Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - William "Willie" Alexander GATES

In July 2010, my sister was on a forum where there was information about this postcard. The woman said that it was with some of their family's memorabilia, but she wasn't sure if it was from her relatives or her husband's.
She offered to send it to a family member if the identity could be confirmed by a rightful owner. She was satisfied that it belonged to our family and sent the postcard to my sister.

William "Willie" Alexander GATES
Born  Jan 8 1908
Died Mar 18 1911
Buried Quinter, Gove County, Kansas.
This sweet heart-shaped headstone with the dove on top is for the eldest of the five children of Warren Addison GATES and Ada May (MILLER) GATES. Willie would be an older brother of my father and would be my uncle. He was named after Alexander Z. GATES, who was his grandfather and my great grandfather. (I've tried to find out what the Z. stands for, but no luck!)
Warren and Ada are my paternal grandparents.

SOURCES: Postcard of headstone: mailed from US to Canada
Name and dates: match to the Handwritten Family Tree - Oliver Uriah GATES and Catherine HULL.

P.S. I'm having problems with my neck and arm again, so can't spent as much time as I would like on researching. :-(
However, I have spent some time on ZAZZLE. I'll post more about that later.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Edmund Uriah GATES ~ Civil War Veteran

Edmund Uriah GATES

Born 8 January 1832 Hardy, Holmes County, Ohio
Died 7 January 1917 Flagler, Kit Carson County, Colorado
Buried Beattie, Marshall County, Kansas
Lived in Beattie for fourteen years from 1882 to1896.

In the larger photograph, I can see that he is wearing his signature hat!

SOURCE: Family photograph emailed by a first cousin 2009.
Cropped from a photograph taken with five of his six children, on the porch at his home with his daughter Sarah F. (GATES) WHITE, where he lived until his death in 1917.  He was taken to Beattie, Marshall County, Kansas to be buried with other family members.

Page 62.

Gates, Edmund U. Age 32.
Residence Fourth Congressional District, nativity Ohio.
Enlisted Nov. 2, 1864. Mustered Nov. 2, 1864. Mustered out July 21, 1865, Louisville, Ky

SOURCE: Internet search

Edmund Uriah GATES was my 2nd great grandfather.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday~ Remembering Those Who Served ~ American Civil War 1861-1865, World War I 1914-1919 and World War II 1939-1945.

"In Flanders Fields"
Poem written by Canadian John McCrae, December 1915
Illustrated book published 1921, after his death in 1919.

SOURCE: Wikipedia - several pages of information

The following are relatives and ancestors that I have found so far that have served in the Amrican Civil War, World War I and World War II. 

I have also been told that the ancestors of my third great grandparents, Oliver Uriah Gates and his wife Catherine Hull, served in the American War of Independence 1775-1783. Also, that my sisters and I would be eligible for the Daughters of the American Revolution. 
I have not done any research on that. 


Edmund Uriah GATES
Born 8 June 1832 Holmes County, Ohio
Died 7 January 1917 Flagler, Kit Carson County, Colorado
Buried Beattie, Marshall County, Kansas
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, Ky.
SOURCE: internet search
Edmund is my paternal 3rd great grandfather.
SOURCE: His Civil War service is noted in the handwritten family tree prepared by Leila Belle (Gates) Greenall, dated 1984 and given to my mother. Leila was a cousin of my father, Floyd. Edmund's photo sent to me by email by a Gates cousin.

WORLD WAR I ~ July 1914 - 11th November 1918 (1919)

SEPT 9 1891    AUG 2 1961
Sabetha Cemetery, Sabetha, Nemahs County, Kansas
My connection to the BEEGHLY family is through my father's mother, Ada May MILLER. Ada was the daughter of William MILLER and Sarah BEEGHLY.
Norman Ross' father was Ezra J. BEEGHLY. Ada's mother Sarah was the younger sister of Ezra J. 
Ezra J. BEEGHLY and Deliala COLEMAN were the parents of Norman Ross. 
 So, Ada May and Norman Ross were first cousins. (I think.)
SOURCE: Internet search

       WORLD WAR II ~September 1939 - Summer 1945

Clifford Fallis JOHNSON
Born 14 March 1908 Homestead, sod house, Milden, Saskatchewan
Died 1966 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Burial  Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Sasktachewan
Born 26 Nov 1916 Quill Lake, Saskatchewan
Died 9 April 2010 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Street photo taken during World War II, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Cliff served with the Royal Canadian Air Force from 14 July 1941 until his discharge on 18 September 1945.
Cliff is my uncle, one of my mother's older brothers.
SOURCE: Personal collection, sent to me by email from my cousin, Cliff's son.

Born 4 Aug 1921
Died 11 February 2002 North Battleford, Saskatchwan
Gordon Clark JOHNSON
Born 23 February 1901 Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma, Ontario
Died 6 Nov 1991 North Battleford, Saskatchewan
Both Aunt Agnes and Uncle Gord are buried beside each other in the  
Veterans' Section, Town of Battleford Cemetery, North Battleford, Saskatchewan
 They both served in World War II. I've been told by their family that they were both held the rank of Sargent. 
My Uncle Gord was unable serve in Europe because he had a severe leg injury from getting caught in some farm equipment. However, he did serve in the Royal Canadian Army Reserves in Edmonton. Also, Aunt Agnes served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Women's Division, also in Edmonton. They met and married after the War ended. 
SOURCE: Photo my Mother's personal collection.Information about their service from Mom, Uncle Gord's family and Gord's youngest brother Uncle Howie.


Ross ROBINSON In July 1934, Ross married my Mother's older sister, Florence Irene JOHNSON. I don't have any information for Ross, except this photograph taken at the train station in 1945.
SOURCE: Sent to be by mail from my Uncle Howie.

Gordon Wesley "Wes" McCool
Born 17 June 1925 Saskatchewan
Died 28 October 2009, British Columbia
Wes would have been 18 years old in June 1943. so I think it was possible for him to enlist at that age.
I don't have any details of his service.
Wes is one of two children of Mary Jane "Mae" (JOHNSON) McCOOL and Knox McCOOL.
He was the nephew of Eva (JOHNSON) GATES and Howard JOHNSON. 

SOURCE: "The Acheson Family 1850 - 1950" published by the Acheson family; page 43 (see below) lists the names of 34 relatives that served in World War I and World War II.
Note: Included in the list are Clifford Johnston, Howard Johnston, and Wesley McCool. Also In-Law Ross Robinson.
Photo is from Wes's uncle Nellis Howard JOHNSON. (Johnston).

Howard Nellis JOHNSON
Born July 1917 Outlook, Saskatchewan
Living - now aged 93 years 4 months
Update: now aged 95 years 4 months -11th November 2012

Howie served in World War II with the Royal Canadian Engineers - 5th Division from March 1941 to December 1945. He was involved in the action on the front lines in six countries:  England, North Africa, Italy, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
This photograph was taken 11 November 2002.
This is my Uncle Howie, my Mother's youngest brother and the only surviving sibling of eight children.
SOURCE: Photo - my Mother's personal collection, sent to her in November 2002.

Roy Clell GATES
Born 19 December 1919 Beattie, Marshall County, Kansas
* Died 4 February 2011 Rosetown, Saskatchewan
Buried Milden Cemetery, Milden, Saskatchewan

Roy enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941. Trained as a pilot at Brandon, Manitoba; Summerside, Prince Edward Island; and Patricia Bay, Victoria, British Columbia.

He was assigned to the #415 Swordfish Squadron, Coastal Command, RCAF.
Roy was stationed at bases in southern England. He flew torpedo, bombing and smokescreen missions over the English Channel. He recalled laying smokescreen along the water on the morning of the D-Day invasion.

SOURCES: 1. Date and place of birth - Handwritten Family Tree.
2. War service details: Eulogy for Service of Remembrance - Friday 11th February 2011 at the Milden United Church, Milden, Saskatchewan.  

*NOTE: 19 March 2011 -- After Uncle Roy passed away, this post was updated with his photograph and the details of his service. Roy was my father's youngest brother. 

To be watchful.
Acheson Family Crest

To Honour the Acheson Family and Relatives:
Published June 1951, page 43.


World War I, France, killed in action, September 1918,
Age 17 years, 11 months, 10 days.

 Pilot Officer (Air Gnr.), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF),
426 (Thunderbird) Squadron - Motto: "On Wings of Fire"
World War II, France, killed in action, February 9, 1945, age 20 years.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." ~ John 15:13

John James "Jim" Duncan, Sargent
Enlisted in 1914 at age 25, Royal Canadian Armed Forces
 Awarded Military Medal for "Bravery Beyond the Call of Duty."
Wounded and discharged in 1919.

Robert Acheson, Renfred Acheson,
Delbert Bannon, George Bannon, Ivan Copeland, Jack Duncan,
Margaret Duncan, Stuart Duncan,
Vernon Gooding, Robert Orville Howell,
Clifford Johnston, Howard Johnston,
Robert Laing, Elwood Logan,  Wesley McCool,
John A. McTaggart, Mansell McTaggart, Kenneth Smith.

Art Blair, Conrad Brunelle, Thomas Caristilaw,
Allan Doner, Lesley Drury,Wilfred Dunkley,
Wesley McCraken, George McKee, William Neck, Gordon Prosser,
Ross Robinson, John Thompson, Sidney Martin.
Additional information about their service from Acheson and Gates family trees:

Robert "Bob" Acheson
Enlisted about age 18 with a Winnipeg Regiment, served overseas in Italy, Belgium and Holland. 

Renfred Acheson
He was age 38 at the beginning of World War II, no details of his service.

Margaret Elizabeth Duncan
At age 18 in 1943 she took a special secretarial course in Toronto.
She was a member of the Royal Canadian Armed Forces, Womens' Division, R.C.A.F. 
Margaret and Stuart were sister and brother. 

Stuart Duncan
Enlisted about age 18, Royal Canadian Air Force, Fighter pilot Royal Armed Forces,
1945 shot down over Italy, rescued by Italian farmer.
Vernon Gooding, Robert Orville Howell.

Clifford Johnston
(my uncle)  Enlisted at age 33, served 1941-1945,
Corporal Royal Canadian Air Force.

 Howard Johnston 
 (my uncle) Enlisted at age 23 in March 1941,
Royal Canadian Engineers, Fifth Division,
shipped to England and then directly to the front lines in Italy.
Served  in Italy, North Africa, Belgium, Holland and Germany until December 1945.
Cliff (deceased) and Howie (now age 95 in 2012) are brothers.

Wesley McCool
(my first cousin) enlisted at about age 18 in 1943.

Ross Robinson
 ( my uncle-in-law) was about age 32 at the beginning of the war.


SOURCES: "The Acheson Family 1850 - 1950, the list above of those who severed in the military, page 43.
Additional information from "The Acheson Family Tree" compiled by B. M. Acheson Anderson;
and "The Gates, Johnson / Johnston Family Tree" compiled by C. Gates.

All the others listed are related to our Acheson ancestors and relatives in some way.

Remembered. Lest we forget.

The Poppy - Papaver Rhoeas
Antique botanical illustration - 1897 (cropped)
SOURCE: Wikipedia
The language of flowers:
The symbolism for the Poppy is "sympathy" and "peace." 
Not to be confused with Rosemary which is for "remembrance."
SOURCE: various internet searches
SOURCES: Family history and knowledge, emails from family, photos and records, as well as various internet searches.

Treasure Chest Thursday ~ The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ~ Canada and USA

Ceremonial Tomb Guards, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
National War Memorial, Confederation Square, Ottawa, Canada
SOURCE: Wikipedia

United States
Ceremonial Tomb Guards, Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers,
Ceremonial Tomb Guards stand watch all day over and unknown Vietnam soldier.
Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia
Photograph is owned by the Tomb Guard at the back facing the camera. He has released the photograph to the public domain.
SOURCE: Wikipedia

Peace perfect peace.

Those Places Thursday ~ Remembrance Day Canada and Veterans Day USA

The Poppy - Papaver Rhoeas
Antique botanical illustration - 1897 (cropped)
SOURCE: Wikipedia

The language of flowers:
The symbolism for the poppy is "sympathy."
Not to be confused with Rosemary which is "remembrance."
SOURCE: various internet searches

Lieutenant Colornel John A. McCrae, M.D.
Poet, physician, author, Lieutenant Colonel
of the  Canadian Expeditionary Force 

Born: 30 November 1872
Guelph,Ontario, Canada
Died: 28 January 1918 - aged 45 years
Boulogue-Sur-Mer,  France
While still commanding the Canadian No. 3 General Field Hospital (McGill) at Boulogne, he died of pneumonia.
He was buried the next day with full military honours. His flag-draped coffin was preceded by his charger "Bonfire" with his boots reversed in the stirrups.

SOURCE: Photo circa 1914. Several pages of information on Wikipedia.

Postcard of the John McCrae Memorial,
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
SOURCE: Personal collection.

by John McCrae - December 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies brow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The Torch: be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Illustrated book published 1921
SOURCE: Wikipedia.

Remembering all those who have served and who serve today.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ World War I ~ 1914 to 1918 and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD

Lest We Forget
SOURCE: public domain

The First Battle of Ypres
The Evening News, 19 November 1914
"The battle was not without substantial Belgian and French participation."
SOURCE: Wikipedia

Second Battle of Ypres
German Barrage - Fire at Night - Ypres, Belgium - 1915

The Ruins, Ypres, Belgium, 1915
From: The History of the World War by Francis A. March, Chicago-1919

The Second Battle of Ypres, 22April - May 1915
by Richard Jack (1866-1952)
Canadian War Museum (Crown copyright expired)

Honourable Canadian:
It was during the Second Battle of Ypres that Canadian officer Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, wrote the world famous poem "In Flanders Fields."
It was first published in Punch Magazine December 1915 and is still recited today.

SOURCE: Three images above and information from Wikipedia.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Unkempt Tombstone

I noticed this tombstone while I was looking for something else. The cemetery looks crowded and very old, but has some beautiful trees. Lovely blue sky, it must have been a nice day.

There was no information to identify the location of this cemetery.
SOURCE: public domain

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Inspiration

My Mother's hummingbird story:

For years my Mother would have a red Amaryllis at Christmas time and often it would bloom for a second time in the early spring. She always had the plant on a small table beside the balcony door where it would get the Southern sunlight.

One day while she was making lunch, she heard a tapping on her living room window. This was unusual because she lived on the fourth floor. When she stepped into the living room to take a look, she was amazed to see a little hummingbird tapping at the window trying to get at the big red blossoms on the plant.

A delightful story and always fun to retell it!

"Always be a little kinder than necessary."
~ James M. Barry

SOURCE: public domain
There's more.

A few days ago I received an email from one of my sisters with a link attached, which included the following:

A short video about "the guy who rescued a Baby Hummingbird . Amazing, inspiring and sweet!

I found that the song used was written by Jack Johnson released in February 2005 on his album "In Between Dreams."  View his live performance of "Better Together."

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Thanks for visiting my blog.