Monthly Archives: May 2019

Dear Aunt Ora, What were your parents thinking?

It was 145 years ago, 29 May 1874, in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, that my grandfather’s Aunt Ora was born to Charles Norton and Esther Jenks Lee.  Yes, that makes her full name Ora Lee.   Now, say it out loud!  … Continue reading

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Happy 226th Anniversary Grandparents Lee

On 27 May 1793, William Lee and Mary Summers, my four times great grandparents, were wed in Guilford, Connecticut.  Their union produced 8 children:  Chauncey (1794), William (1796), Harvey (1798), Horatio (1800) [my three times great grandfather], Mary Ann (1804) … Continue reading

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384 Years Ago in Charlestown, Massachusetts

It was 384 years ago, 26 May 1635, in Charlestown, in the Colony of Massachusetts, that my nine times great grandparents, William Sprague and Millicent Eames were wed.   Both William and Millicent were born in England – William on 26 … Continue reading

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249th Anniversary of the marriage of William Lee and Eunice Hotchkiss

On 23 May 1770, in Guilford, Connecticut, William Lee and Eunice Hotchkiss were married.  These were my five times great grandparents.  Grandfather was a tanner by trade and he also served as a Private in the Revolutionary Army in Connecticut.  … Continue reading

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Happy 123rd Birthday, Cousin Euphie!

Euphie Gertrude Jenks was born on 21 May 1896 in Oakland County, Michigan, to Albert Arlington and Elizabeth Jane (Lizzie) Varnham Jenks.  She was the fifth in their family of seven children.  Cousin Euphie (I was always amused by her … Continue reading

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170th Anniversary of GG Granduncle and Aunt Gaertner

It was on the 20th of May 1849, in the Evangelisch, Grosssingersheim, Neckarkreis, Wüerttemberg that Alexander Gaertner and Catharina Barbara Gaertner were wed.    Although the two have the same surname, I have found no familial connection. Uncle Alexander and … Continue reading

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Happy 124th Birthday, Grandma!

Florence Marie Koontz, my grandmother, was born on 18 May 1895, to Casmear (call me C.P.) and Phebie Ann Gardner Koontz in Columbus, Ohio.   She was the third, and youngest, daughter, as the next two children were both her younger … Continue reading

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Let’s Add Some Color!

I have been playing around with the website: which allows you to upload black and white photographs and it will attempt to colorize those same photographs.   Recent attempts: .. Obviously, the site does a much better job on photographs … Continue reading

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A Great Day for Marriages !

On this date, 16 May, in 1721, my 6 times great grandparents, Ebenezer Lee and Sarah Chidsey were married in Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut.  The couple were the parents of 7: Mary, Elon, Rachel, Rhonda, Sarah, Lucy, and William (1741) … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Grandpa (et. al.) !

Big ancestor birthday day! 21 times great grandmother, Margaret Odingsells was born on this day 742 years ago (1277). She married John de Grey. Then, closer to this era, 187 years ago (1832) , great great grandfather, Ezra Peter Koontz … Continue reading

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