Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sympathy Saturday - Carolina Meyer

Died on March 30, 1866 in Minster, Ohio, Carolina Meyer, daughter of Henrich Anton Meyer (my great-great grandfather) and his first wife, Anna Elizabeth Decker. Carolina was born on December 31, 1853 in Minster. She was buried in St. Augustine Cemetery.

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A Day Behind ...

I was just contemplating about churches here in the local 'ville and how I did not see even one car or any churches with Good Friday services. Really! Amazed me. Then I realized it was already Saturday and my Friday post was late! Erk!

So when did churches stop having Good Friday services? 

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Too-Too Thursday, Already?

Sometimes you get so caught up in what you are doing - in my case Easter crafts, that sometimes you forget what day it is and almost miss out on posting your blog.

It's been a busy week. I attended a webinar on Tuesday for Rootsmagic. Hoped it would go into more depth with the subject, which was working with sentence templates and source templates. It was the same old stuff, with the promise of a more in-depth webinar in the future.

This morning I did ten minutes on the elliptical. A small victory as it was in two spurts, rather than five two-minute spurts. Time for another round.

Tonight I have another Webinar, craft related.  I need to get to the store to pick up the rest of the Easter related food. Easter is lunch at someone else's house. Yay!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - Bush and Tousey

On March 27, 1817 in Boone county, Kentucky, Mr. Philip Bush, son of John Bush and Sallie Craig and Vicy Tousey, daughter of Thomas Tousey and Lydia Percival, were married.

On March 27, 1867, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

From theCincinnati Daily Enquirer, Cincinnati, Ohio, 29 March 1867, p3.

Golden Wedding:  Mr. P. S. Bush and wife, of this city, celebrated their Golden Wedding on Wednesday night last.  Quite a large company of the friends and relations  (including 5 great-grandsons) of the venerable couple called at their residence, on Madison Street, and were very agreeably entertained during the evening.  Among those present were several persons who attended Mr. Bush's wedding fifty years ago; also, the representative of a family, six generations of which Mr. B. has known.  The age of Mr. Bush is seventy-two, he having been born at North Bend, Boone County, Kentucky, March 27, 1795.  Mrs. Bush was born at Harpersfield, New York, in 1799.  Many valuable presents appropriate for the occasion, were bestowed upon the aged couple.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Done? I Hope!

I don't know what bug I was fighting off this weekend or if it was just a migraine, but the three day headache is gone. It is Spring here, but it seems there is a bounty out on the groundhog for lying to us about an early Spring.

Now back to work, scanning, editing, inputting and crafting. 

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Monday, March 25, 2013

The Lost Weekend

All my good intentions for the weekend were all for naught. The weather and an attempt to fight off some kind of bug, did me in. DH spent Saturday at a Webinar - his first. I read email, played a couple online games and then basically just wrote the weekend off.

I hope to get more done today. Projects are shouting my name vying for attention.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sympathy Saturday - Frances Bowman Rogers

Frances Rogers nee Bowman was my dad's aunt, one of his mother's sisters. She died while the . Percival family was living in Detroit. This is just one of the obits for her.

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Friday, March 22, 2013


I don't know whether to be happier that it is Friday or that it isn't sunny. Yeah, really! Less reason to play hooky from my tasks today.

In addition to the genealogical tasks I hope to accomplish this weekend are some Easter crafts. And I am looking for an easy recipe to take in the car that will ride well for about an hour and a half. I haven't seen the forecast yet for Easter, but since most of the Easters we've been in Tennessee, they have been much warmer than the frigid temps we experienced in March in Michigan.

As you can see, it will be a busy weekend. Have fun y'all.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Too-Too Thursday - Too Many Issues

I am trying to be a good do-bee and scan some Polish Church records so that I can include them on my disk I am sending to a fellow researcher and a second cousin to DH. Instead I am dealing with the idiosyncrasies of PhotoShop Elements. I don't want or need PhotoShop Organizer to organize my stuff. I can do that much better. Especially since the naming conventions leave a lot to be desired in Organizer. And neither do I want Organizer to catalog everything. I scanned and organized a lot of things before I switched to PhotoShop Elements, which came with my latest laptop. Instead of getting a pile-o-paper scanned and edited, I got two records done.

That's it for tonight.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - Bowman & Stanhope

From Lexington Observer & Reporter, Lexington, Kentucky, marriage, 27 March 1850, p3 c4.

 Married on the 20th inst., by Dr. B. W. Rhoton, Mr. Wm. F. Stanhope to Miss Nancy C. Bowman, daughter of Mr. Jos. Bowman, all of this county.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How Weather Affects Genealogy

After playing hookey from research and data entry the past few days, I decided nice weather in March is really great for outdoor activities, but plays havoc with my research intentions.

For instance, I should have been organizing and scanning records to send to one of my husband's cousin, actually a second cousin once removed, which is pretty close for him.

Also, a good part of yesterday was spent in celebrating with older daughter on her hiring by the city where we live!

Today it is back to work with a pile of paper to scan.

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Monday, March 18, 2013

It Was a Playing Hookey Kind of Weekend

When it goes up to 72+ degrees in mid March anywhere - especially up on the Cumberland Plateau - you have to take advantage of it. I took the opportunity to do some spa maintenance and to do a little yard shopping with my DH. I exchanged many emails with friends and fellow researchers. Did some laundry. And boy, did we enjoy the mild weather on the deck Saturday night.

Sunday was almost as nice as Saturday. DH and I decided it was getting warm enough at night to put the winter comforter away and bring out the summer one. Of course, we're supposed to get some cooler weather now ...

I did a tiny bit of data entry, helped DH with purchase of a new printing calculator and played with our cat. She keeps trying to get out of the house when we are in the yard. We got a harness and a leash for her and until she got startled, she did okay. Managed to get out the harness and headed right for the back door and the safety of the house!

For me, it was a perfect weekend. Hope yours was just as good.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sympathy Saturday - Frank Bowman Percival

If you saw my post for March 12th, you will know that my dad did not die on March 16, 2003. No that is the day of his funeral service. It was a memorable event in several ways.

One way was it was our first experience with losing a parent, which is traumatic no matter what your age. 

Another way it was memorable is that the funeral was held at the parish where my parents belonged for many years, and for which my dad worked. And he had a deep respect for the funeral home that took care of his arrangements. The funeral director knew my dad for many years and before the service I had the opportunity to chat with him in the back of the church. Enlightening and funny. My brother-in-law, Jim Wyatt, gave a great eulogy, as only someone who really knew my dad could.

And we had to talk the Veterans of Foreign Wars post honor guard out of giving my dad a full military salute. This, after all being a school day with kids in school at the time.

Also, burial did not take place locally or even the same day. My dad was buried in Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan. That location was well out of range for my mother, who was basically an invalid. So we were further spared that sad event.

Original Headstone - replaced when my mother was buried.

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Freaked Out Friday - How is This Day Going?

All I can say is that it is busy. Hubby is working on projects of his own; delivery and installation of a piece of exercise equipment that we will both benefit from; I'm furiously going through my files for stuff to share with a researcher on the hubby's side.  I'm scanning, editing and scrapbooking pictures. Also on tap is spa maintenance and laundry. Such an exciting life.

And if there just isn't enough to stress me out, Google announced that Google Reader is not going to be available after July 2013. 

Then there are the Easter crafts calling my name ...

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Too-Too Thursday - Too Many To-Do!

I hope to get some things accomplished by Friday. Er ... that would be tomorrow. I think some of those things are NOT gonna happen. I still have a stack of stuff to do on my desk, scanning pictures, editing some pictures, copies to make and send AFTER I determine what I am going to send.

Someone told me recently that if I saw an app for more hours in the day to let her know. Heck, I could use it myself. Also, a clone app so that I could clone myself for those less than exciting tasks, like house cleaning and laundry and grocery shopping. Then I could keep my real self busy with stuff I want to do.

I guess that won't happen any time soon, so I guess I better get busy prioritizing. Copies for family researcher may come first or may not!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - Percival & Percival

On March 13, 1897 in Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Kate Gray Percival to Dr. William Bush Percival. Kate was first married June 25, 1884 in Covington, Kentucky to Dr. Herbert Davidson Percival, William Bush Percival's first cousin. He deserted her in 1884 after ten years of marriage. She divorced him on the grounds of desertion and the decree was granted on June 19, 1896.  Kate and William were married for 20 years when she died in 1916.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ten Years Gone

Frank Bowman Percival, my dad, and known to all far and wide as Hank, died ten years ago today. Sometimes I find it really difficult to believe that he isn't available any more to handle my mechanical or how-do-you questions. You know, when someone is there for you all your life and in one last breath is gone, it's a shock.

So in that sense, it is really difficult to believe he's been gone ten years. He died before my DH and I bought our lot in Tennessee, before we moved 600 miles south and before we built our house. He died before Older Daughter moved from North Carolina to Tennessee and long before Younger Daughter moved from up north to Nashville.

I miss his conversations about hockey. He was a huge Red Wings fan, but loved all hockey. He would watch any team play. He knew the players and their strengths and weaknesses. Fortunately, Older Daughter inherited that.

He could sleep and often did sleep anywhere. One year, cold medication got the best of him and he fell asleep while opening a present. It actually wasn't a holiday, unless dad fell asleep during the festivities.

It was his way or the highway. I remember him giving me driving directions to my Aunt's in Holland, and he kept saying "Look at me." I did and missed what he was point at on the map which resulted in not knowing one of the streets we would travel switched from a two-way to a one-way! One time I drove him to Home Depot and he gave me driving instructions to a place I well knew how to get to.  My siblings and I would laugh about that, because he was well known in this function. I will state that he never got the whole sentence "Look at me, I'm talking to you," out when he was instructing me. He knew I would question his directions. Yeah, I'm a lot like him.

My parents loved to travel, whether it was Las Vegas, a cruise, or Dad's destroyer escort reunions in their latter years. I remember a few trips in the late 1960's to about 1970 traveling to New York, Washington D.C., and North Key Largo, Florida. And I remember trips to Holland, Michigan to visit his brother and his family and Pinconning, Michigan to visit my maternal grandparents. 

Every so often, I'll spout a Hank-ism. And it's like I'm channeling him. I like to think of it as keeping my dad with me.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Productive Weekend

I managed to find a few more tidbits of information on one family I am working on. Hooray. Saturday was nice and Sunday was warmer, if a bit windy.

DH managed to finish one of his projects outside, which was installing driveway reflectors in planter boxes so that the lawnmowers don't take the lights out. The last pair we had didn't even want to go in the ground. Then there was the guy with the RV who backed right into it. Didn't even see it. These are solar and reflected on four sides rather than the usual.

And Sunday was our 34th first date anniversary. We celebrated that with the help of older daughter.

I did laundry. Somehow there is always laundry.

And I scanned, and scanned and scanned. Some weeks back I had scanned all our wedding photos. Then I bought the Photo Restoration Kwik Guide and learned some new tricks. Which I am putting to use. Just a few more photos to re-scan and I can move on to something else. Or go back scrapbooking these photos, which was the original intention.

The cat name Mouse made a foray into my office which I didn't notice until I saw stuff all over the floor. Um. Yeah. I think I still have some organizational stuff to do here. I still have another pile to deal with, which was conveniently buried elsewhere for a time. Out of sight and definitely out of mind until Mouse "reminded" me.

And we survived yet another change to daylight savings time. I personally like DST. Especially since we moved to the eastern end of the central time zone five years ago. It really gets dark early here in the winter. So when DST finally kicks in every Spring, I am really ready for it. I just need to convince my body that it is an hour later.

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

An Anniversary

I got so carried away by our day off and away from the house yesterday, that I almost forgot to blog today. And instead of my usual Sympathy Saturday, I just want to remember that tomorrow is our anniversary. No, not our wedding anniversary, but the anniversary of our first date. Yes, 34 years ago, he took me to a wedding. We looked so good together, we were mistaken for a married couple. On our first date. It happened on our third date, too! By the time it happened the third time we were just a couple weeks away from getting engaged.

Unfortunately, the couple whose wedding it was got divorced a few years later. The place where they held their reception was torn down and a strip mall replaced it. We no longer live in that state, so it really isn't like we'd go back there anyway! Tomorrow we will celebrate that wonderful beginning to our lifetime together.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday - A Day Away!

DH is abducting me and forcing me to go shopping with him today. Since at least one of those stores is a scrapbooking store, I think I'll go peacefully. After all, I've accomplished so much this week working on that cemetery project. I, er, um, dug up a few more records at Find-a-Grave that I've not quite finished entering. That led to a couple marriage records ... and well, it just never seems to stop. That's what I love about family history, one little tidbit of information leads to reams of information.

Some of the people I found were buried in Standing Rock Cemetery, in Kent, Ohio. I think the name is so appropriate.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Too-Too Thursday - The Happy Dance Commences

I finished the cemetery project and all the info from Find-a-Grave and death certificates that it generated. Whew. In the meantime, one of my Sympathy Saturday posts, sent me a new relative on my Chinn side. That is just too cool. And, sadly, I discovered an obituary and a photo of another relative online. The gentleman, Homer Holdredge, is someone with whom I had corresponded when I first got online back in the mid 1990's. He connected to the Geauga county Percivals, which took me years to verify their connection to my Percivals. I knew about his grandfather, Sereno Percival Holdredge, but had no idea that he died in Tennessee. And Homer did too. Small world. What really freaked me out, is Homer's resemblance to my dad. I won't publish either photo here, but if you are related to me or Homer, I'll be happy to share.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - Percival & Stannard

From the Utica Herald-Dispatch, Utica, New York, 50th Anniversary, 6 March 1903, p 3 c5:

Julia was the daughter of Jabez Chapman Percival, Sr. and Ann Burnham. Elisha was the son of Charles Stannard and Esther Bigelow. They celebrated two more anniversaries after this one.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Still Too Soon for a Happy Dance

Monday afternoon I thought I'd finish up my project. Nope, instead we got our grocery shopping done. Then last night hubby was sending me all over the www looking at stuff. Actually, he is doing that this morning, too.

This afternoon is pedicure day! Hooray! Now if it would stop blowing and raining out there. And if I could not be interrupted for a couple hours? That would be great. I would really love to finish this project. Pretty please?

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Too Soon for a Happy Dance.

I spent a good part of the weekend - in between shivers from the cold and snow - working on my pile-o-paper that I generated working on my cemetery project. It looks like I might complete that project today. Once grocery shopping is done. And housework.

We attended our local home show last weekend where our local tree board was giving out trees. We came home with a couple of white pine seedlings. Now we wait for warmer weather to plant them. So there is a lot going on while DH completes our taxes.

Sounds like the cat is bowling on the counters. Think I'll go see what she is up to.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sympathy Saturday - Dunkin Bohannon

Except for some help from a family tree, this is an unverified connection.

On this date in 1753, my g-g-g-g-g-g-g- Duncan or Dunkin Bohannon died in St. Thomas Parish, Orange county, Virginia.

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Friday, March 1, 2013

One Project Done -- Almost

I think I am done with the Lexington (KY) Cemetery project I was working on. Sort of. I still have to finish sourcing some of this stuff, but all the cemetery plot info is in the place detail section now. Whew. Eleven pages of missing info generated 3/4 of an inch of paper. I guess that explains why my projects never end.

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