Monday, August 31, 2009


Today's post is a picture of my Grandmother and Grandfather Kelley and my Dad's oldest sister Bonnie. Bonnie was born Jan. 25, 1916. This picture was probably taken in 1916. We have very few pictures of my Grandfather (Edgar Elijah Kelley) he died Feb.22,1929 at the age of 45. How sad to die with six children ages 13 years to 2 months. My Grandmother Fay Newby Kelley died July 4, 1984, she would have been 92 on Aug. 10,1984. My Aunt Bonnie died Jan. 2005, she was almost 89. She was older than any of the children at the time of their death.
I know many times we don't want our picture made but what a treasure pictures are to future generations. Each picture we find of Edgar Kelley is special because there are so few and most of his kids did not even remember him or remembered very little about their Dad.
Look at the handbag my Grandmother has! It looks like it hooks to the waist of her skirt. I've never seen one like that.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Georgia Archives

I have used the Georgia archives website in the past several times but went back this week for the first time in awhile. It pays to keep going back to sites and looking for new information. This week I found the Death Certificate for my Grandfather(Edgar Kelley), my Great Grandfather(Hiram Kelley). The marriage license for my Grandparents Edgar and Fay Kelley, Fay's brother King Newby and Lillie Blair and my Great Grandparents D.H. Newby and Jennie Long.
The best part for me was being able to find all of the information online and for free! At this time in my life I don't have a lot of time and money to travel around to courthouses and libraries gathering genealogy information so websites like this are a great resource for me.
If you have family from Georgia check out this site. Some of the new information takes a while to find but it is worth the time.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Have You Seen Umbrella Rock?

Umbrella Rock is an unusual rock formation on Lookout Mountain. The postcard is from the collection I have from the Ziegler side of my family.

The view off the Mountain is breath taking, it is a much different view now than the time of this postcard.

While going through the pictures of the Newby family which I recently received, I found this picture of Umbrella Rock. I would not be brave enough to climb this rock to have my picture made! On Umbrella Rock in this picture are my Great Great Aunt Mattie Newby Burdick and husband Ed Burdick and my Great Uncle Ed Newby (my Grandmother's brother).

Monday, August 24, 2009

More Family Photos to Share

I have been so excited this weekend! I received a few more old photos that had belonged to my Grandmother. These are of her family. It is always sad when you find a wonderful old photo in great condition and there are No Names! I do recognize the man on the far right of the as my Great Grandfather, D.H. Newby. I am working on the others. I have a pretty good guess on who the others are but I'm trying to match the faces with photos that have names.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

1892 Picture

After Betsy from Tennessee showed me what she was able to do with my photo

I decided to remove it from the frame. I scanned it again making as many adjustments with the scanner as I could. Then I edited with Microsoft Office Picture and you can see above how much better the picture looks.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Dad, Great Grandfather and Uncle

David H. Newby, Eugene(in back) and Tom
I am so proud to have this photo of my Dad, his Grandfather Newby and older brother Eugene. This was in a photo album my Aunt had, it may have belonged to my Grandmother. Dad would have loved having this picture. He cherished the family photos he had and there are many in this album he did not have copies of. I wish that my Grandmother and Aunts would have shared more of the photos with Dad. Maybe they thought he wouldn't care anything about the pictures.

Tom, David (younger brother) and Eugene

Tom and Eugene with David in front.
My Dad must have said finally I'm taller.

Who is this Lady?

This is one of the pictures which I inherited from my Aunt. I wish that we knew who this lady was but there is no name on the back. I haven't found any others that resemble her. Unless someone in the family knows her we may never find out who she is. Most of the family pictures were of the Newby family but she could be from the Long family or the Kelley family.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday

This is the grave of Mattie Allison who was the sister of my Great Grandmother (Olivia Jane Long Newby). The family referred to her as Aunt Sister. There was no date on the picture of Aunt Sister.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Restoring Photos

I'm reposting the photo from July 1st. Hopefully someone will read my blog and be able to advise me on what to do with this photo.

The photo did not scan very well. The photo is small and dark. The frame is possibly homemade and the glass is broken. On the front around the photo are the names J.J. Long 18, T.J. Newby 14 and D.H. Newby 24. D. H. Newby was my great grandfather and he would have been 24 in 1892. T.J. Newby was his brother and J.J. Long was his brother-in-law.

When I posted before Betsy from Tennessee advised to have the photo restored. I guess a part of me hates to remove it from the frame it has been in for 117 years. Wow! Just a side thought, will any of our things be around for 117 years.
Can someone advise me on whether it should be removed and where to get it restored?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Answered Prayers

I am so thankful prayers have been answered and my Mom is finally feeling stronger and doesn't need 24/7 care. I've been trying to catch up on all the things at home. My wonderful family (husband and daughter and son) were GREAT! taking care of so much around the house while I was with Mom. They have all told me how glad they are to have me home! That really means a lot.

We are still missing our little Jaguar! She was such a sweet little cat. Fluffy our other cat (and sister to Jaguar) we think misses her. She looks around at all the places Jaguar would lay. She always seems to look when we come in to see if we are bring Jaguar home. They had been together all of their lives.

While doing the things I have to catch up on, you know I have to catch up some on reading blogs.

There is no way I can go back and read everything I've missed, but I am trying to read over the last post for all the blogs I follow. I have to comment on Desktop Genealogist Unplugged post of July 11 concerning her boycott of Wal-Mart! Walmart has replaced two stores in our area and built larger stores.
I stopped shopping at Wal-Mart 6 months ago. It just got to be such a pain to shop there. I had gone there for years and got my mother's medicine, then suddenly they could never seem to get it in the computer system that I would be getting my mother's medicine for her.
We changed to K-Mart and have never had a problem. Then I HATE the fact they stop you at the door and make you show the receipt. WHAT I STOLE A BUGGY FULL OF FOOD and PUT IT IN BAGS and WALKED PAST THE CHECKOUT!!!! Plus they never seem to thank you for your business. K-Mart does! Other stores do!
Got to go but not to Wal-mart!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Sad Day

June 25,2001 - August 5,2009
Jaguar died August 5,2009. This picture was taken on July 30,2009. She was very sick and we tried everything we could to help her. My daughter took on most of the job of taking care of Jaguar. My daughter didn't get to be with Jaguar when she died. My daughter got sick on Tuesday and we took her to the ER Tuesday night. She was in the hospital 24 hours getting her blood sugar under control. She is fine now. My son took on the job of staying with his Grandmother and looking after her and also the job of taking care of a very sick cat. Jaguar died around 1 AM with my son by her side. We will always remember and love Jaguar!