Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Travel Tuesday: Where Have You Traveled?

Independence Day is coming! 
My family will be gathering!


Independence Day means it is time for the family to gather here for a big cookout. There will be aunts & uncles and cousins of all ages. It is a great time to reconnect and a great time for me to share my research into our family history. 

In the Past

I set up trifold displays highlighting my research. One year I showed everyone how our Brown family moved from Virginia, through the Carolinas, into Louisiana & Mississippi. Our branch continued into Ohio and the New York.

I included information on the routes they may have taken & details about The Federal Road. The display inspired lots of conversations about our family.

This Year

What about our current family & travel?

When the family gathers it is also time for fun. This year I have a couple contests. 

1. How many states have you visited? Has anyone visited all 50? Who has visited the most states?

2. What is the most unusual place you have visited in the USA? Was it an unusual museum? The largest ball of string?  Judges will select the winners.

Everyone will add post it notes to a trifold display. It should spark conversations about our family's current travels and maybe some interesting stories to add to our family's history.




Prizes will be given! 

I have sewn fabric baskets in red, white & blue. They will be filed with small surprises & given to the winners.

How will you celebrate the 4th?

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Old Writing Desk







My great aunt Marion (Coyle) McCall Kunemund lived in New York City for most of her life. When we visited her there in the 1950s & 1960s we saw her writing desk, her secretary.  In the 1970s she moved to Florida and the writing desk came to our house.








My mother had always admired the desk and she loved having it in a place of honor in our living room.  My mother kept her writing papers and photographs inside.




The desk now has a place in my bedroom. The dark wood matches our bedroom furniture nicely.  I keep a collection of framed family photos on the shelves and greeting cards in the drawers.  I am very happy to have my turn with this family treasure. 






Thursday, June 9, 2016

Social Security Application = Birth Place!

I found a new piece of information about my great grandfather, Jasper Pascal Brown. I have census records, his marriage record & death record. I have family stories. I have found him in published genealogies. Each of those sources told me Jasper was born in Mississippi!


Now I know where, in Mississippi, he was born. An Ancestry search showed me Jasper’s Social Security Application. Because Jasper was born in 1865 I did not think of him as having a Social Security number. This application, for which I believe he must have supplied the information himself, gives his birth place as Gillsburg, Mississippi!

US census reports showed his parents in Amite Co., MS in 1850 & 1860 and in Pike Co., MS in 1870 & 1880. Jasper was born between those reports. Which county was he born in? Gillsburg is in Amite County. 

This is just one more reminder to never overlook a resource!

Social Security Application for Jasper Pascal Brown

Name                    Jasper Pascal Brown
SSN                        426182499
Gender                  Male
Birth Date             15 May 1865
Birth Place           Gillsburg, Mississippi
Father                  Allen Brown
Mother                   Emerline [sic] Smith
Type of Claim        Original SSN
Note                      Aug 1938





Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Happy Birthday, William Mark!

William Mark
26 May 1844 OH – 21 Nov 1904 OH


Son of Abraham Mark & Mary Isabella Heffelfinger
Spouse #1 – Emma Abeline Flory
Spouse #2 – Elidia Rebecca Ritter
14 children
Military service: 195th Regiment, Ohio Volunteers
Cemetery : Overton Church of God Cemetery, Wayne Co., OH


My second great grandfather was born 172 years ago today. He was a colorful figure. My grandmother, Ivy R (Mark) Brown, remembered her grandfather. In 1994 she told me about his house in rural Wayne County, Ohio and shared a photo of a very small log house that did not look like it could contain 14 children.

"I remember their place. It wasn't a very big place but they always had a good garden and a lot of chickens. Chickens were out back. In those days there was a lot of hunting. Like rabbit, turkey, wild turkey and such things. They had a lot of fishing. There was a big creek right by their house. They could fish."

The rifle William carried during the Civil War is still in the family. My grandmother talked about his military service.

William Mark "was on Look Out Mountain in Tennessee. A tornado came. A big plank slammed right into him; into his stomach.  He was never well after that."


My grandmother told me about his death.

"…my grandfather lived in that house and he wasn't well enough to do much. He used to go for walks. He loved to be outside. So, this one day he went for a walk and he come back and he told Grandma he had walked further that day than he had for a long time.  And she [Elidia Rebecca (Ritter) Mark] said, 'Well, sit down a few minutes. Dinner isn't quite ready.' And he sat down and when she went to call him, he was dead."

Although he is gone stories about him continue in our family.

Select Sources:

·         1850 Federal Census, Wayne Co, Ohio; 1850; Extracted from Census by C. Arthur Phillips, Published by MicroPhoto Div., Wooster, Ohio, Wayne Co. Public Library, Wooster.
·         1860 U. S. Census, Wayne County, Ohio; 1860; ; Page 150, Lines 14-22; Family History Center Microfilm #805051.
·         1880 Federal Census, Wayne Co., Ohio; 1880; Compiled by Richard G. Smith, 1979, Published by Wayne Co. Historical Society Genealogical Section, Wooster, Ohio; Page 38; State Library of Ohio, Columbus, Ohio.
·         1890 Us Census Special Schedule Veterans SD 6 ED 315 Page 1; Chester, Wayne, Ohio Line 3; William Mark Private Company I 195 Regiment Infantry.
·         1900 Federal Census, Wayne Co., Ohio; 1900; Vol. 155, E.D. 142, Sheet 10; Line 37; Family History Center Microfilm #1241331; NOTE Chester Township; William "Marks".
·         Index to Service Records, Volunteers from Ohio, 1861 - 1865, MAL - MARS, Microfilm #0882280, Family History Center, Albany, NY. William Mark 195 Reg. Ohio Infantry.
·         Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies in the War of the Rebellion, 1860s, Washington, D. C., U S Government Printing Office, 1901.
·         Office of the Govenor, State of Ohio, Columbus. Jan 22, 1996. Govenor's Office of Veteran's Affairs. OFFICIAL ROSTER OF THE SOLDIERS OF THE STATE OF OHIO IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION, 1861 - 1866, Vol. X (Cincinnati: The Ohio Valley Company, 1889).Page 185: "195th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
·         Pension application of William Mark; 1865-1905; Civil War, Ohio Volunteer Inf.,Co.I, 195 Regiment, filed by widow Rebecca Mark, National Archives, Washington, D.C
·         Wayne Co. Ohio Marriage Record; 1878; Volume 9; Page 132; William Mark and Rebecca Ritter m. 20 Apr 1878.
·         Family papers & stories













Sunday, May 22, 2016

Census Sunday: Nancy Brown Patrick



Nancy Brown Patrick was the daughter of my 4x great grandfather, Moses Brown, and his second wife, Nancy Perkins. She was born in Mississippi, moved to Ohio with her parents and later moved to Michigan with her husband.





1850 US Census, Michigan, Cass County, Calvin; ancestry.com.

Johnson Patrick, 38 b OH, farmer, real estate $1,200. Nancy, 35 b MS.
Joseph H, 16 farmer b OH
Amanda, 14 b OH
Willis, 12 b OH
Emily, 9 b OH
David, 6 b OH
Lucinda, 3 b MI
Charles, 1 b MI
Johnson Sr., 74 b NJ

1860 US Census, Michigan, Cass Co., Calvin; Post office: Brownsville; ancestry.com.

Nancy Patrick, 44 b MS, farming; real estate $3,500.
Willis, 21 b OH
Emily, 19 b OH
DR, 16 b OH
Lucinda, 13 b MI
Chas., 11 b MI
Elizabeth, 6 b MI


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Census Sunday: Hubert Browns in MS School Census Reports, 1933 - 1945



My grand uncle, Hubert Allen Brown, 1894 – 1971, and his wife, Freddie Smith, 1899 – 1988, had six children. One child died young. The others show up in the MS School Census.

1933   Hubert Brown          Borden                   male, 12

1937   Hubert Brown          Borden                   male, 16
                                      Thyra            female, 7

1939   Hubert Brown          Borden                   male, 17
                                      Thiry            female, 10
                                      Lynn             male, 6

1941   H A Brown               Borden                   male, 20
                                      Thiry            female, 12
                                      Lynn             male, 9

1945   H A Brown               Thiry            female, 16
                                      Hugh F.         male, 11
                                      Peggy           female, 7



"MississippiEnumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK6W-7YYB; citing School enrollment, Pike, Mississippi, United States, Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Jackson.

Thanks to Charles L Purvis from Carolina Family Roots who told me about these online records.

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