September 6, 1954 William Shepard to parents

6 September

Dear Dick & Dad:

I suppose that you are still in Canada, so I’ll write there. Everything is going along normal. Work & flying as usual. Time goes by fairly fast. Now I am 1/2  the way  through my time.

There isn’t any news, but I wanted to let you know I was still kicking. The weather has turned cool, thank goodness. It was too hot in August 95 to 100° every day, and almost 100% humidity. However this month has been very pleasant.

The weather has turned cool, thank goodness. It was too hot in August 95 to 100° every day, and almost 100% humidity. However this month has been very pleasant.

We are finishing a three day holiday (Labor Day) and I have had plenty of rest. I’ve been playing chess and cribbage until I’m tired of it. Tomorrow I’m going up to the front lines again for several days, perhaps 8 or 10. It is for screwing in with the Army does. We understand what they do, we can get better close support with our fighter bombers. And two, it is a break in the monotony to go to a different place for a while.

And two, it is a break in the monotony to go to a different place for a while.

Hunting season starts here on October 1. Probably duckies and present. None of these

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Koreans have guns, so it’s all ours to hunt. I may get to get out a few times.

It is a good time to be in Ohio, during the autumn. Wish I could see it. Especially the trees. We only have a few scrubby ones in South Korea. Up north there are forests, but down here nothing but rice patties. And that your stink. I’ll never get homesick for this place.

It is a good time to be in Ohio, during the autumn. Wish I could see it. Especially the trees. We only have a few scrubby ones in South Korea. Up north there are forests, but down here nothing but rice patties. And that your stink. I’ll never get homesick for this place.

As I said before, I haven’t any news. So I’ll close for now. Right when you get time.

Your son Bill

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Happy Thanksgiving

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There Once Was A Revolution

Being assaulted, in the news, by the constant, disgusting, goings on in Washington these days has gotten my revolutionary dander up. I won’t be taking up arms, like some wackos, but I will be armed, with a pen, at the voting booth.

All this dissent and conflict brings to mind my ancestors who fought a war in this country to rid themselves of a King. In fact, did you know — nah, you probably didn’t — that on the John side of our family, all, but one, of the our direct male ancestors living in America, of the Revolutionary War generation, fought in the American Revolution. The ‘one’ was actually a Loyalist, who, surprisingly, didn’t flee to Canada.

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Abraham Rosa —  From his pension record: …entered the service of the US in the Army of the Revolution under the following named officers and served as herein stated. That on the first day of February 1778 he was draughted for the term of nine months, under Captain Bogert of Albany, New York. He was draughted in the Town of Coxsackie, Greene County, New York Colonel Harper commanded the regiment….from Coxsackie he went to Albany, from Albany to Schoharie, where he was stationed at Twoman/Freeman[?] Fort and Beekers Fort. He was out on scouting parties after Indians some of the time...he was honorably discharged at Freeman Fort in Schoharrie by Colonel Harper…after serving 9 months…

15 May 1779 at Coxackie he volunteered for the term of 5 months in NY militia under Captain Philip Conine…he went from Coxsackie to Kiskadamnatia[?not on any map] 20 miles from Coxsackie where he was stationed most of the time, he went with scouts to Dices Mannor and Schoharie Kill after Indians some of the time…he was honorably discharged after serving…

2 June 1780 he volunteered again for the term of 4 months … under Captain Benjamin Dubois…he went to Catskill from there he went aboard a sloop and went by water to Fishkill in the north…from there to Thirt Point by canal…eventually crossed into New Jersey going to the town of Hackensack …in a company commanded by Captain Austin of the Light Infantry. Colonel Fancortland[?] Commanded the regiment, General Lafayette commanded the Brigade…He was drilled by Barron Steubenhe was honorably discharged 2 October…

He also went with a team 4 months in 1777 –he drew Battery and Cannon from Fort Edward to Lake George, baggage and commissaries stores, from Albany to Buman’s[?] Hights, soldiers that were wounded in the action with General Burgoyne to the hospital at Burmas’s[?] Heights, and foraged for our army from there, he carried baggage for Colonel Morgans regiment of riflemen to Geshin[?] in Orange County, NY where he was discharged the last of October…

The same year he went in the month of June before Captain Hermanes from Redhook commanded the party…1

Joseph CrossFrom his pension record:enlisted in the month of April in the year 1777 in the town of New London, Connecticut as a private in a company commanded by Captain Jonathan Parker in the regiment commanded by Colonel Charles Webbserved until April 1780 when he was discharged…he was in the battles of White Marsh, Monmouth2

Jeremiah Peter Smith/SchmidtFrom his pension record: … He was called or drafted into service in the fall, but does not remember the year, in Claverack, Albany County [now Columbia County], New York in the company commanded by Captain Jeremiah Miller in the regiment commanded by Colonel Robert Van Rensselaer for an indefinite amount of time. Immediately the company was called into service and marched to Schoharie, Schoharie County where they were stationed to guard against the British and the Indians. They stayed into late fall. The company was discharged by Capt. Miller and the commanding officer.

Then he was called out or drafted into service in the late summer, he does not remember the exact date or length of service, in Claverack in the company militia commanded by Captain Peter Bartle and Lieutenant Jeremiah Miller. They marched to Fort Edward on the Hudson River in New York and stayed there for two months, after which they marched to Lake George to meet with another part of the American Army which was stationed in a fort on the banks of the lake. During the march they met another part of the Army heading south at which time they returned to Fort Edwards staying there another month. They were discharged in the late fall.

He was called out another time in late spring of the next year or early summer, again he does not remember the exact date or length of service, in Claverack under Lt. Miller commanded by Van Rensselaer. The company marched to Albany and was stationed there with a few other companies to guard against attacks. They were there about a month then discharged again.3

Johannes Houghtaling —  Loyalist. He is on a list of persons living “west of Stissing Mountain” (a hill 1 1/2 miles west of Pine Plains, in New York), who refused to sign the Articles of Association. Johannes didn’t fight for either side, but we don’t know his reasons. Those who made the choice not to fight English rule, did so out of a great variety of reasons: economics, loyalty, fear, desire for peace. We can only guess at Johannes’.

There are more soldiers on this side of the family, but they are uncles and cousin. And on mother’s side of the family there are too many to count; plus one Scot who was sent to America as a British prisoner of war, having been captured at the Battle of Preston, during the Jacobite Rebellion.

So what does this all mean? It means that my ancestors had a history of rising up against repression and corruption,( including fighting for the Union during the Civil War). I mean to continue in the same tradition, because I am mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. So, I invite you to participate in the revolution. Get out–join, organize, VOTE!

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This is our pirate flag, flying free and proud at the Bumann household.


NOTE: Most of  the names of places and forts in Abraham Rosa’s pension are difficult to transcribe as they are hard to read. From what I have gleaned so far, few of the names as currently transcribed show up as actual places. A work in progress I guess.

Sources:

  1. Abraham Rosa, complete pension file #S.14381, Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, compiled ca. 1800 – ca. 1912, documenting the period ca. 1775 – ca. 1900, NARA, Record Group: 15, Roll: 2083.
  2. Joseph and Serviah Cross, complete pension file #W16940, Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, compiled ca. 1800 – ca. 1912, documenting the period ca. 1775 – ca. 1900. NARA M804, Record Group: 15, Roll: 0699.
  3. Jeremiah Smith and Sophia Smith, complete military pension file #W19378, Case Files of Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications Based on Revolutionary War Service, compiled ca. 1800 – ca. 1912, documenting the period ca. 1775 – ca. 1900. NARA Record Group: 15, Roll: 2218

 

September 3, 1952 Herman Shepard to Parents

Columbus Ohio
Sept. 3 1952

Dear Dick & Dad:-

Just a line to let you know we arrived home okay we had dinner in St. Ignace and got across the straight about 2 P.M. We took Route 23 down to Standish where we stopped to ice the fish which lasted until we got home today. We ate supper in Vasser and got to Harbor View at 12:30 A.M. Every thing at Harbor View was O.K. we left there at 11:45 AM 11:45 A.M. today and arrived home about 3 P.M. found everything here OK. the fish were still frozen solid when we got here.

Charlie & Julie surly had a wonderful time and want to thank you for everything. Charlie said he forgot to thank you for the bread you sent home with us.

I surly hate to go back to work in the morning but at least I have some swell memories to take along with me. Ruth & I really enjoyed ourselves and want to thank you for the swell time. We all talked about different little incidents happened while we were there. Every time we eat one of those fish we will be catching it all over again.

We are going to take Ruths mom and dad out a couple of the Pike tonight and get all the latest news from Gahana. Also we are going to take Ralph a loaf of bread. Ruth is now getting supper and we are having bread and tea.

So will write you later when I get all the news Ruth & Herm (over)

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We will call Edw to nite if we can get him that is find him home.

I just called aunt Dosh and she and Burch are okay. She mailed your check. Pauline & Lloyd & Jamie were over for Labor Day weekend. Jenny started to school this week. Brooks & Zara & the kids were up Sunday evening. Tommy just got over a bad case of poison ivy. The baby is getting real cute.

Ada wrote that Aunt Lib isn’t a bit good. Her heart doesn’t pump enough blood and she blacks out.

Well I guess this is about all the news. So will close. Ruth.

The fish kept swell. The frozen ones were stiff and the iced ones were so cold I could hardly handle them when I put them in freezer.

We had chilly weather all the way down. The rain was behind us most all the way. Only got in one little sprinkle.

Shirley says it’s been cool here in the last four days, but it sure was hot last week.

Margie was down home last weekend. She said Opel almost died from a miscarriage. She had twins at five months. They couldn’t tell for a while if she was dead or alive, but she pulled through. She must’ve been at the hospital because Margie said she was at home now and doing alright. The doctor said she must have an operation as soon as she can stand it. I hope she does before it is too late.

Everyone else in W Va was okay I will call Margie tomorrow, as I won’t have a chance to-nite. I want to go out home write. The bread is not spoiled Ha! Ha !Love Ruth.

We sure had a good time.

July 7, [1949] Lois Shepard to in-laws

 

July 7 [1949]

Dear Dick –

Yes-I received the package last week after I had written you. Thanks loads for it all. The paring knif is tops. Bill is still in Jamaica but should be home the 15th to stay. Went to OB today & the Dr. says Aug. 5th for the baby. Course I don’t care how soon it happens.

Lucy Williams just called me from the club to tell me Bill made permanent Captain but that will  be as of Dec. 9, 1949. But at least he made it. She said a lot of them didn’t who were elegible. It sorta takes the kick out of it to know he had it but won’t be effective

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for 6 months. Nice Xmas present tho.

Had a letter from Helen & she says Trinidad is O.K. but she misses Ramey.

I’m having the group meeting here tomorrow. Then I won’t have to worry about it for several months.

Kenny has his fungus all cleared up & hope we can keep it that way. They had a swimming party & hot dogs & watermelon Monday on the 4th – The kids had a good time Kenny had 8 pieces of watermelon & 9 hot dogs – Didn’t get sick tho Lord know why. Sue lost an upper tooth today is anxiously awaiting the Fairy who leaves the dollar – Well must close & get to bed-

Love
Lois

A creepy trend

I check the stats on my blog every couple of days, just for the fun of it, and have noticed something a bit creepy. There are two articles from past posts that appear to get an unusual amount of hits. The one about Nazis in Greenland, and the “How to murder someone and get away with it” post.

Just what does that say about the state of the world today? Like I say – creepy.

And just a note to those of you who might be one of those creepy folks, no I didn’t actually write a ‘how to’ post on murdering someone. Ick!

Later.

p.s. Not a Nazi. Not a murderer/serial killer.

Another year down, another new thing

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It’s a new year and I have decided to change things up a bit on my blog.

There was a popular genealogy dare a short while ago called ’52 Ancestors’. The objective of the project was to write a biography about one ancestor a week, and the goal appeared to be to improve one’s story writing skills.

Yeah, I’m not going to do that.

Reading about this project did get me thinking about doing the same thing. However, when I remembered that I am not retired, and that many of those bios would require a lot of research, it just wasn’t feasible.

Instead, I decided that my new thing this year is going to be a celebration of the women in my family. By creating as full a biography as possible about one ancestress, as often as possible (some will certainly be easier than others), I hope to bring their voice more fully into the family narrative. All the posts related to my ‘New Thing’ project will be about my direct ancestresses, starting with my great grandmothers and working my way back in time as far as I can go. Hmmm, that will take more that 52 weeks, especially as I definitely will not be able to do one a week. I am hoping that by laser focusing on one individual in this manner I can fill in gaps in my research that aren’t noticed as much when one focuses on a surname, rather than a single person.

And don’t worry, I will still be making ‘special find’ posts, and sharing family letters, (boy do we still have lots of letters). I hope you look forward to reading these posts as much as I look forward to sharing them.

Oh, yeah! There’s the new theme, of course, can’t keep the same old look, it gets stale fast.

Unfortunately there were no great DNA finds or revelations in 2017, so I can’t share anything on that front. I did meet a few new distant cousins, didn’t get much out of them other than a hi, which is fine, but I always hope for a little more. (Hint – I love pictures! And DNA tests. Can’t get enough of those.)

Oh, well – maybe this year!

Have a great year,
jen

November 26, 1947 William Shepard to parents

This will be my last post for this year. So enjoy another short letter. Everyone have an excellent holiday and  New Year celebration.

See you next year!

 

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Albrook Field
November 26, 1947

Dear Dad & Mom & Herm & Ruth:

A brief letter to let you know I will be on my way to the Antilles. That is a group of islands reaching from Venezuaela to Miami Fla. I dont know what base as yet, but it wont be Panama, for Im leaving here. I think it may be Waller Field in Trinidad or Bounquen Field in Puerto Rico. As soon as I arrive Ill write a letter. Ill have more time & can tell you about Panama & everything then.

Bill