Wednesday, November 30, 2011

1946 :: Death by jumping from a moving truck?

On this date in our extended family history . . . the 30th day of November . . . in the year 1946 . . . death occurred in Green County, Kentucky . . . by jumping from a moving truck . . . for 65-year-old Jefferson Washington Henry and 56-year-old Owen Walton Henry, sons of Francis M. Henry (1841 - aft.1910) and Ann R. Calhoun (1846-1925).

Jefferson Washington Henry was born 23rd December 1880 in Kentucky . . . and died 30th November 1946 in Green County, Kentucky . . . after jumping from a moving truck . . . at the age of 65 years 11 months 7 days!?!

Owen Walton Henry was born 31st Augusgt 1890 in Green County, Kentucky . . . and died 30th November 1946 in Green County Kentucky . . . after jumping from a moving truck . . . at the age of 56 years 2 months 30 days?!?

2011 Update . . . found a news clipping about these two nephews of my 2nd great-grandpa . . .

Two Killed in Leap from Car

Greensburg, Ky., Dec. 2. -- Green County Sheriff Boyce Hudson today reported two brothers, both Green county farmers, were killed Saturday night when they jumped from a moving pick-up truck driven by J.L. Buchanan, about 33, Greensburg. Hudson said the two were Jeff Henry, 65, and Owen Henry, 56, both of whom were riding along with 11-year-old Dwayne Zarnasdale [sic, i.e., Vanarsdale] in the back of the vehicle. He quoted the youth as saying the younger brother without warning suddenly leaped from the vehicle, followed by the other. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of death from unnatural causes. Both suffered factured skulls. The incident occurred on Highway 61 four miles south of here. Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, Kentucky, Monday, December 2, 1946

Vickie Everhart aka benotforgot

Friday, November 18, 2011

1896 :: Birth of Little Helen

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 :-

Helen F. Dau. of
Peter & Lizzie J. Brackett
Nov. 18, 1896.
May 31, 1906.
Darling, we miss you.

That is all we know at this time. Little Helen needs to be researched further . . . her findagrave memorial page

begotten and not forgotten . . .

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Remembering Uncle Billy (1929-2001)

Lisa Carter background 

Billy Ray Sanders
aka Uncle Billy
07 JUNE 1929 ~ 06 NOVEMBER 2001

Billy Ray Sanders went to be with the Lord on Tuesday November 6, 2001. He was born on June 7, 1929 in Sodville, Texas to Romanious Alfred Sanders and Ida (Schmalstieg) Sanders. He lived all of his life in the Sodville/Sinton Area. Billy was a farmer and a retiree of Reynold's Metal Company. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Sinton. His hobbies were golfing, gardening and cooking, which he loved to share with his family & friends. . . . Billy was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Romanious Alfred Sanders, Jr. (Roe). . . .

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

1946 :: Did NOT arrive at destination

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 . . .

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