Thursday, November 30, 2017

Death Certificates From the Past – Lafe F and Rosa Ella (Shipman) Smalley

I wrote about Rosa yesterday and had an election document for Lafe on Tuesday. Here are their death certificates from Kansas.

You may notice that part of Lafe's certificate had been typed. I confess I have traced over some of the letters, since they were very hard to read. Rosa's certificate was handwritten, even though it was made 8 years later. Their daughter, Julia Everett, was the informant for both certificates.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Ancestor Birthday – November 29th – Rosa Ella Shipman 1863-1954

Rosa Ella Shipman was my gt-grandmother. She was the youngest of my 8 gt-grandparents, being born 29 Nov 1863, during the middle of the Civil War. I believe she was born in Mercer County, Illinois, although some records give the location as Galesburg, Illinois, which was in a neighboring county.

There is a fairly complete entry for her on my website:

Rosa was listed along with her father on the 1870 census in Mercer County in the household of her grandfather Timothy Chase. Before 1880 the family moved to Saline County, Nebraska and she was listed there with her parents and brother Timothy on the 1880 census which was taken on June 1st. She was age 16 with the occupation teacher. It was just a month after her 17th birthday, 29 Dec 1880, when Rosa married Lafayette Pierce Smalley. This photo shared by a cousin was dated Jul 1881 and seems to be the closest to a wedding picture that we have.

It was May of 1882 when her first child, Pierre A. Smalley, was born. Sadly he died when about 15 months old 2 Sep 1883. Six months later her son Ralph was born 16 Mar 1884. Soon after that the family moved to Sherman County Kansas where her oldest daughter, Lucie, was born 5 Aug 1886. Lucie was my grandmother. Rosa's next child, Curtis, was born 21 Dec 1888 and died less than a month later 9 Jan 1889. Then came a succession of children who lived to adulthood: Lake 1890, Celia 1892, Marvin 1896, Julia 1898, and one day before her birthday, 28 Nov 1900, the twins Lauren and Laurene were born.

As I posted in September, Rosa continued to do some teaching. Before the 1930 census, she and her husband, Lafe as he was called, moved from the farm into the town of Goodland. She was listed in that census as a retail merchant in the grocery business.

When I was 10 months old in 1940, my parents, grandparents and I traveled back to Kansas and were able to visit Rosa and Lafe and many other relatives. On 21 Sep 2017 I posted a 4 generation photo taken during that 1940 visit. It was in 1944 when they came to Oregon to visit us and other relatives who had moved from Kansas to Oregon. In December 1945 Rosa and Lafe celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary and a month later Lafe died 30 Jan 1946.

Rosa lived as a widow for 8 more years. My father took a trip to Kansas mid-summer of 1954 and was able to visit his grandmother. She died a little over a month later, 16 Sep 1954, and was buried in the Goodland Cemetery, Sherman County Kansas.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Great-Grandfather Smalley Was Elected

Last February I wrote about my gt-grandfather Albertson and his election in Sherman County Kansas as a County Commissioner. Sometimes it pays to look over items that you had already collected. While checking the Smalley file, I found this copy of a document which shows that my other gt-grandfather who lived in Sherman County was also the winner in an election. This certificate of election shows “that at a General Election held in said County [Sherman] on the 5 day of November A.D. 1912 L. F. Smalley received the greatest number of votes cast for the office of Justice of the Peace Washington Township.” The County Commissioners did an official canvass of the returns of the election so the said L. F. Smalley was duly elected.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday Mystery Photos - #8

Here is the mystery photo for today, 27 Nov 2017

This is an unidentified photo from my father's, (Lester Albertson) collection. I believe it was originally from his mother's photos, Lucie (Smalley) Albertson. Some of the surnames from her family include Smalley, Shipman, Hemphill and Chase. But she also may have collected photos from the Albertson family.

It is a tintype about 2.3 inches by 3.7 inches. Notice the boy appears to be barefoot.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Treasured Memories From the Past - Joanne's Hair Finally Grew

When Joanne Albertson was 8 months old her hair seemed almost non existent.
But when she was about 8 years old her hair had grown long.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Newspapers From the Past – Isoms Take Vacation Trip

I do enjoy reading old newspapers, especially since many have been digitized and are on-line. Often I can find out what family members were doing years ago, including information about other relatives connected to them. It was almost 70 years ago, 26 Aug 1948, when the Register-Guard, Eugene Oregon, reported the following among their items from the Halsey Oregon area.

Mr & Mrs. E. D. Isom had returned from a 10 day vacation trip. Mrs. Isom was my cousin Nellie Bond. On their vacation they had visited their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Carl Isom at Tillamook and their daughter Mrs. W. J. Meadows and family at Florence. But the Isoms also did regular tourist activities, visiting the Trees of Mystery, Oregon Caves, Crater Lake and Peterson Rock Gardens near Bend. I certainly hope they had an enjoyable trip.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Death Certificates From the Past – Theodore and Jessie (Brady) Falk

This is the last death certificate for my grandfather's brothers who died in Oregon. Theodore was the closest to my grandfather in age, being 4 ½ years older. Apparently when they first came to Oregon Theodore and Julius (my grandfather) purchased a farm in 1905 between Halsey and Harrisburg, Linn County Oregon. Theodore married Jessie Brady in 1906. Julius purchased another farm a little farther south in 1908 and deeded his half of the first property to Theodore in 1909. By 1915 Theodore and Jessie were living in Salem, Marion County Oregon and lived the rest of their lives there. Theodore died in 1930 and Jessie in 1935 and both were buried in City View Cemetery in Salem.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Death Certificates From the Past – Conrad Falk and Albert Falk

These are the death certificates for two more of my grandfather's brothers who died in Oregon.

They died about 2 ½ years apart: Conrad on Christmas Day 1942 and Albert in June of 1945. My grandfather died in-between them, in 1944. Their death certificates show that they both had lived in Oregon for over 30 years and were living in Marion County when they died. I noticed that they were almost the same age when they died. Conrad was 77 years, 11 months and 10 days old, while Albert was 78 years, 1 month and 19 days, so that is just a little over 2 months difference. I find it interesting to investigate the many pieces of information you can find on death certificates.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ancestor Birthday – November 21st - Solomon Bond 1819-1900

This photo, identified as Solomon Bond, was shared with me by my cousin, Dave Howard. Many thanks to him for sharing a number of photos from the Bond family.

Solomon Bond was my 2nd gt-grandfather. He was born 21 Nov 1819 in Henry County Kentucky, the son of John and Sarah (Chastain) Bond. After living in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa (where he married Huldah Hayes) Solomon traveled the Oregon Trail in 1853 and settled in Linn County Oregon where he died 18 Feb 1900. Since this was before the census was taken that year, he does not appear on the 1900 census. He was buried at the Halsey Pioneer Cemetery.

There is a fairly complete entry for him on my website:

There are also previous posts here on my blog which mention him.
28 Sep 2017 He was one of my 1853 relatives on the Oregon Trail.
28 Jul 2017 He was one of my Diamond Aged Ancestors, as he lived to age 80.
22 Jul 2017 He was listed on the 1850 Census.
21 Jul 2017 He was listed on the 1860 Census.
20 Jul 2017 He was listed on the 1870 Census.
19 Jul 2017 He was listed on the 1880 Census.
26-28 Jun 2017 His will was transcribed.
22 Mar 2017 His location was listed for 1849.
24 Feb 2017 A map showed his Oregon Donation Land Claim compared to his wife's relatives.
17 Aug 2014 He was listed as one of my ancestors who came to Oregon.
04 Aug 2014 He was listed as a Triple Jump Ancestor, born, married, died in different states.
18 Feb 2014 He was included as a Bond relative born or died on 18 Feb.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday Mystery Photo - #7

Here is the mystery photo for today, 20 Nov 2017

This is an unidentified photo from my father's, (Lester Albertson) collection. I believe it was originally from his mother's photos, Lucie (Smalley) Albertson. Some of the surnames from her family include Smalley, Shipman, Hemphill and Chase. But she also may have collected photos from the Albertson family.

It is quite small, the image about 1.35 inches by 1.85 inches, pasted onto cardboard about 2.85 inches by 3.5 inches.

On the back of the photo the following is handwritten:
20 – 1903
Canton Ill
From H.M.J.
Cuba Illinois

I checked Wikipedia and found that Canton now has a population of about 14,000 and it is the largest city in Fulton County. Cuba is also in Fulton County and its current population is about 1200. I don't know who lived in those towns in Illinois, so if it rings a bell for anyone, please let me know.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Death Certificates From the Past – Leonard and Katherine (Drone) Falk

Here is the post for today, November 19th. Leonard is one of my grandfather's older brothers. He was born in Grant County Wisconsin and died in Mt Angel area, Marion County Oregon. His wife Katherine was also born in Grant County Wisconsin and died in Albany area, Linn County Oregon.

You may notice that Leonard's wife is listed as Dorothy. That was his second wife. Katherine died almost 30 years before Leonard did, however she was the mother to all of his children.

Death Certificates From the Past – Paulina (Falk) Seefeld and Anna (Seefeld) Powell

I skipped making a post yesterday, so this is for November 18th. On November 14th, I posted copies of the death certificate of my grandfather's brother Charles and his wife. These certificates are for their daughter Paulina and her daughter Anna. Paulina was born in Iowa County Wisconsin and died in Albany area, Linn County Oregon. Anna was born in Sexton, Kossuth County Iowa and died at Halsey, Linn County, Oregon.

If you check the dates on these certificates, you will see that the daughter died almost 15 years before her mother did. I find it sad when a parent loses an adult child.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fotos of Some of Sarah Lollar's Children

Yesterday I posted about my 3rd gt-grandmother Sarah Lollar and that she had 16 children. I only have photos of 3 of them, 2 daughters and 1 son.

This is one of the family of an older daughter, Leatha Ann (O'Neal) Lanning, who was born in 1827. I guess Leatha took after her mother since she had 17 children. Only 12 are shown here. My thanks go to member, kittyacres, who allowed me to use this picture.

This photo is of one of the youngest daughter, Rebecca (O'Neal) Monroe, who was born in 1845. It was in the collection of my grandmother, Florence (Bond) Falk.

This last photo is of my 2nd gt-grandfather's family. Commodore Perry O'Neal was born in 1835. It was shared with me by my cousin, Robert Bond.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ancestor Unbirthday - abt 1799 – Sarah Lollar

Another one of my 3rd gt-grandmothers was Sarah Lollar. According to the 1850 census she was born in South Carolina. It gives her age as 46 which would indicate a birth year of about 1804. However the age brackets in the 1830 and 1840 census show a female born between 1790 and 1800, so I estimate her birth year as about 1799.

By 24 Dec 1818 she was living in Franklin County Indiana because that is where she married Thomas Brown. She had at least two children with him: Isaac and Catherine. I have not found a record about what happened to Thomas, but on 20 Aug 1823, Sarah married Thomas O'Neal, as his second wife. With this Thomas Sarah had 14 children, so altogether that makes 16 children for her. According to a family record her husband Thomas O'Neal died in 1847. Sometime before the 1850 census, she along with some of her children moved to Bartholomew County Indiana. Seven of the children were listed in her household including my 2nd gt-grandfather, Commodore Perry O'Neal. The family record shows her death date as 17 Apr 1854.

Much of the information about this family comes from a family record which is said to have been kept by James Albert O'Neal, one of Sarah's grandsons. I do appreciate my cousin, Linda Wyatt, who shared this information with me. This is from one of the pages from that record.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

They Emigrated in 1858

It was in 1858 when my gt-grandparents, Ludwig and Anna Louisa Falk, left their home in Posen in Prussia and came to the United States to settle in Wisconsin. Ludwig had 3 children from his 1st marriage and together they had 2 children who came with them for a grand total of 7 who left Bremen on the bark Wieland and arrived at Baltimore on 22 Jun 1858.

Sometimes I wonder why they chose to come at that time. I don't have any family stories since all of the immigrants had died before I was born and I was still very young when my grandfather who was the youngest of the children born in Wisconsin died.

I was reading in a book about researching German ancestors, German Maps & Facts for Genealogy, by Wendy K. Uncapher and Linda M. Herrick. On pages 18-19 they included a section titled, “Events that Affected Migration.” I thought that these following might have been some that affected my family.
  • 1842 – Prussian law passed guaranteed freedom of emigration.
  • 1846-47 – Societies were started and newspapers devoted to emigration were published and circulated.
  • 1849 – Bremen built emigrant housing to improve conditions.
  • 1850-60 – Expanded railroad lines made transportation possible to Hamburg and Bremen.
  • 1857 – Depression

It probably was a combination of a number of factors and I'll probably never know for sure.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Death Certificates From the Past – Charles L and Odelia (Rike) Falk

As I stated on November 5th, I intend to keep working at scanning copies of death certificate made at the State Archives in years past. These are my grandfather's brother and his wife. They were both born in Prussia, which became a part of the German Empire in 1871, so at the time of their deaths it was called Germany. They both died in Halsey area, Linn County, Oregon.

You may notice Charles' wife has more than one spelling for her name. Odelia is what is on her gravestone. Also there is a double stone for them at Alford Cemetery between Halsey and Harrisburg. It is probable that her body was moved from the Pioneer Cemetery near Halsey after her husband was buried at Alford. I find it interesting that one of their sons, Chris Falk, was the informant for his father's certificate and one of their married daughters, Paulina Seefeld, was the informant for her mother's certificate.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Mystery Photos - #6

Here are the mystery photos for today, 13 Nov 2017

These are photos from my father's, (Lester Albertson) collection. Each print is 1.75 inches by 2.75 inches. There were with a group of snapshots taken in 1940 when our family visited relatives in Kansas and Nebraska.

The photo on the left is my father. He is holding me, 10 months old, and another little girl. My mystery for today is: who is this little girl? The second picture seems to have been taken in Nebraska. I believe the man in front is Ray Smalley, son of William S. and Nellie (Chase) Smalley. He seems to be next to the same little girl. Who is she? Maybe there are some relatives who can answer this question.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ancestor Birthday – November 13th – Aaron Albertson 1710-1782

I'm celebrating Aaron's birthday a day early so I can do a Monday Mystery Photo tomorrow.

Aaron Albertson was one of my 6th gt-grandfathers. The Quaker records show that he was born the 13th day of the 9th month in 1710 in Perquimans County, North Carolina. Since this was before the calendar change in 1732, the 9th month was November. His parents were Nathaniel and Abigail (Nicholson) Albertson. He was the 3rd of 8 children.

The Perquimans Monthly Meeting reported on the 3rd day of the 7th month (September) in 1729 that the inspectors had brought a good report and Aaron Albertson and Ann Gilbert were at liberty to be married. The record is a little difficult to read. Their portion begins about half way through, and Aaron's surname is divided onto two lines.

The civil record shows that they were married on 10 Sep 1729. It is most probable that it was a Quaker style marriage.

Aaron and Ann had 5 children: Joseph, Abigail, Nathaniel, Jane & Benjamin. The youngest, Benjamin born in 1739, was my 5th gt-grandfather.

My posts on June 22 & 23, 2017, were my attempts to transcribe Aaron's will which was written 15 Oct 1769 and probated in Apr 1782. He names his wife Anne [sic] and 4 children: Nathaniel Albertson, Abigail Cosand, Jean Charles and Benjamin Albertson. Apparently Joseph had died before 1769.

I found it interesting that when I searched the public member trees on I found that there were over 300 trees which included Aaron.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day 2017

It was 99 years ago today when the newspapers announced the end of the Great War, now known as World War I. In April I wrote about some of my relatives who served in that War, including Ruel Bond, my cousin, who was killed and buried in France.

I have written about some of my relatives who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and the War of 1812. As I continue to write about various relatives I'm sure I will be including more veterans.

Today we give thanks to all veterans who have served in the military in whatever time or place. We do not want to forget what we owe to them.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins – James Nelson Davis

It was almost a week ago (4 Nov 2017) when I wrote about Martha (Davis) Alkire who lived to be 103. James Nelson Davis was her older brother, born 15 May 1849 in Mahaska County Iowa to Isaac S and Rebecca (Bond) Davis. So he also was a 1st cousin of my gt-grandfather, John Howard Bond. That makes him my 1st cousin 3 times removed.

James was another of my relatives who traveled the Oregon Trail. He would have celebrated his 4th birthday in 1853 on the way to the Oregon Territory where his parents settled a 320 acre Donation Land Claim in the Coast Fork Precinct of Lane County Oregon. This was about 6 miles west of the current city of Creswell.

His father was declared insane near the end of 1860. By the 1870 census his mother and brothers and sisters were living in the Springfield Township of Lane County, next to Isaac's brother Nelson, who was married to Rebecca's sister Elizabeth. By this time, James was 21 years old and was still at home. The census showed his occupation as “hires out to work.” As the oldest son, I expect James was a help to his mother.

The Western States Marriage Index showed that James, age 30, married Ellen Lewis, age 16, on 12 Aug 1879 in Nez Perce County Idaho. The 1880 census showed them at Camas Creek Precinct in Nez Perce County with James shown as a farmer. Since most of the 1890 census has been destroyed, the next census is 1900. By then they were living in Pine Creek Precinct in Latah County Idaho and had 8 children: Edith, Adolphus, Oscar, Eugene, Glen, Rosetta, Bennie and Laura. Ellen's name was shown as Ella. She appeared to continue to use that name as she and James were in the 1910 census in Cambridge Precinct in Washington County Idaho with the 4 younger children listed in 1900 plus 2 more: Ford and Joseph. Ella reported that she had had 10 children and all were still living. James was listed as a farmer on his own farm.

They were still listed in Cambridge Precinct on the 1930 census, with James age 80 and Ella 67 and James' occupation continued to be a farmer. From the 1940 census we learn that they were still living in the country in 1935, but had moved into the town of Weiser Idaho by 1940 and were living on 3rd Street in a house they owned, valued at $1000. It was after the census was taken in April that James, age 90, died on 30 Jul 1940 in Weiser and was buried at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Posted 10 Nov 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Related to a Museum

I enjoyed the time in the past when I visited the Maryhill Museum in the State of Washington, along the Columbia Gorge. I found it interesting that the man who was credited as the founder was a Mr. Samuel Hill, known as Sam Hill. Why I found it interesting was that the information about him stated that he had Quaker heritage. Since I have a Hill in my Quaker ancestry, I wondered if we might be related. It took until now to do the research and I was glad to find that he was my 2nd gt-grandfather, Benjamin Albertson's 4th cousin, so he is my 4th cousin 4 times removed. This chart shows how we are related.
William Hill
of Pasquotank County, North Carolina

Mary Hill
Aaron Hill
Nicholas Nicholson
1st Cousin
William Hill
Nathan Nicholson
2th Cousin
Samuel Hill
Phariby Nicholson
3rd Cousin
Nathan B Hill
Benjamin Albertson
4th Cousin
Samuel Hill “Sam”
Nathan E Albertson
4th Cousin
1 time removed

Oran J Albertson
4th Cousin
2 times removed

Lester O Albertson
4th Cousin
3 times removed

4th Cousin
4 times removed

Maryhill Museum
By Cacophony - Own work, CC BY 3.0,

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Trying to Transcribe--From Probate File of William L. England – 1894 - Pt 2

This is the second part of the probate file #834 from Lane County Oregon for my 3rd gt-grandfather, William L. England, who died intestate (without a will). I was able to view it and get a copy from the Oregon State Archives in Apr 2001. I'm afraid there was more of this 
section that I couldn't decipher.

Mary A Ledford granddaughter deceased heir are
unknown to this affiant = residing
Wm T. Ledford, Leonard D. Ledford and Lee Ledford
in California, but believe the following to be the heirs ______
Charles W. England aged 30 residence ___________Co Cal
Fletcher C England great grandson 9 residence Lane Co Or
the above are all the heirs known to
the petitioner.
That the said deceased left no
wife ____________________
That the petitioner is a son of
the deceased.
That there is no administration in
this county or state, and that it
is necessary to have an admin-
istrator appointed.
Wherefore your petitioner prays that
_____ an order be made appointing
this said petitioner administrater
of the said Estate.
                      J. B. England

State of Oregon {
County of Lane {
                  I John B England being
duly sworn depose and say that
I am the petitioner above named,
that I know the contents of the
above petition and verily believe
the same to be true.
                     J. B. England
Subscribed and sworn to before me
this 5” day of January 1894
                   _____________J Walters
                   Ntry Public for Or

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Trying to Transcribe--From Probate File of William L. England – 1894 - Pt 1

This was a part of the probate file #834 from Lane County Oregon for my 3rd gt-grandfather, William L. England, who died intestate (without a will). I was able to view it and get a copy from the Oregon State Archives in Apr 2001.

In the County Court of the State of Oregon
for the County of Lane

In the matter of the          {
Estate of                           {
William L England dec'd {

To Hon. A. H. Fisk Judge of Court,
                              The undersigned
petitioner would most respectfully represent
and show to the Court that William
L. England dec'd in Lane County,
Oregon, on the 8” day of Sept. 1893
That the said deceased left property
in this County, both personal
and real of the probable value
of Fourteen Hundred Dollars, in
Lane County Oregon.
That the said deceased left the
following named heirs – towit:
John B. England son aged 65 residence Lane Co. Or
Margaret J. O'Neal        "   60        "            "     "     "
Mary A. Dillard             "  54        "            "     "     "
Rachel S. Redenbaugh   "  52    Davis Co Iowa
J. Mc England grandson " 30  residence Lane Co  Or
Mary N. Elkins " daughter 28       "          Polk  "     "
E. Jane Leabow "     "         25       "         Lane  "     " 
Rachel S. Walker "   "         23       "             "    "     " 
David L. England  "  son    21       "              "    "    "
James M. England "     "     19       "              "    "    "
are the children of David C. England deceased

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday Mystery Photo - #5

Here is the mystery photo for today, 6 Nov 2017

This is an unidentified photo from my father's, (Lester Albertson) collection. I believe it was originally from his mother's photos, Lucie (Smalley) Albertson. Some of the surnames from her family include Smalley, Shipman, Hemphill and Chase. But she also may have collected photos from the Albertson family.

The image is about 2 inches by 2.62 inches, pasted onto cardboard about 3.75 inches by 5.25 inches. I was unable to find any identification of the photographer.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Death Certificates From the Past – David and Mary (Bales) England

On 3 Nov 2017, day before yesterday, I again showed the photo of David L. England and 3 of his siblings. These are the death certificates for David and his wife Mary. These were scanned today from photocopies made at the Oregon State Archives, David's in 2001 and Mary's in 2011. I intend to keep working at scanning copies made at the State Archives in years past.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins – Martha (Davis) Alkire

Martha Luella Davis, born 18 Jan 1852 in Mahaska County Iowa, was the daughter of Isaac S and Rebecca (Bond) Davis. Because Rebecca was a sister of Solomon Bond, Martha was a 1st cousin of Solomon's son, John Howard Bond. So Martha was my 1st cousin 3 times removed.

Martha was just a few months past her 1st birthday in 1853 when she left Iowa with her parents and a number of other relatives to cross the plains and go to the Oregon Territory. Her parents settled a 320 acre Donation Land Claim in the Coast Fork Precinct of Lane County. It was about 6 miles west of the current city of Creswell.

She was enumerated in the 1860 census there as an 8 year old. It was near the end of 1860 when her father was declared insane. By the 1870 census her mother and brothers and sisters were living in the Springfield Township of Lane County, next to Isaac's brother Nelson, who was married to Rebecca's sister Elizabeth. Martha, at age 15, had married William Alkire 26 May 1867 in Lane County at the home of her uncle Nelson Davis. She and William with their baby daughter Francis were living next to her mother's family in the 1870 census.

By 1880 Martha and William were in Farmington District, Whitman County, Washington Territory with 4 sons, George Edward, Charles Walter, A.A. and Alpheus. By the 1883 territorial census 2 more daughters were added to the family: Grace and Pearl. When the 1900 census was taken the family was living in Coeur d'Alene, Kootenai County Idaho with Charles, Arthur and Pearl still at home. She was listed as Ella. They were shown at 318 S 11th, Coeur d'Alene in 1910, with their son Edward and widowed daughter Grace and her two children.

Martha “Ella” became a widow herself when William died 3 Jun 1919 there in Coeur d'Alene. In the 1920 census Grace, now listed as divorced, was living with her mother and there were also 2 granddaughters in the household. The 1930 census showed Martha as owning her home at 318 S. 11th, valued at $1000, but she didn't own a radio. Her 19 year old granddaughter, Elizabeth Winters, was living with her. Martha was still in the same house on the 1940 census and Elizabeth and her husband Kenneth Ejven were there also.

Martha “Ella” lived a long life, dying 2 months after her 103rd birthday, 30 Mar 1955. One of her descendants has graciously allowed me to use this photo of her at age 100.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins – Photo Question Answered

On 18 May 2017 I posted this photo and asked the question if anyone could identify the young ladies, which one was Eliza England and which one was Rachel England.

Today I was checking my Ancestry DNA circle for William England and found that one of the relatives listed had posted a photo of Rachel Samantha England on their public tree. It apparently had been taken the same day, since the dress and the umbrella were the same. It was the girl on the right who was Rachel, so I am confident that the girl on the left was Eliza.

A thank you to relatives who post a public tree so we can thus share.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Treasured Memories From the Past – An Heirloom Wedding Gift

This is a cut-glass candy dish that my grandmother, Florence (Bond) Falk, gave to me for a wedding gift in 1972. The story that was told to me was that she had received it as a wedding gift when she was married in 1910 and she determined to give it to her oldest granddaughter for her wedding. Since I just happened to be the oldest granddaughter, I did receive it. Now I cherish it for its beauty, but more importantly for who gave it to me and why.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Early Oregon Cousins – Sarah (Tong) Wise

On April 30, 2017 I wrote about John Tong, the son of James J. and Ann (Bond) Tong and the 1st cousin of John Howard Bond, my great-grandfather which made John Tong my 1st cousin 3 times removed. Today, November 1, is his sister's turn. Sarah was 4 years older than John, as she was born 4 Feb 1842. She was born in Mahaska County Iowa and by 1850 was living in Marion County Iowa next to her Uncle Solomon Bond's family. I can imagine that she played with Lydia Bond who was almost 2 years younger than Sarah. It was in 1852 that Sarah traveled over the Oregon Trail to go to the Oregon Territory. As the older sister, age 10, I wonder if she helped look after her 6 year old brother.

Her parents settled a Donation Land Claim in Clackamas County not far from the community of Clackamas. There 2 younger sisters were born, Rachel and Rebecca. Again I suspect she helped her mother with their care.

The year that Oregon became a state, in 1859 on the 1st of September was when Sarah, age 17, married a nearby neighbor, George Wise, age 38.

They were living in Milwaukie Precinct of Clackamas County for the 1860 census which was taken in July. It was in December of 1860 when their first child, William Alexander Wise, was born. By the 1870 census, 5 more children had been born: Mary Elinor in 1862, John the last day of 1863, Martha Vilinda in 1865, George Bond in 1867 and Sarah Elizabeth in 1868. I hope that Mary Elinor was able to help her mother. George and Sarah and family were living next to her brother John's family on the 1870 census in Marshfield Precinct of Clackamas County.

It appears that they were in the same location for the 1880 census, but now there were 4 more children, James born in 1871, Robert in 1874, Rebecca in 1877 and Ruth in the first part of 1880. It was a little over 6 months later when Sarah died on 28 Jan 1881. She was buried at the Multnomah Park Cemetery in Portland Oregon. It must have been hard for that large family to cope with the death of their mother. It was a little over 5 years later when their father George died 11 Sep 1886 and was also buried at Multnomah Park Cemetery.