2010 August Trip - Tooling around the countryside

Since I was getting to Minnesota on a Sunday when there are no courthouses, libraries, museums, etc., open; I came prepared to visit properties I knew the Van Hoesens owned because of the records on the Bureau of Land Management site.  Since finding the records there, I have obtained the homestead files from the National Archives.

I could show some photos of the countryside, but I'll probably save that for a photo album later.  Robert C. Van Hoesen (my 3X-great grandfather) had taken out a homestead claim in Pipestone County, MN. His son Byron Wells Van Hoesen (not my ancestor) had taken the adjoining property for his homestead claim. They both proved up after their five years were up by 1885 or 6 or so.  They moved to Rock County very near the Iowa border although right now my only evidence for that is that Byron Wells did get property there through GLO and my 3X great grandmother died in that township in 1889. 

Here is the house that is on the property that was homesteaded by Robert C. Van Hoesen:

PipestonehouseNo one was home or answered the door. I was going to ask if they knew anything about the history of the house. Usually it's been obvious that the house was not original, or the property (for my other ancestors) has become a subdivision or an interstate.  This was the first time I wondered if this might be the original house.  I do have measurements from the homestead file, but not so that I could lay my hands on it while on the road.  I doubted that this might be a house from the 1880s until later today I went to the Pioneer Village in Worthington.  Those behind the Pioneer Village have collected many buildings and artifacts related to pioneer life. It is truly fascinating.  Since Worthington was where the land office was located that my ancestors had to visit to put in their homestead claims, it seemed worth the trip to the neighboring Nobels County.   They had a land office building. Some buildings are truly the buildings they claim to be (a town hall, a church, etc.), but the land office building is just an old building housing land office and surveyor artifacts.


There are lots of other very interesting buildings including three different house types.  One house was that of James Green a pioneer in the area who homesteaded in the 1880s. Just at the same time as my ancestor.  I thought the house very similar in style to the house on my ancestor's property.

WorthingtonhouseThere are a few little differences.  When I went back to my ancestor's property later in the day hoping to catch the owners, I looked at the foundation more carefully.  it was mostly covered with a foam board, but in one corner of the building, you could see the rotted wood that was very close to the ground and some bricks under it.  The bricks had been added later, I'm sure.   I left a note with contact information explaining why I wanted to talk to them.

2010 August Road Trip- Scrapbook

scrapbookcoverEmma Lou called this a "scrapbook" and so shall I. 

This is the cover









The following photos of my ancestors were inside.


2010 August Road Trip - Cousins

ELSPLHOne purpose of this trip was to meet my Van Hoesen cousin Emma Lou who lives in western Iowa just a few miles off I-29.  I've told how I first got in contact with Emma Lou and how she helped me HERE. It was such a pleasure to finally meet her. She is an incredibly bright woman and would be considered such at any age. It's inspiring to see someone of her age use her brain the way she does.

Emma Lou let me comb through her genealogical files and took me over to the historical society museum where a scrapbook kept by one of her ancestors is kept.  This ancestor was a collateral line for me, but  one never knows what will be found by following the collaterals.

2010 August Road Trip - First Stop: Nebraska

Someone told me she hoped I was journaling about my trip, so I thought I ought to.  I managed to get several days off in a row from the library and decided to take advantage of the the time to go north to Minnesota.  I drove up I-29 (from Kansas City) planning to stay in a state park on the Missouri side of the Missouri-Nebraska border. Then in the morning, I would just drive the few miles across the border to Falls City, Nebraska.  That did not work out since the road was closed, the state park was closed ... so I slept in a rest stop and drove around 60 miles to make a circuitous trip to the town via another river crossing. 

Nebraska is required by law to maintain school records and I was hoping to find some of my grandfather and his brothers. The family was there to be enumerated in the 1920 census although they did not live there long.  They'd moved to Memphis, Tennessee by 1923.  People in the schools were helpful, but the nicest surprise was to find that the register of deeds was a genealogist. It had been suggested to me that some older records might have been left in the care of the register of deeds office.  She did have microfilm, but alas no microfilm reader. She is going to take the film to the library and let me know what she finds. 

I took a photo of the house which is at the address where my grandfather and his family were living. (I was so hoping for city directories, but none were in the genealogical collection for dates before the 1960s.  I'll have to investigate that further.)  I don't know that this is the house in which they lived. It could be although it likely has been remodeled.


Goldmine of genealogical data ... just not mine

The following deed is a genealogist's dream.  It's not directly helpful to a problem I'm hoping to solve, but it does help me to sort the various people of the same names.  Maybe this will be helpful to Prather, Ashby, Baxter, Fugate, etc. descendants.

Hopkins County, Kentucky, Deeds 20:565-567

agreement made 13 April 1853 Between Prather Ashby of the one part & D M White of the other part ... warrants land on Gran River  [leaving out the land description]

Upon which bond Indiann Ashby the widow of Said Prather Asby since his death executed the following endorsement [releasing her right of dower].

And whereas the said Prather Ashby hath departed this life
without having conveyed the said land to the said White
leaving a widow Indiann Ashby his mother Elizabeth Ashby his
Surviving brothers & Sisters Catharine Crabtree wife of John Crabtree
Vincent Ashby Stephen D Ashby Rose Ashby wife of Lewis Ashby
Priscilla Prather wife of Thomas Prather Marcy C Ashby wife of 
Wm J Ashby and the children of deceased sisters & brothers to wit
Perrin Ashby Wm H Ashby Lucus Ashby Baxter Ashby Orvill
Ashby & Malind Ashby the two last infants children of a
deceased Sister who was the wife of Enos J Ashby Amanda A
Crabtree wife of Washington Crabtree Cyrus Ashby Quintina
Ashby Austin Ashby Mariah L. Ashby and Fletcher Ashby
all infants children of Enos G Ashby a brother and Vincent
Fugate Stephen Fugate Martha Fowler wife of James Fowler
Hulda Fugate america Fugate Mary Fugate Sarah Fugate
C D Fugate Marcus Fugate George Fugate & Lewis Fugate the Said
America being dead but having married James Jackson & leaving
a only Surviving child Mary Jackson children of Nancy Fugate 
a Sister as his the said Prather Ashbys heirs at law

(several guardianship relationships are also discussed)