Posts Tagged ‘nancy ann poe’

My Poe Women

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Four generations of Poe ancestors. 

1 Elizabeth Hephner                                  1786 – 1864
2 Nancy Ann Poe                                      1818 – 1907
3 Mary Ann (Mollie) Ebert                           1840 – 1925
4 Mary Magdelene McClellan (Delena) Trimble 1873 – 1933

Elizabeth Hephner Poe (F Nash Collection)

Elizabeth Hephner Poe (F Nash Collection)

 

Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert ca 1890 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert ca 1890 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

 

Mollie Ebert Trimble and John A Trimble ca 1910 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

Mollie Ebert Trimble and John A Trimble ca 1910 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

 

Delena Mollie and Nancy with Clyne Kinsey 1900

Delena Mollie and Nancy with Clyne Kinsey 1900

Comparison of Two Journals

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

I am developing a page comparing, day by day, the two steamer journals of the 1869 Missouri River season:
 

(1)  Str Henry M Shreve by Nelson Green Edwards
(2)  Str Mollie Ebert by Nancy Poe Ebert

 

The following table compares their trips by date and position according to entries in their respective journals.  The Nancy Poe Ebert journal resolved conclusively the question of whether the Mollie Ebert  docked at Ft Benton.  The Mollie Ebert  did reach Cow Island, but could not navigate the Dauphin Rapids due to low water.  The Mollie Ebert  spent eight days at Cow Island while the clerk and captain arranged the transfer of their freight to two boats that had successfully negotiated the rapids when the water level was higher.   Emotionally and financially, the failure to dock at the Ft Benton levee was deeply disappointing. 

Position

Miles

Henry M Shreve

Mollie Ebert

 Depart      
St Louis

0

Apr 6

Apr 16

Kansas City

456

Apr 10

 

Omaha

807

Apr 17

 

Sioux City

1010

Apr 20

 

Yankton

1181

Apr 24

May 6

Bijou Hills

 

Apr 30

May 13-14

Ft Thompson

1441

May 2

May 16

St John’s Woodyard

 

May 5

May 18

Ft Sully

1520

May 8

May 20

Swan Lake

 

May 12

 

Cannon Ball River

 

May 15

May 23

Ft Rice

 

May 16

 

Ft Berthold

1985

May 19

May 27

Little Missouri River

2015

May 19

May 27

Ft Buford

2240

May 22

May 25?

Spread Eagle Camp

 

May 24

 

Milk River

2482

May 26

 

Ft Peck

 

May 26

 

Mussel Shell River

2678

May 29

 

Cow Island

2793

Jun 2

Jun12

Ft Benton

2965

Jun12

 

 

 

 

 

Return

 

 

 

Ft Benton

2965

Jun 15

 

Cow Island

2793

 

Jun 20

Spread Eagle Bend

 

 

Jun 24

Ft Buford

2240

 

Jun 26

Yellowstone River

2235

 

Jun 27

Little Missouri River

2015

 

Jun 27

Ft Stevenson

 

 

Jun 28

Cannon Ball River

 

 

Jun 29

Swan Lake Woodyard

 

 

Jun 30

Ft Sully

1520

 

Jul 2

St Louis

0

Jul 1

Jul 13

Nancy Poe Ebert Journal

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

The journal written by Nancy Poe Ebert covers 57 days of the trip of the str Mollie Ebert from St Louis to Ft Benton in the Montana Territory in 1869.  Full of buckle and swash to spare, it was a pure adventure.  The duration of a round trip that year was about 100 days.  She wrote daily suggesting that other segments of the journal have been lost.   

Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert ca 1890 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert ca 1890 (Anna L and John F Nash Collection)

So here is a writer, my great great grandmother, who wrote in her journal every day, who lost half of her output.  How could this have happened?  Considering everything since, recessions and booms, births and deaths, great loves and great losses, the loss of my double great grandmother’s writing is a minor thing.  But for me it is a major thing.   I keep thinking about it.      

The two segments of the journal transcribed to date are NPE Journal Segment 1 and NPE Journal Segment 2.

Georgetown Cemetery

Monday, November 9th, 2009

I found a document listing the names of the people buried in the Georgetown Cemetery.   Names and dates will be entered into an MS Office Excel 2003 spreadsheet so that the data can be searched and sorted.  The earliest burial date listed was 1795.  On 24 Apr 1968 the Georgetown Cemetery Maintenance Association was chartered according to the document.  The document is 30 pages.  It is unsigned.

Oddly the first reported burial in the Georgetown Cemetery was James Clark.  He was reported to have been the last white man killed by Indians in Beaver County. In 1792 he was shot in what would later become Smith’s Ferry.  That burial predates the establishment of the cemetery according to the found document.

For thoses of you who dig graveyards (sorry about that) Georgetown Cemetery is the place to go to research the names of Georgetown people since the late 1790′s.

Str Mollie Ebert

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

My biographical data on the Mollie Ebert has been posted.  I had intentionally delayed posting this data till now hoping that I would find photos of the Mollie Ebert.  And Capt George Washington Ebert.  Failed in both endeavors! 

 

The Mollie Ebert was built in 1869 under the eye of Jacob Poe.  She was the masterpiece of his life spent on the water according to family lore.  I have read of only one photo which was taken by Capt Way of a painting owned by Theodore C Poe (son of Jacob).  I know not what became of the painting.

 

The Poe family shared the ownership of many of their boats so I suspect the Mollie Ebert was no different.  They were wealthy by the standards of the day and “generous to a fault” according to Harriet (Calhoon) Ewing, a neighbor for fifty years.

Steamboat Stories

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

In the fall of 2006, I inherited a  journal recounting a lively steamboat trip on the upper Missouri River in 1869.  The author, Nancy Ann (Poe) Ebert, was my great great grandmother.  The trip was one continuous adventure.  It is a bit of American History that I shall attempt to bring to life. 

Only two journals, daily written, chronicle that 1869 Missouri River season.  The styles could not differ more, yet their comparison provides meaningful insights.  In his journal Nelson G Edwards, first clerk of the steamer Henry M Shreve, was objective.  Nancy Poe Ebert was observant and emotional.  My great great grandmother wrote about loneliness, fear, flowers, disappointment, beauty, and Indians.  Indians boarded their steamer for three days causing much anguish.  Tracking the two journals, the sidewheeler Henry M Shreve was 8-14 days ahead of the sternwheeler Mollie Ebert at common positions per date along the Missouri. 

My transcription of the journal is a rendering with spelling errors and missing punctuation uncorrected.  Its length is 59 pages covering 57 grueling days. 

Investigations of the inherited journal and boxes of old photographs and letters led to other stories about the men and women of Georgetown, PA.  During the Golden Age of Steamboats which some describe as the period from 1850-1870, Georgetown produced some far famed steamboat captains.  Each captain and each steamer has its tale.  At a time when railroad transportation meant traveling mostly in upright chairs on unheated soot filled cars that rocked and pitched their way along state imposed “standard” gauge track, steamboats were admired for their luxury, their comfort, their ornamentation —  in a word – their style.  Steamboats also out performed the rival railroads during that period.  More troops and supplies were transported by packets than railroad cars during the Civil War.  These Georgetown captains and pilots with their civilian crews were contracted and impressed into service by the Army Quartermaster which led to many tales.  The Georgetown captains owned and operated approximately fifty packets during this Golden Age.   

Local histories are also numerous, such as the grisly death of a steamboat captain far from home in April 1850, a Paul Revere like ride to warn the area of the danger of attack from Morgan’s Raiders in July 1863, a baseball game with Honus Wagner and his All Stars in August 1924, etc.  I am a retailer, not an inventor, of these tales.  Vexingly, their stories have been virtually ignored by generations of historians. 

Their story was not a story of my choosing, but what could make a better story!