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A Lot of Grazing Going On

First there were four deer that would wander through our yard to graze. Now, only one deer, the smallest of the four, wanders through our yard.

_LG25471Grazing in front of our shed

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Walking past our wood pile

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This deer comes around most days and sometimes more than once a day!

_LG25469There is grass to graze on in between the bushes.

_LG25468Peek-a-Boo
I see you!

I hope that the other three deer are OK.

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.

“X” in the Sky

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A warm glow encompassed our house this morning, as the sun rose. I watched the beautiful show in the sky through a bedroom window.  I had just showered and washed my hair. The outside temperature was 16° Fahrenheit, and I didn’t want to stand outside with my wet head (especially having just got over a bad head cold).  I couldn’t resist, though, pushing down the top half of the window pane to take a picture of an “X” in the sky that revealed itself to me.

 

contrails

contrail cloud:
evidence of a journey
swept away on winds
as lives
speed invisible
through Earth’s
ocean sky.

Poem © 2008 R. Burnett Baker

Neighborhood Deer

Since the middle of last month, neighborhood deer have been passing through our yard in search of food.  The deer have been successful in their search.  We watch for the deer each day we are home, since first seeing them.

I captured my first photographs of the deer on December 27th.

_LG25420The deer crossed our street from our neighbor’s house, two doors down.
December 27, 2017

_LG25425The deer congregated for a short time across the street from our driveway.
December 27, 2017

The next time that we saw the deer was on New Year’s Eve.


I captured a short video, as they crossed the street into our front yard.
December 31, 2017

In the event the video provided above is not visible to you, click here for the direct link to the video.

The time was about 7:30 pm last night, when Bob said the deer were in our back yard.  I went into the living room, camera in hand, to watch for the deer as they crossed the street.  Bob let me know if the deer were walking down our driveway or crossing between our yard and another neighbor’s yard.

Two deer walked down our driveway and into our neighbor’s yard, before crossing the street.

_LG25433Deer #1
January 6, 2018

_LG25434Deer #2
January 6, 2018

_LG25435After crossing the street, Deer #1 and #2 congregated across from our driveway.
January 6, 2018

Bob said there was one more deer coming.  That deer, though, stopped at our bird feeders.  The third deer realized his buddies had left, and he took off at a trot.  Deer #3 crossed in between our yard and a neighbor’s yard.

_LG25436There’s my buddies!
January 6, 2018

_LG25437Someone’s in that window, looking at me!
January 6, 2018

Deer #3 looked at me briefly, before trotting over to his buddies.  All three of them trotted into the wooded area across from our house.

 

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