Surnames for images and stories by surname currently being researched in our family tree.
Rootsday Newsletter for current progress reports, fun stuff, reunion updates.(Files can be too big to email for some of you.)
Living Family links to the website of my son for additional interest on who's who on our side of the family.
Relationship Charts shows descendancy/ascendancy with a different perspective. (At the 2006 reunion, some of you expressed an interest in the descendancy charts from King Charlemagne or Adam & Eve. Here they are.)
Currently research is ongoing for brickwall - Joseph Depew b. 1800 PA (1850 Census, Lee Co. IA, USA). He married Wealthy Elmer 1843 (widow and mother of 4). We are also laterally searching grandchildren & great grandchildren for additional clues. They have married into surnamed families: Wyler, Elmer, and others (see list below).
2006 Reunion Site,
Payson Lk. UT
Father-in-law to our Joseph
Mother to our Wealthy Elmer
Here are some of my favorite websites including ones that have helped surface information. Of course Ancestry.com was the biggest:
J Many thanks to my distant Elmer, and Depew cousins who have contributed to our research! Photos to this site are for mere interest only for the benefit of family & our researching network.
. If you don't wish to have your photo on the website, please send me an email to have it removed. For inquiries email to: Wendy Fitzpatrick. Please put surname DEPEW or ELMER in the Subject line of the email. Thank you.
Here's a descendancy chart of Joseph's son William m. to Mary Alice Whitehead. You'll see we need more names on the Depew/Simmons, Depew/Wyler, and Depew/Reece lines. Chasing descendancy lines laterally and downwards also help surface clues going up.
Descendants of King Charlemagne down to 1857 - our family tree!
Descendants from Adam and Eve down to our family tree!
(Takes time to load - 16 pages. Good for general interest only, or to encourage families to talk about their own history :D)
Lillie Depew b.1902 and Christopher W. Fisher b.1912 ancestry to John Fisher b.1675
Lily Ann Depew m. Gottfred Wyler
(Daughter of Mary Alice Whitehead & William Depew)
Wish to correspond with any descendants for more information. Note 2 spreadsheets.
Roots Day Newsletter
Q1 of this year meant gearing up for any last search attempts on our elusive family ancestor. Our
With no time to spare we had to pass on the D.U.P. (Daughter’s of
Arriving two days early
With no time to spare we had to pass on the D.U.P. (Daughter's of Utah Pioneeer Museum) for stories, as we wanted to enjoy the other planned events. Payson was an hour journey each way from SLC to campsite @ Payson Lake. Can't imagine how much time it would take by horse & wagon!
| Our ancestors crossed this terrain by wagon! Can you believe it? |
ELMER David b. 3 June 1887
Everything was still packed in suitcases & dufflebags so the Archive visit was a quick pass for familiarity if anything. The above names seemed familiar to me without documents in hand. Now at home, I see some dates out of whack in my PAF.
Evening was alive with those interested camping. Some brought home on wheels, others preferred present day amenities.
Kim & Scott Ridley
Even the newlyweds joined us for the reunion, and their luck at trying camp for the first time together. Talk about bonding trials from the first get go! Way to go Kimberly and Scott.
Thursday we located the Peteetneet
Heading off for shopping - camera disks, food, batteries, etc. we enlisted the help of Karen Moore for the afternoon family searching.
At the archives:
DEPEW Charles b. ~ 1860 rest not known.
ELMER Lola Ann (Hall) b. 1856
ELMER Lucius B. b. 1833
DEPEW Alice (Manwill) b. 1850
ELMER Charles J. b. 1858
Affidavit concerning service in Indian Wars - for William Depew (wife Alice).
Marks & Brands for William Depew. Unfortunately no obit on William.
|She's one of our Elmer cousins that helped us out at the Archives building. We appreciate her knowledge & expertise around the equipment. At the State Archives we located some death certificates & misc. items for Utah.|
Heading back to Payson, we were disappointed not to find a local KFC. They really ought to think more seriously about their visitors from out of town! Mexican restaurants, pizza & fine dining just isn’t enough :D Back to camp before dark. Trees hide the light pretty early.
Friday we headed to SLC again this time with the FHC in mind, Genealogy.com office in
Objective: Find the original transcript of the IA Colonial/Territorial Census of Pottawattamie for 1851. Here it is!
It did not have headings on the pages. Ancestory.com indicates there's a transcribed page of this Colonial/State census of Pottawattamie listing our Joseph. I wanted to see an image of it for myself so I know for a fact it not to be an error. This places our Joseph in Pottawattamie roughly at the time of death of his wife Wealthy Elmer. Many places on the internet indicate Joseph in Lee County or Ambrosia, but this would prove otherwise, as the distance is too far to be be in both places at the same time.
The 1852 census only indicates Ira Elmer, William & Hiram Elmer families, along with most of the others in the Curtis wagon train.
That evening Payson put on a fantastic Salmon fish fry. I’m sure several thousand were present. The clan from
|We closed the evening with rounds of Bingo and general fun. Sat. an inflatable toy was enjoyed by all the children. I took plenty of pictures but alas, they take up too much space for my email service provider to send to you all. Danny caught me checking out the toy on video. Guess where I disappeared the moment I sat down?! Skirt head over heals and backwards into mounds of pillowy bulges & a mess of child size legs! It was definitely a hit.|
Warren leading discussion on the current land issue.
Bingo & more bingo!
A family history presentation was given by my Dad, myself and Donna Tidball for all those interested. Some of this was done by way of modern technology. We had 3 laptops liined up on a table and spread out a bit so those sitting on the stage behind us could have full view. We were unable to secure use of a projector & screen on short notice, but the laptops worked just fine. With Craig's help some CD copies were made and each of us manning the laptops would tell each other when to switch to the next slide. It was fun to share. Tables were spread with photos & charts. Donna shared an awesome poem & memories from her side of the Depew/Powell tree. Whereas my Dad focused on the Depew/Elmer side. During this weekend she managed to get a photo of the home of Christiana Powell. See her under Surnames below.
After the presentation The head cousins held a special meeting regarding some land issues held in trust.
It was a pleasure to close our last visit with cousins we wouldn't see again in awhile. Although the reunion was to continue another day, we had to leave early for SLC as I had another commitment Sunday evening back in Canada.
Till the next reunion folks! I'll try to keep our new findings updated on the web. It's easier to share images there too. If you don't want to be included, please let me know. Thanks. Have a great year!
(9 Generations - paternal side direct line only)
ANDERSON ANTLE ARCHIBALD BEZANSON BOARDMAN CHRISTENSEN COWLEY DEPEW EARNSHAW ELMER EVAN FISHER GEDDES HARRIS HENRY LANGELL LEWIS LOWE MCLELLAN NIELSON NURSE PEAKE PEDERSON PENNEY PETERSON POWELL PUTNAM PRESCOTT SORENSEN SPENCER WHITEHEAD
(Note: This list is work in progress, on direct line only to keep simplicity of website. Lateral research of current projects on Excel spreadsheets under Relationship Charts listed above. Further questions - send me an email. This is my 3rd year into this project so I'm still pretty green around the edges.)
Christina Peterson (Powell)
IN MEMORIAM THIS WEEK: Mary Elmer LaRose Great Great granddaughter of our Wealthy Elmer.