Saturday, January 31, 2015

Saturday Review

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This month the Society received a request to assist in looking for information about a grandmother.  The official records (1900 and 1920 census) showed the grandmother to be a daughter of a family from LaSalle Co Illinois who then moved to Oklahoma.   However among the grandmother’s things was a letter dated June 11, 1899 and written to the woman she had always considered to be her mother. This letter was from a lady in Bridgeport Il and read in part:  “I would love to see that little girl that you have taken to raise. We have a little boy baby a little over 2 months old. His name is Clarence Augustus. He is awful sweet but it makes me feel bad that I can’t have little Pearl with me. …” Cora (last name difficult to read)

Several of our best researchers attempted to read the last name to no avail until John K took one look at it and said it was “Lawson.”  From there he was able to locate a Cora Furguson (Ferguson) who married a Charles Lawson April 2, 1898.  From the 1900 Census of Bridgeport Twp, Lawrence Co, Illinois Cora Lawson had been married to Charles Lawson for 2 years - she said she had 1 child by him, but that child is no longer living.  Next John found a death record for Clarence August Lawson who died at age 4 mo on Aug 12, 1899.  So  the mystery of who Cora,  the letter writer, was, has been solved and hopefully this will prove to be a significant break-through for Pearl’s genealogists.  Good Job, John.  

Kevin Borden presented an excellent program Jan 26 about the Borden genealogy, complete with stories of the local Bordens and then  stories of the famous and infamous Bordens that may or may not be related.  John Borden, Esq also shared a few family stories.  

Our winter hours for the present at the museum are Monday 1-3, Friday 2-4.  We may be there more working but send us an email and we can certainly be there by appointment. 

The membership chairman wants to thank all of you who have sent in your membership dues, and the Board particularly thanks those of you who have sent in donations.  WE NEED financial assistance to pay those pesky utility bills each month so if you haven't paid your dues, OR if you could spare a little extra, we surely will appreciate it!.   After all, you think Lawrence County is important..and interesting...as evidenced by the number of you who chose to read this blog...for FREE, so help us out!!!

If anyone out there has an extra office chair, printer, Card table or plug- in phone (remember those) see a Society member about donating these items.

ALSO if you still have NOT given Nancy King a photo of your Civil War Ancestor, do so RIGHT AWAY.  For their sacrifice, you owe them the respect of placing their photo in the upcoming book.