May 6, 2015

Genealogy Comes Naturally To Heirloom Gardeners

Flowering Almond 2007

The Story Behind The Plant In This Photo

(continued from Pentimento blog post How To Propagate A Flowering Almond Shrub)

The flowering almond above is a ‘child’ of a plant that was already well-established in our yard way back in the 1950’s.  That was in Tumwater, Washington and the house was an old farmhouse with many old trees, shrubs and flower bulbs planted everywhere.  My brother and I, along with our parents lived in that house from about 1952 to 1982 when my parents moved to live with my grandpa in Olympia.  In that year my sister-in-law Kathy got a start from the Dennis Street flowering almond as did my mom get one to plant at my grandpa’s place.  I chose not to get a start off the plant at that time, even though I was living in Washington too, and as it turned out we moved to Florida for four years and came back in 1992.

It was just a few years ago that I decided I finally had a place to plant a start of the family flowering almond.  It makes me smile to think about the original one from my childhood that always heralded spring with its pretty pink blossoms all along the stems and how it’s not just people who “migrate” but they also take their plants with them!

Did any of your ancestors bring plants with them when they migrated?


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2010: Jim and Carol Yates Wilkerson Wed 40 Years

Jim & Carol wedding closeup 2

I was just 20 by a week, and Jim was 21.  We were married by Judge Thorpe at the court house in Olympia, Washington at about 7:30 PM.

Jim’s parents and a friend had driven all the way from Iowa to attend the wedding (parents do that sort of thing) of their only son.  We didn’t know they were coming, and it was quite a surprise when they drove in the driveway of my parent’s house in Tumwater a couple days before the wedding.

Jim and Carol Yates Wilkerson

09 September 1970

Those attending the wedding were: Gale and Joan Yates (my parents); Dave, Kathy and Eric Yates; Lenny and Judy Wallace; Will and Josie Yates; Ron Rutherford; Rose Atchinson; Loren and Toots Wilkerson.


Jim and Carol Yates Wilkerson

40th Anniversary 2010

Do You Have Favorite Family Members?

Minnie Smith age 12

Are there favorite family members you like to research or write about?  Until someone else posed this question, I hadn’t really given it much thought just who I seemed to write about the most.  I think about several of my ancestors quite often though, and wish that I could have met them.

Minnie Smith Yates

I’ve written about my two grandmothers before in Growing Up Grandma-less where I explain how much you lose when you never get to know your grandmother.  I think about my Grandma Minnie Yates quite often, especially now that I have two granddaughters of my own. What would I have learned from her? I wonder…

Donald, Helen, Joan, Jeane and Joyce Moline

My maternal grandmother, Helen Nordgren Moline, had a very short life, but she left us with a mystery.  Well, several mysteries.  She was killed by a hit and run driver as she stood on a corner in Seattle in September of 1929.  At the time, she was already living away from her husband, two adopted children and three biological daughters.

In 1930 Grandpa Moline and the three girls are living with another young woman in the house, presumably the adopted daughter.  But where was the adopted son Donald Moline?  And, why two adopted children when they had three girls? Did Grandpa want a boy so bad to carry on his name that he wanted Grandma to keep having babies till she ‘gave him one’, and when she had my mother, the youngest and another girl, did they decide to adopt?

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There are plenty more people for favorites in Jim’s family too:

Henry Skaggs, one of the “long hunters” who ( I was told) had an unnatural relationship with his granddaughters.  He’s not my favorites because of that, just the long hunter part because he was one of the pioneers who went into Kentucky with men such as Daniel Boone.

My husband Jim is a descendant of Henry Skaggs through Henry’s marriage to Susan Scott. Their daughter Nancy Skaggs married Peter DeSpain. Of that union a son, John DeSpain married (3) Mariah Perkins. John and Mariah’s daughter Mary Elizabeth DeSpain married John W. Whitmore, a Medal of Honor recipient in the Civil War. The DeSpain and Whitmore families settled in Des Moines County near Pleasant Grove, Iowa.  Peter DeSpain and Nancy Skaggs had 19 children.  I know she probably had no choice, but I sure admire that woman!

Mariah Perkins DeSpain

Who are your favorite ancestors? Let me know by leaving a comment, please.

6th Edition Smile For The Camera – Funny Bone

jim-pentecost-jim-yates

I can’t say this picture necessarily makes me laugh, but it does make me smile :). The man on the left is my Great Grand Uncle James Eli Penecost who was born 28 Jan 1867 in Celina, Clay, TN and died 04 Feb 1941 in Koshkonong, Oregon, MO. The man on the right is my Great Grandfather James William Milburn Yates who was born 27 Sep 1862 in Roane County, TN and died 11 August 1938 in Olympia, Thurston, WA. The two men were brother-in-laws, being married to sisters Laura Breedlove (Jim P’s second wife) and Cerilda Breedlove (Jim Yates’ first wife).

There is no explanation in any of our family documents that would give us a clue why these two men had this picture taken, but just that it exists makes me think the coats they are wearing must have been very important to them. They both were living in Missouri at the time this photo was taken, and it can get mighty cold there in the winter. If I didn’t know for sure who these men were, I would take them for some Russian immigrants, wouldn’t you? Do you think that’s a beaver coat that Jim Pentecost is wearing?

I hope you have enjoyed this submission for 6th Edition Smile For The Camera – “Funny Bone”.  If you would like to participate by blogging about your own picture that makes you smile or laugh, you can do so here’s how:

Deadline for submission is midnight (PT)
10 October, 2008.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

There are two options:

1. Send an email to the host, Becky (kinexxions@gmail.com). Include the title and permalink URL of the post you are submitting, and the name of your blog. Put ‘Smile For The Camera’ clearly in the title of your email!

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