Sunday, January 4, 2015

Candice Buchanan led me to more ancestors

Our genealogist friend Candice Buchanan administers this "Greene Connections" group on Facebook. It addresses the history and residents of Greene County, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of my husband, Larry Jamison. When she added the above post yesterday, Candice called my attention to it and asked me to review the photos represented, which were actually uploaded to the Greene Connections Flickr page

In this photo my husband and I recognized his great-grandparents, John and Alice (Gregg) Roberts (#6 and #7) and two of their sons Arthur (#37) and Russell (#40).  
Also posted in the collection was this School Souvenir.
John Franklin "Frank" Roberts, Teacher
We are so grateful that these photos are included in the collection as described here: 
The Arthur Ray Main Collection photographs were probably first assembled by Joseph Benson "Joab" Main [1871-1938] and his wife, Malissa Dell Kiger [1869-1941], and later passed to their son, Arthur Ray Main Sr. [1893-1954] and his wife, Toilie Frances Moninger [1897-1934], to their son, Arthur Ray Main Jr., to his son, Arthur Ray Main III, who owned the photos in 2007. Each generation likely added to the collection with photos from their own family and in-laws. Arthur provided the photographs to his cousin, Sherry (Main) Wise, who shared them with the Greene Connections: Greene County, Pennsylvania Photo Archives Project in 2007.

We noticed that, while J. F. Roberts was the teacher at Oak Grove School in Ash Tree, Pennsylvania for the school year 1901-1902, the students included siblings Russell, Oscar (who went by Arthur as identified in the group photo above), Crawford and Goldie Roberts. As you can see by the chart below, Russell (shown at right) is my husband's grandfather and the Teacher, J. F. Roberts is Russell's first cousin. 

A search on Ancestry.com brought me several documents relating to John Franklin Roberts:
 (1) WWI Draft Registration 

(2) WWII Draft Registration, 
(3) Marriage Certificate for his second marriage, 

and (4) his Death Certificate
  J. Frank Roberts' death certificate reveals the sad circumstances which led to his death on December 17, 1952. He fell down the stairs from the main floor to the basement in a clothing store, striking his head on the cement floor and suffered a skull fracture. 

I'm grateful to Candice Buchanan for drawing my attention to this collection of photos relating to Greene County, Pennsylvania and asking me to review it for possible ancestor identifications. Not only was I able to identify Larry's great-grandparents, but I learned more about Larry's first cousin twice removed. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Grandmother of my brother's friend became our Grandaunt

In the mid-1960s my twin brother Dennis was a member of the Argonne Rebel Drum and Bugle Corps in Great Bend, KS. His best friend in the Corps was Larry Beers, a young man from the neighboring town of Hoisington, KS. When Dennis was first married in 1969 he chose Larry to serve as his Best Man, as shown in this photo.
Dennis Margheim at left and Larry Beers at right
This brief chart from my RootsMagic genealogy database shows that one of Larry's grandmothers was Elberta Mildred Woodburn. 
And this snip from Ancestry.com shows that Mildred Woodburn's last husband was Lewis L. Becker.
This relationship chart shows that Lewis Lewelling Becker is the Granduncle of my twin brother Marion Dennis Margheim and me. 
Thanks to the Creator of the Duffy Family Tree on Ancestry.com I can share this picture of Elberta Mildred Woodburn Roper Becker with you. 
And thanks to my second cousin Kate Keller, I can share this picture of our Granduncle "Lew" Becker:
The part I love the most about my family history research is discovering connections that I've not been aware of, often between our friends and our relatives or between my relatives and those of my husband etc. During the years that Larry Beers was in our home as my brother's good friend, I had no idea that his grandmother would later become the wife of our Granduncle. So one year after Larry stood at Dennis's side as his Best Man, Larry's grandmother became our Grandaunt! I'm still amazed.   

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Eight Generations with Photos

I have photos of three of my sets of great-grandparents, but not the fourth. But being 67 years old, I'm in the position of having photos of ancestors as well as many of their descendants. I have to credit Facebook for this, because I can be in touch with distant cousins and their children today.  
My step-mother Phyllis (Jones) Margheim (at right in the photo above) had a half-sister Katherine (Jones) Dyer, who is pictured at left. Phyllis and Katherine share their father Henry James "Jim" Jones, whose name at birth was James Robert Smith. Jim is pictured below with daughters Katherine, Phyllis and his 3rd wife Laura (Maupin) Jones.
One of Katherine's sons was Paul Dyer, who married Julitta (Elsen) Dyer January 4, 1954 (pictured below). 
Paul and Julitta had four children, one of whom was Larry Dyer. Larry has a daughter Ashlea, who also has a daughter Peyton. As a teenager I knew Larry Dyer and his parents, but have only met Ashlea and her family on Facebook. It's wonderful that the younger generation so freely posts pictures of themselves and their families. I've gathered some really cute photos of Peyton, thanks to Ashlea for sharing so often.

I woke up this morning thinking of Peyton and I realized I have pictures of her ancestors that cover eight generations! So I spent some time earlier today preparing this chart for her. 

How many of us would love to have a relationship chart showing our ancestors seven generations back, with photos too? I sure would. I'm happy that I knew the people at least back to my (step)grandfather, Jim Jones, who was born in 1889. And I'm very grateful that, through Facebook, I've come to know who Ashlea and Peyton Riley are! 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Final Word on the "Bank of Violets" Book


This is a follow-up on the previous post about my gift of the "Bank of Violets" book of poems to Janice Webster Brown. I'm grateful to Janice for donating it to the New Hampshire Historical Society for their permanent manuscript collection and for her kind words to me as a result. Thank you, Janice!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Paying it Forward Again

Two years ago I wrote this story on this blog: 
I had forgotten about it. This morning I received an inquiry about this photo that was posted as part of the story:
The portrait is of Fanny H. Runnells Poole, the author of the book of poems, "A Bank of Violets". In the picture she's holding a copy of the same book. 

The message I got this morning was from Janice Webster Brown, author of the excellent New Hampshire History Blog "Cow Hampshire". She was asking for permission to share this photo. I, of course, would grant her permission to post the photo, but surprised her by offering to send her the book, complete with photos, autographs, and other cool inserts. Janice, who has researched this Runnells family of New Hampshire for 35 years, plans to ultimately donate the book to the New Hampshire Historical Society. 


I'm as excited to send the book to Janice as she is to receive it. It's a win-win-win, for me, for Janice and the NH Historical Society.   

Monday, October 13, 2014

Some Family Connections to the Early LDS Church


This chart shows that my son (blurred out at bottom right) is a first cousin 4 times removed of Almon Linus Fullmer, Jr.  (1844-1919). Almon was married to Jane Eleanor Griffiths (1848-1929). 

My son is not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as I am, but these cousins figure prominently in the history of the LDS church. I was fortunate to be able to purchase and download this book by Matthew A. Misbach:
Amazon offers this book description: 
The story of the John and Margaret Griffiths family. In 1856 John Griffiths set out in the Martin Handcart company along with his family: Margaret Ann (age 16), Jane Ellenor (age 8), John (age 11), Herbert (age 5). Along the way John Jr. froze to death 50 miles outside of Devils Gate. Margaret buried her brother Herbert at Independence Rock who had frozen to death. John Sr. died the day after arriving in the Salt Lake valley. Jane Ellenor "lost the first joint of her big toes". Margaret "was terribly frozen up", and "was laid up nine weeks" with her feet. All that survived the trek were two young sisters, Margaret and Jane Ellenor.

The Overland Travels site at lds.org offers this brief summary of Jane Griffith's account of her travels with the Martin Handcart Company: 
Birth: Mar. 6, 1848, England
Death: Sep. 16, 1929, Tetonia, Teton, Idaho

Jane Ellenor (or Eleanor) Griffiths after she arrived in SL Valley as she came in from Wyoming on the Martin Handcart company. It was shortly after her stay in SL that Eleanor went to live with Almon L. Fullmer. She eventually married him. 


Jane Ellenor [or Eleanor] Griffiths, born 6 March 1848, 8 years younger than Margaret Ann, and 8 years old when she arrived in SL Valley with the Martin Handcart Company. She married Almon Linus Fullmer on 31 July 1864 at the age of 16. They made their home in Idaho and were successful farmers. Almon Fullmer came from a strong LDS family who had converted to the church and moved to Nauvoo, he being born in Nauvoo, 26 Oct 1844. Almon Fullmer died 10 Jan 1919 in Cache Valley, Utah at the age of 74. The Fullmer family were close friends of the prophet Joseph Smith and other church leaders. The Fullmer family stayed faithful over the years and the entire family immigrated to Utah with the early Saints. Jane lived until 20 Sept 1929, being just a few weeks after her sister Margaret Ann passed away and at an age of 8 years younger, or 81 years of age. Eleanor and Almon Fullmer lived in Cache Valley, Providence, Utah in their later years where Almon died; he leaving this existence about 10 years before Jane. Jane died in Tetonia, Teton, Idaho when she was staying with one of her children. The funeral was held in Providence. 


At Find-A-Grave we read Jane's obituary

Jane Ellenor (or Eleanor) Griffiths after she arrived in SL Valley as she came in from Wyoming on the Martin Handcart company. It was shortly after her stay in SL that Eleanor went to live with Almon L. Fullmer, whom she married. 


Jane Ellenor [or Eleanor] Griffiths, born 6 March 1848, 8 years younger than Margaret Ann, and 8 years old when she arrived in SL Valley with the Martin Handcart Company. She married Almon Linus Fullmer on 31 July 1864 at the age of 16 They made their home in Idaho and were successful farmers. Almon Fullmer came from a strong LDS family who had converted to the church and moved to Nauvoo, he being born in Nauvoo, 26 Oct 1844. Almon Fullmer died 10 Jan 1919 in Cache valley Utah at the age of 74. The Fullmer family were close friends of the prophet Joseph Smith and other church leaders. The Fullmer family stayed faithful over the years and the entire family immigrated to Utah with the early Saints. Jane lived until 20 Sept 1929, being just a few weeks after her sister Margaret Ann passed away and at an age of 8 years younger, or 81 years of age. Eleanor and Almon Fullmer lived in Cache Valley, Providence, Utah in their later years where Almon died; he leaving this existence about 10 years before Jane. Jane died in Tetonia, Teton, Idaho when she was staying with one of her children. The funeral was held in Providence. 

Almun Linus Fullmer, Sr.  
Jane's father-in-law carries an interesting LDS history himself. At FamilySearch.org we find this account
Captain Almon Linus Fullmer - The Battle of Nauvoo


       After the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, the majority of saints left Nauvoo in the late winter and spring of 1846 and headed west through Iowa. Several families of saints remained behind. Some being to poor to leave; others, such as John S, and his brother Almon Linus Fullmer, were left to protect the property and business rights of the Church. The persecution and violence continued through the summer, and in September, an organized mob attacked Nauvoo in earnest. Less than 150 men were left to bear arms and defend the city. The Nauvoo Legion Spartan Band (which these men were called) were greatly outnumbered, but fought a heroic battle, the famous Battle of Nauvoo, in which they repelled the advance of over 1,000 men.
Almon was numbered among the forty men with repeating rifles who found and was also at the side of Captain Anderson when he feel in battle. Upon Anderson’s death, the command of the men fell upon Almon and Alexander McKee. (Also Mrs. Sarah Ann Fullmer was with Anderson’s widow when her husband’s body was brought home.)
The men fought fiercely for three days with no reinforcements and would have continued to fight on if the men representing the Church had not chosen to sign the “Articles of Agreement” that were drawn up between the mob and the Saints.
In this treaty the remaining Saints agreed to leave the state and cross the river as soon as possible. The reason for signing was that they Saints had already made the commitment to remove themselves from the area as soon as possible to join the earlier vanguard of Saints as they moved westward. All they wanted was to be left in peace to accomplish this purpose.
In the spring of 1847, they moved to Winter Quarters and in 1848 Almon Linus, his wife and son, Almon Linus Jr., traveled to Utah with the Brigham Young company, with Almon serving as a Captain of Ten. Along the way, Sarah gave birth to a little girl, Sarah Ann, near Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Twin girls had died while in Nauvoo, and this was to be the only daughter to reach maturity. How happy they were to finally reach Zion October 5, 1848. Sarah and Almon had four sons after they arrived in Utah: Buckley Martin, Oscar Myron, Collins DeWitt and Halsey Dean. Almon had been sealed to his wife’s sister, Tryphena, after her death in Nauvoo. He took a second wife, Rachel Neyman, in 1852. Three sons (Thaddeus Edgar, Franklin Pierce and John Hyrum) were born to this marriage before the couple divorced in 1858.
Almon continued his involvement with the military and church after arrived in Utah. He had been elected adjutant to Colonel Markham of the Nauvoo Legion with the rand of Major while in Illinois, and served as a member of the Utah militia, involved in the action to meet and deter the Johnson Army as they marched into Utah. He was active in Indian skirmishes in Utah Valley and Sanpete County, was elected deputy marshall of the state by legislature of Deseret, helping pioneer Iron County with George A. Smith, and held the position of Colonel of the First Regiment for ten years when he tendered his resignation upon moving to Logan in 1870. He served in the Seventies Quorum in Nauvoo and Utah.
Almon Linus was the youngest child of the Peter Fullmer and Susannah Zerfass’ family. He did not join the church with the rest of his family, but converted himself in 1839 while disposing of his Father’s property in the East. Almon was not with his brother David and family, or sister Desdemona at Haun’s Mill or during other periods of persecution while in Missouri, but joined them as they moved to Nauvoo. He married Sarah Ann Follett* in 1843. Her parents were from New York and New Jersey, with her mother’s family, the Van Dyke’s, tracing their roots to early New York City (New Amsterdam) and before that to the Netherlands.
He died 2 October 1890 in Providence, Utah and is buried in the Providence Cemetery. 

*More of my son's Follett Connection: 
My son, whose name is blurred at bottom right in the chart above, is the 3rd cousin 5 times removed of King Follett. 
 Joseph Smith gave an address on 7 April 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois, at a general conference of the church. Because a church elder named King Follett had died in an accident a few weeks before the conference, Joseph Smith took the opportunity to specifically comment on Follett’s death and to speak on what he called “the subject of the dead.” The address has often been referred to as the King Follett sermon or King Follett discourse.


Book Synopsis:

Who was King Follett? When he was fatally injured digging a well in Nauvoo in March 1844, why did Joseph Smith use his death to deliver the monumental doctrinal sermon now known as the King Follett Discourse? Much has been written about the sermon, but little about King.

     Although King left no personal writings, Joann Follett Mortensen, King’s third great-granddaughter, draws on more than thirty years of research in civic and Church records and in the journals and letters of King’s peers to piece together King’s story from his birth in New Hampshire and moves westward where, in Ohio, he and his wife, Louisa, made the life-shifting decision to accept the new Mormon religion.

     From that point, this humble, hospitable, and hardworking family followed the Church into Missouri where their devotion to Joseph Smith was refined and burnished. King was the last Mormon prisoner in Missouri to be released from jail. According to family lore, King was one of the Prophet’s bodyguards. He was also a Danite, a Mason, and an officer in the Nauvoo Legion. After his death, Louisa and their children settled in Iowa where some associated with the Cutlerities and the RLDS Church; others moved on to California. One son joined the Mormon Battalion and helped found Mormon communities in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.

     While King would have died virtually unknown had his name not been attached to the discourse, his life story reflects the reality of all those whose faith became the foundation for a new religion. His biography is more than one man’s life story. It is the history of the early Restoration itself.
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