Friday, December 9, 2011

For my Step Mother, Cherie

This is your great grandmother, Effie Jane Towell (1868-1959)  Your Fathers Mothers Mother. (sorry about the small photo, It's all I could find)

Effie Jane came to Idaho in a covered wagon in 1881 from Missouri.

Monument at Midvale, Idaho. It lists all the names of those that crossed the plains on the Oregon Trail, from Mercer Co. Missouri to Middle Valley Idaho.

This is Isaac Alexander Towell, (1835-1922) Effie Jane's Father,  He's from Indiana. He Enlisted in Company C, Iowa 8th Cavalry Regiment on 17 Aug 1863.
Promoted to Full 8th Corporal on 26 Sep 1864.
Mustered out on 13 Aug 1865 at Macon, GA.

This is his Wife, Emily Fletcher (1841-1920) Your 2nd great grandmother.

 Here is Isaac and Margaret Towell, Your 3rd great grandparents.Issac started his trade of blacksmith at the small river town of Towell, Virginia in Lee County where his father ran the ferry across the river.

And we can't forget these photos.....

Miss Cherie Delashmutt, Benjamin Franklin High School  1956

Love you!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Carl L. Elder 1938-2011

Last week another Elder went home to be with the Lord.

 My father's brother, Carl.

Carl L. Elder, 73, passed away Tuesday October 18, 2011, at Oakwood Health Campus.

He was born in Cannelton on August 1, 1938, son of the late Paul and Celestine (Gedling) Elder. He was also preceded in death by a sister Margie Sixx and brothers Joe, Bill and John Elder and a brother, Randall, in infancy.

John and Carl Elder
Carl was a 1957 graduate of Cannelton High School. He was united in marriage on November 3, 1962, in St. Mark Catholic Church to the former Mary Kay Spath, who survives him.

He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and retired from Tell City Chair Company. Carl was a member of Perry County Democrats, had served on the Perry County Council for twelve years and was a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus #1172. He had coached Little League, served as president of the Local Union 355 and was currently serving on the Tell City Electric Board.

He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Indianapolis Colts fan. He enjoyed IU and U of E basketball attending games with his son. He also enjoyed spending time attending his granddaughter’s activities and keeping up with technology.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Kay Elder, Tell City; a son, Brian Elder (Debbie), Tell City; daughter, Carla Moman (Tim), Indianapolis; brother, Bob Elder, Ferdinand; grandchildren, Abbey and Hannah Moman and Katie Elder and a loyal companion, his dog, Buddy.

John, Carl and Bob Elder
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 21, 2011 at St. Paul Catholic Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Rev. Barnabas Gillespie O.S.B. will officiate. Visitation will be from 3:00 until 8:00 PM on Thursday and from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM Friday at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel. There will be a Knights of Columbus memorial service on Thursday at 6:30 PM at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tell City Jr.- Sr. High School Athletic Department or St. Paul Catholic Church.

Carl and Brian Elder

Carla and Father Carl.
So long Uncle Carl.....You will be missed.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Odds and Ends

You never know what will come up in a search.

While searching the family name Beavin the name of Spath came up. I knew that there were Spath's somewhere in the family tree and after a family search I came up with Aunt Brenda's name. After a message to confirm that theses were indeed her family I searched more.

 The Spath farm house in Perry Co. Indiana.

Aunt Brenda told me that this was the house she grew up in.
We think this is her Great Grandfather Johann (John) Spath, Grandfather, Henry Spath and Grandaunts Maggie and Annie.

Awhile back I was searching for photos.....

This is Annie Mabel Elder (1885-1907). I haven't found a connection to our family but thought that this young girl looked a lot like my sister Joan's daughter Sophie.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Things I found this week.

Great Grandpa Wold's Drug Store in Medford, Oregon

 A attorney friend is looking into this case for me, Philip Blodgett is my Great great grandfather on my Mothers side.
Captain George Elder, Company G, 26th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, U.S.A.; later promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the 115th U. S. Colored Infantry.

My 1st cousin 4x removed
Little bit of history. The Burgess family is from my Mom's side. Her Grandmother Grace was a Burgess.
The Burgess family was full of actors and singers.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Elders in the News

Charles Coomes Elder, My Great great grandfather

  •                                      January 02, 1907Breckinridge Co. KY     

Honor roll,  Celestine Gedling, My grandmother and William Gedling is my Great uncle.

My Great great Grandmother, Martha Jane Beavin Elder

  •                                       June 09, 1920Breckinridge Co. KY

My great Aunt Irene Elder

  •                                          November 18, 1908Hardinsburg, KY.

Monday, August 22, 2011

On My Mothers Side

Donald Burgess Wold 

Donald is my Grandfather. Like my other Grandfather, he died before I was born. I always think about what I could have learned about life if I had the chance to sit with my Granddads.

Donald was adopted by Jonas and Grace. Family history says that Donald was the son of one of Grace's brothers, Which one we don't know.

His parents were Jonas And Grace Burgess Wold.
Jonas was born in Lerenger, Norway in 1872. He came to America in 1880 or 1884 (census records show 3 different dates). There is no record of his parents that I can find.

Jonas lived in Fargo, North Dakota and married Grace in 1904 in Brookfield, Missouri.

They moved to Oregon around 1906. Jonas had a drug store in Medford and was leader of the community.

Grace was born in 1880 in Leray, Minnesota. The 1900 census shows Grace as a teacher, living with her parents in Minnesota. Grace had 3 brothers who were actors and a opera singer.

Jonas passed away in 1946 and Grace in 1958.

My Grandmother,
Anna June Owens (1920-1996)
Grandma was born in Oregon and spent her younger days in Del Norte Co. California.

Grandma was a nurse, and was working at Madigan Army Hospital, Fort Lewis, WA. where she met her 2nd Husband, Ed Zoll.

Anna June's parents were  Arther Owens and Annie Blodgett.

Arthur was born in 1877 in Nebraska. His family moved to Oregon around 1880. Arthur was a teamster, a farmer and worked for the California state Highway. Arthur was also very handy with tools and wood. In his retirement he spent his time building sled-type flat bottom boats. Arthur passed away in 1957.

Annie and Daughter Mary Alice
Annie was born in 1883. Her mother, Nancy, was full blooded Wintu Indian and her father was a white man, Philip Blodgett, A 49er from Illinois.

Annie was first married in 1899 to a James Brodnax. They were married less that a year. 1900 census shows Annie listed a as widow. How James died is a mystery.

But the 1900 census lists Arthur right below Annie. They would marry later that year.

Annie passed away in 1945 in Crescent City, CA. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More than just Elders

Going WAY back in time.....

Charles Beaven, (I have found two different spellings of that last name . Beavin and Beaven) Born in 1645 in  Carnarveon, Wales is my 8th great grandfather.                                                              
Carnarveon, Wales

Charles came to America in 1666.
He owned a plantation in Prince George Co. Md on the Patuxent River.
This plantation was later purchased by my 6th great grandfather, William Elder in 1736 for " for 60 lbs. sterling" according to   PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, MD. LAND RECORDS (Book T, folio 560.

Thomas Walker, My 10th great grandfather (1560-1586) was born in Presteigne, Radnorshire, Wales


I haven't been able to find much on Thomas Walker, His son, William died in  Easthem, MA. in 1625, Being the first Walker I found here in America.

On the Gedling side comes John Gedling,  My 5th great grandfather. John was from County Durham, England.
The Gedlings were a little late getting to America. Johns son, Joseph, was the first. Coming to New York City aboard the Hark-Away in 1834.

Manifest for the Hark-Away
        Joseph, His wife Cathrine, and 4 Children  headed out to Ohio.