Family Stories, Genealogy Travel, United States Genealogy

The Treasure Inside Cedar Chest.

My Great-Grandparents, Harry and Minnie Skipper, owned a farm in Tonkawa, Oklahoma near the Oklahoma-Kansas border. My grandfather bought the house and when he passed away it was left to my father and his four siblings. The farm is still in the family today. You can read about Harry and Minnie here: This is… Continue reading The Treasure Inside Cedar Chest.

Family Stories, Military Service, United States Genealogy

Granny Cohea of Effingham, Illinois.

Rodica Rentfrow was born 3 August 1798 in Buncombe, North Carolina to Hickman Hensley (1759-1816) and Elizabeth Rentfrow (1774-1873). When I started researching the Rodica Rentfrow family I was confused as to why all of Hickman Hensley's and Elizabeth Rentfrow's children took their mother's maiden name. While I want this blog to be primary about… Continue reading Granny Cohea of Effingham, Illinois.

Genealogy Travel, Uncategorized, United States Genealogy

Where are the Children of Stephen Dayton Gilbreath and Susan Mildred Billingsley?

This week I was researching different families and working on locating missing information. I came across the Stephen Dayton Gilbreath family and found some interesting information. Stephen Dayton Gilbreath was born 28 May 1845 in Washington, Arkansas. His father is Cyrus Granger Gilbreath (1808-1880) and mother is Sarah Jane Craig (1811-1848). I found Stephen with… Continue reading Where are the Children of Stephen Dayton Gilbreath and Susan Mildred Billingsley?

Family Stories, United States Genealogy

Martha Mozelle Patterson’s Cuban Mission

Martha Mozelle Patterson (my second great-aunt) was the first daughter but second child born to James William Patterson (1863-1933) and Jimmie Ella Smith (1868-1955). She was born on 18 January 1888 in Gadsden, Crockett, Tennessee. Sometime between 1900 and 1910 the family moved from Tennessee to Oklahoma. I have not been able to locate them… Continue reading Martha Mozelle Patterson’s Cuban Mission

Family Stories, United States Genealogy

Sayings of My People

I have a book that was written by my cousin Frances White and arranged by her daughter Jo Ann Congdon called Small Drops of Rain. In this book Frances recalls her life and memories of " during the early 1900's on a poor Oklahoma Farm." I have read this book a couple of times and… Continue reading Sayings of My People

Family Stories, United States Genealogy

1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run

My second great-grandfather, George Newton Skipper, ran in the 1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run and staked a piece of land. George Newton Skipper was born on 22 July 1857 in Effingham, Illinois. His parents were John Wesley Skipper (1835-1878) and Mary Ann Chadwell (1838-1924) 1860 US Census Illinois, Effingham, Township 8 N Range 4E. Image… Continue reading 1893 Cherokee Strip Land Run

Family Stories, United States Genealogy

1794 Onslow, North Carolina will for Joseph Skipper.

I was searching on ancestry tonight and found the will for Joseph Skipper, my sixth times great-grandfather, I have not found many documents pertaining to him. As I worked on reading this will, which for the most part was easy, I found it interesting the things he left to his wife, two daughters, and one… Continue reading 1794 Onslow, North Carolina will for Joseph Skipper.

United States Genealogy

Mary Florence Watson and Robert Jefferson McCarta

Robert and Mary are my 2nd great-grandparents. Robert Jefferson McCarta, sometimes McCarty, was born 1 November 1852 in Catahoula Parish, Louisiana. His parents were William J. McCarta (1825-1862) and Sarah Ann Peirce (1832-1900). Robert married Ophelia E. Roberts 11 November 1873 in Louisiana. I find them in the 1880 census with Robert, O.E., a son… Continue reading Mary Florence Watson and Robert Jefferson McCarta

Family Stories, United States Genealogy

Interviewing my Great Uncle Paul.

I am taking an introduction to family history research class with the goal to attain a degree in family history research. One of the assignments was to interview a relative about a deceased ancestor. My great uncle Paul is one of my oldest relatives that is still living. He is 91 years old and I… Continue reading Interviewing my Great Uncle Paul.

United States Genealogy

Richard Hilman Rhodes

I decided it was time to write about my grandfathers, Ernest Kenneth Rhodes, family and see what I could find. I had researched his family many years ago and had to dig in again to see what I could come up with. My grandfather was born in West Virginia and still has family living there.… Continue reading Richard Hilman Rhodes