Going back 102 years to 18 October 1915

Most days of most lives are “ordinary.” But, our ordinary is likely very different than the ordinary of our ancestors. Though, in some ways things are probably similar. So, this is the first of a series of what will become regular blog posts in which we will go back in time to explore what our ancestors may have been doing on a certain date. This idea was inspired by Roberta Estes’ blog post, On This Day – What Were Your Ancestors Doing? – 52 Ancestors #170. She picked a day and went back 100 years. I’m putting a slightly … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Jane Elizabeth Cornell

Jane Elizabeth Cornell (1853-1942)

Jane Elizabeth Cornell was born on 17 Jul 1853 in Grass Lake, Jackson, Michigan as the only child of Peter Morris Cornell and Elvira Mary Palmer. Jane’s mother died when she was only a year and a half old. Her father headed west to pursue opportunities during the gold rush. He ended up settling in California, remarrying, and starting a second family. Jane was left in Michigan to live with her widowed grandmother, Jane Russell Palmer. The Civil War affected her childhood in Washtenaw County, Michigan. She was not quite eight-years old when it started in … Continue reading