October 17, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun...Who's to Blame?

Good MORNING Sunday-
From Randy At Genea-Musings:
Hey geneaphiles - it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun for all Genea-Musing readers.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (and we need more of you to do this, otherwise it may end...), is to:

1) Read Brenda Joyce Jerome's post Who or What Do You Blame? on the Western Kentucky Genealogy blog. She asks these questions:

* Can you identify person or event that started you on this search for family information?

* Did you pick up researching where a relative had left off?

* Did your interest stem from your child's school project on genealogy?

* If you have been researching many years, it may be hard to pinpoint one reason for this journey.

2) Write your responses on your own blog, in a comment to this blog post, or in a note or comment on Facebook.

Hmmm, Well It really all started with my now 29 year old - Eric’s 10th grade class project regarding a family history assignment. We started to gather Spencer & Raeburn information. The Spencer family history was pretty well documented already, but it did need some tweaking. We received some Raeburn family info from my Aunt Barbara-Dad’s sister. This really got me curious, suddenly there were names I had never heard of. She gave me a visual of many family members. This was awesome, I had been so much younger than the rest of the family I didn’t know them.....but it was put away after the class assignment....until.....

My sister was pretty much the sole care giver of our mother as they lived together. When Mom’s health started to decline- Kim needed a outlet, online where she could quietly do something or communicate quietly. So then two of us were IM-ing... a lot. I had to be doing something ‘productive’ so I started in on the genealogy and realized I really was very intrigued with it and haven’t been able to put it down since. I have learned a lot of Do’s and Don’t s, & How Tos. I have met a lot of people online, some of whom I have met in person and maintained a friendship with which I hold dearly.

All in all a pretty enriching hobby huh? ; )

This Week in Family History-

October 17-23

October 17 & 18 were uneventful days for my ancestors. Really? Nothing? It looks that way.

October 19- 358 years ago in 1652, John Carpenter was born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts. His parents; William Carpenter from England and Priscilla Bennett. John married Rebecca Readway.
He is my 7th great grandfather, on my father’s maternal side. I haven’t ventured this far back yet in getting more documentation.

October 20th is another quiet day.

October 21- Hannah B. Gorton is born in Lima, Livingston, New York in 1810, her parents are Thomas Gorton and Hannah Straight. She is my 3rd great grand aunt on my mother’s maternal side.

October 22- William Carpenter (another one?!) is born in 1786 in Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire to parents Stephen Carpenter and Zilpha Wilbur. Getting closer now to my research leave off area. (Zilpha is an unusual to me re-occurring name in this family, my great grand mother Zilphie Elizabeth Carpenter shares the name...) So this makes this William my 3rd great grand uncle.

October 23- 1928 Ralph E Spencer and Josephine Hammerle are married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They are my husband’s grand parents.

Way back in history-
October 18- US control in Puerto Rico
October 20- Louisiana Purchase Treaty

October 10, 2010

This Week in Family History-

October 10-16

October 10 there seems to be no family activity brewing-a quiet day.

October 11- 113 years ago Ross Lynn Wheeler was born in Seney, Michigan to parents Ross Wheeler and Elizabeth McCarthy. Ross Lynn Wheeler is my first cousin, 2 times removed and our common ancestors are James and Matilda Wheeler on my dad’s maternal side. This family moved from Seney to Minnesota sometime after 1900.

October 12- In 1931 Marion Barbara Stafford was born to Carl Stafford and Dorothy Virginia Mathews. She lived only 2 years, 6 months and 6 days unfortunately, I do not know the cause of death. She is buried in the Pinegrove Cemetery in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. Her mother Dorothy is my dad’s cousin, his maternal side.

October 13- another quiet day in family history.

October 14- 1847 John S. Gorton and Emily H. Ketchum are married in Henrietta, New York. They later moved to Allegan, Michigan living next to John’s brother Quartus. In 1850 they lived next to a Reynolds family there and I have often wondered if they are a relevant family or not as John and Emily’s daughter later marries a Reynolds. Later they move on to Alma, Michigan. They are my 2nd great grandparents on my mothers maternal side.

October 15- Leslie Martin Spencer was born in 1905 to parents Leonard Spencer & Grace Hambleton. He lived in East Lansing Michigan. He is my husband’s grand uncle.

October 10- Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
October 13- Cornerstone of The White House

October 3, 2010

This Week in Family History-

October 3-9

October 3: Elizabeth Baxter
, the wife of Enos Sylvester Carpenter- is born October 3, 1880. The couple was married in Parry Sound Ontario in 1896. Enos later moves to Saskatchewan and is buried there, in Prince Albert. It is not know (by me) at this time if Elizabeth is also buried there. Enos is the brother of my great grandmother [Zilphie Elizabeth].

My wonderful, beautiful mother Robinette was born
October 3, 1922. Happy Birthday Mommy.

October 5: Stephen Hubert Cornell and Genevieve Dean are married
in Wexford County, Michigan on October 5, 1904. Stephen was a widower when they married. He and his first wife, Alice Cunningham adopted my grandfather’s birth sister Myrtle.

October 6: Franklin Walter Scott was born in 1902 in Lincoln County, Ontario to parents John Franklin Scott and Effie Parnell [Parnall]. He is the grandson of Jane Raeburn.

October 7: Calvin Silas Wheeler is born
in Tamworth, Ontario in 1852 to Luke Wheeler & Abigail Carscallen. He is my great grandfather’s cousin.

October 9: Dorothy Virginia Mathews is born October 9, 1907 in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan to parents Mae Matilda Wheeler and Charles Mathews. Dorothy is my dad’s cousin.

October 8 in history- The Midwest Fires!