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Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

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Edward (Edwin) Wills b. 1826-1829

The information I have about Edward (Edwin) Wills is very limited and comes primarily from census data.  I have not been able to pinpoint his exact year of birth, his age varies from one census to another by just a couple of years. I am a descendant through his son John Harvey Wills. There is a marriage record for him to Mary Elizabeth Butterworth dated November 7, 1850 in Bedford County Virginia. Mary is referenced as his spouse in the various census records found for him in Kanawha County West Virginia. Mary and Edward were the parents of...

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Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

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Genealogy – Keeping Things Organized

If you have explored your family history for more than about oh, a half hour or so, you quickly realize how fast things can get away from you in terms of keeping order.  It starts out pretty simple, we are talking about family here, how hard can it be to keep track? Terribly difficult when you don’t have a system in place. The best idea I came upon was to just keep whatever you have right where it is and devise a system for labeling it.  Clever, and so simple. Why didn’t I think of that?  Here’s a list of what you’ll...

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John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

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John Harvey Wills b. 1853 d. between 1901 – 1907

John Harvey Wills, the father of my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills, was born in Bedford County, Virginia according to his reporting in various census records. The 1900 census has him in the Cabin Creek District of Kanawha County WV.  It gives his birth date as December of 1853 and his age as 46.  At that time he reported he had been married for 19 years to wife Mary (Mary Elizabeth Barker). The census also lists his wife and 6 children, son Albert age 18, son George age 15, daughter Lottie M age 12, son Charles age 9, son Lemuel age 5,...

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Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

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Lottie Mae Wills b. 1888 d. 1975

I don’t know a lot about my great grandmother Lottie Mae Wills but her family line has proved to be one that’s more documented than any of my others.  There are interesting stories and a lot of historical records to read.  Her lines trace to revolutionary war soldiers. She seems to have lead a quiet life as a mother to eight children. All I know of her documented history can be found in reading the biography of my great grandfather Honzura Rider. The kind of things I do know about her aren’t found in the county records. ...

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Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

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Hans Ulrich Rider (Honzura Rider) b. 1888 d. 1981

Honzura Rider was born April 7, 1888.  His birth record has him named Hans Ulrich Rider.  Somehow this became Honzura but there isn’t much record to explain when he started using Honzura.  I’ve just assumed it was a breakdown of pronunciation of Hans Ulrich since he was raised deep in the hills of West Virginia where words have a way of being written on paper one way but sounding entirely different when spoken out loud. I have a dim memory of going “up the hill” with my dad a number of times and sitting on the porch or...

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Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

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Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider.  Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years old so it doesn’t have much more in the way of any details, like for example, whether he was  born at home and at what address. He married my grandmother, Helen Louise Boka on July 13, 1937 in Hugheston, Kanawha County, West Virginia.  He was 23 and she was 18. The ceremony was performed by Reverend R. L. Hanson.  As far as...

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Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

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Dr. Zacharias Willis Kemp of New Hampshire, biography and photo

The image featured above is located on USGen Web and is identified as Kemp, Z Willis As I did some exploring on this name, I found quite a lot of information and it reaffirmed the identity of the man whose name I found on the back of a cabinet photo in an album I recently bought at a local shop.  The photo is dated 1884 and when you see the image featured in the post and compare it to the one found labeled in the album it does seem to be the same man. To my happy surprise there is also a bio of Dr. Kemp located at the same website where I...

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Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

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Dr. Zachariah Willis Kemp, Family Photo Album

After a long time away from my blog, my genealogy projects and my other hobbies I finally had the opportunity to work them back into my routine.  I decided to do a little exploring at some area shops and spend some time with two of my favorite people, my daughter Kaylee and my son’s girlfriend Jessi.  I found a little treasure on one of our stops that day.  At least it is a treasure to me. How it managed to end up on a shelf, for sale in this part of the country amazes me. I love old family photos and it always bothers me to see them...

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Meet my staff

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Meet my staff

My efforts here are largely an outlet for my own busy imagination.  My husband Mark chips in for some parts of it and my children lend a hand here and there but mostly it’s just me and a houseful of pets who hang around to provide inspiration. Meet Sophie, Lucky, Mick and Ramses (plus Sebi and Ralph who get a mention).  Most of these have made cameo appearances in the past and I thought I’d introduce them a little more formally this week. First on the scene was Sebastian and we had to say goodbye to him this past May. Sebi was...

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Moving along to 1875, the telephone goes mainstream

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Moving along to 1875, the telephone goes mainstream

Two previous articles to this one have been tracing how our kinfolk might have communicated with each other here in the U.S. after 1860. We started with the Pony Express, watched its rapid replacement by the telegraph and now we have a look at about when the telephone enters the picture. This gadget has a much more involved history than those past two forms of 19th century communication and unlike the Pony Express, the telegraph enjoyed a pretty long run before a replacement would come along and render it less useful.  There is much written...

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