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So, this is Dad and Mom. Ray is the son of Conrad Herrmann and Kate Bundock. He is the step-son of Edith Armstrong and Wally Hewitt. ...

Friday, May 27, 2016

Guess What? More Cousin Connections

Yeah, I know, I know. Getting old. But I wanted to get all the cousin connections recorded before moving on. 
I found two more from the White-Allgar branch, and there is more from the Mayhew/Mahieu branch.
Here is the two newly discovered cousins. Both are
10th Cousins 1x removed.

Christopher Reeve

David Hyde Pierce

So, let's play "catch-up" on some other cousin connections through Robert White and Bridget Allgar.

William Sidney Porter
aka O. Henry
Author of one of my favorite stories, "Gift of the Magi"
8th Cousin 4x removed

Samuel Colt
Founder of the Colt Firearm
6th Cousin 5x removed

Gordon B. Hinckley
Past President of the Church of Latter Day Saints
7th Cousin 4x removed

Joseph Farwell Glidden
Inventor of Barbed Wire
5th Cousin 4x removed

Henry Wells
Businessman involved with Wells Fargo and Co., and American Express
6th Cousin 5x removed

I do have more, but I have not added them to the family tree yet. I will post when they're added.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Some Other Interesting Cousin Connections of the White/Allgar Branch

So, before I got side-tracked on other posts, I was recording cousin connections through the Robert White and Bridget Allgar family branch.
There are a few more that I'll briefly mention now:

William Williams - Member of the Continental Congress and Signer of the Declaration of Independence.
He is my 4th Cousin, 8x removed.

Lee De Forest
Self proclaimed "Father of Radio" and "Grandfather of Televison".
Lee invented the "grid audion", an invention that formed the foundation for the Vacuum Tube Technology.
He was my 8th Cousin 4x removed.

Another 8th Cousin 4x removed is Henry Lee Higginson.
Henry founded the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Charles Gates Dawes
30th Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge
9th Cousin 2x removed.
Even though we are cousins through his Maternal Gates branch, Charles was a descendant, through his Paternal Dawes branch, of William Dawes, who rode with Paul Revere on his famous ride in 1775.

Frank Billings Kellogg
U.S. Senator, MN, Secretary of State under Calvin Coolidge
He is my 7th Cousin 4x removed.

William Earle Dodge, Sr.
Congressman, NY
Founding member of the YMCA
Native American Rights Activist
One of the "Merchant Princes" of Wall Street, pre-Civil War
Called Slavery "evil" and was considered the Essence of "Carpetbaggers".
He was my 7th Cousin 5x removed.
William's son, Charles Cleveland Dodge, is my 8th cousin 4x removed. Charles was one of the youngest Brigadier Generals during the Civil War, having attained the rank at 21 years of age.

All of these are descendants of Robert White and Bridget Allgar.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Ray and Ether Herrmann 64th Anniversary of An Anniversary

Tomorrow marks the 64th anniversary of my parents first marriage. First? Yes, first.
They met through Mom's cousin, Kjell, who was friends with Dad.
When they decided to marry, they drove to Yuma, Arizona (from San Diego), along with Aunt Millie and Uncle Ivan, Mom's brother and sister-in-law.
At Byrd's Cottage Wedding Chapel on First Street, they were married, in the presence of Aunt Millie and Uncle Ivan, by Ersel C. Byrd, Justice of the Peace.
There was one slight problem though. Years later, Dad was reading the paper and came across an article about Mr. Byrd. He wasn't a legal JoP. All the marriages he had performed through the years were illegal. Fortunately, because he had performed thousands of marriages, the State of Arizona declared all marriages performed by him as legal. Whew!
2nd Marriage
But that's not the reason they had a first marriage. 
There were a couple of rocky patches in the marriage, one resulting in a divorce in the 80s. Even though they got back together before the divorce was finalized, it still passed through the County Clerk filing. Thus, the second marriage on the 6th of April, 1985 in Pine Valley, CA. 
So, they were married, then they weren't, then they were, then they weren't, then they were.
Only in our family.
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A New Find for Herman Sjoholm

I ran across this on the University of Linkoping's website.

Böteslängderna för Linköping (1800-1900) och Norrköping (1832-1894)

The original transcribed record:

Häktade Sjömannen och Målaregesällen Herman Justus Sjöholm
Stad: Linköping
Boställe: Dinbo Socken Skaraborgs Län
Paragraf i protkoll: -
Nummer i protokoll: 328
Källa: Landsarkivet i Vadstena AIIIa:27
Förseelse: för första resan stöld
Domdatum: 1876-09-25
Straff: Straffarbete
Anmärkning: Som Swaranden, hwilka, efter hwad upplyst och medgifwet är, undergått bestraffning för andra resan snatteri, genom egen friwillig bekännelse är förwunnen att natten emellan den 11 och 12 i denna månad i Målaren J. T. O. Dawidssons werkstadsrum här i Staden hafwa olofligen sig tillegnat målaregesällen F. W. Högström tillhörige en ytterråck af doffel, ett silfwercylinderuhr och en mössa, bland hwilka till Sextioen kronor 50 öre wärderade saker endast uhret och mössan tillrättakommit och blifwit återställde till Målsegaren, som icke fordrat ersättning för den förskingrade råcken; Alltså och i förmågo af 20 Capitlet 1 och 18 §§ i Strafflagen samt Kongl. Förordningen den 31 October 1873, pröfwar RådstufwuRätten rättwist döma honom, Herman Justus Sjöholm, att, för första resan stöld af gods till förenämnde wärde, hållas till straffarbete i Fyra månader och wara förlustig medborgerligt förtroende under en tid af tre år utöfwer strafftiden....

A Google Translation as good as it will get:                                          

The sailor arrested and Målaregesällen Herman Justus Sjöholm
City: Linkoping
Boställe: Dinbo Parish Skaraborg
Section of protocols: -
Number in minutes: 328
Source: Regional Archives in Vadstena AIIIa: 27
Misdemeanor: for the first trip theft
Domdatum: 1876-09-25
Penalty: Penalty Work
Note: As Swaranden, hwilka after hwad enlightened and medgifwet is undergoing punishment for the second trip shoplifting, through self friwillig confession is förwunnen that night between the 11 and 12 of this month in the painter JTO Dawid's werkstadsrum this city hafwa Olof writing to the gnat målaregesällen FW Högström tillhörige a ytterråck of doffel, a silfwercylinderuhr and a cap, among hwilka to sixty crowns 50 ore wärderade things only uhret and cap grips come and blifwit restored to Målsegaren, non claimed compensation for the embezzled railings; Thus, and in förmågo of 20 Capitlet §§ 1 and 18 of the Penal Code and the Royal. Regulation of 31 October 1873, pröfwar RådstufwuRätten rättwist judge him, Herman Justus Sjöholm, that, for the first trip theft of goods to the before mentioned Warde, kept to hard labor for four months and wara forfeits civic trust for a period of three years utöfwer sentence ... .

Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day

I missed a lot of Mom's in the family, mostly because I didn't have the pics of them that fit in the theme of the vid. I chose random themed photo's, some of them my favorites.