Monday, July 6, 2020

MyHeritage Photo Enhancement and Colorization Tool


This is Rita ODonnell (1914-1995), my maternal grandmother's oldest sister. (Her eyes were blue, not brown.) She looks multi-dimensional and so real.

Below is the original photo. It's a wonderful photo but the details really come to life in the enhanced and colorized version.


The enhancement and colorization are thanks to a new feature at MyHeritage. You can try a few photos without a subscription.


This is Delia Joyce (1862-1929), my grandmother's paternal grandmother. Below is the original. We can see her features, her hair, even her eyelids!




There are few pictures of my grandmother as a young person. The pictures on the bench are great to have, but are of poor quality. The enhancement tool really brings out her features. (Her eyes were blue, not brown.)






The details for my father's great grandmother, Clara Uhl (1865-1955), really pop. Her soft curly brown hair. Her earrings. The creases in her lips.






Sunday, July 5, 2020

Jeremiah Pope, a Revolutionary War Soldier



This imposing obelisk is eye-catching at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey.

The stone is inscribed with information and dates for three generations of the Pope family: Jeremiah Pope and Mary Van Emburgh; their son, Samuel Pope and his wife, Elizabeth Edwards; and their son, Samuel Pope and his wife, Eliza Rose.



A SOLDIER IN THE REVOLUTION
ALSO IN THE WAR OF 1812
BORN AT BASKING RIDGE
SOMMERSET CO, NJ
OCTOBER 17, 1749
DIED IN 1814
ALSO HIS WIFE
DAUGHTER OF
DR VAN EMBURGH
OF HACKENSACK NJ
BORN SEPT 10, 1762
DIED DEC 1846




A SOLDIER IN THE WAR OF 1812
BORN AT HACKENSACK NJ
JAN 23, 1790
DIED IN 1814
ALSO HIS WIFE
BORN AT DANBURY CONN
MAY 5, 1790
DIED IN 1830




BORN
BETWEEN SENECA AND CYUGA LAKES
IN THE STATE OF NY
OCTOBER 11, 1811
DIED MARCH 21, 1889
ALSO HIS WIFE
DAUGHTER OF MARTIN AND MARY ROSE
OF NORTH HAVERSTRAW, NY
BORN JUNE 4, 1811

DIED JUNE 23, 1910


Jeremiah was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Samuel also served in the War of 1812. The cemetery did not exist at that time, so they were buried elsewhere.

In 1839, Jeremiah's wife, Mary filed for a widow's pension for his service in the Revolutionary War. In the transcript of the family bible, Jeremiah's death was January 11, 1813. The year 1814 is inscribed on the gravestone.



These pension documents are available at Fold3.com (pay site).

A book from 1882 has a few paragraphs about this family. The History of Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men is available on Google Books.




Pictures of the stone and transcripts of the inscriptions are provided here to aide anyone researching this family or these conflicts.


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

2020: The Last Civil War Pensioner

He was a Civil War soldier.

This is engraved on the gravestone of Moses "Mose" Triplett (1846-1938) in the Triplett-Hall Cemetery in Elkville, North Carolina.

Moses fought on both sides.

He is in the news lately because his daughter died May 31, 2020. Irene Triplett was the last person collecting a pension from the Civil War- 155 years after the War ended.

Moses died in 1938 when Irene was eight years old. See how a child of a Civil War soldier was still alive?

Death certificate for Mose Triplett, died 1938 in North Carolina.
(Ancestry.com)
There are probably more children among us, though they do not collect pensions. Irene qualified because she was considered a dependent "incapable of self-support by reason of physical or mental defect."



In the 1930 federal census, Irene was enumerated with her parents in Elk, Wilkes County, North Carolina. Irene was three months old. Her mother, Elida was 34. Mose was 83 years old.

Lydia Hall and Mose Triplett were married in 1924.






The 1890 Veterans Schedule lists Moses Triplett's service as the 3rd Regiment of Company F, North Carolina Mounted Infantry. They fought for the Union.



Moses originally served with a Confederate unit, the 26th. He deserted from a hospital in Danville, Virginia, on June 26, 1863- five days before this unit fought at the Battle of Gettysburg.




If anyone knows how many children of Civil War veterans are still out there, please comment below. There are still people alive today whose fathers served in the Civil War.