Thursday, April 29, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1935 letter to Will Piggott

Today's treasure is a letter that was included in the box of great-grandma's stuff.

The letter was written to my great-grandpa Piggott by his niece Jennie Hess when she was about 14 years old.  I actually knew her as my friend's grandma. 

It was around 1970 when mom and dad moved us to the new house.  That's when we discovered that the parents of the neighbor kids up the street were both related to my mom.  It took me quite a while to get the exact relationship straight.  Their mother's father and my mother's mother were first cousins, and their father's mother and my mother's father were first cousins. (confused Yet?)

The letter reads so:

           Ogden, Utah
Dear uncle Will - I am
writing just short notes tonite.
I thought maybe I could 
write over and ask you if
we couldn't all get to gether
and have a sort of family
reunion on xmas I thought
I could take the folks out
but we can make it now
as mother has a sore on
her foot the same as the
other one and we won't
let them take this one off.
   We will keep you posted
and will you let uncle Geo.
have this letter as I can
hardly think so don't
see how I can write
two letters to-nite.

as Ever  Jennie

Now that I have scanned this letter I am seriously thinking about surrendering it.  I will be going to Idaho and thought that one of Jennie's grandchildren would appreciate having this.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Notice for Proving Will

This week's treasure is another from great-grandma Piggott's box of goodies.

This notice was sent to my great-grandpa Piggott, William C. Piggott in March of 1920. 
It is not only a treasure, but it may be a key to the bigger treasure -- the Will.

I will be in Idaho next month and hope to spend some time in the Bear Lake County Courthouse and hopefully they'll be able to produce the referred to Will of my great-great-grandmother Elizabeth Cannon Piggott.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

1939 Emory Medical Graduates

Last weekend I snuck over to the Ribbons of Pink Antiques store and found this little treasure.

This is a program for the 1939 commencement activities of Emory Medical University. It belonged to Robert Hinton Stephenson.
 There are thirteen pages that includes a few photos and a list of all the graduates.

I will go ahead and list the senior interns.

Abraham, Joseph ... Brooklyn, NY
(To intern - City Hospital, Welfare Island, New York City)

Adair, Morgan Charles ... Atlanta
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, GA)

Beard, Donald Edwin ...Smyrna
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, GA)

Belle, Martin Samuel ... Atlanta
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, GA)

Blalock, Tully Talbot ... Jacksonville, Fla.
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Carnes, Harry Earle ... Atlanta
(To intern - Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich.)

Cline, Wade Martin ... Lakeland, Fla.
(To intern - Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami)

Coles, William Cruse, Jr. ... Union Springs, Ala.
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Cooper, Frederick William ... College Park
(To intern - Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, Tenn.)

Cooper, Talbert ... Milledgeville
(To intern - Cincinnati General Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio)

Crawford, John Brantley ... Colquitt
(To intern - Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami)

Dallas, Robert Edwin ... Thomaston
(To intern - Hillman Hospital, Birmingham, Ala.)

Elliott, Cecil Benjamin ... Gainesville
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Flowers, Paul Rutledge ... Dothan, Ala.
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Fuller, Robert Morton ... New York, N. Y.
(To intern - Fordham Hospital, New York City)

Galt, Jesse McCanless ... Marietta
(To intern - Lynn Hospital, Lynn, Mass.)

Gifford, John Pearl ... Vero Beach, Fla.
(To intern - Duval County Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.)

Hancock, John Overton ... Atlanta
(To intern - Georgia Baptist Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Hathcock, William Caldwell ... Lakeland, Fla.
(To intern - Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Canada)

Kalil, Charles ... LaGrange
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Kelley, Oscar Lee ... Atlanta
(To intern - Emory University Hospital, Emory University, Ga.)

Ketchum, Clarence Wood ... Macon
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Little, Samuel Clements ... Atlanta
(To intern - University Hospital, Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Lyday, Wilson ... Brevard, N. C.
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

McCain, John Ross ... Decatur
(To intern - Emory University Hospital, Emory University, Ga.)

Mauldin, John Tyler ... Atlanta
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Pollock, Theodore ... Paulsboro, N. J.
(To intern - Passaic General Hospital, Passaic, N. J.)

Powell, Charles C. ... Chattanooga, Tenn.
(To intern - Baroness Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga, Tenn.)

Prevost, Claud Townsend ... Anderson, S. C.
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Rich, Maurice ... Atlanta
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Ridley, John Hood ... Atlanta, Ga.
(To intern - Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.)

Roberson, Phil Edwin ... Albany
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Saltz, Nathan Jacob ... Jacksonville, Fla.
(To intern - King County Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y.)

Shalloway, Charles Leon ... Atlanta
(To intern - Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.)

Simmons, James Osgood ... Brunswick
(To intern - Georgia Baptist Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Simmons, William Grant ... Miami, Fla.
(To intern - Emory University Hospital, Emory University, Ga.)

Smoot, Richard Henry ... Decatur
(To intern - Tennessee Coal and Iron Hospital, Fairfield, Ala.)

Stephenson, Robert Hilton ... Brantley, Ala.
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Stow, Micollius Noel ... Jesup
(To intern - West Baltimore General Hospital, Baltimore, Md.)

Sullivan, Benjamin Herbert ... Tampa, Fla.
(To intern - Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, N. Y.)

Tepper, Jack ... Cordele
(To intern - City Hospital, Welfare Island, New York City)

Thomson, James Lachlison ... Eastmon
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Ward, William Cleveland ... Atlanta, Ga.
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Wheeler, Nicholas Aaron, Jr. ... LaFayette, Ala.
(To intern - Emory University Hospital, Emory University, Ga.)

Williamson, Jonathan Wooden ... Atlanta
(To intern - Grady Hospital, Atlanta, Ga.)

Wilson, Walter Emory, Jr. ... Rye, N. H.
(To intern - Union Hospital, Fall River, Mass.)

Yeager, Otis Wayne ... Macon
(To intern - Tennessee Coal and Iron Hospital, Fairfield, Ala.)
I was able to find a little bit of information Robert Hilton Stephenson.
Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Brantley, Crenshaw, Alabama; Roll  11; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 12; Image: 271.0.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA) - April 1, 2001
Deceased Name: STEPHENSON : Robert H. Stephenson Sr.
Robert H. Stephenson Sr., M.D. born in Brantley, Alabama, August 5, 1915, died in Atlanta, GA., March 31, 2001. He practiced General Surgery in Atlanta from 1945 until retirement in 1985. After graduating from Emory University School of Medicine in 1939 he completed a surgical residency at Grady Memorial Hospital. He was a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Gastroenterologists. He served as a Physician in WW II in the South Pacific on the USS Cleveland and was one of the founders of West Paces Ferry Hospital. He was an accomplished musician, gardener and gourmet cook. He was a charter member of the Cherokee Town and Country Club and was a member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church for over 35 years. He was married to Emily Clark Stephenson for 60 years. She preceded him in death in February 2001. Surviving him are his son and daughter-in-law, Robert H. Stephenson Jr. M.D. and Anne McCleskey, 2 step-daughters, Sophie and Margaret Hay and one step-grandson, Aaron Kurtz. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, 2001 at the Spring Hill Chapel. Interment will be 4:00 p.m. cst in Brantley, Alabama. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, 2250 North Druid Hills Rd., Atlanta, GA. Arrangements made by H.M. Patterson & Son Spring Hill Chapel. 404-876-1022.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The (GA)
Date: April 1, 2001
Edition: Home
Record Number: 15267
Copyright (c) 2001 The Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution

Hopefully there is a relative of Dr. Stephenson that would cherish this treasure.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Postcards circa 1909

This week's treasure comes from great-grandma Piggott's box of goodies.  These two postcards must have been sent in an envelope like a letter, and I think there are 'pages' missing.

It seems that great-grandma had a man that was very smitten with her before she married great-grandpa.  His name was Frank Wilks. 

The cards are not dated, but since Hazel Madsen and William Piggott were married in October of 1910 I am guessing that they were written about 1909/1910. 
I assumed that this Frank character was about the same age as Hazel, but the census tells me he was ten years older.

I will now attempt to transcribe the postcards -- keep in mind that one or two are missing.
your shoes
in my trunk all you
have to do is to
come over and 
put them in. of course
Will has got the 
trunk for them 
though I forget.
where are you 
working over there
and are you going
to stay untill you
go home I hope
not there isn't
any thing dairy
over here at present.
I went to church
three times yesterday
don't you think that
...and the next one says:
I don't know
when I'll be able
to get back to
Evanston if it
keeps on raining
well Hazel my 
heart is just as
these cards
indicate so
keep a little cozy
corner in your
heart for me
yours forever
Frank Wilks
you know I've
danced in that
Historical pig trough twice
I was curious about the pig trough reference so of course I had to google it.  It seems that back in the day the oldest daughter was expected to get married first.  If for some reason that didn't happen and a younger daughter was married first, the poor eldest daughter had to dance in a pig trough!

So I gather from the last line in Frank's postcard that two of his younger siblings were married before him. I did find a record for his marriage.  He was married at the age of 36, two years after Hazel and Will got married.

Name: Frank D. Wilks
Gender: Male
Spouse: Eva Perkins
Spouse gender: Female
Marriage Date: Apr 13, 1912
Marriage Location: Afton, Uinta Co., Wyoming
Source: This record can be found in the marriage book at the County Courthouse located in Bear Lake Co., ID in Volume 2 on Page 391.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wedding Greetings Circa 1917

I found this wedding greeting card in the Ribbons of Pink antique store a while back. I'm not positive, but I think it might have been given to John Meek and Hazel Terratus upon their marriage.
I was able to find connections to Jacksonville, Florida of four of the signers of the card.

Gladys Eberhardt - Jacksonville 1910Ethel Westmorland - St. Augustine 1910
Pearl Holmes - Jacksonville 1910
Mrs. J. A. Heagy - Jacksonville 1930
The signers of the card must have been students of a college or something.
The card itself is copyrighted 1911 by P. F. Volland & Co. Chicago.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ancestor Approved Award

Imagine my surprise yesterday when I discovered that IrishEyes from 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History presented me with the Ancestor Approved Award. Thank you so much IrishEyes. It means a lot that this award has made it's way back to me.

So as a recipient of the award I will attempt to list ten things I have learned about any of my ancestors that has surprised me, humbled me, or enlightened me ==>

1. I was surprised to learn that my gr-great grandfather William Henry Piggott was arrested for cutting timber on Uncle Sam's domain

2.I was surprised to learn that hubby and I are 25th cousins. We are both descended from Somerled, King of the South Isles.

3. I was surprised to learn that I am 10th cousins with my daughter-in-law through John Wing and Martha Spooner.

4. I was surprised to learn from the divorce records of Mary Edwards and her polygamous 3rd husband Charles B. Taylor that he claimed she was a drunkard. (The jury is still out on that one, I don't know if I believe him.)

5. I was surprised to learn that my 2nd great-grandfather, Thomas Cotton Smedley did not die in 1851 as we were led to believe. He sailed across the ocean blue with his son and daughter-in-law in 1857 who failed to mention this to his kids or grandkids. (I am still trying to figure out what they were hiding.)

6. I was surprised to learn from reading the postcards that great-grandma Piggott saved that she had a boy that was very interested in her and tried to woo her away from my great-grandpa before they were married.

7. I was surprised (more like saddened and disappointed) that I am the only one who signed the guest book of my x-husband's aunt Dorothy Marie Olsen who died March 9, 2010.

8. I am very humbled by the fact that my Welsh 3rd great-grandmother, Mary Edwards lost her first husband while making the voyage from Liverpool to the U.S. after only a year of marriage, and then was widowed again when my 3rd great-grandfather, George Cannon died away from home after only 4 months of marriage. She was about 3 months pregnant with my 2nd great-grandmother, Elizabeth Cannon Piggott at the time. I believe she was a very strong woman who endured more than her share of loss, including being disowned by her father for joining the L.D.S. church. (By the way, she is the woman on the Ancestor Approved Award.)

Sorry, but I just can't think of two other things. (shame on me)
Now I pass this award on to ten more wonderful genealogy and or family history bloggers that are doing their ancestors proud in no particular order ==>
  1. Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski at In My Life
  2. Diane at Attic Treasures
  3. T. K. at Before My Time
  4. Luckie Daniels at Our Alabama Roots
  5. Jen at Chicago Family History
  6. Patti Browning at Consanguinity
  7. Sherry Stocking Kline at Family Tree Writer
  8. T. Pratt at Gen Journey
  9. Harriet at Genealogy Fun
  10. Sarah B. at Geneapprentice

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Whit's Painting

This is a painting of downtown Jacksonville, Florida as you would see it in a boat on the St. John's River.

My daughter painted it for me from a photo that I had sent her while she was still in high school.

It is one of the few treasures that I cherish from my children.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday -- 1900's Richardson's Silk Catalog

Today I want to share another goody from great-grandma's box of stuff. It is a Richardson's Silk catalog for ordering embroidery patterns, threads and such. Unfortunately the cover is missing so I don't have an exact date of publication, but from what I have been able to find through good old Google is that it is from the early 1900's. You can actually look through one of these catalogs here.

Here we have an apron for every occasion. One for making fudge, one for playing hostess, one for when you are in a bungalow (what?), and one for when you are performing domestic science (oh brother). You could pay 50 cents for each of these newest ideas in aprons.

And where would you be without your powder puff? You could pay 15 cents for this design or 60 silk tags or R. M. C. bands. How cool is that?

Then there is this pattern for a hair receiver.

If you are anything like me, you are wondering "what the heck is a hair receiver?" No worries, Mr. Google led me to the answer of this question as well.

The hair receiver was a common accessory for women from Victorian times to the early 1900's. It's purpose was to save hair from the brush and comb. The hair could then be used as stuffing for pin cushions and pillows (eeww).

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