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Trivia Question Number 1:

Who is Emily Dann and who is Dora King?


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They are our  Great Grandmothers!

Emily (Dann) Sugden Dora (King) Perryman Lilly (Dubois) Organ
Emily (Dann) Sugden
Photo:  June 25, 1878
Dora (King) Perryman
Photo:  circa 1880
Sarah Jane "Lilly"
(Dubois) Organ
Photo:  1925





Trivia Question Number 2

Can you name all your Great-Grandparents, and
all of your Great-Aunts and Uncles?



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                    Our Great Grandparents

Joseph and Dora Perryman John and Emily Sugden Daniel and Lilly Organ Albert J. Nicholls
Joseph and Dora Perryman
circa 1880
John and Emily Sugden
June 25, 1878
Daniel and Lilly

Albert J. Nicholls

(Picture contributed by Marilyn (Nicholls) Matthews)


Joseph Perryman  1853 - 1916            Dora (King) Perryman   1860 - 1941
     Their Children     (Our Great Aunts and Uncles)
          E. L. “Ernie” Perryman 1881 - 1946
          Bertha Mae (Perryman) Nicholls 1883 - 1962
          Clarence Perryman 1887 - 1973
          Hazel Dell (Perryman) Hoover 1892 - 1981
          Homer Perryman 1898 - 1988
Albert J. Nicholls                                   Eliza (Gabriel) Nicholls
                               1846 ( Pennsylvania ) - 1916                                                 1845 ( Ireland ) - 1923
     Their Children        (Our Great Aunts and Uncles)
          Berton Luther "Uncle Bert" Nicholls 1874 - 1943
          Mary Ellen Nicholls 1875 - 1949
          Emma Estella Nicholls 1876 - 1948
          Nellie Leona Nicholls 1877 - 1887
          Edward Nicholls 1879 - 1879 ( two days )
          Albert Clarence Nicholls 1880 - 1958
          William Raymond Nicholls 1881 - 1962
John Sugden 1855 (Yorkshire) – 1945    Emily (Dann) Sugden 1854 – 1932
     Their Children       (Our Great Aunts and Uncles)
          Ruth Ethel Sugden 1879 - 1961
          Sarah Edith (Sugden) Springer 1880 - 1962
          Charles William “Uncle Charlie” Sugden 1882 - 1965
          Ernest Sugden 1883 - 1920
          Emily Sugden 1885 - 1885 ( one month )
          Mable Lucy (Sugden) Wheeland 1885 - 1971
          Raymond Frank Sugden 1887 - 1977
          Malinda “Millie” (Sugden) Organ 1889 - 1972
          Clara Idella (Sugden) Gunn 1890 - 1989
          Homer Ebeneezer Sugden 1892 - 1917
          Sue Maretta (Sugden) Dillie 1894 - 1977
          Carrie Edna (Sugden) Beck 1896 - 1992
          Leonard “Uncle Mike” Sugden 1900 - 1989
Daniel Organ   1857– 1928                     Ellen (Coultas) Organ   1858 – 1898
     Their Children          (Our Great Aunts and Uncles)
          Edgar Organ 1884 - 1954
          Elsie (Organ) Sugden 1886 - 1955
          Lester Organ 1888 - 1956
          William “Uncle Billy” Organ 1889 - 1972
          Earl Organ 1891 - 1961




The Perryman and Nicholls dates are now complete, thanks to the assistance
of Cousin Beverly (Nicholls) Manzo who submitted extensive family records.

The Sugden and Organ dates are now complete, thanks to the assistance of
Vene (Sugden) Overturf,  Aunt Myreta's double-cousin.

age 92, and Walter, age 91, live in Arizona and will celebrate their
66th Wedding Anniversary on September 1, 2006!!

Cousin David recently submitted a very appropriate poem that I want to include at this point................            Link to David's Poem     Click Here


Trivia Question Number 3:


Who is George Donner, Jr.?



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He is our Great, Great, Great Uncle

George Donner, Jr.
George Donner, Jr. (1784-1847)





Let me explain.............................stay with me on this............................

On Elsie Sugden's
Fraternal side:

  Our Grandparents were Elsie (Organ) Sugden (1886 - 1955) and Ernest Sugden (1883 - 1920)

  Our Great Grandparents were Daniel Organ (1857 - 1928) and Ellen Coultas (1858 - 1898)

  Our Great, Great Grandparents were Hezekiah Organ (1825 - 1888) and Catherine Gates (1838 - 1905)

  Our Great3 Grandparents were Micajah Organ (1793-1867) and
Susannah Donner (1796-1866)

  Susannah Donner's brother is the fateful  
George Donner, Jr.  (1784 - 1847)1

More info on the Donner Expedition coming soon
Watch for Aunt Myreta's Bookstore........



Trivia question Number 4:


Who is William Brewster?





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He is our Great11  Grandfather

William Brewster
William Brewster III
(1567 - 1644)




Let me explain.............................stay with me on this.............................

On Elsie Sugden's Maternal side:

Our Grandparents were Elsie (Organ) Sugden (1886 - 1955) and Ernest Sugden (1883 - 1920)

Our Great Grandparents were Daniel Organ (1857 - 1928) and Ellen Coultas (1858 - 1898)

Our Great2  Grandparents were Thomas Coultas (1832 - 1916) and Elizabeth Loud (1835 - 1905)

Our Great3  Grandparents were Jane Scammon (1809 - 1886) and Rufus W. Loud (1808 - 1884)

Our Great4  Grandparents were Isaac Scammon, Jr. (1771 - 1861) and Anna Leavitt (1774 - 1814)

  Our Great5  Grandparents were Isaac Scammon, Sr. ( ? - ?) and Anna Leavitt (1742 - 1808)

  Our Great6  Grandparents were Lt. Samuel Scammon II (1713 - 1758) and Mehitable Hinckley(1717 - 1811)

  Our Great7  Grandparents were Mary Freeman (1688 - ?) and Deacon Samuel Hinckley III (1684-1762)

  Our Great8  Grandparents were Sarah Mayo (1660 - 1745) and Capt. Edmund Freeman (1657 - 1717)

  Our Great9  Grandparents were Mercy Prence (1631 - 1711 and Maj. John Freeman (1626 - 1719)
Our Great10  Grandparents were Patience Brewster (1595 - 1634) and Thomas Prence (1600 - 1673)2
  Our Great11  Grandparents were William Brewster III (1567 - 1644)3 and Mary Wentworth (1568 - 1627)

  Our Great12  Grandparents were William Brewster II (1535 - 1590) and Mary Smythe (? - ?)

  Our Great13  Grandparents were William Brewster I (1505 - ?) and Maude Man (1510 - ?)4

William Brewster III, of the Mayflower5   our Great11 Grandfather...


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George Donner (1784 - 1847)   our Great, Great, Great Uncle

It was 160 years ago this month, April 23, 1846, that George Donner, Jr., his wife, Tamsen, their five daughters,
along with brother, Jacob Donner and his family, joined other families in Springfield, Illinois, forming a party of 33 people
in 9 wagons, and departed on their historic California migration.

Sunday, May 10, 1846:  The Donner party arrived in Independence, Missouri. This was at the eastern end of the
California and the Oregon trails.  It was the 'staging area' for wagon trains headed west. It would be a four-month trip.

Sutter's Fort, marked the western end of the California Trail. The fort is famous for its association with the
Donner Party, the California gold rush, and with the establishment of Sacramento.

Travelers had 123 days to go 2,200 miles and be on the other side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains before the
end of October. If not, they risked being stranded in arctic-like conditions.

The Fateful 'Hastings Cutoff'
In early July, a group of 87 travelers in 23 wagons, led by George Donner, left the wagon train to follow the Hastings Cutoff.
The Cutoff would shave 300 miles off their journey, rejoining the California Trail on the other side of the Sierras.

Stranded by early snows, nearly half the travelers died of starvation or illness. Even today,
Interstate 80 has to be closed occasionally due to heavy snows and blizzards.

Donner Pass is in the northern Sierras, near Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada. Its maximum elevation
is 7,085 feet above sea level.

The weather on Donner Pass is brutal. Ski resorts in Lake Tahoe report a snowfall that averages 300 to 500 inches
per season. Winds on the pass can also become extreme. These factors, along with others, were what caused
the famous Donner Party incident.

  Map of the California Trail  
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2Thomas Prence (1600 - 1673), our Great10 Grandfather, emigrated to Plymouth Colony aboard the Fortune
which transported the second wave of Pilgrims in 1621. He served as Governor of Plymouth Colony on
three different occasions, 1634, 1638, and 1657 through 1672.

He was married to Patience Brewster, daughter of William Brewster III.           [Return to Quiz]












William Brewster III (1567 - 1644), our Great11 Grandfather, born in Scrooby, a village in Nottinghamshire in the
English Midlands (near Sherwood Forest), sailed aboard the Mayflower, in 1620, with the first wave of Pilgrims.

He was the fourth signer of the Mayflower Compact, following Sepratist leaders John Carver, William Bradford,
and Edward Winslow.

He became the Reverend Elder of the Pilgrim's church at Plymouth Colony, since their pastor,
John Robinson remained behind with the majority of the congregation which planned to emigrate to the colonies
on future voyages.

Brewster had been a fugitive from the King of England (James I).  He had published a number of pamphlets
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William Brewster I (born 1505), taxed 1524, Bently cum Arksey, York, England;  married Maude Man (born 1510);
Children:  William Brewster II and Henry Brewster. This is as far back Grandma Elsie went in her search.               [Return to Quiz]














5The first four voyages bringing Pilgrims to the colonies were made by the Mayflower (1620), the Fortune (1621),
the Anne and the Little James (1623).              [Return to Quiz]














I'm Glad You're In My Dash   -

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone,
From the the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

(1934 - 1998)

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth...
And now only those who loved her,
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars...the house...the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?

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