Follow Friday: Army-Style Supper, Questions of Race & Gingers

Once again I have let my feed reader get dangerously behind as I had a busy week of "real life." I joined the YMCA and began taking exercise classes (my whole body protests) and had the new-homeowner pleasure of my very first appliance dying on me. And it was my refrigerator. In other words, this week I've been hurting … Continue reading Follow Friday: Army-Style Supper, Questions of Race & Gingers

Wednesday’s Child: Gladstone Gravitt. Cause of Death: Gunshot

I'm not yet sure if he was one of ours, but considering the name Gravitt (and it's many variations) is fairly uncommon in the U.S. and this child lived very close to our family (and actually originated in Forsyth County, Georgia - the same area as my Gravitt family), I'm certain this 11-year-old child was … Continue reading Wednesday’s Child: Gladstone Gravitt. Cause of Death: Gunshot

Tuesday’s Tip: Couchsurfing to Your Past

I'm planning a genealogy trip to upper South Carolina this summer and when I go, I have to admit that I will Couchsurf if I possibly can. When you first tell people about Couchsurfing they generally have one of two reactions: 1.) They're intrigued 2.) They think it's insane and dangerous (I'm looking at you, … Continue reading Tuesday’s Tip: Couchsurfing to Your Past

Military Monday: For The Boys Who Didn’t Come Home… And One Who Did

Apparently I haven't ventured out into the town square of Canton, GA on Memorial Day before, because I was very proud and surprised to see a field of crosses commemorating the area's war dead. (Excuse the terrible iPhone pics. I couldn't see for the bright sun and I'm a terrible photographer as it is.) I … Continue reading Military Monday: For The Boys Who Didn’t Come Home… And One Who Did

Friday Funny: Bonnie & Clyde in 1969 Cherokee County, Georgia

So this little known footage from c. 1969 actually stars some very special child stars - my mother, Luanne West, her brothers, Jeff, Jason and Joby West and their cousins, Danny and Ray West. There's even a very special guest appearance by my every-day-very-much-missed Granna, Ellabel Duncan West. If there were DVD extras on this, … Continue reading Friday Funny: Bonnie & Clyde in 1969 Cherokee County, Georgia

Where Was Moses When the Lights Went Out?

This has nothing to do with my own family history, but this old drinking song was supposedly played by the Tombstone Brass Band at the funeral of Frank and Tom McLaury, and Billy Clanton after the shootout at the O.K. Corral. Listen here (Note the warning about old-timey language.) Catchy, right? I vote we make it … Continue reading Where Was Moses When the Lights Went Out?

Military Monday: John Priestly Gravitt, POW

Of course it would have to be in the middle of the busiest weekend in my year that I discover that my 3rd Great-Grandpa on my dad's side, John Priestly (J. P.) Gravitt (1836-1921), was a POW during the Civil War. This all came about when I discovered that another collateral ancestor's Civil War Pension … Continue reading Military Monday: John Priestly Gravitt, POW