Friday, January 13, 2017


Mike sent me this 2-minute video, which puts a whole new spin on my 2017 word "Good". I mentioned choosing this word, over on the photo blog.

I personally do not listen to Jocko's podcast because I've heard he's kind of scary and I guess I'm not ready for that. Also, virtually every single podcaster that I do listen to, also listens to Jocko, so I still learn from Jocko as they pass the notes along.

But for this video, as the comments say, I could watch this a million times. Partly because of Jocko but more because of the video editor Echo Charles.

And it makes me feel like my choice of word was perfectly inspired.

Click here if you can't see below.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow day!

We got about 4 inches of snow last night. I took about a hundred photos. A few are going on My365 blog, and the rest of the good ones are here. Mae stayed outside a long time. Libby tends to get cold and then goes back in the house after a short play. That's what happened today.

I kept running in and out with different cameras, so these photos were taken over several hours.

In the morning, it wasn't as quiet as you might think. I heard chain saws (for the trees that fell), snowmobiles, and birds. Little birds going nuts, but also in Oregon City we have a pretty big flock of geese and they were being quite noisy as well.

over 4 inches

I was there too

Couldn't get Mae to stop eating snow

Libby loves to make snow angels

Ready, aim, fire!

One of our neighbors loaned us a sled


In the one below, my neighbor is using a chain saw to clear a tree that fell on my deck. Luckily we didn't have any other downed trees near the house. At his house, a tree fell on their car.

Friday, January 06, 2017

My Friday 5

What I'm reading right now:
I'm going back and forth between Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss) and Reinvent Yourself (James Altucher).

The initial themes of these books are pretty similar. They both pull from their 200+ interviews from each guy's podcast, summarizing lessons learned from the various geniuses.

However, Tim comes across as egotistic and arrogant, but James is down-to-earth and vulnerable. Tim's writing is cold, though he tries to be funny. James is a poet.

ToT is organized in 3 sections (healthy, wealthy, and wise), but otherwise comes across as a random jumble of notes. The interview notes are often boiled down to a few snippets on a couple of pages, which doesn't always do the subject genius justice.

RY is a lot easier to read. The theme isn't jumbled - it's clearly about how to reinvent yourself (in your career) and he writes in such a way to help bring the reader back to the theme from time to time. I also like the way James refers to geniuses that he hasn't interviewed, such as Louis C.K. and Picasso. When he does reference his own interviews, he goes into much greater detail than TF does in ToT, and I appreciate that.

Another problem I have with ToT is that a lot of the "tools" aren't actionable to the average person. I mean he refers to things that are illegal or not available to the public. 

On the other hand, with James's book I practically highlighted every single sentence. 

Both books are important, but James is just a lot easier to read than Tim.

Product I'm loving:
Barlean's Omega Swirl Fish Oil. You just eat a spoonful and it tastes like pudding! It is so delicious! And it is truly high potency, so good for you! Way better than swallowing a handful of fish oil capsules.

Website I recommend:

I'm really enjoying reading this one. There's a book now, and I have it on hold at the library. The concept kind of reminds me of where they also cover stories about obscure things or unknown history. I don't read 99PI, but I subscribe to their podcast.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Books I read in December

Really liked it

thought the end was dumb

Best book I read all year

Friday, December 30, 2016

Two bullet Friday

My favorite Twitter photo from this week:

Song I have on repeat:
Dark was the night, cold was the ground by Blind Willie Johnson

That's all I have today.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 7 - Daniel Teague, Sr.

Daniel Teague, Sr.

Heather’s 8th great grandfather

According to Our Folks and Your Folks, Daniel Teague, Sr. is the first Teague to have a surviving record in America. It is a tax record from Hingham, Massachusetts, in 1719. Family lore says that other Teagues preceded him, but we can’t be sure. I did not find any Teagues in The Great Migration study of families that arrived in the 1600s.

Again from Hingham, here is the marriage record showing a marriage to Sarah Prey 7 Sep 1719.

Once again, the old vital records of the town of Hingham show us Daniel’s death date and approximate age at death. This is from year 1776, showing he died 15 Nov 1776 at age “about 80”. This would put his birth around 1694.

His burial location is unknown.

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 6 - Daniel Teague, Jr.

Daniel Teague, Jr.

Heather’s 7th great grandfather

A Maine local biographical sketch Our Folks and Your Folks which indicates that Bani Teague’s parents were Daniel Teague and Elizabeth Lane. Using this information, I located a Lane genealogy (published in 1891) which verifies Elizabeth married a Daniel Teague, Jr. and was Bani’s mother.

We have an old record from Hingham, Massachusetts showing Daniel’s birth. It reads: Daniel Teague, the son of Daniel Teague and Sarah his wife, born Feb 22, 1720.

Town records also show the marriage of Daniel Teague, Jr. and Elizabeth Lane, 28 Feb 1742.

Otherwise, I have not located a death date or place. There is a Daniel Teague in the 1790 census living in Maine, but I am not sure if this is our guy.

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 5 - Bani Teague

Bani Teague

Heather’s 6th great grandfather

When Bani Teague was born on February 27, 1742, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, his father, Daniel, was 23 and his mother, Elizabeth, was 24. He married Joanna Darling on March 29, 1766, in Middleborough, Massachusetts. They had four children during their marriage. Joanna passed away in 1775, after only 9 years of marriage. It is said that he remarried twice more: once to Sarah Tuttle, and also to Lucy Lincoln. Bani Teague fought against the British during the Revolutionary War. He died on January 15, 1820, in Oxford, Maine, having lived a long life of 77 years.

The source for his birth record is just an index, meaning, I haven’t seen the document with my own eyes, but it has been transcribed by a genealogist. I do have strong belief it was transcribed correctly.

His 3rd marriage to Lucy Lincoln took place on 1 Nov 1795, and here is the record:

A History of Buckfield, Oxford County, Maine was published in 1915 by the Maine Historical Society and Oxford County Clerk. They did not find much about Bani at the time of publishing:

But they did publish a history of his early settlement in Buckfield:

Another book, A History of Turner, Maine, from its Settlement to 1886, (published in 1887) elaborates on the mill that Bani, Jr. built. I did not reproduce it here since Bani Jr. is not in our direct lineage. But that same book includes a frontispiece that possibly indicates Bani’s property. See Lot No. 2 at the bottom.

Bani survived to be a Revolutionary War pensioner. I personally transcribed his statement. 

April 18, 1818
I, Bani Teague, of Buckfield in the County of Oxford in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on oath declare that I served in the War of the Revolution as a soldier in the Army on the continental establishment and in the Massachusetts Line for the term of twelve months and longer, that I enlisted into service at Middleborough in the County of Plymouth and Commonwealth aforesaid on or about the last day of December in the year seventeen hundred seventy five into a company commanded by Captain William Reid belonging to a Regiment commanded by Col. John Bailey of Hanover for the term of twelve months, and marched immediately to Boston, thence, after the British Army left it, to New York, upon which place I returned with the Army and was afterwards on duty at various places with said company on North River and having served my said period of twelve months through I was discharged from said service to some places on said North River, but what part and place I can not remember.
After the above term had expired, I again enlisted into said service under Captain Hays of Waymouth, and served out eight months being the term of my enlistment, chiefly at West Point, and was discharged not having received any regular discharges in writing at the close of either period of my services.
I further declare that I am a resident Citizen of the United States of America, that I am not bound on any pension list of said United States and that by reason of my reduced circumstances in life, I am in need of assistance from my country for support.

Following Bani’s letter are 2 letters of testimony from fellow soldiers Elisha Bisby and Hezekiah Stetson, confirming that they served with Bani in the war. I transcribed Elisha’s letter because it contained more details about Bani’s service as well as a statement that they had been inoculated for small pox together.

I, Elisha Bisbu of Sumner in the County of Oxford in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, testify and say that I served in the Army of the United States in that War of the Revolution, as a soldier during the first years service so called, commencing on the first day of January, seventeen hundred & seventy six – that on that day, having previously enlisted into said service, I was attached to a Company commanded by Captain William Reid, which was then organized at Roxbury near Boston, belonging to the Regiment Commander Col. John Bailey of the Massachusetts Line.
Then I further say that Beni Teague, now residing in Buckfield in said County, was also a private in said Company, having enlisted for the year, that he marched to New York with said Company, and although I was detached from said Regiment into another Corps soon after our arrival at New York, yet I am confident that said Teague did continue in said company in said service during the whole of said year, as I was in the habit of frequenting said company and usually saw him there in said capacity of a soldier.
And I further state that I met with said Teague at Albany in the month of March in the year seventeen hundred & seventy eight, at which which time said Teague ascending to my present recollection was a soldier in said service as I was myself, he being at that time and place innoculated for the small pox from my arm.  ~Elisha Bisbu

Bani’s application was approved and his pension # is S38428.

Here is Bani’s probate record which helps us approximately verify his date of death. It is interesting that the judge’s name is “Judah Dana”, which initially confused me into thinking that this was Bani’s son. But no, Judge Judah Dana is not the same person as Bani’s son Judah Teague. Bani’s burial location is unknown.

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 4 - Judah Teague

Judah Teague

Heather’s 5th great grandfather

When Judah Teague was born on September 4, 1771, in Massachusetts, his father, Bani, was 29 and his mother, Joanna, was 35. He married Eleanor Knight on March 5, 1795, in Turner, Maine. He died on March 10, 1835, in Turner, Maine, at the age of 63, and was buried there.

Here is his birth record from Middleborough, Massachusetts, although this is not an original record. You can see his sister Mary is listed first, followed by Judah. Since they are consecutive on the page, they obviously weren’t recorded in “real” time. Also notice Judah is recorded as a “daughter” instead of a son.

Some histories give Judah’s middle name as “Dana”, the same as his grandson, but since I have found no direct evidence of this I only listed his name as Judah Teague.

I believe that he had a will, but I have not located it.

Here is his gravestone from Turner Cemetery:

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 3 - Richard Teague

Richard Teague

Heather’s 4th great grandfather

Richard Teague was born on April 17, 1797, in Turner, Maine, the child of Judah and Eleanor. He married Lydia Lombard on February 9, 1821, in his hometown. They had 6 children during their marriage. Lydia died in 1849. His second wife was Betsey Stevens, and with her he had one more son. He was a farmer. He died on August 27, 1884, in Turner, Maine, having lived a long life of 87 years, and was buried there.

Here is his birth record:

Here is his first marriage record:

His gravestone at Turner Cemetery:

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 2 - Judah Dana Teague

Judah Dana Teague

Heather’s 3rd great grandfather

Judah Dana Teague was born on July 18, 1821, in Turner, Maine, the child of Richard and Lydia. It appears that he was married 3 times and had at least 14 children. He died on October 15, 1896, in Caribou, Maine, having lived a long life of 75 years, and was buried there.

Here is his birth record:

His first wife was Eliza Ann Ricker. They were married 8 Jan 1842 according to indexed records of Maine marriages. I personally visited Turner Cemetery in Maine and found a gravestone for “Eliza Ann, wife of Judah D. Teague”. She died 25 Nov 1845.
Judah then married (2) Eveline Morse 5 Apr 1846. Their first son, Milton, was born in 1848.
When Eveline died in 1868, he married (3) Ann Elizabeth Small. They were married 20 May 1869. Both Eveline and Ann are buried with him in a different cemetery from his first wife. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Caribou, Aroostook Co, Maine.

In most census records, his occupation is listed as “farmer”. But in 1860 it says “merchant” and I found a tax record from 1862 showing he paid a US tax of $10 for a retail dealer license. A local biographical sketch indicates that he opened a general store in Caribou. The biography also says that while he lived in Caribou, he lived on a quarter acre and built a 2-story house and stable. By 1870 he is back to “farmer” again.

What the census hides is that he also served as postmaster of Caribou (appointed 8 Apr 1864) and he served as Justice of the Peace for many years, and was elected to the Maine legislature 5 times.

Although most of his children moved to California, he remained in Maine his whole life. The Teagues in California became prominent citizens in Ventura County, primarily in the town of Santa Paula.

The biographical sketch Our Folks and Your Folks said:
Judah Dana Teague was a man of sterling worth and exemplary life. His education was acquired in the public schools and his early opportunities were limited but he became a man of polished speech and address and a fluent public speaker.

He was a close reader and student of current events and always had the courage to voice his convictions.

An ardent Republican, he upheld the principles of his party in many a hot debate and also consistently supported the prohibition of the liquor traffic.

Mr. Teague represented his district with ability in the State Legislature in the years 1867, 1868, 1869, and again in 1895.

He was elected again in September, 1896, but was ill at the time and in October, 1896, he died of angina pectoris.

He also held many positions of trust in the town of Caribou. In early life, he had been connected with an evangelical church, but his naturally religious nature
found its deepest satisfaction in a belief in the ultimate salvation of all mankind and he was associated with the founding of the First Universalist church of Caribou.

Some years before his death he gave to the town a fine tract of land to be used as a public park.

It is now known as Teague Park and has been set to trees and shrubs and is a splendid memorial of a former respected and prominent citizen. 

Today, it appears that Teague Park as “trees and shrubs” no longer exists, but there is a Teague Park Elementary School in Caribou, Maine, with a public sports complex across from the school. The address is 58 Park St, Caribou, Maine.
 Incidentally, there’s also a Teague Park in Santa Paula, California, where some of Judah’s children relocated.

19 Sep 1866 - Bangor Daily Whig and Courier
A cover of the first time he runs for office. Notice that not only is he running for office, he’s simultaneously serving as a Justice since he is mentioned twice in this article. 

19 Oct 1892 - Bangor Daily Whig and Courier
This news article shows that he belonged to the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Company.

25 Jul 1895 – Bangor Daily Whig and Courier
This news article tells the story of his 74th birthday party. This would be his 2nd to last birthday.

15 Oct 1896 – Salina Daily Republican Journal
A telegram was received this morning announcing the death of Hon. J.D. Teague at his home in Caribou, Maine, of heart failure. He was the father of Mrs. R.A. Burch and Mrs. A.E. Wilson of this city, of R.H. Teague of Ellsworth, and of M.D. Teague, formerly cashier of the First National Bank of this place.  He was seventy four years old, and had just been elected to the Maine legislature for the fifth time as a Republican.

Here is his death record:

{genealogy} Teague ancestry part 1 and Clara Louise Teague

I did this research over Thanksgiving weekend but I didn't post it until now because I wasn't sure how to do it in blog form. I actually wrote this in a template with the intention of making a print book. Which I still intend to do, but I also wanted to post it here, and my print version doesn't immediately translate to blog format.

This series of posts is biographies for my direct ancestors in the Teague family. My lineage is as follows:

my mom
John Royce – Marjorie Grace Gibbons
La Rue Royce – Winifred Teague Burch
Rousseau Angelus Burch – Clara Louise Teague
Judah Dana Teague – Eveline Frances Morse
Richard Teague – Lydia Lombard
Judah Teague – Eleanor Knight
Bani Teague – Joanna Darling
Daniel Teague – Elizabeth Lane
Daniel Teague – Sarah Pray

Clara Louise Teague
Heather’s 2nd great grandmother

When Clara Louise Teague was born on July 1, 1856, in Turner, Androscoggin Co, Maine, her father, Judah, was 34 and her mother, Eveline, was 36. Her mother died in 1868 when Clara was 12 years old. Her father remarried shortly after. By 1870, the family had moved from Turner to Lyndon, Aroostook Co, Maine.

In June 1880, Clara is still living with her father and stepmother and 8 other children. They are living in Caribou, Aroostook Co, Maine. She is 22 years old and she is working as a teacher. There are also a servant and a laborer in the household. Two of the children in the house are reported to be ill with diphtheria, and later it is reported in the newspaper that those 2 children passed away. (Sadly, a baby also dies shortly after the diphtheria incidents when the baby falls into a tub of water and drowns.)

In 1881, Clara graduated from Cornell University. I learned this from her obituary, and then I located a copy of the 1881 yearbook, copy reprinted later in this text. I also wrote to Cornell Registrar, who confirmed that she graduated from that school, though he wasn't able to tell me much else.

25 Jul 1881 – Boston Post

7 Jul 1881 – The Saline County Journal

25 Dec 1884 - The Saline County Journal

Clara’s older brother, Milton Dana Teague, got a banking job in Salina, Kansas in 1883. It was reported that a friend from Maine got him this job, but I wonder if Clara had something to do with it.
Clara met Rousseau Angelus Burch of Salina. They were married 25 Sep 1889 in Salina, Kansas.

3 Oct 1889 – The Abilene Weekly Reflector

In the 1900 census Clara and Rousseau are living in Salina, Kansas, and they report having been married for 10 years.

In 1901, Clara joined the DAR under patriot ancestor John Walker. Her DAR ID is 37669. She joined the Topeka chapter. In 1904, she was named Regent of the Salina chapter. The Topeka chapter still exists today, but the original Salina chapter appears to have dissolved. (A newer chapter in Salina has taken its place.) The Topeka chapter history says that they were formed in 1896 and that membership increased slowly because it was considered “snobbish” to talk about one’s ancestry. So, either Clara was a snob or she was ahead of her time. J Being from Cornell, which would have been kind of hoity-toity in 1881, well, "snob" isn't entirely unlikely.

In addition to DAR, Clara was involved in a literary society and other women’s clubs in the Topeka area.

DAR listed her address as 827 Tyler St., Topeka, Kansas. Today this would have been 827 SW Tyler Street, but when I look on Google Earth it appears the old home no longer exists. This address is walking distance from the capitol buildings where her husband would have worked, but the building appears to be an apartment or warehouse.

29 Dec 1913 – The Topeka Daily Capital
This article helps explain why she has both Topeka and Salina affiliations:

They had two children during their marriage: daughter Winifred, in 1891, and son Angelus in 1895. Clara died on April 25, 1928, in Salina, Kansas, at the age of 71, and was buried there, at Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Blk 18, Lot 20, Space 14.

25 Apr 1928 – The Hutchinson News
death certificate

headstone - hard to read!


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