Alexander W. Perry married Abigail Cheney in Mankato MN in 1897. Abigail was born in Wisconsin and her father, Hannibal Cheney, was from Brandon Vermont. Her mother, Susan Leonard, was from Massachusetts. A.W. Perry was my great grandfather.
There were other Cheneys who lived in the Mankato area, mostly around Rapidan.
My research in Brandon did not uncover a Hannibal Cheney, however I did find many other Cheneys, a Cheney Hill, and Cheney cemetery.
- Edward and Betsey Cheney
Edwyn Carlisle Perry was born in Amboy, Minnesota on Nov 10, 1898 to George and Anna Perry. He was murdered on or about July 1, 1939 in Payette, Idaho. According to newpaper reports on his murder, Edwyn joined the “national guard, and saw service on the Mexican border before the war. Later he spent 19 months in France with the 146th machine gunners.”
The Idaho National Guard unit was activated to go to Arizona during the Mexican Revolution to guard the US border. According to the historical notes attached to the archive collection at Utah State University, the unit was at Fort Huachuca, Nogales, Arizona from July to December 1916. http://uda-db.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv05407
The 41st Division, 146th Machine Gunners trained at Camp Fremont, in what is now downtown Menlo Park and parts of Stanford University, before being sent to France. http://freepages.military.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~worldwarone/WWI/divisions.html#Forty-first
Even though Edwyn was born three short months after my grandfather in the same small town, my family did not know anything about him or the rest of the family who moved to Idaho.
Charles James Perry was the first-born child of James Perry and Lydia Smith. He was born in Savannah, Illinois in 1853 and grew up in Minnesota. Sometime in the 1870s he moved to St. Paul Minnesota and started working for the railroad. He and his family lived not too far from what is now Bandana Square, which was the transfer yard for the Minnesota Transfer Railway.
Until I make my next visit to a site, I am spending time reading google books. Today, the history of the Minnesota Transfer Railway and the Switchmen’s Union. Charles Perry was part of the Union and an officer. I figure he has to be mentioned somewhere.
I think I have found one mention, in a 1919 edition. It is a Ladies’ Auxiliary to the union note.
Journal of the Switchman’s Union.
A Tyrrell died this October. One of my dad’s cousins.
Usually adding information to a family tree or database is a happy event. A new baby, a new spouse or partner, even the end of a marriage or partnership can be events that are cheerfully added. Deaths, however, are not so cheerful. Even finding the important death dates and burial locations for long-lost and newly-discovered ancestors are somewhat somber events.
I hope there are many stories told and recorded at the memorial. Rest in Peace, Ginger.
Elbert Keith, who married Alice Perry (daughter of James Perry). Alice was possibly the twin sister of Allen Perry, my great-great-grandfather. Alice and Elbert moved from Sterling Center, Minnesota to Lake County, Dakota Territory in the 1880s, then back to Minnesota, and then finally to Payette Idaho in the early 1900s.
History of Idaho
William H. Nelings after the war:
History of Clayton County
I have been asked by a Belgian researcher to look up information about some photographs taken in 1918 when hundreds of Belgian and Italians soldiers arrived in San Francisco from Russia.
I have details in the photo, such as a sign that reads “BILLIARDS” above the soldiers head and newspaper articles from the Chronicle talking about the parades. But exactly where the photos are taken in San Francisco? That’s a tough one.
One site that provides possibility is Old SF. Photos from multiple online sites are placed on a map of San Francisco. oldsf.org