Saturday, September 29, 2012
Seeing a picture can jog your memory. This picture taken by the Temple swimming pool in Puente, California during the 1920's really brought back memories. The Temple Mansion was turned into a nursing home in the 1940's. My Grandfather Forgey worked there after WWII. My Grandmother Forgey was a resident of the modern nursing home built next to the Mansion in the 1960's. I used to walk the grounds of the nursing home with my father while my mother spent time with my grandmother. When I saw the picture above posted in my news feed at Facebook it really jolted me. I had never seen a picture of the pool from that era. I remember when I first noticed the old pool on one of my walks with my father. I was about 5 yrs. old and was fascinated by it. I couldn't believe it was a pool. I never saw one like it before. I've had dreams about swimming in that pool. Every time we visited my grandmother I had to look at the pool. My father said my Uncles swam in it. Don't know if that's true? (I also enjoyed looking at the old cemetery, also located on the grounds; which probably helped spark my interest in genealogy and love of cemeteries.)
I believe the Puente Hills can be seen in the background. I grew up at the base of those hills. I feel lucky that I was able to see the pool and other landmarks in the area before they were demolished. The pace of change in Southern California really sped up during my childhood in the 1960's and 1970's. You could still find unspoiled open spaces and farms near where I lived in the late 1960's early 1970's. We had terrible smog back then too. The smog situation is better now, but I do miss some of the old landmarks and the farms which were still around back then.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I've been busy getting up to speed on the Owens line this week. I've found some of the original material sited by other researchers. I still have more to find. I have not found any of the deeds I need online. The orphans court records are not online either. Another important document I need is the power of attorney which Thomas Broshears gave to James Owens regarding Hannah and John Owens estate.
Sources for James D. Owens and Francis
|1843 Taxlist Bracken County|
- William is the son of James Owens comes from a taxlist which reads "William of James".
- William appears next to Francis his mother on taxlists.
- William is bondsman on Hannah's marriage bond. Hannah is found in on the Census in Francis's household.
- James and Francis children include Hannah, John, and David V. Owens. These names appear in the John and Susannah Owens family of PA and VA.
- A Broshears purchases an item from the James D. Owens estate.
- Hannah states her father was born in Pa on the 1880.
- Several of the Children of John and Susannah settle in Bracken County Ky. John and David seem to have settled not far away in the Clarksville area of Indiana. They were there in 1783.
|David and Brother John settled in Clarksville Indiana|
Sources John Owens Jr. and Susannah
- The proof that Susannah was John's wife comes from his 1781 Washington County, PA Will.
- The names of his children are said to come from Orphans court records. David and John are the only two mentioned by name on will. Otherwise it just states brothers and sisters of John and David.
- Their place of residence is Monongahela Ten mile Creek Virginia according to the will.
- John's aged mother is mentioned on the will but her name is not given
- A number of contemporary accounts give the cause of his death as the result of an indian attack
- John's brother David was said to be the son of an Indian trader according to several contemporary accounts. I have not seen John referred to as son of the Indian Trader.
- John owned land in Bedford County according to will.
- The fact Susannah remarried and her married name was McMullin is from her husband John's will documents.
- Susannah's death date of 1790 comes from her Washington County, PA will.
Sources for John Owens Sr.
- The first record for him I've found is as a witness to a treaty in 1752.
- He and his Indian wife also appear in a 1756 Pennsylvania Gazette article.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
|Hannah Daughter of James D |
and Francis may be key
The question I am trying to answer is who are James D. Owens parents? He was born between 1775 and 1780 in Pennsylvania. Are they John and Hannah Owens of 10 Mile Creek PA?
There were two James Owens in Bracken County, KY who were about the same age, and either could be the son of John and Hannah.
The 5 C's for success in genealogy webinar also emphasized the importance of extracting every clue you have. It's important to gather everything you've collected and analyse it, and put it to work to solve your problem. You really have to milk it for every clue. I have collected most of the traditional source documents. James D Owens died intestate and his wife was appointed administrator. I wasn't able glean James relationship to the other Owens families in the area using these documents. I also have tax lists for Bracken County which do not state relationships to the other Owens families either.
As Barbara Renick stated proximity of other families can point to a relationship. She pointed out that finding someone listed next to your family on the Census meant they most likely lived near to you ancestors. I found that James Owens was listed 3 pages from the nearest Owens family which was that of George Owens. So they weren't next door but likely not too far away. With a common name like Owens it's hard to make these differentiations.
|Locust Creek where red pin is|
|James D. Owens Bracken County, KY 1810|
|James D. Owens Bracken County, KY 1820|
|Francis Owens Bracken County, KY 1830|
|Francis Owens Bracken County, KY 1840|
Francis Owens Bracken County, KY 1850
|Francis Owens Bracken County, KY 1860|
|Hannah Hicks Daughter of James D. and Francis 1880 Census|