Monday, April 21, 2014

52 Ancestors: #16 ~ Beautiful Eunice

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

Eunice Amelia Paulk

This is Eunice Amelia Paulk. She's my 1st cousin 4 times removed. Our common ancestor was her grandfather and my 4th great-grandfather, Reverend Cyrus Paulk, Sr.

My 3rd cousin, Norma, emailed this amazing photo to me. Wasn't Eunice a beauty?

Eunice, who also went by Una, was born in 1842 in Ohio. She was the third of seven children born to Ferdinando Paulk and Amelia Lindsay Humphrey.

In 1860, she was 19 years old and was living with her parents and siblings in Washington, Lee, Iowa. And her occupation was listed as a "teacher in common school."1

She was still living in Washington, Iowa in 1870.2 However, she wasn't living with her parents then. She was 28 years old and was living with William and Laura Davis. I don't know of any family connection with the Davis family, so Eunice may have just been boarding with them. She was still teaching school at the time.

Eunice moved to California sometime after the 1870 census was taken. Each of her six siblings also moved to California.

On 2 March 1876, Eunice married Franklin Lafayette Johnson in San Joaquin, California. They had one child, a daughter, named Mary Grace Johnson.3

By the time the 1900 U.S. census was taken, Eunice was a widow. A nephew, John Ferdinando Paulk, Jr., and a niece, Mary Amelia Paulk, both children of Eunice's brother, John Ferdinando Paulk, Sr. were living with Eunice and her daughter Mary Grace in 1900.4


By 1910, Eunice had moved to Pasadena.5 Two of her nieces, Amelia (Amy) E. O'Neil and Mary A. Paulk, were living with her.

Eunice passed away on 20 February 1913 in San Joaquin, California.6

Thanks for reading!


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1 Year: 1860; Census Place: Washington, Lee, Iowa; Roll: M653_330; Page: 652; Image: 660; Family History Library Film: 803330. Line 23.
2 ] Year: 1870; Census Place: Washington, Lee, Iowa; Roll: M593_404; Page: 450B; Image: 527; Family History Library Film: 545903. Line 38.
3 Ancestry.com. California, Select Marriages, 1850-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2014. Original data: California, Marriages, 1850-1945. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
4 ] Year: 1900; Census Place: Dent, San Joaquin, California; Roll: 108; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0100; FHL microfilm: 1240108. Line 58.
5 Year: 1910; Census Place: Pasadena Ward 6, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T624_86; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0311; FHL microfilm: 1374099. Line 44.
46 Ancestry.com. California, Death Index, 1905-1939 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.Original data: California Department of Health and Welfare. California Vital Records-Vitalsearch (www.vitalsearch-worldwide.com). The Vitalsearch Company Worldwide, Inc., Pleasanton, California.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Because of Him ~ Happy Easter!

On this beautiful Easter morning, I'd like to wish each of you a very Happy Easter. And I'd like to share this special video with you today. It's called "Because of Him." I hope you'll take a few moments to watch it.


May each of us remember the many blessings we've been given because of Him.

Happy Easter!


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for April 18, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Of Genealogy and UFOs. (It’s Not What You Think) by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small
  2. Central City's Masonic Cemetery AND Twitter Coaching Available in 2014 by Jen Baldwin, author of Ancestral Breezes
  3. Google Drive to the Rescue! by Deb Ruth, author of Adventures in Genealogy
  4. I’m Lonely for My Missing Ancestors by mulberrygrrl, author of We're All Relative
  5. Levy Brothers by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  6. Access the Civil War Collection by Trevor for Fold3 Blog
  7. A celebration of siblings by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  8. Genea-Musings is 8 Years Old Today by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  9. Tuesday's Tip ~Tax Day Came For Our Ancestors Too! by Cheri Hudson Passey, author of Carolina Girl Genealogy
  10. Win Ancestry.com Subscription, DNA Test, and Research Package by Ancestry Insider, author of The Ancestry Insider
  11. DNA Hints - Providing More Clarity To My DNA Results by Anna Swayne for Ancestry.com Blog
  12. Post Conference Review -- RootsTech 2014 AND Beginning your search for your Swedish Roots with Rötter by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  13. Using Footnotes with Blogger by Tony Proctor, author of Parallax View
  14. Did You Turn the Page? by Kimberly Powell for About.com Genealogy
  15. Researching Your Ancestors in Latin America—Part 1 by Deborah S. Gurtler for FamilySearch Blog
  16. Tuesday's Tip/Digital Newspaper Search by Ellie, author of Ellie's Ancestors
  17. Keeping my genealogy database in tip top shape by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  18. Tips and Tricks: Writing a Good Reason Statement for Changing a Record by Sally Benedict for FamilySearch Blog
  19. Connected Cousins is Launching! by Gwen Eads, author of Eads and Allied Families

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Photo Journal

Thanks for reading!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

52 Ancestors: #15 ~ Rollin Waterman Webster – Such a Dapper Young Fellow

This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

Rollin Waterman Webster - Age 25 circa 1895

I love this picture of my maternal great-granduncle, Rollin Waterman Webster. Wasn't he dapper? I love his high starched collar and bowler hat. This photo was taken when Rollin was 25 years old, which would have been around 1895.

Rollin was a brother of my great-grandfather, Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster. My regular readers may already know that I affectionately refer to my great-grandfather, Watson, as "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

Rollin and Frederick had another brother named Frank. This photo shows the three of them together. It was taken around 1884. On the back of the photo, my grandfather, Debs Webster, son of Watson (Frederick) and nephew of Rollin and Frank, wrote the following:


Webster Brothers

From Left To Right

Rollin  13 years                   Frank  18 years                   Emory (Fred)  20 years

Webster Brothers - Rollin, Frank, Watson (Fred) Webster circa 1884

Rollin was born on 21 October 1870 in Blairstown, Benton, Iowa to his parents Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster and Cynthia Maria Waterman. He was the youngest of six children born to Ebenezer and Cynthia.

Unlike his brothers, Frederick and Frank, Rollin did not become a dentist. Instead, he spent years working for the railroad. But, that is a topic for a future post.

Rollin married twice. His first wife was named Cecelia A. Jennings. She was from Ireland. They were married on 1 June 1901 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. They were the parents of four children. Sadly, she passed away on 7 May 1915.

Cecelia had a younger sister named Ellen who also emigrated from Ireland. And this is who Rollin married after Cecelia passed away. Rollin and Ellen were married on 26 June 1916 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. They didn't have any children.

Rollin spent most of his life living in Chicago. He passed away on 9 October 1962 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. He was just shy of his 92nd birthday. He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.

I will share more about Rollin's life in future posts.

Thanks for reading!


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for April 11, 2014


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. “Paying It Forward”: The Importance of Sharing the Slave History from your Family Trees Part Two AND Airing Your Dirty Laundry!! by Valerie, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  2. All Aboard! by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  3. 2014: Most bang for DNA bucks AND Copyright, terms of use and Flipboard by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  4. How to Save and Print Images from Chronicling America by Miriam J. Robbins, author of AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors
  5. Data Mining and Screen Scraping – Right or Wrong? by Roberta Estes, author of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
  6. Truth Revealed About African-American Undertaker Buried in Fairview Cemetery AND A Surprise Waiting Deep in Fairview Cemetery by Robin Foster, author of Saving Stories
  7. Heritage Scrapbooking: Sneak Peak by Devon Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  8. A Pressing Engagement by Sheri Fenley, author of THE EDUCATED GENEALOGIST
  9. 4 Bonus Postcards – Sepia Saturday by Kristin Cleage Williams, author of Finding Eliza
  10. Typhoid Falls on the Eggleston Home by Cynthia Mulcahy, author of We're All Relative
  11. 3 Writing Lessons from a New Genealogy Blogger by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  12. More Ways to Use Evernote to Create Virtual Genealogy Binders by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, author of The Olive Tree Genealogy
  13. More Ohio Newspapers Added to Chronicling America! by Ohio Historical Society Collections Blog
  14. I’ve Moved…to www.LisaLisson.com by Lisa Lisson, author of Are You My Cousin?
  15. Genealogical Information Gleaned From Photographs by Lisa Lisson, author of Lisa Lisson
  16. Really? A Month? Yeah A Month! BUT....

"National Siblings Day" Blog Posts
  1. National Siblings Day by Beth Gatlin, author of So Many Ancestors!
  2. Really? There’s a National Siblings Day?! by Patricia Desmond Biallas, author of GeneaJourneys
  3. National Siblings Day by Sally Knudsen, author of Sally Searches
  4. National Siblings Day by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of The Spiraling Chains: Kowalski – Bellan Family Trees
  5. "National Siblings Day" -? Okay - here's mine! by Celia Lewis, author of TWIGS and TREES

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Grandpa's Postcards
Jana's Photo Journal

Thanks for reading!

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