Saturday, March 12, 2011
Family Tree Branches.........
The branches are so many as we look at our family trees. Here in the center of the United States the larger families found offspring from other large families to marry who all lived in the same rural area. My family tree is full of large families in every direction when you follow my dad's lineage.
Above is a photo from a 1968 Centennial Book of the Murray, Iowa community. It is a photo of the Ries family taken in front of a Henrey Ries family home. I don't know for sure who it belongs to but my cousin Joan Callison must own the photo and know more about the photo.
Starting forward and going back I will explain this branch of the family.
My dad was Jesse T. Burgus, b. 1918, d. 2000.
His mother was Grace Turner Burgus and his father was Charles Thomas Burgus, d. 1949. Charles is the guy we will follow to get to the Ries family.
My Grandfather Charles Thomas Burgus had parents who were Charles Burgus, b. 1838, d. 1898 and Elizabeth Ries Burgus, b. 1847, d. 1911. We switch to the Great Great Grandmother Elizabeth Burgus to find her parents and family, the Ries family.
So the tree we are following is Father, Grandfather, Great Great Grandmother. I call that a jog for those who only follow the lineage of the one name.
Now to lead you down a beaten path to nowhere. My Great Great Grandmother Elizabeth Ries Burgus has to be some relative to this group. She is not in this picture. She could have been an Aunt because of the age of a couple of people in the photo that I knew. I knew of the Ed Hickman in the photo and of Leland Ries who is the short little guy on the left.
My original intent to show the photo and to share the diverse ages of all the children. Also I want to show the typical Iowa T shaped house that was a style used through out the country. I lived in this same shape of house on the farm as a kid and my house today in Woodward is a T shaped design farm house. I also was impressed with how all are dressed so well.
I am assuming that I will harvest more information about this photo from my cousin, now that I have posted it. Check back for amendments or I may just make it my next weeks blog. Clarification and corrections to Burgus's blog.
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