Notes from the past…

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Women’s History Month, Day 14: Mrs Kennedy’s in the news again!

Following the death in 1897 of her husband, Dr Nathan B Kennedy, Susan William Lee Martin Kennedy appeared fairly regularly in the Dallas Morning News. A lawsuit on her behalf was filed against the Pacific Express Company after her buggy’s horse was not kept under control and flipped the buggy over, “permanently injuring” Mrs Kennedy:

SusWLMartin 18 Nov 1902

Dallas Morning News, 18 Nov 1902


SusWLMartin 21 Jul 1904

Dallas Morning News, 21 Jul 1904


That suit was apparently dismissed, but my third great-grandmother’s name still appeared with regularity in the Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio papers, this time as President of the Old Ladies Home Society of Texas, an organization based in Houston, intended to assist destitute elderly women (and later, men). She traveled all over Texas, attempting to raise funds for this project:

SusWLMartin 4 Apr 1901

Dallas Morning News, 4 Apr 1901


SusWLMartin 26 Nov 1901

San Antonio Daily Express, 26 Nov 1901


SusWLMartin 10 Nov 1904

Dallas Morning News, 10 Nov 1904

All of these delicious little tidbits of posterity were found at!

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Women’s History Month, Day 8: In her own hand

The prompt for Day 8 of Women’s History Month is

Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters?  Share an entry or excerpt.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any letters or diaries. Between me and my 2 aunts, I’m not aware of any being in existence.

But, I do have a photograph of an old house, and on the back of the photo is info about the house, written by my 3rd great-grandmother, Susan William Lee (Martin) Kennedy (1843-1918). Pretty cool, I think!

Stanley home Grandview, TX view a Stanley home Grandview, TX view b

“J. T. Stanley

Grand View


Mrs Wm L Kennedy

Ownes This book”

The only problem is that this house is in Mineral Wells, Texas, not Grandview, Texas. Right owner, wrong location. Simply proof that every item of evidence needs to be thoroughly examined. Don’t assume anything!