Tuesday, October 16, 2018

George Yeardley

I was wrong when I wrote that only John West and his brothers were direct ancestors who served as Governors of Virginia. There was at least one more - Sir George Yeardley, our 11 times maternal great-grandfather. He served three times as the Governor of the British Colony of Virginia (Nov, 161/Nov. 1617, Nov. 1618/Nov. 1621, March 1626/Nov. 1627).

George Yeardley was born on or before 28 July 1588. It is the date of his christening which took place in Southwark, Surrey at St. Saviour's Parish Church.

Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St. Saviour's and St Mary Overie - Southwark

Location of Surrey, UK

George's  parents were Ralph Yeardley and Rhoda Morston. George Yeardley became a soldier, and his service took him to Jamestown - Virginia Colony settlement where he arrived on 26 May 1610.

Eight years later, on 18 October, George married Mrs. Temperance Barrow nee Flowerdew, the daughter of Anthony Flowerdew and Martha Stanley of Norfolk. Temperance was born about 1587 in England.

George and Temperance had three children. According to my finds, our direct family line is

their daughter Elizabeth (Yeardley) Croshaw born about 1615, wife of Major Joseph Croshaw
their daughter Ursula (Croshaw) West (b. about 1636, Williamsburg, VA)
her son Captain Thomas West (b. about 1670, West Point, Gloucestr, VA/d. abt. 1720)
his son Francis West (b. abt. 1704, King William, King William, VA/d.. 28 June 1796, King William, King William, Virginia)
his son William West (b. 1704, King William, King William, Virginia/d. 28 June 1796, King William, Virginia)
his daughter Martha (West) Hagood (b. circa 1755, Virginia/d. 16 Nov. 1829, Pickens, South Carolina)
her son James J Hagood (b. 1780, South Carolina/ d. about 1874, Forsyth County, Georgia)
his son Lemuel James Hagood (b. 20 July 1820, South Carolina/ d. 15 August 1909, Fulton, Georgia)
his daughter Hannah E (Hagood) Ledbetter (b. 1839, Georgia) - our great-great grandmother.

And what is the relation between Sir George Yardley and Governor John West?

George was a grandfather of the wife of Ursula Croshaw, John West's son.

  • Southwark Cathedral: By Kevin Danks, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1398923
  • Location of Sureey, UK: By Nilfanion - Ordnance Survey OpenData:County boundaries and GB coastlineNational Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyIrish, French and Isle of Man coastlines, Lough Neagh and Irish border, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12131936
  • Location of Virginia and Jamestown: By Aude - self-made, map data from National Atlas (USGS), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2058243
  • my MyHeritage research
  • geni.com
  • Wikipedia

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Fred Schimelpfenig and Louise Ernestine Rammers

The Shimmelpfennig family is of German heritage. Mr. Frederic Shimmelpfennig Sr. was born on 28 June 1821 in Heringen, Hesse, Kassel, Germany. He emigrated to America.

On 24 April 1848, Rev. Frederick Shimmelpfennig married Miss Margaret Barhenburg, born in 1827 in Germany. The marriage took place in Portsmouth, Scioto County, Ohio.

One of their sons was Frederick Shimelpfenig born on 9 Sept. 1852 in Newton, Kentucky.

Campbell County Courthouse, Newport, Kentucky

At the age of 24, Fred Jr. married five years-younger Miss Louise Ernestine Rammers, born 4 March 1857 in Kentucky as well. Two years later, the newlyweds moved to Plano in Collin County, Texas.

Soon Fred Jr. opened a dry goods store at 510 Mechanic Street.

In 1880 Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of Plano was founded at a meeting held at Fred and Louise's house.

In 1882, Fred Schimelpfenig became manager of Cotton Compress Company.

1882 -1907, Mrs. L. E. R. Schimelpfenig organized and taught the Young Ladies' Sunday School Class.  She also supported prohibition and was the president of the Plano County Women's Christian Temperance Union.

1884 - Mrs. Schimelpfening started a library - she lent her own books to the citizens of Plano. The lady founded Juvenile Missionary and Aid Society for girls whose main Aid Society activities were reading, reciting and singing.

1902, he was elected director of Plano Cotton Seed Oil Company.

Clipping source: Thompson, F. C. The Democrat. (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 3, 1902, newspaper, April 3, 1902; McKinney, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth192114/: accessed October 10, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

Fred Shimelpfenig was elected Mayor of Plano in 1902.

His other function (since 1904) was the Plano school board member. Frederick Shimelpfenig gave a school a small building in which art, music and diction were taught. It was the beginning of the Plano Music Academy.

1904 - a burglary of the Schimelpfenig's house was reported in a local newspaper.

Clipping source: Thompson, F. C. The Democrat (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 6, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 10, 1904, newspaper, March 10, 1904; McKinney, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth291828/: accessed October 10, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

 1914 - Mr. Schimelpfenig became the manager of J.T. Elliot Lumber Company.

 Bagwill, Arthur A. The Plano Star-Courier (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 22, 1923, newspaper, November 22, 1923; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth570418/: accessed October 10, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

1915 - new dwellers in the Shimelpfenig's house.

Clippings Source: Wankan, Fred E. The Plano Star-Courier. (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 26, No. 36, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 28, 1915, newspaper, January 28, 1915; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601579/: accessed October 10, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society

E. C. Graves was Edward Clarence Graves born 10 Jan 1857 in Alabama to Ira Graves and Susannah Mathis. Edward's wife was Cynthia Balzora Ramsey (b. 1855).

Both Fred and Louise Schimelpfenig were active members of the Plano Methodist church. Fred was its board member and the director of the Sunday school for a few decades.

In 1907, Mrs. Schimelpfenig passed away.

Clipping source: Perkins, Tom W. & Wilson, Walter B. The Weekly Democrat-Gazette (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 40, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 14, 1907, newspaper, November 14, 1907; McKinney, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth292020/: accessed October 10, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

Fred lived about 35 years longer, till 15 August 1942. Both him and his wife are buried at Plano Mutual Cemetery Plano, Collin County, Texas.

Fred Schimelpfenigwas related to Harrington family. His sister Minnie Catherine was married to Silas marion Harrington, and his younger brother Wesley Benjamin was the husband of Ida Harrington.

Here is the line which connects us to Fred.
his sister Minnie Catherine Schimelpfenig Harrington (born 1865/d. 8 Dec. 1935)
her husband Silas Marion Harrington (b. 1863/d. 1937)
his father Silas Harrington (b. 1814/d. 23 June 1871)
his brother Alfred Harrington (b. 1812/d. 1862)
his son Silas Liter Harrington (b. 29 April 1851, Plano, Collin, TX/ d. 21 March 1932, Collin, TX)
his son Joseph Alfred Harrington (b. 31 March1874, Collin, TX/d. 9 April 1957, Plano)
his son Silas Liter Harrington (b. 1896/d. 1942, Texas)
his wife Vera Virginia Andrews Harrington (b. 26 Dec. 1897, Collin, TX/d. 3 March 1955, TX)
her mother Ora Susan Forman Andrews (b. 23 Feb. 1869, Plano, Collin, Texas/d. 1932, TX)
her mother Lucettie Abigail Thomas (b. 16 Aug. 1823, Bowling Green, Warren, Kentucky/d. 20 Jan. 1897, Plano, Collin, TX)
her husband Jarrot Howard - our great-great-grandfather

Photo by Rdikeman at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12469679


Monday, October 8, 2018

Joyce Alma McIntosh Hunt

I was introduced to aunt Joyce not long after I came to Texas. We visited her in the house in Dallas she lived in.

Aunt Joyce welcomed me to the family. I found the little lady very nice and kind. When I met the aunt, she was in her early 80s. Despite the fact that her body seemed weak and fragile, her mind was still sharp. She discussed some everyday matters, the current political and economic situation in the country, mentioned family members as well. We very much enjoyed the visit, however, due to aunt Joyce's health condition, the meeting did not last long.

with aunt Joyce - during our first meeting

In the autumn of 2015, we received very sad news - aunt Joyce passed away on 23 November. She was 84 years old.

Aunt Joyce was our maternal aunt. She was born on 18 April 1938 in East Texas. Joyce Alma McIntosh was the 11th of thirteen children of Samuel Hollie McIntosh and Ethel B. Lollar.

Joyce was married to James Raymond Hunt and was the mother of ten children. Four of her children are no longer alive -
Deborah Kay was born on 13 Oct. 1956 and lived only a few weeks;
Windell Ray died in a car crash in 1970. He was only 18 years old then;
Ruthye Jan died in 2001, Larry James two years later - both at the age of 48.

Aunt Joyce was buried in Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas.

I am thankful I was given to meet her.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Wrześniowe Wyzwanie Fotograficzne

We wrześniu przystąpiłam do wyzwania fotograficznego, ogłoszonego przez Violę z My British Journey. 

Bardzo lubię akcje typu „wyzwanie fotograficzne". Dlaczego? Odpowiedź prosta - znajduję przyjemność w robieniu zdjęć. Nie "sadzę się" przy tym na artystę fotografika, gdyż nim nie jestem i nie planuję zostać. Zdjęcia moje są zwyczajne, nie nazywam ich fotografią - robię zdjęcia lub fotki, jak kto woli. Bardziej istotnym w robieniu owych zdjęć jest dla mnie uchwycenie chwili, która za chwilę odejdzie w zapomnienie - chwilą może być promień słońca na niebie, ciasto, które upiekłam, miejsce, które właśnie odwiedzam, danie, które mi smakuje...
Kiedyś miałam tak zwaną lustrzankę. Aparat robił zdjęcia dobrej jakości i nagrywał dobre wideo + dźwięk. Miał ten minus, że był stosunkowo duży i nieporęczny. Kiedyś w trakcie robienia fotek, spadł mi na pdłogę - niestety coś pękło w środku w obiektywie. Zdjęcia dalej da się robić, ale w narożniku pojawia się sporej wielkości czarny cień. Dowiedziałam się, że nie opłaca się tego naprawiać - za dużo by kosztowało, w porównaniu do ceny nowych aparatów. Nabyłam wtedy cos zupełnie innego i z innej kategorii. Aparat mniejszy, taki, że swobodnie mieści się w kieszeni. I to jest to, co mi odpowiada najbardziej. Urządzenie ma już swoje lata, ale nadal sprawuje się dobrze.

Kiedyś ktoś zdziwił się, a raczej skrytykował: „Ale stary aparat". Może i stary, ale robi dobre zdjęcia więc po co go wymieniać. Jak dla mnie wystarczy.
P.S. Iphone'a i tym podobnych nie używam, nie mam takiej potrzeby.

1. Kwiat

Kwiaty zaczynają kwitnąć w Teksasie już w marcu, wiosna i ciepło przychodzą wcześnie. We wrześniu kwitną jeszcze kwiaty, niektóre drzewa i krzewy, ale tych kwiatowych ozdób jest już niewiele.

Nie mam pojęcia, jak nazywa się ta roślina powyej. Krzew jest dość wysoki i rozłożysty - sięga mi do pasa. To piniżej to podobno juka ogrodowa.

Nie przepadam za zdjęciami, które zostały poddane obróbce komputerowej. Jak dla mnie są sztuczne - nie przedstawiają wcale tego, co fotografował autor. W moich zdjęciach najczęściej poprawiam tylko kontrast, czasem nasycenie kolorów jeśli nie było dostatecznego oświetlenia. Od czasu do czasu zdarza mi się jednak dodać jakiś efekt specjalny.

2. Widok z okna

Za oknem widać Hill Country, część Teksasu, którą najbardziej lubimy. Odwiedziliśmy wtedy dosyć odludne miejsce, w którym nie ma zasięgu telefonów komórkowych, za to jest spokój i bardzo klimatyczna atmosfera. Miejsce to nazywa się Hacienda Escondida.

3. Na moim talerzu

Jednym ze sztandarowych produktów spożywczych Teksasu jest BBQ, czyli mięso w specjalny spsób przyrządzane i przyprawiane. Numer 2 w temacie kulinarnym to fasola, której odmian tu bez liku oraz przyrządzane z niej potrawy.

Znaleźlismy takie miejsce, w którym serwowane jest super smaczne, zawsze swieże mięsiwko jak i fasola ogotowana w tradycyjny, domowy sposób. W miejscu owym mięso griloowane jest przez cały tydzień, na okrągło. Nawet w niedzielę, kiedy to przybytek jest zamknięty. Kiedy zbliżamy się do tego baru, z daleka czuć aromaty BBQ, a po wizycie i konsumpcji, zabieramy te swoiste perfumy do domu - ubranie i włosy pachną jak drewno amerykaskiego orzecha białego, które używane jest na podpałkę w czasie grillowania mięsa.

Oprócz potraw teksaskich i Tex-Mex jemy i lubimy także inne, z kuchni różnych narodów, łącznie z daniami chińskimi.

Ta zupka (hot & sour) jest pyszna, ale tylko w jednej miejscowej restauracji kucharz potrafi ją przyrządzić wedle naszego gustu i smaku.

Wołowina Seczuan też od czasu do czasu znajduje się na naszych talerzach.

Temat #3, poza kulinarnymi skojarzeniami przywiódł mi na myśl także coś innego - to, co na talerzu jest i co widać, gdy zje się to, co na nim serwowane. Dekoracje i malunki znaczy się. Niektóre talerze bywają bardzo ozdobne i fikuśne.

4. Emocje

Emocje reprezentuje misiek, ponieważ kojarzy mi się z dzieciństwem, czułością i spokojem. Każdy misiek ma w sobie coś specjalnego: pysio wesołe lub mały smuteczek jak ten na zdjęciu poniżej.

 Emocje to także wspomnienia tego, co było i z czym kojarzymy sobie minione dni.

Krówka (w narożniku zdjęcia) ma zapewne stosunek bardzo emocjonalny do swojego apelu Eat Mor Chickin ("Jedz więcej kurczaków").

5. Krajobraz

W Teksasie jest głównie płaski. Miejscowości bardzo rozciągnięte są w terenie. W rejonie Hill Country krajobraz jest pagórkowaty, porośnięty rzadkimi krzewami. Na terenach miejskich roślinność jest „zorganizowana, ujarzmiona i zaprojektowana". W naturze rośnie jak chce oczywiście, przybiera nieraz formę bardzo skołtunioną, ozdobioną kaktusami. Kaktusy hodowane w doniczkach w Polsce to miniaturki tych, które tutaj osiągają całkiem spore wymiary - wszerz i wzdłuż.

6. Kocham

Kocham muzykę - kiedyś miałam całą kolekcję takich kaset. Wydawałam na nie większość kieszonkowego.

Kubek i talerz ze Statuą Wolności i to, że są obok siebie to całkowity przypadek - nie zaś moja aranżacja.

Kocham też kapelusze - letnie, zimowe. Ten na zdjęciu jednak mi się nie podoba.

7. Niebo

Niebo w Teksasie rzadko jest całkowicie zachmurzone. Nie znaczy to, że bure i ponure dni się tu nie zdarzają. Zazwyczaj jednak są sytuacją przejściową i dość krótkotrwałą. Słońce świeci bardziej lub mniej prawie każdego dnia.

8. Światło

Scena na poniższym zdjęciu znaleziona przypakiem - tabliczka z napisem Longhorn Lane i piktogramem, który przedstawia symbol Teksasu - bydlątko z gatunku longhorn (bardzo długorogie).

Te ściany z butelek przepuszczające światło i tworzące miłą atmosferę, są częścią wystroju jednej z restauracji, którą czasem odwiedzamy.

9. Zmysły

Temat ten jest dość szeroki - zmysły - smak, węch, wzrok, słuch - w zależności od interpretacji pokrywa się w pewnych stopniu z tematami powyższymi. Zmysły - związane z tematem Kocham przemilczę, zdjęć też nie będę robić. Chociaż co niektórzy mieliby może uciechę.

Wybrałam zmysł powonienia, ponieważ kolekcjonuję zapachy w buteleczkach - wody kwiatowe i perfumy. Przedmioty z mojej kolekcji używam oczywiście. Rzecz w tym, że mój nos nie wytrzymuje tego samego zapachu dłużej niż kilka dni. Dlatego też zmieniam je często i stąd buteleczek więcej niż te dwie na zdjęciu (jedna z nich to prezent od cioci, druga od koleżanki).

10. Codzienność

W codziennej egzystencji niezbędny jest w naszym rejonie samochód. Nie ma tu sklepów „za rogiem”, do których można wyskoczyć, jak nam czegoś w domu zabraknie. Nie zawsze też jezdni towarzyszy na poboczu chodnik dla pieszych (którzy tu są czymś w rodzaju unikatu). Odległości mierzy się tu nie w kilometrach, ale raczej w ilości czasu, który spędza się, jadąc z punktu A do punktu B. Kiedy staramy się o pracę, podczas rozmowy kwalifikacyjnej zdarza się, że potencjalny pracodawca wychodzi sprawdzić, w jakim stanie jest samochód kandydata - by upewnić się, że przyszły pracownik będzie mógł bez problemów i na czas stawiać się w pracy. Transport publiczny nie istnieje, odległości do pokonywania spore więc bez auta ani rusz. Na upartego można dojść pieszo, ale nie wszędzie - tylko tam, gdzie jest blisko oczywiście. Wysokie temperatury panujące na zewnątrz sprawiają, że np. 20-minutowy spacer wzdłuż bardzo ruchliwych jezdni nie należy do przyjemności.

Lubię codzienne czynności domowe, w tym gotowanie. Kurczak z kluskami to jedna z pozycji naszego menu. Tradycyjne kluski zastępują u nas, pokrojone na kawałki tortille.

Viola, dziękuję za inspiracje!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Isabella of Angoulême, Queen Consort of England

Isabella of Angoulême is our maternal great-grandmother (29 generations back)*.
She is one of the very many interesting persons in our extended family tree. Isabella was born about 1188 in Angoulême, Charente, Poitou-Charentes, France to Alice "Alix" of Courtenay and Aymer Taillefer, Count of Angoulême.

Angoulême, France - city hall

Alice's brother Peter II of Courtenay was Latin Emperor of Constantinople.

Coat of Arms - the Capetian House of Courtenay

Isabella's great-grandparents were King Louis VI (The Fat) of France and his second wife Adelaide De Maurienne who was of the Savoy royal family.

Thanks to Isabella's marriage (24 August 1200) to King John I of England she connects us to Plantagenets. After the matrimony, Isabella became Queen Consort of England and Countess of Angoulême (1202). However, it is her second husband Hugh X of Lusignan, Count of La Marche, who is our direct maternal ancestor.

An interesting fact is that the second spouse was the son of Isabella's fiance, Hugh IX, whom she was engaged to before the marriage with King John.

Hugh X was born about 1185. Both Hugh IX and Hugh X were of the royal family of Lusignan.

House of  Lusignan - Lusignan Armorial

Isabella and Hugh X's son William (born about 1225, Cistercian Abbey, Rhone-Alpes, Valence, Drôme, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France) is our direct family line. William was a half-brother of King Henry III who he supported as well as the king's son Prince Edward. William was also Edward I's uncle.

Coat of Arms of  William de Valence (before he became 1st Earl of Pembroke)

William de Valence married Joan de Munchesi, Lady of Swanscombe, a granddaughter of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, a knight who served King Henry II, King Henry, Richard I, King John and Henry III. William Marshal was also an uncle of King Edward I of England.

Coat of Arms of  the de Valence Earls of Pembroke

William and Joan's daughter Joan married Sir John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch, Lord of Lochaber, and Lord of Annandale (our direct ancestor 27 generations back). He was the one who was stabbed to death by Robert the Bruce. Sir John's maternal ancestry line leads us to another noble lady - I wrote about it here.

William de Valence died in 1296 in Bayonne, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. He was buried in Westminster Abbey in London. His wife Joan lived thirteen years longer. She passed on 20 Sept. 1307 in Valence, Charente, France.

Isabella's ancestors - click on the poster to view it's original size.

Poster made with MyHeritage software

Our ancestry line*

Isabella of Angoulême
her son William de Valence, 1st Earl of Pembroke
his daughter Joan (de Valence) Comyn (b. between 1273 and 1278, Leicester, England/d. July 1326, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales)

Remains of Abergavenny Castle, Wales

her son William McCumin (b. about 1290)
his son Fergus McCumin (b. about 1315)
his son John MakCubyn (b. about 1345)
his son John Fergus MakCubyn (b. about 1365)
his son John MakCubyn (b. about 1390)
his son Fergus MakCubyn (b. about 1415)
his son Dougal MakCubyn (b. about 1440)
his son Sir Fergus MakCubyn (b. about 1465)
his son John MakCumbyn (b. 1490/d. 1542 Scotland)
his son Lord Fergus MakCumbyn (b. about 1513, Dunscore, Dumfriesshire and Galloway, Scotland/d. Battle of  Pinkie Cleugh, About 10 Sep. 1547)
his son John MacCubbins (b. about 1533, Dunscore, Scotland/d. 1580, Scotland)
his son Fergus MacCubbins (b. abt. 1558, Galloway, Scotland/d. 1615, Parish Ayrshire, Scotland)
his son John MacCubbins (b. abt. 1579, Maccubbinstone, Dunscoir, Scotland/d. 1631)
his son John Fergus MacCubbins (b. 1603 Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland/d. 1686, Ayrshire, Scotland)
his son John MacCubbins (b. about 1630, Knockdolian, Ayrshire, Scotland, South Ayrshire, Scotland/d. about 1686, Anne Arundel County, Maryland)
his daughter Sarah Griffith nee MacCubbins (b. 1659, Cardigan, Wales/d. Oct 23 1699, Middle Neck Hundred, Anne Arundel County, Maryland)
her son Orlando Griffith (b. 17 Oct. 1688, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland/d. 15 March 1757, Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Province of Maryland)
his daughter Sarah A Dorsey nee Griffith ( b. 1712, Majors, Maryland/d. 28 May 1780, Maryland)
her daughter Rachel Anne Holbrook nee Dorsey (b. 15 Feb. 1737, Eldersburg, Baltimore, Maryland/d. 15 August 1804, Kentucky)
her son William Holbrook (b. 1765, Rowan Co., NC/d. 13 Jan. 1844, Forsyth, Georgia)
his son Samuel Asberry Holbrook (b. 25 May 1787, Rowan, NC/d. 13 Dec. 1845, Forsyth Georgia)
his daughter Mary Hagood nee Holbrook (b. 1816, Cherokee, Georgia/d. 10 Feb. 1883, Cherokee, Georgia)
her daughter Hannah E Ledbetter nee Hagood/Haygood (b. 1838, Georgia) - our great-great-grandmother

  • Angoulême City Hall: By Jack ma - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7213876
  • Capetian Coat of Arms: By Odejea, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4147599
  •  Lusignan Armorial: By SsireImage created for the Blazon Project of the French Wikipedia. - Own workiThe source code of this SVG is valid. This vector image was created with Inkscape by Ssire., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3717875
  • William de Valence Coat of Arms: By OrrorImage created for the Blazon Project of the French Wikipedia. - Own workiThe source code of this SVG is valid. This vector image was created with Inkscape by Orror., CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1313177
  • De Valence Coat of Arms: By OrrorImage created for the Blazon Project of the French Wikipedia. - Own workiThe source code of this SVG is valid. This vector image was created with Inkscape by Orror., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1313129
  • Abergavenny Castle: By Jeremy Bolwell, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4534628 

*my MyHeritage research;

Monday, September 24, 2018

My Haind-Painted Tops and T-Shirts

I have not shown you these shirts and tops, yet. They are the results of the hand-painting on the fabrics which is my hobby.

I have painted all the plain T-shirts which I have got so I gladly welcomed the four summer tops which I received from my mom. More space to paint on!

I really like the traditional Pomeranian/ Kashubian folk patterns, they are the ones which I use in my painting most often. However, the pink top has a different kind of folk shapes.

The t-shirts which I painted as a gift for my mom. Various colors of the background make the pattern look different. The white and yellow material emphasizes the tones of all the shapes and flowers the most.

Some people - when they see my T-shirts - tend to think it is just a print. Some assume they were embroidered and are rather surprised to hear it is all hand-painted, and need to touch the pattern to believe it.

Which combination - background color/pattern do you like the most?

More hand-painted T-shirts which I have decorated myself here.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Clint S Haggard and Kate Lunsford

According to "A History of Collin County, Texas", the Haggard family is of Danish ancestry, from Denmark they moved to England. I have found the information regarding the Haggards' English heritage at geni.com.

The one who moved the family line from England to Virginia was Lord James D Haggard, born on 29 August 1687 in  Bradenham Hall, Bradenham, England. He was the son of a rich English nobleman, Lord Anthony Haggard.

James did not wish to follow the career plans his father had for him and as a result of that, young Lord J D Haggard arrived in Norfolk, Virginia around 1698. He married Miss Elizabeth Lucy Gentry and became a tobacco planter. 

James' son Nathaniel Haggard (Rev.) moved the family to Clark County, Kentucky in 1788.  Reverand's grandson was John W Haggard Jr. (born 17 March 1794 in Winchester, Clark, Kentucky).

When John was 17, he married Miss Mourning Quisenberry. She was the daughter of  James and Jane Quisenberry.

John Haggard
mentioned in the record of John Haggard and Mourning Quisenberry

Name: John Haggard
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 22 Dec 1811
Event Place: Winchester, Clark, Kentucky, United States
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Mourning Quisenberry
Spouse's Gender: Female

Record Source:
"Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FW19-Q2G : accessed 18 September 2018), John Haggard and Mourning Quisenberry, 22 Dec 1811; citing Winchester, Clark, Kentucky, United States, Madison County Courthouse, Richmond; FHL microfilm 1,943,687.

After Mourning's death in 1846, John and his son Clinton Shepard (born on 12 November 1838 in Winchester, Clark, Kentucky) came to Texas. They settled west of Plano

John and his son grew horses, cattle and mules and soon became vital members of the Plano community. They also supported education. Together with other local families they started the Haggard school which was later transformed in Add Run College. The College became Texas Christian University.

John died  on 11 December 1858.

About a year later, at the age of 21, Clinton married Miss Nancy Catherine Lunsford, the daughter of William Lunceford and Catherine Potoff Schrader. Nancy was also a sister of Fred Lunsford's father Simon Peter.

Nancy C Lunsford
mentioned in the record of Clinton S Haggard and Nancy C Lunsford
Name: Clinton S Haggard
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 01 Sep 1859
Event Place: Collin, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Spouse's Name: Nancy C Lunsford
Spouse's Gender: Female
Page 55

Record source:
"Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K61P-HMV : accessed 18 September 2018), Clinton S Haggard and Nancy C Lunsford, 01 Sep 1859, Marriage; citing Collin, Texas, United States, various county clerk offices, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Texas Dept. of State Health Services and Golightly-Payne-Coon Co.; FHL microfilm 1,289,595.

Clint grew oats and wheat, he also breaded mules.
He, his wife and children lived not far from Plano, in Precinct #5. The Census of 1870 informs that Clinton was a stock raiser, and the Haggard's family's real estate was worth $8.000 and their personal estate was $10.000. (2)

Clint and Mourning had nine children.

Clinton Haggard
United States Census, 1880
Name: Clinton Haggard
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: Precinct 6, Collin, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): W
Occupation: Farmer
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Self
Birth Year (Estimated): 1838
Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Father's Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Sheet Letter D
Sheet Number 241
Person Number 0
Volume 2


Clinton Haggard, Self, Male, age 42, born Kentucky, United States
Kate Haggard, Wife, F, age 41, born Kentucky, United States
Mary Haggard, Daughter, F, 19, Texas, United States
Minnie Haggard, Daughter, F, 17, Texas, United States
John Haggard, Son, M, 14, Texas, United States
Jennie Haggard, Daughter, F, 11, Texas, United States
Emma Haggard, Daughter, F, 9, Texas, United States
Annie Haggard, Daughter, F, 7, Texas, United States
Clifton Haggard, Son, M, 4, Texas, United States
Walter Haggard, Son, M, 0, Texas, United States

Citing this Record
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFFB-P12 : 15 July 2017), Clinton Haggard, Precinct 6, Collin, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district ED 27, sheet 241D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1296; FHL microfilm 1,255,296.

On 1 Sept. 1921, Nancy Catherine and Clinton Shepard celebrated their 62 wedding anniversary.

Clippings Source:
Perkins, Tom W. & Wilson, Walter B. The Weekly Democrat-Gazette (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 13, 1921, newspaper, October 13, 1921; McKinney, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth291728/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

Mrs. Jack Bowman mentioned in the article was Madora Ellen Elizabeth Bowman (nee Dye), the wife of Jackson Harrison Bowman. Mrs. Bowman was a distant relation of Nancy and Clint's:

Madora Ellen Elizabeth 
her sister  Mary Elizabeth (Dye) Aldridge (b. 20 Feb. 1873, Plano, Collin, TX/d. 9 Feb. 1957, Plano, TX)
her husband Joel Lively Aldridge (b. 8 Feb. 1864, Plano, Collin, TX/d. 20 Nov. 1946, Texas)
his brother James Shelton Aldridge (b. 23 May 1866, Collin, TX/d. 19 May 1918, Collin, TX)
his wife Annie Belle Haggard (the daughter of Clinton and Nancy C's)

Sadly, about a month later, on 6 October 1921, Mrs. Nancy Catherine Haggard passed away. In the newspaper obituary included below, we can read that the reason of her death was paralysis. I guess, she had had a stroke.

Clipping Source:
The Plano Star-Courier (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 42, No. 35, Ed. 1 Friday, October 7, 1921, newspaper, October 7, 1921; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth570515/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society

We can learn more about the circumstances of Nancy's departure from the article published in the Weekly Democrat-Gazette about a week later.

Nancy Catherine Haggard was buried at Bethany Cemetery.

The funeral service was attended by friends and relatives of Clint and Nancy's. It was a very solemn event, which also celebrated the life of Nancy Catherine and Clinton Shepard Haggard as a married couple. Both of them supported the local church, education and the local community in general.

Clippings Source:
Perkins, Tom W. & Wilson, Walter B. The Weekly Democrat-Gazette (McKinney, Tex.), Vol. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 13, 1921, newspaper, October 13, 1921; McKinney, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth291728/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

Fred Lunsford is not the only one who connects us to the Haggard family. There is also a line which goes from Clinton S. Haggard via the Aldridge, and the Browns to our paternal grandmother Rachel Clementine Gant.

Clinton S Haggard
his daughter Annie Belle (Haggard) Aldrige (b. 6 June 1873, White Rock, Plano, Collin, TX/d. 5 Sept. 1969, Plano, Collin, TX)
her husband James Shelton Aldridge (b. 23 May 1866, Collin, TX/d. 19 May 1918, Collin, TX)
his brother Joel Lively Aldridge (b. 8 Feb. 1864, Plano, Collin, TX/d. 20 Nov. 1946, Texas)
his wife Mary Elizabeth (Dye) Aldridge (b. 20 Feb. 1873, Plano, Collin, TX/d. 9 Feb. 1957, Plano as well)
her sister Addie Lee (Dye) Brown (b. 23 June 1866, Plano, Collin, TX/d. 5 Jan. 1930, Collin, TX)
her husband John Wesley Brown (b. 24 Sept. 1858, Sumner, Tennessee/d. 21 March 1934, Plano, Collin, TX)
his brother Robert Jefferson Davis Brown (11 Sept. 1860, Sumner, Tennessee/d. 23 May. 1893, Collin, TX)
his wife Rachel Clementine (Howard) Brown Gant

  • geni.com;
  • my MyHeritage research; 
  • (1) Stambaugh, J. Lee, b. 1889; Stambaugh, Lillian J., b. 1888 & Carroll, H. Bailey. A History of Collin County, Texas, book, 1958; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth61096/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu;
  • (2) "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXGP-8VQ : 12 April 2016), Clinton Haggard, Texas, United States; citing p. 5, family 27, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,078.