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Entries in franks (7)

Tuesday
Feb222011

* I've been ancestor approved!

The Ancestor Approved Award was started by Leslie Ann (Ancestors Live Here) to show appreciation of bloggers sharing interesting - helpful - fun content. Jennifer (The Erudite Geneagloist) has passed on the Ancestor Approved Award to me! Thank you so much for the recognition. When given the nod you are asked to share 10 things you have learned about your ancestors that have surprised, humbled, or enlightened you. I thought it would be easy to make the list, but I was surprised how competitive I made it for my ancestor's stories! Here are a few of my moments.

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Friday
Jan142011

* Utopian ancestors: the oneida community 

Updated on January 16, 2011 at 11:40PM by Registered Commenterabbyb

You are bound to find some juicy facts the deeper you dig into your family roots. One of my ancestors was supposedly a member of the Oneida Community, researching the history of was quite enlightening. A random handwritten family tree from the box of stuff mentioned my gggg grandfather Josiah J Franks as a member of the Oneida Community. After some digging I found a cousin of my grandmother. He is in his nineties and as luck would have it he was an avid family historian! He sent me a wealth of information and also noted Josiah as a "member of oneida community". In addition he sent a letter dated 1856 between 2 of Josiah's sons: “You ask how do I feel about going to Oneida to live, I can tell you that I would not live among such a set of people for anything at all. Every letter that Father [Josiah] writes to me he says more or less about me going to Oneida to live. He says he is going to send me money for me to come home but on the condition that I must spend a week at Oneida.“ Intrigued I did some research.

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Monday
Nov292010

* family history, grandmother to granddaughter

My GGGG grandfather JJ Franks came to the United States from England as a child abt 1800. He lived in NYC, NJ, and the Oneida Community in upstate NY (more to come on this interesting topic!). He had 9 children and somehow I am the lucky recipient of a table originally owned by him! I don't know how my GG grandmother Virginia W Middleton (jj franks granddaughter) came into possession of this table but I do have her written history of the table.

1936-Letter from Virginia W Middleton to granddaughter Marjorie Middleton

"This table which is to be the property of my first grandchild, Marjorie Middleton, daughter of Wentworth and Edith Shaw Middleton; was first owned and used by her great great grandparents Josiah James and Sarah Hunt Franks, about the year 1813, afterwards by her great grandfather Benjamin Mortimer Franks and Georgianna Wentworth Franks, and subsequently by her grandfather, Thomas Middleton and grandmother Virginia Wentworth Middleton. Josiah James Franks came to this country USA in infancy in the year 1794."

Signed, Virginia Wentworth Franks Middleton

Sept 30, 1936

 

  In following the tradition, my grandmother wrote a letter passing the table down to me, her first granddaughter. 

1998- Letter from Marjorie Middleton Wright to granddaughter Abby marie Wright

April 25, 1998

"I am adding to the history of this table which was started by my grandmother Virginia Wentworth Franks Middleton. I have had the table since her death and am leaving it to my older grandchild Abby Marie Wright to enjoy in good health and hope she will be able to leave it to her daughter."

Marjorie Middleton Wright

Marjorie owned the table until 1998; 62 years my grandmother kept these treasures! Hopefully within the next 62 years I will have a granddaughter to pass along this family heirloom. I should start drafting the letter now :)

What has your family passed down?

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