Saturday, December 22, 2007

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

On where I am

This is a poem I wrote back in 1998. Tell me what you think, good or bad. (On where I am is the title)

The garden path round the house
Springs in my face as I fall.
I lose my step and my hold
On the waist-high, lavender wall.
The flowers sewn in my hand
Writhe in this puddle of mud
Their petals are colored as bright
As the night's long echoing flood.
Yet the path as it narrows beneath
The weight of my sighs and my skin
In front of my eyes it doubles,
Wider grows, though each one is thin.
The daylight pouring in drops,
Great orange disks of time,
Rolls down the razor edge roof
Of Everest, to begin to climb
The expansive mouth of my yawn.
As I sink in the quicksand of feeling
Fire balls galaxies wide
Enter and I land reeling.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

More genealogy success!

I went to the BYU Family History Center today for about 3 hours. I just researched Wingerters and their descendants. The easy stuff is now pretty much done. If I want to find anything more, I'm going to have to dig deeper. Mom and I are thinking about going to the Family History Library in Salt Lake during the Christmas holiday. I have some sources to check for the Dellitt line I've been researching, but it would be good if I could go prepared to do more research on the Wingerters. I need to find out which port John Wingerter and his mother and sister came through and what ship they came over on. Hopefully that will also give me the port they left from in Germany. I did do research on this some years ago with no luck, so I'm not particularly hopeful. We'll just have to wait and see, I guess. Anyway, if you want the information on our relatives that I found today, leave me a message letting me know you're interested in it and I will get it to you.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Genealogy at the Library this Sunday

I just wanted to let you guys know that I will be going to the BYU genealogy library this Sunday, in case anyone wants to come. I will be working on the Wingerters, but let me know if you plan to come and what line you want to research, and I will be happy to bring information on that line. The library is open from 10-7, but I will only go for a few hours.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

El dia de los muertos

El dia de los muertos or Day of the Dead (November 1, even though I'm posting this on October 31) is a day when Hispanic people honor loved ones who have passed away. I am choosing to honor my Grandmother Lockhart for Day of the Dead by posting this fabulous picture of her and telling you what I love about her. Grandma Lockhart had a very soft personality or way of being in the world. I grew especially fond of her the last couple of years she was alive. Even though she didn't remember people she still had the essence of her personality, and part of that was a good sense of humor. I have posted a family tree showing her maternal line back a few generations. Scroll down past the web cams to view this. Please feel free to post memories of Grandma, or anyone else you would like to honor.

Update: I have moved Grandma's picture to just after the webcams and music section.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Genealogy Success!

I must take back what I said about finding information on the Wingerters. I went to the genealogy library today and Angela came with me and I found lots of information on the Wingerters. I found dates, places, and yes, entirely new people to add. Well, technically, they were Klines, and Buncutters, etc. but Wingerter descendants. They are mostly descendants of Fanny Wingerter, but some for Mary (both sisters of David Wingerter, my 2nd great-grandfather). If you are interested in this information, just let me know and I will send it to you.

I promised that I would have things you could do to research the Wilson line in my next genealogy post, so here it is:

Actually, I would probably contact Aunt Marie and see if she would send me a GEDCOM file of her Wilson genealogy.

Without having done that, you could try and find more information on George Francis Leconte and Mary Ann Osborn, parents of Elizabeth Mary Ann Leconte, who is my 2nd great-grandmother. I have that she was born May 27 1872 in Fulworth Rents, England. I remember from the research I did a long time ago that this is in St. Alban's Parish in London, England. Elizabeth died June 12, 1933 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada (where grandma was from). So look in the parish records in 1872 to find her birth and christening and her parents listed. It might give more information about the parents that you can use to figure out when they were born and where.

If you would rather research the Wilson line (grandpa instead of grandma), we trace our Wilson line back to Thomas Wilson (born about 1658 in Overton, Flintshire, Wales) and his wife Mary (born 1662). Their son was William Wilson (born Mar 3, 1684 in Overton, Flintshire, Wales). I don't know if they were English or Welsh, but if you try to find Thomas' parents it's likely his dad was William (thus the surname Wilson) but that is not necessarily the case. Also, you might find Thomas listed as Thomas ap William, ap meaning "son of". I've never researched Welsh records, so no clue as to how you go about it, but I would try looking in parish records. It would be great if you could find a death date for Thomas.

But that would be a really difficult research project to take on. I was going to suggest a more do-able research project, but really, the Leconte line is the do-able one. Though I would still strongly suggest contacting Aunt Marie before doing anything, no need to duplicate work that has already been done.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

It worked :(

So the storm that is coming in this weekend has totally ruined my camping plans. Nevertheless, I am not completely giving up on camping yet for the year. Dad and I are going to try and go the second weekend in November, maybe to Zions, weather permitting. Anyone wanna come along?

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Snow!

Can you believe it? I went to the store today and it was raining. By the time I was driving home, it was rain mixed with snow. It's not even October yet and it's already snowing! I am very worried that this is going to ruin the camping trip I have planned for next weekend.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Genealogy

Hi all, but especially family. Today I went to the Family History Center at the BYU library and did research on a Dellitt family I believe is related to us (I just have to find the link). Anyhow, yesterday Dan mentioned that it would be great if I gave suggestions of things you could do if you wanted to get started doing genealogy. I decided my blog was a great place to post these suggestions, then everyone has access to them.

If you want to help me research the Dellitt line and are able to go to the Salt Lake Family History Library, go to the US/Canada book section and look at the book Pennsylvania Births, Lancaster County, 1723-1800 by John T. Humphrey, published in 1997. Call # is 974.815 K2h v1 and v2. You should look for any Dellitts (various spellings Delit, Dellet, Dillet, Deleet, they are endless) especially a John Dellitt and a Barbara Dellitt and also a Barbara Ackerman. The John Dellitt I am looking at as the possible father of our Barbara Dellit was possibly born 22 Mar 1760 and died 1 Dec 1845. He would have been married to Barbara Ackerman possibly born 30 Aug 1779 died 5 Apr 1847. They may have been married 4 Mar 1804 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the First Reformed Congregation at Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It is possible that John and Barbara Dellit had a child in 1805 for there is a Barbara Deelet listed as the mother for a baptism performed 17 Nov 1805 in Chester County, Pennsylvania at the First Reformed Congregation at Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Lancaster County was formed from Chester County).

If you can't go to the Salt Lake library but live in Utah county, you can go to the Family History Center at BYU M-Sat and every 2nd and 4th Sun from 10 am - 7 pm. Call me if you want me to go with you, as I often go on those Sundays. Anyhow, using their computers you can access the Family History Library Catalog to be prepared for when you can go to the Salt Lake library (they also have a lot of microfilm at the BYU library) or you can use the computer to access Ancestry.com. Doing so you could look for Ethel M. Hanson in Mercer County, Illinois in the 1900, 1910, 1920, and 1930 census (which I hope to do soon, but feel free to beat me to it, that would be cool), oh it doesn't have to be Mercer county, but it probably will be.

If you would like to research a line other than the Dellitts, here are some suggestions:

We could really use more information on Seth Thomas Clark (married to Mary Henshaw and father of Mary Catherine Clark). Seth is my 4th great-grandfather on grandma Lockhart's line. I have that he was born 15 Mar 1800 and died 3 Dec 1866 in Frederick County, Virginia. He was married 11 Oct 1827 in Frederick County, Virginia. He is buried in the Hopewell Cemetery (which probably means he was a Quaker), Clearbrook, Frederick County, Virginia. He was also married to Martha Lucinda Deck. He had 3 children with her. But we come through Mary with whom he had 6 children. If I were going to the BYU library I would get on ancestry.com and look for Seth in their database, especially if they had any listed in the following censuses (censuses are always a good starting place): 1800, 1810, 1820, 1830 (I'm not sure when he and Mary started living in Kansas but you might check for him in any territorial censuses or tax lists they may have had between 1830 and 1850), 1840, 1850, 1860, obviously, you are looking at Virginia in these censuses and limit yourself to Clarks in Frederick, Hampshire, or Berkeley counties. Obviously there's a lot of research to be done on this line, not just Seth.

Mom has been working on the Davidson line so I will leave it to her if you want to do something with that line. She may have more updated information than I have.

Anyone want the Wingerters? They are my special project but very elusive, so maybe they are just waiting for YOU to get started. They are a little complicated so I will just let you post that you want to work on this line before posting any suggestions.

Mom and I have really been having lots of luck with the Jenkins line of late, so that might be a great place to start if you want quick results. We have that Sarah Welch (my 3rd great-grandmother) wife of Alfred Carper and mother of Martha Elizabeth Carper was from Washington County, Maryland. It's possible that Comfort Melissa was raised by Sarah and Alfred but was actually Sarah's sister. Anyhow, look for Sarah Welch in the Maryland (Washington County) censuses for 1810, 1820, 1830 and of course, Welch could have been spelled Welsh or some other way. Maybe you will find her listed as a child in which case you would find her parents and siblings (hopefully) which would be really cool. I've meant to do this but just never have.

It would be great to get birth and death dates for Robert Hodgson (there were several but I'm referring to the father of Eliza Ann Hodgson and husband of Lurena Watson). He lived in Frederick County. He was first married 10 Mar 1795 to Susannah Long and his last child was born sometime after 1815, so that gives you a time frame to work with. He was probably a Quaker. (we have his parents and children and whatnot, just no birth or death dates or a burial place). Again, check census records (before 1790 you will need to look at tax lists and other types of records) for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820.

The Pughs have been a goldmine of late. It would be nice, though, to have a death date for Anne or Ann Wright married to Thomas Pugh and mother of Rachel Pugh (Anne/Ann is my 5th great-grandmother) She was born 1725 in Pennsylvania or Virginia and died in Frederick County, Virginia. She was married in 1753. She had a will dated 5-4-1803, which should give you a timeframe. Burial place would be nice. She was an upstanding Quaker, so possibly Hopewell Cemetery? Just look for her in the 1800 and 1810 censuses for Virginia (Frederick County) for now. There are obviously other sources to look in but this post is starting to get rather long!

Another person you could research would be Michael Jenkins, born about 1760 and married to Rachel Pugh and father of John T. Jenkins. He is my 4th great-grandfather. He was a Quaker, married in 1787 and his youngest child was born 16 Mar 1803. He was from Hampshire county, I believe. But look for him in Frederick and Berkeley counties as well. (Hampshire and Berkeley are in West Virginia now but were part of Virginia at that time). So again, check for him in the Virginia census records for 1790, 1800, 1810 and also the tax lists before 1790.

If you want me to pick for you, here are my thoughts: Angela should research Sarah Welch as she did research her in the past, Dan could research Seth Thomas Clark, Scott could research Robert Hodgson, Andy could research Michael Jenkins and Mother, if I am telling you what to do, would research Ann/Anne Wright, since she is already researching that line.

Do you want to research the Wilson line? I will try to post suggestions for that in a future post (as well as people from Grandpa Lockhart's side).

Monday, September 17, 2007

New picture

Scroll down past the picture of the mountain road to see a picture with my nephew Alec. He is an amazing person. He knows so much about technology! I am always impressed. And he likes to read philosophy with me. He loves comedy, and just had me watch an episode of Freaks and Geeks, which I have to say, was pretty funny. I will post the url to his myspace account so you can check out his blog. He has a lot more pictures and stuff than I do. A really great thing about Alec is that he is unafraid to let you see who he really is and that is pretty neat, I think. I just love him a ton. I added another, more recent picture of Alec, it's actually before the picture of the mountain road.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

One of my poems

I thought I would share a poem I wrote ten years ago.

Corona

The sun being white in the sky
My mind in shadow bends
God's grace flowing in the summer storm
As my white-faced body mends.

Blood and red tip my fingers
The scorching daytime rays
The flowering sagebrush yellow
Golden in my hastening days.

The shadow's still warmth cools me
And my brain like a rock already cold
My heart once beating now stills me
Lying in my bed of mold.

Wings flapping clumsily about
Not angels but vultures converse
And the halo I see above them
Is wind blowing a circle of earth.