Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - John William Bean


"JOHN W.
BEAN
Born
DEC. 1, 1849
Died
Oct. 1, 1899
In hope of eternal
                  life."

John William BEAN was the eldest of three children born to Archibald Marmaduke BEAN and his first wife, Amanda SHIRES.

John married Lenora M. HYRE in 1869 in Fisher's Ridge, Jackson County, West Virginia. Sometime after 1871 the couple moved to Kansas, and later settled in Indian Territory, Oklahoma.

John and Lenora had seven known children: Luther, Charles Edgar, Amos War, Minnie, Minnia, Fred and Frank.

John died in Tupelo, Oklahoma.


He is buried at Byrd's Prairie Cemetery, Tupelo, Oklahoma.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Sentimental Sunday - Little Joanna Is Found


I sometimes skim over family surnames at "Find-A-Grave", simply to see if new grave records or photos of tombstones have been added. This past week I found one that I didn't even know about.

Emanuel Jefferson Clements [1840-1918] was the first cousin [four times removed] of Texican.  Clement grandfather, William CLEMENTS [1753 - 1830] is Texican's 4th-great-grandfather.

Little Joanna's tombstone suddenly jumped out at me while looking over the Clement's graves. I did not know this little angel.

And yet, here she was. Her stone clearly defining who her parents were.

Little Joanna lived a short few months, yet her loss was brough home again, over 130 years later while I was researching the stones.

Losing a little baby would have to be so hard. We certainly realize what our many blessings have been, and how fortunate our lives when we see these tiny little stones, and realize the sacrifices our ancestors went through!

Little Joanna was one of at least 12 children born to Emanuel Jefferson CLEMENTS and his wife, Rachel Ann HOLLABAUGH [1846 - 1907].

Saturday, September 24, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week #39 - Least Favorite Foods

Week #39 – Least Favorite Foods

Week 39: Least Favorite Foods. What was your least favorite food from your childhood? Did your parents make you eat it anyway? Do you still dislike the same food today? How have your tastes changed since your youth?

This one was so easy!

My least favorite food as a child was sweet potatoes. And my m other made sweet potatoes every holiday! She'd smother them in butter and brown sugar and mini-marshmallows.


I'd pick the marshmallow off the top and eat that. Leaving the sweet potatoes behind, and would do my best to scrape my plate in the garbage before Mama could see!

Just the smell of sweet potatoes cooking would send shivers down my spine!

Ooh - yuck!!!

Sometime after I turned thirty however, I suddenly found myself actually craving sweet potatoes one day. And not the sweet potatoes Mama used to cook on holidays with all the sweet, ooey-gooey marshmallow on top! But rather, an honest to goodness boiled sweet potato.

Today, I make the rich sweet potatoes a whole lot like Mama did for holidays. But during the rest of the year? You will find them boiled, mashed and on Shepherd's Pie instead of white potatoes. Fried with onions. Baked with butter on top. And even cut into fries and baked in the oven instead of white potatoes! Hubby and daughter have come to realize that if a white potato can be used, I'll try the recipe with a sweet potato every time!

On occasion, I've even used sweet potato to make bread [using the same recipe I'd use for pumpkin bread!], and I've made custard and pies with it, again using the same recipe I'd use pumpkin for, simply substituting the pumpkin with sweet potato.

I don't know what caused me to change so drastically when I was around 30, but I sure am glad I did!!!

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun...

Another great challenge from Randy over at Genea-Musings.

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

1) Go to Spokeo - www.spokeo.com and put in your name (or any name).

2) See what Spokeo says about you. Is it accurate?

3) Share what you want to share with us in a blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a status or comment on Facebook, or in a Stream post on Google Plus.
What a fun!!!

So I went to Spokeo  and I typed in my married name, Cynthia Henry, along with the city where I live.

I was surprised to see some of the info was so off-base! Especially since my life has pretty much become an open book since writing numerous blogs over the past few years!

While I'm tech savvy like Randy, and haven't been able to capture the web page of results, I'll do my best to recap them here.

In the top section, it does spell my name correctly. States I am female, and in my early 50's. All correct. It lists the area code and prefix of a phone number for me. The area code is correct, but the prefix is not a number I have ever had in my life! [Since I am listed in the phone directory, who knows how they got this odd prefix?] It does list my city as correct, and the carrier for my email address as correct.

In the next section, we have:
Female
Early 50's
Married
House [incorrect]
Income listed as $201k [Oh my goodness! My income is about a tenth of that amount! LOL]
Enjoys travel and cooking
Am caucasian
A Scorpio
Politics [blank]
Protestant
College Degree
Nurse

[Except for the fact that I live in a mobile home, and haven't but a tenth of the income listed, the rest is pretty much correct!]

In the next section:
A map giving the general location of our home, and it is correct. The rest of that section [fully describing the home] is blank, presumably filled in when you pay for the service.

In the next section:
States I have lived in this town 2 years [been here 4 actually], and there are 3 persons in our household. That is correct, however, it lists me twice and my spouse. [The third is actually is our single daughter, who is 27.] It does have both hubby and my ages correct.

Next section:
Has us middle income. [I don't think so... especially since it states we make over $200k a year!] I'd like to know where they got that info! LOL

Next section is Lifestyle and Interests, and is fairly spot on accurate! It lists my activities and interests as:
Plays sports
Enjoys the Outdoors
Likes music
Reads fiction books
Cares about healthy living
Owns pets
Likes cars
Is a collector
Enjoys hiking and camping
Likes to travel
Loves reading
Has young grandchildren
Enjoys gardening
Owns dogs
Enjoys home study courses
Collects coins [the only thing wrong here! I've NEVER collected coins!]

Next section:
I am a Scorpio and Born in the Year of the Pig

And the last sections are relocated to paying customers [which I did not pay for! LOL]

It is interesting to see a different site, and how it lists me!

I later put in my hubby, and there were numerous erros there, and lastly my maiden name, and again, numerous errors.

So... the fact is simply this: if you are going to utilize the Internet for genealogical research, make sure you also back it up with documentation and proof! Otherwise, you might simply be writing a fairy tale.

Surname Saturday - Davis

GENERATION 1
1.
Johnnie Lee HENRY was born on 11 Jun 1949 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 on 27 Feb 1998

in Covington, Alleghany Co., VA, daughter of Walter Maxwell BEANE and Lois Velleda DREHER. She

was born on 04 Nov 1959 in New Albany, Floyd Co., IN.



GENERATION 2 -
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.

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.



GENERATION 3-
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.

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.



GENERATION 4 -
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.

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.



GENERATION 5 -
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.



GENERATION 6 -
62.
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.

63.
Amanda J. BILLINGS was born 1840 in Tennessee.



GENERATION 7 -
124.
George C. TENNILLE Sr. was born in 1771 in Pennsylvania. He died before 1860 in Dewitt County,

Texas. He married Sarah DAVIS.

125.
Sarah DAVIS was born 1796 in Kentucky. She was the daughter of 250. Warren DAVIS and 251.

Mary KINCHELOE.



GENERATION 8 -
250.
Warren DAVIS was born in Nelson County, Kentucky. He married Mary KINCHELOE.

251. Mary KINCHELOE was born Saline County, Missouri.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Family Recipe Friday - Mama Bettie's Sh*t


Mama Bettie's Sh*t

 Mama Betty was my Mother-in-Law [Betty Rotge Custer - born 1930, died 2003].

I am told the name of this dish came up when she told her husband one day to come and try this new dish she had "tought up" all on her own! Seems the "old man" took one bite, she asked him what he thought, and he promptly stated, "Tastes like sh*t!" [In all seriousness he loved it, and the family ate it frequently!]

Mama Betty shared it with me, and while we had eaten something similar where I grew up, this is distinctly her recipe.

Ingredients:
1-pound ground meat [Mama Betty used ground beef, I use ground turkey or chicken]
1-larg yellow onion diced
1 clove garlice - minced
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery - chopped
2 canns [15-oz] tomato sauce
2 cans [15-oz] petite diced tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
2-tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1-pound elbow macaroni

Preparation:
Cook macaroni according to package directions. While macaroni is cooking, in a lagre skillet, over medium heat, brown ground meat, along with onion, garlic, bell pepper and celery. Add seasonings.
Add tomato paste. Mixing well. Drain one can of tomatoes, and leave second can with juices. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce to skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cover.

Drain macaroni according to package directions. Place macaroni in a large bowl. Pour prepared sauce over all. Mix well.

Serve immediately while hot. May serve with a side salad and Italian or garlice bread if desired.

Serves 8-10.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - George Culver Tenille Jr.

George Culver Tenille Jr.
1825 - 1875

The son of George Culver Tennille [1771 - abt 1858] and Sarah Davis [b. 1796], George Jr. married Amnada J. Billings [b. 1840 Tennessee] 1855 in Gonzales Co., TX. Tennille's father was one of the original Land Grantee's from Austin's Party in the early 19th century.

George and Amanda had six known children: Sarah Jane [1856 - 1934]
Anne Caroline [1858 - 1936]
Thomas Connelly [1860 - 1925]
Henriette [b. abt 1860]
Harriet [b. abt 1862]
Nancy [b. abt 1867]

Anne Caroline was Texican's gr-gr-grandmother.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Mary Sallie Gibson Bean


"IN MEMORIAM
WOODMEN CIRCLE
MARY S.
BEAN
BORN
May 14, 1876
DIED
Oct. 23, 1914
----------
Blessed are the
pure in heart,
for they shall
see God."

Mary Sallie Gibson was one of five known children born to Clemntine Leroy GIBSON and his wife, Narcissa Patterson NORMAN. SHe was born in Tennessee.

Mary married Charles Edgar BEAN in 1898 in Atoka County, Indian Territory, Oklahoma.

The couple had four children: Edgar Charles, Mary, Lenora, and Willis Hopwood.

Mary died in Tupelo.


She is buried in Byrd's Prairie Cemetery in Tupelo, Oklahoma.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Charles Grose Obituary


GROSE, Charles W., age 54, died at
5:20 p.m. Friday at Clark County
Hospital. His residence was 407
Evergreen Court, Clarksville, Indiana. He
was a Clark County Deputy Sheriff, a
veteran of World War II. A member
of Park Christian Church of New Albany.
He also was a member of Highland
American Legion No. 201 of Louisville,
Kentucky; Marvin Walts Lodge FOP No.
139; Ohio Valley Lawmens Association,
and Deputy for Jefferson County Kentucky
Police Department. January of 1973
he was given the honor of Kentucky
Colonel. Surviving are his wife Laura
Grose nee (Dreher); one daughter, Mrs.
Forest (LaVina) Dobbs, Cartersville,
Georgia; one son, Charles W. Grose,
Jr., United States Army, Fort Sill
Oklahoma; mother, Mrs. LaVina Grose,
New Albany; four brothers, John K.
Grose, California; Paul W. Grose,
Louisville; M. Dale Grose, New Albany;
James E. Grose, Jeffersonville; one
sister, Margie Bline, New Albany; two
grandchildren. Services 1:00 p.m., Monday
at the Johnson Funeral Home. Burial
in Walnut Ridge Cemetery.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sentimental Sunday


Leonidas Wellington "Bud" McCORMICK and Josie Anne WILLIAMS McCORMICK

Bud McCormick was the son of Joseph Preston McCormick and Martha Carolie Bean McCormick.
He was the eldest of four children born to the couple. He was born 22 Dec 1867 in Monroe County, West Virginia.

On 30 Mar 1892 Bud married Josie Anne Williams in Monroe County. Josie was 03 Nov 1868 in Simmonsvile, Craig County, Virginia. She was the eldest of six children born to Henry Bunyun Williams and his wife, Margaret C. Kintzley.

Bud and Josie had two sons: Alvey Hovey [1895-1966] and Dwight William [1904 - 1977].

Bud died 20 Feb 1944 and Josie died 29 Jun 1953. They are both buried at New Zion Union Church Cemetery in Waiteville, Monroe, West Virginia.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week #38 - Hobbies

Week #38 – Hobbies

Week 38: Hobbies. Did you have any hobbies as a child? Which ones?

Hobbies? Really????

This is one I am sure everyone will think I made up! Probaby think I couldn't come up with just one answer for this assignment, so I decided to write down just whatever popped into my head!

Truth of the matter is... as a child, I read. All the time! Often having 2 or 3 books going at the same time. Matter of fact... I still do! [Which is probably why I write a blog just for that! You can vist it here.] Thirty-nine this year. Novels that is! My yearly goal is 50 each year. I usually surpass that, but never less than that! [I like to average a novel a week, which is pretty good considering all of the other hats I wear! LOL]

I also collected horse statues. Loved them! Breyer horses especially. But as I grew older, I kept only a favored few that I was fond of.

I also loved architecture. My Mother once bought me an "Imagination House", which was a tool used by architect schools for training aspiring architects. It was walls and floors that could be configured to form any shape of house you wanted, in three dimensional form. And it was large enough, that Barbie had a new home every time I came up with a different floor plan! I played with that well into my teen years!

And lastly, I loved to go on long walks by myself. Still do! I would walk for hours through deserted areas. The woods in West Virginia. The swamps in Virginia! Mostly communing with nature. But sometimes day-dreaming of the handsome prince who would rescue me from the humdrum life of being a big sister! [Unfortunately, Prince Charles did not marry me! Instead, several years after I'd married, he chose Lady Di instead! Poor chap, doesn't realize to this day what he missed out on!]

And lest I forget... there was one more hobby. I kept a diary. It's been on-going since I was 9 and my aunt gave me a diary for a Christmas present that year.

As I grew up and later married, I picked up needlecrafts [sewing, knitting and crocheting], and lastly genealogy [which became my passion!].

What were your hobbies as you were growing up? Have they changed over the years? Did any of your children/ grandchildren develop the same hobbies you once had?

Surname Saturday - Williams

WILLIAMS

GENERATION 1

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
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.

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.



GENERATION 3
4.
William Lee HENRY was born on 17 Jul 1892 in Cayce, Fulton, Kentucky. He died on 24 Jan 1965 in

Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky. He was the son of 8. Sterling Price HENRY and 9. Fannie UNKNOWN. He

married Emma Louise PETTIE.

5.
Emma Louise PETTIE was born 16 Jun 1895 in Columbus, Hickman, Kentucky. She died Aug 1985

in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky. She was the daughter of 10. Timothy Martin PETTIE and 11. Elizabeth

Ann WILLIAMS.



GENERATION 4
10.
Timothy Martin PETTIE was born in Jul 1854 in Tennessee. He died between 1910-1920. He

married Elizabeth Ann WILLIAMS in 1883.

11.
Elizabeth Ann WILLIAMS was born Feb 1854 in Kentucky. She died Aft. 1930. She was the

daughter of 22. Jessie H. WILLIAMS and 23. Rebecca .




GENERATION 5
22.
Jessie H. WILLIAMS was born in 1817 in Kentucky. He died before 1880. He married Rebecca UNKNOWN before 1840.

23.
Rebecca UNKNOWN was born 1820 in Kentucky.


Friday, September 16, 2011

Funeral Card Friday - Or All Things Funeral

Be forewarned.... this post contains photgraphs of a corpse in repose and therefore may be found offensive to some eyes. Proceed at your own discretion.

Adaline Josephine EVE was born 11 Feb 1867 in Indiana to Joseph EVE and his wife, Annette. She was one of six known children born to this Catholic family.

On 31 Oct 1893, All Hallows Eve, Adaline married Francis "Frank" Isidore BANET, in Floyd County, Indiana.

Frank and "Della" went on to have eight children: Robert Benjamin, Arthur Matthias, Charles Franklin, Augustin Philip, Frances Eugene, Clarence J., Irene Caroline, and Lorene J. [Irene Caroline was my grandmother.]

Frank passed away in 1945 at the age of 81, nearly 82. But Della lived until 05 Nov 1958, when she passed away at the golden age of 91. She died in Floyd County. And she is buried at the Edwardsville Cemetery in Georgetown.

My Mother was especially close to her grandmother, Della. However, Mother was in the Women's Army Corps [WACs] and was stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco, California. Her family knew that she would be unable to come home to attend the funeral, and so they wrote of her grandmother's death in a letter.

The letter my Mother received, contained the following three photographs of Della's corpse as she lay for her "wake" [a custom still practiced by many].

Adeline Josephine EVE BANET
07 Nov 1958
Georgetown, Floyd, Indiana



Adaline Josephine EVE BANET
07 Nov 1958
Georgetown, Floyd, Indiana



Funeral Flower Spray for
Adaline Josephine EVE BANET
07 Nov 1958
Georgetown, Floyd, Indiana

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - George Tennille Sr. Gets A Land Grant From Mexico


This is a copy of an 1844 map of the state of Texas, as it was known at that time.

This is significant to my husband's family, and thus mine, in that his ancestor's were among the first American's to settle in Texas, as part of the Austin Colony.

George Culver Tennille, Sr. received a Land Grant for property in 1830.


On 19 Mar 1830, George Tennille received a Land Grant from the Mexican government for 1 league in area, in San Felipe de Austin, State of Coahuila y Texas. The following is a transcription of the original land grant:
[Page 1]
"THIRS STAMP: TWO REALIES
For the years of 1826 and 1827. '28, '29, '20 and '31
Williams
[Rubric]
Town of [San Felipe de] Austin
March 19, 1830.
The preceding petitio of George Tenell is admitted and the tract he requests is declared vacant and ordered surveyed by surveyor Horation Chriesman so that the corresponding title may be issued.
Austin
[Rubric]
Honorable Commissioner of the Coast Reserve:
[I,] George Tennell [Tennille], a native of the United States of the North, [appear] before you with the greatest respect and say: That I have bee in this colony with my family and property four years on a tract in the coast reserve, which is why I have still not received legal possession [of it], eve though I have been admitted by the Honorable Empressario Austin under the contract he made with the Supreme Government of this State for the settlement of three hundred families in the coast reserve of this jurisdiction, for which reason I apply to you so that you may be pleased to grant me one league of land at the place where I hae settled so as to include my improvements, the tract where I have settled being located back of the league grated to Martin Varner, with the uderstanding that I offer to comply with the provisions of the law on this matter and to satisfy the fees associated with its acquisition.
Therefore, I ask and pray that you may be pleased to do as I have set forth, wherein I shall receive justice.
Town of [San Felipe de] Austin, March 12, 1830
[s] George Tennille
[Page 2]
Citizen Stephen F. Austin, Empressario to establish three hundred families within the ten littoral leagues of the coast of the Gulf of Mexico between the Lavaca and San Jacinto rivers and special commissioner of the Supreme Government of the State of Coahuila and Texas to distribute and give possession of land and issue titles to the new colonists within the limits of said enterprise:
Whereas, George Tennell [Tennille] has been received as a colonist in the aforementioned colonization enterpirse, as shown on page 28 of the record book, and the said George Tennell [Tennille] having proved that he is married and finding in him the requirisites of the State Colonization Law of Marcy 24, 1825, in accordance with the law, the contract, and the commission extended by the Government of the State on July 9, 1828, and accepted the 29th of that same month, and with the commissioners' instructions dated September 4, 1827, and in the name of the State, I grant, confer, and put the said George Tennell [Tennille]in real and personal possession of one league of land, which tract has been surveyed by serveyor Horatio Chriesman, previously appointed for this purpose, and it is the same tract that was granted to Israel Massey in July, 1824, who forfeited his rights on account of having abandoned the country as shown by the decree placed at the end of the register book by the commissioner, the empresario, and the alcalde under date of December 17, 1828, and its situation and boundaries are as follows: SItuated adjoining and wst of thetracts of Martin Varer and James B. Austin and also adjoining lands granted to Josiah H. Bell, Samuel M. Williams, and Jesse Thompson; and from the northeast corner of J. H. Bell's half-league a line was run west with the north boundary of said half-league to its northwest corner, and on the same course with the north boundary of the league grated to Williams to a landmark - this lie is 4,638 varas. Thence north with another boundary of this last league and one [the boundaries of] Thompson's league 5,440 varas to a landmark for the northwest corner. Thence east 4,561 varas to the west boundary of a tract of J.B. Austin to a landmark. Thence south with Austin's boundary to the southwest corner of his tract. Thence east to the northwest corner of the league of Martin Varner. And thence southwith the west boundary of Varner'stract to the place of beginning, and it comprises one league of land i area. Of the aforesaid tract 6 labors belongs to the class of arable land and nineteen labors are pasture lad, which serves as classification for the price he shall pay the State for it according to Article 22 of said law under the penalties therein established, he being notified that within one year he shall construct permanent landmarks [interlined] at each corner of the tract [end of interlining] and that he shall settle and cultivate it in conformity with the provisions of the law.
Therefore, exercising the authority vesting in me bu said contract and commission, by the law, and by the pursuant instructions, I issue the present instrument and order the testimonio taken from it and delivered to the iterested party in order that he may possess and enjoy the tract, he, his childre, heirs, and successors, or whoever from him or from them shall have caude or right. Given in the town of San Felipe de Austin this fifth day of the month of April, 1830, which I sign with assisting witnesses according to law. = Interlined - at each cornerof the tract = valid.
Esteva F. Austin
[Rubric]
Assisting [witness] Assisting [witness]
Samuel M. WIlliams C.C. Givens
[Rubric] [Rubric]
The testimonio was delivered
April 5, 1830."
The above document is found in the Texas General Land Office, in Box 14, Folder 8.


Page one of the Mexican Land Grant to George Tennille Sr.


Page Two of the Mexican Land Grant to George Tennille Sr.


Page Three of the Mexican Land Grant to George Tennille Sr.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Charles Edgar Bean


"WOODMEN OF THE WORLD MEMORIAL
CHARLES E.
BEAN
BORN
SEPT. 18, 1870
DIED
MAR. 31, 1909
Though lost to
Sight
to Memory dear."

Charles Edgar Bean was one of seven known children to John William BEAN and his wife Lenora M. HYRE BEAN.

Charles married Mary Sallie Gibson in 1898 in Atoka County, Indian Territory, Oklahoma. The couple had four childrn: Edgar Charles, Mary, Lenora, and Willis Hopwood.

Charles died in Tupelo, Oklahoma.



Charles is buried at Byrd's Prairie Cemetery, Tupelo, Oklahoma.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Charles Bean Obituary

Chas. Bean Dead
Charles Bean, one of the old
settlers of this community passed
away yesterday at his home three
miles south of Tupelo, of pneu-
monia.                                          
Mr. Bean leaves a companion
and three children to mourn his
loss,  besides numerous friends.
He was an Odd Fellow and that
order will take charge of his re-
mains and inter them this after-
noon at 3 o'clock at Bird's Prairie
Cemetery. He was also a mem-
ber of the W.O.W. and carried
a life insurance policy for $1,000
in this order.                                



Charles Edgar Bean was born 18 Sep 1871 in Jackson County, WV to John William Bean and his wife, Lenora M. Hyre Bean. He was the second born of seven known children to this couple.

Charles' parents moved to Kansas prior to 1880, and eventually into Oklahoma where they settled.

Charles married Mary Sallie Gibson in 1898 in Oklahoma. The couple went on to have four known children: Edgar Charles, Mary, Lenora and Willis Hopwood.

Charles died 31 Mar 1909 in Tupelo.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Genealogy Journey - Week #37

It's Week 37 of our Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey
This is a difficult memory but we all share it - where were you and what were you doing on 9/11? Such a terrible and tragic day but one our descendants will want to know more about. And sometimes it's helpful to write our memories of traumatic times in order to heal.

This was a difficult memory to dredge up. Although I didn't have anyone close to me directly connected with 9/11, it was the first tragedy of attack on American soil, or American territory, in my lifetime. And I was so deeply affected, emotionally, by the event.

One September 11, 2001, I was working from home as a Manager for a company called Melaleuca.  I had just come to the end of a conference call with my twenty-something associates when one of them broke in and simply said, "Oh, my God! Everybody turn on your television! We've been attacked!"

I reached to the side of my desk and grabbed the television remote control. I think it was already tuned to an NBC station. I was watching the live telecast of the first tower with smoke and flames when they broke in and said the second tower was hit.

I literally fell from my chair to the floor and hit my knees. I told everyone the call was finished and we'd re-schedule the next call later. We were all so stunned, I can't even remember saying good-bye to any of the associates.

I called my husband at work. "Honey, can you get to a television?" He answered, "We're all gathered around one right now."

Work ground to a halt in my husband's manufacturing shop.

All eye's were glued to the television for the next several hours. I was completely and totally stunned. But nothing could have prepared any of us for what happened when the towers imploded! I was watching the live feed of the scene, and I couldn't stop the tears! The sheer loss of humanity!

When they broke in to say the Pentagon had been struck, I became physically ill. I have a daughter who lives very near the US Navy bases in Norfolk, VA, and I called and asked her to come home. I wanted her away from the area in case the Navy base was struck. But she refused. She said it wasn't being threatened. Excuse me? Neither was the Pentagon!!! [Hey, I'm the Mommy... I'm entitled to a panick now and then!]

Later, as we huddled around the television, my husband, youngest daughter and I, we heard the report of the downed airliner, and listened as the brave heroics of the passengers was brought to light.

It seemed the tears would never stop that first week following the event. And it seemed everywhere we went, someone knew of someone who was directly affected by what happened. Whether a victim, or a survivor, or a rescuer.

We watched our televisions as ordinary people became heroes of the highest honor.

And for once, we were a nation. No longer divided by petty differences, but united in our suffering, and in our desire to protect and prevent anything like this from ever happening again. We listened as recruiters announced the highest amount of new recruits in decades, into our armed forces! And we gathered together in our churches. We stood shoulder to shoulder, and hand in hand, and prayed for God to protect and preserve this country.

God forbid this nation ever be attacked again... but we need an awakening of that magnitude again! God help us! Protect and preserve this Nation, once more.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week #37 - Earliest Memory

Week #37 – Earliest Memory

Week 37: Earliest Memory. What is your earliest memory?

I've been told I couldn't possibly remember this event. Not only by my parents, but by a physician as well. But my earliest memory, of this life [and I'll explain that momentarily], is of an event that occurred when I was only 13 months of age. My parents at first told me there was no way I could remember the event, but when I described the event to them [over 30 years after it occurred], they were amazed at the clarity with which I described the event, and the accuracy of it as well.

When I was 13 months old, my Dad re-enlisted in the US Navy, after a 10-month absence. His first duty assignment was to be in Norfolk, Virginia. So, he packed Mother and I into a car with our few belongings and we drove from New Albany, Indiana, to Norfolk's Naval base.

What I can recall, is that the event had to have occurred in December. I clearly recall the Christmas decorations and colored lights at each town we passed through [this was pre-interstate travel!] And I can remember standing between Mothr and Daddy in the front seat of the car [yes... that was back before parents knew it was "unsafe practice!"] and pointing at the many Christmas lights!

I can also remember stopping at railroad tracks and watching trains go by. I was fascinated by trains, and as I saw each one I would squeal with delight and yell "Wee-willy-woo-woo!" [Don't ask me where I got that phrase!]

Okay, so any, or all, of this "recollection", could easily have been recalled from my parents simply telling me the tale of the move from state to state over and over again, until I simply thought it was a memory. Right? But here's the clincher. I can remember my Mother bundling me into a pink "fluffy" snowsuit and cursing when the zipper broke. We were preparing to go into a diner for breakfast. Mother confirmed the remembrance.

I also remembered being bundled into my Daddy's leather flight jacket [again confirmed] to be carried into the diner. And I recall sitting on my Mother's lap and eating a powdered sugar covered donut for breakfast. [Yes... we sometimes ate donuts and milk for breakfast!] Again confirmed.

I also remember lying on the car seat, between Mother and Daddy, looking through the windshield and asking Mother for a "kissmus cane" [a candy cane]. Again, confirmed.

It is my earliest remembrance or memory in this life. And I point out "this life" simply because, about 11 years ago, my daughter and I was reading a book by psychic Sylvia Browne, where she actucally guides you through a regressive memory technique and helps you to recall if you had lived before or not. In fact allowing you to know if you have an "old soul" and are the re-incarnation of someone else.

Ms. Browne believes that we actually carry over traits from any previous lives we may have. Things that may have harmed us, even killed us, in a previous life.

In working through the exercise, my daughter [who was 16 at the time], recalled having been a man in the 1920's. A philanderer, if you will, that was shot in the back from a jealous husband and died. When attempting to describe the place where she/he had been shot, she was able to tell us exactly where it was located. Before looking, I already knew the spot. My daughter had chicken pox when she was 4. She had two especially large pox marks. One on her temple, and one on her back. The one on her back? In the exact spot where she/he had been shot in her previous life. [Gave me goosebumps then, and still does today!]

As for my regression... I have been plagued for years with numerous lung ailments. Including lung cancer, from which I very nearly did not survive! During my regression, I was a young girl of 12, who lived in a very cold climate. It was cold there almost all of the time. I could not read nor could I write. We later determined I must have lived in Finland or Norway, simply because of the dress I was able to describe and draw a picture of. It was typical of 12th Century garments worn by Norse women. During my regression, I was asked what happened to me. I answered that my baby brother and I were playing on the ice over the river. I fell through the ice, but managed to shove him away from me before I was pulled under the waters and drowned.

So... in all honesty, my earliest memory, is of a previous life, or actually the ending of that life.

I can laugh about it now, but going through this past life regression was actually quite upsetting to me at the time, as the idea was simply at odds with what my religion had taught me. And it scared me so badly, that I never attempted to see if there had been any other lives. But the silliest of all came when a friend, who attempted the same regression, discovered she was the re-incarnation of her own great-grandmother!

Surname Saturday - Pettie

Today we search for the Pettie family, my husband's grandmother's family:

GENERATION 1
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.





GENERATION 2
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.

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.



GENERATION 3
4.
William Lee HENRY was born on 17 Jul 1892 in Cayce, Fulton, Kentucky. He died on 24 Jan 1965 in

Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky. He was the son of 8. Sterling Price HENRY and 9. Fannie UNKNOWN. He

married Emma Louise PETTIE.

5.
Emma Louise PETTIE was born 16 Jun 1895 in Columbus, Hickman, Kentucky. She died Aug 1985

in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky. She was the daughter of 10. Timothy Martin PETTIE and 11. Elizabeth

Ann WILLIAMS.



GENERATION 4
10.
Timothy Martin PETTIE was born in Jul 1854 in Tennessee. He died between 1910-1920. He

married Elizabeth Ann WILLIAMS in 1883.

11.
Elizabeth Ann WILLIAMS was born Feb 1854 in Kentucky. She died Aft. 1930. She was the

daughter of 22. Jessie H. WILLIAMS and 23. Rebecca

Unfortunately, this is where our trail has run cold. But I keep hoping that one day someone will see our posts here and be able to assist us further in our search!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Family Recipe Friday - Red Beans and Rice


Red Beans and Rice

While this isn't an old family recipe, it has become somewhat of a staple in my household these days. And perhaps those are the recipes I shoul be recording here. The recipes I utilize frequently, for the sake of my grandchildren. [???] Perhaps one day they will look back and say..."I wonder how Grandma made her red beans and rice so tasty?"

Perhaps. And if so... dear grandchildren, here is the recipe!

Ingredients:
1-pound dried red kidney beans [soaked overnight in salted water and drained]
1-pound polska keilbasa, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2-stalks celery, diced
2-cloves garlic minced
1 large can petite diced tomatoes, drained
4-cups white, long-grain rice, cooked according to package directions
2-tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Preparation:
In a large cast iron pot [I use a 6-quart cast iron Dutch oven], over medium heat, put oil, bell pepper, onion, celery, and garlic. Sautee until vegetables are opaque. Add sausage and cook until done. Add tomatoes and heat through.
Add beans and enough cold water to cover completely.
Bring to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat to simmer.
Simmer over low heat in cast iron pot for at least four hours.
Test beans for doneness. [Beans should be soft inside, yet maintain a firm outer skin.]
When beans are done, cook rice according to package directions.

Serve beans over a bed of rice, adding some of the bean broth for flavor.

Serves 8.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday

I was sitting and thinking the other day about my travels throughout Europe when I was younger, and maybe, I thought, turning some of my photographs from those trips into a book for my children, who are now all adults. [Gasp... take a breath here!]

Such as...
Bavaria - 1980

Berlin  - 1980

Dechsendorff Lake - 1980
My oldest son Chris is in the stroller.

Amsterdam

Barcelona

Carthage


Nuremburg

Corinth

Paris

Erlangen


Florence



Eze

French Riveria


Frankfurt

Our apartment in Furth.

Freihung

Grafenwoehr


The colliseum at Delphi


Ibiza


Pisa



And there are so many more! Almost as many as of my year long jaunt across the US in 2005!

They might be of interest to my children or grandchildren one day.

Many people comment on the travels I have made, but what few have come to know is that it was all done on a military wife's budget! While stationed in Europe, I took ITT tours at a vastly reduced rate, and often stayed at hostels and cheap inns. Believe me, there was nothing glamorous about my accommodations! But the memories are such wonderful ones, simply for the sights I have seen!

My jaunt across the US? It was as a navigator and bookkeeper for a truck driver! Most of those pictures were taken from a moving truck using high speed shutter settings on my camera! LOL

Still, I do wonder... will one of the children consider a book of my travels a treasure one day?

Perhaps I WILL print that book after all!