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Strangers in the Box
Author: Pamela A.
Come, look with me
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories,
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had
To tell who, what, where, when,
These faces of my heritage,
Would come to life again.
Could this become the
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be passed away?
Make time to save your
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.
Heirlooms or Artifacts?
have an image
of a place in the British Isles that you travelled to as
part of your
genealogy research. Tell us what you liked about it, what it meant
to you, what others in that area should be sure to see, and (perhaps)
what to avoid. Tell us what the people were like, and whether you met
cousins or other relatives. Tell us if you met local genealogists
Or, perhaps you have
artifact, inherited from your ancestors, or specific to your cultural
ancestry, such as a claymore sword, a sporran, a harp, etc.
A Bible Story with a Modern Twist
i saved our family heirloom
von Ende Lappin (Posted: 07/07/2013)
My lovely relic, a Catholic Bible, got to
I did. I came in 1961, and it had been here for 18 years but I didn’t
know it. When I found out, I rescued it from oblivion.
Irish immigrant ancestor entered family records in the Bible, starting
in 1857. The Bible didn’t come from Ireland – it was published 1852 in
New York -- but it does provide one major piece of Irish genealogical
information: the Catholic parish in County Louth, Ireland --
Haggardstown -- where my ancestors lived, as well as a few dates from
the Old Country and many from America
John Patrick Savage, the one who kept the records, immigrated from
Ireland in early 1850 with his eight sisters. His brother Joseph had
come about 1842, and their parents, Rose and Patrick Savage, came later
The family were textile workers, famine immigrants,
and they settled in Windom County, Connecticut, textile-mill territory
in the 19th century. John P. Savage married Zoe Arbour there in
1857 and the first entry was their marriage. The early writing is in
John’s hand, and he recorded many dates, including death dates of his
immigrant parents, but not the place.
John and Zoe with many
family members went West just before the Civil War and took the Bible
with them to Green Lake County, Wisconsin, in 1861 and to their
homestead in Mulligan, Brown County, Minnesota in 1863. They
recorded the birth of their son, Patrick in 1867, the first white child
born in Mulligan.
Zoe Arbour Savage died 1884 in Waseca,
Minnesota, and John and the family moved around Minnesota. Railroading
became their livelihood. They returned to Wisconsin about 1890, the
Bible with them all this time. As a widower, he lived with his oldest
daughter, Margaret “Maggie” Savage Rogers, her husband, Charles Rogers,
and family. John served as the Washburn, Wisconsin, city librarian in
the 1890s. He died 1899 near Shell Lake, Wisconsin, and Maggie kept the
Bible. The Rogerses moved around in Wisconsin and Illinois, and when
Maggie died in Chicago in 1933, the Bible went to her daughter,
Lorraine Rogers O’Connell of Chicago.
Lorraine and others
added data to the family record over the years. Lorraine and her
husband had no children, so at some point – 1940s perhaps – she gave it
to her sister Jane Rogers D’Arcy, with the intention that it should go
to one of Jane’s seven children. Jane and Lorraine were my mother’s
In 1943, Jane and her husband Bill D’Arcy moved
from Wisconsin to Denver, bringing the Bible with them. I didn’t get
here until 1961. Jane and Bill sold their south Denver home in the late
1960s, moved into a mobile home in Westminster, and took it with them.
Now we get to the sad part of my story. Also the best
Bible was in Jane and Bill’s mobile home in the early 1970s when Jane
became ill and they sold the home. It was a hectic time, and in the
moving process, the Bible got left behind! But not forgotten.
was on the Denver scene by now, and frequently was included in Jane and
Bill’s family gatherings. Everyone bemoaned the loss of the Bible. It
had been in the family for about 115 years, and somebody should try and
find it . . .
I didn’t think too much about this tragedy until
the early 1980s when I became interested in genealogy. So, about 10
years after it was lost, I decided I’d try to find it. It actually was
far easier than I’d anticipated.
First I checked suburban city
directories, found the mobile home park where the Bible had been left
and phoned the manager. She remembered Jane and Bill, and told me that
the new owner had sold the trailer. Even better, she remembered the
name of the buyer. It was Myrtle Schulze.
But Myrtle and her
husband in turn had sold the trailer and moved to another park and
bought a new trailer. Myrtle was in the phone book and I called her the
first time about Thanksgiving 1981.
“Oh sure,” she said, “I’ve
got that Bible. I figured somebody might be looking for it some day,
and I saved it. It’s in my shed.”
she said, it’s too cold
in November to root around in a cold shed to find your Bible. I should
call her when it got warmer. I couldn’t wait, so I pestered Myrtle
throughout the winter, and finally one day in May 1982, she decided it
was warm enough to go into her shed.
day I wanted to fetch the Bible, she wouldn’t be home, but she would
leave it outside for me. When I drove up, there it was in the sunshine
waiting for me in a box on a chair on her porch. It had been 125 years
since my great-grandparents, including the great-grandmother whose name
I have, had started recording family data in it.
Later, I was thrilled to show it to my cousin, Jane
Rogers D’Arcy, and her family.
was raggedy, to say the least. Antiques Roadshow says to leave antiques
in their original condition, but I couldn’t bear to let the dear old
thing remain in a state of ruin. Besides, I wanted to update the
records. So, in 1993 I had it restored and rebound for $175 at Denver
Bookbinding. The bookbinders retained the original boards and added the
gilt letters on the spine. They’re a bit out of time, but I don’t mind.
It makes its home on the top shelf of our living room étagère with
other books I inherited from my Savage family. I’ve filled out my
My only regret: I never met Myrtle Schulze, the
thoughtful woman who saved the old Bible.
The Story of a Traveling Sampler
Williams (Posted: 03/02/2013)
My father's mother's mother was Janet Lindsay Ritchie,
born 19 January 1826, in Stenhausemuir, a mining community in Larbert
Parish, Sterlingshire, Scotland. She was the third of nine children
born to Janet Silcock and John Ritchie. In 1840, when Janet would have
been 14 years old, she
"worked" a sampler.
to June 1841, her father had found her a position
with a family in Glasgow as a maid for two small children, appearing
and as such is recorded in
the 1841 Scotland census as a "servant" with a family
in Glasgow. The sampler must have begun its journey's here, as there
would have been no room for it in a two room miner's cottage, where at
least six children lived from time to time.
In 1851, Janet was in Carronhall in the Sterling
John Waugh, whom she would marry in 1853. A daughter was born shortly
thereafter and the family arrived in New York on the SS Enterprise in
October, 1854. They first went to the coal mines of
Pennsylvania, then to La Salle, Illinois and finally to Peoria,
where two of Janet's siblings had settled. By 1900, Janet's husband,
John Waugh, had died and she was
living with my grandparents in their home in Peoria on Bradley Avenue.
the 1970's, when the Bradley Avenue home was sold outside of
the family, the sampler was found in the attic. It was separating from
touched, due to its age and being tired from its travels! My mother
asked for it,
secured it in someway to protect it from further damage and took it to
a cousin from her family in Iowa,
who is excellent at needlepoint. Leslie made two identical
reproductions of this treasure - one for me and one for my sister. The
initials that are not part of the alphabet, are of Janet's then
siblings. In the bottom right hand corner are the initials of my
cousin, Leslie Matthias (LM), who so lovingly recreated the much
Picture of a Welsh Dwelling
Williams (Posted: 02/04/2012)
The photograph below is of me holding a picture of the
husband’s maternal grandmother was
born in 1847 in Montgomeryshire, Llanllugan Parish, North Wales.
Sarah Jane Williams was the sixth child of John Williams and Elizabeth
Rowlands. John was a farmer with 25 acres surrounding this
home. The family emigrated to the United States, Waukesha,
Wisconsin in 1857 - Sarah Jane was 6 years old.
The picture originated in 1911 after one of their
Antoinette, married John Jones and they went to Wales on their
honeymoon. The two ladies in the picture are “Nettie and a Welsh
relative.” This picture hung in all of the homes of Nettie’s
brothers and sisters, and came to our home by way of my husband’s
father, David Lloyd Williams.
Pictures are a wonderful adjunct to genealogy.
This one has the
location written on the back and the partial identification of the
women. It was treasured by the family because it was a virtual
“grounding” of their roots.
It is also a prototype of farm homes still seen in
Wales, Ireland and
Scotland. They were built to last, they were snug and warm where
the only heat was from the fireplace, also used for cooking.
Water would have been from a well or nearby stream. This home is
still in use as a family residence. Two of Nettie’s grandchildren
visited there in 2001. They returned with colored pictures of
this home - the front looking precisely as in this picture, with a
lovely “English” garden.
The History of the Church of Scotland, by
McIntosh (Posted: 01/16/2012)
This photograph is of the title
pages to the book "The History of the
Church of Scotland (Beginning the year of our Lord 203 and continued to
the end of the Reign of King James the VI)," which was first published
in 1655. The book was written by Ken McIntosh's 9th Great
Grandfather, Archbishop John Spotswood. An original copy is
preserved in the Library of the College of New Jersey.
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