“Bess” has been published.

Bess has been published. It is HISTORICAL FICTION . . . based LOOSELY on the adventures of the real Bess.  The intent is to describe the adventures of the early homestead and the challenges faced by a young woman venturing out into the prairies of far southwestern North Dakota in the early 1900’s. Remember . […]

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“Marlaine’s Spaghetti”

This recipe is appropriate for all Cranstons!!  Easy to make . . . and delicious! Marlaine’s Spaghetti This recipe will serve four people generously. The important thing to remember with this recipe is to use excellent quality ingredients. Particularly important are the super fresh or sun-dried tomatoes, shitake mushrooms, fresh basil, ripe olives, Parmesan cheese […]

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Helen’s Sense of Humor

In the early 2000’s when Helen was in an “assisted living” home, I visited her a few times.   The first time I visited, she was telling me about some of the activities around the place.  And she had a BIG complaint.  “Charlie,” she said.  “This place isn’t much fun.  People around here are so […]

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Tip’s Story – Introduction by John Ashford ~ 2003

These pages are scanned from “Tip’s Story” written by John Ashford ~ 2003 They cover a lot of fun things about his early life and his memories – these are how he is communicating with us! All stories can be found by going to the MENU bar and clicking on “Tip’s Story.” Sidney “Tip” Melby All […]

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Woodstock, Ohio Cemetery – Cranstons

Thanks to Janice Opsahl, here is where John Cranston (from Rhode Island), his wife, Phoebe, Lora Parks (Christopher Cranston’s first wife), Josephine P. Cranston and Mary Cranston are buried.  The cemetery is in Woodstock, Ohio – near the place where John Cranston first settled.

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John Cranston (1803-1858)

Not much is written in the “Story of the Cranstons” book by Edna Barns about John Cranston.  The only reference to him is that he was the son of Thomas Cranston and that he had, “among others,” one child who was Christopher (born in 1803). Here is more detail on John Cranston provided by cousin […]

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Who Was “Auntie Pearl?”

Marion and Helen stayed with “Auntie Pearl” in LaGrange, Illinois where they attended and graduated from Lyons Township High School. “Auntie Pearl” was Louise Pearl Burnside and daughter of Marcus Terry Burnside and Maude Taliaferro Cranston who was some 14 years older than her younger brother, Christopher “Doc” Cranston. Marcus and Maude married in 1883.when […]

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Letter from Abigail Dunham to Lucretia Parke ~ 25 July 1830

This letter is from an obvious relative of Lucretia Parke – Katurah Taylor Parke Cranston’s Grandmother. Who Abigail Dunham was exactly and what the relationship was, I do not know. Most likely a cousin because it appears that Abigail Dunham was in the same generation as John Cranston (1755-1825). The letter clearly shows how deeply […]

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