Last week, I had an experience that can definitely be described as Genealogy Synchronicity!
Back in 2011, I wrote about discovering the obituaries and death records for Nellie Welch Tibbetts and her husband, Frank Tibbetts. Nellie was the sister of my great grandmother, Mary (Minnie) Welch Kelly. I had discovered photographs of the home where Nellie and Frank lived in a photo album that belonged to my great grandmother.
|The Tibbetts home in St. Joseph, Missouri|
I've made several trips THROUGH St. Joseph, Mo in the last two years. It wasn't until last week that I spent an entire day in St. Joe and my last stop of the day was a "drive by" to finally see the Tibbetts home.
As I pulled over to park my car, I saw that the house is currently For Sale!
This was exciting to me, as it meant I would be able to take some photographs without the current owner wondering what the heck I was doing there!
He happened to be the realtor for the property and he had just arrived at the location!
"Have I got a story for you!" I said! I told him that the house had been owned by the sister of my great grandmother and her husband in the early 1900s. I told him that the owner of the house at that time, Frank Tibbetts, had been a brick mason! The realtor told me that is father is a brick mason!
I brought up the photos of the house, including members of my family, to show him, on my smartphone. Yeah, he was pretty impressed! He told me the house was a foreclosure. And I was able to enter the property to look around.
This photograph is taken from the interior of the house. The windows match up with the photographs in Minnie Welch Kelly's photo album.
Here's the fireplace inside, which is probably original to the house.
As the house is currently vacant, I feel it is acceptable to post the current "for sale" information on the property. The asking price is $63,000.The photos on the real estate site show a home that looks much better than it does "in real life."
For me, I'm just glad that I made the decision to stop by when I did. How often do you really get to look inside a house where your family lived???