Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

I got this really cool stone from a member of Find A Grave who fulfilled a photo request for me. She told me that the marker appears to be petrified wood.

The marker is for George Baylor Allen, my third cousin four times removed. He was born 15 Jun 1844 in Kentucky, the son of John Polk and Georgeann (Baylor) Allen. He died 7 Dec 1910 in Israel Township, Preble Co., Ohio, from morphine poisoning, and is buried in Hopewell Cemetery, Morning Sun, Preble Co., Ohio. He married Anna M. Robinson in 1871 and they had five children: Mayme, George Baylor Jr., Florence, Theodore and Carter. He was a Civil War veteran.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Gary Lee Becker (27 May 1943-8 Oct 2009)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Gary Becker was born in Great Bend on March 27, 1943, to Winnis and Evelyn Becker. He married Ruth Kruckenberg in 1963. He was a graduate of Kansas State University and received his MBA from Texas Christian University. Gary served in the Air Force for 24 years, and for the past 10 years worked as a contract negotiator for IBM. After a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, he went to be with the Lord on Oct. 8.

Gary was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and on the Recreational Ministries Committee. His favorite activities included playing racquetball, hiking, running, cheering for K-State, and helping family and friends.

Gary leaves behind his wife, Ruth, sons Jeff (Ronda) and Mark, daughter Courtney Stevens (Tim), his father Winnis, brother Bob (Marilyn), and grandchildren Emily, Ryan and Jenna Becker, and Paige Stevens. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either First Presbyterian Church or Gary's PanCan Memorial Page at www.firstgiving.com/garybecker.

A memorial service was held Oct. 12 at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou, Colorado Springs. Please join us in honoring Gary by visiting our memorial at www.mem.com.
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune
13 Oct 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Tale of Two Sisters Who Married Two Brothers

This is a tale of two sisters:
One is my Grandaunt, Matilda Ellen "Tilda" Bradley, who also happens to be my third cousin twice removed and my fourth cousin twice removed. Matilda was b. 1 Nov 1887 in Dennison, Lincoln, Texas, the daughter of William Franklin and Janie Ellen (Moore) Bradley. She d. 18 Nov 1973 in Kirksville, Adair, Missouri. Her first marriage was to Elmer Clarence Hall, 27 Jan 1907 in Adair Co., Missouri. Elmer and Matilda had six children: Clarence Almo; an infant male who was b. and d. 3 Jun 1909; Lula Mae; Janie Pauline; Charles and Elmerene Clara Elizabeth. Her second marriage was to Dillon S. Hays, 3 May 1917 in Kirksville, Adair, Missouri. Dillon and Matilda had three children: Euretha Florence, Rhoda Matilda, and Isabelle Maxine. Her last marriage was to Walter Ray Roberts, 6 Oct 1951 in Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas.

The other is my Grandmother, Martha Elizabeth Pearl "Pearl" Bradley, who also happens to be my third cousin twice removed and my fourth cousin twice removed. Pearl was b. 25 Jan 1890 in Goldsberry, Macon, Missouri, the daughter of William Franklin and Janie Ellen (Moore) Bradley. She d. 14 Dec 1971 in Larned, Pawnee, Kansas. She m. Linzie Sheldon Roberts, 10 Jan 1906 in Gifford, Macon, Missouri. Pearl and Linzie had six children: Lora Vaughn, Otis Aden, Arthur Franklin, Elbert Earl, Raymond Edward and Nadine Pearl.

Who married two brothers:
One is my Granduncle, Walter Ray Roberts who was b. 17 Jan 1890 in La Crosse, Macon, Missouri, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Lucy Jane (Allen) Roberts. He d. 11 Sep 1962 in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas. His first marriage was to Annabelle "Annie" Carmack, 2 Aug 1920 in Medicine Lodge, Barber, Kansas. Walter and Annie had seven children: Gaynell "Midge", Lois Maxine, William Ray "Bill", Benjamin Thomas "Bennie" Sr., Allen Lee "Sug", Deloris Aldiene "Dotty" and Lonny Dell. Walter and Matilda had no children.

The other is my Grandfather, Linzie Sheldon Roberts who was b. 3 Feb 1885 in Richland Twp., Macon, Missouri, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Lucy Jane (Allen) Roberts. He d. 10 Oct 1964 in Larned, Pawnee, Kansas.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Going to Meet New Cousins

Excited because tomorrow Jon and I are going to the Allegan District Library in Allegan, Michigan to visit with and meet some new Truax cousins. Jon and I have met Gayle Stevens before. She and her husband came to Applebee's in Marshall awhile back and we ate dinner and sat and chatted about the Truax family. Sadly, Gayle lost her husband a month or so ago. Danny and Rozann Osborn are new Truax cousins I hooked up with through the Internet and this will be the first time I've met them (although not sure if Danny is going to be there or not). So looking forward to this. Will be my first chance to try out the RootsMagic To Go feature as well. Hope to learn lots from these new cousins of mine.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Treasure Chest Thursday: Postcard Collection

Petticoat Lane (11th Street)
Looking East From Main Street,
Kansas City, MO
In this canyon of modern skyscrapers are shown at the right the Bryant Building with its modernistic tower. The gothic tower on the left enhances the Telephone Building. The foreground shows Waldheim Bldg. n the left and Harzfeld's at the right.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

This is what's left of the Strait Cemetery located in Darke Co., Ohio.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

This is the tombstone of my great-grandmother Janie Ellen (Moore) Bradley Davis. She was b. 1 Oct 1858 in Macon Co., Missouri, the daughter of William Taylor Barry and Martha Elizabeth (Miller) Moore. She d. 28 Jun 1944 in Lebanon, Laclede Co., Missouri and is buried in Lebanon City Cemetery. She was first married to William Franklin Bradley (my great-grandfather) on 20 Apr 1876 in Macon Co., Missouri. They had nine children: Mary Annie, Infant Male, Lillie Francis, Clara Gertrude "Gertie", William Everett "Willie", Thomas Elbert Sr., Matilda Ellen "Tilda", Henry Edgar Earl (Twin) and Martha Elizabeth Pearl "Pearl" (Twin). Her second marriage was to Hanover Tinsley Davis, 29 Dec 1891 in Groom, Gray Co., Texas. They had five children: Priscilla (Twin), Aquilla (Twin), Joseph Tinsley, Cora Florence and Henry Clay.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

This is the tombstone for my great-grandparents Benjamin Franklin and Lucy Jane (Allen) Roberts. It is located in Rosehill Cemetery in Hazelton, Barber Co., Kansas. Benjamin Franklin was b. 12 Jun 1853 in Peoria, Adams Co., Illinois, the son of Daniel Sheldon and Permelia Rebecca (White) Roberts. He d. 17 Aug 1935 in Hazelton, Barber Co., Kansas. He m. Lucy Jane Allen 17 Feb 1884 in La Crosse, Macon Co., Missouri. Lucy Jane was b. 3 Feb 1866 in Newburg, Macon Co., Missouri, the daughter of Robert Linzie and Duretta Catherine "Cass" (Shumaker) Allen. She d. 22 Apr 1946 in Hardtner, Barber Co., Kansas. They had eight children: Linzie Sheldon, Duretta Florence "Flo", William Edward "Ed", an infant daughter who died shortly after birth, Walter Ray, Lillie May, Clarence Allen Sr., and Benjamin Albert "Bennie".

Thursday, July 23, 2009