Daniel and Nancy (my great-great grandparents) were married in Schuyler County, Missouri on September 27, 1869. Strangely enough, the only two “brick walls” in my genealogy research come from one parent each of Daniel and Nancy. They spent the rest of their lives in Schuyler County and are buried there in Darby Cemetery.
So I use this photo as the cover photo for the blog and thought maybe I should tell you who it is. I love a good family photo and this one has always stood out for me. Probably because I am visually reminded that Daniel Jones (#2) is the only male of the family after the death of his father.
This is the family of Daniel Sydney Jones (#1…According to my grandma, they were not Sr. and Jr. They just had the same name so I refer to them as #1 and #2) at his funeral in February of 1916 in Schyuler County, Missouri . This photo includes his wife and all of his living children.
When doing genealogy research, the focus tends to be on the vital statistics of your ancestors. When they were born, where they lived, who and when they married, what their children’s names were, when they died, and where they are buried. These are the bread and butter of genealogy and I love these records because they give you dates and a timeline and geographical information. However, what they don’t give you, and what I find myself increasingly wishing for is a personal connection to your ancestor. For example, I have a Great-Great-Great- grandmother, Phebe (Avery) Jones, who through her lifetime, went from North Carolina to Indiana to Iowa to Missouri to Montana. This is the information I have gathered vital records and census data. What I don’t know is why. The most intriguing of my why questions is, why would a 60 something year old woman make the trek from Missouri to Montana in the 1870’s? What I wouldn’t give to find a diary or journal or letters from her.
Ok, back on track now…we can’t go back in time and talk to our ancestors about the how’s and why’s of their lives. But, we can talk to the generations still here with us to make sure we find out everything they know as well as the opportunity to pass down a part of this knowledge to the future generations. Recently, I have been reminded that time is a fleeting thing and that you may not have as much as you think you do.
My grandmother, the one I sometimes talk about on here, has had a bit of a health scare recently. She had to have an emergency surgery last week and now that terrible C-word has come into play. The doctor sounds quite optimistic and with some chemotherapy, it sounds like there is a very good chance that things should be just fine. Everything that has happened recently has made me realize two things. First, just how important my grandma is in my life and that I need to tell her this a lot. And second, that she isn’t going to be here forever. It is easy to put off doing something like an interview of a family member thinking that there is more time, but the fact is you never know just how much time there is so don’t put it off. I have heard stories from my grandma about her parents and siblings, but I have never really sat down with her with a recorder or video camera and had her tell me her story. This is the connection to the past future generations will be searching for. I think that I am lucky and still have time on my side, but you can be sure that I won’t be putting off this interview anymore.
I love that genealogy is all about a shared past. It means that you have “cousins” out there searching for common ancestors and with technology like blogs and genealogy websites it is so easy to share your findings with all these distant relatives. I came across this scan of Thomas Avery and Margaret Buck’s Marriage Certificate on Ancestry.com a couple of weeks ago. I already knew the marriage date and place but this was the first time that I had actually got to see the certificate. It’s always exciting to see something that actually came from the time rather than just names and dates. I am grateful to the person who found this and then decided to upload it for others to see and appreciate.
Thomas Avery and “Peggy” Buck were married in Rowan County, North Carolina on May 12, 1797. A few years later, they would move to Harrison County, Indiana where they would spend the remainder of their lives. In the grand scheme of things, Thomas and Margaret are my great-great-great-great grandparents ( I know it would be easier to say fourth, but sometimes it is more fun to write/say them all out).
For the purpose of this blog, Daniel Sydeny Jones (#2) and Lucretia Tallman are to beginning of the tree, so I thought it a good idea to start with something from them. This is a copy of their marriage certificate from the city of Bloomfield in Davis County, Iowa.
Daniel and Lucretia met and lived in Schyuler County Missouri. Daniel was a school teacher and Lucretia one of his students. I know what you are thinking because I thought the same thing when I first found this out. I don’t know if there was any sort of scandal attached to this or not. Even my grandma (their daughter) didn’t’ know the full details. From what I can gather, it doesn’t seem like it was too big of a deal.
Again, I am unsure of the reasons, but on the fourth of July while attending a fair or carnival of some sort just over the state border in Bloomfield, Iowa, they decided to just go ahead and get married.
However it happened, from what I can gather from my grandma, they were quite happy in their marriage. They spent a good deal of their marriage in Schuyler County, Missouri and that is where 6 of their 7 children were born and spent most of their childhoods. They then moved to Colorado, where they had their “oops” baby (my grandma) and spent the rest of their days farming the plains just east of Colorado Springs.
The best place to start is at the beginning, right? So that is where I will begin this blog. My Great- Grandparents on my grandma’s side are my genealogical starting point. For this blog, this is the commencement of the line I will be following. There is no point in overwhelming myself (or anyone else) is there?
Daniel Sydney Jones and Lucretia Tallman are my great-grandparents. They met and were married in Schyuler County, Missouri and then later moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado for health reasons. They had seven children and I count myself very lucky to be the granddaughter of their youngest. They were farmers who made it through the great depression, parents who dealt with tragedy as they learned of their son’s death during WWII, and while I never got the chance to meet either of them, what I do know of them makes me proud to call myself their descendant.
I have a great deal of information on Daniel and Lucretia and will post more information as I go along. I just wanted to start off with a little introduction to the beginning of my line before I got in any further with their branches.
Here is the link for my family tree on Ancestry.com if you would like to check and see if we have some common ancestors.