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Long Line - From England to the United States - Week 3 of #52Ancestors

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This week's prompt for Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project is Long Line. I had a couple of ideas for this week and finally settled on the long line of extended Call and Joslin family members who immigrated from Devonshire to the United States between the 1830s and early 1900s. 

I have to wonder if in 1851 when my great great grandparents Robert Call and Charlotte Joslin were both servants on the farm of Robert Reed in Chawleigh, Devonshire, England if they had any idea how many members of their extended families would immigrate to the United States. 





As far as anyone knows, Robert and Charlotte met at the Reed farm. Within two years of the 1851 census, Robert had immigrated to the Boston, Massachusetts area. A year later, Charlotte followed and they were married in Fitchburg, Massachusetts on July 16, 1854. 


1835 The first member of Robert's family to immigrate that I've identified was his maternal uncle William Paine. William (about 1800-1882) arrived at …

David Charles Davis (1865 - 1938) Building Contractor in Shamokin, Northumberland, Pennsylvania

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One of the photos in my great grandfather's collection of photographs from Keystone Academy in 1890-1891 is identified on the back as D.C. Davis of Shamokin, PA 

In the Keystone Academy catalogs and alumni booklets - he was identified as David Charles Davis of Shamokin, PA

A few minutes research on the web and Ancestry reveals basic information about David C Davis

1865 May 30  born in Donadlson, Schuylkill, Pennsylvania. Son of Evan Davis and Rachel Price (both born in Wales)
1870                 lived with his parents in Norwegian, Schuylkill, PA. His father is a miner
1880                 lived with his parents in Coal, Northumberland, PA
1890                 member of the middle class at Keystone Academy
1891                 member of the senior class at Keystone Academy
1892                 listed as a graduate of Keyston Academy, class of 91. at Bucknell University
1895 about      married Emily Werntz (1872 - 1935) daughter of Daniel Webster Werntz & Melinda Rissinger
1899         …

Favorite Photo - The Six Joslins - Week 2 of #52Ancestors

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This week's prompt for Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project is Favorite Photo. When i saw the prompt, I knew immediately what photo I'd be writing about - the Six Joslins photo from 1904. 

I first read about a photograph of my great great grandmother Charlotte Joslin Call and her five siblings taken at the 50th anniversary party for Charlotte Joslin and Robert Call in 1904. There wasn't a copy of the photo in my family and I wasn't sure I'd ever see a copy. 

When the family gathered in 1904, it was the first time the six siblings were together since the oldest left England in 1852. Going back - let me introduce the family. 

Robert Bird Joslin (1801 - 1881) married Mary Ann Adams (1808-1872) in Filleigh, Devonshire, England on 24 May 1832. 

Their first child, William, was born on Oct 27, 1832 in Filleigh. William arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on 27 March 1852 and lived the rest of his life in the Boston area. He married Charlotte Blackmore in 1856,…

Albert J Britton (1870 - 1939)

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One of the photos in my great grandfather's collection of photographs from Keystone Academy in 1890-1891 is identified on the back as Britton of Justus, Pa

In the Keystone Academy catalogs and alumni booklets - he was identified as Albert J Britton of Justus, Pa. 

A few minutes research on the web and Ancestry reveals basic information about Albert Britton

1870 Aug 8  Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Son of Jerome Britton annd Frances Hall
1880             Lived in Scott Township, Lackawanna, Pa (Justus is part of Scott Township)
1890-91       Attended Keystone Academy in Factoryville as an Unassigned Student
1892            Married Carrie Bessel (b 1869)
1893 Sept   Son Harold born
1900            Lived in Blakely, Lackawanna, Pa. Occupation is Provision Dealer
1907            Married Jennie H Smith in West Virginia
1920            Lived in Richmond, Virginia with Jennie. No occupation listed
1924            Married Johanna Harlander in West Virginia
1927            Daughter Dorothy born
1930 …

Fresh Start - Week 1 of #52Ancestors

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Last year, my fresh start for genealogy was actually get back to actively researching my family history. I updated software, explored all sorts of online sites with sources I'd never imagined I could access from home, learned a bit about DNA, realized how bad some of the research I'd done years ago really was and attended my first genealogical society conference in years.

Now having seen how the world of genealogy has changed since the last time I really spent time researching, I can't wait to see where my love of research and family history takes me this year.

I've always said I just wanted to research and really didn't have much interest in writing "THE BOOK". But now I've realized there are ways to share what I'm learning without having to feel like I need to write a definitive work on any subject.

So my Fresh Start for my genealogy in 2020 is committing to sharing what I find.

I'll be participating in Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors i…

Laman L Bower (Leon L) 1870 - 1956 - Dentist in Scranton and Philadelphia

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One of the photos in my great grandfather's collection of photographs from Keystone Academy in 1890-1891 is identified on the back as Bower of West Pittston

In the Keystone Academy catalogs and alumni booklets - he was identified as Laman L Bower of West Pittston who later lived in Scranton and Philadelphia

A few minutes research on the web and Ancestry reveals basic information about Laman L Bower

1870   Nov 23  born in Orangevilla, PA son of Ellis J Bower and Ida Mary Coleman
1880                 lived in Manhattan, Riley, Kansas (census)
1889-1890        listed in the Keystone Academy catalog as a member of the middle class
1890-1891        listed in the Keystone Academy catalog as a member of the senior class
1891-1892        attended Bucknell
1892                 lived in West Pittston with Ellis J and Edith I Bower, a theological student
1894                 lived in West Pittston with Ellis J and Edith I Bower, dentist
1896                 listed as removed from West Pitts…

Isaac Franklin Bodle 1859 - 1952 Taught at Keystone Academy in Factoryville Pennsylvania

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One of the photos in my great grandfather's collection of photographs from Keystone Academy in 1890-1891 is identified on the back as Prof. I.F. Bodel

A quick check of the 22nd Annual of Keystone Academy and Ladies, Institute  Factoryville PA  1890-91 indicates that Issac F Bodle was a member of the Board of Instruction.

A few minutes research on the web and Ancestry reveals basic information about Professor Bodle.

1859   Born in Eaton, Wyoming, PA on March 8. Son of James and Hannah Bodle.
????    Attended Lafayette College for 1 term
1891   On the Board of Instruction at Keystone Academy, Factoryville, PA
1900   Single, living in Wyoming County, PA, a teacher in the public schools.
1910   Single, living in Eaton, Wyoming, PA
1911   Nov 21  Married Sara Esther Lee in Manhattan, New York
1920   Married, living in Loxely and Robertsdale, Baldwin, Alabama, farmer
1922   Living in Loxely Alabama (obituary of sister Anna)
1928   Oct 11  Sarah Esther Lee Bodle dies. Graduate of Keyston…