Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Words and Annie Oakley

The other day I posted three words I had come across in my research that were "new to me." I didn't give definitions at the time. I was unable to come up with a definition for "trussyncofres," though I searched the Web. Taken in context I determined it is a container of some sort which held jewels, silver and gold.

The next word was "socage." Defined: it was a tenure of land held by a tenant. The tenant was to perform specified services or pay rent and the transaction was not requiring military service. Origin: Middle English (sokage) and Anglo-French.

Fealty: A fidelity to a lord, the obligation or the engagement to be faithful to a lord, usually sworn by a vassal. Origin: Old French, Middle English, Latin

Vassal: a noun. In the feudal system, a person who was granted the use of land in return for rendering homage, fealty and usually military service or its equivalent to a lord or other superior. Feudal tenant. Origin: Middle French, Medieval Latin, Middle English.

All word definitions from Dictionary.com.

I "like" a page on Facebook which posts old time photos. I read and viewed their post about Annie Oakley and it was very interesting. Here is a photo of her and I noticed she had pierced ears. I found that to be surprising. I guess I never really thought about when the practice of piercing ears began. Annie Oakley's father died when she was just six years old. Her family was left in poverty so she began to hunt game animals so that her family could eat. The story reminds me of the current book series, "The Hunger Games."

Annie Oakley was born in 1860. 
This photo was taken in 1889 prior to the Paris Expo. 
It is a publicity photo since she was to perform at the Expo.
Click on the photo to enlarge it for more detail.

Annie performed until after she was 60 years old.
Here she is at age 62.

Ta ta for now,
Nancy


Sunday, September 25, 2016

A few good words...



I am really tired tonight. No more research, no more blog posting, no more FB. Tomorrow is another day.

These three words I came across today. I haven't looked them up yet. Have a go at it!

  • socage
  • fealty
  • trussyncofres
I think I'll go to bed before 2:30 a.m. tonight!

Have a great week! 

Ta ta for now,
Nancy

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Frustration

I'm still researching in the area of our ancestry with kings, queens, duchesses, dukes, lords and earls. Interesting? Yes. Time consuming? Yes. Am I tired? Yes. A little downhearted, too. Hubby's Aunt Dorothy passed away today so I've been thinking about her and her family all day. I know she's okay but having been there before, I empathize with her children and her hubby. She was a sweet person, always smiling! Of course, I love all of the aunties and I just know that when they arrive at the pearly gates the angels are singing and rejoicing!

Another downer is that these ancestors of ours, I've gone back to the year 0958 now, were brutal. They were having children with persons other than their spouse, beheading one another, a King starved two people to death, a man found his wife in chambers with another man and that man was hung, and on and on. That's not even counting the wars they had. (And we think our world is going to hell in a handbasket.)

Another frustration is that genealogists don't always pay attention. For example. One of our ancestors, a woman, was married at 17. She died at 40. A certain genealogy program/source online cites her as having 28 children. Some with her lover, some with her first husband and some with a subsequent husband. Right. And the first child she had, according to "them" was born the same year she was. And the next was born when she was one year old, etc., etc. Clearly this is not possible, but why couldn't, and didn't, someone catch that? Ridiculous. They even gave the names of the children and their birth years and death years. They probably just copied it from somewhere else and didn't bother to "think" about it. So now I wonder if they have screwed up the records of any other of my ancestors. (I don't even want to consider their info anymore.)

With that I will bid you adieu and goodnight. Hope you are having a good weekend. (I think I need to go to bed. I couldn't even think of how to spell frustration! It finally came to me!)

Ta ta for now,
Nancy

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Overwhelmed!


Today started out with me filling out pedigree charts by hand to complete and send out to people, eventually. There are so many "lines" or "branches" in our family tree that this is not going to be done right away. But, I had my special pen, was starting to write...and found something that did not make sense. So, I had to stop and do some more research. I told you I like being a detective, but I did not expect this little foray to take me where it did. I am beside myself with what I uncovered today. 

The Dillon Family Tree is what I was so engrossed with today. I have now completed another family line back to the 1200s and it has led me to KING HENRY III!! Of England! I'm still entering information and I can see that Henry is there waiting for me to connect but it all takes time! (Hours and hours.)

King Henry III of England was crowned in 1216, when he was nine years old! Of course he was too young to govern but he had two regents to help him, Hubert de Burgh and William the Marshall. Henry took control of the government in 1227 but continued to be advised by de Burgh. In 1232, he dismissed de Burgh.

Henry married Eleanor of Provence in 1236 an they had six sons and three daughters. Edward was Henry's successor to the throne when Henry died in 1272 after reigning for 56 years and 29 days. Edward actually governed prior to his father's death. Henry was captured in the Baron's War and imprisoned. When he was released, he was weak and senile so Edward took over the government.

I suppose if I were to read up on the (medieval) Kings of England I would find out that most of their reigns were controversial and fraught with wars, such as Henry's reign. I will learn more about this familial ancestor as I finally connect him to our Dillon Family Tree. Maybe you will, too!

Ta ta for now,
Nancy

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Noble Woman



Eufaula
Barbour County
Alabama, USA

A note on FindAGrave states that the grave is at the rear of the cemetery where it overlooks the water.

Maria DeWitt Snipes, one of our shirt tail cousins, my 3rd cousin 5 times removed to be exact, was immortalized with her grave markers. Someone really thought highly of her to give her three grave markers. The one monument is inscribed as such:

"IN ALL THE DOMESTIC RELATIONS, SHE FAITHFULLY DISCHARGED THE DUTIES AND NOBLY ILLUSTRATED THE VIRTUES OF THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN, AND A LIFE WHICH IN ALL ITS PHASES, HAD EXHIBITED THE DIGNITY OF HER NATURE, THE STRENGTH OF HER PRINCIPLES, AND THE DEPTH OF HER PIETY FOUND ITS APPROPRIATE CLOSE IN A TRIUMPHANT DEATH, IN WHICH THE DARKNESS OF THE TOMB WAS ILLUMINED BY THE STEADY LIGHT OF A CERTAIN FAITH."


This was shared on Ancestry.com and was submitted to her FindAGrave memorial, #80584251 by Lisa R. Franklin, November 17, 2011.




We should all live such a life as Maria Ann DeWitt Snipes did to be immortalized as she was.

TTFN,
Nancy



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More Interesting Names

I think the names I am coming across right now are even more interesting than those I previously posted. I couldn't make these up! As before, I have stumbled across these as I do my familial research. Not all of them are related to us.


NAME
GENDER
NOTE
Pompie
Male

Origie
Female

Orajorie
Female

Daylon
Male

Hudie
Male

Bassie
Female

Derd
Female

Phildia
Female

Omega
Female

Poshile
Male

Alen
Female

Enodies
Male

Franas
Female

Mozelle
Female

Belly
Male

Meta
Female

Bossie
Female

Hassel
Male

Synchonia
Female

Ouida
Female

Freeman


Shadrack


Isles


Moiles


Ranson
Male
We’ve seen Ransom with an M
Keziah
Female

Abia or Abiah
Female

Mehitable or Mehetabel
Female
Have seen both
Return
Male

Jerusha
Female

Experience
Female

Bethiah
Female

Persis
Female

Doxie


Hanoiese
Female

Alpheus Dionysus
Male
Given name and Middle name
Money
Male

Ninian
Male

Huldah


Mercy


Nabby


Zipporah


Silence


Marmaluke
Male

Elkanah
Male

Corrisande
Male
Nicknamed “Corrie”
Peachy
Male
Middle name
Nipton
Male

Blodwen
Female

Exsuperiuos


Remember


Love/Truelove
Male

Resolved


Peregrine


Alzina Virtue Pixley
Female
Given, middle and Surname
Thankful


Experience


Return Wait

Year of 1678
Reddick



Friday, September 9, 2016

Working Hard

Dear Family,

I've been working hard on our family history. I am now thinking that my goal to have the book and family history written and published by our family reunion time (Labor Day, September 2017) isn't long enough! I'm trying not to feel too badly about it, though. I won't do a half---- job, so if I go past my goal time, well, that's the way it will have to be.

I'm learning so much! We've had ancestors murdered by Indians and today I discovered we have ties to the famous Hatfields and McCoys dispute. I haven't researched it yet, just discovered that it is part of our heritage. When I do find out more I'll either put it in the book or here on the blog.

Another conundrum is that there is sooo much information there is no way I can put it all in a book. I'll have to decide what to include and what to leave out. Or write a second book!!

Have a great weekend!

Ta ta for now,

Nancy

PS-We have ancestors who attended Oxford. I'm being surprised at
every turn.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Words and More Ancestors

For the third day in a row, I was researching this one branch of the family. The one I told you about last post. The one with the aha! moment. I've run into a snag on that family. Such as a son born to a man (boy!) who was 8 yrs. old. And another one born to same at 12 years old. I searched and searched and couldn't find a single record of the man (boy!) being born at an earlier date. So, since I had been working at it for the three days, I set it aside and started on another "puzzle."

This one was a woman of the same last name as those others, but I had found a birth certificate of a baby that died at a little over a year old that belonged to her. The mother's family was presumably white. The baby was listed on the death certificate as "mulatto." So I figured the father had to be black. Or in those days they were referred to as "colored." Her name was Mary - a difficult first name and a common surname so I decided to research the father's name. I hit pay dirt right away, and he was colored. I found a number of children born to them, but on one particular day the baby, named Myrtle, was entered in the birth list I found twice. Two consecutive entries. One was with Mary and Joseph (really, that was his name) and the other entry right above it was Jimmie and Cora. Hmm. I thought maybe Jimmie and Cora adopted her or Mary and Joseph adopted her. She was listed with the same surname as Jimmie. But that didn't tell me anything, really. She still could have been adopted by either set of parents.

I did a search on Myrtle. I found her death certificate. She was a daughter of Jimmie and Cora. She lived her life as single, her occupation was a beautician. She was "white," and so were Jimmie and Cora. I was unable to fit Mary into the family surname and this little detour really wasn't necessary but - I was curious. I derived a sense of satisfaction from finding out about Myrtle's parentage.

Today I started on another branch of the family and found ancestors back to the 1100s! I had previously found them back to the 1400s. This particular branch has Earls and Sirs and Knights and such. I found an interesting book online and am on page 50 of a preface right now - a preface! Sheesh. And during my reading today I've written down some words I need to look up in the dictionary. I'll list them here and maybe, if I remember, I'll post the definitions next time.


  • opprobrium
  • rapine
  • fomented
  • seneschal
  • eyre
  • envenomed
  • debonne grace
  • expatiating
  • suzerainty
  • obsequies
  • multifarious
  • seisn
  • demesne
  • cantreds
  • purprestures
  • palfry
  • goshawk
Hope you had a great weekend!

Ta ta for now!
Nancy

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Announcing...

Dear Burnett Relatives:

I just now found out that we have Bohemian, Czech Republican DNA!! I never would have guessed that. And there is also French and English heritage in this particular lineage. I knew we had English blood in Grandmother Edith Burnett's ancestry and now we have it in another line as well. I would really love to have my DNA tested and probably will one of these days.

I have traced one of our direct lines back to 1418 and our 14th Great Grandfather. Wow. That is amazing, isn't it? That GGF is the one who was born in Bohemia, Czech Republic. And his son, a "Sir," was born in France but went to England. From then on its England for about 3 generations and then Virginia colony, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

This is the second day I have spent on this particular lineage and though I felt like I was wasting time, I am now very glad I took the time because that is how I was able to find the earlier generations and the facts I would have missed had I stopped or cut my research short. What I mean to say is, sometimes I feel like I'm wasting my time on ancestors who are not of our direct line. However, I know that sometimes you can find info about your direct line by the other branches and that is why I do it. It is very time consuming but rewarding when you come across some info you didn't have and that gives you an "Aha!" moment.


That's it for now. Have a great Labor Day weekend! It's beautiful here at the beach. And crowded. We tend to stay home on the weekends because the traffic is horrendous. One day it was backed up from Tillamook all the way to Bay City. We took a different route and though it was a nice drive, it was not a short cut! (25 miles)

Ta ta for now,
Nancy



Thursday, September 1, 2016

Organization

It is important to be organized when taking on a project like I have recently done. I was pretty organized as I do try hard to have all my ducks in a row. But some of my files were pretty dog-eared and messy. They have been around for 15-20 years, after all! I placed an order for 100 catalog envelopes and 100 file folders and had them delivered here at the beach. Today was all about organization. I sorted and filed and broke fingernails and filed and sorted and my back is squealing tonight! I am not quite finished. All the files are in order and now all I have to do is file the information sheets that you all sent back to me.

Here are some of the names I have file folders for:

  • Burnetts (many - one whole banker box is Burnetts)
  • Dillon
  • Korpi
  • Burtley
  • Cox 
  • Scott
  • Prince
  • Hoefer
  • Avery
  • Fristoe
  • Gwilliam
  • Haworth
  • Keyser
  • Kiser
  • LaForce
  • Lary
  • Delpey
  • Carlos
  • Musick
  • McConnell
  • Roberts
  • Sturdyvin
  • Thrasher
  • Underwood
  • Villarreal
  • Wilder
  • Wright
There are more names in our ancestry but that's all I can think of off the top of my head. Do any of these names look familiar to you? I'm sure some of them do. 

By the way, some of the file folders are really thin. Have you sent your info sheet back yet? 

Tomorrow is Friday already! Wow - and its a 3-day weekend! Have fun. Don't drink and drive. Call your mother. Take two aspirin and call me in the morning. 

Ta ta for now,
Nancy