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text 2018-07-05 17:05
More photos!

This is the project that doesn't require any time outside or in the studio or in the workshop.  I can stay where it's cool!

 

 

This is labeled "Uncle Arthur's Summer Camp."  Taken early 1890s.

 

From the left:  George Joel Wheeler (1860-1911) was my grandfather's father.  Seated in the print dress Grandma Wheeler, Pamelia (Turner) Wheeler (1821-1903), was George's mother. Cousin Louis (in hat) is Louis Arthur Wheeler (1878-1960), my grandfather's cousin.  Uncle Arthur Leroy Wheeler (1851-1930) was George's brother. Aunt Sarah is Sarah (Crow) Wheeler (1854-1941), Arthur's wife and Louis's mother.  Nina Wheeler (1884-1968) was Louis's sister.  Mabel is Mabel Pamela Wheeler (1889-1968), George Joel's daughter.  She's my Great-aunt Mabel who compiled and labeled all the photos, my grandfather's older sister.  "Mother" is Mabel's mother, Alphronia (Drury) Wheeler (1865-1946), my great-grandmother.  Charles is Charles Joel Wheeler (1885-1941), Mabel's and my grandfather's older brother, and therefore my dad's uncle.  My grandfather wasn't born until 1901, so several years after this photo was taken.

 

Until I scanned this photo and began figuring out just who everyone was, I didn't realize that Pamelia Turner was in it.  Then when I put in the dates, I realized she was born almost 200 years ago! I have a spoon that, according to legend, she cut her teeth on, literally.  There are small dents in the bowl supposedly from her teeth.  It's badly tarnished and I should clean it up and seal it.  I was able to get a couple of fairly decent photos, including one with her name -- it's Pamelia, not Pamela -- engraved on the handle.  The metal is very soft and bends almost to the touch.  I don't know how it survived a baby's teething!

 

 

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text 2018-06-30 17:16
I woke up with the worst stiff neck in maybe forever

I almost couldn't get out of bed.  Unfortunately, I have too much work to do to baby it, so I'll just power through, I guess.

 

The list of things I wanted to do while BF is out of town keeps growing, but I'm actually getting a few small items crossed off the list.

 

I did find some photos of Topsy, the first of my grandparents' Chihuahuas, but they aren't good photos.  So here's one of me (sort of) with an unnamed dog.  That's me on the right with my mom, my grandmother in the middle with the puppy.  I have no idea who the other children are.  Taken in front of my grandparents' home on Owen Avenue, Edison Park, IL, 1950/51.

 

EDITED TO ADD:  I believe the address of the house is 6921 N. Owen Avenue.  From what I can determine via Google Maps Street View, the brick house next door is still there, and my grandparents' house is, too, though somewhat altered, which isn't surprising given it's been close to 70 years since they sold it.

 

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text 2018-06-30 02:47
Update on the Birthday Book
The genealogical and encyclopedic history of the Wheeler family in America - American College of Genealogy,Albert Gallatin Wheeler

This photo completely confused me.  The names were in the birthday book, but they weren't quite right.  So I did some looking around online.

 

 

Sarah Drury McMurtrie (on the left) was my great-grandmother's sister, but she was only listed in the birthday book under her married name, unlike almost all the rest of the women.  And the fact that there were so many Drurys got me confused, until I did some online research and discovered that there were TEN children born to Richard and Ann Colbert Drury.  I don't know yet how many of those ten have surviving photos in my collection, but I have a feeling it's a bunch of them.  These, of course, are collateral branches, and when you start out with ten of them, they spread very quickly!

 

Ann Colbert Drury (Grandma Drury, on the right) was born in 1829.  I think I have her marriage certificate in my files.

 

This photo can be dated to 1889, since that's when Percy McComb was born.

 

I flatly refuse to fall down the rabbit hole of genealogical research, at least not beyond what's readily on hand or available with quick online searches.  I've been able to fill in a lot of gaps from the birthday book and correct a few errors, too.  This is helping me more completely identify the photos, which is my real objective.

 

I'm not sure how far back the Gerrie line on my grandmother's side goes.  Her grandfather, Forbes Gerrie, was born in 1830 in Scotland, but I think I have some records that go back a little further than that.

 

The Drury branch goes back to Richard Drury, who married Ann Colbert, and he was born in 1820.

 

One of the difficulties, of course, is that these are all very common names, so without specific dates or documentation, it would be nearly impossible to go back much further.

 

The Wheeler side is documented a bit more, going back to one Joseph Wheeler born in 1767, probably around Litchfield, Connecticut.  I was able to find a scanned copy of The Wheeler Family in America online and filled in few names, and then it occurred to me to see if it was available in a digital edition.

 

Ha!  And only $1.99! 

 

It's an OCR scanned version with gazillions of errors no one bothered to fix, which is the same as the various versions online.  I had already grabbed screen shots of the most relevant pages, but there are some of those side branches that I still need to fill in, so I figured it was worth two bucks.

 

And that way I don't feel so bad about posting old family photos on BookLikes!

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text 2018-06-29 19:05
The birthday book

Today's task is to enter all the names and dates and relationships from Mom Grace's birthday book into a spreadsheet so I can put everyone in alphabetical order.

 

Oh, and I'm watering the plants, too.  We haven't had significant rain since September or October.

 

 

 

Faint notes in pencil are mine.

 

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text 2018-06-29 00:21
Dogs, part 2, plus Norman

Norman Peterson was my great grandmother's younger brother, born in 1886.

 

 

When I first saw the following photograph, I didn't know who for sure it was.  It looked like other pictures I had seen of Norman, but fortunately, my dad had written on the back of this postcard and confirmed that identification.  I should check the address and see if there's still a house there.  It's a shame, though, that the stamp is so badly torn.

 

 

What I didn't know until I scanned the photo and opened it in the (basic) editing software was that someone else was in the scene!

 

 

So I enhanced it just a bit before posting here.  "Congratulations from all Chicagoans."

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