Historical documents hold evidence of family stories, and this deed indicates where my great-great-great-grandfather learned to herd cattle.
The tooled leather volume resembles a family bible, ornamented by the addition of a bronze latch. The heavy cardstock pages are cut out in the middle allowing for two cabinet cards to be displayed, back to back. A thick gold line frames each photograph. Buckled into the Minor Album are twenty-eight portraits taken between 1860-1900. JUST WHAT DO … Continue reading The Minor Family Album–Provenance
Have you ever wondered if anybody ever reads what you have so passionately researched and diligently recorded? Just as I despair that my family storytelling has NO audience, I got a comment, followed by a description, followed by an email with PHOTOGRAPHS. This post was originally published two years ago, and today, because of curious … Continue reading Mapping My Ancestors: An Update to the Wilson-Minor Transactions
Project 150 is a series of Civil War posts that, taken together, will tell the story of my family's life choices during the years of rebellion. Sources used for today's post include privately held family documents, a Wiki article on the election and the Federal 1860 census accessed at ancestry.com. My great-great-grandparents, F. Marion and … Continue reading Project 150: It’s 1861. Farm On.
Last week I published a letter written on the 22 September of 1872 by Samuel Minor of Linn County, Iowa to his brother, John P. Minor of Greene County, Pennsylvania. He provided updates about his sons but not his daughters; he talked about the weather and described the town's new bridge. THIS letter was written a year later, … Continue reading I Seat My Self To Write You A Few Lines – Samuel Minor: Amanuensis Monday