I had started another blog several years ago at http://myfamilyresearchadventures.blogspot.com/, but when google plus ended some how I messed things up and now it is very difficult for me to get into that blog to post. So I decided to start a new blog that I can get to easier.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Garden Memory

      When I was a very young girl I would go into the garden and eat the tomatoes straight from the vine. I still enjoy fresh tomatoes. The last few summers I have been planting cherry and grape size tomatoes so I can just pop them into my mouth and eat them. The smaller size tomatoes are less messy to eat. I will still eat the larger ones the way many people will eat apples. You just have to be careful and not squirt them all over the place.
       My mother, Elizabeth Joan Bionaz Baker, told a story similar to this. Her uncle had an artichoke farm and she would sit out in the field and eat raw artichokes. She said her mouth and lips would turn black from the iron in them. Now I do enjoy artichokes, but I do not think I could eat them raw like that.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Phebey Coulton Robison

I posted the other day on facebook that I have found a record that specifically states that Phebey Robison was the daughter of William and Phebe Coulton.
You can look at a blog post about why there was confusion about Phebe Coulton's parents here http://myfamilyresearchadventures.blogspot.com/2008/09/phebe-coulton.html

The record I found about her parentage is:
This record can be found on Ancestry.com in their Quaker collection. It is a digitalized copy of a Darby Monthly Meeting. Source Citation: Swarthmore College; Swarthmore, Pennsylvania; Quaker Meeting Records; Call Number: MR-PH-141
The third paragraph down reads:

Whereas Phebe Robison Daughter of William -
Coulton and Phebe his Wife was Educated in the profession
of Faith as held by us. But giving way to a Libertine spirit
hath been so far Led into Error as to suffer herself to be Joined
in Marriage by a Priest to a person not of our Society to the
Reproach of our Christian Profession, and Contrary to the 
good and regular Order Established among us, Notwith-
standing she had been advised and Precautioned to the Con-
trary.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day 2014
I have a cousin who died during World War II and is buried in Belgium.
This post is in remembrance of him.

Cesare Ducley
He was born to Louie "Luigi Ceaseare" Ducley 
and Mary Frances Boche
26 Nov 1912 in Johnstown, Cambria, Pennsylvania.
He was a Technician in the 
557th Antiaircraft Artillery 
Automatic Weapons Battalion.
Cesare was killed in action
2 Feb 1945 in Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.




Thursday, April 24, 2014


Dear Myrtle's: 3-2-1 Ragu Challenge

Event: My grandfather John C Bionaz birth
Clerk of Orphan's Court. Births 1893-1905: Register of Birth V 3-4: item 1-2. Cambria County, Pennsylvania, Family History Library Salt Lake City Utah. FHL microfilm 1293469. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah: transcribed by Betty-Lu Baker Burton 23 May 1985.


John Bionaz Certificate of Baptism (2 different copies); 16 october 1922, 4 august 1969, St John Cualbert Church, Johnstown, PA; privately held by Betty-Lu Baker Burton, [address for private use]; St John Gualbert's Church, Johnstown, PA.
Large Marriage Certificate of John Charles Bionaz and Elizabeth Grace Hawke, 19 May 1929, privately held by Betty-Lu Baker Burton, [address for private use], 2014. Lists where the record was recorded. I received this sometime after John C Bionaz death. Recorded in Book 286 of Marriage Certificates Page 397, Records of the city and County of San Francisco State of California. On back #2128, Married by W J Fisher

The back of the Marriage Certificate
    The Birth Records on Microfilm #1293469, Cambria County, Pennsylvania was in a ledger style. The informant would go to the Clerk's office and the clerk would write the information on the next blank line. So as I transcribed the record I noticed that the birth happened 21 Oct 1905 and the birth was recorded 23 May 1905. So Apparently the Clerk put the wrong year down for the birth. This possibly happening because it was 5 months into 1905 and he just out of habit put down the current year and forgot the birth happened the year before.
      The Baptismal record supports this assumption by listing the birth as 21 Oct 1904 and the baptism being 7 Jan 1905. This puts the baptism record as being closer to the actual birth than the recording of the birth. The marriage record also supports this conclusion. John C Bionaz being 24 in May of 1929. This puts is birth in the year 1904, since his birth had not yet happened in 1929. 
      The difference in the middle name was explained to me. John C Bionaz did not like Camel as a middle name and somewhat informally used Charles instead. This came to light after the birth of his grandson John Charles Baker was born and he wondered where the name came from. At that time he informed his daughter, Elizabeth Joan Bionaz Baker (John Charles Baker's) mother that his name was Camille not Charles. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Anna and Angela's birthday

I will not say how long ago they were born, since one of their husband stated they were 29 and holding. Below I have posted scrape book pages I had previously made of their births.


So Happy Birthday to my 2 oldest daughters!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

There will be posts on the theme of Family History as well as some journal entrys. Since journaling is part of Family History. It is my history. Some of the posts will deal with my struggles in relearning my body's clues to my health.
In the fall of 2007, the doctors found a large tumor on my Pituitary Gland and they removed it that November. Unfortunately, I had had a stroke inside the tumor and that is how they found it.  So I had blood  flowing around my Pituitary Gland and into part of my brain that was not suppose to be there. Then 2 months after my surgery I was in a terrible car accident. Between the two I have damaged my Pituitary Gland, nothing to far off but enough to cause some problems. So I am still learning how to live with my new limitations. So I will be posting about this journey as well.

My old blog was at http://myfamilyresearchadventures.blogspot.com/    If you want to read some of my old posts.