My great-grandfather worked for Henschel and Sohns, a mechanical and automotive engineering company, during WWII in Kassel Germany. August Heinrich Burghardt was born on 6 June 1899 in Kirchditmold, Hesse, Germany to Heinrich Jakob Burghardt and Maria Klapp. August Heirnrich Burghardt, with the red x, as an appretice shoemaker. On 24 December 1925 he married… Continue reading My Family, Henschel and Sohns, Kassel Germany, and World War II
My Great-Grandparents, Harry and Minnie Skipper, owned a farm in Tonkawa, Oklahoma near the Oklahoma-Kansas border. My grandfather bought the house and when he passed away it was left to my father and his four siblings. The farm is still in the family today. You can read about Harry and Minnie here: https://ellajaneanne.com/2019/11/22/harry-ward-skipper-and-minnie-mccarta/. This is… Continue reading The Treasure Inside Cedar Chest.
Rodica Rentfrow was born 3 August 1798 in Buncombe, North Carolina to Hickman Hensley (1759-1816) and Elizabeth Rentfrow (1774-1873). When I started researching the Rodica Rentfrow family I was confused as to why all of Hickman Hensley's and Elizabeth Rentfrow's children took their mother's maiden name. While I want this blog to be primary about… Continue reading Granny Cohea of Effingham, Illinois.
Martha Mozelle Patterson (my second great-aunt) was the first daughter but second child born to James William Patterson (1863-1933) and Jimmie Ella Smith (1868-1955). She was born on 18 January 1888 in Gadsden, Crockett, Tennessee. Sometime between 1900 and 1910 the family moved from Tennessee to Oklahoma. I have not been able to locate them… Continue reading Martha Mozelle Patterson’s Cuban Mission
I have a book that was written by my cousin Frances White and arranged by her daughter Jo Ann Congdon called Small Drops of Rain. In this book Frances recalls her life and memories of "...life during the early 1900's on a poor Oklahoma Farm." I have read this book a couple of times and… Continue reading Sayings of My People
My second great-grandfather, George Newton Skipper, ran in the 1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run and staked a piece of land. George Newton Skipper was born on 22 July 1857 in Effingham, Illinois. His parents were John Wesley Skipper (1835-1878) and Mary Ann Chadwell (1838-1924) 1860 US Census Illinois, Effingham, Township 8 N Range 4E. Image… Continue reading 1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run
I was searching on ancestry tonight and found the will for Joseph Skipper, my sixth times great-grandfather, I have not found many documents pertaining to him. As I worked on reading this will, which for the most part was easy, I found it interesting the things he left to his wife, two daughters, and one… Continue reading 1794 Onslow, North Carolina will for Joseph Skipper.
I am taking an introduction to family history research class with the goal to attain a degree in family history research. One of the assignments was to interview a relative about a deceased ancestor. My great uncle Paul is one of my oldest relatives that is still living. He is 91 years old and I… Continue reading Interviewing my Great Uncle Paul.
From Small Drops of Rain by Frances White. Edited and Arranged by Jo Ann Congdon "In 1916 my father bought a find pair of black horses named Nick and Coalie. They were a well-matched team, and we were very proud of them. They were probably the best horses we ever owned. I very likely would… Continue reading Nick and Coalie
"In the wheat country people moved in August, after harvest, but where we lived, people moved about the first of January, after cotton harvest, and before spring plowing. On January 1, 1913 my parents moved from the east eighty of the Olson place to the Barnes place, about three-fourths mile west of us. My memories… Continue reading The Barnes Place