Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Lura Naomia McIntosh Williams

Lura Naomia McIntosh was born on Jan. 3 1913 in Harland, Harrington, Texas. Her parents were Samuel Hollie McIntosh and Ethel B. Lollar. An interesting thing is that when her birth was registered, the doctor who reported the baby girl's arrival to this world, informed that her name was Mary. The family lived in Ashland, TX then.



Name: Mary Mcintosh
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 03 Jan 1913
Event Place: Harland, Harrison, Texas, United States
Gender: Female
Father's Name: S H Mcintosh
Mother's Name: Ethel Mcintosh

Record Source:
"Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLMK-G9G : 9 March 2018), Mary Mcintosh, 03 Jan 1913; citing Harland, Harrison, Texas, United States, certificate 1536, Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 4,136,953

Maybe the doctor did not know what name had been chosen for the newborn baby and just gave any female name for the record.

Much later, the information on how "Mary" was really called by her parents was officially clarified by her sister Cora Belle.


Lura Naomia Mcintosh
Texas Birth Certificates
Name: Lura Naomia Mcintosh
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 03 Jan 1913
Event Place: Harland, Harrison, Texas, United States
Father's Name: Samuel Hollie Mcintosh
Mother's Name: Ethel B Lollar

Record Source:
"Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLMK-G9R : 9 March 2018), Lura Naomia Mcintosh, 03 Jan 1913; citing Harland, Harrison, Texas, United States, certificate 1536, Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 4,136,953.

I have tried to find some information on the place where our aunt was born: Harland, Harrison County, Texas. Without any success so far.

The 1920 Census tells that Lura's Father Samuel was a log sawer. In 1920, the family still lived in Harrison, Texas.

Lura Mc Intosh
United States Census, 1920
Name: Lura Mc Intosh
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1920
Event Place: Justice Precinct 6, Harrison, Texas, United States
Gender: Female
Age 7
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Daughter
Birth Year (Estimated): 1913
Birthplace: Texas
Father's Birthplace: Texas
Mother's Birthplace: Texas
Sheet Letter B
Sheet Number 4

Household
S H Mc Intosh, Head, Male, age 31, born Texas
Ethel Mc Intosh, Wife, F, 25, Texas
Opal Mc Intosh, Daughter, F, 9, Texas
Lura Mc Intosh, Daughter, F, 7, Texas
Corabell Mc Intosh, Daughter, F, 5, Texas
Vernona Mc Intosh Daughter, F, 3, Texas
Bessie Mc Intosh, Daughter, F, 0, Texas

Record source:
"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHB9-DKN : accessed 27 August 2018), Lura Mc Intosh in household of S H Mc Intosh, Justice Precinct 6, Harrison, Texas, United States; citing ED 68, sheet 4B, line 73, family 76, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1816; FHL microfilm 1,821,816.

There is a mistake in the above Census record. Samuel Hollie and Ethel had a son Vernon (not Vernona - a daughter - as listed above).

10 years later, Samuel Hollie worked as a farmer. Laura had four more sisters.

Lura Mcintosh
United States Census, 1930
Name: Lura Mcintosh
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: Precinct 6, Harrison, Texas, United States
Gender: Female
Age 17
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Daughter
Birth Year (Estimated): 1913
Birthplace: Texas
Father's Birthplace: Texas
Mother's Birthplace: Texas
Sheet Letter A
Sheet Number 6

Household
S. H. Mcintosh, Head, Male, age 41, born Texas
Ethel Mcintosh, Wife, F, 35, Texas
Lura Mcintosh, Daughter, F, 17, Texas
Cora B. Mcintosh, Daughter, F, 15, Texas
Vernon Mcintosh, Son, M, 13, Texas
Bessie Mcintosh, Daughter, F, 10, Texas
Ludine Mcintosh, Daughter, F, 8, Texas
Paulin Mcintosh, Daughter, F, 6, Texas
Ruth L. Mcintosh, Daughter, F, 3, Texas
Winona Mcintosh, Daughter, F, 0, Texas

Record
"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:H1GC-JW2 : accessed 27 August 2018), Lura Mcintosh in household of S H Mcintosh, Precinct 6, Harrison, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 25, sheet 6A, line 30, family 119, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 2353; FHL microfilm 2,342,087.

Lura got married about 1937 (?). Her husband, J D Williams, was born in Ashland, where Lura lived.


Williams
Texas Birth Certificates
Name: Williams
Event Type: Birth
Event Date: 01 May 1914
Event Place: Ashland, Harrison, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Father's Name: J A Williams
Mother's Name: Eula Killian

Record Source:
"Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XLSK-LF2 : 9 March 2018), Williams, 01 May 1914; citing Ashland, Harrison, Texas, United States, certificate 16560, Bureau of Vital Statistics. State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 4,156,847.

As you can see, the doctor who reported the Williams childbirth did not mention any first name. At least JD's parents did not have to straighten up anything later.

Lura and JD had four children: a daughter Shirley A. (born on 29 July 1939 in Dallas, TX) and three sons - Gerald (born in 1940), Donald Ray (born on 4 April 1943) and Chester Glynn (born 30 Sept. 1944 in Kauffman, TX).

Between 1935 and 1940, JD and Lura and they two children rented a place at Austin Street in Garland, Texas. JD worked as a laborer with WPA Building Constructions then.


J D Williams
United States Census, 1940
Name: J D Williams
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1940
Event Place: Garland, Justice Precinct 3, Dallas, Texas, United States
Sex: Male
Age: 26
Marital Status: Married
Race (Original): White
Race: White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birthplace: Texas
Birth Year (Estimated): 1914
Last Place of Residence: Bowie, Texas

Household
J D Williams, Head, Male, age 26, born Texas
Lura Williams, Wife, F, 26, Texas
Shirley A Williams, Daughter, F, 2, Texas
Gerald Williams, Son, M, 0, Texas

The records also say that both JD and Lura had completed nine years of education. In April 1935 JD lived in Bowie, TX, Lura was still in Ashland.

An interesting fact is that they lived next to our paternal uncle Arley, his wife Elby and their children.  Maybe that was how our parents met? While visiting their relatives?

In April 1935 The Arleys family lived in the town of Vickery, in north central Dallas County. Uncle Arley was a car mechanic. Most probably, one of the four automobile repair shops in Vickery was his workplace as well.

During WW2, from 7 April 1944 to 17 August 1945, JD served in the US Navy. His rank was S/2C (Seaman 2 Class). (1)

December 1946 brought tragedy to Laura's family. At that time, they lived at 805 North Medora St. in Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas. The house no longer exists, though.

JD worked as a truck driver. 15 December must have been a snowy/icy day. When he was driving on a bridge in New Hope (nowadays within Sunnyvale), Dallas County, his truck hit the bridge, turned upside down while falling down into the stream. JD drowned. (2)

Laura was 32 then. Her children were 7, 4, 3 and 2.


JD was buried at Oakland Memorial Park in Terrell.

Laura never remarried. I do not know what she did, where she worked after her husband's death.
Laura Naomia lived sixty-five years, nine months and thirteen days. She died in Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas on 29 November 1978. Lura's burial was serviced by Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home. (3)


Information Sources:
(1) "United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1Z-NPNZ : 15 March 2018), J D Williams, .

(2) "Texas Deaths, 1890-1976," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K39F-V3T : 13 March 2018), J D Williams, 15 Dec 1946; citing certificate number 54335, State Registrar Office, Austin; FHL microfilm 2,218,504.

(3) "Texas Deaths, 1977-1986," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KH3X-L59 : 13 March 2018), Lura Naomi Williams, 29 Nov 1978; citing Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States, 92388, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Austin; .

Pictures of gravestones: Anne McGrew


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Governor John West

John West served as the third Colonial Governor of Virginia (1635-1637). According to my finds, he was our ten-times maternal great-grandfather. His name already appeared in one of the posts when I wrote about our/his direct ancestors Catherine Carey and Mary Boleyn.

John was born on 14 Dec. 1590 in Hampshire, England to Thomas Leighton West, 2nd and 11th Baron De La Warr, and his wife Mary Knollys.

Hampshire, England - marked red

Around 1613, John married Miss Anne Percy (born about 1594 in England), the daughter of George Percy and Ann Floyd. The couple had one son - John.

John passed circa 1660 in West Point Plantation, King William County, Virginia.

Virginia marked green
John West
his son Col. John West II (b. 6 June 1632,Chicksack Bellfield Plantation York River, New Kent, Virginia/d. about 1689, New Kent now, King William, Virginia)
his son Capt. Thomas West (b. 1670, West Point, Virginia/d. 1720, West Point, Virginia)
his son Col. Francis West (b. 1704, King William, King William, Virginia/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 Hagood nee West (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 Davis Hagood (b. 20 July 1820, South Carolina/ d. 15 August 1909, Fulton, Georgia)
his daughter Hannah E Ledbetter nee Hagood (b. 1839, Georgia)
her daughter Jurita Elizabeth McIntosh (Ledbetter) - our great-grandmother


John was not only Virginia Governor in the West family. Also, his older brothers Thomas, 3rd and 12th Lord De La Warr and Francis West served at the position as well.

Thomas was born on 9 July 1577 in Hampshire, England. He governed Virginia from 1609 to 1618. Thomas perished at sea, off the coast of Nova Scotia, on 7 June 1818 when he was returning from England to Virginia on the ship Neptune. His body was brought to Jamestown where he was buried.

Francis was born on 28 Oct. 1586 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

Salisbury Cathedral, England

Captain Francis West was the Commandant of Jamestown from 1612 to 1617 and the Deputy Governor of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia from 1627 to 1629. He died around Feb. 1634.

There are many Governors of Virginia in our extended family tree but only John West and his two brothers are our direct relations.

Pictures:

Map of England: 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=12131879

Salisbury Cathedral: CC BY-SA 1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=220400

Information sources:
  • my MyHeritage research,
  • geni.com,
  • Wikipedia




Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Henry Oliver Hedgcoxe

Henry Oliver Hedgcoxe was born about 1800 in London, England.

Henry's parents were John Oliver Hedgcoxe and Ann Bool of Sussex County, England.
The family came to America in July 1819 on the ship George Washington. They landed in Baltimore, then, Henry and his parents settled in Clark County, Indiana.

Indiana marked on the map of USA

Henry Oliver married on 3rd April 1823 in Indiana. His first wife was Miss Elizabeth Ann Parks.



Henry Oliver Hedgecock
mentioned in the record of Henry Oliver Hedgecock and Elizabeth Ann Parks

Name: Henry Oliver Hedgecock
Event Type: Marriage Registration
Event Date: 14 Apr 1823
Event Place: Clark, Indiana, United States
Gender: Male
Marriage: License Date 03 Apr 1823
Marriage Place: Clark, Indiana
Spouse's Name: Elizabeth Ann Parks
Spouse's Gender: Female
Officiator's Name: Guy Guernsey
Page 70
Number of Images 1

Record Source:
"Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XXPM-S45 : 8 December 2017), Henry Oliver Hedgecock and Elizabeth Ann Parks, 14 Apr 1823; citing Clark, Indiana, United States, various county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 1,415,852.

The couple had seven children - four sons and three daughters.

After the death of his first wife, Henry married again. On findagrave.com I found the information that his second wife was Indiana Goodwin.


Henry O Hedgecox
mentioned in the record of Henry O Hedgecox and Indiana Goodwin


Name: Henry O Hedgecox
Event Type: Marriage Registration
Event Date: 06 Feb 1840
Event Place: Clark, Indiana, United States
Gender: Male
Marriage License: Date 06 Feb 1840
Marriage Place: Clark, Indiana
Spouse's Name: Indiana Goodwin
Spouse's Gender: Female
Officiator's Name: Newton Short
Page 268
Number of Images 1


Record Source
"Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XXPM-LXX : 8 December 2017), Henry O Hedgecox and Indiana Goodwin, 06 Feb 1840; citing Clark, Indiana, United States, various county clerk offices, Indiana; FHL microfilm 1,415,852.

The Hedgcoxes moved to Texas in 1843.

Henry was designated an agent of the Texas Emigration and Land Company. He worked efficiently though soon, his actions related to company policies were found controversial by the settlers and the company antagonists. It all resulted in so-called Hedgcoxe War (15 July 1852). Henry Oliver was forced to leave Dallas. Some time after the incident, Henry Oliver settled in Austin, Texas where he died ten years later.

I have found the 1850 Census records which say that Henry Oliver, Indiana, their son and Henry's daughter from the first marriage lived in Galveston. How was that since Henry Oliver worked in Collin County? Besides, the record tells that Henry was born in 1810 not in 1800 as some sources inform*. What's more, according to the info given on findagrave.com, Indiana was to be a younger sister of Felix George Goodwin who was born in 1818.

The record says the particular Indiana Hegcoke was born about 1816. If it was Indiana meant by the findagrave.com post author, she was not younger than Felix. Maybe there was a mistake in the records? Was it then the same Henry O. who worked in Peters' Colony? The man recorded in the Census was born in 1810 in England. Well, seems as if it was 'our' Henry Oliver. Who knows why there were in Galveston then.

United States Census, 1850
Name: Indiana Hegcoke
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1850
Event Place: Galveston city, Galveston, Texas, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 34
Race: White
Birth Year: (Estimated) 1816
Birthplace: Indiana
House Number: 361

Househol
Henry O Hegcoke, Male, age 40, born England
Indiana Hegcoke,  F,  34, born Indiana
Henrietta Hegcoke, F, 18, born Indiana
Felix Hegcoke, M, 8, Indiana


Record Source:
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXLK-NV8 : 12 April 2016), Indiana Hegcoke in household of Henry O Hegcoke, Galveston city, Galveston, Texas, United States; citing family 372, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Galveston, Texas

Henry and Elizabeth's second son John Oliver was born on 6 Jan. 1828 in Jeffersonville Clark County Indiana. John was our great-great-uncle by marriage.

How? John's second wife was Abigail Obelier Stimson, the daughter of Isaac Stimson and Rachel Obelier Tucker. Abby was born on 6 August 1825 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. She was a sister of our great-grandmother Rachel Belle Zorie Stimson.

John and Abigail got married on 2 March 1858 in Texas. They did not have any children. In 1880 the couple lived with John's niece Margaret at Justice Precinct 1 in Plano, Collin County, Texas.

John Hedgecoxe
United States Census, 1880

Name: John Hedgecoxe
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: Precinct 1, Collin, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 55
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): 1825
Birthplace: Indiana, United States
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: England
Sheet Letter D
Sheet Number 72
Person Number 0
Volume 2
 

Household
John Hedgecoxe, Male, age 55, born Indiana, United States
Abigal Hedgecoxe, Wife, F, age 53, born Virginia, United States
Mary Hedgecoxe, Niece, F, age 15, born Texas, United States


Record Source:
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFFB-7S2 : 15 July 2017), John Hedgecoxe, Precinct 1, Collin, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district ED 19, sheet 72D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1296; FHL microfilm 1,255,296.

According to the notes provided by cousin Rachel G. B., Abigail passed on 6 May 1894. The date had been copied from her gravestone by aunt Lula (at first, Abigail was buried at the Stimson Cemetery). Later, Abigail's body was transfered to Rowlett Cemeterry in Plano. John died on 20 April 1909 in Roswell, Chaves County, New Mexico.



Credits:

Information sources:
  1. *my MyHeritage research;
  2. findagrave.com;
  3. 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 August 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu.
Pictures
  1. The map: By This version: uploaderBase versions this one is derived from: originally created by en:User:Wapcaplet - own work by uploader, based on Image: Map of USA without state names.svg, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4857003
  2.  Galveston: By Nsaum75 - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7904630
  3. Gravestone: the courtesy of  Ms. Sherry Biehn




Thursday, August 16, 2018

Dwight David Eisenhower

Today, I am coming back to our Mary Gant nee Boone who was the wife of Absolom Bobo Gant, our 1st cousin, six times removed. According to my research, Mr. Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Texan born US President, was Mary's third cousin, three times removed*.

Eisenhower birthplace, Denison, Texas

 Mary's family line:
her father Hiram Boone (b. 1765, Culpepper County, Virginia/d. 13 March 1826, Savannah, Hardin, TN)
his father Hezekiah Boone (b. 22 May 1735, Exeter, Berks, Pennsylvania/d. 20 Dec. 1820, Woodford, Kentucky)
his father George Boone (b. 13 July 1690, Bradninch Devonshire England/d. 20 Nov. 1753, Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania)
his sister Sarah Stover nee Boone (b. 29 Feb. 1692, Bradninch, Devonshire, England/d. 20 Nov. 1743, Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia)
her son Abraham Stover (b. 1720, Oley, Berks, Pennsylvania/d. 1787, Carter, Tennessee)
his son Daniel Stover Sr. (b. about 1750, Augusta Co., VA/d. 25 March 1811, Augusta Co., VA)
his son Daniel Stover Jr. (b. 23 May 1780, Augusta Co., VA/d. 18 Jan. 1862, Mt. Sidney, Augusta Co, VA)
his son Simon P. Stover (b. 28 Sept. 1822, Mt. Sidney, Augusta Co, VA/d. 10 Dec. 1873, Augusta, VA)

Augusta County countryside, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

his daughter Ida Elizabeth Eisenhower nee Stover (b. 23 Sept. 1863, Elizabethville, Washington Twp, Dauphin Co, PA/d. 10 March 1942, Abilene, Dickinson County, Kansas)
her son Dwight David Eisenhower (b. 14 Oct. 1890, Denison, Grayson County, TX/d. 28 March 1969).

Greene Corner, Tryon, North Carolina

our Absolom Bobo's family line:
his mother Mary Gant nee Armstrong (b. 17 Dec. 1761, Tryon, Polk, North Carolina/d. Oct. 1848, Bedford, Bedford, Tennessee)
her sister Elizabeth Gant nee Armstrong (b. 4 Feb. 1762, Mecklenburg, North Carolina/d. 4 Jan. 1834)
1 ⇒ her daughter Margaret Lollar nee Gant - our four times-great-grandmother (b. 1791, South Carolina/d. 1825, Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
2 her husband Lewis Bobo Gant
his father John Gant - our six times-great-grandfather

*based on my MyHeritage research 



Photos
Eisenhower Birthplace: By TxHC at en.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19446389
Augusta County countryside: By Hamiltonl at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2408679
Greene Corner, Tryon, NC: By Janet Gray - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15088396



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Martyną Niedzielską

Wakacje mają się ku końcowi. mam nadzieję, że mieliście mozliwość odpocząć i skorzystać z uroków lata.
Dzisiaj powracamy do Niemiec. Tutaj umówiliśmy się z Martyną, która już czeka na nasze spotkanie.

Witaj Martyno! Dziękujemy za zaproszenie do rozmowy.
Pytamy jak zwykle na początku Wywiadu:
Martyno, gdzie jest Twoje miejsce w Polsce?

Pochodzę z Bełchatowa, bardzo centralnej Polski. To miasto, które ku zaskoczeniu wielu NIE leży na Śląsku. Mamy jednak kopalnię, elektrownię i Skrę Bełchatów. To tam mam całą rodzinę, tam jest rodzina męża i to właśnie tam wracam podczas podróży do Polski.

w Bratysławie

Jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z Polski?

Z Polski wyjechałam 10 lat temu. Właśnie mija rocznica. Zawsze wiedziałam, że chcę się wyrwać z Bełchatowa i zawsze szukałam swojego miejsca. Chciałam wyjechać daleko na studia, chciałam się szybko usamodzielnić. Dotarłam najpierw do Londynu, gdzie pracowałam jako au-pair, bardzo szybko jednak przeniosłam się do Niemiec, gdzie mieszkał już mój ówczesny partner, który teraz jest moim mężem. Po dwóch latach w Niemczech, wraz z pracą mojego męża przenieśliśmy się na kolejne 4 lata do Chin, a teraz znów jesteśmy na południu Niemiec i właśnie mija czwarty rok naszego pobytu. Czy to koniec podróży? Nie sądzę, czekam, co przyniesie mi los, ale czuję, że to jeszcze nie jest to miejsce na ziemi.

Fuerteventura

Jakie masz wyksztacenie?

Z wykształcenia jestem przedszkolanką i mam też takie szczęście, że mogę pracować w swoim zawodzie. Pracowałam w przedszkolu w Chinach i Niemczech, a dwa lata temu przeniosłam się do niemieckiej szkoły podstawowej i praca ta sprawia mi ogromną frajdę.

Szanghaj
Twoje hobby to...

Temat rzeka. Mam tyle pomysłów, co bym chciała robić, że nie wyrabiam z czasem. Największy mój hobbystyczny projekt to blog, któremu poświęcam 80% mojego wolnego czasu. Oprócz tego kocham podróżować. Każde ferie szkolne to kolejny wyjazd, najczęściej organizujemy sobie też weekendy poza domem. Mieszkamy jednak w pięknym miejscu, czasami więc spędzamy po prostu czas w domowym zaciszu, szkoda bowiem mieć tak piękny dom i z niego nie korzystać…

Z czego jesteś dumna?

Chyba z tego, jak udało mi się ułożyć moją zawodową drogę na emigracji. Z tego, że mimo nieznajomości języka, odważnie, krok po kroku budowałam swoją pozycję w pracy i udało mi się dojść do takiego momentu, że ludzie chcą i lubią ze mną pracować, mimo mojego słabego niemieckiego. Pokaleczonym językiem udało mi się zdobyć szacunek rektorów, wychowawców, rodziców i przede wszystkim dzieci, którzy zabiegają o mnie na każdym kroku. Nikt mi nigdy nie wmówi, że jesteśmy poniewierani za brak znajomości języka, że traktuje się nas jak nic nieznaczącą siłę roboczą. Jestem dowodem, że wszystko można, jeśli się tylko chce.

Wakacje na Korsyce
 
Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga / o czym piszesz na blogu?

Bloga zaczęłam pisać w pierwszym roku emigracji. Najpierw był to blog kulinarny, później po wyjeździe do Chin założyłam bloga podróżniczego i prowadziłam je oba. Po powrocie do Niemiec zaczęły mnie one trochę uwierać, zmieniłam dietę, z wegetarianizmu przeszłam na weganizm, podróże też trochę poszły w inną stronę. Te dwa blogi były znakiem, że coś się w moim życiu pozmieniało. Dlatego od niedawna mam moje nowe miejsce w sieci, w którym opowiadam o życiu w rytmie słów. Łączę wegańskie gotowanie z podróżami i leniwą codziennością, zapraszam do siebie gości, opowiadam o tym wszystkim, co jest mi bliskie na co dzień. Zapraszam Cię do mojego miejsca w sieci www.zyciewrytmieslow.pl.

Tyrol

Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki?

Klub Polki to wyjątkowe miejsce i szczerze powiedziawszy, od dłuższego czasu nie wyobrażam sobie bez niego mojego świata online. Dziewczyny są dla mnie inspiracją. Razem tworzymy portal, razem wspieramy się w naszych życiowych smutkach i radościach. Czasem uda nam się spotkać. Dziewczyny z Klubu to moje koleżanki na odległość i choć z większością nigdy się nie spotkałam, mimo dzielących nas kilometrów czuję, jakbym je wszystkie znała. To taka trochę paczka przyjaciół rozsiana po świecie. Uwielbiam!

Co jeszcze chciałabyś nam powiedzieć o sobie?
 
"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." ("Życie zaczyna się na końcu Twojej strefy komfortu" - tłumaczenie red.)

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Martyno, dziękujemy za rozmowę. Życzymy Ci powodzenia i pomyślności w Twojej życiowej podróży!


Nasza seria Rozmów z Paniami należącymi do Klubu Polki na Obczyźnie rozpoczęła się w październiku 2016 roku. W trzydziestu dwóch wywiadach 32 Polki mieszkające w różnych krajach świata, na różnych kontynentach, opowiedziały nam o sobie, podzieliły się swoimi przemyśleniami i doświadczeniami związanymi z Ich emigracją.

To już ostatni Wywiad Klubowy.  Wszystkim naszym wspaniałym Rozmówczyniom oraz Czytelnikom, którzy towarzyszyli nam w Rozmowach, dziękuję za wspólnie spędzony czas.
Wszystkiego dobrego!


Zdjęcia: Martyna Niedzielska



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Viola Gant Sexton

Viola Winifred Gant, our aunt, was born on 25 May 1895 in Plano, Collin County, TX. Her parents were John Lee and Rachel Clementine nee Howard. The family lived in Justice Precinct No. 5 (western part of Plano).

Viola Gant
United States Census, 1900
Name: Viola Gant
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1900
Event Place: Justice Precinct 5 (west part) Plano town, Collin, Texas, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 5
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): W
Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Daughter
Birth Date: May 1895
Birthplace: Texas
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Texas

Record Source:
"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3L3-P39 : accessed 13 August 2018), Viola Gant in household of John L Gant, Justice Precinct 5 (west part) Plano town, Collin, Texas, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 16, sheet 18A, family 350, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,241,621.

Viola's and her sisters' social activities were recorded in Society Columns of the County Newspapers.

At the age of 20, Viola got married. Her husband was John Clark Sexton, a Texan, son of Mr. Jefferson F Sexton and Miss Manerva Ann Mitchell. John was born on 14 Nov. 1893 in Allen, Collin, Texas.
The wedding ceremony took place on Sunday. It was elegant but quiet and rather small.



Clippings Sorce: The Plano Star-Courier (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 29, Ed. 1 Friday, December 24, 1915, newspaper, December 24, 1915; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601597/: accessed August 13, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society

Marriage certificate

Record Source:
"Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K61T-2YQ : accessed 13 August 2018), J C Sexton and Viola Gant, 19 Dec 1915, 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 2,316,240. 
John and Viola's first child, a daughter, was born in Texas on 3 October 1916. They named her Marzelle Clark. Later, the family moved to Oklahoma.
The WW1 draft record says that in 1917, Viola, her husband and daughter had already lived in The Sooner State.
Studying the paper, we can also learn that Viola's husband was medium built, he had brown hair and gray eyes.


Record source:
"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZD2-ZM9 : 13 March 2018), Clark Sexton, 1917-1918; citing Bryan County, Oklahoma, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,851,608.

A year later, on 19 Sept. John and Viola's son John Thautlon was born in Oklahoma.

Not long after that, Viola got ill. I do not know what the illness was. Sadly, she never recovered and passed away on 18 Feb. 1920. She was only 24 years old.


Clipping Source:
The Plano Star-Courier (Plano, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 3, Ed. 1 Friday, March 5, 1920, newspaper, March 5, 1920; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth570436/: accessed July 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.

Viola's body was transferred from the Bethany Cemetery to Plano in 1948. Then, she was buried at the Rowlett Creek Cemetery, Plano, Texas.


God bless her soul.

Credits:
Photo by Mr. H. Case




Friday, August 10, 2018

William F Fitzhugh

Many posts ago, I wondered who in the ancestry was a reason the surname Fitzhugh appeared as a middle name in our close family. Then, I discovered William H Fitzhugh (our six-times-great-great-uncle by marriage) who came to Virginia from England. William's wife was Sarah Tucker (a daughter of our direct ancestor). It all seemed fine, however, since our immediate progenitors lived in Texas, there must have been some closer, possibly Texas connection between the Fitzhugh family of Virginia and their more recent descendant. That Fitzhugh man apparently impressed our grandparents with his actions/life strongly enough that they named one of their kids with the surname. Therefore, I kept searching. While studying the history of Collin County, I learned a Fitzhugh family branch lived there as well. Furthermore, one of them was Colonel William F Fitzhugh, the son of John Thomas Fitzhugh and Sarah Shelton. He was born on 8 May 1818 in Hamilton, Boone County, Kentucky.

William, our sixth cousin twice removed*, volunteered and took part in the Seminole War in Florida. He was only seventeen then and that was how his military career/service started. Ten years later, in 1845, William and his parents came to Texas.

On 24 September 1847, he married Miss Mary Jane Rattan, the daughter of Mr. Thomas Rattan and Ms Gillian Hill. The ceremony took place in Collin County, Texas.

William was not only a farmer but a Texas Ranger as well. In 1847, together with other Rangers, he built a wooden palisade not far from the nowadays Gainsville. The stockade was created to protect the local settlers from the Indian raids. The place was called Fort Fitzhugh to honor Col. William F Fitzhugh, the Rangers leader. In 1850, the Fort became the Cooke County seat. Later, its name was changed to Liberty. Yet, since there had already been another Liberty place in Texas, William suggested another name for the new town: Gainsville - for General Edmund Pendleton Gaine (born in 1777 in Virginia).

Texas Ranger Monument

An interesting fact is that Mary E Clark who donated the 40-acre tract on which the town was built was probably (?) Mary Elizabeth Clark nee Gant, our third cousin four times removed. I think I will write a special post dedicated to her and her immediate family.

In 1860, William and family lived at Precinct 1 in Collin County, Texas.

Wm Fitzhugh
United States Census, 1860


Name: Wm Fitzhugh
Event: Type Census
Event: Date 1860
Event Place: Precinct 1, Collin, Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Race: White
Race: (Original) [Blank]
Birth Year: (Estimated) 1818
Birthplace: Kentucky
Page: 87


Household

Wm Fitzhugh, Male, age 42, born Kentucky
Mary J Fitzhugh, F, 31, born Illinois
Sarah E Fitzhugh, F, 7, Texas
John F Fitzhugh, M, 5, Texas
Louesa C Fitzhugh, F, 3, Texas
George D Fitzhugh, M, 0, Texas
Juhugh Stroad, M, 40, Pennsylvania
Gillia Ratton, F, 68, Georgia
Martin Barnett, M, 55, Kentucky


Record source:
"United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXFX-3G9 : 12 December 2017), Wm Fitzhugh, 1860.

Gillia Ratton mentioned in the Census was William's wife's mother. Mary Jane's father died in 1854.

William served with the First Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers in Mexican War under the command of Col. Jack Coffee Hays. He also participated in five of the Civil War battles together with his Sixteenth Texas Cavalry. He was wounded on 7 July 1762 during battle of Cotton Plant. 

Later, he came back home to Mellisa, Texas.

1870 Census recorded William, Mary and their seven children. They lived together with Mary's older brother Hampton and William's parents.

William Fitzhugh
United States Census, 1870


Name: William Fitzhugh
Event: Type Census
Event Year: 1870
Event Place: Texas, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 52
Race: White
Race (Original): W
Birth Year: (Estimated) 1817-1818
Birthplace: Kentucky
Page Number: 14
 

Household

William Fitzhugh, Male, age 52, born Kentucky
Mary Fitzhugh, F, 42, born Illinois
Sarah Fitzhugh, F, 17, Texas
John Fitzhugh, M, 15, Texas
Louisa Fitzhugh, F, 13, Texas
George Fitzhugh M, 11, Texas
Robert Fitzhugh, M, 9, Texas
Tabitha Fitzhugh, F, 5, Texas
Henrietta Fitzhugh, F, 3, Texas
Hampton Ratten, M, 29, Texas
John Fitzhugh, M, 78, Virginia
Sarah Fitzhugh, F, 73, Tennessee


Record Source:
"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXGG-WP8 : 12 April 2016), William Fitzhugh, Texas, United States; citing p. 14, family 102, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,078.

William Fitzhugh died on 23 October 1883 in a result of a wagon accident.


Clipping Source: DeMorse, Charles. The Standard (Clarksville, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 52, Ed. 1 Friday, November 2, 1883, newspaper, November 2, 1883; Clarksville, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth234836/: accessed August 9, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

Our relative whose middle name was Fitzhugh was born seven years later. Now I can see why and for whom he was named.

What is the connection between William F Fitzhugh and William H Fitzhufh "The Immigrant"?

He is his direct descendant - to be more precise - William H and Sarah Tucker's son's John Marmion's great-great-great-grandson.

The one who also links us with William F is, besides Rose Tucker (his five-times great-grandmother/ our seven-times-great-grandmother), is George W Fitzhugh, William's father's brother* (born in 1790, King George, Georgia/d. 17 March 1863, Collin County, Texas). George W was buried in the Fitzhugh cemetery in Lucas, Texas.

William F Fitzhugh
his father John Thomas Fitzhugh (b. 1792, Virginia/d. 27 July 1878, Collin, TX)
his brother George W Fitzhugh
his daughter Sarah Jane (nee Fitzhugh) Snider (b. 5 Dec. 1829 in Kentucky/d. 15 Jan. 1914, McKinney, Collin, TX)
her daughter Mary Ann (nee Snider) Coffey (b. 1855, Collin, TX/d.1898, Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas)
her husband Zachariah Taylor Coffey (b. 1848 Kentucky/d.1922, Collin, Texas)
his sister Nancy Jane (nee Coffey) Liggett (b. 22 June 1851, Russell, Kentucky/d. 16 March 1946, Vashti, Clay, TX)
her daughter Theodocia Ellen "Dorcie" (nee Liggett) Richards (b. 21 Nov. 1780, Allen, Collin, TX/d. 13 Dec. 1954, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas)
her son Lenzie Cecil Richards (b. 21 March 1890, Allen, Collin, TX/d. McKinney, Collin, TX)
his wife Ethel (nee Howard) Richards - our first cousin once removed
her father Robert Lee Howard
his sister Rachel Clementine (nee Howard) Gant

* based on my MyHeritage research

Information source
Texas State Historical Association Handbook
Picture by Clairissa Simmons [CC BY 4.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons





Monday, August 6, 2018

Saint Margaret, Queen of Scots

Margaret was an English princess was born 8 Sept. 1045 in Castle Reka, Mecseknádasd, Pécsváradi, Baranya, Hungary. Her parents were Edward the Exile and Agatha. Her paternal grandfather was Edmund The Ironside. She is also our thirty-two-times-great-grandmother.*

St. Margaret's Chapel Window, Edinborough

When Margaret was 12, her father was called from the exile to England. After Prince Edward's death, Agatha took her children Christina, Margaret and Edgar the Atheling to Scotland where, in the Dunfermline Castle (1070), Margaret married Malcolm III, king of Scotland.

Margaret introduced her husband and the country to new customs and the cultural lifestyle she had learned while living in Hungary and England. She promoted arts, education and religious life. On the other hand, Malcolm was a good, loving husband and a virtuous king. The couple had eight children -
 Edward, Edmund, Ethelred, Edgar, Alexander, Edith, Mary and David.

Margaret was devoted to charity works, serving the poor and abandoned ones. She initiated the reforms of the church in Scotland. Malcolm and Margaret founded quite a few churches, including the Holy Trinity in Dunfermline. The Queen established a ferry crossing across the Firth of Forth.


Both Malcolm and Edward (one of Margaret and Malcolm's sons) were killed at the battle of Alnwick on 13 Nov. 1093.

Margaret died three days later in Edinborough Castle, having learned about the tragic death of her husband and son. She was buried in Dunfermline Abbey in Fife, Scotland.

In 1250, Margaret was canonized by Pope Innocent IV. The feast day of St. Margaret Queen of Scotland is 16 November, the day of her death.

St. Margaret's Chapel, Edinborough Castle, Edinborough, Scotland
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The ancestry line*
Margaret Canmore (of Wessex)
her son King David mac Maíl Choluim (b. about 1083, Fordoun, Kincardineshire, Scotland/d. 24 May 1153, Carlisle, Cumberland, England)
his son Henry of Scotland, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon (b. 19 Nov. 1114, Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland/d. 12 June 1152, Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland)
his son David, 8th Earl of Huntingdon (b. about 1152, Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland/d. 17 June 1219, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland)
his daughter Margaret MacLochlan (b. about 1175, Galloway, Wigtownshire, Scotland/d. April 1234, Dundrennan Abbey, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland)
her daughter Devorguilla Nic Alan of Galloway (b. about 1218, Fotheringhay Castle, Galloway, Wigtownshire, Scotland/d. about 1290, Kempston, Bedfordshire, England)
her daughter Alianora Comyn nee de Balliol (b. about 1242, Badenoch, Scotland/ d. 1302, Lochindorb Castle, Strathspey, Scotland)
her son Sir John Comyn, Lord of Badenoch (b. about 1269, Badenoch, Inverness-shire, Scotland/d. 10 Feb. 1306, Church of Greyfriars, Dumfries)

Clan Comyn/Cumming Crest

his 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

*based on my MyHeritage research 

Credits:
Information:
Wikipedia, geni.com
Pictures:
The window: By Kjetil Bjørnsrud New york - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=781637
The map: CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1225892
St. Margaret's Chapel: By Jonathan Oldenbuck - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5383510
Clan Comyn Crest: By Celtus (Celtus @ english wikipedia) - Own work by uploader. The crest image is adapted from the following below., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4899961 





Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Lyndon Baines Johnson

President Lyndon Baines Johnson, born in the heart of Texas, was related to the Harrington family (via the Baines and the Huffmans)*.

Rear View of President Johnson birthplace

Mr. Lyndon was Silas Liter Harrington's third cousin. Who was Silas? I have already written about him and his wife Vera Virginia Andrews, our fourth cousin twice removed, in another post.

Silas was born in Texas, in 1896.

Here is the relation line between Mr. Lyndon and Silas:

Silas' father Joseph Alfred Harrington (b. 31 March 1784, Collin Co., TX/d. 9 April 1957, Plano, Collin, TX)
his father Silas Liter Harrington (b. 29 April 1851, Plano, Collin, TX/d. 21 March 1932, Collin Co., TX)
his mother Martha Harrington nee Huffman (b. 1830/d.1864)
her brother John Smith Huffman III (b. 7 May 1825, Bourbon Co., Kentucky/d. 22 June 1865, Plano, Collin, TX)
his daughter Ruth Ament Baines nee Huffman (b. 10 Dec. 1854, Rowlett, Collin, TX/d. 13 Feb. 1936, San Antonio, Bexar County, TX)
her daughter Rebekah Johnson nee Baines (b. 26 June 1881, McKinney, Collin, TX/d. 12 Sept. 1958, Austin, Travis County, Texas)
her son Lyndon Baines Johnson (b. 27 August 1908, Stonewall, Gillespie County, TX/d. 22 Jan. 1973)

The place where President Lyndon B Johnson was born

Here is our relation to Vera Virginia Andrews Harrington

her mother Ora Susan Andrews nee Forman (b. 23 Feb. 1869, Plano, Collin, TX/d. 1932, TX)
her mother Lucettie Abigail Forman nee Thomas (b. 16 August 1823, Warren County, Kentucky/d. 20 Jan. 1897, Plano, Collin, TX)
her husband Jarrot Howard (our great-great-grandfather)



*All the information based on my own MyHeritage research

Photos:
1. By Billy Hathorn - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32361537
2. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49669589