This is a quick recap post, as real life has eaten into many of my activities.
The optional theme this week was “The Old Homestead.” Who did this theme make you think of?
Of course, it’s fine to not use the theme (it is optional!)
Who did you write about, whether you used the theme or not? Leave a comment with a link to your post and a little bit about your ancestor in the comments below.
Next Week’s Theme
The optional weekly theme is “Halfway.” It seems appropriate for Week 26, the halfway point of the 52 Ancestors 2015 challenge!
The life and death of the Davis Store
I wrote about my Grandfather’s Grandmother. He had found the house she was born in when he visited Sweden in 1957. When my sister visited last year, the house was no longer standing.
I have photos of several ancestor’s homes – and shared them here.
McNIEL – Lois McNiel (1786-1830s), Eloped?
I finally was able to comply with the weekly theme – and here’s a picture of the homestead Lois eloped out of (according to the family stories)….if she actually eloped. The facts suggest something different.
We don’t have homesteads, and very few photos of homes my ancestors lived in for any length of time… But I managed to dig up a 1738 stone house still standing, the TERWILLIGER heritage house, just south of New Paltz in Pennsylvania. (built by my ancestor’s eldest brother)
ANDREW, William was my great- grandfather who spent all his life in St Eleanors, PEI. Did he farm his father’s homestead, or did he start his own on nearby property?
DEMOSKOFF – #25 Little House on the (Canadian) Prairie
Some of my German ancestors were farmers and continued farming when they came to the U.S. Christopher Whipple’s farm in Beaver County, PA, shows up on a few land maps.
Christopher Whipple (Wippel) – Had a Farm
Homesteading=self-sufficiency. My 2nd great-granfather Jean FRANTZ was first a linenweaver and then a farmer. My post has a bit about myself, my famous Tour de France cousin, lots of old family photos (including one of a home), and a wonderful find in the Archives de Paris database.
52 Ancestors: #25 The Old Homestead: From Weaving Linen to Farming in Mamer
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
I wrote about the processes, websites, and apps I use when working with land patents and plat maps to discover where my ancestors homesteaded and what that land looks like today. I used my great grand aunt and uncle as an example for the case study.
Herbert Bartist BECK and Jane (MUIR) Beck (1894-1990)
Working with Land Patents and Plat Maps
And I’m very glad to hear your Mom is doing well!
How to find a homestead on a modern map http://rootsbranchesandnuts.blogspot.com/2013/06/finding-old-homestead.html
James HUNTER (d. 1902) was a builder in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, whom I knew very little about until I found this recent obituary.
McKee–Nancy McKee Where are You Buried?
This is off the theme because I have previously blogged about two houses in my genealogy.
Lena Mathilda CARLSON (1877-1973). Left widowed at 40 with eleven children.
I would have to tell a story about an old homestead, but research is not yet ready due to a closed archive. So my this weeks post is about my ongoing work on my paternal line.
BIESZK (BIESCHKE) August and PIONK, Barbara
Mary ROST/RUST (KASER)
Following last week’s story about the accidental death of Cornelius Kaser, this week I wrote about how his wife became the head of household and ran the farm. It loosely fits the homestead theme, although other stories I’ve written with pictures of houses fit better ( and I invite you to look for those), I wanted to continue my exploration of my father’s aunts, uncles and cousins.
The house my mother-in-law grew up in later became a bed and breakfast.
FURLANI – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #25 Three Old Family Homes by Eileen Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
I have three photographs of old family homes—one that I took and two that I found in that ubiquitous box of photos inherited from my mother.
This is my post about how I use Google Maps and the Oakland, California planning database to find the house my grandmother, Anna (Jackson) Shellabarger, grew up in. http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/06/52-ancestors-week-25-finding-the-jackson-house/
Jonathan Fairbanks brought supplies from England to build Fairbanks House in Dedham MA. Built circa 1637, this old homestead still stands. http://victoriajosfamilystories.blogspot.ca/2015/06/jonathan-fairbanks-c1595-1668-52.html?m=1
Julia Lee Lankford – no. 41 (week 25)
BOE – Week 25 “The Old Homestead”: Jorgen Pedersen Boe
I found my 3rd-great-grandfather’s land patent, which I had previously missed! I also found a plat map which shows the location of his land.
No old homestead, but a link to CAMBUSKENNETH ABBEY in Scotland
CARTER, Dr. Timothy and the Brick End House and Middle Intervale Meetinghouse
I wrote about my maternal great grandparents house. My great grandparents were Frank and Ophelia Bryant of Morehead City, NC. Here’s the link: http://www.howdidigetheremyamazinggenealogyjourney.com/2015/06/52-ancestors-2015-edition-25-bryant.html
52 Ancestors No. 25: My Mystery “Homestead Veranda” Photograph http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/06/52-ancestors-no-25-mystery-homestead.html
The Hans HERR House:
I didn’t have a homestead as such to write about but perhaps this is a homestead of a different sort. http://ancestorchaser.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/52-ancestors-week-25-old-homestead.html
MAXWELL – I’m sure we have pictures of old ancestral homes, but I haven’t had time to look for them! This week, I went way far back and way far away, to Southwest Scotland to Caerlaverock Castle; ancestral home of my Maxwell ancestors! My Pinterest board address here:
EVERETT – Great-great grandfather Jack Ross Everett died in 1864 in Starr County, Texas. Sometime between 1864 and 1880, Jack’s wife moved away and no one knows what happened to the family homestead. It is still a mystery today.
The topic begs the question – am I halfway there yet?
This weeks theme “The Old Homestead” is what I think of as “the home place” for the Putnam family.
Better late than never! This time, I talked about an ancestor who was the central figure in several households.
GILLILAND, Mary Elizabeth
My parents started in an apartment but eventually bought the family farm.
Elisha Sargent – the old homestead is now owned by the government