Friday, February 26, 2010

Surname Saturday




The top photo Is John Edgar Robertson and below him is his wife Mary Ursula Becker.
The bottom picture is their family picture. I recieved these wonderful photo's from Jennifer Woods, Thank you Jen.

I was working on my Robertson line the other day on Ancestry http://www.ancestry.com
and found a message in my inbox from Jennifer Woods. Seems we are related. Her Great-grandmother Marie Margaret Robertson and my Grandfather George Edgar Robertson were brother and sister. What an amazing gift to be given.

We started sharing family records and pictures and following each other's blogs.
She is amazing with her genealogy and home schools 5 children WOW!!!!! way to go!

So we are both research the same lines, Robertson, Becker, Kuttenkuler, Cavit. Wyant, Cowen and Bestgen. Hopefully between the two of us we can finally add another generation to our line.

John Edgar Robertson born 10 Mar 1804 in Kentucky and died 26 Feb 1879 in Washington, Iowa. Married 20 Jan 1831 in Kentucky to Abigail Cowen born 13 Nov 1812, died 22 Jul 1838 in Kentucky from childbirth.

The following I recieved from Jennifer:

8. John Robertson [220],1 son of Robertson [10248] and Unknown, was born on 10 Mar 1804 in , ,
Kentucky, USA,2 died on 26 Feb 18793 at age 74, and was buried in Washington, Washington, Iowa, USA. 3
Noted events in his life were:
• He appeared on the census on 30 Jul 1850 in Clinton Twp, Knox, Ohio, USA. 4
1) John Robertson, age 46, male, farmer, real estate worth $4000, born in KY
2) Mary S. Robertson, age 50, female, born in KY
3) Mary Robertson, age 18, female, born in KY
4) Rachel Ann Robertson, age 16, female, born in KY
5) Hugh Robertson, age 14, male, born in KY
6) Alexander Robertson, age 12, male, born in KY
7) Robert Robertson, age 59, male, farmer, born in KY
• He appeared on the census on 13 Jul 1860 in Morning Sun Twp, Louisa, Iowa, USA. 5
1) William L Lima, age 33, male, farmer, real estate valued at $3300, personal estate valued at $700,
born in PA
2) Rachael A, age 25, female, born in KY
3) Robinson G, age 5, male, born in OH
4) Mary A, age 3, female, born in IA
5) William E, age 1, male, born in IA
6) John F Lima, age 31, male, born in PA
7) John Robertson, age 56, male, farmer, born in KY
8) Robert Robertson, age 67, male, farmer, born in KY
9) Mary S Robertson, age 59, female, born in KY
10) Hugh M Robertson, age 24, male, teacher, born in KY
11) Alex C Robertson, age 23, male, farmer, born in KY
12) Charles L Davidson, age 14, male, born in OH
13) Mary Glenn, age 28, female, born in KY
14) Zelda A Glenn, age 3, female, born in IA
• He appeared on the census on 2 Sep 1870 in Franklin Twp, Washington, Iowa, USA. 6
1) John Robertson, age 66, male, white, farmer, real estate valued at $7000, personal estate valued at
$1300, born in KY, male citizen
2) Mary Glenn, age 38, female, white, keeping house, born in KY
3) Zeldia Glenn, age 15, female, white, born in IA, attended school
4) Alx C Robertson, age 32, male, white, farmer, personal estate worth $400, born in KY, male citizen
5) Elizabeth, age 27, female, white, keeping house, born in PA
6) Elmer, age 6, male, white, born in IA, attended school
7) John E, age 4, male, white, born in IA
8) Charles, age 1, male, white, born in IA
• He has conflicting death information of 1876 and , Washington, Iowa, USA. 7
John married Abigail Cowen [221] [MRIN: 94] on 20 Jan 1831 in , , Kentucky, USA.7
Children from this marriage were:
i. Mary Frances Robertson [890]
ii. Rachel Ann Robertson [891]
iii. Hugh M. Robertson [892]
4 iv. Alexander Cowen Robertson [218]
John next married Mary S. [889]8 [MRIN: 281].
Noted events in her life were:
• She appeared on the census on 30 Jul 1850 in Clinton Twp, Knox, Ohio, USA. 4
1) John Robertson, age 46, male, farmer, real estate worth $4000, born in KY
2) Mary S. Robertson, age 50, female, born in KY
3) Mary Robertson, age 18, female, born in KY
4) Rachel Ann Robertson, age 16, female, born in KY
5) Hugh Robertson, age 14, male, born in KY
6) Alexander Robertson, age 12, male, born in KY
7) Robert Robertson, age 59, male, farmer, born in KY
• She appeared on the census on 13 Jul 1860 in Morning Sun Twp, Louisa, Iowa, USA. 5
1) William L Lima, age 33, male, farmer, real estate valued at $3300, personal estate valued at $700,
born in PA
2) Rachael A, age 25, female, born in KY
3) Robinson G, age 5, male, born in OH
4) Mary A, age 3, female, born in IA
5) William E, age 1, male, born in IA
6) John F Lima, age 31, male, born in PA
7) John Robertson, age 56, male, farmer, born in KY
8) Robert Robertson, age 67, male, farmer, born in KY
9) Mary S Robertson, age 59, female, born in KY
10) Hugh M Robertson, age 24, male, teacher, born in KY
11) Alex C Robertson, age 23, male, farmer, born in KY
12) Charles L Davidson, age 14, male, born in OH
13) Mary Glenn, age 28, female, born in KY
14) Zelda A Glenn, age 3, female, born in IA
9. Abigail Cowen [221], daughter of Cowen [10376] and Unknown, was born on 13 Nov 18127 and died on 22 Jul 1838 in , , Kentucky, USA7 at age 25. The cause of her death was childbirth. 7
Abigail married John Robertson [220]1 [MRIN: 94] on 20 Jan 1831 in , , Kentucky, USA.7
10. John Cavit [222],9 son of George Cavit [8761] and Nancy Turner [8762], was born on 20 Aug 1809 in
, , Pennsylvania, USA10 and died on 26 Jul 1891 in Burkmere, Faulk, South Dakota, USA 7 at age 81. Another
name for John was John Cavet.11
Noted events in his life were:
• He appeared on the census in 1810 in Fayette Twp, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA.12 People living
near them were: Elizabeth Turner, Wm Schollars, Wm Turner, Joseph McElheny, Saml Turner, and
Thomas Turner.
George Cavit household, 2 males under 10 [John & ?], 1 male 16-25 [George], 2 females under 10
[Mary & ?], 1 female 26-44 [Nancy]
• He appeared on the census in 1840 in Fayette Twp, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA.13
They were listed on the same page as Adam Potter and William Cavitt.
John Cavitt household, 1 male under 5 [Adam Potter Cavit], 1 male 20 & under 30 [ John Cavit], 1
female under 5 [Nancy Cavit], 1 female 15 & under 20 [Juliette Cavit]
• He appeared on the census on 18 Oct 1850 in Little Beaver Twp, Lawrence, Pennsylvania, USA. 11
1) John Cavet, age 34, male, miller, real estate worth $2000
2) Juluet, age 32, female,
3) Nancy, age 12, female, attended school
4) Potter, age 11, male, attended school
5) George, age 9, male, attended school
6) Elizabeth, age 6, female, attended school
7) John, age 3, male
8) Minford, age 1, male
• He signed a will of his father on 13 Dec 1854 in , Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA.14
In the name of God Amen. I George Cavit of the Township of North Fayette County of Allegheny
State of Pennsylvania being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail
and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain, publish and declair, this to be my last will and testament
that is to say
First I order that all my personal Estate except such as is hereinafter bequeathed, to be sold, and that
all my just debts which shall be by me owing at my death, together with my funeral expenses and all
charges touching the proving of this my last will and testament be fully paid
Item. I give and bequeath to my son William Cavit eight hundred dollars to be paid one half in one
year and the balance in two years after my decease as is herein after directed.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Arnold three hundred dollars to be paid as hereinafter
directed and one bed and one bedstead and beding of what is on hands at my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy McFadden three hundred dollars to be paid as
hereinafter directed and one bed and bedstead and beading of what is on hands at my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son John Cavit five hundred dollars in addition to what he has
already received the one half in one year, and the balance in two years after my decease, as is
hereinafter directed.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Peggy Purdy three hundred dollars to be paid as hereinafter
directed and one bed and bedstead and beding of what is on hand at my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son George Cavit two hundred dollars in addition to what he has
already received one year after my decease.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Cavit the farm on which I now reside and all the grain on
hands and in the ground, subject to payment of two hundred dollars to my daughter Mary one year
after my decease: also two hundred dollars to my daughter Nancy three years after my decease. also
two hundred dollars to my daughter Peggy five years after my decease being a part of the legacies
bequeathed to my said daughters, the third hundred to each one of them to be paid by the Executor out
of the proceeds of Sale one year after my decease.
Item. I order my Executor hereinafter named to sell the farm which I purchased of Piatt and I
authorize him to make deed for the same and apply the proceeds to paying the legacies not otherwise
directed to be paid and if after the legacies herein mentioned are paid there should any money remain
my will is and I order that it be equally divided between my children.
If any of my Children should bring a charge against me or my estate it is to be considered settled in
what is now willed to them.
Lastly, I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint Andrew Dickson and William Cavit, Executor of
this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me maid and
declare this only to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said testator George Cavit
have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal, the thirteenth day of December A.D.
1854
George Cavit (seal)
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the Said testator George Cavit as and for his last will and
testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other
have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
JA Guy
• He appeared on the census on 28 Jul 1860 in Franklin Twp, Washington, Iowa, USA. 15
1) John Cavit, age 50, male, white, farmer, personal estate worth $1000, born in PA
2) Juliett, age 44, female, white, born in PA
3) Adam P, age 21, male, white, born in PA
4) Geo. T, age 18, male, white, born in PA, attended school
5) Elizabeth J, age 16, female, white, born in PA, attended school
6) John A, age 13, male, white, born in PA, attended school
7) Minford R, age 10, male, white, born in PA, attended school
8)Winfield S, age 8, male, white, born in PA, attended school
9) Olive A, age 5, female, white, born in PA, attended school
10) Dessie J, age 3, female, white, born in PA
• He appeared on the census on 26 Jun 1880 in Dutch Creek Twp, Washington, Iowa, USA. 16
1) John Cavit, male, age 70, married, farmer, born in PA, parents born in PA

Thier son John Edgar Robertson born 17 Aug 1866 in Washington, IA and died 26 Nov 1954 in Sioux City, IA, is buried in Calvary Cemetery. Married 24 Jul 1891 in Council Bluff, IA to Mary Ursula Becker. The parents of my grandfather George Edgar Robertson, and Jennifer's Great-Grandmother Marie Margaret Robertson and other children.

The following from Jennifer:

2. John Edgar Robertson [53],1 son of Alexander Cowen Robertson [218] and Elizabeth Jane Cavit
[219], was born on 17 Aug 1866 in Washington, Washington, Iowa, USA, 1 died on 26 Nov 1954 in Sioux City,
Woodbury, Iowa, USA1 at age 88, and was buried on 29 Nov 1954 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA.2
Another name for John was Jack.3
Burial Notes: He was buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City, IA.
Medical Notes: He had his leg amputated and it was buried March 8, 1954. 4
Noted events in his life were:
• He appeared on the census on 2 Sep 1870 in Franklin Twp, Washington, Iowa, USA. 5
1) John Robertson, age 66, male, white, farmer, real estate valued at $7000, personal estate valued at
$1300, born in KY, male citizen
2) Mary Glenn, age 38, female, white, keeping house, born in KY
3) Zeldia Glenn, age 15, female, white, born in IA, attended school
4) Alx C Robertson, age 32, male, white, farmer, personal estate worth $400, born in KY, male citizen
5) Elizabeth, age 27, female, white, keeping house, born in PA
6) Elmer, age 6, male, white, born in IA, attended school
7) John E, age 4, male, white, born in IA
8) Charles, age 1, male, white, born in IA
• He appeared on the census on 25 Jun 1880 in Franklin Twp, Washington, Iowa, USA. 6
1) Alx Robertson, male, age 40, married, farmer, born in KY, parents born in KY
2) E J Robertson, white, female, age 37, wife, married, K house, born in PA, parents born in PA
3) E E Robertson, white, male, age 16, son, single, at home, attended school, born in IA, father born in
KY, mother born in PA
4) J E Robertson [John Edgar], white, male, age 13, son, single, at home, attending shcool, born in
IA, father born in KY, mother born in PA
5) C W Robertson, white, male, age 10, son, single, at home, attending school, born in IA, father born
in KY, mother born in PA
6) E M Robertson, white, female, age 8, daughter, single, at home, attending school, born in IA, father
born in KY, mother born in PA
7) D A Robertson, white, female, age 6, daughter, single, at home, attending school, born in IA, father
born in KY, mother born in PA
8) G L Robertson, white, male, age 4, son, single, at home, born in IA, father born in KY, mother born
in PA
9) N A Robertson, white, female, age 2, single, at home, born in IA, father born in KY, mother born in
PA
10) Rush Robertson, white, male, age 1 month (born in May), son, single, born in IA, father born in
KY, mother born in PA, listed as a twin
11) Ralf Robertson, white, male, age 1 month (born in May), son, single, born in IA, father born in KY,
mother born in PA. listed as a twin
• He appeared on the census on 2 Jun 1900 in Concord Twp, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. 7
1) John E Robertson, head, white, male, Aug 1866, age 33, married 8 yrs, born in IA, father born in
KY, mother born in PA, farming, can read, write, and speak English, renting a farm, no. 13
2) May, wife, white, female, 1864, age 35, married 8 yrs, 5 of 5 children living, born in MO, parents
born in Germany, can read, write, and speak English
3) Harry C, son, white, male, 1893, age 7, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO,
can read, write, and speak English
4) George E, son, white, male, Jan 1895, age 5, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in
MO, can read and write, can't speak English [I think they reversed these - he probably can't read and
write but can speak English]
5) Ella E, daughter, white, female, Apr 1896, age 4, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in 6) Louise, daughter, white, female, Sep 1898, age 1, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born
in MO, can't read or write, can speak English
7) Mary M, daughter, white, female, Aug 1899, age 9 mos, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother
born in MO
• He appeared on the census on 23 Apr 1910 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. 8
1) John Robertson, head, male, white, age 43, married 17 yrs, born in IA, parents born in PA, speaks
English, teamster, w worker, not out of work, able to read and write
2) Mary, wife, female, white, age 45, married 17 yrs, 8 of 10 children living, born in MO, parents born
in Germany, speaks English, able to read and write
3) Harry, son, male, white, age 17, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, speaks
English, teamster, w worker, not out of work, able to read and write
4) George, son, male, white, age 16, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, speaks
English, can read and write, attending school
5) Ellen, daughter, female, white, age 14, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO,
speaks English, check girl at dept store, w worker, not out of work, able to read and write
6) Lula, daughter, female, white, age 12, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO,
speaks English, can read and write, attending school
7) Marie, daughter, female, white, age 10, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO,
speaks English, can read and write, attending school
8) Clyde, son, male, white, age 7, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO
9) Lucille, daughter, female, white, age 4, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO
10) Lewis, son, male, white, age 2, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO
• He appeared on the Iowa State census in 1915 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. 9
Card no. D726, male, white, married
reads and writes, in US 48 yrs, in IA 48 yrs,
J. E. Robertson, age 48
Woodbury, 811 N 3, Sioux City, ward 1
Shipping Clerk, earned $1200 in 1914
Education: 7 yrs, born in IA, no church affiliation
father born in Kentucky, mother born in Penn.
Signed JE Browning
• Consent Given: for the marriage of Marie Robertson and Alonzo Thornton, 23 Nov 1915, Sioux City,
Woodbury, Iowa, USA.10
...I hereby consent to the marriage of my daughter Marie a minor of the age of 16 years. and request that
license issue accordingly.
John E. Robertson [signature]
...
• He appeared on the census on 3 Jan 1920 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. 11
1) John E Robertson, head, renting, male, white, age 53, married, able to read and write, born in IA,
father born in KY, mother born in PA, able to speak English, clerk, American Express, w worker
2) Mary U Robertson, wife, female, white, age 55, married, able to read and write, born in MO, parents
born in Germany, able to speak English, no occupation
3) Harry C Robertson, son, male, white, age 27, single, able to read and write, born in IA, father born in
IA, mother born in MO, able to speak English, floor finisher, wood floors, oa
4) George E Robertson, son, male, white, age 25, single, able to read and write, born in IA, father born
in IA, mother born in MO, able to speak English, carpet layer, retail dry goods, w
5) Clyde J Robertson, son, male, white, age 17, single, not attending school, able to read and write, born
in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, able to speak English, helper, boiler shop, w
6) Loucile Robertson, daughter, female, white, age 15, single, attending school, able to read and write,
born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, no occupation
7) Louis Robertson, son, male, white, age 11, single, attending school, able to read and write, born in
IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, able to speak English, no occupation • He appeared on the census on 11 Apr 1930 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. 12
1) John E Robertson, head, renting for $30/mo, owns a radio set, does not live on a farm, male,
white, age 63, married, 24 at first marriage, not attending shcool, able to read and write, born in IA,
father born in KY, mother born in PA, [fireman or foreman], Railway Express, w worker, employed,
not a veteran
2) Mary U Robertson, wife, female, white, age 65, 26 at first marriage, not attending school, able to
read and write, born in MO, parents born in Germany, no occupation
3) Louis Robertson, son, male, white, age 21, married, 21 at first marriage, not attending school, able to
read and write, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, painter, Frank Co, w worker, not
actually at work, not a veteran
4) Zeona V Robertson, daughter-in-law, female, white, age 23, married, 22 at first marriage, not
attending school, able to read and write, born in IA, parents born in IA, bookkeeper, dept. store, w
worker, at work
• His obituary was published on 27 Nov 1954 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA.13
John E. Robertson
Funeral services for John E. Robertson, 88, a resident of Sioux City for 63 years who died Friday at a
hospital after a long illness, will be at 9 a.m. Monday at St. Boniface Catholic church.
Rev. Phillip Koehler, O.S.M., will officiate and burial will be in Calvary cemtery. Grandsons will be
pallbearers.
The rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock tonight at the Manning - O'Toole funeral home.
John married Mary Ursula Becker [54]14 [MRIN: 38] on 24 Jul 1891 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa,
USA.15
Marriage Notes: They were married in the St. Patrick Catholic Church rectory. Mary was a Roman
Catholic and John was not.
John And Mary worked for a wealthy engineer before they married. The engineer eraned his living
building bridges over the Missouri River. Mary worked as an upstairs maid in this engineer's household
and John was employed as a carriage driver and caretaker of the man's stable of horses, which were
extensive and expensive. Whenever the gentleman desired to go to town for business confrences of
whatever the man and his wife had to attend a social occasion, John would have to get out the team of
four beautiful black horses and hook them up to a beutiful black carriage and drive the man and women
on thier trip. John said that the reason Mary fell in love with him was because whenever he had to drive
the gentleman and his wife he was required to dress up in a swallowtail red caot, white trousers, black
shiney boots and a shiney black top hat. In this outfit Mary simply couln't resist him, so to take her out
of her misery he married her.16
Noted events in their marriage were:
• Anniversary: 1944.3 They celebrated their Golden Anniversary. All of their children were present.
Children from this marriage were:
i. Harry Charles Robertson [253]
ii. George Edgar Robertson [254]
iii. Helen Alta Robertson [255]
iv. Louise Cecelia Robertson [256]
1 v. Marie Margaret Robertson [36]
vi. John Edgar Robertson [257]
vii. Frederick John Robertson [258]
viii. Clyde Joseph Robertson [259]
ix. Lucille Blanche Robertson [260]
x. Louis Anthony Robertson [261]
3. Mary Ursula Becker [54],14 daughter of John Henry Becker [216] and Margaret Helen Kuttenkuler
[217], was born on 5 Dec 1864 in Tipton, Moniteau, Missouri, USA, 17 died on 19 Sep 1943 in Sioux City,
Woodbury, Iowa, USA18 at age 78, and was buried on 22 Sep 1943 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA.
Burial Notes: She is buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City, IA.
Noted events in her life were:
• She appeared on the census on 15 Aug 1870 in Willow Fork Twp, Moniteau, Missouri, USA. 19
1) Henry Becker, age 39, male, white, house carpenter, real estate worth $3500, personal estate worth
$1200, born in Prussia, parents foreign born, male citizen
2) Margerette, age 31, female, white, keeping house, born in Prussia, parents foreign born
3) Caroline, age 12, female, white, born in MO, parents foreign born
4) Julia, age 9, female, white, born in MO, parents foreign born, attended school
5) Charles, age 7, male, white, born in MO, parents foreign born, attended school
6) Mary, age 5, female, white, born in MO, parents foreign born, attended school
7) John, age 3, male, white, born in MO, parents foreign born
8) Anna, age 1, female, white, born in MO, parents foreign born
9) Peter Thiel, age 30, male, white, laborer, personal estate worth $100, born in Prussia, parents foreign
born
10) Wm Vogel, age 28, male, white, laborer, born in Prussia, parents foreign born
11) Mary Nieles, age 18, female, white, housekeeper, born in WI, parents foreign born
• She appeared on the census on 2 Jun 1880 in Tipton, Moniteau, Missouri, USA. 20
1) Henry Becker, white, male, age 49, married, carpenter, bron in Prussia, parents born in Prussia
2) Margaret, white, female, age 41, wife, married, keeping house, born in Prussia, parents born in
Prussia
3) Julia, white, female, age 19, daughter, single, at home, born in MO, parents born in Prussia
4) Charles, white, male, age 17, son, single, carpenter, attended school, born in MO, parents born in
Prussia
5) Mary, white, female, age 15, daughter, single, at home, born in MO, parents born in Prussia
6) Annie, white, female, age 11, daughter, single, at school, attended school, born in MO, parents born
in Prussia
7) Henry, white, male, age 9, son, single, attended school, born in MO, parents born in Prussia
8) Louisa, white, female, age 6, daughter, single, born in MO, parents born in Prussia
9) Ella, white, female, age 4, daughter, single, born in MO, parents born in Prussia
10) Rosa, white, female, age 1, daughter, single, born in MO, parents born in Prussia
11) Judson McBoyd, white, male, age 27, boarder, married, merchant, born in IN, parents born in OH
• She appeared on the census on 2 Jun 1900 in Concord Twp, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. 21
1) John E Robertson, head, white, male, Aug 1866, age 33, married 8 yrs, born in IA, father born in
KY, mother born in PA, farming, can read, write, and speak English, renting a farm, no. 13
2) May, wife, white, female, 1864, age 35, married 8 yrs, 5 of 5 children living, born in MO,
parents born in Germany, can read, write, and speak English
3) Harry C, son, white, male, 1893, age 7, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO,
can read, write, and speak English
4) George E, son, white, male, Jan 1895, age 5, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in
MO, can read and write, can't speak English [I think they reversed these - he probably can't read and
write but can speak English]
5) Ella E, daughter, white, female, Apr 1896, age 4, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in
MO, can't read or write, can speak English
6) Louise, daughter, white, female, Sep 1898, age 1, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born
in MO, can't read or write, can speak English
7) Mary M, daughter, white, female, Aug 1899, age 9 mos, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother
born in MO
• She appeared on the census on 23 Apr 1910 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. 22
1) John Robertson, head, male, white, age 43, married 17 yrs, born in IA, parents born in PA, speaks
English, teamster, w worker, not out of work, able to read and write
2) Mary, wife, female, white, age 45, married 17 yrs, 8 of 10 children living, born in MO, parents
born in Germany, speaks English, able to read and write
3) Harry, son, male, white, age 17, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, speaks English, teamster, w worker, not out of work, able to read and write
4) George, son, male, white, age 16, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, speaks
English, can read and write, attending school
5) Ellen, daughter, female, white, age 14, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO,
speaks English, check girl at dept store, w worker, not out of work, able to read and write
6) Lula, daughter, female, white, age 12, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO,
speaks English, can read and write, attending school
7) Marie, daughter, female, white, age 10, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO,
speaks English, can read and write, attending school
8) Clyde, son, male, white, age 7, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO
9) Lucille, daughter, female, white, age 4, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO
10) Lewis, son, male, white, age 2, single, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO
• She appeared on the Iowa State census in 1915 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. 23
Card no. D726, female, white, married, reads and writes,
in US 50 yrs, in IA 22 yrs
Mary Robertson, age 50
Woodbury Co., 811 N 3rd, Sioux City, Ward 1,
H wife, Education: 6 yrs, born in MO
Catholic, parents born in Germany
• She appeared on the census on 3 Jan 1920 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. 11
1) John E Robertson, head, renting, male, white, age 53, married, able to read and write, born in IA,
father born in KY, mother born in PA, able to speak English, clerk, American Express, w worker
2) Mary U Robertson, wife, female, white, age 55, married, able to read and write, born in MO,
parents born in Germany, able to speak English, no occupation
3) Harry C Robertson, son, male, white, age 27, single, able to read and write, born in IA, father born in
IA, mother born in MO, able to speak English, floor finisher, wood floors, oa
4) George E Robertson, son, male, white, age 25, single, able to read and write, born in IA, father born
in IA, mother born in MO, able to speak English, carpet layer, retail dry goods, w
5) Clyde J Robertson, son, male, white, age 17, single, not attending school, able to read and write, born
in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, able to speak English, helper, boiler shop, w
6) Loucile Robertson, daughter, female, white, age 15, single, attending school, able to read and write,
born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, no occupation
7) Louis Robertson, son, male, white, age 11, single, attending school, able to read and write, born in
IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, able to speak English, no occupation
• She appeared on the census on 11 Apr 1930 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA. 12
1) John E Robertson, head, renting for $30/mo, owns a radio set, does not live on a farm, male, white,
age 63, married, 24 at first marriage, not attending shcool, able to read and write, born in IA, father
born in KY, mother born in PA, [fireman or foreman], Railway Express, w worker, employed, not a
veteran
2) Mary U Robertson, wife, female, white, age 65, 26 at first marriage, not attending school, able to
read and write, born in MO, parents born in Germany, no occupation
3) Louis Robertson, son, male, white, age 21, married, 21 at first marriage, not attending school, able to
read and write, born in IA, father born in IA, mother born in MO, painter, Frank Co, w worker, not
actually at work, not a veteran
4) Zeona V Robertson, daughter-in-law, female, white, age 23, married, 22 at first marriage, not
attending school, able to read and write, born in IA, parents born in IA, bookkeeper, dept. store,
worker, at work
• Her obituary was published in the Sioux City Journal on 20 Sep 1943 in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa,
USA.24
Mrs. Mary U. Robertson
Mrs. Mary U. Robertson for 52 years a resident of Sioux City died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. R.
H. Springer, 415 Cook street, Sunday.
She was born December 5, 1864, at Tipton, Mo. She was a member of St. Boniface Catholic churchand the Altar society there.

Survivors are the widower, John; three daughters, Mrs. R. H. Springer; Mrs. Lulu Thornton and Mrs.
Marie Thornton, all of Sioux City; four sons, Harry and Clyde, Sioux City; George, Sioux Falls, S.D.,
and Private Louis at Trinidad, Colo.; three brothers, Charles Becker, Kansas City, and Henry and Joe
Becker, both of St. Louis, and three sisters, Miss Lucy Becker, Mrs. Rose Imhoff and Mrs. Ella
Kochner, all of Tipton, Mo.
The body was taken to the O'Toole-Gunn funeral home.
Mary married John Edgar Robertson [53]1 [MRIN: 38] on 24 Jul 1891 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie,
Iowa, USA.
Source Citations
1. Darwin Edward Thornton, Thornton/Robertson Report (A copy was given to Jennifer Woods from Colleen Thornton. I am not
sure what year this was written in.), pg. 50. .... Hope Gregg, Letter from Hope Gregg (14 Sep 2001. Hope Gregg, 725 Summit Ave,
New Ulm, Minnesota, 56073, phone - 507-359-2330). .... Carolyn Thornton, John Edgar Robertson Descendant Report (Prepared 11
Feb 2000. A copy is in the possession of JenniferW oods.)
2. Hope Gregg, Letter from Hope Gregg (14 Sep 2001. Hope Gregg, 725 Summit Ave, New Ulm, Minnesota, 56073, phone - 507-
359-2330). .... OneWorldTree (Compiled by Ancestry.com).
3. Carolyn Thornton, John Edgar Robertson Descendant Report (Prepared 11 Feb 2000. A copy is in the possession of JenniferW
oods.)
4. OneWorldTree (Compiled by Ancestry.com).
5. Washington County, Iowa, 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule. (Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census.
[database on-line] Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2003-. Indexed by Ancestry.com from microfilmed schedules of the 1870 U.S.
Federal Decennial Census.1870 United States Federal Census. [database online] Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2003. Original data:
Data imaged from National Archives and Records Administration. 1870 Federal Population Census. M593, 1,761 rolls; part of
Minnesota T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.), John Robertson household dwelling
8, family 8, line 20, page 2, Roll M593_424.
6. Washington County, Iowa, 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule. (1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints
© Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.), Alx Robertson household, dwelling 129, family 138, line 38, page 14,
ED 141, SD 1, Roll T9_369, FHF 1254369.
7. Woodbury County, Iowa, 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule. (Ancestry.com. 1900 U.S. Federal Census [database on-line].
Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States. 1900 United States Federal Census. T623, 1854 rolls. National
Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.), John E Robertson household, dwelling 13, family 13, line 58, sheet 1B, ED
149, SD 11, Roll T623_466. .... Darwin Edward Thornton, Thornton/Robertson Report (A copy was given to Jennifer Woods from
Colleen Thornton. I am not sure what year this was written in.), pg. 50.
8. Woodbury County, Iowa, 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule. (Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database
on-line]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Indexed by ProQuest from microfilmed schedules of the 1910 U.S. Federal Decennial
Census. Data imaged from National Archives and Records Administration. 1910 Federal Population Census. T624, 1,784 rolls.
Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.), John Robertson household, dwelling 126, family 126, line 86, sheet
6B, ED 202, SD 11, Roll T624_430. .... Darwin Edward Thornton, Thornton/Robertson Report (A copy was given to Jennifer Woods
from Colleen Thornton. I am not sure what year this was written in.), pg. 50.
9. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (Ancestry.com Database, Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.
Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897
obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.), 1915, Woodbury, Sioux City, JE Robertson, Card D725, Roll
IA1915_525.
10. Woodbury county, Iowa, Marriage Certificate of Alonzo Thornton and Marie Robertson. (Filed 26 Nov 1915.)
11. Woodbury County, Iowa, 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule (Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census. [database
on-line] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001-. Indexed by Ancestry.com from microfilmed schedules of the 1920 U.S. Federal Decennial
Census.1920 United States Federal Census. [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001. Data imaged from National Archives and
Records Administration. 1920 Federal Population Census. T625, 2,076 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records
Administration.), John E Robertson household, dwelling 52, family 55, line 46, sheet 3A-3B, ED 200, SD 11, Roll T625_520.
12. Woodbury County, Iowa, 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule (Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census. [database
on-line] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2002. Indexed by Ancestry.com from microfilmed schedules of the 1930 U.S. Federal Decennial
Census.1930 United States Federal Census. [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2001. Data imaged from National Archives and
Records Administration. 1930 Federal Population Census. T626, 2,667 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records
Administration), John E Robertson household, dwelling 293, family 312, line 32, sheet 13A, ED 31, SD 4, Roll 689.
13. Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, IA.), 27 Nov 1954 issue.
14. Darwin Edward Thornton, Thornton/Robertson Report (A copy was given to Jennifer Woods from Colleen Thornton. I am not
sure what year this was written in.), pg. 50. .... Carolyn Thornton, John Edgar Robertson Descendant Report (Prepared 11 Feb 2000. A
copy is in the possession of JenniferW oods.)
15. Darwin Edward Thornton, Thornton/Robertson Report (A copy was given to Jennifer Woods from Colleen Thornton. I am not
sure what year this was written in.), pg. 50. .... Hope Gregg, Letter from Hope Gregg (14 Sep 2001. Hope Gregg, 725 Summit Ave,
New Ulm, Minnesota, 56073, phone - 507-359-2330).
16. Darwin Edward Thornton, Thornton/Robertson Report (A copy was given to Jennifer Woods from Colleen Thornton. I am not
sure what year this was written in.), pg. 50. .... OneWorldTree (Compiled by Ancestry.com).
17. Hope Gregg, Letter from Hope Gregg (14 Sep 2001. Hope Gregg, 725 Summit Ave, New Ulm, Minnesota, 56073, phone - 507-
359-2330). .... Carolyn Thornton, John Edgar Robertson Descendant Report (Prepared 11 Feb 2000. A copy is in the possession of
JenniferW oods.) .... John Henry Becker Civil War Pension File, no. 836793 (Includes various papers with different dates.),
Questionnaire, sent 15 Jan 1898.
18. Hope Gregg, Letter from Hope Gregg (14 Sep 2001. Hope Gregg, 725 Summit Ave, New Ulm, Minnesota, 56073, phone - 507-
359-2330). .... Carolyn Thornton, John Edgar Robertson Descendant Report (Prepared 11 Feb 2000. A copy is in the possession of
JenniferW oods.)
19. Moniteau County, Iowa, 1870 U.S. Census, population schedule. (Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census.
[database on-line] Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2003-. Indexed by Ancestry.com from microfilmed schedules of the 1870 U.S.
Federal Decennial Census.1870 United States Federal Census. [database online] Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2003. Original data:
Data imaged from National Archives and Records Administration. 1870 Federal Population Census. M593, 1,761 rolls; part of
Minnesota T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.), Henry Becker household, dwelling 77,
family 85, line 1, pg 11, Roll M593_793.
20. Moniteau County, Missouri, 1880 U.S. Census, Population schedule. (1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
© Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved), Henry Becker household, dwelling 54, family 54, line 15, pg 6, ED
198, SD 6, Roll T9_704.
21. Woodbury County, Iowa, 1900 U.S. Census, population schedule. (Ancestry.com. 1900 U.S. Federal Census [database online].
Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States. 1900 United States Federal Census. T623, 1854 rolls.
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.), John E Robertson household, dwelling 13, family 13, line 58, sheet
1B, ED 149, SD 11, Roll T623_466.
22. Woodbury County, Iowa, 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule. (Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census
[database on-line]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Indexed by ProQuest from microfilmed schedules of the 1910 U.S. Federal
Decennial Census. Data imaged from National Archives and Records Administration. 1910 Federal Population Census. T624, 1,784
rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.), John Robertson household, dwelling 126, family 126, line 86,
sheet 6B, ED 202, SD 11, Roll T624_430.
23. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (Ancestry.com Database, Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007.
Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897
obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.), 1915, Woodbury, Sioux City, Mary Robertson, Card D726, Roll
IA1915_525.
24. Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, IA.), 20 Sep 1943 issue, Mrs. Mary U. Robertson obituary.

The floowing is a story I recieved from my Great Aunt Ella (George's other sister).

John and Mary worked for a wealthy engineer before they married. The engineer earned his living building bridges over the Missouri River. Mary worked as an upstairs maid in this engineer's household. John was employed as a carriage driver and caretaker of the man's horses, which were extensive and expensive. Whenever the gentleman desired to go to town for a business conference or whenever the man and his wife had to attend a social occasion, John would have to get out the team of four beautiful horses and hook them up to a beautiful carriage and drive them on their trip.
John would say the reason Mary fell in love with him was because whenever he had to drive the gentleman and his wife places, it was required that he dress up in swallowtail red coat, white trousers, black shiny boots and a shiny black top hat. In this outfit Mary simply couldn't resist him, so to take her out of her misery he married her. He would tell this story to his grandchildren and Mary would slap him on the shoulder and say, "Quit telling all those lies to my grandchildren". He was a very funny man. They were married over 52 years.

According to Hope Gregg: She only lived a block away from her grandma and grandpa Robertson. They lived a frugal life and didn't have much money. They raised their children with no frills. Grandma Mary was very strict, no nonsense type. She was a good cook and her favorite was making angel food cakes and sold them.
They were made in a wood stove. She did all her cooking on a wood stove. She was very religious and lived right across the street from Saint Boniface Catholic Church (which they attended). On Sunday she would get all her children ready for church and and she was so exhausted that she sometimes didn't make it to church herself. She also took in boarders to make a little money. I used to spend time at her place as she did lots of tube painting on velvet and she taught me how to do it. She sewed like crazy for her children.., she even sewed for other people.
Grandpa John Robertson was a jolly person. He was quite a story teller and full of jokes. He wasn't educated and jobs were hard to come by. He worked for a wealthy family doing odd jobs and driving a sleigh in the the winter time. Then he worked for the railroad for awhile. They barely made a living all their life. Grandma Mary handled all the money they earned. When they were older the only earnings they had was Social Security and lived in a little apartment on the second floor. Then when Grandma got sick they came to live with us and Grandma Mary died at our house. She was 73 years old. She lived just long enough to see my first baby born. Then Grandpa Robertson came to live with my folks. He got gangrene in his leg and they had to cut it off and then my folks put him in a nursing home as mom couldn't lift him. He died at age 83.



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Posted on her blog is a very captivating picture, I am not sure if it's her mother or grandmother but I love how she has it on her blog. Heather and I met on Facebook as with most of my genealogy friends. She has been there for me when I really needed someone to talk to. She is a very kind and caring person.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wordless Wenesday


Afghanistan



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Ethiopia


Africa

China


Haiti


Just Hope Needed to Save Eternity
Poem by Gwen Rowley-Kubberness


Why do they care so so little, and have so little faith?

How can people that care so little for life, help save the whole world?

Why do they ignore what goes on around them?

They have eyes to look, but are yet to blind to see.

They have the power to help, but leave it lay.

We must love each other, show each other.

We must have preservation of people from destruction.

We are all from the same blood, so why do we keep shedding it about the world?

Remember always and forever, love bears all things;

Believes all things; hopes all things; endures all things.

All we need to do is hope, if everyone had hope we could save eternity



Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday









Hornby Castle

Hornby Castle sits high above the village and was started in the 13th century as a replacement for Castle Stede.The tower dates to the 16th century but the rest was constructed during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Neville, or Nevill, the family name of a famous English noble house, descended from Dolfin son of Uchtred, who had a grant from the prior of Durham in 1131 of "Staindropshire," co. Durham, a territory which remained in the hands of his descendants for over four centuries, and in which stood Raby castle, their chief seat.

His grandson, Robert, son of Meldred, married the heiress of Geoffrey de Neville (d. 1192-1193), who inherited from her mother the Bulmer lordship of Brancepeth near Durham. Henceforth Brancepeth castle became the other seat of the house, of which the bull's head crest commemorates the Bulmers; but it adopted the Norman surname of Neville (Neuville). Robert's grandson, another Robert, (d. 1282) held high position in Northumbria, and sided with Henry III in the Barons' War, as did his younger brother Geoffrey (d. 1285), ancestor of the Nevills of Hornby. This Robert's son Robert (d. 1271) extended the great possessions of the family into Yorkshire by his marriage with the heiress of Middleham, of which the powerful Norman castle still stands. The summons of their son Ranulf (d. 1331) to parliament as a baron (1294) did but recognize the position of the Nevills as mighty in the north country.


The Wars of the Roses were a series of civil wars fought in medieval England from 1455 to 1487 between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. The name Wars of the Roses is based on the badges used by the two sides, the red rose for the Lancastrians and the white rose for the Yorkists. Major causes of the conflict include: 1) both houses were direct descendents of king Edward III; 2) the ruling Lancastrian king, Henry VI, surrounded himself with unpopular nobles; 3) the civil unrest of much of the population; 4) the availability of many powerful lords with their own private armies; and 5) the untimely episodes of mental illness by king Henry VI.




Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick

Richard Neville was born on 22, November 1428 at Middleham Castle, to Richard, Earl of Salisbury and Alice Montagu. He spent his youth mainly at the northern castles of Raby and Middleham, though he may have traveled abroad to France with his father on more than one occasion. He married Anne Beauchamp at the tender age of eleven, and it was through her that he inherited the earldom of Warwick in 1449.

The Nevilles were engaged in a long feud with their neighbors, the Percy family of Northumberland. Because of increasing hostilities Warwick and Salisbury allied themselves to their relative the Duke of York around 1453. In 1455 they supported his bid for power, and struck a blow for themselves against the Percies, at the battle of St Albans. The battle was won, chiefly because of Warwick’s keen military eye.

A short while after the Yorkist victory at Bloreheath, Warwick and his family were forced into flight and exile abroad. Secure in Calais Warwick launched an invasion of England and at the battle of Northampton captured King Henry VI. With Henry in Yorkist hands it was left to Queen Margaret to carry on fighting. At the battle of Wakefield she defeated and killed York and his son Rutland, along with Salisbury and his son Sir Thomas Neville. In one day Warwick lost his father, a brother, an uncle and a cousin. After this there was no turning back; Warwick now enthusiastically supported his cousin, the new Duke of York’s claim to the throne. Edward was declared King in London on March 4 and crowned on June 28, following the battle of Towton.

For the first few years of Edward IV’s reign the Earl of Warwick ruled England in all but name while Edward enjoyed the more entertaining privileges of kingship. By the mid 1460s however Warwick was slowly being alienated by Edward: firstly his constant refusal to let his brothers marry Warwick's daughters angered the Earl. Edward’s own marriage to a commoner was extremely harmful to Warwick’s politics, and the elevation of the Lancastrian Woodville family and subsequent marriages to nobles around the country was embarrassing if not plain insulting to the Nevilles. Finding his grip on the king slipping away Warwick mounted a successful coup d’├ętat in 1469, overthrowing Edward’s Woodville government and imprisoning him. Warwick actually had the audacity to have two King’s in prison at this time: Edward at Warwick Castle and Henry VI at London, in the Tower. Eventually, finding it hard to govern England with the King imprisoned; the Earl was forced to release Edward, who was quick to return to power.

Warwick soon rebelled again with another strategy, if he could not rule England through Edward then he would put the King’s weaker brother, the Duke of Clarence on the throne and make his own daughter Anne queen. Warwick’s army of rebels (mainly a peasant rabble) however, was defeated before Warwick could reach it. The Earl fled to France with Clarence where he was well received by Louis XI. Warwick abandoned his original plan when Louis persuaded him to reinstate the Lancastrian King Henry – for the price of land on the continent. Louis financed the invasion and Warwick led it after being reconciled with Henry’s queen, Margaret of Anjou. London was captured, Edward fled into exile, and Henry VI was reinstated: the ‘Kingmaker’ had done it again.

In 1471 Edward landed in England and on 14th April met Warwick in battle at Barnet, where the Earl was defeated and slain. His body was displayed in London the following day before being buried in Bisham Abbey, the ancestral tomb of the Nevilles.


Tombstone Tuesday








My Uncle John James Robertson was born 21 Mar 1933 in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota. He was Baptised at age 12 in the First Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, SD. He married Lula Bernice McMaster on 18 Mar 1956 in Sioux Falls, SD. They had 5 children. DeLynn Venita, Kevin John, Keith James, Kary William and Duree. Keith and Kary are twins.

My Uncle John died 25 Jun 2007, very unexpectedly, from acute pancreatic bleeding. At 3:30pm he called 911 and at 12:06am he died. he was a very religious man. According to my cousin DeLynn. They arrived at the hospital at 12:13am. They were in shock to hear the news shared by the doctor and nurse who had cared for him the entire time. The nurse Mary, spoke of their dad very delightfully he shared stories for the evening with her, and they both expressed teary eyed, that he had been a uniquely friendly patient, and it was frustrating for them because they watched him take a turn for the worst without having him diagnosed until close to the end by a CAT scan result. John had told Mary the nurse he knew he wasn't going to make it but he was more than confident about where he was going and he was ready. (This was shared in a letter DeLynn wrote to family member's about my Uncle dying).

The link above is to his memorial on Findagrave.com

Uncle John joined the USAF 4 Sep 1951, went to the Great Lakes, Illinois then to San Francisco to be assigned to the USS Chourre and came home on furlough 1 May 1953. There are some photo's above of his ship.

The link below will take you to the dispatch record the ship got to go to war.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Madness


































I am going crazy with my Becker line. It's driving me absolutely nuts. I only have it traced back to my 3rd great-grandfather. Here's where I am in my house of nuts.


My great-Grandmother Mary Ursula Becker born 5 Dec 1864 in Tipton, Mo. Died 19 Sep 1943 in Sioux City, IA. Married 13 Jan 1921 in Council Bluffs, IA at St. Patricks Catholic Church to John Edgar Robertson. I have the following records on Mary. her death certificate shown above and a small newspaper clipping about where the funeral will be. The picture above is Mary and her husband John Edgar Robertson.


Mary is buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City, IA. I have those records also.

Now lets talk about her father. John Henry Becker he was born 1 Dec 1830 in Winterscheild, Germany. Died 21 Aug 1919 in Tipton, Mo and is buried in the St. Andrew's Catholic Church Cemetery he was 88 years old. He was married to Margaret Helen Kuttenkuler I have no date. He died of brights disease according to death certificate. He was in the Civil War enlisted 29 jun 1861 Co H Cole County, MO. regiment of Home Guards at Missouri. Volunteer for three months. Discharged as 1st Sargent 1 Oct 1861 under F.C. Anisworth; re-enlisted in Co 1 43rd Regiment Militia of Missouri 27 Jul 1862. Was commissioned a 2nd LLT. Discharged under J.C. Jamison 12 Mar 1865; Adjutant General Chief in command and William D. Wood. He was a Union Solider. I have this record.

I know he was a carpenter, he was Catholic I have the St. Andrew's Church records, he was disabled getting out of the war. He had 12 children with his wife Margaret. I have 1880 census, 1910 census and two land records. I noticed on his death certificate the name L.G. Imoff who married to his daughter Rosa Lena Becker. He was the undertaker. It list's his father as Henry Conrad Becker and his mother as Caroline Wyant.


Henry Conrad Becker was born abt 1709 in Germany, his wife Caoline Wyant was born about 1708 in Germany. The only information I have on them is a 1860 Moniteau County, MO census records that lists two other children but only by initials. F.C Becker male age 25 and P.J. Becker male age 18. This is all the information I have been able to find on Henry Conrad Becker. I check Tipton, MO death records, cemetery records and St. Andrew's Church records and found nothing. I have also check on Ancestry.com and have gotten no where. I have not given up on this line but I have set it aside for the last couple years and just recently started working on it again. When the frustration sets in I will put it aside again for a while and work on something else. It would be nice to find something even his other two children's information. My census hunt isn't over.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Surname Saturday



The Robertson name is of Scottish orgins. The name is of Celtic dervation and in the original Celtic Language was Donnachaidh. The orginal chiefs of the clan are descendents from the Celtic mormaers of Atholl, through Conan de Glenerochie, a son of Henry, Eral of Atholl. The clan bore the name de Atholia until Duncan, the 5th Earl of Glenerochie, who led the clan in support of the Bruce at Bannockburn, founed the clan Donnachaidh, for whose grandson, Robert Riach, the estates were erected into the Barnoy of Struan, in 1451. Robert Riach's son took the name of Robertson, which thereafter became the name of the family clan.


For those readers not familiar with the name of Bruce in Scottish history he is the Robert Bruce or as they refer to him, Robert thr Bruce, who in 1306 was crowned Robert I of Scotland and who in 1314 defended his homeland so seccessfully against the English who invaded Scotland in the year under leadership of King Edward the II. It was at the battle of Bannockburn the English army suffered a crushing defeat and it is apparent from the above that the Clan Robertson's ancestor, Ducan the 5th Earl of Glenerochie, made a substantial contribution to that victory and other later wars otherwise his grandson Robert Riach would not have been given the Barony of Straun in 1451. Also Robert Riach's son must have admired his father's military status because he chose to call himself "Robert's Son" rather than to take a seperate name for himself. Hence if you are a descendant fo this tribe or clan, even unto current times, you're known as Robertson and pay honor to Scottish hero Robert Riach by carrying this surname.


In later centuries the clan was noted for its loyalty to the Stewarts. in acient days the chiefs had castles in Roannoch and at Invervack, near Straun. Later their principle residence was Dunalastair, or Mount Alexander, magnifiently situated at the foot of and in full view of Schiehallion, in Rannoch. the burial places are at Struan and Dunalastair.


The Chief of the clan is known as Struan-Robertson and the last known Strauan-Robertson was one Langston Robertson of Struan, 26th Struan-Robertson who when he succeeded to the title in 1949 resided at Kingston, Jamaica.


A Clan Donnachaidh Society was formed in 1893 in Edinburgh, Scotland.


I give this research credit to my Great Aunt Ella Robertson Springer

Friday, February 19, 2010

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Cheryl Hoover Davis, what an amazing Lady!!!!!
This sweet Lady does just about everything. I wonder how she finds the time to get all done.
She has a wonderfully written blog that share's not only her genealogy but bits and pieces of history. She writes like she's telling an amazing story.
She also is a Seamstress and sews costumes for Renaissance/Medieval Faire's. That would be so interesting and fun to travel back in time and see how the people lived and dressed. She's gets to do that, I am intrigued by that.
Her blog has beautiful picture's displayed. One is of Abe Lincoln, who just happens to be my favorite President.
Cheryl is a member of Grave Mappers, we have a common passion, I also love cemeteries.
Cheryl and I met on Facebook and I proudly consider her a good friend and wonderful teacher. She has a big giving heart and helps others diligently. I recommend to all my reader
s to check out Cheryl's blog and I promise you will love it as much as I do.
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday












Today I had a Mental break down and could not think for the life of me what to blog. Then I was looking through my documents on my handy dandy laptop and found so many things I just couldn't choose.
Something struck me as I looked at my Grandmother Ruth Gwendolda Converse (Kubberness)'s records and decided that's what I want to blog on today.
My grandma was a very special lady in her community as well as to me.
The first document shown here is a letter she got from an Aunt of hers in England, I have yet to find out who the Aunt is. The others are her membership cards for The Order of Eastern Star the Grand Chapter of South Dakota. She was very involved in this Chapter.
The newspaper article is about another organization that her sister Bessie and her belonged to called Kingbrook Community Club. The article is about their 50th Anniversary. My grandmother is one on the left sitting at the end of the table and her sister Bessie is next to her on her left.
I got to know Great-Aunt Bessie very well as an adult. We corresponded to each other every few weeks about family tree research. She was a very kind and caring women.
The following is my Grandmother's obituary. It says where the funeral will be located and that she was 77yrs old when she died. Who will sing and who the pall bearers will be. The usual things people put in obituaries I guess. But at the end is her life sketch and says she moved to Arlington, SD in 1910 with her dad. When I saw this my eye's bugged out finally some information on her dad to further my search. What a gold mine, a treasure. That and her death records helped me find more information on my great-grandfather Theron Converse.
The next record is her funeral record. This was the biggest treasure it has her mom's named listed. Annabella Whiting. I jumped up and down and screamed and hollered with such excitement I am sure the neighbors thought I had lost complete control of my body and mind. But I didn't care, I was dying to call my dad and let him know what I had gotten, he too was excited.
The last record is Ruth's cemetery record which did not reveal any no information, but I was glad to get it. As most genealogist's when the mail person comes there's a excitement that over comes us and we become these deranged people from another planet, maybe geanoblogo planet or something like it. Yes I know my sense of humor is dry.
After doing genealogy for 28 years I still feel that overwhelming excitement when I find a long lost ancestor or a document I have been waiting for. That's my Treasure!!!




Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wordless Wedensday








I once read that a coincidence is just when God chooses to remain anonymous....... The SPARROW at STARBUCKS
The song that silenced the cappuccino machineIt was chilly in Manhattan but warm inside the Starbucks shop on 51st Street and Broadway,
just a skip up from Times Square . Early November weather in New York City holds only the
slightest hint of the bitter chill of late December and January, but it's enough to send the
masses crowding indoors to vie for available space and warmth.For a musician, it's the most lucrative Starbucks location in the world, I'm told, and consequently,
the tips can be substantial if you play your tunes right. Apparently, we were striking all the right
chords that night, because our basket was almost overflowing.It was a fun, low-pressure gig - I was playing keyboard and singing backup for my friend who
also added rhythm with an arsenal of percussion instruments. We mostly did pop songs from
the '40s to the '90s with a few original tunes thrown in. During our emotional rendition of the
classic, "If You Don't Know Me by Now," I noticed a lady sitting in one of the lounge chairs across
from me. She was swaying to the beat and singing along.After the tune was over, she approached me. "I apologize for singing along on that song. Did it
bother you?" she asked.
"No," I replied. "We love it when the audience joins in. Would you like to sing up front on the next
selection?"To my delight, she accepted my invitation. "You choose," I said. "What are you in the mood to sing?""Well. ... do you know any hymns?"Hymns? This woman didn't know who she was dealing with. I cut my teeth on hymns. Before
I was even born, I was going to church. I gave our guest singer a knowing look. "Name one.""Oh, I don't know. There are so many good ones. You pick one.""Okay," I replied. "How about 'His Eye is on the Sparrow'?"My new friend was silent, her eyes averted. Then she fixed her eyes on mine again and said,
"Yeah. Let's do that one."
She slowly nodded her head, put down her purse, straightened her jacket and faced the center
of the shop. With my two-bar setup, she began to sing.
Why should I be discouraged?Why should the shadows come?The audience of coffee drinkers was transfixed. Even the gurgling noises of the cappuccino
machine ceased as the employees stopped what they were doing to listen. The song rose to
its conclusion.
I sing because I'm happy;I sing because I'm free.For His eye is on the sparrowAnd I know He watches me.When the last note was sung, the applause crescendoed to a deafening roar that would have
rivaled a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall. Embarrassed, the woman tried to shout over the din,
"Oh, you go back to your coffee! I didn't come in here to do a concert! I just came in here to get
somethin' to drink, just like you!" But the ovation continued. I embraced my new friend. "You,
my dear, have made my whole year! That was beautiful!""Well, it's funny that you picked that particular hymn," she said.
"Why is that?"
"Well . .." she hesitated again, "that was my daughter's favorite song."
"Really!" I exclaimed.
"Yes," she said, and then grabbed my hands. By this time, the applause had subsided and it
was business as usual.. "She was 16. She died of a brain tumor last week."I said the first thing that found its way through my stunned silence. "Are you going to be okay?"She smiled through tear-filled eyes and squeezed my hands. "I'm going to be okay. I just have to
keep trusting the Lord and singing his songs, and everything's going to be just fine." She picked up
her bag, gave me her card, and then she was gone.Was it just a coincidence that we happened to be singing in that particular coffee shop on that
particular November night? Coincidence that this wonderful lady just happened to walk into that
particular shop? Coincidence that of all the hymns to choose from, I just happened to pick the
very hymn that was the favorite of her daughter, who had died just the week before? I refuse to
believe it.God has been arranging encounters in human history since the beginning of time, and it's no
stretch for me to imagine that he could reach into a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and turn
an ordinary gig into a revival. It was a great reminder that if we keep trusting him and singing
his songs, everything's gonna be okay.The next time you feel like GOD can't use YOU, just remember...
Noah was a drunk Abraham was too old Isaac was a daydreamer Jacob was a liar Leah was ugly Joseph was abused Moses had a stuttering problem Gideon was afraid Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer Rahab was a prostitute Jeremiah and Timothy were too young David had an affair and was a murderer Elijah was suicidal Isaiah preached naked Jonah ran from God Naomi was a widow Job went bankrupt John the Baptist ate bugs Peter denied Christ The Disciples fell asleep while praying Martha worried about everything The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once Zaccheus was too small Paul was too religious Timothy had an ulcer Lazarus was dead! No more excuses now!!God can use you to your full potential. Besides you aren't the message,
you are just the messenger.
God bless!

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