Week 10 is milestone. Not only are we in the “double digits” of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge, but we’re also seeing signs of Spring! For those of us in the north, this comes not a moment too soon.
The optional theme of “Stormy Weather” was interpreted in a number of ways. Some people wrote about weather events; others wrote about storms of a personal nature. There were others — myself included — who opted not to use the theme at all. Here are just a few of the posts this past week that stuck out to me. Beth Gatlin of So Many Ancestors told the story of her homesteading ancestors and the (literal) storms they endured. (Honestly, it reads like the plagues of Egypt!) Paula at Shaking the Branches wrote about the many storms that her grandmother had to face and the stormy relationships she had. Cathy Meder-Dempsey of Opening Doors in Brick Walls didn’t use the theme at all when writing about her family living in Luxembourg between the World Wars. You have to check out the family photos that she posted! (Warning: You will likely be jealous. I know I am!)
I didn’t follow the theme this week. Instead, I looked at my 3rd-great-grandmother Elizabeth Kelley, who died in 1852 in Perry County, Ohio. I have no photos of her house, but I was able to use her probate records to take a peek inside.
Please take a moment to share a link to your Week 10 post. Be sure to go back to the Week 9 recap and take a look at those posts. You never know when someone is writing about your ancestor!
- Week 11 (Mar 12 – 18) – Luck of the Irish
- Week 12 (Mar 19 – 25) – Same
- Week 13 (Mar 26 – Apr 1) – Different
If you want some ideas for using these optional themes, check out the March theme post. (And remember — you don’t have to use them if you don’t want to!) Also, the April themes will be coming soon!
I followed the theme very literally this week and shared an excerpt from a book written by my 4th cousin twice removed about the family’s trip across the country and getting caught by a tornado. I’m a sucker for first-hand accounts of events!
Clarence Mern BEARD (1885-1960)
Last of the Covered Wagons
A very interesting read! I’ve always wondered about those traveling west by wagon across the plains, how they dealt with the storms. It’s good your relatives were near that farmer’s place! (Had to post my comment here as I couldn’t post it on the actual blog page.)
That is weird but you’re the second person to have that problem. I’ll check into it. Thanks for dropping by and reading it.
My week 10 post is about the brainstorming of my mum’s cousin Allan FLEMING. http://ancestorchaser.blogspot.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-week-10-brain-storming.html
ARNOLD SARGENT (1923-2008)
Hitting some stormy weather grounded my Dad.
This week’s story is about John Howland and how stormy weather almost cost him his life coming to America aboard the Mayflower.
I have John as my 12th great grandfather through his daughter Desiree!
Benedict, Harry J. (1907-1951)
A fishing trip that went awry
My mother-in-law has Quaker ancestors who arrived just before William Penn.
Elizabeth Rudd – Stormy Weather for Quakers – 52 Ancestors 2015 #10
Francis Elizabeth ALCOCK Hutchins (1612-1694) – Witch?! – My paternal 9th great-grandmother weathered several storms in her life, the biggest of which was being accused of witchcraft and jailed for it during the famous 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, witchcraft hysteria. – http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/03/frances-elizabeth-alcock-hutchins-52.html
Week 10 is a first hand accounty by my Grand Aunt about life on a Kansas farm during a terrible blizzard in the late 1800s. https://terstriep.wordpress.com
My small family of 3 had a direct hit by a tornado. Their house was demolished and they were thorn & injured. Mary Ellen (Coppenbarger) Waggoner’s story is here: http://theenthusiasticgenealogist.blogspot.com/2015/03/mary-ellen-coppenbarger-waggoner.html
BÜGE (Buege, Beige), Wilhelm, a seaman from Pommerania on a US steamship, who died ashore Florida’s coast in 1880 during a horrible hurricane. I included the names of passengers and crew.
ELLIOTT (my Ulster-Scot Elliott grandfathers: George, William & Alexander) & the Siege of Derry (1689) – the siege happened during the deposed king James II’s military action in his attempt to win back his throne from William of Orange and his “rain” of bombs that fell day and night upon the city full of Protestants for 105 straight days. Pictures, videos, books about the siege here:
I also followed the theme literally–the 1878-79 “Coldest Winter” on the southeastern Colorado plains. My 2x great grandfather, Alonzo Hayden Hayes Baxter (1845-1930) was hunting buffalo when he and his companion were stopped by a blizzard. This is Alonzo’s story, as told by his son, Colorado cattle rancher and amateur historian, George Baxter. Although this is Alonzo’s story, I do wonder about his wife Elizabeth, waiting at home those long winter weeks, pregnant and caring for their five children under the age of 12.
Katie Fox-born in Peoria County, Illinois (probably Kickapoo Township) in 1874, slowly lost all of her family over the next 23 years. Whatever became of her? She’s a mystery.
My week 10 post centered around trying to deduce what happened to and where my great grandfather, Thomas John HACKATHORN, was after an 1875 flood of the Wabash.
Day/Richardson: Joel and Catherine (Richardson) Day: Inconceivable loss
My view of Stormy Weather was a little more figurative. I wrote about an ancestor who, just as he was about to return home (Sweden) from study abroad (London), was kidnapped and sold as a servant in Virginia.
My Quaker Roots Are Showing: Lemon, Mendenhall: What happens when you wonder, “Why are all these seemingly unrelated people living together in the 1900 census?” I spent a whole 24 hours trying to solve that mystery with some interesting results with a coincidental message from another Ancestry member thrown in the mix.
What storms did the FOURNELLE-FRANTZ family have to weather through? Living in a European country bordering on Germany during two world wars would definitely be conducive to stormy times. Holding fast with that theme, I’m flooding this post with photos from those times before giving the facts! Enjoy!
52 Ancestors: #10 The FOURNELLE-FRANTZ Family (1871-2005) by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
Thank you Amy for the mention. I had to take advantage of the photos I have. I’ll be continuing with the next generation back in time and photos will become more rare!
I’m jumping on the 52 Ancestors wagon a little late and am just figuring out how the system works. I made my first post, “A Married Norwegian Farmer” last week but didn’t realize I should put a link to it here.
I chose to follow Amy’s suggestion of writing about collateral relatives and wrote about my great grandfather’s brother, Guttorm Gaarder. At the age of 22, Guttorm came to the US from Norway in 1849 with his parents, nine younger siblings and his wife. They all settled in Albany, Wisconsin, where he came to a sad end.
HALL, Cindarilla Darliska Amanda – #26: survivor of historic 1900 Galveston hurricane (week 10) http://denise-livinginthepast.blogspot.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-26-cindarilla-darliska.html
MOYNAHAN: James Moynahan (1842-1919) Civil War Soldier & Colorado Miner http://moynahangenealogy.blogspot.ca/2015/03/52-ancestors-no-10-james-moynahan-1842.html
BARTOW (maybe), Grace — wife of Isaac GREEN. Brainstorming on her maiden name: bit.ly/1B6Byf4
GILLESPIE, Wm John “Jack” & wife, Harriette BUNN, separation
No luck following the theme this week, but I wrote about a 4th great grandfather I haven’t looked at recently.
BOWMAN, Granville (1786 (or 1776) – 1841) of Cumberland County, Kentucky
ESTES – John R. Estes (1787-1885), War of 1812 Veteran
This man flew below the radar for most of his life. He lived to be almost 100, and it’s through his War of 1812 bounty land and pension applications that we learned the most. This was a 37 year journey – and one of my toughest ancestors.
I never met my paternal grandmother (Margaret Dickson 1907-1966) and I’m sad to say that until recently that didn’t bother me. I was told she was a horrible woman and I accepted that. Would be nice to hear her side.
My post for week 10 was the story of my Step-Great Grandfather, Frank E. Sullvan,Sr. and the Tornado that took his life. Luckily, newspaper reports helped me piece some of what happened together.
For a change, my post coincides with the theme of the week. My German Immigrant Ancestors endured stormy weather in their home country and stormy weather on the sea. This post is not about a specific individual, but about whoever the first KASER was to come to North America.
And all the other German immigrants who sailed to the port of Philadelphia.
STRAUSSER – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #10 – Sarah M. Strausser (1855 – 1877) – Tombstone Tuesday by Eileen Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
This story seems sad to me because Sarah, who is my 3rd great aunt, died so young. I wish I could find more about her. Most of what I know comes from her tombstone.
Bathsheba DAVENPORT, a lady with an interesting will. Reversible causes of blindness anyone?
HALVORSON – Thorkel Halvorson: Storms of Grasshoppers and Hail
My great-great-grandmother’s brother endured storms while farming in Minnesota; in 1876 and 1877 he lost his crops during the grasshopper (locust) plagues, and in 1882 he lost is crops to hail.
Thanks for featuring my post, Amy!
His crops, not is! Sorry for the typo!
BOORMAN, Bill (1911-1966)
My father-in-law’s involvement in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve as a Signal Office during the Second World War. Lots of stormy weather then and there!
Mary Barbara Shartzer Bost – Hancock, Henry, and Fulton County, Ohio
Charles W WOODLEY and Lizzie GREENLEE, moved to Denver in 1897. Charles broke two horses for Denver Businessman Peter McCourt, brother of famed Baby Doe Tabor.
WASMER, Tom 1955-2014
Tom is not a relative or an ancestor but a very special friend. This is a tribute to his story of survival from Hurricane Katrina and how we met.
It was a dark and stormy night in 1813 for my ancestor Karl Nigg.
A tornado took the life of this collateral kinswoman, Nancy J. (Bailiff) Nidey, and later, that of her husband Mathias Nidey:
NOTE TO FELLOW BLOGGING PEEPS: I changed the title & related url on the above, so just I case that url takes you to a dead-end, here’s the new: https://themixthatmakesupme.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/death-by-stormy-weather-52-ancestors-10/ . 😉
Family lore says that my 3rd great grandfather, Martin Kelly, was killed on a windy day in San Francisco. Trying to prove it…well…that’s the hard parthttp://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-week-10-killed-in-a-wind-storm/
My 5X great-grandfather who survived a shipwreck in a hurricane
The wreck of The Faithful Steward
BIGNEY (nee BOULTON) Susan
William MERKEL from Germany and New York (1857-1944)
Clay SQUIRES (1840-1881) from Texas County, Missouri.
Hurricane in Tortola
HAND, John – Murdered at sea in 1661, some say by pirates
BAILEY, John – Survived the Hurricane of 1635
BUSSELL – Maude Olive (BUSSELL) KUHN – Gave Birth During a Cyclone
My “stormy weather” story is entitled “‘The long and stormy passage’: The 1823 sea voyage of Patrick Cowhey and a spirited Irish priest”. Read about the journey of my 3rd-great-grandfather from Ireland to New York at
The theme for week 10 was Stormy Weather. My 2x great grandfather was a rural schoolteacher and his school diary included notations on the weather!
This week on a photo found on an online collection:
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=822
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=623
Genealogy on my Mind
Jane Williams (1810-1882): http://carlsonandcarricofamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-2015-week-10-jane-williams.html
This week I wrote about the Storms and Trials of my father John Martin – From the Gorbals of Glasgow to Sydney Australia
I’m late with my entry this week. I wrote about my paternal great grandfather, George Habley in George Habley: Hung(a)ry for a Mystery – http://bit.ly/1x3u1D8.
I chose this week to not follow the theme. This post is about my paternal 2nd great grandmother Tina Jane Murphy Kerr of Sampson County, NC. http://www.howdidigetheremyamazinggenealogyjourney.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-2015-edition-my-2nd-great.html
I wrote about Obadiah Cookson who had stormy weather in his marriage and was noted as being not quite right in his head!
Hi Wendy! I added the link directly in your comment. Not everyone thinks to click on the name of the person.
SAMMON Ann “Jennie” – my 2nd great grandmother – and quite the confusing one! http://ancestorarchaeology.blogspot.com/2015/03/ann-sammon-colyer-so-much-conflicting.html
Giggey, Glennis Beatrice – Story she told me about the automobile that had to be pushed uphill.
RAINES, Jim – My grandpa loved his hunting dogs … this is more his dog, Stormy Judy! http://rootedinfoods.com/walker-dog-and-stormy-judy/
MARTIN, Lizzie (married name Sturkie) The short life of Lizzie Martin Sturkie http://nancyhvest.com/52-ancestors-week-10-the-short-life-of-lizzie-martin-sturkie/
ARNOLD, William (Bill) Henry (1925-2003). Bill was my father, which probably made writing this profile more difficult than for someone I’m less familiar with. I subtitled this entry “An everyday hero” because that’s how Dad always seemed to me. He somehow always had a combination of wisdom, grace, humor, and strength to meet the demands of whatever challenge came his way.
Grafting the Adcock Branch to the Howes Family Tree http://wp.me/p43WgZ-as
Giving Away Information HERE! NOT MY (direct) ANCESTORS
I admit to getting fixated on “brick walls” and ignoring the fact that fellow searchers are dealing with their own. I have many pieces of information (photos, etc) I came into and this post shares two of them.
I or my husband are collaterally related to the s 2 people in this post, but I post it here to share, maybe to help. (My own few big brick walls appear at the end of the post)
Here are the names:
ASTELS, Fletcher Blois of Canada, adopted son, & BANCROFT, Grove Graham, father of Irene Bancroft Armstrong of CA (wife of Leonard Knowles Armstrong) and husband of Etta Bowman (b in Ohio, m in Butler, PA)
D. R. Stewart, Prince Edward Island
Adele Pireaux, daughter of Belgian immigrants to Pennsylvania. http://gatheringbranches.blogspot.com/2015/03/52-ancestors-wk-10-adele-pireaux.html