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"Farewell to Websites, I'm Blogging Only" a blog by P. Davidson-Peters.

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Blogs by P. Davidson-Peters
PDP's Roots & Branches
A blog of my on-going genealogical and historical research.

Helpful Posts: Examples and Tips on Researching:

Early St. Louis Blog by PDP
A blog to devoted to the family, friends, and associates of Joshua Pilcher - hatter, fur trader, Indian Agent & Superintendent of Indian Affairs.
Includes in-depth research of others who resided, governed, and/or represented early St. Louis.

Popular Posts:

93rd Aero Squadron - World War I
A website I created, designed & maintain as a volunteer from the research of Gene Beals (1955-2013)
Launched on December 10, 2008, this site contains information and photos about the 93rd Aero Squadron. including its history, list of officers, pilots, enlisted men. In addition to photos and obituaries, the site also other WWI memorabilia and illustrations. This site has encouraged submissions relative to the squadron including photos, enlistment papers, etc.
Baker County, Oregon
A Sub-site of A Place Called Oregon by Roxann Gess-Smith
Includes extracted records containing biographical, marriage, census and historical information relative to the early settlers in Baker County, Oregon.
Brant Military Hospital - Burlington, Ontario
A website I created, designed & maintain as a volunteer from the research of Gene Beals (1955-2013).
Launched on November 11, 2008, this site contains information about the Brant Military Hospital in operation during World War I. Formerly the Brant Hotel, a resort on the lake in Burlington, this site encourages submissions of the descendants of the patients, staff and officers at the hospital.
Cemetery Listings by P. Davidson-Peters
This website is "semi-retired." For a full list of the cemeteries which included hundreds of cemetery photographs on the sites and were generously contributed by several descendants, click on the above title link.

Cemeteries are listed alphabetically first by country, followed by state and city, and include the surname of those buried. Those highlighted below have been re-posted and are on-line. I may continue to re-post the remaining pages as time permits.

Localities: Canada; Scotland; Alabama; Arizona; Colorado; Delaware; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kentucky; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; New York; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas
Early Saint Louis
Family, Friends & Associates of Joshua Pilcher - Hatter, Fur Trader, Indian Agent & Superintendent of Indian Affairs
Posted 10 Dec 2007, this site contains the history of early St. Louis, its founders, inhabitants and information on the fur trade, early physicians, old forts, obituaries, news clippings, politicians, epidemics etc. Census extractions are included for some of the earlier families and those of relation to the Pilchers who had come from Culpeper Co., VA to Lexington. Prior to Joshua's arrival in St. Louis, he had gone to Nashville where he had a hat shop. The site also is linked to an ancestral tree at GenCircles containing many of the early families and includes its own search engine.
My Sources: A list of nearly 150
MAIN SURNAMES: Benton | Berthold | Brooks | Cabanné | Carr | Chouteau | Clark | Deere | Gratiot | Hempstead | Kennerly | Liggett | Mansur | Pilcher | Riddick | Tebbetts | Shaw
BLOGS by P. Davidson-Peters:

The Journey of the Augustin Kennerly Journal, A Common Thread Between Clark and Pilcher (25 Mar 2011)

Following His Footsteps: Joshua Pilcher, Successor of William Clark (22 Apr 2011)

Freemasonry in Early St. Louis (18 Jun 2011)

Felix St. Vrain, Killed While Agent to the Sac and Foxes - Joshua Pilcher Temporarily Assigned to his Post (15 Aug 2011)

Edward Brooks - Druggist, Insurance Agent and Executor of Joshua Pilcher's Will (14 Jan 2012)

St. Louis Pioneer Merchant Christian Wilt - His Significant Link to the Missouri Fur Company and Sacajawea (17 May 2012)

Doty's Treaty of 1841 - Its Debate in The Extra Globe and the Influence of Joshua Pilcher (27 Sep 2012)

Joshua Pilcher - A Gentleman of the Most Kind and Urbane Disposition (28 Aug 2013)

The Missouri Fur Company (17 Mar 2014)

The Liggett & Myer Tobacco Company - Successors to Hiram Shaw & Co. (11 Dec 2014)

Old Medical Terms and their Definitions, a list compiled by P. Davidson-Peters (28 Mar 2015)

The Planters' House Hotel and a Game of Thrones (01 Apr 2015)

General John Ruland (25 Apr 2016)

Sons of Temperance Movement in Missouri (28 May 2016)

Lightfoot & Brandis
Ancestors & Descendants of John Wood Brandis Lightfoot
John's father Frederick had enlisted in Company C 13th Regiment of Wisconsin and was discharged at Madison in October 1865. In 1869 he went to Sherman, Grayson Co., Texas where he was a carpenter. He is listed in the Sherman City Directory residing on the east side of Maxey between Cherry & King during 1876/77. He thereafter went to Silver City, Grant County, New Mexico arriving there in 1879 bringing his wife and four sons. There Frederick filed for land one mile north of Silver City but his wife died giving birth to their fifth son, John Wood Brandis who was raised by Jacob & Sarah Lightfoot.
MAIN LOCALITIES: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico & Arizona
MAIN SURNAMES: Birkhead | Burrows | Cabe | Giles | Hess | Lightfoot | Nelms | Peavler | Poston
Photograph Album of Hannah (Rich) Peters of Delaware Co., NY
A sub-site of the Peters Family, Early Settlers of Petersburg, Monroe Co., Michigan
This beautiful nineteen page album includes 38 cartes de visite - or CDV's - contributed in 2005 by Carolyn McPherson, the great granddaughter of Hannah (Rich). Carolyn and I have done our best to identify all persons in the album and learn more about them through research of various records which was updated June 1, 2014. If you can help us identify or add further information, we welcome your emails.
SURNAMES: Blakely | Buchan | Clark | Crofoot | Gibson | Leonard | Marvin | McLaury | Mitchell | Murvin | Oliver | Peters | Pudney | Rich | Robinson | Struthers | Tallman
BLOGS by P. Davidson-Peters:

Photograph Album of Hannah (Rich) Peters (01 Jul 2014)

Sons of Spanish American War Veterans
Nelson A. Miles Camp No. 610 - Collinsville, Madison Co., Illinois
A website I created, designed & maintain as a volunteer from the research of Gene Beals (1955-2013).
Contains a great deal of information about the Spanish-American War, the soldiers who served, their descendants who became members, and information on joining the Sons of Spanish American War Veteran society.
Stratton & Fox Photograph Album
A sub-site of the Daily and Associated Branches of Clark County, Indiana
This lovely worn treasured photo album came into the possession of Sandy (Fox) Whitney in 2012. It is believed to have originally belonged to Sarah (Stratton) Fox and may have been passed down to her son Albert and wife, Laura (Girton). It is an an assortment of the various lines of these families, and as the photos have undoubtedly been removed and replaced in no particular order over the many, many years - most are left unidentified. It's our hope, by presenting these sixteen photographs online that someone viewing this treasured album will be fortunate to recognize a photo of their ancestor and email Sandy or Patti with a positive identification. We've identified at least one ... and hope for more.
MAIN LOCALITIES: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa Kansas, Kentucky Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania
SURNAMES: Fox, Stratton, Butler & many unknown/unidentified
PHOTOGRAPHERS BY STATE: M.B. Morrell, IL; J. Pennay, IN; Josiah G. Swain, IN; J.W. Pendergast, IN; James S. Spurgin, IN; John M. Adams, IN; David H. Wright, IN; Jennie Flemings, IA; Pierson & Desmond, KS; George A. McMillan, KS; B. Boardman, KY; Carson, MI; Grand Central Gallery, NE; Derstine
Tisdale of Arkansas
Ancestors & Descendants of William Tisdale
This site contains records of Births, Marriages, Census, & Death of familes relataive to the Tisdale family who eventually settled in Arkansas.
MAIN LOCALITIES: Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas & Arkansas.
U.S.Veterans of Collinsville
Veterans of Collinsville, Madison Co., Illinois
A website I created, designed & maintain as a volunteer. This site honors veterans of nine wars who were laid to rest at local cemeteries and abroad, the information on this site was researched, & generously submitted by Gene Beals (1955-2013). The site contains headstone photos, rosters, obituaries and other various photos of 198 veterans who served in the War of 1812, Black Hawk War, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
Semi-retired websites by P. Davidson-Peters
As noted, some of the pages and links on the following websites are longer active. All index pages of each website, census extractions, and most of the vital data to each website remain online. The highlighted surnames below will direct you to one of my blogs pertaining to that surname.

If you come across a broken link on one of the sites and are interested in the content, feel free to email me. -pdp

Daily Family & Associated Branches of Clark Co., Indiana
Ancestors & Descendants of David Wise Daily & Mary A. (Shirley)
This is my husband's main maternal line and contains records of Marriages 1807-1928, Census 1840-1930, Obituaries, Biographies & Photos of the following surnames & those relative to the Daily family.
MAIN LOCALITIES: Indiana, Illinois; Missouri; Nebraska; Missouri; Ohio; Washington
MAIN SURNAMES: Applegate | Boyer | Collier | Coombs | Crawford | Daily / Dailey | Fouts | Goodall | Holman | Huckleberry | James | Lewman | Parker | Prather | Ramsey | Ricketts | Riley | Russell | Shirley | Smith | Stierheim | Tuell | Walsh | Work
BLOGS by P. Davidson-Peters:

Resurrecting the Memory of John Smith - No Longer Cloaked in Obscurity (03 Aug 2013)

Davidson & Arbuckle of Scotland
Ancestors & Descendants of William Davidson & Janet (Arbuckle) of Angus/Forfar & Lanark Shires
This is my paternal line and contains records from Scotland, Canada & the U.S.A., including Births & Christenings, Marriages, Census, Death, Obituaries, Land & other records.
I had the pleasure of working with author Gerard Giordano regarding my paternal grandparents and the Arizona dams. Chapter 7 of his book was devoted mostly to my grandparents. Read my review of his book, The Verde River: Barlett and Horseshoe Dams
MAIN LOCALITIES: Scotland - Shires of Angus & Forfar; Ireland; Arizona; Iowa; Illinois; Minnesota; North Dakota; New York; Wisconsin
MAIN SURNAMES: Arbuckle | Bovey | Croty / Crotty | Danforth | Davidson | Dyer | Fisher | Fiske | Holly | Johnson | Knight | Lightfoot | McNiven | Morse | Neagle / Nagle | Rand | Root | Sabin | Sawtel | Short | Wheat
BLOGS by P. Davidson-Peters:

The Verde River: Bartlett and Horseshoe Dams (10 Nov 2010)

Ellen (Crotty) Nagle's Nativity - Celebrating my Irish Heritage (25 Mar 2011)

A Fiche Fifteen years Later. Recalling the Coinkydink which Uncovered my Scottish Roots (18 Jun 2011)

An Arbuckle Quandry - Researching the Mistaken Identity of a Photo (03 Oct 2011)

C. Constance (Neagle) - Ninety-Nine Years and Counting (06 May 2012)

Wicked 1942, A Personal Account of Civilian Internees in Burma (23 Oct 2013)

Danforth's Farm (23 Dec 2013)

Arizona - Celebrating 100 Years of Statehood (14 Feb 2012)

William F. Neagle of Waterford, Ireland (17 Mar 2014)

Charles B. and Emeline (Main) Randall - Seven Children They Never Had (12 May 2014)

Erma Joy - Our Centenarian (17 Jul 2014)

Robert Davidson - Farmer, Miller, Butcher and Father of Fifteen (09 Jan 2016)

Moore & Pilcher of St. Louis, Missouri
Ancestors & Descendants of Thomas Anderson Moore & Clarissa VanBergen Pilcher
This is my main maternal line and contains a great deal of records, including but not limited to Births, Marriages, Census, Death, Biographies, Obituaries, City Directories, News Clippings, Family Letters and Historical Sketches relative to the people and places connected with these families and additional information about the Civil War.
In 2010 author P.J. Sullivan published the Civil War letters which had been held in the care of my 2nd great grandfather, Thomas A. Moore. You can read these in Sullivan's book, Bushwhackers and Broken Hearts which I reviewed on my blog.
MAIN LOCALITIES: Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Italy, Civil War Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, Texas & California
MAIN SURNAMES: Adams | Anthony | Arbaugh | Ballard | Candler | Chase | Clark | Cook | Crites | Firebaugh | Hendry | Henze | Hough | Kalb | Lane | Laratta | Marsh | Meredith | Moore | Moorman | Mossman | Pilcher | Rossomanno | Shaw | Skinner | Slayback | Vosburg / Vosburgh
BLOGS by P. Davidson-Peters:

Edward McCafferty Pilcher - Civil War Prisoner Detained at Myrtle Street Prison (08 Apr 2011)

Letters of Eleanor (Mossman) Ballard, A Chronology of Old Family Letters (06 May 2011)

Vicksburg, Mississippi - Awaiting the Aftermath of Another Siege, this one by Mother Nature (20 May 2011)

Letters Home: The Civil War Letters of John Barton (01 Jul 2011)

Elihu Emory Hendry - St. Louis Carpenter and husband of Jane (15 Jul 2011)

Locating James Kalb in 1870 Leavenworth - A St. Louis Carpenter and Husband of Caroline Pilcher (31 Jul 2011)

Henze, Moore, Pilcher - Sorting Out the Clark and Cora Avenue Connections 27 Aug 2011)

Beulah Abrams Moore - The Vosburgh Headstone Investigation (29 Oct 2011)

Eleanor M. Chase of Winnebago Co., IL - A Documented Detour from a Lane to a Chase (03 Jul 2012)

The Elusive Clarence Lane (13 Aug 2013)

Halloween - In Memory of T.A. Moore and M. Jeanette Lane, both born on October 31st (31 Oct 2013)

T.A. Moore Shot on the 4th of July, 1863 - Pronounced Mortal (04 Jul 2014)

Beyond the Tragic Death of William Luff Meredith (09 Nov 2014)

Margaret Pilcher - Wife of Hiram Shaw, Lexington Hatter (30 Dec 2014)

Cothranville,Texas - a town now known as Tigertown (28 Mar 2015)

Mary Jain (Mossman) Kelley - Loving Cousin Until Death (15 May 2016)

T.A. Moore - Sons of Temperance (23 May 2016)

Hattie Robinson - Her Minature Likeness and an Envelope (18 Jun 2016)

Peters - Early Settlers of Petersburg, Michigan
Ancestors & Descendants of Richard Peters & Susanna Halstead
This is the main paternal line of my husband's family and contains a great deal of records, including but not limited to Births, Marriages, Census, Death, Biographies, Obituaries, News Clippings & Photos relative to the people and places connected with these families and their branches.
MAIN LOCALITIES: New York; Ohio; Michigan; Indiana; Illinois; Missouri; California
MAIN SURNAMES: Blakely | Breningstall | Burnham | Crofoot | Elder | Halstead | Holmes | Housman | Jerome | Knowlton | LaDue | Lyon | Main / Maine | Noxon | Phipps | Peters | Rhodes | Shepherd | Smith | Trombly / Trombley
BLOGS by P. Davidson-Peters:

Joseph Harvey Phipps, Photograph Artist - the search of his parents (19 Dec 2011)

The 1872 Phipps-Rhodes Wedding Party (10 Apr 2012)

Margaret Noxon, Uknown Relation to the Knowlton Family (30 Dec 2012)

Photograph Album of Hannah (Rich) Peters (01 Jul 2014)

Rosaline's Short Life and Worn Headstone (01 Dec 2014)

Southern Italy (Calabria)
A Sub-site of Moore & Pilcher of St. Louis, Missouri
Laratta Family of Papanice
Descendants of Marziale Laratta & Teresa Prato
This site contains passenger records, photos & biographical information regarding Armando who emigrated to St. Louis, Missouri. In 2007 our Italian family who remained in Italy contacted us and we are now in touch and learning more about our Italian heritage. Many thanks to Adele & Salvatore for contacting me!
BLOGS by P. Davidson-Peters:

Onomastico or Name Day (17 Mar 2011)

Theresa (Laratta) Baugh - No Greater Love for Family (12 July 2015)

Rossomanno of Davoli & Cavalonia
Ancestors & Descendants of Pietro Rossomanno & Mariangela Criserá
This site contains passenger records, photos, & biographical information regarding Pietro Rossomanno who emigrated to St. Louis, Missouri in 1907.
BLOGS by P. Davidson-Peters:

Remembering Eduardo Rossomanno (01 Apr 2011)

Updated 18 Jun 2016
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