The December 17, 2010 meeting of the Genealogy Interest Group – Ancestor Tracker was called to order by our chair Trevetta Wunderlin. She introduced our new Program Chairman Deborah Adles.     We welcomed guest Cassandra Vesh, granddaughter of Mickey Fee. Trev amade announcements about the January meeting of the Florida Genealogical Society and upcoming programs featuring speaker Meg Smolenyak Smolenyak at the Pinellas and Imperial Polk genealogical societies.

This was our annual “Members Show and Tell” meeting.” Deborah Adles began by reading a plaintive letter from a Civil War soldier to his brother saying that he definitely discouraged “soldiering.” Sadly, the soldier Jonathan Huttenlock did not survive the war and died in Libby Prison. Secondly, Lou Curry told us about a quilt that was made by ladies in a small town in Kentucky as a gift when her ancestor left the town and moved to Florida. Lou brought the quilt and a photograph of the ladies who made the quilt to a talk she gave at a library. Amazingly, one of the attendees recognized the quilters and was related to three of them. Judy Purchell had letters and a fascinating story about a relative who lived at Sandstone Ranch near Las Vegas. Mount Wilson was named for him and he raised two Indian boys. Wilson’s tiny home, now part of a state park, was later owned by famous film personalities and had connections to the massive Krupp diamond given by Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor. Judy Harwood told us about her Kentucky Meek family and a DNA analysis that was done to ascertain whether their origins were in North Carolina or Virginia. Kay Menzel recounted childhood memories of a kindly uncle who used to read poems to her and her young cousins. Her grandmother’s sister was the author of the poems and Kay told us about her searches to find copies of the books of poetry. Luckily, she succeeded in her quest and she brought the found books for us to examine. Mickey Fee grew up in Boston and later moved to Marietta, Ohio, where he spent many years. He told us about his Crown and Shield families who made many contributions to government. His granddaughter Cassie told about their Civil War ancestor who joined the Army when he was very young and died at the age of 95. It was recommended that Cassie get his Civil War pension records. I brought some photographs that were taken by my great great grandfather William P. Egbert who began his photographic career in Pittsburgh and later had a studio in Davenport, Iowa from 1852 to 1877. Trev talked about a search to find a postcard of house built by her ancestor Josiah White in 1738 in Leominster, Massachusetts. Her searches took her from historical societies to Ebay. She found the postcard but, sadly, the “elegant and spacious mansion house” has now been demolished.

Respectively submitted,

Rosalyn Davenport Gibbs

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