A Barbour Family Easter

Happy Easter! I'm celebrating today by sharing these photos of my grandmother's family celebrating Easter in 1940 and 1941. My grandmother, Margaret "Peggy" Barbour, would have been two and three years old in these photos. She spent both Easter holidays hunting for eggs with her cousins, George and Marie Mohn. Peggy also visited her her... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Memories: Part IX

“This is Peggy Barbour Straughen and I am on my way back to Ohio from a family reunion and I thought I would report some of my childhood memories of my grandparents. As I am speaking of this, I am now 60 years old.  Let’s see…" My grandmother grew up in south-central Pennsylvania, living for... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Memories: Part VIII

“This is Peggy Barbour Straughen and I am on my way back to Ohio from a family reunion and I thought I would report some of my childhood memories of my grandparents. As I am speaking of this, I am now 60 years old.  Let’s see…” My grandmother grew up in south-central Pennsylvania, living for... Continue Reading →

Notes About the Ramby Family

This letter to my great-grandmother, Grace McKee (1887-1964), was tucked inside a notebook with several other letters. Although it is not dated, has no envelope, and is not signed with a full name, I believe it must be from her first cousin, Helen McKee (1890-1958). It could have been written in the 1940s or early... Continue Reading →

Marilynn Bell’s Life in Tweets

The theme of #genchat last night, Friday, 18 January, was Challenges of Writing Family History with guest host Lynn Palermo. If you have never participated in a Friday-night Genchat, I recommend joining in! It's a fun way to network with other genealogists. You can tune in by searching the hashtag #genchat at 10pm Eastern time... Continue Reading →

McKee Obituaries

No obituary has been found for Edwin McKee so I have written my own: Edwin McKee, of 105 Parkwood Drive, died 27 January 1925 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He was born 13 Oct 1849 in Montgomery County, Ohio to John H. and Amelia (Ramby) McKee. Edwin married Anna Irwin on 11 April... Continue Reading →

Christmas Cookies

When I was growing up one of the biggest Christmas traditions in my grandmother's household was having lots and lots of Christmas cookies. At least 7 kinds of cookies. Nothing requiring cookie cutters or frosting, oh no. Sandtarts, crescents, florentines, tiny crunchy chocolate chip, toffee bars, Reese's squares, mint bars, and sometimes more were each... Continue Reading →

A Letter from Grandmother

I recently found this letter among my grandmother's mementos and I thought it was a fun little treasure. It's the only thing I have ever seen written by my 2nd great-grandmother, Edna Earley Barbour (1875-1961). My grandmother collected stamps her whole life and I know Grandma Barbour got her started. She especially loved stamps from... Continue Reading →

“Franklin Boy Tells of Fight”

Tomorrow is Armistice Day, and not just any Armistice Day, but the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. Although I have no direct ancestors who participated in the conflict, my great-grandmother's brother, Omer Hartzell, fought in the marines in WWI. He was discharged as a corporal in the 96th company of the 6th regiment... Continue Reading →

Halloween Memories

Dad: My dad doesn't remember a lot about Halloween as a child, but he remembers going to a corn field in the fall – this was when he lived in Franklin, so under 11 years old – getting some ears of dried corn and shucking the kernels off the cob. Then they would throw the kernels... Continue Reading →

Pauline’s Cookies

Among my grandmother's things is a small well-worn notebook with a dozen or so recipes written in pencil, many are dated and attributed to names I recognize as friends or neighbors. One in particular was labeled "Pauline's Cookie Receipt." Pauline being my great-grandmother, and assuming I can attribute this recipe to her, I decided to... Continue Reading →

“Tester of Explosives Injured”

My 2nd great-grandfather, James Franklin Straughen, had many occupations during his lifetime from fisherman to carpenter and more. In 1903, he was working as a gunpowder tester at the DuPont munitions factory at Carney's Point, New Jersey. In 1903, Frank was 39 years old and had four children, who ranged in age from 13 years... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Memories: Part VII

“This is Peggy Barbour Straughen and I am on my way back to Ohio from a family reunion and I thought I would report some of my childhood memories of my grandparents. As I am speaking of this, I am now 60 years old.  Let’s see…” My grandmother grew up in south-central Pennsylvania, living for... Continue Reading →

Grandma’s Memories: Part VI

“This is Peggy Barbour Straughen and I am on my way back to Ohio from a family reunion and I thought I would report some of my childhood memories of my grandparents. As I am speaking of this, I am now 60 years old.  Let’s see…” My grandmother grew up in south-central Pennsylvania, living for... Continue Reading →

Writings of James Emlen (1792-1866)

The memorial to James Emlen, my 4th great-grandfather, which was presented by the Birmingham Monthly Meeting at the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting in 1867 consisted of twelve hand-written pages. Of these, many were only quotes from his writings. I have extracted to this page many of the passages that were included in the original memorial. If... Continue Reading →

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