Monday, March 31, 2014

Today is Crayola Crayon Day!

My Crayolas
It was 111 years ago today that Binney & Smith produced the first box of eight Crayola Crayons.

Crayolas were a cool thing to have back in the day. They were even on the list of school supplies that you should have each year. Are they still?

You would start with the 8 box count and then gradually go to the 48 count by 6th grade. If you had a box of 64 crayolas at home, boy your were somethin'. By the time I got into junior high I guess they figured we were too old for crayons so we had colored pencils instead.

Unfortunately I don't have any examples of my early crayola work to share, but I am sure I have some at mom's. I do have some awesome crayola art from some of my grandchildren though.

 And I am here to say you are never to old for a box of Crayolas! Coloring with my grandchildren is one of my favorite activities!

Leslie Ann

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Those Places Thursday ~ Kent County, England

 Lately I have had this fascination with Kent County in England, especially the seaports. I have been doing some research on the Tiddeman and Woodgreene families from Dover which are maternal ancestors, but it wasn't till just recently that I realized some of my paternal ancestors were also from Dover. Then it dawned on me that I had better just see how many ancestors I had from Kent. That's when I decided to see just what exactly I could do with my RootsMagic 6 program.

 So I ran what is called a "Who Was There List". I have no idea why I never ran one of these before. The list showed me the names of any ancestor who had an event that took place in Kent County.

I saw the expected surnames, but I was also surprised by a few. I mean, I knew the Bordens were from Headcorn, but my mind's eye didn't place Headcorn in Kent! Mom and dad's ancestors could have been in a Dover pub sharing a brew together! Ya never know, stranger things have happened.

My most recent ancestor from Kent is my 2nd great-grandmother Matilda Louisa Kelsey. She was born 1832 in Dover. My earliest ancestor from Kent was Thomas Fowle who was born abt. 1477 in Marden and died 1514 in Frittenden.

The Kent surnames from dad's side are:
  • LONG
  • MOON
  • PAIN
  • ROOF
From mom's side:
  • WING
 Also for the first time ever I created a map using Google Maps. If you click on the pins in the above map, you will see the description of each pin. If you have never made a map and would like to, follow this tutorial. This can be a great tool for family history research.

And if you haven't noticed I have the widget in the sidebar, I have created a Flipboard magazine called Kent County, England....Home to Many Ancestors.

So guess what newly discovered tools I will be using more!

Leslie Ann

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fearless Females ~ Church Service

Loren C. and Blanche Dunn
Once again Lisa Alzo has brought back Fearless Females, the blogging prompt to celebrate National Women's History Month.

Today's prompt: 
March 10 — What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

My maternal grandmother, Blanche T. Barker Piggott Dunn held many titles within the LDS organization. While still in high school she was the organist for Sunday School and MIA in St. Charles, Idaho, and just before she was married to my grandfather in 1933 she was Assistant Ward Organist. She also sang in the choir and was a Sunday School teacher to ten and twelve year olds for about ten years.

When grandma and grandpa were married they moved down the road to Bloomington. After she lost her husband to cancer, Blanche cleaned the church house for a while and continued working with the MIA and Sunday School. For as long as I can remember she was the organist for the Bloomington ward. When ever we were visiting on Sundays we went to her church and she would be playing the organ.

Bloomington LDS Chapel - 1962
Photographer: Philip J. Hart - Location: Bloomington, Idaho - Date: 1962
Blanche later met Loren C. Dunn and they were married in the Idaho Falls Temple in 1971. Together they served as officiators in the Logan, Utah Temple for 10 years.

In 1977 they served a mission in Little Rock, Arkansas. The following is a copy of a letter calling Blanche to that mission.

If memory serves me right, she lived in St. George, Utah for a while and worked at the temple there. I called mom to try and confirm this, but all I got was a voice mail.

Leslie Ann


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