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This blog is essentially no more. Though I have left posts here, in most cases just for the sake of genealogy, there will be no more updates. Those posts I chose to move can now be found between two of my other blogs:

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17 April 2010

Hannah's Timeline

Hannah Almiri Yount Rauls was my 3rd great grand aunt. She is another relative that lived a short but active life. She had at least ten children in a span of eighteen years.

1845 - 16th January: Hannah Almiri Yount was the last daughter born to Frederick Yount & Polly Mayfield of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

1849 - Hannah's brother George was born.

1850 - 16th November: Hannah and family were listed in the Cape Girardeau County, Missouri Federal census. Her father was a farmer with real estate valued at $1,000. It was noted that Hannah' mother could not read or write. Hannah's older brother John was also occupied as a farmer.

1859 - 25th December: Hannah's older sister Lucinda, my 3rd great grandmother, married Pinkney Sylvanis Huffman on Christmas Day.

1860 - 9th July: Hannah and family were listed in the Bollinger County, Missouri Federal census for German Township. Her father was still farming. He had improved his real estate value to $1,500. This time, he also had personal property valued at $1,100. The census taker noted that Frederick could not read or write.

1866 - Hannah's older sister Mary married David Statler in Bollinger County, Missouri.

1870 - 24th May: Hannah married Powhaton V. Rauls in Bollinger County, Missouri. Around this time, Hannah gave birth to her daughter Sarilda.

1871 - Hannah gave birth to her daughter Emley.

1873 - 23rd August: Hannah gave birth to her son, John Van Buren Rauls, in Madison County, Missouri.

1875 - Hannah gave birth to her son Samuel.

1878 - 24th March: Hannah gave birth to her son, Franklin Pinkney Rauls, in Marquand, Madison County, Missouri.

1879 - 8th December: Hannah gave birth to her daughter, Laura Ellen Rauls, in Bessville, Bollinger County, Missouri.

1880 - 1st June: Hannah and family were listed in the Crooked Creek, Bollinger County, Missouri Federal census. Hannah was saddled with the occupation of "Keeping House" and all that entails. She was a farmer's wife and a mother to five children under the age of ten.

1881 - October: Hannah gave birth to her daughter Dantha.

1884 - 31st August: Hannah gave birth to her daughter, Oda Elmer Rauls, in Bollinger County, Missouri.

1885 - 10th July: Hannah's daughter, Oda Elmer Rauls, died of congestion in Bollinger County, Missouri. She was laid to rest the next day in Trace Creek Cemetery.

Thomas C. Rauls
1886 - 16th April: Hannah gave birth to her son, Thomas Charles Rauls.

1888 - July: Hannah gave birth to her daughter, Clara Esther Rauls.

1891 - 22nd November: Hannah Almiri Yount Rauls died in Madison County, Missouri. She was laid to rest in the Old Trace Creek Cemetery at Glen Allen, Bollinger County, Missouri.

Hannah's tombstone at
Trace Creek Cemetery
Hannah was a wife and mother for a little over twenty years. During that time she had ten children. Though several of them went on to marry and have children of their own, it does not appear that Hannah was able to witness any of it.

I chose not to include any additional historical facts that might have impacted Hannah. This is because I get the feeling Hannah spent her days working her home, her farm, and her children. It seems Hannah was put on this earth to give life, whether that be in the literal form of giving birth to her children or taking on the important day-to-day job of raising them. Until her untimely death, that is.

13 April 2010

Thomas Charles Rauls (Tombstone Tuesday)

Thomas Charles Rauls
Apr 16, 1886 - Nov 30, 1937
Gone But Not Forgotten
Whitener Cemetery
Marquand, Madison Co, MO
Isn't he dashing?
Thomas Charles Rauls (my 1st cousin, 4x removed) was a son of Powhatan Rauls (1849-1922) and Hannah Yount (d. 1891), as well as the husband of Myrtle Alexander (1894-1960).  The final resting place for Thomas and his wife is Whitener Cemetery in Marquand, Madison County, Missouri.

Photos from original images by David & Judi Cloninger via FindAGrave. Enhanced images shown here by S. Lincecum, © 2010.

08 April 2010

FindAGrave Shout Out

I awoke this morning to a wonderful surprise in the my email inbox. Eleven subject lines read, "Find A Grave Photo Request: Success!" -- ELEVEN! Imagine my shouts of Yippee! and Woo Hoo! You should have seen my Happy Dance.

An awesome lady named Molly took time out of her life to help me have 11 photos of my ancestors' and relatives' tombstones. I already gave her thanks on her contributor page, but this is my more public shout out to her and FindAGrave. With the success of the recent genealogy related tv shows, there are bound to be many coming online to search for their roots that have never even heard of this site. If you are one that has not yet discovered, go right now and give it a thorough browse. The site is awesome, and it works!

Something else I suggest: ALWAYS request a photo. Though your request will not always be fulfilled, receiving a photo does many things. It adds validity to what was posted on the memorial. Oftentimes, it also provides more information than found on the original memorial. Do not assume a creation of a memorial is the same thing as a transcription of the actual tombstone. I've created memorials based on death certificates and obituaries. Though I always add my source in the note section, others might not. Also, some contributors only provide the name and dates of the deceased. A photo might show a much longer epitaph including a quote or poem. I love seeing everything that is on the stone. You never know what clues or insight you might gain, enabling you to further enhance your knowledge of your ancestors' lives.

Some examples from my recent gifts:

- The memorial (#23744676) for my 3rd great grand uncle has his name as "Powahatan" Rauls. The photo provided has the name as "Powhatton" Rauls. Also, the birthdate on the memorial and the birthdate on the tombstone are not exactly the same. Finally, the tombstone photographed appears to have been added some time after his death. I would have known none of this without the photo.

- The memorial (#12819984) for Fred Robins lists only the year of his birth with a complete death date. A tombstone photo reveals the fuller name of "Frederick S." and complete dates of birth and death.

- The memorials for Rachel (#12819957) and Monroe Robins (#12819962) were also enhanced with photos. A picture of their tombstone reveals a quote from the poem Mortality by William Knox. I also see a small American flag placed at the bottom, likely in tribute to Monroe's Union service during the Civil War. Not to mention the symbols of the open book and finger pointing toward Heaven.

- A photo of H. Frank Robins' (#12819948) tombstone reveals his wife's name was Margarette. While this information might have been located by further browsing FindAGrave, it was not found on his particular memorial.

- The memorial for Alice Mae Huffman Robins (#30882382) has a slightly different birth year than her tombstone shows. The photo also reveals a nice sentiment inscribed at the bottom.

And don't forget the biggest bonus of all! I now have an image of Nancy Susan Robins (#28520338) and her husband J. E. Berry because a photo of them together is on their tombstone. Molly graciously took an up-close photo of it / them for me.

Molly has contributed more than 4,400 photos to FindAGrave. The work she did for me was located in Bollinger County, Missouri. If you have ties there, search what FindAGrave has to offer. You might benefit from Molly's generosity.

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