Thursday, November 19, 2015

First Cousins, Frances Durfee and Edna Summers



Frances Durfee and Edna Summers (1st cousins)

Frances Durfee’s information will be covered in a post with her siblings.

Edna Summers was the daughter of James Thomas Summers and Ida Frances Dunlap. She was one of three children born to this couple. 

There are been other posts of photos of Beulah Summers on this blog. This post best outlines all the information that has already been found for this family group. http://lawsonresearch.blogspot.com/2015/09/beulah-summers-anderson.html

It is guesstimated that this photo was taken about 1903 in Lassen County, California. Her family was in Lassen County for years. I find her father in Lassen County from the 1880 census through his death in 1949.

Edna Summers went on to marry Raymond Rex Anderson (1889-1972). They married in 1910 and had three children; Gilbert Rex Anderson; Beulah Burnice Anderson; Darrell Thomas Anderson.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Emma P. Brown



Dear Lizzie,

Hope will cheer the broken hearted.
Soothing sorrow curing pain.
Tis the star of friends when parted
For in it they meet again.

Your friend
Emma P. Brown

Sutter Creek, Apr. 20, 1884




Emma P. Brown was born about 1863 in California.[i] She was living with what appears to have been her widowed step-mother, Margaret Brown and her sisters Martha and Mary W. Brown in the 1880 census. Margaret Brown was born about 1819 in Kentucky. The sisters all state their mother was born in Virginia leaving me to conclude that perhaps Margaret was not their birth mother.

This family group was also located in the 1870 census living in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California.[ii] Emma’s father, James Brown, a physician, was born about 1814 in South Carolina. Margaret was his wife along with a son John A. age 21, born Missouri, Martha age 18, Charles age 15, Mary age 12 and Emma age 8 all born in California.


[i] 1880 US census, Amador County, California, population schedule, Sutter Creek, Enumeration District (ED) #36
, page 84C (stamped), sheet 43, dwelling #491, family #504, Margaret Brown household; digital image, Ancestry.com 
(www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Nov 2015); National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm #T9, 
roll #63; citing Family History Library (FHL) film no. 1,254,063.

[ii] 1870 U.S. census, Los Angeles County, California, population schedule, Los Angeles, page 503 (stamped),  sheet 4, dwelling 31, family 33, James Brown household; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 8 Nov 2015); National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 73; citing Family History Library (FHL) film no. 545,572.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

RootsTech 2016 - I Won!!

I was so excited to be notified this morning by Jill Ball that I had won the drawing for a Full Rootstech Pass! I hope to be able to meet up with her in person when we all get to Salt Lake City. GeniAus announcement


Now I need to get those research plans in order. I plan to fly out a few days early. I hope to get some much needed research done in the Family History library.

Jill Ball will be coming to Salt Lake from Australia! I have followed Jill for years on social networking sites. I enjoy her posts so much. You can learn more about her here: geniaus.blogspot.com

And if you too would like to go to RootsTech 2016, you can learn more about it here:
http://rootstech.org/?lang=eng&cid=RT15_AMB_JILLB
Will I see you there? Let's connect! We'll be gathering in Salt Lake City, February 3-6th, 2016.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Belle Cooledge





Belle Cooledge

I wish that a long happy life may be yours
With sorrow never so few,
All the kind wishes, that a friend can wish,
I will wish “dear Lizzie” for you.
Belle Cooledge
Sutter Creek [Amador County, California] May 10th, 1884 (A neighbor of ours)

Belle Cooledge was a neighbor (per the autograph album) of Lizzie Dunlap.

Belle is located in the 1900 census.[1] She is married to Walter S. Cooledge, born June 1831, New Hampshire; who is a “Clerk, Water Co.”; she has given birth to two children, one child lives. She was born in Pennsylvania, October 1857. Belle and Walter have been married for 19 years (married circa 1881).

A bit about Walter. Walter was born Walter Scott Cooledge, 8 June 1828, in Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.[2] Walter died 4 November 1908 in San Joaquin County, California.[3]

Belle was living in Elkhorn, San Joaquin County, California in the 1910 census.[4] Her daughter Belle Cooledge was living with her and listed as a teacher. There are two boarders in the household also listed as teachers.

The 1920 census finds Belle and her daughter Belle living in Sacramento, Sacramento County, California.[5] The daughter, Belle Coolidge, is listed as a teacher at high school.

I didn’t locate Belle in the 1930 census, but she and her daughter were located in the 1928 Sacramento City Directory.[6] The daughter, Belle Cooledge, is listed in this directory as a Dean of Pub Schools! And by 1938 this daughter was the Dean of Sacramento Junior College.

The 1940 census finds mother and daughter still living in Sacramento.[7] Belle (the mother) was listed as Belle McF Cooledge. This is our clue as to Belle’s maiden name!

Belle McFarland Cooledge died 5 February 1949, in Sacramento, California.[8] She is buried with her husband in the Lodi Memorial Cemetery, Lodi, California.[9] Her daughter was also buried in the family plot with her parents. There is further information available about Belle on her FindAGrave page.


[1] 1900 US census, Amador County, California, population schedule, Township Four, Enumeration District (ED) #8, 
page 107 (stamped), sheet 9A, dwelling #195, family #195, Walter S. Cooledge household; digital image, Ancestry.com 
(www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Oct 2015); National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm #T623, 
roll #84; citing Family History Library (FHL) film no. 1,240,084.

[2] New Hampshire, Births and Christenings Index, 1714-1904,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Oct 2015), entry for Walter Scott Cooledge, 8 Jun 1828, Hillsborough, Hillsborough County, Abraham Cooledge, Hannah; citing original birth indexes New Hampshire Registrar of Vital Statistics, Concord; citing FHL microfilm 1,000,489.

[3] “California Death Index, 1905-1939,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Oct 2015), entry for Walter S. Cooledge, 4 Nov 1908, San Joaquin County; citing original death records, California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics, Sacramento.

[4] 1910 US census, San Joaquin County, California, population schedule, Elkhorn, Enumeration District (ED) #173, 
page 49 (stamped), sheet 13A, dwelling #345, family #359, Belle Cooledge household; digital image, Ancestry.com 
(www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Oct 2015); National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm #T624, 
roll #103; citing Family History Library (FHL) film no. 1,374,116. 
 
[5] 1920 US census, Sacramento County, California, population schedule, Sacramento, Enumeration District (ED) #103, 
page 255 (stamped), sheet 10A, dwelling #215, family #232, Belle Coolidge household; digital image, Ancestry.com 
(www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Oct 2015); National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm #T625,
roll #126.

[6] "U.S. City Cirectories, 1822-1989," (Sacramento : Sacramento Directory Co., 1928), pg. 187, entry for Belle Cooledge; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Oct 2015).

[7] 1940 U. S. Census, Sacramento County, California, population  schedule, Sacramento, enumeration district (ED) 34-51A, page 866 (stamped), sheet 61A, dwelling #912, Belle C. Cooledge  household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.Ancestry.com : accessed 10 Oct 2015); National Archives and Records  Administration (NARA) microfilm T627, roll #282.

[8] “California Death Index, 1940-1997,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Oct 2015), entry for Belle McFarland Cooledge, 5 Feb 1949, Sacramento County; citing original death records, California Department of Health Services, Center for Health Statistics, Sacramento.

[9] Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 10 Oct  2015), entry  for Belle McFarland Cooledge (1 Oct 1859 -5 Feb 1949), Memorial No. 37409987, Records of the Lodi Memorial Cemetery, Lodi, California; page created by Tim Cook, 23 May 2009.