Gaylord Fact Finders Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1524
Gaylord, Michigan 49734
Volume 15, Number 3 January, 2002
|Officers for 1999-2000:||Committees:|
|President||Donna Marrs||Obituaries/Vital Records||Donna Marrs|
|Vice President||Patricia Moehring||Membership||Patricia Moehring|
|Recording Secretary||Mary "Dell" Krueger||Social||Patricia Moehring|
|Corresp. Secretary||Donna Marrs||Newsletter||Donna Marrs|
|Treasurer||Jackie Skinner||Patricia Moehring|
|Past-President||Uilani Clifton||Inter-Society Liaison||Donna Marrs|
|MGC Delegates||Donna Marrs|
|These officers and Past-President comprise our executive board.||Janet and Don Rechlin|
Publisher of "The Keystone" is the Gaylord
Fact Finders Genealogical Society, a non-profit organization. Publication is in
January, April, July, and October.
Membership dues are $10.00 per individual (or $ 12.00 per family), and are due by the May meeting each year. If the dues have not received, that member will not receive the July issue of "The Keystone." Regular meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month (August - November, and March - June) at the Family History Center, 600 N. Elm, Gaylord, Michigan.
Correspondence should be sent to the address shown at the top.
This issue includes a short family history, advice to a bride, female nick-names, the continuation of an early pioneer's recollection of George A. Menzies, and up-coming events.
THROUGH THE EYES OF YOUR ANCESTORS Call #929.1 Tay
By Suzanne Hilton
(from dust cover)
"One of my immigrant ancestors owned a dog called "Little Watch" who kept him company on his travels across the frontier. Other family members related how animals on the farm doubled as companions. An aunt showed me a photograph of her riding in a wagon pulled by a goat. Her sister told me how one of the family dogs was related to Fala, President Roosevelt's dog. She even wrote him a letter and enclosed a picture of her dog.
"Have you ever looked at an old black and white photograph of a relative long since dead and possibly forgotten, and wondered what his or her life might have been like? What if you could find out? This book can help you uncover the secrets and adventures of your own family in the "personal detective story" that is genealogy.
"Based on instruction and workshops that Maureen Taylor has conducted over the years. Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors presents an easy-to-follow approach to the fascinating hobby of genealogy. Each chapter begins with an anecdote, enticing the young reader with what they might find hidden in their ancestors;' pasts. All varieties of families are represented here---extended, adoptive, and blended, from every race and culture---with emphasis on the unique role that each has played in the founding and development of the United States.
"From lists of helpful organizations to suggested interview questions, state-of-the-art computer programs to Web sites, this guide will help children become
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A short family history
By "Dell" Krueger
Not having met my dad's family until I was 26, I have enjoyed looking into their past for a number of reasons.
It has enabled me to meet and talk to all kinds of people and family. I have traveled to Wisconsin to question an uncle. Then I have traveled to Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and South Carolina, it is always exciting to find a piece of information after a lot of looking and researching. This Spring while spending 3 days in Union, South Carolina's library, I met a man that was able to take us to my 4th Great Grandfather and Mother's grave, that is located on private property.
Also, I have done a lot of my work on my McClintock side of the family in Indiana that I am more familiar with. I have a mystery on both sides that I am working on. Why is my great grandmother buried in Mississippi and South Carolina? Also what happened to my grandfather McClintock's brother that disappeared in the 1920's?
(Editor's note - these short stories are being contributed by members of our genealogical
society for publication here. IF ANYONE HAS NOT YET CONTRIBUTED THEIR
STORIES, PLEASE SEND THEM TO PRESIDENT, DONNA MARRS, OR TO THE
The year is 1912—ADVICE FROM A KENTUCKY GRAND-MOTHER TO
1. Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.
2. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.
3. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in bilin water.
4. Sort things, make 3 piles. 1 pile white, 1 pile colored, I pile work britches and rags.
5. To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with bilin water.
6. Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and then bile. Rub colored, don't bile, just rinch and starch.
7. Take things out of kittle with broomstick handle, then rinch and starch.
8. Hang old rags on fence.
9. Spread tea towels on grass.
10. Pore rinch water in flower bed.
11. Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
12. Turn tubs upside down.
13. Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.
NICKNAMES by Christine Rose, C.G.
(From Genealogical Helper, Mar-Apr., 1987)
|Abigail||Abby, Gail, Nabby||Jessica||Jessie|
|Addy||See Adelaid, Adeline, or any name starting with "Ad"||Jerry||See Geraldine|
|Adelaide||Addy, Addie, Dell, Delia, Heddi||Jessie||See Jane, Janet, Jessica|
|Aggy||See Augusta, or any name starting
|Joanna/Johannal||Joan, Jody, Hannah|
|Agnes||Aggy, Inez, Nessa||Joey||See Josephine|
|Aileen||Allie, Lena||Josephine||Jo, Joey, Josey,
|Alberta||Allie, Bert, Bertie||Joyce||Joy|
|Alexandra||Alex, Alla, Sandy||Juanita||Nita|
|Alfreda||Aify, Fredda, Freddy, Frieda||Julia||Jill, Julie|
|Alice||Ailie, Elsie, Lisa||Katherine||See Catherine|
|Alla||See Alexandra||Kathleen||See Katherine/Catherine|
|Allie||See Aileen or any name starting with "al"||Kit||See Catherine|
|Almena||Allie, Mena||Lanna||See Eleanor|
|Amelia||Emily, Mel, Millie||Lena||See any name ending with"leen,""lina," or "line"|
|Ann/Anna||Annie, Nan, Nanny, Nana, Nancy||Letitia||Lettie, Lettice, Titia, Tish|
|Antonia/Antoinette||Nette, Tony||Lil||See Delilah, Lillian, Mildred, Melissa|
|Arabella||Ara, Bella||Lillian||Lil, Lilly, Lolly|
|Arlene||Lana||Lina||Any name ending with "lena," "leen,""lma," or "line"|
|Armilda||Milly||Linda/Lindy||See Belinda, Melinda|
|Asenath||Assene, Sene||Lisa||See Alica, Melissa|
|Augusta/Augustina||Aggy, Gussie, Tina||Lois||See Heloise, Louise|
|Barbara||Bab, Babs, Barby, Bobbie||Lola||See Delores|
|Beatrice||Bea, Trisha, Trix, Trixie||Lolly||See Lillian|
|Becky||See Rebecca||Loretta||Etta, Lome, Retta|
|Belle/Bella||See Arabella, Belinda, Isabelle, or any name starting with "Bel" or ending with "belle/bella"||Lotta/Lotty||See Charlotte|
|Bert/Bertie||See Alberta and Bertha||Louise||Eliza, Lois, Lou|
|Bertha||Birdie, Bert, Bertie||Lucille||Cille, Lucy|
|Bess/Bessie||See Elizabeth||Lucinda||Cindy, Lucy|
|Beth||See Elizabeth||Lucy||See Lucille, Lucinda|
|Biddie||See Bridget, Obediance||Luella||Ella, Lu, Lula|
|Birdie||See Bertha||Lynn||Any name ending with "lene,"
"lina," "line," or "lyn"
|Bobbie||See Barbara, Roberta||Mabel||See Mehitable|
|Bridget||Biddy, Bridie||Madeline||Lena, Maddy, Madge,
|Camille||Cammy, Millie||Madge||See Madeline, Margaret|
|Carol, Carrie, Cassie, Lynn||Maggie||See Margaret|
|Cassandra||Cassie||Manda/Mandy||See Amanda, Miranda|
|Catherine||Cathy, Katie, Kay, Kit, Kittie, Trina||Margaret/Margarite||Peg, Peggie, Rita, sometimes Marjery, Marge|
|Cathleen||See Catherine||Martha||Mart, Mattie, Patsy, Patty, Marty|
|Cecelia||Celia, Cissy||Mary||Mae, Mamie, Mitzi, Molly, Polly|
|Charlotte||Char, Lotta, Lotty||Matilda||Matty, Maud, Tillie|
|Chris, Crissy, Christy, Tina||Maud||See Madeline, Matilda|
|Cilla||See Priscilla, or any name ending with "cilla/cella"||Medora||Dora|
|Cinderella||Cindy||Mehitable||Hetty, Hhly, Mabel, Mitty|
|Cindy||See Cinderella, Cynthia, Lucinda||Mel||See Amelia, Melinda, Melissa or any name starting, or containing (mel)|
|Cissy||Cecilia, or any name with a "sis" sound||Melinda||Linda, Lindy, Mel|
|Clara||See Calrinda, Clarissa||Melissa||Lisa, Mel, Milly, Missy|
|Clarissa||Clara, Cissy||Michelle||See Mickey|
|Clo||See Chloe||Midge||See Margaret|
|Cordelia||Cordy, Delia||Millie/Milly||See Amelia, Armilda, Camille, Emily|
|Cornelia||Corny, Nelle, Nelly||Minerva||Minnie|
|Daisy||See Margaret||Miranda||Mandy, Mira|
|Delia||See Cordelia, Fedilia, or any name ending with "delia"||Missy||See Melissa|
|Delilah||Dell, Della, Lil, Lila||Mitty||See Mehitabel|
|Dell/Della||See Adelaide, Delilah||Mitzi||Mary, Miriam|
|Dina||See Geraldine||Nan||See Nancy, Hannah, Ann|
|Dolly||See Dorothy||Nancy||Nan, Ann|
|Dora||See Isadore, Medora, or any name containing "Dora"||Natalie||Nettie|
|Dorothy||Dolly, Dot, Dotha, Dotty||Nessa||See Agnes|
|Edith||Edie||Netta/Nettie||See Natailie, Henrietta, all names ending with "netta"|
|Eleanor||Elaine, Ellen, Ellie, Lanna,
|Eliza||See Elizabeth, Louise||Nell/Nelly||See Cornelia, Eleanor|
|Elizabeth||Bess, Bessie, Beth, Betsy,
Betty, Eliza, Libby, Lisa,
|Ella/Ellie||See Eleanor, Gabriella, Helen, Luella, or any
name starting with "el" or ending with "el/ella"
|Ellen||See Eleanor, Helen||Obedience||Biddie, Obed|
|Elouise||See Heloise||Pat||See Patricia, Patience|
|Elsie||See Alice||Patience||Pat, Patty|
|Emily||Emmy, Millie, See Amelia, Emeline||Patricia||Pat, Patsy, Patty, Tricia|
|Essy||Any name starting with "Es"||Patsy||See Martha|
|Etta||Any name ending with "etta"||Posthuma||Humey|
|Emelin||Em, Emma, Emily||Priscilla||Cilla, Prissy|
|Estelle||Essy, Stella||Prudence||Prudy, Prue|
|Esther||See Hester||Rebecca||Becky, Reba|
|Eustaci||Stacia, Stacey||Retta||See Loretta|
|Fanny||See Frances||Rita||See Martgarita|
|Fay||See Faith||Roberta||Bert, Bobbie, Robbie|
|Fina||See Josephine||Sadie||See Sarah|
|Florence||Flo, Flora, Floss, Flossie||Sandy||See Alexandra|
|Frances||Franny, Fran, Frankie, Flossie||Sally||See Sarah|
|See Alfreda||Sarah||Sal, Sadie|
|Gabrielle||Ella, Gabbie||Sissy||See Cissy|
|Gail||See Abigail||Stacia/Stacey||See Eustacia|
|Geraldine||Dina, Gerrie, Jen||Stella||See Estelle|
|Gertrude||Gert, Gertie, Trudy||Submit||Mitty|
|Ginger/Ginny||See Virginia||Susan/Susannah||Hannah, Sue, Sukey, Susie|
|Hannah||Nan, Nanny, See Nancy||Theresa||Terry, Tessa, Tessie, Thursa, Tracy|
|Harriet||Hat, Hattie||Tibbie||See Isabella|
|Helen(a)||Ellen, Lena||Tina||Any name ending in "tine," or "tina"|
|Hejoise||Eloise, Lois||Tish/Titia||See Letitia|
|Henrietta||Etta, Etty, Hank, Nettie||Tony||See Antonia/Antoinette|
|Hester||Ester, Hessy, Hetty||Tracy||See Theresa|
|Ib||See Isabella||Trina||See Catherine|
|Inez||See Agnes||Tricia/Trisha/Trix/Trixie||See Beatrice, Patricia|
|Isabella||Bella, Belle, Ib, Issy, Nib, Tibbie||Veronica||Franky, Frony, Ronnie, Ronna, Vonnie|
|Issy||See Isabella, Isadora, any name starting with "is"||Viney||See Levinia|
|Jane||Janie, Jessie, see Virginia||Virginia||Ginger, Ginny, Jane, Jennie|
|Jennie||See Virginia||Wendy||See Gwendolyn|
|Jessica||Jessie||Wilhelmina||Mina, Willie, Wilma, Minnie|
|(Men's nicknames in next issue)||Winifred||Winnie, Winnet|
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EARLY PIONEER RECOLLECTIONS by GEORGE A. MENZIES (Cont'd.)
The railroad continued to work northward from Gaylord. It was a slow process, as it was built by hand and hard work. There was a demand for wood, as the railroad used wood to fire the engine. Father and Mr. Sweet and Ben Marlett acquired a wood machine and set it up where Vanderbilt is now. They were paid 75 cents per cord for the best wood which was piled on the railroad right-of-way.
Our first means of transportation was by an ox team named Duke and Dime. Father was quite progressive so he soon acquired a team of horses. He purchased them from Freeman Wells who at that time had a livery barn in Gaylord.
There was a sort of store and a post office at Logan, east of the overhead bridge, six miles north of Gaylord. It was owned by Mr.Lantz. That was the first business place in that locality. The next was at Benyville, operated by Berry and Gagnier. They had a store, sawmill and grist mill. The mill was powered with a waterwheel. There was also a building which was used for a school and church. The next store was at Vanderbilt and owned by H. L. Bonner. The first Sunday School in Vanderbilt was held in the railroad depot.
There were numerous business places established in Vanderbilt at about this time when it was finally decided that the railroad would go there instead of through Berryville. About this time the doctors in Vanderbilt were Dr. Peckham, Dr. Caster and Dr. Woodruff. This was around 1880.
"I might add that Mother made most of our wearing apparel, even straw hats. She made her own soap and sugar. Dad made our shoes. He had different styles and sizes of lasts. He bought the uppers and wooden pegs. They used tallow candles for light, so most of our living was produced from available natural resources."
(Published in "Northern Star" May 23, 1993)
16 Downriver Society Workshop
13 Monroe County Society
14, 15-18 NGS Society, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7 - 10 FGS Conference, Ontario, Canada
26 Washtenaw Society, featuring Sandra Luebking