Who's up for some history? We are so excited to be a part of Heather at 3 Kids and Lots of Pigs Real Farmwives of America project. Which is part of her regular Farmer Friday posts. The theme for today's post is, "How did I get here?"
Well Amy and I are the Outlaws, I mean In-laws :), well...we married/marrying into the Kelsay family and a.k.a. the Kelsay Farm. So, that is how we got here... When Amy and I started talking about this project we decided we would talk about the farm and how it got where it is today and how there were a couple "Real American Farmwives" along the way.
So, grab your latte and kick up your feet!
It all started in 1837 when President Martin Van Buren land granted 80 acres to Benjamin Draper. Now I know what your thinking, Draper? Yes, you see Benjamin then sold the Homestead to his sister Lucinda Draper. She was very young, not even 20 when she bought the farm, can you say girl power! In 1854 she married Preserve Sefton (I love this name!). The Draper Farm then became the Sefton Farm. Once again I know what your thinking, Draper now Sefton... I thought this was Kelsay Farms... Well you see Lucinda and Preserve had two children Catherine and Thomas. The farm was passed down from Thomas to Merrill Sefton (this is where is starts to get confusing because names start to repeat!). Merrill then had a daughter Ruth (this is grandma to our generation). Yes, another woman who ran the farm! Grandma Ruth married Joseph Russell Kelsay. Finally we get to the Kelsay's! They had one son Merrill Oliver, who then had two sons who are involved in the operation, Joseph Merrill and Russell Oliver, go figure! Joe belongs to Amy and Russ belongs to me (officially once we get married!). I can use the word "belong" because they won't ever read this!! hehe!
|The farm back in the day|
|The farm today|
Possibly the coolest thing is that this farm has been in the same location and owned by family for 6 generations. Amy's little ones are the 7th generation!
|Most of the family (taken a couple years ago)|
o Amy at A Latte with Ott, A.
o Marybeth at Alarm Clock Wars
Leah at Beyer Beware
o Jennifer at Farmgirl Follies
o Jeanette at Fence Row to Fence Row
o Lauren at Four Ransoms and a Farm
o Jane at Going Jane
Cris at GOODEness Gracious
o Meggie at Hoosier Farm Babe
o Jent at My Front Porch
o Katie at On the Banks of Squaw Creek
o Lana at Walking the Off-Beaten Path
Denise at Who is the Grown Up?