Sunday, August 17, 2014

Glacier Star - Class 3 of 6 and Final Report on Technique 3

A number of people missed Class 3 - so it was a very laid back class. The teacher Linda found my background fabric for the Bali Wedding Star class on September 21st, and I found all of the center star and corner fabrics. I have fabric to get cut out before class in September. Our Technique 4 class for Glacier Star is not until October 4th and I have that fabric cut out and I would like to get a head start on sewing it. Somehow I need to work in time to finish my 52 Ancestors posts for August 10th and August 17th which is going to be on my Dad.

In class I finished one Lone Star block and attached it to the Geese in a Pond block.

I also got the C1 units done which are the three pieces on the left , the C2 units which are the next three in a row and then the last four on the right which is the C3 units and part of them sewn together. I finished the rest of the seven Lone Star blocks after class.

Today when I got back from lunch with Shelley, I finished sewing the Lone Stars to the Geese in a Pond.

Tomorrow I will finish cutting out the material for Technique 5 and start cutting out the Bali Wedding Star. Then I need to get my blog done for August 24th, and finish the two for Dad before I start sewing on Technique 4. It will be an incentive because I am eager to see out the center of the quilt will look like.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Glacier Star - Technique 3/4 Progress Report

All I managed to get done this week was some fabric cut out.

Tomorrow's class is the Lone Star block which is Technique 3. I had hoped to get some sewn tonight but I am so tired after this work week.

The next class after that is not until October 4th - which is for Technique 4 - the Snowflake center block, but I have it cut out as well. I do start the Bali Wedding Star class on Sunday September 21st so I should sew tonight but I think I will just go to bed.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Glacier Star - Technique 2 - Final Report

I always take more sewing stuff than I can possible get done over to Sequim so this time I decided to pack lighter - and I was finished by 5 pm. Oops.

Geese in a Pond are Done!

My next task is to audition the fabric for Technique 3 - The Lone Star block. I have something picked out but I need to cut out sample pieces and lay them out to see how they will look. Class is next Saturday so I will need to work on it when I get home on Sunday (after the grocery store, a movie, dinner, laundry, and watering the parking strip.) Linda showed us how to do Technique 3 in the last class so I would like to get a head start and hopefully finish all the Lone Star blocks in class.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

52 Ancestors - #31 Thomas Tubbs Graves - He Was Smitten

My great great great grandfather Thomas Tubbs Graves was born on June 14, 1808 in New York State.  Thomas was christened on July 31, 1808 at the Reformed Dutch Protestant Church in Easton, Washington County, New York.

Thomas was the son of William Tubbs Graves who was born April 13, 1782 and Maria Maritje Herder (or Harder) born March 27, 1785.  This information is from the family Bible of William Tubbs Graves, dated October 8, 1854, at one time in the possession of James Graves.

Thomas married my great great great grandmother Fidelia N. Riggs (born in Woodbridge, Connecticut on April 21, 1812) in 1830 in Dexter, Jefferson County, New York. Fidelia was the daughter of James Riggs and Pamela Carrington. A story that has been passed down from one generation to another is about how Thomas and Fidelia met. Fidelia was a noticeably pretty girl and as a young lady she went visiting in Herkimer, New York. One Sunday she went to church there wearing a "scoop bonnet" with the entire front filled with roses. Thomas Graves was also there that morning and upon seeing Fidelia among those pink roses, he was so smitten by her beauty that he never looked at another woman. 

 Thomas Tubbs Graves

Thomas and Fidelia’s first child Henrietta M. was born in January 17, 1831 in New York. Their second Pamelia Fidelia was born January 1833 also in New York State along with Cynthia Elizabette in 1835 at Dexter; Lydia I. in March 10, 1837; Lafayette William on April 21, 1839 at Dexter, Jefferson County, New York; Sarah Frances in 1841; Thomas Jefferson in 1843; Ann Eliza on April 10, 1847 in Clayton, Jefferson County, New York; and my great great grandfather James born January 2, 1850.

Sometime in 1850, Thomas and Fidelia went west, traveling through the Great Lakes to Horicon, Dodge County, Wisconsin.  By August 2, 1850 they were living in Hubbard. They bought a farm near Oak Grove, Dodge County, near where Morrison and Diana Barott later settled. Thomas and Fidelia built a beautiful, brick house there that still stands.

Thomas and Fidelia’s daughter Pamelia Fidelia Graves married Eliphalet Burgess Crawford in Horicon on December 19, 1850; daughter Henrietta M. married Mortimer S. Sayles also in Horicon on April 12, 1852; daughter Cynthia Elizabette married Alfred Barott, (from the neighboring farm) on September 24, 1852 in Mayfield, Wisconsin; daughter Sarah Frances married Henry M. Dubois on July 4, 1857; daughter Lydia married first Hugh Devlin and then after eight children she divorced Hugh and married his brother Robert and moved to Round Lake, Minnesota; and son Lafayette William married Emily Powers Stratton on November 22, 1861 in Juneau, Wisconsin.

Thomas and Fidelia’s son Thomas Jefferson Graves never married and enlisted in the 14th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry in November 1861. Thomas’ 14th Infantry fought at the Battle of Shiloh, TN and the Battle of Vicksburg, MS. Their eldest son Lafayette William also enlisted in September 1862 in the 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry and fought in a number of major battles.

Two-thirds of the 14th Infantry reenlisted including Thomas who was then assigned to the 29th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. Shortly after a battle in Alabama, Thomas was returned to Madison, Wisconsin where he died in the hospital of disease on April 26, 1865 at age 22. My great grandfather Jefferson Thomas was named for him. On October 21, 1867 my great great grandfather James married Effie Beaubier. (Thomas Tubbs Graves’ sister Henrietta married Alexander Beaubier and then their daughter Effie married her cousin James.)

Thomas Tubbs Graves died December 11, 1868 In Oak Grove Township, Horicon County, Wisconsin at the age of 60.  His daughter Sarah Frances Dubois remarried on December 24, 1868 to Henry Wall after being widowed sometime between 1865 and 1867. His daughter Pamelia and her husband moved to Sioux City, Iowa where her husband opened the largest clothing house in the state - Oak Hall Clothing House.

Thomas’ wife Fidelia died on August 21, 1871 in Horicon, Dodge County, Wisconsin at the age of 59 and is buried at Wruke Cemetery in Horicon with her husband. In May 2001 Thomas and Fidelia’s descendants erected a new headstone for their grave after the previous ones were vandalized and removed.

Thomas’ daughter Henrietta M. Graves Sayles died February 3, 1873 Saylesville, Waukesha County, Wisconsin, at the age of 62.

Their daughter Cynthia Elizabette Graves Barott died January 6, 1890 and was buried in Laurel, Montana. She was 54 years old. Their son James A. Graves was widowed on January 24, 1899 and remarried on July 2nd of that year to Isabel Norsebo whom he later divorced. He then married Anna Belle Rucker on January 2, 1901. By 1903 James was in Washington State and settled in Stevenson, Skamania County, Washington where he died on July 15, 1915. Daughter Lydia I. Graves Devlin died on January 26, 1916 at Aitkin County, Minnesota at the age of 78, and daughter Pamelia Fidelia Graves Crawford died in approximately 1919 at the age of 76.

Thomas’ son Lafayette William Graves did move to Washington for a number of years and during the 1910 census he was living in Ethel, Lewis County Washington. During the 1920 census he was living in Tacoma as was his daughter Marian and her husband. At some point he returned to Wisconsin where he died on March 6, 1924 in Alma, Wisconsin just six and a half weeks before his 85th birthday.

I have not been able to determine when Sarah Frances Graves Dubois Wall died or anything about Thomas’ daughter Anne Eliza Graves after 1860.  Some believe that she married John D. Cooley in New York State but I believe that was another Anne Eliza Graves. Some people also believe there was another son after James but I can find no record of one.

(Some of the information here was provided by the great granddaughter of Cynthia Elizabette Graves Barott – Viola Cayo Schnake Walden and also a descendent of Lafayette William Graves – Phil Graves of Wisconsin. I would like to thank previous generations again for writing it down and passing information along.)

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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

52 Ancestors - #30 Philander Davis Mitchell - a Judge and a Fair and Decent Man

Philander Davis Mitchell was born in Hickory Valley, White County, Tennessee on June 1, 1827 to Spencer Sterling Mitchell, Jr. and Mary Polly Malinda Lewis. Philander was the eldest of ten children – five sons and five daughters. According to the family bible birth and death records Spencer Jr. moved his family to Crawford County, Missouri sometime between August 1832 and July 1834 and most probably in 1833 according to reliable records. They then moved to Licking, Texas County, Missouri in 1837. Philander Davis received a fair education in the old subscription schools of early times. At the age of twenty-one he began farming for himself.

According to his obituary he made a profession of religion at the Crow Campground when 23 years of age, joined the Methodist Episcopal Church South and was a lifelong member.

Philander Davis Mitchell married Mary Loucinda Halbert (born on November 30, 1832 the daughter of Eli Garner Halbert and Frances Sherrill) on March 24, 1853 and settled on a 600 acre farm about 5 miles south east of town and lived there for the balance of his life. They lived in a one room log house. Their first child, Travis Burke was born December 1, 1855, followed by Spencer Eli born October 5, 1858; Frances Malinda (or Malvina) born March 8, 1861; and Mary Elizabeth born November 27, 1863. Before the start of the Civil War, they started work on a large two story house.

Philander served as Justice of the Peace for four years before the Civil War. During the war, he served six months in the Missouri State Guard and at the close of the war about six months in the Confederate Army. He served in Company D, Slayback’s Regiment, Missouri Calvary as a Second Lieutenant under General Jospeh O. Shelby. In May 1865 his unit surrendered to Union Forces at Shreveport, Louisiana. He was paroled on June 15, 1865 and shortly thereafter he returned to his farm in Texas County, Missouri.

After the close of the Civil War, they were able to finish their large two story house and move into it. The lumber for the house was brought around the Horn and the large front room doors were of solid mahogany. Their youngest was my great grandfather Hubbard Philander Mitchell was born April 22, 1866.

Philander was a Democrat and a Mason and served two terms as Worthy Master in the Masonic Lodge. All of his property was acquired by his own good management and industry and he deserved much credit for the success which attended his efforts. Besides his own property he gave all of his children good farms.

He was Judge of Texas County from 1886 until his death. Philander was one of the most beloved, devout, and prominent men Texas County has ever known. As to all moral questions and every moment of commendable public enterprise he was always found among those who would take the lead. Those who knew him best and longest loved him most. He was one of the very few of whom you heard no adverse criticisms.

In the 1900 census done on the 13th of June it was just the two of them, Philander and Mary. Philander Davis died two weeks later on the 2nd of July at the age of 73 of Bright’s disease. His funeral was held on Wednesday, July 4 at 3 p.m. in the presence of a large audience at the Methodist Episcopal Church South with his vacant seat draped in mourning and was buried at the Licking Cemetery with honors of the Masonic Order.

Great Great Great Grandparenets: Spencer Sterling Mitchell Jr./Mary Polly Malinda Lewis

Great Great Grandparents: Philander Davis Mitchell/Mary Loucinda Halbert

Great Grandparents: Hubbard Philander Mitchell/Effie Luella Harry

Grandparents: Roscoe Arthur Mitchell/Ruby Burris

Parents: Lionell Burris Mitchell/Elva Rosalie Tucker

Information from: Grand Aunts Veron and Gwen and Gwen’s daughter Bonnie.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

52 Ancestors - #29 George W. Ragan – Purveyor of Sturdy Chairs

George W. Ragan was born in Kentucky in 1834 to Richard and Priscilla Ragan. Richard Ragan, the son of John Ragan and Mary Younger was born in 1805 in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky. His wife Priscilla (shown as Silla in the 1850 census) was born in 1813 in Kentucky. Her last name is unknown. I have been unable to discover any proof of his middle name but it is believed to have been Washington or William.

It is believed that George’s eldest brother was Joseph was born in 1831, also in Kentucky. His younger brothers were born in Missouri - Coleman born 1840, William D. born 1841, and James born in 1842 His younger sisters were also born in Missouri - Mary A. born in 1844, Sabina May born 1845, and Amanda born 1847.  George’s father Richard was a blacksmith and in 1850 the family was living in Kaw Township, Jackson County, Missouri.

George’s brother Coleman married Mary Elizabeth Daniels who was born in Virginia on January 17, 1833 to Eli Daniels and Elizabeth Dawson. By the June 29, 1860 census, Coleman and Mary Elizabeth had three children and were living in Jackson County, Missouri. Their eldest was Edward F. born in Virginia in 1855, George Thomas (he later went by Thomas Coleman or Tom)  born in Kansas in 1858, and a three month old baby girl born in March of 1860 in Missouri who was still unnamed. On July 13, 1861 they had another daughter Mary Catherine also born in Missouri. Coleman Ragan died in the civil war fighting for the North. George W. Ragan felt it was his duty to marry his brother’s widow and take care of his children.

George and Mary Elizabeth had sons William Dudley (Bill) born in 1864 and Alfred Brian or O’Brian (Alf) born in March 1867, and a daughter Amanda born in December 1869.  It is unknown when Coleman’s son Edward died or the baby girl born in March 1860, but they are gone by the time of the 1870 census on June 22, 1870. George is working as a fisherman and the family is living in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

  Bill Ragan

My great grandmother Georgianna Katherine Ragan was born in Kansas City, Missouri on May 20, 1871. Georgianna Katherine was known to my family as Katie but is listed in most records as Annie and used Annie with her family. Amanda also died sometime between the 1870 and 1880 censuses.

George W. Ragan originally came out to the Russian River in the Guerneville area in Sonoma County, California as part of the group that went after Chief Paulina, a renegade war leader of the North Paiutes of Eastern and Central Oregon and the Klamath Basin who refused to move to a reservation from 1859 to 1865.

George W. Ragan then decided to move his family out west in about 1877. They came out to Guerneville on one of the first “choo choo” trains to the area. Robert Asbury Ragan (Bert) was born in California on May 29, 1877. Their house was on the steep side of a hill. A part of the roof was against the hillside. They could walk from the hill onto the roof as the goats did. The Ragan kids would slide down the hillside on boards. Annie’s brother Alf thought he could get a better ride on a large scoop shovel. However, when he got started the friction on the shovel against the dirt and the rocks caused so much heat that it fair burnt his little bottom before he could get off the shovel.

They lived there probably a couple of years then moved north by steamer to Union, Columbia County, Oregon where they were living on June 11, 1880 and George was working as a carpenter. From there the Ragan family moved to Washington. George had a business in Lewis County, Washington that made woven leather chair bottoms called “Ragan Chairs.” According to the descendants of the Charles N. Jordan Family in Memories of Family Albums published in 1976, “Simplicity described the furniture in our home. Our folks bought a set of large chairs and two small ones made by a Mr. Ragan who lived in the area. There were only two small nails in each chair and they were at the ends of the narrow cowhide stripping that was woven for the seat. Some of the chairs are still in use by members of the family.” The Ragan’s moved back and forth from Silver Creek, Washington to Selma, Oregon, to Crescent City, California.

On September 22, 1884 Annie and Robert Ragan were listed as pupils in Miss Cora Peabody’s class at Salkum School. In 1885 they were still living in Silver Creek, Lewis County, Washington.

September 2, 1888 George’s son Alfred married Unity Frost at her father’s house in Lewis County. William J Tucker and Alfred’s sister Anna were their witnesses. On October 14, 1888, seventeen year old Georgianna Katherine married William John Tucker who was twenty-six years old at George and Mary Ragan’s home.

In the April 1889 Washington Territory Census, George Ragan, his wife Mary and youngest son Robert were living in the area. George was listed as a farmer.

circa 1890-1891
William John Tucker, William Henry, Georgianna Katherine

In 1892 only Mary and her son Robert are listed in the Washington State census. George must have been out of state working.

 circa 1894
William John, Georgianna Katherine
Alva Ashbury, William Henry, Harold

On December 4, 1894 Alfred filed for divorce from Unity in Jackson County, Oregon. In 1895 he married Ella Mary Youngman. In January 1897 Annie Ragan Tucker left Washington State with her brother in law. Her husband William filed for divorce which was granted on May 19, 1897.

I have not been able to find George or Mary or their son Robert in the 1900 census. George W. Ragan died December 15, 1904 in Selma, Josephine County, Oregon. He is buried at Deer Creek Cemetery in Selma. George’s wife Mary Elizabeth died on March 1, 1917 in Alpha, Lewis County, Washington.

William Dudley Ragan (Bill) died October 3, 1924 at age 60.  He was found dead in his hotel room – he was mining for gold in the Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon. He is buried next to his father George. Thomas Coleman Ragan, George’s nephew/stepson, died April 23, 1932 in Portland, Oregon. Robert Asbury (Bert) died in Carson, Skamania County, Washington on September 21, 1934. Alfred Brian (Alf) died February 25, 1937 at age 69 in Josephine County, Oregon. George’s niece that he raised, Mary Catherine Ragan Christy died May 16, 1940 in Klamath, Oregon. George’s daughter Georgianna Katherine (Annie) died on November 11, 1943 at Medford, Jackson County, Oregon at the age of 72 and is buried in Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon.

Great Great Great Great Grandparents: John Ragan/Mary Younger
Great Great Great Grandparents: Richard Ragan/Priscilla
Great Great Grandparents: George W. Ragan/Mary Elizabeth Daniels
Great Grandparents: Georgianna Katherine Ragan/William John Tucker
Grandparents: Alva Ashbury Tucker/Effa Belle Graves
Parents: Elva Rosalie Tucker/Lionell Burris Mitchell