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December 1st A Ceiling Tickler (1950-1990)

That's what our tree had to be!! Nothing shorter would do.

Some years we had to tie the top of the tree to the curtain rods to balance it. We used clear fishing line.

These trees were so majestic as to tickle the 12-ft. ceilings in our 1875 house. The living room was painted a warm squash yellow, the curtains were gold. We usually had a fire in the living room fireplace and Christmas songs on the stereo. As we got older, the songs were replaced by stacks of vinyl with the Messiah, performed by the organist, choir, and musicians, from the cathedral in Salt Lake City or maybe from England.

Mom started taking us to local performances of the Messiah by the city symphony and the Augustana College Handel Oratorio Choir, so we learned many of the words and could sing along. Now the next generation goes faithfully...Jean would be proud!!

The strings of lights go first. My 2 brothers would have the lights strung out between the living room and dining room on the floor, tightening each bulb and finding a replacement, as quick as possible so as not to burn the carpet. We had to clip each light. It was tedious so we got good at making them look like they were clipped.

Dad was a traditionalist and learned to trim a tree from his Prussian mom and English dad. You start at the top with the small ornaments and by the time you get to the bottom limbs, you should have the biggest ornaments hanging from the bowers. This gives the tree the illusion that it's tall. Often the problem was that the tip of the tree had to go. Not enough room from the tree to the ceiling to put on the tree topper...a long silver etched ornament made as a tree-topper.

Dad loved silver garland because he was the major architect with the silver tinsel - preferring the heavier stuff to the light, easily-tangled cheap tinsel. It had to be hung with no tangles, no wads, like the feathers of an Irish Setter. The 4 of us kids would usually give up and start decorating each other's hair, too impatient to do it right. Dad would do the whole tree with beautiful silver...absolutely gleaming. THEN, he would get the kitchen shears and "trim the bangs" as he would say. Each branch's silver was carefully trimmed to hang evenly.

When the job was all done, we turned the lights down, poured glasses of egg nog with optional nutmeg, sat down and enjoyed our work. When we were younger, dad would sometimes have Tom & Jerry mix from the local bar.

One of my last family trees must have been in the late 1970s. This tree must have been picked last because it was a Charlie Brown ceiling tickler that looked just awesome with all it's decorations. I was moved to write a poem:

Shimmering glimmering long green arms in silver gossamer angel's sleeves
A spindly evergreen transformed from the proverbial ugly duckling
Ruling over all those who are overwhelmed by its spirit,
And adorned with its princely jewels reigns forever
As the true spirit of Christmas.

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JEFFERS - The 9 children of Mary Josephine CAMPBELL and George Ernest JEFFERS

a. Helen Josephine JEFFERS - b 16 Jun 1908, m. Forrest "Bud" SHIELDS on 6 Oct 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was the son of Wm Coswell and Euna TAYLOR SHIELDS born 11 Nov 1902 in Sweetwater, Nolan, Texas. They had no children. Bud died 27 Nov 1990, no location; Helen died 10 Nov 1987 in Clinton, Van Buren, Arkansas. No burial info. (I do Find-a-Grave 47303245)

b. Dorothy Nell JEFFERS - b 27 May 1910, m Ralph BEYERS (no BMD). Dtr Mary Helen was born 8 Feb 1944 in Portland Multnomah, OR. On 16 Jun 1946 she married Adam Conrad MOORE in Portland, son of Conrad and Mary Kathryn MOORE, born 7 Dec 1899 in Norfolk, Madison, NE. Dtr Nancy Lee MOORE was born 23 Jun 1948 in Eugene, OR. Dorothy died 21 Nov 1984 and Adam died Jun 1992 borh in Aumsville, Marion, OR.

c. Loren Campbell JEFFERS - b 26 Dec 1911 m Dorothy Leona ZINK 15 Mar 1926, KC, MO dtr of Eugene Stewart and Ruth May PROFFITT ZINK. Dorothy b 24 Dec 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri. She died 1 Jun 2009 in Kansas City. Loren served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force during WWII. On 18 Jan 1962 he died in Kansas City, Missouri. No burial info.

d. Margaret Elizabeth JEFFERS - b July 1916, d 25 Mar 1917, bur. Elmwood Cemetery.

e. Infant JEFFERS - no gender, b 18 Dec 1917, d 18 Dec 1917, bur. Elmwood Cemetery

f. Virginia Ruth JEFFERS - b 3 Dec 1918 m Charles Meredith TRUMBLE 14 Mar 1937 in Kansas City. Charles b 27 July 1914 in Independence, Jackson, MO, son of Maynard Eugene and Gladys Inez SMITH TRUMBLE. Charles d 14 Sep 1994 in Kansas City, Virginia d 23 Oct 1996, Kansas City. Three children: Charles Meredith Jr, Vicki Ruth, and Lianna Evonne TRUMBLE who gave this family info, Raytown, MO 64133-6054.

g. George Ernest JEFFERS, Jr. - b 9 May 1921, m. Bertha Irene TAYLOR 3 July 1940 in Kansas City, b 17 Sept 1921 in Eldorado, Kansas, dtr of Hick Gert and Ella Nellie TAYLOR. George d 6 Oct 1998, Lees Summit, Jackson, Missouri. They had 4 children.

h. Marguerite Marie JEFFERS b 29 Oct 1923, m. Wiley TURNER WILLIAMSON Fr. 31 Dec 1939 in Olathe, Kansas, he was born 27 Oct 1921 in Kansas son of Wiley Turner and Mable Victoria (Virginia) RUDOLPH WILLIAMSON. Marguerite died 3 Sept 2001, Palm Beach, Florida. They had 6 children.

i. Donald Grant JEFFERS b 14 July 1928, m. Betty Lee FREAR 26 Dec 1945, Fairmount, Missouri, b 3 May 1929 in Monett, Missouri, dtr of Maurice Alonzo and Hazel Alma MCFADDEN FREER/FREAR. Donald died 3 Aug 1992, Braymer, Caldwell, Missouri. They had 6 children.

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CAMPBELL - Nettie ELDRIDGE and Calvin CAMPBELL's 1st child, Mary Josephine

Mary Josephine CAMPBELL was the oldest of 2 siblings born 23 July 1883 to Marie Antoinette "Nettie" ELDRIDGE and Calvin CAMPBELL, in Davenport, Scott, IA.

She married George Ernest JEFFERS on 24 July 1907 in Kansas City, Missouri.

George was born 23 Mar 1882 in Kansas City, Missouri, son of Loren G. and Elsie HUNT JEFFERS, Jr.

Mary died 1 Mar 1935 in Kansas City. George married Minnie XXX who died 15 Aug 1961 in Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee.

George died 2 Nov 1968 in Kansas City, Missouri and is buried with his 1st wife, Mary Josephine, in Kansas City's Greenlawn Cemetery. They had 9 children all in Kansas City.

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CAMPBELL - An Eldridge Branch

This name enters my ELDRIDGE tree with the marriage of Marie Antoinette ELDRIDGE and Calvin CAMPBELL. She was called "Nettie" by her family. She was born 10 Mar 1863 in Davenport, Scott, IA. At her mother Josephine THOMPSON ELDRIDGE's death in 1871, Nettie and her sister "Carrie", Caroline Lincoln, and brother Edward Gifford, were sent to live with Aunt Sarah ADE, sister of Rebecca, and Aaron MIDDLETON of Mahaska County, Iowa. The children lived with these families for at least 5 years before returning to Davenport just before 1880. Josephine, Rebecca and Sarah THOMPSON ADE were sisters.

Nettie was the dtr of Charles Henry and his first wife, Josephine THOMPSON ELDRIDGE who died 10 Dec 1867, 2 months after the birth of their 4th child.

By 1880, Nettie had returned to her father's home, where at age 17, she was working as a dressmaker. (census).

Calvin was the son of Thos and Mary Ann BABCOCK CAMPBELL, born 18 Jan 1844 in Orleans County, NY. He worked as a locomotive engineer in the Kansas City terminal for 30 years. Calvin and Nettie were married 21 Dec 1882 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Nettie and Calvin had 3 children. Youngest child Charles Thomas bor 19 Jun 1896, in Kansas City, Missouri died 10 July 1896 and is buried in Kansas City's Elmwood Cemetery.

Calvin died 18 Apr 1925 in Kansas City, Nettie died 7 Feb 1917 in Kansas City where they are buried in Elmwood Cemetery. They were members of the West Side Christian Church.

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ELDRIDGE - William's Will 1749-1823

1. William Eldridge of the Town and county of Gloucester in the State of New Jersey being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this writing to be my Last Will and Testament as follows:

Item, It is my Will that all my Just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my Executor hereafter named out of my personal Estate. Second I do Give and Bequeath unto my son William M. Eldridge all my estate both real and personal. He paying the following Legices, My debts and funeral expenses out of the same. My will is that My Estate Real and personal shall be subject to the payment of the said Legices, Debts and Expenses.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Job Eldridge the sum Six Hundred Dollars to be paid him by my son William M. Eldridge in two years after my decease
Item, Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Deborah Wife of Isaac Kay the sum of Five hundred Dollars to be paid her in two years after my Decease

Item, I give and bequeath unto my two sons Josiah Eldridge and Eli Eldridge the sum of twenty Dollars each to be paid to them in two years after my decease

Item, I do give and bequeath unto my Daughter Hannah wife of Henry Wood the sum of two hundred fifty Dollars to be paid to her by said son William M. Eldridge at such times and in such proportions as he in his wisdom may think proper so that the whole there of be paid within two years after my decease and her debt shall be a discharge for the same or any part there of notwithstanding her present Husband Henry Wood

Item, I give and bequeath unto such of my Grand Children as inhere after named the sum of Fifty Dollars each to be paid them as they shall severally arrive at the age of Twenty one years to my son Enos Children namely Joseph, Rebecca, Ann, Agnes, Enos, Deborah and Griffith M. Eldridge and to my son Elis children William, Abigail, Susannah, Eli, Borrough Hannah and Isaac Eldridge and to my son Josiah children - Duncan, Hannah, Josiah, John and Ann Eldridge all which said Devises I Give and Bequeath unto the several persons afore named to hold to them there as aforesaid their heirs and Assigns forever and Lastly I Nominate and appoint my son William M. Eldridge my Lawful Executor to this my Last Will and Testament in Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Eighteenth day of November in the Year of Our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twelve 1812.

Signed Sealed published and
Pronounced to be my last Will
And Testament In the presence of William Eldridge
Joseph W. Clark (signed)
Isaac Doughten
Morris Hale Jr.

William M. Eldridge sole Executor in the within Testament named being duly affirmed according to Law did declare and say that the within Instrument Contains the True last will and Testament of William Eldridge and Testator therein named so far as he knows and as he verily believes, that he will well and truly perform the same, by paying first the debts of the said deceased and then the legacies in the said Testament specified So far as the goods and Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased can thereunto extend and that he will make and exhibit into the surrogates office at Woodberry a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the goods, Chattels and credits of said deceased that have or shall come to his knowledge or possession, or to the possession of any other person or persons for his use and render a Just and true account. When thereunto lawfully agrees Affirms and Subscribes at Woodberry February 6, 1816 before

Jacob Glover Surrogate Wm. M. Eldridge


Inventory

A true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods Chattels Wares and Merchandises as well moveable as not moveable of William Eldridge late of the Town and County of Gloucester deceased made by us whose names are hereunto subscribed the sixth day of the second month in the Year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and Sixteen 1816.

His wearing apparel 40 00
Cash 800 00
Obligations 2251 48
Book Accts 157 50
Sundry Furniture 103 00
Waggen and Sulkey 51 00
1 Wood slab 400 00
1/2 of a Shallop 600.00
50 cords wood on timber Creek Landing 225.00
SUBTOTAL 4627.98

12 /cords wood in the Tolineer tract 30.00
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TOTAL 4657.98

Isaac Kay
Isaac Doughten

A record exists in the Haddonfield, New Jersey, Friends Grave Yard of the burial of William Eldridge on
1 mo. 3, 1816 At the time of his death, he lived in the colonies of New Jersey and Pennsylvania under the rule of King George I and II. He had witnessed the birth of the United States and had seen four presidents take office: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. He and his family survived the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 with health and wealth intact. William Eldridge is surely an ancestor whose tenacity the present day generations ought to greatly admire.

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ELDRIDGE - William - Quaker or not

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ELDRIDGE - Thomas marries Mary JAMES and Hannah DUNCAN

THOMAS ELDRIDGE: the son of Jonathan, was born abt 1684 probably in Burlington County, NJ. His marriage witnessed by Jonathan, Martha and Mary ELDRIDGE, to Mary JAMES on 3 mo 11, 1704, is recorded in the Phila MM records. He settled in Phila, PA where he was granted freeman status on 1 June 1705. A freeman was one who took out his freedom and was granted by the City of Philadelphia, certain rights and privileges of a citizen. One requirement was to be at least 21 yo, hence we can estimate his birth to be 1684.

Thos and Mary ELDRIDGE made their home in Philadelphia where the births of 2 children were recorded in the Quaker Monthly Meeting records. A son, James, was born on 12 mo 2, 1704/5, and a dtr, Mary, was born 3 mo 11, 1710. From notes in the Cope and Ender Collections, it appears Thomas and Mary also had a son, Joseph, who was named in a deed along with siblings James and Mary.

Also found in these collections, Thomas and Mary produced a certificate from the Phila MM to the Concord MM on 4 mo 1, 1717, and settled in Calm Township, Chester, County, PA. Thomas ELDRIDGEs son, Jonathan, of East Malburrow, Chester County, married 10 mo 3, 1771, a second wife, Sarah DAVIS at the Goshen Meeting. Jonathan died and his widow Sarah married William ALLEN. Their grandson, Eldridge ALLEN, married in Davenport, Iowa in 1859.

Notes indicate that Mary JAMES ELDRIDGE died, and Thomas was married a second time to Hannah DUNCAN, although no official record of the marriage has been discovered. Hannah DUNCAN ELDRIDGE could have been the great-grandmother of Duncan Campbell ELDRIDGE of Davenport, IA.