Notes from the past…

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Check… and check again!!!

Since I have not done much research in several months, I have been busy rechecking folks in my tree, looking for anything new since I last examined them.

This evening I was checking back with my great-grandmother, Dovie C McBurnett. I did a general Google search with nothing new showing up. Then I stopped by Ancestry and put her name in the search engine. And what did I find….

Only several NEW photos of Dovie, her parents (my second great-grandparents) and a couple of her brothers!!! I’m so excited!!! I now have a photo of Harrison Wardlow McBurnett and wife Margaret C Brown, my 2 GGP’s, and a photo of Dovie’s brother Wesley Paul McBurnett in his WWI uniform. Especially exciting since Wesley was killed in action in France in October 1918.  And there was even a photo of a previously unknown brother, Lonzo McBurnett. Lonzo was born in 1882 and by 1900 apparently was out of Harrison’s household for that year’s census, so I didn’t know he even existed! Wow!


Harrison Wardlow and Margaret C Brown McBurnett, ca 1910, Admore, OK
Harrison Wardlow and Margaret C Brown McBurnett, ca 1910, Admore, OK
Wesley Paul McBurnett, ca 1916
Wesley Paul McBurnett, ca 1916

I also sent a note to the lady that owns this tree and so graciously posted all of these wonderful photos. I have a lot of “Dovie data” that I would be more than happy to share with her, if she is interested!

And here is a new photo of Dovie (left), compared with one of my “old” Dovie photos:

Dovie McBurnett(left), ca 1945

Dovie McBurnett (left), ca 1945

Dovie McBurnett, ca 1948

Dovie McBurnett, ca 1948

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These honored dead

“…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln
Soldiers’ National Cemetery dedication
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
19 Nov 1863


civil_war_quotes_notes_and_facts-25808Pvt. Thomas McBurnett (1841-6 Aug 1862)- Co B, Cobb’s Legion, Georgia Volunteers, CSA

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Brother of Pvt Joshua McBurnett
Enlisted 30 Jul 1861 at Bowden, Carroll, GA
Died at Brigade Hospital, Richmond, VA

civil_war_quotes_notes_and_facts-25808 Pvt. Joshua McBurnett (1843-30 Jul 1863)- Co B, Cobb’s Legion, Georgia Volunteers, CSA

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Brother of Thomas McBurnett
Enlisted 30 Jul 1861 at Bowden, Carroll, GA
Died at General Hospital No 27, Richmond, VA

imagesPvt. Wesley Paul McBurnett (20 Nov 1895- 8 Oct 1918)- Co K, 141st Infantry, USA

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Nephew of Thomas & Joshua McBurnett.
Killed in France during Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

350358092364_0 Capt. Jerry Roy McDonald (11 Jan 1924- 28 Feb 1945)- 338th Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, USAAF

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13 Dec 1944 – Awarded 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
02 Feb 1945 – Awarded 4th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal
16 Feb 1945 – Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
17 Feb 1945 – Awarded 5th Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal

28 Feb 1945 – Killed in Action

Flew 58 missions, crashed over Munich, Germany.

Buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, St Avold, France.

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid.
They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”

Harry S Truman
Address Before a Joint Session of Congress.
April 16, 1945


Monday Madness no more! (or, “…another one bites the dust…”) Part 4

Was James Ira Copeland the 6th (or 7th) and last husband of my great grandmother Dovie C McBurnett Hall Stanley Epperson (Epperson) Priddy Bailey Copeland?

Let’s examine the evidence:

My great grandmother was born Dovie C McBurnett, but over time her given name changed from Dovie C to Ruby Dovie

  1. 1900 Census- Dovie C McBurnett, age 8DovCMcburnett1 ca July 1948
  2. 1910 Census- Dovie Hall, age 19
  3. 1920 Census- Dovie Stanley, age 29
  4. 1930 Census- Ruby D Epperson
  5. Delayed birth certificate for son Delbert Eugene Hall, date unknown- Ruby Dovie McBurnett Hall
  6. 1942- Mrs Ruby Epperson marries John O Priddy
  7. Delayed birth certificate for son Victor Earl Hall, 1942- Ruby Hall Priddy
  8. Death certificate, obituary 1969- Ruby Dovie Copeland

Dovie C McBurnett was born in 1890 and for the last 60 years of her life lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.


James Ira Copeland was born in 1897 and apparently lived his entire life in the North Texas area, much of that in Titus County, Texas.

A marriage license shows that James Ira Copeland married Ruby Priddy in Jan 1957 in Titus County.

A death certificate shows that James Ira Copeland was killed in an auto accident in Arlington, Texas in May 1957. He was married at the time of his death and was buried at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Titus County, Texas.


At this point, I believe James Ira Copeland was probably my great grandmother Dovie C McBurnett’s 6th (7th) and last husband. However, I’d still like more evidence to support this opinion.

My plans:

  1. Visit the downtown Fort Worth Public Library and hunt through the archived Fort Worth Star-Telegrams for an obituary and article about Copeland’s fatal car wreck
  2. Visit the local Family History Library to get a copy of the Copeland/Priddy marriage license

Looks like the schedule for my next day off is set!