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Monday, November 23, 2009

1785 :: Death of Joseph Anthony


On (or about) this date in our family history . . . the 23rd day of November . . . in the year 1785 . . . it is said that Joseph Anthony dies in the area that is now known as Franklin County, Virginia. This Joseph is :-

  • 2nd great-grandpa (via his daughter, Mary) of 16th Texas Governor Richard Hubbard (1832-1901)
  • 2nd great-grandpa (via his son, Joseph as well as via his daughter, Agnes) of Mary Ann Penelope Cunningham nee Anthony (1835-1917) [her parents were 2nd cousins]
  • 2nd great-grandpa (via his son, James) of Texas Lawyer and Congressman Edwin L. Antony (1852-1913), whose parents are 1st cousins once removed, and whose mother, Margaret (1833-1912), is the older sister of the following Josephine
  • 2nd great-grandpa (via his son, James) to Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1843-1899), who is 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog

One of Joseph's grandsons is Dr. Milton Antony, Sr. (1789-1839), who founded the Medical College of Georgia, and whose son, Dr. Milton Antony, Jr. (1824-1885), marries the older sister of our Josephine and moves to Texas, where he is a Confederate Surgeon in Brazoria County before removing to Milam County, where he is a local physician and the 3rd postmaster in the new community of Rockdale ca. 1876. For more information :-

Sunday, November 22, 2009

1931 :: We're all here for a family reunion


1931 Rockdale Reunion of Henry-Davis Descendants

In his 18th October 1931 radio address, President Herbert Hoover said that, "I appeal to the American people to make November 26 next the outstanding Thanksgiving Day in the history of the United States; that we may say on that day that America has again demonstrated her ideals; ... that upon this Thanksgiving Day we have removed the fear of the forthcoming winter from the hearts of all who are suffering and in distress -- that we are our brother's keeper." . . . Some members of my maternal grandpa's family apparently took this message to heart, for the group photo in the above collage is from a November 1931 family reunion held in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas. These family members (from left to right) are --

  • Emma Sharp nee Henry (1872-1944) [widowed twin sister of my maternal great-grandpa]
  • Ella Hamilton nee Henry (1875-1967) [widowed younger sister of my maternal great-grandpa]
  • W.P. Henry, Jr. (1868-1941) [oldest brother of my maternal great-grandpa]
  • Annie Henry nee Calvert (1874-1950) [wife of W.P. Henry, Jr.]
  • Jerome Bonapart Henry (1870-1956) [older brother of my maternal great-grandpa]
  • Sudie Henry nee Criswell (1881-1961) [wife of J.B. Henry]
  • Edgar Henry (1872-1950)
  • Berta Mary Henry nee Sharp (1873-1955)

The last named -- Edgar and Berta (Sharp) Henry -- are my maternal great-grandparents. By 1931, they had been farming in west Texas for more than a decade, so it was probably quite a big deal for them to travel back to Rockdale (their former as well as future home) during the desolate years of the depression. My connection to them is through their son, Robert E. Henry (1905-1976). In November of 1931, Robert was living in Massachusetts with his very pregnant 1st wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Robert, Jr., so they are not listed as being amongst the attendees. A little over two months later, Elizabeth would die following the birth of their daughter (my Mom).

I am extremely thankful that somebody in the family took the time to sit down and write out the details of this gathering, and to submit the article to the local paper (most likely The Rockdale Reporter) -- and I am grateful for whoever sat down and clipped this news story from the newspaper and carefully preserved it over the years until it finally passed into the caring hands of a cousin, who shared it with me. The following transcription of the yellowed and crumbling newspaper clipping of that article was e-mailed to me in 1999 by Peggy Skeeters nee Fergeson (a 3rd cousin). The bold text is the original wording, and the remaining text is notes that I have added for the purpose of clarification, etc.


On Sunday, [sic] November 26 [sic], 1931, a happy event took place at the home of Mrs. Ella Hamilton in this city [Rockdale]. It was a get-together of the Henry family for the first time in twenty years. W. P. Henry and Mrs. Ella Hamilton being the only ones left in the old home town.


The 26th day of November in 1931 was Thanksgiving Day, and was on a Thursday. The photos from that gathering are actually dated Sunday, 22nd November 1931. Mayhaps the members of this family -- who had scattered over the years -- had an extended (and long-overdue) multi-day "reunion" at the Hamilton home that was located at 604 West Cameron in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas.


Dr. and Mrs. T. E. Riddle were guests at this occasion, they being old friends and Dr. Riddle the family physician.


Thomas E. Riddle came to Texas from Tennessee as a young man and was engaged in farming and ranching while studying medicine. It was by long hard work that he prepared to take and successfully passed the medical examinations. Thus he proudly "hung out his shingle" and framed his certificate for his office. He was one of those rare individuals whose treatment included medicinal aids and prayer. Many of his medicines he prepared from plants, herbs and roots. These he carried with him in his saddle bag as he became a familiar figure moving mile after mile among the early day residents. Many long vigils were kept by this good man as he faithfully fulfilled the Hippocratic oath he had taken years before. Dr. Riddle served in the Confederate Army with McCord's Texas Cavalry, Company F, was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church, and was a Mason. It is probable that Dr. Riddle served Rockdale and its surrounding territory longer than any other doctor in the history of the town. His death occurred in 1934 and he is buried among many lifelong friends of yesteryears in the family cemetery. . . . from A History of Rockdale, Texas 1874-1974 edited by Mrs. Ida Jo Marshall (1903-1982).


Everyone came early, talked and enjoyed themselves. The dining room was decorated with lovely ferns and chrysanthemums. The table spread in picnic style, then came the time to eat, and everyone seemed ready. Dr. Riddle returned thanks. In the afternoon some pictures were taken. Then came the parting time but all declared that they had enjoyed themselves. All the relatives were present except nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


See separate list > HERE < of all those not listed as attendees within this article. If the previous statement is correct, then there were quite a few at the reunion who didn't get listed in the 1931 newspaper article.


Grandpa Henry was born in Kentucky, came from there to Sherman in Grayson county. There he was married to Josephine Davis, she being a relative of Jefferson Davis. Grandmother was born in Georgia. Eight children were born to this union, three dying when infants.


According to an entry in Josephine's family Bible, "Josephine W. Davis married to Wm. P. Henry at the residence of Mr. James W. Lance March 1st 1864." We now know that marriage took place in Brazoria County, Texas, in which county Josephine was enumerated on the 1860 census. :: As of this date, I have still not found any connection to Jefferson Davis. :: Regarding the children born to this couple, according to entries in the family Bible --

  • Born in Brazoria County Texas October 20th 1865 Margaret Ann Henry
  • Margaret Ann Henry died April 19th 1868
  • Wm. P. Henry, Jr. born October 3rd 1868
  • Jerome Bonepart Henry born April 18th 1870
  • Emma & Edgar Henry born January 31st 1872
  • Harry Henry born July 31st 1874
  • Harry Henry died in Sherman January 10th 1875
  • Ella May and Jesse Eugene Henry were born in Grayson County Texas October 26 A.D. 1875
  • Jesse Eugene Henry died September 1876


On Oct. 3, 1876, the Henrys arrived in Rockdale to visit a sister and family of the Mrs. Henry's, it being Dr. and Mrs. M.F. Anthony, who at that time had the post office and drug store combined on the corner where the Wolf Hotel now stands.


This would be Margaret, Josephine's only sister. Margaret's husband (and also their 1st cousin once removed) was Dr. Milton Antony, Jr. He was a Confederate Surgeon in Brazoria County during the war between the states, and was the third Postmaster in Rockdale, serving 06th June 1876 to 26th April 1877 (which was one month after the entire wooden portion of Rockdale burned). He was a practicing physician in both Cameron and Rockdale. Margaret and Milton are buried in the Old City Cemetery in Rockdale.

The Wolf sat on the northeast corner of the intersection of Main and Milam. According to a history of Rockdale published in 1936, a two-story stone and brick bank building was erected in 1875, which later became the Wolf Hotel, and then, c. 1935, the American Legion Hall. An 1885 map of Rockdale does show a bank at that location, and on the corner across the street is a post office in the Mundine House (now McVoy's).

A year before Josephine went to Rockdale to visit her sister, Margaret, the following item appeared in the 12th November 1875 issue of the Galveston Weekly News: "There are street fights occurring (in Rockdale) almost every day and the officers of the law seem to enjoy it, taking their fines, never giving offenders the least word of warning or lecture. Nothing better could be expected when they license women of ill fame for ten dollars a month and receive half of the fines and their compensation. The most disgusting of it is, when they choose, these officers step beyond their authority and utterly disregard the law at pleasure. Every day or two some very interesting scenes occur in the pettifoggeries of Rockdale."

And a just a year before that 1875 report, the same paper, in the 09th November 1874 issue, described the brand new city of Rockdale as being "delightfully located in a thriving section of the county. . . . there are two or three banks, fifty or sixty merchants, and plenty of saloons, and has generally all the appearances of a railroad town. . . . While all it new and in some degree crude, there are some fine stone and brick buildings. . . . Where a population of eighteen hundred now thrive, was ten months ago the home of the deer, and the pleasure ground of the black bear."


Grandpa liked the country so he moved to a place just across the road from Dr. Riddle, just south of town, and stayed there awhile. He then bought 100 acres of land three miles north of town, moved there, and raised his family, . . .


Milam County Record, Volume 54 Page 526-529 . . . Know all men by these presents that I, Mary Estes of the State and County aforesaid in consideration of the payment of a promissory note . . . for three hundred ($300) Dollars given by W. P. Henry, have granted, bargained sold and released and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said W. P. Henry all that tract or parcel of land known as a part of a two league survey . . . containing an area of one hundred acres of land. . . . Witness my hand this the 14 day of December 1878.


. . . lived there until his death, Feb. 10, 1911.


According to William Paschal Henry's printed obituary (actually a photocopy of an undated newspaper clipping), as well as his tombstone, he died in 1912, not 1911.


Grandmother was killed Oct. 28, 1899.


According to her tombstone, Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis died the 28th January 1899. Family lore said that she was drug to death by the hair of her head when it became entangled in the wheels of her buggy, but we were never able to find a newspaper account of her death in the existing newspapers for that time period. After receiving this conflicting information regarding Josephine's date of death, my Mom went to the Rockdale Public Library to once again peruse the microfilm copies of the 1899 Rockdale Reporter, and sure enough -- in the 01st November 1899 issue, she found write-ups supporting the family lore.


Three of the children left here at different times. W. P. Henry and Mrs. Ella Hamilton are the only ones left in the old home . . . (crumbled edge, but I would guess the word missing is town) Those present on this occasion . . . (part of the word "occasion" is crumbled away) . . .

  • W. P. Henry (Jr. 1868-1941),
  • Miss Grace Henry (1908-1996) . . . (Henry is frayed & the first part of someone's name is crumbled away; the next line begins with) . . .
  • (Er) nest Henry ("Buck," 1911-1995),
  • Mr. and Mrs. (Birdie Henry 1894-1943)
  • Jack (Kyle) . . . (crumbled) . . . and
  • Lucille,
  • Graham (1917-1984),
  • We(l) to (n) . . . (crumbled) . . . Delbert Kyle,
  • Mr. and Mrs. (William Clinton 1896-1969) . . . (frayed) . . . Henry and
  • Nathlee Henry,
  • Mr. and Mrs. Will (Pearl Henry 1899-1981) Vogel,
  • Mr. and Mrs. Eddie (Bessie Henry 1901-1964) Backhaus and
  • Ruth Backhaus,
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joe Henry (1903-1955) and
  • Wesley Bert Henry.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jerome (1870-1956) Henry and granddaughter,
  • Gloria Sue, of San Antonio;
  • Mrs. Emma (nee Henry 1872-1944) Sharp, Crockett;
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edgar (1872-1950) Henry, Norton;
  • Mr. and Mrs. Sylas (Ruby Henry 1895-1978) Christian, Rockdale;
  • Frank (1899-1952) and
  • Nellie (1912-1996) Henry, Norton;
  • Mrs. Ella (nee Henry 1875-1967) Hamilton,
  • Misses Laura (1898-1987) and
  • Ruth (1909-1998) and
  • Harry (1913-1983) Hamilton, Rockdale.

Those who were visitors:

  • Dr. (1838-1934) and Mrs. T. E. Riddle and
  • Miss Docle Williams, Rockdale;
  • Cleve Calvert, and
  • Miss Margaret Calvert, Houston;
  • Milton Phillips, Norton;
  • Mrs. Ida Halyard (1871-1964), Crockett. [sister of Berta Mary]


This blog post was originally prepared for the 79th edition of a Carnival of Genealogy which was hosted by M. Diane Rogers at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt'. The theme for this CoG was Family Reunions. My article (originally published here on 31st August 2009) is actually a rewrite of a study paper I did ten years ago after receiving the transcript of the 1931 newspaper article from my cousin, Peggy.

Click > HERE < to read a reunion poem composed during the same time period that the above information was coming together -- about 10 years ago.

Vickie Everhart aka benotforgot

Longfellow and Cleeves and Peaks Island


This post about Longfellow and Cleeves and Peaks Island is reposted here today for Bill West's Great American Local Poem Genealogy Challenge. Click > HERE < to find links to each of the blogs that participated in this challenge.

The story behind the 1987 movie, The Whales of August, was based on the memories of the author, David Berry, regarding time spent at the family cottage on Peaks Island. The water-themed postcards on this collage are images of Peaks Island, which is the most populated of the multiple islands that dot the surface of the waters of Casco Bay. Clockwise from the upper left, the captions on these postcards are as follows --

  • S.S. Merryconeac landing at Pier, Peaks Island, Me.
  • General view of water front, Peak's Island, Maine
  • The Steamboat Landing, Peaks Island
  • On the float, Peaks Island, Me.

Based on the few words scribbled on the back of some old family photos, it is apparent that my New England maternal kinfolk spent time on Peaks Island at least through the 1920s. The sepia-toned image in the lower right corner is a photo of my maternal grandma -- the words on the back simply say, "Elizabeth and Beauty, Peaks Island, June 25, 1925."Another photo from the same collection, dated the same day, is the black and white image towards the left which is simply inscribed with the date and the words, "5th Me." When I first saw those words, I had no idea what they meant, or what the building in the photo was. But after some detective work, I found that this is a photo of what is now known as the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum on Peaks Island. Elizabeth's maternal grandpa, Peter Brackett (1838-1927), had enlisted in Co. B of the Fifth Maine infantry in 1861.Regarding Peaks Island itself, A history of Peaks Island and its people . . . by Nathan Goold (1897) says that --

The history of Peaks Island commences almost with the settlement of Portland, and perhaps before. . . . George Cleeve and Richard Tucker settled Portland in 1633 and built themselves a log house near the spot where the poet Longfellow was born in 1807. . . . In 1637, by a commission from Sir Fernando Gorges, for letting and settling of lands and the islands, Cleeve leased Pond (Peaks) Island to Michael Mitton for sixty years, and stated that the name should be Michael's Island for Mitton, who had married his daughter, Elizabeth Cleeve. . . .

George Cleeve is a 9th great-grandpa of our Elizabeth (1912-1932), and his daughter, Elizabeth, and son-in-law, Michael Mitton, are our Elizabeth's 8th great-grandparents.


At a meeting held in Portland on Monday evening, February 27, 1882, the Maine Historical Society celebrated the seventh-fifth birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It was the desire of the members that Mr. Longfellow himself might honor the Society by his presence on that occasion, but he was prevented by illness from attending (he died less than a month later). The following is excerpted from a tribute read by James Phinney Baxter on that evening. I quote it here because it waxes poetic about the sea (water) as well as about our great-grandpa Cleeves --

. . . Dear Master let me take thy hand a space,
And lead thee gently wheresoe'er I may;
With the salt sea's cool breath upon thy face,
And in thine ears the music of the spray,
Which rapt in days agone thy sould away,
Where hung full low the golden fruit of truth,
Within the reach of thy aspiring youth.

Thou knowest well the place: here built George Cleeves
Almost two centuries before thy birth;
Here was his cornfield; here his lowly eaves
Sheltered the swallows, and around his hearth
The red men crouched, -- poor souls of little worth:
Thou with clear vision seest them, I know,
As they were in the flesh long years ago.

Surely the shrewd, persistent pioneer
Built better than he knew: he thought to build
A shelter for himself, his kith and gear;
But felled the trees, and grubbed and ploughed and tilled,
That in the course of time might be fulfilled
A wondrous purpose, being no less than this,
That here a poet might be born to bliss.

Ah! could he but have tracked adown the dim
Long, weary path of years, and stood to-day
with thee and me, how would the eyes of him
Have flashed with pride and joy to hear men say,
Here Cleeves built the first house in Casco Bay;
Here, too, was our Longfellow's place of birth,
And sooth, God sent his singers upon earth. . . .

Here will I bid thee, Master, fond good-by,
Wishing thee soul-health and full many a day
Of blissful living, ere thou mayest try
The scope of other joys. And now I may
This wreath from Deering's Woods, O Master! I lay
Upon thy brow. God speed thee while the sun
Shines on the faithful work which thou hast done!

Longfellow used words to paint visions of the New England coast and its waters, a talent which is well illustrated in an unpublished passage of blank verse from his journal dated the 18th August 1847 --

O faithful, indefatigable tides,
That evermore upon God's errands go,
Now sea-ward, bearing tidings of the land,
Now land-ward, bearing tidings of the sea,
And filling every frith and estuary.
Each arm of the great sea, each little creek
Each thread and filament of water-courses,
Full with your ministration of delight!
Under the rafters of this wooden bridge
I see you come and go; sometimes in haste
To reach your journey's end, which being done
With feet unrested ye return again,
But recommence the never-ending task,
Patient, with whatever burdens ye may bear,
And fretted only by impending rocks.

Another Longfellow poem -- A Gleam of Sunshine -- simply states that . . .

This is the place. Stand still, my steed,
Let me review the scene,
And summon from the shadowy Past
The forms that once have been.

The Past and Present here unite
Beneath Time's flowing tide,
Like footprints hidden by a brook,
But seen on either side. . . .

P.S. To my ancestors and loved ones . . . see you on the other side . . .


The above postcard collage -- featuring postcards with a water theme -- was originally prepared in August of 2009 for the 4th edition of Evelyn Yvonne Theriault's Festival of Postcards.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

1899 :: Death of Jerusha Marilla


On this date in our family history . . . the 17th day of November . . . in the year 1899 . . . Jerusha Marilla Smith nee Barker dies in Bradford, Penobscot County, Maine . . . this Jerusha is the paternal grandma of Elizabeth Marilla Henry nee Smith (1912-1932) . . . who is the maternal grandma of the Keeper of this family history blog . . . Jerusha is a daughter of Timothy Barker and Jerusha Lakin Hobbs . . . on the 23rd day of December in the year 1857,at the age of 16, she became the bride of Atwood F. Smith in Biddeford, York County, Maine . . . they had at least two children who died before 1865, and then a 3rd child born in 1866, Thomas Warren Alonzo Smith (1866-1920), who is the father of Elizabeth . . . her findagrave memorial page

Monday, November 16, 2009

Saint Margaret / Queen Margaret of Scotland

On this date in our family history . . . the 16th day of November . . . in the year 1093 . . . Queen Margaret of Scotland dies at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. Later venerated as Saint Margaret, this 11th century granddaughter of King Edmund Ironside is currently believed to be a 25th great-grandma of our Josephine (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this Geneablog.

Margaret's death came shortly after she received the news that her husband, King Malcolm III of Scotland, and their 1st-born son, Edward of Scotland, had been killed while trying to capture Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England.

Sharpe's London Magazine A Journal of Entertainment & Instruction for general reading May 1846 to October 1846

The following clip is only a small part of the info about Saint Margaret that is available in The Book of Days, edited by Robert Chambers, and viewable at Google Books.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Her Birthday is Forget-Me-Not Day (for real!)


Forget Me Not Day
The 10th day of November is often designated as Forget-Me-Not Day on various online calendars and websites . . . so here's wishing a Happy Forget-Me-Not Day to all of y'all! And ...

Happy Birthday to my maternal great-grandma, Berta Mary Henry nee Sharp (1873-1955).

On this date in our family history . . . the 10th day of November . . . in the year 1873 . . . on the Hall Plantation in Houston County, Texas . . . a baby girl is born to Sam Houston Sharp (1839-1885) and his wife, Mary Alexandrien "Nellie" Sharp nee Lemaire (1843-1876). Given the name Berta Mary, this baby is the 6th of the seven children known to have been born to this couple.

  • 1876 :: Death. Houston Co. TX. Little Berta's mother, Nellie, dies exactly one month before Berta's 3rd birthday. Age 33. Is Nellie's mother -- Elizabeth A. Lemaire Beale nee Waring (born ca. 1824 in Maryland) -- still living at this time?
  • 1878 :: Death. Houston Co. TX. Berta's paternal aunt and mother-figure -- Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp -- dies when Berta is 5. Age 38.
  • 1880 :: Census. Houston Co. TX. Berta Sharp is enumerated as a 5-year-old [sic] living in the household of her paternal grandma, Mahaley Hall -- aka Mahala Lee Sharp Hall nee Roberts (1816-1885) -- along with her widowed father and all living siblings.
  • 1882 :: Marriage. Houston Co. TX. Berta's paternal half-uncle, Horace Oscar Hall (1854-1934), marries Florine Annie Kirkpatrick (1861-1900). Is he now managing the Hall Plantation, or co-managing it with his half-brother (and Berta's father), Sam Sharp?
  • 1885 :: Death. Houston Co. TX. It is around this time when Berta Mary loses her father, Sam, and her baby sister, Willie (1876-1885), as well as her paternal grandma, Mahala. Berta is only 12 at the time, and is the baby of the family. Is the Hall Plantation still intact and operating? If so, is H.O. Hall running it? Who does Berta Mary live with now?
  • 1889 :: Marriage. Milam Co. TX. Berta's brother, Sam Sharp, Jr. (1867-1921) marries Emma Henry (1872-1944). Emma is the twin sister of Berta's future husband. Berta is 15.
  • 1890 :: Marriage. Houston Co. TX. Berta's sister, Margaret Elizabeth "Maggie" Sharp (1869-1935), marries John Henry McCann (1870-1907).
  • 1893 :: Autograph. Berta's sister, Ida Mae Sharp (1871-1964), signs Berta's autograph book on Christmas Day.
  • 1893 :: Autographs. Daly's TX. Alice Chiles and John Chiles sign Berta's autograph book on the 28th of December.
  • 1894 :: Autograph. Daly's TX. Frank Meriwether signs Berta's autograph book in January.
  • 1894 :: Autographs. Elkhart TX. Berta's autograph book is signed on the 4th day of January by Annie Hughes, Ella Hughes, George W. Hughes, Robert A. Hughes, and Etta Weisinger.
  • 1894 :: Autographs. Daly's TX. Gail Clinton and G.B. Kent write in Berta's autograph book on January 16th. Mention is made of Berta's pending move to Rockdale TX.
  • 1894 :: Autograph. Daly's TX. Ella Kent writes in Berta's autograph book on January 17th.
  • 1894 :: Autograph. Rockdale TX. Berta's brothers-in-law, Edgar Henry (1872-1950) and J.B. Henry (1870-1956) write in her autograph book on the 11th day of March. Edgar is Berta's future husband, and is the twin brother of the wife of Berta's brother, Sam Sharp, Jr.
  • 1894 :: Photograph. Rockdale TX. In a numbered series of photos taken by John Scott of Rockdale, Berta's portrait is #3985. #3986 is Berta Mary and an unknown woman, perhaps her sister, Maggie. #3987 is Berta's future mother-in-law, Josephine. #3988 is Berta's sister-in-law, Ella, who marries in December of this year. The two photos of Berta mentioned here are featured in the collage shown above (click to enlarge).
  • 1894 :: Autograph. Rockdale TX. Berta's sister-in-law, Ella Henry (1875-1967), writes a birthday message in Berta's autograph book on the 10th of November. Berta is 21 years old. This page from the autograph album is also visible in the collage.
  • 1894 :: Autographs. Rockdale TX. Berta's brother, S.H. Sharp, and her cousin. L.O. Stewart, write in her autograph book on November 12th.
  • 1894 :: Wedding. Bethlehem TX. Berta's sister-in-law, Ella Henry, marries James David Hamilton (1872-1922) on December 20th. The local newspaper features a lengthy write-up about the Christmas wedding and the guests who attend and the gifts they bring.
  • 1895 :: Wedding. Houston Co. TX. Berta Mary Sharp becomes the bride of Edgar Henry. Why do they marry in Houston County? Did they marry at the Hall Plantation? Wonder if there might be a write-up in a Crockett newspaper?
  • 1895 :: Birth. Milam Co. TX. Berta Mary's first child, Rubie May (1895-1978), is born on the 18th of October.
  • 1896 :: Marriage. Berta's sister, Ida May Sharp, marries George W. Halyard on August 27th.
  • 1897 :: Birth. Milam Co. TX. Berta's 2nd child, George Rettig (1897-1977), is born on the 21st of August.
  • 1899 :: Group Photo. Milam Co. TX. Berta is present in a Henry family photo presumed to have been taken during the winter of 1898-1899.
  • 1899 :: Birth. Milam Co. TX. Berta's 3rd child, Frank (1899-1952), is born on July 10th.
  • 1899 :: Death. Milam Co. TX. Berta's mother-in-law, Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899), is dragged to her death by the hair of her head on the 28th day of October.
Berta's marriage will continue until her husband's death in 1950, and her life, which began shortly before the start of the last quarter of the 19th century, will go on to span more than half of the 20th century. The next quarter century of this timeline -- including the birth of my maternal grandpa, Robert E. Henry (1905-1976) -- will pick up at a later date. [Click > HERE < for more info.]



On an undated page in Berta Mary's autograph album are penned the following words :-

Dear Berta :-

Think of me when you are happy
Keep for me one little spot
In the depths of thine affection
Plant a sweet forget me not.

Your loving friend,
May.



For more information on Forget Me Not Day, go > HERE < and then click on the link to Shades of the Departed to read the article entitled simply forget me not.

Shades of the Departed


Shades of the Departed


Have you met footnoteMaven aka fM, or seen the premier issue of her digital magazine, Shades of the Departed? If not, you are missing out on a real treat!

Upon introducing Shades to the readers, fM tells of a 19th century photographer by the name of Abraham Bogardus who uses the term Shades of the Departed in describing a display of personal photos left unclaimed in a photographic gallery. It does seem that this particular arrangement of words, along with a large assortment of old photos with fates similar to those referred to in the quote, were just waiting for fM -- an avowed keeper, lover, collector, student and guardian of old photos and related paraphernalia -- to find them and bring them out of the shadows of time.

Please do take the time to go take a leisurely stroll through the pages of Shades. Besides being a feast for the eyes, the articles by an assortment of talented Shades contributors are most informative and entertaining.

In the comments section on the introduction of Shades, Denise Levenick aka The Family Curator wrote ... Congratulations, dear fM, and thank you for bringing us along for the ride. It is wonderful! That comment said it all for me, and also brought to mind a quote from a 1987 episode of Designing Women in which the elegant Julia Sugarbaker is praising her former brother-in-law, Dash Goff, the writer. Taking a little literary license with her Southern-belle wording, I give you the following tribute to fM and Shades:-


If you all could quit reading Shades for one second, I have something here I've been working on. "footnoteMaven, a lover of photos, mostly old, and words - all kinds. And when she got them both together between two covers, it was a rip-roaring, firecracking, roller coaster of a ride, and we are all better for having bought a ticket."

Thanks for the ticket, fM. I'm enjoying the ride! V.

For those of you who have inquired in the past about the digiscrap processes used in showcasing the images of my kith 'n kin . . . many of the steps involved are explained in detail in the forget-me-not article appearing in the premier issue of Shades. Our Berta Mary appears in the collage accompanying the how-to article, which also looks into the possible history of Forget Me Not Day.


FYI . . . if you are unable to view Shades of the Departed while using Firefox (as is the case for the Keeper of this family history blog), please try viewing this page in Chrome . . .

Captured Moments from Shades of the Departed: FORGET ME NOT

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Double 1st Cousins :: Henry & Sharp


 

On this date in our extended family history . . . the 8th day of November . . . in the year 1867 . . . Samuel Houston Sharp, Jr. is born in Liberty County, Texas . . . this Sam is an older brother of Berta Mary Henry nee Sharp (1873-1955) . . . who is a maternal great-grandma of the Keeper of this genealogy blog . . .

Sam had just turned 7 when his 3rd little sister, Berta Mary, was born in 1873 on the Hall Plantation in Houston County, Texas. Less than three years later their mother died, and then ca. 1885, their father as well as their paternal grandma followed their mother in death.

In January of 1889, Sam married Emma Henry in Milam County, Texas. Six years later, in January of 1895, Sam's little sister, Berta Mary, married Emma's twin brother, Edgar, in Houston County, Texas. Each couple had multiple children before William Harden Sharp was born to Sam & Emma in September of 1904, and Robert E. Henry -- my maternal grandpa -- was born to Edgar & Berta Mary in February of 1905.

This means that the two little boys in the above collage were double 1st cousins . . . but were the same, genetically speaking, as being half-brothers. Double first cousins share both sets of grandparents, but have different parents.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

1816 :: Birth of Mahala


On this date in our family history . . . the 3rd day of November . . . in the year 1816 . . . a baby girl is born in Washington Parish, Louisiana . . . given the name of Mahala Lee, this baby is the 7th of nine children born to Elisha Roberts (1774-1844) and his wife, Martha "Patsy" Gill (1781-1845).

The first five children . . . Anna (1800-1847) . . . Elizabeth (1803-1845) . . . Esther Jane (1808-1891) . . . Matilda Fair (1808-1879) . . . and William (1811-?) . . . were probably all born in Kentucky.

This Roberts family arrives in Louisiana about 1811, and another son . . . Noel Gill (1813-ca.1864) . . . is born there, followed by our Mahala in 1816, and then Felix (1818-1901) and Margaret (1822-1892).

At the age of 21, this Mahala will become the bride of John M. Sharp in 1838 in San Augustine County, Texas. They will have two children . . . a son and a daughter . . . and will name their son Samuel Houston Sharp (1839-1885) after family friend, Gen. Sam Houston. This Sam H. Sharp is a 2nd great-grandpa to the keeper of this geneablog. For further reading on our Mahala Lee Sharp Hall nee Roberts, see also :-

Sunday, November 01, 2009

1848 :: Birth of our Phoebe

On this date in our family history . . . the 1st day of November . . . in the year 1848 . . . a baby girl is born in Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine . . . she is the 4th child, and 3rd daughter, in this New England family, and is given the name of Phoebe / Phebe . . . seven more children will join the Merrill household following the birth of this little one . . . Phoebe is a younger sister of Elizabeth J. "Lizzie" Brackett nee Merrill (1841-1911), who for many years was assumed and believed to be the maternal grandma of my maternal grandma, Elizabeth Marilla Henry nee Smith (1912-1932) . . . but . . . according to the family lore passed on to us in the past decade from some new New England cousins, tis this Phoebe, instead of Lizzie, who is actually the ancestor of the Keeper of this family history blog. . . .

For more details on this story, take a look at Ripples in the pool of life . . .

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