Friday, April 30, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are - Finale

I've watched every single episode of NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?,  absolutely enamored with each and every single one!

 Famed Film Producer, Spike Lee

I suppose that tonight's finale, with producer Spike Lee was somewhat of an anticlimactic event. I was in fact, a bit disappointed.

The entire episode was devoid of the research process. It was almost as if the viewer would now take the research process entirely for granted! I was so disappointed for anyone who saw this event for the very first time! To them it must have appeared that searching records on or at repositories was a breeze!

It also left the ending of the episode on a question mark, rather than listing possible solutions!

Famed film producer Spike Lee was lead on journey to Georgia where he discovered who his great-great-great grandparents, Mars and Matilda Griswold, were, and where they once walked.

During the journey Lee discovered that the couple had been born into slavery, a fate nearly every African-American will discover if their familial roots run past the American Civil War in this country. This sad truth was, in fact, handled with great dignity on this finale episode.

However, Lee wondered if Matilda Griswold was the daughter of James Griswold, her 'Master', at Griswoldville. Lee was lead to a descendant of Griswold's. But the question remained unanswered, with no plausible way of ever determining who Matilda's parents were. Matilda was listed as a Mulatto on the 1870 Census.

Lee also discovered that his gr-gr-gr-grandfather, Mars, was considered a skilled slave, and worked in the gin that Griswold owned. In February 1865, General WIlliam T. Sherman and his troops marched through Griswoldville, and burned all of Griswold's holdings to the ground; including his gin, which had been transformed to a Colt pistol factory supplying the Confederacy with small arms. Sherman took 5 of the skilled slaves with him. Lee was actually handed a pistol which was made in the foundry there, that undoubtedly, his gr-gr-gr grandfather Mars had a hand in producing. It was a touching moment as he realized the irony of his ancestor producing a firearm to fight against the very troops that were attempting to liberate him!

Lee walked on the grounds of what once was the property Mars and Matilda once owned. They were actually considered quite wealthy for the time, owning 80 acres of tilled land, 75 of wooded, and 50 of land that was eligible for development or as pasture. There he dug in the rich Georgia clay and gathered some of the clay earth to take to his children, and he vowed to tell them this is from whence they came.

Lee also vows that he will in fact produce a film on the hardships of the African-American during the time of his gr-gr-gr grandparents, Mars and Matilda. We look forward to that film being produced!

Follow Friday - Apple's Tree

Today I'd like to introduce you to Apple and her blog Apple's Tree.


Apple's Tree is a pleasant look at how another researcher is pursuing her family's ancestry.

Apple writes pleasingly, and is witty and charming in her approach. She offers a unique insight into the research process that you will find entertaining as well as informative!

Apple's bio reads: "I'm just a gal writing about my day to day adventures with my family, school bus, garden and genealogy."

She also writes, or co-author's the following blogs:

My Sister's Garden

Gardening Friends

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree

Be sure to visit Apple's Tree for an enjoyable time!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday

1858 Grant to Potts Creek Property
William Bean

On 28 July 1858 William Bean received the above Land Grant for thirteen acres on Potts Creek in Monroe County, [West] Virginia. By the time of his death on 01 Jan 1864, William had amassed over 1,000 acres of land in Monroe County.

William was my great-great-grandfather.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

APRIL 25, 1819
OCT. 26, 1894
Mother is at Rest

Sarah A. Bean was born 25 Apr 1819 in Monroe County, [West] Virginia to William Bean and Rachel Wiseman. She was one of 13 children born to the couple.

Sarah married Wilson Kesinger [1819 - 1892] 16 Nov 1840 in Monroe County. The couple had at least 13 children: Calvin, Rustus, Elizabeth, Floyd, Margaret, John, William, Edwin, Martha, Ruphena, Oscar, Hilda and Virginia.

Sarah died 26 Oct 1894 on her return from a trip to Kansas to visit with her children there. She is buried in the small family plot located on the farm where she and Wilson had lived. Wilson and daughter, Virginia, are also buried here. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Madness Monday

So, what is it that is driving me "Mad" this Monday? Well, for one [yes there are more than one!] I wonder if I am the ONLY genealogy research person that decides to post their "gripes" on Madness Monday? Hmmm... am I alone in this?

While I really am not a pessimist [you know... those half glass individuals], I do have gripes. And I think if we don't share those gripes then we can never come up with a legitimate way to solve the problem that those gripes represent.

Now, for the piece de resistance, my official "Mad" [read gripe] post for this Monday is that I can't seem to get caught up on my filing. While I am not too bad, [read...I do trascribe documents, add photos, place in my notes, etc.] at taking care of all of the papers I collect for my ancestry, it sems I can never find time to properly catalog and file them! I have literally MOUNDS of papers that need to be sorted, placed in archival sheets, and then into the notebooks system I began using about 6 years ago. [Yes, I literally have 10 of those huge binders [I think they are 4" binders], and probably will need another 5 or 6 to get everything I have piled up filed correctly!]

Is there a better way than placing the papers in my "file" pile?

Well, of course there is! Common sense would tell you I simply need to file them immediately after transcribing, scanning, etc. But it seems I am always in a hurry, and can never get to it right then. So, I tell myself that I will get to it in a day or two, and that day or two well... it never comes around!

So, my gripe today is plainly, against myself!

I'm beginning to look around for a 12-step group for genealogists. Or "Pile Makers of America". Surely they have a Union that can help me!

Okay, so after I print out the hard copy of my blog post to save, for posterity don't ya know... I will ....

put it in the pile of things to be filed. When I get around to it!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sentimental Sunday

Elizabeth Carnefix Faudree
abt 1890

This is a small photograph that was cut down to fit a tiny frame that my grandmother had.

Eliza was born 08 Jul 1851 in Sweet Springs, Monroe, West Virginia to George W. Carnefix and Mary Susan Daugherty. She was one of at least four children born to the couple.

On 17 Dec 1878 in Monroe County, she married Stephen Ledford Faudree [1857-1929]. The couple went on to have 10 children: Ida, Bervie, Pearl, Gordon, Spurgeon, Roy, Faye, Mary, Zena, and Veda. [Mary was my grandmother.]

Eliza died on 22 Jul 1929, just six months after Stephen died. The couple are buried in the old Faudree Cemetery in Sweet Springs.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Surname Saturday - Maxey

Today I'd like to introduce you to some of my English ancestors, the Maxey's:

1. Cynthia Ann BEANE was born in Floyd Co., IN. She was the daughter of 2. Walter Maxwell BEANE and 3. Lois Velleda DREHER.

2. Walter Maxwell BEANE was born on 31 Aug 1937 in Waiteville, Monroe County, WV. He was the

son of 4. John Monroe BEAN and 5. Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE. He married Lois Velleda DREHER

on 12 Dec 1958 in Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

3. Lois Velleda DREHER was born 02 Aug 1938 in Georgetown, FLoyd Co., IN. She was the daughter

of 6. Henry Condar DREHER Jr. and 7. Irene Caroline BANET.

Children of Walter Maxwell BEANE and Lois Velleda DREHER are:

+ 1. i. Cynthia Ann BEANE
ii. Velleda Kaye BEANE
iii. David Lawrence BEANE
iv. Jeffrey Scott BEANE

4. John Monroe BEAN was born on 15 Dec 1866 in Cincinatti, Ohio. He died on 10 Apr 1954 in

Waiteville, Monroe Co., WV. He was the son of 8. William McHarvey BEAN and 9. Margaret Smith

PERKINS. He married 5. Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE who was born 03 Jun 1897 in Sweets Springs,
Monroe Co., WV. She died on 01 Jan. 1975 in Clifton Forge, Alleghany Co., VA. She was the daughter of
Stephen FAUDREE and Elizabeth CARNEFIX.
Children of John Monroe BEAN and Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE are:

+ 2. i. Walter Maxwell BEANE
ii. Edsel Ford BEANE
iii. Roy Edwin BEANE was born 22 Apr 1943 in Hollywood, Monroe, WV, died 02 Jul 1946 in

Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV.
10. Stephen Ledford FAUDREE was born on 08 Jul 1857 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, Virginia.

He died on 16 Jan 1929 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV. He was the son of 20. Richard C.

FAUDREE and 21. Mary Margaret WICKLINE. He married Elizabeth CARNEFIX on 17 Dec 1878 in

Monroe County, West Virginia.

11. Elizabeth CARNEFIX was born 08 Jul 1851 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV. She died 22 Jul

1929 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV. She was the daughter of 22. George W. CARNEFIX and

23. Mary Susan DAUGHERTY.

Children of Stephen Ledford FAUDREE and Elizabeth CARNEFIX are:

i. Ida C. FAUDREE was born 03 Feb 1880 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV, died 12

Jan 1953 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV, married James Otis ARTHUR 01 Jan

1902; married Henry O. SUTTLE Aft. 1930.

ii. Bervie Richard FAUDREE was born 06 Feb 1881 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV,

died 1909, married Effie CARTER Aft. 1900.

iii. Pearl Pleasant FAUDREE was born 02 Jun 1883 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV,

died 02 Dec 1959 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV, married George C. ARTHUR 16

Feb 1910 in Sweet Springs, Monroe, West Virginia.

iv. Gordon Stephen FAUDREE was born 25 Mar 1885 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV,

died 13 Aug 1958 in Covington, Alleghany Co., VA.

v. Spurgeon Pierce FAUDREE was born 13 Nov 1888 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County,

WV, died 19 Sep 1962 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV, married Clara Ruth

Elizabeth HUFFMAN 10 Sep 1927.

vi. Roy Dayton FAUDREE was born 19 Nov 1891 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV,

died 24 Aug 1952.

vii. Faye E. FAUDREE was born 20 Apr 1895 in Centennial, Monroe County, WV, died 1904 in

Centennial, Monroe County, WV.

+ 5. viii. Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE was born 03 Jun 1897 in Centennial, Monroe County, WV, died

01 Jan 1975 in Clifton Forge, Alleghany County, VA, married John Monroe BEAN 01 Dec

1935 in M.E. Church, Covington, Alleghany Co., VA.

ix. Zenna Zane FAUDREE was born 06 Feb 1900 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV,

died 27 Mar 1971 in Ohio, married Clyde BAKER 25 Sep 1925 in Centenial, Monroe, West


x. Veda FAUDREE was born 29 Mar 1903 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV, died Mar

1993 in Bumpass, Louisa Co., VA, married Melvin H. CARTER Bet. 1937-1945.
22. George W. CARNEFIX was born about 1831. He died about 1865. He was the son of 44. William

CARNEFIX and 45. Nancy HOLSAPPLE. He married Mary Susan DAUGHERTY on 01 May 1860.

23. Mary Susan DAUGHERTY was born 1834 in Monroe County, Virginia. She was the daughter of 46.

Philip DAUGHERTY and 47. Rachel LAKE.

Children of George W. CARNEFIX and Mary Susan DAUGHERTY are:

+ 11. i. Elizabeth CARNEFIX was born 08 Jul 1851 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV, died

22 Jul 1929 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV, married Stephen Ledford FAUDREE

17 Dec 1878 in Monroe County, West Virginia.

ii. Nancy CARNEFIX was born 1854.

iii. James CARNEFIX was born 1856.

iv. Charles CARNEFIX was born 1858.
44. William CARNEFIX was born in 1770 in Campbell Co., VA. He died on 09 Sep 1856 in Campbell Co.,

VA. He was the son of 88. William E. CARNEFIX and 89. Esther MAXEY. He married Nancy

45. Nancy HOLSAPPLE was born 1792 in Monroe County, Virginia. She died 1868 in Mt. Pleasant,

Iowa. She was the daughter of 90. Phillip HOLSAPPLE and 91. Elizabeth CARNIFAX.

Children of William CARNEFIX and Nancy HOLSAPPLE are:

+ 22. i. George W. CARNEFIX was born Abt. 1831, died Abt. 1865, married Mary Susan

DAUGHERTY 01 May 1860.

ii. Elizabeth CARNEFIX was born 21 Feb 1811.

iii. Mary CARNEFIX.

iv. Lucy CARNEFIX.

v. Rhoda CARNEFIX.

vi. Mary Jane CARNEFIX.

vii. David Simpson CARNEFIX.

viii. John David CARNEFIX.

ix. Edward M. CARNEFIX was born 1829, died 16 Jan 1898 in Greenbrier County, WV,

married Juliann DAUGHERTY 24 Jan 1855.

x. Benjamin Franklin CARNEFIX was born 11 Mar 1825.

xi. William CARNEFIX was born 1847 in Virginia.
88. William E. CARNEFIX was born in 1730. He died in Nov 1812. He was the son of 176. John

CARNEFIX and 177. Unknown CHESLEY. He married Esther MAXEY.

89. Esther MAXEY was born 1739. She died Nov 1812. She was the daughter of 178. Sylvanus MAXEY

and 179. Mary Esther WORLEY.

Child of William E. CARNEFIX and Esther MAXEY is:

+ 44. i. William CARNEFIX was born 1770 in Campbell Co., VA, died 09 Sep 1856 in Campbell

Co., VA.
178. Sylvanus MAXEY was born on 01 Dec 1718. He died in 1770. He was the son of 356. Edward

MAXEY and 357. Susan GATES. He married Mary Esther WORLEY.

179. Mary Esther WORLEY was born 1720. She died Bet. 1758-1761. She was the daughter of 358. John

WORLEY and 359. Esther UNKNOWN.

Child of Sylvanus MAXEY and Mary Esther WORLEY is:

+ 71. i. Esther MAXEY was born 1739, died Nov 1812.
356. Edward MAXEY was born in 1674. He died on 18 Apr 1740. He was the son of 712. Edward MAXEY and 713. Elizabeth WOODHOUSE. He married Susan GATES.

357. Susan GATES was born Abt. 1678. She died Abt. Aug 1743.

Child of Edward MAXEY and Susan GATES is:

+ 96. i. Sylvanus MAXEY was born 01 Dec 1718, died 1770.
712. Edward MAXEY was born about 1650. He died in Oct 1725. He was the son of 1424. William MAXEY and 1425. Elizabeth Palmer JOHNSON. He married Elizabeth WOODHOUSE.

713. Elizabeth WOODHOUSE was born 1643. She died 1692.

Child of Edward MAXEY and Elizabeth WOODHOUSE is:
+ 117i.. Edward MAXEY was born 1674, died 18 Apr 1740.
1424.William MAXEY was born in 1625. He married Elizabeth Palmer JOHNSON.

1425.Elizabeth Palmer JOHNSON was born Bef. 1629.

Child of William MAXEY and Elizabeth Palmer JOHNSON is:

+ 144i.. Edward MAXEY was born Abt. 1650, died Oct 1725.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Follow Friday - A Rootdigger

Today I'd like to introduce you to A Rootdigger. This blog is such a delightful place to spend a couple of hours, in just enjoyment!

The author of the blog does not reveal her name, just stating simply that she is Female and a Taurusand she lives in Lewisville, Minnesota. Her bio reads as follows:

"About Me

As a young bookworm, day dreaming child, I always wondered about the cousins that I thought I must have in Germany. I was able to start Genealogy with computer around 2001, I still have limited knowledge in computer technology, grammer, spelling, and in the genealogy techniques. I make up for my limits by my persistence in wanting to share all I can. Also by my persistence in my search. I have discovered the family members of the 'Meyer Book'. I am still hoping to meet so many more of this vast family. I started this blog to serve the need I have to talk about my details of genealogy [journal] of all my surnames. Especially the locations of family settlements. Your warned, that there will be discussions of the details of the problem situations with the surnames I have had, etc. I am known to talk and talk about it until my family and friends eyes glaze over. I guess this blog may help save them from too much of that. I hope family will join in help problem solve and share more of the various family stories and insights and ideas. Non family as well. I have put the information out there and now I am waiting for family to come.

You have to dig a hole to China. Where do you start?

Love that question. The idea has fascinated me since childhood. I wish you would say I can dig to Germany. I would have started last week already!"

This author writes so pleasantly, and offers you her unique insight and opinions on genealogy research.

She also writes the following blogs:

The Roots Of It All

Lewisville, Minnesota

A Rootdigger's Sunnyside

Genealogy of Oldendrof, und Nahrendorf

If you're looking for a place to unwind, and see how someone else is coping with their own research for a while, both the highs and the lows, then A Rootdigger may just be the place for you! Who knows, we might even see each other there!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Floral Cards

I don't think I've ever seen this sort of family collective before on GeneaBloggers, or elsewhere! So perhaps I may seem a bit strange.

I have always collected the floral cards from arrangements that were sent to our deceased families funerals. It gives me a unique insight into those who thought well of the family member.

The above is only a small number of the many floral cards that were collected from my Grandpa John Bean's funeral in April of 1954.

Am I alone in this type of collecting?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at a little kirk at Desborough near Kettering, England, in either 1980 or 1981 [sorry, can't remember which]. We had been driving to meet some friends and I yelled to pull over, as the cemetery has a low stone wall [just like you'd imagine in England!]

There are no markings on this stone. Just the strange head effigy's at the top, the hole in the center, and the strange rounded areas at the bottom as though there should be "feet". It is extremely thick! [Probably 24-inches!] And is about 6 or 6-1/2 feet long! [It's enormous, and I'm certain weighs well over a ton!]

It almost appears pagan. Perhaps left over from England's early inhabitants?

I've seen this stone on various sites on the internet. Always with speculations about it and what it actually was. I believe it is a tombstone. But then... does anyone really know?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Madness Monday - The 2010 Census

How disappointed was I when my dear hubby, the Texican, and I received our Census to fill out this year!

The generic questions did not ask for our nationality, our jobs or out birthplaces.

It wasn't necessarily that I was disappointed for us... but for those descendants of ours who might someday actually want to find out more about us!!!

It did have one positive output... that we both became more determined to not only uncover more about our own ancestors and record that information for our future descendants, but to also keep more regular diary entries on ourselves! I personally have kept a diary since I was 7 years old, and not that I am 50, have volumes of the things! Although there are certainly some I would not published, especially from my more adventurous youth!, most are details of the where and when's of my life. And perhaps that will be enough for my descendants.

We also talk more openly and freely with our grandchildren, especially when the older ones ask questions [what did you do Grandma when you were little? etc.].

Still, I think about all of those people who will be disappointed when they go to search for their ancestors in 2082, and all they find out is that they are ex-years old, and lived on ex-street, in ex-town, USA!

Perhaps, you, too, are making preparations for your story to be left for your descendants???

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sentimental Sunday

In 1935, my Uncle, John Beane, Jr., was working with the C.C.C. camp in Alvon, West Virginia. [Greenbrier County]. On 4 June his grandmother, Annie Level Burdette, died. [John's mother, Ada had died in 1929, a few days after giving birth to her last child, Jack. So John felt especially close to his grandmother.]

Above is the pass that John received in order to return to his home and be with his family at the time of their mourning.

Annie Level was born 08 Jan 1866 in West Virginia to William Francis Level and Sarah Ruth Gibson. She married Hugh Burdette [1860-1944] in 1881. The couple went on to have at least 12 children:

Ada L. [John's mother] [1883-1929]
Sarah Ozella [1885-1966]
Edgar [1887-1957]
Susan M. [1889-1963]
Anderson L. [1891-1959]
Isabelle M. [1893-1970]
Charles C. [1895-1972]
George W. [1898-1983]
Dwight [1900-1980]
Fred H. [1902-1925]
Bessie [1904-1999]
Harry C. [1907 - 1972]

Ada's son John was born 08 Oct 1908 in Waiteville, Monroe, WV. He died in Jul 1972 in WV. He is buried in the New Zion union Church Cemetery in Waiteville. He married Mildred Tolley, and the couple had 4 children: Betty, Johnny, Cathy & Darrell.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Surname Saturday - Guignard

Today I'd like to introduce you to my Guignard family connection:

1. Cynthia Ann BEANE

2. Walter Maxwell BEANE was born 1937 in Waiteville, Monroe County, WV. He was the

son of 4. John Monroe BEAN and 5. Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE. He married Lois Velleda DREHER 1958 in Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

3. Lois Velleda DREHER was born1938 in Georgetown, FLoyd Co., IN. She was the daughter
of 6. Henry Condar DREHER Jr. and 7. Irene Caroline BANET.

6. Henry Condar DREHER Jr. was born on 31 Dec 1902 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky. He died on

17 May 1977 in Indiana. He was the son of 12. Henry Condar DREHER and 13. Josephine Sophie
Benzel. He married Irene Caroline BANET on 12 Dec 1923 in Indiana.

7. Irene Caroline BANET was born 24 May 1906 in Indiana. She died 08 Aug 1989 in Gap Mills,
Monroe Co., WV. She was the daughter of 14. Francis Isidore Banet and 15. Adeline Josephine EVE.

Children of Henry Condar DREHER Jr. and Irene Caroline BANET are:
i. Ethel Marie DREHER was born 1924 in Indiana, married Paul A. McCutchen 22 Feb 1947.

ii. Arthur Calvin DREHER was born  1926 in Indiana, married Ina UNKNOWN 1951;
married Jewel Nelson Abt. 1969.

iii. Laura Marion DREHER was born 24 Mar 1931 in Floyd County, Indiana, died 28 Dec 2006
in Lawton, Cochise, Oklahoma, married Charles William GROSE 04 Jul 1948; married Gordon Ray Crain 10 Mar 1975 in Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA.

iv. Billy Leon DREHER was born  1936 in Indiana, married Phyllis Ann CHARLEY 08 Jan 1957.

+ 3. v. Lois Velleda DREHER was born 02 Aug 1938 in Georgetown, FLoyd Co., IN, married Walter Maxwell BEANE 12 Dec 1958 in Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

14. Francis Isidore Banet was born on 15 Aug 1863 in Indiana. He died in Apr 1945 in Indiana. He was

the son of 28. Isadore Banet and 29. Rosalie SPRIGLER. He married Adeline Josephine EVE on 31
Oct 1893 in Floyd County, Indiana.

15. Adeline Josephine EVE was born 11 Feb 1867 in Indiana. She died 05 Nov 1958 in Indiana. She
was the daughter of 30. Joseph EVE and 31. Annette.

Children of Francis Isidore Banet and Adeline Josephine EVE are:

i. Robert Benjamin Banet was born 20 Oct 1894 in Indiana, died 22 Aug 1970 in New Albany, Floyd Co., IN.

ii. Arthur Matthias BANET was born 15 Feb 1896 in Indiana, died 12 Apr 1974 in Georgetown, Floyd, Indiana.

iii. Charles Franklin BANET was born 09 May 1898 in Indiana, died 06 Nov 1976 in Georgetown, Floyd, Indiana.
iv. Augustin Philip BANET was born 03 Aug 1900 in Indiana, died Aug 1978 in Lanesville, Harrison, Indiana.

v. Francis Eugene BANET was born 08 Sep 1902 in Indiana, died 25 Nov 1983 in Georgetown, Floyd, Indiana.

vi. Clarence J. BANET was born 11 Sep 1904 in Indiana, died 17 Aug 1986 in Indiana,married Cora ALLEN 26 May 1928.

+ 7. vii. Irene Caroline BANET was born 24 May 1906 in Indiana, died 08 Aug 1989 in Gap Mills, Monroe Co., WV, married Henry Condar DREHER Jr. 12 Dec 1923 in Indiana.

viii. Lorene J. BANET was born 15 Jan 1909 in Indiana, died 27 Mar 2005 in Georgetown, Floyd Co., IN, married Otis Ray LEE Sr. 05 May 1934 in New Albany, Floyd, Indiana.

28. Isadore Banet was born on 27 Sep 1832 in Jourmenot [Arcy] France. He died on 30 May 1901 in

Floyd Knobs, Floyd Co., IN. He was the son of 56. Ettiene Banet and 57. Francoise Bidaine. He
married Rosalie SPRIGLER.

29. Rosalie SPRIGLER was born 25 Jul 1836 in Floyd Co., IN; Floyd Knobs, Floyd, Indiana. She died 23 Feb 1904 in Floyd Knobs, Floyd Co., IN. She was the daughter of 58. Francis SPRIGLER and 59.

Children of Isadore Banet and Rosalie SPRIGLER are:

i. Rosa A. Banet was born 1861 in Indiana, married Phillip N. Werner 16 Jun 1886 in Floyd County, Indiana.

ii. Mary Frances Banet was born 01 Nov 1861 in Floyd Knobs, Floyd Co., IN.

+ 14. iii. Francis Isidore Banet was born 15 Aug 1863 in Indiana, died Apr 1945 in Indiana, married
Adeline Josephine EVE 31 Oct 1893 in Floyd County, Indiana.

iv. Victoria M. BANET was born 24 Sep 1866 in Indiana, married Charles EVE 18 Feb 1890 in Floyd County, Indiana.

v. Joseph Banet was born 20 Mar 1868 in Floyd Knobs, Floyd Co., IN, married Minnie Graf 02 Jun 1896 in Floyd County, Indiana.
vi. Josephine Banet was born Jan 1870 in Indiana.

vii. John Banet was born Aft. 1868.

viii. Philip Paul Banet was born 28 Nov 1879 in Indiana, died 1958, married Anne S. Spaulding 26 Oct 1911 in Floyd County, Indiana.

ix. Mary L. Banet was born Aft. 1868, married Lewis E. Hartley 03 May 1898 in Floyd County, Indiana.

56. Ettiene Banet was born on 17 Jan 1795 in Arcy, District De L'Isle, Dept. De Doubs, France. He died

on 18 Apr 1871 in Floyd Knobs, IN. He was the son of 112. Ettiene Banet Sr. and 113. Jeanne Claudine Guignard. He married Francoise Bidaine on 01 Oct 1821 in Arcey, France.

57. Francoise Bidaine was born 18 Apr 1802 in Arcey, France. She died 16 Mar 1877 in Floyd Knobs,
IN. She was the daughter of 114. Jean Claude Bidaine and 115. Francoise Brun.

Children of Ettiene Banet and Francoise Bidaine are:

i. Paul Louis Banet was born 08 Mar 1822, died 24 Mar 1869, married Marie Jeanne Margu'E 27 Jun 1848.
ii. Francois Banet was born 21 Dec 1823 in Jourmenot [Arcy] France, married Sophie Brevet 17 Feb 1848.
iii. Francois-Emanuel Banet was born 30 Dec 1825, died 16 Jan 1828.

iv. Joseph Alexandre Banet was born 22 Jun 1830 in Jourmenot [Arcy] France, died 17 Oct 1886.

v. Josephine Banet was born 22 Jun 1830 in Jourmenot [Arcy] France, died 08 May 1914, married Ferdinand Reveur 20 Feb 1849.

+ 28. vi. Isadore Banet was born 27 Sep 1832 in Jourmenot [Arcy] France, died 30 May 1901 in Floyd Knobs, Floyd Co., IN.

vii. Ferre'ol Banet was born 04 Feb 1835 in Jourmenot [Arcy] France, died 08 Dec 1836 in Floyd Knobs, IN.

viii. Aime Appollinare Banet was born 29 Jul 1837 in Floyd Knobs, IN, died 04 May 1884, married Mary Jane Knable 26 May 1863.

ix. Adele Philomene was born 29 Jul 1839 in Floyd Knobs, IN, died 24 Jul 1917, married Jean Florian Margu'E 14 Jun 1864.

x. Joseph Ettiene Banet was born 27 Sep 1840 in Floyd Knobs, IN, died 05 Feb 1926, married Mary Holleran Abt. 1865.

xi. Catherine Banet was born 01 May 1842 in Floyd Knobs, IN, died Unknown, married Henry Schumaker 1868.

xii. Adolph J. Banet was born 03 Jan 1844 in Floyd Knobs, IN, died 24 Sep 1930 in Floyd Co., IN, married Josephine Werner 30 May 1871 in Floyd Co., IN.

112. Ettiene Banet Sr.. He married Jeanne Claudine Guignard.

113. Jeanne Claudine Guignard.

Child of Ettiene Banet Sr. and Jeanne Claudine Guignard is:

+ 48. i. Ettiene Banet was born 17 Jan 1795 in Arcy, District De L'Isle, Dept. De Doubs, France,
died 18 Apr 1871 in Floyd Knobs, IN, married Francoise Bidaine 01 Oct 1821 in Arcey, France.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Please Give Generously

Yesterday I lost my dear cousin, Mary Ann Loper Dunkerly, to ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Please note I have added a button on this blog site for you to connect directly to the ALS Association website. Please click on this link, and then click on the "Donate" tab near the top of their page. Please give generously to this cause to find the cure for ALS.

Any life lost to disease is one life too many. If you don't know of someone to give in honor of, please consider your generous donation in the memory of a dear, dear lady, Mary Ann Loper Dunkerly.

Thank you!

Follow Friday - Ancestors Live Here

Today I'd like to introduce you to Leslie Ann Ballou and her blog Ancestors Live Here.

Leslie states that the blog is dedicated to the lines she researches, including those of her husband's. [Hey, doesn't that sound familiar? LOL]

Leslie's profile reads: "I am married and have three children and five grandchildren. I will always be an Idaho girl. I am hooked on genealogy and family history. I love fishing, camping (I really miss the mountains.) and football -- GO JAGS! I also collect cow salt and pepper shakers and crochet a mean afghan : - D"

Leslie's blog gives us unique and personal insight into the lives of her ancestors. You will always be fascinated! And on occasion, you'll be downright amazed! Her latest post was a transcription of a Will that bequeathed slaves to family members. Always an interesting read, as we take a look into the lives of those from another era.

Leslie also writes:

Lost Family Treasures
Ancestors Live Here
Blogging for Ancestors Blogring

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday

Cradle Roll Certificate for
Dorothy Eloise Bean
b: 22 Oct 1923
d: 14 Feb 1925
Daughter of John Monroe Bean and Ada Burdette Bean

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pearl Harbor Casualty Is Finally Going Home

DNA from letters home helps ID Pearl Harbor casualty

By William Cole

Advertiser Military Writer

Before he died at Pearl Harbor, less than a month after turning 18, Gerald Lehman sent home to Michigan letters that his mother came to treasure.

In them, the teen talked about going through Navy training in Great Lakes, Ill. — falling out of his sleeping hammock once — and how much he liked his new woolen uniform.

In graceful penmanship, he asked about the family dog, Duke; wrote about waiting to ship out from California on the battleship USS Oklahoma; and seeing the mountains and rainbows of O'ahu from the doomed ship.

Unknowingly, Lehman sent home to those who loved him something else, something that wouldn't be useful until decades later: his own DNA.

Sixty-eight years after he was killed on Dec. 7, 1941, DNA lifted from the envelopes Lehman had licked helped the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command positively identify the young sailor's remains.

Lehman had been buried as an "unknown" at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. His journey home began with research by a Pearl Harbor survivor and inquiries into the death of the Navy fireman third class by his niece, Peggy Germain.

Germain remembers getting a phone call in 2006 from the Michigan volunteer coordinator of a USS Oklahoma group saying remains tentatively identified as her uncle had been found.

"I began crying and calling for my husband to hear the news," she said.

U.S. casualties affairs representatives made an official visit to her home on March 3 of this year.

It had been the "dearest wish" of her mother, who died in 2005, to get her baby brother back for burial, she said.

Germain said her uncle's remains will receive a military escort from Hawai'i to Michigan in June.

You can read the rest of the article in the Honalulu Advertiser here.

Wordless Wednesday

Agnes Jane Holland Roach

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

I came across the photo recently in my scrapbook. I am sorry I didn't write down the name of the cemetery at the time:

Log cabin shaped grave at a cemetery in Allen county, Ohio. This cemetery was west of Lima along Route 117 toward Spencerville.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Madness Monday

"She must've lost her marbles!"

"She went termporarily insane!"

"The girl never was right in the head!"

"She never did know which end was up!"

"Her poor Mama tried!"

Yep, I have heard it all!

In 1975 I got married at the tender age of 16, much to my parent's dismay. I was a sophomore in high school, and he'd been out of school for a little over a year. He worked in a lumber mill as a sawyer.

Well, I finished high school, and even waited four years before having my first child. Then I didn't stop at one. I had five. In five years!

I got my first degree in 1983 when the 4th child was a newborn. In journalism.

In 1988 I went on to get my second, and became a geriatric nurse practitioner.

In 1990 I divorced my husband after 15 years. [Up until then, only telling one person how abusive it was. I hid it all that time.]

I went on to get an advanced degree. Raised my children on my own, while their father went his separate way and didn't pay a penny of the child support he was ordered to pay.

And then in 2001, three years after remarrying, this time to RIGHT man, I totally switched careers. Again!

I picked up genealogy as a hobby. It morphed slowly into a business, which I went public with in 2006. And my hobby became my full-time career.

I have family members who will forever think I am crazy for changing from my stable career as the caretaker of the elderly, to the "unstable" career of the caretaker of the family history.

My parents, while they say they are proud of my new career, never fail to have the final say in a conversation with, "You know, she had it made as an R.N.! Could've worked for any hospital in the world! But, nope, you see what she's doing now!"

Well, maybe I am crazy. But if so... let me leave this world in my happy state of "madness", doing that which I love most!

Perhaps I am the keeper of the family history. And of finding the history of other families. And if so, then I am quite content to be in this state of "madness"!

I for one, feel blessed to be able to do that which I love most. Dare I say it? I sincerely doubt that those who mock me are even one-quarter as content in their careers as I am in mine!

And with that, I leave this... my "Madness Monday" post!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Sentimental Sunday

Annette Eve's Cross Pendant

This is one of my most treasured items. It's monetary value is little. It's a small cross pendant made of brass. It was handcrafted, and is hollow. It measures about 2-inches by 1-1/4 inch in size. At its center is a diamond chip. It is hand tooled and feathered. And it is believed to have been made by Annette's husband, Joseph Eve. We do not know if it is older than that, but jeweler's have told me on two occasions that it appears to have been crafted between 1800 and 1860.

Annette was born in 1840. She married Joseph Eve in about 1856 or 1857. So it is definitely likely that Joseph made it for her.

Annette passed the pendant on to her daughter, Adeline "Della" [1867-1958]. Della married Frank Banet.

Della passed the pendant on to her daughter, Irene [1906-1989].

Irene passed it to her daughter, Lois [b. 1938].

Lois, my mother, passed it on to me a few years ago.

I wear the pendant often. I feel very connected to my ancestors when I wear it. I often wonder about the hardships they endured, and how they managed to get through, and I hold the cross and feel their strength passed on to me. So, when things look bleak, I am often found wearing the pendant. When things are troubling, I wear the pendant.

I'd like to think, I am comforted by those maternal women who came before me and wore this very same pendant.

Surname Saturday

After my recent photo of John Wesley Hardin's grave [see it from Tuesday, April 6th], I was asked twice how my husband was related. Below you will find his Surname Saturday ahnentafel leading to that generation:

1. Johnnie Lee HENRY was born Bexar Co, TX. He was the son of 2.Joseph Wright HENRY and 3. Betty Louise Rotge.

3. Betty Louise Rotge was born 30 Aug 1930 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas. She died 05 Jul 2003 in Jourdanton, Atascosa, Texas. She was the daughter of 6. John Cornelius ROTGE and 7. Ora Lee
Sparks. She married 2. Joseph Wright HENRY was born on 20 Sep 1927 in Fulton County, KY. He died on 16 Nov 1993 in Batesville, Panola, Mississippi. He was the son of 4. William Lee HENRY and 5. Emma Louise PETTIE.

Children of Joseph Wright HENRY and Betty Louise Rotge are:

+ 1. i. Johnnie Lee HENRY
ii. Allan Ray HENRY was born 22 Sep 1950 in Bexar County, Texas, died 29 Jan 2001 in
Pleasanton, TX

7. Ora Lee Sparks was born 26 Oct 1914 in Bandera, Edwards, Texas. She died Aug 1982 in San

Antonio, Bexar, Texas. She was the daughter of 14. William Jacob Sparks and 15. Laura May
Clements. She married 6. John Cornelius ROTGE was born on 16 Jan 1910. He died on 09 Jun 1983 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas. He was the son of 12. Peter ROTGE and 13. Lillie Mae Surber. He married Ora Lee Sparks in 1930.

Child of John Cornelius ROTGE and Ora Lee Sparks is:

+ 3. i. Betty Louise Rotge was born 30 Aug 1930 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas, died 05 Jul 2003 in
Jourdanton, Atascosa, Texas, married Joseph Wright HENRY 30 Jul 1947; married Edwin
Darl CUSTER 16 Jun 1972 in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX; married Harold W.
MILLARD 16 Jan 1982.

15. Laura May Clements was born 12 May 1890 in McCullough County, Texas. She died 06 Oct 1969 in Hilltop Convalescent Home, 7602 Louis Pasteur Dr., San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. She was the
daughter of 30. James Thomas CLEMENTS and 31. Anne Caroline TENNILLE. She married 14. William Jacob Sparks was born on 11 Mar 1883 in Erath County, Texas. He died on 12 Sep 1944 in

Kerrville, Kerr, Texas. He was the son of 28. Newton Caddell Sparks and 29. Theodora Perrylee
McCarty. He married Laura May Clements on 15 Apr 1906 in Bandera, Texas.

Children of William Jacob Sparks and Laura May Clements are:

i. Beulah Bessie SPARKS was born 13 Sep 1905 in Texas, died 15 Mar 1975 in Greenville,
Huntsville, Texas, married Claude SHERMAN 21 Oct 1923.

ii. Lela V. Sparks was born 1906 in Bandera, Bandera, Texas, married Pink LEE 03 Dec
iii. Newton Jacob SPARKS was born 23 Oct 1910 in Texas, died 27 Sep 1991 in Hunt, Kerr,

Texas, married Pearl Elizabeth BEAVER 15 Dec 1931.

+ 7. iv. Ora Lee Sparks was born 26 Oct 1914 in Bandera, Edwards, Texas, died Aug 1982 in San
Antonio, Bexar, Texas, married John Cornelius ROTGE 1930.

30. James Thomas CLEMENTS was born on 30 May 1843 in Missouri. He died on 22 May 1897 in

Dewitt County, Texas. He was the son of 60. Emanuel CLEMENTS and 61. Martha Balch HARDIN.
He married Anne Caroline TENNILLE on 11 Jan 1872 in Gonzales County, Texas.31. Anne Caroline TENNILLE was born 11 Nov 1858 in Texas. She died 14 Oct 1936 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. She was the daughter of 62. George Culver TENNILLE and 63. Amanda J. BILLINGS.

Children of James Thomas CLEMENTS and Anne Caroline TENNILLE are:

i. Virginia Clements was born 10 Aug 1875 in Gonzales County, Texas, died 13 May 1957 in
Galveston, Texas, married Nathan Jesse CARTER 29 Jan 1896 in Gonzales County,
ii. Viola Clements was born 26 Jul 1877 in Gonzales County, Texas, died 07 Jan 1965 in

Yarrington, Lyon, Nevada, married William Harvey PITTMAN 02 Oct 1895 in McCullough,

iii. Crawford Clements was born 10 Sep 1879, died 07 Sep 1880.

iv. Emma Clements was born 09 Sep 1881, died 06 Jun 1962, married Thomas Henry CAFFALL 24 Jul 1901.

v. James Thomas Clements was born 26 Feb 1883 in Kimble County, Texas, died 06 May 1956 in Los Angeles, California, married Nellie Mae POACH 07 Sep 1901 in Hilto, Elk,Nevada.

vi. Ella Clements was born 03 Jul 1886 in McCullough County, Texas, died 1969 in Bishop,Nueces, Texas, married Hardy PHILIPS 23 Jun 1911 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.

vii. William C. Clements was born 07 Dec 1888 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas, died 29 Aug 1928 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas, married Stella Ellen GRIFFIN 22 Jan 1922 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas; married Otillio Clara OEHLER 26 Jun 1918.

+ 15. viii. Laura May Clements was born 12 May 1890 in McCullough County, Texas, died 06 Oct 1969 in Hilltop Convalescent Home, 7602 Louis Pasteur Dr., San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, married William Jacob Sparks 15 Apr 1906 in Bandera, Texas; married Jack LANGFORD 1930.

ix. Lela Dee Clements was born 18 Apr 1892 in Dewitt County, Texas, died 07 Jan 1952,

x. Nancy Ann Clements was born 17 May 1894, died 05 Apr 1896.

xi. Bessie Edna Clements was born 13 Dec 1896, died 25 Aug 1925, married Plenny Louis

NELSON 22 Dec 1912.
And it is with James Thomas Clements that the tie is made to John Wesley Hardin. James "Jim" Clements' mother was Martha Balch Hardin. Martha's parents were Benjamin Hardin and Martha Ann Barnett. They had four children that we are aware of: Easter Mary; Martha Balch; James Gibson; and Robert Echison.
James Gibson Hardin was the father of John Wesley Hardin. This made John Wesley Hardin and Jim Clements first cousins.
Jim was considered the bad boy sidekick of John Wesley Hardin. He, too, made an untimely demise because of his "bad boy" ways.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Taste Of History...

Yeah!!! It's Friday!!!

Tomorrow I get to spend a little quiet time with PBS [Public Broadcasting Service] in the afternoon.

In the afternoon, beginning at 4p.m., for one full hour I am engrossed with History Detectives. Kind of like doing genealogy, but on an item from the past! Viewers write into the program requesting information about a particular item that they may have had passed down to them from an ancestor. One time there was a pistol reported to have been owned by Jesse James, a set of unusual military orders about orientals in the US Army in WWII, and on one, a strange "recipe" [which turned out to be a form of rough coating used to preserve the exterior of 17th century homes in the old south!]. I am always engrossed throughout the show, and hate when the hour is over!

And then at 5:30 comes a relative new comer to the PBS scene, A Taste of History. This show is hosted by none other than award winning chef Walter Staib. [I love his accent! Reminds me of my German grandfather!]

Chef Walter Staib
This white haired gentleman is currently cooking over the hearth of none other than the kitchens of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello! [You can view the entire pilot episode here on the show's web site!]

Sponsored by famed food maker Dietz and Watson, Staib takes us on a culinary trip to the 17th and 18th century!

Perhaps you had no idea, but our forefathers didn't all eat such things as beef jerky and hard tack! Culinary accomplishments were carried here from Europe that far outdid many of the dishes we can even hope to make today!

Chef Staib shows us how these were done over an open hearth!

I am always amazed when he takes an ordinary spider [no I'm not talking about an arachnid here!] or a Dutch oven, and makes something that sets my mouth to watering!

From simple stews,  to entrees worthy of the most refined palate, and cakes, pies and desserts that I can only wish I could attain in my modern kitchen, I am held captive for the half-hour show! Even my hubby, the Texican, has been known to say, "We've got to get a fireplace so we can try some of these dishes!!!"

If you have never seen how your ancestors cooked in the 18th century, then this show is going to open your eyes!

For those of you who didn't know, the funny looking skillet on three legs in the foreground of this photo is a "spider". The legs allow it to sit over the fire, so that the heat come from the bottom.

The large pot that is turned up on its side in the near center... is a Dutch oven. Note that it also has three little nubby legs. This allows it to sit in coals if desired. Or, the lid laying against the side of the fireplace on the right actually covers this pan. Hot coals can be placed on top of it to allow the heat to come from the top of the pot as well. [Another way of using a Dutch oven was to dig a small pit, place the pot in the bottom, putting the food inside. Put the lid on, cover with hot coals, and then put dirt over the coals. Burying the entire pot in the ground! The hot coals would continue cooking the ingredients [a roast, etc.] very slowly for many hours. [Think your ancestor's "slow cooker".] When the dirt was removed, and the lid taken away, you would have "fall off the bone" tender meat!]

While I have already listed my Follow Friday post, I thought you might be interested in a regular Follow that I do with the telly as well!

You gotta love PBS!!!

[Also, don't miss Antiques Roadshow and the original This Old House - which dealt with restoring homes of antiquity!]

Check your local PBS shedules for dates and times of shows.

Follow Friday

Today I'd like to introduce you to The Educated Genealogist  and writer Sheri Fenley.

Sheri's profile states: "I am a Professional Genealogical and Historical Researcher. I am working toward becoming a board certified genealogist through BCG."

This wonderful blog is both educational and fun to read! Sheri has a sense of humor that makes it a pleasure to visit.

But she doesn't stop there! Sheri also authors or co-authors these sites as well:
The Year Was...Shades of The Departed
The Educated Graveyard Rabbit
and The Graveyard Rabbit

If you haven't met Sheri yet, you are in for a treat! So, hop on over and take a peek at what The Educated Genealogist  has to offer! You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ancestry Has A New Feature!

"Have you ever lost track of a record you printed or downloaded that you want to go back to?

You now have quick access to retrieve records you are storing offline. Each time you print or download a record from, it will appear in your Shoebox in a new tab for “Downloaded and printed records”. This way any discovery you make will be easy to find again."

**Well, this is one feature that I for one am glad to see finally added! I have a memory about as long as... well... let's just it isn't very long! So now I will have a record of each record I have downloaded and saved! Now... I'll just have to remember where I saved it to! LOL

Still... very glad to have this reminder!

Treasure Chest Thursday

Menu from Christmas Dinner
Naval Training Station
Newport, Rhode Island

My Uncle, William "Bill" Beane, was serving in the U.S. Navy at this time. Above is the cover of the Christmas Dinner menu for 1936.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Television network NBC announced yesterday that they will be renewing three programs: The Marriage Ref;  A Minute to Win It; and, of course, our favorite, Who Do You Think You Are.

Producer Lisa Kudrow had this to say regarding the announcement: "It's very gratifying to tell compelling stories that personalize history while investigating someone's ancestry, and even more gratifying that American audiences are saying, 'Yes, we want to see that,'".

Tombstone Tuesday

John Wesley Hardin
Concordia Cemetery
El Paso, Texas

John Wesley Hardin was the first cousin 4x removed of my husband, The Texican.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Madness Monday 4/5/10

I guess this is more a gripe than anything else. But lately I have been having clients who approach me with "verified" family trees, AFTER I have completed their contract.

Seems after they receive my research, they then go online and view a "published" family tree from, and bam! Suddenly they now have a tree dating back centuries... and they gripe "Why didn't you get all of this information?"

Well, try to explain to some of them that just because it's found on doesn't mean it's a "verified" tree. And more, just because the tree is on, doesn't mean it's "published"!

For way too many, just because it's found on makes it a legitimate tree to them. Even when you explain that ANYONE can post ANY TREE, verified or not, on

So, I have tried to begin with telling my new clients that if they decide to look at the family trees posted on that they also look only at those trees with cited sources. Even so, there are those individuals who are still coming back to me with complaints that I should be able to get the same info! After all, so-and-so found this or that!

I wonder how many other researchers are faced with this dilemma?

I tell my client's up front that unless I can cite a source, a REAL source [and not some tree on] that I will not include the information! Try explaining that some people will merge trees to make theirs "fit" or "work"! Well, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has this problem!

And I'm certainly not denigrating! I often use the trees on Ancestry to help guide me in a the direction I need to be going to look for more information! I just don't rely on them!

And I utilize just about daily for records! It's the best investment I ever made in my business! Saves me thousands of dollars each year in travel time! If not for the ready availability of, I'm not sure how well my business would be doing!

But, shouldn't place some kind of disclaimer for the public trees it has listed? [Or is there a disclaimer, and I'm just missing it?] And if so, perhaps they could make it more viewable for the general public to see!

Again, I really DO love!!! I just can't say the same for the public trees!

[Or am I just the only one who gets these kinds of clients?]

Okay, so that's my Madness Monday [Moment].

Sunday, April 4, 2010

From Us To You!

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

From The Texicanwife & The Texican

Sentimental Sunday - 4/4/10

Eydie, Edsel & Cyndi
August 1967
Norfolk, Virginia

Once upon a time, many, many years ago, were two little girls who dearly adored by their Mum and Pop, and even their adorable Uncle Edsel, whom they didn't get to see very often. But in the summer of 1967 he had actually moved to their seaport town, and was working there.

The two little girls hung onto their Uncle, who always made them giggle and laugh, whenever he was around.

As proof, we have this photograph of one hot summer afternoon during his visit. Aren't they cute?

SNGF - It's Back!!!

After a few weeks of being gone, Randy Seaver and his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is back! And boy are we glad to get back into these challenges from Randy! We've missed you guy!!!

Here's tonights:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (come on, this isn't Mission Impossible), is to:

1) Find an ancestral line that atretches back to the time of the US Revolutionary War (1775-1783), about 230 years. Define your person-to-person connection (the person actually met the next person on the list) back to a historical figure from that time.

2) Tell us about it on your blog, in a note or comment on Facebook, or in a comment on this post.

Okay, so here's my ancestral line, although it's a bit more stretched out than Randy's, due to untimely deaths by some of the family members.
1] I know my father, Walter Beane [b. 1837].
2] He knew his father, John Monroe Bean [1866 - 1954]. He knew his father.
3] William McHarvey Bean [1832-1890]. Who knew his father.
4] William Bean [1792 - 1864]. Who knew his father.
5] William McBean [1768-1804]. William served as an aid to Lord Cornwallis during the American Revolution. [Yep... he was a Loyalist! His son's future father-in-law served in the NC Militia for the American's, so it all evened out in the end! LOL]
So, I am five degrees from having someone who actually knew an American Revolutionary War figure.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Surname Saturday 4/3/10

Today I'd like to introduce you to my Riffe ancestry.

1. Cynthia Ann BEANE was born in New Albany, Floyd Co., IN. She was the daughter of 2. Walter Maxwell BEANE and 3. Lois Velleda DREHER.

2. Walter Maxwell BEANE was born  in Waiteville, Monroe County, WV. He was the son of 4. John Monroe BEAN and 5. Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE. He married Lois Velleda DREHER in Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA. 3. Lois Velleda DREHER was born in Georgetown, FLoyd Co., IN. She was the daughter of 6. Henry Condar DREHER Jr. and 7. Irene Caroline BANET.

4. John Monroe BEAN was born on 15 Dec 1866 in Cincinatti, Ohio. He died on 10 Apr 1954 in

Waiteville, Monroe Co., WV. He was the son of 8. William McHarvey BEAN and 9. Margaret Smith PERKINS. He married[3] Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE born 03 Jun 1897 in Sweet Springs, Monroe, West Virginia. She was the daughter of Stephen Langford FAUDREE and Elizabeth CARNEFIX. Children of John Monroe BEAN and Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE are:

CHILDREN: + 2. i. Walter Maxwell BEANE was born 31 Aug 1937 in Waiteville, Monroe County, WV, married Lois Velleda DREHER 12 Dec 1958 in Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
ii. Edsel Ford BEANE was born 22 Mar 1939 in Monroe County, West Virginia, married Rose
            Virginia PITZER Jan 1975 in Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA.
iii. Roy Edwin BEANE was born 22 Apr 1943 in Hollywood, Monroe, WV, died 02 Jul 1946 in
            Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV.
9. Margaret Smith PERKINS was born 03 Mar 1826 in Greenbrier County, Virginia. She died 11 Jun

1891 in Monroe County, West Virginia. She was the daughter of 18. Samuel PERKINS and 19.
Elizabeth TUCKWILLER. She married 8. William McHarvey BEAN was born on 26 Aug 1832 in Dropping Lick, Near Zenith, Monroe Co, VA. He died on 14 May 1890 in Gap Mills, Monroe Co, WV. He was the son of 16. William M. BEAN and 17. Rachel WISEMAN.

Children: i. Infant BEAN was born 06 Jun 1853 in Monroe County, Virginia, died 06 Jun 1853.

ii. Viranda C. BEAN was born 03 May 1854 in Near Waiteville, Monroe Co, VA, died 21 Jan
            1857 in Waiteville, Monroe, Virginia.
iii. Samuel Waite BEAN was born 31 Jan 1857 in Monroe County, Virginia, died 01 Mar 1913
            in Fauquier County, Virginia, married Martha Jane CROSIER 19 Oct 1882 in Monroe
            County, West Virginia.
iv. William Ballard Preston BEAN was born 06 Jun 1859 in Monroe County, Virginia, died 23
            Jul 1893 in Waiteville, Monroe Co., WV, married Roena Ann PORTERFIELD 1881 in
            Monroe County, WV.
v. Viranda Elizabeth BEAN was born 25 Jun 1862 in Waiteville, Monroe, West Virginia, died
            20 Sep 1952 in Organ Cave, Greenbrier, West Virginia, married James Joseph HEDRICK
            01 Jun 1879 in Monroe County, West Virginia.
+ 4. vi. John Monroe BEAN was born 15 Dec 1866 in Cincinatti, Ohio, died 10 Apr 1954 in
            Waiteville, Monroe Co., WV, married Blanche Uremia CROSIER 26 Jun 1895 in Monroe
            County, West Virginia; married Ada L. BURDETTE 04 Mar 1907 in Organ Cave,
            Greenbrier County, WV; married Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE 01 Dec 1935 in M.E. Church,
            Covington, Alleghany Co., VA.
vii. Alice F. BEAN was born 10 Apr 1870 in Waiteville, Monroe, West Virginia, died 02 Nov
            1960 in Gap Mills, Monroe, West Virginia, married William A. EPLING 21 Oct 1894 in
            Waiteville, Monroe County, West Virginia.
viii. Nancy Malinda M. BEAN was born 20 Jun 1872 in Waiteville, Monroe, West Virginia, died

            22 Dec 1945 in Waiteville, Monroe, West Virginia, married Andrew Jack McCORMICK 15
            Nov 1893 in Waiteville, Monroe, West Virginia.

19. Elizabeth TUCKWILLER was born 08 Nov 1779 in Greenbrier County, Virginia. She died 28 Jul 1867 in Greenbrier County, Virginia. She was the daughter of 38. John TUCKWILLER and 39. Catherine
RIFFE. She married 18. Samuel PERKINS was born on 21 Apr 1778 in Virginia. He died on 19 Jan 1854 in Fort Springs, Greenbrier, Virginia. He was the son of 36. James PERKINS and 37. Elizabeth BONDERANT.

Children: i. Cathy PERKINS was born 13 Aug 1813 in Greenbrier County, Virginia, died 19 Sep 1813

             in Greenbrier County, Virginia.
ii. Joseph PERKINS was born 05 Aug 1814, died 09 Feb 1817.
iii. Nancy Morgan PERKINS was born 06 Dec 1815 in Virginia, died 1892 in Monroe County,
            West Virginia.
iv. Elizabeth Daskins PERKINS was born 16 Oct 1817 in Greenbrier County, Virginia, died 30
            Aug 1905.
v. John Adams PERKINS was born 09 Sep 1819 in Virginia, died 11 Apr 1887 in Harris
            Grove, Harrison, Iowa.
vi. Ballard Smith PERKINS was born 1819 in Virginia.
vii. Rachel PERKINS was born 03 Mar 1823 in Greenbrier County, Virginia, died 22 Feb 1857
            in Greenbrier County, Virginia, married Moses HENDRICK 04 Mar 1856.
+ 9. viii. Margaret Smith PERKINS was born 03 Mar 1826 in Greenbrier County, Virginia, died 11
            Jun 1891 in Monroe County, West Virginia, married William McHarvey BEAN 26 Aug 1852
            in Monroe County, Virginia.
ix. Catherine PERKINS was born 26 Dec 1826 in Greenbrier County, Virginia, died 02 Aug

            1902 in Fort Springs, Greenbrier, Virginia, married William George SHEPHERD 10 Jun
            1852 in Fort Springs, Greenbrier, Virginia.

39. Catherine RIFFE was born 1762 in Pennsylvania. She died 01 Sep 1823 in Rich Hollow, Greenbrier County, Virginia. She married 38. John TUCKWILLER was born in 1752 in Virginia. He died on 18 Feb 1832 in Rich Hollow, Greenbrier County, Virginia. He was the son of 76. Thomas TUCKWILLER and 77. Sabina UNKNOWN.

Children:i. Hannah TUCKWILLER was born 1778 in Lewisburg, Greenbrier, Virginia, died 03 Jul 1869

            in Lewisburg, Greenbrier, Virginia, married Frederick HEDRICK 26 May 1798 in Greenbrier
            County, VA.
+ 19. ii. Elizabeth TUCKWILLER was born 08 Nov 1779 in Greenbrier County, Virginia, died 28 Jul
            1867 in Greenbrier County, Virginia, married Samuel PERKINS 15 Sep 1812 in Greenbrier
            County, Virginia.
iii. Esther TUCKWILLER was born 1781, died 22 Dec 1853, married Joseph HEDRICK 10 Apr
           1804 in Greenbrier County, VA.
iv. David TUCKWILLER I was born 1787, died 10 Nov 1861 in Greenbrier County, Virginia.
v. Barbara TUCKWILLER was born 1790, died 04 Nov 1867 in Greenbrier County, West
vi. John TUCKWILLER was born 1793, died 16 Apr 1833 in Greenbrier County, Virginia.
vii. Daniel TUCKWILLER was born 1796 in Rich Hollow, Greenbrier County, Virginia, died 15
        Mar 1862 in Greenbrier County, Virginia.
viii. Caty TUCKWILLER was born 31 Mar 1798, died 09 Jul 1876.
ix. Nancy TUCKWILLER was born 1800.
x. Rachel TUCKWILLER was born 13 Apr 1802, died May 1875.
xi. Mary TUCKWILLER was born 1804, died 29 Jul 1886.

78. Jacob RIFFE was born in 1722. He died in 1790 in Greenbrier County, Virginia. He was the son of

156. John Jacob RIFFE and 157. Unknown. He married Catherine UNKNOWN.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Who Do You Think You Are - April 2, 2010

Tonight's episode was no less exciting and thrilling than any of the others which came before it!

Tonight, actress and model, Brooke Shields was highighted in her quest to find her ancestors.

Brooke lives in New York City with her husband Chris, and their two daughters.

Her mother, Terri, got her into acting when she was only eleven months old!

Brooke stated that 9/11 awakened her to others and "blood being thicker than water".

So, she began her journey by going to New Jersey, her Mother's home state. It was also here that Brooke attended college.

Brooke knew that her grandmother's name was Theresa Dollinger and that Theresa had a sister named Maria. Theresa was born in 1908, and her sister was born in 1915. Genealogists helped Brooke to uncover their birth certificates. Much to her amazement, when they were looking at Maria's birth record, they discovered that there were also two other siblings. And so, genealogist Michelle Gubbenko, once again helped Brooke to find those birth records as well.

John, was born in 1910, and died in infancy. And the next was Edward William, who was born in 1914.

In 1922 Brooke's great-grandmother, Ida from ovarian cancer. This left young Theresa to be not only big sister, but acting mother to her two surviving siblings. Her youth, essentially gone, as she took on the role of an adult.

Sadly, in 1927, at the age of 13, young Edward drowned in an accident. It was summer, and he and some other boys had gone "bathing" to cool off. Edward was swept away. His body later recovered by the police.

Brooke went to the spot where Edward had died. SHe stood there, next to the frigid winter's water, and read the newspaper article that told the story of Edward's accident.

Now she knew why her grandmother had not gotten along with her mother.

Her grandmother, the eldest child, was resentful of Brooke's mother, also the eldest child, because while her grandmother had taken care of her family, Brooke's mother had left Newark as soon as she was able to.

Brooke found empathy for her grandmother now.

And so she headed back to New York to discover her aristocratic dad's ancestry. He died in 2003, so she was unable to ask him about their ancestry.

Brooke arrived at the New York Historical Society and met with genealogist Gary Boyd ROberts. He shows Brooke her Torlonia line back to the 18th century.

He shows her Marino Torlonia, who was born in 1725 and died in 1785. He became the founder of the Banco Torlonia. His son, Giavonni became banker to the Vatican.

And so, they went to Rome.

Here a genealogist shows Brooke the house where Marino had set up shop in the textile business, and it later added a banco [bank]. The bank finally became so large that the textile business was disbursed, and the entire business was banking.

By the end of the 18th century, Giavonni had established the first private bank in Italy. This bank went on to sweep through other countries as well.

Giavonni began to purchase important properties to build up his regard in Italy and to the Vatican. And so they went to his home. The Villa Torlonia. It was a majestic, palace-like structure; filled with antiquities and art.

The genealogist went on to discover a document on Marino, that stated that he had come to Italy from Giralo, France.

And so Brooke took off for Augerolles, France to search for Marino Torlonia.

She met with a historian representative from who discovered his birth record in Augerolles that stated he was christened Marin Torlonias, son of Antoine Torlonias.

Marin's great-uncle was a priest in the Church, and Marin became his servant. When the great-uncle was place under house arrest, he and Marin escaped eventually to Rome, where Marin changed his name to Marino Torlonia.

Brooke knew that the Torlonias house was approximately 5km south of Augerolles. They headed to the location. Here they discovered a moderate sized stone house.

Brooke stated, "Very simple, humble beginnings...I feel linked to this family even though I never knew they existed!"

From simple peasants, they worked their way yp to Italian aristocracy.

They eventually married into a royal line.

Christine Marie was known as "Madame Royale". She was born 1606 in the Palais de Louvre, Paris, France. Which was known at the time as "Chez Marie". She died in 1663.

And so, Brooke headed to the Louvre to learn more.

Here she met with Charles Mosley, a genealogical expert in royal families.

Christine Marie's father was Henry IV.

Mosley accompanied Brooke to Saint Denis - where the remains of the Kings of France are kept. Those from the oldest periods have only their hearts kept in royal urns in the cavernous tombs. Brooke climbed atop a sarcophagus to reach the urn that contained the heart of Henry IV.

They went on to the Palace of Versailles. Here Louis XIV, grandson of Henry IV built his magnificent palace. He was Brooke's first cousin, "Many generations removed".

"Everywhere I turn I'm connected," she said.

Mosley presented her before the pictoral view of the history of the kings of France. Here she was introduced to the long line of Kings from whom she descends: Henry IV, a Saint, Phillip II, Ferdinand, etc.

"This has been an amazing exploration on both sides of my family!" Brooke stated. "Being able to see your place in the grand scheme of things in empowering!"

Her parting statement was, "I'm just looking forward to imparting all that I have learned... with my daughters."

Isn't that what we all want? To share the grand discovery of our ancestors with those who follow when we have gone!

Receive Award

Today I received in my email the following from Lori at Genealogy & Me:

Today I was presented the "Ancestors Approved" award by Dionne Ford of the Finding Josephine Blog. As a recipient of this award I’m supposed to list ten things I have learned about any of my ancestors that has surprised, humbled, or enlightened me and pass along the award to ten other bloggers who I feel are doing their ancestors proud.

I have chosen to present you with the award.

Thanks for sharing your ancestor stories!


I am truly honored, and humbled, by being included in this award! And I shall try to do it justice by complying with the listing of ten things that have surprised, humbled or enlightened me:

1] My great-grandfather, William Bean, became a "double-agent" during the Civil War, although it meant estrangement with his own family at the time. How hard it must have been for him to have done this! But he stuck to his belief's that all men are created equal, and would not assist the Confederacy.

2] My great-grandmother, Margaret Perkins Bean, traveled hundreds of miles overland during the Civil War by oxen pulled wagon, to join her husband in Ohio. She went with 3 small children in tow. Crossing enemy lines, she perservered to be near the man she loved!

3] My grandfather, John Bean, was a deeply religious man, who died before I was born. He raised, in essence, three separate families. His first two wives dying before him. He fathered a total of 15 children, and loved each and every one alike. He mourned deeply over the loss of those children who died before him. His deep love for family has been an inspiration to me.

4] My great-great-great grandfather, Joseph Wiseman, was one of the first settlers in what is now West Virginia. He served in the Pennsylvania militia in the American Revolution, along with his father, my great-great-great-great grandfather, Isaac Wiseman.

5] My gr-gr-gr-gr-gr Grandfather, Isaac Wiseman Sr. was born on board ship coming to America from England in 1700. His mother, Elizabeth Renberg Wiseman, left her family and all that she knew to come to this new country. She gave birth, in some of the most primitive conditions, on board the ship coming to this country. Surviving that alone would have made her endearing. But to know that she raised a family of strong men and women who became settlers in the countries most wilderness areas makes her even more special to me. I can only imagine the fear and distress she must have endured in her lifetime!

6] My great-uncle, Henry Edward Dreher, died on board ship, on his way to Suserne, France during World War I. Although buried at sea, there is a marker for his death in Suserne. To the best of my knowledge, he is the closest relative I have that died during World War I.

7] My great-grandmother, Josephine Benzel Dreher, was among the World War I mothers to be sent overseas to visit the graves of their sons who had fallen. When the ship passed over the quadrants marking the area where her son was buried at sea, it paused and allowed her time to commemorate the death of her son there. I have postcards and letters she mailed to her family in Indiana during her trip. She was greatly moved to be allowed to stand there, and also in Suserne, where so many had fallen.

8] My grandfather, Henry Dreher, Jr., was a nutritionist, even before it was cool! It seems that grandpa practiced some very ancient techniques of internal cleansing, and diet! Unfortunately, I was unaware of these practices until after his death in 1977. I would have loved to have been able to discuss these with him! Especially now that I have also taken interest and am practicing a more holistic lifestyle!

9] My aunt went totally bald when she was in her 30's! I never knew! She always wore a wig, and I never heard anyone mention anything about it before! Now that I am finding myself in some extreme hair loss crisis, I don't feel so all alone knowing this may be part of my genetics!

10] The number one thing that has so impressed and inspired me in discovering my family ancestry, has been the deep love they have all had for this country! The number of men and women who have served in our armed forces from the Revolution, to the war of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War's I & II, Korean, and Vietnam Wars, are overwhelming! So overwhelming that I am planning a book to commemorate them, each and every one!

I am honored to be among the descendants of so many great individuals!

And so now comes the hard part.... passing this award on to 10 more individuals!

There are so many who deserve this award, that I cannot begin to choose only a few! So, I will take the 10 that first come to mind, but please know, just because I don't list you here, doesn't mean you aren't among my favorites! There are just too many to name!!!

1: Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories
2: Before My Time
3: Circlemending
4: Genealogy's Star
5: Georgia Black Crackers
6: Granite In My Blood
7: Life From The Roots
8: The Armchair Genealogist
9: The Family Curator
10: Zalewski Family Genealogy

Again, I am deeply grateful to have been included in this award!

Happy Easter to All!