Notes from the past…

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Women’s History Month, Day 8: In her own hand

The prompt for Day 8 of Women’s History Month is

Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters?  Share an entry or excerpt.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any letters or diaries. Between me and my 2 aunts, I’m not aware of any being in existence.

But, I do have a photograph of an old house, and on the back of the photo is info about the house, written by my 3rd great-grandmother, Susan William Lee (Martin) Kennedy (1843-1918). Pretty cool, I think!

Stanley home Grandview, TX view a Stanley home Grandview, TX view b

“J. T. Stanley

Grand View


Mrs Wm L Kennedy

Ownes This book”

The only problem is that this house is in Mineral Wells, Texas, not Grandview, Texas. Right owner, wrong location. Simply proof that every item of evidence needs to be thoroughly examined. Don’t assume anything!

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Meet my Daddy!

I was searching through’s U. S. City Directories collection, looking for a great-uncle when I came across… MY DAD! This 1949 listing is one of the earliest “non-family” (family pix, documents, etc) references to my dad that I have found.



Only 20 years old, a mere babe! Hadn’t even met Mom, yet.

I’m not quite sure what a “mtcemn” is… maybe a maintenance man…

(A little further down the page is my grandfather and step-grandmother, Victor E & Agnes Hall.)