Sunday, July 3, 2016

Another family-icon-filled picture!

Helen Rex Frazier pictured some of her favorite things--family icons--in this snapshot.

Her youngest daughter, Susan, is modeling great great grandmother Elizabeth Thompson Groesbeck's burgundy with black trim wrapper. Elizabeth's delicate lacy black shawl drapes from Susan's shoulders down to about knee height. She is also wearing Elizabeth's beautiful hand crafted black straw bonnet.

Susan is standing in  Glenn and Helen Rex Frazier's 1970's T.V. room at their 166 East Oakland Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah home.

The fancy side chair behind her to the left came from the Nicholas and Elizabeth Groesbeck home and was part of the family's 1860's dining room set.

The short wood turned lamp to Susan's right was made for Helen by her younger brother John Morgan  (1920-1941).

Friday, June 24, 2016

More familiar family icons!

Thanks to Glenn Frazier we have great pictures of favorite family icons!  This one is from Randolph, Utah and pictures numerous family vehicles parked next to Flora Rex Lamborn's home.

Glenn backed his truck in (ready to go again) next to Flora's car. His trailer is closest to the house, because he and Helen will spend the night in it. Flora's store truck, Randolph IGA, is parked in the back yard behind her house, and that is the steeple of the Randolph Church on Main Street behind them all.

Writing this short description helped me finally date the picture.  It would have been taken prior to 1982, the year Flora lost her sister Helen Rex Frazier and her husband, Richard Lamborn.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016!

It would have been hard to imagine then (picture from late 1970's) what feasting my eyes upon these familiar family icons would mean today.

Memorial Day is for remembering!

Glenn and Helen Rex Frazier's two-story green stucco home at 166 East Oakland Avenue, Salt Lake, Utah.
Susan Frazier's blue Volkswagon bug. The one she drove from Salt Lake to Washington DC when she moved there in September, 1983.
Glenn Frazier's green Chevy truck that served him so well for so long. Clear up to July 4, 1992.
Glenn and Helen's mobile home.
The quiet street our family lived on and all of the wonderful people who came and went from here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bessie Morgan's new hidden picture.

Cousin Claudia S. sent a copy of our GG Grandmother Elizabeth Thompson Groesbeck's recently found and published journal to one of her cousins in the East. Soon thereafter she received from that distant cousin a package of wonderful old family pictures. Claudia was familiar with most of the pictures, but sent me this one because it was labeled "Bessie Morgan," and she thought I might know who else is in the picture.  I don't, but I can guess and suggest.

That is my grandmother Bessie Morgan seated on a stool to the right of the group which may include girl friends. The two girls look to me like they may be sisters. The longer I look at the picture, the more people appear. There is a boy in the tree and two more at Bessie's knee. And there is a child in the barn loft across the fence. 

My guess is that the picture was taken in her mother's back yard, but it could have been taken in anyone's backyard.  It does fit well on Bryan Avenue in my imaginings.

Bessie was the youngest daughter in her family, she had two younger brothers. This picture was probably taken between 1910 and her 1912 marriage and move to Randolph, Utah. She worked with her sister Gail at the telephone company as a secretary before her marriage. She and her girlfriends established their own literary society at her mother's Bryan Avenue home in 1910. 

The flowers against the fence are reminiscent of the flowers Grandma Bessie grew along her fences in Randolph, Utah. 

 Bessie when she was about 18 years old.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Updated record of John Morgan's missionary service.

Amy has used the church's new missionary database to update Great Grandfather John Morgan's missionary service here.

Thank you Amy for keeping us appraised of the new missionary database and updating John Morgan and the Southern States Missionary records. I appreciate your work and your example.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Fraziers in the Early Mormon Missionaries data base.

Ivy Mae Frazier White
Salt Lake City Cemetery
"Gone To Her Glorious Reward"

Amy at the Ancestor Files blog announced the new Early Mormon Missionaries data base here early in February. I decided to follow suite and began looking up my ancestors. The first family name I entered “Frazier” was most fruitful and dispelled a family MYTH.

Great Grandfather Stephen Vestal Frazier was the probate judge in Woodruff, Rich County, Utah from 1888 to 1893. He came through those years purportedly declaring that neither he nor any of his children would ever join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

His youngest son, Frank Union, my grandfather, honored his father’s wishes and did not join the Church during his lifetime. I was pleased to learn that three of Stephen Vestal’s  oldest grandchildren (he had fourteen children) served as early missionaries and are listed on the database.

1 – Ivy May Frazier, born July 12, 1897 to Walter J. and Fannie Rose Frazier served her mission to the Sandwich Islands from June 8, 1920 to August 18, 1921.

2 – Charles C. and Mary Ellen Frazier Dean sent two of their sons on missions. Charles Vestal, born March 23, 1884 in Woodruff, Utah served in Great Britain from May 29, 1906 to October 3, 1908. David Leroy was born February 4, 1889 in Woodruff also and served in the Western States in Colorado from June 18, 1912, to September 1, 1914.

Missionary Department missionary registers, 1850-1959, Vol. 3, p. 238, line 392.
Missionary Department missionary registers, 1860-1959, Vol, 4, p. 132, line 260.
Missionary Department missionary registers, 1860-1959, Vol. 5, p. 29, line 401.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

1901 Death of Uncle Robert Marshall Hamilton.

John Morgan's Uncle Robert Marshall Hamilton was married to his father, Garrard Morgan's sister, Mary Morgan. John Morgan referred to him numerous times throughout his journal. These wonderful Greensburg, Indiana obituaries tell the stories of their lives. Robert Marshall is the youngest brother  to Cyrus, Thomas, and Eliza who's obituaries were posted here earlier. 

Death of R. M.Hamilton.
[August 30, 1901, Greensburg Standard]
Review of a Long Life, Exhibiting Many Noble Qualities.

Robert Marshall Hamilton, who died August 5, 1901, at the residence of his son-in-law, S. L. Jackson, three miles east of Greensburg, was born November 17, 1811, on McBride’s Creek, some three miles southwest of Carlisle, Nicholas county, Ky. His father, Robert Hamilton, died in 1817; and his mother, Mary Edward Hamilton, removed with seven of her eleven children to this county in October, 1823, and settled on the farm, where the deceased lived continuously from that time to his death. Two brothers and two married sisters preceded the rest of the family to the same neighborhood, and of the eleven, eight lived in this county to more than seventy-five, and five to more than eighty years of age. Upon the marriage of his older brother, Thomas, in 1826, Robert M. succeeded, at the age of fifteen, to the management of his mother’s farm. September 26, 1834, he was married to Miss Mary Morgan, who lived with her mother on the farm where the orphans’ home now stands. Of the six children born to them. Thomas W., Charles C., Mr. [sic. Mrs.] J. T. Rankin, and Mrs. S. L. Jackson are living.  Naracissa died in childhood, December 5, 1840, and Garrard in early manhood, December 13, 1882. Mrs. Hamilton died February 4, 1884, after a lingering illness.

As a farmer Mr. Hamilton was something of a marvel to two generations. Beginning in the era of low prices and costly transportation he acquired by unremitting industry and energy more than twelve hundred acres of land; and it was one of his rare qualities, that though he had never spared himself in its accumulation, he gave it all to his children long before his death. About the same time he gave $1,000 to the endowment fund of the Kingston church, a like amount to the endowment of a professorship in Hanover College, named at his request after his mother, and $700 to the Camp Nelson colored school in Kentucky and the same amount to Washington and Swift Memorial Colleges in Tennessee.

Unlike most men intensely devoted to business, Mr. Hamilton took a strong interest in many public questions. He was almost born an abolitionist. He used to say he would like to have voted for Henry Clay in 1840, but stayed away from the polls rather than vote for a slaveholder. In 1844 he voted for James G. Burney and acted thereafter with the Liberty and Free Soil parties until the disruption of existing parties in 1854. He was a zealous Republican until the great issues growing out of the war and slavery were settled. But the temperance question had also had his livelong sympathy, probably since the first total abstinence movement in this county in 1827. It is recalled that in the old days he chose to haul his wheat to Madison rather than to accept a higher price from the Lawrenceburg distilleries. Upon the formation of the Prohibition party he felt called upon to make a great sacrifice of party, neighborhood and family ties in obedience to his convictions. However we may differ as to the practical value of this step the spirit of self-sacrifice for a principle in which it was made was most admirable. It was affecting to note how this veteran of the anti-slavery struggle fortified himself with memories of that older warfare for what he believed to be a new crusade against as great a wrong and a more galling servitude. 

Mr. Hamilton had long outlived those of his own generation, only one sister, Mrs. Minerva Donnell, surviving him. He had grown very feeble physically the last few months of his life, though his mind remained unclouded to the last. As he had never spared himself in earlier life, so to the very end he used the failing remnant of his strength to the utmost, driving about alone when other men would have been in their beds. He attended the reception given to his past at Kingston only four days before his death. His last ailment was so slight that but little apprehension was felt, yet he sank gradually into unconsciousness. In the late afternoon of the third day he passed almost imperceptibly from the sleep of dreams into the sleep of death.

In accordance with his expressed wish the funeral services were held  the following afternoon at the Kingston church of which the deceased had been a life-long member, conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. R. Adams, and attended by a large circle of relatives and friends. And so passed to his rest one who had in his long life, exhibited some of the strongest and most admirable traits of character.