Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rollin's Been Working On The Railroad

Rollin Waterman Webster
I've written about my maternal great-granduncle, Rollin Waterman Webster, in previous posts. He was one of Watson (Frederick) Emory Webster's brothers. Watson was my great-grandfather, also known as "The Traveling Dentist" here on my blog.

I am in possession of two letters that Rollin wrote in 1951, when he was around 81 years of age. One letter was written to Mr. Harper C. Pendry, who was employed at the Athens Board of Trade and the other was written to my grandfather, Debs Warren Webster. In these letters Rollin talked about his employment in both the Denver & Rio Grand Western Railroad and the Santa Fe Railroad. Here are portions of those letters.

Transcription of cropped letter above (highlighted portion): "I am Retired from the Santa Fe R.R. since 1937 I had 31 years R.R. service as Stationary Eng I worked 10 years for the IC. RR 21 years Santa Fe R.R."

Transcription of cropped letter above: "I started with the Denver & Rio Grand Western, with Debs Father 1890 he was a Coach Trimmer of R.R. coaches, for the Rio Gr R.R. in 1890"

Transcription of cropped letter above (highlighted portion): "I am retired from the Railroad I worked 31 years as Stationary fireman and Engineer an car repairer, I started in Denve, Col, in 1890 then worked for the IC. R.R. 10 years and the Santa Fe 21 years"

As you can see in these letters (above), Rollin mentioned working for the I. C. Railroad for 10 years. I didn't know what those initials stood for so I did a search for them on Google. I found out that they stand for the Illinois Central Railroad. I also found that there is an Illinois Central Historical Society and they have a website.

I found this card (below) on Ancestry.com.1 It's a railway prior service record index card and is part of the Kansas, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Prior Service Records, 1859-1935 database on Ancestry.com. The card corroborates what Rollin said in his letters that he retired in 1937. This card gives his exact date of retirement.

Webster, Rollin Waterman - Kansas, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Prior Service Records, 1859-1935

Information gleaned from this card:

Name: Webster, Rollin W.
Location: Corwith, Illinois
Retired: July 31, 1937

Unfortunately, I don't know what the number in the right side of the column titled Aug., 1935 means. Could that have been an amount paid, such as $80.16?

I'm so glad Rollin wrote so much information in his letters to Mr. Pendry and to my grandfather. They hold a wealth of valuable genealogical information.

Thanks for stopping by!


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1 Ancestry.com. Kansas, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Prior Service Records, 1859-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Rollin W. Webster. Image 306 of 974. Accessed 1 April 2014. Original data: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company Records. Topeka Kansas: Kansas State Historical Society.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for December 9, 2016

NOTE: Fab Finds will be on hiatus until January 6, 2017 for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. May each of you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Make a Wish (List) at the Genealogy Blog Party! by Elizabeth O'Neal, author of Little Bytes of Life
  2. Family History Blogging: What is Your Why? by Lynn Palermo, author of The Armchair Genealogist
  3. Family Tree/ Christmas Tree by Colleen G. Brown Pasquale, author of Leaves & Branches
  4. Genealogy Changed Dramatically in 2016. I Can Prove It. by Kerry Scott, author of Clue Wagon
  5. Cloudy Night Rainwater--Really? by Michelle Ganus Taggart, author ASouthern Sleuth
  6. Holiday Gifts to You -- Genealogy Style -- 15 Free and (Relatively) New Family History Resources -- Part 2 by Diane L. Richard for UpFront with NGS
  7. Fantastic Find: United States Digital Map Library by Pat Hartley, author of Ancestry Island
  8. #LIGHTtheWORLD with Family History by Jaycee Morrill for FamilySearch Blog
  9. Find old Norwegian photos on the web by Martin Roe Eidhammer, author of Norwegian Genealogy and then some
  10. I love Google!! by Lark Dalin Robart, author of Eight Roads to Montana
  11. 7 Things You Can Do in Less Than 30 Minutes by David Taylor, author of The Family Nexus
  12. Remembering with Oral Histories AND Preserving War Correspondence and V-Mail by Melissa Barker, author of A Genealogist In The Archives
  13. One is the Loneliest Number by Cheri Hudson Passey for Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
  14. What You May Find in Government Papers and Journals by Dianne Nolin, author of Genealogy: Beyond the BMD
  15. Can Your Own Memories Help Break Through Ancestral Brick Walls? by Jacqi Stevens, author of A Family Tapestry
  16. The Cousins I Almost Never Knew by Sondra Bass Hawkins, author of Beyond the Branches
  17. My Mennonite Ancestors and the Revolutionary War by Dana Leeds, author of The Enthusiastic Genealogist
  18. Self-Publish Your Genealogy by Devon Noel Lee, author of A Patient Genealogist
  19. Cruising on the SS Lurline - 1949 by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  20. How to Avoid Awkward Family Photos by Denise Levenick, author of The Family Curator 

"May I Introduce To You" Interviews on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed It….My Contribution to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Thanks for reading!


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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Homer Horton Webster ~ He Deserves To Be Remembered

I recently received an email from a newly-discovered cousin on my Webster side. In her email, she mentioned that she had enjoyed looking through some of my blog posts. I really appreciate hearing that so much!

She had a couple of questions for me, one of which was about Homer Horton Webster, my 1st cousin 4 times removed. As I was looking at what I had on Homer, I did a little research on him on FamilySearch.org and found the following death record for him.1

This death record shows a different date and place than what I had in my genealogy database. It also provides a cause of death for Homer.

Information gleaned from Homer's death record:

Number: 226
Name in Full: Webster, Homer
Date of Death: January 20, 1873
Condition: Single
Age: 19
Place of Death: Lebanon
Place of Birth: Lebanon
Color: White
Disease, Direct or Indirect Cause of Death: Heart Disease
Place of Residence: Lebanon Twp.
By Whom Reported: Assessor

Wow! Homer's cause of death was heart disease? At 19 years of age? That is so very sad.

In a previous post, I wrote about Homer's father, George Kinney Webster. In that post I shared that most of George's children, including Homer, passed away before they reached the age of about thirty. In fact, most died while they were in their twenties. Now that I have the cause of death for Homer, I'd like to do some research to try and find the causes of death for his siblings.

According to The History and Genealogy of the Gov. John Webster Family of Connecticut,2 Homer never married, so he has no descendants to remember him. Homer deserves to be remembered, so we will remember him in this post.

I'm glad that my cousin emailed me and that it caused me to do more research about Homer Horton Webster. This is more proof that blogging about family history is beneficial. Cousin connections are awesome!

Have you made cousin connections because of your blog?

Thanks for stopping by!


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1 "Ohio, County Death Records, 1840-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-695Q-M8N?cc=2128172&wc=Q68D-8SX%3A1296112677%2C1296112678 : 30 September 2014), Meigs > image 84 of 373; county courthouses, Ohio. Homer Horton Webster, Line 226, Page 62 and 63. 1873. Accessed 7 December 2016
2 Webster, William Holcomb, and Melville Reuben Webster, D.D. "XXVI."History and Genealogy of the Governor John Webster Family of Connecticut. Vol. 1. Rochester: E. R. Andrews Printing, NY., Homer Horton Webster, 1183. Print.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for December 2, 2016

My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)

  1. Making Family History Fun for the Kids by Miles Meyer, author of Miles' Genealogy Tips
  2. What Was Your Ancestor’s Property Worth? by Dick Eastman, author of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter
  3. Preserving Diaries and Journals AND When Genealogy has Gone to The Dogs! AND Documenting Your Ancestor's Transportation by Melissa Barker, author of A Genealogist In The Archives
  4. Know the History, Know the Records by Sue, author of KindredPast
  5. Creating and Preserving Heirloom Decorations With Children this Christmas by Nicole Dyer, author of The Family Locket Blog
  6. DIY Ancestor Cards Advent by Jen, author of Repurposed Genealogy
  7. BACK UP, BACK UP AND BACK UP! AND RELEASING SLAVES OF JOHN F. WILLIAMS, 1814, HARDIN COUNTY, KY by Linda Stufflebean, author of Empty Branches on the Family Tree
  8. How to Properly Store Your Negatives by Cora Foley for Organizing Photos
  9. The Small Bonuses of Family Genealogy by theailurophile, author of Leaf Twig and Stem
  10. Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Sophia and Her Child AND A West Virginia Coal Miner’s Poetic Memories by Cathy Meder-Dempsey, author of Opening Doors in Brick Walls
  11. Military Monday ~ Short Snorter by Elizabeth Handler, author of From Maine to Kentucky
  12. Genealogy Blog Party: Celebrating Traditions --My Grandma's Rolls by Andrea Kelleher, author of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
  13. Genealogy Blog Party: Chickie Pitcher and Butterscotch Brownie Traditions by Marian B. Wood, author of Climbing My Family Tree
  14. We’re Related–The APP was correct AND We’re Related–Update 30 Nov 2016 by Russ Worthington, author of A Worthington Weblog

"May I Introduce To You" Interviews on GeneaBloggers.com

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog

Jana’s Place

Grandpa's Postcards

Thanks for reading!


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Light the World ~ A Special Christmas Video. Share His Light Through Service

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has produced an inspirational video that I'd like to share with you today. It's not even December yet, but I wanted to share this video before December because of the wonderful daily service event that begins on December 1st.

This is a truly beautiful way to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We can share His light with those around us through acts of service.

The following link has ideas for the 25 days of service leading up to Christmas Day.

Follow Our Savior Jesus Christ. In 25 Ways. Over 25 Days.

Thanks for stopping by!


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