Monthly Archives: October 2019

Halloween is not just for Harry Houdini

I got to thinking about the legend of Harry Houdini and his death and subsequent haunting linked to Halloween — it might be because I live in metropolitan Detroit where Harry died and subsequently is supposed to have come back … Continue reading

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Remembering 9 Times Great Grandfather Sprague on the 344th Anniversary of His Death.

William Sprague, my nine times great grandfather, was born in England, the son of Edward Sprague and Christiana Holland .  He married Millesaint Eames, the daughter of Anthony Eames and Margery Pierce.  He had migrated to America in 1628 and … Continue reading

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Happy 147th Birthday, Cousin Anna May!

  On 25 October 1872, my first cousin, three times removed, Anna May Jenks, was born in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, to Leman Case and Lucinda Crandle Jenks.  She was the second of three children in birth order for her … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Birthday, Aunt Leila!

It was 100 years ago, on 22 October 1919, that my Aunt, Leila Marie Weaver, was born on Tireman Avenue, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, to Lee Goodliff and Florence Marie Koontz Weaver.   She was born in the upper unit of … Continue reading

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Happy 225th Birthday, Uncle Chauncey!

It was 225 years ago, 17 October 1794, that my third great granduncle, Chauncey Lee was born in Guilford, Connecticut, to William and Mary Summers Lee.  Chauncey was the eldest of the 8 children; the first four born in Connecticut; … Continue reading

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It took 20 years, but I finally got it done!

My second cousin, once removed, Elizabeth Mae Sturman Sadlier, gave me the the manuscripts of the records of the Jenks family reunions from 1911 through 1927 back in 1997.  I transcribed them and let them “age”.  I have finally gotten … Continue reading

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Happy 152nd Birthday, Cousin Mary Lee!

My first cousin, 3 times removed, Mary Lee was born 152 years ago on 14 October 1867, in Farmington, Oakland County, Michigan, to George H. and Julia Waters Lee.  Mary was the third and final child in birth order of … Continue reading

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Happy 339th, Grandfather Smith!

339 years ago, 12 October 1680, in Providence, Rhode Island, my 7 times great grandfather, Joseph Smith was born to  Edward and Anphillis Angell Smith. Joseph married Patience Mowrey, daughter of Nathaniel and Joannah Inman Mowrey, in 1706, also in … Continue reading

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Happy 142nd Anniversary Uncle David and Aunt Anne!

142 years ago, 11 October 1877, in Perry County, Ohio, David Shreider Weaver and Anne Neusome were married.  David was my great granduncle, brother of my great grandfather, Lemuel Weaver.  I have very little information about Uncle David and Aunt … Continue reading

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Happy 130th Birthday, Aunt Ethel!

It was 130 years ago, 9 October 1889, in Ligonier, Noble County, Indiana, that my Grandaunt, Ethel Jeannette Koontz was born to Casmear P. and Phebie Ann Gardner Koontz.  Aunt Ethel was the second in birth order of C.P. and … Continue reading

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