Friday, October 28, 2011

Wedding Quilt 2011

This week was momentous!  I finished my fifth quilt -- a wedding quilt to commemorate the beginning of my marriage with Zachary!  After much work, it is finally completed.  I love having a new quilt finished!

My main desire with this quilt was to use two fabrics only -- instead of the four or five that many patterns suggest.  A traditional, classic design in blue fits my style preferences exactly! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Future of Five Years Ago

Fall 2006
I came across a “random” question online today that made me think.  It asked:

Today is the future of five years ago. Are you enjoying it as much as you thought you would?

Five years ago, 2006, was the toughest year of my life thus far, and the fall was particularly difficult.  I still had high hopes for the future, however, and I think I am enjoying that future just as much – and probably much more – than I thought I would.  I serve an awesome God who cared more about my hopes and dreams than even I did.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Friday, October 14, 2011

1841 -- The Moor Family Roots

In 1841, John Moor [my great, great, great, great grandfather], a farmer, was about 55 years old and living in the parish of All Saints in Saltfleetby – or “Soloby” as the locals call it – a village on the shores of the North Sea in Lincolnshire County, England.  This put the Moor family in the registration district of Louth and the sub-registration district of Saltfleet.

His wife, Sarah, was 50 years old.  The oldest boy at home was 25 year old John [John Parks Moore], and the youngest boy was 13 year old Charles.  Every member of the family was a Lincolnshire native and may have lived the entirety of their lives up to that point in the same county.

Also in the home were two men: 25 year old agricultural laborer Rowland Webster and a man about 20 years old.  In place of a name for this second man is the note, “n. k.” Since the census was supposed to include in each household the “Names of each Person who abode therein the proceeding Night” it is very possible that one or both of the non-family members may or may not have actually lived with the Moor family.  If “n .k.” stands for “not known” it is very likely this man “about 20” was only traveling through on June 6 – the day the census was taken.  The box for “born in the same county [Lincolnshire]” is not checked for this individual.

Some of the Moor family’s closest neighbors included the families of John Ricardson, a publican (so there was probably a public house nearby); 80 year old John Moody of independent means; William Richardson, the grocer; Thomas Madison, the blacksmith; Charles Osborne, a cordwainer (shoemaker); Edward Garton, a farmer; Mary Jaques, a nurse; William Harvison, a farmer; Robert Wright, a weaver of linen; and Richard Kelvington, a clerk.

View of the North Sea from the Saltfleet Dunes in Lincolnshire County, England

Monday, October 10, 2011

Too Much Soup

I made the Wedding Soup from the King Arthur Flour website this week and ran into some trouble.  It "suggests" that you have at least a 6 quart pot for the recipe, and my largest is just barely 3 quarts, so I planned to half the recipe.  Unfortunately, I only remembered that I was making less soup when I didn't need to remember, and I forgot when remembrance would have come in handy – when I was actually making the soup.  At that point, I forgot.

So, I had a pot full of cooked onions, carrots, seasonings, etc. and had already begun to pour in the chicken stock before I realized my mistake.  I didn’t have enough room for the rest of the chicken stock, never mind the spinach, meatballs and orzo that would go in last.  I couldn't divide as it was too late...

So, I ended up using all three of my pots and a stove safe metal bowl to finish the soup in.

Do you know how hard it is to make one soup in four containers!  It was a hot kitchen, but I had to stand by and watch very carefully.   There wasn’t much room at the top of each pot, so they would boil over quickly.

It is a good thing that exact measurements weren't required.  Each soup came out with a slightly different taste, and they also had varying thicknesses. One was soupy, one was stew like, and another was more like a regular pasta dish.  I ended up dishing up our dinner bowls from two separate pots!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

1850 – Fords and Flansburghs: One Big Family

The Ford family came from New York, but when they moved to Michigan in 1841, they came in great numbers.  By 1950, there were 20 native New Yorkers carrying the Ford name in Sheridan Township, Calhoun County, Michigan. This does not include the Ford girls who married into other families.  Although I have not personally proven every relationship, it is likely that they came under the leadership of at least two brothers: James and Abraham Ford.

I do not know if Abraham married or had children, but James certainly did.  James died in 1848, but it is his wife Ruth and their children and grandchildren who make up the Fords of Sheridan, Calhoun, Michigan in 1850.

James and Ruth’s son Nathaniel (44), a farmer with real estate worth $1,000, seems to have been the head of the largest Ford household in 1850.  Eleven of the previously mentioned 20 were under his roof, and there were a total of 17 people in the household.  There was his wife Mercy (41) and their children Morris M. (20) Malvina (15), Oscar D. (16), John (8), and Jos H. [James Hammond] (2).  Morris and Oscar were farmers, and Malvina, Oscar, and John had attended school within the year.  Young James was the only one born in Michigan.

Also in the home were Nathaniel and Mercy’s married daughter Melissa O. Flansburgh (18) and her husband Clarkson (21) who worked as a blacksmith [The future parents of Evangeline].

I do not know who Saml (28) and Geo Armold (21) were exactly, but they lived with the Fords as well. Both were born in New York; Saml was a laborer with real estate worth $400.  Geo was a house carpenter.

Lewis Ford (27) – a farmer – was probably Nathaniel’s brother [although I have yet to solidly prove the relationship] and was also in the home with his Canadian wife Francis (27) and their children Charles W. (4), Elma A. [Alma Ann] (2), and baby William H who was just a month old.  Interestingly, the three children are listed as being born in New York, even though their births would have been after the main family migration.  This is either a mistake, or, since these birth places are listed the same way in the future 1860 census, it is possible that the Lewis Ford family followed the rest of the family to Michigan several years after the main exodus.  Their recent arrival – possibly just a month or a few weeks before the census – could explain why the family is staying temporarily in Nathaniel’s home.

The final member of the household was 71 year old Abraham Ford.  As I have said, I have yet to prove the relationship, but he was probably Nathaniel’s uncle.

Click HERE to go forward and read about the Moore Family in 1851.

Friday, October 07, 2011

1851 – Moore/Moor English Time

In 1851, nine years before the family first appeared on a U.S. census, 36 year old John Parks Moor[e] was living in the parish of All Saints in Saltfleetby, a village in Lincolnshire County, England on the shore of the North Sea.  To locals, Saltfleetby is known as “Soloby.”  Sea dunes and both saltwater and freshwater marshes are in the area.  For census purposes, the family was settled in the registration district of Louth and sub-registration district of Binbrook.

The church in Saltfleetby All Saints
Their home in Saltfleetby was only about five miles southeast from John Parks Moore’s birthplace in North Somercoates – a place which means "North Summer Grazing Area" since it is in the Marshes area of Lincolnshire and is only dry enough for grazing sheep and cattle during the summer.

In 1851, John Parks Moore worked as a servant – more specifically, he was a groom.  His wife Ann was 27, a native of Skidbrooke which is less than two miles away from Saltfleetby All Saints.  Both of their boys, however, were born in the local parish.  William was two, and his little brother Fred was 8 months old.

John Parks Moore and his family would remain in England for about five more years before immigrating to the United States.

Just next door was John Moor, the father of John Parks Moore.  He was 67 and worked as a brewer.  He was close to his native home, since he was born in the St. Clement parish which was also in Saltfleetby.  His wife Sarah was 61 and was the family member furthest from her birth place.  She was originally from Lincoln, a cathedral city about 36 miles away.  Depending on when Sarah left Lincoln, the imposing and beautiful Lincoln Cathedral would have been a familiar sight to her.

Still at home was John and Sarah’s 22 year old son Charles, a bricklayer, who, like his brother, was born in North Somercoates.

Also in the John Moor household was 28 year old lodger John Thornhill. Mr. Thornhill worked as a footman, but he wasn’t from Lincolnshire.  His birthplace was in Etwall in Derbyshire County – more than 100 miles from his 1851 home.

Click HERE to go back and read about the Flansburgh and Ford Families in 1850.

Click HERE to go forward and read about the Moore and Flansburgh Families in 1860.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

1860 -- Moore, Flansburgh, and Ford Connections in Calhoun County, MI

Sheridan Township in Calhoun County, Michigan was the 1860 home of two families who may or may not have known each other but would eventually be very important to each other.  Eleven year old William Moore and seven year old Evangeline M. Flansby [Flansburgh] were just school children at the time.  So, even if they did know each other, they probably wouldn’t have guessed that they would one day be husband and wife.

William’s family had immigrated to the United States from England about five years before and was now settled in the village of Albion.  The closest post office was in Homer – a town about 9 miles to the south.  The head of the household, John Moore, was 45 years old and possibly working as a gardener [his occupation is difficult to interpret from the census record].  His real estate was worth $600, and his personal estate was worth $100.

As the wife and mother of the family, 37 year old Ann Moore was listed as a housekeeper.  Besides William, there were two other boys in the family.  Fred was nine years old and went to school.  The youngest, Thomas, was the only one born in Michigan and was two years old.  The only girl in the family was buried on American soil about four years before.

Outside of the village lived the Ford family where little Evangeline Flansburgh lived with her grandparents and uncles.  Nathaniel Ford (54) was a farmer with real estate worth $3,600 and personal estate worth $1,000.  He and his family were native New Yorkers who had moved west more than a decade before.  Nathaniel was once head of a large household, but there were only five others living with him in 1860.  His wife Mercy, the housekeeper, was 51 years old.  Their sons included Oscar (26) who was a clerk, John (19) who was a farm laborer, and Michigan born James (12) who was still a schoolboy.  The last member of the household, Evangeline, was the daughter of Melissa Olivia Ford Flansburgh – Nathaniel and Mercy’s daughter who died about four years before in 1856.  Born in Michigan on 23 Apr 1853, Evangeline was still in school.

Evangeline’s father, Clark [Clarkson] Flansburgh (31) – a native New Yorker – was remarried and working as a blacksmith in Summit Township in Jackson County, Michigan, about 21 miles away from his in-laws and daughter. The closest post office was in Jackson.  He had no real estate, but his personal estate was worth $150.  His wife Catherine was 23 years old, and they had two children at home; George (8), Clarkson’s son from his previous marriage [making him Evangeline’s full brother], and baby Cornelius.

Click HERE to go back and read about the Moore Family in 1851.

Click HERE to go forward and read about the Moore Family in 1870.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

1870 -- Moore Roots: The Flansburgh and Ford Families

In 1870, Eva Flansburgh [the Evangeline who was later married to William Osborn Moore] was a 17 year old student living with her maternal grandparents in Albion, Michigan – a town in Sheridan Township in Calhoun County.  Her grandparents, Nathaniel (64) and Mercy Ford (61), were originally from New York but had been farming in Michigan for over 20 years.  Nathaniel’s real estate was now worth $7,000, and his personal estate was worth $500.

Also in the home were 29 year old John Ford and his family. John was Nathaniel and Mercy’s son who worked as a laborer on the farm. He and his wife Jennie (20) had a two year old son named Charles and a personal estate worth $700.

It appears as though Eva was fully incorporated into the Ford household from the time she was four years old – when her mother Melissa died – although there is a slight possibility she could have been a summer visitor at her grandparents and spent the rest of her time with her father’s family.  Eva’s father Clarkson Flansburgh and older brother George were living about 30 miles away in Leslie, Ingham County, Michigan, so even if Eva didn’t live with her father, it is likely she was able to visit him occasionally.

Clarkson Flansburgh (40), a native New Yorker and a blacksmith, married Kate (33) after his first wife’s death, so in addition to his son George (18), they were now blessed with a son, Cornelius (11), and a daughter, Mary (10).  Clarkson’s real estate was worth $1,000, and his personal estate was worth $500.

Click HERE to read about the Moore Family in 1870.

Click HERE to go forward and read about the Moore Family in 1880.