Notes from the past…


Smile for the Camera!

The word prompt for the 11th Edition of Smile For The Camera is brothers & sisters? Were they battling brothers, shy little sisters, or was it brother & sister against the world? Our ancestors often had only their siblings for company. Were they best friends or not?


Jack Dixon Carr & Mamie Inez Carr Clark

my great-uncle and my grandmother

ca 1975



Henry Thomas Fair & John Thomas Stanley

ca 1901

my 2nd great-uncle and my great-grandfather

Henry and John were abandoned about 1900 and Henry was adopted by John and Martha Fair, John was adopted by Miles and Trilla Stanley. Martha Fair and Trilla Stanley were sisters and next-door neighbors, so although the boys were adopted into separate families, they still grew up together.



Mary Tennessee Turner Rogers, holding Miles Francis Stanley III, with Jan Marie Stanley, Maryland Sue Stanley (my great-grandmother, my uncle, my aunt and my Mom) at grave of Charles Arthur Rogers, ca 1943, Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Texas.


Brother And Sister

by Lewis Carroll

Sister, sister, go to bed!
Go and rest your weary head.”
Thus the prudent brother said.

“Do you want a battered hide,
Or scratches to your face applied?”
Thus his sister calm replied.

“Sister, do not raise my wrath.
I’d make you into mutton broth
As easily as kill a moth”

The sister raised her beaming eye
And looked on him indignantly
And sternly answered, “Only try!”

Off to the cook he quickly ran.
“Dear Cook, please lend a frying-pan
To me as quickly as you can.”

And wherefore should I lend it you?”
“The reason, Cook, is plain to view.
I wish to make an Irish stew.”

“What meat is in that stew to go?”
“My sister’ll be the contents!”
“You’ll lend the pan to me, Cook?”

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Thanks, Debbie!

This very nice lady left a couple of comments on my post, Another piece of the puzzle. In the second comment, she mentioned that she had “discovered how to flip through a county’s death certificates for a certain month and year, so if I can’t find what I’m looking for, I browse.”

I have been looking for the death certificates for 2 unnamed infants buried with my great-grandparents in Oakwood Cemetery in Fort Worth. Through census records, I found the name of 1 infant, Lella L Carr. The second infant is not recorded in any census. Both infants are listed as “infant of J D Carr” in the Texas Death Index 1903-2000 at, so I have dates of death for both. A couple of days ago, I was able to find the actual death certificate for 1 infant at Footnote, but not the other, even though both are in the Index.

Following Debbie’s lead, I went back to FamilySearch Record Search and browsed the year of 1920 for surname Carr. And there is was: the second death certificate!

Here is the first certificate, found at Footnote:

Carr, [Blank]

And here is the second certificate, found at FamilySearch Record Search:


It is interesting that although this infant’s name, according to the 1920 US Federal Census enumeration, is Lella L Carr, her death certificate simply reads, “Inf Carr”. Sad.

The grave that contains these remains and those of my great-grandparents at Oakwood Cemetery in unmarked. My cousin wants to get a headstone placed, but really wanted names and dates for the 2 infants to be inscribed on the stone. Now we have them!

The moral of the story? Don’t assume that because a document that is not found at one site, it therefore is not to be found at a second site! Both Footnote and FamilySearch Record Search contain the Texas Death Certificates database, but they do not contain the same database items. Always check and recheck!

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Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces (meme)

On Thomas’s Destination: Austin Family:

Craig Manson over at Geneablogie has started a new meme which I think is important since it gets the surnames in my genealogy research info out into the blogosphere.  As Craig put it:

“List the surnames you are researching and the general localities. Then tell the names of your “Most Wanted Ancestors,” that is, the ones you most want to find behind that brickwall.”

Great idea!

My Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces:

HALL surname: Kansas (Shawnee County)>Texas (Cooke County)

McBURNETT surname: Georgia (Carroll County)>Texas (Milam County)

CARR surname: Alabama (Marengo County)>Texas (San Saba County)

CARROLL surname: North Carolina>Texas (San Saba County)

STANLEY surname: Alabama (Tuscaloosa County) >Texas (Hill County)

CARRICO surname: Missouri (Stoddard County) >Texas (Hill County) >New Mexico (Lea County)

ROGERS surname: Kentucky (Montgomery County) >Texas (Tarrant County)

TURNER surname: Tennessee (DeKalb/Cannon County)> Texas (Hill County)

DIXON surname: Alabama (Marengo County)

BENNETT surname: Texas (Williamson/San Saba/Brady Counties)

KENNEDY surname: Alabama (Sumter County) >Texas (Hill County)

DAVIS surname: Alabama (Tuscaloosa County) >Texas (Hill County)

TURNEY surname: Tennessee (DeKalb County)

VANCE surname: Tennessee (Wilson/DeKalb/Cannon Counties)

CHAPPELL surname: Virginia >Alabama (Fayette/Tuscaloosa Counties)

MOST WANTED ANCESTOR #1: William Earl HALL, my paternal great-grandfather, born about 1888, possibly Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. Married Dovie C McBurnett, 22 Jan 1906, Ardmore County, Oklahoma. Living in Gainesville, Cooke, Texas when my grandfather was born. Worked for the railroad. Believed to have died before 1917 in railroad accident, location unknown. William and/or Dovie were believed to be of Chickasaw descent (mariage listed Chickasaw Nation Marriages 1895-1907: HALL, W E 22 McBURNETT, DOVIE 18 22 JAN 1906 TX,GAINESVILLE/ARDMORE J©57).

MOST WANTED ANCESTOR #2: Joseph ROGERS, my maternal 2nd great-grandfather, very little is known about Joseph, possibly born Kentucky, 1840-1850′s, married Susan Hannah Knox,  died in Kentucky when my great-grandfather Charles Arthur Rogers was a child.