Sudie Louisa Barron #52 Ancestors

Sudie Louisa Barron

Sudie Louisa Barron

This is my great-grandmother, Sudie Louisa Barron. She was born 11 Jan 1874 in Marion Twp., Henry County, Ohio. Her parents were Rachel Golden (Golding) and Thomas Barron. Sudie was the second youngest of nine children. I’ve found her referred to as Susan in censuses but she’s always Sudie in our handwritten family histories.

She married Charles Henry Lowery 30 Oct 1892 in Henry County, Ohio.

This is my maternal grandfather’s mother. The only story I have ever been told about Sudie is one of decisiveness, she was a strong-minded woman.

Charles Lowery, Sudie Barron and grandkids

Charles Lowery, Sudie Barron and grandkids

Charles worked for the railroad, which brought Sudie, Charles and their eight children to Allen County, Ohio. They lived there long enough to have a couple more children and two of the older children married. My grandfather Basil being one of them.

As it happened, Charles’ railroad work took him to Michigan. Sudie stayed in Ohio with the children and Charles would send money back to her. As time went on Charles’ visits as well as the paychecks decreased.

Sudie heard rumors of Charles and some carrying-on in Michigan and decided to pack up the children and head north. I guess Charles was more than a little surprised to see Sudie and their passel of children on his boarding house porch when he came home from work that day. I can only imagine their conversation that evening.

Yep, she was a decisive strong-minded woman. I’ll bet Charles thought so too that day!

She died 19 Mar 1943 in Adrain, Lenawee County, MI. She was 69 years old.

Picture This Frame – Crafting Genealogy

Picture This Frame Project

Picture This Frame Project
Crafting Genealogy

This time on Crafting Genealogy we’re going to break out some paint and let our inner-artist run rampant. We’re going to make a “Picture This Frame”.

This project is a sweet way to display vintage family photographs with a frame that reflects the mood of a photo better than store-bought frames. What’s more it’s very easy to do. We’re taking artist’s stretched canvas and flipping them over to make shadow-box frames for our pics.

If this project looks familiar it was a post of mine on The In-Depth Genealogist blog last month.

Here’s the supplies we need:

*Stretched canvas over wooden frames – any size you want. Mine happen to be 6 x 8, 5 x 7 and 4 x 5
*Acrylic paint – again your choice. I used black, sienna, pale yellow, aqua, sage, white and gold
*Small Art Paint Brush
*Distressing tools – hammer, screwdriver, sanding paper, craft knife, metal file, etc.
*Decorative scrapbook paper
*Vintage hardware, charms, ephemera (optional)
*Family pics (I used copies)

Stretched Wooden Framed Canvas Crafting Genealogy

Stretched Wooden Framed Canvas
Crafting Genealogy

As you can see I unwrapped my canvases from their plastic cover and flipped them over to get right to work. On the exposed wood of each frame I applied a solid base coat of paint. I used black paint for one, sienna on another and finally sage. (If you happen to have staples in the corners of your frames don’t worry I just painted over them. They give the frames ambiance.)

Canvas Frames Now Painted

Canvas Frames Now Painted

Once the base coat was dry, I layered on a couple different colors of paint on each frame. To the sage I added yellow and aqua. On the black frame I added sienna and yellow. On the sienna frame I mixed sienna with white to make a much lighter brown and added a few streaks of yellow. I didn’t worry if I layered a color on too heavy or a color seemed out-of-place once I added it. All this would be changed with distressing.

I hope I’ve got your interest, if so you can read the rest of Picture This Frame on The In-Depth Genealogist website here.

Josephine Guellbert (Gilbert) #52Ancestors

Adolph & Josephine Frueh Family

Josephine Guellbert Frueh – seated front row left

Last week for my #52 Ancestors post I wrote about my father’s maternal grandmother. In keeping with my female ancestors these last couple days of Women’s History Month I’d like to share a bit about my dad’s paternal grandmother.


Josephine Guellbert (Gilbert) is my family’s princess and the pauper story with a twist but I’ll get to that in a minute. Josephine was born in Moir France on 20 May 1849. I’m sorry to say I don’t know who my great grandmother’s parents were. The family legend says Josephine was the daughter of a wealthy family in France. Wealthy enough to employ a gardener. (I’ll bet you can imagine where this is going!) Josephine fell in love with the lowly gardener much to her parent’s disapproval. Continue reading

The Battle of Gettysburg, the 20th Maine and George Washington?

Little Round Top Gettysburg National Battlefield

Little Round Top viewed from Devils Den – Gettysburg National Battlefield

What hasn’t been said about the infamous battle that took place in the tiny southern Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg? The Army of the Potomac clashed with the Army of Northern Virginia in a savage three day battle that resulted in horrendous loss of life. Both sides suffered substantially with more than 51,000 casualties, nearly one third of all those who fought.

Millions of words have been written about specific events of those three days. The heroic stand of Buford and his cavalry the first day. The bloody assaults at the Wheatfield where possession of the land changed hands multiple times that afternoon. The decimation of Pickett’s Charge but none may be as memorable as the fight waged by Union Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain and the men of the 20th Maine at the battle for Little Round Top.

We all know the story. It was the second day of battle at Gettysburg. The Union troops grip on the high ground of Cemetery Ridge was slipping. To shore up the Union’s defensive position troops were dispersed to the hills just south of town. General George Sickles was to move his II Corps to a hill known as Little Round Top. His reinforcements would bolster a weak Union line and was ordered by the Union commander himself, General George Meade. Yet Sickles in one of the greatest blunders known to military minds took it upon himself to defy orders. He moved his troops about a mile away into a heated battle at the Peach Orchard. Sickles left the Union left flank completely open to devastation. If Confederate troops could exploit this breach the Union line would fall like dominoes losing the high ground, maybe even the entire battle to the rebels.

The vulnerability of the Union line left by Sickles at Little Round Top was soon discovered. Col. Chamberlain and his men were immediately dispensed to bolster the inadequate defenses there. It was while these troops were heading toward Little Round Top that an unimaginable event occurred.

The men had come to a fork in the road. Being unfamiliar with the territory the 20th Maine wasn’t sure which route to take. It was at this point a huge white stallion appeared out of nowhere. The horse and rider had an ethereal air about them. Some of the men later called it an eerie glow. The rider erect in the saddle wore a tri-cornered hat and old fashioned clothes. Those soldiers who got a glimpse of his face swore it was the very man who fought for and fathered this country decades before, George Washington. Although dead for 60+ years the men had seen paintings and etchings of Washington and were sure this was who was directing their path to Little Round Top. If the appearance of George Washington wasn’t enough some men said Washington raised his sword and led the troops to the appropriate position on Little Round Top. Continue reading

Civil War Quick Tip For You!

FBGenCircleLogo1I belong to the 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry Descendants Association. Not only does this group honor and remember the men of the 4th OVC they’re involved in locating the soldiers final resting places, as well as collecting letters, photos and documents regarding these men. They have lots of valuable genealogy info alreadyand  participate in numerous other projects that are listed on the site.

Membership is open to all direct descendants, collateral descendants and those interested in preserving the memory of the 4th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.

If you’re ancestor fought with the 4th OVC or you just have an interest in the 4th, I hope you’ll stop by and check out their site. I’m sure you’ll find it worthwhile but I also hope you’ll become a member like me!

If you belong to another Civil War veterans descendants organization let me know in the comments! I’d love to highlight your group in a future Civil War Quick Tips!

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