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Ellis Album, Photo 54 – Louise Delina Cheney

CHENEY, Louise Delina, portrait

Louise Delina Cheney, 1930

As I was editing this photo, my little one walked by and said, “Oh, those look like Harry Potter’s glasses.”¬† ūüėȬ† He got that right!

Delina is my 2nd great-grandaunt.¬† She was born in Utah and lived most of her adult life in Laketown, Utah.¬† Laketown is a very small town next to Bear Lake.¬† It is a beautiful place.¬† I’ve never been there in the winter, but it’s a great place to go in the summer.

This photo was sent as a postcard.  My great-grandmother cut it down, this is the portion that remains:

CHENEY, Louise Delina, portrait, 1930, back

It is dated Dec 25 Р1930.  The message appears to read, in part:

“[Be]st wishes for —- [Ch]ristmas and —- New Year —- [a]nd children”

Where the signature should be, you can see the top of the D, l, and the dot of the i.¬† I’m guessing that she signed it “Aunt Delina”.¬† The postcard is addressed to Mr & Mrs C. A. Ellis in North Ogden.¬† The creator of the album this photo was part of, was Blanche Octavia Huband who married Claude Albert Ellis.

The sideways notation of the year and age appear to have been added later by Blanche.

I love looking at old notes and letters.  I love to see the handwriting of a relative who has long since passed away.

 

 

 

This photo comes from the twenty-seventh page of the album.  Here are pages twenty-six and twenty-seven to give context for this photo:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.

 

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 52 – Florence Storey

STOREY, Florence

Florence Storey

Isn’t this portrait lovely?¬† I feel like I say that a lot.¬† But man, this album is just filled to the brim with lovely portraits in excellent condition.

This beautiful woman is Florence.  She is my 1st cousin twice removed.  Until I scanned her photo, I had never heard of her.  But it turns out I have two connections to her.

The creator of this album is my great-grandmother Blanche Octavia Huband.¬† My great-grandfather, and husband of Blanche, is Claude Albert Ellis.¬† Florence is the daughter of Claude’s older sister Alice Eliza Ellis.¬† Florence married Joseph Cheney Willis.¬† Joseph is my 1st cousin three times removed.¬† He is the first cousin of Blanche.¬† His mother is Louise Delina Cheney, sister of Hattie Margaret Cheney.¬† Hattie is Blanche’s mother.¬† Phew!¬† Did you follow that okay?

 

 

This photo comes from the twenty-seventh page of the album.  Here are pages twenty-six and twenty-seven to give context for this photo:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.

 

 


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Ellis Album, Photos 12 & 13 – Uncle Dale & Aunt Jean

These two wonderful people are my GrandUncle Dale & GrandAunt Jean.  Dale is the son of my 2nd great-grandparents, Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.  Dale was a math teacher.  These pictures strike me as yearbook photos.  Do they have that feel for you?  I love the bow tie!

 

 

These photos come from the sixth page of the album.  Here are pages six and seven to give context for this photo:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.¬†¬†You can learn more about the album here.¬† Living descendants of Dale & Jean, please feel free to contact me to obtain scans of the photos that contain living family members.¬† My email address is on the sidebar.¬†¬†ūüôā

 

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 11 – Uncle Dale

ELLIS, Dale

Dale Huband Ellis

Dale Huband Ellis is my GrandUncle, son of my great-grandparents Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.¬† Dale was their second child and only son.¬† He seems so mild-mannered, doesn’t he?

 

 

This photo comes from the sixth page of the album.  I did not share photos six through ten as they contain living people.  Here are pages four and five, followed by pages six and seven to give context for this photo:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.¬†¬†You can learn more about the album here.¬† Living descendants of Darwin & Beth, or Dale & Jean, please feel free to contact me to obtain scans of the photos that contain living family members.¬† My email address is on the sidebar.¬†¬†ūüôā

 


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Ellis Album, Photo 3 – All Four Ellis Children

 

ELLIS, children of Claude & Blanche, WWII

The four children of Claude Albert Ellis & Blanche Octavia Huband.  Back, l-r:  Mary Margaret Ellis, Dale Huband Ellis, Beth Louise Ellis; front: Claudia Ellis.

I have so many questions when I look at this photo.¬† My Grandma is on the left.¬† She is wearing a corsage made of gardenias.¬† It appears to be three gardenias.¬† For their entire married lives, my Grandpa would buy her a double gardenia corsage for Mother’s Day.¬† In fact, it was such a habit, that the first Mother’s Day after my Grandpa died, the florist delivered a double gardenia corsage to my¬†Grandma.¬† She called her boys to thank them who then called the florist to thank him.¬† They took care of it for the remaining Mother’s Days of her life.¬† When she passed, the florist made her one last double gardenia corsage.¬† Was the¬†gardenia corsage in this photo from my Grandpa?¬† Did the tradition start before their first Mother’s Day as a married couple?

Uncle Dale was in the Navy during WWII.  Was this photo taken when he was on leave?  About to ship out?  There is nothing written on the back.  I know that his ship went down and the family spent some uncertain time Рweeks? Рhoping to hear from him.  In the end, he made it home safely.  Now that I look at this beautiful photograph, I want to know more!!  Hopefully, I find more details in the letters from this time period.

Isn’t Claudia so adorable?¬† She was born more than a decade after my Grandma, the next youngest sibling.

I love the way that photos cause me to ask questions I hadn’t thought about before.¬† Studying old photos can be a great way to prompt new research questions.

 

 

 

ps – I’ve been deep cleaning/organizing my office.¬† I found three more Ellis photo albums.¬† I may need to rename this series.¬† Maybe – Red Ellis Album…?¬†¬†ūüėĮūüėć

 

 

Here are the first two pages of the album to give context for this photo:

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This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.


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Treasures: Penitentiary Letter

 

 

These are my 2nd great-grandparents, Susan Kaziah Davis and Frederick William Ellis.  They were both born in England.  They each joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and immigrated to America.  They made their way to Utah where they met.  In 1869, they were married in Salt Lake City.  They had ten children.  Their youngest son, Claude Albert Ellis, is my great-grandfather.  His daughter, Mary Margaret Ellis, is my grandmother.  In 1930, Frederick was a widower and is found living in the home of his son Claude.  This means that my Grandma spent some of her growing up years with her Grandpa Ellis living in her home.  She knew him well.  And, that is probably why I have so many Ellis family treasures.

Back to Frederick and Susan.¬† And Sarah.¬† In 1881, Frederick married Sarah Jane Barker.¬† Frederick was a polygamist.¬† He and Sarah had six children.¬† It wasn’t long after his marriage to Sarah that polygamy became a felony.¬† LDS polygamists were forced to make a choice.¬† Frederick was not willing to divorce Sarah.¬† And so, on two occasions, he spent time in the Utah Penitentiary.

Growing up, my Grandma only had happy, positive things to say about her grandparents.¬† She had a framed picture hanging on her wall of the Frederick William Ellis family.¬† At the time it was taken, Sarah was no longer living.¬† Front and center are Frederick and Susan, surrounded by 12 of the children from both wives.¬† (One had died, I’m not sure why the other three were not in the photo, maybe they lived too far away at the time it was taken.)¬† Grandma seemed to have no negative feelings about polygamy.¬† And since it was so close to her, generationally speaking, it had an impact on my perspective.¬† I just really didn’t think much about it.¬† It just was.¬† And now that I am older, I wish I had thought to ask my Grandma more questions about what polygamy was like for her grandparents.¬† But I did not ask.¬† And so I am left to try to glean what I can from the bits of their lives they left behind.

This letter, was among the treasures in my Grandma’s boxes.¬† It was written by Frederick to Susan on 1 January 1887.¬† It is 131 years old.¬† What a treasure!

 

 

Transcription:

Utah Penitentiary

Jan 1st 1887

Dear Susey,

I recived your letter yesterday and wase very glad to hear from you and to know you wase feeling better, I have been watching for a letter evry day for a week, Mother and Father sent me up a cake and a Pie and apples and candy for Christmas, I expect thay well come up and see me before thay go Back,

We had a concert on Christmas eve and we had a good time, being on of the committee you know what part I have to take, We have one evry week, I feal a little more at home now I have on my my new close, I do not feal

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so much like a black sheep thay say I look good in them

Bro Tracey Left here the other day and I expect he will call on you some day

I have got one of the school arithmetic now but I do not know wether I well go to school or not yet, as Bro Butler is in this Cell he his willing to tell me all I want to know

I have sent to Father to get me some Books and some over shoe’s and you can fix it with him when he comes home

I sent to you the other day for a few things I expect you have recived the letter before this

Pleas tell Fredy not to do anything to the hay Rack before I come home as I well be home in time then I well make a new one tell him

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to get some good strate stakes about 3 or 4 feet long to go around the rack if he has time

I would like the children to write to me at any time as it well be all the news I well get from home and tell them to be good children and I well see them again some day

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a happy new year remember me to the Bishop and tell him I well write to him some day this is about all I have to say at Present

Hoping this will find you all well

I Remane yours

Truly

F. W. Ellis

If I had my slippers I would like it

 

That last line may be my very favorite part.  There is something so gentle and understated about it as well as the fact that it just catches me off guard each time I read it and I usually laugh out loud a bit.

There is something so cool about holding a letter this old.  What a joy to be the current steward of this family treasure.

 

Happy Monday!  Do you have any old family letters?  If so, what is the oldest letter you have?

 

 

ps – If you are curious about polygamy in my tree, let me tell you a bit.¬† My Dad descends from all LDS pioneers.¬† In his part of my tree, I counted 19 pioneer men and only 4 were definitely polygamists and 2 might have been (more research is needed on those men).¬† Additionally, I have one female ancestor, Sarah Jane Marler, who was married to a man who was not a polygamist (from whom I descend) and then when he was killed she married his best friend who was already married.¬† Many people are under the impression that polygamy was practiced by all members of the LDS church.¬† That is not true.¬† Many LDS men were never polygamists.¬† The church issued what was known as the Manifesto in 1890, officially ending the practice of polygamy.¬† Of course, that wasn’t something that could be followed immediately.¬† But it did mean that no more men entered into the practice of polygamy.¬† I have heard that a few more marriages somehow happened, but generally speaking, no more polygamous marriages occurred after 1890.

 


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Treasures: Susan Kaziah Davis History

Susan Kaziah Davis

Susan Kaziah Davis is my 2nd great grandmother. ¬†In 1915, at the age of 65, she wrote a brief sketch of her life. ¬†This manuscript was passed down to her son Claude Albert Ellis, and to Claude’s daughter Mary Margaret Ellis, and to Margaret’s son Blake, and then to me. ¬†Margaret is my grandmother and Blake is my uncle.

This brief sketch was used as the basis for a longer personal history written by Susan and her son Claude.  That history can be found here.

The full resolution scans for this handwritten sketch can be found here.  Smaller images of this sketch are presented here in order:

Transcription of Susan’s history:

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Ogden Utah

April 28th, 1915

A Brief Sketch of the life, & happenings of Susean K. Ellis, Wife of F. W. Ellis. and Daughter of Sarah E, & Edward G. Davis, Born Jan 28th, 1850, Bath Summerset England,

My Mother and Father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, about the year 1849, just a short time preceeding my birth, I being born with my

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eye lids sealed together, but through the anointing with oil, and the faith of my mother, I was made to see,

I was blessed with a name by Bro Kendel.

My Father was made president of the Bath branch of the Church, and Counsel meetings were held at our home every monday evening,

Our doors alway’s remained open to welcome any of the servent’s

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of God,

When about twelve years of age, I went to work at the Corset factory, where my Father was engaged as a presser, and two of my sisters as seamstresses,

A year later after my Father’s death, my Mother had to begin work in order that we might obtain a living, We continued working at this factory for five years longer, “And were greatly favored, & respected by our head Maneager”

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When we decided to emigrate to Utah,

During our short stay in England as members of the Church, we rec’d great persecution from mob’s, which gathered to persecute the saints,

Many times my Father had to remain at the Poleace Station the greater part of the night, to avoid being mobed, and our windows were broken in with rocks from the hand’s of our enemies,

I was very sickly

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the greater part of my younger life, and when we decided to come to Utah, A great many people tried to perswade Mother to leave me in England with them, as they thought it impossible for me to stand the voyage across the water, and told mother that she would barry me in on the ocean, but through the faith, & ambition of my mother, & the goodness of the Lord, I was permitted to come to Zion,

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We sailed from England on the ship Colorado, Tues, july 14th, 1868, with a company of six hundred (600) saints, under the direction of William B, Preston,

After a voyage of about two week’s, we arrived in New York, July 28th, 1868, The Company continued on as far as Benton Neb, arriving Aug 7th, 1868,

We left Benton Aug 14th, 1868, for Utah, with an Ox team company, numbering 61 wagon’s, & 411 passengers, under direction of Capt. Daniel D. McArthur,

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arriving in Salt Lake valley in Sept 3 1868,

There were six deaths on the journey, ¬†One being a young man by the name of Harry Popel, who was acciedently shot, “Also one birth”

Our journey accross the plain’s was very pleasant considering the mode of travel, The evenings were spent singing hyms, and listening to our brethern talk, We had not the hard-ships to indure which some companies had,

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We were meet in Salt Lake City by Sister Irish, who took us to her home, that we might rest for a few days,

I went to work at the “Salt Lake House” as Chambermaid, with Mr Little, as owner, After two months service I went to live with a family by name of Foalsome, staying with them about four month’s, I then went to live with a family by name of George Alder, for two month’s, Here I took sick with Typhoid feaver,

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and Erysipelas, and was under the care of Sister Polly Felt, for seven weeks I was very sick, but rec’d the best of care,

While in the City I took an active part in the seventeenth ward choir, under direction of F. W. Ellis,

In July 1869, I accompanied Bros James Ward, F. W. Ellis, & Miss Marry an Ellis, to North Ogden, and made my home with Bro. & Sis Ellis, at Plesant weiv [Pleasant View],

I also lived a short time with Sister Lizia Brown,

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On the 6th, of sept 1869, three month’s later, I was married to T. W. Ellis [Frederick William Ellis], in the Endowment House at Salt Lake City, by Bro Daniel H, Well’s,

I joined the Relief Society in 1869, shortly after arriving in North Ogden, and with a number of other’s we used to walk from Plesant view, to North Ogden each week to our meeting, & choir practise, I acted as a visiting teacher until just about four years ago,

My Husband was asked to take charge of

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the coaperative store, which then stood on the East corner of the old Dudman lot,

This necessitated our moving to North Ogden, which we did, and lived in one log room just behind the store, “which was used partly for a granery” Until four month’s after our first baby was born, When we moved to where we now live,

In 1881, My Husband was married to Sarah Jane, Barker, Both Family’s lived

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together until the persecution started, and my Husband then built another home at Plesant view,

My Husband was taken to the Penitentiary Dec 13th, 1886, where he served a term of six month’s, and then again later, the 13th, Dec 1890, he was made to serve two month’s more, This was a hard trial for me, having such poor health at that time, and a large family to take care of,

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In 1893, My Husband recd a call to the Australian Mission, which he accepted, and left Nov 6th, He was gone for 2 1/2 years, during which time we did every thing possible to support him, & ourselves,

Two of My boy’s also have filled mission’s of late, My oldest son “Freddie” spent two years in the Western States mission, and my youngest son “Claude” spent two year’s in

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the Eastern States Mission, The oldest son, “William” of the second Family spent 4 1/2 years in the Japanese Mission,

I am happy to state that I have been priveleged to go through the temple a number of times, and do work in behalf of our dead relative’s,

I am the Mother of ten (10) Children, six boy’s, & four Girls, all “but one” of which are living at the present time, and all but

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two have made their home’s in the Idaho Country,

I am now (65) years of age, and am enjoying better health than when a girl alout the age of 18 year’s,

 

There is something extra special about reading a sketch of someone’s life in their own handwriting. ¬†Even though there are more detailed histories of her, this one is my favorite. ¬†I feel like the items she chose to include on these brief 15 pages must have been the very dearest to her heart or the most painful.

I am grateful for Susan and her life. ¬†I’m grateful for the fine son she raised who grew up to be the father of my own beloved Grandmother. ¬†I’m thankful that this treasure found its way to me. ¬†And lastly, I am thankful for the technology that has allowed me to preserve and share this family treasure.

 

Happy Monday, I hope you have a meaningful genealogy experience today!