Memories of Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion (1) – Love at First Sight – 1892 – 1933

How many times has one small event set off a series of events that end up changing your life, your country or your world? Can you think of a decision you made that changed the direction of your life?

In the Guion family living in Trumbull, the one event that changed everyone’s life forever was the death of my Grandmother,  Arla Mary Peabody Guion. She married Grandpa when she was 18 and he was 29 and they were blessed with five sons and a daughter, but let’s return to the beginning.

My grandfather, Alfred Duryee Guion, left school at the age of 16, after his father had passed away, to go out into the world and earn some money to help support his mother and younger sister. After several positions as a clerk, a stenographer, Private Secretary and positions in advertising, he joined the Century Publishing Company on the Advertising staff of St. Nicholas Magazine. As he writes in his autobiography:

                          Alfred Duryee Guion @ 1913

Up to this time, I had thought that someday, when the right girl came along, I should probably get married. but during these years, I had never

really fallen in love, perhaps because my standards of what an ideal wife should be were pretty high and I had not met anyone yet to seriously challenge that standard, although the young Peabody girl was frequently in my thoughts.

                 Arla Peabody as The Virgin Mary

Then one Christmas season the church or Sunday school staged a religious play with the Nativity scene and Arla Peabody was chosen to play the part of the Virgin Mary. She wore a soft white scarf over her head and carried a doll for the Infant Christ. That night as I watched her holding the child with tender contentment and a placid, dreamy look in her soft brown eyes, something inside me suddenly exploded.

I had read about “love at first sight”, but this wasn’t first sight. Here was a girl I had known and seen for several years, but apparently I had not seen her at all. This couldn’t be the same girl! Had I been blind? Here was the most enchanting person anywhere in the world. I didn’t know what had happened to me. I was in a daze. The room was crowded with people I knew but I didn’t see anyone else. I didn’t speak to anyone else. I didn’t dare speak to her: she was too far above me.

Somehow I found my hat and groped my way out the door and on my way home. It may have been cold outside. I didn’t know. All I could think of on my way home was how I could be worthy of even speaking to her. One moment I would be hugging myself at the thought that I knew her and perhaps she would notice me, the next moment I was in the depths of despair knowing that everyone who had ever seen her must have appreciated what I had been too blind to see and that I would stand a poor chance when such a wonderful girl had so many potential husbands to choose from. I prayed to God for help in making her love me. Never in my life, before or since, have I felt so overwhelmed as I did then.

                      Arla Mary Peabody c. 1911

I knew how St. Paul had felt on the road to Damascus when a bright light transformed him. In a word, quite suddenly, I was head over heels in love with Arla Peabody. She didn’t know it and I was afraid to tell her because she might not reciprocate and then life would just be a blank. The thing to do was to woo her with every wile I could command, fearful all the while that someone else would win her heart first. It was a far from happy time for me and I am afraid I must have seemed a bit strange to all who knew me.

My plan is to post  segments  of this story every Saturday and Sunday. Material will come from my grandfather’s autobiography, written in 1960 as he traveled around the world at a very leisurely pace on a freighter, the recorded memories of his children and letters of condolence written by their many, many friends after Arla’s death.

Judy Guion

My Ancestors (57 and 58) Jennings Rider and Sally Allen and (59 and 60) Dickerman Allen Rider and Almira Lillie and (61 and 62) Dickamon Allen Rider and Cordelia Pratt

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

Governor William Bradford; (2) Joseph Bradford; (3)Elisha Bradford; (4)Laurana Bradford; (5) Hannah McFarland; (6) Jennings Rider; (8)Dickerman Allen Rider; (9) Dickamon Allen Rider; (10) Marian Edith Rider; (11) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (12)Judith Anne Guion

Two weeks ago, as I was going through the Lewis, Rider, Irwin folder where I started collecting information on these families in 1975, I came across a piece of paper that I had either forgotten about or did not notice.  It was sent to me by my mother’s sister, Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell Sedberry.  Her note at the bottom says, “This is from Virginia Rider, and she wrote, “You are now Mayflower descendants.”

I had known that my three daughters were Mayflower descendants through their father but never knew of my connection.  Needless to say I went exploring on the Internet.  I will be following this line from Governor William Bradford to Dickamon (various records have different spellings for this name) Allen Rider (1832 – 1904), whose descendants I have covered on previous Sundays.

 

(1) Jennings Rider; (2) Dickeman Allen Rider; (3) Dickamon Allen Rider, (4) Homer Marchant Rider; (5) Marian Edith  (Rider) Irwin; (56 Mairian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion; (7) Judith Anne Guion.

Jennings Rider, the only Child I have found from the marriage of Caleb Rider and Hannah (McFarland) Rider, was born in 1780. He married Sally Allen (1783-1869) )August 3, 1806 in Whitingham, Vermont.  Their children follow:

  1. Alvin Rider (1807-deceased)
  2.  Dickerman Allen Rider (1808-1899)
  3. Moses Rider (1810-deceased)
  4. Arabella Rider (1812-1813)
  5. Isaac Tichenor Rider (1814-1870)
  6. Arabella Rider (1815-1897).

Dickerman Allen Rider, sercond child of Jennings Rider and Sally Allen, was born October 11, 1808 in Whitingham, Windham, Vermont.. He married Almira Lilly (or Lillie or Lilley).

 

The only child I have now is Dickamon Allen Rider who married Cordelia Pratt (January 1, 1842-7 ?, 1928. They had four children:

  1. Homer Marchant Rider 1864-1916)
  2. Frank L Rider (1866- ?
  3. Clara May (Rider) Madiera (1868- ?)
  4. Jessie Mildred Rider (1871- ?)

As posted in a previous My Ancestors post, Homer Marchant Rider (January 6, 1864-November 23,1916) married Edith May Lewis (June 21, 1863-June 10,1961). He is my great-grandfather, father of Marian Edith (Rider) Irwin, the grandfather of Marian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion, my mother.  Now the Lewis, Rider, Irwin line goes all the way back to the Mayflower and William Bradford. Quite a surprise to me but a connection well worth mentioning.

Tomorrow I will begin a week of letters written in 1944. All five of Grandpa’s sons re scattered all over the world doing their part during World War II.

Judy Guion

 

 

My Ancestors (53 and 54) – Laurana Bradford and Elijah McFarland and (55 and 56) Hannah McFarland and Caleb Rider

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

Governor William Bradford; (2) Joseph Bradford; (3)Elisha Bradford; (4)Laurana Bradford; (5) Hannah McFarland; (6) Jennings Rider; (8)Dickerman Allen Rider; (9) Dickamon Allen Rider; (10) Marian Edith Rider; (11) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (12)Judith Anne Guion

Two weeks ago, as I was going through the Lewis, Rider, Irwin folder where I started collecting information on these families in 1975, I came across a piece of paper that I had either forgotten about or did not notice.  It was sent to me by my mother’s sister, Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell Sedberry.  Her note at the bottom says, “This is from Virginia Rider, and she wrote, “You are now Mayflower descendants.”

I had known that my three daughters were Mayflower descendants through their father but never knew of my connection.  Needless to say I went exploring on the Internet.  For the next few Sundays I will be following this line from Governor William Bradford to Dickermon (various records have different spellings for this name) Allen Rider (1832 – 1904), whose descendants I have covered on previous Sundays.

(1)Laurana (Bradford) McFarland; (2) Hannah (McFarland) Rider; (3) Jennings Rider; (4) Dickeman Allen Rider; (5) Dickamon Allen Rider, (6) Homer Marchant Rider; (7) Marian Edith  (Rider) Irwin; (8) Mairian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion; (9) Judith Anne Guion

Laurane Bradfordl and, the fifth child of Elisha Bradford and Bathsheba Le Brocke, was born in 1726. She married Elijah McFarland (1722-1777) and they had thirteen children.

  1. Mary (molly) McFarland (1747-1815)
  2. David McFarland (1748 – 1778)
  3. Selma McFarland (1748 – deceased)
  4. Elijah McFarland (1749-1827)
  5. Abigail McFarland (1752-deceased)
  6. Hannah McFarland (1752-after 1812)
  7. Joseph McFarland (1753-1803
  8. Laurana McFarland (1755-1834)
  9. Sara McFarland (1757-deceased)
  10. Saba McFarland (1758-deceased)
  11. Mackfarling (1759-deceased)
  12. Sabra McFarland ( ? – ? )
  13. Asaba McFarland (deceased)

 

Hannah McFarland, sixth child of Laurana (Bradford) and Elijah McFarland Sr., was born in 1752 and married Caleb Rider (1746-deceased) on December 15, 1768. I have only found one child born to them:

  1. Jennings Rider (1780-1854).

Next Sunday I will continue this line of descent  from Jennings Rider to Homer Marchant Rider,

Tomorrow, I’ll begin a week of letters written in 1943. Lad and Marian are married and looking forward to the holidays.

Judy Guion

My Ancestors (49 and 50) – Joseph Bradford and Jael (Hobart) Bradford

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

Governor William Bradford; (2) Joseph Bradford; (3)Elisha Bradford; (4)Laurana Bradford; (5) Hannah McFarland; (6) Jennings Rider; (8)Dickerman Allen Rider; (9) Dickamon Allen Rider; (10) Marian Edith Rider; (11) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (12)Judith Anne Guion

Two weeks ago, as I was going through the Lewis, Rider, Irwin folder where I started collecting information on these families in 1975, I came across a piece of paper that I had either forgotten about or did not notice.  It was sent to me by my mother’s sister, Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell Sedberry.  Her note at the bottom says, “This is from Virginia Rider, and she wrote, “You are now Mayflower descendants.”

I had known that my three daughters were Mayflower descendants through their father but never knew of my connection.  Needless to say I went exploring on the Internet.  For the next few Sundays I will be following this line from Governor William Bradford to Dickermon (various records have different spellings for this name) Allen Rider (1832 – 1904), whose descendants I have covered on previous Sundays.

(1) Joseph Bradford; (2) Elisha Bradford; (3)Laurana (Bradford) McFarland; (4) Hannah (McFarland) Rider; (5) Jennings Rider;  (6) Dickeman Allen Rider; (7) Dickamon Allen Rider, (8) Homer Marchant Rider; (9) Marian Edith  (Rider) Irwin; (10) Mairian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion; (101 Judith Anne Guion

Joseph Bradford was the youngest son of Governor William Bradford, born in Plymouth colony in 1630.  He died July 10, 1715, also in Plymouth County.  His oldest sibling was John Bradford (1615-1678), the son of William Bradford and his first wife Dorothy (May, who accidentally fell overboard from the Mayflower and was drowned in 1620.  He had 2 other older siblings, William Bradford (1624-1704) and Mercy Bradford (1630-1648).

On May 25, 1664, Joseph Bradford married Jael Hobart at Hingham, Massachusetts.  They lived about one mile from the mouth of the Jones’ River, at a place called “Flat House Dock”, probably because his house had a flat top.

Joseph and Jael Bradford produced three sons, Joseph Bradford (1665-1712), Elisha Bradford (1669-1747) and Peter Bradford (1676-1712).  I am descended from Elisha Bradford.

Joseph Bradford died July 10, 1715, at the age of 85.

Next Sunday you will read what I was able to discover about Elisha Bradford and his wife, Hannah Cole.

Tomorrow, I will begin posting a week of letters written in 1944. All five of Grandpa’s sons are away from home helping Uncle Sam win the War. 

Judy Guion

Voyage to Venezuela (10) – Day Four on the Santa Rosa – January 2, 1939

This is the  beginning of a series of posts concerning Lad’s Voyage to Venezuela, taking a similar route as John Jackson Lewis during the first portion of his journey, about 88 years later. Lad and Dan had been hired by their Uncle Ted Human (husband of Helen (Peabody) Human, Aunt Helen), sister of Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion, Grandpa’s wife who had passed away in 1933 after a long illness. This is Lad’s version of the adventure he was taking and the same trip Dan had taken earlier in the year, traveling with Ted Human to South America.

         Alfred Peabody Guion (Lad)

Monday morning I woke up with the warm, fresh sea breeze blowing into the room and discovered that, Jimmie, my room Steward, had opened the port hole earlier in the morning because the wind was so warm.  The exhilaration of that breeze was wonderful and it only took me a few minutes to dress and get out onto the deck.  Everything seemed wonderful.  The breakfast was good, the people were friendly, I had not been seasick at all and the sea had been smooth, even while we had passed Cape Hatteras, which is always the roughest part of the trip.  That morning, after spending an hour wandering about in meeting and talking to many new people, I asked for permission to go down to the engine room.  I was told that after the ship left Puerto Cabello there would be a conducted trip down below, but after explaining that I would leave the ship at La Guayra, the stop previous to Puerto Cabello, I was taken to meet the chief engineer, and when I had explained the circumstances he was very friendly and helpful and referred me to one of the assistants.  He took me down to the bowels of the ship and I spent another very pleasant hour or so asking questions and seeing how a modern steam turbine engine and the oil heated steam furnaces work.  It was quite enlightening and everything was fairly clean, but even with my coat off it was very warm.  Then, since I still had some time before dinner, I went up to the control and radio rooms and talked with a radio operator.  I could not get onto the bridge, however, because of very strict laws made by the owners.

After lunch and a game of Shuffle-board, I was beginning to get a little bit tired of waiting for the ship to land at La Guayra and as the day passed I found myself wishing more and more that I were already on Land.  That evening there was another movie – Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – which I had seen previously but thoroughly enjoyed seeing again.  Then afterward, another dance and since on the morrow we were to land at Curaçao, a Dutch West Indies Island, I retired fairly early so I would be on hand to see the Island as it came into sight.

Tomorrow I will post what little I have found about Joseph Bradford amd his family. I may also post information about his son, Elishe Bradford. J

udy Guion

My Ancestors (45 and 46) – Governor William Bradford – 1590 – 1657) and Alice Carpenter (1593-1670)

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

This morning, as I was going through the Lewis, Rider, Irwin folder where I started collecting information on these families in 1975, I came across a piece of paper that I had either forgotten about or did not notice.  It was sent to me by my mother’s sister, Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell Sedberry.  Her note at the bottom says, “This is from Virginia Rider, and she wrote, “You are now Mayflower descendants.”

I had known that my three daughters were Mayflower descendants through their father but never knew of my connection.  Needless to say I went exploring on the Internet.  For the next few Sundays I will be following this line from Governor William Bradford to Dickermon (various records have different spellings for this name) Allen Rider (1832 – 1904), whose descendants I have covered on previous Sundays.

(1) Governor William Bradford; (2) Joseph Bradford; (3)Elisha Bradford; (4)Laurana (Bradford) McFarland; (5) Hannah (McFarland) Rider; (6) Jennings Rider; (8)Dickerman Allen Rider; (9) Dickamon Allen Rider; (10) Marian Edith Rider; (11) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (12)Judith Anne Guion.

William Bradford was the son of William Bradford (1559 – 1591) and Alice Hansen (1552 – 1597).  He was born about the 19 of March 1590 in Austerfield, West Riding, Yorkshire.  He was raised on a large farm and the family was considered wealthy and influential, when most of their neighbors possessed smaller farms.

At the age of seven he became an orphan and was sent to live with two uncles.  When he was twelve years old he traveled to hear the Rev. Richard Clyfton, who believed that the Church of England would become a purer Christian church by eliminating all Roman Catholic practices.  Bradford was inspired by his preaching and continued to attend his services.

This small congregation determined that reform of the Church of England was hopeless and started making plans to travel to the Dutch Republic where religious freedom was permitted.  There were many setbacks, including a betrayal, imprisonment and fines.  By the summer of 1608 they had managed to escape England in small groups and relocate to the Dutch Republic.  Bradford was 18.

Bradford arrived in Amsterdam in August 1608.  He had no family with him and was taken in by the Brewster household.  After nine months, the Scrooby Congregation chose to relocate to the smaller city of Leiden.  Bradford continued to reside with the Brewster family but conditions changed dramatically for him when he turned twenty-one and was able to claim his family inheritance in 1611.  He bought his own house and set up a workshop as a weaver of heavy cotton cloth for men’s clothing.

In 1613, he married Dorothy May, the daughter of a well-off English couple living in Amsterdam.  In 1617 their first child, John, was born.

William Bradford sold his house in Leiden in 1619 and shows up in the March 1620 tax records in a section of London called Aldgate.  Edward and Alice (Carpenter) Southworth and their two sons were also living in Aldgate in 1620.  Edward Southworth was a highly respected leader of the Leiden group, but he died during the winter of 1621/22.  His widow Alice emigrated to Plymouth Colony after Bradford’s wife died, and they were married (more on this later).

By July 1620, arrangements had been made and about 50 Separatists departed on the Speedwell.  William and Dorothy Bradford left their three-year-old son, John, with Dorothy’s parents in Amsterdam, possibly because he was too frail to make the voyage.  The Speedwell was to meet with the Mayflower off the coast of England and would travel together to the northern part of the Colony of Virginia (which then extended north to the Hudson River).  It turned out that the Speedwell was not structurally strong enough to make the voyage and some of the passengers were transferred to the Mayflower, including the Bradfords, making crowded conditions.

During the crossing they were buffeted by westerly gales, which caused the ships timbers to shake violently and the caulking failed to keep out seawater.  Many passengers were lying wet and ill in their berths and a crew member and a passenger died on the trip.

The passengers and crew of the Mayflower spotted Cape Cod hook in November 1620, after about two months at sea.  They anchored in what is now called Provincetown Harbor.  The Mayflower Compact was signed that day, Bradford being one of the first to sign.

Bradford volunteered to be a member of the exploration parties searching for a place for settlement.  During their third exploration, the men located Plymouth Bay.  For several days they explored the bay and found a suitable place for settlement, now the site of downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The location featured an easily defended hill, numerous brooks and had been the location of an Indian village, so that much of the land had been cleared for planting.

When the exploration party made their way back on board the Mayflower, Bradford learned of the death of his wife, Dorothy.  She had fallen overboard off the deck of the Mayflower during his absence and drowned.  William Bradford recorded her death in his journal.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bradford_(governor)   for more information about Governor William Bradford and the settlement of Plymouth Colony.

Next Sunday, I will see what I can find out about Joseph Bradford, William’s son with his second wife, Alice Carpenter. Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters from November, 1943, with letters reporting the plans and marriage of my Dad and Mom, Alfred Peabody Guion, and Marian Dunlap Irwin. Judy Guion

My Ancestors (43 and 44) – Dickamon Allen Rider and Cordelia Eliza Pratt

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

(1)Dickamon Allen Rider; (2) Marian Edith Rider; (3) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (4)Judith Anne Guion.

Dickamon Allen Rider came to California from Vermont when he was about 20.  He came with his older brother, Homer, and his younger brother, Jesse.  Homer drowned in the Feather River (according to DeDe Rider – Edith May (Lewis) Rider,my great-grandmother.  I seem to remember that Jesse, the youngest at 18, decided to return home. Dickamon was the only Rider to remain in California.

Cordelia Eliza Pratt was born November 5, 1842 in Iowa and died in July 1923 in Watsonville, California.  Very little is known of her parents. Her father was Charles Henry Pratt who died in 1878.  Her mother, Mary Pratt died in 1886.  They settled in Grass Valley, California after traveling from Iowa.

Dickamon Allen Rider married Cordelia Eliza Pratt and they had four children:

Homer Marchant Rider, born January 6, 1864, in Nicolaus, California, my great-grandfather.

Frank L.  Rider

Clara May Rider

Jessie Mildred Rider

I know there is more information about these individuals but I have not found it yet. (Mrs. P – I really appreciate all the research projects you have undertaken because of my lack of thorough research, but please do not do any research on this. I know you would but you have plenty of your own work to do.)

Tomorrow, I will begin posting more Childhood Memories of Trumbull. These have been taken from recordings I made with my Dad and four of his siblings, Dan having passed  away. I hope you enjoy this look back into a world that your parents or grandparents may have shared with their siblings.

Judy Guion