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Finishing up with Mrs. Kennedy

I did a bit more research on my 3rd great-grandmother Susan William Lee (Martin) Kennedy. Now that’s a mouthful! I was rechecking GenealogyBank, to check the dates on a couple of mentions, and I found a new interest of Mrs. Kennedy’s: she was the president of the Old Ladies Home Society of Texas, based in Houston. This organization was established in the early 1900′s to help elderly women who were low-income or indigent.

This from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, dated 25 May 1904:

I may have figured out why I can’t find her in the 1900 or 1910 censuses. She was traveling all over Texas raising money for the Old Ladies Home! I found articles about Mrs. Kennedy and the Old Ladies Home in the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the San Antonio Daily Messenger. Places mentioned (besides the homes of the various newspapers) include Corsicana, Mineral Wells, Austin, Denton and Houston. In fact, the more that I research into her life, I see it may be time for a timeline!

Did I mention what a wonderful resource GenealogyBank is?

I have also added a To-do page to this site, to remind me of documents or images I need, plans for research trips, etc.


A Timeline

It has become apparent to me that, in order to more fully comprehend and appreciate the experiences of my 2nd great-grandfather, Nathan Blunt Kennedy, MD, during the Civil War period, that I need to create a time line, based upon the documents from his Civil War military service file. This file is composed of copies of pay vouchers, supply requisitions, a request for a medical leave, transfer orders, requisitions for fodder for his horse, even his “Parole of Honor” from May 1865. Important dates and locations, even finances and health. To create a time line will be to recreate his life between Oct 1862, the date of the earliest document, and May 1865, the time of the end of the Civil War and Dr Kennedy’s return to civilian life. As there are over 30 documents in the file, this time line will detail an almost week by week reconstruction of the events in one man’s life from over 140 years ago!
After a lot of hunting, I have finally found a free, online time line application, xtimeline, that has a lot of potential. It is still in beta, but produces an excellent time line, complete with images and details of each event, that can even by embedded into a blog or website.
My next task(s) is to scan every document included in Dr. Kennedy’s NARA file, edit them as needed with Paint Shop Pro, arrange them into chronological order and rename them appropriately, then upload all to my shoebox at, to be selected for inclusion in the good doctor’s story page. Wish me luck!