Friday, October 19, 2018

1902 ~ Richard Denton Ijames Death ~

In 1902, on Oct 19th, my paternal two times great-grandfather, Richard Denton Ijames, died of asthma in his home in Owensboro, Kentucky, and leaving his wife, Marjorie Ellen (Lovell) a widow with eight children.

  Richard Ijames Dead.
   Richard D. Ijames died of asthma at his home on Walnut street at 5:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. He was one of the oldest citizens of Owensboro and resided here continuously for more than fifty years. Mr. Ijames was born near Gallatin, Sumner county, Tenn., September 15, 1829, and grew to manhood there. In 1851 he removed with his father to Owensboro, and shortly thereafter he was married to Miss Ellen Lovell.
   The deceased is survived by his wife and eight children, all of whom are grown. The funeral will be conducted from the home tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock and the remains will be interred in Elmwood.

Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, Kentucky, United States of America) · 20 Oct 1902, Mon · Page 1

Friday, August 31, 2018

1789 ~ 1879 ~ Remembering Cousin Capt. John Ijams ~

Remembering my third cousin five times removed, John Ijams, a Captain in the War of 1812 and one of Baltimore's "Old Defenders," . . . son of Plummer Ijams II (1748-1795) and Jemima Welsh (1760-1789).  Capt. John Ijams was born in Ijamsville, Frederick, Maryland on the 3rd of April in 1789 and passed away on the 31st of August in 1879 in Baltimore City, Baltimore, Maryland, one hundred and thirty-nine years ago today.

John Ijams
03 Apr 1789 ~ 31 Aug 1879
Source: Roberta Iiames and our
book, "The Ijames-Ijams Family History 

Plummer Ijams II, father of Capt. John Ijams and second cousin, six times removed to yours truly, a native of Maryland, moved to Frederick County and purchased a tract of land, "Paradise Grant" from the government which became, "Ijamsville." You can read a bit more →here← about my ancestors little town in Maryland.

Monday, June 18, 2018

1900~ 1941 ~ Birthday of Cousin Edgar G. Sirles ~

Remembering my first cousin, twice removed, Edgar G. Sirles (1900~1941) . . . son of James T. Sirles (1874~1930) and second great aunt to yours truly, Rosetta 'Rokie' nee Jarboe. Great-grandfather to my third cousin, once removed, Kerry (we connected via DNA) . . . on what would be his 118th birthday today. 

Happy Birthday Cousin Edgar ~ 

Photo courtesy of owner, cousin Kerry J. McGehee nee Berghuis
with permission to use ~ 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Postcards From Germany ~ Augsburg, Germany ~

Postcards From Germany Series ~ You can read the original story behind these postcards here ~


Augsburg, Rathaus und Perlach bei Nacht
Aus Bildband:
Augsburg die Stadt des Pyrs u. Reichsadler 
Verlag W. Muller, Augsburg, von-Paris-Str. 11 Tel. 2 67 96
Foto: Hans W. Silvester 
WM 15 536

Translation ~
Augsburg, Town Hall and Perlach at night
From illustrated book:
Augsburg the city of Pyrs u. imperial eagle
Verlag W. Muller, Augsburg, from-Paris-Str. 11 Tel. 2 67 96
Photo: Hans W. Silvester
WM 15 536 
Date of postcard: Unknown


Maximillianstrasse mit Rathaus und Perlach
Hans Andres Verlag, Munchen - Foto: Hans Hartz

Translation ~

Maximilianstra├če with town hall and Perlach
Hans Andres Verlag, Munich - Photo: Hans Hartz


Rathaus und Perlachturn

Translation ~
Town Hall and Perlachturn

Photo from my cousin, Marion ~ Town Hall Christmas Market
The Rathaus and Perlachturn in 2016


Friday, May 11, 2018

Postcards From Germany ~

In 2010, when my mom, Elfriede Haf (1933-2010) passed away, I inherited her collection of photos, letters, postcards and greeting cards that she had received and saved from family and friends . . . postcards she purchased on trips that she collected and kept over the years . . . for a while, it was hard for me to go thru these items, I just wasn't ready . . . but now, I feel I am.  Mom was born in Augsburg, Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1956, leaving her entire family and embarking on a new journey in her life . . . she would fly back "home" about once a year.  Mom loved to travel, so I have many postcards she kept from her travels and received from family in Augsburg, Germany.

One of the most rewarding gifts I have received from these letters and postcards is where they were sent to, the many addresses we lived at, postmarks with the dates . . . truly a genealogical treasure chest . . . I then created a timeline of our homes and all those places we have lived . . . love timelines and mapping where we have been.

For the last few months, I have been scanning, organizing and focusing mainly on the letters and postcards . . . it's as if I am traveling to those far away places today. I thought it was time to share those postcards here on my blog ~ beautifully captured scenes of our beloved Augsburg and from her travels throughout Germany and other countries. I would have to say that most of her collection of postcards are from Augsburg, Germany but there is much to share from other beautiful places ~

Welcome to my blog series, Postcards From Germany ~


Augsburg -
Wahrzeichen der Stadt:
Das Rathaus mit Perlachturm
von Elias Holl 
Foto: Verkehrsverein Augsburg e.V.  
-Nr. 113

Translation ~

Augsburg -
True to the city:
The town hall with Perlachturm
by Elias Holl


2000 Jahre Augsburg
Dom St. Maria
Gotischer Bau auf romanischem Kern
Erste Weihe 807 unter Bischof Simpert
Domlange 113 m, Breite 40 m, Ostchor 28 m hoch
Bronzeportal mit 35 Reliefs, 11. Jh. 
altester Glasfensterzyklus der Welt, 11. Jh.
Foto: Traudel Buhler, Augsburg - Nr. 130 

Translation ~

2000 years Augsburg
Cathedral of St. Mary
Gothic building on Romanesque core
First consecration 807 under Bishop Simpert
Cathedral length 113 m, width 40 m, east choir 28 m high
Bronze portal with 35 reliefs, 11th cent.
Oldest Glass Window Cycle in the World, 11th Century.


Romantsches Augsburg
Die beiden Wasserturme wurden vom 15. bis 17. Jahr-hundert erbaut. Im Hintergrund das Roste Tor, 1622 von Elias Holl als Wachturm errichtet, sowie der gotische 
Hochgiebel des Spitals.
Foto: Dr. Stefan Vogel - Nr. 147

Translation ~

Romantic Augsburg
The two water towers were built from the 15th to the 17th century. In the background the grate gate, built in 1622 by Elias Holl as a watchtower, as well as the gothic
high gable of the hospital.


Der Goldene Saal
Im Augsburger Rathaus (zerstort im Febr. 1944) ist einer
der grossten historischen Rathaussale in Mitteleuropa. Der
Augsburger Matthias Kager war der Schopfer der reichen 
ausstattung (Lange 32, 5 m, Breite 17, 5 m, Hohe 14 m).
Aufnahme: Stadt Augsburg - Fotolabor - Nr. 160

Translation ~

The Golden Hall
In the Augsburg city hall (destroyed in the febr. 1944) is one
the largest historical town halls in Central Europe. Of the
Augsburg Matthias Kager was the creator of the rich
equipment (length 32, 5 m, width 17, 5 m, height 14 m).


Augsburg. Stadt. Kunstsammlungen
Festsaal im Schaezler-Palais. 1767.

Aufnahme: A. F. Kersting, London
Deutscher Kunstverlag, Munchen Berlin
F 142

Translation ~

Augsburg City. Art Collections
Ballroom in Schaezler-Palais. 1767.

Photo: A. F. Kersting, London
German art publisher, Munchen (Munich), Berlin




The bag that I found this set of postcards in . . . Mom must have purchased
them on one of her trips home.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Losing Memories to Alzheimer's ~

1930 Apr 25 ~ 2016 Dec 02

“I’ve been thinking a lot about memory, how much it defines
us. How much of our character is built from it . . . our personalities, our
loyalties, our souls, their response to what came before. We’re the sum total
of the connections we’ve made, and the people we’ve lost. Memories are the
building blocks of our identity, without them, who we are would be lost to us.”

Source: General Hospital  (Yes, I watch General Hospital, I have since I was in High School!)
Season 55, Episode 250 < link to watch online
Aired: March 30, 2018 ABC network
Epigraph ~ narrated at beginning of episode . . . dedicated to Alzheimer’s and one losing their memory to this awful disease) . . . also posted on my quotes and poem blog, Ginisology, My Book of Counted Quotes
Narrated by ~ General Hospital character, Sonny Corinthos
(actor: Maurice Benard)

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Throw Back Thursday ~ Adalbert Haf ~

1936 ca ~ Photo of my maternal grandfather, Adalbert Haf (front and center of photo) out mountain climbing with his friends. He loved mountain climbing in the Alps and loved the flower, "Edelweiss" aka, Leontopodium nivale. On a few of his mountain climbing trips to the Alps, Opa Adalbert picked several and mailed them to my mom, she preserved them and now I have them . . . I'm so lucky to be the keeper of these sweet treasures. 

Opa passed away in 1968 and mom put one of the Edelweiss flowers (on the right) next to his photo in her magnetic memorial album . . . I have scanned the entire memorial album and now in the process of re-doing it into an archival safe photo album. 

Adalbert Haf ~ maternal grandfather to yours truly ~
b. 27 Feb 1907 ~ Kempten, Allgaeu, Bavaria Germany
d. 9 Feb 1968 ~ Augsburg, Bavaria Germany