Friday, March 7, 2014
Monday, March 3, 2014
|Elizabeth "Lizzy" Nunn and Louis Siebert - June 25, 1905|
Elizabeth at age 13 cared for her six younger siblings and took care of her father's affairs upon his death in June 1900. Their mother was institutionalized following the birth of her tenth child. Upon the father's death, the City of New York Outdoor Poor arrived and took the children, with the exception of Elizabeth, to St. Joseph's Home in Peekskill, NY. Elizabeth had a strong feeling of family, and as soon as she married, she began bringing her siblings back under her roof.
Louis was born in 1881 to John and Barbara Sieberbental of Germany. Louis earned his living driving an ice wagon in New York. The horse pulling the wagon kicked Louis in the head and he died shortly thereafter of a spontaneous cerebral hemorrhage, on 22 April 1916, just three weeks shy of his 35th birthday.
Elizabeth was left with two young daughters. Thankfully the sisters and brother living with her had work.
My cousin told me Louis was a bit of a "hot head." Elizabeth was tolerant of his outbursts, but one time she had had enough and when he complained about the dinner she had prepared, she dumped the bowl of macaroni upside down over his head! Way to go Lizzy!!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
|Nunn-Maki family 1968|
The events of the past week have prompted me to think about the things I am thankful for. I am thankful that:
* Our first cousin, once removed is alive and on the road (albeit long) to recovery after being a random victim of gun violence.
* The Cincinnati hospital was successful in locating and removing the bullet, even though it was a new procedure for them.
* Garrison Keillor in his April 4, 2013 News from Lake Wobegone segment said shame on you to Congress for their inaction on firearm responsibility and being under the control of the gun manufacturers.
* I have the opportunity to meet my newly found second cousins, the grandchildren of Elizabeth Nunn Siebert. I am so excited to learn more about my grandfather’s siblings. I have been working on this family for seventeen years! Stay tune for more information.
* SteveMorse.org has a relationship calculator to make it easy to figure out how these relationships!
* My sister-in-law recently found my mother’s lockbox that held Mom’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate from the Methodist Episcopal Church, Easter Sunday, April 12, 1925, my father’s birth certificate, my mother’s Certificate of Literacy dated November 1948, (ironic because in fact, my mother was the smartest person I will ever know), and my parent’s marriage certificate. These are now in my possession. My mother kept these important papers in a small metal lock box in the event of evacuation, her box could easily be placed in the trunk of her car and away she goes.
Family does matter and we are blessed to have great family relationships.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
I have a self made rule that my blog would contain only genealogy related information. I veered from that rule twice when I thought it was important to remember the victims of the Newtown school massacre. This will be the third time.
On Friday evening, the daughter of my husband’s cousin was shot and robbed near Dayton, Ohio. Another innocent victim of gun violence. She is in the ICU of a Cincinnati hospital with two feet of her intestine removed, plus other internal injuries.
This young woman is a gentle soul, in her mid-thirties, and she and her husband work in a facility for geriatric residents located in the suburbs of Dayton.
Please don’t wait until gun violence visits your family. Take action today by joining one of the groups making a difference. Write your state and federal representatives. Tell them we no longer tolerate a culture of violence. We HAVE to have some common sense laws to keep firearms out of the hands of those not qualified.
We demand owners of firearms to be responsible. Purchasers should have background checks, go through safety training similar as if getting a drivers license, and then be responsible for their firearm.
Straw purchases should have heavy fines/imprisonment, parents charged when children under the age of 18 are in possession of a firearm. Responsibility.
Funding for accessible and affordable mental health services is a must. And parent awareness of violent video games goes hand in hand.
We missed the boat after 12-14. Congress should have passed a three or six month moratorium on assault weapons and high velocity magazines. Congress did nothing. Consequently, the firearm industry after the Newtown massacre had their best sales year ever. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
I believed from the start that it will take a grass roots effort to change our American ways. I now beg everyone reading this blog to give whatever support you can to your local community organization dealing with gun violence. There are many, but here’s a few:
I am distraught about the senseless act of gun violence that will change our relatives’ lives forever. We await further news of her recovery and if the assailant was caught. In the meantime I will keep repeating this verse:
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord
And where there's doubt, true faith in you.
Every so often I come across interesting tidbits of information while transcribing my great-grandmother’s diaries. For the most part she jots down her daily routine of house cleaning, after baking several pies and a couple loaves of bread! Then she is off to the hairdresser or grocery shopping, and then home to work on the church history or some other project, while welcoming visits from family and friends. In late April 1955 there was a more serious matter to record.
On 25 April 1955 Jessie notes, “Dave Garroway at Las Vegas but the experiment postponed, bad weather.” I wondered, what experiment? I kept reading.
27 April 1955 – “Las Vegas atom experiment put off bad weather.”
28 April 1955 – “Dave Garroway and John Cameron Sweazy both at Las Vegas, postponed again.
And then on 5 May 1955 Jessie noted, “ The atom bomb test was given this morning a little after 8 a.m. – 8:10.”
On 6 May 1955 she writes: – “Pictures from the atom bomb given this morning. Also pictures of the test on the survival of concrete house, also brick, also frame houses (Today). Cameras put in these houses and will record the damage done to houses. 5500 feet house nearly wrecked. (Survival City) test houses – yellow frame house, brick house, concrete house dummies in houses wrecked, frame house completely down. 2 Story brick house badly damaged, concrete house suffered least damage, but badly hurt. “
As the Cold War escalated during this time, I suspect it was frightening to have the photos of the destruction coming right into their rural Jacksonville, New York home via the television set. They had just lived through the Second World War – was this type of warfare in the near future?
The story with photos of the Yucca Flat atom bomb test can be found online.