Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wedding Wednesday: Streffs, March 3, 1979

From the left the adults are Paul, Buddy, Tom, Bud, and Betty Pape Streff, Marianne Streff & Bill Gustafson, Beth Streff, Rho Streff & Steve Grandusky, and Dan Streff.  In front are Heather and Brooke Grandusky.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Military Monday: My Civil War Ancestors

At left:  Jacob Shelton, my great-great-great-grandfather, Confederate
At right, Joseph William Wolfe, my great-great-grandfather, Union

This is a post for Bill West's Fourth Annual American Civil War Genealogy Blog Challenge.  Bill asks:

Did you have ancestors in America during the Civil War? If so, where were they and what were their circumstances? How did the Civil War affect them and their families? Did the men enlist and did they perish in battle or die of illness?  On which side did they fight, or did you have relatives fighting on BOTH sides?

He asks some other questions as well, but these are the ones that are pertinent to me.

Jacob Shelton (1822-ABT 1974) is my great-great-great-grandfather on my mother's side.  He was a private in Company B of the 6th Regiment, Louisiana Cavalry. This unit was assembled in January, 1864, and saw light action in Louisiana. Later it operated a courier-line between Camden, Arkansas and Alexandria, Louisiana. According to Civil War Prisoner of War records, Jacob surrendered to the Union in New Orleans on May 26, 1865. He was paroled in Natchitoches, Louisiana, on June 13, 1865. This is the only record of his service; he is not on any muster roll, and an application for a pension was never made.

Joseph William Wolfe (1845-1918), is my great-great-grandfather, also on my mother's side.  On September 2, 1861, Joseph enlisted as a private with Company D of the 79th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, which saw quite a bit of action in the Civil War. He rose to the rank of corporal and served through July 12, 1865. Apparently he eventually applied for a pension in December 1868 as 1883 pension rolls for Washington County show him receiving $4 a month.

My maternal great-great-great-grandmother, Leah Pickering (or Pickens) Barton Spikes (1835-1903), was a Civil War widow before she married my great-great-great grandfather Levi Lewis Spikes (1805-1881) in 1865.

Somewhere in the early 1850s, Leah married George Washington "G. W." Barton (1826-1864), a native of Alabama.  They moved to Winn Parish, Louisiana, and had three sons.  G.W. fought for the Confederacy in the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana, on April 8, and was wounded there. According to his great-great-grandson Tom Barton, G. W. "survived that.  His unit moved on to fight in the Battle of Yellow Bayou (near Simmesport), where he died of pneumonia. My father was able to find out that virtually all of the dead were buried in a mass grave, so there is no marker."

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Society Saturday: Erath County Genealogical Society

Today I spoke to the Erath County (Texas) Genealogical Society in my role as the Coordinator for Archives and Special Services at the Dick Smith Library at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, the county seat.  Program chair Harrell Gilbreath contacted me four months ago to ask me to speak at this quarterly meeting about resources we have at my library to help them with their research.  President Janella Hendon and newsletter editor Sheryl Rascher gave me lots of ideas for topics to discuss.
Here are the slides from my presentation:

This group meets at the Dublin Public Library, where director Adina Dunn has put together an awesome collection - she gave me a brief library tour before the meeting. I was excited to hear that she and the library recently received a grant to have Dublin newspapers digitized and put on the Portal to Texas History.
There were 17 people attending this meeting, including Director of Comanche Public Library Margaret T. Waring, and Tom Rogers, son of local photographers Ralph and Dossie Gilbreath Rogers, who permitted us to add many of their images to the Cross Timbers Historic Images Project. They were very interested in my presentation and asked lots of great questions.  The meeting started at 2 PM and it was almost 4 when it was over!  Afterwards, I went with a group to the Dublin Historical Museum next door for an after-hours tour (more on that in a future post).

In other society news:  The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and co-hosts, the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, have announced a SPECIAL Saturday-only half-price rate of $49.99 to attend that day, August 30, of their upcoming annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. That one day has more than 35 lectures plus optional workshops and luncheons to choose from - decisions, decisions! I had already planned to drive down to visit the FREE Exhibit Hall to see product demonstrations and presentations on one of the two stages as well as visit vendors and exhibitors in their booths, so this makes the day even better!  Register now, take a "day trip" and spend Saturday in San Antonio!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past: Bob & Lorrie Pape

An undated photo of Uncle Bob and Aunt Lorrie Pape from my parents' photo collection.  It's undated, but I think probably from the mid 1980s or so, possibly on a visit to Texas.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wedding Wednesday: Dietz Family, August 1977

Standing:  cousins Ruth, Rob, Regina, Rich, and Ron.  Seated: Uncle Das, cousin Shelly, Aunt Moe.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Black Sheep Sunday: Jacob Shelton's Murderer, John Dove, in Prison

A few months back, I wrote a couple blog posts about one of my family's black sheep, my great-great-great-grandfather Jacob Shelton (1822 - ABT 1874).  Jacob was killed by John Dove, the brother of Jacob's third wife.  John Dove went to prison and, according to Dove family stories, was killed trying to escape to visit a dying daughter.

I was exploring a little at the other day, and decided to browse through the "Index of Official Register of Inmates Vol. 1, no. 1-9073, 1866-1889."  I jumped over to the last names beginning with D and pretty quickly found these two pages (which I've very roughly stitched together to create this image, with the headings for each column at the bottom of the image:

Below are enlargements for the relevant information. The column headings for these sections are Reg[istration number], Name, Year Received, Crime, and Yrs/mo [length of sentence].  John Dove was received into the Louisiana State Penitentiary in 1877 for murder with a life sentence.

The page on the right-hand side had column headings for Expiration of Sentence, Where Sentenced, and Remarks (if any).  John Dove's sentence did not expire (since it was life), and he was sentenced in Winn Parish (where the crime of murdering my great-great-great-grandfather Jacob Shelton occurred).

Under Remarks, it says he "Died  Sept. 3rd 1878."  The circumstances of his death are not described.  It may very well be that he was in fact shot while trying to go see his dying daughter Julia, as a Dove family story contends.

"Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963," images, FamilySearch (,227511501 : accessed 11 Jul 2014), Correctional institution records > Index of official register of inmates vol 1 no 1-9073 1866-1889 > image 104 of 577; citing State Archives, Baton Rouge.
"Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963," images, FamilySearch (,227511501 : accessed 11 Jul 2014), Correctional institution records > Index of official register of inmates vol 1 no 1-9073 1866-1889 > image 105 of 577; citing State Archives, Baton Rouge.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past: Mare, Buddy, and Uncle Bob, ABT 1953

My cousins Marianne and Bud Streff, and my Uncle Bob Pape, probably in 1953.  Bob was still in the Navy and must have been home on leave visiting his parents (and his sister Betty Pape Streff) at the family home on Lunt Avenue in Chicago.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Mare, Betty, & Rho, ABT 1953

My aunt Betty Pape Streff with daughters Marianne and Rosemary, outside the home of Betty's parents, Paul Robert & Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape, probably in 1953.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sentimental Sunday: Dietz Kids, June 1958

Shelly, Ruth, and Ron in June 1958, according to my mother's handwritten note on the back of the photo.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past: Happy Independence Day!

Breathless watches the July 4 parade in Granbury, Texas, 2006

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