Notes from the past…

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Tarrant County, Texas and the War of 1812

Judy Everett Ramos has written an interesting article for

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and local residents do not need to look any further than the name of their county to see a link to this war.

Tarrant County has nearly two million residents, and the county seat is Fort Worth. The name Tarrant is everywhere, but why?

General Edward H. Tarrant was born in South Carolina in 1799. He moved to Kentucky at a very young age and became a veteran of the War of 1812 when he fought in the Battle of New Orleans  in 1815. The battle occurred when British forces attacked American soldiers on January 8, 1815. The British were out-gunned by the Americans under the leadership of General Andrew Jackson.

Edward Tarrant survived the battle and made his way to Texas. He received land from the Republic of Texas, practiced law, was a farmer, served in politics, and was active in the militia.

In 1839, he carried the rank of brigadier general as he commanded a militia group called the Fourth Brigade. In 1841, he led his group in the Battle of Village Creek, which was an Indian fight in present-day Arlington. Tarrant gave up fighting after that battle and resumed his political career, serving in the state legislature from 1849 – 1853.

He and his wife moved part of their household to Fort Belknap in 1857, where they had to deal with Indian depredations. He was considering taking action against the Indians when he died of an illness August 2, 1858. He is buried in Fort Worth.

Tarrant County was founded and named for General Edward Tarrant December 20, 1849 in honor of his service to the Republic of Texas and State of Texas.

Today, members of the General Edward H. Tarrant Chapter of the National Society US Daughters of 1812  meet at the Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth. The chapter was founded in 1948. The organization is part of the Texas Society US Daughters of 1812, which was founded in 1903. The national organization was founded in 1892.

Chapter meetings include guest speakers, award presentations, and a Veterans Day program each November. Local members also attend state and national events, such as conferences.

Membership into the National Society US Daughters of 1812 is open to women age 18 and over and is based on proven lineage to someone who, during the period of 1784-1815 inclusive, rendered civil, military, or naval service to our country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

The General Edward H. Tarrant Chapter features a list of ancestors of members.

The national organization is promoting “Ring the Bells for 1812,” by asking everyone to ring bells at noon on June 18, 2012 to ring in the start of the war’s bicentennial.  For more information on upcoming bicentennial activities, visit National Society US Daughters of 1812 or the War of 1812 Website.

Quite interesting… Did you know this about Tarrant County?

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My new Flip-Pal Scanner: Trial and Error…

I got a Flip-Pal Scanner for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, but haven’t had time to really use it until today.

First of all, it’s not as easy to use as the hype suggests. It took me almost an hour of scanning and re-scanning to create one usable image.

My first attempt was with one of the Hill County marriage licenses I received a couple of weeks ago. The original document is 9.75 in x 8 in, small enough for my regular scanner, but I wanted to try out the Flip-Pal, so I used it.

After scanning it multiple times, with different orientations and different numbers of scans to make up the whole product, only one final image was acceptable, almost. The software apparently cannot always figure out which piece of the puzzle goes where. The end result frequently resembled 52 Card Pick-Up!

I finally gave up with the first document and chose another, larger document, this time 14.5 in x 9 in, too large for my regular scanner.

I scanned it in 9 sections and this time the software worked flawlessly!

This is the original document:

This is Flip-Pal’s final product:

And this is the keeper, after a bit of clean-up (edges of document only) with Paint Shop Pro:

The first 2 images are resized smaller, to load faster. The final image is left at its original size. Click on it to be able to examine the scanned and stitched document more closely. I can’t find any imperfections created by the stitching process.

What I have learned is that you must pay strict attention to the placement of the scanner with each scan of the document. Each section must have at least 1 inch of overlap. Since this marriage license has many lines on it, I made sure to match up the scanner with the lines as I moved across the document.

Overall, I am very pleased with Flip-Pal! The final scanned and stitched image was virtually identical to the original. However, it does take some practice to get it right. As I have several documents and photos at home to scan, by the time I make my next trip to the library, I hope to be a veteran!

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Last Week’s Research Activities

Research and document my findings for

  1. Fred F Cannon
  2. Florene Lenora Cannon
  3. Olivia Waterwall
  4. Tommie H Kennedy
  5. John Frederick Kennedy
  • Update both my FreePages site and WorldConnect database and email a RootsMagic backup to my Gmail account
  • Add 2 direct-line ancestors to my research wiki
  • Week #14 post for 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy
  • Create at least 1 “Ambassador” post
  • Continue with FamilySearch Indexing
  • And continuing from Monday, 2 April 2012 at 8AM (Texas Time)- BE PATIENT!!!

It’s a near-miracle that I accomplished any of my routine genealogical activities (or anything else) this past week, and we all know why… :)

Of the 132 ancestors on my 1940 U S Census “Wish List“, I specifically searched for 12 ancestors (known addresses) and found all but one. I really didn’t have a specific address on the last one, but it was a smaller town (13 ED’s), so I gave it a shot. As for the remainder of the list, I’ll gradually work through it as I continue my research. I mean, the 1940 U S Census isn’t going anywhere

I have also been indexing the 1940 U S Census as much as I can, which isn’t as much as I’d like. I’ve been working on Texas, of course. PAY IT FORWARD!

Plans for this week:

Research and document my findings for

  1. Tommie H Kennedy
  2. John Frederick Kennedy
  3. Catherine Lockhart
  4. William Lockhart Kennedy
  5. John Banks Kennedy
  • Update both my FreePages site and WorldConnect database and email a RootsMagic backup to my Gmail account
  • Add 2 direct-line ancestors to my research wiki
  • Week #15 post for 52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy
  • Create at least 1 “Ambassador” post
  • Continue with FamilySearch Indexing