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Another new cousin!

One of the wonderful things about running a family history blog happens when someone out there in cyberland happens upon your site, reads a little and then suddenly realizes that a connection, a relationship exists. Usually (in my experience), the visitor turns out to be a distant cousin. So exciting!

This evening I got a comment on my blog from one of the children of my Dad’s Uncle Gene (as we knew him). I guess that qualifies us as cousins. I have very vague, fuzzy memories of Uncle Gene, and don’t remember any of his kids.

I hope this new cousin and I can keep in touch and share our memories!


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That Appling pie is done!

Since the Applings are not blood, but married into my Stanley tree, I really need to finish up with them and move on. Francis B Appling was certainly an interesting guy and through him I learned a lot about the Soutnern Claims Commission and post-Civil War life in Alabama. I think I could continue to research that surname for months to come! So I gotta give myself a nudge (shove!) in another direction…

My maternal great-grandmother Dovie C (Ruby Dovie) McBurnett Hall Stanley Epperson Priddy Copeland was also an interesting lady:

  • My Dad’s grandmother
  • Chickasaw Indian (yet to be fully proven)
  • Outlived 5 husbands (maybe more- a timeline would really be useful here!)
  • Apparently incorporated her dead sister Ruby’s name into her own
  • Her younger brother Wesley Paul McBurnett was killed in action in France during WWI- my only ancester (so far) to die in World War I

She was one of the main reasons that I got interested in genealogy. My Dad loves to tell fascinating stories about his “Indian Grandmother”!

I have done some preliminary research, enough to document at least those 5 husbands and 2 sets of children. I even met a “cousin” online, a lady related to my Dad’s uncle Gene Hall (by Dovie’s 1st husband, my great-grandfather William Earl Hall). I found Dovie’s McBurnett family in several census enumerations and even a reference to Dovie and William Earl Hall in a Chickasaw Nation Marriages 1895-1907 database. So either Dovie or William or both were most likely Chickasaw.

Nothing dull about this lady!


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More Kentucky connections

My boss is coming back to work this next week part-time, so there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel! So, very soon I will be able to really get back into genealogy!
A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a lady in Ohio who is reseaching the surname Carrico. A new “cousin”! She found this blog and read my posts about my 2nd great-grandfather Crist Hayes Carrico and made the connection. She has been able to give me a lot of info and confirm my suspicion about his parents. I had previously found in the 1880 census for Liberty township, Stoddard Co, Missouri a Benjamin Carrica family who had a son named Chris who was the right age, with Benjamin being from Kentucky, which matched the confirmed info in the 1900 census entry for Crist Carrico. But I was not really sure about the Carrica family being the same as Crist Carrico‘s family. Apparently I was correct in my assumption. My Carrico apparently is related to numerous Carricos of Bullitt Co, KY. My new cousin also sent me some marriage info and several other names to check out. I still have to document everything, of course, but it looks pretty good at this point.
This is pretty exciting for me, not just because of the new data, but because this lady is the first “cousin” that I have met from my Mom’s side of the family! I have met several from my Dad’s side, but now this lady is the first fraternal “cousin”.
A few months ago I commented that when Footnote.com gets a bit more of its Texas Birth and Death Collections completed, that I was planning a subscription. That time is drawing closer. A few days ago, I did a bit of searching and found several birth certificates for “lesser” players, some of my more distant Bennett kin mostly. At $1.95 per copy without a subscription, I’m not ready to start downloading just yet, but maybe in a few more months, hopefully by summer…