Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Genealogy Searches

There are so many easy tools available now, doing genealogy work has become much easier.  I have been doing less blogging, and more actually research, and all at home.  Many people say that it is impossible to find new people.  But in the past six month I have requested ordinance work for over 2000 people.  I have done a couple things,  I always start with FamilySearch.org.
My first strategy:  I have found a couple lines which were not searched.  This has included aunts and uncles who have married into our family.  For example, my Aunt Verna married Bill Green.  I have researched the Green line, and found Civil War soldiers and  many others.  My Great Uncle Leo had a couple wives whose genealogy was not done.  He did not have children with either of them.  I have been able to research Aunt Marian and Aunt Joy.  I visited Aunt Joy's grave site in San Jose.
If you know any other lines which are unsearched, please go ahead and help with this great work.  I you would rather not, please let me know and I will see what I can find.  
The second strategy is to go to the end, get the information, and then see if you can add.  You can do this by using the sources in Family Search.  Another strategy is to take the information given, and then plug that into Ancestry.com or Find my Past.com.  Sometime you are actually able to find people this way.  These sites are free through Family Search.
Another strategy is to build your tree in on of this other genealogy sites.  This is a good thing to do because Family Search is a communal property, while in these you can individualize your tree.  In other words, in Family Search someone else can make changes to the tree, while the other sites you can make your tree specific to yourself. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

James Wilford Wardle Sr and Melissa Anne Shaw Couple and Family Pictures

I have discovered some family pictures on FamilySearch.  These pictures were mostly contributed by my brother Charles, but also elsewhere.  I have also put numerous pictures of my father's family on FamilySearch.
Picture at Jenny's Lake, Doesn't Grandma look like Verna?

Farm House, Rigby

CCC work crew, Grandpa is on left, Vernal third from right, Milton Thompson fourth from right

Grandpa Wardle, James Jr, Verna, Grandma Wardle, Lula, Phyllis

Grandpa, Verna, Grandma, Phyllis, James Jr.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Family of William Ashton

William Ashton and his wife Sarah Ann Barlow ashton must have had some second thoughts as the approached the handcart trek.  Sarah Ann was pregnant with their sixth child.  There other children were all girls.  Betsy the oldest, about eleven, the second Esther had passed away as an infant, then followed Sarah, Mary and Elizabeth.
Tragedy would strike the family again, while in Boston harbor, little Elizabeth would succumb to the measles.  This only allowed the family a few hours to grieve before they had to continue their journey.  Their next leg was by wagon to the train station to  take them North to Albany where they would cross the Hudson River on the journey to Iowa.
This family's tragedy was not over.  Shortly after the pioneers had regrouped at Florence Nebraska and were traveling close to Winter Quarters, Sarah Ann would go into labor, and deliver another baby girl.  However she would pass away in child birth.  William was left four girls, one of them a baby.  Of course wet nurses form the company would help tend the baby, keeping her alive for two weeks.  Baby Sarah Ann would be buried along the plains.
When the company reached Fort Laramie, rations were being reduced to minimal amounts of food.  There would be a struggle to get over the mountains and into Salt Lake.  William Ashton left the company at Fort Laramie, leaving his three daughters to the care of others.   He was able to use his signing bonus to support his girls, but he left them on the plains to carry on alone.
The oldest daughter, Betsy, must have felt a great responsibility.  When the company reached the last crossing of the Platte, near present day Casper Wyoming, Betsy froze her feet.  She would succumb afterwards, someplace between Red Buttes and martin's Cove.  Her death was not recorded.  The two children Sarah, seven and Mary five were cared for by others, and they actually survived and made it to Salt Lake.  Mary was my great great grandmother.  She too would die in child birth some years later, giving birth to her only son, William Haston Wardle.  However hers is a great posterity, as that son was the father of eleven.
For more details and a view of a picture entitled orphans depicting Mary and Sarah after Betsy's death.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Serving in the Temple

Weekend of 3/6-3/815  This weekend was a temple work weekend.  Charity, Mom, Natalia, Ty and I went to the temple for sealings.  In all we did about 110 total (another group took some of our names so we could get them done).  It was fun.  We saw many people we know.  The Nelsons (formerly of Northland Ward and now Union Ward (he taught gospel doctrine before I did) were there.  Ron Cieslak of the Stevens Creek ward was also there (he may have moved before you would remember but was close to the youth Natalia’s age.)  Later we had Steve Orton and his wife join us.  It was a pretty fun evening with lots of work done. 
The youth and the Elders did baptisms Saturday and I sent names.  I figure about 55 names so between baptisms and confirmations that is another 110 ordinances.  So it was a very active weekend in the temple.  I always have a few ordinances being done on those I have shared with the temple as well.  I think a record with may 230 ordinances completed.  This has been my most active weekend, and since the sealing is the last ordinance these are all the way done.  We are now working on putting together another session by completing the preliminary work.  I have more than enough names, but we have to do the other work done first.  Natalia and Ty took names home to do in Washington.

Ruth Naomi Brandley Nelson

I have been working on my genealogy, connecting sources to different individuals.  In doing so, I came upon the obituary for Aunt Ruth, which surprised me as it said she had a son.  Aunt Ruth is actually my great aunt, my mother's aunt.  She lived with my grandmother for a time, which resulted in us kids receiving many kisses form her.  Her kisses were always slobbery aunt kisses.
Her life was one of love and tragedy.
I have talked to several people about Aunt Ruth, including my mother and Aunt Charlene, who would be her nieces.  Connie says my mother told her the story, and she provided some good information.
Aunt Ruth was born to Karl (Carl) Brandley and Jane Jeremy in Salt Lake.  She married Theron Nelson in 1922.  Their son Theron Jeremy was born in about 1925 in Salt Lake.
Her husband worked for a publishing company selling books.  This would require him to be on the road considerable, but allowed for a comfortable lifestyle.  Aunt Charlene said they lived in an "exquisite apartment" in Salt Lake.  Mom said they would not see them often, about every two or three years because the lived in Salt Lake, while she lived in Idaho.  Theron their son was about five years older then mother, and mother does remember playing with him.
Tragedy struck the Nelson home in 1947 when Theron was killed in an automobile accident in 1847.  Aunt Ruth made application for Theron's tombstone through Veterans as he was a WWI veteran.

After her husband's death, Aunt Ruth became a different person.  She took up drinking.  Aunt Charlene described this as "She lived a different lifestyle, drank and carried on."  Connie says that the story goes that one night when she was drinking, a man in a bar hit her in the nose, breaking her nose.  This is why her  nose was always so large.  However Connie says this also caused brain damage and she had a poor memory after this.
Aunt Ruth took up with and married a younger man.  Connie says he was a sailor.  Aunt Charlene confirms this story.  However she says the tombstone for Aunt Ruth bears the last name Nelson, and she can't remember this person's name.
He exploited Aunt Ruth, and took her money, and then left her with nothing.  After this Aunt Ruth was very poor.  She came to live with her sisters, Aunt Marie Brandley Coburn in Saint Anthony, and my Grandmother, Geneve Brandley Wright in Lincoln, Idaho Falls.  At some point her son disowned her.  This was due to her driniking and taking up with another man.  He eventually settled in Colorado.  Aunt Charlene laments that he didn't even come to the funeral.  However she thinks he made arrangement through a funeral home.  Connie remembers that Aunt Rose Marie (Mom's sister) made most of the arrangements for the funeral.  
Aunt Ruth
Aunt Charlene said she most often lived with Aunt Marie.  However she also would stay with Grandma for extended periods.  One of these periods was when we as a family spent five months living with Grandma in Lincoln.  Her bedroom was the first on the right as you entered Grandma's house from the rear door.  It was across from the bathroom.  Sara remembers that Aunt Ruth had lots of jewelry.  However she isn't sure if it was real or glass jewelry.  
Aunt Ruth and Aunt Marie
Connie remembers that Aunt Ruth had a granddaughter.  She would  call her Bunny.  Connie thinks she came to visit because Aunt Ruth had a picture of her she displayed in her room and she would share with people.  Connie said Aunt Ruth's memory was such she couldn't remember names, and would call everyone bunny.  She actually had two grandchildren, Penelope Jane Nelson (Penny) and Theron Jeffrey Nelson.   Theron Jeffrey passed away in 2009 and his father Theron Jeremy in 2012.
Aunt Marie, Grandma, Aunt Ruth
Connie says there was at least one occasion when Aunt Ruth was hitting on Grandmother.  This may have been the result of drinking.  Connie also visited Aunt Ruth at the Blackfoot State Hospital. "The last time I saw Aunt Ruth Mom and I visited her at the the State Hospital in Blackfoot.  Jed was a baby.  All of the patients wanted to touch Jed he was so cute."  The obituary indicates that she passed away in a nursing home in Idaho Falls.  This was several years after Grandmother had passed away.
Connie says, Aunt Ruth lived with Grandma many years.  However Aunt Charlene remembers she mostly lived with Uncle Elmo and Marie Coburn in Saint Anthony.  Aunt Ruth's nephew officiated at her funeral.  She was often at Grandmother's when we visited.
Aunt Ruth

Grandma and Aunt Ruth

Monday, January 26, 2015

Shaw Pictures: Please identify

Audrey is farthest right
These pictures were not labeled. They were with other pictures taken 1965 and appear to be of a Shaw Reunion.  Any help with identification would be appreciated.  
Rosa Eliza Shaw left, Grandma Melissa Ann Shaw Wardle on right and two of her siblings