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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
Born in Illinois, I grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. I am married, for the 2nd time now, to Butch & got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me grandmother 25 times over & great-grandmother to over 20!. After many years working in industry, I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication, & was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 & returned to school & got my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore & genealogy - & add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/author/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play many folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I write the "Aunty Jeff" column for the Informer, newsletter of the Jefferson County NY Gen. Soc. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega & Sara Cochran as Genealogy Journeys® where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that: genaandjean.blogspot.com. More on our podcasts: genjourneys.podbean.com. More about my own projects: Circlemending.org.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 19 January 2010

My g-g-g-g-grandfather, Isaac FREEMAN, native of Holland, Revolutionary War soldier, b: 12 August 1755. Death date is in dispute: the tombstone says 9 January 1841, and that he was 82 (making him born in about 1759), but other records indicate his death as 1 January 1841, in Stark, Herkimer County, New York. Either way, it was 169 years ago this month. His burial location is unknown (I welcome any help on that). Photo from the DAR application of his g-granddaughter, Cora E. PRESTON DAVIS. His wife was Marion/Meriam GALLUP. While I have been unable to locate the tombstone for myself, I am grateful that Mrs. Davis has done so (I only wish that information - the cemetery - was included in the DAR application).

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