Friday, April 28, 2023

Vintage Photo: Emily Benner Morrison

Vintage photographs are treasures. I wonder about the life of the photographs themselves. How many people have owned the photograph? Has it been in a silver frame & displayed proudly? Has it been tucked away in a wooden box full of memories? What would the photographer think of this image enduring for decades?

 Emily Benner Morrison

13 Sep 1839 OH - 1908 OH

Wife of William Hiram Morrison

Photo from Carole Morrison

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Forget Me Not: Ann Pasquale, 2023

 As a genealogist I have read many obituaries. This is the first one I have written. The family was gathered and everyone contributed items that should be included. Because of our emotions it was difficult to think objectively but I think this came out well. She was a loving lady and we are missing her. 

Grace Angelina 'Ann' Palilla Pasquale
23 February 1924 NY - 17 April 2023 OK
Daughter of Charles Palilla & Grace Brigandi
Wife of Thomas F. Pasquale

Ann Pasquale, a vibrant and loving lady, died on April 17, 2023 in Tulsa, Oklahoma after enjoying 99 years of life. Born February 23, 1924, she was the daughter of Charles and Grace Palilla. It was the Roaring 20s; the age of jazz and prohibition with Calvin Coolidge  as US President. Ann’s sister, Carmella ‘Mallie’ Palilla Burns and her brother, Dominick Palilla, preceded her in death. Ann attended Hunter College in Brooklyn, NY.


As a young woman she enjoyed big band music and roller skating to ‘Paper Moon.’ She lived through World War II and watched her brother go off to serve in the US Navy and safely return.


One day, while riding on a New York Central train, Ann met Tom Pasquale from Somers, NY. Ann married Thomas F. Pasquale on November 30, 1946 in Croton Falls, NY. Tom worked for the New York Central Railroad and later for Dale Carnegie & Associates. They raised their two children in Katonah, NY.  Ann was a member and past president of the Bedford Hills Women’s Club. She was a dressmaker and stitched many lovely things including several fabulous wedding gowns. About 1996 Ann and Tom moved to North Fort Myers, Florida. Ann enjoyed the sunshine, playing Bingo and her many friends in the sunshine state. Ann and Tom liked having family and friends visit their little Florida home. Thomas Pasquale died in 2002 in Florida. 


In our family Ann was well known for cooking delicious Italian meatballs, apple pie, apple sauce cake and chicken cutlets. We may all love each other but we were willing to fight over her mouthwatering food! We all own brightly colored hats and mittens knitted for us by Ann. She enjoyed cross stitch, quilting and knitting. More than anything else, she enjoyed holidays, weddings and everyday gatherings of her family. 


In recent years Ann “Grandma” Pasquale had been living in Tulsa, Oklahoma to be near her daughter and son – in - law. Beverly took tender care of her mother as Ann aged.


Ann and Tom were the parents of two children. Daughter, Beverly A. Pasquale married James Card. They have two sons: Michael and Brian. Michael and Whitney Card have two sons. Brian and Kristy Card have two children. Son, Don Pasquale married Colleen Brown. They have three children: Alanna, Alyssa and Adam. Alanna and Dave Mensing have two sons. Adam and Stephanie Pasquale have two children. 


Don compares his mother’s travels through life to the Milton Bradley board game. She moved from girlhood to young woman; gathering a home and family; becoming rich with the experiences of her 99 years and eventually becoming a great grandmother to eight delightful children. Don says his mom won the Game of Life. 


Plans are being made for a celebration of Ann’s life. Family and close friends will be notified when those plans are complete.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Book Report: The Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage, 1614 - 1775

Why did your ancestor leave his homeland to travel across the ocean to face an unknown land full of dangers? It could have been religious beliefs that spurred the change. It could have been an economic opportunity. Or did your ancestor cross the ocean unwillingly?



The Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage, 1614 – 1775



By Peter Wilson Coldham

Published by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.

Baltimore, 1988



“Between 1614 and 1775 some 50,000 Englishmen were sentenced by legal process to be transported to the American colonies. With notable few exceptions their names and the record of their trial have survived in public records together with much other information which enables us to plot the story of their unhappy and unwilling passage to America.”



 The over 900 pages in this book contain alphabetical lists of emigrants. For each person this book may tell you:


The Surname and Christian name of the emigrant


Parish or Origin


Occupation or status


Sentencing Court, offence, and month and year of sentence


Month, year and ship on which transported


Place, month and year landed in America


English county in which sentenced


My sixth great grandfather, James Theopilous Dillon, crossed the Atlantic Ocean onboard the Dorsetshire. The ship was transporting unwilling passengers. He was sentenced by legal process in Great Britain to be transported to the American Colonies. Vagrants, prisoners and orphaned children were forced to emigrate. In 1655 a formal system was introduced for pardoning felons on condition of their transportation. James was a teenager when he was sent to the colonies. He may have been sent because he was an orphan or an Irish rebel or had broken a law. I have not yet uncovered the exact reason he was sentenced to be transported. But, thanks to this book, I found a piece of the puzzle.


You may want to look through this book to see if you can find a name you know. 


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Saturday, April 15, 2023

Wedding: Brumfield & Gautreaux, 1947 LA

I find it very interesting that this wedding notice does not give the date of the wedding. 



Max Freeman Brumfield

1 February 1921 MS – 5 June 2004 CA

Son of Charles Edgar Brumfield & Katie Leona Freeman




Gloria Gautreaux

27 April 1923 LA – 30 April 1979 CA


Wedding Day

April 1947




Miss Gloria Gautreaux and Lieut. Max Brumfield 

Are Wed in Hammond, La. 



A wedding claiming wide interest was that of Miss Gloria Gautreaux, daughter of the late Dr. Gautreaux and Mrs. Gautreaux of Hammond, La., to Lt. Max F. Brumfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Brumfield of Brookhaven, formerly of Magnolia. 


The double ring ceremony was performed by Father Aaron in home of the bride’s mother, in the presence of the families and close friends. 


The bride was smartly dressed in a beige suit and hat which were trimmed in chocolate brown, and wore lizard shoes and bag. Her corsage was a spray of brown spotted orchids.


Following the ceremony an informal reception was held in the home.


Mr. and Mrs. Brumfield left immediately after the reception for New Orleans, and from there they will go to California where he will be stationed. 


Enterprise - Journal

McComb, MS, 7 April 1947, page 3



Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Forget Me Not: Franklin P. Mark, 1936

Franklin lived in Ohio where he was a carpenter & farmer.  He owned a farm in Jackson, Wyandot County, Ohio.  He married Laura M. Miller on 26 June 1877.  

Franklin P. Mark

10 Apr 1853 OH – 14 June 1936 OH

Son of Abraham Mark & Mary Isabella Heffelfinger

Husband of Laura M. Miller


My 3x Great Uncle


Franklin Mark Dies at Home of Son Here Sunday

Franklin P. Mark, 83, retired carpenter, died Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the home of his son, Lloyd M. Mark 700 South Poplar street, after an illness of six weeks. He died of complications. 

 Mr. Mark was born on April 10, 1853, in Wayne county, Ohio, the son of Thomas [incorrect] and Isabelle Heffelfinger Mark. On June 26, 1877, he was married to Laura Miller and shortly after their marriage they moved to Forest.

 After the death of his wife, in December, 1915, Mr. Mark came to Bucyrus to make his home with his son.

 Surviving are the following children:

·      Mrs. Minie Staadt of Forest [Minnie Mark b 23 Jun 1878]

·      Mrs. Emma Crosbie of Canton [Emma Mark b Jul 1882]

·      G. D. Mark of San Pedro, Calif. [Glenn Mark b Jul 1888]

·      L. M. Mark of Bucyrus [Lloyd Mark b Oct 1883]

One daughter, Ada, preceded him in death. One grandchild and one great grandchild also survive. 

 Private funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Henderson and Lutz funeral home. Rev. J. Monroe Wolfe, pastor of First Methodist church, will officiate and burial will be made in the Huston cemetery in Forest.

 Friends may call this evening at the funeral home from 7 to 9 o’clock.


Source: Franklin Mark Dies at Home of Son Here Sunday. (Bacyrus, OH: Telegraph – Forum, 15 June 1936) 2: digital image, accessed August 2022.

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Saturday, April 8, 2023

Easter Moments

The buds of spring;
Fragrant lilacs, tulips & delicate forsythia;
Colors emerging from the snow.

A new dress to twirl;
A wide brimmed hat with flowers & silky ribbons;
Shiny new shoes tapping and dancing.

Baskets full of grass;
Crayon colored jellybeans & chocolate treats;
Tiny treasures making us smile.

A house full of family;
Cousins playing games & laughing;
 Aunts, uncles, moms and dads smiling around the table.


Happy Easter! Colleen

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Book Report: Cemetery and Gravestone Handbook

Do you try to uncover every piece of possible  information about your ancestor? Me too. That includes finding their final resting place. This book will help you to find the correct cemetery, understand the engravings on the stone, and care for and photograph that stone. 

Cemetery and Gravestone Handbook

For Genealogists & Family Historians


By Gary W. Clark

Published by




Finding Ancestors (And Others)

Visit the Cemetery

Deciphering the Gravestone

Veteran and National Cemeteries

Photographing Gravestones

Cleaning Gravestones

A Final Word



Emblems of Belief

National Cemeteries

State, Territory, Tribal Cemeteries

Overseas Veteran Cemeteries

CSA Cemeteries

Common Military Ranks

Branch of Service Abbreviations

Resources and Links 

Cemetery Documentation


I am delighted with this book I recently purchased. It is packed full of information, history & tips. Mr. Clark is clearly a gentleman who has experience with the topic he has written about.  Every chapter is full of useful information that can help you find, understand and record the gravestones you are interested in. 

The Stone might be called:

a gravestone, headstone or tombstone


The first chapter, Finding Ancestors (and Others) will walk you through the steps to get the most out of a Find A Grave search. Once you find a gravestone and the cemetery, Mr. Clark explains how to use the GPS coordinates & Google Maps & your smart phone to travel to that gravestone. The author also suggests looking at & GenealogyBank & old maps to discover your ancestor’s final resting place. This chapter, like all the others, is filled with photographs and illustrations to make understanding the text even easier.

Due to mounting casualties, on July 17, 1862, Congress empowered President Abraham Lincoln, "to purchase cemetery grounds and cause them to be securely enclosed, to be used as a national cemetery for the soldiers who shall die in the service of the country."

I could fill several blog posts with all the helpful and interesting information in this book. However, a book report should leave you wanting to learn more. Grab a copy of this book and learn why you might see a spinning wheel on a stone. Learn what time of day you should photograph a stone. Learn what the type of cross on the grave site means. 

The amateur cemetery sleuth should never try to 'fix' a gravestone that appears to be broke, cracked, leaning or toppled. Patching, adding mortar, or applying glue should only be attempted by a professional monument expert or trained restorer. 


I recommend reading this book to make your cemetery research more successful.


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Saturday, April 1, 2023

Forget Me Not: Danny A. Mark, 1974 CA


Danny Andrew Mark

16 December 1946 OH – 15 September 1974 CA

Twin son of Owen Andrew Mark & Blanche Adele Bowers

Grandson of Thomas Kenneth Mark & N. Regina Gruissy


My 1st cousin, 1x removed

Denny & Danny Mark, California

Danny A. Mark, age 27, passed many Sept. 15, 1974, in Carson following a motorcycle accident. Born Dec. 16, 1946, in Wadsworth, Ohio. Long Beach resident for 20 years. He was a tank mechanic for 10 years with McDonnell Douglas aircraft. Survived by his mother, Mrs. Blanche A. Waddell of Carson, his twin brother, Denny B. Mark. Services will be Friday, Sept. 20th at 1 p. m. McNerney’s Colonial Chapel, Wilmington. Internment Roosevelt Memorial Park.

Source: Danny A Mark. (Redondo, CA: The Redondo Reflex, 18 Sept. 1974) 33; digital image, accessed March 2022.

Thomas Kenneth Mark with grandsons, Danny & Denny Mark, Ohio, 1949