Amanuensis Monday – Diary of a 16 Year Old

Diary of my Grandmother, Dolores Boyer (Shoaf) at age 16 in 1933

I am beginning to transcribe a diary of my Grandmother Dee’s that she wrote when she was 16 year’s old.  Reading it is fascinating.  I am recognizing many ancestors that I’ve researched by name.  It’s amazing to read into the daily life and get to know these people.  I’m finding out amazing things about my grandma.  I never knew she played basketball or really much about her childhood.

Presented by Thomas Yeley
March 6, 1933
Dolores Shoaf, age 16

January 1 – Sunday, cold.
Stayed all night with Aunt Lillie got up and got breakfast.  Came home with Uncle Fred.  Gommel kids came down, danced, played cards.  At supper prepared for a date. Sat around and read until 9:30 having been stood up on the date.  Went to bed rightly out of humor.

January 2 – Monday, slightly cold.
Got up and started in school for the 2nd semester.  Not much happened out of the ordinary.

January 13 – Friday
Annabell & I got up and rushed around & ate our breakfast and got ready for school.  As I was coming down stairs I dropped Anna’s watch and broke the crystal into a million pieces.  Went to school got three or four callings down can’t remember which now and the entire day went wrong.  I can see that today isn’t my lucky day.  came home got supper went to bed.

January 23 – Monday.  Like a spring day.
Got up and Tom was about ready to leave for his “adventure”. Went to school. (sure hated to see him leave).  Everything went along fine came home and got supper.  Read and then sewed awhile.  Went to be quite early. (played basketball).

January 26 – Thursday. Lovely day.
Got up kinda early.  Yeley’s came while I was washing dishes. (Uncle Fred was Butchering).  Went to school.  Nothing important happened.  Before noon I got sick and at noon I was excused & went home with Lola.  Was as sick as a dog. In eve, I felt better and came home & went to bed. (They killed fine hogs).

January 27 – Friday
Went to school, nothing important happened.  Came home and found out that Wayne wanted me to go to the Ball game with him.  A little later he came stayed a half an hour & left.  I got Supper and got ready.  Wayne came at 6:00 Gene, Wayne & I went after Dorothy Beason & onto Petersville to the Ball game.  Hope lost a bad game.  Went on to Gene’s house and stayed there until 11:30 & came home and went to bed.

January 29 – Sunday
Got up went to S.S. came home and ate dinner.  Went to Gommels in afternoon.  Came home ate Supper and prepared for a big date.  Went to Moravian Church of Hope then to drug store for sodas came home, ate candy, popcorn & banana cake.  Went to bed about 12:00

Next Monday I will transcribe February.

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Posted by on January 19, 2016 in Amanuensis Monday, Shoaf


Beginning Anew

I’ve really neglected this blog and my genealogy research.  I have been researching but it’s been very haphazard and not orderly.  You see my husband is in the military and we are about to do our first deployment as a military family.  He’s deployed before but this is my first experience with it.  And let’s just say the pre-deployment aspect of it has set me into a bit of a depression.

So I am starting anew.  Last night I started organizing and creating excel files… basically setting the foundation for my research.  I’m creating binders and getting all my supplies ready.  I will have plenty of computer time in the coming months and hope to do research.  I’m pretty excited.

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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Uncategorized


Tombstone Tuesday – The First Ancestor

Greenville, Cemetary, Darke County, Ohio

While visiting the states this past November I was able to do a little genealogy.  It was like being a kid in a candy store.  First I went to the Garst Museum in Greenville, Ohio, my husband’s hometown.  Now I am dreaming about the next time we can go on leave and get back to Greenville.  There was so many sources that I know will be valuable in researching my husband’s genealogy.  There was obits up the galore on his family members and I did my best to copy as many as I could.  My Mother-in-Law took me around to several cemeteries to show me the one’s she knew.  But I was after one gravesite in particular.  The grave of John Stoltz.  John Stoltz is the individual that started me down my journey of genealogy.  When I first started down this journey I did not know his name.  And it took a lot of digging.  I had a family story that an ancestor was Amish and was shunned for marrying a non-Amish and moved to Ohio.  It turns out this story is completely false but it lead me to this gravesite almost a year after starting my first genealogy inquiry.
We went into the cemetary office and was given a  map and the locations of a couple Stoltz’s but the graves were very old and there might not even be a marker.  The first site was another name in my search that I recognized.  Then we moved on to the lot in which John Stoltz’s grave was. My husband started at one end and I started at the other.  After about 5 minutes he indicated that he might have found it.  And sure enough there was the headstone of John Stoltz, one of the pioneer’s of Greenville, Ohio and his wife Susan M. (Horner) Stoltz.

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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Tombstone Tuesday


Amanuensis Monday

My apologies.  I seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth.  I feel that way about a lot of my ancestors.  Especially trying to research my Irish ancestors back in Ireland.  They immigrated to the United States somewhere between January 1830 and December 1831.


Anyway,  back to me falling off the face of the earth.  I blame my work.  I started a project, actually two projects, that has been so mentally taxing the thought of coming home and trying to research ancestry has been too much.  Oh I’ve tried and I get no further than pulling up the documents and starring mindlessly at the screen.

But the good news is that the projects are 90% finished and I’ve begun again.  So I plan on picking up and posting to this blog regularly!


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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Amanuensis Monday


Amanuensis Monday – Captured by the Japanese

My Great Uncle, John Arthur “Peck” Shoaf served in the Army at Fort Mills, PI before the start of World War II.  Fort Mills is also known as Corregidor Island in the Philippines on 9 April 1942 Bataan fell to Japanese forces and a month later on 6 May 1942 Corregidor surrendered to the Japanese forces.  My Great Uncle Peck was taken prisoner and spent the rest of the war in various locations.  Over the next several Amanuensis Monday’s I plan on transcribing his journey as told through the letters exchanged.


Office of the Adjutant General

In Reply Refer To
AG 201 Shoaf, John A. (5-21-42) EB

May 21, 1942
Mrs. Eacle Shoaf
1616 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio,

Dear Mrs. Shoaf:

According to War Department records, you have been designated as the emergency address of Staff Sergeant John A. Shoaf, 6,397,667, who, according to the latest information available, was serving in the Philippine Islands at the time of the final surrender.

I deeply regret that it is impossible for me to give you more information than is contained in this letter.  In the last days before the surrender of Bataan there were casualties which were not reported to the War Department.  Conceivably the same is true of the surrender of Corregidor and possibly of other islands of the Philippines.  The Japanese Government has indicated its intention of conforming to the terms of the Geneva Convention with respect to the interchange of information regarding prisoners of war.  At some future date this Government will receive through Geneva a list of persons who have been take prisoners of war.  Until that time the War Department cannot give you positive information.

The War Department will consider the persons serving in the Philippine Islands as “missing in action” from the date of surrender of Corregidor, May 7, 1942, until definite information of the contrary is received.  It is to be hoped that the Japanese Government will communicate a list of prisoners of war at an early date.  At that time you will be notified by this office in the event his name is contained in the list of prisoners of war.  In the case of persons known to have been present in the Philippines and who are not reported to be prisoners of war by the Japanese Government, the War Department will continue to carry them as “missing in action,” in the absence of twelve months and in the absence of other information the War Department is authorized to make a final determination.

Recent legislation makes a provision to continue the pay and allowances of person carried in a “missing” status for a period of not to exceed twelve months; to continue, for the duration of the war, the pay and allowances of persons known to have been captured by the enemy; to continue allotments made by missing personnel for a period of twelve months and allotments made by persons held by the enemy during the time they are so held; to make new allotments or increase allotments in force to certain dependents defined in Public Law 490, 77th Congress.  The latter dependents generally include the legal wife, dependent children under twenty-one years of age and dependent mother, or such dependents as have been designated in official records.  Eligible dependents who can establish a need for financial assistance should be advised to approach their local chapter of the American Red Cross who will assist them in obtaining any benefits to which they may be entitled.  In the event dependents require financial assistance and are eligible to receive this assistance the amount allotted will be deducted from the pay which would otherwise accrue to the credit of the missing individual.

Very Truly Yours,
Major General,
The Adjutant General.



Tombstone Tuesday – SGT. Edward Rawlings

Grave 6707. Sgt. Edward Rawlings, Co C., 6th Regiment, Indiana Infantry. Andersonville Prison

This is the tombstone of Sgt. Edward Rawlings, my 3rd Great Grandfather. He served in the Civil War for the Union Army in Co. C, 6th Regiment, Indiana Infantry. On Sept 20th, 1863 he was taken prisoner by the Confederate Army at Chickamauga. He died August 24, 1864 at Andersonville Prison of diarrhea. His grave is number 6707.



Posted by on July 12, 2011 in Tombstone Tuesday


Amanuensis Monday

Amanuensis: a person employed to write from dictation or to copy manuscript
(from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

This is my first Amanuensis Monday at GeneaBloggers.  I’ve been blessed enough to find and hold onto letters and other mementos that my mother, dad and I found in my Grandmother’s garage when she passed away.  I am just beginning to copy these letters into digital format.  The stack of letters that I am most interested in transcribing are what appears to be a series of letters between my Great Grandmother Opal Rawlings and my Great Grandfather Forrest Boyer that lead right up to their marriage on 25 Dec 1904.  A cursory glance at the envelopes has the dates from 16 June 1904 to 05 Dec 1904.

Opal Rawlings Boyer and Forrest Boyer with Grandson Don Boyer

Envelope: Miss Opal Rawlings
Hartsville, Ind.
Box 109
Envelope Date Stamp: Columbus, Ind. Dec [10 or 11] 1904. 4pm

Columbus Ind.,
Dec. 5, 1904

Miss Opal Rawlings. Hartsville Ind.

Dear Sweetheart: –

[PG#1] Now that I am far away from you in a way I am sure I am [illegible] in [illegible] for I am thinking of last eve and of things which happened and will say I hope some things will never pass again.  I can  say x64l2 you as #219EX. as [illegible] can never be no other way for you

[PG#2] [illegible] just think of this twenty [illegible] more days and we will meet to [illegible] no more unless you leave me I am worried for I have a love for you which will never stop growing and the way you treated me last eve.   I mean by trying to let on as if you were mad only made my heart more fonder of you it seems as if you can work me in those silent moments

[PG#3] where you can not think of one single thing to tell me, better than I can you.  I am “awfully” afraid I will be a [illegible] – in side of a week you surely will let me have my way once in a while wont you?  Love.  Here is where I  want my way [illegible] be married in the after-noon will you?  will [illegible] me a great deal better will tell you more.

[PG#4] an others that is we must talk it all over to thee folks once more and are other that is when we are to see the preachers rather where am I? as I do not know him it bothers me to think of it.  tell me your plans  I will say now I wish it all over don’t you?

[PG#5] Well dear as it is impossible for me to read this I don’t see how you are to read not even a single line, unless I write in the future.  Did you find out anything more of that man in the dark last eve it might have been A.B. for he was not in the barn still I do not think it was

[PG#6] Opal I had better close or you will tell me to go to school and learn how to write I wish you pleasure all week and wont to be [illegible] you soon.  Ans soon.
My Ours Forever
Forrest Boyer
Excuse [illegible] and mistakes will do better in the future P.S. For got to tell you I got my Ha! Ha! can talk on forever


Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Amanuensis Monday


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