Sibling Saturday: The Hammons Sisters

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Kate was my paternal great grandmother. These three weren’t the only children in the family, but I was struck by these two pictures because of their similarities.

Hammons Sisters

Hammons Sisters 2

Sibling Saturday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. There’s often a special connection between siblings in a family. Tell their stories on Sibling Saturday. Blogging prompt suggested by Susan Mosey of Ancestry Binders.

Ancestor Spotlight: Elizabeth Maria LAUB Beck

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Elizabeth Maria LAUB Beck

My Adoptive 3x Great GrandmotherElizabeth Beck

My Adoptive 3x Great Grandmother
Elizabeth Beck

Elizabeth Maria Laub was born on June 2, 1797, in Darmstadt, Germany. She arrived in New York, New York, on August 1, 1832, at the age of 33. The ship she traveled on was called the Anne and Emilie; she boarded in Bremen, Germany and disembarked in New York, New York, United States. She is listed on the passenger manifest as a servant. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 for Elisabeth Laub

From New York she traveled to Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. She had four sons and one daughter with Nicholas Beck between 1834 and 1844. Leonard Rhinehart Beck (1834-1905), Peter Beck (1836-1923), Nicholas Beck (1838-1930), Adam Beck (1840-1929) [my 2nd great grandfather], and Mary Polly Beck (1844-1924).

She is listed on these census records for Burnside Township in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania: 1860, 1870, 1880, & 1900.

CelebrationA huge party was held in honor of her 100th birthday. Click the image to the right to read the article written about the event.

She died on August 6, 1900, in Burnside, Pennsylvania, at the age of 103.

It would have been a joy to attend that birthday party. My grandfather was not quite two years old when she died so he never passed down any stories about her. The fragments I’ve discovered have lead me to think she must have been an incredible woman.

I still have many unanswered questions about her. Why did she leave Germany, alone at the age of 33? Was she a servant of one of the passengers on the Anne and Emilie? Who were her parents? Did she have siblings? How did she meet Nicholas Beck? Where is she buried? Does she have a grave marker?

If you know the answers to any of my questions, I’d love for you to comment.

Happy researching!

Tombstone Tuesday: Calhoun, Grover C. & M. Hazel BAKER

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Mary Hazel BAKER Calhoun was my maternal grand aunt (sister of my maternal grandfather.Brannon Mountain Cemetery, Madison County, Arkansas.

Mary Hazel BAKER Calhoun was my maternal grand aunt (sister of my maternal grandfather.
Brannon Mountain Cemetery, Madison County, Arkansas.

Aunt Hazel died during childbirth, twins. They are buried with her.

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Sibling Saturday: Children of Adam Beck

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Adam Beck with Children

Adam Beck was my adoptive 2nd great grandfather. He is pictured here with his children: Zelma Leona BECK Armstrong, Gordon Leroy Beck, Wallace Irwin Beck, Florence Vandalia BECK Yeager, and Mary Amanda BECK Fry. (Mary Amanda was my adoptive grandmother). (A huge thanks to Debra Kabinier for sharing this photo on Ancestry.com)

Names are a tradition in my paternal adoptive line. My adoptive grandfather’s name was Gordon, named for his uncle. Adam married Hannah IRWIN, hence Wallace’s middle name. The tradition for naming children after siblings is very evident in the Fry line. It has been interesting and frustrating at times putting the pieces together. Even uncommon names like Ressie or Avonel make things difficult. You must always pay attention to dates while researching genealogy, but when dealing with names that are passed down from generation to generation it’s even more important.

Sibling Saturday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. There’s often a special connection between siblings in a family. Tell their stories on Sibling Saturday. Blogging prompt suggested by Susan Mosey of Ancestry Binders.

A Genealogists Plea: Help Me Unravel Ella Mae JOHNSON Stone’s Lineage

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As I’ve plundered the treasure trove of pictures and news clippings from my adoptive grandparent’s belongings, several items stood out. They’ve provided a bit of mystery and the genealogist in me wants to solve those mysteries.

Ella Mae JOHNSON Stone

Ella Mae JOHNSON Stone (click photo for larger version)

Here’s a good place to start:

<—-My adoptive great grandmother, Ella Mae JOHNSON Stone was born on December 4, 1883 in Fannin County, Texas. She died May 5, 1963 in Amarillo, Potter, Texas. I can find nothing about her before she married Arthur Stone. I've checked census records online, but am thinking I'll need to go to Texas to get any real traction.

However, I've found a few pictures that I consider pieces of the puzzle and am hoping some of you might recognize them.

The first one is of Ella Mae's brother. A name is written on the back, but you can tell that someone used glue or another substance to hold it in place in a frame and most of the name has been peeled off. I can tell the last name is Johnson. Bebe had a note with the photo which reads…

Uncle D?? Johnson & sons Cedric & Jessie. Mothers Bro. (I can’t make out the first name. It could be Dew, Daw or Dau.)

Do you recognize this man?

Ella Mae Johnson's Brother

There were two more photos with the note. One is of Cedric Johnson, it has his name on the back and says, ‘Nephew of Mother’

Cedric Johnson

The last photo is of (I’m assuming) Cedric and Jessie Johnson. The fella in the car looks like the fella in the above picture.

Cedric & Jessie Johnson

So, do any of these men look familiar to you? Do you know anything about the parents and siblings of Ella Mae JOHNSON? If so, please leave a comment. I’d love to learn more about this line of my tree.

Tombstone Tuesday: Irwin, John Calvin

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John Calvin Irwin, my 2nd great grand uncle Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Sumter, Georgia, USA

John Calvin Irwin, my 2nd great grand uncle
Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Georgia, USA

John Irwin died during the Civil War on July 8, 1864. The official cause of death is listed as debilitas. It’s unknown whether the weakness was caused from a disease such as scurvy or dysentery or if he fell into a depression.

At this time in the war, Georgia was being bludgeoned by the Atlanta campaign. I’d rather not imagine the conditions the soldiers lived in, let alone the battles.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Herr, Rodney D.

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My Second Cousin

Rodney D. Herr
My adoptive second cousin
Saint Anthony’s Cemetery, Hereford, Deaf Smith, Texas, USA

I found information about this part of my family during our move. The news clipping below helped me connect dots that I’d struggled with before. I have by no means exhausted my research on the Herrs. Rodney had 12 siblings! Lots to discover, yet.

(clicking the images will bring up larger versions)

News Clipping: Rodney Herr

If you have your own genealogy or family history related blog, you can participate in Tombstone Tuesday. What is it?

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Tombstone Tuesday: Beck, Adam & Hannah

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My adoptive paternal 2x great-grandparents East Ridge Cemetery Westover, Clearfield, PA

My adoptive paternal 2x great-grandparents
East Ridge Cemetery
Westover, Clearfield, PA

Researching the adoptive branches of my tree has been a roller coaster ride. Most of the time it feels like I’m climbing toward the sky with nothing but anticipation for what’s to come and then suddenly find myself inundated with information and it’s dizzying, just like the loopdy loops of the amusement park ride.

Last week a volunteer at Find A Grave fulfilled my request for a photo of Adam Beck’s tombstone. The genealogist in me became giddy. So thank you, Connie Sutton, for this wonderful piece of my ancestry memorabilia.