Society Saturday – Find A Grave – Post flowers on your Ancestor’s Tombstone – Digitally

At our genealogy club meeting last month a gentleman in the group taught us the benefits and uses of findagrave.com.  I use findagrave quite a bit to look up tombstone information but never realized all of the other great benefits to it.

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 7.16.40 PMFirst of all it is a free site, and always should be.  Jim Tipton started it in 1995 and ran it with the help of volunteers.  He wanted to keep it free and easy for people to use.  His hobby is visiting the graves of famous people.  And there is a whole section of famous graves on the site.  Recently ancestry.com bought it with the provision that is would remain free forever.

As a casual researcher you do not need to register or be a member to use findagrave.com.  You just go to their site and search.  But he showed us the benefits of becoming a member.  It is free and a quick process.  Once you have registered you will be able to add photos and comments on online the grave markers.  You can sign up to search for tombstones and take pictures for people in the cemeteries near you.  You can upload tombstones and information yourself and become the caretaker for those tombstones.

Screen Shot 2014-05-18 at 7.17.45 PMAnd you can add digital flowers and notes to the site.  I thought this was really neat as most of my ancestors are buried in other states and this way I can remember them on Memorial Day and the flowers and notes will stay online forever.  I am very excited to start contributing pictures, comments, flowers, and notes on findagrave.com.  Memorial day is next week so I better get to work.

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Surname Saturday – Plummer and Banks

IMAG0180 Eugene R Plummer was the first husband of Olivia Anne Tracy.  He was born the 14th of February, 1854 in Indiana.  I have no information on who his parents were.  By 1880 he shows up in York, Nebraska as a boarder along with Lewis Weeks (who later married Rachel Tracy.  They were farmers living in the house of Aaron Wirt (sp?).  Eugene married Anne in 1882 and by 1885 he is a carpenter in York and they have a boarder of their own; U.S. Grant, photographer.  By the 1900 census he and Anne have moved to North Platte, Nebraska and he is working as a laborer. In the 1910 census they are in the same place, he is still a laborer and they have a boarder named Fred Gess.  Interesting note here, Anne notes that she has had 4 children, 0 surviving.  In 1920, they live in the same town but now Eugene is a salesman at Derbyshire and Forbes and they have 2 boarders living with them; Mabel Reynolds and Daisy Miller.  The 1921 City directory is what clued me in to which store he worked at and they owned a home at 114 S Sycamore in North Platte.  Eugene died October 19, 1922.  He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in York, Nebraska.

 

IMAG0177Olivia Anne Tracy Plummer married William Thomas Banks sometime between 1930 and 1935.  I haven’t found information on how and when they met but a newspaper article I read said they owned a store in North Platte before moving to Long Beach, California.  But the 1930 census shows Anne living in Long Beach as a widow – so they hadn’t married yet.   He is also living in Long Beach as a widow.  William was born 14 September, 1858 in Jasper County, Iowa to Moses and Elizabeth (Blair) Banks.  In 1881 he married Stella Combs and they had six children.  All six children were born in Nebraska, most of them in North Platte.  Stella died 20 April, 1923 in Los Angeles, California.  The family is renumerated there in the 1920 census. by 1935 William and Anne are married and living in Long Beach.  In 1940 they are living in the same place and William’s son William is living with them.  Mr. Banks died July 12, 1946 in California.  In a newspaper article about William and Anne’s fishing experience it says that William had 6 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  And that was when he was 76.

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Wordless Wednesday – Olivia Anne Tracy Plummer

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Wordless Wednesday – Olivia Anne Banks

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Olivia Anne Tracy

1-AnnaAnne, as she liked to be called, was born September 15, 1861 in Ross County, Ohio.  She was the third child and third daughter of John Edward and Mary Artlysia Tracy.  She married Eugene Plummer about 1882 and they lived in North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska.  In the 1921 directory they were clerks at a store called Derryberry & Forbes. Anne and Eugene had no surviving children although her niece, Alice, said that she had a couple babies that died in infancy.  Eugene died October 19, 1922.

Eugene and Anne Plummer

Eugene and Anne Plummer

 

 

By 1930 Anne is living in Long Beach, California and is selling real estate.  She married William Thomas Banks sometime between 1930 and 1935.  He was a widow with six grown children.  Mr. Banks died July 12, 1946.  It seems she must have travelled to visit her sister, Amanda Woolman, in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  She is said to have died there January 3, 1948.

William and Anne Banks

William and Anne Banks

She is buried next to her first husband in Greenwood Cemetery in York, Nebraska.  findagrave.com has her indexed as Anna Plummer Banks and it is here where it says she died in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  I would like to find an obituary to further source this information.

 

 

 

Aunt Anna PlummerThrough my research I have found that Anne was a very interesting adventurous lady.  She travelled across country to be a realtor in Long Beach in the 30’s, what must that have been like?  There are a couple pictures of her where you can just see that she had an adventurous fun-loving nature.

 

 

 

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My grandma Mabel owned property in Los Angeles, California at one time.  The story I heard was that she won it in a radio contest.  She sold it to buy irrigation for the farm.  But I always thought it odd that she won it from Nebraska.  But now that I know she had an aunt in California it makes more sense.  And perhaps she didn’t win it but inherited it?  I look forward to doing further research about this.  Gotta wonder how much that property would be worth today.

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Tombstone Tuesday – Olivia Anne Tracy Plummer Banks

O.Anne Plummer and Eugene Plummer Tombstone - Greenwood Cemetery, York, Nebraska

O.Anne Plummer and Eugene Plummer Tombstone – Greenwood Cemetery, York, Nebraska

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Weeks – Surname Saturday

Rachel and Lewis Weeks

Rachel and Lewis Weeks

Rachel Rosanna Tracy married Lewis Perington Weeks in 1884 in York, Nebraska.  Lewis was born July 7, 1851 in New York (probably Athens, Greene County, NY) to Lewis and Clarissa Chesebrough Weeks.  They lived in Athens in the Catskills for the 1860 and 1870 census.  Lewis was the second son and his father was a farmer.  My 1880 Lewis is living as a boarder and farmer in York, Nebraska.  I don’t find any relatives living in York so I can only assume the availability of good farm land is what drew Lewis to the area.

Rachel and Lewis did not have any children of their own but they did adopt a girl, Katie (Hattie?) who lived with them as an adopted daughter in the 1900 census but not before and not after.  She was born in 1883.

Not much else is known about the Weeks family by me.  But I did find among Alice’s sources a copy of a telegram sent to the Tracy family on the day of Lewis’ death on July 4, 1902.

Telegram 1902

Telegram 1902

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