Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wordless Wednesday ~ Autographs

SOURCE: The Graphics Fairy

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sibling Saturday ~ Edmund, James and Levi Gates Brothers in the Civil War

The Gates Brothers served in the Civil War:

 The Gates brothers were the sons of Oliver Uriah Gates (1802-1880) and Catherine Hull (1800-1875). The couple had seven children, three daughters and four sons: Samuel born November 11, 1826 - there is no additional information about Samuel.

Edmund Uriah born July 8, 1832 died January 7, 1917; James Oliver born January 6, 1836 died February 11, 1890; Levi born September 7, 1839 died March 29, 1919, all enlisted in the Civil War.

Edmund Uriah GATES 
Enlisted Nov. 2, 1864. Mustered Nov. 2, 1864, Iowa. Mustered out July 21, 1865, Louisville, Kentucky.

SOURCE: The handwritten family tree of Oliver Uriah Gates and Catherine Hull, compiled 1984-1986, page 6, shows: Edmund Uriah Gates Civil War Company E, 13th Regiment, Iowa Infantry 1864-1865.

Further research resulted in records for Edmund Uriah Gates: ROSTER AND RECORD OF IOWA TROOPS IN THE REBELLION, Volume 2: SERVICE RECORD: THIRTEENTH REGIMENT IOWA VOLUNTEER REGIMENT, COMPANY E: Page 62. Gates, Edmund W. Age 32. Residence Fourth Congressional District, nativity Ohio. Enlisted Nov. 2, 1864. Mustered Nov. 2, 1864. Mustered out July 21, 1865, Louisville, Kentucky.

James Oliver GATES
Note: I have no photo. If anyone out there has a photo of James Oliver, please contact me. Thanks.

 Gates was 28, and residing in Mahaska County, Iowa, when he enlisted as a Private in Company F
of the 4th Iowa Cavalry on January 5, 1864. He was mustered in on January 21, 1864, and mustered out with his company on August 8, 1865, in Atlanta.

SOURCE: "Roster and Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of the Rebellion: together with historical sketches of volunteer organizations." Published by authority of the General Assembly, under the direction of Brig. Gen. Guy E. Logan, Adjutant General, DES MOINES EMORY H. ENGLISH, STATE PRINTER, E. D. CHAPSELL, STATE BINDER 1910, page 721. Link at

Levi A. GATES 
Enlisted August 9, 1862, Iowa. Wounded and captured, then  mustered out August 24, 1865.

36th Regiment, Iowa Infantry, Company B, Levi Gates enlisted August 9, 1862, wounded and captured at Mark's Mill.

Wapello County Civil War Records:

Further Research - CITIZENS AND PATRIOTS, A History Of The 36TH Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment In The Civil War By Jon B. Hittle.

WAPELLO COUNTY HISTORY Published by Wapello County History Committee; 
printed by Sutherland Printing Company Inc; Montazuma, Iowa, 50171; printed in 1985.
SOURCE: Find a Grave Member March 2014. 

Wapello County History; excerpt pages 420 and 421.
The Gates Family: 

"Edmund, James and Levi Gates all served in the Civil War. On August 9, 1862, Levi  enlisted for a three-year term in Company B 36th Iowa Infantry, a volunteer regiment organized by Mayor A. H. Hamilton in Wapello County.
Levi was wounded April 25, 1864 in the Battle of Marks' Mills, Arkansas, and left in the field for dead. When night came he crawled into a deserted cabin. A colored woman cared for him until he was taken to the Marks' Mills Rebel Prison where he was treated by both Rebel and Union doctors. Later he received treatment at hospitals in Little Rock, Arkansas and Keokuk, Iowa.  After he recovered,  he rejoined his regiment and served until he was discharged August 24, 1865."

Read more about the Battle at Marks' Mill on Wikipedia.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Levi GATES - wounded and captured in the Civil War

                                 Levi and Mary (Hulett) GATES
 SOURCE: Courtesy of Find A Grave member.

Levi A. Gates was born September 7, 1839 in Holmes County, Ohio then died March 29, 1919 aged 79 in Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa.  Levi married Mary HULETT on March 14, 1867, Center Township, Wapello County, Iowa. Mary was born May 7, 1839 in Catteraugus County, New York and died May 29, 1921 aged 82 in Wapello County, Iowa. The couple are buried at Chisman Cemetery, Polk Township, Wapello County, Iowa.

Census records show between 1860-1880 Levi was a farmer. He was also an undertaker and Justice of the Peace.

Records confirm that Levi enlisted for the Civil War August 9, 1862, aged 23 years, in Company B 36th Regiment Iowa Infantry. His Regiment was engaged in the battle at Marks' Mills were he was wounded and captured in 1864.


1864 Civil War - Levi wounded and left for dead - cared for by a colored woman:
 Edmund, James and Levi Gates [brothers] all served in the Civil War. On August 9, 1862, Levi enlisted for a three-year term in Company B 36th Iowa Infantry, a volunteer regiment organized by Mayor A. H. Hamilton in Wapello County. Levi was wounded April 25, 1864 in the Battle of Marks' Mills, Arkansas, and left on the field for dead. When night came he crawled into a deserted cabin. A colored woman cared for him until he was taken to the Marks' Mills Rebel Prison where he was treated by both Rebel and Union doctors. Later he received treatment at hospitals in Little Rock, Arkansas and Keokuk, Iowa. After he recovered, he rejoined his regiment and served until he was discharged August 24, 1865.
SOURCE: enlarge photo

          THE GATES FAMILY ~ Wapello County Iowa ~ 1880 - 1985

WAPELLO COUNTY HISTORY  Published by the Wapello County History Committee;
printed by Sutherland Printing Company Inc; Montozuma, Iowa, 50171; printed in 1985.

NOTE: The original owner of this book was shown on the inside as Mayor Dupy, Ottumwa, Iowa. The book was sold at an estate sale; then it was offered for sale on Ebay; and then it was purchased by a member of the Find A Grave website. I received a message from this person and was offered copies of THE GATES FAMILY pages - 420 and 421. April 2014.
SOURCE: Photo of book pages and additional photos of pages: Find a Grave member, March 2014.

Read more about the Civil War Battle at Marks' Mill and the Iowa Infantries. 

Iowa Volunteer Infantry in Marks' Mills Battle


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Census Sunday - 1850 Oliver Uriah GATES, Catherine HULL and family

Catherine HULL and Oliver Uriah GATES are my third great grandparents.

1850 Census includes Oliver Uriah GATES, his wife Catherine HULL and five of their seven children.
SCHEDULE 1 - Free Inhabitants of Lawrenceburg Township in the County of Dearborn State of Indiana enumerated by me, on the 16th day of July 1850 (name illegible).
Top of page - Lines 1 to 7.
GATES Oliver age 48 farmer Place of Birth Connecticut
GATES Catherine age 50 Place of Birth Connecticut
GATES Edmund age 18 Place of Birth Ohio
GATES Nancy age 20 Place of Birth New York
GATES Lucy age 17 Place of Birth Ohio
GATES James age 11 Place of Birth Ohio
GATES Levi age 10 Place of Birth Ohio
SOURCE: 2010.

Their first born child, Samuel, born November 11, 1826, apparently went missing. Their second child, Mary Electa, born December 27, 1827, New York, would have been age 23 at the time of this 1850 Census. However, she married Thomas HADDOCK April 3rd,1845 and would appear in a different Census.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Family Tree Snowflake Ornaments

Looking for a unique Christmas gift for the family historian? These Pewter Snowflake Ornaments are one of the newest gift ideas from

Two trees - but very different designs. The first is a black and white design of a tree with a twisted trunk. This design may be customized simply by changing the text to suit your needs.

Second, a green and white tree with abstract flowers blooming and little hearts in the roots.

New - Pewter Snowflake Christmas Ornament

New from my store at - Cards and Gifts - Pewter Snowflake Ornaments. These are so pretty and perfect for giving and keeping!
The link below features three cute winter birds perched on a snow covered tree. The calendar shows "December 25."

Friday, November 15, 2013

Help for a viewer regarding his gggrandfather- surname Morrow

I've been offline for several months but thought I'd post this today in hopes of helping this viewer - Mel Morrow.
Here is a copy of a request from him in August 2013. Maybe one of you know something about the Inistioge Cemetery, Ontario, Canada or the Morrow family.
It's a longshot but I'm amazed at what happens on the net!

August 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM
Hi, my name is Melvin J.Morrow, my gggrandfather is in the Inistioge Cemetery. I visited there about 10 years ago. He was killed in a farming accident in 1860. I was concerned with the condition of his headstone. I saw a picture of it today on the internet that was taken in 2009 and it actually looks better than when I was there. If it is still legible I would appreciate some one dropping me a line. My email is: Thanks, Mel

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sentimental Sunday ~ Beeghly, Gates or Miller?

Here's another antique photograph from the carte de visite  (cdv) album of my Gates Grandparents. My paternal grandmother's maiden name was MILLER and her mother's maiden name was BEEGHLY. I know that some of my ancestors lived in or near Atchison, Kansas. My Grandmother's parents lived in Sabetha, which is about 56 miles Northeast of Atchison. The family eventually moved to Beattie, Marshall County, Kansas where my father was born.

Unfortunately not one of the 28 antique photos has a name. The only clues are the names and locations of the photographers. Six of the 28 have photographers names and addresses.

I have used "Roger Vaughan's Personal Collection - Date an Old Photograph," (click on link)  Roger Vaughan's Personal Collection. I checked several dates 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1890. I have decided that 1880 is the closest according to the photos of the women's dresses.

My lady has a fitted top with buttons down the front, ruffled trim and matching skirt with a ruffle just below the knees. Her outfit has a light ruffled collar and cuffs. Her toes are just visible.

I have not researched the man's clothes, however, he had a bow tie, a double breasted vest, a jacket with a very wide collar and boots. The photographer's chair is upholstered with a long fringe around it and has curved wooden legs.

The back "verso" of the photograph is a miniature work of art. A pink background with a camera, a drape and an artist's palette; below a shield with a banner including the names RAGAN and MUNN. The banner is over a smiling sun with one eye showing. My interpretation: SMILE for the camera! Two little angels holding a banner "PHOTOGRAPHERS." Location: 317 Com. Street, ATCHISON, KAN. Negatives preserved. Copies can be had at any time.

I checked Wikipedia for information on Atchison, Kansas and found this public domain photograph of Commercial Street from about 1860.

SOURCES: 1. Personal collection, inherited from my parents and grandparents.
2. Robert Vaughan's Personal Collection - Date an Old Photograph - online - used several times to help date photographs.
2. Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia, searched "Atchison, Kansas.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

My New Blog ~ Christmas at Magnolia's Ramblings

I recently started a new blog to feature my own Zazzle gift shop. I am also including cards and gifts from several other zazzle shops. Please stop by for a visit at Magnolia's Ramblings Blog

I opened my Zazzle store in late 2010 and have gradually added to it for the past two years. My interests range from floral and graphic design to vintage and genealogy items.

My most popular cards and gifts for this holiday season include this delightful vintage red train engine.

May your Christmas holidays be as bright and cheerful as this big red train engine!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Warren Hull - Died Age 16 Years

Warren Hull was born January 29, 1822 and then died July 9, 1838, Candor, Tioga County, New York, He is the son of Russell Hull (1789-1863) and Eunice Hull (1794 - 1858). Young Warren Hull was only 16 years old when he died.

His father, Russell, was the fifth of the twelve children of Freelove (Kelsey) and Samuel Hull. Russell was the brother of my Great Great Great Grandmother, Catherine (Hull) Gates.

Russell married Eunice Hull. Her maiden name is unknown. They had seven children: James, Warren (1822 - 1838), Edward , Nancy, Harriet, Catherine, and Chancy, all born in Tioga, County, New York..

It appears that young Warren was the first of the 47 Hull family members to be buried at Maple Grove Cemetery, Candor, Tioga County, New York.

_______ & EUN___ 
(date illegible)

SOURCE: Photo courtesy of D. S. Find A Grave Member.
NOTE: I have edited (lightened) the photo and have been able to just barely read the inscription above.
This year, 2012, the headstone would be 174 years old. D. S. told me that he made a trip to the old section of the Maple Grove Cemetery to take as many photos of the Hull family that he could find. On the lower right of the photo there appears to be another headstone beside it.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sentimental Sunday ~ Find a Grave and Patch Work Quilts

What does Find a Grave have to do with patch work quilts? Here's my story:

This quilt was made by my paternal grandmother, Ada May (Miller) Gates. Ada made it for her only sister-in-law, Gertie. Ada and Gertie had married two brothers, they had no other siblings. The centre patch is stitched "Mom Mother 1930" and the red patches in the circle have the names of all of Gertie's twelve children. Grandmother Ada made several quilts, probably numbering in the 30's. Some were tucked away (like the one above) and are still treasured today, others were used until they were worn and thread bare. That's what happened to the one given to my parents, it was a bright sunny yellow. As a child I remember sleeping under it; as a mom, my two daughters played with it.

 Now about Find a Grave:
 I became a member in September 2009, posted a few of my ancestors from the late 1800's and early 1900's. Now  I have posted 58 myself and I have had 109 transferred to my care. Although I thought it was interesting, I just didn't realize the value of it as a resource and research tool.

Eventually I found that there were some of my relatives that had been posted by other members from various burial records. Some members have added thousands. For instance I found a woman that told me she had transcribed a cemetery record from a library which included my relatives. She willingly transferred them to me, pleased that they had been claimed by someone who was related.

Now about that quilt::
It seems like the perfect analogy for what I have accomplished at Find a Grave. My previous was post about Nancy Frances (Gates) and Ephriam Duke Eslinger. Not only was I interested in her adopting children at the age of about 75, she was also the step-mother to Ephriam's six children. I wondered who their mother was.  From my handwritten Family Tree, I knew about the six step-children and I knew there were two cemeteries, Burns and Osborn, where the Gates and Eslinger relatives were buried.

So I went to each cemetery on Find a Grave and searched both those surnames. Ephriam and Nancy are buried together in the Osborn Cemetery. They are the only two with that surname. Then I checked the Burns Cemetery and found three Eslinger family members.

Based on the inscriptions, I could see that there were two women who died about 10 years apart. Hannah died 1862, and Mary Ann died 1871, each about the age of 44 years, both the "Wife of E. D. Eslinger." Mary Jane was already identified and linked to Ephriam Duke Eslinger as his wife. Now I assumed that Hannah, who had died even earlier, was also his wife according to the inscription "Wife of E. D. Eslinger."

Finally, there was a little boy, 2 years old, as the only other Eslinger in that cemetery. Hannah, and the little boy both died in 1862. Further information from the Member that had originally posted these burials from the Cemetery Book, concludes that all three of these Eslinger family members are recorded together and inscribed on the same headstone.

So I'm pleased to say that I have linked and "stitched together" this family from so long ago. As well, I have linked together a handful of other families in the same way over the past year.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Surname Saturday ~ Gates Eslinger

GATES ~ origins are English, derived from Olde English gates to a property.  There are various spellings.

ESLINGER ~ origins are German, derived from "esl" - keeper of mules and donkeys. Recorded as early as 1200. There are various spellings.
SOURCE: Surname Data Base -

 Oliver Uriah Gates
1802 - 1882
Catherine Hull Webb Gates
1800 - 1875
Handwritten Family Tree - 33 pages
Research and compiled by L. B. (Gates) Greenall (deceased)
Nancy Frances (Gates) Eslinger is my paternal third great aunt. My first source of information on Nancy is from a handwritten Gates Family Tree given to my mother in 1986. It was researched and compiled by my father's first cousin. They were both born in Kansas and emigrated to Canada with their parenst in the early 1900's.

Oliver Uriah Gates 1802-1882 Catherine Hull (Webb) Gates 1800-1875 and their Descendants; page 2.

Nancy Frances Gates
Born November 17, 1829, Candor, Tioga County, New York.
Died November 14, 1913, Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, aged 83 years, 11 months, 17 days.

Nancy was married in 1873 to ~ Ephriam Duke Eslinger (a widower with 6 children)
Born June 2, 1885. Died September 22, 1889, aged 64 years, 8 months, 20 days.
Ephriam and Nancy are buried beside each other in Osborn Cemetery, 2 miles North of Lovilia, Iowa.

Nancy and Ephriam were married 2 years after his first wife Mary Jane had died. In about 1904, Nettie was adopted by Nancy (GATES) ESLINGER. Nancy was a widow at the time and would have been about 75 years old. Her husband Ephriam had died in 1889, 17 years earlier. Probably because of Nancy's own age she referred to herself as Nettie's grandmother instead of her mother.

I was interested in Nancy due to the fact that she had adopted children as a widow and at the late of about 75 years. The child was thought to have been abandoned. This information is included in the handwritten Family Tree, as well as Nancy's Obituary, dated November 20, 1913.
EXCERPT: OBITUARY Lovillia Press, November 20, 1913 :
She leaves two brothers, Levi GATES of Ottumwa and Edward GATES of Flagler, Colorado, also D. W. Masters, who was received into the home when ten years of age and who now lives on the old farm, and Nettie, who was received into the home when about seven years of age. To these hearts she was a true loving mother, their feelings that they indeed had a mother in the fullest sense.

SOURCE OF OBITUARY: S. Stewart member of Find A Grave, Nancy Frances Gates Eslinger Memorial, Find A Grave, November 2012.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday ~ The HULL Family

My third great grandmother is Catherine HULL (1800-1875 aged 75). She was was married to Oliver Uriah GATES (1802-1882 aged 80). Catherine was the daughter of Freelove KELSEY (1758-1841 aged 83) and Samuel HULL I (1755-1840 aged 85).

Freelove and Samuel had twelve children: Jonas, James, Samuel II, Lebbeus, Russell, Electa, Hubbard, Phoebe, Curtis, Catherine, Alanson and Hannah. The eld3est child was born in 1782, the youngest in 1804, a span of twenty-two years. Their mother, Freelove KELSEY, would have been age 24 when her first child Jonas was born and age 46 years when her youngest child, Hannah, was born. Freelove died in 1841, at the age of 83 years. Quite amazing for that era.

Although I have not been able to find a photo of Catherine's tombstone, I know that she is buried at the Burns Cemetery, Center Township, Ottumwa, Iowa - Eddyville Road, two miles West of Ottumwa. (SOURCE: Handwritten GATES and HULL Family Tree; 1984, updated 1986.)

However, I do have photos of some of her siblings. Today I have posted the tombstone of her eldest brother, Jonas HULL. Jonas was eighteen years older than his sister Catherine.

Jonas was born 20 April 1782, Killingworth, New Haven, Connecticut; he died 14 October 1854 aged 72, Candor, Tioga County, New York. Jonas married Charlotte (maiden name unknown).

Oct. 14, 1854
Aged 72 yrs
Maple Grove Cemetery 

Candor, Tioga County, New York

Notice the unique Weeping Willow carved on the headstone.

SOURCES: #1 Handwritten Family Tree - "Oliver Uriah GATES and Catherine HULL - Their Descendants;" dated August 1984. #2 Photo courtesy of a member of Find A Grave, 2011.