Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Farm

I wonder often about the house where I lived the first years of my life.  Who built it?  When did they build it?  Has it had additions over the years.  I asked Mom, but she didn't arrive at the farm until the mid 1950's.  If I would have only spoke with Grandpa Arnold or Dad more about the house. 
I can remember quite a bit of the home, where the bedrooms were, the telephone, the garden, the orchard, the clothesline.  But I will probably never know the story of that home. 
I was so excited to find this little bit of detail that Mom wrote for the Arnold entry in the publication of the History of Ford County, Illinois, 1984.  I asked Mom for more details, but she really can't recall writing the column. 

So the "small" home was located somewhere else on the property.  The home was moved to where we all recall it being located and additions were made through the years.  Mom and I kind of figured that, as the downstairs bedroom had a door that led to the backyard which made no sense.  No patio, just a few steps there.  Possibly that room was the main house. The addition of a large kitchen, utility room, bathroom and a second story of bedrooms would make sense for Johnson and Beckie's large family.
Jerry Shambrook (a cousin from the Robbins side of the family)related to Mom that he remembers the basement being poured under the home.  Mom and I have contemplated on possibly the front porch was added at that time also, because the stairs to the basement were located in this area.
I wonder where the home was first located.  The family oral history says the home of Beckie's parents, Carl and Tina, was once a cob shed.  That home (cob shed) was located at the end of the lane.  This being the lane north of the present home.  Maybe the shed and the home were both located at the end of the north lane. Would all of the buildings have been in the same spot at one time?
When were the barns built, the welding shop or what Mom calls the "grainery" added to the homestead? 

A lot of questions that may never be answered.     

Note:  previous land owners and old plats for an original home location.  Have Mom draw a picture inside and out of the home.  Anyone else have photos of "the farm" house?

Friday, May 19, 2017

29 Arnolds

Can you add to the list?
5. Seward Milton Lobdell Arnold
6. Hattie Arnold McNeil
10. Eli McNeil
11. Lora McNeil?
12. Pearl McNeil?
15. Beckie Zwig Arnold
16. Amos Arnold
17. Lora Johnson Arnold
26. Robert McNeil?
28. Ellen McNeil?
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Silas S. Arnold

--On the back of the photo is handwritten:  Silas Stukeley Arnold.   Died at the age of 21 years.

--Paxton Record.  6 August 1896.

Son of Amos and Lora (Johnson) Arnold. Buried Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts, Ford County, Illinois.


13 Arnolds.

This is what is on the back of the photo?  Do you know differently?  Let me know? 

 1.  Tom Tarvin
 2.  Mary Arnold Tarvin (Bunker, one more)
 3.  Elma Arnold Cook
 4.  C. W. Cook
 5.  Cora Yackee Arnold
 6.  Seba Arnold Linn??
 7.  Seward Arnold
 8.  Louise Arnold
 9.  Elizabeth Cook
10.  Amos Arnold
11.  Ellen McNeil??
12.  Lora Johnson Arnold
13.  Frances Linn

Great Grandfather Arnold Mystery

The back of the photo is written Great Grandfather Arnold 1843.  So who is this?  Father of Amos??
So the father of Amos is Stukley B. Arnold.  1801 to 1879. 
The grandfather of Amos is Joseph Stukeley Arnold.  1774 to 1852.
If the photo was taken in 1843, the father would be 42 in the photo, and if it is the grandfather of Amos he would be 69 in the photo.  So does this person look 42 or 69? 
So if it is Joseph Stukeley Arnold that would be Amos' grandfather and Seba, Seward, Hattie, Johnson, etc's great grandfather.  It might be  . . . Joseph Stukeley Arnold 1774-1852.  How will we ever find out?


Do you agree or disagree with any of my identifications?  Please let me know.  You can respond here or to  Thanks.

Frances Linn looks to be maybe 4 or 5 in the photo.  She was born in 1905.  So the timeframe maybe 1910 or so???

Beckie Zwigg Arnold was my great grandmother.  She married Johnson Arnold.  Seward Arnold and Cora Yackee Arnold are husband and wife and their only child is Louise Arnold, she is sitting in front of her mother, Cora Arnold.  Seba, Seward and Johnson Arnold (not shown, but his wife is Beckie Zwigg Johnson) are siblings.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Samantha Rueck's Family

--Roberts Herald.  7 June 1939.

Grandpa (Ernest Arnold's) sister, Samantha Arnold Rueck, this is her husband's father.  Milton Rueck and Fred Rueck were brothers.