I've been doing genealogy for about 30 years or so, and history has always been a passion of mine. I'm captivated by the old days, the old ways of getting things done, the day-to-day lives of those extraordinary "just plain folks" who once walked and talked in a world that's now left to our imaginations. I love spending time exploring old cemeteries, especially in the rain and mist. As a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp No. 1385, I've been able to do a lot of historical research and genealogy over the years. It amazes me how severe hardships were overcome just to stay alive in the old days. Reading about the deaths of children--and others whose lives were cut tragically short--profoundly saddens and somewhat bewilders me. History is filled with an infinite number of stories of personal loss and grief--no family is immune. One thing I have learned through the years is that life then, as now, is a very precious gift. It's up to the living to make the most of it while we can. I do it through history.
George W. Coe Hello. I'm Heather Taylor. I saw your post about George coe being your cousin, and it looks like I have found a family member, whereas he was a many great grandfather to me. My family owns and frequently visits the Glencoe ranch where his homestead is. If you know any of the Perry's, Nina Perry Taylor is my great grandmother. Would like to hear back to learn more about my family.
Haines, Lewis, and Morgans families You and I share 3 families. I was not surprised to find the Lewis and Morgans families together which are my Mother's family, but I was surprised to find Richard Haines listed by the same person, as he is from my Dad's family.
Richard Haines married to Mary Carlisle is my 7th great grand uncle. Joseph Haines, his brother, is my ancestor.
Pvt Ebenezer Lewis is my 4th great grandfather.
Margret Eliza Lewis Morgans is my 2nd great grand aunt. Her brother Nathaniel Lewis is my great great grandfather.
Thanks for your kind words. I would be very interested in seeing a copy of "Roving Bill's" letter to Sarah and any other information you might have. I would also be glad to try to answer any of your questions. References to "Roving Bill" in the book will help you piece together at least some of his road adventures. Right now I do not have the book in front of me, but I'll go back over my notes and see if I can come up with some other suggestions for you and get back to you privately.
Thank you for your "Roving Bill" Aspinwall post on Find A Grave.
I first became interested in "Roving Bill" while writing the history of the 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. After finding excerpts of "Roving Bill's" newspaper article on his experience at the Battle of Champion Hill ("My Foe and Friend Had Crossed the River") in Grady Howell's "Hill of Death", I decided to find out as much as I could about him. After obtaining a complete copy of "Roving Bill's" article, I perused all the secondary sources that I could find and was able to include his entire article, add a bit more on his relationship with Rev. McCook, and compile a short, albeit incomplete, biography in my history of the 47th Indiana. It pleases me greatly that his obituary and the photo of his tombstone help to fill the information gaps and complete his biography. And, of course, I was very pleased to learn that he had been married and left at least one descendant who wants to keep his memory alive.
David Williamson, PhD Author of "The 47th Indiana Volunteer Infantry: A Civil War History", McFarland & Co., Publishers, 2012.
RE: Julia Delilah Purl Thanks for responding so quickly, James. Men running off other men must run in the family. Sometime after Nathan Oliver Allen, Sr. died in 1888, Sarah Caroline Bond Allen remarried. Family legend says he was abusive. My grandfather, Nathan Oliver Allen, Jr., and two of his older brothers, Ham and Wes, came after him with guns and told him if he did not leave they would shoot him. So he left and filed for divorce. After the divorce, she took back the name Allen! This was in 1900. Thank you for the information. I had some of it but not all.
Julia Delilah Purl Bond is my gg-grandmother. One of her daughters was Sarah Caroline Bond Allen who was my g-grandmother. One of her sons was my grandfather nathan Olive Allen. Will you please tell me how we are connected? Thanks, Linda Cox
Odd Fellows Cemetery Well, I see you got back from your trip. Hope you had a good one! Thanks so much for transferring your Morgans from one Odd Fellows Cemetery to the other. I appreciate you consenting to do it!!!
Odd Fellows Cemetery There are two Odd Fellows Cemeteries listed on Find A Grave for Burnet County, Texas. I'm contacting the four contributors that have memorial pages in the smaller listing for the Odd Fellows Cemetery (12) and asking if you'll transfer your memorial page over to the other Odd Fellows Cemetery (502). It would sure help clean up the cemetery listing for Burnet County, Texas PLUS stop any confusion. I have entered the ones that are in the smaller listing of the Odd Fellows Cemetery (12) into the other Odd Fellows Cemetery (502). However, when you transfer yours over... I'll be more than happy to delete mine. Hopefully, you will honor my request to help consolidate these two Odd Fellows Cemeteries.