Thursday, September 18, 2014

Glacier Star - Technique 4 Progress Report

By Tuesday night I had finished half of the Snowflake blocks -

And then by Wednesday night I finished the other half -

Now all that is left is to sew the two pieces together -

It should look roughly like this -

And then I need to sew each one to the end of these -

Tonight I was working on trying to put pictures in tomorrow's blog post my cousin did for her mother - sometime Blogger is just a little unfriendly.  I hope to sew these together and then piece them to the end of the other two blocks tomorrow night.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

52 Ancestors - #37 Edwin Monroe Tucker - A Little Brother Lost

When Franklin Harrison Usher and Georgianna Katherine Ragan Tucker ran off together on January 21, 1897 they took Annie and William Tucker’s baby Edwin Monroe Tucker with them (he was 8 ½ months old – born May 7, 1896) and left Henry (7 years old) and Alvie (5 years old) home alone. They left Silver Creek, Lewis County, Washington and headed to Del Norte County, California where they later married. William Tucker was awarded custody of all three boys but Annie never brought Edwin back. William Tucker did not see Edwin again until he had grown up.

In 1900 Frank and Annie Usher were living at Columbia City, Columbia, Oregon with one year old Sidney and four year old Edwin. Three sisters were also born but one died at six months, one at two and one at age three. Their fifth child and fourth daughter Clara Ella Usher was born on December 1, 1907 at Houlton, on the Yankton Road, Columbia, Oregon. Houlton is now part of St. Helens, Oregon. In April 1910 they are living on their own farm in Columbia County, Oregon. Ed is not listed with the Usher’s on the 1910 Census. Ed’s youngest brother George LeRoy Usher was born on August 4, 1910. Ed was raised as an Usher with the Usher name. Edwin did not find out he wasn’t an Usher until he was almost grown up and was very upset about it.

Ed Tucker on the left

On June 5, 1917, Ed was 21 years old and living back in Lewis County. He was working for the Onalaska Lumber Company in Onalaska, Washington as a logger. On his draft registration card he is listed as tall with a stout build, blue eyes, and light brown hair. He registered in Salkum (near Silver Creek), Lewis County, Washington. 

 Ed Tucker

Ed entered the service on March 2, 1918 and was part of 4 Company Casual Detachment of ASSC (Air Section, Signal Corps) until March 19, 19018.  He then went to the Headquarters Detachment (Stillwater, King County, Washington) 416 Aero Squadron Construction 1 BAP (Bureau of Aircraft Production which was part of the Spruce Production Division) until July 16, 1918 when it became Detachment 33 Spruce Squadron. While in the Spruce Division, Ed worked at getting out Spruce tree logs to be made into airplanes. It is very tough wood. According to Finn J.D. John of Oregon State University, “at least one out of three Allied fighter planes built during 1918 were made primarily with Oregon spruce. The wood is extremely rigid and lightweight. Furthermore, as it turned out, it wouldn’t shatter when hit with a rifle bullet. Early plane builders had discovered that old-growth spruce especially Sitka spruce was the best wood to use. Germany had access to Norway spruce and the Allies had massive stands of Sitka spruce on the Central Oregon Coast.” The second largest stand of Sitka spruce was located in Clallam County, Washington with other stands located throughout Washington, California, and Alaska.

In September 1918 the 33rd Spruce Detachment moved to Everett, Washington. On September 24, 1918, Anna Usher wrote Ed’s brother Alva a letter while he was stationed at Aviation Camp 2, 866 Aero Squadron at Garden City, Long Island, New York. Anna asks her son, “Did Edwin send you a picture of his sweetheart. She looks to be a dandy fine girl. They tell me she is a good Christian and that will help Edie to be a better boy as there is a lot in the company one keeps.”


 Ed was with the 33rd Spruce Detachment in Everett, Washington until October 1, 1918. He was made a Corporal on November 13, 1918 and was discharged on December 20, 1918. The 33rd Spruce Squadron had 11 officers and 206 enlisted men.  They were part of the Puget Sound area which had a total of 35 Spruce Squadrons, 140 officers and 4,736 enlisted men. There were also 27 Spruce Squadrons in Grays Harbor County with 173 officers and 5,251 enlisted men.  Oregon had 55 Spruce Squadrons with 193 officers and 7,388 enlisted men (a thank you to Bob Swanson for the statistics on the Spruce Squadrons.)      

Verna and Ed

In Spokane, Washington on the 3rd of November, 1921 Edwin M. Tucker and Violet G. Capiske both of Deer Park, Washington were married by Reverend Father Leo Simon. Ed was 25 years old and Verna, as she was called, was 24.

On November 20, 1921 Ed wrote his brother Alvie – “Dear Bro Alva –Will try to drop you a few lines to see if you are still on the face of the map. Today is Sunday and there is snow on the ground and twelve below. Last night Verna and I were out to a card party and while going I thought I’d freeze before we ever got there. Still plugging away at the Deer Park Lumber Company; firing on the night shift. Things seem to begin though to look better here although wage two forty low to three bucks but living doesn’t seem to reduce any. Our grocery bill is twenty five to thirty dollars a month just two of us – paying fifteen for a house.”

Verna and Ed 1924

At some point Ed and Verna move to 5704 84th SE, Portland, Oregon. They appeared in the 1924 City Directory where he is listed as a mechanic. Ed’s brother Alva died on May 27, 1927 when the tugboat he was on sunk during a storm. Alvie was just 35 years old. Six months later Ed’s eldest brother William Henry Tucker died November 30, 1927 of appendicitis during surgery in Seattle, Washington. Henry was 38 years old.

In the 1930 US Census taken on April 11, 1930, Ed’s occupation is listed as Hoisting Engineer in General Construction. Verna’s occupation is listed as a presser for a steam laundry. They are both unemployed. According to the 1930 Portland City Directory, they are living at 630 Brooklyn and he had found work as a labor foreman. Their only child Edwin Monroe Tucker Jr. was born on July 6, 1932.

Ed’s father William John Tucker died on March 1, 1933. His father’s obituary did not mention him. His half sister Calla Lilly Tucker was the only other child left.

Ed and Verna are still in Portland in 1935. In the 1937 Portland City Directory they are living at 1624 SE Brooklyn, Portland, Oregon.  He was listed as an engineer.

 1937 Verna and Ed

In the 1940 US Census the family is listed as having lived in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon on April 1, 1940.  Edwin does not have a job and is seeking work having been unemployed for eight weeks. He lists himself as an Engineer in a sugar refinery. He had worked for 26 weeks and made $400. At the time of the census on April 5, 1940 the family is actually living in Nyssa, Malheur County, Oregon. Nyssa is located on the Snake River on the Idaho border. The Amalgamated Sugar Company (White Satin brand) was the principal employer in Nyssa. In 1942, during World War II, Japanese Americans who had been removed from their West Coast homes worked in a farm labor camp outside Nyssa.
Ed and Verna

In the Fourth Draft Registration (old man’s registration) of World War II held on April 27, 1942 Edwin lists himself as 46 years old – he is now living in Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon and working for the Pendleton Police Department.

In the 1946 Pendleton City Directory, Verna and Ed are living at 100 SE 16th. Ed is listed as an engineer with Henry George and Sons, a construction company. In the 1948 Directory he is listed as a carpenter.

Verna died July 19, 1949 of cancer in Pendleton, Umatilla County, Oregon and is buried in the Catholic Section of Olney Cemetery.

On October 8, 1949 at Bothell, King County, Washington Edwin M. Tucker of County of Umatilla, Oregon married Marie S. Loy of the city of Petersburg, Alaska. Ed and Marie had known each other years before. They had fallen in love when they were very young and wanted to get married, but their parents objected so they broke up and each eventually married someone else. After Ed’s wife Verna died, Ed wrote Marie’s sister to check on Marie and to ask if Marie was still married and if she was married not to say anything to her. Marie was available and they got together and decided to get married. They lived in Seattle for some time and also in Pendleton, Oregon.

Marie and Ed
February 1950

March 12, 1977 – day after sister Calla’s 78th birthday
Calla, Marie, and Ed

My mother said that “Uncle Ed was great with us kids, always kidding us – he had such a beautiful smile.” My Uncle Arnold said, “Uncle Ed was another super guy, I was around him quite a lot. His first wife was Verna, a very lovely, soft-spoken woman. Ed’s second wife was Marie, a very good woman who was very good to Uncle Ed. She was killed in a car accident while out on an errand for them.”

Marie died on November 8, 1977 when the car she was driving collided with a second vehicle in an intersection about two miles east of Everett, Washington. On May 6, 1979 Edwin died in while in a nursing home in Seattle – he would have turned 83 years old the next day.  He and Marie are both buried in Seattle.

Monday, September 8, 2014

52 Ancestors - #36 Jane Elizabeth Wilkins -Where Are All Her People?

Where are all Jane’s people and who are they?

I have known for some time that her parents were John Wilkins and Elizabeth Kelly and that they had emigrated from England. I know that Jane was born in New York State in April of 1838.

I have recently found a John and Elizabeth Wilkins who arrived in the Port of New York from England on June 21, 1831. Their ages fit my John and Elizabeth. In the 1850 Census Jane is listed as fourteen years old and living with her father age 51 and mother age 56. They are living in Evans, Erie County, New York. My recent search has also found additional family members of Jane. In the 1855 New York Census Jane is 17 and living with her older sister Lucinda who is 23, Lucinda’s husband Henry Bean and their one year old son John S. Bean. Also in the 1855 New York Census Jane’s parents John and Elizabeth have their daughter Mary Ann Johnson and her two year old son John Johnson living with them along with a three year old grandson Benjamin Wilkins. They are all in Evans, Erie County, New York. In the 1860 Census grandson Benjamin is still living with his grandparents John and Elizabeth Wilkins.

Jane Wilkins married George Riches in about 1855 in New York. George and Jane’s daughter Elizabeth was born in 1857 and Anna Jane was born July 9, 1861. Their third daughter, my great grandmother, Martha Matilda or Mattie, as she was known, was born in New York State on February 17, 1863.

Sometime after 1863, the Riches family moved from New York and was living in Waterville, Pepin, Wisconsin where their daughter Olive was born in 1867 (possibly July 28th.)  George and Jane’s first son Edward Thomas Riches was born July 28, 1872. There was also another son George Bell born on June 20, 1875 at Round Hill, Pepin County, Wisconsin who died just before he was three years old on March 26, 1878 of diphtheria.

In June 1880 the Riches family was still living in Waterville, Pepin, Wisconsin and George is working as a farm laborer.  At that time, George’s 82 year old father-in-law John Wilkins was living with them. Twelve year old Olive and eight year old Edward are still at home while the daughters, Elizabeth, Anna, and Mattie are all married.

On August 23, 1889, 17 year old son Edward Thomas Riches married Mary (Maime) Gongia. George and Jane’s daughter Olive died after the birth of her third child in 1890.

Members of the Riches family then moved to Washington State from Wisconsin. Anna Jane, her husband Charles Atkinson and family, and Edward and his wife Mary and family settled in Elma, Washington some time before June 18, 1900. On June 20, 1900 George and Jane are living in Mentor, Clark, Wisconsin and their late daughter Olive’s three children are living with them while their father works out of town.

Sometime between June 20, 1900 and July 12, 1903, George and Jane also moved out to Washington with Olive’s husband William Patton and their three children. Mattie and her husband JT followed his father James out to Washington State and settled in the Jackson Prairie/Mary’s Corner area of Lewis County on a farm in 1903.

George Riches died July 12, 1903 in Rayville, Chehalis County (now Grays Harbor County), Washington from complications due to bad kidneys. George was 68 years old. He is buried at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Elma, Grays Harbor, Washington.

Jane remarried on September 24, 1908 to Barton Koontz of Chehalis and was living in Elma, Grays Harbor County, when she died on July 6, 1911. Jane was 72.

So where are all Jane’s people and who are they? I did end up finding two sisters Lucinda and Mary Ann. Her nephew Benjamin may lead to a brother. I have not been able to find anything more about the sisters or their children. I can find nothing more about Elizabeth Kelly and her family or John Wilkins family.

Great great great grandparents: John Wilkins/Elizabeth Kelly

Great great grandparents: Jane Wilkins/George Riches

Great grandparents: Martha Matilda Riches/Jefferson Thomas Graves

Grandparents: Effa Belle Graves/Alva Ashbury Tucker

Parents: E. Rosalie Tucker/Lionell Burris Mitchell

Sunday, September 7, 2014

52 Ancestors - #35 Samuel Graves and his Descendants – First of My Graves Family in America

There is a great website and organization for anyone from the Graves Family. It is the Graves Family Association. They have researched the surname of Graves, Greaves, Grave, Grieve, Greve, and all other variations of that name for all time periods, worldwide.
The information I have on my ancestor, Samuel Graves (genealogy 83), and some of his descendents is from the Graves Family Association. Originally, there was “speculation that Samuel Graves was from King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England based mainly on the supposition that Lynn, MA, was named for King’s Lynn by one or more of the early settlers.  That connection is now supported by the Graves DNA results.  King’s Lynn is about 25 miles southeast of Boston. DNA analysis of descendants has shown that Samuel Graves was from the same family as Herbert Fletcher Graves of Lincolnshire (genealogy 428).  That family lived at Chapel Hill and New York, Lincolnshire, about 8-10 miles northwest of Boston, Lincolnshire.”

“Samuel Graves was born in England.  He came to America about 1630, possibly as part of the Endicott group of 1628 or the Winthrop fleet of 1630.  According to one account, he sailed from Southampton, England in the early spring of 1630 to New England.

He took up residence at Lynn, Mass., on the turnpike west of Floating Bridge, and the neighborhood in which he lived was called "Graves End" or "Gravesend" for more than 200 years.  It is now known as Glenmere.

The first homestead was taken down in 1648 and the present one (as of 1900) erected, which has been from time to time remodeled, but still retains the appearance of old-time architecture.  The house was still occupied by descendants of the original settler, and Mrs. Jane Mansfield, a granddaughter of Rand Graves, celebrated her 99th birthday in the old place on 3 Dec. 1900.

Samuel Graves was a farmer and a man of wealth.  In 1635 he gave about 300 pounds for the support of the Colonial Government.  He had three sons, all born in England between 1620 and 1630.” His sons were Thomas Graves born in about 1620, Mark born in about 1623, and Samuel born about 1628.

My ancestor Mark Graves’ first wife was Amy and they were married in around 1648. He and Amy had nine children. Amy died in 1665. He then married my ancestor next. “He lived in Lynn, Mass. until about 1658, when he moved to Andover.  He secondly married Elizabeth Knights, daughter of William and Elizabeth Knights of Lynn, on 14 Nov. 1667 (according to Marriages in Andover, N.E. Hist. and Gen. Register, vol. III, no. 1, p. 66). She was born 1642 and died in 1705.  She was the widow of John Farrington, a cooper, and at one time a resident of Marblehead, Mass.  Mark Graves lived for a time at Ipswich in 1678, at Andover in 1683, at Manchester in 1686, at Andover again in 1690, and afterwards and until his death at Lynn.”

Mark and Elizabeth had four children. His youngest son, my ancestor, was Thomas Graves. He was probably born at Andover, MA on May 7, 1675.  Thomas moved to Lyme, Conn., where he married Mary Hopson. Thomas and Mary had five children that are known. Thomas “died before 12 July 1726, when his widow was appointed Administratrix of his estate.”
Thomas and Mary’s eldest son Mark was my ancestor. “Mark Graves was born 8 (or 4) March 1708 in Lyme, CT, and died 2 Sept. 1760.  He married Elizabeth Richardson "of the Neck" on 10 Dec. 1730 at Marblehead, Mass.  He served in the French and Indian Wars from 3 April to 8 Nov. 1758, and again in 1759.  He died in the hospital at Oswegatche on 2 Sept. 1760 while in service.” Mark and Elizabeth had four known children of which my ancestor Thomas Graves is the only son.

“Thomas Graves was born in 1732 in Marblehead, MA, was baptized 19 Aug. 1733 in Marblehead, and died 19 June 1783.  He married Lydia Tubbs, daughter of William Tubbs and Rebecca Daniels.  She was born 1742 in Lynn, MA.  He and his family apparently lived in NY State.” Their son William Tubbs Graves was a known ancestor and now I am into family history that has been passed down through the various family branches.

Great great great great great great great great great grandparents: Samuel Graves/unknown

Great great great great great great great great grandparents: Mark Graves/Elizabeth Knights

Great great great great great great great grandparents: Thomas Graves/Mary Hopson

Great great great great great great grandparents: Mark Graves/Elizabeth Richardson

Great great great great great grandparents: Thomas Graves/Lydia Tubbs

 Great great great great grandparents: William Tubbs Graves/Maria Maritje Herder

Great great great grandparents: Thomas Tubbs Graves/Fidelia N. Riggs

Great great grandparents: James A. Graves/Effie Beaubier

Great grandparents: Jefferson Thomas Graves/Martha Matilda Riches

Grandparents: Effa Belle Graves/Alva Ashbury Tucker

Parents: E. Rosalie Tucker/Lionell Burris Mitchell