Thursday, July 18, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Hannah's Small Treasures

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about a trip back home to go through a lot of my mom's and grandma's stuff that was still at my Dad's house.  As I said then, there was just so much that we found that it was almost overwhelming.  This week's Treasure Chest Thursday is about two of the items that we found that came home with me.


As we were going through all of the things we found, we came across two books that were very obviously quite old.  Both books were quite small and both were leather bound.  The first of the two had only a leather spine and the front and back were hard cover.  Inscribed on the front cover was "The Presbyterian Hymnal" in beautiful lettering.  When we opened it, the note on the front cover (seen here to the left) read, "Mrs. H. Hill  Marseilles, Ohio."  Our first thought was that this belonged to my grandmother, Hannah (Hill) Link who grew up in Marseilles.  Then it struck me....this says "Mrs.H. Hill."  When Grandma was Hannah Hill, she would have been Miss Hill!  That meant that this hymnal had to have belonged to her grandmother!


Sure enough, when we turned to the publication page, it read, "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1874, by the trustees of the Presbyterian Board of Publication."  This was a nearly 140 year old hymnal!


The second book was so unassuming that had we not stopped to take a close look, it could easily have been accidentally discarded.  The book was quite small and leather bound with a flap that secured the front cover closed.  There were no markings on the outside at all except for one simple word in gold lettering on the spine... Bible.  After finding the hymnal, I for one was pretty excited at the prospect that this may be just as old.

When we carefully opened the bible, there was a simple, handwritten note sitting inside that read, "Grandma Hannah McCleary Helm Hill Bible - 1855.  This note, which was just stuck inside the bible, was in my grandmother's handwriting, so while it seemed reliable, it wasn't necessarily conclusive about the date or ownership of the bible.

Looking a bit more, I found two notes that were handwritten on the pages of the bible.  The first was in the front and it read, "Hannah Helm, Nov 4th 1855."  The second was on the back cover and reads, "James Helm, Nov 4th 1855, Hannah Helm."  I recognize the handwriting on both of these inscriptions as being that of Hannah's first husband, James Helm.  The recognition is based on a letter I have in my possession that James wrote to Hannah before they were married.

Wow!  As if the 140 year old hymnal wasn't enough, we were holding a 160 year old Bible!  Based on these notes, this would appear to be a bible that was perhaps given to Hannah by her first husband.  My initial thought when I looked at the date of the inscription was that maybe, just maybe, this was a gift on their wedding day or shortly after.  When I went and checked my database, however, I found that they were married on 28 Aug 1854, so the Nov 4th date is over a year after their wedding.  I don't know exactly what the occasion may have been for James to give the bible to Hannah, but this date has definitely gone onto my "to do" list for Hannah!

Beyond the excitement of finding two such incredibly old and personal items of my great great grandmother's, these two items did also provide just a hint of genealogical information in the form of indirectly telling me what denomination Hannah belonged to.  I know it may not sound like much, but to have a personal item that answers a question like that is a genuinely fun find in my mind.

So now I am faced with one small dilemma...do I keep the items out on display in their current condition, or do I find a way to more permanently preserve these items?  I'm very up in the air over this decision, and I'd love to hear some reader comments or suggestions.

What do you think?







Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - James Madison Pool

James Madison Pool is my 3rd great grandfather through my mother's side.  The Pool family is one of my lesser researched lines and most of what I have for this family has come through either derivative or authored sources.  James and his wife Mary are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

Photo used with permission courtesy of Kathy Swartzfager Scott
 (Find A Grave Contributor #47092236)

 James Madison POOL:  b. 11 Jan 1823 in Richland County, Ohio
                                      d. 13 Mar 1903 in Upper Sandusky, Wyandot County, Ohio
                                      m. 04 Nov 1847 in Richland County, Ohio

Mary Emaline (HARTUPEE) POOL:
                                       b. 14 Nov 1827 in Richland County, Ohio
                                       d. 11 Mar 1896 in Wyandot County, Ohio


Photo used with permission courtesy of Kathy Swartzfager Scott
 (Find A Grave Contributor #47092236)




Friday, July 12, 2013

Find A Grave and My smh Moment

For those who may not know all of the text and internet slang out there (honestly, I have to look most of it up  myself), the term "smh" typically means "shaking my head" and is used when someone finds something so stupid or ridiculous that words don't do it justice.  Another popular term used for a moment like this is "facepalm" which is well illustrated by the image to the right.

Well, over the past couple of days I have been having what I can't quite call just a single smh or facepalm moment, but perhaps an overall revelation that has made me feel pretty much exactly like Bill Cosby does in this picture.

Friday Funny

Life has been a bit busy for me this week, so I think today's post will just add some levity to your day.  The Friday Funny comes to you courtesy of Twisted Twigs on Gnarled Branches Genealogy and their Facebook page

Photo used with permission courtesy of Twisted Twigs on Gnarled
Branches (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Twisted-Twigs-On-Gnarled-Branches-Genealogy/269836083081714 ,
Accessed 7/12/2013)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Curtis and Christiana (Farver) Washler


Washler Family Tombstone
Riverview Cemetery, Newville, Indiana
This week's Tombstone Tuesday post is for my great grandparents, Curtis and Christiana (Farver) Washler.  My great grandparents are buried in Riverview Cemetery near Newville, Indiana.  The plot can best be described as the Washler family plot, since the large "Washler" stone (pictured above) stands in the middle of the plots where Curtis and Christiana are buried along with many of their children and their spouses.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Newton H Link

This week's Sunday Obituary is for my great great grandfather, Newton Link.

Obituary of Newton Link
22 Mar 1967
Upper Sandusky Daily Chief Union
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Newton's obituary was a virtual gold mine of information for me.  Some key pieces of information that I got from his obituary that I did not have previously were that all of his siblings had preceded him in death (I was still missing a few death dates), his occupation information (I had known he was superintendent of the county home, but did not know of his other jobs), his church affiliation, and the maiden name of his second wife, Ella.  I particularly found it interesting that Newton was the last of his family because he was actually the first born in his family, and was apparently the only member of the family that wasn't one of the "Wandering Link's."

I have to say that for me, this was probably one of the first obituaries I found that actually gave me new information on someone and didn't just corroborate the information I already had on an individual.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Surname Saturday - Pool

It's been a while since I did a surname Saturday post - primarily because I have outlined most of the "primary" surnames that I have done research on!  With today's post on the Pool name, I have finally covered all of the surnames that I have done any sort of primary research on.  There are a few others out there that I have found connections to, but not that I have really looked into.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Father and Son


Newton and Earl Link
date unknown
Newton and Earl Link
date unknown

Today's Wordless Wednesday is actually two pictures and not completely wordless.  In going through all of my digital files, I found these two pictures of my great grandfather and my grandfather together.  Obviously, the pictures were taken decades apart, and I thought they made a good "Then and now" type of contrast.  The more recent of the two pictures was most likely taken in the mid to late 60's since both Newton and Earl died in 1967.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Delayed Motivation Monday - July Goals

I know it isn't Monday, but I forgot to post this yesterday, and I really didn't want to wait until next Monday to put up my goals for July.  As I said in my last "goals" post, I truly feel like sharing these provides the accountability that I need to keep me focused on my genealogy goals each month.
First a wrap-up of June's goals:


1)  Write two blog posts per week.  I managed to stay on track with this one.  I think that the quality of my posts have improved as a result of scaling back, and I know that the "anxiety" over trying to get out a higher volume of posts has disappeared.


2)  Finish reading Thomas W. Jones' Mastering Genealogical Proof.  I finished this up while I was up in Indiana two weeks ago!


3)  Complete the organization of my paper files.  I hate to have a failure on any goal, but this one is going to have to be an ongoing goal since I didn't get anywhere near completion on this one.


4)  Catch up on other genealogy reading.  Again...I'm shifting this one to an on-going goal.


5)  Evaluate the Evidentia software program. I had a chance to work with Evidentia and do some evaluation on it.  I definitely love the program and it is on my "to purchase" list!

Now, on to July's Goals:

1) Continue working on the organization of my paper files. (Deadline: ongoing)

2) Read one white paper or article (non-blog post) per week. (Deadline: ongoing)

3) Finish sorting everything that came home with me from the Indiana trip.  This one is almost complete, so
I'm setting a deadline of July 15th for this one. (Deadline: July 15)

4) Scan at least half of the pictures and documents that came home with me from Indiana.  I don't think that I can actually get all of it scanned by month's end (yes, there was that much!) so I am setting a more realistic goal of half. (Deadline: July 31)

5) Participate in the MGP study group.  I'm  very excited about this one, since my group started yesterday!

6) Lay out personal genealogy education program.  Much of what I have been doing in the way of genealogy education for myself up to this point has been a little haphazard, so I want to lay out a plan so I can systematically work through it.  I think that the 10 point blueprint by Elizabeth Shown Mills will probably be my foundation. (Deadline: July 20)

Tombstone Tuesday - Independence Day Edition: Adam Link

Tombstone for Adam Link
Union Cemetery, Bucyrus, Ohio
This week, our nation celebrates Independence Day, and so I thought it only fitting that this week's edition of Tombstone Tuesday should feature my Revolutionary War Patriot ancestor, Adam Link.  My 4th great grandfather, Adam Link is buried in Union Cemetery near Bucyrus in Crawford County, Ohio.  I went looking for Adam's resting place a little over a decade ago, expecting it to be somewhat difficult to find.  What I found instead was a well marked grave that is quite obviously tended to with all of the respect and honor that is befitting of someone who risked their life to help win this country's independence.


ADAM LINK: b. 14 Nov 1761 in Hagerstown, MD
                        d. 15 Aug 1864 in Crawford Co., OH





D.A.R. Plaque marking Adam Link's grave
 I won't retell Adam's story here, but for more information on Adam, please see my previous posts here, here and here.  My lineage back to Adam was highlighted in this post when I finally completed my Sons of the American Revolution application.







Union Cemetery is also marked as "Revolutionary
War Cemetery"




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