Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

I can't post a picture and say absolutely nothing. Here is a scan from a tintype of my 3 great grandfather William Odle Dobson Lamb born 23 March 1819 in Kentucky, died 8 September 1872 in Shelbyville, Shelby Co. Illinois. He usually used his initials W. O. D. Lamb so my cousin and I affectionately called him 'Wod' as we collaborated on research for the Lamb family.

Some of my Lamb ancestors were 'black sheep' (pun intended) and tomorrow I'll post a transcription of one of the court documents that proves it!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

Discovery of this Civil War pass took me on a research journey that lasted more than 10 years but led to the story of this ancestor and the discovery of his tombstone.

George J. Conrad born 27 July 1813 Hagerstown, Washington Co. Maryland, died 22 December 1882, Tower Hill, Shelby Co. Illinois.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Family Gravestone Friday

Sad isn't it? I took this picture several years ago, probably about 2002 when Rick and I took a trip to Missouri to look at family graves near Springfield. This one is in Rose Hill Cemetery just outside of Billings, Missouri.

The only reason that I am sure whose graves this marks is that I have an earlier survey of the cemetery and also that my great grandparents are buried beside them.

The only readable marking is the name "Lange" on the base because the marker is limestone and years of water being absorbed and freezing has caused the striations that obliterate the inscriptions.

Carl Lange (13 Mar. 1845- 7 Nov. 1911) and his wife Louisa Wagehoft (8 Sept. 1849-15 May 1936) were married 19 Aug. 1870 in Hillsboro, Montgomery County, Illinois. Both were born in Germany. They had 12 children, the oldest of which was my great grandmother Caroline Wilhelmine (Minnie) Lange Brandes who was buried next to them in 1915. Her husband Chris F. Brandes was buried next to Minnie in 1953.