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
I don't even know if I should post this, but what the heck. Facts are facts... Do you know when you get those little nagging feelings that you're not done researching? That there's something out there that you really want to see? Long story short, one of my great-grand-grandfathers married twice. Being a bit of a completist, … Continue reading Census Sunday: The World’s Oldest Profession in Cherokee County, Georgia
The 1880 Federal Census for Forsyth County Georgia was one of the more curious of my family censuses until I figured out what to make of it. My ancestors George W. West and Jennett Cowan West are where I expected them to be, in the Hightower District of Forsyth County, Georgia. Two of their younger … Continue reading Census Sunday: What Became of Isaac Suthard?
It's Derby Day! I aim to blog almost every day, and I don't want to let a supremely busy weekend confound me. Last night I went with good friends down to the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta to see Iris Dement. If you don't know her, she's a country/folk singer from Arkansas. She closed the show … Continue reading Genealogy Resource: The Cherokee Historical Society (Canton, GA)
When we buried my beloved and very-much-missed Granna Ellabel (Duncan) West at Hightower Baptist Church in Ball Ground, GA last Christmas Eve, the ground was a little soggy and I had chosen for some reason to wear heels. As I made my way to her burial site, I - being me - tripped and accidentally … Continue reading Josephine L. McDaniel West (1857-1928): Her Life in 5 Images