places Thursday - Alford Cemetery

Alford Cemetery is located along Highway 99 between Halsey and Harrisburg in Linn County Oregon. My parents, Lester and Wilma Albertson, and my maternal grandparents, Julius and Florence Falk, are buried at this cemetery as well as many other relatives.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Great-grandparents 1870

My great-grandparents, Nathan Elias Albertson and Mary Magdalene Hockett were married on 8 Oct 1870 in Eldora, Hardin County, Iowa. Nathan was 21 and Mary had just turned 15 in September. They both look quite young to me.

You can read more about them on my website:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Mapping Monday - Cornwall, Connecticut

My 3rd great grandmother, Lucy Irene Howe, was born in the town [I would probably describe it as a township] of Cornwall, Litchfield County, Connecticut in 1811.

I was so excited when I found a record showing that she was the daughter of Ichabod Howe and Irene Scoville. I suddenly had a new number of New England relatives. 

But when I found that Ichabod Howe lived in the northeast section of Cornell, at Cornwall Hollow, I was ready to celebrate Halloween. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Church Record Sunday -- Julius Falk

From the records of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Muscoda, Wisconsin  1878-1891., page 102.

Number 22 shows the birth of Julius Adolph Falk, my grandfather, on 4 Dec 1880, to Loudwig Falk and Anna  gub. Behn. 

The following page 103, not shown here, includes the information that Julius was baptized on 18 Apr 1881, his birthplace as Town [township] of Pulaski. Iowa County, Wisconsin. The witnesses were Adolph Piel and Magaretha Lück.

This was an important record for me since it is the only document showing the parents of Julius, as he was born after the 1880 census and had left home before the 1900 census. His father's will did not name the children.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sibling Saturday - George O'Neal

      George O'Neal was one of the younger brothers of Mary Ann O'Neal, who was featured yesterday.  George was born in 1873 in the Creswell area, Lane County, Oregon.  By the 1880 census he was shown as attending school. On the 1900 census he was living with his widowed father and two unmarried brothers. Soon before his father's death in 1919 he deeded the farm to the three brothers. His brother John died in 1922 and it was two years later that George married, at the age of 50, in 1924 to Cora Belle Sutton, whose family lived near their farm. George died in 1935, a few months after his brother Edward. George, Edward and James were all buried in the Creswell Pioneer Cemetery, along with their parents, Commodore Perry O'Neal and Margaret Jane England O'Neal.

Read about George on my website:

photo courtesy of Robert Bond

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past -- Mary Ann O'Neal Bond

 Mary Ann O'Neal Bond 
1858 - 1918
     Yesterday I posted a picture of the home of John Howard Bond and his wife Mary Ann O'Neal Bond. John lived in Oregon all his life, but Mary Ann moved around a little more. She was born in 1858 in Davis County, Iowa and was enumerated their with her parents, Commodore Perry O'Neal and Margaret Jane England O'Neal in the 1860 census. About 1865 they moved to California and she is on the census with her family at Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, in 1870. In the latter part of that year they moved to Lane County, Oregon, about four miles west of the present town of Creswell. She married John in 1876 so what I wrote about him yesterday (October 2) would apply to her as well.
      So if you follow Mary Ann in the census you will find her in five census years and in five different county locations:
  • 1860 -- Davis County, Iowa 
  • 1870 -- Sonoma County, California 
  • 1880 -- Lane County, Oregon  
  • 1900 -- Gilliam County, Oregon 
  • 1910 -- Douglas County, Oregon 
To read more about Mary, look at my website:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Those Places Thursday - Halsey Home of John H Bond

       My great-grandfather John Howard Bond was born in 1855 near where Halsey, Oregon was established in 1871. In 1876 John married Mary Ann O'Neal in Lane County Oregon and had a homestead there. About 1894 the family moved to Gilliam County Oregon near Lone Rock and lived in that area until about 1905 when they moved back to the Halsey area. This photo shared with me by Robert Bond, another great-grandchild of John and Mary, shows them in front of their home in the Halsey area about 1910. It was about 1915 when John and Mary and their two unmarried sons, Perry and Roy, moved to Douglas County, Oregon in the Glide area.  It was there Mary and John died and are both buried at the Oak Creek cemetery.  John moved a number of times, still he lived his whole life in the State of Oregon.

Read more about John on my Genealogy Website: 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wedding Wednesday--Two Weddings the Same Day

David Smalley  about 1890
      It was in Saline County, Nebraska that my great-grandparents, Lafayette "Lafe" Smalley and Rosa Ella Shipman were married in December of 1880. It was almost three years later when Lafe's brother David Smalley and Rosa's brother Timothy Crawford Shipman were married on the same day, October 1, 1883.
    David Smalley married Carie Beebe and Crawford Shipman married Mary Wilson. They both were married at the residence of Rev. Wm Le Miller in Olive Township, Saline County, Nebraska. David and Carie were witnesses for Crawford and Mary and Crawford and Mary were witnesses for David and Carie. David was the only one who was over 21, so the other three had permission from their parents to be married.