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Monday, December 20, 2010

1902 :: Murder in Second Degree




Dallas Morning News. December 20, 1902. Murder in Second Degree. Verdict of Jury in Connell Case at Belton -- Twenty-Five Years in the Penitentiary. Special to The News. Belton, Tex., Dec. 19. -- "We, the jury, find the defendant guilty of murder in the second degree and assess his punishment at twenty-five years in the penitentiary," was the verdict of the jury in the John Connell homicide case. Connell was charged with the killing of his father in May last.


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Sunday, December 19, 2010

1902 :: Awaiting the Verdict




Dallas Morning News. December 19, 1902. Awaiting the Verdict. Jury in Connell Case at Belton Out All Day with No Prospect of Agreement Before This Date. Special to The News

Belton, Tex., Dec. 18. -- A night session of the District Court was held last night, when District Attorney W.W. Hair closed the argument in the Connell homicide case. Judge Furman delivered his charge to the jury at about 11 o'clock. The jury has been out all day, with no prospect of a verdict before tomorrow.


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Saturday, December 18, 2010

1902 :: Connell Homicide Case



Dallas Morning News. December 18, 1902. State Brevities. Special to The News. . . . 

Belton, Tex., Dec. 17. -- The entire day has been consumed in argument of the Connell homicide case. John B. Durrett opened for the State and was followed by Hon. Winbourn Pearce and Judge T.S. Henderson of Cameron for the defense. District Attorney W.W. Hair will close for the State tomorrow.


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Friday, December 17, 2010

1902 :: Connell Homicide Case



Dallas Morning News. December 17, 1902. M'Connell [sic] Homicide Case. Testimony All in and the Argument of Counsel Begins Today at Belton. Defendant Examined. 

Special to The News. Belton, Tex., Dec. 16. -- The testimony in the John Connell homicide case was concluded at 6 o'clock this afternoon. Court adjourned until tomorrow, when argument of counsel will begin. Much of today was spent in the examination of the defendant. This is the eighth day of the case.


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Thursday, December 16, 2010

1902 :: Belton Court Proceedings



Dallas Morning News. December 16, 1902. Belton Court Proceedings. 

Special to The News. Belton, Tex., Dec. 15. -- The taking of testimony in the John Connell homicide case was resumed in the District Court this morning. Much of the day has been spent in the examination of Mrs. Jane Connell, wife of the deceased. It is likely that both sides will conclude their testimony tomorrow.


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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

1902 :: Connell Homicide Case at Belton



Dallas Morning News. December 14, 1902. Connell Homicide Case at Belton. 

Belton, Tex., Dec. 13. -- The State rested this afternoon in the John Connell homicide case, and the defense began the introduction of its testimony.


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Monday, December 13, 2010

1902 :: Connell Homicide Case


Dallas Morning News. December 13, 1902. Connell Homicide Case. Jury Empaneled and Taking of Testimony Begins at Belton. 

Special to The News. Belton, Tex., Dec. 12. -- It was not until 3:30 this afternoon that a jury was completed in the John Connell case. At the night session of court last night the special venire was exhausted with only ten jurors. Judge Furman adjourned court until today at 1:30 o'clock, and forty additional men were summoned from which the jury was completed and the taking of testimony was begun. There are a large number of witnesses fro this and Williamson County and the case will consume a greater portion of next week.


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Genealogy of Ex-Speaker Reed (1839-1902)


On this date . . . the 13th day of December . . . in the year 1902 . . . in the extended branches of our family tree . . . the following article ran in The New York Times . . . the ex-Speaker Reed mentioned below is my 5th cousin 5 times removed, Thomas Brackett Reed (1839-1902) . . . he had fallen ill and died in Washington, D.C. on the previous 7th day of December . . . shortly after attending the 67th birthday party of his friend (and another of our distant cousins), Mark Twain . . . 



Incredulity has been excited in some quarters by the statement that ex-Speaker Reed belonged to the eighth generation of a Portland family. This statement appeared in several obituary articles, and it did seem inconsistent with general impressions as to the antiquity of American families and towns.

Portland, however, was not founded yesterday or the day before, and Mr. Reed took more than usual pains to look up the records of his forbears, making the task the amusement of an active life, of course, instead of the business of an idle one, and thereby avoiding any possible criticism on the subject of his genealogical tastes.

His investigations carried him back to one George Cleeve, who settled in 1632 on what was then called Falmouth Neck, first as the agent of Sir Ferdinando Gorges, who owned all the land thereabout, and remained in a similar capacity for Alexander Rigby, who, exercising authority derived from Cromwell, erected the region into a province named Lygonia, and made Cleeve Governor of it.

Cleeve had no sons, but his only daughter, Elizabeth, married an adventurous Irishman, Michael Mitton, who had drifted to the colony, and one of her daughters, in turn, married the famous Indian fighter, Anthony Brackett, from whom Mr. Reed derived his middle name. The remainder of the line, as Mr. Reed himself once gave it, runs --


  • Anthony Brackett of Portsmouth
  • Thomas Brackett (killed by the Indians in Portland)
  • Joshua Brackett
  • Anthony Brackett
  • Thomas Brackett
  • Mary Brackett (married Joseph Reed)
  • Thomas Brackett Reed, Sr.
  • Thomas Brackett Reed, Jr.

The fancy may be innocently, if not very profitably, exercised in crediting to one or another of these ancestors the various elements in Mr. Reed's character. Many a European nobleman cannot trace his descent so far, or with so much reason for honest pride and personal satisfaction, as the ex-Speaker could. Several times, as now, the house had depended for perpetuation upon an only daughter.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

1902 :: Connell Homicide Case


Dallas Morning News. December 12, 1902.

Page 3. Newspapers as Evidence. Publishers of Bell County Press Summoned in Connell Case. 

Special to The News. Temple, Tex., Dec. 11 -- The District Court at Belton is engaged in trying the case of John Connell, charged with the murder of his father at Belton. The defendant is seeking a change of venue, and all the publishers of newspapers in Bell County were served yesterday with instanter summons to appear before the court with copies of their papers of the dates about the time the offense was committed, in May of this year.


Page 10. Connell Homicide Case. Judge Furman at Belton Overrules Motion for Change of Venue. Special to The News. Belton, Tex., Dec. 11. -- At the opening of court this morning, Judge Furman overruled the motion for change of venue in the John Connell homicide case and Connell was placed on trial for the alleged killing of his father. The entire day has been consumed in the examination of special venire for jurors, and up to the adjournment of court at 6 o'clock this afternoon, only seven jurors had been secured. A night session is being held tonight, and it is likely that the remaining five jurors will be secured. A great deal of interest is being manifested and large crowds are in attendance owing largely to the fact that the deceased was well known in Bell and Williamson Counties, where he had lived for more than forty years.


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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Advent Calendar :: Treasured Memories




There is a place within our hearts
where we keep our favorite memories
the ones that never fail to make us smile
those are the dearest memories of all.

Wishing you a Christmas filled with
the warmth of caring
the joy of togetherness
the love of friends and family
and happy memories that linger
long after the season is gone.


That verse by Amanda Bradley is featured on the ca. 1996 Christmas page on the left of this collage . . . and that page also appears in my Advent Calendar blogpost about Tearbottle Ornaments (which highlights memories of our first Christmas without my Dad) . . . we have quite an assortment of photos of Dad in front of the family Christmas trees over the years . . . but this one from the mid-1970s is definitely one of my favorites . . . the name card is from his 1945 high school graduation announcement . . . prepared for Grab Bag Day on the 2010 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories . . .


FYI . . . this scrapbook page was created in Picasa using the collage feature with a scan of an open book as the background . . . the image used for the photo corner mounts is actually a ribbon from a dingbat font called WWDesigns . . .




Tuesday, December 07, 2010

1902 :: John H. Connell Case



Dallas Morning News. December 7, 1902. Notes Cases at Belton. Special to the News. Belton, Tex., Dec. 6 -- The John H. Connell case is set for the 9th instant. Connell is charged by indictment with the killing of his father in May last. A special venire of 200 men has been ordered.


See also . . . Son kills father in 1902 . . .



Monday, December 06, 2010

Advent Calendar :: Dere Santey Claus



The two adorable girls in the collage to your right are my little sisters, writing their letters to Santa ca. 1958. 

They also appear in the dere santey claus collage in footnoteMaven's 2009 Holiday Edition of Shades the Magazine

In the excerpt below you will find what I imagine the letter they are writing might have said, as well as samples of some letters to Santa as published in December of 1899 in the Dallas Morning News. Since I am online via a dial-up connection at my home, I like to download Shades from it's bookshelf at issuu.com, and then view it page-by-page in PDF format. Posted here for the 2010 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories.





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 . . .







Sunday, December 05, 2010

Black Sheep Sunday :: Son kills Father in 1902



During the month of December . . . in the year 1902 . . . in the extended branches of our family tree . . . the Dallas Morning News ran at least 15 separate articles on the trial of one John H. Connell of Belton, Texas . . . who had been charged by indictment with the killing of his father in May last (May 1902).


The deceased was my 1st cousin 4 times removed, John Connell, Jr. (1833-1902), who was the son of John Connell and Matilda Connell Allen Allen nee Roberts (1808-1879). This Matilda is an older sister of my 3rd great-grandma, Mahala Lee Sharp Hall nee Roberts (1816-1885).


This story was completely unknown to me . . . until I found it last week while browsing around in the online archives of the Dallas Morning News . . . and as of this date, I have not been able to make a connection with any living descendants of John Connell, Jr. During the course of this 1902 trial and subsequent appeal(s), the Defendant testified as follows:-



"I saw my father drive up that evening and noticed some children with him. He called out to Darling [Defendant's brother] to 'Come and get the papers.' At that time I had been to the gate and was coming back to the house after bedclothes, and was right at the southwest corner of the house. When he called to Darling I made the remark that Darling was sick and that I would get them. I turned then and walked out towards where he was to get the papers. As I walked up to the fence I asked him 'Where in the hell he stayed last night.' He said it was none of my God-damned business, and I said I thought it was, and he said, 'You are a God-damned lying son of a bitch.' By that time he started towards me. I was stooping, picking up the papers, and just as I raised he kind of grabbed at me with his left hand. I tried to dart back a little, but he caught me in the collar and struck at me and came at me with a knife, and in an instant as soon as I saw the knife I cut him. I had the knife buckled in a leather strap at my belt. I did not have on a coat or vest, and my suspenders were down. I struck my father to get loose from him and when I got loose I went immediately to the house. He turned me loose when I cut him. I did not intend to kill him, but I cut him to get loose because I saw he would cut me if I did not."


There is more to this story . . . and I will be posting more details during the coming weeks . . . stay tuned . . .





Sentimental Sunday :: Happy 35th Pam & Mike



On this date in our family history . . . the 5th day of December in the year 1975 . . . my youngest sister, Pam, marries the love of her life, Mike . . . and in that same year . . . I married my Bennie in February . . . and we moved to Flint, Michigan . . . and I hated it there . . . and we came back to Texas . . . and my middle sister, Rebecca, gave birth to her 2nd son, Monty, in June . . . and we threw a surprise party for Mom & Dad's 25th anniversary in October . . . and then another wedding in December . . . 1975 wound up being a rather busy sewing year for my Mom . . . she made my blue velvet wedding dress as well as the dresses for my two sisters (my attendants) . . . and then she made our dresses for this December wedding, and her dress, as well as all sorts of table coverings, et al for the receptions . . .


In the photo . . . Bennie (1948-2010) & Vickie . . . Robert (my brother) . . . my Dad, Forrest Lee (1927-1996) . . . Pam & Mike . . . Roberta (my Mom) . . . Rebecca holding Monty . . . Dennis (1953-1990) holding Trent . . .



Saturday, December 04, 2010

Advent Calendar :: Vintage Christmas Postcard


The vintage Christmas penny postcard highlighted in this collage was sent / given to my paternal grandpa -- Master Jake Pounders, Beaumont, Texas -- by his Uncle Ed


In the collage, you can see both the front and the back of the card, as well as a photo of my Pa Jake (1902-1957) when he was yet a little boy. I need to do a little research on this postcard. I do not know who Uncle Ed is (neither parent had a sibling named Ed), and I do not know why Jake would have been in Beaumont. 

The condition of this Made in Germany postcard is very delicate. Divided-back postcards were first printed in Germany in 1905. During World War I, the industry suffered greatly, and many of the printing plants were never re-built after the war. U.S. Publishers tried to fill the void in the postcard market. To conserve ink -- beginning about 1915 -- publishers left a white border around the edge -- until the 1930's. These postcards will usually have a designated stamp box that reads something like -- Place one cent stamp here.







I found this image online in a free clipart collection while looking for info on when the above postcard might have been printed. I do not know what the back of this card looks like, but I do see similarities between this card and the one in the collage.


This blogpost originally written for the 2009 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories . . . freshened up a bit and reposted for the 2010 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories







Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Advent Calendar :: 1956 Christmas Tree


The dolls my sister and I are holding in this photo were Christmas presents from our Uncle Bob (1930-1997). The tree is a live cedar like many of those brought in by my Dad during the years of our childhood . . . he would go out into the woods somewhere around Rockdale or Tanglewood, select what he deemed to be a suitable tree, cut it down, and bring it home. With the allergies he had (and so generously passed on to most of us), I don't know how we endured having those cedar trees in the house. I actually do not remember a huge problem with allergies when I was young, but by the time I was living in Austin in the 1970s, I was taking allergy shots, with cedar big on the list of known allergens. This particular collage was originally created for Captured Moments in the 2009 Holiday Edition of Shades the Magazine. And > HERE < is my blogpost for the 1st day of December for the 2009 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. This is posted for inclusion in the special holiday meme known as the Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories. Now hosted through Geneabloggers, it was originally dreamed up back in 2007 by Thomas and Jasia (aka the Queen of the Carnival).

Saturday, November 27, 2010

100th CoG :: Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill


There's One in Every Family . . . somewhere in the family tree, every family has at least one . . . that extra-special aunt or uncle . . . the childless aunt who raised her sister's fatherless child . . . the uncle who made the merry-go-round that is still a favorite part of childhood memories . . . the unmarried aunt who stayed home to care for her widowed mother . . . the newly married uncle who assumed guardianship for his orphaned younger sisters . . . 


And 150 years ago in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi . . . as this country teetered on the edge of a deep chasm that would someday be referred to as the Civil War . . . 8-year-old Mary Annie "Mollie" West was on the verge of becoming dependent on a very special aunt and uncle for her very safety and well-being . . .



On the 27th day of November in the year 1860 . . . Mollie's Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill were observing the 26th anniversary of the date when a then 20-year-old Mary became the bride of a 33-year-old widower by the name of William Noel Valentine (aka Uncle Bill) . . . 

Aunt Mary . . . aka Mary F. Valentine nee Carter . . . was an older sister to little Mollie's (widowed?) Mother, Sarah West nee Carter . . . and and on the 1860 census for Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, Mollie (i.e., Mary) and her family are near-neighbors to this Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill . . .


During the years of the war between the states, Mollie's immediate family members often sought shelter with this Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill, who lived in a home of six rooms, a long wide hall, two large porches and a portico in front of Mary's room. Mollie said she spent many pleasant hours in their well-stocked library, where losing herself in books allowed her to briefly escape from the harsh realities of those years.


In later years, Mollie would say of this safe-haven that, "There was also a large cellar under the house with two huge boxes in it that held apples from the orchard across the road from the house. I can see and smell those blossoms yet when Spring comes each year! The house was surrounded by a picket fence that enclosed a large yard. The walk from the front yard gate to the house was lined with jonquils, daffodils and snowdrops. The house itself was white, set on brick pillars. So it was a pleasure to be there out of our little cramped home."


The following links will take you to more information on these and other families in and around Oktibbeha County, Mississippi during the years of the war between the states :-





This blogpost was prepared in honor of all of those special aunts and uncles in the family tree . . . and in celebration the 100th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy over at Creative Gene . . . where the geneablogger known as Jasia just recently celebrated her 5th Anniversary as the Keeper of that blog. Thanks for being a part of our geneablogging world, Jasia!









Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Day in 1810


On or about this date . . . Thanksgiving Day . . . in the year 1910 . . . the following story -- about what life might have been like for our ancestors in 1810 -- appeared in St. Nicholas, Volume 38, Part 1 By Mary Mapes Dodge . . . Clifford Howard's 1910 closing line is . . . And what will it be in 2010?


Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Great American Poems :: Whitman Writes About Texas


It was with great delight that I read the notice that Bill West would once again be hosting his Great American Local Poem & Song Genealogy Challenge . . . and that this year he is dedicating it to the memory of Terry Thornton (1939-2010) . . . a geneablogger, and a fellow lover of local poetry and folklore. . . . for you, Terry . . .



In the white moonlight,
where the willow waves,
He halfway gallops
among the graves --
A tiny ghost
in the gloom and gleam,
Content to dwell
where the dead men dream . . .




One hundred eighty-nine years ago . . . in November of 1821 . . . in the extended branches of our family tree . . . a young man by the name of James F. WALKER had just recently resigned from the the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York. He had been raised in Georgia by his maternal grandpa -- James W. WALKER -- and he would now return to the state of his birth. Here he would become a merchant, and would marry Miss Minerva FORT, with whom he would have two daughters. In the autumn of 1834 this man and his family removed to Velasco, Texas, where he would become a planter and managing partner in a slave-trading syndicate. By now, he is using the surname (FANNIN) of his deceased birth-father -- Isham Saffold FANNIN (1778-1817) -- who in 1809 (when James was 5 years of age) had married my 4th great-grand-aunt, Margaret PORTER (1791-1830).


According to The Texans from the Old West Series published by Time-Life Books . . . FANNIN was 32, a tall, gangling Georgian who had arrived in Texas in 1834 and quickly built up a profitable business in land speculations and slave-trading. He had performed well as a volunteer in the fighting around San Antonio, and Houston had offered him a colonelcy in the regular army he was organizing. FANNIN boldly requested a brigadier's commission, which he said he could handle "better than any officer." HOUSTON had made him settle for the colonelcy. . . .




By November of 1835, this young man is a mere four months away from the day of his murder . . . following is a brief timeline of some of his correspondence during what would be the final November of his life . . .





  • 01 Nov 1835 :: correspondence from Stephen F. AUSTIN to James BOWIE and James FANNIN
  • 02 Nov 1835 :: correspondence #1 and #2 from Stephen F. AUSTIN to James BOWIE and James FANNIN
  • 02 Nov 1835 :: correspondence from James FANNIN to Stephen F. AUSTIN
  • 06 Nov 1835 :: correspondence from J.W. FANNIN, Jr. to the president of the Convention of Texas . . . encloses U.S. army Major Francis S. BELTON's letter to FANNIN of September 23 . . . FANNIN states his belief that BELTON would accept the command of the Texas army if tendered . . . link not working
  • 09 Nov 1835 :: correspondence from Stephen F. AUSTIN to James FANNIN
  • 11 Nov 1835 :: correspondence from Stephen F. AUSTIN to William B. TRAVIS ordering TRAVIS to cooperate with James W. FANNIN
  • 12 Nov 1835 :: correspondence from Augustus JONES to James W. FANNIN, writing from Goliad
  • 13 Nov 1835 :: correspondence from Sam HOUSTON to James W. FANNIN
  • 15 Nov 1835 :: correspondence from Ben MILAM to James W. FANNIN
  • 18 Nov 1835 :: correspondence from James W. FANNIN to Sam HOUSTON
  • 22 Nov 1835 :: FANNIN is honorably discharged from the volunteer army
  • 31 [sic] Nov 1835 :: correspondence from J.W. FANNIN, Jr. to Henry SMITH . . . author writes to the governor of the provisional government of Texas that several young U.S. army officers have informed him that, under certain circumstances, they would abandon their country and join the Texas army . . . FANNIN suggests a plan to accomplish this end and explains the advantages for the revolutionary cause. . . . link is not working



Almost four months later . . . on Palm Sunday . . . the 27th day of March . . . in the year 1836 . . . Col. James Walker FANNIN is one of more than 300 men who are massacred at Goliad . . .





Another twenty years later . . . in November of 1855 . . . and reviewers of Leaves of Grass are declaring Walt WHITMAN's "own version of unrhymed, long-lined poetry" as "indecent, bold, curious, lawless, obscene" . . . WHITMAN (1819-1892) begins this collection of words as follows . . .

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. . . .
About half-way through this self-published Poem of Walt Whitman (1856) this native of Rhode Island tells a tale of a land called Texas . . . from 1836 . . .

Now I tell what I knew in Texas in my early youth;
I tell not the fall of Alamo . . . . Not one escaped to tell the fall of Alamo,
The hundred and fifty are dumb yet at Alamo.

Hear now the tale of a jetblack sunrise,
Hear of the murder in cold blood of four hundred and twelve young men.

Retreating, they had formed in a hollow square with their baggage for breastworks,
Nine hundred lives out of the surrounding enemy’s nine times their number was the price they took in advance,
Their colonel was wounded and their ammunition gone,
They treated for an honorable capitulation, received writing and seal, gave up their arms, and marched back prisoners of war.

They were the glory of the race of rangers,
Matchless with horse, a rifle, a song, a supper or a courtship,
Large, turbulent, generous, handsome, proud and affectionate,
Bearded, sunburnt, dressed in the free costume of hunters,
Not a single one over thirty years of age.


The second Sunday morning they were brought out in squads and massacred . . . . it was beautiful early summer,
The work commenced about five o’clock, and was over by eight.

None obeyed the command to kneel,
Some made a mad and helpless rush . . . . some stood stark and straight,
A few fell at once, shot in the temple or heart . . . . the living and dead lay together.

The maimed and mangled dug in the dirt . . . . the new-comers saw them there;
Some half-killed attempted to crawl away,
These were dispatched with bayonets or battered with the blunts of muskets;

A youth not seventeen years old seized his assassin till two more came to release him,
The three were all torn, and covered with the boy’s blood.

At eleven o’clock began the burning of the bodies;
And that is the tale of the murder of the four hundred and twelve young men,
And that was a jetblack sunrise. . . .



Whitman closes this Song of Myself (1881) as follows . . .

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love,
If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop some where waiting for you.



Saturday, November 13, 2010

SNGF :: Photo Effects


Randy's challenge for SNGF this week is to have fun playing with the free photo effects provided by anymaking.com . . .

The subject of this wanted poster is a blossom on a Fairy Rose bush . . . which is an antique rose (1932) that my Mom planted at my father's grave in the Hugh Wilson Cemetery in Tanglewood, Lee County, Texas . . . these tiny roses are a pleasure to view . . . and they are perfect for drying for use in tearbottles . . .

This is the same photo . . . given the jigsaw puzzle treatment . . .

And this is the jigsaw puzzle image . . . once again given the wanted poster treatment . . .

This was fun, Randy . . . thanks for sharing!

Sympathy Saturday :: Milford Henry


On this date in our family history . . . the 13th day of November . . . in the year 2010 . . . Milford Barton Henry was laid to rest at the Forest Grove Cemetery in Milam County, Texas.

Milford was my 1st cousin once removed, and was born 14th June 1924 in Norton, Runnels County, Texas to Milton E. Henry (1902-1975) and Edna Gladys Henry nee Caswell (1902-1973). They left Norton around 1939, and Milford had made his home in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas since that time. He was a 1942 graduate of Rockdale High School.

On June 2, 1946, he and Dorris Spence were married in Rockdale. To this union two children were born. Milford worked as a Shop Foreman with Texas Utilities. He retired from I.G.C. after 30+ years. He was a Veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a founder and charter member of Rockdale Christian Church where he was a former board member and Elder Emeritus.

Milford passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at his home with his family. The date of his passing was the anniversary of the birth of his paternal grandma, Berta Mary Henry nee Sharp (1873-1955) . . . and it was also Forget-Me-Not Day. Milford had reached the age of 86, and was preceded in death by his parents and two adult brothers, Marlyn Edward Henry (1930-1995) and Charles Eugene Henry (1940-1973) as well as three infant siblings.

For we have this moment to hold in our hands,
And to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand;
Yesterday's gone, and tomorrow may never come,
But we have this moment, today.

Memorials may be made in Milford's name to ::

  • Rockdale Christian Church Scholarship Fund, 1406 Sager, Rockdale, Texas 76567
  • American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Texas 78761
  • American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1630, Rockdale, Texas 76567

Monday, November 01, 2010

1254 :: Eleanor marries Edward in Spain


On or about this date in our family history . . . the 1st day of November . . . in the year 1254 . . . at the Monastery of Las Huelgas in Burgos, Spain . . . Princess Eleanor de Castile becomes the bride of Sir Edward I of England.
This Eleanor and Edward are currently believed to be ancestors of . . . George H.W. Bush . . . Walt Disney (1901-1966) . . . Stanley Ann Obama Soetoro nee Dunham (1942-1995) . . . as well as 22nd and 23rd and 24th and 25th great-grandparents of the Keeper of this family history blog. . . . 



The Dictionary of national biography,
Volume 6
By
Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee,
Robert Blake, Christine Stephanie Nicholls




Friday, October 29, 2010

1917 :: Resolution on Bowdry Passed by Veterans



Dallas Morning News. October 29, 1917. Page 3. Special to the News. R.E. Lee Camp Expresses Regret on death of Comrade. Deceased Took Part in Important Battles of War and Was first Postmaster at Fort Worth.

Fort Worth, Texas. October 28. -- The weekly meeting of Robert E. Lee Camp, United Confederate Veterans, was attended this afternoon by a number of veterans who had just returned from the National Reunion and Peace Jubilee held last week at Vicksburg. The veterans praised very highly the cordial reception given them by the citizens of Vicksburg. Many of those who spoke were veterans of the historic Vicksburg campaign of the summer of 1863 and in their addresses they again lived over the stirring days of the war between the States. Special tribute was paid the soldiers now stationed at the training camp at Vicksburg by the returning veterans for the kind treatment the soldiers accorded them.

Captain George B. Holland, historian of the camp, announced that the Confederate Grays, an auxilliary of Lee camp, had subscribed for a Liberty bond. The purchase was made yesterday. Captain Holland also announced that he had bought three individual bonds which he had given to his grandchildren.

Resolution on Comrade.

The following resolution on the death of P.J. Bowdry was unanimously adopted:




Commander and comrades of R.E. Lee Camp, Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 28, 1917:

It becomes the painful duty of your undersigned committee to record the death of our late comrade, P.J. Bowdry, which occurred at his residence in this city on Oct. 23, 1917, after a lingering illness of long duration.

He was born in Missouri [sic, i.e., Kentucky] and was a prominent actor on the southern side of the Kansas border troubles before the war broke over us i 1861. Early in that year he enlisted at Albuquerque, N.M. in Company I, under Colonel Joe Shelby and followed the lead of that gallant Southerner who was soon promoted to the commande first of a brigade of Missouri cavalry, then to the command of a division under General Sterling Price in the Trans-Mississippi department. He was in all the prominent battles under General Shelby till the surrender at Shreveport, La., in the spring of 1865, among which were those at Lone Jack, Mo.; on Cowskin Prairie, and at Mark's Mills, Neosho, Mo. After which he was transferred to Gordon's regiment of cavalry, Jackson's brigade, when Shelby was promoted to the command of a division.

On the Fourth of July, 1863, his command, under General Holmes, made an unsuccessful attack on the Federals in their fort at Helena, Ark., in which he was severely wounded and was brought off the field by his comrade, Ed Bower, long time a resident of Dallas, until his death years ago.

Comrade Bowdry took up his abode in Fort Worth shortly after the war, when it was a mere hamlet, and shared in its growth to its present dimensions, and was for a time the first postmaster, after its incorporation in 1873. He was for many years an employee in one of the city departments, even to his death, and was ever an active and efficient servitor therein. He was one of the charter members of this camp and a constant attendant until the end.
Therefore, Be it resolved that in the death of our comrade we have lost a true comrade and deeply sympathize with his surviving relatives and friends in their affliction.

C.C. Cummings, Geo. R. Clarke, W.T. Shar, Committee.




FYI . . . this Paschal Jefferson Bowdry is a 1st cousin to my 2nd great-grandpa, William Paschal Henry (1836-1912) . . . their mothers were sisters . . . and both boys were apparently named after their maternal uncle, Paschal Jefferson Kirtley, who took care of his younger sisters following the death of their parents while the girls were still quite young . . .



Sunday, October 24, 2010

SNGF :: born on the 10th of November



Did y'all see Randy's challenge to us for last night . . .

  • Is there a person in your genealogy database that has the same birth date that you do? If so, tell us about him or her - what do you know, and how is s/he related to you?
  • For bonus points, how did you determine this? What feature or process did you use in your software to work this problem out? I think the Calendar feature probably does it, but perhaps you have a trick to make this work outside of the calendar function.


ALL of the people in the following list were born on the 10th day of November . . . as was I . . . the ones with just an initial for a first name (at the end of the list) are currently known or assumed to be still living . . . and those weird relationships shown to explain their connections to me are exactly as generated by FTM 2010 . . . my FTM 16 kept telling me I had errors in my database, and nothing I tried would make it go away, so I started using the FTM 2010 that I have had sitting here for almost a year, and now it apparently is not able to export back to FTM 16 . . .


o Henry DE PERCY, Earl , born in 1341 [husband of my 20th great-grand-aunt]
o Hannah JAMES , born in 1745 in Fauquier County, Virginia [1st cousin of husband of 1st cousin of husband of my 1st cousin 5 times removed]
o Abel TRUE , born in 1764 in Essex County, Massachusetts [my 4th cousin 7 times removed]
o Nancy KIRTLEY , born in 1790 [my 2nd cousin 5 times removed]
o Mary Polly Woods nee LEE , born in 1798 in Virginia [my 4th cousin 6 times removed]
o John R. BUFORD , born in 1803 in Lincoln County, Kentucky [my 2nd cousin 5 times removed]
o Polly THURSTON , born in 1807 [my 1st cousin 5 times removed]
o Catherine Ann Carter nee FUQUA , born in 1810 in Bedford County, Virginia [wife of my 3rd great-grand-uncle]
o Phillip YANTZ , born in 1811 [maternal grandpa of wife of my 2nd great-grand-uncle]
o Rachel Caroline Roberts nee HERRIMAN , born in 1845 in Cannon County, Tennessee [wife of 1st cousin 4 times removed of my late husband]
o Nancy Elizabeth BRYAN , born in 1853 in Coffee County, Tennessee [2nd great-grand-aunt of my brother-in-law]
o Berta Mary Henry nee SHARP , born in 1873 in Houston County, Texas [my maternal great-grandma]
o Ida Bell Shuffield nee WILLIAMS , born in 1877 in Marshall County, Alabama [mother-in-law of my 3rd cousin once removed]
o Archie Lafayette ADAMS , born in 1878 in Limestone County, Texas [my 3rd cousin twice removed]
o John Francis HOWARD , born in 1897 in Lynn, Massachusetts [brother of my maternal step-grandma]
o Ruth JARBOE, born in 1898 in Oklahoma [my 4th cousin twice removed]
o John Beckman KIRTLEY 1899 [my 3rd cousin 3 times removed]
o Bertha Annie Aigner nee RIEHS , born in 1904 [wife of uncle of husband of my half-aunt]
o Hilmer Walter MENN, born in 1911 in Bexar County, Texas [maternal grandpa of husband of niece of husband of my half-aunt]
o E. DUSSETSCHLEGER, born in 1929 [my 2nd cousin once removed]
o Nora Faye Roberson nee PARTEE , born in 1931 in Cameron, Texas [sister-in-law of 1st cousin of wife of my 1st cousin once removed]
o D. BLAIR, born in 1937 [my 2nd cousin once removed]
o J. SHARP, born in 1942 [my 2nd cousin once removed]
o S. Sharp nee FERGUSON, born in 1943 [wife of my 2nd cousin once removed]
o N. Urbanosky nee DUEWALL, born in 1944 [my 2nd cousin]
o B. MIKULEC, born in 1948 [1st cousin of my brother-in-law]
o L. DUSSETSCHLEGER, born in 1950 [my 3rd cousin]
o Vickie Lynne Everhart nee POUNDERS, born in 1951 [ME]
o P. PARTEE, born in 1956 [1st cousin once removed of wife of my 1st cousin once removed]
o E. MUSTON, born in 1964 [my 3rd cousin]
o J. FRETWELL, born in 1971 [my 2nd cousin once removed]
o M. SPEER, born in 1978 [nephew of wife of nephew of husband of aunt of wife of my 2nd cousin]


  

The above list . . . as well as the daily lists I post > HERE < . . . are quickly generated by a program on my computer called Geneweb . . . I do not do ANY updates or add information to the tree in Geneweb . . . I use it solely for the purpose of generating these lists, and for figuring degrees of consanguinity . . . near the end of every month I export a fresh GEDCOM from my FTM 2010 . . . and import that new GEDCOM into Geneweb . . . the page just above is the homepage of my Geneweb as I opened it today . . . towards the bottom of that page are clickable links for . . . birthdays . . . anniversaries of dead people . . . anniversaries of marriage . . . the birthdays link generates a list of people with no death dates indicated and feasibly still alive . . . the link for anniversaries of dead people generates a list such as the one below showing todays births and deaths . . . I simply copied and pasted the list for the 10th of November . . . and deleted the death dates . . . and typed in the relationship info after looking up each individual in FTM 2010 . . . 




FYI . . . this program is a little tricky to figure out . . . or at least it was (and still is) for me . . . e.g., I am right now sitting here trying to figure out how I previously used this program for displaying the percentages of consanguinity . . .



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