Notes from the past…

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Daily Journal 5 Dec 2009: Not feeling it…

I posted for the Advent Calendar for outside decorations.

That’s about it. Just don’t feel like doing much of anything right now. I really miss my cat Leaky. She was my favorite and has been a part of my life for almost 15 years. My house is too quiet, no more Leaky carrying her toy balls around in her mouth and screaming at the top of her lungs, as if she’d caught a mouse and was proudly showing it to me.

It’s hard…

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Daily Journal 4 Dec 2009: Not too focused today

My cat Leaky has taken a turn for the worst, so she’s back at the vet. Very worried about her. I’ve had her since she was but a tiny ball of brown-red-white fur and she’s my favorite. Such a sweet personality…

Didn’t get much genealogy stuff done today. Miles Francis Stanley is finished and the next person on the list is another 2GGF, Joseph Rogers.

Does (did) Joseph Rogers even exist? I have no “first-hand” (census, marriage, cemetery) data on him. I don’t know for sure when or where he was born, married or died. All I have is the name “Joseph Rogers” on my great-grandfather Charles Arthur Rogers’ SS-5 and death certificate.

Here’s the story on him:

My great-grandfather Charles Arthur Rogers ran away from home in Grassy Lick, Montgomery, Kentucky as a boy because if he didn’t leave, he knew he’d eventually kill his abusive step-father. This is the story told by my grandmother.

Charles’ father had died sometime between 9 months prior to Charles’ birth date of 12 Apr 1870 and 7 Jun 1900, which is the first documented (census) evidence of the existence of Charles Arthur Rogers! That’s a BIG window! If I narrow that down to 1870-1885 (Charles ran away as a child), it’s still a lotta ground to cover.

I have searched high and low for Charles and/or his parents Joseph & Susan in the 1870 Kentucky census (Charles would have only been a couple months old) and the 1880 census for Kentucky and Texas. I have used every different form of Charles, Joseph, Susan and Rogers that I can think of. Wildcard and Soundex. No trace of them.

I have no idea what the step-father’s name was. My grandmother says that Charles had 2 brothers named Tom and Henry. I have searched for any family that comes anywhere even close to Charles’ family. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

I wish I could pack up and go to Mt Sterling, the county seat for Montgomery County, Kentucky and start digging through courthouse records…

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Daily Journal 3 Dec 2009: Google your grampa ('s house)!

When I got home from work, I checked my email and read my RSS feeds, as usual. A post by Randy at Genea-Musings caught my eye. Seems he Googled his grandparent’s house… and found it!

So I tried the same thing with my 2GGF Stanley’s house… and found it, too! So I posted about this really neat find!

Also had to do a little blog adjustment. Seems something I added to the blog a couple of days ago messed up my Twitter feed. Fixed now, my blog posts are showing up on my Twitter account again.

Supposed to snow again tonight or in the morning. Burrr! It’s cold!