My Daddy – Army 1960’s

Here is a handsome shot of my Daddy when he was serving in the US Army. My mom jokes that when he was in he “served in the time of the cavalry with the horses and the bayonet” (she also jokes that he is as “old as Methuselah“.) Truthfully, he served between 1961 and 1964 and spent some time in Germany (specifically, Kaiserslautern). I was able to check out the area he was stationed in back in 2006 when my (active duty Navy) husband and I were there for a trip!

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Salem, Massachusetts

I’ve always wanted to visit Salem! Ever since I was little! The history, the stories, the houses … it’s right up my spooky little alley!

I don’t have a lot of photos up yet – but I took 135!

We downloaded an app for my husbands phone and took an awesome walking tour of the city using it.

We visited The Witch House, the Phillips House, a couple cemeteries (including The Burying Point), and so much more!

It was SUCH an awesome day!


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Tracing My BLAUVELT Family Tree

Blauvelt, NY Historical Sign

When I got started on my family history when I was around 12 years old I started the way most people start … by asking questions to my elders. I asked my Mom and Dad to tell me “whatever they remembered” and got the very basics and spread out from there. One of the “tips” I got from both my Father and my Aunt Muriel was that their Grandmother was named Eugenia and that she “was a BLAUVELT” from Stony Point/Haverstraw area New York.

Problem was that this name was all I had to work with. I found my Grandmother Marian’s birth certificate and sure enough it listed Eugenia VanVailor BLAUVELT as her mother – BLAUVELT being her “maiden” name.

I talked Dad, Mom, my Aunt and even my Sister into driving me up to Stony Point to look around and check out records and I couldn’t find her. At all. Grandmother Eugenia remained my “brick wall” for over 10 years!

That is – until I was able to gain access to’s census records and spent a few HOURS tracing her assumed birth date time period and where I thought she lived (at this point it was Brooklyn, New York). I didn’t use her last/maiden name – I just looked for Eugenia. Jackpot! I found a Eugenia with the “correct” time and birthday along with a SEVERELY butchered name that appeared to be BLAUVELT. Her brother was listed as “Hamilton” which was also the name of her son (and my Grandmother Marion’s brother). Family names are always a great way to connect families!

Eugenia’s parents were listed as Thomas BLAUVELT and Rachel BABCOCK. In the 1870 census all the names were correct except Eugenia’s since she was listed as “Virginia.” Yet – on the 1880 census the names were all correct.

Cross-referencing is the KEY in genealogy!

Once I found Thomas BLAUVELT and his wife Rachel BABCOCK I was finally able to get back to the “beginning” of the BLAUVELT family in America. All using census records along with the already published genealogy of the family.

My BLAUVELT line is as follows:

Eugenia VanVailor BLAUVELT (my Great-Grandmother)
… (parents) Thomas William BLAUVELT & Rachel BABCOCK [source: census records]
… … (parents) Abraham BLAUVELT & Martha CONKLIN [source: census records]
… … … (parents) Abraham BLAUVELT & Margrietje BLAUVELT
… … … … (parents) Johannes BLAUVELT & Annatje QUACKENBUSH
… … … … … (parents) Gerrit BLAUVELT & Katrina MEYER
… … … … … … (parents) Huybert GERRITSEN (BLAUVELT) & Willemtje Ariaens /SMIDT SMITH
… … … … … … … (parents) Gerrit HENDRICKSEN (BLAUVELT) & Marretje Lamberts MOLL

Gerrit, son of Hendrick, arrived at “The Rocks” at Swede’s Landing, DE in March 1638 aboard the Kalmar Nyckel. He then traveled up the Hudson River to Rensselaerwyck. On 7 May 1646 he married Marretje Lamberts Moll in the New Amsterdam (NYC) Dutch Church. He received a grant of farmland on Manhattan Island on what is now Broadway near Maiden Lane and became known as the Blau Boer (Blue Farmer), his farm, the Blau Veldt. On 22 October 1679, he married Josyntje Janse. In due time, all the surviving children of Gerrit, with the exception of Elizabeth (child of the second marriage) became shareholders in the Tappan Patent, and resided there. [source]

Eugenia Blauvelt

The above photo is of my Great Grandmother Eugenia along with I would assume her sister. Eugenia is on the left side. There is a STRONG family resemblance to between her and my Grandmother Marian and also Marian’s brother Henry.

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Grandma and Grandpa PELTON’s Wedding

Edna Frances FLEISCHHAUER and Charles Lester Isaac PELTON were married on July 2, 1938. I have quite a few photos from their wedding and I wanted to share them! When my grandmother passed away back in 1995 my Mom and I took home a beautiful cedar chest filled with some of her things. Included in this chest was her wedding dress – all of it – in beautiful yet faded condition. I always thought she looked like maybe a size 10 or 11 in her photos (if not a little bigger) but her dress was at least a size 8 – so I was a little off. It’s beautiful! All that is missing is her veil.
Charles PELTON & Edna FLEISCHHAUER - Wedding 1938

Wedding Portrait

Charles PELTON & Edna FLEISCHHAUER - Wedding 1938 Panoramic
Panoramic Photo of Wedding (click for larger version)

Charles PELTON & Edna FLEISCHHAUER - Wedding 1938
Candid photo from wedding – my favorite! (click for bigger version)

Grandpa and Grandma years later – taken in late 1960′s

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Photo Biography: Rose HAMM and Richard FLEISCHHAUER



This photo from 1906 features my Great-Grandparents on my Mother’s side – Rose and Richard.

Born: September 06, 1884 in New York
Died: March 06, 1955 in New York
Married: June 17, 1906 in New York, USA

Ellis Island Passenger Record:
Ethnicity: USA
Date of Arrival: Sept 22, 1892
Age at Arrival: 8y
Gender: M
Marital Status:
Ship of Travel: Suevia
Port of Departure: Hamburg
Manifest Ship Line: 0028

Travelling with –
Richard ” 8y
Anna ” 6y
Franzisa? 0y 11m F

Rose Margaret HAMM
Born: February 12, 1887 in Manhattan, New York, USA
Died: September 24, 1948 in New York, USA

1900 Us. Fed. Census Information:
Rose HAMM (48 yrs) (This would be Rose’s mother – Rose CHICHER/AICHER )
Rose HAMM (13 yrs) [Feb. 1886]

Father’s BPlace — Germany
Mother’s BPlace — Germany

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Photo Dating ~ The Photo

I promised to upload the “photo in question” as I mentioned in an earlier post and here it is! The beautiful little babe is thought to be my Grandmother – Marion MANN but I’m not exactly sure of the date. The photo seems to be imbedded in glass and not super-imposed on the glass as originally thought. Still not 100% sure though. I wasn’t able to snag the photo from my Aunt – but as she says to me that I will “get it at some point.” So, until then I have a great photo of the photo which I’ve uploaded to my Flickr scans photo stream.

As I find more information about this photo I will post it – but until then – if you have any information please share!

I’ve checked out a few library books on turn-of-the-century fashion along with photo history. Hopefully I can piece together the dates for several of my photos.

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