Adoption Witness: John Kelly of Portland, Multnomah, OR: To Whom Do You Belong?

John Kelly was born in the US in 1860 and had a Scottish mother, or so he said in Portland OR, 1900.1 Antennas up; maybe he was our direct biological ancestor. Then he dimmed his chances in 1920 by alleging himself two years younger, of an Irish mother. We wanted him ours and would get … Continue reading Adoption Witness: John Kelly of Portland, Multnomah, OR: To Whom Do You Belong?

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: So was Agnes Alexander at the wedding?

The wedding was that of Matt Hemmingsen to the best girl in the world; Margaret Alexander.1 It had taken place in the beautiful Comox Valley on 2 June 1910.  It was that same quiet affair which had earlier prompted the question “was Ed Hemmingsen at the wedding?”2 We thought not, but being able to actually qualify … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: So was Agnes Alexander at the wedding?

The Adoption Witness: Ellen Berrigan; Perils and Pearls by Sea to Poughkeepsie

We sought Ellen, wife of Daniel Kelly of Poughkeepsie, NY, in connection to a possible link with our own genealogy.1 By best estimate, she was born in Ireland in 1825 and died about 1913.2a That she was born Berrigan is supported by newly released Roman Catholic Baptismal Records, which held listing for one of her … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Ellen Berrigan; Perils and Pearls by Sea to Poughkeepsie

The Adoption Witness: Rare Postcard to Skog-Vefsn; Revealing What?

This is sixth in a series on Edward Hemmingsen and his wife Anna Tobiassen, or Thompson. See Notes and Source, for details. Sisters! Here is an undated photo-postcard of Johanna Karoline Tobiassen in Minneapolis, with two unnamed Swedish companions. She sent it inside an envelope to some Skog-Vefsn folk such that it is unaddressed and … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Rare Postcard to Skog-Vefsn; Revealing What?

Second half-cousins Hemmingsen and Hemmingson meet on Hemmingson Road.

So honored and grateful to return from a great vacation, aka heritage meeting, with a splendid carved gift in hand. It shall ever remind of three prevalent and memorable sounds of Wabana Lake's Birch Bay Resort: the call of the loon, quiet - except for the russle of birch leaves and the song of the … Continue reading Second half-cousins Hemmingsen and Hemmingson meet on Hemmingson Road.

The Adoption Witness: Those Peripatetic Skog-Vefsn Folk At Lake Cowichan

Our story has been about Anna, wife of great uncle Ed Hemmingsen and their adopted daughter, Betty, aka Baroness of Skog-Vefsn, who was also Anna’s great niece. They were Norwegians living at Lake Cowichan, B.C. mid-1920. Descendant Skog-folk from Vefsn sought an even broader emigrant accounting to include Anna’s brothers, Edvin and Theodur, plus Betty’s … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Those Peripatetic Skog-Vefsn Folk At Lake Cowichan

Miss Denham (1879-1978)

Miss Denham belonged in Granny’s kitchen, just as much as Granny herself. Indeed, she held position at our dining table. We imagine her still, its linen laid, pushing the swing door to pass through the butler pantry and emerge in the kitchen. No one hides kitchen from dining anymore. Pity, for the reverse trip brought … Continue reading Miss Denham (1879-1978)

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Convergence 1912; James Dickson (1882-1969)

Our maternal grandfather, James Dickson arrived at Canada's east coast on 6 Feb 1912 bound for the coal mines of Nanaimo B.C. He was a humble hewer of coal who would become the Chief Inspector of Mines for British Columbia. - Nanaimo Harbour and Bastion, Nanaimo, B.C. As he stepped upon his destination, the Udston … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Convergence 1912; James Dickson (1882-1969)

Mildred Dybedal (Hemmingson) (1897-1987): Sole College Graduate Among Fourteen Siblings

Mildred was never bored. Her father, Ole Hemmingsen (1851-1903), emigrated from Norway in 1882 bringing a degree in Civil Engineering to a new beginning; a homestead and roads to build in northwest Wisconsin. Life soon conspired against certain dreams. A couple of his fourteen children became educated to fourth grade, several to eighth, and three … Continue reading Mildred Dybedal (Hemmingson) (1897-1987): Sole College Graduate Among Fourteen Siblings

The Adoption Witness on Ancestry: Our McArthur Clan and Culloden Moor

We are Dickson-McArthur on our mother’s side. Several online “Family Trees” posit that our McArthur lineage extends to John who fell at the Battle of Culloden, that massacre of Saturday, 16 APR 1746. While we may have a tinge of Highlander woven into our story, this outlander finds that the thread breaks one or two … Continue reading The Adoption Witness on Ancestry: Our McArthur Clan and Culloden Moor