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 Helen Lucina Baldwin

Helen Lucina Baldwin (1855-1932)

Helen Lucina Baldwin was born on 05 Sep 1855 in Wisconsin as the fourth child of Philander Baldwin and Charlotte Johnson. She had four siblings, namely: Mary L., Lorena M., Martha A, and Harvey E. We don’t know exactly where in Wisconsin she was born, but when she was five, the family was living at Medina, Dane, Wisconsin.

It is not clear exactly when Helen ended up in Iowa but it was likely sometime between 1864 and 1869. Two of her older sisters married in Wisconsin in 1861 and 1864, respectively. Her other older … Continue reading

A Quick Trip to Iowa

State Historical Society of Iowa

Nearly every week, a mystery is solved or some interesting twig (or nut) appears somewhere on the family tree. Here is a little news of recent findings.

Making the Trip

On Thursday, I got to spend the day in one of my favorite places – a genealogy research center! As I recommended awhile back when I visited the Minnesota History Center Gale Family Library, I did some preparation before I went. I don’t know that I ever really felt totally ready, but I was armed with a list of things that I wanted to … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Thomas Fawcett

Thomas Fawcett (1795-1865)

Thomas Fawcett was born on 16 Feb 1794/5 in Frederick, Virginia as the thirteenth and youngest child of Thomas Fawcett and Martha Branson. His parents were of the Quaker faith, so his birth was recorded as 16th day, 11th month, 1794. Their year started in mid-March, so the 11th month was February. Thomas had twelve siblings, namely: John, Richard, Martha, Rachel, David, Hannah, Lydia, Thomas (died as child), Joseph, Mary, Eunice (died young), and Eunice.

When Thomas was about twenty years old, he and his parents removed from Virginia and resettled in Ohio. As Quakers, they had … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen Morris (1661-1743)

Elizabeth Bowen was born on 26 Jan 1660/61 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the second child of Henry Bowen and Elizabeth Johnson. She had nine siblings, namely: Henry, John, Margaret, Maria, Margaret, Abigail, Penuel, Esther, and Isaac. Elizabeth Bowen was baptized on 27 Jan 1660/1, a day after she was born, in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

[Before we really get started, here is a note about place names… the names listed are what the places are called now. When Elizabeth was alive we did not have states or even have thirteen colonies. The New World was just being settled … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Hope Borden

Hope Borden (1747-<1810)

Hope Borden was born on 28 Oct 1747 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island, USA as the first child of John Borden and Susanna Pearse. She had ten siblings, namely: Thomas, Richard, Benjamin, Ann, Joshua, Mary, Sarah, Susannah, John, and Ruth.

When she was 20, she married Ezra Brownell, son of George Brownell and Sarah Bailey, on 20 Oct 1768 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

Ezra Brownell and Hope Borden had fifteen children:

  • Ezra Brownell was born on 19 Jan 1769 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. He married Amanda Davidson. He then married Nancy Dorn. He died … Continue reading
  • Happy Birthday James W Huleress Fawcett

    James W Huleress “Hugh” Fawcett (1848-1935)

    James W Huleress Fawcett was born on 12 Aug 1848 in Belmont, Ohio as the second child of Simeon Fawcett and Margaret Woods. He had seven siblings, namely: Nathan Emmett, Euclid B., Charles Noble, Orlando Nefagus F. R., Reno C., Hannah Tursey, and Utah. He was called Hugh. When he was very young, his parents relocated the family from Ohio to Iowa. During his childhood he lived in a variety of places. In 1850, the family lived in Newport, Johnson County, Iowa. In 1860, they lived in Washington, Washington County, Iowa.

    When he was … Continue reading

    Happy Birthday Robert Fitz Randolph (1712-~1803)

    Robert Fitz Randolph (1712-~1803)


    Robert Fitz Randolph was born on 19 Jul 1712 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey as the fifth child of Edward Fitz Randolph and Katherine Hartshorne. The date was listed as the 19th day of the 5th month of 1712, but double dating was still in use, so the first month was March and the fifth month of the year was July. Robert had nine siblings, namely: Richard, Edward, Thomas, Mary, Nathaniel, Margaret, Eseck, Hugh, and Hartshorne. His parents were members of the Society of Friends, commonly called the Quakers. Robert’s birth was recorded in the … Continue reading

    Happy Birthday Lona Iona Fawcett

    Lona Iona Fawcett (1902-1973)

    Lona Iona Fawcett was born on 28 Jun 1902 in Sac City, Sac, Iowa as the only child of Harry Allen Lawrence Fawcett and Barbara Mary Meyer. She was so tiny when she was born that she fit into a shoe box. She never did get very tall. As an adult she stood only 4’9″ tall. She grew up in Sac County, Iowa during her youth.

    Lona Iona Fawcett. Continue reading

    Happy Birthday Barbara Mary Meyer

    Barbara Mary Meyer (1881-1972)

    Barbara Mary Meyer was born on 09 Jun 1881 in Mendota, La Salle, Illinois as the child of  Jacob B. Meyer and Barbara Mary Stadler. She had nine siblings, namely: Jacob, Frank M, Mathias, Robert, Christena, Katharina, Jerome Adam, Hieronimus, and a sister who died as an infant. Barbara was the seventh of the living children. She had two younger brothers.

    Her parents had both been born in Germany and immigrated to the United States. Her father fought for the Union in the Civil War. Afterwards, he met her mother and they started their family … Continue reading