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Friday, March 23, 2018

1843 :: A Vanishing out of Bermuda

175 years ago today . . . on the 23rd day of March in the year 1843 . . . the following news clipping appeared in a Louisiana newspaper . . .

One of the passengers on "the French brig Amanda" was Alexander Lemaire, who is a 3rd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . the Amanda was never heard from again after leaving Bermuda . . .

P.S. Please do contact me if you happen across a passenger list for this ship. benotforgot at gmail dot com

Sunday, February 25, 2018

1844 :: Report of Missing Ship

On this date in our family history . . . the 25th day of February in the year 1844 . . . the following news clipping was published in a New Orleans newspaper . . .

Missing Vessel. -- Letters have recently been received, stating that the French brig Amanda, which put into Bermuda in distress, last February, on a voyage from Texas to Havre, and sailed thence the same month, for her destined port, has not since been heard of. The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25, 1844.

One of the passengers on the brig Amanda (which sailed from Galveston, and was never heard from again) was Alexander Lemaire, who is a 3rd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog.

P.S. Please do contact me if you happen across a passenger list for this ship. benotforgot at gmail dot com


Thursday, February 08, 2018

1887 :: The Last of the Bufords

On this date in our extended family history . . . in The Times-Democrat (New Orleans, Louisiana), February 8, 1887 . . . "The death is announced in Lexington, Ky., of Major G. Henry Buford, who was a wealthy and prominent farmer. Major Buford was a brother of Gen. Abe Buford, and also of Col. Tom Buford, who killed Judge Elliott, of the Kentucky Court of Appeals. A singular fatality seems to have attached to this family. Many years ago [1851], before the war, Sinkley [Sinclair] Buford, another, brother, was shot and killed in the courthouse at Versailles, Ky., by George Carter. Gen. Abe Buford, depressed by the loss of his fortune, committed suicide in Indiana, and Tom Buford, smarting under the conviction that he had been unjustly deprived of his legal rights by the courts, slew Judge Elliott in the streets of Frankfort. The death of Major Henry Buford removes the last of the brothers. The family was one of the earliest to locate in Kentucky, and from father to son have always been among the foremost supporters and patrons of the turf, having bred some of the finest thoroughbreds ever turned out in America." 

This "last of the Bufords" and his brothers were 3rd cousins four times removed to the Keeper of this family history blog.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

1932 :: When Ghosts Walk in Courthouse Shade

Late in the 20th century, I picked up several vintage copies of Frontier Times at a local used bookstore . . . one of those copies was dated January 1932 . . . as it happens . . . in Lynn, Massachusetts, in January of 1932, a baby girl was born . . . her young Mother had been born in Maine, and her Father in Texas . . . that baby girl was my Mom . . . 
One of the articles in that 1932 Frontier Times was entitled "When Ghosts Walk in Courthouse Shade" . . . the "Ghosts" story was written by Vivian Richardson and was originally published in the Dallas Morning News in August of 1931 . . . one of the "ghosts" of San Augustine mentioned in that article is Elisha Roberts, who is a 3rd great-grandpa to my Mom . . . Vivian Richardson quoted an old Texan as saying that "I always think of the San Augustine country as the Valley of the Giants." Vivian went on to say that . . .

I think the deeds of the Giants will live on in the shadow of San Augustine's court house as long as there is a patriarch left to recount them. . . . it is on that ground one may almost always, of a likely afternoon, find the old men talking, and there I found them, that hot, singing July day, and listened reverently. . . . Sam Houston . . . and old Elisha Roberts, the last alcalde under the Mexican regime, could sit all day talking and whitling. I used to think they talked about Tennessee, where they knew each other, but I don't know. Maybe they didn't. . . . Almost every Texan who amounted to anything in the early days at one time either lived or stayed for long periods in San Augustine. . . .

This article can also be found in its entirety in the Coleman Democrat-Voice (Coleman, Tex.), Vol. 50, No. 52, Ed. 1 where it was published on Thursday, December 24, 1931 . . .

P.S. . . . it is now after 3 a.m. on the 31st . . . and as I put the finishing touches on this blog post, I sit here waiting for the "super blue moon eclipse" of which it has been written that "this rare celestial event - a blue moon, a supermoon, and a total lunar eclipse - hasn't happened in over 150 years." . . . I will call Mom in a few hours so she can see the eclipse from central Texas . . . seems that even the heavenlies are collaborating to celebrate her 86th birthday!

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

1895 :: Marriage of Edgar and Berta Mary

On this date in our family history . . . the 2nd day of January . . . in the year 1895 . . . Berta Mary Sharp marries Edgar Henry in Crockett, Houston County, Texas . . . they are the parents of Rubie and George and Frank and Milton and Robert and Oscar and Nellie . . .

Edgar Henry
born 31 January 1872
Old Independence, Washington County, Texas
died 25 June 1950
Rockdale, Milam County, Texas

Berta Mary (Sharp) Henry
born 10 November 1873
Hall Plantation, Houston County, Texas
died 06 December 1955
Rockdale, Milam County, Texas

This Edgar and Berta are maternal great-grandparents to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

FYI . . . . . . original photo of Edgar and Berta from our family photo collection . . . blank journal page containing the details of their marriage is from a friendship album belonging to Berta Mary . . . linen hanky is from the private collection of benotforgot . . . postage stamp is from the birth announcement for Robert Henry, Jr. mailed to Edgar and Berta by Elizabeth Marilla Henry nee Smith  . . . heritage collage created at . . . some free graphics from Far Far Hill . . .

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