11:02 AM
Saddened to learn of the passing of  Donna Dow, an Oregon. cousin.  A cousin I had never met although we had talked on the phone and exchanged letters. The real hand written letters.
Our grandparents were siblings. My grandfather, Thomas Milsom married and stayed in Colorado, and his sister Nellie Milsom Mahon married and moved to Hepner OR.
I love finding and connecting with my cousins as they often have bits and pieces of family history, oftentimes,   that one missing piece, that pulls everything together.
Thank you Donna  for the picture you shared of my grandfather, Thomas Milsom and his sister Nellie.This picture, although we don't have the exact date, would have been taken between 1885 and 1890 in Leadville, Colorado.
Her younger sister Betty, who I first met when I think I was 12, shared with me other pictures of our great grandmother that I never knew existed.
When doing your family history, connect with your 2nd or 3rd cousins. I have discovered the most amazing information, searching out cousins. These will usually be the grandchildren or great grandchildren of your grand parents or great grandparents siblings.

Just be careful what you ask, for the information you may discover.  That's a post for another day.

Dianne Hartshorn

I am the proud descendant of a long line of strong pioneer women who came to this country in the mid 1800’s from Germany, Ireland and England, to settle the Colorado frontier. There was no set time when I became interested in history, it always was there, from the beginning. I invite you to visit my other historic passions and hope you too will be encouraged to become involved in the history of your local community.


  1. Very nice, and true. You never know what you will find, when you make contact with 'distant' relative. Doris


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