Notes from the past…

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The Hill County marriage licenses arrived this morning, or… I’m DANCING ON THE CEILING!!!

The 4 Hill County marriage licenses arrived this morning, and I am beyond Happy Dance Mode! These are the original documents, folks! The oldest from 1882!

Here is the license for my great-grandaunt (an older sister of my great-grandmother Mary Tennessee Turner Rogers- I actually remember “MawMaw” Rogers, which makes this document even more precious!):

Wells/Turner marriage license (front)

Most interesting is the license for my 3GGM Susan William Lee Martin Kennedy. I just by pure luck happened upon a marriage index entry for Susan and 2nd husband J C Skipwith. I had no idea before that day that she had been married twice. No one in my family knew about it and I have numerous newspaper clippings of her after 1st husband Dr Nathan Blunt Kennedy’s death in 1897, and her death certificate from 1918, and she is never mentioned as “Skipwith”.

Skipwith/Kennedy marriage license(This isn’t the entire document. It is too long for my scanner. Sounds like I may need a Flip Pal scanner for my birthday next week…)

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Let the Happy Dance Marathon begin!

I just got an email back from Hillsboro, of my 10 couples who had been married in Hill County, Bill & Mollie of the Hill County Historical Commission found marriage licenses for 3 of them!

Most exciting: a license for my 3rd GGM Susan William Lee Martin to her 2nd husband J C Skipwith. Until today, I really wasn’t sure about this marriage, but now I have a document!

“I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
I’m out to lose my mind
And I think I like it!”


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Where is Denson Martin really buried???

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First, a bit about the husband of my GGA Irene Carroll:

  • Denson Martin
  • born Buda, Hays, Texas 23 Aug 1893
  • died Napa County, California 9 Jun 1986
  • buried Martin Church Cemetery, Goforth, Hays, Texas

At least the headstone for Denson Martin is in Martin Church Cemetery…

Why do I question his burial location?

Both Denson and Irene died in Napa County, California, according to both the SSDI and’s California Death Index, 1940-1997. Irene is not listed as being buried at Martin Cemetery. Denson’s date of death is not on his headstone…

What is wrong with this picture?