Archive for June, 2012

To see other Treasure Chest Thursday posts by other bloggers, go to Geneabloggers.com.

I think some of my interest in genealogy has rubbed off on my mom. I love that she is willing to sit and listen to me babble on and on about what I’ve found and what I’m still trying to find.

One of my personal treasures is a scrapbook she made for me for Christmas in 2010. She made one each for my sister and me. I can’t even imagine how much time and effort was required to put together this beautiful record of our family.

She included lots of old photos from all lines of our ancestry, and there are also plenty of recent pictures from my life.

I find myself looking at this book often as I research my ancestors. I love looking at the pictures and putting faces to the names in my family tree. This is definitely something I will always treasure.


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To see more Wedding Wednesday posts by other bloggers, go to Geneabloggers.com.

This is the wedding picture of Robert Ora Ray and Tressa Cross Ray. They were married on March 17, 1904 in Osgood, Indiana.

They had four children:

Crystal Ardrey Ray, born July 18, 1910

Lillian Cora Ray, born September 30, 1912

Robert William Ray, born February 26, 1918

Fern Dolores Ray, born February 28, 1925 (my grandmother)

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Ancestral Map

I recently found a new-to-me online tool called uencounter.me. It is a site where you can map different locations around the world and then connect with other people who have “pinned” the same spot. I thought it would be neat to plot the areas in the Czech Republic that I know are the birthplaces of some of my ancestors. So, here is what I came up with:

I think this will be a fun tool to use if I find the time to really work on it. It’s also fun to plot the places where you have traveled, lived, met people, etc. There are many uses, so you might want to check it out.

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John Swinney Diary, Part 2

I haven’t been able to get much research done lately, but I have taken another look at the diary of John Swinney. I thought I would share a few excerpts that I thought were interesting:

November 6, 1822: “I set off to the estate of Stephen Miller, had but just arrived there when a message came to me that Mother had just died…She has manifested all through her illness a resignation to the will of Providence…and died 74 years of age with the exception of 19 days…[she] evinced the reality of what she believed, leaving this world with a hope full of assurance of a glorious resurrection, desiring to depart and be with Christ, far better.”

November 7, 1822: “Br. Smalley prayed, then the procession moved on to the Presbyterian Church yard at the head of Bridgeton Street, where we paid our last respects to our departed friend, there her sleeping dust to wait the Resurrection morn.”

November 9,1822: “Just at evening had old Henry Hains brought here as a pauper, 83 years, says last June, sent by an order from the Trustees of the Poor House in the State of Delaware.”

[Each page on the right side of the book is notated with the word “Poorhouse.” Based on what I have read about John, I don’t think he should be living in a poorhouse. It sounds like he is in some kind of authority over the farm hands, but it may not be his farm. He talks about some of the “paupers” in the poorhouse as if they are somehow in his charge. So, maybe he had more of a professional reason for living there.]

November 15, 1822: “Set the hands to husking corn, completed it and got in 2 loads. As near as I can tell, I have better than 250 bushels corn. I went to Mill with corn and oats for feed. Mr. Enos F. Randolph had the bridge up. Waited a little and then went over; came home and went to weaving…Warm pleasant weather. Samuel Lambert has buried 4 children in 5 weeks.”

November 16, 1822: “Sabbath day. Pleasant morning, went to church. Sermon by Elder John Davis. His text in 1st Peter 2 ch. 25 verse. “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the shepherd and bishop of your souls.” He illustrated the subject under the idea of sheep and shepherd, etc. 15 minutes intermission, then reassembled and attended the administration of the Lord’s Supper and so dismissed. And returned home a little before night.”

November 17, 1822: “I am informed that Austin has given up the school. Can’t get enough subscribers.”

November 19, 1822: “Charles Davis came and paid me $2 dol. that I lent him nine days ago.”

November 25, 1822: “Arose about day and candle in hand, went into the main house and found that Walker, Lake and Howell had ran away some time in the night, took a chest and stole some shirts and trousers and cleared out.”

November 26, 1822: “I went to the Hopewell School House, put in 14 panes of glass, mended 3 or 5. John Oharron began yesterday to teach.”

November 29, 1822: “In the evening I wove out 43 yards of cotton and wool cloth. Charlotte Daughaty acts as if she was going crazy, or is already so. Any how she acts very strange indeed.”

December 2, 1822: “Have got into the potato house – 19 bushels of radishes, left 22 bushels in the bard to feed to the cows. 7 bushels Ruta Bagas and 3 busels of flat turnips in said house and not done pulling yet. I have weighed one radish 5 lb. and 19 inches in circumference. One other that is 20 inches in circumference.”

December 7, 1822: “…Then was published the proclamation of Governor I. H. Williamson, that he had appointed next 5th day, as a day of thanksgiving and prayer to Almighty God at their respective places of worship, for mercies past.”

I will probably make a few more posts with more of the diary entries as I get them transcribed.

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Mystery Photos

Over Memorial Day weekend, my mom and I spent a few hours going through some boxes of old family photos. There are some really great pictures, which I will scan and post here from time to time. There are also several pictures that are unlabeled and we have been unable to identify. So, here are my mystery photos (click to enlarge):

This one is a painting (not signed)

Recognize anyone? I ask that jokingly, but seriously, if you know someone, tell me! I think the pictures are interesting regardless of who the people are, but I would still like to know who they are! They are probably all from my mom’s side of the family since they were with other photos from that side. Likely surnames are Rork, Ray, Shook, Cross or Swinney.

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