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My Oral Family History

I am collecting my family stories that recounted to me. Every Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, the white Haviland China comes out, along with the silver service, and we would set the table. As the family sat down for the holiday meal, my mother … Continue reading

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Brief Words About The Amish

I wrote this awhile back to explain the Amish to a lady who I was doing some research for.  I am posting this for Sarah to give her some background of the Amish/Mennonites. The Amish are direct descendants of the … Continue reading

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Letters From Home~~Cicero, Hamilton County, Indiana

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Cast of Characters: Grace~~ My Great Grandmother Grace Louise Carson Stockmaster Orrenda~~My 2nd Great Grandmother Orrenda M. Willes Carson Della~~My 2nd Great Aunt Mary Dell Carson Criswell Allen Ral~ My 2nd Great Uncle (Great Grand Uncle) James Ralston Carson Jr., DVM … Continue reading

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Viola Carson Armstrong~~My Ancestor

Viola Carson is the great grand-aunt of Elizabeth Louise Burritt England Thurston. Viola was born June 6, 1854 in Indiana, possibly Bartholomew, or Hamilton County. She married Frank P. Armstrong on March 3, 1873, who was born in 1851 in … Continue reading

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Letters From Home 1st Installment

Cast of “Characters” Mother Carson~~My 2nd Great grandmother  Orrenda Willes Carson Grace~~My Great Grandmother Grace Louise Carson Stockmaster Uncle Oliver~~My 2nd Great Uncle Oliver F Wills, Orrenda’s brother in Iowa Ral~ My 2nd Great Uncle (Great Grand Uncle) James Ralston … Continue reading

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How the Willes Family Came to Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York

My 3rd Great Uncle, Bela Willes read a notice in the newspaper and decided to join a commune starting up with promises of land and everyone treated equally in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York. The rest of his immediate … Continue reading

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Willoughby Nugent~~My Ancestor

Willoughby Nugent was Thomas L. Nugent’s 2nd cousin who was born in 1843 in Lawrence County Indiana and died in 1871 in Lawrence County. Thomas L. Nugent’s wife was my 2nd Great Aunt, Martha (Mattie) Ackerman. The Nugent family hailed … Continue reading

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