Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Remembering a Day

100 years ago on May 26, 1917 a tornado stuck where I was born, Charleston IL
it hit the town next to it first and resulted in over 100 deaths.

As part of the Coles County Genealogical Society we researched the day, it was so fascinating, we ended up having a Memorial Service, 2 of our members put a booklet together with all the names, pictures of their tombstones, obituary and brief bio.

My GGGrandmothers first cousin and wife were killed. 
The stories are heartwrenching

I sorted through my Grandmother and Great Grandmother letters, and sure enough I found a letter my GGrandmother wrote to my Grandmother in nursing school describing the event.

A documentary was made, they asked me to read my GGrandmothers descriptive letter.
My surprise when we went to the showing, the first voice you hear on the documentary is mine.
If you would like to see it here is the link

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mothers Day

Mothers Day

I miss my Mommy so on this day but am blessed to have a wonderful MIL I call Mom.

For FB, I made a collage of my Grandmothers and GGrandmothers. Although I realize I have a picture of ALL my Great Great Grandmothers too!

Easter 1984
Mom, Grandma and I

This is my Grandma as a baby Ruth Snyder with her Mom Nina Cash Snyder, Grandmother Margaret Wilson Cash and Great Grandmother Keziha Maddocks Wilson,
so that makes her my 3rd Great Grandmother!

My 2nd Great Grandmother Arabella Devers Snyder

this is my Mom's Paternal Grandmother Emma Toland Willingham on her 90th birthday. I think my Mom looks like her. I am the girl in the picture and my brother is on the rt.
this her Mother, My 2nd Great Grandmother Martha Sousley Toland
this is my other 2nd Great Grandmother Catherine Stiff Willingham
so this was my Mom's side of the family.

Now for my Dad's

My Sweet  Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Galbreath Winkler at 1515
I never knew her, but my cousins tell me so many stories and I feel her spirit at 1515.

and her Mother, Catherine Wilson Galbreath "Mama" who I feel I know so well from her daughter Annies diaries.

this her Mother Mary Hickman Wilson who died in childbirth, when my Great Grandmother was on 6. My 2nd Great Grandmother.

this is my other 2nd Great Grandparents Galbreath
Martha Houston Mitchell Galbreath
Sam Houston is her 1st cousin

And my Dad's other Grandmother and Great Grandmother

Laura Courntey Winkler with her mother Jane Trout Courtney and sister.

My Dad's other Great Grandmother
Margaret Sousley Winkler

and yes the other 2nd GGrandmother from earlier is her sister!

I come from a long line of wonderful Mothers. So blessed that the stories of their lives were passed down to me, and I feel that I have a idea of what each and everyone of them was like.
And, that makes me who I am today.

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms out there
I will be with my babies


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

all Easter cards from family saved by Aunt Annie

Hop the Easter Bunny brings you plenty of eggs!


Friday, February 10, 2017

Valentine for Teacher

Did you give your Teacher a Valentine?

How cute a coupon!
My Great Aunt Annie received this when she was teaching
in the early 1920's

There is Aunt Annie in the middle back row with her students.

Her are the Valentines they gave her, which is your favorite?

the sweet homemade one made by Vivian


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Found There Way Back Home...........

If you have read my blog over the years, when it come to family I am the keeper of the family pictures, documents you name it. Yet, there are pictures of my ancestors that I wonder if they are out there somewhere and I have never seen them? 

After my Mom died and I went through things, this picture bothered me.
Who was Pat Lance? I knew most of my Mom's friends, even the ones from HS 
that she would talk about.

Pat had written on the back, "Clyde and I on our wedding day"
There were a total of 9 pictures.
My Mom had written "Pat's wedding" on the back.

If you know me, there is no way I can throw a picture away,
but I keep telling myself to get rid of things. Was this one of them?

Pat's Dad did not look to happy?

I decided to see what I could do to find out who they were?
My guess Pat was my Mom's age, born in 1925 and probably went to college with her.
Maybe a sorority sister, in Sigma Sigma Sigma

I went on ancestry and found a Pat Lance in one tree born in 1925 from IL in a tree and her husband was Clyde......bingo.
So I wrote the person and asked he he was related.

I got a response within a day, it was Pat's nephew. He was the son of her brother.
Pat, her husband and son were all gone, but one son was still alive.

I scanned some of the pictures, then mailed the rest to her nephew.

the other couple in the picture was the gentlemans parents!
He said they had just been married 2 weeks earlier.
It made me happy to know they pictures were not only of his Aunt, Uncle, Grandparents but of his own parents!

Thanks so much for sending the pictures, they arrived yesterday. That was great that they were written on by Aunt Pat and your Mother, we have so many that aren't. I will share this with Mike, Pat and Clyde's son.

All the best,


We deducted that Pat went to EIU with my Mom. She left school early to marry her sweetheart, Clyde in 1945.

He made me feel good to reunite the pictures with the family.
I can only hope my Mom and Pat are pleased.