Piecing together Eleanor Jane Newell Stockford

Dearest family.  I worry that the mechanics of genealogy bore you despite my excitement at being able to extend another line just a little bit further.  So, the first part of this post will be to tell the story of Eleanor Cobe's grandmother, Eleanor Jane Newell, and I hope it is interesting.  Then I will end it with … Continue reading Piecing together Eleanor Jane Newell Stockford

Oops – They happen to us all

We have all had accidents. But how many of us had our misfortunes recounted in the local newspapers? Could you just imagine the whole community knowing? Well, that’s not hard for the ancestors who were members of the community pillars. Several of them had their oops’ reported publicly. In 1893, Edward Coomer lost his thumb … Continue reading Oops – They happen to us all


One thing that seems to be a tradition in my family is facial hair. We come from a long line of bearded or mustached gentlemen. Not all of them were bearded, of course. But my father is a bearded man and, as a result, I have an affinity for beards. Even my husband sports a … Continue reading Bearded