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Maternal Grandfather Doc Gailey Born 115 Years Ago on November 8, 1898 ~ Happy Birthday!

James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey Born 8 November 1898 Brock, Parker County, Texas Died 6 October 1976 Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas

Delayed Certificate of Birth

After reading my previous post about my father's Certificate of Birth and subsequent Amendment to Certificate of Birth 52 years later, a friend of mine made some very interesting points pertaining to the way birth records were recorded during the early and mid-1900s.

Jo Ann Kendrick Robinson wrote "Due to the infant mortality rate of the time, many families did not formally name newborns for a year or more. Since the birth records were to be reported by the hospitals, doctors, etc. as soon as the child was born there were many children who were reported with the first name of 'Baby'. My mother's original birth certificate was for Baby Byrd. When social security numbers and Medicare times came around many Americans were shocked to learn they had inadequate proof of birth. The state of Texas devised the 'Delayed' certificate. In order to get one you had to provide sworn statements from people who knew you were the Baby listed in the records. Older siblings, a…

Leon's Birth and Amendment ~ 1916 and 1972

Our daddy was born on this day 97 years ago. His mother and dad, Bob and Willie, obviously weren't ready with a name, since the birth record found on FamilySearch recorded none.

Knowing that August 26, 1916 was my father's birthday, and that his parents were John Robert Richards and Willie Laura Homsley, AND that he was born in Peaster, Texas, it was not a stretch to believe that this digital file found on FamilySearch is indeed a copy of his Certificate of Birth from the Texas State Board of Health. It gives us only a few more pieces of information: the child was a white, legitimate, male American child; a J. A. Williams, M. D., of Peaster, Texas reported the birth and possibly delivered him; the father was a farmer; and the certificate was numbered 33682. Aside from that, there isn't any other new information here.

But then I ran across this piece of information that none of us children can figure out ~ a case of "why didn't we talk to them more when they were s…

Mary M. Childers Smith

Happy Birthdayto my step-great-grandmother,  Mary M. Childers, who would have been 116 today!
Born on 25 August 1897 she was the Mother of Cleo, Mildred and Paul Smith.
Married to Murray Cord Smith, of DeWitt, Arkansas, a Methodist minister.
A quick look at this morning turned up this beautiful digital page in the Arkansas County, Arkansas, marriage license ledger. On page 250 is recorded the Bond for Marriage License and the Marriage License and Certificate of Marriage.
Murray, was 24 years old, but Mary was only a very young 18 at the time they married on 9 April 1916.


The Skeleton Swing

Photo by Amy V. Miller
A year and a half has gone by; Now the swing is gone, As are the stepping stones and I. Hot rain has replaced the frigid air; Here in Caroline I remember the skeleton swing Waiting for new swingers which never came.

Photo Source: Flickr Some rights reservedby Amy V. Miller

Sunday's Obituary - Nell Tudor

 Nellie Mae Gailey Tudor About 1919, Age 16 Brock, Parker County, Texas Born December 5, 1903 - Died 1973

Rites ScheduledFor Mrs. Tudor Mrs. Nell Tudor, 68, a former Lubbock resident, died Thrusday in Des Moines, Iowa, where she had been living since 1970.Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Sanders Memorial Chapel here with the Rev. W. F. Furguson, a retired Baptist minister, officiating. Burial will be in the City of Lubbock Cemetery.Mrs. Tudor moved here in 1948 from Fort Worth and lived here until moving to Des Moines.She is survived by a son, Wesley F. Hodges of Livermore, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Bobbie Nell Taylor, of Des Moines, Iowa; a brother, Doc Gailey, of Mineral Wells; a sister, Mrs. Grace Cornelius of Grapevine; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.Pallbearers will be Villas Tudor, J. A. Phillips, J. D. Cornelius, Roy Taylor, Reggie Stone and Othal Tudor. My grandmother, Edna Gailey, had this news clipping of the notice of Aunt Nell's death in her scrapbo…

Sunday's Obituary ~ Era Puckett Notice of Death

Era Puckett never married. She was the daughter of Travis Austin Puckett and Nancy Catherine Mayo. Having been born in Texas 24 June 1902, she traveled with her family to Blanchard, Oklahoma where she grew up. She was my mother, Vernelle Gailey Richards Rowbury's, first cousin once removed.
Era Puckett 24 June 1902 - 14 September 1971

What's Up Genealogy? Google+ Hangout on Air

Just spent a very nice, productive portion of an hour with Caroline Pointer and her panel at What's Up Genealogy? Google+ Hangout on Air.

Enjoyed  the 20-minute show where they went over the news from Rootstech and shared gen-tech research tips. One of the highlights of the Hangout was getting to meet and hear from the one and the only Marian Pierre-Louis who was their guest. Marian told us about her BlogTalkRadio show, Fieldstone Common, and has totally intrigued me! I will definitely tune in.

Caroline Pointer and her panel get together for a Hangout with news from the genealogy world at 8:00 P.M. Central every Friday night. Put it on your calendar.

Caroline M. Pointer can be found at 4YourFamilyStory , on the new YouTube One channel and Google + .
She was joined on the panel tonight by Tessa Keough who works with Legacy Virtual Users' Group and the Guild of One Name Studies; Linda McCauley, who writes Documenting the Details, is the Technology Chair of the Kentucky Genealog…

O. B. & Ellar Rainey Homsley Family

 Obediah Black Homsleyand Ella Rainey Homsley with daughters Willie, Lessie, and Callie
My grandmother is Willie Homsley, the little girl on the left standing beside her father, O. B. Homsley. This photo must have been taken between 1900 and 1910. They had a younger son, Robert Adrian, age 5 in the 1910 census. On that same census Willie was age 15; I think she looks about 6 or 7 in this picture. In 1900 all 3 of the girls appeared, ages 3, 5, and 10. In 1910 you can see the oldest daughter, Lessie, age 21, living next door to her parents and siblings in Parker County, which is west of Delta County. She is married by that time to Silas Ables, age 27, with their daughter, Jimmie M. Ables. She was nearly a year old. Callie Catherin was named for her grandmother, O. B.'s mother, Callie Catherin Martin Homesley, who married William H. Homesley, both born in Harden Co., Tennessee.
 1910 in Parker County, Texas Obediah Black & Mary Ellar Rainey Homsley Family Son-in-law Robert Ables, dau…

Learning About the Haiku

Today I decided, after the fact, to learn a little more about the Haiku. After reading Robert D. Wilson's Defining Haiku at Simply Haiku, I feel I understand it a bit better; although, for me it is not easy. According to their homepage, Simply Haiku, from its inception, has been an English language Japanese short form poetry journal.

Leavesdisappearthere,     (5) Underneath thewirechainfence.    (7)
Large, brownbrittlemulchforbuds.    (7)

Leaves hide,  (2)
Neath wire chain fencing . . .   (5)
For buds. (2)
The first rendering has too many words and too many syllables for a proper English Haiku. The second leaves more room for the reader's interpretation.

Mindful Writing Challenge January 15, 2013

Light of Heart

- Haiku and Acrostic Heavy my thoughts, Leading down darkened byways . . . Now light of heart.

Light of heart Is the tone of the day, they say. Grey clouds that hovered early Have scattered off in play. Take my heart’s pain away!
Ofttimes the worry Forces my eyes to brim.
Heavy heart still beating Even with the pain. Around the turn of evening Rush good thoughts again. Taking me to abode of the light of heart.

Mindful Writing Challenge January 13, 2013

Rest In Peace ~ J. D. Richards

J. D. Richards Born December 28, 1924 in Whitt, Parker County, Texas Died January 11, 2013 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas
Nine years younger than his oldest sibling, Iwanda, and fifteen years older than the youngest, Richard Edwin, J. D. was one of eleven children born to my grandparents, John Robert Richards and Willie Laura Homsley.
I remember when I was younger (much younger), I would hear or see a plane overhead and cry out, “there’s Uncle J. D.!” I had no idea whether or not he was a pilot, a navigator, or infantry, but in my childish mind he was flying directly overhead in his sharp uniform.
He told me later that he had been wounded along with others while in the Pacific. I will research his military service and place it here for you soon.
J. D. suffered from Alzheimer's disease and his children and all of his nieces and nephews missed his quick wit and family stories. His daughter, Cathy, told us that he “got his angel wings” about 8:15 P.M. on Friday evening, January 11, …

Hot and Cold

Cold white tile greets my shivering body
Stepping over the discarded towel In the Lilliputian square bath.
The whirring red hot heat of the ceiling fixture Smooths the chill bumps from my skin. As I finish with my bath, and warm myself Under the flare of the burning element I feel comforted, clean, and free of muscle aches.
The switch is flipped, and the silence and absence Of heat immediately permeates my senses.
Mindful Writing Challenge January 6, 2013

Ed & Tommie Puckett Riedel

Ed & Lorado Missouri "Tommie" Puckett Riedel Sister of Edna Puckett Gailey
SOURCES Photograph: Riedel, Ed and Tommie, digital format, original in Edna Puckett Gailey's scrapbook, owned by Judith Richards Shubert.
Digital Scrapbook Graphics: Raspberry Road Designs, "Hemingway",  <>  accessed 1 January 2013.