Manley John Merrill, 1945 Manley John Merrill was born on September 7, 1920 in Fredonia, New York to Jenness Nelson Merrill and Lola Mary Mau, and he had five siblings: Jenness (b. 1916), Laura (b. 1919), Leon (b. 1922), Eleanor (b. 1924) and Auleen (b. 1925). He married Nellie Martha Kniese--the daughter of Cornelius Jacobus [...]
Anyone Up for a Challenge?
Ok, this one is making me angry. I'll set the scene: I was searching for an ancestor to write about for Amy Johnson Crow's "Namesake" prompt this month, and I eventually decided that it had to be someone on the Merrill side of my family tree. I mean, there's my great-great-grandmother, Celestia Melvina, who was [...]
Content, Content, Content, &…Content
It's frustrating, sometimes: I have dozens--hundreds, even--of photos and stories and records pertaining to the men in my family tree, but as I trace further back, the stories of the women in my family become fewer and far between. I'm sure that's every genealogist's experience, though; if you took an account of the stories shared [...]
This week's 52 Ancestors prompt is "At the Cemetery," and I've been at a loss for ideas. I considered writing about the most interesting tombstone in my family tree--my great-great-grandparents have a life-sized statue of the Virgin Mary and hidden photos of themselves--but I've shared that story here before. All of my local cemeteries have [...]
Another Brick Wall Bites the Dust
John & Celestia (Merrill) Peterson with grandsons Robert Peterson (left) & Thomas Kuznicki (right) I've been searching for clues into my great-great-grandfather's past since I began researching my genealogy seven years ago. According to my grandfather, John Peterson was born in Sweden, and he married an American woman, Celestia Merrill, around the turn-of-the-century. Gramps and [...]
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