Thursday, November 25, 2010

Zeeland, The Netherlands

Where located
Southwestern Netherlands on North Sea

Connections
g Jacomyntje Booke (Brevoort)

Description
g At least one Dutch ancestor hails from a town in this province

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Location of Zeeland


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Wright County, Minn.

Where located
Central Minnesota west of Minneapolis
Connections
g George A. Scott
Description
g NA

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Winona, Minn.

Where located
Southeast Minnesota along Mississippi River

Connections
g Mary Bignell (Stewart)

Description
g NA

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Location of Winona

Friday, November 5, 2010

Whatcom Co., Wash.

Where located
Northern Washington along Canadian border

Connections
g Edmund Bignell (2)

Description
g NA

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Location of Whatcom County

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wavendon Parish, England

Where located
Northwest of London

Connections
g James Rands (3)

Description
g Now part of city of Milton Keynes

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Location of Wavendon Parish

Friday, October 22, 2010

Waumande, Wis.

Where located
In Trempeleau County, Wis.

Connections
g James H. Hopkins
g Mary Ellen Cook (Hopkins)
g Richard Hopkins
g Selina Eve Calyer (Hopkins)

Description
g NA

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Washington, Ohio

Where located
Between Cincinnati and Columbus

Connections
g John Place (3)

Description
g NA

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Location of Washington

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Walton Parish, Buckinghamshire

Where located
Northwest of London

Connections
g James Rands (3)

Description
g Now part of city of Milton Keynes

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Location of Walton Parish

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, England

Where located
Northwest of London

Connections
g Robert Rethrop

Description
g NA

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Location of Waddesdon

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Warrensburg, Mo.

Where located
Southeast of Kansas City

Connections
g Thomas Hill Jr.

Description
g NA

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Location of Warrensburg

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Wabasha, Minn.

Where located
Southeast of Minneapolis

Connections
g Rachel Place

Description
g NA

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Location of Wabasha

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tripp, Hutchinson County, S.D.

Where located
Southeast South Dakota

Connections
g William Rands Sr.

Description
g NA

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Location of Tripp

Friday, August 27, 2010

Trempeleau County, Wis.

Where located
In west-central Wisconsin on Minnesota border
Connections
g James H. Hopkins
g Mary Ellen Cook (Hopkins)
g Richard Hopkins
g Selina Eve Calyer (Hopkins)

Description
g NA

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tipperary, Ireland

Where located
Southcentral Ireland

Connections
g Robert Rands

Description
g NA

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Location of Tipperary

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tioga County, N.Y.

Where located
Southcentral New York near Pennsylvania border

Connections
g Nancy Dutcher (Place)
g Asa Place

Description
g NA

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Location of Tioga County

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tennessee River

Where located
Western to central Tennessee

Connections
g John Rands
g James Rands (4)
g Ann Jane Rands (Richardson/Chapin)

Description
g NA

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Location of Tennessee River

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sunnybrook

Where located
Pepin County, Wisconsin

Connections
g James Byrd Bignell

Description
g NA

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Location of Sunnybrook

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Suffolk County, N.Y.

Where located
In New York state

Connections
g Jacobus A. Colyer
g Jacobus Colyer
g Susannah Rebecca Wood (Colyer)

Description
g NA

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Stockholm Township (aka Town of Stockholm)

Where located
Pepin County, Wis., along Mississippi River

Connections
g Martha Ann Rands (Bignell)

Description
g For a history of daily life in Stockholm and the surrounding area from the mid 1910s through the Great Depression, see "Within the Triangle" by Lyle C. Dahlgren (published in 1993 by Altoona Printing Co., Altoona, Wis.). Note: The book focuses on nearby Porcupine and Columbia Heights.

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Location of Stockholm Township

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Stevens County, Washington

Where located
Northeast Washington state on Canadian border

Connections
g John Baker

Description
g NA

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Location of Stevens County

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Spokane, Wash.

Where located
Eastern Washington state

Connections
g George Scott
g Emma Scott
g Catherine Baker (Scott)

Description
g NA

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Location of Spokane

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sparta, Mich.

Where located
XXXX

Connections
g Celia Lillian Hopkins (Scott)
g James H. Hopkins
g Mary/Marie Ellen Cook (Hopkins)

Description
g NA

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Southside Township, Minnesota

Where located
Wright County, central Minnesota, west of Minneapolis

Connections
g George A. Scott

Description
g NA

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

South St. Paul, Minn.

Where located
Southeast of St. Paul, Minn.

Connections
g Abner Bignell

Description
g NA

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Location of South St. Paul

Monday, July 19, 2010

South Haven, Minn.

Where located
In Wright County, central Minnesota west of Minneapolis

Connections
g George A. Scott

Description
g NA

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sluis, The Netherlands

Where located
Southwestern Netherlands, near North Sea
Connections
g Jacomyntje Booke (Brevoort)
Description
g NA

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Sint Anna ter Muiden, The Netherlands

Where located
In southwestern Netherlands, province of Zeeland, near Belguim border
Connections
g Abraham Bokee

Description
g Before joining with Sluis, which is a mile away, was the second smallest incorporated city in The Netherlands
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Location of Sint Anna ter Muiden

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Simpson (Simpson Parish), Buckinghamshire, England

Where located
Northwest of London

Connections
g George Bignell Sr.
g Francis Litchfield (2)

Description
g Now part of city of Milton Keynes

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Location of Simpson

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Shiloh, Tenn.

(aka Battle of Pittsburgh Landing)
Where located
Western Tennessee, along Tennessee River

Connections
g James Rands (4)

Description
g NA

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Location of Shiloh (aka Battle of Pittsburgh Landing)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Shoreditch, Middlesex, England

Where located
East end of London
Connections
g Susannah Rands (Stevens)

Description
g NA

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Savannah, Tenn.

Where located
Southwestern Tennessee

Connections
g Ann Jane Rands (Richardson/Chapin)
g James Rands (4)
g John Rands

Description
g NA

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Location of Savannah

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Santa Clarita, Calif.

Where located
North of Los Angeles

Connections
g Rob Bignell

Description
g NA

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Location of Santa Clarita

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Sand Creek, Wis.

Where located
West-central Wisconsin

Connections
g Levi B. Place

Description
g NA

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Location of Sand Creek

Saturday, June 5, 2010

St. Pancreas, London

Now known as “St. Pancras”

Where located
Southeast of Regent’s Park

Connections
g Richard Rands

Description
g NA

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Location of St. Pancreas

Sunday, May 30, 2010

St. Louis, Mo.

Where located
Eastern Missouri on Mississippi River

Connections
g Thomas Hill Jr.

Description
g NA

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Location of St. Louis

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

St. Benedicts Hospital

Where located
Used to exist in eastern Durand, Wis.; a nursing home now sits on the site

Connections
g Clarence Edwin Bignell
g James/John Hopkins
g Marie/Mary Cook (Hopkins)

Description
g NA

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Location of St. Benedicts Hospital


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Rocky Ford, Washington

Where located
Northeast Washington state on Canadian border

Connections
g John Baker

Description
g NA

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Monday, May 10, 2010

River Falls, Wis.

Where located
West-central Wisconsin

Connections
g Rob Bignell

Description
g NA

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Location of River Falls

Friday, May 7, 2010

Rhinebeck, N.Y.

Where located
East of Hudson River and north of New York City

Connections
g Abraham Freer
g Elizabeth Brevoort

Description
g NA

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Red Wing, Minn.

Where located
Southeast Minnesota on Mississippi River

Connections
g Rob Bignell
g George Scott
g Sarah Scott

Description
g NA

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Location of Red Wing

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Queens County, N.Y.

Where located
New York state

Connections
g Jacobus Colyer

Description
g NA

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Princeton, Minn.

Where located
XXXX

Connections
g George Washington Scott

Description
g NA

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Friday, April 30, 2010

Prince Risborou, Buckinghamshire, England

Now known as “Princes Risborough”
Where located
Northwest of London

Connections
g Elizabeth (maiden name lost) (Whitney)

Description
g NA

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Location of Prince Risborou

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Prescott, Wis.

Where located
West-central Wisconsin on Mississippi and St. Croix rivers

Connections
g Rob Bignell (editor of Prescott Journal during 1999-2000)
g Gretchen (maiden name hidden) Bignell

Description
g NA

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Location of Prescott


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Where located
East of Hudson River north of New York City

Connections
g Abraham Brevoort
g Elizabeth Brevoort
g David Dutcher
g Nancy Dutcher
g Abraham Freer
g Katrina Griggs (Brevoort)

Description
g NA

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Port Adelaide, South Australia

Where located
South-central Australia

Connections
g James Rands (3)

Description
g NA

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Location of Port Adelaide

Friday, April 16, 2010

Porcupine, Wis.

Where located
In Pepin County, Wis., at intersection of County Road D and County Road SS

Connections
g Most of the Bignell, Hill and Place family members who settled Wisconsin

History
For a history of daily life in Porcupine and the surrounding area from the mid 1910s through the Great Depression, see "Within the Triangle" by Lyle C. Dahlgren (published in 1993 by Altoona Printing Co., Altoona, Wis.)
g Mid-1800s: Before white settlement of the area, Chippewa and Sioux Indians would battle one another along creeks south of Porcupine, specifically on what later would be the Biles family farm
g 1861/62: Levi B. Place, an immigrant from Pennsylvania, shoots a porcupine in the valley and names the area after the creature
g May 1908: A general store, school, blacksmith shop, general store, post office and a Reorganized Latter Days Saints church stood in town
g Early spring 1922: Following a diptheria outbreak in the region, immunization clinic was held at the West Frankfort school in Porcupine
g 1922: A general store stood across the street from the school (it later burns down on a cold night, probably from an overheated stove)
g Early 1920s: During fall and spring at West Frankfort School, noon recess was an hour long. In winter, it was reduced to a half-hour.
g 1920s: Village boasts a garage and filling station
g Late 1920: Frankfort Township rebuilds bridge over creek near Porcupine's garage.
g Late 1920s: Hiram Claflin and son Ivan run blacksmith shop just north of Porcupine Store. It burns shortly after closing, probably around Christmas 1930
g 1920s-1930s: Dances and moonshine parties held at Red Hall and The Notch (aka the Woodman Hall), two community halls/stores. Chester Bignell sometimes played at the Red Hall and had a reputation as a rough place where fights often broke out. The Notch was located about a quarter mile up the road from the school, and dances were held on the second floor until that floor was condemned (its first floor was a store operated by a Biles, R.D. Bignell and then Dale Rageth). Due to moonshine, which probably was locally brewed, a number of fights occurred at the halls.
g 1920s-1930s: Community boasted a quality baseball team, which played on Sundays.
g 1920s-1930s: Roy Bignell builds and operates a grist mill powered by a World War I army truck engine; after a few years, the mills closes after overheating in the asement and parts no longer were available to repair it. This forced area farmers to bring their feed to Arkansaw, Durand and Plum City for milling. The mill later reopened when a replacement single cyclinder powerplant was found; about five feet in diameter, it had to be disaseembled to be taken into the basement then reassembled. Whenever the new mill's exhaust popped, it could be heard miles away.
g 1920s: After first general store burned down, the garage (which was the site of a former grist mill) at the four corners was purchased by Clive Metcalf and ran as a combination grocery, gas station and animal feed store. Better quality roads and the rise of larger towns following World War II causes the store to close; Clive then retires to caring for his invalid wife and is voted in as pastor of the Porcupine reorganized Latter Day Saints church.
g March 1931: Big snowstorm strikes area; a play, ""Yimmy Jonsons Wedding" held at school to raise money for it
g 1966: General store closes because of owner Clive Metcalf's health and wife Dell Metcalf's arthritis.
g NA
g 1959: Post office (the old Shaw house) tore down

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Location of Porcupine

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Plum City, Wis.

Where located
West-central Wisconsin

Connections
g Iva Ann Hill
g Rob Bignell (born at hospital, which since has been torn down - though not because Rob was born there!)

Description
g For a history of daily life in Plum City and the surrounding area from the mid 1910s through the Great Depression, see "Within the Triangle" by Lyle C. Dahlgren (published in 1993 by Altoona Printing Co., Altoona, Wis.). Note: The book focuses on Porcupine and Columbia Heights in neighboring Pepin County.

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Location of Plum City

Monday, April 5, 2010

Pleasant Hill, Mo.

Where located
Southeast of Kansas City

Connections
g Thomas Hill Jr.

Description
g NA

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Location of Pleasant Hill

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pine Valley, Wis.

Where located
Pepin County, Wis.

Connections
g Thomas Hill Jr.

Description
g NA

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Pine City, Minn.

Where located
XXXX

Connections
g George Washington Scott

Description
g NA

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pepin County, Wis.

Where located
West-central Wisconsin on Mississippi River

Connections
g Nancy Place
g Guy Hill
g Mary Hill (Bignell)
g Iva Ann Hill

Description
g For a history of daily life in Pepin County and the surrounding area from the mid 1910s through the Great Depression, see "Within the Triangle" by Lyle C. Dahlgren (published in 1993 by Altoona Printing Co., Altoona, Wis.). Note: The book focuses on Porcupine and Columbia Heights within the county.

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Location of Pepin County

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pennsylvania

Where located
Northeast United States

Connections
g Asa Place

Description
g NA

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Location of Pennsylvania



Monday, March 15, 2010

Penn, Buckinghamshire, England

Where located
Northwest of London

Connections
g John Rudroppe

Description
g NA

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Location of Penn

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pana, Ill.

Where located
Northeast of St. Louis

Connections
g George Scott

Description
g NA

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Location of Pana

Friday, March 5, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Paducah, Ky.

Where located
On Ohio River

Connections
g Ann Jane Rands (Richardson/Chapin)
g James Rands (4)
g John Rands

Description
g NA

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Location of Paducah

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pacific Theater

Where located
East of Asia

Connections
g Sophronia Place

Description
g Major arena of battles during World War II

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Location of Pacific Theater

Monday, February 15, 2010

Ontonagon, Mich.

Where located
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Connections
g Didama Bignell (White)

Description
g NA

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Location of Ontonagon