Jul. 25th, 2011

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Google hyped its new Google+ to techies.

And then turned around and not only deleted their Google+ accounts, but purged them.

And a whole lot else. Some folks are reporting that they have lost their gmail, and all other Google services, including Google apps, with the purge.

I assume that would also mean Google cloud services...

Just another reason for me to stay out of the cloud.

Whatcha bet the techies will make war on this one?
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Okay, I confess.

I've been eBaying again.

Because when I see a lot of cabinet photos available for song, and some of them are labeled...

Well, I just have to see if I can find the family whose treasure chest would not be complete without them.

This lot had 14 photos and one funeral card. Where there were photography studios ads and marks, they were from all over the country, so I don't think these photos came from any one estate.

I'll be haunting the Ancestry family trees and surname message boards to see if I can reunite the labeled ones with their families.
I think there's perhaps a possibility these two ladies were related.

Same photography studio.

Sarah Brooks Wilson, front of photo

back of photo

The back of Sarah's looks to me like it says Grace mother.

Callie Wilson Shook, front of photo

back of photo

Okay, we have the whole genealogy on the front of this one.

Callie Wilson Shook. Stephanie's Great Great G-mother. Callie Wilson Shook. Mother of C L. G Mother of Sheila. G G M of Rita. G G G of Stephanie Hare.
I'm looking to send these home.

If you know of folks with these surnames who lived around Nashville, TN, send 'em a link, please.
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My direct line of Chapins was a curious bunch.

Of the 10 children born to my 3rd great grandparents, Nathaniel Foster Chapin and Elizabeth Harris, very few seemed to be content to get to one place and stay there.

Willard N Chapin, sixth in the line-up, was no exception to the bunch of his siblings with wanderlust.

The last time I can find him in a census where I know it's really him was the 1885 Kansas State census, and he was living with his mom and dad in Fort Scott, KS. He was 20 years old.

He followed in his father's footsteps and made his living with wood, as a carpenter.

I can document him living in Fort Scott through the printing of the 1889/1890 Hoyes City Directory for the city. Willard was living at 401 Coates Street, and was employed as a carpenter.

Then, I lose him for 20 long years, until he turned up in the list of registered voters for San Luis Obispo Co., CA in 1910.

San Luis Obispo County, 1910

From where ever he lived in southern California, it was on to Sacramento County, where he was registered as a Socialist among voters on the list from 1912-1914.

Sacramento County, 1912-1914

The next list was from Butte County for the years 1916-1930, which is quite a spread and doesn't help me figure when he was really there. I see he changed his party affiliation to Democrat.

The most problematic of the lists is the one from Nevada County, because it covers the years from 1900-1928.

I don't have a date of death for him, although he does not appear in Ancestry's California Death Index from 1940-1997. He either did not die in California, or he didn't make it to 1940. I wouldn't be surprised if the latter were true, because carpentry is a hard way to make a living as you get on in years.

Of course, it doesn't help that Willard was literally all over the map.

I guess, at least for now, Willard is just another brick in the wall...


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