Monday, June 27, 2016

Happy 5th Blogiversary

Better a little late. This is my blog's 5th Anniversary which started in 2011. I'm busy this week at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) and completely forgot about the anniversary! However, I am learning a lot about records for women and children and hope to report on successes in this blog in the future.



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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Where Were Your Ancestors 150 Years Ago?

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings, has a wonderful meme called Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Mostly I get to it on Sunday morning.

My mission is to:

1) Determine where my ancestral families were on 25 June 1866 - 150 years ago.

2) List my ancestors, their family members, their birth and death years, and their residence location (as close as possible). Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3) Tell all about it in my own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

Well, I created a table with the list of ancestors. The ones shaded in blue are my paternal ancestors and the ones shaded in pink are my maternal ancestors. Interesting that the generations are so different between my maternal vs. paternal. My paternal grandmother was old enough to be the mother of my maternal grandmother.

I have no information about houses these ancestors lived in during 1866. For some, I have addresses but there are no houses there or the roads have changed name. For others, it was on a farm....Someday I may visit the small town in Germany and see if I can find the house.

Name
Relationship
Birthdate
Location in 1866
Johan Anton Hork
Great grandfather
9 Nov 1843
Oberhundem, Kreis Olpe, Westfalen
Julia Ann Sievert
Great grandmother
31 Oct 1854
Joliet, Will Co, Illinois
John H Sullivan
Great grandfather
20 Jun 1854
Co Cork, Ireland?
Anna Marie Gleeson
Great grandmother
13 Feb 1860
Richmond, Carleton Co, Ontario, Canada
Maria Catharine Troesster Hork
2x-great grandmother
25 Dec 1813
Oberhundem, Kreis Olpe, Westfalen, Prussia
Vincent Sievert
2x-great grandfather
24 Jan 1823
Joliet, Will Co, Illinois
Susanna Raduntz Sievert
2x-great grandmother
1832
Joliet, Will Co, Illinois
Jeremiah Sullivan
2x-great grandfather
1811
Co Cork, Ireland?
Mary Sheehan Sullivan
2x-great grandmother
1822
Co Cork, Ireland?
John Gleeson
2x-great grandfather
25 Feb 1825
Richmond, Carleton Co, Ontario, Canada
Margaret Tierney Gleeson
2x-great grandmother
24 Apr 1835
Richmond, Carleton Co, Ontario, Canada
John Tierney
2x-great -grandfather
1804
Fallowfield, Carleton Co, Ontario, Canada
Ann Murray Tierney
2x-great -grandmother
1813
Fallowfield, Carleton Co, Ontario, Canada
Reuben M Johnston
2x-great -grandfather
18 Apr 1841
Comanche Co, Texas
Olivia J Jones Johnston
2x-great -grandmother
22 Feb 1859
Comanche Co, Texas
Peter H Hutson
2x-great -grandfather
22 Dec 1853
Alabama? Texas?
Sarah H Selman Hutson
2x-great-grandmother
27 Sep 1858
Cherokee Co, Texas
Ebenezer Loveless
2x-great -grandfather
8 Feb 1851
Chattooga Co, Georgia
Eliza A Rodgers Loveless
3x great grandmother
May 1854
Chattooga Co, Georgia?
George W Lancaster
3x great grandfather
3 Apr 1839
Kaufman Co, Texas
Martha J Polly Lancaster
3x great grandmother
Aug 1855
Montague Co or Kaufman Co, Texas
Ellis W. Lancaster
4x great grandfather
7 Jul 1808
Kaufman Co, Texas
Elizabeth S Neel Lancaster
4x great grandmother
22 Mar 1811
Kaufman Co, Texas
Nathan H Polly
4x great grandfather
27 Jan 1820
Montague Co or Kaufman Co, Texas
Lydia M. [-?-]
4x great grandmother
24 Feb 1828
Montague Co or Kaufman Co, Texas
James M. Coor
3x great grandfather
18 Oct 1833
Copiah Co, Mississippi
Melissa A Welch Coor
3x great grandmother
8 May 1840
Copiah Co, Mississippi
Jesse Loveless
3x great grandfather
30 Nov 1806
Chattooga Co, Georgia
Elizabeth Nixon Loveless
3x great grandmother
1810
Chattooga Co, Georgia
Rebecca Waddell Rodgers
3x great grandmother
1820
Chattooga Co, Georgia
Ann Kethley Coor
4x great grandmother
1792
Copiah Co, Mississippi


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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Three Stories for Father's Day

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is timely. We’re writing about our father’s for Father’s Day.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is:
1) Sunday, 19 June, is Father's Day. Let's celebrate by writing a blog post about your father, or another significant male ancestor (e.g., a grandfather).
2) What are three things about your father (or significant male ancestor) that you vividly remember about him?
3) Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status or Google+ stream post.
My father, William Joseph Hork was born 23 April 1930,  just days after the 1930 census was taken and thus was not on it. His parents were William Cyril Hork and Anna Marie Sullivan. He married Lela Nell Johnston (1934-1992) on 19 April 1953 and they had 6 children. I’m the oldest. He died 13 Oct 2007.

SPORTS.
He kept track of all the football teams
My father loved sports. He played football in high school, especially the position of quarterback. He was left-handed but could throw the ball with either hand, which probably confused the other teams. He loved watching all kinds of sports on television: football, baseball, golf, and boxing. When I was in high school, I remember attending the Oakland Raider games at the Coliseum. This was before the team moved to Los Angeles. We had end zone seats and it always seemed the team scored at the end where we were not sitting! He had one annoying habit, though. He hated traffic and we would always leave before the end of the game “to beat the traffic.” The Raiders were notorious for scoring big in the last two minutes of play and we would hear loud cheering from the parking lot. After the Raiders left, he moved his allegiance to the San Francisco 49ers and I think he became an even bigger fan. It might have been due to having more time spend since he was retired. He also followed the San Francisco Giants and I regret he couldn’t have gone to see the new AT&T Park. He just wasn’t mobile enough for the trek.


GARDENING.
Once my dad  retired, he was able to putt around in his garden. By this time, they were living in the old Potters house across the street which had a very nice yard. There was a swimming pool with lawn, flower beds, and a place to plant a vegetable garden. Summer parties were always enjoyable with the pretty colorful petunias, pansies, and other annual flowers in the background. Later, when he was not as mobile, he hired gardeners to come help him. The yard continued to look nice up to the point when he sold the house to move to a condo.





WORK.
Working at Bon Appetit--he's on the right
My dad worked in the produce business most of his life. He worked for Safeway, LoRay, Ralph, and other small stores. He was in the union  majority of his career except for the short stint with LoRay as a produce buyer in their main office. He worked very early hours, as the deliveries of produce came early and he had to have the store racks looking good. This might have been before there being refrigerated stands and he had to return the cool items to the stands before the store opened. He worked on Sundays most of the time because he got paid double-time on that day and with six kids, more money was needed. His one off day was Tuesday, so we didn’t see much of him on weekends. Because of getting up early, he was in bed and asleep by eight p.m. most days. Another thing he did at the store was make the large signs that used to hang in the front windows announcing that week’s specials. Our living room would have the smell of Magic Markers for hours after the signs were made. His hand printing was very distinct and almost perfect.

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