Verse

So the Lord isn't the God of the dead, but of the living. This means that everyone is alive as far as God is concerned. Jesus, Luke 20:38 CEV

Monday, January 22, 2024

Lawson

Today is the 93rd birthday of my father, William Harris Lawson Sr.

William Harris Lawson Sr.
23 January 1931 - 20 November 2020
Father

Dad managed a shoe store at the time he was called to preach, so he said he "went from soles to souls." Dad and I were both called to preach during Candlelight Communion as we knelt together at the communion rail on Christmas Eve, 1959. We quietly left the church and went home. Dad went into the kitchen for a few minutes to talk with Mom, and when he came out, I went in. I told Mom about the experience, and she called Dad back in. Then she told us both that we had each told her the same story. Soon after, we exchanged nicknames on the staircase; he became Will, and I became Bill. Until his final earthly days, Dad was affectionately known as Rev. Will. 

Conversational prayer was the centerpiece of Dad's pastoral and evangelistic ministry. Even after his passing, people continued to tell me how their lives had been transformed after he taught them to pray conversationally. He was very intentional about prayer. In his later years, he maintained a telephone prayer tree and would follow up rigorously.  

Dad insisted that everyone is welcome at the Communion Table and at the altar in their hearts, regardless of their beliefs, practices, and opinions, even as firmly as he held his own views. Dad had an affinity for ecumenism. He enjoyed participating in meaningful interdenominational and interfaith cooperative endeavors and liked to visit various Christian sacred spaces and those of other religions wherever he lived and traveled.

After retirement from The United Methodist Church, Rev. Will continued to be active in church as long as he was able. He accepted interim pastoral appointments, guest preaching invitations, and local church opportunities. He served as a Chaplain Major in the Air Force Reserves and was a leader in  Lions Clubs International. Dad was a member of Carmel Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, Order of the Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, and York Rite. 

William Harris Lawson Sr. and Barbara Lou Tridle were married on 3 February 1951. They had me and my two sisters, Lynn and Lori. Dad died on 20 November 2020 and was buried at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. 

Obituary | Find a Grave

Lawson Surname Lineage

Thomas Lawson I 1632-1692, father of Thomas Lawson II 1655-1714, father of  Thomas Lawson III 1696-1745, father of John Lawson 1725-1793, father of Ralph Lawson 1740-1806, father of James Lawson 1761-1826, father of Robert Henry Lawson Sr. 1806-1875, father of Robert Henry Lawson Jr. 1828-1896, father of Donald James Lawson 1871-1940, father of William Malcolm James Lawson 1908-1967, father of William Harris Lawson Sr. 1931-2020, father of the author.

Lawson Migration

Undocumented family lore includes the migration of William Lawson from Biggar, Scotland, sometime prior to the birth of Thomas Lawson I in Northumberland, England, in 1632. Additional undocumented lore includes the family migration sometime between the 1725 death of his great-grandson John Lawson and the 1772 marriage of John's son Ralph Lawson from Northumberland to York, Yorkshire, England, and from there to London, Middlesex, England, prior to the 1802 record of residence for Ralph Lawson. His great-grandson, Robert Henry Lawson, immigrated from London to Windsor, Canada in 1870. My great-grandfather, Donald James Lawson, was born the next year and immigrated at the turn of the century to Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he married my great-grandmother in 1901. After 1906, they moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where my grandfather, William Malcolm James Lawson, was born in 1908. By 1910, the family had moved to Brooklyn, New York, and by 1915, settled in Indianapolis, Indiana, where my father, William Harris Lawson Sr., was born. My grandparents bought and expanded their home, a former toll house with two and a half acres on what is now Westfield Boulevard, at the end of 111th Street, down the road from where my mother grew up. Prior to the ministry, our family lived in Marion, Hamilton, and Wayne Counties. During their church ministry, my parents served communities in Allen, Delaware, Fulton, Grant, Kosciusko, Madison, Randolph, and Tippecanoe Counties before retiring in Rochester, Indiana.

Geography

Canada

  •    Ontario | Essex | Windsor 

England

  • Northumberland
  • North Yorkshire | York
  • Greater London | London | Middlesex

Scotland

  • South Lanarkshire | Biggar

United States of America

  • Indiana
    • Allen County | Fort Wayne
    • Delaware County | Gaston | Albany | New Burlington
    • Fulton County | Rochester
    • Grant County | Gas City
    • Hamilton County | Carmel 
    • Kosciusko County | Mentone
    • Madison County | Anderson | Perkinsville
    • Marion County | Indianapolis | Broad Ripple
    • Randolph County | Fairview
    • Tippecanoe County | West Lafayette
    • Wayne County | Richmond 
  • Maryland
    • Baltimore County | Baltimore
  • New York
    • Kings | Brooklyn
  • Pennsylvania
    • Cambria County | Johnstown
Acknowledgments

Family Photo. "William H. Lawson, Sr.," ca. 2015. 

Bibliography

Ancestry ®.  “Indiana, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1907-1944. Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Birth Certificates; Year: 1931; Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry.   www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/60871/images/40474_356522-00045  Accessed 17 January 2024.

---. "England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 for Ralph Lawson," 1806. Probate Date 6 Feburary 1806. Prob 11: Will Registers > 1805-1807 > Piece 1438: Pitts, Quire Numbers 108-159 (1806), Page 297. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry ®. ancestry.com image of will at www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/62722:5111?ssrc=pt&tid=10075800&pid=122245384186 17 January 2024.

---. "Public Member Trees Database.” © 1997-2023 Ancestry ®. Ancestryancestry.com/ Lawson-Robertson Family Tree person record for William H. Lawson, Sr.  www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/10075800/person/-701916554/facts  User profile for William Harris Lawson, Jr., user Livingweb. 17 January 2024.

Carmel Lodge #421 F&AM. "Home." carmel421.com 23 January 2024. Accessed 17 January 2024.

Find a Grave, database, and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/218906940/william-harris-lawson: accessed 17 January 2024), memorial page for Rev William Harris "Will" Lawson  (23 January 1931 - 20 November 2020, Find a Grave Memorial ID 218906940, citing Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Fishers, Hamilton County, Indiana, USA; Maintained by user christus rex inferorum (contributor 50180202).

Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. "About the Indiana Conference." United Methodist Churches of Indianahttps://www.inumc.org/who-we-are/ Accessed 17 January 2024.

Lions Clubs International. "Home." Lions Clubs International. www.lionsclubs.org/en 17 January 2024.

Order of the Eastern Star. "General Grand Chapter." Order of the Eastern Star.   easternstar.org 17 January 2024.

Supreme Council, AASR, NJM, USA. "Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction." Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction. scottishritenmj.org Accessed 17 January 2024. 

Visit Britain. "York." VisitBritainwww.visitbritain.com/en/destinations/england/york Accessed 17 January 2024.

Visit Maryland. "Visit Baltimore."  baltimore.org/  Visit Maryland. Accessed 18 January 2024.

Visit Northumberland. "Northumberland." Northumberland. www.visitnorthumberland.com/  17 January 2024.

VisitScotland. "Biggar." VisitScotlandwww.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/biggar-p237141 Accessed 17 January 2024.

Wikipedia Contributors. "Brooklyn," 18 January 2024. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.         en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn  Accessed 18 January 2024.

---. "Fort Wayne, Indiana," 17 January 2024. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Wayne,_Indiana   Accessed 18 January 2024.

---. "Johnstown, Pennsylvania," 5 January 2024. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnstown,_Pennsylvania  Accessed 18 January 2024.

---. "Perkinsville, Indiana," 17 December 2023. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perkinsville,_Indiana   Accessed 18 January 2024.

York Rite. "Official Information." The York Rite of Freemasonry. yorkrite.org/wp/  Accessed 17 January 2024.

Miscellanea

The original date of this post: 23 January 2024, the 93rd birthday of William Harris Lawson, Sr.




Thursday, August 24, 2023

Tridle

Today is the 94th birthday of my mother, Barbara Lou Tridle. 

Barbara Lou Tridle
24 August 1929 – 6 July 2001
Mother

Mom was a strong advocate of Open Communion and was outspoken about her preference for talking more about the love of Christ than about the blood. Mom, like her mother and grandmother, was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and never tasted alcohol in her life. She worked right alongside Dad throughout every step of his United Methodist ministry. She also shared his post-retirement work in the Lions Club. She was a deeply prayerful woman. Mom was a prolific writer of very intense, detailed, and lengthy letters -- in tiny handwriting. One, in particular, arrived at a time of great discouragement for me in my young adult life. She included a Bible verse through which she and God spoke much-needed encouragement to me. It has continuously renewed its impact throughout the decades since. "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27 KJV).

Barbara Lou Tridle and William Harris Lawson were married on 3 February 1951. They had me and my two sisters, Lynn and Lori. Mom died on 6 July 2001 and was buried at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. 

Obituary | Find a Grave

Tridle Surname Lineage

George W Tridle 1789-1874, father of  Simon Peter Tridle 1838-1918, father of George Elmer Tridle 1886-1956, father of Barbara Lou Tridle 1929-2001, mother of the author.

Tridle Migration

George W. Tridle immigrated to Pennsylvania at age 11 with his older brother, John, who was 21, from the Black Forest region of Germany. Family lore is that they Americanized their last name from perhaps either von Tridle, Tritle, or Trittle. George married Margaret Wilkinson and they moved to Clark County, Ohio, where they had 5 children. After her death, he married Elizabeth Frantz. After the birth of their 2nd son, my great-grandfather, Simon Peter Tridle, they moved to Kosciusko County, Indiana, and then to North Manchester in Wabash County, Indiana. Simon Peter Tridle married Annie Caroline Brosier. They moved to Fisher's Station in Hamilton County, Indiana, where their children were born. The family moved to Broad Ripple in Marion County, Indiana, where their son, my grandfather, George Elmer Tridle, married Lenore Inez Steger. After their first two children were born, they moved to Manatee in Manatee County, Florida, for a few years before returning to Indianapolis, Indiana, where my mother and another brother were born. They bought a farm in the Home Place area of Clay Township in Hamilton County. The house where my mother grew up was about a mile from where 111th Street comes out on Westfield Boulevard, across the road from the house where my father grew up. Prior to the ministry, our family lived in Marion, Hamilton, and Wayne Counties. During their church ministry, my parents served communities in Allen, Delaware, Fulton, Grant, Kosciusko, Madison, Randolph, and Tippecanoe Counties. They retired in Rochester, Indiana.

Geography

Germany 

  • Black Forest

United States

  • Florida
    • Manatee County | Manatee
  • Indiana
    • Allen County | Fort Wayne
    • Delaware County | Gaston | Albany | New Burlington
    • Fulton County | Rochester
    • Grant County | Gas City
    • Hamilton County | Carmel | Fishers | Home Place
    • Kosciusko County | Mentone
    • Madison County | Anderson | Perkinsville
    • Marion County | Indianapolis | Broad Ripple
    • Randolph County | Fairview
    • Tippecanoe County | West Lafayette
    • Wabash County | North Manchester | Chester
    • Wayne County | Richmond 
  • Ohio
    • Clark County | Mad River
  • Pennsylvania
    • Franklin County | Washington

Acknowledgments

Family Photo. "Barbara Lou Tridle," 1998, Rock of Gibraltar. 

Bibliography

Ancestry ®.  “Indiana Birth Certificates, 190-1944 for Barbara Lou Tridle, 1929. Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Birth Certificates; Year: 1929; Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry. www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/60871/images/40474_356494-02400 23 August 2023.

---.  “Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.” Barbara L. Lawson, 2001 . Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 2001; Roll 12.  Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry.   www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/60716/images/44494_352105-00684?pId=2594391    23 August 2023.

---. “Public Member Trees Database.” © 1997-2023 Ancestry ®. Ancestryancestry.com/ Lawson-Robertson Family Tree person record for Lenore Inez Stegerwww.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/10075800/person/-701887619/facts  User profile for William Harris Lawson, Jr., user Livingweb. 23 August 2023.

Donnelly, Cathleen F. "Home Place," 2021. Encyclopedia of Indianapolis.  indyencyclopedia.org/home-place/  17 June 2023.

Find a Grave, database, and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/105759245/barbara-l-lawson: accessed 17 June 2023), memorial page for Barbara L. Tridle Lawson (24 Aug 1929–6 Jul 2001), Find a Grave Memorial ID 105759245, citing Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Fishers, Hamilton County, Indiana, USA; Maintained by SunCacher (contributor 46634396).

Lions Clubs International. "Home." Lions Clubs International. www.lionsclubs.org/en  24 August 2023.

Order of the Eastern Star. "General Grand Chapter." Order of the Eastern Star.  easternstar.org 12 June 2023.

Wikipedia Contributors. “Black Forest,” 26 May 2023. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Forest  17 June 2023.

Wikipedia Contributors. “Woman’s Christian Temperance Union,” 2023, May 27. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman%27s_Christian_Temperance_Union 31 May 2023.

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. “About the WCTU.” Woman’s Christian Temperance Unionhttps://www.wctu.org/about 31 May 2023.

Miscellanea

The original date of this post: 24 August 2023, the 94th birthday of Barbara Lou Tridle. 

Last updated: 18 January 2024.




Monday, June 19, 2023

Steger

Lenore Inez Steger
20 June 1885 – 28 January 1983
Grandmother

Inez was affectionately known by her grandchildren as MawMaw. After she was excluded from Holy Communion in my grandfather's denomination early in their relationship, they decided he would join her church because of the Open Communion policy of the Methodists. In my family, Open Communion remains a central, vital, and profoundly emotional aspect of spiritual life as a powerful sign of God’s love for all humanity. My grandmother was a lifelong member of Broad Ripple United Methodist Church, where I was baptized as an infant (now the fully-inclusive St. Luke's Midtown congregation). She and her sisters were members of the Broad Ripple Chapter 315, Order of Eastern Star. 

Lenore Inez Steger was married to George Elmer Tridle on 23 June 1907 at the age of 22. They were parents of 4 children. Inez was a homemaker. She died on 28 January 1983 at the age of 97 and was buried at Union Chapel Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Children of Lenore Inez Steger:

  1. Robert Brosier Tridle 1910-1981
  2. Mary Maxine Tridle 1914-1972
  3. George Elmer Tridle, Jr. 1923-1989
  4. Barbara Lou Tridle 1929-2001
Steger Surname Lineage

My known ancestors in the Steger lineage are from my grandmother, Lenore Inez Steger, who lived from 1885-1983, back to my 9th great-grandfather, Johann Paul Steger, who lived from 1561-1639.

Johann Paul Steger 1561-1639, father of George Steger 1609-1681, father of Paul Steger 1637-1704, father of John Steger 1659-1737, father of Francis George Steger 1702-1769, father of John Perratt Steger, Sr 1738-1810, father of John Perratt Steger, Jr 1792-1872, father of John Samuel Steger 1817-1880, father of George Thomas Steger 1859-1943, father of Lenore Inez Steger 1885-1983, mother of Barbara Lou Tridle 1929-2001, mother of the author.

Steger Migration

Johann Paul Steger married Dorothea Reimers in Germany. Their son Georg Steger married Anna Walther. Their son Paul Steger married Maria A Heitzschelts, and they immigrated to England, apparently after the birth of their son John Steger, who had been born in Germany and immigrated to the United States with his wife Elizabeth Reynolds after their marriage in England and settle in Virginia. Their son Francis George Steger also immigrated to Virginia with his wife Ann Barbara Perratt. Their son John Perratt Steger, Sr., married Elizabeth Davenport. After his death, she moved to Gallatin County, Kentucky, with their son John Perratt Steger, Jr. He married Susannah Webster, and they moved to Owen County, Kentucky. Their son John Samuel Steger married America Ann Valentine Melvina King, who moved to Boone County, Indiana, after his death, along with their son (my great-grandfather) George Thomas Steger. He married Phedora Alice Day. Their daughter was my maternal grandmother, Lenore Inez Steger, who married George Elmer Tridle. Several years after his death, she married Earl Sullivan and moved to Superior, Wisconsin. After his death, she returned to Broad Ripple, and then to Franklin in Johnson County, Indiana. 

Europe

  • England
    • Middlesex | London
      • Steger, Francis George
      • Steger, John
      • Steger, Paul 
  • Germany
    • Sachsen | Saxony | Leipzig
      • Steger, Georg
      • Steger, Johann Paul
      • Steger, John 
      • Steger, Paul 
United States
  • Florida
    • Manatee County | Manatee
      • Tridle, George Elmer
      • Steger, Lenore Inez
  • Indiana
    • Boone County
      • Steger, George Thomas 
    • Johnson County | Franklin
      • Steger, Lenore Inez
    • Marion County | Indianapolis | Broad Ripple
      • Steger, George Thomas  
      • Steger, Lenore Inez 
  • Kentucky
    • Gallatin County
      • Steger, John Perratt, Jr. 
    • Owen County
      • Steger, George Thomas
      • Steger, John Perratt  Jr.
      • Steger, John Samuel 
  • Virginia
    • Cumberland County
      • Steger, Francis George 
    • Middlesex County
      • Steger, John
    • Powhaten County
      • Steger, John Perratt, Jr.
      • Steger, John Perratt, Sr.
  • Wisconsin
    • Superior
      • Steger, Lenore Inez

Acknowledgments

Family Photo. "Lenore Inez Steger," ca. 1950. 

Odell, Colleen. “Woman Reading,” 2019. Pixabay. https://pixabay.com/vectors/women-reading-writing-transpose-4109213/ 11 May 2023. Drawing.

Bibliography

Ancestry ®.  “Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2017.” Lenora I. Sullivan, 1983. Indiana Archives and    Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1983; Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/3878680:60716?ssrc=pt&tid=10075800&pid=-701365734 12 June 2023.

---. “Indiana Marriages, 1800-1941.” Lenore I Steger, 1907. Provo UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/2755686:5059?ssrc=pt&tid=10075800&pid=-701365734 12 June 2023.

---. “Public Member Trees Database.” © 1997-2023 Ancestry ®. Ancestryhttps://ancestry.com/ Lawson-Robertson Family Tree person record for Lenore Inez Steger.  https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/10075800/person/-701365734/facts  User profile for William Harris Lawson, Jr., user Livingweb. 16 June 2023.

Find a Grave, database, and imageshttps://www.findagrave.com/memorial/179408818/lenore-inez-tridle Accessed 12 June 2023), memorial page for Lenore Inez Steger Tridle (20 Jun 1885 - 28 Jan 1983), Find a Grave Memorial ID 179408818, citing Union Chapel Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA; Maintained by Vicki (contributor 47580791).

Indiana Album. “Broad Ripple Methodist Episcopal Church,” ca. 1912. Riley Case Collection. Indiana Albumhttps://indianaalbum.pastperfectonline.com/photo/2C7B9947-A8B2-40D0-94DC-298691638220 31 May 2023.

Manatee County, Florida. "Welcome to Manatee County, Florida." Manatee County.  https://www.mymanatee.org/  20 June 2023.

Order of the Eastern Star. "General Grand Chapter." Order of the Eastern Star. https://easternstar.org/ 12 June 2023.

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. “Midtown.” St. Luke’s United Methodist Churchhttps://www.stlukesumc.com/midtown  31 May 2023.

Miscellanea

The original date of this post: 20 June 2023, the 138th birthday of Lenore Inez Steger.




Thursday, June 1, 2023

Day

Dora Day Photo

Phedora Alice Day
1 Jun 1864 – 7 Aug 1918
Great-grandmother

Dora Day and her family were members of the Broad Ripple Methodist Episcopal Church, later Broad Ripple Methodist Church, where I was baptized as an infant. Currently, the same church is a fully inclusive, affirming, and justice-seeking congregation which became St. Luke’s Midtown in 2022. The church is still located at the original address of 6185 Guilford Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, and is a campus of the St. Luke’s United Methodist community. As a pastor of an inclusive, reconciling congregation, this historical connection gives me an added sense of confirmation that I am being faithful to the open, inclusive, and welcoming family, church, and community of my ancestral heritage.

The article, “W.C.T.U. Calendar,” in the 17 Mar 1917 Indianapolis Star includes an item about Dora Steger leading devotions on the subject of “Charity Extolled” at a union meeting (the Broad Ripple Union of the WCTU, Woman’s ChristianTemperance Union, of which my mother and her mother were also active members. As a child, I was a member of the LTL, Loyal Temperance Legion, a remnant of this heritage). The meeting was hosted by her daughter, my grandmother, Mrs. Elmer [Inez] Tridle. Their pastor from Broad Ripple M.E. Church, Rev. O.E. Allison, spoke on “Prohibition, Progress, and Prosperity.” 

Phedora Alice Steger was born during the Civil War. She was married to George Thomas Steger on 05 Jan 1882 at the age of 17. They were parents of 7 children. Dora was a homemaker. She died on 7 Aug 1918 at the age of 54 and was buried at Union Chapel Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Children of Phedora Alice Day:
  1. Mollie Bell Steger 1883-1959
  2. Lenore Inez Steger 1885-1983
  3. America May Steger 1886-1888
  4. Jessie Hazel Steger 1889-1976
  5. Louise Ocal Steger 1891-1979
  6. Olive Icy Steger 1893-1974
  7. Neva Esther Steger 1895-1950

Day Surname Lineage

My known ancestors in the Day lineage are from my great-grandmother, Phedora Alice Day, who lived from 1864 until 1918, back to my 5th great-grandfather, William Day, who lived from 1730 until 1790.

William Day 1730-1790, father of Richard M Day Sr 1755-1813, father of Richard M Day Jr 1782-1859, father of David Day 1822-1880, father of Phedora Alice Day 1864-1918, mother of Lenore Inez Steger 1885-1983, mother of Barbara Lou Tridle 1929-2001, mother of the author.

William Day married Elizabeth Cooke in England and they had five children together, of whom my 4th great-grandfather, Richard M. Day, Sr., was their second. They immigrated to North Carolina, USA. Richard M. Day, Sr. married Deborah from North Carolina, where they both returned after living in Maryland, where their son and my 3rd great-grandfather, Richard M Day, Jr., was born. Richard and his first wife, Hannah Kendall, moved to Indiana. After the death of Hannah, Richard married Mary Worth. Their second son and my 2nd great-grandfather, David, married Marilda J. Thompson, also of Morgan County, Indiana. Their sixth daughter and my great-grandmother, Phedora Alice Day, married George Thomas Steger who had moved to Boone County, Indiana from Owen County, Kentucky, with his mother. They moved to Broad Ripple in Indianapolis, where my grandmother, Lenore Inez Steger, was born. She married George Elmer Tridle. After my mother, Barbara Lou Tridle, was born, they moved to a farm near Home Place, between Broad Ripple and Carmel. She and my father, William Harris Lawson, Sr., grew up about a mile apart and began their married life in Broad Ripple, where I was born.

Acknowledgments

Family Photo. "Phedora Alice Day," ca. 1910. 

Bibliography

Ancestry ®.  “Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011.” Phedora A. Steger, 1918. Indiana Archives and    Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 19  18; Roll 14. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/4325150:60716?ssrc=pt&tid=10075800&pid=-70132298431 May 2023.

---. “Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001.” Phedora A. Day, 1882. Provo UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Ancestry. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/1057189:60282?ssrc=pt&tid=10075800&pid=-701322984 31 May 2023.

---. “Public Member Trees Database.” © 1997-2023 Ancestry ®. AncestryWeb. Lawson-Robertson Family Tree person record for Phedora Alice Dayhttps://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/10075800/person/-701322984/facts  User profile for William Harris Lawson, Jr., user Livingweb. 31 May 2023.

Bloom, Linda. “Reaction Continues on Indiana Religious Freedom Law,” 2015. United Methodist News Service. https://www.umnews.org/en/news/reaction-continues-on-indiana-religious-freedom-law 31 May 2023.

FamilySearch. “Family Tree Database.” © 2023 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Family Search. https://www.familysearch.org/en/. Person record L6X-YX7  https://www.familysearch.org/tree/person/details/LK6X-YX7 for Phedora Alice Day. User William Lawson. 31 May 2023.

Find a Grave, database and images. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/201601169/phedora-alice-steger  Accessed 31 May 2023), memorial page for Phedora Alice “Dora” Day Steger (1 Jun 1864–7 Aug 1918), Find a Grave Memorial ID 201601169, citing Union Chapel Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA; Maintained by HSB (contributor 46982770).

Indiana Album. “Broad Ripple Methodist Episcopal Church,” ca. 1912. Riley Case Collection. Indiana Album. https://indianaalbum.pastperfectonline.com/photo/2C7B9947-A8B2-40D0-94DC-298691638220 31 May 2023.

Indianapolis Star Editor. “Speaks at Zion Park” The Indianapolis Star, 05 Aug 1916, page 24. via Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/image/39561741  Accessed by user Livingweb 31 May 2023.

---. “W.C.T.U. Calendar,” The Indianapolis Star, 17 Mar 1917, page 7. Via Newspapers.com  https://www.newspapers.com/image/119701131 Accessed by user Livingweb, 31 May 2023.

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. “Midtown.” St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. https://www.stlukesumc.com/midtown 31 May 2023.

Wikipedia Contributors. “Woman’s Christian Temperance Union,” 2023, May 27. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman%27s_Christian_Temperance_Union 31 May 2023.

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. “About the WCTU.” Woman’s Christian Temperance Unionhttps://www.wctu.org/about 31 May 2023.

---. "Loyal Temperance Legio." Woman’s Christian Temperance Unionhttps://www.wctu.org/about 1 Jun 2023.

Miscellanea

The original date of this post: 1 June 2023, the 159th birthday of Phedora Alice Day.
Most recently updated: 24 August 2023.




Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Welcome to Talking Kin!

Welcome to Talking Kin, a blog intended to share genealogical breadcrumbs.

I'm dedicating this blog to my grandmother, Thelma Irene Brown.  She taught me how to talk kin from as far back as I remember. She believed everyone is related and treated everyone she met like family.  Most of her conversations with anyone included kin talk.

I've been gathering tidbits of information all my life. Since so many resources and tools have come online during the last several decades, I've accumulated infinitely more information than I could ever sift through. My grandmother would have loved to explore all the branches and twigs, and I often feel like she is doing so through me. I hope to share some of what I've gathered and update it periodically. I also hope to talk kin in the comments for the posts others may find interesting.  

My grandmother liked to visit the cemeteries around Memorial Day, which she always called Decoration Day. She liked to gather with extended family members, no matter how far flung, to reminisce, share stories, confirm what they knew, and speculate on what they didn't. So, it's fitting for her that this blog would begin following Memorial Day this year. 

I am intending my posts to be about surnames in my direct lineage, mostly just to narrow the scope. So far, I have listed 262 from Adams to Zug, plus variations in many cases. And that's not counting all my cousins, inlaws, outlaws, and friends who probably might be kin. Going back far enough, we can discover together our mutual ancestry. My thought is that as I add new information to a post about each surname, I will also update the publishing date for that post to keep everything together as much as possible. That probably will include this Welcome post as things change. I've always thought it would be fun to gather all my information into a book, but as the sands appear to have mostly descended to the lower globe of my hourglass, it seems more feasible to dabble in this blog. For the same reason, my focus will be on those in my direct lineage, although my mind is evermore wont to wander, so I expect there will be points of digression.

Cover Image by Agata Pieńkowska. "Family Tree," 2021. Pixabay. User: dandelion_tea. Web. 30 May 2023.