Archive for January, 2017

Samuel Agnew

January 18, 2017

just posting this not to lose it, for now


Samuel Agnew on someone else’s tree, 1802-1865 from Abbeville. My Samuel lived about the same time period, but probably not the same person. Theirs had 1 son, John, & a wife named Margaret. Mine was for some reason in Ohio in 1850 visiting James, & supposedly had a wife named Mary.


The Engbringhofs from Het Bildt, Friesland

January 16, 2017

My grandmother’s parents were Martin and Trena Brink. Those were their American names. They were born in an area of Holland in the north, on the coast, called Het Bildt, within a larger area called “Friesland”. Within Het Bildt, there are 2 parrishes, St. Anna and St. Jacob. Martin was born in St. Jacob parrish, Trena in St. Anna.

Now, the interesting thing is language. There is Dutch, the national language. Then there is West Frisian, which has some Latin roots, Latin letters, and is spoken in Friesland. But “Het Bildt” has its OWN dialect called “Bildts” which mixes both Dutch and West Frisian. My ancestors probably spoke Bildts and Dutch, or all 3, who knows.

In Holland, they were Marten Engbrinhof and Trijntje van Shepen. Trijntje’s parents were Hendrik van Schepen, and Froukje Koov. Just learned that tonight. Marten and Trijntje immigrated to America. They ended up having 5 daughters. My grandma Cena was the youngest of the 5. They went to Chicago, as many of the Dutch did, then came down to the Lafayette, Indiana area, which is where Cena was born. She and my Grandpa George Plantenga lived there their whole lives, raised their kids, one being my mom, and I was born and lived most of my life there also.


January 13, 2017

Orange sun silhouettes,
Morning art at my window,
Comes another day.


  cfblack, 1-13-2017





Crickets haiku

January 11, 2017

Crickets in the South

Alive in January

sing a lonely song.

cfblack, 01-11-2017


Occasionally, we hear one lone cricket alive, outside, in Winter, singing its song.

Those Dutch names

January 9, 2017
Ugh. Family history, the Dutch. I can only do a little of this at a time.
OK, parents of MARTIN BRINK (my great-grandfather), father of CENA (my grandma, married George Plantenga)…. I am now going back into the Dutch records, and I can see them IN DUTCH, which is really interesting.
Martin Brink’s parents were: Marten Martens Engbrenghof (father) and Feikje Dirks Koopma (mother).
The last name Engbrenghof became “BRINK” in America (when Martin “Brink” –son of Marten & Feikje — arrived). Martin and his wife TRIJNTJE (later Trena) had 5 girls, the youngest being grandma Cena.
The name Feikje— Martin and “Trena” name their first daughter Feikje, which becomes “Fannie” in America. I remember Great Aunt Fannie very well (oldest sister of my grandma Cena). I remember a kind, old Dutch woman with bowed legs, white hair always pulled back into a bun, and black dresses, with black stockings.
my mother Martha Marion Plantenga
her mother, Cena Brink (who married my grandfather George Plantenga)
Martin Brink and Trena, Cena’s parents
Marten Martens Engbrenghof and Feikje Dirks Koopma (Martin’s parents)
Martin immigrated from Holland in 1882.

Grandma Mary Reid Agnew

January 7, 2017
Working on simple ancestry “hints”. Learned my dad was born at 2am. 🙂 My Grandma Mary Agnew, his mother, died of cardiac arrest in her sleep in a nursing home near Ft. Wayne (Angola) IN Oct.18th 1976. I was just barely, barely pregnant for our firstborn. But I remember that I knew I was pregnant when Grandma Mary died. Personal story: Day before she died she was heard laughing and talking in her room. People asked her, “Who are you talking to Mary?” She said, “Oh, I’m talkin to my friends. I’m going home tomorrow.”
Grandma Mary was a complex character. She adored little babies. Loved taking care of them. She loved taking us with her to go shopping, having us visit. I have memories of riding with her on a train. At the same time, we dreaded when she would be our sole caregiver! She was one BOSSY woman! She washed out my sister’s mouth with soap at least once, I remember. She would make us come inside for the night so early, like 4:00 in the afternoon. She would get mad at my mom (or anyone) and leave our house angry and go back to her home, even if it meant traveling on a train rather than having our dad drive her back home. She was independent and head strong! But when I was little, she worked as a cafeteria worker in Purdue cafeteria, and every night as she got off work, she would get on a public, city bus and come to our house for dinner. She adored my father, her firstborn, and it broke her heart terribly when he died before her.
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James A. Agnew family

January 2, 2017

Looking at the family of my great-grandfather James A. Agnew in New Albany IN.

James A., the patriarch, died at age 65 from falling off a ladder.
Carrie, his wife, died in a mental institution at age 56.
James A. & Carrie Bybee had 6 kids. One died the same year he was born, probably at birth:
William Robert (1880-1943)
James Garfield (1882 b & d) — lived 6 months.
Frederick Louis (1883-1951)  —  Died of electrocution while working as a painter.
Alfred Edward (1886-1948)
John Wesley & Gertrude Myrtle Celeste (1892 b. twins)
— John W. is my Grandpa. (1892-1952)
— Gertrude (1892 – 1935)
Of their 6 kids, their death ages are:  63, 0, 68, 62, 60, 43.  
Of their kids, here’s how many kids they each had:

William R. — 1 child, James Francis.
Fred Louis – 1 child, Irene.
Alfred Edward — 3 kids, Chester (lived 4 yrs.), Casper (d. in WWII), Edward.
John Wesley — 2 kids, my Aunt Margaret Ruth, & my Dad.
Gertrude Myrtle — 5 kids. 3 girls, 2 boys. NORMA was the youngest. When her mother Gertrude Myrtle died at age 43, Norma was 7. My Grandma Mary & Grp. John W. adopted her into their family to raise her. When Norma wanted to marry (and did marry) a British man, my Grandma stopped speaking to her for the rest of her life.