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OBITUARY: Olive Thurber

This obituary was found in Bolivar, NY, at the Bolivar-Richburg Area Genealogy section of the town library. I saw a copy which was tagged with the date 12 Mar 1897. Apparently it was the Bolivar Breeze newspaper in which it was originally published on that date.



Former Resident of Bolivar Died at

Friendship, Tuesday, Aged 91 Years.

Resided In Bolivar Sixty Years

   Mrs. Olive Thurber died at Friendship, Tuesday, March 9, aged 91 years. Mrs. [Thurber] was born November 10, 1806 and resided in Bolivar over sixty years. She moved to Friendship shortly after the oil excitement came and since resided with relatives in that town. She will be well remembered by all of the older residents. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. John Mix of Bolivar and Mrs. David Cole of Friendship, and one son, Richard Thurber of Bolivar. She was a pious woman who won and retained the respect of all who knew her. The funeral was held at Friendship yesterday.

The second reference to Olive in the text of the obituary had the last name as “Thruber.” Since it was clearly a typo, I simply corrected it.

One of her daughters, Mrs. John Mix, was Nancy Ann (Thurber) Mix and was highlighted in a newspaper picture I featured of her and her husband on March 21, 2013 in this blog. (Originally published in the Potter Leader Enterprise (Coudersport, PA) Summer 1995)

Family tradition claims that OLIVE STREET in Bolivar, NY, was named after this beloved lady. I’ve found no evidence to verify that story, but I’ve driven on Olive Street dozens of times through the years, so I can at least verify the street is there with that name. I’d love to hear more if others know more.

As I’ve explored census records, I have found Olive in the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 U.S. Census records. Thus far, I have not had access to other census records. Interestingly, some of the census workers must have had sloppy handwriting or poor notetaking skills. Check the place of birth in these four censuses:

In the 1850 census, Olive Thurber is listed as born about 1806in Virgin Isles” and living in Bolivar.

In the 1860 census, Olive Thurber is listed as born about 1809in Vermont” and living in Bolivar.

In the 1870 census, Olive Thurber is listed as born about 1806in New York” and living in Bolivar.

In the 1880 census, Olive Cowles is listed as born about 1806in Canada” and living at Friendship.

The Cowles surname threw me for awhile, but I’ve noticed on some of the family tree listings, done by various individuals, that Olive is referred to as Olive Richardson or Olive Cowles on a few trees (and Olive Richardson Cowles on one).

Many references list Olive’s husband as David Thurber, born 1805, but I have no evidence as proof.

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Posted by on December 31, 2016 in 1805, 1806, 1809, 1897, Uncategorized


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GRAVESTONE: Lewis H. Bailey

Lewis H. Bailey’s gravestone is toward the northeastern corner of the Myrtle Cemetery in the little village of Myrtle (McKean County, PA) not far away from the town of Shinglehouse, PA on PA-Route 44.

TEXT on the stone says:


Lewis H. Bailey

Co. L

15 N.Y. Cavalry

From family sources I gathered at the time of the American Bicentennial, I have also learned a few more facts:

DOD: 28 Feb 1914, Brocton (Chautauqua County) NY

WIFE: Anna Louise Rathborne (born: in Ode Castle, Sweden),  (died: 19 Jun 1906, Brocton (Chautauqua County) NY), (buried beside Lewis in Myrtle Cemetery)

Lewis was father of Luella Consuella Bailey White (1864-1952) who would give birth to Clara May White Mix (1888-1965) (my great-grandmother).

His gravestone identifies his Civil War involvement. He was a bugler in the 15 N.Y. Cavalry, Co. L. with a rank of Private.

In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Lewis is identified as living in District 111 of Sharon Township in Potter County in Pennsylvania. Here are the pertinent facts listed in that census:

BALEY, Lewis. White. Male. age 43. born about 1837. He is the head of his house. Married to: BALEY, Anna. Lewis was born in New York state. His father was born in New Jersey. His mother was born in Connecticut.

Later, I discovered the 1890 Civil War Census listed him as “Louis H. Bailey” who served as a “musician.” Apparently he enlisted in the Union Army twice. First he enlisted in Co. D. 9th NY Cav. in Oct. 1861 and was discharged 9 Apr. 1862. His second enlistment began on 22 Dec. 1863 and he was assigned to the military unit identified on his gravestone. He is listed as being discharged on 9 Aug. 1865.

Many of my notes from the time I was in high school are simple records of what I learned from my grandparents and great-grandparents, so I have no citations listed. Lewis’s parents are two of those unnoted bits of information: Lewis’s father supposedly was named Barvillai B. Bailey, probably born in 1833. Mother was Mary Jane Bailey, born 1845 and died 1902. I have no maiden name for her.

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Posted by on December 17, 2016 in 1833, 1845, 1861, 1862, 1863, 1864, 1865, 1880, 1888, 1890, 1902, 1906, 1914, 1952, 1965


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Teen Beauty: May White

PHOTO: [Clara] May White

Today’s post is a picture of my father’s paternal grandmother, [Clara] May White. She would eventually marry Dayton E. Mix, where my grandfather got his middle name from and I picked up my first name.

The note on the back identifies her as about age 16 (circa 1904).

DOB: 28 July 1888

DOD: 25 Feb 1965

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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in 1888, 1904, 1965


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Dayton and May Mix

This is the family picture my grandfather, John Dayton Mix, had of his parents’ gravestones in Lake City, Modoc County, California.

Dayton Elmer Mix, son of John E. Mix and Mary Knapp Mix.

DOB: 28 Feb 1886 Bell Run, McKean, PA (near Shinglehouse, Potter, PA)

Dayton died 28 Apr 1947 in Lake City, Modoc, CA and is buried there as well.

Dayton married Clara May White on 22 Nov 1911 in Shinglehouse, Potter, PA before District Justice Greiner.

Clara May White Mix,

daughter of Lafayette White and

Luella Consuella Bailey White.

DOB: 28 Jul 1888 in Shinglehouse, Potter, PA

Known by most simply as “May.”

She died 25 Feb 1965 in Lake City, Modoc, CA and is buried there as well.

(SOURCE: Original family records and pictures I possess)

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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in 1886, 1888, 1911, 1947, 1965, Uncategorized


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Remembering Aunt Nancy

Last week, on February 1, 2016, my Aunt Nancy (Mix) died. It’s taken me almost two weeks to be able to begin to write.

My earliest memories have Aunt Nancy interwoven throughout them. In that time when Mom and Dad had separated, and yet before my brother had been born, there was a time when Mom and I lived in an

Dayton & Nancy 1963

Dayton & Nancy 1963

apartment in Coudersport. I remember being all dressed up because Grandma and Grandpa Mix AND AUNT NANCY were coming to visit. I remember constantly checking the window to see if they had arrived yet. I loved visiting Grandpa and Grandma, but I was EXCITED to play with Aunt Nancy. To this day, I can remember her smile… and her giggle.

Part of my love of reading and books have an early Aunt Nancy memory as well. I only had a couple of weeks of first grade left and she gave me a Children’s First Dictionary for my birthday. I read that thing front to back and back to front. And she had me read words and kids’ definitions to her as well. I knew that she had trouble seeing, but it was still years before I understood that she could no longer even see me at that point.

In the time when I was home from college, we would still read books together. In fact, we had taken one of our road trips down to Olean to the Christian Bookstore and I read the titles as we walked down the aisles of the store. We discovered one by an author I had never heard of named Janette Oke. She decided the one we wanted was her book Once Upon A Summer, following an orphaned adolescent boy named Joshua. I remember we tossed around what a cool name that was, and I thought maybe I might name my son Joshua someday. And over the next couple of weeks, we would sit in the living room and I would read the book aloud.

It was such a great idea that Grandma and Aunt Nancy would read Janette Oke’s novels together for years and years.

Every once in a while, Aunt Nancy and I would take off for a store or a mall. Olean, Erie, Elmira. After Gay and I were married, we added the Altoona and Johnstown malls to our itinerary as well. Everything went pretty well, except for two problems we had to overcome: I could guide her wherever she wanted to go except the restroom. So I would check out what the mens’ room looked like, describe it to her, and suggest that the womens’ room was probably similar. She never got lost and always came back safe. The other obstacle was trying to explain to Grandma Mix that she could be safe “out there.”

Probably one of her favorite activities was talking on the phone with Aunt Roena.  She also loved spending time with her family. Every so often she would sneak up behind me and put her ALWAYS COLD fingers on my neck and just giggle. Of course, I tried to return the favor as often as possible.

According to the Bible, in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Eventually Aunt Nancy came to the realization that the time to leave the nest had come and gone… and there was a gradual sinking and growing depression… and then confusion… and eventually delusions.

Monday evening, after I got the call saying she was gone, my wife, Gay, commented that there was once a movie entitled: “When Stella Got Her Groove Back.” Not that either of us had ever seen it, but Gay could just envision Aunt Nancy arriving in Heaven as “When Aunt Nancy Got Her Giggle Back.”

Almost twenty years ago, for Aunt Nancy’s fiftieth birthday, Gay wrote a poem for her. Here it is…


An Ode to Aunt Nancy

Here’s to a lady born as a Mix,

Whose birth as a girl gave her brothers a fix!

Nancy Jo Anne they gave as her name,

And spoiling her rotten was their favorite game.

Tea parties with Ted, cleaning the pens,

4-H blue ribbons for prize-winning hens –

Her life on the farm was simple and sweet,

The love of her family made it complete.

But to her, life was not always kind;

A childhood ailment left her sight blind.

Not one to be stopped by what it brings,

She clearly saw life through other things.

Her listening ears heard more than was said,

And in giving wisdom her loving heart led.

Not one to go out much, never too fancy,

To each generation she is known as Aunt Nancy.

Her lap has held babies, by count, quite a few,

And they came to know her loving heart, too.

Her giggle, her smile, her sense of humor,

Her ability to know the truth from a rumor

Has enriched our lives with her sense of wit

(Sometimes she doesn’t know when to quit!).

She’s hard to surprise this aunt who knows all

And loves to go shopping at any old mall.

But that’s not her only shopping pleasure:

The Avon Book is full of wonderful treasure!

And so, on this day, fifty years from her birth,

We celebrate her life, her love, and her mirth.

By G. Mix, 6/24/96

Obituary of Nancy J. Mix from the Olean TIMES HERALD

Obituary of Nancy J. Mix from the Olean TIMES HERALD

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Posted by on February 12, 2016 in 1946, 2016, Mix


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Grandpa’s Little Girl

Today starts a series of posts sharing pictures discovered in the family archives of my great-great-grandfather John Elmer Mix. Born 150 years ago last Thursday (28 August 1864), he lived until 25 January 1951. He lived his entire life in the Bolivar, Allegany County, New York area.

Today’s post is a picture of him with his granddaughter Mary Lue Mix. She was born in 1928 and looks 1-2 years old, so I’m guessing this was taken around 1930 or so.

Grandpa's Little Girl

For an earlier blog post about John Elmer Mix, click below:

– Four Narrowly Escape Death

– Hollywood Star: Tom Mix


Posted by on September 4, 2014 in 1864, 1928, 1930, 1951, Photo, Uncategorized


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Ancestral Heads of New England: MIX/MEEKS

BK Directory of Ancestral Heads of NE familiesLast night my wife and I went to Pittsburgh to visit a friend from our church in the hospital in Pittsburgh. She seldom gets to go with me, so afterward we got some dinner and then went to the Carnegie Public Library (main facility). As is my usual practice in the few times I’ve been there, I headed to the third floor’s PA/genealogical room where I then just browsed titles (and their index sections) for common names on our family tree.

I discovered this book Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 compiled by Frank R. Holmes (Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore) apparently published in 1923 and then reprinted in 1989.
Page after page is filled with alphabetical entries of last names and then, if known, the origin of that name, and the earliest American people in New England with that name.


name origin (any foreign words are italicized)
earliest family members with that name

For instance, my own MIX family is listed thus:
p. clxv (165), MIX/MEEKS
From mixe, an ancient territory of France.
THOMAS, resident of New Haven, Conn., 1643.
WILLIAM, brother of preceding, at New Haven, Conn., before 1650.

I have known about Thomas for almost three decades and discovered William about 10 years later. But in the 40 years I’ve been listening, gathering, researching, and reading about the various branches, I have NEVER run across a resource that went into the origin of the different family names! I LOVE this book!

I looked up (via google) the Mixe area in France and it apparently was on the western coast towards the Pyrenees and Spain. That’s all I have for now, I hope to someday unravel this British family with a French based name that immigrated to the New Haven colony 375 years ago. But meanwhile, over the course of several posts, I’ll share what I gleaned about the few families I got to follow in the half hour I had access to this amazing book.

Ancestral Heads 165

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Posted by on July 18, 2014 in 1643, 1650


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