Feb 3, 2016

Jan 22, 2016

Winter Doldrums

Dental implant surgery yesterday!  I was supposed to get two implants but only got one this time around due to soft jaw bone from the broken root/infection of three months ago.  I'm a slow healer.  Of course I'm special, so I had to have a sinus lift during the procedure which makes for a sore face and jaw.  I had quite a bit of nausea from the antibiotic and saw my NAET doctor to eliminate that nasty feeling.  Wish I could have had both implants done at once, but, like my mom used to say "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."

Jan 9, 2016

Acceptable Snow

It's a good thing when snow is far away.
9 Jan 2016

Jan 1, 2016

2016 Golden Nugget Transcriptions

In 2015 I volunteered to do transcriptions for Golden Nugget Library, typing biographies from hard copies to be entered on the Golden Nugget web pages.  The library was established to furnish California databases for genealogical research.  If you go to the link on the left pane of my blog under "Favorite Genealogy Sites," to Golden Nugget Library, you can type my name in the search box to see some of the biographies I have typed.  After doing genealogy research for myself and many other families for more than ten years, I felt it was time to give back to the genealogy community.  Having lived in some of the California counties mentioned, it has been a fun and interesting project.  Hope to do many more in 2016.

Sep 29, 2015

Grandpa B. W. (Brick Wall) Parks

How can one man be so frustrating?  I have been hunting this man for years and cannot find his birth family.  He was supposedly born James Galloway Parks on 17 June 1791 in Virginia.  He may have lived in Kentucky before moving to Ohio and then to Indiana.  From what I've pieced together, and some of this is a fairly educated guess, his first wife was the mother of Elizabeth Parks (born 1812 in Kentucky) who married William H. Golden.  I believe his second wife to be Susannah Johnson, first married to a Mr. Goodman, and married to James Galloway Parks on 25 Aug 1829 in Ohio.  They had two children, John and Martha.  John died at age 10 and Martha married George Washington Harshman and died in 1902 in Indiana.  Third wife is my great grandmother, Eliza Jane Clevenger (first husband Isaac Thornburg with whom she had five children) who married James Galloway Parks in 1845 when he was 55 and she was 36.  She died after giving birth to two children, Lydia in 1845 and Isaac in 1849.  I'm not sure of her death year, but an educated guess is 1863.  These two great great grandparents are still hiding - no cemetery or death date information.

My mother maintained that she was of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh descent.  I have yet to find the Welsh and suspect it is part of the Irish background.

Sep 11, 2015

O'Tooles of Tipperary

I'm working right now on the O'Toole file again.  FindMyPast has a fairly extensive database and I'm finding some birth and marriage notices.  For Ancestry users:


Aug 5, 2015

Another Successful Devil Pup Summer Camp

Five of the seven pups who graduated:  Konrad Pilimai, Kolin Terrell, Noah Hume, Chris O'ili and Diego Gutierrez.  Chaynee Worley and Drake Baird also graduated.  Please see all of our photos online at: 2015 SoUtah Devil Pup Album

Micah Alba was an Eagle for 2nd Increment, 2015 Devil Pups:

Jul 19, 2015

A lot of rain in a short time

Here's the (usually dry) Atkinville Wash behind our home at the 14th green.
See our Video Clip

Jun 23, 2015

WHAT?!?!? Another murder in the family???

Would you believe another murder mystery in the “family”???  This one is 101 years old! It’s in Bill’s ancestry and begins at his second great grandparents, Michael and Mary Marie Schatz Allspaugh.  They were of German heritage, both having been born in Baden-Württemberg, Germany in 1808 and 1827 respectively.  Their first son was Leonard John Allspaugh, born in 1850 in Rome, Oneida County, New York.  (Leonard's younger sister, Mary Anna was Bill's direct line ancestor.)  Leonard had migrated to St. Joseph County, Indiana by 1900 and was working in a foundry in 1910.  They had a son, William Henry Allspaugh born in 1888 in New York before they had migrated to Indiana.  In their Indiana home in 1910 was a boarder by the name of Dora Macklin.

Dora (Dora Alice McGowan Macklin) was divorced from Ira Jacob Macklin whom she had married in 1898 and had a daughter, Hazel, born in 1899.  Dora and Ira divorced about 1906 and it was Dora’s contention that Ira kidnapped the daughter and took her to live with him.  In May of 1910, the boarder in the Allspaugh home was licensed to marry the son of the Allspaughs, William Henry Allspaugh.  William was 22 and Dora was 29.  Dora is reported to have four living children in the 1910 census, but none of them are living with her at the Allspaugh residence.

On or about August 19, 1914, Dora and Ira’s 15 year old daughter, Hazel, was brutally murdered in St. Joseph County, Indiana, where she had been living.  Her body was found in a vault in a deserted amusement park known as Island Park on October 24.  Hazel had supposedly been living with her father, but had been “farmed out” to work at a neighboring farm.  Her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller, also occasionally looked after her and Hazel had lived with them a short time, but Hazel was considered by them to be her father’s responsibility.  No one had reported her missing until members of her Sunday school class had inquired of police as to her whereabouts because she had been missing from class.  When the father was questioned, he said the daughter, Hazel, had not lived with him more than a few months.  It developed that the girl had met her mother at some point in a street car station and that upon her refual to go with her, her mother had said threateningly: “Never mind, I’ll get you yet.”  When this story was repeated at home, Mr. Miller decided the girl should be sent from South Bend for a time.  He then inserted an advertisement in a South Bend paper asking for a position for the girl as nursemaid or helper for a farmer’s wife.  Mr. Miller received a call from a man who gave no name but said “I am a Dunkard farmer, and I live two or three miles from Spring Brook park.  My wife wants a girl as nurse for our little daughter.  I believe the girl you refer to in your advertisement will do.”

Hazel packed a telescope satchel with her clothes and departed.  An acquaintance of the girl later reported he had seen Hazel step into a buggy in South Bend, and that the reins were held by a man who looked like anything but a Dunkard farmer.  That was the last seen of the girl.

It was not long before the attention of the police was focused on Silas N. Eversole, a “disfellowshipped” former Dunkard* preacher whose moral reputation was “very bad.”  He favored young girls and had quite a record, which led to his forced retirement from the Dunkard church.  It was rumored in a nearby town that he had talked about the killing.  The clue leading to the arrest was the finding in the house formerly occupied by the Ebersoles in South Bend the satchel belonging to the murdered girl.  It also came out that Mr. Eversole had shaved, dressed differently and had traveled to Wisconsin shortly after the murder, supposedly to look for work, although he already had a farm - and it was presumed this was to create an alibi.
*Dunkards were a Swiss/German pietistic sect much like the Mennonites, Moravians, etc.  They were called Dunkards, or Dunkers, or Tunkers--because they believed in baptism by dunking (immersion).  They wore plain clothing, coats with standing collars for the men, plain bonnets and hoods for the women. Men were urged, but not required, to wear beards; they should not wear mustaches alone. Women should not wear jewelry. 

On August 16, 1915, just a few days after Silas N. Eversole was arrested and charged with the murder, but before the police were able to obtain a confession,  Silas committed suicide by hanging in jail utilizing a piece of lead pipe that had been used in the disinfecting of the cells.  He left a disconnected note for his wife, which suggested some mental imbalance, mostly instructing her about farm work – but leaving no clue as to the murder of Hazel.  Police had constructed a network of evidence, which though circumstantial, was considered by them to be conclusive.  


While this girl is not in the blood line of Bill, it is still a story to associate with the Allspaugh name.  It is a wonder what historic newspapers will turn up!