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#52Ancestors week 49 prompt is. Craft. Many of my family members were/are crafty. Read my latest blog to find out about them. IG users link in my bio. https://singingfamilyhistorian.blogspot.com/2019/12/52ancestors-week-49-prompt-is-craft.html


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Week 49: Craft My grandmother's uncle, Hardes M. Colbyson (1880-1944), was an extremely skilled craftsman. He worked as a pattern maker and woodworker, and the family story says that he even did pattern work for Howard Hughes at some point. Hardes held two U.S. patents: one for a motion picture film cleaner (1916) and another for dumping vehicle (1922). Interestingly, Hardes was both my grandmother's uncle and cousin. But everything was cool. Hardes was my grandmother's cousin on her father's side of the family, but twenty five years her senior. Hardes also married my grandmother's mother's sister, Thora. Both of Hardes' parents were born in Norway. We are fortunate to have a few pieces of furniture that Hardes made including a full sized four poster bed, a sewing machine cabinet, an ornate plant stand, and a corner shelf. The photos show Hardes around 1900 (in front of some detail from the four poster bed), Hardes in his workshop (second from the right, in front of detail from the plant stand), one of Hardes' patents, and a painting that my aunt, Virginia Likins, painted of Hardes based on a photo taken of him when he was about 60. #genealogy #ancestry #vintagephoto #vintagephotos #glimpsesofthepast #vintageminneapolis #norwegianimmigrants #cabinetcard #turnofthecentury #historicminneapolis #victorian #patent #patentholder #antiquefurniture #paternmaker #woodworker #howardhughes #vintageworkshop #likins #52ancestors


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#52Ancestors week 48 prompt is thief. Thick as thieves describes my 2 paternal aunts. IG users link in my bio. https://singingfamilyhistorian.blogspot.com/2019/12/52ancestors-week-48-prompt-is-thief.html


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Week 48: Thief My great grandfather in-law, was a highway robber, but he wasn't a very good one. After holding up a Nebraska farmer, firing two shots at him, and then taking his gold watch, Ernest Blumanthal (1887-1938) entered the town of Shubert to find a place to stay for the night. Ernest "made his appearance at the police station, asking for a night's lodging. When he was searched preparatory to being given a bed, the watch was found in his pocket." He confessed and had a place to stay each night for the next three years after being convicted of highway robbery. Ernest would go on to get married and raise a family. But later in life he would wind up in trouble with the law again when he was found in possession of a still during prohibition. He would do time in the Colorado State Penitentiary that time around. #52ancestors #genealogy #ancestry #vintagephoto #vintagephotos #glimpsesofthepast #antiquephoto #antiquephotos #vintagephotograph #antiquephotography #antiquephotographs #mugshot #vintagemugshot #prohibition


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Here's a little info-pic/map of the places where the thief Daniel Crane committed his crimes in Camden Town in the 1820's. Charles Dickens lived in the same neighbourhood at the same time. After a life of petty crime Daniel was eventually transported to Van Diemens Land in 1822. I am a descendant of Daniel Crane. You can read about his life on my blog. Link in my bio. #tasmanianconvicts #vandiemensland #camdentown #charlesdickens #familyhistory #genealogy #52ancestors @amyjohnsoncrow @thornetreegenealogy @tasarchivesandheritage


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#52Ancestors week 47 prompt is Soldier. Papa was a soldier in WWI. IG users link in my bio. https://singingfamilyhistorian.blogspot.com/2019/11/52ancestors-week-47-prompt-is-soldier.html


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Week 47: Soldier Some soldiers from my family tree that I'm thankful to have photos of. Top: Thomas Neal Likins (Civil War, Union, 1841-1864) and George W. Noel (Civil War, Union, 1822-1863) Neither survived the war. Middle: Albert Blynn Gill (WWI, 1891-1959), Robert Leonard Leslie (WWI, 1895-1965), and Garald Davis Gill (WWII, 1913-2000) Bottom: George Patton (Civil War, Union, 1844-1919) and James Dison Woodburn (Civil War, Union, 1847-1917) #52ancestors #genealogy #ancestry #vintagephoto #vintagephotos #glimpsesofthepast #antiquephoto #antiquephotos #vintagephotograph #antiquephotography #antiquephotographs #tintype #cdv #cartedevisite #civilwar #wwi #wwii #soldiers #likins


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#52Ancestors week 46 Prompt is Poor Man. IG users link in my bio. Honouring male ancestors who lost loved ones. https://singingfamilyhistorian.blogspot.com/2019/11/52ancestors-week-46-prompt-is-poor-man.html


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My latest blog: Tricky-same names, different couples: Differentiating between the two Elizabeth and Andrew Leaks. #52ancestors #richmondcountync #montgomerycountync #randolphcountync #jeffersoncountyarkansas #striebychurchnc #africanamericangenealogy https://margoleewilliamsbooks.com/2019/11/21/52ancestors-tricky-same-names-different-couples-differentiating-between-the-two-elizabeth-and-andrew-leaks/


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Week 46: Poor Man The biological parents of my great great grandmother, Rosette Puffer, were a mystery for many years. Family tradition said that her father was a Davis and her mother was a Smart. The story went that the father had died young and so the mother, who was trying to support eight children on her own, allowed Rosette to be adopted by friends of the family, John & Harriet Puffer. As I researched the family, it became apparent that that story was not completely true. Rosette's mother, Harriet Smart (1812-1900) married Ira Sanborn Davis (1810-1839) when she was nineteen. They soon had four children, but for whatever reason, Ira hanged himself in their barn at the age of twenty-nine. Certainly realizing her need to get help to support her young family, Harriet married Ira's brother, Francis S. Davis (1812-1888), within the year. Four more children were soon added to the family, including Rosette, who was born in 1845 in Wendell (now Sunapee), New Hampshire. By the time of the 1850 census, they were apparently separated, and many of their children were scattered among family members and neighbors. But Francis (or Frank) was not dead. In 1852, Harriet was granted a divorce from him. In the proceedings, she detailed how he was an alcoholic who had repeated physically and verbally abused her. By 1860, Harriet and her youngest daughter were working as weavers in a cotton mill in Manchester, New Hampshire. In future censuses, Harriet was living with her adult children, and newspaper accounts from when she was in her eighties commented on what a comfortable life she had attained. It mentioned she’d recently been about town visiting friends and family “bright and full of witty remarks.” “Whenever we meet an aged person who is cheerful and contented, able to enjoy reading and society, tenderly cared for by loving relatives and surrounded by the comforts of life, we wish we might all spend our declining years as pleasantly.” She died at age 87. (Continued in comments)


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#52Ancestors week 45 prompt is Rich Man. Richard Pinder was my great great grandfather. IG users link in my bio. https://singingfamilyhistorian.blogspot.com/2019/11/52ancestors-week-45-prompt-is-rich-man.html


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Week 45: Rich Man My great-great grandfather, Ezekiel Henry Johnson (1830-1911), apparently didn't do too badly for himself when he went to California for the Gold Rush. According to a history of Clinton County, Indiana, Ezekiel started out as a blacksmith in Ohio. "After learning the trade he traveled in many cities, working at his trade. In April, 1853, he borrowed money from his father in order to go to California. He remained there eight years and four months, engaged in blacksmithing and mining, and during that time accumulated considerable wealth. He returned by the Panama route in August 1861." After his return east, he moved to Shelby County, Indiana, married Martha Seward, and established a mercantile business. In 1874, he moved to Colfax, Indiana, and started a new shop. At the age of 50, he retired, "thinking he had accumulated sufficient means," but after a year went back into business again. He didn't retire for good until he was 72. The ambrotype of Ezekiel was probably taken while Ezekiel was in California. The ad is from a 1899 Colfax newspaper. #52ancestors #genealogy #ancestry #vintagephoto #vintagephotos #glimpsesofthepast #ambrotype #goldrush #casedimage #mercantile #generalstore #clintoncountyindiana


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Wonderful Fall Seminar on Nov. 2 with @amyjohnsoncrow. She enlightened us on the use of land records, how to search the years between the #census records, the use of occupational records, & tips to finding our female ancestors . . . #52ancestors #generationscafe #ancestry #genealogy #genealogists #familytree #familyhistory #genealogynerd #ancestors #research #germantowntn #memphistn #choose901 #901 #tngs


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#52Ancestors week 44 prompt is Trick or Treat. A tribute to my father. IG users link in my bio. https://singingfamilyhistorian.blogspot.com/2019/11/52ancestors-week-44-prompt-is-trick-or.html


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#52Ancestors week 43 prompt is Transportation. My great grandfather’s trek from England to Canada in 1910. IG users link in my bio. https://singingfamilyhistorian.blogspot.com/2019/11/52ancestors-week-43-prompt-is.html


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Week 44: Trick or Treat My grandfather (left) and a buddy were apparently up to no good when they dressed as women and climbed in a dorm window at Grinnell College in the early 1920s. He died 25 years before I was born, so I never knew my grandfather, Rosslyn "Ross" Eugene Likins (1901-1944), but I gather from a few photos and some things he wrote that he had a good sense of humor. I wish the story of this series of three photos had been passed down, but I'm glad to have them at any rate. By the way, Ross attended Grinnell College at the same time as actor Gary Cooper (though he was known by his birth name as Frank Cooper at that time). #52ancestors #genealogy #ancestry #vintagephoto #vintagephotos #glimpsesofthepast #grinnellcollege #highjinx #1920s #vintagedorm


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New blog post. Link in bio! William K. Heiser: Award-winning Truck Driver. #truckdrivers #truckers #familyhistory #family #baltimore #maryland #52ancestors #52ancestorsin52weeks #genealogy


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Week 43: Transportation In 1910, my Indiana born and raised great grandfather, Arthur Alfred Gill (1883-1966), went west to work as a day laborer while finding some adventures along the way. He spent some time in both Denver and Colorado Springs, and on November 13, 1910, he took the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak. And at the top, he had his photo taken with the others who were on the same excursion. Arthur is on the right side of the photo, just to the left of the woman holding the child. Just look at how people dressed for such occasions and especially the hats that were worn. My aunt still has Arthur's bowler. We can see Pikes Peak from our house - a view we never tire of. #52ancestors #genealogy #ancestry #vintagephoto #vintagephotos #glimpsesofthepast #pikespeak #cograilway #pikespeakcograilway #vintagecolorado #vintagephotography #vintagecoloradosprings #coloradospringsvintage #pikespeaksummit


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#52Ancestors week 42 prompt is adventure. Mine is in 4 parts! IG users link in my bio. https://singingfamilyhistorian.blogspot.com/2019/10/52ancestors-week-42-prompt-is-adventure_22.html


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Week 42: Adventure Heidi's great grandfather, Christian Peder Pederson (1880-1951), had many adventures. He was born to Norwegian Lutheran missionary parents in Madagascar in 1880. When he was weeks old, his father died of malaria, but his mother, with four children, continued her work in Madagascar for six more years before returning to Norway. As a teenager, Christian became a sailor, coming to the United States when he was sixteen to join an older brother. He worked as a farmer and teacher before going to Augsburg Seminary in Minneapolis. In 1908, he married Petra Ingara Berge (1886-1986), and they honeymooned in Norway and the Alps on their way to Madagascar where they would work for most of the next four decades. We have a few interesting photos from the Pedersons, including Christian with "My first crocodile," a photo he hand tinted himself. It's probably from the 1910s. #genealogy #ancestry #vintagephoto #vintagephotos #glimpsesofthepast #vintagemadagascar #norwegianimmigrants #crocodilehunter #pithhelmet #52ancestors


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Got to see the Ukrainian village where my grandmother on my mom's side was born and lived. Sadly she died right before I was born. I found some pictures of her in the 80s going through mom's stuff after she died... Grandma had the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen. This is definitely where Mom got her good looks 😏 This was a beautiful little place with some great views. Not much here in the way of services like restaurants or hotels buuuuuut luckily the one functional building in town quite literally had everything... Restaurant ✔️ Hotel ✔️ Butcher ✔️ Pharmacy ✔️ Nightclub ✔️ Even got to do a walkabout video tour with my little brother Jonathan and my dad. I looooooooooooove technology! 💕🤠🤯


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