Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Reuben Nichols

Brumley Branches - Reuben Nichols
Reuben Nichols

Brumley Branches - Reuben Nichols Letter was written to my mother Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik on July 26, 1990, by James R Glacking of Libertyville, Lake, Illinois. She had sent a query out for information on my 3rd great-grandfather Reuben Nichols. 

This is the letter he wrote back to her. 

Dear Nancy,
My grandmother was a Mitts. Her father, John Estill Mitts, and your great-great grandfather, Reuben Nichols, were "double cousins". John's father, Adam Mitts, and Reuben's mother, Margaret Nichols, were brother and sister. Reuben's father, Simon Nichols, and John's mother Jane Mitts were brother and sister. How is that to start confusing relationships?

Reuben Nichols married Nancy Skirvin in Gallatin County, Kentucky. Reuben farmed in Grant County, Kentucky. The Family Bible records that while they lived in Grant County, four children were born; Simon, your great-grandfather, on December 14, 1827, James Harvey on October 18, 1829, Mary Jane (Mrs. Samuel Fretwell) on December 3, 1831, and John Clayton on April 14, 1834.

In 1834 or 1835 the family followed relatives and friends to Adams County, Illinois. There four more children were born; William Henry on October 12, 1836, George Thomas on January 28, 1839, Francis Marion on January 9, 1841, and Rebecca Margaret, (Mrs. John Fretwell), on June 18, 1843. 

Another move was in order, in 1844 or 1845 the family moved to Clark County, Missouri. The three youngest children were born there; Louisa Susan, who never married, on February 28, 1846, Nancy Ann, (Mrs. Absalom W Mitts) on March 4, 1849, and Sarah Elizabeth, (Mrs. James Lay), on March 17, 1851. 

Simon Nichols, your great-grandfather, married twice. On July 9, 1853, he married Mary Frances Noel. They had at least five children; William R, John, Mary (Mrs. William Barnes), Elvira, (Mrs. John Hume), and Emma, (Mrs. Allen Stanforth. I would check the 1870 Clark County census to see if another child is listed.

After his first wife's death, he married January 26, 1873, Sarah Francis Douglas. By 1880 they had four daughters; Lorena, Lilly, Gertrude (your grandmother), and Sarah. I would check the Clark County marriage records to see if the marriages of your great aunts are recorded there. 

An abstract of the property transferred to Simon's sister, Nancy Mitts, lists two other children of Simon; Robert Lee and Leonard Sanford. I'd check the Clark and Lewis County, Missouri, 1900 Census to see if you can find them. If Sarah's children, they may still be in her household. You may also discover if Sarah married again. These may be a Soundex index to the 1900 Census. Use it to see if you can locate the two brothers. 

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions. 

Sincerely yours, 

James R Glacking

Friday, September 9, 2016

Family Trees and Youth

Brumley Branches - Family Trees and Youth
Reece Handy with his school project
Brumley Branches - Family Trees and Youth, it is never too early in your life to learn about your family tree. My grandson Reece had to complete a school project this past week. The request went out to all the relatives to please send a picture of themselves so that he could finish his project. His second-grade teacher had given him the assignment of making a family tree. He worked hard on his project and as the picture shows he has many people in his family tree that he cares about and who makes a difference in his life every day. I would like to thank his teacher for such a great assignment. 

Family trees not only show us who we are related too, but who is our support system throughout life. They are the people who show us how to play baseball or soccer. The people who are there when we have a bad day or a good day. Family tree members are the ones we vacation with or go to sporting events. They are cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, great-grandparents, and parents and we cannot leave out our pets for they are also family.

Each one of us creates memories with family tree members who last a lifetime. The people who taught us how to fish, how to ride a bike, how to jump rope or how to be a great person. They love us and want us to be the best we can be. 

We need the family tree to see how fortunate we are to have so many people involved in our lives and sometimes it takes a school project to see it up close. It gives us a direction of where we come from and where we are going in our life.

Memories with our family tree members will forever be a part of us, as we start our own family tree one day. Those things we learned when we were young will be passed down to our own children. Reece's family tree is an example of how he can visualize how special he really is to his family. Great job Reece!!!!

This is a new blog I have started recently about my family genealogy. If you enjoyed this post, I'd be grateful if you if you'd help me spread the word by emailing it to a friend or sharing it on Twitter and Facebook!! Thank you very much!!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Labor Day and Ancestors


Brumley Branches - Labor Day and our ancestors. In the United States, it is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is in honor of the American labor movement and celebrates the workers who have made this country strong and prosperous, and for the well-being of the country. As the trade unions and labor movements grew in the 19th Century unionists wanted to create a day of celebration for the laborers in the United States. Labor Day became an official Federal holiday in 1894.

Our ancestors were hard working people with many skills. These skills have been passed down from generation to generation. I am always interested in looking at the census and reading what they did for a living. Many were farmers in my family which meant they worked from sun up to sun down to provide food for not only their own families but for people all over the United States.

There were other occupations that were of interest as well. I had relatives that were Coopers. What is a Cooper? A cooper is someone who makes wooden vessels, bound together with hoops and possessing flat ends or heads. Examples of Cooper's work would be barrels, buckets, tubs or butter churns.

My grandfather was a carpenter. He worked on various jobs around Kansas City. He always took pride in this work. 

I had several relatives that made their living working for the various railroads around the United States. It was also a hard job to do because at times they would have to leave their families to work on an assignment far from home. Railroad work at least had a pension program to help out after they retired from the railroad.

I had a great uncle in Chicago who was in the Ice Manufacturing business for several years. My great-great grandfather was a Ferryman before he signed up for the Civil War Draft. 


My father worked in the Steel Fabrication business that made steel structures such as gymnasiums that are still standing today.

No matter what job your ancestor had they made sure that they passed down their skills to their children. It is these skills that have shaped our America today. We owe these skilled workers a thank you for all that they do for us every day of the week.

This is a new blog I have started recently about my family genealogy. If you enjoyed this post, I'd be grateful if you if you'd help me spread the word by emailing it to a friend or sharing it on Twitter and Facebook!! Thank you very much!!