Sunday, December 30, 2012

This Week in the Family History: Dec. 30–Jan. 5

January 1
Barnabas Hankins married Sarah Fox in 1811 in a ceremony performed by John Bourland in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

January 2
John Emerson Goodloe married Elizabeth Pettus (his second wife) in 1849 in a ceremony performed by Rev. P. S. Lovan in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

James Dolphin Lanier died in 1959 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi.

January 3
Isabella Jane Goodloe Hankins married Thomas Yates (her second of three husbands) in 1874 in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

Howard Doctor "Doc" Hopkins died in 1988 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois.

Milton J. Taylor died in 1928 at the Pennington Infirmary in London, Laurel County, Kentucky where he was taken after a neighbor hit him in the head with an ax during an altercation near his home in Mt. Vernon.

January 5
James Arton Hopkins died of Lobar Pneumonia in 1933 at his home in Harlan Township, Warren County, Ohio.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Three Years!

3 Mosaic


It is unbelievable that I started this blog three years ago. Even more unbelievable is that it's still going. Barely at times this year but it is still going.

I haven't done a very good job of staying on track in 2012. This blog isn't the only thing around here that suffered from some neglect but I've made plans for getting re-focused in 2013. 

Here's hoping that works.

Photo used through Creative Commons License from Leo Reynolds at Flickr.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Blog Caroling

At this time each year, footnoteMaven rounds up the Geneabloggers for Blog Caroling. I'm sure all of the traditional carols will be covered so here's the Boss. I hope fM is ready to rock.

Blog Caroling logo by footnoteMaven.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Happy Birthday, Mama McCauley

Verda Hankins was born 128 years ago today in Hopkins County, Kentucky. 

Verda married John William McCauley in 1904 in Hopkins County, they settled in nearby Muhlenberg County, had 11 children and she died in 1942 from chronic heart disease. That was several years before I was born so I never knew my paternal grandmother. 

In 1946, my Aunt Vashti wrote "A Tribute to Verda McCauley." Her tribute was preserved in a scrapbook at the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church, the little country church near Greenville that the family attended. 

Pleasant Hill Church no longer exists and I have no idea what happened to that scrapbook but my mother had the foresight to transcribe Aunt Vashti's tribute during a visit to Pleasant Hill in the 1980's. It tells so much about the grandmother I never knew.

A Tribute to Verda McCauley
by Vashti McCauley Wells

Verda Jane McCauley was born near Providence, Kentucky, Dec. 1, 1884, spent her childhood days in Hopkins County, was the daughter of a General Baptist minister. Many times in those days she rode horse-back cross country with her father to fill an appointment, and at a very early age made a host of friends. She loved meeting people, and one of her best traits was making those about her feel welcome. She had a kind word and a smile for everyone. How often have we seen the faces of those who knew her brighten when she would appear for church service, after an absence of a few weeks on account of illness. She surely had her share of suffering while here on earth, but through it all she always managed to smile when you were by her side. She was faithful to her church, family and friends. Her vacancy can never be filed, we see the need about us more and more for consecrated Mothers such as the one we knew and loved. And may the Women's Society of Christian Service rededicate their lives for greater service, for having known a true friend and Christian, our Mother.
Of all the memories I hold dear
There's one apart from all the other
Clearer than the noonday sun,
The memory of my mother.

Her daily life was a written page,
And in memory we read
How she always offered a helping hand,
Or did a kindly deed.

She was numbered among the faithful
On her you could depend,
Was always so understanding,
Had a smile for every friend.

Just as spring burst fourth in beauty
Four years ago in May
While her favorite flowers were in full bloom
She quietly slipped away.

Away from all the cares of life
And the ones that loved her best
We've missed her so in these four years,
But God knew she needed rest.

I know she has a mansion
In that City built four square
And I know she'll be waiting,
For her friends and loved ones there.

Aunt Vashti's tribute was previously published here on 7 Jan 2010.