52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2019 – #8 – Family Photo

Robert Sidney (Sid) Foreman and Grace Irene Squires Foreman 1904

I am very lucky to have known my great grandfather Robert Sidney Foreman born in 1871 in Time, Pike County, Illinois. Sid came to Colorado in 1887 and lived in Vernon, about 10 miles south of Wray, with his parents and 3 sisters and 3 brothers. When Sid was 21 he applied for a homestead patent. After 5 years he sold his land and purchased a steam engine and the necessary equipment to thresh and cut sod. He hired out to thresh oats and cut sod all over eastern Colorado. He settled in Elbert, Colorado in 1900 where he met Grace Irene Squires. They were married in 1904 in Denver.

I am also fortunate to have grown up in a large family that liked to get together and of course someone always had a camera.

L to R – Aunt Ivy Squires (Mary Ivadine) holding baby Margaret Foreman, Joseph Arthur Squires (nephew) Mary Frances Foreman, Sid Foreman, Grace Squires Foreman and Jacob Bernard Foreman. Home in Colorado Springs about 1914.

Aunt Ivy never married and it seems she was available to help her sister Grace and brothers Clarence and Harvey raise their children.

Sid and Grace Irene Squires Foreman. About 1927.

Sid Foreman’s wife, Grace, died in 1933 at age 53 and he never remarried. He lived with his daughter Mary Frances Hancock in Loveland, Colorado for a number of years and then moved to Golden, Colorado and lived with his son Jacob.

Sid Foreman on the left, his daughter Mary Frances Foreman Hancock my grandmother, in the middle next to her brother Robert James Foreman. In the front is Robert Frank Hancock and Shirley Hancock . About 1945.

Sid visited our home in Pleasant View many times when we were young. He lived nearby in Golden with his son Jacob and his family. Mom would fix all of us the same thing for lunch, cream soup on toast! On Sunday’s he would come for dinner after church and when dinner was finished he would walk us up the street to Brownie’s gas station. They had a candy counter there and he would buy us each a nickel’s worth of the penny candy. Some of the candy was two or three for a penny so we would walk home with a mouthful and a handful of candy.

Sid Foreman with my brother Don, sister Linda, sister Sharon and myself. At home in Pleasant View, Colorado. About 1953.

Sid Foreman died in 1962 at age 91, I was in junior high, 8th grade then. The funeral was in Elbert, Colorado at the Presbyterian church. He is buried with his wife Grace at the Elbert Cemetery. The family plot also includes Robert James Foreman and his wife Evelyn and their daughter Loreen. Grace’s parents Edwin Squires and Mary Salina Squires and daughter Mary Ivadine Squires and son Jesse Squires are buried in the plot adjacent to Sid and Grace. According to a book written by a local Elbert historian who has indexed the cemetery there is an unmarked grave in this plot.


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2019 – #7 – Love

Looking back over the ancestors I have written about or researched I can unequivocally say there is no one who inspired me, influenced me or shaped my life as did my grandparents Mary Frances Foreman and Bernard Floyd Hancock.

Mary Frances Foreman and Bernard Floyd Hancock 50th Wedding Anniversary

From my view as a youngster, teenager and young woman, I learned patience, kindness and responsibility from my grandparents as they had taught their children. I learned what marriage and family was all about. I learned you had to work through the bad times. Never give up.

More than what I heard is what I watched. Grandma always taking care of Grandpa. Preparing his favorite food, ironing his clothes, always making sure he would be comfortable when he got home from work. She lived for her family.

Grandpa always fixed things up around the house to make Grandma’s chores easier. He was good at making stuff, building and fixing things, especially cars. He was the “go to” guy when you needed help.

When I was in high school, my junior year, I was a pom-pom girl. We had to make our pom-pom’s from sticks with the paper streamers at one end. My parents had divorced and I didn’t know how to make my pom-poms. My mother called Grandpa and off we went to his little workshop in the basement of their home. He sawed the sticks to the proper length and covered the ends of the sticks with tape to make a base so they wouldn’t fall apart and attached a handle. They were the best!

Through the years.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2019 #6 – Surprise

My DNA results are here! I was never really interested in DNA results because I knew where my ancestors came from after doing research for the last 20 years. However, Ancestry has advanced the quality of the reports and now provides quite a lot of information

I am a little surprised the percentages are as high as they are for England, Wales & Northwestern Europe and Norway. I thought I would have more groups with less than 10%.

Northwestern Europe would explain the Swiss Stalter branch who were metal tool craftsmen and miners. All of my Mayflower and colonial ancestors are from England and many were farmers.

Ireland and Scotland are self explanatory with the Adair’s, Totten’s and McDorman’s, all farmers.

The Swedish percentage has to include the change in borders between Denmark, Norway and Sweden the majority being from Norway some fishermen and some farmers.

The French percentage is for 3 ancestors, Frederick de la Horine (Foreman branch) and 2 females who married into the Stalter branch.

All of these folks came to America through Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York with the Hancock’s from Virginia and the Foreman’s from Philadelphia. The migration west started through Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, moving further west to Colorado as early as 1887 for the Foreman and Squires families and 1903 for the Brace family.

Five generations of Colorado natives!

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2019 #5 – At the library

Early on, when I first started researching my family history, I visited the main branch of the Denver library. Their claim to fame was the best library west of the Mississippi for research in western history and genealogy. I came to trust that claim when every question I came up with or challenge I faced in finding the information I wanted was answered by a book or microfilm or librarian in their Western History and Genealogy department.

Their collection of maps is incredible. When I was looking for a map of Colorado counties for 1887, they had one. That was the first time I learned Arapaho county went from approximately Sheridan Blvd in Denver east into the Kansas Territory. When state lines were mapped Arapaho county went from Jefferson county on the west to the Colorado state line on the east.

I found the book of the Brigham family history, donated by a descendant which named my 2x great grandparents John C. Brace and Mary Phoebe ‘Birdie’ Totten. ‘Birdie’ being the direct descendant. It took me a matter of minutes to find that entire ancestral family all the way back to the immigrant Thomas Brigham born in 1603 in England and traveling on the Susan and Ellen to Marlborough, Massachusetts, arriving in 1635. Now I have this book online.

There were more books that gave me the same information for the Scofield family, and the Squires family and many others all verified by the Barbour Collection which recorded all births, deaths and marriages in Connecticut.

Many of the books I was reading at this time were histories of the state, county and city where these ancestors lived. I began to understand the why and what for of their migration not only to America, but across America.

I found Levi Squires mentioned in the History of Rock County Wisconsin early settlers, 1845. I found Henry Clay Hancock as an early settler in the book History of Republic County, Kansas in the “stacks” at the library, and my husband has ordered a used copy from Amazon. Can’t wait until it arrives.

So if you wonder where I got the information I have, well, I went to the library.