#52 Ancestors- Week 1-John Wesley Sessions

I am really excited to enter this 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge posted by Amy Johnson Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com. The idea is to pick one ancestor each week to write about. I will try to get everything I know out there, and I hope some of my relatives will add anything they know. I find the premise of this challenge fascinating, and maybe a tad overwhelming 🙂 I feel like even a little information about a person is worth sharing. Even though the year is half over, I am going to start with week #1 in July and continue (I hope) until next July.

imageIn honor of July 4th I wanted to start off my year this John Wesley Sessions, my6th great grandfather. He was a patriot in the American Revolution, and he is the person I traced my lineage to Join the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).

I only recently ( in the last 3 years or so) really start to dive in to my family history. The first time I found someone who fought in the revolutionary war I was so excited. I was so surprised to find someone! What I would soon fin out is if you have one relative, you most likely have more. John Wesley Sessions was the one who I found the most information about, and could trace him directly back to me!

John Wesley Sessions was born May, 27 1758 in New Hanover, North Carolina. He was the son of John Sessions and Sarah Ransom. He married Mary Polly Thompson in 1779 in Putnam County Georgia.

He fought in the Revolutionary war as a private in the companies of Captains Bright and Heritage and Colonels Howe, Martin, Thaxton. 

The most interesting piece of information I found is a copy of his Revolutionary War pension record! This was amazing to read all about how his life turned out. From what I can tell he was indigent, but still proud of his service. This record was found on ancestry.com. It is actually what I used as the background of this page.

He died on the 4th of July, 1836


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My Crafty Family

Hello to all! I am so happy you stopped by today! I wanted to talk today a little about my crafty family. Specifically my great grandmother Ellen Anzie Nettie Logan Smith (that’s a mouthful:-))Ma Smith

She was the most crafty person I ever knew. I was fortunate to be able to remember her even though she passed away when I was about 8. I am going to feature her work often, because I have always been fascinated by her ability to “reuse” and “recycle.

 

Today I want to feature this little basket of carved flowers she made. I would love to know how this was done. I get the idea of how it was done, but would never be something I could replicate. Maybe some day Miss E and I will figure it out, but until then I will just cherish the one I have.

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Carved flowers

If any of my family have some of Ma Smith’s work to share, I would love to see it! Have a wonderful day everyone!

 

 

Heritage Mini Scrapbook Album

DSC_0243Today I want to share with you a mini scrapbook album I made honoring my great grandmother, Nellie Gamble Cox. She was a very kind woman who I was fortunate to have until I was 28 years old. What a blessing to have a great- grandparent that long. I wish I had lived closer to her, but I always loved visiting with her. She made the best yeast rolls!

 

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For this album I used a chipboard album that I got from Michaels. I loved the bird shape, but I must say it was not the easiest shape to work with 🙂 I first put scrapbook adhesive  on the chipboard, then added the decorative paper. I trimmed all the paper using an Exacto knife.I then used pictures from all during her life, as well as a scan of her wedding invitation.

This album was so fun to do. I will post another album I did in this shape for my other great grandmother at another time.

Thank you so much for stopping by! If you have made any crafts using old photos of your own, I would love to see them.

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Family tree part 3

As promised today I am going to give you a materials list and move on in the process of the large family tree.

Materials

Printout of family tree (2 copies)

Photos

Craft paper

Brown craft paint

Post it notes

2 sided tape

glue dots (permanent)

yarn or twine

green scrapbook paper for leaves

scissors

To print my pictures out in the square I sent them all to Instagram, then had them printed at Walgreens. I had already used a photo editing program to add names to all the images. This was the most time consuming part of the project, but I did it a little at a time, not all at once.

 

IMG_3148Next I took my extra copy of my family tree and cut each persons name out, and taped it to a post-it note. This was the easiest way for me to get everyone spaced out correctly, and to be able to move them around as needed.
You may not be able to tell from the picture but I used the twine to connect everyone. It made it a lot easier for me to see who was connected to whom. For example, I started with myself and ran strings from myself to my mom and my dad and then to their parents, and so on. It helped me to visualize the branches of the tree.

IMG_3149I was too nervous to sketch on the wall, so I did it first on the craft paper, then
cut the tree out and traced it on the wall with chalk.

You probably don’t need the craft paper. but I opted to do it the hard way 🙂 Plus, I decided to move it to a different wall after I had it all laid out, so that did not help!

 

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After I had it all sketched out I started to paint with the brown craft paint. I used two colors that were very similar so it could have a little bit depth. Believe me I am no artist but I think the tree turned out pretty good:)

 

 

 

IMG_3153I placed all my pictures on the tree with two-sided tape. It made it pretty easy to adjust the pictures as I needed to. The problem was they kept falling off so I had to go back and use the permanent glue dots to keep them up there. Oops!

 
I then used my cutting machine to cut out tons of leaves in 2 shades of green cardstock. I ran them through the embosser to give them some dimension.
You could also cut these with a die cutter, or with scissors. Again the same issue with the two sided tape, so it looks like fall now 🙂 I have to go back and use the permanent dots when they fall off.

Thank you all for sticking with me through this looong project. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out. I hope my family enjoys it being up there for years to come! I hope we don’t decided to move 🙂

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All the Best,

 

Amanda

Digital Genealogy Scrapbooking-

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Digital Genealogy Scrapbooking

One of my favorite ways to preserve memories is digital genealogy scrapbooking. What makes this kind of scrapbooking so unique is the ability to use all different types of mementoes.

This page was created using my dads letter from college. I scanned the letter and a photo of a college group and used them both on this page. I made this page for a video I made for my dad. The nice thing was being able to scan objects with special meaning that would normally not be used in a scrapbook.

Large Family Tree: Part 2

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Family tree chart

I want to move on today with part two of my family tree project. As I said before this was all done trial and error so I am sure I did some things the hard way! The first thing to do is to create a paper copy of your family tree. If you have a family tree program you could print one from there or a blank one available for free on freebie.

I went back five generations to my great-great grandparents. You can do your tree with fewer generations if you don’t have enough photos.

 

I printed one for my husband, and one for myself. For anyone I had no picture of, I tried to get a headstone picture. If that did not work, I made an image with their name on it. For those I just did not know I just put mother or father on an image. Fortunately there were very few that I was missing.

 

Getting your photos organized is a huge step in this project. In my next post I am will give you a materials list, get the photos printed

and move forward with getting some things on the wall.

 

All The Best!

 

Amanda

My Largest Family Tree!

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Thank you so much for reading today. I’m so glad to have you. I wanted to share with you the largest heritage project I have done to date. Because of the size of the project I’m going to spread this out over multiple days. Please excuse the photos, as I was not planning on blogging this when I did the project. I hope you can find some inspiration here. I have always wanted to do a large family tree, but never really had the guts to paint on the wall. I finally decided I could always paint over it ! I did this without any instructions so I may have done a few things the hard way 🙂 . Learn from my mistakes. What I wanted to do here is create the family tree on a large scale so I could bring these ancestors off the computer and out of the scrapbooks, and to really be able to see them. In my next post I will start showing you my process.

All The Best!

Amanda

Welcome to Miss E and Me- Heritage Crafts

Welcome! Thank you for joining me. I hope you will find this site inspirational, interesting and a place to share your projects. I have been interested in genealogy for a while now, but I still consider myself an amateur.  I love to look at old photos. Recently I began making crafts using them.

I love these kinds of crafts because they hold such special meaning for me. Doing these projects has really given me the opportunity to share stories about our ancestors with my kids.  I hope I can share some of those stories here.

As my daughter “miss e” say’s “we are crafty girls!” She loves to make things with me. We have set up a guest/craft room where we both have a desk to work on. Besides craft stuff, that room is where I keep all the antiques and family heirlooms I have either inherited or am “holding on” to.

I love to look at these treasures and think about all the people who passed them down. I hope to share with you scrapbook pages, home decor and other heritage crafts.

Do you have any special crafts handed down from an ancestor?