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A Great Afternoon Digi Scrapping

I'm loving this retired life. Yesterday afternoon I sat down at my laptop and scrapped three pages from last March and April. Feels great to be scrapping again.

Rebecca Anna Martin/Jones -- My Brick Wall

Rebecca Anna Martin/Jones was my great-grandmother on my mother’s side (my mother’s paternal grandmother). She has been a mysterious person as some documents list the state in which she was born as Illinois while others list Iowa or Kansas. 

What I do know (or think I know):  She was born 25 January 1855, married under the name Rebecca A. Martin to Martin Luther Thornton on 29 November 1877, and had two daughters at the time of her marriage.

Marriage records show Rebecca Martin married Martin L. Thornton in Grand Township, Polk County, Iowa on 29 November 1877. (Iowa, County Marriages, 1838-1934", database, FamilySearch ( : 8 March 2016), Martin L. Thornton and Rebecca Martin, 1877).

According to my mother, Rebecca had two daughters at the time of her marriage to Martin--Julia and May. Julia later married Tom McDonald and they had a farm on Aurora in Des Moines and May married a William (Roy) Olds. May, in conversations with another re…

Happy Birthday

Today, the two girls that made me a Grandma, turn 15. Happy birthday Cailey and Mia. We will celebrate them tomorrow night with family. Here are some pictures of them through the years. Love you both to the moon and back

Week Four of This Retired Life

Starting my fourth week of this retired life. I'm still waking between 5 and 6:30. I have showered, drank my water, made myself a smoothie, and made some brownies.

Wish you were here to share them with.

Not much on my calendar this week, and I'm fine with that. Met with my financial guy this morning, a haircut tomorrow, webinar on Wednesday (Playing Nice in the Genealogy Sandbox), and granddaughter's 15th birthday on Thursday. Saturday night going to go listen to some music. I will work on my genealogy, scrap booking, and reading. What's on  your calendar for the week?

Project Life 2017

In 2010 I started scrap-booking our everyday life on two-page spreads. This is called Project Life. It appears I called it Sweet and Simple in 2010. I'm  using a different style than I did in 2010. In 2013 we moved in June and I had been faithful in completing my weekly spreads up to the move. Following our move I did very little (I mean VERY LITTLE) scrapbooking. Now that I'm retired, though, I plan on spending LOTS of time pursuing this hobby. To motivate me, I signed up for Jessica Sprague's Digital Project Life: 2017 Edition. I have now completed three weeks. I've used supplies from Jessica Sprague's class along with Becky Higgins Project 52: Everyday Edition.

Joseph Leander Loghry

Sticking with my Loghry line for the month of January, I'm next moving to Joseph Leander Loghry. Joseph was the surviving twin, born about 1777 to William Loughry and Nancy Purdy. His birth location is thought to be Wilkes Barre, Luzerne, Pennsylvania.

Joseph was an early settler of Brown's Crossing, Canisteo Township, where he bought, probably from Elisha Brown (the original proprietor), 400 acres of land for six shillings per acre. This land lay upon both sides of the river. He built and operated a saw mill, which probably stood on the south bank of the river, about 50 rods above the river bridge. History says in reference to this family: "Among the early settlers west of Cameron were Andrew and Joseph Loghry, who ran a saw mill on the river."

Joseph married Mary Santee, daughter of Valentine Santee and Margaret Funston, in 1800 in Luzerne, Pennsylvania. Together they had at least nine children. The 1820 U.S. census shows 15 individuals in the household. Some of th…

Nancy Purdy

Not much information is known about Nancy Purdy. She was born 1 Sep 1748 in Ireland and died on her 80th birthday, on 1 Sep 1828 in Canisteo, Steuben County, New York. She is buried in the Browns Crossing Burying Grounds.

My goal is to find more information on Nancy in 2017.
1. Sparkle Loghry Information Sheet.  2. Stacy Jackson, History of Cameron Corners: Jackson's History of Cameron       Corners.  3. Browns Crossing Cemetery of Canisteo, New York.  .... Stacy Jackson, History       of Cameron Corners: Jackson's History of Cameron Corners.  .... Linda       Walker, Walker to Bergerud, Notes, April 1996, Recipient: to Wendy       Bergerud (notes dated April 1996.).  4. Carol Max from Irene Loghry, Loghry - Santee, Family Group Sheet, Record       Type: family group sheet, Subject: Joseph Leander-Mary Santee (circa       September 1996).  5. Linda Walker, Walker to Bergerud, Notes, April 1996, Recipient: to Wendy       Bergerud (notes dated April 1996.).  .... Compile…

William Loughry

21 Jan 2017....As part of my commitment to write more this year, I'm going to participate in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge

Sometime ago I wrote about The Loghry Line. William Loughry is as far back as I've been able to go with this line. I believe William was born around 1743, either in Ireland or Scotland. He resided for sometime in eastern Pennsylvania, probably Northumberland County and also in Luzerne County, about ten miles from Wilkes Barre.

He married Nancy Purdy in Pennsylvania. Nancy was reportedly born 1 Sep 1748 in Ireland. Stacy Jackson wrote an article, Old Family History Traced by Jackson, that was published in The Canisteo Times on 22 Feb 1940. This article mentioned this family.

"An incident related by Mrs. Hannah M.  Jones, a resident of the Swale, Cameron township, of her ancestress, Mrs. William Loghry, is but one of thousands denoting the harrowing experiences of colonial periods.  William Loghry married and resided in a Pennsylvania villag…