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Wordless Wednesday: Grandma Tallman and the Chickens

This is my Great-Great Grandmother Mary Elizabeth (Henderson) Tallman…not to be confused with her mother Mary Elizabeth (Atterberry) Henderson.

From what I have gathered, Mary Elizabeth wasn’t always the most pleasant person to be around and I think I can see this from this picture.  I still love it though.  It seems like it is a rare occasion to come across a picture from this time period that isn’t super staged but is more natural.

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Tombstone Tuesday: Benjamin and Ruth Tallman

There is nothing quite like seeing your ancestor’s headstone in person.  It is one thing to know where a grave is and another thing to actually see it in person.  Standing next to the final resting place of your fifth great-grandparents can be quite awe-inspiring.

Last week, I shared some photos of David and Minerva Williams’ headstone and these photos of Benjamin and Ruth (Taylor) Tallman come from that same trip to Ohio.

Benjamin Tallman married Ruth Taylor in Burlington County New Jersey on December 21, 1815.  They lived there for a bit (it is where all of their children were born) before moving to Logan County, Ohio.

Benjamin and Ruth Tallman (along with several other Tallmans) are buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  This cemetery is located at the northwest corner of State Route 559 and Township Road 177 in Zane Township, Logan County, Ohio.  There apparently used to be a church to go along with this cemetery, though I am a bit sketchy on the details for this.  It is one of the things I am working on.

Luckily, the cemetery is on the smaller side so we didn’t spend hours searching for the right headstone.  After finding a few wrong Tallmans, we finally found Benjamin and Ruth.  The headstone stuck out quite tall (am I the only one who the appreciates the fact that the Tallmans have a tall headstone…lol) among a huge patch of some sort of lily.

We actually walked past the stone a couple of times because the writing was so faded on Ruth’s side.  Just goes to show that you should pay attention to all sides of a headstone.  Benjamin’s name was on the opposite side of the stone and the writing was in slightly better condition.

The dates were pretty much unreadable, though luckily we already knew them. Benjamin died November 21, 1842 and Ruth passed away on February 22, 1861.

The Tallman surname was not on Ruth’s side either, another reason we missed the stone the first time.

I am so glad that we got to visit this cemetery.  These headstones have been here for more than 150 years but, judging by the deterioration of the writing on these as well as the others nearby, I am not sure how much longer you will be able to make out the names.  Several other relatives headstones were cracked and laying on the ground.  It was sad to see, but I guess is part of life.

As I said before, there is nothing quite like standing next to your ancestor’s grave.  If you ever get the opportunity to visit the grave site of an ancestor, I highly recommend you take it.  And if you are there, take a moment to enjoy the silence and give thanks to the people who made it possible for you to be.

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William R. Henderson…Civil War Enlistment and Pension Application

I think he was very dashing in his uniform.

So for today, I sort of eeny meeny miney moed it to get which line I was going to post something from.  When it came up Tallman, I decided it should be something from William R (Robert or Redin…Have seen it both ways) Henderson, my Great-Great-Great Grandfather.  I have a confession, when it comes to the Tallman side, I am sort of obsessed with William Henderson.  It could be because he has one of the more interesting stories of my ancestors.  My family on both lines (and even on my grandfather’s side) are pretty much farmers.  Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being a farmer, but it doesn’t always make interesting research for those of us looking back.

William Henderson enlisted as a private for Company E of the Iowa 3rd Cavalry Regiment on August 17, 1861.  From what I have gathered, his company spent most of the Civil War fighting battles in Missouri and Arkansas.  There are a large number of battles listed that his company took part in, but I am not very well versed in military history so I don’t know how any of them rank in terms of importance.  Here are some websites that give much better detail and information on the regiment’s movements if you are wanting to know more.  Third Iowa Calvary, The Civil War Archive, and Civil War Reference can really give you some better information.

Henderson’s enlistment into the Iowa Third Cavalry.

The pension application for William Henderson. Filed by his widow Mary Elizabeth Henderson. I really love this document because Mary Elizabeth’s signature is in the lower left-hand corner. Somehow it makes the person more real when you can see something actually from their hand.

William Robert (again, not sure if it is this or Redin, but in my head I have sort of settled on Robert) was one of the lucky soldiers who managed to survive the fighting of the Civil War, but unfortunately, his luck didn’t extend to him actually

making it home.  He died of disease on the train on his way home to his family.  He was near Keokuk, Iowa at the time of his death and this is where his final resting place is.  It took us a long time to find out where he was actually buried, but thanks to the magic of we were able to discover that even though he was so close to home, he never actually made it back there.  He left behind his wife Mary Elizabeth (Atterberry) and three children, Frances Almeda, Thomas and Mary Elizabeth, who married Charles Tallman and is my great-great grandmother.

Well, somehow one document turned into two as well as two photos but, at least now you know a little more about one of my favorite ancestors.  Hopefully one day in the not to far away future (it is on my short list of genealogical places to visit) I will be able to make the jaunt to Iowa and get to actually see his grave and maybe learn even more about him.

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My Genealogical Starting Point

A younger Daniel Sydney Jones

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 if you would like to check and see if we have some common ancestors.

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