Silver and Gold

In all the craziness of the last few weeks I haven’t posted a farewell blog post here. I need to let all of you know that this will be the final blog post on Livejournal. I love Livejournal but I’ve been wanting to include audio and video with my blog posts so I have moved the blog over to Wordpress. One of the advantages of Wordpress (other than audio and video capability) is that the URL now includes the name of my blog. You can find the new blog at Days of Our Lives Genealogy at Wordpress.

After 10 years with Livejournal I feel a little sad about leaving. It’s been a good run here and Livejournal was a great host to begin blogging with. But we all grow and growth brings change and change…well, it isn’t always a bad thing. There will be a few growing pains along the way but there will also be some great new adventures that we couldn’t have had with Livejournal. So I’m looking forward to the future of the blog and I hope you’ll join me over at Wordpress for the NEW posts. All of the old posts will remain here at Livejournal and will always be available and searchable.

I’ll close with an old poem that I learned in Girl Scouts with my childhood best friend. This is also a poem that I memorialized in a quilt block that went into a quilt for her on her 30th birthday.

Silver and gold,
Silver and gold,
Make new friends,
But keep the old.

See you at the new site,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Case #13218, Carl Burleson, b/n/f vs. William J. Drake, et al: An Update on the Death of C. J. Dr

In my previous blog post I told you that I had made a new discovery about the events surrounding the death of C. J. DRAKE. If you'd like to catch up on C. J.'s story you'll have to look at a couple of different posts since his story is intertwined with my great grandma Edith's story. You can find out about C. J. here and here.

I was doing some online research last week and was shocked to find a newspaper article saying there had been a judgment entered against C. J.'s dad in the amount of $2500 in favor of one of the young adults who was injured in the wreck with C. J. You can read the same article here:

cj drake news article.jpg

(A few notes: the original cause of the accident was said to be that C. J. accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake when he was trying to slow down to negotiate a curve. In the BURLESON's lawsuit they claimed C. J. was speeding when he crashed but seemed to say nothing about the gas vs. brake pedal incident. Also, the reporter had his facts mixed up. C. J. was not William's son. This is what caused so much confusion for me last week.)

For reference, here is one of the original articles about the accident.

I was so shocked and saddened (and somewhat offended) that someone would have sued my great grandparents (who were grieving the loss of their son) over a car wreck that seemed to have been just a freak accident. If you recall, C. J. and the others riding with him were headed to a revival. They weren't partying or drinking or participating in risky behavior. They didn't seem to be making poor decisions. I was intrigued about the lawsuit and wanted to know more.

I called my Dad and asked him if he knew Mark had been sued over the crash (because at that time I was trying to interpret the mixed up information in the article and was going on the assumption that it was Mark who was the primary Defendant). Dad was as shocked as I was. He said he always thought there were only four people in the vehicle- C. J. and Henry DRAKE (I'm pretty sure they were cousins- not brothers as stated in one of the newspaper articles) and their girlfriends, Lynda CONDUFF and Betty ARNOLD. Dad had never heard before that there was a fifth person (Carl BURLESON) in the vehicle and didn't remember any BURLESON's being connected to the DRAKE family. So we talked for a while and he said he had never heard anything about Mark being sued over the crash and couldn't help me. I asked about older family members who might have known about all this but he didn't think there would be any who could help me. Our ties to the Bill DRAKE line of the family ceased to exist a couple generations back. I did try to contact someone in that branch of the family via Facebook but have not received a response. So, we decided a trip to the courthouse would be necessary to sort this all out.

This week I was able to go with my parents to the Newton County courthouse and get a copy of the docket entries which are all that is left of the case. So let me walk you through what I know of Case #13218, Carl Burleson, b/n/f vs. William J. Drake, et al. (The "b/n/f" stands for "best next friend"- a legal term for the adult male representing the plaintiff- Carl's dad, Sherman BURLESON, in this case; "best next friend" was a legal requirement for minors and women in that era.) Before starting, let me tell you that I don't know to whom the "et al" refers. Et al is a legal term indicating there were other people being sued along with William. I suspect that Mark was included and he was indeed having to deal with this lawsuit while also grieving the death of his son. The William DRAKE (whom everyone called "Bill") named as the primary Defendant in this lawsuit was the son of Henry Arthur "Ned" DRAKE. (Ned played a part in another blog post story of mine about Ned's and Poppy's brother, Red.) Bill was also the nephew of my 2nd great grandfather, Poppy Lonzo (Alonzo Ervin DRAKE) and the cousin of my great grandfather Mark DRAKE (the father of C. J.). You might be wondering how Bill got involved. (I know I was!) It turns out that C. J. was driving Bill's truck when C. J. crashed and died.

Case #13218 was filed in Newton County, Missouri in the Circuit Court on 27 April, 1956- 4 months and 2 weeks after the accident in which Carl BURLESON was burned on his face and hands, Lynda sustained a broken leg, Betty and Henry received cuts on their faces, and C. J. died. It appears that everything was worked out very quickly because on the same date the Complaint was filed by the BURLESON's, the case was also settled and a Judgment Entry made by Circuit Court Judge Robert Stemmons, Sr. The DRAKE family waived a jury and a trial on 27 April 1956 and the Judge entered a judgment in favor of the Plaintiffs (BURLESON's) in the sum of $2500 plus court costs. For my family in that time frame, that was a ton of money. However they did it, it appears they had the money ready on that date and gave it to the BURLESON's in court because the docket entry header states, "Judgment acknowledged. Satisfied in open court." The docket entry also states further down that "...the plaintiff acknowledges satisfaction of said judgment in open court."

This lawsuit was never mentioned in the presence of my father. But then, my DRAKE family was pretty tight-lipped about personal matters. In doing some additional research on the key players in this lawsuit, I found a little more that I want to share with you- like this photo of Sherman BURLESON. Some of you reading this may have known him.

I also found a photo of Bill's dad, Ned. Ned is my 3rd great uncle.

I haven't found a photo of Carl. I've read documents and family accounts of the BURLESON family that show that several members of the BURLESON family died in car accidents in the years following this lawsuit. I also learned of one other DRAKE-BURLESON connection. Bill DRAKE had a brother named Edward Ervin DRAKE- he went by Eddie. Eddie married Carl BURLESON's sister, Edna "Ginger" BURLESON. They later divorced. I'm not sure Eddie and Ginger had any children together.

All of this extra information made me wonder if this series of events- the car wreck in the borrowed truck, the subsequent lawsuit, and then Eddie marrying into the family who sued my family- is what caused the rift amongst the DRAKE family between Ned's branch and Poppy Lonzo's branch. Maybe not. It just makes me wonder. How much can two brothers take before they part ways? (Both Ned and Poppy, as well as Bill and Eddie.) How long before their kids- the cousins- stop talking to each other? Before their grandkids know of each other but don't know each other...before their great grandkids- like me- don't even know if the other branch still exists? How long does it take for a family to disintegrate? How much can a family take before they call it quits? Just some things I wonder about. I'm probably being way too dramatic about it, but these are the things I think about.

If you're reading this and you have more information about the wreck, the lawsuit, the family's split, or anything else about the family- I'd love to hear about it. Like my ancestors, I DO know how to be tight-lipped. If someone tells me something and asks that I NOT post it to the blog or social media- I honor that 100%.

I wish your family peace this week. I wish you strong family relationships that weather the troubled spots. I wish you siblings that speak to each other and cousins that love AND KNOW each other. Tell the people you love how important they are to you. Time is so short and tomorrow is not guaranteed. I'm sure C. J. had plans for December 14th and other days and weeks beyond the day he died. You never know. Live AND LOVE like it's your last day.


Until next time,

Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Of Mice and Men

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. ~ Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (referencing Robert Burns' "To a Mouse")

It's been a few weeks since I last wrote a blog post- 4 weeks, to be exact (in case you were wondering). The last four weeks have been filled with work and medical appointments and babysitting grandchildren and getting taxes together and...well...all sorts of "real life" things like that. Of course, I did do some research in spare moments here and there. To be exact, I got stuck on Eliza Emoline BELL about whom I was supposed to write at the end of week 8. There were so many times I felt on the verge of a major discovery about her in the last four weeks and each time my hopes were thwarted. However, I made an exciting and accidental discovery about Charles Junior DRAKE whom I wrote about here and whom I mentioned here. I'm hoping to make a trip to a courthouse next week to confirm some details and then I plan to let you in on the story. Each time I revisit this story about Charles ("C.J.") it makes me sad for my great-grandma Edith. I think I miss her more now than I ever have in my whole life. I was completely shocked by the information I found tonight and I can't wait to share it with you if it turns out to be true.

In the meantime I want you to think ahead to the month of April (it's only a week away!). April is National Card and Letter Writing month. I'd like you to join me in April in sending out cards and letters. The internet makes it so easy to communicate with others and I love that, but I also miss getting a handwritten letter in the mail (or even a typed one). I'm pretty sure I pulled the big sister card a time or two when I was a kid so I could get to the mailbox first. I loved getting mail. So I'm inviting you to join me in April. How many cards and letters you send is up to you. As for me, I'll be shooting for about 20-25. I probably won't send that many but if I shoot high then maybe I'll send out more than I would have if I made an easy goal. Also, check out some of the great stamps the Post Office has available right now:

Postcard stamps.

Just a few of the new 49 cent stamps available right now at the Post Office or at their website. I love all the new stamps- old pickup trucks, national parks, famous people- all kinds of stamps and they are so cool! I used to collect stamps. I think today's stamps are much cooler-looking but I can't imagine stamp collecting is as much fun as it was before the sticker-type stamps came along.

In any case, I'm going to be mailing cards and letters throughout April- some to friends and family and some to request genealogical records that I can share with you here on the blog. I'm really looking forward to it and I hope you'll join me. If you can't find the stamps you like at your local Post Office, be sure to order your favorites online. I've already purchased a book of the WPA poster stamps (very cool!) and my first letter will be a request to the National Archives and Records Administration requesting a copy of my grandpa's WPA personnel file. (Who knew you could get a copy of the personnel file?!) So PLEASE- join me. Make someone's day by sending them a letter or card. Tell someone thank you, wish someone a happy birthday, or catch up with an old friend. Request a travel guide for an upcoming vacation or just tell someone "great job"! If you can't think of something to say or can't think of someone to write to, visit your local nursing home and offer to write a letter on behalf of an elderly person who can't perform the physical act of writing anymore. I'm looking forward to hearing about your April letter/card-writing adventures. I'm also looking forward to writing on the blog again- I've missed you all!

Until next week,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Levi Scott Hubbard

On this day in 1905, Levi Scott HUBBARD passed away. He was my paternal 4th great grandfather. I wrote about his wife here. As I noted in that previous post, it appears this family subscribed to the Campbellite faith (Church of Christ).

A photo of Levi and his wife, Indiana, in their later years.


Levi’s obituary appeared in the 2 March 1905 edition of the Bethany Republican newspaper. It stated that Levi died at his home at the age of 88. It also provided information that Levi was an old settler and very respected in the community. I haven’t gotten to see the actual obituary- I’m working off a transcription from another researcher and I haven’t been able to find my own copy. According to the other researcher, the cause of death was “a stroke of paralysis”. Levi never quite recovered after the stroke. His funeral was conducted by Elder Johnson and he was buried at Hoffman Cemetery in Eagleville, Harrison County, Missouri. A notation on the FindAGrave website states that no marker currently exists for Levi.

Levi made at least three appearances as a witness for friends and family testifying that he was acquainted with them and their situation. The first record of his official testimony was dated 15 June 1863 when he appeared on behalf of his widowed daughter, Mariah Jane HUBBARD HUFFMAN. Her husband, Hiram HOFFMAN, contracted measles while serving in the War of 1861 (now called the Civil War) and died. Levi testified that she was Hiram’s widow and that she had children under the age of 16 living with her that depended on her for their care including her daughter with Hiram (Adeline) and the son of Hiram and Hiram’s first wife- James B. HUFFMAN. At the time of the affidavit, Adeline was 2 and James was 6. In this pension file, both Levi and his wife Nancy (called Indiana) appeared.

Levi appeared before Judge Hesseltine on 2 Feb 1867 on behalf of Mahala Fish, a long-time acquaintance of his and someone to whom he was related by marriage. He testified that she was indeed the widow of William Fish and that her son, Edwin, had been hers and her younger children’s sole source of support until Edwin was wounded and died while serving in the military during the War of 1861. Levi attested to Mrs. Fish’s worldly goods and finances. It was, in part, Levi’s testimony that helped her get a military pension so she could finish raising the 14-year-old child she still had living in her home as well as keep herself alive. It wasn’t just that Levi’s community thought him a good man at his death. Justice of the Peace Horatio F. Hesseltine of Harrison County, Missouri made a statement about Levi in a court document. Judge Hesseltine stated he was personally acquainted with Levi and Levi was “entitled to full faith and credit” of the court to appear as a witness.

On 8 January 1875, Levi went back to court to testify on behalf of Mrs. Fish regarding the same information listed above. By that time, he had known her for more than 18 years, according to his testimony. In this later affidavit, Levi named two of her sons so I’m wondering if both sons were deceased at that point. I’m guessing that being a Campbellite would include a religious obligation to assist widows and orphans but from the way people talked about him, both in life as well as death, I’m guessing he would have helped her no matter his religious convictions.

I love these affidavits because two of them contain Levi’s signature.

Levi’s signatures. His signatures show evidence of aging. The second signature is shakier than the first.

If you have an interest in Levi and you find information that isn’t included on the blog, I’d love for you to share it with everyone. For now, I’m signing off.

Until next time,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives blog

2017 Family History Conference of Northwest Arkansas

I just sent in my syllabus, class description, etc. for the workshop I'm presenting at the 2017 Family History Conference of Northwest Arkansas.  You all should definitely register for the conference.  2017 schedule and registration is live now.  You can register at this link: Family History Conference of Northwest Arkansas Registration.  You get to choose which classes you want to go to but if you change your mind at the last minute you aren't locked in to the class you chose.  I love this conference for it's flexibility!  AND DID I MENTION IT'S FREE???

Here is the schedule of classes.  You choose one class per time segment.

You can go see the schedule for yourself at Family History Conference of Northwest Arkansas Class Schedule 2017. I hope to see you all there.  Don't feel obligated to come to my presentation (although I'd love to see you there).  This is a great opportunity to learn new information and new skills at a local conference.

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Sunday Schedule, Week 8 of 2017

Welcome to Week 8 of 2017!

There are only two scheduled posts this week.  (Next week will be really busy on the blog, though!) This week I’ll be blogging about:

Wednesday February 22nd: Levi HUBBARD, my paternal 4th great grandfather. We’ll be celebrating his death date anniversary.
Friday February 25th: Eliza BELL, my paternal 2nd great grandmother. Eliza’s death date anniversary is the 25th.

I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the lives of these two people this coming week. In the meantime, enjoy the Sunday snapshot of the week:

These Woodmen of the World gravestones are in Felicity Cemetery in Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio. I photographed them in October of 2015 on a short trip to Ohio to visit Bart (and do a little family history research).  The Longworth's are not related to us that I know of  -  Bart and I just like the Woodmen gravestones so I frequently photograph them when I see them.  I promised to show some of the Woodmen stones to you when I did Milo's blog post last week and today I found one of my photographs to show you.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend. See you on Wednesday to talk about Levi (or sooner if I get time to do an extra blog post).

Until next time,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Weekend Wrap-Up for Week 7, 2017

Welcome to the weekend! Here are a few updates to previous stories I’ve written.

George PAGE

In researching George’s life, I think I’ve stumbled upon a grandson of George and Ina’s that has been lost to time. I believe the “Mr. and Mrs. Alex Page” in these news articles is the same couple as Alec and Irene BUZZARD PAGE. The dates all work as does the location. The first article is referencing births in the area. The date is off because the article is referencing births that happened in December of 1936. It must have been heartbreaking for the parents to see their son's birth announcement come out in the paper almost a month after his obituary was published. The second article is this baby's obituary. This baby would have been born between two of Alec’s boys- Fred and David. I’d love to have input from the PAGE family in regard to my theory about this baby. While we’re talking about PAGE babies- there is a PAGE baby buried at Zena Cemetery in Zena, Delaware County, Oklahoma. Can anyone tell me the identity of this baby?

Birth announcement for George PAGE.

Obituary for George PAGE.  Both articles come from


I located some additional information about the woolen mills in Minden, Michigan. There was only one sentence but it indicated a person other than Mr. Leavenworth built a woolen mill in Minden so I thought I would pass on the information. This information comes from the Forestville Bicentennial History found at US Gen Net.

Woolen mill built by Charles Ross.

I did find a couple of bonus goodies while researching Karl's life.  I'm including this screenshot because I think I remember someone in my husband's WOLF line marrying a member of the VARTY family. The document also includes a Charles BRUDERICK and I believe this is the Charles BRUDERICK who is my husband's maternal 3rd great grandfather. I'll be blogging about him later in the year so I'm hoping this lead pans out and I'll be able to blog about it later. This screenshot was captured from the Patron Directory page that I linked to in Karl BRUMM's post earlier this week. The link can also be found at the bottom of the screenshot.

I hope each of you has a great weekend. Come back tomorrow for a peek at next week’s blog schedule and a freebie photo of the week!

Until tomorrow,

Lisa @ Days of Our Lives

Karl August BRUMM, Woolen Mill Laborer

I don’t know much about Karl but I will share what I have about him. Karl is my husband’s maternal 3rd great grandfather. Like Bart’s other maternal immigrant ancestors that I’ve written about, Karl is from Saxony- the same area of Prussia (now Germany) that his other immigrant ancestors were from (the ones that I’ve written about so far, that is). The information I’m giving you today is from the 1880 census because that is one of the few documents I have that I feel certain belongs to Karl.

On this date in 1834, Karl August BRUMM was born. He married at the age of 26. He and his wife, Wilhelmina, were married in Saxony. On the 1880 census, Karl was 46 years old. Living with him were his wife, Mina, and his daughters- Pauline, Rosa (Therese Rosa- Bart’s 2nd great grandmother whom I wrote about here), Emma, Anna, and Clara- and his sons- Clemens, Oliver, and George – all of whom were born in Saxony. All of the children attended school except 4-year-old George. In 1880 they were living in Delaware Township, Sanilac County, Michigan.

The story in this census record that is begging to be told is the story about Karl’s occupation. He gave his occupation as “Farmer & works in wool mill”. There were not very many woolen mills in Sanilac County in 1880. In fact, the only woolen mills I found in Delaware Township, where the BRUMM family was living, were the mills in Minden. (This information is from the book, Atlas of Sanilac County, Michigan : containing maps of every township in the county, with village and city plats, and outline map of the county, also maps of Michigan, United States and the world, by E. R. Cookingham, J. S. Randall, J. L. Smith, and L. D. Cookingham found at University of Michigan Library's digital archives.)

This is a map of the village of Minden from the book mentioned above.

This is an enlarged portion of the map showing the woolen mills.

Business advertisement for Minden Woolen Mill. There were no other ads so I'm assuming that Mr. Leavenworth owned all the woolen mills in Minden. I found no information about how many woolen mills there were but they were all in one place on the map so possibly there were only 2.

I don’t know what job Karl did at the woolen mill but I did find a great video from a woolen mill in Frankenmuth, Michigan that is still in operation. It’s very interesting. I hope you’ll watch it. It talks about how they process wool.

Frankenmuth Michigan woolen mill video.

If you ever get a chance to visit Frankenmuth or Delaware Township in Michigan, you definitely should go. It’s a wonderful summer trip and a beautiful area. I’ve so enjoyed introducing you to Karl and the wool milling process. Be sure to check back on Saturday for the weekend wrap up where I give you any additional information that didn’t make it into the weekly blog posts and on Sunday for next week’s schedule. Happy Friday!!

Until tomorrow,
Lisa @ Days of Our Lives