02/23/2013 15:14:00 PM
As I begin my 4th year of blogging about my family history and genealogy, I find myself winding down and writing has become more sporadic. This past year I was down to posting an average of four times per month. As this year progresses I hope to star
02/13/2013 07:20:00 AM
William N. "Willie" Runyan - b. 25 May 1860 - d. 4 Jun 1885Brother of my maternal great grandfather, Robert Noah RunyanDied at age 25 - Buried Spiceland Friends Cemetery - Spiceland, Indiana
02/12/2013 10:30:00 AM
John was the brother of my paternal great, great grandmother Ursula Ann (Martin) Davis Burnette. His wife was Mary Martha Thompson, daughter of John and Sarah (Debord) Thompson. They were married in Pulaski Co., Kentucky on 17 Nov 1867.Mary Martin b.
02/03/2013 13:19:00 PM
I suppose I can let this little story slip and not get anyone in trouble since the two concerned are now dead. It's probably not all that unusual an act but I'm pretty sure what the siblings, Sula Splitek and Hobart Wallen did was illegal. I just hap
01/31/2013 11:15:00 AM
My maternal grandparents, Lawrence and Fern (Newby) Runyan moved around a lot. Before they were married they both lived in Henry Co., Indiana. After they were married they lived in Marion Co., then Delaware Co., then back to Henry Co., and finally ba
01/30/2013 08:56:00 AM
Shadrack Cundiff b. 1802 Pulaski Co., KY - d. 1858 Nelson Co., KYSon of Meshack and Elizabeth (Dale) Cundiff, md. Sally Stillwell 1822Maternal 3rd great grandfather of my husband Mike
01/29/2013 12:00:00 PM
Mary Susan is a bit of a mystery in our family. She was the oldest sister of my paternal great grandmother, Sarah Francis (Davis) Wallen-Livesay. Their father, John Miller Davis, died in 1880 when the sisters were all very young. Mallie, the youngest
01/03/2013 09:28:00 AM
In 1835 Augustus Wattles, a native of Connecticut, purchased 190 acres of land in southern Mercer Co., Ohio and, just a few years later, founded a school, the Emlen Institute, for the support and education of colored boys of African and Indian descen
12/31/2012 16:04:00 PM
Happy New Year to all! I am finishing out the year with a couple of photos of my paternal uncle, (my only uncle), Billy Athol Wallen, circa 1955, when he served our country as a Paratrooper in the U.S. Army. Isn't he a handsome fella?Billy A. Wallen
12/29/2012 14:02:00 PM
Charles Alexander Logsdon, son of William and Alice (McIlvoy) Logsdon, married Ann Josephine "Josie" Bean on 4 Sep 1878 at St. Charles Church in St. Mary, Marion Co., Kentucky.
12/17/2012 15:39:00 PM
Lucinda Tyree was born in Scott Co., Virginia in 1838. She was the oldest daughter of Jesse and Rosanna (Roberts) Tyree. Her father was the uncle of my maternal 3rd great grandmother, Louisa (Tyree) Wallen.
12/05/2012 13:45:00 PM
Harvey J. and Florence Polly (Melvin) Mooreand
11/29/2012 17:18:00 PM
The very last entries in book #1 (of 4 books) of Oliver's Diary, tell about his sister Lucy's illness and her death approximately a week later. Oliver's mother, Serena (Sutton) Wallen, probably had tuberculosis long before the birth of her first chil
11/28/2012 14:02:00 PM
In yesterday's blog post I told about the tornado that ransacked my great grandparent's farm in Spiceland, Indiana the night my mother, Janet Runyan, was born. Mom related the events to me many times, just as she had been told them by her mother and
11/27/2012 13:55:00 PM
"I was born in a tornado"...at least that's how my mother told it. My mother, Janet Runyan, was born in a hospital on the evening of June 8, 1924 in New Castle, Indiana. A tornado hit the area that night and her grandparent's farmhouse in nearby Spic
11/21/2012 15:36:00 PM
Fountain Fox and Mary (Martin) Rash circa 1885Mary was the sister of my paternal great, great grandmother,
11/15/2012 15:06:00 PM
Charlie Wallen was one of my dad's paternal first cousins. Until January 1, 1998, I didn't know anything about Charlie. Our family had moved around and we were all in different parts of the country. We kept up more with Mom's side of the family than
10/31/2012 15:33:00 PM
The Moore Family - 20 Aug 1932
10/29/2012 17:25:00 PM
Francis Toms Sr. was my maternal 8th great grandfather and part of my Quaker heritage. In 1689 his daughter Mary Toms, married Gabriel Newby, son of William and Isabel (Turner) Newby. My Newby ancestors finally daughter out with my maternal grandmother, Mary Fern (Newby) Runyan.
10/24/2012 12:34:00 PM
Grace Anna (Runyan) Crim and her brother, my maternal grandfather, Lawrence Everett Runyan, Indiana 1955
10/23/2012 10:09:00 AM
Robert Henry Whiteley:
09/30/2012 13:03:00 PM
Uriah Sutton and Euna Delaney were my paternal 3rd great grandparents. The part of Lincoln county where they lived and were married, later became part of Rockcastle Co., Kentucky. Uriah and Euna had 11 known children.
09/29/2012 12:21:00 PM
This application for a social security number was filled out by my paternal grandfather, William J. Wallen in March of 1937 when he still worked for Electrolux in Greencastle, Indiana. He and my grandmother had been married 17 years and they had three young children.
09/29/2012 11:58:00 AM
This is the application for a Social Security number filled out by my paternal grandmother, Iva Illinois (Townsend) Wallen in March of 1958. "Noy" was already grandmother to 5 children at the time she filled this out. My grandfather deserted her about 1954 and they divorced sometime in the early 1960s.Grandmother Noy lived with her daughter Jeanne for the rest of her life. Aunt Jeanne had divorced in 1951 and neither woman ever remarried.
09/28/2012 08:37:00 AM
This application for a social security number was filled out by my maternal grandfather, Lawrence Everett Runyan, in 1936. I was filled with memories when I received this document as I remember well the square print my grandfather always used. This may be the only thing I have in his hand.SSN Application - Lawrence Everett Runyan - 3 Dec 1936My mother would have been 11 years old at this time. I had to laugh when I saw that Granddad left out one of the E's in his middle name when he filled this [..]
09/20/2012 13:12:00 PM
This article may be of interest to that part of my family who descend from, or are in some other way related to, Oliver Morton Wallen, my paternal great grandfather. It may also interest those doing research on other families who lived in Rockcastle Co., Kentucky.
08/29/2012 10:19:00 AM
Joseph Harvey Logsdon and mother Rose Lee (Mattingly) LogsdonFather and Grandmother of my husband MikeLouisville, Kentucky circa late 1940s
08/28/2012 09:47:00 AM
Nancy was the daughter of James Monroe and Susannah (Grabeel) Martin. She was the sister of my paternal great, great grandmother, Ursula Ann (Martin) Davis-Burnette. Nancy was born 10 Dec 1850 in Lee Co., Virginia. She married Pleasant H. Brown on 16 Oct 1868 in Pulaski Co., Kentucky and died a little over two years later.Tombstone of Nancy E. Brown, Friendship Cemetery, Rockcastle Co., Kentucky
08/27/2012 14:44:00 PM
Pvt. James A. Grunden 1841-1906James A. Grunden was the son of Joseph and Martha (Dungan) Grunden. He was the brother of my maternal great, great grandmother, Mary Louisa (Grunden) Newby. This photo was in our collection as an "unknown" for many, many years, until I accidentally met my cousin Frances, James's great granddaughter. To my amazement, Frances had a duplicate of this same photo! This discovery was one of the most startling cases of serendipity in my early days of genealogy.James was a [..]
08/16/2012 14:47:00 PM
When I received the obituary of John B. Cook, saying he was the youngest of six children, I assumed it was a simple error. After all, who knows who wrote that obituary? The only immediate family member left was John's son Charles who was living in Californiawhen John died. John had resided in Indianaall his life and was living in a home for the elderly for a number of years with his wife who had died two years before him. It appeared to me that someone at the home had written the obituary. What [..]
08/11/2012 23:59:00 PM
Nancy Jane was the daughter of Joseph Rankin and Lucretia (Zion) Kirkpatrick. She was the wife of my maternal great, great grand-uncle, Allison Cook, son of Giles and Martha (Brown) Cook.
07/31/2012 11:39:00 AM
RUTH DARLING1 Mar 1899 - 15 Nov 1976Circle Grove Cemetry, Spiceland Township, Henry Co., IndianaRuth was the daughter of Elijah D. and Onedia C. (Morris) Darling, and the niece of my maternal 2nd great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Darling) Runyan. Ruth never married.
07/30/2012 15:14:00 PM
Stephen and Judith (Woodson) Cox were the parents of my 6th great grandmother, Mary (Cox) Wallen, wife of
07/29/2012 06:31:00 AM
Obituary, hand clipped from unknown newspaperMrs. Cordie B. Thompson
07/07/2012 15:47:00 PM
John Miller Davis 1874John Miller Davis and Ursula Ann Martin were my paternal great, great grandparents. They married on October 4, 1874 in Woodstock, Pulaski Co., Kentucky. They had three daughters, Mary (1875), my great grandmother Sarah (1877), and Mallie (1880). John died in 1880 just about 6 weeks after his third daughter was born, at the age of 26.
07/01/2012 06:51:00 AM
Mallie ColyerMalvina Katherine "Mallie" (Davis) Colyer was the daughter of John Miller and Ursula Ann (Martin) Davis. She was the sister of my paternal great grandmother, Sarah Frances (Davis) Wallen-Livesay. Mallie married Harvey Green Colyer on 28 Nov 1901 in Clarence, Pulaski Co., Kentucky. They had two children: Losie Katherine and Leemon Green Colyer.Newspaper clipping hand dated 1-19-55Obituary of Mallie Colyer 1955
06/29/2012 15:47:00 PM
Frank Fulton and Sula Susan (Wallen) SplitekMy paternal grandaunt Sula (Wallen) Splitek and her husband Frank, were the managers of Ayers Natural Bridge Park near Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1954. Others in the family may have known this, but it was a complete surprise to me when I ran across this little excerpt in a Texas newspaper today.Dallas Morning News - dated 22 Aug 1954Ayres Natural Bridge
06/28/2012 16:09:00 PM
This dagger (or dirk) was hand fashioned from a metal file, by Elza Chandler Scott, maternal grandfather (non-biological) of my husband Mike. It was given to Mike's father, Joseph Harvey Logsdon, and Harvey wore it when he entered the Navy during WWII. There are some rather hazy war stories passed down along with it, and I believe I'll just leave those to the imagination!As shown below, Mike likes to wear this knife as a "dirk", an accessory to his Irish kilt. He doesn't use the old leather shea [..]
06/21/2012 10:49:00 AM
Lewisville High School Class of 1942 - Lewisville, Henry Co., Indiana(click on photo to enlarge)My mother, Janet Runyan, is shown on the far right in the second row from the top. Her best friend, Kate Jackson, is on the same row towards the middle, and another close friend, Charles Preston Doney, is next to Kate, in the center. Mom and Kate stayed in touch all their lives. I met Kate a couple of times when she came to Florida to visit, and again when Mom and I made a trip to Indiana in 1999. I t [..]
06/13/2012 08:23:00 AM
My husband's granduncle, Charles Walter "Uncle Bud" Melvin(Center, in all black outfit)
06/11/2012 09:11:00 AM
Last Will and Testament of David Brashears OwenDavid Brashears Owen was born in Ohio on 16 Feb 1836 to James and Nancy Ann (Brashears) Owen. He was my paternal great, great grandfather. David married Sarah Samantha Miller, daughter of Benjamin B. and Elizabeth (Smith) Miller, on 31 Dec 1858 in Fayette Co., Illinois and died there on 5 Oct 1919, over nine years after his will was written. His deceased daughter, Mary Ellen Lucretia Townsend, as mentioned here in his will, was my great grandmother. [..]
06/06/2012 15:56:00 PM
L to R: Henry W. Smith, Myrtle Maxine Melvin, Roy Browne ShepherdSomewhere in Kentucky, circa 1927
06/05/2012 06:37:00 AM
06/03/2012 11:32:00 AM
Thomas A. Grunden was born circa 1837, son of Samuel A. and Margaret (Deity) Grunden. He married Arvilla Mulford on July 11, 1869 in Butler Co., Ohio. There were three children from this union: Charles, Arthur, and Carrie. Thomas was a nephew of my ancestor Joseph Grunden. He fought in the 35th Ohio Infantry on the Union side in the Civil War and was crippled by a bullet wound during the battle at Chickamauga, Tennessee.Battle of Chickamauga Library of Congress [public domain]Cincinnati Daily Ga [..]
06/01/2012 06:47:00 AM
Baptism of Mike Logsdon and Lisa Wallen - Summer 1976When our church was built, it was built on a large piece of property that was once an orange grove. Of course, most of Temple Terrace, Florida was orange grove at one time. Many of those orange trees on the church property were left standing and our first baptismal was outdoors among them. Today, our baptismal is indoors.
05/27/2012 08:08:00 AM
Thomas Jesse Price18 Oct 1869 - 14 Jul 1926Thomas Jesse Price was the the third husband of my husband's maternal great grandmother, Edna Metcalf. He and Edna were married in 1921. Their marriage ended in just 5 short years when Thomas died. Edna never remarried and for the next 31 years she was known by the family as "Granny Price" and "Mrs. Eddy Price" by most others. (Edna's children were all from her first marriage to Michael R. Melvin.)Obituary of T. J. PriceT. J. Price, 57, Ex - Officer, Di [..]
05/24/2012 11:44:00 AM
"Southern Wildcats" Kentucky Bluegrass Band circa 1930This 8 x 10 photo came to me from the collection of my husband's mother, Florence Shepherd. The young man on the bottom right, in the hat, is Roy Browne Shepherd, son of Arthur and Emma (McCreary) Shepherd. Roy became Florence's fifth husband in 1969.At the bottom left is the handsome Henry W. Smith, son of Milton and Mary J. (Shepherd) Smith and husband of Myrtle Melvin. Henry's mother Mary, was Roy's paternal aunt; his wife Myrtle, was Flor [..]
05/17/2012 11:58:00 AM
It's exactly this sort of thing that keeps family history research fun, fascinating, and quite the educational experience.
05/15/2012 14:45:00 PM
J. Quincy and Susan (Wilson) DarlingGlen Cove Cemetry, Knightstown, IndianaJohn Quincy Darling was the son of Samuel and Beulah (Smith) Darling, my maternal great, great grandparents. Quincy married Susan A. Wilson on April 1, 1896 in Rush Co., Indiana. Susan was the daughter of John J. and Margaret (Sloan) Wilson.
05/06/2012 06:33:00 AM
Excerpt from the diary of Oliver Morton Wallen,dated Sunday, May 6, 1900:May 6 A damp, rainy morning. At home until noon. Went to Friendship* to S.S.* at two P.M. Called on Miss Sarah Davis to get some books. Talked over old times, made up, and agreed to soon get married. Came home through the rain.LOVERS - Béla Iványi-Grünwald [Public domain] via Wikimedia CommonsOn this day, 112 years ago, my paternal great grandparents, who were not yet married, "made up". What did that phrase mean in 1 [..]
05/04/2012 07:41:00 AM
Below is a letter my grandmother, Mary Fern (Newby) Runyan, wrote and stuck in a birthday card to her sister-in-law, Grace Anna (Runyan) Crim on her birthday. At first I didn't know who the letter was to, and I wouldn't have known if my grandmother hadn't put the year at the top and mentioned that the person's birthday coincided with Election Day of that year. All I had to do was Google "Election Day 1964" and up came the date "November 3", Grace's birthday!
05/01/2012 07:42:00 AM
Tombstone of Jacob Grabeel, Milam-Hobbs CemeteryHagan, Lee Co., VirginiaInscription:In memory ofJacob GrabeelDiedJuly 23, 1861in the 77th Yr.of his age.Milam-Hobbs Cemetery on State Route 621, Hagan, Virginiavia Google EarthJacob Grabeel was my paternal fourth great grandfather. He was born in Pennsylvania to German parents, John and Catherine Grabeel. He and his first wife Mary were the parents of my third great grandmother,
04/30/2012 14:32:00 PM
Lawrence Everett Runyan was my maternal grandfather. He served in the U. S. Army in World War I as Private First Class, in Co. M, 78th Infantry at Camp Custer, Michigan. He enlisted on August 29, 1918 in New Castle, Indiana at the age of 25 and was honorable discharged five months later on January 21, 1919
04/29/2012 06:55:00 AM
04/25/2012 09:00:00 AM
Newby FamilyPhoto from about 1910 and probably taken on S. Hill St. in Knightstown, IndianaL to R: Siblings Morris Henry and Mary Fern, their grandparents: John Alby and Julia Ann, and their parents: Ida May and Charles Lee.
04/24/2012 13:52:00 PM
Phoebe Maud Trowbridge24 Nov 1876 - 6 Jul 1891Raysville Cemetery, Wayne Twp., Henry Co., IndianaPhoto taken by me in May of 1999Phoebe Maud was the daughter of John Calvin and Phoebe (Cook) Trowbridge, and sister of my maternal great grandmother, Ida May Newby. Her birth is written in the Memorandum section of
04/19/2012 09:51:00 AM
Ancestral home of Leonidas P. Newby, Knightstown, IndianaThis is the ancestral home of my maternal great, great granduncle, Leonidas Perry Newby. It is located on west Main Street in the wonderfully quaint town of Knightstown, Indiana. According to the book "Henry County Interim Report - Indiana Historic Sites and Structures Inventory", this home is an "Italianate/Queen Anne" style and was built in 1882.
04/18/2012 08:09:00 AM
My maternal grandmother, Mary Fern Newby1916 - age 23 - Knightstown, Indiana
04/17/2012 10:24:00 AM
04/11/2012 10:42:00 AM
L to R: Sarah Frances (Davis) Wallen/Livesay, Myrtle D. Livesay, Robert L. "Bobby" Wallen and Iva Illinois "Noy"
04/09/2012 06:33:00 AM
Pvt. Paul Eugene Crim - circa 1943Pvt. Paul E. Crim was the son of Oral Perry and Grace Anna (Runyan) Crim. He was born 14 Jan 1924 and died 13 Nov 1992. He was my mother's first cousin and close friend. Paul enlisted in the United States Army on 13 Mar 1943 at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana.A snippet from the local news...National Road Traveler (Cambridge City, Indiana) April 6, 1944:National Road Traveler article dated Apr. 6, 1944"Clyde Crim visited with his brother Pvt. Paul Crim at College [..]
04/08/2012 08:34:00 AM
Denton Co., Texas - Birdseye view map 1883 - click to enlarge
04/07/2012 11:44:00 AM
Rockcastle Co., Kentucky - view southwest from Skaggs Creek Churchphotographed on May
04/06/2012 06:38:00 AM
I've known for years that all four siblings of my paternal 2nd great grandfather, William M. Wallen, left Kentucky shortly after the 1880 census was taken, but I was never certain of just exactly when they left. I only knew through births and deaths that they were in Texas by 1882. William's siblings were Oliver P., Isaac Newton, Lucy Jane, and Daniel Thomas. These five were the children of Jesse B. and Louisa (Tyree) Wallen.Interior Journal - 20 Aug 1880Last year I came across two articles in K [..]
04/04/2012 15:22:00 PM
Ida May Trowbridge - circa 1880My maternal great grandmother
04/03/2012 12:16:00 PM
Elijah D. Darling
03/30/2012 09:29:00 AM
From the Scioto Gazette (Ohio) July 30, 1807Article from the Scioto Gazette
03/28/2012 16:43:00 PM
Married November 28, 1945Lula Viola Runyan
03/27/2012 14:38:00 PM
The Carnival of Genealogy (COG) traditionally honors women in March each year in conjunction with National Women's History Month. The submissions for this month's COG are to start with a photograph of a woman in our family tree and we are to tell either the story of the photo and/or a biography of the woman pictured. I have chosen to tell the story of the photo of my maternal 3rd great grandmother, Levina (Leonard) Newby along with a very short biography. My thanks to Jasia of CREATIVEGENE
03/22/2012 08:37:00 AM
A Sweet Heirloom!Booties worn by my mother, Janet Runyan, when she was an infantThese booties still have a hint of blue. I wonder if my grandparents thought she was going to be a boy? No..apparently not! According to an article I found on children's clothing at Smithsonian.com, it wasn't until the 1940s that today's color dictate was established. Before that, pink was considered an appropriate color for boys and little girls wore blue!
03/21/2012 10:20:00 AM
Standing L to R: Harold Vanbuskirk (husband of cousin Pearl), cousin Paul, Morris Newby (uncle of cousin Janet), cousin Vera , and cousin Thelma. Kneeling L to R: cousin Pearl, cousin Janet (my mother),
03/20/2012 06:55:00 AM
Joseph James Wilson Mattinglyson of James Edward and Cecelia Ann "Sally" (Cusick) MattinglyJOSEPH W.MATTINGLYBornFeb. 14, 1832DiedMar. 13, 1914He was a kindand loving father*Note: Dates are incorrect on stone.
03/17/2012 07:36:00 AM
I don't know why Jennie Bickett haunts me so. Maybe it's because she is an unknown ghost in my husband's family. She wasn't forgotten by these living ones, they simply never knew about her. Poor Jennie!Born Mary Genevieve Bickett on July 23, 1880 to William Barton and Julia Ann (Hardesty) Bickett, Jennie married my husband's great grandfather Charles Alexander Logsdon when she was 40 and Charles was 64. She was Charles' second wife and it was her first marriage*. Jennie and Charles had one child [..]
03/15/2012 06:45:00 AM
William Polycarp BeanWilliam Polycarp Bean, the son of Edward Columbus "John" and Clotilda (Vincent) Bean, was born in Nelson Co., Kentucky in 1802. He married Anastasia Medley, daughter of Ignatius and Sarah (Boone) Medley, on April 17, 1827 in Washington Co., Kentucky. He was a master carpenter and was one of the foremost builders of the St. Charles Catholic Church in St. Mary, Marion Co., Kentucky.William Bean was the paternal 3rd great grandfather of my husband, Mike.St. Charles Catholic Chu [..]
03/14/2012 08:35:00 AM
Allison Cook Trowbridge circa 1890
03/11/2012 10:54:00 AM
Knightstown Banner, August 8, 1919, pg. 1Knightstown Banner Obituarydated August 8, 1919Al. Trowbridge, aged 51 years, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Charles Newby, Wednesday morning at 5:30 o'clock, of tuberculosis. Mr. Trowbridge had been ailing for sometime but had been bedfast but two weeks. He was a widower. The funeral will be held from the Newby home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. Addison. Burial at Glencove cemetery. Allison Trowbridge was my maternal great grandun [..]
03/06/2012 16:33:00 PM
William Flowers b. 4 Apr 1822 Maryland - d. 8 Oct 1906 Illinoism. June 1, 1842 Bond Co., Illinois - at least 8 children Sarah Patterson b. 31 Aug 1822 Pennsylvania - d. 18 Feb 1901 IllinoisOld Liberty Cemetery, Fayette Co., Illinoisphoto take by me on May 31, 2011Sarah was the oldest daughter of my paternal third great grandparents, Robert and Mary (Root) Patterson.
03/01/2012 11:07:00 AM
These photos were taken on May 27, 2011 inside the cabin once owned by Clotilda (Vincent) Bean, the paternal fourth great grandmother of my husband Mike. The cabin was built in 1798 by Clotilda's husband, John and is now located in the Historic Old Bardstown Village in Bardstown, Kentucky. I photographed the plaques on the wall which further explain the history of the Beans and the preservation of the cabin. Click on any photo to enlarge.The outside of the Bean cabin can be seen at this link: Ir [..]
02/29/2012 16:16:00 PM
Lisa J. Wallen - Spring 1970King Sr. High School (Tampa, Florida) Graduation photo
02/28/2012 17:40:00 PM
McCray CemeteryWilkinson, Hancock Co., IndianaSamuel Claude Darling was the son of Samuel S. and Mariah (Luthultz) Darling and the nephew of my great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Darling) Runyan. He married Louisa May Sullivan on January 23, 1909 in Henry Co., Indiana. They had two children: Wilbur Harold and Isabella Jane. Louisa was the daughter of Andrew and Isabelle (Johnson) Sullivan and was responsible for writing the lengthy obituary of my great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth.
02/27/2012 12:33:00 PM
My dad's first cousin, Charles Homer Wallen, Jr., enlisted in the U. S. Navy on March 4, 1943 at the age of 16. He spent from August 1943 until September 1946 in the Pacific theater of war and retired from the U. S. Navy on July 1, 1966.Charlie aboard the U.S.S. New Jersey anchored at Oslo, Norway July 1947. U.S.S. Wisconsin in the background.Charlie and "Tojo" the monkey mascotLeyte Gulf, Philippine, Is. 1945Charlie was our second generation family historian, following in the footsteps of his a [..]
02/23/2012 16:17:00 PM
Today begins my third year in documenting our family history through blogging. The year of 2012 has started out with a bang and there are days I have to struggle to keep up with the momentum. I find myself behind on projects, both genealogy and non-genealogy, and I have yet to fulfill my goals of 2011. But that's OK, most of them can wait.Blogging, social networks, and volunteerism on FindAGrave.com have certainly been a plus for running into cousins lately; cousins from both sides of my family [..]
02/15/2012 15:02:00 PM
Four of My Paternal Grand Aunts and UnclesL to R: Homer, Myrtle, Sula, HobertHomer and Hobart are twins; Myrtle is actually a Livesay and half sibling, the youngest and the only one still living of my great grandmother's children. Myrtle will be 92 in October of this year. Sula was the first genealogist in our family. My grandfather Bill, and Sula's twin Tom, and their half brother Ross Livesay are missing from this group.*Original photo comes from the collection of my paternal grandmother, Illi [..]
02/09/2012 13:20:00 PM
This week I received an e-mail from a fellow Rockcastle Co., Kentucky researcher who had started corresponding with me last year when he found this blog. His ancestors were from the same area of the county as mine and he still lives in the area today. He and I are familiar with many of the same family groups that lived in the same community. We have exchanged information, documents and photos.(photo just for illustration)In this latest e-mail he said he knew my paternal great grandfather, Oliver [..]
02/05/2012 13:42:00 PM
Mrs. L. D. Parsons, 50, Former Women's Dean At ETSTC, Succumbs COMMERCE, Texas, Sept. 22---Mrs. L. D. Parsons, 50, of this city died in a Dallas hospital Monday. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at the First Methodist Church here with the Rev. T. L. Huffstutler, Electra, and the Rev. Joseph M. Connally, Commerce, officiating. Mrs. Parsons was the wife of L. D. Parsons, who last week became head of the chemistry department of East Texas Teachers College, where he has taught sin [..]
02/01/2012 08:24:00 AM
Tombstone of Joseph W. Townsend,son of Uriah W.* and Mary Ann (Cameron) TownsendYolton Cemetery, Fayette Co., IllinoisInscription on stone:JOSEPH W.Son ofURIAH W. & M. A.TOWNSENDDiedAug. 3, 1879Aged 1 Y. 11M. 12 D.Take this little lamb said HeAnd lay him on my breastProtection it shall find in meAnd be forever blest.*Uriah W. was the brother of my paternal great, great grandfather Lewis; both sons of Joseph L. and Christianna (Wheaton) Townsend.
01/31/2012 08:59:00 AM
ROBERT PATTERSONDied May 11, 1873Aged 70 y. 7 m. 1 d.Go home dear friendsAnd dry your tears,I will arise when Christ appears.My paternal 3rd great grandfather, husband of Mary Rootburied Old Liberty Cemetery, Fayette Co., Illinoisphotos taken by me on May 31, 2011Close up of Robert Patterson TombstoneOld Liberty Cemetery, Fayette Co., Illinois
01/29/2012 09:59:00 AM
Obit: National Road Traveler - February 25, 1950 Mrs. L. P. NewbyMrs. L. P. Newby obitNational Road Traveler 25 Feb 1950 Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Newby, 92, widow of L. P. Newby of Knightstown, died early Friday in Anderson where she had made her home for the past four months. Mrs. Newby was a native of Henry County and had resided in Knightstown all her life. Her husband was a prominent attorney and a world traveler of note and was prominent in Masonic circles, havin [..]
01/25/2012 11:12:00 AM
Walter M. Runyan - age 3Wednesday's child is full of woe. Last week I posted a photo of the family of Jesse C. and Lena (Hudelson) Runyan but there was one child missing from that group, their first born, their only son Walter. Walter was born May 5, 1912 and while he was still living with his family in 1920, by 1930 he was institutionalized as an epileptic. What a heartbreak for his parents.Before the turn of the century, epileptics were seen as a menace to society and were segregated from the [..]
01/23/2012 14:10:00 PM
Order of Induction into Military Service of the United States"From and after the day and hour just named you will be a soldier in the military service of the United States."Letter of induction for Lawrence E. Runyan, my maternal grandfatherWorld War I - Camp Custer, MichiganOriginal letter in my possessionTo see a photo of all the inductees or draftees that appeared at the Newcastle, Indiana courthouse on this day, click on this link: World War I Draftees - New Castle, Indiana Courthouse - 1918T [..]
01/22/2012 13:59:00 PM
LEONIDAS PERRY NEWBY DIES: PROMINENT IN MANY FIELDS Leonidas Perry Newby, aged 90, prominent citizen of this city, for years identified with the legal profession of the county and throughout the Middle West and active in its commercial life until his retirement 25 years ago, passed away in Indianapolis Thursday, Oct. 25, after an illness of many months. He was known internationally in the fraternal world as former Grand Master of the Knights Templar of the United States. He was active in [..]
01/20/2012 09:11:00 AM
Firing the muzzleloaderOK..here it is, just for the record. This photo of me discharging a muzzleloader rifle, was taken on Thanksgiving Day 2011 at the home of my son Michael and daughter-in-law April, on the back of their property. There was a lot of target practice going on that day, with various firearms and a fairly large group of family and friends waiting their turn to shoot. I love shooting but, because of the crowd, I decided to opt out and I went over to chat with my sister-in-law Rose [..]
07/05/2011 13:28:00 PM
Joseph Grunden 1812 - 1855I'll admit it, finding the tombstone of Joseph Grunden certainly falls under the definition of "serendipity". A definition of serendipity is when someone finds something that they weren't expecting to find....something they
06/30/2011 17:09:00 PM
My mother talked about her grandparents quite a bit, all except for her paternal grandfather, Robert Noah Runyan. Mom never knew him and neither did her dad. Mom's grandmother divorced Robert when her youngest child, my grandfather Lawrence, was thre
06/29/2011 15:14:00 PM
Descendants of Austin Gollaher call this the Gollaher cabin!Reconstructed birthplace of Abraham Lincoln south of Athertonville, Kentucky on road 31EArticle from the Louisville Courier-Journal hand dated 1981 - Click to enlarge."The cabin was reconstr
06/28/2011 12:21:00 PM
Benjamin B. Millerb. 1814 Pennsylvania - d.1892 IllinoisElizabeth [Smith] Miller b.1814 Ohio - d. 1858 Illinoismarried January 14, 1835 in Holmes Co., OhioMy paternal third great grandparentsburied
06/21/2011 11:40:00 AM
Daughter of Lord and Lady Francis Vincent of Irelandb. March 14, 1769 - d. September 13, 1864Wife of Edward Columbus (John) BeanBuried St. Joseph's Cemetery, Bardstown, Nelson Co., KYClotilda BeanClotilda was the paternal fourth great grandmother of
06/16/2011 13:39:00 PM
Evans Cemetery, Fayette Co., IllinoisI really hadn't planned on spending much time or taking many photos in the Evans Cemetery in Hagerstown, just outside of Vandalia. The main stone I wanted to see was that of my 5th great grandfather, Jeremiah Evan
06/15/2011 11:14:00 AM
I am certainly pleased that my husband and I decided to make a visit to the EVANS Public Library (named for a descendant of my paternal 5th great grandfather, Jeremiah Evans) on our recent trip that included a 3 day stop in Vandalia, Illinois. I am
06/14/2011 17:38:00 PM
Christianna Wheaton Townsend October 6, 1797 - August 28, 1872Wife of Joseph L. Townsend, daughter of Uriah Wheatonburied Yolton Cemetery, Avena Township, Fayette County., IllinoisMy paternal third great grandmother.