Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Agnes Cross Douglass

Agnes Cross Douglass
A jubilee message written in 1880 by Agnes Cross Douglass (1818-1906) and left in a box in care of the Relief Society to be opened by her family in 1930 on the centennial of the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Agnes was born April 6, 1818, the daughter of John Cross and Margaret Sarah McCune. She married William Douglass (1819-1892) in 1842. They were the parents of Matilda Douglass Dixon (1851-1932), who was the mother of Charles Christopher Flintoff Dixon (1876-1929), who was the father of Bernice Dixon Fraughton (1902-1992), who was the mother of Barbara Jean Fraughton Lange (1928-1994), who was the mother of Claudia Lange Cleverly.

We were obliged to leave our home in Nauvoo in the spring of 1846 on account of the great mobbing and persecutions from the ungodly. On May 17, 1848, my husband and I left Winter Quarters for the West. My oldest son was born on the 18th. My husband had to return to Winter Quarters to procure some articles that we were in need of. While he was away, a very severe storm came on and the sisters in attendance being weary had retired, and hald left some of my clothes out on the line to dry. Not wanting them to get wet, I stepped out of our wagon in the strength of Israel's God and gathered my clothes piece by piece until I had them tucked in the front of our wagon and I was not one whit the worse, for God had given me strength sufficient to my day. On the 20th we resumed our journey.

In 1849, my husband mixed the mortar and layed the adobe to build our first house in the valley, I waiting on him, carrying the adobes and mortar.

The same year, when our crops were coming up green, the crickets were so numerous that to all appearance the crops would be destroyed by them, when suddenly there came such numerous flocks of seagulls and covered the lots like a heavy fall of snow and devoured the crickets, eating and vomiting until they had the crickets all destroyed and saved our crop.

In 1855, there was what was known as the grasshopper war, when many suffered for want of food, but through the blessing of God, myself and family were provided for, and never suffered through want.

During the scarcity of food, there was honey dew accumulated on the trees, which lasted for a number of weeks, the people gathered and made it into cakes like maple sugar and payed a tithing of the same as any other production.

And now my beloved children, when you receive these works, my body may be mouldering in the dust, but remember the testimony I bear unto you, and be faithful, and listen to the council [counsel] of the servants of God, and give heed to the whisperings of the still small voice of the Spirit that prompts you to walk in the path of rectitude that you may be lead in the path that leadeth to eternal life.

Blanco Line

The Blanco line has always been very intriguing to me. I think it's because I am such a white girl that I never thought I had Mexican and Native blood running through me. When I was at my Grandma Nita's house in California in January, she showed me a huge box full of documents and photos from her family. This included birth and marriage certificates, old letters, photographs and prints, books on her family name, that's right, the mother load!! What a dream! This was what I needed to jump start my research on the Blanco family history.

 I was starting to get into familysearch.org, and earnestly wanted to submit names to get temple work done for my ancestors. I found this drive when I began doing temple work. In the church I belong to, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we believe that we can do temple work for people that have passed on. I feel a strong pull towards that line and that side of the family.

From the stories my grandma has told me, they were quite the rowdy bunch! Maybe that is where my personality comes from...

Anyway, while looking through these old photos, I was surprised that my sweet grandma could recall and tell me about almost every photo or document! Talk about a sharp thinker. Some of the documents or photos had inscriptions in Spanish, but thanks to my husband, I can get the translation. Here are a few photos of the Blanco men in the family:

Pretty cool photos! To be honest, I don't know an accurate name list for these. These are pictures of the photos because I didn't take that box home with me to Utah. The inscriptions on the back are a bit blurry, so I can't make out the correct names. Hopefully soon I can get this box of info to my place and dive into it!