Tombstone Tuesday: Van Gelder/Roleson

Thursday, July 21, 2016

This is the Thursday edition of Tombstone Tuesday.   I wanted to post one today even though I am not following my "planned" days.   

This morning I asked my friend Jacque for a number between 1-1,020.  1,020 being the amount of ancestors in my Snook\Kemple tree on ancestry.   

Her pick?  742

Great, a person who I haven't actually done any work with aside from entering her into my tree a while back.   However a quick search on and I came across Susan, Peter, and Ida!  My 3x Great Grandparents & 3xGreat Aunt!  
Photo Credit: Dave
Photo Credit: Dave
Photo Credit: Dave

Peter Van Gelder (3x Great Grandfather)
b:  1821
d:  1884

Susanna Van Gelder nee Roleson (3x Great Grandmother)
b:  1814
d:  1884

Ida Van Gelder (3x Great Aunt)
b:  1858
d:  1883

Buried in Amity Cemetery in Warwick, NY

Peter and Susanna lived in Vernon, NJ around 1850 and moved to Warwick NY soon after and stayed there until death.  Together they had 3 children;  Ida (1858), Martha (1854), and Theodore (1848) my 2x Great Grandfather.  

Thanks again Jacque for helping me add to my family tree!!  What a great find!

Tombstone Tuesday: Charles W & Kathryn Burke

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Photo Credit: Vivian
Photo Credit: Vivian
Photo Credit: Vivian 
Charles William Burke (2x Great Grandfather of my husband)
b: Nov 1849 Iowa
d: 1910 South Dakota

Kathryn Burke (Coyne)
b:  1862 South Dakota
d:  1935 South Dakota

Located in Murdo Cemetary, Murdo South Dakota

Charles W Burke, born 1849 in Iowa, and died 1910 in South Dakota.  Charles was married to Kate Coyne in 1885.  Together they had 9 children, 5 boys & 4 girls; Charles (1890), Addie (1981), Florence (1893),  Dora (1895), Lee (1897), Myron (1904), Lafayette (1905), Orville (1907) and  Della Marie (1898) my husband's great grandmother.  

This Week's Birthdays: April 10-16

Sunday, April 10, 2016

This Week's Birthdays: April 10-16

4/10/1895 - Elida Snook
4/11/1757 - Sarah Dennis
4/11/1732 - Gilbert Drew
4/11/1733 - Sarah Hunt
4/11/1811 - Tracy Predmore
4/12/1811 - John Card
4/13/1759 - Daniel Howard
4/14/1872 - Mary Emma Stewart
4/14/1874 - Jennie Stewart
4/15/1828 - Samuel P Rude
4/10/1798 - George Edsall

***If I missed any or if any are incorrect please let me know and I will update my records! Thanks!


This Week's Birthdays: April 1-9

Sunday, April 3, 2016

This week's Birthdays: April 1-9

4/1/1866 Lucy Tuttle
4/1/1899 J Hampton Clouse
4/4/1717 Ruth Welles  
4/4/1791 William Drew
4/4/1898 Moses Smith
4/5/1807 Issachar Rude
4/5/1815 Hannah Drew
4/6/1860 Rachel Dennis
4/8/1840 John Chardavoyne
4/9/1880 Clarence Rude 
***If I missed any or if any are incorrect please let me know and I will update my records! Thanks

My Mother's Scrapbook

I am going to slowly start scanning pictures from my mother's scrapbook and as I do I will post them to the Maternal Family section of my blog.  This week's post has been posted.   If you don't have access to that section feel free to email me!


New Facebook Community Page

Friday, April 1, 2016

In addition to my blog reboot, I have also launched a new Facebook page, Discovering Family Roots. It will showcase additional pictures, stories, and hopefully one day turn into a place where family members can share their findings as well.  

Currently, the families included are: 
  • Kemple
  • Snook
  • VanBlarcom
  • Sammis
  • Massanero
  • Rude
  • Swezy
  • Hunt
  • Babcock
  • Clouse
  • Drew
  • and many many more to be added.   

If you have any suggestions or comments on how DFR can improve, please leave them below and welcome to Discovering Family Roots. 


Ella Titsworth (Swezy), 1881-1962

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Ella Swezy with friend

Ella Titsworth (Swezy) is the twin sister of my Great Grandfather Ellsworth Swezy.  Born September 21, 1881 to Dubois Swezy and Sarah (Rysdyk) and was one of six kids.  She later married George Titsworth and had 2 children, Martin and Donald.   She died on September 18, 1962 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Vernon, New Jersey.

Ellsworth and Ella at their 75th Birthday
The first picture posted was sent to me by my second cousin.   Ella was her great Grandmother.