The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Van Woert and Van Ness, They were listed in a Bible

Plains Cemetery, Oneonta, Otsego Co., New York
In 2003 I found, online, a typed transcript of a Bible showing births and marriages of the Van Woert family of New York. At that time, I already knew who this family was, and even made a trip in 1999 to Oneonta, New York to take photos of their cemetery stones at the Plains Cemetery. There were two generations, for a total of four photos, as shown in my post of February 2010

Finding this Bible transcript didn't help me at all, since I had the information, but instead of throwing it away, I decided to post this transcript, in case it helps anybody with this Dutch family. I'm not sure if the original website is active, I just decided to do a Google search, using Van Woert and Van Ness, and yes, there is a new link, but the material is the same.

Below is the transcription, and the one I printed in January 2003. I wasn't able to get permission to post, since I believe it isn't an active site. The below Bible and other links to miscellaneous sites may be seen at Van Wert, Ward, Rutgers and allied names.

"In the Family Bible of Peter Van Woert

[In this typed record, the format is inconsistent. To clarify, instead of using the original's ditto marks, I have inserted the word intended to be copied.]

In the Family Bible of Peter Van Woert, on a loose leaf, was a Record of the Van Woert Family

[Grand] Should be parents. Jacob Van Woert, born July 1, 1754.
Sarah Van Ness, born Mar. 26, 1754.

John Van Woert Born Dec. 21[doublestrike 11], 1781. at Albany N.Y.
Peter Van Woert Born Feb. 15, 1784. at Albany N.Y.
Elizabeth Van Woert born Jan 15, 1788. died Dec. 12, 1790.
Adrian Van Woert Born Mar. 16, 1790.
Elizabeth Van Woert Born Feb. 18, 1793.
Jacob Van Woert Born Dec. 15, 1796.
Parents came to Oneonta N.Y. in 1806 or 1807.
Peter Van Woert married Rhoby Potter, May 17, 1810.
Rhoby Potter was born Mar. 26, 1792, died July 5, 1842.

Their Children.
1. Jacob Van Woert born Aug. 9, 1811, died Aug. 22, [no date entered]
2. Nancy Van Woert born Aug. 18, 1812.
3. Jacob Peter Van Woert born Oct. 7, 1814.
4. Stafford Potter born May 16, 1819.
5. James Schoonhoven Van Woert born Apr. 23, 1821.
6. Joseph Allen Van Woert born June 9, 1823.
7. Elizabeth Van Woert born Aug. 1, 1825.
8. Maranda Ann Van Woert born Aug. 2, 1827.
9. William Burlingame Van Woert born Sept. 25, 1829.
10. Cornelia Ganet Van Woert born Mar. 15, 1832.

Parents, James S. Van Woert married in 1843 to Catherine Noxen.

Their Children:
1. Mary Baldwin born Mar. 6, 1845.
2. Jane Jones born Mar. 14, 1847.
3. Rohby [sic] Haladay born 1851.
4. Peter Van Woert born Dec. 12, 1859.
Jacob Van Woert married Jane Bornt.

1. Clinton Van Woert
2. Hattie Cummings

John Scrambling married Nancy Van Woert
1. Peter
2. Hellen Winsos [sic]
3. Rhoby Williams

Peter Bundy married Sarah
1. Celestia Thorp
2. Harrison
3. Maranda Enderling

Stafford married Elizabeth Bronson
1. Eddie
2. Herbert
3. Celestia
4. Lillian

James married Catherine Noxen
1. Jane Jones
2. Rhoby Holaday [sic]
3. Peter

Joseph married Mary [F]owler [letter unclear]
1. Hamilton
2. Ella Hale

John Deitz married Elizabeth
1. Rhoby Travis
2. Marie Young

[The next three entries were typed in the margin to the right of the previous three.]

Lewis Van Woert married Maranda ---
William Van Woert married Marie F[?]leming
Delos Hathaway married Ganet

 Copied by Mrs. Zillah Van Cle_t [unclear letter] Bull.
Oneonta Chapter, N.S.D.A.R. 1935.
Bible Records 30, NY State p. 110

home page Updated Apr. 6, 2001"

Friday, February 2, 2018

Georgia O'Keeffe, The Website was a Gem, and Oh Her Clothes

When I heard that the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) was having a Georgia Totto O'Keeffe exhibit called, Art, Image and Style, I was rather excited, since she is my 4th cousin, once removed. It was widely attended when we were there on Sunday, so I was limited as to what photos I could take. There were too many people looking at her painting, The Brooklyn Bridge, so I couldn't take it. The majority of the items shown were photographs of Georgia and a lot of clothes, beautiful, original and simple. However, to my disappointment, there were few paintings, perhaps eight or so, but I was familiar with two, so I was pleased with seeing them. All photos are enlarged in order to see the details in her clothes. Note: this is a long post.

My thoughts on the exhibit. I was disappointed concerning the exhibit because there was was nothing about her family, nor where she was born. There were not enough pieces of her art work. But, I loved her clothes, and learned she made many of her own clothes. She was fashionable from an early age, as she knew her style.

About 1/3 of the way through, I asked a guard if I could take photos, because I hadn't seen anybody do it. Fortunately, the answer was yes, and that led to a nice conversation. I shared some of my genealogy information about where she was born (Wisconsin), and told him I had her tree on my iPad. He was interested, so I shared my ancestry tree right there to this mighty impressed man now interested in genealogy technology.

While doing some research for this post, I discovered a genealogy gem. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico has a wealth of information on their web page, but the best thing, for me was the detailed timeline of her life. Please see at:

The photos were taken in the order I saw the items, and all quotes were taken from the place cards.
Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1908. About 21 years old.

September 6, 1948. About 61 years old.

Painting is In the Patio IX, about 1964, the "Chute" dress  by Emilio Pucci, about 1954.
"The V was a significant form for O'Keeffe. Photographs of her young and old reveal how she continuously used V necklines as a visual framing device for her long neck."

"Her modern black dresses with white trim, flat shoes, and thick stockings were so radically out of character with traditional feminine dress codes that they generated local curiosity and gossip."

Photos taken by her husband, Alfred Stieglitz. She fearlessly appeared both as a male and a female.

Kimono-style coat, late 1920s-early 1930s.

Black Pansy and Forget-Me-Nots (Pansy), 1926.
2 Yellow Leaves (Yellow Leaves), 1928

Smock; 1950s-60s. Apron; 20th century.

The print, 1968 is, Georgia O'Keeffe with Chair, 1958. "She mostly likely designed this madras dress, cleverly creating the abstract and seamless interaction of the read and purple areas."

Stump in Red Hills, 1940.

Ram's Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico, 1935.
O'Keeffe had her frame maker fashion a scalloped and punched sheet metal frame. In later years, she was drawn to the blue scallops that run uniformly around the hemline of Marimekko's 'Varjo' dress and the edge of Ferragamo's suede flats." (See dress and shoes below, with scallop design.)

March 1, 1968.

"O'Keeffe bought her first wrap dresses from Neiman Marcus in Texas in the late 1950s. She owned at least one of the store's first iteration of the dress called a 'Model's Smock.' It was made of pink cotton, long sleeved, unlined, with no buttons or zippers, only a matching belt. She then purchased other versions of the same style, wearing them in layers or with a light blouse underneath, and accessorizing them with one of her belts, pins, scarfs, or hats. She liked her wrap dresses so much that she took a well-worn one apart and made a paper pattern from it. Local dressmakers recreated it for her in different colors and materials. She had two dozen examples in her closets when she died."

Georgia O'Keeffe with Painting in the Desert, N. M., 1960 by Tony Vaccaro. She is holding her painting, Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow.

Blue II, 1958.

Interesting article about Georgia's sister.

Ida O’Keeffe Is Finally Getting Her First Solo Museum Exhibition, an article in, dated June 1, 2018.