Saturday, November 23, 2013

Shopping Saturday - Thanksgiving Menu Shopping

Okay, so this isn't going to be anything but short and sweet, and I mean S-W-E-E-T!!!

I got this years menu, shopping list, and even the recipes, for our Thanksgiving dinner all from FlyLady. And you can too! I find this an absolute fantastic find for someone who works full time and can easily lose track of when to lay out the turkey to thaw, and get started on dinner!

You can get your free download here.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - No Bake Pumpkin Pie

This is by far the easiest pumpkin pie recipe ever. I've seen various recipes that based upon this same one, but none have quite the deliciousness that this one has! I've used this recipe for years when in a pinch during the holidays, and it's a never-fail option to the traditional baked version!
1 pkg.  (8 oz.)  Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup  canned pumpkin
[you can substitute the pumpkin pie filling just leave out the pumpkin pie spice below if you use that]
1/2 cup  sugar
1/2 tsp.  pumpkin pie spice
1 tub  (8 oz.) Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
 1 graham cracker pie crust
BEAT cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in 2-1/2 cups of the whipped topping. Cover and refrigerate remaining whipped topping for later use.     
SPOON cream cheese mixture into crust. 
REFRIGERATE 3 hours or overnight. Serve topped with remaining whipped topping. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Annette's Cross

This handmade brass cross necklace has been passed down for four generations through the maternal line.
Adeline Eve received it from her mother, Annette Dubois Eve [1840-1870]. Annette died when Adeline was but 3 years of age. It was considered her most favorite possession.
Adeline Eve Banet [1867-1958] passed it down to her eldest daughter, Irene Caroline Banet when she turned 17 years of age and married.
Irene Caroline Banet Dreher [1906-1989] gave it to her youngest daughter, Lois Velleda Dreher, on her 16th birthday.
Lois Velleda Dreher Beane gave it to her eldest daughter, Cynthia Ann Beane, on her 21st birthday.
It is my intention of leaving this heirloom to my youngest daughter.
The cross is hand formed brass and has a tiny multi-faceted diamond at its center. It has been through numerous chains just since I have owned it. But the cross itself remains unchanged since Joseph made it prior to 1858. It is one of my most treasured family heirlooms.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Frank and Adeline

FRANK I.          ADELINE J.
1863-1945          1867-1958
Francis Isidore Banet was born 15 Aug 1862 in Indiana to Isidore and Rosalie (Sprigler) Banet. Adeline Josephine Eve was born 11 February 1867 in Indiana to Joseph and Annette Eve. The couple were married 31 October 1893 in Floyd County, Indiana.
Frank and Adeline went on to have eight children:
Robert Benjamin Banet [1894-1970]
Arthur Matthias Banet [1896-1974]
Charles Franklin Banet [1898-1976]
Augustin Philip Banet [1900-1978]
Francis Eugene Banet [1902-1983]
Clarence J. Banet [1904-1986]
Irene Caroline Banet Dreher [1906-1989]
Lorene J. Banet Lee [1909-2005]
Frank died in April 1945 in Indiana. Adeline lived until November 5, 1958.
The couple is buried at the Edwardsville Cemetery, Georgetown, Floyd, Indiana.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Matrilineal Monday

My Mother, Lois Velleda Dreher Beane.
 My Grandmother,
Irene Caroline Banet Dreher
My Great-Grandmother,
Adeline Josephine Eve Banet

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturdays Siblings - My Mother's Siblings

The Dreher Kids [Minus Mom, who took the photograph]
Billy, Ethel [1924-2012], Art [1926-2013] and Marion [1931-2006]

Friday, November 15, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Aunt Ethel's Apple Pie

Aunt Ethel's Old-Fashioned Apple Pie
Going through my old recipe box, I came across another recipe that was sent to me when I was a very young newlywed. This one from my Aunt Ethel. So many of my Aunty's sent me recipes, advice and household hints! I wish I could locate them all now!!! But I have managed to save a few. So today I share this one with you, in time for the Thanksgiving dinner!
  • 6  cups  thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1  tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1/2  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/4  cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground nutmeg
  •  dash  ground cloves
  • 1  tablespoon  butter or margarine
1. In a large mixing bowl toss apples with lemon juice. Combine granulated sugar, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Add to apples and toss until apples are coated. Set apple mixture aside.
2. Prepare Pastry for Double-Crust Pie. Divide dough in half. Form each half into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 ball of dough into a 12-inch circle. Ease pastry into a 9-inch pie plate.
3. Transfer apple mixture to pastry-lined pie plate. Dot with butter or margarine. Trim pastry even with pie plate. For top crust, roll out remaining dough. Cut slits in top crust. Place top crust on the filling. Seal and flute the edge. Brush with milk, if desired.
4. To prevent overbrowning, cover the edge of the pie with foil. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil; bake for 20 to 25 minutes more or until the top is golden brown and apples are tender.  Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Pastry for Double-Crust Pie
  • 2 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 3/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 2/3  cup  shortening
  • 6 - 8  tablespoons  cold water
1. Stir together all-purpose flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat, using 1 tablespoon cold water at a time, until all the dough is moistened.
2. Divide dough in half. Roll out each half on a floured bread board until desired size is reached. Fold into quarters and place one half in pie pan. Add pie ingredients. Roll out second half, slightly larger than bottom. Fold into quarters and unfold over top of pie pan. Crimp edges closed. Be sure to cut steam holes in top of crust to allow the steam to escape. Bake as directed for the pie/

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Ethel's Garden

In 1991 I was coming back home from Illinois, when I stopped by to see my Aunt Ethel and Uncle Paul. It was mid-summer, and her garden was in full swing. She took the time to walk me through her various plants and vegetables and flowers. It was a memorable day and I treasure the memory of it with her.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Wiseman Cemetery

I don't have a tombstone to show you today.  I'm not even sure if one has been placed on the grave or not. You see I haven't been able to get there to visit the site yet. I do hope so before much longer. It's a full days drive to get there, but I so want to make the trip!

The grave I would like to visit is that of my dear aunt, Ethel Marie Dreher McCutchen.

Ethel Marie Dreher McCutchen

Born on 25 Oct 1924, she was the eldest child of Henry C. Dreher (1902-1977) and Irene Banet Dreher (1906-1989).

She married Paul McCutchen (1922-1998) on 22 Feb 1947. The couple had two sons, Kent and Daryl.

She was a nurse for many years, and ended her career as an activities director with a nursing facility for the elderly.

She had a gifted green thumb and grew the most fabulous gardens in her later years.

I will always remember her fondly, as she never treated me as a child when I was growing up. She always treated me as a grownup, even when I was quite young! And when in her presence, she made me feel as though I really mattered to her.

She passed away on 08 April 2012. And is buried in Wiseman's Cemetery, Leavenworth, Crawford County, Indiana.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Surname Saturday - Perkins/Parkins

There's been a bit of controversy over the spelling of this ancestor's surname. Is it Perkins? Or is it Parkins? As far back as records exist, we find the name spelled both ways. Sometimes even by a single individual! For the sake of my great-great-grandfather, who was a learned man, and because his tombstone spells it so, we will use the spelling as PARKINS. And here's how I fall [backward] into this lineage:

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.

4. John Monroe BEAN was born on 15 Dec 1866 in Cincinatti, Ohio. He died on 10 Apr 1954 in
Waiteville, Monroe Co., WV. He was the son of 8. William McHarvey BEAN and 9. Margaret Smith
PARKINS. He married Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE on 01 Dec 1935 in Allegheny County,  Virginia.
5. Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE was born 03 Jun 1897 in Monroe County, West Virginia. She died 01 Jan 1975 in Allegheny County, Virginia.
 She was the daughter of Stephen Ledford FAUDREE and
Elizabeth CARNEFIX.

8. William McHarvey BEAN was born on 26 Aug 1832 in Dropping Lick, Near Zenith, Monroe Co, VA.
He died on 14 May 1890 in Gap Mills, Monroe Co, WV. He was the son of 16. William M. BEAN and
17. Rachel WISEMAN. He married Margaret Smith PERKINS on 26 Aug 1852 in Monroe County,
9. Margaret Smith PERKINS was born 03 Mar 1826 in Greenbrier County, Virginia. She died 11 Jun
1891 in Monroe County, West Virginia. She was the daughter of 18. Samuel PARKINS and 19.

18. Samuel PARKINS was born on 21 Apr 1778 in Virginia. He died on 19 Jan 1854 in Fort Springs,
Greenbrier, Virginia. He was the son of 36. James PARKINS and 37. Elizabeth BONDERANT. He
married Elizabeth TUCKWILLER on 15 Sep 1812 in Greenbrier County, Virginia.
19. Elizabeth TUCKWILLER was born 08 Nov 1779 in Greenbrier County, Virginia. She died 28 Jul 1867
in Greenbrier County, Virginia. She was the daughter of 38. John TUCKWILLER and 39. Catherine

36. James PERKINS was born on 21 Nov 1741. He died on 25 Mar 1825 in Greenbrier County, Virginia.
He was the son of 72. John PERKINS and 73. Mary UNKNOWN. He married Elizabeth BONDERANT
in 1768 in Washington.
37. Elizabeth BONDERANT. She died 1832.
Beyond this point, the information is sketchy at best, and various and sundry researchers have claimed different forbears. Perhaps one day we will find the proof we are seeking!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Aunt Audrey's Coconut Cream Pie

Years ago, when I was a newly wed [let's not even begin to count how long ago that was!], my Aunt Audrey sent me a recipe for coconut cream pie. It is the ONLY recipe I have ever used for this pie. It's simply that good. I do sometimes substitute graham cracker crust for regular pie crust, to just add another notch of flavor to the dish. I do recommend that you use the coconut milk, rather than whole milk or half and half. Don't skimp! The coconut milk makes all the difference in the world to this recipe. Without it, the recipe is good. But with it? It's out of this world!!!
  • 1 pie crust
  • For the Toasted Coconut Topping
  • ½ cup flaked, sweetened coconut
  • For the Coconut Custard
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • 1½ cups half-and-half
  • 5 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups flaked, sweetened coconut
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • For the Whipped Topping
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  1. Prepare pie crust or use a ready made one.
  2. For the Toasted Coconut Topping
  3. Spread coconut evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Place into 350ยบ F oven for 8-10 minutes until coconut has just begun to turn brown.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. For the Coconut Custard
  6. Pour coconut milk and half-and-half into a liquid measuring cup. Add egg yolks and whisk together with milks. Set aside.
  7. Add sugar and cornstarch to a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk egg and milk mixture together once more and then slowly begin to add to the sugar and cornstarch, whisking together constantly.
  8. Bring custard mixture to a boil. Switch to a rubber spatula or wooden spoon and continue to stir constantly. Boil one minute.
  9. Remove from heat and add butter, coconut, vanilla and salt.
  10. Spread custard into pie crust. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator until set, about 30-45 minutes.
  11. For the Whipped Topping
  12. Add sugar and heavy whipping cream to large bowl. Whisk with an electric mixer just until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla and whisk just until combined.
  13. Spread whipped cream on top of coconut custard. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  14. When ready to serve, top with toasted coconut.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - A 50th Anniversary

In 1984, my Uncle Dick and Aunt Audrey [Bean] Harriff celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Richard and Audrey Harriff

1913-1988          1912-2002
Richard Calvin Harriff and Blanche Audrey Bean were married in 1934 in Sharon, Mercer, Pennsylvania.
The couple had three children:
Richard B.
William R. "Bill" Harriff [1944-2013]
The couple are buried at the Ashland Cemetery in Ashland, Oregon.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Memorial Monday - William "Bill" Harriff


Ashland Daily Times

22 October 2013
William Robert "Bill" Harriff


William Robert (Bill) Harriff, was born May 22, 1944 to Richard Calvin and Blanche Audrey Harriff. He passed away October 14, 2013 in Adelaide, South Australia. He grew up on the Ohio/Pennsylvania border, and his entire childhood was spent in the Midwest. Bill graduated from Muncie Central High School in Muncie, Ind., and after high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Following his service, Bill returned to Muncie and enrolled in Ball State University, where he earned a degree in Political Science.

After college, Bill migrated west, and worked at the Oregon School for the Blind in Salem, where he developed a passion for both the outdoors and working with the visually impaired. He returned to graduate school at the University of Northern Colorado, where he leveraged his love of the outdoors by making and selling custom camping, backpacking, clothing, and equipment to help pay for school. After earning a Masters in Special Education, he worked with blind students in Seattle, Wash. and Bangor, Maine before settling in Ashland, Ore.

Bill worked with visually impaired students throughout southern Oregon for several years before turning other hobbies into other full time businesses first woodworking and later information technology.

Bill and his partner of 33 years, Kristine Davis, first spent time in Adelaide in 1990, as part of a teacher exchange. They returned to Adelaide in 2011 to again work with the visually impaired, where Bill took up bicycle touring as a hobby. Bill was completing a 500 mile solo bike tour to raise funds for children's cancer research when he was struck by a vehicle.


He is survived by Kris; his son, Seth Harriff of Portland, Ore.; brother, Richard Harriff of Solana Beach, Calif.; sister, Judith Uherbelau of Ashland, Ore.; grandchildren, and nieces and nephews across the United States.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Children's Medical Research Institute via the web at

****Note: Bill was my paternal cousin.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Joseph Wright Henry

SEPT. 20, 1927
NOV. 16, 1993
Having never known his Dad, this is Texican's only image for his father. If you know of a photograph of Joseph Wright Henry, please let me know. You can email me through the contact form.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sibling Saturday - Those Bean Kids

Buster, Joan, Roy, Betty, Edsel
About 1945/1946
My Dad, cousin, uncle, cousin, uncle.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday's Faces From the Past - Adolph Banet and Josephine Werner Family

Standing in back, Left to Right:
Agnes, Leo, Louise, Lawrence, Cora Mitchel Banet and Edward
Front: Victor, Josephine Werner Banet, Adolph, and Carolyn
Adolph is my 2nd great-grand uncle.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Surname Saturday - Pettie/Pettus

Let's take a look at Texican's ancestry on the Pettie line:

Johnnie Lee Henry born in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas to Joseph Wright Henry and Betty Louise Rotge, daughter of John Cornelius Rotge and Ora Lee Sparks.

Joseph Wright Henry was born 20 Sep 1927 in Fulton County, Kentucky to William Lee Henry and Emma Louise Pettie. He married Betty Louise Rotge on 30 July 1947 in Texas. Betty Louise Rotge was born 30 Aug 1930 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas. She died 5 Jul 2003 in Jourdanton, Atascosa, Texas. Joseph died 16 Nov 1993 in Batesville, Panola, Mississippi.

William Lee Henry was born 17 Jul 1892 in Cayce, Fulton, Kentucky to Sterling Price and Fanny Henry. He married Emma Louise Pettie before 1919. Emma Louise Pettie was born 16 June 1895 in Columbus, Hickman, Kentucky to Timothy Martin Pettie and Elizabeth Ann Williams. She died 11 Aug 1985 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky. William died 24 Jan 1965 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.

Timothy Martin Pettie was born 01 Jul 1854 in Smith County, Tennessee to Balaam Baldwin Pettie and Amanda Rachel McKee. He married Elizabeth Ann Williams in 1883.  She was the daughter of Jesse H. Williams and Rebecca Cook. She died 23 Dec 1933 in South Fulton, Obion, Tennessee. Timothy died 02 Apr 1928 in Obion County, Tennessee.

Balaam Baldwin Pettie was born May 1816 in North Carolina to Thomas Petty and Lydia Maynard. He married Amanda Rachel McKee before 1842. Amanda was born 1819 in North Carolina. Her mother was named Elizabeth. Balaam died after 1900.

Thomas Petty was born 1787 in Chatham County, North Carolina to John Petty and Unknown Mother. He married Lydia Maynard 11 Feb 1811 in Wake County, North Carolina. Lydia was born 1795 in North Carolina; she died about 1862 in Stonewall, Smith, Tennessee. Thomas died 1863 in Stonewall, Smith, Tennessee.

John Petty was born 1756 in North Carolina to Thomas Petty and Unknown Mother. He married Unknown Wife before 1774. She died after 1769. John died 1837 in North Carolina.

Thomas Petty was born 1731 in Virginia to John Petty and Rebecca Sims. He married Unknown Wife before 1756.  She died after 1769. He died 1769 in Orange County, North Carolina.

John Petty was born 1702 in Richmond, Henrico, Virginia to Thomas Petty and Catherine Garton. He married Rebecca Sims 1730 in Richmond County, Virginia. He died 27 Feb 1770 in Orange County, North Carolina.

Thomas Petty was born 1683 in Richmond County, Virginia to Thomas Petty and Rachael Wilson. He married Catherine Garton 1702 in Richmond County, Virginia. He died 1750 in Orange County, North Carolina.

Thomas Petty was born May 1664 in Old Rappahannock County, Virginia to Thomas Pettit and Katherine Morris. He married Rachael Wilson before 1683. He died 1720 in Essex County, Virginia.

Thomas Pettit was born about 1598 in England to Thomas Pettit, Esq. and Cecily King. He married Katherine Morris about 1660 in Farnham Parish, Old Rappahannock, Virginia. Katherine was the daughter of Major George and Eleanor Morris. Thomas died 1663 in Farnham, Old Rappahannock, Virginia.

Thomas Pettit, Esq. was born 17 Sep 1571 in England to Sir John Pettus and Bridget Curtis. He married Katherine Morris about 1660. Katherine was the daughter of Major George Morris and Eleanor Unknown. He died 1620.

Sir John Pettus was born 1550 in Norfolk, England to Thomas Pettus and Christian DeThick. He married Bridget Curtis before 1571.  He died 09 Apr 1613 in Norwich, Norfolk, England.

Thomas Pettus was born in England to John Pettus , a cloth merchant. He married Christian DeThick before 1550. He died 1598 in Norwich, Norfolk, England.

John Pettus was born in Norfolk, England to Thomas Pettus, a cloth merchant/ tailor. His spouse is Unknown.

Thomas Pettus was born in England. His spouse unknown.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday's Faces From the Past - Sir John Pettus

Having posted a portrait of Sir John Pettus on Wednesday, I thought it might be fun to see this copper engraving of him as well.

Sir John PETTUS was born 1550 in Norfolk, England to Thomas PETTUS [who served as both sheriff and mayor of Norwich] and Christian DETHICK. He married Bridget CURTIS [daughter of Augustine CURTIS].
The couple had at least two sons: Sir Augustine PETTUS and Thomas PETTUS.
Sir John PETTUS was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.
He is Texican's 11th great-grandfather.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - A Photo of A Tombstone

We have been unable to get to Kentucky to get a photograph of Texican's grandparents, whom he never knew. Separated from his father at only 2, he, unfortunately, did not discover anything about his father, or his ancestors, until after the death of the man in 1993.

Finally, we have received this photograph!

TOGETHER                              HENRY                              FOREVER
EMMA L.                       WILLIAM LEE
JUNE 16, 1895                    JULY 12, 1892
AUG. 11, 1985                    JAN. 24, 1965
The couple were married before 1919 and had 7 children:
Dan S. 1919-1985
Betty Lee b. 1920
Frances V. 1925-2010
****Joseph Wright 1927-1993
Hugh E. 1930-1995
Don S. b. 1931
Lora Dale 1931-2011
William and Emma [Pettie] Henry are buried at
Fairview Cemetery
Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Sir John Pettus

Sir John Pettus
Texican's 11th great-grandfather.

Any resemblance????

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Sir John Pettus

The tomb of Sir John Pettus
OF APRIL 1613"
Sir John is entombed here, at St. Simon and St. Jude Church in Norwich, Norfolk, England.
Sir John is Texican's 11th great-grandfather.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Amaneunsis Monday - The Will of Thomas Pettit

Texican's (dear hubby's) grandmother was a Pettie. Through research, we have found the name had morphed from the 1400's as Pettus, to Pettit, to Petty and some lines, like his grandmother's going to Pettie about 1880.

Many individuals were named Thomas in this very long line. This particular Thomas was born about 1598 in Norwich, Norfolk, England. He immigrated to America, where he married about 1645 to Katherine MORRIS, the daughter of Major George and Eleanor MORRIS.

The following is the Last Will and Testament of Thomas Pettit, Texican's 9th great-grandfather.

Recorded in the Wills of Rappahannock County, Virginia, 1656 - 1692

page 157 - 158

Pettit, Thomas* - 23 September 1663; 7 June 1665

transcribed exactly as printed

"September ye. 23th in ye year of our Lord 1663

I Thomas Pettit of ye County of Rappa. and in ye parish of ffarnham being in a Weak Estate of body but in perfect mind & Memory make this my last Will & Testament, first I bequeath my soul unto Almighty God & my body unto ye ground to be buried with assured belief of the Resurection and that after this life my Soul & body shall be united in one & enjoy that Eternall bliss where my Redemer liveth, First I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Dorothy** three ffemale Cattle, one Cow name Cherry, and two heifers Comonly called by ye name of Goodluck, & Slow them & their Increase, I give unto my aforesd, Daughter & her heirs for Ever but ye Male to remaine to those that look after them until she come of age I do also give and bequeath all my Land yt is Really mine yt is to say a pattent of one hundred acres adjoinging to ye Land I now live on ye which Land encludes two hundred & Eighty acres by conveyance specified this Land heretofore mentioned my aforesaid Daughter Dorothy** is to have when she cometh to age for her & her heirs for Ever, and in case of ye death of my aforesd. Daughter Dorothy before she cometh to Enjoy this Land according to ye term of my will then the sd Land here given unto my Daughter to my Wife Katherine for her & her heirs for Ever & in ye meantime untill my Daughter be of age as aforesd. my wife Katherine to inherit & enjoy for her use in every kind whatsoever not destroying any timber nor to make sale nor diminsh any more than what shall go for ye use of her own housing and Cropps & likewise I doe also include that in case my wife Katherine aforesd. keep her self a Widow that she shall freely and wholly enjoy the Land with the proffits thereof according to ye tenor aforesd. during her life I do also give & bequeath unto my Wife after my Death my debts Satisfyed all ye rest of my personal Estate both within doors & without unto her & her hrs for Ever I doe also here ordaine and apoint my friend Nicholas White and my friend Thomas Cooper overseers of this my last will & Testament ye day & year above written

Thomas Pettit Seal


Richard Glover, aged 37 years or thereabouts.


Richard RN Nightingale, aged 27 years of thereabouts


Robert Davis Cl. Cur.

A true copy THOS. New Dep. Cl.

Truly recorded according to an order of Essex Court dated ye. 11th: March, 1664 "

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Sing Along - If We Never Meet Again

I absolutely love the old Stanley Brothers recordings, and this is one of my favorites! Ralph and Carter Stanley singing "If We Never Meet Again"

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Surname Saturday - Williams

Today we will follow the hubby's Williams  line, which hasn't been as researched as some of the others:

Johnnie Lee HENRY - born in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas to Joseph Wright HENRY and Betty Louise ROTGE. He married Cynthia Ann BEANE in Covington, Allegheny, Virginia.

Joseph Wright HENRY was born 20 Sept 1927 in Fulton County, Kentucky to William Lee HENRY and  Emma Louise PETTIE. He married [1] Betty Louise Rotge [30 Aug 1930 - 05 Jul 2003] on 30 Jul 1947 in Texas. He died 16 Nov 1993 in Batesville, Panola, Mississippi.

Emma Louise PETTIE was born 16 Jun 1895 in Columbus, Hickman, Kentucky to Timothy Martin PETTIE and Elizabeth Ann WILLIAMS. She married William Lee HENRY [17 Jun 1892 - 24 Jan 1965] about 1918 in Kentucky or Tennessee. She died 11 Aug 1985 in Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.

Elizabeth Ann WILLIAMS was born 24 Feb 1854 in Corbin County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Jessie H. WILLIAMS and Rebecca COOK. She married Timothy Martin PETTIE [01 Jul 1854 - 02 Apr 1928] in 1883 in Kentucky. She died 23 Sep 1933 in South Fulton, Obion, Tennessee.

Jesse H. WILLIAMS was born 1817 in Kentucky. He married Rebecca COOK  [b. 1820, Virginia] about 1839. His ancestors are unknown at this time.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Follow Friday - Cyndi's List

Back when I first began genealogy on the computer, Cyndi Howell's Cyndi's List was one of the many sites recommended to me. And today I still consider it the first spot to look at when I'm not sure where to look for a source.

According to the website,...

"What exactly is Cyndi's List?
  • A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.
  • A list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
  • free jumping-off point for you to use in your online research.
  • A "card catalog" to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is the Internet.
  • Your genealogical research portal onto the Internet."
Testimonies run rampant when I ask users what they think of Cyndi's List . All good! I've never had a single person tell me anything negative about the site, or its administrator, Cyndi Howell.  The site has been tested [a time or two more than any site, or administrator, should ever have to be tested!] and it has weathered the storms and come out on top. Proving it is a staple in so many researchers toolbox!
I can't recommend Cyndi's List enough, or give it high enough praise. It truly is a tool that any genealogical researcher does not want to be without!
I give Cyndi's List ....
...Five Stars and....
...a Big Thumbs Up!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - The Places We Ate

Back in the day.... too many years ago to mention.... on special occasions we would go out to dinner. Eating out was not an every day occasion, or even an every week occasion, like it is today. Back then...Mama's cooked dinner every single day. And fast food [burgers, fries, and malts] were for treats and NOT for regular dinner! Eating at a restaurant, with a waitress and a regular table, well, they were kept for special occasions.

One occasion that I always got to choose the restaurant for was my birthday. From the time I was about 5 years old, I always chose Shoney's Big Boy restaurant. I loved the food. But it was really the dessert I was after!

Mama always either made me a special cake, or bought me a bakery cake. But when we went to Shoney's Big Boy, I also got to bring home my favorite dessert!
Mama and Daddy would let me get a whole pie, and we'd bring it home to have it there for dessert. It was the yummiest part of my birthday celebration!
It's still one of my favorite desserts, although today the strawberries just don't seem as sweet as they used to way back when. But then nothing does.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Eddie and Betty Custer

EDWIN D.          BETTY L.
1933 - 1974          1930 - 2003
Edwin Darl CUSTER was born 20 Jan 1933 in Dunlap, Cambria, Pennsylvania to William J. CUSTER [b. 1906] and Essie G. HARRIS [b. 1913]. He married Betty Louise ROTGE  and had 3 children together, blending her four children from a previous marriage with these. "Eddie" became "Dad" to them all. He died 09 Apr 1974.
Betty Louise ROTGE was born 30 Aug 1930 in Kerrville, Kerr, Texas to John Cornelius ROTGE [1910-1983] and Ora Lee SPARKS [1914-1982]. Betty died 05 Jul 2003 in Jourdanton, Atascosa, Texas.
Eddie and Betty are buried at Sunset Cemetery, Mountain Home, Kerr, Texas.
Eddie was my husband's step-father, and Betty his mother.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Amaneunsis Monday - William Bean Indenture

When my gr-gr-grandfather was 12 years old, on his birthday, he was placed in servitude. The exact reason for this is unknown at this time. It is believed his father died and his mother was unable to care for him, an older brother, as well as a younger, and so she placed the children for indenture.

Below is an old scan of the indenture contract that I have:

The above reads:
"This indenture made this 18th of Sept 1804 one thousand eight hundred and four between Jas. Christy owen Neal Robt Johnston and henry McDaniel of the one part overseers of the poor for monroe County and henry Smith of the other part witnesseth that the so overssers doth bind an orphan boy named William Bean aged twelfth years to the said henry Smith of the county aforesaid and State of virginia to Serve the said henry Smith until he arrives at the age of twenty one years, during all which time the Said William Bean Shall faithfully Serve his Master and all his lawful Commands obay he Sall not suffer any Damage to be done to his Said Masters goods without giving him notice thereof he Shall not frequent Still houses or taverns he shall not play at Cards dice or any unlawful game or at any time abscond himself from his masters business without his Masters leave he Shall not commit fornication nor Contract matrimony during said term but as a true and faithful servant shall truely and diligently Serve his Said Master until he arrives at the age aforesaid and the henry Smith in Consideration thereof doth Covenant and agree to have the so William Bean taught the art trade or Mastery of a Black Smith and provide for him a sufficiency of everyt thing thats requiset for an aprentice during the term of his aprenticeship likewise he is to have him taught to read the holy Scriptures planely to write a plane hand and arithmatic through te rule of three which Education he is to be thoroughly acquainted with at the Expiration of his time and also to give him Such freedom dues as the law direct taking Care to have Said aprentice instructed in the Principals and duties of the Christian religion as far as Said Master is Capable In writing whereof the partys have interchangeably set their hands inscribed this day and year above writen Signed Sealed ad delivered in the presents of - John Hinchman - Owen Neal - Henry Smith - Jas. Christy"
The above document's transcription is verbatim, spelling and gramatical errors intact.

It is here that our clues for William's ancestry grows cold.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Surname Saturday - Bean

As many of you are family line is from the Bean family of Monroe County, West Virginia. DNA studies have not revealed a link to any other Bean lines that have been tested to date. This makes us somewhat of an "orphan" Bean line. Was our name possibly something else at another time? That's a question we may have to wait to answer. In the meantime, here is what we do know:

Cynthia Ann BEANE born in New Albany, Floyd, Indiana. The daughter of Walter BEANE and Lois Velleda DREHER. Married Johnnie Lee HENRY, son of Joseph Wright HENRY and Betty Louise ROTGE in Covington, Allegheny, Virginia.

Walter Maxwell BEANE born in Waiteville, Monroe, West Virginia. The son of John Monroe BEAN and Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE. He married Lois Velleda DREHER, daughter of Henry Condar DREHER and Irene Caroline BANET in Presidio, San Francisco, California.

John Monroe BEAN born 15 Dec 1866 in Cincinatti, Ohio to William McHarvey BEAN and Margaret Smith PERKINS. Died 10 Apr 1954 in Waiteville, Monroe, West Virginia. He married [1] Blanche Uremia CROSIER; he married [2] Ada BURDETTE; and he married [3] Mary Elizabeth Faudree [03 Jun 1897-01 Jan 1975] daughter of Stephen Ledford FAUDREE and Elizabeth CARNEFIX.

William McHarvey BEAN born 26 Aug 1832, Dropping Lick Creek, Monroe, West Virginia to William BEAN and Rachel WISEMAN. Died 14 May 1890 at Gap Mills, Monroe, West Virginia. He married Margaret Smith PERKINS [03 Mar 1826 - 11 Jun 1891] the daughter of Rev. Samuel PERKINS and Elizabeth TUCKWILLER.

William BEAN  born 18 Sept 1792 in Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland. He was the son of reportedly William McBean and Sarah [Unknown]. Died 01 Jan 1864, Wiseman's Hollow, Monroe, West Virginia. He married Rachel WISEMAN [23 Apr 1790 - 07 Nov 1856], the daughter of Joseph WISEMAN and Elizabeth BATEMAN.

William McBEAN died approximately 1803-1804. Sarah [Unknown] died about 1805-1806. Neither William McBean or Sarah Unknown have been proven. beyond doubt, and so I put those names forth a bit reluctantly, although other researchers state them as fact, without proof.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Follow Friday - On the Telly!

That's right folks, you read it right! On the telly! Not on a blog, newsletter, or other written source, but on the telly.

Have you ever wished you could dig deeper into some of the mysteries of our country? Well, Scott Wolter, a renowned forensic geologist is making a difference in the history departments all across the nation. And perhaps, rewriting our nation's history!

Wolter's vehicle is the H2 [History Channel] program, America Unearthed. And if it does nothing else, it makes you think of the possibilities and the reasons behind various and sundry information available to us in the form of our nation's history.
Last week, I enjoyed a variety of Wolter's expose's. Two stand out. One was a show dedicated to the Lost Colony at Roanoke. Where did they go to? Did they move inland? Were they murdered? Did they go to the Croatoan island? And were the Dare stones, all located between 1937 and 1940 [over 40 stones] real or faked? The second was on famed American explorer, Merriweather Lewis. Did he commit suicide or was he murdered? Did he uncover a secret that our founding father's had him killed for? And were the Welsh really America's first real settlers, possibly inter-marrying with the Mandan Indian tribe of the Midwest?
I absolutely do my best not to miss a single episode. But when I do... I head right on over to the America Unearthed   website, and watch the latest episodes there.
If you enjoy American history as much as I do, then you're gonna love this channel, and the website.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - William Jacob Sparks

MAR. 11, 1883
SEPT. 12, 1944
William Jacob Sparks was born Newton Caddell Sparks and his wife, Theodora Perrylee McCarty. He was the second born of 8 known children to the couple.
He married Laura May Clements [1890-1960] on 15 April 1906 in Bandera County, Texas. They went on to have 4 children:
Beulah Bessie Sparks [1905-1975]
Lelah V. Sparks [b. 1906]
Newton Jacob Sparks [1910-1991]
Ora Lee Sparks [1914-1982]
William Jacob Sparks is buried at the Tarpley Cemetery, Tarpley, Bandera County, Texas.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sibling Saturday - My Aunts and Uncles

This may come as a shocker to some individuals, but my Dad has 14 siblings. Yes, 14.

Dear old Grandad, who died 5 years before I was born, was married three time. He outlived his first two wives, and had children with all three.

It may seem strange to some, but I was a mid-century baby, and my Grandad was born in 1866. Yes, you read that correctly. 1866. So, my Dad's oldest sibling was actually 1 year older than my Grandma!

I thought it would be fun to try to find photographs of as many of these individuals as I could. So here goes! [I forewarn you that some were never photographed.]

Rita Teree Bean
Lama Wellington Beane
Pauline Beane
John Monroe Beane, Jr.

Emmett Lorimer Beane
Blanche Audrey Beane
Ann Margaret Beane
b. 1914
William McHarvey Beane
b. 1917
Samuel Maxwell "Max" Bean
Ada Eleanor Beane
Dorothy Eloise Bean

Jack Bean-Ashley
b. 1929
Walter Maxwell "Buster" Beane
b. 1937
Edsel Ford Beane
b. 1939
Roy Edwin Bean
The discrepancies in the spelling of their last name is as written. The children changed the spelling of their last name, adding an "e" on the end of the surname, after my grandfather's death.
As you can see, from those lacking death dates, there aren't many of this generation left. It is with deep respect, honor, and love I share them with you today.