Posts Tagged ‘projects’

…and suffering from Monday Madness

January 18, 2010

I am going batty, completely, unadultratedly (yes, I made that word up) flippin’ batty. I’ve decided to devote my free time this week to working on Carson family history….and I can’t find anything on Pearl Ann (White) Carson (mother to my project, Knowlton Carson)…

It shouldn’t surprise me that I can’t find any mention of her past about 1925. After speaking with Knowlton’s youngest daughter (Pearl’s Grandaughter), I found out that Pearl and William Edmond Carson divorced while their only child Knowlton was away at college. I’m hoping that another interview with the granddaughter might yield some more clues because I have no idea if Pearl remarried or if she went back to her maiden name. It’s like she dropped of of the face of the earth after 1925.

It’s probably a testament to my noobnishness (wow, a totally modern computer geekish thing for me to say) that I haven’t been able to research this further….I’ll keep plugging away at it…

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..and searching for “Tote” Carson

December 11, 2009

Next to my husband and my son’s, right now Knowlton “Tote” Carson is the most important man in my life.

I was introduced to Tote by way of an old photo album, and have been researching him for the past few weeks. It’s slow going but I have managed a few high points.

I have managed to contact one of his daughters and interviewed her twice. She provided the death date of her mother and the nicknames of her maternal grandparents (always good to have notated in the family history). She also clued me in on why I couldn’t locate any info on Tote’s mother…apparently she and his father divorced in the 20’s (that’s the NINEteen 20’s, folks) while Tote was in college. Wow.

She also explained that why I hadn’t been able to contact the oldest daughter. She’s apparently in a nursing home due to illness.

On the plus side (it’s a plus from a research perspective, but it’s also kind of sad on a historic level), I found more Tote treasures at a local thrift store. I found an alumni medal presented to a “Mrs. K.E. Carson” of Kansas during the 1959 reunion of the Rainbow Division (42nd Division of the US Army). I also found two small silver pocket knives that were inscribed with Knowlton’s nickname and last name. One of them also had the birthdates of Mrs. Knowlton Carson, his two daughters, one son and three grandaughters (two of which have since passed.) I personally loved them, but I was sad that they were in a thrift shop, having been sold for a pittance.

I suppose I might have to get used to this.