Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Lydia Hurd Truesdell

Lydia Hurd Truesdell is buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford, Winnebago County, Illinois.

  This tombstone picture was taken by Alva Van Houten and found on Find A Grave at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=90413567&PIpi=60273659.

Lydia Hurd Truesdell must have been a most fascinating woman! Her obituary is titled Grandmother Truesdell.  I have seen that title for two of my ancestors that passed away when they were very old.  It just makes me think that she was well respected but also loved.

Thanks to Alva Van Houten for posting this on Find-A-Grave with the tombstone picture. 

Lydia was born December 1791 in New York or Massachusetts depending upon which census you want to believe.  Her parents have not yet been found as of yet.

She married Solomon Truesdell on 22 April 1815 in Warsaw, Wyoming County, New York according to the book Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and his descendants by John Cortland Crandall.  Solomon was born August 1789 in Massachusetts to Gideon Truesdell and Dorcas Crandall.  Solomon passed away 19 August 1850 in Warsaw, Wyoming County, New York.

Lydia and Solomon had eight children.  Erastus born 1817, Diana born 1818, Lucretia born 1820, Myron born 1822, Franklin born 1823, Lavina born 1825, Alvira born 1828 and Allen born 1830 (my ancestor).

In 1854 Lydia is selling 40 acres of land as the "widow of Solomon Truesdale deceased Private in Captain Nobles Company New York Infantry....War of 1812".  By 1860 Lydia and Allen are in Owen, Winnebago County, Illinois.  Lydia is written down as Mary in this census however all other records show her as Lydia or Grandma.  Allen married and Lydia then moves in her with her daughter Diana Truesdell Benson where she will eventually pass away.

So do you have Lydia Hurd Truesdell in your family?  Do you know more about her?  I would love to hear from you so that I have more to remember this part of my family!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

One family and the month of October

Things are finally settling down with work and life that I finally have had time to get back to genealogy and my forgotten blog.  While looking at my family and trying to figure out what to write about something slapped me upside the head when I looked at my grandfather's family.  October was not such a great month for this family!

Vern John Plymesser 
Frances Hazel Brackett Plymesser

My great grandfather was Vern John Plymesser.  Vern was born 6 December 1893 in Glidden, Carroll County, Iowa.  His parents were John Willis Plymesser and Mary Anna Dickey.  Vern married Frances Hazel Brackett on 30 April 1913.  Frances was born 23 March 1893 in Jefferson, Greene County, Iowa.  Her parents were  Benjamin Franklin Brackett and Martha Anne Truesdale.  

This is a scan of the Certificate of Marriage that was found in pieces in a box that my grandmother Margaret Hanson Plymesser had when she passed away.  Some pieces were not located but enough were found so that I could put it together and then scan with a Flip-Pal.  I then stitched it together so we will always have a copy!

Vern and Frances had 6 children.  

John Vern born 3 January 1914 in Churdan, Greene County, Iowa. 

Mildred Martha (Mick) born 2 June 1915 in Cedar Township, Greene County, Iowa.  

Lillian Maxine (Mac) born 10 June 1917 in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa.  

Dale Franklin born 30 December in Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa.  

Doris Arline (Arline) born 24 March 1922 in Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa.  

Donald Albert born 4 March 1924 in Center Grove, Dickinson County, Iowa. 

The weird part now comes in to play with October.  My grandfather John was the first to pass away on 5 October 1958 in Summit, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.  He left 7 children ranging in ages from 20 to a one year old.   Vern was next in this family to pass away.  He passed away on 12 October 1966 in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.  .  Frances did not live long after and passed away on 29 October 1967 also in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.  So right now three people of the same family have all passed away in October.  This might be a bit scary for those that are superstitious.  

The family had a respite though for a bit until 5 January 1973 when Donald passed away in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.  So maybe the "curse" was over and it was just a coincidence.  

Alas that was not to be on 5 October 1975 Dale passes away  in Tripoli, Oneida County, Wisconsin.  So now not only October but the fifth of October seems to be a day for holding your breath!  

The family once again gets a bit of a reprieve until Arline passes away in 1994.  However she passes away on 5 October 1994 in Fort Atkinson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin.  I can remember my Aunt Mac talking about dreading October and especially the fifth of October years before Arline passed away but especially after.  

The family once again does not have long before another family member passes. On 13 March 1995 Mic passes away in Okeechobee, Okeechobee County, Florida.  It is truly a sad day for me as I was close to Mic and Mac.  Mic always came to see us when she came up to Florida.  Her and husband Luverne would come up and stay in the local motel in Oconomowoc.  They had the clothes hung in the back seat on the bar that would go from one back door to the other.  They would drive up to see the family in Wisconsin and then family in Iowa.  It was always a great time and they would always bring their dog with them.  However with Mic's passing this now left only Mac.  

Mac would be with us until 10 March 2006 when she passed away in  Milford, Dickinson County, Iowa. While I was sad to learn of Mic's passing the world seemed to drop out from underneath me when we heard about Mac.  We would drive to Iowa and get Mac and then drive her back to our house so she could stay with us. I always had to wash her hair for her as she could not do it.  She was a wonderful great aunt but we never called her that she was just Aunt Mac. She told great stories about growing up that would include her family but also my grandmother.  Mac was my grandmother Marge's friend.  My grandmother Margaret Hanson married John Vern Plymesser.  So Mac's stories were a double treat!  We would go see her in Iowa and of course have to go to the Gingham Inn for dinner.  There was always at least one stop at the Dairy Queen for a peanut buster parfait (even though she was not supposed to have them).  A trip to Okoboji to the park for fudge.  

So October was not the best month for this family but it does make those of us still here think about the awesome people that made us who we are.  It also provides us with so many ways to remember the family!