Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Reading through my emails I have learned two things.

1. Thanksgiving was held in Virginia

2. It was two years before Thanksgiving was held in MASS.

Talk about reading rivalry. The main thing was that we held a Thanksgiving and we are still

holding a Thanksgiving.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Scott Information.... ie Thomas Scott kin

Deposition of Robert Lankford, Monroe County Kentucky (transcribed from a copy of the original)
June 2, 1889
Monroe County State of Kentucky June the 2 1889. This day personally appeared before me, a public notary in and for Monroe Co. Ky., Robert Lankford, who, after having duly sworn, deposes as follows: that he was married in 1826 to one Lucinda Randolph a daughter of Paton [Peyton] Randolph, he lived in the Hiwesa [Hiwassee] purchase, he settled in that county and lived there until 1834, there were 10 children born of his wife Lucinda, named as follows: Emlee [Emily] Lankford the wife of John Green, Lewis M. Lankford, J. Q. [John Q.] Lankford, Elizabeth B. Lankford the wife of A. W. [Archibald W.] Potter, Eliza Lankford the wife of Henry Scott, H.F. [Hiram F.] Lankford, Manurva [Minerva] Lankford the wife of Peter Reaser [Reser], A.B. [Alexander B.] Lankford, Luda Lankford the wife of A.L. [Abraham L.] Reser, M.L. [Mary Lucinda] Lankford the wife of J. B. [John Bugg] Gee [Jr.], that the foregoing children are all the Robert Lankford children and he claims all of them and he raised all of them as his family and Lucinda my wife always claimed to be a relative of the Cherokee nation of Indians, that the names of the Paton [Peyton] Randolph family are as follows: Elizabeth his wife, her maiden name Lasen [Lawson], their children Thomas Randolph, Chism Randolph, Ruben Randolph, Pleasant Randolph, Landcaster[Lancaster] Randolph, Jeptha Randolph, Paton [Peyton] Randolph Junior, Daughters: Dorcus Randolph, Lucinda Randolph, Sallie Manurva [Minerva]Randolph ware the Randolph family. Signed by Robert Lankford this June 2, 1889. [Witness names that follow are not transcribed].

Source of original deposition:
U.S Native American Applications for Enrollment in Five Civilized Tribes, 1896 [Dawes Commission]
Application of Emily Green [daughter of Robert Lankford and Lucinda Randolph]
Tribe: Cherokee
Application Number 2600
Exhibit 7
Note: Names in brackets are not from the original, but are derived from other historical documents and provided to correct spelling errors and complete abbreviations.
Transcribed by Lawrence Herrell (descendent of Eliza Lankford and Henry Martin Scott)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Languishing through the boxes of Research notes

I am slowly able to dig into some stored research. I still have not found my family photos of the FOULK family my Great Aunt gave me and my Grandmother shared. I recall them being dated back to the mid 1800's.

I did find my copied papers of JONES to send to NY. I also found the papers on the HOFFMAN family, shared with me by my cousin in Chico, California. Now to locate my MYERS and the FOULK
papers. I found I had more data on my PAF file than I do have on my current Reunion Program.

I was sure of that before because it seems I keep doing replicate work and re entering what I had entered before. Guess I will have to get my G3 up and running and save myself lots of work.

Then I hope to have Gary connect the computers together so I can work more efficiently.

I found the Deeds, Wills and Probate papers on the early HUFFMAN family before the name on our line was moved over to HOFFMAN. Yes, still in the independent folders for each name.

I also found maps I want to share but not sure how the society can use them and store them. mmmmm Let's see how can respond to that comment and give suggestions.

Treasures Abound

Thursday is Treasure Day

Life is a Treasure so every day is a treasure. The sun is out the air is cool. Rain maybe by the

A treasure for the day is potential clean carpets. He does such a great job.

A genealogical treasure is the setting and sorting papers of several years ago and finding
where the data and tidbits went. This is an event I normally do in January but since my
head and neck recovering from a hit on it. I am being quieter and doing lots of reading.

I hope to get my Xmas cards done and my letters written early, positive side affect of slow

Yesterday I found Henry and Elizabeth HIggins HOFFMAN ( HUFFMAN"s) later pictures I knew I had
somewhere in the boxes.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sundays' Remembered More JONES


As I am thinking of the holiday and the holidays past I thought I would share a bit of
family lore.

As a young lady, we transplanted from Wyoming (what a beautiful state) to Northern California.
Marin county to be exact on the outskirts of a town called Petaluma (1940's Chicken Capitol
of the World). You go out D Street Extension to what is name changed to Red Hill Road, out the winding road through dairy farms and cow fields a few Chicken barns also.

I lived on my Aunt and Uncles ranch with my parents. Dad came west for MOM's health and Dad to help his brother in law milk cows during the war. He was color blind and could not be in service but was coast watcher with others.

My two older cousins and I shared lots of chores and fun on the ranch. Fed the calves, rabbits, rats, and did other chores. Cousin raised rats for a local pet store. The other cousin had bantam chickens have grown style critters.

We had great Christmases and generally a good Thanksgiving also. Aunt's kitchen could set 30 easily.

I truly miss the sharing of family at this time. We made horehound cough drops (candy) for winter with Great Granda'.

Christmas the boys could get out the train track and it run all through their house up the hall, down the hall in the bedrooms and living room on the other end out to the kitchen and around.
Smoke, lights, crossings, bridges and all, seems they run at least three trains and had at least 4 transformers throughout the house.

Fortunately these cousins are still alive but scattered all over the state of California, one in the Valley, one in Northern CA, way north, and one in Sonoma County, not far from MOM.
Yes Aunt had a boy when I was in Jr. Hi.

This has always been a remembering time of year for me.

First year married and spent time in hospital, almost lost our baby.

Etta Maxine Jones Morelli was an awesomely loving woman and worked hard and was a very loving and caring Aunt.

Her Sisters Bethel L Jones C still alive was also someone I am very close too. Aunt Muril Jones
C. I. also is still with us and lives in Colorado.

Auntie and I share a birth date for one of our children, her last, my second. She had five children. Uncle Pete and I shared a couple of special memories from when he came back from the war. Shell Shock is no fun.

Aunt M had two girls and a super great Uncle Joe. I had a Uncle Joe doll in honor of him during the growing up time of life. He was a great cook.

I love my cousins though seldom get to see them. That was something Dad always made sure we kept in touch with family.

I have kept semi close touch with my cousins in Colorado and in California but those that snuck off to other parts of the world have been more elusive and some reclusive it seems.

I sure hope everyone can set down and remember someone during Thanksgiving time and give thanks for all that was shared in the past.

Surnames on Saturday Jones Wives

Saturday was a good day to think of surnames unfinished. Wow, I have a lot of them.
Now if I was to copy all the data out there on the web many would appear to be complete.
We know that is the thing not to do, they can only be guides to the discoveries one should make
on their own. I have used a few when documentation is presented an researcher has given

Whom was Alice Berry's parents she married Richard Berry and lived in Mass. 1645 etc.
Daughter Elizabeth Berry m 5 Mar 1656 Yarmouth Mass to Josiah JONES b 1652 Yarmouth Mass
They were in East Greenwich R. I by 22 October 1696. He was gone by 1744/45.

Who was Priscilla Hamilton (Hamblin)'s parents and which name is right?
She married Seth JONES who was born abt 1693 in Yarmouth died East Greenwich, Kent, R. I.?
As you can see I have little on her for charting, lots of potential on paper but no proof, to
many have taken story and made it written as fact so the truth is distorted.

Who was Susannah (?) JONES married to NOEL JONES born about 1785 near Albany, papers say?
She is the mother of Noyes JONES b 1808--9 1809 in court documents and 1808 on tombstone.
She only shows once to my knowledge on the 1810 census in Rensealer Co, NY. With her husband
and Noyes as small child not yet 5.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday Christmas is Coming Are the Geese Getting Fat?

WOW, WEDNESDAY was a interesting day. Between head spinning and eyes hurting and trunk of car smacking my head again after all that, I think it is time to say. HURRAY Tyler got hired today.
Now for the rest of those unemployed to find a job. It will be a long commute but he wants to work.

I have misfiled the winter blankets this past season of warm. Still hunting for two of those will need in ten days.
I bought the Xmas Angel for Xmas event today. Michael's had them on sale. Lots and lots of pretties for Xmas and the New Year.

Alas they are money grabbers and take away the meaning of Xmas and saving and being thrifty and helping others. Does not mean they were not attractive if you have the funds to purchase them and help an helpless family also.

Take the time to make this Xmas a meaningful one and pick a family to help. Have each child share in this experience so they learn also the true meaning of giving and caring.

Food for a family, maybe a warm clothing item each. Make sure that the children of your own know the difference between an item of need and an item of want.

Mine had trouble with that. Need was very hard to do with out and stay okay. Want is think you need but can surely live with out.

I liked mine to choose two items for each list. We saved large items for birthdays because we share with many at Xmas.

Time to think about the Xmas letter, the Xmas travel the Xmas fun and the Xmas stress.
Remember GOD and the other can all go rest.

Thanksgiving is but days away. May you all set down and give thanks for what we have, for as
American's we have so much more than so many thousands, we should never ever grumble and complain. O yes I do it too, I really do.

May you all have a super blessed safe Thanksgiving and a Joyous fun Holiday season. Make each day count and make a list daily of what your thankful for it may help keep us grounded.

I am thankful for all my friends and family and the world as know it, may we make it a better place not worse.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Post Idea, Holiday's Upon Us. Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is Thursday and I will be away from a computer so wanted to say," Please honor our veterans, one and all, old and young, sick and well, home and away".
Fred this is to say Thank You for your service to the country so your children did not have to live in fear of no food or home or parents. 25 Years you gave your all, Thank You.
Don this is for you for your time served, We all appreciate it even though siblings may not realize how important it is to serve. A different war and a different time but still helped to keep us safe and free.
To all my children's friends who have served, Mike Stacy, I think of you.Thank You and others my brain is not remembering.
To my nephew, Wayne whom served what a nasty war that was. Thank You.
To my cousins:Jerry,Ken,Ivan and Rich,Hartley,Larry, Bob, Aubie and others and their children whom have served since A BIG THANK YOU.
To my brother whom served a very nasty war with my husband and brother in law and other relatives. Thank You.

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving and remember this country was founded with God as it's guide.

Christmas is Coming the Geese are getting Fat
Anyone have a penny to put in the old man's hat?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Interesting word shared with me. Paraprosdokin

A paraprosdokian (from Greek "ðáñá-", meaning "beyond" and "ðñïóäïêßá", meaning "expectation") is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists. (Wikipedia)

* I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

* Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

* The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.

* We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.

* War does not determine who is right - only who is left.

* Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

* Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening,' and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

* To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

* A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station.

* How is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

* I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted pay checks.

* A bank is a place that will lend you money, if you can prove that you don't need it.

* Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "If an emergency, notify: " I put "DOCTOR".

* I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

* A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

* You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

* The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

* Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.

* I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.

* When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water.

* You're never too old to learn something stupid.

* To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

* Some people hear voices. Some see invisible people. Others have no imagination whatsoever.

* A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

Shared by a friend but thought genealogists would enjoy reading it. I think that is a term we should consider in our research. :>)

Credit to whom ever created it. It was not I.

Saturday's Event "Research Trip Planning"


Saturday a talk on planning a Research Trip was given. The intent was to help everyone to
be prepared with their research adventures, whether to local library, aunt or uncles, or
parents home. Remembering we all get caught up in the event of the moment sometimes we come
home really bummed because a couple of things we wanted to discuss was never mentioned.

There are steps we can take to prevent that.

This talk will be given again at the Lemon Grove Library 17 November 6 p.m.

If your planning to go to the Los Angeles Library Research Trip in December you will
be a few steps ahead if you learn these tips.

Much depends on a little homework before you go and the use of some very helpful charts,
using the information you already have, and placing on these charts so you know what you
really need to look for or even discover what you are really missing and not aware of.

Remember that the backbone of your research is the 5 Generation Chart and the work horse of
your genealogy is your family group sheet. You need a Family Group Sheet for each member
listed on the 5 Generation Chart. You then need your research resource charts to record what
you have and what you will want to look for.

I have five I like very much, but many people have their own favorites to use. The key is
to use them.

The other key is doing your preparation properly to enhance your work time and effort.
Of course not all planning goes according to goals. You may end up with a complete
package of different information than what was originally expected or intended. It may
be more valuable than what you expected.

Your charts should show the source of where you gathered the information, the information
you gathered, when gathered, what it applies to. One chart should be filled with questions
regarding where to look and what to look for and how to achieve that. A chart should show
you whom you have contacted, whom you need to contact, results and how it relates to your
needs. Charts help also to be able to site your sources easier because they ask questions
when we get excited and forget to follow through with out the charts questions or comments

We had 10 and 1 guest at the Saturday event in Bonita. With holiday's approaching and
families gathering to visit and share was really hoping for a larger turn out but everyone
that attended said they learned lots and lots of information. That is the intention of the
event, to help Genealogists to learn more about how to do research and researching methods.