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Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces

FromCraig Manson at GeneaBlogie:
Graig says "I started this with a note on Facebook and it was suggested that it would make a good meme for bloggers. The idea is to publicize your surnames and locales to see if anyone else knows something about them."
Craig says to "List the surnames you are researching and the general localities. Then tell the names of your “Most Wanted Ancestors,” that is, the ones you most want to find behind that brick wall. (You can tag people if you want; I’ve chosen not to do that here so that all readers are included). Let’s see your lists; maybe we can each help someone out!"So I have added the surnames that are most directly related to me that I am researching. I also took Thomas MacEntee's lead at Destination: Austin Family when he said "I have been "particular with the formatting of the information below and use ________ Surname hoping this will allow more people using Google and other search engines to find my post. Al…

Great-grandfather Jim Gailey Mentioned in "Kissin' Kin"

James Newton "Jim" Gailey
Born May 24, 1869 in Clermont, Hall County, Georgia
Died April 30, 1930 in Parker County, Texas
Buried in Brock Cemetery, Brock, Parker County, Texas

My great-grandfather was mentioned in this faded newspaper article sent to me by a cousin who lives in Aledo, Texas. At the time Jim and Eleanor Brock Gailey lived in the community of Newberry in Parker County. I do not know the date of the column written by Evlyn Broumley but it was published in The Weatherford Democrat.

FROM THE PASTAround the county from The Weekly Herald, Thursday, May 22, 1924:
"Newberry: Farmers of the community belonging to the Newberry Truck Growers Association met Thursday night with their families at the schoolhouse. Geo Newberry, president presiding. Jim Gaily was elected salesman and Leonard Newberry grader of the watermelon crops. Ice cream and cake were served after the meeting to the members that came from Davis, Grindstone and Brock. Mrs. A.R. Doss and babies, Evelyn and…

Kreativ Blogger Award

I was so pleased and flattered this morning to discover this beautiful Kreative Blogger Award in my mailbox! A very good GeneaBlogger friend, Greta Koehl, at Greta's Genealogy Bog, has given my blog a thumb's up. I agree with her that the genea-blogging group is a generous and talented bunch and I am honored that she included me in that assessment.

Here are the procedures connected with the Kreativ Blogger Award:

1. Copy the award to your site.
2. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
3. Nominate 7 other bloggers.
4. Link to those sites on your blog.
5. Leave a message on the blogs you nominate.

My nominees for this neat Kreativ Blogger Award go to:
Magnolia at Magnolia Blossom's BlogColleen at Orations of OMcHodoyTipper at Blind Pig & The AcornKay at Camp Across Texas w/Skip and KayApril at God WomanKate at Kate's KitchenDiana at Random RelativesPlease follow these blogs ~ I think you will be as impressed by them as I have been.

Thanks, Greta!

Genealogy Traces Wordless Wednesday - February 18, 2009

Baked Pork Chops – A Reminder of Home

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt: Week #6 - Let readers in to your kitchen. Discuss your family’s favorite foods. What was a typical Sunday dinner in your childhood house? What did grandma make that had you coming back for more? Were there any dishes that the dog wouldn’t even eat?Thanks to We Tree for the inspiration!

My father and step-mother, Leon and Mildred Richards in their home September of 1964.
Having grown up in a household where my father was a butcher for the local Safeway store and my mother worked in the same meat department, we had a variety of cuts of meat every day. Breakfast fare usually included thick slices of bacon, smoked, peppered, and honey cured. Occasionally a pork chop made its appearance on our breakfast plate beside the usual eggs and fried potatoes and onion. We didn't have that big of a breakfast every weekday because Mom spent long days at work and school was calling - we usually ran a little late with 4 teenagers and 2 elementary-aged kids to get rea…

GeneaBloggers Cookbook Now in Living Color

I had the distinct pleasure of participating in the creation of a great cookbook. I submitted a recipe that my grandmother, Edna Alice Puckett Gailey, made often for our family Christmas dinners. The Geneabloggers has published this first edition with the leadership of Coleen McHugh of Orations of McOhodoy!The book has 35 recipes submitted by 18 fellow geneabloggers from around the world, and has step-by-step instructions, with many stories about the recipes and the families who enjoyed them through the years.GeneaBloggers has posted an announcement of the Cookbook's release and you can read about it here. Thanks to all of the great editors and our own special "techie" guru, Thomas, for putting together a great cookbook.
Get your free copy today by clicking here and downloading in PDF format (file is approximately 5MB).

Genealogy Traces Wordless Wednesday - February 11, 2009

My younger sister, Angie, loved to play in our grandfather's work boots.
Someone caught her with the camera in just the right pose!
Mineral Wells, Texas 1962

Dressed in their Christmas Finery

The word prompt for the 10th Edition of Smile For The Camera is Costume? No, not as in Halloween. Costume as in dress in general; especially the distinctive style of dress of a people, class, or period. Show us that picture that you found with your family collection or purchased that shows the costumes of the rich to the not so rich, from the civil war to the psychedelic sixties. I know you have them, so share. Admission is free with every photograph!

Grace Amanda Gailey, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey
Nelllie Mae Gailey
Circa 1908

I think this is a precious little picture! My grandfather, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey, is the oldest sibling, shown here with Grace Amanda Gailey (Cornelius) and Nellie Mae Gailey (Tudor). They were born in Parker County, Texas in 1898, 1900, and 1903 respectively.

It looks as if Aunt Grace, Doc, and Aunt Nell may be posing with their Christmas presents. I especially like the boots that they all are wearing, the little dresses sewn just alike wit…

My Brock Ancestors - James R. Brock, John Henry Brock, and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock

My Great-Grandparents
James Newton Gailey - May 24, 1869 - April 30, 1930
and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock - July 25, 1871 - July 21, 1943

My grandfather was born into the Brock and Gailey families in the small north Texas community of Brock in ParkerCounty. His father James Newton Gailey came to Texas with his brothers from his home in Hall County, Georgia. Some folks in the area simply called him “Jim”. Jim and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock met in ParkerCounty and got married in Millsap by J.S. Huckabee in 1897, according to a Family Bible entry written in my grandfather’s handwriting.

Jim and Eleanor had three children, my grandfather, James Dolphus Gailey, born November 8, 1898, Grace Amanda Gailey, born March 1, 1900, and Nellie Mae Gailey, born December 5, 1903, all born in Parker County.

Captain James R. Brock
“Captain James R. Brock and his family were living in RuskCounty near Henderson (Texas) in 1853, when they purchased 400 acres of land in Van Zandt County, Texas, near Canton. They had …