Wedding Wednesday: The Marriage of Marilyn and Norman

This yellowed newspaper announcement was carefully preserved by a relative, and sent to me when they cleaned out their clutter.  Fortunately.  My parents divorced when I was a young adult, and their wedding momentos became casualties of the fight.  I am grateful to pack rats who unload their goodies to subsequent generations of pack rats. … Continue reading Wedding Wednesday: The Marriage of Marilyn and Norman

Amanuensis Monday: Article of Agreement

Today's transcription comes from my Minor Treasure Box and sheds light on the characters introduced in last week's Letter from Asa Minor to John P. Minor. The musty yellowed paper has been folded in half, then in half, then in half again.  With gloves on I gently unfold the 3" by 4" packet; on one … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: Article of Agreement

Amanuensis Monday: A Letter from Asa Minor to John P. Minor, 1837

The front of the 4" by 5" packet declares : W                                                                                         … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: A Letter from Asa Minor to John P. Minor, 1837

Amanuensis Monday: John Pearson Minor

Inside the valise, its leather cracking from decades of storage, lie my treasure--letters, receipts, documents, small notebooks--tokens of family business conducted over a century ago. Today's transcription is of a letter posted from A. D. Clarke of Woodlands, Virginia to my great to the third grandfather, John P. Minor of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, on the 28 … Continue reading Amanuensis Monday: John Pearson Minor

Praise Be To Those Who Compulsively Keep Records

I have been forever slightly apologetic for my propensity to write lists, scribble notes, jot in journals, and hoard them--and any such items from previous generations.  But as I grow into my wise crone stage I have realized a life truth-- genealogists and historians love this stuff.  I am becoming both as I melt into … Continue reading Praise Be To Those Who Compulsively Keep Records