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Monday, August 29, 2011

2006 :: Hurricane Katrina

Norman and Carol Ann (Mulholland) Parr are the late in-laws of one of my New England cousins -- actually a 2nd cousin once removed. I re-established contact with Kristin in 2009 by way of Facebook, after basically being out-of-touch with that entire branch of the family for an entire decade. She had posted a note on her Facebook page in memory of her deceased in-laws (a family story previously unknown to me). I did some research on Google, and found numerous articles mentioning the Parrs, who had apparently been invited to share the home of friends in the face of the impending storm. I also found tributes posted by their son, who shared these photos of his parents. Remembering with and for them . . .

Monday, August 15, 2011

1836 :: Sublett Nominates Sam Houston


On this day in 1836 . . . in the extended branches of our family tree . . . Philip Sublett nominates Sam Houston for president of the Republic of Texas. Sublett, a Kentucky native, had participated in the battle of Nacogdoches in 1832 and was a delegate to the conventions of 1832 and 1833. In 1835 he was elected chairman of the San Augustine Committee of Safety and Correspondence. On October 6 he submitted a resolution appointing Houston commander-in-chief of the forces of San Augustine and Nacogdoches until the Consultation should meet. Sublett was commissioned lieutenant colonel in October and in December 1835 was present at the siege of Bexar. He returned to his farm east of San Augustine after the battle of ConcepciĆ³n. Sam Houston resided in Sublett's home while recuperating from wounds received at San Jacinto. Sublett died in San Augustine on February 25, 1850.

FYI . . . Sublett was a brother-in-law to our Mahala, who is a 3rd great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sentimental Sunday :: Meadows of Heaven



. . . . . . . . . .

A picture is a poem without words.
Horace

. . . . . . . . . .

Dear Photograph . . .
oh, how I wish he could ride right out of your borders
and into that pasture again . . .
thank you for holding onto that moment in time . . .

. . . . . . . . . .

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 . . .

by
Nightwish

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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.

Longfellow


Black Sheep Sunday :: 1872 Letter


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 . . .



Lexington Texas
Aug 14th 1872

Dear Aunt

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.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Fun in the Sun



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!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

SNGF :: Photos of Then and Now



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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