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Volume 5, Issue 1

February 1, 2002


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Sereno Elisha Payne 1843-1914

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Sereno Elisha Payne


Sereno Elisha Payne was born in Hamilton, New York, June 26, 1843; son of William Wallace and Betsy (Sears) Payne; grandson of Elisha, founder of the village of Hamilton and a native of Connecticut, and Esther (Douglass) Payne, and of David, a pioneer of Cayuga county, and Thankful (Irish) Sears, and a lineal descendant of Stephen Hopkins, Mayflower, 1620.

Serno Elisha Payne attended the Auburn academy, and was graduated from Rochester University in 1864. He studied law at Auburn; was admitted to the bar in 1866, and practiced in Auburn in partnership with John T. M. Davie, 1869-70 and alone, 1870-82. He was married, April, 1873, to Gertrude, daughter of Oscar Fitzhugh and Arietta (Terry) Knapp of Auburn, New York.

He was City Clerk, 1867-68, supervisor, 1871-72; District Attorney, 1873-79; and president of the Board of Education, 1879-82. He was a Republican representative from the 26th district in the 48th Congress, 1883-85, and from the 27th district in the 49th Congress, 1885-87. He was defeated for nomination for the 50th Congress by Newton W. Nutting, whom he succeeded in 1889 as representative in the 51st Congress, and served continuously in the 51st—58th Congresses, 1889-1905.

He was a member of the Committee on Ways and Means in the 51st-58th Congresses, was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means in the 56th, succeeding Nelson Dingley, deceased, and in the 57th and 58th Congresses. He was appointed a member of the Joint High Commission to negotiate a treaty with Canada in 1898.

On April 23, 1911, Gertrude (Knapp) Payne passed away and shortly thereafter in 1914 Sereno Payne passed away also.

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Valentines Day

Very soon Valentines Day will be upon us. As we all know it is mostly for sweethearts, but it could also be fore anyone you know. They have all kinds of cards these days. Send a valentine card to a friend or how about a relative who lives alone. Grandparents would also love to receive a valentines card from their grandkids. Don’t know anyone to give a valentine to? How about making a big card and address it to all the residents in a nursing home. Or if you want to be more practical but still have a little fun, why not make someone pancakes or french toast and cut them in the shapes of hearts. Put a little strawberry jelly on top and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Then eat your creation. Yummy!

As for the valentines day card try some of these. Verses and valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their valentines. Written valentines began to appear after 1400. The oldest “valentine” in existence was made in the 1400’s and is in the British Museum. Paper valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of valentine gifts. Paper valentines were especially popular in England. Early valentines were made by hand and were made with colored paper, watercolors, and colored inks.

There were many different types of handmade valentines

1. Acrostic valentines—had verses in which the first lines spelled out the loved one’s name.

2. Cutout valentines—made by folding the paper several times and then cutting out a lacelike design with small sharp pointed scissors.

3. Pinprick valentines—made by pricking tiny holes in a paper with a pin or needle, creating the look of lace.

4. Theorem of Poonah valentines—designs that were painted through a stencil cut in oil paper, a style that came from the Orient.

5. Rebus valentines—verses in which tiny pictures take the place of some of the words (an eye would take the place of the word I).

6. Puzzle Purse valentines—a folded puzzle to read and refold. Among their many folds were verses that had to read in a certain order.

7. Fraktur valentines—had ornamental lettering in the style of illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages.

In the early 1800’s valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured valentines were black and white pictures that were painted by workers in a factory. Fancy valentines were made with real lace and ribbons, with paper lace introduced in the mid 1800’s. By the end of the 1800’s valentines were being made entirely by machine.

Don’t want to make a valentines card? You could try some of these old fashioned traditions.

1. Hundreds of years ago in England many children dressed up as adults on Valentines Day. They went singing

from home to home. One verse they sang was:

God morning to you valentine;

Curl you locks as I do mine—–

Two before and three


Good morning to you valentine.

2. In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant “You unlock my heart!”

3. In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week.

4. In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.

5. Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentines Day it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

As for myself, I think I’ll just stick to the store bought cards. Although I might try the heart shaped french toast or pancakes. That sounds really yummy and I love breakfast food. Happy Valentines Day to you All!


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Family Search

From time to time we send out a request for help on the family tree. Any information you have can be a big help to up. Sometimes all it takes is just a date or place and it gives us a starting point to search for information.

For example: From Andrew Keb’s obituitary we learned he had a sister who also moved form Germany to the United States. But the only information the obituitary gave was; a sister, Mrs. K. Bishop who lived in Indianapolis, Indiana. We had asked around and finally a couple of relatives were able to locate the records and found out Dwight’s name was actually James Dwight Bishop. Next we checked the marriage records and found her husband’s name which was Joe D. Bishop, but to our surprise we also found

she had a previous marriage. Kunigunde’s  first marriage was to Herman Ernst Schaefer. Well, back to census records again and discovered she had three other children, Ernst, William S., and H. Walter Schaefer. More searching of census records told us William S. Schaefer had a wife named Cora and they had a son, Paul Schaefer born in 1915 in Indiana. Now we have added a whole new line of cousins to the Keb family tree which no one knew about. When the 1930 census comes out in April this year we will be able to find out if Paul and his brothers were married and had children. With a little luck maybe we’ll be able to locate this side of the family this year. It would have been very difficult to find any information on Mrs. Bishop (since we originally didn’t have a

first name for Andrew’s sister) it had not been for a couple of relatives giving us the name of her son.

What a difference just one thing can make in finding information! No matter how small you may think the information could be, it could make a world of difference to us in looking up not only our past family history but also for our current family history. Has anyone in your family recently moved, or are there any marriages, divorces, or any new births, please tell us so that we can keep our records up to date for our future generations. Our phone number and addresse (including e-mail) is listed at the bottom of the newsletter. Thank you so much to everyone for all your help. We really appreciate it!

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Family Favorites

Mini-Ravioli & Meatball Soup


1 Tbs + 1 tsp. Oil 

1 lb. Frozen meatballs

1 medium onion chopped

1/4 tsp. Pepper

3 cans (14.5 oz each) beef broth


2 cans (14.5 oz each) Italian herb flavored diced tomatoes

1 pkg (10 oz) fresh or frozen  mini cheese ravioli

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Tbs. Chopped fresh parsley


In pot heat 1 Tbs. Oil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; cook, turning, until browned on all sides, about 3 minutes. Remove from pot; reserve. In same pot heat remaining oil. Add onion, garlic and pepper; cook until just tender, 3 minutes. Stir in broth and tomatoes; bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Return reserved meatballs to pot; simmer 10 minutes. Increase heat to high; bring to boil. Add ravioli; cook until tender, 7 minutes. Stir in parsley. Serves 6.

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Lorentz Jonsson 1851-1949

Born October 6, 1851 in Alem, Sweden he was the 11th of twelve children born to Jonas Jonsson and Anna Kajsa Jonasdotter. In 1872 he moved to Chicago, Illinois and opened a paint store. In December 1878 he married Selma Olivia Nelson (born May 1858 in Bjurback, Sweden to Karl August Nelson and Brita Maria Langberg she was the last of nine children). Lorentz and Selma had seven children between 1876 and 1889. He died in Chicago, Illinois January 1, 1890.

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