This photo of the Woodson Johnson Stone family belongs to the family of Raymond Reginald Stone, who resided in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas at the time of his death in 2002. Raymond, a descendant of Woodson J. Stone, said that his mother gave him the picture many years ago. At the time, Raymond did not get the information regarding the identities of the people in the photo. He told me that he was sure that it was a picture of Woodson and his brothers and sisters. He believed that Woodson is one of the men on the right side of the picture, but did not know for sure which one.Woodson J. Stone was the son of William Tilford Stone. He was born July 20, 1817 in Galena, Stone Co, Missouri, and died August 3, 1888 in Malakoff, Henderson Co., Texas. His first wife was Mable P. Hurley. He later married Martha Criss Ann Pritchard who was born September 1, 1826.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I have been reading several historical novels and history books about the Republic of Texas and the Texas Mexican Revolution taking place when the first Charles Harrison Richards was a volunteer in Wm. Scurlocks’s company in 1836. I find myself imagining him riding along beside the characters experiencing the same hardships, etc. Also intrigued about the fact that he was killed in the streets of San Augustine according to the Autobiography of Phillip Wade Hampton Richards, and wanting to find out more I started looking again at the Texas Library and Archives website. The newly digitized claims, etc., are fascinating.
I found Charles Richards listed in the Texas State Archives Missing List2. There is a missing document written by Sam Houston to the Sec. of State, R. A. Irion on August 15, 1837 that directed Irion to have a “proclamation for the arrest of Richards and Humphries issued”. I have been trying to back track and discover why he was supposed to have been arrested. Also, could this have been another Richards?
Melinda Tillman, also a descendant of Charles Harrison Richards, said the CHR referred to in the documents I have found has to be the same one we are looking for because there weren’t any other adult Charles Richards around that part of Texas before 1840.
Then, there is this certification by Judge Benjamin C. Franklin in September, 1837, that a Randall James be paid for being a witness in the case of the Republic of Texas vs. Charles Richards and one Ezekiel George.
Then I suddenly found what I was looking for ~ that missing document written by Sam Houston to Sec. of State of the Republic of Texas, R. A. Irion. But it still does not say WHY Charles Richards and Humphries were wanted for arrest.
City of Houston
"We learn from the Courier that James HUMPHREYS, who killed Capt. Jo. POWELL at Columbia, Texas, some time ago, was arrested on Wed. last by Capt. JONES of the Third Municipality. He is in the Calaboose, has confessed to the murder, & will be sent back to Texas."
"An Indian was murdered a few miles from this place on 23rd by a man named RICHARDS from the Red Lands; the suspect has since been arrested and is waiting trial at Sept. term of court."9
1 John W. Middleton, "History of the Regulators and Moderators and the Shelby County War in 1841 and 1842, in the Republic of Texas," The Portal to Texas History, (Online: University of North Texas Libraries, Rare Book and Texana Collections, September 26, 2008) [originally published at Loving Publishing Company, Fort Worth, Texas: John W. Middleton, 1883], http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-2362>, accessed April 24, 2009.
Sat. 31 Aug 68
I haven't seen anything like this yet. Maybe it's around here somewhere.
I got in late last night. Met Sgt. Tomson today.
Everything OK, except it's hot and humid as hell.
I don't have a box number yet - will let you know.
Found the bankbook inside an envelope inside another envelope.
The card was mailed to Mrs. Vernelle Rowbury, 3500 Oak St., Apt. 3, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577 and is in a scrapbook belonging to me, Judith Richards Shubert.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Early in my life we moved from
We lived two miles from the schoolhouse and we had to walk both ways unless the weather was bad; then Daddy would come to pick us up in the wagon. Edsel and I graduated together from the eighth grade in 1932. When I graduated from
After graduating from Pleasant Ridge I entered high school as a freshman at Temple, Oklahoma, and graduated there as a senior in 1937. All the years that I was in school we continued to live on the farm and I helped Daddy with all the work on the farm. I was not an outstanding athlete but I did play basketball, baseball and track. I ran the mile and the 1/2 mile in track. In 1936, five of us boys had just graduated to the senior class and we decided to take a vacation. Walter Wilson, the mail carrier’s son, had just obtained a 1929 Model A Ford Touring Car. We put all the groceries and bedding that we could in that car and headed out for
After graduation I wanted to go to college at Oklahoma A&M but I wasn’t able to afford it. So, in 1938 I joined the “CCC” camps (Civilian Conservation Corp), a program started by President Roosevelt to give young men jobs. We could enlist for six months at a time and we were paid $30.00 a month. These were regular camps. We lived in barracks and were furnished our clothing, food, and other necessities such as medical needs. The camps were commanded by and supervised by regular Army officers. We were issued army clothes and stood in formations just like army life, except we were not issued guns. There were about 200 men in each camp. We worked an eight hour day, five days a week. We did various kinds of work. We worked on farms, built tanks, lakes, etc. We did forest work, built parks, terraced fields, did contour work on grasslands; most anything that had to do with soil conservation. I was stationed at
In late 1939 I was back home on the farm and I was doing most of the farm work. Daddy was busy trading cattle. In 1940 I helped him plant all his crops and worked them. In late summer I laid the crops by. I was now 21 years old and decided to go on my own. Me and three other men in an old 1934 Ford headed for
Next we went to work in the grape vineyards. I started boxing grapes for thirty cents an hour. I got promoted to putting lids on the boxed grapes and made thirty-five cents an hour. Then, I got promoted to swamping on trucks, loading the boxed grapes on trucks, and made forty-five cents an hour. After the grape vineyards we worked picking cotton. The fields were making two bales per acre. I don’t even know how much I made there. I do know that I heard from home that Daddy was making one bale per acre from the crop I had laid by for him.
While I was in
They kept me in Company C of the
There I sat in my supply office a few days after the bombing of
My largest group of recruits was from
At one point we had 125 Japanese soldiers in the
Well now, here in Mineral Wells (
Well, somebody finally caught up with me. I had a 1-A physical classification, and Reception Centers were 2-B units. There was a new Battalion being formed in
Mrs. Gailey returned home and Irene and Linda Kay went to
While we were at
Company A (my company) was assigned MP duties on the ship going over. Company B was assigned duties in the Mess Galley. I had to keep regular guards posted at all times. There was a complete hospital unit on our ship -- doctors, nurses, all hospital personnel. They were on “C” deck, about the 3rd deck up. My company was quartered on the same deck because of security. As an MP I had to keep a guard posted at the entrance to their section of the deck. We had to keep all unauthorized people away from their section. It became a real benefit to our Battalion that they were on the ship with us because they unloaded before us and were sent on to Camp Lucky Strike on the sea coast of
We were unloaded on the 17th of January at
We were headed for Camp Lucky Strike on the French sea coast. This was the very dead-end of the railroad. The depot set at the end of the track. From the last water-stop for the engine, it was all down hill to Camp Lucky Strike. The brakes gave out on the train. Going down hill with no brakes! The train kept getting faster and faster waking most of us up. Finally it began to rock from side to side and then there came a big crash. Cars were thrown off the track, some turned over, and some went over the tops of others. The engine ran completely through the depot building. Some of the Frenchmen said that old train was coming down the track with the whistle wide open. It was about seven o’clock in the morning.
There were trucks there to meet us and carry us to Camp Lucky Strike. The drivers and a lot of Frenchmen were a big help. We had men pinned under cars. The cars just had a door on one side. One of “B” Company cars was turned over and they didn’t have any way out. We were really proud of our own medics who were of great help to all of the injured. Out of our entire battalion we had 58 men killed and about 150 badly injured. As I said, I was glad that the hospital unit had unloaded before us because they had already arrived at Camp Lucky Strike and were set up for business. It didn’t take them long to get busy taking care of us.
“D” Company suffered the most. Their cars were next to the engine, the “C” Company, “A” Company (my Company), “B” Company and then Headquarters. I came out fine, just got a small cut on my head and was pretty shook up. My Company, “A”, only had four men killed -- one officer and my Company Clerk. I don’t remember the others. The entire battalion had a bunch of men injured. They were sent all over to different hospitals, some were even sent back to the
They had to replace about 200 men in our battalion, so they sent us infantry soldiers. We trained them on the tanks for about a month, and finally we were ready to go again. Our Army had already pushed the Germans back across the
We were loaded on another troop ship headed back to the good old
Back home as a civilian I went to work for General Mills in
Irene stayed home most of that summer. I would send home money as often as I made it, which wasn’t too regular! Irene decided she would rather I get a job where we would know how much money we would have to spend each week. I went to work for Jacques Power Saw Company as a welder. We now had another mouth to feed since our son, Reginald Ray, was born on March 25, 1950. He was born in the old
In 1951 the company I was working for went bankrupt and I was out of a job.
I stayed at home and loafed around for about a month or two. Irene’s birthday was coming up on the 6th of October; I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, and how much money could I spend on it. She said all she wanted for her birthday was for me to get out and get a job. The next day I went to work for Perry Equipment. I worked there for eight years until I retired again. This time for good.
In 1955 Irene and I moved our little family to a three acre place southeast of Mineral Wells. We now owned three acres of land, a little rock house, and 37 pecan trees (as of 1998, the pecan trees are 70 years old). We bought our new house from Irene and Henry Tuggle who were members of our church and life-long friends. Linda Kay was in the third grade when we moved here and Reggie was just getting ready to start school. This proved to be a good place for our kids to grow up and we have lived here ever since. In 1958 we brought Irene’s sister, Vernelle’s, baby home to live with us. Ann stayed with us until her daddy, Leon, decided that she needed to be with her sisters, Judy and Peggy. So then, Ann went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Gailey. We still think of all three of those girls as our girls.
In 1963 we decided that we needed more room for our family, so we added a big new living room and two-car garage to our house. It was a pretty addition and gave us room to have people out whenever we wanted. It also gave us room to have all the family in for all of the holidays. This is a tradition that has continued to this day. Everybody still comes to our house for the holidays. (Most of the time.)
In 1972 our house burned to the ground. We lost every material thing that we owned. I had built some really nice furniture pieces when I went to a woodworking school. We were able to save a few of the pieces, but most of them were burned. We rebuilt on the same site, and that is the home where we now live--still big and warm enough to house all of the family whenever they want to gather in.
In 1948 and 1949 Irene and I obeyed the Gospel of Christ and became Christians and members of the
Irene and I have had a long and, I think, happy and prosperous life. This year, November 14, 1998, we were married for 56 years. I give God thanks for all the blessings we have had in this life. We have been blessed with a rather large family and many good friends. I sit here at my desk writing these memories and I look at all of the pictures of the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in front of me and I think, “Look at what me and Irene caused!” I thank God for each and every one of them.
Psalms 127 -- “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is His reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.”
Genesis 33:5 -- Jacob met his brother, Esau, and Esau asked Jacob who those were with him. Jacob answered, “The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.”
I have told many young people as they were being married that they should remember the following lines from the poet, Robert Browning: “Come, grow old with me, the best is yet to be.”
A hope that Irene and I have is that all our heritage will be Christians.
Written this 9th day of December, 1998
Raymond Reginald Stone, Age 79
Carrie Prejean, Miss California USA
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Written underneath this are the words "Baby Phipps and Rena Chisum".
This could be my Aunt Irene Gailey Stone's handwriting or her mother's, Edna Puckett Gailey.
I tend to think it is Edna's (my grandmother's) but I do not have her mother's family names. The clues on the back of this post card photograph will be a great help, I believe, in identifying the place this picture holds in our family.
This picture and the rest of them in this post were found in a small box of pictures in my uncle, Raymond Stone's, desk after his death in 2002.
I am not sure of what it says on the back of this postcard photograph with the baby and the chickens. It looks like: "Baby may daulton" but I'm not sure.
There is nothing written on the back of this postcard photograph. Do you think it could be the mother of the child with the chickens?
Again, nothing written on the back of this photograph. "That Man Amos" is embossed on the front in the lower right hand corner.
I have more of these mystery photos from the same box that I will place on my blog in the next day or two.
I'm hoping someone will recognize the individuals in these photographs and will contact me. The family surnames linked to them are Stone, Gailey, Puckett, Brooks, Brock, Cook, Pritchard, Ames, Morris, Smith, Riedel, Cornelius.
Friday, April 10, 2009
The Pilgrim Cookbook
The Ladies’ Aid Society
Containing nearly 700 carefully tested recipes
This Book may be obtained from
Mrs. H. C. STEINHOFF,
Price: 75 cents
Postage: 5 to 12 Cents, according to Zone
Cream of Green Bean Soup
Cook cut beans and 2 good-sized potatoes till tender; strain, saving water. Take out potatoes and mash them. Brown 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon lard, add a little flour, the water in which beans were cooked, potatoes, beans and 1 cup cream.—Mrs. A. Piepho.
Take about 1 1/2 pounds lean chuck and 1 pound smoked butt, cover with water and boil about two hours. Then add 2 large carrots diced, 1 large German celery root or celeriac, 1 large German parsley root, 1 large stalk leek, and boil 1 hour more; salt to taste. Boil dried peas separately, flavor with sweet marjoram and add to soup just before serving. Navy beans may be used if preferred, or dumplings are also very good.—Mrs. W. H. Jacobs.
Pour 1 pint water in a kettle and set over fire. When hot add 1/2 pint beer, a little salt, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 quart milk, a little flour to thicken and 3 to 4 egg yolks. Serve with toasted bread squares, and on top put the beaten egg whites to which has been added a little sugar and vanilla.—Mrs. H. G. Tischer.
One pint canned cherries, 1 quart water, little stick cinnamon, 1 tablespoon farina. Put in some dumplings. Sweeten to taste.—Mrs. A. Steging.
Cream of Tomato Soup
Press enough cooked tomatoes through a fine sieve to make 1 1/2 cups; let puree become very hot. Melt 1/4 cup butter, cook in it 1/4 cup flour, dash of pepper, and 1 scant teaspoon salt. When the mixture is frothy gradually stir in 1 1/2 cups cream diluted with 1/2 cup water. Stir and cook until the sauce boils vigorously, then add the hot tomato puree and remove from fire at once.—Olga T. Bohnsack.
Wash, pare and cut into small pieces 1/2 dozen medium sized white turnips. Boil them in unsalted water until tender, then rub through a fine sieve. Chop fine 1 small onion, put in a stew pan with 1 tablespoon butter, and cook slowly without browning for five minutes; then add 1 tablespoon flour and when blended, 1 quart of milk. Stir until boiling hot, add the turnip pulp and season well with salt and pepper. Cook slowly for 5 minutes ; serve at once and pass grated cheese with it. —Mrs. Albrecht.
Boil 1/2 cup fine pearl tapioca in about 1 quart water till clear; then add a small piece of stick cinnamon, a little salt, 1 large glass wine (white or red), and finally 2 to 3 egg yolks and 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar. Serve also with toasted white bread squares and drop the beaten egg whites in little mounds on top.—Mrs. H. G. Tischer.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Alamogordo, N. Mex.
This new modern drive in and dining room is located on U.S. Highway 54 & 70 a few blocks from downtown Alamogordo, N. Mex. Stop to eat at a place that has become famous in the Southwest for their fine food. Whether you want a snack - full dinner - Spanish or American meals - they are sure to please. Your choice of either Snappy Car Service or Dining Room Service in a friendly modern atmosphere awaits you.
Card S24787 "Published by F. J. Shaaf, Alamogordo, New Mexico"
This delightful "Red Rooster Drive-In" postcard is in the scrapbook and pictures belonging to my grandmother, Edna Alice Puckett Gailey. I'm not sure of the handwriting. At first I thought it was my grandmother's, but I'm not sure. The boys that are mentioned were probably my 1st cousins, Jimmy Carlyle and Reggie Stone. Or the note could have been written by my aunts (Edna's daughters) Irene Gailey Stone or Maedelle Gailey Carlyle. Either way, Reggie and Jimmy were the only two boys in the family at that time. My husband identified cars shown on the front of the card as being 1959 or 1960 automobiles. Reggie and Jimmy would have been eight or nine years old.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Just wanted to let you know that I have submitted my DNA sample to the Sorenson lab in Salt Lake. I mailed it March 25, 2009 so it may be a long time before mine shows up on the website.
The Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation located in Salt Lake City, Utah, is conducting a research study designed "to create a large database of combined genetic and genealogical information. The primary purpose of the database is to link molecular genetic information with written pedigrees." The study "will use molecular testing methods to determine how individuals and populations are genetically related." The database is available to the public on the SMGF website and should be useful in searching for genealogical information.
The instructions information sheet said "DNA will be extracted from your cells and a genetic profile created. The genetic profile derived from your DNA together with your genealogical pedigree (that I submitted along with DNA) will be placed into the SMGF database. All information and samples will be encoded in such a way as to remove your personal identification, however, a link will remain available to the researchers. The information from this study is intended to be used for genealogical services, including the determination of family migration patterns and geographic origins."
As I understand it, the ‘Y’ chromosome is found in the paternal family name. All male members of a family with the same surname who can trace their ancestry to a common paternal head will have near identical ‘Y’ chromosome marker values (sons, uncles, cousins, grandfathers, fathers, etc)! It takes generations for even small change to occur in these values.
Since I, obviously, am a female my DNA would only be useful in pinpointing the location of origin. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is a type of DNA that is carried by both men and women but is only inherited from their mother. Mothers, in turn, inherit their DNA from their mothers ... and so on back in time along one's maternal line.
I know there are numerous GeneaBloggers out there who have already submitted to DNA study through one foundation or another. Most of these are much more informed about this than I am and I look forward to learning from them.
I will keep you all informed as I learn more about my own submission to Sorenson.