Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Vietnam Veteran's Peace Memorial-San Diego

I found it! Many years ago (20-yes it's taken me that long) the memorial was moved from Old Town to Balboa Park. As I usually only went to the San Diego Zoo when I ventured to Balboa Park I never knew where it was located. In the past years we started using the Park more with home schooling field trips and high school graduations from River Valley, While we were down there I always wondered where the memorial was, but never knew.

On October 1 we went to a wedding and as we were walking away from the wedding-there it was! It was hidden behind a building. No wonder why we never saw it when we drove by scanning the lawns for anything that would resemble a memorial.

Here are the pics I took with my iPhone which has miserable focus.

                                 My uncle's name is on the right side, second from the bottom.
                                                             Morgan, Ronald E. PFC

DAR Records and Genealogy Information Found Within Them

Saturday when I went to the San Diego Genealogical Society's monthly Saturday meeting a representative from the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) and the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution were there. The DAR rep opened up new avenues for me. There is some family I haven't been able to find either a date or a document. As I understood it only the first three generations starting with me need both exact dates and places of births, deaths, marriages. Past those generations one good date is needed. Hurrah! I might have an exact death date, but not an exact birth date. This opens up the possibilities for me!

I went online to the DAR website and started researching my under the green GRS tab at the top of the page. I then went down to the Ancestor link and typed in my known Revolutionary ancestors.
I have three that I know of that have been confirmed with DAR.

Those men are:
Nathaniel Hollister
Moses Stickney, Sr.
Paul Stickney

For Nathaniel Hollister I purchased the Application that had been submitted by someone else for $10, and the supporting documents they submitted for $20. Gold mine!

I instantly found birth and death dates for several people, spouses, children, etc...which when I posted the info on my Ancestry.com tree opened up new hints and now I have some photos to go with those faces.

Just this morning I found the Civil War records for a 5th great uncle, several headstone pictures on Find-A-Grave.

I found I had purchased the application for Moses Stickney, Sr. in the past, but would still like to purchase the supporting docs for him.

By the way all three of these men came from my father's side which is very redeeming. My father wasn't known for being an upstanding citizen so to find all these wonderful men in my lineage well it's very satisfying.

Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Silas Nelson-My 4th great uncle


Silas Nelson

Silas is my 4th great uncle on my father's father's side. On Ancestry.com I came across a page of links that Lilajane2 had originally posted. It's titled Links about Capture of OH 7th Knoxville CAMPAIGN. I read through this treasure and found a link for the book pictured above.

My Uncle Silas was part of the Ohio 7th Calvary. He died of chronic diarrhea in Richmond, VA, where Belle Isle is located in April 1864.

According to Links about Capture of OH 7th Knoxville CAMPAIGN, "Participating in the Knoxville Campaign in the autumn of 1863, the 7th suffered a significant setback in a small skirmish in Greeneville, TN, on Nov. 6. Confederate Major General Robert Ransom, Jr., and Brig. General William E. "Grumble" Jones dispersed Union cavalry and infantry in the area, seizing numerous prisoners from the 7th Ohio Cavalry and the 2nd East Tennessee Mounted Infantry regiments.

The book shown above is one man's look into what happened to those men taken captive. One of those men was Salmon Bickel.  Supposedly Salmon Bickel was a relative of Silas Nelson, but I haven't found that connection yet. I Googled Salmon Bickel and found this; http://www.galliagenealogy.org/History/salmon.htm

I've been able to find Sila's Death Registry in the U.S., Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865, and his widow's Pension application.

I've started reading John Ransom's Andersonville Diary, and look forward to finding out more about my 4th great uncle, Silas Nelson.