Never mentioned when I was a child …

These two glass dishes were always brought out when the table was set with the good china and silver. Both were used for various relishes — pickles, olives, celery, etc. The thing that was never mentioned was where did these come from and what was so special that they were only brought out with the good stuff? Again, like and earlier post, I discovered that each piece was a wedding present to my parents in 1943. It seems the leaf motif was very big during that era. I found both items on eBay for approximately $10.00 each.

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Great-Great Grandpa Before, During and After

The building of a photograph:

Ezra Peter Koontz

This is the way the photograph arrived from one of my cousins.

Ezra Peter Koontz – enhanced

I uploaded the photo to MyHeritage and used the repair damaged photo option. This is the improved Great Great Grandfather Koontz

Ezra Peter Koontz – colorized

I then took the next step and had the photograph colorized.

My great-great grandfather, Ezra Peter Koontz was born on 15 May 1832 in Navarre, Stark County, Ohio. He then migrated West to Ligonier, Noble County, Indiana where he was a cabinet maker.

Grandfather Koontz, did a bit more than make furniture:

Patent Application 430,963, Refrigerator, Ezra P. Koontz, Ligonier, Ind. Filed Sept. 1, 1898. Serial No. 284,364.
1 In a refrigerator, an inner compartment containing an ice-tank, and waste-water tank, in combination with a pipe leading from the bottom of the ice-tank to the waste-water tank, a pipe leading from the bottom of the ice-tank to the drinking-water tank, an overflow pipe extending from the drinking to the waste water tank, and an overflow-pipe leading out of the waste-water tank, all substantially as and for the purpose herein set forth.
2 In a refrigerator, a plurality of tanks, one of which is designed to contain ice, and is located immediately above another which is designed to contain drinking-water, milk, or other fluids, in combination with the pipe connecting said tanks, means, substantially as described, for closing said pipe when the under tank contains a fluid other than water, and means, substantially as described, at the opposite site of said ice-tank extending there from to a point outside the refrigerator, serving to carry off the waste water.

Digest of Decisions of the Commissioner of Patents and of United States Courts in the Matter of Patents, Trade-Marks, &c., Official Gazette – April – June, 1890., page 2061.In an earlier photograph used to advertise his Furniture Business:

Provided by my 3rd Cousin, Enhanced by MyHeritage.

Animation by #MyHeritage

Ezra Peter Koontz died on 21 January 1907.

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Antique, Early 20th Century Trumpet Vase

This item goes into the “wonder where this came from” column. I know it was at my parents’ home when we were cleaning it out before the Estate Sale. Based on what I could find it dates from the early 20th century — around the 1930s. Since my mother had possession of the vase, it must have come from her parents’ home. But, if it had its original ownership by one of my mother’s grandparents, I have no idea. Both sets of her grandparents might have purchased it. Her parents might have purchased it.

All I can say with certainty is that I now have it and it was in my parents’ home when I obtained it.

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Grandpa had a funny hat

My grandfather was a Shriner (32nd degree of Free Masonry). He was also a member of the Consistory (from the 19th to 32nd degree of Free Masonry) and a mason. He was proud of his heritage of being a member and of his father, grandfather, and great grandfather also being members. He was also given to using his membership to an advantage whenever the occasion arose. I remember one time on a family vacation, Grandpa being pulled over for speeding. He rolled down his window and flashed his Consistory Ring in the traffic policeman’s eyes. (Good thing it was a sunny day). He was let off with a warning.

Below is the Michigan Masonic Monitor and Ceremonies book my grandfather received when he completed his 3rd degree (1916) and became a full-fledged Mason. The book was inscribed by his mother’s brother, Llewelyn Lee, who just happened to be the Worshipful Master of the Redford Lodge (this was the family’s Lodge, a lot of members of the Lee family paid dues there).

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Cooley High School, Class of January,1941

Jmae Dorothy Weaver – HS Graduation Picture

My mother, Jmae Dorothy Weaver, graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit as part of the class of January 1941. Mom should have graduated in the following June Class, but had been skipped a semester in grade school to put her ahead of where she started. It must not have been that great of an experience for her since she came out opposed when the same process was being considered for me.

This picture must have been one of my grandmother’s favorites since she kept it on her dresser in her bedroom for as long as I can remember. I found it in the mass of photos that I went thorough while clearing out my parents’ home after the passing of my father. In the bottom of my mother’s jewelry box, I found the class ring and the cameo on a gold chain. I had never seen my mother wearing either.

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Mom wasn’t born with a silver spoon, but she did have a silver cup.

I found this little mug when I was clearing out my parents’ home a number of years ago. Never saw it before I ran across it in trying to determine what was of value (financial and sentimental) and what was to be left for the estate sale. In this case it was a very tarnished child’s sterling silver cup. I could make out the markings on the bottom as having a Sterling mark. It says Gorham Sterling 3307. I had no idea whose it was. A bit of silver polish – OK, a lot of silver polish – later and I discovered the engraving on the side opposite the handle. It said J Mae. Now, my grandparents named my mother Jmae (all one word, one capitalization) so this must have come from someone who misunderstood what they were told or the engraver took it upon themselves to “correct” what they were given — 100 years ago version of auto-correct.

Mom’s name is strange. She was named after a family friend of my grandparents. The original Jmae owned a number of hardware stores and had no children. I think Grandma and Grandpa had dreams of my mother being significant in the friend’s will. But, it didn’t quite work out. The friend married late in life and her new husband went through her money faster that water through a sieve.

As a child, I cannot count the number of times I was challenged that I did not know how to spell my mother’s name. A couple of times Mom had to come to my defense since the teachers would not accept the weird spelling until she confirmed it. I do have a copy of her birth certificate — Jmae, one word, one capital letter.

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I never knew from where this came.

Mom’s cut glass sugar bowl and cream pitcher.

This very painful to grab ahold set of cut glass was always on the dinner table whenever the good china was hauled out for special dinners. That is, until Mom decided to have a more “modern” version of serving pieces and relegated this set to an upper cupboard and used the glass and chrome set instead.

It wasn’t until I found Mom’s wedding book that I found out this was a wedding gift to my parents in 1943. Luckily, I pulled it out of the items being placed in the estate sale we held at my parents’ home just before selling it.

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Mom’s Stemware

Wedding gifts to Jmae Weaver and Harry Shaul

As long as I can remember the china cabinet in my parents’ home contained a number of these stemware pieces. Mom called them wine glasses and sherbet glasses. The number of these decreased over the years. I can attest to the fragility of these pieces as my child-self had to fess up to at least one of their breakage incidents. As it stands, there were 4 wine glasses and one sherbet remaining when it came time to divide up the contents of my parents’ home. Over the years, new wine glasses came into the house and were in constant use, but Mom would not part with these last 5 items. I admit I never asked why. It wasn’t until I was going through the mass of folders/notebooks/albums as I was inventorying the contents of their home, that I found out the stemware was a wedding gift given to my parents almost 80 years ago.

So, they now reside in my china cabinet, along with our own collection of stemware that seems to have survived without breakage. Well, at least the good stuff made it. The everyday stemware has been replaced twice in our years of marriage.

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The things my grandmother saved …

This miniature tea cut was always in Grandma Florence’s china cabinet. It happens to be one of the items Grandma stuck a note inside:

Besides having a note in my grandmother’s handwriting, this gives the provenance of the item:

From Aunt Myra. Gr Weaver brot it to her from Neb. Many years ago. Perhaps before Gr & Gr were married ’91.

The cup, itself, is only 2 inches across for the bowl which also has a rose on the interior.

Now to decode Grandma’s note: Aunt Myra, was Hannah Almira Lee Churches, my Grandfather’s (Lee Goodliff Weaver) aunt, sister of his mother, Effie Clarissa Lee Weaver. Gr Weaver refers to Grandma Weaver (Effie Clarissa Lee Weaver) brought her from Nebraska many years ago perhaps before Grandmother and Grandfather (Lemuel Weaver) were married in 1891.

Now the story that adds to the basic note:

Grandma Weaver [my great grandmother] was in Nebraska “visiting” her mother’s (Esther Jenk Lee) sister, Minerva B. Jenks Barnes Bolton Hall. Aunt Minerva had moved to Nebraska after her divorce from her second husband, Samuel Bolton. With Aunt Minerva, came her three children: Seth Adelbert Barnes, Erminnie Barnes, and Guy Washington Bolton. The first two children were by her first husband, Nathaniel Barnes who died 28 September 1871, in Detroit. Guy Washington was the product of her marriage to Samuel. Since Aunt Minerva was running a boarding house and had 3 children, Great Grandmother probably went to help with the chores. While “visiting” in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska, Grandmother was able to also work in an asylum for the mentally impaired. It was there that she met Grandfather Weaver who also was working at the same asylum. They married in Norfolk on 1 August 1891. This brought about the family chant that “they met and married in an insane asylum.”

One tiny little tea cup, one long explanation.

Lemuel Weaver 1891
Effie Clarissa Lee Weaver – 1891
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Welcome to America!

Konig Albert

On this date, 189 years ago, 25 September 1832, 27 year old Gottlieb Weber arrived in New York from Amsterdam, Netherlands, aboard the Konig Albert. Gottlieb was my Great Great Grandfather.

Gottlieb was born 7 January 1806, in Schomberg, Wurttemburg, to Johann Adam Weber and Anna Barbara Holzapfel. He was baptized in the Evangelische Kirche, Schomberg on the same day. Then, 27 years later, he is on a ship leaving Amsterdam for America. On the passenger list for the Albert, Grandfather’s occupation is listed as a joiner (A joiner is an artisan and tradesperson who builds things by joining pieces of wood, particularly lighter and more ornamental work than that done by a carpenter, including furniture and the “fittings” of a house, ship, etc.).

Grandfather arrived at New York in late September,1832, but the next 3 years were very busy. By 29 January1835, he had moved on to Washington County, Pennsylvania; changed his name to Goodliff Weaver, and married my Great Great Grandmother, Anne Lane, daughter of Richard and Mary Gayer Lane. The pair had 12 children, only two of whom died in infancy (Mary Ann, 1836, and Eric, 1864).

By the time of the birth of their third child, William Powell Weaver, on 3 April 1840, the couple had removed to Monroe Township, Morgan County, Ohio. Grandmother’s parents and younger siblings also migrated at the same time. Subsequent children, including my great grandfather, Lemuel, were born there. It appears Ohio redrew some county lines as by 1842, Monroe was in Perry County instead of Morgan County.

Grandfather died one month after (15 November 1864) the death of his wife, Anne (14 October 1864).

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