Friday, July 29, 2011

Family Recipe Friday - Fireplace Roasted Corn

Freplace Roasted Corn

roasting ears of corn, still in the husks
fresh spring water
large pan [must be big enough to hold all ears of corn in and completely submerge into water]
butter to taste
salt to taste


Peel husks back from the roasting ears without removing. Using a dry tea towel, gently brush away all corn silk. Pull husks back in place over the roasting ears.
Place roasting ears in large pan, making sure that the husks are completely covering the corn kernels. Cover with fresh spring water.
Allow ears to soak in the water.
Meanwhile, prepare fireplace [or outdoor charcoal grill]. Build fire to apropriate size. When coals become glowing and beginning to dull, begin to pull ears of corn from water. Shake off excess water and makie sure the corn kernels are still covered with the usks. Gently lay ears in the cooler areas of coals and allow to roast approximately 40 minutes, turning after the first 20.
Remove from coals. Allow to cool approximately 5 minutes. Gently pull back husks.
Season with butter and salt.
[You may need a bib for this welcomed summer treat!]

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - John Jackson Beane

In following through with this week's "theme", we have primarily focused on John Jackson BEANE. This is the only photograph I have of him, and this is an old "mimeographed" black and white of a portrait of John.

The 8th born of 11 children to William M. BEAN and Rachel WISEMAN BEAN, John was born in 1821 and died 1890.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Join in Virinia Dare's Birthday Celebration! She's 424 Years Old!

The following is taken from the Searching for the Lost Colony Blog:


You're Invited to Virginia Dare's Birthday Party
August 18th

Once again, we're celebrating the birthday of little Virginia Dare, born on Roanoke Island on August 18th, 1587, the first European child to be born in what is now America. Virginia is 424 years old this year!

Every year, the National Park Service hosts a birthday party and celebration for Virginia at the Fort Raleigh National Historic site. This includes the Park area near the Waterside Theater where the plays are held and the Fort area as well as the Elizabethan Gardens, located nearby but separately. In the past, we've been near the Waterside Theater, but this year, we're in a new location at the Elizabethan Gardens.

Now for the great news - entrance to the Elizabethan Gardens is free that day in celebration of Virginia's birthday.

Dawn Taylor and Baylus Brooks will be representing our group. They will have the list of colonists, info about our projects, and some of the archaeological artifacts found in recent digs on Hatteras Island.

The Faire includes free activities, music, games and fun for all. Actors from the play mingle with the crown, in costume of course, during the day. Be sure to stay for the special play in the evening. Awards are presented to cast members and a real baby Virginia Dare is included in the case, just for this one special evening. This is truely an event to remember.

Baylus and Dawn are looking forward to meeting and greeting people. Hopefully you can be one of them. We welcome any of our members not just as visitors, but as volunteers as well. If you're coming to visit and can spend an hour or two, plan on joining Dawn and Baylus at the table. Just let us know so we're expecting you.

The address for the Elizabethan Gardens is 1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC and we'll be there from about 9 to about 3."

Wordless Wednesday - John Jackson Beane Home

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - John Jackson Beane

Mar 24, 1821
June 26, 1890

Burial location
Humphrey's Memorial Church Cemetery
Sissonville, Kanawha, West Virginia

Monday, July 25, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - John Jackson Bean and the 1850 Slave Census

The 1850 Slave Census for Putnam County, [W]Virginia is shown above, and the entry for John J. BEAN is found in the second [right hand] column and begins on line 3.

Let's first look at the heading however, as this verifies the time and place of this record:

SCHEDULE 2 - Slave Inhabitants in 46th District in the County of Putnam State
of Virginia, enumerated by me, on the 16th day of July, 1850, Jho R Hope Ass't Marshall.

Following line 3 of column two we find John J. BEAN and th list of his slaves at that time:
1 80 F B  [translated as "one 80 year old female black slave"]
1 35 M B
1 35 F B
1 16 M B
1 14 M B
1 12 M B
1 10 M B
1  8 F B
1  6 M B
1  4 M B
 1  2 M B
1 2/12 F B

Therein are 12 slaves listed for John J. BEAN's household. It is entirely possible, looking at this, that we might be looking at a grandmother, father , mother, and their children, although this is merely postulating and is not a proven point.

John Jackson BEAN was the sixth born of 11 children to William M. BEAN and Rachel WISEMAN BEAN. Born 24 Mar 1821 in Monroe County, [W]VA, he married [1] Mary A. SUMMERS [1826-1865] and the couple had 3 children. It is also believed he had an illegitmate son, James Henry BEANE, and the mother is unknown.

John J. died 26 Jun 1890 in Sissonville, Kanawha County, West Virginia. He is buried at the Humphreys Memorial Church Cemetery in Sissonville.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.. Come Sunday Morning!

Thanks to Randy over at GeneaMusings  for yet another great Saturday night challenge!

"Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Write a poem about "Where I'm From" using the template found at the website

2) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Google Plus or Facebook note."

Okay, so here I took the template and simply filled in the blanks, without truly using my imagination, which is sorely taxed this morning!!!

Where I'm From

I am from hard drives, from Dell and Hewlett Packard.

I am from the two-story, farm, with nine-panes and white clapboard.

I am from the mountain laurel, the pine, and the locust.

I am from gathering  and hard-work, from Bean and Faudree and Dreher and Banet and adopted into the Henry.

I am from the lovers  and quarellers and the fruitful.

From spaghetti growers and Cheerio raisers.

I am from Methodist and Catholic, with belief in God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit.

I'm from Indiana and West Virginia, ham and venison and poke salad.

From the follower of Cornwallis, the settler in the mountains, and the immigrant looking for a land to farm.

I am from the flash drive hiding the secrets yet to be told and those that remain hidden. Perhaps forever.

Thanks Randy, for yet another great time! Loved this one just as much as all the others!!!

Sentimental Sunday

This wonderful old photograph is of Annie CLEMENTS, the mother of Laura May CLEMENTS. I felt it appropriate to end this week with the mother of the one we have focused so much attention on.

Born Annie Caroline TENNILLE on 11 Nov. 1858 in Texas to George Culver TENNILLE [1825-1874] and his fourth wife, Amanda J. BILLINGS [b. 1840 in TN], she was one of six children known to be born of this couple. It is believed that in 1884, Amanda married a James M. BOCKINS in Gonzales, TX, but I have not confirmed this as of this date,although a record does exist, I have not reviewed it and confirmed it is one and the same Amanda Tennille. [However, Census records for 1900 seem to add favor that this is correct.]

On 11 Jan 1872 in Gonzalez County, Texas, Annie married James Thomas CLEMENTS [1843-1897]. "Jim" was first cousin to John Wesley HARDIN, and the two were inseparable buddies. CLEMENTS died under suspicious circumstances, some believing he was murdered by his own family in retribution for the ill-treatment he afforded Annie and their children. No formal charges were ever made, however. Annie and Jim had eleven known children, among them, Laura May the subject of much of this past week.

Annie died 14 Oct 1936 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. She is buried at Sunset Cemetery, Mountain Home, Kerr County, Texas.
MAR. 11, 1858
OCT. 14, 1936

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Surname Saturday - Tennille

Today we will be exploring more of Laura May Clements ancestry. That of her mother's family, the "Tennille's". We'll begin with Laura May's great-grandson, my DH.

Generation 1
Johnnie Lee HENRY was born in 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


Generation 4
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.

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.

Generation 5
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.

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.

Generation 6
George Culver TENNILLE was born on 29 Dec 1825 in Saline County, Missouri. He died on 08 Jul

1874 in Sedan, Gonzales, Texas. He was the son of 124. George C. TENNILLE Sr. and 125. Sarah

DAVIS. He married Amanda J. BILLINGS on 07 Jul 1855 in Gonzales County, Texas.

Amanda J. BILLINGS was born 1840 in Tennessee.

Generation 7
George C. TENNILLE Sr. was born in 1771 in Pennsylvania. He died before 1860 in Dewitt County,

Texas. He married Sarah DAVIS.

Sarah DAVIS was born 1796 in Kentucky. She was the daughter of 250. Warren DAVIS and 251.


At present, this represents the farthest our research has taken us with the Tennille line. Perhaps someone reading this blog will have more information to add.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Family Recipe Friday- Sh*t

I am told the story goes that my dear Mother-in-Law, Betty Rotge Custer, came up with this recipe one evening when trying to make something that would feed her rather large family of 7 children and her and dear FIL. After cooking the meal, and preparing to serve it, she asked FIL what he thought of her effort. And his response was, "It looks like Sh*t!"

And thus, it became, forevermore, "Sh*t".


1-lb. ground hamburger
1-lb. elbow macaroni
1 large can diced tomatoes [do not drain]
2 cans tomato sauce
1 large onion diced
1 large green bell pepper diced
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 tablespoon Cholula brand hot sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Cook macaroni according to package directions.
Meanwhile, brown hamburger in large skillet over medium heat with onion and bell pepper.
Add seasonings.
When hamburger is browned, add tomatoes and tomato sauce to skillet, and heat thoroughly.
Drain macaroni.
In a large bowl, mix macaroni and meat mixture.

May top with grated mozzarella or parmesan cheese if desired.

Serves 6-8.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday

Four Generations
[Left to Right]

JoAnn Hartman [b. 1953]
Betty Rotge  [1930-2003]
Ora Lee Sparks  [1914-1982]
Laura May Clements  [1890-1969]

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Laura May Clements

MAY 12, 1890
Oct. 6, 1969

Laura May Clements Sparks was born to James CLEMENTS and Annie TENNILLE. She was the 8th-born of 11 children to the couple. She was born in McCullough Co., TX.

Laura May married William Jacob SPARKS [1883-1944] in 1906. The couple had 4 children, Beulah, Lela, Newton and Ora Lee, and then divorced.

Laura May married Jack Langford [b. 1893] in 1930. There was no issue, and the couple divorced.

She went on to marry a Mr. CLEWIS, and that marriage, too resulted in no issue and divorce.

Laura May is buried in Sunset Cemetery, Mountain Home, Kerr County, Texas.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Laura May Clements Death Certificate

StateFile Number: 69481
County: Bexar
State: Texas
City: San Antonio
Length of Stay: 1 month
Precinct#: Precinct #2
Name of Hospital or Institution [and address]: Hilltop Convalescent Home
7602 Louis Pasteur Rd.
Street Address: Milsa Road (San Antonio)
Placeof Death Inside City Limits? Yes
Residence Inside of City Limits? No.
Is Residence on a Farm? No.
Name of Deceased: Laura May Sparks
Date of Death: 10-6-1969
Sex: Female
Color or Race: White
Date of Birth: 5-12-1890
Age: 79
Usual Occupation: Housewife
Kind of Business or Industry: Home
Birthplace: Edwards County, Texas
Citizen of What Country? USA
Fathers Name: James Clements
Mothers Name: Annie Tinelle
Was Deceased Ever in Armed Forces? No
Social Security Number: None
Informant: Newton Sparks - Son
Cause of Death: Immediate Cause: Pneumonia
Due to: cerebrovascular accident
Was autopsy performed? No
Death occurred: 6:30a.m.
Signature: Donald W. Orvis, M.D.
Burial, Cremation, Removal: Removal
Date: 10-6-1969
Name of Cemetery: Sunset Cemetery
Location: Mountain Home, Texas

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.. Come Sunday Morning!

This week's challenge from Randy Seaver over at GeneaMusings is another hit!

"Your mission tonight, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents with their birth, death and marriage data (dates and places). [Hint - you might use an Ancestral Name List from your software for this.]

2) Determine the countries (or states) that these ancestors lived in at their birth and at their death.

3) For extra credit, go make a "Heritage Pie" chart for the country of origin (birth place) for these 16 ancestors. [Hint: you could use the
chart generator from Kid Zone for this.] [Note: Thank you to Sheri Fenley for the "Heritage Pie" chart idea.]

4. Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook or google+."

 Armed with this assignment, I fire up my genealogy program and bring you my 16 great-great-grandparents, along with their origins and places of death.

William M. BEAN was born 18 Sep 1792 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He married Rachel WISEMAN 20 Nov 1813 in Monroe County, [West] Virginia. He died 01 Jan 1864 at Wiseman's Hollow, Monroe Co., [W] VA.
Rachel WISEMAN was born 23 Apr 1790 in Rockbridge County, Virginia. She died 07 Nov 1856 in Monroe Co., [W] VA. The couple are both buried in the BEAN Family Cemetery, located on the old Bean Farm near Waiteville, Monroe Co., WV.

Samuel PERKINS was born 21 Apr 1778 in Virginia [the exact location is unsure]. He married Elizabeth TUCKWILLER 15 Sep 1812 in Greenbrier Co., [W] VA. He died 19 Jan 1854 in Fort Spring, Greenbrier County, [W] VA.
Elizabeth TUCKWILLER was born 08 Nov 1779 in Greenbrier County, [W]VA. She died 28 Jul 1867 in Fort Spring, Greenbrier County, [W] VA. They are both buried at Mount Vernon ME Church Cemetery [in the "Old" cemetery] at Fort Spring, Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

Richard C. FAUDREE was born 1834 in Halifax, Virginia. He married Mary Margaret WICKLINE on 28 Oct 1856 in Monroe County, [W] VA. He died 01 Jan 1902 in Sweet Spring, Monroe, West Virginia.
Mary Margaret WICKLINE was born 1831 in Monroe County, [W] VA. Her date of death is unknown. Mary is buried in the Wickline Cemetery located near old Centennial, Monroe Co., WV. It is believed that Richard is also buried here.

George W. CARNEFIX was born about 1831. It is believed he was born in Virginia, as all of his siblings were, but this has not been proven. He married Mary Susan DAUGHERTY on 02 May 1860 in Monroe County, [W] VA. He died in Oct 1864 at the Battle of Cedar Creek, in Bath County, Virginia.
Mary Susan DAUGHERTY was born 1834 in Monroe County, [W] VA. After CARNEFIX's death in 1864, she married Jacob Elijah WICKLINE  on 19 Feb 1873 in Monroe Co., WV. It is unknown when she died.  It is believed that CARNEFIX was buried at the site of the Battle of Cedar Creek, and Mary was buried at the Wickline Cemetery, near Centennial in Monroe Co., WV.

Gottleib DREHER was born 1827 in Baden, Germany. He married Sarah HUNSINGER it is believed before coming to the US. He died Jan 1893 in Jefferson County, KY.
Sarah HUNSINGER was born 1829 in Alsace, Germany. She died 15 Sep 1900 in Louisville, Jefferson County, KY. The are both buried at Cave Hill Ceetery, Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY.

John BENZEL was born 11 Jan 1835 in Prussia. He married Wilhelmina LAMBRECHT  about 1860 in Prussia. He died 18 Jan 1899 in Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana.
Wilhelmina LAMBRECHT was born 25 May 1835 in Prussia. She died 07 Mar 1924 in Bedford, Lawrence Co., IN. They are both buried at Green Hill Cemetery, Lawrence Co., IN.

Isadore BANET was born 27 Sep 1832 in Doubs, Jourmenot [Arcy] France. He married Rosalie SPRIGLER in Floyd County, IN. He died 30 May 1901 in Floyd Knobs, Floyd County, Indiana.
Rosalie SPRIGLER was born 25 Jul 1836 in Floyd County, Indiana. She died 23 Feb 1904 in Floyd Knobs, Floyd Co., IN. They are both buried at St. Mary of the Knobs Cemetery, Floyd Knobs, Floyd County, Indiana.

Joseph EVE  was born 11 Jan 1829 in France. He married Annette UNKNOWN before 1858 in Indiana. He died 08 Jan 1892 in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana.
Annette UNKNOWN was born 12 Feb 1840 in Indiana. She died 01 May 1870 in Indiana. They are both buried at St. Mary of the Knobs Cemetery, Floyd Knobs, Floyd Co., IN.

Since I did not get to this exercise until Sunday, and have to work at my regular job in the early afternoon, I did do the "extra credit". However, I did thoroughly enjoy the exercise and thank Randy for another fun challenge!!!

Sentimental Sunday

Pauline BEAN [left] with best friend from God's Bible College,  Leona HOCTEL.

Both girls suffered from tuberculosis.

Pauline fatally, born in 1902 died in 1925. She was the daughter of John Monroe BEAN and Blanche Uremia CROSIER BEAN.

Leona went on to live a long, fulfilling life. She was born in 1902 and died in 1986.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Surname Saturday... Custer

The following surname isn't from biological family, but rather from my husband's family. It is his step-father's family name. The man who was truly "Dad" to my husband when he was a boy, and the biological father of three of my husband's siblings. And so we will begin simply with "Pops", and work our way back.

Edwin Darl CUSTER son of William J. CUSTER and Essie G. HARRIS[1, 2] was born on 20 Jan 1933

in Dunlo, Cambria, Pennsylvania
[1, 3, 4]. He died on 09 Apr 1974 in Universal City, Bexar, Texas[3].

Betty Louise Rotge daughter of John Cornelius ROTGE and Ora Lee Sparks[3, 5] was born on 30 Aug

1930 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas[3, 6]. She died on 05 Jul 2003 in Jourdanton, Atascosa, Texas[3].

William J. CUSTER son of William J. CUSTER and Maxine wifeofWilliamCuster[3] was born in 1906 in

Pennsylvania[11, 12].

Essie G. HARRIS daughter of William H. Harris and Maude M. UNKNOWN[3] was born in 1913 in

Pennsylvania[3, 13, 14].

Generation 3
William J. CUSTER[3] was born in Belgium[3].

9. Maxine wifeofWilliamCuster[3] was born in France[3].

And this is as far as we have been able to uncover on "Pops" genealogy.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wordless Wednesday...Well, Almost!

This is the last photograph when Texican and all of his siblings and his mother were able to have a family reunion. It was taken in 1999.

Gone now are his Mother, Betty Louise ROTGE CUSTER and his next younger brother, Alan Ray HENRY.

Of course, all of the neices and nephews were there as well. Someplace I have a photo of the entire group gathered on the porch and in front of the house, but couldn't find it today.

Gone from that group, just this past week, on July 7th, were brother and sister [our neice and nephew] TJ [Terrence John] and Wendy KUBALA. Tragically the two were killed in a motorcycle accident. She was 26 and he 24. Both left behind 6 young children each.

Take the time to treasure your family each and every day! We never know when we will lose one of our loved ones!

These four mentioned here are lost to us now. Making those that remain, even more precious than ever!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - More From The Bean Cemetery

Today we will conclude our tour of the Bean Family Cemetery, located near Waiteville in Monroe County, West Virginia.

As you will recall from previous posts, the little cemetery is located across the one-lane road and on a hillock from the Bean homestead.

Standing at the cemetery, one has a wondrous view of the old house that William built for his family.

Below is another stone, that appears to be hewn simply from a rock. It sits at one end of a sunken grave, marking an unknown individual.

As you can see, no markings are visible.

An old, wire and metal fence marks the boundaries of the cemetery. Attached to tree trunks and.. rotted fence posts.

One can easily determine the outside perimeter, simply by following the old fencing.

One lone grave marker shows a single marking... an old "english-style" letter "C".

You can see the letter better in this photograph. However, no one is known to have been buried here with a name that began with a "C", and we are stumped as to whom this gravemarker was for.

A few short years ago, the family placed this modern marker in a central location memorializing the patriarch and matriarch of our family, William and Rachel [Wiseman] Bean.

The reverse of the stone shows our Clan crest, as obtained through the Clan MacBean.

If there is one individual remaining who knows the most of the history of the family from this area, it is Walter Beane, seen here in 2009, showing cousins the old cemetery.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Joseph Wiseman's Revolution Records

Today we bring you the last of Joseph Wiseman's Revolution records with images 34-36 below.

To read an image, simply click on it.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Joseph Wiseman's Revolution Records

We continue in showing you more of Joseph Wiseman's Revolution records with images 29-33 below.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Joseph Wiseman's Revolution Records

We continue showing you more images of Joseph Wiseman's Revolution records.

Below are images 24-28. Simply click on an image to be able to read it.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Joseph Wiseman's Revolution Records

We continue with showing you more of Joseph Wiseman's Revolution records with images 19-23 below.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Joseph Wiseman's Revolution Records

We continue showing you Joseph Wiseman's Revolution records with images 14-18 below.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Joseph Wiseman's Revolution Records

We continue with more of Joseph Wiseman's Revolution Records today, with documents 8-13.