Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday's Obituary - Mary M. Boggs

Mary was a sister of my Second Great Grandma Eliza.  Mary died March 28, 1930 at "the ripened age of 81 years, 6 months and 6 days".  She and Eliza lived not far from each other for most of their lives. 

"Mrs. Mary M. Boggs Dies at Home Here
Mrs. Mary M. Boggs passed away at the home of her son, Charles W. Boggs, Friday, March 28th, at the age of 81 years.
The funeral service was held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Church in Tobias, the Rev. E. L. Cochran officiating, and a quartet composed of Mr. W. C. Smith, Mrs. H. A. Trobaugh, Mrs. Frank Bartunek, and Mr. E. A. Stetson, sang.  Miss Estella Maxson accompanied them at the piano.  The body was taken to Clatonia for interment.  A large group of friends had gathered there, and a short service was again held by the Rev. Cochran, assisted by the Rev. Shepard of Clatonia, and the choir of the Clatonia Methodist Church.
Those from out of town attending the funeral were:  Mrs. Jennie Stearn and son Lyle, Denton, Nebr.; Walter W. Boggs, Woodbine, Kas.; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Alberts and daughters Blanche and Grace, Hallam, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Rickard, and son, and daughter Thelma and her two children, all of Guide Rock, Nebr.; Mrs. Carrie Kleopper and daughters Lulu and Norma, and Mrs. Nettie Steinemeyer, all of Clatonia, Nebr; and Miss Elsie Boggs, of Guide Rock., Nebr.

Mrs. Mary Boggs
March 28, 1930 marked the passing of another of the old settlers of Nebraska in the death of Mary M. Boggs at the home of her son, Charles W., in Tobias.
Mary M. Knapp was born in Ohio on September 22, 1848 and left this world for the eternal world on March 28, 1930 at the ripened age of 81 years, 6 months, and 6 days.
On October 17, 1871, she was united in marriage to John W. Boggs, and to them were born nine children, seven of whom are now living; Charles W., of Tobias; George H., of Cummingsville, Nebr.; Mrs. J. S. Rickard of Guide Rock, Nebr.; Albert J. of Grand Forks, Minn.; Walter W. of Woodbine, Kas.; Mrs. Arthur Stearn of Denton, Nebr.; and Mrs. Emma Alberts of Hallam, Nebr.  There are also twenty-seven grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren.  The husband preceded her in death about twenty-seven years ago.
Mrs. Boggs was raised by German parents in the Lutheran faith, but later united with the Methodist Church.
In the year 1884 she came to Nebraska where she has since lived.  For several years she has made her home with her son, Charles, in Tobias, at which place the Messenger of Death found her.
You painted no Madonnas on chapel walls in Rome
But with a touch diviner you lived one in your home
You wrote no lofty poems that critics counted art,
But with a nobler vision you lived them in your heart
You carved no shapeless marble to some high soul design
But with a finer sculpture you shaped this soul of mine
You built no great cathedrals that centuries applaud
But with a grace exquisite your life cathedraled God
~ Thomas W. Fessenden

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Wedding Wednesday - April Weddings in my Family Tree

Whether superstition had anything to do with it or not, no one in my family tree was married on April Fools Day.  April 5th and 15th were the most popular dates with 3 couples each out of a total of 40 couples in my tree that I have a marriage record for who chose a date in April.  This year I'm focusing on the marriage records for my direct ancestors - what I have, what I'm missing.  From my database I printed a report of all marriages by month.  I'm not as familiar with the names several generations back in my tree, I have to look them up to see which branch they are in.  Seeing them individually and out of the pedigree box they're usually in gives me a different perspective.  

In my paternal Great Grandmother Lottie Roscoe's line there are three different couples who were married in April.  First my Third Great Grandparents David Roscoe & Mary Fero were married on  April 6, 1854.  David died soon after their 30th wedding anniversary.

Both sets of David Roscoe's maternal Great Grandparents (my Sixth Great's) were married in April.  On April 3, 1729 John Corbin & Martha Hosmer got married.  And on April 5, 1742 William Harlow & Hannah Littlejohn tied the knot.

Two couples among my maternal direct ancestors had April wedding dates.  

John Vines & Elizabeth Smith were my Great Grandma Sadie Negley's Fifth Great Grandparents.  On April 25, 1723 at Westminster Parish in Anne Arundel County, Maryland they exchanged vows. 

Edward Spann & Margaret Harvey were married on April 4, 1621.  With dates that far back, I'm always amazed when I find a record, but Family Search has it online.  There is no image of the original document, but the Cheshire, England Parish Records have been filmed and indexed by the LDS Church.  Edward & Margaret are Great Grandma Allie Spann's Seventh Great Grandparents.

These marriages all happened so long ago, I'd be foolish to think I could find a photo of each happy couple.  I can't always put a face to a name, so I think outside the pedigree box once in a while for a different look at my ancestors.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday's Faces from the Past - Harvard Kids #1

The photographer is obviously Bruckert from Harvard, Nebraska.

The time frame is around 1900 - 1910.  

Three children, the oldest looks like a boy about 5 years old.  The next younger may be a girl about three, and the infant looks about a year old, the sex is hard to tell.

The only other clue I would have to help identify these kids is that they most likely lived in the Harvard or Eldorado area of Clay County.  If you think you might know these children, please leave a comment!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Newspaper Clippings - Cozad, Nebraska, 1892

There is one reel of microfilm at the Nebraska State Historical Society Library of The News-Reporter from Cozad, Nebraska covering the years 1891-1892.  I searched the entire reel and found one paragraph mentioning my Great Great Grandfather, John McGrath.  It wasn't good news.  But there may be good news for someone else in here.

Cozad News-Reporter, May 14, 1892, pg 1

Column 1
--Carriage harness at Wm Robertson.  See them before buying.
--See those cottenade pants at Allen Bros.
--Single harness at Wm Robertsons See them and get prices before buying.
--If you are wanting a stove, don't fail to call on N. M. Adams and get prices.
--Wm. Robertson has a fine line of whips which he is selling cheap.
--P. W. O'Brien left for North Platte Modnay evening where he will make his future home.
--Wm. Robertson is now prepared to furnish any number of sets of heavy work harness.
--Harry Lefler's restaurant building is nearing completion and Harry hopes to be ready for business by June 1st.
--Can you afford to use tobacco a life time, when you can get cured of the habit for ten dollars.
--Rev. Dillow preached an interesting and practical sermon in the M. E. church Sunday evening.
--E. E. Hart will sell you 3/4 inch black pipe for 6 cents a foot and 1 inch for 8 cents per foot.
--The vault door for the new First National Bank has arrived and the brickwork to the first story is completed.
--The "WORLD'S FAIR" Top buggy at Brown & Hughes is a beauty and price reasonable.  Call and see it.
--Chas. H. Allyn went to Omaha the fore part of the week to purchase billiard and pool tables, returning Wednesday.
--Subscriptions for the Ladies Home Journal taken at this office.  Ask for clubbing rates with the NEWS-REPORTER.
--There will be no preaching in the M. E. Church Sunday morning.  In the evening Rev. Brooks will preach.
--Robt Hanna sells the Davis binders.  This is a new machine in this vicinity and you should see it before buying.
--Robt. Hanna received a sample Osborne binder this week which machine he will handle together with the Davis binder this year.
--C. W. DeGroodt's smiling countenance was seen upon our streets again Tuesday.  Mr. DeGroodt is always a welcome visitor in Cozad.

Column 2
--Buckeye Feed Mills, the best made for sale by Wm. Robertson.
--J. I. Case, Canton, and John Deer, Listers at Wm. Robertson's.
--The Dawson County Teacher's Association is in session at Gothenburg today.

OLD PAPERS, at this Office for 25 cents a hundred.
--The second nines of Cozad and Cottonwood will cross bats in the near future.
--The celebrated Newman Bros. organ for sale by Frank Hubbell.  Inquire at this office.
--Come to the NEWS-REPORTER office to have your job work done.  We do good, honest work at reasonable prices.
--J. T. Cassel, representing the Hub Printing Co., of Kearney, spent Tuesday in Cozad soliciting for a register for the Commercial Hotel.
--J. I. Case lever harrows also the Triumph three wheel sulky plow, the lightest running plow on the market, for sale at Wm. Robertson's.
--Corn planting has benn much delayed by cold, wet weather, and unless more favorable weather is had soon, the corn corn crop of Dawson County will be slim.
--Are you going to buy a binder?  If so get the MCCORMICK, "the King of the Harvest field."  It has no equal.   BROWN & HUGHES
--How about your subscription?  If you are in arrears for a few years don't you think the editor would feel grateful for the payment?  Try him and be convinced.
--John McGrath, of Roten Valley informs us that he lost out buildings and grain to the amount of several hundred dollars by fire, which resulted from a prairie fire.  Others in that vicinity were losers.
--If you wish to have want ads or notices published bring them to the NEWS-REPORTER office.  This paper has a large circulation and that is what counts.  It costs no more to advertise in its columns than a paper having one-fourth the circulation.

Column 1
--Phelps & Transue have seceived a fine assortment of FANCY STUD BRIDLES.  Call early and get your choice from a large assortment.
--BORN - To Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Owens Sunday May 8th, 1892, a son.  E. D. says he will begin teaching him republicanism at an early age that he may follow in the footsteps of his father.
--A car load of Glidden Barb Wire received at N. M. Adams.  This is the best wire on the market.  Figure with him before buying elsewhere.
--Publish your legal notices in a paper having a large circulation.  The NEWS-REPORTER has it and it will not cost any more than it will to have it published in any other paper in the county.
--Wm. Robertson will handle the BUCKEYE BINDER this season and invites those who intendend buying to call and examine the Buckeye before placing their orders.
--Miss Daisy Atkinson met with a painful accident last Saturday while cleaning lamp chimneys.  The chimney broke, cutting a gash on the wrist several inches long which required several stitches to close.

Column 2
--J. E. Dawson will move his family to Seward, Nebr., where Mr. Dawson has secured a position.  The best wishes of the citizens of Cozad go with this estimable family to their new home.  They take the NEWS-REPORTER to get home news.
--Phelps & Transue now have a large stock of HARNESS of all kinds and can fit you out with a set on short notice.  They have also received a new invoice of SADDLES of all styles which they are selling at very low prices.  This firm will save you money and handle only first class stock.
--R. D. Scott and wife gave a musical and elocutionary entertainment in Hanna's Hall Wednesday evening.  The entertainment was largely attended by our citizens and all expressed themselves well pleased.  Mr. Scott, who is blind, has few equals as an organist and baritone singer while his wife is the posser of a sweet soprono voice with which she wins the admiration of an audience.  In voting for the most popular lady in town, Mrs. A. A. Crandell received the majority of votes cast.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sibling Saturday - Spann Siblings

My Great Grandmother Allie had two brothers and seven sisters.  She was born Allie Lucinda Spann, the eighth child of Benjamin Franklin Spann and Hiley Ann Deckor.  You can read what I've written about them before by clicking on their names.  As a quick reminder, they had ten children before Hiley died in 1884 at age 47,  Her youngest child was just a toddler.  Here is the basic info on their children as I have it.  Thanks to a few of their descendants for a portion of what I have learned.

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 Abner Hartwell Spann - born March 18, 1854 in Wayne County.  He married Abigail May Hughes.  I know of 4 sons that they had.  Abner died on February 10, 1932 in Wayne County, he was 77.  He lies in the Elk Spring Cemetery in Monticello.

Amanda Susan Spann - born in 1855.  She married Ephraim Noah Hicks on November 22, 1871.  Little sister Allie was just a few months old.  Ephraim and Amanda didn't have any children that I know of.  At age 87 she died August 29, 1942 in Jefferson, Kentucky and is buried in the Spann Hill Cemetery in Wayne County.  The Spann Hill Cemetery is not the same as the Spann Cemetery where her parents and sister Polly lie.

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Telitha Ann Spann - born May 5, 1858.  She married Jim Stinson and they may have moved to Oklahoma, but I haven't determined that for sure.  

Juda or Julia Angeline Spann - born November 22, 1860.  She first married James Brammer, who died in 1908.  They had 11 children.  In 1910, she married again to Jesse Washington Davis.  Julia died March 27, 1949 and is buried in the Spann Hill Cemetery.  She lived to be 88 years old.

Polly Ann Spann - Her tombstone is inscribed "Polly Ann Spann  Died Sept. 1885  age about 26 yrs".  That's in the Spann Cemetery.  She apparently never married. 

Margaret Jane Spann - born September 23, 1866.  She married Henry Granville Bryant on January 28, 1885.  In 1910, Margaret & her family were living near Wellston, Oklahoma.  Allie and her family moved from Kentucky and stayed with the Bryant's for a while.  Henry & Margaret were the parents of 11 children.  Margaret died February 26, 1928 in Tracy City, Tennessee and is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery.  She was 61.

Tranquilla J "Trannie" Spann - February 23, 1870.  She married Lewis Beck, they had one daughter Mary Effie.  At 22, less than three years after the birth of her daughter, Trannie died on March 15, 1892.  She is buried in the Beck-Rector Cemetery in Murl, Kentucky.

Allie Lucinda Spann - born May 19, 1871.  Click on her name if you would like to read more about her.  I haven't found a birth record for her, several years are missing in the online database at Ancestry.
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Hilda Etta Spann - born May 19, 1878.  Her Find A Grave memorial has the date April 21, 1877 so I wonder if this birth record was created later and her birth date confused with that of her sister Allie.  She and Shelby Bryant (brother of Henry who married Margaret) were married in 1896.  I know of at least three children they had.  They moved to Springfield, Illinois where Etta died on January 7, 1958.  She was 80 years old and now lies in the Old West Cemetery in Athens, Illinois. 

Marrion Washington Spann - born on January 12.  Click on his name to see a photo I posted yesterday.  His delayed birth certificate states his birth year as 1877, but his draft registration has the year 1882.  In the 1880 census Etta is the youngest child at 2 years old and Marrion is not listed.  As I mentioned above, his mother died in 1884.  He married Cora Wither in Monticello on March 15, 1905 and they moved to Illinois.  On April 7, 1959 Marrion died in Springfield, Illinois, survived by five sons and five daughters.  His obituary stated he was 81, putting his birth year at 1878.

Great Grandma Allie grew up in a houseful of girls, and raised a houseful of boys.  Shlived a good long life well into her 80's (87) like a few of her siblings.  

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday's Faces from the Past - Marrion Spann & Allie Bell

This is Marrion Washington Spann and his sister Allie (Spann) Bell, who was my Great Grandma.  I'm not sure when this photo was taken.  Judging by some others I received, it could have been about 1957.  Allie would be around 86.  Marrion was a few years younger, but I have some differences in records showing the year of his birth.   

Marrion, along with his son Joe, made the trip to Nebraska from Illinois to visit his sister and her family.  I got this photo and more from a granddaughter of William Henry Spann, who was a half-brother of both Marrion and Allie.  I am very grateful to her for these, I don't have many pictures of Allie.  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

My Common Characteristics & Experiences Pedigree Chart

Some genealogy bloggers have created “Longevity Pedigree Charts” showing the age at death of their ancestors.  Other bloggers have created “Death Causes Pedigree Charts” showing the cause of death for each ancestor.  I am working on creating a “Common Characteristics & Experiences Pedigree Chart” of my ancestors. 

As I learn more about them from things I read or hear and discover something I have in common with an ancestor, I add that to my chart.  It’s a work in process.  Some things are as simple as sharing a name or birth date.  Other things take more thought.   There are things that I have in common with many of my direct ancestors such as wearing glasses, but I try to use the things that are more unique with each person.  The more I learn, the more I can add to the chart.  No limits, for each ancestor there may be more than one thing we have in common. 

These charts were created for display here.  I'm only showing my Great Grandparents & their parents.  My real chart is in an Excel spreadsheet where I can add as much to each ancestor as I want.  I'd like to someday find out things like among my female ancestors who were registered voters and who held a drivers license.

This is a life-long project.  As I grow older different things may happen that I can add to the chart.  For instance, I may have the misfortune of suffering a stroke like several of them.  Or maybe someday I can add that I have celebrated my 100th birthday like my Great Great Grandmother Eliza.

Paternal Common Characteristics & Experiences Pedigree Chart
Maternal Common Characteristics & Experiences Pedigree Chart