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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 26, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - 26 January 2010, Isabelle Freeman (d: 26 Jan 1859)

Isabelle Freeman (my 1st cousin, 3x removed) was about 4 years old when she died on this date in 1859, 151 years ago today. She is buried in the family plot on the Freeman farm, Penet Square, Brownville, Jefferson County, New York. Her brother, Gilderoy/Gilderove rests beside her (their 2 stones are beneath the tree - almost dead center on the photo below).

Their parents and siblings relocated to Onondaga, New York around 1870, leaving the 2 children behind, though other family members still lived in the area. The graveyard (yellow circle) is situated on the property, as is seen in this copy of the area map (1855); Isabelle's grandfather was Edward Freeman (my g-g-g-grandfather), whose farm is marked (blue circle).

It is for these 2 children that I wrote my song "Two Small Stones."

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