Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
I need to stop reading blogs and start doing some of these things.
My mother-in-law made a memory book. Nothing fancy just a hard back journal. She didn't have a lot of entries but it was special. My sister-in-law found the memory book after her mother passed away. She gave the book to my husband because a lot of the stories were about our kids.
There were stories, inspirational quotes, Bible verses, books she liked. It meant so much to Paul that his sister gave him the book. I can't put into words how much the book means to us.
She took the time to record these sweet stories of her grand kids. Some of the stories we had forgotten about until we read the book. We are thankful the book wasn't thrown out. I'm sure our kids will enjoy the book even more in the future.
Memories and stories are an important part of our genealogy. I feel like my kids already know how important the memories are. Aunt Betty died Jan. 2008, she was the last of my dad's siblings. When my then 14 year old son heard of Aunt Betty's death he said "All her stories are gone. All the things she knew that no one else knows." I told him it's important for him and his sister to help remember the stories Aunt Betty told us. I thought it was amazing for a 14 year old boy to think of the stories.
Sometimes kids have a look of being bored out of their mind when an older person is talking but really they have enjoyed learning about their family. I guess the look is just part of being a teen.
Finally in January I left a comment on http://desktopgenealogistunplugged.blogspot.com/
and Terry became my first follower. I'm now up to 9 followers.
I'm glad Cindy at http://genealogybycindy.blogspot.com/ gave me the Kreativ Blogger Award. Not because I feel like I deserve it but because it has been such a wonderful learning experience. I went to Cindy's blog and checked out the blogs she gave the award to. Then I went back to the people who I gave the award to and checked out the blogs they awarded. I found such a variety of blogs, not all were genealogy. I don't have enough time to read all the cool blogs that I've discoved through this Kreativ Blogger Award. Thanks again
Friday, February 20, 2009
WOW! When I look around and read other blogs I realize how much I have to learn. I'm sure there are others who deserve this more. There are so many wonderful blogs out there with creative and helpful information.
It's hard to pick. Some I'm linked to others I've just saved in my favorites file but I have enjoyed reading them all.
I hope I get all the information correct, here's what you need to do.
1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate other bloggers.
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.
Thanks again Cindy!
1.Terry at http://desktopgenealogistunplugged.blogspot.com/
2.Pam at http://www.warrenweb.info/genealogy/
3.Genealogy Blogger at http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/
4.Elyse at http://elysesgenes.blogspot.com/
5.GeneaDiva at http://geneadiva.blogspot.com/
6.Becky at http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I've been blessed that a wonderful lady and her husband traveled gathering information and published a book in 1984 on the Joel Kelley family. Dad bought one and then bought one for me because of my interest in the family. This book makes it easy to give you the following information.
My great grandparents Hiram and Nancy Kelley had 10 children. Three children died as small children.
Total 46 grandchildren
Six of these died as small children. Can you imagine that many children and that many grand children!
Dad was always introducing us to cousins. It always seemed unreal that he could have that many cousins. I love to read about people in the book and remember him talking about his cousins. I have a total of 9 cousins on both sides of my family.
My grandmother raised 6 kids during the depression by herself. Her husband died and she had 6 children age 13 to 2 months. I don't know how she did it! I admire her. She loved her children and they all loved her.
None of this is to say I approve or disapprove of the woman in California it just made me think of the large families and how they managed.
on to me. Terry said "Life doesn't always go the way you want it to go." I agree. Nothing has gone the way I wanted it to this morning.
I went out at 7:05 this morning to take my kids to school. They just barely make it to school on a day with no problems (teens just don't do well with early mornings). They have to be at school at 7:15, good thing we aren't that far away. We pulled on to the road and my son said WE HAVE A FLAT! We pulled back into the driveway and yes we have a flat! Got the neighbor to take them and pick them up this afternoon. I know I should be independent and go change the tire myself.
I will admit, the van would probably fall on me! That is just one thing I can't do. So I am going to wait till this afternoon and let my son change it. Hope the spare is good! This would have to be the week my husband is out of town working!
I hope this is not the new tire. We had to replace one a few months ago, we picked up something and the tire could not be fixed.
Life doesn't always go the way you want it to go! I really like that!
Alright I have to say that I'm upset that all of my plans for the day have to be changed. But I am trying to remember something I've read " You are where GOD wants you to be!" I'm trying to make the best of the rest of the day and as Terry said not dwell in the vat of crabbiness too long.
Have a good day everyone!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
It is my understanding that Harry and his wife Lillie Mae bought the house and then sold it to Will and Sallie when Harry moved to New Mexico. Harry was Will and Sallie's son.
Aunt Christian kept this house even after she could no longer climb the steps.
The house was sold. The North Chattanooga area has had a lot of growth over the last few years. Many people have bought these old homes and fixed them up. North Chattanooga is once again a nice neighborhood to live in.
This picture was made in Oct. 2007.
I remember as a child thinking that there were so many steps! Now it doesn't look like that many.
I think who ever bought it has done a wonderful job.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Here is a Valentine Card from long ago. It was among the post cards I received from my Great Aunt Christian. It has never been used. There are several unused cards, no duplicates. Aunt Christian was always one to save things. Maybe this was one left over after fixing cards for her class. I can believe that she saved this and others from her childhood. I always wondered if these were from her father's store.
The card has no date but was published by the Gibson Art Company, Cincinnati, Oh.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Grandma was 98 years old when she died. I remember her very well. I remember thinking how neat it was to have a great grandmother still living. She wore her hair long
and braided in a bun in the back. Her daughter Christian never married. Christian lived with her mother and took care of her.
In addition to running a store Will was a carpenter. Once when Grandma and Christian came to my grandparents house in the summer Grandma was confused by the A.C. She didn't understand all of the modern things. She said,"If Will was alive he would close up all the cracks in the house. It's cold in here."
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
There are 103 pages of transcribed letters.
In one letter to his father Jacob said reguarding the vote for seperation "I for one will die first. I will on the 8th vote against it, if it is the last vote I ever give." He joined the Union Army even though his father supported the Confederate States. Jacob became a lieutenant in the Union Army.