Monday, January 26, 2015

Shaw Pictures: Please identify

Audrey is farthest right
These pictures were not labeled. They were with other pictures taken 1965 and appear to be of a Shaw Reunion.  Any help with identification would be appreciated.  
Rosa Eliza Shaw left, Grandma Melissa Ann Shaw Wardle on right and two of her siblings

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pictures of Grandma Melissa Anne Shaw Wardle and Children

Could these pictures be of Grandpa's funeral, or shortly after.  The were developed in December 1973, or a full our after Grandpa passed away. No labels provided but all together and clothing the same.
Donna Phyllis and Sandra and David Olsen

Grandma and Denise Olsen

Wardle woman, Phyllis, Lula, Grandma, Audrey, and my mother (daughter-in-law) Ileen

My father Jim and Grandma

Grandma at her home in Rexburg

Phyllis, Lula, Grandma, Ileen, Audrey
Aunt Verna is missing from these.  If anyone knows the occasion please let me know.  Billy

Saturday, January 24, 2015

My Visit to Aunt Joy's Grave

My cousin, Ray Olsen, added a Billion Graves link to the Family Search page of Aunt Joy Jean Williams Wardle.  She is my father's aunt, the wife of Uncle Leo, son of William Haston Wardle.  They had no children.  When I realized that the grave was in San Jose, I determined to visit.  I figured the grave probably had not been visited by anyone for at least 50 years, if not more.  I became determined to place a rose.  The link shows the grave in the North East corner of the Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose.  I walked past the palm trees, and had some difficulty finding the grave.  It was farther than I had assumed from looking at the internet picture.  In fact, the graves were all placed for those reading from the south, while her grave was in the first line of gravestones placed the opposite way, for those reading from the north. 
It created a special moment, and a special memory.  I was introduced to Aunt Joy when I wrote my father's history.  My father seemed to really enjoy his time visiting with her when he was in the Navy as a young man.
looking to the North East from the gravesite

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

William Haston Wardle Reunion 1965, Idaho

Please help identify pictures, and verify my identification.


Wilford and his daughter Audrey

Leo, Vernal, Delilah, Mary Ann, Orrin, Wilford, Reed, Norval

Carolyn, Kenneth and his wife

Norval and Orrin


Kenneth wife and baby with Audrey in background

Vernal Haston Wardle

Kenneth, Sara, David Chase (I didn't ask them the name of the other member of their family.)  Wardle Family Reunion Pocatello Ross Park July 17, 1965. caption by James Wilford Wardle Jr.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

My Dad's visits with Uncle Leo Wardle and Aunt Joy Jean Williams Wardle

Aunt Joy Wardle, wife of Uncle Leo and myself, taken at The Playland in San Francisco sometime in 1945, Jim Wardle

This excerpt is taken from my father's WWII history.  I took it from the letters he wrote while serving in the Navy.  He was stationed at Treasure Island, San Francisco for radio school.
Uncle Leo and Aunt Joy: Uncle Leo was Grandpa's brother, six years his junior and the fourth child.  (Grandpa is James Wilford Wardle Sr.  Their parents are William Haston Wardle And Anne Sorenson.)  His wife was Joy.  Joy was Leo's second wife.  His first marriage ended in separation.  Dad must have found his aunt and uncle quickly after arriving in San Francisco.  "I'm goig to spend Saturday afternoon and evening with them again this weekend." (letter 181)
Dad mentioned his missing the potatoes that were sent to Mrs. Llewelyn (in Clarksville, Arkansas where he was stationed before.)  "Never mind the potatoes....  On second thought, why not send them right to Uncle Leo?  I was thinking it would be too much bother to take them over there but you could sent it right to them."  (letter 181)
He called them next week and they were looking for Junior, Dad's cousin to visit (Ulysses Grant Daniels Jr. Aunt Delilah's son.)  "I called Aunt Joy up yesterday.  They were rather looking for Junior.  I don't know if he came or not."  (letter 183)  Later he commented about Junior.  "Junior was through here last week.  He called Aunt Joy and told her he was coming over, and then never showed up.  That guy seems rather undependable to me.  I've been down to meet him at the station twice and he's never shown up or even given an explanation."  (letter 193)
Dad loved the theater and Aunt Joy took Dad to see "Othello."  "She is going to buy a ticket to 'Othello' for me.  It is going to be lovely.  The wonderful singing of Paul Robeson and the immortal play of Shakespeare."  (letter 183)  "I saw Othello last night.  Oh, Ive never seen anything as wonderful.  I only wished I'd read the play before so I oculd have understood it a little better.  It was simply grand.  I had a fairly good seat too.  It was a little to one side but otherwise okay.  They only cost $3.60.  (letter 184)
Dad spent a day with AUnt Joy in San Francisco.  "I didn't tell you about spending last weeken with Aunt Joy, did I?  Well we went out to Play land.  That's a permanent carnival, all lkinds of rides, concesions and so forth.  There was a couple of their friends with us.  Junior was supposed to be with us but he didn't show up." (letter 184)
Dad spent another weekend with them, and Junior was supposed to have been there as well but wasn't.  (letter 185)  Dad went there every two or three weeks.  (letter 186)Dad used their car at times, and asked his parents for gas coupons (gas was rationed during the war.)  "Joy and Leo are fine.  I saw them Saturday.  [I] got the car that night.  If you could send a gas ticket I'd appreciate it.  Leo didn't say so but dropped a little hint he'd like some gas whenever I use it.  It's only fair because I burn it all.  (letter 190)  Dad received some gas coupons form home but still needed more.  "Say that gas stamp came exactly at the right time."  (letter 191)  "It's almost desperately necessary that I get some gas coupons if you have any extras."  (letter 195)
Around the time of Dad's birthday, he toured with Uncle Leo and Aunt Joy.  They traveled towards Santa Rosa.  "{[I went} up the country with Aunt Joy and Uncle Leo Sunday.  We went to a place called Sebastopol.  They have some friends living there who have a small apple orchard.  All in all I enjoyed the weekend."  (letter 198)
Towards the end of Dad's stay at Treasure Island he said this about Aunt Joy and Uncle Leo.  "Aunt Joy wanted me to ask you if you had any extra red points and if you did she could really use them.  If you have, send them to me and I can give them to her.  They have been so good to me." (letter 200)
Dad's mother and sister, Lula, came to visit him in San Francisco in June and July of 1945.  They stayed with Uncle Leo and Aunt Joy. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Find a Grave, William Ashton
This is a link to the Find a Grave for William Ashton.  The article says it is not known how long William served in the military.  This is not true.  William fulfilled his five year obligation, serving from 1856-1861.  He discharged from the barracks at Benicia, California.  It is known that he returned to England.  What is not known is how quickly he returned.  If anyone has some insights that would be appreciated.  His unit returned to the Easter United States to serve in the Civil War. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Geneology Training

Northland Stake Family History Library sponsored a family history training yesterday.  It was well attended.  There was a training at the center in Tracy as well. 
I learned the benefit of having  I was wary of the new program as it only entered 5 generations of my information, and I didn't want to have to enter everything in my hand.  But I went to the end of my family tree, and picked a name.  I then looked up the name in search on  I found a document related to my great x 5 grandparents Abraham Brand and Margeret Francis and their children. 
It is so nice these resources are there.
What is new on family search.
Descendency View.  I am not sure if I like it, but this is a pictorial pedigree.  The traditional view is also still there.  A new feature is the ability to attach documents to an individual.  As you go through the people in your tree, when you get to the person page, there is a feature where family search may suggest several documents as being related to you ancestor.  You can review, and attach the ones you feel are actually referring to your ancestor.  This is like hint and
This are pretty cool.