Aboyne Kirkyard in Scotland

Aboyne Kirkyard in Scotland
ABOYNE KIRKYARD, ABOYNE, ABERDEENSHIRE, SCOTLAND

Monday, August 18, 2014

AMANUENSIS MONDAY–Transcribing my grandmother’s journal


What does Amanuensis mean anyway?

To put it simply, it means a “person employed to write what another dictates or copy what has been written by another.”

As many of you know from reading previous posts on my blog, my maternal grandmother left a spiral notebook, which I call her journal.  In it she left recipes, a list of 183 family members and their birth dates and some death dates, a list of anniversaries and other various lists or things that were important to her.  It’s a treasure that I cherish.  

Today I’m going to be transcribing her list of names & dates from January.

Here is the page from the journal.  I haven’t “cleaned it up” like I normally would because I like the look of the tattered page.  This journal was begun when my grandmother married my grandfather in 1906, so it’s pretty darn old.  I don’t touch it anymore.  I have digitized all the pages.  

January

And here is my transcription of it.  Although not part of the document, I have indicated the family connection in brackets and italicized.  I just thought you’d like to know who these people are to me.  And, for any cousins out there reading this, maybe you’ll find it helpful.

January

Edna Mabel Bowden Duncan Cunningham Wood Jan 1 ‘90    died 22 Feb ‘32    [my grandaunt]
George Keatley Bell  Jan 4 ‘69   died Nov 2 ‘52    [2nd husband of great grandmother]
Lottie May Thornton-Nibbelink   Jan 7 94   May 50   [1st cousin 2x removed]
Joseph Albert Milne  Jan 8 ‘83   Sept 27, 57 12:45 a.m.   [my maternal grandfather]
Charlotte Milne    Jan 10 56   died Dec 24, 35    [my great grandaunt]
John Brown Duncan   Jan 16 83    [husband of my grand aunt]
William Harry Verney   Jan 16 ‘89     died Oct 9, 44    [1st cousin 2x removed]
Robert Andrew Milne     Jan 12 ‘09   Nov 17, 69  5 a.m.   [my uncle]
Grace Hunter Fenner Jenkins    Jan 19 ‘74    died Sept 15, 46   [my great grandaunt]
*Jane Anne Lyons     Jan 24 ‘26
* Robert Benjamin Edison    Jan 26      died Mar 10, 27
Florence Lee Nora Bowden Milne     Jan 31 ‘88    [my grandmother and author of this journal]
* Virginia Brehmer    Jan 12 ‘11
Albert F. Pfeiffer     Jan 13    [husband of my great grandaunt]
* J. Roy Brehmer   Jan 18  ‘88    Sept 62
* James Wolford        Jan 11
* Pamela Rae Stouse   “  3  44 
Charles Lindow   Jan 1  85     Feb 10, ‘44   [husband of 1st cousin 2x removed]
* Peggy Joyce   93  10     Feb 13, 67

That’s a total of 19 names.  How cool is this list to have? 

I have placed an asterisk next to the names I have not yet connected to our family.  Seven of the names are still waiting for me to find their connections.  I have them in my Legacy database as unlinked individuals.  In the lists from the other 11 months of the year, there are also names that aren’t yet connected.  I keep looking from time to time and link them as I identify them.  

I’ve enjoyed sharing this with you and will continue to share the items from my grandmother’s journal.  This is a great way for me to take another look at these lists and perhaps catch something I didn’t catch last time, or take a new look online for records.

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Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl


Copyright ©  2014   Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Friday, August 15, 2014

FUNERAL CARD FRIDAY–BESSIE LINDSAY HOCKSTER

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Bessie was a colorful lady.  Certainly the documents we have concerning her marriages and the births of her children give evidence of her not being your traditional grandma.

But, it’s the more colorful members of our families that it’s fun to hear about.

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William Lindsay Family circa 1896
The William & Elizabeth Lindsay family - children are left to right, Ellen, William "Bill", Marie (my grandmother) and Bessie


Relationship to me:  Grandaunt – my paternal grandmother, Marie’s sister.
Born: 11 Nov 1892 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan to William Wallace Lindsay and Elizabeth “Bessie” Fitzcharles.  She had two sisters, Ellen & Marie and one brother, William.
Married first to William Bryant Curry on 11 Sep 1911 in Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada.  They divorced 14 Oct 1915.  William Bryant Curry died at Camp Taylor in Kentucky while serving during World War I.  He was a victim of the 1918 influenza.

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Marriage record for William B. Curry and Bessie Lindsay, 11 Sep 1911

Married second to Stewart Frances Hockster on 19 Jul 1913 in Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada.  

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Marriage record for Stewart Hockster & Bessie Lindsay, 19 Jul 1913


Yes, the marriage to Stewart Hockster took place before the divorce from William B. Curry.  Also of note, is that Bessie is listed as a "spinster" meaning never been married.  We know that's not exactly true because she was married to William B. Curry in 1911.  Interesting what we find out when we do our research.

Children born to Bessie:
  • A son, Everett William Hockster born 21 Sep 1910 in Michigan, died 9 May 1985 in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  He married Mary Sophie Ortell.
  • A son, Oliver G. who was adopted by a family named Cline.  Oliver was born 23 Jun 1912 and died 10 Aug 1977 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • A daughter, Ellen Marie born 14 Nov 1914 in Michigan, died 9 Jun 1990 in Los Angeles, California.  She married Robert Boice McConnell.
  • A son, Stewart Hockster, Jr. who was born 1 Jan 1917 in Michigan and died just 10 days later on 11 Jan 1917 in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
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Stewart Hockster & Bessie - the young man standing is her son, Everett and the little girl is their daughter, Ellen.


Bessie & her family lived in Detroit, Michigan.  

Stewart Hockster and Bessie were divorced in 1935.  Bessie never remarried.  

Stories from her granddaughters say that she was very social and enjoyed dating and having a good time.

Bessie had 9 grandchildren and lived to be 78 years old.  She died on 28 Oct 1971 from “pulmonary embolus.”

Bessie is buried at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  When one of her granddaughters went to the cemetery in recent years, she found there was no headstone for Bessie.  Her granddaughter ordered one and it is now placed on the site.  She is buried with her sisters, Marie & Ellen and several other family members.  

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I wish I would have gotten to know my grand aunt Bessie.  I know I met her when I was young, but I don’t remember her.  Fortunately, I have reconnected with her granddaughters and am very close to one of them.  I’m thankful for that.

Tell me about some colorful characters in your family.  Either by leaving a comment or writing about it in your blog.

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Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2014   Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

INTERESTING TIPS & POSTS FROM OTHER BLOGGERS THIS WEEK


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There is a wealth of information available on all the great blogs out there.  I’m always amazed at the new things I learn from reading them.

Here are some of the posts that I found helpful or interesting this past week.  This is not meant to be a list of every great post out there.  I can’t read them all….sadly.  But, here are a few.

TUESDAY'S TIP - Shh! A Little Secret About Michigan Death Records by Miriam J. Robbins at AnceStories

CHECKING MY WATCH LIST ON FAMILYSEARCH FAMILY TREE by Randy Seaver on GeneaMusings

GENEALOGY HANGOUTS, Webinars & Online Chats by Pat Richley-Erickson on DearMyrtle

THE MASTER GENEALOGIST SOFTWARE DISCONTINUED by James Tanner on Genealogy's Star

FOLLOW FRIDAY FAB FINDS FOR AUGUST 1, 2014 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

10 FREE GENEALOGY DOWNLOADS by Lynn Palermo on The Armchair Genealogist

I hope you will find these posts interesting and helpful.  There’s a wealth of knowledge out there and many who willingly share.  

Thanks to all the bloggers who keep us coming back for more.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl


Copyright ©  2014   Diane Gould Hall
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY–John Conick & Abigail Hartshom Conick


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John Conick and his wife, Abigail are buried at Schuyler Lake Cemetery in Schuyler Lake, Otsego, New York.  Photographs posted to Find A Grave and used with permission of Chuck Metcalfe.

Since I have just discovered new ancestors on my husband’s paternal side of the family, I thought it would be nice to highlight them today.  At least what I know so far.

John Conick or Coneck or McConnick (this name was spelled many different ways) was the son of James Conick and his wife Elisabeth (maiden name unknown).  

John Conick is the 4th great grand uncle of my husband.  John’s brother Jonathan is the direct descendant to the Hall family.

John Conick was the 4th son born to James & Elisabeth Conick.  John married Abigail Hartshom (sometimes shown as Hartson) on 13 Feb 1782 in New Hampshire.  

John fought in the Revolutionary War and was granted a pension for his service.

I’m excited to learn more about this branch of our family.  Right now, I’m just happy to have found new information.  I looked for many years for details about Elizabeth Conick, wife of Cornelius Clark Hall.  Cornelius and Elizabeth are my husband’s 3rd great grandparents.
James Conick & Elisabeth ?
Jonathan Conick & Zeruiah Wheelock
Cornelius Clark Hall & Elizabeth Conick
Rev. George Hall & Almira Rosette
Thomas Cornelius Hall & Cora Brown
Charles Schuyler Hall & Daisy Fern Bright
Gordon Charles Hall & Dorothy Fink

If you are reading this post and find that you are related to any of the names shown here, I would love to hear from you.

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Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl


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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION



Sunday, August 3, 2014

SUNDAY’S OBITUARY–William V. Gould, 1859-1924


DETROIT NEWS - 25 FEB 1924


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Vivaldo William Gould or as he was better known, William "Val" Gould, was my paternal great grandfather.  I never knew him as he died long before I was born.  However, my father, who was William’s grandson, spoke of him throughout my years of growing up.  My Dad called him Beepa and called his grandmother, Mae, Meema.  I have never heard those names referring to grandparents since my Dad passed.  Have you ever heard those names as nicknames for grandparents?

William “Val” Gould was born on 31 Aug 1859 in Armada, Macomb, Michigan to parents John C. Gould and Sarah M. Hart.  The family moved to Detroit, Michigan between 1870 and 1878.  William “Val” married Mary “Mae” Eve Thorp.  I have not been able to locate their marriage record.  Though heaven knows I’ve been hunting for it for many years.  

“Val” & Mae had 7 children according to census records and her death record.  I know the names of 6 of those children: Ford V., Harry W., (my grandfather), Roy V., Gladys L., May A., and Helen C. I am guessing that one child died at birth or very young, as I can find no record.

From all six of those children there was only one grandchild born who grew to adulthood, my father Harry Norman Gould.  

Back to William V.  He worked in a paint store or as a supervisor at a paint company for all of his life.  He worked at S. H. Hart, which was a paint manufacturing company in Detroit.  He also worked at Standard Paint & Varnish in Detroit.

I am very fortunate to have many photos of my great grandfather William “Val” Gould.  In fact, it is one of those photos which you will often see associated with this blog.

The photo on the left is William V. driving the car, with his daughter Helen in the middle and son, Roy.  In the back seat on the far right is his wife Mae.  I cannot be sure of the identities of the other two ladies.  This photo was circa 1910-1915. 
The photo on the right is William (back row far right) with his wife and six children and his grandson (my Dad) circa 1915-1916.
 
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William died on 24 Feb 1924 in Detroit.  He was only 64 years old.  His cause of death was peritonitis due to a ruptured gall bladder.  He is buried with his wife and his daughter, Helen at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan.  I have been able to visit him twice during trips back to Detroit.

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Headstone of William V. Gould - photo taken at Mt. Olivet Cemetery by Diane Gould Hall

Rest in peace great grandfather.  I wish I had known you.  I certainly have unanswered questions about your father, John. 

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl


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ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  NO USE WITHOUT PERMISSION

Friday, July 25, 2014

SIBLING SATURDAY– 16 SIBLINGS - CHILDREN OF JOHN & MARY LUNSFORD


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WOW!  That’s a whole lot of children.  Especially for us in more modern times.  

These are the children of my 4th Great Grandparents John Lunsford and Mary “Polly” Hudson.  I descend from their daughter, Nancy.

I still don’t know everything about all the children.  Other than my 3rd great grandmother, Nancy, I probably know the most about her brother, Richard.  He was an interesting character and he also had 16 children.  I also have quite a bit of information about Elijah and Andrew. 

Here are the spouses I have for the 16 children of John & Mary Lunsford.  If you are reading this and find that you are related to any of these names, I’d love to hear from you.

Andrew Lunsford married Jane Gillilan 29 Oct 1835 in Lawrence Co., Ohio

William Lunsford married Nancy Massie in Sep 1836 in Ohio.

Melvina Lunsford married Adam Christian 4 May 1837 in Lawrence Co., Ohio.

Margaret Lunsford – I have no marriage information for her.

Nancy Delilah Lunsford married William Allen Boggs 11 Apr 1839 in Lawrence Co., Ohio (they are my 3rd great grandparents)
Here is a picture of William Boggs and his wife, Nancy Lunsford.

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Richard Lunsford married first Nancy Peyton about 1846 and then Martha Ann Morrison 25 Mar 1875 in Cabell Co., West Virginia.
Here is a picture of Richard Lunsford and his 2nd wife, Martha Ann Morrison.

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Susannah Lunsford married Dr. Benjamin F. Cory

Levine Lunsford married a woman who’s first name I don’t know, possible last name Dawson.

Elizabeth Lunsford married James Goff.

Martha Lunsford married a man named Mr. Cramer.

Amanda Lunsford married Jacob Pinkerman 8 Nov 1855 in Lawrence Co., Ohio.

Andrew Jackson Lunsford married Martha Vermillion 24 Jan 1856 in Lawrence Co., Ohio.

Sally Sarah Lunsford married Logan Vermillion 13 Mar 1856 in Lawrence Co., Ohio.

Elijah Lunsford married Marguerite Morris on 14 Mar 1861 in Lawrence Co., Ohio.

Thomas Lunsford – I have no marriage information for him.

Reuben Lunsford married Lucinda Haskins about 1878.

These names of spouses certainly aren’t all I have on this family.  However, in writing this post I have reminded myself that I need to go back to some of these families and fill in the blanks.  

NOTE:  With new information being posted online all the time, it’s important to go back to all your families from time to time and look for what else might be available.  I can tell by my research notes on this family, that it’s been a couple of years since I had a good look.  What new information will I discover now?  Can’t wait to find out.

Again, please contact me if you are descended from any of these families.  

Happy hunting,

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Michigan Girl


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