This recipe, marked “Grandma Warner”, would have been from the kitchen of Beatrice (Felver) Warner or Minnie (Manley) Warner, depending on who’s perspective “grandma” was from.
This caught my eye because it’s called “Higdom”, something I had never heard of before. It seems to be a spiced relish or pickle with green tomatoes. As I googled Higdom, I found a number of folks talking about this, especially in relation to Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. I’m not sure if it’s entirely a regional thing or when it first showed up, but green tomatoes and/or cabbage seem to be the main veggie ingredient.
I’m intrigued to try this at some point, though I’m not sure if “1 red pepper (or 6 green peppers)” refers to a bell pepper, hot pepper, etc.
I had the privilege of meeting two cousins on Saturday, each of us representing the line of one of three siblings on the Felver side of the family. It’s the first time I’ve done something like this. It was a lovely day and something I’d do again, albeit a bit differently next time.
One of the cousins is in his 90s and when he suggested we meet for lunch I jumped at the chance. He brought with him a photo of our civil war era patriarch which we’d never seen before, plus a variety of details that give me other avenues to explore with the other cousin (Hi, D. L.!). I have a feeling she and I will continue to make headway on exploring this family.
What would I do differently next time? Mainly, I wouldn’t meet at a restaurant – it was noisy and I couldn’t hear or follow all of the conversation. In the new year I will hopefully go visit D.L. in New Jersey someplace nice and quiet that will allow the two of us to really talk. Until then, we’ll continue to chip away at the mysteries of the Felver family.
“Clara’s Recipe for Date Cookies”
A gem from the Thanksgiving raid of my grandmother’s recipe box. I have to imagine “Clara “was Clara (Rawlings) Felver, second wife of Hiram Felver. She lived out her last few years with my great-grandmother (Clara’s step-daughter), Beatrice (Felver) Warner, and her family.
I have no way of knowing who’s handwriting this is—the index card doesn’t seem old enough to be written by Clara, but it gives a glimpse of a recipe special to Clara and her family.
I previously talked about using a simple timeline to track the various places a family lived throughout the years. As I did some more digging on my Felver family, I realized that various branches of this family lived at the same address through the years. I don’t know that it had dawned on me that Joseph C. Felver, his granddaughter Mildred (daughter of Mark), his daughter Mary, her husband Frederick Taylor, and all of the Taylor children at one point or another lived at 169 E. Blackwell Street in Dover, New Jersey.
Looking through some even older city directories, I found Joseph C. Felver and a Theo. Felver (his brother, perhaps?) both living on Blackwell Street.
I threw together another quick timeline to illustrate who was living there in what year–at least according to the various city directories.
I can’t stress how important this kind of visual can be. They only take a few minutes to put together and I no longer need to switch back and forth between multiple tabs to see who was living where.
I know that Joseph died in 1909, but now I wonder if he left property to Mildred. Maybe he left it to Mary and her family and Mildred just continued to live there. I think my next mission will be to look into real estate records, deeds, etc. for this property. If anyone has suggestions on where to find this kind of information, please leave me a comment.
Ok, so this isn’t technically a tombstone, but there are stones hidden beyond this piece of railing!
Taken October 28, 2013 at Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.
This photograph has been one of my favorites for some time now. Left to right we have: Mary W. (Rulon) Marnie, William Rulon Marnie, and Edwin T. Marnie. William was born in 1909, so this photo was taken within a few years.
One of the things I love about this photo is that Mary Marnie is smiling. There are a handful of photos of her, but very few where she’s smiling. I always think she looks so serious, but in this case she looks content.
The other thing I love is the detail visible in their clothing, from Mary’s lacy, ruffled sleeves and jewelry to Edwin’s pinstripe suit, shirt collar, and shoes.
Details that give insight into what someone’s life was actually like is perhaps the most important part of research to me. Vital statistics are great, but the details provide the color.
I’ve been fortunate to continue to find all sorts of interesting items in old newspapers related to the Taylor family of Dover, NJ.
The first is this advertisement for Alfred Taylor’s harness shop. I love the “As Good As The Best and Cheap As The Cheapest” headline.
The second is for Taylor Brothers, “Dover’s Popular Clothiers”. I know that Taylor Brothers was owned by two of Alfred Taylor’s sons, John and unknown. I hope to determine which brother was the second involved in this venture soon!