Notes from the past…

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Women’s History Month, Day 9: The Turner Family Bible


This certifies that Isaac Turner and S. S. Vance

were united by me in the

Holy Bonds of Matrimony ??? 29th day of ??? in the year of our Lord 1855

in presence of

Samuel Vance, J. B. Ellerge, S. A. Vance, M. A. Ellerge

Sadly, there are only four pages that remain of the Turner Family Bible. These page remnants were repaired by simple scotch tape and mounted on cardboard. Not the ideal manner of salvaging 160+ year-old documents. But it’s done and this is all that’s left.

By comparing the word “Turner” at the top of this page with Sarah Turner’s signature on Isaac’s Civil War pension documents, it appears that this Bible page was completed by Sarah herself. Most of the writing on the 3 other surviving pages also appears to be that of Sarah Turner.

Even though these documents are in poor condition, they do contain a wealth of information, most of it amassed “in the first person”, as it were.

Thank you, Sarah!

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Women’s History Month, Day 7: Hot tea with honey

397 I was 13 years old when my great-grandmother Mary Tennessee (Turner) Rogers died at age 91. When you’re 13, you don’t notice much but yourself and your friends. (I know, my granddaughter just turned 13!) So, I don’t have that many memories of “MawMaw” Rogers. I wish I’d paid attention, MawMaw saw a lot in her 91 years. If only I’d listened…

One of my oldest memories is of MawMaw Rogers’ house. Kind of dark, tall ceilings, peeling wallpaper, crickety wooden floors. I was probably only 5 or 6 years old.

I remember that I was at her house and she fixed me a cup of hot tea with honey. It was so delicious!

That’s all that I can remember, just a flash, really. Tall ceilings, peeling wallpaper and hot tea with honey.

A wonderful memory indeed!

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Women’s History Month, Day 4: Charles & Mary Rogers

My great-grandparents, Charles and Mary Rogers were married in 1912 after a year-long courtship.

This is their story…


Charles Arthur Rogers, ca 1912. A nice guy, needs a wife…

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A recreation of a postcard that Charles sent to a new “mystery lady”…


The “mystery lady”, Mary Tennessee Turner, ca 1910…


A December wedding…


It’s official…


In spite of the weather…


A handsome couple…


“At Home after December tenth Yoakum, Texas”