June 30, 2015

Jordan Gals With Glasses For Footnote Maven

Jacob Tillman Jordan fix

In honor of our good friend Footnote Maven (aka fM) of Shades of the Departed blog. I’m writing this article about Jim’s Jordan ancestors, and adding some pictures of them in glasses. I hope seeing them will bring some cheer to her. Today is her birthday and we’re all thinking of her and wishing her healing energy.

And so, without further adieu, here are the ladies of the Jordan family.

Jim is descended from Mary Rachel Jordan and Charles Levi Bean as seen in this picture of the husband.

Mary Rachel Jordan is the daughter of Jacob Tillman and Nancy Haga Jordan. Below is their pictures.

Special thanks to Evelyn Bliss, a descendant of the Susan Jordan Boorom line for sharing some of these pictures with me many, many years ago.



2011 Memorial Day – Veterans

Yates and Allied Families


Wilkerson and Allied Families

On every Memorial Day I remember all of my family members who have passed on. Not all of the people in this collage have passed, but many of them have.  I feel it’s important to thank our veterans whenever we can, and so I post this picture and thank our family members for their service.

If you are a member of either family and have served in the military, please come by and leave a comment with your branch of service and era in which you served.


Geneva Bean Allsup 1918 – 2010

Charles & Mary Bean

Geneva Eldora Bean Allsup is my husband Jim’s great aunt. She was the daughter of Mary Rachel (Jordan) and Levi Charles Bean seen below.

obit photo


Des Moines

Geneva Allsup, 91, passed away on August 12, 2010 at the Kavanagh Hospice Home on 56th St.

Geneva was married to Rollin Allsup and he preceded her in death in 2003, following 68 years of marriage. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and greatly enjoyed, baby-sitting, sewing and cooking. Geneva was also a longtime member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Watrous Avenue in Des Moines, where her visitation will be held on Saturday, August 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., and her funeral service will be held Sunday, August 15, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Des Moines.

Geneva was preceded in death by her parents, husband, eight sisters and two brothers. She is survived by three sons; Kenneth (Sherie) of Des Moines, David of Altoona and Eldon (Pat) of New Virginia, nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to the church, and messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.BrooksFuneralCare.com
obit photo

Source: Des Moines Register Obituaries – Geneva Allsup DesMoinesRegister.com

“Touch Not A Cat Bot A Targe”

Motto Translated: Touch not the cat without a shield.

iPentimento Memorial Day Remembrance 2008


We remember those who have served their country in times of war and peace.

Top Left Clockwise: Gregory E. Wilkerson, US Marine Corps – First Iraq War era; William Gale Yates, US Navy – WWII; David N. Yates, US Army National Guard – Vietnam era; Joyce L. Moline Huntley, US Army Nurse – WWII; James K. P. Yates, CSA – Civil War (Tennessee) Center: John Breedlove – US Army – Civil War (Missouri).

Top Left, Clockwise: Richard R. Bean, US Army – Civil War (Iowa); John Whit(t)more, US Army, Medal of Honor Recipient – Civil War (Illinois); Louis Sechrest, US Army National Guard – Iraq War (currently serving, Iowa); Gregory Wilkerson (see above); James A. Wilkerson, US Air Force – Vietnam era (IA); Loren E. Wilkerson, US Navy – WWII (IA).

We remember those who have been our family and friends and are no longer with us. (Sadly, too many to cite).

We honor them with this day of remembrance.