Monday, October 24, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - 1908 Postcard



This postcard comes from grandma Hazel's box of goodies and was written to my great-great grandma & grandpa Piggott from their daughter Alice.  She was my great-grandaunt.

Unfortunately I can't read the postal stamp, but the card must have been written and sent some time around Nov 1908, since their 39th anniversary was Dec 1, 1908.

It's addressed to Mr. and Mrs. W H Piggott, Bloomington, Idaho.

Dear Father & Mother,
Hearty congratulations
on the anaversary of
your 39th wedding
day. May you both
see many more &
happy ones. Hope you
are both feeling better.
Love to all Lovingly Alice

There is a little something more written up above over the green postcard print. This is my attempt to decipher it:

20 below
zero this
a.m.
now the
___ is
frozen? 
Let me know if you can make it out.







Amanuensis Monday is an ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - Augusta Piggott

The New York Times, Aug 8, 1864, page 5

PIGGOTT-- On Saturday evening, Aug 6, AUGUSTA PIGGOTT.
The relatives and friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend her funeral, from the Meeting-House, Milton, Ulster County, N. Y., on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 10 o'clock A. M.
 Augusta Piggott was my 3rd great-grandaunt. She never married.




Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reminiscing - Before Twitter

Before there was ICQ, AIM, chatrooms, Facebook and even Twitter, there was the cb radio.

Do you ever reminisce about your childhood when you're just sitting there with your cup of coffee? Or maybe a song on the radio reminds you of something from your past.  Then there are those pleasant aromas that take you back somewhere else. Or maybe you're just feeling gushy and delve into your memories.  That's all me. You're probably wondering what all this has to do with cb radios. Well, I'll tell you.

I've decided to start a series called Reminiscing. Sort of installments of my personal history or my memoirs for the descendants. So when ever I am in a reminiscing mood, you will hear about it.  Guess what I was reminiscing about?

I found this blog post "Does Twitter Remind You of Anything" that compares Twitter to the cb.  You should check it out.

My handle was Street Singer. I met my first serious boyfriend on the cb in 1978. His handle was Caveman.  "Breaker,breaker. Caveman, are you by (the radio)?" He drove a mustang.  It was sweet!

Me and my best friend Jeep Freak used to spend hours in our parents vehicles talking on the cb when they would let us. And then I was caught talking on Rob & Karen's cb when I was babysitting for them.  They were out with my mom and dad. Let's just say that didn't go to well.

So I have this list of all the people I used to talk with on the cb. I knew most of their real names. There were nine that I didn't know. And yes they were all boys. Except for the first 3. Those were girlfriends.

Jeep Freak
Little Shake
Barracuda
Dream Weaver
Hot Wheeler
Sky One
Destroyer
Gypsy Blue
Eagle Freedom
Egg Head
Big Biker
Beretta
Cat Fish
Doobie Brother
Critter
Gambler
Alley Oop
Tyhee Fats
Chatter Bug
Ram Rod
Quiz Master
Boy Wonder
Paper Boy
Pole Bender
Cave Man
Mercedes

What was your cb handle?

This is Street Singer KNZ22, singing off. We gone.








Thursday, October 13, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Teachers

I had a few favorite teachers from my school days. Not because they inspired me or anything. I hated school!  They were my favorite because they were cool, fun, or didn't put me to sleep. My favorite subject was choir and lunch time.  I loved school lunches especially on Friday. Pizza and peanut butter squares - yum!


My first grade teacher in 1968 was Mrs. Sakalaris at Jefferson elementary. She wore one of those Beehive hairdos. At the end of each school day she would sit at the piano and play, what I call "The Goodbye Song".  The whole class would sing along.... "Goodbye school, goodbye teacher, goodbye desk, (etc..), it's time to say goodbye!" It was fun. We loved it.


My second grade teacher was Mrs. Jones.  I remember a day in her class around Thanksgiving time.  She wrote the first sentence of a Thanksgiving story on the board and we were to  write the rest of the story in our notebooks.  I got an outstanding grade on mine.  I will never forget when I showed it to dad. He never believed that I wrote it! I was proud of that story and daddy never believed that I wrote it on my own.  Broke my heart.


I think Mrs. Wise was my most favorite teacher of all.  She was my 3rd grade teacher.  One day for show and tell I took my glass collection.  Little pieces of glass. Brown ones, blue ones, green ones and any other color I could find. I used to wash them in the sink.  For some reason mom and dad didn't like the idea of me playing with glass (really?) so they made me get rid of it.  I was mad.  The very next day I went to school Mrs. Wise gave me some sandpaper for my collection so I could smooth them out. I thought that was the coolest thing! Then I felt really sad cause she had gone to that trouble for me and mom and dad made me throw them all away!


Mrs. Stephenson was my 4th grade teacher.  She reminded me of my grandma.  I loved story time when she  read Charlotte's Webb to us.


Once I got into junior high and high school I didn't have favorite teachers.  But, there were teachers that I didn't like. I take that back.  I did have one favorite teacher in high school.  Mr. Denkers was my choir teacher. He was just a fun guy.


Well, then there was Mr. Bucholtz.  He was my government teacher when I was a senior.  Unfortunately I wasn't lucky enough to get him the first semester.  I had to settle for the girl's basketball coach.  I kid you  not, I fell asleep in his class every day. He was a jock.  Need I say more?











Thanks to Amy Coffin at We Tree for coming up with this series.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - Smedley Marriage Certificate


Grace Ellen Poulsen & Calvin Buck Smedley
This is a copy of the marriage certificate for my paternal grandparents. Grandma sent it to me years ago when I was still a teenager (wouldn't want to do that again).  She was always good at sending me stuff like this and I didn't even have to ask.
She even made sure that all three of us kids had a Book of Remembrance and it was full of Smedley and Poulsen related pedigree sheets and family histories.



This photo was taken at their 50th wedding anniversary in 1970.  I will let you guess which one is me.

Friday is 91st anniversary of their wedding.




This newspaper article about their 60th wedding anniversary has been sitting in my Book of Remembrance for years.  Unfortunately I don't remember how I came to have it. Did I cut it out? Did grandma send it to me, or did mom cut it out?  Did it come from the Idaho State Journal? Or maybe the Paris Post?

If I have learned nothing else since my beginning years of genealogy and family history research, I have learned to NOTE WHERE THE THING CAME FROM!






Below is the napkin that I brought home from the 60th anniversary party.



Forty-five years to go for me and hubby!



Monday, October 3, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Will of Thomas Teddeman


Yea! I was able to find a brother for 8 great-grandpa Tiddeman! It was by sheer luck.  I searched the National Archives UK for Tiddeman, Teddeman, etc., and found a will for Thomas Teddeman, Mariner of Dover, Kent dated 1675.  I felt pretty sure he would be related somehow, but I had no idea that this Thomas was my 8th great-granduncle!

What's really sweet is that he named grandpa Edmond as his Executor.  He must have died young with no issue because he mentioned no children or wife, and left everything to his nieces and nephews.


I Thomas Teddeman of Dover in the county of Kent, Mariner being sicke and weake of Body but of sound and perfect memory (Praised be God therefore I Do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) First I doe will and bequeath unto my sister Katherine and her heires forever my messuage with the Garden and appurtennts there unto belonging scituate and being in the parish of St. James the Appostle in Dover afore said And the summe of ffifty pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid by my Executor Alsoe I doe will and give to John Taylor my said sisters sonne the summe of ffifty pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid att his age of Twenty one yeares and proffitt thereof to be paid in the meanetime to his mother Towards his maintenance and Education Alsoe I doe will and give to Mary my said sisters daughter the summe of Tenn pounds of like English money to be paid att her age of Twenty one yeares and I doe appoint my Executor to put out the same And the use and proffitt thereof to be paid in the meane time to her mother towards her maintenance and Education And if either of my said sisters children shall dye before the age of Twenty one yeares the survivor of them to have the portion afore men-tioned of him or her soe dying Item I doe will and bequeath unto Mary Katherine and Alice Teddeman daughters of my loving Brother Edmond Teddeman the sume of Sixtie pounds a peice of lawfull money of England To be paid by my Executor Alsoe I doe will and give unto my said Brother Edmond Teddeman and his heirs forever All my Lands and Tenements att ffolkestone and Whitfeild in the said County And allthe Rest and residue of my personall Estate he paying my debts legacies and ffunerall Expences And of this my last will and Testament I doe hereby make and ordaine my said brother Edmond Teddeman my Full and sole Executor Revoaking every former will by me in my life made In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this Thirtieth day of August Anno Dom' 1675. The mark of Tho Teddeman /Signed sealed and Published in the presence of Alyce Stratfold Willi Stratfold /
Source: Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers: The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, England. Catalogue reference PROB 11/348.

Well worth the £3.50!






Amanuensis Monday is an ongoing series created by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch.

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