Sunday, April 10, 2016

Returning a Piece of History

This a genealogy post.
Our family cemetery where my 3rd GGrandfather who was in the Revolutionary War is buried has somehow changed names of the years.

Someone slapped up this sign
Patsy Mitchell Golladay Cemetery many years ago?

The cemetery has always been Mitchell Cemetery, named after my other 3rd GGrandfather who owned the land it was on, the first burial being in 1834.

The gentleman at the local monument company and I came to the same conclusion,
in the 1970's many cemeteries were read in preparation for the Bicentennial.
If a cemetery did not have a formal sign out front, who ever was reading it just gave it a name.
Patsy Mitchell was my GG Uncle's wife? There is only one Golladay buried in the entire cemetery?

Cousin Fred and I have been on a mission to get it back to the original name.
We started at the Courthouse, the name there was still Mitchell.
Then we spoke to the Cemetery board members, that was fine with them as well.
So cousin Fred couldn't wait to rip that sign down and proudly bring it to me!
There it sits in my laundry room at 1515
It is a piece of history.

Well here is what our family did
A new official marker!
I had the put the established date on the front with my 3rd Great Grandfathers name on it who came to Coles County IL in 1828.

We have it up 4 feet so you can see it when the beans and corn come up.

On the back I had them put the information about my 4th GGrandparents who are buried in the field just south of the cemetery. He was in the Revolutionary War and she is the Aunt of Sam Houston of the Alamo.

I even got the Find a Grave people to change the name on the website.

It is a sense of accomplishment Fred and I are so proud of.
My 4th 3rd 2nd and Great Grandparents are all buried there and I want to make sure it is recognized for that, for future generations of our family.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Vintage Advertising Plates

While walking through antique stores have you seen those
floral plates with advertising on them?
Did your family have any?

When we bought 1515 my cousin Donna brought this one back to 1515.

a pretty little floral plate

my sweet Aunt Mary wrote on the back that it belonged to her mother my Grandmother.

I even found a picture of the shop.
Made my imagination go wild. Look at the hats in the window
What had did Grandmother buy?
They were open from the 1880s'-1930's on the town square.

was it the fur hat?

or her other fur had with her muff or the one she had in Nursing School in Chicago.

or this ornate one coming out of her parents house.

this is a picture of the Charleston student nurses arriving in Charleston.
They all have hats on, did they come from Kenoyers?
Grandmother is on the left

That is not the only one I have

Looks like this one was given out at Christmas

They were in business until the 1950's

I found this at a antique store. At the turn of last century just going over a County or 2 to visit someone was a trip and worthy of a Souvenir.

Did your Grandmother have any advertising plates or cups?
I need to carefully read my Aunt Annie's diaries and see if she tells about Grandmother going to Kenoyers and buying a hat.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Auction Find Highlights Family Heirlooms and Ladies

A few years ago at the Tuesday night auction I go to with my friend when I am 1515 I saw a great little shelf 

It was walnut and the scroll work on the side reminded me of something?

My Mom's treasured walnut end tables.
One of the first things my Mom and Dad got when setting up housekeeping in 1947

After my Mother died I could not part with them and one I used in my spare bedroom as a side table.
But when I bought 1515 I thought perfect!

One on each side of the couch at 1515 and you can see the shelf

Recently I was scanning old slides

1957 my sweet Daddy and to his left one of the tables.
This was in their apartment

Moving on to the 1970's
Myself and my beloved dog
Cumberland Queen Ann
and there is the end table
Dad taking goofy pictures of Mom and I with the end table there again

There are so many things I look back at and see something from my parents or Grandparents I use to this day.

So back to the shelf
It is there to honor the women who came before me along with my collection of Remember Me cups

all Grandmothers with the exception of Aunt Annie on the rt

My 2nd Great Grandmother Martha Houston Mitchell Galbreath
she was a true pioneer woman. She raised 13 children, learning herbs healing effects from the local Indians in Illinois in the 1820's, her father survived the Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse fought on his parents plantation.
So yes I Remember you 

Martha's son James Adam Galbreath with his bride Catherine Fitzhue Wilson on their wedding in 1886. She is the little girl in the tin type about the time she lost her mother.
I think of them as Mama and Papa because of my Aunt Annie's diaries.
They lived at 1515 with my Grandparents during the depression 
after they had to sell their farm and house in town.

Catherine's Mother  and Grandmother
Mary Hickman Wilson died in childbirth, this is the only picture I have of her. 
The nurse in me wonders why did she have a droop mouth, 
did she have something that contributed to her death in childbirth at the age of 34 such as a stoke?

Her mother Catherine Sherer Hickman is on the rt and that is a card celebrating her 90th birthday.
I had a post once about her birthday part where her Grandaughters baked a 90 layer cake.
My Grandmother thought of her as her Grandmother even though she was her Great Grandmother.
Through my Aunt Annie's diaries I know so much about her even with her being my 3rd Great Grandmother. 

I do Think of Them
My Paternal Grandmothers were wonderful examples for me to live by.
We all have hardships and happiness they make us who we are today.
I truly believe our ancestors made us who we are even if we never knew them.
So blessed to know them from Aunt Annie's diaries and to have their pictures to reflect on at 1515.

Have a great day.
And take time to think of those who came before you.

Remember Me


Sunday, January 17, 2016

January Means Valentines Day is Coming!

Since Christmas Mr. and I have had colds.
I think is is the hugging and kissing on 40 some family members because it seems to happen every year!

A quick post to say check out my talented SIL Esty shop for Valentines!
I think I need to get one before they are sold out!

The link to her Etsy shop is on my side bar but if not here it is

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Booth House Christmas

Booth House 
The home my Maternal Grandparents lived in from the 1940's-1965.
Before they bought their little home and aluminum Christmas Tree
 I showed you a couple of weeks ago.

It is owned now by Eastern IL University
My Grandparents lived on one side and Miss Mary Josephine Booth lived on the other.

My Maternal Grandparents returned to Charleston in 1939.
Unlike my Paternal Grandparents they did not take as many pictures until my brother and I came along.
My Mom circa 1944 in front of Booth House.

1957 is the oldest picture I have
Before I was born and my brothers first Christmas.

Christmas time 1959
My Dad and Maternal Great Grandfather celebrating their birthdays the same date
December 19th.
My sweet Grandmother has her Christmas pin on.
Do you see the twins??
it was my first Christmas
My Great Grandfather Andrew Jackson Snyder

1960 look at all the wrapping paper remnant's!
my Raggedy Andy Doll
4 generation picture

my brother was 4 and I can see he has his Sunday School pin on his little jacket.

this was so cool, it had running water. I look happy then, but I hate washing dishes now!
so grateful for the pictures of my brother and I together
I did not show the picture where I am on my brothers rt.
so yes the gun was pointed at my head accidentally.

luckily I have all the things on the book cases.
Especially the Santa.


1964 the last year at Booth House
My cowgirl outfit!
My Barbie car!
and hey Mark got a train.
Memories of my first Christmas's
The house is not a home now, but it was a place of warmth, love and happiness at one time.
Hope you enjoy the flashback pictures.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Time at 1515

This week I head to 1515 for Christmas time in Charleston.
It is so special cooking in my Grandmother's kitchen, placing the tree in the same spot as it was that first Christmas in 1925.

Look at the bowl of oranges and nuts under the tree. The tree is small and the present few, but I know it was a wonderful Christmas at 1515.

Here is the tree from 1943
I think of how my Grandparents were so sad that year, my Dad had just been drafted into WWII after graduating from High School.

Candlelight Christmas Dinner that year.

during the War their were still plenty of presents under the tree

I am sure a very happy year
A son home from the war and 2 new Grandaughters
look at all the presents!

Cousins Mary and Martha remember this Christmas, the year they got their Terri Lee Dolls
2014 Cousins Marty and Mary decorating the Christmas tree in the same spot where they found their Terri Lee Dolls under the tree so many years ago.
When I look at this picture it makes me think they aren't really in their 70's, they are looking at the tree through the eyes of childhood.

1961 Mary holding me and Marty holding my brother Mark

I was not as happy on Grandad's lap!

In 2009 when I repurchased the house I knew where the tree would go.
I used tissue paper and vintage wrapping paper. 
Mary put her Terri Lee Doll under the tree.
Grandmothers pie plate was placed under the tree full of nuts as it had been so many years ago.
Also my Grandmother's box of blocks she got as a little girl.

The first few years we had a real tree but I had to take it down before leaving and trying to figure out what to do with it was difficult.

lighting up the same corner

wow look at all the presents!
We have a large Christmas party for all our friends in Charleston and on Saturday the cousins have a "PJ party" we stay in our PJ's all day, unwrap our presents, eat leftovers, watch old Christmas movies and drink hot chocolate. My favorite day of the year besides Christmas. Well, we pretend it IS Christmas that day.

candy cigarettes and plenty of giggles!

leftovers in the dining room.
The same dining room that my Great Grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1933. They were married on Dec 25, 1883

The next day is cookie making in Grandmothers kitchen. We cool the cookies on her Hoosier cabinet, I have used her blue crock and wooden spoon to make them since 1980 and of course we can put some in her cookie jar

now into our 6th generation of enjoying Christmas time at 1515
from 1925 to a 2015 selfie
Wishing you Merry Christmas from 1515

Stay tuned for Part III
Christmas past from Booth House
next week