Friday, September 19, 2014

Funeral Card Friday

This is the Mass card for my great grandfather, Dr. Raymond Alexander Behrle. He was known to his grandchildren as "Popa Ray". He was born on 27 October 1880 in Louisville, Kentucky to John Behrle and Mary Jane Hermann. He had an older sister, Bertha Genevieve "Bertie" (1879-1962) and a younger sister, Etta Elizabeth (1883-1950). He graduated for the University of Louisville Dental School. His only child, Mary Myrtle is my grandmother.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Those Places...Paris, France

In another life I was a travel agent. I took advantage of the many "deals" that were offered to agents from airlines, cruise companies and hotels. In 1988, I took what was known as "familiarization trips" to Paris, France. 

This trip happened in July of 1988 just after my 26th birthday. I was there for a week to familiarize myself with the city of Paris so that I could then make recommendations to clients who wanted to visit. To me it was the trip of a lifetime! 

We stayed at the Omni Hotel and because someone had to cancel their trip at the last minute our names were put into a hat to see who would get the king room with a view of the Eiffel Tower, and the winner was...(drum roll please), me! I went to sleep every night that week with the best view!

We spent our mornings visiting various hotels that ranged from a Best Western to The George V. The hotels ranged from beautiful to outrageous luxury and everything in between. In 1988, staying at a Best Western in Paris was like staying in a luxury hotel here in the United States.

Our afternoons were spent visiting the sights of Paris. One afternoon we went to Louvre. Obviously this was not nearly enough time to appreciate the spectacular works of art that are there. However, I did get to see a few paintings just not the ones I really wanted to see, Claude Monet's Water Lilies series.

On another afternoon we went to Palace of Versailles which made my head spin with it's beautiful gardens and fountains, the Queen's Chamber's and the Hall of Mirrors. The front entrance with it's gold gates and a history that spans centuries.

On yet another afternoon we went to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. A church steeped in both French and Catholic history. With beautiful music coming from the organ, breathtaking stained glass windows, paintings and sculptures I could only stand in awe. It was peaceful so I took a few moments to sit in one the pews and said a few prayers for my family.

At night we were pretty much on our own. We hit the Latin Quarter for some great food including an American BBQ restaurant, who knew! We went to several jazz clubs which were great. We even went to the Moulin Rouge and had a fantastic time. However, I think the best night was our last night there. There was a small group of us who had been out at a jazz club and decided to go Montmatre Cemetery to watch the sunrise over the city. It was a glorious view that morning.

I hope to one day go back to Paris.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Mormon Pioneers - Charles Coulson Rich (1809-1883) Part 1

Meet my Mormon Pioneer, Charles Coulson Rich. He was truly a pioneer and frontiersman.

Charles is the son of Joseph Rich (1786-1866) and Nancy O'Neil (1782-1847). I will be telling Charles's story over a period of a few weeks due to the amount of information I have gathered on his life and family.

He was born in Big Bone, Kentucky on August 21, 1809. Within two years of his birth the family would move to Switzerland County, Indiana. Here the family resides until 1829 when Joseph moves the family west to Illinois. 

The Rich family arrives in Tazwell County, Illinois on October 7, 1829. Charles is ready to start his own life. He has been trained as copper, able to make and/or repair barrels and casks. However, Joseph and Nancy are reluctant to let him go out on his own. He spends the winter of 1829-1830 teaching reading, writing and arithmetic.

By the spring of 1830, Joseph and the family have settled at Farm Creek, Illinois. They were not far from Fort George Rogers Clark (now present day Peoria, Illinois). The Rich family had only a handful of friends at this time. These were the families of Morris Phelps and Sanford Porter, Sr. They were very influential men in Charles's life.

In 1831, it would be Morris Phelps who tells Charles about the Book of Mormon and the Prophet. Charles yearns to learn more about this new religion. 

In 1832, two Mormon missionaries appeared in the community in which Charles and his family lived. After learning more information from these missionaries, Charles, his parents and his sister Minerva were all baptized on April 1, 1832 into the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints. His sisters, Artemesia, Jane and Nancy would all be baptized into the Church not long after this.

On May 7, 1832 Charles and two Mormon Elders, Zebedee Coltrin and Solomon Wixom set out for Kirtland, Ohio. Along the way they stopped in other Mormon communities and on May 16, 1832 in Fountain County, Indiana that Elders Coltrin and Wixom ordained Charles as an Elder of the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints.

Not only is Charles a new convert but he also a new preacher and new elder. On their trip east to Kirtland, Charles would preach his first sermon. As the men continued on their journey they would stop at other communities of the Mormon Church preaching and visiting. They finally reached Kirtland in June 1832.

Charles would be in Kirtland, Ohio for roughly six weeks. During this time Charles would attend various church meetings. Not long after his arrival in Kirtland Charles received a recommendation of good standing. This recommendation was comprised of other members of the Church mainly Elders, Priests, Teachers and Deacons who would judge him on his morals and Christian accomplishments. He was found worthy of the testamonial's he received and was granted a certificate stating that was a regularly ordained Elder of the Church which recommended him as a man of God and friend to makind for all people. This must have been quite an honor to have been so graciously accepted! Especially since he had only been baptized two months prior and ordained an Elder a month earlier.

Charles and Solomon Wixom would leave Kirtland in August 1, 1832 and would stop in Cleveland and Steubenville, Ohio and what is now Wheeling, West Virginia. From Wheeling they would travel by steamboat to Cincinnati, Ohio. After one day in Cincinnati, Charles would then take another steamboat to Sun Rise, Indiana where he stayed for two months. While there he visited with family and friends, as Sun Rise was not far from where he grew up.

Charles would arrive home in Illinois on  October 23, 1832. During the remainder of 1832 and for next several years, Charles stayed in Illinois working the family farm, planting and harvesting crops as well as putting his training as a cooper were put to good use building barrels, tubs, casks and buckets. He also had his religious duties to attend to as well. 

During this time, Charles's sisters would all marry. His sister Artemesia had married Jesse Atwater Wixom in April of 1831. Artemesia and Jesse would raise their family in LaSalle County, Illinois; sister Minerva would marry Asa Colton Earl in January of 1834 but died shortly after the birth of her daughter, Nancy Minerva Earl in 1840. In November 1837, his sister Jane Ann married Hervey Green; sister Nancy would marry in February of 1837 to John President Porter and both of these sisters and their families, and their parents would follow their brother to Utah. 

In 1836, it was clear that those of the Mormon Faith and those who were not could coexist peacefully. A proposal was made by the Missouri state legislature in which Caldwell County was created in northwest Missouri. However, with thousands of converts flocking to Caldwell County they soon out grew their county boundaries.

In July and September of 1838 Charles and his father, Joseph bought land in Caldwell County, Missouri. According to land records they were co-owners of the property. Together they built a home for the family and one for Charles and his bride, Sarah DeArmon Pea. Charles was a leader in the Mormon community in Caldwell. 


On election day, in August 1838 a brawl broke out in Gallaitan between members of the Church and members of the community. The local community militia began patrolling the area as did the Church militia. The tensions between the two groups continued to escalate on into October of 1838. Then on the night of October 24, 1838, was the Battle of Crooked River. John Lockhart, a Missouri sentry shot Patrick O'Bannion, a scout for the Mormons. He would later die from the wound.Charles was on of the leaders who would lead the charge on the militia camp. These last few days of October saw the tensions rise even higher resulting in Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs to order the Missouri militia to war with the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints and to issue an Extermination Order on October 27, 1838. The extermination order reads in part,

"...open and avowed defiance of the laws, and of having made war upon the people of this State ... the Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State if necessary for the public peace—their outrages are beyond all description."


By November of 1838, Charles fled from Missouri to avoid being arrested for his involvement at the Battle of Crooked River. He left his wife Sarah behind. Eventually with the help of her father, John Pea she left Missouri. She was not in good health and made the trip to the Mississippi confined to wagon. When Charles learned that Sarah had finally arrived on the shore of the Mississippi he crossed the river by canoe to see her. The next day he took Sarah back across the river to Illinois.

My next blog in this series will be about Charles and his first wife Sarah DeArmon Pea.

Sources:
Ancestry.com. LDS Pioneer and Handcart Companies, 1847-1856 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com, 2013.

Ancestry.com. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Arrington, Leonard J. Mormon General and Frontiersman (https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE96564&from=fhd) accessed 4 September 2014


Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MO1230__.148&docClass=STA&sid=htw0ucg3.1lc), Accessed 4 September 2014, Joseph Rich (Caldwell County, MO) Accession #: MO1230_.148

Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MO1230__.148&docClass=STA&sid=htw0ucg3.1lc), Accessed 4 September 2014, Joseph Rich (Caldwell County, MO) Accession #: MO1250_.476

Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MO1230__.148&docClass=STA&sid=htw0ucg3.1lc), Accessed 4 September 2014, Joseph Rich (Caldwell County, MO) Accession #: MO1250_.477

Church History In The Fulness Of Times Student Manual, (2003), 193–210, Chapter Sixteen: Missouri Persecutions and Expulsion (https://www.lds.org/manual/print/church-history-in-the-fulness-of-times-student-manual/chapter-sixteen-missouri-persecutions-and-expulsion?lang=eng) accessed 11 Sep 2014

Church History in the Fulness of Times Student Manual, (2003), 211-234, Chapter Seventeen: Refugee in Illinois (https://www.lds.org/manual/church-history-in-the-fulness-of-times-student-manual/chapter-seventeen-refuge-in-illinois?lang=eng) accessed 11 Sep 2014


Cole, Zula Rich. Pioneer Joseph Rich 1786-1866 Father of Charles Coulson Rich

Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6495544&ref=acom 

Missouri State Archives. The Missouri Mormon War (http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/mormon.asp) accessed 11 Sep 2014

Missouri State Archives. The Missouri Mormon War, Image of Governor Lilburn Boggs Extermination Order (http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/findingaids/miscMormRecs/eo/18381027_ExtermOrder.pdf) accessed 11 Sep 2014 

Rich, Charles Coulson log home Creator Mays, Kenneth R. Contributor Mays, Kenneth R. Copyright Status/Owner Licensed from Kenneth R. Mays December 12, 2002 Description This log house is located in Mirabile, Caldwell County, Missouri about 4-5 miles south of the site of Far West. The structure was first owned by Charles C. Rich, who presided over a branch of the Church in that area during the northern Missouri period of Church history. Following the expulsion of the Saints from Missouri in 1838-1839, the property was acquired by James Wallace and was owned by the Wallace family until about 1900. The home was subsequently covered over with wooden siding and mistakenly thought to be a newer, frame home. In 1995 the original log structure was discovered inside the newer siding. Efforts are now underway to preserve the structure. Elder Rich was called to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1849 and served in that capacity unitl his death in 1883. Date Original 2003-05 Publisher Digital Brigham Young University. Harold B. Lee Library Date Digital 2003-05 Edition Electronic reproduction; Genre Photographs Collection Religious Education LDS Church History and Doctrine Owning Institution Brigham Young University Subject Rich, Charles C. (Charles Coulson), 1809-1883 Rich, Charles C. (Charles Coulson), 1809-1883--Homes and haunts Mormon Church--Apostles Subject Complete Rich, Charles C. (Charles Coulson), 1809-1883; Rich, Charles C. (Charles Coulson), 1809-1883--Homes and haunts; Mormon Church--Apostles; Apostles (Mormon Church); Council of the Twelve (Mormon Church); Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Mormon Church) Geography Mirabile (Mo.) Caldwell County (Mo.) Geography Complete Mirabile (Mo.); Marquams Store (Mo.); Caldwell County (Mo.); Caldwell Co., Mo. Course REL C 341 Hierarchy LDS ChurchHistory Geography United States Missouri (http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/RelEd/id/5362)

Wikipedia contributors. "Battle of Crooked River." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 21 Jan. 2014. Web. 11 Sep. 2014.  


Wikipedia contributors. "Charles C. Rich." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 10 Sep. 2014. Web. 11 Sep. 2014. 

Wikipedia contributors. "Lilburn Boggs." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 30 Aug. 2014. Web. 11 Sep. 2014. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Happy Grandparent's Day 2014


Happy Grandparent's Day!

In this collage are my maternal grandparents, George & Myrtle Behrle Rueff (top left), my paternal grandparents, William Elmer & Peggy Rich Williams (top right), my paternal great grandparents, William Points & Sarah Elizabeth Lucas Williams (below William & Peggy), Easton's maternal grandma, Sharon Bowman, Easton & Cassie Kitts (middle row, far left) my parents, Bill & Nina Williams with their great grandson, Easton (middle row, 2nd from the left), Tommy & I with our grandson, Sweet Easton, (middle row, 3rd from the left) my daughter in law Cassie with Easton and maternal grandfather Edmon Young( middle row, far right). My maternal great grandparents, William Joseph & Anna Marie Kirn Rueff (bottom left), my 2nd great maternal grandparents, William Joseph & Carrie Kuhn Rueff (bottom middle) and my parents, Bill & Nina Williams with their grandchildren: Standing L-R: William Williams, III, my son, David Kitts, Bryan Hyatt, TJ Hyatt, Kaitlyn Williams. Seated L-R: Walker Parson, my Dad, JJ Hyat, my Mom holding Easton, and Gracie Parsons.

Friday, September 5, 2014

My Mormon Pioneers - Joseph Rich (1786-1866)


Today I would like to introduce you to Joseph Rich my first cousin six times removed, Joseph Rich. Joseph was born April 16, 1786 in Cecil, Washington County, Pennsylvania to Thomas Rich (1763-1818) and Ann Pool (1761-1836). Joseph married Nancy O'Neal on June 3, 1808 in Boone County, Kentucky. Nancy is the daughter of Charles James O'Neal (1750-1814) and Jane Shaw (1750-Unknown) Joseph was raised in the Quaker faith. I am not sure what the circumstances were that lead him to join The Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints. 

Joseph migrated with his parents Thomas and Ann Rich from Pennsylvania to Ohio around 1794. Then the family moved again to the counties of Boone and Campbell in Kentucky. They likely traveled by river in these early migrations of Joseph's family. The family would likely have had a journey with rough traveling conditions, facing a hostile environment with large forests, heavy underbrush, wild animals and Indians who were dissatisfied with the government for occupying their lands and the dangerous waters of the Ohio River.
Joseph, Nancy and their son Charles Coulson Rich would leave Kentucky behind and migrate to Switzerland County, Indiana around 1810.  Joseph and Nancy had four more children: Artemisia Rich (1811-1880), Jane Ann Rich (1813-1895), Minerva Rich (1816-1840) and Nancy Rich (1821-1857). It is one of two census record (1840 being the second) I cannot find for Joseph and his family. The 1820, census records show that he and his family were living in Posey, Switzerland, Indiana. 
By the 1830 census this family is living in Tazewell County, Illinois. In Tazewell, Joseph brought property totaling 160 acres between 1831 and 1839. Joseph with the help of his son would clear this land to build his family a new home and planted crops. On April 1, 1832 Joseph, his wife Nancy their son Charles and daughter Minerva were baptized and confirmed into the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints in Tazewell County, Illinois by Elder Hinkle. 

In July and September of 1838 Joseph and Charles bought land in Caldwell County, Missouri. According to land records they were co-owners of the property. Together they built a home for the family and one for Charles and his bride to be, Sarah DeArmon Pea. 


By  January 1, 1846 Joseph and Nancy  went through the ritual of Endowment in their Temple at Nauvoo, Illinois. On January 26, 1846 Joseph and Nancy had followed the custom of the Sealing ordinance. The purpose of the Sealing of a spouse and/or family members is so that they are bound together in this life and for all of eternity. 

During the 1840's when members were endowed at the Nauvoo Temple it consisted of two phases. The first phase was initiation, which consisted of washing and anointing the endowed after which they were dressed in temple undergarments. These garments were to be worn at all times especially when entering their temple. In the second phase the endowed would be instructed and then would move into a testing phase. The instruction consisted of the endowed's understanding of what was required of him or her by the Church such as rituals, prayers, gestures and symbols. Once the initiation was completed they would be tested on their instructions.

During the year of 1846, Joseph and Nancy along with their son Charles and their daughters Jane and Namcy and their respective families began their journey to Utah. According to the LDS Pioneer and Handcart Companies, 1847-1856, Joseph and his family traveled in their son Charles's company known as First Ten of Charles C. Rich's Guard. They arrived in Utah in July 1847. 

This was a perilous journey across difficult terrain and over the Rocky Mountains. The family would have had traveled by wagon, the men may have ridden horses and/or walked during this journey. They would have experienced all kinds of weather, hunger, diseases, birth's and death's. About three months after Joseph and Nancy arrived in Utah, Nancy died on October 5, 1847 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Joseph Rich was sealed in marriage to Elizabeth Howard (widow of both William Standage and William Thackham) on January 18, 1853. He was then sealed in marriage to Harriet Edwards on March 29, 1857. Harriet came from overseas and between the voyage to America as well as the perilous journey to Utah she was very ill by the time she arrived. She died not long after she and Joseph were sealed. He would wed again on July 26, 1857 to Maria Bentley Christian Linford (widow of John Linford). Joseph and Maria were not sealed because she was already sealed in marriage to her first husband, John.

At the time of the 1850 US Census, Joseph is living in Davis, Utah Territory. Living with Joseph are a Elizabeth Rich age 60, Minerva Rich age 10 and a Thomas Miles age 21. I believe that this Elizabeth is possibly Joseph's second wife, Elizabeth Howard (1792-1870) and that Thomas Miles could be a relation of hers but so far I have not been able to prove this. Little Minerva is Joseph's granddaughter, her mother was Minerva Rich Earl who died a few weeks after Minerva was born. Her father, Asa Colton Earl asked his wife's parents to raise his daughter since he felt he was not able to at the time.

The 1860 Census record shows that Joseph is living with both Elizabeth and Maria in Centerville, Utah along with Maria's sons Joseph Linford and Amasa Linford. Sometime in the spring or summer of 1865 Joseph and his family moved to Paris, Idaho. Joseph Rich died on July 23, 1866.

The next Mormon Pioneer I will be writing about is Joseph's son Apostle Charles Coulson Rich. 

Sources:

Ancestry.com. LDS Pioneer and Handcart Companies, 1847-1856 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com, 2013.

Ancestry.com. Membership of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1848 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.


Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=IL0520__.012&docClass=STA&sid=sbsyqvfu.ywf), Accessed 4 September 2014, Joseph Rich (Tazewell County, IL) Accession #: IL0520_.012

Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=IL0520__.012&docClass=STA&sid=sbsyqvfu.ywf), Accessed 4 September 2014, Joseph Rich (Tazewell County, IL) Accession #: IL0570_.106

Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=IL3350__.145&docClass=STA&sid=qxw5sxth.otc), Accessed 4 September 2014, Joseph Rich (Tazewell County, IL) Accession #: IL3350_.145

Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MO1230__.148&docClass=STA&sid=htw0ucg3.1lc), Accessed 4 September 2014, Joseph Rich (Caldwell County, MO) Accession #: MO1230_.148

Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MO1230__.148&docClass=STA&sid=htw0ucg3.1lc), Accessed 4 September 2014, Joseph Rich (Caldwell County, MO) Accession #: MO1250_.476

Bureau of Land Management, “Land Patent Search,” digital images, General Land Office Records (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=MO1230__.148&docClass=STA&sid=htw0ucg3.1lc), Accessed 4 September 2014, Joseph Rich (Caldwell County, MO) Accession #: MO1250_.477

Cole, Zula Rich. Pioneer Joseph Rich 1786-1866 Father of Charles Coulson Rich

Dodd, Jordan. Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.

Find A Grave. Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi: accessed 30 August 2014.

"United States Census, 1820," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHG4-D1X : accessed 04 Sep 2014), Joseph Rich, Posey, Switzerland, Indiana; citing "1820 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com; p. 171, NARA microfilm publication M33, roll 14, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 0205608.

"United States Census, 1830," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHPY-K8S : accessed 04 Sep 2014), Joseph Rick, Northern Precinct, Tazewell, Illinois; citing "1830 United States Federal Census," Ancestry.com; p. 166, NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 23, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 0007648.

"United States Census, 1850," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MCS6-Y62 : accessed 04 Sep 2014), Joseph Rich, Davis county, Davis, Utah Territory, United States; citing family 39, NARA microfilm publication M432.

"United States Census, 1860," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MH24-QZN : accessed 04 Sep 2014), Joseph Rich, Centerville, Davis, Utah Territory, United States; citing "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," Fold3.com; p. 28, household ID 169, NARA microfilm publication M653; FHL microfilm 805313.


















 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

These are the people who inspire, encourage and gave me my love and passion for genealogy!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday

Today I am posting this picture of my son Kenny's tombstone and a photo of him. Well actually he is in a mausoleum so it's a bronze plaque. Kenny's been on my mind today, a lot! I love and miss him very much.