Thursday, February 25, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1939 Lease Agreement

I was sifting through my special shoe box this morning and found this Lease between my grandfather and my great-grandfather (his father-in-law).

I wasn't aware that grandpa leased the farm before he bought it. James S. Poulsen was 75 at the time of this lease agreement so it was probably a good thing that grandpa was helping to support him.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lost Family Photo From Guadalajara, Mexico

I found this old cabinet card photo of a beautiful Mexican family at the Ramona Flea Market a while back.

Unfortunately there is not enough information to know who this family is or when it was taken.

The picture was taken by A. J. Gonzalez in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The inscription on the back was hard to read because it has faded and there is a little bit of damage. I have done my best to transcribe it, and I used Google Language Tools to translate it.
a mi inolvidable esposo Heran
Liempve que veas el presente con
un ve cuerdo a ha fiel esposa e hijos jamas he olvi davan.

Google translates it to say this:
my unforgettable husband Heran
Liempve you see this with
wise to have a go faithful wife and children
I have never forgotten Davan.
I know it doesn't make too much sense. If you can figure out exactly what this says, please let me know. That would be a start in helping to identify this family.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Handmade Doll

Among my treasures is this wonderful doll that hubby had made for me. It was my 35th birthday (my first birthday as his wife) when he surprised me with this doll that was handmade by a woman that we knew in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. That year for Christmas we had one made for my sister and mother.

Gee, I just call her doll. Do you think I should give her a name?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Powell - Hansley Family Bible

I posted this a while back, but I want to re-post it because I found more information about this family and want to add it.

I found a wonderful family treasure at the Flea Shack in Middleburg this last Saturday. It is a 20th century self-pronouncing edition beautifully illustrated family Bible published by A. J. Holman Company in Philadelphia. It doesn't give an actual publication date, but I am guessing it was published between 1910 and 1930.

I believe the bible belonged to Georgia P. Sloan.

The birth records are listed as follows:

Gwendolyn Augusta Franks was born Oct 18, 1955
Georgia P. Franks born May 11, 1925
Luvenia Powell - born Dec 9, 1909
George Powell - born Sept. 18, 1904
Mary Hansley Burke born - March 28, 1896
Richard Hansley born April 24, 1922
Odman Powell born -
Edith Hansley - born Oct. 10, 1913
James W. Hansley born April 7, 1916
Annie B. Hansley born Sept. 25, 1919

The following are marriage records listed:

Mattie Jones and Willie Powell Aug. 19, 1936
Luvenia Powell & George Powell Feb. 12, 1927
David Franks & Georgia Powell March 27, 1955
Georgia & James Sloan Nov. 19, 1966
Gwendolyn A. Franks & Johnny Earl Dickinson July 11, 1980

The following are death records:

Alice Powell - died - June 1949
Julia Graham - Sept 23, 1941
Icam Grady - Sept. 16, 1941
George Powell died March 23, 1962
Aunt Harriett died Aug. 30, 1962
Cora Holmes past this life December 30, 1965
Mary Burk past this life May 31, 1966 on Tuesday
Kato Powell past Oct. 27, 1969 on Monday
Laura Smith born = April 15, 1915
died = Feb 1, 1972

On the next page it says:

Records -- Lived in home and tended land since Oct. 1921 (64 years)
Georgia P. Sloan

I was able to find Georgia's obituary:

Florida Times-Union, The (Jacksonville, FL) - May 31, 2006
Deceased Name: Georgia Powell Sloan
FL United States SLOAN Funeral Service for Mrs. Georgia Powell Sloan will be held 10AM, SATURDAY, June 3, 2006 in Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, with Dr. J.W. Rigsby, Pastor, officiating. Mrs. Sloan of 8736 Harpers Glen Ct. passed away May 28, 2006. A Rocky Point, NC native she was a graduate of Elizabeth City State University (NC) with a BS degree in Education and a Masters Degree from North Carolina A&T State University, also in Education. She participated in numerous post graduate studies in Education from Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida. As one of Duval County's Outstanding Educators, Mrs. Sloan was employed by Duval County School Board until she retired in 1994 after 36 years of dedicated service. Other affiliations include member of the Centurian Club, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter, and served Woodlawn Presbyterian Church as Deacon, member of the Christian Education Committee, Celestial Bell and Chancel Choirs, and the Seniors and Retirees Organizations. Mrs. Sloan was predeceased by her husband, James M. Sloan, Sr. Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Gwendolyn F. Dickinson-Sewell (Robert); son, James M. Sloan, Jr.; grandsons, Jarian J. Dickinson and Brandon J. Dickinson; great-grandson, Jariq M. Dickinson; great-granddaughter, Adaijah J. Dickinson; a number of other relatives and friends. Mrs. Sloan will rest in the mortuary for visitation of friends FRIDAY from 5PM until 7PM (where the family will receive friends at 5PM) and in the church Saturday from 9AM until the hour of service. Sorority Rites will be Friday in the chapel at 7 PM. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Memory Gardens Cemetery, 850 N. St. Johns Bluff Rd. Friends are asked to assemble at the church under the direction of ALPHONSO WEST MORTUARY, INC., 4409 Soutel Dr., 904/766-9671. Please Sign the Guestbook @
Florida Times-Union, The (Jacksonville, FL)
Date: May 31, 2006
Record Number: 17949804
Copyright (c) 2006 The Florida Times-Union

Below are the death certificates of George Powell and his mother Alice.

Source Information: North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Below are Census images that I found on family members listed in the Bible.

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Topsail, Pender, North Carolina; Roll T623_1211; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 129.

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Topsail, Pender, North Carolina; Roll T625_1313; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 78; Image: 542.

Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Topsail, Pender, North Carolina; Roll 1712; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 12; Image: 784.0.

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Topsail, Pender, North Carolina; Roll T625_1313; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 78; Image: 544.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Howard

I found this photo postcard in an antique store in Jacksonville. Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Howard of Jacksonville, Florida.

Unfortunately there is not enough information for me to guess who they are. Hopefully someone will recognize this couple and want to claim this lost family treasure.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Sound of Music

This record album isn't the actual one that belonged to grandma Dunn, but when I saw it at a yard sale I just had to get it. Just looking at the cover brings back treasured memories of hanging out with grandma.

Sometimes I would just sit in the dining room all by myself and listen to my favorite records among her collection. I loved listening to "How Much is that Doggie in the Window", by the Lennon Sisters, and "The Cattle Call", by Eddy Arnold.

There are two more albums of hers that I loved -- the soundtrack from the movie "Mary Poppins" which I hope to find at a yard sale, and the soundtrack to the Disney Movie "So Dear to My Heart".

If I remember right, I have her copy of "So Dear to My Heart" in mom's basement in Idaho.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Precious Photos

The treasure I want to share this week are these precious photos of my oldest grandson.

He will be 8 years old this April and this is the last time I saw him. His mother has been in and out of prison and does not make contact. We have no idea where he is and it really wares heavy on the heart. How a mother could keep her child away from a loving father and grandparents I will never understand.

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