Elizabeth Teel Obituary – One of My Favorites

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I read a lot of obituaries. So far this one is my all time favorite!

Elizabeth Teel (1814-1833)
5th Great Aunt.


Departed this life, on the 23rd of September in the 19th year of her age, Miss Elizabeth, only daughter of Captain Lewis and Malinda Martin Teel, near Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia.

   The writer of this notice is aware, that to bring to the mind of the reader all the happy feelings which the dying testimony of the deceased was calculated to produce, would prove a task utterly beyond his reach–because description from the ablest pen is faint when brought into comparison with the sweet and heart-cheering expressions of one whose soul was animated by the precious love of Jesus, giving praises to the dear Redeemer in a strain that could not fail to awaken the sensibility of the greatest infidel.  She was taken with bilious fever; and from the first of her illness, she seemed to have a foreboding of her dissolution–though she murmured not under the afflicting dispensation; but cried earnestly to the great Physician of Souls to have mercy upon her.  She felt she was a poor sinner and stood in need of the prayers of God’s people–believing that, in connection with her own, they would avail, and was not unmindful to call on all who professed religion that visited the house, to pray for her.  Her prayers were not in vain; her humble fervent petitions, reached the friend of sinners; from the most heart-rending picture of anguish of soul, she was in the twinkling of an eye transformed by the renewing of her heart, into the lively and happy cloud of God. Joy illuminated her countenance–a new song issued from her lips, even praises to the Most High.  She called on her dear parents, whose prayers had been poured out to God on her behalf, to help her praise her dear Redeemer, saying, “Oh, mama, this is my birthday by nature and by grace, and I thank the Lord for it–he has snatched me as a brand from the burning.  Oh that I had known how good the Lord is, I would have tried to found him before this.”  Prayer and praise seemed to fill her happy soul; praying for sinners; awfully warning the young, and all who visited her, to prepare to meet God; and for her much beloved uncle, her anxiety was intense. Indeed her happy soul knew no bounds nor limit for those whom she believed to be in their sins.  The day on which she died, she seemed to have an increased degree of love and praise.  As her mother passed, said she, “Oh, mama, come–I want you to help me talk about that good Jesus–O how precious is his name.”  She took a formal leave of her dear brothers, beseeching them to serve the Lord in the days of their youth–then kissing her dear parents, bidding them a long farewell.  She repeated the Lord’s Prayer:  “Oh,” says she, “father view the angels; they are waiting for me’ I cannot stay long.”  Then raising her hands towards heaven, shouting victory to the lamb who hath redeemed us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood , ___ and died. Reader, pause!  You, like Elizabeth, may soon cease to anuate the gay and domestic circles becoming ___ diseased.  Hear the admonition of the awful message; behold his approach, and repose under the cold clods of the grave!  What a change! Are you young, graceful in your form, and amiable in your manners!  She possessed these qualities in the bloom of youth, and the morning of her days.  Are you in affluence and ease!  So was she!  She knew not privation!  Are you surrounded by numerous friends, and a dear father and mother who bind you with a manifold cord to earth!  It was once so with her.  Do you look forward to a long life, usefulness and enjoyment!  So did she.  But are you willing to turn away from all these, as elusive vanities, and fly to that bourne from whence no traveiler hath returned, like she did!  Without Christ you cannot do this; you cannot die in peace; you cannot die in triumph.  But Elizabeth died in peace–in triumph–and she died in Christ.  Reader!  may our lot be like hers, that the precious name of Jesus my form the last accents that quiver on our pale and expiring lips, as on hers: even so let it be.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Bilious fever
was a medical diagnosis of fever associated with excessive bile or bilirubin in the blood stream and tissues, causing jaundice (a yellow color in the skin or sclera of the eye). The most common cause was malaria. Viral hepatitis and bacterial infections of the blood stream (sepsis) may have caused a few of the deaths reported as bilious fever.[1]
The term is obsolete and no longer used, but was used by medical practitioners in the 18th and 19th centuries for any fever that exhibited the symptom of nausea or vomiting in addition to an increase in internal body temperature and strong diarrhea, which were thought to arise from disorders of bile, the two types of which were two of the four humours of traditional Galenic medicine. It was often cited as a cause on death certificates.[2] United States President Abraham Lincoln‘s son William Wallace Lincoln was said to have died from bilious fever. Modern diagnoses for the same symptoms would include a wide range of conditions and infections.
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New Technology for Old Photos!…Get those Films & Negatives!

If you’ve been around for at least three decades or if you have inherited old family photos you may be looking for an easy way to look at old negatives or films and a way to easily extract these old photos. Films will degrade and deteriorate over time so if you have films or negatives to preserve now is a great time to start.

I recently discovered there is a new technology for this and it’s so exciting! They have created a film scanner which allows you to do just these things! Imagine a little viewer that allows you to insert your negative and instantly digitize those old photos on film negatives. Kodak company has created this technology in the Kodak Digital Film Scanner which Converts 35mm, 126, 110, Super 8 and 8mm Film Negatives and Slides to JPEG On a Large Tilt Up 3.5 LCD and EasyLoad Film Inserts.


If you have old reel to reel films there is also a film scanner made by Wolverine which allows you to convert your reel to reel films to digital format.

To Digitize reel to reel films

Wolverine 8mm and Super 8 Film Reel Converter Scanner Converts Film into Digital Videos. Frame by Frame Scanning to Convert 3 inch and 5 inch 8mm Super 8 Film reels into 720P Digital format.

So dig out those old shoeboxes and get started on the next part of digitizing and preserving your old family films and photos!

Have fun!

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Happy Birthday – Abe Lincoln! My 3rd Cousin 6x removed

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February Cards of Yesteryear…

More great finds at the New York Public Library Collections!

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“Flags of All Nations” – Old Cigarette Cards

I love looking through the online collections of the New York Public library!

Enjoy these fun old “Flags Of the Nations” National themed Cigarette Cards From the George Arents Collection!

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The National Newspaper Digitizing Project – Another FREE Resource!

I love Old Newspapers!! Here’s a couple of dandy little ads from 1890’s and 1910 fashion. I have found so many great things in old newspapers! Now there are a lot of newspapers in newspapers.com which is a subscription service but I have a great little tip for all of you on how to find the earliest newspapers that aren’t indexed in newspapers.com for Free!! {insert heavenly music}….That’s right those early newspapers that have been eluding you may just be online for Free!

The Library Of Congress has a bang up collection of American historical newspapers from 1690 to the present online in a searchable database! Thousands of newspapers, in the public domain are available for your use!!…..for FREE!! I’ll just let that sink in for a minute, thousands of newspapers are available under public domain for your research and use!!

The project, officially called Chronicling America, is sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for Humanities in a joint partnership called NDNP – which stands for the National Digital Newspaper Program.



Heres a page from 1789 in the Gazette of the United States


From the Library of Congress NDNP web site:

Chronicling America (ISSN 2475-2703) is a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages, and is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). NDNP, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. An NEH award program will fund the contribution of content from, eventually, all U.S. states and territories.

More information on program guidelines, participation, and technical information can be found at http://www.neh.gov/projects/ndnp.html or http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/.

Building the Digital Collection

Newspaper Title Directory

The Newspaper Title Directory is derived from the library catalog records created by state institutions during the NEH-sponsored United States Newspaper Program (http://www.neh.gov/projects/usnp.html), 1982-2011. This program funded state-level projects to locate, describe (catalog), and selectively preserve (via treatment and microfilm) historic newspaper collections in that state, published from 1690 to the present. Under this program, each institution created machine-readable cataloging (MARC) via the Cooperative ONline SERials Program (CONSER) for its state collections, contributing bibliographic descriptions and library holdings information to the Newspaper Union List, hosted by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). This data, approximately 140,000 bibliographic title entries and 600,000 separate library holdings records, was acquired and converted to MARCXML format for use in the Chronicling America Newspaper Title Directory. Contact a CONSER member for updates and corrections to bibliographic records (see http://www.loc.gov/acq/conser/conmembs.html) through CONSER. The Chronicling America Directory bibliographic records are updated annually from the CONSER dataset hosted by OCLC.

Selected Digitized Newspaper Pages

Each NDNP participant receives an award to select and digitize approximately 100,000 newspaper pages representing that state’s regional history, geographic coverage, and events of note.

Participants are expected to digitize primarily from microfilm holdings for reasons of efficiency and cost, encouraging selection of technically-suitable film, bibliographic completeness, diversity and “orphaned” newspapers (newspapers that have ceased publication and lack active ownership) in order to decrease the likelihood of duplicative digitization by other organizations.

These newspaper materials were digitized to technical specifications designed by the Library of Congress. These specifications include the following basic elements (profiles describing the full set of specifications can be found at http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/guidelines/) : 

  • TIFF 6.0, 8-bit grayscale, 400 dpi, uncompressed, with specified tag values
  • JPEG2000, Part 1; 8-bit component; 6 decomposition layers; 25 quality layers; 8:1 compression; with XML Box with specified RDF metadata
  • Single page PDF with hidden text; downsampled to 150 dpi, using JPEG compression; with XMP containing specified RDF metadata.
  • Single page machine-readable text encoded in ALTO, v. 2.0 XML; in column-reading order (created with Optical Character Recognition).
  • METS XML data objects describing newspaper issues, pages, and microfilm reels; incorporating elements in MODS, PREMIS, and MIX formats.

Chronicling America provides access to these digitized historic materials primarily through a Web interface enhanced with dynamic HTML interactivity for magnification and navigation. Searches are available for both full-text newspaper pages and bibliographic newspaper records (the Newspaper Directory). Pages are displayed in JPEG format, dynamically-created from source files on user request and presented through the browser interface using a combination of Javascript, DHTML and AJAX Web programming.

Preservation Data Repository and Dissemination Application

The NDNP repository developed for Chronicling America is based on the Open Archive Information System (OAIS) Reference Model for preservation repository architecture and supported by a variety of modular components to enable long-term sustainability of data ingestion, archival management and data dissemination. The public website is built using the Python programming language, Django Web framework, RDFLib, Apache Solr search server, Apache Web server, and MySQL database engine. For more information, see http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/ or contact ndnptech@loc.gov.

Related Resources

Rights and Reproductions

The Library of Congress believes that the newspapers in Chronicling America are in the public domain or have no known copyright restrictions. Newspapers published in the United States prior to 1923 are in the public domain in their entirety. Any newspapers in Chronicling America that were published after 1922 are also believed to be in the public domain, but may contain some copyrighted third party materials. Researchers using post-1922 newspapers should be alert for modern content (for example, registered and renewed for copyright and published with notice) that may be copyrighted. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item.

The NEH awardee responsible for producing each digital object is presented in the Chronicling America page display, above the page image – e.g. Image produced by the Library of Congress. For more information on current NDNP awardees, see http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/listawardees.html.

For more information on Library of Congress policies and disclaimers regarding rights and reproductions, see http://www.loc.gov/homepage/legal.html


Go straight to the NDNP Collection home page here:

The NDNP Home Page

**Be sure to explore both tabs at the top of the search page:

  • “US Newspaper Directory 1690-present”
  • “All Digitized Newspapers 1789-1963

More information on program guidelines, participation, and technical information can be found at http://www.neh.gov/projects/ndnp.html or http://www.loc.gov/ndnp/.

& Start searching!!

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For those that love wines with their family tree crime stories….

Get the 19 crimes Wine Bottle Lamp on Amazon!

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