Random Acts of Photo Restoration

Random Acts of Photo Restoration

"The Original Photograph" Frances (Nelson) Merrill has always been one of my most elusive "brick wall" ancestors, but little by little, I've found clues to her larger story. Frances, my 3rd great-grandmother, was born on November 3, 1856 in Potter County, Pennsylvania to Leroy and Melvina Sarah (Baker) Nelson. Her mother, Melvina, died when she [...]

Seeking $20,000 for Injuries Received in Auto Collision

Seeking $20,000 for Injuries Received in Auto Collision

Leon Horey, the son of Edward and Fannie (Barrow) Horey, and Amy Merrill, the daughter of William and Frances (Nelson) Merrill, were married on April 3, 1907 in Fredonia, New York; friends and family arranged a surprise party for the couple's 26th wedding anniversary in 1933, complete with card games and prizes (Amy's favorite game [...]

Maude’s Diary, 1948

Maude’s Diary, 1948

Maude's diary is 5 1/2 inches tall & 4 inches wide Maude Ora Merrill, the daughter of William Oliver Merrill and Frances Annabelle Nelson, was born in 1889 in Pomfret, New York. She and her older sisters--Celestia (b. 1881) and Amy (b. 1886)--were incredibly close (Maude was my great-grandmother's, Beatrice Maude Peterson's, namesake, after all), [...]