Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ancestry: The Roman Empire Line & the connection of Gauls and Celts

First we must start with a quick lesson.....

A lesson on ‘Descents from Antiquity’
Ancestry is never concrete once you hit a certain point.  Often after a certain time records were not accurately taken, and, therefore, genealogies become reliant on family bibles, wills and in some cases, like those for ancient ancestries, scholarly research on possibly genealogies.  If you are connected to the royal family of King Henry I of England (and many others in his line), you are more than likely connected to Charlemagne at some point.  Now, here is the tricky part: the ancestry of Charlemagne is not set in stone but is only presumed by scholars.  But they’ve done extensive research and some of the ancestral links are pretty widely accepted.  Yet, others are still only a tenuous guess and are, therefore, only conjecture. With that being said, I present the Roman line:

"Romans vs Gauls"by Angelo Todaro

Although not from the Gaul region I'd like to think Boudicca might be what my Celtic ancestors would've looked like! Plus I love Boudicca, she is one of my favorite heroines. "Boudica's husband Prasutagus ruled as a nominally independent ally of Rome and left his kingdom jointly to his daughters and the Roman emperor in his will. However, when he died his will was ignored, and the kingdom was annexed. Boudica was flogged, her daughters raped, and Roman financiers called in their loans," (Wiki Boudica).  She led an uprising against Rome and although she was not successful, she was a leader in her own right. 

The Roman Empire Line by Way of France, Germany, Italy, and Roman-occupied Gaul

1. Me
2. Mom
3. Evelyn Velma Scates
4. Velma Tanner (1890 in Nebraska – 1986 in Lancaster, CA)
5. Mary Hygiana Deuel (1852 in Beloit, WI – 1930 in Ventura County, CA)
Deuel Sisters in Fullerton, California in about 1915: Mary Hygiana, Angelina, Antoinette, Elnora & Estelle

6. Theodore Cross Deuel (1824 in New York – 1909 in Fullerton, CA)
7. Betsy Cross (1799 in Weare, NH – 1891 in Afton, WI)
Reuben and Betsy Cross in 1892 in Afton, Wisconsin in 1892 "when they were both 92"
8. Theodore Cross (1765 in Methuen, MA – 1833 in Antwerp, NY)
9. John Cross III (1711 in Haverhill, MA  – 1769 in Methuen, MA)
10. John Cross II (1681 in Methuen, MA – 1746 in Methuen, MA)
11. John Cross I (1644 in Ipswich, MA – 1697 in Methuen, MA)
12. Robert Cross (1613 in Charlinch, Somersetshire, England  – 1693 in Ipswich, MA) *Immigrant*
13. Thomas Cross (1580 in Somersetshire, England  – 1640 in Ipswich, MA) *Immigrant*
14. Anghard Ellis (1565 in Charlinch, Somersetshire, England   – 1682 in England)
15. Mary Dutton (1516 in Dutton, Cheshire, England  – 1580 in St. Giles Cripplegate, London, England)
16. Eleanor Legh (1480 in Adlington, Cheshire, England  – 1522 in Adlington, Cheshire, England )
17. Katherine Savage (1458 in Clifton, Cheshire, England  – 1515 in England)
18. Knight: Sir John Savage, Lord of Clifton (1403 in Clifton, Cheshire, England  – 1463 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England)
19. Knight: Sir John Savage I (1370 – 1450; b/d in Clifton, Cheshire, England )
20. Margaret Danyers (1347 in Cheadle, Cheshire, England – 1428 in Clifton, Cheshire, England)
21. Isabel Baggiley (1325 – 1364; b/d in Cheadle, Stockport, Cheshire, England )
22. Sir William de Baguley (1305 – after 1325; b/d in Cheadle, Stockport, Cheshire, England )
23. Lucy Corona (illigimate daughter but claimed*) (1250 – 1316; b/d in Cheshire, England)
24. King Edward I, Plantagenet (1239 in Westminster Abbey, London, England – 1307 in Burgh by Sands, Cumberland, England)
25. King Henry III, Plantagenet (1207 in Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England  – 1272 in Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England)
26. King John “Lackland” Plantagenet (1166 in Beaumont Palace, Oxfordshire, England  – 1216 in Newark Castle, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England )
27. King Henry II, Plantagenet (1133 in Le Mans, Sarthe, Pays De La Loire, France – 1189 in Chinon, Departement d'Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France)
28. Matilda, Holy Roman Empress, Queen of France & Germany (1102 England – 1167 Rouen, France)
Portrait of Empress Mathilda, from "History of England" by St. Albans monks (15th century); Cotton Nero D. VII, f.7, British Library

29. King Henry I (1068 Selby, England – 1135 Saint-Denis-en-Lyons, France)
30. Matilda of Flanders (1031 France – 1083 Caen, France)
Matilda of Flanders, very beautiful image. Born 1031 in France and died 1083 in Caen, France
31. Baldwin, Count of Flanders V (1012 Arrast, France – 1067 Lille, France)
32. Baldwin IV, Count of Flanders (980 France – 1035)
33. Rozala of Italy (937 Italy – 1003 Ghent, Belgium)
34. Willa of Tuscany (911 Arles, France – 970 Bamberg Castle, Bamberg, Germany)
35. Boso, Margrave of Tuscany (885 – 936)
36. Princess Bertha of Lothrainga (863 – 925 Lucca, Italy)
37. King Lothair II, King of Lothrainga (835 – 869 Piacenza, Italy)
38. King Lothair I, King of Lothrainga (795 – 855 PrĂ¼m, Germany)
39. King Louis, the Pious, the Fair, the Debonair (apparently, he was hot) (778 Chasseneuil-du-Poitu, France – 840 Ingleheim am Rheim, Germany)
40. Charlemagne (Otherwise known as Charles the Great or Carolus Magnus) (742 Francia – 814 Aachen, Germany)
41. Pepin, The Short (714 Francia – 768 Saint-Denis, France)
42. Charles Martel (686 Herstal, Belgium – 741 Quierzy, France)
43. Pepin of Herstal II (635 – 714 Jupille-Sur-Meuse, Belgium)
44. Ansegisel van Herstal (610 Austrasia – 679)
45. Saint Arnulf of Metz (wife is Saint Doda) 582 Lay-Saint-Christophe, France – 640 Remirement Abbey, Remirement, France)
46. Bishop Arnoald (Sometimes called Arnoldus) of Metz (560 Metz, France – 611 Metz, France)
47. Ansbertus, Gallo-Roman Senator (505 France – 570)
48. Ferreolus of Rodez, Gallo-Roman Senator of Narbonne (born c. 470) – Ancestry continues at bottom.  His mother is Industria, wife of Tonantius Ferreolus, thus she begins at 49.
49. Tonantius Ferreolus, Gallo-Roman Senator (440 – 511) **** see note about mom’s lineage below 
50. Tonantius Ferreolus, Praetorian Prefect of Gaul (405 – 475)
Tonantius Ferreouls (born 405 A.D. - died 475 A.D.

51. Syagria (her name based on father as researched by scholars) (born c. 390 AD)
52. Flavius Afranius Sygarius, Roman Politican, Praefectus Praetorio Italia and Proconsulo of Africa (345 – 399 Lyon, France)

****Tonantius Ferreolus’s mother was Papianilla.  Scholars disagree about the exact parentage of Papianilla.  Some believe she is the niece of the Roman Emperor Eparchius Avitus, while others believe she is his daughter. I believe she was his niece as there were two Papianillas, and it wouldn’t have been uncommon to name a daughter after another woman in the family.  

48. Ferreolus of Rodez, Gallo-Roman Senator of Narbonne (born c. 470)
49. Mother: Industria of Narbo (born between c. 450-465)
50. Flavius Probus (born between c. 420 – 430)
51. Flavius Magnus, Consul of Rome, Praetorian of Gaul, Roman Senator of Narbo (Powerful politician at in  the last days of the Western Roman Empire) (born c. 405)
52. Possibly General Patrician Flavius Felix, Consul of Rome (380 – killed 430)
53. Ennodius, Proconsul of Africa (b. 355 – died sometime after 395)

Now a little background.  "Roman Gaul consisted of an area of provincial rule in the Roman Empire, in modern-day France, southern Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, western Switzerland and western Germany. Roman control of the area lasted for more than approximately 500 years. The Roman Republic began its takeover of Celtic Gaul in 121 BC, when it conquered and annexed the southern reaches of the area. Julius Caesar completed the task by defeating the Celtic tribes in the Gallic Wars of 58-51 BC. The Gaulish language became extinct from the fifth century AD onwards. The last vestige of Roman rule was effaced by the Franks at the Battle of Soissons (486); displacing the Visigothic kingdom of Toulouse in 507 A.D. The city of Lugdunum (now Lyon) had long been the capital of Gaul" (Roman Gaul)

Map of the Tribes of the region during the Time of Caesar, image by NationalVanguard

An early map of Gaul by Athena Pub

"Gallic Warriors at the Battle of Alesia," Image provided by Sierra Toy Soldier)

For further research about the Ferreolus line here is the lineage, however, the parentage of Papianilla is not be accurate in my opinion: (link: Ferreolus of Rodez Image and Info)

The end of the line for research at the moment ends with the Roman Senators of Gaul.  I imagine that they had many ancestors within the area, such as the Goths or Celtic tribes of Gaul.  However, there are no records showing such a connection so that is just my guesstimate.  I am sure some Romans moved to the region after occupation but I imagine some were already in the area and used their influence to become elite members of Roman society, and/or they married the local population and had children so there might also be Goth or Celtic blood in this line some place as not every women's name is recorded and there were some instances of multiple wives and concubines. 

I have always been fascinated with archaeology as well as anthropology.  How did these people live their day-to-day lives, what did they do, and what did they eat?

In pre-Roman times the Gauls & Celts in the area lived in thatched roofed style homes much like this reconstructed version below.  I like to think of my pre-Gaul or Celtic ancestors living in a thatched roof cottage, living simply off the land and with one another. 
Pre-Roman Gaul Home Example Gaul Home Image

After the conquest by the Romans in the area, many of the homes were constructed much like the counterparts in Rome, itself. The villas usually started out small and were added onto as time went on, and as the owners had larger families and more money.  Here is an example of a Roman villa found in England:
© Historic England (illustration by Ivan Lapper) Great Witcomb English Heritage Villa Image 

I like to imagine my Gaul Roman Senator ancestors living in something like the above, and, drinking mulsum, like the recipe below: 

From The Fine Art of Feasting, comes a recipe from Roman Gaul, "An aperitif such as mulsum, consisting of warm, spiced wine, would be served at the beginning of the meal. Among the various delicacies might be patina, a custard-like baked mixture of savory ingredients such as meat, chicken, or fish, herbs, olive oil, nuts, and wine. A sweet version with pears, eggs, honey, and spices could also be served," (recipe and info from The Fine Art of Feastin in Roman Gaul). 

"To taste for yourself a little of Roman Gaul, here’s a recipe for spiced honey wine. Cheers!"

Recipe for Mulsum (Also known as Conditum paradoxum, from Apicius’s De re coquinaria)

Mulsum, an ancient Roman honey wine
1 bottle dry white wine
¾ cup (6 ounces) clear honey
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
Pinch saffron threads

1. Pour 2/3 cup of the wine and the honey into a 2-quart saucepot and bring it to a boil.
2. Remove the saucepot from the heat and add seasonings to the hot wine; set it aside for 5 minutes.
3. After 5 minutes, add the rest of the wine.
4. Serve mulsum warm or transfer the mixture to a glass jar, cover, and refrigerate. As a modern variant, this drink can also be enjoyed cold over ice.

This has been a fascinating journey into my Western Roman Empire heritage, which has actually ended in Africa.  I find the occupation of Africa highly interesting as I did not know much about it! I plan to do some research on the Roman occupation in Africa at a later date.  

So, in the end I will leave you with a picture of King Louis, the Pious, King of Aquitaine, Franks and co-Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire with his dad Charlemagne.  He was supposedly good looking, however, he wasn't the best ruler. 

King Louis, very Debonair as he was called!

What a looker!! Well, gotta run! Thanks for reading!

P.S. And another picture of Boudicca, just because I can!
Boudicca by Fluxen on Deviantart (Image Link)
P.S.S. I come by way of my link to the Roman-Gaul-Celtic Line on both side of my family. So here goes my dads version: (Once it hits #25 on the list of the above then you can link up to the same lineage. I guess my parents are cousins about a billion times removed, but who isn't when you go back far enough)!!

1. Me
2. Dad
3. Grandma
4. Marge Marie Williams (1924 - 2007)
5. Elsie Della Hart (1892 Montana - 1962 Klamath Falls, OR)
6. Daniel Mose Hart (1856 Montana or Idaho Reservation - 1938 Klamath Falls, OR)

7. Moses W Hart (1833 Indiana - 1909 Westfall, OR)
The Moses and Mary Hart Stone House is on the National Register of Historic Places in Malheur County, Oregon near Westfall.  It is a Vernacular-Italianate style. (Wiki)

8. Pleasant Hart (1798 Kentucky - 1837 Illinois)
9. Moses Hart (1766 South Carolina - 1823 Indiana)
10. Captain Aaron "the Elder" Hart (1733 Pennsylvania - 1810 Hardin, Kentucky)
11. Thomas Hart (1686 Pennsylvania - 1790 South Carolina)
12. Susannah Rush (1656 - 1725 Pennsylvania)
13. Captain John "Old Trooper" Rush (1623 England - 1699 Pennsylvania) *Immigrant Ancestor*

From here until the end of dads line these are all English born, raised and died (after dads line links up please refer to places of birth and death):

14. Thomas Rushe III (1593 - 1635)
15. Priscilla Cloville (1542 - 1593)
Many of my Cloville ancestors were born in or near Cloville Hall, pictured is Cloville Hall.

16. Sir Francis Cloville, Knight (1516 - 1562)
17. William Cloville (1489 - After 1516)
18. Henry Cloville (1463 - 1513)
19. Margery Allington (1442 - 1467)
20. Sir William Allington, Knight (1397 - 1487)
21. Joane Burgh (1350 - 1445)
22. Mary Plant (1310 - 1377)
23. Earl Henry Plantagenet, of Lancaster (1281 - 1345)
24. Edmund Crouchback, 1st Earl of Lancaster (1245 - 1296)
Edmund's nickname, "Crouchback" (meaning "crossed-back"), refers to his participation in the Ninth Crusade (Wiki). 
25. King Henry III (please see #25 on the above list)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Russell, A Revolutionary Family Line

Russell Ancient Tartan from Heritage of Scotland
Russell Old Colours from Heritage of Scotland
Russell Modern Tartan from Heritage of Scotland

What does Scotland, the Revolutionary War and Seattle have in common? Nothing at first glance until you follow the remarkable line of the Russell Family.   

Russell Family Badge, From Heritage of Scotland

The Revolutionary Russell Family Line

It begins with Andrew Russell, Senior.  Andrew was born in Sorn, Ayrshire, Scotland, on the banks of the River Ayr in Ayshire.  Located near the Firth of Clyde between the Isle of Arran and Scotland proper, Ayr is a small village of 300 or so residents.  Andrew was baptized on the 25th of February in 1733.  His parents were Robert Russell, Sr. and Margaret Smith, of the legendary Scottish Smith Clan.  Andrew Russell arrived in America in 1758 and settled in Pennsylvania (Whyte, 132).  He settled first in Oxford, Pennsylvania before moving on to Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Sorn Parish in Sorn, Ayr, Scotland. Picture from drookitagain

An old picture of Sorn's Main Thoroughfare.  Picture from: Mccord Genealogy  
The location of Chartiers Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Map from Wikipedia

Andrew settled in Pennsylvania in the middle of the Seven Years War, otherwise known as The French and Indian War, (1754–1763).  And, not to long after that was Revolutionary War broke out as colonists fought for Independence from Britain.  Andrew Russell became involved in the war and pledged an Oath of Allegiance to his new home and countrymen.  His DAR Ancestor Number is A098319 (DAR Service).  A biography from Joseph McFarland states:

"The interesting history of this family begins with the great-grandfather, Andrew Russell, who was born in Scotland in 1732. He married Isabel Mays, who was born in Ireland, and together they crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1758, and found a home near Oxford, in Chester County, Pa. They had ten children and they lived in Chester County until after the birth of the youngest and then decided to move into Washington County, selecting the land near Canonsburg which has ever since, a period of 127 years, remained in the Russell name. This moving from one county to the other was a great undertaking for those days. The Alleghany Mountains lay between and all the household goods had to be packed on the backs of horses to transport, and even then many of the necessities had to be left behind. The family safely reached the new home, which was established near Westland, in Washington County, and the Russells have belonged to Washington County ever since, for years having been numbered with the best of its citizenship. There were three sons and seven daughters in the family and they were named as follows: Alexander, Robert, Andrew, Polly, Jane, Peggy, Hannah, Ibby, Liddia and Betsey. Thus there were sons to cultivate the land, while the father could also work at his trade of blacksmith. He was a typical Scot, stern, persevering, thrifty and religious, and the picture in words has come down to the present generation of the sturdy old man walking a distance of ten miles in order to attend church and sitting through the whole day in order to enjoy both services, and deeming this no hardship, but, on the other hand, a privilege. He was one of the founders, probably, of the Chartiers Church at Canonsburg. His political opinions were those then entertained by the Whig party. His wife died May 5, 1802, and he survived until June
20, 1814. They were interred in the Canonsburg Cemetery" (McFarland, 965-966).

Andrew Russell, Sr was buried with a Revolutionary War marker.  He is buried in Oak Spring Cemetery in Canonsburg, Washington County, Pennsylvania (Image provided by: Judith Abernethy from findagrave).

Andrew Russell begat many children including Robert Russell, who remained in the Pennsylvania region, farming the land and cultivating what his father began.  Robert gave birth to several children with Nancy Agnes Woodburn including Samuel Woodburn Russell.  Samuel Woodburn Russell married Jane Sprott in 1827 in Ohio. Samuel and Jane Russell moved out west and were instrumental in the pioneering the Alki region of Seattle.

Samuel Woodburn Russell
Jane Sprott Russell

Much of the information about the two pioneers can be gleaned from their obituaries,

Jane Sprott Russell:
"RUSSELL - In Seattle, May 14, Mrs. Jane Russell, wife of Mr. Samuel W. Russell, aged 72 years, 6 months and 9 days.

Mrs. Russell was born at Darlington, Penn., in 1808. In company with her husband and seven children, crossed the plains in 1852, and settled on White River, in this county in 1853. In 1855, just a few days before the Indian massacre on Duwamish River, being warned by friendly Indians, they moved to Seattle, and thus escaped the terrible fate in store for them had they remained. The deceased leaves her aged husband, and five children, named as follows: Mrs. Tanner, Thomas S. Russell, Mary Thomas, Robert Russell and Mrs. Crow. About four years ago this aged couple celebrated their golden wedding. The deceased continued in good health until a short time ago, when she fell and broke her arm; following which came an attack of crysipelas***, that probably hastened her death. The bereaved ones are joined by a large number of friends in their sorrow. The funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church on Monday at 10 o'clock A.M., Rev. Bird officiating. Tri-Weekly Fin-Back, Saturday, May 14, 1881" (Find A Grave).  (***This is actually "Erysipelas, which is an acute infection typically with a skin rash, usually on any of the legs and toes, face, arms, and fingers. It is an infection of the upper dermis and superficial lymphatics, usually caused by beta-hemolytic group A Streptococcus bacteria on scratches or otherwise infected areas. Erysipelas is more superficial than cellulitis, and is typically more raised and demarcated" (Wikipedia).  At one time it was deadly, but in our modern times it is treated with antibiotics such as penicillin.)

Samuel Woodburn Russell: 
The funeral of Mr. S.W. Russell, the aged pioneer of this section of the country, which will occur today, will be attended by many old settlers who have known him for many years. The pall bearers who have been selected are: H.L. Yesler, D.T. Denny, W.H. Gilliam, Hillory Butler, Henry Adams and Dexter Horton, all of whom arrived in Seattle in 1853, the same year in which Mr. Russell landed at Alki Point. Source: Seattle P-l, Monday, April 21, 1890" (Find A Grave). 

Aerial view of Alki Point in Seattle. Elliott Bay and Downtown Seattle can be seen in the background..  The Russell's settled in this area in 1853 (Information and Photo Provided by: Michael Brophy and Wikipedia). 
Samuel Woodburn Russell and Jane Sprott Russell had eight children including Armida Russell who married James Tanner. James Tanner was involved in the American Civil War and fought on the Union side for Indiana. He was enlisted as a a private in Company A Indiana 142nd Infantry Regiment and M Indiana Cavalry.

Pension Application Filed by Armida after the death of James Tanner.  Listed are his two service records for The Civil War.

Armida and James Tanner had five children: Milton, Jane, Mary, Thomas, and William.  Milton Russell Tanner married Mary Hygiana Deuel in 1879 when he was 31 years old.  They settled in Indiana for a period of time before migrating out west, first to the Seattle region and then south to the Ventura County, California area.  They had four children Earl, Verne, Ralph and Velma.  Sadly, Earl and Verne died in a tragic house fire on August 11, 1892.

From The Seattle post-intelligencer., August 12, 1892, Page 6. Photo from NWPioneer and added on Find A Grave

From the Sacramento Daily Union, Volume 83, Number 149, 12 August 1892. Photo added by NWPioneer on Find A Grave
Additional Information from Find A Grave:
Verne Tanner:
Record Series: Death Records
Collection: Seattle Death Registers Index, 1881-1907
County: King
Image: seattle_death_1892-1899_009.tif
Reference: seattle-death-records_002762
Page Number: 9
Record Number: 336
Name: Verne Tanner
Death Date: 8/11/1892
Age: 9
Gender: M
Place Of Death: 206 McClair
Year: 1892-1899

Earle Tanner:
Record Series: Death Records
Collection: Seattle Death Registers Index, 1881-1907
County: King
Image: seattle_death_1892-1899_009.tif
Reference: seattle-death-records_002761
Page Number: 9
Record Number: 335
Name: Earle Tanner
Death Date: 8/11/1892
Age: 12
Gender: M
Place Of Death: 206 McClair
Year: 1892-1899

A horribly devastating tragedy for such a wonderful family. I always like to keep little Earle and little Verne in my thoughts. The other two children Ralph and Velma survived the fire and went on to live long lives with families of their own.

Mary and Milton Tanner
Milton Russell Tanner, date unknown.  Added by Janet Tonole from Ancestry.com

Milton passed away at the ripe age of 86 years in 1934 in Port Heuneme, Ventura County, California and is buried in Lancaster, Los Angeles, California.

Photo Provided by Irene Cardwell on Find A Grave

Mary Hygiana Deuel Tanner passed away in 1930, at the age of 77 in Ventura County, Calfornia.

Notice from NWPionner on Find A Grave Source:The Oxnard Daily Courier
June 2, 1930 

From NWPioneer on Find A Grave  Source: The Oxnard Daily Courier
June 6, 1930

Velma Tanner was born near Lincoln, Nebraska, which in an odd twist of fate is not far from where I currently reside (source from Ancestry Social Security Index filed by Milton and Mary Tanner). However, she, along with her family, made the pioneering trip as a young child to the Seattle, Washington region. And, sometime before her 20th birthday she moved to Fullerton, California. Velma Tanner married Charles Scates and had many girls:  Catherine (1918 - 2004), Evelyn (1920 - 2005), Caroline, Elizabeth (1923 - 2012), Iva (1927 - 2007), Ida, and Charlotte.

Charles and Velma Tanner

Velma passed away on May 25th 1986 in Lancaster, California and is buried in the Lancaster Cemetery in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California.

Velma Scates Resting Place.  Photo added by Jack and Ruth Gravance on Find A Grave

Evelyn (my grandmother), Velma (my great grandmother) and I (I'm the baby!) in 1982
I always love working on this line.  It's amazing how families move and migrate.  The Russell line coming all the way from Scotland and eventually have descendants settling all around the United States.  Here is a working straight line of the Russell family thus far...

Robert Russell Sr. born 1704 in Ayrshire, Scotland and Died 1775 in Maryland
Andrew Russell born 1733 in Sorn, Ayrshire, Scotland and Died 1814 in Canonsburg, PA
Robert Russell born 1762 in Beaver City, PA and died 1829 in Allegheny, PA
Samuel Woodburn Russell born 1804 in Allegheny, PA and died in 1890 in Seattle, Washington
Armida M Russell born in 1829 in Athens, Ohio and died in 1896 in Seattle, Washington
Milton Russell Tanner born in 1848 in Indiana and died 1934 in Ventura, California
Velma Tanner born in 1890 somewhere near Lincoln, Nebraska and died 1986 in California

So, that concludes the Russell's for now.  I am always disocvering new and amazing things about this line.  They were pioneers and immigrants.  Adventurers and steadfast folks.  They lived through tragedy, wars and countless ordeals to make a life of legacy that I hope can continue onward.

I'll leave today with a photo of my favorite dress of all time and one that if I renew my vows I'm totally gonna wear! And I am thinking that if I don't get it in the Pride of Scotland colours, I'll need to get it in the Russell Clan Tartan colours.

Beautiful dress from Heritage of Scotland ....someone buy it for me! I'll send ya my measurements. Ha ha!

With much love and Russell Pride,

Additional Sources: 
Whyte, Donald. A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to the U.S.A. Vol. 2. Baltimore: Magna Carta Book, 1986. 132. Print.
Source Code 9761

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Mahill. Publications of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1855. 165-166. Print.

McFarland, Joseph F. 

20th century history of the city of Washington and Washington County, Pennsylvania and representative citizens Chicago, Ill.: Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co., 1910, 1438 pgs. pages 965 - 966

Friday, October 30, 2015

Beverly Loyd, Film Actress & Not Forgotten Great Aunt

Beverly Loyd

Great Auntie Beverly Loyd Yandle (nee Gross)

My Great-Aunt Beverly Lloyd (Loyd) Gross was born in Portland, Oregon in June of 1921.  She was born to Charles and Hattie Gross of Portland, Oregon and was the youngest of 3 children: her brothers were Richard, my uncle, and Virgil, my biological grandfather.  Although, I never met any of them in life, I feel especially connected to Beverly.  At the age of 12 she began to model and soon found herself in motion pictures such as Utah with Roy Rogers in 1945 and the Earl Caroll Vanities.  I love old movies and vintage short westerns featuring Dale Evans and Roy Rogers. I was thrilled to find out that my great Aunt was a part of early western movies. Beverly married Loyd Yandle in February of 1941 (although some say 1939) in Washington.  She was a successful motion picture actress and later model-school operator for many years. She died before I got an opportunity to meet her but in my own way, I think we are connected.  I watch her old movies and I think it may be my own way of honoring not just her but the entire Gross Family that has been missing from my life and the lives of my fathers side.  

Copy of the Obituary, detailing Beverly's life (Obituary Link):
Beverly Gross Yandle

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, in Valley Community Presbyterian Church for Beverly Gross Yandle, who died Aug. 27 at age 79. Mrs. Yandle was born June 16, 1921, in Portland. Her maiden name was Gross. She attended Jefferson High School and graduated from Girls Polytechnic High School. A model from the age of 12, she was named Miss Oregon in 1941. Under the name Beverly Loyd, she was a film actress, appearing in "Utah," a Roy Rogers film of 1945, and the Ingrid Bergman film "Joan of Arc" in 1948. She retired from acting in 1957 and continued modeling and also had a modeling school for a few years. She moved to Hemet, Calif., in about 1980. In 1939, she married Loyd Yandle.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Beverly Ferrari; son, Mark; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Interment is in Riverside National Cemetery in Los Angeles. Arrangements are by Miller-Jones Mortuary in Hemet.

October 5, 2000

Portland Oregonian

A copy of the Obituary from Lives Remebered: The Telegraph (Telegraph UK Obituaries):
Beverly Lloyd
Oct 21, aged 88. Dancer and B-movie actress under contract to Republic Pictures who appeared in a number of Hollywood films during the 1940s. These included the thriller Silent Partner (1944), in which she played the leading lady to Grant Withers; she was also the beautiful Wanda in the popular Roy Rogers Western Utah (1945) and Constance Grey in The Tiger Woman (1945). As a chorus girl, she was a regular on the early American television series Earl Carroll Vanities and danced on screen opposite John Wayne in The Fighting Seabees (1944). She retired after appearing in Joan of Arc (1948) to marry the Oscar-winning music director Lionel Newman.

Beverly Loyd in Polka Dots and Peggy Stewart on the Trumpet, 1945
Beverly appeared as an entertainer with Earl Caroll Vanities, starred in various motion pictures, and ran a modeling studio.  Some of her performances include (Movie Roster):

1948 Joan of Arc                         -as Court lady, Camp follower
1948 Here Comes Trouble         -as Penny Blake
1945 Earl Carroll Vanities           -as Cigarette Girl
1945 Utah                                   -as Wanda - Bob's girl friend
1945 The Tiger Woman             -as Constance Grey
1944 The Fighting Seabees       -as Chorine
1944 Silent Partner                    -as Mary Price
1944 Sing, Neighbor, Sing         -as Beverly
1943 Pistol Packin' Mama          -as Dancer

Here is not one BUT two terrific films that feature Beverly Loyd, they are also available on Amazon Prime for free (if you are a member). Kick back with some popcorn and enjoy some vintage treasures... They are only 1 hour give or take each.
Utah Movie, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Beverly Loyd, 1945, Republic Productions

Hal Roach Comedy, Here Comes Trouble, 1948

Extra Screen Shots From Utah, 1945:

Beverly Loyd Speaking with arms folded.

Beverly Loyd pointing, about to go on her Cowboy date!

Beverly Loyd in Polka Dots

Beverly Loyd doing a raised eyebrow smile in Utah, 1945

The following photos are all from the movie Here Comes Trouble, 1948:
Beverly Loyd in a beautiful floral dress.

Beverly Loyd in a flowing floral print dress

Beverly Loyd and William Tracy embrace

I make this face often. LOL

That's not going to work out for poor Dodo.

I loved this dress.  This movie was funny and a total vintage treat.

She had a beautiful smile.

I didn't know Beverly in this life but I am thankful that I get to watch her on screen.  It makes it feel like I know a tiny piece of her, even if just for a moment.  For the brief time she is on screen we are together and I feel privileged to be able to see her. 


Happy Halloween!

P.S. The following film features a young Beverly Loyd as one of the ensemble of ladies in the movie: