Friday, June 23, 2017

Full Circle

Papa Ben took advantage of Will and Jacob being here.

He thought moving Cecil, our black cougar, was a good idea.

Fortunately, everyone agreed.

Then Harrison needed to be moved.

Harrison weighs 300 pounds.

That's why we took advantage of Will and Jacob's muscles.

Everyone is happy.

There was a time when we pulled out the tusks before Jacob arrived.  Now, he knows how to put them back in.

A short break was in order.

Jacob is learning a new routine, since he will be here all summer.  He tried out my trainer and ended up running for 30 minutes.  Watching American Ninja Warrior helped.

Will spent much of the last two days working on new music.  Honestly, it was wonderful listening to him.

We did fall back on something we knew would be a hit.

I took Jacob tramping.  He moves fast.

He loves the dodgeball pit.

This was yesterday.  While he killed his enemies, I worked on pictures for the post about my new book.

Jacob doesn't need much tending anymore.

I asked Jacob if he would help me clean out my freezer, which has a lot of desserts in it from various events.  (I tend to freeze food rather than throw it away.)  Jacob has been appreciative of this assignment.  He's pointing out that this was his third torte last night.  I have whipped cream, but he prefers ice cream on these.  I asked him what he wanted for dinner tonight.  The answer?  Same as last night.  We had a real lunch, in case any mothers are concerned.

Will loaded the car this morning before I took him to campus.  Most of his new stuff was delivered via Walmart, which I felt worked very well, at least on my end.

We found where he needed to be, and then he couldn't get rid of me fast enough, a good sign.

One of the Walmart boxes was accidentally shipped to the store instead of to me.  No problem picking it up.

Will had asked for a lemon loaf last night, but I didn't have enough lemons.  Now I do.

I picked up more boxes on the way home.  Why they got four boxes in the right place and not the fifth is beyond me, but no worries.

I try to keep fun things on hand.  A new cube happened to arrive today amidst all the stuff for Will.  Jacob was frustrated for about 30 minutes, and then he got it.

Late this afternoon I took the boxes and suitcases to Helaman Halls, where Will and some new friends took everything up to his dorm room.  He had a great day and is looking forward to tomorrow.

I came home to find Jacob talking on the phone with his mom.  This appears to be the beginning of the best summer ever!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Parson Greenwood's Book

This week I received a book from England which I had purchased a few weeks ago.  The seller asked for 200 Pounds plus shipping.  This worked out to be $315.

The seller deals in used art books which he buys in very large quantities.  This book happened to be in the cache he purchased for resale.

Upon opening the book, the seller saw the name of Parson Greenwood.  This book was apparently part of his library in 1774.  Other names in the book perhaps belonged to later owners.

The seller, who makes his living selling books, realized that if he could find a descendant of Parson Greenwood (the man’s given name), the book might sell for a higher price than he might otherwise receive.

The book is a Bible commentary written by Matthew Henry and was published in 1707.

This is volume one of 6 books.  These commentaries are still in demand and have been in continuous publication for over 300 years.

The book seller asked his sister to see if she could find a descendant of Parson Greenwood.

The fact is, Parson Greenwood likely has thousands of living descendants today, but perhaps not more than a handful know he is their ancestor, as he lived between 1727 and 1810.  I knew.  He was the grandfather of my Grandmother Cannon's great-grandmother.

This picture of Parson Greenwood came from a book titled, Kirkgate Chapel, Bradford, and its Associations with Methodism.  There are several references to Parson Greenwood.  Look at page 90 for starters.

Just about 12 months ago, I finished a massive research project on my ancestor Joseph Fielding, who was born during the last decade of Parson Greenwood's life.  I titled it, "The World of Joseph Fielding."  I then uploaded that biography, which describes Parson Greenwood and his ministry, to my family website.  The seller’s sister found that page.  Think of it, I finished the biography just a year ago.

Joseph Fielding’s sister was Mary Fielding Smith, the widow of Hyrum Smith.

Joseph Fielding was one of the first seven LDS missionaries sent to England in 1837 by Joseph Smith.  During Joseph Fielding’s mission, he married Hannah Greenwood, the granddaughter of Parson Greenwood.

Joseph and Hannah’s two oldest daughters, Rachel and Ellen, were born in England during Joseph’s mission.  After his release, the family joined the Saints in Nauvoo and crossed the plains to Utah in 1848.

Hannah carried with her a small Bible which had belonged to her grandfather.  I do not know where this book is today, but a drawing of the Bible was included in a Burton family history published in the 1960s. 

A copy of the flyleaf of this Bible was included in this family history.  First, notice the signature which was in the Bible.

It matches the signature in the book I just acquired.

The inscription in the Bible which follows the signature states that the book was borrowed:  “Parson Greenwood's Book 1766. Had of Richard Ogden (nigh Rochdale) for my life and if I am the longer liver tis mine for ever, if not, it is to be returned to him again, after my death.”  Presumably, Parson Greenwood outlived his friend Richard.

Parson Greenwood was a minister in the Anglican Church and was an associate of John and Charles Wesley.  The Wesley brothers intended to create a path for Christians which would bring the Spirit of God into their lives.  This path was called “means of grace,” a method which Anglican Church members could follow.  The steps included studying the scriptures, caring for the poor and sincere prayer.  Eventually, this path developed into a separate church, known as Methodism.  When John Wesley left the Anglican Church, Parson Greenwood followed.

I haven’t been able to obtain much information from the seller about the book.  He was happy to sell it to a descendant and I was happy to buy it, and that’s pretty much where we stand.  Interestingly, Parson Greenwood died in Yorkshire in 1810.  The receipt the seller emailed me after his wife mailed the book was printed in Yorkshire.

The book has two stamps of Parson Greenwood's name which I am certain were added later.

Hannah left an older brother, George, in England when she emigrated.  I wonder if George Greenwood might have inherited this book, and perhaps other books belonging to his grandfather.  Perhaps he kept his library organized by using these stamps.

Hannah’s daughter Rachel married William Walton Burton, a British convert who emigrated to the United States in 1854.

The story is actually more interesting than that.  Both of Rachel’s sisters eventually married William Burton.  The family had 30 children.

Rachel and William’s oldest son was Joseph Fielding Burton, who was a second cousin to Joseph Fielding Smith.

In 1886, Joseph married Mary Ann Elizabeth Driver, whose family celebrated her first birthday on the plains in 1866.

Joseph and Mary Ann’s fourth child, born in 1894, was Ida May Burton.

In 1915, Ida May married Collins Telle Cannon, one of the youngest of George Q. Cannon's sons.

Their only son, Collins Burton Cannon, was my father, born in 1918.

Grandmother Cannon was very proud of her heritage, and I have loved discovering it.  In 1978, I took my three children to visit her.  In other news, after losing an aged aunt,I just inherited the love seat they are sitting on.

I’ve only had the book one day, but it's been thrilling to study it.  The book is well-used, but for a 300-year-old book, it’s in excellent condition.  The edges are worn from standing on a shelf.

I was fascinated to see the stitching.

The book itself is interesting, and I intend to read it.  In fact, the seller assured me that the book could be read.  The author stated, essentially, that he was born of goodly parents.

He believed in divine revelation.  I am seeking guidance in determining how I should best care for this priceless possession.