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30 Aug 04
Link to the Keesling family tree,which contains Catherine and Francis Wilson Sisco and their family, including several we don't have in the database. Contributed by Bede Cisco.
26 July 04
Article on jubiliee at St. Meinrad showing Bede Cisco.
During the past few months, some of my time has been taken up with creating a new domain for my photography.
Please take a look when you have a chance and feel free to send comments or suggestions. You can request free
bookmarks and small calendars by sending me an email message.
RSM Photography web site.
15 July 02
- I recently got a brief, free subscription to some online census images, so I downloaded the pages
for Moses Sisco for the 1830 and 1850
census and Samuel Sisco for the 1820 census.
Here is a document that list some information about the 1830 census and shows some detail for Moses and Samuel in the above censuses.
A while back,
I had also downloaded a pension application for Moses' son (by the same name) who was in the Civil War.
- I purged all invalid links from the topics below so the lists are more concise.
29 June 02
I recently corresponded with Krista Scott who found a shopkeepers journal that her ggggrandfather,George Stevenson, had
in their family farmhouse. During 1850 and 1851 he and Moses Sisco worked together and she sent
me copies of a debit and credit page from the journal. Click here for the web page with this information.
01 May 02
A major find earlier this year by Bede Cisco and Sharon Parish was a possible link to the ancestors
of Moses Sisco. Although we haven't found any supporting documentation for this link, it is very
possible that this identifies the long, lost ancestors of old Moses. Click the link below to see the data.
Parents of Moses Sisco
13 Jan 02
- Shawn and Alicia Nagase had a new daughter recently. Natali Renee` was born
on Dec 13, 2001. CONGRADULATIONS!
- Sharon Parish provided us with a lot of information on an elusive daughter of Moses Sisco.
As soon as I digest some of this data, I may put some of it on the website in hopes that someone else
can provide some clues as well. She also sent the obituary for Lucas M. Bay who died March 14, 2001 at the age of 70.
20 Oct 01
Heather Goodale provided the names of all the persons in the 1998 Cisco reunion photograph (picture #170 in the index). Thanks Heather!
07 Aug 01
I recently got a picture from Walt Grannen from the 1977 Cisco Reunion. Thanks Walt!
25 June 01
10 May 01
New leaves in our family tree!
- I received several new pictures recently from Lisa and Mike Wallace with their
newborn twins, Nicholas and Abigail, who were born on 4/4/01.
- If anybody has new or updated information to share, please send it to me and I'll post it here. Thanks!
25 Nov 00
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
- I have received several new pictures recently from Sharon Parish and Kent Nagase.
- Sharon sent a picture of her dad, Joe Cisco, in the 1950's. He was the Safety Director for Seymore State
- Kent sent a picture of his daughter, Jade Kitana Nagase, who is approx. 1 year old.
- One of my lifelong passions has always been photography and I finally put together an online gallery of some of my work.
It can be accessed from the following web site: http://rsmgallery.home.att.net/
08 Jul 00
- I got the photographs online from my trip to Greensburg, Indiana back in the spring.
- We added a new leaf to our family tree recently -- John Michael Matthews was born on June 21, 2000. Here is a photograph of the new kid on the block plus his brother and sisters.
16 Apr 2000
- I had an interesting trip to Indianapolis last week. I spent some time visiting relatives and doing quite a bit of genealogical research.
I also visited Greensburg, Indiana and spent some time with Fr. Bede Cisco and Sharon Parish going through the South Park cemetery where some of our distant ancestors
- I donated a copy of the book we recently put together, "Personal Memoirs of Moses Aaron Sisco", to the Greensburg library.
- I've made some updates and additions to the Document index.
- We found another wife of Charles Wilson Sisco. Her gravestone has the following inscription on it, "Adelia wife of C.W. Sisco
born Aug 15, 1839 died Jan 20, 1866". Charles married his second wife, Julie E. Miller on Nov. 15, 1866. We verified this from the Decatur
County Indiana marriage book in the Greensburg library (Book J p. 76).
- Bede Sisco and I spent a couple of afternoons in the new Indiana Historical museum in Indianapolis. They have a wonderful facility and we spent some time
looking through 1918, 1919, and 1920 City Directories for Indianapolis. We found that Moses Sisco lived at 114 Belmont Ave in 1918, 929 Kingman in 1919, and 220 Traub Ave in 1920.
We drove to the section of town where these streets are located and found that homes still exist on Traub and Belmont avenues. However, we were unable to locate
any reference to Kingman. One interesting thing that we noticed about the City Directories is that they list the occupation of each person in the directory.
The gift shop has a excellent book for sale that has complete county maps for the entire state of Indiana in 1876 (also an 1876 map on Indianapolis). We actually used this
map when we were going to Fletcher Ave. and the street still exists the way it was in 1876. Fascinating book -- I highly recommend it!
- Another reference we found was for Lelia Barclay (seamstress). She was shown living at 1131 Fletcher Ave in 1919 and 1123 Fletcher Ave in 1920.
- I have a photograph that I have put on the web site that shows a picture from the late 1800's of Viola Henderson Tucker,
Bertha Bay Walton and Lillie Gertrude Bay. Lillie married David Anson Sisco. Bertha Walton married Jim Bay. They lived on the south side on Garfield Park in
Indianapolis. He is the half brother of Joseph Ross Bay. He had a resturant in Indianapolis on the corner of Delaware and Madison Ave (now part of Lily Co.). He
also was the movie machine operator at the Lyric Theater on Illinios Street in Indy. This information was provided on April 14, 2000 by LeRoy Bay (as told to Sharon Parish).
07 Feb 2000
I received some information recently from Kathryn Smith on one of Francis Wilson Sisco's
siblings, Laura Sisco. She and her husband, Philip Smith, were m. in 1865 in Waynesville,
OH. At the time of
Philip's death they had two children: Nettie E, a music teacher, and Riffe H.,
who was "engaged in the theatrical business". Philip was born in Erie, PA
c. 1838. He served in the Civil War, in the Second Ohio infantry for 3
years and then as a captain of Company I, 188th Ohio infantry. They settled
in Leavenworth, KS c. 1884.
- I was digging through some papers recently and ran across a page of entries that
my grandfather had transcribed at the Greensburg, Indiana library of some Sisco marriages
and one entry from a Will book.
18 Jan 2000
Last June I put a note in this news section about some information I received from
Kay DeWeese. She is related to Mary (DeWeese) Watts, wife of Israel Watts and grandmother
of Charles Bay. Kay and I corresponded several times last summer and she was part of a committee
that was producing a book of descendants of one of the original DeWeese ancestors. We discovered
that we were distant cousins, hence anyone in my extended family who is related to the Bay's is
also related to the DeWeese line. I received a note this morning that said Kay had passed away
on Monday, January 17, 2000 during surgery.
04 Jan 2000
Hope everyone had a safe and Happy New Year! I put a couple of new documents in
the 'Document Index' today. One is a document written by Joseph Bay about the War of 1812.
It's been on the web site for a while but the only link to it was buried within another
document. Sharon Parish has the full text of this as well as the original journal.
I also added a history of the Jollity United Methodist Church in Johnson Co., IN.
Some of the surnames mentioned within this document are BROCKMAN, SHIPP and SANDEFUR.
20 Dec 99
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
11 Nov 99
Well, the genealogical news on this site has been kinda slow lately so I
thought I would put up a little picture of a guy digging for his roots :-)
10 Aug 99
I'm trying out a new search engine (above) for this web site!
Let me know what you think (suggestions, problems, etc.).
- Here's a web site that lists states/counties/cities with
6 Aug 99
I've finally got the new photograph index online. Try it out and let me know what you think.
You can mail comments or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll
probably be adding a few more features to it over the next few months, but it works pretty
good under Navigator 4.x and IE 4.x.
NOTE: Please be patient while the new photograph index loads. The page is about 83k which means
it could take 15-20 seconds to come up in your browser.
2 Aug 99
I put a couple of new documents (PDF files) in the Documents directory. One shows how the
CISCO line is related to the SISSON family and the other shows the connection to the BROCKMAN line.
27 July 99
I ran across another excellent family tree for the KISLING family (Francis
Wilson Sisco's wife's family). I also found a great page for searching
multiple genealogical web databases. The interface is extremely simple to
use (in fact, I found the above site from this page).
I'm in the process
of creating a new interface to the photograph index. It will allow
you to view the pictures in alphabetic, date, or picture order. It will
be a major improvement over the current, static pages. Hopefully, I'll
get it online sometime in the next week or so.
I also added a bunch of new links to other Francisco web sites (see below).
26 June 99
Well folks, the year is half over. A quick recap of this years genealogical finds include extending the SISSON, BROCKMAN, KEESLING, WATTS and CHENOWETH lineages back into the 1600's. Also, contacts were established with several researchers who have information on the above-mentioned lineages and with a lady (Mrs. L. H. Brock) who is descended from another of Francis Wilson Sisco's children. The elusive hunt for Moses and Samuel Sisco's parents still intrigues us -- maybe next week or next year we'll run across the magic piece of information indicating who they are.
I added a new document today that was written by Sharon Cisco Parish in the early 1980's that documents some of the history of the BAY family. Most of the information is already on the web site, but she presents it in a nice, readable format. I added a bunch of links to it so it would be easy to find information on persons mentioned within the article.
Another interesting item I added recently is a photograph of the entire Shades Valley High School
marching band in 1955. Marilyn and David Cisco graduated from SVHS and are in this photograph.
19 June 99
I finally got around to putting an updated copy of a photograph of many
of the BAY children (CIS028) on the web site. I scanned it from an original
photograph that Sharon Parish has in her possession. It's much clearer than
the copy I had plus I added some text to indicate some of the persons (if
anyone can identify anyone else in the photograph, PLEASE let me know).
Also, I put a copy of a note I found several months ago into the documents
directory. It describes how some of the census takers in the 19th century
would sometimes use IA to indicate Indiana. The author of this document
has also been transcribing the 1850 census of Spencer County, IN.
16 June 99
I transcribed a copy of Charles Bay's last will and testament and
put it online this morning.
10 June 99
I recently received some data from Kay DeWeese on the ancestors
of Charles Bay's first wife, Alice Ann Watts. I haven't had a chance
to incorporate the information into my database yet, but I created a
web page with the information she sent.
21 May 99
I found another HUGE website
for the ancestors of Olive SISSON (Moses Sisco's first wife). The web
site incorrectly lists her husband as being Francis instead of Moses, but other
than that it looks like a pretty extensive site.
13 May 99
I've made a number of updates to the page for Francis Wilson Sisco.
29 Apr 99
I'm on a roll this week (and this month) for adding new links! Check below in the 'Other Cisco/Sisco...' section for
a link to pre-1790 colonial census records and links to Kentucky and Ohio's Death Certificate index.
Another highly recommended link that I read every week is Dick Eastman's online genealogy newsletter.
26 Apr 99
I found another excellent family tree for the ancestors of John Keesling (FW Sisco's father-in-law).
22 Apr 99
Click here for a page of information on Francis Wilson Sisco. This is still a "work in progress"
but it has some of the new pictures mentioned below. My intention is to add more text and links to this page in the future.
Unfortunately, I have to allocate my time between church, family, job and life in general. This leaves
precious little time for hobbies such as genealogy. Genealogy is also one of those hobbies which is "never-ending".
There always seems to be one more ancestor to find or one more generation to go back.
16 Apr 99
I found an excellent family tree for the ancestors of Olive SISSON (Moses Sisco's first wife).
03 Apr 99
I have updated the article(see below) by Mrs. Louise Hamilton Brock with the new information she provided.
At some point in the near future I will scan several pictures of Francis Wilson Sisco that Mrs. Brock
provided and place them in the Photograph Index.
30 Mar 99
I recently received some correspondence from the author of the document that
list some decsendants of Francis Wilson Sisco's first daughter, Melissa S. Sisco.
The article was published in 1984 and the author, Mrs. Louise Hamilton Brock,
informed me about several errors in the document which were introduced at the time it was published.