Showing posts with label Vernelle Gailey Rowbury. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Vernelle Gailey Rowbury. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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, aunts, uncles, etc. -- all were escorted to the county clerks office to swear you were who you thought you were. Family bibles sometimes provided entirely new names. The census records are littered with name changes for individuals as the decades pass. Lots of them with no relationship to the names that are listed on the delayed certificates."

You see this kind of thing all the time when researching. Another friend's father who, along with his three brothers, had "Baby Boy" put on their certificates, had his amended when he went into the service in WWII. My mother and her twin's Certificates of Birth were the same way. Of course, neither of them were expected to live but a few hours. I knew about theirs, but was surprised when I found daddy's online, and just wondered about the reason that prompted the amended certificate. I need to go to the Erath County records and see if I can solve this mystery.

Leon F. Richards 1916 - 1985
Iwanda Richards 1915 - 1921 

My father was the second born of eleven children born to my grandparents, John Robert "Bob" and Willie Homsley Richards in Texas between the years 1915-1939. The first child was a little girl, Iwanda, born in 1915; but she died suddenly in 1921 at the age of six. I can imagine grandma and grandpa were devastated. My aunts say that she died in grandma's arms while she was rocking her after having suffered only a short while. 

Daddy was five years old when Iwanda died.

Richards, Leon Fremont and Richards, Iwanda, Digital Format 2005, Original owned by family of Leon Fremont Richards.  

Monday, June 7, 2010

Amanuensis Monday - "Dearest Vernelle"

Amanuensis: A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.

S.S. Recruting office
San Antionio Tex.,
March 15, 1941
Dearest Vernelle,

Well Darling how is the measles serving you by now, I hope you are completely well by this time. I mean now Mar. 15, 1941 at 3:30 o'clock and by the way it's Saturday too.

When we got to town last night we didn't even get off the bus therefore I didn't have a chance to send you a telegram like I promised and I can't get off to go to town until they get ready to send us home, and I don't know if it will be early enough tonight for me to send you a telegram but I hope so, because I am afraid that you are beginning to wonder if I am still alive or not. well I am, and very much so, I failed the Physical on acount of weak eyes. I knew it about 11:30 this morning and I wish to got I could let you know about it but I can't do anything about it just now if I expect to get a free ride home.

I'm pretty sure that I will beat this home but I am just waiting so I backed up against the wall on the office porch and began scribbling.

It took us until 9:45 last night to get here and we didn't have to wait over, more than an hour in all.

Well I believe I will sign off and tell you more about it when I see you.

                                                                  Your loving hubby,

A couple of things occur to me when I read this letter written from my daddy to my mother not long after they were married. It was two years before I was born and he went, as his brothers, J. D. and Floyd Richards, had before him, to enlist in the military at the beginning of WWII. He was not a highly educated man and there are several errors in the letter in form and spelling - but not many. I was surprised that he spelled some of the more difficult words correctly, such as telegram, Physical, completely. Also, I wondered about his spelling of the word he meant to be "God" - spelling it "got". It seems I have seen that before. Maybe it was a regional use. I have placed images of the letter below.

I learned about Amanuensis Monday through John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch: Genealogy and Family History If you would like to join us in posting your transcriptions, leave a comment on John's blog. I'd also love to hear from you, as well!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Edna and the Girls

Maedelle, Irene, and Vernelle Gailey
Mineral Wells High School
Circa 1938

I have always loved this old photograph of my mother and her sisters. I believe they were standing in the schoolyard of their old high school in Mineral Wells, Texas - the very one you'll find at the Mountaineer Heritage Park Blog.

All of their children except the very youngest, my sister who is ten years younger than me, went to Junior High in the same building. I think maybe my sister attended some of her grade school years there. My cousin and I were discussing this picture last night and were pleased to see that we recognized the old brick and mortar!

The Gailey girls are from left to right: Maedelle, Irene, and Vernelle. I have added their mother, Edna Puckett Gailey to the photo, as well. My cousin and I discussed the fact that Irene always loved fashionable shoes and she is wearing some in the picture. And what are Mother and Maedelle wearing? Are those high heels and bobbie socks? Mother and Maedelle's dresses look similar to the pattern I placed in the center of the scrapbooked page. Someone in the family probably made all three of the dresses, since Grandma and all three of her girls were seamstresses all their lives.

I enjoyed putting this digital scrapbook page together. Hope you enjoy looking!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Scrapbook - Four Generations of the Richards Family

Great-grandparents Joshua Hooper Richards and Elizabeth Sarah Conway
Grandparents John Robert Richards and Willie Laura Homsley
Parents Leon Fremont Richards and Vernelle Gailey
Judith Gail Richards

Joshua Hooper Richards was born April 21, 1861 in Shelby County, Texas and died February 25, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas. On November 29, 1883 in Shelby County, he married Mary Elizabeth Saphrona Arbella Saria Conway. Some called her Lizzie and some called her Saria and her headstone says Elizabeth. She was born March 29, 1866 in Texas and died on December 01, 1939 in Weatherford, Parker County, Texas. They are both buried in Zion Hill Cemetery in Parker County north of Weatherford.

My grandparents Bob and Willie are buried in Whitt Cemetery in Parker County. John Robert "Bob" was born July 17, 1890 in Timpson, Shelby County, Texas and died January 24, 1975 in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Willie Laura Homsley was born June 21, 1894 in Klondike, Delta County, Texas and died November 02, 1966 in Stephenville. She died of complications from breast cancer. They were living near their sons, Johnny and Leon, in Lingleville at the time of their deaths. Bob and Willie were married on November 10, 1912 in Peaster, Parker County, Texas.

My father, Leon Fremont Richards, was born on August 26, 1916 in Peaster, Parker County, Texas near the small community of Whitt. He died on April 08, 1985 of lung cancer while in a hospital in Fort Worth. He was 68 years old. He is buried in East End Cemetery in Lingleville, Erath County, Texas. Daddy married Vernelle Gailey on February 26, 1941. They went across the state line and got married in Waurika, Oklahoma. My mother was born September 25, 1921 in Millsap, Parker County, Texas. She was a twin to Maedelle Gailey Carlyle. Mother died August 19, 1998 in the Harris Hospital of Fort Worth. She suffered from the rupture of an arterial veinous malformation (AVM) on the right side of the brain. She was taken back to Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, to be buried beside my step-father, Edwin C. Rowbury, in the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery.

The last picture on my scrapbook page of four generations of the Richards family is of me. It was taken on the sidewalk in Fort Worth and I was holding the hand of my mother as we window-shopped during one of our many trips there from Mineral Wells where I was born.

Digital Scrapbooking template and embellishments from Sweet Shona kit by Ambowife Designs.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Leaky Boat Riding the Waves!

Young Bathing Beauties to be sure! My mother, Vernelle Gailey Richards, must have really trusted my daddy, Leon Richards, to be out in the middle of the lake in this boat. It looks like it's leaking. But she's holding on to him for dear life! I would imagine she was just like me and my sisters ~ never learning to swim. After all her mother, Edna Puckett Gailey, told all of us girls, "Stay OUT of the water ~ you don't know how to swim!"

I never learned exactly when or where this little photograph was taken, but I believe it must have been at a Richards family get-together around the year 1941 or 1943. I am basing that on another picture I found with what looks like the same boat with 3 little tow-headed kids in it. The lake had tree stumps that you could see all around the boat. Some of the Richards' reunions were held around Hemphill and so it could have been one of the East Texas lakes. As to the date the picture was taken, I think mother looks like she may have been pregnant (maybe that's why she wasn't IN the water instead of in that rickety boat) so it could have been before my baby brother, Jimmie Leon, was born in 1941 or me in 1943.

Carnival of Genealogy, 74th Edition

Annual Swimsuit Edition

Back by popular demand, the topic for this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is: Swimsuit Edition! Why should Sports Illustrated have all the fun? This is our chance to show off the bathing beauties in our family.

This edition of the COG will be hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Harbour of Tripoli - Postcard Friendship Friday

The Harbour

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.
Love, Eddie

A Stars and Stripes Card

This card was written and mailed to my mother, Vernelle Gailey Rowbury in 1968 from Libya by my stepfather, Eddie Rowbury. He left the states for his tour of Libya, leaving mother with me and my husband and son in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She waited until base housing was available before leaving to join him.

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.

Participate in Postcard Friendship Friday
hosted by
Marie Reed
Cpaphil Vintage Postcards

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas

Homsley Reunion, Seymour, Texas
Copyright (c) 2014 by Judith Richards Shubert