Sunday, December 22, 2013

This Week in the Family History: December 22–28




December 22
John Corum Hankins was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1893.

December 25
James Arton Hopkins married Lucinda Howard in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1885.

John Cook Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1863.

December 26
Edward Dobyns married Sarah Mott in Richmond County, Virginia in 1797.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Blog Caroling with footnoteMaven



It's that time again — the last few days before Christmas when footnoteMaven leads the Geneablogging community in Christmas Carols!

This year I spent Thanksgiving through early December on a cruise ship. I highly recommend listening to a steel drum band play Christmas carols while you're stretched out on a lounger in the sun (or the shade). Here's a little peak at what that was like — without the lounger and the sun and the ship. 


Sunday, December 15, 2013

This Week in the Family History: December 15–21





December 15
Susan Charlotte Lanier was born in Georgia in 1858.

December 16
David Owens and Winifred Mullins were married in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1780.

December 20
Josiah Love Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1858.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

This Week in the Family History: December 1–7



December 1
James Arton Hopkins was born in Hancock County, Tennessee in 1861.

Verda Waller Hankins was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1884.

William Perry Hankins died in Denver, Denver County, Colorado in 1922.

December 6
George Washington Owens was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1866.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

This Week in the Family History: November 24–30




November 24
Lillie Vashti Lanier was born in Chambers County, Alabama in 1891.

November 26
Daniel Boone Petty died in Fulton County, Georgia in 1932.

James Bailey Hankins died in Carlsbad, San Diego County, California in 1974.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

This Week in the Family History: November 17–23


November 18
Cecilia Owens died in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1908.

November 20
John Covey Howard died in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1899.

Felicia Lewis King died in Ashe County, North Carolina in 1849.

Elizabeth Angeline McCauley Carver died in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 2003.

November 23
Isabella Jane Goodloe Hankins Yates married Thomas Devault in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1879.

Elizabeth Angeline McCauley was born in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1915.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

This Week in the Family History: November 10–16



November 10
Marie Krueger Cox died in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky in 1993.

November 15
Charlotte T. Jackson was born in Jasper County, Georgia in 1818.

Margaret E. Ramsey was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1840.

November 16
Houston G. Hankins died in Christian County, Kentucky in 1861.

Kathryn Louise McCauley married Adrian Stinson Tomes in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska in 1942.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

This Week in the Family History: November 3–9



November 3
Jefferson F. Lanier was born in Randolph County, Alabama in 1838.

November 4
Nancy Lair Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1880.

November 6
Lewis H. Bennett died in Troup County, Georgia in 1851.

November 9
John Covey Hopkins was born in Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky in 1886.

Nehemiah Younger married Trissy Taylor in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in 1803.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

This Week in the Family History: October 27–November 2




October 27
Christine Krueger died in Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1998.

October 28
Ruby Marie Hopkins died in Shonn (now Loyall), Harlan County, Kentucky in 1925.

October 30
John Hankins married Sarah Gill in Frederick County, Virginia in 1783.

October 31
Hettie Eugenia Lanier White McRae died in Salem, Lee County, Alabama in 1944.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

This Week in the Family History: October 20–26




October 22
William Washington Lanier married Charlotte Jackson in Meriwether County, Georgia in 1835.

October 24
Albert Elvie Hankins married Isabella Jane Goodloe in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1855.

Emma Ewers Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1900.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

This Week in the Family History: October 13–19




October 16
Albert Elvie Hankins was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1882.

October 17
William Perry Hankins was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1898.

Hartford Conn Taylor died in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois in 1963.

October 18
Lula Mae Hopkins died in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida in 1989.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

This Week in the Family History: October 6 – 12



October 11
James Francis Taylor married Margaret E. Ramsey in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1855.

Eliza Hopkins married Ephriam Simpson in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1866.

Elmer Dennis Hopkins married Emma Ewers Taylor in Jellico, Campbell County, Tennessee in 1920.

James Bailey Hankins married Goldie (maiden name unknown) in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona in 1967.

October 12
Nancy Jane Bennett Lanier died in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia in 1926.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Who are these people with Uncle Jimmy?

This photo is from an album that belonged to James Bailey Hankins (my grandmother's youngest brother). That's Uncle Jimmy on the left with the two children. 

Jimmy was born and raised in Hopkins County, Kentucky but spent most of his life in southern California. He married Rachel Lesh in Los Angeles County in 1927—one day before his 26th birthday. 

I'm 90% sure these folks aren't Hankins relatives. It's possible they were related to Rachel or maybe they were neighbors/friends. He seems to be fond of those children. Wish I knew who they were. 

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This Week in the Family History: September 29–October 5



October 3
Thomas Richard Hankins married Edith Rhea Jackson in Davidson County, Tennessee in 1912.

October 5
John Emerson Goodloe married Eliza Ann Dobyns in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1836.

Rhoda Nell Taylor died in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1893.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

This Week in the Family History: September 22–28



September 25
Grace Taylor died in Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1961.

September 26
Charlotte Jackson Lanier died in Chambers County, Alabama in 1892.

September 27
John William McCauley married Verda Waller Hankins in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1904.

Gladys McCauley married William Ferman Dukes in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1922.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

This Week in the Family History: September 15–21




September 15
Leo Berry Hopkins died in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan in 1988. 

September 20
John R. Petty married Margaret Thomas in Whitfield County, Georgia in 1857.

September 21
David Owens was born in Virginia in 1759.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Thomas Leander Hankins and Samantha Angeline Petty


T. L. Hankins and S. A. Petty were issued a marriage Bond on 14 May 1879 and were married the same day. John Day served as surety for the bond. Thomas Davis and C. L. Berry were witnesses to the marriage. Dixon Hall [Hopkins County Judge] officiated the ceremony. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013

This Week in the Family History: September 1–7

September 4
Mary E. Lanier was born in Georgia in 1849.

Icy Vernon McCauley was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1906.

September 7
Susie Taylor married August Krueger in Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1911.

John Corum Hankins died in Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1923.

John Cook Taylor died in Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1953.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

This Week in the Family History: August 25 – 31


August 25
Titus Fox married Elizabeth Wright in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1780.

Rhoda Ann Lavender married Stephen Bradford Lair in Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1829.

Martha Ramsey died in Garrard County, Kentucky in 1842.

August 27
William Taylor married Mary G. Ramsey in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1854.

Grace Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1886.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

This Week in the Family History: August 18 – 24



August 20
Elizabeth Berry Goodloe died in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1862.

August 22
John Cook Taylor married Margaret "Fannie" Warren in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1894.

August 24
John Houston Hankins was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1856.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Perry Hankins' Grave

Samantha, ?, Lee and Margaret Hankins

Perry Hankins died on 1 Dec 1922 in Denver, Colorado and was buried in Earlington Cemetery in Hopkins County, Kentucky. This photo was probably taken on the day of his funeral. Perry was the son of Samantha and Lee Hankins. Margaret was his wife. The man between Samantha and Lee is unidentified but he looks enough like Lee to be one of his brothers.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

This Week in the Family History: August 11 – 17


August 11
William Thomas Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1856.

Lois Marie McCauley married George Estil Dockins in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1935.

August 14
Robert Burke Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1870.

August 17
Nancy Ann Walker was born in St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland County Virginia in 1742.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Ralph Raymond McCauley

Ralph Raymond McCauley 7 Aug 1932–29 Jun 1933
Ralph was the youngest of the eleven children born to Will and Verda McCauley. Today is the 81st anniversary of his birth but he died before celebrating even one year of life. 

Photos of Ralph are rare. This picture of him with his mother is the only other one I've seen. 

Thanks to cousin Ann Wickliffe for finding and sharing this one.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

This Week in the Family History: August 4 – 10


August 6
Susan Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1877.

August 7
Ralph Raymond McCauley was born in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1932.

August 8
Melissa Caroline Lanier Adamson died in Troup County, Georgia in 1927.

Elijah F. Hopkins was born in Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky in 1891.


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Perry Hankins & Margaret Hill

Perry Hankins and Margaret Hill applied for a Marriage Bond in Hopkins County, Kentucky on 11 Apr 1921. J. B. Hankins [Perry's brother, Jimmy] was the surety for the bond.

Perry, son of T. L. [Thomas Leander] Hankins and S. A. [Samantha Angeline] Petty, was born in Webster County and was 22 years old. His full name, William Perry Hankins, was listed on the Register of Marriage and Record of Marriage Certificate. Margaret, daughter of George Hill and Ollie Coomes, was born in Hopkins County and was 25 years old. Perry's occupation was railroading.

Rev. L. E. Clements, Catholic Priest of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, performed the marriage ceremony on 12 Apr 1921. Witnesses were Michael McCracken and Cecilean Hill. Rev. Clements was authorized to perform rites of marriage in Owensbore [sic] County, Kentucky. [There is no Kentucky County by that name. The city of Owensboro is in Daviess County. This wedding took place in Hopkins County.]

Monday, July 29, 2013

Conference Packing

Three weeks from today, I'm heading to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2013 Conference. The conference runs August 21–24 but I'm adding on an extra day for researching at the Allen County Public Library  
Thinking of things to pack is rarely my problem. My car looked like this for the trip to FGS 2012 in Birmingham last year. I was traveling alone. 

I don't deny over-packing when I'm traveling by car. (There wouldn't be much point since I just showed you that photo.) If there is room in the vehicle and I might want it, it goes. Especially if it's shoes. Or electronics. Or camera equipment. But what is at the top of my conference packing list?

Tablet and Smart Phone
Conference syllabus, note-taking, social media, my schedule, quick photos, communication, research plan. All of that happens on either the phone or tablet. 

I use the phone for most social media, quick photos, keeping up with friends and tracking my schedule — mainly because my tablet is Wi-Fi only and there isn't always a connection available. 
Since I try to avoid paper whenever possible these days, I'll load the conference syllabus and my research plan for ACPL to my tablet. I break the syllabus down into individual segments for each session I plan to attend plus second (and third) options in some time slots. 

The tablet is also used for taking notes. I prefer handwriting lecture notes because I can write faster than I can type on a virtual keyboard but you won't find a legal pad or notebook in my bag. My tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Note with the S-Pen (which is great for handwriting). My notes and the session syllabus then go to Evernote so I can actually find them whenever I want to reference them later.


Speaking of a bag . . .

Conference Bag 
Packing for a conference day is one time I try not to overpack. When the day starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. (and that's just the session schedule) the last thing you want to do is lug around a heavy bag. Determine what you must carry with you all day and use a bag that is big enough but not too big.  
My favorite conference bag bit the dust last year so I'm not sure what I'm going to carry. I'm taking a DSLR camera so I'm leaning toward two smaller bags instead of a big one that will hold everything (and be heavy). 

Extra Phone Battery
Having a spare battery for my Android phone really comes in handy. I can go 36 to 48 hours without charging under normal circumstances but from early morning to whenever I call it a night at conferences, the extra battery keeps me connected. 

Quick Breakfast

Just in case I run a little late one morning, I'll have breakfast bars in the room. (Just in case? One morning? That's my story and I'm sticking to it.)

There is still plenty of time to make plans to attend FGS 2013. Get registered and start working on your packing list today. 



This post was written in response to the last prompt for the FGS Ambassadors

Sunday, July 28, 2013

This Week in the Family History: July 28 – August 3

July 28
Margaret Thomas Petty died in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1876.

July 29
James Lanier married Polly Smith in (old) Randolph County, Georgia [now Jasper County] in 1810.

Nehemiah Younger died in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1819.

Henry Lewis "Harry" Goodloe died in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1856.

August 1
Albert Elvie Hankins married Ethel May Alvord in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington in 1948.

August 2
James Dolphin Lanier was born in Chambers County, Alabama in 1888.

General Grant Hopkins was born in Brodhead, Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1902. [General was his first name, not a military title.]


Friday, July 26, 2013

Obituaries Aren't Always Accurate But This One . . .

Every genealogist has probably seen obituaries with mistakes. When I decided to look for my great-grandfather's obituary last week while visiting Hopkins County, Kentucky, I didn't expect to find one with quite so many errors. 


Rev. Hankins, Baptist 
         Minister, Dies at 71

   Rev. Lee Hankins, 71, West 
Broadway, died at 1:15 o'clock 
this afternoon of heart trouble and 
complications following several 
months illness.
   Rev. Hankins, a Baptist min-
ister for years, had a wide ac-
quaintance in Hopkins and other
western Kentucky counties where
he held pastorates. He was a for-
mer resident of Earlington.
   Surviving are his widow, four 
children, T. R. Hankins, Birming-
ham, Ala., A. G. Hankins, Mon-
tana; James Hankins, California
and Mrs. Virgie McCauley, Green-
ville, and three grandchildren, Miss-
es Vera and Ella Hankins and
Jewell Hankins, of this city.
   Funeral arrangements are to be
completed. 

How nice. This obituary names Lee's surviving descendants — four children and three grandchildren. But, of those seven people, four of the names are wrong. And that's not all.

His son, "A. G." Hankins was really Albert Elvie or A. E. The family called him Elvie but he was often referred to as A. E. in records and newspaper articles. OK. G or E. It's a typo. But that is just the beginning. 

His daughter "Virgie" was Verda — my grandmother. Most people called her Verdie. I guess I can see how someone could mistake Verdie for Virgie and misspell her name but there's more.

Misses Vera and Ella Hankins? Make that Garah and Helen. 

Then there is that reference to three surviving grandchildren. That's what it says. "Surviving are" . . . "three grandchildren." Maybe they didn't mean that to be the only surviving grandchildren but his four children listed in that sentence were, in fact, the only ones surviving. (Three other children preceded Lee in death.) 

At the time of Lee's death, he had 14 living grandchildren — nine of them belonged to Virgie, I mean Verdie. 

Lee and his wife, Samantha, helped raise Garah, Helen and Jewel after the death of one or both of their parents. All three were still living with them at the time of Lee's death. No doubt that's why they were mentioned in his obituary.

I'm glad I didn't need this obituary to identify Lee's children and grandchildren. I hope no one else ever does.  


Source: "Rev. Hankins, Baptist Minister, Dies at 71," (Madisonville, Kentucky) The Messenger, 23 Apr 1929, p. 1. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Perry & Margaret Hankins

William Perry Hankins (1898–1922)
Margaret Hill Hankins Bixler (1895–1971)

Perry and Margaret were married 12 Apr 1921 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Perry died less than twenty months later. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

This Week in the Family History: July 21 – 27


July 22
Jason Gordon Lucas, Jr. died in Hartford, Ohio County, Kentucky in 2007.

July 23
Isabella Jane Goodloe Hankins Devault died in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1905.

July 27
Nancy Jane Bennett was born in Heard County, Georgia in 1852.

Lois Marie McCauley was born in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1918.


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Remembering Papa

John William "Will" McCauley
1 Mar 1875 – 20 Jul 1959

Jimmie McCauley Knight, Helen Hankins Morgan & Will
A few days ago I was scanning old family photos at a cousin's house in Greenville, Kentucky. This picture was in the bunch and it quickly became one of my favorites of my grandfather. Why? Because there simply aren't many pictures of him that are fairly clear and without that hat on his head shading his face.

It seemed like it should be shared on this 54th anniversary of his death.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

This Week in the Family History: July 14 – 20




July 17
Houston G. Hankins married Mary Weeks in Livingston County, Kentucky in 1833

July 20
John William McCauley died in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky in 1959.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, Daddy

David Hankins McCauley
12 July 1926 – 16 June 2000

Junior Lucas (back to camera), J W Dukes & David McCauley
10 July 1999

This may not be the best photo from Daddy's birthday party in 1999 but it's one of my favorites. It's a random, candid shot (or they would have all been posed facing the camera) that shows just how happy he was the evening.

Junior and J W were his nephews, although he was the youngest of the three. They were among the 50 or so guests at the surprise birthday party that truly was a surprise to Daddy. His four sisters were also there. The five of them were the last of the eleven children born to Will and Verda McCauley. 

I'll forever be glad that my brother and sister-in-law thought about throwing a surprise party. It was fairly last minute—we even discussed postponing it until the next year to do it bigger and better. I'll forever be grateful that we didn't wait because this was his last birthday.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

This Week in the Family History: July 7 – 13



July 7
William Robert Taylor died in Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas in 1975.

July 8
James Francis Taylor was born in Garrard County, Kentucky in 1830.

July 12
David Hankins McCauley was born in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1926.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

This Week in the Family History: June 30 – July 6


July 1
Albert Elvie Hankins married Bernice Jackson in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington in 1951.

July 2
Joseph Fredrick Lanier was born in 1884 in Georgia.

Aggie Lee Hankins died in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1891.

Elizabeth Angeline McCauley married Kenneth Mel Carver in 1933.

July 4
Emma E. Lanier married Thomas Samuel Childers in Chambers County, Alabama in 1889.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

This Week in the Family History: June 23–29

June 23
Margaret E. Ramsey Taylor died in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1892.

June 26
Humphrey Younger was born in Shrewberry Parish, Kent County, Maryland in 1708.

June 28
Gladys McCauley was born in Daniel Boone, Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1905.

June 29
Ralph Raymond McCauley died in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1933. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Remembering

It feels like I just wrote Twelve Years Can Seem Like Yesterday, well, yesterday. Somehow another year has passed and it's been thirteen years since my father died. This year the photos focus on Daddy and his siblings.

David Hankins McCauley
12 July 1926 – 16 June 2000
Katie & David
John & David
John, Katie, David, Lois & George (brother-in-law)
Front: Joe, Vashti, Vernon, Gladys & Papa
Back: Jimmie, David, Katie, Lois & Liz
Front: Katie & Jimmie
Back: Gladys, Vernon, Vashti, Joe, David, Liz, John & Lois
Front: Jimmie, Katie, David, John, Vashti, Vernon & Gladys
Back: Lois, Liz & Joe
Seated: Vernon, Vashti & John
Standing: Jimmie, David, Lois, Katie & Liz
Vashti, Liz, Jimmie, David, Katie & Lois
Front: Lois, Katie, Vashti & Liz
Back: Jimmie, Faye (my mom), David & Jeanette (sister-in-law)

This Week in the Family History: June 16–22



June 16
David Hankins McCauley died in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky in 2000.

June 19
George Washington Lanier was born in Randolph County, Alabama in 1880.

June 22
Titus Fox died in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1825.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Conferences and Research

I love genealogy conferences. I love genealogy research. I especially love it when I can combine the two.

Over the past few years, I've attended several national and regional conferences and most of them have been in areas where I could add on a few research days somewhere on the road. 


FGS 2013 won't require any extra driving to add a few research days to the trip. The Grand Wayne Convention Center in Ft. Wayne, Indiana is just a short walk from the famed Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library


ACPL is a wonderful facility. I spent two days there last fall and look forward to returning for a couple more days in August. My plan is to spend Monday and Tuesday there before FGS starts on Wednesday. I suspect I won't be alone. 

At this point I haven’t given much thought to what I’ll research but I’ll have that worked out before I head to Ft. Wayne. On my previous visit, I devoted some time to their extensive periodical collection but didn't get around to their impressive collection of family histories. Whatever else I decide on, that will be part of my plan this time. 

Deciding on which conference sessions to attend is always difficult because there are so many great topics and speakers on the schedule. Sorting the list by tracks can be helpful when trying to make those decisions because it's easier to see what is available in your areas of interest. A couple that are already on my definite list are Trousers, Beds, Tacks & Housekeeping Bills: Problem-solving with 'Trivial Details' by Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG and Whiskey, Brandy and Family Migration by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. Who could resist those titles?

Make plans now to attend FGS 2013 August 21–24 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Don't forget that you'll save $50 if you register by July 1


This post was written in response to the May/June prompt for FGS Ambassadors. If you're interesting in becoming an FGS Ambassador, it's not too late to register