Well, I am back from my travels. My second trip to Canada is completed and that happened in September 2014. Remind me not to travel in the Fall because you have to drive through thick fog, rain, cold and wind storms, brrrr…. Fortunately, I did not have to deal with snow. It was a great trip and I posted about it in The Man Who Lived Airplanes and the Boardman and Brown blog – see side panel for links. I did 1964 miles just 49 short of my first trip. It was EPIC!
My week at Salt Lake City went by too quickly. I enjoyed my class on Scottish research and learned a lot. The British Institute sponsored by the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History always puts on quality genealogical education. http://www.isbgfh.org/ My teacher was Paul Milner and he was very knowledgeable and patient with us Americans. You might want to check out his blog he discusses the sources and that could be very helpful. http://www.milnergenealogy.com/
While in Salt Lake City I was at the Family History Library doing research I did try to seek out John Barclay and his first wife Margaret but was not successful in finding him listed in the indexes that they had, so it will probably require some more digging, fortunately, I have a road map with my class lessons.
Let’s see, I left off with Amarilla and J.G. Dawes in the 1905 Census in Pine River. I will continue to follow Amarilla through the rest of her life touching on the people who were part of her experience which includes her half-siblings from the 2nd marriage of her father Daniel D. Spracklin: Lydia, Virda, Reed, Daniel, Peter, and Charles Edward. They are all characters just like Amarilla. Yes, I will discuss her marriage to J.G. Dawes and later to George Urton.
Her “of the blood” siblings have been written about: Henry, Oliver, Mary and from the second marriage Alfred. I will share some about Henry’s descendants especially Harry his first born.
There will be posts about the end of Daniel and Sarah’s lives and why it is so difficult to find them in the records in Iowa, it is because they left. I had to go there to Iowa to find them.
There will be more about Amarilla’s grandchildren and daughter Grace.
How all these events and happenings affected Amarilla is difficult to say. I really have very little personal information about her or memorabilia from her like a diary or letters. Sigh!
On George’s side, I have some more interesting tidbits and will write about my research on his siblings and half-siblings. According to his brother Alexander’s probate file there were 11 children that were involved in the process, one of which was represented by his children. Yes, it is a mystery. So brother Alexander Barclay end of life will be a big topic.
There are two other blogs you should be consulting and that is the Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. in Ohio where I share about Amarilla’s grandparents on both sides of her lineage. Elizabeth Keller Spracklin’s parents, John and Mary Keller, are discussed and this line leads to DAR and Mayflower. On Daniel’s side I write about John and Lydia Spracklin and their lives in Ohio and will go back further into that lineage. Lydia Goss Spracklin line also leads to DAR and Mayflower.
If you are interested in Amarilla’s daughter Grace’s life you could read about it in this blog and also in The Man Who Lived Airplanes. That blog is about her son Keith’s life and the family. Grace married Ronald S. McDonald in 1898 and had 8 children one of which was Keith, my father. I will touch upon his siblings briefly in this blog, but for more details go to the Man Who Lived Airplanes. My dad loved airplanes and worked around them all his life.