Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Isaac Wiseman

AUG 18, 1738          MAY 3, 1818

Buried at OLD REHOBOTH CHURCH, Keenan, Monroe, West Virginia.

Isaac Wiseman was my great-great-great-great- Grandfather.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

SNGF - The Music Generator

Well, Randy Seaver has certainly outdone himself this time! [And may have permanently scarred my ears for life! ha ha]

Here's the challenge from GeneaMusings  as presented by Randy:

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:
1)  Go to www.p22.com/musicfont/ and enter a text phrase or sentence into the P22 Music Text Composition Generator.  Enter a file name, the beats per minute you want (120 is slow, 1200 is really fast), and the instrument (from the dropdown list).

2)  Play your music text composition.  Can you find a way to put it on your blog?  
3)  Tell us about your musical text compositions - what did you try, what sounded great?  Have fun!

Well, I followed the instructions.

And I wrote the following to generate my "lovely" composition:
Genealogy is so much fun
I work from morn till day is done
I can never get enough
Of this family tree stuff.

Believe me, a cat squalling on a hot tin roof sounds better than my composition! These words do not generate lovely, or even "cute" music my friends!

Although I don't recommend it, you can listen if you really must!
Here it is. [Click here to listen.]

I did enjoy it so much however! And thanks so much Randy for an evening challenge that is so much fun!

Have a great evening everyone! [I'm heading back to the Music Generator just to play awhile!]

Surname Saturday - Radtke


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

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

Lois Velleda DREHER was born in Georgetown, FLoyd Co., IN. She was the daughter of 6. Henry Condar DREHER Jr. and 7. Irene Caroline BANET.
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.
26. John Benzel was born on 11 Jan 1835 in Prussia. He died on 18 Jan 1899 in Bedford, Lawrence,
Indiana. He was the son of 52. Michael BENZEL and 53. Dorothea Elizabeth RADTKE. He married Wilhelmina Lambrecht.
27. Wilhelmina Lambrecht was born 25 May 1835. She died 07 Mar 1924 in Bedford, Lawrence,
52. Michael BENZEL was born 04 Jan 1804 in Bavaria, Germany. He died on 29 Mar 1893 in Bedford, Lawrence, Indiana. He married 53. Dorothea Elizabeth RADTKE.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Family Recipe Friday - Granny's Orange Slice Cake

My Granny Dreher was an excellent cook. This was one of the recipes she made quite frequently, and I always loved it.

Granny's Orange Slice Cake
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk [if no buttermilk, disolve 1 tsp. baking soda in whole milk]
1 bag Brach's orange slice candy
1 pkg. dates [small, or diced]
1 can coconut
2 cups nuts
Directions:eam butter, sugar and eggs. Add 3 c. flour. Flour fruit, candy and nuts with remaining flour and set aside.
Add milk to creamed mixture and flour. Fold in floured fruit, candy and nuts.
Bake 2-1/2 hours in bundt pan at 250-degrees.
1/12 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice.
Put glaze ingredients in small saucepan over low heat and dissolve thoroughly. When sugar is completely dissolved, pour over cooled cake.
This is a favorite here, especially during the holidays! My dd is already asking when I will be baking it!

Where Am I - Answer

Amalfi - Campania, Italy

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Where am I?

Another photo from my travels.

Can you guess where I am?

Simply leave your answer in the comments, and I'll post the correct answer tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - John Beane, Jr.

1908 - 1972
John Monroe Beane, Jr. was born on 08 October 1908 to John M. Bean, Sr. and Ada Burdette.
He was the first born of this couple, aborn to John, Sr.
On 23 August 1943 he married Mildred Tolley, daughter of William Edward Tolley [1881-1946]  and Gillie M. Ray [1898-1973].
John and Mildred had 5 children together.
Betty Jane
Unnamed Son [1949-1949]
John Wayne
Cathy Frances
Darrell Edward
John, Jr. died in July 1972.
He is buried at New Zion Union Church Cemetery, Waiteville, Monroe, West Virginia.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

SNGF - Make Funny Genealogy Posters!

Randy Seaver over at GeneaMusings has given us another fun challenge for the evening!

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

1) Go to the www.memegenerator.net website and choose one or more poster pictures.

2) Channel your inner genealogist and create one or more posters with a genealogy oriented saying on it. Be creative!! Be brave! Make it funny, or happy, or sad.

3) Save or clip your creation, then show us your creation(s) in your own blog post, in a Facebook status, or a Google Plus stream post.

A warning: some of the sample posters on the site ate somewhat risque.

With that in mind, I chose a very familiar, and popular face from a beer comercial.


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Surname Saturday - Knable

Today we will look at a branch of my Mother’s family, which I know absolutely nothing about. As a matter of fact, we’ve located only one person in this line, my gr-gr-gr-grandmother. Rose Knable.



Cynthia Ann Beane



Walter Maxwell Beane

Lois Velleda Dreher



Henry Condar Dreher, Jr. [1902-1977]

Irene Caroline Banet [1906-1989]



Francis Isidore Banet [1863-1945]

Adeline Josephine Eve [1867-1958]



Isidore Banet [1832-1901]

Rosalie Springler [1836-1904]



Francis Sprigler  [1801-1887]

Rose Knable [1804, Germany – 1882, New Albany, Floyd, Indiana]


What we know:

Rose KNABLE was born about 1804 in Germany [according to Census records]. She married Francis SPRIGLER in Alsace about 1830. And the couple came to America shortly after the birth of their first child, Philip, in 1832.

The couple had 7 known children.

Friday, October 19, 2012

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Family Recipe Friday - Apfelkuchen mit Guss

My Granny used to make a cake quite similar to this one, and my Grandpa called it apfelkuchen [apple cake]. Unfortunately, Granny never gave me the recipe for it…. But here is one I found on the internet a couple of years ago that tastes very much like Granny’s, and which I dearly enjoy, as it brings back those memories of two people long gone, but whom I miss very much.



Makes one, 13 x 9 inch cake, about 15 pieces.


·         ***Fruit***

·         3-4 (1 lb.) apples peeled, cored and thinly sliced

·         2 T. lemon juice

·         ***Batter***

·         1 c. + 2 T. (240 ml) whipping cream

·         2/3 c. sugar (120 g.) sugar

·         2 tsp. vanilla sugar or 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

·         Zest from 1/2 lemon

·         3 eggs

·         1 3/4 c. (220 g.) flour

·         1 tsp. double acting baking powder

·         1/4 tsp. salt

·         ***Glaze***

·         4 1/2 T. (60 g.) butter

·         1/3 c. (60 g.) sugar

·         2 T. milk or cream

·         1/4 c. slivered or ground almonds, hazelnuts or other


Toss together apple slices and lemon juice. Set aside.

Beat cream, sugars and lemon peel together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time until smooth. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, then briefly stir into cream until smooth.

Smooth batter into a 9 by 13 inch, greased and floured pan. Layer apple slices on top of the batter (or toss them haphazardly, if you are so inclined). Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.

While the cake is baking, bring butter, sugar and milk (or cream) to a boil in a small saucepan. Boil until sugar is dissolved. Stir in nuts and keep warm.

Remove cake from oven. Drizzle glaze over cake. If you double the glaze recipe, it will cover all the apples but if you make the amount given, it will cover just half the cake. Bake for a further 25-35 minutes at 350°F, or until cake springs back when touched and glaze is browned.

Cool for ten minutes before cutting.

Where am I - answer

Yesterday we posted this photo.
Did you guess correctly?
Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Where Am I?

Another photo from my travels.

Can you guess where I am?

Simply leave your answer in the comments, and I'll post the correct answer tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Nicholas Eve

"            NICHOLAS EVE
JAN. 19,1858 - JUNE 4, 1923
              ELIZABETH EVE
APR. 4, 1856 - JAN. 13, 1933"
Burial is at
Most Precious Blood Cemetery
New Middletown, Harrison, Indiana

Nicholas Eve was the brother of my great-grandmother, Adeline “Della” Eve [1867-1958]. The son of Joseph Eve [1829-1892] and Anna/Annette DuBois [1840-1870].
He married Elizabeth Schickel.

Monday, October 15, 2012

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Monday Mentionables - October 7-14, 2012

The following are but a few of the many, many wonderful blog posts this week which have been entertaining and educational.

If you aren't reading these blogs, please take a moment to read these articles now. And if you enjoy the read, please be sure to sign up at each web site to receive their latest posting in your favorite reader!

When was the last time you asked for help?
Genealogy’s Star shows us that everyone needs a little help now and then.

Looking Forward
Forgotten Bookmarks brings us a review on a book written in 1899 foretelling the future of 1999.

Genealogy beginner?  Here are the basics
Genealogy News brings us the link to this article aimed for the beginner, but worthy of a read by the most experienced as well.

Mammoth Carcass Found in Siberia
BBC News brings us this story, found by an 11-year old.

Russia’s oldest singing granny uses Eurovision fame to find grave of father who died in WWII
The Washington Post brings us this awesome story. [***Kleenex warning! You may cry!]

CSIC researchers find the exact spot where Julius Caesar was stabbed
Heritage Daily brings us this fascinating article!

Tips to help break down genealogy challenges
Examiner brings us some great tips for the beginner.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

SNGF - Your Longest Gravestone Line

Here’s Randy’s challenge:

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

1) Determine what is your longest unbroken line of ancestral gravestones - how many generations can you go back in time? Do you have photographs of them?


No problem there!


Although I can list my ancestors in a line much farther back, here are the longest unbroken lines of gravestones I have.


Since both of my parents are still living, I have to begin with my grandparents. Namely, my paternal grandfather:

John Monroe Bean

15 Dec 1866 – 10 Apr 1954

my Dad at his grandfather's grave

William McHarvey Bean

26 Aug 1832 – 14 May 1890


Rachel Wiseman Bean

23 Apr 1790 – 7 Nov 1856


Joseph Wiseman

29 Mar 1759 – 27 Dec 1836


Isaac Wiseman

18 Aug 1738 – 3 May 1818

Thanks Randy for another great challenge!

Surname Saturday - Bean

Today we revisit our brickwall:

Cynthia Ann Beane [b. IN]

Walter Maxwell Beane [b. WV]
Lois Velleda Dreher  [b. IN]

John Monroe Bean [1866-1954]
Mary Elizabeth Faudree [1897-1975]

William McHarvey Bean [1832-1890]
Margaret Smith Perkins [1826-1891]

William M. Bean [1792-1864]
Rachel Wiseman [1790-1856]

William McBean [Unk - abt 1804]
Sarah [Unk - may have been Bane]

Friday, October 12, 2012

Family Recipe Friday - Arthritis Pain Reliever

Okay, so I am a sucker for any remedy that says “all natural”. And especially those that say “from within your kitchen cupboards”.

As a nurse, I’ve used sugar and honey for many ailments and received wonderful results. But that was under the care of some “old-timey” doctors, who really didn’t care if modern medicine had something new and on the cutting edge to help their elderly patients, they simply used what they knew worked best.

Recently I was re-awakened, after nearly 20-years retired from the medical profession, to a very old pain remedy. Not as a professional any longer, but for myself, as the patient in constant pain.

I have degenerative bone disease, along with chronic fibromyalgia. Daily I am in pain. At times debilitating pain. Some days I could walk with a slight limp, others I lean heavily on a cane for support. Still others… I lay in the bed in tears.

When I recently read, from one of those crazy little emails we all get, about utilizing honey and cinnamon for arthritis pain, as well as to help in weight loss, I figured what the heck! I’ve tried everything else, why not this? I really didn’t expect much of anything to happen. I really didn’t.

First thing in the morning, and last thing at night, I have been drinking a cup of “tea”. This tea is simply hot water with 2-tablespoons raw honey, and 1-tablespoon ground cinnamon. That’s it.

For the first 10-days I noticed nothing different. But decided to continue. What could it harm?

When week 2 came around, I noticed I could pick up an object fallen on the floor, without extreme pain, or calling out to DH to pick it up for me!

At week 3, my extreme right knee pain was gone. I’m not sure when it left, I simply know I went to bed with it aching, and awoke without pain!

Getting out of bed was no longer a chore in the morning! No extreme crippling back pain that meant two or more hours trying to limber up!

Wiping up spills on the floor no longer meant dropping a wad of paper towels on the floor and using my foot to push it around and hope I got most of it cleaned up. I could suddenly bend over from the waist, bend my knees and even kneel [!] to clean a spill up!

And…. As if the pain relief wasn’t enough, simply by not eating in between meals, my weight has plummeted with an amazing 53 pound loss in two-months! Yes, you read that correctly! 53 pounds! I’ve lost 4 dress sizes!!!

All because of this amazing 2-tablespoons of raw honey and 1-tablespoon of ground cinnamon taken in hot water twice daily.

I won’t deny that it can be nasty when you get to the bottom of the cup and try to get past the “dregs” of the cinnamon, to drink! But I simply take that last bit in as big a gulp as I can handle to get it all down.  And besides, I’d drink just about anything to get the kind of pain relief I have been given! All without use of anything pharmaceutical! No prescription. Nothing over the counter.

I’m not about to say that this will work for everyone. And I won’t deny that there might be a bit of psychological makeup that allows this to happen. But I am saying that it has worked for me. Even when prescription medication didn’t touch my pain.

Sometimes, Mother Nature makes the best doctor after all. And I, for one, am going to continue to follow her prescription.

Any Ideas - Answer

Yesterday we posted this photograph and asked if you could guess where it was taken...

The answer is.......

Huntington Beach, California!

Be watching next week for another photograph!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Any Ideas?

I am using some of my [thousands] of photographs taken in all 48-contiguous states, as well as photographs I took in Europe, over the next few months for my Treasure Chest Thursday posts.

I'll let you, the reader, guess as to where the photograph was taken. All answers will be posted the following day.

Here's today's post:

Leave your best guess in the comments below.
Check back tomorrow for the correct answer.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - The Lee's

OTIS R. Sr.          LORENE J.
1908 - 1986           1909 -
Burial is at...

Edwardsville Cemetery
Georgetown, Floyd, Indiana

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday Mentionables - 10-1 to 10-7-2012

Another great week, and so many good articles to read! Here are but a few that I found exceptional this past week:

Tuesdays Tip – Find United Kingdom/ Ireland Information at GenUKI Site
GeneaMusings brings us the link.

Dublin mother’s diary about son missing in World War One goes online
Independent brings us this story. Very touching.

Upper Marlboro, Maryland - Historical Graves Moved to Build Shopping Center
GeneaNet links us to this story.

Connecticut Woman is Fighting to Clear Her Ancestor of Witchcraft
Business Insider brings us this story of a woman trying to clear her 7x-great-grandmother.

U.S. National Archives fees increase
Paula’s Genealogical Eclectica brings us the bad tidings.

Bodies of WWI Soldiers Discovered in Italy
GeneaNet brings us the link to this news.

Alamo commander’s ‘Victory or Death’ letter at center of tug-of-war between 2 Texas agencies
The Washington Post brings us this story.

National Archives (NARA) Puts More Popular Records Workshops Online
Upfront With NGS brings us this story.

Anthropologist Finds Evidence of Hominin Meat Eating 1.5 Million Years Ago
HeritageDaily brings us this fascinating story.

Guest Post: Elizabeth Swaney O’Neal
Le Maison Duchamp brings us this guest post with some excellent advice!

28 Pieces of Computing Advice That Stand the Test of Time
PC World brings us this article.

Genealogy Blog brings us this story.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

SNGF - Image Caption Time!

Randy Seaver from GeneaMusings brings us yet again another great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge. Thanks Randy for another great challenge!

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

1) Look at this image:

2) What is a funny, or serious, Title for this book, if it was a genealogy book (yours, or someone else's)?

3) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this post, in a Facebook status post, or a Google+ stream post.
a] Funny: The Big Book of Brick Wall Dynamite: Answers To All Your Brickwall Questions

b] Serious: The Bean Family Ancestry: Current Beans of North America and Their Scotch-Irish Ancestors

Surname Saturday - Pettie


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.


4. William Lee HENRY son of Sterling Price HENRY and Fannie UNKNOWN was born on 17 Jul 1892

in Cayce, Fulton, Kentucky. He died on 24 Jan 1965 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.

5. Emma Louise PETTIE daughter of Timothy Martin PETTIE and Elizabeth Ann WILLIAMS was born

on 16 Jun 1895 in Columbus, Hickman, Kentucky. She died in Aug 1985 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.


10. Timothy Martin PETTIE son of Balaam Baldwin PETTY and Amanda Rachel McKEE was born on 01

Jul 1854 in Smith County, Tennessee. He died on 02 Apr 1928 in Obion County, Tennessee.

11. Elizabeth Ann WILLIAMS daughter of Jessie H. WILLIAMS and Rebecca Cook was born on 24 Feb

1854 in Cordie County, Kentucky. She died on 23 Dec 1933 in South Fulton, Obion, Tennessee, USA.

Timothy Martin PETTIE and Elizabeth Ann WILLIAMS were married in 1883.


20. Balaam Baldwin PETTY son of Thomas PETTY and Lydia MAYNARD was born in May 1816 in

North Carolina. He died after 1900 in Kentucky.

21. Amanda Rachel McKEE daughter of Elizabeth UNKNOWN was born in 1819 in North Carolina.


40. Thomas PETTY son of John PETTY and Unknown was born in 1787 in Chatham County, North

Carolina. He died in 1863 in Stonewall, Smith, Tennessee.

41. Lydia MAYNARD was born in 1795 in North Carolina. She died about 1862 in Stonewall, Smith,


Thomas PETTY and Lydia MAYNARD were married on 11 Feb 1811 in Wake County, North Carolina.