Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Lydia Elzina Knox (Brown)

Lydia Elzina Brown
      Dies At Keithsburg

   Special To The Hawk-Eye.
  Keithsburg, Ill., March 22 - Mrs.
Lydia Elzina Brown died at her home
in Keithsburg Saturday March 19, af-
ter an illness of about four weeks.
  Lydia Elzina Knox was the daughter
of Asa and Elmira Knox, pioneer set
tlers in Mercer county.
  She was born Oct. 24, 1851 and her
entire life was lived in the county ex
cept one year spent in Iowa.
  In January 1869 she was married to 
David A. Brown. To this union were 
born 16 children, eight boys and eight
girls. Her husband and five children 
preceded her in death.
  Those who live to mourn her pass-
ing are Rose Kilsey of Washington, Ia.,
William Brown of New Boston, Ill.,
Mina Knox of Gilchrist, Ill., Glen
Brown of Elizas,  Clint, Dan, Clem,
Clive, Louis, Earl and a sister Mrs.
Fern Robbins, all of Keithsburg and
one brother Van Knox of Keithsburg.
  There are 68 grand children, 40  great
grandchildren. Funeral services will
be heald Tuesday, March 22 at 1 p. m.
at the Christian church. Rev. Leslie
J. Ross preaching and burial will be
in Brink cemetery near Joy, Ill.

 The Burlington Hawk-Eye
(Burlington, Iowa)
23 March 1932 • Page 9

Lydia Elzina Brown would be my 1st cousin 5x removed
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday's Faces from the Past - Fred

This an appropriate photo for Remembrance Day week. Like the other photos I posted from my Finnish side, I'm not sure who Fred is. But this photo is mostly in English, with just a little Finnish along one side.

 More photos:
Friday's Faces from the Past - Derik Lackello
Wordless Wednesday - Rock Lake 
Friday's Faces from the Past - California 1949

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Belknap Brothers - Not Forgotten

Me - My Mom -Ruby Alberta Belknap - Donald Francis Belknap - his brother, Martin Henry Belknap - his sons, Gordon Bernard Belknap and Robert Martin Belknap 

As we get closer to Remembrance Day I've been thinking of those many brave men and women who served their countries. Many of those heroes are in our families trees. I thought it was time to find them and make a point of acknowledging them. Two of those young men are brothers who never had the chance to grow old. Gordon Bernard Belknap and his younger brother, Robert Martin Belknap are two of the fallen sailors who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. They are the sons of Martin Henry Belknap and Matilda Anne Krekofsky. Both were born in Sterns County, Minnesota, United States. Gordon Bernard Belknap on September 1st, 1919 and Robert Martin Belknap on  May 7 1925.  Gordon enlisted at the young age of 17 on May 4th, 1937. He went missing when his ship the U.S.S. Pecos was sunk by a Japanese aircraft on March 1st, 1942. Gordon was just 22 years old. His younger brother, Robert turned 17  just after Gordon went missing. Robert followed Gordon by enlisted at 17 on March 31st, 1942. At 20 years old, Robert is listed as missing when his ship the U.S.S. Luce is sunk by Japanese aircraft.

 The brothers are listed on page 2 of Minnesota in the "World War II Navy, Marie Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945" right next to each other.

 Timeline of Gordon and Robert from the Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949 on Ancestry

  • 1937-May-04 Gordon enlisted in the navy at Minneapolis
  • 1939-May_15 Gordon received from USS Chicago FFT Asia
  • 1939-May-29 Gordon  on Muster Roll USS Henderson sailing from San Francisco to Honolulu
  • 1939-Jul-09  Gordon transferred from USS Augusta to USS Henderson
  • 1939-Jul-10  Gordon on Muster Roll USS Henderson sailing from Tsingtao, China to     Shanghai, China
  • 1940-Dec-24  Gordon received on board USS Pecos                 
  • 1940-Dec-31 Gordon on Muster Roll USS Pecos
  • 1941-Mar-31 Gordon on Muster Roll USS Pecos
  • 1941-Jun-30 Gordon on Muster Roll USS Pecos
  • 1941-Aug-05 Gordon appointed Water Tender 2nd Class
  • 1941-Aug-08 Gordon on Muster Roll USS Pecos
  • 1941-Sep-30 Gordon on Muster Roll USS Pecos
  • 1942-Mar-01 Gordon is listed as missing in action when the USS Pecos was sunk by Japanese aircraft south of Christmas Island
  • 1942-Mar-31 Robert enlisted in the navy at Minneapolis
  • 1943-Jun-21 Robert received on board USS Luce from R/S Lido Beach, L.I., N.Y.
  • 1943-Jun-21  Robert on Muster Roll USS Luce
  • 1943-Dec-31 Robert on Muster Roll USS Luce
  • 1943-Dec-31 Robert transferred to USNH Dutch Harbor, Alaska
  • 1944-Feb-07 Robert received from NOB Dutch Harbor
  • 1944-Feb-29 Robert on Muster Roll USS Luce
  • 1944-Mar-31 Robert on Muster Roll USS Luce
  • 1944-Jun-30  Robert on Muster Roll USS Luce
  • 1944-Sep-30  Robert on Muster Roll USS Luce
  • 1944-Dec-31  Robert on Muster Roll USS Luce
  • 1945-Mar-31 Robert on Muster Roll USS Luce
  • 1945-May-04 Robert in listed as missing on Muster Roll with the sinking of the USS Luce

Gordon B Belknap is memorialized at Tablets of the Missing, Manila, Philippines 

More about USS Pecos AO-6:

More about USS Luce DD-522:
Kamikaze Images 
WWII Database

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Miss Frances Hanson, R.T. Belknap Wed

Me - My Mom - Ruby Alberta Belknap - Donald Francis Belknap - his brother, Martin Henry Belknap - his son, Russell Thomas Belknap

The Bismarck Tribune, "Society News," notice, The Bismarck Tribune, 6 April 1932, p. 5, column 1, Russell Thomas Belknap and Frances Helen Hanson marriage; Newspapers ( : accessed 13 January 2014).

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Robert's Roots - Issac L. Loomer

Robert - His Dad - Laura Grace Loomer - Joseph Scott Loomer - his brother - Isaac Lockman Loomer

This seems very fitting around Halloween, as Issac Loomer is buried in the famous Sleepy Hollow cemetery.
The funeral of Isaac L. Loomer,                   who died suddenly, in Gardner
Monday, was held from the home
of his daughter, Miss Edna Loomer,
this town, Wednesday afternoon.
Rev. William Bolcourt, pastor of the
United church, officiated. Burial
was in Sleepy Hollow cemetery,
Concord. The bearers were Wilbur
and George Loomer of Worcester,
Noble and Walter Loomer of Con-
cord, Mr. Davis of Gardner and
Oscar Kunst of this town.
Fitchburg Sentinel
(Fitchburg, Massachusetts)
24 January 1936 • Page 6

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween

It's interesting to think about how our ancestors may have thought of Halloween in the past. There are numerous histories of Halloween that can be found on the internet. This is an excerpt from the book  "The Book of Hallowe'en" by Ruth Edna Kelley. It's a book all about Halloween history, and beliefs and customs in different countries.