Next week is Spring Break for my children. We are taking a trip to visit my parents outside of Washington, D.C. Each time we visit back east, I get to have a research day. Some of my research has taken me to Page County and Rockingham County in Northern Virginia. I have also spent days in Washington, D.C. at the National Archives and Daughter’s of the American Revolution Library.
Last week, I sat down and took a look at my research to decide what repository would be the lucky winner on this trip. In Evernote, I have a genealogy to-do notebook. As I find things I cannot access digitally, I create a note by repository so that I do not forget the where, who, and why I want this information . Currently I have three notes with archives that are within driving distance of my parents.
The first option is microfilm at the Pennsylvania State Archives. This would be a 3 hour drive for me to Harrisburg. I have previously agreed with my husband that research day would coincide with a trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania. I am going to take it off the possible research day list for this trip. I would rather visit in the summer.
My second option is to visit the National Archives again. I had great success at NARA last year. I have a several pension files I would like to see. The list is split with 1 in-law direct ancestor and 4 siblings of my direct ancestors. Two of the siblings are of John L Gamble (I found his pension record last year.) These will flesh out this family further but I am not sure there will be any new information. The other two siblings are from my John F. Flock line. These may have some gems in them to confirm siblings and parents. I am hoping that it will give detailed information on the locations the family lived in Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois. The direct ancestor is for my husband’s Shipman line. I have found a lot of information about James O. Shipman this year. It would be nice to round it out and confirm his parents.
My last option for research day is the Daughter’s of the American Revolution Library. I have also had great success at this library. I have been combing the online catalog and identified a couple of books that need a closer look. My maternal line has a branch that descends from John Berry and Jane Campbell. The DAR library has a book on the shelves that focuses on this couple and their descendants. There is also a book on the shelves that looks at the ancestry and descendants of John Laubach. I believe this may be a brother of one of my direct line Lawbaugh/Laubach ancestors. I also have a list of 3 direct ancestors and 6 possible siblings of ancestors who are verified patriots. I want to look at the applications and supporting documents to fill any holes in my research and/or verify relationships. This could be a landmine in new information.
Right now I am leaning towards going to the DAR Library. Which option do you think I should go with?
I was lucky to find a roll of microfilm at the Family History Center which included all the baptisms, marriages, and deaths from the very small town my grandfather was born in. I am so thankful I paid the extra fee to have the microfilm on extended loan. When I began looking at the microfilm a couple of years ago, I focused on my direct ancestors and the documents I could find for them. Because the film is still at my local Family History Center, I can go back and fill in the gaps in my research – siblings!
My plan of attack is simple. Using an excel worksheet, I am documenting every baptism for the surnames Ciardonei and Siletto. My excel worksheet includes the following columns: last name, first name, birth year, birth month, birth day, father’s first name, father’s last name, son of, mother’s first name, mother’s last name, and daughter of. Below is an example from my excel worksheet. The two lines in bold are my great grandparents.
Now that the names have been entered into my excel sheet it is easy to identify siblings by sorting the columns. I have created a custom sort with the following levels:
- Last Name
- Father’s First Name
- Son of
- Birth Year
My worksheet is now neatly sorted into family groups! I have added an extra blank row between family groups to make it easier to read.
By sorting the families in this manner other relationships are starting to become clear. In the example above, it is highly likely that Pietro and Stefano are brothers since they are both sons of Matteo. I should be able to confirm this relationship by looking at the marriage records for both men and checking to see if names of the parents match.
It is interesting to also note how closely these families followed naming conventions. First son is named for the paternal grandfather. First daughter is named for the maternal grandmother.
I have already collected information from 1899-1865. I need to make another trip to the Family History Center to finish the remaining 8 years to 1858. As I have worked my way through the baptism records, I realize that I need to also do the same project for the last names Maglione and Ciamporcero to see if I am able to identify any siblings of my great-great grandparents. Once I am done with the baptism records, I will repeat this project using the marriage records. The baptism records go back to 1858. The marriage records extend back to the early 1800’s.
I am so excited to be celebrating my 4 year blogiversary today! I am always working to include my kids in genealogy projects. To celebrate another year of writing, the girls and I made cupcakes and decorated them to create a family tree.
Thank you for reading my blog! I love writing and look forward to sharing more stories about my family!
This is a photo that was in my grandmother’s possession. I made digital copies of many of her photos over the years as I would visit. It was always a fun time to hear her stories as we looked at the photos together. She always did her best to identify who was in each picture. Sometimes we were able to identify some or most of the people but not all. This picture is a good example of that.
This photo was taken about the early 1940’s. I do know that Laura Mitchell passed away in 1947. My estimation for the photo comes from the age of my grandmother in the photo.
The people in this photo are a mix of families. Dudley, Laura, and Tava (Nancy Octavia) were all siblings in the Mitchell family. Tava was married to George Gragg so the Unknown Gragg in the photo could be George Gragg or one of her sons. Wendell Elliott is the son of Lawrence Elliott. Lawrence Elliott was married to Opal Strickler’s sister, Ruby. My best guess is that she took the photo. These families were very interconnected because Lawrence Elliott was Dudley’s nephew and brother-in-law (read more about that here).
If you would like a copy of this photograph, I am happy to share a clean copy without names.
***Family – if you recognize any of the unknowns in this photo, it would be greatly appreciated if you would pass on their names!!
I have heard stories from my husband’s grandmother about how her grandfather was a Pony Express rider. There are very good records of who worked for the Pony Express and Charles Palmatier was not one of them. The obituary below proves that although the story was not totally accurate, there was definitely a grain of truth in it. This is the longest obituary I have ever found. Charley must have been a well-known and liked man in town.
Charles E. Palmatier. This photo ran with his obituary 7 June 1951 in The Ord Quiz, Ord, Nebraska, page 1 column 2 and page 2, columns 1, 2, 3 and 4. Digital images accessed 6 February 2015 at www.ordlibrary.org (The Ord Library Township Newspaper Archive).
C.E. Palmatier, Oldest Pioneer of All, Laid to Rest
Ord Resident Dies After Illness of 10 Days; Friends Mourn.
Charles Palmatier, Valley county pioneer and one of the county’s oldest and most highly respected citizens, passed away at the Ord Cooperative hospital early June 1st, at the age of 95 years, three months and twenty-three days. His death was the result of a stroke which he suffered May 23. He was born in New York state in 1856.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his beloved wife, Ettie, whom he married in 1884; three sons, Marshall of Wilmington, Calif., Edmund, of Boise, Ida, and Ellery of Chicago; four daughters, Stella Grindey, Loretta Frazier and Grace Rowe of Chicago and Alice Reed of North Hollywood, Calif.; eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, besides his many friends and acquaintances.
Mr. Palmatier came to Nebraska in 1878, homesteaded at Geranium in 1879. He was a mail carrier of the early days, and ran the post office at Geranium for 17 years. Leaving the farm in 1910, he was a resident of Ord until the time of his death . A man of absolute integrity, he will long be remembered by the old friends and neighbors who knew him best.
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C.E. Palmatier, Oldest Pioneer of All Laid to Rest
Ord Resident Dies After Illness of 10 Days; Friends Mourn.
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Funeral services were held from the Methodist church at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, Rev. R.E. Daughelee officiating, with Hastings and Pearson in charge of arrangements. Lucille Tolen sang, with Mrs. Viola Kellison at the piano. The pall bearers were Elmer Zlomke, Don Dong, Wilbur Rogers, O.E. Patchen, Robert Noll, and M.B. Cummins. Mr. and Mrs. John Haskell had charge of the flowers. Burial was in Graceland cemetery.
Charles Palmatier was born in New York state, at Youngsville, Sullivan county, March 9, 1856, and first came to Nebraska in 1878. With him came a friend, John S. Wheeler, who once lived north of Elyria. They walked from Grand Island to St. Paul, and the next day got a job off-bearing brick in a brick yard owned by a man named Dory DeVry. This yard was located on the river near St. Paul.
Mr. Palmatier’s next job was working for Zach Leftwich in a mill on Spring Creek, He worked in the mill and also fed hogs. His first work at Ord was teaming in flour for S.S. Haskell, who at that time ran a store in the old Transit House, now located on the corner north of Hotel Ord, but then located about where the U.P. shops used to be.
It was a rather risky trip in those days. It took two days each way and camp was usually made over night near Scotia Junction. He stayed over night on some occasions with as much as $40 to $60 in his pocket, and that was a lot of money in those days. He ran quite a chance of being held up and relieved of it, but happened to be lucky.
It was not far from that time that Palmatier came to Valley county and filed on a homestead where he later located the post office of Geranium. As the law required residence on the land only a small part of the time, he got out and worked wherever he could to get money to live on. He was helping put up hay on the Calamus between the Skull and the Bloody when he got his first mail job.
Another man had the contract but he got Charley to do the carrying for him. She started carrying mail on horse back and carried it until the famous blizzard of 1880 hit on Oct. 15 and 16. His route was between Hartsuff and Fort Niobrara, a distance of 160 miles through the hills. He lost two horses in that blizzard and never went back to the job.
He would sometimes see as many as one hundred Indians on a single mail trip. Mostly they were peaceable, but a mail carrier can take no chances so he had little to do with them. One day he saw an Indian traveling to head him off, and tried to get past him, but got headed off. He asked the red man what he wanted and he answered “Tobac.”
It happened that Charley had brought a plug of chewing tobacco at the store. It was about an inch square and four inches long. He broke it in two across his knee and gave the Indian the smaller piece. He looked as though he would like to have the larger piece, but he did not get it.
While living in New York state Mr. Palmatier had taken a fancy to a girl somewhat younger than himself, and in 1881 he went back and persuaded Ettie Conklin to come back with him as his wife and make a home for him on his quarter section of land, which he had proved up on that year. They lived on the homestead and raised a large family of children.
Palmatier also carried mail for “Bill” W.H. Williams from St. Paul to Ord and on to St. Helena. He never had a chance to go to school, but nobody would believe it after visiting him. His mind was clear until the last, and he never was at loss for the answers for any questions friends asked him.
In the early ‘80s solon Pierson, a brother of Perry and uncle of Claence [sic], started the original Geranium post office. Later John Wolfe took it over and then it went to Herbert Losey. Mr. and Mrs. Palmatier got it from Losey and kept it for some time after the turn of the century, when it was discontinued with the coming of rural free delivery. Mrs. Palmatier had much of the work of taking care of the office while her husband was engaged in other work.
There was no salary connected with the office and he got only about $30 for the year’s work, which of course was not worth the trouble. After a while the post office closed at Manderson a few miles north and Geranium got the extra business. H.F. Rhodes was postmaster of the Manderson office.
Palmatier did any kind of work he could get in those days. He worked on the railroad between St. Paul and North Loup before the line was extended to Ord. He says that J.J. “Bud” Shirley case his first vote at the Palmatier house in Geranium. When Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Miller, still living in Burwell, were married at the Dies House in Ord, Charley was at the wedding.
He was one of the few men still living who knew how to build a sod house. He never belonged to any secret society, and did not believe in them. Geranium was on the wagon route from east to west, and people always planned to stop at the Palmatier home over night. They were always welcome. He lived to be the oldest living mail carrier, the oldest Quiz subscriber and probably the oldest living citizen in Valley county.
In 1910 Mr. Palmatier built a home in east Ord and the family has lived there since that time. In 1911 they made a visit to their old home in New York state. He was always a busy man, and had a fine garden at his home when death called him. The fine character of both Mr. and Mrs. Palmatier is shown by the loving care of their children for them.
John Buchannan Fuller is my husband’s great great grandfather.
I do not know much about John B Fuller. What I do know is that after Percy Fuller and Loretta Palmatier split up in 1920’s, the couple’s daughter went to live with her mother in Chicago. The couple’s two older boys, Raymond and Marshall, moved in with their grandparents, John and Emma Fuller. The household was not an easy place for the grandsons to grow up in.
I recently found an index to obituaries in Custer county, Nebraska. Using the index, I contacted the Nebraska State Historical Society to order a copy of the obituary for John B. Fuller. I am so thankful for the archivist who I contacted. Not only did she locate obituary from the Comstock News, she also let me know that there was an additional obituary in the Sargent Leader. Both obituaries have plenty of drama to share.
J B FULLER LAID TO REST MON., DEC. 12
Passed Away Suddenly Thursday Morning at Age of 82 Years.
With the suddenness of a bolt of lightning came the death of J.B. Fuller, occurring about nine o’clock last Thursday morning, December 8, death being attributed to a heart attack.
Mr. Fuller came to work last Thursday morning, evidently in good health, and during the early hours of the morning he joshed with several of his friends. About nine o’clock he was found, by one of the Reckling boys, in his hardware store, sitting in a chair, the boy thinking he was asleep. Being unable to awake him, the boy went for assistance, and it was then found that he had quietly passed away.
Mr. Fuller was one of the pioneer hardware dealers of this community, was the oldest businessman in Comstock, and one of the oldest, if not the oldest, hardware dealers in the state. He began his hardware business in the old town of Wescott in 1898, later moving to Comstock. In 1906 he disposed of his store here and farmed west of town for several years. He opened another hardware store in Comstock in July 1925, and operated this business enterprise until his death Thursday morning. Of him it can be said, “a man who did his work well.”
John Buchannan Fuller, son of John and Marietta Wilson Fuller, was born in Lapeer, Lapeer county, Michigan, November 5, 1856, and departed this life on December 8, 1938, at the age of 82 years, one month, and three days.
When a small boy he moved with his parents to Illinois. From Illinois he moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he grew to manhood.
In the year 1878 he came to York, Nebraska, where he met and married Miss Emma Jane Shipman on January 8, 1880, and to this union ten children were born, the three elder dying in infancy.
In the year of 1890 he moved with his family to a homestead near Wescott, Nebraska, living there until the spring of 1898 when he moved to Wescott, Nebraska, and engaged in the hardware business. After the railroad came up the valley, he moved his business and family to the new town of Comstock, Nebraska.
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J.B. FULLER LAID TO REST MONDAY, DEC. 12
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Disposing of his business in 1906 he engaged in farming until 1918 at which time he disposed of his farm and moved to Comstock. In July, 1925, he again entered into the hardware business which he owned and operated up to the time of his death.
While living in Wescott he was active in the Congregational church and Sunday school, and after moving to Comstock he transferred his membership to the First Congregational church of Comstock, Nebraska.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, seven children: Percy E. of Divide, Wyoming, Gladys Eggers, Myrtle Point, Oregon, Clara Smelser, Lincoln, Nebraska, Clarence E. of Martin, South Dakota, Roy R., and Irene Day of Comstock, and Alma Mathauser of Omaha, Nebraska. One brother, Irving Fuller of York, Nebraska; 19 grand children; eight great grand children; and many other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held from the Community church in Comstock Monday afternoon, December 12, conducted by the Rev. E. G. Samuelson of Elmcreek, Nebraska, and internment was made in the Douglas Grove cemetery.
COMSTOCK HARDWARE DEALER DIES FROM HEART ATTACK
Thursday, December 8, John B. Fuller of Comstock passed away while sitting in a chair in his hardware store. Mr. Fuller had arisen that morning and at the usual time went to his hardware store and built the fire and swept out. In the course of time he was arranging some money in its accustomed place for the days use. While doing this he probably felt coming on the heart attack or whatever it was that caused his death, for we are told that he sat down on a nearby chair, placed is arm over the back and then put his hand in his pocket. This kept him from falling to the floor.
Sometime afterwards a small boy went into the store and not being able to get Mr. Fuller to answer his questions, he ran into Orin Mutter’s store and said Mr. Fuller wouldn’t talk to him. Mr. Mutter sensing that something was wrong, sent word to someone else to come and when they entered the store, they found that Mr. Fuller was dead.
Mr. Fuller was 82 years of age. He first entered the hardware business at Wescott in 1898, forty years ago. When the railroad came up the valley in 1899 and the new town of Comstock was started, Mr. Fuller moved his store to Comstock and continued to operate it until 1906 when he sold the business to Tom Arthur and Jason Evans. He then moved to a farm southwest of Comstock and farmed for twelve years and then moved back to Comstock. About the year 1926 he started into the hardware business again in Comstock, being sixty eight or sixty nine years old at the time. He continued to operate this business from then until his death at the age of a little more then 82 years.
Mr. Fuller’s funeral was held Monday, December 12, from the Comstock church and interment was made in the Douglas Grove cemetery.
Fay Spooner was the funeral director. Loy E. Hersh of this city was one of the singers.
William Lawbaugh to Lydia Ummel
The state of Ohio Wayne County SS. I hereby certify that on the 22nd day of November AD 1849 Mr William Lawbaugh and miss Lydia Ummel were legally joined in marriage by me a teaching Elder in the church ???? ???? my hand this 22nd day of November 1849. Samuel N Miller
Etta May Conklin is my husband’s great-great-grandmother.
I recently pulled out my husband’s grandmother’s bible to use as an example for how to digitize items using a camera. To my surprise, from the middle of the bible, fell a couple of newspaper clippings. Big mistake on my part to not check the rest of the bible to see if there were any hidden gems. At the same time, I am so happy that I did pull out the bible and find these gems!
One of the newspaper clippings was the obituary for Etta Palmatier. While I do not know the source newspaper or date it was published. I can make the educated guess it was from Ord, Nebraska. I will follow-up to see if I can find the exact date it was published.
Palmatier Rites Are Held Monday Here
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Ettie May Palmatier, 87, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stella Grindey, in Chicago, Friday.
The service was held from the Ord Methodist church, with Rev. Keith Shepherd officiating. Glen Auble was soloist, accompanied by Mrs. Orin Kellison.
Bearers were Wilbur Rogers, Robert Noll, O.E. Patchen, Don Long, Orin Kellison, and Leo Long.
Burial followed in the Ord city cemetery.
Mrs. Palmatier was the daughter of John and Senath Conklin. She was born May 2, 1868 in Stevensville, N.Y.
August 13, 1884, she was married to Charles A. Palmatier, of Youngsville, N.Y. The couple came to Valley county, as pioneers. Their home was in Geranium township for several years. Later the family moved to Ord. Thirteen children were born to the couple.
Mr. Palmatier died in 1953. Six children have died.
Mrs. Palmatier was a member of the Ord Methodist church and also a member of the women’s auxiliary of the American Legion here.
Surviving are Lauretta Fraser, Grace Roe, Stella Grindey, Ellery Palmatier, all of Chicago; Marshall Palmatier and Alyce Reed, of California and Edmund Palmatier, of Boise, Idaho. Fourteen grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Percy Fuller is my husband’s great-grandfather. He was born 4 June 1885 most likely in Comstock County, Nebraska. He was married to Loretta Palmatier. They divorced when their third child, my husband’s grandmother, was little. After that I have found Percy in Sterling, Colorado and Hood River, Oregon. Percy passed away in Oregon on January 6, 1965. He is buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, Hood River, Oregon.