52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 #8 – Heirloom


Cousin Mariah Bishop Hudson on the left behind me and Grand Aunt Helen Seger Baber on the right, visiting the farmhouse in Eastonville that Lloyd Baber, Helen’s husband and our grandfather Bernard Hancock, half brothers, lived with Lulu Brace Hancock Baber and John Thomas Baber.

The Old Oak Cupboard Story

Written by Helen Margaret Seger Baber, October 13, 2011

This old oak cupboard was originally owned by Lois Emerette Goodell Totten. She was born Jan 17, 1842, died February 12, 1924 at Kennewick, Washington. Lloyd (Baber) and I have been to her grave in Kennewick. The cupboard had been given to Mary Phoebe Totten Brace then to Lulu Pearl Brace Hancock Baber. When Lloyd and I married in 1947 Lloyd’s mom, Lulu, gave it to us as a wedding present. We used it until January 1951. When we moved to 824 East Cucharras in Colorado Springs, we retired it to an old barn on the back of our lot.


It stayed there until 1958 when we moved to our new house then on Dudley in Colorado Springs. Lloyd put it in his garage and he was not very kind to it, he stored oil and his tools in it and a glass was broken out. I had always longed to have it refinished and I would have put it in my kitchen. Just never had the money to do it.

Well, when the lightning hit our weather vane and we had to have a new garage door opener and we had to sell our car because Lloyd could no longer drive, I asked my neighbor if he would like a job making our garage into a patio room. Also, would he like to re-do the oak cupboard. He finished the room but the cupboard took longer because it had eight coats of paint on it. They had even painted the hardware.

drawer detail

Drawer pull with carving.

I had him cut out the sides and put glass in so it would have more light and we also had him put glass shelves in instead of wood.

People used to walk or drive past our house and they would stop and try to get Lloyd to sell them that cupboard. Some offered a good amount of money. I’ve heard him tell them it belonged to his great grandmother and it needed to stay within our family.  Anyway when it was finished I had no place to put it, so we gave it to our daughter Judy Baber Clarke for her birthday July 19, 2010. It cost $1200 to have it finished.

Judy & grandsons 2040

Judy Baber Clarke with her two grandsons at the Peyton Cemetery.

This weeks ’52 Ancestors in 52 weeks’ subject is “Heirloom”, not only is this cabinet and the story by Helen Seger Baber a priceless heirloom, but Helen herself is a priceless heirloom. She loves sharing family history and writing stories.  Helen is proud to share  the history of the family. She has also had her history stories of Colorado Springs and the Eastonville/Elbert area published in the local newspaper. I have spent many wonderful hours with Helen, from sorting out papers and pictures in her storage unit in the back yard to putting together a jigsaw puzzle while listening to the radio and singing country songs. She has generously given me copies of pages from her photo albums and copies of documents and other items such as a bowl and platter belonging to Mary Phoebe (Birdie) Totten Brace. Great additions to my collection of ‘stuff’.

Next week 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks #9 – Where There’s A Will


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 #7 – Valentine

How many times did you get an unsigned valentine in your valentine box at elementary school? Did that just drive you nuts?

valentine box

In the “stuff” I have collected, I suppose artifact would be the correct word, but stuff is how I think of it, I found a very small valentine in a very small envelope. The envelope measures about 3 1/2 ” by 2 1/2″. The actual valentine is about 2 1/2″ by 2″. The paper that makes the envelope has aged to a light yellow as has the card stock that makes the valentine. I have no experience at guessing the age of paper.

Valentine and envelope

The envelope is addressed to Baby Hancock, City. No postage is visible.

What Baby Hancock, what city? Where can you mail something without a postage stamp?

Maybe from mother Lulu Hancock to her first child? No, doesn’t seem likely, a mother sending her first child a valentine. Well, maybe.

Is it possible that “Birdie” Brace (Mary Phoebe Totten Brace) the grandmother could have sent it to her first grandchild?

Or, was it Lois Emerette Goodell Totten who sent it to her new great grandson? She lived in Washington County, Kansas just a few miles from Narka, Kansas. But why would she call him Baby Hancock instead of his name?

Or, was it Grandpa Hancock’s other grandmother Theresa Frary Hancock who lived on a farm just outside of Narka, Kansas. Because Lulu’s marriage to her son brought separation she never knew this grandson and perhaps didn’t know his name.


Fortunately, I asked the question about who was the sender before Grandma Hancock died and she said the valentine was from Grandpa’s great grandmother Lois Emerette Goodell Totten.

This valentine was tucked inside a photo album that had pictures Grandpa Hancock cut out of magazines and pasted on the pages of the album. Most of the pictures are of Coca Cola advertising. Like Santa Claus drinking a Coca Cola. There are also other greeting cards.

Lesson to learn – ask the questions before it is too late.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – #8 Heirloom

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 #6 – Favorite Name

So many names to choose from! There are over 2000 names in my database for family history research which isn’t really very many, but I have kept the database to blood relations only, children, parents, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. For the earlier ancestors I have not included brothers and sisters. Too much information!

My favorite name is really favorite names because I have selected a husband and wife.

Neazer and Thankful Scofield

Neazer (not Ebenezer) was born 22 May 1754 son of Samuel Scofield in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Thankful was born 1 March 1757 daughter of Sylvanus Scofield, in Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Neazer and Thankful are my 5x great grandparents. Neazer’s father, Samuel Scofield and Thankful’s father Sylvanus Scofield were brothers. This relationship really screws up the family history program.

The immigrant ancestor for the Scofield’s was Daniel Scofield (my 9x great grandfather) who was born in England and came to America in 1641. He was a founding settler of Stamford, Connecticut. He paid 25 pounds sterling for his land. This Scofield line descends to Levi Scofield a Seventh Day Baptist minister in Janesville, Wisconsin whose daughter Sabrina married Levi Squires father to Edwin and Mary Squires, parents of Grace Irene Squires Foreman, mother of Grandma Hancock.

Thankful Scofield head stone

Neazer and Thankful had 13 children, most born in Stamford, Connecticut but several were born in Hadley, New York.  Thankful died 28 June 1836 at 79 years old in Hadley, Saratoga County, New York.

Neazer Scofield

Neazer died 26 September 1846 at 93 years old. He served as a private in the local militia prior to the Revolutionary War, as a volunteer for 115 days in 1775. He continued to serve in militias in 1776 and enlisted in 1777 and returned to his family 1n 1778.

Thankful Scofield, Gray's Cemetery

Neazer and Thankful are buried in the former Scofield Cemetery now named Gray’s Cemetery in Hadley, Saratoga, New York.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week #7 – Valentine

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2018 #5 – In The Census

In 1998 when I first started searching for ancestors I would visit the library to select the microfilm rolls I needed, insert them in the machine and spend hours scrolling through names in the census records. If I was lucky there would be an index of names that would direct me to the exact roll I was looking for making the search much easier. These days with Ancestry and FamilySearch most of the census records are easy to search from home on the internet.

Some of my favorite discoveries from the census include:

  • Finding middle names. Grace Irene Squires (Foreman) sister was Mary I. Squires (the mother was listed as Mary S. Squires.)  The next census had a more diligent recorder and listed her whole name Mary Ivadine Squires. Grandma Hancock would talk about her aunt Ivy saying she was an old maid because she never married.
Mary Ivedine Squires

Mary Ivadine Squires 1866-1921

  • Finding surnames. I could not find my dad in the 1940 census which was made public in 2010. I kept searching and finally last year found him in Tacoma, Washington under the name Jerry Frahm. His mother Signe Anderson Stalter had remarried. The family had been enumerated with Clarence Frahm as head of household and my dad and his brother Victor were listed as Frahm instead of Stalter. I never knew he lived in Tacoma, Washington. Seven years it took me to find that!
Jerry, Clarence, Uncle Frank & Grandpa Anderson

Left to right – Jerry Stalter, Clarence Frahm, Uncle Frank Martin, seated in car is my great grandfather Hinberg Anderson who immigrated in 1892 from Norway. My best guess is this picture was taken about 1937.

  • Finding places. Looking for my grandfather Perry Stalter in 1940. He was divorced from Signe and was listed by himself in a place called Work Camp #3, Glendale, Minnesota. Minnesota does a midterm census so I found him in 1935 in a different work camp.  During the depression men who did not have jobs and no place to live were placed in work camps and trained for jobs or placed on work crews building “public works” projects from bridges to schools and the like. This included art projects and music projects.  Perry wrote lyrics for music, he also wrote poetry. In 1942 he entered Word War II. He also served in World War I. Sometimes gravestones provide a lot of information.
Ft. Snelling Natl Cemetery

  • Finding families. Most of our family lines moved as a group from one part of the country to another. By reading the entire page of the census and going back one page or forward a page you can usually find a brother or father or son with their family listed nearby. The Foreman’s in Illinois all lived within a ten mile radius of each other. Their farms were next to each other. Edwin Squires farm was next to his father, Levi Squires farm in Wisconsin. Daughters were a little harder to track because their names changed, but looking carefully, usually can be found within a short distance of her family.
Robert Allen Foreman Family to Oklahoma copy

This is the Robert Allen Foreman family. They left Time, Illinois and settled in Cherokee, Oklahoma about 1877. At the same time Jacob Foreman, older brother of Robert, left Time, Illinois and settled in Carroll County, Missouri about 250 miles from Time, Illinois. In 1887, Jacob and Sarah Foreman brought their family to Vernon, Colorado to homestead.

Finding a story within ten years. My husbands grandmother Beckie Singer was one of four children. In 1900 I found each of her siblings, a sister Fannie in St. Louis and two brothers, William and Harris living in Friar’s Point, Mississippi. Harris was married to Lizzie and the 1900 census shows they had four children. In the 1910 census there is no listing anywhere for Lizzie and Harris yet two of their children were living with William and his wife in Friar’s Point, Mississippi. With a lot of hard work I found that Harris and Lizzie had moved to San Antonio, Texas and Harris had died of tuberculosis in 1904 in San Antonio. Lizzie had died of tuberculosis in 1908 in San Antonio. In the 1910 census two of the their children are living with William back in Mississippi, one daughter is living with Lizzie’s brother’s family in Memphis Tennessee.  The fourth child, Sarah, shows up in the 1910 Colorado census. She is 18 years old. Sarah contracted tuberculosis in Memphis and moved to Colorado in 1909 for treatment at the JCRS hospital. Sarah died in 1917 in Colorado. JCRS, for many of us who remember, was the name of a shopping center on west Colfax in Lakewood. The entire property was owned by the Jewish Community Relief Society. The synagogue remains behind the shopping center. Both Denver and San Antonio were cities that people with tuberculosis sought treatment.

Several months ago I found Lizzie’s will in a digital collection from Mississippi. The will lists five children. With a lot more digging I found the fifth child, David, born in 1901 and 9 years old in 1910 census,  living in a Jewish orphan’s home in New Orleans. At age 18 he left the orphanage and went to live with his sister in Memphis. After communicating with a member of the board of directors for the history of this orphanage I learned many people in the early 1900’s were dying from tuberculosis and the B’nai B’rith Society placed the surviving children in orphanages to continue their education and religious studies. For me, it was heartbreaking to put this information together and find that an entire family was devastated by this horrible disease.

In 2020 the government will release the 1950 census and it will be fun to look for myself and many of you!

Next week #6 – Favorite Name.