Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We Are Family

In February  of 2015 I was blessed to be able to go to Stockton, CA for my Aunt Dolly's 90th Birthday (A Surprise to her). I flew from Bismarck, ND and my Mom flew from Chicago and we met 3 of my Cousin's at the San Francisco airport and drove to Stockton. We had a wonderful time catching up. I hadn't seen many of them since I was a young girl.  My Aunt has 11 children.

We eat some wonderful food I had never had before and seen the most beautiful country.

Here are a few photo's of my Aunt's Birthday Party.

Aunt Dolly's 90th Birthday Party

All 11 of her children came

After the Birthday Party we went to Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, CA and stayed a week in a condo right on the beach!! I was in Heaven. I will treasure these memories for the rest of my life.

Here's some photo's

Aunt Dolly

Aunt Dolly, Sister Ruth and all her kids and some grandchildren

Cousin's enjoying the beach and each other's company

Looking out the back door of the condo

Our Condo the back door faces the beach
I am so blessed to have an amazing family, Thank you all and thank you God for letting us have this time together.

Monday, September 19, 2016

They Came On Ship's

I can pretty much guarantee you that your ancestors came from  other places around our globe. Maybe Italy, Sweden or even China. They most likely came to America on a ship. 

Several of my ancestors came over on ships and I have listed them here and a photo of them and the ship when possible.

Let's see their stories

Frederick William Kubberness was my Paternal Grandfather. He traveled with his parents and sibling from a small village in Lavin, Melchin, Germany. They traveled to the nearest port in Bremerhaven and boarded the ship Trave in 1888.

Frederick William Kubberness

Joseph Whiting my 2nd Paternal Great- Grandfather
Name: Joseph Whiting
Arrival Date: 3 Jul 1857
Birth Date: abt 1839
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality: English
Place of Origin: England
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Destination: United States of America
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Constellation

Jebus Wilkinson my Paternal 3rd Great-Grandfather 

Arrived in New York from England on 26 May 1849 at age 28 aboard the "New World"

John Henry Becker Came to America from Germany on 22 jun 1852, he was 22 years old arriving in New York aboard the ""Vorwarts" He was my 2nd Maternal Great-Grandfather

John Henry Becker & his wife Margaret Helen Kuttenkuler 50th Ann

Vorwarts (Means "Forward")

William Cowne My 6th Maternal Great-Grandfather came over to America from England On The Chesapeake.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Peter's Lines

I have Two Peter's Lines. They are on my Paternal side. One line is Nellie Peters who married William Kubberness (Dad's Uncle) my dad's adopted family. They there's his biological side Dorothy Peter's (His Mom).

Is this a coincidence or are they some how related??? A mystery I want to solve. 

My dad was born 17 July 1935 in Hills, MN. The story told to me by his mother's sister is as follows. Dorothy got pregnant with him while in her Senior year of high school and her family sent her to live with friends in Hills, MN the lady was a nurse. No one seems to know who the father is. 

Here's a copy of his adoption paper's


He was almost a year old when adopted from the children's home. I understand it takes a while to adopt a child. My question is how did Fred & Ruth find out about my dad? 

Now Miss Nellie Irene Peters born 08 Sep 1889 in Cherokee, Cherokee, Iowa. My grandmother Ruth Converse Kubberness was born 06 Jan 1897 in Aurelia, Cherokee, Iowa another Coincidence?

Nellie married  "William" Wilhem John Kubbernus Frederick William Kubberness Brother. Coincidence? 

Ok let's discuss Dorothy Peter's line. 

Dorothy Mary Peters

BIRTH 13 JUN 1914  Sheridan, Wyoming
DEATH 06 JAN 1989  Merced, California

Her Parents were Martin Richard Peters and Louise Sack in 1930 they lived in Edgmont, SD. While Fred & Ruth Kubberness lived in Arlington, SD

I feel there is a connection somewhere between these families and that my dad's adoptive family is blood. Only time will tell as I continue to do my research and find that missing link.

Related To Royalty???? How Cool Is That???

    My 15th Great-Grandfather on my Mother's, Mother's side.
    Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus was born circa 1453.1 He was the son of George Douglas, 4th Earl of Angus and Isabel Sibbald 1 He and Catherine Seton were engaged on 30 September 1461.1 He married, firstly, Elizabeth Boyd, daughter of Robert Boyd, 1st Lord Boyd of Kilmarnock and Mariot Maxwell, on 4 March 1467/68.1 He married, secondly, Janet Kennedy, daughter of John Kennedy, 2nd Lord Kennedy and Lady Elizabeth Gordon, circa 1498.1 He married, thirdly, Katherine Stirling, daughter of Sir William Stirling, 2nd of Keir and Margaret Crichton, on 1 June 1500.2 He and Katherine Stirling were separated before 1513.1 He died between 29 November 1513 and 31 January 1514 at Priory of St. Ninian, Galloway, Scotland.1
      Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus also went by the nick-name of 'The Great Earl'.1 Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus also went by the nick-name of 'Bell the Cat' for his courage in initiating opposition to King James III's favourites at court.1 He succeeded to the title of 5th Earl of Angus [S., 1389] on 14 November 1462.1 He was created 1st Lord Douglas [Scotland] in 1475/76.3 He held the office of Warden of the East Marches on 11 April 1481.1 He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.).1 He held the office of High Chancellor [Scotland] between 1493 and 1498.1 His marriage to Janet Kennedy was annulled circa 1499.1 Cokayne writes that "his advice to the King against the fatal engagement at Flodden being insultingly received, he quitted the field shortly before the fight, bidding his two sons remain, both of whom were there slain, with their King."1 He has an extensive biographical entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.4
Children of Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus and Elizabeth Boyd
George Douglas, Master of Angus+5 b. c 1469, d. 9 Sep 1513
Sir William Douglas+6 b. bt 1470 - 1475, d. 9 Sep 1513
Lady Marion Douglas+2 b. bt 1470 - 1477
Elizabeth Douglas2 b. bt 1471 - 1478
Lady Janet Douglas2 b. bt 1472 - 1480
Gavin Douglas2 b. c 1475, d. Sep 1522
Sir Archibald Douglas2 b. a 1475, d. c 1536

Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus (1449 - October 1513), was a late medieval Scottish magnate. He became known as "Bell the Cat". He became the most powerful nobleman in the realm through a successful rebellion and established his family as the most important in the kingdom.

Angus, born about 1449 at Tantallon Castle in East Lothian, succeeded his father, George Douglas, 4th Earl of Angus, in 1462 or 1463 at the age of just fourteen.
In 1481, Angus became Warden of the East March, but the next year he joined the league against James III and his favorite, Robert Cochrane, at Lauder. Here he earned his nickname by offering to "bell the cat"-specifically, to deal with Cochrane-beginning the attack upon him by pulling his gold chain off his neck, and then ordering the hanging of Cochrane and others of the king's favorites. (The phrase "to bell the cat" comes from one of Aesop's fables, "The Mice in Council", and refers to a dangerous task undertaken for the benefit of all.)
Subsequently he joined Alexander Stewart, Duke of Albany, in league with Edward IV of England on 11 February 1483, signing the convention at Westminster which acknowledged the overlordship of the English king. However, in March Albany and Angus returned, outwardly at least, to their allegiance, and received pardons for their treason.
After a period of peace between them, Angus and the king again started to quarrel. Angus now decided to rebel against the king. Having the support of the Scottish nobility this time, he marched against James III and they fought the Battle of Sauchieburn during which the king was killed.
Angus became one of the guardians of the young king James IV. but soon lost influence, to the Homes and Hepburn's, and the warden-ship of the marches went to Alexander Home. Though outwardly on good terms with James, Angus treacherously made a treaty with Henry VII around 1489 or 1491, by which he undertook to govern his relations with James according to instructions from England. He also agreed to hand over Hermitage Castle, commanding the pass through Liddesdale into Scotland, on the condition of receiving English estates in compensation.
In October 1491 he fortified his castle of Tantallon against James, but had to submit and to exchange his Liddesdale estate and Hermitage Castle for the lordship of Bothwell.
In 1493 Angus again returned to favor, receiving various grants of lands. He became Chancellor, which office he retained till 1498. In June 1497 he opened talks for the surrender of Perkin Warbeck at 'Jenyn Haugh'.[2] In 1501, in disgrace once more, he was confined to Dumbarton Castle. At the disaster at Flodden Field in 1513, though absent himself, Angus lost his two eldest sons. As the Scottish nation licked its wounds, Angus won appointment as one of the councilors of Margaret Tudor the queen regent; but the newly appointed councilor died at the end of October 1513. His successor to the Earldom of Angus was his grandson, Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Harcey Story

William Harcey was born in Ireland in 1811 and died 27 Nov 1876 in St Charles, Winona, Minnesota. Son of William Harcey and Mary.
William Harcey Secretary  

William Harcey farm, Section 36, St. Charles Township, Winona County, MN., in the 1890's

On 02 Dec 1850 in Searsburg, Bennington, Vermon he married Mary Jane Gallup dau of Beniah Gallup and Sarah Sally Crozier.

19th century painting of Worth Post Office 

Beniah Gallup

Mary Jane Gallup

Mary Jane Gallup was born 07 May 1831 in Searsburg, Bennington, Vermont and died 30 Jan 1897 in St Charles, Winona, Minnesota.

They had 4 children:

Thomas Edwin Harcey

Otis L Harcey
Frank Beniah Harcey

Estella M Harcey