Friday, August 30, 2013

Follow Friday - Tangled Roots and Trees

There are so many genealogy and DNA related blogs and
websites to keep up with that I get behind with my reading!
Keeping it short and sweet today, I want to share
with you one of my "lately" favorites:
It's also found on Facebook at:
I think you'll like this blog a lot!

Happy Hunting!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Ruby Lee Blankenship

Oklahoma TEEL and BLANKENSHIP families

Happy Hunting,


Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday's Faces From The Past - The 4 Unknown Brothers!

While my Mother and I were 
sorting through her mother's (my Grandmomie,
Eva Nell [Stuart] Dennis) photos,
we came across this photo
of four (4) boys - most likely, brothers.

Don't you just love the expressions
on their faces?

There are no markings on the photo.
No hand-written notes on the back.
No photographer stamp with a location. 

My Grandmomie and her children
went through two (2) house fires before
all the kids were out of high school.
All photos, possessions, etc. were destroyed. 

She and her DENNIS 
husband divorced after 
my parents married.  Most 
pictures she then had in her possession 
were given to her by family members of 
her family after the last fire.

So this leads me to believe that 
this group of boys could be from these
families: the William Davis STUART and
descendants of Neshoba Co., 
MS and TX; or

the William TEEL and Virignia [PERRY] 
or [PEERY] Teel families of VA, MO, OK and TX;

or the Jordan HAM and Frances "Fanny" PARKER
family of AL, TX and OK.

If you recognize these boys, 
please contact me! 

Happy Hunting - 
and Happy Friday - 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - Linnie Bean and James Harmon Kolb

James Harmon Kolb 
Linnie Ausy Bean
on 04 Oct 1899
at Oak Grove Church,  
Grapeland, Houston Co., Texas 

James Harmon Kolb was a
brother to my Great-grandfather,
Robert Franklin Kolb.

Happy Hunting,

Friday, August 9, 2013

Funeral Card Friday - Willie Elmo Kolb

Funeral Card for Willie Elmo Kolb,
one of my Grandmother's brothers.
I remember him and his wife, Nora Mae
Bristow Kolb, well. 
They lived at Sweetwater, Texas,
when I was young.
Uncle Elmo was the son of
Robert Franklin Kolb and
Laura Leola Brooks (who was a
cousin to her husband).  They
lived in the Grapeland, Texas area.

Willie Elmo and Nora Mae Bristow Kolb.
Picture taken in their yard or in the yard of
his sister, Luna Kolb at Sweetwater, Texas.
This picture brings back sweet
memories to me...all the old ones I knew
 have passed on. 

And for some reason, this scripture from
Numbers 6: 24-26 came to mind:

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace."

May you have a blessed weekend,
Happy Hunting!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Those Places Thursday - Lower Skippack Mennonite Church, Skippack PA

My ancestor Johannes KOLB came to America
in 1707 with his brothers, Martin and Jacob.
They settled in Germantown, but by 1709 or so
had removed to Skippack, Montgomery Co., PA.
On December 15, 1709, Johannes bought land
in Skippack. 

The family worshipped at the Skippack Mennonite
Congregation which was established ca. 1702, 
the 2nd oldest Mennonite congregation in America. 
"Later known as the "Lower Skippack", 
this congregation would become the largest and most influential in young America. It would establish Mennonite policy and practice in the new world, as church elders had remained in Germany." [from Skippack Historical Society_The Hunsicker Family page
And yes, the Hunsicker's are kin!!

Lower Skippack Mennonite Church 
(the first church was built in 1719; this
one built in the 1800's)

When the denomination split in 1848:
 (the Mennonite Church [MC] and 
the General Conference Mennonite Church [GCMC]), 
the members that stayed with the MC split 
and started the Upper Skippack Mennonite Church, 
which is now known as the Wellspring Church of Skippack

 The Lower Skippack Mennonite Church became affiliated with the GCMC and that is where my Kolb family has held their family reunions for many years.  A few years ago the two Mennonite denominations joined together again.  But today the Lower Skippack Mennonite Church continues on and is not affiliated, as to my understanding, with any particular Mennonite
denomination; and on its website states: 

The cemetery near the church is beautiful.  
Many of my kin are buried there: 

  We walked and talked among 
the graves for at least an hour when we
attended the 2007 reunion.

Christopher Dock, the school teacher:

Some of my family - and newly
found kin - enjoy visiting 
at the end of the 2007 "300th
Anniversary of the Kolb Brothers
Coming to America". 

I loved going to Skippack.  
And as the Terminator says, 
"I'll be back", you can count on that.
This place of my Johannes Kolb and 
his brothers and their families was a
place that touched my soul...
And, yes, I will go back!

Happy Hunting, 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Boyd and Elmo Garrett

Boyd E. and James Elmo Garrett
sons of W.E. Garrett and
Mary Catherine "Polly" Smith
(AL and TX Garrett's)
Happy Hunting,

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Talented Tuesday - my cousin Marty Stuart

Yes, he's still making music, and though
I have other talented folks in my
ancestry, today I wanted to feature
my very talented (what instrument does
he not play?) cousin, Marty Stuart.
We got to attend one of his concerts
at New Braunfels, Texas earlier this summer.
What a good time we had!
Me, my sister and my Mother with her
3rd cousin, Marty Stuart at New Braunfels, Texas

Catch Marty and the Fabulous Superlatives
if they come your way!  You won't be disappointed!
His season finale of RFD-TV's "The Marty Stuart Show"
was taped in his hometown of Philadelphia
(Neshoba Co.) MS.
 Marty and my Mother share 2nd great-grandparents,
William Davis Stuart (a/k/a Stewart/Steward)
(b. 22 Feb 1832-AL, d. 20 Jul 1907-Neshoba Co. MS)
and Hannah Jones Stuart
(b. 03 Oct 1833-AL, d. May 1904-MS)
Mother's great-grandfather,
James Monroe Stuart, and
Marty's great-grandfather,
John Leroy Stuart,
were children numbers 10 and 11
out of a total of 13 for
Hannah and William D. Stuart.
William Davis Stuart is close kin
(probably a son) of
William Stewart (d. aft 1870) of Winston Co. MS 
and wife Polly.  Y-DNA testing of one of their
descendants and one of my MS Stuart male cousin's
confirms us as a match.
Happy Hunting,

Monday, August 5, 2013

Mystery Monday - Man in the "Bowler" Hat

Isn't he a gentleman?

While going through my Grandmomie's
old pictures, we found this photo of a
man.  No markings on the picture to note
who the photographer was.  Or what his name was.

Who is he? Where did he live?  I wondered
out loud to my Mother.

Being in the possession of Mother's mother, 
Eva Nell Stuart Dennis, I would tend to believe
that this man is a "Stuart" relations or friend.

Eva Nell's kin included these families: TEEL, HAM, 
STUART, YATES, MUSGROVE, (Texas, Mississippi),
among others. 

I have taken this photo to many family reunions - 
hoping someone might know who this 
handsome fellow is in the hat (is it a "bowler" hat?)

Please contact me if you know who he is!

Happy Hunting,

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Those Places Thursday - Jeff Stuart Home at Roby, Texas

Mamie Teel and Jeff Davis Stuart 
(and some of their children)
at their home in 
Roby, Fisher County, Texas.

I saw this house often growing up.  
But I did not know at the time that
it had been their home. 
Mamie lived out in the country 
when I was a child.

As far as I know, the home still stands
today.  It was remodeled several years ago.
I hope to get an updated picture soon! 

Happy Hunting,