In anticipation of our visit to the Land and Records office of old Nauvoo, Rob and I sat down and made a list of our ancestors who possibly may have lived there or owned property during the mid 1800’s. Rob’s list was rather long, but my list was very short. I could only recall one family that had come through Nauvoo. The Jolley’s, my Dad’s ancestors, came here from Tennessee, Henry Jolley and his son Rueban Manning Jolley.
When we arrived at the office, Rob sat down and quickly started his search, Sophie sat at another computer and helped. I sat back waiting my turn, knowing my search would be rather short. We left with maps showing Rob’s ancestors properties and of course, just as I thought, Henry and Rueban Jolley’s also. We went back to the motor home for lunch and while we were there, I had the thought that maybe I better check with my parents to make sure I wasn’t missing someone. After calling home, the feeling was confirmed with my mom reminding me that her Great Grandfather, Nahum Curtis and his family lived here too. So back to town we went, I hurried in to the Lands and Records office again and quickly discovered that yes, Mom was right and they owned property here as well. So I was given another map that I added to the others when I got back in the car. Later that afternoon, we decided to search out these properties. After we found my Mom’s Great Grandfather, Nahum Curtis’ land, just down at the end of Page Street, we pulled out the map for my Dad’s great grandfather, Rueben Manning Jolley. We drove about 50 feet before I discovered it was the same location. I was so surprised that I yelled to Rob to stop the car. “They lived next door to each other” I said. Turn around, we have to go back. We looked at the two plots of land and felt so blessed to make this discovery. These long ago neighbors now had their families connected and they helped me discover it, so I could share it with our family! I immediately called my parents and they were so excited and amazed! Who knows what you’ll find if you take a second look!
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