Thursday, January 31, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Where Am I?

Each Thursday we visit a place where I have travelled. Can you guess where this is? Leave your answer in the comments, and check back tomorrow for the reveal!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Mollie Carnefix

Daughter of
E.M. & M.J. Carnefix
Born Janry. 25, 1868
Died Novr. 28, 1871

Little Mollie was born to Edward M. Carnefix and his wife Mary Jane Owen.

Mollie died at the precious age of 3 years. She was the sister to Elizabeth Carnefix, who married my 2nd grand uncle, David Simpson Carnefix.

Mollie is buried at the Carnefix Family Cemetery in Bedford County, Virginia, near her parents.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ameneunsis Monday - Joseph Wiseman

Page 1 of 36 Revolutionary War Documents

"Monroe County
 On this 27th day of November 1832 personally
appeared before me Hugh Caperton a magistrate in & for said County, and made oath according to law that he was drafted, he thinks, in the month of July 1776 in the County of Berks and state of Pennsylvania to serve a tour of duty of three months, as a soldier in the army of the Revolution of Captain Thomas Perrys Company; that he did serve in said Company the full term of three months & then was discharged in the City of Philadelphia; that in the month of August or September 1778, he volunteered to serve in Captain Nickell's Company for a term of nine months and that he did serve in said Company, in the Carolina's the full term of which time, he received a written discharge from Capt. Nickell for said service as a soldier, during this time of service of nine months he was under the command of Col Lock & Gen Rutherford; that he was in actual service in the Army of the Revolution as a common soldier in the full term of one year, beside being in ____, furlough for the space of three months having substituted to serve in the ______of a an whose name he has forgotten; that he was born in the year 1759 in the County of Berks and State of Virginia Pennsylvania; as he has read the records of it in his Father's bible, from which he recorded it in his own bible which is now in his possession; that he does on the 22nd day of August 1832 in the County Court of Monroe make his declaration, that he is known in his personal neighborhood to William Rice, James Mann, William ____ and Rev. David Riffe who can testify as to his Character for sincerity, and their belief as to his services as a soldier of the Revolution.

Sworn to & subscribed before                                                      Joseph Wiseman
me the 27 day of November 1832
Hugh Caperton, J.P."

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Surname Saturday - Custer

Once more we visit some of dh's step-father's family. The Custer's:


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

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

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

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



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

Pennsylvania[11, 12].

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

Pennsylvania[3, 13, 14].



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

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

Friday, January 25, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Our Weekly Menu

Beginning with today, I will be posting our weekly menu for the coming week. Perhaps this will enlighten our future descendants as to what their ancestors ate during the 21st Century!

WEEKLY MENU FOR January 27 – February 2, 2013

Sunday – Beef & Mac, veggie, Italian bread

Monday – Beans and Cornbread, leafy greens

Tuesday -  Potato Soup, homemade bread

Wednesday – Potpies

Thursday – Chili dogs and onion rings

Friday – Guacamole Omelet’s

Saturday – BBQ pork ribbettes, fried potatoes & onions, baked beans

Here’s the recipe I use for the Guacamole Omelet’s:

Makes 2 omelets .



                1 large avocado, mashed

                1 shallot minced

                1 Serrano pepper, seeded and minced

                ½ lime, juice only

                1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, minced

                Pinch of salt

                Dash of hot sauce


                4 large eggs

                2 tablespoons water

                1 teaspoon butter per omelet

                Fresh cilantro, garnish

                Hot sauce, garnish

                Tortilla chips, garnish



1)      To make the guacamole, mince shallot and Serrano very finely. Cube avocado and add it to the bowl and mash everything together [this is where a mortar and pestle may be helpful!]. It can be a little chunky.

2)      Stir in lime juice, cilantro, and season with hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste.

3)      Add a dab of butter to an omelet pan over medium heat [I use my trusty No.9 cast iron skillet!] Cook as you would normally for omelet, using half of the eggs.

4)      Once egg is cooked for omelet, add half the guacamole mixture to one half of the cooked egg.

5)      Once cooked thoroughly, fold in half and slide onto plate. Repeat for 2nd omelet.
Garnish as desired.

Answer to Yesterday's - Where Am I

Did you guess correctly?

This was the photograph, did you know where it was taken?
The correct answer is the ratthaus at Grafenwoehr, Germany.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Where Am I?

Each Thursday we dig through our personal photo treasures, and ask you to identify where the photograph was taken. Today we bring you a snapshot from Europe:
Leave your guess in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for the correct answer!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Edward M. Carnefix

Jan 27, 1816
Sept 13, 1886

Edward M. Carnefix was born in Virginia. He married Mary Jane OWEN [1829-1894] on 06 Mar 1848 in Bath County, Virginia. They went on to have a daughter, Elizabeth CARNEFIX [1867-1893].

Elizabeth married David Simpson CARNEFIX [my 2nd grand-uncle].

It is believed that Edward ties into our line of Carnefix’s at some point, but present that has not been proven.

Edward and his wife, Mary Jane are buried in the Carnefix family cemetery in Bedford County, Virginia.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Amaneunsis Monday _ Faye Faudree Dies

Faye E. Faudree was born 20 April 1895 in Centennial, Monroe County, West Virginia to

Stephen Ledford Faudree [1857-1929] and his wife Elizabeth Carnefix [1861-1929].

We know little about Faye’s short life, other than she did attend school under her father’s tutelage.

We know that on December 28th, 1904, Faye succumbed to a diabetes induced ailment, and passed from this life.

Faye is believed to have been buried among her family members in the old Faudree cemetery in Centennial, which was located between Sweet Springs and Gap Mills.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Surname Saturday - Benzel

Today we will re-visit the BENZEL family line [through my maternal side].


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.





26. John Benzel was born on 11 Jan 1835 in Prussia. He died on 18 Jan 1899 in Bedford, Lawrence,

Indiana. He married Wilhelmina Lambrecht.

27. Wilhelmina Lambrecht was born 25 May 1835. She died 07 Mar 1924 in Bedford, Lawrence,


Friday, January 18, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Tortilla Pizza

This is one of my favorite quick dinners to make. It literally takes about a minute and a half to prepare, and can be on the table in about 10 minutes!

Tortilla pizza!

Tortilla Pizza
1 flour tortilla per person [the bigger the better!]
Ragu pizza sauce
Shredded pizza blend cheese
Preheat oven to 375-F.
Place a tortilla flat on a cookie sheet or pizza pan.
Spoon sauce on the tortilla and top with desired amount of cheese.
Bake for 7-10 minutes [depending upon your oven].
Let sit one minute. Serve.
These can have ANYTHING added to them! I’ve added left over browned beef; shredded chicken; pepperoni; baby spinach; feta cheese; sliced flank steak; peppers; onions; etc. Anything can be added! Or they are delicious, just as listed above!
Oh, and by the way…. You’re very welcome! [You’ll be thanking me for this awesome family recipe that I use whenever I don’t feel like cooking!]

Thursday's Answer to Where Am I

If you guessed the Berlin Wall at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany... then you were correct!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday....George W. Carnefix

Closeup picture of part of a stone monument with block print engraving.
Cedar Creek Battlefield
Winchester, Virginia
Where over 5,000 Confederate soldiers lost their lives in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.
My great-great grandfather, George W. Carnefix, lies among these men.
[Photo via:]

Sunday, January 13, 2013

SNGF - Come Sunday Morning

Randy Seaver, over at GeneaMusings brings us another great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge [which I did not get to until Sunday morning!].

Here's the challenge: "Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1) We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight...

2) Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the very last person on your list of names is.

3) What do you know about this person based on your research? It's OK to do more if you need to - in fact, it's encouraged!

4) How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

5) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blogp post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post."

So I turned to my genealogy program [FTM 2010] and

[1-2] the last person in my database is Jane ZUMWALT. Now dear old Jane is actually my dh's gr-gr-gr-gr-grandmother.

[3] I know that Jane ZUMWALT was born 13 Mar 1806. Census records show that she was born in Tennessee. She married John BILLINGS [1803-1872] probably in the late 1830's. She was the mother of at least 3 children: Amanda Jane BILLINGS [1840-1916]; John BILLINGS; and Harriet BILLINGS. Jane died in 1873 in Gonzales County, Texas, where the family had lived for at least 25 years.

[4] I am related to Jane through my dear husband. Jane is his 4x great-grandmother.

    l_ Amanda Jane BILLINGS m: George Culver Tennille
        l_ Anne Caroline TENNILLE m: James Thomas CLEMENTS
            l_ Laura May CLEMENTS m: William Jacob SPARKS
                l_ Ora Lee SPARKS m: John Cornelius ROTGE
                    l_ Betty Louise ROTGE m: Joseph Wright Henry
                        l_ Johnnie Lee Henry

There is still so very much to learn about Jane ZUMWALT and her family. And I fully hope to find out what I can!

Thanks Randy for another great challenge! Because of this challenge...we discovered Harriet BILLINGS, whom we did not previously know of!

We look forward to next weeks challenge!

Bring Him Home...The PianoGuys

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Surname Saturday....Harris

Today we follow my dh’s step-father once more, with his mother’s line. The Harris family.


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

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

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

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



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

Pennsylvania[11, 12].

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

Pennsylvania[3, 13, 14].



10. William H. Harris[24] was born in 1877 in Pennsylvania

11. Maude M. UNKNOWN[14] was born in 1881 in Pennsylvania

Friday, January 11, 2013

Family Recipe Friday....Pupusas

Now here’s a bit of a treat that I learned while living south of San Antonio. I make this quite often for myself as a treat. [I can eat these for a meal actually!] DH likes them as well. Think “stuffed tortilla” and you’ll get the idea!


2 cups of corn masa harina

1 cup water

1 cup shredded cheese mix

(frying cheese, mozzarella, ricotta)


Cooking Instructions:

Mix corn masa harina and water

together in a mixing bowl until

smooth. Knead well. Cover bowl

and let dough rest for 10 minutes.

Shape dough into eight 2-inch

diameter balls. On a lightly floured surface, roll each

back into 6-inch flat rounds. Each round should be

about 1/8th of an inch thick.

Sprinkle ¼ cup of cheese over each round. Place a second

round over the cheese and pinch the edges together to

seal the cheese in.

Heat in a slightly greased skillet over medium high heat.

Cook one round at a time, about 2 minutes on each side

or until lightly browned.

Notes: Can be stuffed with a combination of cheese, refried beans,

fried pork rind or chicken.

Answer to Where Am I

Did you guess where we were yesterday?

The answer was….




…Auschwitz, Nazi death camp, located near Krakow, Poland.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday....Where Am I

Each Thursday we take a look at another photo taken during some of my travels. I ask you to tell me where you think the photo was taken. Feel free to leave your guesses under the comments. Answers will be shown the next day.
Where Am I?