Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday's Portrait- Frank and Ollie Seaver

Today's Portrait:

Frank Buchanon Seaver 
b. 14 Nov 1856 in Patriot, Indiana
d. 20 Feb 1936 in Tipton County, Indiana


Harriett Olive "Ollie" (Watson) Seaver
b. 14 Oct 1856 in Clinton County, Indiana
d. 03 Jun 1915 in Tipton County, Indiana

Frank and Ollie don't look very happy in this picture- Frank looks angry and Ollie looks upset or even bored. I love the classic clothing and Ollie's hair! It also appears that they're outside, which I find surprising (I don't know why).

How I'm related to Frank and Ollie:

~Carrie Smith (me)
~My parents
~Harold Earl Mendenhall (1916-1989) & Helen Ruth Seaver (1923-1981)
~Otto Watson Seaver (1901-1972) & Ruby Mae Henderson (1901-1990)
~Frank B. Seaver and Harriett Watson-
              my 2nd great grandparents

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sharing Memories (Week 2): Winter Activities

52 Weeks of Sharing Memories
A Challenge seen on:
The Olive Tree Genealogy

This week's memory is Winter Activities. Really, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of winter is Christmas and snow. 

When I was in the 1st grade, we moved from Round Rock, Texas to Humboldt, Arizona. I didn't know it even snowed in Arizona, but that first winter, it snowed...and it snowed A LOT! (at least from a small person's perspective!). I remember my sister and I romping through it, the snow crunching underneath our feet. I don't know who came up this idea, but we grabbed bowls from the kitchen, filled them with snow and topped our frozen treat with red Kool-Aid. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Mappy Monday- Ramsbury, England

Thomas Mildenhall III (1630-1682), my 11th great grandfather, was born in Marridge Hill, England, married in Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England, and buried in Ramsbury, England. 

Ramsbury England

Ramsbury, England is a parish in the English county of Wiltshire.The population (2001 census) is 1,969. The earliest written history of Ramsbury can be traced back to 909 AD. 

Ramsbury, England

Sites and popularity:

~Holy Cross church yard (or Church of England parish church of the Holy Cross) dates back to the 13th Century and still stands today. 

This churchyard is where my 11th great grandfather- Thomas Mildenhall III is buried. I would love to go visit someday so that I can see his grave.

There is also a local ghost story: according to local legend, if you count the hundred studs on the north door at midnight, it will open and the ghost of 'Wild' William Darrell of Littlecote House will come out. 

William Darrell of Littlecote (1539-1589) was an English Member of Parliament for the constituency of Downton in 1572. The whole story can be read here: Littlecote House.

~Littlecote Roman Villa (or Littlecote House)- a large Elizabethan county house and estate in Ramsbury. The estate includes 34 acres of historic parklands and gardens, including a walled garden from the 17th and 18th centuries. It was built during the 13th century.

Front of the House

Back of the House

~Fairs- Since the Middle Ages, Ramsbury has held an annual fair. During the middle ages, they held two- a Cattle Fair and a Hiring Fair- or Mop Fair-. The Cattle Fair ceased in 1939. Today, all the fairs have been replaced by a biennial Street Fair which takes place between the Square and the Memorial Hall. 

~The Tree- For centuries, Ramsbury was famous for a tree- a large wych-elm which stood at the Square. The tree is mentioned in a report in 1751. By the 1920's, it started dying.It eventually died in 1983 of Dutch Elm Disease, which had killed many trees. An Oak Sapling (sponsored by Portman Building Society) was planted to replace the old Tree.

~The Bell at Ramsbury- a restaurant at the Square- SN8 2PE. They serve Breakfast/Brunch- Price range is $19-57. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Night Fun- Ahnentafel Roulette

Another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun thanks to Randy from Genea-Musings-- The challenge is  Play Ahnentafel Roulette:

1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born? Divide this number by 80 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number".

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list. Who is that person and what are his/her vital information?

3) Tell us three facts about the person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number".

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment on this blog post. 

Here's mine:

1) One of my great grandfather's was Gerhard Cletus Jeckering and he was born in 1900. When I divide that by 80, it gives me a "Roulette" number of 24 (rounded off). 

2) My 24 in my ancestor name list is Marion Richard Mendenhall (1873-1948). He was my 2nd great grandfather. He married Louella Ida "Ella" Munn (1872-1958) on 12 Aug 1893 in Ohio.

3) Three facts about Marion Richard Mendenhall:

~ Marion, or Mac, had three different occupations that I know of- working in a hardware store (1900), a silversmith (1910), and watch repairman (1930). 

~Marion and his wife Ella had 3 children- Earl Dwight (1894-1972), Treva Delight (1898-1981) and Rhea Marlene (1903-1987).

~Marion died at the age of 74 of heart disease. 

Surname Saturday- Beeson

Today's Surname: Beeson

My 8th great grandmother was Charity Grubb Beeson. She married Mordecai Mendenhall (1713-1803).

Charity Grubb Beeson 
b. 1715  in Concord, Pennsylvania 
d. 20 Sep 1809 in Guilford County, North Carolina

Her parents were: 
Richard Beeson (1684-1777) and Charity Grubb (1687-1761)

The Beeson family came to America between 1682 and 1684 from England by Charity's grandfather- Edward Beeson (1660-1712). Edward was born in June 1660 in Stoke, Lancashire, England.

Edward married Rachel Pennington (1662-1713). 

Beeson Family ancestry: 

Charity Grubb Beeson (1715-1809)
Richard Beeson (1684-1777) & Charity Grubb (1687-1761)
Edward Beeson (1660-1712) & Rachel Pennington (1662-1713)
Thomas Beeson (1634-1665) & Ann Pecke (1638-1725)
William Beeson (1600-1682) & Isabell Jelly (1610- ?)
Edward Beeson (1575- ?) & Hester Hall (1575-1600)
John Beeson (1554- ?) & Margaret Ireland (1528-1594)

The Beeson surname is an English name. Spelling variations include: 
Beeston, Beaston, Beeson, Beason, Beestoun, Beson and more.
In the Domesday Book of 1086, it is recorded as:
Bistone, Bestuna, Bestune, and Bestone. 

Artists in the Family

Paul George Jeckering (1925-1954)-
My Paternal Grandfather



Helen Ruth (Seaver) Mendenhall (1923-1981)-

My Maternal Grandmother


Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Funny

TGIF Everyone! :) 

This more like a fact than a funny, but...still funny! :) 
Does anybody else have this problem? :)