Levi Scott Hubbard

On this day in 1905, Levi Scott HUBBARD passed away. He was my paternal 4th great grandfather. I wrote about his wife here. As I noted in that previous post, it appears this family subscribed to the Campbellite faith (Church of Christ).

A photo of Levi and his wife, Indiana, in their later years.


Levi’s obituary appeared in the 2 March 1905 edition of the Bethany Republican newspaper. It stated that Levi died at his home at the age of 88. It also provided information that Levi was an old settler and very respected in the community. I haven’t gotten to see the actual obituary- I’m working off a transcription from another researcher and I haven’t been able to find my own copy. According to the other researcher, the cause of death was “a stroke of paralysis”. Levi never quite recovered after the stroke. His funeral was conducted by Elder Johnson and he was buried at Hoffman Cemetery in Eagleville, Harrison County, Missouri. A notation on the FindAGrave website states that no marker currently exists for Levi.

Levi made at least three appearances as a witness for friends and family testifying that he was acquainted with them and their situation. The first record of his official testimony was dated 15 June 1863 when he appeared on behalf of his widowed daughter, Mariah Jane HUBBARD HUFFMAN. Her husband, Hiram HOFFMAN, contracted measles while serving in the War of 1861 (now called the Civil War) and died. Levi testified that she was Hiram’s widow and that she had children under the age of 16 living with her that depended on her for their care including her daughter with Hiram (Adeline) and the son (James B. HUFFMAN) of Hiram and his first wife. At the time of the affidavit, Adeline was 2 and James was 6. In this pension file, both Levi and his wife Nancy (called Indiana) appeared.

Levi appeared before Judge Hesseltine on 2 Feb 1867 on behalf of Mahala Fish, a long-time acquaintance of his and someone to whom he was related by marriage. He testified that she was indeed the widow of William Fish and that her son, Edwin, had been hers and her younger children’s sole source of support until Edwin was wounded and died while serving in the military during the War of 1861. Levi attested to Mrs. Fish’s worldly goods and finances. It was, in part, Levi’s testimony that helped her get a military pension so she could finish raising the 14-year-old child she still had living in her home as well as keep herself alive. It wasn’t just that Levi’s community thought him a good man at his death. Justice of the Peace Horatio F. Hesseltine of Harrison County, Missouri made a statement about Levi in a court document. Judge Hesseltine stated he was personally acquainted with Levi and Levi was “entitled to full faith and credit” of the court to appear as a witness.

On 8 January 1875, Levi went back to court to testify on behalf of Mrs. Fish regarding the same information listed above. By that time, he had known her for more than 18 years, according to his testimony. In this later affidavit, Levi named two of her sons so I’m wondering if both sons were deceased at that point. I’m guessing that being a Campbellite would include a religious obligation to assist widows and orphans but from the way people talked about him, both in life as well as death, I’m guessing he would have helped her no matter his religious convictions.

I love these affidavits because two of them contain Levi’s signature.

Levi’s signatures. His signatures show evidence of aging. The second signature is shakier than the first.

If you have an interest in Levi and you find information that isn’t included on the blog, I’d love for you to share it with everyone. For now, I’m signing off.

Until next time,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives blog

2017 Family History Conference of Northwest Arkansas

I just sent in my syllabus, class description, etc. for the workshop I’m presenting at the 2017 Family History Conference of Northwest Arkansas.  You all should definitely register for the conference.  2017 schedule and registration is live now.  You can register at this link: Family History Conference of Northwest Arkansas Registration.  You get to choose which classes you want to go to but if you change your mind at the last minute you aren’t locked in to the class you chose.  I love this conference for it’s flexibility!  AND DID I MENTION IT’S FREE???

Here is the schedule of classes.  You choose one class per time segment.

You can go see the schedule for yourself at Family History Conference of Northwest Arkansas Class Schedule 2017. I hope to see you all there.  Don’t feel obligated to come to my presentation (although I’d love to see you there).  This is a great opportunity to learn new information and new skills at a local conference.

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Sunday Schedule, Week 8 of 2017

Welcome to Week 8 of 2017!

There are only two scheduled posts this week.  (Next week will be really busy on the blog, though!) This week I’ll be blogging about:

Wednesday February 22nd: Levi HUBBARD, my paternal 4th great grandfather. We’ll be celebrating his death date anniversary.
Friday February 25th: Eliza BELL, my paternal 2nd great grandmother. Eliza’s death date anniversary is the 25th.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the lives of these two people this coming week. In the meantime, enjoy the Sunday snapshot of the week:

These Woodmen of the World gravestones are in Felicity Cemetery in Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio. I photographed them in October of 2015 on a short trip to Ohio to visit Bart (and do a little family history research).  The Longworth’s are not related to us that I know of  –  Bart and I just like the Woodmen gravestones so I frequently photograph them when I see them.  I promised to show some of the Woodmen stones to you when I did Milo’s blog post last week and today I found one of my photographs to show you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend. See you on Wednesday to talk about Levi (or sooner if I get time to do an extra blog post).

Until next time,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Weekend Wrap-Up for Week 7, 2017

Welcome to the weekend! Here are a few updates to previous stories I’ve written.

George PAGE

In researching George’s life, I think I’ve stumbled upon a grandson of George and Ina’s that has been lost to time. I believe the “Mr. and Mrs. Alex Page” in these news articles is the same couple as Alec and Irene BUZZARD PAGE. The dates all work as does the location. The first article is referencing births in the area. The date is off because the article is referencing births that happened in December of 1936. It must have been heartbreaking for the parents to see their son’s birth announcement come out in the paper almost a month after his obituary was published. The second article is this baby’s obituary. This baby would have been born between two of Alec’s boys- Fred and David. I’d love to have input from the PAGE family in regard to my theory about this baby. While we’re talking about PAGE babies- there is a PAGE baby buried at Zena Cemetery in Zena, Delaware County, Oklahoma. Can anyone tell me the identity of this baby?

Birth announcement for George PAGE.

Obituary for George PAGE.  Both articles come from Newspapers.com.


I located some additional information about the woolen mills in Minden, Michigan. There was only one sentence but it indicated a person other than Mr. Leavenworth built a woolen mill in Minden so I thought I would pass on the information. This information comes from the Forestville Bicentennial History found at US Gen Net.

Woolen mill built by Charles Ross.

I did find a couple of bonus goodies while researching Karl’s life.  I’m including this screenshot because I think I remember someone in my husband’s WOLF line marrying a member of the VARTY family. The document also includes a Charles BRUDERICK and I believe this is the Charles BRUDERICK who is my husband’s maternal 3rd great grandfather. I’ll be blogging about him later in the year so I’m hoping this lead pans out and I’ll be able to blog about it later. This screenshot was captured from the Patron Directory page that I linked to in Karl BRUMM’s post earlier this week. The link can also be found at the bottom of the screenshot.

I hope each of you has a great weekend. Come back tomorrow for a peek at next week’s blog schedule and a freebie photo of the week!

Until tomorrow,

Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Karl August BRUMM, Woolen Mill Laborer

I don’t know much about Karl but I will share what I have about him. Karl is my husband’s maternal 3rd great grandfather. Like Bart’s other maternal immigrant ancestors that I’ve written about, Karl is from Saxony- the same area of Prussia (now Germany) that his other immigrant ancestors were from (the ones that I’ve written about so far, that is). The information I’m giving you today is from the 1880 census because that is one of the few documents I have that I feel certain belongs to Karl.

On this date in 1834, Karl August BRUMM was born. He married at the age of 26. He and his wife, Wilhelmina, were married in Saxony. On the 1880 census, Karl was 46 years old. Living with him were his wife, Mina, and his daughters- Pauline, Rosa (Therese Rosa- Bart’s 2nd great grandmother whom I wrote about here), Emma, Anna, and Clara- and his sons- Clemens, Oliver, and George – all of whom were born in Saxony. All of the children attended school except 4-year-old George. In 1880 they were living in Delaware Township, Sanilac County, Michigan.

The story in this census record that is begging to be told is the story about Karl’s occupation. He gave his occupation as “Farmer & works in wool mill”. There were not very many woolen mills in Sanilac County in 1880. In fact, the only woolen mills I found in Delaware Township, where the BRUMM family was living, were the mills in Minden. (This information is from the book, Atlas of Sanilac County, Michigan : containing maps of every township in the county, with village and city plats, and outline map of the county, also maps of Michigan, United States and the world, by E. R. Cookingham, J. S. Randall, J. L. Smith, and L. D. Cookingham found at University of Michigan Library’s digital archives.)

This is a map of the village of Minden from the book mentioned above.

This is an enlarged portion of the map showing the woolen mills.

Business advertisement for Minden Woolen Mill. There were no other ads so I’m assuming that Mr. Leavenworth owned all the woolen mills in Minden. I found no information about how many woolen mills there were but they were all in one place on the map so possibly there were only 2.

I don’t know what job Karl did at the woolen mill but I did find a great video from a woolen mill in Frankenmuth, Michigan that is still in operation. It’s very interesting. I hope you’ll watch it. It talks about how they process wool.

Frankenmuth Michigan woolen mill video.

If you ever get a chance to visit Frankenmuth or Delaware Township in Michigan, you definitely should go. It’s a wonderful summer trip and a beautiful area. I’ve so enjoyed introducing you to Karl and the wool milling process. Be sure to check back on Saturday for the weekend wrap up where I give you any additional information that didn’t make it into the weekly blog posts and on Sunday for next week’s schedule. Happy Friday!!

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

George Benjamin Page, the Pioneer L & Z Miner

George Benjamin PAGE is my husband’s paternal great grandfather.

On this date in 1946, George passed away.

Memories of a Grandson

I asked for my father-in-law’s memories of his grandpa. He said when he was a child (about 9 or 10 years old) he spent the night with George. When it got cold at night, his grandpa George would get up and add wood to the stove. Once his Grandpa George threw some wood in the stove and then jerked the door open again and said, “Oh my goodness!” About the time he said that, the family’s cat jumped out of the wood stove! Apparently the cat had been inside the wood pile for warmth and was carried in with the wood. My father-in-law said his grandpa George and grandma Ina lived in separate places. Ina lived in the house and George lived in a one room cabin separate from Ina’s place. George usually went to Ina’s house for meals.

George’s Childhood

George’s dad (William Benjamin PAGE) died when George was about 6 years old. George’s mom, Rebecca DUKES PAGE, remarried two (or possibly three times) after William died. George had 4 siblings and 1 half-sibling that I know of. George was born and grew up in the state of Kansas. However, by 1899 he was living in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri. In 1899 he married Ina Jane CAWYER in Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri. Ina’s father, David Alexander “Eleck” CAWYER whom I wrote about here) gave his permission for the marriage as noted on the couple’s marriage certificate. Ina was 16 years old when she married George and George was about 24 years old.

Photo of a page from a family Bible found on Ancestry.

George’s Adult Life

In 1900, barely a year after they were married, they were taking care of Mary BURK. Mary is listed as George’s grandmother and is shown to be a widow on this census. George and Ina were still living in Joplin at the time the census taker came. By 1910 they had moved to Boone Township, Wright County, Missouri. George and Ina were living there together with their 5 children. On this census, Ina declared she had given birth to 5 children and all 5 were still living. George’s mom, Rebecca, is living two houses up from them with a DICKINSON family and she is going by the last name PAGE, as opposed to one of her married names (which included FONBURG and WORKMAN).

In 1918, America was heading into World War I. George was required to sign up for the draft. He listed his permanent home address as Tar River, Ottawa County, Oklahoma. He was 43 years old and his occupation was Miner. He was working for Pioneer Lead and Zinc Company.

Pioneer Mine map from US-Mining.

If you are local, your little red flags started waving as soon as you red ‘Tar River’. Tar River is now part of the Superfund site in northeast Oklahoma. You can learn more about the area here and here and here.

Tar River Mining map found at OSU’s Chronicles website.

While we’re talking about maps, do you remember a couple of weeks ago when my mom and I made a trip to Missouri Southern State University to look at their mining maps? Well, if you’d like to see a digital collection of their maps pertaining to Pioneer Mine, you can go here.

Tar River later merged with another mining camp and was renamed Commerce. Commerce is in Ottawa County, Oklahoma. It sits on top of an ore seam. The ore seam marks the merging point of Tar River and Hattonville before they became Commerce. Picher, Ottawa County, Oklahoma and surrounding areas (including Tar River/Commerce) played a large role in World War I. “Over 50 percent of the lead and zinc metal consumed in World War I came from the Picher Field. During the mining boom years more than fourteen thousand men worked in its mines, and another four thousand worked in approximately fifteen hundred mining service businesses. Many of these workers commuted to work using an extensive trolley car system that ran all the way to Carthage, Missouri. In the subsequent years Picher could not attract new industry, because a majority of the real estate belonged to restricted Quapaw heirs and because the town had many mines distributed underneath the surface.” (http://www.abandonedok.com/picher/ You can find more information and photographs at this link also.)

Housing was crude in Tar River. The miners lived in shanties with no indoor plumbing. Here is an old photo of miner housing that I found:

Tar River Housing photo

Below is an article I found in the 1 November 1918 edition of the Baxter Springs News out of Baxter Springs, Kansas, about the Pioneer Mine. An article next to this one in the newspaper talks about the 1918 Flu epidemic and how bad it was in the Picher-Cardin mining area.

Pioneer Mine article, newspapers.com

I’m going to have to wrap up this blog post for today before I have to get out the door to work. George’s WWI draft registration gave a description of him that I want to pass along to you before I go, though. According to his registration, George was tall, had a slender build, and had brown hair and blue eyes. I don’t have a photograph of George to show you so this short description will have to do for today. I have some of my own photos of the Cardin-Picher mining area that I took before the government bought it up, forced everyone out and then fenced it off. I’ll try to find those photos for the weekend wrap-up. I even have some photos of Tar Creek. For now, though, I have to get ready for work. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about George as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. I always enjoy delving into local history, especially where it connects with my family history. I especially love the history of the Picher-Cardin mining area as so many of mine and my husband’s ancestors lived in that area.

Until tomorrow,

Lisa @ Days of Our Lives blog

Though Silent, He Speaks

There are so many great stories about Milo that it was hard to choose which stories to give you now and which to save for later! Milo is Bart’s paternal 2nd great grandfather. Milo is also Lucille DEWITT’s dad. I wrote about Lucille here. Milo married Rebecca BELL. On this date in 1911, at the young age of 48, Milo was laid to rest- one day after he passed away. Today we are celebrating his life.


When the occupation of ‘Postmaster’ showed up on Milo’s 1900 Federal census entry, I was pleasantly surprised. It isn’t every day that you find ‘Postmaster’ listed as an occupation. Records that I’ve been able to find show that Milo was appointed Postmaster at Burgevin, LeFlore County, Oklahoma on 19 October 1895. He held that position until 1898. On 28 April 1898, Emma Simmons took over the Postmaster position in Burgevin. Burgevin Post office was discontinued the same year Ms. Simmons took over. Burgevin was located 17 miles northwest of Spiro, LeFlore County, Oklahoma. It no longer exists as a town as far as I can tell.

1915 map of the area south of the Arkansas River including Spiro and Tucker. This is the general area where Milo lived in 1900.

I’m not sure where Milo was working between 1898 and 1900 but I picked him back up on the 1900 census still working as a Postmaster. I’m trying to narrow down the area where he was living but the closest I can come is this map. He was “south of the Arkansas River” and that’s the best I can tell you. In 1900 he stated he had been married to Rebecca for 17 years. Rebecca stated she had given birth to 7 children and all 7 were still living. There are 7 children living in the home with Milo and Rebecca. Milo’s brother, Ben DEWITT, was also living with the family in 1900.

In the records, I picked up Milo again in 1903 working as Postmaster at the Tucker Post Office in Tucker, LeFlore County, Oklahoma. Tucker is in northwestern LeFlore County, 9 miles northwest of Spiro. In the 1903 record, it shows that Milo was earning $67.46 in wages. I was unable to find any explanation about whether that amount was a yearly or monthly wage. I have been unable to locate any newspaper articles about him that might help complete his story.

Woodmen of the World

Woodmen of the World is a non-profit fraternal benefit society (similar to a Masonic Lodge) founded in 1890 and based in Omaha, Nebraska. The society was founded by Joseph Cullen Root to benefit people working in dangerous jobs such as loggers. Membership wasn’t restricted to loggers and included anyone with a dangerous occupation. The society was originally called Modern Woodmen of America and was based in Lyons, Iowa in 1883. Joseph Root founded the society after hearing a sermon about “pioneer woodsmen clearing away the forest to provide for their families.” Considering his own surname, the topic of the sermon, and how the sermon moved him, Joseph decided he wanted to start a society that “would clear away problems of financial security for its members.” At some point early on there was some internal discord after which Root was kicked out of the organization he founded. When he moved to Omaha he decided to start again with a new group he called the Modern Woodmen of the World. Shortly after, he dropped the word ‘Modern’ from the title and that’s how Woodmen of the World came into existence. In the 1960’s, the organization absorbed some other smaller fraternal organizations such as the United Order of the Golden Cross, Order of Railroad Telegraphers, and New England Order of Protection. Like other fraternal organizations it had an auxiliary for the women. Woodmen of the World’s auxiliary was called Woodmen Circles. Local units were called “Groves”. This auxiliary was absorbed into Woodmen of the World in the 1960’s. There was a spinoff auxiliary but it was re-absorbed by Woodmen of the World in 2001. In addition to the women’s auxiliary there were also organizational units for children- Boys of Woodcraft and Girls of Woodcraft- both of which later became Woodmen Rangers and Rangerettes. In 2015, the organization began marketing itself as WoodmenLife.

For a while, Woodmen of the World played an important role in broadcasting but was eventually forced to get out of this business due to their non-profit status. Johnny Carson got his start on the Woodmen’s station, WOW-TV. Eventually the television station was known as WOWT and was sold to Chronicle Broadcasting. The Woodmen’s radio station call letters were WOAW. Today you can hear the station under the call letters KXSP (1490, a Top 40 Hits station) on the AM dial and KQCH (94.1, a Top 40 Hits station) on the FM dial out of Omaha, Nebraska. If you feel like listening today, you can listen to the station live online at http://www.channel941.com/. Would you prefer to watch a movie? You can catch Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt playing a retired Woodman executive actuary.
Woodmen of the World place high priorities on benefitting their communities and others. They have a strong flag donation program. You can get on their website and check out all their programs. Also on their website, they have a section for the flag and whether it’s flying at full- or half-mast the day you visit the website. They also do special lighting on their huge building in Omaha, Nebraska. You can see their special lighting of the day on their website. Try going to the website on the anniversary of 9/11. They do a 9/11 memorial ceremony each year on the anniversary of 9/11. They are a very patriotic organization.

You can get more detailed history and information about Woodmen of the World at these sites: Woodmen.org or SRJ Archives. I also enjoyed reading this blog post on Woodmen of the World at A Grave Interest blog.

There is one thing they do that Bart and I took notice of years ago even before we knew anything about Woodmen of the World. They have fantastic gravestones. This photo comes from the FindAGrave website.

This is the gravestone for Milo DEWITT. This is not the best photo but it’s the only one I have right now.

I love this stone! It’s a Woodmen of the World gravestone. The organization wanted to ensure that “no Woodmen shall rest in an unmarked grave.” The stones could be personalized to a certain degree and there is a good variety of stones that I’ve seen in cemeteries around the country. One thing I love about Milo’s stone is that he opted to have the Woodmen emblem and motto on his stone. The motto is in Latin and reads, “Dum Tacet Clamet” which means, “Though silent, he speaks”.

There is much more I’d like to tell you about Milo but I’ll save that for October when we celebrate his birthday. Maybe on another day this week I will post some other Woodmen stones we’ve found over the years because they are just that cool! I want today to be about Milo though, so I’m only posting his today. One more interesting fact…Joseph Root, the Woodmen founder, declared June 6th of each year to be “Woodmen Memorial Day”. He declared that on this day especially, Woodmen who had died should be remembered and honored. When a Woodman died, Woodmen organizations held “remembrance celebrations”- a parade of members marched to the cemetery where the deceased member’s Woodmen tombstone would be unveiled and dedicated in a special ceremony held by the local lodge. I do hope Milo got a remembrance celebration. I hope this year that each of you can plan a special celebration on June 6th in remembrance of our very own Woodman, Milo DEWITT. Even more than that though, I hope each of you will take the time today to celebrate and enjoy the living loved ones God has placed in your lives. Don’t save the biggest and best celebrations for when they die. Enjoy your people NOW while they are living. Love on them, hug and kiss them, leave no doubt that you love them dearly. Tomorrow isn’t a guarantee for any of us. You can’t go wrong with love. Love and hugs to all of you from me!

Until next time,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Sunday Schedule, Week 7 of 2017

We are in week 7 of 2017!! It seems like time goes faster every year! I’m doing three “guaranteed” posts this week. Here’s the schedule:

Monday February 13th: Milo DEWITT’s death date anniversary is on this date. Milo is Bart’s paternal 2nd great grandfather.

Thursday February 16th: George PAGE’s death date anniversary is on this date. George is Bart’s paternal great grandfather.

Friday February 17th: Karl BRUMM’s birth date occurs on this date. Karl is Bart’s maternal 3rd great grandfather.

So, if you’re Bart’s family- it’s going to be a great week for you! Also, if you’re Bart’s family and you have any stories about these people please send the stories, photos, etc. ASAP! The more you contribute the better the post is for everyone.

For my family, I will try to throw in an extra post this week so you all have something to read that “belongs” to you. Also for my family, a look-ahead for the week after- I’ll be posting about Levi HUBBARD and Eliza BELL WILLIAMS. If you have any stories, photos, etc.- please start gathering those now to send to me.

This weekend has been so unusually warm and nice. It made me think of Florida. So here’s your photo of the week:

The last time DeReK was on vacation with Bart, Shaina, and I. Top left- Bart and I on a day to the beach near Pensacola. Bottom left- Shaina and I before a Friday night swing dance. Right- Derek and Shaina before a Friday night swing dance

Enjoy your weekend!

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Sunday Schedule, Week 7 of 2017

We are in week 7 of 2017!! It seems like time goes faster every year! I’m doing three “guaranteed” posts this week. Here’s the schedule:

Monday February 13th: Milo DEWITT’s death date anniversary is on this date. Milo is Bart’s paternal 2nd great grandfather.

Thursday February 16th: George PAGE’s death date anniversary is on this date. George is Bart’s paternal great grandfather.

Friday February 17th: Karl BRUMM’s birth date occurs on this date. Karl is Bart’s maternal 3rd great grandfather.

So, if you’re Bart’s family- it’s going to be a great week for you! Also, if you’re Bart’s family and you have any stories about these people please send the stories, photos, etc. ASAP! The more you contribute the better the post is for everyone.

For my family, I will try to throw in an extra post this week so you all have something to read that “belongs” to you. Also for my family, a look-ahead for the week after- I’ll be posting about Levi HUBBARD and Eliza BELL WILLIAMS. If you have any stories, photos, etc.- please start gathering those now to send to me.

This weekend has been so unusually warm and nice. It made me think of Florida. So here’s your photo of the week:

The last time DeReK was on vacation with Bart, Shaina, and I. Top left- Bart and I on a day to the beach near Pensacola. Bottom left- Shaina and I before a Friday night swing dance. Right- Derek and Shaina before a Friday night swing dance

Enjoy your weekend!

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Weekend Wrap-Up #6 and a SURPRISE!

It’s the weekend! YAY! I haven’t been able to do much extra research for a couple of weeks now but I’m thankful for Becky who was able to do a little extra research this week and share it with us. Also, be sure to read to the end because there’s a big surprise at the end of the wrap-up!


Becky and I are looking into whether or not Sarah was a midwife. We may never know definitively but we’re trying. Rebecca WORK, who was at two of the three births documented in my post earlier this week, was also recorded as being at other families’ births in the same locale. I’m fairly certain Rebecca was a midwife. My question comes in whether or not Sarah was a midwife or midwife-in-training (or neither).

Fold3 record from Becky- one of the records showing Rebecca was present at the delivery of the HOBBS children.

Becky and I have also both questioned whether or not that is really Sarah on the 1870 Mortality schedule. Something’s going on- we’re just not sure what. There is a Sarah living with Nicholas and his children in 1880.

So the timeline goes like this:
1870 Mortality schedule- Sarah dies of consumption.
1870 Federal census- Nicholas and children are censused without Sarah.
1880 Federal census- Nicholas and children are censused with Nicholas’ wife, Sarah.

So, is this a second wife named Sarah? Was Sarah, for some reason, mistakenly assumed dead or mistakenly censused as dead in 1870? We don’t’ know all the answers yet but we’re still looking so there may be a future update on Sarah.


I have no updates yet on these two women. My husband’s Uncle Gerry is in the process of sending me copies of some records so there will, at some point, be an update on Lucille. For now, there is no new information to post.

John WILLIAMS- I forgot him!

When I posted the week’s schedule last Sunday I completely forgot to add in John WILLIAMS, my paternal 3rd great grandfather! John was born on this date in McKeesport, Illinois. You will never find this place on a map. I’m not sure where it is, actually. The information I have on his birth comes from his obituary and gravestone as well as this biographical piece in Historical Review of Arkansas: Its Commerce, Industry and Modern Affairs, Volume 3 by Fay Hempstead.

Biography of Edgar WILLIAMS, son of John WILLIAMS.

John was “a highly respected citizen of Roubidoux” in Texas County, Missouri. This was reported by the local paper in 1904. (The Houston Herald, 8 Sep 1904) He must have been well acquainted with the folks at the newspaper office because there were quite a few times that the local paper reported in the gossip column that John had come into town (Houston) to do business.

John was married at least three times. His son Samuel was my 2nd great grandfather and was John’s first known son by his first known wife. I say “known wife” loosely since I don’t have any idea what her name was.

John professed his faith in Christ at age 20 and joined the Methodist Church. He had one child by each of his first two wives and eight children with his third wife. It is said that when John’s son Samuel (my 2nd great grandfather) married my 2nd great grandmother Eliza Emma BELL that John disowned him. The reason is not known. You can read more about John and this particular issue at my cousin Annie Blanchard’s blog, Digging Genealogy. That link will get you to all of Annie’s posts about John and his son Samuel and that branch of the family. Much of what I know about John comes from Annie’s blog posts and from two incredible obituaries (one for John’s wife Armazinda and one for John) written by John’s friends at The Houston Herald.

Armazinda WALLACE WILLIAMS’ obituary (sorry for the quality- it was the best I could do). 20 August 1903 The Houston Herald, Houston, Missouri.

John WILLIAMS’ obituary. 08 September 1904 The Houston Herald, Houston, Missouri.

I know that type is hard to read so here is a transcription of the article:

“Death of John Williams.
God in His infinite wisdom has seen fit to remove from this earth Mr. John Williams, aged 64 years, 6 months, 22 days. He died Sept. 2, 1904; he was born in Illinois Feb. 11, 1840, and came to Missouri in 1869. He made a profession of faith in Christ at the age of 20 and united with the Methodist church. He lived a Christian life and a few weeks before his death he was baptized in the Christian church at Prairie Point [Texas County, Missouri].
“Uncle John, as he was commonly called, has been a sufferer from chronic bronchitis for the past eight years, but has been gradually growing worse the last two years. He was taken worse a few days ago and God relieved him Saturday morning at 10:50. His last hours seemed to be his happiest ones.
He was married three times; 8 children resulted from his last union, all of whom are still living.
During his life he accumulated a great deal of wealth and was very honest in all his dealings. He was industrious and his children have an example before them as to industry and serving God. He was ready and willing to go and did not fear death at any time.
His wife preceded him to that better world about one year ago and was there waiting the coming of her loved one who was very lonely after the death of his companion. His sons and daughters are heart stricken as they are fatherless and motherless, which as w[e] all know is very sad indeed, yet we are born to die and our Lord knows best. He has led another dear one from this earth into the arms of rest. He is sweetly sleeping and his spirit has returned to the God that gave it.
No more will his children hear his good words of advice, but all is silent; a place is vacant in their home. His chair can’t be placed for papa to sit down to rest again, for alas, he is at rest in Heaven; he is around the Great White Throne with the angels and has joined them forever.
Dear ones, you can’t bring him back, but you can go to him. You have the blessed assurance of meeting him never more to part; you have two bright lights in Heaven awaiting your coming, which we hope to know you will prepare to do and that is to meet them over there. They are safe in the vale. They are sleeping in the bosom of God.
During his illness everything that relatives and neighbors could do was done but the angel of death was the only reliever.
Funeral services were conducted at Liberty graveyard Sept. 4th by Rev. Johnson. He delivered a very touching sermon to a very large crowd. Tears filled the eyes of all the attendants as they beheld the orphans that gathered round to take the last look at father. Now, to the bereaved ones I would say, weep not, for your loss is Heaven’s eternal gain. He is at rest and has left this unfriendly world. His home is above and not built by hands. Make preparations to meet him and rejoice of his being with his Savior. While this is a dark hour to you, remember, be still, sad hearts, and cease repining; behind the clouds the sun’s still shining; your fate is the common fate of all; late each life some rain must fall; some days must be dark and dreary. May God be with you is the prayer of Celia Neal.”

That is quite an obituary! I don’t know that I’ve ever found a longer, more flowery obituary for any of my ancestors as Celia’s was for John WILLIAMS. Armazinda’s was equally long and flowery. I’d be happy to provide a transcription for hers if anyone wants it. Family, you can never say again that you didn’t have any wealthy ancestors. You’ve heard it from The Houston Herald yourself- John was wealthy, well-respected, and a pillar of the community!

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Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives