Monday, April 13, 2015

Today in My Family History: Week 15-- one day late

 Monday, April 6, 2015

In Loving Memory, May they Rest in Peace:

~Sarah Pearson (1795-1866)
My 5th Great Grandmother
She DIED on April 6, 1866.
She would have been 220!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wishing a very Happy Birthday to: 

~My Aunt- a "Living Jeckering"-- 60 years old

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

In Loving Memory, May they Rest in Peace:

~Urban Lawrence Brinkman (1900-1982)
My 1st Cousin, 3x Removed
He DIED on April 8, 1982.
He would have been 115!

~Johann Jeckering (1715-1719)
My 6th Great Grand Uncle
He was BORN on April 8, 1715.
He would have been 300!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Friday, April 10, 2015


Saturday, April 11, 2015

In Loving Memory, May they Rest in Peace:

~William A. Watson (1844-1919)
My 3rd Great Grandfather
He DIED on April 11, 1919.
He would have been 171!

~Mary Lydia Mendenhall (1875-1946)
My 2nd Great Grand Aunt
She was BORN on April 11, 1875.
She would have been 140! 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

In Loving Memory, May they Rest in Peace: 

~Mary Julia Heider (1902-1971)
My 1st Cousin, 3x Removed.
She was BORN on April 12, 1902.
She would have been 113!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Week 47: John Mildenhall (1858-1858)

There are many John Mendenhall/Mildenhall's in my tree: here is another one- a poor child who only lived 5 weeks:

John Mildenhall- my 6th cousin, 6x removed

Born: 27 Oct 1858 in Kensington, London, England

Parents: Jason Johnson Mildenhall (1828-1864) & 
              Dinah Coates (1823-1889)

1. William (1851-1883)
2. Alice Mary (1854-1934)
3. Jane (1856-1935)

4. Elizabeth Louisa (1860-1931)

According to other members on, John had a condition called hydrocephalus-- here's some information on this condition: 

Hydrocephalus is a brain condition that gets its name from the Greek work for water (meaning "hydro") and head (meaning "cephalus"). It occurs when the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF)--the clear, water-like fluid that surrounds and cushions the brain and spinal cord--is unable to drain from the brain.

I did a Google search of what this condition looks like and the results are pretty horrific and just devastating- it looks like it definitely varies in severity from person-to-person. 

Here is a picture via

I can imagine in 1858, there was no chance of a child surviving this condition which breaks my heart! Today, there are ways to treat this- which is wonderful news! You can read more about it Here if you're interested! 

Poor Baby John died at 5 weeks old on 03 Dec 1858. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 46- Clara M. Jeckering (1863-1957)

Clara M. Jeckering - My 2nd Great Grand Aunt

Born: 22 Sep 1863 in Dayton, Ohio

Parents: Gerhard Jeckering (1929-1898) &
              Maria Elisabeth Kluneman (1830-1912)

1. John F. Jeckering (1855-1941)
2. Mary Jeckering (1857-1892)
3. Mary Wilhemina Jeckering (1860-1913)
4. Elizabeth Jeckering (1861-1957)
5. Joseph Herman Jeckering (1870-1931)
6. Rose Margaret Jeckering (1874-1936)


1880 (age 17): 1011 E. Third Street
                         Dayton, Ohio

1900 (age 36): Bath, Greene, Ohio

1910 (age 46): Bath, Greene, Ohio

1920 (age 56): Willow Springs Pike- Farm
                          Bath, Greene, Ohio

1930 (age 67): 89 Sand Hill Rd. 
                          Bath, Greene, Ohio

1940 (age 77): 125 yellow Springs Rd.
                          Bath, Greene, Ohio


Clara married Francis Xaiver "Frank" Heider around 1886 in Ohio.

Frank Heider
b. Oct 1860 in Ohio
d. 1951 in Xenia, Greene, Ohio
Son of: Adam Heider (1824-1911) & Mary Wingerter (1838-?)

Clara and Frank had 10 Children:

1. Mary W. "Minnie" Heider (1886-1973)
2. Anna Josephine Heider (1888-1981)
3. Beatrice K. Heider (Jan 1892-?)
4. Carl Herman Heider (1894-1980)
5. Marie Claire Heider (1896-1991)
6. Frank J. (1898-1971)
7. Louis Gerhart (1899-1978)
8. Charles Adam "Adam" Heider (1902-1996)
9. Ellen E. (1906-1999)
10. Gertrude C. (1908-?) 

Clara died on 30 Jan 1957 in Dayton, Ohio. She was 93 Years old. She is buried in Saint Brigid Cemetery in Xenia, Greene, Ohio.

Today in my Family History: Week 14

Monday, March 30, 2015-  Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Thursday, April 02, 2015

A Very Happy Birthday to: 

~My 1st Cousins Wife: a "Living Mendenhall"-- 49 Years Old

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Louis Heinrich Brinkman (1866-1922)
My 2nd Great Grand Aunt's Husband
He DIED on April 02, 1922.
He would have been 149!

~Heinrich Jeckering (1764-1767)
My 5th Great Grand Uncle
He was BORN on April 02, 1764.
He would have been 251!!

Friday, April 03, 2015

A Very Happy Birthday to: 

~My Uncle- a "Living Jeckering"--61 Years Old

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Irene Marie Jeckering (1897-1911)
My 1st Cousin, 3x Removed
She DIED on April 03, 1911.
She would have been 118!

~Ramond Herman Brinkman (1924-2005)
My 2nd Cousin, 2x Removed
He DIED on April 03, 2005.
He would have been 91.

~Johann Theodor Jeckering (1825-1983)
My 3rd Great Grand Uncle
He was BORN on April 03, 1825.
He would have been 190!

~Johann Jeckering (1762-1767)
My 5th Great Grand Uncle
He was BORN on April 03, 1762.
He would have been 253!!

~Elizabeth Maris (1665-1691)
My 10th Great Grandmother
She was BORN on April 03, 1665.
She would have been 350!!!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

A Very Happy Birthday to: 

~Me!~ 31 Years Old

~My Sister- a "Living Jeckering"-- 31 Years old 

~My 1st Cousin's Wife- a "Living Jeckering"--29 Years Old

In Loving Memory, May they Rest in Peace: 

~Rose Margaret Jeckering (1874-1936)
My 2nd Great Grand Aunt
She was BORN on 04 Apr 1874.
She would have been 141!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

A Very Happy Birthday to: 

~My 1st Cousin, 1x Removed- a "Living Branham"- 66 Years Old

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun- When I was Young

Today is my 31st birthday! I thought Randy (From Genea-Musings)'s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun's topic is appropriate for my birthday--- here's the link: When I was Young. This should be fun!! His challenge is to do only questions 1-5 of the original post by Geneablogger Alona Tester, but I thought I'd do the whole 25 questions:

Here's Mine:

1. Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby?

I have lots of pictures and then I have one of my first pairs of shoes- with a little baby lift on them! :)

2. Do you know if you were named after anyone? 

I was named after the 1969 song "Carrie Anne" by The Hollies. Here's a link to the song:

Carrie Anne by The Hollies

3. And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you?

I was told that if I hadn't been named Carrie, another option was Brooke...

4. What is your earliest memory?

I think one of my earliest memories is living in Round Rock Texas when I was in Kindergarten (around 1989)-- I remember we would get to school earlier, go to the Library and watch Gummi Bears! LOL I don't know if this was a usual event, but it was definitely memorable!

5. Did your parent/s (or older siblings) read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of these?

I remember my dad would always read me the "Piggy Book".

6. When you were young, do you remember what it was that you wanted to grow up to be?

I wanted to be a doctor.

7. Did you have a favorite teacher at school?

My favorite teacher in elementary school was Mrs. Keir (Spelling?), Middle school was Mr. Davidson and then High School was Mrs. Hahn.

8. How did you get to school?

I rode the bus or walked-- varied because we moved a lot.

9. What games did playtime involve?

We did a lot of Hide-n-Seek and Tag.

10. Did you have a cubby house?

I'm assuming this question means a club house??? LOL We had a couple different ones. My sister and I had one that I think my dad built for us when we lived in Texas- it was too big to take with us when we moved to Arizona. Then, in Arizona, we had a silly playhouse that I remember being in an old chicken coup that our neighbor had. The thought grosses me out now, but I remember it being pretty cool.

11. What was something you remember from an early family holiday?

Just that my mom would always wrap our presents with paper and then put numbers on them rather than names so that we wouldn't sneak into them!

12. What is a memory from one of your childhood birthday's or Christmas?

One earlier birthday I remember living in Texas, so maybe it was my sister and my 5th birthday? I remember it being at a park and I got a pair of fancy gloves to keep warm- but it wasn't like normal gloves, it was- I don't know the name of it- one giant tube of material that you put both hands into facing each other-- hard to describe.

13. What childhood injuries do you remember?

I didn't really get hurt a lot--- I just had a lot of surgeries....

14. What was your first pet?

I remember my first pet that was ONLY mine was a white bunny named Kristi!

15. Did your grandparents, or older relatives tell you stories of "when I was young...?"

No, none that I can remember.

16. What was entertainment when you were young?

Games like hide-n-seek, tag, riding bikes, going to parks, swimming, listening and taping music off the radio, playing nintendo, TGIF on ABC :)

17. Do you remember what it was like when your family got a new fangled invention (ie. telephone, TV, VCR, Microwave, Computer)? 

I remember when we got our first computer-- I think I was in the 5th grade or around there--- my mom was on it a lot...she liked to play games and go into the chat rooms. She would always get mad if we picked up the phone and kicked her off line! LOL

18. Did you family have a TV? Was it B&W or Color? And how many channels did you get?

We had a color TV-- I don't know how many channels it had but we had one in the living room and I think one in my parents room...I think.

19. Did you family move house when you were young? Do you remember it?

We moved a lot and I remember most of them-- not gonna list the addresses or how many times we moved, but I'll list the states-- from Birth to 18, I moved from Ohio to Texas to Arizona.

20. Was your family involved in any natural disasters happening during your childhood?

Nope- none.

21. Is there any particular music that when you hear it, sparks a childhood memory?

Whenever I heard "oldies" music- 50s and 60s, I think of sitting out in lawn chairs with my dad-- he would be doing something in the garage or reading a car magazine and my sister and I would be reading magazines or books.

22. What is something that an older family member taught you to do?

Nothing that I can think of--- the only older family members that I was really around were my parents...

23. What are brands that you remember from when you were a kid?

We didn't really buy a lot of brand-name things--- So I don't know.

24. Did you used to collect anything?

I went through a lot of collections- Stickers, Bears, Lurlene McDaniel Books, Angel Figurines, pogs.

25. Share your favorite childhood memory. 

My childhood wasn't really happy-- I just remember having a lot of surgeries and going to school...but one of my favorite ones is when my best friend Mandy and my sister Nicole would go to the park and pretend that we were triplets- My sister and I are actually twins- but mandy liked to pretend that she was our triplet. One time when we went to a park we didn't really go to very often, we actually convinced a family that we were triplets and that our mom was a quadruplet ( or something like that) LOL-- we were little liars!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Honeymooners Found Dead

I have been researching extended branches of my tree to find distant cousins. During this search, I stumbled upon Dawna Gay Mendenhall. She was my 6th cousin, 5x removed. I had researched information about her parents before, but had nothing on her except a name and birth date. So, the past couple of days, I decided to find more about Dawna and I found a TON.

Dawna was born on 03 Feb 1935 in Mapleton, Utah, Utah. She graduated from Springville High School, attended Brigham Young University and was working in Salt Lake City when she became betrothal to Marion Henry Cluff "Mario". Mario was the son of Spencer Marion Cluff (1903-1966) and Nina Hannah Porter (1909-1979). 

Dawna and Mario married 16 Sep 1955 in Salt Lake City, had a reception on 17 Sep and then left for their honeymoon to Yosemite park and San Francisco. During their trip, they stopped in Nevada at a motel called the Verdi Motel. This was a fairly new motel- within a year of just having been built. The heaters hadn't even been used yet. The couple checked in at 5 am and it must have been chilly because they turned on the heaters and went to sleep. The young couple never woke. They were found the next day by the motel owner- Lester Mylan. 

It was discovered later that there was no inspection on the new motel and that the gas from the heater did not release to the outside air, but rather, through a cinder block back into the room! This is so completely tragic and breaks my heart that this young married couple, who are just starting their lives together basically suffocated to death in their sleep. Dawna was only 20 years old and her husband of only 3 days was 22 years old. 

Three years later on 21 May 1958, it was announced in the Daily Herald (Utah County, Utah) that the parents of the young couple accepted an out-of-court settlement form the motel owners- Lester C. and Margaret E. Mylan. It didn't disclose the amount of the settlement, but that it was "substantial". 

Dawna Gay Mendenhall 
03 Feb 1935 Mapleton, Utah, Utah
19 Sep 1955 Verdi, Washoe, Nevada

Marion Henry "Mario" Cluff 
07 Dec 1932 Provo, Utah, Utah
19 Sep 1955 Verdi, Washoe, Nevada

Dawna and Mario are buried in Provo City Cemetery in Provo, Utah, Utah- Block 8, Lot 71C. 

Here are several newspaper articles I found this tragic story from-- thanks to the Provo Library!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Today in my Family History- Week 13

 Monday, March 23, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Evelyn Mary Brinkman (1917-2010)
My 2nd Cousin, 2x Removed
She was BORN on March 23, 1917.
She would have been 98.

 Tuesday, March 24, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Louis Gerhard Brinkman (1886-1980)
My 1st Cousin, 3x Removed
He DIED on March 24, 1980.
He would have been 129!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Mary Wilhelmina Jeckering (1860-1913)
My 2nd Great Grand Aunt
She was BORN on March 25, 1860.
She would have been 155! 

 Thursday, March 26, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Richard Louis Brinkman (1918-2004)
My 2nd Cousin, 2x Removed
He was BORN on March 26, 1918.
He would have been 97.

~Anna Catherina Lobker (1779-1929)
My 5th Great Grandmother
She DIED on March 26, 1829.
She would have been 236!!

 Friday, March 27, 2015

In Loving Memory- May they Rest in Peace:

~Harry John Brinkman (1889-1977)
My 1st Cousin, 3x Removed
He was BORN on March 27, 1889.
He would have been 126!

~Jacob Mendenhall (1862-1914)
My 3rd Great Grand Uncle
He DIED on March 27, 1914.
He would have been 153!

 Saturday, March 28, 2015


 Sunday, March 29, 2015