Posted in Family History, Pyatt

Tombstone Tuesday/Thriller Thursday Maggie E. Pyatt

 Maggie E. daughter of  John M. and Sarah A. Pyatt

Born Mar 21, 1890 – Died June 27, 1907

Pickett Cemetery

Summersville, Missouri



Maggie was my Grand Aunt on my father’s side.  She was only 17 years old when she died, the ninth child out of thirteen siblings.

But the question is – How did she die?

“As I remember when I was about 10-12 years old my mother told me about her. It seems when she was about 17 or so she left home to go to Detroit or maybe it was Chicago with some one or for a job ( I’m not sure which) and wasn’t heard from for some time. My Grandfather later received a message from the local railway station that he had a package to be picked up. It turned out to be a casket with her in it. They never seemed to get an answer on what had happened. I don’t think they were able to trace who sent her home or how she died… “  – email received from Earl E. Pyatt (my father) 6/11/2006

Posted in Family History, Wilson

Sunday Family Snapshot – Wilson Family

This is a family portrait (circa 1891, taken in Geneva, Nebraska) of my 2nd-great grandfather, George Franklin Pierce Wilson and his family.  Back row (left to right) Dollie Elizabeth Wilson, age 12, Charles Issac Wilson, 16, Clara Etta Wilson (my great-grandmother), 15.  Seated in front (left to right) George Franklin Pierce Wilson, 38, Clarence Cornelius Wilson, 11, Nancy Minerva Lightbody Wilson, 38.

Posted in Family History

Treasure Chest Thursday – Gift from Grandpa

One of my most cherished possessions is a child-sized ring and bracelet that my grandfather gave me when I was merely a baby, over 56 years ago.  They are both so tiny and precious.  Made from silver with small little turquoise stones embedded. We were his first granddaughters and he wanted to mark the occasion appropriately.  I am sure that I was only able to wear them for a short time as I was growing up.  My mother had kept these mementos until she finally gave both my sister and I our individual set of jewelry.

This picture is the first time my grandfather saw my sister and I.  It was also when he gave us our rings and bracelets.  Now before you start leaving comments…yes, I am a twin.  I believe in this picture I am the one looking up at my grandfather.  (At least that’s what my mother told me!)  My sister is 2 minutes older than I am.  When asked “What’s it like to be a twin?”; my response is always the same, “What’s it like NOT to be?”

Posted in Family History, Jackson

Wedding Wednesday – Curtis Jackson/Ann Beales

Curtis Issac Jackson (1751-1829) is my 5th great grandfather on my mother’s side.

Transcribed from the New Garden M.M. Minutes 1754-1800, Friends Historical Collection, Hege Library, Gilford College, Greensboro, NC

At our Monthly meeting held at New Garden the 30th of the 9th mo 1775.  The representatives being call’d appear’d.

Curtis Jackson and Ruth Beales appeared at the meeting and declared their intention of taking each other in marriage.  Uriah Carson and Thomas Jessop is appointed to enquire into the young Man’s life, and conversation, clear’d of marriage engagements with others, and what else may be needful, and make report to the next Meeting.

At our Monthly Meeting at New Garden the 25th of the 11th month 1775. The respresentatives being call’d they appear’d.

One of the friends appointed to attend the marriage of Curtis Jackson with Ruth Beals, reports it was orderly accomplish’d and brought the Marriage Certificate:  the other sent the same account.

Whereas Curtis Jackson Son of Samuel Jackson of Surry County North Carolina and Ruth Beales Daughter of Bowater Beales of the same place, having declared their intentions of marriage with each other before several Monthly Meetings of the people called Quakers held at New Garden in Guilford County according to the good order used among them and nothing appearing  were left to their Liberty to accomplish their marriage according to good order the which they did at a meeting of Said People at Toms Creek in Surry County and before many witnesses 12 of those names are here inserted to wit.

Phoebe Sumner                  StangemanStanley

Hannah Hiatt                       Michal Huff

Miriam Carr                         Caleb Sumner

Kezia Mills                           Joseph Hiatt

Mary Cook                         Thomas Cook

Elizabeth Mills                     Thomas Jessup

Posted in General

Thankful Thursday – SOPA/PIPA blackout

I just want to take this opportunity to thank all those in my blogging and genealogical circles for taking the time to participate in this very worthy cause. We all know how disastrous both SOPA and PIPA would be to our freedom of speech and freedom from censorship.  Piracy is wrong and needs to be addressed, but these two bills are not the way to accomplish that objective.

I am also thankful for sites like Wikipedia, Google and even Geneabloggers for their contribution to making even the smallest of us feel like our voices were heard.  In this new political age of real-time protests, it feels good to know that even my small little blog and internet presence can make a difference!

Yesterday was an extremely successful day.  But from what I have seen…the battle still goes on.  Time to remain ever vigilant and ready to protect our rights.

Visit the Stop American Censorship website to get and stay involved.

Posted in Family History, Wilson

Tombstone Tuesday: Struck by Train C.C. Wilson, Jr. (1912-1930)

C.C. (Clarence Cornelius) Wilson, Jr. was my 1 cousin 2X removed.

Partial transcription from the Savannah Reporter, July 4, 1930  (Savannah, Missouri)

“Youth Killed Wednesday Morning

Great Western 5 a.m. Passenger Saw Him Sitting on Track Below Sanatorium.

Funeral services for C.C. Wilson, Jr., whose body was found by the Great Western train crew Wednesday morning, were held yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Breit Funeral Home with Rev. B.L. Holcomb, pastor of the M.E. Church South, in charge.  Burial was in the Savannah cemetery…

…The family, the coroner and all are at a loss to know why he was sitting on the track after daylight, as the train reaches Savannah at 4:49.  The 6 o’clock interurban would have taken him home in another hour and there was no freight for him to catch to go to his home at Industrial City.  Besides he had never been known to do this.  He has been working with his father at stone and concrete work, especially foundation work.  His father had told him they were not going to work Wednesday and there was no reason for him to hurry home.  Heretofore when he missed the car he had been going to the home of his associate workman, young Wampler, and remaining until morning.

 The passenger train which struck him does not stop at Savannah.  He and his father had been working on the foundation at the Bunse farm near Cosby and also the concrete foundation for Mr. Willoughby at Rochester.  If C.C. had started to walk before 1 o’clock down the track he would have been home before 5 o’clock but there would have been no reason in his going alone down the track and his habit of being careful with his best clothes and having money sufficiently he would not start home to walk along nine miles at that time of night.  Undertaker Briet says there was no evidence whatever of there being any intoxicating liquor about the body.  The family say emphatically that C.C. never was a sound sleeper…

…This biography was read at the service yesterday:

 C.C. Wilson, second son of Clarence C. and Daisy M. Wilson, was born in Savannah August 10, 1912, and died in Savannah July 2, 1930, aged 17 years, 10 months and 22 days.  He had spent practically all his life in Savannah and attended the Savannah school.  He was of exemplary habits and was industrious and fair in all his dealings and well liked by all who know him.  He is survived by his father and mother, four brothers, Paul R., Earle, Jewell and Eugene; two sisters, Dorothy Norene and Carol Evelyn, his grandfather J.M. Rogers, and a number of uncles and aunts and other relatives.”

Posted in 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week 3

Free Online Genealogy Tools: Free online genealogy tools are like gifts from above. Which one are you most thankful for? How has it helped your family history experience?

I have used several different free online genealogy services.  But, I have to say that the one free service that I use the most is Google search.  After gleaning all the information I can from my paid services, I immediately turn to Google.  It never ceases to amaze me the amount of information a simple google search can retrieve.  I have found newspaper articles, genealogy websites, pictures, books etc.  that have been applicable to information I am seeking.  Searches have brought me together with relatives in extended branches of my tree.  I have discovered entire websites that are dedicated to the research of surnames of interest to me along with fellow researchers.  As I have said many times to family and friends when we don’t know the answers –  “google it”!

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.