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    This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small. 

    In previous 52 Ancestors posts, I introduced you to
    Samuel and Erastus, two of the nine children born to my 4th great-grandparents, Luther and Phebe Waterman. Today, I'd like to introduce you to Luther and Phebe's eldest daughter, Jerusha Waterman.

    Jerusha was born on 8 Jun 1786 in Amenia, Dutchess, New York. Her father, Dr. Luther Waterman had served as a surgeon in the
    American Revolutionary War. In Luther's pension file, Jerusha is listed as one of his and Phebe's children and on one of the documents she signed her name. In fact, in this amazing pension file, the signatures of all of Luther and Phebe's children can be found. I'll share Jerusha's signature in a future post.

    Jerusha married Jonas Smith sometime before 1805. She and Jonas were the parents of nine children. Their first two children were born in New York and their third child was born in Pennsylvania.  The rest of their children were born in Ohio.

    1. Hiram Smith (1805-1878)
    2. Lavina Smith (1807-1880)
    3. Harriet Smith (1809-1888)
    4. Asher Smith (1812-1880)
    5. Jacob Smith (1815- 1882)
    6. John Smith (1817-1880)
    7. Phebe Smith (1819-1883)
    8. Sarah L. Smith (1826-1908)
    9. Amanda Catherine Smith (1832-1905)

    Jerusha and her family were living near her brothers, Samuel and David Bassett Waterman, in the 1850 Federal Census for Troy Township, Athens, Ohio.1 You can see her brothers and their families listed below Jerusha's family in the image below.



    This is a cropped portion from the 1850 Federal Census showing Jonas and Jerusha Smith and three of their daughters.



    Jonas Smith passed away on 8 January 1853 in Coolville, Athens, Ohio, leaving Jerusha a widow for 14 years. In the 1860 Federal Census, Jerusha is listed as the head of household in Troy Township, Athens, Ohio.2 The image below is a cropped portion from that census record. Her daughters, Lavina and Sarah (Sally) were living with her at the time. Also, a young man named Benjamin Humphrey was living with them too. It looks like he was helping with them with their farm.



    Jerusha passed away on 1 June 1867 in Coolville, Athens, Ohio. She was buried in Bethel Cemetery which is located in Troy Township, Coolville, Athens County, Ohio.

    I'll introduce you to another of Luther and Phebe Waterman's children in a future post.


    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved


    1 "United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11779-141880-28?cc=1401638 : accessed 14 Oct 2014), Ohio > Athens > Troy > image 14 of 34; citing NARA microfilm publication M432.
    2 Year: 1860; Census Place: Troy, Athens, Ohio; Roll: M653_934; Page: 105; Image: 214; Family History Library Film: 803934. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

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    My Fab Findsfor this week are(in no particular order)

    1. English Parish Boundaries: A Little-Known Online Toolby Sunny for Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems Blog
    2. Home is Where Family Beginsby Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana for the FGS Voice Blog
    3. Rear view mirror by Rebel Handfor Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
    4. Back whenby Lauren Mahieu, author of genejourneys
    5. Tuesday’s Tip: Try It! Illinois 2014 and Other State Specific Online Database Services AND BIG NEWS! MyHeritage Announces Major Collaboration with 23andMeby Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
    6. Call for Old Family Photos: Family Tree Magazine Seeks Ancestral Cover Model for 15th Anniversary Issueby Diane Haddad – Genealogy Insider for Family Tree Magazine Blog
    7. A Delicious Side Project AND Escape from the Scannerby Leslie G. Robertson, author of THE PEOPLE OF PANCHO
    8. Everyday Things Then and Nowby Kristin Cleage Williams, author of Finding Eliza
    9. Donny Osmond Joins FGS and RootsTech 2015by Linda McCauley for the FGS Voice Blog
    10. What do you want to read about?by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
    11. Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part Threeby Jessica Murray for Ancestry.com Blog
    12. Emigration to and Within the United States in the 1800sby Lou Szucs for Ancestry.com Blog
    13. Evernote Web Clipper, Skitch and Screenpressoby Shannon Thomas, author of Our Life Picture By Picture
    14. What If They Did? - Monday Musingsby Nancy Messier, author of My Ancestors and Me
    15. Changes at the Family History Library - More than Decorativeby James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
    16. Genealogy Gems Launches Free Genealogy Book Clubby Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaPress
    17. Is your down-and-out Chicago ancestor in this database?by Harold Henderson, author of Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog
    18. DATING AND IDENTIFYING TWO VERY OLD PHOTOSby Linda S., author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
    19. FGS Ambassador: Do As I Say by Wendy Mathias, author of Jollett Etc.
    20. Tuesday's Tip ~ View Next Page (for Inquest Results) by Elizabeth Handler, author of A Jewish Genealogy Journey

    The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

    This week's"May I Introduce To You" Interview
    New Blog Discoveries
    In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere This Week

    Jana's Genealogy
    and Family History Blog

    Thanks forreading!

    © 2014 Copyright by JanaLast, All Rights Reserved

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    This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

    Phebe Waterman was one of the children born to my 4th great-grandparents Dr. Luther L. Waterman and Phebe Barker. She was born on 22 January 1789. At this time, I'm not sure where Phebe was born. In the 1850 Federal Census1 her birthplace is listed as Connecticut. But in the 1870 Federal Census2 her birthplace is listed as New York. Two of her siblings, one born before her and one born after her, were born in Dutchess County, New York.

    Phebe married Nathaniel Pierce. Unfortunately, I don't know the date or place of their marriage.

    I'm also not sure who their children were. FamilySearch has eight children listed in their family. But, without sources proving they were in fact Phebe and Nathaniel's children, I hesitate to list them here.

    I had hoped to find information about Phebe Waterman in the book Waterman Family, Descendants of Robert Waterman, Volume 1 by Donald Lines Jacobus.3 But, in the section about Phebe, Mr. Jacobus stated that Phebe's family was not traced. He did say that they were living in Clayton, Illinois.

    I feel fairly certain about the identities of two of Phebe and Nathaniel's children that were included in the list on FamilySearch. They were:

    1. Amanda Pierce (About 1821-1909)
    2. Edwin Barker Pierce (About 1833-1907)
    I found Phebe in the 1850 Federal Census living with her husband Nathaniel and son Edwin. This image of the 1850 census shows Phebe and Nathaniel's family living next to their daughter Amanda (Pierce) Selby and her family.


    1850 United States Federal Census
    Houston, Adams, Illinois

    See the far right column? It states that Phebe was deaf. Interestingly, in the 1870 Federal Census, there is no indication that Phebe was deaf. I wonder why. I also wonder if Phebe was born deaf or if she became deaf later in life.

    If she was born deaf, I wonder what her life was like as a child. What were her educational opportunities? How did her family communicate with her?

    An article in Wikipedia called "History of deaf education in the United States" states the following:
    "Before the 1800s, few, if any, educational opportunities existed for deaf children in America. Some wealthy families sent their children to Europe's schools, but many non-high class children had no access to education."
    The article also stated that deaf education began in the early 1800s in the United States.

    I was hoping to find Phebe in the 1860 Federal Census4 to see if she was listed as deaf in that census as well. So far I haven't found her. I did find her husband and two of her children however. But, Phebe wasn't listed as living with her husband Nathaniel in this census. I wonder where she was.

    As you can see from the image below, Nathaniel Pierce was still living next to his daughter Amanda (Pierce) Selby and her family. Nathaniel was also living next to his son Edwin and his family.


    1860 United States Federal Census
    Houston, Adams, Illinois

    By the time the 1870 Federal Census was taken, Phebe's husband Nathaniel had passed away. In this census, Phebe was listed as living with her daughter Amanda and her family.


    1870 United States Federal Census
    Houston, Adams, Illinois

    As you can see, I have many unanswered questions about Phebe and her family. Hopefully I will be able to answer these questions through further research.

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



    1 Year: 1850; Census Place: Houston, Adams, Illinois; Roll: M432_97; Page: 119B; Image: 246. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
    2 "United States Census, 1870," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12391-221369-79?cc=1438024 : accessed 27 Oct 2014), Illinois > Adams > Houston > image 31 of 32; citing NARA microfilm publication M593.
    3 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 565. Print.
    4 Year: 1860; Census Place: Houston, Adams, Illinois; Roll: M653_155; Page: 979; Image: 635; Family History Library Film: 803155. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.



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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
    1. The house that Ferdinand built? by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
    2. Sometimes, I Just Want To Kick Myself by Ellie, author of Ellie's Ancestors
    3. TUESDAY’S TIP - USING THE “INTERNET SEARCH” OPTION IN LEGACY 8 by Diane Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
    4. Hallowell Grant ~ Guysborough County, Nova Scotia by Elizabeth Handler, author of From Maine to Kentucky
    5. Thankful Thursday: Family Chartmasters by Amanda Pape, author of ABT UNK
    6. Tuesday’s Tips: The Zen of Dropbox – Obey the Sync! by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
    7. Computer Backup: Just Do It by JL BEEKEN, author of JLog
    8. Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Excited About Family History Month – Part Four by Jessica Murray for Ancestry.com Blog
    9. Kinpoint Can Be Used To Find Research Opportunities by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
    10. Finding a 1957 Betty Crocker cook book brings back childhood memories by Gail Dever, author of Genealogy a la carte
    11. New FamilySearch Indexing Website in Beta by James Tanner, author of Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad…
    12. A Picture, a Blog Post and a DNA Test by Cheri Hudson Passey, author of Carolina Girl Genealogy
    13. A Note About Migration Patterns AND National Library of Estonia to Introduce Digitized Newspaper Portal by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
    14. Coaxing and Cajoling by Jacqi Stevens, author of A Family Tapestry
    15. A Happy Aside by Leslie G. Robertson, author of THE PEOPLE OF PANCHO
    16. Do We Have the Genealogy Reflexes We Need? by Harold Henderson, author of Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog
    17. A Perfect Combination by Peggy Lauritzen, author of Always Anxiously Engaged
    18. He Never Came Home by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
    19. Creating a genealogy to-do list by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
    20. My grandpa's "lost" WWII service medals by Chris, author of My Genealogical Adventures

    This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

    New Blog Discoveries

    In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

    Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
    Grandpa's Postcards
    Jana's Place

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    Last Thursday, I received a fantastic surprise. A very nice man named Carl sent me an email. He said he's been researching the 21st Iowa Infantry for over twenty-five years. That happens to be the regiment that my 2nd great-grandfather, Iver Iverson, was a member of during the American Civil War.

    It turns out that Carl found me because I'm a contributor on
    Find A Grave. I maintain Iver's memorial page. Carl said that he checked on Iver because he has a copy of a letter that Iver wrote to the Adjutant General dated 23 January 1873.

    Wow!

    I replied to Carl and said I'd be very interested in seeing this letter and asked if he could email a copy to me. Friday morning I had another email from Carl, which contained a pdf copy of Iver's letter! Carl also sent a transcription of the letter, which was very kind of him. The letter is difficult to read and appears to be faded in spots. But, that's okay. I'm just so thrilled to have a copy of Iver's letter! It's a very special family history treasure.


    Here's Iver's letter.

    Letter by Iver Iverson to Adjutant General dated January 23, 1873

    The letter really is quite faded in areas and is difficult to read, so I tried to adjust it using Photoshop. It helped a bit as you can see in the image below.

    Letter by Iver Iverson to Adjutant General dated January 23, 1873

    Thanks to the helpful transcript that Carl sent to me, I think I can try and read Iver's letter. This is what I believe it says:

    Franklin Jan 23/73
    Adjutant General
    of the State of Iowa
    I have lost my Discharge from the Army and I hope you will give me another Discharge or certificate. I enlisted in the 21st Regt of Inft. Iowa Vol. and was Discharged in the 34th Regt. Inft. Iowa Vol. I hope to hear from you as soon as posabel. [sic]
    Very Respectfully
    Iver Iverson
    Franklin P.O. Renville
    County
    Minnesota
    I have Iver's Civil War pension file, but this letter wasn't included in it. So, having a copy of this letter is really amazing.

    I'm so glad Carl contacted me and shared this very special family history treasure with me. Thank you Carl!


    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

    Eusebius B. Waterman was my maternal 3rd great-granduncle. He was one of nine children born to my 4th great-grandparents Dr. Luther L. Waterman and Phebe Barker.

    I don't have an exact date of birth for Eusebius. I don't have a birth record for him and the four United States federal census records I've seen him in haven't helped either. In the 1850 census, the calculated birth year for Eusebius is about 1800. In the 1860 census, his calculated birth year is about 1795. The 1870 census says he was born in about 1800 again. And in the 1880 census, his calculated birth year is about 1796.

    At least there's consistency in each of these census records regarding the birthplace of Eusebius. Each of them state his place of birth as Connecticut.

    In the book Waterman Family, Descendants of Robert Waterman, Volume 1 by Donald Lines Jacobus,1 not much is written about Eusebius. Mr. Jacobus wrote the following about him.

    Eusebius B. Waterman…born     , died     ; married in Athens Co, Ohio, 28 July 1819, Sally McAfee, born about 1800, died 2 Feb. 1872 in 72d yr. (gravestone, near Coolville, Athens Co., Ohio).
    Children, if any, have not been found.

    I was able to find the marriage record for Eusebius and his wife Sally McAfee in FamilySearch.org.2



    Transcription of Marriage Record
    The State of Ohio, Athens Co. ss} I hereby certify that on the twenty eighth day of July last I joined together in the holy state of matrimony Eusebius Waterman & Sally McAfee of lawful age given under my hand and seal this 11th day of October A.D. 1819. Luther Hopkins Justice of the Peace

    The date "July 24, 1819" in the far right column is under the column heading "Date of License."

    While researching Eusebius on Ancestry.com, I was able to find him listed in three agriculture census records and even a land map showing where he lived in Carthage County, Ohio. Perhaps I'll share these interesting finds in future posts.

    Unfortunately, I don't have any information about where or when Eusebius passed away, or where he was buried.


    I'll be introducing you to another child of Luther and Phebe Waterman in my next 52 Ancestors post.


    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved 






    1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 566. Print.
    2 "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18059-53779-12?cc=1614804 : accessed 29 Oct 2014), Athens > Marriage records 1822-1856 vol 1-2 > image 33 of 117.

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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)

    1. The “Jealous” Genealogist AND Hints on How to Gather Information at That Holiday Family Get Together! by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
    2. WikiTree Makes Finding Relationships With DNA Matches Easier by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
    3. Explore Findmypast’s billions of historical records for FREE this Veterans Weekend by Thomas MacEntee for GeneaPress
    4. Free Access to ArkivDigital on November 8-9 by Miriam J. Robbins for GeneaPress
    5. Write to a Veteran by Emily Kowalski Schroeder, author of Growing Little Leaves
    6. The Best Genealogist Reversed the Wives by Barbara Poole, author of Life From The Roots
    7. Illinois State Genealogical Society Announces 2015 FREE Webinar Lineup by ISGS Publicity for Illinois State Genealogical Society Blog
    8. Tuesday's Tip - Facebook Groups by Lena Svensson, author of Your Swedish Heritage
    9. Bunny trails! AND More on entering tasks in the To-Do List AND Another searching and tagging example by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
    10. World War 1 Frontline Walk Challenge Update by Simon Last, author of Charnwood Genealogy
    11. 3rd Annual SHARE A MEMORY Contest AND Clarification: Fulll Access Pass to RootsTech 2015 by Pat Richley-Erickson, author of Dear Myrtle
    12. My Father’s Voice by Liz Walker for THE IN-DEPTH GENEALOGIST
    13. How Evernote Helps with Database Consistency by Shannon Thomas, author of Our Life Picture By Picture
    14. HOW TO FIND PROBATE RECORDS ONLINE by Diane Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
    15. Announcing the new Privacy Blog by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
    16. Joys of a Brickwall by Jen Baldwin, author of Ancestral Breezes
    17. Couldn't Be Happier About Boye and One Voice Children's Choir! by Caroline Pointer, author of 4YourFamilyStory
    18. Read the Instructions… If You Can by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small
    19. Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestor by Amy Johnson Crow for Ancestry.com Blog
    20. Telling Your Family Story on Crestleaf by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, author of The Olive Tree Genealogy
    21. Amazing DNA by Mary Rogers, author of Searching for Ancestors
    22. November Family History Challenge by Sam, author of Strengthening Our Homes and Families

    The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

    This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

    New Blog Discoveries

    In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

    Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
    Grandpa's Postcards
    Jana's Place

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.


    In September, I shared a 52 Ancestors post about my 5th great-grandfather, David Bassett Waterman. Today, I'd like to introduceyou to another David Bassett Waterman in my family tree. I actually have four David Bassett Waterman'sin my family tree!

    The David Bassett Waterman I'm introducing you today is my 3rd great-granduncle and son of my 4th great-grandparents, Dr. Luther L. Waterman and Phebe Barker. Luther's father was the David Bassett Waterman I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

    Ya, it can get confusing. Perhaps this small descendancy chart will help.

    David Bassett Waterman Diagram 14pt 3
    From now on in this post, I'll be referring to Luther'sson David, and not to my 5th great-grandfather.
    David BassettWaterman was born on 17 Mar 1798 in New York. He married Maria Frederica Eckhart on 19 August1827 in Athens County, Ohio. Maria was born around 1805 in Munich, Germany to her parents John Jacob Echkart and Mary Fein.

    David and Maria were the parents of seven daughters.

    1. Mary MariaWaterman (1827-?)
    2. Martha AnneWaterman (1833-1910)
    3. Amelia  Melissa Waterman (1837-?)
    4. Josephine LovinaWaterman (1837-1911)
    5. Louisa LucetteWaterman (1839-1907)
    6. Lucinda EmilyWaterman (1842-1898)
    7. Phebe Hannah Waterman (1846-?)
    I found some interesting information about David BassettWaterman in the book Waterman Family, Descendants of Robert Waterman, Volume 1 by Donald Lines Jacobus.1

    On pages 567-568 is the following:

    From an old family account: "David Bassit Waterman, named Bassit for Captain Bassit, an ancestor that was killed on board his ship by pirates. He married Maria Fredericka Eckhart. Of this union seven children were born. Seven girls, namely, Mary, Martha, Amelia, Mellissa, Josephine Lovina, Louisa Lucetta, Lucinda Emily, Phoebe Hannah, named Hannah for a great aunt, Hannah Brewster.* They were strict Methodists and always the M. E. preachersmade their home with them during the quarterly meetings and revival meetings, the church house being on their farm very near to their dwelling house. The children listened to a great deal of witty talk and many college stories from these divines, as well as much praying and reading of the Bible. The mistress of the house was handsome, humble, dignified, and reserved, as well as a good cook, and hospitality was a characteristic of both master and mistress of the place."
    _______________________________________________________________
    * Her great-aunt was Hannah Barker; but the Barkers had Mayflower ancestry.
    I'm so thankful that Donald Lines Jacobusresearched and wrote about my Waterman ancestors. I've been able to find some wonderful and interestinggenealogical treasures in these books.

    David Bassett Watermanpassed away on 3 March 1851 in Coolville, Athens, Ohio. He was almost 53 years of age at the time of his death. He was buried in the Bethel Cemetery, which is located in Coolville, Athens County, Ohio.

    Thanks for reading!

    © 2014 Copyrightby Jana Last, All Rights Reserved
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    1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 567-568. Print.

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  • 11/11/14--09:20: Veterans Day Tribute ~ 2014
  • Veterans Day - Public Domain - Wikimedia Commons
    Joseph Ambrose
    86-year-old World War I Veteran
    Photo taken in 1982
    Wikimedia Commons

    Happy Veterans Day!

    I'd like to thank all of the brave and selfless men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military to preserve the freedoms we all enjoy. And thank you to their families for their sacrifice as well.

    I've written quite a few blog posts about some of the military veterans in my family tree. In last year's Veterans Day post, I shared links to these blog posts, but I've written more since then. So I'm sharing an updated list today.

    Some of the blog posts I'm sharing today may not be military-related, but instead may tell more about the lives of the veterans. Also, the posts may not necessarily have the name of my military veteran ancestors in the titles. Instead, these blog posts may contain military-related information such as pension file pages, etc.

    This isn't a complete list of military veterans in my family tree. I haven't written yet about some who've served and I may be unaware of the service of others at this time.

    Revolutionary War


    War of 1812

    Civil War

    Korean War

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    Note: As you read through today's Fab Finds list, you may notice that I have not included any of the wonderful Veterans Day posts that were shared this week. There were so many of them that it would have been difficult to choose which ones to include here. Rather than including some and excluding others, I decided not to include any of them. I actually began to include each one I came across, but if I listed all of them here, this post would have just been way too long. Hopefully you've been able to read the wonderful Veterans Day posts this week via the blog reader service of your choice. Thank you to all who paid tribute to military veterans this past week.

    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)

    1. Are You in the “Space of I Don’t Know”? My Success in Confirming Family Stories by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
    2. 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: The Sequel? by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small
    3. Frustrations over DNA test results by Pat Richley-Erickson, author of Dear Myrtle
    4. Speaking of houses by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
    5. Do You Remember---Travelin in the Wagon by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author of A Southern Sleuth
    6. Facebook for Canadian genealogy by Gail Dever, author of Genealogy à la carte
    7. Six Reasons to Blog about Your Ancestors by Legacy Family Tree News
    8. Missouri State Fair 1968 by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
    9. Natural disasters and genealogy by Andrew Krea for Vita Brevis Blog
    10. DocSouth: helping overcome challenges by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
    11. Oaxaca, Mexico Online Genealogy Resources by Moises Garza, author of Mexican Genealogy
    12. Holiday Cookbook Contest: Send us your recipes! by Emma for MyHeritage Blog
    13. Hello, Instagram! by Janet Hovorka, author of The Chart Chick
    14. Legacy’s User ID field by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
    15. The Daily 10 Genealogy Things You Need To Know Is Coming Back AND A New Single Surname Society Has Been Launched by Caroline Pointer, author of 4YourFamilyStory.com
    16. 120 Years of Pioneering Genealogy by Logan Steele for FamilySearch Blog
    17. Researching the Forgotten Side of Your Family Tree by Diane Hewson for Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
    18. Find my family village. Hold your genealogy horses! by lostrussianfamily, author of Find Lost Russian & Ukrainian Family
    19. Quick tip – List of Newspaper Archives by YVETTE HOITINK, author of DUTCH GENEALOGY
    20. A Very Special Holiday Boot Camp! Saturday 29 November 2014 by Thomas MacEntee, author of Hack Genealogy
    21. Search for Old Addresses, Not Just Names by Joanne Cowden, author of Researching Relatives
    22. Fabulous Tip of the Day – Facebook Groups by BernfeldFamily, author of Bernfeld Family of Galicia & More

    The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

    This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

    New Blog Discoveries

    In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

    Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
    Grandpa's Postcards
    Jana's Place

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.

    Waterman Family Tree Logo Museum Mat
    Over the past several weeks, I've been introducing you to the children of my 4th great-grandparents, Dr. Luther L. Waterman and Phebe Barker. One of their nine children passed away before reaching adulthood.

    Unfortunately, I don't even know the name of this child, or when he or she was born. I say "he or she" because I don't know if this child was a boy or a girl. He or she was only listed as "Child" in the book Waterman Family, Descendants of Robert Waterman, Volume 1 by Donald Lines Jacobus.1


    Even though I don't know much about this little child, he or she deserves to be remembered just as much as the other children of Luther and Phebe Waterman. And so, here's what I know about the little Waterman child known as "Child" Waterman in my family tree.

    This little child is listed along with the other children of Luther and Phebe Waterman on page 297 in Volume 1 of Mr. Jacobus' book about my Waterman family as follows.

    1. Samuel, b. 4 Apr. 1778; d. 28 May 1857.
    2. Erastus, b. 6 May 1780; d. 13 Apr. 1859.
    3. Child, d. at Franklin, Conn., in 1784.
    4. Jerusha, b. 8 June 1786; d. 1 June 1867.
    5. Phebe, b. 22 Jan. 1789.
    6. Asher, b. 26 Oct. 1791; d. 19 Jan. 1785.
    7. Eusebius B.
    8. David B., b. abt. 17 mar. 1798; d. 3 Mar. 1851.
    9. Lucinda, b. abt 1803.
    You can see "Child" Waterman listed as number 3, stating that he/she passed away in Franklin, Connecticut sometime in 1784.

    I also found the following record on Ancestry.com. It's a page from Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920 for Franklin, Connecticut.2

    The entry near the bottom shows a record of death for one of Luther Waterman's children. The child died in 1784. Unfortunately, this record doesn't indicate whether this child was a male or female or when he/she was born.




    This is cropped from the page above.



    I went back a few pages in the record on Ancestry.com and found the title page. Here is a cropped portion showing the title of the record.



    Perhaps someday I'll be able to find information regarding the birthdate for this little child and whether the child was a male or female.

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved


    1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 297. Print.
    2 Ancestry.com. Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 2013. Volume 36. Page 4. Franklin, Connecticut. Pautipaug Hill Congregational Church. Original data: Connecticut. Church Records Index. Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut.

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    NOTE: There will not be a Fab Finds post next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Fab Finds will resume on Friday, November 28, 2014. I would like to wish all of my wonderful readers a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)

    1. Free Guide to Research at the Ohio History Center by Shelley Bishop, author of A Sense of Family
    2. 10 Online Genealogy Webinars You Should Be Attending AND 5 Ways to Celebrate Your Ancestors This Thanksgiving AND Interview with OrganizeYourFamilyHistory.com by Crestleaf Blog
    3. REMINDER: 3rd Annual Share a Memory Contest by Pat Richley-Erickson, author of Dear Myrtle
    4. Family Recipe Friday – Mom’s Sticky Buns by Eileen A. Souza, author of OLD BONES GENEALOGY
    5. Identifying Early Photographs by Lorine McGinnis Schulze, author of The Olive Tree Genealogy
    6. Genealogy Learning Gap: What Topics Matter To You? by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
    7. I Do Not Like This Part of Genealogy! by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
    8. And So It Begins: Why Does MY Preservation Matter? by Luckie, author of Our Georgia Roots
    9. 12 Kinds of Organizations Genealogists Should Follow on Facebook by Diane Haddad – Genealogy Insider for Family Tree Magazine Blog
    10. RootsTech, FGS, NGS Program Announcements by Ancestry Insider, author of The Ancestry Insider
    11. Thanksgiving Recipe: Turkey Dressing by Vera Marie Badertscher, author of Ancestors in Aprons
    12. David Archuleta and Studio C to appear at #RootsTech 2015 Closing Event by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
    13. Looking For a Needle In a Høystakk* by Mary Perkinson Nelson, author of Celebrating Family Stories
    14. Chiapas, Mexico Online Genealogy Resources by Moises Garza, author of Mexican Genealogy
    15. Tuesday's Tip: Was one of your ancestors admitted to The King's Inns? by Jennifer, author of 'On a flesh and bone foundation': An Irish History
    16. When Motivation Has Stalled . . . by Nancy, author of My Ancestors and Me
    17. Family Recipe Friday: Cleo Clemmon's Custard Pie by Pam, author of Our Own History
    18. EVER HAD ONE OF THOSE “SLAP YOUR FOREHEAD” MOMENTS IN YOUR RESEARCH? by Diane Gould Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
    19. What’s your biggest organizing challenge? by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History

    Some articles regarding the latest developments about AncestryDNA
    1. AncestryDNA Launches “DNA Circles” by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
    2. Ancestry’s Better Mousetrap – DNA Circles by Roberta Estes, author of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
    3. Goodbye False Positives! AncestryDNA Updates its Matching Algorithm by Blaine Bettinger, author of THE GENETIC GENEALOGIST
    4. Changes at AncestryDNA by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
    5. New AncestryDNA Technology Powers New Kinds of Discoveries by Anna Swayne for Ancestry.com Blog

    The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

    This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

    New Blog Discoveries

    In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

    Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
    Grandpa's Postcards
    Jana's Place

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.
    Waterman Family Tree Logo Museum Mat
    Today, I'd like to introduce you to Lucinda A. Waterman. She was the ninth child born to my 4th great-grandparents Dr. Luther L. Waterman and Phebe Barker.

    Lucinda was born in about 1803. She was most likely born in New York. Every census I've seen her listed in states her birthplace as New York. Also, her brother,
    David Bassett Waterman, who was the eighth child born to Luther and Phebe was also born in New York. And Luther passed away in New York in 1807, about four years after Lucinda's birth.

    Lucinda married Daniel Bicknell, son of Isaac Bicknell and Sarah Green, on 17 July 1833 in Athens County, Ohio.

    According to the book Waterman Family, Descendants of Robert Waterman, Volume 1 by Donald Lines Jacobus, Lucinda and Daniel had no children. 
    On page 569 of this volume is the following paragraph.1

    Mr. Bicknell was a farmer. He and his wife were listed in the 1850 Census at Troy, Athens co., Ohio. No children were listed, and descendants of a brother of Lucinda state that she left no children.
    Mr. Jacobus mentioned that Lucinda and Daniel were listed in the 1850 census living in Troy, Athens County, Ohio.2 I also found them in the 1860 and 1870 US censuses as well. In the 1860 census they were still living in Troy, Athens, Ohio.3 But by the time the 1870 census was taken, they had moved to Olive Township, Meigs County, Ohio.4

    Here's Lucinda and Daniel listed in the 1870 US Federal Census. They are at the very bottom of the page at lines 39 and 40.




    And here's a cropped portion of the census page to get a better view of Daniel and Lucinda Bicknell's listing in the 1870 census.



    Lucinda passed away on 20 June 1879. She was buried in the Reedsville Cemetery located in Olive Township, Meigs County, Ohio.

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved




    1 Jacobus, Donald Lines, and Edgar Francis Waterman. The Waterman Family. Vol. 1. New Haven, CT: E.F. Waterman, 1939. 569. Print.
    2 Year: 1850; Census Place: Troy, Athens, Ohio; Roll: M432_660; Page: 65A; Image: 134. Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
    3 Year: 1860; Census Place: Troy, Athens, Ohio; Roll: M653_934; Page: 106; Image: 216; Family History Library Film: 803934. Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
    4 Year: 1870; Census Place: Olive, Meigs, Ohio; Roll: M593_1242; Page: 104A; Image: 211; Family History Library Film: 552741. Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.

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    NOTE: This is a repost from December 2012.

    This is part of the "Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories" by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers. If you'd like to join in the fun, just click HERE.

    December 2 – Christmas Cards

    Do you still send Christmas cards or has electronic communication taken the place of this tradition? Do you remember sending Christmas cards as a child – making a list, sending out your family’s cards and then checking the mailbox for cards sent to your family? How did your family display the cards?

    Write about anything related to Christmas cards and your memories of Christmases past.

    My parents did send and receive Christmas cards.  And they were displayed in our home.  As you can see from the photo below, one of the ways my mom displayed them was by attaching the cards to a ribbon which was then attached to the wall.



    I don’t display my Christmas cards the same way my mom did, but I have kept up the tradition of sending Christmas cards to family and friends.   Lately though, I’ve started sending those fun Christmas photo cards from Costco instead of traditional Christmas cards.  I also include a Christmas letter updating the happenings of our family.

    You could say that my Grandma Ingrid sent a type of photo Christmas card as well in 1939.  Here is a cute little Christmas card I found in one of my Grandmother Ingrid’s Books of Remembrance.  Pictured are my Grandpa Arthur and Grandma Ingrid Iverson with their three children.
    


    At this special time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I'd like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas!

    Thanks for reading!

    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.


    Ebenezer Tyler Webster
    Reverend Ebenezer Tyler Webster


    This is a photo of Reverend Ebenezer Tyler Webster, my maternal 3rd great-granduncle. He was a brother of my 3rd great-grandfather, Moses Augustine Webster. Moses named his oldest son Ebenezer. That son was my 2nd great-grandfather, Ebenezer Perry Carlisle Webster, who served in the Civil War. Moses must have named his son Ebenezer after his brother. I think that's wonderful. I like seeing ancestors who named their children after family members.

    Ebenezer Tyler Webster was born on 27 December 1795 in Columbia, New York to his parents Augustine Webster and Mary Tyler.

    Ebenezer married Sarah Sophaniah Lane on 4 October 1824 in Franklin, St. Louis, Missouri. They were the parents of ten children. Sadly, only four of their children survived to adulthood.

    1. Barton Augustine Webster (1826-1866)
    2. Verlinda M. Webster (1827-1894)
    3. Son Webster (1829-1830)
    4. Celena Jane Webster (1831-1835)
    5. Betsey Elvira Webster (1833-1835)
    6. Martha Amelia Webster (1836-1837)
    7. Charles Wesley Webster (1838-1917)
    8. Mary Elizabeth Webster (1841-?)
    9. Fletcher Cook Webster (1843-1845)
    10. Joseph Wayland Webster (1845-1931)
    It's so tragic that Ebenezer and Sarah lost so many of their children. They lost their two daughters, Celena and Betsey, in August of 1835. Celena passed away only seven days after Betsey. I'm wondering if there was some illness that struck the family or community at that time. I'll need to do research to see if I can find the causes of their deaths.

    Ebenezer Tyler Webster passed away on 16 January 1877 in Van Wert, Van Wert, Ohio. He was buried at the Woodland Union Cemetery in Van Wert, Van Wert, Ohio.


    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)

    1. The Kingston, New Hampshire Throat Distemper Pandemic of 1735 by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
    2. It’s beginning to look a lot like… by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
    3. Spending the Day with Judy~What I Learned from the Legal Genealogist by Cheri Hudson Passey, author of Carolina Girl Genealogy
    4. My Evernote To-Do List by Jenny Lanctot, author of Are My Roots Showing?
    5. He Ate Himself to Death by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small
    6. Figuring out how you’re related by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
    7. Using the Table of Contents in the Swedish Church Books by ArkivDigital
    8. CENSUS SUNDAY–WHO WAS LIVING NEXT TO WHOM? AND WHAT DOES THIS RECORD TELL ME? by Diane Gould Hall, author of MICHIGAN FAMILY TRAILS
    9. Keeping it all moving by Jen Baldwin, author of Ancestral Breezes
    10. My Little Diary by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
    11. Join the Crestleaf Surname Scavenger Hunt – $250 Top Prize by Crestleaf Blog
    12. Genealogy Bargains by Thomas MacEntee, author of GeneaBloggers
    13. Finding a Nurse in the Absent Voters' List for Barnsley in World War One by BarnsleyHistorian, author of A Barnsley Historian's View
    14. Inspired By Family History Writing Class by Devon Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
    15. Calendars and Journals by Susan Olsen LeBlanc, author of Gopher Genealogy
    16. 30 Days to Becoming Unforgettable Challenge by Valerie Elkins, author of Family Cherished
    17. National Library of Ireland announces its most significant ever digitization project for Irish genealogy by Gail Dever, author of Genealogy a la carte
    18. Nana, why do you write stories about dead people? by Mary Perkinson Nelson, author of Celebrating Family Stories
    19. Introducing Historical Insights by Ancestry.com Blog
    20. FamilySearch Publishes Find A Grave Index AND Monday Mailbox: Requiring an Email Address by Ancestry Insider, author of The Ancestry Insider
    21. Chromosome Browser War by Roberta Estes, author of DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy
    22. Illinois Adoption Act Changes for 2015 by Debbie Mieszala, author of The Advancing Genealogist
    23. Best Seat in the House by Midge Frazel, author of Granite in My Blood

    The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

    The last two week's "May I Introduce To You" Interviews

    New Blog Discoveries

    In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

    Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
    Jana's Place

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    NOTE: This is a repost from December 6, 2012

    This is part of the "Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories" by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers. If you'd like to join in the fun, just click HERE.

    December 6 – Santa Claus

    Advent Calendar Prompt from 2014 - Today is the Feast of Saint Nicholas and the origin of Santa Claus. What are your memories of Santa Claus and waiting for him to come at Christmas? What does Santa mean to you today and how do you pass along that meaning to family and to others? Post your best Santa story and your memories of Christmases past.

    Advent Calendar Prompt from 2012 - Did you ever send a letter to Santa? Did you ever visit Santa and “make a list?” Do you still believe in Santa Claus?




    As you can see from the photo above, my brother and I did make a visit to see Santa Claus.  Unfortunately, we didn’t look all too happy to see him.  I was three years old and my brother was two years old at the time.

    Between the two of us, I’d say my younger brother was the braver child during our visit, as he had the courage to actually look at Santa.  Whether or not I ever gathered up enough courage to look at Santa, I really don't recall.  Oh well, at least we weren’t screaming our heads off.  And for that, I’m sure Santa was very thankful.

    At this special time of year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I'd like to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas!

    Thanks for reading!

    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    This is part of the "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" Challenge begun by Amy Johnson Crow, author of the blog No Story Too Small.


    I'd like to introduce you to my maternal 3rd great-granduncle, Daniel Bromley Webster. He was the fourth child born to my maternal 4th great-grandparents Augustine Webster and Mary Tyler. In last week's 52 Ancestors post, I introduced you to Daniel's older brother Reverend Ebenezer Tyler Webster, who was born in 1795. I also shared a picture of Ebenezer in that post. Sadly, I don't have a picture of Daniel to share with you.

    I am in possession of a two-volume genealogy book called History and Genealogy of the Governor John Webster Family of Connecticut by William Holcomb Webster and Rev. Melville Reuben Webster, D. D. I have the print version of this book. I found that the book is now online at the website Archive.org. If you'd like to read it, click HEREI'm a direct descendant of Governor John Webster. He's my 9th great-grandfather. Within the pages of this wonderful Webster genealogy book I've found information about my Webster family, including Daniel Bromley Webster.

    Daniel Bromley Webster was born on 26 September 1799 in Columbia County, New York. At some point in his life, he and his family moved to Ohio. On 11 February 1823 Daniel married Lois Stewart in Rome, Athens, Ohio. Lois was the daughter of Daniel Stewart and Ruth Fulford.

    Daniel and Lois were the parents of nine children.

    1. Martha Webster (1823-?)
    2. Eliza Webster (1824-1842)
    3. Hiram Webster (1827-1844)
    4. Lucetta Webster (1829-1851)
    5. Calvary Morris Webster (1832-1867)
    6. Samantha E. Webster (1833-1912)
    7. Sarah Lovisa Webster (1837-1887)
    8. Julia Ann Webster (1839-1930)
    9. Belinda Webster (1840-1843)
    Daniel passed away on 15 April 1864 in Athens, Ohio due to smallpox.1 What a horrible death that must have been. How did he contract this? Was there an outbreak in the community? I'll need to do some research to see if I can find answers to these questions. I haven't found any information indicating that his immediate family also contracted this terrible disease. Daniel's wife, Lois, passed away around thirteen years later in 1887.

    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved



    1 Webster, William Holcomb, and Melville Reuben Webster, D.D. "XXVI."History and Genealogy of the Governor John Webster Family of Connecticut. Vol. 1. Rochester: E. R. Andrews Printing, NY. 617. Print.

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    Molasses Fruit Bars
    Molasses Fruit Bars are one of our family's favorite recipes. And it's another recipe that was printed in the Relief Society cookbook called "The Best of Everything." Last year I shared a recipe for Peanut Butter Fingers from this same cookbook.

    Relief Society is the women's organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


    This cookbook has been in our family for over 48 years. It first belonged to my mom and she handed it down to me. Here's the cookbook page showing the Molasses Fruit Bars recipe.


    Beverly Green originally shared this recipe. As you can see, my mom made notations next to the recipe amounts. The recipe I'm sharing today will fit into a large (approx. 17½" x 11½") cookie sheet.

     Molasses Fruit Bars
    As you can see from the photo above, these cookie bars contain raisins. If you aren't a fan of raisins, they can be left out of the recipe. Or (and I've done this), prior to adding the raisins, place part of the mixed dough onto the cookie sheet. Spread the dough to fill part of the sheet. Add the raisins to the rest of the dough in the mixing bowl, mix and spread the remaining dough onto the empty part of the cookie sheet. Spread both kinds of dough out so they fill the whole cookie sheet.

    Here's a picture to show you what I mean. It doesn't have to be perfect. You can adjust the amount of non-raisin dough depending on how many people don't like raisins.




    I hope you enjoy these soft and delicious cookie bars. 

    RECIPE

    Molasses Fruit Bars

    Ingredients

    1-1/2 cups shortening (I use butter flavored shortening)
    2 cups light brown sugar
    2 large eggs
    ½ cup light (golden) molasses

    4 cups sifted flour
    4 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. cinnamon
    2 tsp. ginger
    1 tsp. cloves

    1-2 cups chopped raisins

    Directions


    Place shortening, brown sugar, eggs and molasses into large mixing bowl. Beat with electric mixer until well blended. Add the following sifted ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves. Blend well.

    Stir in 1 to 2 cups chopped raisins (depending on your love of raisins; you can also omit raisins). Grease and flour large jelly roll size (1 inch deep) cookie sheet. Pat dough evenly into pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

    While warm, frost whole pan of cookies with:

    1-1/2 Cups powdered sugar
    Hot water to make paste
    Approx. 2 drops of vanilla

    Cool. Cut into squares and enjoy. These keep well and have more flavor after being stored.


    Thanks for reading!


    © 2014 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

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    This is part of the "Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories" by Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers. If you'd like to join in the fun, just click HERE.


    December 10 – Christmas Traditions

    So many of us have family traditions related to Christmas that we learned as children and we still keep to this day. Do you know how your traditions started – is there a “backstory” to each one? What about starting new traditions – how do you start and then keep the tradition going? Are there any traditions which you disliked and that you refuse to keep?
    Tell us about your family’s Christmas traditions and your memories of Christmases past.

    In this post, I'm not going to share Christmas traditions from when I was a child, but from my own family as a parent. My husband and I have five adult children. When they were young, we would gather together in the family room and read about Christ's birth from the scriptures. Our daughter would dress up as Mary and our four boys would dress up as Joseph, the wise men, and the shepherds. When they got older, they wouldn't dress up, but we'd still read the Christmas Story from the scriptures together. It was a special way to remind our children, and ourselves, of the real meaning of Christmas.

    Several years ago, we began another tradition. We started having German Pancakes for breakfast on Christmas morning. These pancakes are baked in the oven and grow puffy as they bake. It's fun to watch them crawl up the sides of the baking dishes as they puff up.

     
    German Pancakes

    They come out of the oven big and puffy, but fall pretty quickly as they are brought to the table. We serve them sprinkled with powdered sugar and covered in maple syrup. They are delicious! And our family looks forward to eating these each year.

    Another Christmas tradition we have is making Christmas fudge. I've been making this fudge for years and years. I couldn't even tell you how many pounds of fudge I've made since I started making and sharing this fudge with our family and friends at Christmas.

    The recipe was given to my mom when I was a child. It's called See's Fudge. I don't know if it's really a recipe from See's or not. It has a smooth creamy texture and is delicious and quite popular with my family and friends. I'll share the recipe here on my blog in a future post.


    See's Fudge

    What about you?  What are your Christmas traditions?

    Thanks for reading!


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