Sunday, March 25, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 12 – Misfortune

The theme for this week is misfortune. It was in March in 1932 when a misfortune came to my mother's family. She had graduated from high school, but was dating my father and her home was still with her family: her parents, Julius and Florence (Bond) Falk and her siblings Lois, Erma, Violet and Gerald Falk.

This clipping from the Eugene Register Guard of 11 Mar 1932 describes what happened.

I found another clipping and learned that it was Violet who had discovered the fire about 4 o'clock when she went upstairs to rest, as she was not feeling well. Julius was gone at the time. This clipping stated that arrangements were underway to replace the house, which had been built 19 years before.

Another clipping was a Card of Thanks from the family to the community: “We wish to thank those who were so kind and thoughtful during the loss of our house. Words cannot express our gratitude to everyone who helped in removing the contents during the fire, and we wish to especially thank all who had contributed to our home since. Julius Falk and family.” 

I have a letter that my mother wrote to my father about 2 weeks after the fire, on 24 Mar 1932, where she stated: “My Dad said that he offered the O. E. [Oregon Electric Railroad] man $125 for the house and they wanted to know if he couldn't give $150 for it. He'll hear from them next week about it I guess.” I had always been told that they moved an Oregon Electric Railroad house from the Cartney siding as the Railroad no longer needed an employee to live there. The siding was a little less than a mile from their home. 

I wish I had asked my mother more about it before she died. She did tell me that she was sorry that many of her keepsakes had been stored in the attic and had been destroyed so she couldn't show them to me.

I wonder if some of my cousins did find out from their parents more about the fire.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 11 – Lucky

The theme for week 11 on 52 Ancestors is Lucky. I consider my self lucky (or I prefer the term blessed) that with all the moving my family did, my earlier ancestors were at the right place at the right time to meet and marry and become the parents of my later ancestors.

For example, my 4 grandparents were born in 4 different states: Iowa, Kansas, Wisconsin and Oregon.

My paternal grandfather, Oran Jesse “OJ” Albertson, was born in Marshall County Iowa in 1882, but in 1887 the family moved to a homestead in Sherman County Kansas. My grandmother, Lucie Rachel Smalley, had been born in 1886 in Sherman County just after her family had moved there from Saline County Nebraska. It was in Sherman County that OJ and Lucie were married in 1906 and my father, Lester Oran Albertson, was born in 1907. The family moved to Linn County Oregon in 1911.

My maternal grandmother, Florence Edna Bond, was born in 1891 in the Willamette Valley, Lane County, Oregon. About 1894 the family went north to Gilliam County Oregon, but by 1905 they had moved back to the Valley to Linn County Oregon. My grandfather, Julius Adolph Falk, was born in 1880 about 2000 miles away in Iowa County Wisconsin. A number of his family moved to Iowa and then 6 brothers moved to Linn County Oregon between 1900 and 1910. Julius came by 1905 and it was in 1910 when he and Florence were married. My mother, Wilma Anna Falk, was born in Oregon in 1912 and because Lester and family had moved to the area in 1911, they eventually met and were married in 1933.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 10 – Strong Woman

It was in 2006 when I wrote the following article about my 2nd gt-grandmother for our local (Cottage Grove) Genealogical Society periodical, Trees From the Grove. Since the theme for 52 ancestors this week is "Strong Woman" I felt that Huldah fit that description and previously on my blog I had only given a link to it on my website and not published the story there. Now here it is.

1876 and Huldah (Hayes) Bond
1876 was a year that the United States of America remembered. They celebrated their centennial, looking back at the country’s history since the Declaration of Independence in 1776 at the beginning of their new nation. I can believe that Huldah (Hayes) Bond, my great-great grandmother, would especially remember 1876 and at least four of the events from that year for the remainder of her life.

It was not that forty-eight year old Huldah did not already have many memories when 1876 began. She probably could remember her childhood in Burton Township, Geauga County, Ohio, growing up with three older siblings (Hannah, Lydia and Seth Whipple) and then two younger siblings (Ebenezer and Sybil). I can imagine she was told the story more than once that when she was born in 1827, she was named the same name as her sister Huldah who was born in 1820 and died at age three in 1823. Probably both of them were named for their grandmother Huldah (Fenton) Jewett. Huldah Hayes’ parents, Seth and Lydia (Jewett) Hayes, may also have told her stories of their childhoods in the early days of our country. Seth had been born about 1785 in New York State and Lydia was born in 1793 in western New Hampshire.

By 1837 Seth and family had moved to Hambden, Ohio, and then he sold his land to his mother-in-law, Huldah (Fenton) Jewett, and moved his family to Indiana where their youngest daughter, Priscilla, was born. After only a few months the family moved again, into Illinois and by 1840 they located in Jefferson County, Iowa, near the town of Libertyville.

Iowa provided the memory for Huldah of meeting the Bond family. Apparently it was a good introduction, for on January 6th, 1842, Huldah was married to Solomon Bond by the Justice of the Peace, James Robinson, at Fairfield, the county seat for Jefferson County. Huldah was not quite fifteen years old when she married Solomon, but evidently she made a good choice, for many complimentary words have been written about him. Huldah’s sister Hannah followed in her footsteps and in March of 1842, she married one of Solomon’s older brothers, William Bond. In that same year in October, Solomon’s younger brother, James, married Huldah’s cousin, Laura Jewett.

We can imagine the two sisters sharing the precious memories of new babies born into their families. And I believe that Hannah was there to comfort Huldah when Huldah’s second child, Rebecca, died in March of 1846, just five days over a month old. It was the next year, 1847, that Solomon’s younger brother, James, with his family, traveled over the Oregon Trail to serve as a Baptist missionary recruit in the Oregon Country. How sad it must have been when the family received the news that James had been accidentally shot and killed in February of 1849 way out there in Oregon Territory.

It was three years later in 1852 that two of Solomon’s sisters, Susan and Ann, went with their husbands and families over the Oregon Trail to settle in the Oregon Territory. What kind of letters did they write back to Huldah and the other family members living there is Iowa? Whatever they said, it was the next year, 1853, that Solomon and Huldah, along with both sets of their parents and all of their remaining siblings and their families decided to travel overland to Oregon. By this time, Huldah and Solomon had three daughters, Lydia, Mary and Susan, and one son, William, to join them on their trek.

This was a once in lifetime event for Huldah to remember. The trip was long and difficult as they left Iowa in mid-April and had arrived in the Blue Mountains of the Oregon Territory by August 24th, when a new baby girl was born to Huldah’s sister Hannah. The wagon stayed an extra day at that camping place, but continued on the next day. On August 28th, at the Umatilla Agency, in what is now eastern Oregon, the clerk there recorded Huldah as “w” [wife] of S. Bond. The memories of this trip would forever include Hannah’s death on September 15th, on Summit Prairie as they were traveling on the Barlow Road over Mt. Hood, on the last stages of their journey. The next day, September 16th, Hannah was buried there before they traveled to “Loral Hill” to camp. It was just one week later that Solomon’s brother George recorded in his journal that he had arrived at Oregon City. Now they were in the Willamette Valley.

I suspect that Huldah felt a great sense of relief a little over a year later in October 1854, when Solomon finally chose the land in the mid-Willamette Valley where they would have their 320 acre Donation Land Claim, next to her siblings and parents claims. For that was where their second son, John Howard Bond, would be born six months later in April of 1855. Then Priscilla was born in December of 1857 and Charles in April of 1860. It was at almost the same time in 1860 that Huldah’s father, Seth Hayes, died. It is believed that Seth was buried in the Rust or Smith Cemetery, now also called the Halsey Pioneer Cemetery. There was no town of Halsey yet at that time. One more child was born to Huldah and Solomon, Austin in 1862, before Huldah’s mother Lydia died in 1864. But also during that time period Huldah’s oldest daughter, Lydia was married to Owen Clark in August of 1861. It appears that Huldah‘s first grandchild, Amy Clark, was born in February 1865.

The next ten years included many births and marriages in their family. Huldah and Solomon had two more sons, Harvey born in June 1867 and Melvin in August 1869. Mary, William and Susan were all married during this time and by the end of 1875 Huldah was “grandma” to eight children. But there also had been a death in the family, as Huldah’s youngest sister, Priscilla, had died in May of 1874.

There were historical events which Huldah had in her memory bank also. Even though they lived across the country, they would have known about the fighting of the Civil War in the 1860s. Eventually the word about the assassination of President Lincoln reached their part of Oregon. The History of Halsey relates that one of Huldah’s nieces at age six “saw her uncle, Ebenezer Hayes, running down the road towards their home. With tears streaming from his eyes, he told them of the president’s death.”

The area where Huldah and Solomon lived saw a big change in 1871 when the Oregon and California Railroad was built at the edge of their property. A new town was established on her brothers’ land. This was Halsey. The Halsey book relates a number of facts about Halsey in 1875. With a population of about 250 people there were two churches, a school, five warehouses, a hotel, three dry goods houses and at least six more businesses.

The first event of 1876 surely was a happy one, when John, the first of the children born in Oregon, was married to Mary Ann O’Neal on June 18th. The wedding took place to Mary Ann’s home, about four miles west of Creswell. Creswell was established in 1873 after the railroad was built there in 1872. It was 38 miles from Halsey to Creswell by rail, so it’s possible they could have traveled by train to attend the wedding.

The second event for 1876 that Huldah would remember was not so happy. Huldah’s youngest daughter, Priscilla, died on August 4th, at age 18. She was buried at the “Halsey Pioneer Cemetery” about two miles southwest of Halsey, where her grandparents had been buried. No record has been found for the cause of death, but perhaps she was one of the victims of the “widespread diphtheria epidemic of 1876.” It was written in the Halsey history that pioneer doctors S. A. Smith of Halsey and Waltz of Brownsville had battled the disease.

The third event not only affected Huldah, but it affected the entire community of Halsey as well. Huldah’s brother, Seth Whipple Hayes, a prominent citizen in Halsey, was murdered on November 1st. Accounts of this event were written in various newspapers. The Albany Register for Friday, November 3 wrote: A PROMINENT CITIZEN KILLED:--On Wednesday afternoon Mr. S. W. Hayes, an old and prominent citizen of Halsey, in this county, was killed by a man named Neal, a saloon Keeper of Halsey. The facts of the case, as we get them, are these: Mr. Hayes…was boring a well in the vicinity of the saloon kept by Neal. A few words passed between the parties when Neal stepped up to where the deceased was at work, and inquired: ‘Did you say I kept a low down Doggery?’ and upon receiving an affirmative answer, Neal drew a knife and stabbed the deceased three times, the wounds causing death in five or six hours afterward. Neal then secured a horse owned by his barkeeper and fled, but was overtaken, brought back to Halsey and Sheriff Herren sent for. The citizens of Halsey were greatly exasperated, and it was with difficulty they were restrained from lynching him…..Deceased was one of the leading men in Halsey, a man of considerable property, quiet, law abiding and peaceable, and was universally respected in the community.
The Willamette Register had an article the next week, Friday, November 10, telling about his funeral. It said: Mr. Seth W. Hayes…was buried last Friday at the cemetery about two miles above that place on the Harrisburg Road. The deceased was buried by the patrons of Husbandry of which order he was an exemplary member. The procession was the largest ever seen in that part of the country and numbered over forty wagons and hacks all well filled, besides a great number of people on horseback. Mr. Hayes was one of the wealthiest and most upright and honorable citizens of that part of the country, and general feeling of sorrow pervades the entire community in which he lived.

This should have been enough tragic events for Huldah that year, but there was still one more to come in December. Huldah’s daughter, Mary Louisa (Bond) Cummings, died on December 6th, 1876, at age 27, leaving a husband and three children. Apparently her death was related to childbirth since family records show unnamed twins who died as infants as her last children. Mary was buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, located about five miles west of Halsey. The records there show four infants also buried in her plot.

Huldah had over twenty-five years to remember these events of 1876 before her own death in 1903. We don’t know if having experienced them helped her cope with another daughter’s death in 1886 or her husband’s death in 1900 or not. But I am confident that the experiences and memories, especially from 1876, shaped Huldah’s life and helped to make her who she was.


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Monday, March 5, 2018

Trying to Transcribe - Will of Albert Albertson - Pt 1

As I posted yesterday, I have found a website from North Carolina with early wills. I posted a copy of the image of my 8th gt-grandfather's will. Today is my attempt to transcribe that will. If you notice from yesterday the right edge of the image is very difficult to read, so I have a few blanks in my transcription.

One of the items I enjoyed finding was the bequest to my 7th gt-grandfather, Nathaniel Albertson of a horse called Blaze.

In the Name of God Amen. I Albert
Albertson the Elder of the Precinct of
Perquimans in No Carrolina being in Per
fect health of body (praysed be God) but
considering that is is Appoynted for all
men once to die and being ________
of the time when it may Please God
to take me out of this transitory life
doe make and ordaine this my Last will
and testament In manner and forme
following that is to say

Imprimis: I give my soule to God who gave
it and doe ________ him for the merritori
us death and pashion of Jesus Christ my
blessed Saviour and redeemer to Pardon
all my sins and I give my body to the Earth.
Item: I give all that Plantation is here ___
with all the Land thereunto belongin
unto my loveing sons Peter and ________
and to their Heirs for ever to be Equaly
divided between them
Item: I give unto my Sd Sonn Peter and Nathan__
my mill and mill horse called Jack
Item: I give unto my sonn Peter a horse called
Sparke and to my sonn Nathanell a horse
called Blaze
Item: I give unto my Sonn Albert Albertson
tenn pounds Sterlin to be paid to him
out of the estate; and a musquett and
a wascoaate that has silver buttons ___
Item: I give unto my sonn Easau Albertson
a mare fillie aged twellve months come
next spring
Item: I give unto my Eldest sonn Peters wife
Ann a mare colt that shall happen after
this yeare ye first
Item: I give unto my sonn Albert Albertson the
second colt that shall happen after this

Sunday, March 4, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 9 – Will

My procrastination inclination has set in again and here it is the last day of week 9 and the theme for this week on 52 Ancestors is Will. Thanks to Lisa Louise Cooke's blog on 2 Mar 2018 about state genealogy records I discovered that the State Archives of North Carolina has posted a new digital collection of Secretary of State Wills containing wills from 1663 to 1789. I already had some books of abstracts of those wills, so knew that several of my ancestors' wills were included there. With this new collection available there should be a number of wills that I can try to transcribe.

One of the earlier ones should be Albert Albertson, my 8th gt-grandfather. I clicked on the link provided and was able to access the collection. I found Albert's will which was written in 1701 and probated in 1702. I find it amazing I can look at an image of my ancestor's will that has survived over 300 years. Below you can see a copy of the first page of that will. Tomorrow I will try to give my attempt for transcribing it.