Saturday, October 29, 2016

Reunion Fun

We are deep into planning for the 2017 BURNETT-DILLON-KORPI Family Reunion to be held on Labor Day weekend 2017, that is September 1-2-3-4.

ANNOUNCING: we will have a talent show! Anyone can enter. Performances limited to 3 min. each so it doesn't take all weekend!

Sept. 1 - people arriving and setting up
Sept. 2 - more people arriving and setting up; visiting early afternoon; games to be announced and                      scheduled; visiting & sharing family heirlooms and maybe my book will be done!
Sept. 3 - morning free; afternoon-games, talent show; late afternoon/early evening-potluck meal;                        evening, sitting around the campfire, singing and chatting, roasting s'mores
Sept. 4 - morning-coffee around the campsites, loading and packing up to leave after a weekend of                    sharing, caring, having fun

*bring white elephants for game prizes or individuals sponsor a game with the necessary items, prizes for winners, etc.
*maybe a raffle for expenses incurred (printing reunion booklet, etc.)

Are you getting excited yet? I am...
Ta ta for now,

Friday, October 28, 2016


Announcing: a call for artwork for the tee-shirts and sweatshirts for our Family Reunion 2017. Open to all! You don't have to be an artist - anyone can submit artwork to me. It needs to be mailed to my home address or sent via e-mail. (Make a comment requesting my addresses or PM me on Facebook for the addresses.) That way no one will see your artwork until it is time to vote.

I'll think up a prize for the person with the winning design. Probably a family heirloom or a free shirt or something similar. But the best prize will be seeing it on all of us wearing it at the reunion. My plan is to assign different colors to each family group so the design will need to be visible on a variety of different colors.

I'll add things to the blog - clip art, sayings, etc., that you can use in your design. Ideas to get you started or to incorporate in your design. Keep looking here for ideas.

Ready, set, go! Begin!

Door to the past? Door to the future?

We have skeletons in our closets.

Ta ta for now,

Monday, October 24, 2016

How Many?

I thought you might enjoy this chart.

Amazing, isn't it? 

I'm back to my book and the research. First of all, I had to get my files and notebooks organized. So now I'm ready to dig in. I've had two contacts lately from people who are related to me in one way or another! I love being able to share info. And I love to be able to ask for info I don't have about a particular ancestor. 

Have a great week! Ta ta for now,


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I'm Terrible...

I am so sorry I haven't been blogging. We came home (from the beach) to celebrate my birthday and so Hubby could winterize the hoses, etc., outdoors. Oh, and because I have a doctor appointment. So we have been gone every day and night until today! I haven't worked on my research or my book at all this week other than to correspond with someone in England/Wales about some of the ancestors. I did have a wonderful birthday and lots of good visiting was done. We are not finished yet with our visiting. Tonight is the first night we had dinner at home since we got here last Thursday. And I had leftovers from last night's yummy Carne Asada at our favorite Mexican restaurant.

I'll get back into my routine soon and write some decent posts!

Hope you are having a good week, too!

Ta ta for now,

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

More Tidbits

When to find fault: 
Don't find fault with the man who limps
     Or stumbles along life's road,
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears,
     Or struggled beneath his load.
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt,
     Though hidden away from our view.
The burden he bears, if placed on your back
     Might cause you to stumble, too.
Don't be too hard on the man who errs,
     Or pelt him with wood or stone,
Unless you are sure --- yea, double sure,
     That you have no fault of your own.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there; I did not die.
(Author Unknown)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Consider this...

I was making note of an unusual name and followed it's path to a sad story. A man named "Consider Wilder," not of our ancestry that I know of, was about 28 years old when he and several friends decided to try out a skiff one of the friends had made in July of 1817. The man, a Mr. Fields, wanted to find a shortcut to his business which was across the Deerfield River in Franklin County, Massachusetts. His business was in Shelburne, across the river. So Consider, a friend named Increase (I kid you not), Fields and two other men took the boat into the river. They struck a rock in the river and were trying to get the boat free by rocking it back and forth. Water came onto the boat and continued coming in with every move they made. Increase could not swim and panicked, grabbing onto Mr. Fields. Consider had swum to the shore but jumped back in when he saw the troubles the others were having. He was able to loosen Increase's hold on Mr. Fields, but he and Consider both drowned. Their bodies were recovered within an hour. They were both buried together. His parents were Samuel and Rebecca (Nims) Wilder and Consider had five siblings.

How sad. Out for some fun and tragedy strikes. The funeral card told of the unfortunate accident and cautioned people to beware, using this Bible verse:

Boast not thyself of tomorrow...Solomon. Watch, for ye know not when the time is; therefore, be ye also ready...Christ. 

click on the photo to enlarge

And on that sad note, I bid you adieu.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

King Edward I Plantagenet

This is supposedly King Edward I. It hangs in Westminster Abbey in England.

One of our Dillon ancestors was King Edward I Plantagenet of England. His nickname was “Longshanks,” and I googled to see why he was given this nickname. I discovered it was because he was tall: 6’2” to be exact. That physical attribute did not carry on down through the years. If you remember correctly, Grandpa, Enoch Ray Dillon, was a short man, as were his siblings, and even some of his descendants are “fun size!” (Apparently the long legs made it easy for Edward to ride horses and his long arms made it easy for him to use a sword!)

King Edward was the son of King Henry III Plantagenet and Lady Eleanor Berrenger. He was born in the year 1239 and married Eleanor de Castile, in 1252. She was born in 1240. What? No, you read that correctly. She was 12 when they married and he was 13, according to these dates. One source cites that he was 15 and she was 9 years old when they married. Either way, that is ridiculously young. It was a politically arranged marriage but the young couple developed a deep and abiding love for one another. (I’ve seen three different ages and dates for their marriage in three different credible sources.)

Eleanor  de Castile, Queen Consort of King Edward I

In 1270, Eleanor joined Edward on a crusade to the Holy Land. While in Palestine, she saved his life when he was poisoned in an assassination attempt by sucking the poison from his wound. Edward’s father, King Henry III, died while Edward and Eleanor were in the Holy Land. They then returned to England and he was crowned King Edward I in 1272.

This royal couple was reported to have 13 children and maybe as many as 16. Katherine, Joan, Beatrice, Isabella, Juliana and two unnamed children died as infants; John was 5 years old; Henry was 7 years old; Alfonso was 11 years old; and Berengaria was about 2 years old when they died. One daughter, Mary, became a Benedictine nun.  

Eleanor died in Nottinghamshire on a trip to Scotland to join Edward; she was 50 years old. Edward was so bereaved at her death that he ordered crosses to be built at each stop her funeral procession made during the journey back to London. There are 3 of 12 “Eleanor crosses” remaining.

I tell this story because of the sadness they must have had in their marriage, their ages when they married and the love they had for one another. There is much more to the story of King Edward I and Eleanor but this part touched me. There is a comprehensive report on King Edward’s life, his reign and his character on Wikepedia. Some of my information came from that report but mostly it came from lots of reading and research. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Scottish Jokes and Jests

A few funnies to start the week off. These are from a little paperback book aptly called "Scottish Jokes," compiled by RLS Ltd., copyright 1998 Waverly Books, Ltd.

Two little boys shouted at the minister, "Hey, mister, the Devil's dead." "In that case," he answered, "I must pray for two fatherless bairns."

A Scotsman was on a visit to New York and decided to get his hair cut. Seeing a barber's salon, he went in.
"How much is a haircut?" he asked.
"Haircuts start at twenty dollars," he was told.
He rubbed his chin. 
"How much is a shave?"
"A shave? Oh, a shave's ten dollars."
"Shave my head then," said the visitor.

What's the difference between a wedding and a wake in Scotland? There's one drunk less at a wake.

How do you get a Highlander onto the roof? Tell him that the drinks are on the house. 

And finally,

"I've kissed every woman in this tenement block except one," said an amorous Glaswegian to his friend, just as one of the male residents of the block was passing. The man immediately turned back, went upstairs and reported this to his wife. 
"I wonder who the woman is that this rascal hasn't kissed?" he said.
"Oh," said his wife, "I suppose it'll be that stuck-up Mary Mackintosh on the third floor."

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Medieval Family Castles & Ruins

All Saints Church
Merseyside, England
Dillon Family Connection

Arundel Castle
Fitzalan Family 
Dillon Family Tree Connection

Bos Castle, England
Home to Botreaux Family
Dillon Tree Connection

Haughmond Abbey Ruins, England
Dillon Family Tree Connection

Lathom House, West Wing, England
Home to Stanley Family
Dillon Family Tree Connection

St. Anne's Chapel, England
Farleigh Hunderford Castle Ruins
Dillon Tree Connections