Monday, January 31, 2011

Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock - part 5

Bessie Schrock Sherck was the first daughter of Elias and Nancy (Hoover) Schrock.  She was born on October 18, 1883.

Bessie Sherck Memories:

As I remember grandpa and grandma's home I think of an ideal Christian home.

A home where the grandchildren were always made welcome.  Many times I remember as I walked up the lane to the front gate grandmother would be there to meet me.  I remember staying there one week to help out while Aunt Sarah went on a vacation.  Each evening we had family worship.  I still can hear grandpa pray in Dutch, although I could not understand many words.  I knew he was sincere by the way he prayed and lived after he prayed.

I remember, too, the big cantelopes they had and it was there I learned to eat them cut up with sugar and cream.  And the old milk house where the good fried cheese and fresh butter were kept.  The long trip she had to take to get them.  I remember the old orchard with the snow apples and I can still see grandmother quilting for the children and grandchildren.  I can almost hear grandpa coming up the road humming gospel hymns as he drove the old horse.  All in all, it is their ideal Christian home that has been a highlight in my life.

(Editors Note:  I am not positive but I think 'Aunt Sarah' is Yost Schrock's sister born September 10, 1834.  The only other Sarah I could find in my genealogy program is Sarah (Miller) Schrock who was Yost Schrock's mother and therefore Bessie's great-grandmother.

Mary Post Warren
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Date You Were Born

It's Saturday Night - time for more Genealogy Fun!   Thanks Randy Seaver with Genea-Musings

1) What day of the week were you born? Tell us how you found out.  

I was born on Thursday, September 16, 1943 at/or about 4 pm.  My parents told me the day of week, but I also double checked on a 1943 calendar in Outlook Express.  According to the poem "Thursdays child has far to go"

2) What has happened in recorded history on your birth date (day and month)? Tell us how you found out, and list five events.  (click on dates to see sources)

    September 16 - WW2 - Salerno Mutiny occurs with the British X Corps

    September 16 - WW2 - (Fifth Air Force): In New Guinea, B-17's, B-26's, B-25's, and A-20's pound enemy positions at Lae after which the airfield and town (evacuated by Japanese) are occupied by Australian forces; B-24's carry out a light strike on Sorong.

   September 16 - Excerpts from Anne Frank's Diary
  • Everyone is so touchy and interactions are so tense that nobody talks at mealtimes.
  • Anne feels depressed and takes valerian to try to fight it.
  • The warehouseman, Mr. Maaren, is becoming suspicious of the Secret Annex. Everyone, including the protectors, is acting extra cautious.
3)  What famous people have been born on your birth date?  Tell us how you found out, and list five of them.  (click on name to see source)

1926 Robert H. Schuller, American Clergyman
 1943  James Alan McPherson, American writer
1949 Ed Begley, Jr., LA Cal, actor, Eating Raoul, St. Elsewhere, Parenthood

1956  David Copperfield, born in Metuchen, New Jersey, illusionist, history's most successful commercial magician, sold over 40 million tickets, grossed over $1 billion

1963 Garth Jax, NFL middle linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals

Mary Post Warren
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Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock - Part 4

Carrie E. Schrock (Kindy) was the first daughter of Elias and Nancy (Hoover) Schrock.  She was born on September 6, 1877.

Carrie Kindy Memories:

It was September 6, 1877 that I arrived at the Yost Schrock home.  A perfect stranger.  In due time I decided it was a very nice place to be.

The house was large and in a setting of trees.  To reach it, it was necessary to go by way of a lane, so the house was near the center of a 160 acre farm.

The house was large enough for tow families.  In the south rooms, I soon learned, was where I was to live with a lovely father and mother, Eli and Nancy Ann Schrock.  There was a door that divided it from the other side of the house in which lived Grandma and Grandpa Schrock.  Also an uncle and some aunties.  I didn't realize then how lucky I was, but years later I found out I was very fortunate to get my start in such wholesome surroundings, for the occupants of this home were deeply religious people.  My grandparents used the German language a great deal, although my mother never learned it.  I vividly remember my grandfather's prayers in German as he said grace at meals and at their family worship.

I remember grandma as a woman of poise, and Christian character.  Her home was well kept and a place where anyone could feel welcome in it's hospitality and enjoy her good meals.  My grandfather also was a man of Christian make up and on the jolly side.  He also loved to sing. 

His farm was a specimen of neatness and good management.  there seemed to always be an abundance of good food, fruits of all sorts.  I have a faint recollection of the outdoor oven in which the baking was done.  I seem to remember them bringing out of it loaves of bread and pies with a long handled paddle.

I recall the milk house.  Made of stone and very cool in the summer.  Also the milk trough which the cold water was sent by the windmill.  In this milk trough was milk, pickles, a jar of fried cheese and many other tasty things, for this was grandma's refrigerator.

I remember the family organ on which Aunts Clara (Schrock-Zimmerman), Nanny (Nancy Schrock-Priser) and Sarah (Schrock), <sister of Yost Schrock>, played and sang.  Uncle Will (William Schrock) was also a fine singer.  One song still rings in my ears: "There is nothing on earth that will stay, Roses must die with the years". This has often presented itself when I think of the frailty of our lives and how sure we are not here to stay.

This was my home for 3 1/2 years.

Mary Post Warren
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock - part 3

J. Harvey Schrock Sr. (wife Flora Edith Gephert) was the 1st child of Christian and Susan (Hostetler) Schrock.  Born on April 16, 1874.

J. Harvey Schrock Memories

Grandfather's farm was considered the best wheat farm in the community.  On one day we threshed 1800 bushels of wheat. Christ Pletcher and I loaded all the bundles on the wagons.  Perhaps it was the way the farm was taken care of that made it produce so well. 

He used to tell me whenever I wanted work, to come over, he would have something for me to do.  Grandfather was no hunter.  In the early days, when they were starting an orchard, the deer were so plentiful he had to replant his orchard three times.

Grandparents belonged to the Amish Church and later joined the Church of the Brethern.  He was needing a horse and heard an Amish man had one to sell.  He arrived there at noon and they asked him to eat first.  They set a table for him separate from them.  After dinner the man said "Now we will go look at the hourse".  Grandfather said, "If I am not good enough to eat with you I am not good enough to buy your horse", and left.  It was an Amish custom to not eat with anyone who had left the Amish Church.  Grandfather Hostetler was holding revival meetings at the Lake School house when Grandfather and Grandmother Schrock joined the Church of the Brethern.

Mamie E. Schrock (Cooper) was the 3rd child and 2nd daughter of Issac and Maria (Burns) Schrock.  Issac was the 2nd son of Yost and Martha SchockMamie was born on June 20, 1879.  Cora Schrock (Schmidt) was the 2nd child and 1st daughter of Issac and Maria (Burns) Schrock  She was born on January 8, 1877.

Cora Schmidt amd Mamie Cooper Memories

We cannont remember very much about what went on at the time Grandfather and Grandmother Schrock was living.  We remember about going up that long lane once in a while from church and had a great dinner.

Mamie was there at the time when Grandma was lying low in bed and made pies for expected company.

Issac (Cooper) used to come over and call on Mamie while she was there.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Follow-up: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy History - Home.

A few days ago I wrote a post as part of a series of suggested blog posts for 2011.  It was titled: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy History - Home.  I wrote on the two homes I had lived in as a child.  The houses were both located in California - the first being on 118th Street in Los Angeles and the second in Pomona.

Well, strange things happen in the world of blogging - Amy Coffin of We Tree Genealogy Blog remembered that her father used to live in Los Angeles on W. 117th Street.  See her posting here: It's a Small Genealogy World After All.  Upon doing some research she found that her father lived at the exact same number - 744 - as we did....right behind us!  The streets didn't run like many do today so we weren't right in front of him.  The people behind us had a very large lot that went all the way across the back of our yard.  There were several houses on the street that crossed 118th Street and I think (if I remember correct that there were about 4-5 houses before another street which would have been 117th.  She also mentioned that her father lived there in the late 1940's which is the exact time we were there.  His family then moved to Pomona (my second home).  They moved long before us...we did not move until 1957.  I don't know if he was in Pomona when we were there.

My sister has a better memory than me so I asked her to check out Amy's pictures she posted on the blog and see if she recognized anyone - she was unable to ID anyone.

What a small world it is!

Mary Post Warren
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Monday, January 24, 2011

Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock - part 2

(The first memory letter in the book was written by my grandfather who was the grandson of Yost and Martha SchrockElmer David Troyer was the son of Joseph J and Elizabeth <Troyer> SchrockElizabeth was Yost and Martha's first daughter and third child.  Elmer was Joseph and Elizabeth's third son and fourth child.)

Elmer Troyer's Memories:

My memories of Grandfather and Grandmother Schrock and the old farm go back to the late (18) eighties and the early (18) nineties of the last century, as my own family moved away from Indiana in the spring of 1895 when I was ten and a half years old.  However, the following winter we visited for a few weeks in Indiana and that was the last time I saw Grandmother.  A few years later, I think it was in 1901 and we were living in Lincoln, Nebraska, I saw Grandfather for the last time.  The Brethren Church held their Annual Conference there that year and Grandfather, with some more of the relatives, visited us at that time.  I do not remember too much of that.

My memories of Grandfather and Grandmother and the old place during the period before we left Indiana are very clear.  The farm with it's buildings, orchard, garden, and all, I can remember, in many details, as clearly as if I had seen them only yesterday.  Grandfather was a good farmer and kept his place clean and in good order and the buildings in good repair.  I can remember spending many hours on the farm, sometimes playing with the cousins that lived near.  The Cripe and Weaver boys were near my own age.

One of my earliest recollections is of the several rows of Concord grapes that were north of the house and how I would sit beneath those vines when the grapes were ripe and eat my fill.  To this day I have never eaten grapes that tasted as good as those.

Much of the interior of the house I remember.  The large kitchen, which was also used as a dining room, the big cook stove and big wood box, and the long dining table with ever so many good things to eat.  A boy would never forget that.  One thing I remember is that there most always was a dish of stewed dried fruit, apples, pears and cherries, grown and prepared on the farm.  It was delicious.  I can still see Grandmother and Aunt Sade busy with the cooking and other housework.  The living room was cheery with its large windows and comfortable on the coldest, stormiest days with its large wood burning heater.  I also see Grandfather, his hair as white as snow as long as I can remember.  He would be sitting in the old leather upholstered chair with the German family Bible on his knee.  He would read German and his prayers and blessing at the table were in German.  His blessing before meals always ended with the words "ewegkeit, Amen".  That word "ewegkeit" puzzled me until later I learned the meaning of it.

One of my most cherished memories is that of an incident that occurred when I was eleven.  It was at the time of our visit after we had moved away.  We were at Grandfather's and he had to make a trip to Middlebury and took me along with him, driving there with the horse and buggy.  After finishing the business that took him there, he asked me into a store and there bought me the first necktie I ever had.  Of course, it was a red one! Was I proud of it?  I remember well the day of Aunt Sade's funeral and the many relatives and friends that attended.

Grandfather must have been very kind to this livestock although I am unable to remember much about them.  I do recall one incident that may have been the result of his kindness to animals.  We were living in Goshen and like many families in those days, kept a horse and buggy.  Ours was a beautiful little black mare and not having a great deal to do was always quite fat, in fact, so much so that out on the road it took a great deal of urging to make any time.  Mother frequently drove the mare over to Grandfather's and, naturally took the small fry with her and that would be one time that the mare did not need to be urged.  I am sure it was be cause she knew that Grandfather would put an extra measure of oats in the feedbox for her.  My brother Frank, at that time, would use the mare and buggy as young men did in those days, to see his girl.  One Saturday night, as was the custom, he went to see his current girl friend.  She lived outside of town a short distance toward Middlebury, I think. He tied up the mare and after spending the evening pleasantly, we hope, left the house but could find no trace of the mare and buggy.  On coming home and consulting with the folks, it was decided that the mare had in some way become untied and made her way to Grandfather's place.  And that was the way it turned out.  She had found her way over, gone up the lane to the buildings and made her way around the barnyard, up the ramp to the big barn door, turned around and gone down the slope beside the ramp to the gate that gave entrance to the back barnyard and stable; then out again and over the same route time after time.  Finally someone in the house heard the noise.  Grandfather arose and went out and, of course, recognizing the mare, unhitched her, put her in the barn and, no doubt, gave her the good feed that she was looking for, whether or not she deserved it.

Aunt Lula would be able to tell how Uncle Will drove into the mill race one night while on his way to see her before they were married.

I could not conclude without a tribute to those two fine ladies, Aunt Nan and Aunt Lulu.  How very well they have carried on in the family tradition.  We hope the same may be said of our generation.

(Editors notes:
  • In the first paragraph -the years eighties and nineties were referring to the 1880's and 1890's. 
  • In the fourth and fifth paragraph - I am not sure who "Aunt Sade" is.  I find no one by that name in my Family Tree. 
  • The seventh paragraph refers to Aunt LuLu and Uncle Will - Will was the 10th and youngest child of Yost and Martha, Lulu Vandersten was his wife. 
  • Fourth paragraph: ewegkeit  is German for Blessings)
  • Elmer David Troyer was my maternal grandfather.
Mary Post Warren
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Home

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

Week #4 – Home

Week 4: Home. Describe the house in which you grew up. Was it big or small? What made it unique? Is it still there today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, January 22, 2011 through Friday, January 28, 2011.

(Although this is a 52 week challenge I did not participate in weeks 1-3 because of computer problems.  Hopefully I can get through this weeks challenge with no problems)

My first home was at 744 W. 118th Street in Los Angeles, California.  We moved there when I was about 3-4 years old. (probably about 1947-48).  We had lived in Long Beach, Ca prior to this, in military housing, but I do not remember any of that).  Ours was a fairly small home (3 bedroom/1 bath) centered in a tract neighborhood between Hoover and Vermont.  Many young families lived in the neighborhood and there were always plenty of other children to play with.  My memories of the 10 years we lived there are very 'sketchy'....although I do remember a few things.

The house was oblong shaped - as you would look at it from in front, there was a bedroom on the left, behind the bedroom off the hall was a bath, a 2nd bedroom was directly behind that bath.  Across the hall from the bath and next to the 2nd bedroom was a 3rd could walk through it from the hall to the kitchen - behind the kitchen was a laundry room (do I remember a wringer washer?  Seems like I do, but I know there was a regular washer there at another time), there was a door from the laundry room to the back yard.  The kitchen I see as big (but not too big) and the sink looked out over the driveway. A table was in the kitchen, and we kept our bird cage above the table I think. In front of the kitchen was a dining area and a living room was across the front in front of the 3rd bedroom.  A porch was out the front door but not a big enough one to put chairs on, just a small stoop and some steps (I think).

I remember the first snow in the late 40's.  I was in kindergarten and we were given a 'snow day' with no school for the day...the kids in the neighborhood were out with sleighs and tubes playing.  It couldn't have been a lot of snow as this was in 'sunny California'....but it was a novelty for most.

I remember walking with my brothers and sisters (there were 5 of us) to school everyday...wearing uniforms and carrying lunches and books.   I remember mom's flower garden along the kitchen/driveway side of the house, the back yard swing, the detached garage.  I remember a wood fence that mom use to talk to the neighbor behind us over (while hanging clothes), finding a doll in a flower bed, and a patio that was added on a few years after buying the house. My little sister used to make mud pies and line them up on the patio's edge and then go back and start eating them (yuck)....we still tease her about that.

This is a stupid memory and since my memory is so bad I'm surprised I remember it - but when I was 10 or 11 I remember the real estate agents coming to our door and telling my parents that we MUST put our house up for sale because the 'undesireable colored people' were starting to move into the area!  This makes me sick just thinking about it...and is probably one of the reasons I sold real estate for some 20 years - I wanted to make sure some professionalism was in the industry.  My parents weren't happy about it either and said they didn't give a 'darn' that we were going to stay put.  (I could even tell you the name of the agent who told them this)....funny memory. 

This house was still there when hubs and I drove by sometime in the late 70's and was in great condition.  I lived in the house since before kindergarten through 6th grade.
When I was 12 we moved to Pomona, California.  Mainly because my mom's dad and her sister and her family lived there. We lived within a couple blocks of my cousins, and not much further from my grandfather.  My great-aunt also lived close by.  After purchasing the home we discovered that our next door neighbors were our 2nd cousins. 

Our house in Pomona was also 3 bedrooms/1 bath but had an attached 2 car garage that my grandfather helped convert....making a 'playroom' and an extra bath plus laundry area.  We were in 'hog heaven' with all this space. My parents lived in the house for 31 of the 48 years they were married.  They both died in the house, 6 months apart, in 1987.  My cousin's daughter and her young family bought the house from us and lived there for several years.  The house is still there (drove by it about 5-6 years ago) - and if you look close while wizzing down the I-10 you might be able to see it!

Pomona is where I lived between 7th and 12th grades....where I eventually moved away from to get a job, met my husband, and marry.

Mary Post Warren
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Friday, January 21, 2011

Bits and Pieces of This and That

Not being able to do as much on my computer as I'd like to do I've spent some time trying to find other things to do.  One of those was to things was to go to the Arizona Family History Convention today.  I had a great time wandering through the 'expo' hall today and talking to the different vendors.  My favorite class was the 'RootsMagic' class which taught us all how to manuever ourselves around the 'RootsMagic4 genealogy program.  I won a free copy of this program in a     
contest held earlier this it was really exciting to follow through with a beginner class on it.  I usually just fumble around and learn a new program by the 'hunt and peck' type system.  The class was held by Bruce Buzbee.

I've also spent some time 'cruzing' around blogger-ville this week.  I read a great post by Amy Coffin who authors "The We Tree Genealogy Blog".  She wrote about people  who may read your blog and then in order to make comments they have to jump through a lot of hoops in order to do it.  Like having a Google account in order to comment or having to write the Verification or 'captcha' word in order for the comment to get accepted.  Read her blog by clicking on the link provided and see what I mean.  Most of these settings are to avoid spam from our blog into our e-mail.  BUT I'm going to do a 'test drive' and see how it works without any barriers for the time being.  There will be no Google account required to leave a comment.  There will be no 'Word Verification'.  I've also provided my e-mail on the side bar, under my picture (I couldn't figure out how to make this so you could just click it, but you can easily cut and paste it).   So please feel free to leave all kinds of comments.  IF the issue of spam arises again I will reconsider changing these items back and making the site more secure.  I would like to hear your feedback and am looking forward to reading your comments.

I have also recently started a series titled 'Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock' can follow the links on the right side bar for the month of January to view each of these posts.  There will be several more postings this month on Yost and Martha (my maternal great-great grandparents).
Mary Post Warren
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock - Part 1

The first page of the Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock is a 'let's get going' page....letters sent suggesting it be done.  The page is typed here exactly as it was typed written originally.  I have left grammar errors and punctuation marks as is.  (Any spelling errors would be mine, please let me know so I may correct them).  According to Edith's directions the book should be made into a booklet with the sheets of paper folded in half.  This was not done...the booklet is on 8 1/2 by 11 paper, hole punched, and then held together with brackets.

If any family member would like a copy of this book please contact me...I'll be glad to scan it and forward it via e-mail, or mail it 'snail mail' it.

Cousin Ira:

Someone should be responsible for collecting old memories from each cousin.  It would make a bulky letter for all the letters to go to each one and then for one to read many others before he wrote his memories might hinder his own original memory.

I suggest that you send a post card to each cousin asking them to write some fond memories of Grandfather and Grandmother Schrock and the old homestead and mail it to you.  Then when you have received all of them, have them typed on a typewriter, standard paper in such a way that you could fold the sheet once then folding a heavier sheet for the cover making a booklet.  Send a copy to each one and Aunt Nan and Aunt Lula as a surprise to them.  I will guarantee to make up any shortage you may have to cost (provided you do not charge too much for your ((tired) time. Ha)   You can copy off of Edith's letter those lines that speak of her memories.  Please do not turn this down as I believe you are the one to do it.


Clyde C. Cripe

In the last few years I have done some wistful thinking.  That is, I have often wished that we could pool the memories of our two Aunties and us cousins, about incidents concerning Grandmother and Grandfather Schrock.  Their coming to Middlebury, their building of the two homes on the farm, the apple orchard, milk house, the home with the apartment on one side with the small connecting door upstairs, the bank barn, the lane.

This tale of remembrances should go thru the relationship, (if you folks are interested) as speedily as possible.  Even if it will take quite a while to make the rounds.  Send to the older ones first - as they have more memories than the younger ones in the families.  Not staying in any one family over a week.

I'd start this out with Clyde and Elsie.  Anyone in his family who can contribute to this letter story, no matter how small it is, will be wonderful.  Ira and Della Weaver, when they were here, said "Do start this for we will both be glad to tell out our memories".

So Clyde and Elsie here it comes - you send it to Clayton or Clara then pass it on to other members of your family, then to other families, Aunt Nan and Aunt Lula.  When all done it will be interesting for all of us to read.  A copy to be made for each one when finished.  Hope you will all enjoy doing it.


(I'm not sure who Cousin Ira is <the person to whom the first letter was addressed> but the Clyde who wrote the letter is in my Schrock Family database.  Clyde C. Schrock was the son of Mary Jane Schrock Cripe, daughter of Yost and Martha.  Edith was Edith Troyer Hatfield the daughter of Elizabeth Schrock Troyer, daughter of Yost and Martha.  The Aunt Nan and Aunt Lulu referred to are: Aunt Nan - Nancy Schrock - daughter of Yost and Martha; Aunt Lulu - Lulu Vandersten) - wife of William Schrock, son of Yost and Martha).

Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock - continued

I thought before I start writing the memory part of the book I would finish with the lineage of Yost Schrock down through me.  Check out this link for the beginning of this lineage:

Elizabeth Schrock was born on 01.20.1853.  She was the third child and first daughter of Yost and Martha Schrock.  She was my great-grandmother.  She married Joseph J. Troyer on 03.17.1872.   Their children were:

William Franklin     b. 01.26.1873  married: Jessie Duncanson
Ella May                 b. 04.07.1875  married: Joseph W. Cripe
Jesse Edward        b. 11.29.1878  died: 01.22.1879
Elmer David         b. 09.04.1884  married: Mary Motzko
Edith Magdaline    b. 12.02.1889  married: Henry Hatfield

Elmer married Mary Motzko on 09.04.1884 on 09.10.1908.  Their children were:

Margaret Elizabeth  b. 06.16.1909   married: Hays C. Post (my parents)
Dorothy Helen             b. 04.05.1913   married: William O. Haines

Margaret Troyer married Hays C. Post on 10.4.1941 at the mission in Santa Barbara California. They had five children.

Mary Post Warren
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock

Recently I came across a typed copy of  the 'Memories of Yost and Martha Schrock'.  These memories were written by Yost and Martha's children and grandchildren.  It would be a wonderful idea if we all had our children and grandchildren write their memories of their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

I'm not sure when this booklet was written but it is typed.  I do know it was before 1963 as my grandfather was still alive.

A little background:  Casper Schrock was Yost's grandfather.  Casper's exact birthdate is unknown but is suppose to be around 1745 in Switzerland. He married Mary Stuckey, a native of Germany.  (I'm not sure whether they married before or after immigrating to the United States).  To this union were born 10 children - Henry, John, Christian, Michael, Katie, David, Joseph, Abraham, Jacob, and Peter.

Peter being the 10th child was born in Summerset County, Pennsylvania in September 1795 and died in April 1846.  In the year 1818 he married Sarah Miller.  Their children were: 

Catherine        born: 1.2.1821         married: John Troyer
Elizabeth         born:       1823         married: Christian Plank
Susanah          born: 3.19.1825       married: Daniel Schrock 
Yost Y.**      born: 3.21.1827       married: Martha Plank
Elias               born: 6.27.1829       married: Elizabeth Strutzman
Benjamin        born: 6.7.1831?       married: Rachel Schrock
Sarah             born: 9.10.1834       married: Christian Stuckey
Mary             born: 9.8.1837         married: Noah Troyer

Yost Y. Schrock
was Peter and Sarah (Miller) Schrock's 4th child and was born near Wayne County, Ohio on 3.21.1827 and died at his home near Middlebury Indiana in 1910.

In October 1848 at the age of 21 Yost married Martha Plank of Wooster Ohio.  After the marriage Yost and Martha moved on the old homestead and here their two oldest children were born.  In 1851 they moved to Elkhart County Indiana. The following spring they purchased the farm on which Yost died near Middlebury Indiana.  Their children were:

Christian       born: 10.10.1849     married Susan Hostetler
Issac            born: 03.13.1851     married: Mariah Burns
Elizabeth     born: 01.20.1853    married: Joseph Troyer
Elias             born: 10.31.1854     married: Nancy Hoover
Magdaline    born: 08.18.1864     died: 6.12.1865
Nancy         born: 03.27.1866     married: Benjamin F. Priser
William        born: 05.28. 1868    married: Lulu Vandersten
Clara           born: 09.06.1870    married: John Zimmerman

Now that you have a little background the next time I will start posting the 'Memories' part of the book
Mary Post Warren
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

SNGF - Ancestral Name List Roulette

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings usually gives us a "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" challenge.  This week we are to:
1) How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."

I picked my grandfather Elmer Troyer mainly because he was the only grandfather I ever knew and because he was more of a grandfather to me than my other grandfather could ever be.  Elmer was my mother's father.

Elmer Troyer was born on September 4, 1884.  If he were alive today he would be 126 1/2 years old.  Taking the 126 years and dividing by 4 puts me at 31 1/2.   I've rounded this down to 31 which now becomes my 'roulette number'.

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel"). Who is that person?

Number 31 on my genealogy software program is my mother's sister and my grandfather's youngest daughter - Dorothy Troyer Haines. (Dorothy is the bride in this picture, the bridesmaid is my mother)

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."
  • Dorothy was born April 5, 1913.  She was 4 years younger than her older sister.  Dorothy and Margaret were the only 2 children of Elmer and Mary (Motzko) Troyer
  • Dorothy was born in Modesto California, raised in Goshen Indiana, and died in Pomona California
  • Dorothy married William Oliver Haines on July 6, 1935.  They had 4 children, 21 grandchildren and if they were alive today they would have uncountable great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  (Someday I'll figure out how many!)
Mary Post Warren
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

It's There!

This picture is from an e-mail that I had received sometime last year.   I thought it was a joke and that someone had made it up with photoshop or some similar program.  But in our traveling between Phoenix and Yuma, Arizona I came across the real billboard....I was very surprised to see it.  Being on the freeway we passed the sign much to fast to take the picture.  About 50-100 feet east of this sign was another sign with Ronald Reagan on it.  I have no clue what it said...but I'm sure it was a 'follow-up' to this one.  If you are ever passing through the area it's off the I-8 on the north (or left hand side) of the freeway while driving east toward Phoenix.  Just east of Wilcox, Arizona.  This town is so small it's not on the google map, so I posted one of Yuma.

Mary Post Warren
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Being 75% computerless since the first of the year I've had to come up with other things to do. See, during the holidays I spent some time in southern Arizona and Mexico having fun with my son and getting my teeth worked on. My computer went to the 'shop' to be 'fixed'...son has a friend who lives near him and he is a computer-pro.  His friend has done a lot of upgrading and fixing of my computers over the past 10 years and has always done an excellent job and no charge but cost for parts.  This time he said it just needed cleaning and tweaking and it would be just fine...but when I got it home it wasn't so fine.  No sound, USB ports not reading the flash drives, cordless mouse doesn't work and internet is slower than slow.  My internet and/or screen freeze up a dozen times or more a day.  Son and friend live a couple hundred miles away and no time to get back down there.  So I'm 'dealing with it'....ugh.  I miss my facebooking and blogging the most.  I left my laptop down there (before I knew this one was in the condition it was in) so I can't even use it as a replacement.  WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO?

Fortunately for me my kids bought me a Kindle for Christmas.  I love that baby!  It's almost as good as my computer (especially now).  I've been doing A LOT of reading.  Many books can be downloaded for FREE from (I think it's those that are pass their copyright period that are free).  I'm 'into' the old classics...Little Women, Emma, Wuthering Heights, The Secret Garden are some of my favorites.  I've read them all a couple times before but it's always good to re-read them especially for FREE.  Since Christmas I've read Emma and Little Women.  I've got in cue Jo's Boys and Little Men.  Not only are these books classics and forever worth reading they also make us realize what life was REALLY like in the 1700 and 1800s.  "Going calling" is one of my favorite of the things to do.  I love the fact that as Jo was becoming famous with her writing of books that the author describes how much she had to write and rewrite and edit again the books...I would read and imagine her today and how much easier it would be for her.  We don't appreciate how how easy we have it. 

The only con I see against it is that you can only purchase your books from  That's not a major con for me as I do most of my shopping online.  You do have to be near a wireless connection to download the books (I have one with my internet).  But you do not have to be near a connection if to read what you've downloaded.  Many places like Starbucks, McDonalds, Barnes & Noble offer free wi-fi, just drop in have a cup of java and download to your hearts content.

If you don't have one a Kindle it is a great investment.  Mine drops right into my purse and it goes everywhere with me...if ever I have to wait 5 minutes for something I can just pick it out  of my purse and read away.  Just don't read and drive!

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Mary Post Warren
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Relocated Blog

I have just relocated my blog -  This has been one of my goals for a long time, the previous link used was an old one I had from when I sold real estate.  If you are a follower of mine please 'follow me' on the right hand side.  I could not get the system to move my followers along with the site.  Bookmark this new page and delete the bookmark you have for the old page.  In a week or two I will be deleting the old page totally (or should I leave it so that if others find it they will know what happened?)

Looking forward to great blogging in 2011.  Currently I'm having issues with my computer and I can not upload pictures that I saved on my Flash  ports are not working. Any pictures I took or scanned during December to currently I do not have access to at this time. :(  Please bear with me, this issue will eventually be resolved.
Mary Post Warren
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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - What are they searching for?

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings using gives us a "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" challenge.  This week we are to:

1)  Go to your Blog Statistics website (e.g., StatCounter, Google Analytics, etc.) and find the page for "Keyword Searches" done on your blog.

2)  Tell us some of the funniest or most interesting keyword searches and your reaction to them.  Write your own blog post or put them in a comment to this post, or in a comment or status on Facebook.

Some of the search terms used to find Mary's Musings during this past month have been:

    • uses for fruit cake mix - the person was led to my posting of December 14, 2010 - not sure if it's what they were looking for but it's what they got!
    • marys - If they had put the marys musings as all one word they would not have been led to my site.  I wish I could get this for my URL.  I am surprised they made it to my blog.
    • motzko hardware store marsing, id –  I wish I knew who searched with this…they were definitely looking for my great uncle’s store.   They spent 6 min and 17 seconds on my site and visited 2 pages
    • kids sitting in sant claus laps fotos - this led them to my December 6, 2010 posting 
    • rootsmagic - this led the person to my blog on January 4, 2011 
    Interesting info and a great challenge Randy! Thanks!

    Mary Post Warren
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    Thursday, January 6, 2011

    Follow Friday: If I Had a Time Machine...

    I got the idea for this post from Lorine McGinnis Schultze at Olive Tree Genealogy  She wrote the article a few weeks ago.  I've been thinking on it ever since.  How cool would it be to have 'time machines'....I use to think they were just science fiction and fantasy and they could never happen.  But then I thought - look how much has happened in the last 25 years with technology!  Who would of thought we'd ever be posting our thoughts on a blog for the entire world to see electronically?  Who'd of thought we'd find long lost relatives and/or living family members we never knew we had - all through the use of technology?

    So, why not time machines in the next 10-25 years (my expected lifespan)?  I can see it happening.  I would love to see it happen - what would I do and where would I go in one of these machines?

    My first thoughts were I'd go back to the 1879 when my great-grandparents set sail from Breman, Germany for the United States. I would love to listen to them with their thoughts, hear their excitement for starting a new life and talk about their sadness of leaving their parents/brothers/sisters/other relatives behind.   I'd love to sit in their shadow (I'm not sure if they would be able to see or know me) and hear what they have to say.  I would hope that I would be able to understand the Polish language.  I'd want to take notes or record historical events but I'm not sure if a time machine will let me do more than watch - after all if I did much more I could be changing history.

    Mary Post Warren
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    Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    Happy New Year - 2011

    A late Happy New Year to everyone!  And a late 'Blogaversary' to me!

    Wow...what happened? I haven't blogged since before Christmas! And only 15 blog posts in the month of December!  Time to get back to blogging.  December was a fairly busy month -  I tried to keep up with the 'Advent Calendar' blogs but, alas, I only had time (and memory) for 10 out of the 24.  Thanks to my sister for helping me with jogging my memory (it's SO bad) and providing food for thought on my blogs.

    I even missed my 'Blogaversary' on January year since I started blogging about family and ancestors. I've learned so much in this past year...from finding where my dad's sister was buried (read Lucille Post) to finding my niece whom no one had heard from in 22+ years (read Little Girl Lost and Little Girl Lost FOUND).  I've made new online friends, connected with family, and learned a lot.

    I'm excited because I'm going to my first ever AZ Family History Expo - I won the ticket in a drawing held by fellow blogger Michelle Goodrum of The Turning of Generations blog.  I've never been to any conventions or expo's related to family history and I'm anxious to see what I will learn, as well as meet genealogists who both blog or may not blog.  I'm also excited because in response to a contest Cheryl Palmer had on her Heritage Happens blog I have won Roots Magic 4 (a genealogy and family tree software for my computer). 

    Some of my goals (not resolutions) for the new year:

    • Read 5 chapters of the Bible daily (in a quest to read through the Bible)
    • Read 2 books a month (I've fallen behind on my book reading since I've been working). I'd like to read one classic (I've just finished Jane Austen's EMMA and am now reading Louisa May Alcott's LITTLE WOMEN) and one 'for fun or info book'
    • Volunteer in the school library - have already put this in motion by speaking to the school librarian. Working at the school makes this easy as I will already be there.
    • Research family info and blog a minimum of 3 days a week
    • Attend a genealogy convention (does the free tickets I won above count towards this?)
    • Get my zucchini to grow this year (last year I got none)  :( 
    • More canning and freezing of fresh fruits and veggies (either grown by me or given to me by my wonderful neighbor)
    • Walk more - I've recently implemented this by walking to work/school. It's a neighborhood school so it's fairly close

    Mary Post Warren
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