12/26/05 Revised ~~ Tracing family history...  

slidein2meplz 61F
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12/25/2005 7:28 pm

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12/26/05 Revised ~~ Tracing family history...

** revised 12/26/05 **
I goofed big time on a butt load of these dates, and I should be spanked...hehe.

<~~~~ This picture is of my Great Grandparents. Homer and Dora Mae Clark


Yesterday when I looked thru these pages I was both excited and in a hurry, because we were all goin to my sisters.

Then when I got home and posted this blog....I was still quite excited and going on hurried memory.

I've been back to my mom's today and just spent a little over 3 hours counting how many pages there were and this time taking notes.

So...new info will be in this color...
I apologize for my inaccuracy and hope that everyone understands and forgives me for...well, being so excited and wanting to share stuff so cool....and also how's about we just call it a "BLONDE" moment....?? OK?

Today my Mom was so excited she could hardly contain herself.
And it's my great grandfathers family that my mom had been hitting dead ends with....


My mother has been tracing our family history for years now...and she spends anywhere from an hour a day to 10 hrs a day, searching and searching. She's actually become very, very good at it and the more she finds the more she digs.

She loves it.

One area of the history that has been very frustrating for my mom was trying to find information regarding my great, great grandfathers history.

My great Aunt Mary, who is 93 and still very much alive, has never known anything about her fathers side of the family. Nothing.

Yesterday, my mom received a package and in it was well over 100 pages from Government archives pertaining to the Civil War that a 2nd cousin of my mom's was able to find and get access to.

It was actually 208 pages

In it was all of the documentation of when he had filed for his military pension for serving in that war.

His name was Oscar Clark...and he was born
on 03/02/1841

He enlisted in the "Grand Army" on 01/22/1862

His rank was... F 61 ILL Inf.

He was injured 08/10/1863 and was discharged 02/08/1864 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Then he re-enlisted as a Vet 02/09/1864 and he was discharged from service on 09/08/1865

He started trying to get his pension 11/03/1888

He passed away on 12/26/1921 He was 81 yrs, 9 months and 21 days old.

(I think I have his discharge date right, I'm going on memory here...but it's close enough for this post).

keithcancook You were right, I did have those dates for the Civil War wrong.... and he did enlist and then re-enlisted.

Anyway... my mom was so happy and so excited because she knew my great Aunt...her Aunt.. would be happy to finally know something about her grandfather.

So, my mom called her and briefly told her a little about him (only because she hasn't read it all yet) and my mom said she was so "moved" by it that Aunt Mary couldn't sleep. She was so happy to finally know when he was born, that he was in the Civil War...what regiment he was in...how, why and when he was discharged and when he passed away.

These are things shes lived 93 years without ever knowing...these were things she had always wanted to know.

I saw the papers myself today...and got thru about 30 some odd pages....and each page I read, the more "emotional" I became....and all I could think about was how awesome this find was and how happy both my mom and my great Aunt was over this new found information.

Just from what I read he had an awesome story that needs to be told.

My sister...thinks I should write something...all though I don't think I can do it justice.

Actually her words were "you should write a screen play about this"....and I'm like...huh? Right...me.. Slide...write a screen play.
Hell, I don't have a clue how to go about something like that.

It is an interesting story...and an interesting thought about a 93 year old woman never knowing anything about her fathers side of the family and now after all these years....here it is.

Several years ago, before my mom took up interest in tracing our family history a distant relative, who none of us knew had traced part of my grandmothers history back to 1664.

The lineage was from REES-JONES....and they sailed from Wales to America on the ship Vine.

The ship VINE was from Liverpool and it arrived in Philadephia July 17th, 1684

It was William Penn....not Thomas Paine (I knew it was someone famous from back then) who established a "haven" in Pennslyvania for the Quakers...known as "Friends of Jesus" and also the area was known as "the Merioneth Adventures" and this was in 1682

They were Quakers...and they knew WILLIAM PENN had set aside land for all of these people coming from Wales and when they arrived in Pennsylvania in July of 1684 they were all given this land.

We have a copy of the deed and a copy of the page it was recorded in.

on July 21,1684

This was what started my mom's quest for more history. My daughter told my mom that she intends to continue compiling and writing the history when my mom can no longer do it or has passed on. Which choked my mother up and that is not an easy thing to do... my mom is a ROCK... and I honestly can only remember seeing her cry once...and that was last March when she had half of her left lung removed.

She only told me...she said, as her eyes filled with tears.."promise me...if ever you need to do this...you'll do it.. If I can do it...you can do it"... what she meant was if I ever needed to have surgery of any nature to save my life... she wanted me to do it.
That was the first time I've ever seen that side of her....just 9 months ago.

I want to share more of this history of my great, great grandfather, the Civil War and my great Aunt Mary and I've asked my mom to send me an outline of the timeline and names, dates, events..etc. because I want to try and do something with it.

I had an awfully hard time putting the papers down once I started looking at them and kept thinking to myself how awesome this is.

~~ So far my mom has gathered ~~
28,861 names
10,530 recorded marriages
64 years and 6 months is the average life span
1590 is the earliest recorded birthdate
and there are 4,404 sir names.

Have any of you ever traced your histories?

How far back have you gotten?

Did you find anything really cool that happened to a distant relative?

I'd love to hear it...if anyone would like to share a little of it.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

keithcancook 60M
17718 posts
12/25/2005 8:31 pm

I am only aware of my ancestry as far back as my great-grandmothers generation. I have not tried anything further, but your excitement is contagous. Perhaps I will goof around with it one day.

I love history, it has become sort of a hobby of mine. One thing I noted immediately was the dates of young Oscar's military service. He must have been recalled or else re-enlisted when he was in his forties since the American Civil War occured between 1861 and 1865.

rm_imtheone42 74M
485 posts
12/25/2005 9:32 pm

My great grandfather died at an early age and my father and grandfather said they didn`t know any thing about him. In 1982 I found his grave and was delighted to find that he was buried next to his father who was born in 1812 in Georgia. It was an eerie feeling to stand there at their graves but in some strange way I felt very connected to them.

I have learned a great deal about them since that time and it has been a lot of fun. I would encourage anyone to trace their family`s history.

I even discovered that I had acouple of relatives who died at the Alamo.

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
12/25/2005 10:41 pm

Yes KCC... I think he did... I sortof hurriedly scanned thru the pages, because the whole fam damily was going to my sisters and so I didn't really have the time I wanted to look and study the pages more. It is very interesting...and the official forms/documents from that time were all hand written...and sounded all proper like the Declaration of Independance...with the handwriting style to match. There's several "witness" statements regarding his injuries and other ailments that people in his area gave after he came home from the war. I cannot wait to get a look at them again. Actually, that'll be tomorrow cuz family is in town from Houston,TX. (I don't think I spelled that right, it doesn't look right..oh well) anyway... I'll look at it again and this time I'll take notes. this stuff is just way to cool not to share.

Hi Imtheone42...welcome to my blog and thank you for your comments on this post. Tracing history is cool...and it's cool you found your great grandfathers grave. My mom has found so much information. I think she told me not too long ago she's compiled something like 28 sir names, and I can't even remember how many names all together she's gotten....but it's in the several thousands. She's got a program for this...I think it's called Family Tree or similar.

On my fathers side of the family...someone traced that history...and according to one pc I read...we "supposedly" ..**tongue in cheek here**are related to Capt. John Smith and Pokahontis?????

How accurate or true that is I can't tell ya... I have no idea... but that's what we were told. ?? None of us really have much clue about my dad's family...and we didn't know this person who traced the history at all.

My oldest brother and his wife went to a "family reunion"...a couple of years ago...only because someone on my dads side had been searching phone books looking for my dad's last name....which is not very common at all... found his and sent an invite. So they went... and was given a copy of the history that had been found up to that point.
My mom though...is searching out every branch of every one she can get information on...including my dad's side...so we hope she will uncover stuff about that side...maybe even confirm the statement about ol Capt'n John Smith. Now that would be awesome to discover if it were indeed true... huh?

Thanks to both of you for your comments. If your interested in hearing more about it please do let me know and I'll keep ya posted.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

kyplowboy22 61M

12/26/2005 6:10 am

Good deal, Slide....always good to know where you came from. Our lineage is passed down from generation by word of mouth. Heritage is the most important aspect of the Appalatchian culture. Later.


slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
12/26/2005 8:14 am

Hey KPB...Yes it is important. Most of my mom's leads come from talking with different people, most of them pretty old, but they have good memories that provide just enough information for her to search out. Keeps her busy that's for sure.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

ByteChaser2 52M

12/26/2005 11:25 am

Hi slide. We found out a few years ago that my dad was adopted... Dad went from being an only child to the middle of 6! One was still A.W.O.L. and it fell on I and dad to try and locate him. You know what we found? The Mormons have this geneology thing down pat! Seriously... They had our "new" family lineage all the way back to the late 1600's.

That was quite a trip and we eventually found my "new" Uncle in upstate New York. The family is whole now

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
12/26/2005 2:22 pm

That is WAY cool Bytechaser...awesome isn't it? Do you or anyone in your family keep up with it? Thanks for stopping in, and I hope you'll come back again anytime you are in the area.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
12/26/2005 8:40 pm

Hi Trav...it is very cool stuff.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

demonicsexkitten 41F
10671 posts
12/28/2005 12:22 am

I wish I could get into geneaology stuff, but just lack the patience for it. My grandma tried for years to trace her Indian ancestry (Native America, whatever... I do'nt reallly know the P.C. term). She was 1/4 and entitled to land and benefits, IF she could prove it. She died never able to. Last year I took mom to visit her sister on the East coast, and we discovered that grandma's brother HAD done a geneology.... The only interesting thing I know of at this point is that where Grandma told us our entire lives that we were Nez Perce (except ONE time she said "Chippewa" then went back to Nez Perce)... we discovered we ARE Chippewa. And then wandered thru the Indian Museum at the Smithsonian, and saw a photo of a Chippewa artist... that could be a blood relative. I mean... mom and I saw his photo, and both were in such shock... he looked like grandma! down to the eyebrows even. not that that's anything to go by

My brother (different dad) has it easy... as a Browning, their history is already traced and published up to his Grandfather. the newer generations being pencilled in to the copy he has. My dad, on the other hand, was adopted... so who knows.

warmandsexy52 64M
13164 posts
12/28/2005 1:37 am

What interesting stories form the tapestry upon which we are all woven. I never seem to have time to do this (and blog, and work) but all credit to you, slide, for shaping heritage and culture by turning records into meaning.

slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
12/28/2005 7:52 pm

demonicsexkitten ~~ Tracing your history takes an awful lot of time and patience.. I don't have it but my mom does...and my daughter has that kind of patience. I get excited over it...but I don't feel like I have the energy to spend researching.

warmandsexy52 ~~ Thanks...It's all my mom's doin...mostly... other than what history we had from another relative who traced part of it to 1664. My mom got the bug to check more into it each time she found something out...and the next thing ya know...she's working on it daily for all sorts of hours.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

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