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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 158th Anniversary, Uncle William and Aunt Catherine

It was 158 years ago, 22 September 1861, in Perry County, Ohio, that my great granduncle William Powell Weaver and Catherine Elizabeth Deaver were married. William Powell was the brother of my great grandfather, Lemuel Weaver, and the son of … Continue reading

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Happy 105th Birthday, Gardner!

It was on 30 August 1914 in Toledo.Lucas County. Ohio, that my mother’s cousin, Charles Gardner Griste was born to Charles McKinley and Ethel Jeanette Koontz Griste.  To keep things simple and to keep with the German tradition of using … Continue reading

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Remembering Billy G.

My mother’s cousin, William Gardner Koontz, called Billy G., was born 94 years ago on 19 August 1925, to William Peter and Ethel Emma Chidester Koontz.  William Peter was my grandmother’s brother.  Billy G. was 6 years younger than my … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to Great Great Great Grandparents, an ocean apart!

Two of my great, great, great grandparents were born on 11 August.  One in Würtenburg; one in New York. Alexander Gaertner was born in 1785 in Klein Ingersheim, Würtemburg, to Johannes Gaertner and Christina Leibbrandt.  He married Christina Regina Bauer on … Continue reading

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