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Congratulations Grandmother Willie Laura

Willie Laura Homsley June 21, 1912 Her 18th Birthday

My grandmother, Willie Laura Homsley, my father's mother, married in December of 1912. This was her wedding photo. I made this page in honor of her 18th birthday on June 21, 1912.Scrapbook kit by Star Song Studio -

Source: Picture: Original belonging to Jean Richards, digital format used, sent to Judith Richards Shubert by Rita Richards   ______________
Copyright 2014: Judith Richards Shubert

Dr. John Hammersley - England to USA

Garnet Holmes' ancestors seem to have come from a Baptist family from Staffordshire, England. Doctor John Hammersley, believed to be Garnet's paternal great grandfather, was both from Staffordshire and a staunch Baptist. John Hammersley wrote late in life from Martin's Brandon Parish, Prince George County, Virginia, a letter to Rhode Island Baptist leader Nicholas Eyers on July 28, 1742, giving an account of his brethren Baptists in Virginia. A search turns up a Baptist, and Quaker, Homersley family in Staffordshire, England during the mid to late 1600's. It is believed that Doctor John Hammersley came from that family. His last name would have been "Homersley" at birth.

In the article "Early Staffordshire Baptists" in "The Baptist Quarterly Volume XXXVIII", page 201, it states that a Thomas Hammersley of Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England, "emigrated to America where he established a Baptist Church which for some years corresponded with…

Reposting from 2010: Search for Vinnie Sapp Plumlee

My Sapp family line has not been one that I have spent a lot of time on gathering information, but my posts about them coming into Texas with my Richards ancestors caught a reader’s attention a few weeks ago.
The Sapp / Plumlee descendant wrote to me asking if I had ever seen the name Vinnie Sapp Plumlee pop up in my research. I hadn’t, but promised I would look further into my seemingly “growing” mounds of paper and contact a few others who might have some knowledge of this link.
I enlisted a Richards / Sapp cousin originally from the ShelbyCounty area of Texas where our ancestors moved from Alabama all those long years ago. She has been instrumental in helping me sort out the riddle of names and places that make up our mutual ancestry. She said the name and information given to me by the one searching for Vinnie sounded familiar but she would have to search for her, as well.
Vinnie Sapp Plumlee has been an elusive figure to her granddaughter in that she can’t find her resting place…

Ancestry of Garnet Homesley

The Ancestry of Garnet Homesley


GregHolmes Len Holmes

In the year of 1776, with the announced Independence of the American Colonies into a confederation of sovereign states, a yeoman perhaps desiring gentrification named Homesley and his wife bore a son. They named him Garnet Homesley of Cumberland County, Virginia. Little is known of his rural upbringing or his absolute parentage, but recent DNA matches have concluded that it may have been Benjamin Homesley and his life-long loyal wife Jemima Self.

Recent studies have revealed that Garnet may have been of a Baptist family of colonial Virginia. Revolution in religion, politics and economics are formed by the wealthy as the yeoman and knaves are swept along in the impending floods of ideas and morals. This may be why no christening records are extant due to the faith of the parents. Baptist does not paedobaptize and kept scant records. This is a stark contrast to the highly literate, state run Anglican Church who tracked everyone from birth…

Grandma Willie's Apron

John Robert Richards, Jr. Willie Homsley Richards John Robert "Bob" Richards Circa 1955-1956
Grandma's Apron
I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears…

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of…

A Family Tribute to ~ Thank You for Your Service ~ SSgt T. C. Cox, KIA 5 December 1943

T. C. Cox and Dorothy Culwell Cox with their son T. C. "Skip" Cox Circa Mid-1942
T. C.and Dorothy were married in Stephenville, Erath Co., Texas on 20 April 1941 and Skip was born 22 March 1942. SSgt T. C. Cox KIA 5 December 1943 Mignano, Caserta Province, Campania, Italy
The third T. C., Troy C. Cox, grandson of SSgt T. C. Cox, told me of the path that his grandpa took after joining the Texas National Guard. He joined the Texas National Guard before 25 November 1940, in Stephenville, Texas.
Troy received some information about the last few days his grandfather was with his battalion. A copy of his file card shows:
"...your grandfather joined the Texas National Guard before November 25th 1940. That is the date they were brought into federal service, so his TNG records would be here on post with retained records. It would only cover the time from his enlistment to Nov. 25, 1940. Company D, 142nd Infantry was based in Stephenville, Texas before the war.

It shows a Good Conduct …