Morris Mitchell Will Have to Wait

I had a great story written for you all about Morris MITCHELL but the more I researched the less comfortable I felt about posting. I am not posting the story today because I'm not convinced it's the right ancestral line. After I started really looking critically at the data I don't feel it's solid enough to post here. Once I straighten out the research I will certainly post what I feel is a correct and true genealogy but I don't want to post incorrect information. So I'll leave you today with photo and an apology that there is no story today.

A kiss print from my Mam on the back of a photo (paternal grandmother, Audrey LARKIN DRAKE)

Week 3 Schedule and The Lord's Day

I feel like I've been writing all weekend but it's worth it or I wouldn't be doing it. Today will just be the week 3 schedule. Storytelling resumes tomorrow. Enjoy the day of rest God has given us today.


Sunday January 15th: Today is the death date anniversary for two ancestors: Morris MITCHELL (my paternal 6th great grandfather) and John BATES (my maternal 5th great grandfather- newly discovered this past fall!). I'm going to take a break today and spend this beautiful Sunday with family and hope that some of them start feeling better this week. We'll celebrate the lives of these two men on Monday and Tuesday this week. Happy Lord's Day!

Monday January 16th: First up this week, we celebrate the lives of two men: Morris MITCHELL's (my paternal 6th great grandfather) and John BATES' (my maternal 5th great grandfather) death date anniversaries were yesterday. In the interest of keeping the blog posts reasonably short I will post Morris' story today and John's story tomorrow.

Tuesday January 17th: Today I'll tell the story of John BATES (my maternal 5th great grandfather).

Wednesday January 18th: David Elick CAWYER (Bart's 2nd great grandfather). Elick was born in January of 1865. I'm not sure of the exact day so I chose this day to tell his story.

Thursday January 19th: Today we're honoring the life of Dettie GIBSON BATES (my maternal great grandmother) by recognizing her death date anniversary. Today is also the birthday of Heinrich WOLF (Bart's 3rd great grandfather) but for the sake of brevity we'll do his story tomorrow.

Friday January 20th: Today we'll celebrate the birthday of Bart's 3rd great grandfather, Heinrich WOLF.

Saturday January 21st: Today is my son Derek's birthday. I'd like everyone to celebrate by posting or sending me photos and stories of Derek- especially ones you don't think I own or have seen/been told. I hope you'll join in my celebration of his life. Today will also be the weekend wrap-up with updates on all the featured ancestors from this week.

Here's a photo to enjoy today. I hope Cindy BRATTON MATTHEWS doesn't mind:

Weekend Wrap-Up for Week 2

My computer has shut down four times while writing this one blog post. So if it's a little choppy or the editing is done poorly- I'm sorry. I'm a little frustrated at this point! This has been a crazy busy week. I'm glad you're coming back around the blog today for the weekend wrap-up. I've got lots to tell you! I'll organize this post by following up on each featured ancestor in the order I presented them on the blog this week. Let's get started!


First thing this week we talked about Ralph and the hubbub with how many siblings there were and where Alice UNDERWOOD EDENS fit into things. I emailed another researcher who I've been in touch with before about Alice. I explained to her the research I had in front of me, what my conclusions were and why, and offered her some documents. I asked her to read the blog post and get back to me with her thoughts and conclusions on the matter. She responded to my first email but didn't respond again after that. I'm not sure if my conclusions about Alice upset her or whether she is just busy right now and unable to deal with genealogy. Since I'm not certain about her outlook I won't post her name. I will, however, post Alice's death certificate which Becky was kind enough to locate and send to me. You can see that the certificate declares Minerva's parents to also be Alice's parents. I still stand by my original conclusion although this particular record doesn't support my conclusion. I am definitely open to anyone who would like to offer a different conclusion with supporting evidence. In the meantime, here's that death certificate:


On Tuesday I featured James BUTLER. Becky had the great idea of putting the BUTLER-CAUDILL marriage certificate on a yellow background which makes it easier to read. EasiER- not easy. Here's the copy she did for us:

The best and most exciting breakthrough of the week also comes courtesy of Becky and her stellar sleuthing abilities. She has finally found the couple I truly believe to be the parents of Nancy CAUDILL BUTLER. I've had several different couples listed and changed them for various reasons and the couple I have listed now is not a couple I was ever very sure of. However, this couple that Becky found looks to be the right ones FINALLY! Thanks, Becky!! Here's the screenshot she sent me showing the family in the 1870 census:

So now you know! Nancy CAUDILL'S parents were Joseph and Martha BOWLIN CAUDILL. BOWLIN has also been spelled BOLLEN on some records.


There is so much to say about William! Becky came through for us again by finding the newspaper article about William's tent burning and the city directory page. Great job, Becky! I thought it was a little odd that William lived in a tent but it turns out Tulsa was basically a tent city at that time so it was perfectly normal for that time period. Becky pointed out that also listed on the city directory page are William's son Jess and his dad Joseph (my 3rd great grandfather who was 68 at the time!). They were all living together along with William's wife Minerva and a Mrs. Emma LARKIN. I'm still trying to place this Emma. I don't know of Jess or Joseph being married to an Emma nor do I know of Ralph (William's other son) marrying an Emma. William had a daughter named Emma but she married a SPILLERS and this directory page specifically refers to her as “Mrs.”. So I'm still trying to place her. If you get it figured out before I do, please share with us!

The next time you're driving around Tulsa (and wondering if William, Jess, and Joe might have paved the road you're driving on) I want you to check out some locations if you have the time to wander around. Owen Park would be a good place to start. Vitrified Brick & Tile had their business located there at the location where Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School now stands. Tulsa Preservation Commission has a great PDF brochure you can access online that gives a little history about Vitrified Brick along with a sketch of the business as it looked in 1907. You can find it here. While you're in that area you might as well drive by 121 N Nogales where the LARKIN's lived. It's near where the company used to be. Mechelle has agreed to get us some photos of the old fair ground district area which played a part in the newspaper article we read. She'll get to that when she has some free time. Thanks Mechelle!

Do you remember that new Oklahoma vital records database I told you about in William's blog post? Well I was able to get the death certificate for the William Larkin listed on the database (the one in the screenshot in the blog post). It was not our William LARKIN. I was really disappointed. I also tried to get the other one with the female LARKIN that was unnamed on the database (the other screenshot I posted). There were some issues and they wouldn't release it to me. The Oklahoma City office is supposed to review my request and make a determination of whether I can have a copy of it. I haven't heard from them yet but when I do I'll let you know.

I'm also still working the mine angle and trying to find information about the mine William owned. I've found a spreadsheet online that gives me hope the information is out there somewhere. You can take a look at the spreadsheet here. I'm also looking through the finding aids at the State Historical Society of Missouri to see if they have records. I found a map here that defines the Aurora Mining District and a second map that shows current mines in the area. Also I'll still need to make another trip to the courthouse in Lawrence County to see what they have. I'm working on it but don't let that stop you from trying to figure out the mystery before I do! If you make a discovery share it with us!


I hope you noticed that this time I included Clara's middle names. Thanks for reminding me, Bob! He said the photo I used in the blog post was from their 50th wedding anniversary. He also told me a great little story that's too good to keep to myself! He said, “Grandma's (Clara's) Dad, Michael Turk, had no use for William Wolf. He packed up his daughter and sent her to Cleveland. William went after her. That's why they were married in Ohio.” That clears up a long-time mystery for me! I always wondered how they ended up marrying in Ohio. Problem solved! Thanks, Bob! Bob was also kind enough to look at the cruise party photo and tell me Clara definitely wasn't in that photo. After posting, I had gone in and enlarged the photo quite a bit and was at the same conclusion myself but I only have one photo of her and never met her so it was nice to get a family member's opinion.

Betty let me know that the name of the town in which William was farming is actually Port Hope, not Fort Hope. Thanks, Betty! Also, Clara and William had two girls and three boys so I need to go back and correct that blog post. Thanks again, everyone!


I don't have any updates on Charles or Esther but wanted to thank everyone for their kind words about these posts. I was in a hurry with Charles' post and wasn't happy with how choppy the story ended up being but some days I have next to no time to edit after I write. I don't want that to stop me from getting the information out there, though. So, it is what it is. Thanks for sticking with me anyway! Thanks to Joyce for her kind words about how I handled Esther's Alzheimer's. I'm glad to know Esther would have approved.

Enjoy your weekend, family and friends! Next week will be another great week! Think positive thoughts, pray your prayers, love and support each other.

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives


Grab a cup of hot chocolate and a comfy chair and let me tell you a story! Yesterday I wrote about Clara TURK WOLF. Today I want to tell you about her father-in-law, Charles Johann WOLF- Bart's 2nd great grandfather. If you're lighting Yarzeit candles with me, go ahead and light yours. Charles passed away on this date in 1946 and today we're going to honor his life and remember him.

Charles and Therese BRUMM WOLF with some of their children.

Charles was born in 1857 to Heinrich and Christiana CHRISHARD WOLF. Some records state he was born in Prussia (a kingdom of the German Empire in 1857). You can find a Prussian map circa 1857 at University of Alabama Historical Maps of Europe digital collection. They have a map of Saxony there as well.

Charles was the brother of William's Uncle Ernest who was mentioned in yesterday's post. Charles' family began their immigration journey to the United States from Germany in 1874. Here is a Hamburg passenger list dated 16 October 1874 listing Charles' mom Sophia (that was her middle name), Charles who went by Carl, and his younger brother Ferdinand (who later went by Fred). These three departed from Hamburg, Germany and came to New York, USA via Liverpool, England on the steamship Hansa. The captain was Captain BRANDT (a surname that came up in yesterday's post) and the shipping clerk was M. Otto W. Möller.

Sophia, Charles, and Ferdinand WOLF on the passenger list.

A photo of the steamship Hansa found at Roger Kreuz's website where you can also learn more about the steamship Hansa.

Another family that jumped out at me from the passenger list was the BRUMM family including Charles' future wife, Therese Rosa.

Both the WOLF and BRUMM families on the passenger list.

The passenger list shows that Charles was 16 years old at the time the family immigrated. The family was residing at Crimmitschau, Sachsen at the time of immigration. Sachsen was another Kingdom State in the German Empire in the 1870's. You would recognize it better as 'Saxony'. (There are some beautiful photos of Crimmitschau online at Crimmitschau's official website. You can also google for images and even Youtube videos.)

Circa 1840 postcard scene of Crimmitschau found on Wikipedia with original credits to Saxonia Museum fuer saechsische Vaterlandskunde (a Saxon museum).

Just a note about the immigration date. Charles gave an immigration date of 1873 on more than one census record and Bart's Uncle Bob- who knows far more about this family than I do- says that Charles, along with his dad (Henry) and brothers (Christopher, Ernest, and Fred), came to America in 1875. I am by no means an immigration expert- I'm barely a beginner in that area so I am giving you all of the information I have available to me. I know some families immigrated in small groups at different times meaning some came earlier than others so it's entirely possible to have multiple immigration dates in one little family. One interesting immigration story that Bart's Uncle Bob told me was that when Charles and his dad and brothers arrived in Michigan Charles, his dad Henry, and the two younger brothers settled in upper Sanilac County in the thumb of Michigan but their brother Christopher continued on to Alpena, Alpena County, Michigan which is in the northern part of Michigan. Christopher's branch then began spelling their last name WOLFE.


On 20 November 1884 in Delaware, Sanilac County, Michigan (where both the WOLF and BRUMM families had settled after immigration) Charles WOLF and Therese BRUMM married. Together they had at least 9 children, four of whom had passed away by the time the census taker came in 1900. The year his son Wallace was born (1896), Charles also became a naturalized American. If I'm reading the census abbreviations correctly, Theresa was not naturalized in 1900 at the time of the census.

Uncle Bob told me Charles was a stone mason and a farmer. Charles built many chimney's in the Delaware, Michigan area. When my mother-in-law's and Bob's dad, Carl, built his house about 1945 or so, Charles wanted to build the chimney. Carl wouldn't let him because at that point Charles was much too feeble to do the job.

Charles' wife Therese passed away in 1907. To my knowledge, he never remarried. Charles lived another 39 years without Therese. Charles and Therese are buried together at St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery in Minden City, Sanilac County, Michigan.

There's a lot more to Charles' life but I'm going to leave his story for now. We'll revisit him in October of this year to celebrate his birthday. I hope you've enjoyed learning about him with me. Don't forget to check in tomorrow when I'll be talking about Bart's grandma, Esther MOELLER WOLF, and then again on Saturday when I'll recap the entire week and include information and stories that didn't quite make it into the blog posts about all the ancestors we've learned about this week. Also, if you can't get enough of historical and genealogical stories, head on over to my sister-in-law Becky's blog and read about her people.

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives blog

CLARA TURK WOLF: First Generation American

Clara TURK is Bart's maternal great grandmother. She passed away on January 13, 1968 in Deckerville, Sanilac, Michigan. Today we're celebrating her life. I never knew Clara and I haven't heard any stories about her so this post will probably be short and full of facts.

Clara was the first generation of the TURK family to be born in America. Her parents, Michael and Catherine KOSLOWSKI TURK were both born in Germany. Clara had 8 or 9 siblings that I know about. She grew up in Sanilac County, Michigan in the “thumb” of the Michigan mitten. In 1894 Clara's mom passed away. Clara was about 6 years old then. About 8 months later, Clara's dad married again. Clara's stepmom, Wilhelmina BRANDT, raised her for 16 years.

Clara was 21 years old when she married William Charles WOLF and William was 24 years old.* Clara was working as a dressmaker (possibly in Cuyahoga County, Ohio) and William was farming in Fort Hope, Michigan. Like Clara, William was a first-generation American in his German family. William had also lost his mom about 3 years before the couple married. After marriage, they lived in Huron County, Michigan. At the time of the 1910 census, Clara and William were living in Bloomfield Township, Huron County, Michigan. They had only been married about 4 months and two of William's brothers- Albert (age 15) and Wallace (age 13)- were living with them. Albert was helping William on the farm and Wallace was still in school.

Clara and William seemed to be the family's caregivers from the get-go. In 1920 they were living in Wheatland Township, Sanilac County, Michigan. They were in their early 30's and had their own family- two girls and two boys (the youngest boy being Bart's grandfather). Living with them was William's 56-year-old uncle, Ernest WOLF.

In 1930 they were still in Sanilac County, Michigan but they were living in Delaware Township. One daughter had moved out and another son had been born so there were still four children living at home. Clara and William reported having been married 21 years. This time, though, there were no other family members living with them. By 1940 their other daughter had moved out but the three boys were still at home. William's uncle Ernest was living next door to the family.

Here is a photo of Clara and William in their later years together.

This photo was taken in 1959- about 9 years before Clara's death.

Clara and William are buried at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Minden City, Sanilac County, Michigan. I wish I knew more about Clara's life. I did find one thing online that I would like Bart's family's input on. I found a photo of a “Mrs. William Wolf [Clara]” and one of the women vaguely resembles Bart's great grandmother Clara but I don't know her well enough to say one way or the other and I only have one photo to compare it to. The photo is dated 16 January 1961 and was labeled as a “cruise party”. It was sent to a “Mrs. Fred Schmidtt”. It's currently housed at IUPUI University Library Special Collections and Archives in Indianapolis, Indiana. I'll include the caption and a link to the online photo so family can try to evaluate it:

Link to photo of a Mrs. William Wolf [Clara]" in the Damenverein Collection, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Library.

Photo caption to linked photo.

I've enjoyed sitting down with a hot cup of tea to tell you a little about Clara. I hope you've enjoyed reading about her and if you have stories about her I'd love to hear them. You can comment the stories below or send them to me in a message.

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

*As a side note, on the marriage license application, Clara gave her mom's name as Laura KOZLOWSKI.

William Larkin: Farmer, Mine Owner, and Road Paver

Today we're celebrating William LARKIN's birthday which is actually on the 13th but as I said in Sunday's post, writing about three people on one blog post is just too much- for you AND for me. So here I sit (with my cup of coffee flavored with a little caramel syrup) to write another story for you. William is my 2nd great grandfather and the father of Ralph LARKIN about whom I blogged on Monday.

William was born in 1868 in Ohio to Joseph and Mary LANE LARKIN. Theodore Clay LARKIN (the one with the penchant for baseball bats that I wrote about here) was William's uncle. William's family moved to Kentucky about 1870 and then on to Arkansas by 1872. Between 1876 and 1880 they moved to McDonald Township, Barry County, Missouri. It was in Barry County, Missouri that William married Minerva Jane UNDERWOOD in 1889. They stayed in Barry County for a decade or so. This is where most (possibly all) of their children were born. After William's mom passed away in 1899, William and Minerva moved to Aurora, Lawrence County, Missouri. I'm not sure if it's coincidence, but on the 1900 census (and only on this one) he gave his occupation as mine owner. So did he inherit a mine from his mom or her family? Did he inherit money and that's how he bought a mine? Did it just happen to all fall into place about the time his mom died? Or, did he hope to get in on the gold that was discovered in Barry County in 1910? So many questions, so few answers. (If you're interested in the 1910 discovery of gold in Barry County you can read about it here. You'll have to scroll almost to the bottom of the page or use your search function. Hey Becky, is this your RICH family mentioned in this gold article??)

William and his family stayed in Aurora for the decade between 1900-1910. 1910 is a little confusing where this family is concerned because the census shows they were living in Hulbert, Cherokee County, Oklahoma (near Tahlequah). But later on down in this post you'll see a city directory entry that shows them living in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. My opinion is that their residence was in Hulbert but during the work week William lived in a tent in Tulsa. You'll see a newspaper article toward the end of this blog post that will make this theory more clear.

I lost William and Minerva after 1910 and they were “missing” for a very long time until I found a researcher who told me Minerva died about 1917 or 1918 and is buried in a plot in a cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The plot was meant for someone else but when Minerva died and they needed a place to bury her, they used the plot they had. It is, as far as I know, an unmarked grave. To be clear I can't verify whether or not Minerva is there. I can't verify her death date or place either. Oklahoma just came out with a database yesterday to search births and deaths in Oklahoma and I couldn't find Minerva on there by her name. There was, however, an unidentified female with the last name LARKIN who died in March of 1917 in Cherokee County, Oklahoma so this could possibly be Minerva. I'll be checking this out soon.

If you have Oklahoma ancestors you're researching you can find the database here. (Thanks to Becky for the link! After she linked me, I got the same link from my cousin Denise LARKIN. Thanks to both of you!)

As for William, he disappeared after 1910 and I haven't been able to find him. Becky did make this discovery just this week that I want to share with you.

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1910 Tulsa City Directory entry.

Based on images I can find online it looks like 121 N Nogales is now an empty lot:

(Thanks, Google maps!)

Along with that new information Becky sent a link so I could learn more about the company William worked for- Tulsa Vitrified Brick and Tile Company. You can learn about it too by going to Tulsa Gal's blog.

I did not know William was ever in Tulsa so this is a new area to research. I checked the new Oklahoma database I linked to above and found one entry for a William Larkin.

I will definitely be checking this out further and, if it looks promising, I'll be ordering a certificate. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that after all these years I have finally found him (and Minerva, too).

Becky found one more little tidbit that I'd like to share with you from because I believe there is a strong possibility that this article is about our William LARKIN:

16 September 1906, The Morning Tulsa Daily World

Anybody in the Tulsa area feel like taking a trip over to the old fair ground district to take some photos for us??

So there you have it. Our farmer, mine owner, and road paver summed up in one story. The next time you're driving around in Tulsa, I hope you'll think about William. You may be driving on a road he once paved.

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Ralph Larkin and the Mystery of His Missing Sibling

Today's blog post is about Ralph LARKIN. I'll be going off the information I have available to me online (and not digging out my records or any additional information online) as well as going off stories from my Dad to create today's blog post. Ralph LARKIN is my paternal great grandfather. He died on this date in 1963. I wasn't born for another 6 years so I don't have any personal stories about him to tell. Any stories I have come from others and from records.

I have tried to stick with Ralph's childhood but a big part of childhood is siblings and Ralph has a sibling that's a big mystery so today I'm going to talk a little about the siblings.

Ralph was born in 1898 in Barry County, Missouri to William and Minerva UNDERWOOD LARKIN. By 1900 (just two years later) the family was living in Aurora, Lawrence County, Missouri. Ralph had two siblings that I can name with certainty- Emily and William. (Alice is another child that some researchers assign to Minerva. We'll talk about Alice in a minute.) In the 1900 census Ralph's mom was 48 years old and she stated she gave birth to four children and all four were living. There are only 3 children living in the home, though- Emily (who later goes by Emma; 10 years old), William (who later went by Jess or Jesse; 8 years old), and Ralph (2 years old).

Ten years later in the 1910 census, Ralph's mom says again that she gave birth to four children but in 1910 she says one child is deceased. The children listed in her household in 1910 are Emma, Jesse (spelled 'Jessie'), and Ralph. I did a search of pre-1910 Missouri deaths at the Missouri archives database for a possible record of the baby that died but couldn't find anything that seemed to fit with the information above.

Now let me throw another kink in things. Jess died in 1956. His obituary lists the following siblings: Mrs. Emma SPILLERS of Southwest City, Missouri; Mrs. Alice EDENS of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Ralph LARKIN of Southwest City, Missouri. So, were there actually 5 children total and one died? Did they think Alice was going to die and told the census taker she was dead but then she pulled through? Was there a misunderstanding on either the census taker's part or the part of the person giving answers to the census taker?

Let's go ahead and talk about Alice now. Some researchers have Alice listed as Minerva's sibling (Ralph's aunt) and some have Alice listed as Minerva's child (Ralph's sibling). On the FindAGrave website Alice is listed as belonging to Minerva's parents. I believe this is incorrect for a couple of reasons including Alice being listed as a granddaughter of Minerva's mom on the 1880 census and the fact that Minerva's mom would have been approaching 60 when Alice was born so biology would make it improbable that she gave birth to Alice.

On the records I've found for Alice, she had UNDERWOOD as her last name. So was Alice the illegitimate daughter of Minerva or one of Minerva's sisters? Was she Minerva's niece that Minerva ended up raising (a daughter of one of Minerva's brothers)? Minerva's brother just happened to get married the year Alice was born so maybe something happened to Alice's mom and Minerva's brother couldn't care for the baby? Allow me to tell you what I think. I think we can safely rule out all of the brothers because in the 1880 census Alice's father's birthplace is not given but her mother's is and her mother's birthplace is North Carolina. If one of Minerva's brothers had been the dad, the family would have been able to answer the question of Alice's father's birthplace so I think we can safely rule out all of the brothers (Ralph's uncles). Minerva was approximately 19 when Alice was born so I think it's most likely that Alice is either Minerva's or one of the sisters' illegitimate child. Minerva and Mary are the only ones I'm showing as being born in North Carolina so I think we can safely narrow it down to one of those two women. In looking at these two women, I notice that in 1874 (when Alice was born) Mary was married and going by the name BUTLER. So I think we can finally narrow it down to Minerva as being Alice's mom. That equals four biological children for Minerva so you would think that would solve the problem, but it doesn't because Minerva said one of her children was deceased by 1910 and yet Jess's obituary shows there were four siblings and all were still alive in 1956.

I have yet to figure out this mystery. If you get it figured out- please let me know! It's difficult for me to imagine that Alice and Ralph were ever very close. Alice had her first two children before Ralph was ever born and she had her third child the same year Ralph was born. We're going to stop right here with Ralph's childhood and move on but first, I want to show you some photographs of two of Minerva's children.

This is Ralph:

This is Ralph's sister, Emma LARKIN SPILLERS:

In 1918, at age 20, Ralph married Bessie LARKIN STEELEY.

Ralph and Bess

Bessie had been married already once at the age of 14 to Otis STEELEY and that marriage ended in divorce almost as soon as it began. I think for Ralph, this was his first marriage. Ralph's mom signed the application for a marriage license and Bess's mom signed the marriage certificate as a witness to the marriage.

Ralph and Bess had 10 children together that I know of. The stories of their children are interesting but I'll get to those another day. Ralph worked as a mine laborer and then later as a miner in Miami, Oklahoma. He was also a farmer. He always lived close to his family as far as I can tell.

When my Dad talks about Ralph he often recalls that Ralph was very devout in his faith and was of the Pentecostal faith. Ralph loved to fish and was a hard worker.

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Ralph and Bess fishing.

Dad says Ralph died when my dad was only 19 so he doesn't have a lot of memories, but as he recalls it Ralph died of miner's lung disease from all his years working in the mines. He says Ralph wasn't a coal miner. My thought on this is that given that Ralph mined in the Miami, Oklahoma area, Ralph would have worked in the zinc or lead mines. Dad said he always thought one contributing factor to Ralph's death was lead poisoning. Dad says he's never seen Ralph's death certificate but basically Ralph suffocated to death. Ralph moved to Arizona on the doctor's advice in hopes of restoring his health. He didn't feel like the dry climate helped him so he moved back after a few years. Dad recalls that at the time, it seems the doctors thought Ralph might have asthma.

Ralph was also very strict. Dad says he loved and respected Ralph but always kept his mouth shut around him! Ralph was stern, but not mean. Dad says Bess was somewhat irreverent and opinionated and was a handful for the strict and devout Ralph.

Ralph died in January of 1963. Bess, whom my cousin has affectionately called 'the serial bride', remarried in August of the same year. She married James R. BRIGGS of Joplin, Missouri. I'm going to end Ralph's story here since I've previously written about Ralph's official cause of death. His birth date is in April so we'll be visiting him again in April and hopefully we can flesh out his story a little more then. Until then, click on over to Becky's blog. She's posting a photo a day that is genealogy related.

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives blog

Sunday, Week 2: Just Another Week in Paradise

This week is going to be all about my Dad's family and Bart's Mom's family. Here's your schedule for the week:

Monday the 9th: Ralph LARKIN's death date. Ralph is my paternal great grandfather.
Tuesday the 10th: James BUTLER's birth date. James is my paternal 3rd great grandfather.
Wednesday the 11th: William LARKIN's birth date. William is my paternal 2nd great grandfather. His birth date is actually on Friday but I have 3 people to write about so rather than write one incredibly long post I thought I would tell one story each day this week.
Thursday the 12th: Clara TURK WOLF's death date. Clara is Bart's maternal great grandmother. Her death date is actually on Friday but as I said that's a popular date so I'm writing about one person each day.
Friday the 13th (!!!): Charles WOLF's death date. Charles is Bart's maternal 2nd great grandfather. He is the third ancestor to share this day as a significant date.
Saturday the 14th: Esther MOELLER WOLF's birth date. Esther is Bart's maternal grandmother.

I can't promise these blog posts will produce any new information for anyone because it's going to be a pretty busy week. My goal this week is mostly just to commit some of the family stories to writing for preservation- not necessarily to provide new information to everyone. If you see a mistake that I've made please correct it. When I've got this much going on plus watching a toddler five days a week things can get pretty crazy and my mind isn't fully focused on any one thing.

My house runneth over with cupcakes. Therefore this week I will be making warm drinks rather than cupcakes to celebrate birthdays. Possibilities are tea (maybe Chai or spiced), eggnog, hot cocoa, Golden Milk, Wassail, and some good old coffee- heavily flavored, of course. You're welcome to join me. If you haven't gotten your Yarzeit candle and you want to join me on the days we are honoring death date anniversaries be sure to add that to your grocery list this week.

Just for fun I'm going to leave you with a fun photo I came across last week in my files.

I'm hoping someone can clarify who the people in the photo are. I'm *guessing* that I'm the girl standing up on the left and my brother Cortney (?) is sitting by my feet. Next to Cortney is Mechelle on the floor and Chris is standing on the far right. Seated is Aunt Connie (behind me- you can hardly see her face), my Mam (Audrey), Uncle Junior (?) next to her, and my Papa Gene seated on the far right. Someone's hand is in the photo on the far left. I think that might possibly be my dad. The two poodles belonged to Mam. I had no idea I had a photo of their poodles. I think this might possibly be the trailer they rented at the top of the hill on the East side of the highway after you turn North off of Highway 20 at the Oklahoma/Arkansas junction to go toward Southwest City, Missouri. That's the only place I remember them having those poodles. The mama poodle had a litter of pups once and my brother Cortney got too close and she bit him on the lip. That's what I remember about those poodles!

I'm looking forward to sharing stories with you this week. If you have any stories that you'd be willing to share on the blog please message me.

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives