Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Walking on Wednesday: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

That's where we spent the day. It was constructed between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild* after she fell in love with the region following a visit to a seaside villa built by a cousin of her husband.**

The Villa Ephrussi, designed in the Venetian style, is a treasure house filled top to bottom with beautiful things.







But although we toured the house, we were really there to see the grounds, classified as
one of the Notable Gardens of France. There are nine themed gardens including Florentine, Spanish, Japanese and French. And as you stroll along the many paths the views of the Mediterranean continually appear.









[All photos from my personal collection]


*Both of Beatrice's parents were both members of French Rothschild banking family and her husband Maurice Ephrussi came from another wealthy banking clan.
**Villa Kerylos which was built in the antique Greek style.



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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cousin Donald Nielsen Worked at The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

This guy is my 1st cousin 2x removed, which is a fairly close relative. Donald's mother was Nora (Webb) Nielsen, sister to my great grandmother Anna Delilah (Webb) Slater.

Donald's obituary (published in The Canon City Daily Record on Nov. 25, 2011 and at Legacy.com)
Donald Dean Nielsen, 84, passed on November 24, 2011, in the comfort of his home with his family by his side 
Don's life was filled with many successes. His experiences, knowledge & wisdom came from a life well lived. Don's life partner & wife of 51 years Rosella T. Nielsen preceded him in death in 2002. They owned & operated the Sky Valley Motel for 26 years, where they raised & nurtured their family. In his retirement years, Don worked full time as the Senior Incline Operator at the Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, CO. Don excelled in his professional trade as a Heavy & Highway Superintendent building & engineering many of Colorado's highways & bridges. His skills and talents led him to be a part of building the infamous NORAD in Colo. Springs, CO
He proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division, "The Big Red One", stationed in Germany during the Korean War. Prior to his military service, Don was a Singer Sewing Machine Rep & Repair man in the South Dakota/Nebraska area. 
Don was born on May 22, 1927, in Verdigre, Nebraska. He believed in honest hard work, loved a good cigar and a good running truck. He loved prospecting and would trek for miles, deep into the Colorado mountains. 
Don was a dedicated father. Family life was a priority for him. 
We, his children, honor his life and strive to live our lives ever grateful & mindful of his...[list of family members] 
A sincere thank you to all our dear family, friends & Fremont Regional Hospice who assisted in this last year of our father's life. We are eternally grateful. 
Daddy, you are forever cherished. Thanks for being our Dad! Rest in peace & comfort, our beloved father. 
Funeral will be held in his home church, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 801 Sheridan Ave, Canon City, CO. Visitation 10:00 till 11:00 a.m., prior to Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2011, Pastor Robert Kippley officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City. Reception will follow interment at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.

Sounds like a great guy!

Some videos (I had them directly on this page, but then I got a weird error message and here are the links):
Royal Gorge Bridge


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Monday, October 15, 2018

RePost: Monday Is for Mothers: Hannah M. Leonard & her Mother, Jemima White

This is the first post for Monday Is for Mothers way back on October 13, 2013. (I don't think we know any more about Hannah and her mother than we did then.)

Here is a portrait of my great great great grandparents, Porter Worden and Hannah M. Leonard; the earliest of my ancestors that I've seen a photograph of. Both of them were born in New York State in the second decade of the 19th century, where they got married in 1838. It was most likely taken in Iowa, where they moved in 1853 and where they are to be found in subsequent censuses, although they apparently also lived in Missouri and Nebraska at times.

[Photo courtesy of Olive Slater-Kennedy]

From the style of her dress, I think this photo was taken in the early 1860s (or possibly the late 1850s). Although her husband looks like he just showed up for the photographer, Hannah has taken some pains to look her best. She's wearing a broach with three white stones or pearls attached to her stiff white collar; her earrings are hoops that may have something longer hanging from them; there appears to be a ring on one hand and a handkerchief or gloves held in the other.

Probate records have confirmed that Hannah's father was Isaac Leonard who was born in Montgomery County, New York, about 1780 and died in Jefferson County, New York, near the end of 1862 and whose will is recorded there.

[Source: Seeking Michigan website, owned and operated by the Michigan History Foundation, all rights reserved]


It's her mother that's been the mystery here because she appears to have died before the 1840 U.S. Census and of course never appeared as more than a tick mark in those earlier censuses. From the death certificate of one of her other daughters, Cynthia (Leonard) Belcher, we learned that her name was Jemima White, always assuming that the information written there is correct. (I would like to confirm the name through other sources, but haven't been able to.)




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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sunday Drive - Automobile Club de Côte D’Azuré, October 14, 2018

 During our walk through old Nice today we happened on a car show being held next to the beach sponsored by the local auto club. Here are some of the cars we saw.





[From my personal collection]



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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Legacy 9 Has An Update (But Mapping Is Not Fixed, Yet)




Legacy 9 now has an update (changes/fixes listed here).  They haven't fixed the mapping problem but at least they now acknowledge the problem officially.



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Friday, October 12, 2018

From the Probate Files: William Richardson - Anne Arundel County, Maryland - 1698

I wasn't able to locate a scan of eighth great grandfather  William Richardson Senior's will but here's a transcript of it:

[Descendants of Richard & Elizabeth (Ewen) Talbott of Popular Knowle, West River, Anne Arundel County, Maryland' 
Ida M. Snirk, author. Genealogical Publishing Com, 2009. Source: Google books.]


Although William stated in this 1691 document that he was "sick and weak of body" he didn't die for another 7-1/2 years as it wasn't  presented for probate until 1698.

He made specific bequests of land to his two younger sons Daniel and Joseph, a smaller tract to his daughter Sophia, and his eldest son William (Junior) was granted permission to use land that was part of his widow Elizabeth's plantation known as Watkins his Hope "always provided that he makes use be not prejudicial to his mother." Since no tract of land was left to William by this will I think it's almost certain that William, who seems to have been his only child to have attained his majority, had already been provided for.

William remembered his step-children, leaving a cow calf to each of them. He also bequeathed a heifer to his daughter-in-law. The remainder of his estate after all the bequests was to be divided into three parts with his widow receiving her choice of them and the rest being divided into four parts shared equally between his four children.

Five pounds "Sterling money" was left to "the stock in Friends called Quakers" within three years of his decease.

I think the most interesting part of his will is what his intentions were for "the three negro children* that I have given and bequeathed to my children, called by the names of Chargoe, Mary and Susan, shall serve until they attain the ages of fifty years and then be set free." I wonder if that happened.

*Daughter Sophia was bequeathed Mary, C[h]argoe was left to son Joseph and Susan was to be given to his grandson William Richardson.



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Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Snapshot of My Work in Progress: Hashtags

So far I have 48 "Farm Laborers" and 220 "Farmers." Snapshot from my Legacy 9 family tree file.
Tomorrow is National Farmer's Day, and I was curious just how many farmers I have tagged so far: 220.  I didn't even count the ones who have a known specialization in farming.  It is the single most common occupation for people in my tree, and thus far I have only tagged people in the 19th and 20th centuries.  This is totally unsurprising.

The most common other single category is "Teacher" (I have 83 so far!).  Salesmen, bookkeepers, and clerks are not far behind in the list of common professions.


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