Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Search for Williamsons Continues. Newton Scott Williamson

 Newton Scott Williamson and Wife Ellen
Do you see a Williamson resemblance?

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello Williamsons,
The 1940 Federal Census was recently released.  It has a treasure trove of family names and links that I'm beginning to explore.  My goal is to expand our knowledge of our Williamson family in America.

We descend from William Jonathan Williamson and Effie Helen Victor.  William Jonathan Williamson had several brothers and sisters whose descendants have spread from coast to coast.  I'm searching for those descendants of our Great Great Williamson Uncles and Aunts.

I found information on our Great Grand Uncle Samuel Williamson.  Samuel was born in 1866 and died on January 27, 1929 in Texas.  He married Celia Dora DeWeese.  Together they had four children

  • Clara G. Williamson 1895 – 
  • Newton Scott Williamson 1897 – 1975
  • Lemuel Hobart "Red" Williamson 1900 – 1981
  • Edith Marie Williamson 1903 – 1973
  • Goldie Mabel Williamson 1906 – 
I found the following information on Newton Scott Williamson.  First, the Relationship Chart.

I contacted a member of Newton's family through Ancestry.com and am waiting for a response.  It would be good to learn more about our Williamson cousins.  

The following is the only other information I have on cousin Newton taken from the 1940 census.
It is interesting to see that Newton's formal education ended with the 8th grade.  
More information to follow.


1940 United States Federal Census
Name: Newton Scott Williamson
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1898
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Missouri
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Russell, Russell, Kansas
Street: East Fifth
House Number: 925
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935: Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas
Residence in 1935: Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 5B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 153
Occupation: Pumper
House Owned or Rented: Owned
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 300
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 40
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
Income: 1450
Income Other Sources: No

Household Members:
Name Age
Scott N Williamson 42
P Ellen Williamson 36
Floyd M Williamson 17
Eula M Williamson 13
Norma J Williamson 10
Newton S Williamson


Monday, January 21, 2013

Jacob George and Martha Cantwell. Our 4th Great Grandparents

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
Above is a new picture I found of our 4th Great Grandparents,  Jacob George and Martha Cantwell.
The Relationship Chart is given below.  Jacob George was born on November 4, 1800.  He died on the 22nd of November 1869.  Martha Cantwell was born on September 8, 1802 and died on February 27, 1879. 

Our 4th Great Grandparents
 Martha Cantwell and Jacob George

Francis George and Henry Fiddler


Eldora Fiddler and Edwin Sherman Pierce


Walter Edwin Pierce and Vesta Dennis


Violet Pierce and Walter Mattson


Luella, John, Linda and Marvin



I've posted information on our Cantwell relatives in many previous posts.  You may search for those posts by using the blog's search feature on the right side bar.   A brief summary of their lives is given below.

In his boyhood Jacob George went to Baltimore and learned masonry. He helped lay the foundation for the Washington Monument at Mr. Vernon Place, Baltimore (see photo above) with Sater Stevenson as Master Mason. Later he learned shoe making with his brother at Harrisburg, PA. He came to Ohio about 1820.

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. George lived on a farm near Spring Mills, just across the road from Wm. Cantwell's place. In the fall of 1853 they moved wth all of their family in covered wagons to Iowa, spending the winter at Crawfordsville. In the spring of 1854 they settled on a large farm near Iowa Falls.

Mr. and Mrs. George and their family were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. When they came to Iowa Falls there were no Methodists and no church building of any kind. Mr. George organized his own family into a class, and with the help of his boys and his son-in-law, Henry Fiddler (who married his daughter Francis), built a church at Iowa Falls and gave it to the Methodists. Martha and Jacob had 11 children.


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Luke and Ashley Mattson Welcome a New Baby Boy

An Addition to the Extended Family

Luke and Ashley Mattson with daughter Lydie.

Hello All,
Ashley Trump Mattson gave birth to Adam Luke Mattson on January 2.  Adam is a healthy, wonderful baby boy with two proud parents and one very proud big sister.

Luke and Ashley live in Alaska where Luke works as a civil engineer.  They enjoy living in America's last great frontier, although their families would like to see more of them - or perhaps that's the reason they life in Alaska! :)   

 Lydie with new baby brother, Adam Luke  Mattson

Adam's Relationship Chart

Welcome to our family Adam!

Our mega inversion has made the air barely breathable and highly visible.  From the Fortress' vantage point on the east bench, Utah Valley resembles an alien landscape in Pollution's canvas of red, brown, yellow and orange hues illuminated by the rays of a dying late afternoon sun.
I saw the funniest thing at Walmart this weekend. Mom asked me to take her to Lindon's Walmart to fill a prescription and pick up a few things in what she labeled a ' I'll only be a minute' half hour shopping trip.

It was just after 9:00 A.M. I was sitting in the parking lot waiting for her to come out. A gray haired grandma and her middle aged daughter exited the store. The grandma was pushing a half full shopping cart. An adult child helping her mother with her shopping wasn't anything out of the ordinary. I was there doing the same.

What happened next was the extraordinary part of this story. The grandma started running
toward her car with the cart. The daughter looked surprised. The grandmother was laughing as the distance between her and her daughter increased. She had released the little girl locked up inside her.

Then to my surprise, grandma jumped up on the back of the shopping cart and rode it like a Roman chariot down the parking lot's long decline.

"Stop. Stop!" the Daughter shouted as she ran behind trying to catch up to steady the cart. It was obvious grandma wasn't going to stop.

"Be Careful!" the daughter shouted, realizing her mother was committed to the adventure. I could tell she was aware people were watching. She seemed embarrassed.

I learned a lesson from watching Gladiator Grandma. We each have an inner child who needs to be released once in awhile. Now Its my turn to take a chariot ride down Walmart's parking lot just to remember what it was like to be young.