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.

I highly recommend Find a Grave as a resource tool. Visit Find A Grave Here


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.