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Voices & Visions from the past

Voices & Visions from the past

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Histories, family Bibles, etc. Histories, family Bibles, etc
Voices & Visions from the past Voices & Visions from the past
Here are journals, diaries, personal histories, autobiographies, and personal photo collections that give us a glimpse of how our ancestors lived.
  • History of Ezra F. Simmons
    Ezra Simmons, born April 3, 1850, in Murray Township, Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada, became a homesteader near Harvard, Nebraska. This is his own account of his life as written by hand in ledgers which have been passed down through his family. There are at least two handwritten, original copies in existance that we know of. This version was transcribed from the copy inscribed:
    Nov. 25th, 1929. Given to Mrs. Anita Woodle (Buffalo, NY) with my compliments. E.F. Simmons, Crowell Home, Blair, Nebr.
    Ezra Simmons died December 16, 1929, less than a month after the date of this inscription.

    Index of the History of Ezra F. Simmons

    Our thanks to Charles Penasack for transcribing this autobiography from the handwritten ledger. Visit his website

  • War diary of John Clarence Ross, born June 17, 1898 in Martintown, Glengary, Ontario, Canada, died at Vimy Ridge April 9, 1917 at the age of 18. He enlisted in the 73rd Battalion, R.H.C., at Blury St. Barracks, September 26, 1915, (see history book about the 73rd battalion and there is a 180 kb photograph here)and was issued rifle #891. The diary ends March 15, 1917, about three weeks before he died. Because the original is a small, pocket-sized notebook with plain black covers written in a cramped script with pencil and some of the pages have damaged edges, some parts are unreadable. Clarence also used a number of abbreviations and obviously didn't know how to spell the names of many of the places he visited. Consequently, some of the transcription is guesswork, and there are many question marks where we were unwilling to guess.

  • Photo Collection of Mac Ross. Mac Ross, born December 26, 1900, brother of John Clarence Ross, was a traveling tobacco salesman in northern Manitoba 1929-1939. We could use some help with identification on some of these pictures and would welcome any information about the area in this time period.

We have presented some of this information as Adobe Acrobat files. If you cannot see these, we recommend you download and install Acrobat Reader from If you cannot (or prefer not) to do this, please e-mail us and we can send you a text file.

The lineages of the people mentioned here are on our RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project Site

Contact us:
Don and Jeanne Ross
Duncan, BC
phone: 250-715-1857