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Willow Dale Cemetery

This past Friday Bob and I found my Aunt Alice and her husband Richard’s final resting place. Alice was my paternal grandmother’s first born child.

Alice was born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on 7 January 1907.  I do not know Alice’s father’s name, only that my paternal grandfather was not her father. I expected to find Alice listed on the 1910 census.  The 1910 census lists Alice’s mother, described as single, living in the same household as her parents.  Alice is not listed in the 1910 census.  Alice first appears in the 1920 census, where her address is listed as North Buffalo Township, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.  Alice’s mother married my grandfather in December 1911.  In the 1920 census my grandparents have five children, including Alice.  Alice is listed on the census, as having the same last name as her siblings.

According to ancestry information provided by one of my cousins, Alice married Harold Biggs, and a daughter named Clara was born about 1928.  Harold died in February 1929.   The death certificate lists the cause of death as acute fibrillation of the heart.  Harold was only 27 years old, when he died.  I found Clara listed in the 1930 census.  She was living in the same household as her paternal grandparents.  Clara’s age was listed as 2 years old in the census.  I have not found a listing for Alice in the 1930 census.

On 18 April 1931 Alice married Richard H. Evans.  Alice was 24 years old at the time; Richard was 55 years old.  The wedding ceremony took place in Allegany, Cattaraugus County, New York.  Both Alice and Richard were living in Bradford, Pennsylvania at the time of their marriage.  It appears that their residence continued to be Bradford until their deaths.  Richard passed away in April 1961.  He was 85 years old.  Alice passed away 30 years later, in April 1991.  She was 84 years old.  I never met Aunt Alice.

Richard and Alice are buried at Willow Dale Cemetery in Bradford, Pennsylvania behind a pond that Bob and I have visited or passed by several times over the past 19 years that we have been married.  I never knew, until recently, that my aunt was buried at Willow Dale Cemetery.

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Willow Dale Pond is located in front of Willow Dale Cemetery.

 

Aunt Alice and her husband, Richard, are buried in the Veteran’s portion of Willow Dale Cemetery.

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Aunt Alice and her husband Richard’s burial plot appears in the foreground of this photograph.

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Veterans Memorial

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Aunt Alice and Richard are buried beside each other.

 

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I wonder why Aunt Alice’s grave marker does not display at a minimum her birth and death dates.

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Richard was a Sergeant in the Spanish American War.

I began building my family tree in late December last year.  Genealogy is a very enjoyable hobby!

My Maternal Grandparents

I am a member of the Facebook group “Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness – RAOGK USA”.  My husband’s sister, who has been researching her ancestry for many years, suggested that I join this group.  She wrote that the group members are helpful.  I agree 100%. 

I shared this picture with the group. 

This is my maternal grandmother, when she was about 58 years old.
The picture was taken professionally and has been retouched.

I requested the group members of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness – RAOGK USA to compare the picture of Grandma with a much earlier picture of a woman with a man.

This picture:

I was of the opinion that both pictures were of my grandmother.  However, I remember Grandma only with white hair and worn up, way off her shoulders.  I never met my grandfather, as he died one month before I was born.  I don’t recall ever being shown a picture of my grandfather.  I was looking for reassurance, when I asked members of the genealogy group for their opinions as to whether or not the two women are the same woman.    

I received many comments.  The consensus was that the two women are one and the same.  

One group member asked if anyone in the next generation bears a resemblance to the man.  In response to the question I shared a picture of my uncle.

 

This is Uncle Bob’s high school senior picture.  He graduated in 1944.

I definitely see where my uncle inherited his eyebrows, which adds to the probability this couple IS my grandparents.  The group member who asked if anyone in the next generation bears a resemblance to the man in the photo booth picture left this comment:  “Oh, heck yes! Uncle Bob got the chin, facial shape, and a modified version of his father’s nose.”

I feel assured now that the photo booth picture IS a picture of my maternal grandparents!  I wish I had more pictures of my grandfather.  It is so nice, though, to have this one picture!

I asked, too, for assistance in dating the photo booth picture.   The consensus for the date was late 1930s to early 1940s.

Kissing Cousins

A few days ago I shared with you my evolving interest in genealogy and a genealogy book entitled “The Bowser Family History”.  Yesterday I discovered a second connection to Mathias Bausser, Sr., and I discovered that my great grandparents, Daisy Ethyl (Johns) and Lewis Harmon John, are “kissing cousins”.

First Connection

 

Mathias Bausser, Sr. (8th great grandfather)

Mathias Bausser, Jr. (7th great grandfather)

John Bausser (6th great grandfather)

Julia Ann Bowser (5th great grandfather)

Sarah Flenner (4th great grandmother)

David Cousins (3rd great grandfather)

Sarah Emily Cousins (2nd great grandmother)

Daisy Ethyl Johns (great grandmother)

Estella Mae John (grandmother)

My Mother

Myself

Second Connection

 

Mathias Bausser, Sr. (7th great grandfather)

Mathias Bausser, Jr. (6th great grandfather)

Elizabeth Bausser (5th great grandmother)

John John (4th great grandfather)

John J. John, Jr. (3rd great grandmother)

James M. John (2nd great grandfather)

Lewis Harmon John (great grandfather)

Estella Mae John (grandmother)

My Mother

Myself

My great grandparents are cousins because siblings, John Bausser and Esther Bausser, married into my family. Lewis and Daisy John share a common grandfather. Mathias Bausser, Jr. is Daisy’s 5th great grandfather. He is Lewis’s 4th great grandfather. Lewis and Daisy are 5th cousins 1x removed. They are 6th cousins 1x removed also because Mathias Bausser, Sr. Is common to both of them. Mathias Bausser, Sr. is my 8th great grandfather, when tracing my ancestry from my great grandmother. When tracing my ancestry from my great grandfather, Mathias Bausser, Sr. is my 7th great grandfather.

I still need to trace my paternal family tree. My paternal ancestry is found in “The Bowser Family History” genealogy book as well.

My Eighth Great Grandfather

Until recently, I had only a passing interest in genealogy.  Genealogy interested me.  My interest in it, though, wasn’t very strong, not enough for me to spend hours and hours a week researching my family tree.

On Cyber Monday last year (November 27th) the AncestryDNA kit was on sale on Amazon for $54.99 (original price $99.00), with no sales tax or shipping cost.  I hit the buy button.  Soon after receiving the DNA kit, I collected a DNA sample by spitting in a tube. I, then, mailed the kit to AncestryDNA.

I received my DNA story from AncestryDNA on Christmas Day.


My DNA Story

The ethnicity estimates did not surprise me, with the exception that Native American was not included.  When I was young, my maternal grandmother said that we were part Native American.

In addition to providing my DNA story, AncestryDNA results include DNA matches and DNA circles. DNA matches connect you to living relatives who share parts of your DNA.  I have many, many pages of DNA matches.  DNA Circles provide the opportunity for you to discover other members who are related to you through a specific ancestor.  I am in one DNA Circle.  In order to utilize DNA matches and DNA circles fully one must have a paid ancestry account.

On January 6th I purchased a 6-month Ancestry.com subscription. The subscription was on sale, $49 instead of $99.   I have heard it said that “genealogy is an addiction“.  I can attest that genealogy is indeed an addiction.  Since January 6th, I have spent hours and hours researching my family tree.  I no longer have a passing interest in genealogy.  My interest in genealogy is very strong.  Time will tell if my interest remains strong or wanes.

I have made a few interesting discoveries, while researching my family tree.

I discovered that my maternal grandmother had a younger sister, Freda. Grandma Estella was 10 years older than Freda. Freda was born April 23, 1918 and died 5 years later on September 16, 1923. According to Freda’s death certificate, cause of death was Bright’s Disease.

According to usgennet.org, Bright’s Disease is an old disease name frequently found on death certificates. Bright’s Disease is chronic inflammatory disease of kidneys.

Freda’s Death Certificate

I find Freda’s cause of death interesting, given the fact that Mom had one kidney removed. I believe Grandma Estella  lost a kidney to disease as well.  Perhaps I should pass on this medical history to my physician!

Another day I discovered that a great uncle, Mom’s father’s brother, died on February 28, 1961 here in Warren, PA. He was 70 years old, when he died. Uncle Guy is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery, located in Russell. We pass by that cemetery regularly. How about that?!? Perhaps one day I will discover cousins who live nearby.

On January 11th I found twins on my maternal family tree.  My 3rd great grandmother, Hannah Heginbotham Cousins and David F. Cousins had twin girls, Dolly M. and Mary O., who appeared on the 1880 census as 3 months old.

A couple years ago I learned of a genealogy book that contains information about my paternal family origins.  The genealogy book is called “The Bowser Family History”.

A couple days ago I discovered that not only are my paternal origins contained within this book, but so are my maternal origins!  This means that my parents are distantly related. How interesting it would be to find that common ancestor.

If you google “Bowser Family History”, you will find a variety of formats available for free.  A PDF file format version of the book has resided on my computer for the past couple years.  I recently purchased a Kindle version of the book for $0.99 from Amazon.

Yesterday I traced my maternal family tree from myself to my 8th great grandfather (Mathias Bausser, Sr.),  Outlined below is a chart displaying lineal descendants from myself to my 8th great grandfather.

 

Mathias Bausser, Sr. (8th great grandfather)

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Mathias Bausser, Jr. (7th great grandfather)

John Bausser (6th great grandfather)

Julia Ann Bowser (5th great grandfather)

Sarah Flenner (4th great grandmother)

David Cousins (3rd great grandfather)

Sarah Emily Cousins (2nd great grandmother)

Daisy Ethyl Johns (great grandmother)

Estella Mae John (grandmother)

My Mother

Myself

As told in “The Bowser Family History”,  Mathias Bausser, Sr., was born in Germany in 1670.  He sailed to America from Rotterdam, Holland, on the brigantine “Richard and Elizabeth”.  Mathias and his family landed at Philadelphia on September 28, 1733.

I expect that I will share with you interesting tidbits of family history from time to time, as I continue tracing my family history.

Merry Christmas!

Bob and I celebrated Christmas with Stacey and our granddaughters this morning.  Stacey, Harper and Juniper arrived around 8:45 am. I prepared Belgian waffles for breakfast. For toppings we had a choice of strawberries, apples, whipped topping, butter, and maple syrup. After breakfast, we opened Christmas gifts.  Everyone was happy with the gifts received.  What made me the most happy, though, was to spend the beginning of this holiday season with family.  I enjoyed our time together very much.

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Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day.

I am a Veteran.

I graduated high school in May 1974 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Army under the Delayed Enlistment Program.  The 6-month delay provided me an opportunity to get ready for my transition to the Army. During this time, I became better physically and mentally prepared before departing for Basic Training.  The only prerequisite I remember having to fulfill before my 6 months were up is that I needed to lose weight in order to enlist in the Army.  I think I had to lose 30 pounds.  I lost the 30 pounds and more.  My Army enlistment began in November 1974, when I was 18 years old.  I served 3 years.

My basic training was conducted at Ft. McClellan (Alabama).


Ft. McClellan, AL
early 1975

I apologize for the poor picture quality.  It is the best scan I could get from a picture taken with 110 film.  This picture was taken on the occasion of my graduation from Basic Training.

From Ft. McClellan I would travel to Ft. Benjamin Harrison (Indiana) for Advanced Individual Training (AIT). I studied to be an Army Stenographer, known as 71C MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). From Ft. Benjamin Harrison, I would travel to Ft. Hood (Texas) and later to V Corps Headquarters in Frankfurt (West Germany).


West Germany
sometime between April 1976 and December 1976

I served in the military both during wartime and peacetime.  My wartime service was short lived.  I joined the Army in November 1974.  The Vietnam War ended on April 30, 1975.  I cannot recall even considering that the United States was at war, when I joined the Army.  I wanted to serve my country.  Remember earlier when I said that I needed to lose weight in order to enlist in the Army.  I met that prerequisite.  I wanted to serve my country.

Even though the majority of my military service was during a time when the United States was at peace, I was not out of harm’s way.  While assigned to V Corps Headquarters, I worked in the Abrams Building located in Frankfurt, West Germany.  I was at work during the June 1, 1976 bomb explosions.  An article in the New York Times reported that on June 1, 1976 “Two time bombs exploded … in the headquarters of the United States Army’s V Corps, injuring 15 Americans and a German civilian, two of them seriously …”.

One bomb went off on the main floor of the Abrams Building; the second bomb went off in the Officer’s Club located behind the Abrams Building.  I was riding a paternoster (translates to “our Father”) inside the Abrams Building at the time the first bomb went off.  A paternoster is an elevator which consists of a chain of open compartments that move slowly in a loop up and down inside a building without stopping. Passengers can step on or off at any floor they like, or stay on the paternoster and loop completely around. The sound of the exploding bomb and the vibration caused by the explosion was like a hundred file cabinets had toppled over.

Here is a video that I found of someone getting on and getting off a paternoster.

Kindergarten

Our granddaughters entered Kindergarten in September, this year.  Picture day was late September.  Yesterday I received prints of the girls that I ordered.  This morning I hung the girls’ pictures on our wall.

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The photograph in the middle is a picture that I took in September 2016 to commemorate the girls’ first day of the second (and final) year of preschool.  In that photograph Harper is standing, and Juniper is sitting with her back to the camera.  What a photo session that was!  On either side of the middle photograph are the girls’ Kindergarten pictures.  Harper is on the left; Juniper is on the right.

How time flies!  Harper and Juniper are growing up WAY too fast!

Speaking of Kindergarten …

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This is my Kindergarten picture 🙂
School Year 1961-1962
56 years ago!

 

 

 

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