Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Poem "Where I'm From"

Another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun


I am from pine tree covered mountains capped with snow, from Eddy's Bread, Jif, homemade jam and fresh whole milk.

I am from the sawmill company tract home... small, portable like the sawmill and filled with laughter and love.

I am from Calochortus nuttallii (the sego-lily) covering the hills behind our house, the Philadelphus lewisii (Syringa or mock orange) that lined the highway we took from isolation of the mountains to the 'big city.'

I am from timber fallers and blue eyes and red hair, from Alexander and Thomas and Weaver.

I am from large families and adventurous risktakers.

From cows that are pastured on hills have longer legs on one side than the other so they can walk around the side of the hill and that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that has continued to elude me.

I am from non-denominational congregations in quaint country chapels with music and prayer, baptism in a friend's swimming pool.

I'm from the Pacific Northwest, Irish, British and German, mashed potatoes and hamburger gravy.

From the thirteen Logue brothers from Ireland that turned out to be just large families all the way back to the 18th century, the connections with that famed ship loaded with pilgrims, and the possible relationship to Matoaka (better known as Pocahantas).

I am from cedar chests, cardboard boxes, backup harddrives and Family Tree Maker.

         The portable sawmill on the Middle Fork of the Payette River where we moved in 1956

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Here's another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from our friend Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings. The task was to list your 16 g g grandparents, giving birth, death and marriage.  Determine the countries (or states) that these ancestors lived in at their birth and at their death.  Next create a Heritage Pie from the countries (or states) of their birth.  Since all of mine were born in the US, mine is of states.

Adam Leverson Logue (b 24 Apr 1818 in Grove City, Cameron, PA,  d. 19 Nov 1893 in Wharton, Potter, PA).  He married Sarah Ann Mahon (b. 1817 in Wharton, Potter, PA, d. 18 Feb 1874 in Wharton, Potter, PA)  1840, Wharton, Potter, PA

John S Sweet (b 1817 in Erwin, Steuben County, NY,  d After 1880 in Williamsport Ward 4, Lycoming, PA).  He married Mary 'Polly' Wheeler (b abt 1818 in New York , d Jul 1880 in Susquehanna CO., PA) in 1836 in Steuben, NY.

Lotan Dexter (b 30 Jan 1801 in Albion, Kennebec, ME, d 9 May 1873 in Toulon, Stark, IL).  He married Ruby Fish (b 2 Nov 1801 in Dover, Piscataquis, ME , d 23 Mar 1896 in Toulon, Stark, IL) abt 1826 in Maine.

Jeremiah Bennett (b 26 Mar 1794 in Cayuga,NY , d 11 April 1870 in Saxon,Stark,IL) .  He married Sarah Winne (b 11 Nov 1801 in Albany, Cayuga, NY, d 3 Feb 1886 in Saxon, Stark, IL) in 1820 in Cayuga NY.

John C. Crawford (b 23 Sept 1772 in Fauquier, VA, d 11 Aug 1845 in Laurel, KY).  He married Matilda Benson (b 13 Aug 1789 in Fauquier, VA. d 28 Jul 1858 in Laurel, KY) abt 1806 in VA.

 Matilda Benson Crawford

Joseph Cephas Weaver (b 24 Nov 1808 in Cookeville, Putnam, TN. d 5 Jun 1889 in Cane Creek, Laurel, KY).  He married Frances Powell Bledsoe (b 13 Aug 1803 in KY, d 17 Nov 1847 in Laurel, KY)  abt 1828 in Laurel, KY.

James H Tuttle (b 1808 in Clay, KY , d 29 Mar 1861 in Laurel, KY)  He married Elizabeth Yeager (b 1809 in Laurel, KY, d 1880 in Laurel, KY) Jan 1830 in Clay, KY.

John D Scott (b 3 May 1810 in Surry, NC, d aft 1880 in Laurel, KY).  He married Arrena K Camplin (b 1817 in Knox Co, KY, d after 1860 in Laurel, KY) 1 Aug 1833 in Laurel, KY. 

Many of the responses to this task were sketchy and some had a lot of blanks, so I should feel lucky that at least I have names and locations for all of my great-great grandparents.  I am needing to find some marriage dates and locations.  (Most of mine were estimations based on the births of their oldest children.)  I was surprised to find so many of them being born in New York - I'd have thought Pennsylvania or Maine.

Oops, I just noticed that I should have had 4 for Kentucky (blue) instead of three, so New York doesn't have the most.  (I guess the total should add up to 16 if you are listing your 16 g g grandparents, right?)

Why don't you try this and see how many of these ancestors you can find.  [Hint - you might use an Ancestral Name List from your software for this. However, if you use Family Tree Maker, it may not be available - I couldn't find it on mine; had to cut and paste to a Word doc.]  The graph was created using the  chart generator from Kid Zone per Randy's suggestion.

Good luck and happy genealogy hunting.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Wingate: my husband's maternal line

My husband's mother was a Wingate.  Her father, James Eckenrode Wingate (1879 - 1956) was born in Missouri to Samuel and Olive Webb Wingate.  Samuel Wingate's biography was included in the following:

Hawley, James H., ed. History of Idaho The Gem of the Mountains. Vol. I-III. Chicago, IL, USA: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1920.

James E Wingate married Myrtle M Elam (1889 - 1964) on 2 Feb 1917 in Boise, Idaho.  They had eight children, 5 girls and 3 boys (Lyle's mother, Hazel Wingate McMillan Kite, was the oldest child, being born on 1 Nov 1917). 

WWI Registration for the draft

WWII Registration

The Cora May Van Buren and John Nelson Elam Story (Myrtle M Elam's parents)

John Nelson Elam was the son of George Henry Elam and Eliz Jane Burris. He was born May 28, 1866, at Appanoose Co., Iowa, where his parents were living at that time. They later moved to Missouri where John grew to manhood. It was in Missouri that he met Cora May Van Buren and fell in love with her.

She was the daughter of James Henry Van Buren and Susan Oderkirk. They were married on December 24, 1887, then moved to Kansas. Here their first child, a girl, was born on January 14, 1889. She was named Myrtle May.  John was a farmer at heart so he worked from farm to farm. A son was born to them on August 21, 1890. They had gone back to Midway, Missouri, before he was born. He was named Bryan Delbert.

John and Cora, with their little family, moved to Clarinda, Iowa, and on March 1, 1892, their third child, a girl, was born. They named her Viola Jane. John and Cora then moved back to midway where George Henry Newton Elam was born on September 13, 1893. They stayed in Missouri for three more years during which time Alvia Bert was born on July 10, 1896.

They again moved back to Page, Iowa, where Everett Leroy was born on January 2, 1902. Things did not go well for them in Iowa so they moved back to Missouri and their seventh child, a boy, was born on February 28, 1904. He was named Benjamin Franklin Elam. Little Benjamin lived only three months and passed away on June 10, 1905.  John´s next move was to Ellis Co., Kansas. Codell was the name of the little town close by. They had a little farm and across the road was a farm owned by James M. Dyas. James would send his son Gordon down from Oxford, Nebraska to farm this land.

John and Cora enjoyed Gordon´s friendship and it wasn´t long before Gordon Dyas was courting their daughter Viola.  Cora gave birth to another boy on November 7, 1906, and named him Walter Lestly. He grew to manhood, married, and had four children before he died on October 3, 1965.

Cora again gave birth to a baby girl on May 5, 1908, and named her Vinita Jinenee. However, much to their sorrow, this baby was with them only a short time. She passed away on August 3, 1908.

Gordon Dyas and Viola Jane Elam were married April 10, 1908 in Hays City,  Kansas. The following spring their first child, a boy, was born on May 5, 1909. He was named Lloyd Dow Dyas.

In 1910, John and Cora decided to move west; so, with their family, loaded all of their belongings on a freight train car. Gordon and Viola decided to move west with them; so they loaded all of their belongings on the same freight car and the two families went west and settled in Meridian [Ustick], Idaho. Gordon and Viola later moved to Nampa, Idaho.

Cora gave birth to another baby girl on September 23, 1910, but this baby also died after living a few months. She passed away on January 12, 1911. She was named Edith Irene.

John and Cora´s oldest daughter, Myrtle, married Charley Shimp in 1911 (31 Jan 1911);

Idaho Marriages, 1842-1996 about Charlie B. Shimp

Name: Charlie B. Shimp
Gender: Male
Spouse: Myrtle M. Elam
Spouse Gender: Female
Marriage Date: Jan 31, 1911
Marriage Location: Boise, Ada Co., Idaho
Source: This record can be found in the marriage book at the County Courthouse located in Ada Co., ID in Volume 9 on Page 195.

their son Bryan married Elsa Kiefer, December 2, 1914; their son Newton married Maggie Gale, October 9, 1914.  Can find no record of death of Charley Shimp at this time.

[She married second - 02 Feb 1917 - James Eckenrode Wingate, having the 8 children as described above.]

Jim and Myrtle Wingate, 1953, Meridian Idaho

Newton passed away on November 19, 1918, from influenza. He left his wife, Maggie, with two little boys, Earl and Harley. The death of this grown son hit John and Cora very hard after having lost four tiny babies. They grieved deeply over his passing.

Alvia married Nellie Kiefer on August 21, 1924; Roy married Flora Hackett in 1925; Walter married Edna Collins on June 19, 1926.

After John and Cora reached Meridian, he rented a farm and milked cows for a living. By the time all of the children were married, they were pretty well fixed in a nice home with plenty to eat. Now, after all the years of struggling to keep his big family clothed, fed and together, John and Cora had time to relax and enjoy life together. John was a kind hearted man who loved his wife and children. He would have given the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He loved the land and enjoyed raising hay and grain to feed his herd of milk cows. Cora was at his side helping him after all the children had married and had homes of their own.

One night, about four years after the last boy had married, John came in from doin the chores. He ate a good supper, went into the front room, and sat down in his favorite rocking chair while Cora did the dishes. All of a sudden, Cora heard a terrible crashing sound. She ran into the front room and found John lying on the floor bleeding from the nose. He died a few moments later from a brain hemorrhage.

This was on October 29, 1930; he was 66 years old. He and Cora had been married 43 years.

Cora gave up the farm, sold the cows, and moved into the town of Meridian. She joined the Assembly of God Church and sought solace in attending all of the church meetings. David Wood and his wife were her next-door neighbor. Cora would go to church with them. A year or so later, David Wood´s wife passed away. Of course, Cora was nearby to comfort him. Cora and David were married a year later. He was a big man about six feet tall and very handsome. They enjoyed each other´s company, attending church meetings together and doing things together. This happiness lasted until David became ill and passed away February 20, 1940.

Cora was now a widow at the age of 81. She took it on the chin like she did all the rest of her sorrows. She lived alone until she was 90 years old, then her mind began slipping and ill health overtook her. Her children put her in a nursing home in Caldwell, Idaho. She passed away September 1, 1961, and was buried in the cemetery in Meridian on September 4, 1961.

We all love Grandma Elam, as we all called her, and her memory will live in our hearts forever. She was always cheerful and looked on the bright side of life, no matter how hard the trials she had to pass through.
LinneaWard50 originally submitted this to the Thomas G Dyas tree on Ancestry,com on 22 May 2007

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

2011 is half over; Where do we go from here?

I am a native Idahoan, having been born in Emmett, Idaho in 1947.  My parents were both born in Idaho also - Boise County (the part that is now Valley County) also - my father in 1907 and my mother in 1913.  My grandparents on both sides were early settlers of Idaho in Long Valley and Emmett and even my great-grandparents (Walter and Alida Dexter and George Alexander Logue) settled in early Idaho, all three being buried in the Crown Point Cemetery overlooking Cascade Lake.

With these roots in Idaho, I've done a lot of research on Valley and Gem counties.  It's very satisfying and exciting at times to come across a record of proof that these people really did homestead that piece of land, marry that person we've listed in our family tree, or give birth to that child at the place and time we've been told.  I've not, however, did a lot of research into Boise County (except where it applied to pre-Gem County times, 1915, or pre-Valley County times, 1917).

Though my family moved to Garden Valley in about 1950 and stayed there until my youngest brother graduated from high school, 1974, there was not a lot of history for our family there.  Younger brothers were born while we lived in Garden Valley, but they were physically born in the hospital in Emmett (Gem County).  One brother, George Alexander, was born Dec 11, 1952, passed away three days later, and is buried in the Emmett cemetery overlooking the city.

I did have a grand-uncle, Jacob Crawford, who was on the 1880 US Census for Garden Valley as a laborer.  He was 24 years old then, but later moved to Oregon where he raised his family (ironically, one of his daughters, a twin, was named Reba - maybe this is where my mother got my name as she was just 3 or 4 years older than my mother).  And my father's father walked (well mostly snowshoeing) from Cascade through Garden Valley to Idaho City (the county seat) in 1902 to get a marriage license to marry my grandmother.  But other than a few instances like this, there was not a lot of history of my family in Boise County.

So the opportunity to adopt Boise County for the US GenWeb project was a chance to correct the omission of researching the center of the 'gold rush' days in Idaho Territory, exploring the haunts of the miners and the cemeteries where they are buried, and discovering items of history and genealogy I might not otherwise come across.

If you want to check out what is in store, here is the website:
(and a thanks goes out to Sharon McConnell for all her work on setting up the web-site).

 A logging operation in Boise County around 1950.

I look forward to hearing from anyone interested in seeing a particular bit of history, biography or whatever on this blog or on the GenWeb site.