Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Sarah Smith and Henry Harrison Payton December 12, 1867

This is to Certify that Henry H. Payton of Onarga, Illinois and Sarah Smith of Onarga, Illinois were by me united in  HOLY MATRIMONY on the 12 day of Dec in the year our our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and 67.  In the presence of.........

Irquois county 

I B F Price Clerk of the County of said County, hereby certify that Mr. Henry H. Payton was married to Sarah Smith in said County on the 12th day of December A.D. 1867 by Alexander G Wilson a Minister of the Gospel duly authorized to solemnize marriages by the Statute of the State of Illinois, as appears by his return and certificate of Marriage attached to the license granted therefor by the Clerk of this Court, and now on file in my office and record in Marriage Registration Book 1. Page 1. 

In witness of whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and attached the seal of said  County Court, at my office in Watseka, ILL. this 24th day of October A.D. 1900. B F Price.

As you can see this was with Henry Payton's Civil War pension file.

Henry Harrison Payton and Sarah Smith were my great great grandparents.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Matrilineal Monday - Sarah Smith (Payton) - My Great Great Grandmother

Sarah Smith, youngest of the five children of George P. and Araminta (Eigenbrode) Smith, was born October 20, 1850 at Pleasant Hill, Montgomery county, Indiana.  Her mother died in 1853 when she was only three years of age.  Her father married again in 1854 to Julia Ann Moore.

In 1860, the family lived in Ashgrove, Iroquois county, Illinois

In 1865 or 1866, George, Julia Ann and the family moved, by covered wagon, to Sullivan county, Missouri,  near Green City.  George C. and Sarah, eldest and youngest of George P. and Araminta’s children went with them.  Mary, Martin and Aaron were deceased by 1860. The family was only in Missouri a short time when Julia Ann died in May of 1867, and George returned to Iroquois county, Illinois with his family.

Sarah was married December 12, 1867 to Henry Harrison Payton, at Onarga, Iroquois county, Illinois, where they lived for thirty years, until his death in 1900.

To this union ten children were born, nine of the children lived until adulthood. William Franklin, b 14 January 1869; Minnie A. b. 14 September 1870; Josephine  (Josie) Evaline b. 10 March 1872;  Frank b. 13 January 1875 d. 20 February 1875; Arthur L.  b. 13 January 1876; Mary E. b. 16 March 1878;  James A. b. 29 June 1880; Alice Lenora b. 3 February 1884; Anna b. 1 September 1886; Edith b. 7 August 1889.

After Henry’s death, 7 September 1900, Sarah and her youngest daughter, Edith, moved to Washington state. Her eldest daughters, Minnie (married to Francis Marion  Smith) and Josie (married to Joseph Clinton Smith) were living in Washington state.
On July 20, 1908 at Colfax, Whitman county, Washington, Sarah was married to Francis W. Sever, a farmer, of Wilcox, Washington. Ages 58 and 71 years. Sarah’s youngest daughter Edith was living with her in 1910.
Francis W. Sever died February 8, 1915 in Palouse, Whitman county, Washington.

I think this may be Francis Sever or  Elwood Harold

After Mr. Sever’s death, Sarah was married to Abraham Miller, a retired soldier, of Albion, Whitman county, Washington. They were married March 28, 1917 at Colfax, Washington. Ages 66 and 79. Abraham Miller died April 2, 1919 in Albion, Whitman county, Washington.

I think this may be Abram Miller? 

After the death of Abraham Miller, Sarah was married a fourth time. On May 25, 1920, She married Elwood Harold, a minister of the Gospel. Ages 69 and 73.

Sarah died at age 79 years, April 27, 1929, at Spokane county, Washington. Her body was take back to Iroquois county, Illinois for burial beside her first husband Henry Harrison Payton in the G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka, Illinois.

Friday, June 13, 2014

World War II Letters Home June 13, 1939 - Estelles Wickenkamp

                                                                                       School of Air Navigation
                                                                                       Royal Air Force
                                                                                       Manston, Kent
                                                                                      June 13, 1939

Dear Folks:

I got your letter of May 21 today, it took 23 days to get here - I don't know why.  It shouldn't take over 21 or 14 days, but as long as I get them I don't mind.

In another 2 1/2 weeks I'll leaving Manston unless I get on Astro course which I don't think is very likely as they are only taking 2 or 3 out of our class of 45.  I may be fortunate enough to come back for it later on after I am at a Squadron.  Anyhow,  I'll be able to get my 2nd class Navigator's License after I leave here so that will be alright (I hope)!)

We are night flying tonight.  I think that I am 1st navigator.  I am not sure as I haven't seen the program yet.  We take off at 10:30 and get back about 1:00 a.m.  We won't have to get up until 9:00 o'clock tomorrow.  From here we got to Wyton, Bircham, Newton and return.  These places are about 90 miles north and a little west of here, just south of the Wash.  It's jolly fine flying over towns at night, some of them  make pretty patterns.  I mean the street lights, as some are rows of blue arc-lights, others are yellow (fog lights), others are just like ordinary white ones.  the big red and blue neon signs show up very plainly too.  We tell how much the wind is blowing us off course by watching these lights on the ground as they pass down the drift wires on the the bomb sight.  Then all we have to do is alter course to one side or other to counteract this drift - that makes our actual path in the correct direction.

We usually have a different pilot every trip, some of them aren't as good as others, but with a bit of complicated navigating we usually manage to get within a couple miles of our destination.  When we fly over the North Sea our courses are generally from 1 light ship to another.  Light ships are anchored vessels with fog sirens and flashing beacons on them - used for marine navigation.  Sometimes when we come to a light ship that is a turning point for us, the pilot goes down and "shoots it up" (you should know by now what that means).  The other day our pilot gave us an exhibition for real flying - he came so close to this Dutch light ship that I thought he was going to cut the ropes off the masts.  I guess these keepers on the vessels get pretty lonesome - when they saw us coming they hoisted the Dutch flag as a salute to us, and stood on deck waving to us.  When about 3 or 4 planes start shooting up a passenger ship, everyone comes up on deck and waves their hands off - maybe they are trying to shoo us away.

As soon as I remember to buy some glue, I have a few magazines I want to send to you, also my Commission signed by the King.

I'm sorry about Mrs. Mackay not receiving my Christmas card because I did send her one, in fact she was about the 1st one in Stenen that I thought of sending one.  I'll write her a little letter and send her a photo - that will make her feel good, I betcha!

Well, I am going to get washed up for supper, then I'll do a bit of studying before we go up tonight.  I'll write some more again tomorrow.  Probably I'll know some  more news.


We didn't fly Tuesday night as per schedule so it will be either tonight or tomorrow night.  All our our day-navigation is completed so there is the one night trip to do.  During the next fortnight we will be struggling through our final exams.

Our squadron leader instructor said today that we would probably be posted at Honington in Norfolk for a month or 2 after leaving here.  We will be putting in day and night time as 2nd pilot to qualify as 1st pilot for twin engines when we finally get transferred to our squadrons.  I think that we will most likely fly Harrows (not the line you have in the field).

I saw in today's paper that Kingie and Queenie think Prince Edward Island is a very fine spot, also that they intend to revisit Canada and take the Princesses with them.

I am enclosing one of my mess bills just to give you and idea of how they mount up.  Sometimes they are more and sometimes less, this is a fair average though.

I can't find anything else lying around that I can send and I don't know what else to write about so I guess I'll just have to quit.  It's about time Richard and Dad struggled through another letter - isn't it??  How's the flu Richard - has it still gotcha?  Will write again next week.

As Ever, Love,