24 March 2013

Scrap Day Sunday

Today I'm sharing a picture that belongs to my great great uncle, Jesse Grimes.  This photo was taken in front of the Gen. Rufus Putnam house located in Marietta, OH.  The house is now housed in the Campus Martius Museum also located in Marieatta, OH.  Standing outside of the house is Lucy Cox (VanZandt) JonesShe's the woman standing in front of the doorway on the right.  Next to her is her granddaughter, Betty Jane Miller, an unknown woman in black and her daughter, Helen (Jones) Miller.  Lucy (VanZandt) Jones was the sister of my 3rd great grandfather, William Eldon Van Sant.  They were descendants of Gen. Rufus Putnam through their mother, Pheobe (Merriam) VanZandt.  It's a pretty cool picture in and of itself.  It's the reverse side of the picture that revealed a clue to some unknown information. 

The sentence "the old block house where grandma Merriam was born",  is the one that stuck out to me.  This could only refer to the birthplace of Catherine Huldah (Tupper) Merriam who was indeed the grandmother to William and Lucy.  Catherine (Tupper) Merriam was the daughter of Col. Benjamin and Martha "Patty" (Putnam) Tupper. Martha (Putnam) Tupper was the daughter of Gen. Rufus Putnam and Persis Rice.  So, due to the inscription on the back of the photo,  I have a pretty good idea where Catherine was born.  Even better,  I can still visit the house to this day!

18 March 2013

A Quest

In researching the role that my ancestor, Cyrus Merriam, played as a conductor on the Underground Railroad in Ohio, I came across an account given by Thomas Gray.  The account was found in Wilbur Siebert papers that are held by the Ohio Historical Society.  In the account, Thomas Gray gives the names of two slaves that he was helping find their way to freedom, Isaac and Anderson.  He also mentions that Isaac and Anderson belonged to a Mary Ann McDonald of Virginia.  

Now for my quest.  I would like to see if I can possibly track Isaac or Anderson to see if they did find their way to freedom.  There isn't much to go on.  Just two names and the name of the owner.  I just feel this need to know.  If I can find the information that I seek, that will be fantastic.  If not, I've gained some knowledge in how to track African-American lineages, something that I have no experience with.  So I see it as a win-win situation either way!

17 March 2013

Scrap Day Sunday

The William Eldon VanSant Family ca. 1920.

Today's offering is a photograph of the the William and Julia (Baldwin) VanSant family.  This photograph would have been taken sometime around 1920.  I'm basing this on the fact that my great grandfather Merlin, who was born in 1909,  seems to be about 8 or 9 years old in the photo.  The photo was most likely taken on Williams farm near Spruce, Bates, MO.  Below is a key which identifies everyone.  


10 March 2013

Scrap Day Sunday

Funeral Card for Joshua Lawrence Dickerson
Today I'm sharing another funeral home card.  This is for Joshua Lawrence Dickerson.  He was born on 3 June 1828 in Kentucky to William and Esther (Rice) Dickerson.  He married Catherine Cynthia Ann Collins on 23 November 1854 in Macon County, IL.  

The Joshua and Cynthia (Collins) Dickerson Family.  Standing left to right;  Alice Arabella, Lawrence Leander, Charles Richard and Mary Ellen.  Seated left to right:  Margaret Leolla, Joshua Lawrence, Catherine Cynthia Ann and Rosa Dickerson.

 Joshua and Cynthia had three other children who were not included in this picture.  Andrew Jackson, Thomas Hamilton, and John W Dickerson.  

 Joshua passed away on 2 Feb 1912 in Charlotte Township, Bates County, MO.  He is buried in Virginia Cemetery in rural Bates County, MO.  

The Dickerson headstone located at Virginia Cemetery.

08 March 2013

Funeral Card Friday

This is actually the funeral home card for 4th great-grandfather Nicholas Adams.  It actually contains a lot of information.  Besides when and where he was born, it also lists the exact time of death.  The funeral was held on 26 January 1904 at 3PM at his residence in Charlotte Township, MO.  

Nicholas Adams

03 March 2013

Scrap Day Sunday: Grandma Rosie's Stories

Anna Rose (Lincet) Ayres with daughter Pearl.

Anna Rose (Lincet) Ayres, my great-great grandmother, is by far one of the most fascinating ancestors that I have.  At least to me she is.  I never knew Anna or Grandma Rosie as everyone called her.  She died several years before I was born.  Even after researching her line, I'm no closer to knowing much about her.  What I know I have gleaned from older relatives and a few scant records that I have come across.  So her aura of mystery remains for me.  

Anna was born in the year 1879 in Clear Lake, Cerro Gordo, Iowa to Christ and Lena Lincet.  Her parents were of Norwegian descent.  Anna married Robert Buenos Ayres on 23 September 1899 in Jackson County, MO.  On her marriage certificate to Buenos her maiden name is listed as Lane not Lincet(a source of many a headache).   Anna and Buenos had 6 children before Buenos died in 1916.  This left Anna to raise 6 children on her own and times were not always easy.  

Grandma Rosie was a bit of a bohemian type.  She liked to paint and would paint on whatever she could find to paint on.  She would also tell your fortune by reading cards or reading the tea leaves. She also liked to write stories.  I recently came across some of these stories in my grandmother's things.  They are short stories and seemed to be geared toward children.  Many of them are not complete.  So here is the first page from "For I Need You" by Anna Rose Ayres.  I think she would be thrilled to know that her stories were floating around in cyberspace!

"For I Need You" by Anna Rose Ayres, page 1.

01 March 2013

Funeral Card Friday

 Today's funeral card is that of my great grandmother Ruby Collins (Dickerson) Grimes.  She was the daughter of Lawrence Leander and Lillie May (Vermillion) Dickerson.  She so detested her middle name that she used the letter "D" instead of Collins.  Collins was her paternal grandmother's last name.  Why she hated it, I don't know. 

Ruby Collins (Dickerson) Grimes as a young girl.