My Roots Run Deep

 

Stories From My Family History

Little ONe by Pond

The Illk Family

  The house I grew up in after 2nd grade was built by Abraham Illk.  Abraham Illk was born in Württemberg, Germany in 1834 and married Catherine Voth and had 8 children. He passed away on 1916 in Vermilion, Illinois, USA.  The stories I've heard tell that Catherine...

Mice, fire, syrup and the past

The holidays are always a time to get together and tell stories about the past. Syrup My oldest drove in from VT (bringing syrup for everyone) and that spurred stories about my mother making syrup from our trees - in our yard - in Illinois.  She would collect the sap...

50th – not a funny story though I try….

Yep, it was just my 50th....  I have to say it was a lot more disappointing than I expected.  I actually love birthdays. I try to plan them out for the boys....  Once for my husbands 40th I invited people for a surprise (even my grandmother was there!) and then had a...

In the Pond

Some of the first things we really noticed about my father as he developed dementia was his lapses in judgement. With a farm this resulted in more broken equipment... A wagon accidently pushed into a pond. The oil pan cover on a bulldozer being forgotten. We even...

Col Morgan Morgan

Col Morgan Morgan is known as the first white settler in West Virginia.  I'm currently documenting my line from Col Morgan Morgan to myself.   He was born in 1688 and passed away in 1766.  he was thought to be friends with George Washington and had children go on to...

Robert Carl Richter

My father passed away September 23rd, 2017...  the guestbook is available at: Robinson's Funeral Chapel  The memorial service was at Muncie Baptist Church and included stories about my dad.  Getting a chance to hear some friends and family tell their stories about my...

Humanity and Hulu

I found a new show recently - "Mary Kills People" on Hulu.  It's about a nurse running around helping patients commit suicide when they decide they can't take it any more and don't want to suffer through the future ahead.  In the show they talk about the fact that...

Family Culture

My son is currently doing a project on family culture....  I think the class is cultural anthropology.  The real question is what is our families cultural history.  I also was struck recently seeing online a quiz a teacher gave for extra credit on race.  The real...

Gardens, Strawberries, and Poison Ivy, oh My!

We've tried to make our own garden. - My favorite is strawberry plants.  Some of our plants are wild strawberries and some are domestic. Strawberry Plants Growing up, we would go pick wild strawberries wherever we found them.  I remember a few times even ending up...

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Fields

Growing up we spent a lot of time in the fields.  My dad farmed not only his own fields which he and my mother collected over time, but fields for my other relatives.   When my parents first go married they lived in a mobile home in my aunt's yard.  We lived there...

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Kitchen Mistakes!

My mother didn't let me cook in the kitchen much, really not at all.  Our schedule was pretty set also.  Most of the time during the spring, summer, and fall was spent in the fields if not at school.  Until my brother and I were old enough to drive on our own, we were...

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Favorite Childhood Pets

Growing up, my parents had a lot of animals.  My favorite pets were between a dog that was a golden retriever/Irish setter mix that my father had named after my cousin's mom and a cat. Dog We had a LOT of dogs.  The mix that was my favorite was around for many years. ...

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Muncie Arial Maps

With the new technology that exists, it's amazing the things you can find and see.  While researching Muncie Illinois I had located an old map from the early 1900s. I've been trying to match up the streets and find where the original train station was.   To match up...

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Collins McArdle Family Bible

Collins McArdle The earliest birth in the bible is Collins McArdle.  Collins parents who are my direct ancestors seem to be missing, making me think this is Collins (or his descendants) Bible. Family Bibles Family Bibles are a great place to find out information about...

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