On this date in our family history . . . the 18th day of November . . . in the year 1896 . . . probably somewhere in Maine . . . a baby girl is born . . .
She is raised as Helen F. Brackett, and is said to be the daughter of Peter Brackett (1838-1927) and his wife, Elizabeth J. "Lizzie" Merrill (1841-1911). At the time of Helen's birth, Peter is 58, and Lizzie is 55 years of age.
For many years, it was believed that Peter and Lizzie were the birth-parents of Helen's older "sister" -- Eva May Smith (1874-1936) -- until the family lore from Maine was passed on to the Texas descendants that Eva May was actually the daughter of Lizzie's younger sister, Phoebe (b. 1848, and believed to have died between 1926 and 1930). Eva May is a maternal great-grandma of the Keeper of this blog.
Even before receipt of this info -- due to the age of Peter and Lizzie at the time of Helen's birth, as well as the gap of almost 23 years between the birth of their two "daughters" (and only children) -- there were questions about Helen's true parentage.
She is enumerated on the 1900 census as 3-year-old Hellen Brackett. And there is a small grave-marker for this little one sitting beside the tombstone of Peter and Lizzie. Engraved on it are the following words :-
That is all we know at this time. Little Helen needs to be researched further . . . her findagrave memorial page
On this date in our family history . . . the 1st day of November . . . in the year 1946 . . . William Allec Hilton and his seven crewmates boarded a B-17 Flying Fortress at Capodichino AirField in Naples, Italy, and flew out, heading for Bovington, England . . . they never arrived . . . the following areas were diligently searched . . . Isle of Corsica, Ligurian Sea, Tyrrhenian Sea, Swiss Alps, Frech Alps, Rhone Valley to Paris (over an area 75 miles wide), an area 75 miles wide from Paris to Bovington . . . all available American aircraft in Italy, France, and some aircraft in Germany conducted this search . . . aircraft from RAF also aided in the search from Bovington to Paris . . . French aircraft also aided in the search in Southern France . . . these searches continued for 18 days . . . they were futile . . . more than nine months later . . . on the 25th day of July 1947 . . . a patrol of the 99th Infantry Battalion Alpine discovers the remains of the aircraft on the mountain Aiguille Glacier, a glacier at 3750 meters, 15 miles southwest of the summit of Mont Blanc . . . some aircraft debris and human remains identify the device . . . the causes of the accident appear to be related to bad weather . . . at the scene of the accident, a propeller blade stuck in the rock where the plane crashed serves to climbers as a place to hang their ropes . . . this William is a son of Isaac Cleveland Hilton (1888-1947) and Louisa Hooper Hilton Roberts nee MUSTON (1893-1973) . . . and he is a 1st cousin twice removed to the Keeper of this geneablog . . . visit William's findagrave page to view the monument at Arlington National Cemetery listing the names of the members of this crew . . . the recovered remains were buried here on 10 October 1947 . . . FYI . . . some of this information was translated by Google from a French internet page . . .
When she was found ... she was lying across the axle dead, with her hair and clothing wound around the spindle of the buggy.... The road over which she went showed where her limbs had been dragged from the point where the collision occurred to the place where she was found....Family lore says that Josephine was often called upon to tend to ailing friends. They say that was what she was doing on that autumn afternoon toward the end of the 19th century. I often wonder if she picked up her medical leanings from working with her brother-in-law, Milton Antony, M.D., when he was a Confederate surgeon in Brazoria Co.
On this date in our recent family history . . . the 18th day of September . . . in the year 2007 . . . Gladys Coreen Taylor nee Muston dies in Waco, McLennan County, Texas . . . she is the sixth of seven daughters born to Charlie & Emma Patience (Nettles) Muston (my great-grandparents) . . . and the last one surviving . . . Aunt Gladys is laid to rest beside her husband, John A. Taylor (1909-1990), in the Lexington City Cemetery in Lee County, Texas . . . one of the older sisters of my Aunt Gladys is Ima Lois Pounders nee Muston (1906-1999), who is my paternal grandma . . . in the late 1950s and early 1960s, our little family would drive down the road to Lexington (from Rockdale) on Sunday afternoons to visit with Grandma (Emma) Muston, who lived right across the street from Aunt Gladys and Uncle John . . . so the Sunday visits always included them, too . . . remembering . . .
I went to the barbecue in Lexington last Saturday was two weeks ago. There was a good many people there but we came home and went to Prospect to preaching that night. It is four miles. There was five joined that night and among them was Mollie Nettles used to be Mollie West.
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A picture is a poem without words.
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In the meadow of life
My acre of heaven . . .
In a place called home
Sailing the waves of past . . .
Rocking chair without a dreamer
A wooden swing without laughter
Sandbox without toy soldiers
Yuletide without the Flight . . .
Meadows of Heaven . . .
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Over the pallid sea,
and the silvery mist of the meadows.
Silently one by one,
in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars,
the forget-me-nots of the angels.
On this date in our extended family history . . . the 14th day of August . . . in the year 1872 . . . Joseph Vick of Lexington, Texas sat down to pen a letter to his Aunt Amanda back home in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi . . . this is just one in a series of letters to Aunt Amanda by kith 'n kin who left a war-ravaged Mississippi following the years of the war between the states . . . hoping for a better life in Texas . . .
Aug 14th 1872
I take my seat this evening to write you a few lines to let you know that we are not all well at this ? I had a chill abot a weak ago Mat has been having some chills but is not now Belle had one today for the first . . . Almost everybody out here has had some chills this summer but there is but very little fatal sickness I dont think that I have heard of a single case.
Crops are very good out here that is cotton I dont think corn is alltogether as good as it was last year cotton is better some people have gone to picking but it is so warm we will not commence until next week there is some ? worms? out here or was about a week ago but they have all disapeared and cotton is doing fine now
There was a man killed out here the other day named birdie by his brotherinlaw named lackey Lackey went to Birdie to borrow a horse to ride to town birdie had just been riding his horse and had came home and fed him he told lackey as soon as his horse got done eating he have him lackey went off some ? and got a horse went to town got drunk went back to birdie and told im he wanted a settlment birdie told him we didn't know there was any when lackey taken him by collar and birdie struck him lackey had his knife in his hand and struck him one lick in the stomach . . . and cut his insides out and then broke and run birdie had a younger brother in the house he got a gun and ? two or three caps at lackey but could not get it to shoot until he had got about one hundred yards don't know whether he hit him or not that was about night and on the next night he lackey stole a horse from his brotherinlaw Jack? Arendal? and left for parts unknown he is a desparate fellow and so was birdie They were both from Miss I think if lackey had been killed to I think the people would have been glad of it
Well I must close write soon and all the news give my love to all yourself included
your affectionate nephew
Joseph H. Vick
Please excuse bad writing and spelling.
This is one of the family photos I would luv to be able to use for The Family Curator's Genealogy Photo Challenge for World Photography Day . . . first problem is the location is unknown . . . second minor problem is that it was taken somewhere in New England, presumably on the coast of Maine . . . and I'm in Texas! . . . anyway . . .
The photo I took for today for my photo-a-day blog was used to create a background texture that just called out for a beach collage of some sort . . . so I put this one together . . . the mini postcards show scenes from Peaks Island . . . and the young girl with the long dark curls is my maternal grandma, Elizabeth Marilla Henry nee Smith (1912-1932) . . . the names of her friends are not known . . . you are welcome to use this texture for a project of your own . . . just let me know so I can see what ideas you come up with!
Randy's SNGF challenge for this week is connected to Denise Levenick's photo challenge for World Photography Day . . . which is the 19th of August . . . my first attempt at a then-and-now photo taught me that this method of photography is not as easy as it might look . . . thankfully, Denise has been kind enough to compile a few tips for us . . . what I need to figure out is how to keep everything in focus . . . and how to get everything lined up . . . and how to hold the photo in just the right position while also handling the camera . . . wonder if I can teach Riley to hold the photo for me?!? . . . anyway . . . I have quite a selection of photos I would like to use for this type of then-and-now photo project . . . many of them were taken in Maine and Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the early part of the 20th century . . . so that part of the project will have to wait a while . . . but I also have some postcards and photos of early-day street scenes of my hometown . . . one of those postcards is featured in the collage shown above . . . the building that was the City Hall as well as the I.&G.N. Depot are still standing . . . and these are two of several images I will be using when I try this technique the next time I go to Rockdale . . .
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Haden Edwards & The Fredonian Rebellion 1826-1827
*Elisha Roberts is a 4th great-grandpa of the Keeper of this family history blog
From September 28, 1840, to November 18, 1851, Nicholas Adolphus Sterne kept a diary of his daily activities, which is a valuable source of information on the period of the Republic of Texas (1836-1846). The names of some of our kith 'n kin are scattered through the pages of his diary . . .
On this date in our extended family history . . . the 13th day of July . . . in the year 1842 . . . Nicholas Adolphus Sterne (ca. 1801-1852) penned the following words in his diary . . .
Wednesday the 13th Send off Eastern Mail, Mr A. McDonald his Lady, and Mr Miss Edwards, a niece and nephew of Mrs Elisha Roberts arrived, spend the day very agreably,-- made a Sale to Moses L. Patton of the Land I purchased from Jose Ygnacio Ybarbo's Heirs, got my note for $71.00 I gave Doctor Starr, also a receipt I gave Patton for $90.00— spoke to Ned Taliafero respecting some Land, he wants to purchase of me on the Loco, but it is no go, as he wants it on a credit--
Thursday the 14th July 1842 fine weather, done some business at the Office, gave Mr McDonald a Ball in the Evening was well attended, and every body enjoyed themselves--
We have not been able to find them on either the ROBERTS side or the GILL side of the family. This question has already been posed (in 2006) to a study group composed of descendants of George Roberts and Rhoda Payne . . . who are Elisha's parents . . . and my 5th great-grandparents . . . with no results so far . . .
J. H. Connell, a capitalist of Belton, was born in San Augustine county, Texas, when Texas was a province of Mexico, April 3, 1833, son of John H. and Matilda T. (Roberts) Connell, natives of Pennsylvania and Kentucky respectively.
John H. Connell's father, a native of Ireland, came to America at an early day and settled in Pennsylvania, where he followed his trade, that of blacksmithing. John H., leaving home when a youth, came in 1826 to Texas and engaged in the mercantile business near Austin, where he was married in 1830. Mr. Connell came to Texas with Sterling C. Robertson, and both secured large tracts of land.
The Roberts family were also among the pioneers of this section of the country. Elisha Roberts [4th great-grandpa of the Keeper of this blog] went from Kentucky to Louisiana in 1819, and in 1820 came to San Augustine, Texas. Elisha Roberts was one of the earliest settlers within the confines of the State.
Mr. Connell died at Viesca in 1834. He was truly a self-made man, and during his lifetime acquired considerable property. Belton is located on a portion of the land on which Mr. Connell once lived. Mrs. Connell having donated to the county of Bell 120 acres, in 1850, on which to establish the county seat. John H. Connell and his wife were the parents of two children: Josephine, wife of Anderson Hamblin, both being now deceased; and J. H., the subject of our sketch.
After the death of Mr. Connell, Mrs. Connell was married in 1835, to Samuel T. Allen, of New York, and their union was blessed in the birth of two children: Thomas R., deceased; and Eunice A., widow of Colonel John T. Coffee, of Missouri. Samuel T. Allen was killed by the Indians at the three forks of the Trinity, in November, 1838, and in the fall of 1847 Mrs. Allen married his brother, Thomas J. Allen. Her death occurred April 3, 1879, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Coffee, in Georgetown, Williamson county, this state.
The subject of our sketch was reared amid the frontier scenes of what is now San Augustine, Milam, Williamson and Galveston counties. In 1854 he went to California, making the trip from Galveston by water; spent two years in the southern part of the Golden State, and while working in the mines lost his health. He was, however, financially successful. Returning home in the latter part of 1855, he engaged in farming and stock-raising in Texas up to the year 1861. The war coming on in that year, he joined the Confederate forces; was in the Trans-Mississippi Department, and participated in numerous skirmishes and battles.
Returning to his home in the latter part of May, 1865, Mr. Connell set about repairing his wasted fortune, and with renewed energy engaged in his old occupation of farming and stock-raising. He continued his operations in Williamson county till January 28, 1884, when he rented his farm and moved to his property in Belton. He owns considerable valuable real estate, his Belton home place consisting of some 250 acres adjoining town. He has a handsome residence, an intelligent family, and is comfortably situated to enjoy life, having practically retired from active business.
Mr. Connell was married September 15, 1869, to Miss Jennie Howlett, a native of Texas, born in Milam county, October 5, 1844, daughter of James and Sarah (Moore) Howlett, natives of Kentucky and Tennessee respectively. Both the Howletts and the Moores were among the early pioneers of Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Connell are the parents of five children: John H., Jr., T.E., Susan, May T. and Albert L. T.E. is now a student at the State University of Texas. Mr. Connell and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and are held in high esteem by all who know them.
The last named was her constant attendant after moving to Lott, and truly a grand-daughter could have been no sweeter to her own grandmother than Annie Lou was to Grandma, who lovingly called her my girl. Present also was Mrs. Richard Mundine Sr. of Taylor, an old friend of the family.
- Mr. and Mrs. Ed Phillips
- Dr. and Mrs. Patton
- Mr. and Mrs. Luther Reaves and daughter, Dorothy
- Mrs. Claud Day
- Mrs. Grover Stucky
- D. Watkins
- Judge Smith
- Pat Carter and son, Pat Jr.
- Dewey Wright
- Miss Annie Lou Gibbs
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- Your third cousins have the same great-great-grandparents, and so on.
- You and your first cousins are in the same generation (both two generations younger than your grandparents).
- Your mother's first cousin is only one generation younger than those same grandparents, so your mother's first cousin is your first cousin, once removed.
- Identify the common ancestor of the two people, i.e., find the direct ancestor of individual #1 who is also a direct ancestor of individual #2. The box in the upper left corner of the chart is that common ancestor.
- Across the top row of the chart, find the relationship of individual #1 to the common ancestor.
- Down the left edge of the chart, find the relationship of individual #2 to the common ancestor.
- Read down the column of the individual #1 and across the chart on the row of individual #2. Where the two rows intersect is the box which identifies their relationship.
- Christopher's daughter, Agnes, has a great-great-grandson by the name of Samuel (1835-1910) . . .
- Agnes' sister, Elizabeth, has a great-great-granddaughter by the name of Josephine (1842-1899) . . . this Josephine is my 2nd great-grandma, who had lived in Milam Co. TX (where I was born & raised) for more than two decades by the time of her death in 1899 . . .
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|* The following are believed to be ancestral surnames of Milton Grant Davis (1811-1863) who was born in Georgia and is believed to have died in Texas * Anthony * Beckley * Candler * Clark * Davis * Evans * Farrar * Fiske? * Giles * Grant * Green * Hart * Hayward * Howard * Lucas * May * Merton * Moorman * Morgan * Netherland * Richardson * Rush * Skelton * Smith * Tate * Thomas * Upham * Waddy * Walsingham|
|* The following are believed to be ancestral surnames of America James Davis nee Fears (1810-1857) who was born and died in Georgia * Anthony * Baker * Barham * Beeching * Bine * Bline * Brereton * Byrd * Colles * Duke * Dutton * Dymock * Fears * Fenne * Franckelyn * Fulton * Gethin * Goch * Hanmer * Hawte * Hayward * Horsmonden * Hurd * Iorwert * Kempe * King * Kynaston * Lloyd * Mountcastle * Neville * Parke * Percy * Porter * Puleston * Scott * Smythe * St. Leger * Stafford * Stegge * Stone * Taylor * Turner * Warham * Watson|
|* The following are believed to be ancestral surnames of William Paschal Henry (1836-1912) who was born in Kentucky and died in Texas * Baynham * Beauford * Beaufort * Bendy * Benson * Blount * Buford * Calloway * Constable * Cowhill * Davies * Early * Gomond * Hayworth * Henry * Johnson * Johnston * Kirtley * Lee * Lewis * Loyall * Malle * Metstand * Morton * Owen * Parrott * Phillips * Prou * Pugh * Roberts * Romney * Sutton * Thomison * Trammell * Vause * Vensandeu * Williams|
|* The following are believed to be ancestral surnames of Mary Alexandrien Sharp nee Lemaire (1843-1876) who was born and died in Texas * BACON :: earliest is Elizabeth (BACON) Nuthall who died 1660 in Virginia * Belt * Belton * Brant * Clement * Corbow * de Warenne * Gantt * Grafton * Greenfield * Griffin * HILLEARY :: earliest is Thomas HILLEARY who died 1696/7 in Maryland * Hosier * Lamar * LEMAIRE :: earliest is Mary Alexandrien (LEMAIRE) Sharp who died 1876 in Texas :: father possibly Alexander Lemaire from France * LeMire * Leton * Lycester * MAGRUDER :: earliest is Cassandra (MAGRUDER) Hilleary who died 1808 in Maryland * Marsham * NUTHALL :: earliest is John NUTHALL who died 1667 in Maryland * Offutt * Perkes * Smith * SPRIGG :: earliest in America is Thomas SPRIGG who died 1704 in Maryland * Truman * WARING :: earliest in America is Sampson WARING who died 1662/3 in Maryland * Waringe * Warring * Young|
|* The following are believed to be ancestral surnames of Phoebe Morse Tripp nee Merrill (1848-bef. 1930) who lived in Maine * Alger * Belchan * Blakely * Blaxall * Bond * Byrd * Chase * Clough * Fenderson * Goodwin * Groth * Harmon * Jackman * James * John * Mason * Merrill * Milliken * Norton * Palmer * Pearson * Pell * Pine * Piper * Poore * Robinson * Robinson * Rogers * Runnels * Sheppard * Thurston * Wellerton * Wheeler * Wilmot * Wolterton * Yeomans|
|* The following are believed to be ancestral surnames of Charles G. Muston (1882-1915) who died in Texas and is believed to have been born there * Allard * Burt * Griggs * Jordan * King * Muston * Newsome * Olive|
|* The following are believed to be ancestral surnames of Joseph Helidorah Nettles (1832-1890) who was born in Alabama and died in Texas * Carter * Connor? * Ditto? * Dunaway? * Eastern? * Fulton * Nettles * Saunders? * West|
|* The following are believed to be ancestral surnames of Jacob Edmund Forrest Pounders (1902-1957) who was born and died in Texas * CAIN :: Isaac Cosby Cain is POSSIBLY father of Mary Susan Pounders nee [Cain] * Holcomb * Holland * Pounders * Quinn|
|* The following are believed to be ancestral surnames of Samuel Houston Sharp (1839-1885) who was born and died in Texas * Daniel * GILL :: earliest is William GILL who died in 1804 in Kentucky * Griggs * PAYNE :: earliest is Rhoda (PAYNE) Roberts who died after 1805 * ROBERTS :: earliest is George ROBERTS who died ca. 1773 in Virginia * SHARP :: earliest is John M. SHARP who presumably died before 1846 in Texas|
|* The following are believed to be ancestral surnames of Thomas Warren Alonzo Smith (1866-1920) who was born and died in Maine * Baker * Banet * BARKER :: earliest is Timothy BARKER who died after 1870, presumably in Maine * BOTTS :: earliest is Isaac BOTTS who d. 1675 in Maine * BRACKETT :: earliest is Anthony BRACKETT who died 1691 in New Hampshire * Brown * Bryant * Cadwalles * Cary * Cate * CLEEVES :: earliest is George CLEEVES who died ca. 1667, presumably in Maine * Cleve * Colle * Cromlan * Curtis * Eddy * Emery * Farnsworth * Farr * FORD :: earliest is Betsey (FORD) Smith who died 1899 in Maine * Frost * Gale * Gowen * Hamden * Harper * HOBBS :: earliest is Morrill HOBBS who died 1826 in Maine * Hodsdon * Jenkins * Lakin * Madistard * MITTEN :: earliest is George MITTON who died ca. 1667 in * Morrell * Nason * Nock * Northend * Parker * Porter * Price * Robinson * Rogers * Salmon * Simonds * SMITH :: earliest is Hiram B. SMITH who died 1877 in Maine * Stowers * Tetherly * Thompson * Thorne * URANN :: earliest is William URANN who died ca. 1664 * Wall * Wines|