Saturday, June 28, 2014

I took this picture off of our front porch Thursday morning before we left for
the Courthouse.  I just can't get over how beautiful it is here!

 Judge Lane asked us to watch for artwork in the books done by the court recorder in his doodles.  We came across it this week. If I remember right it was done in 1858 and 1859.  The seal you see on the left was done by hand and appears many times in the book pretty much the same each time.  It is about the size of a quarter. A few of them aren't nearly as intricate but most of them are.  He must have had a fondness for birds because a lot of his doodles are birds. When the cases are divorce cases sometimes

 the birds are love birds and sometimes the birds are fighting. Some of his doodles are really quite funny in relation to the cases.
      The doodle on the right shows how he illustrated the start of a new case with the names of the people in the case in ribbons.  Most of them didn't have a large figure in the ribbons like the bird in this one, most just had the ribbons with the names and sometimes a                                              small illustration.


 This page on the left I put in to show you some of the penmanship we see.  This is not at all uncommon.  Remember this is done with a quill pen.  I sure wish I could write like that!
The page on the right is kind of fun because it shows the price of commodities in 1858.  I think it was $.35 for 3 lbs of butter.  Its kind of fun to look at.
We're working as hard as we can.  We digitized 16,421 pages this week! Last week we didn't get anything back to do over.  Our audit totally passed!  Hooray!!!!!! I don't know if we'll be so lucky next week because we were having some real problems with the focusing of the camera.  We'll find out in a few days.  We miss everyone so much!  Even though we love it here we really miss our family!  We love you so much! When we hear from you it really lifts our spirits! 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Digitizing Records and a Riverboat Tour


 Another great week in beautiful Marietta!  We thought we'd show you some of our work this week.  Most of the time we are working too fast to pay attention to what is actually on the records we are digitizing but last week David noticed this record.  It is the common plea record of a man who illegally purchased a black woman (notice she is referred to as a wench) and her child for a slave.  This is in 1809 and in the south slavery is still legal but in Ohio it is not. Seeing the record of the transaction brings it into real life and really turns the stomach. Thank goodness for those who had the courage to put an end to this horrific practice. There were thousands who paid for it with their lives.  I'll be kissing their feet when I get to the other side. (You should be able to click on the picture to zoom in on it)

 I wanted to show you this page as an example of the penmanship we see every day.  Notice the change to the tiny handwriting.  We actually see some handwriting much smaller than this.  This page is about 8"x 12".  (The book in the picture above is much larger) The writing is done with a quill pen.  This page was written in 1838. Some of the pages are so old and brittle that just bending them breaks the paper.  We have to be so careful!
 On the left David is in front of an old Steamboat the W.P. Snyder. The picture on the right is taken from the deck of the steamboat on the other side and is the Muskingum River. The Muskingum and Ohio River meet at Marietta. The W.P Snyder was a working steamboat used to haul coal.  Below on the

 right is the control room on the lower deck of the steamboat.  The picture on the left is an old flatboat which was used for hauling either people or cargo.
 On the left is an old Shanty boat
or houseboat and on the right is the Ohio River. There is a beautiful bike trail/walkway for several miles along the river at this point.

On Saturday we had our first teaching appointment with the missionaries.  The couple they were teaching were interested in family history so they asked us to come with them.  They were a really great couple who live just around the corner from us.  We had a great experience and they committed to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.  It was a great experience for us and we really enjoyed getting to know this wonderful couple.

We hope all of you are doing well.  We would love to hear from you!  We love and miss you!

Thursday, June 12, 2014


On Saturday we helped with a work party at our church weeding the flower beds and laying new
mulch,  We didn't know if we were going to be able to work because our bodies were in so much pain from
the standing and bending at the camera all week but as we went to work our body pains seemed to disappear.

This is the Mound at the Mound Cemetery just a few blocks from our house.  This cemetery has more
Revolutionary War Generals buried here than any other cemetery anywhere else in the nation.  It seems fitting that
it is shared by the ancient Americans.

Even after over 2000 years you can still see what remains of the trench,


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Getting Started in Marietta

This is our kitchen. It is quite large and one wall is all windows.  The little doorway you see between the stove and the fridge goes into a small laundry room.  The cupboards you see is all there are so we use a small cupboard in the laundry room for extra pantry.  Every room in the house has lots of windows to see the forest of trees all around us.  The streets are lined with historic homes.  Just a few blocks from our house is the Mound Cemetery with the Hopewell Mound in the center.  It's just there with no explanation of it or information about it.  It's kind of sad that anyone visiting would have no idea the significance or history of it.




Above is the Courthouse where we are working.  Judge Lane is the Judge there that brought us here.  Our first day here he gave us a tour of the building.  He showed us one of the courtrooms where there are "Coat of Arms" type of decor honoring six of the Revolutionary War Generals wallpapered around the ceiling.  He told us the stories of each of them and how their individual heroic contributions to the war are responsible for our freedom today. They were amazing stories that I need to get in writing to keep and share.

You can see David here is doing the preservation work we were sent here to do.  It may not look like hard work, but it is,  We go home every day achy and tired, but anxious to come back and get started the next day. There are 11 rooms full of books like the room at the bottom of the page.  Then, a few blocks
away there is a genealogy library that has work they want us to do.  In addition to that several churches here have heard about us and want us to preserve their records, too.  (Are you catching a vision of "hastening the work")

Our first book we preserved here was a book of common pleas.  In it a group of people in 1852 were indicted for playing cards! (You better watch out, Grandma!)

We love you and miss you all and pray for you daily.  We hope all is well with each
of you.  We won't have internet at our house for another week but can use the WiFi at the courthouse during the day. We feel so blessed that the Lord has brought us here at this time and are so grateful for your support!  This is an incredible work!!!!!