Friday, October 31, 2008

Case of home believed to be built over a cemetery

Seventeen years ago, James and Linda Rhee bought the two-story home with the stately white columns in the Brighton Pines subdivision. They raised two children there. But 13 years later, they learned they might have been living their own version of the horror film Poltergeist all along.

In 2004, they say, a man called out of the blue with a frightening claim: Your backyard is home to a cemetery nearly 300 years old.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Frederick Ohio 1869

Hi all

I just found a great old ledger book from a blacksmiths shop in Frederick Ohio. The ledger starts in Jan 1869 and ends in 1879. It has about 4500 names in it, so I think it will be a great data base when I get it online.

The first person listed in the ledger is Eli Sinks. On Jan 11 1869 Eli purchased 3 large bolts for 50 cents.

It will take me some time to get this ledger on line but I will try and do it as fast as possible.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Man wins prize for building his own coffin

Grady Hunter age 75, will take his prize-winning entry in the N.C. State Fair to the grave. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Hunter won a blue ribbon in this year's crafts and hobbies competition by making his own coffin.

'I'm tickled to death with it," Hunter told the newspaper.

Hunter, installed three inches of foam at the thinnest point, rising to 12 inches at the head to place his body on an incline. The case has hard-rock maple and Brazilian cherry. He also routed his signature into the wood.

On the inside of the lid, Hunter plans to pin pictures of his son, daughter and grandchildren, so he can take those with him.

Hunter has even lined up pallbearers for his funeral, and he's writing his own eulogy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Civil War Document George Morris

I found this original Civil War document on Ebay. At the top it says, "Certificate To Be Given To Volunteers At The Time Of Their Discharge To Enable Them To Receive Their Pay, &c." Right below it says that George Morris of the 177th New York Regiment born in Hudson, New York aged 27 years old, 5 feet, 7 3/4 inches, with light complexion, blue eyes, light hair, by occupation a book binder having served honestly and faithfully with his Company in capacity of Private, " the date, of his death the Sixteenth day of August 1863."

It further says he was last paid by the Paymaster Maj. Vedder and has pay due him from that time to the date of his death.

This document is up for sale on Ebay. If George Morris is one of your ancestors you might want to have a look.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Lincoln County Maine, Samuel Hinds Ledger

Hi all

I have started to put the Samuel Hinds Ledger online. The old ledger book was the property of Samuel Hinds, of Lincoln County Maine. The ledger starts in 1832 and has 169 pages containing hundreds of local Lincoln County Maine names. The people named in the ledger are living in places like Bristol, Bremen, Dresden, St George. I have scanned all the pages from the ledger and am getting them online. I am at page 110 and should have the rest online soon.

Samuel Hinds Ledger

I do not have a index to the names so you will have to look at each page. If some one would like to volunteer to create an index I will gladly put it on line.