Notes from the past…

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Another new cousin (by divorce)!

I have done a bit of research into my ex-husband’s family. He has given me a few things for safe-keeping, including 2 old tin-plate images of his great-grandmother and her sister. A couple of years ago, I posted a message on a couple of websites in the area of Arkansas where these 2 ladies lived. Thursday, I got an email from a lady in Arkansas about the pictures. It seems she is related to the ladies and has a lot of info to share. So I sent her copies of the images and she in return sent me more photographs of people from her line, the Latimers, and also access to her private web site. It feels like Christmas morning around here! Or the 1st night of Hanukkah, better still!
This new “ex-cousin” has a bunch of info that I want to add to the Stephens-McCullough database. I haven’t done anywhere near as much work with this database as I have with my own family, so I have a big assignment ahead.

This is William Ross Latimer, my ex-husband’s 2nd great-granduncle. He is the uncle of the 2 ladies on the tin plates.
I’m anxious to jump into this, since I have all this new info, but first I want to finish the Stanley surname.

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Back to the research… and I've found another new "cousin"!

Well, the remodeling of this blog is complete (for now!), so last night I jumped back into the purpose of this blog: genealogical research!
I’m still trying to finish up with the Bennett clan. I am down to the final three children of James Bennett and Margarite Alberta Hamilton.
Mary Lavina (Mamie) Bennett, as my 2nd great-grandmother, is in my direct line. I have some info on her already, mostly census enumerations, but I had found her name in the San Saba County, Texas Index to Probate Cases 1866-1939, where she was declared NCM (legally insane). But the problem here is, Mary Lavina Bennett’s brother Henry Clay Bennett was also married to a Mamie, making her also a “Mamie Bennett”. Which Mamie does this court record refer to? I guess the only way to find out is to send off for said court records!
So, that completes Mary Lavina, for the time being, pending those probate records. On to Martha Alice Bennett, child #11.
I have very little info on Martha, other than a date of birth. Next step: Google!
Google pointed me to a genealogy website that listed Martha and a husband’s name. Ok, a place to start. But as I was wondering around on this website, I came across the surname Terry.
When I surveyed Chatt-Jessie Cemetery in Hill County, TX last summer, I found several Terrys buried there. So I emailed the contact at the website, to alert him of the Terrys buried at Chatt-Jessie, in case they were his ancestors.
When I got home from work this afternoon, I found an email from that gentleman. To make a long story short, he is related to Martha Alice Bennett by marriage through Martha’s husband, so therefore he is related to me by marriage. Another cousin!
So, I emailed my new “cousin” more info, so hopefully we can share our research and benefit each other!
Oh, by the way, I have to decided to seek only (actually spend money on!) those documents for people in my direct lines. Gotta draw the line somewhere, as all the birth, death, marriage, and probate records can get pretty expensive!

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Hot weather!

For several days I didn’t do much but lay around and whine about the Texas heat… then I decided that was kinda silly, since my whining most probably wouldn’t change anything. So, I’m back into my research after my short “vacation”!
After emailing each other for several days, I haven’t heard a peep out of my new-found cousin in almost 2 weeks, so today I sent her a note. We’ll see…
I have finished up with Henry and Benjamin Bennett and their brother James, the Outlaw. I found a Montana website from the town where James is supposed to be buried and posted a note, so maybe someone will get back to me. The area has a very good library with copies of the local newspaper dating back to the 1880′s. I’d love to be able to go there and browse the images!
This morning I went through all my saved bookmarks, genealogical and otherwise, and threw out a bunch and clarified the rest. A lot of the links were broken, but I think I got ‘em all sorted out. Much more useful now, I think.
I also found some Bureau of Land Management documents, land patents actually, for George, Albert and Charles Bennett from Platte Co, Wyoming and added them to my FTM database.