Sunday, September 30, 2012

SNGF - Come Sunday Morning

Okay... so I went to the theatre last evening, and I missed the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver over at GeneaMusings. Not to be outdone... I'm providing my SNGF on Sunday morning!

Here's this weeks challenge:

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

1) List your matrilineal line - your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

3) Post your responses on your own blog post, in Comments to this blog post, or in a Status line on Facebook or in your Stream at Google Plus.

4) If you have done this before, please do your father's matrilineal line, or your grandfather's matrilineal line, or your spouse's matrilineal line.

5) Does this list spur you to find distant cousins that might share one of your matrilineal lines? 

1] I cannot remember if I have done a matrilineal line here on this blog or not. So, let's do one.

a) Cynthia Beane

b) Lois Velleda Dreher

c) Irene Caroline Banet [1906 Indiana - 1989 West Virginia] married Henry C. Dreher, Jr.

d) Adeline Josephine Eve [1867 Indiana - 1958 Indiana] married Francis Isidore Banet

e) Annette DuBois [1840 Indiana - 1870 Indiana] married Joseph Eve

f) Magdelena Houin [b. 1821 France - d. Indiana] married Nicolas DuBois

2] I have not had my mitochondrial DNA tested.

This is always fun to look at! Thanks Randy, for another great challenge!

Sentimental Sunday - The Do-Wop Test

A friend sent me this test recently, and I had so much fun doing this, just remembering all of the old songs!

While a few are older than I am, I still remember most!

I got 26 correct of the following 28. How well will you do?

So "Come on baby, let's do the_______" and see how well you do with these?

Grab a notepad and pen. Answer the questions first [don't cheat and look at the answers until AFTER you've answered all the questions!]

Doo Wop Test - answers at the bottom
Don't cheat !

1. When did ''Little Suzie'' finally wake up?
(a) The movie's over, it's 2 o'clock
(b) The movie's over, it's 3 o'clock
(c) The movie's over, it's 4 o'clock

2. ''Rock Around The Clock'' was used in what movie?
(a) Rebel Without A Cause
(b) Blackboard Jungle
(c) The Wild Ones

3. What's missing from a Rock & Roll standpoint? Earth _____
(a) Angel
(b) Mother
(c) Worm

4. ''I found my thrill . . .'' where?
(a) Kansas City
(b) Heartbreak Hotel
(c) Blueberry Hill

5. ''Please turn on your magic beam, _____ _____ bring me a dream,'':
(a) Mr. Sandman
(b) Earth Angel
(c) Dream Lover

6. For which label did Elvis Presley first record?
(a) Atlantic
(b) RCA
(c) Sun

7. He asked, ''Why's everybody always pickin' on me?'' Who was he?
(a) Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
(b) Charlie Brown
(c) Buster Brown

8. In Bobby Darin's ''Mack The Knife,'' the one with the knife, was named:
(a) Mac Heath
(b) Mac Cloud
(c) McNamara

9. Name the song with ''A-wop bop a-loo bop a-lop bam boom.''
(a) Good Golly, Miss Molly
(b) Be-Bop-A-Lula
(c) Tutti Fruitti

10. Who is generally given credit for originating the term ''Rock And
(a) Dick Clark
(b) Wolfman Jack
(c) Alan Freed

11. In 1957, he left the music business to become a preacher:
(a) Little Richard
(b) Frankie Lymon
(c) Tony Orlando

12. Paul Anka's ''Puppy Love'' is written to what star?
(a) Brenda Lee
(b) Connie Francis
(c) Annette Funicello

13. The Everly Brothers were.....
(a) Pete and Dick
(b) Don and Phil
(c) Bob and Bill

14. The Big Bopper's real name was:
(a) Jiles P. Richardson
(b) Roy Harold Scherer Jr.
(c) Marion Michael Morrison

15. In 1959, Berry Gordy, Jr., started a small record company called...
(a) Decca
(b) Cameo
(c) Motown

16. Edd Brynes had a hit with ''Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb''.
What TV show was he on?
(a) 77 Sunset Strip
(b) Hawaiian Eye
(c) Surfside Six

17. In 1960 Bobby Darin married:
(a) Carol Lynley
(b) Sandra Dee
(c) Natalie Wood

18.. They were a one hit wonder with ''Book Of Love'':
(a) The Penguins
(b) The Monotones
(c) The Moonglows

19. The Everly Brothers sang a song called ''Till I ______ You.''
(a) Loved
(b) Kissed
(c) Met

20. Chuck Berry sang ''Oh, ___________, why can't you be true?''
(a) Suzie Q
(b) Peggy Sue
(c) Maybelline

21. ''Wooly _______''
(a) Mammouth
(b) Bully
(c) Pully

22. ''I'm like a one-eyed cat . . . .."
(a) can't go into town no more
(b) sleepin' on a cold hard floor
(c) peepin' in a seafood store

23. ''Sometimes I wonder what I'm gonna do . . . . ..''
(a) cause there ain't no answer for a life without booze
(b) cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues
(c) cause my car's gassed up and I'm ready to cruise

24. ''They often call me Speedo, but my real name is ......''
(a) Mr. Earl
(b) Jackie Pearl
(c) Milton Berle

25. ''Be Bop A Lula ....''
(a) she's got the rabies
(b) she's my baby.
(c) she loves me, maybe

26. ''Fine Love, Fine Kissing ...''
(a) right here
(b) fifty cents
(c) just for you

27. ''He wore black denim trousers and ...''
(a) a pink carnation
(b) pink leotards
(c) motorcycle boots

28. ''I got a gal named......''
(a) Jenny Zamboni
(b) Gerri Mahoney
(c) Boney Maroney

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* * * * * * * * * * * *
1 (c) The movie's over, it's 4 o'clock
2. (b) Blackboard Jungle
3. (a) Angel
4. (c) Blueberry Hill
5. (a) Mr. Sandman
6. (c) Sun
7. (b) Charlie Brown
8. (a) Mac Heath
9. (c) Tutti Fruitti
10. (c) Alan Freed
11. (a) Little Richard
12. (c) Annette Funicello
13. (b) Don and Phil
14. (a) Jiles P. Richardson
15. (c) Motown
16. (a) 77 Sunset Strip
17. (b) Sandra Dee
18. (b) The Monotones
19. (b) Kissed
20. (c) Maybelline
21. (b) Bully
22. (c) peepin' in a sea food store
23. (b) cause there ain't no cure for the summertime blues 24. (a) Mr. Earl
25. (b) she's my baby
26. (a) right here
27. (c) motorcycle boots
28. (c) Boney Maroney

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Surname Saturday - Dreher

Today we revisit the Dreher family, my mother's paternal line.


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



2. Walter Maxwell BEANE was born in Waiteville, Monroe County, WV. He was the son of 4. John Monroe BEAN and 5. Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE. He married Lois Velleda DREHER in Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

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



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

17 May 1977 in Indiana. He was the son of 12. Henry Condar DREHER and 13. Josephine Sophie

Benzel. He married Irene Caroline BANET on 12 Dec 1923 in Indiana.

7. Irene Caroline BANET was born 24 May 1906 in Indiana. She died 08 Aug 1989 in Gap Mills,

Monroe Co., WV. She was the daughter of 14. Francis Isidore Banet and 15. Adeline Josephine EVE.



12. Henry Condar DREHER was born on 15 Jan 1863 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky. He died on 29

Jan 1925 in Louisville, Jefferson Kentucky. He was the son of 24. Gottlieb DREHER and 25. Sarah

HUNSINGER. He married Josephine Sophie Benzel on 11 Aug 1884.

13. Josephine Sophie Benzel was born 21 Jul 1865 in Indiana. She died 12 Dec 1932 in Louisville,

Jefferson, KY. She was the daughter of 26. John Benzel and 27. Wilhelmina Lambrecht.



24. Gottlieb DREHER was born in 1827 in Baden, Germany. He died in Jan 1893 in Jefferson County,

Kentucky. He married Sarah HUNSINGER.

25. Sarah HUNSINGER was born 1829 in Alsace, Germany. She died 15 Sep 1900 in Louisville,

Jefferson, Kentucky.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Family Recipe Friday - Grandma's Custard

When I was 5 years old my Grandma Bean came to live with us. She was a quiet woman. Tall. Quite slender by then, although I have seen pictures of when she was a rather large woman.

She taught me to find dandelion greens and make wilted greens. “They’re good for your blood,” she would tell me.

She made me creamed eggs once, which I absolutely hated as I recall. I told her I didn’t like eggs and milk together at all! But then, she made the most absolute wonderful thing from eggs and milk I had ever eaten.

Baked custard.

I usually reserve making this until the fall of the year. And I love having it for Christmas breakfast. However, whenever I make it, I can almost feel my Grandma near. There is never a time when I smell the scent of nutmeg that I don’t first think of Grandma Bean.

She’s been gone 37 years now. And it only takes making this simple dish to bring her right back here with me.

Thank you, Grandma.


4 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 cups milk, heated until very hot
Ground nutmeg or ground cinnamon for garnish, optional


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust oven rack to center position. Lightly butter (or use non-fat vegetable spray) six (6-ounce) custard cups and set them into a large baking dish. If cooking custards in a metal pan, cover the bottom of the pan with a layer of newspaper to ensure an even temperature on the bottom.

In a large bowl, beat eggs slightly; add sugar, vanilla extract, and salt and beat until dissolved. Mix in hot milk until blended. Pour egg mixture into prepared custard cups. Sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon.

Bring the water for the water bath to a light simmer on top of the stove; carefully pour hot water into the baking pan to come half-way up the sides of the custard cups. [NOTE: The most common mistake people make in baking a custard is not putting enough water in the hot-water bath. The water should come up to the level of the custard inside the cups. You must protect your custard from the heat. Carefully pour hot water into the baking pan to come halfway up the sides of the custard cups.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until set around the edges but still loose in the center. The cooking time will depend largely on the size of the custard cup you are using, but begin checking at 20 minutes and check back regularly. When the center of the custard is just set, it will jiggle a little when shaken, that's when you can remove it from the oven. Remove from oven and immediately remove cups from water bath; cool on wire rack until room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.

Makes 6 servings (depending on size of custard cups).

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Charles Grose 1956

Charles William Grose
I still think of you often Uncle Charles, and miss you!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Lucinda [Bean] Honaker

Wife of
AUG. 29, 1869
Burial is at
Humphrey's Memorial Church Cemetery
Sissonville, Kanawha, West Virginia
Lucinda was born 03 July 1817 in Monroe County, [West] Virginia to William Bean [1792-1864] and his wife, Rachel Wiseman [1790-1856].
She was married to Rev. Samuel Sams Honaker [1819-1895] on 17 Oct. 1836 in Monroe County. They had 9 children:
Thomas Davidson [1837-1922]
Ephraim Styrus [1839-1927]
Martha Isabel [1840-1912]
William Bean [1841-1921]
Henry Austin [1843-1927]
John Jackson [1845-1908]
Floyd Asbury [1848-1931]
James Clark [1854-1946]
Medora A. [1861-1929]

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday's Mentionables

Below are but a few of the many wonderful blog posts I have read and felt should be passed on to you this week. If you haven't had the opportunity to read this earlier, please do so now.

Sinking of the ‘Athenia’:  Mythical Family Survival Story Proves to Be Reality
Scott Philipps shares a wonderful story from his family that proved to be true.

Finding the Lost Infants
Genealogy’s Star links us to a tender, heartbreaking story that researchers should read.

Check Every Court
Genealogy Tip of the Day reminds us to check every court for possible records when researching.

Planning a trip to NARA in DC? Check out this YouTube Video!
UpFront with NGS alerts us to some great videos showing how to research at NARA.

List of Links: Digitized Books for Genealogy
Gena’s Genealogy brings us links to great sites with genealogy books we can read online.

A WWI Photo Album is Discovered
Olive Tree Genealogy Blog brings us a great story of finding a treasure in a storage tub!

Supporters Rally Against Georgia Archives Closure
GeneaNet brings us a link to a story of how supporters are fighting for access to the archives.

Searching on Location: Planning a Research Trip
Genealogy Blog brings us a preview of this book by Anne Ross Balhuizen. Getting myself a copy now!

King Richard III Search In New Phase…
Heritage Daily reports with an update on the current dig for King Richard III.

Deal Pledges to Keep Georgia Archives Open

Dead End
Genealogy’s Star tells how some people are totally determined NOT to use a computer with their research.

Using Obituary’s to Find Married Names
The In-Depth Genealogist gives us some great tips on how to use an obituary.

Kid Rock Donates $250K to Detroit Historical Museum
The Detroit News tells the story.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy - Week #39

Week #39 - Society Journal or Quarterly

Week 39: Society Journal or Quarterly. Share with us your favorite genealogy society journal or quarterly publication. How long have you been reading it? Which group publishes it? Why is this publication one of your favorites? How has is helped you research your family history?

Forscribed to several journals, but have fallen back to just the West Virginia Historical Society journal, which publishes quarterly. I have been reading this for about 10 years. All other publications read online.

This is my favorite printed journal as it actually covers history of the state where I do most of my research [personal research that is]. I love that it covers not just genealogy related items of interest, but focuses more on historical, and history is something I dearly love! So, I am constantly learning new and exciting things about my home state!

SNGF - Your Family and Genealogy

Another great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge from Randy over at GeneaMusings:

"For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I want you to:

1) Tell us how your family members (parents, children, grandchildren, spouse, siblings, cousins, aunts/uncles, etc.) react to your genealogy addict er, hobb, er, interests! Do they accept it, cooperate with you, listen to your experiences and accomplishments, or not?

2) Do you have any funny stories about your family members' interest in or with genealogy? Tell us!"

Wow, Randy! This could potentially open a can of worms in my family! [Tee-hee]

My husband, bless his little ol’ pea-picking heart… he loves me enough to let me puruse whatever my heart desires. And he knows that when I “get on a research roll” I may be seated at my desk for many, many hours at a time. [I’ve been known more than once to pull an “all-nighter”.]

So what, you say?

Well, he’s more than tolerant. You see, my desk sits in a corner of the bedroom where we sleep! I usually operate with the ceiling light on…once he goes to bed, I drop down to just the desk lamp. I do declare… this is true love and sacrifice!

When I go cemetery hunting, he is there by my side.

He’ll even help in lugging around my equipment and cameras!

And he praises me loudly when I find something new for his family tree and genealogy. But he would rather I do the leg-work, and simply hand him the final report. Nice and neat.

My parents love it that I do the research! Each week when I wend my way over to visit them, the first thing my Dad asks is “What have you been working on lately?”

Every time I find something new, I bring them a copy. Document; photograph; story; etc.

My siblings…my sister has some interest. So long as I don’t include things regarding her in my blog… she’s keen on learning more about our ancestors. However, when I start talking about great-aunts, great-uncles, and such…the interest wanes. Neither of my brothers show any interest whatsoever. It takes a huge act to get either of them to attend a family reunion [we hold then biennially].

I have no nieces or nephews who are interested.

To date… none of my children appear to have any interest. Although they don’t mind listening to me tell about our ancestors. And want copies of what I’ve done to date on their ancestors. But none are interested in doing any research for themselves.

The grandchildren? The oldest shows no interest yet, and the youngest are too young. But I have plans!!! [Tee-hee] Oh yes… I have plans!

Funny stories? Well, probably many if I stop to think about it, but the funniest that comes to mind is a cousin who a few years ago was “assisting” me by telling me important dates and names in her immediate family. When out of the blue, she looks me straight in the eye and announces, “You know that our family name is spelled B-E-A-N-E, and wherever you got this stuff about it being spelled any other way is just wrong! It’s just wrong to say it was ever spelled any other way!” [This from a cousin who actually knew our grandfather personally – he died 5 years before my birth – and knew that he spelled his name without the ‘e’ on the end. Simply B-E-A-N.]

When I told her I could show her documents that the name originated without the “e”, she went on to inform me that they must be false documents. This she did in a spiteful, loud, superior voice, to try to make me look less than what I am in front of many family members.

Two years later I presented her with a copy of her mother’s birth certificate. [Naughty me…I did this in the presence of several family members.] And there, with absolute horror on her face, she found her mother was given the surname “B-E-A-N”. She was missing that haughty little “e”.

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Surname Saturday - to John Wesley Hardin

Most of you will recall that my DH has ancestors who are related to the infamous John Wesley Hardin. Today we will take a look at just how that relationship is formed. Today we will look at the Hardin connection.



1. Johnnie Lee HENRY son of Joseph Wright HENRY and Betty Louise Rotge was born in San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX.

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

Johnnie Lee HENRY and Cynthia Ann BEANE were married in Covington, Alleghany Co., VA.



2. Joseph Wright HENRY son of William Lee HENRY and Emma Louise PETTIE was born on 20 Sep

1927 in Fulton County, KY. He died on 16 Nov 1993 in Batesville, Panola, Mississippi.

3. Betty Louise Rotge daughter of John Cornelius ROTGE and Ora Lee Sparks was born on 30 Aug

1930 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas. She died on 05 Jul 2003 in Jourdanton, Atascosa, Texas.

Joseph Wright HENRY and Betty Louise Rotge were married on 30 Jul 1947.



6. John Cornelius ROTGE son of Peter ROTGE and Lillie Mae Surber was born on 16 Jan 1910. He

died on 09 Jun 1983 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas.

7. Ora Lee Sparks daughter of William Jacob Sparks and Laura May Clements was born on 26 Oct

1914 in Bandera, Edwards, Texas. She died in Aug 1982 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.

John Cornelius ROTGE and Ora Lee Sparks were married in 1930.



14. William Jacob Sparks son of Newton Caddell Sparks and Theodora Perrylee McCarty was born on

11 Mar 1883 in Erath County, Texas. He died on 12 Sep 1944 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas.

15. Laura May Clements daughter of James Thomas CLEMENTS and Anne Caroline TENNILLE was

born on 12 May 1890 in McCullough County, Texas. She died on 06 Oct 1969 in Hilltop Convalescent

Home, 7602 Louis Pasteur Dr., San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.

William Jacob Sparks and Laura May Clements were married on 15 Apr 1906 in Bandera, Texas.



30. James Thomas CLEMENTS son of Emanuel CLEMENTS and Martha Balch HARDIN was born on

30 May 1843 in Missouri. He died on 22 May 1897 in Dewitt County, Texas.

31. Anne Caroline TENNILLE daughter of George Culver TENNILLE and Amanda J. BILLINGS was

born on 11 Nov 1858 in Texas. She died on 14 Oct 1936 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.

James Thomas CLEMENTS and Anne Caroline TENNILLE were married on 11 Jan 1872 in Gonzales

County, Texas.



60. Emanuel CLEMENTS son of William CLEMENTS and Unknown POLK was born on 10 May 1813 in

Kentucky. He died on 02 Jul 1864 in Freestone County, Texas.

61. Martha Balch HARDIN daughter of Benjamin HARDIN and Martha Ann BARNETT was born on 04

Jan 1817 in Wayne County, Tennessee. She died on 26 Mar 1867.

Emanuel CLEMENTS and Martha Balch HARDIN were married on 20 Jul 1836 in Marshall Co., MS.



122. Benjamin HARDIN son of Joseph HARDIN and Jane GIBSON was born on 28 Feb 1770 in Tyron

County, North Carolina. He died on 25 Nov 1845 in Moscow, Polk, Texas.

123. Martha Ann BARNETT daughter of William BARNETT was born about 1772.

Benjamin HARDIN and Martha Ann BARNETT married. They had the following children:

i.              Easter Mary HARDIN was born in 1824. She married James Hardin CLEMENTS in 1846.

+ 61. ii. Martha Balch HARDIN was born on 04 Jan 1817 in Wayne County, Tennessee. She
married Emanuel CLEMENTS on 20 Jul 1836 in Marshall Co., MS. She died on 26 Mar

        iii. James Gibson HARDIN was born on 02 Mar 1823 in Wayne County, Tennessee. He

married Mary Elizabeth DIXON on 19 May 1847 in Navarro County, Texas. [This is the father of John Wesley Hardin.]

       iv. Robert Echison HARDIN.

John Wesley Hardin

With Martha Balch Hardin as DH’s gr-gr-gr-grandmother, and she is the sister of James Gibson Hardin, John Wesley Hardin’s father, DH and John Wesley Hardin are then 1st cousins 4x removed.


We can continue the Hardin line as follows:



244. Joseph HARDIN son of Benjamin HARDIN was born on 18 Apr 1734 in Richmond, Virginia.

245. Jane GIBSON.



488. Benjamin HARDIN.

Benjamin HARDIN and unknown spouse married. They had the following children:

Joseph HARDIN was born on 18 Apr 1734 in Richmond, Virginia.

Friday, September 21, 2012

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Family Recipe Friday - Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan
When I was growing up, Mama never fixed eggplant any way except for fried. When I was a late teen, she discovered a really rich, cheesy eggplant casserole [you tasted cream and cheese more than eggplant! The flavor of the eggplant was totally lost.]
Regardless of Mama’s efforts, I loved eggplant. Fried or in the casserole.
But in my adult years, I came to yearn for more recipes with eggplant; especially since I can no longer eat meats. So what’s a girl to do?
Here’s my take on eggplant parmesan; and I have to say…my family loves it.
1 medium, firm eggplant
1 medium jar pasta sauce [I like Ragu Chunky]; divide into thirds.
1 container grated parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 cup panko crumbs
Non-stick cooking spray
1] Peel eggplant. Slice in rounds and place in colander over a bowl. Lightly salt and allow to set over the bowl for 1-hour. [This allows the “bitterness” to drain from the flesh.]
2] Pre-heat oven to 425-degrees.
3] After 1-hour, rinse eggplant and pat dry with paper toweling or clean tea towel.
4] Dip eggplant slices in egg, then roll in panko crumbs. Spray baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and place eggplant slices on baking pan and bake for approximately 20-minutes or until tender.
5] In a second baking pan, spray bottom of pan with cooking spray. Place a thin layer of pasta sauce in pan. Then place a single layer of eggplant .  Cover with pasta sauce. Place a second layer of eggplant. Cover with remaining pasta sauce, and a layer of the parmesan cheese [use according to your taste].
6] Place pan in 425-degree oven and bake approximately 20-minutes, or until cheese has melted and just begins to darken on edges.
***I have added a layer of Portobello mushrooms to this dish as well.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Treasure Chest Thursday - John Wesley Hardin

In the spring of 1898, John Wesley Hardin was restored to full ciizenship, after release from prison in February of 1894. Unfortunately, the restoration came 3 years after his death (19 Aug 1895).

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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Wordless Wednesday - John Gipson Clements


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

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Tombstone Tuesday - Bessie Edna Clements

BORN DEC. 13, 1896
DIED AUG. 25, 1925
God Giveth His Beloved Sleep
Born to James Thomas "Jim" Clements [1843-1897] and his wife, Annie Caroline Tennille [1858-1936], in southern Texas. Bessie Edna was the youngest of 11 children.
She married Plenny Louis Nelson [1892-1958] on 22 Dec. 1912. She was the mother of six children.
Bessie Edna was buried at Sunset Cemetery, Mountain Home, Kerr County, Texas.

She was the great-grand-aunt of my husband.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday's Mentionables - September 10-16, 2012

Following are but a very few of the wonderful blog posts written this past week. If you haven't had the opportunity to read these, please enjoy them now:

A Note on Organization
Genealogy’s Star gives us some insight on making sense of our piles of data and information.

Massachusetts Remembers 9/11 with Memorial and Names
Life From The Roots shows us this touching memorial to those from Massachusetts who lost their lives on 9/11. Have a hanky ready. This memorial is lovely!

Starting at the Very Beginning
Ask a Genealogist gives us some great info when a novice asks us where to begin.

Is it Richard III’s Body? Canadian’s DNA May Be The Key
Olive Tree Genealogy Blog gives us an update on how the bones believed to be King Richard III’s  remains will be identified.

Richard III Skeleton Reveals ‘Hunchback King’
GeneaNet tells us the deformity legend about Richard III may be true if the bones found really are his.

Kennedy’s Speech
NASA  brings us President Kennedy’s “we choose to go to the moon” speech

Has Richard III’s Body Been Found?
Genealogy Blog describes the skeletal remains that may be that of the famed King.

Trees, Sourcing and Duplicates
Genealogy’s Star gives us the low down on why those online family tree’s may not always be best source to utilize.

“Ancient Genealogist”
Genealogic brings us this fascinating bio on Father Anselm.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sharing Memories: Week #38

Sharing Memories (Week 38): Leaving Home & Some Bad Memories
These weekly blogging prompts have at times elicited smiles, laughs and a few reminiscing tears. But this one, well, it’s difficult to put down to the written word just what I could, or should, share.

So, I simply drew straws [in my mind], and this is what I have come up with.

Most everyone who knows me, knows that I was married at an early age. I was only 16 years old when I married the man [boy] I thought I wanted to grow old with.

The marriage lasted for 15 years. It was not a pleasant marriage. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there were good times, and five beautiful and wonderful children came of that marriage.

But… it was rife with physical and emotional abuse. And eventually, life threatening.

I won’t go into all the details, but let me share this, in the hopes that no other young woman will ever let herself go through what I did.

I don’t suppose I need to tell you, my parents were not thrilled with my giving up a college education to get married. My Dad was empathetic, but Mom? Well, the very last words she spoke to me before I walked down the aisle of the church to marry my sweetheart was, “You make your bed and you’ll lie in it.”

I was too thrilled to be getting married to let her words ruin my day, or deter me.

13 days later he hit me for the first time. On Christmas Day.

And I know it may sound cliché but the truth is, he brainwashed me into believing that every time he hit, slapped, or punched me, I had done something to deserve it.

I was a young girl, a teenager, playing at being grown up. But I always took what my Mother said to be golden. And I kept my mouth shut, because, after all, she’d told me those famous last words! And with those words still ringing in my ears, my new husband brainwashed me with his. Making me feel guilty for the punishments he rained upon me.

So, why do I bare all of this for my children and grandchildren, and future generations to read? [Not to mention publicly on this blog!]

I want all young women to realize that even if their Mother, or their Father, seems to have the nonchalant attitude, giving them perhaps the same words my Mother gave me, they still love you and will protect you should you be facing abuse from a spouse. And if not, then turn to local support [women’s shelters, even the police if needed] and get out of the situation as fast as you can.

If I can impress one thing upon you it is this: If he hit you once, he WILL hit you again! And a man who will hit a woman [or vice versa!] is capable of taking it a step farther. They can take a life.

And me? I came home from work one day to find he had packed his bags and had them sitting by the door. When I asked what was happening, his response was that he had to go “find” himself.

My response? For the first time I was emboldened, and I replied, “Don’t let the door hit you in the backside on the way out!”

I am certain, knowing him like I did, that he wanted me to cry and beg him to stay. But I didn’t.

Get help. Leave!!! Protect yourself and your children.

Life is much, much too short to live in fear and pain.

Today? I will be celebrating my 15th anniversary to a wonderful, kind, loving man in Februay. And believe me, every day just gets better and better!