November 29, 2014

How Sharing Photos On Ancestry Can Be Successful Cousin Bait

Jefferson Davis and Emma King Morrison

John Holmes 1784 - 1875

Quite some time ago I posted a photo of the grave of my 4th Great Grandfather John Holmes to Ancestry and attached it to his profile. I usually try to note who has given me a picture, but right this moment I can find who that was in my records. Still, it’s a great picture (albeit of a couple gravestones) of John’s descendants and/or relatives. My comment on Ancestry read as such:

2013 – I’m not sure who the ladies and child are in the picture. 2014 – (Sarah) Malinda Edgemon next to Great-grandfather John Holmes’ grave in Tenn. Also Cordie and Herschel Morrison in background

How odd then, that almost a year later to the day, a comment was left on the photo saying this:

You are right about the people in the picture. Herschel Morrison’s daughter is still with us and identified the people as the same.

Can you believe it? That little boy named Herschel in the photo (c. 1875) has a daughter still living!

That’s not all. As I did a quick search to fill in some of Herschel Morrison’s dates, locations, etc., I found this picture below that I never thought I would see. It’s labeled as:

Holmes, Morrison, Roane TN

4 generations each one is the others uncle commencing with J.R. Holmes

NOW, I’m going to have to contact my cousin J Bogart and ask her which one was J(ames) R(egister) Holmes!

Next, I found another picture my Bogart cousin had posted and she said it had written on the back

(on back) Cemetary [sic] Where all relatives are buried in Tenn. Frank, Cordie, Malinda & Elie Edgemon, Uncle Jim Holmes & his folks

Shiloah Cemetery, Roane TN

I’m sorry the photos in this post look rather small. The originals are very large and I had to choose this size to fit my blog format. I do think you can click on them to get them full-sized. Or, you can email me and I can share the files that way too. This cemetery picture is probably a different view on the same day, but I can’t be sure of that. Looks like the family was out to clean up the overgrown weeds and brush at Shiloh Cemetery in any case.

Jefferson Davis and Emma King Morrison

And, now I leave you with one last picture of my cousin Jefferson Davis Morrison and his wife Emma King. Most likely, the photo was taken in Roane County, TN as well as all the other images here.

Frances Eveline Holmes Miller – Champion Old Fiddler 1937 Iowa State Fair

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Mrs. Frances E. Miller, Des Moines, Iowa – 1937

Frances Eveline Holmes was born 20 February 1865 in Harrison County, Missouri to parents Sarah Ann Fallis and Paul Holmes. Paul was the fifth child of Elizabeth Hensley and David Oliver Holmes, and he was born in Tennessee. “Eva” as she was called married Kendall Miller 26 January 1882 also in Harrison County, Missouri.

And except from the Des Moines (Iowa) Register and Tribune 1937 states, ” Mrs. Miller….taught herself to play the violin when she was a young girl of 12 years.  I found a broken fiddle lying around the house….. I tuned it up with a piece of heavy pack thread and plucked.  She plays entirely by ear.”

The 1937 article is a bit hard to read as a xerox copy, but I plan on transcribing it as best I can and posting it at a later date as a link to this article.

Eva Heads to NYC and The “We, The People” Radio Show

Fame and recognition wasn’t done with Eva Holmes Miller just yet though.  After her surprising win at the Iowa State Fair that year, she was invited by the National Broadcasting Company to play on their radio show We, The People.

Frances E. Holmes Miller is my 2nd cousin, 4 times removed through my Yates line.  Eva’s great uncle and my fourth Great Grandfather was John Holmes b. 1784 in Virginia.   John was married to Lydia Register and I descend through their daughter Deborah Holmes who married 28 August 1840 Miles Yates.

Sources:

Darlene Kappelman Wellington, last known address Boise, ID.  She generously shared her family files and the xerox copies with me some years ago.

Tombstone Tuesday: David and William Holmes

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Through sheer luck and a lot of networking, I’ve been able to obtain quite a few tombstone pictures for our family history. Two of them are for a father and son, David and William Livingston Holmes and they are my subjects for Tombstone Tuesday.

David Holmes

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Information on the father, David Holmes is a little sparse and not all documented, but it’s most likely he was born in Virginia circa 1777.  He was an older brother to my fourth Great Grandfather, John Holmes who was born in 1784. I am not even sure if these two men were full brothers, or half brothers, but John’s letter of 1872, which I have in my possession, claims him as a brother.  David Holmes died 15 September 1869 in DeKalb County, Missouri.

William Livingston Holmes

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David’s oldest son and child was William Livingston Holmes who was born 30 May 1807 in Overton County, Tennsessee. William and his wife, as well as three of their children were members of the 1843 Oregon Trail wagon train that arrived in Oregon City, Oregon in November of that year. William was the first sheriff of Clackamas County, Oregon serving from 1845 to 1852.

For more information on this family please read:

iPentimento|Genealogy and History » William L. Holmes Family Files

COG – Modest Genealogy Goals For 2010

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I don’t usually make New Year’s goals, but here are some things I hope to accomplish this year in my personal and professional genealogy:

  • Last month I ordered a Civil War pension file for George O. Barlow, an ancestor of my niece-in-law Jill Hohensee Yates, and after it comes in the mail I hope to glean some additional information from it before sending the records on to Jill’s mom Carol. I’ve been doing some research on Mr. Barlow through Ancestry and other sites too, as well as collecting pictures of headstones from Find-A-Grave. When I feel I have ‘enough’ and have reached a stopping place in the research, I plan on putting it all on disk for a backup version and then printing most of it off for a notebook to give to the family.

Genealogy vs Real Life

My own family research has taken a far back seat this last year as my husband and I adjust to him being retired. When he was working I could allow myself several hours a day of an uninterrupted wallow in my paperwork, pictures and emails as I forged ahead filling in the family trees. We have some home projects going this year (bathroom remodel, raised bed garden) but once those are done I might be able to get some genealogy done. I would really like to have a cook to make meals so I would only have to show up to eat. ;)

  • It’s a never-ending quest to find my ancestor Miles Yates who married Deborah Holmes in 1840 Roane County, TN.  I suspect Miles might have been a ‘family’ name, and his real first name was something else.
  • After I find the article again, I want to write about one of my Holmes cousins who was on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour as an award winning fiddle player.  She was self-taught and lived in Missouri and Iowa during the time she held her champion titles. I know she was one of my Holmes cousins, but I need to find the newspaper articles about her to state her full name. So many cousins, so little memory.

These few things should keep me busy all winter and spring, don’t you think? What are your genealogy goals for 2010?

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