Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tagging Memories with "Tag, You're It!"

Lisa Louise Cooke has tagged me from over at The Genealogy Gems News Blog.
There's a game of Genealogy Blogger Tag going around and now it's my turn.

Where do I begin? Oh, yes, the questions - should begin like this . . .

10 Years Ago I . . .
1. lost my Mother and drove with my sisters and husband to Blackfoot, Idaho, to place her beside my stepfather.
2. occasionally made draperies for the public.
3. welcomed our first grandson into the family on October 16th.
4. then welcomed our last granddaughter into the family on November 17th.
5. spent our 34th wedding anniversary in the Davis Mountains with my husband.

5 Things on Today's To-Do List
1. Find pictures to carry to North Carolina on Saturday that my daughter hasn't seen.
2. Send list of blogs (late) that I have read and commented on to Looking4Ancestors.
3. Make vegetable soup for tomorrow.
4. Download some pictures from my camera onto my computer before I leave.
5. Mail University of Texas Keepsake Garter ordered from my Etsy shop.

5 Snacks I Enjoy
1. Potato Chips and Salsa
2. Dried Cranberries and Almonds
3. Cottage Cheese and Fruit
4. Movie Popcorn
5. Chocolate Cake

5 Places I've Lived
1. Mineral Wells, Texas
2. Cookeville, Tennessee
3. Durham, North Carolina
4. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
5. Andalusia, Alabama

5 Jobs I've Had
1. Typesetter
2. Print Shop Manager
3. Church Secretary
4. Shop Owner
5. Executive Secretary

Tag, You're It!
1. Genealogy Musings by Holly Timm (corrected Holly's last name, I originally spelled it wrong!)
2. We Tree by Amy Coffin
3. Before My Time by TK Sand
4. The Sock in the Dryer by William Morgan
5. Blind Pig and the Acorn by Tipper Pressley

Fun Friday - Would you Care to Comment?

Challenge was given by Looking 4 Ancestors

When my fellow blogger asked me to participate in a challenge I eagerly accepted. It is my first one here at GeneaBloggers on Facebook. The challenge was to leave a personal comment on at least ten of the blogs you read over the weekend. I read ten and more right away, leaving a comment on each of them. I learned so much and found some great blogs that I will follow and have added to my list of “Favorite Blogs”. I think I may have missed the deadline for turning my list in, but here are the ones I read. Take a look at them if you haven’t done so already. You, too, might find a link to a family line that intrigues you.

Walkin' the Land of my Ancestors kinexxions

Fact or Fiction? THE GRAVEYARD RABBIT: COG 58 Hill Country of Monroe Country

"America cultivates the best Germany brought forth” Genealogy Gems Podcast

THE PURSUIT OF DAVID ROBBINS PT 1, PT2, and PT3 West in New England

An unexpected face found … Gen Musings

Smile for the Camera Dream-of-genea

My Attempt to Become Unfat: Week 41 Hill Country of Monroe Country

Remember Polaroids? Recreate Them With Your Own Photos Thomas 20

Welcome to the commencement exercises Krentz

What Does It Mean To Burn A Feed? FB Bootcamp

How To Add A Label Cloud Blogger FB Bootcamp

Would you care to comment? Sock in the Dryer

A Lad and His Boat Blind Pig and the Acorn

Ancestry, Poverty, and the Great Depression All My Branches

Challenge was given by Looking 4 Ancestors

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Cranberry Salad

If you read the post about my cousin, Julie Martin, you will know that she sent me a surprise Christmas present last year – a box of canned Bing Cherries. This is my husband, Bob’s, favorite dessert. If I don’t have or can’t find Bing Cherries I will make the Cranberry Salad shown below. I think it is just as good. Maybe you will try them both and you decide!

I usually make this version of Cranberry Salad at Christmas because I can rarely find the sweet Bing cherries called for in the Coca Cola salad. This makes a FULL LARGE rectangular Pyrex dish 9 x 14 or something like that.

3 regular packages cherry or strawberry Jell-O
3 cans whole berry cranberry sauce
1 #2 can crushed pineapple and juice

Dissolve Jell-O with 3 cups boiling water. Let cool. Do not let it get firm. Add cranberry sauce and drained pineapple. Divide mixture in 2 parts. Put half in large oblong Pyrex dish and congeal. After it has congealed, spread with mixture of the following:

12 ounces cream cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
½ cup pineapple juice

Add ½ cup chopped nuts to remaining half of cranberry mixture. Pour over cream cheese and place in refrigerator again to congeal.

Pretty and good!

Photo accessed from free images at

Coca-Cola & Bing Cherry Salad

Here is the Coca Cola salad Bob's mother used to make - very sketchy directions but you get the idea. This is also the recipe that uses the Bing Cherries that my cousin, Julie Martin, mailed to me at Christmas.


1 pkg. Raspberry Jell-O

1 pkg. Cherry Jell-O

2 cans Bing cherries, sweet (drained)

1 small can crushed pineapple (drained, saving some for cream cheese topping)

1 cup nuts

2 bottles coca cola (cold)
She used coke that was sold in individual glass bottles. I imagine they held about same amount as our canned drinks of today.


Then mix one 4 oz. pkg. cream cheese with a small amount of pineapple juice.

Sprinkle walnut or pecan pieces to top.

Tastes great!


Copyright 2008 Photo taken by Judy Shubert

at The Daily Grind Museum, Mineral Wells, Texas May 20, 2008

Vernelle Gailey Rowbury - Life Sketch by Angie Marek

Edwin C. Rowbury and Vernelle Gailey Rowbury
Circa 1960s

Vernelle was born prematurely along with her twin sister, Maedelle, on September 25, 1924. The twins weighed 2 and 2 ½ pounds. Their first cradles were shoe boxes. They were kept alive by being fed warm buttermilk. The twins were very lucky to have lived through that first winter. Our lives would have been very different had we not had Vernelle.

Her twin and her younger sister tell of their mischievous youth. One story that stands out in the minds of Vernelle’s family is when the three of them set the cotton bales on fire! While playing in the cotton fields, the sisters discovered some grapevines and mysteriously produced some matches. The results were disaster! Needless to say they all got a good scolding and a spanking.

As most identical twins will, Vernelle and Maedelle often passed as one another. Especially in their teenage years, swapping dates and discipline. By the way, when they would call you they sound exactly the same of the phone.

Vernelle’s first marriage was to Leon Richards. Together they produced four children, a son and three daughters. She and Leon were divorced in 1954.

Vernelle’s second marriage was to Edwin Rowbury. The years she spent with Eddie were some of her happiest and their travels produced memories long cherished. Vernelle never met a stranger, and she eagerly shared her stories with all who would listen.

When my father, Bud, was ill and recuperating from a stroke he lived with Ed and Vernelle. They would play endless hours of cards. Vernelle loved cards whether it was solitaire, poker or rummy. She even taught Barbara to gamble, although, I think she must have skipped a few lessons. Vernelle and my Grandpa Jack always had a running bet on the Cowboys games. They would just mail their dollars back and forth. By the way Grandpa, if you still owe her money she won’t forget!

Vernelle always had her nails painted. And just like today they were usually bright red. She also never left home without her earrings. She took good care of herself and wanted to look her best when she left home.

Two of my fondest memories of Vernelle are:

  • One summer Grandpa, Grandma, Barbara and I went on vacation to Altus, Oklahoma, to visit Ed and Vernelle. Upon our arrival we discovered that the increasing winds that had been following us were three tornadoes following us in. Vernelle just took it all in stride, taking Barb and I outside to see the funnels while I think my Grandma was having a nervous breakdown in the hallway.

  • When Vernelle was in Madigan Army Hospital in Tacoma having tests, we would pick her up on weekends and bring her home to stay with us. At first they didn’t want to let her out but after she ran around calling them a bunch of gravel agitators and asking her male nurse, “What’s wrong, aren’t you good enough to be a doctor?” they were happy to check her out to us. However, when all her tests were complete they were sorry to see her go. They said she kept them hopping and their lives interesting.

One of Vernells’s trips after Eddie passed away was a cruise with Barbara. Being as mischievous as she was, one night while they were returning to their cabin around 12:30 a.m. Vernelle ran down the hall knocking on doors which would open about the time Barbara walked by.

After Eddie died, Vernelle remained in their beloved Idaho, until such time as she made the choice to live near her family in Texas, in 1992. As she expressed in July while visiting, her sincere wish was to return to Idaho to live beside Eddie. Vernelle was very special to us all.

We bring her home today to be with Eddie and wish her the peace she deserves.

Life sketch written by and given at graveside service
by Angie Cornia Marek, niece of Eddie and Vernelle Rowbury, on August 27, 1998.

Vernelle Gailey Richards Rowbury was my mother. Her actual birth year was 1921. Since she didn't want everyone to know she was seven years older than Eddie, she preferred to "tell everyone" she was born in 1924, closing the gap just a little. Thus she had her headstone engraved with 1924 after Eddie's death. Her twin sister, Maedelle Gailey Carlyle, nearly had a “fit” when she saw a photograph of it. Guess this is further proof that we can't always believe everything we read on headstones! -- Judy Shubert

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Searching for Arthurs near Ducktown, Tennessee

On top of a mountain near Sylco, Tennessee looking at the Ocoee River

This is in the Cherokee National Forest just northwest of Ducktown. Bob and I were on the road to the old Arthur Community and the Sylco Cemetery. It was a beautiful place.

Photos taken April 30, 2003 by Judy Shubert

No, we didn't find the Sylco Cemetery. I think that it may be overgrown by now or maybe we made a wrong turn somewhere. But like Linda Kay tells me, "Judy, you KNOW they're not there." She loves to tease me about my hunting out cemeteries!

A Miner’s Shoes and Overalls

We spent the night in Ducktown and decided to go to a museum we ran across. These miner’s shoes and overalls were found in the Burra Burra Mining Museum. Just around the corner from this display was an entrance to one of the mining shafts. Those miners had more stamina and guts than I have!

This photo was taken inside the Mining Museum at the Copper Basin in Ducktown, Tennessee. The man giving Bob and I the tour gave me permission to take the photo. He said the workers in the mines were a happy lot and most of the copper mining accidents were single occurances, not accidents that will trap several men at one time as you see in the coal mines because they are mined differently. Bob had asked about that because his great-grandmother's younger brother died in the Muscat mine in 1910. He was only around 28 years old. (More about that later.)

This is a closer look at those folks in the previous picture. Just wish their faces were clearer!

Bob said he felt we were in a time-warp!

Imagine our surprise to round one of those horse-shoe turns up on top of the mountain near Ducktown, Tennessee and see this coming toward you. They were so nice and hated that they "couldn't rightly tell us where that Arthur cemetery was".

I lightened the photo up some trying to see the 2 gentlemen a little better.

You can't imagine how excited I was when I first saw them coming down the road. This reminded me of our ancestors coming across the plains in those Prairie Schooners. There is a story about Grandpa Harvey Puckett and Grandma Alice and Indians and camping overnight! That story reminds me, too, of these two gentlemen. You can find that story in Chapters 1 and 2 of Irene Gailey Stone's Memories – “Grandma in Her Bonnet.”

Carson Newman Men's Letter Club

Men's Letter Club

"Composed of all men who wear the Varsity C.-N. Monogram in athletics, the Men's Letter Club is active in promoting the interests of the varsity sports and also provides a means of sharing common interests in the world of athletics."
Taken from a 1940 Appalachian
Carson-Newman College Yearbook
Jefferson City, Tennessee
Published by the Senior Class
Yearbook belonging to Ray Allen Shubert, Class of 1941

My father-in-law, Ray Allen Shubert, is in the front row, second from the left. He was a student of Carson-Newman from 1938-1941.

1941 Carson Newman Graduate Ray Allen Shubert Deceased - September 8, 1917 - January 17, 2003

Ray Allen Shubert
Carson Newman College
Jefferson City, Tennessee

Death Notice
The Tennessean, Sunday, January 19, 2003
Nashville, Tennessee

SHUBERT, RAY ALLEN – Age 85, January 17, 2003. He was born September 8, 1917 in Lenoir City, TN. Mr. Shubert was a graduate of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN. While there he met his wife, Marilee Davis. They were married September 27, 1941. He was captain of the Carson-Newman football team, played on the baseball team and was inducted into the Carson-Newman Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. He served as President of the Men’s Student Government. He also served in the U. S. Navy in 1941 and retired from Eaton Laboratories. He and his wife were active members of the First Baptist Church of Nashville for more than 50 years.

Mr. Shubert was preceded in death by his wife, Marilee and parents Henry E. and Martha Conner Shubert of Lenoir City, TN. He is survived by sons, Robert A. (Judy) Shubert of Fort Worth, TX and William H. Shubert of Brentwood, TN; one daughter, Leta (John) Sproule of Franklin, TN; sisters, Helen (Paul) Dutton, Alyce (Harold) Proaps, Lucille Gardner-Greene, and Berniece Walker, all of Lenoir City, TN; brother, R. H. Shubert of Knoxville, TN.

Grandchildren are Brandy Shubert of Bowling Green, KY; David (Tammy) Shubert of Andalusia, AL; Gail (Troy) Blalock of Caldwell, NC; Michael (Shannon) Shubert of Mt. Pleasant, TX; Jonathon Shubert of Brentwood, TN; Clint Wilder, Shannan Saratella Shubert, and Lacey (Joseph) Dozier, all of Nashville. Services will be held on Monday, January 20, 2003 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Frank Lewis officiating at the Broadway Chapel of Roesch Patton Brentwood Funeral Home. 1715 Broadway, Nashville.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 19, 2003 from 2-4 p.m., also at the funeral home. Honorary Pallbearers are members of the Koinonia Sunday School Class. Services will also be conducted in Lenoir City, on Tuesday, with interment to follow at the City Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Association. Broadway Chapel of Roesch Patton Brentwood Funeral Home. 1715 Broadway. (615) 244-6480.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Henry Milton (Mitchell) Shubert - March 07, 1839-June 01, 1915

Back of Photo reads: Nancy Ann Shubert
Blaine Plemons, cousin
Henry Shubert

My search for the Shubert ancestors began with my husband’s great-great-grandfather, Henry “Mitt” Shubert. The search was compelling because my husband’s father told us he had come to the United States from Austria in 1842 when he was a small child. The combination of Austria and the name Shubert was intriguing enough to make me long to find proof of this, even though at the time I knew nothing of genealogy and researching various documents and census records.

The search led me to South Carolina and a Robert Shoebird and his wife, Lydia. My father-in-law had never seen a copy of any census and when I showed him the copy of the microfiche page where Robert and Lydia’s names appeared he nearly cried. He was amazed. He said, “There, that’s (Milton) my great-grandfather.” He knew and had already given me all of the other names of the children and parents that appeared in the census. I felt that was a pretty good indication that I had the right family. But, then again, I was new at genealogy.

This census record seemed to prove to us that Mitt was not born in Austria, but in Tennessee; that his father and mother were born in South Carolina, unless they fabricated a story for the census taker. I have not been able to track them further back than this 1850 census.

A photo given to my husband by Loma Schubert Rodgers has Blaine Plemons, "cousin", with Henry M. Shubert and Nancy Ann Parks Shubert. This could be the son of Nancy's daughter, Carrie, and L.M. Plemons. The photo shows Mitt in what the owner of the picture called his military uniform. He did serve in the Civil War with the Union Tennessee Volunteers.

Nancy Ann Parks Shubert was Henry’s second wife whom he married April 04, 1881 in Loudon County, Tennessee, after Henry’s first wife (my husband’s great-great-grandmother) Mornan Matilda Jenkins, died on November 03, 1878.

The 1890 Civil War Veterans census indicated that a Nancy A. was to receive benefits. Nancy A. was 10 years younger than Henry. Her daughter, Dialtha Parks, by her previous marriage to James Parks was married to Henry's son, Jacob Pearson Shubert. Another of Nancy's daughters, Carrie Parks, married L.M. Plemons.

My husband and I have spent many hours looking for information and learning about this very interesting family. Family tidbits picked up here and there to be shared with you as time goes by.

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas
Copyright (c) 2015 by Judith Richards Shubert