Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ancestry DNA Test Results

I'm kind of  skeptical about DNA testing, but David was curious to know about his, especially since was offering a sale on the test.  So he spit into the test tube provided,  sent the box off and these are the results that came back today:

44 % Great Britain 
40 % Ireland, Scotland & Wales
11 % Western Europe
4 % Scandinavia

(No surprises on any of those, however, the one below is! Hum!)

1 % Middle East 


A cousin who has had the DNA testing done said: "Ancestry uses an autosomal DNA test. It's the best of both worlds in that it tests for maternal and paternal ancestors." Here are 5 things you need to know before taking the test. 

I've been watching some YouTube videos of people who have received their DNA test results back and were disappointed for various reasons. Remember that the DNA test is only a tool to further your genealogical research. For instance, if you have hit a brick wall and haven't figured out how to get over it or around it, this might give you clues as to where to go next in your search for the next piece of the family jigsaw puzzle. Your family tree will probably not be all laid out for you. It will take a little work on your part, beginning with yourself and working backward to make your family tree. Of course, there will be cousins along the way who have been on the same genealogical journey that you can exchange information with. That's the fun part - getting acquainted with cousins whose ancestors knew your ancestors and either died or moved and lost touch with each other. 
I have several articles on this blog that tells you about various aspects of genealogical research. Look under the labels listing those articles -- Charts, Code, Paper Trail, Tips, Tool, etc.
Here's a good article about understanding your DNA test results - click here

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Documents of Alford E. Ullom's First Family

A Work in Progress: It’s like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle, fitting in one piece at a time and wondering at the lovely picture of our kin when they finally reveal themselves. 

Alford E. Ullom (1847-1928) +  1st. Samantha Jane Pitman (1848-1891)
son of Lorenzo Dow Ullom (1821-1908) + Hannah Emerick (1824-1911)
daughter of 
Findagrave #25885749

FARMERS HOME, 115 West Eighth St, Coffeyville, KS
Source: City Directory, Coffeyville, KS, 1901. Received from Carl Rauch, Montgomery County, KS Historical Society. 

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1. Clarence Ullom (1870-1935)  + 1st. Mary (aka. Mildred) ? ( - )
son of Alford Ullom + Samantha J. Pitman
daughter of 
2nd: Hettie Emerick 
2nd: daughter of 

1a. Hazel Ullom (1929-____)
2a. Uriah Orval Ullom (

Business Card:
2825 So. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA.
phone 24818    
steam heat                                    
newly furnished

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2. Albertus "Bert" Ullom (1872-1944)
son of Alford Ullom + Samantha J. Pitman

child: Gwendlyn Ullom

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3. James "Jim" Edward Ullom (1874-1948) + Jesse Main
son of Alford Ullom + Samantha J. Pitman
daughter of Fred L. Main + 

Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

Robert "Bob" Ullom
Edna Ullom
Dorothy Jean Ullom

Newspaper Clipping
J.E. Ullom has
for the past five years been manager of the E. W. Steinhart company, distributor for the Cadillac and Dodge Brothers automobiles. It is largely through the untiring effort of Mr. Ullom and the success that he has acquired in Terre Haute that the officials of the E. W. Steinhart companies of Indiana at Indianapolis, determined to erect the new $150,000 structure, which will be formally opened this week. 
Source: unknown newspaper clipping.
Popular Young Woman Dies As Result of Auto Accident Here Sunday Evening.
Edna Ullom, 19 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Ullom, 2023 South Seventh Street, died at the Union hospital at 11 o'clock Wednesday night from injuries sustained in an automobile accident last Sunday night. The immediate cause of death was pneumonia, developing from injury to the lungs.
Miss Ullom was riding with Floyd Dix, near Mt. Pleasant church, when the automobile ran into a ditch and was overturned, catching Miss Ullom beneath the weight of the machine. Dr. A. H. Caffee of this city and other automobilists were on the scene shortly after the accident and rendered assistance. Dix was not injured.
The injured young woman was brought to the home of her parents and later was removed to the hospital. An x-ray examination Monday afternoon disclosed the serious nature of the injuries and at that time it was stated that Miss Ullom had but a slight chance for recovery.
Miss Ullom was active in the affairs of the city's younger social set. She was a junior at the Indiana State Normal school and a member of the Alpha sorority. Besides the parents she is survived by a brother, Robert, and a sister, Dorothy. 
Miss Ullom was preparing to enter the University of Wisconsin within a few weeks. She was talented and accomplished and her tragic injury and death were the source of grief  among her many friends and acquaintances. 
She was loved and admired for her high womanly qualities. At the hospital her room was banked with flowers, and Thursday a stream of sympathetic callers visited the Ullom residence to express their sentiments to the stricken parents.
Source: unknown newspaper clipping.

Impressive Tribute Paid in Last Rites for Young Woman.
Marked by the simplicity and sincerity that has always been evidenced in her life, the funeral of Miss Edna Ullom, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Edward Ullom was held yesterday afternoon at the home, 2023 South Seventh Street. Amid banked flowers that came as tributes to a wonderful personality and character, surrounded by friends and relatives bearing the shock bravely, impressive services were held, followed with burial in Highland Lawn cemetery.
Miss Ullom's death Wednesday night at the Union hospital, coming from complications which developed from injuries sustained Sunday evening in an automobile accident ended what physicians and nurses termed one of the pluckiest fights for life they have known. At no time did she complain nor show in any manner the suffering -- a superbly cheerful spirit carrying her bravely through long hours.
All these things were expressed by the Rev. John Herring of the First Congregational Church in the tribute, he conducted the funeral service. "Abide with Me" sung by Mrs. Clay Ladd and Mrs. Walter Hoffsinger, was requested by the parents. George Kadel, college chum of Floyd E. Dix, who was with Miss Ullom in the accident, sang "One Sweetly Solemn Thought."
At the cemetery the final services were held and the casket was lowered by six young friends of Miss Ullom, who acted at pallbearers -- Charles Haupt, Jr., Howard Cheney, Frank Ranahan, Raymond Armstrong, Charles Boland, and William Cooke.
Attended Normal School.
Miss Ullom was born Sept. 22, 1902, at Wilmington, ILL. where she attended school through 1914. The family came to Terre Haute in 1915 and in the spring of 1916, she was graduated from Fairbanks school. That fall she entered the Normal high school and was graduated in 1920, after which she took up the studies of the home economics course of the Indiana State Normal with the intention of specializing so that she might teach. While at the college she became a member of the Alpha Sorority.
Surviving in the immediate family are the parents, a brother, Robert, and a sister, Dorothy Jean. Other relatives here for the funeral were her grandfather, Fred L. Main, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; Mrs. and Mrs. Bert Ullom and daughter Gwendolyn, Indianapolis; Mr. & Mrs. John Karstedt, Indianapolis; Mrs. Hannah Warner, Mrs. Ollie Nixon, and Mr. & Mrs. John S. White, Chicago. Close friends from out of town included: Misses Margaret Tanner and Elizabeth Butler, Joliet, ILL.; Miss Charlotte Curry, attending Wisconsin University and Raymond Armstrong from the University of Illinois.
Miss Ullom was preparing to enter the University of Wisconsin within a few weeks. She was talented and accomplished and her tragic injury and death were the source of grief among her many friends and acquaintances.
She was loved and admired for her high womanly qualities. At the hospital her room was banked with flowers, and Thursday a stream of sympathetic callers visited the Ullom residence to express their sentiments to the stricken parents.
Source: Unknown newspaper clipping. 1921. 

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4. Hannah Ullom (1879-1943) + Ernest Preston Warner (1850- 1918) 
daughter of Alford Ullom + Samantha J. Pitman
son of 

See a letter written by Hannah here
See Hannah's Heirship Proof Letter.

Ernest Preston Warner, husband of Hannah Warner, a resident of San Diego for several years at 3907 Goldfinch street, died Monday in Los Angeles, while under the care of a specialist. Mr. Warner was a well-known sportsman of the Middle West, being a member of the Chicago Yacht Club and was the owner of the yacht "Alice," which was many time a winner in the races conducted on Lake Michigan by the Yacht Club. Mr. Warner was born April 4, 1850; in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Funeral services will be held today at 3 pm, at Pierce Brothers' chapel in Los Angeles.
Source: unknown newspaper clipping dated Feb. 4, 1918, 3:40 am. Received from Louise LaRue.

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5. Belinda "Lina" Ullom (1881-____) + John Karstedt 
daughter of Alford E. Ullom + Samantha J. Pitman
son of 

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6. Olivia "Ollie" Ullom (1885-1946) +  James Hutton Nixon 
daughter of Alford E. Ullom + Samantha J. Pitman
son of

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7. Samantha Jane Ullom (1891)
daughter of Alford Ullom + Samantha Pitman

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More to Read:
Documents of Lorenzo Dow Ullom, Sr. Family
Alfred Ullom's Biography

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Documents of Lorenzo Dow Ullom, Sr. Family

A Work in Progress: I love it when we all get together and share bits of information that each of us have. It’s like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle, fitting in one piece at a time and wondering at the lovely picture of our kin when they finally reveal themselves. 

Lorenzo Dow Ullom, Sr. (1821-1908) + Hannah Emerick (1821-1908)
son of 
daughter of 
Findagrave #55570209

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1. Elizabeth Jane ULLOM (1844-1924) + 1st. Jesse Phillips
daughter of Lorenzo D. Ullom, Sr. + Hannah Emerick 
1st: son of 
2nd: Isaac Smith 
2nd: son of 

Born in Wheeling, W.Va. She died at her home in Be. . . . . 16, 1924. She had been a . . . sufferer with rheumatism for years and about two weeks ago fell and fractured her hip and never recovered from the accident. Deceased came to Illinois with her parents in 1864 and in 1876 was married to Jesse Phillips, to which union one daughter, now Mrs. Rose Scarborough, was born. In 1890 she was married the second time to Isaac Smith, who died some years ago. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Wm. Scarborough of Arrow. . . one grandchild, Mrs. Otis Mayhew of near Sabina, and one great-grandchild, Vera Maxene Mayhew, also three sisters -- Mrs. Amanda Brown of Paxton, Mrs. Wm. Carbaugh and Mrs. Maria Caldwell of Streator, and two brothers-- Alfred Ullom of Elkhart, Kan., and Henderson Ullom of Anselmo, Neb. The funeral was held at the Christian church in Bellflower, the Rev. Linkletter, her pastor, officiating, with burial in Bellflower cemetery. The pallbearers were J.D. Dawson, Chas. Melton, Albert Dotson, Frank Houghham, J. W. Carlyle and Frank Hensley. The singers were Mrs. Bess Kumler, Albert Kleinbeck and Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Short.

Source: unknown newspaper clipping
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2. Alford Elonza Ullom (1847-1928) =

see "Documents of Alford Ullom 1st Family"

see "Documents of Alford Ullom's 2nd Family"

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3. Owen W. Ullom (1849-1896)

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4.  Margaret Ullom Carbaugh (1852-1924)

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5. Alice Maria Ullom Caldwell (1854-1933)

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6. Amanda Ullom Brown (1856-1942)

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7. Lorenzo D. Ullom, Jr. (1862-1917)

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John "Henderson" Ullom ( - ) 

More to Read:
The Emerick vs. Astor Affair

Friday, November 10, 2017

Charity Scrivner Holder, New Santa Fe, Missouri

We recently attended the New Santa Fe, Missouri Christian Church Historical Marker Dedication on the Old Santa Fe Trail (f. 1821) and met new-to-us cousins. My guy is the bearded fellow. 

I discovered a couple of years ago that a John and Charity (Scrivner) Holder were buried in the New Santa Fe Christian Church cemetery on and contacted a member of the New Santa Fe Historical Society's Trail Center. I wanted to know if there were any relatives still in the area and sure enough, she introduced me, via email, to one. He's in his 80s and we have communicated via email ever since. He's been undergoing chemo, so we haven't been able to meet until now and what a good time we had getting acquainted in person, along with his wife.

He told us a little about himself and about Doris Collier's Scrivner genealogy which David has since purchased. We figured that Charity and John were my husband's 4th great-aunt and uncle. David is a direct descendant of the Scrivner family of Cole County, MO. through his paternal line [Living Father,  Nanny Marie (Rush) Rush, Cora Lee (Sullens) Rush,  Nannie Cynthia (Scrivner) Sullens,  William J. Scrivner and so on, back through time]. 

I grew up southeast of New Santa Fe, MO. and attended VBS at the Christian Church there one summer. My mother attended a rummage sale there  also, and bought a big shiny slide for us kids. Dad set it next to our red swing set in the back yard. We had it for many years until mom decided we were too old for it and sold it. 

New Santa Fe on the Santa Fe Trail was usually the first camping stop after leaving Independence, MO. that morning.  Pioneers pulled their wagons up to the 4 o'clock house, got out, made camp, and walked or rode a horse into "town" to purchase the last necessities they needed before crossing the border (present-day State Line Road) into the Kansas territory the next morning. After  1858, the next stop was ten miles across a flat prairie to the Mahaffie Farm (the Stage Coach line didn't officially open until 1863).  

Growing up there, I never knew the area was part of our ancestral family history, more than I ever imagined. For instance, I learned that the 1838 forced removal of the Pottawatomi from Indiana (Trail of Death) crossed just north of the home of my 3rd great-grandparents in Christian County, Illinois when they were living there at the end of a hot and dusty September and that these same trail-weary and cold Indians and their government agents (approximately 1000 people altogether) plus horses, cattle and wagons camped on the western side of the Big Blue River after crossing it at the beginning of November. Today that camping spot is in present-day Minor Park and is south of Red Bridge Road and east of Holmes in Kansas City, MO.  There is a marker on the bluff above the river that marks the spot near their crossing on the Santa Fe Trail and a DAR marker further up the hill, west of the railroad tracks, marking the swales of the Trail. The Trail angled southwest across present-day Minor Park Golf Course, across present-day Holmes Road to the 4-0'clock house situated between present-day St. Thomas More Catholic Church and Avila University.  

I never knew that my 3rd great-grandfather probably camped there one night with a group of militia men on their way to  Miami County, Kansas one hot August night in 1856. Or that the Congregational missionary, Rev. Samuel Adair, was a first cousin to Lucinda (Henderson) Mahaffie and brother-in-law to a man who despised my 3rd great-grandfather because he was a Justice of the Peace in that part of the territory and he couldn't be bought to join his cause nor look the other way. Nor did I ever dream that my future husband's relatives lived in the parsonage across the road from the New Santa Fe Christian church. 

Here's the new marker for the New Santa Fe Christian Church. If you wish to read more about the history of the church, please click here to read Diane's story and here for the video she compiled to play in the narthex of the hosting congregation which had purchased the "new" New Santa Fe Christian Church building to worship in. 

"Santa Fe Christian Church
In 1869, families living in the southwestern part of the county (Jackson County, MO) organized the Santa Fe Christian Church in the town of New Santa Fe. Some pivotal charter members included: William A. McKinney, William Rippeto, Joel Lipscomb, Marcus Gill, John M. Wells, and Isaac Weeks.
The congregation originally met at the schoolhouse in New Santa Fe. A white-framed church was dedicated on the land in 1892.
By the 1960s, the church was one of the last buildings standing in the town of New Santa Fe. In November 1969, a fire damaged part of the church. The newer members held a meeting without including everyone and voted to raze the church. An injunction to stop the demolition was filed in February 1971 and was approved; however, the church was bulldozed before the order could be enforced.
Most of the original church is under the current parking lot on the southeastern edge of the cemetery. A small part of the chimney and the outline of the baptismal font are still visible today inside the cemetery's gates. Santa Fe Christian Church 
Marker placed by the Historical Society of New Santa Fe." 

Update! More to Read
1. "Santa Fe Christian Church's Final Homecoming Celebration" By Mary Wilson. Jackson County Advocate Newspaper Blog. Grandview, MO., Friday, October 13, 2017