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Monday, December 10, 2007

Does this belong under your tree?

As I mentioned last week, a few years ago I purchased several items of genealogical interest at an estate sale in Portland, Oregon. In hopes of finding a family member interested in claiming these materials, I placed a notice on a message board and was soon contacted by someone who thought my collection pertained to relatives of one of her lines. I emailed scans of several items which were most genealogically significant and offered to mail the collection to her. Unfortunately I relocated soon afterward and lost track of the items, and by the time I came upon them again, her email address was no longer valid.

I've moved again, at least three times since then. The fact is, I have no idea where the items are at this moment in time, but as a little Christmas giftie for anyone who might be interested, I've uploaded the entire collection of scans to a Picasa Web Album.

Actually, I'd be very surprised if our own genea-blogger Becky at Kinexxions wasn't interested in this. Last month I saw her photo and post about Lysander Joslin, and when I saw how much he resembled the Alonzo Joslyn in my estate sale find, I nabbed his picture to make the side-by-side comparison below. Could a universe exist in which these two heads of hair don't spring forth from the same DNA?

The photo of Rev. A.J. Joslyn appears in a booklet, 1906 Year Book and Directory of the Gilman Park Methodist Episcopal Church of Ballard, Washington, which includes an alphabetical listing of the church members. The pages of the booklet appear in the slideshow below.

Also included in the slideshow is a four-page letter dated February 2, 1906, written by Alonzo Joslin (note the alternate spelling), who was also familiarly known as Lon. The letter was written to his nephew Marshall (E.M. Joslin of Weiser, Idaho). In it, Alonzo mentions several family members by name and relationship, along with the date of his wife's death (June 19, 1905) and that of his brother Ben, who died the next day (June 20, 1905) in Salem, Oregon.

The rest of the collection is postcards, some of which have photographs or messages of interest. Postcards are shown image side first, then message side, except in two instances. The "Owl Camp" postcard is shown front-only, no back. And the final postcard, a Christmas greeting "To Father from Lon," is displayed message-side first. Most items date between 1906 and 1920. Most names and places appearing in the collection are listed below the slideshow.

(To pause on a particular slide, mouse over the lower edge to make control arrows appear.)

Names and places appearing in the Joslin correspondence slideshow:
  • Rev. A.J. Joslyn, aka Alonzo Joslin, called Lon
  • Ben Joslin
  • Harry Joslin
  • E.M. Joslin, called Marshall
  • Mr. & Mrs. C.A. Joslin (possibly Carl & Emma?)
  • Wesley S. Joslin
  • Joe Joslin
  • Dan Joslin
  • Mrs. Hoff
  • M.L.B. (initials)
  • Alice M. Fox
  • Eula Marshall
  • Lillian Marshall
  • Eva M. Reedy
  • Oliver Calmar Reedy
  • Margaret Maribel Reedy
  • Mr. & Mrs. W.T. Ferguson
  • Joslin Asbury Association
  • Terre Haute
  • Pollock
  • Riley (in 1906), formerly known as Lockport
  • Weiser, Idaho
  • Boise
  • Salem, Oregon
  • Gervais, Oregon
  • Kirkwood, Missouri
  • Ballard, Washington
  • Osceola, Nebraska
  • Cameo, Colorado
  • Buttonwillow, California

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Becky said...

TK - Wow, the resemblance between Lysander and Alonzo is amazing. I have no idea what their relationship would be, quite distant, I'm sure.

T.K. said...

Becky, maybe someone will find this via a Google search someday. I wonder how many other Joslin men have the same hair!

T.K. said...

I tried twice to email you in reply to your question, but the email didn't make it through. Reason given: "Mailbox disabled for this recipient." Please contact me, memwahz at yahoo dot com, and let me know what photos you are interested in and how you wish to use them. Thanks for getting in touch!

Blog Archive


Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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