Jun 202009

Tonight Lisa looks outside about 9 PM and notices a cute little deer baby out on the lawn. As I walk over to look I see another one – both very young, and “oh so cute” with their spots.

Two Bambis

Two Bambis

About a week ago I’d seen a single Bambi and Mum out in the wildflower “prairie” we have planted over the septic hill but it wasn’t the same as these ones which are even smaller. Continue reading »

Jun 182009

Yesterday in my partial stupor of fever and other side effects induced by an insect bite, that looks likely it was a deer tick bite with the ensuing Lyme Disease I watched “Gods and Generals” – the first of the 3 epic parts of the book series by Jeffrey Shaara and his father Michael Shaara that covers the Civil War. Some years ago I had seen Gettysburg which was from the book by his father. Gods and Generals was written as a prequel to this.

The last major battle portrayed in Gods and Generals is The Battle of Chancellorsville which Lisa’s great great grandfather Frederick Heinrich Tönsing took part in as a Private in Company B of the 107th Ohio Volunteer Infantry – an all German outfit, with initially at least all German Officers that was raised in Cleveland during the Summer of 1862. Later in the War the German (speaking) Officers were replaced with English (speaking) Officers.

The Flying Dutchmen

The Flying Dutchmen

Frederick Heinrich Tönsing was born in Germany in 1841 and emigrated to the United States in 1857 arriving at Baltimore, and then moving to Cleveland. He enlisted for the Civil War in August of 1862. He was injured by a sabre cut to his hand at the Battle of Chancellorsville in early May 1863. He moved with his unit to Gettysburg and took part in the Battle of Gettysburg on the first day – July 1st 1863 – and was shot in the upper thigh by a minnie ball which required amputation of his right leg very near the top of the leg.

The overall impression from his Civil War Pension file was that he spent the rest of his life until 1918 arguing with the Veterans Adminstration that his pension was insufficient, and that the artificial legs they provided were of no use because the stump was too short for him to be able to wear the legs.

Frederick Heinrich Tönsing’s page on Lisa’s genealogy can be found here.

In 2006, while on a trip to Richmond, Virginia for the Clan Moffat Society AGM we visited the site of the Battle of Chancellorsville for a morning on our way back home, touring the area, and visiting the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Visitor Center at Chancellorsville.

Lisa reading a Descriptive Sign

Lisa reading a Descriptive Sign

Apart from an eery sense (but likely VERY far from the reality) of what must have happened there 143 years earlier, we came home with 2 acorns picked up under a giant oak tree which we’ve “hatched” and now have 2 small oak trees here on our place in Caledonia.

The Mighty Oak at Chancellorsville

The Mighty Oak at Chancellorsville

Perhaps Frederick had seen this same oak tree when he was there.

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Jun 172009

During February 2008 I spent a couple of weeks furiously researching the genealogy of a friend of my wife’s from her work. Pat is a descendant of slaves that lived in Mississippi, and the occasion was “Granny’s” 91st birthday (Granny is Pat’s mother), with a big celebration planned for her at her home in Copiah County, Mississippi in March of 2008.

Granny’s Gathering Place

Pat knew enough about her ancestry to point me in the right directions – helped immensely by the fact that I could find her mother listed in both the 1920 and 1930 Censuses.

Once I’d pushed the various families back as far as I could with the US Census Population Schedules, one of the other things I did was pore over the slave schedules and search results from Ancestry.com for both the 1850 and 1860 Slave Censuses of Copiah County trying to see if I could find these families as slave groups with any of the slave owners in Copiah County.

In order to help with that I came up with these 4 pages – 2 each for 1850 and 1860 that show the slave owner names, and the ages of their slaves as enumerated. One list is in slaveowner alphabetic order, the other is in enumeration order, which might be helpful in determining neighbours.

1850 Copiah Co., Mississippi – Slave Owners Alphabetical
1850 Copiah Co., Mississippi – Slave Owners Enumeration Order
1860 Copiah Co., Mississippi – Slave Owners Alphabetical
1860 Copiah Co., Mississippi – Slave Owners Enumeration Order

One of Pat’s ancestors that I’m fairly confident I found the slave owner for (the assumption made is that the slave took her owner’s surname upon Emancipation) is Harriet Harrel (one of Pat’s great grandmothers) – born in North Carolina about 1848. The 1860 Slave Schedule lists a Martha Harroll as the Owner of a 13 year old female slave, and there is an 1866 Marriage Record for Harriett Harrel to George Lynch, and in the 1870 Census George Lynch and Harriett have 3 children.

Martha Harroll herself on the 1860 Population Schedule lists the birthplace of her and her children, including a 1 year old as North Carolina, which means that by 1860 this family had only recently moved from North Carolina to Copiah Co., Mississippi, bringing with them only the 1 female slave. Investigations continue to try and find this family in North Carolina in 1850.

I hope you find the lists useful 🙂

Jun 142009

So it seems I’m behind on things – I have several posts running around inside my head, but committing them to electrons seems to be more difficult, although 2 posts managed to escape my cerebrum this afternoon…

I hope over the next week or so to post more pictures and commentary from our trip to Bar Harbor and Mount Washington, and I’ve got the pictures from Thursday’s arthroscopic surgery on my knee scanned, but that’s as far as that got…

And I have plenty of back posts to attempt to make on genealogy and travel matters and yard and garden…

Having published 2 posts today I have to say I’m even more in awe of those who publish mulitple posts every day than I was before!!!!!

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Jun 142009

So what does one do when faced with long journeys in a car?

For the last several long road trips away the silence has been filled by playing PodCasts from my iPod through the car stereo using an adapter that feeds the output from the iPod into the AUX button on the car stereo. (A GM9-AUX is what is needed for GM Cars from 1995-2003 like our 2002 Camaro. MUCH better than the iTrip I’d used previously to broadcast an FM signal to the car radio). Continue reading »

Jun 142009

What a surprise a week ago to find a couple of comments on my very new blog waiting my moderation that weren’t spam, but were instead telling me I’d been nominated for a “Puckerbrush Blog Award for Excellence”. Thanks very much to Delia Furrer for this unexpected recognition – now I have to try and live up to this 🙂

Puckerbrush Award

The Puckerbrush Award

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Jun 052009

So we’re home after the trip out east to Newark, Delaware and Bar Harbor, Maine…

Travel Days were:

  • 24 May pm – Caledonia to New Stanton, Pennsylvania – abt 440 miles;
  • 25 May am – New Stanton, PA to Newark, Delaware – abt 245 miles;
  • 27 May all day – Newark, DE to Bar Harbor, Maine – abt 625 miles in 12 1/2 hours;
  • 2 June am –  Bar Harbor, ME  to the Mount Washington Cog Railway 255 miles in abt 5 1/2 hours, then to the summit of Mt Washington and back by Cog Railway;
  • 2 June pm Mt Washington Cog Railway to Latham, New York (very near to Albany, New York) 216 miles in about 5 1/2 hours – a very long day!!!!!!;
  • 3 June all day – Latham, NY to Bowling Green, Ohio – abt 620 miles in 10 1/2 hours;
  • 4 June pm – after 7 1/2 hours in the Jerome Library on genealogy research – abt 200 miles back to Caledonia in abt 3 /12 hours.

Total travelling about 2,650 miles.

We spent 26 May in Newark, and then 28 May to 1 May in Bar Harbor where we did some local travelling around to Deer Island, Schoodic Head, and Cadillac Mountain and Acadia National Park which added another 270 or so miles.

Total mileage run 2,916, which used 105 gallons of fuel, which ranged in price/gallon from $2.22 in New Jersey to $2.96 back home in Caledonia.

So the number Don is waiting for is 27.76 mpg. Best run was 445 miles from somewhere in New York state back to Caledonia – 30.1 mpg. Worst run was all the mileage run around Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park – 24.3 mpg.

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