Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday's Tips- FGS/ RootsTech Very Strong Together

The LIBRARY is probably the most important reason I am in Salt Lake City. It is the Mecca for Family Researchers...... There is no where else on earth that can rival it........  but there are other great resources all over our country.....  Allen County Genealogical Library for one.

I have done lots of searching through the LIBRARY catalog and have my list ready to go. But you know when you get tho the library it is overwhelming. I went right to the elevator and went down to B2 which is only British Isles, Australia, and New Zealand. I tried to stay on task, keep organized and follow my plan......

The books were the hardiest items in the library to find. With such deep cataloguing and detailed numbering system, it was almost impossible to find some of the books I wanted to look at. I did walk away after a while because I got too frustrated trying to follow the numbers to the books I wanted. Next time maybe. I did look through dozens of microfishe and film ....... I ran out of time and think I will order this one microfilm and view it down at my local Family History Center, Sacramento California..........  I did ask a question about New Zealand resource and I found myself with an expert from down under. It was great......  with a couple of quick clicks of the mouse she showed me several great websites dealing with New Zealand and it's people. Needless to say I was thrilled.

Exhibit Hall - only about a third of the hall is shown here. Insanity with hundreds of thousands of participants

Demo Stage inside the Exhibit Hall........ check out the awesome chairs and couches 

one of dozens of LAB classes given. You are looking over my green screen. I am taking EVERNOTE

FamilyTreeDNA is so busy as is AncestryDNA. I did upgrade my brothers & my youngest sons kits to the Family Finder , so I will hope for more results and better ones too. 

A friend on mine, Paul hawthorne from San Diego,  showing off the many tags he has collected. Who collected the most? 

Video of the bagpipers walking through the Exhibit Hall.... up and down each isle. Pride for my Scottish side

                  Another group showing off -- youngsters with the ole traditional cowboys songs

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

I love you all........  Happy Valentines Day 

to my daddy I will always love you

to my Mom  - Here's to better days / love you

to the love of my life, my soulmate, my lover, my best friend Chuck -always love you

to my youngest son Jason -I love you so much

to my first born son Michael - with love always & always

to my two Aberle grandchildren Ashlyn & Aden - I love you both so much

to my Nickell grandson Josh......  love you little man

to my DIL Krisi .......  love you 

to my soon to be DIL Lisa (oops secret is out now)..........the warmest of welcomes from the family

Tuesday, February 10, 2015


One minute I am revisiting  the LITTLE family, and the next minute I am in Salt Lake City researching at the LIBRARY......

I did my homework at home through the LIBRARY catalog. I also went back to my blog and went through all my posts from December, January and into February to add to the LIST. This list is loooong so I also did some prioritizing and putting like things together. Wow, what a difference. It is still just as long but much better and easier to work from.


ooops! I was studying this page

Boy we thought it would be very cold here AND IT IS NOT, It is just like Citrus Heights 60's toward the 70's. I air feels a little colder but there is no snow. The higher altitude is certainly affecting my breathing. Need to allow time and slow down.
Salt Lake City and the LIBRARY, here I am with the best of friends, people that truly know what it means when you do a 'happy dance'.....  they may even join in.  I am staying at the Salt Plaza Hotel right across the street from Salt Lake Convention Center AND right behind the LIBRARY. Couldn't ask for a better location for researching and the conference, I am excited to be here. This is where it is happening this week. - 2 conferences in 1 place. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech2015 have partnered this year, each had a separate set of classes but shared the exhibit hall, keynote speakers, on site registration and I am sure other items that I am not even aware of. 

I have spent the last 2 days at the LIBRARY researching - researching is hard work!.I did find some things and confirmed other things I already knew.   - I was down on level B2 England, & New Zealand. It looks very similar to the other floors but it does have British Isles, New Zealand and Australia......just where I needed to be. Now I really need to sit down with everything I found, all the notes I took and all the files I saved to my thumb drive and get it organized and ready to enter into my Legacy program.
Early registration happened this afternoon ......... so now I know where I am going to be from class to class. Tomorrow is a pre-conference activity that you had to sign up for......  FGS Society Day. I am a delegate for my genealogy society - Root Cellar and Society Day is dedicated to helping, improving and offering society's options... .lot of it is simply open discussion between society members from all over the county. It usually is a very good day.

Attended a special Delegate Gathering tonight. Very nice buffet...... like a meet and greet. Good couple of hours.

Today will probably be the last time I return to the LIBRARY. I usually am really tired and need some alone time by the end of each day. I go to my room and hibernate and plan for the next day.

To bed  zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!

Travel Tuesday - continuing with #10 Joseph LITTLE

continuing ........ 

             "LITTLE'S" are my Mothers Fathers line
Isaac (1806-1863) & Jane (Mounsey) (1812-1867) LITTLE   [2nd Great Grandparents ]

Siblings of Hudson's.........
doneMary LITTLE (1831- ?) -          [Great Grand Aunt]
doneJohn LITTLE (1832-1861)         [Great Grand Uncle]
doneAnne LITTLE (1835-?)              [Great Grand Aunt]
doneWilliam LITTLE (1837-1843)     [Great Grand Uncle]
doneIsaac LITTLE (1840-?)               [Great Grand Uncle]
doneHUDSON LITTLE 1843-1934) [Great Grand Uncle]
doneJane Eliza LITTLE 1846-1867)   [Great Grand Aunt]
doneJames LITTLE 1848-1855)        [Great Grand Uncle]
doneMounsey LITTLE (1851-1940) ......................................[My Great Grandfather]
Joseph LITTLE (1852-1932)     [Great Grand Uncle]

Joseph Little 1852-1932
   married Margaretta Lowden 1854- 1924
   son: Mounsey Little
      married: Esther Stanley
      children: unknown
   son: Harry Little
      married: Annie Bond
      children: unknown
   son: Joseph William Little
       married: Jane Eliza "Jennie" Little
       children: No children
   daughter: Jane Annie Little
       DIED at age 14 years
   daughter: Mary Lizzie Little
       married: Jack Parker Litt
       daughter: Mary Margaretta Litt (1916-1994)
       son: Robert John Litt (1916-1917)

Joseph Little the 10th child and the 7th son. He and Margaretta had 5 children. I know Joseph William traveled to the US with his cousin Mounsey Little but did not stay.... he returned to England, married and started their family. I have not done a lot of research on this line YET.
 Back/Standing: Mounsey, Joseph William, Mary Lizzie
front l-r: Harry - Joseph & Margaretta Little 

I am sure that you noticed that their third son and child, Joseph William Little, married his first cousin Jane Eliza 'Jennie' Little daughter of Mounsey and Mary Little.  They did not have children but ended up with the care of Paul Albert Little when his father passed away AND of my mother, Mary Jane Little when her parents divorced.

UK CENSUS =======================================
1861 England, Wales, & Scotland Census Transcription
House name: Halls, Street: High Side, Parish & Ecclesiastical district: Bassenthwaite, Registration district: Cockermouth, County: Cumberland, England Enumeration district 13, piece # 3933, folio # 67, page #  9, record set: 1861 England, Wales, & Scotland Census

ISAAC LITTLE - 55, abt 1806, head male;school master; spouse:Jane; where born: Castle Sowerby, Cumberland,England; civil parish: Bassenthwaite; ecclesiastical parish: Bassenthwaite; couny: Cumberland, country: England; registration district: Cockermouth; sub-registration district: Keswick, ED 13; household schedule # 46;
Others in resident:
  Jane  wife 48   school mistress
  Mounsey  son 9  scholar
  Joseph      son 7 scholar

1871 UK Census - Cumberland England
Hale household
Joseph Little servant/ farm labourer - 18yrs old/ unmarried

1881 UK Census..
1. LITTLE, Joseph  head  M/m-27 b: Bassenthwaite, Cumberland England o: Railway labourer & farmer of 3 acres of land
2.             Margaretta wife M/f-27 b: Newlands, Cumberland, England
3.             Mounsey    son       m-5 b: Underskiddaw, Cumberland, England
4.             Harry          son       m-3 b: Underskiddaw, Cumberland, England
5.             Joseph Wm son      m-1 b: Underskiddaw, Cumberland, England

1891 UK Census - did not find YET

1901 UK Census - Bassenthwaite, Cumberland England
Little, Joseph       head  47 plate layer on Railroad
        Margaretta, wife 47
        Mary Lizzie daughter 16

1911 UK Census Bassenthwaite, Cumberland, England
Little, Joseph     head 57 plate layer/ Railroad Company
      Margaretta   wife 57   37 years married  birth to 7 children born live / 4 living / 3 died
      Mary Lizzie  daughter 25 single

So according to the 1911 UK Census, Joseph and Margaretta had 7 children but only 4 are living in 1911. I only know about 5 of the 7 children. I see that Jane Annie was only 14 when she passed away so she would have only been on the 1891, which of course is the only one I can't find YET.

I have had some contact with Joseph and Jennie Little....... it was while I was a teenager and don't really remember much about the visit ......  unfortunately for me.

While a married Air Force wife, living in Germany, we visited Rita (Mary Margaretta Litt) in the Lake County in England. We stayed with her for a couple of weeks. Very nice home. No brewed coffer, but great tea .........  and lots of pubs around with plenty of beer. We drove around each day looking at the Lake Country itself.......  it was a fun visit. At this point in my life I was not thinking genealogy or family research and really missed out on a great opportunity to talk with Rita about her side of the family and the other Littles....... and to look through her family pictures........  what a lost opportunity, so sad!!

Rita visited the America several times during my life time, always staying with my parents in San Carlos California.......... Unfortunately for me I was living on my own, working and not able to make the trip home to visit for any length of time. Again more lost opportunities! And now she has passed so no more opportunities....  not sure where all her family papers and album's went too.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Motivation Monday - continuing with Mounsey LITTLE's Children - #4 Burton Harry Little

continuing ........ 

             "LITTLE'S" are my Mothers Fathers line
Isaac (1806-1863) & Jane (Mounsey) (1812-1867) LITTLE   [2nd Great Grandparents ]

Mary LITTLE (1831- ?) -          [Great Grand Aunt]
John LITTLE (1832-1861)         [Great Grand Uncle]
Anne LITTLE (1835-?)              [Great Grand Aunt]
William LITTLE (1837-1843)     [Great Grand Uncle]
Isaac LITTLE (1840-?)               [Great Grand Uncle]
HUDSON LITTLE 1843-1934) [Great Grand Uncle]
Jane Eliza LITTLE 1846-1867)   [Great Grand Aunt]
James LITTLE 1849-1855)        [Great Grand Uncle]
Mounsey LITTLE (1851-1940) ...........[My Great Grandfather]
Joseph LITTLE (1852-1932)     [Great Grand Uncle]

AND now Mounsey and Mary (Brownrigg) LITTLE's last child and my grandfather........ 

Isaac Mounsey LITTLE  1878-1918
Joseph Hudson LITTLE 1880-1965
Jane Eliza "Jennie" LITTLE 1883- 1964

Burton Harry LITTLE 1893-1950  [My Grandfather]
      married: Emma May BRISTOL divorced & married Jeannetta Slater w/ one son Burton Mounsey Jr.
      daughter: Mary Jane LITTLE
           married: John Patterson GARDNER Jr. [My Parents]
           two children

Well here I finally am with my Grandfather, ,my mothers father- he is the last of Mounsey & Mary Little's children. He is the last child and third son. As of this moment, I can not find any family connection to his first and middle name. I see a few Harolds but no Burton. Where did his name come from? All the other sons and daughter have family names attached but not Burton.

This was my mothers father who married Emma May Bristol in 1911 in Cortland New York.  They were together till April 1920 when my mothers was born.Not sure when it began but both her father and her mother had an affair.........  pretty serious affairs as they divorced and remarried those same people and lived happily ever after. Burton had custody of my mother but didn't know how to care for her so he made arrangements with his BIL Joseph Little and his wife and Burton's sister Jennie Little to care for her. And so they did. My mother did not have any contact with her mother for at least 30-40 years, not that her mother didn't try to make contact.. She loved her father like most daughter's do and visited him every chance she could. Eventually my mother and her mother Emma got together - I believe it was after her father passed in 1950.

Burton remarried the lady he was seeing while he was married to Emma. Her name was Jeannetta Slater. They had one child - a son named Burton Mounsey Little - a half brother of my mother. He passed away in 1973- not even 50 years old.

I have located the 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 & 1940 US census.
He lived with his parents in Dryden, NY, married and moved to Cuba NY- Burton was a bookkeeper for Millin Co, Flour Mill Co. and last Phelps & Sibley Co.

I found his World War I draft card....... he never served in the military. Unfortunately you can not read all of it.. but it tells me he has blue eyes and light brown hair and he was 25 years old

   Burton H Little, active in Cuba civic affairs and for over 30 years associated with Phelps and Sibley Co, died at the Cuba Memorial Hospital Monday, following an illness of four months.
   Mr Little began his work at Phelps and Sibley on Sept 29 1919. In Jan 1943 he was elected director and treasurer of the company, which positions he held at the time of his death.
   He was clerk of the Cuba central school board of education for many years, trustee of the Cuba Presbyterian Church, a member of Cuba Lodge # 306, F&AM [free and accepted masons] and committee treasurer of the Boy Scouts.
   Mr Little was born at Dryden on April 29, 1892, son of Mounsey and Mary Brownrigg Little.
   Surviving are his wife, Jeanette Little, one daughter, Mrs Mary Jane Gardner of Erlangen Germany; one son, Burton M Little, United States Army Air force stationed at Sheppard Air Force base, Wichita Falls Texas; a sister, Mrs Joseph W Little, and a brother Joseph H Little, both Dryden; two grandchildren, Sandra Lee and Robert Gardner.

   Funeral Services will be held this afternoon, Thursday, at two o'clock. The Rev Irving Beal will officiate, and burial will be made in Cuba Cemetery.
Burton Harry Littles daughter Mary Jane Little and her hnsband John P Gardner Jr [my parents]
1985 traveling.....    
..........and this ENDS Mounsey & Mary LITTLE's children
.....and their children Sandra and Robert probably late 1949/early1950

1941 Burton Mounsey Little Jr.
Boy Scouts

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Black Sheep Sunday - continuing with Mounsey LITTLE's Children - #3 Jane Eliza 'Jennie' Little

continuing ........ 

             "LITTLE'S" are my Mothers Fathers line
Isaac (1806-1863) & Jane (Mounsey) (1812-1867) LITTLE   [2nd Great Grandparents ]

Mary LITTLE (1831- ?) -          [Great Grand Aunt]
John LITTLE (1832-1861)         [Great Grand Uncle]
Anne LITTLE (1835-?)              [Great Grand Aunt]
William LITTLE (1837-1843)     [Great Grand Uncle]
Isaac LITTLE (1840-?)               [Great Grand Uncle]
HUDSON LITTLE 1843-1934) [Great Grand Uncle]
Jane Eliza LITTLE 1846-1867)   [Great Grand Aunt]
James LITTLE 1849-1855)        [Great Grand Uncle]
Mounsey LITTLE (1851-1940) ...........[My Great Grandfather]
Joseph LITTLE (1852-1932)     [Great Grand Uncle]

Mounsey and Mary (Brownrigg) LITTLE's children

1- Isaac Mounsey LITTLE  1878-1918
2- Joseph Hudson LITTLE 1880-1965

3- Jane Eliza "Jennie" LITTLE 1883- 1964

     married: Joseph William LITTLE  (1st cousins)
     NO children

4- Burton Harry LITTLE 1893-1950  [My Grandfather]

Found Jane Eliza (Jennie) in all the census - 1900 (17y, so not alive in 1880), 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 all from Dryden New York
Her nickname was Jennie and she is referred to as Jennie most of the time except when she was younger. She married Joseph William Little in 1911 in Dryden, NY. Did you catch the fact that both have the same last name of LITTLE. Yes they do and YES they are related "first cousins" I have not talked about Joseph William Little yet. He is the son of Joseph and Margaretta (Lowden) Little which is Isaac and Jane Mounsey LITTLE's 10th child and is the sibbling that follows Mounsey LITTLE. [so it probably will be several days to a week or so before I get to Joseph Little- it will be after all of Mounsey children]

Yes they are first cousins - they did not have any children. But they did take care of their nephew Paul and my mother Mary Jane,. a niece. I was told that Jennie was religious and very strict. No frills household.
Jane Eliza (Jennie) Little

Joseph William Little


OBITUARY - unk source/1964........  Dryden NY area
Mrs Jame E (Jennie) Little, 81, of 42 South St Dryden, died Friday afternoon at the ____ odd Nursing Home, Ithaca, after a long illness.

A life resident of Dryden, she was born Feb 4, 1883, the daughter of Mounsey and Mary Brownwig [should be Brownrigg] Little. She was the widow of Joseph Little, who died in 1957.

Mrs Little was a member of the Dryden Presbyterian Church for 53 years. She was superintendent of the cradle roll for many years, a deaconess, and a member of all the women's church organizations.

She was a member and Past District Deputy of the Clover Rebekah, 294, and was presented her 60-year pin two years ago. She was a member and past matron of the Dryden Chapter __ 30, OES, and a member of the Dryden Senior Citizen's club.

Surviving are her brother, Joseph H Little of Homer; foster son, Dr Paul Little of Hobbs NM; foster daughter, Mary Jane Gardner of San Carlos, CA; three nieces, Mrs Gladys Baker of DeRuyter, Mrs Thelma Homer and Mrs Velma Edsall, both of Ithaca; and four nephews, Kenneth Little of Homer, Harold and Edward Little, both of Dryden, and Burton Mounsey of Cuba NY

Services will be held Monday at 2pm in the Dryden Presbyterian Church, with the Rev George R Blue, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Willow Glen Cemetery

Friends may call at the Perkins Funeral Home, Dryden, from 3-5 and 7-9pm Sunday. Memorials may be made to the Dryden Presbyterian Church.

The members of the Order of Eastern Star will call at the funeral home Sunday at 7pm. And the Rebekah Lodge member will call at 7:30pm
Buried in Willow Glen Cemetery.............
Jane Eliza (Jennie) Little 

..........continuing with Mounsey & Mary LITTLE's children

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sibling Saturday - continuing with Mounsey LITTLE's Children - #2 Joseph Hudson Little

continuing ........ 

             "LITTLE'S" are my Mothers Fathers line
Isaac (1806-1863) & Jane (Mounsey) (1812-1867) LITTLE   [2nd Great Grandparents ]

Mary LITTLE (1831- ?) -          [Great Grand Aunt]
John LITTLE (1832-1861)         [Great Grand Uncle]
Anne LITTLE (1835-?)              [Great Grand Aunt]
William LITTLE (1837-1843)     [Great Grand Uncle]
Isaac LITTLE (1840-?)               [Great Grand Uncle]
HUDSON LITTLE 1843-1934) [Great Grand Uncle]
Jane Eliza LITTLE 1846-1867)   [Great Grand Aunt]
James LITTLE 1849-1855)        [Great Grand Uncle]
Mounsey LITTLE (1851-1940) ...........[My Great Grandfather]
Joseph LITTLE (1852-1932)     [Great Grand Uncle]

Mounsey and Mary (Brownrigg) LITTLE's children

1-Isaac Mounsey LITTLE  1878-1918
2- Joseph Hudson LITTLE 1880-1965 [Grand Uncle]
    married: Mabel BRISTOL

    son: Kenneth William LITTLE   [first cousin once removed]
         married: Mary Louisa BOICE
         daughter: Barbara June LITTLE  [second cousin]
         son: Kenneth Elwyn LITTLE
         daughter: Mary Lucille LITTLE
         son: Joseph Mounsey LITTLE
         son: Harold Vernon LITTLE
         son: Robert Elmer LITTLE
         son: Donald Leon LITTLE

    son: Harold Munsey LITTLE  [first cousin once removed]
         married: Helen Case
         daughter: Doris Lee LITTLE  [second cousin]
         daughter: Susan Kay LITTLE

    daughter: Gladys Mary LITTLE   [first cousin once removed]
         married: Ernest C BAKER
         daughter: Jeanne Ellen BAKER  [second cousin]
              married: Donald F GRIDLEY
              daughter: Linda Lou GRIDLEY [second cousin once removed]
              son: Steven Paul GRIDLEY

    daughter: Velma May LITTLE - twin   [first cousin once removed]
         married: Cornelius Lorenz EDSAL
         son: Richard William LITTLE   [second cousin]
              married: Theresa Jean CONSALVI
         daughter: Marilyn Ruth LITTLE
               married: Gordon Lee WELCH
         son: Joseph Robert EDSAL
               married: Priscilla Ann PETITTI
         daughter: Carol Agatha EDSALL
               married: James Lynch HARVILL
         daughter: Dolores Marie EDSALL
               married: Leon Earl REYNOLDS
         daughter: Mary Alice EDSALL
               married: Louis G. GOLWAY
          son: John David EDSALL
                married: Nancy Jean COYKENDALL
          daughter: Sharon Lee EDSALL
                married: Robert HARRILCHAK
          daughter: Linda Ann EDSALL     [second cousin]
                NOT married

   daughter: Thelma Marie LITTLE - twin  [first cousin once removed]
            married: Lester E Homer
            son: Ronald Homer   [second cousin]
                 married: Marion STEDWELL

3- Jane Eliza "Jennie" LITTLE 1883- 1964
4- Burton Harry LITTLE 1893-1950  [My Grandfather]
Mabel Bristol

Joseph Hudson Little
Joseph Hudson Little & Mabel Bristol (wedding pictures)

As you can see this family is large.........  although there are only 5 children, this family really expanded. I have been privileged to know quite a number of the children and their children of Harold and Helen LITTLE. My dad was in the military so we were going back and forth across the country for many years. so I did meet a lot of these people over the years but like any youngster I did not pay much attention.
It was only in 1999 when my husband and I moved to Pennsylvania that I became interested in meeting any of them and getting to know them and while there we took lots of weekend trips for the 5 years we lived there.

Joseph & Mabel Little's children ........Kenneth, Harold, Velma, Gladys, and Thelma (Donald not born yet)

Our introduction to my mothers fathers relatives was an invitation to a LITTLE REUNION in Homer New York. We called and talked with my cousin Barb [Barbara June Little] and made arrangements to stay at her home and go over to the reunion with her. Now in small town America.......... she made us feel so at home, if she was not at home when we arrived the key is located here, come on in and make yourself at home. Keep in mind she and I have not met or talked for at least 30 years and Chuck had never met her. It was like we were gone for a summer and we were coming home. The reunion was held in the backyard and home of Barb's sister Mary. Wow what a spread, it was wonderful. We met Helen, Gladys and Thelma. Kenneth, Harold, and Velma had already passed. We met so many of the families of all 5 of Joseph Hudson Little's children. It was wonderful and everyone is so welcoming, so loving. And we have since lost Gladys and Thelma. Thelma & Velma were twins.
Back l-r: Kenneth, Barbara, Joseph, Mary and Harold,
25th anniversary for Kenneth and Mary Louisa,
with Robert and Donald in front 

Too sad a story....... unfortunate!!

I didn't know Velma but Thelma was quite a character, such a lady, just loving life. I really loved her and miss her. Gladys had lost her eye sight and understandably quiet and kept to herself. Helen and her Basket Shop was such a kick to know. She loved her shop but I think it was a way to bring people to her to socialize. Now cousin Barb has been like a sister. I love her so much. She is always open and welcoming even though her eye sight is going she reads and reads ...... she is up for new experiences and still loves to cook. You really wouldn't know that she has a hard time seeing, you just would not know it when you first meet her. NO she does not drive any more but that doesn't seem to bother her, family is important and they all take care of each other. As I said in the beginning, we spent a lot of weekends and extended weekends with Barb and family over those 5 years while living in Pennsylvania.  Really loved those years.

Barb and I have kept in touch. She and I are the family researchers for the LITTLE families..... and we are having such a great time lost in all the memories and stories.

Joseph Mounsey, Mary, Donald, Harold, Robert
sitting: Kenneth and Barbara

all 7 of Kenneth & Mary Little's children 

..........continuing with Mounsey & Mary LITTLE's children