Friday, November 28, 2008

Robert Peck, Jr 10th Great grandfather

Robert Peck was born 28 Nov 1548 and died in England in 1593.

Here is an extract from his will:

In the name of God Amen The XXIJ day of March in the year of or
Lord God according to the computation of the church of England
1592 and in the XXXVth yere of the Reigne of or moste gratious sover-
aigne Lady Elizabeth by the grace of god of England ffrance and Ire-
lande Quene Defend or of the faith etc. I Robert Peck of Beccles in
the countye of Suffhole of mynd and perfect of Remembrance thanks
be to the maiestye of god therefore Although sick and weake of
body at chemisfforde in the cowntye of Essex at this prsente of a
pluresye not knowinge whither it will please god to take me awaye
here or not, do for the better orderinge and dispocision of such goods
cattels chuttells plate lands tenements and other heriditaments wift
the appertences do make and dispose them as followeth fflrst I
bequeath my sowle to the Infinite mercye of Almightye Gode trustinge
assurealye to be saved by the meritts death and passion of Jesus
christ his dere sonne, and my bodye to be buried where it shall please
god to call me. ...

His will is included in a book on the genealogy of his son Joseph Peck, the immigrant ancestor of many Peck families.(including ours). This genealogy goes back 20 generations(to about 1126) in England. Joseph emigrated to Massachusetts in 1638 with his family.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Our Plymouth Forefathers

Recently, I came across a surprising connection to the Mayflower Pilgrims. Surprising since I've been collecting family group sheets since 1970 and this is the first I had heard of it. Judah Bowerman (1723) is the grandfather of Alpheus Gifford (1793). His mother had been listed as Jane Harby (with no further links). Using the internet, however the mother seems to be Jane Clefton as the wife of Thomas Bowerman. That marriage is still a little iffy in my documentation but if she holds up as Judah's mother, then the connection extends back to William Brewster as our 11th Great Grandfather. This picture is a painting of him in the US Capitol. (On the male side of the Bowerman line, we connect back to Anthony Annable who came to Plymouth on the third wave that landed in 1623 via the ship 'Anne'). So regardless we have connections to the Pilgrims in Plymouth.
While there are many things that can be said about the settlement in the new world, the thing that struck me most was the account of their escape from England to Holland that took place in about 1608. Google Books has a digitized copy of 'Our Plymouth Forefathers' and chapter 2 mentions William Brewster and describes the religious and political situation leading to their desire to leave England. I found the escape attempts very exciting and hope you'll enjoy the link, especially at this time of Thanksgiving. Let's appreciate what our forefathers endured to create the society we now enjoy.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Solon Huff McGee: 1st Great Grand Father

Solon Huff McGee, our Great Grandfather was born 26 Nov 1853. He married his wife Emily Lucretia Robinson in 1876 when he was 22 and she was 20. This picture of him is labeled age 23. They lived in Missouri where their first 6 boys and one girl were born. Soon after 1890 they moved to Oklahoma. The next boy died at about 6 months. They completed the family with two more girls. A year after the last child was born, they joined the church in Oklahoma and then moved west to New Mexico. I showed the kids before. Here is a photo of them at their home in Kirtland New Mexico, dated 1903.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Azar Nash born 24 Nov 1780

Azar Nash is our 4th great grandfather. He was the father of Anna Nash who married Alpheus Gifford. There is ambiguity in the records about who his parents were. And his name is recorded in various ways as Azar, Azor, Ezor. Perhaps there were multiple Azor Nash's near the same time and place. Using the internet, it is a lot easier to track these old records. if someone is interested in following up on this issue, let me know and I'll help you get started. You might learn some interesting history along the way.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

William Fitz-Robert : 24th Greatgrandfather

William Fitz-Robert 2nd Earl of Gloucester was born 23 Nov 1116 and is a 24th great grandfather. He was a great grandson of William the Conqueror. We come through his daughter Armice who married into the de Clare dynasty. Her grandson is Richard de Clare. William died on his birthday in 1183 at age 67.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Family Time

With no family birthdays to highlight for several days now, I've come across some old pictures from the 1950's. This picture is from near Thanksgiving in 1959 (assuming Linda is around 4 months old). Enjoy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Joseph Knight Family Event: Privatized

Subject: Uninvite to Knight Cane Event

It has become necessary to rescind the invitation to the general Knight family to attend the Knight cane donation ceremony
at the Church Museum on 11 December 2008. We have been corrected that it was to be a private event according to Charmaine Higbee and Jill Vance-Droubay.

Please forward this email to other Knight family members who may have had interest to attend.

Joseph Knight is our 4th Great Grandfather. Here is an announcement from the Knight Family organization:

Through the remarkable efforts of Knight relatives Vicky Knight, James Knight and Julie Snetley,the original cane given to Joseph Knight, Sr., by Joseph Smith, Jr., on the streets of Nauvoo, has been secured and will be donated to the LDS Church in a special PRIVATE presentation in the auditorium of the Church's Historical Museum in Salt Lake City.

This historical donation of the Prophet's cane has been a long-awaited dream of the Knight Family Organization.

We recognize again the tremendous efforts of Vicky Knight, James Knight and Julie Snetley for making this all possible.

We are hoping to have the event written up in the Church News.

Haloween Pictures

Here are some pictures of Haloween. we went to Adam and Betsy's for haloween.

Here is Jasmine (Fairy) Alex (fireman) and i am holding daniel

This is a guy who dressed up at Hagrid The kids thought he was a monster and so we had to get a picture of them together (He is actually Betsy and Adams Bishop). Jasmine wouldn't stand there without me holding her.Jasmine saw this other girl dressed as a fairy and was really intrigued by her.Betsy gave Daniel a sucker and he opened it so she just let him have it.Here is another picture of Jasmine.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Making up for lost time!

So sorry I've missed so many! My computer takes forever to get up and moving and I haven't had the energy or the time to post. It is at least a 45 to 60 minute project just to post from my computer and that doesn't include looking through pictures to find the best to send ;-) So here's my attempt to catch up (since i have an extra hour because an earlier meeting was cancelled for me tonight). :-)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL M.!!!! Hope you have an awesome day and make your kids (including Bob) treat you like royalty (or at least allow for some peace and quiet for you)!

Belated Happy Birthday LARRY! Thank you to all of
you who filled in for the birthday patrol during my absence.
I know there are other really good pictures of Larry but when I saw this one it made me feel like I could just hear the interesting comment that was about to come from his mouth. I think it is the mischievous glint in his eye. Also Happy Birthday to Jesse too!

Congrats to the new baby Wolf!

Here's pictures of our new family additions. Frank is holding Sadie. She is definitely his favorite and he spoils her royally!Here's our other girl, Molly. She is our basket case that we are working on. She is smart but has a lot of psychological issues to work through. (Katie-dog is laying on the floor behind Molly.) I am also working through my psychological issues. Frank is being understanding but I still end up getting sad when I watch them play because just the most odd and unexpected things will remind me of Ashley or Nikita.
So hopefully I am caught up. Love ya all!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Samuel K Gifford ; 2nd GreatGrandfather

Samuel Kendall Gifford born 11 Nov 1821 was a participant of much of early Church history. His family moved to Missouri when he was 11. He was baptised there. They were driven out eventually to Nauvoo while he was a teenager. He was a young man while the Temple was being built. He received his endowments there in Feb 1846. He married his wife Lora Ann Demille in 1848, on the plains during the emmigration to the west and their first son was born during that migration. They settled first in Manti and later moved to the area of Zions Canyon in southern Utah. His journal makes for very interesting reading so I encourage you to follow the link.

Here is a sample:
The saints were driven enmass across the Missouri River
into Clay County. We camped on the banks of the Missouri River
on the night of the 13th of November 1833. There I beheld a
strange and beautiful scene. To all appearance, brilliant stars
or balls of fire falling like rain upon the earth and upon the

[Side note: The night of November 12-13, 1833, not only marks the discovery of the Leonid meteor shower, but it marks the actual birth of meteor astronomy.]

He lived till 1907 when he was 85. My grandmother, Elsie Gifford was 11 when he passed away and had the chance to hear his stories.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jane Holder Sabine: Great Great Grandmother

Jane Holder Sabine was born 6 Nov 1825 in Widenham, Wiltshire, England. She died in Salt Lake City in June of 1891. She joined the Church in 1859 in England, soon after her first child was born. That son died two days before his second birthday. We come through her second child, Selina who was born 18 months later. Her last child was born in 1864 still in England. She married James Sabine in 1853. Her husband joined the church in 1875 when the two kids were teenagers. They were in Utah by 1876. The youngest son joined the church in 1884 when he was about 20 and the family was sealed in the Logan Temple in 1892.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Jesse: Happy Birthday

Jesse of Jesse and Laura celebrates his birthday on 3 Nov. Here's a photo from Laura's blog of him watching over his girls.

Hope you had a good day..


Larry and Michele

Daniel is 7 Months

Hey everyone I just wanted to let you all know that I posted a new entry on out blog, and you should all stop by and see it. Love you all and hope to see your comments.
Love Betsy

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy (late) Birthday Larry

Here's a picture I have from the Reunion. Happy Birthday!

Louis II, King of France (The Stammerer)

Louis the II born 1 Nov 846 is our 35th to 40th great grandfather. He was a great grandson of Charlemagne.
He was crowned on 8 December 877 by Hincmar, archbishop of Rheims, and was crowned a second time in September 878 by Pope John VIII at Troyes while the pope was attending a council there. Louis the Stammerer was said to be physically weak and outlived his father by only two years. He had relatively little impact on politics. He was described "a simple and sweet man, a lover of peace, justice, and religion". His final act was to march against the Vikings who were then the scourge of Europe. He fell ill and died on 10 April or 9 April 879 not long after beginning his final campaign.