Thursday, June 30, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday... George Carneix Civil War Records

Very little is known of George Carnefix's military service in the Civil War, other than what we find here.

We know he served as a Private in the Virginia Militia's 108th in Company F.

His name appears on a roll of names of individuals who received payment.

And again, he served as a Private.

George Carnefix was married to [1] Susan Elizabeth PATTESON about 1852 or '53. Susan died between 1858 and 1860. And on 02 May 1860, George married Mary Susan Daugherty of Monroe County.

George and Mary had one daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1861.

George is one of the individuals believed to have died in the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia on 19 Oct 1864. He never returned home.

Susan later married Jacob Wickline.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Almost Wordless Wednesday...Bean Family Reunion 2009

With our next family reunion coming up in August, I thought you'd all enjoy seeing a group shot from our last reunion in August 2009.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - More From The Bean Cemetery

Yet another stone from the Bean Family Cemetery located near Waiteville, in Monroe County, West Virginia.

We have been discussing the Bean Family Cemetery for several Tombstone Tuesday's now. We have discussedthese possible burials in this cemetery thusfar:
William Bean
Rachel Wiseman Bean
Nancy Bean
Emily Bean Long
Thomas Long

Today we will discuss yet another possible burial. That of William and Rachel's grandson, William B. Long.

William B. LONG was the eldet son of Thomas J. and Emily [Bean] LONG.

Born 1834 in Monroe County, Thomas died at a very young age, on 24 May 1859, at his parents home on Back Valley from "Consumption" [the popular term for tuberculosis at the time].

It is believed William was never married and had no children.

His death record us no indication as to where he was interred, only that his mother reported the death.

Sme say he was probably buried here, as the first known buials had taken place shortly less than three years prior, with the death of Emily's mother, Rachel,  and sister, Nancy. It only made sense to lay her son next to close family members.

However the trek from Back Valley to Waiteville would have been a long one by wagon, and was in May, whenthe weather was warmer. Some say that due to the naure of his death [tuberculosis], there would have been a speedy burial closer to home so as not to spread the contagion. It is my belief that these individuals were little aware of just how contagious the disease was at the time, as no separation had been made nation-wide at this early state for individuals stricken with the disease. It is my belief we should postulate more toward the former speculation rather than the latter.

The stone, as seen above, remember, is not identified in the cemetery. No one today remembers where any individual lies in the cemetery. Only these broken, fragmented and lichen covered stones, with no visible engravings remain.

The stone above is clearly a grave marker, and was once qute thick compared to some of the others. One can see the traditional lines of a tombstone, but again, there are no visible engraving to identify the occupant of this grave.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Letter From A Father

Unfortunately, this was transcribed without a copy being made of the original letter, which I had borrowed. [I think my scanner was on the blink at the time, and my old camera simply did not photograph it clear enough for recording.] This letter was written from my grandfather, John M. Bean, Sr. to his son, William [Bill]:

From John Bean to son Pvt W.M. Beane

Postmarked: Jun 15, 1937

                        Gates, WV

Return Address: John M. Bean

                           Waiteville, W.Va.

Addressed to: Pvt. W.M. Beane

                        Naval War College

                        Newport, R.I.

“Dear Billie

            We received your letter day or so ago was glad to hear from you.

            Yes we have wrote you 2 letters since your vacation don’t know why you haven’t got them

            We were sure disappointed at our boy not getting home

            Well Elner is coming home to stay this summer and we are glad of it.

            Marg was operated on for appendicitis last Monday 1 wk ago today Come out from under either O.K. haven’t heard from her since.

            We are getting on fine with work

            Got strawberries all about gathered had over 20 bu. It was a job to pick them

            Corn over the 2nd time and it is looking fine.

            Uncle Wills Paul & all were over Sunday they sure enjoyed strawberries

            They are all well they asked so much about you.

            Saw Codine at Waiteville the other day She isn’t married She is going to Charleston to business school this summer She said the Lewis boy is still going with her.

            Ralph McCormick has T.B. and is in Beckly Sanitorium Uncle Jacks are awfully torn up over him.

            Billie write home often & I will have Elner to write you what is news from old Waiteville

            Will close

            Mary joins me in love to my dear boy

                                                Your father

                                                     John M Bean”

****NOTE: Transcribed from originals – cbh****

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sentimental Sunday

From 1946:
William [Bill] Beane, Edsel Beane, Walter [Buster] Beane with his arms around litle brother Roy Edwin Bean, Betty J. Beane [2-yrs] and John M. Bean, Sr.

John was the fathe of Bill, Edsel, Walter, and Roy Edwin. Betty Jane is his granddaughter from yet another son, John Jr.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week 26 Songs

Week 26 - Songs
What was the #1 song during the week of your birth? Enter your birth date at This Day in Music ( and find out. If you were born before 1946, you can enter the year of your marriage, the birth dates of your children or some other significant event.
Or on your birthday when you were 15?

Please see previous post for results. They are the same.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.. Number 1 Songs

Another great challenge from Randy Seaver  over at Genea Musings:

Hey geneaphiles - it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!!!

Tonight, we're going to go down memory lane a bit.

1) What was the #1 song on the day you were born? Or on your birthday when you were 15? Or when you married? Or some other important date in your life.

2) Go to and enter the date and select from UK, US or Australia record lists. Note: the first date available is 1 January 1946.

Alternatively, go to and enter the month and date and see a list of songs for each year since 1940.

3) Tell us what your results are (If you are sensitive about your age, don't list the date or year... ) on a blog post of your own, a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status line or note. 

Armed with the links provided by Randy, I entered my birthdate at the first web-stop:
04 Nov 1959.

The results? Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin [that explains why I was always attracted to Bobby Darin songs, and this one in particular! "Oh when the shark bites...."]

Heading on over to web-stop number two I put in the appropriate date and was given the same song!!!

Age 15, from web-stop #1 was 04 Nov 1974:
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet - by BTO [Bachman Turner Overdrive for those who don't know!] Woo-hoo! Great memories from that one! What a song to dance to! LOL

And web-stop number 2 for the same year was the same BTO  song! [Good to see the results were consistent! LOL]

And on our wedding day? 27 Feb 1998:
From web-stop #1: My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion. Now that is one heck of a song!!!
From web-stop #2: Once again consistency! The same Celine Dion song, My Heart Will Go On.

Thanks Randy for this special walk down Memory Lane. I'm sure I can speak for everyone who accepts this challenge, that we thoroughly enjoyed this special visit to the past! Memories came flooding back, and I had a blast!

Now, if I could just get Bobby Darin's singing out of my head, I could probably concentrate on a little genealogy this evening!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sentimental Sunday...My Earliest Childhood Homes

This small little duplex, noted at the rear of the photo, is where we lived in 1961 when my baby sister was born. I can barely remember playing in a wading pool here. I have no recollections of the interior of the home. But do recall the sandy yard. Located at
9526 15th Bay Street, Norfolk, Virginia.

A short time later, we moved up the stree to this house....

located at
9570 15th Bay Street.
Some of the huge pine trees have been removed since we lived there, and the front porch has been closed in and made into a room. The outside stairs were not there when we lived there, either.
The yard was completely sandy, except for one small patch of grass, which Mother kept cut short with a pair of sewing shears! [That's how tiny the patch of grass was! She didn't feel it warranted the need for a lawn mower purchase!]

Most of my earliest memories are in this house!

In 1965 we moved into this house, located at
9562 12th Bay Street, Norfolk, Virginia.
We moved here because we needed another bedroom. My Grandma Bean moved in with us that year, and at the last house, she was having to share a room with my sister and I. Here she was given a modicum of privacy with her own bedroom.

This house had proper grass for the yard! And a HUGE back yard for the two of us little girls to play in!

I used to walk to school from this house. [The little elementary school is no longer standing.]

In 1967 we moved here...

...4600 Krick Street, Norfolk, Virginia.
It was here that I entered my teen years, had my first kiss, and have the most of my memories from childhood.

In 1973 we moved to West Virginia. And I married a just two years later for the first time.
But that.... is a story for another day.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Surname Saturday...Surber

Today we'll take a look at another of Texican's family lines, the Surber's.

Generation 1


Johnnie Lee HENRY was bornin San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX. He was the son of 2.Joseph Wright HENRY and 3. Betty Louise Rotge. He married Cynthia Ann BEANE in Covington, Alleghany Co., VA, daughter of Walter Maxwell BEANE and Lois Velleda DREHER. She was born in New Albany, Floyd Co., IN.

Generation 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. He married Betty Louise Rotge on 30 Jul 1947.
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

Generation 3

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.

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


Peter ROTGE was born on 25 Jun 1872 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He died on 15 Jul 1956 in San

Antonio, Bexar, Texas. He was the son of 24. Jean Rotge and 25. Anna Annette Martin. He married

Lillie Mae Surber on 15 Nov 1902.

Lillie Mae Surber was born 29 Jan 1881 in Texas. She died 26 Sep 1932. She was the daughter of

26. John W. SURBER and 27. Visa Ann SURBER.

Generation 4

John W. SURBER was born on 13 Sep 1854 in Kentucky. He died on 13 Nov 1931 in Center Point,

Kerr, Texas. He was the son of 52. Joseph S. SURBER and 53. Reuhama YOUNG. He married Visa


Visa Ann SURBER was born 1853 in Kentucky. She died 20 Apr 1941 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas. She

was the daughter of 54. Alexander Campbell SURBER and 55. Emeline WEEKS.

Generation 5
Joseph S. SURBER was born on 18 Mar 1809 in Washington County, Virginia. He died on 19 Sep

1874 in Center Point, Kerr, Texas. He was the son of 104. Jacob Campbell SURBER and 105. Mary

WATKINS. He married Reuhama YOUNG before Dec 1831.

Reuhama YOUNG was born Abt. 1811 in Washington County, Virginia.

Generation 6
Jacob Campbell SURBER was born in 1784 in Washington County, Virginia. He died on 09 Apr

1844. He was the son of 208. Adam SURBER and 209. Margaret wifeofAdamSurber. He married


Mary WATKINS was born 16 Oct 1786 in Prince Edward County, Virginia. She died 17 Jun 1853 in

Kentucky. She was the daughter of 210. George WATKINS and 211. Ann REED.

Generation 7
Adam SURBER was born about 1751 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He died on 10 Apr 1833 in

Kentucky. He was the son of 416. Henry SURBER. He married Margaret wifeofAdamSurber.

Margaret wifeofAdamSurber was born 1780 in Culpeper County, Virginia. She died Oct 1822 in


Generation 8
Henry SURBER was born between 1710-1718 in Kanton, Aaigon, Switzerland. He died on 28 Sep

1754 in Frederick County, Virginia.

Friday, June 17, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week #24 - Clothes

Another great challenge!

Week #24 – Clothes

Week 24. Clothes. What types of clothes did you wear as a child? What was “in fashion” and did your style compare?. What types of clothes did you wear as a child? What was “in fashion” and did your style compare?

Okay, can I say, officially, this was probably the most fun I've had in a while with the challenges!!!

Let's begin at the beginning!

I would suppose as far as diaper-wear was concerned... I was dressed as fashionably as any other 1950's baby!

Eventually, of course graduating into some real clothes, I have to admit, Mom dressed me stylishly! Here I am in the official 1950's era biking outfit for little tykes! How cute is that?

Tea parties, of course, required more formal wear. And a garden party dress was indeed in demand!
Here Dolly and I share our tea time together at a table reserved just for us!

As I got a little older, I did begin to notice what my friends were wearing and demanded to be dressed according to the fashion statements of the times. T-shirts were rarely seen in those days, except as under garments. Here I am, with my beloved Grandpa Dreher, in a stylish two-piece ensemble consisting of matching shorts and sleeveless top. Perfect for those summer outings, when we visited with family in Indiana!

The same year, at home, in a matching turquoise shorts ensemble. Complete with matching headband.
This was in front of our home in Norfolk.

The next year, my clothing became a little more formal, as did my hairdo [note the little beehive!]
I remember this outfit well. It was actually one of my favorites, as what appears to be a jumper with a blouse underneath, is actually a jumper with a dress beneath. They could be worn seperately, or together as shown here.

The next year, I am seen here with my Dad, and my cousin Betty Jane. You can just make out that I am wearing a maroon colored wool jumper with a mdaras plaid short-sleeved blouse. Note my ever present knee socks!

The following summer, on the farm in Corydon, Indiana, where my Grandparents lived, with the horses and dog.

Two years later, and we were entering 1970. Note the long lean look! Matching outfit still.
I was still curling my hair, and trying to look hip. We actually began wearing t-shirts around the house at this point!

And a year later... I am into the mini-skirt and peasant blouse look! [That's my little sister on the side, critiquing my new outfit!] I thought I was so cool, and looked "groovy man!"

And yet, the next year, I began maturing. While "hippie" clothes were okay for around the house, Mom insisted on looking proper when we went out!
Here I am [far right] with my Mom [isn't she gorgeous?], and my sister [Eydie], before church one Sunday morning. Mom had made her own and my sister's dresses. Aren't they charming? Mom made many of the clothes we wore.

I stop here, because we specifically were charged with the clothes we wore as a child. From this point, I went through many phases, including my hippie-grunge phase, where even I am ashamed to see the old photos! LOL

As a child, and a teen, I was wearing the same styles of clothings as my contemporaries. And then continued until I finished school and was married. I later went through many phases, and my clothing often reflected where I was at emotionally at the time as well. The happier I was.... the more time I took with my appearance.

I loved going through these old photos! Seeing the clothing styles, and remembering the days!

Keep the challenges coming!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday

Archibald Marmaduke Beane
abt 1895

The son of William M. BEAN and Rachel WISEMAN BEAN, Archibald was born 06 Oct 1826 in Monroe County, [W] Virginia.

In 1849 he married Amanda SHIRES, who is believed to have died in childbirth in 1850 or 1852. They had two possibly three children.

In 1853, he married Margaret Ann DUNBAR, and they went on to have nine known children. Archibald's children traveled far and wide, some settling in Oklahoma, and others as far away as California.

Archibald died 31 Aug 1899 in Kanawha County, West Virginia. He is buried in the Teays Hill Cemetery in St. Albans.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - From the Bean Family Cemetery

Today we will continue with the Bean Family Cemetery, located across the road and upon a knoll from the old Bean Homestead, near Waiteville, in Monroe County, West Virginia.

Today's stone is, as the others were, plain, unmarked and broken. It sits at the head of a sunken grave. Most of the graves in this cemetery are clearly dinlineated by the sunken shapes. These are roughly 6-8 feet long by 4-foot wide. And for the most part, the graves are sunken 8-10 inches.

This stone is lichen covered, and is very brittle. Easily chipping when one attempts to peel the lichen away when looking for markings.

Because, as previously noted, we do not know who is buried where in this cemetery, the stones we are focusing upon are merely symbolic on the names we are assigning them.

Today's stone we will assign to a woman we know very, very little about.

Amanda Shires Bean.

Amanda SHIRES was born about 1826 to John and Margaret HAND SHIRES. She was one of at least two known children born to this couple.

On 01 Jan 1849, Amanda married Archibald Marmaduke BEANE [1826-1899], the son of wealthy landowner William BEAN and his wife Rachel WISEMAN BEAN.

Amanda and Archibald had three known children:
John William BEANE [1849 - 1899]
Amanda Alafaire BEANE  [1850 - 1907]
Alafore BEANE [b. 1852]

It is believed that Amanda may have died in childbirth with the last child. It is also possible that Amanada Alafaire and Alafore are one and the same individual. Death and Birth records did not appear in this county during the years when either of these events would have occurred.

It is long held family tradition that Archibald buried Amanda on the Bean property at the family cemetery.

Archibald went on to marry, in Dec 1853, Margaret Ann DUNBAR, whose grandparents were influential in the founding of the county. They then had nine children together.

No other information is known about Amanda Shires Bean at this time.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - A Marriage Record

"This is to certify that Andrew Stuart and Eve Hanes
were joined together in matrimony January 3, 1828.
And Richard Shires and Amelia Neal February 7th, 1828.
And Samuel Steel and Edith Wiseman February 19th, 1828.
                                                     by me,
                                          John Tarryhill"

NOTE: Edith Wiseman was the daughter of Joseph Wiseman and Elizabeth Bateman Wiseman. She was the sister of my great-great-grandmother, Rachel Wiseman Bean.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Family Recipe Friday...Cornmeal Muffins

Cornmeal Muffins

1-cup self-rising flour
1-cup stone ground yellow cornmeal
2-tablespoons sugar
2-tablespoons melted shortening or lard
1-egg, slightly beaten
1-1/2 cups sweet milk

Pre-heat oven to 425-degrees farenheit.
Mix together dry ingredients. Add milk, egg and melted shortenig and mix well.
Pour into prepared oven tin and bake until golden brown, about 17-18 minutes.
Serve while hot with melted butter.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

My Mama and Daddy, just a few hours after they were married at the Presidio in San Francisco, California, 1958.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - More From The Bean Cemetery

We have thusfar, on Tombstone Tuesday reviewed four of the known graves in the Bean Family Cemetery, located near Waiteville, in Monroe County, West Virginia. We have named William Bean, his wife Rachel Wiseman Bean, their daughter Nancy Bean, and another daughter, Emily Bean Long.

Today we will add yet another name to ou list. That of Emily's husband, Thomas Long.

But first, let's remind you that the stones you see have no visible markings for their graves occupants or identification. As such, we are using these stones to symbolicall represent the individuals we are reviewing. The stones you see are very much headstones in the actual cemetery. But time and age have lost their identification markings. And there are no living individuals who can point us directly to who lies within each grave.

The stone you see here is fragmented, and is rectangular, upright in appearance. It is definitely a crude, chiseled stone. Areas appear to have been flaked away to shape the stone. It does lie at the head of a large burial indentation in the ground. It appears to be an adult sized grave. There are no markings left visible to assist us otherwise with this stone or its occupant in the grave.

Thomas J. LONG  was born 1810 in Culpeper, Virginia to Brumfield LONG and Letitia ROACH. He was the eldest of at least five known children born to the couple.

On 03 Sep 1833, Thomas married Emily BEAN, [1814-1889] the first-born child of William BEAN and Rachel Wiseman BEAN. Thomas was 23 and Emily was 19 at the time of their marrage.

Thomas was a farmer by trade. He and Emily lived in the Dropping Lick and Back Valley areas of Monroe County. They went on to have eleven known children:
William B. LONG    [1834-1859]
John Wesley LONG    [1836 - 1864]
Jarrett Morgan LONG    [1838-1926]
Mary LONG    [1839-(1900-1910)]
Overton Bergis LONG    [b. 1841]
Rachel LONG    [1843-1924]
Archibald LONG    [b. 1845]
Allen Madison LONG    [1849 - 1935]
Thomas Washington LONG    [1851 - 1938]
Elizabeth A. LONG    [1853 - 1942]
Nancy Ann LONG    [abt 1856 - 1925]

Thomas died 15 Apr 1888 while living on Dropping Lick. He was 78 years o age. He is believd to have been buried in the Bean Family Cemtery, located across from the old Bean home near Waiteville, in Monroe County.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sentimental Sunday...A Little Boy Called Jack

This little fellow was often called "Jack" when he was a small shaver by his endearing grandpa.
No one else called him by that name. And few even know about this na today.

Can you guess who he is?

That's right.

I call him the Texican.

Now do you know who it is???

None other than my sweetheart, my hubs. Johnnie Lee Henry.
Son of Joseph Wright Henry and Bettie Louise Rotge.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Surname Saturday...Great-Great-Grandmother Was Named Annette

My great-great-grandfather was named Joseph EVE. He was married to a woman named Annette. And that's all we know about her.

Perhaps if you are reading this, and know the family, you would be kind enough to pass on any information you may have regarding this unknown woman who was the mother of my great-grandmother.



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. She married Johnnie Lee HENRY  in Covington, Alleghany Co., VA, son of Joseph Wright HENRY and Betty Louise Rotge. He was born in San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Joseph EVE was born on 11 Jan 1829 in France. He died on 08 Jan 1892 in New Albany, Floyd Co.,

IN. He was the son of 60. Unknown Eve and 61. Unknown. He married Annette before 1858.

Annette was born 12 Feb 1840 in Indiana. She died 01 May 1870 in Indiana.

***Thank you one and all for your consideration in sharing any known info on this family!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Family Recipe Friday...Fried Poke

One thing I learned from he first year we moved back to West Virginia, when I was only thirteen years of age, is that a man [or woman!] need never go hungry in this State!

One of the first meals Mama ever made us once we were settled was Fried Poke.

This is a poke plant. It's the green shoots that you want for this particular dish. And man-oh-man... you haven't eaten until you've eaten fried poke!!!

Take the young green shoots and cut them into about 3-inch lengths, splitting them seems to make them even more tender.

Next whisk together 1-egg and about 1/4 cup of milk.

Now we'll make a dredge.

Place 1-cup of yellow cornmeal in a bowl, and place to your left. Set the bowl with egg and milk directly before you. And place a third bowl with 1-cup all-purpose flour to your right.

Wash and dry the poke. [Simly pat dry with a clean dish towel, or paper toweling.]

Using a large, cast-iron skillet, place about 3-4 tablespoons of good shortening in the pan over medium-high heat [Mama always used lard, but since folks seldom ever use that any more, you can substitute with vegetable shortening or oil if desired].

Once your skillet has reached it's full heat, roll the poke stems in the cornmeal. This will give it a bit of a "tooth" to allow the remaining dredge to stick to it. Now dip in the egg & milk mixture, and then roll in flour. [You can "double-dredge" if you want extra batter, simply by repeaing the process at this point, or go directly to the next step.]

Place the poke stem in the skillet and repeat with remaining stems until all have been dredged and are in the skillet.

Allow poke to fry over medium-high heat until stems are lightly browned and crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside.

They have a somewhat "okra-like" flavor. Salt and pepper as desired.

Kids enjoy this because it is crispy on the outside.

I have always loved this, because it was something that we got directly from the edges of the woods surrounding our home, directly from nature. And it was FREE!!!

This pairs especially well with fresh caught trout! Add some hush puppies to the side... and you've got a meal that is absolutely out of this world!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday

This serene view is seen from the entrance to the Bean Family Cemetery, which lies across a large field and the single lane road from the Bean Family Homestead, shown here.

This view never fails to stir me as I stand where my ancestors settled, built a lasting home - as testified to by the home that remains - and were finally layed to rest where I stand.

William Bean was a resilient and resourceful man who raised himself from an orphan and indentured servant, to a man of considerable wealth and means. He is the rock upon which our family stands with great pride.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

The Old Bean Homestead as seen from across the road at the Bean Family Cemetery.
Waiteville, Monroe, WV.