Daniells/Plowman/Coleman Links to the Royalty of Europe

November 23, 2009

Betty Daniells

In several previous blogs, I have mentioned the work of my Aunt Betty Daniells in gathering genealogical information on our ancestors.  Betty spent her retirement years traveling in the U.S. and Europe, gathering data.  She did her work before the age of the computer, so everything was collected and recorded by hand.   Starting with her parents, she followed each line as far as she could.  One line, through Juliana Coleman, wife of Peter Plowman, was traced back to around 1400 where it was linked to the royalty of England.  The English have historically kept detailed ancestral records so that once a link is established, it is possible to connect dozens of generations.  Her research shows that the ancestors of the Daniells/Plowman/Coleman line includes Kings of England, France, Italy, Germany and Poland.  Our ancestors include Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Alfred the Great, and numerous Counts, Dukes, Viscounts, and Earls.  Several of our ancestors signed the Magna Carta.  Lady Godiva is my 34th great-grandmother.

It is one thing to gather all of the data on European royalty; it is another matter entirely to display it.  Betty traced one line 76 generations to Mark Antony and at least six more lines 40 or more generations.  It was common practice in the Middle Ages for treaties between nations to include the marriage of one king’s daughter to the king’s new ally.  Lines crisscross and kings have children by multiple wives.  No standard genealogy chart handles all of this data.  One of Betty’s major accomplishments was to organize all of her data into a chart.  I have several rough drafts she made on long white window shades.  Eventually, she created a  copy where each couple’s names were typed on tabs which were attached to poster board and then laminated.  A picture of this chart, made in two pieces, is shown here.  Actually, there is a third piece which connects as an overlay.  I don’t know if anyone else has been able to create a chart displaying  this information, but I think this was a major accomplishment.  I think that Betty made a copy of this chart for each of her 11 nieces and nephews.

Betty Daniells' Ancestry Tree

I was recently able to have the chart scanned and anyone who would like a PDF copy can reach me through the comments section of this blog.


Children of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells: Jean

October 24, 2009

The fifth and last of the children of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells was Jean.  Jean’s oldest son Jim Lowell writes: 

 

 

Jean Daniells Lowell

Jean Daniells Lowell

Iva Georgene “Jean” was born November 21, 1919 at the Pivot in Wacousta.  In her early years she lived and attended school in Florida but spent summers in Michigan.  After graduation from high school in Eustis, Florida in 1937 she took a year off then attended Florida State College for Women where she graduated in 1942 with a BA degree in Music.  She married Donald Harrison Lowell on July 17, 1942.

After living in various places in the Midwest after WWII, the family settled in Wacousta in 1952.  Jean and Don raised seven children – James Russell, Thomas Edward, Sarah Anne, Linda Jean, Katherine Ruth, Betty Lucinda and Donald Carey.  During the 1950s she also taught music at the Wacousta school and continued to serve as a substitute teacher in the Grand Ledge system into the 1970s.  She was very involved with the Methodist church in Wacousta, leading the choir and playing the organ when needed.  She was also active in the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and other church organizations.

Jean spent the rest of her life in Wacousta.  She was diagnosed with cancer in July, 1976.  Always cheerful, she fought the disease with good diet and a positive attitude.  She died in California, where she had traveled for treatment, on November 1, 1977.

Jean Daniells Lowell about six months before her death.

Jean Daniells Lowell about six months before her death.

 

 

Jean Daniells Lowell

Jean Daniells Lowell

Jean takes a photograph

Jean takes a photograph

Jean plays a recorder.

Jean plays a recorder.

Don Lowell and Jean with kitty.

Don Lowell and Jean with kitty.

Don and Jean Lowell

Don and Jean Lowell

Jean Daniells and Don Lowell Wedding

Jean Daniells and Don Lowell Wedding

Iva Daniells welcomes Don and Jean Lowell home from their honeymoon.

Jean's mother Iva Bliss Daniells welcomes Jean and Don Lowell home after their honeymoon.


The Daniells Sisters: the Senior Years

October 23, 2009
Today we conclude the group pictures of the five Daniells sisters with snapshots of their senior years.  The sisters remained close all their lives, helping one another, consoling one another, and loving one another.  Every gathering of the five was another opportunity for a group picture.
Betty, Eleanor, and Mary at the cottage.

Betty, Eleanor, and Mary at the cottage.

Dora, Mary, and Betty gaze up at an oil portrait of their Uncle Estee Daniells.

Dora, Mary, and Betty gaze up at an oil portrait of their Uncle Estee Daniells.

Eleanor and Betty contemplate fallen apples at the cottage.

Eleanor and Betty contemplate fallen apples at the cottage.

Jean, Dora, and Mary front row.  Betty and Eleanor back row.

Jean, Dora, and Mary front row. Betty and Eleanor back row.

Jean, Eleanor, Betty, Mary, and Dora.

Jean, Eleanor, Betty, Mary, and Dora.

The sisters gather for Dora and John Panchik's wedding.

The sisters gather for Dora and John Panchik's wedding.

Jean, Mary, Dora, Betty, and Eleanor.

Jean, Mary, Dora, Betty, and Eleanor.

Mary sings while Eleanor plays the piano, 1952.

Mary sings while Eleanor plays the piano, 1952.


The Daniells Sisters: Pictures of the Middle Years

October 21, 2009

We continue with pictures of the teen and young adult years of the Daniells sisters.

Betty, Mary, and Eleanor

Betty, Mary, and Eleanor

Left to right, Eleanor, Dora, Jean, Betty, and Mary

Left to right, Eleanor, Dora, Jean, Betty, and Mary

Left to right, Jean, Betty, Dora, Mary, and Eleanor

Left to right, Jean, Betty, Dora, Mary, and Eleanor

Daniells sisters, 1932

Daniells sisters, 1932

Jean and Eleanor in their band uniforms.

Jean and Eleanor in their band uniforms.

Mary and Betty, 1928

Mary and Betty, 1928

Jean, W.C., Mary, and Dora with Mary's twins Mary and Donna.

Jean, W.C., Mary, and Dora with Mary's twins Mary and Donna.

Front row left to right, Eleanor, W.C. and Jean.  Back row, Mary, Dora, and Betty.

Front row left to right, Eleanor, W.C. and Jean. Back row, Mary, Dora, and Betty.

Betty, Iva, Mary, Dora, Jean, and Eleanor with Mary's twins Donna and Mary.

Betty, Iva, Mary, Dora, Jean, and Eleanor with Mary's twins Donna and Mary.


The Daniells Sisters: Pictures of the Early Years

October 19, 2009

The five Daniells sisters enjoyed doing things together, and there were many opportunities for group pictures.  In previous posts, I have focused primarily on individual sisters.  Today, I will share group pictures.

Iva with Dora and baby Mary, 1911

Iva with Dora and baby Mary, 1911

Baby Mary and Dora with parents Iva and W.C. Daniells, 1911

Baby Mary and Dora with parents Iva and W.C. Daniells, 1911

Iva with Dora, Mary, and Betty, 1914

Iva with Dora, Mary, and Betty, 1914

Parents Iva and W.C. with Dora, Mary, and Betty, ca 1913

Parents Iva and W.C. with Dora, Mary, and Betty, ca 1913

Iva holds Eleanor while Dora, Mary, and Betty ride the horse.

Iva holds Eleanor while Dora, Mary, and Betty ride the horse.

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora Daniells, 1917

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora Daniells, 1917

Left to right, Iva with Jean, Dora, Eleanor, Mary, and Betty, ca 1921

Left to right, Iva with Jean, Dora, Eleanor, Mary, and Betty, ca 1921

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora, ca 1918

Left to right, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Dora, ca 1918

A "band" of sisters: Dora, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Jean

A "band" of sisters: Dora, Mary, Betty, Eleanor, and Jean, ca 1929


Children of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells: Eleanor

October 15, 2009
 
Eleanor Daniells
Eleanor Daniells

Eleanor Grace, the fourth daughter of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells, was born April 30, 1916, at the Pivot near Wacousta, Michigan.  She attended school in Wacousta and then moved to Eustis, Florida, where she graduated from high school.  Like her sisters, Eleanor attended Florida State Womens College and graduated with a degree in music education.  She later earned a Masters in Music from Northwestern University.  As a graduation present for her Masters degree, her father W.C. Daniells bought her the finest violin he could find, a Claude Pierray violin made in the 1700’s.  The violin is now owned by Eleanor’s niece Katy Webster. 

Eleanor Daniells - 1Eleanor taught music at Culver Stockton College in Missouri.  She then accepted a position to teach in the Escuela Americana in El Salvador and taught there for several years.  At the end of her assignment there, her sisters Mary and Betty and I flew to El Salvador and drove back with her through El Salvador, Guatemala,  and Mexico.  We had many adventures in her four passenger Austin Cambridge. 

Eleanor never married, but she was very close to her 11 nieces and nephews. 

Eleanor taught for one year at the University of Tampa and then transferred to East Tennessee State University where she taught in the music education department until her retirement.  She then moved to Bishops Glenn Retirement Home in Holly Springs, Florida, where she had an apartment near her sister Mary.  She selected an apartment with an over-sized living room to accommodate her large Baldwin grand piano.

Besides her work at the University, throughout her life Eleanor was involved in P.E.O. and with the Presbyterian Church.  Up until shortly before her death, she played the organ at her church in Daytona Beach.  She also played the piano for chapel at Bishops Glenn.  She played the viola de gamba and the recorder in various musical societies. 

Eleanor loved to travel.  She attended music workshops all over the world and enjoyed Smithsonian tours.  Sometimes her sister Betty would join her. 

Eleanor died in 2008 and is buried in Wacousta Cemetery, Wacousta, Michigan, next to her beloved sister Betty and near her mother and four sisters.  To view a memorial for Eleanor Daniells, click on the highlighted link.

Iva Bliss Daniells and Eleanor, 1916

Iva Bliss Daniells and Eleanor, 1916

Eleanor, about 2 years of age

Eleanor, about 2 years of age

Eleanor, about 2 years old

Eleanor, about 2 years old

Eleanor Daniells, all dressed up.

Eleanor Daniells, all dressed up.

Eleanor Daniells

Eleanor takes a bow.

Eleanor takes a bow.

Eleanor and her car, Sept. 6, 1948.

Eleanor and her car, Sept. 6, 1948.

Eleanor in cap and gown.

Eleanor in cap and gown.

Eleanor Daniells - 4

Eleanor makes a Bear Paw quilt,1986

Eleanor makes a Bear Paw quilt,1986

Eleanor at the Cottage.

Eleanor at the Cottage.


Children of Will Carleton and Iva Bliss Daniells: Betty

October 12, 2009
Betty Daniells

Betty Daniells

Estella Elizabeth “Betty” Daniells was the third daughter of Will Carleton and Iva Daniells.  She was born at the Pivot in Wacousta, Michigan, on September 30, 1912.  She attended elementary school in Wacousta and high school in Eustis, Florida.  Like her two older sisters she attended Florida State College for Women and graduated with a degree in Education.  She never married.  I believe that originally she taught English, but at the beginning of World War Two there was a need to teach mathematics to servicemen.  Betty volunteered to do this, saying that, since she had struggled with math, she could understand her students’ problems and could help them.  Apparently, the subject appealed to her since she spent the rest of her career teaching math.  Most of her career was spent teaching at Lake Wales High School in Florida.  Her strength in language was also obvious, and she was the family grammar expert.  

After retirement, Betty devoted much of her time as the family historian and genealogist.  She traveled widely in the U. S. and England collecting information, and she corresponded with numerous researchers.  I still have boxes of her data that I have not had time to organize and enter into Family Tree Maker.  She tracked each of her ancestors back as far as possible and found one line through Julia Coleman and the Plowmans that she traced back to around the first century.  The family trees became so extensive that she plotted them on window shades which could be unrolled to follow them.  According to her records, we are descended from many European kings including Old King Cole who really did exist around the 5th century in England. 

Betty died in 1995 and is buried next to her sister Eleanor.

Click on the highlighted link to view the Betty Daniells Memorial.

Betty Daniells at 3 years old.

Betty Daniells at 3 years old.

Dora, Mary, Iva, and W.C. Daniells holding Betty.

Dora, Mary, Iva, and W.C. Daniells holding Betty.

Betty feeds the chickens.

Betty feeds the chickens.

Betty Daniells at about 3 years of age.

Betty Daniells at about 3 years of age.

Betty Daniells, about 1930.

Betty Daniells, about 1930.

Betty in 1931 as a Freshman at Florida State Women's College.

Betty in 1931 as a Freshman at Florida State Women's College.

Betty in the 1940's.

Betty in the 1940's.

Betty, 1962

Betty, 1962

Betty with Eleanor and Mary at the Cottage.

Betty with Eleanor and Mary at the Cottage.

 


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