Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge - C

Last week I discovered Gould's 'Family History Through the Alphabet Challenge' and am ready to jump in with the letter C.

C is for Citizenship.
Yesterday I discovered two images on relating to my great-grandfather's becoming a citizen.

Thomas Joynes Smedley filed a Declaration of Intention the thirtieth of October 1860 in New Castle County, Delaware.

It wasn't until the 28th of October in 1872 that he was granted citizenship in Kent County, Delaware.

Source Citation: Delaware Public Archives; Dover, Delaware; Delaware Naturalization Records, 1796-1959; Record Group: RG1217.034; Roll: 1.

Source Citation: Delaware Public Archives; Dover, Delaware; Delaware Naturalization Records, 1796-1959; Record Group: RG1217.079; Roll: 1.

So far great-grandpa Smedley is the only ancestor of mine that I have been able to find a naturalization record for.

Leslie Ann

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Another Mother's Day Treasure

This piece of artwork I found in an old scrapbook that mom has on the shelf in her bedroom closet.  I was in the first grade when I (literally) cut and pasted this mother's day card. Ahhh... I can smell the paste now.   I only know I was in the first grade because of the picture.  Looks like I added dad's name later.  I wonder why.  I guess I didn't want to leave him out.  Come to think of it, I don't ever remember doing art projects for Father's Day when I was in school.

Leslie Ann

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - Miles Austin Marriage Certificate

As mentioned in last Tuesday's post, Miles Austin has been a brick wall ancestor of my hubby's for quite a while.

One of my new Austin contacts had found information about a second marriage for Miles and brought it to my attention.  It was found on Familysearch and because there was no indication of exactly where this information came from I was skeptical.

Luckily my other new Austin contact was able to get a hold of the copy of the original marriage certificate.

To the Clerk of the County Court of
Wythe Co. in the State of Virginia
     I HEREBY CERTIFY, That the following is a correct Statement of a
Marriage solemnized by me in the County aforesaid:
Date of Marriage,  April 15th 1858
Place of Marriage,  Wytheville
Full Names of Parties married,  Miles Austin & Lucinda Shelton
Age of Husband, -- 54
Age of Wife,  --- 40
Condition of Husband, (widowed or single,) Widowed
Condition of Wife, (widowed or single,)  --- Widowed
Place of Husband's Birth,  York Co. Va
Place of Wife's Birth,  Rockingham Co. N. C.
Place of Husband's Residence,  Wythe Co
Place of Wife's Residence, Wythe Co.
Names of Husband's Parents, Ransom A. & Priscilla Austin
Names of Wife's Parents,  Daniel & Margaret Allen
Occupation of Husband,   Laborer

     Given under my hand as a   Minister of the Gospel
(legally authorized to solemnize Marriages,) this  sixteenth
day of  April  A. D. 1858
                                     T. N. Lewis

The awesome thing about this marriage certificate is that we learned the names of Miles' parents.  At the same time this certificate brings us more questions to answer.

Miles was living with a Milly Cooper in 1860:

Name:Miles Austin
Age in 1860:60
Birth Year:abt 1800
Home in 1860:South Western District, FranklinVirginia

Household Members:
Milley Cooper56
Nancy A Cooper18
Prinsanna Cooper2/12
Miles Austin60

And Lucinda was living in Wytheville as a Shelton:

Name:Lucinda Shelton
Age in 1860:42
Birth Year:abt 1818
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1860:WythevilleWytheVirginia
Post Office:Wytheville

Household Members:
Lucinda Shelton42
Lucinda Shelton16
Stephen Sanders27

Why such a short lived marriage and how short was it?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Cousins!

You may have noticed that I have not been blogging as much (or not).  There is a reason for that.  I mean, besides life, and other responsibilities.  I have found new cousins! Actually, they found me.  And do you know how they found me?  Through this blog!  Another testament for the number ONE reason to have a genealogy blog.

And you know when you find new cousins that you're all about looking into the lines that connect you.  Well I have FIVE new cousin correspondents!

Actually, I can't claim the first two as cousins.  It's our hubbies that are actually the cousins.  Miles Austin is hubby's 4th great-grandfather and he has been a major brick  wall for years!  So now I have two others to help in the Austin effort.

Next, a granddaughter of my great-aunt Lillian found me when she googled "Paris, Idaho" and my grandpa Smedley showed up.  She said to herself, "That's my grandma's brother!"

Calvin Buck Smedley      Lillian Buck Smedley

I have also been corresponding with her sister who has all of great aunt Lillian's genealogy research and boxes of ephemera that she had saved. I have been trying to track that stuff down for years!

They are both newbies at family history so I have been helping them out a bit.

Then just last week I heard from a third cousin on the Buck side who found me through the Luddite Bicentenary - 1811-1813 blog.

I look forward to sharing all that comes from these connections.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Mother's Day 1970

Since Mother's Day is close at hand I figured I should post these pieces of treasured ephemera that I found while rooting around in mom's cedar chest while I was in Idaho last November.

The first image is the front of the folder and all this fantabulous artwork was tucked inside and presented to mom for Mother's Day in 1970.  I was only seven years old and in the second grade.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


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