Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Help Wanted in a Historical Search

For over a year now, I've been trying my hardest to trace a certain book I have back to its owners in the 1880's. Trust me when I say I've run out of ideas. I've never talked about it here, but I've posted about it on various genealogy sites and so far I've had no replies. The time has come for me to expand my search in the hopes that somebody, somewhere will be able to help.  Here's a quick rundown:

I have a book called The Beauties of Shakespeare by Rev. William Dodd and inside is written a bunch of names of students who used it. I really want to find out more about them. Altogether there are ten names in the book. Here's what I have so far:

1. Lulu M. Hensley
     -sister of Herman. Parents were J.W. and Elizabeth Hensley. She was born in 1866 in Yates City, IL. She went on to marry William Lind. She is listed on the 1880 census as living in Yates City, IL.
2. Herman J. Hensley
     -brother of Lulu. Parents were J.W. and Elizabeth Hensley. He was born in 1863 in Yates City, IL. He went on to marry Effie/Effa Carter. He is listed on the 1880 census as living in Yates City, IL.
3. Maggie Clancy
     -She was born in October 1862 in Illinois. to James and Ellen Clancy. Her full name was Margaret. She is listed on the 1880 census as living in Yates City, IL.
4. Henry W. Flanegan [sic]
     - He was born in 1863 in Iowa to James and Susan Flanegan. He is listed on the 1880 census as living in Yates City, IL.
5. Pearl*
6. Guy*
7. J.H. Boggess
     - He was born about 1861 in IL. He is listed on the 1880 census as living in Yates City, IL, but not with his family. He is boarding with another family and is listed as being a minister.
8. Ben
9. Bradford
10. Doug Barker
* The two that interest me particularly are Guy and Pearl. They never wrote their last names in the book, but they did write love notes to each other. They're really sweet and I want to find out what happened to them! Pretty much the only clue they left is that they were part of the "class of 1881". At first I assumed they would be from Yates City, IL. as well, but I combed through the 1880 census a million times and didn't find either one. But then there are always middle names and nicknames that weren't listed. Honestly, I'm afraid that I've hit a dead end. 

So, anything that somebody could possibly say or guess about anybody from the book would help me so much! This is probably the most interesting mystery I've come across and I'm desperate to solve it!

Thank you!

P.S. I'm still working on my picture-a-day challenge and I've been keeping up! I just haven't had time to go though and edit them because I've been so busy with Christmas and birthdays. I promise to get them up soon!

P.P.S. I'll also work on taking pictures of the writing in the book so you can see how cool it is!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

December 11 - Love

Today's prompt was "love" and I procrastinated all day. It was super late by the time I took some pictures and my dog had already fallen asleep. I took a lot of pictures of her lying by my bed and she kept cracking one eye open and glaring at me as if saying "Aren't you done yet?! It's time to go to bed!" I took the hint and cut the photoshoot short. She was grateful and went back to snoring.

December 10 - Naughty/Knotty

So, my prompt for today was "naughty" and I spent forever trying to think up a good subject. I was stumped for the longest time and wandering around the park when I was struck with a thought...


I love homophones. Haha. So I end up going with a shot of this lovely tree that knots all over it.

Monday, December 10, 2012

December 9 - Ribbon

For today's prompt, "ribbon", I brought out a ridiculously big bow left over from a present last year and let my cat have fun. It took her a while to warm up to it, but eventually she started having fun and it was on. She even pulled a few ornaments off the tree!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

December 8 - Light

Today's prompt was "light". I tried a few shots with my pets lying at the base of the tree, but they weren't feeling too cooperative tonight. Maybe next time.

December 7 - Party

Today, some friends and I had a small get-together to exchange gifts before we all leave town. It was one of the last days we will all be together until the new year and we had a lot of fun.

For a while, I was left alone with my camera so I came back with hundreds of pictures to choose from.

The prompt was: Party.

Only eighteen more days until Christmas!

P.S. Sorry I forgot to post this on Friday! Busy day and all...I promise to get better!

Friday, December 7, 2012

December 6 - Peace

I took this picture for today's prompt, "Peace", because during the day around here, it's super loud and busy. But, once the sun sets, things start to calm down and it gets pretty much silent by the time I head to bed. 

Tonight was no exception.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December 5 - Warm

I owe a huge thank you to my sister for today's picture. After a long, busy day she helped me come up with the concept. I couldn't have done it without her.

The prompt was "warm".

Also, while taking this picture, I discovered a new setting on my camera! Now I can hold the shutter open manually - I didn't know how to do that before. Yay!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

December 4 - Soft

Today's prompt (soft) makes me wish I had my cat. She's so soft and cuddly, but not close by. So I used my sister's lovely hair instead.

Monday, December 3, 2012

December 3 - Crumbs


Talk about a random prompt! Haha.

It took me a while to figure out what to photograph, but I ended up liking my picture for today a lot.

I took my camera to dinner with me and I'm sure I provided quite the spectacle for the other people in the restaurant as I clicked away at my freshly-arrived food, throughout the meal, and at the empty dishes.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December 2 - Glitter

My day two prompt was glitter.

When the time came to take pictures, I discovered that my house is severely lacking in glittery things, but I was able to find a few suitable subjects. Halfway through, I had an epiphany which led me to taking way over my self-imposed limit. So much for that. Haha.

Oddly enough, the one I ended up choosing was a spur-of-the-moment picture I took while setting up lighting.

December 1 - Faith

For the month of December, I'm taking a break from the usual programming here and trying my hand at a photo-a-day challenge.

Here's how it'll work: every day at midnight my lovely sister sends me a prompt and I have twenty-four hours to take my photo. I'm trying to get the shot in fifty frames or less, but I don't know how long that will last.

My goal is to have fun and hopefully improve my photography along the way. I thought it'd be fun to share my progress.

For December 1st, my prompt was faith.

Any thoughts?