November 22, 2014

147 Year Old Breedlove Civil War Diary

Wayne Breedlove with JWB diary

Wayne Breedlove with JWB diary

The Caretaker

Pictured above is my 2nd cousin, once removed, Wayne Breedlove who generously brought the John W. Breedlove diary with him from Florida when he visited us last week. Wayne’s father, Othel Breedlove was the man who ‘rescued’ the diary from obscurity decades ago. Wayne found it in his dad’s camper, tucked away on a shelf in a bag of some sort.

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Reunited Mementos

It was just by chance the colors of the conch shell matched the tablecloth so well last Sunday. The shell is just as old as the diary though, and it was a reunion for it to be with the diary because John Breedlove had brought it home with him from the east coast as a benign memento of his wartime trek with Sherman’s army on their ‘march to the sea’.

John enlisted as a Sgt.  on August 13, 1862 at Steelville, Missouri and was placed in Company E of the 32nd Regiment, Missouri volunteers when he mustered in October 18, 1862 under Capt. Clark.

Wayne, Kathleen, Jack, Dave and Marilyn

The Breedlove Descendants

The five people in this picture are all descendants of John W. Breedlove. They are: L-R – Wayne Breedlove, Kathleen Rice O’Neill, Jack Harbeston, Dave Yates, and in front, Marilyn Scott Tank. Also attending were Kathleen’s mother Anna Helmick Rice, and of course, myself.

I hope to add more detailed information about the contents of the diary as we get a better look at the pages. Wayne is planning to scan them and then give each of us the digital images for our records.  When I get them, I will share some of them with all of you.

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Wayne Breedlove and Carol Yates Wilkerson

14 June 2009

Military Funerals For Kitsap Veterans

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No relatives were located for these military veterans who died here in Kitsap County, but their passing won’t be unrecognized or forgotten. These are their names:

Daniel Leeds, 61, died in 2002.

Marine veteran Ron Losinger, 62, and Edward Howell (age not disclosed) died in 2006.

Jens Hanson, 64, was a resident of North Kitsap when he died in 2004.

Two of the veterans lived in the Bremerton area and died in 2004 — David
Hagen, 54, of Tracyton and John Jay Knox Sheldon, 77, of Bremerton.

Please read the full story at The Port Orchard Independent website.

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Lone Sailor Now In Place In Bremerton, WA

Lone Sailor Statue Arrives on Bremerton’s Waterfront

As the daughter of a Navy veteran of WWII, I am happy to see this statue going up on the waterfront here in Kitsap County, WA. Bremerton is a well-liked area for Naval personnel, as well as retirees and their families. Because of our temperate climate as well as a wealth of activities that include ocean fishing, skiing, hiking and any other kind of outdoor activity you can imagine, we have become a sort of destination city and county.

Would you like to show your appreciation for all of our troops serving in the military right now? Head on over to eMOM (eMail Our Military) and see how you can make a difference!

Source: Kitsap Sun news site

iPentimento – COI 10th Edition – Costume

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We’re celebrating the 10th Edition of the Carnival of Images with the word prompt: Costume

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John and Mary (DeSpain) Whitmore center-front

Children behind L-R: Cordelia, John, Mariah, Mary and William

This photo was most likely taken before 1904 because the youngest boy, William, died in January of that year. I have chosen this photo for the Carnival because of the elaborate dresses the ladies are wearing.

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