Saturday, October 27, 2012

Today in Family History - 27 Oct

My 2nd great-grandmother Clara Ann Clarke (Baldwin line) was born on this day in 1863 in Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia [1, 2, 3].

References
[1] B. F. Baldwin, Jr. Bible. Owned by Benjamin Franklin Baldwin. Jr. and Clara Ann Clarke. "Memoranda" page.
[2] Walker County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 2, North Walker County, Walker County Genealogical Society, Huntsville, TX, 2004. Page 96, McAdams Cemetery.
[3] Death Records of Harris County, Texas. Death certificate for Clara Ann Clarke.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Today in Family History - 25 Oct

My 4th great-grandmother Tabitha Ford (Baldwin line) died on this day in 1865 in Montgomery County, Texas [1]. She was buried at Womack Cemetery in Montgomery County, Texas [1].

My 5th great-grandfather Jeremiah Coleman, Jr. (Erickson line) died on this day in 1777 in Morristown, New Jersey [2]. The location of his grave is not known. Jeremiah died of small pox in camp during the American Revolution. He is only one of two direct ancestors I know of that died while serving in the military.

References
[1] Montgomery County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 4, Montgomery County Genealogical and Historical Society, 1981. Page 68, Womack Cemetery.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Today in Family History - 24 Oct

My 4th great-grandmother Menje Jans (Thompson line) died on this day in 1843 in Westeremden (Stedum), Groningen, Netherlands [1]. The location of her grave is not known.

References
[1] Death Records of Stedum, Netherlands. Record No. 41 (for 1843).

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Today in Family History - 23 Oct

My 4th great-grandparents Steven Derks van der Klok and Menje Jans (Thompson line) were married on this day in 1806 in Westeremden (Stedum), Groningen, Netherlands [1].

References
[1] Marriage Records of Westeremden, Netherlands. Baptism and marriage book 1732-1811, page 45.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Today in Family History - 21 Oct

My 2nd great-grandfather David Wilmot Covell, Sr. (Erickson line) was born on this day in 1851 in Ridgebury, Bradford, Pennsylvania [1, 2].

References
[1] Death Records of Muskegon County, Michigan. Death certificate for David Wilmot Covell, Sr.; Book 4, Page 122.
[2] Marriage Records of Muskegon County, Michigan. Marriage license for David Wilmot Covell, Sr. and Emma E. Hobler; Book 2, Page 74.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Today in Family History - 18 Oct

My grandfather Clark Minard Thompson died on this day in 1988 at Heartland Health Care Center of West Houston in Houston, Harris, Texas [1, 2]. He was buried at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Houston, Harris, Texas [1, 2].

References
[1] Death Records of the City of Houston, Texas. Death certificate for Clark Minard Thompson.
[2] Unknown Newspaper. Obituary for Clark Minard Thompson.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Today in Family History - 17 Oct

My 3rd great-grandfather Tiete van der Klok (Thompson line) was born on this day in 1821 in Westeremden (Stedum), Groningen, Netherlands [1].

My 5th great-grandfather Peter Guerrant, Jr. (Baldwin line) was born on this day in 1737 in Manakin, Goochland, Virginia [2].

References
[1] Birth Records of Stedum, Netherlands. Record No. 43 (for 1821). Transcription
[2] The Huguenot, No. 5, The Huguenot Society, 1931. Page 89.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Today in Family History - 13 Oct

My 4th great-grandfather Jeremiah Worsham (Baldwin line) was born on this day in 1788 in North Carolina [1]. This date is taken from the cemetery record. The Bible transcription states his date of birth as 10 Oct 1788 [2].

References
[1] Maxwell, John R., Grimes County Cemeteries Book Two, Second Edition, 2001. Page 20, Bays Chapel Cemetery.
[2] Jeremiah Worsham Family Bible. Transcription of family record.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Paul Thompson Family Photograph

This is another photocopy of a photograph of the Paul Thompson family from circa 1904.
Back row: Emma Julia Christina, Austin William, Esther Lauretta,
 and Edith Paulina Thompson
Front row: Paul Thompson, Alice Maria Thompson, Emma Christina Friedberg 

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today in Family History - 11 Oct

My grandmother Adda Wanda Anders was born on this day in 1924 in Huntsville, Walker, Texas [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]. Wanda's birth certificate was destroyed in a courthouse fire (imagine that). This explains the various birth-related affidavits, etc.

References
[1] Anders Family Bible. Owned by Roy Jacob Anders, Sr. and Georgia Effie Florene Pegoda. "Children's Names" page.
[2] Birth Records of Walker County, Texas. Certification of birth facts for Adda Wanda Anders (based on the Walker County School Census of 03 Mar 1933).
[3] Birth Records of Walker County, Texas. Affidavit to birth facts for Adda Wanda Anders.
[4] Death Records of Madison County, Texas. Death certificate for Adda Wanda Anders.
[5] The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, Texas. 06 Sep 1996; Page 3A; Obituary for Adda Wanda Anders.
[6] Birth Records of Walker County, Texas. Delayed birth certificate for Adda Wanda Anders.
[7] Unknown Newspaper. Obituary for Adda Wanda Anders, 11 Sep 1996.
[8] Pegoda Family Bible, (publication information could not be located in the Bible). "Births" page (grandchildren).

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Today in Family History - 10 Oct

My 3rd great-grandmother Elizabeth Coleman (Erickson line) died on this day in 1857 in Ridgebury, Bradford, Pennsylvania [1]. She was buried at Ashland Cemetery in Wellsburg, Chemung, New York [1].

References
[1] Tice, Joyce M., Tri-Counties Genealogy and History. Cemetery Record for Ashland Cemetery, Chemung County, Page 4 (Comstock to Dean).

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Today in Family History - 09 Oct

My 2nd great-grandfather Frank E. Erickson was born on this day in 1847 in Lindesberg, Örebro, Västmanland, Sweden [1, 2].

References
[1] Death Records of Muskegon County, Michigan. Death certificate for Frank E. Erickson; Book 3, Page 359.
[2] Marriage Records of Muskegon County, Michigan. Marriage license for Frank E. Erickson and Anna Christina Nelson; Book 2, Page 69.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pegoda Ancestry Notes

I have previously posted briefly on our Pegoda family ancestry. While no new primary evidence has surfaced, I have had contact with others in the family in the United States and some potential relatives overseas. The general consensus seems to be that John Pegoda, Sr. (born circa 1822, died after 1900) was likely part of the Pogade family that originated in the mid-1700s from the area known today as Ruda, Poland. The family tree below was put together by Wolfgang Pogade who lives in Berlin, Germany. The best guess would be that John is a long lost son or nephew of Johann Gottlieb August Pogade, born 25 May 1794. Again, nothing is certain as the children of August cannot be traced in their entirety in Poland or Germany. This is general speculation based on family histories and geographical and temporal proximity. (Many thanks to Wolfgang for sharing and helping out!)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Today in Family History - 07 Oct

My 6th great-grandfather William Gilleland (Anders line) was born on this day in 1771 in Pennsylvania [1].

References
[1] Young, Patricia Gilleland and L. Richard Scroggins, The Tree and the Vine, Gilleland Branches from Texas Roots. Page 102.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Today in Family History - 06 Oct

My great-grandfather Roy Jacob Anders, Sr. was born on this day in 1898 in Huntsville, Walker, Texas [1, 2, 3, 4].

Note: Roy's birth place is specified as Huntsville, Walker, Texas on his birth certificate and Montgomery County, Texas on his death certificate. Based on Walker County tax records from 1891 through 1900, Roy's parents were living in Walker County. Therefore, Huntsville is assumed to be the correct birth place.

References
[1] Birth Records of Walker County, Texas. Birth certificate for Roy Jacob Anders, Sr. Front Back
[2] Anders Family Bible. Owned by Roy Jacob Anders, Sr. and Georgia Effie Florene Pegoda. "Family Register" page.
[3] Death Records of Harris County, Texas. Death certificate for Roy Jacob Anders, Sr.
[4] Walker County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 3, Walker County Genealogy Society, Huntsville, TX, 2007. Page 78, Adickes Addition to Oakwood Cemetery.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Mystery of Jane (continued)

I have previously shared a narrative illustrating why we believe that my 4th great-grandmother Jane (Baldwin) was married to a William D. Baldwin. This narrative also attempted to establish that Louisa, the wife of John Covington Thomas, is the first child of William and Jane. There is one piece of evidence to this mystery that I have not seen highlighted publicly very much, so I wanted to give it some attention.

In 1963, a man named Clarence W. Roberson, Jr. of Terrell, Texas produced an unpublished booklet on the family history of his wife, Nannie Fay Sadler, called "The Samuel Washington Lindley Family." Nannie was a great-granddaughter of John Covington Thomas. In this booklet, a pedigree chart was included on page 49 to illustrate several Baldwin and Lindley marriages in the family tree. This chart is shown below (click to enlarge).



Nannie's great-grandfather surnamed Thomas is shown as married to a Baldwin. A little work is needed to identify this Thomas and his wife, but the trail is easily followed with census records and Texas death records to arrive at none other that John C. and Louisa Thomas, the couple who are the common thread in the Jane Baldwin narrative.

There are four reasons why I think great weight should be given to this piece of secondary evidence. First, as I have researched the other content of this pedigree chart, it contains no mistakes. All of the other parent-child relationships and marriages can be proven to be correct.  This does not prove the Thomas-Baldwin marriage to be correct, but it gives a high degree of assurance that it is correct.

Second, as stated by my distant cousin Cathy Magleby, Clarence Roberson's booklet contains the only known complete listing of children of Francis Marion Baldwin and Mary Sadler. Therefore, he and his family had access to general and specific information about the Baldwin family history that no longer exists. It is logical to believe this information extended to Francis' proposed sister Louisa in the pedigree chart.

It should be noted here that three of Francis Marion Baldwin and Mary Sadler's children were alive in 1960 when the Roberson's began their research. So, it is quite possible they had conversations with nieces and nephews of Louisa. This could be where Clarence had access to a reported Francis Marion Baldwin Bible to compile the birth dates of Francis and Mary's children.

Third, the purpose of the given pedigree chart is to illustrate a somewhat complicated set of marriages and family relations between the Lindley, Sadler, Thomas, and Baldwin families. If it were a simple pedigree chart, Mary Sadler and Francis Marion Baldwin would not have been included. The fact that they were included indicates there was specific, relevant information to the purpose of this chart. That information was another Baldwin marriage into the Lindley-Sadler family that also connected to Thomas family.

Fourth, as I have analyzed the life spans of everyone from Nannie Sadler to Jane Baldwin, there is much overlap in their life spans. Part of what we are considering here is how close this report is to Jane Baldwin and Louisa Thomas and how much discontinuity has occurred in the family that would interrupt or corrupt the flow of family history information. Consider the following:

- Jane Baldwin lived past 1870 in Limestone County.
- John and Louisa Thomas probably both died before 1870 in Leon County.
- Children of John and Louisa Thomas lived from 1843 until 1934, in the latter years in Limestone County.
- Children of James "Jim" Hamilton Thomas (grandchildren of John and Louisa) lived from 1871 (in Leon-Madison-Limestone counties until at least 1900) until 1965 (two of them in Terrell, Texas in the latter years). Specifically, Nannie's mother Minnie Pearl Thomas lived until 1957 in Terrell.
- Nannie Fay Sadler was born in 1909.
- Nannie's husband begins compiling family history info in Jan 1960 from Terrell, Texas.

With so much overlap and virtually all of these families remaining in relatively close proximity well into the 20th century, the situation was conducive for sharing and communication of family history.

Therefore, I am quite comfortable with the conclusion that Louisa is a sister of Francis Marion Baldwin and therefore a child of Jane Baldwin. Despite the lack of primary evidence, I think we have likely established the truth. I believe the Baldwin family history developed by Clarence Roberson was done on a firm foundation and is reliable.

Finally, it is important to note that there were very few Baldwins in Texas in the 1840s. If indeed the maiden name of Louisa Thomas was Baldwin, and there is close geographical proximity and interaction between the families of John C. Thomas and Jane Baldwin throughout the 1840s and 1850s, the likelihood of Louisa being the daughter of William D. and Jane Baldwin is very high.

Today in Family History - 05 Oct

My 4th great-grandmother Tabitha Ford (Baldwin line) was born on this day in 1801 in North Carolina [1].

References
[1] Montgomery County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 4, Montgomery County Genealogical and Historical Society, 1981. Page 68, Womack Cemetery.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Today in Family History - 04 Oct

My 2nd great-grandfather Paul Thompson was born on this day in 1847 in Sweden [1, 2]. Efforts to locate the city in which Paul was born and determine his parentage have not been successful as of the date of writing.

My 2nd great-grandmother Anna Christina Nelson (Erickson line) was born on this day in 1851 in Nora, Örebro, Västmanland, Sweden [3, 4, 5].

References
[1] Death Records of Muskegon County, Michigan. Death certificate for Paul Thompson; Book 5, Page 512.
[2] The Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan. 21 Sep 1935, page 2. Obituary for Paul Thompson.
[3] Birth records of Nora Bergsförsamling Parish, Örebro, Sweden. Volume C:9B, Births 1843-1856, record #179 for 1851, (entry for Anna Stina daughter of Nils Larsson).
[4] Death Records of Muskegon County, Michigan. Death certificate for Anna Christina Larson; Local File No. 12.
[5] The Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan. 27 Dec 1943, page 14. Obituary for Anna Christina Erickson.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Pegoda Siamese (Conjoined) Twins

Siamese (conjoined) twins are rare: about 1 out of every 50,000 to 100,000 births. But, while doing research on the descendants of my 3rd great-grandfather John Pegoda, I discovered the birth of Siamese twins in my extended family.

On 23 Aug 1952, Vaudine Colburn Pegoda, wife of Casey W. Pegoda (my first cousin thrice removed), gave birth to a set of conjoined twins. The death certificate indicates they only lived for 13 hours. The twins are buried in Ebenezer Cemetery outside Huntsville, Texas. When I am in Texas again, I plan to visit the Huntsville Library and see if I can track down a newspaper article about the twins. I am sure there was one in the Huntsville Item as this is quite a rare event.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

World War II Flight Log Book

My grandfather, George Avner Baldwin, was a pilot in the United States Marine Corps Reserve during World War II. He was on active duty from 20 Jul 1943 until 16 Nov 1945. During and prior to this time, he kept a flight log book (as was surely required of all pilots). The contents of this book have been digitized to the PDF linked to below.

There are lots of interesting entries during the time he was in the Japanese theater: dive bombing, anti-submarine missions, and so forth. But, the most interesting entry is on page 32 of the PDF: 03 May 1944. A ring is drawn in the "Remarks" column. We believe this is the day he sent a letter to my grandmother (or learned of her acceptance) asking for her hand in marriage.

George Avner Baldwin's World War II Flight Log Book

Monday, October 1, 2012

Today in Family History - 01 Oct

My 2nd great-grandmother Clara Ann Clarke (Baldwin line) died on this day in 1958 at the Pasadena Nursing Home in Pasadena, Harris, Texas [1, 2, 3]. She was buried at McAdams Cemetery in Walker County, Texas [1, 2].

My 5th great-grandmother Judith Ayres (Baldwin line) was born on this day in 1768 in Buckingham County, Virginia [4, 5, 6].

My 5th great-grandparents Robert Rankin and Margaret Kendall Berry (Anders line) were married on this day in 1781 in Frederick County, Virginia [7, 8].

References
[1] Walker County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 2, North Walker County, Walker County Genealogical Society, Huntsville, TX, 2004. Page 96, McAdams Cemetery.
[2] Death Records of Harris County, Texas. Death certificate for Clara Ann Clarke.
[3] B. F. Baldwin, Jr. Bible. Owned by Benjamin Franklin Baldwin. Jr. and Clara Ann Clarke. "Deaths Page".
[4] Nathan Ayres Family Bible. Partial transcription of Ayres genealogy data, The Library of Virginia, Archives and Manuscripts, Ayres family Bible record, 1768-1814.
[6] Mayo, Mary E., Sixteen Hundred Lines To Pilgrims, Lineage Book III, National Society of the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Genealogical Publishing Co. Page 631.
[7] Records of the U. S. National Archives and Records Admin: Revolutionary War Pension Files. File #W26365, Robert Rankin(s). Peggy Rankin's testimony before the Republic of Texas 6th Judicial District Court, 22 Mar 1844.
[8] White, Virgil D., Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files, Volume III: N-Z, The National Historical Publishing Company, Waynesboro, Tennessee, 1992. Page 2812.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Today in Family History - 26 Sep

My 4th great-grandfather Michael N. Clarke (Baldwin line) died on this day in 1858 in Muscogee County, Georgia [1, 2]. He was buried at Linwood Cemetery in Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia [1]. Michael's grave was either never marked, is no longer marked, or the marker is buried since a marker was not found in Feb 2007.

My 6th great-grandparents William Gilleland and Nancy Johnson (Anders line) were married on this day in 1792 in Prince Edward County, Virginia [3].

References
[1] Autry, Dolores (Dowd; Johnson), Historic Linwood Cemetery of Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia, Volume ?. Page 151.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Today in Family History - 25 Sep

My 3rd great-grandmother Sarah A. Rankin (Anders line) died on this day in 1895 in Montgomery County, Texas [1, 2]. She was buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Montgomery County, Texas [2].

Note: The book "Montgomery County, Texas Cemeteries Volume 1" mistakenly lists Sarah as buried in Scott's Ridge Cemetery. Burial in Mount Pleasant Cemetery was confirmed on 24 Nov 2004.

References
[2] Mt. Pleasant Community Scrapbook, Cemetery and Church, Montgomery County, Texas, 1870-1979. Page 66.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Today in Family History - 23 Sep

My 4th great-grandmother Catherine Landrum (Baldwin line) was born on this day in 1799 in Georgia [1, 2].

My great-grandparents Austin William Thompson and Aafje Vandermade were married on this day in 1909 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan [3].

References
[1] Jeremiah Worsham Family Bible. Transcription of family record.
[2] Early Settlers of Montgomery County, Texas, Montgomery County Genealogical Society, 1987. Page 127.
[3] Marriage Records of Muskegon County, Michigan. Book 5, Page 134. Marriage license for Austin Thompson and Orpha Vandermade.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Today in Family History - 21 Sep

My 2nd great-grandfather Paul Thompson died on this day in 1935 in Muskegon County, Michigan [1, 2, 3]. He was the immigrant ancestor for the Thompson line.

My 7th great-grandfather Antoine Trabue, Jr. was reportedly born on this day in 1669 in Montauban, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France. If you know of documentation for this event (primary or secondary), please contact me or leave a comment.

References
[1] Death Records of Muskegon County, Michigan. Death certificate for Paul Thompson; Book 5, Page 512.
[2] The Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan. 21 Sep 1935, page 2. Obituary for Paul Thompson.
[3] Probate Court Records of Muskegon County, Michigan. Probate case No. 16939, Paul Thompson. Page 13

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Epps Island 5th Grade Photograph

I think 5th grade was one of the most memorable years. I don't know if it was just something about that age, or the group of kids, or what. But, I think a lot of it was the teacher - Mrs. Liles. I know for sure myself and several others have very fond memories of her class. Below is our class photograph.
Epps Island Elementary School, 5th Grade class, 1982-83
Houston, Texas

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Epps Island 4th Grade Photograph

The 4th Grade class of 1981-82 at Epps Island Elementary School in Houston, Texas. I am the front row, 3rd child from the right.
Epps Island Elementary School, 4th Grade class, 1981-82
Houston, Texas

Monday, July 30, 2012

Epps Island 3rd Grade Photograph

The 3rd Grade class of 1980-81 at Epps Island Elementary School in Houston, Texas. I am in the 2nd row from the bottom on the far right.
Epps Island Elementary School, 3rd Grade class, 1980-81
Houston, Texas, 12 Feb 1981

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Epps Island 2nd Grade Photograph

The 2nd Grade class of 1979-80 at Epps Island Elementary School in Houston, Texas. I am standing in the middle row, 2nd from the right.
Epps Island Elementary School, 2nd Grade class, 1979-80
Houston, Texas, 25 Feb 1980

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Epps Island 1st Grade Photograph

The 1978-79 1st Grade class at Epps Island Elementary School in Houston, Texas. I am in the middle row, 2nd from the left.
Epps Island Elementary School, 1st Grade class, 1978-79
Houston, Texas, 16 Feb 1979

Friday, July 27, 2012

Epps Island Kindergarten Photograph

This photograph is of the 1977-78 Kindergarten class at Epps Island Elementary School in Houston, Texas. I am in the back row on the far left.
Epps Island Elementary School, Kindergarten Class, 1977-78
Houston, Texas, 21 Feb 1978

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Kenneth and Rose Erickson Wedding Photo

This is a photo of my grand uncle Kenneth Iver Erickson and Rose Margaret Flahive on their wedding day, 14 Feb 1935.
Kenneth Iver Erickson and Rose Margaret Flahive
14 Feb 1935

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Anna Christina Nelson Family

This is a photo of my 2nd great-grandmother Anna Christina Nelson and her children in 1940.
Iver Frank Erickson, Selma Finelia Erickson, Anna Sophia Erickson, Anna Christina Nelson,
Esther Ceraphia Erickson, Ewald Walfred Erickson, and Mauritz Emanuel Erickson, 1940

Monday, July 23, 2012

Clark Thompson Photograph

This is a photograph of my grandfather, Clark Minard Thompson, taken in 1932, probably for his graduation from Bentley College of Accounting in Boston, Massachusetts.
Clark Minard Thompson, 1932

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Evelyn Erickson Photograph

This is a photograph of my grandmother, Evelyn Thorst Erickson, taken in 1926.
Evelyn Thorst Erickson, 1926

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Iver Erickson Children Photograph

This is a photograph from 1910 of the three oldest children of Iver Frank Erickson and Maude Emeline Covell.
Donald Covell,  Evelyn Thorst, and
  Kenneth Iver Erickson, 1910

Friday, July 20, 2012

Paul Thompson Children Photograph

This is a photocopy of a photograph of the children of Paul Thompson, the immigrant ancestor for my Thompson ancestry in America. The photograph was taken in 1898.
Children of Paul Thompson, 1898
Esther Lauretta, Emma Julia, Alice Maria,
Edith Paulina, and Austin William Thompson

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Adda Wanda Anders Photograph

This is a colorized photograph of my grandmother Adda Wanda Anders taken on 25 Jun 1927 when she was almost 3 years old.
Adda Wanda Anders, 25 Jun 1927

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Roy Anders Children Photograph

This is a photograph of my grandmother Adda Wanda Anders and her siblings Joyce Mae and Roy Jacob, Jr. It is not dated but is probably from circa 1930 as Roy looks to be somewhere around 2 years old.
Roy Jacob, Jr.; Joyce Mae; and Adda Wanda Anders
Circa 1930

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Roy Jacob Anders, Sr. Bible

This Bible was owned by my great-grandfather Roy Jacob Anders, Sr. Images of the pages with relevant genealogy information are shown below along with a transcription following.
Front cover

Page before Family Register page
Family Register page

Children's Names page
Marriages page

Deaths page

A transcription of each page is given below. All information in brackets [ ] has been added for clarification.

Family Register Page
- Husband, Roy Anders - born October 6, 1898 [Roy Jacob Anders, Sr.]
- Wife, Georgia Pegoda Anders - born July 25, 1903 [Georgia Effie Florene Pegoda] (Walker County, out from Riverside)
- Married, December 31, 1923
- Roy died Dec. 22, 1957

Page before the Family Register Page
- Robert Lee Anders born June 8, 1863 [father of Roy Jacob Anders, Sr.]
- Jimmie Addie Anders born December 13, 1874 [Anders is maiden name; mother of Roy Jacob Anders, Sr; this date is correct - her grave marker is incorrect]
- married January 10, 1893 [Robert Lee and Jimmie Adda marriage]
(children born to them)
- Lilly Ethel Anders born Jan. … [brother of Roy Jacob Anders, Sr.]
- Roy Anders born Oct. 6, 1898 [Roy Jacob Anders, Sr.]
- Lilly married J. M. Johnson
- Born to her James Melvin Johnson, born Aug. 2 …

Children's Names Page
- Adda Wanda Anders born October 11, 1924
- Joyce Mae Anders born August 27, 1926
- Roy Jr. Anders born March 18, 1928 [Roy Jacob Anders, Jr.]
Grandchildren (all born in Huntsville Memorial Hospital)
(omitted - all still living)

Marriages Page
- Roy and Georgia Anders - December 31, 1923, married 34 years when Roy died December 22, 1957
- Robert Lee and Jimmie Adda Anders - January 10, 1893
- Adda Wanda Anders married George Baldwin Jan. 20th, 1945 - 8 P.M. First Baptist Church, Huntsville, Tex
- Joyce Anders married James J. Dougherty Nov. 27, 1946 - 8 P.M. at Home
- Roy Anders, Jr. married Amy Jean Wilson on April 16, (Sat) 1949 in Santa Ana, Calif, First Baptist Church (military wedding)

Deaths Page
- Robert Lee Anders died June 1, 1928
- Jimmy Adda Anders died April 19, 1952 [this date is correct; her grave marker is incorrect]
- Roy Anders husband of Georgia died Dec. 22, 1957 at about 2:00 P.M.  Buried Dec. 24, at 10 A.M. from First Baptist Church, Rev. W. Y. Pond, Jr. and Rev. Garrett officiated.
- Georgia F. Anders, wife of Roy, died August 19, 1970, buried August 21, 1970 at 2 P.M., First Baptist Church, W. Y. Pond officiated.  Buried by Roy in Addicks Addition of Oakwood Cemetery.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Clark Thompson - 1940 US Census

As successful as it was, I am glad to be done going page by page in the 1940 United States census. My last find includes my grandparents Clark Minard Thompson and Evelyn Thorst Erickson. They are in lines 1 and 2 of the image below (Hartford County, Connecticut enumeration district 2-23, page 61B). The process of finding this record was interesting.

I have a 1940 selective service registration card for my grandfather. Using Google maps, I mapped his 1940 home address and found the nearest cross streets. I then used the "find enumeration district by intersection" feature in the 1940 census at ancestry.com. This led me to the right enumeration district that had some 20 odd pages. Of course, near the end of the pages, there they were. The internet is an amazing tool...

1940 United States Census
Hartford County, Connecticut, ED 2-23, page 61B

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Austin Thompson - 1940 US Census

Page by page searching is working remarkably well in the 1940 United States census. I have also found my great-grandparents Austin William Thompson and Orpha Vandermade. They are in lines 75 and 76 of the image below (Muskegon County, Michigan enumeration district 61-40, page 10B).
1940 United States Census
Muskegon County, Michigan, ED 61-40, page 10B

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Iver Erickson Family - 1940 US Census

Still enjoying the page by page search of the 1940 United States census, I found my great-grandfather Iver Frank Erickson and his family. They are in lines 39 through 45 of the images below (Muskegon County, Michigan enumeration district 61-65, pages 20A and 20B). My 2nd great-grandmother Anna Christina Nelson is also present.
1940 United States Census
Muskegon County, Michigan, ED 61-65, page 20A
1940 United States Census
Muskegon County, Michigan, ED 61-65, page 20B

Friday, July 13, 2012

Lucinda Gregson - 1940 US Census

Still going page by page in the 1940 United States census, I found my 2nd great-grandmother Lucinda Gregson. She is on line 1 of the image below (Muskegon County, Michigan enumeration district 61-65, page 8B).
1940 United States Census
Muskegon County, Michigan, ED 61-65, page 8B

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Loretta Jones - 1940 US Census

Again, going page by page in the 1940 United States, I found my 3rd great-grandmother Loretta Josephine Jones. She is on line 63 of the image below (Walker County, Texas enumeration district 236-11, page 19B). She is living with the wife (Mary Rebecca Jones) of her deceased brother Edmon Foster Jones and her daughter Mary Myrtle.
1940 United States Census
Walker County, Texas, ED 236-11, page 19B

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Roy Anders Family - 1940 US Census

Going page by page right after the 1940 United States census was released, I found my great-grandfather Roy Jacob Anders, Sr. and his family. They are in lines 74 through 79 of the image below (Walker County, Texas enumeration district 236-1, page 7B), my grandmother being the oldest child in the family. My 2nd great-grandmother, James "Jimmie" Adda Anders, is also present.
1940 United States Census
Walker County, Texas, ED 236-1, page 7B

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

S.C. Baldwin Family - 1940 US Census

Going page by page right after the 1940 United States census was released, I found my great-grandfather Spencer Clarke Baldwin, Sr. and his family. They are in lines 21 through 25 of the image below (Walker County, Texas enumeration district 236-1, page 2A), my grandfather being the youngest child in the family.

1940 United States Census
Walker County, Texas, ED 236-1, page 2A

Monday, July 9, 2012

Oak Forest Elementary 1st Grade Class

This is a photograph for the 1st grade class in 1951-52 at Oak Forest Elementary School in Houston, Texas. My father is in the 2nd row from the bottom, 2nd from the left.
Oak Forest Elementary, 1st Grade class, 1951-52
Houston, Texas, 1951

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Garden Oaks Kindergarten Class

This is a photograph for the Kindergarten class in 1950-51 at Garden Oaks Elementary School in Houston, Texas. My father is in the top row, 2nd from the left.
Garden Oaks Elementary, Kindergarten Class, 1950-51
Houston, Texas, 1950

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Another Huntsville Reunion Photo

This is another photo taken at a class reunion for the 1942 class of Huntsville High School (in Huntsville, Texas). The year of the reunion is not known. My grandparents, George Avner Baldwin and Adda Wanda Anders, are sitting in the front row, 3rd and 4th from the right.


Huntsville High School Class of 1942
(undated photograph)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Huntsville High 1942 Class Reunion

This is a photo taken at a class reunion for the 1942 class of Huntsville High School (in Huntsville, Texas). The date for the photo is 11 Jun 1955. My grandmother, Adda Wanda Anders, is sitting in the exact middle of the front row, 8th from the left and right.

Huntsville High School Class of 1942
11 Jun 1955

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Today in Family History - 03 Jul

My 6th great-grandfather Gilbert Denton (Erickson line) died on this day in 1778 during the Wyoming Massacre. I believe he is only one of two direct ancestors that I know of that died during war.

Because of confusion between him and one of his sons, documentation of his death is confusing and scarce. The best the family has been able to determine is that Gilbert died during the massacre while his son Daniel (who was reported killed in the massacre) is well documented to have lived into the 19th century. Gilbert's name on the Wyoming Massacre memorial is listed as "D. Denton."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Today in Family History - 27 Jun

My 5th great-grandfather Dirk Kuijper, Sr. (Thompson line) died on this day in 1825 in Twisk, Noord-Holland, Netherlands [1]. The location of his grave is not known.

References
[1] Death Records of Twisk, Netherlands. Record #14 (for 1825).

Friday, June 22, 2012

Today in Family History - 22 Jun

My 2nd great-grandparents Frank P. Pegoda and Lula Mae Burnett (Anders line) were married on this day in 1902 in Walker County, Texas [1, 2].

References
[1] Marriage Records of Walker County, Texas. Volume J, Page 231.
[2] Pegoda Family Bible, (publication information could not be located in the Bible). Marriage Certificate for Frank Pegoda and Lula Mae Burnett.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Today in Family History - 20 Jun

My 2nd great-grandmother Lula Mae Burnett (Anders line) was born on this day in 1885 in Clay County, Tennessee [1, 2, 3].

My 5th great-grandmother Precilla Boatwright (Anders line) was also born on this day in 1803 in Illinois [4, 5].

References
[1] Death Records of Solana County, California. Death certificate for Lula Mae Burnett.
[2] Pegoda Family Bible, (publication information could not be located in the Bible). "Births" page (children).
[3] Walker County, Texas Cemeteries, Volume 1, South Walker County, Walker County Genealogical Society, Huntsville, TX, 2000. Page 4, Bath (Possum Walk) Cemetery.
[4] Young, Patricia Gilleland and L. Richard Scroggins, The Tree and the Vine, Gilleland Branches from Texas Roots. Daniel Gilleland Bible, Births page.
[5] Holman, Norinne Holder, 170 Years of Cemetery Records in Milam County, Texas, Volume 1 A-M, Armstrong Printing, Inc., Austin, TX, 2001. Page 326, Gilleland Cemetery.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Today in Family History - 18 Jun

My 7th great-grandmother Susannah Young (Anders line), wife of James Gilleland, Sr., reportedly died on this day in 1842 in Augusta County, Virginia. If you have any documentation for this part of the Gilleland family, please contact me or leave a comment.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Huntsville Elementary 1st Grade Class

Continuing the oddly timed class photographs from Huntsville Elementary, today's selection is my mother's 1st grade class in 1957-58. My mother is sitting in the first row, 3rd from the right.

Huntsville Elementary, 1st grade class, 1957-58
Huntsville, Texas, 31 Oct 1957

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Huntsville Elementary Kindergarten Class

Today begins a series of grade school class photographs from the 1950s. This first photograph is for the Kindergarten class in 1956-57 at Huntsville Elementary School in Huntsville, Texas. My mother is in the 2nd row, 5th from the left near the center, with a bear on her shirt (the 2 kids near her on the left have their eyes closed). The picture was taken on Halloween, and obviously the kids are all dressed up. What an odd day for class pictures...

Huntsville Elementary, Kindergarten class, 1956-57
Huntsville, Texas, 31 Oct 1956

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Today in Family History - 13 Jun

My 2nd great-grandparents Minard Vandermade and Jennie Vanderklok  (Thompson line) were married on this day in 1882 in Muskegon, Muskegon, Michigan [1].

References
[1] Marriage Records of Muskegon County, Michigan. Book 2, Page 182. Marriage license for Meindert VanderMade and Janna Klok.