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

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.