My Own Stories
Summer of Love (work-in-progress)
On Highway 61 with Bob Dyan (work-in-progress)
Colors de Mexico
Ordination of the King of Siam-1912>
Rocky Mountain National Park
Charter Surf Film
Daniel's First Birthday Party
Visit to Ashley's and Windson's New House
Pookie and the Bunnies
Hollis Brown Music Video
Amtrak: Santa Barbara to Los Angeles
Old Farm Road Party on Cape Cod
Profiles of Some Ancestors
The Fielding Wesley Gibson Story
Sister Betsey: True Believer
Job Shattuck: Firebrand Farmer
John McKinley: A History Lesson
The Life and Times of the Mulatto Gideon Gibson
John Charter of Orwell, Vermont
Chapter 1 - Introdcution: As I Knew Grandma Charter
Chapter 2 - The Scotland They Left
Chapter 3 - Scottish Resettlement in Ulster
Chapter 4 - John Charter's Emigration from Scotland
Chapter 5 - Linen Weaving In Ulster
Chapter 6 - Progress and Poverty in Ulster
Chapter 7 - The Canadas
Chapter 8 - The Great Famine of 1845-46
Chapter 9 - Emigration to Canada 1846-51
Chapter 10 - The Famine Inspired Emigration of 1847
Chapter 11 - Andrew Hemphill in Quebec
Chapter 12 - The Grahams
Chapter 13 - The Fergusons, the Terrys and Uxbridge
Chapter 14 - The Hemphills move to Canada West
Chapter 15 - The Charters
Chapter 16 - The Great Sioux Uprising and The Birth of Redwood Falls, Minnesota
Chapter 17 - Redwood Falls - The Early Years
Chapter 18 - The Charters and the Hemphills in Redwood Falls
as Revealed by It‘s ewspaper
Chapter 19 - Great-Uncle “Doc” Fountain
Chapter 20 --Before There Were Homesteaders, There Were Ranchers
Chapter 21 - The Opening of Canada’s North West Territory
Chapter 22 - The Rush of Homesteaders
Chapter 23 - The Homestead Experience - Rosemead
Chapter 24 - The Homestead Experience - Travers
Chapter 25 - Making Tracks For The Land of Dreams
Chapter 26 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Mission Era
Chapter 27 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Secularization of The Missions
Chapter 28 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-U.S. Annexation of Alta California
Chapter 29 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Ranchos Era
Chapter 30 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Wheat Era
Chapter 31 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Valley’s Passes
Chapter 32 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-Water for Thirsty Populace
Chapter 33 - The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Suburbanization of the Valley
Chapter 34 - (Work-in-Progress) The History of the San Fernando Valley-The Elephant in the Living Room-Los Angeles 4
Old Home Movies
Gail's 1st Steps 1948
EastTexas & Arkansas 1947
Boothbay & Santa's Village 1955
New Orleans & Florida
Great Smoky Mnts & Bon Voyage
Niagra Falls, Gettysburg, Washington D.C.
New York City-circa-1955
At the Park & Gail’s 4th Birthday
Camping in the Redwoods- 1948
London, Queens Parade & Changing of the Guards
Touring Historic Sites of the American Revolution
Sweden and Denmark 1954
Last Day In Manhasset & Visit to Whaling Ship in Mystic, Conn. 1955
Stratford-upon-Avon & Queen Juliana of the Netherland Parade 1954
At the Santa Monica Palesades With Grandma Charter-1953
Snow with the Seekins in Annapolis
Aboard Homebound Ship; Manhasset, NY; & Annapolis, MD>
Baby Linda and Her Sisters
When the address was 2109 Quenby, Houston-1947
Patti & Gail in Houston-Oct. 1947
The Good Life in Van
Skipping Thru London-1954
North Pole N.Y. & Niagara Falls
Linda's 1st Birthday
Eating Icicles in Switzerland
Paternal Great-Great-Great-Grandfather, Francis Charter, 1777-1845, Had 3 wives (consecutively) and 24 children
Maternal Great-Great-Grandfather, Joseph Tiiiey, 1831-1915, Shoemaker from Cambridge, England, died in Los Angeles
Joseph Tilley and Grand-daughter Winifred Brison
Materanl Great- Great-Grandmother, Mary Wayman Tilley, 1830-1882, photo circa 1880. From Cambridgeshire, England, married Joseph Tilley in England, 1853. They had 10 children. Died in Los Angeles.
Wayman family home in Cambbridgeshire. Dates back well into the 1600s. It’s the original farmhouse, and then from the mid 1800s, gt.gt. grandfather Samuel started a building firm too, as agriculture was in a depression and he had to diversify. There was originally, and until the 1950’s, a row of cottages at the back of the house, attached on the left hand side as one looks at this picture.
Maternal Great- Great-Grandmother Amanda Gillis, 1826-1886, Following photo is description on back of photo.
I can not figure out who wrote this given their family tree (next photo).
Paternal Great-Grandparents, George and Susan Charter, 1821-1898, and 1822-1907, they had 12 children. Henry Charter, Grandfather, was their 12th. George and Susan are buried in Redwood Falls, Minnesota.
Maternal Great-Grandfather, Byron McMurray, seated center, 1855-1931, born in Petaluma, Sonoma, California and died in Los Angeles.
Materanl Great-Grandmother, Eda Angela Tilley, 1861-1945, wife of Byron McMurry and mother of Bernice McMurray, my Maternal Grandmother. Born in Cambridgeshire, she was about four-years-old when she arrived in America. She married Byron in 1882 in Los Angeles.
Maternal Great-Grandfather, Edward David Gibson, 1853-1935, far right. Born in El Monte, California, died Pasadena, California. Was Sheriff of Los Angeles County 1890-1892. Self-described as miner and promoter. Also pictured in photo, left to right: their son Denzel, Great-Grandmother Alma Jaqua Gibson, and son Gadi. Gadi was struck and killed by a streetcar in adolescence.
Edward performing his duty at a public hanging.
Edward in a courtroom in his official capacity.
Edward, again in a courtroom.
Gibson and Brown Shaft No. 1 in Randsburg on the edge of the Mojave desert. circa 1897. Edward's partnership with Brown in gold prospecting.
Randsburg, where it was said there was too little water and too much whiskey.
Randsburg, once Rand Camp, renamed for town in South Africa, which is actually Randburg.
Written on back: "Grandma [Alma or 'Big Mama'] Gibson" on left in swing. Could be Grandpa [Edward Gibson, sheriff] in door of tent and Den [Denzel]and Gadi sitting on ground"
Maternal Great-Grandmother, Alm Jaqua Gibson, 1868-1954, born in Indiana. Regarded herself as a blue-blood with ties to the Mayflower.
Denzel Gibson, circa 1888.
Denzel and Gadi
Denzel, Alma, Gadi Gibson
Invitation to Bernice
Written on back: "Mom and Dad, [Denzel and Bernice] Whitey and Hazel".
Denzel and Bernice
Vivian, Bernice, Anna, Ada, Winnie, Cress, Harry, , Den, John at Cress and Anna Tilley's beach cottage.
Vivian, Ada, Anna, Winnie, Bernice
Bernice, __, ___, Anna Tilley, Harry Valentine, Vivian, John Wardlaw, Ada, Den and Winnie
Bernice and Den on E. 28th St. before their marraige,
Bernice Gibson, aka Grandma Gibson
One of serveral post cards to Bernice from Roy, who later married her sister Hazel. Note the Houston Tex 1911 postmark.
Written on back by Bernice: Bill, Byron, Hazel, Cousin Emma, Moma and I at Venice before I was married
Bernice sitting at the bow of the sailboat
Ray, Helen, Den, Bernice, Nell, Lestor. Look at Nell eyeing Ray, mostly unseen in the photo
Helen and Ray, Den and Bernice, Ocean Park circa 1914
Den and Bernice, 25th St. Los Angeles
Bernice, in riding pants?
Written on back: Taken in Old Mexico, sister Edith holding Bill, Hazel on steps, mama Bernice and Papa in back
Taken at smelter outside Aguas Caliente, Hazel, friend, Bernie (this is possibly wrong description as I got some numbering mixed up)
The McMurray Clan
Shown for her Mexican address. Is the postmark '07? I think at is about right.
Bernice at work at the National Ice Company
Bernice with Willie and Byron at the Ostrich Farm
Written on back: Bill with gun, Byron on cotton ranch near Calexico
Written on back: Bernice and Uncle Tom McMurray in Coulterville, California
Rare photo of a younger Grandma Charter; in the living room of her house on Van Nuys Blvd.
Written on back: Papa [Byron] taken Imperial Valley
In Imperial Valley
Taken at smelter outside Aguas Calliente, Hazel, Bernice, friend
Den's father loading loading wagon with cottom
Farming with a team of horses in the Imperial Valley.
Written on back: Edward Gibson and Den with dog, in Baja California