Saturday, November 7, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Your Oldest Ancestral Item

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  Lorine Mcginnis Schulze on her Olive Tree Genealogy blog asked this question several weeks ago in

2)  So have at it - what is the oldest ancestral item in your collection of artifacts and stuff?  

3)  Tell us all about it in a blog post of your own, in comments on this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.  Be sure to link to them in a comment on this blog post.

Thank you to Lorine for the idea and to Linda S. for suggesting it.

Here's mine:

*  I have a spoon collection with many spoons, including one silver spoon stamped with "1694" on it, but I can't find it in my piles of stuff.

*  I have a small rocking chair in the living room that was probably made by my great-grandfather Henry Austin Carringer, who was a carpenter, in the 1880s or 1890s.

*  I have an end table that was bequeathed to me by my father's sister, Geraldine (Seaver) Remley in 2007.  She said it belonged to her great-grandmother, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (1834-1923).

*  I have a spoon holder with spoons with initials of Knapp women from the mid-1800s handed down from my Auble grandmother.

*  I have two small encased photos of the Devier J. Smith family from the 1870 time frame.

*  I have a Union Case with ambrotype photos of Isaac and Lucretia (Smith) Seaver from the 1860s.

*  I have framed photographs of the Richmond family from the 1880-1900 time frame.

*  I have a scrapbook and other published books from the 1880-1910 time frame with photos and clippings pasted into them, handed down from my Carringer and Smith  ancestors.

*  I have published books from the 1860 to 1890 time frame, including two McGuffey readers, handed down through the Carringer and Kemp lines.

I'm sure I've forgotten some things.  Then there is our stuff from my parents family and my family.  


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

I really do need to work on that heirloom book.

Seeds to Tree said...

My oldest ancestral item was, by luck, purchased on ebay! I regularly "google search" my 3rd gr-grandfather's name "Hiram R Dunbar" born in 1804, Paris, Kentucky and a cabinet card of a 60+ year old man, labeled with that name, popped up on ebay. The photo was taken about 1870 in a town between where H.R. lived in Illinois, and his farm in Kansas, on the path he would have traveled between the two. In further research, the seller of the cabinet card had purchased a book of cabinet cards at a flea market 5 miles from the town where H.R. was born and many of his family still lived. The book was full of unlabeled photos. This was the only one labeled. The man in the photo has a striking resemblance to my 2nd gr-grandfather - his son. I think I paid something like $10 for it, and its the only image we have of H.R. Dunbar. (I still laugh that it arrived in an envelope between two pieces cut from a Budweiser carton.)

Linda Stufflebean said...

Mine are two photos:

Janice M. Sellers said...

Hey, mine are two photos also!

Janice M. Sellers said...

Seeds to Tree, I have Google searches and eBay searches set up for family names also. I hope one day I'm lucky enough to score a find like yours.