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Family Events - May 26 - June 1, 2009

On this day in history my ancestors were living their lives just as you and I are today. Some of the things happening to them were recorded and we share them with you here.

May 26 ~ in 1853 Joel Elam purchased land in Rusk County, Texas in the Laneville area. He had recently brought his family to Texas from Talledega County, Alabama. He continued his trade as a tinsmith as well as farming in Rusk County.
May 27 ~ in 1864 on a Friday morning Stratford Wade Hampton Richards, along with the other members of Darnell's 18th Regiment, Texas Cavalry, fought in The Battle of Pickett's Mill. "Almost 25,000 men fought the terrain, the heat, the fear and each other in an area that became known as 'the hell hole' to surviving veterans." See Battle of Pickett's Mill
May 28 ~ in 1718, Adam Hitch was listed as creditor to estate of Joseph Austin (Taylor). Adam and his wife, Ann, were living in Somerset County, Maryland.

May 30 ~ in 1908 Nina Belle was married to John Turner…

Honoring One of our Own Memorial Day - William Spence Davis, Sr.

Sgt. William Spence Davis
October 16, 1917 - June 20, 1919
United States Army

Pvt Lcl June 2 1918, Corp July 18 1918, Sgt Sep 7 1918. Overseas service from July 3, 1918 to June 14, 1919. Discharged on Jun 20 1919 with no disability. Address at enlistment RFD 2, Greenback Tennessee. Inducted at Loudon, Loudon County, Tennessee on Oct 16 1917.
Place of birth Sevier County, Tennessee.

Born March 24, 1895 in Sevier County, Tennessee
Died December 17, 1976 Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee

A young Spence appears with his family in my banner on this blog; in the 3rd picture from the left, he is standing behind his mother, Elizabeth Ann. In the photo from the left are: Elizabeth Ann Burns Davis, William Spence, Alvin, Nora, father James Pinkney "Pink" Davis, Louis, Ethel, and Baby Lessie.

Approximately a year and a half after being discharged from the Army, Spence married Leola Hitch of Ducktown, Tennessee, in September of 1920. He was married a second time to Mary Sue Delozier of Blo…

Power House below Buchanan Dam - Postcard Friendship Friday

Power House below Buchanan Dam across Colorado River
Burnet, Texas

Postcard is 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" ivory cardstock with lavender blue printing on back.
11,031F Pub. by Longhorn News Agency, Georgetown, Texas
Words "Post Card" printed in cursive style with "Place Stamp Here" stamp box
Postcard belonging to Judith Richards Shubert

Buchanan Dam began producing hydroelectric power in January 1938. Buchanan Dam, owned by Lower Colorado River Authority, creates Lake Buchanan.

Stretching for more than two miles, Buchanan is considered the longest multiple-arch dam in the nation.

Buchanan lake and dam were built primarily to store water and supply hydroelectricity. Construction on Buchanan Dam began in 1931, but shut down in 1932 when the original builder named Insull went bankrupt. Buchanan Dam was renamed in 1937 for U.S. Rep. J.P. Buchanan, who helped secure federal funds to complete the project. It was originally named Hamilton Dam.

The Lower Colorado River Authority beg…

Festival of Postcards: Wheels of Change on the Rade de Brest

94 BREST Los Rampes d acces et la Rade
Brest, a port city in western France sits on two hills divided by the Penfeld River. A magnificent road, the Rade de Brest, spans 14 miles (23 km) and is protected from the sea by the Quélern Peninsula, and the Goulet Passage (about 1–2 miles wide [1.5–3 km]) leads to open water.

Cardinal de Richelieu decided in 1631 to make it a major naval base. It was improved by Jean-Baptiste Colbert and fortified by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban. The former instituted the Inscription Maritime, still functioning, which inducted Breton fishermen (18–48 years old) into the Naval Reserve. In exchange for this obligation, the Inscription offers them family security for life. Brest has been the seat of the French Naval Academy since 1830.

Brest was the debarkation point for U.S. troops during World War I. Afterward its importance as a naval and transatlantic passenger port increased. The Germans, who occupied it in June 1940, built concrete submarine pens and used …

Peoples in New Spain in the 1700 and 1800s

Mexico or New Spain
(with) inset map of Southern Mexico and Central America

In researching my family in Texas, I have come across those who, in the census of their home county, have been enumerated as Mexican; but the head of the household of the same family has identified himself as Spanish on his World War I Draft Registration Card.
Not being too familiar with the Spanish occupation of Mexico and the efforts at converting the Indians found in the northern frontier, or Texas, and the make-up of the different cultures in that area during the 1700 and 1800s, I decided to do a little more reading.
Campbell says in his book Gone to Texas that “Spanish Texas in the early 1760s remained a sparsely settled province regarded primarily by the mother country as a buffer zone against France and as a field for missionary work, not as a colony of value in its own right.”1
The first census taken of the Spanish settlements in 1777 listed a total population of 3,103. This number included the residents of…

Vickie Everhart's Creative Thank You

Isn't this the neatest badge you've ever seen? Vickie Everhart is a fellow Texan and in my eyes that makes her special. But her creativity in her blog, BeNotForgot, blows me away. The scrapbook pages that she creates are filled with photos and art and they add so much interest to her posts.

After receiving the One Lovely Blog Award from Janice Tracy, author of Mississippi Memories, Vickie fashioned her a beautiful thank you badge like the one above. I admit I was more than a little envious! I had also sent Vickie the same award only a few hours after that and look what she has made for me! I love it. And you'll love her and her beautiful blog. Be sure and check it out often.

Another Award from Tammy - "One Lovely Blog Award"

I've received another wonderful compliment on my blog! Tammy, author of Genealogy Simple and Fun, resident of Birmingham, Alabama, has honored me with another "One Lovely Blog Award". I'm thrilled to accept it. Tammy has a wonderful blog which focuses on making genealogy "simple and fun," as the blog's title indicates.

She has been in the Genealogy field for over 11 years. Her Articles will help you in your research as she posts news information plus she will have items to make your Genealogy Adventure Fun!

Thank you so much, Tammy, for giving me this award.

The recipient of this award is asked to forward the award to seven more deserving blogs and their authors. My blog Tennessee Memories received one this week and this is the second for Genealogy Traces. I've selected fourteen blogs that I love and would like for you to visit. So here goes, I'll select seven more.

Terry at Desktop Genealogist Unplugged
Tim at Walking the Berkshires
Taneya at Taneya…

Missing Mildred

Mildred Lorraine SmithFebruary 28, 1921 - May 4, 2001

I have written about my mother, my grandmother, and my aunts. They played a big part in my life story, of course. But there is another beloved mother that was just as important to me.
Mildred Lorraine Smith was born in Deluce, Arkansas, February 28, 1921, the daughter of Murray Cord Smith and Mary M. Childers. Her two older brothers, Paul and Cleo Smith continued to be a large part of Mildred’s life as they grew up together and eventually all moved from Arkansas and settled in Erath County, Texas.
Mildred’s father, Murray, was a Methodist minister. He also was licensed to teach in Dallas County, Arkansas in 1927. As a minister he served in the Arkadelphia District of the Methodist Episcopal Church. When he moved his family further west because of the health of his wife, Mary, they first went to New Mexico and then moved back into Texas. The small community of Lingleville in ErathCounty became their home. He built a home there whi…

Thank You Gini for the "One Lovely Blog Award"

I have such wonderful friends in my readers and one very special lady, Gini, the author of Ginisology has selected my blog to receive the "One Lovely Blog Award". Sometimes I feel as though I neglect Genealogy Traces, but I have loyal followers who encourage me daily.

After receiving this beautiful award, the recipients are asked to pass it on to seven other blogs that they feel are deserving. I've selected seven over at my Tennessee Memories. so this gives me another opportunity to pick seven more.

This time I choose you:

Vickie at Be Not Forgot
Olive's Granddaughter at Grandma's Stitches
Lisa at 100 Years in America
Delia at Delia's Genealogy Blog
Cheryl at Ancestor Hunting
Cheryl Schulte at Two Sides of the Ocean
Suzanne at Chickens in the Road