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So as I've mentioned here several times before, I'm the family genealogist. I've been incredibly lucky with many of the lines of my family and finding info. especially on my mom's side. Last night I found a connection that broke through one of my "brick wall" ancestors. She's my 4th Great-Grandmother and her name was Harriett (Bateman) Lasher Brommel Brommel.

GGm Bromell

This is the oldest family photo I have. It would have been taken somewhere around 1850 or possibly as late as 1860. There's another photo of a man taken around the same time, but I'm not sure if he was her husband at the time or possibly a son. (Hard to tell with the mustache.)

She married Frederick Lasher when she was around 25 or so. In March of 1836 she gave birth to twin girls Harriet and Maryette Lasher. Six months later though, Frederick died.

Harriett went on to marry John Brommel (whose family was English but spent a lot of time in France apparently) and have at least one more child (possibly as many as 5, I'm still working that out). John raised the twins as his own daughters. He died in 1883. Harriett was 74 at the time. She went on to marry John's younger brother William sometime in the next year. William died 4 years later. The family story is that there was another suitor waiting in the wings, but Harriett decided to stay single at that point until her death in 1892 at the age of 82. :)

Anyway, last night I was able to find information on her parents and this led me to other connections so that I can now trace the female line (ie my mother's mother's mother...etc) in my family 10 generations back from me. :)

The earliest in the line is Ms. Elizabeth (Blake) Durant who was born in 1636 in Surrey, England and who moved to the colonies somewhere prior to 1858 and married George Durant in Middletown, Connecticut and went on to have MANY babies. Her daughter Abigail (Durant) married Samuel Tinker when they were "found guilty of incontinence before marriage". Let's just say their oldest son was born 6 months after the wedding. :)

At this point I REALLY REALLY want to go to New England and hunt around and find all these ancestors. Most of my mom's side of the family came through Massachusetts and Connecticut well before the Revolutionary war. It'd be very cool to go to some of the spots and even to some of the grave sites that are still there.

What's really cool though is the more I dig into the women in my family, the more I find out how tough and sturdy these women were. All sorts of stories of them surviving adversity and thriving.
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I'm watching the first episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" right now and it's fascinating seeing someone else (in this case Sarah Jessica Parker) go through the process of researching their family.

I've found out so much about the mother's side of my family over the past year plus I've been researching the family ancestry. I also have all of this information that I want to do something with, but can't quite figure out what. I've toyed with the idea of working on a fictional story based on some of the information. I think it might be a fun sort of catharsis for me.

I am currently working on an actual narrative for a few of the branches and doing maps of their migration from New England (and England and Wales in some cases) on West.

What I'd also like is SJP's money to visit all the sites where my family lived through the years. My mother and I have already discussed doing a trip to Colorado at some point where her father's family were some of the first settlers near Pike's Peak.
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I should start by saying the fact that this song came up randomly on iTunes as I was doing this post is AWESOME.

I've been putting together a family history book for Christmas for my grandmother. I asked my cousins, aunts, uncle, etc... to send pics. My cousin sent me a CD of pics today since she had been scanning in some of their older stuff.

My life in hair and fashion has not always been a pretty one. I have the pics to prove it. Luckily the rest of my family was around to outdo me in polyester, bad perms and mullets.

In EXTREMELY happy making news (which occurred while I was writing this) I will be spending the week of Christmas in Vancouver with [livejournal.com profile] crimsonquills and [livejournal.com profile] tartary_lamb! Though, I'm not entirely sure if [livejournal.com profile] tartary_lamb knows this yet. *g* Warm the new couch up and pop open the sushi!! :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D


Jun. 20th, 2009 11:17 pm
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So I've bean reading through my great-grandfather's journal from 1910. During the Spring while he was still in seminary, he and a couple of his friends were persuaded to become "Book Agents" (essentially traveling book salesmen) for Vir Publishing. (After reading more, it looks like he took the job so that he could go to Kansas City because he'd met my Great-grandmother at some point before this and wanted to see her again. The dog.)

He doesn't mention the name of the books (at least not yet, I have 50 pages to go) but I googled Vir Publishing and the book that keeps coming up is "What a Young Boy Ought to Know" by Sylvanus Stall written in 1905.

It's a sex ed book and WOW. The whole section on DO NOT MASTURBATE is pretty fabulous. One of the sub-headings: Boys Often Learn Masturbation Sliding Down the Banister, Climbing Trees, etc.

It goes on to talk about the ill-effects of masturbation on boys. If you'd like to read any of it, it's online here.

Still not sure if this is the actual book he was selling, but another fun fact is that he sold copies of whatever book it was to one of Joseph Smith's grand-sons.

ETA: I had to include this excerpt he wrote after a visit to my Great-grandmother's parents house in Kansas City (he was living in Independence, MO at the time and had to take the street car to get back and forth).

P.S. I forgot to mention the fact that Dorothy gave me a loaf of the first bread that she ever made all alone. It was as nice as any her mother makes and that is saying that it is THE BEST (his caps and it was underlined). She can make bread for me anytime she wants to and for all time. I hope to have the pleasure of her sweet, pure help and influence in my life for all time, "Some Day When Dreams Come True".

I'd always heard growing up how in love they were (I was fairly young when they both died), but I love reading his words as he was clearly falling in love with her.


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