Monthly Archives: February 2013

Letters From Ceres PA

Today, I wanted to highlight an item of interest being auctioned on most who follow my MixedGenes.

The seller has 3 handwritten letters addressed to John King (of King’s Run fame in Ceres Township, McKean County, Pennsylvania). As an historian I would LOVE to read these!

The seller (who has NOT paid me anything to highlight this, nor do I know him/her) has researched a bit into the 1840’s in the Ceres area and includes that info into the auction’s description.

As already stated all three of the letters are addressed to John King: they were written by John Keating, George Stewardson, and one from Robert Rove. The letters are dates 1842, 1845, and 1848. They address land concerns and financial transactions.

The price is already above what I can bid on, but for others studying the McKean and Potter County histories, these might be something you would find interesting. I have just one request: If you do bid on them, and win, please let me read a copy or a scan. THANKS!KING 01


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Earl Haynes family record

Today’s post is a handwritten list recorded by my great-grandmother, (Laura) Vivien (Meacham) Haynes.


Earl Haynes family
Earl born July 31, 1886
Vivien     Mar 17, 1889
Married Apr 16, 1910

Doris Leah      June 26, 1911
Neil Willis      Oct 25, 1913
Ethel Pauline   July 7, 1918

Roena              Apr 29, 1916
Howard           Feb 26, 1907
John                 Feb 3, 1913

Doris married June 12, 1930
Neil        ”       Aug 27, 1935
Ethel               June 16, 1937

[facing page]
Howard died Jan 27, 1969
Neil died Aug 19, 1970
David died Mar 5, 1969
Earl        Jan 20, 1974

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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in 1886, 1889, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1916, 1918, 1930, 1935, 1937, 1969, 1974, Gustin, Haynes, Meacham, Mix


Laura Vivien Meacham Haynes

PHOTO: [Laura] Vivien (Meacham) Haynes 1910
Today’s tidbit is a picture of my father’s maternal grandmother. She was the other person who infected me with a love for history and our heritage. She kept a little notebook, no bigger than 2 inches wide by 3 inches high, in which she had kept a record of various family birthdays, anniversaries, and deaths. As I began to learn more about genealogy, I would “pick her brain” and she would tell me of this one and that one, what they were like, how they had met, and what they had done in their life.

That’s how I discovered that “Grandma Haynes,” who was always called “Vivien” (or “Grandma”), had actually been named “LAURA Vivien.” It seems that several generations of folks in the Meacham clan all went by their middle names. To date, I still haven’t heard the story of why.

It was in honor of her that my parents named my little sister “Laura.”

This picture is about the time when she married Grandpa Haynes (Earl Truman Haynes DOB: 31 July 1886) in 1910. I have no idea whether this was before or after the wedding.LVMeacham Haynes 1910

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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in 1889, 1910, Haynes, Meacham, Photo