Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Eliza Jane Howard Green

We finally made it over to the cemetery that is about a mile from our house!

Eliza Jane Howard Green is my husband's Great Great Grandmother. My husband got her name from his aunt a couple of years ago. When I started trying to find some information on Eliza Jane Howard Green and husband Levi Green I discovered they lived in the same area we live in!

Eliza Jane Howard was from McMinn and Meigs Co area. She married Levi Green they lived in McMinn, Meigs and Hamilton counties. Their son William L. Green was my husband's Great Grandfather.

Eliza Jane Green died July 11, 1941 she was 91 years old. She is buried in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. The Hamilton County Genealogical Society http://www.hctgs.org/default.htm has a wonderful website. I typed in Eliza Jane Green and found a Eliza Jane Howard Green buried in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. What a surprise to find one so close to home. I guess sometimes it is the ones that are close that we just don't take the time to check out. It took us 2 years to make it to the cemetery!

We were very lucky to find her grave since you can hardly read the marker. She is buried near her son James J. Green and his marker was much easier to read so that was our starting point. She was buried near so we didn't have to look for long. We were disappointed that it was so hard to read and the picture didn't turn out very clear. Eliza Jane Green's husband Levi Green is buried in another cemetery about 5 miles from here. There is no marker on the grave.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Unusual Card

This is an unusual Christmas card, it is another of Aunt Christian's cards. The card is simply a white (at one time white) card with the name printed under Merry Christmas and a picture in the upper left corner. The signature under the picture looks like Louis Rousday, can't tell for sure. The card is from Mary Jane Williams, I guess this is a friend from when Christian lived in New Mexico. To my knowledge there were no Mary Jane's in the Ziegler family that lived in New Mexico.

The card is addressed to Miss Christine Ziegler. I have seen others addressed to Christine however, I believe her given name was Christian. Some of the family called her Cricket, not sure where that nickname came from.

The stamp on the envelope is a 1 1/2 cent George Washington issued in 1932. The stamp has been cancelled Artesia, N. Mex.
there is no date.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Aunt Christian's Cards

This card is from my Great Grandmother, Sallie Ziegler to her daughter Christian Ziegler. The envelope says Christmas 1938. The inside of the card is simply signed Mamma. Christian Ziegler would have been 32 in 1938. She never married and would have been living with her father and mother Will and Sallie Ziegler in 1938.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I wanted to post the obituaries for Mae Green Kibble and Ralph S. Kibble, my husband's grandparents. I posted the picture of their marker yesterday.We learned a few years ago from my husband's Aunt Flora that Bessie Mae was her full name but she never liked to be called Bessie, she always went by Mae. Mae Green Kibble died July 10, 1986.

Ralph S. Kibble died June 4, 1962 in North Carolina where he had been working at a textile mill.
I thought it was interesting that the body was at the residence. I know that they had the bodies at the home years ago but didn't realize that this was done as recently as 1962.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Spring Flowers

I have seen some beautiful pictures on other blogs of the spring flowers which I have enjoyed.

I have one to share of my Daffodils, they are gone now. They were beautiful this year.

My mother-in-law gave the Daffodils to me many years ago. She just gave me a few, she said they will multiply. They have and I've spread them out in the yard. I always feel like spring is here when the Daffodils bloom. I think of her when I look out and see them.

I share this story with my son each year (I'm sure he is tired of hearing it). The first year they were ALMOST ready to bloom and he (just a small guy) picked them ALL for me. How sweet!
Then I had to tell him no they will not open up, it was too soon to pick. So these Daffodils have special meaning to me because they were from my mother-in-law and because my son wanted me to enjoy the flowers inside.
Isn't it funny how certain flowers remind us of different family members and hold such special stories.
I just noticed this morning that my Dogwood trees look like they will bloom soon!

Spring Break

Well the kids were off for spring break last week and my husband was also off on vacation. We didn't go on vacation just stayed around the house and did some things that needed to be done.

We did take one day trip up to Lenoir City, Tn we go up once or twice a year. The main reason for going is to go to our favorite pizza place, the Gondolier. They have the BEST pizza. We go for lunch when they have a lunch special $4.95 for a personal pizza and a salad. The salad could be a meal! The pizza is really good! If you are in Lenoir City, Tn I would recommend the Gondolier.

On our way back home we stopped in McMinn Co. at the Short Creek Cemetery where my husband's grandparents are buried. Ralph Samuel Kibble was born June 10,1910 and died

June 4,1962. Mae Green Kibble was born May 7, 1905 and died July 10,1986.

These are the parents of my husband's mother. My husband doesn't remember his grandfather since he was not even 2 years old at the time he died.

Mae Green Kibble's mother and father William and Mary Elizabeth Green are also buried at Short Creek Cemetery. Just realized I didn't get a pictures of their marker with the digital camera so I'll have to post that picture later.

We found the marker for William Green's grandparents William Howard and Jane Henderson Howard.

There are no dates on William Howard's marker, age 82.

Jane Henderson Howard died June 4, 1903 and was 70 years old. We don't know much about them in fact until a couple of years ago we didn't know there were Howard's in the family. They are my husband's Great Great Great Grandparents! I did find some information on the family on Rootsweb. Jane was full-blooded Cherokee Indian and William Howard was 1/2 Cherokee Indian and 1/2 Black Dutch.

We were really excited to get pictures of the graves for the Howard's, this is the first time we have been to Short Creek Cemetery since we found out their names.

I just had to add this beautiful picture of the view from Short Creek Cemetery! We had a perfect day for our trip.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

More Postcards

OK, I have another postcard while I have them out. This one is also Uncle Harry's. The card must have been mailed in an envelope since there was no room for an address. The car was a 1950 Nash Airflyte, I've never heard of it but it was a little before my time. Funny the things we save. I guess I come from a long line of pack rats.

Harry Ziegler

I found the above picture at the Hamilton County Tennessee Genealogical Society website
http://www.hctgs.org/default.htm Uncle Harry is the second from the left. This picture was taken about 1930. It was a surprise to find a picture of family on the website.

Ziegler Postcards

These two postcards are also from Geo. and Vesta Bush. I guess since they were both traveling they got the postman's address and mailed the postcards to his house.

Ziegler Postcards

This postcard belonged to Uncle Harry, he was a postman in Chattanooga, Tn., Albuquerque. New Mexico and in Atlanta, Ga. I love this postcard the black mail pouch on the postcard really opens and there are tiny little postcard pictures inside.
I'm sure he appreciated one of his postal customers thinking of him.

Ziegler Postcards

This is another of the postcards from my Great Aunt Christian Ziegler. I should say that not all of the postcards were Aunt Christian's as some were addressed to her brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Lillie Mae Ziegler. Aunt Christian went to live with Uncle Harry after his wife died in July 1977. Since Uncle Harry and Aunt Lillie Mae never had any children when Uncle Harry died in 1986 everything went to his sister Christian. Some of the postcards I'm sure were Aunt Christian's others I'm sure were Aunt Lillie Mae. Aunt Lillie Mae loved to travel and she made lots of pictures and bought postcards everywhere she went. I don't know what happened to the pictures she made, I'm afraid they may have gone in the trash. Terrible to think "Pictures in the trash".
I guess this one could have been from either one of them. It was never used. On the back it is stamped Made in the U.S.A. and Home Town Series. Aunt Christian lived in New Mexico for a while and as I understand had a boy friend. I like to try to imagine the story behind the postcards and I've wondered if she bought the card to send to him and then changed her mind. The girl on the card does look sad, like someone who misses their true love. Aunt Christian never married.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

March Blizzard?

It seems odd now to write about a Blizzard when it appears spring is here. Spring is here now but in 1993 it was anything but spring. Thanks to Apple http://appledoesntfallfar2.blogspot.com/2009/03/memories-on-monday-blizzard-of-93.html for reminding me I had planned to write about the Great Blizzard of '93.
Our experience wasn't nearly as bad as Apple's.
The Blizzard of '93 even struck Tennessee. We really weren't ready for a storm like that, even a small snow closes our city down. We just don't have the equipment you have up North. We heard it was coming but OH, how many times we hear things like that to wake up to rain or totally nothing.
This was not the case in March '93, we woke on Saturday morning with No Heat! The inside temp was 50 and we had about 10 inches of snow. The high on Saturday or Sunday was in the teens. My husband, daughter(2 at the time) and I put on extra clothes to stay warm. My parents had gas logs installed 2 weeks before so we decided if we could get there we would be OK. Their power was off but they were warm with the gas logs.
Thank goodness we had a snow shovel from our years of living in Mass. My sweet husband went out and cleaned the driveway off. I was pregnant at the time. I packed things while he worked on the driveway. I wasn't sure how much to pack for my daughter, we were puzzled by somethings that were happening with her. We were potty training and when she did wet her diaper she would soak her clothes. She did seem to be drinking a lot.
We made it the 2 miles to Mom and Dad's house. It was SO warm. They had a gas water heater so we were able to get a hot shower. Their power came on late Saturday night. My husband and I went to check on our house on Sunday. We worried about frozen pipes but everything was OK.
Still no power so we stayed another night with my parents. On Monday we found out our power came on late Sunday night.
The mystery with my daughter was solved the next weekend. If we had known what was happening we would have been at the hospital during the blizzard or before. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. We understood all the things that had been happening, drinking more, more wet diapers or going to the potty. No one in our families had Type 1 Diabetes and we didn't know the signs to look for. So our journey of being the parents of a child with Diabetes began.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Greta at Greta's Genealogy Bog had an interesting blog on names http://gretabog.blogspot.com/2009/03/celebrate-your-name-week-most-and-least.html

I decided to do a short one of my own. I have always loved the sound of these two names,

Olivia Jane Long Newby and Julia Jane McSpadden Kelley. Olivia Jane was my Great Grandmother she was born in 1872 and died in 1916. She died just before her
44th birthday. She was married to David H. Newby and they had seven children.
This is the only picture I have of Olivia Jane. I'm not sure why but she went by Jennie.

The second name Julia Jane McSpadden was my Great Great Grandmother she was married to Elijah Kelley and they had 10 children. She lived to be 79 years old. I have only one picture of Julia Jane in the Joel Kelley book which I have but do not have it scanned.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Honors Banquet

I post this because I'm a proud mother. My daughter is a senior in high school this year. She has always worked hard in school. I remember in 3rd grade she carried her math book home over the weekend because she didn't finish one problem. A lot of kids would just have gotten that one wrong, done it fast before turning it in on Monday. Not my sweet girl, she did the problem over the weekend and turned in a completed assignment. Dedicated even when it seemed no one but her family noticed.
Her dedication has paid off, she is in the top 10 percent in her class, 3.96 GPA.We went to an Honors Banquet last night for the top 10 percent in each high school in the county. There were 22 young people from her school.
The news media has at times picked on their school (OK, not just their school) but they pick up on every little bad thing that happens in school. These things shouldn't be covered up but they should be fair. I have seen things happen which were covered for Days and the people involved were not even students from the school. They were outsiders coming on the school grounds but the news media ran our school down.
Even the superintendent asked this question, "Where is the news media? Oh, they left! No they were never here!"
I am proud of her and All of the kids at the Banquet last night.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


I plan on doing a My Brickwall Ancestor like Miriam over at http://ancestories1.blogspot.com/

has done as soon as I get everything together on my Newby brickwall. There are others but this one will be the first I do, King H. Newby

I was looking at Census records for another family line the Wilson family. My grandmother was a Wilson. I found her family in the 1900, 1910, and 1920 Census records. One of her brothers was always called King. I assumed this to be his given name. On the 1900 Census I matched up all the names but there was no King however there was a James W. Wilson who would have been the right age to be King.

On the 1910 and 1920 Census he was King W. Wilson. Does anyone know if King was used as a given name or just a nickname. Maybe this is why we can not find King H. Newby we don't know his real given name.

Another interesting thing is the 1900 Census for the Wilson family at Family Search.com shows Lettie Wilson with her husband's name as James C.Wilson. The writing isn't very clear and if you didn't know his name was Samuel W. Wilson you could think it said James C. but this is just a reminder that the names on the index are not always correct so just keep looking. I'm not saying anything bad about the wonderful people putting the index together.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Aunt Betty

Aunt Betty told us this story about pictures of her. As she said," Her legs weren't bowed, just not straight." When she was in a picture she would turn to one side. cross her legs or bend down. Any pose other than standing straight.
left- Tom, Betty and David
right-David and Betty in front.
back Eugene,Bonnie,Lydia their Mother and Tom
She also told us about her socks. I can remember my Grandmother telling this story too. When Aunt Betty was little and started to school her mother would put knee socks on her. Betty would walk down the road to catch the school bus. When she got out of sight of home she would stop and roll the knee socks down to her ankles. Aunt Betty hated knee socks all of her life, if she had to have socks it was anklets.


Thanks for the mention on GeneaBloggers at http://www.geneabloggers.com/.
I have gone to GeneaBloggers often and checked out different blogs. It helps to see what others are doing on their blogs, inspiration from others is needed when your not sure what a genealogy blog should be like.