May 24, 2015

How To Find Inventors In Your Family

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Yesterday, I found out that one of my family members has a new invention. You may hear about it later on this blog, but in the mean time, just for fun, I did a search on the U.S. Patent Office website to see if there are any other inventors in our family. I plugged in a few surnames for my family just to see how the site works. Then, I focused on one surname, Breedlove, knowing from family records that at one time there had been a Breedlove washing machine. The search on the patent site is very broad though, so I just did a Google search for the washing machine and got results that showed up on Patent Storm.

I think I like the Patent Storm site a little better because you can search by surname, which to a genealogist is like waving a red flag. :) The results after entering the search name Breedlove on Patent Storm brought up 33 hits. Not all of the results are inventors though, it looks like some of them are users of the site. But, it’s interesting to see that Patent Search also includes their geograpical location. I signed up for this site (Free) and I am not entirely happy that my name and location can show up in someone’s search results, but someone could do the same thing just looking in the White Pages online.

There are probably other searchable sites online for patent searches, but today I am just focusing on these two. Here is what the Patent Storm says about its site:


Welcome to PatentStorm

PatentStorm has a new look and new functionality.

PatentStorm offers full-text U.S. patents from the U.S. Patent Office, including advanced patent search capabilities and full image retrieval in handy PDF format. Whether you are an inventor, a patent attorney, a patent agent or just curious about how things work, this site is for you.

Our full-text patent database goes back to 1976, when the U.S. Patent Office began converting its patents to full text. Everything we offer is free.

PatentStorm is a sister company of Storming Media, a Washington, D.C.-based company that makes Pentagon information more accessible, and LegiStorm, which provides transparency to the operations of the U.S. Congress. If you have any ideas about this site or any other comments, please do not hesitate to write us.

While Patent Storm searches back to 1976, the U. S. Patent Office site searches include the capability to search Issued Patents (PatFT) (full-text since 1976, full-page images since 1790) and Published Applications (AppFT) (published since 15 March 2001).

As it turns out, I don’t think any of my Breedlove ancestors invented a washing machine, but I do know from family documents that there was a washing machine with the surname on it.

Drop back by and let me know if you find any inventors in your family! (No, Al Gore did not invent the Internet!)

 

 

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.

diary 01 and shell

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.

diary 02 first page

Wayne Breedlove and Carol Yates Wilkerson.jpg

Wayne Breedlove and Carol Yates Wilkerson

14 June 2009

16 Great-Great-Grands of Carol Yates Wilkerson

Carol's G-G chart

I might be late with this, but I figured it was “better late than never”, right? FTM doesn’t have a ahnentafel feature that will show just the great-great grandparents, so I had to improvise and do a custom report. It really wasn’t that difficult, other than I hadn’t done it before. Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings did this for Saturday night genealogy fun, but we were home late on Sat. night, so I’m doing it on Monday.  Thanks Randy!

It kind of goes without saying that I am a combination of English and Swedish. Mostly English, with 6 Swedes.

16 Great-Great Grands of Carol Yates Wilkerson

Name    Birth date    Birth location    Death date    Death location

  1. Borjesson, Andreas    01 Jul 1833    Landa, Hal, Sweden    21 Jul 1916    Landa, Hal, Sweden SWEDISH
  2. Breedlove, John Watts    15 Nov 1841    St. Francois, MO    15 Dec 1908    Pottersville, Howell, MO ENGLISH
  3. Kelsay, Mary M.    1840    Washington, TN    Bef. 1871    TN ENGLISH
  4. Larson, Anders    14 May 1831    Veddige, Hal, Sweden        Denmark SWEDISH
  5. Larsson, Anna Lena    22 Feb 1829    Veddige, Hal, Sweden    31 Jul 1917    Hector, Renville, MN SWEDISH
  6. Magnusson, Inger Lena    14 Jul 1836    Landa, Hal, Sweden    26 Apr 1903    Landa, Hal, Sweden SWEDISH
  7. Moline, Lars Petter    03 Sep 1824    Lerbäck, Sweden    16 Jan 1890    Sätra, Sköllersta, Örebro, Sweden
  8. Moren, Per Persson    16 Oct 1817    Skollersta, Sweden    14 Sep 1887    Skollersta, Sweden SWEDISH
  9. Nilsdotter, Anna    03 Jan 1830    Ekerby, Orebro, Sweden    21 Nov 1865    Skollersta, Sweden SWEDISH
  10. Osgathorpe, Almarinda Helen    1839    TN        Jackson, TN  ENGLISH
  11. Pentecost, Eli Blankenship    13 Jun 1830    Sangamon, IL    12 Jan 1871    TN ENGLISH
  12. Persdotter, Karolina    21 Mar 1831    Bo, Sweden SWEDISH
  13. Smith, Elizabeth Jane    23 Mar 1834    Cumberland, KY    28 Dec 1919    Brandsville, Howell, MO  ENGLISH
  14. Smith, John W.    1836    Jackson County, TN    1907    Jackson County, TN ENGLISH
  15. Wright, Elizabeth Jane    04 Feb 1842    Franklin, Simpson, KY    17 Nov 1911    Pottersville, Howell, MO  ENGLISH
  16. Yates, James Knox Polk    17 Apr 1842    Roane,TN    02 Sep 1918    Roane,TN  ENGLISH

Carol's G-G chart

iPentimento Memorial Day Remembrance 2008

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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.