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Monday, November 30, 2015

Military Monday: Lieutenant Colonel DeMoss Captured During Atlanta Campaign

The 24 May 1864 issue of the Memphis Daily Appeal reported on the Atlanta Campaign. The 10th Regiment Tennessee Cavalry was involved in this campaign. My 3rd-great-grandfather Joseph Tarkington and my 3rd-great-grandfather's brother John G. Gatlin were privates in the 10th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry, Company D, although they were not present during the Atlanta Campaign. Lieutenant Colonel DeMoss, whose capture was reported in the article below, was a cousin of mine.

Memphis Daily Appeal, 24 May 1864, page 2

Sunday, November 29, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 48 "Thankful": Samuel Lee Mayo

My 3rd-great-grandmother Angeline (Mayo) Binkley was probably thankful for the support of her older brother Samuel Lee Mayo.

Samuel Lee and Angeline were the children of Jacob Dillard Mayo and Eliza Gordon. They were born in Virginia but moved to Davidson County, Tennessee withe their parents in the 1830s.

Samuel Lee married Amanda Ezell on 5 February 1848 in Davidson County, Tennessee. They had three children: Zachary Taylor Mayo, William Daniel Mayo, and Amanda Jane Mayo. Samuel Lee married his second wife Tabitha Elizabeth Riggan on 21 September 1854 in Davidson County, Tennessee. They had four children: Samuel Lee Mayo, Mary Mayo, Charles A. Mayo, and Alonzo M. Mayo.

Angeline, her husband Davidson Binkley, and their son William Searcy Binkley moved from Tennessee to Williamson County, Illinois in the 1850s. They had two more children, Anna Malvina (my 2nd-great-grandmother) and James Rutherford Binkley. Davidson enlisted in the Union Army in 1862. He died of measles in Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois while serving with Company G, 128th Illinois Infantry.

After Davidson's death, Angeline and their children returned to Tennessee. In 1870, they lived with her brother Samuel Lee, his wife Tabitha Elizabeth, his son William, and their children Samuel Lee, Mary, Charles, and Alonzo.

1870 United States Census, District 14, Davidson County, Tennessee, population schedule, page 10. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009.

By 1880, Angeline and her children lived on their own. Samuel Lee may have helped Angeline purchase a home.  According to a note on a family group sheet compiled by P. C. Lampley, Davidson and Angeline (Mayo) Binkley's granddaughter Laura Belle (Tarkington) Leech said that "Lee Mayo" gave "Grandma Binkley" money to buy a house at Vaughn's Gap, Davidson County, Tennessee.

From family group sheet compiled by P. C. Lampley.

Samuel Lee Mayo seems to have been a supportive big brother to his sister Angeline. She probably felt thankful.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Society Saturday: DAR Presents Sword to General Joseph Wheeler

In 1898, the Cumberland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented a sword to General Joseph Wheeler. Wheeler was the senior cavalry general in the Confederate Army of Tennessee during the Civil War. He was also a general in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American War.

Nashville American, 4 May 1898, page 3

Nashville American, 6 October 1898, page 3 

Nashville American, 7 November 1898, page 6

  Nashville American, 9 November 1898, page 5

Nashville American, 10 November 1898, page 5

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wedding Wednesday: Florence Gatlin and Downie Pate

Nashville American, 2 April 1902, page 8

 Nashville American, 6 April 1902, page 20

On 5 April 1902, my great-grandfather's sister Florence Gatlin married Downie Campbell Pate. The wedding was originally scheduled to take place on 9 April 1902, but the date was changed at the last minute. The couple married at St. Columba's Church, a Catholic church in East Nashville.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

So Many Ancestors: Week 47 "Sporting": Theodore Christopher Troedson

Theodore Christopher "Terry" Troedson was the son of my 2nd-great-grandfather's brother Ola Peter Troedson and Rosina Catharine Louise Walter. He was born on 17 October 1879 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Terry was involved in sports. He played rugby football; his position was forward. He also participated in rowing and sailing.

Truth, 4 November 1928, page 12. Available from Trove.

In 1903 and 1904, he was a member of the Brisbane Juniors.

Brisbane Courier, 10 August 1903, page 6. Available from Trove.

Brisbane Courier, 16 July 1904, page 10. Available from Trove.

This photo depicts the winners of the Queensland Rugby Union second grade Brisbane premierships in 1901, 1903, and 1904. The team played ten matches (nine wins, one draw).

Players and officials of the Fortitude Valley Electorate Football Club, Brisbane, ca. 1904. P. C. Poulsen. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Available from OneSearch. Players and officials: J. T. Murray, F. Story, J. Fihelly, George MacPherson, George Brotherton, A. Luke, T. Hall, J. Diamond, H. Drake, George Benson, P. Crowe, K. MacSwaine, M. Brennan, T. J. Donovan (Representative Q.R.U.), I. Russel, (Vice President), J. T. Corrigan (Vice President), T. W. Haslett, T. C. Troedson (Captain), G. Murray, Jno Coulter (Patron), J. A. Imrie (Honorable Secretary).

In this photo, he is pictured with the Past Grammar School Rugby Union Club in 1905.

Past Grammar School Rugby Union Club, 1905 season. P. C. Poulsen. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Available from OneSearch and from Wikimedia Commons. Back row:  R. Murray, C. K. Lea. Middle row:  C. E. Parkinson, A. W. Leeds, D. F. Storey, H. S. Smith, G. W. Murray, F. G. Lewis, G. H. Blanchard. Front row: A. J. Bennett, J. Dalrymple, T. Troedson, F. C. Cleeve (Captain), T. J. Brundrit, R. Collins, N. R. Murray. In front: F. Walsh, J. Robertson. 

Brisbane Courier, 12 May 1905, page 5. Available from Trove.

Brisbane Courier, 12 May 1905, page 7. Available from Trove.

By 1906, Terry was captain of the Past Grammar Rugby Union Club.

 Queensland Figaro, 10 May 1906, page 26. Available from Trove.

 He was eventually elected patron of the Past Grammar Football Club.

Brisbane Courier, 22 February 1929, page 6, Available from Trove

He was a member of the Brisbane Dingey Sailing Club.

Brisbane Courier, 16 March 1906, page 7. Available from Trove.

 Brisbane Courier, 18 April 1907, page 2. Available from Trove.

He was also a member of the Commercial Rowing Club.

Telegraph (Brisbane), 7 November 1908, page 3. Available from Trove.

The Week (Brisbane), 29 January 1909, page 29. Available from Trove.

The adjective "sporting" definitely described Theodore Christopher Troedson!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Mystery Monday: What Happened to Nathan Gatlin in 1822?

I recently found the following notice in the 27 November 1822 issue of the Nashville Whig:

Nashville Whig, 27 November 1822, page 3

I had not known that my 5th-great-grandfather Nathan Gatlin was a constable. Clearly something had happened to him in 1822. Why couldn't he give security? What acts of his might injure others?

The Andrew Lucas who had been Nathan Gatlin's security was probably my 6th-great-grandfather Andrew Lucas, who was Nathan's father-in-law. He had a son who was also named Andrew Lucas, but that Andrew was only about 22 years old and had recently married. I do not know who Arnold Russell was.

This was a fascinating find! I will definitely need to do more research.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday's Obituary: Ida Lee (Gatlin) Andrews

Nashville Tennesseean and Nashville American, 13 October 1916, page 13

   Mrs. Ida Lee Andrews died at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Bomar, 305 Eighteenth avenue, north, Thursday afternoon at 12:40 o'clock. She was the widow of Sam Andrews and mother of Perry Lee Andrews, who survive her. A complete funeral notice will be announced later.

Nashville Tennesseean and Nashville American, 14 October 1916, page 9

   The funeral services for Mrs. Ida Lee Andrews who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Bowman [Bomar], 305 Eighteenth avenue, north, will be held from the residence this morning at 9:30 o'clock, with services at the West End Methodist church at 10 o'clock by Rev. W. T. Haggard. The interment will take place at Mt. Olivet.
   The following are the pallbearers: W. I. Lightfoot, Joseph Cliff, Joe Kerrigan, Dr. W. H. Bailey, Samuel Hagle, Lyle Andrews, R. L. Hamilton, Arthur Hamby.

Ida Lee Gatlin was the daughter of my 3rd-great-grandparents William Dow Gatlin and Mary Nevins. She was born in August 1864 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. She married William Samuel Andrews on 15 February 1881. Their son Perry Lee Andrews was born on 2 January 1883. Ida died in Nashville on 12 October 1916. She was buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery on 14 October 1916.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Shopping Saturday: Christmas Shopping in 1918

In 1918, Americans were encouraged to do their Christmas shopping early. The Council of National Defense placed notices in publications and announced that due to the war, the stores would not have extended shopping hours or additional employees, and would not make extra deliveries.

Nashville Tennessean, 22 November 1918, page 8

Friday, November 20, 2015

Friend of Friends Friday: Randal, Slave of Henry Chambers

Nashville Whig, 17 October 1825, page 4

From the Nashville Whig (Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee):

COMMITTED to the Jail of Davidson county, state of Tennessee, on the 24th September 1825, a black NEGRO MAN, about 5 feet 6 inches high, has lost some of his upper and under teeth, who says his name is RANDAL, and that he belongs to Henry Chambers, in Limestone County, in the Big Prairie, Alabama. The owner is requested to come and bring proof with him, prove his property, pay charges and take him away.
   O3                                                       EDWARD DANIEL, Jailer.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Treasure Chest Thursday: John Schneider's Law School Diploma

My cousin Helen recently sent me our great-grandfather John Schneider's diploma. He graduated from City College of Law and Finance in St. Louis, Missouri on 2 June 1921. He earned a Bachelor of Laws.

I framed the diploma and it is hanging on my living room wall. It is a priceless treasure!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

52 Ancestors: Week 46 "Changes": C. J. Dahlquist

My 2nd-great-grandfather Carl Johan/Charles John Dahlquist went through many changes during his lifetime, including his name, his country of residence, his citizenship, and his business partners.

Carl Johan was born on 13 June 1862 in Kinneved, Skaraborg, Västergötland, Sweden, and was baptized on 15 June 1862. He was the son of Johannes Christiansson and Maria Christina Jonsdotter.

Birth/baptism record for Carl Johan, 1862. Kinneved C:3 (1851-1885) Image 45 (AID: v55921.b45, NAD: SE/GLA/13283), image 45.

On 23 September 1881, he left Gothenburg, Sweden on the Orlando. By this time, he was using the name C. J. Dahlqvist.

C. J. Dahlqvist. Orlando passenger list. Gothenburg, Sweden. 23 September 1881. Gothenburg, Sweden, Passenger Lists, 1869-1951 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Göteborgs Poliskammare, EIX 1-143, 1869–1950. Landsarkivet i Göteborg, Göteborg, Sweden. 

On the Orlando, he sailed to Hull, England. The articles Migration from Northern Europe to America via the Port of Hull, 1848-1914 and Conditions for Emigrants on the Voyage from Gothenburg to Hull provide insight regarding his experience. According to the Orlando passenger list, his final destination was New York, but he settled in Chicago, Illinois. In the United States, he was known as Charles John Dahlquist.

In 1882, his younger brother Frans August Johanson left Sweden for Chicago. By 1889, he had changed his name to Frank A. Shirlander. The oldest brother, Alfrid, remained in Sweden. He took his father's patronymic as his surname and was known as Alfrid Kristiansson. Three brothers, three different surnames!

On 20 December 1885, he married Marie (or Mary) Louise Borg at the Swedish Lutheran Church in Baillytown, Porter County, Indiana.

Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," database with images, FamilySearch (, Charles J. Dahlquist and Mary Clara Borg, 20 Dec 1885; citing Valparaiso, Porter, Indiana, county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 1,686,157. Mary's middle name is incorrect on the document. Note that when Rev. A. Challman filled out the form, he gave her name as Mary L. Borg. 

Charles and Marie lived in Chicago after their marriage.Their first child, my great-grandmother Ellen Victoria Dahlquist, was born on 8 September 1886. Their second child and first son, Carl Frederick Dahlquist, was born on 10 January 1888.

Charles was naturalized on 28 August 1888.

Charles J. J. Dahlquist naturalization, 28 August 1888. Superior Court, Cook County, Illinois. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Soundex Index to Naturalization Petitions for the United States District and Circuit Courts, Northern District of Illinois and Immigration and Naturalization Service District 9, 1840-1950 (M1285); Microfilm Serial: M1285; Microfilm Roll: 44. U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. 

Charles and Marie had two more children: Martin Luther Dahlquist (born 22 February 1891), and Juliet Caroline Marie Dahlquist (born 14 July 1896).

In 1900, the Dahlquist family lived at 6031 State Street, Chicago, Illinois. They had moved to 6311 Eggleston Avenue, Chicago by 1910. On 27 September 1911, my paternal grandmother Helen Martha Marie Anderson was born; Charles and Marie became grandparents.

Charles worked as a shoe dealer.  He went into business with Axel E. Swanson in 1895. Their store was located at 6031 State Street, Chicago, Illinois. The store had moved to 511 W. 63rd Street by 1902. By 1906 he and Swan J. Burkdahl had gone into business together. The store remained at the same location, but was called Burkdahl & Dahlquist. By 1909, the store was called Dahlquist & Son. He worked with his son Carl Frederick Dahlquist. After Chicago's streets were renumbered, the address changed to 409 W. 63rd Street.

 Chicago Tribune, 29 September 1912

On 30 July 1919, Charles' son Martin Luther Dahlquist died after his appendix ruptured. Martin's only child, his daughter Harriet Grace Dahlquist, had been born nine days earlier.

By 1923, Charles was working as a salesman for Peter P. Hokamp, a chiropodist.

Polk's Chicago Directory 1923. Chicago, IL: R. L. Polk & Co., 1923. Page 1176. Available from Fold3.

By 1930, Charles and Marie were living in the home of their daughter Juliet and her husband, Fritz Arthur Gilbert, on 509 W. 61st Place, Chicago. They were still living there in 1940.

Charles died in Chicago on 14 September 1942. His funeral was held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church on 17 September 1942. He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery.

State of Illinois, Department of Public Health, Division of Vital Statistics. Certificate of death, Charles J. Dahlquist. 14 September 1942.

Chicago Tribune, 15 September 1942, page 22

Marie and Charles Dahlquist

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Homemade Bread Day

Photo by Klaus Höpfner [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (] Available from Wikimedia Commons.

November 17 is Homemade Bread Day. The day promotes the baking and eating of homemade bread. Bread has been baked and consumed since ancient times. There is archaeological evidence that flour was used during the Upper Paleolithic, about 30,000 years ago. The flour was probably used to make unleavened bread. During the Neolithic, which began about 10,000 years ago, people harvested grain for food. Grinding stones were used in the bread-making process. Bread was baked on stone slabs. Leavened bread was baked by ancient Egyptians.

Throughout the years, bread has been part of the lives of our ancestors. In Norway, flatbrød (flatbread) was eaten almost every day. Lefse, a potato bread, was also popular in Norway. In Sweden, crispbread has been baked for more than 500 years. Bread is an important part of German culture. Germany produces more than 300 kinds of bread and more than 1,200 kinds of rolls and mini-breads.

The newspaper clippings below help to illustrate the importance of bread in the lives of our ancestors.

Daily American (Nashville, TN), 13 December 1877, page 4

Daily American (Nashville, TN), 5 December 1884, page 6

Williston Graphic (Williston, ND), 10 May 1917, page 9

German Bread | German Food Guide
History of Bread
The History of Bread 
Homemade Bread Day
Nelson, Carole. "Foods of Norway." Telemark to America: Volume I - Emigration. Telelaget of America, 1989, 2003.
Neolithic Revolution: Discovery of Grains 
November 17 Homemade Bread Day
10 Things to Know About Swedish Food

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mappy Monday: St. Louis, Missouri and Vicinity

St. Louis, Missouri, and environs. Encyclopædia Britannica (9th ed.), v. 21, 1886, p. 184. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

This 1886 map shows some of the locations in St. Louis, Missouri (such as the court house, Bellefontaine Cemetery, parks, and the insane asylum), as well as some of the surrounding areas.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Black Sheep Sunday: Mike Dyer Arrested for Gambling

In early September 1894, the Nashville, Tennessee police officers visited gambling rooms at least twenty-five times within a week. They made some arrests, and one of the men arrested was my 2nd-great-grandmother's brother Mike Dyer.

Nashville Daily American, 10 September 1894, page 5

On 10 September 1894, Mike Dyer was fined $10.

 Nashville Daily American, 11 September 1894, page 6

This was not the first time that Mike Dyer had been arrested for gambling. On 28 August 1890, he was fined $10 for gaming.

 Daily American, 29 August 1890, page 5