Going back 75 years to 13 December 1942

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. I’m using a random number generator to decide how many years to go back in time.  The intent is to see which ancestors were living, where they lived, the basics of what was going on in their lives, and what was going on in the world around them.

13 December 2017 – Wednesday

Here in 2017, we are counting down the days to Christmas. In Southern Minnesota, we only have a dusting of … Continue reading

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

Happy Birthday Joshua Wolcott

Joshua Wolcott (1708-1753)

Birth

Joshua Wolcott was born on 15 Jun 1708 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut as the seventh child of George Wolcott and Elizabeth Curtis. He had nine siblings, namely: Elizabeth, Deborah, Ann, George, Caleb, Eunice, David, Josiah, and Sarah. Joshua was baptized on 27 Jun 1708 at Wethersfield.

Along with his mother, Joshua was named as the executor of his father’s estate. The father, George Wolcott, died in 1726. Joshua inherited all of the lands that his father owned in Wethersfield, the dwelling house, the barn, the orchard, the gardens and all of George’s household goods. But, he … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Priscilla

Priscilla (1768-1851)

Priscilla was born 29 May 1768 in New York. But, we don’t even know her last name. Many people on the internet have her last name as Smith, but it seems that they all just point to other people’s trees on Ancestry as sources, so for all we know, someone may have just said “I dunno, let’s just call her a Smith.”

While her early life is lost to us, we know that when she was 20, she married Jonathan Russell, son of Samuel Russell and Esther Wolcott, in 1789 at Dutchess, New York. They lived in … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Mary Leona Stolp

Mary Leona Stolp.

Mary Leona Stolp (1871-1915)

Mary Leona Stolp was born on 06 Apr 1871 in Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois as the youngest child of Ludwig Stolp and Catherine Elisabeth Orth. Her parents were immigrants from Germany. She had thirteen siblings, namely: William, Adolph Edward, Amelia, Louis L, Theodore, Louise, Caroline, Julia, John S, and Henry. The names of two others, who died as infants, are not known.

When she was 26, she married Frank Palmer Miller, son of George Leifheite Miller and Jane Elizabeth Cornell, on 29 Dec 1897 in Sandwich, De Kalb, Illinois.

Their marriage came just two weeks after … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Floyd Boyce Phillips

Floyd Boyce Phillips (1891-1971)

Floyd Boyce Phillips was born on 07 Dec 1891 in Aurora, Kane, Illinois as the third child of Guy Allison Phillips and Gertrude Lovin Boyce. He had four brothers, namely: Roy Selam, Albert Harold, Arthur Guy, and Charles Verne.

Floyd grew up in Illinois, but as a young man, joined brothers to farm in Canada. He headed north in the summers and then came home to Illinois for winters. While in Canada, Floyd played baseball. Floyd served in World War I and was deployed to France.

When he was 33, Floyd Boyce Phillips married Leona Catherine … Continue reading