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blog your interests – your passion

I seem to gravitate toward the blogs that are about 1) spiritual wisdoms; 2) books books books; 3) cooking and recipes.  Although another of my passions is genealogy research, I seem to keep up with that by correspondence (mostly electronic) and subscriptions to various genealogy resources.

Have my passions/interests changed throughout the years?  Well, of course, during the single years – if there had been blogs – I suppose I would have been surfing the net for like-minded singles interested in education, current events, etc.  Then: the romance and couple and young married years may have led me to blogs about relationships  (if there had been such blogs).  However, the three mentioned above have always been in the forefront of my interests.  Is that strange?? Who knows?  I’m not that cerebral, I suppose (or interested in the whys of this).

I’m also interested in blogs about hobbies  such as stitching and photography.  There are many interesting blogs ‘out there’ in cyberspace.

However, if nothing else – blogging is downright fun!  [It is bound to be thereputic – even though no one at all may be reading it.]

Some of my favorite blogs are listed in the right column and I visit these on a daily basis.

What are your interests??

My Jouett heritage


jouett ride markerJack Jouett is my whatevereth-cousin – and is sometimes referred to as The Paul Revere of Virginia.

A son was Matthew Harris Jouett, a famous painter whose portraits are highly prized.

A grandson was James Edward Jouett, an officer in the United States Navy.  Three ships in the United States Navy have been named the USS Jouett.

Alas – doubt there is any connection with the Perrier Jouet champagne . . .

Perrier Jouet_blog

family photographs


I think this 1921 photograph tells a story of family love and fun and happiness (and simple and hard-scrabble living in the 1920s).

The man is the twin brother of my paternal grandfather and the two laughing ladies on the running board are their sisters.

I love this snapshot in time!

My Caldwell Family

In July 2009 there was a Caldwell Family Exhibit in the museum in Springer, New Mexico (the exhibit continued for the month of August).

We all have family stories and when we Caldwells met on Sunday, July 26th, there were so many stories told and retold (embellished or not!).  One of my uncles told me stories about my grandfather, Berlin Caldwell, I had never heard before – about his days as Sheriff in Colfax County.  We also remembered  members of our Caldwell family who are no longer with us.  However, strange as it seems – we felt their presence – as we reminisced and remembered.

newspaper article about the Caldwell Family in Colfax County, New Mexico

newspaper article about the Caldwell Family in Colfax County, New Mexico


My Harrison Lineage



The Will of my 5th Great Grandfather – Richard Harrison


Richard Harrison, the Elder is my fifth Great Grandfather.  I have been stymied as to any of his ancestors.  I’ve been researching this Harrison family since the 1980s and am still asking the same questions.  Some of my research can be found in the Harrison Heritage Newsletters; this was a time when several of us (varying degrees of amateur genealogists I suppose) were trying to make some headway with our Harrison lineage.  If you happen upon this site and find a connection, I would so like to share and exchange information with you!

My line of descent from Richard Harrison the Elder

Clement King Harrison married Elizabeth Williams

Mary B (perhaps Bacon) “Polly” (perhaps Reins) Harrison married John Sammon

Robert W. Sammon married Susan Elizabeth Thrasher

Robert Walker Sammon married Mary de los Santos Leal

Elizabeth Clifford Sammon married Berlin Caldwell

Schertz Public Library

This is one fine library.

This is one fine library.

The population of Schertz, Texas exceeds 26,500 and is a close neighbor of Seguin.  The library in Schertz was established in 1978 and has “grown from its humble beginnings in a 1,500 square foot building to a brand-new facility of more than 30,000 square feet.  Opened in August 2009, the new building contains study rooms, meeting spaces, a fabulous children’s area, a book store, self-service circulation stations, and many other amenities.”


Greenville County, South Carolina

Greenville County, South Carolina

Greenville County, South Carolina

Several of my ancestors lived in Greenville County, South Carolina at one time or another.

{trivia: Joanne Woodward’s family was from Greenville County – and there are Woodwards in my husband’s family – if a Woodward researcher/reader comes upon this site – most anxious to share information}

My Barton heritage has been a challenge to research (but there are challenges and surprises and rewards in researching all families, I think).

The following is an excerpt from Greenville Woven from the Past An Illustrated History by Nancy Vance Ashmore.

Welborn Barton, a physician in Tigerville, had as a young man gone with a friend to Texas, where he remained for about a year.  Homesickness brought him back to his home county and to his sweetheart, but he never quite forgot the lure of those wide open spaces.  Dr. Barton lived and practiced medicine in the piedmont foothills for a few years, but he dreamed of life on the range.  He often discussed it with friends and family, who gradually became more interested in moving there.  Finally, in 1854, 100 families and wagons from the Tigerville area gathered and started out with Barton as their pilot.  The wagon train was slow, but safe; there were no accidents on the three-month trek.  Blacks, families, and young and old were part of the hardy group that settled in Williamson County, Texas, leaving their Carolina home behind.  These folk did not carve “GTT” into Tigerville trees, but well they might, for they had “Gone to Texas.”

Family Faces (my 3rd great grandfather David Thrasher)

David Thrasher - 1796-1882

David Thrasher - 1796-1882 -- My THIRD great grandfather - not gg

Family faces are magic mirrors.

Looking at people who belong to us,
we see the past, present, and future.

– Gail Lumet Buckley



When I first began researching my Thrasher family, I attempted to get in touch with Vessie Thrasher Rainer, for I understood she had privately published a book about my Thrasher and Barton families.  Unfortunately, Vessie was no longer living and there were no more copies of the book to be purchased.  I persisted and eventually got in touch with Vessie’s son, Dr. Robert A. Rainer, Jr. and was able to purchase one of Vessie’s books.  From all I heard and read, Vessie was an extraordinary woman – not only was she an accomplished and meticulous researcher, by all accounts she was a very kind, generous, sweet woman who loved her family and was a friend to many.  I wish I had known her.  Vessie Thrasher Rainer credits Dr. Marion Thrasher’s A History of the Thrasher Family Traced Through THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES in ENGLAND AND AMERICA published in 1895 as the source of some of her research.

In later years I corresponded with another generous Thrasher researcher: Dorothy Sturgis Pruett who published Cousins by the Dozens about the Sturgis, Thrasher, Carlton, Mitchell, and Branch families.

For many years, I scoured the various county courthouses (albeit sometimes by mail and telephone), genealogy libraries (The Clayton Library in Houston is a fabulous source of information for researchers), the Federal Center in Denver, and thousands of feet of microfilm from the LDS library in Salt Lake – searching for my ancestors.  The quest never ends!

My ancestor David Thrasher was the son of John Thrasher (1755-1844) and Susan Barton (1766-1837).  John Thrasher was the son of John Thrasher, Sr. and Ruth Cloud.  John Thrasher Sr. was at one time in Virginia.

Land Patent to John Thrasher

Goochland County, Virginia –

Patents 1738-1739

George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King – granted unto John Thrasher, one certain tract of land containing four hundred acres being in the County of Goochland on both sides of the Buffaloe River near the Blue Mountains.  (Boundaries and specifications continued in detail at length.)  Issued by William Gooch Esquire our Lieutenant Governor and Commander-in-Chief of our said Coloney and Dominion at Williamsburg under the Seal of our said Coloney, the First Day of February one thousand seven hundred and thirty-eight.  In the (Exal) Twelfth Year of our Reign.

Extract from Vessie Thrasher Rainer’s book:

David Thrasher’s fourteenth child was a daughter named Elizabeth S. Thrasher, was born December 7, 1838, married Robert W. Sammon, fifth day of December, 1860.  Her husband died March 19, 1864, leaving her with two children–a son and daughter; the son named Robert Walker Sammon, now living in New Mexico; her daughter named Larlelia Sammon, married Frank Medlock of Gwinnett County, Ga., a very successful farmer and also a fine stock raiser and a very prominent citizen.

Genealogy discoveries