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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Obituary

My Grandmother Ruth Gwendola Converse Kubberness was born 6 Jan 1897 in Aurelia, Cherokee, Iowa and Died 10 April 1974 in Brookings, Kingsbury, South Dakota.

My Grandma Kub's influence was substantial to my life, even though she passed away when I was 8 years old. She was a pillar of her community and very active in her church. She wore her heart on her sleeve and taught me how to love conditionally no matter how others treat you.

Her death was my first expirence with the loss of a loved one and it shook my world. I remember going to the hospital and seeing her. I didn't know she was dying. I saw her laying in the bed and thought she looked different, all yellow. She saw bugs that weren't there and my brother and I made a game out of chasing the imaginary crtters away.

When we went to the funeral home and I saw how beautiful and peaceful she looked sleeping in her coffin, I touched her hand and said "Gramma I love you, please wake up." I lend over and kissed her on the cheek and said my good bye's with tears falling down my cheeks like raindrops.

Soon after we buried her we move from South Dakota to California and I was hurt, angery and confused. I felt lost and wanted my Gramma back. I cried every night for her for a week. Then one night as I was crying she appeared before me. A bright soft yellow light illuminated her. She looked like an angel. I asked her why she left me and when she was coming back. She said "I am in heaven with your Grandpa and someday you will see me again, don't cry for me. I love you and you parents will take good care of you." She faded away and I have never cried for my Gramma Kub again.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sorting Saturday

When my grandmother Ruth Gwendolda Converse Kubberness died on 10 April 1974. My dad and his sister Betty took turns picking things out they wanted of hers.
It was a sad time losing my first grandparent and first death I remember. I was about 8yrs old and My Aunt betty and dad stood in the living room and started with gramma's nick nacks on the shelves. Aunt betty would pick one she wanted then my dad would and they did that with everything my gramma had in the house. It was fair and it was the easiest way to sort thing out for who would get what.
Plus they would talk about memories they had of certain things my grandmother had bought or got as a gift and the memories made them happy. As they got to the bigger things they did the same and nobody got more than someone else and nobody was hurt because they didn't get something.

I know sometimes people are anger and can be selfish at these times and this was a way for my dad and his sister to share the death of their wonderful mother and do the things they had to do.

There was a time that someones grandmother died and some relatives hurried and took everything before she had even passed and then other family members got nothing. This Lady labeled all her things as to who was to get what and her wishes were denied. This is very sad and very wrong. That is why I have shared the story of my Dad and his sister.

Surname Saturday-Peter Joseph Becker

Peter Joseph Becker born 18 Sep 1842 in Dehrenbachetrof, Germany. Died 1914 in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas. He was married to Louisa Gribling. They had 12 Children.

William b. 1870, Amelia b. 1872, Elizabeth 1872-1959, Dora b. 1874, Emma b. 1875, Carrie b. 1877, Augusta 1879, Ida b. 1881, Albert b. 1883, Bertha b. 1886, Etta b. 1887, Henrietta b. 1888.

His parents were Henry Conrad Becker and Caroline Wyant/Weyand.

The Becker line is one of my favorites to trace and I have been very lucky to find photo's of this line on It's a treasure when you find that others are willing to share photo's on the web and I was lucky to find this one of Peter Joseph Becker.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

1) Marie M Thornton Robertson
2) Alphonse Thornton SR

3) Alphonse Thornton Jr.
4) Alphonse Thornton

5&6) Donnabelle Deva Edwards Thornton

7) Lonnie Thornton

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor Day Monday

My Grandfather George Edgar Robertson was a carpet and linoleum layer. He could look at a picture from the Lady's Home Journal and cut the design out of the linoleum and lay it down on the floor. He made one design of a cowboy on a horse for a customer.

My daddy was a traveling salesman, and later a truck driver for Consolidated Freight ways.

My mom worked for Jc Penny's as did her mom, Dorothy Couch-Robertson, Dorothy also worked for the Johnson Buscuit Company in 1917.

My great-great uncle John Haynes was the first Governor of Massachusetts.

My uncle Raymond Edgar Robertson was a oil driller.

My Grandfather Frederick William Kubberness was a farmer.

My Uncle John James Robertson was in the Military, first the US Navy then the Air Force.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Surname Saturday-Peters

Today I would like to talk about my Dad's real mom's line. My dad was put up for adoption in 1933. His real mother Dorothy Mary Peters was born 13 June 1914 in Sheridan, WY. her folks were Martin Richard Peters born 22 Oct 1878 in Bartion, WI and died 19 Sept 1947 in Edgmont, SD he married Mary Louise Sack on 27 Jan 1910 in Sheridan, WY. She was born 25 Feb 1887 in St. Mary's, KS and died 18 Jan 1972 in Topeka, KS.

My Dad's real father is unknown but is believed to be a man Dorothy later married. Thomas Austin Melton. they married 14 Jul 1933 and my dad was born 17 Jul 1932 in Hills, MN. Dorothy died 6 Jan 1989 in Merced, CA. Her and Thomas had the following children. Dorothea Diane Melton born 25 Mar 1934 and died 2 Oct 2003, Sandra Loretta Melton, Mary Catherine Melton and Judith Marie Melton.

I had a conversation with my dad when I was in my early 20's and asked him if it would be OK to try and find his mom. He agreed and I contacted a National Adoption Registry. It just so happens his sisters also had contacted the same agency and before we knew it they met on the phone and then a few months later my folks planned a trip and meet them all including Dorothy's sister Catherine. what a wonderful genealogy discovery.

My new Aunt Judy sent me information on her mother's line and I started tracing it immediately. Wow what fun to have three lines to trace.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Follow Friday: Dee Welborn

Dee Welborn or Texas Dee, Is my suggestion for following. She is a very warm and wonderful Lady, with a heart the size of Texas. One of her blogs Funeral Cards and Genealogy is an awesome blog. I really enjoy learning about the old things that life offered once and here you can learn all about them. This is also on Facebook.

Dee and I met on Facebook and friended one another. She has designed a beautiful background for my blog we just haven't figured out how to get it to work. I am still trying Dee.

Please check out her beautiful blog. Love you Dee you're a gift from God.

Treasure Chest Thursday

Samuel H Amick born 2 Dec 1818 in Pendelton County, West Virginia. My 3rd Great- Grandfather.

John Haynes My Great-Great Uncle

Charles McKnight & wife Mary Amick, The names of their are unknown at this time.

Jacob Amick & wife Sarah Frances Haynes, Children Theodore 7 Mattie Amick.

Jacob Amick, Sarah Frances Haynes and daughter Mattie.
Jacob and Sarah are my 2nd Great- Granparents.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Christopher Darion Cook My Grandson: The apple of Nana's eye. Our weekend at the farm in Devils Lake, ND

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

Adam Potter was born 1722 in Pennsylvania and died Jan 1870 in Allegheny, Somerset, Pennsylvania. He was married to Nancy Secrist born 1744 in Pennsylvania, Somerset, Pennsylvania and died 1865 in Lewis, Kentucky. they had 7 children. Juliette Potter the second oldest was my 3rd great-grandmother.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

My Father was adopted by Frederick William Kubberness and his wife Ruth Gwendola Converse. I started looking for his real parents and was too late. His mother was Dorothy Mary Peters born 12 June 1914 in Sheridan, WY and died 6 Jan 1989 in Merced, CA. His father is unknown. Here are the images of a letter Fred and Ruth got from the Chirldren's home and the original adoption papers. I did however find Dorothy's sister Catherine and four of his sister's.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Marriage Records problems

I have found that I have had special problems with marriage records. Over 30% of marriage records in the United States are incomplete. Many of the returns were never submitted to the civil authorities and many have been lost.
I have also found them to be inaccurate. Some information was deliberately falsified by the groom and bride for reason's unknown. The clerks often entered the date of the marriage at the time the license was issued in stead of waiting for the return so it would lighten up their workload.
Marriage records were issued and held by the town and county jurisdiction before state registration was establish. Most records are indexed by the surname of the groom.
If anyone else has issues with marriage records please tell us, maybe we can all work together and iron out these issues and see if there's a way to research these records and find ones we can not.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sentimental Sunday

Old Family Photo's My Daddy Gave Me.
The first picture is of someone sweeping a swarm of bee's in a hive with a whisk broom at a farm. The person and farm are unknown at this time.
Kubberness Farm in Arlington, SD.
1941 Chevy that carried the Kubberness family through the war.

Tombstone Tuesday

Deacon Josiah Convers was born about 1618 in England and died 3 Feb 1690 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA. He is buried in the First Burial Ground in Middlesex County, MA. His father was Deacon Edward Convers.
Lieut. James Convers, Josiah's brother was born 29 Nov 1620 in England and died 10 MAy 1715 in Woburn, Middlesex, MA and was buried in Old Cemetery on Park Street in Woburn, MA.
He was honored by the town with it's principal offices, esteemed, and public-spirited citizen. The last survivor of the signer of the original town orders of 1640.

Monday Madness

My Couch Line:

My grandmother Dorothy Couch (Robertson) was born 8 Jan 1903 in Elgin, Anelope, NE and died 9 Apr 2001 in Stockton, CA. She told me a story of crossing the country in a covered wagon when she was small to move, but not sure to where.

Her Parents were James Baird Couch born 16 Oct 1874 in Hamburg, Fremont, Iowa and her mother was Cora Alice Amick born 12 Oct 1874 in LeMars, Plymouth, IA. He died 1 Jan 1908 in Elgin, Antelope, NE and She died 23 JAn 1968 in Arthur, Ida, IA

The Iowa State Census of 1885 shows James living in Floyd, Woodbury, IA and the Federal census of 1900 he was living in Freemont, Wheeler, NE.

James and Cora had seven children:

Carrie Phyillis Couch born 4 Dec 1897 in Bronson, Woodbury, IA and died 29 May 1926. She was never married.
Earl James Couch was born 20 Oct 1899 in Elgin, Anelope, IA and died 2 Oct 1982 in Sioux City, Woodbury, IA He married 21 Dec 1921 to Lena Harrietta Wohlert.
Raymond Jacob Couch was born 9 Jun 1901 in Elgin, Anelope, NE and died 29 Mar 1930 in IA.
Gladys Mae Couch was born 25 Dec 1904 in Elgin, Anelope, IA and died 25 Jan 1996 in LeMars, Ida, IA. She married Carl Wohlert (yes Lena was his sister) on 1 Jun 1940.
Goldie Mae Couch was born 6 Jun 1907 in , IA and died 5 Mar 1995 in Ida Grove, IA
She married Arthur Palm on 23 Feb 1934.
Jewell Berniece Couch was born 27 MAy 1909 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Ia and died 7 Nov 1989 in Casper, Natrana, WY. She first married Gilbert Garnhart then Duane William Renyolds.
Pictures: The first is of Cora Alice Amick, second Raymond Couch, Carl Wohlert, Earl & Goldie Couch. third is Dorothy, Gladys, Goldie & Jewell Couch. Fourth is Carrie Phyillis Couch and the last one is Emma, Carrie, Pete, Dorothy, Charlie, Conward, Earl, helen, Gladys, Josie.
The madness I have found with this line is the overwhelming amount of information I have found and keep finding.

Sentimental Sunday

We have a lot of tradition's in my family. We will start with Easter. We always go to church first then afterwards we look for our Easter baskets and have a huge ham dinner with all the fixings...I have passed this down to my kids and grandchildren.

4th of July we go to the parade in Mandan, ND, afterwards we go to Art in The Park and see the 100's of craft vendor's and foot vendor's. Around dusk they shoot off the big fireworks and we see all the beautiful colors in the sky.

Thanksgiving we start the day with ordurves and cheese and crackers then have a huge turkey feast. We watch the Macy's Parade on tv. Before we eat we each say what we are thankful for.

Christmas we set out milk and cookie for Santa and write him a note. The night before we each get to pick a present to open and then in the morning we pass out the presents and open them. We have ordurves setting out and egg nog and for dinner we have turkey or ham with all the goodies that go along with it.

I love to decorate for all the holidays and I am a huge scrapbook er and picture taker. I love to sew and do arts and crafts so the holiday are great for all these things. I am always looking for new projects to do with my grand kids and my daughter's.

Surname Saturday- Phiel line

The first two picture's are of Jeff and Brad Piehl children of Don and Barbara Piehl (Damm).
The third picture is of Delane Hanson daughter of Frank & Delores Hanson (Converse).
The fourth picture is of Bessie Damm (Converse), Lloyd & Laverne Converse & Ruth Kubberness (Converse) My Grandmother on my dad's side.
My folks came for a visit recently and my dad gave me a bunch of old photo's so I want to share them with you. The Converse, Whiting, Kubberness line I have been working on is complex because my dad was adopted by Ruth Converse & Fred Kubberness. Even though he was adopted by these wonderful people they are still our family and that's how it will always be. I did do some research in 1990 and found his real mom and sister's but I will save that story for Treasure Chest Thursday and display photo's with it.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Monday Madness

I have been So stuck on my Whiting line. it has me pulling all my long blonde hair out!!! But recently my folks came to North Dakota for a visit and my Dad gave me a stack of old photo's, and low and be hold there was a picture of my Great- grandmother Annabella Whiting.

I can not explain the thrill of finally seeing her face! It was amazing. I have it posted here.
She's Holding Douglas Converse and his sister, not sure of her name (Sorry).

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sentimental Sunday

Christopher Darrion Cook my sweet grandson, born Dec 28, 2007. I started a memory book for my little man. I raised him for the first year of his life so we have a very special bond. I bought this memory book for him so he will know all the special times we've had together as he grew's up. It also has some genealogy information that can be put into it and you can bet I have that completely filled in.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Surname Saturday: Margaret Tudor

Margaret Tudor

Margaret TudorBorn: 29-Nov-1489
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 18-Oct-1541
Location of death: Methven Castle, Perth, Scotland
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Carthusian Monastery, Perth, Scotland

Gender: Female
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Royalty

Nationality: Scotland
Executive summary: Queen of Scotland, 1503-13

Margaret, Queen of Scotland, eldest daughter of King Henry VII of England by his wife Elizabeth, daughter of King Edward IV, was born at Westminster on the 29th of November 1489. Before she was six years old negotiations were opened, which dragged on for several years, for marrying the princess to James IV of Scotland, whose support of the pretender Perkin Warbeckit was hoped to avert by such an alliance. Eventually the marriage was celebrated in Edinburgh on the 8th of August 1503. The avaricious Henry VII gave his daughter a scanty dowry and quarrels on this head embittered the relations between the two kingdoms, which the marriage, although accompanied by a treaty of perpetual peace, did nothing to heal. The whole of Margaret's life after her marriage with James IV was an unending series of intrigues, first with one political faction then with another; at one time in favor of her native country, at another in hostility to it, her conduct being mainly influenced at all times by considerations affecting her pocket.
Margaret was crowned at Edinburgh in March 1504. Until 1507 she had no children; between that date and 1510 two sons and a daughter were born, all of whom died in infancy; in 1512 she gave birth to a son who succeeded his father as James V; in 1514 she bore a posthumous son, Alexander, created Duke of Ross, who died in the following year. A dispute with her brother King Henry VIII over a legacy claimed by Margaret was a contributory cause of the war which ended at Flodden, where James IV was killed on the 9th of September 1513, having by his will appointed Margaret sole guardian of her infant son, now King James V. Scotland was divided mainly into two parties, one in favor of alliance with England, and the other with France. The leader of the latter was John Stewart, Duke of Albany, next heir to the crown of Scotland after Margaret's sons; Margaret herself for the most part inclined to the English faction; and when Albany returned to Scotland from France on the invitation of the Scottish parliament in the spring of 1514, the conflict grew almost to civil war. Various projects for Margaret's remarriage had already been started, Louis XII of France and the emperor Maximilian being proposed as suitable husbands for the young widow, when the queen privately married Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus, on the 6th of August 1514. The consequences of this marriage were to alienate many of the most powerful of the nobility, especially the earls of Arran and Home, and to make Margaret entirely dependent on the house of Douglas; while it furnished the council with a pretext for removing her from the regency and guardianship of the king in favor of Albany in July 1515. Albany had to blockade Margaret in Stirling Castle before she would surrender her sons. After being obliged to capitulate. Margaret returned to Edinburgh, and being no longer responsible for the custody of the king she fled to England in September, where a month later she bore to Angus a daughter, Margaret, who afterwards became Countess of Lennox, mother of Lord Darnley and grandmother of King James I of England.
In the summer of 1516 Margaret went to her brother's court in London, while Angus, much to his wife's displeasure, returned to Scotland, where he made his peace with Albany and was restored to his estates. The rivalry between the French and English factions in Scotland was complicated by private feuds of the Hamiltons and Douglases, the respective heads of which houses, Arran and Angus, were contending for the supreme power in the absence of Albany in France, where at the instance of Henry VIII he was detained by Francis I. Margaret, quarreling with her husband over money matters, sided at first with Arran and began to agitate for a divorce from Angus. In this she was probably aided by Albany, who had been in Rome, and who found an unexpected ally in the queen-mother, Margaret being temporarily alienated from the English party by her brother Henry's opposition to her divorce. When Albany returned to Scotland in 1521 his association with Margaret gave rise to the accusation that it was with the intention of marrying her himself that he favored her divorce from Angus, and it was even suggested that she was Albany's mistress. As Albany was strongly supported by the Scottish parliament, Angus found it necessary to withdraw to France until 1524. During these years there was constant warfare between the English and the Scots on the border, but in May 1524 Albany was obliged to retire to France. Henry VIII continually aimed at securing the person of his nephew, the king of Scots; while Margaret veered from faction to faction without any settled policy, unless it were the "erection" of her son, i.e. his proclamation as a reigning sovereign, which she successfully brought about in July 1524. The queen-mother had at this time fallen in love with Henry Stewart, second son of Lord Avondale, whom she married immediately after obtaining her divorce from Angus in 1527. Margaret and her new husband, who was created Lord Methven, now became for a time the ruling influence in the counsels of James V. But when her desire to arrange a meeting between James and Henry VIII in 1534 was frustrated by the opposition of the clergy and the council, Margaret in her disappointment revealed certain secrets to Henry which led to her being accused by her son of betraying him for money and of acting as an English spy. In 1537 she was anxious to obtain a divorce from Methven, and her desire was on the point of being realized when it was defeated by the intervention of James. Two years later she was reconciled to her husband, by whom she had no children; and, continuing to the end to intrigue both in Scotland and England, she died at Methven Castle on the 18th of October.
Father: King Henry VII (King of England)
Mother: Elizabeth (dau. of King Edward IV of England)
Husband: King James IV of Scotland (m. 8-Aug-1503, d. 1513)
Son: King James V of Scotland
Husband: Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus (m. 1514, div. 1527)
Husband: Henry Stewart (m. 1527)

She's wife of great-grandson of my 19th great-grandfather, hope that's not to confusing for everyone but that's the story of my life so i am use to confusion...