Leoma Nesta Dallas Simmons

Leoma and Nola Dallas - 1922

Nola and Leoma Dallas – Iosepa, Utah

One hundred years ago, a baby girl was born in a place called Iosepa, a small town in Skull Valley. Skull Valley is in the high desert country of Utah in the United States of America. The baby girl’s parents looked at her, counted her fingers and toes, welcomed her into the world and named her Leoma Nesta Dallas. Her middle name was in honor of her Aunt Nesta, her Mama’s sister. Leoma was the seventh child born into the family, though three more would follow in the years to come.

It was April 28th of 1920. The great war had ended and Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States. It was a time of optimism and prosperity, but Leoma’s father was a trapper and a hunter. He was paid for each fur he brought in and that is a hard way to raise a large family.  Her mama, Amy Hovey,  was raised in the Mormon religion but left it behind to marry Walter Dallas.

In September of that year, the first home radio was available to purchase. The first broadcast from a commercial radio station was the results of the presidential election – Warren G. Harding won.

The Roaring Twenties had just begun, but that happy carefree time, full of Jazz music and flapper dresses, did not reach into the wilderness of Utah.

Automobiles, moving pictures, and electricity in the house for the city folks were just some of the major changes that the decade brought. Baseball stadiums began to be built around the country and Leoma would be a fan of baseball for her entire life.

By the time Leoma was ten years old, Wall Street had crashed and the Great Depression had begun. The Dallas family had moved to Jerome Prairie, Oregon where Leoma’s dad was mining for gold. Herbert Hoover was president of the United States.

Mickey Mouse was created, Pluto was discovered, prohibition came to an end. In 1935, President Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification bill; by 1939 twenty-five percent of rural households had electricity, but indoor plumbing was still in the future for the country folk.

When Leoma was sixteen, her family had been hit hard by the depression. They were traveling around California, following the fruit harvest as migrant workers. Leoma was living in Grants Pass, Oregon with her oldest sister and her family. She tried her hardest to stay in school, but the chores got to be too much and she found it too hard to go back.

Simmons, Rolin and Leoma - California

Leoma and Rolin Simmons

She was nineteen when she married a man named Rolin Clay Simmons. Rolin worked in the mine with her brothers and the sparks flew when the two met. This same year, in a country far away, a man named Adolph Hitler hatched a plan to take over the world. Two years later, the United States joined in World War II. Leoma’s Rolin had arsenic poisoning in 1941 from working in the mine, so he was not sent off to fight.

Leoma’s brothers went to war. She had five babies in five years time, the last one coming by cesarean section. Her brothers all came home from the war. One brother contracted polio and would walk with a cane the rest of his life.

The Simmon’s family moved to Elgin, Oregon. The country prospered after the war ended.   Rolin and Leoma started a hardware store, a construction company, and became landlords.

The first atomic weapon is tested in the mid 1940’s; the sound barrier is broken for the first time, and the television and microwave oven are invented. Casablanca wins an Oscar and Frank Sinatra became one of the first teenage idols. The Diary of Anne Frank was published in 1947.

Leoma Simmons and Children - About 1950 - Elgin, Oregon

Leoma and her five children

In the next decade, the 1950’s, a vaccine for polio had been found, the first kidney transplant was completed successfully, and the Korean War began.

The first Peanuts cartoon strip was published, Queen Elizabeth II was crowned, and segregation was ruled illegal by Brown vs. Board of Education.

Science proved that cigarette smoke causes cancer, Walt Disney opened a park, and Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Elvis Presley scandalously shook his hips on television, the Soviet satellite Sputnik was launched, and Dr. Seuss wrote “The Cat in the Hat.”

The Simmons children grew up, married, moved away, and went to war. Grandchildren were born who adored that baby girl who was born in Skull Valley so many years ago. They called her Grandma.

John F. Kennedy became President of the United States. The country went to war with Vietnam. John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The fight for civil rights was being fought on United States soil. Martin Luther King was assassinated. Hippie’s were growing their hair long and practicing free love.

Leoma and Rolin were running their hardware store and building houses, playing with the grandkids and growing a garden. Washing paper plates and never throwing out the leftovers – a habit leftover from those hardscrabble years.

Leoma and Rolin Simmons

Leoma and Rolin in their backyard

A man walked on the moon, the fight for equality went on, there was a worldwide oil crisis, gasoline was rationed, and President Nixon resigned. Bell bottom pants were the rage.

In the early 1980’s, the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh took up the local Oregon headlines with this cult commune. A recession hit the logging and farming community hard where Leoma and Rolin lived. They sold their hardware store and many of their friends and neighbors, and some family members, were forced to sell and move. Rolin passed away in 1982, making Leoma a widow at the age of 61.

The space shuttle Challenger crashed, grandkids began to marry, and great-grandbabies were born. The Soviet Union was dissolved, the United States entered another war, The Gulf War, and Dolly the sheep was cloned from a cell.

Leoma lost one of her daughters and a child should never die before a mother. She began to have heart problems and memory problems. When the grandkids would visit, she would ask for them to take Grandpa his lunch down at the worksite. Whose to say that her mind didn’t need to go to that happier time, when the people she loved most in the world were just down the road, building a house, or working in the garden?

Leoma Nesta Dallas Simmons - age 70 - October 1990

Leoma Nesta Dallas Simmons left this earth on January 27th of 2004. She was 83 years old and had lived through so much, seen so many changes in this world of ours. “This too shall pass” she often said, because she knew that it would.

Dallas, Leoma Nesta Lineage

(Leoma is my maternal grandmother)

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“How can you have been gone so long when I still see your sparkling brown eyes light up in teasing. And that soft chuckle or intake of breath before saying “Good Night!” Not wishing someone slumber, but expressing exasperation. Or the softness of your cheek as you hug me close. So many ways you will always be with us. Happy Birthday Grandma.” – Susan Sannar Pawley

“The softness of her cheeks is what I remember most ❤.” – Brittany Sumpter (Great-Granddaughter)

 

Benjamin and Martha (Davison) Conant

Selectmen Gavel

Benjamin Conant spent much of his life involved with local politics and forging new paths wherever he went.

Benjamin was born on October 22, 1968 in Beverly, Massachusetts to John and Bethiah (Mansfield) Conant. He was the ninth of ten children and his family had been participating in town government since they had arrived on the shores of America.

At the age of twenty-two, Benjamin married Martha Davison in her hometown of Ipswich, just about ten miles from Beverly. The couple married on January 24, 1721.

Martha was born in 1698 or 1699 in Ipswich to Dr. John Davison and Martha (Dodge) Davison. She was the first born of five children in her family. Martha’s grandfather, Daniel Davison, immigrated to Massachusetts from Scotland.

The young couple made their home in Beverly, where Benjamin continued his work as a tailor. A tailor was someone who made, altered, or repaired clothing. At the time, this was very much a man’s trade.

In October of 1721, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Lydia, (or Lidia on some records). They would go on to have three more children – Ezra, Abigail, and Benjamin. I believe that Benjamin and Martha also had several babies who died as infants –  three or possibly four, but the records from this time are hard to interpret.

In 1728, the Conant family moved from Beverly to Dudley, Massachusetts. Here Benjamin was involved with incorporating the town in 1732. He served as the town clerk for twenty-six years and was the Chairman of the board of Selectmen from 1743 to 1756. The Board of Selectmen is the governing body of the town, much like a city council.

During this time, Martha passed away. She was only 48 years old when she died on January 5th of 1746. The couples youngest child was just 8 years old. I have not been able to find a record of Martha’s burial, but I would guess that she was buried in Dudley, as that is where she died.

Just a few short months later, Benjamin remarried. His bride was Lydia Lamb and the couple married in Dudley on September 17th, 1746. They would go on to have five more children – Abijah, Asa, Abigail, Lucy, and Jemima. I believe that Asa was the only one that survived to adulthood.

When Benjamin retired from public office, he moved his family to Warwick, Massachusetts where he passed away on September 20th, 1767 at the age of 68. Like his first wife, Martha, I cannot find a record of his burial. Again, I am assuming that he would have been buried in the community where he died.

Conant, Benjamin Lineage

(Benjamin and Martha are my husband’s 6th great-grandparents.)

 

A Cute Letter

Sannar, Susan Letter dated March 1969

Written by Susan Sannar – March of 1969

Dear Gradmotr and Gradpopa.

I will get 4 days off of school. I will send Brany (Brandy the dog?) with the letter. Paula can say fish – hi up happy apple. What is thaxt. Daddy!

My boyfined is named Danny. His dad is Dan. His ma is Linda. Dark Shadows is on now. You are probly watshing it.

Susan Sannar

So cute! Susan is my oldest sister. She wrote this when she was six years old and sent it to our grandparents, Leoma and Rolin Simmons. We were living in Juneau, Alaska and they were in Elgin, Oregon.

 

Wallowa Oregon Train Depot

Wallowa Oregon Train Depot at the end of Storie Street

Train Depot in Wallowa at the end of Storie Street. Picture from Wallowa History Center.

A cousin shared this picture from the Wallowa History Center on her Facebook page. My dad shared something he remembered in the comments and then another cousin joined in. Here is their conversation: (I told them I was stealing it!)

Tom Sannar: I remember riding on the train to Enterprise from Wallowa while my dad was away at the war. Great grandma Weaver took mom, Judy, and me to Enterprise shopping a couple times.

Janice Weaver McLaughlin: Ohh how fun. Grandma and I rode the bus to La Grande to see Ruth and Selby..she loved to go..and she always wanted to stop and have coffee and a piece of pie…

Tom Sannar: Yes she did. And the 5 and dime stores. Mom said she was a gadabout… Probably about 1953 we lived not far from Selby and Ruth and she came and visited with us probably about a week.

Lynda Weaver Mattson: That she was! (a gadabout). My Mom’s parents lived just beyond the train depot.

(The Great-Grandma Weaver they were talking about was Mary Pearl Hulse Weaver.)

 

Delila Phipps Carper

Delilah Phipps Carper

Delila Phipps was born in rural Fayette county, Virginia in an area known as Sand Lick on the 21st of November of 1833. Her parents were Fielding and Eleanor (Ellison) Phipps. She was the fifth child of fourteen, though they did not all live to adulthood.

She was fifteen when her father passed away in March of 1849.  That same year, at just sixteen years of age, Delila married George Washington Carper.

Carper, George and Delilah Marriage Record

The couple was married on November 29th, 1949 in Fayette county where Delila lived. The couple took up residence in nearby Frederick county where George was listed on the 1850 census as a farmer.

Almost two years after their marriage, the Carpers first daughter was born on November 3rd, 1851. Tiny Mary Elizabeth only lived for seven days before she passed away. It must have been heartbreaking for eighteen year old Delila.

On the 9th of May, 1853, Delila and George welcomed a healthy baby girl, Cynthia Jane. During the next twenty-four years, eleven more children would follow – Eliza Ann, Rachel Clementine, Nancy Susan, Louisa Evaline, Virginia W., Joseph Kyle, Lucinda Elender, John William, Charles Paris, Walter Ashley, and Matilda Bell. All but three of the fourteen children would live to adulthood.

Delila was twenty-seven years old and a mother of six when the Civil War started in April of 1861. During this time, Virginia loyalties were divided. The state split and the Carpers found themselves now living in the newly formed state of West Virginia. In September of 1862, George joined the fighting for a short time, serving as a chaplain with the Raleigh Rangers.  Delila and her daughter, Eliza, helped in their hometown – Delila as a nurse and Eliza taking water to the wounded.

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(Photograph shared by Rachelleeswing1 on Family Search)

In 1885, the Delila and most of the children followed George west, taking up a homestead in Promise, Oregon, a tiny settlement in the Wallowa mountains of northeastern Oregon.  When they settled in Promise, there were only five other families in the valley. George was the first preacher in Promise, delivering the first sermon and conducting the first marriage ceremony there.

I don’t know for sure, but I imagine that Delila had opportunity to put her nursing skills to good use in the wild country of Oregon.

On April 4th, 1904, at the age of 70, Delila Phipps Carper passed away. She is buried in the Promise Cemetery.

Carper, Delilah Headstone - Promise Oregon

On various records, Delila’s name is spelled differently. Sometimes it is simply Delila and other times Delilah. Phipps is also recorded as Fipps from time to time. I do think that Phipps changed from Fipps along the way.

Phipps, Delilah Line

(Delila Phipps Carper is my 3rd great-grandmother.)

 

Charles Slocum Curtis and the Rose Island Lighthouse

Curtis, Charles Slocum - Lighthouse Keeper - Rose Island, Rhode Island - Kennison Ancestor

Charles Slocum Curtis – (Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation)

I was recently watching an episode of New England Legends about the lightkeeper who haunts, nicely, the Rose Island lighthouse off the shores of Newport, Rhode Island. His name was Charles Curtis. Because Curtis is one of my family surnames, I went to my computer to see if I could determine if we are related. Turns out that, yes, Charles is my 6th cousin, 5x removed on my dad’s side of the family. (NOT where my other Curtis relatives are. Interesting!) He is related through my dad’s mother – Shirley Marcilee Kennison Sannar.

Riff and I were in Newport, Rhode Island last summer. Now we’re going to have to go back and go out to Rose Island for a tour of the lighthouse!

Read about the Rose Island Lighthouse and Charles Slocum here.

Joshua Alvin Sannar

Joshua - Portrait Collage

My brother, Joshua Alvin Sannar

In the top picture, Joshua is the second from the left. The bottom four are his high school pictures. The first and the third are off of his student Identification cards. The second and the fourth are school pictures.

Joshua is the son of Thomas Alvin Sannar and Janice Sharon Simmons Sannar.

William Isaac Sannar

William Isaac and Julia Elizabeth Sannar - Enhanced

William and Eliza Sannar

     Born on January 31st of 1852, William Isaac Sannar was just nine years old when the Civil War broke out. 

He was born near Fayetteville, Virginia, (now West Virginia), the son of John Thomas Sannar.  I have not yet been able to verify with all certainty who his mother was, but it is possible that she was Rebecca Amanda (Ford) Sannar. If this is correct, William’s mom was only thirteen years old at the time of his birth and passed away just two short months later.

On June 14th, 1860, the census takers came around and discovered that little William was living in the household of his grandparents, his father’s parents Isaac and Elizabeth Sannar. Will was eight years old. His grandfather was a Miller by trade, so he either owned or operated a flour mill. Another boy, James Ewing, also lived in the household. James was twelve years old and listed on the census as a “Bound Boy.” What this means is that James was most likely an orphan and had been indentured to the Sannars. I imagine that he worked in the mill along with Isaac.  The census does tell us that both boys, Will and James, were attending school.

Indirect Firing Marker

Fayetteville was a very active place during the Civil War. The town was taken and changed hands more than once during the course of the war. William would have been eleven years old when this particular battle took place.

When Will was seventeen, according to the 1870 census, he was living with his father and step-mom, Emily. Will was working as a farm laborer. The family lived in Sewell, which was about six miles from Fayetteville. Sewell is no longer there, a ghost town that sits inside Babcock State Park. Apparently you can still find it and see where the streets were laid out. I would love to do that one day.

William was twenty years old when he married the love of his life, Eliza Ann Carper on February 21st, 1872. Eliza was seventeen and a native of neighboring Raleigh county, West Virginia.

The young couple begin working on a family right away. Their first child, Lethia Ann, was born on December 17th, 1872 in Beckley, West Virginia.  William and Eliza would have twelve children over the years, a child coming almost every two years for the next sixteen years. – Lethia, Sarah (Sallie), Joseph, John, Charles, James, Rose, Bertha, George, Orval, Etta, and Lula. Nine of the children would live to adulthood.

Will was a tenant farmer, moving around often from job to job in order to support their family. The family did not own their own home and were very poor.

In 1880, the Sannar family is back in Fayette county. Will’s grandmother, Elizabeth, is now widowed and living with the family at the age of eighty-five.

In 1886, Will and Eliza’s infant daughter Rosie died. Will also lost his father that same year. The family was then living on a farm near Paint Creek in Fayette county. The school-age children were going to Wingrove School. The following year they moved to a different farm that was said to be on Loop Creek. Some of Williams extended family lived in this area – his father’s sisters, Elizabeth and Mary. The area was quite remote at this time. The railroad had not yet pushed through, though there were quite a few coal mines in the area.

From an account by one of Will and Eliza’s sons, the family moved to a ranch at Mt. Hope in 1881 where they raised various crops, but mostly corn. The ranch was about a mile from town, but I believe it was the first actual town that the kids could remember living near. Up until then, they had attended country schools. About this time, the railroad came through. Mt. Hope was near the end of the line.

In December of 1892, Will and Eliza lost another child, little George Washington Sannar, not quite two years old. Four years later in January of 1896, their seven year old daughter, Bertha passed away.

By then, Eliza’s family had started moving west. Her father, George Washington Carper had left for Oregon, so the Will and Eliza packed up their family once again and moved to her father’s farm near Beckley, West Virginia. While living here, the couples two oldest daughters married and started lives of their own.

In the spring of 1897, William decided to follow Eliza’s family west. He was forty-five years old when he left his home state to claim a homestead of his own in the northeastern mountains of Oregon. From what I have always been told, they chose the place called Promise in the Wallowa mountains because it reminded them so much of the hills and hollers of home. It felt right and good. This homestead was the first time that Will and Eliza had owned a home of their own. She packed up the remaining five kids in October of 1897 and followed her husband to their new home.  The trip took five days by train from West Virginia to La Grande, Oregon, then another two days by wagon from La Grande to Promise. I can imagine how emotional and weary they must have felt, but so full of hope and well, Promise.

William Isaac and Eliza Ann Carper Sannar

Eliza and William Sannar

The 1900 census taken on June 5th finds William and Eliza, with six of their children, living on the homestead in Promise. Will is once again listed as a farmer but this time he owns the farm. In 1910 they are still there with four of the children.

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About 1930 – Promise, Oregon. Sannars, Livelys, and Carpers in this photo. William is standing third from the left with Eliza beside him.

On the 22nd day of March, 1930 William suffered a stroke. He passed away at the age of 78. He is buried in the cemetery at Promise next to Eliza.

William and Eliza Sannar Headstone - Promise, Oregon     Sannar, William Isaac Lineage

(William is my 2nd great-grandfather)

 

Stephen Conant

Conant Headstones - Windsor, Vermont

Stephen Conant became a Revolutionary war soldier at the age of sixteen. He served with a Massachusetts unit under Captain Enoch Chapin’s company, Colonial Jacob Gerrish’s regiment for almost five months. Stephen enlisted as a Private on July 28th, 1778, about six weeks after his sixteenth birthday. His company was detached to guard stores in Springfield and Brookfield. He likely made about $6.25 a month. Springfield was the site of the countries first arsenal. I’m guessing that these soldiers were guarding that supply of weapons and ammunition. Stephen was discharged on December 14th of the same year. He enlisted again once he turned eighteen.

Stephen was born on June 19th, 1762 in Dudley, Massachusetts to Ezra and Millicent (Newell) Conant. He was the eighth of nine children born to the couple. He was only seven years old when his mom passed away. Less then a year later, Stephen’s dad remarried and two more siblings came along in the next several years.

1778 found Stephen fighting in the Revolutionary War, like we’ve already talked about. Two years later, on July 6th, 1780, Stephen enlisted again. He was now eighteen years old. This time, Stephen was on the muster roll of Captain Japhet Daniels company of the Massachusetts 6th regiment with Col. Thomas Nixon. He was a private and his hometown was now listed as Warwick, Massachusetts. Stephen was discharged on December 8, 1780.

Conant, Stephen Military 1780

About this time, the Conant family relocated to Windsor, Vermont, where Stephen met and married Miss Relief Stone on August 31, 1783.

From Spooner’s Vermont Journal, dated Thu., Sep. 04, 1783 – Windsor, Vermont

“Married, last Sunday evening, Mr. Stephen Conant, to Miss Relief Stone, daughter of Col. Nathan Stone, of this town.”

The couple welcomed a son, Augustus Conant, on September 20th, 1789 in Windsor. Sadly, Relief passed away sometime in the next several years.

On June 1st, 1795, Stephen married for the second time. Fanny Sterne of Claremont, New Hampshire was his bride. The couple was married in Claremont by the Reverend James Wellman.

In 1797, the family welcomed a little girl, Fanny, named after her mother.

It seems that Stephen was a busy and industrious man. I find records of him as having a Coffee House, a Dwelling House (motel), and a Barn to house horses and rigging. He was a Deputy Sheriff, and a Saddler. A very busy man indeed.

From Spooner’s Vermont Journal, dated Oct. 22, 1798 – Windsor, Vermont

STEPHEN CONANT Informs the public, that he has again taken the COFFEE-HOUSE, in Windsor, where he will be happy to wait on his old customers; and all gentleman and ladies who shall honor him with their company, may depend on every exertion and attention in his power to accommodate them. – And those gentlemen and ladies who wish to be retired and secure from the noise and tumult common to all public houses, may be accommodated in his new house adjoining the Coffee House. His conveniences for keeping horses, &c. are equal, if not superior to any in the country.

     *+* Wanted to purchase a quantity of HAY and OATS. Apply to said Conant.

But then, the poor man lost it all to a fire. Interestingly enough, it seems that the state legislature put the very first Go Fund Me account in place in the form a lottery to benefit Mr. Conant. Read on!

Spooner’s Vermont Journal – Windsor, VT – Dec. 29, 1800  Volume XVIII, Issue 910, Page 4

Charitable Lottery

The following SCHEME is presented the public in pursuance of an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Vermont, granting a Lottery to STEPHEN CONANT.

Conant, Stephen Lottery Dec 29 1800

Said Prizes subject to a deduction of 12-1/2 per cent. – payable on demand after the drawing the Lottery is completed, excepting the Prizes of five hundred dollars, which will be paid at 30 days; all above that sum at sixty days. – Such Prizes as are not demanded with-in six months after the drawing the Lottery, will be considered as generously given for its benefit.

     In the month of January 1800, the buildings of Mr. Stephen Conant, of Windsor, consisting of an elegant and spacious Dwelling-House and Store, together with Saddler’s Ware, Tools, & to a great amount, were destroyed by Fire, and the owner, an industrious and worthy citizen, was by this accident, reduced in a few hours, to a state of indigence.

     The General Assembly, considering the case of Mr. Conant, as deserving of Legislative attention, at their last Session, granted a Lottery for his benefit.

     To induce those to become adventurers who are ever ready to extend the hand of charity to the unfortunate, the Managers apprehend nothing more is necessary than this plain unvarnished tale – To those whose regard for others is commonly mixed with a little regard for themselves, they would hint at the uncommon advantages of their Scheme; and to all they beg leave to observe, that the purchase of a single ticket will be an act of beneficence, which will certainly reward the purchaser with the approbation of his own conscience, and may possibly place in his pocket the comfortable sum of Five Thousand Dollars!

     The Managers having entered into bonds, agreeable to the tenor of the Act, pledge themselves to the public, that no exertions shall be wanting on their part to expedite the sale of the tickets – and that the drawing of the Lottery shall commence as soon as it is warranted by the sale of a sufficient number.

Allen Hayes,

William Leverett, Managers

     *Tickets may be had of the Managers, and at Mr. Pettes’ Tavern in Windsor.

Conant, Stephen Ad - Leather Work

Dated Monday, July 11, 1808

This is just one of the many, many advertisements that I found for Stephen Conant’s various businesses.

He had rebuilt his Coffee House and Dwelling House business after the fire and also owned one of two more buildings on the main street of Windsor.

Conant-Hubbard House - 52 Main Street - Windsor Vermont

I believe this was Stephen Conant’s Dwelling house. It is called the Conant-Hubbard House and sat at 52 Main Street in Windsor.  Unfortunately this building is no longer there.

Then, in March of 1819, fire broke out in the town of Windsor once again.

March 10, 1819 – National Standard – Middlebury, Vermont

Windsor, Feb. 22.

Another Fire! – A little before 10 o’clock, on Monday evening last, the cry of fire! Was again reiterated in our streets. The inhabitants were directed to the spot where it originated, in the first moment of the alarm, by a most brilliant sheet of flame proceeding from a barn owned by Mr. STEPHEN CONANT, and situated several rods back of Pettes’ Coffee House, entirely detached from any other building of consequence. The evening was perfectly calm : had it been otherwise, the contiguous buildings, which are constructed principally of wood, would in all probability have been consumed. Still and favorable as the weather was, such was the rapidity of the flames, and so great the heat they created, it required the best exertions of our excellent Engine Company, aided by citizens, to keep the fire from spreading. On this, as on former occasions, the citizens of Cornish, and of the surrounding neighborhoods, with their wanted alacrity, repaired to our assistance.

     The loss sustained by Mr. Conant by this fire is considerable. Among other valuable property consumed with the barn, were a horse and cow, a chaise, sleigh, harnesses and saddles, and several tons of hay. Besides this, Mr. C. was a very considerable sufferer by the fire of the Tontiue. – But what attaches more importance to this event than any thing else, is the unaccountable manner in which the fire was communicated. That it was the work of a band of villains that infest this village, and seem determined on its destruction, is, however, so generally believed, that the inhabitants have instituted a Watch to patrol the streets, and certain spirited gentlemen, we understand, have contributed between two and three hundred dollars, to be offered for the apprehension and conviction of the supposed incendiaries.

It seems that this time, the fire was the work of arson’s. There had been several other fires in town and the vandals were eventually caught.

Two years later, Stephen’s real estate holdings were being sold at auction. He was 59 years old.

From the Vermont Republican, dated Mon., Jun 11, 1821 – Windsor, Vermont

Auction Sale.

All that valuable real estate formerly owned by Stephen Conant, in Windsor, Vt. consisting of a large two story DWELLING HOUSE, a large tow story BRICK STORE, a small one story Dwelling House, good Barns and outhouses, will be sold at public vendue on the 16th of June inst. at F. & J. Pettes’ Hotel, in said Windsor, at 2 o’clock P.M. The whole or a part of said premises will be sold, as may suit purchasers. Terms of sale made known at the time of sale, by  ROBERT LORD.

In 1831, Stephen shows up on the United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers. He received a monthly allowance of $10.

On September 12, 1849, Stephen became a widower for the second time when Fanny passed away. The couple had been married for fifty-four years.

Nine months later, on May 3rd, 1850, Stephen passed away at the age of 88. He had lived a long and productive life.

From the St. Albans Messenger, dated Jun. 06, 1850 – St. Albans, VT

     In Windsor, May 3d, Mr. STEPHEN CONANT, aged 88 years, a soldier of the revolution.

Conant, Stephen - 1850 - Windsor, Vermont

Stephen is buried in the Old South Church Cemetery in Windsor, Vermont, near his father, Ezra and his youngest brother, Clark.

Conant, Stephen Lineage

(Stephen Conant is my husband, Riff’s, 5th great- Uncle)

 

 

 

 

Janice Sharon Simmons School Days

Janice Sharon Simmons - School Pictures Collage

Janice Sharon Simmons School Photo’s

Today would have been my mom’s 76th birthday. It felt like the perfect day to finish a small project that  I had in mind for her school photo’s.  Only three of the photos have dates or grades on them, so I chose to put them in a collage. Most of them would have been taken at Elgin, Oregon schools, but one or two of her in the older grades may have been from Wallowa High School in Wallowa, Oregon.

Happy birthday, Mom. You are loved and missed.