Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Esther Edson photos circa 1900 and 1918

The above photos are in the possession of one of my cousins.  Since we have been able to find no direct lineage to connect her to my cousin, she has graciously offered these photos to any Edson family relatives I am able to find.

This beautiful young lady is Esther Edson. I have been able to find a little bit about her, but lose her after the 1910 census. She must have got married sometime between 1910 and 1920. My cousin's great-grandfather's brother, John Colborn was married to her great-grandmother's sister, Belle Jolls. The 1900 Loup, Merrick County, Nebraska Census has Esther Edson age 4 living with her parents Frank and Ida two houses down from John and Belle Colborn. At first I thought that she could have been a niece of my cousin's great-grandparents, that either Esther's mother Ida, or her father Frank Edson may have been a sibling to either Abraham Colborn or Jennie Jolls. but I haven't been able to find anything. I think we came to the conclusion that Esther's parents were just close family friends with either the Colborn or Jolls family.  Then again, just because I can't find a family connection doesn't mean that there isn't.  If anyone knows anything about these families, sure would appreciate any info.

Here is what I have been able to find:

Name:Esther Edson
Home in 1900:Loup, Merrick, Nebraska
Birth Date:Jul 1895
Relationship to head-of-house:Daughter
Father's name:Frank Edson
Father's Birthplace:Nebraska
Mother's name:Ida M Edson
Mother's Birthplace:Nebraska
Marital Status:Single

Household Members:
Frank Edson33
Ida M Edson31
Georgia Edson7
Esther Edson4
Clara Edson3/12
Edson Edson54
Ed Rodman28

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Loup, Merrick, Nebraska; Roll: T623_934; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 137.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

Name:Esther Edson
Age in 1910:14
Estimated birth year:1896
Relation to Head of House:Daughter
Father's name:Frank R Edson
Father's Birth Place:Nebraska
Mother's name:Ida M Edson
Mother's Birth Place:Nebraska
Home in 1910:Wellington, Larimer, Colorado
Marital Status:Single

Household Members:
Frank R Edson40
Ida M Edson38
Georgia Edson17
Esther Edson14
Clara Edson10
Frank Edson8
Not Named Edson0

Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Wellington, Larimer, Colorado; Roll: T624_121; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 237; Image: 1072.

Name:Frank Edson
Home in 1920:Salt Lake City Ward 5, Salt Lake, Utah
Estimated birth year:abt 1869
Relation to Head of House:Self (Head)
Spouse's name:Ida Edson
Father's Birth Place:Ohio
Mother's Birth Place:Pennsylvania
Marital Status:Married
Home owned:Rent
Able to read:Yes
Able to Write:Yes

Household Members:
Frank Edson51
Ida Edson48
Clara Edson19
Frances Edson18
Robert Edson9

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Salt Lake City Ward 5, Salt Lake, Utah; Roll: T625_1867; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 161; Image: 248.

My cousin and I would love to reunite these beautiful photos with the proper family members. If that's you, please let me know.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1960 Letter Between Genealogy Minded Cousins

Among the second batch of grandma Hazel's goodies was this letter from Eural Bake, her first cousin once removed.

          Prescott, Ariz.
          May 19, 1960
Dear Hazel,
   Just a note to let you know we received the money. Thank you. I wished the rest of my family were genealogy minded & we would really go places. I do think we are making good head way.
   I need to know three questions.
1. Could Henry Bake have been born in Salford Manchester England?
(It is a part of Manchester.)
2. The other thing is what church did Henry Bake belong to before he joined the Mormon church?
3. What is Mrs. Everett Bakes address?
   I'm sorry you have been ill. Maybe now that spring is here you will feel better.
   I wanted to say this man who is doing research for us in Eng. isn't charging anything so we are putting your $5 & $3 away until he quits looking then we will do pd. research. He answered our add in the paper & he is clerk of the Records Office in Manchester. I think he is wonderful & it is wonderful to find him. H has access to a lot of old records if we can find things to help him. We are in a better position to put a little money in too. We surely appreciate the money & will make it do everything we can. When you are short of money it counts more too.
   He have us a wonderful history of a Mayor James Bake of Manchester & where he was buried etc.
   Will let you know as things develope.

I wish the rest of my family was genealogy minded too! This letter is just one of the precious reminders of how lucky I am that my great-grandparents started the hunt for my ancestors years ago.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1945 Birthday letter from Son to Father

This week I received another packet of goodies that grandma Hazel had saved. I was excited to get a copy of two different wills among several letters. This letter that my grandfather wrote to his father was among them.

                  Bloomington, Idaho
                  May 8, 1945
Dear Father,
      Happy Birthday to you and may you have many more of them.
  I am sorry that I didn't get this letter to you on time for you birthday but it was remembered by us any way. I seem to have time for every thing else but writing letters.
  I just got located to write you yesterday and Tom came over and wanted me to help him plant peas out in the Krogue field he is planting 10 acres of them. he sure likes the field.
  How are you getting along wth your health and your job.
We have sure had a lot of sickness the last month the children have all taken their turns at being sick. Jean is sick now she has the flue and has surly fell of a lot in weight.
   Blanche is giving the twins a birthday party today and they have just come from school and are trying to tell about the lickings the kids gave them in school today.
  Well my pigs have just farrowed and I have at present 16 little ones they are nice pigs so I should have a lot of pork this fall.
  I am still working on the railroad from 4-1 aloop at night.  I guess I will be there about a month longer and then I will have to start the saw mill going. I expect to have a new chev. truck any day now it should be here.
I am also getting lots of bills for lumber from Pocatello. I can make quite a little by delivering it there.
  Dad, of all the jobs I have had there is none like working for your self.
Have you heard from Dave lately, we haven't it is because we ow him a letter I sure put of my writing to any one.
  Eugene Hart has just came back for the summer.
  I thought that maby some of you would be down the first of the month. you had better all get on the buss and spend a few days up here with us.
Ermen Stevens is going to kill a pig today and want me to help scald it before I go to work. I'll bet you folks would like to have a pig in a locker down there now. I'll bet it is sure hard to get the things you need to eat down there.  We will see what we can do about those conditions this fall.  Well Dad I guess I will have to close it is about time to go to work and I can think of no more to write.
  Tell mother and the rest Hello for me and to come up when they can.
               yours truly

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