I am looking to a pay it forward and do a good deed! Through my auction scout, I recently came into the possession of an original marriage certificate for Samuel Estill (1824-1890) & Rosa Mills (1852-1907). They were married in Menard County, Illinois in the year 1872. I have contacted several Ancestry trees owners with the subjects – and to date no response. I would love to place this treasured heirloom in the hands of a descendant. Please share this post so we can return to the rightful owner. I am not looking to sell this – only return for FREE.
I used to sit on the edge of your bed and watch you sleep. Tiny cherub face, strawberry blond curls falling loosely on your pillow. Your tiny nose kissed by the sun awash with freckles. I would wonder what life had in store for you. Where would this journey take you, and most importantly where did you want to go.
Today, a decade later, I find myself doing the same thing. The physical composition has changed, You have grown, matured and your journey has begun.I am so proud and privileged to be viewing your life unfolding before my eyes like the petals of a beautiful rose.
Most people go through life afraid, You Caitlin do not. I hope this is something that you embrace for the rest of you life. You have goals, aspirations and dreams. But most importantly you have the courage and the DNA to succeed.
Today I awoke, and realized that a piece of life’s puzzle has been placed. You, my daughter, are a writer. It was meant to be. You started writing in elementary school and mesmerized us with you tales and poetry. Truman Capote said “To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music that the words make.”
Like all great writers your words have the power to take people on a journey. Virginia Woolf took us into a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway; Jane Austen’s words so real made us feel the pain of the Dashwood sisters life and loves and Louisa May Alcott who took a coming of age story about sisters’ turned the character “Jo March” into a witty, independent, real person.
I am excited about your journey and look forward to seeing the other pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
Keep writing, keep believing, never stop dreaming. You are my Jo March. It is only fitting that I conclude with the words of Mark Twain…”Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
How does an entire family disappear? There is literally no trace of this family after the 1850 census taken in Rockville, Maryland.
Sarah Ann Robinson Worthing Clarke married Robert Delzell on February 15, 1848 in Frederick, MD. Delzell has several spelling variants and I have tried them all!
In August of 1850 the family in residing in Rockville, Maryland:
Robert Delzell (b. ca 1825) – head of house
Sarah Delzell (b. ca 1830) wife
James Delzell (b. ca 1848) son
Elizabeth Clarke (b. ca. 1794) mother-in-law
From a family bible I know that they had several other children
James W. N. Delzell (twin) b. 17 Dec 1848
Frances W. R. Delzell (twin) b. December 17 Dec 1848 – she does not appear on the census perhaps she was decesed by 1850
Mary Ellen Delzell b. 23 Nov 1849 – d. 12 Dec1849
Charles Ridgely Delzell b. 13 Feb 1851 – d. 18 Jul 1851
Amanda Milvina Fitzellen Delzell b. 16 May 1852
Robert Basil Delzell b. 12 Jan 1854
Did all of the children pass away? Looks like they suffered several deaths of infants. Since the mother Sarah got married again I assume that her husband also passed away sometime bet. 1850 and 1855.
On 18 Oct 1855, Sarah Ann Robinson Worthington Clarke Delzell would marry John F. Carder in Allegany, Maryland.
After that I cannot find them anywhere. Can anyone offer any clues?
In a previous post http://tracemyorigin.com/2012/03/tombstone-tuesday-im-ready-now/ I shared the heart breaking story of the death of little Horace Miller Clarke, 5 year old. The chilling inscription on his tombstone simply stated “I’m ready now.” Intrigued by the three simple words I continued researching and found this telltale article regarding his death:
THE FORKED DEER BLADE JACKSON,TENNESSEE SATURDAY JUNE 11,1887
LITTLE MILLER..five year old son of Mr.& Mrs.HORACE N.CLARK, died in Milan Monday and was buried Tuesday. Rev.Dr.WEAVER conducting the services, Before the little sufferer died he called his mother and father, grandfather and grandmother (Mr.& Mrs.MILLER) to his bedside, and after kissing each one good bye, said,”now I’m ready to go.” “Angels were waitiing to receive him and his pure soul took its flight.” A special train went up from Jackson carrying a large number of friends of Mr.& Mrs.CLARK, who wished to attend the funeral. Mr.W.D.ROBINSON, the undertaker,went up Monday afternoon and embalmed the body, and was as expected, its appearance was not charged up to the time of the funeral. The little child looked as lifelike as if he had only fallen asleep. Mr.ROBINSON had charge of the funeral and cars were provided on which he carried his horses, carriages and elegant white hearse, and after the funeral, they were returned to Jackson the same way.
A special thank you to http://files.usgwarchives.net/tn/madison/newspapers/forked1885.txt for posting the newspaper article.
While combing through the Frederick County Historical Society’s collection I stumbled across an entry in the Margaret Myers Collection. ”Married Horace W. Clarke & Katie Miller – October 1st 1881 – Milan, Tennessee. There aren’t that many Horace Clarke’s in the area so I knew it was my family line.
But what I didn’t know was that he had been married to a Miss Kate Miller. Horace Clarke was a famous railroader who descended from one of the most illustrious railroad men of all time his father – James C. Clarke.
Horace’s railroad career would relocate him from Frederick to the Tennessee area. He married Kate Miller, daughter of Hezekiah and Julia Miller. Her father, also know as H.P. Miller, was proprietor of the Southern Pacific Hotel.
I was so excited to see he had produced an offspring as this was the end of the Clarke line. But my excitement was short lived when I found the obituary for his one and only son. Horace Miller Clarke (1883-1887).
Little “Miller Clarke”, died at the age of five at the home of his grandfather.
The exquisitely carved stone denotes a cherubic boy with a writing instrument in his hand tracing over the words, “I’m Ready Now.’
I can only imagine the pain of losing a child at such an early age. The love for the child is evident by the stunning stone they erected in memoriam of this sweet little angel. Little Miller Clarke, as he is identified, lies in eternal peace beside his maternal grandparents, H.P. and Julia Miller. I do not know what become of his mother, Kate Miller Clarke.
His father Horace would go on to marry again in 1903 to Miss Virginia Alice Shriner from Frederick, Md. Horace passed away in 1912 and interred in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD ,in the prestigious family plot adorned by a large obelisk monument.
May you rest in peace and now that you are not forgotten..
Special thanks and credit for all of the photo’s is kindly extended to Toni Kee. Toni is a contributor and volunteer for www.findagrave.com who took the photo’s and sent them to me. It is with permission from Toni that I share the enclosed photographs. Click the link to see the listing on findagrave.com.
The Monocacy National Battlefield is a local treasure for students, historians and civil war buffs. The battlefield is located in Frederick, Md and where “The Battle that saved Washington” took place on July9, 1864. Managed by the National Park Service it is a fee-free park , open seven days a week from 8:30am – 5:00pm. During summer months the park rangers and volunteers offer walking tours and special programs. The visitor center is a state of the art facility and offers an eight – minute fiberoptic map presentation, several interactive exihibits and numerous artifacts currently on display.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting a ranger from the park who shared that there is an iPhone/iPad app for the battlefield. The Monocacy National Battlfied app is loaded with facts and interesting features ranging from the civilians who lived there to the soldiers who faught there. For a list of all the features check out their website. Kudo’s on a job well done and for making history fun.
March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.
Amanda Malvina Fitzalan Delzell
Looking at this interesting name the goal was to discover additional genealogical information on the Delzell family.
Amanda Malvina Fitzhallen Delzell was born 16 May 1852, daughter of Sarah Ann Robinson Worthington Clarke and Robert Delzell.
In researching the name I found that is was not a family naming pattern nor a clue to ancestors.
It turns out that Amanda Milvena Fitzallen was a heroine in The Children of the Abbey - an eighteenth century novel by the Irish romantic novelist Regina Maria Roche. The book remained a best seller until the end of the nineteeth century. It was filled with adventure and misfortunes and is set in Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England. Jane Austen mentioned the work in her novel, Emma. I interpret the mention as a positive recommendation of the novel.
While it does not provide surname clues it does tell me that her mother was well-read, modern and perhaps a hopeless romantic.